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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT TO START REDEVELOPING AND IMPROVING TRANSPORT SERVICES ......................................... 1

DEBATE ON WHITE PAPER ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT POLICY ......... 5

20,000 RETO GEES TO LEAVE HK THIS YEAR..................... 10

REFUGEES PROVIDED WITH GUIDANCE ON LABOUR MATTER........... 11

INVESTIGATION INTO COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE SHOW MARKED IMPROVEMENT ........................................ 12

UMELCO POLICE GROUP PRAISED ............................... 14

LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MTR TSUEN WAN DEPOT APPROVED..... 15

MTR BY-LAWS APPROVED ...................................... 16

IMMIGRATION (AI-END.FNT)(NO. 3) BILL UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED ................................................. 17

DEPARTMENT TRYING TO BLOCK HOUSING TO NEW ARRIVALS ........ 18

NUMBER OF FACTORY INSPECTORS TO BE DOUBLED ................ 18

ADEQUATE ADVICE FOR STUDENTS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT ........... 19

DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED ................ 20

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONERS.... 21

TELEPHONE PAGING SERVICE PLANNED FOR NEXT MONTH............ 21

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SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE REFORM (AMENDMENT) BILL ....................... 22

SEVEN BILLS PASSED ................................................. 22

TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING CLERK TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL................ 23

PRISON OFFICERS TO RECEIVE NURSING CERTIFICATES..................... 23

HIGH ISLAND WATER SCH3UE WINS ITALIAN AWARD ........................ 24

SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE FOR AUCTION TOMORROW........................ 24

WATER CUT .......................................................... 25

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1979

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GOVERNMENT TO START REDEVELOPING AND IMPROVING TRANSPORT SERVICES

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THE SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. GRAHAM BARNES, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT CAN NOW GO FORWARD WITH THE LONG TASK OF REDEVELOPING AND IMPROVING ITS TRANSPORT SERVICES WITH GREATER CONFIDENCE +NOW THAT WE HAVE GOT OUR BASIC IDEAS RIGHT.*

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO VARIOUS CRITICISMS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR. BARNES SAID THE FEELING WAS THAT THE CRITICISMS WERE POINTING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

IN HIS REPLY TO THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR. BARNES SAIDt

BUS SERVICES

EVEN IF CAR OWNERSHIP CONTINUES TO GROW AT ITS PRESENT RATE, SO WILL DEMAND FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT GROW — BY ABOUT SEVEN PER CENT PER ANNUM. SO OUR TASK IS PERPETUALLY TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY AND QUALITY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEET GROWING DEMAND AND GROWING EXPECTATIONS OF SERVICE AND COMFORT.

THIS IS WHERE WE HAVE HAD OUR DIFFICULTIES WITH THE BUS COMPANIES WHO HAVE IN RECENT YEARS BEEN INCLINED AS CAUTIOUS BUSINESSMEN TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WILL BE BEFORE COMMITTING THEMSELVES TO ADDITIONAL BUS CAPACITY.

EACH YEAR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT PREPARES A BUS ROUTE AND BUS FLEET DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME PROJECTED TWO YEARS AHEAD. THIS PROGRAMME TAKES INTO ACCOUNT NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING SERVICES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SERVICES.

IT HAS PROVED DIFFICULT FOR THE COMPANIES TO ACCEPT THE GOVERNMENT’S ESTIMATES OF NEED AND THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SHOULD NOT INHIBIT THEIR PLACING OF ORDERS FOR NEW VEHICLES.

I BELIEVE THAT IN A RECENT PLANNING EXERCISE JOINTLY CARRIED OUT BY THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS. INCLUDING THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, MANY OF THE DOUBTS CONCERNING FURTHER TRAFFIC HAVE BEEN RESOLVED AND THAT THE COMPANIES ARE PERSUADED THAT DESPITE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, THE DEMAND FOR BUS SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO GROW STEADILY OVER THE YEARS AHEAD.

BUT VALUABLE TIME HAS BEEN LOST, AND IT IS OPEN TO QUESTION WHETHER THE COMPANIES WILL HAVE, AT A SUFFICIENTLY EARLY DATE, THE RESOURCES TO COPE WITH ALL THE NEW ROUTES WHICH MUST BE STARTED AS WELL AS MAINTAINING AN ADEQUATE RATE OF IMPROVEMENT OF THE EXISTING SERVICES.

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IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSE HAS NOT BEEN PASSIVE. IT HAS TAKEN EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO IMPRESS ON THE COMPANIES THE URGENCY OF THE NEED FOR EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT ON THE QUALITY OF SERVICE.

FULL REPORTS ON THEIR PERFORMANCE WERE PREPARED THIS YEAR BY THE COMMISSIONER IN CONNECTION WITH THE IMPENDING RENEWAL OF THE FRANCHISES.

THESE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND GOVERNMENT IN THE LIGHT OF THESE REPORTS WILL BE CONSIDERING VERY SHORTLY TO WHAT EXTENT NEW ROUTES SHOULD BE OFFERED TO THE EXISTING COMPANIES OR WHETHER ADDITIONAL CAPACITY SHOULD BE SOUGHT OUTSIDE THE EXISTING FRANCHISES.

ROAD SAFETY

GOVERNMENT IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT ROAD SAFETY AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR MR. CHEONG-LEEN’S SUGGESTIONS.

BECAUSE OF THE MILLIONS OF PASSENGER MILES WHICH THEY PERFORM EVERY DAY, THE TWO FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES ARE STILL THE SAFEST MEANS OF TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG. THAT IS TO SAY A PASSENGER IS FAR LESS LIKELY TO BE HURT THAN HE IS ON ANY OTHER FORM OF TRANSPORT

BUT I HAVE ASKED FOR THE FIGURES AND I PROPOSE TO PUBLISH THEM AS SOON

TO BE BROUGHT UP-TO-DATE AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

PARKING POLICY

I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I CAN GO TO THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY THE END OF THE YEAR WITH A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS FOR ITS CONSIDERATION.

THE GOVERNMENT’S EVENTUAL DECISION ON PARKING POLICY WILL PROBABLY BE PUBLISHED SEPARATELY FIRST, AND WOULD BE ESSENTIAL MATERIAL FOR ANY REVISION OF THE WHITE PAPER.

MR. TIEN

I LIKE MR. TIEN’S BASIC THINKING ABOUT MULTI-STOREY LORRY PARKS AND WILL PUT IT TO THE WORKING GROUP ON PARKING TO WHICH I HAVE ALREADY REFERRED.

HOWEVER, PARKING AND GOODS LOADING BOTH IN LORRIES AND CONTAINERS IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF INDUSTRIAL LAYOUTS WHICH ARE ALREADY UNDER SERIOUS AND CRITICAL RE-EXAMINATION BY THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER HAS BEEN DEVELOPING IDEAS, WHICH INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS AND CONTAINER LOADING BAYS, AND HAS DISCUSSED THESE WITH THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS.

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MR. TIEN’S SUGGESTIONS FOR THE BETTER UTILISATION OF THE SITES BY DEVELOPMENT OF COMPOSITE BUILDINGS, INCLUDING FACILITIES FOR MAINTENANCE AND WORKERS MEALS, WILL BE TAKEN INTO THIS STUDY, THE RESULTS OF WHICH WE HOPE TO DISCUSS WITH INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS.

AS REGARDS TRAFFIC PENALTIES, INCLUDING PARKING FINES, MR. TIEN WILL LIKE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT THE LEVEL OF THESE — WITH A VIEW TO INCREASING THEM, OF COURSE.

LEARNER DRIVERS

REGARDING INDOOR DRIVING TRAINING CENTRES, I AGREE WITH MR. WONG THAT THESE ARE HIGHLY DESIRABLE.

HE WILL BE INTERESTED TO LEARN THAT IT IS PROPOSED BY OCTOBER CF NEXT YEAR TO REDEVELOP THE GOVERNMENT-RUN CENTRE IN PUI CHING ROAD, KOWLOON, INTO LARGER ACCOMMODATION IN THE'SAME BUILDING.

THIS ADDITIONAL ACCOMMMODATION AND THE PROVISION OF MORE DRIVING SIMULATORS WIL ENABLE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN THE CLASS TO BE INCREASED BY ONE-THIRD.

WE SHALL BE RENEWING OUR STOCK OF DRIVING SIMULATORS AT THAT TIME, SO STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF MODERN AND RELIABLE EQUIPMENT.

I AM PLEASED THAT THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION IS ALSO EXPANDING ITS FACILITIES FOR INDOOR DRIVING INSTRUCTION AND IS PLANNING TO OPEN A SECOND INDOOR CENTRE NEXT YEAR.

TRANSPORT FOR THE DISABLED

THE GOVERNMENT HAS LONG ARGUED THAT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, PRECISELY BECAUSE IT IS A MASS TRANSIT CONCERNED WITH HUGELY CONCENTRATED CROWDS IS NO PLACE FOR WHEEL CHAIRS.

THIS IS THE THINKING OF MANY TRANSPORT SPECIALISTS OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

AS REGARDS THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM PROPOSED FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY OPENED DISCUSSIONS WITH FATHER COLLINS, CHAIRMAN OF THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE’S +ACCESS AND TRANSPORT SUB-COMM ITTEE+ ON WHAT COULD BE DONE FOR THE DISABLED, IF WE WERE TO HAVE SUCH A SYSTEM.

ACCORDINGLY, I LOOK AT THE REHABUS, WHICH IS FLEXIBLE AND TAILORED TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS FOR EXPANSION TO SERVE MOST OF THE NEEDS OF THE SERIOUSLY HANDICAPPED.

OUR VIEW IS THAT THE REHABUS IS THE MOST USEFUL FIELD FOR GOVERNMENT HELP TO THE HANDICAPPED TRAVELLERS, AND DESERVES GREATER PRIORITY THAN ANY ASSISTANCE IN THE PURCHASE OF PRIVATE CARS.

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HAVING SAID THAT, SOME CONCESSIONS ARE ALREADY GIVEN TO THE SEVERELY DISABLED WHO WISH TO DRIVE THEIR OWN CARS AND THE MATTER OF LOAN SCHEMES FOR VEHICLES FOR THE HANDICAPPED AND MEANS OF EXPEDITING THE HANDICAPPED'S TUITION IN DRIVING ARE ALSO BEING CONSIDERED BY FATHER COLLINS' SUB-COMMITTEE ON ACCESS AND TRANSPORT.

EVERY ASSISTANCE IS BEING GIVEN BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WITH REGARD TO PRIORITY IN DRIVING TESTS- IN GIVING ADVICE REGARDING THE ADAPTATION OF DRIVING CONTROLS ON VEHICLES- AND IN ACCEPTING APPLICATION FOR DRIVING INSTRUCTION LICENCES FROM APPLICANTS WHO USE VEHICLES ADOPTED FOR THE USE OF DISABLED PERSONS.

UTILISATION OF KERBSIDE SPACE

GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT, GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE FREQUENCY OF STOPS IS ABOUT RIGHT, NOT INVOLVING TOO LONG AN UNLOADING TIME OR TOO LONG A WALK TO EACH PASSENGER'S DESTINATION AND THEREBY FURTHER CROWDING UP OUR ALREADY CONGESTED PAVEMENTS, BUT NOT ON THE OTHER HAND CAUSING MORE THAN NECESSARY DELAY TO TRAFFIC.

THE TRAM DOES NOT AFFECT THE KERBSIDE AS SUCH, AND THIS, OF COURSE, IS ONE OF ITS ATTRACTIONS, BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT ITS STOPS COULD ONLY BE REDUCED WITH A LOSS OF PASSENGERS.

MINIBUSES STOP EVERYWHERE. EXCEPT IN PROHIBITED AREASIT IS ONLY WHEN THEY HANG ABOUT WAITING FOR PASSENGERS THAT THEY WASTE KERBSIDE SPACE.

AS REGARDS COASTAL FERRY SERVICES, THE DIFFICULTY IS THE DETOUR WHICH MOST PASSENGERS HAVE TO MAKE TO CATCH THEM.

BUT WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FERRIES, AND THE INCREASING HOLD-UPS IN NORTH POINT IN PARTICULAR AND THE PROXIMITY OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN QUARRY BAY, SHAUKEIWAN AND CHAI WAN TO THE ACTUAL WATERFRONT, MAY WELL PROVIDE A VIABLE ROUTE, IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AT LEAST IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

REGARDING FERRY PIERS, I AM HAPPY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN PROVIDED THAT THE FERRY COMPANIES, LIKE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PAY FULL MARKET VALUE OF DEVELOPMENTS OTHER THAN THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH SERVICES TO PASSENGERS AND THAT THE DEVELOPMENT IS APPROPRIATE.

BUS ONLY LANES TEND TO BE APPLAUDED IN PRINCIPLE AND FROWNED UPON IN PRACTICE. WE ARE SO SERIOUSLY RESTRICTED BY ROAD SPACE. WE ARE PRESENTLY LOOKING AT A NEW BATCH OF NEW SUGGESTIONS AND I WILL KEEP MR. WONG POSTED.

AS REGARDS TAXIS WE HAVE TO DRAW A DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE IMMEDIATE PROBLEM OF TAXI AVAILABILITY TO THOSE WHO MOST NEED THEM - A PROBLEM BEING DEALT WITH BY THE PRICE MECHANISM -AND THE PROBLEM OF HONG KONG’S LONG TERM NEED OF TAXIS AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY COMES INTO OPERATION AND THE BUSES ADOPT TO THE NEW SITUATION.

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THE WHOLE TAXI POLICY WILL BE REVIEWED LATER THIS YEAR.

AS REGARDS PRIVATE CARS, MR. WONG IS CORRECT THAT THE WHITE PAPER DOES NOT PROPOSE SPECIFIC MEASURES TO CUT DOWN NUMBERS, BUT IT INDICATES (PARAGRAPH 157) THAT TO AVOID CONGESTION WE SHOULD REDUCE THE CAR REGISTRATION GROWTH RATE AS NECESSARY AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF INCREASING REGISTRATIONS ON THE ONE HAND AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ROADS ON THE OTHER.

AS TO THE RATE OF GROWTH IN REGISTRATION. THIS COUNCIL MAY WISH TO NOTE THAT IN JUNE 1979 THERE WERE 16 PER CENT MORE CARS ON OUR ROADS THAN A YEAR EARLIER.

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DEBATE ON WHITE PAPER ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT POLICY ******

T.v1eN$/S^^GATIVE CONSTRAINT ON THE USE OF PRIVATE CARS OR

TAXIS TO REDUCE ROAD CONGESTION WILL INDUCE PEOPLE TO SWITCH

BUSES, U^S,SJ^ESE ARE COMFORTABLE, CLEAN, SAFE, EASILY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) 0VERCR0WDED’ THE H0N* HILT0N CHEONG-LEEN SAID

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING PAPER ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT POLICY AFTERNOON.

OF THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS

MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE MOST GLARING FLAW OF THE WHITE PAPER

>TS INABILITY TO APPRECIATE THIS POINT AND THE SAD CONCLUSION WAS THAT THOSE WHO DRAFTED THE PAPER WERE NOT ATTUNED TO +THE NEEDS AND SUFFERINGS OF OUR PATIENT TRAVELLING PUBLIC.*

HE ASKED WHY THERE HAD NOT BEEN A REALISTIC MEDIUM-TERM

BUS REQUIREMENTS TO MEET EXPANSION AND WONDERED WHETHER THERE WAS A PLAN TO REPLACE THE OLDER BUSES.

WH ev22I,?!L9S,L,.£,SM BY MR« CHEONG-LEEN WAS THE LACK OF TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED BUS DRIVERS WHO WOULD NEED TO BE ATTRACTED BY BETTER WAGES AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

THE SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS PUT 50 KMB BUSES. OR THREE PER CENT OF ITS FLEET OUT OF SERVICE LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED A LOOK INTO THE EFFECTIVENESS. IN THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON THE b6ar" OF DIRECTORS

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THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ONLY USE THE POWERS WHEN THE SITUATION BECAME A CRISIS, WHICH WOULD BE TOO LATE FOR THE PUBLIC.

HE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER ACQUIRING AN EQUITY POSITION IN THE COMPANIES SO AS TO HAVE MORE SAY IN THEIR MANAGEMENT AND EXPANSION PLANS.

ROAD SAFETY

ON ROAD SAFETY, MR. CHEONG-LEEN REGRETTED THAT THE S35O,OOO ALLOCATED FOR THE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH SI MILLION FOR THE +KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN+ CAMPAIGN, WOULD POSSIBLY BE CUT BY 10 PER CENT.

HE SAID THE FUNDS OUGHT TO BE INCREASED INSTEAD, THE MANY CASUALTIES CAUSED BY ROAD ACCIDENTS.

IN VIEW OF

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE ROADWORTHINESS OF EACH BUS SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY THREE WEEKS AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REQUIRE ALL GOODS VEHICLES, PLB’S AND TAXIS TO SUBMIT TO REGULAR CHECKS BY PRIVATE GARAGES, IN ADDITION TO GOVERNMENT SPOT-CHECKS AND ANNUAL EXAMINATIONS.

PARKING POLICY

MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S PARKING POLICY THROUGHOUT THE YEARS *HAS BEEN SHORT-SIGHTED, UNCOORDINATED, AND CONFUSING TO THE PUBLIC.* HE GAVE THE EXAMPLE OF CONGESTION IN KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN WHERE THE LACK OF FACILITIES FOR GOODS VEHICLES WAS CAUSED BY THE PLANNERS’ LACK OF FORESIGHT.

HE THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BUILD MORE OFF-STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS IN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS FOR BOTH CARS AND GOODS VEHICLES.

TRANSPORT FOR THE DISABLED

FIVE OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS GAVE THEIR COMMENTS ON THE WHITE PAPER FOLLOWING MR. CHEONG-LEEN.

DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG FELT THAT THE PROBLEM OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED, WHICH WERE NECESSARY FOR THEIR INTEGRATION INTO THE COMMUNITY, WAS ONLY DEALT WITH SUPERFICIALLY.

♦IN HONG KONG WHERE TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, EVEN FOR THOSE IN ROBUST HEALTH, IS AN EXHAUSTING AND NERVE-WRECKING EXPERIENCE- DISABLED PERSONS, IN PARTICULAR WHEELCHAIR USERS, ARE BEING GIVEN NO OPTION TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT,♦ HE SAID, CITING THE MTR AS AN EXAMPLE.

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HE SAID THE ONLY SERVICE AVAILABLE, TO A SMALL. NUMBER OF SEVERELY DISABLED PERSONS, WAS THE REHABUS RUN SUCCESSFULLY BY THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATION AS A PILOT PROJECT.

HE HOPED THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE IT ON AND EXPAND IT EVENTUALLY.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE COST OF THE SERVICE WAS, HOWEVER, TOO EXPENSIVE TO HAVE IT EXTENDED TO SERVE ALL THE SEVERELY DISABLED, AND TAXIS AND CONTRACT HIRE-CARS WERE MUCH TOO EXPENSIVE TO BE USED REGULARLY.

HE SAID THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO THE DISABLED WAS THE USE OF PRIVATE CARS.

DR. FANG THEREFORE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO CAREFULLY CONSIDER SETTING UP A SPECIAL LOAN FUND TO HELP THOSE WHO COULD DRIVE TO BUY THEIR OWN CARS.

HE SAID THERE WERE SIMILAR SCHEMES IN THE UK AND A NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS WERE ALREADY DRIVING THEIR OWN CARS IN HONG KONG.

AS MORE THAN 100 DISABLED PERSONS WERE AT PRESENT ON THE LIST WAITING TO BE INSTRUCTED IN DRIVING, DR. FANG FURTHER ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE AT LEAST TWO MORE INSTRUCTOR LICENCES TO THOSE QUALIFIED IN TEACHING HAND-CONTROLLED VEHICLES, ONE ON EACH SIDE OF THE HARBOUR, TO GIVE THE DISABLED SPECIAL TUITION.

CONGESTION BY GOODS VEHICLES

THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN SAID THE SOLUTION OFFERED BY THE WHITE PAPER TO ALLEVIATE ROAD CONGESTION CAUSED BY GOODS VEHICLES WAS ♦THEORETICAL TREATMENT.*

THE PROPOSED SOLUTION OF MORE USE OF BIGGER AND LARGER VEHICLES WOULD NOT BE PRACTICAL BECAUSE LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES WOULD CONTINUE TO BE NEEDED BY THE MANY FLATTED FACTORIES IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT A MORE POSITIVE SOLUTION WAS THE BUILDING OF OFF-STREET MULTI-STOREY LORRY PARKS, AS OPPOSED TO THE LESS ECONOMICAL OPEN-AIR PARKS.

THESE LORRY PARKS COULD PERHAPS INCORPORATE MAINTENANCE FACILITIES FOR GOODS VEHICLES ON THE GROUND FLOORS AND WORKERS’ CANTEENS ON THE TOP FLOORS TO MAXIMISE LAND USE.

HE REMINDED THE GOVERNMENT OF ITS PROMISE TO EXERCISE STRICT LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION ON UNLAWFUL CONVERSION OF GROUND FLOOR SPACE IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, AND ASKED IT TO DEPLOY INTENSIVE MANPOWER TO MANAGE HABITUALLY CONGESTED AREAS.

HE ALSO CALLED FOR A RE-EXAMINATION OF TRAFFIC PENALTIES, PARTICULARLY FOR OFFENCES LIKE OVERLOADING, ILLEGAL PARKING AND DOUBLE PARKING, IN RESPECT OF GOODS VEHICLES.

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HE THOUGHT THAT IF GOODS VEHICLES WERE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED ANNUALLY LIKE BUSES, THE MECHANICALLY UNSOUND ONES WOULD BE WEEDED OUT AND HOPEFULLY REPLACED BY NEW ONES MECHANICALLY GEARED TO SPEED UP LOADING AND UNLOADING AND THUS CONTRIBUTE TO BETTER ROAD USE.

USE OF KERBSIDE SPACE

THE HON. S.L. CHEN, WHO WAS OUT OF HONG KONG AND WHOSE SPEECH WAS DELIVERED BY THE HON. T.S. LO, OBSERVED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NEVER TRIED TO USE KERBSIDE SPACE MORE EFFICIENTLY, ALTHOUGH LIMITATION TO HAVING MORE SUCH SPACE WAS ONE OF THE ARGUMENTS WHICH LED IT TO DECIDE ON HAVING THE MTR.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE FAR TOO MANY BUS AND TRAM STOPS AT THE KERBSIDE.

FOR EXAMPLE, FOR THE TWO-KILOMETRE JOURNEY BETWEEN YEE WO STREET AND ARSENAL STREET, THERE WERE NINE AND 10 RESPECTIVELY — THIS LED- TO SLOWER TRAVELLING TIME AND IN TURN MORE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND LESS PASSENGER-JOURNEYS.

HE REFERRED TO HIS PREVIOUS SUGGESTION FOR FIXING STOPPING PLACES FOR MINI-BUSES. THIS WAS REJECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE GROUND THAT IT WOULD REMOVE THE ATTRACTION AND REDUCE THE FLEXIBILITY OF PLB SERVICE.

SUCH A VIEW, MR. CHEN SAID, WAS INCONSISTENT WITH EFFICIENT UTILISATION OF OUR LIMITED KERBSIDE SPACE.

ISLAND CORRIDOR

MR. CHEN QUESTIONED THE WHITE PAPER’S VIEWS ON A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) SYSTEM TO REPLACE THE EXISTING TRAMWAY.

SUCH A SYSTEM COULD ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF IT HAD A SEGREGATED RIGHT OF WAY, AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER ROAD USERS.

THE WHITE PAPER’S SWEEPING STATEMENT THAT THIS WOULD BE OUTWEIGHED BY THE GAINS TO PASSENGERS AND THAT OVERALL THEY WOULD ENJOY A SUBSTANTIAL NET BENEFIT WAS UNACCEPTABLE WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL JUSTIFICATION IN THE FORM OF FACTS AND FIGURES, HE SAID.

MR. CHEN WAS SURE THAT GIVEN THE SAME FACILITIES AND PRIVILEGE, INCLUDING LESS STOPS, THE EXISTING TRAMWAY SERVICE COULD BE GREATLY IMPROVED, PERHAPS NOT TO THE EXTENT OF AN LRT SYSTEM, BUT CERTAINLY CHEAPER THAN THE ONE BILLION DOLLARS IT WAS REPORTED TO COST.

HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A COMPARISON OF THE TWO SYSTEMS WITH REGARD TO THEIR COST EFFECTIVENESS.

HE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO DISMISS THE POTENTIAL VALUE OF A COASTAL FERRY SERVICE WHICH WAS DESCRIBED AS AN UNPOPULAR AND NON-VIABLE PROPOSITION IN THE WHITE PAPER.

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HE SAID MOST PEOPLE WOULD PREFER SPENDING 30-40 MINUTES ON A FERRY RATHER THAN QUEUING UP FOR A BUS OR TRAM AND SUFFERING THE FRUSTRATION OF A TRAFFIC JAM AND INHALING EXHAUST FUMES.

FROM THE FERRY OPERATOR’S POINT OF VIEW, FULL OPERATION IN ONE DIRECTION DURING PEAK HOURS MIGHT NOT BE PROFITABLE.

THIS PROBLEM COULD, HOWEVER, BE SOLVED BY A REALISTIC FARE STRUCTURE, OR BY THE GOVERNMENT OFFERING SOME FORM OF INDIRECT FINANCIAL OR OTHER INCENTIVE. SUCH AS ALLOWING THE COMPANIES TO DEVELOP FULL COMMERCIAL INVESTMENTS AT THE PIERS AS WAS ALLOWED THE MTR, MR. CHEN SAID.

LEARNER DRIVERS

THE HON. PETER C. WONG SAID THE TRAINING OF DRIVERS WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY TRANSPORT POLICY BECAUSE BETTER DRIVERS MEANT BETTER TRAFFIC FLOW AND LESS ACCIDENTS BUT THE WHITE PAPER DID NOT MENTION LEARNER DRIVERS.

HE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO SET UP MORE IN-DOOR DRIVING TRAINING CENTRES, WHICH HAD BEEN SHOWN TO HELP LEARNERS IMPROVE THEIR PERFORMANCE, AND WHICH WOULD HELP REDUCE CONGESTION CAUSED BY OTHERWISE ON-ROAD DRIVING INSTRUCTION.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THE SETTING UP OF OFF-STREET DRIVER TRAINING AREAS.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

THE HON. WONG LAM WANTED THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW ITS PRESENT PRACTICE OF HANDLING TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS SO THAT THESE COULD BE DEALT WITH SPEEDILY TO AVOID CAUSING PROLONGED TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED SETTING UP WARNING BOARDS AT TRAFFIC BLACK SPOTS OR CONSPICUOUS PLACES, SHOWING THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC CASUALTIES, TO ALERT BOTH MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS.

ALTERNATIVES TO MTR

HE THOUGHT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO CHOOSE DIFFERENT MODES OF TRANSPORT AT DIFFERENT PRICES AND THAT EXISTING TRUNK ROUTE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE AFTER THE OPENING OF THE MTR.

TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE MOTORISTS TO USE THE MTR, HE SUGGESTED THAT STATIONS SHOULD HAVE PARKING FACILITIES NEARBY.

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BUS ONLY LANES AND LIGHT BUSES

MR. WONG SUPPORTED MORE USE OF BUS ONLY LANES IN THE URBAN AREAS WHICH WOULD ONLY HAVE TO BE OPENED DURING PEAK HOURS.

HE BELIEVED THAT MAXICAB SERVICES WOULD BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IF THE LARGER PLB OPERATORS COULD BE INVITED JOINTLY TO OPERATE A FEW LINES, SO AS TO EVEN OUT PROFITS AND MAKE GOOD LOSSES.

THE SYSTEM OF PLB CONTROL IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, BY WHICH THEY WERE REQUIRED TO OFF-LOAD AND TAKE ON PASSENGERS IN SIDE STREETS, COULD BE PROMOTED.

HE ALSO FELT THAT THE USE OF NON-FRANCHISED BUSES, IN PARTICULAR SCHOOL BUSES, FOR EXAMPLE FOR GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED.

TAXIS AND PRIVATE CARS

MR. WONG THOUGHT THE EXISTING POLICY WAS CONTRADICTORY IN THAT IT REGARDED TAXIS AS THE LEAST EFFICIENT MEANS OF TRANSPORT AND YET LICENCES FOR THEM WERE STILL BEING ISSUED.

HE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES, ESPECIALLY THOSE NEAR MAIN ROADS, FOR PRIVATE CARS, TO REDUCE CONGESTION CAUSED INDIRECTLY BY THEM.

HE THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROMOTE STAGGERED WORKING HOURS, WHICH SHOULD HELP TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

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20,000 REFUGEES TO LEAVE HK THIS YEAR

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ABOUT 20,000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG WILL BE RESETTLED OVERSEAS THIS YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, HE ALSO SAID IT WAS HOPED THE RATE OF DEPARTURE WILL INCREASE THEREAFTER.

HE SAID THAT SINCE THE GENEVA CONFERENCE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEMS, THE NUMBER OF OVERSEAS RESETTLEMENT PLACES FOR THE REGION, OFFERED BY 26 COUNTRIES, HAD INCREASED TO UP TO 300,000.

♦WE ARE NOW ENGAGED ON A SERIES OF BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES AND WITH THE UNHCR OVER RESETTLEMENT PLACES,* « SAID.

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ON THE QUESTION OF THE OUTFLOW OF THE REFUGEES BEING HALTED PERMANENTLY, MR. DAVIES SAID BOATS WERE STILL ARRIVING AND IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHETHER THE FLOW OF REFUGEES LEAVING VIETNAM HAD ACTUALLY CEASED AND, CERTAINLY TOO SOON TO SAY WHETHER IT (THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM) WOULD DO SO PERMANENTLY.

♦THERE IS, HOWEVER, A MARKED REDUCTION IN ARRIVALS,* HE INDICATED.

♦WHAT WE WOULD WISH TO SEE IS THAT CONDITIONS IN VIETNAM SHOULD BE SUCH THAT THERE IS NO PRESSURE ON PEOPLE TO LEAVE, THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO LEAVE SHOULD BE FREE TO DO SO, IN AN ORDERLY FASHION, ON TRANSPORT THAT IS SAFE, AND TO AN ASSURED DESTINATION.*

TURNING TO THE QUESTION OF THE UNHCR ASSUMING THE FINANCIAL BURDEN CURRENTLY BORNE BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, MR. DAVIES SAID PROSPECTS WERE ENCOURAGING.

ASSERTING THAT IT WAS HIS AIM THAT THE UNHCR SHOULD BE PRESSED TO TAKE OVER FULL PffttNCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL REFUGEES IN HONG KONG, MR/lrtVrES' StfTD THIS SUBJECT WOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH SENIOR UNrfCR OFFICIALS IN HONG KONG IN MID-AUGUST.

MEANWHILE, HE CONTINUED, THE KAI TAK NORTH CAMP HAD BEEN HANDED OVER FROM GOVERNMENT CONTROL TO UNHCR TODAY.

THIS INCREASES THE NUMBER UNDER UNHCR DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY TO 32,000 OR ALMOST HALF OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REFUGEES IN HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

ALSO, UNHCR CAMPS ARE TO BE EXPANDED AT LEAST TO A CAPACITY OF 44,000,+ HE ADDED.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BRIEFED MANAGEMENTS OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS AND PROVIDED THEM WITH COPIES OF PAMPHLETS ON LABOUR LEGISLATION TO HELP REFUGEES SEEKING EMPLOYMENT IN HONG KONG, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. HO KAM-FAI, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. JOHN CHAMBERS SAID GUIDANCE ON LABOUR MATTERS WAS ALSO BEING PROVIDED BY SEVERAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AS PART OF THEIR FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMMES WITHIN THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS.

