Daily Information Bulletin - 1970s - 1979 - DEC - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SWD'S NEW SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT OFFICE OPENS ..............1

COMMUNITY SHOULD PROVIDE FOR THE HANDICAPPED ............. 2

YOUNG MEN WANTED FOR P’.VD APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME ......... 3

OPENING OF YUEN LONG SQUASH COURTS ....................... 4

ACTING GOVERNOR TO OPEN GOVT MANAGEMENT SEMINARS ON MONDAY ................................................ 5

FAREWELL CONCERT OF THIRD ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ......... 6

PROPERTY TAX FOR 1979-80 ................................. 6

OFFICE HOURS OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGE REGISTRIES ............................................... 7

PWD ANNUAL SPORTS DAY ................................... 8

RECLAMATION OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED IN SAI VIAN HO........8

ONE-WAY ONLY ............................................. 9

WATER CUT IN VAN CHAI .................................... 9

FIRING PRACTICE .......................................... 9

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SWD’S NEW SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE OPENS

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SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS WISHING TO SEEK VARIOUS SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES WILL NOW HAVE A FOCAL POINT TO TURN TO WITH THE OPENING TODAY (SATURDAY) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S NEW SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL ACCOMMODATE THE DEPARTMENT’S SHAM SHUI PO SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT, FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE, AND COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE, WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY LOCATED SEPARATELY IN THE DISTRICT.

THE GROUPING TOGETHER OF SERVICES IN ONE PLACE IS IN LINE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONALISATION SCHEME TO BETTER CO-ORDINATE AND MORE EFFECTIVELY DELIVER WELFARE SERVICES ON A DISTRICT LEVEL.

MR. JUSTICE YANG THIS MORNING OFFICIALLY OPENED THE NEW OFFICE, WHICH IS AT 202-204 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, SUI SING BUILDING, SIXTH AND SEVENTH FLOORS, KOWLOON.

IN HIS SPEECH, MR. JUSTICE YANG DESCRIBED THE NEW OFFICE, BEING A FOCAL POINT OF SERVICES, AS +A STRIDE FORWARD* IN THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES BY THE DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID THAT THE SHAM SHUI PO POPULATION OF ABOUT 450 000 WERE NOW SERVED BY 14 DIFFERENT SERVICE UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND 67 SERVICE UNITS OPERATED BY THE VOLUNTARY WELFARE SECTOR.

♦THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN PROVIDING WELFARE SERVICES HAS CONSIDERABLY BENEFITTED LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO NEED THE SERVICES,+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO PROBATION, MR. JUSTICE YANG POINTED OUT IT HAS A DEFINITE PLACE IN THE SOCIETY AS REFLECTED FROM THE ANNUAL SUCCESS RATE OF 75 TO 80 PER CENT.

HE SAID FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS HAS SIGNIFICANT BEARING ON INDIVIDUALS AND IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR PENAL CONSIDERATIONS TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF AN OFFENDER’S FAMILY BACKGROUND, THE CAUSE OF MISBEHAVIOUR AND HIS FUTURE REINTEGRATION INTO THE COMMUNITY.

HE DESCRIBED THE PRESENT PROBATION SYSTEM AS ONE WHICH HAS REGARD TO BOTH COMPASSION, SENSE AND LAW TOWARDS REFORMING OFFENDERS AND MOULDING THEIR NEW LIFE.

THE DEPARTMENT'S REGIONAL OFFICER FOR WEST KOWLOON, MR. LU YU-HUA, SAID IN HIS SPEECH THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSTANTLY REVIEW SERVICES IN THE DISTRICTS AGAINST CHANGING NEEDS.

♦WITH THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME, I AM SURE WE WILL BE ABLE TO MORE EFFECTIVELY SERVE THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED ANaI TO BETTR LIAISE WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE DISTR ICTS,+ HE SAID.

EIGHT KAIFONG LEADERS FROM THE DISTRICT PERFORMED A RIBBONCUTTING CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE.

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COMMUNITY SHOULD PROVIDE FOR THE HANDICAPPED *****

THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY SHOULD REALISE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE HANDICAPPED AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE EDUCATION WHICH THEY SHOULD HAVE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 10 OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSONS 1979 PRESENTATION CEREMONY ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON JAYCEES.

SPEAKING ON THE REHABILITATION PLAN OF THE HANDICAPPED, Itt. TOPLEY SAID THE GREATEST DIFFICULTY ENCOUNTERED IN THIS FIELD WAS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO SCHOOLING AND THE FOLLOW THROUGH INTO ADULT LIFE.

AFTER IDENTIFYING THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, HE SAID, THOSE WHO ARE SUITABLE WOULD BE SENT TO SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

A LARGE NUMBER OF THESE CHILDREN WHO CAN BE CLASSIFIED AS SLOW LEARNERS ARE CAPABLE OF ATTENDING AND SHOULD ATTEND ORDINARY SCHOOLS WHERE THEY CAN MINGLE WITH OTHER CHILDREN, W. TOPLEY SAID.

♦WE ARE ABLE TO TRAIN TEACHERS TO TEACH THE SLOW LEARNERS AND WE ARE DEVELOPING OUR FACILITIES SO AS TO IMPROVE AND EXTEND OUR TRAINING PROGRAMME,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE DIRECTOR NOTED THAT SOME ORDINARY SCHOOLS WERE NOT WILLING TO TAKE IN SLOW LEARNING STUDENTS FOR FEAR OF AFFECTING THEIR ACADEMIC RECORD, AND SAIDs +IT IS ONLY WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO FACE OUR PROBLEMS TOGETHER THAT WE SHALL BE ABLE TO MEET THEM IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY.+

♦COMPULSION IS NOT THE BEST SOLUTION,♦ HE ADDED.

♦HONG KONG AS A COMMUNITY SHOULD COME TO A BROADER AND A CLEARER REALISATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THOSE WHO ARE A BIT LESS WELL-ADAPTED TO SURVIVAL IN OUR COMPETITIVE SOCIETY AND THAT THIS REQUIRES US THEREFORE TO PUT OURSELVES TO SOME DISCOMFORT IN ORDER THAT THEY CAN RECEIVE THE EDUCATION WHICH THEY OUGHT TO HAVE,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

HE ALSO CAUTIONED THAT IF WE DID NOT MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SLOW LEARNERS IT COULD LEAD TO TROUBLE IN THE FUTURE.

♦I DO HOPE THAT ALL SCHOOL SPONSORS WILL CONSIDER THEIR POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES VERY CAREFULLY,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

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YOUNG MEN WANTED FOR PWD APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR YOUNG MEN OF AGE BETWEEN 14 AND 15 TO JOIN A COMPREHENSIVE CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME WHICH OFFERS BRIGHT PROSPECTS FOR THE TRAINEES.

CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR THE SCHEME WILL RECEIVE FOUR YEARS TRAINING AS CRAFTSMEN IN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL FIELD AND BE ENTITLED TO A MONTHLY WAGE BETWEEN $530 AND $810 WITH ANNUAL PAID LEAVE AND FREE MEDICAL CARE.

AFTER THE APPRENTICES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE COURSE THEY WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT AS ARTISAN II IN GOVERNMENT WITH A STARTING SALARY OF $1 330.

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF APPRENTICES AT THE ELECTRICAL AND hECHANICAL OFFICE OF PWD, MR. OR KIN-MAN SA IDs +PROMOTION PROSPECTS FOR ARTISANS ARE GOOD. THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION TO WORKS SUPERVISOR OR EVEN MORE SENIOR POSTS DEPENDING ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE.♦

MR. OR WHO BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A GOVERNMENT APPRENTICE IS NOW A CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER.

♦ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, APPRENTICES ARE ALSO FREE TO JOIN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN WHICH WELL-TRAINED CRAFTSMEN ARE IN GREAT DEMAND,* MR. OR SAID.

RECRUITMENT FOR THIS APPRENTICESHIP COURSE IS NOW UNDERWAY AND YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 14 AND 15 WITH A MINIMUM OF PRIMARY SIX EDUCATION STANDARD ARE WELCOME TO APPLY WITH FORMS OBTAINABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, AND PWD’S ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE IN CAROLINE HILL ROAD, HONG KONG.

ABOUT 150 APPRENTICES WILL BE RECRUITED THIS YEAR.

THE FOUR-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP CONSISTS OF BOTH BASIC AND ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.

DURING THE FIRST YEAR APPRENTICES WILL HAVE TO ATTEND A SIX-MONTH FULL-TIME ENGINEERING CRAFT COURSE AT MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER SIX MONTHS BASIC TRAINING IN THE APPRENTICE TRAINING CENTRE AT CAROLINE HILL.

IN THE FOLLOWING THREE YEARS, THEY WILL RECEIVE FURTHER TRAINING IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT WORKSHOPS AND PLANTS AS WELL AS ATTENDING PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS ON BENCH FITTING, MACHINE TOOLS, WELDING, ELECTRONICS AND SHEET NETAL WORK.

♦EVERY MAJOR ARTISAN TRADE HAS BEEN COVERED TO PROVIDE APPRENTICES WITH A BROAD ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE,* MR. OR SAID.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1979

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OPENING OF YUEN LONG SQUASH COURTS

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A FOUR-COURT SQUASH COMPLEX, BUILT WITH FUNDS DONATED BY SIR SHIU-KIN TANG, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN YUEN LONG TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE COMPLEX HAS BEEN NAMED AFTER THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, IN HONOUR OF HIS LONG SERVICE IN HONG KONG AND HIS ACHIEVEMENTS.

SIR DENYS UNVEILED A COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, W. LI FOOK-KOW, AND THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, SIR SHIU-KIN SAID THAT AT ITS PRESENT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, YUEN LONG WAS GREATLY IN NEED OF INDOOR SPORTS FACILITIES.

HE SAID HE WAS AWARE THAT SQUASH HAD BEEN INCREASING IN POPULARITY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. THE GAME DEMANDED BOTH SPEED AND SKILL AND IT PROVIDED GOOD EXERCISE FOR THE CO-ORDINATION OF BODY AND MIND.

♦I HOPE THE YOUNG PEOPLE HERE WILL MAKE FULL USE OF THESE COURTS TO DEVELOP THEIR PHYSIQUE AND CHARACTER AT THE SAME TIME.*

SIR SHIU-KIN SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO SEE THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPING INTO A PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY IN AN ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT.

THE SQUASH COURTS WERE THE FIRST IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PROJECT HE HAD DONATED TO

♦THE PROSPERITY OF THE COMMUNITY RELIES ON THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION OF THE RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT AND I HOPE THERE WILL BE MANY OTHERS WHO WILL FOLLOW THE PRINCIPLE OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WHAT ONE TAKES FROM IT,+ HE SAID.

MR. AKERS-JONES, THANKING SIR SHIU-KIN FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION, SAID YUEN LONG WAS A COMMUNITY WHICH HELPED ITSELF AND IT WAS NOT BY CHANCE THAT IT WOULD SOON BE A TOWN WITH ITS OWN TOWN HALL, AUDITORIUM, STADIUM, SWIMMING POOL AND SPORTS FACILITIES OF ALL KINDS ♦INCLUDING THESE SQUASH COURTS WHICH ARE OPENED TODAY AND THESE ARE NOT IDLE THOUGHTS AND EMPTY PROMISES BUT HARD FACT.+

HE SAID THE COURTS INTRODUCED A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALTHY EXERCISE INTO THE AREA AND HE WAS CERTAIN THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF YUEN LONG WOULD BE QUICK TO RESPOND TO THE CHALLENGE.

MR. AKERS-JONES LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE IN JUNE.

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THE COURTS, WHICH ARE ON PUBLIC OPEN SPACE NEAR ON NING ROAD, ARE HOUSED IN TWO SEPARATE BLOCKS LINKED BY A STAIRCASE. EACH BLOCK HAS A PUBLIC GALLERY FOR ABOUT 50 SPECTATORS AND THE COMPLEX INCLUDES CHANGING AND TOILET FACILITIES.

MANAGEMENT OF THE COURTS WILL BE BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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ACTING GOVERNOR TO OPEN GOVT MANAGEMENT SEMINARS ON MONDAY M * * U *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, WILL OPEN THE GOVERNMENT’S FIFTH SERIES OF ANNUAL MANAGEMENT SEMINARS FOR DIRECTORATE OFFICERS ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 3) AT THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING DIVISION ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

THE SEMINARS WILL BE LED BY WELL-KNOWN ECONOMIST PROFESSOR A.L. MINKES, PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS ORGANISATION AT BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM- AND DR. G. REDDING, DIRECTOR OF THE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES PROGRAMME AT THE EXTRA MURAL DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE THEME OF THE SEMINARS THIS YEAR WILL BE MANAGEMENT’S REACTION TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC PRESSURES. THE SEMINARS WILL END ON DECEMBER 18.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTERS AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE OPENING ADDRESS BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, AT THE GOVERNMENT’S FIFTH SERIES OF ANNUAL MANAGEMENT SEMINARS FOR DIRECTORATE OFFICERS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING DIVISION, ROOM 13/14, WING ON CENTRE. 17TH FLOOR, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AT 9 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 3).

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FAREWELL CONCERT OF THIRD ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP *****

MORE THAN 1 □□□ YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL PERFORM A FAREWELL CONCERT AT THE GRAND FINALE OF THE THIRD ASIAN YOUTH CAMP TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM ON DECEMBER 15 FROM 8 PM TO 10 PM.

THE CONCERT IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

PERFORMING AT THE CONCERT WILL BE THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA, THE 600-MEMBER COMBINED YOUTH BAND, THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE BAND, AND THE BAND AND BUGLES OF THE FIRST BATTALION OF THE ROYAL GREEN JACKETS.

THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY THE BERLIOZ’S GRAND TRIUMPHAL AND JANACEK’S SINFONIETTA WHILE THE POLICE AND THE ARMY MUSICIANS WILL PERFORM BAND DRILLS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DRAGON DANCE BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION.

ADMISSION TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. TICKETS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM ALL SUB-OFFICES OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE, ALL BRANCHES OF THE TOM LEE PIANO CO. LTD AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES (SOUTHERN, SHAM SHU I PO, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN).

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PROPERTY TAX FOR 1979-80

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THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED THE 1979-80 DEMAND NOTES FOR PROPERTY TAX FOR PROPERTIES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT PROPERTY TAXPAYERS, WHETHER OWNERS, AGENTS, OR OCCUPIERS, WHO PAY RATES IN RESPECT OF THE LAND OR BUILDINGS OR LAND AND BUILDINGS SOUTH OF BOUNDARY STREET IN KOWLOON AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES SHOULD HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED THE DEMAND NOTES.

♦ANY PROPERTY TAXPAYER WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPLY TO THE TREASURY ACCOUNTS BRANCH OF THE TREASURY, ROOM 203, HANG CHONG BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 5 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL FOR A COPY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT NON-RECEIPT OF THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE PROPERTY TAX MUST BE PAID BY THE DUE DATE ON DECEMBER 31.

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HE ALSO ADVISED TAXPAYERS THAT THE AMOUNT DUE IS INDICATED ON THE DEMAND NOTE BY AN ARROW-HEAD IN THE +AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAX DUE* BOX.

♦TO AVOID THE POSSIBLE INCONVENIENCE OF QUEUING. PROPERTY TAXPAYERS ARE URGED TO PAY BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER SENT BY POST OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OF THE COLLECTION OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE.+ HE SAID.

PEOPLE WISHING TO SEEK ADVICE SHOULD CONTACT THE PROPERTY TAX SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF WINDSOR HOUSE AT 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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OFFICE HOURS OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGE REGISTRIES

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 3), ALL OFFICES FOR REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES, EXCEPT THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY, WILL OPEN FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS- AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

OFFICE HOURS OF THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO BRING THE WORKING HOURS OF THE BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGE REGISTRIES IN LINE WITH OTHER OFFICES IN THE DEPARTMENT.

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT, UNDER A RECENTLY AMENDED LEGISLATION ITEM, NO ALTERATION OR ADDITION OF NAME CAN BE MADE TO THE BIRTH RECORD OF A CHILD WHO HAS REACHED THE AGE OF 11.

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PWD ANNUAL SPORTS DAY * * * ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ITS 11TH ANNUAL SPORTS DAY AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

ABOUT 400 MEMBERS OF THE STAFF WILL COMPETE IN 32 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION BAND WILL GIVE A MARCHING DISPLAY.

A PUPPET SHOW WILL ALSO BE STAGED BY THE STREET THEATRE GROUP OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS BY SENIOR OFFICIALS OF PWD.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PWD’S SPORTS DAY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND IN WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

OFFICERS OF THE PWD’S PUBLICITY UNIT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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RECLAMATION OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED IN SAI WAN HO ft ft ft ft ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO RECLAIM A 1.76-HECTARE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED IN SAI WAN HO TO PROVIDE ROADS AND EXTENSIONS TO THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN THE AREA.

ON COMPLETION, THE RECLAMATION WILL ALSO PROVIDE OPEN SPACE FOR PUBLIC USE, A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

NOTICE AND PLAN OF THE RECLAMATION HAVE BEEN POSTED ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE, HE SAID.

THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILD-ING, GARDEN ROAD, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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ONE-WAY ONLY * * *

THE TWO-WAY SECTION OF TING ON STREET BETWEEN KWUN TONG ROAD AND FOO ON BUILDING WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 3) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT IN WAN CHAI * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES TURNED OF? FW SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

IN WAN CHAI WILL BE (DECEMBER 3) TO

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FIRING PRACTICE * * ft *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON FIVE DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTISING TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

DECEMBER 3 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM — 4 PM

DECEMBER 4 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

DECEMBER 5 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

DECEMBER 6 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

DECEMBER 7 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 4 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1979.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GROWTH IN PROVISION OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES PHENOMENAL ................................................ 1

REMINDER TO SALARIES/PROFITS TAXPAYERS .................... 2

PUBLICATIONS ON SAFETY IN SCHOOLS ......................... 2

TENDERS INVITED FOR RESERVOIR EXTENSIONS ON TSING YI .................................................. 3

PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS POPULAR ........................... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI .......................

FELLOWSHIP GAMES COMPETITION FOR YOUNG AND OLD............. 5

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN CHAI IAN ............................ 5

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1979

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GROWTH IN PROVISION OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES PHENOMENAL ******

THE GROWTH IN THE PROVISION OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES BY GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN +PHENOMENAL,+ THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. E.P. HO, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) AT THE OPENING OF A CHILDREN’S CULTURAL DAY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD.

TWENTY-FOUR WELFARE AGENCIES TOOK PART IN THE CHILDREN’S CULTURAL DAY WHICH CONSISTED OF ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS.

SPEAKING AT THE BAPTIST COLLEGE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL M?. HO TOLD THE ORGANISERS*

+YOU HAVE NOT ONLY SUCCEEDED IN AROUSING THE AWARENESS CF PARENTS ON THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CHILD RAISING, DRAWING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM OF CHILD ABUSE BUT ALSO IN INCULCATING IN THE PUBLIC A CORRECT APPROACH TO MEETING CHILDREN’S NEEDS.*

MR. HO WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE GROWTH IN SUCH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AS MEDICAL AND HEALTH, LABOUR, SOCIAL WELFARE, EDUCATION, RECREATION AND SPORT GAVE GOVERNMENT GROUNDS FOR PRIDE IN ITS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

♦SINCE SEPTEMBER SCHOOLING HAS BEEN MADE COMPULSORY UP TILL A CHILD’S 14TH BIRTHDAY, AND NEXT SEPTEMBER THE AGE WILL BE RAISED TO 15 ON COMPLETION OF FORM I I I SO THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY AT LEAST NINE YEARS OF UNIVERSAL AND FREE EDUCATION,+ HE SAID IN LISTING SOME MILESTONES IN GOVERNMENT’S PROVISION OF SERVICES TO CHILDREN THIS YEAR.

♦A STEADY INCREASE IN SUBSIDISED SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION HAS BEEN PLANNED UP TO 1986,♦ HE SAID.

MR. HO SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S FREE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES HAVE EXPANDED RAPIDLY AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED IMMENSELY TO REDUCING OUR INFANT MORTALITY RATE TO 11.8 PER 1 OOO LIVE BIRTHS IN 1978 — THIS RATE COMPARED VERY FAVOURABLY WITH THAT IN MANY DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

♦THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW SUBVENTING OVER 70 PER CENT OF CHILD CARE CENTRE PLACES IN HONG KONG, AND INTENDS TO CONTINUE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL PLACES PER YEAR.+ HE SAID.

AN EXAMINATION OF THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN OF PRIMARY AND PRE-PRIMARY AGE HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED, AND A GREEN PAPER OUTLINING PROPOSALS FOR DEALING WITH THEM WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND DEBATE BEFORE FINAL DECISIONS ARE TAKEN, MR. HO SAID.

♦THERE HAS ALSO BEEN AN EXPANSION OF PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK SERVICES AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF MORE INTENSIVE PERSONAL GUIDANCE AND HELP, THROUGH THE EXTENSION CF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK, OUTREACH I NG SOCIAL WORK AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION,♦ HE ADDED.

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REMINDER TO SALARIES/PROFITS TAXPAYERS * * * * X

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED SALARIES AND PROFITS TAXPAYERS WISHING TO PAY BY INSTALMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRST PAYMENT IS MADE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE SHOWN ON THE DEMAND NOTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT NOTICES FOR PAYMENT OF PROVISIONAL SALARIES AND PROFITS TAX WILL CARRY A WARNING THAT, IF THE FIRST INSTALMENT IS NOT PAID BY THE DUE DATE, THE SECOND INSTALMENT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME DUE IMMEDIATELY.

♦THIS WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED AND PLEAS OF OVERSIGHT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED,* THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, IF TAX IS NOT PAID BY THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THE NOTICE, A SURCHARGE OF FIVE PER CENT MAY BE ADDED TO THE TOTAL TAX UNPAID AND THIS ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE WILL ALSO BE IMMEDIATELY DUE FOR PAYMENT.

♦TAXPAYERS ARE INFORMED THAT THE SURCHARGE WILL BE ADDED IF TAX IS NOT PAID ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE, UNLESS EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARE SHOWN IN A CASE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.’

PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE AT ANY OF THE THREE COLLECTION OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT, OR BY MAILING A CROSSED CHEQUE TOGETHER WITH THE DEMAND NOTE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, G.P.O. BOX 132, HONG KONG.

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PUBLICATIONS ON SAFETY IN SCHOOL ******

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED PAMPHLETS, INSTRUCTIONS AND OTHER ADVISORY MATERIAL DESIGNED FOR SCHOOLS RELATING TO SAFETY ASPECTS IN CERTAIN SUBJECTS.

TOPICS COVERED BY THE PAMPHLETS INCLUDE SAFETY IN SCHOOL WORKSHOPS AND THE LABORATORIES, AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

♦SUBJECTS IN WHICH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE ARE PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HOME ECONOMICS, SCIENCE AND OTHER SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN WORKSHOPS SUCH AS WOODWORK, METALWORK AND PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE DREW THE ATTENTION OF HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN THESE SUBJECTS BECAUSE +AN ELEMENT OF DANGER EXISTS IF PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.+

♦WHERE SPECIAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR THE TEACHING OF SPECIFIC SKILLS, FOR EXAMPLE, THE USE OF THE TRAMPOLINE, HEADS CF SCHOOLS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN FULLY htT BY THE TEACHERS CONCERNED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR RESERVOIR EXTENSIONS ON TSING Yl *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TSING Yl EAST FRESH AND SALT WATER RESERVOIR EXTENSIONS.

THE EXISTING RESERVOIRS WILL BE EXTENDED TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL CAPACITY OF 12 200 CUBIC METRES FOR FRESH WATER AND 1 450 CUBIC METRES FOR SALT WATER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

♦THESE EXTENSIONS WILL MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER BY THE FAST GROWING POPULATION ON TSING Yl ISLAND, WHICH IS PART OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN,+ HE SAID.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 17 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS POPULAR

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THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT HAS PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY): +THE POPULARITY IS REFLECTED IN THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE APPROACHING THE DEPARTMENT’S 26 PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS FOR ADVICE ON GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES.♦

DURING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE COUNTERS HANDLED A TOTAL OF 143 322 CASES.

♦OF THESE, 94.7 PER CENT INVOLVED THE ADMINISTRATION OF STATUTORY DECLARATIONS WHILE 1.45 PER CENT WERE COMPLAINTS ON GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OR PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS,+ HE SAID.

♦THE MOST POPULAR ITEMS HANDLED WERE APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS, ENTRY TO SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS, REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE AND EMIGRATION.+

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS ALSO ATTEND TO PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND DISPUTES.

♦THEY GIVE ADVICE ON THE VARIOUS COURSES OF ACTION, INTERPRETING GOVERNMENT POLICY AND LEGAL POINTS, AND PROVIDE NED I AT I ON SERVICES IN DISPUTE CASES,♦ HE SAID.

DURING THE NINE-MONTH PERIOD, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS ALSO ANSWERED 864 634 ENQUIRIES MAINLY ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION, LOCATION AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AS WELL AS APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND VACANCIES FOR GOVERNMENT POSTS.

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ANOTHER SERVICE PROVIDED IS THE DISTRIBUTION OF FORMS AND PAMPHLETS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS.

IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, OVER 1.5 MILLION FORMS AND PAMPHLETS WERE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE COUNTERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE FORMS IN GREATEST DEMANDS WERE APPLICATION FORMS FOR GOVERNMENT POSTS, SPONSOR FORMS FOR WALKS FOR MILLIONS, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ENROLMENT FORMS AND APPLICATION FORMS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING,* HE SAID.

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FURTHERMORE, THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION SECTION IN ITS HEADQUARTERS IS MANNED ROUND-THE-CLOCK TO ANSWER TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES FROM THE PUBLIC WHEN LOCAL STORM SIGNAL NO.l OR ABOVE IS HOISTED.

♦THE SERVICE HAD OPERATED ON FIVE OCCASIONS IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR AND A TOTAL OF 18 914 ENQUIRIES WERE HANDLED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS fN TAI KOK TSUI *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI KOK TSUI FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 4).

THE ARRANGEMENTS, WHICH WILL LAST FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH, ARE TO FACILITATE RECONSTRUCTION WORKS IN THE AREA.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, THE SECTION OF POK MAN STREET BETWEEN KOK CHEUNG STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING TO THE BUS TERMINUS WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

THE SECTION OF POK MAN STREET EAST OF THE UNNAMED ROAD WILL BECOME A CUL-DE-SAC.

THE SECTION OF FOO KWAI STREET WEST OF HOI KING STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND. •

THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN POK MAN STREET AND FOO KWAI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT A SECTION OF ANDERSON ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ROAD LEADING TO SAU MAU PING ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 500 YARDS TO THE WEST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR AN HOUR FROM 4 PM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 4) TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF A NUMBER OF DANGEROUS BOULDERS.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1979

FELLOWSHIP GAMES COMPETITION FOR YOUNG AND OLD ft ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, FORBEARANCE, TRUST AND RESPECT BETWEEN THE YOUNG AND OLD IN ORDER TO NARROW THE GENERATION GAP.

MR. LEE SAID THAT WITH TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE, RAPID COMMERCIALISATION AND INDUSTRIALISATION, AND FUSION OF EASTERN AND WESTERN CULTURES, GENERATION GAP WAS A NATURAL PHENOMENUM.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A SERIES OF COMPETITIVE GAMES FOR YOUNG AND OLD CONTESTANTS AT SOUTHORN STADIUM IN WAN CHAI.

THE FELLOWSHIP GAMES COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED BY CARITAS-HONG KONG AS PART OF ITS JOINT PROJECT FOR THE ELDERLY AND YOUTH TO FOSTER HARMONIOUS FAMILY RELATIONSHIP.

MR. LEE POINTED OUT THAT THE TRADITIONAL MOULD OF FAMILY LIFE HAD UNDERGONE CONSIDERABLE CHANGES IN THE FACE OF RAPID SOCIAL CHANGES.

♦THIS HAS TENDED TO WEAKEN THE BASE FOR STRONG FAMILY TIES, AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS THEREFORE BEEN PROMOTING FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION TO FOSTER FAMILY COHESION AND FORESTALL FAMILY BREAKDOWN HE SAID.

WITH BETTER UNDERSTANDING, MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT BETWEEN THE YOUNG AND THE ELDERLY, HE SAID, IT WOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT TO MINIMISE POSSIBLE CONFLICTS BETWEEN GENERATIONS, HE ADDED.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT t£W TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CHAI WAN FROM TUESDAY (DECEMBER 4) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE SECTION OF FUNG YIP STREET BETWEEN SUN YIP STREET AND ON YIP STREET WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

THE SECTION OF SUN YIP STREET BETWEEN FUNG YIP STREET AND SUN ON STREET WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND AND THE SECTION OF ON YIP STREET BETWEEN FUNG YIP STREET AND SUN ON STREET WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, DECEMBER J, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NC.

INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES MEETING ....................... 1

SHA TIN VILLAGERS GET NEW HOUSES....•.................  2

FOUNDATION STONE LAID FOR LEI MUK SHUE HEALTH CENTRE .. J

ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENS TOMORROW ................. 3

38 OOO VISITORS TO CAREERS '80 IN TWO DAYS ............ 4

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ......................   5

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CALENDAR FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION .......................................... 5

TRAINING MANUAL FOR SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY GN SALE .............................. 6

SEMINAR ON EXPERIMENTS IN WAVES ....................... 6

PRISON INDUSTRY CHIEF TO GIVE TALK..................... 7

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1979

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INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES MEETING

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THE SOUTH CHINA SEA FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IS PIONEERING A UNIT TO IDENTIFY AND MONITOR COMMON STOCKS OF FISH THROUGH THE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION OF THE NATIONS CONCERNED, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. TED NICHOLS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

MR. NICHOLS WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (SCORRAD) OF THE INDO—PACIFIC FISHERY COMMISSION (IPFC), ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 30 DELEGATES AND MEMBER AGENCIES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

HE SAID ONE COULD NOT SUBSCRIBE TO ANY SUGGESTIONS OR ATTEMPTS TO USE THE OCEANS OF THE WORLD AS A VAST +SINK+ IN THE MISPLACED HOPE THAT SOMEHOW THEY COULD ABSORB POLLUTANTS AND RECTIFY MANKIND’S SELF-INFLICTED ERRORS OF JUDGEMENT.

♦THUS, TO AN INCREASING EXTENT, ONE FINDS NOT ONLY CONSERVATION AND REPLENISHMENT OF FISH STOCKS BEING DEBATED ON INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES AGENDA, BUT ALSO PREVENTION OF POLLUTION OF THE SEAS AND THE NEED TO MAINTAIN - AND OFTEN RESTORE - THE INTRINSIC QUALITIES OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT.

+WHAT IS, AT LAST, BECOMING BETTER KNOWN AND UNDERSTOOD IS THAT MANY, PROBABLY MOST, MARINE STOCKS ARE SHARED RESOURCES MIGRATING ACROSS THE MAN-MADE BOUNDARIES OF TWO OR MORE ’EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONES’. THUS THE NEED FOR, AND IMPORTANCE OF, THE LAW OF THE SEA DEBATES, WHICH HAVE BEEN ONGOING FOR SO MANY YEARS.

♦NOW THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, HOWEVER, IN THE FORM OF BROAD INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT,♦ SAID MR. NICHOLS.

HE ADDED THAT ONE COULD NOT AGREE MUTUAL CONSERVATION AND UTILISATION POLICIES UNTIL THE RESOURCES WERE IDENTIFIED AND MONITORED, WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS BEING +A NEVER ENDING PROPOSITION IF THE RESULTS ARE TO BE MEANINGFUL.*

♦FORTUNATELY, WE WITHIN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ARE IN THE HAPPY SITUATION OF BEING PIONEERS IN EVOLVING WHAT IN FUTURE WILL BE KNOWN AS A ’NATURAL MANAGEMENT UNIT.’

♦THAT IS EMBRACING A SUB-REGION OF COMMON STOCKS RATIONALLY FISHED THROUGH THE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION OF THE NATIONS CONCERNED.

♦HERE LIES THE PATTERN AND SAFETY OF THE FUTURE,+ SAID MR. NICHOLS.

THE WEEK LONG MEETING IS BEING ATTENDED BY DELEGATES FROM BANGLADESH, FRANCE, INDONESIA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, MALAYSIA, NEW ZEALAND, THE PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, THE UNITED KINGDOM (HONG KONG) AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND REPRESENTATIVES OF ASSOCIATE AGENCIES UNDER THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION.

/THE BUSY ..

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 19'x)

THE BUSY AGENDA WILL INCLUDE MARINE RESOURCES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH (TUNA FISH, DEMERSAL OR BOTTOM FISH AND SHRIMP, PELAGIC OR MID-WATER FISH)- IMPACTS OF EXTENDED JURISDICTION ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF RESEARCH- INLAND WATERS- FISH TECHNOLOGY-AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF SMALL SCALE FISHERIES.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE MEETING WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE PLENARY SESSIONS OF THE INDO-PACIFIC FISHERY COMMISSION IN MAY 1980.

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SHA TIN VILLAGERS GET NEW HOUSES X * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (MONDAY) HANDED OVER THE KEYS OF 16 HOUSES TO A GROUP OF VILLAGERS IN SHA TIN WHO ARE MOVING TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW TOWN PROJECTS.

THE HOUSES WERE BUILT UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S VILLAGE REMOVAL SCHEME AND ARE LOCATED IN THE NEW KWAI TEI RESITE AREA.

IN A SHORT CEREMONY, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. GERRY HIGGINSON, PRESENTED THE KEYS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF FIVE VILLAGES IN FO TAN WHICH ARE ON LAND FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

OTHER FO TAN VILLAGERS REQUIRED TO MOVE DUE TO THE DEVELOPMENT ARE TO BE GRANTED 28 SITES IN THE NEW RESITE AREA. THE SITES, BY PRIVATE TREATY, ARE FOR BUILDING THEIR OWN HOUSES.

MR. HIGGINSON SAID THE NEW KWAI TEI RESITE VILLAGE WAS THE FIRST TO BE BUILT IN SHA TIN UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S VILLAGE REMOVAL PROGRAMME.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT APPRECIATED THE DIFFICULTIES THE FO TAN AREA VILLAGERS HAD TO FACE IN MOVING FROM THEIR HOMES TO THE NEW RESITE VILLAGE AND HE THANKED THEM FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION.

THE HOUSES ARE THREE-STOREY HIGH WITH A FLOOR AREA TOTALLING 195 SQUARE METRES (2 100 SQUARE FEET).

IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT IS TO BUILD OTHER RESITE VILLAGES AT PAT TSZ WO, TSOK POK HANG, FU YIU HA, SHA TIN WAI AND KAK TIN KUNG MUI.

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FOUNDATION STONE LAID

FOR LEI MUK SHUE HEALTH CENTRE ******

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG TODAY (MONDAY) SAID THAT THE BUILDING OF THE NEW MRS. WU YORK YU HEALTH CENTRE MARKED ♦ANOTHER ACHIEVEMENT IN CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY.*

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE HEALTH CENTRE AT LEI MUK SHUE, THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TWO PROMINENT LOCAL BANKERS, MR. WU YEE-SUN AND HIS BROTHER, WU JIEH-YEE HAVE DONATED $2 MILLION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COST OF THE PROJECT IN MEMORY OF THEIR LATE MOTHER.

♦IT IS HARDLY NECESSARY FOR ME TO SAY THAT THE WU BROTHERS ARE WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR PHILANTHROPY AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED GENEROUSLY TO NUMEROUS CHARITABLE PROJECTS,+ DR. THONG SAID.

IN FACT, A SIMILAR PROJECT, NAMED AFTER THEIR LATE FATHER, AT TSZ WAN SHAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1974 ALSO WITH THEIR DONATIONS.

THE MRS. WU YORK YU HEALTH CENTRE WILL BE HOUSED IN A THREE-STOREY BUILDING WITH A LARGE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT AND FAMILY HEALTH AND MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES.

DR. THONG SAID THAT THE CENTRE, WHEN COMPLETED NEXT YEAR, WOULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED CLINIC FACILITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS IN KWAI CHUNG WHICH OVER THE YEARS HAS EXPERIENCED RAPID INCREASES IN POPULATION AS A RESULT OF EXTENSIVE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMMES.

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT IN KEEPING WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONALISATION SCHEME FOR THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL FACILITIES, THE NEED FOR MORE HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN THE NEW TOWNS IN PARTICULAR HAS BEEN RECOGNISED.

THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY MR. WU YEE-SUN AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE NEW HEALTH CENTRE IN WO Yl HOP ROAD, OPPOSITE THE LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE.

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ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENS TOMORROW *****

with MUSICIANS FROM 11 ASIAN COUNTRIES WILL SHARE EXPFRIFNCP WITH THEIR HONG KONG AND MACAU COUNTERPARTS IN THE ASIAN youth HJSIC CAMP TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE ACTING GoJIrJSr sIr jack CATER TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE AT 3 PM.

THE CAMP j THE THIRD OF ITS KI ND IN ASIA IS iaikitiv nor am । ccn «sociatiIi!CaJ?MtheSJrbISi!c?u2cil?E' TKE asian rouTH MUSIC CAMP

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THE OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS WILL JOIN YOUNG MUSICIANS IN HONG KONG TO FORM THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA.

THE ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE ITS FIRST CONCERT CONCERT HALL ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 7).

IN THE CITY HALL

ALSO PERFORMING IN FRIDAY’S CONCERT WILL BE DOUBLE BASS PLAYER M?. GARY KARR, THE SINGAPORE YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

TICKETS AT $3, $5 AND $7 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE AND THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT THE WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY). PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS. A VAN WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 1.20 PM FOR THE UNIVERSITY STATION WHERE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE TAKEN TO THE CAMP BY A LAUNCH. THOSE WHO WISH TO USE THIS FACILITY SHOULD CONTACT MR. CHARLES FOO OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AT TEL: 5-283257.

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38 000 VISITORS TO CAREERS ’80 IN TWO DAYS * * * *

RESPONSE TO LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS ’80 EXHIBITION IN KOWLOON RAIL TERMINUS HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING WITH MORE THAN 38 000 VISITORS FLOCKING TO IT OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS.

THE EXHIBITION WAS SO PACKED WITH VISITORS OVER THE WEEKEND THAT A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) ADVISED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO COME TO THE EXHIBITION ON WEEKDAYS, IF POSSIBLE.

+THIS WILL ENABLE THEM TO STUDY THE WIDE RANGE OF EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY AND TO STROLL AROUND WITHOUT INTERRUPTION AND THEY CAN MAKE FULL USE OF OUR ENQUIRY SERVICE,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE EXHIBITION’S COMPUTER PROJECT ON CAREERS INCLINATION HAS PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR.

+THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO CATER FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT. HOWEVER, WE CAN ENTERTAIN A LIMITED NUMBER OF OTHER VISITORS. THOSE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART IN THE PROJECT SHOULD APPROACH THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE’S ENQUIRY COUNTER AT THE EXHIBITION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 8) AT 10 AM IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL.

TWENTY-FIVE NUMBERS WILL BE OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC.

THEY ARE:

CC3238 AP 888 CB 8 AN 1 CA 1

CB 911 CB 750 CB132 CA 89 8778

CB1338 CB2895 CB728 CB 399 CB 427

CB 450 BP 272 CB219 CB 120 CB 601

CB 88 CB 38 CB802 CA9199 CB1O66

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

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FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CALENDAR FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PRODUCED A COLOURFUL FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CALENDAR SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO DRIVE HOME THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE OF PROPER FAMILY CARE FOR CHILDREN.

COPIES OF THE SIX-PAGE WALL CALENDAR ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT SOME OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CALENDAR IS PART OF THE CURRENT COMMUNITY-WIDE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO FOSTER FAMILY COHESION.

THE CAMPAIGN, WITH ITS THEME ON +THE CHILD AND THE FAMILY*, AIMS AT EDUCATING FAMILIES ON THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS THEY CAN GIVE TOWARDS THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A CHILD.

APART FROM COLOUR PICTURES OF CHILDREN’S HAPPY FACES, EACH PAGE OF THE CALENDAR CARRIES A SPECIAL CHILD CARE MESSAGE IN hEANINGFUL AND RHYMED QUOTATIONS.

COPIES OF THE SPECIAL CALENDAR CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICES IN CAUSEWAY BAY, ABERDEEN, YAU MA TEI, SAN PO KONG AND TAI PO, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICES IN CENTRAL AND YUEN LONG DISTRICTS, AS WELL AS THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN AND THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1979

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TRAINING MANUAL FOR SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY ON SALE *****

A MANUAL OF RECOMMENDED TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY IS NOW ON SALE AT $13 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THE MANUAL IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH WAS COMPILED BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR. G. TODKILL, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THE RECOMMENDED TRAINING PROGRAMMES ARE INTENDED TO BE USED BY EMPLOYERS AS THEY ARE OR TO SERVE AS GUIDELINES FOR THEM TO DRAW UP THEIR IN-COMPANY TRAINING PROGRAMMES.

MR. TODKILL SAID THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES, WHEN APPLIED, WILL RAISE THE STANDARD OF TRAINING WITHIN THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY AND THE QUALITY OF ITS SKILLED MANPOWER, AND THIS IS VITAL TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRY.

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SEMINAR ON EXPERIMENTS IN WAVES

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A HALF-DAY SEMINAR ON +EXPERIMENTS IN WAVES* FOR PHYSICS TEACHERS WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 12, I960 AT THE TAK 01 SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TSZ WAN SHAN.

ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SEMINAR WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND WILL BE RESTRICTED TO 80 PARTICIPANTS ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

+ALL PHYSICS TEACHERS ARE WELCOME AND THOSE TEACHING UPPER FORMS MAY FIND THE SEMINAR PARTICULARLY USEFUL.+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (SCIENCE), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, BY DECEMBER 14.

THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO PARTICIPANTS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

PRISON INDUSTRY CHIEF TO GIVE TALK * * * *

THE GENERAL MANAGER OF PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIES DIVISION MR. TERRY COLLINSON WILL GIVE A TALK AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE KIWAN IS CLUB TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SUBJECT OF MR. COLLINSON’S TALK WILL BE +THE PLACE OF PRISON INDUSTRIES IN THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS*.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE TALK BY MR. COLLINSON AT TOMORROW’S LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE K IWAN IS CLUB ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF FURAMA HOTEL AT 12.45 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MONEY AND BANKING STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER.............. 1

HK IS DEVELOPING AS A CULTURAL CENTRE -SAYS ACTING GOVERNOR.................................. j

REMARKABLE CHANGES IN TAI PO ......................... 5

FAG EXPERT CALLS FOR MORE HELP TO FISHERMEN .......... 6

TEC PROGRAMMES GEARED TO MEET NEEDS OF LOCAL INDUSTRY........................................ 7

GAMES AND SPORTS PREPARE STUDENTS FUR ADULT LIFE... 8

SITE FOR SHORT TERM TENANCY........................... 8

DIRECTOR OF MARINE TC PRESENT COMMENDATION FOR SEA RESCUE ........................................... 9

CLOSING CEREMONY OF ATHLETIC MEET FOR THE HANDICAPPED....................................... 9

TEMPORARY CLOSURE GF WAN CiIAI ROAD................... 9

WATER CUT IN EAST KOWLOON

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MONEY AND BANKING STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER ft ft ft ft ft

THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 1979 WERE PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THEY SHOW A MARKED FALL IN THE GROWTH RATE OF CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY, BUT A RISE IN THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY.

MONEY SUPPLY

Ml ROSE BY 1.2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, AGAINST 3.5 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. M2 ROSE IN OCTOBER BY 2.4 PER CENT, AND M3 BY 3 PER CENT, BOTH SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER.

IN THE LATEST THREE MONTHS M2 HAS RISEN BY 6.5 PER CENT, AND M3 BY 7.7 PER CENT.

SINCE DECEMBER 1978 M2 HAS RISEN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 23.7 PER CENT AND M3 AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 25.7 PER CENTi THESE INCREASES ARE SOME WAY BELOW THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN 1979 OF GDP AT CURRENT PRICES OF ABOUT 27 PER CENT.

Ml IS DEFINED AS NOTES AND COINS IN CIRCULATION, AND DEMAND DEPOSITS AT LICENSED BANKS. M2 CONSISTS OF Ml PLUS TIME AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS WITH BANKS. M3 CONSISTS OF M2 PLUS DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, LESS DEPOSITS HELD BY THOSE COMPANIES WITH BANKS IN HONG KONG, AND LESS THEIR HOLDINGS OF NOTES AND COINS.

CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY

LENDING IN HONG KONG BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TOGETHER ROSE BY 2.2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, DOWN FROM 2.8 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS THIS MEASURE, WHICH IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE FIGURE AVAILABLE FOR CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY, HAS RISEN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 26.2 PER CENT, WHILE SINCE DECEMBER 1978 IT HAS RISEN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 28.6 PER CENTi THESE ARE BOTH BROADLY CONSISTENT WITH THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY THIS YEAR.

LENDING IN HONG KONG BY BANKS ALONE ROSE IN OCTOBER BY 2.3 PER CENT, WELL DOWN FROM SEPTEMBER’S INCREASE OF 3.8 PER CENT- IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS IT ROSE BY 6.9 PER CENT. LENDING IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ALONE ROSE IN OCTOBER BY 2.6 PER CENT, ALSO WELL DOWN FROM SEPTEMBER’S INCREASE OF 3.9 PER CENT, AND IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS IT ROSE BY 9.5 PER CENT.

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LOANS ABROAD

THE TOTAL OF LOANS ABROAD BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKI NG COMPANIES TOGETHER FELL SLIGHTLY, WITH BANK LOANS ABROAD FALLING BY $422 MILLION TO $19 712 MILLION, WHILE LENDING ABROAD BY DEPOSIT-TAKI NG COMPANIES ROSE BY $337 MILLION TO $22 940 MILLION.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL BANKS ROSE DURING OCTOBER TO 50.1 PER CENT, FROM 49.2 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. THEIR LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO FELL SLIGHTLY, TO 84.7 PER CENT FROM 85 PER CENT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ALSO FELL, FROM 55.8 PER CENT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER TO 54 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

TWO MORE LICENSED BANKS BEGAN TO OPERATE IN OCTOBER, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS UP TO 105. SIX MORE REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BEGAN TO OPERATE, BRINGING THEIR NUMBER UP TO 264.

THE DETAILED FIGURES AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS ARE AS FOLLOWSi

IN SMILLION FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS (% CHANGE)>

OCT 79 SEP 79 JULY 79 OCT 78

Ml 26 382 26 062 (+1.2%) 24 769 (+6.5%) 21 481 (+22.8%)

M2 87 923 85 904 (+2.4%) 82 536 (+6.5%) 70 678 (+24.4%)

M3 93 596 90 840 (+3.0%) 86 877 (+7.7%)

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DEPOSITS 81 159 79 029 (+2.7%) 75 941 (+6.9%) 64 473 (+25.9%)

LOANS AND IN HONG ADVANCES KONG 68 717 67 191 (+2.3%) 64 268 (+6.9%) 48 533 (+41.6%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 84.7% 85.0% 84.6% 75.3%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 50.1% 49.2% 49.2% 46.5%

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DEPOSITS

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO

22 752 21 422 (♦6.2%) 18 835 (♦20.8%)

12 281 11 964 11 213

(♦2.6%) (♦9.5%)

54.0% 55.8% 59.5%

BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG

70 054 68 526 66 103

(♦2.2%) (+6.0%)

(THE ASTERISK DENOTES THAT FIGURES THAN DECEMBER 1978).

ARE NOT AVAILABLE EARLIER

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HK IS DEVELOPING AS A CULTURAL SAYS ACTING GOVERNOR * * * % *

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) HONG KONG IS DEVELOPING QUITE RAPIDLY AS A CULTURAL CENTRE WITH THE GOVERNMENT, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND VARIOUS GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN IT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT THE WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE, SIR JACK SAIDt ♦IN PARTICULAR, EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO ENCOURAGE THE MAKING OF MUSIC, BOTH CHINESE AND WESTERN, BY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.+

HE SAID HONG KONG WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORTS THE IDEALS OF THE ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP MOVEMENT, ♦NAMELY, CO-OPERATION AMONG YOUNG MUSICIANS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICAL TALENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE* WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS MOST WORTHY.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP, MR. K.C. SIU, SAID FOUR GENERATIONS OF MUSICIANS ARE TAKING PART IN THE CAMP’S ACTIVITIES. THEY ARE THE GRAND MASTERS- THE INSTRUCTORS- THE PARTICIPATING YOUNG MUSICIANS AND THE PRIMARY STUDENTS FROM HONG KONG WHO HAVE TAKEN LESSONS FOR ONE YEAR AND +WHO SYMBOLISE ASIA’S HOPE OF CENTURY 21+.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMON GOAL OF THE MUSIC CAMP IS TO MAKE THE MOVEMENT, WHICH HAS HELPED TO PRODUCE MANY GOOD MUSICIANS IN THE WEST, A REGULAR FEATURE IN ASIA AND THAT FROM IT WILL COME THE ASIAN MUSIC MASTERS OF THE FUTURE.

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THE TWO-WEEK MUSIC CAMP, THE THIRD OF ITS KIND IN ASIA, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE, AND THE ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ASSOCIATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ABOUT 100 YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM 11 COUNTRIES IN THE AUSTRAL-ASIAN REGION ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE CAMP. THEY ARE FROM AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, INDIA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, MALAYSIA, THE PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA AND THAILAND. THEY WILL SHARE EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR HONG KONG AND MACAU COUNTERPARTS IN THE CAMP.

THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE FORMED THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA, AND WILL GIVE FOUR CONCERTS IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL ON DECEMBER 7, 9, 13 AND 14. IT WILL ALSO PERFORM AT THE FAREWELL CONCERT AT THE GRAND FINALE OF THE CAMP AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM ON DECEMBER 15.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE ACTING GOVERNOR’S SPEECHi-

+FIRST OF ALL, A WARM WELCOME TO YOU ALL TO THIS THE ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMPi AND A PARTICULARLY WARM WELCOME TO OUR FRIENDS FROM OVERSEAS.

+HONG KONG IS DEVELOPING QUITE RAPIDLY AS A CULTURAL CENTRE. MANY ARE INVOLVED IN THISi VARIOUS GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT.

IN PARTICULAR, EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO ENCOURAGE THE MAKING OF MUSIC, BOTH CHINESE AND WESTERN, BY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

IT IS HONG KONG’S SPECIAL HONOUR TO HOST THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP. THE IDEALS OF THE CAMP MOVEMENT, NAMELY, CO-OPERATION AMONG YOUNG MUSICIANS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICAL TALENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, ARE MOST WORTHY, AND WE IN HONG KONG WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THEM.

I WISH THE ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ASSOCIATION EVERY SUCCESS, NOT ONLY AT THIS CAMP AT WU KWAI SHA, BUT ALSO IN THE FUTURE.

TO OUR VISITORS FROM OVERSEAS I SAY, ENJOY YOURSELVES IN HONG KONGt I AM SURE YOU WILL MAKE MANY NEW FRIENDS HERE. CERTAINLY HONG KONG AUDIENCES ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR PERFORMANCES. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT YOUR MUSIC WILL BRING JOY TO MANY.

♦FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ORGANISE THIS CAMP.

I NOW HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN DECLARING OPEN THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP.+

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REMARKABLE CHANGES IN TAI PO

* * * *

THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE SEEN REMARKABLE CHANGES IN TAI PO AND CHANGE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL BE EVEN MORE DRAMATIC, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE 16TH SPEECH DAY OF THE WONG SHIU CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL, TAI PO, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE DEVELOPMENT NOW TAKING PLACE IN TAI PO WOULD IN ABOUT 10 YEARS PROVIDE A NEW LIVING ENVIRONMENT, NEW JOBS AND NEW SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR A SELF-CONTAINED AND BALANCED TOWNSHIP WITH A TOTAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 200 000.

+BUT WHAT PART WILL YOU, AS INDIVIDUALS, PLAY IN THIS NEW COMMUNITY?* MR. AKERS-JONES ASKED.

+HOW WILL THESE 200 000 SEPARATE INDIVIDUALS BE LINKED TOGETHER? WILL THEY BE SELFISH. THINKING ONLY OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OR WILL THEY BE JOINED TOGETHER BY A COMMON PURPOSE, BY A SENSE OF PRIDE, MUTUAL CARE AND BELONGING.

♦WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT SORT OF TAI PO WE WANT. DO WE WANT IT TO BE DIRTY AND UGLY AND A RESORT FOR CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS? CLEARLY WE DO NOT. THESE SOUND SIMPLE PROBLEMS TO SOLVE, BUT IT IS NOT SIMPLY A MATTER OF SAYING I AM CLEAN, I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT, I AM NOT A CRIMINAL. UNLESS WE COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY WITH COMMON CONCERN AND PURPOSE TO RID OUR SOCIETY OF THESE EVILS THEY WILL INFECT AND POLLUTE THE NEW TOWN WE ARE BUILDING.♦

OUR DEFENCE AGAINST THESE ENEMIES OF SOCIETY WAS TO BUILD A STRUCTURE OF OVERLAPPING REPRESENTATIVE ORGANISATIONS, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID. z

AT NEIGHBOURHOOD, DISTRICT AND TERRITORIAL LEVELS, WE HAD CITIZENS’ ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS RURAL COMMITTEES, KAIFONGS, CLANSMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, AND IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS WE HAD FORMED MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES. THE FORMATION OF THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD ALSO ENCOURAGED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN MATTERS AFFECTING THE INTERESTS OF TA I PO AS A WHOLE- AND RECENTLY THE DIVISION OF TAI PO DISTRICT INTO TWO WOULD BRING GOVERNMENT CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE.

♦ALL THESE INITIATIVES, ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS KNIT THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND HELP TO OVERCOME THE ISOLATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE INDIVIDUAL FAMILY- THEY FORM A DEFENCE AGAINST THE EVILS THAT BES&I ANY SOCIETY, AND THEY PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP OUR CULTURE AND RECREATION AND TO ENRICH COMMUNITY LIFE,*- MR. AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦THUS, THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO JOIN IN ACTIVITIES BEYOND THE SMALL WORLD OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE INCREASING AND MORE CAN BE CREATED.*

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YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY WERE COMING FORWARD IN GREATER NUMBERS TO JOIN IN THIS SEARCH FOR NEW SOLUTIONS TO OLD PROBLEMS IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT.

♦I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT AFTER THE FINE EDUCATION YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM YOUR TEACHERS AT THIS SCHOOL, YOU, TOO, WILL GO OUT INTO LIFE WITH A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.+

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY MRS. JANE AKERS-JONES PRESENTED THE ffiS. TANG CHOI WAI-LING AND THE MR. YUNG CHIU-WOON SCHOLARSHIPS, CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES TO 95 STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES.

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FAO EXPERT CALLS FOR MORE HELP TO FISHERMEN *****

MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE FISH CATCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIA COMES FROM THE ARTISANAL SECTOR, THE DIRECTOR OF FISHERY INDUSTRIES DIVISION OF THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION, DR. A. LABON, TOLD DELEGATES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (SCORRAD) CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE SAID THIS SINGLE FIGURE IS A SIGNIFICANT JUSTIFICATION TO INCREASE EFFORTS IN HELPING THE POOREST SECTOR OF THE FISHERMEN’S FOLK.

♦THIS IS ALSO A POLICY OBJECTIVE OF VIRTUALLY ALL GOVERNMENTS AND IT IS THEREFORE OUR DUTY TO INTENSIFY WORK IN THIS FIELD,♦ HE SAID.

DR. LABON, FROM THE FAO HEADQUARTERS IN ROME, IS ONE OF THE SPEAKERS AT THE SCORRAD MEETING OF THE INDO-PACIFIC FISHERY COMMISSION BEING HELD AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

MORE THAN 30 DELEGATES AND REPRESENTATIVES OF MEMBER AGENCIES OF THE FAO ARE ATTENDING THE WEEK-LONG CONFERENCE.

DR. LABON SAID THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF FAO, MR. SAOUMA, ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO WORK IN THE FISHERIES SECTOR.

♦HIS PROGRAMME OF ASSISTANCE TO MEMBER COUNTRIES IN THE MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF FISHERY RESOURCES IN THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONES HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE HIGHEST STATUTORY BODY OF FAO — THE CONFERENCE, JUST A WEEK AGO AND HAS BECOME ONE OF THE PRIORITY PROGRAMMES OF THE ORGANISATION.

♦THE CONFERENCE HAS ALSO ADOPTED A RESOLUTION REQUESTING COUNTRIES TO JOIN EFFORTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FISHERY RESOURCES AND THEIR RATIONAL EXPLOITATION,* SAID DR. LABON.

HE ADDED THAT THIS BACKGROUND WAS THE FOUNDATION OF WORK IN THE FIELD OF MARINE RESOURCES.

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TEC PROGRAMMES GEARED TO MEET * * * *

NEEDS OF LOCAL INDUSTRY *

ALL OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES’ THE LONDON-BASED TECHNICIAN EDUCATION GEARED TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL

PROGRAMMES VALIDATED BY COUNCIL (TEC) ARE CAREFULLY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNI CAL) ^aId^ODA^C TUESDAY) .

”R- WATERS WAS SPEAKS AT THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR FOR EDUCATORS AND MODERATORS OF TECHNICIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL PROGRAMMES ORGANS IED JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

HE SAID ALL THE PROGRAMMES WERE FIRST SUBMITTED TO THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL FOR ITS VIEWS IN ADDITION TO ABOUT 150 INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS DIRECT.

♦A NUMBER OF THESE ORGANS IATIONS REPLIED MAKING USEFUL SUGGESTIONS AND OUR PROGRAMMES WERE THEN MODIFIED ACCORDINGLY,* W. WATERS SAID.

TODAY, THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE RUNNING 14 PROGRAMMES VALIDATED BY TEC IN THE FIELDS OF BUILDING, CIVIL ENGINEERING, KNITTING AND KNITWEAR TECHNOLOGY, MECHANICAL AND PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINEERING, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIRS, TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY AND COLOURATION.

IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, THE TEC WILL BE APPROACHED FOR FURTHER RECOGNITION OF 12 ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMES IN THE AREAS OF BUILDING ENGINEERING SERVICES, CIVIL ENGINEERING (WATER SUPPLY), CLOTHING, ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, PRINTING AND PRODUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING.

AT PRESENT ABOUT 2 500 STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE UNDERTAKING TEC PROGRAMMES.

MR. WATERS SAIDi + IT IS OUR INTENTION IN THE FUTURE THAT IF A STUDENT STUDIES RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN DEPTH IN A SCHOOL, HE MAY OBTAIN EXEMPTION FROM RELATED SUBJECTS WHEN HE UNDERTAKES A PROGRAMME AT A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.*

THE SEMINAR IS BEING CONDUCTED BY MR. FRANK FIDGEON, DEPUTY CHIEF OFFICER OF THE TECHNICIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST. ITS AIMS ARE TO DEFINE THE PRINCIPLES OF THE TEC EXTERNAL MODERATION SYSTEM AND THE ROLE OF THE TEC EXTERNAL MODERATOR- AND TO GIVE ADVICE ON EXTERNAL MODERATION FOR TEC APPROVED PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE POLYTECHNIC.

THE SEMINAR WILL THEN MOVE OVER TO THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR TWO DAYS ON DECEMBER 7 AND 10.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1979

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GAMES AND SPORTS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR ADULT LIFE ******

PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS PREPARES STUDENTS FOR ADULT LIFE AS WELL AS HELPS THEM TO KEEP FIT PHYSICALLY. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE SIXTH INTER-DIOCESAN ATHLETIC MEET HELD AT THE GOVERNMENT STADIUM.

♦IT IS THE DUTY OF SCHOOLS NOT ONLY TO IMPART KNOWLEDGE BUT TO PREPARE THEIR STUDENTS AS COMPREHENSIVELY AS POSSIBLE FOR ADULT LIFE IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY BEYOND SCHOOL.

♦TAKING PART IN SPORTS AND GAMES IS SUCH A PREPARATION AS IT LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR LATER PARTICIPATION IN A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL PURSUITS ALL OF WHICH GIVE PLEASURE AND HELP TO KEEP US PHYSICALLY FIT,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

SPORTS AND GAMES ACTIVITIES ALSO PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR WIDE AND ENRICHING SOCIAL CONTACT, HE SAID.

BY PARTICIPATING IN SUCH ACTIVITIES. MR. TOPLEY SAID, WE COULD MAINTAIN OUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING, AND BENEFIT FROM THE INCREASING AMOUNT OF LEISURE TIME WHICH WOULD BECOME AVAILABLE IN OUR TECHNOLOGICALLY DEVELOPED SOCIETY.

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SITE FOR SHORT TERM TENANCY * * * *

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY WAY OF ANNUAL RENTAL FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT CHING YEE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSU I•

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 1 750 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE OF TENANT’S GOODS, VEHICLES, MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY (TUESDAY) THE TENANCY WAS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD THEREAFTER, QUARTERLY.

OFFICE SAID TODAY OF ONE YEAR AND,

TENDER FORMS, TOGETHER WITH THE NOTICE AND CONDITIONS OF THE TENANCY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN 19TH FLOOR. GARDEN ROAD AND IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES TENTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO OFFICES. TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEl/ORE NOON ON DECEMBER 21.

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NOTE TO ED ITORSi-

DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO PRESENT COMMENDATION FOR SEA RESCUE ******

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR. M.J. ALEXANDER, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION TO 39 PEOPLE ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 7) IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR BRAVERY IN RESCUING PEOPLE FROM SEA IN THE PAST YEAR.