IN ADDITION, THE CHINESE-SPEAKING VIETNAMESE WORKERS WHO MAKE UP THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED EMPLOYMENT HAVE ACCESS TO THE REGULAR LABOUR DEPARTMENT PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES THROUGH THE PRESS, RADIO AND TELEVISION,* MR. CHAMBERS SAID.

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INVESTIGATIONS INTO COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE

SHOW MARKED IMPROVEMENT *****

A +MARKED IMPROVEMENT* IN THE RATE AT WHICH COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATED IS NOTED IN THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1978 TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP, WHICH IN 1977 UNDERTOOK THE TASK OF MONITORING HOW THE CAPO (COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE OFFICE) HANDLES COMPLAINTS BY THE PUBLIC, ALSO SAYS THERE HAS BEEN A ♦CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT IN THE THOROUGHNESS AND OBJECTIVITY* OF CAPO INVESTIGATIONS.

♦WE ARE GRATIFIED,* THE REPORT STATES, +TO LEARN FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE THAT THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE OFFICE IS SEEN TO AN INCREASING EXTENT BY THE FORCE AS A TRUTH-SEEKING AGENCY, AS MUCH CONCERNED WITH THE EXONERATION OF THE INNOCENT AS WITH THE PUNISHMENT OF THE GUILTY.*

THE REPORT ALSO GIVES AN INDICATION OF THE THOROUGHNESS WITH WHICH THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP CARRIED OUT ITS MONITORING DUTIES.

LAST YEAR THE GROUP HAD SPOT-CHECK EXAMINATIONS CONDUCTED INTO 165 COMPLAINTS. IT HELD 25 FORMAL MEETINGS, AT A RATE OF ALMOST ONE MEETING A FORTNIGHT: 19 MEETINGS WITH THE POLICE AND SIX INTERNAL ONES.

THE SIX-MAN GROUP, WHICH IS CHAIRED BY SIR SIDNEY GORDON. CONCLUDED THAT, IN VIEW OF THE ♦IMMENSELY CHALLENGING TASK* CONFRONTING THE COMPLAINTS OFFICE, SATISFACTORY PROGRESS WAS BEING MADE.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP, AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WERE: W. T.S. LO- REV. JOYCE M. BENNETT- MR. WONG LAM- MR. LI FOOK-WO (WHO REPLACED MR. T.K. ANN)- AND FATHER PATRICK MCGOVERN (WHO REPLACED MR. OSWALD CHEUNG).

THE REPORT SAYS THAT THE GROUP TOLD THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF ITS CONCERN ABOUT DELAYS IN BRINGING COMPLAINTS INVESTIGATIONS TO A CONCLUSION.

♦STAFF SHORTAGES AND THE TIME TAKEN TO DEVELOP THE CAPO OPERATING PROCEDURES CONTRIBUTED TO EARLY DIFFICULTIES AND, INEVITABLY, SOME COMPLAINTS INVOLVE COMPLEX AND PROTRACTED INVESTIGATIONS. HOWEVER, AS THE CAPO GAINED STRENGTH AND EXPERIENCE, A MARKED IMPROVEMENT WAS EVIDENT BY THE END OF THE YEAR,+ THE REPORT SAYS.

IT ALSO NOTES THE GROUP’S CONCERN ABOUT THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINANTS CHARGED WITH OFFENCES SUCH AS OBSTRUCTING THE POLICE, LOITERING OR RESISTING ARREST, WHEN THEY APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN FIRST SUSPECTED OF DIFFERENT AND OFTEN MORE SERIOUS OFFENCES.

THE GROUP BELIEVES THAT THERE IS GREATER SCOPE FOR APPLYING THE CONCEPT OF ♦SUPERVISORY ACCOUNTABILITY+ IN THE POLICE’S HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS.

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THE REPORT ALSO RECOGNISES THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE POLICEMAN’S ROLE.

♦A POLICE OFFICER,* IT STATES, +IN THE COURSE OF HIS DAILY DUTIES IS MORE DIRECTLY EXPOSED TO PUBLIC CRITICISM THAN ANY OTHER PUBLIC OFFICER. VERY OFTEN CRITICISM OF POLICE CONDUCT IS A LAW-BREAKER’S ONLY LINE OF DEFENCE.*

WITH REGARD TO COMPLAINTS OF NEGLECT OF DUTY OR FAILURE TO TAKE ACTION, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT POLICEMEN OFTEN HAVE TO EXERCISE THEIR JUDGMENT AND DISCRETION — FOR EXAMPLE, IN DECIDING WHETHER TO INTERVENE IN A TRIVIAL, PERSONAL OR DOMESTIC DISPUTE.

ALTHOUGH THE GROUP IS GENERALLY SATISFIED THAT POLICE OFFICERS EXERCISING THEIR DISCRETION IN THESE SITUATIONS USUALLY DO SO RESPONSIBLY, THE REPORT STRESSES THAT CAPO SHOULD ALWAYS BE STAFFED BY OFFICERS OF THE VERY HIGHEST CALIBRE.

IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS. IT CONCLUDES, THE SUCCESS OF THE COMPLAINTS OFFICE +MUST DEPEND ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PUBLIC AND POLICE FORCE CONFIDENCE IN THE EFFECTIVENESS AND IMPARTIALITY OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS.*

STATISTICS PROVIDED BY THE REPORT SHOW THAT OF 1,465 CASES INTO WHICH INVESTIGATIONS WERE COMPLETED DURING 1978, 15.7 PER CENT (OR 230 CASES), WERE SUBSTANTIATED OR PARTIALLY SUBSTANTIATED, 63.89 PER CENT OF ALLEGATIONS WERE NOT SUBSTANTIATED, 15.56 PER CENT WERE NOT PROVED, 0.89 PER CENT WERE MALICIOUS, AND 3.96 PER CENT WERE NOT PURSUABLE.

OF THE 230 COMPLAINTS WHICH WERE FOUND TO BE SUBSTANTIATED OR PARTIALLY SUBSTANTIATED, TWO RESULTED IN THE DISMISSAL OF POLICE OFFICERS, 16 LED TO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, AND 16 TO THE INSTITUTION OF FORMAL DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS.

WARNINGS WERE ISSUED IN 70 CASES, AND INSTRUCTIONS OR ADVICE WAS GIVEN TO THE OFFICER CONCERNED ON THE PROPER HANDLING OF INCIDENTS IN A FURTHER 71 CASES.

FOUR CASES LED TO THE AMENDMENT OF POLICE PROCEDURES, AND INSTRUCTIONS ON PROPER POLICE PROCEDURE WERE ISSUED ON 13 OCCASIONS

IN 38 CASES, IT WAS DECIDED THAT AFTER FULL CONSIDERATION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES NO FURTHER ACTION WAS CALLED FOR.

THE REPORT COVERS A TOTAL OF 2,697 COMPLAINTS LODGED WITH CXPO, COMPRISING 2,264 RECEIVED IN 1978 AND 433 OUTSTANDING FROM 1977. IN ADDITION TO THE 1,465 CASES INVESTIGATED AND COMPLETED, 361 CASES WERE WITHDRAWN BY THE COMPLAINANTS, AND 131 COULD NOT BE PURSUED BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION.

ONE CASE ARISING IN 1977 (SINCE COMPLETED) AND 739 CASES ARISING IN 1978 WERE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AS AT JANUARY 1.

SINCE THEN, ALL BUT 22 CASES ARISING IN 1978 HAVE BEEN CLEARED

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THE MAJORITY OF THE 2,264 COMPLAINTS RECEIVED IN 1978 RELATED TO THE ON-DUTY ATTITUDE OF POLICE OFFICERS TOWARDS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, ALLEGING THE USE OF OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE (SIX PER CENT), OVERBEARING OR IMPOLITE CONDUCT (21 PER CENT) OR ABUSE OF AUTHORITY (14 PER CENT).

ALMOST AN EQUAL NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS ALLEGED ASSAULT (35 PER CENT), IN NEARLY ALL CASES ARISING FROM INCIDENTS OCCURRING IN THE COURSE OF POLICE OPERATIONS.

EVERY COMPLAINT AGAINST THE POLICE LODGED WITH OR REFERRED TO THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE OFFICE IS INVESTIGATED AND A REPORT ON THE COMPLETED INVESTIGATION IS SUBMITTED TO THE GROUP.

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE WORK PERFORMED BY THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP WHEN HE TABLED ITS 1978 REPORT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE GROUP FOUND A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THE HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS BY THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE OFFICE (CAPO) AND THAT THE BACKLOG HAS BEEN REDUCED.

MR. DAVIES RECALLED THAT AT THE OUTSET, THE WORK OF CAPO HAD BEEN AFFECTED BY A BACKLOG OF COMPLAINTS, INSUFFICIENT STAFF AND INADEQUATE ACCOMMODATION.

♦SINCE THEN HIGH PRIORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND STAFFING OF THE OFFICE BECAUSE THE CREDIBILITY OF CAPO AND THE THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF COMPLAINTS ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE POLICE FORCE AL IKE,♦ HE SAID.

OF THE 1,465 COMPLAINTS INTO WHICH INVESTIGATIONS WERE COMPLETED, 230 WERE FOUND TO BE SUBSTANTIATED OR PARTIALLY SUBSTANTIATED.

POSITIVE ACTION, RANGING FROM DISMISSAL TO ADVICE ON THE HANDLING OF INCIDENTS, TO AMENDMENT OF POLICE PROCEDURES, WAS TAKEN IN 192 CASES.

IN THE REMAINING CASES, IT WAS DECIDED AFTER FULL CONSIDERATION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT NO FURTHER ACTION WAS CALLED FOR.

MR. DAVIES ATTRIBUTED THESE RESULTS TO BE EVIDENCE OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP AND CAPO.

♦IN ADDITION TO STUDYING THE REPORTS OF COMPLETED INVESTIGATIONS, THE GROUP ALSO INTRODUCED IN MARCH 1978 (WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE) A SYSTEM OF SPOT CHECKS,♦ « SAID.

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INVESTIGATION FILES AND RELATED DOCUMENTS WERE PASSED TO A UMELCO TEAM FOR EXAMINATION AND, THE GROUP CHECKED 165 CASES LAST YEAR, MR. DAVIES SAID.

WHILE SUPPORTING CAPO’S AIM TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE IN A FAIR AND JUST MANNER, MR. DAVIES AGREES WITH THE UMELCO GROUP’S VIEW THAT A POLICE OFFICER SHOULD NOT BE DETERRED FROM DOING HIS DUTY FOR FEAR THAT AN UNWARRANTED COMPLAINT MAY PLACE HIS JOB OR FUTURE IN JEOPARDY.

♦VERY OFTEN CRITICISM OF POLICE CONDUCT IS A LAW-BREAKER’S ONLY LINE OF DEFENCE, AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT POLICE OFFICERS BE FULLY EXONERATED WHEN THE FACTS INDICATE THAT A COMPLAINT IS UNSUBSTANT IATED.+ HE ADDED.

ON THE WHOLE, THE GROUP HELD THAT SATISFACTORY PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE BY CAPO LAST YEAR.

IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 1977 TO MONITOR AND REVIEW THE WORK OF CAPO.

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LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MTR TSUEN WAN DEPOT APPROVED * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADOPTED A MOTION SEEKING AUTHORITY FOR A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE FOR EXPORT CREDITS TO FINANCE A CONTRACT FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION’S EXTENSION TO TSUEN WAN.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. HENRY CHING SAID THE LOAN, AMOUNTING TO $142 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ALL THE WORKS NECESSARY FOR THE CORPORATION’S RAILWAY DEPOT AT TSUEN WAN, COVERED ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF THE ACTUAL CONTRACT PRICE.

♦THE CONTRACT PLACED IN FRANCE HAS BEEN AWARDED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS TO EXCLUDE ANY EXCHANGE RISK TO THE CORPORATION,♦ MR. CHING SAID.

THE TERMS OF FINANCE INCLUDE A FIXED INTEREST RATE OF 7.75 PER CENT PER ANNUM AND A GUARANTEE ADDITIONAL COVERS ANY DEFERRED INTEREST PAYMENT UP TO A LIMIT OF $4.5 MILLION.

MR. CHING SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN THE CORPORATION WILL BE $8,903 MILLION.

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MTR BY-LAWS APPROVED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY BY-LAWS 1979 PRESCRIBING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE USE OF THE MTR SERVICES.

MOVING THE BY-LAWS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. GRAHAM BARNES SAID THE BY-LAWS ARE ALSO AIMED AT CONTROLLING AND REGULATING THE CONDUCT OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON RAILWAY PREMISES, INCLUDING SUCH MATTERS AS FARES AND ADVERTISING, AS WELL AS PROTECTING THE PROPERTY OF THE CORPORATION ON RAILWAY PREMISES.

THE BY-LAWS ALSOi

* PROHIBIT TRESPASS AND DAMAGE TO RAILWAY PREMISES, PERSONS THROWING OBJECTS ON RAILWAY PREMISES AND THE IMPROPER USE OF EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT-

* CONCERN SUCH MATTERS AS FARES, TICKETS, EXCESS FARES AND CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL-

* REGULATE THE CONDUCT OF PASSENGERS WHILE ON RAILWAY PREMISES AND PROHIBIT SMOKING, SPITTING AND THE PLAYING OF RADIOS-

M PROHIBIT SOLICITING FOR HANDLING LUGGAGE, HAWKING, LOITERING AND ILLEGAL BILL POSTING-

* CONCERN THE REMOVAL, DETENTION AND SALE OF VEHICLES PARKED ILLEGALLY ON RAILWAY PREMISES AND REGULATE THE DRIVING OF VEHICLES ON THESE PREMISES-

* PROHIBIT THE CARRIAGE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION BY ANY PERSON, OTHER THAN A MEMBER OF HER MAJESTY’S FORCES OR A POLICE OFFICER ON DUTY, AND THE UNAUTHORISED POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS GOODS-

* LAY DOWN PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH LOST PROPERTY, AND

M EMPOWER THE CORPORATION’S OFFICIALS TO REMOVE AND DETAIN OFFENDERS AGAINST THE BY-LAWS BEFORE HANDING THEM OVER TO THE POLICE.

MR. BARNES SAID PENALTIES FOR CONTRAVENING THESE BY-LAWS RANGE FROM FINES OF A MINIMUM OF $100 IN THE CASE OF VEHICLE DRIVERS NOT COMPLYING WITH SIGNS TO A MAXIMUM OF $5,000 FOR THE UNAUTHORISED POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.

FINALLY, MR. BARNES POINTED OUT THAT THESE PROVISIONS ARE STANDARD AND NECESSARY AND DO NOT EXCLUDE PROSECUTION UNDER OTHER LEGISLATION, WHERE APPROPRIATE.

♦THEY MUST BE IN FORCE FOR THE OPENING OF THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM IN OCTOBER,♦ HE SAID.

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IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED ******

THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL, AIMED AT ENABLING MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO BE TAKEN TO PREVENT AND TO PENALISE TRAFFICKING IN UNLAWFUL IMMIGRATION, WAS PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS BEFORE THE BILL WAS PASSED, THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG SAID THAT, IN GIVING SUPPORT ID THE BILL, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS UNDERSCORED THE NEED FOR HONG KONG ITSELF TO DO ITS UTMOST TO SUPPRESS ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING IN REFUGEES, AND TO PROVIDE THE COURTS WITH PENAL SANCTIONS THAT COULD BE INFLICTED ON THOSE CONVICTED OF PARTICIPATING IN SUCH TRAFFIC.

♦A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 MILLION AND A POTENTIAL SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT WILL BE RECOGNISED AS A MARK OF THIS COUNCIL’S DETERMINATION TO BE SEVERE,* HE SAID.

MR. CHEUNG SAID UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WERE SATISFIED THAT THERE WERE ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT DESPITE THE HARD LINE TAKEN BY THE BILL.

♦MOREOVER, COMPENSATION WILL BE PAYABLE WHERE SHIPS OR OTHER PROPERTY HAVE BEEN WRONGLY SUSPENDED OR SEIZED, EVENTS WHICH CAN HAPPEN WHEN ACTION IS RESOLUTE AND SOMETIMES HAS TO BE TAKEN IN EMERGENCY- IT DEMONSTRATES THAT THE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN MADE BY GOVERNMENT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE,* HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, MR. CHEUNG SAID, THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE BILL WHICH INHIBITED IN ANY WAY THE RIGHT AND DUTY OF CAPTAINS OF SHIPS TO PLUCK THOSE IN DISTRESS ON THE HIGH SEAS, AND GIVE THEM SUCCOUR.

MR. CHEUNG SAID UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HOPED THESE EMERGENCY MEASURES WOULD NO LONGER BE NECESSARY WHEN THEY EXPIRED IN DECEMBER NEXT YEAR, ADDING THAT IF SUCH PROVISIONS SHOULD STILL BE NEEDED, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WOULD NOT HESITATE TO EXTEND THEM.

MR. CHEUNG ALSO PRAISED THE STRENUOUS EFFORTS MADE BY HM GOVERNMENT IN RECENT MONTHS TO DEFLECT THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FROM ITS POLICIES AND TO GALVANISE THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD INTO ACTION TO GRANT RESETTLEMENT TO REFUGEES, ESPECIALLY THOSE HAVING ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED BY HONG KONG.

♦WE WISH ALSO TO PLACE ON RECORD OUR ADMIRATION AND THANKS FOR THE LEADING PART THAT YOU, SIR (THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE), HAVE TAKEN IN ALL THESE EVENTS.

♦WE WOULD ALSO WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE THE STEPS THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS IMPLEMENTED, VERY EFFECTIVELY, TO STOP THE FLOW OF UNAUTHORISED PERSONS CROSSING THE BORDER AND ON TO OUR SHORES,♦ MR. CHEUNG SAID.

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THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING WAYS OF PREVENTING LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM BEING ACCOMMODATED IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. DONALD P.H. LIAO. SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN ASKED i +WILL THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDER INTRODUCING MEASURES TO PREVENT LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BEING ACCOMMODATED IN PUBLIC HOUSING AT LEAST UNTIL THEY HAVE RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS OR MORE?*

MR. LIAO SAID MOST PEOPLE ENTERING NEW PERMANENT PUBLIC HOUSING HAD AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS’ RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

♦THERE ARE, HOWEVER, WAYS IN WHICH NEW ARRIVALS MAY GAIN ENTRY TO PUBLIC HOUSING, AND, OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY AWARE THAT THIS IS OCCURRING IN A FEW INSTANCES,♦ HE SAID.

♦AS A RESULT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS ALREADY CONSIDERING MEANS BY WHICH THESE 'QUEUE JUMPERS’ MAY BE HELD BACK, SO THAT THEY DO NOT SECURE PERMANENT PUBLIC HOUSING IN ADVANCE OF FAMILIES

OF LONGER RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.+

MR. LIAO SAID HE WAS SURE MEMBERS AGREED THIS WAS A MATTER OF GENERAL CONCERN PARTICULARLY TO THOSE ♦WHOSE PATIENCE IS ALREADY BEING SORELY TESTED BY THE LONG WAIT BETWEEN APPLICATION AND ALLOCATION.♦

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF FACTORY INSPECTORS IN THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR YEARS TO INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF INSPECTIONS OF CONSTRUCTION SITES, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. JOHN CHAMBERS, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WONG LAM, SAID INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT WERE, HOWEVER, NOT THE COMPLETE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT BOTH BUILDING CONTRACTORS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES SHOULD BECOME MORE SAFETY-CONSCIOUS IF THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS WAS TO BE REDUCED.

MR. CHAMBERS SAID AT PRESENT 18 FACTORY INSPECTORS VISIT CONSTRUCTION SITES TO ENSURE THAT BUILDING CONTRACTORS ARE AWARE CF AND CARRY OUT THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

ON AVERAGE THREE OR FOUR VISITS ARE MADE TO EACH SITE EVERY YEAR AND PROSECUTIONS ARE UNDERTAKEN IN APPROPRIATE CASES.

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♦THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALSO CONDUCTS FREQUENT SAFETY COURSES FOR PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND SEVERAL ASPECTS OF CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ARE COVERED IN THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH EXHIBITION NOW TAKING PLACE AT THE HUNG HOM STATION,* HE ADDED.

REPLYING TO A SEPARATE QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ON THE PROBLEM OF INDUSTRIAL NOISE, MR. CHAMBERS SAID AN INDUSTRIAL NOISE CONSULTANT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION RECENTLY SPENT THREE MONTHS IN HONG KONG STUDYING THE SITUATION WITH A VIEW TO MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHAT FURTHER MEASURES NEEDED TO BE TAKEN.

♦HIS REPORT IS EXPECTED SHORTLY AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR SHOULD THEN BE ABLE TO WORK OUT A PRACTICAL AND REALISTIC APPROACH TO THIS PROBLEM IN THE LIGHT OF THE CONSULTANT’S ADVICE,♦ ffi. CHAMBERS SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMISSIONER RECENTLY CARRIED OUT A SURVEY OF NOISE IN FACTORIES AND WAS NOW IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAMME OF ADVICE AND EDUCATION.

♦FACTORY INSPECTORS DISCUSS NOISE PROBLEMS WITH MANAGEMENTS DURING THEIR INSPECTIONS OF NOISY TRADERS AND GIVE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE WHEREVER POSSIBLE,* MR. CHAMBERS SAID.

♦IT IS, HOWEVER, NOT PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT,* HE

EASY TO PERSUADE WORKERS TO USE ADDED.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFERS ADVICE TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ON HOW TO CHOOSE A CAREER AND ON EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN SELECTING A SUMMER JOBS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. CHAMBERS SAID THIS WAS DONE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BY MEANS OF SCHOOL TALKS, POSTERS, CAREERS NEWSLETTERS AND THE ENQUIRY SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE CAREFULLY MATCHES STUDENTS SEEKING SUMMER JOBS WITH AVAILABLE VACANCIES,* MR. CHAMBERS SAID.

♦BEFORE THEY ARE REFERRED TO EMPLOYERS FOR SELECTION INTERVIEWS, THE STUDENTS ARE BRIEFED ON CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND JOB DETAILS.

♦THEY ARE ADVISED NOT TO ACCEPT JOBS THAT REQUIRE MACHINE HANDLING OR TO WORK IN DANGEROUS TRADES.

♦ADVICE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND WORKMAN’S COMPENSATION IS ALSO GIVEN BY MEANS OF SPECIAL PRESS RELEASES, POSTERS AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AIMED AT STUDENTS TAKING UP VACATION WORK,* NR. CHAMBERS ADDED.

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DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED ******

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO DELETE FROM ITS POLICE RECORDS ALL RELATED INFORMATION ON MINOR DRUG OFFENDERS, ESPECIALLY FIRST OFFENDERS, WHERE THIS IS CONSIDERED SUITABLE.

HE ALSO HOPED THE COURTS WILL RECORD NO CONVICTION AGAINST THEM IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE BILL REQUIRES THE COURTS TO CONSIDER, PRIOR TO SENDING A MINOR DRUG OFFENDER TO IMPRISONMENT, A REPORT ON HIS SUITABILITY FOR ADMISSION TO THE ALTERNATIVE ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN PRAISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR THIS ENLIGHTENED APPROACH. HE FURTHER WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER THE OFFENDER WILL RECEIVE TREATMENT DURING THE PERIOD HE IS ON REMAND PENDING THE SUITABILITY REPORT.

IN REPLY, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID ALL REMANDS REQUIRING MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR WHATEVER SYMPTOMS RECEIVE IT ON ADMISSION.

♦THOSE SUFFERING FROM WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS RECEIVE TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION,* HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF CONVICTION RECORDS, MR. DAVIES SAID THAT THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES ORDINANCE ALREADY PROVIDES, WHEN A COURT MAKES A DETENTION ORDER, NO CONVICTION BEING RECORDED AGAINST THE PERSON IN RESPECT OF WHOM THE ORDER IS MADE UNLESS, IN THE OPINION OF THE COURT, THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE OFFENCE SO WARRANT.

♦HOWEVER, WHEN A COURT FINDS A PERSON GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE, IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE POLICE TO MAINTAIN A RECORD, + HE ADDED.

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COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONERS *****

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN EIGHT PER CENT INCREASE IN CIVIL SERVICE PENSION AS COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT EFFECTIVE FROM OCTOBER 1.

MOVING THE MOTION IN THE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON. MARTIN ROWLANDS, SAID THE COST OF THE INCREASE IS ABOUT $6.75 MILLION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR AND $13.5 MILLION IN A FULL YEAR.

THE INCREASE IS APPLICABLE TO ELIGIBLE PENSIONERS FROM JULY 1, 1978 ONWARDS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 1978, TO JUNE 30, 1979, THE MOVING ANNUAL AVERAGE OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE BY 9.7 POINTS, OR 8.04 PER CENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO MAINTAIN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASING POWER OF CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS, INCLUDING PENSIONS PAYABLE UNDER THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION SCHEME AND THE WIDOWS AND CHILDREN’S PENSIONS SCHEME BY MAKING PERIODIC ADJUSTMENTS TO REFLECT COST OF LIVING CHANGES.

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TELEPHONE PAGING SERVICE PLANNED FOR NEXT MONTH ******

THE TELEPHONE COMPANY’S PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE ITS NEW PAGING SERVICE NEXT MONTH IS A LOGICAL EXTENSION OF THE USE OF THE PUBLIC TELEPHONE NETWORK AND WILL MARK A FURTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID WONG WHEN MOVING A MOTION WHICH SEEKS TO INCLUDE FIVE NEW ITEMS IN THE SCHEDULE OF THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THE SERVICE WOULD ENABLE A SUBSCRIBER TO BE +PAGED+ BY MEANS OF A CALL PASSED OVER THE NORMAL TELEPHONE NETWORK TO A RADIO TRANSMITTER, WHICH WOULD SEND OUT A SIGNAL TO ACTIVATE THE SUBSCRIBER’S PAGER.

♦A GROUP CALLING FACILITY WILL BE AVAILABLE, WHEREBY UP TO 99 PAGERS CAN BE ACTIVATED IN RAPID SEQUENCE UPON DIALLING A SIGNAL PAGING NUMBER,* HE SAID.

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MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR LEI MUK SHUE COMMUNITY HALL

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A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED ON JUNE 20 THIS YEAR TO RUN THE LEI MUK SHUE COMMUNITY HALL IN KWAI CHUNG, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON. DAVID AKERS-JONES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO FOSTER THE SPIRIT OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN NEW TOWNS BY APPOINTING A COMMUNITY HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AT LEI MUK SHUE IN KWAI CHUNG.

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SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE REFORM (AMENDMENT) BILL *****

DR. THE HON. HENRY HU WELCOMED THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING LEGISLATION REGULATING MATRIMONIAL AFFAIRS PROPOSED BY THE MARRIAGE REFORM (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL, BUT SUGGESTED THAT THEY COULD BE EVEN BETTER.

SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), DR. HU SAID THE MARRIAGE REFORM (AMENDMENT) BILL SHOULD HAVE GONE FURTHER BY ALLOWING ONE PARTY TO A CHINESE CUSTOMARY MARRIAGE OR MODERN MARRIAGE TO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE COURT IF THE MARRIAGE CAN BE PROVED BEFORE A COMPETENT COURT TO BE VALID AND SUBSISTING, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE PARTIES TO MARRIAGES CONTRACTED IN HONG KONG SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER THOSE MARRIAGES CONTRACTED IN PLACES OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

ON THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, DR. HU THOUGHT THAT THE MATRIMONIAL RELIEFS AS AMENDED SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO CHINESE CUSTOMARY AS WELL AS MODERN MARRIAGES WHETHER THEY WERE CONTRACTED IN OR OUTSIDE HONG KONG, PROVIDED IT CAN BE PROVED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE COURT THAT THEY ARE SUBSISTING AND VALID.

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SEVEN BILLS PASSED * * *

SEVEN BILLS WERE PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY ARE THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1979, THE MARRIAGE REFORM (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE MATRIMONIAL PROCEEDINGS AND PROPERTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 AND THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979.

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TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING CLERK TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL * * * *

SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. OSWALD CHEUNG, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CLERK TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. STEPHEN TAM, FOR HIS SERVICE DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS.

IN A SHORT SPEECH ON BEHALF OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS BEFORE THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED FOR THE 1978-79 SESSION, MR. CHEUNG SAID UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAD APPRECIATED THE SERVICE *SO HELPFULLY AND COURTEOUSLY* GIVEN TO THEM BY MR. TAM DURING HIS TENURE OF OFFICE.

♦I UNDERSTAND THAT MR. TAM, WHO NOW SITS IN THE PUBLIC GALLERY, WILL SHORTLY BE PROCEEDING ON VACATION BEFORE TAKING UP A NEW POST, AND WE WISH HIM SUCCESS IN THAT NEW APPOINTMENT,* MR. CHEUNG SAID.

MR. CHEUNG ALSO WELCOMED MRS. LORNA LEUNG WHO HAS TAKEN UP THE POST FROM MR. TAM.

+1 HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TENURE HERE, BUT I WARN YOU THE JOB IS NOT A BED OF ROSES,* HE SAID JOKINGLY.

PRISON OFFICERS TO RECEIVE NURSING CERTIFICATES * * * *

TWENTY-ONE PRISON OFFICERS, INCLUDING TWO WOMEN, WHO PASSED THE NURSING BOARD EXAMINATION FOR REGISTERED AND ENROLLED NURSES AFTER TRAINING AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, WILL RECEIVE THEIR NURSING CERTIFICATES DURING A CEREMONY AT THE PRISON OFFICERS’ CLUB ON FRIDAY.

THEY WILL RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATES FROM THE PRINCIPAL NURSING OFFICER OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, MISS K.J. VEEVERS. THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. T.G. GARNER, WILL ALSO DELIVER A SPEECH AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A PRESENTATION OF NURSING CERTIFICATES TO 21 PRISON OFFICERS WILL BE HELD AT THE PRISON OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY AT 2.30 P.M. ON FRIDAY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI AT 1.30 P.M

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HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME WINS ITALIAN AWARD

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THE $1,348 MILLION HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME, THE LARGEST PROJECT OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, HAS WON THE 1979 INGERSOLL-RAND ITALIA PRIZE.

THE PRIZE IS AWARDED ANNUALLY TO AN IMPORTANT PROJECT WITH SOCIAL, TECHNICAL AND ESTHETIC SIGNIFICANCE AND WITH ITALIAN PARTICIPATION.

THE PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN MILAN ON OCTOBER 11.

WITH A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 273 MILLION CUBIC METRES, THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME, WHICH IS THE BIGGEST SEABED RESERVOIR IN THE WORLD, WAS OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, ON NOVEMBER 27 LAST YEAR.

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SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE FOR AUCTION TOMORROW ******

THE AUCTION OF A PRIME SITE ON THE NORTHWESTERN SIDE OF THE SHA TIN VALLEY, WITH SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE RACE COURSE AND TIDE COVE, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11 A.M. AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT’S SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR, MR. DON SMITH.

THE 724-SQUARE METRE SITE, EARMARKED FOR A TWO-STOREY TOWN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT, IS MIDWAY BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF THE RACE COURSE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY IN AN AREA KNOWN AS THE +JARDINE’S LOOKOUT OF SHA TIN.* ----------

THE LOT — THE FIRST IN THE AREA TO BE PUT ON THE MARKET — HAS EASY ACCESS TO KOWLOON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES VIA THE SHA TIN TRUNK ROAD.