THE COMMENDATION RECIPIENTS COMPRISE SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, EIGHT POLICE OFFICERS AND 24 FERRY CREWMEN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY IN THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S EXAMINATION HALL ON THE TENTH FLOOR OF RUMSEY STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK BUILDING.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

CLOSING CEREMONY OF ATHLETIC MEET FOR THE HANDICAPPED

*****

WILL HONG CHAI

DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. JOHN CHAMBERS PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE FOURTH sport|Pground?L^^P IC’ ”” 0N THURSD‘r

THE ATHLETIC MEET IS ORGANISED BY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL BEGIN

THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AT 2 PM.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WAN CHAI ROAD

*****

A SECTION OF WAN CHAI ROAD BETWEEN TIN LOK LANE AND BOWRINGTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 6) FOR THE OPENING OF THE NEW BOWRI NGTON ROAD MARKET.

THE NEW MARKET REPLACES THE OLD MARKET UNDER THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER WHICH HAS BEEN PULLED DOWN.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WAN CHAI ROAD, APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT IN EAST KOWLOON * * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE AREA OF KWUN TONG, LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING, NGAU CHI WAN, JORDAN VALLEY, NGAU TAU KOK AND SAN PO KONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 7).

THE INTERRUPTION IN SUPPLY IS TO FACILITATE VALVE REPAIR WORK AT THE SALT WATER PUMPING STATION IN KWUN TONG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, DECSBER 5, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SOLAR /ATER HEATING SYSTEM ON DISPLAY ...................... -|

COMPUTER COURSE FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS ................... -|

NSV HEADQUART RS FC R CAS CADET UNIT ........................ 2

32 P.7D CONTRACTS AWARDED IN OCTOBER ........................ 3

IMMIGRATION MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULES REVISED ................. 3

WATER CUT IN SHAU KEI WAN ................................... 4

TEMPORARY CLOSURE CF SLIP ROAD OFF GARDEN ROAD .............. 4

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1979

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SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM ON DISPLAY ft * ft *

AN EXPERIMENTAL SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM DEVELOPED IN HONG KONG WILL BE ON DISPLAY FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT AN EXHIBITION IN YUEN LONG.

THE SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT BY A GROUP OF 15 UNIVERSITY GRADUATES, NOW UNDERGOING A TWO-YEAR ENGINEERING TRAINING PROGRAMME IN THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION ON +USES OF ENERGY*, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ON LING ROAD, TAI BAY TAU.

THE SOLAR WATER HEATER, WHICH CAN RAISE THE WATER TEMPERATURE AS HIGH AS 50 TO 60 DEGREES CELSIUS, WAS BUILT IN 20 WORKING DAYS BY THE PWD’S TRAINEES AND COST ABOUT *1 400 FOR EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT FOR DEVELOPING THE HEATER WAS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THE TRAINEES TO THINK OF ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY INSTEAD OF OIL.

IT WAS ALSO INTENDED TO ENABLE THEM TO GAIN PRACTICAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE IN DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT, HE ADDED.

THE NEW HEATING SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE SHOWN AT AN EXHIBITION AT THE KOWLOON LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, 52 WATERLOO ROAD, FROM DECEMBER 13 TO 15.

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COMPUTER COURSE FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS ft ft ft ft ft ft

A SHORT COMPUTER COURSE FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE, TO BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 22, 1979 TO JANUARY 3, 1980, IS TO PROVIDE TRAINING OF THE INTERACTIVE MODE OF PROCESSING THROUGH THE STUDY OF A COMPUTER LANGUAGE KNOWN AS ’BASIC’.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMPUTER SERVICES CENTRE CF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

/LECTURES AND

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LECTURES AND TUTORIALS ON ELEMENTARY PROGRAMMING WITH A SELECTION OF MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING THE COURSE.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE COMPUTER SERVICES CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. ACCESS TO COMPUTER TERMINALS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

ENROLMENT WILL BE LIMITED TO 50 AND NO FEES WILL BE CHARGED.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (MATHEMATICS), MATHEMATICS SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5/F, CAUSEWAY BAY BEFORE DECEMBER 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE MATHEMATICS SECTION ON TELEPHONE 5-774001 EXT. 36.

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NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR CAS WESTERN CADET UNIT

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WESTERN CADET UNIT WILL OPEN ITS NEW HEADQUARTERS AT ROOM 709-710 WAH CHING HOUSE, WAH FU ESTATE THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 9).

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEW HEADQUARTERS WHICH WILL REPLACE THE OFFICE IN THE WESTERN MAGISTRACY BUILDING, A PARADE WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY AT WAH HONG SQUARE AND A CADET RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED AT THE ESTATE INVITING BOYS AGED 14 AND 15 TO JOIN THE CADET CORPS.

THE PARADE WILL BE INSPECTED BY THE CAS CADET COMMANDANT, H?. NORMAN LEUNG. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A DEMONSTRATION OF CAS TRAINING AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING BICYCLE AND MOTOR-CYCLE RIDING SKILLS, FIRST AID, BAND PERFORMANCE, AND A DISPLAY OF MOUNTAINEERING, CAMPING AND OTHER EQUIPMENT.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AT THE NEW HEADQUARTERS. THIS WILL BE PERFORMED BY MR. LEUNG- THE CDO (SOUTHERN), MISS ELLE SHUM- THE WESTERN POLICE DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT, MR. T.A. BARNES AND OTHER LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET PARADE AT WAH HONG SQUARE, WAH FU ESTATE ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 9) AT 10 AM AND THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AFTER THE PARADE.

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32 PWD CONTRACTS AWARDED IN OCTOBER ft ft ft *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED A TOTAL OF 32 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $29.4 MILLION DURING OCTOBER.

OF THESE, 12 WERE AWARDED ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

THE BIGGEST CONTRACT — WORTH ABOUT $4.9 MILLION — WAS FOR IMPROVEMENTS OF NATHAN ROAD IN KOWLOON.

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HAS REVISED THE SCHEDULES OF ITS MOBILE OFFICE WHICH MAKES REGULAR CALLS AT VARIOUS PARTS CF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MOBILE OFFICE HANDLES APPLICATIONS FOR RE-ENTRY PERMITS TO CHINA AND MACAU, BRITISH PASSPORTS, CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY AND EXTENSIONS OF STAY.

THE REVISED TIMETABLE FOR THE MOBILE OFFICE WHICH WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 7) IS AS FOLLOWSi

DAY OF WEEKs

TIME

PLACE OF CALL

MONDAY

10.30

2

AM -

PM -

12.45

PM PM

SAN HUI (SAN FAT ESTATE)

TUESDAY

10

AM

12.30

PM

2 PM - 4 PM

WEDNESDAY 10 AM - 1 PM

2 PM - 4 PM

THURSDAY 11.15 AM - 1 PM

(2ND AND 4TH 2 PM - 2.45 PM

THURSDAY OF

EACH MONTH)

FRIDAY 10.30 AM - 1 PM

2 PM - 3.30 PM

SAI KUNG

(RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE)

HANG HAU

(RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE)

SHA TIN

(RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE)

CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND (RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE)

ABERDEEN (ABERDEEN BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGE REGISTRY)

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WATER CUT IN SHAU KEI WAN ******

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 7) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 15-67 AND 26-28 SHAU KEI WAN ROAD 1026—1094- KING’S ROAD, GREIG ROAD, SAI WAN TERRACE, NAM FUNG SUN’CHUEN, AND YAU MAN STREET INCLUDING SHAU KEI WAN POLICE STATION.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SLIP ROAD BETWEEN GARDEN ROAD AND COTTON TREE DRIVE *****

THE SLIP ROAD BETWEEN GARDEN ROAD AND COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 9) FOR THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION’S +DRIVER OF THE YEAR* EVENT.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS ALONG GARDEN ROAD SHOULD USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA THE SLIP ROAD OFF THE HELENA MAY INSTITUTE TO GO TO COTTON TREE DRIVE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NC.

FIRST NT REGIONAL COMMISSIONER EXPLAINS HIS ROLE...... 1

COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO REHABILITATION EMPHASISED.............................................. 2

ANCIENT FORT UNDER RESTORATION ........................ 3

RESIDENTIAL SITES IN SHA TIN TO BE AUCTIONED............ 4

FIREMEN TO COMPETE IN ROUND-THE-PEAK RACE.............. 5

CROW LAND FOR SALE ..................................... 5

DSW TO OFFICIATE AT SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY........ 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR DRIVING EVENT ................. 6

CLOSURE CF SLIP ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG...................... 6

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THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FIRST REGIONAL COMMISSIONER IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INCLUDE ENSURING THAT THE PEOPLE ARE INCREASINGLY INVOLVED IN MAKING DECISIONS ON THEIR FUTURE AND THAT THEY OBTAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS.

MR. JAMES SWEETMAN, OUTLINING HIS RESPONSIBILITIES AS THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES AT A MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY) OF THE LIONS CLUBS OF HONG KONG HARBOUR AND HONG KONG (HOST), SAID THIS AIM COULD NOT BE ACHIEVED UNLESS ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE REGION WERE SEEN TO HAVE NOT ONLY A SENSIBLE POLICY FOR DEALING WITH THEIR PARTICULAR PROBLEMS, BUT ALSO WERE CAPABLE AND ENTHUSIASTIC ENOUGH TO SOLVE THEM.

+IF I CAN BE ASSURED THAT PEOPLE REALISE THAT WE ARE RESPONDING QUICKLY TO MEET THEIR NEEDS, THEIR ENTHUSIASM FOR GREATER PARTICIPATION CAN BE NURTURED AND MAINTAINED,♦ HE SAID.

MR. SWEETMAN, WHO WAS APPOINTED TO HIS NEW POST IN APRIL, SAID HIS DUTIES ALSO INCLUDED CO-ORDINATING AND MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICY- ENSURING THAT THIS POLICY WAS EXPLAINED TO THE PEOPLE AND THEIR OPINIONS ON IT AND SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGES WERE CONSIDERED AND CONVEYED TO THE GOVERNMENT- AND PROVIDING A HIGH STANDARD OF COMMUNITY SERVICES IN THE REGION.

OF THE NEED FOR CLOSER CO-ORDINATION AT A MORE LOCAL LEVEL TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, MR. SWEETMAN SAID HE HAD TO ENSURE THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES EXISTED FOR CLEANING OUR STREAMS OF POLLUTION AND, THROUGH REDEVELOPMENT, AN IMPROVED ENVIRONMENT COULD HELP TEACH PEOPLE NEW HABITS OF PUBLIC HYGIENE.

HE ALSO HAD TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE HAD IMPROVED OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THEIR SOCIAL INTERESTS AND HAD MORE RECREATION.

MR. SWEETMAN SAID THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE HOUSING FIELD WAS WELL-KNOWN, AND EVEN IN THESE TIMES OF CAUTION IN PUBLIC SPENDING, THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME WAS BEING MAINTAINED. THE PRIVATE SECTOR ALSO HAD A LARGE CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TO THE BUILDING UP OF THE REGION, AND HE WAS HAPPY TO ENCOURAGE LARGE-SCALE COMPREHENSIVE PRIVATE PARTICIPATION IN THE REGION’S DEVELOPMENT.

♦HOWEVER, IT IS USELESS TO BUILD NEW HOMES WITHOUT THE ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND WITHOUT THE SCHOOLS, CLINICS AND HOSPITALS WHICH ANY PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY INSISTS UPON.

♦THE NEEDS OF TRANSPORT ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE RELATIVE ISOLATION OF THE REGION FROM THE MAIN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CENTRES OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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♦HOWEVER, IN THE WEST, WE ALREADY HAVE THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY, WHICH CONTINUES TO BE IMPROVED AND WITH THE HEAVY POPULATION CONCENTRATION TO BE BUILT UP BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN, THERE ARE AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR HAVING A MODERN TRAMWAY SYSTEM.+

IN THE EAST, THERE WOULD BE AN ELECTRIFIED, FREQUENT SERVICE OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WHICH, WITH ITS CONNECTIONS WITH THE MTR, WOULD MAKE ATTRACTIVE THAT PART OF THE REGION AS A COMMUTERS’ DORMITORY.

♦NEITHER MUST WE FORGET THE FERRIES, FOR THEY PROBABLY PROVIDE THE MOST RELAXED FORM OF TRAVEL IN HONG KONG, AND IN THE FUTURE THERE SEEMS TO BE GOOD SCOPE FOR, AND A LOT OF GEOGRAPHICAL LOGIC IN, PROVIDING SPEEDIER FERRIES BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND THE URBAN AREA AND INDEED TO AND FROM MACAU AND THE NEIGHBOURING PARTS OF CHINA, PARTICULARLY IN THESE DAYS OF EVER-INCREASING OIL PRICES.

♦THUS THE IDEA OF HAVING A NORTHWEST REGION IS TO CONCENTRATE THE EFFORTS OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND IN RESPONSE TO THE DESIRES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO LIVE IN THE REGION, TOWARDS PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE NEW ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH PEOPLE CAN LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES, WORKING IN BETTER PLANNED FACTORIES AND ENJOYING THE SPREAD OF AMENITIES FROM THE SOPHISTICATED TOWN CENTRES TO THE EASILY ACCESSIBLE RECREATIONAL AREAS, AND THUS TO GIVE THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN A BETTER LIFE THAN THEY COULD HOPE FOR IN THE ALREADY OVER-DEVELOPED AND OFTEN OVER-PRICED URBAN AREA,+ SWEETMAN SAID.

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COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO REHABILITATING DISABLED PEOPLE EMPHASISED ******

THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO REHABILITATING DISABLED PEOPLE SO AS TO DEVELOP THEIR CAPABILITIES TO THE FULLEST AND, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, TO INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, NR. JOHN CHAMBERS SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION AND CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE FOURTH HONG KONG SPECIAL OLYMPICS 1979, MR. CHAMBERS SAID THE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH IS GAINING MOMENTUM UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THROUGH THE CO-ORDINATED EFFORTS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

♦SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FORM AN IMPORTANT PART CF THE OVERALL PROGRAMME,♦ MR. CHAMBERS SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THESE ACTIVITIES ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT FOR DISABLED PEOPLE AS THEY ARE FOR THE ABLE-BODIED.

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♦THEY HELP DISABLED PEOPLE TO GAIN SELF-CONFIDENCE, TO DEVELOP SPORTSMANSHIP, AND TO SHARE IN THE SENSE OF ENJOYMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT WHICH EVERYONE EXPERIENCES IN PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS,+ HE SAID.

ADDRESSING THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS, MR. CHAMBERS SAID THEY HAD DEMONSTRATED TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY THAT DISABLED PEOPLE CAN ACHIEVE A GREAT DEAL IN A FIELD WHICH MANY PEOPLE PROBABLY THINK IS NOT OPEN TO THEM.

♦ IT IS TRUE OF COURSE, THAT YOU MUST OFTEN MAKE GREATER EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE PERFORMANCE LEVELS THAT ARE MORE EASILY REACHED BY ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE,* HE ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT THE EVENT WILL FURTHER STIMULATE A GENERAL AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS AND RECREATION FOR THE DISABLED AND PARTICULARLY FOR THE MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED.

HE THANKED THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED FOR ORGANISING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN HONG KONG, AND THE SCHOOLS AND CENTRES WHICH HAD PARTICIPATED FOR THEIR EFFORTS WHICH HE SAID HAD MADE THE SPORTS MEETING A SUCCESS.

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ANCIENT FORT UNDER RESTORATION * * * *

STAFF OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS SECTION OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF VOLUNTEERS AND MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY, HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THE SECOND PHASE OF RESTORATION WORK ON A CHING FORT ON TUNG LUNG ISLAND.

ACCORDING TO +SHIN-AN YUEN-CHIH* (CHRONICLE OF SHIN-AN PREFECTURE), THE FORT WAS CONSTRUCTED IN THE KANGHSI REIGN OF THE CHING DYNASTY AND WAS ABANDONED IN 1810 WHEN IT WAS REPLACED BY ANOTHER BUILT IN KOWLOON.

IT IS SITUATED ON THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF TUNG LUNG ISLAND WHICH LIES TO THE EAST OF HONG KONG ISLAND FACING FAT TONG MUN.

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS SECTION, DR. S. BARD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT INITIAL EXCAVATION TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

+WE TOOK TEN DAYS TO CARRY THIS OUT AND MOST OF OUR TIME WAS SPENT ON CLEARING THE WILD VEGETATION COVERING THE FORT,* DR. BARD SAID.

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THE FORT, WHICH IS RECTANGULAR IN SHAPE, COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 30 TO 40 SQUARE METRES. IT IS SURROUNDED BY FOUR WALLS ERECTED OF STONES PILED ON ONE ANOTHER.

♦ALTHOUGH PART OF THE WALLS HAD COLLAPSED AND WILD VEGETATION COVERED THE FORT MAKING IDENTIFICATION DIFFICULT, WE HAVE DISCOVERED AN ENTRANCE IN THE NORTHERN WALL OF THE FORT,* DR. BARD SAID.

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♦APART FROM THAT WE ALSO FOUND DURING THE SECOND STAGE OF RESTORATION WORK WHICH LASTED EIGHT DAYS, WALL FOOTINGS AND SOME ANCIENT CHING DYNASTY COINS INSIDE THE FORT NEAR THE ENTRANCE,♦ HE ADDED.

DR. BARD SAID THAT FROM THE SHAPE OF THE BRICKS FOUND NEAR THE ENTRANCE, AN ARC-SHAPED GATE MIGHT HAVE BEEN BUILT THERE.

ON TOP OF THE SOUTHERN WALL WERE ALSO FOUND FOUNDATIONS OF SOME SORT OF CONSTRUCTION. SINCE THE FORT OVERLOOKS FAT TONG MUN AND IS STRATEGICALLY ADVANTAGEOUS, IT IS BELIEVED THAT LOOK-OUT POSTS MIGHT HAVE BEEN BUILT ON THAT WALL.

♦WE HAVE COLLECTED THE STONES AND BRICKS FOUND INSIDE AND AROUND THE FORT FOR FUTURE RESTORATION. WHICH WILL START NEXT JANUARY AFTER EXCAVATION WORK IS COMPLETED,+ DR. BARD SAID.

APART FROM TUNG LUNG FORT, TWO OTHER FORTS ARE KNOWN TO EXIST -TUNG CHUNG AND FAN LAU - BOTH ON LANTAU ISLAND. SO FAR ONLY THE TUNG CHUNG FORT HAS BEEN DECLARED AS A MONUMENT.

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RESIDENTIAL SITES IN SHA TIN TO BE AUCTIONED X * * *

TWO RESIDENTIAL SITES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON DECEMBER 20, AT 11 AM AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

A SITE AT LOK LO HA MEASURING 2 579 SQUARE METRES HAS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $1 440 000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS.

THE OTHER SITE AT KAU TO MEASURES 1 010 SQUARE METRES AND THE BUILDING COVENANT OF S160 000 ALSO HAS TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN THE SAME PERIOD.

BOTH SITES ARE FORMED AND ARE FOR LOW DENSITY DEVELOPMENT.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, W. ROGER THOMPSON, SAID DEVELOPERS WERE SHOWING A LOT OF INTEREST IN THE TWO SITES AND KEEN BIDDING WAS EXPECTED AT THE AUCTION.

HE SAID THE LOK LO HA SITE WOULD BE CONNECTED BY ROAD TO THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY PODIUM DEVELOPMENT IN SHA TIN AND FO TAN RAILWAY STATION. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF ONE AND COMMANDS A GOOD VIEW OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE AND RECREATIONAL AREAS.

MR. THOMPSON DESCRIBED THE KAU TO SITE AS *VERY ATTRACT IVE+ WITH A FULL VIEW OF THE TOLO CHANNEL. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF ONLY 0.4.

HE SAID SEVEN OTHER RESIDENTIAL SITES AND TWO INDUSTRIAL SITES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN ARE TO BE DISPOSED OF BY LETTER A AND B TENDER EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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FIREMEN TO COMPETE IN ROUND-THE-PEAK RACE *****

THE HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND OF THE FIRE SERVICES IS TO HOLD ITS THIRD INTER-DIVISIONAL PEAK RELAY RACE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

EIGHT TEAMS, EACH OF FIVE RUNNERS. WILL TAKE PART IN THE 11-MILE (17.7 KM) RACE WHICH STARTS AND ENDS AT THE OPEN GROUND CLOSE TO THE PEAK CAFE.

EACH RUNNER HAS TO COMPLETE THE 2.2-MILE (3.5 KM) PEAK CIRCUIT VIA HARLECH AND LUGARD ROADS.

THE WINNING TEAM WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A TROPHY BY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER MR. L. WORRALLO.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE FIREMEN’S ROUND-THE-PEAK RACE TOMORROW (FRIDAY). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION AT 1.45 PM WHERE THEY WILL BE TAKEN BY A FIRE SERVICES COACH TO THE STARTING POINT.

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TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JANUARY 7, 1980 AT 2.30 PM.

ONE OF THE SITES MEASURING ABOUT 7 400 SQUARE METRES, IS AT BELLEVIEW DRIVE, REPULSE BAY, HONG KONG. IT IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE OTHER LOT, LOCATED AT WINSLOW STREET, HUNG HOM, IS FOR PUBLIC PARKING OF LORRIES AND GODOWN PURPOSES. IT MEASURES ABOUT 3 200 SQUARE METRES.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

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DSW TO OFFICIATE AT SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) OFFICIATE AT THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY AND GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE SIK SIK YUEN’S HO LAP COLLEGE.

MR. LEE WILL MAKE A SPEECH IN WHICH HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR LOVE AND CARE FOR THE ELDERLY. MRS. LEE WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES TO THE GRADUATES.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.50 PM AT THE COLLEGE AT 15 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR DRIVING EVENT * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE MURRAY BARRACKS CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 9) FOR THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION’S 'DRIVER OF THE YEAR’ EVENT.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SLIP ROAD BETWEEN GARDEN ROAD AND COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS ALONG GARDEN ROAD SHOULD USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA THE SLIP ROAD OFF THE HELENA MAY INSTITUTE TO GO TO COTTON TREE DRIVE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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CLOSURE OF SLIP ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG * * * *

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THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM THE EAST SIDE OF KWAI TO CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 8) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FACILITATE WORK ON THE CONTAINER PORT FLYOVER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG TEL 5-233191

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SHA TIN LAND TO 3E RESUMED FOR KCN DEPOT ............... 1

NE# FIRE BOAT TO BE CONSTRUCTED ........................ 2

TEXTILE AGREEMENT .»'ITH AUSTRIA REACHED ............ . 3

39 COMMENDED FOR BRAVERY IN SEA RESCUE.................. 3

WORN ON ACCESS TO SPCRTS CENTRL, BEGINS SCON............ k

DSW STRESSES NEED CF LOV.s AND CARE FOR OLD PEOPLE .............................................. 5

CHANCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN MANAGEMENT CF AFFAIRS BEING OPENED UP ................... 6

AIRPCRT SHCP FOR RENT .................................. 7

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR SUNDAY RACE MEETING ................. 7

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SHA TIN LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR KCR DEPOT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESUME 2 352 SQUARE METRES OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL AND BUILDING LAND IN SHA TIN TO BUILD AN •♦ELECTRIFICATION MULTIPLE UNIT DEPOT* AS PART OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY MODERNISATION SCHEME.

THE DEPOT, WITH AN ASSOCIATED MULTI-TRACK RAILWAY SYSTEM, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO THE NORTH OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE AT HO TUNG LAU AND LOK LO HA.

INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT IS AN ELEVATED PODIUM WITH A 27 000 SQUARE METRE DECK ABOVE THE DEPOT.

THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE PODIUM WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A LARGE-SCALE COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX, COMPRISING TWO LEVELS OF CAR PARKING, ONE LEVEL OF OPEN SPACE AND SHOPPING FACILITIES, AS WELL AS RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS OVERLOOKING THE RACE COURSE.

COMPENSATION FOR RESUMPTION AND CLEARANCE IS ESTIMATED AT S2.39 MILLION.

THE CLEARANCE WILL INVOLVE THREE BLOCKS OF KCR STAFF QUARTERS OCCUPIED BY 38 FAMILIES. THEY WILL BE OFFERED TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION AT WO CHE ESTATE UNTIL NEW KCR QUARTERS ARE AVAILABLE.

OTHER TEMPORARY DOMESTIC STRUCTURES AND SHOPS WILL ALSO BE CLEARED, t? .

ENGINEERING WORK WILL COMMENCE IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT TWO YEARS.

THE RESUMPTION IS NOTIFIED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY IS A NOTICE OF RESUMPTION AT SHEUNG SHU I OF 7 135.3 SQUARE METRES OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAND FOR SITE FORMATION AND ROADWORKS FOR A NEW SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHEK WU HUI.

A TOTAL OF *4.76 MILLION WILL BE PAID IN COMPENSATION FOR RESUMPTION AND CLEARANCE.

WORK ON THE LAND ALREADY RESUMED WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH, WHILE ENGINEERING WORK ON THE ADDITIONAL AREA WILL BEGIN NEXT MARCH AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NEW FIRE BOAT TO BE CONSTRUCTED * * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 34-METRE FIRE BOAT TO PROVIDE QUICK AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO MARINE AND COASTAL INCIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE NEW FIRE BOAT WITH A SPEED OF 13 KNOTS CAN REACH THE FURTHEREST POINT IN THE AREA IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES.

IT WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH AN ELEVATED PLATFORM WITH A WORKING HEIGHT OF 24 METRES FROM SEA LEVEL TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE SNORKELS AT FULL OPERATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE HYDRAULIC PLATFORM WILL PROVIDE SUFFICIENT HEIGHT FROM WHICH WATER AND FOAM JETS CAN BE DIRECTED AT THE FIRE WITH THE NECESSARY EFFECTIVE STRIKING POWER, PARTICULARLY IN COMBATTING FIRES ON LARGE CONTAINER SHIPS.

THE BOAT WILL HAVE THREE SETS OF TWO-STAGE CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS, TWO OF WHICH ARE TO BE DRIVEN BY THE VESSEL’S MAIN ENGINES AND THE OTHER BY AN INDEPENDENT DIESEL ENGINE. THIS WILL PERMIT PUMPING AND MANOEUVRING TO BE CARRIED OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY.

THE BOAT WILL HAVE A PUMPING CAPACITY OF 8 000 GALLONS PER MINUTE AND FOAM COMPOUND CAPACITY OF NO LESS THAN 17 000 LITRES.

AN ADDITIONAL FIRE BOAT IS NEEDED TO SUPPLEMENT THE EXISTING FLEET TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING MARINE AND LAND BASED INDUSTRIAL RISKS AT TSING Yl, KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

CONTAINER VESSELS VISITING HONG KONG ARE AMONGST THE LARGEST BUILT AND ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF A TOTAL OF 900 SHIPS CALLING AT THE PORT EVERY MONTH USED THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.*

IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO STRENGTHEN ITS FIRE FIGHTING CAPABILITY IN THE AREA,+ HE ADDED.

THE NEW FIRE BOAT WILL BE MANNED BY 12 FIRE SERVICES PERSONNEL. CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOAT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

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FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS IN GENEVA BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AUSTRIAN DELEGATIONS, AGREEMENT WAS REACHED YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) ON THREE ITEMS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS EXPORTED TO AUSTRIA.

TWO ITEMS, WOVEN SHIRTS AND BLOUSES, ARE CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT, BUT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR ANOTHER YEAR FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1980.

THE THIRD ITEM, WOVEN TROUSERS, WAS PREVIOUSLY ONLY SUBJECT TO EXPORT AUTHORISATION BUT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT IT IS NOW SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT.

AT ITS MEETING TODAY THE TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARD EXAMINED AND ENDORSED THE AGREEMENT, THE DETAILS OF WHICH AND THE RULES FOR IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

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THIRTY-NINE PUBLIC-SPIRITED PEOPLE WERE COMMENDED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR. MALCOLM ALEXANDER FOR THEIR BRAVERY IN SAVING LIFE AT SEA IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

OF THE RECIPIENTS OF THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE’S COMMENDATION, TWO ARE SAILORS OF YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY WHO EACH HAVE TWO RECORDS OF RESCUING PEOPLE LAST YEAR.

THE OTHER RECIPIENTS INCLUDE EIGHT POLICE OFFICERS. OF THESE, FOUR WERE OFF-DUTY WHEN THEY SAVED A YOUTH FROM THE ROUGH SEA AT SHEK 0 ON AUGUST 25 WHEN BOTH THE RED FLAG AND TYPHOON SIGNAL WERE UP AND THE SEA WAS BUFFETED BY STRONG WINDS AND IMMERSED IN DARKNESS.

THE DIRECTOR’S COMMENDATION ALSO WENT TO SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, 18 OTHER CREW MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, AND FOUR CREW MEMBERS OF THE STAR FERRY COMPANY.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, W. ALEXANDER PAID TRIBUTE TO THE RECIPIENTS AND SAID THEIR ACTIONS INDICATED NOT ONLY GREAT COURAGE, BUT ALSO PUBLIC SPIRITEDNESS OF A VERY HIGH ORDER, AND CONCERN FOR THOSE IN TROUBLE.

♦THEY DID WHAT WAS NECESSARY DESPITE THE PERSONAL RISK INVOLVED,♦ MR. ALEXANDER SAID.

HE NOTED THAT ALL THE RESCUERS, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, ACTED SPONTANEOUSLY WHEN THE INCIDENTS IN WHICH THEY WERE INVOLVED OCCURRED, AND +AS THEY PLUNGED INTO THE WATER, THERE CAN HAVE BEEN ONLY ONE THOUGHT UPPERMOST IN THEIR MINDS — TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE IN DISTRESS.♦

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1979

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WORK ON ACCESS TO SPORTS CENTRE BEGINS SOON

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED A CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN 17.8 MILLION FOR WORK ON ACCESS TO SHA TIN’S JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE.

THE CONTRACT, AWARDED TO GAMMON (HK), ALSO INCLUDES THE DREDGING OF THE SHING MUN RIVER.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED, AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MESSRS. MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

ACCESS TO THE SPORTS CENTRE AND THE RACE COURSE WILL BE BY A BRIDGE ACROSS THE FO TAN NULLAH. AS ™E PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IS LIMITED, THE BRIDGE WILL PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT PEDESTRIAN LINK AS WELL AS VEHICULAR ACCESS.

THE NEW BRIDGE WILL BE A SINGLE 32-METRE-SPAN OF PRESTRESSED CONCRETE AND WILL SERVE AS AN IMPORTANT LINK BETWEEN THE SPORTS CENTRE AND THE NEW TOWN CENTRE.

THE SHING MUN RIVER DREDGING WILL BE FROM THE RIVER’S CONFLUENCE WITH THE FO TAN NULLAH TO THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY BRIDGE AT TAI WAI.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAIDi +AT PRESENT THIS SECTION OF RIVER IS UNPLEASANT AT LOW TIDE.

♦BUT WHEN DREDGING IS COMPLETED THERE WILL BE A CONTINUOUS COVER OF WATER, EVEN AT LOW TIDE. AT LOWER STRETCHES OF THE RIVER THE WATER IS EXPECTED TO BE AS MUCH AS FOUR METRES DEEP.

♦AT HIGH TIDE, WATER IN THE AREA IN FRONT OF THE TOWN CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO BE TWO TO THREE METRES DEEP, WHILE AT THE RIVER MOUTH IT IS EXPECTED TO BE AS DEEP AS SIX METRES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE RIVER IS PLANNED TO BE 180 METRES WIDE AS IT FLOWS PAST THE TOWN CENTRE AND 450 METRES AT THE MOUTH WHERE IT FLOWS INTO TOLO HARBOUR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID AS THE SHING MUN RIVER IS A VITAL ELEMENT IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLANNING, IT IS INTENDED TO MAKE FULL USE OF ITS POTENTIAL AS A MAJOR SOURCE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

♦A SERIES OF CYCLE PATHS WILL FOLLOW THE RIVER BANK MUCH OF THE WAY TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY PROMENADES AND REST AREAS FOR PEDESTRIANS. SMALL BOATS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE, A FEATURE IN ERSTWHILE SHA TIN WHICH IS BEING REVIVED,♦ HE ADDED.

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DSW STRESSES NEED OF LOVE AND CARE FOR OLD PEOPLE * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF FILIAL LOVE AND CARE FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH IS SOMETIMES MORE ESSENTIAL THAN MATERIAL SUPPORT.

SPEAKING AT THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY AND GRADUATION CEREMONY OF HO LAP COLLEGE RUN BY SIK SIK YUEN, A VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION, MR. LEE SAID OLD PEOPLE WANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD AND RESPECTED OUT CF SPIRITUAL NEEDS.

HE SAID GENERATION GAP MAINLY ARISES OUT OF IDEOLOGICAL DISCORD BETWEEN THE YOUNG AND THE OLD.

THEY OFTEN COME INTO CONFLICTS WHEN BOTH LACK UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER AND TAKE THEIR OWN DOGMATIC VIEWS, HE SAID.

MR. LEE CALLED FOR MUTUAL RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE AND SAID THE YOUNG AND OLD SHOULD BENEFIT FROM EACH OTHER’S WAY OF THINKING AND EXPERIENCE.

OVER THE YEARS, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DEVELOPED SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, WHICH INCLUDE THE LOWERING OF QUALIFYING AGE AND INCREASED PAYMENT RATES FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CARE AND SOC AL CENTRES FOR OLD PEOPLE, AND THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS FOR UNRELATED ELDERLY

ELDERLY

INDIVIDUALS.

THE RECENT OLD PEOPLE’S FESTIVAL JOINTLY ORGAINSED VOLUNTARY WELFARE SECTOR AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAS WIDE PUBLIC CONCERN ON THE NEED OF CARE AND RESPECT FOR

BY THE

ALSO AROUSED OLD PEOPLE,

F£ SAID.

MR. LEE PRAISED SIK SIK YUEN FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

HE SAID A GOOD EXAMPLE IS THE COMPLETION OF ITS CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH, ALTHOUGH NOT OFFICIALLY OPENED, ALREADY CAME INTO OPERATION EARLIER THIS YEAR CARING FOR 100 OLD PEOPLE.

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CHANCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN MANAGEMENT OF AFFAIRS BEING OPENED UP ******

THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JAMES SWEETMAN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) IT WAS GOVERNMENT’S AIM THAT IN THE LONG RUN MORE OPPORTUNITIES WOULD BE OPENED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF AFFAIRS THAT CONCERNED THEM.

HE HOPED THAT A NEW COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN TUEN MUN SOON WOULD BE A VENUE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR INITIATIVE THROUGH ASSISTING IN THE RUNNING OF THE CENTRE.

ADDRESSING STUDENTS AT THE JOINT SPEECH DAY OF MADAM LAU KAM LUNG SECONDARY SCHOOL AND NE I MING INSTITUTE, MR. SWEETMAN SAIDi ♦ALL OF YOU MUST HAVE PARTICIPATED, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, IN SPORTS, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND HAVE NO DOUBT ACQUIRED VALUABLE ATTITUDES TO LIFE FROM THE EXPERIENCES.

♦THIS IS INDEED THE RATIONALE BEHIND GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO STEP OUT FROM THE CLASSROOM INTO THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL.

WE HOPE THAT THROUGH ACTUAL PARTICIPATION YOU WILL FORMULATE OPINIONS OF THE NEEDS OF THE SOCIETY AND BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE PEOPLE AND EVENTS AROUND YOU.+

HOWEVER, HE ADVISED STUDENTS NOT TO STOP THERE.

WE HAVE TRIED AND ARE STILL TRYING TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE ONE AND MANY MORE STEPS FORWARD TO BRING YOUR OPINIONS, VIEWS AND CRITICISMS TO OUR ATTENTION,♦ MR. SWEETMAN SAID.

HE NOTED THAT STAFF AND STUDENTS OF BOTH SCHOOLS HAD ALWAYS BEEN ENERGETIC IN COMMUNITY AND CHARITABLE PROJECTS AND RECALLED THAT IT WAS THE NE I MING INSTITUTE WHICH HAD RAISED THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF MONEY IN A FUND-RAISING WALK FOR THE SHA TIN SPORTS CENTRE A FEW YEARS AGO.

THIS IS A TRUE MANIFESTATION OF THE SUCCESS OF BUDDHIST EDUCATION,♦ MR. SWEETMAN SAID.

THE SCHOOLS TRULY LIVE UP TO THE IDEAL AND SPIRIT FOR WHICH THEY WERE FOUNDED.♦

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AIRPORT SHOP FOR RENT * * *

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE TENANCY OF A SHOP SPACE IN THE EXTENDED ARRIVALS HALL OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FOR THE SALE OF TOBACCO, CIGARETTES AND CONFECTIONARY.

THE TENANCY WILL BE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY, 1980.

TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE PWD TENDER BOX ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28. EACH TENDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RECEIPT SHOWING THAT THE TENDERER HAS DEPOSITED WITH THE TREASURY A SUM OF |10 000 AS A PLEDGE OF HIS BONA FIDES.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, NEW RODNEY BLOCK, QUEENSWAY, OR AT THE AIRPORT.

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR SUNDAY RACE MEETING *****

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE THREE SPECIAL PASSENGER TRAINS TO SHA TIN RACECOURSE STATION THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 9) FOR THE RACE MEETING.

THE THREE NON-STOP TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT HUNG HOM AT 12.32 PM, 12.53 PM AND 1.14 PM.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY TO KOWLOON, THERE WILL ALSO BE THREE SPECIAL TRAINS DEPARTING AT 5.47 PM, 6.03 PM AND 6.39 PM.

THE SPECIAL TRAINS TO PENFOLD GARDEN WILL BE CANCELLED ON THAT DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NC.

ABERDEEN TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH ................................. 1

HK A CULTURAL CROSSROAD — SAYS ACTING GOVERNOR ............... 2

CAR NUMBERS FETCH .>508 400 FOR CHARITY ...................... 3

MORE SERVICE RESERVOIRS ON WAY .............................. 11

SHAM SHUI PO FORTNIGHT ENDS TODAY ............................

VIEWS SOUGHT ON REVISED CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS ................... 5

CHRISTMAS CARDS POSTAGE MINIMUM 20 CENTS ..................... 6

DISTRICT CHILDRSN’S CHOIR FORMED ............................. 6

SECTION CF SASSOON ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR SIX HOURS ........... 7

WATER CUT IN WAN CHAI ........................................ 7

FIRING PRACTICE

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ABERDEEN TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH * * * *

CONSTRUCTION OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL REACHED AN IMPORTANT STAGE TODAY (SATURDAY) WITH THE BREAKTHROUGH ON THE UPPER HALF CF THE FIRST OF THE TWIN TUNNELS.

THE BREAKTHROUGH WAS ACHIEVED AT NOON WHEN THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, MR. CHAN NAI-KEONG, DETONATED A 200 KG CHARGE TO REMOVE THE LAST FOUR METRES OF ROCK SEPARATING THE EXCAVATIONS FROM THE NORTH AND SOUTH ENDS OF THE PROJECT.

FOLLOWING TRADITION, MINERS FROM EACH SIDE CLIMBED OVER THE STILL SMOKING ROCK-PILE TO SHAKE HANDS AND CONGRATULATE EACH OTHER ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TUNNEL EXCAVATION.

THE OCCASION WAS ALSO CELEBRATED BY TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST CEREMONIES AND A LION DANCE.

EXCAVATION OF THE $200 MILLION TWIN TUNNELS OF THE PROJECT IS BEING DONE IN TWO STAGESi FIRST THE TOP HALF IS REMOVED, AND THEN THE BOTTOM HALF EXCAVATED.

THE BREAKTHROUGH ON THE SECOND SOUTHBOUND TUNNEL WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL AUTUMN NEXT YEAR.

AN IMPORTANT BENEFIT OF TODAY’S BREAKTHROUGH IS THAT CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE PARTIALLY EXCAVATED TUNNEL TO TRAVEL BETWEEN ABERDEEN AND HAPPY VALLEY USING ONLY THE UPPER HALF OF THE TUNNEL.

PUBLIC MOTORISTS WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 1981 BEFORE THEY CAN USE THE TWO 1.8 KM TUNNELS.

THE CONTRACTOR FOR THE PROJECT IS THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL JOINT VENTURE, A CONSORTIUM CONSISTING OF SOCIETE FRANCAISE D’ENTREPRISES DE DRAGAGES ET DE TRAVAUX PUBLICS, GAMMON (HONG KONG) LTD., SVENSKA AB SENTAB, AND HOCHTIEF A.G. FUR HOCH UND TIEFBAUTEN.

THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL WAS DESIGNED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PWD.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE TUNNELS AND ITS CONTROL BUILDINGS IS ONLY PART OF THE WHOLE PROJECT.

AT THE SOUTHERN, ABERDEEN END, WORK ON THE $60 MILLION WONG CHUK HANG INTERCHANGE IS PROGRESSING.

THE INTERCHANGE WILL LINK THE TUNNEL TO WONG CHUK HANG ROAD PROVIDING SMOOTH ACCESS FOR TRAFFIC FROM BOTH REPULSE BAY AND ABERDEEN.

ASSOCIATED WORKS INVOLVE THE RE-LOCATION OF THE ACCESS ROAD TO OCEAN PARK, AN OVERPASS ACROSS WONG CHUK HANG ROAD FOR OCEAN PARK TRAFFIC, AND ACCOMPANYING SLIP ROADS TO PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS TO GRANTHAM HOSPITAL.

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AT THE NORTHERN, HAPPY VALLEY END, THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER FROM GLOUCESTER ROAD TO THE TUNNEL ENTRANCE WILL PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS BETWEEN THE CROSS HARBOUR AND ABERDEEN TUNNELS.

THE 1.2 KM ELEVATED TWO-LANE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WILL ALSO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THREE OF THE BUSIEST ROAD

IONS ON t!0NG K0NG *SLAND« LEIGHTON ROAD/CANAL ROAD, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST/WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD/MORRISON HILL ROAD ‘ ~----

ROAD/MORRISON HILL ROAD.

AND

LEIGHTON

ALL OF THESE WORKS WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE TUNNEL COMES INTO OPERATION IN 1981.

THE ABERDEEN

PER

THEN IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR 2 400 VEHICLES PER TRAVEL FROM ONE SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND TO THE OTHER TEN MINUTES.

HOUR TO IN LESS THAN

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HK IS A CULTURAL CROSSROAD - SAYS ACTING GOVERNOR ******

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) HONG KONG IS A CROSSROAD WHERE THE EASTERN AND WESTERN CULTURES MEETi +EACH HAS SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM THE OTHER, EACH HAS SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE+.

SIR JACK WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPEN DAY CEREMONY TO MARK THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF RICCI HALL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT FATHER MATTEO RICCI, AFTER WHOM RICCI HALL WAS NAMED, WAS A TRULY REMARKABLE MAN - BEING THE FIRST EUROPEAN TO LIVE AND WORK IN PEKING AFTER MARCO POLO.

♦IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT HE SHOULD HAVE INTRODUCED IDEAS OF WESTERN ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS AND GEOGRAPHY TO CHINA WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS A SERIOUS STUDENT OF CHINESE ART, LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY AND GOVERNMENT.+

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE SPEECH BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR i

♦IT IS A VERY GREAT PERSONAL PLEASURE FOR ME TO OFFICIATE AT THIS OPEN DAY CEREMONY WHICH MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF RICCI HALL. THIS BUILDING IS OF COURSE THE NEW RICC II BUT I COUNT MYSELF PRIVILEGED TO HAVE BEEN A VISITOR ON MANY HAPPY AND INTERESTING OCCASIONS AT THE OLD HALL. AND PRIVILEGED I WAS, FOR SUCH OLD AND DEAR FRIENDS AS FATHERS TOMMY RYAN, AND JERRY MCCARTHY AND TERRY SHERIDEN, KEVIN ODWYER AND FERGUS CRONIN TOO AS WELL AS OTHERS MADE IT QUITE CLEAR IN THOSE DAYS THAT AN INVITATION TO DINE AT RICCI WAS THE REAL ACCOLADE, THAT NOWHERE ELSE IN HONG KONG COULD BEAR COMPARISON.

♦HALF A CENTURY AGO THE ORIGINAL BUILDING WAS OPENED BY THE THEN GOVERNOR AND CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY, SIR CECIL CLEMENTI. SINCE THEN OVER 1 500 STUDENTS HAVE RESIDED AT RICCI AND MANY OF THEM HAVE MADE, OR ARE NOW MAKING, A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.

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♦RICCI HALL IS INDEED WELL KNOWN AS A COMMUNITY WHOSE MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM OF VALUES INSPIRED BY CHRISTIAN IDEALS. FATHER MATTEO RICCI, AFTER WHOM IT WAS NAMED, WAS A TRULY REMARKABLE MAN - BEING THE FIRST EUROPEAN TO LIVE AND WORK IN PEKING AFTER MARCO POLO. IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT HE SHOULD HAVE INTRODUCED IDEAS OF WESTERN ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS AND GEOGRAPHY TO CHINA WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS A SERIOUS STUDENT OF CHINESE ART, LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY AND GOVERNMENT. WE IN HONG KONG HAVE MUCH TO LEARN FROM HIS EXAMPLE FOR HONG KONG IS A CROSSROAD WHERE EASTERN AND WESTERN CULTURES NEETt EACH HAS SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM THE OTHER, EACH HAS SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE.

♦A 5OTH ANNIVERSARY IS AN EVENT WELL WORTH CELEBRATING1 FOR RICCI - APPROPRIATELY - THEY HAVE BEEN GOLDEN YEARS. I OFFER TO RICCI HALL AND EVERYONE CONNECTED WITH IT, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, MY WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS ON PAST ACHIEVEMENTS, COUPLED WITH THE CONFIDENT HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO FLOURISH IN EVERY WAY.+

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBER AUCTION REALISES $508 400

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TWENTY-FOUR SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $508 400, WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW REGISTRATION NUMBER 8778 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $100 000.

NUMBER CAI WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $80 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR BOTH CB1O66 AND CB2895.

THE OTHER REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICESi

CC 3238 ($2 000) CB 750 ($2 200) CB 219 ($1 400)

CB 911 ($3 200) BP 272 ($6 000) CB 802 ($1 200)

CB 1338 ($2 800) CB 38 ($22 000) AN 1 ($76 000)

CB 450 ($4 400) CB 8 ($74 000) CA 89 ($10 000)

CB 88 ($54 000) CB 132 ($3 800) CB 399 ($4 400)

AP 888 ($44 000) CB 728 ($5 200) CB 120 ($3 400)

CB 601 ($5 000) CA 9199 (SI 400)

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

TODAY'S SALE, THE 49TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY REALISED FOR CHARITY SO FAR TO $11 021 500.

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MORE SERVICE RESERVOIRS UNDER CONSTRUCTION OR PLANNING

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AS THE NEW TOWNS GRADUALLY TAKE SHAPE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT OF PWD IS GEARING ITSELF TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR BOTH FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLIES IN THESE DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES AND EXISTING URBAN AREAS.

IT IS ALREADY BUILDING EIGHT SERVICE RESERVOIRS IN KOWLOON AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND HAS PLANS TO BUILD ANOTHER 15 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE ANOTHER FOUR IN KOWLOON, TWO ON THE OUTLYING ISLANDS, AND SEVEN MORE ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE EIGHT SERVICE RESERVOIRS UNDER CONSTRUCTION ARE AT TUEN MUN, TUI MIN HOI (SAI KUNG), HA WO CHE (SHA TIN), TSI NG Yl, AND FEI NGO SHAN (KOWLOON). FIVE OF THEM WILL BE FOR STORING FRESH WATER AND WILL HAVE A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 89 450 CUBIC METRES. THE OTHER THREE WILL BE ABLE TO STORE 13 800 CUBIC METRES OF SALT WATER.

ALL THE SERVICE RESERVOIRS, EXCEPT THE TWO AT TUEN MUN, ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1980. THOSE AT TUEN MUN WILL BE READY IN 1982.

THE RESERVOIRS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WILL COST ABOUT $40 MILLION.

THE 28 SERVICE RESERVOIRS UNDER PLANNING WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 358 910 CUBIC METRES CAPACITY FOR FRESH WATER AND 16 850 CUBIC METRES FOR SALT WATER.

THESE RESERVOIRS WILL COST ABOUT $198 MILLION.

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SHAM SHU I PO FORTNIGHT ENDS SUCCESSFULLY

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THE SHAM SHU I PO FORTNIGHT, THROUGH A SERIES OF THEME-ORIENTED PROGRAMMES, HAS INCREASED RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF VARIOUS PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS TO FIGHT CRIME, REDUCE FIRE RISKS, KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN AND PREVENT DRUG ABUSES.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHAM SHU I PO, MR. STEPHEN IP SAID THE EVENT HAS ALSO SUCCESSFULLY ENCOURAGED MANY RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, AND TO SHOW MORE CONCERN FOR THEIR OWN SURROUNDINGS.

♦A ’HELP-YOUR-NEIGHBOUR’ SPIRIT IS GRADUALLY BUILDING UP HERE WHICH IS SO VITAL TO A HAPPY COMMUNITY,* HE ADDED.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1979

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THE FORTNIGHT ENDED TODAY (SATURDAY) WITH A CLOSING CEREMONY AT BOUNDARY STREET SPORTS GROUND PERFORMED BY UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS, MR. WONG LAM AND MR. ALLEN LEE- THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OF KOWLOON WEST, MRS. MABEL HAYES AND MANY LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

A SERE IS OF 26 PROGRAMMES WAS ORGANISED DURING THE TWO WEEKS TO AROUSE THE INTEREST OF RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. FOR CHILDREN, THERE WAS A PAINTING COMPETITION AND CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST- FOR THE ELDERLY, A RESPECT THE ELDERLY VARIETY SHOW- FOR THE FAMILY, A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FILM SHOW- FOR STUDENTS, AN INTER-SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST- FOR WORKERS, A CAMP FOR INDUSTRIAL YOUTH- FOR THE ABLE BODIED, A LONG-DISTANCE RACE- AND FOR THE DISABLED, A PHAB CAMP DAY.

A TOTAL OF 60 000 RESIDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE FORTNIGHT AND PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS COMPETITIONS WERE PRESENTED TODAY.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY, OVER 5 000 CHILDREN AND A GOOD NUMBER OF ADULTS WERE TREATED TO 27 GAMES STALLS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING A MARCH DISPLAY BY THE GURKHA PIPES AND DRUMS, HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES AND MINI TRAIN RIDES.

MRS. HAYES, SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, POINTED OUT THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE FORTNIGHT WAS FOSTERED BY THE GOVERNMENT WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE KAI FONG ASSOCIATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES IN ORGANISING THE ACTIVITIES. SHE THANKED THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND THANKED SHAM SHU I PO RESIDENTS FOR THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.

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VIEWS ON DRAFT REVISED CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS SOUGHT

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SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WISHING TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE DRAFT REVISED CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS FOR FORMS IV AND V CAN DO SO AT A SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 5, 1980.

THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE ILLUSTRATED TALKS, DISCUSSIONS AND AN EXHIBITION OF PRACTICAL WORK AND RESOURCE MATERIALS.

A DISPLAY OF CHEMISTRY BOOKS WILL ALSO BE ARRANGED.

♦THE AIM OF THIS SEMINAR IS TO INTRODUCE THE DRAFT SYLLABUS COMPILED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO THE TEACHERS AND TO INVITE GENERAL COMMENTS FROM THEM,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DRAFT SYLLABUS HAD BEEN REVISED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CHEMISTRY EXAMINATION SYLLABUSES OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY.

♦AFTER COLLATING COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK FROM SCHOOLS AND TERTIARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES, THE DRAFT SYLLABUS WILL BE FINALISED IN THE SUMMER OF 1980,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT DIOCESAN BOYS’ SCHOOL, ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WISHING TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR SHOULD SUBMIT NOMINATION FORMS TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (SCIENCE), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG BEFORE DECEMBER 14.

SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS

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THE POST OFFICE TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT THE CORRECT POSTAGERATE FOR UNSEALED LOCAL CHRISTMAS CARDS WEIGHING UP TO 2 OZ IS 20 CENTS.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +CARDS BEARING INSUFFICIENT POSTAGE WILL NOT BE DELIVERED TO THE ADDRESSEE.*

NOTE TO EDITORS!

DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR FORMED

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) OFFICIATE AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF A 90-MEMBER CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR IS FORMED BY LOCAL ENTHUSIASTS AFTER MONTHS OF PLANNING AND TRAINING WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (SOUTHERN), CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4 PM AT THE SAN WUI COMMERCIAL SOCIETY’S CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL AT 1 DEEP BAY ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PART OF SASSOON ROAD * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT A SECTION OF SASSOON ROAD BETWEEN HONG KONG UNIVERSITY’S MEDICAL CENTRE AND NORTHCOTE CLOSE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 11) TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PEDESTRIAN FOOT-BRIDGE.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS ALONG POKFULAM ROAD MAY USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA BISNEY ROAD TO GET TO VICTORIA ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT IN WAN CHAI * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 10) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY THE NORTH SIDE OF HENNESSY ROAD, THE EAST SIDE OF LUARD ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD AND THE WEST SIDE OF O’BRIEN ROAD, INCLUDING THOSE ON JAFFE ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD.

FIRING PRACTICE * * *

PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE RANGE ON FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF

THE PRACTISING TIMES AREi

DATE

DECEMBER 10 (MONDAY)

DECEMBER 11 (TUESDAY)

DECEMBER 12 (WEDNESDAY)

DECEMBER 13 (THURSDAY)

TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS PRACTICE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INVESTMENT STUDY MISSION ARRIVES FROM JAPAN.............. 1

AVIATION DIRECTOR ATTENDS TALKS ......................... 2

AMS MEMBERS GET NE./ UNIFORM ............................ 5

CHILDREN'S CHOIR INAUGURATED ............................ 3

CAREERS EXHIBITION ENDS TOMORROW ....................... **

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1979

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JAPANESE MISSION ARRIVES TO EXPLORE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES * * ft * *

A JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT STUDY MISSION, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF 23 MEDIUM-SIZED JAPANESE COMPANIES, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (SUNDAY).

MEMBERS OF THE MISSION WILL BEGIN A BUSY TWO-DAY PROGRAMME TOMORROW, FOLLOWING A RECEPTION TONIGHT TO BE HOSTED BY W. T.K. ANN, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNICATIONS WORKING COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG/JAPAN BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE.

THE PROGRAMME BEGINS AT THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WHERE AFTER A WELCOME BY THE DIRECTOR, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD, THE PARTY WILL BE BRIEFED BY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

IT ALSO INCLUDES A VISIT TO THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL AND A TOUR OF TWO FACTORIES, THE WING KAI ELECTRONICS LTD AT TUEN MUN, WHICH PRODUCES LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAYS AND SEMI-CONDUCTOR DEVICES- AND A JAPANESE COMPANY SUCCESSFULLY ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG - ASAHI OPTICAL (INTERNATIONAL) LTD AT KWAI CHUNG, WHICH PRODUCES CAMERAS AND ELECTRONIC FLASH UNITS.

IN THE EVEN I NG,MEMBERS OF THE MISSION WILL ATTEND A DINNER, TO BE HOSTED BY SIR S.Y. CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WORKING COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG/JAPAN BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE.

THE ITINERARY ON TUESDAY STARTS WITH A BRIEFING BY MR. VICTOR MILLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION, AND BY MR. J.R. TODD, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, FOLLOWED BY VISITS TO SHA TIN AND TAI PO IN THE MORNING.

THE PARTY WILL VIEW ANOTHER FACTORY IN THE AFTERNOON, THE MICRO ELECTRONICS LTD AT KWAI CHUNG, WHICH PRODUCES TRANSISTORS AND CONSUMER ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS.

IN THE EVENING, TOGETHER WITH LOCAL BUSINESSMEN INTERESTED IN JOINT VENTURES IN JAPAN, THEY WILL ATTEND A RECEPTION TO BE HOSTED BY THE JAPANESE CONSUL GENERAL.

THE INTERESTS OF THE COMPANIES REPRESENTED IN THE MISSION COVER CHEMICALS, PRECISION MACHINERY, ELECTRONICS, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, LEISURE GOODS AND CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS.

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THEIR VISIT, AIMED AT EXPLORING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG WAS ANNOUNCED AT LAST MONTH’S JOINT MEETING IN TOKYO OF THE BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE LEADER OF THE MISSION, MR. SEIICHI KURIHARA, AND THE DEPUTY LEADER, MR. TADASHI OKITA WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR VISIT AT 3.30 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 11) IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT) OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, MR. PAUL WONG WILL ALSO ATTEND.

MR. KURIHARA IS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NOMURA SECURITIES LTD, AND MR. OKITA IS SECRETARY GENERAL OF HITACHI LTD.

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AVIATION DIRECTOR OFF FOR TALKS

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR. B.D. KEEP, LEFT FOR BANGKOK TODAY (SUNDAY) TO ATTEND THE 15TH ANNUAL MEETING OF DIRECTORS GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION, ASIA AND PACIFIC, SPONSORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION.

THE FIVE-DAY CONFERENCE, STARTING TOMORROW, WILL INVOLVE DISCUSSIONS AND CONSIDERATION ON A BROAD TERM AMONG AVIATION CHIEFS IN THE REGION ON MATTERS RELATING TO AIR NAVIGATION, AVIATION SECURITY, AIR TRANSPORT ECONOMICS AND FACILITATION, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL PAPERS WILL BE PRESENTED FOR STUDY. HONG KONG’S PAPERS FOR THIS YEAR ARE ENTITLEDi +PREVENTION OF BIRD STRIKES IN HONG KONG*, +WINDSHEAR+ AND +NEW LONG-RANGE RADAR IN HONG KONG*.

MR. KEEP WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MEETING TO ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING BY THE UK CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY ON THE APPLICATIONS BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS, BRITISH CALEDONIA AIRWAYS AND LAKER AIRWAYS FOR RIGHTS TO OPERATE SCHEDULE SERVICES ON THE HONG KONG/LONDON ROUTE, AND ALSO THE AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT TALKS BETWEEN UK AND SINGAPORE.

DURING MR. KEEP’S ABSENCE IN HONG KONG, MR. J.T. THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, WILL ACT IN HIS CAPACITY.

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MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE WILL BE ISSUED A NEW UNIFORM WHICH IS DESIGNED FOR MORE COMFORT.

THE NEW OUTFIT, IN TUNIC STYLE, WILL DO AWAY WITH THE CLOSE-FITTING JACKET AND TROUSERS WITH GAITERS WHICH HAVE BEEN IN USE SINCE THE 195O’S. FOR WOMEN OFFICERS, THE NEW UNIFORM WILL BE A JACKET AND A SKIRT.

THE MATERIAL FOR THE NEW UNIFORM WILL BE DACRON FOR SUMMER AND SERGE FOR WINTER IN PLACE OF GREY DRILL FOR THE EXISTING OUTFIT.

THE COLOUR OF THE UNIFORM WILL BE CHANGED FROM ORDINARY GREY TO CHARCOAL GREY, BUT THE HEADGEAR, A BLUE BERET, WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED. z

THE MEDICAL DEFENCE STAFF OFFICER OF AMS, MR. K.C. TONG SAID THE EXISTING UNIFORM WILL BE PHASED OUT IN FOUR STAGES.

♦IN FACT THE NEW UNIFORM HAS BEEN ISSUED TO SOME OF THE SENIOR OFFICERS AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE CHANGE-OVER WILL BE COMPLETED BY 1983 FOR OUR 5 800 - STRONG FORCE.+

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (SUNDAY) INAUGURATED A CHILDREN'S CHOIR WHICH WILL BE A SOURCE OF CULTURAL INSPIRATION AND ENTERTAINMENT TO RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR, COMPRISING 90 BOYS AND GIRLS AGED EIGHT TO 13, WILL SHORTLY MAKE ITS DEBUT AT AN ANTI-CRIME FUNCTION BEING ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON, MR. LEE SAID RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY TAKE PRIDE IN HAVING THEIR OWN CHILDREN'S CHOIR TO BRING THEM MUSIC AND JOY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN RECENT YEARS, UNDER THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT AND WITH ACTIVE PUBLIC SUPPORT, MUSIC ACTIVITIES HAVE DEVELOPED AND EXPANDED.

THE FORMATION OF THE CHOIR NOT ONLY PROVIDES CHILDREN WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPING THEIR GROUP SPIRIT AND FOR MEANINGFUL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, IT ALSO PROMOTES THE STANDARD OF CULTURAL AND MUSICAL LIFE IN THE DISTRICT.

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♦THIS YEAR BEING THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD, IT SHOWS QUITE APPROPRIATELY THE DISTRICT COMMUNITY’S CARE AND LOVE FOR CHILDREN,* HE SAID.

THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR IS FORMED BY LOCAL ENTHUSIASTS AFTER MONTHS OF PLANNING AND TRAINING, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (SOUTHERN), CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE.

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CAREERS EXHIBITION CLOSES TOMORROW * * * *

A CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS ’80 EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT 5.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE KOWLOON RAIL TERMINUS.

AT THE CEREMONY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. J.N. HENDERSON WILL PRESENT COMMEMORATIVE BANNERS TO EXHIBITORS, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAD HELPED ORGANISE THE EXHIBITION. MRS. HENDERSON WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO THE 100 OOOTH VISITOR.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MUNDAY, DEC^lBER 10, 1979

CCjJTENTS PaGE NO.

CROSS HARBOUR LINKS STUDY COMMISSIONED .............. 1

SWD AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR TL i EET UN WELFARE CLASS REVIEW ................................... 2

TICD CHIEF WELCOMES JAPANESE MISSION ................. 3

CAREERS '80 ATTRACTS A RECORD 120 000 VISITORS ......... 4

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY RETIRING ............... 4

WALKWAY ON ABERDEEN RESERVOIR'S DAM TO BE REBUILT ............................................. 5

TEACHER-LIBRARIANS ATTEND TRAINING COURSE .............. 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE CF SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET ............. 7

WATER CUT IN KOWLOON CITY

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CROSS HARBOUR LINKS STUDY COMMISSIONED *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) COMMISSIONED A $5.5 MILLION TRANSPORT STUDY ON THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL CROSS HARBOUR LINKS AND THE BEST LOCATION OF THESE FACILITIES.