ITS SALE CONDITIONS STIPULATE A PLOT RATIO OF 0.4 AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF $110,000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE AUCTI OF THE SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT, WAN CHAI, KWUN TONG AND TUEN MUN WILL BE STOPPED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY TO ENABLE WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

IN NORTH POINT, ALL PREMISES IN CLOUD VIEW ROAD, YEE KING ROAD AND 96-150 TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WILL HAVE NO WATER FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. ON FRIDAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IN WAN CHAI, BOUNDED BY HENNESSY ROAD, MARSH ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD AND CANAL ROAD WEST INCLUDING JAFFE ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD, WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON FRIDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

INTERRUPTION OF SUPPLY IN KWUN TONG WILL BE FROM MIDNIGHT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO 6 A.M. ON FRIDAY. THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HONG NING ROAD, MUT WAH STREET, HIP WO STREET AND WAN HON STREET INCLUDING SHU I NING STREET, SHUNG YAN STREET, FU YAN STREET, SHU I WO STREET AND KA LOK STREET.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TAI LAM CHUNG AND FU TEI SHEUNG TSUEN INCLUDING TUEN MUN SAN HUI AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS 9 AND 12 WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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EIGHT BUILDINGS DECLARED IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ft * ft ft ft

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (THURSDAY) DECLARED EIGHT PRE-WAR BUILDINGS TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR THEIR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON AUGUST 30 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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NOS. 50, 52 AND 54 NEW MARKET STREET AND NOS. 164, 166, AND 166

WING LOK STREET

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THIS GROUP OF THREE AND FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS, WHICH ARE BACK TO BACK, HAD BEEN UNDER REGULAR SURVEILLANCE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

THEY ARE CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS SUPPORTING TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOFS AND ARE GENERALLY IN VERY POOR CONDIT ION,♦ HE SAID.

THE OUTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE FRONT WALL OF THE NEW MARKET STREET PROPERTIES HAS BEEN NOTED IN RECENT INSPECTIONS. ALSO, THE EXPOSED PARTY WALL OF NO. 168 WING LOK STREET AND NO. 54 NEW MARKET STREET DISPLAYS SERIOUS WEAKNESSES.

AS THERE IS 4 SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE, THE CLOSURE AND DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS ARE NECESSARY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOS. 21 AND 23 KO SHING STREET

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UNDER REGULAR OBSERVATION SINCE 1967.

THEY ARE CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING WALLS SUPPORTING, FOR THE MOST PART, TIMBER FLOORS.

THE CLOSURE AND DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE RECENT SERIOUS OUTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE REAR WALL OF THE KITCHEN BLOCKS,♦ HE SAID.

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21 PRISON OFFICERS RECEIVE NURSING CERTIFICATES ............... 1

SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN ...................... 1

ABERDEEN LAND FOR SALE BY TENDER .............................. 2

CLOSURE OF STREETS FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN TUSEN WAN ..................................................... 2

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES ....................................... 3

CLEARWATER BAY ROAD IMPROVEMENT ............................... 4

ONE JAIL DELIVERY ON MONDAY ................................... 4

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TWENTY-ONE PRISON OFFICERS TODAY (FRIDAY) RECEIVED THEIR NURSING CERTIFICATES DURING A CEREMONY HELD AT THE PRISON OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY.

THE PRINCIPAL NURSING OFFICER OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, MISS K.J. VEEVERS, PRESENTED THE CERTIFICATES TO THE RECIPIENTS.

SEVEN RECEIVED THE REGISTERED NURSE CERTIFICATE AFTER FINISHING A THREE-YEAR TRAINING AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, AND 14 QUALIFIED AS ENROLLED NURSES AFTER COMPLETING A TWO-YEAR TRAINING COURSE WITH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THEY JOIN 83 OTHER PRISON OFFICERS WHO ARE REGISTERED AND ENROLLED NURSES WORKING IN THE GENERAL MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC FIELDS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT.

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS ITS OWN IN-SERVICE NURSING TRAINING PROGRAMMES WHICH LAST THREE MONTHS AND WHICH LEAD TO THE ST. JOHN’S FIRST AID AND HOME NURSING CERTIFICATE.

THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. T.G. GARNER, ALSO DELIVERED A SPEECH AT TODAY’S CEREMONY AND CONGRATULATED THE RECIPIENTS.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE INTRODUCED ON JULY 8 TO THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL CONTINUE ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS THIS SUNDAY.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT THE CONTINUATION OF THIS SERVICE WILL DEPEND LARGELY ON THE RESPONSE IT RECEIVES FROM THE PUBLIC.

THE SPECIAL TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.29 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.34 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL THEN DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.36 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.50 A.M.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 4.10 P.M. IN ADDITION, ONE ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN DEPARTING FROM TAI PO MARKET STATION WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS WISHING TO LEAVE THE PLEASURE GARDEN EARLIER.

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 THE RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE $4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2 EACH.

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ABERDEEN LAND FOR SALE BY TENDER * * * *

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFERING FOR SALE A CROWN LAND LOT IN ABERDEEN FOR USE AS A MARINA.

THE 51,363-SQUARE METRE SITE IS AT SHUM WAN ROAD.

+THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE NOT LESS THAN 300 BERTHS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PWD SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

+BACK-UP FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, A SHOP/STORE, A RESTAURANT AND BAR, A SLIPWAY FOR REPAIR OF BOATS AND AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,850 SQUARE METRES FOR THE COVERED STORAGE

OF BOATS.*

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 2.

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

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CLOSURE OF STREETS FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN TSUEN WAN ******

A NUMBER OF STREETS IN SAI LAU KOK AND HAM TIN WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY FROM EARLY NEXT MONTH TO ENABLE WORKS ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TSUEN WAN DEPOT TO BE CARRIED OUT.

DETAILS OF THE AFFECTED AREAS, WHICH WILL BE CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 2, ARE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WISHING TO MAKE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS BEFORE DATE OF CLOSURE OF THE GAZETTED

CLAIMS SHOULD WRITE TO THE THE EXPIRY OF ONE YEAR FROM THE PLACES.

PLANS SHOWING

THE AFFECTED

„„ AREAS MAY BE INSPECTED DURING

OFFICE HOURS AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE FU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD- THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES WEST WING ENTRANCE, AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 405 NATHAN ROAD

CONSTRUCTION OF THE DEPOT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 1982.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 1979

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES

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THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1.15 A.M. TO 5.30 A.M. ON SUNDAY.

MOTORISTS ON EASTBOUND JOURNEYS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA GILMAN STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, PEDDER STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL. HARBOUR VIEW STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN POTTINGER STREET AND GILMAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1.15 A.M. TO 5.30 A.M.

MOTORISTS ON WESTBOUND JOURNEYS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA POTTINGER STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND RUMSEY STREET.

THE SECTION OF QUEEN VICTORIA STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC AT THE SAME TIME.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF FOOTBRIDGE BEAMS AND THE INSTALLATION OF ESCALATORS IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

MEANWHILE, THE SLIP ROAD LINKING QUEENSWAY AND COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED FOR EIGHT HOURS ON SUNDAY FROM 8 A.M. TO 4 P.M. FOR LAYING ELECTRIC CABLES.

BUS ROUTE NOS. 23 AND 23B WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE ROAD CLOSURE AND THESE ROUTES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FENWICK STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD AND HARCOURT ROAD TO COTTON TREE DRIVE.

A TEMPORARY BUS STOP WILL BE SET UP IN FENWICK STREET TO REPLACE THE TWO STOPS ALONG QUEENSWAY.

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CLEARWATER BAY ROAD IMPROVEMENT *****

A SECTION OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD ADJACENT TO PIK UK PRISON WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL MOTOR TRAFFIC FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 7) FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

ALL TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE EXISTING ROAD.

THE TWO EXISTING BUS STOPS OUTSIDE PIK UK PRISON WILL BE RESITED TO THE ENTRANCE AT THE PRISON AND PIK UK VILLAGE RESPECTIVELY.

THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL LAST ABOUT FOUR MONTHS UNTIL THE EXISTING ROAD IS WIDENED TO DUAL TWO-LANE STANDARDS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON MONDAY * * * *

THF POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON MONDAY WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

ON THAT DAY, ONLY 32 POST OFFICES INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHAM TSUI POST OFFICES AND THE TSUEN WAN POST OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON.

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GOVT’S REHABILITATION PLANS FOR THE HANDICAPPED 1

AMBITIOUS ...............................................

INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION /ELL RECEIVED ....................... 2

SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION ALLOCATIONS......... 3

FIRING PRACTICE............................................ 3

temporary closure of elegance road ........................ 3

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 1979

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GOVT'S REHABILITATION PLANS FOR THE HANDICAPPED AMBITIOUS *****

THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES ON REHABILITATION SERVICES ARE DESIGNED TO EMPHASISE AN ALL-ROUND APPROACH TO ENABLE HANDICAPPED PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR ABILITIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT. AND AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, TO INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES. MR. JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID THIS TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE HONG KONG SPECIAL OLYMPIC TEAM WHICH IS TO TAKE PART IN THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN NEW YORK LATER THIS MONTH.

♦THE PUBLICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER ON REHABILITATION SERVICES NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO MARKED THE BEGINNING OF AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME IN THIS FIELD,* MR. CHAMBERS SAID.

♦SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FORM AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE OVERALL PROGRAMME.+

MR. CHAMBERS SAID PARTICIPATION IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WOULD HELP HANDICAPPED PEOPLE TO FORGET THEIR LIMITATIONS, GAIN CONFIDENCE AND SHOW THAT THEY HAD MORE ABILITIES THAN DISABILITIES, ALTHOUGH THEY MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE GREATER EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE PERFORMANCE LEVELS THAT WERE MORE EASILY REACHED BY ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE.

HE ADDED THAT ONE OF THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT WAS TO CO-ORDINATE THE WIDE VARIETY OF REHABILITATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

FINALLY, MR. CHAMBERS SAID MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG TEAM, ORGANISED BY THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, WOULD BE WORTHY AMBASSADORS OF HONG KONG AND THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL EVENT WOULD BE A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHER HANDICAPPED ATHLETES HERE, AND TO THOSE WORKING AMONG THEM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

COPIES OF MR. CHAMBERS’ SPEECH AT THE FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN G.I.S. PRESS BOXES THIS AFTERNOON.

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INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION WELL RECEIVED * * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH EXHIBITION CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT KOWLOON RAIL TERMINUS HAS BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY FACTORY PROPRIETORS, MANAGERS, SUPERVISORS, WORKERS AND STUDENTS FROM TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND VOCATIONAL IRA IN I NG SCHOOLS.

A FACTORY PROPRIETOR DESCRIBED THE EXHIBITION AS HIGHLY INTERESTING AND USEFUL TO MANAGEMENT AND WORKERS ALIKE.

♦BY USING REAL EXHIBITS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, MACHINERY WITH GOOD STANDARDS OF GUARDING AND EYE-CATCHING WORKING MODELS, THE EXHIBITION HAS SUCCESSFULLY GOT THE SAFETY MESSAGE ACROSS. IT ALSO EXPLAINS VARIOUS LEGAL REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE MANNER,♦ HE SAID.

A FACTORY MANAGER SAID THE EXHIBITION PROVIDED HIM WITH THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE FOR EFFECTIVELY GUARDING MACHINES AND TESTING AND MAINTAINING ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION AND EQUIPMENT IN HIS FACTORY.

A WORKER AFTER SEEING A MOCK-UP ACCIDENT STAND SAIDt +1 DID NOT FULLY REALISE THE POTENTIAL DANGER OF THE MACHINE I HAVE BEEN USING UNTIL I VISITED THE EXHIBITION.+

A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENT SAID HE HAD LEARNED FROM THE EXHIBITION WHAT HE COULD NOT LEARN FROM TEXT BOOKS.

♦NOW I REALISE THAT VARIOUS RISKS THAT EXIST IN FACTORIES CAN BE AVOIDED BY ADOPTING APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.

♦I SHALL HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE WHEN I LEAVE SCHOOL AND JOIN INDUSTRY AS MY FUTURE CAREER,♦ HE ADDED.

WITH ONLY TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EXHIBITION CLOSES, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR. CHAN SIU-LAP, URGED FACTORY MANAGEMENTS TO ENCOURAGE AND RELEASE THEIR WORKERS TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION.

♦APART FROM MANAGEMENT, IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR WORKERS TO HAVE A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE HIGH RATE OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS WILL LEVEL OFF IF OUR WORKFORCE BECOMES MORE SAFETY CONSC IOUS,♦ HE NOTED.

THE EXHIBITION OPENS DAILY FROM 10.30 A.M. TO 7.30 P.M. UNTIL NEXT MONDAY.

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SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION ALLOCATIONS

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EIGHTY-SEVEN APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TOTALLING ABOUT 1381,000 HAVE BEEN APPROVED THIS YEAR FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION.

THE FUND, SET UP IN 1970 AND ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, IS AIMED AT ENABLING VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL, SPORTS, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR ALL PEOPLE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT SAID APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS FOR 1980-81 WILL BE INVITED LATER THIS YEAR.

HE SAID AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE IN THE NEWSPAPERS AND APPLICATIONS WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, VARIOUS BRANCH OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

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

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

THE PRACTISING TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

AUGUST 8 (WEDNESDAY) 7 A.M. - 7 P.M.

AUGUST 9 (THURSDAY) 7 A.M. - 7 P.M.

AUGUST 10 (FRIDAY) 7 A.M. - 7 P.M.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ELEGANCE ROAD * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT BETWEEM NGAU TAU K0K R0AD AND KWUN TONG *oad IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL. VEH ICUL AR TRAFFIC, TO FACILITATE EMERGENCY REPAIR WORKS TO UNDERGROUND WATER MAINS. tntKbtNCY

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE BEEN SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 1979

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CALL FOR MORS SUPPORT FOR SCOUTING ......................... 1

CONSTRUCTION OF liAIL CiNTRS 90 PER CENT COMPLETE........

MORE THAN 3,500 FIRES IN SIX MONTHS

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CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR SCOUTING

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THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR THE PROMOTION OF SCOUTING TO PROVIDE TRAINING, CHARACTER BUILDING AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE YEARS TO COME.

HE MADE THE APPEAL WHEN OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE TWO DEVELOPMENT UNITS OF THE HONG KONG SCOUT ASSOCIATION — THE ROVER SCOUT CREW AND THE LEADER RECRUITMENT CREW - AT THE FUNG KAI PUBLIC SCHOOL, SHEUNG SHU I.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING, MR. AKERS-JONES PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR HAVING ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS IN THE EXPANSION OF SCOUTING IN THE PAST 10 YEARS.

+AND TODAY’S HE SAID.

PARADE MARKS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THIS PROCESS,*

♦THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED WITHOUT THE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE PROMINENT COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO ARE WITH US TODAY.

♦I HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE THIS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN YOU SO THAT IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SCOUTING WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TRAINING, CHARACTER BUILDING AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE YEARS TO COME,+ HE SAID.

MR. AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THE SCOUT MOVEMENT WOULD PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN THE DEVELOPING TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦I AM THEREFORE VERY PLEASED TO KNOW THAT THE SCOUT DEVELOPMENT WORKING PARTY UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. STEPHEN WONG HAD COMPLETED A DRAFT PLAN FOR SCOUTING IN THE NEW TERR I TOR IES,+ HE ADDED.

MORE THAN 300 YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN, RECENTLY RECRUITED TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE ROVER SCOUT CREW AND THE LEADER RECRUITMENT CREW, TOOK PART AT THE CEREMONY.

THE UNITS ARE TWO OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION’S MANY PILOT SCHEMES WHICH AIM TO COPE WITH THE EVER INCREASING NEED OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO PROVIDE BETTER SCOUTING FOR MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 25.

UNDER ITS SEVEN-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, THE ASSOCIATION PLANS TO INCREASE ITS MEMBERSHIP TO 50,000 BY 1982.

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CONSTRUCTION OF MAIL CENTRE 90 PER CENT COMPLETE

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CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE $42 MILLION INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST IS ALMOST COMPLETE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT ABOUT 90 PER CENT OF THE BUILDING WORK HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THE REST WAS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED IN NOVEMBER.

♦AT THE MOMENT, THE CONTRACTORS ARE INSTALLING THE MOST UP-TO-DATE AUTOMATIC MAIL SORTING EQUIPMENT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE CONSULTANT ENGINEERS OF THE BRITISH POSTAL CONSULTANCY SERVICE AND P.W.D.’S ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE,* HE SAID.

♦THIS WORK IS PROGRESSING ACCORDING TO PROGRAMME AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN MAY NEXT YEAR.+

HE ADDED THAT THIS WOULD BE FOLLOWED BY CONFIDENCE TRIALS WHICH WOULD LAST MORE THAN A MONTH.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE PROJECT FORMED PART OF A PROGRAMME TO MECHANISE MAIL HANDLING FACILITIES IN HONG KONG.

THE MAIN BUILDING WILL HAVE A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 8,000 SQUARE METRES FOR THE MAIL SORTING COMPLEX WHICH INCLUDES MAIL SORTING, STORAGE AND PROCESSING, WITH ANCILLARY OFFICES.

THE TWO-STOREY MAIL CENTRE, THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, WILL BE AIR-CONDITIONED AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DINING ROOM, AS WELL AS REST AND RECREATION ROOMS FOR STAFF.

A RAILWAY SPUR AND PLATFORM IS PROVIDED TO HANDLE MAIL TO AND FROM CHINA WHILE FOUR BERTHS FOR MAIL LAUNCHES WILL BE BUILT ALONG THE SEAWALL SOUTH OF THE CENTRE.

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MORE THAN 3,500 FIRES IN SIX MONTHS

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HONG KONG’S FIREMEN BATTLED A TOTAL OF 3,530 FIRES IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR — A 10.2 PER CENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURE.

THE FIRES CLAIMED 21 LIVES AND CAUSED INJURY TO 340 PEOPLE, 38 OF THEM FIREMEN, A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNPAY>.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT HE BELIEVED THE MAIN CAUSES THE FIRES WERE CARELESS DISPOSAL OF MATCHES AND CIGARETTE ENDS (1,396) AND ELECTRICAL FAULTS (853). THESE TWO CAUSES ALONE ACCOUNTED FOR NEARLY 64 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FIRES.

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DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THERE WERE 4,978 FIRE CALLS OF WHICH 1,448 WERE FALSE ALARMS.

♦THE MAJORITY OF THE FALSE-ALARM CALLS, THOUGH TIME-CONSUMING WERE MADE WITH GOOD INTENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE REVEALED THAT THE NUMBER OF FACTORY FIRES ALSO WENT UP FROM 231 FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF LAST YEAR TO 284 THIS YEAR. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FACTORY FIRES IN 1978 WAS 554.

FIREMEN ALSO TACKLED 171 FIRES INVOLVING OVER-TURNED KEROSENE STOVES- 114 FIRES RESULTING FROM UNATTENDED OR DEFECTIVE COOKING STOVES, HEATERS AND IRONS- AND 189 FIRES CAUSED BY OVER-HEATING OF ENGINES, MOTORS AND MACHINERY.

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JANUARY WAS THE BUSIEST WITH FIREMEN RESPONDING TO 1,068 CALLS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

ALSO DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE AMBULANCE COMMAND DEALT WITH A TOTAL OF 95,594 CALLS — AN INCREASE OF 2.781 MORE CALLS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WELFARE PREMISES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ..... 1

WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION UNIT HANDLED 53,652 CASES 2

IN 1978 .......................................

NEW PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE FOR KWAI CHUNG ....... 3

PASSING-OUT PARADE ............................. 3

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 1979

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WELFARE PREMISES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES FOR PREMISES EARMARKED FOR WELFARE SERVICES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

PREMISES ARE RESERVED IN VARIOUS ESTATES FOR RUNNING NURSERIES, HOSTELS AND SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY, CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES AND HOSTELS FOR THE DISABLED. b

THE DEPARTMENT HAS WRITTEN TO THE AGENCIES PROVIDING THE LATEST INFORMATION ON WELFARE PREMISES IN EXISTING ESTATES AND THOSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION OR TO BE BUILT SHORTLY.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY ON THE ALLOCATION OF WELFARE PREMISES IN THEIR ESTATES TO ENSURE A BALANCED PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES, PARTICULARLY IN NEW TOWNS AND NEW ESTATES.

PREMISES WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 11,623 SQ. FT., WHICH ARE EARMARKED FOR SPECIFIED WELFARE SERVICES, ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN FOUR EXISTING ESTATES OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

THEY ARE IN WAH FU ESTATE (4,345 SQ. FT. FOR A CHILDREN’S CENTRE), HING WAH ESTATE (1,730 SQ. FT. FOR A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY). WO CHE ESTATE (4,748 SQ. FT. FOR A CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRE), AND IN SHEK LEI ESTATE (800 SQ. FT. FOR A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY).

APPLICATIONS FOR THESE WELFARE PREMISES IN EXISTING ESTATES WILL BE PROCESSED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AND SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, FOURTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

OTHER WELFARE PREMISES WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF AT LEAST 124,000 SQ. FT. ARE ALSO RESERVED IN 24 HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES WHICH ARE EITHER UNDER CONSTRUCTION OR TO BE BUILT SHORTLY. APPLICATIONS IN THIS CATEGORY SHOULD REACH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT BEFORE THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

IN ADDITION, THE HOUSING SOCIETY WILL MAKE AVAILABLE A 1,300 SQ. FT. WELFARE PREMISES IN ITS CHO YIU CHUEN, TSUEN WAN, EARLY NEXT YEAR. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE HOUSING SOCIETY, GENERAL POST OFFICE BOX 845, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30 THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT, IN ORDER TO STANDARDISE APPLICATIONS AND TO FACILITATE PROCESSING, CHANGES HAD BEEN MADE IN THE PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION.

IN APPLYING FOR A PREMISES TO RUN A PARTICULAR WELFARE PROJECT, AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF THE PROJECT AS WELL AS A COPY OF THEIR CONSTITUTION AND MEMBERSHIP, HE SAID.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE WELFARE PREMISES AND THE PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’* PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION (TEL. NO. 5-77^659).

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WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT HANDLED 53,652 CASES IN 1978

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THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT (WCU) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN 1978 DEALT WITH 53,652 COMPENSATION CASES — 278 FATAL AND 53,374 NON—FATAL CASES, COMPARED WITH 49,854 (265 FATAL) IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

COMPENSATION FOR WORK INJURY OR DEATH OR OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE PAYABLE BY EMPLOYERS IS PROVIDED UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYER SHOULD NOTIFY THE UNIT OF ANY ACCIDENT WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER ITS OCCURRENCE.

+THE WCU HELPS INJURED WORKERS OR DEPENDANTS TO OBTAIN COMPENSATION FROM EMPLOYERS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE,+ MR. YIU YAN-NANG, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER OF THE WCU SAID.

♦WHEN NOTIFIED OF OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS, THE UNIT HELPS WORKERS FILE CUI MS AND TAKE FOLLOW UP ACTION TO ENABLE THEM TO OBTAIN COMPENSATION FROM THE EMPLOYERS PROMPTLY.

♦IN A FATAL CASE, THE WCU ADVISES THE DECEASED WORKER’S DEPENDANTS OF THEIR RIGHTS TO COMPENSATION, HELPS THEM TO PRESENT THEIR CASE TO COURT WITH SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE AND, IF NECESSARY, REFER THEM TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE OR TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.*

TO SETTLE A COMPENSATION CLAIM, THE EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE ON AGREEING TO THE AMOUNT PAYABLE, WHICH SHOULD NOT BE LESS THAN THE AMOUNT LAID DOWN BY THE ORDINANCE, SHOULD SUBMIT THE AGREEMENT TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR APPROVAL.

MR. YIU POINTED OUT THAT SOME EMPLOYERS HAVE NOT BEEN PROMPT IN DRAWING UP AGREEMENTS, RESULTING IN LATE PAYMENT AND SOMETIMES HARDSHIP TO THE WORKERS CONCERNED.

DELAYS HAVE ALSO OCCURRED IN CASES WHERE EMPLOYERS AWAIT REIMBURSEMENT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES BEFORE MAKING PAYMENTS TO THE INJURED WORKERS, HE ADDED.

TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS, TWO BRANCH OFFICES - THE KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN OFFICES - WERE OPENED THIS YEAR.

MEANWHILE, A WORKING PARTY, AIMED AT IMPROVING THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION SERVICES, HAS MADE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS IN A REPORT WHICH IS BEING STUDIED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

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NEW PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE FOR KWAI CHUNG

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THE SIXTH PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE OPENED ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 9) TO MEET THE INCREASING NEED FOR ENQUIRY SERVICES FROM RESIDENTS OF THE LEI MUK SHUE AND SHEK YAM ESTATES AND IN NEIGHBOURING AREAS.

SITUATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF BLOCK NO. 1 OF LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, THE NEW CENTRE WILL BRING TO EIGHT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE IN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT — IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF WIDENING THE SCOPE OF ITS CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, MR. CHAN KAI-CHUNG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW CENTRE TO BE HELD AT THE PODIUM OUTSIDE THE LEI MUK SHUE COMMUNITY HALL AT LEI MUK ROAD AT 10 A.M.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE LEI MUK SHUE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE ON THURSDAY. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN, AM 2088, WILL TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO KWAI CHUNG, LEAVING THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI AT 9 A.M.

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PASSING-OUT PARADE

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IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON THURSDAY AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) PARADE GROUND, SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

THE SALUTELATIVE C0UNC,LL0R’ mr* allen LEE PENG-FEI, WILL TAKE

MORE THAN 80 ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE PARADE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF MORE THAN 80 ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) PARADE GROUND, SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY AT 9.30 A.M. ON THURSDAY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS ...................................... 1

GRANTING OF RANKING LICENCES SUSPENDED FOR SIX MONTHS ..................................................... 2

LABOUR DEPART; ENT TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ..................................................... 3

THE NTSD RECEIVES KEY TO FIRST CREMATORIUM IN THE NT ..................................................... 4

NEW TYPHOON SHELTER ARRANGEMENT............................. 5

VIOLIN WORKSHOP BY RONALD ’WOODCOCK ........................ 5

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED .................................... 6

WATER CUT .................................................. 6

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1979

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UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS * ft * *

RESIDENTS OR FORMER RESIDENTS IN VIETNAM AND MACAU, OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN MACAU EVEN IN TRANSIT, HAVE BEEN DECLARED TO BE UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS TO HONG KONG, UNLESS THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO LAND IN HONG KONG OR HAVE VALID TRAVEL DOCUMENTS OR HAVE BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION TO LAND BY AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER.

THIS MEANS THAT IF A SHIP ENTERS HONG KONG WITH ANY UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS ON BOARD, HER MASTER, EACH MEMBER OF THE CREW. THE OWNER AND HIS AGENT AND ANY PERSON WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE VOYAGE WILL COMMIT AN OFFENCE AND ARE LIABLE TO A FINE OF UP TO 15 MILLION AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE.

THE DECLARATION WAS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL IN AN ORDER PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (TUESDAY) UNDER THE RECENTLY ENACTED IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. : ORDINANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW MEASURE IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE THE AUTHORITIES TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH THOSE WHO ORGANISE THE ILLEGAL ENTRY OF PEOPLE INTO HONG KONG.

HE EMPHASISEDI +IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO BAN THE ENTRY INTO HONG KONG WATERS BY SMALL BOATS WITH REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM OR BY LARGER VESSELS CARRYING UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS WHERE HONG KONG IS THE FIRST PORT OF CALL AS DEFINED BY THE GOVERNMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR OR A PORT OF REFUGE. HOWEVER INCREASED POWERS ARE NEEDED TO DEAL WITH THOSE WHO ORGANISE AND ASSIST IN UNLAWFUL IMMIGRATION, OFTEN IN RETURN FOR SUBSTANTIAL SUMS OF MONEY.+

THE NEW LEGISLATION ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE FORFEITURE OF VESSELS OR OTHER PROPERTY, INCLUDING MONEY, USED TO FACILITATE THE ENTRY OF UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS.

♦THE CASE OF EACH UNAUTHORISED ENTRANT WILL CONTINUE TO BE CONSIDERED ON ITS MERITS. THE AMENDING LEGISLATION DOES NOT AFFECT THIS POSITION,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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GRANTING OF BANKING LICENCES SUSPENDED FOR SIX MONTHS ******

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE GRANTING OF BANKING LICENCES IS BEING SUSPENDED FROM TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR A PERIOD NOT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF MR. HADDON-CAVE’S STATEMENTi

♦ON MARCH 15, 1978 I ANNOUNCED THAT AFTER LENGTHY CONSIDERATION THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO EASE THE LONGSTANDING MORATORIUM ON THE ISSUE OF NEW BANKING LICENCES UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE- I SAID THAT FAVOURABLE CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO APPLICATIONS FOR BANKING LICENCES RECEIVED FROM FOREIGN BANKS WHICH MET THREE CRITERIA.

♦IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS NEW POLICY, 41 BANKS HAVE BEEN GRANTED A LICENCE TO OPEN A BRANCH IN HONG KONGi THIS NUMBER INCLUDES SEVEN BANKS TO WHOM LICENCES WERE GRANTED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY). OF THE NEWLY LICENSED BANKS 29 HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO OPERATE IN HONG KONG, WHILE THE REMAINDER ARE EXPECTED TO START FUNCTIONING IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS OR SO.

♦THESE 41 NEWLY LICENSED BANKS COME FROM 12 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES! THIS WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL SPREAD, ADDED TO THE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED BY BANKS ALREADY IN HONG KONG, CONTRIBUTES SUBSTANTIALLY TO HONG KONG’S GROWING STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE. BANKS FROM 20 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, FROM ALL ROUND THE WORLD, NOW HAVE BRANCHES IN HONG KONG.

♦THE NUMBER OF NEWLY LICENSED BANKS IS CLOSE TO THE NUMBER OF BANKS WHICH WERE THOUGHT TO BE POTENTIAL APPLICANTS AT THE TIME THE NEW POLICY WAS BEING DISCUSSED. FURTHERMORE, WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME AND THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE GROWTH OF BANKS’ BALANCE SHEETS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF BANKS ARE BECOMING ABLE TO MEET ALL THE CRITERIA LAID DOWN LAST YEAR.

♦AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW CONCLUDED THAT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO HAVE A TEMPORARY BREATHING SPACE BEFORE LICENSING ANY FURTHER BANKS, SO THAT THE CRITERIA TO BE APPLIED TO FUTURE APPLICATIONS CAN BE REVIEWED. THE GRANT OF BANKING LICENCES IS, THEREFORE, SUSPENDED WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY, FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS. THIS SUSPENSION IS, HOWEVER, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS, SUCH AS THOSE BANKS WHOSE APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE GOVERNMENT, BUT HAVE NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL. FURTHER APPLICATIONS FOR BANKING LICENCES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNTIL AFTER THE PERIOD OF SUSPENSION.+

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY M * * *

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN HONG KONG IN THE YEARS TO COME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) IN RESPONSE TO A SUGGESTION BY A FACTORY PROPRIETOR THAT MORE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EXHIBITIONS SHOULD BE STAGED IN FUTURE.

♦THE EXHIBITION IS ONLY ONE OF OUR MEASURES TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND WE WILL CERTAINLY CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS IN THE YEARS TO COME,+ HE STRESSED.