THE STUDY WILL ASSESS THE IMPACT OF ADDITIONAL CROSS HARBOUR FACILITIES ON THE TOTAL TRANSPORT NETWORK, AND IN PARTICULAR ON THE CONNECTING APPROACH ROADS.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MR. H.D. STEAD, AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF WILBUR SMITH AND ASSOCIATES, MR. J.R. HARBISON ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE JOINT CONSULTANT Gr6uP COMPRISING WILBUR SMITH AND ASSOCIATES- MOTT, HAY ANDERSON FAR EAST- AND CHRISTIAN! NIELSEN.

SINCE THE OPENING OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL IN 1972, THE VOLUME OF DAILY TRAFFIC THROUGH THE TWIN-TUBE TUNNEL HAS BEEN GROWING AT A SUBSTANTIAL RATE AND IS APPROACHING CAPACITY. CONGESTION IN THE TUNNEL AND ITS APPROACHES NOW OCCURS REGULARLY DURING THE PEAK PERIODS.

VARIOUS FORMS OF HARBOUR CROSSINGS WERE PROPOSED IN PREVIOUS STUDIES TO CATER FOR THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR CROSS HARBOUR TRAVEL. THESE PROPOSALS INCLUDED A WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING LINKING KENNEDY TOWN WITH THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE KOWLOON PENINSULA AND A BRIDGE FROM LEI YUE MUN TO THE EAST OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

COMMENTING ON THE LATEST STUDY COMMISSIONED, MR. STEAD SAID THAT IT WAS THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY ON ADDITIONAL CROSS HARBOUR LINKS. PREVIOUS STUDIES HAD CONCENTRATED ON INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS.

HE SAID THE NEW TRANSPORT STUDY WOULD START IN JANUARY I960, AND WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IN TWO STAGES.

♦STAGE I WILL LOOK AT SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS. IT WILL INCLUDE AN INVESTIGATION OF THE TUNNEL APPROACH ROADS IN RELATION TO ANY INCREASE IN THE PRESENT TUNNEL CAPACITY, TOGETHER WITH A STUDY OF THE EXISTING VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES AND THE FEASIBILITY OF THEIR IMPROVEMENT AND EXPANSION, WITH A VIEW TO MINIMISING THE CONGESTION OF CROSS HARBOUR TRAFFIC,* MR. STEAD ADDED.

♦A DRAFT REPORT ON SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE SHORT TERM SOLUTIONS IS EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED THREE MONTHS AFTER THE START OF THE STUDY,♦ HE SAID.

♦STAGE II WILL BE A STUDY OF LONG TERM SOLUTIONS. IT WILL INCLUDE ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL CROSS HARBOUR FACILITIES. THE DRAFT REPORT ON THE RESULT OF THE STUDY AND SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LONG TERM SOLUTIONS IS TO BE SUBMITTED IN A FURTHER 12 MONTHS.♦

RECENTLY, THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY ALSO PROPOSED TO INCREASE THE EXISTING TUNNEL CAPACITY BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MEZZANINE FLOOR IN EACH TUBE.

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SWD AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO MEET ON WELFARE CLASS REVIEW

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PROPOSED A MEETING WITH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR TO DISCUSS IN GREATER DEPTH THE BEST MEANS OF CONDUCTING A REVIEW OF THE STAFFING STRUCTURE IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, SIMILAR TO THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE REVISED STRUCTURES AND SALARY SCALES OF DIFFERENT GRADES IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SHOULD APPLY TO THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. STEPHEN LAW WHILST SPEAKING ON THE DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE CLASS REVIEW AT A QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

MR. LAW STRESSED THAT THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAD NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN, BUT IT HAD BEEN DECIDED AT THE START OF THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW IN MAY, 1977, THAT A COMBINED REVIEW OF BOTH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT BE FEASIBLE NOR PRACTICABLE.

THIS, HE SAID, WAS BECAUSE OF THE STRUCTURE AND NEED OF THE DEPARTMENT AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES ARE DIFFERENT AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO ARRIVE AT A STRUCTURE WHICH WAS SUITABLE FOR BOTH.

CHANGES WERE URGENTLY REQUIRED IN THE DEPARTMENT TO FACILITATE ITS RE-ORGANISATION ON A REGIONAL BASIS IN APRIL THIS YEAR, HE ADDED.

MR. LAW POINTED OUT THAT THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW WAS ESSENTIALLY AN INTERNAL RE-STRUCTURING EXERCISE INVOLVING SOME 1 300 OFFICERS.

IT IS A COMPLEX ADMINISTRATIVE AND ESTABLISHMENT EXERCISE ON A SCALE WHICH HAS NOT BEEN ATTEMPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN RECENT HISTORY, HE SAID.

+IT HAS TAKEN TWO YEARS TO DISCUSS AND AGREE THE CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENT ALONE AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION WILL TAKE ANOTHER TWO YEARS,♦ HE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THE MANY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INVOLVED. THE GREATER NUMBER OF STAFF EMPLOYED, THE DIVERSITY OF SERVICES PROVIDED AND THE LACK OF UNIFORMITY IN STANDARDS OF SERVICES, MR. LAW SAID, IT WAS DECIDED THAT A SEPARATE REVIEW OF THE STAFFING STRUCTURE IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGES RECOMMENDED AND ACCEPTED FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW MAINLY INVOLVED THE SEPARATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND SOCIAL WORK FUNCTIONS WITH ITS OWN SEPARATE CADRE OF STAFF, THE RE-DEFINING OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS WELL AS THE CREATION OF NEW GRADES LEADING TO CHANGES IN THE SALARY SCALES FOR CERTAIN RANKS.

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HOWEVER HE EMPHASISED THAT THESE SALARY CHANGES WERE NOT STRAIGHT FORWARD SALARY REVISIONS AND WERE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO MATCH THE RE-DEFINED FUNCTIONS OF THE NEW GRADES.

MR. LAW SAID THAT AT THIS STAGE THE GOVERNMENT IS ONLY ABLE TO AGREE IN PRINCIPLE THAT THE REVISED SALARY SCALES FOR ASSISTANT SOCIAL WORK OFFICERS AND ABOVE MAY APPLY WHERE STAFF IN VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HOLD SIMILAR QUALIFICATIONS AND ARE DOING SIMILAR WORK.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE SALARY SCALE HAS BEEN REVISED LASTLY IN RECOGNITION OF THE CHANGING SCOPE AND COMPLEXITY OF WORK UNDERTAKEN BY THESE OFFICERS, HE EXPLAINED.

IT WAS MORE DIFFICULT TO DECIDE WHETHER THE NEW SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT AND SENIOR SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT RANKS SHOULD APPLY TO THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, HE SAID.

MR. LAW SAID THE CONCEPT OF USING NON-UNI VERSITY TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS TO PROVIDE FRONT-LINE SERVICES WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF NON-SOCIAL WORK QUALIFIED STAFF MAY OR MAY NOT BE PRACTICABLE FOR A VARIETY OF SERVICES IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

THESE ASPECTS WILL BE CONSIDERED IN GREATER DETAILS IN THE PROPOSED MEETING WITH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, AND UNTIL AN IN-DEPTH STUDY HAS BEEN MADE OF THE NEEDS OF THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ASSESS TO WHAT EXTENT THE REVISED STRUCTURES AND SALARY SCALES IN THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD APPLY TO THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, HE SAID.

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD SAID TODAY (MONDAY) ONE OF HIS DEPARTMENT’S PRIMARY CONCERNS HAS BEEN TO MAKE KNOWN WHAT HONG KONG HAS TO OFFER AS A LOCATION FOR OFFSHORE VENTURES BY JAPANESE INDUSTRY.

WELCOMING THE 24 MEMBERS OF A JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSION, MR. DORWARD SAIDi +IN THE PAST 20 YEARS OR SO WE HAVE SEE* A TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN YOUR EXPORTS TO THIS MARKET, BUT ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN A MODERATE AMOUNT OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IT HAS BY NO MEANS MATCHED THE INTEREST SHOWN BY JAPANESE COMPANIES ELSEWHERE IN ASIA.

♦THERE MAY BE SEVERAL EXPLANATIONS AS TO WHY THIS HAS OCCURRED, BUT CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE AND I AM GLAD YOU HAVE COME HERE NOW TO DO AN UP-TO-DATE APPRAISAL.+ HE SAID.

♦I BELIEVE YOU WILL FIND THAT, FOR VARIOUS REASONS, THE RELATIVE ADVANTAGES OF HONG KONG HAVE INCREASED CONSIDERABLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MANY OTHER PLACES IN THE REGION, AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS VISIT THAT HONG KONG OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR JAPANESE INDUSTRY,♦ HE ADDED.

FOLLOWING A BRIEFING BY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE MISSION VISITED THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL AND TWO FACTORIES.

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A RECORD 120 000 PEOPLE VISITED LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS ’80 EXHIBITION WHICH CLOSED TODAY (MONDAY).

THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION ATTRACTED MORE THAN 100 000 VISITORS IN EACH OF THE PAST TWO YEARS.

AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY, MRS. J.N. HENDERSON, WIFE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO THE 100 OOOTH VISITOR, MR. FUNG YUEK-HON, A FORM 5 STUDENT OF CHRISTIAN FAITH COLLEGE.

DURING THE CEREMONY. MR. HENDERSON PRESENTED COMMEMORATIVE BANNERS TO THE EXHIBITORS AS WELL AS ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHICH HAD HELPED ORGANISE THE EXHIBITION.

IN A BRIEF SPEECH, MR. HENDERSON SAID THE 10-DAY EXHIBITION HAD BEEN ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS AND THIS REFLECTED THE GREATEST CREDIT ON THE MANY ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE EVENT.

♦THE REPEATED SUCCESS OF THE CAREERS EXHIBITION OVER THE YEARS REFLECTS ITS POPULARITY AND THAT IT HELPS TO FILL AN ENORMOUS NEED. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO ORGANISE THE EVENT AND MAKE IT BETTER AND EVEN MORE INFORMATIVE,♦ HE SAID.

MR. HENDERSON THANKED THE EXHIBITORS FOR HAVING CONTRIBUTED FINANCIALLY TO THE SETTING UP OF THEIR RESPECTIVE STANDS AND FOR PROVIDING EXPERIENCED STAFF TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON-THE-SPOT. +IT IS A HIGH-LEVEL OF MANNING THE STANDS WHICH CONTRIBUTES THE MOST TO GETTING INFORMATION ACROSS TO OUR YOUNG VIS I TORS,+ HE SAID.

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STAFF OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) SAID FAREWELL TO ITS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY. H?. ROY PORTER, WHO IS PROCEEDING ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE AFTER 23 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE GOVERNMENT.

MR. PORTER HAS SPENT HIS LAST INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

20 YEARS WITH THE TRADE,

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN OCEAN CENTRE, KOWLOON, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD, PRESENTED TO MR. PORTER A GIFT ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

IN HIS ADDRESS, MR. DORWARD THANKED MR. PORTER FOR THE

servjceAto’hongDkongK AND loyalty wh,ch he had displayed in his

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MR. PORTER FIRST JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN 1956 AS A LABOUR INSPECTOR. HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER IN 1959 AND ROSE THROUGH THE TRADE OFFICER GRADE TO THE RANK OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN MARCH 1973.

MR. PORTER WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN 1977. ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, HE ACTED AS COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS AND WAS TWICE APPOINTED TO ACT AS DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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THE WALKWAY OF ABERDEEN RESERVOIR’S LOWER DAM ON THE SOUTHWESTERN SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE REBUILT SHORTLY.

A CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN 1458 000 WAS AWARDED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO EXCEL ENGINEERING COMPANY.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A SUSPENDED WALKWAY OVER THE SPILLWAY SECTION AND THE RAISING OF THE EXISTING WALKWAY ON THE DAM CREST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE WALKWAY WOULD INCREASE THE WATERWAY AREA OVER THE SPILLWAY AND COMPLY WITH CURRENT RESERVOIR SAFETY STANDARDS.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TEACHER-LIBRARIANS ATTEND TRAINING COURSE ******

THE SCHOOL LIBRARY SHOULD GRADUALLY DEVELOP INTO A LEARNING LABORATORY TO PROVIDE SUBSTANCE FOR THOUGHT AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE INVOLVING THE USE OF LIBRARY RESOURCES, MRS. LOUISE MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE FOR 90 TEACHER-LIBRARIANS FROM GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

COMMENTING ON THE SCHEME TO IMPROVE SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES, MTS. MOK SAID THIS REFLECTED CHANGES IN THE CONCEPT AND FUNCTION CF THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.

A SCHOOL LIBRARY SHOULD BE +A CENTRE OF LEARNING, NOT JUST A PLACE FOR LENDING AND BORROWING BOOKS, OR A PLACE TO DO HOMEWORK IN,+ SHE SAID.

+YOU ARE PART OF THE TEACHING TEAM AND YOUR JOB IS TO ASSIST TEACHERS TO LOCATE AND FIND INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING,* MRS. MOK TOLD THE PARTICIPANTS.

THE IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE EXTRA-MURAL DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO ACQUAINT THE RECENTLY APPOINTED TEACHER-LIBRARIANS WITH DAILY ROUTINES AND PROCEDURES, BASIC MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES AND THE USE OF LIBRARY RESOURCES TO COMPLEMENT THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE EXTRA-MURAL DEPARTMENT’S TOWN CENTRE AT THE WING ON CENTRE IN CENTRAL.

TWO COURSES WILL BE HELD, AND ATTENDANCE WILL BE ON MONDAY OR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS, AND SATURDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 17, 1980.

LECTURES, PRACTICAL SESSIONS, SEMINARS AND FAMILIARISATION TOURS TO SCHOOL AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES WILL BE ORGANISED.

STAFF FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S LIBRARY SECTION AND PRACTISING LIBRARIANS FROM PUBLIC AND ACADEMIC LIBRARIES WILL DELIVER THE LECTURES.

AN EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE END OF THE COURSE TO DISPLAY PROJECTS AND COURSE WORK.

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A SECTION OF SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM DAILY FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO THURSDAY (DECEMBER 13).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE ROAD RE-SURFACING WORK.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY WILL * TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WORK ON WATER MAINS.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE IN COLLEGE ROAD AND A SECTION OF BOUNDARY STREET BETWEEN LA SALLE ROAD AND GRAMPIAN ROAD.

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KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING ................................. 1

LEGCC MEETS TOMORROW ................................ 1

EMPLOYERS REMINDED CF COMING STATUTORY HOLIDAY ...... 2

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NEW EDITION OF *NAMES OF BUILDINGS* ON SALE ......... 3

EIGHT BUILDINGS IN NT DECLARED DANGEROUS ............ 3

TWO MID-LEVELS FLYOVERS OPEN......................... 4

WORKSHOPS IN REMEDIAL ENGLISH TEACHING .............. 4

RETIREMENT GIFTS FOR FIVE GOVERNMENT STAFF........... 5

FISHERIAN’S CHILDREN GRADUATION CEREMONY ............ 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EASTERN STREET ................. 6

WATER CUT IN SHAU KEI 'WAN .......................... 6

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KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING * * * * * *

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MET FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY ENSURING BETTER CO-ORDINATION OF DEPARTMENTS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.

THE COMMITTEE IS CHAIRED BY MR. DAVID TSUI, THE NEWLY APPOINTED CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, AND ITS MEMBERS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THREE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL SUB-COMMITTEES ARE BEING SET UP TO HELP THE COMMITTEE DEAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS, AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

♦ONE OF THE EARLY TASKS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE TO LOOK AT GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN KWUN TONG AND IDENTIFY DEFICIENCIES. IN THIS PROCESS, THE VIEWS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WILL BE SOUGHT,+ MR. TSUI SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THE SETTING UP OF THE COMMITTEE FOLLOWS THE GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 10. THE COMMITTEE IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE BUT TO STRENGTHEN IT.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TO STATE THE MEASURES IT WILL TAKE TO TACKLE THE CURRENT SPATE OF ARMED ROBBERIES AND TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE QUERY FROM THE HON. WONG LAM WILL BE AMONG THE TEN QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

DURING THE QUESTION TIME, THE HON. CHEN SHOU-LUM WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER INTRODUCING RESTRICTED OPERATING HOURS FOR VEHICLES CARRYING DANGEROUS GOODS.

MR. CHEN WILL ALSO RAISE A QUESTION ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER STEPPING UP ITS EFFORTS TO ENFORCE THE LAW AGAINST THE OVERLOADING OF GOODS VEHICLES.

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THE SUBJECTS OF OTHER QUESTIONS TO BE BROUGHT UP AT TOMORROW’S MEETING INCLUDE THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TOWARDS RESETTLING THE FIRE VICTIMS FROM MA TSAI HANG- THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE AND CIVIL AID SERVICES- THE INTRODUCTION OF HORTICULTURE COURSES INTO TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS- THE OPENING OF A NEW ROAD FROM CLEARWATER BAY ROAD TO SHUN LEE TSUEN- THE EQUIPMENT AND FITTINGS FOR THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM- AND THE RELOCATION OF THE POLICE DRIVING SCHOOL AT SHOUSON HILL.

NO BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT TOMORROW’S SITTING. DEBATE ON THE LAW REVISION (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1979, WILL RESUME.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED OF COMING STATUTORY HOLIDAY * X * X X *

EMPLOYERS ARE TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE EITHER THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE DAY (DECEMBER 22) OR CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 25) SHOULD BE APPOINTED AS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, AND WORKERS MUST BE GIVEN A DAY OFF ON EITHER DAY.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT DISTINCTION, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN 13 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THEIR EMPLOYERS FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE OFFICES AREi KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652-KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 12-422096- TUEN MUN 12-818443 EXT. 82 AND HONG KONG ISLAND 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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NEW EDITION OF +NAMES OF BUILDINGS* ON SALE

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A NEW EDITION OF THE +NAMES OF BUILDINGS* COMPILED BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT 164 EACH.

THE NEW EDITION INCORPORATES BUILDING NAMES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE BOOK CONTAINS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF BUILDING NAMES WITH THE OFFICIAL ADDRESS AND, WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE NAMES HAVE ALSO BEEN INCLUDED.

FOR EASY REFERENCE IT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS. PART ONE CONTAINS BUILDING NAMES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON AND PART TWO THOSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INCLUDING TSING Yl. IN ADDITION, AN INDEX OF CHINESE NAMES IS PROVIDED IN EACH PART.

COMMENTING ON THE NEW BOOK, THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION, MR. R.A. FRY SAID TODAY (TUESDAY)I *IT HAS NOW GROWN TO OVER 7 OOO ENTRIES AND IS IN POPULAR DEMAND BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES.*

EIGHT BUILDINGS IN NT DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED EIGHT BUILDINGS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

THEY ARE PREMISES AT 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 AND 12 SHU I CHE KWUN STREET, YUEN LONG, AND TWO SINGLE-STOREY BUILDINGS ON LOTS 818A AND 819B IN D.D. 131, TUEN MUN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THE BUILDINGS AT 2, 4, 6, AND 8 SHU I CHE KWUN STREET WERE IN A VERY POOR CONDITION WITH BADLY SAGGED ROOFS. +THEY WOULD NOT WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF THE ADJOINING BUILDINGS,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THE BUILDING AT 12 SHUI CHE KWUN STREET WAS PARTIALLY DEMOLISHED WHILE THE ONE AT NUMBER 10 HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE APRIL 1979.

*THE PARTY WALL BETWEEN BUILDINGS AT NOS. 10 AND 12 HAS RECENTLY DETERIORATED AND THERE IS A SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE. IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THEM,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON THE TWO SINGLE-STOREY BUILDINGS IN TUEN MUN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THEY HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE JULY 1978 AND THEIR LOAD-BEARING WALLS WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN FRACTURED DURING RECENT INSPECTIONS.

+AS THERE IS A SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE, IT IS NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE TWO BUILDINGS,* HE ADDED.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JANUARY 8, 1980, WERE POSTED TODAY.

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TWO MID-LEVELS FLYOVERS OPEN ft * ft ft

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) TWO FLYOVERS IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 13) AND FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) RESPECTIVELY.

FROM 4 PM ON THURSDAY, THE UPPER GLENEALY FLYOVER WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS ON THE GLENEALY MAY USE THIS NEW FLYOVER VIA THE ALBANY ROAD FLYOVER TO GO TO THE PEAK OR VIA ALBANY ROAD TO GET TO CENTRAL DISTRICT.

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE ALBANY ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY.

MOTORISTS ON WESTBOUND JOURNEYS ALONG ROBINSON ROAD MAY USE THIS NEW FLYOVER AS AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE RUNNING A SERIES OF FOUR WORKSHOPS EARLY NEXT YEAR IN REMEDIAL ENGLISH TEACHING FOR TEACHERS OF MIXED ABILITY CLASSES FROM PRIMARY 4 TO 6.

THESE WORKSHOPS WILL INCLUDE SHORT TALKS ON REMEDIAL LANGUAGE TEACHING AND DEMONSTRATION OF INDIVIDUAL TEACHING TECHNIQUES.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO DESIGN AND TRY OUT REMEDIAL EXERCISES SUITABLE FOR USE IN THEIR OWN CLASSES.

EACH WORKSHOP CONSISTS OF SIX TWO-HOUR MEETINGS HELD ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS BETWEEN JANUARY 14 AND FEBRUARY 8, 1980.

THE FIRST TWO WORKSHOPS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE KOWLOON UNIT OF THE TEACHING CENTRE AT MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, SECOND FLOOR- AND THE OTHER TWO AT THE HONG KONG UNIT AT 9A BONHAM ROAD.

ENROLMENT FOR EACH WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO ALL TEACHERS WHO HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED A WORKSHOP.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS CAN SEND THEIR APPLICATION FORMS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 21. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE CENTRE ON TELEPHONE 5-482537.

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RETIREMENT GIFTS FOR FIVE GOVERNMENT STAFF ft ft ft ft ft

FIVE STAFF MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ARE RETIRING AFTER SERVING A TOTAL OF 123 YEARS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THEY ARE MR. BOOK JICK AND MR. CHUNG KEE, WATCHMEN- MADAM TSANG SHEUNG, MADAM CHAN HOW AND MRS. LUI MAK SUM, LABOURERS.

THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. R. KILVERT, WILL PRESENT THEM WITH RETIREMENT GIFTS ON BEHALF OF THEIR COLLEAGUES AT A CEREMONY ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) AT 4 PM IN THE CANTEEN ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, OIL STREET, NORTH POINT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE RETIREMENT GIFT PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) IN THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT CANTEEN, TOP FLOOR, GSD HEADQUARTERS, OIL STREET, NORTH POINT.

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MORE THAN 580 FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE THEIR GRADUATION CERTIFICATES TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) FROM UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR. WONG LAM IN THE CITY HALL.

THE CERTIFICATES WILL BE PRESENTED TO 77 SECONDARY AND 507 PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS OF THE 13 SCHOOLS RUN BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A PRESENTATION OF FMO SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. TED NICHOLS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 11 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EASTERN STREET ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THREE SECTIONS OF EASTERN STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SALT WATER MAIN.

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* THE SECTION BETWEEN FIRST STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST WHICH WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS-

* THE SECTION BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND HOUSE

NO. SIX WHICH WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH- AND

* THE SECTION BETWEEN HOUSE NO. SIX AND DES VOEUX ROAD WHICH WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES IN THIS SECTION OF EASTERN STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTOR I STS.

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WATER CUT IN SHAU KEI WAN * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SHING ON STREET TO THE WEST AND SUN SHING STREET TO THE EAST, INCLUDING SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, SAI WAN HO STREET, HOLY CROSS PATH, HOI NING STREET, HOI LEE STREET, HOI CHING STREET, HOI AN STREET, HING MAN STREET, HOI FOO STREET AND HOI KEUNG STREET.

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FERRY COMPANIES TO CONTINUE SERVICES PENDING NEW LEGISLATION GN- FRANCHISES- . .................................. 1

LEGISLATION TO CURB REFUGEE TRAFFICKING REMAINS IN FORCE TILL END OF 1980 ......................................... 1

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION GIVEN MORE TIME TO MAKE SECOND REPORT........................................... 2

POLICE STEP UP VIGILANCE AGAINST CRIME ......................... 3

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED ...............................

MORE ACTION TAKEN AGAINST OVERLOADED GOODS VEHICLES .............

COMPENSATION TO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS .......... 5

ALL 3UT A HUNDRED MA CHAI HANG FAMILIES REHOUSED ............... 6

LAND IN SHOUSCN HILL FCR DEVELOPi-lENT ......................... 7

HIGHER LEGAL AID FEES PAYABLE TO LAWYERS ....................... 7

EQUIPMENT AND FITTINGS READY FOR OPENING OF NEW STADIUM..........8

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES - HARD

TO JUSTIFY ..................................................... 8

ESTABLISHMENT'S OF AUXILIARY SERVICES UNDER REGULAR REVIEW ......................................................... 9

SECTION OF NEW CLEARWATER BAY ROAD OP INS NEXT .WEEK ........... 9

LAW REVISION (MISCELLANEOUS AM NDMENTS) BILL 1979 PASSED........9

STUDENTS TOLD TO KNO' : THEMSELVES WELL.........................10

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GOVERNOR LEAVES HOSPITAL ................................... 11

ACTION AGAINST SOILING OF ROADS ............................ 11

FISHERMEN'S CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL .................. 12

LAND SALE RESULTS .......................................... 12

CONTRACT FOR 7ATER PIPELINE WORK IN SHA TIN SIGNED ......... 13

GLSiEALY FLYOVER OPENS ..................................... 13

PRISON OFFICERS COMPLETE CORRECTIONAL STUDIES COURSE ....... 1^

■ TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TUEN MUN ......................... 12*

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FERRY COMPANIES TO CONTINUE SERVICES PENDING NEW LEGISLATION ON FRANCHISE

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS TO ENABLE THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND THE STAR FERRY COMPANY TO CONTINUE THEIR SERVICES UNTIL THE END OF 1980 PENDING THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATION ON FERRY FRANCHISES.

MOVING THE RELEVANT MOTIONS IN THE COUNCIL TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. DEREK JONES SAID THE ARRANGEMENTS,INCLUDING THE CONTINUATION OF EXISTING CONCESSIONS, HAVE BEEN AGREED BY THE TWO FERRY COMPANIES, AND ARE NECESSARY AS THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING A NEW DRAFT FERRY SERVICES BILL TO REPLACE EXISTING FERRY SERVICES ORDINANCES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ORIGINALLY HOPED TO HAVE A FERRY SERVICES BILL ENACTED THIS YEAR.

UNDER THIS BILL, FRANCHISES WILL BE GRANTED TO MAJOR FERRY OPERATORS AND MINOR OPERATORS WILL BE LICENSED.

HE SAID THE PROPOSED ARRANGEMENTS BEAR SOME SIMILARITY TO THOSE IN THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES ORDINANCE AND WILL SIMPLIFY THE EXISTING PROCEDURES.

THE FRANCHISES COULD HAVE BEEN GRANTED WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, I960 WHEN THE EXISTING CONCESSIONS EXPIRED.

♦HOWEVER, THE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY ON THESE MATTERS ARE PROVING TO BE EXTREMELY DETAILED AND COMPLICATED, COVERING AS THEY DO EVERY ASPECT OF FERRY OPERATIONS AND OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMPANY, AND THEY HAVE NOT YET BEEN COMPLETED,* MR. JONES SAID.

THE INTENTION NOW WAS THAT THE BILL WOULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COUNCIL NEXT YEAR AND THAT FRANCHISES AND LICENCES WOULD BE GRANTED TO TAKE EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1981.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED THAT THE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED EARLY THIS YEAR TO CURB SHIPS FROM TRAFFICKING IN REFUGEES AND TO DEAL WITH LANDING OF REFUGEES SHOULD REMAIN IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER YEAR TILL THE END OF 1980.

MOVING THE MOTION TO RETAIN THE PROVISIONS ADDED TO THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE ON JANUARY 10 THIS YEAR, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. GERALD NAZARETH SAID THE PROVISIONS PROVIDE FOR THE FORFEITURE OF A PASSENGER SHIP IF THE OWNER OR MASTER HAS COMMITTED AN OFFENCE RELATING TO THE CARRYING OF EXCESS PASSENGERS.

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HE NOTED THAT DETAILED PROVISION IS MADE TO ENSURE THAT NO INJUSTICE RESULTS- THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S APPROVAL IS REQUIREDt NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN- CLAIMS HAVE TO BE DETERMINED BY A MAGISTRATE AND IF THE MAGISTRATE ORDERS A SHIP TO BE FORFEITED, THE OWNER CAN APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR.

♦CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE NOT YET SO ALTERED THAT WE CAN FORGO THESE DEFENCES,♦ HE SAID.

MR. NAZARETH ALSO MOVED ANOTHER MOTION TO RETAIN THE PROVISIONS ADDED TO THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE ON JANUARY 10, 1979 WHICH PROVIDE THAT THE RESTRICTION IMPOSED ON IMMIGRATION OFFICERS TO REMOVE A PERSON FROM HONG KONG SHOULD NOT APPLY TO REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM.

THE RESTRICTION STIPULATES THAT A PERSON WHO IS REFUSED PERMISSION TO LAND IN HONG KONG MAY NOT BE REMOVED FROM HONG KONG BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AFTER THE EXPIRY OF TWO MONTHS BEGINNING WITH THE DATE ON WHICH HE WAS REFUSED SUCH PERMISSION.

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION GIVEN MORE TIME TO MAKE SECOND REPORT *****

THE NEWLY CONSTITUTED ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION HAS EXAMINED THE ISSUES INVOLVED IN RESTRICTING THE ROLL OF LA* STUDENTS AND HAS PRESENTED ITS FIRST REPORT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. GERALD NAZARETH TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. NAZARETH WAS SPEAKING ON A MOTION SEEKING TO EXTEND THE EXPIRY DATE OF SECTION 26AA OF THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ORDINANCE TO DECEMBER 31, I960.

THE SECTION WAS INTRODUCED IN MARCH THIS YEAR TO RESTRICT ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO THE ROLL OF STUDENTS MAINTAINED BY THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG.

DURING LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SOME UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FELT THAT THOUGHT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO HO* NON-GRADUATES COULD TAKE COURSES OF STUDY IN HONG KONG TO BECOME SOLICITORS AND THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTED THAT SUCH AN INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT.

IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE RESTRICTION TO BE MADE PART OF THE PERMANENT LAW AND THE SECTION WAS MADE TO EXPIRE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR UNLESS EXTENDED BY THE COUNCIL.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION HAD NOW RECOMMENDED THAT THERE SHOULD BE THREE POSSIBLE WAYS OF QUALIFYING FOR ADMISSION AS A SOLICITOR, MR. NAZARETH SAID. +FIRST, THROUGH THE SCHOOL OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. SECONDLY, THROUGH A SEPARATE COURSE OF LEGAL EDUCATION FOR NON-LAW GRADUATES AND MATURE STUDENTS- AND THIRDLY, THROUGH A COURSE FOR EMPLOYED TRAINEES.*

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IN MAKING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE COMMITTEE NOTED THE NECESSITY TO INCREASE THE PRESENT PROJECTED GROWTH FIGURES FOR SOLICITORS, AND NOTED THAT THERE WAS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF UNDER-GRADUATES AND GRADUATES WHO COULD BE ADMITTED TO THE SCHOOL CF LAW.

IT FELT THAT UNLESS THERE WAS SOME FLEXIBILITY IN THE METHODS CF OBTAINING QUALIFICATIONS, THERE WAS A RISK THAT SUITABLE ENTRANTS TO THE PROFESSION WOULD NOT COME FORWARD.

HOWEVER IN THE LIMITED TIME AVAILABLE TO THE COMMITTEE, IT COULD NOT CONSIDER ALL POSSIBILITIES AND WORK OUT IN DETAIL THE DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVES.

♦DETAILED INVESTIGATIONS AND MUCH EFFORT WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEVISE SUITABLE COURSES OF TRAINING AND DETERMINE WHO IS TO PROVIDE THEM. OTHER MAJOR QUESTIONS ARE THE FINDING OF SUITABLE LECTURERS, THE CONDUCTING OF EXAMINATIONS AND THE PROVISION OF MONEY TO FINANCE THESE SCHEMES,* MR. NAZARETH SAID.

HE HOPED THE ONE-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE LIFE OF SECTION 26AA, WHICH WAS SUPPORTED BY THE COUNCIL, WOULD ALLOW TIME FOR THESE INVESTIGATIONS TO BE COMPLETED AND A FURTHER REPORT TO BE MADE.

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THE POLICE HAVE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF CRIME PREVENTION PATROLS IN KNOWN CRIME BLACKSPOTS AND DEPLOYED PLAINCLOTHES OFFICERS IN SOME BANKS TO COUNTER THE RECENT UPSURGE IN ARMED ROBBERIES.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WONG LAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES SAID, +THERE WILL BE NO RELAXATION OF POLICE VIGILANCE DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD, WHEN, ON PAST EXPERIENCE, AN INCREASE IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY MAY BE EXPECTED.*

HE SAID THE NUMBER OF ARMED ROBBERIES REPORTED IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS 4 365 COMPARED WITH 3 692 IN THE WHOLE OF 1978.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, THERE WERE SIGNS THAT THE SITUATION MIGHT BE IMPROVING AS THE NUMBER FELL TO 439 IN NOVEMBER AS AGAINST 574 IN OCTOBER.

+THE PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS SO FAR THIS MONTH ARE THAT THIS IMPROVEMENT IS BEING MAINTAINED,* MR. DAVIES SAID.

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SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS AMOUNTING TO $86 MILLION FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF 1978-79.

THE ALLOCATION HAD ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

OF THE $86 MILLION, $24 MILLION WAS REQUIRED TO MEET ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE ON WELFARE ALLOWANCES ARISING FROM THE LOWERING OF THE QUALIFYING AGE FOR THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE.

ABOUT $14 MILLION WAS REQUIRED TO AUGMENT PERSONAL EMOLUMENTS SUBHEADS ON ACCOUNT OF THE 1978 SALARIES REVISION.

THE LARGEST AMOUNT, $31 MILLION, WAS REQUIRED TO COVER THE NET EXPENDITURE OF THE UNALLOCATED STORES ACCOUNT OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING IN THE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON SAID THE SUM BROUGHT THE TOTAL SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS REQUIRED FOR 1978-79 TO $2 102 MILLION.

+BUT BECAUSE OF SAVINGS IN OTHER SUBHEADS, ACTUAL TOTAL EXPENDITURE AT $11 090 MILLION FOR THE FULL FINANCIAL YEAR IN THE EVENT WAS $824 MILLION MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATES,* HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY STEPPED UP ITS EFFORTS TO ENFORCE THE LAW AGAINST THE OVERLOADING OF GOODS VEHICLES, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. DEREK JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. S.L. CHEN, MR. JONES SAID IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR POLICE BROUGHT ALMOST 3 000 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST DRIVERS FOR OVERLOADING GOODS VEHICLES AND THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS FOR THE WHOLE YEAR IS EXPECTED TO BE AT LEAST 3 800.

+THIS IS OVER 90 PER CENT MORE THAN THE 1 980 PROSECUTIONS FOR OVERLOADING BROUGHT IN 1975, SOME FOUR YEARS AGO, AND THERE HAS, IN FACT, BEEN A STEADY INCREASE IN THE INTERVENING YEARS,* HE SAID.

+OVER THE SAME PERIOD THE NUMBER OF GOODS VEHICLES ON THE ROAD HAS INCREASED BY ABOUT 60 PER CENT, SO THE PERCENTAGE GROWTH IN PROSECUTIONS FOR THIS OFFENCE HAS EXCEEDED THE PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF GOODS VEHICLES,* HE ADDED.

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IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM MR. CHEN ON THE POSSIBILITY OF INTRODUCING RESTRICTED OPERATING HOURS FOR DANGEROUS GOODS VEHICLES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES SAID THE SUGGESTION REQUIRES CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.

MR. DAVIES SAID HE WILL CONSULT THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT ON THE SUGGESTION AFTER OBTAINING VIEWS FROM THE DANGEROUS GOODS STANDING COMMITTEE.

HOWEVER, WITHOUT ANTICIPATING THE COMMITTEE’S ADVICE, HE ADDED THAT *AS ROAD CONGESTION IN SOME AREAS IS NOT LIMITED TO CERTAIN PEAK HOURS, DUE REGARD WOULD NEED TO BE GIVEN TO THE PRACTICABILITY OF THIS SUGGESTION IN THE LIGHT OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL USERS AS WELL AS PUBLIC SAFETY.*

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COMPENSATION TO WORKERS SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS

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PEOPLE ALREADY KNOWN TO BE SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS MAY SOON RECEIVE EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS FROM A PROPOSED PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON. IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. PETER C. WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR. HENDERSON RECALLED THAT IN MAY 1978 HE INTRODUCED THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, 1978, INTO THE COUNCIL TO GIVE LEGISLATIVE EFFECT TO THE PROPOSED PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION SCHEME.

THE BILL WAS PASSED INTO LAW ON JUNE 7, 1978, BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN BROUGHT INTO OPERATION DUE TO UNFORESEEN PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES.

MR. HENDERSON SAID PROBLEMS AROSE DURING THE DRAFTING OF THE SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION FOR THE SCHEME AND OUT OF CONSULTATIONS WITH THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION.

THE TWO MAIN PROBLEMS WERE, FIRSTLY, THAT THE SCHEME REQUIRED PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE SPECIFIED TRADES OR INDUSTRIES IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR COMPENSATION AND SECONDLY, THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, IN WHICH THE MAJORITY OF PNEUMOCONIOSIS CASES OCCUR, HAS A VERY HIGH LABOUR MOBILITY WHICH WOULD MAKE COMPLIANCE WITH THE LEGISLATION BY EMPLOYERS SO DIFFICULT AS TO BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.

♦A REVISED SCHEME HAS THEREFORE BEEN PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE VARIOUS INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS,* HE SAID.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ORIGINAL SCHEME AND THE REVISED ONE, MR. HENDERSON SAID, WAS THAT THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND WOULD BE FINANCED BY A LEVY ON EMPLOYERS IN THE TWO MAJOR INDUSTRIES CONCERNED AND COMPULSORY INSURANCE, AS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED, WOULD NOT THEN BE REQUIRED.

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THE REVISED SCHEME WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IF IT WAS APPROVED, A FRESH BILL WOULD BE DRAFTED TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE SCHEME WHICH HOPEFULLY WOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF THE CURRENT SESSION.

♦WHEN THE SCHEME IS APPROVED, IT IS INTENDED THAT, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE REVISED FINANCIAL COMMITMENT BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL. EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS TO PERSONS WHO ARE ALREADY KNOWN TO BE SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS CAN BEGIN WITHOUT AWAITING THE FURTHER LEGISLATION PROPOSED,♦ SAID MR. HENDERSON.

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ALL BUT 100 MA CHAI HANG FAMILIES REHOUSED M »« R

OF THE 1 197 FAMILIES WHO LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE MA CHAI HANG FIRE, ALL BUT 100 HAVE MOVED INTO TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER. THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. ALAN SCOTT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE 100. COMPRISING ABOUT 360 PEOPLE. CONTINUE TO OCCUPY EIGHT TEMPORARY SHELTERS, INCLUDING FOUR SCHOOLS, PROVIDED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIRE OF OCTOBER 6.

♦STAFF OF THE HOUSING AND HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PERSUADE THEM TO VACATE THE TEMPORARY SHELTERS AND ACCEPT THE ARRANGEMENTS OFFERED,* SAID Ml. SCOH.

♦THESE FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED GREAT LOSS THROUGH THE FIRE AND A FIRM YET SYMPATHETIC APPROACH IS NECESSARY.^

MR. SCOTT SAID NE WISHED TO PLACE ON RECORD THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S APPRECIATION OF THE CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE OF THE MANY ORGANISATIONS WHICH PERMIT THE USE OF THEIR PREMISES IN EMERGENCIES.

♦IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT OCCASIONALLY, THIS SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION IS MET WITH INGRATITUDE SUCH AS FROM THIS GROUP OF MA CHAI HANG FAMILIES,♦ HE ADDED.

HE HOPED MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WOULD AGREE THAT IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT TO ACCEDE TO THE DEMANDS OF THIS MINORITY GROUP THAT THEY BE GIVEN ACCOMMODATION IN OR NEAR KOWLOON.

FIRSTLY, THE FIRE AT LEI YUE MUN A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE HANG FIRE HAD LEFT ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF TEMPORARY HOUSING KOWLOON.

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SECONDLY. THIS WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THE AGREEMENT MADE WITH THE MA CHAI HANG FIRE VICTIMS, AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATIONS WITH THEM. THAT THEY SHOULD MOVE TO TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AT FANLING OR TAI PO, OR IF THEY PREFER THEIR OWN TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS, PENDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW THA FOR THEM AT SHA TIN.

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LAND IN SHOUSON HILL FOR DEVELOPMENT ******

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. DEREK JONES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT SOME LAND IN SHOUSON HILL WHICH IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE LOCATION OF THE POLICE DRIVING SCHOOL WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE IN 1980.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JOHN BREMRIDGE, MR. JONES SAID THE SITE WAS CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING ABOUT 86 LARGE FLATS OR A RATHER SMALLER NUMBER OF TOWN HOUSES.

MR. JONES POINTED OUT THAT DESPITE GOVERNMENT EFFORT, A SUITABLE SITE FOR THE TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF THE DRIVING SCHOOL HAD NOT BEEN FOUND.

♦THIS MEANS THAT THE EARLIEST TIME WE CAN NOW EXPECT TO MOVE IT OUT OF SHOUSON HILL IS 1984, WHEN IT IS HOPED THAT A NEW DRIVER TRAINING SCHOOL WILL HAVE BEEN COMPLETED ON A SITE ABOVE LUNG CHEUNG ROAD,+ HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE NEW SCHOOL WILL INCORPORATE POLICE, FIRE SERVICES AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DRIVER TRAINING.

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LEGAL AID FEES PAYABLE TO LAWYERS REVISED ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE FEES OF LEGAL AID PAYABLE TO SOLICITORS AND COUNSEL ASSIGNED TO REPRESENT ACCUSED PERSONS IN THEIR TRIALS IN THE HIGH COURT OR DISTRICT COURT AND FOR CRIMINAL APPEALS.

THE NEW MAXIMUM FEES HAVE BEEN INCREASED BY ABOUT 130 PER CENT FOR BARRISTERS AND 160 PER CENT FOR SOLICITORS IN RESPECT OF HIGH COURT TRIALS AND APPEAL CASES- AND FOR DISTRICT COURT TRIALS BY ABOUT 25 PER CENT AND 33 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

MOVING THE MOTION RELATING TO THE FEE INCREASE PROPOSAL IN THE COUNCIL TODAY, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. GERALD NAZARETH SAID THE EXISTING MAXIMUM FEES FOR TRIALS IN THE HIGH COURT AND CRIMINAL APPEALS WERE FIXED AS LONG AGO AS JANUARY 1970, AND FOR DISTRICT COURT TRIALS IN AUGUST 1973.

♦DURING THE LAST DECADE THERE HAS BEEN A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN THE COST OF LIVING, AND CONSEQUENTLY IN THE OVERHEADS OF LEGAL PRACTITIONERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR,+ HE SAID.

♦THE STAGE HAS NOW BEEN REACHED THAT MANY LEGAL PRACTITIONERS WHO ACCEPT LEGAL AID ASSIGNMENTS DO SO ONLY AT CONSIDERABLE PERSONAL SACRIFICE, BECAUSE THE PRESENT PRESCRIBED MAXIMUM FEES THAT MAY BE PAID TO THEM UNDER THE PRINCIPAL RULES HAVE BECOME UNREALISTIC WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME,+ HE ADDED.

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EQUIPMENT AND FITTINGS READY FOR OPENING OF QE STADIUM ******

THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN WAN CHAI WILL BE READY FOR USE NEXT JUNE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. F.K. LI TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. F.K. HU, MR. LI SAID WITH ONE EXCEPTION. TENDERS FOR ALL SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT AND FITTINGS HAVE EITHER BEEN AWARDED OR WILL SHORTLY BE AWARDED.

♦BASED ON THE BEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THE PRESENT TIME, THESE EQUIPMENT AND FITTINGS WILL BE READY FOR THE OPENING OF THE STADIUM,* SAID MR. LI.

THE ONE EXCEPTION WAS STAGE EQUIPMENT AND MR. LI SAID THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES HAD RECENTLY INFORMED THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD DECIDED TO USE ITS OWN FUNDS TO BUY A PORTABLE STAGE FROM A CERTAIN SUPPLIER. HENCE IT WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BUY THE ANCILLARY STAGE EQUIPMENT FROM THE SAME SUPPLIER.

♦AS THIS CONSTITUTES A DEPARTURE OF NORMAL TENDER PROCEDURE, THE MATTER IS RECEIVING ATTENTION IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT,* HE SAID.

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AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE - HARD TO JUSTIFY

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES FEELS THAT THE SETTING UP OF AN AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WOULD BE RATHER HARD TO JUSTIFY AND SUCH NEEDS CAN BEST BE MET BY RUNNING SHORT COURSES ON OCCASIONAL BASIS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. THE HON. KENNETH TOPLEY TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO REV. THE HON. JOYCE BENNETT WHO ASKEDi WILL THE GOVERNMENT MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF COURSES IN HORTICULTURE INTO THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND/OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS?

MR. TOPLEY SAID THAT SHORT COURSES IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURAL PLANT MACHINERY WERE ALREADY BEING CONDUCTED BY THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

FURTHER MORE, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT RUNS ABOUT 25 TO 30 SHORT COURSES EACH YEAR IN HORTICULTURE FOR YOUNG FARMERS AS WELL AS A LARGE NUMBER OF ONE-DAY ON-FARM SEMINARS ON MARKET GARDENING.

MR. TOPLEY SAID HE HAD CONSULTED THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES ABOUT THE NEED TO SET UP A DEPARTMENT IN THE TUEN MUN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1984. AND HE FELT THIS WOULD BE RATHER HARD TO JUSTIFY.

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ESTABLISHMENTS OF AUXILIARY SERVICES UNDER REGULAR REVIEW

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ocuicJen ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE AUXILIARY SERVICES ARE REGULARLY B! IHE HEADS 0F THESE SERVICES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES SAID IN TODAY’S (WEDNESDAY) LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

HE WAS REPLYING TO THE HON. LYDIA DUNN WHO ASKED IF THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO REVIEW THE PRESENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AUXILIARY SERVICES SUCH AS THE AMS AND CAS, IN VIEW OF THE MANY CALLS BEING MADE AND LIKELY TO BE MADE ON THEM.

MR. DAVIES SA ID i +1 AM GENERALLY SATISFIED THAT THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE RESPECTIVE AUXILIARY SERVICES IS SUFFICIENT TO MEET OPERATIONAL COMMITMENTS.

♦I CAN ASSURE MISS DUNN THAT WE DO WATCH THE SITUATION IN THE LIGHT OF DEMANDS, EXPERIENCE AND POSSIBLE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS.*

SECTION OF NEW CLEARWATER BAY ROAD OPENS SOON *****

ONE CARRIAGEWAY OF THE NEW CLEARWATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN CHOI WAN ESTATE AND SHUN LEE TSUEN WILL BE OPENED FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ON THE 21ST OF THIS MONTH.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM REV. THE HON. JOYCE BENNETT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD SAID, +THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE ISSUING EXPLANATORY INFORMATION TO THE MEDIA FOR PUBLICATION IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE OPENING.*

+THE FULL WIDTH OF THE ROAD WILL BE COMPLETED IN MID-1980 AND IT WILL THEN PROVIDE THREE UPHILL AND TWO DOWNHILL LANES,* HE ADDED.

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LAW REVISION (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1979 PASSED *****

DACe™E LAW REV,SI0N (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1979 WAS PASSED INTO LAW WITHOUT AMENDMENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY)•

NO BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AT TODAY’S MEETING.

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STUDENTS TOLD TO KNOW THEMSELVES WELL *****

THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER OF NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JAMES SWEETMAN, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THEMSELVES WELL, PUT THEIR STRONG POINTS TO THE BEST USE AND GET RID OF THEIR WEAK POINTS.

ADDRESSING THE EIGHTH SPEECH DAY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL, MR. SWEETMAN SAIDt ♦WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO FURTHER YOUR STUDIES OR TO WORK FOR A LIVING, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU SHOULD 'KNOW YOURSELVES WELL’.

♦IF YOU KNOW YOUR OWN ABILITIES WELL AND KNOW WHOM OR WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH, YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO TACKLE AND SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS SUCCESSFULLY. EVERY PERSON HAS HIS OWN STRONG AND WEAK POINTS.

♦WE ARE LIVING IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE COMMUNITY WHERE ONLY THE FITTEST CAN SURVIVE. A PERSON WILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO STAND ON HIS OWN FEET IF HE IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH SPECIAL SKILLS.*

MR. SWEETMAN SAID WE MUST NOT HOWEVER OVER-ESTIMATE OURSELVES AND SET OUR GOAL TOO HIGH, FOR TOO HIGH A GOAL WAS BOUND TO END UP IN FAILURE. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE MUST NOT UNDERESTIMATE OURSELVES. IF WE AIMED TOO LOW, WE WOULD HIT EVEN LOWER, THUS HINDERING US FROM PUTTING OUR POTENTIALS INTO FULL PLAY. THIS WAS NOT FAIR TO OURSELVES.

MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN HONG KONG, YEARNED FOR FAME AND RICHES. ♦THEY FORSAKE THEIR TALENT AND INTEREST AND SEEK POSTS WHICH WILL BRING THEM MONEY AND FAME. EXAMPLES OF SUCH CASES ARE STUDENTS CHOOSING TO STUDY SCIENCE WHEN THEY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN ARTS SUBJECTS, OR TO STUDY MEDICINE WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE STUDIED EDUCATION. AS A RESULT, THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS ARE NOT UP TO THEIR EXPECTATIONS AND THEY MIGHT EVEN FAIL TO COMPLETE THEIR STUDIES. THIS IS INDEED REGRETTABLE. THIS IS MAINLY BECAUSE OF THEIR VANITY.

♦THEREFORE, I WOULD LIKE TO ADVISE YOU ALL THAT THE MOST RELIABLE WAY IN LIFE IS TO BE PRACTICAL IN EVERY RESPECT AND THIS WILL BRING YOU THE MOST REAL HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT,* HE SAID.

MR. SWEETMAN SAID THE SCHOOL WAS A HIGH-STANDARD ACADEMIC INSTITUTE FOUNDED BY MR. TANG YEUK-FAN AND MR. HO CH'JEN-',IU. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THERE HAD BEEN EIGHT YEARS OF GRADUATING STUDENTS.

♦YOUR SCHOOL HAS SCORED BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENTS YEAR AFTER YEAR, WHICH INDICATES THAT YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HAVE WORKED HARD NOT ONLY IN ACADEMIC FIELDS, BUT ALSO IN EXTRA-CURRICULA ACTIVITIES, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS,♦ ME SAID.

MR. SWEETMAN PRESENTED CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES TO 120 GRADUATES AND STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL.

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GOVERNOR LEAVES HOSPITAL

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. LEFT HOSPITAL LAST FRIDAY (DECEMBER 7) AND HAS GONE HOME TO SCOTLAND TO RECOUP FROM HIS OPERATION.

HE IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS AND IS EXPECTED BACK IN HONG KONG ON JANUARY 23, 1980.

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ACTION AGAINST SOILING OF ROADS

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THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TAKING STRONGER ACTION AGAINST OFFENDERS LITTERING ROADS WITH REFUSE BLOWN OFF FROM UNCOVERED LORRIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT, UP TO DECEMBER 10, A TOTAL OF 130 PROSECUTIONS HAD BEEN TAKEN OUT AGAINST SUCH OFFENDERS SINCE THE JUNK BAY CONTROLLED TIP AT SAI KUNG OPENED ON THE 12TH OF LAST MONTH.

THE OFFENDERS WERE CHARGED UNDER THE PUBLIC CLEANSING AND PREVENTION OF NUISANCE (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE.

♦THE JUNK BAY CONTROLLED TIP IS DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE REFUSE LORRIES FROM ALL OVER KOWLOON TO DUMP THEIR REFUSE FREE OF CHARGE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦EVERYDAY. SINCE ITS OPENING, MORE THAN 400 LORRIES HAVE MADE USE OF THIS CONTROLLED TIP.

♦HOWEVER, MANY ANTI-SOCIAL AND CARELESS DRIVERS DO NOT TAKE PROPER ACTION TO COVER THE REFUSE THEY ARE CARRYING. AS A RESULT THE REFUSE IS BLOWN OFF THEIR LORRIES ALONG THE ROADS CAUSING HEALTH NUISANCE TO THE PUBLIC.*

TO PREVENT THIS. NTSD CLEANSING STAFF ARE STATIONED BY THE ROADS IN SAI KUNG LEADING TO THE CONTROLLED TIP TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE LORRIES AND ISSUE THEM A 'LITTER TICKET' IMMEDIATELY.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THESE CASES WOULD BE HEARD IN COURT IN TWO TO THREE WEEKS TIME AFTER THE TICKET IS ISSUED.

THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE IS SI 000 ON FIRST CONVICTION AND $2 000 FOR SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT CONVICTIONS.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, TWO COMPANIES WERE FINED UNDER THE SAME REGULATION IN FANLING-MAGISTRACY FOR FAILING TO PREVENT THE LOAD OF EARTH THEIR TRUCKS WERE CARRYING FROM FALLING ONTO THE ROADS.

THE TWO COMPANIES FACED EIGHT AND 14 CHARGES RESPECTIVELY. THE FINE FOR EACH CHARGE WAS S2 000 AND TOTALLED $44 000.

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FISHERMEN'S CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL *****

FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN HAVE BEEN ASKED TO MIX WITH THE +OUTSIDE COMMUNITY* TO UNDERSTAND OTHER PEOPLE AND TO BE UNDERSTOOD.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR. WONG LAM, AT THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL TODAY.

HE SAID THAT OWING TO THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE FISHING FOLK AND THEIR FAMILY BACKGROUND, FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN TEND TO RESTRICT THEMSELVES TO THEIR OWN SOCIETY AND LOSE CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

THIS IS A PROBLEM WHICH DESERVES OUR ATTENTION.

I SINCERELY HOPE YOU START TO MIX WITH THE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND OTHER PEOPLE AND BE UNDERSTOOD. OUR COMMUNITY WILL BENEFIT BY SUCH MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION,* SAID MR. WONG.

DURING THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, MR. WONG PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO 77 SECONDARY AND 507 PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS ATTENDING FMO SCHOOLS, WHILE THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. TED NICHOLS AWARDED FMO SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS TO 15 SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, MR. WONG SAID WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE ORGANISATION NOW HAS 13 +WELL-MANAGED AND ESTEEMED SCHOOLS.*

AS A RESULT OF THE GENERALISATION OF EDUCATION, THESE SCHOOLS ARE EXPANDING AND ONE OF THEM WILL PROVIDE SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR THE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION IN 1983.

THIS REFLECTS THE IMPORTANCE THE FMO AND THE GOVERNMENT PLACES ON THE EDUCATION OF FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN,* SAID MR. WONG.

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LAND SALE RESULTS

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A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT SITE IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WAS SOLD FOR $260 MILLION AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN THE CITY HALL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE 1 500—SQUARE METRE SITE, FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES, WAS BOUGHT BY THE SEA LORD TRADING COMPANY LIMITED AT $173 333.33 PER SQUARE METRE.

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ANOTHER LOT, LOCATED IN HOLLYWOOD ROAD, WAS SOLD TO A NR. HO SHEK-YAN FOR $1.6 MILLION OR $25 196.85 PER SQUARE METRE. IT IS ALSO FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

THE THIRD LOT SITUATED AT BONHAM STRAND, ALSO FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL USE, WAS SOLD TO THE FULOCK INVESTMENT COMPANY LTD. IT FETCHED $1.75 MILLION, OR $40 983.61 PER SQUARE METRE.

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CONTRACT FOR WATER PIPELINE WORK IN SHA TIN SIGNED ******

WORK ON THE LAYING OF A SYSTEM OF WATER PIPELINE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL START SHORTLY.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AWARDED A $1.3 MILLION CONTRACT TO THE POLLAND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION), MR. LEE GUN-CHEUNG, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE LAYING OF ABOUT 1 200 METRES OF ASBESTOS CEMENT PIPES RANGING FROM 250 MM TO 450 MM IN DIAMETER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE SYSTEM FORMED PART OF A SCHEME TO PROVIDE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE AREA NORTH OF FO TAN.

THE WORK IS TO TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

GLENEALY FLYOVER OPENS * * * *

MISS LYDIA DUNN, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE .^,lrL„0Ft,CIATE AT THE opening ceremony of the glenealy FLYOVER AT 4 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE CEREMONY SHOULD ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE RAIMONDI COLLEGE AT 3.40 PM TOMORROW.

OFFICERS FROM THE PWD’S PUBLICITY UNIT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1979

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PRISON OFFICERS COMPLETE CORRECTIONAL STUDIES COURSE

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TWELVE PRISON OFFICERS,WHO PASSED THE EXAMINATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN CORRECTIONAL STUDIES RUN BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG’S EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT, WILL RECEIVE THEIR CERTIFICATES AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE PRISON OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14).

DURING THE CEREMONY THE TUTOR-IN-CHARGE OF THE ONE-YEAR COURSE, MISS LEE NGA-PING, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO THE RECIPIENTS AND THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. G.D. HYDES, WILL MAKE AN ADDRESS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR 12 PRISON OFFICERS WHO PASSED THE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN CORRECTIONAL STUDIES RUN BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG’S EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT, AT 11 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14), AT THE PRISON OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TUEN MUN

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THE SOUTH SIDE OF PUI TO ROAD BETWEEN HO PONG STREET AND TSUN WEN ROAD IN TUEN MUN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 15) FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON PUI TO ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE NORTH SIDE CARRIAGEWAY WHICH WILL BE OPEN FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL. 5-233191

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW FIGHT CRIME SCHEME LAUNCHED .......................... 1

GLENEALY FLYOVER OP31S TO TRAFFIC......................... 2

EARLY CURE FOR CERVICAL CANCER ........................... 3

SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND 1979 ALLOCATION EXERCISE ..................................................

ACHIEVEMENT RESTS ON TEAMWORK AND DISCIPLINE ............. 5

GOOD BILINGUISTS WANTED FOR SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WORK ...................................................... 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WATERLOO ROAD/NATHAN ROAD JUNCTION .. 6

NOVEMBER IS DRY AND WINDY ................................. 8

TECHNICAL INSTITUTE DEPARTMENT HEAD RETIRES ............... 9

FIRE PREVENTION CHECK ............................. 1°

PASSING-OUT PARADE OF PRISON OFFICERS ..................... 10

SPECIAL TRAINS TO RACE COURSE CONCERT .................... 11

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF AIRPORT EASTERN ROAD

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NEW FIGHT CRIME SCHEME LAUNCHED X * K *

A NEW SCHEME TO RALLY MORE SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE COMMUNITY AGAINST CRIME AWARD SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MR. CHARLES YEUNG WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

HE SAID ONE OF THE IDEAS BEHIND THE SCHEME IS TO RECOGNISE THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS IN HELPING TO PREVENT CRIME IN THEIR AREAS.

HE HOPED THE PUBLICITY GENERATED BY THE SCHEME WOULD HELP TO AROUSE THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING THEIR OWN CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES.

THE TERRITORY-WIDE SCHEME IS INTRODUCED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AS PART OF ITS PROGRAMME FOR THE CURRENT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN. IT IS OPEN TO ALL ORGANISATIONS BASED IN BUILDINGS, INCLUDING TENANT GROUPS AND RURAL VILLAGE AND SQUATTER AREA BODIES.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SENT TO THE LOCAL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR DISTRICT OFFICES BY JANUARY 23, 1980.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BY A PANEL OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LOCAL DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ASSESS EACH GROUP’S CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES, ITS PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES AND ITS LEVEL OF CO-OPERATION WITH OTHER GROUPS IN NEIGHBOURING AREAS.

+CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION WILL BE AWARDED TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE MADE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO CRIME PREVENTION IN THEIR OWN AREAS,+ MR. YEUNG EXPLAINED.

WHERE THERE IS OUTSTANDING MERIT, SPECIAL PLAQUES WILL BE PRESENTED IN RECOGNITION OF THE EXTRA EFFORTS, HE ADDED.

THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE END OF FEBRUARY, 1980.

MR. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, SAID THE SCHEME WAS DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT THE OTHER IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE PRESENT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

LIKE THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARD SCHEME AND THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL SCHEME, THE NEW PROJECT HAS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE TO PLAY IN THE CAMPAIGN, HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHEMES PROVIDE A VITAL LINK BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE, THUS STRENGTHENING THE TWO-WAY FLOW OF INFORMATION WHICH IS SO NECESSARY TO MODERN LIVING IN HONG KONG TODAY.

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GLENEALY FLYOVER OPENS TO TRAFFIC ******

MOTORING BETWEEN MID-LEVELS AND OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG IS MADE EASIER AND FASTER FROM TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH THE OPENING OF A NEW FLYOVER NETWORK.

THE GLENEALY FLYOVER — PART OF A $25 MILLION JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR TRAFFIC FLOWING UP AND DOWN ROBINSON ROAD, OLD PEAK ROAD, GLENEALY AND ALBANY ROAD — WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC AT 4 PM.