THE PROPRIETOR, AFTER VISITING THE EXHIBITION YESTERDAY (MONDAY) — THE EXHIBITION’S CLOSING DAY, SAIDi ♦EXHIBITIONS OF THIS NATURE AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.+

SHARING THIS VIEW, A FACTORY MANAGER SAID IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO UNDERSTAND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BY VISITING THE EXHIBITION THAN BY READING THE TEXTS OF VARIOUS SETS OF REGULATIONS.

THE 11-DAY EXHIBITION WHICH CLOSED YESTERDAY HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY A TROPICAL STORM AND A TYPHOON.

FOR AT LEAST FOUR DAYS, THE 11-DAY EXHIBITION WAS AFFECTED BY INCLEMENT WEATHER BROUGHT ABOUT BY TROPICAL STORM GORDON AND TYPHOON HOPE.

THE EXHIBITION WAS FORCED TO CLOSE LAST THURSDAY WHEN TYPHOON HOPE BATTERED HONG KONG WITH HURRICANE WINDS.

DESPITE THIS, THE EXHIBITION STILL ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF FACTORY MANAGERS, SUPERVISORS, WORKERS AND TECHNICAL STUDENTS.

AND THEY HAVE FAVOURABLY COMMENTED ON THE OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF THE EXHIBITION.

A WORKER SAID THAT AFTER SEEING VARIOUS EXHIBITS AND EXPLANATORY NOTES IN THE EXHIBITION, HE REALISED INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WAS IMPORTANT.

♦I AM NOW ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF THE MACHINES I HAVE BEEN WORKING AT,+ HE ADDED.

A STUDENT FROM A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE SA ID: +BY VISITING THE EXHIBITION, I HAVE A CLEAR CONCEPT OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH. I FIND IT MOST BENEFICIAL FOR US TO HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE MEANING OF SAFE WORKING PLACES AND WHAT GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS ARE BEFORE WE ENTER INTO INDUSTRY IN THE NEAR FUTURE.♦

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THE NTSD RECEIVES KEY TO FIRST CREMATORIUM IN THE NT ******

THE KWAI CHUNG CREMATORIUM. THE FIRST CREMATORIUM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WAS TODAY (TUESDAY) OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER TO THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR OF THE CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA SECTION OF THE NTSD, MR. LEE SHEUNG-YEE, TODAY RECEIVED THE KEY TO THE NEW CREMATORIUM FROM SENIOR ARCHITECT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MR. T.T. SIU.

THE $8.3 MILLION CREMATORIUM, THE FIRST OF THE THREE CREMATORIA TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR CREMATION, WILL COME INTO OPERATION NEXT MONTH. THE OTHER TWO CREMATORIA, WHICH WILL BE BUILT IN SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN RESPECTIVELY, ARE NOW AT AN ADVANCED STAGE OF PLANNING.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE TWO PUBLIC CREMATORIA IN THE URBAN AREAS ONE AT DIAMOND HILL IN KOWLOON,-AND THE OTHER AT CAPE COLLINSON ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

MR. LEE POINTED OUT THE NEW CREMATORIUM, WHICH OCCUPIES AN AREA OF 1.7 HECTARES OFF WING LAP ROAD, CONSISTS MAINLY CF THREE FUNCTIONAL BLOCKS- NAMELY A CREMATORIUM, A COLUMBARIUM AND STAFF QUARTERS, WITH CAR PARKS, OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, A GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, SERVICE HALLS, MORTUARY AND OTHER RELATED FACILITIES.

♦THE WHOLE CREMATORIUM BUILDING AND THE STAFF QUARTERS HAVE BEEN HANDED OVER TO THE NTSD TODAY WHILE THE COLUMBARIUM, WHICH WILL INITIALLY PROVIDE 3,000 NICHES, WILL TAKE A FEW MORE MONTHS TO COMPLETE,+ HE SAID.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE KWAI CHUNG CREMATORIUM, MR. LEE HOPED THE WAITING PERIOD FOR CREMATION WILL BE SHORTENED.

BOOKING, WHICH IS STRICTLY ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, CAN BE MADE AT THE HUNG HOM PUBLIC FUNERAL PARLOUR IN WINSLOW STREET, HUNG HOM.

CREMATION CHARGES ARE $60 FOR AN ADULT AND $30 FOR A CHILD UNDER 12.

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NEW TYPHOON SHELTER ARRANGEMENT *****

THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT HAS NOW ARRANGED FOR 11 TYPHOON SHELTERS CAPABLE OF HOUSING OVER 1,200 PEOPLE TO BE OPENED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHEN SIGNAL NO. 3 IS HOISTED.

THESE ARE AMONG THE 130 TYPHOON SHELTERS THAT ARE OPENED FOR PEOPLE SEEKING SAFER ACCOMMODATION ONLY WHEN THE SIGNAL NO. 8 IS HOISTED.

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VIOLIN WORKSHOP BY RONALD WOODCOCK *****

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL PRESENT A VIOLIN WORKSHOP BY THE WELL-KNOWN AUSTRALIAN VIOLINIST, MR. RONALD WOODCOCK, ON THURSDAY AT THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE, NINTH FLOOR, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

MR. WOODCOCK IS THE SENIOR LECTURER IN VIOLIN IN THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE. HE STUDIED AT THE NEW SOUTH WALES CONSERVATOR I UM FROM 1948 TO 1950 WHERE HE OBTAINED HIS TEACHERS’ AND PERFORMERS’ DIPLOMA, IN LONDON WITH JACK KESSLER IN 1953 AND IN BELGIUM WITH AUTHUR GRUMIAUX.

MR. WOODCOCK WON THE SONATA SECTION OF THE 1953 MUNICH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AND HAS TOURED EXTENSIVELY, GIVING SOLO RECITALS AND SCHOOL CONCERTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD.

THE VIOLIN WORKSHOP WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 5 P.M. TO 7 P.M. FREE OF CHARGE. MEMBERS OF THE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE WILL BE GIVING A PERFORMANCE AT THE WORKSHOP.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AFTER TAKING NTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, TODAY (TUESDAY) COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON POON SHING-WAH, 23, ON FEBRUARY 6, 1978.

POON. A FERRY EMPLOYEE, WAS FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING HIS FORI€R GIRLFRIEND MOK YUEN-WAH, 20, AT A FLAT IN LAI CHI KOK P. MONG KOK, ON APRIL 22, 1977.

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WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 A.M. ON THURSDAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HOI YUEN ROAD, HUNG TO ROAD, KING YIP STREET AND HING YIP STREET.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE STOPPED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON THURSDAY TO 6 A.M. ON FRIDAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 2-62A BELCHER’S STREET, 1E-1M AND 32-34 SANDS STREET, 16-30 AND 29-39 NORTH STREET, 12A-12G AND 41A-43 SMITHFIELD AND 1A-1C AND 1-3 ROCK HILL STREET, INCLUDING COLLINSON STREET.

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HK'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-JUNE 1979 ...................1

POWER COMPANIES DISCLOSE FUEL .SAVING FIGURES................5

TRAVEL SUBSIDY FOR SOME 500,000 STUDENTS.................... 6

PREVIEW OF • HONG KONG IN PROGRESS ' PHOTOGRAPHS IN LONDON................................................... 6

APPLICATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOAN SCHEMES INVITED...................... 7

SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES TO VISIT Ft RESTRY WORK CAMP................................................... 8

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HK’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-JUNE 1979 * * ft * * *

THE TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE VALUE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR WAS >71,120 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 38 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1978.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 34 PER CENT TO $23,408 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 36 PER CENT TO $38,516 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 55 PER CENT TO $9,196 MILLION.

THE DETAILED STATISTICS WERE RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS AREi

JAN-JUNE 79 (HK$ MN) JAN-JUNE 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 7,838 6,757 ♦ 1,081 ♦ 16

F.R. OF GERMANY 2,640 1,785 + 855 + 48

U.K. 2,618 1,558 ♦ 1,060 ♦ 68

JAPAN 1,188 679 509 ♦ 75

AUSTRALIA 753 616 + 137 ♦ 22

CANADA 707 581 126 ♦ 22

SINGAPORE 622 456 + 166 + 36

NETHERLANDS 579 380 + 199 + 52

SWEDEN 406 219 + 187 ♦ 85

SWITZERLAND 391 327 64 * 20

THE GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U. S. HAS SLOWED DOWN AS

COMPARED TO EXPORTS TO OTHER MARKETS, DUE PROBABLY TO THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CONDITION OF THE COUNTRY.

INCREASES WERE REGISTERED MAINLY IN CLOTHING ($3,069 MILLION, ♦ 10 PER CENT), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS ($671 MILLION, ♦ 37 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($404 MILLION, ♦ 32 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS ($306 MILLION, ♦ SIX PER CENT).

A SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE F.R. OF GERMANY, CHIEFLY IN CLOTHING ($1,541 MILLION, + 49 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT ($279 MILLION, + 39 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($190 MILLION, + 143 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.K. REMAINED BUOYANT WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN CLOTHING ($1,361 MILLION, + 67 PER CENT), TEXTILES ($263 MILLION, + 59 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT ($161 MILLION, + 116 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($156 MILLION, + 99 PER CENT).

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN INCREASED, MAINLY IN CLOTHING ($298 MILLION, + 86 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($109 MILLION, ♦ 125 PER CENT).

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN SHIPMENTS OF CLOTHING ($254 MILLION, ♦ 52 PER CENT) TO THE NETHERLANDS AND TEXTILES ($200 MILLION, ♦ 34 PER CENT) TO AUSTRALIA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED AS FOLLOWSl-

< JAN-JUNE 79 (HK$ MN) JAN-JUNE 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 8,679 6,761 ♦ 1,918 + 28

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 3,828 2,773 ♦ 1,055 ♦ 38

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2,000 1,265 735 ♦ 58

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,761 1,229 + 532 ♦ 43

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT 1,575 1,232 343 ♦ 28

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 1,341 931 + 410 ♦ 44

PROMINENT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($1,694 MILLION, + 65 PER CENT), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS ($1,446 MILLION, + 41 PER CENT), TEXTILE FABRICS ($1,359 MILLION, ♦ 49 PER CENT). AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL AND NON-ELECTRI CAL APPLIANCES ($479 MILLION, «• 46 PER CENT).

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THE CHANGES AS FOLLOWSi

IN IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED

JAN-JUNE 79 JAN-JUNE 78 INCREASE PERCENTAGE (HK$ MN) (HK$ MN) (HK$ MN) CHANGE

JAPAN 8,908 6,406 2,502 ♦ 39

CHINA 6,408 4,582 1,826 ♦ 40

U.S.A. 4,597 3,631 966 ♦ 27

TAIWAN 2,733 1,837 896 ♦ 49

SINGAPORE 2,023 1,500 523 ♦ 35

U.K. 1,910 1,272 638 + 50

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,289 935 354 ‘ + 38

SWITZERLAND 1,189 882 307 + 35

REP. OF KOREA 1,153 828 325 + 39

AUSTRALIA 727 576 151 ♦ 26

IMPORTS FROM JAPAN ROSE CONSIDERABLY, DUE MAINLY TO AN ACTIVE DEMAND FOR TEXTILES (11,393 MILLION, + 20 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES (1880 MILLION, ♦ 71 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (1800 MILLION, ♦ 50 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT (1760 MILLION, ♦ 68 PER CENT), AND ROAD VEHICLES ($520 MILLION, ♦ 29 PER CENT).

INCREASED IMPORTS FROM CHINA COMPRISED MAINLY TEXTILES ($1,346 MILLION, ♦ 61 PER CENT), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($604 MILLION, ♦ 89 PER CENT). CLOTHING ($363 MILLION, + 52 PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ($352 MILLION, ♦ 16 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS ($262 MILLION, + 19 PER CENT).

DEMAND FOR U.S. PRODUCTS WAS ACTIVE IN PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($447 MILLION, ♦ 37 PER CENT). OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT ($399 MILLION, ♦ 38 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES ($390 MILLION, ♦ 34 PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ($279 MILLION, + 21 PER CENT), ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS ($238 MILLION, + 170 PER CENT).

THERE WERE ALSO SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORTS OF TEXTILES ($1,113 MILLION, ♦ 48 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN AND PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($1,078 MILLION, + 21 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE.

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THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION!

JAN-JUNE 79 (HK$ MN) JAN-JUNE 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND DIAMONDS) 12,446 8,916 ♦ 3,530 ♦ 40

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 8,357 5,499 + 2,858 + 52

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 5,456 3,744 ♦ 1,712 ♦ 46

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 4,346 3,844 + 502 ♦ 13

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3,008 2,075 933 ♦ 45

CRUDE MATERIALS, INEDIBLE, EXCEPT FUELS 2,028 1,951 77 + 4

INCREASES IN IMPORTS WERE MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GROWTH IN ARRIVALS OF TEXTILES ($5,535 MILLION, ♦ 44 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ($2,573 MILLION, + 55 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($1,905 MILLION, ♦ 47 PER CENT), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($1,900 MILLION, ♦ 31 PER CENT) AS WELL AS IRON AND STEEL ($1,252 MILLION, + 46 PER CENT).

REMARKABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN ($1,379 MILLION. ♦ 39 PER CENT), U.S.A. ($914 MILLION, + 66 PER CENT). TAIWAN ($864 MILLION, ♦ 58 PER CENT), SINGAPORE ($809 MILLION, ♦ 26 PER CENT) AND INDONESIA ($760 MILLION, ♦ 23 PER CENT).

BY COMMODITY, INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS WERE CHIEFLY IN TEXTILES ($1,308 MILLION, ♦ 94 PER CENT), PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($1,207 MILLION, ♦ 43 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ($526 MILLION, + 92 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($525 MILLION, + 27 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING ($382 MILLION, ♦ 89 PER CENT).

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THE TRADE INDEX NUMBERS FOR MAY 1979 (1973-100) WERE RELEASED AS FOLLOWSi

VALUE UNIT VALUE QUANTUM INDEX INDEX INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 281 159 176

IMPORTS 285 165 173

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POWER COMPANIES DISCLOSE FUEL SAVING FIGURES * * * * * *

AVERAGE SAVINGS IN FUEL OIL CONSUMPTION OF 4.3 PER CENT WERE RECORDED BY HONG KONG'S TWO POWER COMPANIES IN THE SIX WEEKS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES ON MAY 13, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SAVINGS FIGURES ARE BASED ON STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE POWER COMPANIES SHOWING UNITS OF FUEL CONSUMED BEFORE AND AFTER THE START OF THE ENERGY SAVING CAMPAIGN.

THE MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS ON THE CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY FOR LIGHTING HAS REDUCED THE USE OF NEON LIGHTS AFTER 11.30 P.M.-AND THE TEMPORARY RE INTRODUCTION OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (GMT ♦ 9) HAS CAUSED THE DEMAND FOR LIGHTING TO BE DEFERRED BY UP TO TWO HOURS.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID i+THERE ARE SPECIAL DIFFICULTIES IN ISOLATING THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUAL ENERGY SAVING MEASURES AS MANY OTHER FACTORS MAY BE WORKING TO REDUCE FUEL OIL CONSUMPTION AT THE SAME TIME.

♦HOWEVER. IN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS FOLLOWING THE START OF GOVERNMENT'S FUEL SAVING CAMPAIGN THE POWER COMPANIES FIGURES SHOW A CLEAR OVERALL DECLINE IN THE RATE OF GROWTH OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION.^

SMALL SAVINGS HAVE ALSO BEEN EFFECTED AS A RESULT OF REDUCTIONS IN THE POWER COMPANIES SPINNING RESERVES.

ALTHOUGH SAVINGS REPORTED BY THE POWER COMPANIES TO THE OIL POLICY COMMITTEE AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE WERE SLIGHTLY LESS THAN 4.75 PER CENT. THE MONTH WAS WARMER AND MORE HUMID THAN MAY AND ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION MARGINALLY INCREASED.

♦THIS SLIGHT INCREASE IN CONSUMPTION IN THE FACE OF CONTINUING UNCERTAINTY OVER FUEL OIL SUPPLIES INDICATES THAT THE PUBLIC STILL NEED TO DO MORE TO SAVE FUEL ESPECIALLY BY REDUCING THE USE OF AIR-CONDITIONERS OR BY SETTING THE THERMOSTATS OF AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS TO 26 DEGREES CELCIUS OR ABOVE.

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TRAVEL SUBSIDY FOR SOME 500,000 STUDENTS

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BUS AND TRAM TRAVEL SUBSIDY WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE 70 SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 12 IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR, STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.

ABOUT 500,000 STUDENTS TRAVELLING BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL ARE EXPECTED TO BENEFIT FROM THE REDUCED FARE SCHEME.

STUDENTS WISHING TO ENJOY THIS SUBSIDY SHOULD APPLY FOR STUDENT PASSES THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL.

THEY ARE ADVISED TO APPROACH THEIR SCHOOL FOR APPLICATION DETAILS BEFORE THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CIRCULARS HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) INFORMING THEM OF THE CONTINUATION OF THE SCHEME.

♦THESE CIRCULARS, WHICH SHOULD REACH ALL SCHOOLS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, OUTLINE IN DETAIL WITH SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION ON HOW SCHOOLS SHOULD APPLY EN BLOC DIRECT TO THE TWO BUS COMPANIES AND TRAM COMPANY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SCHOOLS HAVE ALSO BEEN ADVISED TO DISPLAY PROMINENT NOTICES INFORMING STUDENTS WHEN APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, THE DATES OF WHICH HAVE BEEN LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF PRINCIPALS.

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PREVIEW OF ♦HONG KONG IN PROGRESS^ PHOTOGRAPHS IN LONDON

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A PREVIEW OF THE PRIZE-WINNING ENTRIES OF THE +HONG KONG IN PROGRESS+ PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION HAS BEEN HELD IN LONDON.

THE PREVIEW, ATTENDED BY ABOUT 100 GUESTS INCLUDING THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. F.K. LI, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. E.P. HO AND THE POLITICAL ADVISER, DR. DAVID WILSON. WAS FORMALLY OPENED ON MONDAY (AUGUST 6) NIGHT BY ONE OF BRITAIN’S BEST-KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHERS, MR. DAVID BAILEY.

WELCOMING THE GUESTS, THE ACTING HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR. S.A. WEBB-JOHNSON, SAID HONG KONG HAD BEEN IN THE NEWS IN RECENT WEEKS MORE THAN AT ANY TIME HE COULD REMEMBER.

♦HOWEVER, THE NEWS COVERAGE HAS CONCENTRATED ON REFUGEES. AND THIS EXHIBITION WILL GIVE THE PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE OTHER ASPECTS OF LIFE IN HONG KONG,+ HE ADDED.

MR. WEBB-JOHNSON ALSO THANKED THE ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAD IELPED TO MAKE THE EXHIBITION POSSIBLE — THE COMPANIES ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION IN LONDON FOR DONATING THE PRIZE MONEY, BRITISH AIRWAYS FOR PROVIDING THE TWO RETURN AIR TICKETS FROM HONG KONG TO LONDON WHICH FORMED AN ADDITIONAL PRIZE FOR THE BEST ENTRY, AND THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ASAHI PENTAX GALLERY FOR ALLOWING THEIR PREMISES TO BE USED FOR THE EXHIBITION. faALLtRY

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OPENING THE EXHIBITION, MR. BAILEY SAID HE HAD JUST RETURNED FROM HONG KONG WHERE HE HAD BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

HE ALSO PAID A WARM TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR THE WAY IN WHICH IT WAS DEALING WITH THE REFUGEE PROBLEM.

THE +HONG KONG IN PROGRESS* PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED EARLIER THIS YEAR BY THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

IN ADDITION TO THE PRIZE-WINNING ENTRIES’ EXHIBITION, A FURTHER 100 OF THE 900 PRINTS SUBMITTED FOR THE COMPETITION WERE SIMULTANEOUSLY DISPLAYED IN THE MAIN FOYER OF THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL.

APPLICATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOAN SCHEMES INVITED ******

APPLICATION FORMS FOR STUDENTS SEEKING SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR INTEREST FREE LOANS FROM THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND OR THR MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THE TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS, EACH WITH A CAPITAL OF $1 MILLION, WERE STARTED LAST YEAR AND ARE ADMINISTERED BY ADVISORY COMMITTEES OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FARMING AND FISHING PRODUCERS. THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES IS TRUSTEE OF THE TWO FUNDS.

APPLICANTIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR LOANS WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 18.

ONE SCHOLARSHIP UNDER EACH FUND WILL BE OFFERED TO STUDENTS OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL PROMISE AND WHO ARE HONG KONG RESIDENTS.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL GENERALLY INCLUDE APPROVED TUITION, HOSTEL, LABORATORY AND EXAMINATION FEES, PERSONAL MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE, GRANTS FOR BOOKS AND EQUIPMENT AND TRAVEL COSTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES MUST UNDERTAKE TO WORK FOR A STIPULATED PERIOD IN THE AGRICULTURE OR MARINE FISH INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD.

AND, HE ADDED, PRIORITY WOULD BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS FROM FISHING AND FARMING FAMILIES.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WOULD BE TENABLE AT EITHER OF THE UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, OR AT AN ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS ACADEMIC, TECHNICAL OR POST-GRADUATE INSTITUTION.

THE FUNDS ALSO ALLOW FOR THE AWARDING OF INTEREST FREE LOANS OR GRANTS TO DESERVING STUDENTS WHO WISH TO UNDERTAKE STUDIES AT ANY OF THE INSTITUTIONS. HOWEVER, SUBJECTS UNDERTAKEN MUST BE RELEVANT TO AGRICULTURE OR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKETING INDUSTRIES OR TO MARINE FISHERIES OR FISH MARKETING INDUSTRIES.

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SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES TO VISIT FORESTRY WORK CAMP * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. J.W. CHAMBERS, AND A STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, MR. G.M. MACWHINNIE, WILL VISIT A FORESTRY WORK CAMP AT PAK TAM AU COUNTRY PARK, SAI KUNG, TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CAMP, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME. IT IS PARTICIPATED BY 18 STUDENTS FROM BEREA ENGLISH COLLEGE.

A TOTAL OF 75 SUCH CAMPS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED IN 12 MANAGEMENT CENTRES OF VARIOUS COUNTRY PARKS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

MR. CHAMBERS AND MR. MACWHINNIE WILL ARRIVE AT THE CAMP BY IELICOPTER AT 3 P.M. AND WILL STAY THERE FOR AN HOUR.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE VISIT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A NINE-SEATER VAN (NO. AM 2080) WILL DEPART FROM THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI, FOR PAK TAM AU COUNTRY PARK AT 1.30 P.M.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. LYDIA DUNN, AND MR. G.M. MACWHINNIE, AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, A ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HAS APPOINTED THE HON. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN

THE APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE MASS o8dinance AN° ARE F0B ‘ peb,o!> 0F

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 1979

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REGIONAL COMMISSIONER EXPLAINS HIS NEW JOB ..................... 1

GOVERNOR VISITS NGAU TAU KOK AND SHAM SHUI PO .................. 3

MANUAL ON PRACTICE AND STAND/iRDS TO PREVENT 4

SLOPE FAILURES ...............................................

REPORT ON U.S.-HK TEXTILE TALKS CONSIDERED ..................... 6

BAN ON EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 ......................... 7

COIWUNITY GROUPS URGED TO USE DISTRICT 8

ADVISORY BOARD FUNDS .........................................

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FACING CHALLENGES ON 9

ALL FRONTS ...................................................

JAPAN OFFERS TWO SCHOL.xRSHIPS TO HK STUDENTS ................. 10

SPECIxxL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN ..................... 10

JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP PAYS COURTESY CALL ON S.J.D............... 11

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT CHILDREN'S CAMP ....................... 12

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REGIONAL COMMISSIONER EXPLAINS HIS NEW JOB

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THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING POPULATION AND ECONOMY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS CALLED FOR A MORE DECENTRALISED ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY TO ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENT’S FUNCTIONS ARE EFFICIENTLY CARRIED OUT AND CO-ORDINATED ON THE GROUND, THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER OF THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE SAID I *HONG KONG HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN GOVERNED UNDER A VERY CENTRALISED SYSTEM.

♦AND IT IS PROBABLY ONLY BECAUSE OF THE PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LEASE THAT A DEGREE OF DECENTRALISATION IN THE FORM OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION CAME ABOUT IN THE FIRST PLACE.♦

MR. SWEETMAN, ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE TAI PING SHAN LIONS CLUB, DESCRIBED HIS POST AS +A PRELIMINARY STEP IN BRINGING ABOUT A GREATER DEGREE OF DECENTRALISATION IN THE GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG*.

THE NORTHWEST REGION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL COMPRISE FOUR DISTRICTS — TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TAI PO AND A NEW NORTH DISTRICT, STRETCHING FROM KWU TUNG TO SHA TAU KOK.

THE IDEA OF HAVING A NORTHWEST REGION, MR. SWEETMAN SAID, WAS TO CONCENTRATE THE EFFORTS OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND IN RESPONSE TO THE DESIRES OF THE PEOPLE GOING TO LIVE IN THE REGION TOWARDS PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE NEW ENVIRONMENT- WORKING IN BETTER PLANNED FACTORIES AND ENJOYING THE SPREAD OF AMENITIES FROM THE SOPHISTICATED TOWN CENTRES TO THE EASILY ACCESSIBLE RECREATIONAL AREAS 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.

MR. SWEETMAN SAID HE WAS NOT A +SUPER DISTRICT OFFICER* AND THE DAY-TO-DAY ADMINISTRATION WOULD CONTINUE TO BE UNDER THE DISTRICT OFFICERS’ CONTROL, THUS ENABLING HIM TO REVIEW PROGRESS AND WORK OUT AND IMPLEMENT NEW POLICIES.

BROADLY SPEAKING, HE CONTINUED, THE DUTIES WOULD CONSIST OF 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.

+MY FIRST TASK OF CO-ORDINATING AND MONITORING WILL CENTRE ON THE NEW TOWN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WHERE PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT WORK, COMMUNITY BUILDING, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AND TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTER IS REVIEWED EVERY TWO MONTHS,* MR. SWEETMAN SAID.

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IN THIS ASPECT, HE POINTED OUT, HE ALSO HAD TO ENSURE THAT OUTSIDE THE NEW TOWNS LAND WAS PROPERLY USED AND THAT SUFFICIENT NEW LAND WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

♦IN MY SECOND MAIN LINE OF DUTY,+ MR. SWEETMAN CONTINUED, ♦I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS, RURAL COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OTHER SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS, AS WELL AS MY PERSONAL CONTACT, TO ENSURE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED MORE AND MORE IN MAKING DECISIONS ON THEIR FUTURE AND THEY OBTAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO DO.+

HOWEVER, HE 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 PROBLEM, BUT ALSO WERE CAPABLE AND ENTHUSIASTIC ENOUGH TO SOLVE THEM.

HE EMPHASISED THAT HIS THIRD DUTY - THAT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES - WAS OF EQUAL IF NOT GREATER IMPORTANCE.

♦ALTHOUGH WE ARE MAKING GOOD PROGRESS IN AIR POLLUTION, THE HEAVY CONCENTRATION OF PIG AND CHICKEN FARMING IN THE REGION, PARTICULARLY, IN THOSE AREAS UPSTREAM OF THE NEW TOWNS PRESENTS US WITH A GREAT CHALLENGE,+ MR. SWEETMAN SAID.

HE INDICATED THE IMPORTANCE OF SOLVING THIS PROBLEM BY COMPARING POLLUTION IN RURAL AREAS WITH THAT IN A TOWN.

♦IT IS ESTIMATED THAT POLLUTION CAUSED BY PIG FARMING IN THE YUEN LONG PLAIN ALONE IS THE EQUIVALENT TO THAT OF A TOWN OF 800,000 PEOPLE,♦ HE SAID.

ON HOUSING, HE SAID THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS WELL-KNOWN, AND EVEN IN THESE TIMES OF CAUTION IN PUBLIC SPENDING, THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME WAS BEING MAINTAINED.

♦THE PRIVATE SECTOR ALSO HAS A LARGE CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TO THE BUILDING UP OF THE REGION, AND I AM HAPPY TO ENCOURAGE LARGE-SCALE COMPREHENSIVE PRIVATE PARTICIPATION IN THE REGION’S DEVELOPMENT,+ MR. SWEETMAN SAID.

♦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.+

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

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IN THE WEST, HE SAID, TUEN MUN HAD ITS HIGHWAY WHICH CONTINUED TO BE IMPROVED AND WITH THE HEAVY POPULATION CONCENTRATION TO BE BUILT UP BETWEEN THE NEW TOWN AND YUEN LONG, THERE WERE AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR A MODERN TRAMWAY SYSTEM.

♦ IN THE EAST, WE ARE TO HAVE AN ELECTRIFIED FREQUENT SERVICE OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WHICH WITH ITS CONNECTIONS WITH THE M.T.R. WILL MAKE ATTRACTIVE THAT PART OF THE REGION AS A COMMUTER’S DORMITORY.

♦NEITHER MUST WE FORGET THE FERRIES AND IN 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 PR ICES,♦ HE ADDED.

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GOVERNOR VISITS NGAU TAU KOK AND SHAM SHU I PO * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH 0N A VAR,ETY general AND DISTRICT ISSUES TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN HE VISITED NGAU TAU KOK AND SHAM SHU I PO.

SUBJECTS RAISED INCLUDED THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEMS ^CHEON ^CILITIES F0R INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN SHAM SHUI PO An6 5JHNwJ?NG, PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND A TOWN HALL ^NRSWAMN<tMi|l|IGpnAND MEDICAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY • •’I vnAri vnU I •

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MURRAY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS

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MANUAL ON PRACTICE PREVENT SLOPE * * * *

AND STANDARDS TO FAILURES * *

THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED A COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL SETTING OUT THE PRACTICE AND STANDARDS CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO PREVENT SLOPE FAILURES IN HONG KONG.

THE TEXT HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED AND THE MANUAL WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY.

IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ALL PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE CONCERNED WITH CONSTRUCTION ON SLOPES.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE PWD’S GEOTECHNICAL ADVISER, W. STANLEY RODIN, IN AN ADDRESS TO THE ZONTA CLUB OF KOWLOON TODAY (THURSDAY).

♦THE MANUAL DEALS WITH A VERY WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND IS CONCERNED WITH THE INVESTIGATION, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF WORKS CONNECTED WITH SLOPES,♦ MR. RODIN SAID.

HE ALSO LISTED THE PREVENTIVE WORKS CARRIED OUT BY THE PWD ON SLOPES PROVIDING THE GREATEST RISK TO THE PUBLICi

* IN EARLY 1977, THE PWD CARRIED OUT PREVENTIVE WORKS ON 39 FILL SLOPES IN 17 PUBLIC HOUSING AREAS AT A COST OF $21 MILLION.

* IN THE 1977-78 DRY SEASON PROGRAMME, ANOTHER 36 FILL SLOPES NEAR HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS WERE DEALT WITH AT A COST OF $40 MILLION.

* IN THE 1978-79 PROGRAMME, PREVENTIVE WORKS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED OR ARE IN HAND ON A FURTHER 23 FILL SLOPES ON CROWN LAND NEAR SQUATTER AREAS, SCHOOLS, PUBLIC HOUSING AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AREAS AT A COST OF $36 MILLION.

THEREFORE, MR. RODIN SAID, 98 FILL SLOPES WHICH PROVIDED THE GREATEST RISK TO THE PUBLIC HAD BEEN MADE SAFE.