AT AN OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS LYDIA DUNN, UNVEILED A PLAQUE, AND SAID THE SCHEME WOULD GREATLY INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF A BUSY ROAD JUNCTION MAKING LIFE MUCH EASIER AND LESS FRUSTRATING FOR ALL THOSE WHO USE IT REGULARLY.

♦THE SCHEME IS NOTEWORTHY FOR THE INGENU IIX OF ITS DESIGN AND THE SUCCESS WITH WHICH THOSE CONCERNED HAVE COPED WITH EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT AND HILLY GROUND CONDITIONS,+ SHE SAID.

+PEDESTRIANS HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN AND AN INTERESTING NETWORK OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS THROUGH SUBWAYS AND COVERED FOOTBRIDGES HAS BEEN INCORPORATED IN THE SCHEME.

♦SUCH SAFETY MEASURES WILL PROVE PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE AREA,+ SHE ADDED.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD WHO ALSO SPOKE AT THE OPENING SAID THE MAIN FEATURE OF THE OVERALL SCHEME FOR THE AREA WAS THE BUILDING OF TWO FLYOVERS IN ROBINSON ROAD OVER GLENEALY AND ALBANY ROAD TO PROVIDE THE MUCH NEEDED ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC CAPACITY.

+THE WORK HAS TAKEN JUST OVER TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE,+ MR. MCDONALD SAID.

THE GLENEALY JUNCTION SCHEME IS ONLY ONE OF SEVERAL PROJECTS BUILT, OR IN HAND, IN THE AREA DESIGNED TO SOLVE THE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS BROUGHT ABOUT BY HIGH-RISE DEVELOPMENTS AND RAPID SPREAD OF CAR OWNERSHIP.

MOTORISTS, IN THE PAST, HAVE BEEN HAMPERED BY NECESSARILY NARROW AND WINDING ROADS BETWEEN THE MID-LEVELS AND THE CENTRAL COMMERCIAL CENTRE OF THE ISLAND.

BUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GLENEALY FLYOVER COMPLEX HAS CHANGED ALL THAT.

THE IMPRESSIVE COMPLEX HAS BROUGHT A NUMBER OF HELPFUL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS INTO EFFECT s

* THE EXISTING ROBINSON ROAD (BETWEEN GARDEN ROAD AND RAIMONDI COLLEGE) WILL BE ONE WAY FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC. THROUGH TRAFFIC IN THIS DIRECTION WILL CROSS ALBANY ROAD ON THE NEW FLYOVER-

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* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM UPPER GLENEALY WILL USE THE UPPER GLENEALY AND ALBANY ROAD FLYOVERS- AND

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM ROBINSON ROAD WILL USE LOWER GLENEALY AND ALBANY ROAD FLYOVERS.

UNDER THE PROJECT, THREE PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BRIDGES, A REINFORCED CONCRETE ELEVATED ROADWAY, AND TWO FOOTBRIDGES HAVE BEEN BUILT.

THE WORKS HAVE ALSO INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVERAL RETAINING WALLS, UPGRADING OF EXISTING CARRIAGEWAYS, TOGETHER WITH ADDITIONAL STORMWATER DRAINAGE.

AS THE SITE IS LOCATED IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA WITH HEAVY TRAFFIC, CARE WAS TAKEN DURING THE CONSTRUCTION TO MINIMISE DISTURBANCE TO ROAD USERS.

OPENING OF THE PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT IN STAGES TO ALLOW EXISTING CARRIAGEWAYS TO BE UPGRADED AND ADJUSTED WHILE TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED ONTO COMPLETED SECTIONS OF THE NEW COMPLEX.

A SECTION OF THE LOWER GLENEALY FLYOVER HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR SETTING DOWN AND COLLECTING CHILDREN ATTENDING THE NEARBY SCHOOLS IN ROBINSON ROAD.

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EARLY CURE FOR CERVICAL CANCER * * * *

A TRIAL SURVEY OF PRE-INVASIVE CANCER OF THE CERVIX IN WOMEN WILL BE CONDUCTED TO FORM THE BASIS OF A LONG-TERM CAMPAIGN TO DETECT SUCH DISEASE AT ITS VERY EARLY STAGE WHILST IT IS STILL READILY TREATABLE.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG IN HIS ADDRESS AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY THIS EVENING.

THE TRIAL SURVEY, A JOINT EFFORT OF THE SOCIETY, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AIMS TO ELICIT SOME VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION USING PAPSMEAR AND CERVICAL CYTOLOGY.

IN HIS SPEECH, DR. THONG STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC IN THE PREVENTION AND CURE OF CANCER.

♦THE FEAR AND HOPELESSNESS WITH WHICH IT HAS BEEN REGARDED IN THE PAST MUST BE ALLEVIATED AND AN UNDERSTANDING AND TRUST INSTILLED IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO THAT PATIENTS WILL PRESENT THEMSELVES FOR CARE AND TREATMENT AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT WHEN CURE CAN BE OBTAINED MOST EASILY,* HE SAID.

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DR. THONG SAID THE NEWLY FORMED CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE SOCIETY IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT CANCER.

PLANS ARE IN THE PIPELINE TO MOUNT EXHIBITIONS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON ITS VARIOUS ASPECTS.

+ONLY BY TALKING ABOUT THE DISEASE AND TELLING PEOPLE THE FACTS WILL WE BE ABLE TO PUT IT IN ITS RIGHT PERSPECTIVE AND COMBAT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AS WELL AS THE PHYSICAL ONSLAUGHT OF CANCER,+ HE EXPLAINED.

THE UNIT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOCIETY AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. ALSO PLANS TO INTENSIFY ANTI-CIGARETTE SMOKING CAMPAIGNS AND HOPES TO PASS THE MESSAGE TO SCHOOL CHILDREN.

+THIS APPROACH TO THE YOUNG IS THE ONE MOST LIKELY TO PAY DIVIDENDS AND ENSURE THAT THE HABIT OF CIGARETTE SMOKING IS NEVER ACQUIRED- FOR ONCE FORMED, IT IS INDEED DIFFICULT TO BREAK,+ SAID DR. THONG.

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SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND 1979 ALLOCATION EXERCISE * K * * *

GRANTS TOTALLING HK$2.4 MILLION FROM THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND HAVE RECENTLY BEEN MADE TO 73 CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY MR. J.W. CHAMBERS, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE WHICH ADVISES THE GOVERNOR ON THE ALLOCATION OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE.

MR. CHAMBERS SAID THAT MAJOR GRANTS FROM THE FUND INCLUDED $363 OOO TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, $187 000 TO PURCHASE A TELEVISION/CAMERA FOR THE IMAGE INTENSIFIER IN THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL AND $176 000 TO MEET HALF THE COST OF A SPECTROPHOTO METRIC ANALYSER FOR THE TUNG WAH HOSPITAL. THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE RECEIVED $284 000 TO PURCHASE AN X-RAY GENERATOR AND REPROVISION THE DARK ROOMS OF ITS OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT.

A GRANT OF $212 000 HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE PO LEUNG KUK THE COST OF THE MODIFICATION OF OFFICES AND THE PURCHASE OF TO MEET EXPANSION OF ITS SERVICES.

THE HONG KONG RED CROSS HAD BEEN GIVEN $151 160 TO PROMOTE PUBLICITY FOR THE BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE AND TO PURCHASE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR ITS CENTRES AND SCHOOLS.

A GRANT OF $131 000 WAS MADE TOWARDS THE COST OF REPAIR WORK. THE PURCHASE OF FURNITURE AND NEW TEACHING AIDS FOR THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION AND BRIGADE, WHILE $110 000 HAD BEEN PROVIDED TO SUPPLY MILK AND ARRANGE EDUCATIONAL OUTINGS FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN 33 SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

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/THE HONG ......

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THE HONG KONG FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS LTD. EACH RECEIVED A GRANT OF $100 000 TOWARDS THEIR GENERAL RUNNING EXPENSES, WHILE GRANTS OF $98 000 HAD BEEN MADE TO THE HONG KONG FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY AND $87 020 TO THE

S2C,ETY F0R THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN TO ENABLE THEM TO FURTHER THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICES.

™ *N ADDITI0N» A SUM 0F ®80 000 WAS allocated to r.'.o,;

F0R UNDER-PRIVILEGED SCHOOL CHILDREN ATTENDING THE PRIMARY SCHOOL OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMP.

PROVIDE FREE

THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CHARITABLE TRUSTS IN HONG KONG AND WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE LATE TUNG BY A BEQUEST MADE ON HIS DEATH IN 1956. THE ASSETS OF THE FUND ARE ADMINISTERED BY THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK HONG KONG (TRUSTEE) LIMITED, TRUSTEES OF SIR ROBERT HO TUNG’S cSTATt.

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ACHIEVEMENT RESTS ON TEAMWORK AND DISCIPLINE

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A GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATE ORGANISATION CAN FUNCTION EFFICIENTLY AND ACHIEVE GREATNESS ONLY WHEN THERE IS TEAMWORK AND DISCIPLINE AMONG THE STAFF.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG, WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET OF THE SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

HE SAID ATHLETIC EVENTS HELPED TO FOSTER THE SPIRIT OF TEAMWORK AND DISCIPLINE AMONG MEMBERS OF A COMMUNITY, ASIDE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUND MINDS AND BODIES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT +YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE IMBUED WITH THE SPIRIT OF TEAMWORK AT AN EARLY STAGE OF THEIR LIVES IN ORDER THAT THEY CAN BECOME GOOD CITIZENS AND LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITY IN THE FUTURE.+

NO ORGANISATION OR BODY, BE IT A SCHOOL OR AN OFFICE OR EVEN A COMMUNITY OR A GOVERNMENT, CAN FUNCTION EFFICIENTLY AND ACHIEVE GREATNESS IF THERE IS NO DISCIPLINE AMONG ITS MEMBERS,+ HE SAID.

DR. THONG URGED STUDENTS TO CULTIVATE AN INTEREST IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES ASIDE FROM CONCENTRATING ON ACADEMIC STUDIES.

WHILE PARTICIPATING IN ATHLETIC EVENTS, THEY MIGHT DEVELOP HEALTHY BODIES WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL PRE-REQUISITES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HEALTHY MINDS,+ HE SAID.

IN A MODERN SOCIETY SUCH AS THE ONE IN HONG KONG, WHERE THE COMPETITION IS KEEN AND THE PACE OF LIFE IS FASTER THAN IN MOST PLACES, WE HAVE TO FACE MANY FORMIDABLE CHALLENGES. ATHLETIC f€ETS SUCH AS THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND CAN BRING OUT THE PHYSICAL AS WELL AS INTELLECTUAL POTENTIALS AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE CHANCES OF ACHIEVING SUCCESS LATER IN LIFE ARE GREATLY ENHANCED,+ HE ADDED.

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GOOD BILINGUISTS WANTED FOR SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WORK *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING FOR PART-TIME SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING WORKLOAD OF ITS INTERPRETATION UNIT.

SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE INTERPRETATION SERVICE IN CANTONESE AND ENGLISH FOR MEETINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE AND URBAN COUNCILS, ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, AND AT PRESS CONFERENCES.

+WE HOPE THAT WITH THE NEW RECRUITS, MORE SUCH ESSENTIAL SERVICE CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE AT OFFICIAL OR SEMI-OFFICIAL MEETINGS,+ SAID MR. Y.P., CHENG, CHIEF INTERPRETER.

APPLICANTS FOR THE PART-TIME JOB MUST HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING CF CHINESE AND ENGLISH AND MUST BE FLUENT IN THESE LANGUAGES. THEY MUST BE ABLE TO INTERPRET SIMULTANEOUSLY AT GREAT SPEED AND UNDER MENTAL STRAIN, HAVE A KEEN INTEREST IN CURRENT AFFAIRS AND A FAIR KNOWLEDGE OF MEETING PROCEDURES, CAN WORK OUTSIDE NORMAL OFFICE HOURS IF REQUIRED, AND CAN WORK AS A TEAM WITH FELLOW INTERPRETERS.

THOSE WHO ARE SELECTED WILL BE GIVEN INDUCTION TRAINING PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH MEETING PROCEDURES AND INTERPRETATION SKILLS. THEY WILL BE PAID S35O TO $560 FOR ANY ONE DAY OR PART OF A DAY’S WORK.

APPLICATION, TOGETHER WITH CURRICULUM VITAE, MUST REACH THE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION UNIT OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN ROOM 107, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MAIN WING NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 29, 1979.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WATERLOO ROAD/NATHAN ROAD JUNCTION *****

THE JUNCTION OF WATERLOO ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 15) NIGHT AND COMPLETELY CLOSED THE NEXT MORNING FOR ROAD REINSTATEMENT WORKS.

THE JUNCTION WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED FROM 8 PM ON SATURDAY TO 1 AM ON SUNDAY. DURING THE CLOSURE THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED:

* WATERLOO ROAD BETWEEN PITT STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE WAY TRAFFIC WESTBOUND- AND

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD WEST OF NATHAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO SHANGHAI STREET, MONG KOK ROAD, TUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET, AND YIM PO FONG STREET BEFORE REJOINING WATERLOO ROAD-

AT THE SAME TIME KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTE NUMBERS 3, 7, 7 A AND 70 ON WATERLOO ROAD EASTBOUND WILL OPERATE ON SAME RE-ROUTINGS.

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ON SUNDAY THE JUNCTION WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM DURING WHICH THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED:

* NATHAN ROAD FROM PITT STREET TO WING SING LANE AND WATERLOO ROAD FROM TUNG FONG STREET TO PORTLAND STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES-

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED THE SAME WAY AS THAT DURING THE PARTIAL CLOSURE-

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO DUNDAS STREET, NATHAN ROAD, HAMILTON STREET, AND SHANGHAI STREET BEFORE REJOINING WATERLOO ROAD-

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD LEFT-TURNING ONTO NATHAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO DUNDAS STREET, NATHAN ROAD, HAMILTON STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, WING SING LANE AND BACK TO NATHAN ROAD-

* KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTE NUMBERS 3, 7, 7A, 70, 207 AND

208 WILL OPERATE ON SAME RE-ROUT INGS-

* SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON NATHAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO HAMILTON STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, WING SING LANE AND BACK TO NATHAN ROAD-

* KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTE NUMBERS 1A, 2, 3C, 4, 4A, 6, 6A, 9, 13, 45, 71, 202, 206, 209, 210, 216 AND 246 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE NUMBERS 102, 104, 105 AND 112, WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE ON SAME RE-ROUT INGS-

* KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTE NUMBERS 2E, 12, 30 AND 50 WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE ON SHANGHAI STREET, WING SING LANE AND NATHAN ROAD INSTEAD OF DUNDAS STREET AND NATHAN ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURES, THE +BUS ONLY+ LANE IN SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE OPENED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ADVISED MOTORISTS TO AVOID THE AFFECTED AREA UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY AS CONGESTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE ROAD CLOSURES.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AND TRAFFIC POLICEMEN WILL BE ON HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS.

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NOVEMBER IS DRY AND WINDY ******

HONG KONG HAD A DRY AND WINDY MONTH LAST MONTH WHEN THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED ON FIVE OCCASIONS AND LASTED MORE THAN 108 HOURS - BOTH RECORDS ARE THE HIGHEST FOR NOVEMBER SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SIGNAL IN 1950.

THE MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY WAS 10 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL AND THE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO ONLY 11.2 MM AS AGAINST THE NORMAL 39.2 MM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT MORE THAN 1 600 FIRES OCCURRED DURING THE MONTH, ALTHOUGH FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE IN FORCE MOST OF THE TIME. SOME 300 000 TREES AND 1 105 HECTARES OF VEGETATION WERE EITHER DESTROYED OR DAMAGED BY ABOUT 200 HILL FIRES.

IN PARTICULAR, A FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 18 IN THE TAI LAM CHUNG AREA RAGED FOR 30 HOURS AND DESTROYED 265 000 TREES AND 500 HECTARES OF VEGETATION.

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH A FINE AND WARM DAY WHEN A TEMPERATURE OF 28.9 DEGREES CELSIUS — THE HIGHEST IN THE MONTH — WAS RECORDED IN THE AFTERNOON. CONDITIONS TURNED CLOUDY WITH PERIODS OF RAIN IN THE FOLLOWING THREE DAYS AS AN AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER MOVED FROM EAST TO WEST ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

A COLD FRONT PASSED THROUGH DURING THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 4 AND THE DRY NORTHERLY AIRSTREAM BEHIND IT GRADUALLY GAVE RISE TO BRILLIANTLY FINE WEATHER ON NOVEMBER 6. HOWEVER, IT BECAME CLOUDY AGAIN WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN PATCHES THE FOLLOWING DAYS POSSIBLY DUE TO THE REMNANT OF TYPHOON VERA OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND AN ASSOCIATED MOIST EASTERLY AIRSTREAMS OVER SOUTH CHINA.

BEGINNING FROM THE THIRD WEEK, THE WEATHER BECAME COOLER, AND STRONG TO GALE FORCE WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED FROM THE EVENING OF NOVEMBER 17 TO THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 19. THE STRONG WINDS ON THE MORNING OF THE 18TH WERE REPORTED TO HAVE CAUSED 13 ACCIDENTS RESULTING IN 16 INJURIES MAINLY CAUSED BY FALLING SCAFFOLDINGS AND SIGN-BOARDS, AND FLYING DEBRIS. FIVE AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG.

A TEMPERATURE OF 10.5 DEGREES CELSIUS — THE LOWEST IN THE MONTH AND SO FAR THIS WINTER -- WAS RECORDED ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 19. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURES AT TAI MO SHAN AND TATE’S CAIRN WERE 1.2 DEGREES AND 3.0 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY. THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY ALSO DROPPED TO 21 PER CENT ON THE PRECEEDING AFTERNOON.

THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY IN THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS AND CONDITIONS WERE MILDER AND MORE HUMID. PATCHES OF LIGHT RAIN AND STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED ON NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 FOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL OF A SURGE OF WINTER MONSOON.

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STARTING FROM NOVEMBER 25, THE WEATHER IMPROVED AND THE REST OF THE MONTH WAS MAINLY FINE AND DRY. STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED ON NOVEMBER 25-26 AND 28-29.

DURING THE MONTH, ONLY TWO TROPICAL CYCLONES FORMED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND NONE CAME NEAR HONG KONG.

TYPHOON VERA ORIGINATED NEAR THE CAROLINE ISLANDS ON NOVEMBER 2, MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS TOWARDS THE PHILIPPINES, CROSSED NORTH LUZON ON NOVEMBER 7 AND DISSIPATED OFF ITS WESTERN COAST.

TROPICAL STORM WAYNE DEVELOPED ABOUT 650 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF MANILA ON NOVEMBER 8 BUT DISSIPATED OVER THE OCEAN ABOUT 400 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHEAST OF MANILA ON NOVEMBER 12.

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTE DEPARTMENT HEAD RETIRES * * * *

MR. M.C. TAYLOR, THE HEAD OF MARINE AND FABRICATION DEPARTMENT AT THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, IS RETIRING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AFTER 20 YEARS SERVICE.

MR. ROBERT BRAY, PRINCIPAL OF THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WILL PRESENT A SET OF GOLF CLUBS TO MR. TAYLOR AS A MEMENTO FROM HIS COLLEAGUES AT THE INSTITUTE.

THE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT A COCKTAIL PARTY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE INSTITUTE’S TRAINING RESTAURANT.

MR. TAYLOR FIRST JOINED THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN 1959, AND CONTINUED TO SERVE AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WHEN IT WAS SET UP IN 1972.

HE JOINED THE TECHNICAL

nrO1OTUrUT .. ----- EDUCATION DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION

DEPARTMENT IN 1975 TO PREPARE THE GROUNDWORK FOR SETTING UP THE MAR’NE AND FABRICATION DEPARTMENT AT THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INST ITUTE•

MR. TAYLOR WILL BE PROCEEDING ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE NEXT WEEK.

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND THE PARTY TO MARK THE RETIREMENT OF ^•-r^;C.'..TAYL0R’ HEAD 0F THE MARINE AND FABRICATION DEPARTMENT AT JHE MAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 5 PM IN THE TRAINING RESTAURANT OF THE INSTITUTE, AT 702 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

FIRE PREVENTION CHECK * * * *

THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU WILL CARRY OUT A LARGE SCALE FIRE PREVENTION CHECK IN SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA FROM 9.30 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE INSPECTION. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT TO A MOBILE FIRE SERVICES COMMAND UNIT WHICH WILL BE SET UP AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI YAU STREET AND TSEUK LUK STREET.

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THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF ANOTHER GROUP OF ITS RECRUITS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 15) AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE PARADE GROUND IN STANLEY.

THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. HENRY CHING, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND PRESENT GOLDEN WHISTLES TO TWO BEST RECRUITS.

ON PARADE WILL BE FIVE PRISON OFFICERS AND 90 ASSISTANT PRISON OFFICERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF FIVE PRISON OFFICERS AND 90 ASSISTANT PRISON OFFICERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE PARADE GROUND IN STANLEY AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 15).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 9 AM.

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SPECIAL TRAINS TO RACE COURSE CONCERT *****

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE THREE SPECIAL PASSENGER TRAINS TO THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 16) FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ATTENDING THE FIRST PARKSIDE CONCERT THERE.

THE CONCERT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY, IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF OUTDOOR CONCERTS TO BE STAGED AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE.

THE THREE SPECIAL TRAINS WILL LEAVE HUNG HOM STATION AT 2.40 PM, 2.54 PM AND 3.16 PM.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER THREE TRAINS LEAVING THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATION AT 7.30 PM, 7.51 PM AND 8.20 PM.

THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 4 PM AND 7 PM.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF AIRPORT EASTERN ROAD *****

A SECTION OF AIRPORT EASTERN ROAD NEAR AIRPORT MAINTENANCE HANGAR NO. 4 WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 11 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 15) TO FACILITATE THE MOVING OF A HANGAR ROOF ACROSS THE ROAD.

THE CLOSURE IS SCHEDULED FOR TWO DAYS, BUT MAY BE EXTENDED IF TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ARE ENCOUNTERED.

DURING THE CLOSURE, A TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE ROUTE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NG.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION REPORT PUBLISHED ........ 1

INCREASED 'EFFORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ................. 3

EMPLOYMENT IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES ................. 4

KCR/MTR INTERCHANGE IN KO.'/LOGN TONG ......................... 5

SUCCESS IN FAMILY PLANNING .................................... 5

WORK ON RAILWAY DEPOT TO BEGIN SOON ........................... 6

PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ......... 7

FUTURE LOOK OF FIRE PREVENTION DEVICES......................... $

FOOTBRIDGE IN KWUN TONG ....................................... 9

NEW EMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN TSU UN WAN OPENS NEXT I .ONDAY ....... 9

FIREMEN INSPECT FACTORIES IN SAN PO KONG ......................10

SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL................................ 11

ANTI-DRUG WALK IN KWAI CHUNG ON SUNDAY ....................... 11

BIG CLEAN-UP ON CHEUNG CHAU .................................. 12

FAREWELL CONCERT OF MUSIC CAMP ............................... 15

LECTURE ON THREE-DIMENSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY ..................... 13

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1979

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION REPORT PUBLISHED

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THE REPORT BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION, WHICH INCLUDES A NUMBER OF WIDE-RANGING RECOMMENDATIONS, WAS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH.

THE DETAILED REPORT IS THE CULMINATION OF TWO YEARS STUDY BY THE COMMITTEE WHICH WAS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR IN OCTOBER 1977.

CHAIRED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE COMMITTEE’S MEMBERSHIP WHICH COMPRISES SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, WAS DRAWN FROM INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC CIRCLES, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE REQUIRED IT TO ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON +WHETHER THE PROCESS OF DIVERSIFICATION OF THE ECONOMY. WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, CAN BE FACILITATED BY THE MODIFICATION OF EXISTING POLICIES OR THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW POLICIES.*

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED » +THE COMMITTEE WAS CONCERNED WITH WHETHER EXISTING GOVERNMENT POLICIES SHOULD BE MODIFIED, OR NEW ONES DEVISED TO FACILITATE AND STIMULATE THE PROCESS OF DIVERSIFICATION WITHIN THE ECONOMY.*

HE SAID THE COMMITTEE WAS NOT CONCERNED WITH HOW THE ECONOMY SHOULD BE DIVERSIFIED, AND THEREFORE WAS NOT CONCERNED WITH SELECTING ANY PARTICULAR INDUSTRY OR PRODUCT FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH WOULD HAVE MAJOR PROCEDURAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT ARE i

(A) THAT A STANDING INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED TO PLAN, TO MONITOR AND TO ADVISE ON VARIOUS PROGRAMMES IN THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES, TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH-

(B) THAT THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD SHOULD ADVISE ON OVERALL STRATEGY IN RELATION TO INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION, IN PLACE OF THE INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, AND THAT SUCH ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE CO-ORDINATED BY THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, WHICH SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE A +ONE-STOP+ FACILITY FOR DEALING IN HONG KONG WITH POTENTIAL INVESTORS.

(C) A STATUTORY INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AUTHORITY SHOULD BE CREATED TO ORGANISE INDIVIDUAL AREAS OF MANPOWER TRAINING, AND THAT SUCH TRAINING SHOULD BE FINANCED FROM GENERAL REVENUE-

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(D) THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TRANSFER POLICY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FROM THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, AND THAT THE LATTER SHOULD INVESTIGATE WHETHER THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WOULD RESPOND MORE FLEXIBLY TO THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY IF THEY WERE MOVED FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND PLACED UNDER THE CONTROL OF EITHER THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL OR THE POLYTECHNIC-

(E) THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ESTABLISH AN OFFICE WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TO FACILITATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA-

(F) THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE ACTIVE STEPS TO ESTABLISH A FORUM TO IMPROVE THE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ITSELF AND THE DIFFERENT SUB-SECTORS OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT, APART FROM RECOMMENDATIONS CF AN PROCEDURAL NATURE, THE COMMITTEE ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SEEK FURTHER TO STRENGTHEN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC INFRA-STRUCTURE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS t

(A) AIM TO INCREASE FURTHER THE PLANNED SUPPLY OF INDUSTRIAL LAND-

(B) ENSURE THAT THE DEMANDS OF INDUSTRY FOR VARIOUS LEVELS OF EDUCATED AND TRAINED MANPOWER WILL BE ADEQUATELY SAT ISFIED-

CC) SEEK TO IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES, IMPROVE THE RANGE OF QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES AND ESTABLISH A PRIMARY STANDARDS LABORATORY, TOGETHER WITH A SYSTEM FOR ACCREDITING SECONDARY LEVEL CALIBRATION LABORATOR IES-

(D) INTENSIFY INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION ACTIVITIES AND IMPROVE THEIR ORGANISATION-

(E) INCREASE THE INFORMATION GATHERING AND REPRESENTATIONAL CAPABILITY OF THE OVERSEAS OFFICES OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT-

(F) IMPROVE ITS CAPABILITY FOR ANALYSING THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF VARIOUS TYPES OF LEGISLATION AND IMPROVE ITS UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY ON ISSUES INVOLVING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-

(G) AIM TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S TRANSPORTATION LINKS WITH CHINA-

(H) SEEK AN EARLY RESOLUTION OF THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE INHIBITING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SECONDARY MARKET IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DENOMINATED CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT.

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THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD NOW BE EXAMINED WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, IN CONSULTATION WITH DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED AND THE ADVICE OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WOULD BE SOUGHT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE VERY PLEASED TO RECEIVE COMMENTS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

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THE GOVERNMENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION UNIT WHICH PLAYS A CENTRAL ROLE IN THE FORMULATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION POLICY IN HONG KONG IS BEING STRENGTHENED TO ENABLE IT TO CONTINUE COLLECTING DATA NEEDED TO FORM AN OBJECTIVE BASIS FOR POLICY DEVELOPMENT.

SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING STAFF ARE CURRENTLY BEING SOUGHT THROUGH ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE LOCAL PRESS TO FILL A NUMBER OF NEWLY CREATED POSTS AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF SENIORITY WITHIN EACH OF THE FOUR PRINCIPAL GROUPS IN THE UNIT. THESE GROUPS COVER AIR POLLUTION, WATER POLLUTION, NOISE AND VIBRATION AND SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL.

EACH GROUP WILL BE INVOLVED IN POLLUTION SURVEY WORK USING ADVANCED ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT TO ESTABLISH EXISTING LEVELS OF POLLUTION IN HONG KONG, AND TRENDS IN POLLUTION LEVELS, AS WELL AS ASSESSING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

OTHER GROUP ACTIVITIES WILL INVOLVE ANALYSING THE DATA FROM THE SURVEYS IN HONG KONG TOGETHER WITH INFORMATION FROM ABROAD TO FORMULATE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION APPROPRIATE TO THE PARTICULAR CONDITIONS HERE.

THE NEW STAFF WILL NEED TO POSSESS A UNIVERSITY OR POLYTECHNIC QUALIFICATION. EXPERIENCE IN A RELEVANT FIELD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE MORE SENIOR POSTS.

THE GOVERNMENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISER, DR. STUART REED, WHO HEADS THE UNIT COMMENTED 1 ♦THIS IS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS IN HONG KONG TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY.*

♦ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS A RELATIVELY NEW FIELD. IT IS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY IN NATURE AND WE SHALL BE LOOKING FOR STAFF ACROSS A WIDE SPECTRUM OF SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES WHO CAN APPLY THEIR TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS FACING US IN HONG KONG.+

♦WHAT WE HOPE TO GET+, DR. REED SAID, +ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT AFRAID TO LEAVE ASIDE THE TEXT BOOK SOLUTION AND TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT THE JOB WE HAVE TO TACKLE. CHEMISTS, PHYSICISTS, BIOLOGISTS, MATHEMATICIANS, AND ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL AND CIVIL ENGINEERS AND OTHERS IN RELATED DISCIPLINES, COULD FORM PART OF THE SMALL VIGOROUS TEAM WE PLAN TO SET UP.+

THE POSTS, WHICH ARE ALL CIVIL SERVICE APPOINTMENTS TO THE PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE ESTABLISHMENT AFTER PROBATION PERIODS WILL BE ADVERTISED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON DECEMBER 29. APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON THE JANUARY 12, 1980.

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EMPLOYMENT IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES

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THE NUMBER OF MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES ROSE TO 80 082 IN SEPTEMBER 1979, ACCORDING TO A RECENT EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 4 531 WORKERS OR SIX PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1979. AS AGAINST SEPTEMBER 1978, EMPLOYMENT ROSE BY 12 111 WORKERS OR 17.8 PER CENT.

OF THE 1 205 BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES IN OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER 1979, 319 WERE SITES CONTRACTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT. THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 33 285 WORKERS — AN INCREASE OF 2 229 WORKERS OR 7.2 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1979.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION SITES SHOWED A DECREASE OVER JUNE 1979 OF 12.6 PER CENT TO 5 811 WORKERS IN SEPTEMBER 1979. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS ENGAGED IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR INCREASED RY 8.3 PER CENT TO 40 986.

THE COMPARATIVE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES ARE AS FOLLOWS s-

SEPTEMBER 1978 JUNE 1979 SEPTEMBER 1979

MANUAL MANUAL MANUAL

CONTRACTING SITES IN WORKERS SITES IN WORKERS SITES IN WORKERS

PARTY OPERATION ENGAGED OPERATION ENGAGED OPERATION ENGAGED

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 310 20 065 268 17 552 244 16 742

HOUSING DEPARTMENT 51 7 ♦ 468 59 13 504 75 16 543

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY* 29 7 275 35 6 647 29 5 811

PRIVATE SECTOR 820 33 163 838 37 848 857 40 986

TOTAL 1 210 67 971 1 200 75 551 1 205 80 082

,£THE ASTERISK DENOTES MTRC CONSTRUCTION WAS IN PROGRESS DURING SEPTEMBER 1979.) SITES IN WHICH WORK

DETAILIED BREAKDOWNS OF THE STATISTICS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM STATISTl2IMn?LJ?2PS?R,HM6S STAT,STICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND QlAiioiiVo DtrAKThENT.

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KCR/MTR INTERCHANGE IN KOWLOON TONG ft ft ft ft

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WILL BE LINKED WHEN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT COMPLETES THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN INTERCHANGE STATION IN KOWLOON TONG.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED.

♦THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STATION BUILDING, A RAILWAY PLATFORM AND CANOPIES AT THE GROUND LEVEL,+ K SAID.

♦ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE AN AIR-CONDITIONED KCR UNDERGROUND CONCOURSE BENEATH THE TRACKS TO LINK UP WITH THE ADJACENT MTR UNDERGROUND CONCOURSE*.

♦THE ENTRANCE TO THE KCR CONCOURSE WILL TAKE THE FORM OF A LANDSCAPED PLAZA AT THE JUNCTION OF KENT ROAD AND SUFFOLK ROAD.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WHEN COMPLETED IN 1982, THE STATION WOULD FORM A VITAL LINK FOR THE NEW MODERN ELECTRIC TRAINS OF THE KCR AND THE MTR AND PROVIDE BETTER FACILITIES FOR THE PASSENGERS.

♦IN ADDITION, IT WILL REDUCE THE TRAVELLING TIME FOR THE PASSENGERS,♦ HE ADDED.

THE WORKS FOR THE PROJECT HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE TRANSMARK, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THEIR SUB-CONSULTANT, YUNCKEN FREEMAN HONG KONG, UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE’S CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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HONG KONG’S OUTSTANDING SUCCESS IN FAMILY PLANNING HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG IN HIS ADDRESS AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION TODAY (FRIDAY).

COMMENDING THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, DR. THONG SAID SINCE ITS FIRST PIONEERING DAYS, THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE FAMILY PLANNING MOVEMENT.

♦BY ITS TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT OVER THE YEARS, IT HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS THE FOREMOST AGENCY IN FAMILY PLANNING AND HAS BROUGHT GREAT HAPPINESS AND SERVICE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT.+

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HE RECALLED THAT IN 1973, AT THE INVITATION OF THE ASSOCIATION, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT BECAME DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE PROVISION OF FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES THROUGH ITS MANY MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CLINICS.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS SINCE THEN BECOME MORE ACTIVE IN THE FIELDS OF RESEARCH AND HEALTH EDUCATION, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SPECIAL CLINICS SUCH AS FERTILITY CLINICS.

DR. THONG POINTED OUT THAT THE GENUINE SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION WAS +ONE VERY IMPORTANT FACTOR WHICH WE IN HONG KONG CAN CLAIM TO HAVE A RARE DISTINCTION OF ACHIEVING IN THE FIELD OF FAMILY PLANNING.*

IN KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL SUPPORT, WHICH AMOUNTED TO $2 MILLION IN SUBVENTION LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

+THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONTINUED TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION IN ALL POSSIBLE FIELDS AND SPHERES AS THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE DEFINED AND YET GROWN CLOSER DUE TO EXPERIENCE OF THE LAST FEW YEARS,* HE ADDED.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RAILWAY DEPOT AT HO TUNG LAU, SHA TIN.

THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE SITE FORMATION, TRACK-LAYING AND OTHER ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ANCILLARY WORKS.

INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT ARE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A, LARGE MAINTENANCE SHED AND OFFICES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE PROJECT FORMED PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

UPON COMPLETION THE DEPOT WOULD PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING OF THE NEW ELECTRIC ROLLING STOCK, HE SAID.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY TRANSMARK, THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSULTING ENGINEERS, UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION, CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE PROJECT, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO CLOSE A SHORT SECTION OF FO TAN ROAD AND RE-ALI6N A SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD.

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♦IN ADDITION, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS HAS BEEN REPROVIDED PARALLEL TO THE RAILWAY LINKING TO THE RE-ALIGNED TAI PO ROAD. BUS STOPS AND A VEHICULAR ACCESS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON COMPLETION OF A ROAD NOW UNDER PLANNING AND ANOTHER ROAD NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION,* HE SAID.

THE PLANS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES- THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD.

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PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS * * * *

MORE THAN 75 PER CENT OF GOVERNMENT, AIDED AND CAPUT SCHOOLS HAVE PRACTICAL OR TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN THE CURRICULUM, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS. ALL THE RECIPIENTS ARE EITHER ATTENDING TECHNICAL COURSES OR STUDYING IN TECHNICAL OR PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

♦OF THE 277 GOVERNMENT, AIDED (INCLUDING PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS) AND CAPUT SCHOOLS, 208 NOW TEACH ONE OR MORE PRACTICAL/ TECHNICAL SUBJECT,* MR. TOPLEY SAID.

THE FIRST CENTRAL WORKSHOP OR PRACTICAL EDUCATION CENTRE IS SCHEDULED TO COME ON-STREAM IN SEPTEMBER, 1981, HE SAID.

THE STRESS ON THESE SUBJECTS WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE HONG KONG HAS BECOME A LEADING MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL CENTRE, ♦AND IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS SHOULD FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM NOT ONLY AT POST-SECONDARY LEVEL BUT ALSO IN OUR SCHOOLS.*

ALSO, MR. TOPLEY POINTED OUT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM BE LOCALLY +GROWN+ AND NOT TRANSPLANTED FROM SOME OVERSEAS INCOMPATIBLE CULTURE.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, IT SHOULD RETAIN SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS CF OUR TRADITIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM WHICH NEED TO BE CARRIED OVER FROM YESTERYEAR TO THE PRESENT DAY,+ HE SAID.

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FUTURE LOOK OF FIRE PREVENTION DEVICES * * * *

A FUTURE LOOK OF FIRE PREVENTION AND WARNING DEVICES WAS OUTLINED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR. M.K. LANE.

HE SAID: +1 CAN FORESEE THE DAY WHEN WHAT WE NOW REGARD AS HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED PROTECTION DEVICES, LASER HEAT SCANNERS, REFUGE FLOORS AND THE LIKE WILL BE AS ACCEPTABLE WITHIN THE COST ENVELOPE OF A BUILDING AS SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, MULTIPLE EXITS AND INTERNAL HYDRANTS. +

MR. LANE WAS SPEAKING AT A MEETING ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF BUILDING SERVICES (CIBS) IN UK.

MR. LANE’S PAPER ENTITLED: +RESPECTIVE ROLES OF BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERS AND FIRE SERVICES OFFICERS IN THE PROVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF FIRE-SAFE BUILDINGS*, HAVE PROVIDED THE MEETING WITH AN INSIGHT INTO THE PHILOSOPHY AS WELL AS THE WORKING OF THE FIRE SERVICES.

HE STRESSED THAT THE PASSIVE SIDE OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS BY NO MEANS A NEGATIVE SIDE AND THAT ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICES WHICH THEY HAD TO OFFER WAS TO ADVISE THOSE CONCERN WITH CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS ABOUT WAYS AND MEANS OF PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY.

♦I LOOK FORWARD TO A CONTINUING DIALOGUE BETWEEN MY DEPARTMENT AND THE CIBS BRANCH IN THE JOINT INTEREST WHICH WE HAVE OF ACHIEVING THIS GOAL.

+WE ARE ALL HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE AND IT IS ONLY RIGHT THAT THOSE WHOSE DUTY IS TO PROTECT THOSE LIVES WHICH DEPEND IN PART UPON THE PROPER INSTALLATION AND FUNCTIONING OF PROTECTION SYSTEMS SHOULD RELATE VERY CLOSELY TO THOSE WHO DESIGN AND INSTALL THEM.*

THE CIBS BRANCH WAS FORMED ALMOST A YEAR AGO AND TODAY’S MEETING WAS ONE OF A SERIES DURING WHICH A WIDE RANGE OF PAPERS COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF BUILDING SERVICES WOULD BE PRESENTED.

+MR. LANE’S COMMENT SERVED TO EMPHASISE THE ROLE WHICH WE PLAYED IN REPRESENTING THE VIEWS AND THE SKILLS OF THE PROFESSIONAL BUILDING SERVICE ENGINEERS IN HONG KONG,* SAID THE BRANCH CHAIRMAN, MR. EDWIN TAO.

MR. TAO WAS MOST IMPRESSED BY THE ENTHUSIASM OF LOCAL MEMBERS AND, IN PARTICULAR, STUDENT MEMBERS. +WE HAVE 40 MEMBERS IN HONG KONG AND TO GET ATTENDANCE OF AROUND 150 AT TODAY’S MEETING IS A CLEAR INDICATION OF THE INTEREST WHICH WE ARE GENERATING,* HE SAID.

+HONG KONG HAD BEEN WITHOUT A FORUM FOR ENGINEERS IN OUR DISCIPLINE FOR FAR TOO LONG, AND THE DECISION OF OUR COUNCIL IN LONDON TO SUPPORT THE FORMATION OF THE BRANCH HAS BEEN WELCOMED BY ALL,* MR. TAO ADDED.

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FOOTBRIDGE IN KWUN TONG * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS KWUN TONG ROAD

HAS PROPOSED TO CONSTRUCT A AT TSUN YIP LANE.

THE FOOTBRIDGE, ABOUT 90 METRES LONG AND 2.5 METRES WIDE, IS PLANNED TO PROVIDE A SAFE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING OVER THE BUSY KWUN TONG ROAD AND TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE PROPOSAL IS CONTAINED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO SUCH PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS SO AS TO REACH HIS OFFICE NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 14, 1980, AND ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION MUST REACH HIM NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14, 1980.

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NEW EMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN TSUEN WAN OPENS NEXT MONDAY

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THE NEW TSUEN WAN BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WILL OPEN ON MONDAY.

THE NEW OFFICE AT 67-69 TAI HO ROAD, OPPOSITE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL REPLACE THE OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CHARTERED BANK BUILDING IN TSUEN WAN.

IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 17) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. J.N. HENDERSON AND TWO LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS, MR. LAM KIN-MING, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD- AND MR. TANG YUEN-PUI, CHAIRMAN CF THE TSI NG Yl RURAL COMMITTEE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID

OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE WILL FURTHER IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AS THE MOVE OF THE OFFICE FROM AN UPPER FLOOR TO THE GROUND FLOOR WOULD MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

TODAY (FRIDAY) THE

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW OFFICE ARE 12-420154, 12-420155 AND 12-420156.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE NEW TSUEN WAN BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 3 PM NEXT MONDAY (DECEMBER 17) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. J.N. HENDERSON} MR. LAM KIN-MING, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND MR. TANG YUEN-PUI, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSI NG Yl RURAL COMMITTEE.

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THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE NEW OFFICE AT 67-69 TAI HO ROAD.

ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE LEE GARDENS, HYSAN

YOU CEREMONY. AVENUE AT

1.45 PM ON MONDAY.

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FIREMEN INSPECT FACTORIES IN SAN PO KONG ******

FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OFFICERS TODAY (FRIDAY) ISSUED ON THE SPOT 124 FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES TO FACTORIES DURING AN UNSCHEDULED INSPECTION IN SAN PO KONG.

SUMMONSES WILL BE SERVED ON EIGHT OTHER FACTORIES FOR IGNORING FIRE HAZARD WARNINGS. THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN ISSUED WITH FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES.

A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT 104 FACTORIES WERE ISSUED WITH NOTICES FOR CAUSING MINOR OBSTRUCTIONS TO MEANS OF ESCAPE.

♦THE FACTORIES ARE REQUIRED TO REMOVE THE FIRE HAZARDS WITHIN 72 HOURS OR ELSE BE SUMMONSED,+ HE SAID.

♦THEY ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 000 PLUS A DAILY FINE OF $40 IF THE NOTICES ARE NOT OBSERVED,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

HE SAID THE REMAINING 20 NOTICES ISSUED WERE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A SWINGING TYPE METAL GATE WHICH WOULD CAUSE AN OBSTRUCTION TO MEANS OF ESCAPE.

THE OFFICERS ALSO DISCOVERED 14 CASES OF UNAUTHORISED ROOFTOP STRUCTURES USED FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES. THE CASES WILL BE REFERRED TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR ACTION.

DURING THE THREE-AND-A-HALF HOUR INSPECTION SPECIAL ATTENTION WAS PAID TO OBSTRUCTIONS IN LIFT LOBBIES, STAIRCASES AND ROOFTOP EXITS.

A TOTAL OF 362 FACTORIES WERE INSPECTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES TEAMS HEADED BY DIVISIONAL OFFICER, MR. KWAN SAI-YIU.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL

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THE SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION AND THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HOSTED BY MR. J.W. HAYES, PRESIDENT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL IN THE CHING ROOM OF THE SHERATON HOTEL, FOURTH FLOOR, NEXT TUESDAY (DECEMBER 18) AT 3 PM. YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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ANTI-DRUG WALK IN KWAI CHUNG ON SUNDAY *****

MORE THAN 5 000 RESIDENTS OF TSUEN WAN WILL PARTICIPATE IN AN HOUR-LONG ROUND KWAI CHUNG WALK THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 16) AS PART OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN.

THE WALK, WHICH IS THE LAST EVENT OF THE CAMPAIGN, WILL START AT 9 AM FROM KWAI CHUNG STADIUM. AMONG THOSE TAKING PART IN THE FUNCTION WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN, MR. HO CHI-PING- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN), MR. KARL STUMPF AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. PETER LEE.

ABOUT 100 ANTI-DRUG EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED THROUGHOUT TSUEN WAN DURING THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN WHICH WAS LAUNCHED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, LAST MONTH.

TO ADD COLOUR AND GAIETY DURING THE WALK, THERE WILL BE BRASS BANDS AND AM ANTI-DRUG FLOAT ACCOMPANYING THE PARTICIPANTS.

THE ROUTE OF THE WALK WILL COVER KO FONG STREET, HING SHING ROAD, KWAI SHING CIRCUIT AND TAI WOR HAU ROAD. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE WALK WILL TAKE ABOUT AN HOUR TO COMPLETE.

AFTER THE WALK, A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG STADIUM.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ROUND KWAI CHUNG ANTI-DRUG WALK WHICH WILL START AT KWAI CHUNG STADIUM AT HING FONG ROAD AT 9 AM THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 16).

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1979

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BIG CLEAN-UP ON CHEUNG CHAU ******

A ’CLEAN CHEUNG CHAU DAY’ WILL BE HELD ON THE ISLAND TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AS PART OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

ABOUT 220 SCHOOL CHILDREN DIVIDED INTO 10 GROUPS FROM BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ON CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND WILL CLEAN UP ALL THE RUBBISH AT 10 REFUSE BLACK SPOTS SELECTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S CLEANSING STAFF DURING THEIR INSPECTIONS.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS) AND THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD, WHICH STARTED LAST MONTH AND WILL END ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 16), NTSD CLEANSING STAFF CARRY OUT THOROUGH INSPECTIONS THROUGHOUT CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND AND REMIND THE RESIDENTS TO KEEP THEIR PLACES CLEAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) MOST OF THE REFUSE COMPRISED DISCARDED BUILDING MATERIALS AND OLD FURNITURE.

+AS A RESULT OF MORE PEOPLE COMING FROM THE CITY TO LIVE ON CHEUNG CHAU, MORE FURNITURE AND SURPLUS BUILDING MATERIALS ARE BEING DUMPED BY NON-CIV IC-MINDED PEOPLE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO SPREAD THE CLEAN MESSAGE FURTHER, THE ORGANISATION COMMITTEE OF THE CAMPAIGN HAS HELD DRAWING AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS, WITH ’CLEAN CHEUNG CHAU’ AS THE THEME, FOR STUDENTS ON THE ISLAND.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT CHEUNG CHAU YOUTH RECREATION CENTRE UNTIL SUNDAY AND THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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FAREWELL CONCERT OF MUSIC CAMP

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THE FAREWELL CONCERT OF THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL TAKE PLACE AT 8 PM AT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT STADIUM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE 1979 ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA- THE BAND AND BUGLES OF THE FIRST BATTALION, THE ROYAL GREEN JACKETS- THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE BAND AND THE COMBINED YOUTH BAND WILL TAKE PART IN THE PERFORMANCE.

MANY POPULAR TUNES WILL BE PLAYED INCLUDING THE 1812 OVERTURE BY TCHAIKOVSKY, WHICH WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE BOOMING OF ARMY CANNONS.

FREE TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT HAVE ALL BEEN DISTRIBUTED.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FINAL CONCERT OF THE ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT STADIUM AT 8 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY). MISS PAULINE NG OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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LECTURE ON THREE-DIMENSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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A SCIENCE LECTURE ON ’HOLOGRAPHY AND ITS APPLICATION’ WILL BE HELD IN THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT 3.30 PM.

HOLOGRAPHY IS THE PROCESS OF CREATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE BY LASER WITH OR WITHOUT A CAMERA.

THE LECTURE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY AND THE HONG KONG COMMITTEE FOR SCIENTIFIC CO-ORDINATION, WILL BE GIVEN IN CANTONESE BY DR. WONG CHUNG-MING OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

ORDINARY PHOTOGRAPHY RECORDS THE INTENSITY OF REFLECTED LIGHT FROM AN OBJECT WHEREAS IN HOLOGRAPHY THE PHASE INFORMATION AS WELL AS THE INTENSITY OF THE REFLECTED LIGHT WAVES ARE RECORDED.

SLIDES AND SAMPLES OF HOLOGRAMS WILL BE SHOWN DURING THE LECTURE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE EXTENSION ACTIVITIES OF KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

ADMISSION IS FREE OF CHARGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NC.

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT BETTER GEARED TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES AND REQUESTS .................................. 1

CUSTOMS SERVICE STEPS UP CHECKS ON LIQUOR SHOPS ......... 2

NEW TRACK MAINTENANCE MACHINE FOR KCR ................... 2

TRUNK SEWER FOR SHEK WU HUI HOUSING ESTATE .............. 3

COURSE ON WORKING WITH DISABLED PEOPLE IN WORKSHOPS ...........................................

SCOUTS AND CUBS URGED TO BECOIE HELPFUL AND CARING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ........................ **

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO BE BUILT IN TIN WAN ................ 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI .................... 5

DIVERSIFICATION OF INDUSTRY REPORT ON SALE .............. 6

WATER CUT .............................................   6

FIRING PRACTICE

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE EVEN BETTER AND QUICKER SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC WITH THE OPENING OF A NEW ENQUIRIES OFFICE ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 17).

THE OFFICE, ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, WILL REPLACE THE OLD ONE ON THE 15TH FLOOR.

THE MAIN FEATURE IS AN EXTENDED TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES SERVICE MANNED BY A DOZEN EXPERIENCED OFFICERS IN SPECIALLY DESIGNED BOOTHS.

BESIDES HANDLING ENQUIRIES, THE OFFICE WILL OFFER A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING DISTRIBUTION OF FORMS, GIVING ADVICE ON HOW TO FILL THEM, AND ATTESTING STATUTORY DECLARATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE EXPANSION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ENQUIRIES SECTION WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN OVER THE YEARS INCREASINGLY HARD PRESSED BY THE WORKLOAD WHICH GREW NOT ONLY IN QUANTITY BUT ALSO IN COMPLEXITY.

+IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, THE SECTION DEALT WITH SOME 1 325 OOO ENQUIRIES AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC, EITHER IN PERSON, BY POST OR BY TELEPHONE,* HE SAID.

THE MOST POPULAR METHOD OF MAKING ENQUIRY OR REQUEST WAS BY TELEPHONE, BUT WITH ONLY FOUR DIRECT LINES AVAILABLE, THE SERVICE BECAME INADEQUATE AND FAR FROM SATISFACTORY TO THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY DURING PEAK HOURS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID STATISTICS SHOWED THAT DEMAND FOR SERVICE MULTIPLIED MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS, AND A RECENT SURVEY INDICATED THAT A CALLER HAD TO WAIT AN AVERAGE OF FOUR MINUTES BEFORE HIS CALL COULD BE CONNECTED THROUGH.

♦WITH AN EXPANDED TELEPHONE ENQUIRY UNIT IN THE NEW OFFICE, WHICH CAN COPE WITH 10 CALLS AT ANY ONE TIME, THIS WAITING TIME WILL BE GREATLY REDUCED,* HE NOTED.

HE SUGGESTED TO THE PUBLIC THAT THEY MAKE MAXIMUM USE CF THE TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES SERVICE INSTEAD OF CALLING AT THE OFFICE IN PERSON TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, SO AS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY INCONVENIENCE.

A +DIAL-A-FORM+ SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS CF THE PUBLIC TO OBTAIN ANY APPLICATION FORM THROUGH THE POST SIMPLY BY MAKING A TELEPHONE CALL, HE ADDED.

THEY ARE ALSO ADVISED TO AVOID PEAK HOURS AND MAKE MORE USE OF THE SERVICE DURING SLACK PERIODS, FROM 8.45 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4.15 PM TO 5.15 PM.

THE NEW OFFICE IS OPEN FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR ENQUIRIES AND REQUESTS IS 5-434711.

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CUSTOMS SERVICE STEPS UP CHECKS ON LIQUOR SHOPS

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WITH THE APPROACH OF THE FESTIVE SEASON, THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE HAS STEPPED UP ITS ROUTINE INSPECTIONS ON LICENSED LIQUOR DEALERS TO PREVENT THE SALE OF ADULTERATED LIQUOR.

ACCORDING TO PAST EXPERIENCE, ADULTERATED LIQUOR IS SOLD MORE ACTIVELY DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERIOD, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SERVICE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

EXCISE OFFICERS SEIZED NEARLY 100 QUART-BOTTLES OF ADULTERATED BRANDY BEFORE CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR AND ANOTHER 50 QUART-BOTTLES BEFORE THE LAST LUNAR NEW YEAR, HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH CONSTANT CHECKS ARE MADE, THE PUBLIC SHOULD STILL BE BUY L,QU0R 0NLY FR0M «EpUTABLE DEALERS, THE

O’UK t Ori AN SAID.

m er.H.E ££,4,MED THAT ’LL IC IT MANUFACTURERS USUALLY EMPLOY WOMEN TO SELL ADULTERATED LIQUOR AT CUT PRICES TO PEOPLE IN CROWDED HOUSING ESTATES ON THE PRETEXT THAT THE LIQUOR IS OBTAINED DUTY-FREE FROM SEAMEN RETURNING TO HONG KONG OR AT STAFF PRICE FROM THE SOLE AGENTS.

MEMBERS OP THE PUBLIC SHOULD ALSO BE ON GUARD AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE WINE SHOP AND STORE OPERATORS WHO MAY TRY TO MAKE A QUICK PROFIT THROUGH SELLING ADULTERATED LIQUOR.

PEOPLE WHO ARE OFFERED LIQUOR AT UNREASONABLY LOW PRICE OR HAVE ANY DOUBT ON THE LIQUOR THEY BOUGHT, ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE ON 5-456182 EXTENSION 3-685662 EXTENSION 511, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NEW TRACK MAINTENANCE MACHINE FOR KCR ft X * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAS RECENTLY BROUGHT INTO USE A

SI.5 MILLION TAMPING MACHINE TO HELP MAINTAIN TRACKS TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE STANDARD TO COPE WITH FASTER AND MORE FREQUENT TRAIN SERVICES.

MANUFACTURED IN AUSTRIA, THE +TAMPER+ CAN ACCOMPLISH IN FOUR HOURS THE WORK WHICH NORMALLY TAKES 24 MEN TWO DAYS TO COMPLETE. THE HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED MACHINE IS ALSO EQUIPPED WITH A SPECIAL SOUNDPROOF DEVICE.

♦WITH TRAFFIC GETTING INCREASINGLY HEAVIER, PARTICULARLY AS THE ENTIRE LINE IS TO BE ELECTRIFIED BY THE END OF 1982, IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO CARRY OUT TRACK MAINTENANCE BY TRADITIONAL WORK-GANG METHODS,-*- SAID PERMANENT WAY ENGINEER OF KCR, MR. MICHAEL

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THE MACHINE, HE SAID, CAN ALSO HANDLE THE LATEST TYPE OF HEAVIER RAILS WHICH ARE BEING CONTINUOUSLY WELDED TO GIVE A MUCH SMOOTHER RIDE.

MR. ELVY POINTED OUT THAT ANOTHER MERIT OF THE MACHINE IS THAT MAINTENANCE, NOW AVERAGING ONCE A MONTH ON THE OLD TRACKS, CAN BE REDUCED DUE TO ITS BETTER AND MORE CONSISTENT QUALITY OF WORK.

+THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE TIME WILL ENABLE THE KCR TO MAKE FULLER PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC,* HE

SAVED IN ACTUAL MAINTENANCE WORK, USE OF THE RAILWAY LINE FOR BOTH ADDED.

MR. ELVY SAID THE MACHINE CAN LIFT AND SET THE TRACK TO THE CORRECT LEVEL, SET THE TRACK TO THE CORRECT ALIGNMENT, AND PACK TIGHT THE SHINGLES WHICH ACT AS BALLAST UNDERNEATH THE TRACK AFTER IT HAS BEEN CORRECTLY SET.

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WORK TO START ON TRUNK SEWER FOR HOUSING ESTATE ******

CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST STAGE OF A TRUNK SEWER TO SERVE THE DEVELOPING NEW TOWN AT SHEK WU HUI WILL START SHORTLY.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE CONTRACT WOULD INVOLVE THE LAYING OF 950 METRES OF TRUNK SEWER BETWEEN THE PROPOSED SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AND THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE SHEUNG SHU I RAILWAY STATION.

ON COMPLETION, THE ESTATE WILL HOUSE ABOUT 30 □□□ PEOPLE.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT' IS EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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COURSE ON WORKING WITH DISABLED PEOPLE IN WORKSHOPS *****

A COURSE FOR INSTRUCTORS WORKING WITH DISABLED PEOPLE IN WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

INSTRUCTORS POSSESSING THE COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS’ CERTIFICATE OR ITS EQUIVALENT AND ARE WORKING IN VOCATIONAL CENTRES OR SHELTERED WORKSHOPS FOR THE DISABLED ARE INVITED TO APPLY.

THE COURSE AIMS TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEMS OF THE DISABLED, AND THE TECHNIQUES OF TEACHING AND WORKING WITH THEM.

THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IS CANTONESE AND THE FEE IS $100.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD ONCE A WEEK FOR 15 WEEKS STARTING IN JANUARY, 1980.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG, AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BEFORE DECEMBER 29.

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SCOUTS AND CUBS URGED TO CARING MEMBERS OF * * * *

BECOME HELPFUL AND COMMUNITY

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THE BOY SCOUT MOVEMENT IS EXPANDING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE YOUNG MEMBERS OF OUR GROWING COMMUNITY AND RELIES MUCH ON THE GOODWILL AND SUPPORT OF INTERESTED AND CARING OLDER PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS, MRS. JANE AKERS-JONES, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

ADDRESSING A CEREMONY MARKING THE OPENING OF PLAY STRUCTURES AT THE SCOUT TRAINING CENTRE OF HONG KONG AT TUNG TSZ IN TAI PO, MRS. AKERS-JONES SAIDi +1 HOPE THAT ALL SCOUTS AND CUBS WHO ENJOY THEMSELVES WITH THESE NEW GAMES WILL REMEMBER THAT ’ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER* AND WILL IN THEIR TURN BECOME HELPFUL AND CARING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.*

SHE THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS DONATION OF THE NEW GAMES APPARATUS, WORTH MORE THAN $35 000, TO THE NT REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

MRS. AKERS-JONES ALSO THANKED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPSITES AND PROPERTIES COMMITTEE, NT REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK, WHO HAS FINANCED THE INSTALLATION OF THE PLAY STRUCTURES.

MRS. AKERS-JONES INSPECTED FACILITIES AT THE SCOUT TRAINING CENTRE AND PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT TO 24 MEMBERS OF SCOUT SERVICE TEAMS.

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PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PROPOSED FOR TIN WAN MARKET

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BUILD A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER HING WO STREET ONTO THE FIRST FLOOR LEVEL OF TIN WAN MARKET BUILDING, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN TIN WAN, ABERDEEN.

ABOUTT5a3RMETRESl(‘16LFEET 1QE I NCHES). *' ™ * CLEAR HEADR00M 0F

NOTICE OF ITS INTENTION TO CLOSE PART OF THE LANE BETWEEN HING ^STREET AND T,N WA* CLOSE F0R THIS CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE.

THE 14, 1980 FEBRUARY

LAST DAY FOR OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED CLOSURE IS JANUARY AND ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY 14, 1980 AT THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS.

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THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD BETWEEN FUK TSUN STREET AND ANCHOR STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 18).

THE CLOSURE. WHICH WILL LAST ABOUT TWO MONTHS, IS TO FACILITATE THE RE-CONSTRUCTION OF THE -ROAD.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE SECTION OF BEECH STREET BETWEEN FUK TSUN STREET AND ANCHOR STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FUK TSUN STREET AND BEECH STREET TO CHERRY STREET.

THE ORIGINAL TRAFFIC ROUTING WILL BE RESTORED ON COMPLETION OF THE RE-CONSTRUCTION WORKS. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DIVERSIFICATION REPORT ON SALE ******

THE NEWLY-PUBLISHED

THE CHINESE AND ENGLISH VERSIONS OF • _ REPORT BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, 6.P.O. BUILDING,

CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THE PRICE FOR EACH VERSION IS $30.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS CONCERNED WITH HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS.

PUBLIC COMMENT IS INVITED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT.