AND, HE STRESSED, A FURTHER PROGRAMME OF PREVENTIVE WORK ON SLOPES WAS BEING PLANNED FOR THE NEXT DRY SEASON.

MR. RODIN EXPLAINED THE HISTORY OF THE VAST SLOPE IDENTIFICATION AND STABILISATION WORK CARRIED OUT SINCE THE PO SHAN ROAD DISASTER OF 1972.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE DETAILED STUDY OF CUT SLOPES WAS COMPLETED IN 1974 AND ABOUT 1,000 ITEMS OF PREVENTIVE OR REMEDIAL WORK WERE RECOMMENDED AND CARRIED OUT.

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE STUDY FOLLOWED, INVOLVING A MORE DETAILED INVESTIGATION OF CUT SLOPES AND RETAINING WALLS IN 30 AREAS. MUCH OF THE PREVENTIVE WORKS RECOMMENDED FOR THESE AREAS HAS BEEN COMPLETED OR IS IN HAND.

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AT PRESENT, STUDIES OF SLOPES IN ANOTHER 16 AREAS ARE UNDERWAY.

TOWARDS THE END OF 1976 THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED THAT EVERY SINGLE SIZEABLE CUT OR NATURAL SLOPE IN THE TERRITORY THAT MIGHT AFFECT THE SAFETY OF PEOPLE OR PROPERTY SHOULD BE INSPECTED.

AS A RESULT OF THIS INSPECTION, MR. RODIN SAID, MORE THAN 8,000 CUT SLOPES AND RETAINING WALLS WERE IDENTIFIED.

♦ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, WE ALSO MADE A PRELIMINARY INSPECTION OF ALL SIZEABLE FILL SLOPES IN THE TERRITORY. AS A RESULT, ABOUT 2,300 FILL SLOPES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED,* HE SAID.

FORTUNATELY, MR. RODIN ADDED, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THESE SLOPES WERE FOUND TO BE SATISFACTORY AND REQUIRED LITTLE OR NO PREVENTIVE WORK.

NEVERTHELESS, HE SOUNDED A NOTE OF WARN I NGi THE PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE SECTORS MUST BE PREPARED TO PAY FOR THE HIGH GEOTECHNICAL STANDARDS NECESSARY TO ENSURE SAFETY AND ECONOMY IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SLOPES.

HE SAID THAT THE STANDARDS OF SITE INVESTIGATION BORINGS AND LABORATORY TESTING BY MANY HONG KONG SPECIALIST SITE INVESTIGATION CONTRACTORS WERE FAR FROM SATISFACTORY.

♦THIS RESULTS WHEN CLIENTS SEEK THE CHEAPEST JOB,+ HE SAID.

MR. RODIN WENT ONi ♦THIS OFTEN MEANS LITTLE OR NO PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL SUPERVISION OF THE SITE INVESTIGATION AND LABORATORY TESTING. SOMETIMES, THIS COULD BE MISLEADING AND DANGEROUS SINCE, FOR EXAMPLE, VITAL PIECES OF GEOLOGICAL INFORMATION CAN BE EASILY MISSED FROM THE BOREHOLE DATA.+

IN ADDITION TO BEING PREPARED TO PAY FOR THE HIGH GEOTECHNICAL STANDARDS, HE EMPHASISED, BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS MUST ENSURE BY THEIR OWN INSPECTION OF THE SITE FORMATION WORKS THAT THESE STANDARDS WERE, IN FACT, BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE CONTRACTOR.

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REPORT ON U.S.-HK TEXTILE TALKS CONSIDERED ******

MR. DAVID JORDAN, DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) •THAT THE BOARD HAD CONSIDERED A REPORT ON THE RECENT UNITED STATES HONG KONG TEXTILE TALKS.

THE REPORT WAS COMPILED BY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DIRECTOR OF TRADE, FOLLOWING HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH A U.S. DELEGATION LED BY THE CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR, AMBASSADOR MICHAEL B. SMITH, IN MANILA FROM JULY 20-22.

THE REPORT COVERED THE U.S. DELEGATION’S PRESENTATION AS TO THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE DEMAND OF THE U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY FOR TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG AND SOME OTHER SUPPLIERS.

IT ALSO RECORDED THE U.S. DELEGATION’S SUGGESTIONS FOR CERTAIN MODIFICATIONS TO BE MADE TO THE CURRENT FIVE-YEAR HONG KONG-UNITED STATES TEXTILE AGREEMENT.

IN REACTION TO THE REPORT, MEMBERS POINTED OUT THAT AT THE RECENT U.S. MANAGEMENT LABOUR TEXTILE COMMITTEE MEETING ON JUNE 5, 1979, U.S. OFFICIALS HAD SAID THAT TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS INTO THE UNITED STATES DURING THE JANUARY-APRIL PERIOD OF 1979 DECLINED BY 395 MILLION SQUARE YARDS SIMILAR TO THE FIGURE OF THE SAME PERIOD IN 1978, AND U.S. OFFICIALS HAD GUESSED THAT TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS IN 1979 WOULD BE ABOUT 10 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN 1978.

IN APRIL 1979, U.S. IMPORTS OF COTTON, WOOL AND MAN-MADE FIBRES, TEXTILES AND APPAREL HAD DECLINED BY SEVEN PER CENT FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND BY 33 PER CENT FROM APRIL 1978.

U.S. IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND APPAREL FROM HONG KONG IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WERE ALMOST 16 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR IN QUANTITY TERMS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HONG KONG’S IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND APPAREL FROM THE UNITED STATES WERE WORTH OVER $166 MILLION IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 74 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1978.

MEMBERS ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION THIS YEAR IN THE U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRY WAS VIRTUALLY THE SAME AS IT WAS IN 1977, THE YEAR IN WHICH THE FIVE-YEAR TEXTILE AGREEMENT WAS NEGOTIATED.

THE BOARD WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED AT THE U.S. INDUSTRY’S ATTITUDE TO THE FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT. THESE PROVISIONS ASSIST U.S. DOMESTIC PRODUCERS BY PREVENTING OVER-CONCENTRATION OF EXPORTS IN CATEGORIES WHERE DEMAND

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THE L,SHT 0F TH,S SITUATION, MEMBERS FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO SEE WHY HONG KONG SHOULD BE ASKED TO CONSIDER ™ T0 THE CURRENT BLATERAL AGREEMENT, ♦

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BAN ON EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14

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CHILDREN UNDER 14 YEARS OLD WILL NOT, AS A GENERAL RULE, BE ALLOWED TO WORK IN EITHER THE INDUSTRIAL OR NON-INDUSTRI AL SECTOR WHEN THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS 1979 COME INTO OPERATION ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE PROHIBITION, WHICH HAD BEEN ENFORCED IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR FOR A LONG TIME, WAS BEING EXTENDED TO THE NON-INDUSTRI AL SECTOR TO ASSIST IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF COMPULSORY JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION.

THE REGULATIONS, MADE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL AFTER THE EMPLOYMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1979 WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 18, WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE REGULATIONS PROHIBIT GENERALLY THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 UNLESS THEY FELL WITHIN SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONS.

CHILDREN WHO HAVE ATTAINED 13 YEARS MAY, WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS, ENGAGE IN PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN NON-INDUSTRI AL ESTABLISHMENTS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS AIMED AT PROTECTING THEIR HEALTH AND MORALS.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO STIPULATE THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED I

* IN ANY OF THE OCCUPATIONS LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE REGULATIONS-

* BEFORE 7 A.M. OR AFTER 7 P.M.-

* DURING SCHOOL HOURS ON A SCHOOL DAY"

* FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS ON A SCHOOL DAY-

* FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS ON ANY OTHER DAY DURING THE SCHOOL TERM, AND

* DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS FOR MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS ON ANY DAY.

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ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WORK IN, AMONG OTHER PLACES, BARS, DANCE HALLS, BILLIARD SALOONS, MAHJONG, TIN KAU OR GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS, KITCHENS OF HOTELS, BOARDING HOUSES, COOKED-FOOD SHOPS, CAFES AND RESTAURANTS, PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, ABATTOIRS, HAIR-DRESSING SALOONS OR MASSAGE PARLOURS.

THEY WILL ALSO NOT BE ALLOWED TO HANDLE DANGEROUS MACHINES OR DELIVER DANGEROUS GOODS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE REGULATIONS ALSO PROVIDE FORt

* THE KEEPING OF RECORDS BY EMPLOYERS OF CHILDREN"

* THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE OF PARENTAL CONSENT AND VALID SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES, OR TO ARRANGE FOR THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF THE CHILDREN IF NECESSARY"

* THE IMPOSITION OF PENALTIES FOR VARIOUS OFFENCES IN THE FORM OF FINES RANGING BETWEEN $2,000 AND $10,000, AND

M FOR THE GOVERNOR TO AMEND THE SCHEDULE.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS URGED TO USE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD FUNDS X X X X

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG WISHING TO ORGANISE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WERE TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED TO APPROACH THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD FOR SPONSORSHIP.

THE APPEAL CAME FROM AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE BOARD, MR. CHAN KAI-CHUNG WHEN HE OFFICIALLY OPENED A NEW PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE AT LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE.

THE NEW CENTRE -- THE SIXTH SO FAR IN KWAI CHUNG — BRINGS TO EIGHT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PESC IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

MR. CHAN SAID I + IF YOUR ORGANISATION WISHES TO EMBARK ON ANY MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES BUT CANNOT DO SO BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, YOU MAY APPLY TO THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD FOR SPONSORSHIP THROUGH YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE.+

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE PROVISION OF HEALTHY RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR VARIOUS STRATA OF THE LOCAL POPULATION.

♦FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, TWO-THIRDS OF THE ALLOCATED FUNDS OF $1.75 MILLION FOR THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THE PROMOTION OF SPORTING, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE TSUEN WAN COMMUNITY,♦ HE SAID.

♦OUT OF THE AMOUNT, $90,000 HAS BEEN RESERVED SPECIALLY FOR THE SPONSORSHIP OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY LOCAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

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♦IT IS HOPED THAT THIS ASSISTANCE WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS FOSTERING THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG LOCAL PEOPLE.♦

THE NEW CENTRE WAS SET UP IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF WIDENING ITS CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC TO EXPLAIN ITS POLICIES AND BETTER SERVE THEM IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY.

SINCE EARLY 1977, TWO TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES AND SEVEN PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN DENSELY-POPULATED AREAS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG. TO COPE WITH INCREASING DEMAND, MORE CENTRES ARE BEING PLANNED.

IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING AN ENQUIRY SERVICE, THE NEW CENTRE WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER BODIES TO ORGANISE USEFUL ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE LEI MUK SHUE AND NEIGHBOURING AREAS. -----------------------------------------

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FRONTS WITH THE ARRIVAL OF VERY REFUGEES AND CHINESE IMMIGRANTS, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, THE HON. (THURSDAY).

IS NOW FACING CHALLENGES ON ALL LARGE NUMBERS OF VIETNAMESE

BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL, UNOFFICIAL ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI SAID TODAY

ADDRESSING THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 82 ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND SIX IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND, MR. LEE SAID NO ONE WOULD DENY THAT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN WORKING UNDER GREAT PRESSURE IN RECENT MONTHS.

IN ADDITION TO THE HANDLING OF REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS, *. LEE SAID THERE HAD BEEN UNPRECEDENTED INCREASES IN DEMAND FOR THE ISSUE OF TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, VISAS AND OTHER IMMIGRATION SERVICES.

POINTING OtJT THAT THESE CHALLENGES WERE FORMIDABLE, MR. LEE SAIDi +YOU MUST UNDERTAKE A VERY BUSY JOB AND WORK FOR LONG PERIODS UNDER GREAT PRESSURE.

♦YOU MUST REMAIN POLITE AND TACTFUL EVEN WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES MAKE THIS DIFFICULT.

♦YOU MUST UPHOLD AND ENFORCE THE LAW FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE COMMUNITY BUT YOU MUST UNDERTAKE YOUR TASK WITH HUMANITY AND KINDNESS.+

MR. LEE POINTED OUT THAT OFFICERS ON THE PASSING-OUT SQUAD HAD LAID THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO BUILD A CAREER, ADDING THAT THEY MUST CONTINUE TO LEARN BY EXPERIENCE, BY FURTHER STUDY, BY READING AND BY GAINING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF PEOPLE AND THE SOCIETY.

♦ALL THESE WILL HELP YOU TO CARRY OUT YOUR DUTIES WITH GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND SO WITH A GREATER SENSE OF FULFILMENT,♦ MR. LEE ADDED.

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JAPAN OFFERS TWO SCHOLARSHIPS TO HK STUDENTS

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TWO SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED BY THE JAPANESE GOVERMNENT TO HONG KONG STUDENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES UNDER THE MOMBUSHO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR THE 1980 ACADEMIC YEAR.

ONE OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL MAJOR IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE AT THE TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES AND THE OTHER IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES AT A NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.

APPLICANTS MUST BE OVER 18 AND UNDER 22 YEARS OF AGE ON APRIL 1, 1980. THEY MUST BE WILLING TO RECEIVE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN JAPANESE.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS OF EITHER OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG OR POSSESS HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

THE AWARDS ARE FOR FIVE YEARS FROM APRIL, 1980 TO MARCH, 1985 AND WILL COVER TUITION, ACCOMMODATION, LIVING EXPENSES AND RETURN PASSAGE.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE ENROLLED AT THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL ATTACHED TO THE TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES AND WILL BE GIVEN A ONE-YEAR COURSE ON THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND SUCH OTHER SUBJECTS AS ARE NECESSARY TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR’S DEGREE COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THIS OFFICE NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1, 1979.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE JAPANESE INFORMATION AND CULTURAL OFFICE, CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN, WILL CONSIDER APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

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SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN * * * *

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE INTRODUCED ON JULY 8 TO THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL CONTINUE ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS THIS SUNDAY.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT THE CONTINUATION OF THIS SERVICE WILL DEPEND LARGELY ON THE RESPONSE IT RECEIVES FROM THE PUBLIC.

THE SPECIAL TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.29 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.34 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL THEN DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.36 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.50 A.M.

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ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 4.10 P.M. IN ADDITION, ONE ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN DEPARTING FROM TAI PO MARKET STATION WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS WISHING TO LEAVE THE PLEASURE GARDEN EARLIER.

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 THE RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE $4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2 EACH.

JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP PAYS COURTESY CALL ON S.W.D.

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THE VISITING

.... DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE OF NAGANO PREFECTURE, JAPAN, MR. K. OHSAWA, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF A 480-MEMBER JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP. ♦YOUNG HOPE,* TODAY(THURSDAY) PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THEY WERE GREETED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, AND THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICER FOR WEST KOWLOON, Mh LU YU-HUA.

DURING THE VISIT, MR. LEE WELCOMED THE GROUP AND EXCHANGED SOUVENIRS WITH THEM. MR. OHSAWA ALSO PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO 10 HONG KONG YOUTH WORK ORGANISATIONS.

MR. OHSAWA AND THE YOUTH GROUP, LED BY MR. K. TAKANAMI, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS MORNING ON BOARD THE SHIP +CORAL PRINCESS** THEY ARE ON A GOODWILL TOUR OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

THE TOUR, AN ANNUAL EVENT, IS tAe SIXTH TO BE ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NAGANO PREFECTURE, ABOUT 100 MILES NORTHWEST OF TOKYO, FOR THE WORKING YOUTHS OF THE PREFECTURE.

MR. OHSAWA IS HOSTING A PARTY LATER TODAY ON BOARD THE *CORAL PRINCESS* FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS AND STUDENTS STUDYING THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE.

THE SHIP WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR MANILA TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT CHILDREN’S CAMP ******

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT A CHILDREN’S CAMP AT CHEUNG CHAU ON SATURDAY.

THE CAMP. FUNDED BY THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, IS ORGANISED BY THE CARITAS - HONG KONG.

ABOUT 300 STUDENTS, AGED BETWEEN NINE AND 11, FROM EIGHT. LOCAL SCHOOLS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE THREE-DAY CAMP TO BE FELD AT TWO ADJOINING CAMP SITES — THE MING FAI AND 01 FAI CAMPS ON THE ISLAND.

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL FIRST ARRIVE AT MING FAI CAMP BY ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELICOPTER AND WILL THEN PROCEED ON FOOT TO 01 FAI CAMP.

DURING THE VISIT, LADY MACLEHOSE WILL SEE CHILDREN ENGAGED IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER LADY MACLEHOSE’S VISIT TO THE CHILDREN’S CAMP AT CHEUNG CHAU ON SATURDAY.

A MARINE DEPARTMENT LAUNCH WILL TAKE PRESS MEMBERS TO CHEUNG CHAU, DEPARTING FROM QUEEN’S PIER, CENTRAL, AT 8.20 A.M. G. I.S. STAFF WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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TENDERS CALLED FCR tiAJCR RESIDENTIAL PROJECT AT TAI ,70 ................................................................. 1

SUSPENSION OF AIR HAIL TO VIETNAM.................................. 2

LADY liACLEHOSE VISITS SWD’S IM’TRG'.NCY RELIEF KITCRJI.............. J

SPECIAL CONCERT BY HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCH-ISTRA............... 4

PRIVATE TREATY GRANT................................................. 5

MORE .ATER FOR SHA TIN NEW TC’/N..................................... 5

LONG SERVICE MEDAL PRESENTATION...................................... 6

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TENDERS CALLED FOR MAJOR RESIDENTIAL PROJECT AT TAI WO TSUEN

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A HOUSING PROJECT OFFERING ACCOMMODATION TO SOME 7,000 PEOPLE WILL SHORTLY BE CONSTRUCTED OVER A PRESTIGE SITE AT TAI WO TSUEN IN KWAI CHUNG, TSUEN WAN.

IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, THE GOVERNMENT INVITES TENDERS FOR THE MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR PROJECT COMPRISING A MODERN AND SELF-CONTAINED RESIDENTIAL ESTATE WITH LANDSCAPING AND OPTIMUM FACILITIES.

THE SITE, MEASURING SOME 6.59 HECTARES, IS THE LARGEST RESIDENTIAL EVER PUT ON THE MARKET IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

IT WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER TO REGISTERED OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 21 THIS YEAR.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, ALLAN HAY, SAID TODAYi +IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO DISPOSE OF THE LAND IN ONE PARCEL SO AS TO ACHIEVE A CO-ORDINATED AND BALANCED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

♦THE PROJECT, WHICH WILL PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE IMPETUS TO THE ALREADY BOOMING PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN TSUEN WAN, WILL PUT ROUGHLY 139,800 SQUARE METRES OF HIGH-QUALITY HOUSING ON THE MARKET UPON COMPLETION.

♦WHEN FULLY COMPLETED IN 1986, THE COMPLEX WILL STAND AS A PROMINENT LANDMARK IN KWAI CHUNG WITH SWEEPING VIEWS OF LANTAU AND LAMMA ISLANDS IN THE WEST AND KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND IN THE EAST.+

MR. HAY NOTED THAT THE SITE WAS A VERY WELCOME ADDITION TO THE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT SECTOR AND SHOULD ATTRACT GREAT INTERESTS FROM HONG KONG’S TOP DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES.

HE RECALLED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD GRANTED A PIECE OF LAND, TWICE AS LARGE AS THE TAI WO TSUEN SITE, AT TSI NG LUNG TAU IN TSUEN WAN TWO MONTHS AGO.

♦ALL THIS IS PART OF GOVERNMENT'S EFFORT TO HELP MEET THE INCREASING DEMANDS OF YOUNG FAMILIES WHO WISH TO LIVE IN WELL MANAGED RESIDENTIAL ESTATES AND TO ALLEVIATE OVERCROWDING IN URBAN AREAS.♦

ACCORDING TO MR. HAY, THE TAI WO TSUEN LOT HAD BEEN FORMED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN FIVE GRADED PLATFORMS, RANGING IN SIZES FROM ABOUT 4,300 SQUARE METRES TO 17,000 SQUARE METRES.

IT CARRIES A BUILDING CONVENANT OF $151 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN SIX YEARS.

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THE TOTAL SITE COVERAGE OF THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS TO BE CONSTRUCTED SHALL NOT EXCEED 17.5 PER CENT OF THE AREA AND A MAXIMUM OF 1.480 DOMESTIC UNITS WILL BE PROVIDED IN BUILDINGS OF NOT MORE THAN 12 STOREYS HIGH.

ANCILLARY FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED TO TENANTS SO AS TO CREATE AN INTEGRATED COMMUNITY WITH FULL SUPPORT AMENITIES.

THESE INCLUDE A 3,900-SQUARE METRE SITE SET ASIDE FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A 7,000-SQUARE METRE SITE FOR ACTIVE RECREATION, PARKING FACILITIES AND A SHOPPING COMPLEX WITH RESTAURANT, DEPARTMENT STORE, SHOP, RETAIL SHOP,BANK AND SUPERMARKET.

♦THE PURCHASER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A MASTER LAYOUT PLAN WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE DATE ON WHICH POSSESSION OF THE LOT IS GIVEN, SHOWING THE POSITIONS AND NATURE OF THE BUILDINGS PROPOSED TO BE ERECTED ON THE LOT AND THE ROAD NETWORKS FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERR I TOR IES,♦ MR. HAY SAID.

♦IN ADDITION, THE COMPANY SHALL ALSO EMPLOY A LANDSCAPE SPECIALIST TO PREPARE A PROGRAMME FOR LANDSCAPING, PLANTING AND REPLANTING SHRUBS AND TREES IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT,♦ HE ADDED.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF THE SITE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE APPLICATION BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 21.

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SUSPENSION OF AIR MAIL TO VIETNAM * * * * *

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT DUE TO LIMITED AIR OUTLETS, ALL MAIL SERVICES TO VIETNAM HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REQUESTED NOT TO POST ORDINARY LETTERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS SWD’S EMERGENCY RELIEF KITCHEN * * * * *

STAFF AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S EMERGENCY RELIEF KITCHEN, WHICH IS DESIGNED ESSENTIALLY TO CATER FOR LOCAL VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS, TODAY (FRIDAY) HAD A DISTINGUISHED VISITOR.

LADY MACLEHOSE THIS MORNING VISITED THE KITCHEN IN CORNWALL STREET, KOWLOON, WHERE ONLY LAST WEEK THOUSANDS OF MEALS WERE COOKED AND PROVIDED FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY TYPHOON HOPE.

SHE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS. ANSON CHAN, AND ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (OPERATIONS), MR. HENRY AU.

LADY MACLEHOSE WAS FIRST BRIEFED ON THE GENERAL OPERATIONS OF THE KITCHEN BEFORE INSPECTING ITS FACILITIES.

SHE SAW THE STAFF BUSILY AT WORK — CHOPPING MEAT, WASHING VEGETABLES AND COOKING RICE IN BIG STOVES — TO PREPARE MEALS FOR DELIVERY.

AT PRESENT, ABOUT 9,000 LB OF RICE, 3,000 LB OF MEAT AND 6,000 LB OF VEGETABLES ARE COOKED EVERYDAY IN THE KITCHEN TO PROVIDE ABOUT 24,000 MEALS FOR REFUGEES AND TYPHOON VICTIMS.

THE KITCHEN IS ALSO ORDERING A DAILY SUPPLY OF ABOUT 25,000 PORTIONS OF DRY RATION FOR THE REFUGEES.

IN TIMES OF FIRES, TYPHOONS, FLOODING OR LANDSLIPS, THE KITCHEN PROVIDES THE VICTIMS WITH COOKED MEALS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF ARTICLES SUCH AS BLANKETS, MATS AND COOKING UTENSILS.

ALTHOUGH IT IS NOW USED MAINLY FOR REFUGEES, PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO LOCAL VICTIMS OF DISASTERS AND IN THE RECENT TYPHOON, THE KITCHEN COPED ADEQUATELY WITH DEMANDS FROM BOTH GROUPS.

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SPECIAL CONCERT BY HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA * * * *

TWELVE MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PLAY AT A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA IN ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND.

MR. GORDON SIU, THE GOVERNMENT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR AND THE TOUR DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, REMARKED THAT IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR AND ACHIEVEMENT FOR HONG KONG’S YOUNG MUSICIANS.

SO FAR, THE TWO ORCHESTRAS HAVE GIVEN SEVEN CONCERTS IN WEST ENGLAND, LANCASHIRE AND SCOTLAND.

THE TWO ORCHESTRAS HAVE PERFORMED ON PLATFORMS DECORATED WITH CHINESE LANTERNS.

THE FIRST HALF OF EACH CONCERT WAS GIVEN BY THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, UNDER ITS CONDUCTOR TONG LEUNG-TAK.

IT WAS PRECEDED BY MR. SIU’S DESCRIPTION OF THE MUSICAL ITEMS AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE CHINESE INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR HISTORY.

AUDIENCES AND CRITICS WERE GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THIS PART OF THE PROGRAMME AND BY MR. SIU’S INTRODUCTION, WHICH WAS DESCRIBED AS +A GREAT AID TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF CHINESE MUSIC.*

THE SECOND HALF OF THE PROGRAMME, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF HR. THOMAS WANG AND MR. DAVID STONE, WAS PERFORMED BY THE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. CRITICS WHO WERE GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE ORCHESTRA’S STRING SECTION, DESCRIBED IT AS +PARTICULARLY GOOD, SMOOTH AND FLEXIBLY EXPRESSIVE.*

BESIDES THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES GIVEN BY THE ORCHESTRAS, THE TWO BRIGHTLY-COLOURED LIONS WERE CONSIDERED +THE MOST EYE-CATCHING PARTICIPANTS.*

THE ORCHESTRAS WILL GIVE PERFORMANCES IN EDINBURGH, DURHAM, LIVERPOOL, LONDON AND POOLE. THEY WILL VISIT PARIS AFTER THEIR U.K. TOUR.

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PRIVATE TREATY GRANT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A LEASE OF ABOUT 0.17 HECTARE OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED AT PAK SHA WAN, SAI KUNG, TO THE HONG KONG SCOUT ASSOCIATION BY PRIVATE TREATY.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE MAJOR PART OF THIS AREA WOULD BE RECLAIMED AND USED FOR TRAINING AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

A PIER WOULD ALSO BE BUILT AS PART OF THE SCHEME, HE ADDED.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL OBJECTIONS OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE (IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE) WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, SAI KUNG, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

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A CONTRACT TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF WATER TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN WAS AWARDED TO HOI SING CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CONTRACT, WORTH MORE THAN *1.7 MILLION, INCLUDES LAYING A SYSTEM OF PIPELINES IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING TOWN.

IT WAS SIGNED BY MR. LI KU I-WAI, CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION) OF THE DEPARTMENT AND DR. CHARM HOI SANG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY.

MR. LI SAID THE PIPELINE SYSTEM FORMED PART OF A SCHEME TO PROVIDE BOTH FRESH AND SALT WATER TO THE NEW TOWN.

WORK WILL START THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

♦THE CONTRACT COVERS THE LAYING OF ABOUT 1,900 METRES OF ASBESTOS CEMENT PIPES RANGING FROM 150 MM TO 450 MM IN DIAMETER, AND ANOTHER 1,100 METRES OF MILD STEEL PIPES OF BETWEEN 550 MM AND 750 MM IN DIAMETER,♦ HE SAID.

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LONG SERVICE MEDAL PRESENTATION * * * * *

FOUR OFFICERS AND 29 FIREMEN ATTACHED TO THE FIRE SERVICES HEADQUARTERS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH COLONIAL FIRE BRIGADE LONG SERVICE MEDALS AND CLASPS TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

MR. R. HOLMES, CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (HEADQUARTERS), WILL PRESENT THE AWARDS.

ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER, MR. YIP LUN-CHEONG- STATION OFFICER TANG CHI-MING AND 22 FIREMEN WHO HAVE EACH SERVED THE SERVICES FOR 18 YEARS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH LONG SERVICE MEDALS.

ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER, MR. CHAN FONG- STATION OFFICER MAK KAM-YIU AND SIX FIREMEN WILL BE AWARDED FIRST CLASP TO THE LONG SERVICE MEDALS FOR THEIR 25 YEARS OF SERVICE EACH.

FIREMAN CHEUNG YIU-CHUNG WHO HAS COMPLETED 30 YEARS OF SERVICE WILL RECEIVE THE SECOND CLASP TO HIS MEDAL.

FOUR RETIRED MEMBERS OF WITH FIRST AND SECOND CLASPS

THE SERVICES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO THEIR MEDALS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION OF LONG SERVICE MEDALS WHICH WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10 A.M. ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE CENTRAL FIRE STATION.

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ELEVEN OF THE 18 RESERVOIRS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG ARE OVERFLOWING AS A RESULT OF HEAVY RAINFALL DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS.

THEY INCLUDE SHEK PIK RESERVOIR, JUBILEE RESERVOIR AND THE TYTAM GROUP OF RESERVOIRS.

THE TOTAL WATER STORAGE AT 9 A.M. TODAY (FRIDAY) WAS 422.558 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 73.1 PER CENT OF THE MAXIMUM CAPACITY.

AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR, THERE WERE ONLY 339.074 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 58.7 PER CENT OF THE FULL CAPACITY.

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GOVT TO TAKE FRESH INITIATIVE TO BRING ABOUT NEW AWARENESS OF CARE FOR INVIRONI>1S<T IN NT .................. 1

HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES COURSES GRADUATES IN DEMAND ...................................................... 3

LADY MACLEHOSE JOINS CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES ..................  4

TEMPORARY CLOSURE............................................... 4

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GOVT TO TAKE FRESH INITIATIVE TO BRING ABOUT NEW AWARENESS OF CARE FOR ENVIRONMENT IN NT ******

THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO TAKE A FRESH INITIATIVE TO BRING ABOUT A NEW AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHETHER IT BE DOMESTIC RUBBISH AND LITTER, FARM WASTE OR FACTORY EFFLUENT, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EIGHTH HONG KONG YOUTH ENVIRONMENT FORUM HELD AT THE CHUNG CHI COLLEGE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MR. AKERS-JONES SAIDi + l DO NOT BELIEVE THAT AN IMPROVEMENT TO OUR STANDARD OF LIVING, WHICH IS THE AIM OF US ALL, IS COMPATIBLE WITH AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS IN DANGER OF TURNING INTO A RUBBISH DUMP.

♦ I PROPOSE SHORTLY TO TAKE THE ADVICE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS IN EACH DISTRICT AS TO HOW WE SHOULD GO ABOUT GENERATING THIS INITIATIVE AND NEW AWARENESS.+

THE SECRETARY NOTED THAT DESPITE THE CREATION OF COUNTRY PARKS AND VARIOUS EFFORTS AND MEASURES TAKEN TO KEEP THE NEW TERRITORIES CLEAN, THE LOWLAND AREAS OF THE DISTRICT HAVE BECOME STEADILY MORE POLLUTED AND MORE OF A MESS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

+PERHAPS MANY BELIEVE THAT THE SITUATION IS SO BAD THAT TO ADD TO IT WILL NOT MAKE IT WORSE, AND THAT THEY CAN DO NOTHING TO MAKE IT BETTER, THAT IT IS NOT WORTH THE EFFORT.

♦THIS IS REALLY THE ATTITUDE OF MIND WHICH WE SHOULD SEEK TO REVERSE, WHICH YOU, AS YOUNG PEOPLE, IN CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND RELATIONS CAN CHANGE,♦ HE SAID.

OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS THE PROBLEM OF WASTE FROM THE PIG AND CHICKEN FARMS AND THE TEMPORARY FACTORIES WHICH IS WASHED AND DUMPED INTO THE NEAREST STREAM.

HOWEVER, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THAT THERE IS AN INTERESTING EXPERIMENT BEING CONDUCTED IN FANLING FOR THE COLLECTION OF WASTE FROM PIG AND CHICKEN FARMS IN A PARTICULAR AREA.

♦THE FARMERS LIKE IT, AND IT SEEMS TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

♦IT COULD BE EXPENSIVE IF IT WERE CARRIED OUT ON A LARGE SCALE, AND WE WILL NEED TO FIND SOME GOOD USE FOR THE MANURE THAT IS COLLECTED, IN ORDER TO MAKE THE OPERATION VIABLE.*

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HE ALSO REVEALED THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING A SMALL SETTLEMENT TANK ON A STREAM-COURSE IN THE SAME AREA TO SEE WHETHER THIS METHOD CAN BE USED ELSEWHERE AS ANOTHER WAY OF DEALING WITH EFFLUENT FROM THE FARMS AND ANALYSING WAYS TO KEEP ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY POLLUTED AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CLEAN AND FREE FROM RUBBISH.

BUT HE ADDEDi +NO AMOUNT OF LEGISLATION CAN PRODUCE THE ENVIRONMENT WE WANT UNLESS THERE IS A WILL AMONG THE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, UNLESS IT IS BACKED BY PRACTICAL AND, IN MANY CASES, SIMPLE MEASURES.*

THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT NO LESS THAN $4 MILLION ON EXPERT ADVICE ON THE LANDSCAPING OF THE NEW TOWNS, HE SAID.

+A LANDSCAPE STUDY TELLS US HOW WE CAN MAKE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF OUR DENSELY POPULATED TOWNS AS PLEASANT AS POSSIBLE, GIVEN THE PLANNING CONSTRAINTS OF HIGH DENSITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIGH-RISE LIVING.

+IT TELLS US HOW TO TURN OUR STREETS INTO ATTRACTIVE PLACES FOR PEDESTRIANS- IT TELLS US WHAT TREES TO PLANT AND WHERE TO PLANT THEM- HOW WE CAN POSITION OUR BUILDINGS AND DESIGN OUR PARKS SO THAT THEY WILL GIVE THE MOST PLEASURE TO THE PEOPLE.*

THOUGH IT IS TOO EARLY YET TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THESE STUDIES, MR. AKERS-JONES GAVE HIS ASSURANCE THAT THE ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS AND ADMINISTRATORS OF THE NEW TOWNS ARE DETERMINED TO FOLLOW THE PROPOSALS IN THESE STUDIES.

HE REVEALED THAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL TEAM IN THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF EACH TOWN TO ENSURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSALS AND THAT A CAREFUL STUDY ON THE NUMBER OF TREES AND PLANTS AND SHRUBS WHICH WOULD BE NEEDED OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

THE FOUR-DAY FORUM WAS ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH ENVIRONMENT ACTION GROUP OF THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

THE THEME IS +LOOK OUT FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT* AND ITS OBJECTIVES INCLUDE THE TRANSMITTANCE OF BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPT, THE SPREAD OF MASS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AROUSING OF YOUTH’S RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.

HUNDREDS OF UPPER-FORM STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG TOOK PART IN THE EVENT.

APART FROM MR. AKERS-JONES, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. G. BARNES, WAS ALjC I\\ZITED TO SPEAK AT ThE OPENING CEREMONY.

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STUDENTS SPECIALLY TRAINED IN HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM ARE IN BIG DEMAND.

REFLECTING THE NEED FOR SUCH PERSONNEL, EMPLOYERS RECENTLY OFFERED JOBS TO MOST OF THIS YEAR’S 107 WOULD-BE GRADUATES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES IN THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

AND TO COPE WITH THE DEMAND, THE DEPARTMENT HOPES TO INCREASE ITS INTAKE OF STUDENTS FOR ITS COURSES, PART-TIME ONES IN PARTICULAR, IN THE NEW SESSION.

WHEN THE DEPARTMENT’S CERTIFICATE FOR TOURISM CO-ORDINATION OFFICERS COURSE WAS FIRST OFFERED IN SEPTEMBER 1977, THERE WERE ONLY 16 PLACES AVAILABLE. MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE STUDENTS WERE ALSO OFFERED JOBS LONG BEFORE THEIR GRADUATION.

IN ANNOUNCING THE EXPANDED INTAKE OF STUDENTS, THE HEAD OF THE INSTITUTE’S DEPARTMENT OF HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, MR. PETER KERR ISON, SAID THAT APART FROM INCREASING THE FULL-TIME ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE COURSE FOR TOURISM CO-ORDINATION OFFICERS TO AO STUDENTS, THE EVENING COURSES OFFERED ON THE SAME SUBJECT HAVE BEEN INCREASED TO ACCOMMODATE 120 STUDENTS.

♦THIS IS DUE TO THE TRANSFER OF THE ONE-YEAR AND TWO-YEAR COURSES IN TOURISM FROM THE POLYTECHNIC,+ MR. KERRISON SAID.

APPLICATION FOR THE THREE FULL-TIME COURSES OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW OPEN TO ALL FORM 5 GRADUATES BUT ENROLMENT FOR THE EVENING COURSES IS CLOSED.

MR. KERRISON SAID HUNDREDS OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S EVENING COURSES POURED IN SHORTLY AFTER ENROLMENT WAS ANNOUNCED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MORE THAN 200 STUDENTS HAVE GRADUATED FROM THIS DEPARTMENT SINCE THE INSTITUTE’S OPENING IN 1977.

THE THREE FULL-TIME COURSES, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON PRACTICAL WORK, COVERS GENERAL CATERING, HOTEL RECEPTION, OFFICE STUDIES AND ,TOUR ISM CO-ORDINATION RESPECTIVELY.

THE EVENING AND PART-TIME DAY RELEASE COURSES ACCENTUATE ON COOKERY, WINE AND BEVERAGE SERVICES, TOURISM ORGANISATION AND SO ON.

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LADY MACLEHOSE JOINS CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES *****

LADY MACLEHOSE VISITED SOME 3OO STUDENTS IN A CHILDREN’S CAMP AT CHEUNG CHAU TODAY (SATURDAY) AND RECEIVED FROM THEM A SOUVENIR T-SHIRT WITH THE CAMP LOGO AND CHINESE CHARACTERS MEANING ♦I LOVE MY FAMILY.*

THE CAMP, FUNDED BY THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND ORGANISED BY CARITAS - HONG KONG, IS THE ONLY ONE OPERATED FOR CHILDREN OF THE ISLAND THIS SUMMER.

WHEN LADY MACLEHOSE ARRIVED AT THE CAMPSITE, THE STUDENTS WERE ENGAGED IN A VARIETY OF GAMES INCLUDING BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, TABLE TENNIS AND FOLK DANCING.

THE THEME OF THE CAMP IS ON FAMILY LIFE AND, TO SIMULATE A FAMILY ENVIRONMENT, PARTICIPANTS ARE DIVIDED INTO FAMILY UNITS LED BY SPECIALLY TRAINED VOLUNTEERS SERVING AS +PARENTS.+

APART FROM RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING THEIR THREE-DAY STAY, THE CAMPERS WILL ALSO HOLD SEVERAL INFORMAL MEETINGS TO DISCUSS THE ROLE THEY PLAY AT HOME AND THE COMMON PROBLEMS IN THE FAMILY.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, THE ACCESS ROAD FROM NATHAN ROAD INTO ARRAN STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ARRAN STREET FROM LAI CHI KOK ROAD TO A POINT 10 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE ******

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

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

THE PRACTISING TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

AUGUST 14 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

AUGUST 15 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

AUGUST 16 (THURSDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 8 P.M.

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

SUI WAY, AUGUST 12, 1979

CONTENTS NC.

THE ECONOMY ADJUSTING IN 1979.......................................1

16 MILLION HK CHICKENS END UP IN THE POT ANNUALLY...................3

OVER 2,700 GRADUATE FROM EVENING COURSES IN T.ECHNICAL INSTITUTES......................................................... 5

PWD PROJECTS DURING FIRST 3 MONTHS OF FISCAL YEAR.................. 7

EXPANSION OF MEDICAL FACILITIES IN SAI KUNG....................... 8

WATER CUT.......................................................... 8

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THE ECONOMY ADJUSTING IN 1979 ******

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1979, THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN CONTINUING THE ADJUSTMENT PROCESS BEGUN IN 1978, WITH THE EXPORT SECTOR ASSUMING INCREASING IMPORTANCE AS THE SOURCE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH.

THIS IS SPELT OUT IN THE GOVERNMENT’S HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE REPORT REVIEWS PRIMARILY EVENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979.

IT POINTS OUT THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL FINAL DEMAND WAS ADJUSTING IN A DIRECTION MORE IN LINE WITH THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY’S OUTPUT, SO THAT THE RATE AT WHICH THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT IS WIDENING IS SLOWING DOWN.

THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT WAS SMALLER IN RELATION TO IMPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979 THAN IT WAS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1978.

THE REPORT INDICATES THAT THE SHARP ACCELERATION IN THE GROWTH RATE OF DEMAND FOR EXPORTS HAS MAINTAINED THE PRESSURE OF EXCESSIVE DEMAND ON RESOURCES. SO SHORTAGES OF LABOUR CONTINUED TO PREVAIL, WAGE RATES INCREASED RAPIDLY AND, AS EXPECTED, THERE WAS A TENDENCY FOR DOMESTIC PRICES TO ACCELERATE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979.

BUT THE REPORT FORECASTS THAT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REST CF THE WORLD AND IN THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY ARE LIKELY TO COMBINE TO CAUSE THE EXCESS DEMAND TO EASE OFF GRADUALLY IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR.

THE REPORT INDICATES THAT THE EXTERNAL SECTOR WAS REMARKABLY ACTIVE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979 DESPITE A GENERAL SHORTAGE OF DOMESTIC RESOURCES COUPLED WITH RAPID INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF THESE RESOURCES.

BETTER ECONOMIC PROSPECTS IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS IN EUROPE AND THE SUBSTANTIAL DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST STERLING AND THE DEUTSCHEMARK WERE AMONG THE MAJOR FACTORS LEADING TO THE ACCELERATION IN THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979 WAS 34 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1978.

THE GROWTH RATES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WERE PARTICULARLY RAPID.

ALTHOUGH THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS WAS STILL VERY RAPID (36 PER CENT), IT WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS (39 PER CENT).

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FURTHERMORE, THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS, AFTER DISCOUNTING FOR PRICE INCREASES, WAS ABOUT 20 PER CENT HIGHER IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1978.

THIS REPRESENTED A MARKED DECELERATION COMPARED WITH GROWTH RATES IN REAL TERMS OF 27 PER CENT AND 29 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY FOR THE THIRD AND FOURTH QUARTERS OF LAST YEAR.

ON THE RE-EXPORT TRADE, THE REPORT SUGGESTS A RE-EMERGING ROLE OF HONG KONG AS AN ENTREPOT. THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979 WAS 55 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1978.

THE REPORT GIVES A DETAILED ANALYSIS ON THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY AND OF BANK LENDING AND ARGUES THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY, HOWEVER DEFINED, HAS SHOWN SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN.

THE GROWTH RATE OF LOANS TO FINANCE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES, THAT IS, BANK LOANS CONSOLIDATED WITH LOANS EXTENDED BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WAS ALSO SLOWING DOWN.

ON THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, THE REPORT EMPHASISES THAT THE TRADE WEIGHTED EXCHANGE RATE INDEX HAS REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH THE MOVEMENTS DURING 1978.

THE REPORT SUGGESTS THAT THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE FAIRLY LARGE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT.

ARBITRAGE TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN THE GOLD MARKETS IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS ALSO HAD A MARKED INFLUENCE FROM TIME TO TIME.

ON PRICES, THE REPORT SHOWS THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES INCREASING AT A RATE BETWEEN NINE PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, REPRESENTING, AS EXPECTED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH THIS YEAR, AN ACCELERATION FROM THE SIX PER CENT INCREASE IN 1978.

THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE HIGH RATE OF INCREASE IN PRICES WAS THE RESULT OF EXCESS DEMAND ON DOMESTIC FACTORS OF PRODUCTION AND ON GOODS AND SERVICES PRODUCED IN THE ECONOMY AIDED BY THE DELAYED EFFECT OF THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, AND BY MOVEMENTS IN WORLD PRICES WHICH HAD, IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, BEGUN TO ACCELERATE.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT INCLUDE:

* A CONTINUING STRONG DEMAND FOR LABOUR"

X A RAPID INCREASE IN WAGE RATES DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR-

* A BETTER BALANCE DEVELOPING BETWEEN THE SUPPLY OF AND THE DEMAND FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PROPERTY, ALTHOUGH EXCESS DEMAND STILL PERSISTED IN LARGE RESIDENTIAL FLATS-

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* A POSSIBLE SHORTAGE DEVELOPING IN OFFICE SPACE, AND

* AN ACCELERATION IN THE RATE OF INCREASE IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COSTS.

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ECONOMY IS CLEARLY ADJUSTING WITH THE GROWTH RATE CF TOTAL FINAL DEMAND NOW MORE IN LINE WITH THE GROWTH RATE CF THE ECONOMY’S OUTPUT SO THAT THE RATE AT WHICH IMPORTS ARE SUCKED IN IS SLOWING DOWN.

THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT AS A PROPORTION OF IMPORTS HAS BECOME SMALLER.

HE ADDED THAT THE ECONOMY IS PROCEEDING LARGELY ON COURSE WITH EXPORTS GRADUALLY REGAINING THEIR POSITION AS THE MAIN IMPETUS TO GROWTH.

HE SAID THAT THE REDISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES IN FAVOUR CF THE EXPORT SECTOR IS ENCOURAGING.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PARTLY AS A RESULT OF HIGHER THAN EXPECTED INCREASES IN OIL PRICES AND HENCE IN WORLD PRICES IN GENERAL, DOMESTIC PRICES LOOK LIKE TO BE INCREASING AT A RATE HIGHER THAN EXPECTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, BUT NOT SIGNIFICANTLY SO.

THE REPORT WILL SHORTLY BE ON SALE AT |14 A COPY.

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16 MILLION HK CHICKENS END UP IN THE POT ANNUALLY

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SIXTEEN MILLION CHICKENS, OR 70 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES, THAT END UP IN THE POT ANNUALLY COME FROM HONG KONG’S OWN POULTRY FARMS.

THIS HAS BEEN THE RECORD FOR THE PAST DECADE — SHOWING THIS IS ONE AREA OF THE MARKET THAT HAS NEVER LOST OUT TO IMPORTS.

ONE REASON FOR THIS IS, OF COURSE, HONG KONG’S DISCRIMINATING CONSUMERS. IF THEY HAVE CHICKEN DINNER IN MIND THEY WILL HEAD STRAIGHT FOR THE STALL SELLING LOCALLY BRED CHICKENS.

PLAYING NO SMALL ROLE IN KEEPING THE CONSUMER HAPPY IS THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

POULTRY EXPERTS FROM THIS DEPARTMENT ARE CONTINUOUSLY ♦HATCHING* IDEAS ON A FATTER, MORE SUCCULENT VARIETY OF CHICKEN.

FOR EXAMPLE, AFTER 10 YEARS OF INTENSIVE SELECTION AND CROSSBREEDING EXPERIMENTS AT THE CASTLE PEAK POULTRY BREEDING CENTRE, EXPERTS HAVE IMPROVED THE +SHEK KI+ BREED.

THESE ARE USED AS BREEDING STOCK FOR MULTIPLICATION IN BREEDING FARMS. THEY ALSO SUCCESSFULLY FOUND OUT SUITABLE BREEDING PROGRAMMES TO BE ADOPTED BY FARMERS TO ACHIEVE HIGHER PRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCES.

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+LAST YEAR WE SUPPLIED LOCAL BREEDERS WITH 60,000 HIGH QUALITY CHICKS. AN INCREASE OF 10,000 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR,+ ffiS. LO TAM YUEN-YIN, HEAD OF THE CENTRE, SAID TODAY.

ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THESE WERE SHEK KI’S, MRS. LO POINTED OUT.

SHE SAID THE PRODUCTION CAPACITY AT THE POULTRY PRODUCTION UNIT WILL BE DOUBLED TO 120,000 IN 1981 TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND AND THAT BY 1984 PRODUCTION WILL BE INCREASED TO 180,000 WHEN NEW PREMISES AND ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT ARE AVAILABLE.

EXPLAINING THE WORK OF THE CENTRE, MRS. LO SAID TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND KNOW-HOW, INCLUDING LABORATORY DIAGNOSIS SERVICE AND DISEASE CONTROL, ARE PROVIDED FOR THE POULTRY INDUSTRY.

♦JOINT EFFORTS BETWEEN THE BREEDERS AND THE DEPARTMENT HAVE HELPED TO KEEP THE MARKET STEADY WITH HONG KONG IN THE FOREFRONT IN SALES FOR THE PAST DECADE,+ SHE SAID.

AT THE SAME TIME, OTHER ADVANCEMENT MADE AREi

* POULTRY FARMERS ARE NOW ADOPTING BETTER MANAGEMENT METHODS, INCLUDING AUTOMATIC DRINKING AND FEEDING SYSTEMS AND BALANCED FEEDS-

* THE CHICKENS ARE NOW HOUSED IN BETTER DESIGNED PREMISES. AND

* BETTER QUALITY BREEDING STOCK IS AVAILABLE.

+WE ALSO GIVE ON-THE-SPOT ADVICE TO FARMERS. THIS RANGES FROM INFORMATION ON YIELD INCREASES AND DISEASE CONTROL,+ MRS. LO SAID.

+THE LATEST TECHNIQUES ARE ALSO WIDELY PUBLICISED THROUGH A WEEKLY PROGRAMME BORADCAST OVER RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG. WE ALSO HOLD SEMINARS, COURSES AND VISITS,+ MRS. LO ADDED.

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OVER 2,700 GRADUATE FROM EVENING COURSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ******

MORE THAN 2,700 STUDENTS HAVE GRADUATED FROM VARIOUS EVENING COURSES RUN BY THE FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN THE 1978-79 SESSION.

THE COURSES COVER 10 DISCIPLINES INCLUDING HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES AND MARINE FABRICATION.

♦IN THE 1978-79 SESSION THERE WERE 13,000 STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE EVENING COURSES IN THE FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES — MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG AND HAKING WONG,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SIXTY-SIX EVENING COURSES ARE OFFERED IN THE 10 DISCIPLINES AND CAN BE BROADLY CLASSIFIED INTO TWO LEVELS, THE TECHNICIAN LEVEL (POST-FORM V) AND THE CRAFT LEVEL (POST-FORM III), HE ADDED.

THE DURATION OF THE EVENING COURSES VARY FROM SIX MONTHS TO FIVE YEARS.

IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR, THE FIFTH INSTITUTE RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT — LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE — WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN KOWLOON TONG.

TWO NEW DISCIPLINES WILL BE OFFERED BY THE INSTITUTE, NAMELY INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN, WHEN THE NUMBER OF EVENING COURSES OFFERED WILL BE INCREASED TO 80.

♦IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT WITH THE OPENING OF THESE COURSES MORE TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL MANPOWER WILL BE TRAINED FOR THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MOST GRADUATES FROM EVENING COURSES ARE EMPLOYED IN THE DAY-TIME AND THEY PURSUE THEIR STUDIES, RELEVANT TO THEIR WORK, IN THE EVENING TO ACQUIRE HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS AND BETTER PROMOTION PROSPECTS.

♦AMONG THESE STUDENTS, SOME MAY PURSUE FURTHER STUDIES IN HIGHER LEVEL COURSES IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR IN THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION TO THE GRADUATES FROM THE EVENING COURSES, MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED VARIOUS SHORT COURSES RUN BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN THE 10 DISCIPLINES, HE SAID.

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™E BREAKDOWN OF THE GRADUATES IN THE 10 MAIN DISCIPLINES IN THE 1978-79 SESSION IS AS FOLLOWS*

NO. OF DISCIPLINES/ TECHNICIAN DEPARTMENTS LEVEL GRADUATES CRAFT LEVEL NO. OF STUDENTS COMPLETED SHORT COURSES

1. HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES 31 * 57

2. COMMERCIAL STUDIES 586 259 483

3. CONSTRUCTION 214 135 290

4. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 157 139 682

5. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 29 100 257

6. GENERAL STUDIES 877 97

7. PRINTING 18 55

8. MARINE AND FABRICATION 24

9. TEXTILE INDUSTRIES 29 156

10. CLOTHING INDUSTRIES t 62 84

TOTAL 1,035 1,680 2,106

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PWD PROJECTS DURING FIRST 3 MONTHS OF FISCAL YEAR

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THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT EITHER COMPLETED OR HAD IN HAND MORE THAN 40 PROJECTS DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR PWD SAID 12 PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED AND ANOTHER 33 WERE EITHER ABOUT TO START OR WERE ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

AMONG THOSE JOBS FINISHED WERE:

* THE REFURBISHING OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE-

M 400 POLICE MARRIED QUARTERS-

* THE CENTRAL PROMENADE AND

* THE CHEP LAP KOK METEOROLOGICAL STATION

INCLUDED IN THE VARIED LIST OF PROJECTS IN VARIOUS STAGES WERE:

* THE CHIU LU SAU GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN YUEN LONG"

M A FIRE STATION AND NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS IN SHA TIN"

ft THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE"

* THE SPACE MUSEUM IN TSIM SHA TSUI-

M SPECTATORS’ STANDS AT THE EXHIBITION TENNIS COURTS IN VICTORIA PARK"

* A DRIVING TEST CENTRE AT TSZ WAN SHAN"

* THE SHA TIN HOSPITAL AND POLYCLINIC, AND

* THE DENTAL TEACHING CLINIC

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EXPANSION OF MEDICAL FACILITIES IN SAI KUNG * * * * *

THE GENERAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT AT THE SAI KUNG DISPENSARY WILL MOVE TO THE NEW SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT CLINIC AT 73-75 MAN NIN STREET ON AUGUST 18.

THIS REPRESENTS ANOTHER STEP TAKEN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE FACILITIES FOR THE INCREASING POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION.

THE NEW CLINIC WITH A FLOOR AREA OF MORE THAN 2,000 SQUARE FEET, FOR WHICH REPROVISIONING WORK HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED, COMPRISES THREE CONSULTING ROOMS, A TREATMENT ROOM, DISPENSARY, REGISTRATION OFFICE. A STAFF ROOM AND SPACIOUS WAITING AREAS FOR PATIENTS SEEKING TREATMENT.

AN EYE CLINIC WILL ALSO BE ACCOMMODATED THERE, AND IT IS ENVISAGED THAT MORE SPECIALTY SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED AS SPACE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE, THE MATERNITY WARD AND THE CHEST SERVICE PROVIDED IN THE SAI KUNG DISPENSARY WILL REMAIN AT THE OLD PREMISES.

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WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON TUESDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY THE NORTH SIDE OF BONHAM STRAND. 'WEST SIDE OF HILLIER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, EAST SIDE OF THE MORRISON STREET INCLUDING WING LOK STREET, 233-321, 254-320 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND THE MACAU FERRY WHARF HYDROFOIL TERMINAL.

IN KOWLOON, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE STOPPED FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 A.M. ON TUESDAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, BEACON HILL ROAD, EDE ROAD AND BROADCAST DRIVE, INCLUDING EASTBOURNE ROAD. RHONDDA ROAD, ALNWICK ROAD, MARCONI ROAD, FESSENDEN ROAD AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICERS’ HOUSING SCHEME.

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

CONTENTS

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 1979

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BIG CUTS IN GOVT ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION.............................. 1

NE*7 KAI TAK CAR PARK OPENS ON WEDNESDAY.............................. 2

PRISONS DEPARTMENT STARTS RECRUITMENT DRIVE..........................  J

JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS......................................3

FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN THE NT.............................. 4

BUILDING IN DANGEROUS CONDITION......................................  4

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG SHUT TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE ./OSES..........................................5

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BIG CUTS IN GOVT ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION ******

REPORTS FROM 32 HEADS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS REVEAL AN AVERAGE SAVING OF ABOUT 20 PER CENT IN UNITS OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMED IN JUNE COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1978, IT WAS REVEALED TODAY (MONDAY).

THE TREASURY TOPS THE SAVINGS LIST WITH A HUGE 43.7 PER CENT CUTBACK AT ITS KOWLOON CITY SUB-OFFICE.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT RUNS A CLOSE SECOND WITH OVERALL SAVINGS OF 31.5 PER CENT, CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WHICH NOTCHED UP SAVINGS OF NEARLY 30 PER CENT.

DEPARTMENTS WHICH RECORDED SAVINGS AT AROUND THE 20 PER CENT MARK INCLUDED THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING, THE REGISTRAR’S CHAMBERS AT THE SUPREME COURT, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SAVINGS HAVE BEEN MADE IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S ENERGY CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN.

♦EVEN IN DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WHICH IS USING MORE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT THIS YEAR THAN IN 1978, SAVINGS CF NEARLY 20 PER CENT WERE ACHIEVED,* A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE GREATER PART OF THE SAVING HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BY SWITCHING OFF UNNECESSARY LIGHTING AND REDUCING THE INTENSITY AND USE OF AIR CONDITlON I NG,+ HE SAID.

DEPARTMENTAL ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION IS CLOSELY MONITORED BY SPECIALLY APPOINTED ENERGY WARDENS.

♦IN VIEW OF CONTINUING UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT OIL SUPPLIES WE HOPE GOVERNMENT STAFF WILL MAINTAIN THEIR VIGILANCE IN LOOKING EUEL AND THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE PUBLIC WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THEIR LEAD,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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NEW KAI TAK CAR PARK OPENS ON WEDNESDAY *****

PARKING SPACES AT KAI TAK AIRPORT WILL BE MORE THAN DOUBLED WITH THE OPENING OF ITS NEW MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK ON WEDNESDAY.

THE NEW CAR PARK, ADJACENT TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL EXTENSION, CAN ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 450 CARS. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 350 PARKING SPACES AVAILABLE AT THE OPEN-AIR CAR PARK.

ENTRY TO THE MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK WILL BE VIA THE GROUND FLOOR FRONTAGE OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL, AND EXIT WILL BE VIA THE PODIUM ON THE FIRST FLOOR LEVEL.

EACH FLOOR HAS A SPECIAL BAY FOR MOTORISTS TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS. THESE BAYS ARE LINKED BY COVERED WALKWAYS TO THE LIFT LOBBY WHERE TWO LARGE LIFTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PASSENGERS AND THEIR BAGGAGE. THE LIFTS STOP AT THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE AREAS.

THE NEW CAR PARK WILL REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY. BUT THE OPEN-AIR FACILITY WILL ONLY BE OPEN DURING THE PEAK HOURS FROM NOON TO 8 P.M. TO HANDLE THE USUALLY HEAVY DEMAND.

PARKING CHARGES, SAME AS THOSE FOR THE OPEN-AIR CAR PARK, ARE ON A SLIDING SCALE - FROM $1.50 AN HOUR FOR THE FIRST TWO HOURS, S3 AN HOUR FROM THE THIRD TO EIGHTH HOUR AND $4 AN HOUR THEREAFTER.

THE PURPOSE IS TO MAKE AVAILABLE MORE SPACES FOR SHORT-TERM PARKING AND DISCOURAGE LONG-TERM PARKING.

THE PAYMENT OFFICE IS ON THE SECOND FLOOR LIFT LOBBY.

THE MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK HAS BEEN DESIGNED SO THAT IT CAN BE BUILT AND OPERATED IN TWO STAGES.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND STAGE, INVOLVING THE BUILDING OF AN EXTENSION, IS ALREADY IN HAND AND SHOULD BE READY LATE NEXT YEAR OR IN EARLY 1981. IT WILL PROVIDE ANOTHER 450 PARKING SPACES.

WHEN THIS NEW EXTENSION IS OPEN, THE OPEN-AIR CAR PARK WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A BUS CONCOURSE AND COACH PARKING AREA.


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PRISONS DEPARTMENT STARTS RECRUITMENT DRIVE ******

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN A SERIES OF RECRUITMENT DRIVES TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO JOIN THE SERVICE.

A MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE, WITH PRISONS DEPARTMENT STAFF ON HAND TO ANSWER QUERIES, WILL BE SET UP AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE DURING OFFICE HOURS.

A SMALL-SCALE DISPLAY ON THE PENAL SYSTEM IN HONG KONG, THE MODERN PRISON SERVICE AND THE VARIED CAREER OF A PRISON OFFICER WILL ALSO BE SET UP AT THE KWAI FONG YOUTH CENTRE AT BLOCK 6, KWAI FONG ESTATE, TOMORROW.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE PRISON SERVICE OFFERED YOUNG PEOPLE A CHALLENGING CAREER WITH EXCELLENT PROMOTION PROSPECTS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE GOOD PHYSIQUE AND PREFERABLY BE UNDER 35 YEARS OF AGE.

THE MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION AN APPLICANT MUST POSSESS IS COMPLETION OF PRIMARY EDUCATION.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR AN ASSISTANT OFFICER II VARIES FROM SI,450 TO $1,575 DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATION AND RISES TO A MAXIMUM OF $2,100.

A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT HAS TO UNDERGO A 12-MONTH TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDES FIELD TRAINING.

JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS *****

™E 506 REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHO REGISTERED WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PLACEMENT SERVICE IN MAY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), PLACEMENT SERVICE, MR. HO NGA-YEN, SA TEACHERS 15 FAILED TO REGISTER WHILE RESIGNED AND ONE WAS OVER-AGED.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE ID OF THE TOTAL 533 REDUNDANT SIX DECLINED PLACEMENT, FIVE

LAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF REDUNDANT TEACHERS WAS 372.

COMMENTING ON THE HIGH FIGURE THIS YEAR, MR. THIS WAS LARGELY DUE TO THE UNEXPECTED CLOSURE OF BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

HO SAID THAT A FEW SCHOOLS

*1 AM REGISTERED

DELIGHTED THAT NOT A SINGLE REDUNDANT TEACHER WHO WITH THE SERVICE HAS GONE WITHOUT A JOB.

+1 AM EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO THE MANY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION TO MAKE THIS COME ABOUT,* HE SAID.

THE PLACEMENT SERVICE HAS HELPED A TOTAL OF 1,630 REDUNDANT TEACHERS FIND ALTERNATIVE TEACHING JOBS SINCE IT WAS SET UP IN 1975.

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FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN THE NT

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A FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FROM AUGUST 20 TO SEPTEMGER 14 TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER STORAGE METHODS FOR FOOD AMONG FOOD HANDLERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL TAKE THE FORM OF A SERIES OF FOOD HYGIENE SEMINARS TO BE CONDUCTED IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERR(TORIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT OPERATORS OF LICENSED FOOD PREMISES AND CANTEENS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND LECTURES ON THE PRINCIPLES OF FOOD HYGIENE GIVEN BY SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

♦THE LECTURES, WHICH AIM TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF FOOD HANDLERS ON THE EFFECT OF IMPROPER FOOD STORAGE AND TO BRING HOME THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER STORAGE METHODS FOR FOOD, WILL BE HELD AT EIGHT DIFFERENT CENTRES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,♦ HE SAID.

♦FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS AND DISCUSSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY OUR STAFF AFTER THE TALKS, AND HANDOUTS WILL BE PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PARTICIPANTS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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BUILDING IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED NO. 208 QUEEN'S ROAD WEST, HONG KONG, TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THE FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING, UNDER OBSERVATION FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS, IS CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING WALLS SUPPORTING REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOF.