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WATER CUT IN REPULSE BAY AREA

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE REPULSE BAY AREA WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVEN HOURS ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 17) FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM TO ENABLE ESSENTIAL WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE 109-129 (ODD NOS.) AND 90-102 (EVEN NOS.) REPULSE BAY ROAD, 9A AND 9-11 SOUTH BAY ROAD, AND 3-23 AND 6-6 SOUTH BAY CLOSE, INCLUDING THE PETROL STATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COUNTRY AND COMMODITY BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR

HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE, JANUARY-OCTOBER 1979 ........................................................ 1

$10 MILLION DONATION FOR PROMOTION OF MUSIC ................. 5

DSW CALLS ON PARENTS TO HAVE PATI2NCE TOWARDS CHILDREN .................................................... 6

FISHERMEN HOUSED IN SAI KUNG ................................ 7

APPLICATION FOR GRANTS FROM RECREATION FUND INVITED ..................................................... 7

FIRST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR GIRL GUIDES OPENED .......... 8

WATER CUT IN NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES ....................... 9

FRESH WATER CUT IN SHA TIN AND KOWLOON TONG ................. 9

SUNG ''/ONG ’TOI ROAD TRAFFIC ARRANGE! LENT

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COUNTRY AND COMMODITY BREAKDOWN FIGURES

FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-OCTOBER 1979

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THE MERCHANDISE TRADE VALUE FOR JANUARY TO OCTOBER THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO $130 435 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 40 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1978.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 38 PER CENT TO $44 995 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 39 PER CENT TO $69 309 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 53 PER CENT TO $16 132 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER AMOUNTED TO $61 127 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 42 PER CENT.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) RELEASED THE DETAILED STATISTICS.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE AS

FOLLOWS i- JAN.-OCT. 79 (HK$ M.) JAN.-OCT. 78 (HK$ M.) INCREASE (HK$ M.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 15 323 12 431 + 2 892 ♦ 23%

F.R. OF GERMANY 5 007 3 397 + 1 610 + 47%

U.K. 4 797 3 024 ♦ 1 773 ♦ 59%

JAPAN 2 243 1 436 807 ♦ 56%

AUSTRALIA 1 439 1 206 233 + 19%

CANADA 1 313 1 019 294 ♦ 29%

SINGAPORE 1 148 868 280 ♦ 32%

NETHERLANDS 1 084 710 374 + 53%

SWEDEN 763 441 322 ♦ 73%

FRANCE 751 424 327 ♦ 77%

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. CONTINUED TO RISE STEADILY WITH CLOTHING, SHOWING AN INCREASE OF $758 MILLION OR 15 PERCENT FOR THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN DELIVERIES OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $426 MILLION OR 54%), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $360 MILLION OR 35%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $204 MILLION OR 32%), AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $195 MILLION OR 32%).

PROMINENT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING (BY $834 MILLION OR 41%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $254 MILLION OR 170%), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS (BY $185 MILLION OR 51%) TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.K. CONTINUED ON AN UPWARD TREND, IN PARTICULAR, FOR CLOTHING (INCREASED BY $795 MILLION OR 51%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS (BY $203 MILLION OR 125%), TEXTILES (BY $148 MILLION OR 44%), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $99 MILLION OR 49%).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO JAPAN ALSO SHOWED INCREASES OF $281 MILLION OR 67% AND $80 MILLION OR 86% RESPECTIVELY. AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED AS FOLLOWS!-

JAN.-OCT. 79 (HK$ M.) JAN.-OCT. 78 INCREASE (HK$ M.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HK$ M.)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTH 1 NG ACCESSOR IES 16 348 12 675 3 673 29%

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 7 644 5 347 4- 2 297 43%

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4 □28 2 518 + 1 510 60%

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 226 2 242 984 44%

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND 3 REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 201 2 272 4 929 4 41%

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 2 608 1 704 + 904 4 53%

REMARKABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $1 311 MILLION OR 63%), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $863 MILLION OR 41%), TEXTILE FABRICS (BY $773 MILLION CR 46%), ELECTRICAL AND NON-ELECTRICAL HOUSEHOLD TYPE EQUIPMENT (BY $345 MILLION OR 55%), AND TEXTILE MADE-UP ARTICLES (BY $138 MILLION OR 54%).

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ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN SALES OF PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS (BY $20 MILLION OR 19%) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $5 MILLION OR 8%).

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS i-

JAN.-OCT. 79 (HK$ M.) JAN.-OCT. 78 (HK$ M.) INCREASE (HK$ M.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 15 683 11 362 + 4 321 ♦ 38%

CHINA 11 897 8 315 + 3 582 + 43%

U.S.A. 8 469 6 090 ♦ 2 379 + 39%

TAIWAN 4 781 3 328 + 1 453 + 44%

SINGAPORE 3 925 2 618 ♦ 1 307 + 50%

U.K. 3 579 2 301 ♦ 1 278 ♦ 56%

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 284 1 631 653 + 40%

SWITZERLAND 2 083 1 612 471 + 29%

REP. OF KOREA 2 029 1 408 621 ♦ 44%

AUSTRALIA 1 281 1 021 260 + 25%

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM JAPAN WERE MAINLY ATTRIBUTED TO THE RISE IN DEMAND FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $601 MILLION OR 62%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS (BY $522 MILLION OR 63%). TEXTILES (BY $457 MILLION OR 24%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $412 MILLION OR 41%). IRON AND STEEL (BY $260 MILLION OR 35%), AND ROAD VEHICLES (BY $233 MILLION OR 34%).

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE FOLLOWING IMPORTS FROM CH I NAi TEXTILES (BY $755 MILLION OR 46%), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $580 MILLION OR 96%), CLOTHING (BY $318 MILLION OR 67%) AND FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS (BY $145 MILLION OR 46%).

IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. ALSO WENT UP SIGNIFICANTLY, PARTICULARLY IN ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $327 MILLION OR 177%). OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $290 MILLION OR 59%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $234 MILLION OR 46%), AND PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES (BY $116 MILLION OR 19%).

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THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION i-

JAN.-OCT. 79 (HK$ M.) JAN.-OCT. 78 (HK$ M.) INCREASE (HK$ M.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND DIAMONDS) 21 773 16 114 + 5 659 35%

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 15 158 9 654 5 504 57%

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 9 978 6 818 3 160 + 46%

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 7 779 6 594 1 185 18%

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 5 466 3 720 1 746 47%

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 4 □72 2 620 1 452 55%

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN ARRIVALS OF TEXTILES (BY $2 686 MILLION OR 3990, ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $1 690 MILLION OR 56%), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $1 419 MILLION OR 56%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 067 MILLION OR 69%), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $1 062 MILLION OR 44%).

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES-WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY 1768 MILLION OR 465%), U.S.A. (BY $642 MILLION OR 64%), TAIWAN (BY $472 MILLION OR 49%), SINGAPORE (BY $337 MILLION OR 30%) AND THE PHILIPPINES (BY $249 MILLION OR 61%).

ACTIVE DEMAND CONTINUED FOR RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (INCREASED BY $815 MILLION OR 57%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $431 MILLION OR 82%), PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES (BY $429 MILLION OR 30%), CLOTHING (BY $367

MILLION OR 97%), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $276 MILLION OR

THE TRADE INDEX NUMBERS WERE RELEASED AS FOLLOWS s- FOR SEPTEMBER 1979 (1973 - 100)

VALUE INDEX UNIT VALUE INDEX QUANTUM INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 328 171 192

IMPORTS 316 176 180

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX FOR SEPTEMBER 1979 WAS 97.

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$10 MILLION DONATION FOR PROMOTION OF MUSIC ******

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON RECEIVED A FURTHER $10 MILLION DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR THE PROMOTION OF MUSIC IN HONG KONG AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICAL TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

ACCEPTING THE MONEY ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WHO WILL BE THE TRUSTEE OF THE NEW JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND, SIR JACK DESCRIBED THE DONATION AS ^IMAGINATIVE AND TIMELY.+

♦IT MEANS A CONSIDERABLE BOOST TO THE MUSICAL EDUCATION OF FUTURE GENERATIONS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS, AND AN ADDED IMPETUS TO POTENTIAL ASPIRING PERFORMERS WHO MAY OTHERWISE HAVE HAD LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENT FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF OTHERS,♦ HE SAID.

TODAY’S DONATION CEREMONY TOOK PLACE DURING A CONCERT IN PENFOLD PARK, SHA TIN. THE CONCERT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY, IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF OUTDOOR CONCERTS TO BE STAGED THERE.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF SIR JACK’S SPEECH AT THE CEREMONYi

♦THE LINK BETWEEN THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG WHICH MAY NOT, AT FIRST SIGHT, SEEM OBVIOUS, WAS IN FACT FIRMLY ESTABLISHED IN 1977.

♦IN THAT YEAR, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST TIME AN INITIAL GRANT OF $600 000 AS WORKING CAPITAL FOR THE PROMOTION OF MUSIC IN HONG KONG IN GENERAL AND, MORE SPECIFICALLY, FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICAL TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

♦THE INITIAL GRANT HAS SINCE BEEN AUGMENTED BY TWO SUCCESSIVE ANNUAL GRANTS OF $800 000 EACH, MAKING TO DATE A TOTAL DONATION OF $2.2 MILLION.

♦TODAY, I HAVE VERY GREAT PLEASURE IN ACCEPTING A FURTHER DONATION OF $10 MILLION. THIS WILL PROVIDE THE CAPITAL FOR ESTABLISHING A TRUST FUND, THE INTEREST ACCRUING TO WHICH WILL BE APPLIED TO MAKING GRANTS TO SCHOOLS AND TO OTHER ORGANISATIONS IN FULFILLING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE FUND.

♦THIS MOST GENEROUS INFUSION OF FUNDS INTO MUSICAL ACTIVITY IS IMAGINATIVE AND TIMELY. IT MEANS A CONSIDERABLE BOOST TO THE MUSICAL EDUCATION OF FUTURE GENERATIONS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS, AND AN ADDED IMPETUS TO POTENTIAL ASPIRING PERFORMERS WHO MAY OTHERWISE HAVE HAD LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENT FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF OTHERS.

♦ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, WHO IS TO BE CUSTODIAN TRUSTEE OF THE JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND, I SHOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS SINCERE APPREICATION TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE FUND WILL BE PUT TO FULL USE IN ENCOURAGING AND DEVELOPING HONG KONG’S FUTURE MUSICIANS.*

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DSW CALLS ON PARENTS TO HAVE PATIENCE IN CARING FOR CHILDREN *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON PARENTS TO BE PATIENT WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN TIMES WHEN THEY APPEARED TO BE PERSISTENTLY DIFFICULT AND TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND THEIR NEEDS AND PROBLEMS.

MR. LEE SAID IT WAS IMPROPER FOR CHILDREN TO BE NEGLECTED, REJECTED OR MADE AS AN OUTLET FOR FRUSTRATION.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A +HAPPY FAMILY* CARNIVAL JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AS PART OF THE CURRENT COMMUNITY-WIDE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION. THE THEME OF THE CAMPAIGN IS +THE CHILD AND THE FAMILY*.

HUNDREDS OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN ENJOYED THEMSELVES AT THE HALF-DAY CARNIVAL IN THE KOWLOON WAH YAN COLLEGE.

THE CARNIVAL FEATURED A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMMES INCLUDING CHILDREN’S SHOWS, STALL GAMES, MOBILE THEATRE PERFORMANCES, AND DISPLAYS ON CHILDREN’S TOYS AND BOOKS, AS WELL AS ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION MESSAGES.

MR. LEE POINTED OUT IT WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION OF PARENTS TO PROPERLY BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN AND TO SHOW THEM LOVE AND CARE.

+ON THE OTHER HAND, CHILDREN SHOULD ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY AND ROLE IN THE FAMILY IN ORDER TO MAKE USEFUL CONTRIBUTIONS,* HE SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT CHILDHOOD WAS THE MOST FORMATIVE STAGE OF LIFE AND HOW THE CHILD WAS TAUGHT AND WHAT HE RECEIVED AT HOME WAS SIGNIFICANT TO HIS DEVELOPMENT AS AN ADULT.

+BROKEN FAMILIES, INADEQUATE PARENTAL CARE AND ATTENTION, INAPPROPRIATE METHODS OF ENFORCING DISCIPLINE AND STRAINED FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS CAN HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES ON THE GROWTH OF THE CHILD,* HE SAID.

MR. LEE POINTED OUT THAT RAPID SOCIAL CHANGES, ARISING OUT CF INDUSTRIALISATION AND MODERNISATION, HAD LED TO MISUNDERSTANDING BY SOME PEOPLE TOWARDS THE FAMILY CONCEPT, ITS DEFINITION AND SIGNIFICANCE.

THIS SOMETIMES HAS RESULTED IN FAMILY BREAKDOWN AND CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE GOING ASTRAY FOR LACK OF CARE AND PROPER TEACHING AT HOME, HE ADDED.

♦FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION THEREFORE COMES IN AS AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN STRENGTHENING FAMILY TIES, BY INCREASING THE UNDERSTANDING OF SELF, OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE FAMILY, AND OF THE ROLE EACH FAMILY MEMBER IS EXPECTED TO PLAY,* HE SAID.

THE ULTIMATE AIM, HE SAID, IS TO FOSTER HARMONIOUS FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, THUS CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS THE PREVENTION OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

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FISHERMEN HOUSED IN SAI KUNG

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THE LAST GROUP OF FISHERMEN AFFECTED BY THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME ARE TO BE ALLOCATED FLATS BY BALLOT ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 21).

A TOTAL OF 178 FLATS HAS BEEN BUILT FOR THE REMAINING FAMILIES AT A COST OF $8 MILLION, EXCLUDING THE COST OF LAND OR SITE FORMATION.

THE FLATS IN FOUR-STOREY BLOCKS ARE AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.

EACH MEASURES 46.4 SQUARE METRES IN AREA AND HAS A LIVING AREA, KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND TOILET FACILITIES.

SPACIOUS OPEN AREAS SURROUND THE SIX BLOCKS.

AMONG THE FACILITIES ARE A POLICE POST, CAR PARKS AND A 279 SQUARE METRE COMMUNITY HALL.

FACILITIES TO BE BUILT SOON INCLUDE A MINI-SOCCER PITCH AND A FRESH FOOD MARKET.

THE BALLOT ON FRIDAY WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER SAI KUNG, MR. COLIN BOSHER- MR. LEE YUN-SAU, UNOFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, AND MR. CHUNG POON, CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE.

KEYS WILL BE HANDED TO FAMILIES AFTER THE BALLOT RESULTS ARE KNOWN.

UNDER AN EARLIER PHASE OF THE SCHEME, 30 FLATS WERE BUILT FOR 260 PEOPLE.

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APPLICATION FOR GRANTS FROM RECREATION FUND INVITED

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VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION, FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1980-81.

THE FUND WAS SET UP IN 1970 WITH A 13 MILLION DONATION TO COMMEMORATE THE GOVERNORSHIP OF SIR DAVID TRENCH. IT IS DESIGNED TO ASSIST IN PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, OTHER THAN THOSE ORGANISED FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAMME. THIS PROGRAMME ALREADY ATTRACTS CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

PRIORITY FOR ALLOCATION FROM THE FUND IS GIVEN TO PROJECTS YIELDING CONSTRUCTIVE AND LONG-TERM BENEFITS, AND WHICH HELP DEVELOP THE INDIVIDUAL, AND ENCOURAGE PURPOSEFUL USE OF LEISURE TIME BY YOUNG PEOPLE.

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SINCE IT WAS SET UP, OVER 13 MILLION IN GRANTS, DERIVED FROM INTEREST EARNED FROM INVESTMENTS, HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO FINANCE VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

IN 1978-79, GRANTS AMOUNTING TO SOME $448 400 WERE MADE TO 92 AGENCIES TO START NEW PROJECTS AND TO PURCHASE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR GRANTS IN THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT WHICH ADMINISTERS THE FUND.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECRETARY, COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, WING ON CENTRE, 11TH FLOOR, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG BEFORE JANUARY 31, 1980.

ALLOCATION OF GRANTS IS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE JULY 1980.

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FIRST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR GIRL GUIDES OPENED

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING OFFICIALLY OPENED THE FIRST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION IN PING SHEK ESTATE, KOWLOON.

THE EAST KOWLOON REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS THE FIRST OF THE FOUR PLANNED BY THE ASSOCIATION TO MORE EFFECTIVELY CARRY OUT ITS GIRL GUIDE ACTIVITIES AND RECRUITMENT EXERCISE ON A REGIONAL BASIS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR. LEE SAID GIRL GUIDING WAS A WORLD-WIDE YOUTH MOVEMENT AND PRAISED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS VIGOROUS PROMOTION AND ACHIEVEMENTS.

♦IT IS GRATIFYING TO LEARN THAT THE ASSOCIATION NOW HAS MORE THAN 14 000 MEMBERS IN HONG KONG, AND IN THE EAST KOWLOON REGION ALONE, THERE ARE MORE THAN 2 000 MEMBERS AS GUIDERS, RANGERS, YOUNG LEADERS, GUIDES AND BROWNIES,♦ HE SAID.

MR. LEE SAID THE FOUR REGIONS UNDER THE ASSOCIATION SCHEME — EAST KOWLOON, WEST KOWLOON, HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, COINCIDED WITH THE FOUR UNDER THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

♦WHEN THE ASSOCIATION IS FULLY REGIONALISED, THIS WILL NO DOUBT INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUCH CLOSER LIAISON, NOT ONLY WITH MY DEPARTMENT BUT ALSO WITH OTHER GOVERNENT DEPARTMENTS, LOCAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE REGIONS,♦ HE SAID.

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WATER CUT IN NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES

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WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES AND VILLAGES ALONG A NUMBER OF ROADS IN NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING TO ENABLE ESSENTIAL WATERWORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

THE PREMISES AND VILLAGES TO BE AFFECTED ARE ALONG:

* TAI PO ROAD, BETWEEN LAM TSUEN AND SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD, INCLUDING THOSE ON LAM KAM ROAD"

* CASTLE PEAK ROAD, BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD AND LOK MA CHAU, SAN TIN-

* FAN KAM ROAD, BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD AND CHUI KENG TSUEN"

* JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING CROSS ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE, INCLUDING SHEK WU HUI AND SHEUNG SHU I TSUEN-

* MAN KAM TO ROAD BETWEEN SAN FUNG AVENUE AND MAN KAM TO POLICE POST, INCLUDING LO WU RAILWAY STATION AND MUK WU PUMPING STATION-

* SHA TAU KOK ROAD, BETWEEN FANLING CROSS ROAD AND SHA TAU KOK MARKET, INCLUDING LUEN WO MARKET AND ON LOK TSUEN, AND

* PING CHE ROAD, BETWEEN SHA TAU KOK ROAD AND TA KWU LING POLICE STATION, FANLING.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN SHA TIN AND KOWLOON TONG

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 19) TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN WORKS.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE FO TAN TSUEN, THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE, HO TUNG LAU, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, LOK LO HA VILLAGE AND THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 PM ON THE SAME DAY (WEDNESDAY) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON TONG WILL ALSO BE CUT OFF TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN REPAIRS.

TO BE AFFECTED ARE PREMISES IN LANCASHIRE ROAD BETWEEN LA SALLE ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD- OXFORD ROAD BETWEEN LANCASHIRE ROAD AND DURHAM ROAD, AND SELKIRK ROAD.

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SUNG WONG TOI ROAD TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT

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THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SUNG WONG TOI ROAD BETWEEN PAK TAI STREET AND KOWLOON CITY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 17) AND TUESDAY (DECEMBER 18).

DURING THE CLOSURE, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MA TAU KOK ROAD AND PAK TAI STREET TO RE-JOIN SUNG WONG TOI ROAD WEST OF PAK TAI STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, DECEi-iBER 17, 1979

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

FUNDS FOR IMPLEMENTING SALARIES COMMISSION’S PROPOSALS APPROVED .......................................... 1

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOUND JOBS .................................................. 1

MORE PATROLS JOIN FIRE WATCH SCHE1.E......................... 2

NEW EXTENSION FOR OLD PEOPLE’S CENTRE ..................... 3

IRD’S COMPLAINTS OFFICE MOVES TO WINDSOR HOUSE .............. 4

WORK ON Water TREATMENT PLANT’S EXTENSION TO BEGIN SOON................................................ 4

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG SHUI ....................... 5

WATER CUT ................................................... 5

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FUNDS FOR IMPLEMENTING SALARIES COMMISSION'S PROPOSALS APPROVED

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED FUNDS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE STANDING SALARIES COMMISSION’S GENERAL PROPOSALS - CONTAINED IN THEIR FIRST REPORT ON CIVIL SERVICE PAY (REPORT NO. 2) - FOR A REVISED MASTER PAY SCALE, MODEL 1 PAY SCALE, DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY SCALES, AND APPRENTICE PAY SCALES TOGETHER WITH THEIR DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS ON SALARY SCALES FOR INDIVIDUAL RANKS.

THE APPROVAL WAS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN LATE NOVEMBER THAT THE REPORT HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF NECESSARY FUNDS BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE THE REVISED PAY SCALES WILL BE BACK-DATED TO OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DETAILS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REPORT WOULD SHORTLY BE ANNOUNCED TO THE SERVICE IN A CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH CIRCULAR, AND THAT THE MAIN CHANGES WOULD BE REFLECTED IN PAY PACKETS BY CHINESE NEW YEAR.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE INCREASES INCLUDING GRANTS TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS IS ESTIMATED AT OVER $250 MILLION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, OF WHICH $163 MILLION IS IN RESPECT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

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LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE HELPED 19 207 JOB-SEEKERS, INCLUDING 197 UNIVERSITY AND POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE GRADUATES, OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT DUR I NG THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL JOB PLACEMENTS REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF 44 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

. ADftlJH,LWAS STATED T0DAY (MONDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. J.N. HENDERSON, AT THE OPENING OF THE SERVICE’S NEW BRANCH OFFICE AT 67-69 TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE SERVICE, HE SAID, OPERATES FROM 13 OFFICES LOCATED IN THE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREAS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG?

HAD ,MPR0VED CONSIDERABLY SINCE A FACSIMILE SYSTEM WAS INSTALLED IN JULY LAST YEAR TO PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT AND SPEEDY MEANS OF DISSEMINATING VACANCY INFORMATION AMONG THE BRANCH OFFICES.

MR. HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE WORK OF THE SERVICE WAS KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW TO ENSURE THAT ANY IMPROVEMENT OR EXPANSION OF ITS SERVICES WAS GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS JOB-SEEKERS AND THE ECONOMY AT LARGE.

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+ONE OF THE AIMS OF THE SERVICE THIS YEAR HAS BEEN TO MOVE SOME OF ITS OLDER BRANCH OFFICES FROM UPPER FLOORS TO MORE EASILY ACCESSIBLE SHOP SPACES ON THE GROUND FLOOR, FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF JOB-SEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS WHO MAKE USE OF, ITS SERVICES.

+THE TSUEN WAN BRANCH OFFICE, ORIGINALLY LOCATED ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CHARTERED BANK BUILDING, IS THE FIRST OF THOSE OLDER BRANCH OFFICES TO BE MOVED,+ HE ADDED.

MR. HENDERSON EMPHASISED THAT AN EMPLOYMENT SERVICE BY ITSELF COULD NOT AND DID NOT CREATE JOBS ANY MORE THAN IT COULD CREATE WORKERS IN TIMES OF LABOUR SHORTAGE. WHAT IT COULD DO WAS TO MATCH JOB-SEEKERS WITH VACANCIES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

STRESSING THAT SUCCESS DEPENDED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF VACANCIES NOTIFIED BY EMPLOYERS AND THE TYPES OF JOB-SEEKERS REGISTERED, MR. HENDERSON EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD BOTH MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE FREE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE NEW OFFICE.

EARLIER, MR. HENDERSON AND TWO LEADERS OF THE TSUEN WAN COMMUNITY, MR. LAM KIN-MING, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, AND MR. TANG YUEN-PUI, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSI NG Yl RURAL COMM I TEE, OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE BY PERFORMING A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS ROUNDED OFF WITH A TEA RECEPTION AND A LION DANCE.

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ANOTHER 24 SQUATTER AREAS AND VILLAGES HAVE FORMED THEIR OWN FIRE WATCH PATROLS TO PROTECT THE LIFE AND PROPERTIES OF THOSE LIVING IN THEIR AREAS.

THEIR FORMATION NEARLY DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF PATROLS ALREADY PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRE WATCH SCHEME. THERE ARE NOW 50 SUCH TEAMS COVERING DENSELY POPULATED AREAS.

THE SCHEME, FIRST INTRODUCED AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR AS PART OF THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, AIMS TO GET RESIDENTS IN SQUATTER AREAS AND VILLAGES MORE INVOLVED IN FIRE PRECAUTION MEASURES.

THE PATROLS ARE FORMED BY VOLUNTEERS WITHIN THE LOCAL AREAS. THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECOGNISES THEIR USEFULNESS AND PROVIDES ALL THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR THEIR MEMBERS.

THROUGH THIS TRAINING, MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO DEVISE EVACUATION PLANS IN CASE OF FIRE AND RECOGNISE FIRE HAZARDS.

DURING THEIR ACTUAL PATROLS THEY REMOVE ITEMS BLOCKING FIRE EXITS AND ADVISE THEIR NEIGHBOURS OF DANGEROUS PRACTICES WHICH CAN GIVE RISE TO A FIRE. SHOULD THERE BE ONE, THEY QUICKLY ALERT THE FIRE SERVICES AND THE POLICE AND HELP OTHER RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE.

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IF NECESSARY, THEY CAN ALSO ASSIST IN FIRE FIGHTING BEFORE FIREMEN ARRIVE. TO HELP THEM COPE WITH THIS WORK, EACH PATROL IS PROVIDED WITH A SET OF FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND SAND BUCKETS.

STAFF OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES ARE BEHIND THEM IN THEIR EFFORTS AND ARE GIVE THEM SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE WHENEVER THEY NEED THEM.

READY TO

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (MONDAY) UNVEILED A PLAQUE AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE COMPLETION CF EXTENSION WORK OF AN OLD PEOPLE’S CENTRE IN KOWLOON CITY.

THE CENTRE, WHICH WAS OPENED EARLIER THIS YEAR AS A FOCAL POINT OF RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR OLD PEOPLE, HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO PROVIDE MORE FACILITIES.

NOW COVERING AN AREA OF OVER 280 SQUARE METRES (3 000 SQUARE FEET), THE CENTRE IS OPERATED BY THE CHRISTIAN NATIONALS’ EVANGELISM COMMISSION. THE COST OF EXTENSION WAS MET BY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE LIONS CLUB OF THE PEAK, HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR. LEE SAID THE JOINT EFFORTS TO EXTEND THE CENTRE REPRESENTED A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SUPPORT BY THE COMMUNITY AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO THE GOVERNMENT IN DEVELOPING SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

HE SAID THE CENTRE CLEARLY SERVED A REAL NEED IN THE AREA AS A LARGE NUMBER OF OLD PEOPLE HAD COME FORWARD TO MAKE USE CF THE FACILITIES SINCE THE CENTRE CAME INTO OPERATION.

UNDER THE EXTENSION PROJECT, HE SAID, THE SPACE OF THE CENTRE HAS ALMOST DOUBLED WITH THE ADDITION OF AN ENTIRE FLOOR FOR RECREATION ROOMS, TELEVISION ROOMS AND CANTEEN SERVICES.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THE PUBLIC WILL GIVE THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT SO THAT MORE OLD PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ENJOY SOCIAL LIFE,* F£ SAID.

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THE SPECIAL COMPLAINTS OFFICE OF*THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE FROM TODAY (MONDAY) IN A NEW OFFICE ON THE 26TH FLOOR OF WINDSOR HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY FOLLOWING THE MOVE FROM ICE HOUSE STREET LAST SATURDAY.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER, MRS. AGNES SIN LAW YUK LIN, IS 5-79595656 WHILE THE CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS, GPO BOX 11234, REMAINS UNCHANGED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAIDi ^TAXPAYERS MAY APPROACH THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER FOR HELP IF DELAYS OR DIFFICULTIES, OTHER THAN THOSE RELATING TO THE CORRECTNESS OF ASSESSMENTS OR THE LAW ITSELF, ARE EXPERIENCED AFTER THEIR INITIAL ENQUIRIES WITH THE OFFICERS HANDLING THEIR CASES FAIL TO RESOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS.*

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WORK ON WATER TREATMENT PLANTS EXTENSION TO BEGIN SOON

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CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK ON AN EXTENSION TO THE RED HILL WATER TREATMENT PLANT IN TAI TAM BAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE CONTRACT FOR THE EXTENSION WORK WAS SIGNED THIS (MONDAY) MORNING BETWEEN THE CHIEF ENGINEER, CONSTRUCTION, MR. LEE GUN-CHEUNG, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE EXCEL ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD.

HE SAID THE EXTENSION, TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR WATER FROM STANLEY AND REPULSE BAY, WILL COST MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION TO BUILD.

UPON COMPLETION, THE EXTENSION WILL INCREASE THE OUTPUT OF THE WATER TREATMENT WORKS FROM 6 300 CUBIC METRES TO 10 900 CUBIC METRES A DAY.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL TAKE 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS INfSHEUNG SHU I

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A SECTION OF LUNG SUM AVENUE BETWEEN SAN SHING AVENUE AND SAN HONG STREET IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 19) FOR ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAN SHING AVENUE, SAN CHEUNG STREET AND SAN HONG STREET BEFORE REJOINING LUNG SUM AVENUE SOUTH OF THE SAN HONG STREET JUNCTION.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN WORKS.

THE PRESMIES TO BE AFFECTED ARE TSING Yl FIRE STATION, HONG KONG CEMENT FACTORY, CHEUNG CHING ESTATE, CHEUNG HONG ESTATE AND THOSE IN TSING Yl TOWN CENTRE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1979.

RENT CONTROL TO BE EXTENDED .................................. 1

HK'S GRO'TING GARMENT INDUSTRY MEANS GOOD PROSPECTS FOR UK TEXTILE EXPORTS ....................................... 2

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY GOLD COIN ................................................... 11

HIGHER IMPORT DUTY ON HK'S WEARING APPAREL TO CANADA ....................................................... 6

MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR TAI PO DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT ............. 7

WATER SUPPLIES TALKS ........................... 7

TSU34 wan arts festival ...................................... 8

LOCAL INDIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES TO HK'S ECONOMY ................................................. 9

SWD THANKS EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED PERSONS .................... 10

TEACHERS TO LEARN ABOUT PLANT RESOURCES AND PROTECTION ...... 10

URBAN CLEARWAY AND PLB RESTRICTIONS ......................... 11

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS .......... 12

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU FA TEI AND SAI YING PUN ......... 12

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG

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RENT CONTROL TO BE EXTENDED ft ft * ft * *

LEGISLATION IS TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR WHICH WOULD BRING UNDER RENT CONTROL ALL EXISTING DOMESTIC RENTED ACCOMMODATION.

IF APPROVED, THE LEGISLATION WOULD TAKE EFFECT FROM TODAY, DECEMBER 18.

ANNOUNCING THIS A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT ALL EXISTING UNCONTROLLED TENANCIES WOULD BE BROUGHT UNDER RENT CONTROL.

THIS WILL LIMIT INCREASES TO 21 PER CENT EVERY TWO YEARS AND WILL PROVIDE SECURITY OF TENURE FOR TENANTS.

THE LEGISLATION WILL PROPOSE IN RESPECT OF NEW AND FRESH LETTINGS THAT THERE WILL BE NO RESTRICTION ON THE AMOUNT OF RENTS THAT MAY BE AGREED BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND TENANTS.

BUT SUBSEQUENTLY THE PERMITTED INCREASES IN RENT WILL BE GOVERNED BY THE LEGISLATION.

THE FOLLOWING TENANCIES WHICH ARE PRESENTLY EXCLUDED WILL BE BROUGHT UNDER RENT CONTROL!

(A) LEASES OF THREE YEARS DURATION OR MORE"

(B) GOVERNMENT OR COMPANY LEASES.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED THAT TENANCIES WITH RATEABLE VALUE OF $30 OOO AT 1973 VALUATION WHICH ARE NOT AT PRESENT LIMITED TO THE 21 PER CENT PERMITTED INCREASE EVERY TWO YEARS, WILL BE SUBJECT TO SUCH LIMITATION UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION.

DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN NOW AND THE TIME OF ENACTMENT OF THE NEW LEGISLATION LANDLORDS AND TENANTS ARE ADVISED NOT TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD WEIGHED CAREFULLY ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES CF INTRODUCING RENT CONTROL LEGISLATION AT THIS STAGE.

+THE STRONG PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE ANXIETY OF PEOPLE AFFECTED AS WELL AS THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE EFFECTS WERE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

♦THE CONTINUING STRONG DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC PROPERTY SHOULD, IT IS CONSIDERED, CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPERS IN THE FR HIGH RATE OF PRODUCTION.

♦GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE BASIC AND DURABLE LONG TERM ANSWER IS TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR HOUS I NG,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

COMMENTING ON PROPOSALS AIMED AT CURBING SPECULATION ON DOMESTIC PROPERTIES THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SEVERAL MEASURES ARE PRESENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION BUT NO DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN AT THIS STAGE.

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HK’S GROWING GARMENT INDUSTRY MEANS GOOD PROSPECTS FOR UK TEXTILE EXPORTS *****

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR. DENIS BRAY, TOLD THE WOOL TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS FEDERATION AT THEIR ANNUAL DINNER IN LEEDS, UK, LAST FRIDAY (DECEMBER 14) THAT A VIGOROUSLY GROWING GARMENT INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG WAS GOOD FOR THEIR EXPORT PROSPECTS.

HE SA IDi +ALTHOUGH WE EXPORT AN APPRECIABLE VOLUME OF TEXTILES WE IMPORT FAR MORE TEXTILES THAN WE EXPORT.

♦WE ARE THE THIRD LARGEST NET IMPORTER OF TEXTILES IN THE WORLD, AND WHEN IT COMES TO WOOL, WE BUY BRITISH. IN 1978, HONG KONG WAS BRITAIN’S LARGEST EXPORT MARKET FOR FABRICS OF SYNTHETIC FIBRE MIXED WITH WOOL, AND FOURTH LARGEST FOR WORSTED CLOTH.

♦THE MARKET FOR YOUR TEXTILES IS OUR GARMENT INDUSTRY. WE ARE THE WORLD’S LARGEST NET EXPORTER OF GARMENTS. IN 1978, WE EXPORTED 1 500 MILLION POUNDS WORTH OF GARMENTS, DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WE EXPORTED FIVE YEARS AGO.

♦WE EXPORT OUR CLOTHING MAINLY TO AMERICA, GERMANY AND BRITAIN. OF COURSE, WE SHOULD LIKE TO EXPORT MORE TO THESE PLACES, AND CONSUMERS IN ALL OF THEM WOULD LIKE TO BUY MORE, BUT OUR EXPORTS ARE UNDER RESTRAINT. IN 1977, FIRST THE AMERICANS, THEN THE EEC IMPOSED THE TOUGHEST RESTRICTIONS WE HAVE SEEN YET - THE EEC CUTTING QUOTA OF SOME OF OUR PRINCIPAL EXPORTS BY ANYTHING UP TO 30 PER CENT BELOW THE ACTUAL LEVEL OF TRADE IN 1976.

♦OUR EXPORTS OF WOOLLEN CLOTHING TO AMERICA, OUR BIGGEST MARKET, HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED BY THE MFA, PARTICULARLY SINCE THE END OF 1978. THE EFFECT OF THESE AND SIMILAR RESTRICTIONS OVER THE YEARS HAS BEEN TO FORCE US TO TRADE UP. IF YOU CAN ONLY SELL 100 SHORTS THEN YOU MIGHT AS WELL SELL THE 40 POUND VARIETY AS THE CHEAP ONES. WE BUY THE SHORTS WE WEAR FROM CHINA.

♦IN BRITAIN, THE SO-CALLED GLOBAL RESTRICTIONS OF THE MFA HAVE NOT STOPPED IMPORTS OF GARMENTS BECAUSE, OF COURSE, THEY ARE NOT GLOBAL. INDEED, GARMENT IMPORTS ARE AT A RECORD LEVEL. THE RESTRICTIONS HAVE, HOWEVER, LED TO THE DISPLACEMENT OF EXPORTS FROM POORER PLACES LIKE HONG KONG BY IMPORTS FROM THE RICHER COUNTRIES, BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE EEC.

♦YOU MIGHT CONSIDER WHETHER, SINCE THESE GARMENT IMPORTS ARE COMING IN ANYWAY, YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE THEM COME IN FROM HONG KONG MADE WITH BRITISH CLOTH THAN FROM EASTERN OR SCANDINAVIAN. WE ARE SHIPPING RIGHT UP TO QUOTA THIS YEAR AND THE MFA IS BITING. PRICES OF CLOTHING HAVE BEEN PUSHED UP IN BRITAIN - IN FACT, THE WHOLE POINT OF A RESTRICTIVE AGREEMENT LIKE THE MFA IS TO PUSH UP PRICES.

♦QUOTAS ON GARMENT EXPORTS FROM COUNTRIES WHERE INDUSTRIES HAVE REAL GROWTH PROSPECTS ARE BOUND TO ERODE YOUR EXPORT PERFORMANCE IN THE LONG RUN. THE BEST OF BRITISH WOOL TEXTILES ARE OF A QUALITY THAT IS UNCHALLENGED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. YOUR INTERESTS LIE IN THE GROWTH OF THE WORLD’S GARMENT INDUSTRIES. THE GROWTH GARMENT INDUSTRIES ARE NOT, I AM AFRAID, TO BE FOUND IN THE INDUSTRIALLY DEVELOPED COUNTRIES - THEY ARE IN THE LESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, AND IT IS THEIR GROWTH YOU SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF.

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♦I APPRECIATE THAT THE WOOL TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN BRITAIN HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS, BUT I HOPE YOU WILL LISTEN TO ADVOCATES OF PROTECTIONISM WITH GREAT CAUTION. SOME HAVE BEEN HEARD EVEN WITHIN THE BRITISH WOOL CONFEDERATION. DON’T GET HOOKED ON PROTECTIONISM, THE GARMENT PEOPLE HAVE, AND LIKE ANY ADDICT THEY ASK FOR MORE EVERY TIME A TEMPORARY AGREEMENT FOR A BREATHING SPACE EXPIRES. THEY ARE AFTER A TOUGHER MFA ALREADY, AND THE PRESENT ONE DOES NOT EXPIRE FOR TWO YEARS,♦ MR. BRAY SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO A SPEECH PROPOSING THE HEALTH OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY, SIR KEITH JOSEPH ASKED THOSE PRESENT TO PUT ASIDE TEXTILES FOR A MOMENT AND REFLECT ON THE MARVEL OF HONG KONG. DID THEY NOT GET THE IMPRESSION OF A DYNAMIC ECONOMY? THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD SUCCEEDED BY KEEPING ITS HANDS OFF BUSINESS. HE COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE SAME SORT OF PEOPLE WHO HAD PRESIDED OVER GROWTH IN HONG KONG HAD MANAGED TO ERODE IT IN BRITAIN.

HE SAID INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN THE WOOL TEXTILE INDUSTRY WERE A MODEL AND THEIR DESIGN WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE. HE APPRECIATED LIFE WAS MADE HARDER FOR EXPORTERS BY THE STRENGTH OF STERLING, BUT IT WAS ALSO MADE EASIER BY THE MFA. THE GOVERNMENT HAD SAID THAT THEY FORESAW A CONTINUED NEED FOR SOME ORDERLY MARKETING ARRANGEMENTS ON THE EXPIRY OF THE MFA. PLACES LIKE HONG KONG SOLD TEXTILES BUT THEY ALSO BOUGHT.

THE GOVERNMENT, FOR ITS PART, WOULD CONTINUE BATTERING AWAY AT TARIFFS AND WOULD WANT FAIR TRADE FOR THOSE WHO IMPORT. HE RECOGNISED THE DOMINANT ROLE OF THE RETAIL BUSINESSES OF BRITAIN, BUT THESE PROVIDED FAIR ACCESS TO MARKETS FOR BOTH DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED GOODS.

SIR KEITH DISTINGUISHED SHARPLY BETWEEN STATE TRADING COUNTRIES AND COUNTRIES THAT MAY BE DESCRIBED AS MARKET COUNTRIES, PLACES SUCH AS HONG KONG OR KOREA.

HE DID NOT THINK LOW WAGES WERE AN UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICE FOR JUST AS BRITISH WAGES WERE LOWER THAN THOSE IN GERMANY, SO WAGES IN KOREA OR HONG KONG WERE LOWER THAN IN BRITAIN. IF UNFAIR SUBSIDIES WERE BEING PAID IN OTHER COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY EEC COUNTRIES, HE WAS PREPARED TO TAKE THIS UP IF HE WAS GIVEN THE EVIDENCE. HE REQUIRED HARD: EV IDENCE, NOT GOSSIP.

BRITAIN WAS ALREADY USING THE COMMON MARKET PROCEDURES TO TACKLE THE AMERICAN SUBSIDY IN OIL PRICES BUT IT WAS NOW NECESSARY TO TAKE ANT I-DUMP I NG MEASURES THROUGH BRUSSELS.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY GOLD COIN *****

A LIMITED QUANTITY OF >1 OOO GOLD COINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMEMORATE THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY.

THE COIN IS THE FIFTH IN A SERIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ISSUE TO MARK THE 12 LUNAR YEARS WHICH FALL IN THE WESTERN CALENDAR YEARS 1976-87.

PREVIOUS ISSUES IN THE SERIES HAVE BEEN STRICTLY LIMITED TO NOT MORE THAN 30 000 COINS, BUT IN VIEW OF ANTICIPATED STRONG DEMAND FOR THE MONKEY COIN AND BECAUSE THE MARKET FOR THESE COINS HAS EXPANDED NOW THAT UK RESIDENTS MAY OWN GOLD COINS, THE NUMBER TO BE MINTED HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 40 000, COMPRISING 13 000 PROOF AND 27 000 UNCIRCULATED COINS.

THE PROOF COINS WHICH HAVE A FROSTED RELIEF ON A MIRROR FINISH BACKGROUND WILL BE SOLD AT $2 400 AND THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSION AT $1 600.

IN THE PAST, UNCIRCULATED COINS HAVE BEEN SOLD AT THEIR FACE VALUE OF 81 000 WHILE THE PROOF VERSION HAS BEEN SOLD FOR AN ADDITIONAL $500.

THE PREMIUM OVER THE FACE VALUE OF THE UNCIRCULATED VERSION AND THE HIGHER PRICE FOR THE PROOF COIN REFLECT THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF GOLD WHICH HAS RISEN FROM US$133 AN OUNCE IN 1976 WHEN THE DRAGON COIN WAS ISSUED TO WELL ABOVE US$400.

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) FROM ALL OFFICES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND FROM THE MERCANTILE BANK LIMITED. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 4, 1980.

TO ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, THE COINS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE COIN PER APPLICATION. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD EITHER BE MAILED TO THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION, CASH DEPARTMENT, BOX 64, G.P.O., HONG KONG OR PRESENTED AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING BRANCH OFFICESi

1, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG

306, KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG

40-45, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HONG KONG

42, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, ABERDEEN, HONG KONG

82, NATHAN ROAD (WAYFOONG HOUSE), KOWLOON

673, NATHAN ROAD, MONG KOK, KOWLOON

1, YUE MAN SQUARE, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON

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150, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES

455-457, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES

OR AT THE MERCANTILE BANK LIMITED, 7, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THE COINS ARE MADE OF 22 CARAT GOLD, HAVE A STANDARD WEIGHT OF 15.976 GRAMMES AND A DIAMETER OF 28.4 MM (1.118 INCHES).

THE OBVERSE CARRIES A PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN, WHILE THE REVERSE DEPICTS THE MONKEY. THE DESIGN FOR THE REVERSE WAS SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED FOR THIS ISSUE. EACH COIN WILL BE PACKAGED IN A PLASTIC SCREW-TOP CAPSULE AND SUPPLIED WITH A PRESENTATION CASE AND A DESCRIPTIVE BOOKLET.

GOLD COINS WITH A FACE VALUE OF SI 000 WERE MADE LEGAL TENDER ON MAY 5, 1975.

THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 16, 1980 AND ENDS ON FEBRUARY 4, 1981. THE MONKEY IS, THEREFORE, THE BIRTHDAY ANIMAL FOR ANY CHILD BORN BETWEEN THESE DATES AND FOR ANYONE BORN IN A PREVIOUS MONKEY YEAR.

THIS CENTURY THE MONKEY ALSO RULED DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS!

FEBRUARY 2, 1908 TO JANUARY 21, 1909-

FEBRUARY 20, 1920 TO FEBRUARY 7, 1921-

FEBRUARY 6, 1932 TO JANUARY 25, 1933-

JANUARY 25, 1944 TO FEBRUARY 12, 1945-

FEBRUARY 12, 1956 TO JANUARY 30, 1957-

JANUARY 30, 1968 TO FEBRUARY 16, 1969.

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HIGHER IMPORT DUTY ON HK’S WEARING APPAREL TO CANADA * * * * *

THE CANADIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE ADVISED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT THAT AS FROM DECEMBER 14 THE VALUE ON WHICH DUTY IS CALCULATED ON IMPORTS OF WEARING APPAREL FROM HONG KONG HAS BEEN INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT ABOVE THE SHIPPER’S SELLING PRICE.

COMMENTING ON THIS ACTION THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD, SAID HE WAS BOTH SURPRISED AND DISAPPOINTED.

+1 WENT TO OTTAWA IN OCTOBER FOR URGENT DISCUSSIONS WHEN WE FIRST HEARD THAT SOMETHING OF THIS KIND WAS CONTEMPLATED,* DORWARD SAID.

*AT THAT TIME WE WERE TOLD THE INCREASE WAS LIKELY TO BE ABOUT ONE-THIRD.+

DISCUSSIONS HELD IN OTTAWA THEN BROUGHT ABOUT A DELAY IN THE DUTY INCREASE. THE HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVES ARGUED THAT THE BASIS FOR THE ACTION WAS UNSOUND.

+THE CANADIAN AUTHORITIES WERE PREPARING TO ACT ON DATA WHICH HAD BEEN COLLECTED IN HONG KONG OVER A YEAR AGO. I ARGUED THEN, AND STILL MAINTAIN, THAT IT WAS HOPELESSLY OUT-OF-DATE AND IN ANY CASE DID NOT JUSTIFY ANY SUCH ACTION.*

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS HAD CO-OPERATED WITH CANADIAN CUSTOMS OFFICIALS WHO VISITED HONG KONG IN 1978. THE INFORMATION THEY COLLECTED RELATED TO TRADE WHICH HAD BEEN CONDUCTED SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE.

MR. DORWARD SAID HE HAD POINTED OUT IN OTTAWA THAT TRADING CIRCUMSTANCES HAD CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE THEN. +FOR A START,* HE SAID, *THE IMPORT CONTROLS CANADA OPERATED IN 1978 WERE REPLACED THIS YEAR BY EXPORT CONTROLS AND THAT ALMOST INVARIABLY HAS THE EFFECT OF INCREASING SELLING PRICES. AND THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN CHANGES IN EXCHANGE RATES, RAW MATERIAL PROCESS AND SO ON. DATA COLLECTED ON TRADE WHICH TOOK PLACE UP TO TWO YEARS AGO IS OBVIOUSLY AN UNREALISTIC BASIS FOR DUTY ASSESSMENT.*

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS TO ASK CANADA TO DO AN URGENT, UP-TO-DATE ENQUIRY ON HONG KONG EXPORT PRICES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IF SUCH AN ENQUIRY IS DONE WITH FAIR REGARD TO THE TRADING CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG THERE SHOULD BE AMPLE EVIDENCE TO JUSTIFY THE REMOVAL OF THIS ARBITRARY INCREASE IN VALUATION.

♦THE ABSENCE OF SUBSIDIES, TAX REBATES AND THE LIKE MEANS THAT THE HONG KONG EXPORT PRICE REPRESENTS THE TRUE MARKET VALUE AND SHOULD BE RECOGNISED AS SUCH IN CANADA OR ANYWHERE ELSE,* HE SAID.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1979

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MULT I-MILL I ON-DOLLAR TAI PO DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL AWARD A MULTI-MILL ION-DOLLAR CONTRACT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO.

THE CONTRACT, THE BIGGEST FOR THE PROJECT SO FAR, FORMS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO DEVELOP THE TOWN INTO A MODERN, SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY.

IT WILL BE SIGNED IN THE OFFICE OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BRANCH IN SHA TIN.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY IN THE OFFICE OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT, SHA TIN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SECOND FLOOR, SHA TIN AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AFTER THE SIGNING CEREMONY, OFFICERS OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE OPEN CAR PARK OUTSIDE THE RECEPTION OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, NOT LATER THAN 1.45 PM.

OFFICERS OF THE PWD’S PUBLICITY UNIT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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WATER SUPPLIES TALKS

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AT THE INVITATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE WATER CONSERVANCY AND ELECTRIC POWER BUREAU OF GUANGDONG PROVINCE, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD AND THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR. WILLIAM TUCKER TOGETHER WITH OTHER OFFICIALS, ARE VISITING GUANGZHOU FOR DISCUSSIONS ON FUTURE WATER SUPPLIES.

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TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ft * * *

THE SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL WHERE MOST OF THE PROGRAMMES WILL TAKE PLACE.

THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN FEBRUARY 23 AND MARCH 16. IT IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION AND THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE.

MR. J. W. HAYES, PRESIDENT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL, ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY).

BOTH LOCAL AND FOREIGN GROUPS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL.

THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME HAS BEEN EXPANDED FROM LAST YEAR’S 36 EVENTS TO A TOTAL OF 45 INCLUDING OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES.

THIS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY EXTENDING THE DURATION OF THE FESTIVAL FROM 16 TO 23 DAYS AND BY USING THE NEW TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AS WELL AS OUTDOOR VENUES.

THE TOTAL ATTENDANCE AT LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL WAS NEARLY 37 000.

THIS YEAR OUTDOOR VENUES WILL INCLUDE PLAYGROUNDS AT KWAI CHUNG ESTATE, KWAI SHING ESTATE, LAI YIU ESTATE, KWAI FONG ESTATE, SHEK LEI ESTATE, LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, SHA TSUI ROAD AND TSI NG Yl ISLAND.

THE WIDE EXTENTION OF OUTDOOR VENUES WILL GUARANTEE MORE FREE ENTERTAINMENT AND ATTRACT GREATER ATTENDANCE.

PROGRAMMES OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE AN OPENING CONCERT OF CHINESE ART SONGS, THE NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE KEFKA MIME TROUPE OF WEST GERMANY, THE LIM KEK HAN CONCERT ORCHESTRA AND A SERIES OF SIX DIFFERENT CANTONESE OPERA PRODUCTIONS STARRING LI PO YING AND LAW KAR YING.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, A CANTONESE DRAMA, FOLK DANCES OF VARIOUS NATIONS AND A DANCE DRAMA CALLED +LADY GENERAL LIANG HONG JU.+

LECTURES ON ORIENTAL FOLK DANCES, CHINESE PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY, TECHNIQUES AND APPRECIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, LATE CHING IMPERIAL CERAMICS, ORCHESTRAL MUSIC APPRECIATION, CANTONESE OPERA APPRECIATION, FLOWER ARRANGEMENT TECHNIQUES AND ORIENTAL FOLK DANCES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED.

THERE WILL BE FOUR EXHIBITIONS CONSISTING OF AN ANCIENT CHINESE COINS EXHIBITION, A FLOWER SHOW, A GUANGXU IMPERIAL PORCELAIN EXHIBITION AND A BOOK EXHIBITION ON FINE ARTS.

THE HIGHEST TICKET PRICE IS $30. STUDENT TICKETS AT $3 ARE AVAILABLE FOR MOST PERFORMANCES.

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POSTAL BOOKINGS FOR PERFORMANCES IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM TODAY UNTIL JANUARY 14.

LECTURE ROOM ADMISSION IS FREE.

PROGRAMME AND BOOKING FOLDERS ARE AVAILABLE FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ALL PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

DETAILS OF THE OUTDOOR PROGRAMME WILL BE CONTAINED IN THE FESTIVAL DIARY, WHICH WILL BE ISSUED WHEN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE OPENS ON JANUARY 19.

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LOCAL INDIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES TO HK’S ECONOMY

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A REASONABLE ESTIMATE OF THE INDIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY’S SHARE OF HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN THE FIRST TEN MONTHS THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO ABOUT $13 000 MILLION — OR ONE-TENTH OF THE TOTAL EXTERNAL TRADE.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE COMMUNITY’S CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG WAS NOT ALWAYS FULLY APPRECIATED. BESIDES CONSIDERABLE INVOLVEMENT IN THE IMPORT, EXPORT AND RETAIL FIELDS, THE COMMUNITY HAD OTHER SUBSTANTIAL VENTURES IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AND THE SERVICE SECTORS, NOTABLY IN HOTELS AND BANKING.

SPEAKING TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT AN INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON, MR. DORWARD SAIDi +DI VERS IFICATION, WHICH IS VERY MUCH IN OUR THOUGHT AT THE MOMENT, DOES NOT MERELY h€AN DIVERSIFICATION OF INDUSTRIES. IT ALSO MEANS THE SEEKING OUT AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MARKETS TO REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON THE HANDFUL OF MAJOR DEVELOPED COUNTRIES TO WHOM THE BULK OF OUR EXPORT FLOW.

♦ IT IS VERY WELL TO TALK OF DEVELOPING NEW MARKETS, BUT IT IS NOT THAT SIMPLE. THERE IS TRADE TO BE DONE. A GREAT DEAL OF IT IN, FOR EXAMPLE, WEST AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST- BUT THESE ARE NOT MARKETS FOR THE UNINITIATED. THEY HAVE THEIR PECULIARITIES, NOT ONLY IN WHAT THEY REQUIRE BUT ALSO IN THE WAY THEY DO BUSINESS,♦ HE SAID.

IT WAS VERY LARGELY THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF HONG KONG’S INDIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT OUR EXPORTS TO THESE MARKETS HAD BEEN CLIMBING STEADILY IN RECENT YEARS.

♦I KNOW THAT THIS IS, IN PART AT LEAST, MADE POSSIBLE BY THE WIDE NETWORK OF FAMILIES AND BUSINESS CONNECTION WHICH YOUR ENTERPRISING FELLOW COUNTRYMEN HAVE ESTABLISHED ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT IS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT, AND ONE FOR WHICH HONG KONG OWES YOU A DEBT OF GRATITUDE,* SAID MR. DORWARD.

WHEN THE INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WAS FOUNDED AT THE END CF 1952 IT HAD LESS THAN 60 MEMBERS. MEMBERSHIP NOW STANDS AT ABOUT 500.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

SWD THANKS EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED PERSONS ******

THIRTY-TWO LEADING EMPLOYERS, WHO HAVE OFFERED JOBS TO HUNDREDS OF DISABLED PERSONS, WILL BE FORMALLY THANKED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MISS DAPHNE HO, A PIONEER IN REHABILITATION SERVICES WHO HAS RETIRED FROM THE DEPARTMENT, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION TO THE EMPLOYERS FOR THEIR STAUNCH SUPPORT IN HELPING RE-INTEGRATE THE DISABLED INTO THE COMMUNITY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3.15 PM IN THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, FIRST FLOOR, 32 NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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TEACHERS TO LEARN ABOUT PLANT RESOURCES AND PROTECTION ******

A TWO-HOUR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SEMINAR ON HONG KONG PLANT RESOURCES AND THEIR PROTECTION WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (DECEMBER 22).

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE CHINESE MEDICINAL MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +THIS SEMINAR WILL BE OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO TEACHERS OF SCIENCE, GEOGRAPHY, AND ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS. THEY ARE ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND AND THERE IS NO NEED TO APPLY FOR PART IC I PAT I ON.+

ILLUSTRATED TALKS IN CANTONESE AND DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE SEMINAR, HE SAID.

THERE WILL BE TWO SPEAKERS, DR. PAUL BUT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND MR. S.P. LAU OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THEY ARE BOTH EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF PLANT RESOURCES AND WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH VALUABLE FIRST-HAND INFORMATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DR. BUT WILL BE SPEAKING ON PLANT RESOURCES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO MEDICINAL PLANTS, AND MR. LAU ON THE PROTECTION OF HABITATS AND THE CONSERVATION OF SPECIES.

THEY WILL ALSO DRAW THE PARTICIPANTS’ ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

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THE DISCUSSIONS WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR. JOHN TAAM, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR OF THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD IN THE LECTURE THEATRE OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON, FROM 10 AM TO 12 NOON.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE 5-774001 EXT. 37, 38 OR 46.

NOTE TO EDITORS: X

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SEMINAR ON DECEMBER 22 (SATURDAY). IT WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 10 AM AND 12 NOON IN THE LECTURE THEATRE CF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

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URBAN CLEARWAY AND PLB RESTRICTIONS * * * * *

TWO SECTIONS OF PORTLAND STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 21).

THE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY, AND THE TWO SECTIONS INVOLVED ARE THE EAST SIDE OF PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET, AND THE WEST SIDE OF PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF ARGYLE STREET AND PORTLAND STREET.

SIGNPOSTS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AND LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS IN THE RESTRICTED ZONES.

FROM 6 AM THE SAME DAY (FRIDAY), PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET, THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROAD BARRIER ON MONG KOK ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND TUNG CHOI STREET, AND FIFE STREET BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND TUNG CHOI STREET.

IN HUNG HOM FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES.

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS ******

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE ADDITIONAL PASSENGER TRAINS DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

ON DECEMBER 22 AND CHRISTMAS EVE, THERE WILL BE TWO EXTRA UP TRAINS LEAVING HUNG HOM STATION AT 9.22 AM AND 10.28 AM AND TWO MORE DOWN TRAINS LEAVING LOWU AT 11.21 AM AND 12.20 PM.

ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 23) THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL UP TRAINS LEAVING AT 9.27 AM AND 10.32 AM AND THREE DOWN TRAINS DEPARTING AT 11.21 AM, 12.20 PM AND 12.45 PM. ANOTHER SPECIAL TRAIN WILL LEAVE HUNG HOM STATION FOR FANLING ONLY AT 11.32 AM.

ON CHRISTMAS DAY, ONE SPECIAL UP TRAIN WILL LEAVE HUNG HOM AT 11.32 AM WHILE A DOWN TRAIN WILL DEPART LOWU AT 1.27 PM.

ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, TWO ADDITIONAL UP TRAINS WILL LEAVE AT 11.32 AM AND 2.41 PM WHILE THE DEPARTURE TIMES FOR THE TWO SPECIAL DOWN TRAINS ARE 1.27 PM AND 4.52 PM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR KCR SAID ORDINARY CLASS RETURN TICKETS FROM KOWLOON TO LOWU WILL BE SOLD AT HUNG HOM STATION FROM THURSDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO JANUARY 10.

THESE RETURN TICKETS WILL BE VALID FOR ONE NORTHBOUND JOURNEY ON THE DATE OF ISSUE AND ONE SOUTHBOUND JOURNEY ON ANY DAY FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE UNTIL JANUARY 10.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, FIRST-CLASS RESERVATION SEATS FOR DECEMBER 22 AND 24 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR NORTHBOUND TRAINS LEAVING KOWLOON BETWEEN 5.30 AM AND 2.05 PM ON THESE TWO DAYS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN *

YAU MA TEI AND SAI YING PUN * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT JJNCTION OF MAN MING LANE AND

ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE _________________________ ___ ARTHUR STREET IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 20)

mam Imh <mZ°^N,NS 0F THE JUNCTION, ARTHUR STREET BETWEEN MAN MING LANE AND HI LUNG LANE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY S°U™BOUND- AND MAN MING LANE BETWEEN SHANGHAI STREET AND ARTHUR STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

WATER S • WUS’ A KW J" 'wES ?NG

10 AM THE SAME’day (THURSDAY)^ L6FT DES V°EUX R°AD WEST FR°M

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

SI6NS W1LL BE SET UP IN THE TWO AREAS TO GUIDE

MOTOR I STS•

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WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN CONNECTION WORK.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD, KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, WO TONG TSUI STREET, BLOCKS 19-42 KWAI CHUNG ESTATE, KWAI HING ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG FACTORY BUILDING, KWAI CHUNG CENTRE, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SITE IN TAI WO HAU ROAD, AND 507-547 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDNESDaY, DECEMBER 19, 1979

contents page nc.

DORVaRD REVIEWS HK'S TRADE PROBLEMS IN 1979............... 1

RESULTS CF SEPTEMBER EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CUT ............... 2

Largest contract for tai pc development signed......... 5

SHrt TIN sites FOR Sale ..................................... 6

labour department to help the disabled find jobs ............ 6

Early payment for social security ........................... 7

CHRISTi'AS PARTIES FOR THE DISABLED ......................... 8

STUDY CHOICE SHOULD BE BASED CN INDIVIDUAL ABILITY....... 8

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY ................ 9

SVD THaNKS EMPLOYERS CF DISaBLED PERSONS .................... 9

SECTION OF NEJ CLEaR WaTER BaY ROaD OPENS ON FRIDaY ............................................ 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK AND CENTRAL ............... 11

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1979

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DORWARD REVIEWS HK’S TRADE PROBLEMS IN 1979 ******

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REVIEWED THE TRADE PROBLEMS THAT HAVE FACED HONG KONG IN 1979 AND THE POSITIVE STEPS TAKEN TO OVERCOME THEM.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE HONG KONG EXPORTERS’ ASSOCIATION, MR. DORWARD SA IDs +MOST OF HONG KONG’S TRADE PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN DUE TO OUR SUCCESS, NOT OUR FAILURE. IN 1979, DESPITE AS FORMIDABLE ARRAY AS EVER, EXPORTS LOOK LIKE MARKING UP GROWTH IN MONEY TERMS OF AROUND 35 PER CENT.

♦STRONG MARKET DEMAND IN THE EEC, NOTABLY THE UK AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WHO BETWEEN THEM TAKE ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF OUR EXPORTS TO THE COMMUNITY, SHOULD RESULT IN A SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER OUTTURN IN VOLUME AND VALUE TERMS IN 1979 AS COMPARED WITH 1978. WE EXPECT QUOTA UTILISATION TO BE ABOUT FIVE PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.+

REFERRING TO TEXTILE TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES, MR. DORWARD SAID THAT HONG KONG RESPONDED TO A PLEA TO HELP THE USA OVERCOME WHAT WERE ESSENTIALLY DOMESTIC POLITICAL PROBLEMS BY AGREEING, FOR 1979, TO VOLUNTARILY WAIVING OUR RIGHTS TO CERTAIN FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS IN THE BILATERAL AGREEMENT.

♦UNFORTUNATELY THE INK WAS BARELY DRY ON THAT EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BEFORE ANOTHER U.S. REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WAS RECEIVED, THIS TIME FOR 1980,+ HE SAID.

♦CONSULTATIONS ON THIS HAVE BEEN PROTRACTED AND DIFFICULT. IN MANILA, GENEVA, HONG KONG AND NOW LONDON, NEGOTIATORS FROM BOTH SIDES HAVE SOUGHT A FORMULA WHICH WOULD MEET U.S. CONCERNS WITHOUT DOING DAMAGE TO THE LEGITIMATE RIGHTS AND TRADE EXPECTATIONS OF HONG KONG, BOTH NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE,+ SAID l*R. DORWARD.

IN NOVEMBER HE WENT TO WASHINGTON TO SEE GOVERNOR REUBIN ASKEW, THE PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND A BASIS WHEREBY CONCESSIONS HONG KONG WAS PREPARED TO MAKE, WITHOUT COMPENSATION, MIGHT BE CONSIDERED ADEQUATE BY THE UNITED STATES.

♦DESPITE ALL THESE EFFORTS I AM SORRY TO SAY NO AGREEMENT HAS YET BEEN REACHED. FOR OUR PART WE ARE PREPARED TO CONTINUE TO TRY, CALMLY, PATIENTLY AND CONSTRUCTIVELY, TO FIND AN ACCOMMODATION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROTECTING OUR BASIC AND VITAL INTERESTS.+ SAID MR. DORWARD.

♦OVERALL USA IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FROM ALL SOURCES SHOWED A DECLINE IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1979 OF 21 PER CENT, A FACT WHICH ONE MIGHT HOPE WOULD TO SOME EXTENT EASE THEIR CONCERN OVER THE SUBJECT OF OUR UNCOMPLETED CONSULTATIONS,♦ HE SAID.

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IN VOLUME TERMS TEXTILE EXPORTS TO USA MIGHT BE DOWN BY ABOUT 60 MILLION SQUARE YARDS COMPARED TO LAST YEAR - MAINLY DUE TO SLACK DEMAND FOR FABRICS AND YARN. BUT GARMENT EXPORTS WERE ONLY SLIGHTLY DOWN IN VOLUME TERMS, REACHING ABOUT 92 PER CENT CF THE LIMIT FOR COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRE APPAREL, AND ABOUT 82 PER CENT FOR WOOLLEN APPAREL.

♦GARMENT EXPORTS WILL SHOW AN INCREASE IN VALUE TERMS. ALTHOUGH BY HOW MUCH IT IS TOO EARLY TO SAY,+ HE SAID.

+l CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT AS EXPORTERS YOU MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DO S0,+ HE CONCLUDED.

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RESULTS OF SEPTEMBER EMPLOYMENT SURVEY OUT ******

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1979 BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT IN THAT PERIOD WAS ALMOST THE SAME AS THAT OF THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

A TOTAL OF 879 742 PERSONS WERE ENGAGED IN MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS AS AT SEPTEMBER 14, 1979. THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 2 400 PERSONS OR 0.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 877 384 PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1979. WHEN COMPARED WITH 791 073 PERSONS ENGAGED IN SEPTEMBER 1978, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 88 700 PERSONS OR 11.2 PER CENT.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 42 199 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER 1979. THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 701 ESTABLISHMENTS WHEN COMPARED WITH 41 498 ESTABLISHMENTS IN JUNE 1979- AND AN INCREASE OF 3 450 ESTABLISHMENTS WHEN COMPARED WITH 38 749 ESTABLISHMENTS IN SEPTEMBER 1978.

IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, THE FIVE LARGEST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WERE WEARING APPAREL- ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES- TEXTILES- PLASTIC PRODUCTS- AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS. A COMPARISON OF EMPLOYMENT IN THESE INDUSTRIES BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1979 AND JUNE THIS YEAR IS AS FOLLOWSi-

CHANGE OF SEPT.

79 OVER JUNE 79

PERSONS

ENGAGED IN

INDUSTRY GROUPS SEPT. 1978

PERSONS

ENGAGED

JUNE 1979

IN

PERSONS

ENGAGED IN

SEPT. 1979

PERSONS

ENGAGED

% CHANGE

WEARING APPARE.L 263 960

283 798

281 886

-1 912

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ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES SUPPLIES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND 94 207 114 000 118 225 +4 225 ♦3.7

TEXTILES 95 365 101 172 100 865 307 -0.3

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 85 507 94 765 91 596 -3 169 -3.3

FABRICATED PRODUCTS METAL 74 283 84 030 84 243 213 ♦0.3

THE MORE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT AT THE INDUSTRY SECTOR LEVEL BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1979 AND JUNE THIS YEAR ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

CHANGE OF SEPT. 79 OVER JUNE 79

INDUSTRY SECTOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN SEPT. 1978 PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1979 PERSONS ENGAGED IN SEPT. 1979 PERSONS ENGAGED % CHANGE

ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS 71 887 86 878 90 454 +3 576 +4.1

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND HOUSEWARES 10 721 13 288 15 205 ♦1 917 ♦14.4

WATCHES AND

CLOCKS 20 152 28 896 30 610 ♦1 714 +5.9

PAPER AND PAPER

PRODUCTS 9 352 10 624 11 349 + 725 +6.8

PLASTIC TOYS 45 202 51 491 49 186 -2 305 -4.5

WOOLLEN KNITTING 13 555 12 716 11 123 -1 593 -12.5

GARMENT, EXCEPT KNITWEAR FROM YARN 205 695 216 942 215 787 -1 155 -0.5

ALSO RELEASED AT THE SAME TIME WERE THE RESULTS OF THE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY ON FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES. THERE WERE 109 877 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THIS SECTOR OF BUSINESS AS AT AUGUST 15, 1979.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1979

OF THESE, 37 752 PERSONS WERE ENGAGED IN MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS, 16 603 PERSONS IN REAL ESTATE COMPANIES/AGENCIES AND 15 392 PERSONS IN OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

WHEN COMPARED WITH 104 736 PERSONS ENGAGED IN MAY 1979, THE INCREASE WAS ABOUT 5 100 PERSONS OR 4.9 PER CENT. THE MAIN INCREASES FROM MAY 1979 TO AUGUST 1979 OCCURRED IN MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS, OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, REAL ESTATE COMPANIES/AGENCIES AND ACCOUNTING, AUDITING AND BOOK-KEEPING SERVICES- AS SHOWN BELOW t-

CHANGE OF AUG 79 OVER MAY 79

INDUSTRY GROUP

PERSONS ENGAGED IN AUG 1978

PERSONS PERSONS

ENGAGED IN ENGAGED IN PERSONS %

MAY 1979 AUG 1979 ENGAGED CHANGE

MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING

BANKS 32 638 35 549 37 752 ♦2 203

OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 11 704 14 357 15 392 +1 035

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES/AGENC IES 14 □41 15 897 16 603 + 706

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+7.2

+4.4

ACCOUNTING, AUDITING AND

BOOK-KEEPING

SERVICES 4 534 4 632 5 217 + 585

+12.6

DETAILED FIGURES OF EMPLOYMENT FOR OTHER INDUSTRY GROUPS AND BREAKDOWNS BY INDUSTRY SECTORS ARE OBTAINABLE ON REQUEST FROM THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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LARGEST CONTRACT FOR TAI PO DEVELOPMENT SIGNED * * ft * *

THE LARGEST CONTRACT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO NEW TOWN WAS SIGNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CONTRACT WORTH ABOUT $75 MILLION WAS AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO GAMMON (HK) LTD.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BY MR. J.W. THOMAS, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND MR. D.A. MORRIS AND M?. H.L. CHAU OF THE COMPANY.

SPEAKING AFTER THE SIGNING CEREMONY, MR. THOMAS SAID THE CONTRACT FORMED PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO DEVELOP THE TOWN INTO A MODERN, SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY WITH AN EVENTUAL POPULATION OF 220 000.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MR. THOMAS SAID THAT IT WOULD INCLUDE THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 44 HECTARES OF LAND IN CENTRAL TAI PO, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED BRIDGE WORKS, RIVER WALLS AND MAIN DRAINAGE CULVERTS.

WHEN COMPLETED, PART OF THE RECLAIMED LAND, ABOUT 14 HECTARES, WILL BE USED FOR A NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE NEAR ISLAND HOUSE.*

THE REMAINING AREAS WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND A VARIETY OF GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION OR COMMUNITY FACILITIES ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING TOWN.+

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT SUFFICIENT AREAS WOULD BE FORMED TO ENABLE THE FUTURE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROADS TO BYPASS THE EXISTING TOWN FOR ACCESS TO THE NEW INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND TO REDUCE PRESENT TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON KWONG FUK ROAD.

THE LAM TSUEN AND TAI PO RIVERS WOULD BE CHANNELLED THROUGH THE NEWLY FORMED LAND AND WOULD EVENTUALLY FORM A MAJOR FEATURE OF THE PROPOSED PARKLAND AREA THROUGH THE CENTRE CF THE NEW TOWN, HE SAID.

WHEN TAI PO IS FULLY DEVELOPED, IT WILL BECOME A MODERN URBAN CENTRE WITH ALL MANNER OF FACILITIES — PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING, INDUSTRY, SHOPPING AND COMMERCIAL AREAS, TOWN PARKS, CULTURAL, SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AS WELL AS A WHOLE RANGE OF COMMUNITY AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES.*

THE WORKS FOR THE CONTRACT HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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SHA TIN SITES FOR SALE * * * *

TWO RESIDENTIAL SITES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE IN AN AUCTION TO BE HELD IN THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 11 AM.

ONE OF THE SITES IS AT LOK LO HA MEASURING 2 579 SQUARE METRES WITH A BUILDING COVENANT OF |1 440 000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS. THE SITE WILL BE CONNECTED BY ROAD WITH THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY PODIUM DEVELOPMENT IN SHA TIN AND FO TAN RAILWAY STATION. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 1.

THE OTHER SITE AT KAU TO MEASURES 1 010 SQUARE METRES WITH A BUILDING COVENANT OF $160 000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN THE SAME PERIOD. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF ONLY 0.4 AND COMMANDS A FULL VIEW OF THE TOLO CHANNEL.

BOTH SITES ARE FORMED AND ARE FOR LOW DENSITY DEVELOPMENT.

SEVEN OTHER RESIDENTIAL AND TWO INDUSTRIAL SITES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN ARE TO BE DISPOSED OF BY LETTER A AND B TENDER NEXT MONTH.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE LAND AUCTION IN SHA TIN TOMORROW (THURSDAY). PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN, AM 2088, WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER FOR SHA TIN AT 10.15 AM.

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO HELP THE DISABLED FIND JOBS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO ESTABLISH A SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE NEXT YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL IENDERSON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE OPENING OF A LABOUR OFFICER IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ON SELECTIVE PLACEMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS.

« ,^THE«PRIME OBJECTIVE OF THE NEW SERVICE, HE EXPLAINED, IS TO ACS DISABLED ?E0PLE ,N JOBS WHERE THEY WILL BE HAPPY AND IN WHICH THEY WILL STAY IN THE LONG TERM.

SA,D THE TRAINING course was aimed at giving THE PARTICIPATING OFFICERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE IN PREPARATION FOR THE TASK AHEAD.

T0 THE ^HERING, DR. HARRY FANG, CHAIRMAN OF ™E development co-ordinating committee, SAID THAT

™RSOMEYEARS THE V0LUNTARY SECTOR HAD BEEN URGING THE GOVERNMENT JO JRANSFSR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE PLACEMENT‘OF DISABLED JOB SEEKERS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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♦NOW WE ARE ON THE THRESHOLD OF THIS TRANSFER,* HE NOTED. n.e»T,.HLP2INTED 0UT THAT THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR. IN PARTICULAR THF DISABLED COMMUNITY, GREATLY APPRECIATED THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE ™ i?20UR department was providing in setting u? the SeO ANCE

K> ‘ S'e"'F'"«T ROLE

FAMILY.'

JOB SEEKERS IN EMPLOYMENT WILL BE WELCOME,* HE SAID. DISABLED

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EARLY PAYMENT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO ADVANCE PAYMENTS TO RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES WHOSE COUPONS ARE DATED FOR PAYMENT DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THOSE WITH COUPONS FOR PAYMENT ON DECEMBER 25 AND 26 COULD CASH THEM ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 21 AND 22 RESPECTIVELY.

HE SAID THE ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE WITH POST OFFICES, TREASURY OFFICES AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES WHERE THE COUPONS ARE CASHED.

HE ADVISED THOSE INVOLVED TO TAKE NOTE OF THEIR OWN CASHING DATES SO THAT THEY COULD GET THEIR PAYMENTS BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.

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CHRISTMAS PARTIES FOR THE DISABLED *****

THREE REHABILITATION CENTRES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL TOMORROW (THURSDAY) HOLD CHRISTMAS PARTIES FEATURING A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES FOR THEIR DISABLED TRAINEES.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL ATTEND THE CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THE DISABLED TRAINEES OF THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE. IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 PM AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND IN TSUI PING ROAD, KWUN TONG.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MRS. ANSON CHAN, WILL SHARE THE FESTIVAL JOY WITH DISABLED TRAINEES OF THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AND THE KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE AT THEIR JOINT PARTY WHICH WILL START AT 2.30 PM AT THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN WELFARE ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND, TSUI PING ROAD, AND THE PARTY FOR TRAINEES OF ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AND KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE WHICH WILL ALSO START AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW AT THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN WELFARE ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

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STUDY CHOICE SHOULD BE BASED ON INDIVIDUAL ABILITY ******

STUDENTS WISHING TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES SHOULD CONSIDER THEIR OWN ABILITIES AND CONSULT THEIR PARENTS AND TEACHERS BEFORE MAKING A DECISION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 6TH SPEECH DAY OF POPE PAUL VI COLLEGE IN TSUEN WAN. THE OCCASION ALSO MARKED THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLLEGE.

♦EVERYONE HAS ONE’S OWN KIND OF ABILITY, AND UNIVERSITIES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR EVERYONE,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

IN ORDER TO CATER FOR THIS DIVERSITY OF ABILITIES, HE SAID THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TERTIARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, BOTH TECHNICAL AND ACADEMIC, TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF EVERYONE.

♦SO, DO TRY TO KNOW YOUR STRENGTH AND WEAKNESSES AND MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE IN CONSULTATION WITH YOUR PARENTS AND TEACHERS BEFORE LEAVING YOUR SCHOOL.

♦STUDIES CAN THEN BE A PLEASURE AND MAY BECOME A LIFE-LONG INTEREST,♦ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

HE ENCOURAGED THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO START WORK TO KEEP UP THEIR STUDIES BY ATTENDING PART-TIME COURSES AND INTEREST GROUP ACTIVITIES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICER FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, MR. KWOK KA-CHI, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY.

MR. KWOK SAID IT COULD BEST BE DONE BY ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS VOLUNTEER SERVICES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE COGNITIO COLLEGE’S 17TH ATHLETIC MEET AT THE SOUTH CHINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION STADIUM.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES, YOUNG PEOPLE COULD NOT ONLY CONTRIBUTE USEFULLY TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE SOCIETY BUT ALSO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND DEVELOP THEIR OWN INTERESTS AND POTENTIALS.

YOUNG PEOPLE, HE SAID, CAN ALWAYS JOIN THE VARIOUS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY CENTRES, COMMUNITY HALLS AND YOUTH CENTRES, OR THOSE RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

♦I AM SURE THAT WITH WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED IN SCHOOLS AND WITH THEIR DRIVE, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HELP IN PLANNING AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY SERVICES, FOR EXAMPLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, ANTI-CRIME AND ANTI-LITTER ACTIVITIES, AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED,* HE SAID.

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SWD THANKS EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED PERSONS

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THE JOB (WEDNESDAY) I

PLACEMENT UNIT OF THE

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY uiun u.n F9?MALLY SA,D *THANK YOU* TO 32 LOCAL LEADING EMPLOYERS WHO HAD OFFERED JOBS TO HUNDREDS OF DISABLED PERSONS IN PAST YEARS.

THE EMPLOYERS WERE EACH PRESENTED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR STAUNCH SUPPORT IN HELP! THE DEPARTMENT RE-INTEGRATE THE DISABLED INTO THE COMMUNITY.

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PRESENTATION WAS MADE AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE IMPERIAL BY MRS’ EV£LYN DOE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MISS DAPHNE HO, A VETERAN SOCIAL WORKER IN REHABILITATION SERVICES WHO HAS RECENTLY RETIRED FROM THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY.

IN ACTIVE RESPONSE TO SEARCHES FOR JOBS BY THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT, THE 32 COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL FIRMS HAD OFFERED EMPLOYMENT TO 461 DISABLED PERSONS - 199 PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED. 115 DEAF, 74 BLIND, 40 MENTALLY RETARDED AND 33 EX-MENTAL PATIENTS.

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OF THESE FIRMS, ATLAS ELECTRONICS CORP. LTD., SYLVANIA FAR EAST LTD., UNIVERSAL OPTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. AND THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY HAVE EACH EMPLOYED MORE THAN 50 DISABLED PERSONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THIS REFLECTED THE GROWING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ABILITIES OF THE DISABLED AND THE USEFUL CONTRIBUTIONS THEY COULD MAKE.

HE SAID THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT WAS SET UP IN 1967 TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE TO THE DISABLED, TAP EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES AND PLACE SUITABLE DISABLED PERSONS IN OPEN EMPLOYMENT.

OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS, WITH INCREASING SUPPORT FROM EMPLOYERS, THE UNIT HAS FOUND JOBS FOR 3 760 DISABLED PERSONS, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT RE-INTEGRATING THE DISABLED INTO NORMAL WORKING LIFE MEANT THEIR ECONOMIC USEFULNESS COULD EE FULLY RESTORED AND THEY COULD BECOME CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

+WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITATION SERVICES, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELDS OF EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING, DISABLED PERSONS ARE NOW BETTER PREPARED AND EQUIPPED FOR MORE COMPETITIVE AND DIVERSIFIED EMPLOYMENTS,+ HE SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE PROGRESS IN REHABILITATING THE DISABLED AND RE-INTEGRATING THEM INTO THE SOCIETY DEPENDED LARGELY ON THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS.

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SECTION OF NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD OPENS ON FRIDAY

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A SECTION OF THE NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN CHOI WAN ESTATE AND SHUN LEE ESTATE WILL OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 21).

WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW ROAD THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTEDt-

* A SECTION OF CHOI WAN ESTATE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN THE OLD CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND THE ESTATE ENTRANCE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND"

* TRAFFIC ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CHOI WAN -ESTATE ACCESS ROAD WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE A LEFT TURN INTO THE OLD CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD- AND

* TRAFFIC ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CHOI WAN ESTATE ACCESS ROAD WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE A LEFT TURN INTO THE NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD.

IN MONG KOK, THE BUS STOP IN TUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND FIFE STREET WILL BE RELOCATED TO SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET FROM 6 AM ON FRIDAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET WILL BE RESITED TO TUNG CHOI STREET. IN ADDITION, A NEW PLB STAND WILL BE SET UP IN PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND FIFE STREET FOR NT-BOUND PLBS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK AND CENTRAL ******

A SECTION OF FIFE STREET BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND TUNG CHOI STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FROM 6 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 21).

AT THE SAME TIME, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES ON SOUTHBOUND JOURNEYS ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM MAKING RIGHT TURN INTO ARGYLE STREET WESTBOUND.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA NATHAN ROAD, MONG KOK ROAD AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET TO GET TO ARGYLE STREET WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN JUBILEE STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1.15 AM AND 5.30 AM DAILY FROM FRIDAY TO SUNDAY (DECEMBER 21 TO 23) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JUBILEE STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND PEDDER STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (SATURDAY).

THE INTERRUPTION IN SUPPLY IS TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST IN THE AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1979

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME FOR KING'S ROAD UNDER CONSIDERATION ................................. ■}

FIREiGJN STEP UP CHECK'S ON PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT PLACES .................................................... j

PLANS FOR 66 NE/ BUILDINGS APPROVED ..................... J

SHa TIN SITES SOLD ........................................ 4

DISABLED CHILDREN HAVE FUN IN CHRISTMAS PARTIES ........... 5

LATEST DATE FOR POSTING LOCaL CHRISTMAS MAIL .............. 6

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT ................ 6

CHRISThiAS DUTY-FREE BRANDY ............................... 7

CUSTOMS AI D EXCISE SERVICE TO HOLD GaLa DaY............... 7

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME FOR KING’S ROAD UNDER CONSIDERATION ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS STUDYING IN DETAIL A PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME IN THE HEAVILY CONGESTED KING’S ROAD WHICH WILL ALLOW PERMITTED TRAFFIC TO FLOW FREELY AND COMPLETE THEIR JOURNEYS IN GOOD TIME.

SPEAKING AT A MEETING OF THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT COMMITTEE TODAY (THURSDAY), THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. N.C.L. SHIPMAN SAID THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS SCHEME ON TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL PATTERNS AND THE TIMES OF DAY OF ITS APPLICATION ARE BEING STUDIED AND NO COMMITMENT HAS YET BEEN MADE.

ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS ARE ALSO STUDIED AND WOULD BE FAVOURED IF THEY CAN ACHIEVE SATISFACTORY PUBLIC TRANSPORT JOURNEY TIMES WITH LESS SEVERE RESTRAINTS ON THE PRIVATE MOTORISTS, HE SAID.

ESSENTIALLY, THE PROPOSED SCHEME WOULD PROVIDE A RESERVED BUS LANE OVER MOST OF THE EASTERN SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN CHAI WAN AND THE KING’S ROAD/JAVA ROAD JUNCTION.

ACCESS TO KING’S ROAD WEST OF THIS JUNCTION WOULD BE RESTRICTED TO BUSES, TRAMS, PLBS AND GOODS VEHICLES. THE REMAINING TRAFFIC WOULD BE DIVERTED ONTO JAVA ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD. SUCH A SCHEME WOULD REMOVE 60 PER CENT OF TRAFFIC FROM KING’S ROAD.

MR. SHIPMAN SAID THE STUDIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED NEXT SPRING, AND +ONCE FIRM PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP, PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA WILL BE ASKED THEIR OPINIONS ON THEM AND THEIR VIEWS WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE DECISIONS ARE TAKEN.+

HE BELIEVED THERE WAS A STRONG CASE FOR GIVING PRIORITY TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLES IN HEAVILY CONGESTED AREAS SUCH AS KING’S ROAD.

+THE CHOICE BEFORE US IS WHETHER TO TOLERATE THE PRESENT MISERY FOR EVERYONE OR TO TAKE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, WHO ARE DEPENDENT ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR JOURNEY IN REASONABLE TIME AND COMFORT,* HE EXPLAINED.

BUSES, PLBS AND TRAMS ACCOUNT FOR A QUARTER OF THE VEHICLES BUT CARRY THREE-QUARTERS OF THE PEOPLE. SOME OF THE LARGE DOUBLE-DECKER METROBUSES NOW SERVING THE TAIKOO SHING TO CENTRAL ROUTE ARE DESIGNED TO CARRY UP TO 150 PASSENGERS WHEREAS THE AVERAGE CAR IS OCCUPIED BY LESS THAN TWO PERSONS.

FROM FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE 255 BUSES SCHEDULED TO OPERATE ALONG KING’S ROAD DURING THE PEAK HOUR, A FIGURE THAT IS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY A RESERVED LANE, HE SAID.

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OTHER THAN THIS TRANSPORT PRIORITY PROPOSAL, THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO PLANNING FIVE MEASURES TO MOVE PEOPLE FASTER FROM CHA IWAN OR SHAUKEIWAN TO CENTRAL DURING PEAK HOURS. THESE ARE;

# IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BUS SERVICE:

EIGHT NEW ROUTES ARE PLANNED FOR THE EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR, THREE STARTING IN FEBRUARY. INCREASE IN FREQUENCY OF SEVERAL EXISTING SERVICES IS ALSO PLANNED"

* RELOCATION OF BUS TERMINUS:

IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF BUSES IN KING’S ROAD, NEGOTIATIONS ARE GOING ON TO RELOCATE THE TERMINUS FOR ROUTES 20A AND 116 TO YAU MAN STREET-

X MORE FREQUENT FERRIES:

THERE IS NOW AGREEMENT TO BUILD A NEW FERRY LANDING AT TAI KOO SHING FOR A SECOND FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN EASTERN AND CENTRAL DISTRICTS. THE NEW BERTH, EXPECTED TO BE READY IN THE COMING YEAR, WILL TAKE LARGER BOATS THAN THE EXISTING PIER AT SAI WAN HO CAN. AN ADDITIONAL 16 HOVERFERRY SAILINGS FROM SAI WAN HO PIER WERE

STARTED FROM NOVEMBER 1-

* PARK AND RIDE:

PART OF THE RECLAIMED LAND AS A TEMPORARY CAR PARK TO THE REST OF THE JOURNEY TO

* NEW FOOTBRIDGES:

AT SAI WAN HO WILL BE USED ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS TO TRAVEL CENTRAL BY BUS OR FERRY- AND

IN ORDER TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW BY REDUCING ON-STREET PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS, AND TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, URGENT CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO CONSTRUCTING FOOTBRIDGES AT KEY POINTS ALONG KING’S ROAD.

THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO WORKING ON LONGER-TERM IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT. THE INITIAL STRETCH OF A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM, WHICH WOULD BE SOME 50 PER CENT FASTER THAN THE EXISTING TRAMS AND CARRY 50 PER CENT MORE PASSENGERS, COULD BE FUNCTIONING IN 1983 AND A LONGER ROUTE COULD BE AVAILABLE IN 1984 IF THE DECISION ON IT, TO BE TAKEN EARLY NEXT YEAR, IS FAVOURABLE.

SOME PROGRESS IS ALSO BEING MADE ON THE NEW WATERFRONT ROAD ALONG THE EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR WHICH HAS SUFFERED FROM DELAY, MR. SHIPMAN SAID.

RECLAMATION OF THE LAND ON WHICH THE ROAD IS TO BE BUILT HAS NOW BEEN GAZETTED AND IT IS NOW LIKELY THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START EARLY IN 1981 AND THE SECTION BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND HEALTHY STREET BE COMPLETED IN 1985.

♦THE POSSIBILITY OF MAKING EARLIER PROGRESS IS BEING CONSIDERED AND A MORE DEFINITE ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE EXPECTED EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR,+ HE SAID.

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FIREMEN STEP UP CHECKS ON PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT PLACES *****

WITH THE APPROACH OF THE FESTIVE SEASON, OFFICERS OF THE FIRE SERVICES ARE STEPPING UP THEIR CHECKS ON PUBLIC PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT TO ENSURE THAT THEIR FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS ARE PROPERLY MAINTAINED.

THEY WILL VISIT RESTAURANTS, NIGHT CLUBS, CINEMAS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND OTHER PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT TO ENSURE THAT THEIR EMERGENCY EXITS ARE NOT BLOCKED, THEIR FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT IS OPERATIONAL, AND INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL IS PROPERLY STORED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES ALSO ADVISED OWNERS OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO RE-EXAMINE THEIR FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES AND, IF NECESSARY, REINFORCE THEM AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO THESE PLACES DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

HE ALSO HANDED OUT THE FOLLOWING ADVICEi

* ALL STAFF, INCLUDING THOSE ON TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT, SHOULD KNOW THE EXACT LOCATIONS AND METHOD OF OPERATING FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT.

* ALL EXITS AND EXIT SIGNS ARE NOT OBSTRUCTED. CLEAR EXIT ROUTES SHOULD BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.

* ANY ADDITIONAL ELECTRICAL WIRING SHOULD ONLY BE CARRIED OUT BY QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS.

* AVOID PUTTING FLIMSY DECORATIONS NEAR LIGHT BULBS.

* PROVIDE PLENTY OF SAFE ASH TRAYS.

* +FULL HOUSE* SIGNS SHOULD BE PROVIDED AND PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED TO AVOID OVERCROWDING.

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PLANS FOR 66 NEW BUILDINGS APPROVED

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A TOTAL OF 66 NEW BUILDING PLANS WAS APPROVED LAST MONTH (NOVEMBER) BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, COMPARED WITH 83 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THESE, 20 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 15 IN KOWLOON AND 31 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A TEACHING BLOCK OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, A HOTEL AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND SAIGON STREET, AND 1 CINEMA IN UN CHAU STREET, SHAM SHU I PO.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $348.55 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $370.63 MILLION LAST YEAR.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1979

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THE USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED LAST MONTH TOTALLED 277 509.6 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 74 431.4 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 203 078.2 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 54 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A BUILDING OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, A SCHOOL IN KWUN TONG, AND ANOTHER SCHOOL IN SHA TIN.

A TOTAL OF 58 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH, INCLUDING A SCHOOL IN SAU MAU PING, A CHINESE PAVILION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND A SCHOOL PLAYGROUND AT SAI YING POON.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ASSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 97 BUILDINGS.

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TWO SITES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, FOR LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, FETCHED RECORD PRICES IN THE AREA WHEN THEY WERE AUCTIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE FIRST SITE, AT LOK LO HA, MEASURING 2 579 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD TO YEE CHEONG COMPANY LTD. FOR $13 MILLION, REALISING $6 329 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE SECOND SITE, AT KAU TO, WAS SOLD FOR $7 MILLION. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER, SWEENEY INVESTMENT LTD., PAID $6 930 PER SQUARE METRE FOR THE 1 010-SQUARE METRE SITE.

THE AUCTIONEER, SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. ROGER THOMPSON, DESCRIBED THE PRICES AS +VERY SATISFACTORY.*

MR. THOMPSON SAID THE RESULTS CLEARLY REFLECTED THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL SITES IN THE NEW TOWN.

BIDDING FOR THE LOK LO HA SITE STARTED AT $6 MILLION.

THE SITE COMMANDS AN EXCELLENT VIEW OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 1 WHICH IS BASICALLY FOR FOUR-STOREY DEVELOPMENT. THE BUILDING COVENANT OF $1.44 MILLION IS TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS.

BIDDING FOR THE KAU TO SITE STARTED AT $2.5 MILLION. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF ONLY 0.4 WHICH IS BASICALLY FOR TWO-STOREY DEVELOPMENT. THE BUILDING COVENANT, TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS ALSO, IS $160 000.

TODAY’S AUCTION WAS THE THIRD THIS YEAR OF RESIDENTIAL LAND IN THE NEW TOWN.

/IN SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1979

IN SEPTEMBER AN ADJACENT SITE IN KAU TO MEASURING 724

SQUARE METRES, ALSO FOR LOW DENSITY DEVELOPMENT, FETCHED $4 420 PER SQUARE METRE.

IN JUNE A SITE FOR MULTI-STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT LOK LO HA MEASURING 1 679 SQUARE METRES WAS SOLD FOR $12.5 MILLION.

A FURTHER SEVEN RESIDENTIAL SITES AND TWO INDUSTRIAL SITES IN SHA TIN WILL BE SOLD TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS NEXT MONTH.

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DISABLED CHILDREN HAVE FUN IN CHRISTMAS PARTIES ******

THE DIRECTOR AND THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TODAY (THURSDAY) SHARED THE CHRISTMAS JOY WITH HUNDREDS OF DISABLED CHILDREN AT TWO SEPARATE PARTIES HOSTED BY THREE REHABILITATION CENTRES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE DIRECTOR, MR. THOMAS LEE, JOINED THE DISABLED TRAINEES OF THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE AT THEIR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND, WHILE THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, NRS. ANSON CHAN, ATTENDED THE JOINT PARTY OF THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AND KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN WONG CHUK HANG.

AT THE PARTY IN KWUN TONG, THE DISABLED TRAINEES WERE ENTERTAINED TO A VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES WHICH INCLUDED LION DANCE, CHINESE MARTIAL ART, SINGING AND MAGIC SHOWS. SOME OF THEM DISPLAYED THEIR OWN TALENTS IN CHOIR, WHEELCHAIR DANCE AND SOLO PERFORMANCES. THERE WAS ALSO A LUCKY DRAW.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE PARTY, MR. LEE SAID THE GATHERING HAD PARTICULAR MEANING IN THAT THE CENTRE’S VOCATIONAL AND PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING SECTIONS WOULD BE HANDED OVER TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NEXT YEAR, WHILE THE SHELTERED WORKSHOP WOULD REMAIN WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID THAT TO COPE WITH CHANGING SOCIAL NEEDS, DEVELOPMENT AT THE CENTRE HAD BEEN PROGRESSIVE, WITH ITS NUMBER OF DISABLED TRAINEES RISING FROM A MEAGRE 56 IN 1968 TO THE PRESENT 290.

+THE CENTRE HAS MADE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS THROUGH ITS TRAINING AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP PROGRAMMES IN PREPARING THE DIS/ABLED FOR INDEPENDENT WORKING LIFE,* HE SAID.

AT THE JOINT CHRISTMAS PARTY IN WONG CHUK HANG, MRS. CHAN SHARED THE JOY WITH THE DISABLED CHILDREN AS EACH OF THEM RECEIVED A CHRISTMAS GIFT, NOT FROM SANTA CLAUS, BUT FROM THE AMUSING PANDA CHARACTER OF REDIFFUSION TELEVISION, +M0 M0+.

THEY HAD FUN IN A LUCKY DRAW AND ENJOYED THE SHOWS BY THE MOBILE STREET THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES. SOME OF THEM ALSO PUT UP THEIR OWN TALENTS SHOWS TO THE DELIGHT OF THEIR FELLOW TRAINEES.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1979

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LATEST DATE FOR POSTING ft ft ft

LOCAL CHRISTMAS MAIL ft ft

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT THE LATEST DATE FOR POSTING LOCAL MAIL ITEMS TO ENSURE DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +POSTING AFTER THIS DATE CANNOT BE GUARANTEED DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.♦

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HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ITS PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN AND THE PORT COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE WILL REMAIN OPEN AS USUAL ON CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY, AND NEW YEAR DAY.

OFFICES OF THE MACAU FERRY WHARF UNIT WILL OPEN FROM 7.30 AM TO 1.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, AND FROM 7.30 AM ON JANUARY 1 TO 1.30 AM THE NEXT DAY.

IN ADDITION THE VICTORIA SMALL OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM ON DECEMBER

CRAFT LICENSING OFFICE WILL 26.

OTHER OFFICES OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AND ON NEW YEAR DAY.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1979

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CHRISTMAS DUTY-FREE BRANDY ******

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MACAU DURING THE TWO DAYS FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 26 AND 27, 1979) MAY BRING INTO HONG KONG FREE OF DUTY ONE BOTTLE OF PORTUGUESE BRANDY CONTAINING NOT MORE THAN 1 LITRE.

THIS CONCESSION IS ALLOWED BOTTLE OF GRAPE WINE.

IN LIEU OF THE NORMAL ONE-QUART

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TO HOLD GALA DAY *****

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WILL STAGE A GALA DAY ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 23) AT THE SERVICE’S TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND TO MARK ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY.

THE EVENT SUBSIDISED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE WELFARE FUND IS TO PROVIDE A DAY OF FUN AND RELAXATION FOR SOME 3 000 MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE AND THEIR FAMILIES.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AT 10.45 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR A PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GALA DAY OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE IN ITS TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 23).

A GOVERNMENT COACH CE 10 WILL BE WAITING UNDER THE CHEONG WAN ROAD FLYOVER, HUNG HOM FERRY PIER, BETWEEN 9.15 AM TO 9.30 AM ON DECEMBER 23 TO TAKE THE PRESS AND GUESTS TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

FRIDAY, DEC3-BJR 21, 1979

CONT JITS FAGS NO,

MINIMUM LIQUIDITY REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1980 ..................... 1

USS OF MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES ...... 2

ORIGIN CERTIFICATES NOT REQUIRED FOR HK'S EXPORTS TO NEV ZEALAND UND® PREFERENCE SCHEME ................... 2

17 NT SITES FOR SALE .................................... 3

LIST OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS IN 1980 ........................ 4

NEW MUI WO FERRY PIER NEARS OUIPLJTION .................. 5

SAI KUNG FISHSRMN GET NEW HOMES ......................... 5

SNT PRAISES POK CI HOSPITAL.............................. 6

DON'T LET A FIRE MAR YOUR FESTIVE MOOD .................. 6

AIR MAIL SERVICES TO VIETNAM SUSPENDED .................. 7

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ............................. 7

WONG CHUK HANG PATH TO BE CLOSED ........................ 7

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1979

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MINIMUM LIQUIDITY REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1980

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DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES IN HONG KONG WILL, FROM THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR, HAVE TO MEET MINIMUM LIQUIDITY REQUIREMENTS AS SET OUT IN RECENT LEGISLATION.

TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE CARRIED A NOTICE STATING THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED JANUARY 1, 1980 AS THE DATE ON WHICH SECTION 9 OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1978 WILL COME INTO OPERATION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THIS SECTION, AS AMENDED BY THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) ORDINANCE 1979, WHICH WAS PASSED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 28, CONTAINS THE MINIMUM LIQUIDITY REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE OBSERVED.

THE GAZETTE ALSO CONTAINED TWO NOTICES SIGNED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

THE FIRST REQUIRES DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO HOLD, IN THE FORM OF SPECIFIED LIQUID ASSETS, AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO AT LEAST 30 PER CENT OF THEIR SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE TIME DEPOSITS WHERE THE DEPOSITOR MAY OBTAIN REPAYMENT BEFORE THE MATURITY OF THE DEPOSIT. THEY SHOULD ALSO HOLD AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO AT LEAST 15 PER CENT OF THEIR REMAINING TIME DEPOSITS.

THE SECOND NOTICE REQUIRES AT LEAST 60 PER CENT OF THE MINIMUM LIQUID ASSETS NEEDED UNDER THE 30 PER CENT/15 PER CENT CALCULATION TO BE HELD IN THE FORM OF WHAT ARE KNOWN AS ♦SUPER-LIQUID ASSETS* — I.E. ASSETS WHICH CAN BE REALISED PARTICULARLY QUICKLY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF JANUARY 1, 1980, AND THE FIGURES OF 30 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT, HAD BEEN MENTIONED BY MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 17. THEY WERE NOW CONFIRMED BY THE NOTICES IN THE GAZETTE.

♦THE 60 PER CENT 'SUPER-LIQUID ASSETS’ REQUIREMENT IS EXACTLY PARALLEL TO THE REQUIREMENT CURRENTLY APPLIED TO BANKS,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT REVISED DEFINITIONS OF SPECIFIED LIQUID ASSETS FOR ALL LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG, AND REVISED RULES FOR THE LIQUIDITY CALCULATION, WOULD ALSO COME INTO OPERATION ON JANUARY 1, 1980.

THESE REVISIONS ARE SET OUT IN THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) ORDINANCE 1979, WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 28. THE RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THAT ORDINANCE WILL COME INTO FORCE ON THE SAME DAY AS SECTION 9 OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1978 — I.E. JANUARY 1, 1980.

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USE OF MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES ******

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN AMENDMENT TO THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (PERMITTED WORK) REGULATIONS TO STREAMLINE THE PROCEDURES AND PROCESSING OF ROUTINE APPLICATIONS FOR THE USE OF POWERED MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES OUTSIDE THE PERMITTED HOURS.

THE AMENDED REGULATIONS EXTEND THE AUTHORITY OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS TO ISSUE AND RENEW PERMITS FOR THE USE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT BETWEEN 7 PM AND 7 AM AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, FOR A TOTAL PERMIT DURATION NOT EXCEEDING 12 MONTHS.

AT PRESENT, THE DIRECTOR IS EMPOWERED TO ISSUE SUCH PERMITS FOR ANY INITIAL PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS, RENEWABLE FOR A FURTHER THREE MONTHS. SUBSEQUENT RENEWALS REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

MR. M.J. COCKERELL, PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER, NOISE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE AMENDMENT WAS INTENDED TO STREAMLINE THE ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM RELATING TO ROUTINE APPLICATIONS. IT IN NO WAY IMPLIED A RELAXATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTROL ON CONSTRUCTION SITE NOISE, HE SAID.

+NOISE NUISANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE LIMITED BY THE IMPOSITION OF PERMIT CONDITIONS ON THE AMOUNT OF EQUIPMENT A CONTRACTOR WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE AS DETERMINED BY THE SITE CONDITIONS AND BACKGROUND NOISE, THE NATURE OF THE WORK AND THE PROXIMITY OF THOSE WHO MIGHT BE DISTURBED BY THE NOISE,* HE STRESSED.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, HE ADDED, WAS ALSO EMPOWERED TO REVISE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PERMIT AT THE TIME OF RENEWAL TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ANY CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY HAVE OCCURRED SINCE ITS ISSUE.

MR. COCKERELL SAID APPLICATIONS INVOLVING ISSUES OF SUBSTANTIAL IMPORTANCE AND POLICY CONS(DERATIONS,OR WORK INVOLVING PILING, WOULD CONTINUE TO BE DEALT WITH BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

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ORIGIN CERTIFICATES NOT REQUIRED FOR HK’S EXPORTS TO NEW ZEALAND UNDER PREFERENCE SCHEME

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/pditJvx AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY

(FRIDAY) THAT WITH EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 16 THIS YEAR EXPORTS FROM

THE NEW ZEALAND GENERALISED SYSTEM ARE N0 LONGER REQUIRED TO BE SUPPORTED BY ENDORSED CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OR THE FIVE AUTHORISED NON-GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATE-ISSUING ORGANISATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT WELCOMED THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO WAIVE THIS REQUIREMENT WHICH ONLY APPLIES TO "0T To TH0SE™* the other beneficiary

I6W U"Ot)UETEOE’f FACILITATE TRADE BETWEEN

/THE SPOKESMAN

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THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT AND THE FIVE AUTHORISED NON-GOVERNMENT CERT IF ICATE-ISSUING ORGANISATIONS WOULD NO LONGER ISSUE ENDORSED CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN TO COVER EXPORTS TO NEW ZEALAND UNDER THE NZ GSP.

HENCEFORTH, THE ONLY DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENT FOR SUCH EXPORTS IS A CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN FORM 59A WHICH HAS TO BE CERTIFIED BY THE COMMERCIAL SELLER OF THE GOODS AND NEED NOT BE CERTIFIED BY AN OFFICIAL BODY IN HONG KONG.

DETAILS OF THESE EXPORT ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED IN CERTIFICATE OF PREFERENCE CIRCULAR NO. 24/79 DATED DECEMBER 6, 1979, COPIES OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE RECEPTIONIST COUNTER OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, GROUND FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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17 NT SITES FOR SALE

* ft * ft ft

SEVENTEEN SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE SITES, MEASURING MORE THAN 4.8 HECTARES, ARE AT SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG AND ON LANTAU ISLAND.

A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID 16 SITES WERE BEING RESTRICTED TO REGISTERED HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS, WHILE THE REMAINING SITE ON WHICH THE FIRST STAGE OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN CENTRE WILL BE BUILT IS TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION ON JANUARY 22.

HE SAID SEVEN SITES AT LOK LO HA AND KAU TO, SHA TIN, AND A LANTAU ISLAND SITE WERE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THREE SITES IN TUEN MUN AND TWO SITES IN YUEN LONG ARE FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THERE ARE TWO SITES IN SHA TIN FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE REMAINING SITE AT TUEN MUN FOR LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT HOLDERS IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT.

THE SITE TO BE AUCTIONED AT TUEN MUN IS 1.068 HECTARES IN AREA AND IS TO BE DEVELOPED BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL USE.

MORE THAN 1 100 FLATS WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITE WHICH IS THE FIRST OF SEVEN TOWN CENTRE SITES TO BE SOLD OVER THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR YEARS,

G*ZeTTeTTODAV°(FRID*V).SITES “ PUBUSHED ™E GOVERNMENT nAv.«.A^PLICAT,0NS» TOGETHER WITH A CHEQUE FOR 150 000 MAnP 2 NOON ON JANUARYG18?NS S0VERMMENT' SH0UL° BE SUBMITTED BEFORE .ae, FORMS, TOGETHER WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS nr cai r

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GENERAL HOLIDAYS FOR 1980 * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE LIST OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS IN 1980.

EXCLUDING SUNDAYS, THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 17 HOLIDAYS. THEY ARE I

THE FIRST WEEKDAY IN JANUARY TUESDAY, JANUARY 1

LUNAR NEW YEAR'S DAY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

THE THIRD DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

THE FOURTH DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

GENERAL HOLIDAY IN LIEU OF THAT FOR THE CHING MING FESTIVAL

GOOD FRIDAY (CHING MING FESTIVAL) THE DAY FOLLOWING GOOD FRIDAY EASTER MONDAY

THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL

THE FIRST WEEKDAY IN JULY

THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST

THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST, WHICH SHALL BE LIBERATION.DAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS DAY

THE FIRST WEEKDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

DAY

MONDAY, MARCH 31

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 SATURDAY, APRIL 5

MONDAY, APRIL 7

MONDAY, APRIL 21 TUESDAY, JUNE 17 TUESDAY, JULY 1

MONDAY, AUGUST 4

MONDAY, AUGUST 25

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1979

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NEW MUI WO FERRY PIER NEARS COMPLETION

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BETTER FERRY PIER FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED NEXT SUMMER IN MUI WO TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VISITORS TO LANTAU ISLAND.

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE 111 MILLION NEW MUI WO FERRY PIER IS NEARLY COMPLETE AND THE CONTRACTOR WILL SOON START FITTING OUT THE PIER.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT FACILITIES AT THE EXISTING ONE-BERTH FERRY TERMINAL AT MUI WO WERE INADEQUATE TO COPE WITH THE PEAK SUMMER TRAFFIC OF 30 OOO PASSENGERS A DAY.

♦WHEN THE NEW PIER COMES INTO USE, ALL FERRY SERVICES OPERATING FROM THE EXISTING ONE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO IT,+ HE SAID.

♦THE NEW PIER HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO CATER FOR LARGE FERRIES AND WOULD BE 78 METRES LONG WITH TWO DECKS AND BERTHS ON BOTH SIDES.♦

♦IT HAS A MODERN TWO-LIFT, EIGHT-RAMP SYSTEM TO ACCOMMODATE DOUBLE-DECKER PASSENGER FERRIES AT ALL TIDAL CONDITIONS.♦

AND, THE VEHICULAR RAMP WOULD BE FOR SINGLE LANE TRAFFIC TO AND FROM THE VEHICULAR FERRIES, HE ADDED.

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SAI KUNG FISHERMEN GET NEW HOMES

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A GROUP OF SAI KUNG FISHERMEN WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) GIVEN NEW HOMES IN THE FINAL PHASE OF A GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME TO REHOUSE THOSE AFFECTED BY THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME.

A FLAT WAS ALLOCATED TO EACH OF THE 178 REMAINING FAMILIES BY BALLOT.

THE FLATS IN FOUR-STOREY BLOCKS AT TUI MIN HOI HAVE BEEN BUILT AT A COST OF $8 MILLION, EXCLUDING THE COST OF LAND OR SITE FORMATION.

EACH MEASURES 46.4 SQUARE METRES IN AREA AND HAS A LIVING ROOM, KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND TOILET FACILITIES.

THE BALLOT, III THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, WAS CONDUCTED BY SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. COLIN BOSHER, THE LOCAL UNOFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, MR. LEE YUN-SAU, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR. CHUNG POON.

AS THE RESULTS WERE ANNOUNCED, THE KEYS WERE HANDED OVER TO THE FISHERMEN SO THAT THEY COULD START FITTING OUT THEIR NEW HOMES.

/nR. BOSHER .....

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1979

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MR. BOSHER SAID THE OCCASION MARKED THE END OF A LONG PROCESS TO PROVIDE REHOUSING AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE BIGGEST WATER SCHEME EVER UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG.

♦IT ALSO REFLECTS GOODWILL AND SPIRIT OF GOVERNMENT-COMMUNITY CO-OPERATION,* HE SAID.

UNDER THE REHOUSING SCHEME, A TOTAL OF 208 FLATS HAVE BEEN BUILT FOR THE FISHERMEN.

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SNT PRAISES POK Ol HOSPITAL *****

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING THAT THE SPIRIT BEHIND +POK Ol* WAS IN THE BEST TRADITION OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

HE SA IDi +FROM A SMALL BEGINNING, POK Ol HOSPITAL HAS EXPANDED WITH THE URBAN GROWTH OF YUEN LONG TO WHAT IS NOW A RECOGNISED DISTRICT HOSPITAL, OFFERING MUCH NEEDED SERVICES TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM MOST.*

MR. AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY BALL OF THE POK Ol HOSPITAL IN MAXIM PALACE CHINESE RESTAURANT.

+WHAT WAS 60 YEARS AGO A SMALL CLINIC SERVING TRADITIONAL MEDICINE TO AN ENTIRELY RURAL POPULATION IS NOW A HOSPITAL WITH OVER 200 BEDS,* HE SAID.

♦WHAT WAS THEN A PURELY VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION DEPENDENT WHOLLY ON PRIVATE DONATIONS IS NOW A GOVERNMENT SUBVERTED ORGANISATION WORKING HAND IN HAND TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WITH NO REGARD TO CALLING OR CREED.

+POK Ol HOSPITAL NOT ONLY DESERVES ITS NAME BUT ALSO MOVES WITH THE TIMES,* HE SAID.

MR. AKERS-JONES PRAISED THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HOSPITAL IN THEIR AMBITIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO MEET FRESH AND PRESSING DEMANDS.

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE PLANS FOR A PHASED EXPANSION OF THE HOSPITAL AND FOR SETTING UP A CARE AND ATTENTION CENTRE FOR THE AGED AT PING SHAN.

DON’T LET A FIRE MAR YOUR FESTIVE MOOD

*****

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO TAKE EXTRA CARE AGAINST THE POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF A FIRE DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERIOD.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN OFFICE AS A LOT OF FLIMSY DECORATIONS EASILY SUSCEPTIBLE TO BURNING WOULD BE-USED AT NOME, IN OFFICE AND PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT PLACES DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

/A SPOKESMAN .

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1979

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CAMPAIGN OFFICE SAID SUCH DECORATIONS, AS WELL AS GIFT WRAPPINGS SHOULD BE KEPT AT A DISTANCE FROM LIGHTING AND POWER POINTS.

♦THOSE WHO ARE PLANNING TO GIVE PARTIES SHOULD PROVIDE SUFFICIENT ASH TRAYS AND ADVISE THEIR GUESTS NOT TO SMOKE NEAR FLIMSY DECORATIONS.♦

HE SAID ALL INDOOR DECORATIVE LIGHTING SHOULD BE TURNED OFF BEFORE GOING TO BED.

IN ADDITION, MATCHES, LIGHTERS, AND CANDLES SHOULD BE KEPT OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

♦DON’T LET AN ACCIDENT MAR YOUR FESTIVE MOOD,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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AIR MAIL SERVICES TO VIETNAM SUSPENDED ft ft ft ft ft

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT DUE TO LACK OF AIR OUTLETS, ALL AIR MAIL SERVICES TO VIETNAM HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ft ft ft ft ft

THE POST OFFICE TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE NO MAIL SOT ?NLO^D,SonU‘EyA?‘DNA?'S.yE4R DAY *“ 4LL P0ST OfF,CES

ONE JliSeR?'oii BOX™, “it ML'’ER,ES ™'S SMW4y (DECEMER «> AN1>

THIRTY-TWO POST OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE (^c<?2e?AU6HT/LACE’ THE kowlo°N CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES AND THE TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON BOXING DAY.

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WONG CHUK HANG PATH WILL BE CLOSED ft ft ft ft ft

datu IeL?2™NME!?T HAS PROpOSED TO CLOSE PART OF WONG CHUK HANG PATH PERMANENTLY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW HOSPITAL.

PATH

g;^5?Tro:F^ccMD?Hui< h4hs mth w,ll hot be bi” urtil

M1<ST T0 THE p*<*pOSAL. PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE

WST WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS- BY JANUARY 21, 1980.

ie J!!L5LA,M F0R COMPENSATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO HIM TO REACH HIS OFFICE NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 21, 1980.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1979

CONTENTS PhGE NO.

PUDDING BASIN TYPE CRASH HELMETS TO BE BANNED FROM FEBRUARY 1 .................................... 1

SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF MONTHLY DIGEST GF STATISTICS IS CUT ......................................... 2

BARBECUING BAN CONTINUES .................................. 2

LATE NIGHT HOLIDAY BUS SERVICES ........................... 3

SEA WALL TO BE BUILT FOR ^UaRRY BAY RECLAMATION....... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE EAST.................. 4

RE-OPENING OF POSSESSION STREET ........................... 4

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1979

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PUDDING BASIN TYPE CRASH HELMETS TO BE BANNED FROM FEBRUARY 1

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MOTORCYCLISTS WILL BE BANNED FROM WEARING PUDDING BASIN TYPE CRASH HELMETS FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1980.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED MOTORCYCLISTS THAT TWO STANDARDS OF HELMETS WILL BE AFFECTED. THEY ARE THE BRITISH STANDARDS 2001 AND 1869.

FROM FEBRUARY 1, THEY WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE SCHEDULE TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT) REGULATIONS AND WILL BE SUBSTITUTED WITH THE JET TYPES IN COMPLIANCE WITH BRITISH STANDARD 5361.

♦MOTORCYCLISTS AND THEIR PILLION PASSENGERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR JET TYPE PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR WHICH PROTECTS THE TEMPLES, EARS AND LOWER BACK PART OF THE HEAD,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS A SAFETY MEASURE, HE ADVISED MOTORCYCLISTS TO FASTEN THEIR HELMETS SECURELY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE MANY OTHER HELMETS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET BUT BUYERS SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THEY COMPLY WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS IN THE STANDARDS SET OUT BELOW»

BRITISH STANDARDS

JAPANESE STANDARD AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AMERICAN STANDARDS

BELGIAN STANDARD

GERMAN STANDARD

FRENCH STANDARD DUTCH STANDARD

2495 AND 5361

T 8133 - 1970

E 33 - 1968

Z90, 1 - 1966/1970/1971

SNELL 1970 AND SHCA

NBN 626

DIN 4848

NFS 72 - 301

TNO

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1979

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SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS OUT *****

A SPECIAL REVIEW OF THE 1977 CENSUS OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL, AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS IS PUBLISHED IN THE SEPTEMBER 1979 ISSUE OF THE MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS.

THE REVIEW CONTAINS A SUMMARY OF THE SURVEY’S FINDINGS AND ANALYSES ITS RESULTS BY ACTIVITIES (I.E. WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT/ EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS), MAJOR GROUPS OF COMMODITIES, EMPLOYMENT SIZES, CENSUS DISTRICTS, TYPES OF OWNERSHIP AND SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS.

THE SURVEY CONDUCTED IN 1978 FOR THE REFERENCE YEAR 1977 IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THIS ECONOMIC SECTOR AND PROVIDES BENCHMARK STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE, CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SECTOR.

IT ALSO PROVIDES DATA FOR EVALUATION OF THE SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. ENQUIRIES ABOUT DETAILED STATISTICS OF THIS SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL TRADE SECTION AT TELi 5-444364 OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEPTEMBER 1979 ISSUE OF THE MONTHLY DIGEST IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT |6 EACH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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BARBECUING BAN CONTINUES

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THE MONTH-OLD BAN ON BARBECUING IN SELECTED AREAS OF COUNTRY PARKS WILL REMAIN IN FORCE DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

THE COUNTRY PARKS PROTECTION OFFICER, MR. CHONG SING-LAI SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) IT WAS NECESSARY TO KEEP THE BAN IN FORCE BECAUSE THE HEAVILY WOODED FOREST AREAS OF THE PARKS WERE STILL EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO FIRE.

IN LATE NOVEMBER THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY IMPOSED THE BARBECUE BAN IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK (EXCEPT THE PAT HEUNG CATCHWATER), THE TAI PO KAU SPECIAL AREA AND THE SHING MUN FOREST (EAST OF THE JUBILEE RESERVOIR) IN SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK.

THE MOVE BECAME NECESSARY AFTER A SPATE OF FIRES DAMAGED MORE THAN HALF A MILLION TREES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE SINCE OCTOBER 1.

MR. CHONG SAID THE BAN MEANT THAT ANY PERSON FOUND LIGHTING A FIRE IN THE BARBECUE PROHIBITED AREAS COULD BE FINED $5 000 AND IMPRISONED FOR 12 MONTHS.

TRADITIONALLY, DECEMBER IS THE PEAK MONTH FOR VISITOR USAGE OF THE PARKS.

/AND ACCORDING ..

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1979

AND ACCORDING TO MR. CHONG ABOUT ONE MILLION VISITS ARE EXPECTED

TO BE MADE TO THE PARKS THIS MONTH.

♦AGAIN, I MUST APPEAL TO VISITORS TO THE PARKS TO TAKE PRECOOKED FOOD AND SANDWICHES WITH THEM WHEN THEY GO OUT ON PICNICS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

♦WANTON DESTRUCTION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND OUR PARK RANGERS, FOREST GUARDS AND POLICE WILL BE OUT IN FULL FORCE TO SEE THAT THE LAW IS MA INTA I NED,♦ SAID MR. CHONG.

HE ADDED THAT THE COUNTRY PARKS WERE FOR EVERYONE IN HONG KONG AND IT WAS THEREFORE UP TO THE USERS TO ENSURE THAT THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT REMAINED INTACT FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

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LATE NIGHT HOLIDAY BUS SERVICES

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SPECIAL LATE NIGHT BUS SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED ON CHRISTMAS EVE (MONDAY) AND NEW YEAR’S EVE.

IN KOWLOON, URBAN ROUTE NOS. 1A, 2, 5, 6, 6A AND 9 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE NO. 102 WILL BE OPERATING ABOUT AN HOUR LATER THAN NORMAL. ALL-NIGHT ROUTE NOS. 121 AND 122 WILL BE SUPPLEMENTED WITH ADDITIONAL JOURNEYS.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE LAST BUSES FOR ROUTE NOS. 2, 4, 5, 8, 23 AND 72 WILL ALSO RUN AN HOUR LATER THAN NORMAL.

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SEA WALL TO BE BUILT FOR QUARRY BAY RECLAMATION

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A 665-METRE SEA WALL FOR THE RECLAMATION AT QUARRY BAY.

THE OVERALL PROJECT WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 18 HECTARES OF LAND FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AND CARGO HANDLING USES AS WELL AS NEW ROADWORKS.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY PWD.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SEA WALL IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL hEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE PORT WORKS DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1979

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE EAST

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PART OF EDINBURGH PLACE EAST BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND CITY HALL MAIN ENTRANCE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 4.30 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 25) FOR URBAN COUNCIL’S ALL STAR SHOW.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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RE-OPENING OF POSSESSION STREET

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THE NEWLY RECONSTRUCTED POSSESSION STREET LINKING QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 24).

MOTORISTS ON QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL MAY USE THIS ROAD TO GO TO HOLLYWOOD ROAD EASTBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2J, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OVER i-6.5 MILLION PAID CUT UNDER TAVA SCHEME................. 1

TEMPORARY RAILWAY STATION FCR MONG KCK........................ 1

NEW YEAR DAY IS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY ......................... 2

CHRISTMAS CONCERT ............................................ 2

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS TAKE TL E OFF FOR FESTIVITIES .................................................. 5

JACKSON ROAD TO BE CLOSED FC R ROAD WORK ..................... 3

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1979

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OVER $6.5 MILLION PAID OUT UNDER TAVA SCHEME * * ft * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PAID OUT MORE THAN $6.5 MILLION AS QUICK CASH RELIEF TO PEOPLE UNDER THE +NO FAULT+ TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION ON MAY 1.

THE PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO 215 CASES INVOLVING DEATH AND 1 843 CASES INVOLVING INJURIES WHICH HAD CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM.

MRS. DIANA LEE, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SECTION, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS FOR THE FATAL CASES TOTALLED $1.38 MILLION AND THAT FOR THE INJURY CASES, OVER $5.1 MILLION.

SHE SAID THE GRANTS FOR THE INJURY CASES INCLUDED FURTHER PAYMENTS IN 560 CASES WHEREBY THE APPLICANTS WERE MEDICALLY CERTIFIED TO REQUIRE EXTENDED SICK LEAVE.

IN CASES ALREADY PROCESSED, SHE SAID, THE HIGHEST PAYMENT WAS $21 100 MADE IN ONE FATAL CASE, WHILE OTHER PAYMENTS RANGED FROM $800 TO $20 100.

♦AT PRESENT, 332 OTHER APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THE APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS IN A FAIRLY SHORT TIME,+ SHE SAID.

THE NON-MEANS TESTED SCHEME AIMS AT PROVIDING QUICK CASH RELIEF TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

MRS. LEE SAID PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AFTER MAY 1 THIS YEAR COULD APPLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE AT THE TAVA SECTION OF SWD ON THIRD FLOOR OF THE FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING AT 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG (TEL. NOS. 5-222392 AND 5-223254).

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TEMPORARY RAILWAY STATION FOR MONG KOK ft ft ft ft ft

A TEMPORARY RAILWAY

ncTuccM Viu e«JX-^V^TATI0N W,LL BE BUILT 0N THE EMBANKMENT BETWEEN YIM PO FONG STREET AND PEACE AVENUE IN MONG KOK.

nnuu.Jn»oTlMP0RARY STAT,0N IS TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO TRAIN COMMUTERS DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW MONG KOK STATION.