♦RECENT INSPECTIONS HAVE SHOWN THAT SERIOUS OUTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE EXPOSED WALL FACING NO. 210 QUEEN’S ROAD WEST IS OCCURRING. AS IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE IT IS NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 10 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG SHU I TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT A SECTION OF LUNG SUM AVENUE NEAR SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEUNG SHUI, WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS AT THE OTHER END OF THE AVENUE.

THE TEMPORARY RE-ROUTING WILL LAST FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT TRAFFIC CONGESTION WILL OCCUR ALONG LUNG SUM AVENUE AND MOTORISTS WANTING TO GAIN ACCESS TO THIS AREA ARE ADVISED TO USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES VIA JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE.

AS PART OF THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS, A SECTION OF SAN HONG STREET BETWEEN LUNG SUM ROAD AND SAN CHEUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY NORTHWEST BOUND FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

APPROPRIATE

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET .UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND WONG TAI SIN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON WEDNESDAY.

IN WESTERN DISTRICT, SUPPLY WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY TO CARRY OUT FRESH WATER MAIN CONNECTION WORK AT HILL ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE AT PO TUCK STREET, CLARENCE TERRACE, HILL VIEW GARDEN AND YUE ON TERRACE, INCLUDING 61-104, 65-97 HILL ROAD.

IN WONG TAI SIN, SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, FUNG MO STREET AND CHING TAK STREET, INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 11-14 AND 28-33, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

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4.9 MILLION POPULATION AT END OF JUNE 1979....................• 1

MAJOR CONTRACT FOR TSUEN WAN SIGNED........................... 1

SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDERS.................................... 2

DEATH SSNTINCE COMMUTED........................................3

NEW ROAD IN TIN WAN OPENS ON THURSDAY......................... 3

WATER CUT..................................................... 3

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4.9 MILLION POPULATION AT END OF JUNE 1979 * ft * ft ft

THE ESTIMATED POPULATION AT THE END OF JUNE 1979 WAS 4,900,000, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 179,807 PEOPLE OVER THE END-1978 ESTIMATE.

THE INCREASE WAS MADE UP OF A GAIN OF 101,271 THROUGH THE BALANCE OF MIGRATION, A +PLUS+ OF 24,526 THROUGH THE BALANCE OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS, AND AN INCREASE OF 54,010 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AWAITING RESETTLEMENT IN THIRD COUNTRIES AT THE END OF JUNE 1979.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1979 WAS 37,339- THIS IS 1,545 HIGHER THAN THE FIGURE FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. THE INCREASE IN BIRTHS WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE GRADUAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IN THE CHILD-BEARING AGES OF 15-49.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1979 WAS 12,813, AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURE OF 12,279 RECORDED IN 1978. THE INCREASE IN DEATHS WAS ASSOCIATED DIRECTLY WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF OLD PEOPLE IN THE POPULATION.

THE FIGURES FOR BIRTHS AND DEATHS ARE BASED ON EVENTS OCCURRING DURING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO JUNE 1979 RATHER THAN REGISTRATIONS MADE AND THEREFORE DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THOSE RELEASED BY THE REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS.

MAJOR CONTRACT FOR TSUEN WAN SIGNED ft ft ft ft ft'ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) AWARDED A MAJOR ENGINEERING CONTRACT TO SHIMIZU CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. FOR SITE'FORMATION, ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN TSUEN WAN NORTH.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH MORE THAN 161.2 MILLION, FORMS PART OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

IT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR. ROBIN SAUNDERS, CHIEF ENGINEER (NORTH) OF THE PWD’S TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND MR. RIJURO JOZAKI, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE COMPANY.

MR. SAUNDERS SAID THAT UNDER THE CONTRACT 19.5 HECTARES OF LAND WOULD BE FORMED.

♦PART OF THIS WILL BE USED AS RESITE AREAS FOR SEVERAL OF THE VILLAGES, INCLUDING MUK MIN HA AND PAK TIN PA, DISPLACED BY MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WO«K,+ HE SAID.

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♦THESE RESITE AREAS WILL BE SITED IN THE FOOTHILL AREA OF TSUEN WAN NORTH.*

MR. SAUNDERS SAID THAT THE ROAD WORK WOULD INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF PART OF A MAJOR ROTARY INTERCHANGE AS WELL AS LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR ROADS.

HE ADDED THAT THE ROTARY INTERCHANGE WOULD MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FUTURE ROUTE 5 (SHA TIN - TSUEN WAN HIGHWAY) WHILE THE DISTRIBUTOR ROADS WOULD PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE RESITE AREAS AND OTHER PARTS OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WOULD BE THE RE-ALIGNMENT CF THE LOWER SECTION OF ROUTE TWISK.

REFERRING TO DRAINAGE WORK, MR. SAUNDERS SAID IT WOULD INVOLVE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR CULVERT TO DIVERT THE TAI LEK HO STREAM.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START THIS WEEK AND WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.


3H0RT-TERM TENANCY TENDERS * * *

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS NOW INVITING TENDERS BY WAY OF ANNUAL RENTAL FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT LEI YUE MUN ROAD, KWUN TONG.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 290 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE PURPOSES, INCLUDING VEHICLES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE TENANCY WAS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD CF TWO YEARS AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD AND IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AOS NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO OFFICES.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER IS NOON ON AUGUST 31, 1979.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * ft *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, TODAY (TUESDAY) COMMUTED TO 25 YEARS IMPRISONMENT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON WONG CHEUNG-HING, 33, ON APRIL 19, 1978.

WONG, UNEMPLOYED, WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF HIS FATHER, WONG SAN-YAM, 53, AT A HOUSE AT HO TIN VILLAGE, 7UEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES, ON MAY 6, 1977.

NEW ROAD IN TIN WAN OPENS ON THURSDAY ft ft ft ft

A NEW ROAD LINKING SHEK PAI WAN ROAD AND THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPENING, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE NEW ROAD WHILE THE ADJACENT SECTION OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

A NEW BUS BAY, SITUATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY, WILL BE IN SERVICE FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE NEW ROAD.

TWO BUS STOPS, ONE LOCATED OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 48 ON SHEK PAI WAN ROAD AND SERVING BUS ROUTES 7, 70, 71, 170 AND 884, AND ANOTHER OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 58 ON THE SAME ROAD SERVING ROUTES 41, 47, 48 AND 73, WILL BE RESITED TO THE NEW BUS BAY.

NOTICES WILL BE PLACED ON THE OLD BUS STOPS TO ADVISE PASSENGERS OF THE REMOVAL.

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WATER CUT ft ft ft

THE- WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ABERDEEN AND WONG CHUK HANG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 A.M. ON THURSDAY TO 5 P.M. ON SATURDAY TO CARRY OUT SALT WATER MAIN CONNECTION WORK AT WONG CHUK HANG ROAD. S*LT

ALL PREMISES IN THESE TWO AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LABOUR DEPARTI.L2JT OPERATING APPRENTICE 1

PLACEMENT SERVICE..........................................

PLAY SHIPMENT FOR COUNTRY PARKS ............................. 2

MAIN BLOCKS OF NEU LAI CHI KOK 1JENTAL 3

HOSPITAL BEING FITTED OUT .................................

ED’S SECONDARY SCHOOL PLaCES ALLOCATION SECTION 3

MOVING TO VICTORIA BARRACKS ...............................

HK CONTINGENT TO ATTEND lACAU’S FIREMEN’S DAY ............... 4

WEDNESDAY, MMUST 15. 1979

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT OPERATING APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft

FORMAL APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING IS AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG’S ID MAJOR INDUSTRIES. AND YOUNG PEOPLE ASPIRING TO A CAREER IN INDUSTRY THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP MAY APPROACH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION HAS BEEN OPERATING Mt APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR ANY SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PERSON.

LAST YEAR, THE DIVISION ASSISTED ABOUT 2,000 YOUNG PEOPLE IN FINDING A CRAFT OR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP, THE DURATION OF WHICH’ IS USUALLY FOUR YEARS.

THESE APPRENTICES, APART FROM RECEIVING ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, ALSO ATTEND RELATED TECHNICAL COURSES THREE TIMES PER WEEK - ONE DAY AND TWO EVENINGS - IN EITHER A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

♦THEY ARE NOW USEFULLY EMPLOYED, EARNING A LIVING AND AT THE SAME TIME LEARNING THE TRADES THAT THEY ARE INTERESTED IN.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE INDUSTRIES OFFERING CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING ARE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING. BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING. CLOTHING. ELECTRICAL. ELECTRONICS, MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING, PLASTICS, PRINTING, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS AND TEXTILES.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP IS COMPLETION CF FORM III AND FOR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP, COMPLETION OF FORM V WITH PASSES IN FOUR RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

ON COMPLETION OF APPRENTICESHIP, APPRENTICES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR CERTIFYING THEIR COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE OR OCCUPATION THEY HAVE CHOSEN.

ANY SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNGSTERS INTERESTED IN BEING TRAINED THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP MAY ENQUIRE AT THE DIVISION ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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PLAY EQUIPMENT FOR COUNTRY PARKS ft ft ft ft

MORE FUN AND EXERCISE EQUIPMENT ARE TO BE INSTALLED TO MEET THE GROWING DEMAND OF CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS VISITING COUNTRY PARKS.

TO COPE WITH THE DEMAND, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL BE INSTALLING ANOTHER 16 SETS OF THE EQUIPMENT IN VARIOUS COUNTRY PARKS.

THE EQUIPMENT, CURRENTLY EXTREMELY POPULAR AMONG YOUNG VISITORS, IS BEING ORDERED FROM THE UNITED STATES.

IT INCLUDES CLIMBING APPARATUS WITH MULTI-LEVEL PLATFORMS, SWING BRIDGES, HANGING RINGS, TYRES AND SLIDES, A VARIETY OF FRAMES FOR BALANCING AND LOG CABINS.

ACCORDING TO THE COUNTRY PARKS PLANNING OFFICER, MISS SUE MORT, THE EQUIPMENT WOULD COST THE GOVERNMENT |15A,OOO.

ON ARRIVAL, THEY WILL BE PUT UP AT KOWLOON HILL, BRIDE’S POOL, SAI KUNG AND IN LANTAU ISLAND COUNTRY PARKS,♦ SHE SAID.

LAST YEAR, SHE SAID, THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS DONATED 13 UNITS WHICH WERE SET UP IN PLOVER COVE, ABERDEEN, TAI TAM, KOWLOON HILL AND SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARKS.

THE PURCHASE OF PLAY EQUIPMENT IS PART OF OUR CONTINUING EFFORT TO PROVIDE MORE VARIED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN IN COUNTRY PARKS,♦ SHE SAID.

THE EQUIPMENT IS MOSTLY MADE FROM WOOD WHICH BLENDS WELL WITH THE COUNTRYSIDE IN WHICH IT IS SITED. THE UNITS ARE EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND ARE PROVING DURABLE IN HONG KONG’S CLIMATE.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT ALL ITEMS ARE DESIGNED FOR SAFETY AS WELL AS FOR MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT.

LOCKING DEVICES HAVE NO SHARP EDGES- CLIMBING POLES AND LADDERS ARE MADE OF GALVANISED STEEL TO PREVENT RUST, AND SAND PITS WILL BE PROVIDED UNDERNEATH THE UNITS FOR SAFETY,♦ MISS MORT SAID.

ALTHOUGH THESE ACTION-PACKED CLIMBERS ARE MEANT FOR CHILDREN, EXPERIENCE HAVE SHOWN THAT EVEN ADULTS HAVE THE URGE TO CLIMB THEM AND WE HAVE HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING GROWN-UPS OFF THEM,+ SHE ADDED.

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MAIN BLOCKS OF NEW LAI CHI KOK MENTAL HOSPITAL BEING FITTED OUT * ft * * * *

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CONTRACTORS ARE FITTING OUT THE MALE AND FEMALE WARD BLOCKS WHICH HAVE BEEN COMPLETED UNDER PHASE ONE CF THE NEW LAI CHI KOK MENTAL HOSPITAL.

AT THE SAME TIME, WORK IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND OTHER SERVICES, A SINGLE-STOREY ADMINISTRATION BLOCK, A KITCHEN BLOCK, STAFF QUARTERS AND A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL.

MR. C.C. TAM, ACTING CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE PWD’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, SAID THAT ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE WORK OF PHASE TWO HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

THE NEW HOSPITAL WOULD BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT A YEAR, HE SAID.

THE NEW MENTAL HOSPITAL, DESIGNED BY THE PWD’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, IS BEING BUILT ON PART OF A 11-HECTARE SITE ON WHICH THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL NOW STANDS.

MR. TAM SAID THAT THE HOSPITAL WAS SO DESIGNED THAT AS MUCH SPACE AS POSSIBLE WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR RECREATIONAL, OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSIOTHERAPY ACTIVITIES.

HE ADDED THAT GREATER PROVISION HAD TO BE MADE FOR THESE ACTIVITIES THAN IN A GENERAL HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF MENTAL PATIENTS.

ON COMPLETION, IT WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 1,336 BEDS AND SHOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS EASING THE PRESSURE ON EXISTING FACILITIES AT CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL.

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ED’S SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION MOVING TO VICTORIA BARRACKS ft ft ft ft

THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE MOVING OUT THIS WEEKEND TOi

BLOCK +AA+ SECOND FLOOR, VICTORIA BARRACKS, QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

THE OFFICE AT THE NEW LOCATION WILL OPEN AS USUAL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 20). THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-272013 (6 LINES).

ALL FUTURE CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SECTION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW ADDRESS.

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HK CONTINGENT TO ATTEND MACAU’S FIREMEN’S DAY ******

THE FIRE SERVICES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND FIREMEN’S DAY IN MACAU ON SATURDAY.

A 2O-MEMBER TEAM LED BY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR. F. JACKSON AND DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR. CHEUNG SHU-SHING WILL LEAVE FOR MACAU ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

THE PARTY WILL ATTEND A REQUIEM MASS FOR MACAU FIREMEN WHO DIED ON DUTY. FOLLOWED BY A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY. THE GOVERNOR OF MACAU, GENERAL MELO EGIDIO WILL ALSO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

THE HONG KONG OFFICERS WILL PAY A COURTESY CALL ON THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE MACAU SECURITY FORCE, LT. COLONEL GOMES DA SILVA BEFORE VISITING VARIOUS FIRE STATIONS WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THAT DAY.

IN THE AFTERNOON, A FRIENDLY SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE TWO SERVICES WILL BE HELD, FOLLOWED BY A FRATERNITY DINNER AT THE MACAU CENTRAL FIRE STATION.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY .................................. 1

CONSORTIUM CHOSEN TO CARRY OUT EXHIBITION 2

CENTRE STUDY .............................................

TEACHER LIBRARIANS TO BE APPOINTED IN SECONDARY 3

SCHOOLS ..................................................

PASSING-OUT PARADE ......................................... 4

SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN ................... 5

PLB PROHIBITED ZONES ....................................... 6

PRISONS DEPARTMENT PASSING-OUT PARADE ...................... 6

WATERCUT .................................................   6

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QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS COMPILED A REPORT ON A QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY HELD IN JULY.

ABOUT 750 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, FORMING A CROSSSECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1979, AND THEIR BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

THE SURVEY SUGGESTS THAT FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL ADVANCES WERE ACHIEVED IN THE SECOND QUARTER WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER. THE REPORTED PERFORMANCE WAS BETTER THAN HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN EXPECTED.

♦LOOKING INTO THE THIRD QUARTER, MODERATE IMPROVEMENTS ARE EXPECTED. THE CURRENT DEGREE OF OPTIMISM IS LOWER THAN THAT HELD IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING DIVISION, BOTH THE +WATCHES AND CLOCKS* AND *FOOD, BEVERAGE, TOBACCO* SECTORS (THE LATTER BEING IN ITS SEASONAL PEAK) WHICH HAD A HIGH SECOND QUARTER IN WHICH BUSINESS IMPROVED SUBSTANTIALLY WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER, EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

THE +PLASTICS* AND +FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS* SECTORS ALSO EXPERIENCED A HIGH SECOND QUARTER. THEY ARE CONSERVATIVE WHEN PREDICTING PROSPECTS IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE ^ELECTRONICS* AND +ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES* SECTORS ARE OPTIMISTIC OF THE THIRD QUARTER AFTER HAVING ACHIEVED MODERATE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PAST QUARTER.

THE +PRINTING,* ♦WEARING APPAREL* AND +MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES* SECTORS EXPECTED THEIR MODERATE PACES OF ADVANCES IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO CARRY FORWARD INTO THE FOLLOWING QUARTER.

FOR THE ^CONSTRUCTION* INDUSTRY, ITS PERFORMANCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OUTRAN PREVIOUS EXPECTATIONS.

♦EARLIER IT HAD PREDICTED A MARGINAL DETERIORATION, BUT NOW IT REPORTED A MARGINAL IMPROVEMENT. REGARDING EXPECTATIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER, THE BALANCE OF OPINIONS FOR THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE IS ON THE PESSIMISTIC SIDE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR THE SERVICES SECTORS, THE ♦RESTAURANTS+ SECTOR EXPECTS CONSIDERABLE UPTURN TO COME AFTER PASSING THROUGH A SEASONALLY LOW SECOND QUARTER.

IN CONTRAST, THE ♦HOTELS+ AND +TRANSPORTATION+ SECTORS, WHICH DID WELL IN THE SECOND QUARTER, ARE EXPECTING A LOW THIRD QUARTER.

THE +BANKS+ AND +WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE+ SECTORS EXPERIENCED STABLE ADVANCES IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND EXPECT MODERATE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

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THE ^MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS SERVICES* SECTOR REPORTED SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND IS OPTIMISTIC OF FURTHER ADVANCES TO COME.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DATA, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, WERE BASICALLY INTENDED TO FACILITATE A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

APART FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF QUESTIONS REQUIRING ANSWERS IN QUANTITATIVE TERMS, FIRMS WERE ASKED TO COMPARE THE QUARTER JUST PAST WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND SIMILARLY FOR THE FORTHCOMING ONE, AND ONLY HAD TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, A CERTAIN VARIABLE WAS *UP,+ +SAME* OR +DOWN.+

THE SPOKESMAN CAUTIONED THAT IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, CONSIDERABLE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN THE INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS, AS IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE RESPONDENTS’ PRECEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS, AND THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE PROBABLY AFFECTED CONSIDERABLY BY SEASONALITY.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF AND STATISTICAL TABLES ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC VARIABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS.

CONSORTIUM CHOSEN TO CARRY OUT EXHIBITION CENTRE STUDY

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~ * BR,T,SH CONSORTIUM — EXHIBITION CONSULTANTS LTD AND FARi g

COURT AND OLYMPIA LTD. — HAS BEEN SELECTED TO UNDERTAKE A STUD? HONGHKONfiMAND F0R AND THE VIABILITY OF AN EXHIBITION CENTRE IN

F9R THE CONSULTANCY WAS SIGNED IN LONDON YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH MR. S.A. WEBB-JOHNSON ACTING HONG KONG COMMISSIONER, LONDON, ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

AND ATSai SHORTLY, AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE FOUR

AND A HALF MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

iu?OlN™ENT» MR' R0Y PORTER, COMMISSIONER OF I® THAT THE CONSORTIUM WILL PROVIDE DATA AND ADVICE ON l0N CAN ®E TAKEN ON THE ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION FOR PROVIDING TRADE FAIR AND EXHIBITION FACILITIES IN HONG KONG.

GOVERNMENT HAS TENTATIVELY RESERVED A SITE OF 58 OOO ?TUWI°c-IoEtHUN6 H0M ra|LWAY TERMINUS, BUT I HOPE THAT IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR THE CONSULTANTS TO VIEW ALTERNATIVE qitcc BEFORE MAKING THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS,* SAID MR. PORTER.

__ THE CONSULTANTS WILL ASSESS THE EXISTING AND POTENTIAL demand FOR EXHIBITIONS, TRADE FAIRS AND OTHER SIMILAR FUNCTIONS WHICH MIGHT BE HELD IN HONG KONG IF SUITABLE FACILITIES EXISTED*

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THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF MULTI-STOREY DEVELOPMENT ON PART OR ALL OF ANY CHOSEN SITE. THIS COULD ACCOMMODATE ANCILLARY FACILITIES AND MAXIMISE THE SITE’S POTENTIAL, WITHOUT INHIBITING ITS PRINCIPAL USE.

ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION GATHERED THEY WILL BE EXPECTED TO ESTIMATE THE COST OF PROVIDING THE FACILITIES, AND THE FINANCIAL RETURN WHICH COULD BE EXPECTED FROM THEM.

THE CONSORTIUM WAS SELECTED FROM AMONG FIVE CONSULTANCY FIRMS, SHORTLISTED FROM AN ORIGINAL 10 APPLICANTS. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CRITERIA WAS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE.

EXHIBITION CONSULTANTS LTD. HAVE HAD EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN CONSULTANCY WORK ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXHIBITIONS, WHILE EARLS COURT AND OLYMPIA LTD. ARE A LEADING COMPANY ENGAGED IN OPERATING EXHIBITION HALLS, CATERING, SECURITY, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT.

WHILE CARRYING OUT THEIR ASSESSMENT, THE CONSULTANTS WILL CONTACT THE PRINCIPAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS, AND OTHER MAJOR POTENTIAL USERS OF THE EXHIBITION FACILITIES.

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TEACHER LIBRARIANS TO BE APPOINTED IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ******

AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH 18 CLASSES OR MORE WILL BE ABLE TO APPOINT A NON-GRADUATE TEACHER TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE SCHOOL LIBRARY ON A FULL-TIME BASIS IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SECONDARY EDUCATION. THIS APPLIES ALSO TO GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH 18 OR MORE CLASSES.

♦MORE THAN 100 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS SCHEME AND THE NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO ABOUT 200 SCHOOLS EVENTUALLY,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

A CIRCULAR ANNOUNCING THE SCHEME HAS BEEN SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS CONCERNED.

THE APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS IS PART OF THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE WHITE PAPER +THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION^ PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, HE ADDED.

THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN WILL BE A NON-GRADUATE TEACHER WITH A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS’ TEACHING EXPERIENCE.

THE DUTIES OF A TEACHER LIBRARIAN WILL BEt

* GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOOL LIBRARY"

* ACQUIRING, PROCESSING, MAINTAINING AND CIRCULATING LIBRARY BOOKS AND OTHER RESOURCE MATERIALS"

* CO-ORDINATING THE EFFORTS OF TEACHING STAFF IN PLANNING AND ORGANISING LIBRARY PROGRAMMES TO SUPPORT AND ENRICH THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM-

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* PLANNING AND DEVELOPING READING PROGRAMMES IN CONSULTATION WITH SUBJECT TEACHERS-

* IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE SUBJECT TEACHERS CONCERNED, CONDUCTING LIBRARY PERIODS AND HELPING PUPILS TO USE LIBRARY FACILITIES-

* ADVISING THE PRINCIPAL AND OTHER TEACHERS ON MATTERS CONCERNING THE SCHOOL LIBRARY AND SERVING ON COMMITTEES RELATED TO THE ACQUISITION AND USE OF LIBRARY RESOURCESAND

* ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE DUTIES AS REQUIRED BY THE PRINCIPAL.

SERVICE AS A TEACHER LIBRARIAN WOULD COUNT AS TEACHING EXPERIENCE FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ARRANGEMENT FOR THE TRAINING OF TEACHER LIBRARIANS WOULD BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE, HE SAID.

TRAINING IS LIKELY TO BE ON A PART-TIME BASIS AND SCHOOLS WILL BE EXPECTED TO RELEASE THE TEACHERS CONCERNED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

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PASSING-OUT PARADE

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TWELVE PROBATIONARY INSPECTORS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING COURSE WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY.

TAKING THE SALUTE WILL BE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT (OPERATIONS), M?. J.C. PRISK.

THE PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE BEFORE ABOUT 100 GUESTS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

IT WILL EE THE FOURTH PASSING-OUT PARADE HELD BY THE SERVICE THIS YEAR. THE PREVIOUS PARADE WAS HELD IN JUNE WHEN 38 CUSTOMS OFFICERS 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.

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THE TRAINING PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES JUDO, THE USE OF FIREARMS, AND METHODS OF SEARCHING ON LAND AND SEA AND AT THE AIRPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 12 PROBATIONARY INSPECTORS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG AT 11.15 A.M. ON SATURDAY. TAKING THE SALUTE WILL BE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SERVICE, ML J.C. PRISK.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

A GOVERNMENT COACH AM 5606 WILL BE AT HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BgTWEEN 9.15 A.M. AND 9.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AND GUESTS TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL. TRANSPORTATION WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR THE RETURN JOURNEY.

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SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN * * * *

THE SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL CONTINUE THIS SUNDAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

TM6 TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.29 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.34 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL THEN DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.36 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.50 A.M.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY. THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 4.10 P.M. IN ADDITION, ONE ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN DEPARTING FROM TAI PO MARKET STATION WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS WISHING TO LEAVE THE PLEASURE GARDEN EARLIER.

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 THE RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT hEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE $4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2 EACH.

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PLB PROHIBITED ZONES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT FROM 6 A.M. TOMORROW, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING CERTAIN AREAS ON HONG KONG ISLAND UNLESS AUTHORISED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORT.

THEY AREi

* TAI TAM ROAD BETWEEN SHEK 0 ROAD AND TAI TAM TUK ROAD, AND

* THE WESTERN-MOST DEPARTURE BAY OF THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CHAI WAN (CENTRAL) TERMINUS ADJOINING KUT SHING STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE PROHIBITIONS.

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THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE PARADE GROUND IN STANLEY.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR. HENRY HU, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND PRESENT GOLDEN WHISTLES TO TWO BEST RECRUITS.

THERE WILL BE 17 OFFICERS AND 78 ASSISTANT OFFICERS TAKING PART IN THE PARADE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 17 PRISON OFFICERS AND 78 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE PARADE GROUND IN STANLEY AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 9 A.M.

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WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A SUSPENDED FROM MIDNIGHT TEST.

DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TO 6 A.M. ON SATURDAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HONG NING ROAD MUT WAH STRFFT HIP WO STREET AND WAN HON STREET, INCLUDING SHU I NING STREET SHUNG YAN STREET, FU YAN STREET, SHU I WO STREET AND KA L^ IfREET.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TWO NEW METHADONE CENTRES FOR NORTHWEST KOWLOON............... 1

APPOINTMENT OF C01MISSI0N.£R OF INLAND REVENUE.............

GOVT ACCOUNTS FOR HAY 1979 ................................... 2

FIRaO SAVE COIMJNITY FROM LOSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY .......................................... 3

TWO NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR AUCTION ........................ 4

TRAINING COURSE IN DESIGN FOR TEACHERS ....................

NT FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED

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TWO NEW METHADONE CENTRES * * *

FOR NORTHWEST KOWLOON * *

TWO NEW FULL-TIME METHADONE CENTRES WILL BE OPENED AND FIVE EXISTING CENTRES WILL EXTEND THE OPERATING HOURS AS FROM MONDAY TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR METHADONE TREATMENT FACILITIES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THE TWO NEW CENTRES WILL BE LOCATED AT THE DENSELY POPULATED NORTHWEST KOWLOON AREA WHERE THE DEMAND WAS PARTICULARLY GREAT.

THE TWO CENTRES — ONE IN THE LI PO CHUN GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC IN MONG KOK AND THE OTHER IN THE SHAM SHU I PO DISPENSARY AT YEE KUK STREET — WILL OPERATE FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 P.M.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AT PRESENT METHADONE TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE AT FIVE EVENING CLINICS IN THE NORTHWEST KOWLOON REGION BETWEEN 6 P.M. AND 10 P.M. DAILY.

THE AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE AT THESE CLINICS HAS SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, FROM 818 IN JUNE TO 1,100 IN JULY AND 1,380 IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THIS MONTH.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ATTENDANCE WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATER IF THERE WERE TREATMENT FACILITIES DURING THE DAY TIME TO CATER TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENING CLINICS.

♦THE INCREASING TREND IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS IN HONG KONG’S BATTLE AGAINST HEROIN, AND MORE FULL-TIME METHADONE CLINICS ARE NEEDED TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN DEMAND,* HE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO LOOKING INTO THE NEED FOR METHADONE CLINICS IN OTHER AREAS.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT FIVE FULL-TIME METHADONE CLINICS OPERATING BETWEEN 7.30 A.M. AND 9.30 P.M.

TWO ARE ON THE ISLAND — VIOLET PEEL CLINIC IN WAN CHAI AND THE EASTERN STREET CLINIC IN WESTERN DISTRICT- ANOTHER TWO IN KOWLOON — THE ROBERT BLACK CLINIC IN SAN PO KONG AND THE HOMANTIN CLINIC IN PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, AND ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES — THE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC IN TSUEN WAN.

AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S EXPANSION PLAN TO INCREASE METHADONE TREATMENT FACILITIES, THE OPERATING TIME OF THESE CLINICS WILL BE EXTENDED BY ONE HOUR — FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 P.M. DAILY.

THE OPERATING HOURS OF ALL 16 OTHER EVENING METHADONE CLINICS WILL REMAIN AT 6 P.M. TO 10 P.M. DAILY.

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APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ft ft ft ft ft

THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR. R.V. GIDDY, WILL BE RETIRING NEXT (SEPTEMBER) MONTH.

HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR. V.A. LADD, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, WHOSE PROMOTION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS.

MR. GIDDY WILL BE 49 IN SEPTEMBER. HE FIRST JOINED THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT IN FEBRUARY 1962 AS AN ASSESSOR, AND WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR ASSESSOR IN APRIL 1963, CHIEF ASSESSOR IN NOVEMBER 1966, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN APRIL 1968, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN MAY 1972 AND COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN JANUARY 1975.

MR. LADD, 51, WAS FIRST APPOINTED AS AN ASSESSOR IN AUGUST 1957. HE BECAME ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN FEBRUARY 1971 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER IN JANUARY 1975.

HE HAS ACTED AS COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ON MANY OCCASIONS.

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GOVT ACCOUNTS FOR MAY 1979 ft ft ft

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR MAY 1979 SHOW A SURPLUS OF $120.8 MILLION, COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $182.0 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN AN ACCUMULATED SURPLUS OF $390.3 MILLION FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $448.2 MILLION FOR THE SAME PERIOD DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1978-79.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE IN MAY 1979 AT $832.6 MILLION WAS $89.0 MILLION MORE THAN IN MAY 1978.

TOTAL REVENUE AND RECEIPTS AT $953.4 MILLION WERE $27.8 MILLION MORE THAN FOR THE SAME MONTH IN 1978.

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FIREMEN SAVE COMMUNITY FROM LOSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY - RECRUITS TOLD ******

HONG KONG FIREMEN SAVE THE COMMUNITY FROM LOSING MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR — MUCH MORE THAN THE COST OF MAINTAINING THE DEPARTMENT.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (ISLAND), LEONARD WORRALLO AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 44 FIREMEN AND 17 AMBULANCEMEN AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL IN PAT HEUNG.

♦NOT SO VERY LONG AGO A VERY SERIOUS FIRE OCCURRED IN A ID-STOREY KWAI CHUNG FACTORY BUILDING AND CAUSED $1.3 MILLION DAMAGE TO THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS,♦ MR. WORRALLO SAID.