C0NTRACT FOR THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE BUILDING OF PLATFORM TOILETS’ANDCAVSNACKWSHOPNG ARE* AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES SUCH AS

ACCESS TO THE TEMPORARY STATION WILL BE THROUGH A RAMP OR STAIRCASES FROM YIM PO FONG STREET WHILE THE EXIT WILL BE VIA STAIRCASES TO A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS ARGYLE STREET AND PEACE AVENUE

/CONSTRUCTION IS......

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2J, 1979

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CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN WILL TAKE FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND

THE WORK SUPERVISED BY BEHALF OF THE

HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE

THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY.

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NEW YEAR DAY IS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY

*****

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT JANUARY 1 IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT DISTINCTION, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN S3 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THEIR EMPLOYERS FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE OFFICES AREi KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652- KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 12-422096- TUEN MUN 12-818443 EXT. 82 AND HONG KONG ISLAND 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE WILL PRESENT A CHRISTMAS CONCERT IN NEW WORLD CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI AT 3 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

AT THE CONCERT, THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND AND THE KOWLOON-WEST DISTRICT BAND WILL PLAY CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND POPULAR ENGLISH AND CANTONESE TUNES IN THE SHOPPING ARCADE CF NEW WORLD CENTRE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A DEMONSTRATION OF WIND INSTRUMENTS.

/the concert .

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1979

THE CONCERT IS PART OF THE +MUSIC FOR THE MILLION* PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE TO BRING MUSIC CLOSER TO THE PUBLIC.

SINCE THE PROGRAMME STARTED TWO YEARS AGO, ABOUT 700 CONCERTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR A COMBINED AUDIENCE IN EXCESS OF 500 000 IN SCHOOLS, FACTORIES, AND PARKS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE IN THE SHOPPING ARCADE OF NEW WORLD CENTRE AT 3 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS TAKE TIME OFF FOR FESTIVITIES

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THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TODAY (SUNDAY) STAGED A GALA DAY FOR ITS STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD LAUNCHED THE FESTIVITIES AT THE SERVICE’S TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG.

MR. DORWARD TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE THAT HE AND HIS SENIOR OFFICERS WERE VERY MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR WELFARE.

ABOUT 3 000 PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR THE EVENT. APART FROM GAMES ORGANISED BY DIFFERENT DIVISIONS OF THE SERVICE, THERE WAS A DOG SHOW ARRANGED BY THE POLICE DOG UNIT.

THE CHILDREN ENJOYED THEMSELVES AT ’OLYMPIC GAMES’ AND RIDES ON PONIES PROVIDED BY THE BRITISH FORCES. TOURS WERE ORGANISED TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL’S MUSEUM AND GYMNASIUM. MUSIC WAS PROVIDED BY THE QUEEN’S GURKHA PIPE BAND.

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JACKSON ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR ROAD WORK

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A SECTION OF JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CHATER ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 27) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, FOR ROAD REINSTATEMENT WORK.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NG.

ANTI-POLIO PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN ........................ 1

CAS HELPS PREVENT HILL FIRE .............................. 2

SAFE CROSSING FOR PEDESTRIANS ON SAIGON STREET ........... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MID-LEVELS ....................... J

WATER CUT IN TAI KOK TSUI ................................ 4

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LEE ON ROAD.......................... 4

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ANTI-POLIO PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN * ft ft ft ft

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TO EXTEND THE ANT I-POL IO IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME TO COVER THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE EXTENDED PROGRAMME WAS AIMED AT INCREASING THE IMMUNITY OF CHILDREN AGAINST THIS VIRAL DISEASE.

HE APPEALED TO PARENTS TO CO-OPERATE BY BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES FOR THE ORAL VACCINE.

MOBILE INOCULATION TEAMS FROM THE DEPARTMENT ARE ALSO VISITING SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG TO ADMINISTER ORAL VACCINE TO PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH POLIOMYELITIS HAS BEEN NON-EXISTENT FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS, RESULTS OF SEROLOGICAL SURVEYS BY THE DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT THE HERD IMMUNITY IN HONG KONG WAS GETTING LOW AND CHILDREN WERE BECOMING MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS INFECTION.

UNDER THE PRESENT IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME, A NEWLY BORN BABY IS GIVEN ORAL POLIO VACCINE WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OF BIRTH, THEN THE SECOND AND THIRD DOSES IN EIGHT WEEKS’ INTERVAL WHEN HE IS THREE TO FIVE MONTHS OLD. A BOOSTER DOSE IS THEN ADMINISTERED ONE YEAR LATER.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF AN EXTENDED PROGRAMME, CHILDREN BETWEEN SEVEN AND 12 ARE GIVEN TWO ADDITIONAL BOOSTER DOSES IN ORDER THAT THEIR HERD IMMUNITY COULD BE STRENGTHENED.

POLIO IS LARGELY A DISEASE OF CHILDREN. IN HONG KONG, 93.1 PER CENT OF THE CASES IN THE PAST OCCURRED IN CHILDREN UNDER 15. THE ONE TO FOUR AGE GROUP WAS MOST VULNERABLE, ACCOUNTING FOR TWO-THIRDS OF THE CASES.

THE DISEASE FIRST BECAME NOTIFIABLE IN HONG KONG IN JULY 1948. THE INCIDENCE OF POLIO REACHED ITS PEAK IN 1962 WITH 363 CASES RESULTING IN 52 DEATHS. POLIO IN THAT YEAR RANKED FOURTH IN THE MAJOR CAUSES OF DEATH AMONG COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ORAL VACCINE TO HONG KONG IN 1963, POLIO WAS PUT UNDER CONTROL AND THE LAST CASE WAS REPORTED IN AUGUST 1973.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

♦ALL PREVENTIVE AND CONTROL MEASURES MUST CONTINUE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF IMMUNITY AMONG CHILDREN AGAINST THIS DISEASE,♦ HE SAID.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1979

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CAS HELPS PREVENT HILL FIRE *****

MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AND ITS CADETS FREQUENTLY SACRIFICE THEIR WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS TO ASSIST THE FIRE SERVICES AND AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN PREVENTING COUNTRYSIDE FIRES.

THE VOLUNTEERS TURN OUT AT THE COUNTRY PARKS AND BARBECUE SITES, TO ADVISE PICNICKERS ON WHERE TO LIGHT BARBECUE FIRES, AND TO ENSURE THAT PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES SET OUT IN THE COUNTRY PARKS CODE ARE OBSERVED, SAID MR. CHAN CHUN-YING, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CAS OPERATIONS.

SINCE THE ONSET OF THE DRY SEASON IN OCTOBER, SOME 140 CAS MEMBERS AND 30 CADETS HAVE BEEN MOBILISED ON EACH OF THE SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, WHEN THE YELLOW OR RED FIRE DANGER WARNING IS GIVEN OUT.

♦THE VOLUNTEERS ARE STATIONED AT STRATEGIC POINTS. 80 ARE POSTED AT THE PAK HEUNG FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AND FIRE STATIONS IN TUEN MUN, SHA TIN AND SAI KUNG- A FURTHER 60 ADULT MEMBERS AND 30 CADETS ARE BASED AT SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK AND ROUTE TWISK MANAGEMENT AREA READY FOR PATROLLING AND RAPID DEPLOYMENT,♦ MR. CHAN SAID.

♦ADDITIONAL MEMBERS ARE MOBILISED TO ASSIST DURING FESTIVE PERIODS WHEN LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE FLOCK TO THE COUNTRYSIDE, SUCH AS DURING THE CHING MING, CHUNG YEUNG, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS* HE SAID.

MR. CHAN POINTED OUT THAT ALL CAS MEMBERS ARE TRAINED IN THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF HILL FIRE FIGHTING WHICH ENABLES THEM TO EFFICIENTLY BACK UP THE REGULAR FIREMEN AND FORESTRY RANGERS.

♦HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER AND THE SEVERITY OF HILL FIRES THIS WINTER, SPECIAL TRAINING COURSES ARE NOW BEING ORGANISED FOR CAS MEMBERS TO FURTHER IMPROVE THEIR EFFICIENCY-THESE COURSES ARE HELD ON-SITE DURING WEEKDAYS AND ON WEEKENDS,♦ HE SAID.

THESE COURSES, CONDUCTED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, INCLUDE TALKS AND PRACTICAL TRAINING ON COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION, HILL FIRE FIGHTING AND SAFETY MEASURES TO BE ADOPTED IN TIMES OF HIGH FIRE RISK.

ABOUT 240 CAS MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE SPECIAL TRAINING THIS MONTH, MR. CHAN SAID, AND MORE COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE COMING YEAR.

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SAFE CROSSING FOR PEDESTRIANS ON SAIGON STREET

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A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY WILL BE BUILT SHORTLY AT SAIGON STREET IN YAU MA TEI TO PROVIDE A SAFE CROSSING FOR THE PUBLIC AND IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE WORKS FORMED PART OF A PLAN TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC CONDITION IN NATHAN ROAD.

♦THE TRAFFIC-LIGHT-CONTROLLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING OUTSIDE THE MAJESTIC THEATRE IN NATHAN ROAD IS OVER-LOADED AND CAUSING HEAVY CONGESTION.

♦WHEN WORK ON THE SUBWAY IS COMPLETED, IT WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE A SAFE CROSSING AT THE LOCATION FOR PEDESTRIANS, BY SEPARATING THEM FROM VEHICLES, BUT WILL ALSO MINIMISE THE DISRUPTION TO TRAFFIC ON NATHAN ROAD AND HENCE IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW.+

TWO-LANE TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION ALONG NATHAN ROAD WOULD BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES DURING THE CONSTRUCTION, HE SAID.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING CALLED FOR THE WORK WHICH WILL BEGIN IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 33-METRE SUBWAY ACROSS NATHAN ROAD WITH THE ENTRANCES AT SAIGON STREET, AND DIVERSION OF AFFECTED WATER DRAINS.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS STRUCTURAL DESIGN DIVISION AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MID-LEVELS

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 27) THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO ENABLE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF GLENEALY.

* GLENEALY WILL BE ROUTED ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM ROBINSON ROAD TO CONDUIT ROAD. EASTBOUND TRAFFIC SHOULD USE UPPER GLENEALY FLYOVER. WESTBOUND TRAFFIC SHOULD PROCEED VIA CASTLE ROAD- .

* VEHICLES OVER TWO TONS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM USING GLENEALY SOUTHBOUND AND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KOTEWALL ROAD AND CONDUIT ROAD-

* THE PROHIBITION ON VEHICLES OVER TWO TONS USING CONDUIT ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN CASTLE ROAD AND GLENEALY WILL BE TEMPORARILY LIFTED- AND

* VEHICLES OVER TWO TONS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM HORNSEY ROAD WESTBOUND AND CONDUIT ROAD WESTBOUND AS FAR AS ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT IN TAI KOK TSUI * * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR TEN HOURS FROM 8 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 28) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN WORK.

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

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LEE ON ROAD * * * ft *

A SECTION OF LEE ON ROAD NEAR THE NEW BUS TERMINUS IN SHUN LEE ESTATE IN NGAU CHI WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM DECEMBER 27 (THURSDAY) TO JANUARY 5 BETWEEN 12.45 AM AND 5.30 AM DAILY.

A PEDESTRIAN STEEL BRIDGE WILL BE BUILT ACROSS THE ROAD DURING THE CLOSURE PERIODS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NC.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY URGED TO MAKE GREATER TRAINING EFFORT ........................................... 1

TOUGH JOB FOR SHIP SEARCHERS .............................. 2

CAS CADETS ANNUAL CA1--P .................................. ,

NO 'U' TURN ON WATERLOO ROAD

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1979

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY URGED TO MAKE GREATER TRAINING EFFORT

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THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SHOULD MAKE GREATER EFFORT TO TRAIN THE SKILLED MANPOWER IT NEEDS TO MEET ITS FUTURE REQUIREMENTS.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IN A REPORT ON THE FIFTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY.

THE REPORT CONTAINS STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY, A FORECAST OF FUTURE TRAINING NEEDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES NECESSARY TO MEET THESE NEEDS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, IN BOTH CHINE'SE AND ENGLISH, ARE NOW ON SALE AT $8 EACH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING.

THE REPORT GIVES A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF TECHNOLOGIST, TECHNICIAN AND CRAFTSMAN TRAINEES WHICH THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO TAKE ON FOR TRAINING BETWEEN 1980 AND 1982.

THE BOARD HAS ALSO PROJECTED THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS REQUIRED AT THE THREE LEVELS FROM 1982 TO 1987.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY HAVE INDICATED THAT THE TOTAL TECHNICAL MANPOWER OF THE INDUSTRY HAS GROWN FROM 60 976 IN APRIL 1977 TO 87 956 IN APRIL THIS YEAR, REPRESENTING AN AVERAGE ANNUAL GROWTH OF 20.1 PER CENT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE REPORT SAID, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAD BEEN ENJOYING AN UNABATED GROWTH UNEQUALLED IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, THE TRAINING BOARD WAS OF THE VIEW THAT DESPITE THE PRESENT APPARENT BUOYANT SITUATION, THE CAPACITY OF THE INDUSTRY TO EXPAND FURTHER WAS IN DOUBT BECAUSE OF SERIOUS PROBLEMS SUCH AS SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS AND SHARP RISE IN MATERIALS AND LABOUR COSTS.

TO OVERCOME THESE DIFFICULTIES, THE TRAINING BOARD CONSIDERED THAT THE INDUSTRY SHOULD STRIVE TO IMPROVE ITS PRODUCTIVITY AND TO OPTIMISE USE OF THE LIMITED MANPOWER RESOURCES AVAILABLE THROUGH BETTER TRAINING AND INCREASED MECHANISATION.

THE BOARD BELIEVED THAT THE PACE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK WOULD GRADUALLY LEVEL OFF AND THE INDUSTRY WOULD TAKE ON A MORE STEADY COURSE.

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TOUGH JOB FOR SHIP SEARCHERS

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DOWN IN THE ENGINE ROOM OF AN OCEAN-GOING VESSEL, A TEAM OF SWEAT-DRENCHED CUSTOMS OFFICERS IS CRAWLING IN AND OUT OF A MAZE OF PIPES AND TANKS SEEMINGLY UNAWARE OF THE HEAT, GRIME AND OVERPOWERING STENCH OF DIESEL FUME AND WASTE WATER IN THE BILGES.

THEY ARE EXAMINING EVERY INCH OF THE AREA IN THEIR SEARCH FOR SECRET COMPARTMENTS AND HIDDEN NOOKS AND CRANNIES USED TO CONCEAL DANGEROUS DRUGS OR OTHER CONTRABAND.

ANOTHER GROUP OF OFFICERS IS SEARCHING THE UPPER DECK, LIFE BOATS, BRIDGE HOUSING, CARGO BOOMS, WINCHES AND MASTHEADS, EXPOSED TO WHATEVER THE WHIM OF NATURE MAY BESTOW, CHILLING BREEZES, RAIN OR GALE FORCE WINDS.

AT THE SAME TIME A FURTHER TEAM OF SCRAMBLING OVER THE CARGO IN THE SHIP’S

OFFICERS CAN BE SEEN HOLDS.

ALL THESE ACTIVITIES ARE PART OF A DAY’S WORK BY OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE’S HARBOUR DIVISION UNDER THE COMMAND OF SUPERINTENDENT MR. A. SANDERS. THE DIVISION IS MADE UP OF THREE SUB-DIVISIONS, THE HARBOUR, THE MARINE AND THE RECENTLY FORMED KWAI CHUNG SUB-DIVISIONS.

THE HARBOUR SUB-DIVISION UNDER THE COMMAND OF ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MR. C.W. SZETO IS CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CUSTOMS CLEARANCE OF ALL CONVENTIONAL SHIPPING ARRIVING IN HONG KONG, A MASSIVE JOB WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THAT ABOUT 18 000 OCEAN-GOING SHIPS AND 72 000 RIVER VESSELS ENTER AND LEAVE HONG KONG’S HARBOUR EACH YEAR. THIS IS COMPOUNDED BY A FURTHER 18 000 LOCAL CRAFT INCLUDING FISHING VESSELS, CARGO BOATS, LIGHTERS, AND TOW BOATS WHICH USE OUR HARBOUR MORE FREQUENTLY.

♦BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF SHIPS AND VESSELS ENTERING AND LEAVING PORT EVERY? DAY.. LT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO SEARCH EVERY ONE CF THEM,+ MR. SZETO SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT SHIPS RECEIVE ONLY A MINIMUM OF CUSTOMS INTERFERENCE WITH THEIR NORMAL OPERATIONS, BUT AS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE SOME OF THEM ARE SELECTED FOR A THOROUGH AND EXHAUSTIVE CHECK.

♦BEFORE SUCH A SELECTION IS MADE SPECIAL ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO BACKGROUND INFORMATION SUCH AS THE VOYAGE ITINERARY, NATURE OF CARGO CARRIED AND TO WHOM CONSIGNED, COMPOSITION OF THE CREW, AND ANY RECORD OF INVOLVEMENT IN SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES BOTH HERE AND OVERSEAS,+ MR. SZETO SAID.

♦WE HAVE A SEPARATE FILE FOR EACH AND EVERY SHIP THAT ENTERS PORT AND THESE AT PRESENT TOTAL MORE THAN 7 600. EACH OF THESE FILES CONTAINS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WHICH ASSISTS US IN PLANNING OUR METHODS OF OPERATION,♦ HE SAID.

♦IF IT IS DECIDED THAT A SEARCH IS TO BE CONDUCTED IT WILL BE A THOROUGH AND EXHAUSTIVE ONE. IN SOME CASES, EVEN THE HULL, BALLAST AND WATERTANKS ARE INSPECTED BY OUR DIVERS.+ HE ADDED.

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THE DIVISION WORKS IN CLOSE LIAISON WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAVING A TELEPRINTER CONTACT WHICH PROVIDES UP-TO-THE-MINUTE INFORMATION ON SHIPPING ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES AND MOVEMENTS WITHIN HONG KONG WATERS.

OTHER FUNCTIONS OF THE HARBOUR DIVISION INCLUDE THE MARINE SUB-DIVISION’S STRIKE AND SEARCH OPERATIONS ON OUTLYING ISLANDS, SEARCH OF NATIVE CRAFT, PROCESSING OF FERRY PASSENGERS AT THE HONG KONG/MACAU AND HONG KONG/CANTON FERRY TERMINALS, AND THE KWAI CHUNG SUB-DIVISION’S CLEARANCE OF CONTAINER SHIPPING AND CARGO AT THE 74-HECTARE CONTAINER COMPLEX IN KWAI CHUNG.

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ANNUAL CAMP FOR CAS CADETS * * * *

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD A FOUR-DAY ANNUAL CAMP FOR ITS CADET CORPS AT WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 28).

ABOUT 800 MEMBERS FROM 20 CAS CADET UNITS WILL TAKE PART IN THE CAMP AIMED AT DEVELOPING THEIR LEADERSHIP, RESPONSIBILITY, CO-OPERATION AND TALENTS. A SERIES OF GAMES, LAND AND WATER SPORT ACTIVITIES AND COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD.

THE CAS COMMISSIONER, MR. R.H. LOBO WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 29) AT 11.40 AM AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD AT WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE. MR. LOBO WILL ALSO INSPECT THE CAMP.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CAS CADET CORPS ANNUAL CAMP OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 29) AT 11.40 AM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO USE CAS TRANSPORT FACILITIES TO GET TO THE CAMP ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT EITHER MR. TSE KWOK-FU AT THE CAS HEADQUARTERS, 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD, HONG KONG AT 9 AM ON SATURDAY OR MR. CHEUNG SUNG-TAK AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET (NEXT TO KOWLOON CITY POLICE STATION) AT 9.30 AM ON THAT DAY.

NO ’U’ TURN ON WATERLOO ROAD * * *

TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM MAKING U-TURN OUTSIDE THE YAU MA TEI FIRE STATION FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 27).

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW ON WATERLOO ROAD DURING ROAD REINSTATEMENT WORK THERE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE

MOTORISTS.

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WEDNESDAY, DECS SER 26, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FIRST EATER SPORTS C-UTRE TAKING SHAPE ......................... 1

NET MEASURES TO FIGHT TB ....................................... 2

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT PLANS TO BEEF UP ITS COMPUTER FILI G SYSTEM ......................................... 3

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CONFERENCE FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT .....................................................

NET NORTH POINT FERRY PIER COMES INTO SERVICE ON FRIDAY

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1979

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FIRST WATER SPORTS CENTRE TAKING SHAPE

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HONG KONG WILL HAVE ITS FIRST WATER SPORTS CENTRE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE MULT I-MILL I ON-DOLLAR CENTRE COMPRISING A NUMBER OF JOINTUSER FACILITIES AND INDIVIDUAL CLUB HOUSES IS TAKING SHAPE AT TAI MEI TUK NEAR PLOVER COVE.

ON THE 5 5OO-SQUARE METRE SITE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE A CANTEEN, HOSTELS, WASHROOMS, CHANGING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT SUCH AS CANOES, DINGHIES AND YACHTS FOR COMMUNAL USE WHILE SEVERAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WILL SET UP THEIR OWN CLUB HOUSES.

COMMENTING ON THIS JOINT-VENTURE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) MR. WONG KIN-FAI, TECHNICAL AND PLANNING OFFICER OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE SAID HE ANTICIPATED THAT TAI MEI TUK WILL BECOME A MAJOR CENTRE FOR WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES WHEN THE AREA IS FULLY DEVELOPED.

+THE PROPOSAL CAME ABOUT,* ACCORDING TO MR. WONG, +AFTER THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVED APPLICATIONS FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR THE ALLOCATION OF LAND IN THE PLOVER COVE AREA TO SET UP WATER SPORTS FACILITIES.*

SUBSEQUENTLY, THE SITE WAS CHOSEN AND EARMARKED FOR DEVELOPMENT BY VARIOUS PARTICIPATING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO ECONOMISE CONSTRUCTION COSTS FALLING ON THESE ORGANISATIONS AND TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF WATER SPORTS AS EVIDENCED BY INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOING TO BEACHES AND THE SEA, ABOUT $1.5 MILLION WAS ALLOCATED FROM THE GOVERNOR’S SPECIAL FUND TO PROVIDE THE ESSENTIAL FACILITIES.

+CHARGE FOR BOARD AND LODGING, AND THE USE OF EQUIPMENT WILL BE MINIMAL WHILE THE USE OF OTHER FACILITIES WILL BE ENTIRELY FREE,* MR. WONG SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE SITE IS SITUATED NEAR THE MAIN DAM OF THE PLOVER COVE WATER SCHEME WHICH TOGETHER WITH THE SURROUNDING ISLANDS ACT AS NATURAL WINDBREAKS, AND THE RELATIVELY CALM WATER SERVES AS AN EXCELLENT PRACTISING GROUND FOR NOVICE CANOEISTS AND SAILORS.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, THE MORE EXPERIENCED ENTHUSIASTS CAN

VENTURE OUT TO TOLO HARBOUR TO THE SOUTH.*

♦THE CENTRE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ADD A NEW DIMENSION TO WATER RECREATION IN HONG KONG,+ HE ADDED.

MR. WONG SAID THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE WILL RUN COURSES AT VARIOUS LEVELS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHO DO NOT BELONG TO ANY OF THE ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME.

HE ALSO STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY IN WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES. WHILE PARTICIPANTS AT THE CENTRE WILL BE URGED TO OBSERVE ALL THE SAFETY RULES, THE RSS WILL ON ITS PART PROVIDE FAST RESCUE CRAFT TO PATROL THE BOATING AREA. '

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1979

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NEW MEASURES TO FIGHT TB

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SHORT-COURSE CHEMOTHERAPY, A NEW TREATMENT REGIME FOR TUBERCULOSIS ADOPTED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR, HAS PROVED TO BE VERY EFFECTIVE.

+RESPONSE FROM PATIENTS TO THIS SHORT, EFFECTIVE AND FREE TREATMENT HAS BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

DURING THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS UP TO OCTOBER, MORE THAN 3 OOO PATIENTS WERE PUT ON THIS TREATMENT COURSE WHICH CONSISTED OF SEVERAL DRUGS TAKEN TOGETHER OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR TO SIX MONTHS, HE SAID.

♦MANY HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE COURSE AND ARE FREE FROM THE DISEASE WHICH NORMALLY TAKES BETWEEN A YEAR AND 18 MONTHS TO CURE,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DROP-OUT RATE FOR THE CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT WAS ONLY TWO PER CENT, WHICH WAS CONSIDERED TO BE VERY LOW FOR TREATMENT OF THIS NATURE.

APART FROM RENDERING MEDICAL TREATMENT TO THE PATIENTS, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PROVIDES MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS TO GIVE FINANCIAL OR OTHER SUPPORT TO THOSE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN RUNNING A MASSIVE TB CASE-FINDING CAMPAIGN TO PERSUADE PEOPLE WITH PERSISTENT COUGH FOR MORE THAN FOUR WEEKS TO GO TO THE CHEST CLINICS FOR A CHECK-UP.

THE MAIN PURPOSE, SAID THE SPOKESMAN, WAS TO DETECT THE MANY +HIDDEN+ CASES IN THE COMMUNITY AND TO CURE THEM.

AS A RESULT OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE CHEST SERVICE DETECTED A TOTAL OF 5 443 CASES OF TUBERCULOSIS DURING THE EIGHT MONTHS BETWEEN MARCH AND OCTOBER, 20 PER CENT MORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

HEALTH STAFF FROM THE CHEST SERVICE ALSO TRACED THE CONTACTS OF TB PATIENTS AND ADMINISTERED TREATMENT TO THOSE FOUND TO BE INFECTED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE INCIDENCE CF TUBERCULOSIS HAD DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY OVER THE DECADE, IT WAS STILL ONE OF THE MAJOR DISEASES IN HONG KONG AND ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.

SOME 400 PEOPLE DIED FROM THE DISEASE WHILE SOME 6 600 FRESH CASES WERE REPORTED IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

♦THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF HIDDEN CASES IN THE COMMUNITY, AND MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE BEFORE THE DISEASE CAN BE ERADICATED,+ HE ADDED.

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IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT PLANS TO BEEF UP ITS COMPUTER FILING SYSTEM *****

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT PLANS TO BEEF UP ITS COMPUTER FILING SYSTEM TO COPE WITH INCREASING WORKLOAD.

A CONSULTANT TEAM WILL SOON BE APPOINTED TO REVIEW THE PRESENT COMPUTER-INDEX MICROFILM FILING SYSTEM WITH THE VIEW OF EXPANDING IT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

+IF IT IS FEASIBLE AND FUNDS ARE APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, A NEW COMPUTER WILL BE ACQUIRED,+ HE SAID.

THE EXISTING SYSTEM, WHICH WAS INSTALLED IN 1977, HAS PROVED TO BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN RETRIEVING RECORDS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. HOWEVER, IT IS ONLY CAPABLE OF PROGRAMMING FILES IN THE CHINESE RESIDENTS AND BRITISH PASSPORT SECTIONS.

IF GREEN LIGHT IS GIVEN TO THE NEW COMPUTER, IT WOULD COVER MOST OTHER SECTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, HE SAID.

♦ANOTHER MERIT OF EXPANDING THE COMPUTER FILING SYSTEM IS THAT IT WILL ENABLE ALL RECORDS OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TO BE CENTRALISED AND THERE WILL BE NO PAPER FILES ON RECORD EXCEPT THOSE BEING PROCESSED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE EXISTING COMPUTER-INDEX MICROFILM SYSTEM IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL IN RECOVERING THE DATA OF A PERSON.

♦INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR PERSON CAN NOW BE OBTAINED WITHIN MINUTES BY FIRST CHECKING WITH THE COMPUTER FOR THE RELEVANT INDEX AND THEN THE MICROFILM,+ HE SAID.

THE SYSTEM IS ALSO SPACE SAVING AS IT OCCUPIES ONLY ABOUT ONE NINTH OF THE AREA USED FOR KEEPING PAPER FILES.

THE MICROFILM RECORDS OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS SO FAR PROGRAMMED 1.4 MILLION NAME RECORDS AND MICROFILMED 1.6 MILLION FILES AND DOCUMENTS OF THE CHINESE RESIDENTS AND BRITISH PASSPORT SECTIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE ARE STILL 700 000 FILES WAITING TO BE PROCESSED. HOWEVER, IT IS EXPECTED THAT ALL RECORDS IN THE TWO SECTIONS WOULD BE PROGRAMMED AFTER THE NEW SYSTEM IS OPERATIONAL.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CONFERENCE FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT ******

A ONE-DAY CONFERENCE DESIGNED TO MAKE SENIOR MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL MORE AWARE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WILL BE HELD IN HONG KONG EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CONFERENCE FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NEW WORLD HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI, ON MARCH 25, 1980.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SPONSORED BY FOUR LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS — THE ACCIDENT INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG PLASTIC MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT EXPERTS WILL GIVE TALKS ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING, TEXTILES, PLASTICS, METAL WORK AND OTHER RELATED SUBJECTS, WITH EMPHASIS ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES BY MANAGEMENTS TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS.

THE EXPERTS ARE MR. C. STEELE, SENIOR COMMERCIAL ENGINEER, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD.- MR. T.L. NG, PLANT MANAGER AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COMMITTEE OF SONCA INDUSTRIES LTD.- MR. CHAN SHIU-LAP, CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF LABOUR DEPARTMENT- MR. K.Y. TONGSON, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG PLASTIC MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION LTD.- MR. G. FREEMAN, CHIEF FIRE AND SECURITY OFFICER, HONG KONG ELECTRIC HOLDINGS LTD.-MR. WILLIAM LAW, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ASSOCIATION- MR. LINCOLN YUNG, DIRECTOR AND MANAGER OF NANYANG COTTON MILL LTD.- AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT.

THE TALKS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY PLENARY DISCUSSIONS.

TWO SAFETY FILMS WILL BE SHOWN DURING THE CONFERENCE --THE FIRST DEALS WITH THE NEED OF CAREFUL INVESTIGATION OF ACCIDENTS WHILE THE SECOND ONE EMBRACES A WIDE SCOPE OF SAFETY MATTERS IN A FACTORY.

A MINI-EXHIBITION OF SAFETY DEVICES AND APPLIANCES FOR USE IN INDUSTRY WILL BE HELD CONCURRENTLY WITH THE CONFERENCE TO ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO OBTAIN FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT SENIOR MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL FROM INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS OR OTHER ORGANISATIONS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.

A DETAILED PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION FORM OF THE CONFERENCE ARE NOW AVAILABLE AND CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MR. HO HONG-WAI OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, KOWLOON, TELEPHONE 3-688111 EXT. 346.

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NEW NORTH POINT FERRY PIER COMES INTO SERVICE ON FRIDAY * * * * *

THE NEW FERRY PIER NEXT TO THE EXISTING NORTH POINT FERRY PIER WILL COME INTO SERVICE ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 28).

THE NEW PIER WILL BE KNOWN AS THE NORTH POINT (WEST) FERRY PIER TO DISTINGUISH FROM THE EXISTING ONE WHICH IS NOW KNOWN AS NORTH POINT (EAST) FERRY PIER.

TWO FERRY SERVICES CURRENTLY OPERATING FROM NORTH POINT (EAST) PIER TO HUNG HOM AND KOWLOON CITY WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE WESTERN BERTH OF THE NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED NORTH POINT (WEST) PIER ON FRIDAY. THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE IN THE FREQUENCIES OF THESE TWO ROUTES.

THE FERRY SERVICE TO KWUN TONG WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE FROM NORTH POINT (EAST) PIER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID» +CONSTRUCTI ON WORK ALONG THE WATERFRONT BETWEEN THE TWO FERRY PIERS WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. HOWEVER, PASSENGER MOVEMENTS TO AND FROM THE TWO PIERS WILL NOT BE MUCH AFFECTED.+

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INITIAL WORK ON EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT FISCAL YEAR......................................................... 1

FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN CENTRAL DISTRICT AND EASTERN TIP OF HK ISLAND .......................................................... 2

HK DELEGATION BACK FROM WATER TALKS IN GUANGZHOU ................... 3

SPECIAL STAMPS ON HONG KONG PARKS AND BUILDINGS .................... 3

DISPATCH OF RATING NOTICES ......................................... 4

CAPACITY OF TUEN MUN WATER TREATriENT PLaNT TO BE DOUBLED .......... 4

AWARD FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATE ............................. 5

NO MAIL DELIVERY ON NEW YEAR DAY ................................... 5

RE-OPENING OF TAK SHING STREET ..................................... 5

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1979

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INITIAL WORK ON EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT FISCAL YEAR ******

PRELIMINARY WORK ON THE NEW EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR WILL PROCEED DURING THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR- AND IF ALL GOES WELL — AND THAT INCLUDES THE ECONOMY GENERALLY AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN PARTICULAR BEING ABLE TO TAKE THE STRAIN — THE FIRST PART OF THE NEW ROAD COULD BE READY IN 1985.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, hfl. DAVID JEAFFRESON, TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW NORTH POINT FERRY PIER (WEST).

MR. JEAFFRESON SAIDi +THIS CORRIDOR WILL HELP GREATLY TO RELIEVE THE VERY SERIOUS TRAFFIC CONGESTION ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND.+

+IT WILL BE BACKED BY VASTLY IMPROVED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS OF ONE SORT OR ANOTHER, PERHAPS INCLUDING A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM,+ HE ADDED.

MR. JEAFFRESON CONFIRMED THAT THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY IS DISCUSSING WITH THE GOVERNMENT THE POSSIBILITY OF COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AT FERRY PIERS GENERALLY AND PARTICULARLY ON THE NEWLY OPENED PIER.

+WITH OUR PRESENT SHORTAGE OF LAND, MY OWN VIEW IS THAT FERRY PIERS SHOULD BE DEVELOPED TO THE MAXIMUM,* HE SAID.

THOUGH COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT WOULD MAKE THE PIERS MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE TO USERS, MR. JEAFFRESON FELT THAT IN THE TRUE HONG KONG TRADITION, THIS DEVELOPMENT MUST BE ON A FULLY COMMERCIAL BASIS. THERE MUST BE NO HIDDEN SUBSIDY FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDS TO USERS OF THE FERRIES.

+THERE IS A RECENT PRECEDENT HERE, TOO,* HE SAID. +THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION HAS DEVELOPED EXTENSIVELY ABOVE ITS STATIONS. BUT IT PAID FULL PREMIA IN ORDER TO DO SO.*

MR. JEAFFRESON ALSO EXPLAINED THAT ONE OF THE BERTHS OF THE NEW PIER WILL BE OUT OF OPERATION UNTIL 1981 TO FACILITATE THE INTERCONNECTION OF CABLES BETWEEN THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. AND HONG KONG ELECTRIC CO WHICH WILL ENABLE BOTH COMPANIES TO ACHIEVE SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS IN COSTS AND IN TURN WILL BENEFIT THE CONSUMERS IN TERMS OF THE PRICE THEY PAY FOR ELECTRICITY.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1979

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FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN CENTRAL DISTRICT AND EASTERN TIP OF HK ISLAND *****

A NEW FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN TAIKOO SHING AND CENTRAL DISTRICT IS EXPECTED TO START OPERATING SOME TIME NEXT YEAR AND THIS WOULD NOT PREJUDICE THE CONSIDERATION FOR INTRODUCING A FERRY SERVICE FROM CHAI WAN.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF OPERATING A FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN CHAI WAN AND CENTRAL DISTRICT WAS BEING EXPLORED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON WATERBORNE TRANSPORT.

HE SAID THAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND CHAI WAN KAIFONG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION LAST MONTH WENT TO LOOK AT POSSIBLE SITES IN THE AREA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FERRY PIER.

HE REITERATED THAT SUCH A PLAN WAS STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO NOTED THAT THE EXISTING SAI WAN HO FERRY PIER, WHICH WAS BUILT FOR TWO FERRY SERVICES IN 1973, WAS NOW BEING UTILISED BY FOUR FERRY ROUTES.

+IN ORDER TO RELIEVE CONGESTION AT THE PIER, THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE SITE FOR A SECOND FERRY TERMINAL IN THE AREA,* HE SAID.

A SUITABLE SITE AT TAIKOO SHING HAS NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR DEVELOPMENT AS A PASSENGER FERRY TERMINAL BY PROVIDING A PONTOON AGAINST THE EXISTING SEAWALL. THIS TERMINAL WILL BE CAPABLE OF RECEIVING LARGER VESSELS THAN THE EXISTING PIER AT SAI WAN HO. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FERRY SERVICES FROM THE NEW PIER AT TAIKOO SHING WOULD BEGIN TO OPERATE IN THE COMING YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TAIKOO SHING HAD A LOT OF COMMUTERS GOING TO CENTRAL DISTRICT. THE ESTATE WAS CLOSE TO THE WATERFRONT AND COASTAL FERRY SERVICES WERE WELL ESTABLISHED IN THE AREA.

*FOR THESE REASONS, IT IS FELT THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF A FERRY SERVICE WILL BE ATTRACTIVE,* HE SAID.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1979

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HK DELEGATION BACK FROM WATER TALKS IN GUANGZHOU *****

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION IS

----------------------------- -- BACK AFTER TALKS IN GUANGZHOU ^™,™E WATER CONSERVANCY AND ELECTRIC POWER BUREAU OF GUANGDONG ON FUTURE WATER SUPPLIES TO HONG KONG.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD DELEGATION, DESCRIBED THE DISCUSSIONS AS +VERY

SATISFACTORY*

WHO LED THE

FEBRUARYENEXTTYEARAT A SUPPLEMENTARY AGREEMENT WILL BE SIGNED IN

MR. MCDONALD SAID THAT UNDER THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT HONG KONG WOULD BE ASSURED OF ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLIES FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

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SPECIAL STAMPS ON HONG KONG PARKS AND BUILDINGS ******

THE POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE THREE SETS OF SPECIAL STAMPS IN 1980.

THE SPECIAL STAMPS TOGETHER WITH FIRST-DAY COVERS WILL FEATURE RURAL ARCHITECTURE, HONG KONG PARKS, AND PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE RURAL ARCHITECTURE ISSUE WILL COMPRISE THREE STAMPS WITH DENOMINATIONS OF 20 CENTS, $1.30 AND $2, WHILE THE HONG KONG PARKS AND PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUES WILL EACH HAVE FOUR STAMPS WITH AN ADDITIONAL DENOMINATION OF $1.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID FURTHER DETAILS, INCLUDING THE DATES OF ISSUE OF THESE STAMPS, WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

THIS YEAR, THREE SETS OF SPECIAL STAMPS AND FIRST-DAY COVERS ON HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, LOCAL BUTTERFLIES AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WERE ISSUED IN JANUARY, JUNE AND OCTOBER RESPECTIVELY.

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DISPATCH OF RATING NOTICES * * * * *

THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT IS IN THE COURSE OF DISPATCHING NOTICES OF RATEABLE VALUE (FORMS R4) TO RATEPAYERS OF RATEABLE PREMISES ON CHEUNG CHAU, PENG CHAU, LANTAU, MA WAN AND LAMMA ISLANDS, AND IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE MAINLAND NEW TERRITORIES WHICH WERE SPECIFIED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL FOR RATING PURPOSES IN JUNE THIS YEAR.

PREMISES IN THESE AREAS WILL BECOME LIABLE FOR RATES WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1980.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID* +THE PURPOSE OF SENDING THE NOTICES OF RATEABLE VALUE IS TO INFORM RATEPAYERS OF THE RATING ASSESSMENTS OF THEIR PROPERTIES.

♦LEAFLETS EXPLAINING GENERALLY ABOUT RATES, LIABILITY FOR PAYMENT, EXEMPTIONS, ETC. WILL BE SENT WITH THE NOTICES. RECIPIENTS ARE ADVISED TO STUDY THE LEAFLETS CAREFULLY, PARTICULARLY IF THEY HAVE NOT PAID RATES BEFORE,* HE SAID.

RATEPAYERS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO PAY ATTENTION TO PROCEDURES, REGARDING THE MAKING OF PROPOSALS FOR THE ALTERATION OF RATEABLE VALUES, WHICH ARE PRINTED ON THE BACK OF THE NOTICES.

ANYONE WHO IS IN DOUBT REGARDING THE RATEABLE VALUE ASSESSED FOR HIS PROPERTY OR OTHER ASSOCIATED RATING MATTERS MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE NEW TERRITORIES DIVISION OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT 24-34 HENNESSY ROAD, SEVENTH FLOOR, TAI SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, TELEPHONE 5-284037.

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CAPACITY OF TUEN MUN WATER TREATMENT PLANT TO BE DOUBLED

X -X X X X X ?

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS TO DOUBLE THE CAPACITY OF THE TUEN MUN TREATMENT WORKS TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR WATER GENERATED FROM NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

WORK ON THE EXTENSIONS TO THE PLANT WILL TAKE ABOUT 33 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND

A CONTRACT FOR THE WORK COSTING MORE THAN $18 MILLION WAS SIGNED THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING BETWEEN THE CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION), MR. LEE GUN-CHEUNG, OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND REPRESENTATIVES OF KUMAGAI GUMI (HONG KONG) LTD., AT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IN LEIGHTON CENTRE.

. „IUE«W0RK» COMPRISING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CHEMICAL HOUSE, A 4 OOO-CUBIC METRE CLEAR WATER TANK, TWO RAPID GRAVITY FILTERS TWO CLARIFIERS AND A WASH WATER RECOVERY TANK, WILL BE CARRIED ’ OUT IN TWO STAGES. THE FIRST STAGE IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1981 AND THE SECOND STAGE BY OCTOBER 1982.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE WHOLE PROJECT, THE CAPACITY OF THE TUEN MUN TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE RAISED TO 182 000 CUBIC METRES A DAY.

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AWARD FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATE ******

A FORMER GRADUATE OF THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE INSTITUTION OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS (IEE) PRIZE FOR 1979.

HE IS MR CHOR YEE-LOK, WHO IS NOW PURSUING AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE AT THE PLYMOUTH POLYTECHNIC.

MR CHOR WAS A GRADUATE OF THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE’S TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA COURSE IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING IN 1975.

THE IEE PRIZE, WHICH CONSISTS OF A CERTIFICATE AND A CHEQUE FOR 50 POUNDS, IS AWARDED ANNUALLY TO OUTSTANDING STUDENTS PURSUING APPROVED UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING AT SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

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NO MAIL DELIVERY ON NEW YEAR DAY

*****

THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY ON NEW YEAR DAY.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAIDt +NORMAL DELIVERIES WILL RESUME ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 2).+

ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON JANUARY 1.

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RE-OPENING OF TAK SHING STREET * * * *

BECT ON 0F TAK SHIN6 STREET IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM ITS R0AD T0 ITS UNCTION WITH TAK HING STREET WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 31)

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER ................ 1

BILL TO PROTECT MARINE FISH CULTURE FARMERS GAZETTED ...................................... J

HK NO STRANGER TO PROBLEMS SAYS SNT ................... A

PRELIMINARY 1980 EXPORT QUOTAS ISSUED ................. 5

AMENDMENTS TO HK IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST ................................... 6

MORE CARGO HANDLING FACILITIES IN TSUEN 'JAN........... 6

ART TEACHERS LEARN ABOUT WOODBLOCK PRINTING ........... 7

TUEN MUN VARIETY SHOW TO SUPPORT FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN ................................... 7

PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS ................ 8

SPECIAL TRAIN TO PENFOLD GARDEN ON SUNDAY ............. 9

FIRING PRACTICE

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER ******

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS FOR NOVEMBER WAS 17 339 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $5 337 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $2 002 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL EXTERNAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

WITH IMPORTS AT $8 232 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR NOVEMBER WAS >893 MILLION.

FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, TOTAL EXPORTS WERE VALUED AT $68 465 MILLION MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $50 332 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF |18 133 MILLION AND IMPORTS AT >77 540 MILLION, GIVING A TOTAL VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF •9 075 MILLION.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT HAD CONTINUED TO IMPROVE.

FIRST, TOTAL EXPORTS CONTINUED TO GROW FASTER THAN IMPORTS. FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS 42 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1978, COMPARED WITH 38 PER CENT FOR THE VALUE OF IMPORTS.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS 38 PER CENT HIGHER AND THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS 52 PER CENT HIGHER.

FOR NOVEMBER 1979, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS 42 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN NOVEMBER 1978, COMPARED WITH ONLY 28 PER CENT FOR THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS 41 PER CENT HIGHER AND THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS 45 PER CENT HIGHER.

SECONDLY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. ALTHOUGH THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AT S9 075 MILLION, WAS |1 228 MILLION LARGER THAN FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP, THAT IS THE EXTENT TO WHICH IMPORTS WERE NOT PAID FOR BY EXPORTS, WAS ON A NARROWING TREND. THE GAP NARROWED FROM 14 PER CENT IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1978 TO LESS THAN 12 PER CENT IN THE SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR. FOR NOVEMBER 1979, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT, AT $893 MILLION, WAS ACTUALLY 1347 MILLION LESS THAN IN NOVEMBER 1978.

THIRDLY, ALTHOUGH DETAILED FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE, THOSE UP TO OCTOBER, WHICH WERE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 16, INDICATED THAT THE RECENT GROWTH IN IMPORTS WAS ATTRIBUTABLE MAINLY TO RAPID INCREASES IN IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS, SEMI-MANUFACTURES AND CAPITAL GOODS, RATHER THAN OF CONSUMER GOODS. THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER WILL BE ANALYSED JUST AS SOON AS THEY ARE READY, IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS’ TIME.

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THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS INDICATED THAT THE ECONOMY APPEARED TO BE ON A SATISFACTORY COURSE, WITH DOMESTIC DEMAND SLOWING DOWN, THUS ALLOWING MORE RESOURCES TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE EXPORT SECTOR.

THE FOLLOWING ARE COMPARATIVE TRADE FIGURES!

SEPT.-NOV. SEPT.-NOV. INCREASE OR

LATEST 3 MONTHS 1979 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. ft MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 15 960 •11 385 + 4 575 + 40.2

RE-EXPORTS 5 531 3 854 ♦ 1 677 + 43.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 21 491 15 239 ♦ 6 252 ♦ 41.0

IMPORTS 24 157 17 642 ♦ 6 515 + 36.9

TRADE BALANCE - 2 666 - 2 403 - 263

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER INCREASE OR

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1979 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. ft MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 337 3 797 + 1 540 + 40.6

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (72.7%) (73.3%)

RE-EXPORTS 2 002 1 383 619 + 44.7

TOTAL EXPORTS 7 339 5 180 ♦ 2 158 + 41.7

IMPORTS 8 232 6 420 ♦ 1 812 ♦ 28.2

TRADE BALANCE - 893 - 1 240 347

NOVEMBER OCTOBER INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1979 1979 DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. ft mn. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 337 5 322 15 ♦ 0.3

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (72.7%) (74.8%)

RE-EXPORTS 2 002 1 796 + 206 ♦ 11.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 7 339 7 118 220 ♦ 3.1

IMPORTS 8 232 8 299 67 - 0.8

TRADE BALANCE - 893 - 1 181 288

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CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN.-NOV. 1979 JAN.-NOV. 1978 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 50 332 36 398 ♦13 934 ♦ 38.3

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (73.5%) (75.3%)

RE-EXPORTS 18 134 11 971 + 6 163 + 51.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 68 465 48 368 +20 097 +41.6

IMPORTS 77 540 56 215 ♦21 326 +37.9

TRADE BALANCE - 9 075 - 7 847 - 1 228

DEC. 1978 DEC. 1977

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS NOV. 1979 NOV. 1978 DECREASE

1 MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 54 637 39 974 +14 663 + 36.7

RE-EXPORTS 19 352 12 945 ♦ 6 407 ♦ 49.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 73 989 52 920 ♦21 069 +39.8

IMPORTS 84 349 61 131 +23 218 +38.0

TRADE BALANCE -10 360 - 8 211 - 2 149

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BILL TO PROTECT MARINE FISH CULTURE FARMERS GAZETTED

******

MARINE FISH CULTURE FARMERS MAY SOON HAVE THEIR INDUSTRY

LEGALLY PROTECTED IF A NEW BILL IS PASSED THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT MONTH.

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) CONTAINS DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED MARINE FISH CULTURE BILL 1980 WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 2) FOR ITS SECOND READING BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. TED NICHOLS.

THE MAIN OBJECT OF THE BILL IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION AND PROTECTION OF THE CULTURE OF MARINE FISH MAINTAINED IN CAPTIVITY IN LOCAL WATERS.

MARINE FISH CULTURE — MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS MARICULTURE — IS THE FEEDING OF FISH FRY IN IMPOUNDMENTS BY ENCLOSING PORTIONS OF THE SEA BY ARTIFICIAL BARRIERS OR IN CAGES SUSPENDED FROM RAFTS UNTIL THEY REACH MATURITY FOR SALE., AT PRESENT THERE ARE 62 MARICULTURE AREAS IN HONG KONG.

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ENACTMENT OF THE BILL WILL MEAN DESIGNATING CERTAIN ZONES WHERE MARICULTURE MAY BE ENGAGED AND IT WILL ALSO ENSURE THAT MARICULTURISTS REQUIRE A LICENCE TO TAKE PART IN THE INDUSTRY.

PROVISIONS OF THE BILL WILL MAKE IT AN OFFENCE TO DEPOSIT ANY INJURIOUS SUBSTANCE IN OR NEAR FISH CULTURE ZONES- TO INTERFERE WITH RAFTS OR IMPOUNDMENTS- AND TO UNLAWFULLY ENTER ANY VESSEL OR UNLAWFULLY KEEP ANY RAFTS IN THE DESIGNATED ZONES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE PROPOSALS PRESERVED THE APPLICATION OF THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE.

AND HE ADDED THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE ADDITIONAL STAFF AND EQUIPMENT AT A CAPITAL COST OF ABOUT S3.5 MILLION AND ANNUAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE WOULD BE ABOUT SI MILLION. ANNUAL REVENUE DERIVED FROM THE ISSUE OF LICENCES WOULD BE ABOUT $400 OOO.

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HK NO STRANGER TO PROBLEMS SAYS SNT MM

SAID ToLyE(?rIJ?J)F?SaTHEA?SVEt5eT?5sTS30M?EARSVH?DAcIrr7e2NES’

SI 2X3Hp^lli;D‘3ScE^A^A?OK“ '"T0 THE ¥EARS AHEAD-WE C0ULD

HE SAIDi +THE EIGHTIES WILL CERTAINLY PRESENT A PERIOD OF <*A2®E AND ADJUSTMENT. BUT WE IN HONG KONG ARE NO STRANGER TO PROBLEMS.

♦LOOKING BACKWARD AT ALL THE OBSTACLES THAT HAVE BEEN SURMOUNTED, WE CAN BE REASSURED THAT WE HAVE THE STRENGTH AND "th'coAfTmn?!!!1'6"" ard the flexibility to face the futwe

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THIS WHEN HE SPOKE TO LEADING LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS AND BUSINESSMEN AT A RECEPTION MARKING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHINA DYEING WORKS LIMITED. 3°TH

+WHO WOULD HAVE CARED TO GUARANTEE THAT, WHEN WE BEGAN 1N THE BAY OF TSUEN WAN IN 1958, IT WOULD HAVE GROWN TODAY TO BE A TOWN OF HALF A MILLION PE0PLE7+ MR. AKERS-JONES ASKED.

1Mni*^0 WOULD HAVE PLACED A BET ON THE ABILITY OF OUR TEXTILE Sl??.nT2,S?RV,VE ™E PRESSURES 0F 20 YEARS OF COMPETITION AND nuOInlLI+

AND YET, HE SAID, WE HAD SUCCEEDED. TSUEN WAN HAD GROWN INTO A BUSTLING, THRIVING INDUSTRIAL TOWN, AND OUR TEXTILE INDUSTRY HAD SURVIVED AND PROSPERED BEYOND ALL BELIEF. 'tXIILb INDUSTRY

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CHINA DYEING WORKS FIRST STARTED AS A SMALL FACTORY IN TSUEN WAN 30 YEARS AGO AND, THROUGH RESEARCH, EXPERIMENT, DIVERSIFICATION AND STEADY PERSEVERANCE, HAS DEVELOPED INTO ONE OF THE TOP DYEING PLANTS IN HONG KONG. MR. AKERS-JONES DESCRIBED THE COMPANY’S ACHIEVEMENTS AS ^SYMBOLIC OF THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG OVER THIS PERIOD.*

HE NOTED THAT THE COMPANY’S CHAIRMAN, MR. CHA CHI-MING, WAS ONE OF THE FIVE FOUNDERS OF THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL IN 1959.

THEREFORE, HE SAID, MANY REASONS.

THIS ANNIVERSARY WAS IMPORTANT FOR

♦FOR THE COMPANY IT MARKS 30 YEARS OF REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT- IT DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY OF OUR INDUSTRY TO ADAPT AND INNOVATE- IT EMPHASISES THE PRAGMATISM AND ENERGY OF OUR PEOPLE- AND IT REMINDS US, IN A SOCIETY WHERE WE HAVE TO CONCENTRATE SO MUCH ON MATERIAL PROBLEMS, OF THE NEED TO SHOW CARE AND CONCERN FOR THE SICK, THE HANDICAPPED AND THE ELDERLY,+ MR. AKERS-JONES SAID.

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PRELIMINARY 1980 EXPORT QUOTAS ISSUED

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR. PETER TSAO, THAT THE PRELIMINARY 1980 QUOTAS HAVE BEEN AND CANADA TO COMPANIES WHICH QUALIFIED FOR USUAL RULES.

SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) ISSUED FOR THE USA, EEC

THEM UNDER THE

_ „.’!IR‘ TSA0 CONFIRMED THAT FINAL QUOTAS WILL BE ISSUED AS SOON m ARE VERIFIED- THIS IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE NEXT MARCH OR APRIL.

FOLLOWING THE FINAL ALLOCATIONS OF QUOTAS, THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL IMPLEMENT THE USUAL FREE QUOTAS SCHEMES 70 DISPOSE OF THE UNALLOCATED BALANCE.

THIS BALANCE, MR. TSAO EXPLAINED, WILL BE CALCULATED ON THE ®*SISOF THE D,FFERERCE BETWEEN THE 1980 QUOTAS AS SET OUT IN THE HNALLALLOCATIONTS’ AND THE QU0TAS ,SSUED UP To THE TIME OF- THE

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AMENDMENTS TO HK IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST * X * X X X

THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT REMINDS IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS THAT A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF COUNTRIES/TERRITOR IES AND COMMODITIES CONTAINED IN THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST, REVISED EDITION, JANUARY 1978.

THESE AMENDMENTS WERE CONTAINED IN SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT NO. 4 OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) AND WILL COME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1980.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT NOTICE MAY BE OBTAINED ON REQUEST, FREE OF CHARGE. FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE URGED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING TRADE DECLARATION FORMS ARE AWARE OF THESE AMENDMENTS TO PREVENT DELAYS AND INCONVENIENCE TO THEMSELVES.

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MORE CARGO HANDLING FACILITIES IN TSUEN WAN X X X X X X

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO PROVIDE MORE CARGO-HANDLING FACILITIES IN THE RAMBLER CHANNEL TYPHOON SHELTER IN TSUEN WAN.

THE WORK, TENDERS FOR WHICH WERE INVITED TODAY, FORMS THE SECOND STAGE OF THE PROJECT TO TRANSFORM THE ENTIRE EASTERN SHORELINE OF THE TYPHOON SHELTER INTO A CARGO HANDLING AREA.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WORK ON STAGE ONE OF THE PROJECT, WHICH WAS COMPLETED RECENTLY, INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 530-METRE SEAWALL AND THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 1.5 HECTARES OF LAND BEHIND IT.

HE ADDED THAT WORK ON THE SECOND STAGE WOULD INVOLVE THE EXTENSION OF THIS SEAWALL BY 380 METRES, BRINGING THE TOTAL LENGTH OF THE SEAWALL TO 910 METRES.

THE AREA BEHIND THE EXTENSION OF THE SEAWALL WOULD ALSO BE RECLAIMED.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START IN TAKE ABOUT 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE PORT WORKS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE ON BEHALF OF THE PWD’S TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

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ART TEACHERS LEARN ABOUT WOODBLOCK PRINTING *****

ART TEACHERS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS TODAY (FRIDAY) ATTENDED A DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP ON WOODBLOCK PRINTING AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE.

THE WORKSHOP AIMS TO INTRODUCE THE BASIC TECHNIQUES OF WOODBLOCK PRINTING TO TEACHERS WHO ARE LESS FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS.

DEMONSTRATION OF THE PRINTING PROCESS WAS CONDUCTED BY W. MA KWAI-MIN, AN ART TEACHER OF MING YIN COLLEGE.

TWO WORKSHOP SESSIONS WERE HELD TODAY WHILE A THIRD WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, 4TH FLOOR, NORTH POINT.

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TUEN MUN VARIETY SHOW TO SUPPORT FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

*****

MORE THAN 1 000 TUEN MUN CHILDREN AT TAI HING ESTATE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) CAMPAIGN IN THE NEW TOWN.

WILL ATTEND A VARIETY SHOW AS PART OF A FIRE PREVENTION

be STAG£D by the government INFORMATION

xnviLQO rcuDlLt IncAIKc.

E!*™.E !9LK S0NGS AND PERFORMANCES BY MAGICIANS AND ACROBATS AS WELL AS A DEMONSTRATION OF FIRE FIGHTING AND A FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION.

THE TUEN MUN FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN IS BEING ORGANISED

BU,LI""G CO-ORD INATINS COMMITTEE

IT OF FIRE

IS BEING HELD TO MAKE PEOPLE MORE AWARE OF THE DANGER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE TUEN MUN FIRE PREVENTION VARIETY SHOW AT TAI HING ESTATE AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS ft ft ft ft ft ft

ANOTHER 15 PROBATIONARY INSPECTORS AND 50 OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

MR. ROY HATTON, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AT THE PARADE TO BE HELD AT THE SERVICE’S TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THIS IS THE FIFTH PASSING-OUT PARADE HELD THIS YEAR. THE PREVIOUS PARADE WAS HELD IN AUGUST WHEN 12 CUSTOMS INSPECTORS COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING.

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING COURSES ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE RECRUITS A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW IN RELATION TO SMUGGLING, NARCOTICS AND REVENUE PROTECTION, AND INCLUDE TRAINING IN JUDO, THE USE OF FIRE-ARMS AND METHODS OF SEARCHING ON LAND AND SEA AND AT THE AIRPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS I

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 15 INSPECTORS AND 50 OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG AT 11.15 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

A GOVERNMENT COACH AM 5606 WILL BE AVAILABLE AT HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BETWEEN 9.15 AND 9.30 AM TOMORROW TO TAKE GUESTS AND PRESS REPRESENTATIVES TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL AND LATER RETURN THE PARTY TO KOWLOON.

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SPECIAL TRAIN TO PENFOLD GARDEN ON SUNDAY * * * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE A SPECIAL TRAIN TO > PENFOLD GARDEN AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 30).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.25 AM AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.30 AM TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.37 AM AND ARRIVE AT RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.51 AM.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 12.20 PM. IN ADDITION, TWO ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAINS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.08 PM AND 3.19 PM.

ALL TRAINS LEAVING RACE COURSE STATION WILL STOP TO PICK UP AND SET DOWN PASSENGERS AT SHA TIN AND MONG KOK STATIONS.

ONLY ORDINARY CLASS RETURN TICKETS VALID FOR THE DATE OF ISSUE WILL BE SOLD AT THE KOWLOON AND MONG KOK STATIONS. TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAIN.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE >4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2.

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FIRING PRACTICE *****

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON EIGHT DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTISING TIMES AREs

DATE

JANUARY 2 (WEDNESDAY)

JANUARY 3 (THURSDAY)

JANUARY 4 (FRIDAY)

JANUARY 7 (MONDAY)

JANUARY 8 (TUESDAY)

JANUARY 9 (WEDNESDAY)

JANUARY 10 (THURSDAY)

JANUARY 11 (FR IDAY)

TIME

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 4 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 4 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG TEL: 5-233191

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

318 FILLION SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN CHAI WAN .................................... 1

SAFETY HINTS FOR WORKERS IN CONFINED SPACES ................. 2

RETIRING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TAKES SALUTE ................................. 2

TERRITORY-WIDE Y3AR-E1W CLEAN-UP ............................ 3

SPECIAL LATE NIGHT TRANSPORT ................................ 4

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT .................. 4

SECTIONS OF EASTERN STREET TO BE CLOSED...................... 5

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$18 MILLION SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN CHAI WAN ******

RESIDENTS AT THE EASTERN END OF HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE ABLE TO SPEND THE HOT SUMMER DAYS NEXT YEAR IN A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN CHAI WAN.

STRUCTURAL WORK ON THE $18 MILLION CHAI WAN SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, BEING BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

♦CONTRACTORS ARE NOW PUTTING FINISHING WORKS TO THE PROJECT WHICH IS FINANCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE COMPLEX, HE SAID, SHOULD BE READY BY THE NEXT SWIMMING SEASON, THUS PROVIDING ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN CHAI WAN, SHAU KEI WAN AND QUARRY BAY AREAS.

THE SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, BEING BUILT ON A 2.8-HECTARE SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF CHAI WAN ROAD AND SUN YIP STREET, WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 5 OOO PEOPLE AT ANY ONE TIME, HE SAID.

IT WILL HAVE EIGHT POOLS, COMPRISING A MAIN POOL, A SECONDARY POOL, THREE TEACHING POOLS, ONE DIVING POOL, ONE CHILDREN’S POOL AND ONE PADDLING POOL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS, TOILETS, A LIGHT REFRESHMENT CAFE AS WELL AS SPECIAL CHANGING FACILITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A COVERED SPECTATOR STAND AND PARKING SPACES FOR 40 CARS.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A NEW ROAD HAD BEEN BUILT TO PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS FROM CHAI WAN ROAD TO THE SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

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SAFETY HINTS FOR WORKERS IN CONFINED SPACES * * * *

WORKERS ARE URGED TO TAKE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN WORKING IN CONFINED SPACES.

AS PART OF THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR THE CURRENT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS DISTRIBUTING A NEW POSTER CARRYING THE MESSAGE +USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN CONFINED SPACES* TO MANAGEMENTS OF SOME 1 300 FACTORIES AND COMPANIES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THESE FACTORIES AND COMPANIES COVER A VARIETY OF TRADES ALL OF WHICH REQUIRE WORKERS TO WORK IN CONFINED SPACES. THEY INCLUDE SHIPYARDS, CONSTRUCTION FIRMS, BLEACHING AND DYEING PLANTS, PETROLEUM AND GAS COMPANIES, FLOUR MILLS, PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CEMENT FACTORIES.

+IT IS THE EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR STAFF AND TO ENSURE THAT THEY USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT AS REQUIRED BY THE LABOUR LAW,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN OFFICE SAID.

HE ALSO REMINDED WORKERS THAT, FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, THEY SHOULD TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AND USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT WHEN WORKING IN CONFINED SPACES.

+THE POSTERS HAVE ALSO BEEN PUT UP AT GOVERNMENT POSTER SITES IN ALL DISTRICTS, ESPECIALLY IN FACTORY AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EMPLOYERS WHO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE POSTER OR FURTHER INFORMATION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAN CONTACT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON 3-688111 EXTENSIONS 347 OR 331.

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RETIRING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TAKES SALUTE ******

FOR THE LAST TIME, AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS WITH HONG KONG’S CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER, MR. ROY HATTON TOOK THE SALUTE AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE TODAY (DECEMBER 29).

MR. HATTON GOES ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE NEXT MONTH.

ADDRESSING INSPECTORS AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG, MR. HATTON SAID THAT DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE SERVICE IT HAD GROWN FROM 300 OFFICERS IN 1953 TO OVER 1 500 AT PRESENT.

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♦THE SERVICE NOWADAYS IS CHARGED WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF RESPONSIBILITIES APART FROM ITS TRADITIONAL ROLE OF COLLECTING AND PROTECTING REVENUE FROM DUTIABLE COMMODITIES,* HE SAID.

♦THEY INCLUDE THE PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION OF ILLICIT TRAFFICKING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS, THE PROTECTION OF COPYRIGHT, AND MAINTAINING IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTROLS OVER PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED ARTICLES.

♦DESPITc. THE PRESSURE, HOWEVER, THE SERVICE HAS ACHIEVED CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS IN THESE FIELDS, PARTICULARLY IN ANTINARCOTICS WORK AND THE PROTECTION OF COPYRIGHT, AND OUR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN RECOGNISED BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

♦OUR TRADITIONAL ROLE IN REVENUE PROTECTION HAS BY NO MEANS DIMINISHED EITHER- THE NET REVENUE COLLECTED LAST YEAR REPRESENTS MORE THAN 10 PER CENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RECURRENT EXPEND I TURE,♦ SAID MR. HATTON.

HE TOLD THE OFFICERS THAT THEIR TRAINING DID NOT FINISH WITH THEIR TRANSFER TO THE OPERATIONAL FIELD, AS THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO LEARN THROUGH ON-THE-JOB EXPERIENCE.

♦YOU SHOULD DEAL WITH YOUR ASSIGNMENTS TACTFULLY AND TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. MAINTAIN THE GOOD REPUTATION OF OUR SERVICE BY REJECTING ANY APPROACHES FROM THE UNDESIRABLE AND THE DISHONEST, OR EVEN THOSE WHO ARE JUST LOOKING FOR A CHANCE OPPORTUNITY,♦ HE SAID.

♦AS A MEMBER OF THE SERVICE, YOUR ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR WILL REFLECT THE IMAGE OF THE SERVICE AND THEREFORE YOU SHOULD, IN THE COURSE OF YOUR DAY-TO-DAY CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC, DEAL WITH THEM POLITELY AND PATIENTLY, FAIRLY AND HELPFULLY,♦ CONCLUDED MR. HATTON.

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TERRITORY-WIDE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP

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SIX-WEEK LONG YEAR-END CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL START NEXT ItJURSDAV (JANUARY 3) TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCARD UNWANTED ARTICLES BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

Itl W!LL BE undERTAKEN BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT

N THF°nfwTt?!!r^JJiccL CITY DISTR,CT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES in inc NtW itKKITORIcS.

SPECIAL TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE SET UP IN THROUGHOUT HONG KONG CORRESPONDING TO THE LOCAL tKATIUNAL DATES.

Mf^BSRS 0F THE PUBLIC WILL BE INFORMED OF THE CLEAN-UP DATES AND LOCATIONS OF THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WITHIN THEIR AREAS THROUGH MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS.

■>ISC*RTDEUHjAHTgSAER"TT?L?sAI<EE*^^ ““ ™E 0PP0RrUNIT'' *«■>

THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OPERATION IS PART OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

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SPECIAL LATE NIGHT TRANSPORT ******

SPECIAL LATE NIGHT BUSES AND ADDITIONAL PASSENGER TRAINS WILL BE RUNNING DURING THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY.

ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, THERE WILL BE SIX BUS ROUTES ON EACH SIDE OF THE HARBOUR, TOGETHER WITH CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE NO. 102, RUNNING AN HOUR LATER THAN NORMAL.

THESE ROUTES ARE NOS. 1A, 2, 5, 6, 6A AND 9 IN KOWLOON AND NOS. 2, 4, 5, 8, 23 AND 72 ON THE ISLAND.

ALL-NIGHT ROUTE NOS. 121 AND 122 WILL BE SUPPLEMENTED WITH ADDITIONAL JOURNEYS.

ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, THERE WILL BE FOUR ADDITIONAL PASSENGER TRAINS RUNNING BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND LOWU STATIONS. THE TWO ADDITIONAL UP TRAINS WILL LEAVE AT 11.32 AM AND 2.41 PM WHILE THE TWO SPECIAL DOWN TRAINS WILL DEPART LOWU AT 1.27 PM AND 4.52 PM.

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HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT ******

«... MAR,NE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI

cehtre ‘hE"S ^TaJ.CW*""CAT,o!!s

oh a® % uhit will be open from 7-m *

ALL OTHER OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED ON NEW YEAR I •

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SECTIONS OF EASTERN STREET TO BE CLOSED

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FIVE SECTIONS OF EASTERN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR VARIOUS PERIODS FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 2) TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SALT WATER MAIN.

THE FIVE SECTIONS OF EASTERN STREET AND THE PERIODS OF CLOSURE, IN BRACKETS, AREi

* BETWEEN FIRST STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST (ABOUT FOUR WEEKS)-

* BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 6 AND ITS JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD WEST (ABOUT THREE WEEKS)-

* BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 6 AND ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD WEST (ABOUT THREE WEEKS). THOSE VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES IN THIS SECTION OF THE STREET WILL BE ALLOWED-

* BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 1A AND ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST (ABOUT SIX WEEKS)-

* BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 1A AND ITS JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD WEST (ABOUT SIX WEEKS). THOSE VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES IN THIS SECTION OF THE STREET WILL BE ALLOWED.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SUNDAY, DECEMBER JO, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

KAI TAK AIRPORT BEING EXTENDED AND MODERNISED................ 1

NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST ....................................... 2

TSUEN JAN TOWN HALL BOOKINGS BEGIN .......................... 2

AMS ENTERING JOTH YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.................. 4

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI ........................ J

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1979

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KAI TAK AIRPORT BEING EXTENDED AND MODERNISED ******

KAI TAK, HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, IS BEING EXTENDED AND MODERNISED UNDER ITS LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

EARLY NEXT MONTH, THE NEW EXTENSIONS TO THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LEVELS WILL BE OPENED, MAKING THE GREETING AREA AND THE DEPARTURES HALL MORE SPACIOUS.

AT THE SAME TIME, NEW PASSENGER FACILITIES WILL PROGRESSIVELY BE BROUGHT INTO USE. THESE INCLUDE A DEPARTURE CHECK-IN ISLAND COMPRISING 36 COUNTERS FOR AIRLINES, A GROUP BAGGAGE CONVEYING SYSTEM AND AN INCLINED +RACE-TRACK+ BAGGAGE RECLAIM UNIT.

♦ALL THESE NEW FACILITIES ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE TRAFFIC GROWTH AND DEMAND FOR ADEQUATE SERVICES IN THE YEARS AHEAD,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT SAID.

♦AN ANNUAL GROWTH OF ABOUT 10 TO 12 PER CENT IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS AND IT IS ESSENTIAL TO MAKE AVAILABLE NEW FACILITIES AT THE AIRPORT TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE EXISTING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WILL CONTINUE FOR ABOUT TWO MORE YEARS AND IN EARLY 1982, KAI TAK AIRPORT WILL HAVE TAKEN A NEW LOOK AND BE READY TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGES OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE DECADE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE NEW CHECK-IN ISLAND IS SIMILAR TO THOSE IN THE EXTENDED PASSENGER TERMINAL. EACH OF THE 36 COUNTERS HAS BEEN EQUIPPED WITH A CONVEYORISED WEIGH SCALE WHERE BAGGAGE, AFTER BEING CHECKED AND WEIGHED, WILL BE FED TO A LATERAL CONVEYOR.

THIS CONVEYOR BELT IS LINKED TO A SEMI-AUTOMATIC BAGGAGE SYSTEM AT THE TERMINAL BASEMENT WHERE BAGGAGE WILL BE SORTED BY A COMPUTER AND CHANNELLED TO DESIGNATED POSITIONS FOR LOADING ONTO AIRCRAFT.

THE GROUP BAGGAGE SYSTEM WILL DELIVER THE BAGGAGE OF DEPARTING GROUP TRAVELLERS VIA A VERTICAL CONVEYOR BELT TO A COLLECTION POINT FOR LOADING ONTO AIRCRAFT. IT WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE ABOUT 1 000 BAGS PER HOUR.

THE NEW BAGGAGE RECLAIM UNIT, THE THIRD OF ITS TYPE TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IN THE BAGGAGE RECLAIM HALL, WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE PASSENGER BAGGAGE OF A JUMBO JET WITHIN 15 MINUTES.

BAGGAGE OF ARRIVING PASSENGERS WILL BE FED BY TWO INDUCTION BELTS ONTO THE INCLINED +RACE-TRACK+ CONVEYOR AT A RATE OF ABOUT 70 BAGS PER MINUTE.

JAM DETECTION DEVICES ARE PROVIDED AND IF A BAG IS BLOCKED AT ANY POINT, AN INDICATOR SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE JAM WILL ENSURE RAPID ATTENTION.

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AFTER THE OPENING OF THE EXTENDED GREETING AREA AND DEPARTURES HALL, SOME PORTIONS OF THE OLDER TERMINAL BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT.

THESE WILL INCLUDE THE OLD CHECK-IN COUNTERS AT HALL AND THE EXISTING BANK PREMISES, POLICE POST AND AT THE ARRIVALS LEVEL.

THE DEPARTURES PRESS ROOM

THE DEPARTURES

THE BANK HAS BEEN RE-LOCATED TO NEW PREMISES

HALL AND THE POLICE AND PRESS TO ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION AT THE EXTENDED GREETING AREA WHERE A NEW INFORMATION COUNTER MANNED BY CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT STAFF IS ALSO LOCATED.

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NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST * * * *

COPIES OF A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG NEW YEAR HONOURS, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE ARMED AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G I S PRESS BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

(SUNDAY) DAILY KONG RECIPIENTS OF SERVICES, ARE NOW ROOM, SIXTH FLOOR,

™U„„£UBLJCATION'OF THE LIST ,s PERMITTED IN HONG KONG NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (MONDAY) MORNING BUT NO NEWS AGENCY OR OVERSEAS RADIO MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION THE NEWS ^YBE BROADCAST FROM 7 AM TOMORROW OVER L6CAL RADIO AND TELEVISION bl AT I UNS.

ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY OF CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEWS OR FOR CAREERS OR BE APPROACHED IN ANY BEFORE THESE HAVE BEEN PUBLICLY

THE RECIPIENTS OF HONOURS BE INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THEIR WAY IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR AWARDS ANNOUNCED.

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TOWN HALL BOOKINGS BEGIN *****

APPLICATIONS FOR THE BOOKING OF THE VARIOUS FACILITIES WITHIN THE NEW TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW.

IN ORDER TO ALLOW TIME FOR PROCESSING AND THE ALLOCATION OF DATES, APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE AUDITORIUM, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL AND EXHIBITION GALLERY SHOULD PREFERABLY BE SUBMITTED SEVEN MONTHS IN ADVANCE.

THE BOOKING PERIOD FOR THE LECTURE ROOM AND CONFERENCE ROOM IS NORMALLY THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE ON WHICH THE VENUE IS REQUIRED.

WHERE THERE IS MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION FOR THE SAME DATE, THE ALLOCATION WILL BE DECIDED BY THE TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WHO WILL ENDEAVOUR TO GIVE PRIORITY TO FUNCTIONS WHICH HAVE HIGH INTRINSIC MERIT AS WELL AS WIDE PUBLIC APPEAL.

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THE MAIN AUDITORIUM, WHICH SEATS 1 500, IS SUITABLE FOR ALL TYPES OF LIVE PERFORMANCES.

THE STAGE CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 100 MUSICIANS AND 60 SINGERS. IN ADDITION, THERE IS AN ORCHESTRA PIT WITH ROOM FOR 50 PLAYERS.

THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING HAS AN AREA OF OVER 372 SQUARE METRES AND CAN BE USED FOR CONFERENCES, EXHIBITIONS, MUSIC RECITALS AND COCKTAIL PARTIES.

THE EXHIBITION GALLERY IS ONLY SLIGHTLY SMALLER IN AREA AND IS EQUIPPED WITH ALL THE NECESSARY LIGHT FITTINGS AND SCREENS FOR STAGING DISPLAYS.

THE LECTURE ROOM HAS A SEATING CAPACITY OF 60 AND THE CONFERENCE ROOM 40. IN ADDITION TO LECTURES AND MEETINGS, BOTH ROOMS CAN BE USED FOR REHEARSALS.

ALL THE VENUES ARE AIR-CONDITIONED AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED SOUND AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS, SLIDE AND FILM PROJECTORS AND CERTAIN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) HIRERS MAY FIND SEVERAL ADVANTAGES IN MAKING USE CF THE FACILITIES AT THE NEW CULTURAL COMPLEX.

WITH THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICES IN TSUEN WAN, THE TOWN HALL IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE TODAY BY ALL MODES OF TRANSPORT.

THE TERMINUS FOR BUSES ON A TOTAL OF 15 ROUTES IS LOCATED JUST ONE BLOCK AWAY. THE PIER FOR FERRY SERVICES FROM CENTRAL IS ALSO NEARBY AND IS ITSELF SERVICED BY ANOTHER TWO BUS ROUTES WHICH PASS THE TOWN HALL.

ACCESSIBILITY WILL BE MADE EVEN EASIER WITH THE EVENTUAL OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

PRESSURE ON BOOKINGS AT THE TOWN HALL WILL BE LESS HEAVY AT THE BEGINNING THAN IS THE CASE AT PRESENT WITH OTHER SIMILAR VENUES ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG AND HIRERS MAY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SECURING THE DATES REQUESTED.

THE SCALE OF FEES IS 20 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE NEW HIRE CHARGES FOR THE CITY HALL ANNOUNCED RECENTLY.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO JUST APPROVED A SCHEME WHEREBY CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC ORGANISATIONS MAY APPLY FOR A REDUCTION IN CHARGES.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO OBTAIN FURTHER DETAILS OF THE HIRE CHARGES AND THE FACILITIES INVOLVED MAY CONTACT THE MANAGER, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, WHOSE TEMPORARY OFFICE IS AT THE TSUEN WAN PUBLIC LIBRARY, WING HONG HOUSE, GROUND FLOOR, FUK LAI ESTATE, TSUEN WAN. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 12-436211.

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AMS ENTERING 30TH YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE * * * * *

THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE IS ENTERING ITS 30TH YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE IN THE NEW YEAR.

THE AMS, FORMED IN 1950, IS ALWAYS READY TO BACK UP REGULAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HANDLING ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION, AND IN PROVIDING MEDICAL AND NURSING SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE AMS MEDICAL DEFENCE STAFF OFFICER, MR. K.C. TONG, SAID AMS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT TO PROVIDE FIRST AID AND MEDICAL SERVICE IN FIRES, FLOODS, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, LANDSLIDES AND HOUSE COLLAPSES.

THEY HAVE ALSO SPENT THOUSANDS OF HOURS IN CARING FOR THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

APART FROM EMERGENCY DUTIES, MR. TONG SAID, AMS MEMBERS ALSO PROVIDED SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY ON A REGULAR BASIS, USUALLY ON WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THESE SERVICES INCLUDE NURSING THE SICK IN HOSPITALS, MANNING AMBULANCE DEPOTS AND SICK BAYS, ACTING AS LIFEGUARDS AT PUBLIC BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS, ADMINISTERING METHADONE AT DETOXIFICATION CENTRES, AS WELL AS PROVIDING FIRST AID SERVICE AT MAJOR PUBLIC FUNCTIONS.

PERMANENT STAFF AT THE AMS HEADQUARTERS ALSO CONDUCT FIRST AID TRAINING COURSES FOR CIVIL SERVANTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

MR. TONG POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE NOW ALMOST 6 000 AMS MEMBERS. THEY COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND ABOUT ONE SIXTH OF THEM ARE DOCTORS, NURSES, DISPENSERS, RADIOGRAPHERS AND PARAMEDICAL PERSONNEL WHILE THE REST ARE LAYMEN TRAINED IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH FIELD.

THESE LAYMEN ARE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO 40 HOURS OF BASIC FIRST AID TRAINING BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED AS A FULL MEMBER. PRIOR TO BEING CALLED OUT FOR DUTY THEY WILL HAVE TO RECEIVE OTHER TYPES OF TRAINING.

AMS MEMBERS ALSO CONTINUOUSLY RECEIVE OTHER APPROPRIATE TRAINING ON CASUALTY EVACUATION, LIFE-SAVING AND AMBULANCE DRIVING.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI KOK TSUI FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON TONG MEI ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT ONTO ANCHOR STREET.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON MONG KOK ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT ONTO TONG MEI ROAD.

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON FUK TSUN STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT ONTO TONG MEI ROAD.

A SECTION OF FIR STREET BETWEEN LARCH STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTH-WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY NORTH-EASTBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SUPPLEMENT

Sunday, December 30, 1979

EMBARGOED N&flS ITEMS:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, The following announcement on the

NEVS AGENCIES, Ai-D BROADCAST- New Year Honours List is being made ING STATIONS: simultaneously in London at 2359 hours

GiiT on Sunday, December 30.

Publication is permitted in Hong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Monday), December 31? but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

The news may be broadcast from 7.00 am onwards over the local radio and television stations on Monday.

On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached .in., any way in connection.with their awards before these- have been publicly announced.

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

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NEW TEAK HONCUaS LIST 1980 KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) The Honourable Charles Philip HADDON-CAVE, ChG, JP

Mr. Haddon-Cave has a long and distinguished career in the public service. He joined the public service in East Africa in 19J2 where he reached the rank of Under-Secretary to the Treasury in Kenya in 1959. following a year as Treasurer and Secretary for Finance in Seychelles he returned to Kenya to become Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. He was transferred to Hong Kong in 1962. He then served as Assistant Director and Deputy Director of the Commerce and Industry Department, until he moved to the Government Secretariat as Deputy Economic Secretary in 1967.

He was subsequently appointed Deputy financial Secretary in 1968 and Financial Secretary in July 1971*

The prosperity of Hong Kong and the ability of its Government to promote its policies of social improvements, depend upon sound fiscal and economic policies and direction. In this, the role of the Financial Secretary is crucial and Mr. Haddon-Cave has steered Hong Kong’s economy with skill and sagacity for eight years, which included a period of severe recession.

He enjoys a high reputation not only in Hong Kong but in international financial circles, where much of the credit for Hong Kong’s continuing economic success in recent years is rightly attributed to him.

CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire) Dr. the Honourable Harry FAh'G Sin-yang, OBE, JP Dr. Fang is a practitioner in orthopaedic surgery, an honorary lecturer in surgery at Hong Kong-University and the holder of several senior appointments in surgery and medical administration in Hong Kong.

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Despite a full professional life, he has an impressive record ..of.-public and voluntary service. He is Chairman of the Medical.. Development .Advisory Committee, a member of the Social Welfare Advisory Committee, and has served on the Medical Council and the Medical Advisory Board. His extensive voluntary service includes past presidency of the Hong Kong Medical Association and the British Medical Association Hong Kong Branch, and he is presently Chairman of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, President of the Federation of Medical Societies in Hong Kong, and on the international stage, Vice President of Rehabilitation International. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 197^+ and to Executive Council in 1978 and continues to serve ably on both.

CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire} Mr. Richard HUGHES

Mr. ^ichard Hughes, the ’doyen’ of the journalist corps in Hong Kong, has been, for many years, the Far East correspondent of the.-Times and Sunday Times and a contributor to the Economist and other-publications. A journalist and foreign correspondent with a most distinguished career spanning almost 50 years, he has served in Shanghai, Moscow, Tokyo and Hong Kong. His knowledge of Hong Kong, its history and its life today is extensive. He is the author of ’’Hong Kong : Borrowed Place Borrowed Time” in which he presents a lucid survey of its past, its economic and social life and its prospects for the future. First published in 1968, it has been revised and reissued and continues to give pleasure and to command respect.

Mr. Richard Hughes’ style, his informal approach and his remarkable ability to enlighten and inform without wasting words, have done much to publicise Hong Kong accurately in the English speaking world.

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OBE (Officer Crder of the British Empire)

Mr. Peter Kenneth CAVAYE

Mr, Cavaye joined the British Council in 19&5 and has served twice in Nigeria and in Thailand and is now Representative in Hong Kong. In addition to a normal British Council programme here he has undertaken the expansion of the important English Teaching Centre to a point where for the last two years the whole Council operation in Hong Kong has become self-financing. The administrative and financial management of the Centre, which has 7 000 students and over 60 staff is itself a complex operation, but in addition he has created a number of new English courses, many of them in the public sector, as a direct agent of the Hong Kong Government, and has energetically maintained the cultural and educational programme at its previous level., .. ....

OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire) Mr. CHENG Chik-chi

Mr. Cheng is a philanthropist and a highly respected senior member of the local community. For many years he has personally involved himself in a variety of projects aimed at helping-Nev; Territories people. He privately sponsored under-privileged children from Ho Chung in Sai Kung District seeking secondary education, and he is an annual donor to the Wah Kiu Yat Pao’s children’s school fund. One of his companies, Chiap Hua Manufactory, situated at 4unk Bay, has given financial and mater-ial assistance to the nearby village of Tseung Kwun C. He donated an ambulance to the local branch of the Auxiliary Service. More recently he has given over one million dollars towards the Sai Kung Hang Hau Secondary School project.

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- 5 -OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire) Mr. Geoffrey Douglas EDEN, JP

Mr. Eden joined the Hong Kong Government in 1961 as a Treasury Accountant. He was promoted to Senior Treasury Accountant in 1966 and Principal Treasury Accountant in 1972, and served with the Kowloon Canton Railway and the Education Department as well as in the Treasury. He was appointed Director of Accounting Services in 1978, and as such is responsible for the management and supervision of the accounting operations of the Government. Mr. Eden is well-known in Hong Kong also for his contribution over the years, as both actor and producer, to the development of amateur theatre.

OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire) Dr. Edward Hamilton PATERSON, JP

Dr. Paterson has served continuously in Hong Kong since 1951 first through the London Missionary Society, and later as a worker supported by the Council for World Mission in which the Hong Kong Synod of the Church of Christ in China is fully participating.

His work was at first with the Nethersole Hospital, of which he became Medical Superintendent, and he then developed the major project at Kwun Tong to create a large hospital and health centre for that area.

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By his skills and perseverance the churches in Hong Kong were able to come together, with international and local backing, to open the United Christian Hospital at Kwun Tong. To this he added a new vision of community health care. Dr. Paterson continues to lead the work of these two major hospitals with great insight and devotion.

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OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire) —------------

Mr. John George STEAD, JP - - - ----

Since joining the Buildings Ordinance Office in 1958, as a Building Surveyor, Mr. Stean has shown himself a leader in his professional field and an officer of wide administrative ability.

During the disastrous rainstorms in 1972, he demonstrated his ability to organise an emergency operations centre and marshalled his staff and resources with calm efficiency. The subsequent Commission of Enquiry into, the effects of the rain-storms was indebted to him for his comprehensive and clear reporting which greatly aided the deliberations and findings.

In 197^ he was appointed Director of Building Development, with responsibilities including the Architectural-Office and the Buildings----~—

Ordinance Office. Mr. Stean serves on a number of important board’s and committees, including the Council of the Polytechnic, the Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Town Planning Board. The building programmes in both the public and private sectors in recent years have placed an increased burden on his Department and throughout he has shown outstanding qualities in leadership, energy and total dedication.

CBE (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Frederick iiorphet JATSCN, QFSIi, JP

Mr• -A’atson has had a long and distinguished career in the Fire Service. After eight years with British Fire Service he joined the Hong Kong Fire Service in 1955 as a Station Officer. ’He progressed through the ranks to become Deputy Director of Fire Services in 1970 and Director in 1975- Under his dedicated leadership the Service has continued to expand to cope with Hong Kong’s phenomenal building growth and has attained an enviable record in both fire fighting and fire prevention. /ISO.....................................................................

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ISC (Imperial Service Order) -— •

Mr. ^oyson Vaughan Lindsay HaTTCN

Mr. Hatton has completed nearly 29 years service for the Hong Kong Government, mostly with the Commerce and Industry (now Trade, Industry and Customs) Department. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Customs and Excise Service in 1972.

In this role he is the day-to-day operational commander of the Service. He has implemented the Hong Kong Government’s continuing policy of intensive enforcement activity against narcotics and more latterly against copyright offences which had become a problem for Hong Kong. In both fields the Service has achieved notable results. In spite of the difficulties of the period in which he has been Assistant Commissioner, the Service has achieved outstanding success and an international reputation of high standing. This is very -much as a result of Mr. Hatton’s personal qualities.

ISO (Imperial Service Order) Mr. John Dudley ROMER, MBE

Since his arrival in Hong Kong in 19^6 with the British Military Administration and his appointment in 19^+7 as Rodent Control Officer, he has served in the Urban Services Department. He has been Senior Pest Control Officer since 1971- He is Honorary Curator of Mammals, Zoological and Botanical Gardens, where his personal interest in his charges is pronounced. An authority on mammals and reptiles, he has played a leading part in the Natural History Society and in promoting a knowledge and love of wild animals in Hong Kong; his research in his particular field has brought him many contacts throughout the world. He was awarded an MBE in 1971• /ISC...................................................................

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ISO (Imperial Service Order)

Hr, Alan Harley WILKINS, JP

Mr, Wilkins was first appointed a pupil engineer in 1951 and became an Engineer in 1953* He was promoted Principal Government Engineer in 1973 and appointed Director of Mass Transit Studies the same year. As Mass Transit Adviser, he has responsibility for resumption and clearance of land for the MTR Scheme, monitoring progress of construction, advising on proposals for extending the system, and for related administrative and technical policies and programmes.

Mr. Wilkins’ exemplary service as the main co-ordinator of the Government’s input to the project is held in high regard by all concerned.

MB-S (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Howard Robert Acheson CHApSJRLAIM

Mr. Chamberlain was first appointed in 195^ and promoted to Chief Engineer in September 1968.

His knowledge and professional experience in marine engineering and port works, including land reclamation and the design, construction and maintenance of piers, sea-walls, breakwaters and other associated structures, has been of great value to the Public Works Department.

Hr. Chamberlain has made a significant contribution in the context of marine engineering work connected with the continuing development of Hong Kong. He will be retiring in 1980.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr. CHAO Shao-an

Mr. Chao came to Hong Kong in 1937 and lias worked since then as an artist and teacher of painting. Among the leading senior artists in Hong Kong, he is the most prominent living painter of the Lingnam school

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which had the greatest impact on the development of Chinese painting in South China of the early 20th century. His works have been widely exhibited in Hong Kong and in many capitals throughout the world, including Brussels, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Peking, Lisbon, Tokyo, London, Rome and Washington DC. Today he is internationally renowned for his paintings of birds, animals, flowers and landscapes. He is also tho founder of the "Lingnam Art Studio'1 which has been a training centre for many noted painters of birds, flowers and ani'ials in the Lingnam style.

(Member Order of the British. Empire)

Mr. CHIU Shing

Mr. Chiu first joined the Government service as a Coolie in the Medical and Health Department in 19^7 and was appointed Area Officer in the Resettlement Department in 1952. He was promoted through the Resettlement Officer ranks and regraded as Senior Housing Manager in 1975-

Throughout his long cars of service he has proved himself invaluable in the fields of Squatter Control and Clearance. He has planned and executed numerous large scale clearance operations, demonstrating leadership, tact of a high order and great confidence in difficult circumstances. The implementation of the Government’s development programme over the last few years without serious confrontation owes much to his efforts.

r3£ (Member Order of British Umpire)

Er. CHGW Kim-taing

After serving in tho RN Armament Depot (HM Dockyard) for 15 years, Mr. Chow was transferred to the Hong Kong Government in 1959 as a Temporary Clerk. He was promoted to Liaison Officer Class II and was instrumental in successful negotiations on land documents registration in connection with tho removal of three villages, for which he was commended.

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He was also commended for his report on urban public enquiry services which paved the way for the public enquiry service in Tsuen •■'an, the first of its kind in the New Territories.

He was promoted to Class I Liaison Officer in 1971* and is in charge of the Mutual Aid Committee Task Force in Tsuen Wan District where ever kOO Mutual Aid Committees have now been formed in the district.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr. HUI Man-yin

Throughout his 38 years’ service with the Hong Kong Government, Mr. Hui has shown a consistently high degree of loyalty, enthusiasm and ■ efficiency towards his duties. Utilising his long experience, he has made a significant personal contribut on towards the development of Hong Kong’s external trade statistics, which represent one of the most useful and reliable economic indicators.

MBE (Member Order of British Empire)

Kiss ‘Villiamina Margaret JGSS

Miss Joss has served in Special Branch since joining the Government in 1959 as an Executive Assistant. She was promoted to Chief Executive Assistant in 197^. She has been responsible for implementing a number of complex and comprehensive reorganisations of the Registry and other support services of special Branch, the success of which has oeen-due in'major part to her personal ability, energy and example. Her concern for the welfare of her subordinates, in addition to her role in their professional supervision, has played a vital part in the successful operation of Special Branch, particularly in times of emergency and stress. Her service throughout has been distinguished by loyalty, devotion to duty and efficiency.

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MBS (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Horace Haymond KNIG1I?, JP

Mr. Knight joined the Labour Department in 1969 as Senior Training officer (Apprenticeship) and in 1971 became head of the newly created ■ c*»*

Industrial Training Division. In 1973 he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner (Industrial Training) and as such has contributed very significantly to the successful expansion of the Industrial Training Division. As tho senior Government offic.-r responsible for the servicing and support of the Hong Kong Training Council, his contribution both administratively and as adviser to tho Unofficial Members of the Council is of a very high order. He has applied similar vigorous dedication to the extension of Hong Kong’s Apprenticeship Scheme.

BEM (British Empire Medal) Mr. CHAN Kwok-ki

Mr. Chan joined the Agriculture and Fisheries Departm nt in 19^9 and was promoted to Technician in i960. He has devoted most of his working life to the Kennedy Town Abattoir, where he is constantly improving the qualities of the main by-products. He was commended in 1973 for being instrumental in detecting the first few cases of anthrax and in helping to bring the outbreak of this disease under early control. He was also invaluable during the commissioning of the new Kennedy Town Abattoir in 1968/69-

BJM (British wnpire Medal)

Hrs. CHAN LC Jn-on

Mrs. Chan is one of the remaining housing assistants from the early days of the Housing Authority. Sho has been responsible for the practical training of many officers and her long experience in housing

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management has enabled her to handle difficult tenants and situations very commendably.

She has been particularly valuable in helping to overcome the problems caused by rapid expansion and her dedicated service deserves recognition.

3LI' (British Empire Medal)

Mr. CHAN Piu

Mr. CHAN Piu joined the Prison Service in 1948. He attended a course on silk-screening in 1970 and the department was then able to set up a silk-screening workshop which has grown in size and now manufactures many items including all road traffic signs. The introduction of this trade into prison industries has resulted in savings to Government amounting to millions of dollars.

Mr. Chan was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in Nay 1966, First Oiasp to the Medal in May 1973 and Second Clasp to the Medal in May 1978. He is due to retire from the service in January 1980.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr. CHUNG Tung

Mr. Chung was first appointed as a Coolie in 1936. He was promoted to the office of Laboratory Attendant grade in 1949? regraded as Office Attendant in 1938 and as Office Assistant in 1976. He is on a final extension of service and is due for retirement on April 1, 1980. He will have served in the Hong Kong Civil Service for over 43 years by then, during which time he has proved himself to be loyal, obedient and hardworking.

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BEi. (British Empire Medal) Nr. CHUNG Yung-ping

Mr. CHUNG Yung-ping has served in the Auxiliary Medical Corps and the Auxiliary Medical Service for 3^ years.

In past years whenever and wherever natural disasters and emergencies strike Nr. Chung has always responded and was among the first to be at the scene to direct AMS operations and to liaise with other services in carrying out rescue work.

Currently he is the Chief Supervisor of Hong Kong Region and responsible for the training and operations of members in this region. He serves as a fine example not only to subordinate and more junior members but also to all his fellows.

BEi-i (British Empire Medal)

Mr, FUNG K j n- kw ok

Mr. Fung is easily the most prominent individual in the field of work with the deaf, and acknowledged as such by the deaf community itself. As a Trade Instructor in the Social Welfare Department since 19&7 he has been attached to three clubs for the deaf run by the Department. He has organised and personally conducted an impressive number of sign language courses, and makes himself available at all 'times to solve the problems of deaf persons and their families. For over ten years’, he has undertaken handsign interpretation for the courts and other institutions and he advises, and is consulted by, all groups formed by deaf persons themselves. Hr. Fung’s record of public service is remarkable. His selfless devotion to the deaf goes far beyond the call of duty both as a Government officer and a member of the community at large.

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BEL (British Empire Medal)

Mr. FUNG Pui-fan

Mr. Fung has been in the Government service for 52 years. As a Senior Chargeman responsible for the supervision of park-keeping staff in parks and playgrounds in the Central District, he has demonstrated diligence, loyalty and ability in his work and has set a good example for his subordinates to follow. For many years, he has been thorough, conscientious and hardworking in a job covering prestige sites where any shortcomings are likely to be immediately apparent.

BEfl (British Empire Medal)

Mr. HO Kam-wah

Mr. Ho joined the Civil Aid Services as a volunteer in 19&2. He has an excellent record in both training of junior CAS members and in operational duties. During his service he has undertaken many full-time and part-time courses with a view to improving his knowledge and passing on to new recruits the knowledge he has gained and he is a very reliable lorry driver, radio-telegraph operator and a member of the Motor-cycle Demonstration Team.

BEM (British Empire Medal) Miss Scarlett HC Siu-Ian

Miss Ho first joined the Hong Kong Government as a temporary typist in 19^9 and rejoined, as a temporary clerk, in 1952*- She served in the Urban Services Department until 196^, when she joined the Textile Controls Division of the then Commerce and Industry Department. She is highly regarded by her colleagues and senior officers, and has shovm initiative and a ready willingness to take on additional work and responsibilities. /BEM..................................................................

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BEE (British Empire Medal)

Mr. LI Hong, CPIx

Mr. Li joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a constable in 19^6- After four years he transferred to the Police Band for the rest of his service.

He was the Drum Major and was instrumental in welding the band together for the Director of Music. He could always be relied upon to give of his best himself and to obtain the best he could from his subordinates and fellow musicians. His own dynamic personality, "swagger", and smartness made a tremendous impact on every audience, and endeared him and the band to the crowds.

He was a member of the band on their two highly successful i . Lr. J ,i •

tours to Australia and the United Kingdom in 1977 and 1978, and his encouragement and leadership assisted in making these tours the undoubted successes that they were. . .... ... —

BEM (British Empire lie dal)

Mr. LC Tung-leung

Mr. Lo first joined the Railway as an apprentice in 19^0. By hard work and ability he reached his present post of Workshops Inspector in 1973- He is now 55 years of age but approval has been given for his service to be extended for two years.

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BEi' (British Empire- Medal)

Mr. Stephen LCO

Mr. Loo joined the civil service in 19^9 as a Temporary Clerk in the Prisons Department where he remained until 1975 when he was promoted to Senior Clerical Officer in the Government Secretariat. He is an able, loyal and conscientious officer whose cheerfulness and readiness to undertake responsibilities beyond the level of his rank have won him the admiration and respect of colleagues and senior officers alike. He continues to contribute significantly each year in organising and arranging recruitment interviews for the Executive Grade, and his efforts won him a commendation from the Public Service Commission in 1977. As a Senior Clerical Officer he is outstanding and he sets an example to colleagues that would be hard to match.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr, POON Earn-to

Mr. Poon was first appointed to the Agriculture and Fisheries Department in 19^6 as a Farm Labourer and has earned" repeated 'promo'tions-to reach the top of the Technical Assistant grade. He has" aenuired^and-applied considerable practical experience and expertise in the breeding, selection and multiplication of highly productive cultivars of local vegetable crops. As Hong Kong depends upon local vegetable production and as the local vegetable industry depends on seed produced from departmental farms, Hr. Poon’s contribution has been of very real and practical importance. Mr. Poon has diligently and loyally performed his duties in an exemplary manner.

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BEM (British Empire Medal)

Hr. POON Yiu-tong

Hr. Poon was employed at HM Dockyard in 19^5 as a labourer and was subsequently promoted tc skilled labourer and Store Assistant. He joined the Registration of Persons Departmont in 1959* During’his service he lias shown outstanding efficiency, loyalty and devotion to duty and has been dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standard of service to the public. He has set a fine example to his younger colleagues.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr. ‘7ONG Keng-chiu

Mr. ’Jong joined the Gov ;rnraent service in 19^6 and was promoted to Principal '/elfarc Assistant in 197^* Over the past 33 years he has z been engaged in relief work, particularly in emergency relief and the production of meals for victims of natural disast rs and for refugees.

Since 1973 he has assumed responsibility for managing the Hung Hom Kitchen which also serves as the emergency relief headquarters of the Social Welfare Department. Mr. tong has proved to be most devoted, dedicated and loyal, willing to take up round-the-clock emergency relief work whenever required and the excellent example set by him has greatly motivated th^ staff of the Kitchen.

BEM (British Bmpir.. Medal)

Mr. YU King-yco

Mr. Yu was appointed as a daily-rated Timekeeper in the Public ’./orks Department in 19^7. He had a particular flair for dealing with the labour force and their staff problems and has always had a notably steadying influence on his colleagues.

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?ir. Yu has won th' respect of all with whom he had contact. His exemplary conduct and devotion to duty have been constant assets to this department and an outstanding example to the quarry staff.

B.3M (British Empire Medal)

Mr. YUU Por

Mr. YUU Por first joined the Auxiliary Medical Service in 19&9 and has rendered loyal and efficient service in the Liaison Section. ‘Then expansion of AMS Sub-Units was taking place on off-shore islands, he made a valuable contribution to the planning and was responsible for much of the liaison with the Rural Committees, which was an essential step to the success of the scheme.

QPM ( Queen’s Police Medal)

Ur. Cj™G Chik-shin, CPU

Mr. Cheng joined the Force in 1953. Ue was posted to the Narcotics Bureau in 1970, where he remained until 1977 having filled various posts up to Chief Superintendent. He acquired a deep knowledge of anti-narcotics work and an international reputation for his professionalism and abiltiy. As an acting Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police in 197&/79 he has also been Director of Criminal Investigation.

Throughout his service Mr. Cheng has displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty. He is the most senior Chinese officer in the Force and is highly respected.

GPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Maurice Albert ’'illiam BRO JN

Mr. Brown has been responsible for drill and. weapon training at the

Police Training School sine . 1970. Svery Probationary Inspector and every

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recruit constable, man and woman, receives training from him, and so does every Sergeant, Station Sergeant and Instructor of any rank, who attends training at Police Training School. The standard of turnout, drill and weapon training at the Police Training School is outstanding and remarked ~ upon by tourists and visitors as well as within Hong Kong. Mr. Brown puts his stamp on every individual leaving the Training School. The Force is indebted to him for the exemplary results he obtains.

CPM ( Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. CHAN Tat-wah

Mr. Chan joined the Poyal Hong Kong Police Force in 19^7 and served as an Interpreter until 1952 when he became a Probationary SubInspector of Police. He was confirmed to Inspector in January 1955 and promoted to Senior Inspector in April 1971* He served in the Uniform Branch, Marine District, Kowloon City Division and the Immigration Office before joining Traffic Headquarters in 1975, where he has remained. He lias shown a keen interest in the Traffic aspect of Police work and has acquired a high degree of expert knowledge. Mr. Chan has given long, loyal and valuable service to the Force, recognised by the award of three Commanding Officer’s Commendations.

j. CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. C\AN Vai-poon

Mr. CHAN v/ai-poon has served in the Force for 50 years. In 197^ he was appointed as officer-in-charge of the hei Foo Sun Chuen Neighbourhood Policing Unit and the unit gained widespread acceptance by the local community. He devotes much of his leisure time to the work of fostering good relationships between the police and the public, and this iias iiad a marked effect upon thu crime situation which has been kept in proportion despite an enormous growth in the population of the area served by the unit. He is a most able, conscientious, loyal and devoted officer. /CPM......................................................................

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CPI' (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. CHAN Yuen-tung

PC CHaK Yuen-tung is employed as a “Tai Lau“ at rfong Tai Sin and has been giving excellent service in that capacity for several years, although in his earlier days he performed duty both on the beat and in the Traffic Division. He is conscientious and always ready to assist his younger colleagues whenever they need guidance, and the pleasant atmosphere in the Report ^oom in which he is currently employed owes much to his efficiency and sympathetic understanding. He is an outstandingly loyal and reliable officer whose sustained enthusiasm, interest and dedication to duty are an excellent example to all.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Fir. CHEUMG Chi-kong

Mr. Cheung has spent his total 23 years’ service in the Uniform Branch and during this long period has consistently been the subject of favourable reports. He was appointed officer-in-charge of the newly opened Ngau Tau Kok Neighbourhood Policing Unit in 197^+ and largely through his efforts the past three years have seen a considerable reduction in the Ngau Tau Kok crime rate and a much improved police/community relationship. He is a highly respected figure among estate residents and has greatly enhanced the reputation of the Force.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Fir. John Upland Edward CROSS

Mr. Cross is responsible for administering and supervising the application of technical aids in the Force; he is also responsible for

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formulating operational procedures, writing instruction rar.nuals

and educating members of the Force at all levels in this connection. The success of the recently completed Beat .Radio Scheme, an enormous task which has revolutionised the operation of the Force and made a considerable impact on its general efficiency, is largely due to the expertise and assiduity of this one officer. Mr. Cross has 37 years experience as a professional Signals Officer (mainly in the Armed Forces) and the application of his special skills to such good effect during his service with the Force has been highly meritorious.

CPii (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. FUNG Yiu-ni ng

Mr. Fung joined in 1964 and was advanced to Senior Inspector in 1973. He has served both with the Uniform Eranch and in the Criminal Investigation Department, and currently is posted in the investigations and operations group of the Narcotics Bureau, where he has constantly displayed his professionalism and detective ability and repeatedly produced high grade, consistently accurate information. Among his many successes were the interception of a junk on which 1 636 kilogrammes of raw opium and 123 kilogrammes of morphine were seized, the interception of a Taiwanese trawler when some 371 litres of acetic anhydride were seized, and more recently, the discovery of 68 kilogrammes of heroin and 13.6 kilogrammes of morphine. In 1975 hr. Fung was awarded a commendation from the Commissioner of Police. In 1977 and 1979 he received Governor’s Commendations.

CPI. (Colonial Police Medal) hr. Peter ^rnest HALLIDAY

Mr. Halliday joined the ^kjyal Hong Kong Police Force in 1967 after serving with the Metropolitan Police for two years. He was promoted to Superintendent in 1977.

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From 1975 to 1977 he was Divisional Detective Inspector of fanchai Division. Many of the decisions he was required to cake were difficult and controversial and admitted of little time for consideration or reflection. He displayed great energy and originality in his approach and the results he produced represented substantial progress in the attack on organised crime and vice. Since 1977 he has been responsible for the organisation of the research division of Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters.

CPI- (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LI Kwan-ha

Mr. Li joined the -Royal Hong Kong Police Force as an Inspector in 1957 and has since served in various departments of the Force including the Special Branch, the Criminal Investigation Department and the Uniform Branch, culminating in his present post as Deputy to the District Police Commander in Kowloon District, to which he was appointed in 1979» He was commended by His Excellency the Governor in 1961 and again in 19&2 for professional skill in two security cases.

During his service he has maintained a consistently excellent standard of duty performance and his leadership has been impressive.

CPM (Colonial Police Modal)

Mr. Wilfred Sabastain OGLEY

Mr. Ogley joined ’the Force in 195^ on transfer from the Royal Hong Kong Regiment. He was promoted through the ranks and reached Chief Inspector cf Police (Auxiliary) in 1978. He is one of the founder members of Emergency Unit, Hong Kong Island (Auxiliary). Before his promotion he was Staff Inspector, Operation of Emergency Unit, Hong Kong Island (Auxiliary) whose main task was to raise the standard of the Internal Security drill and tactics of the unit. Mr. Ogley is now the Second-in-Command of Emergency Unit Kowloon V/est (Auxiliary). /CPH.....................................................................

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CPM (Colonial Police- Medal)

Mr. TAi^G Siu-kv/ai

Throughout his 23 years police career, Mr. Tang has given loyal and dedicated service to the *orce. Since becoming an NCC in 1966, he has been commended six times, once by the Commissioner and five times by his Commanding Officers for various good work including detection of crime and internal security duty during civil disturbances. He stands out amongst his fellow Station Sergeants as a tireless and extremely keen officer who tackles his work with zeal and eagerness.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Pet^r John ./EBE

Mr. Jebb joined the x^oyal Hong Kong Police Force as an Inspector in 1962. He was promoted Senior Superintendent in 1977.

During his service Mr. Uebb has received one commendation from his Commanding Officer. He is a first class officer who proved himself an outstanding Divisional Superintendent, by his fine personal example, and by long hours of sustained hard v/ork, far beyond the normal call of duty. Having been given acting promotion to command the Police Training School at Aberdeen, he has already made a very effective contribution to the running of this important establishment.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. John Peter JIL30H

Mr. Wilson joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 195^ and was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1977* He was awarded the Colonial Police Long Service Medal in 1971 and the 1st Clasp in 1976. Since 1975 he has been responsible for the Traffic Management Section and represents the Force in planning new road systems and the diversions necessary during construction works, including Mass Transit Railway construction and schemes to assist traffic flow and pedestrian movement. The unprecedented scale of construction works and the development of new towns, coupled with a fast rising population, have caused considerable traffic problems and it is due to his great experience and skill that so many have been resolved.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. YIU Pak-cheung

Mr. YIU Pak-cheung has served in the Uniform Branch throughout and has been commended by his Commanding Officer for leadership, ability and devotion to duty of a very high order on no less than five occasions. His dedication has been an excellent example throughout the years to all his colleagues in the Force.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

r.r. Thomas David Charles GADDI:.:ZR

Mr. Gardiner has served in the Fire Services for 26 years following service in the Army and in the Metropolitan Police. He has served in Hong Kong for 16 years, in all branches including operational firs divisions, Headquarters and the Fire Prevention Bureau. Throughout he has demonstrated courage, loyalty and discipline often under most hazardous conditions and his skill, leadership and determination at countless dangerous emergencies have contributed significantly to the saving of many lives and property.

He has rendered particularly valuable service in command of the Fire Services Training School where he has been responsible for the basic training of many hundreds of recruits and the advanced or refresher training of the whole service.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Jarnos Gordon MURRAY

Mr. Murray has served for more than 25 years in the- Fire Services. Following service in the London Fire Brigade he was for six years in the Fire Service in Uganda, part of the time as Firomaster• He lias served in Hong Kong for the past 17 years. Mr. Murray has contributed significantly towards the development of the Fire Service, especially as Planning Officer at headquarters. He has demonstrated a high standard of discipline and devotion to duty at all times together with courage and loyalty at countless hazardous emergencies where his leadership and determination have been responsible for the saving of many lives nd much property.

Badges of Honour Mr. CHAN Lau-fong

A village representative and Vicc-Cliairman of the Tsuon Jan Rural Committee, ho has a particular interest in the car - of the elderly and acts /as a.......................................................................

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as a bridge between the- indigenous community and the town community in the Tsuen Wan area.

Mr, CHENG Chi-kwai

He was Chairman of the Tung Tau Area Committee from 1973 to 1978 and President thereafter. He is dedicated to area committee work and active, in district campaign projects.

Mr, CHOW Man-ping

A headmaster and founder -amber of Yuen Long Arts and Cultural Association. He is active in all com.-unity projects in Tuen Mun.

Nr. KC Tam-kan

Chairman of th; Pokfulam Kaifeng elfarv Association for 11 years and now President of the Association; a member of many other District Committees. He is devoted to welfare, youth recreation and snorts activities for Pokfulam Village and other parts of Southern District.

Hr. KWAAN Yi-suon

He is a supporter of the City District Office-, Wan Chai,and a keen participant in almost :very community project organised by the office. He is a number of many Committ ;us and founder aemb-r of th. Paterson Street Flatuwnars Association Ltd (Chairman since 1967)•

Hr. LEE Chiu

Mr. Lee has given over 30 years dedicated service, in posts ranging from office boy to Assistant Secretary, to the Hong Kong Football Association.

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Mr. LBS Tat-yu

A member of the Mid-levels ( western) Area Committee 1975 * Chairman 1975 to 1977, and now Hon. Adviser. He is Chairman, Central and '.Jost rn District Secondary and Primary Students Guidance Committee, which has benefitted a great number of students in the District.

bliss LZJ Bai-fong

She has been a Directcr of the Cheung Chau Caritas Social Centre since 1964; also a member of the Sports, Cultural and Recreational Subcommittee of the Islands District Advisory Board. She is an active participant in community projects outside her area of professional concern, particularly recreational and cultural activities.

Hr. LJUNG Shu-fooh

He devotes much of his time to the r-creation and welfare of the boat people in Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter. He is Chairman of the Fraternal Association of th; Floating Population of Hong Kon- and a coordinator of the Floating Population Recreational Scheme.

Hr. L0 Tak

He has made an outstanding contribution to recreation and sporting activities and to the development of the Mongkok Countrymen and Clansmen’s Association. He is Executive Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Association and launched ’’Progress . ongkok;? in 1975*

Mr. PANG Hang-yin

A Fanling village representative since 1970 and Chairman of Fanling Rural Committee since 1976. He is a member of Jai Po District Advisory Board and of othx.r District Committees.

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Hr. TANG Chi-leung

A village representative sine 1946 x Vice-Chairman, Kam Tin Rural Committee since 1962 and Chairman since 1976. He was a director of Pok Ci Hospital in 1975 and has been a nember of Yuen Long District Advisory Board since it was formed in 1977.

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Mr. YUNG Yi-yin

Mr. Yung retired in 1966 aft-r j8 years in the civil service and managed a private school up to 1972. He was invited in 1975 to be special adviser to the Hong Kong Youth Cultural and Arts Competitions, jointly organised by 40 organisations with 5 000 participants, and contributed to the success of this project.

/NUJ YJAR ....

Sunday, December JO, 1979

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Nov; Year Honours List 1980

(British Forces)

Brigadier Carl^ton-S ith

Q&i

Lieutenant Colonel J.D. Bid. lead, RCT

Major H. /. Scraso, LR

BEM Sergeant D.R. Armstrong, Int. Corps.

Staff Sergeant Chandrakunar Basnet, 2GR

Corporal Mohansing Gurung, 6GR

Staff Sergeant Ping Ching NG, HKMSC

Local Warrant Officer 2 B.D. Sanders, RS

Sergeant Narbahadur Thapa, 6GR

Sergeant R.D. Vockins, BMP

Mr. /ONG Hing-fat

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES ............................. 1

NEW ZEALAND MPS VISIT NEW TOWNS ...................... 2

NEV DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE APPOINTED................ 2

EFFORTS BEING STEPPED UP TO PROTECT COUNTRYSIDE FROM WANTON DESTRUCTION .............................. 3

LIFE-SAVING TRAINING CENTRE FOR AMS .................. J

8457 MILLION WORTH OF CONTRACTS AWARDED BY PWD IN NOVEMBER ...................................... 4

LEGCO MEETS ON WEDNESDAY ............................. 4

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1979

MORE PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES *****

A TOTAL OF 288 250 PERSONS WERE ENGAGED IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES IN SEPTEMBER 1979, ACCORDING TO THE THIRD QUARTER 1979 EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERING THESE TRADES AS WELL AS RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS.

THIS WAS AN INCREASE OF 3 190 OR 1.1 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1979. WHEN COMPARED WITH 269 142 PERSONS ENGAGED IN SEPTEMBER 1978, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 19 108 PERSONS OR 7.1 PER CENT.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY).

THEY ALSO SHOW THAT EMPLOYMENT IN RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS REACHED 110 169 PERSONS, BEING 5.1 PER CENT ABOVE THE JUNE 1979 FIGURE AND 9.1 PER CENT ABOVE SEPTEMBER 1978.

C11 ™E, SA?E TIME' ,T IS SH0WN THAT THERE WERE 19 006 PERSONS

ENGAGED IN HOTELS AND BOARDING HOUSES. THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 0.1 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1979 AND AN INCREASE OF 7.5 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD

OF 1978.

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT IN WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS IN SEPTEMBER 1979, JUNE 1979 AND SEPTEMBER 1978 ARE AS FOLLOWS«-

CHANGE OF SEPTEMBER 1979 OVER JUNE 1979

NATURE OF BUSINESS PERSONS ENGAGED IN SEPTEMBER 1978 PERSONS ENGAGED IN PERSONS ENGAGED IN SEPTEMBER 1979 PERSONS ENGAGED % CHANGE

JUNE 1979

WHOLESALE TRADE 40 387 44 351 44 862 511 ♦1.2

RETAIL TRADE 134 882 138 132 139 617 485 ♦ 1.1

IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS 93 873 102 577 103 771 4-1 194 +1.2

RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS 101 001 109 605 110 169 564 ♦0.5

HOTELS AND BOARDING HOUSES 17 688 18 990 19 006 4- 16 +0.1

TOTAL 387 831 413 655 417 425 ♦3 770 ♦0.9

DETAILED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR VARIOUS TRADES AND ACTIVITIES ARE OBTAINABLE ON REQUEST FROM THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1979*

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NEW ZEALAND MPS VISIT NEW TOWNS

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THREE SENIOR NEW ZEALAND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THEIR WIVES, WHO ARE ON A SHORT VISIT TO HONG KONG, TODAY (MONDAY) VISITED SHA TIN AND TAI PO TO SEE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS THERE.

THE PARTY COMPRISED THE HON. DICK HARRISON, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE HON. BILL YOUNG, MINISTER OF WORKS AND DEVELOPMENT, AND THE HON. ERIC HOLLAND, A FORMER CABINET MINISTER.

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES (DEVELOPMENT), MR. JOSEPH WONG, AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (COMMUNITY AFFAIRS) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MISS ANISSA WONG.

IN SHA TIN, THEY VISITED WO CHE ESTATE AND CALLED ON A FAMILY IN HONG WO HOUSE.

IN TAI PO THEY WENT TO THE ROOFTOP OF MEI TAK BUILDING WHERE THEY HAD A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE NEW TOWN AND WERE BRIEFED ON VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA INCLUDING THE NEW INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

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NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE APPOINTED * * * *

MR. K.Y. YEUNG, AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (STAFF GRADE B) HAS BEEN APPOINTED DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE IN THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, AND WILL TAKE UP HIS NEW POST ON JANUARY 2.

HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE FOR THE EXTERNAL TRADE AFFAIRS AND NEGOTIATIONS OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT, WHILST MR. JUSTIN YUE, ALSO A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, WILL LOOK AFTER INTERNAL AFFAIRS SUCH AS QUOTA CONTROLS.

WELCOMING MR. YEUNG’S APPOINTMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR. PETER TSAO SAIDi +WITH TWO DEPUTIES IN THE DEPARTMENT, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTINUITY IN MANAGEMENT WHEN WE HAVE TO SEND DELEGATIONS OVERSEAS TO UNDERTAKE NEGOTIATIONS. THUS, WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE,* HE SAID.

MR. YEUNG’S MOST RECENT APPOINTMENT WAS SECRETARY TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION.

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EFFORTS ARE BEING STEPPED UP TO PROTECT THE COUNTRYSIDE FROM WANTON DESTRUCTION, AND DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH LIGHTING FIRE ILLEGALLY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CHIEF COUNTRY PARK RANGER, MR. C.C. LEE SAID TODAY (MONDAY) DURING NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE HAD BEEN ARRESTED OR SUMMONSED FOR BREAKING THE COUNTRY CODE.

BESIDES LIGHTING FIRE OUTSIDE THE DESIGNATED BARBECUE SITES, OTHER CHARGES LAID WERE RELATED TO LITTERING, ILLEGAL ENTRY OF VEHICLES TO RESTRICTED AREAS AND THE CARRYING OF AIR GUNS OR FIRE ARMS.

MR. LEE SAID THE VIGILANCE OF FOREST GUARDS AND THE PARK RANGER SERVICE WOULD BE INCREASED DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD.

HE ADDED THAT THE NO BARBECUE BAN STILL APPLIED TO TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK (EXCEPT THE PAT HEUNG CATCHWATER), THE TAI PO KAU SPECIAL AREA AND THE FOREST PLANTATION EAST OF THE JUBILEE RESERVOIR IN SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK.

THE PENALTY FOR LIGHTING A FIRE IN COUNTRY PARK AREAS NOT DESIGNATED AS BARBECUE SITES IS S5 000 AND ONE YEAR IMPRISONMENTIN THE OPEN COUNTRYSIDE IT IS $2 000 AND ONE YEAR IMPRISONMENT-AND FOR THE ILLEGAL ENTRY OF VEHICLES, THE CARRYING OF AIR GUNS, AND LITTERING, THE PENALTY IS «2 000 AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

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LIFE-SAVING TRAINING CENTRE FOR AMS ft ft ft ft ft

A TRAINING CENTRE IS BEING BUILT IN SAI KUNG FOR THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE TO CONDUCT CANOE LIFE-SAVING COURSES FOR ITS MEMBERS.

THE CENTRE, LOCATED ON A 800-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN TSAM CHUK WAN, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT SUMMER.

THE AMS MEDICAL DEFENCE STAFF OFFICER, MR. K.C. TONG SAID ABOUT 600 AMS MEMBERS WERE QUALIFIED LIFE-GUARDS AND THEY WERE ON DUTY AT VARIOUS PUBLIC BEACHES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG DURING THE SWIMMING SEASON.

THEY WERE ALSO IN ATTENDANCE AT VARIOUS WATER SPORT ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CANOE RACES, MARATHON LIFE-SAVING COMPETITIONS AND SWIMMING RACES.

MR. TONG SAID: +THE CANOE HAS PROVED TO BE A VERY FAST AND EFFECTIVE MEANS TO REACH A SWIMMER IN DIFFICULTY.

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it ic THEREFORE PLANNED THAT ALL AMS LIFE—GUARDS SHOULD BE TRA.Hei OH THE tIcSh%5e OF CANOES TO SAVE LIFE AT SEA.*

tuc TOAt MING COURSE TO BE HELD AT THE NEW CENTRE WILL BE mviDED INTO THREE PARTS - BASIC CANOEING TRAINING, CANOE LIFE-SAV|NGDAND^LIFE-SAVI NG PROF ICIENCY, MR. TONG SAID.

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PWD CONTRACTS IN NOVEMBER WORTH $457 MILLION *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED A TOTAL OF 45 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $457.7 MILLION LAST MONTH (NOVEMBER).

OF THESE, 22 WERE AWARDED ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND OTHERS ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRACTS WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SHA TIN TEACHING HOSPITAL. IT IS WORTH MORE THAN $362.2 MILLION.

ANOTHER MAJOR CONTRACT, VALUED AT ABOUT .$12.8 .MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND DRAINS IN THE TOWN CENTRE OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

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LEGCO MEETS ON WEDNESDAY

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TO EXPLAIN THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN WORKERS AT NIGHT IN THE MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL SECTORS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 2).

THE QUERY FROM THE HON. LYDIA DUNN WILL BE ONE OF SIX QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

DURING THE QUESTION TIME. THE HON. S.L. CHEN WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO STATE THE EXTENT TO WHICH FACTORY PREMISES ARE BEING CHECKED TO ASCERTAIN COMPLIANCE WITH FIRE PREVENTION REGULATIONS.

THE SUBJECTS OF THE OTHER FOUR .QUESTIONS TO BE BROUGHT UP AT THE MEETING ARE THE ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BY ELDERLY APPLICANTS WHOSE CHILDREN DECLINE TO SUPPORT THEM- MEASURES TAKEN TO CURTAIL PICK-POCKETI NG DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD-THE AVAILABILITY TO THE PUBLIC OF GLOSSARIES OF TERMS COMMONLY USED IN GOVERNMENT BUSINESS AND THEIR CHINESE EQUIVALENTS- AND INSTALLATION OF AUTOMATIC DEVICES IN ALL LIFTS TO STOP THEM IN CASE OF OVERLOADING.

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON, WILL MAKE- A STATEMENT ON THE 1978/79 HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION ANNUAL REPORT.

TWO BILLS, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1978-79) BILL 1980 AND THE MARINE FISH CULTURE BILL 1980, WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE MEETING.