♦THE COURAGE, TENACITY AND EXPERTISE OF THE FIREMEN RESPONDING TO THE EMERGENCY ENABLED THE FIRE TO BE CONTAINED AND EXTINGUISHED BEFORE IT COULD SPREAD TO THE UPPER FLOORS,♦ HE SAID.

THE VALUE OF THE WHOLE BUILDING WAS AT LEAST $20 MILLION AND THUS THE SAVING FROM THIS ONE FIRE ALONE WAS SOME $18 MILLION, HE ADDED.

HE TOLD THE RECRUITS l+YOU WILL OFTEN FIND YOURSELF PLACED IN EXTREME DANGER. HAZARDOUS, OBNOXIOUS, DISTRESSING AND UNPLEASANT CONDITIONS WILL BE COMMONPLACE.

♦YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO FACE CONDITIONS WHICH OTHER MEN FEAR AND STILL BE REQUIRED BY YOUR DUTY TO CARRY 0N,+ HE CONTINUED.

BUT MR. WORRALLO TOLD THE GRADUATES HE WAS SURE THEY WOULD SERVE THE COMMUNITY WITH TRADITIONAL CONFIDENCE, COURAGE AND SUCCESS.

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TWO NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR AUCTION

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL LATER THIS MONTH AUCTION TWO PRIME SITES -ONE FOR INDUSTRIAL USE AND THE OTHER FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT -IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE ST. SIMON LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN AT 2.30 P.M. ON AUGUST 30.

THE INDUSTRIAL LOT OF 2,500 SQUARE METRES IS LOCATED IN MING KUM ROAD, TUEN MUN, AND HAS GOOD ROAD ACCESS TO KOWLOON VIA THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY, ACCORDING TO THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. VICTOR LEUNG.

♦THE SITE CARRIES SPECIAL LEASE CONDITIONS DESIGNED TO HELP INDUSTRIES REQUIRING INCREASED FLOOR LOADING CAPACITY AND HIGHER CEILING CLEARANCES,♦ MR. LEUNG SAID.

♦THE SALE CONDITIONS ALSO INCLUDE POLLUTION CONTROL CLAUSES AIMED AT STOPPING THE EMISSION OF SMOKE AND POISONOUS OR NOXIOUS WASTES.

♦IN ADDITION, THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AT LEAST 3,800 SQUARE METRES OF THE USABLE FLOOR AREA AS SMALL FACTORY UNITS SUITABLE FOR SEPARATE USE, EACH OF WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED 75 SQUARE METRES.♦

THE SITE CARRIES A 9.5 PLOT RATIO ALLOWING FOR MULTI-STOREY INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN DEVELOPMENT AND A BUILDING CONVENANT OF M,040,000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN THREE YEARS.

THE 1,524-SQUARE METRE RESIDENTIAL SITE IN SHAM TSENG, TSUEN WAN, IS EARMARKED FOR TWO-STOREY PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

IT COMMANDS A BEAUTIFUL SEAVIEW AND IS ONLY A FEW MINUTES' WALK FROM THE GEMINI BEACH IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE SALE CONDITIONS SPECIFY THAT THE TOTAL SITE COVERAGE OF THE BUILDING TO BE ERECTED SHALL NOT EXCEED 30 PER CENT OF THE AREA OF THE LOT.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF THE TWO LOTS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING AT 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, AND ANY CF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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TRAINING COURSE IN DESIGN FOR TEACHERS

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APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF VACANCIES FOR A ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME TEACHER TRAINING COURSE IN DESIGN STARTING IN OCTOBER AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

♦PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE APPLICANTS WITH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN PRODUCT, FASHION, INTERIOR OR GRAPHIC DESIGN,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

FEES WILL BE $620 PAYABLE IN 10 MONTHLY INSTALMENTS, HE ADDED.

THE MINIMUM ENTRY QUALIFICATION IS THE POSSESSION OF A HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC OR HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE HIGHER DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IN DESIGN, OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

♦THE APPLICANT MUST ALSO HAVE SEVERAL YEARS OF RELATED, PRACTICAL POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE, AND A GOOD STANDARD OF BOTH WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH AND CHINESE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FINANCIAL GRANTS MAY BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WITH APPROPRIATE POST-QUALIFICATION INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE, HE SAID.

THE GRANTS PAID WILL BE FROM A MINIMUM OF $1,410 PER MONTH FOR STUDENTS WITH TWO YEARS’ EXPERIENCE AND UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $2,155 PER MONTH. FOR STUDENTS WITH FIVE OR MORE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE.

♦THESE GRANTS SHALL BE REPAYABLE IF THE RECIPIENT DOES NOT TAKE UP A FULL-TIME TEACHING POST, APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, FOR A MINIMUM PERIOD OF TWO YEARS ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON FINISHING THE COURSE, GRADUATES MAY APPLY FOR TEACHING POSTS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

THE SALARY SCALE OF A CERTIFICATED MASTER IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IS $2,330 TO $3,745 PER MONTH AND FOR AN ASSISTANT LECTURER II IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, $2,605 TO $4,760 PER MONTH.

CAREER PROSPECTS EXIST FOR PROMOTION TO ASSISTANT LECTURER I WITH A MAXIMUM SALARY OF $6,295 PER MONTH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

INCREMENTAL CREDITS WILL BE GIVEN FOR POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE IN EXCESS OF THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR APPOINTMENT, HE SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON AUGUST 28.

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NT FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED NEXT MONDAY * * * ft *

THE FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED IN TSUEN WAN ON MONDAY.

MR. PETER YEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE. TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, HOI PA STREET.

♦SINCE TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG HAVE THE LARGEST NUMBER OF LICENSED FOOD PREMISES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THESE TWO DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO TAKE THE LEAD IN THE CAMPAIGN,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD EXPLAINED.

♦SIMILAR SEMINARS WILL BE HELD IN TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, FANLING AND SHEUNG SHU I, TAI PO MARKET, SHA TIN, SAI KUNG AND CHEUNG CHAU AS SCHEDULED,♦ HE ADDED.

THIS YEAR’S FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN, BASED ON +PROPER STORAGE JETHODS FOR FOOD,+ WILL RUN FROM MONDAY TO SEPTEMBER 14.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, HOI PA STREET, AT 3 P.M. ON MONDAY.

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

YOUTH ORCHESTRAS CONTINUE TO DRAW CROWD IN U.K............. 1

transforation of tsuen wan new to,/n continuing.......... 2

CUSTOMS OFFICERS TOLD TO CARRY OUT DUITES FIRMLY

BUT POLITELY ............................................   3

NEW MARITIME BUOYAGE SYSTEM................................ 3

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SALISBURY ROAD ....................... 4

RE-ROUTING OF MAXICAB SERVICE.............................. 5

FIRING PRACTICE

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YOUTH ORCHESTRAS CONTINUE TO DRAW CROWD IN U.K.

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA CONTINUE TO DRAW ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSES FROM AUDIENCES DURING THEIR CURRENT TOUR OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

FOLLOWING THEIR SUCCESSES IN BRISTOL AND ABERDEEN THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA TOOK PART IN THE ORIENTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ORGANISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 15).

THE ORCHESTRA PLAYED CLASSICAL ITEMS FROM ITS REPERTOIRE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CONCERT TO AN AUDIENCE THAT INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM JAPAN, KOREA, SINGAPORE, CHINA, INDONESIA AND VIETNAM. THEIR PROGRAMME INCLUDED SOLO AND ENSEMBLE PIECES FOR A VARIETY OF ANCIENT CHINESE INSTRUMENTS.

IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE PERFORMANCE THE ORCHESTRA PLAYED 2OTH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS TO SHOW THE CONTRAST AND DEVELOPMENT OF CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC.

THE ORGANISERS OF THE FESTIVAL IN DURHAM LABELLED THE HONG KONG CONTRIBUTION AS +ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING SO FAR+, AND THE ORCHESTRA HAD TO RETURN ON STAGE TWICE IN RESPONSE TO ENCORES FROM THE AUDIENCE.

AT A RECEPTION AFTER THE CONCERT, THE HONG KONG GROUP PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH OF THE COUNTRIES PRESENT, TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM AND TO THE ORGANISERS OF THE FESTIVAL.

EARLIER IN THE DAY MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRA PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE MAYOR OF DURHAM.

THEY WERE SHOWN ROUND THE CHAMBERS OF THE GUILDHALL AND GIVEN, AS SOUVENIRS, FIRST DAY COVERS COMMEMORATING THE 800TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRANTING OF THE CHARTER FOR THE CITY. THE HONG KONG MUSIC ADM INSTRATOR, MR. GORDON SIU PRESENTED THE MAYOR WITH SOUVENIRS ON BEHALF OF THE ORCHESTRA.

LION DANCING WHICH THRILLED THE AUDIENCE, OPENED THE TWO ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES IN EDINBURGH ON AUGUST 10-15. THE LIONS SALUTED THE LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH WHO ATTENDED THE PERFORMANCE WITH OTHER CIVIC LEADERS FROM THE CITY.

THE CHINESE ORCHESTRA PERFORMED A SELECTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN CHINESE MUSIC, AND THE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, UNDER THE BATON OF DAVID STONE, MUSIC CONSULTANT, ENDED THE CONCERT WITH A ROUSING INTERPRETATION OF WALTON’S HENRY V SUITE.

THE 165 MUSICIANS ATTENDED A RECEPTION GIVEN BY THE LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH ON AUGUST 15. ON BEHALF OF THE ORCHESTRA, THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO Tqc LORD PROVOST, AND PASSED ON THE GREETINGS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG AONG.

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MEANWHILE, A NUMBER OF YOUNG HONG KONG MUSICIANS HAVE BEEN g?SEN TO PLAY IN THE SEC0ND INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA IN ABERDEEN. J”EEEASE* °LTHE ORCHESTRA IS AN 18-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG MUSICIAN TO YAN.

COMMENTING ON THE ACHIEVEMENT HONG KONG’S MUSIC CONSULTANT • ,DAy'P^ST0NE SA,Ds +THIS IS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS. AND IS CLEARLY INDICATIVE OF HONG KONG’S POTENTIAL.*

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THE TRANSFORMATION OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN IS CONTINUING WITH A HOST OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES FIGURING LARGELY IN THE PROCESS.

WORK ON A MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM IS JUST ONE OF THE PROJECTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE ALONE THREE STANDARD SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND RANK AND FILE MARRIED QUARTERS FOR THE FIRE SERVICES IN KWAI CHUNG WERE COMPLETED.

♦ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION WERE ANOTHER FIVE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, IWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS, A CREMATORIUM AND COLUMBARIUM, A PERMANENT MARKET, AND AN ESTATE COMMUNITY BUILDING,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PILING CONTRACTS FOR THE URBAN CLINIC AT LEI MUK SHUE, A PRIMARY SCHOOL AT SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE AND THE BUILDING CONTRACT FOR THE KWAI CHUNG INDOOR GAMES HALL WERE AWARDED.

AND WORKING DRAWINGS WERE IN HAND FOR A COMMUNITY HALL AND A PRIMARY SCHOOL AT SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE, A COMMUNITY HALL AT LAI YIU ESTATE, AN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT CHEUNG CHING ESTATE, A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN KWAI CHUNG, A MARKET AND LIBRARY BUILDING AT SHEK YAM, A COOKED FOOD CENTRE, A LORRY PARKING AREA IN KWAI CHUNG AND A RECREATIONAL CENTRE AT TSO KUNG TAM PARK.

AS TO HOUSING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED, AND DOMESTIC BLOCKS AT LEI MUK SHUE, SHEK WAI KOK, CHEUNG CHING AND TAI WO HAU WERE UNDER CONSTRUCT I ON.

WORK ON SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY LINE, INCLUDING TAI WO HAU AND LAI KING STATIONS, IS ALSO IN HAND.

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CARRY OUT DUTIES FIRMLY BUT POLITELY - CUSTOMS OFFICERS TOLD

TWELVE INSPECTORS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED A 28-WEEK INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE, WERE CALLED ON TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES FIRMLY BUT WITH POLITENESS AT ALL TIMES.

ADDRESSING THE GROUP AT THE PASSING-OUT PARADE HELD AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG TODAY (SATURDAY), SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, MR. J.C. PRISK SAID, + IN THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR DUTIES YOU WILL COME ACROSS PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. SOME OF THEM ARE CO-OPERATIVE BUT OTHERS ARE FAR FROM REASONABLE.

TO DEAL WITH THEM YOU SHOULD BE POLITE IN YOUR BEHAVIOUR, FOR YOUR BEHAVIOUR WILL REFLECT ON THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE AS A WHOLE. FAVOURABLE OR ADVERSE COMMENTS ON THE SERVICE VERY MUCH DEPEND UPON HOW YOU HANDLE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.+

HE STRESSED THAT WHATEVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, CUSTOMS INSPECTORS SHOULD CONTROL THEIR TEMPER AND BE MODERATE.

BY THE VERY NATURE OF YOUR DUTIES YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO ENORMOUS PRESSURES AND TEMPTATIONS,* MR. PRISK ADDED.

THESE MUST BE RESISTED, FOR AS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE, NOTHING LESS THAN AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF INTEGRITY IS ACCEPTABLE,♦ W. PRISK SAID.

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE A NEW SYSTEM OF MARITIME BUOYAGE EARLY NEXT YEAR TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL MARITIME CONSULTATIVE ORGANISATION (IMCO). •

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) IMCO CONSIDERED THAT THE LACK OF UNIFORMITY IN BUOYAGE AND THE WRECK-MAKING RULES ADOPTED BY VARIOUS COUNTRIES TENDED TO CONFUSE MAR INERS.

♦THEREFORE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIGHTHOUSE AUTHORITIES (IALA), A NEW SET OF RULES COMBINING BOTH CARDINAL AND LATERAL MARKS INTO A SINGLE SYSTEM HAS BEEN INTRODUCED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, PORT HAND BUOYS WILL BE PAINTED RED AND DISPLAY RED LIGHTS- STARBOARD HAND BUOYS WILL BE PAINTED GREEN AND DISPLAY GREEN LIGHTS.

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OTHER BUOYS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES AND COLOURS WITH SPECIFIC TOP MARKS WILL INDICATE ISOLATED DANGERS AND SAFE WATER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BE PHASED IN FROM APRIL NEXT YEAR. IT WILL TAKE ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

+THE ADVANTAGES OF THE NEW SCHEME ARE THAT SINCE THE SYSTEM IS INTERNATIONALLY UNIFORM, MARINERS WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH IT AND, BY OBSERVING THE SHAPES, COLOURS AND TOP MARKS OF BUOYS, THEY WILL READILY IDENTIFY THOSE WATERS THAT ARE SAFE FOR NAVIGATION,+ HE ADDED.

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THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SALISBURY ROAD BETWEEN CHATHAM ROAD AND MIDDLE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR FIVE HOURS BETWEEN 0.30 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 21) TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF THE WOODEN FRAMEWORK OF A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE IN THE AREA.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE SAME SECTION OF SALISBURY ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EASTBOUND, WHILE THE SLIP ROAD IN FRONT OF THE NEW WORLD CENTRE WILL BE OPENED FOR ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TRAFFIC.

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SALISBURY ROAD BETWEEN CHATHAM ROAD AND MIDDLE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC IN THE SAME PERIOD ON AUGUST 25, DURING WHICH, THE SLIP ROAD IN FRONT OF THE NEW WORLD CENTRE WILL BE OPENED FOR ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TRAFFIC.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP IN THE AREA AND POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF BROADWOOD ROAD MEXT MONTH FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORK, MAXICAB ROUTE 14 OPERATING BETWEEN PURVES ROAD AND CAUSEWAY BAY ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE REVISED FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 20).

THE REVISED ROUTE WILL BE VIA TAI HANG ROAD, BLUE POOL ROAD AND VENTRIS ROAD INSTEAD OF BROADWOOD ROAD.

THE RE-ROUTING WILL UNDERGO A TRIAL PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS DURING WHICH A SURVEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT TO ASSESS THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS WILL THEN BE MADE ON WHETHER THE SERVICE SHOULD BE FRANCHISED OR TERMINATED.

THREE MAXICABS ARE OPERATING ON THIS ROUTE FROM 7.15 A.M.

TO 7.30 P.M. DAILY WITH PEAK FREQUENCIES AT 10 MINUTES INTERVALS AND OFF-PEAK 15 MINUTES.

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

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

THE PRACTISING TIMES ARE:

DATES HOURS

AUGUST 21 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 1.30 P.M.

AUGUST 22 (WEDNESDAY) 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

AUGUST 23 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 4 P.M.

AUGUST 24 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 4 P.M.

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 1979

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JULY — MUCH HOTTER AND SLIGHTLY t/ETTSR THAN USUAL....................................................... 1

FIVE MARINE DEPARTMENT FROGMEN HELP KEEP 200 LAUNCHES SEAWORTHY.......................................... 2

NEW SHA TIN FIRE STATION UNDER CONSTRUCTION ................ 4

SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS ......................... 5

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FOR SHA TIN ............................... 6

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JULY — MUCH HOTTER AND SLIGHTLY WETTER THAN USUAL ******

LAST MONTH (JULY) WAS SUNNIER, MUCH HOTTER AND SLIGHTLY WETTER THAN USUAL, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 29.2 DEGREES CELSIUS AND MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32.1 DEGREES RANK FOURTH AND FIFTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR JULY RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THE TOTAL DURATION OF BRIGHT SUNSHINE OF 273.7 HOURS RANKS NINTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO 339.4 MM OR SIX PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL, BRINGING THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FROM THE BEGINNING OF 1979 TO THE END OF JULY TO 1,390.1 MM WHICH IS FIVE PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

MOST OF THE MONTH’S RAINFALL WAS RECORDED WITHIN THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH.

DURING THE MONTH, FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES — TYPHOON ELLIS, SEVERE TROPICAL STORM FAYE, SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GORDON AND TYPHOON HOPE — DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED IN HONG KONG FOR TYPHOON ELLIS AND SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GORDON.

THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH WAS CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL HEAVY SHOWERS.

APART FROM A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS, THE PERIOD JULY 2-4 WAS FINE AND HOT. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.8 DEGREES FOR THE MONTH WAS RECORDED ON JULY 5.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AND SHOWERS ON JULY 5 AS SEVERE TROPICAL STORM ELLIS MOVED CLOSE TO HONG KONG, WITH WINDS BECOMING STRONG EASTERLY IN THE AFTERNOON AND THEN MODERATED SHORTLY AFTERWARDS.

MORE FREQUENT SHOWERS OCCURRED DURING THE NIGHT AND EARLY ON JULY 6 BUT CONDITIONS SOON IMPROVED IN THE AFTERNOON.

FROM JULY 7 TO 28, THERE WAS A LONG SPELL OF FINE AND HOT CONDITIONS WITH BRILLIANT SUNSHINE AND DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE OF AROUND 30 DEGREES.

THE SUNNY PERIOD CAME TO AN END AS SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GORDON APPROACHED FROM THE EAST. WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY WITH SOME SHOWERS ON JULY 29.

IN THE EARLY MORNING OF JULY 30, WEST-SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS BECAME STRONG FOR A FEW HOURS OFFSHORE.

WHILE GORDON WAS CROSSING SOUTHERN GUANGDONG (KWANGTUNG) AND WEAKENING, VIOLENT SHOWERS AND PERIODS OF RAIN OCCURRED ON JULY 30.

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THE HEAVIEST DOWNPOUR OCCURRED BETWEEN 2 A.M. AND 4 A.M. WHEN

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY RECORDED 77.1 MM OF RAINFALL.

THE MONTH’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.4 DEGREES WAS RECORDED ON THE SAME DAY.

RAIN CEASED FOR A WHILE DURING THE EVENING AND THE NIGHT BUT HEAVY SHOWERS SET IN AGAIN THE FOLLOWING MORNING AND PERSISTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL BROUGHT BY GORDON AMOUNTED TO 260.2 MM WHICH WAS ABOUT 77 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL.

DURING THE MONTH THREE AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED WHILE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JULY 1 AND 31.

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FIVE MARINE DEPARTMENT FROGMEN HELP KEEP 200 LAUNCHES SEAWORTHY * * *

MARINE DEPARTMENT FROGMEN HAVE BEEN PLAYING A VITAL BUT UNSEEN ROLE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO STEM THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES.

THE DEPARTMENT’S FIVE VOLUNTEER DIVERS WORK IN CO-ORDINATION WITH GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD STAFF TO KEEP SOME 200 GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES, MANY USED ON ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DUTIES IN HONG KONG WATERS, IN SHIP-SHAPE CONDITION.

IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE FROGMEN UNDERTOOK 196 UNDERWATER MAINTENANCE TASKS INVOLVING :

* CLEARANCE OF FOULED PROPELLERS AND SEA-SUCTION GRATINGS"

M INSPECTION OF TAIL-SHAFTS, PROPELLERS AND RUDDERS AFTER MINOR ACCIDENTS AND,

* CLEARANCE OF SLIPWAYS OR RENEWAL OF PULLING WIRE ROPES UNDER THE SLIPWAYS.

THERE WERE 320 DIVING ASSIGNMENTS LAST YEAR — REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF SOME 25 PER CENT OVER THE 1977 FIGURE OF 239. IN 1976 THE FIGURE WAS 143.

QUOTING THE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE WORKLOAD OF THE DIVERS IS INCREASING EVERY MONTH.

HE SAID THE MAIN REASON FOR THE INCREASE COULD EE ATTRIBUTED TO THE EXPANSION OF THE GOVERNMENT FLEET FROM 130 VESSELS IN 1969 TO THE PRESENT TOTAL OF 192.

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♦IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS MOST OF THE LAUNCHES OPERATED BY THE POLICE, MARINE AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN EXTENSIVELY USED TO DEAL WITH THE INFLUX OF REFUGEES,+ HE SAID.

♦NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE MORE FREQUENTLY THE LAUNCHES ARE USED, THE MORE OFTEN THEY HAVE TO COME IN FOR REPAIRS AND MA INTENANCE.♦

APART FROM THESE LAUNCHES, THE DIVERS ALSO HANDLE VESSELS OPERATED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS, CIVIL AVIATION, FIRE SERVICES, PORT HEALTH, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, PRISONS AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENTS.

THE DIVERS, WHO HOLD VARIOUS POSTS RANGING FROM ORDINARY SAILORS, FITTER AND CARPENTER, EACH SPEND UP TO TWO HOURS UNDERWATER EVERYDAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO QUALIFY AS A DIVER, A PERSON MUST HAVE STRONG PHYSIQUE AS WELL AS A DEEP INTEREST IN DIVING.

HE MUST ALSO PASS A MEDICAL TEST BEFORE HE COULD UNDERGO AN INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE WITH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHERE HE WOULD BE TRAINED IN DIVING AND THE OPERATION OF THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT, HE SAID.

THE VOLUNTEER DIVERS, WHO RECEIVE NOMINAL PAY FOR THEIR EXTRA EFFORTS, HAVE HELPED THE GOVERNMENT SAVE A GREAT DEAL OF TIME, MANPOWER AND MONEY, HE SAID.

♦THEIR EXCELLENT WORK ENABLES US TO AVOID CONTRACTING OUT TO PRIVATE DIVERS, UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, WHO NORMALLY CHARGE A MINIMUM OF $250 EVERY TIME THEY GO UNDER,♦ HE EXPLAINED.

♦FURTHERMORE, IN CERTAIN CASES WE DON’T HAVE TO ’SLIP’ A VESSEL FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS BECAUSE THE JOB CAN BE DONE UNDERWATER BY OUR OWN DIVERS. SUCH ’SLIPPING’ COULD INVOLVE EIGHT *EN WITH THE DAILY RENT OF A SLIPWAY BEING 8600,+ HE ADDED.

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NEW SHA TIN FIRE STATION UNDER CONSTRUCTION ******

THE NEW DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN SHA TIN IS MORE THAN HALF COMPLETE.

STANDING ON A 9,000-SQUARE-METRE SITE ADJACENT TO THE SHING MUN RIVER, THE THREE-STOREY STATION WILL HAVE ROOM FOR 10 FIRE APPLIANCES.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE DUTY AND SERVICES ROOMS, OFFICES, LECTURE ROOM, BARRACKS ACCOMMODATION FOR THE ESSENTIAL OPERATIONAL STAFF ON DUTY, DINING AND RECREATIONAL AREAS AND A STORE FOR DANGEROUS GOODS.

IN THE DRILL YARD, THERE WILL BE A NINE-STOREY DRILL TOWER FOR FIRE FIGHTING TRAINING PURPOSES.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THE STATION WOULD BE THE ELECTRIC-OPERATED SHUTTER DOORS ALL OF WHICH COULD BE OPENED IN LESS THAN 10 SECONDS AFTER PRESSING THE CONTROL BUTTON.

THIS SHOULD REDUCE THE TIME TAKEN TO GET TO THE SCENE OF FIRE.

ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE SAME SITE IS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING WHICH WILL PROVIDE OFFICE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS.

ON THE ADJOINING SITE, WHICH MEASURES 2,060 SQUARE METRES, WORK IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY ON THE SHA TIN AMBULANCE DEPOT.

THE TWO-STOREY DEPOT WILL ACCOMMODATE FOUR AMBULANCES, DUTY AND SERVICE ROOMS, OFFICES, A DINING AND RECREATION ROOM, BARRACKS FOR THE STAFF ON DUTY AND ABLUTION FACILITIES.

WORK ON THESE PROJECTS WHICH AIM TO COPE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS

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A SIX-DAY SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH THE MODERN APPROACHES AND CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY TEACHING WILL START TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD FROM TOMORROW TO AUGUST 25 AT THE SCIENCE CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, AND WILL BE RUN BY STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY’S BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE MICROBIOLOGY, QUANTITATIVE ASPECTS OF BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY FIELD STUDIES AND EVOLUTION.

PARTICIPATING TEACHERS, APART FROM ATTENDING LECTURES, WILL SPEND MORE THAN HALF OF THE COURSE TIME TO CARRY OUT EXPERIMENTS AND TO OBSERVE DEMONSTRATIONS.

AN EXHIBITION OF BOOKS, AUDIO VISUAL AND BIOLOGY EQUIPMENT WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 24.

TEACHERS WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE IN AN OVER-NIGHT STAY AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SO THAT THEY CAN DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS NOT ONLY WITH THEIR TUTORS BUT ALSO AMONG THEMSELVES.

MR. ARTHUR BROWN, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT), WILL ADDRESS THE PARTICIPATING TEACHERS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER OF THE UNIVERSITY’S BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE CEREMONY, AND PROFESSOR S.T. CHANG WILL LECTURE ON +MICROBIOLOGY+ DURING THE COURSE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 11.45 A.M. TOMORROW (MONDAY), AT THE LECTURE ROOM, L3, SCIENCE CENTRE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR FOR SHA TIN

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A CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL BE FORMED IN THE FAST GROWING NEW TOWN OF SHA TIN SHORTLY.

TO BE CALLED THE SHA TIN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, IT IS ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFF ICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SAIDi +THIS IS PART OF THE BOARD’S PROGRAMME TO PROMOTE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

+CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND TEN LIVING IN SHA TIN ARE INVITED TO JOIN AS MEMBERS,* HE SAID. +ABOUT 40 TO 60 SUITABLE CHILDREN WILL BE SELECTED AND TRAINING WILL BE GIVEN BY INSTRUCTORS FROM THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE DURING SATURDAYS IN A LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOL.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHOIR WOULD BE EXPECTED TO GIVE FIRST CONCERT IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

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APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) UNTIL AUGUST 29 AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL. SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, SHA TIN YOUTH CENTRE AND SHA TIN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE.

WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON TUESDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY 17-106 HILL ROAD, 71A-C POKFULAM ROAD, PO TUCK STREET, CLARENCE TERRACE, CHUN SING STREET AND 450-496 QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

IN KOWLOON, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 A.M. ON TUESDAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TAI SHING STREET, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, SHA TIN PASS ROAD, SHEUNG TAK STREET, INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 3, 4, 5, 15, 18, 1% 20, 21, 22 AND 23, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, TAK MING LAU AND KAI MING LAU.

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PARTICIPATION AND CO-OPERATION OF MANAGEMENT AND WORKERS ESSENTIAL TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY..................... 1

APPOINTMENT OF POSTMASTER GENERAL ......................... 3

CENSUS RESULTS ON ./EOLESALu, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES ...................................... 3

CONSERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AN IMPORTANT AIM IN BIOLOGY TEACHING ....................................... 6

D.H.A. TO VISIT CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED GIRLS ........ 7

NT FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN TSDEN WAN ........... 7

RESTRICTED ZONE IN CENTRAL ..............................   8

YAW FUNG STREET RE-OPENS ON WEDNESDAY...................... 8

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PARTICIPATION AND CO-OPERATION OF MANAGEMENT AND WORKERS ESSENTIAL TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN DOING ITS BEST TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS BUT THE BATTLE CANNOT BE WON WITHOUT THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND CO-OPERATION OF THE MANAGEMENT AND WORKERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR; MR. CHAN SIU-LAP, IN A TALK TO THE HONG KONG INSURERS CLUB TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT RESTED SQUARELY ON EMPLOYERS, AND IT WAS A MISCONCEPTION TO BLAME THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE FOR EVERY INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED IN HONG KONG.

MR. CHAN STRESSED THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR EVERYONE — FROM WORKERS ON THE SHOP FLOOR TO THE DIRECTORS IN THE BOARDROOM — TO MAKE SAFETY A WAY OF LIFE.

♦IF THE MANAGEMENT WOULD EXERCISE THE SAME DEGREE OF CONTROL ON SAFETY PERFORMANCE. AS THEY WOULD IN RESPECT OF QUALITY OR BUDGETARY CONTROL. THEN HALF OF THE BATTLE IS WON. BUT ALL TOO OFTEN, SAFETY IS SLACKENED UNDER PRESSURE OF OTHER CONSIDERATIONS,* HE ADDED.

MR. CHAN CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE CLUB TO PLAY A PROMINENT PART IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BY, AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES, OFFERING FINANCIAL INCENTIVES IN THE FORM OF REDUCTION IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR ESTABLISHMENTS WITH GOOD SAFETY PERFORMANCE.

THEY COULD ALSO ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT BY MAKING SAFETY INSPECTIONS BEFORE ACCEPTING AN INSURANCE COVER.

EARLIER. MR. CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS HAD BEEN ON THE INCREASE SINCE 1974, AND SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION.

LAST YEAR ALONE, THERE WERE 39,242 INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING 141 FATALITIES.

THE TOTAL LOSS FROM INDUSTRIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR ACCOUNTED FOR 624,792 LOST MAN-DAYS AND $26,160,673 WAS PAID OUT AS COMPENSATION UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE. THIS DID NOT INCLUDE THE HIDDEN COSTS WHICH COULD BE AS MUCH AS FOUR TIMES MORE THAN THE COMPENSATION, MR. CHAN SAID.

IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND PREVENTING ACCIDENTS, MR. CHAN SAID, THE INSPECTORATE HAD BEEN PURSUING A POLICY WHICH EMPHASISED ADVICE AND EDUCATION.

PROSECUTION WAS RESORTED TO IN CASES OF SERIOUS HAZARD OR DISREGARD TO WARNINGS. LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 3,741 PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN OUT AND 2,561 (77 PER CENT) OF THE CASES WERE CONNECTED WITH UNGUARDED MACHINERY.

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OTHER MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE INSPECTORATE WEREi

* ENFORCING 18 SETS OF STATUTORY REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO PROTECT WORKERS’ SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE"

* INSPECTING LARGE AND SMALL INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS"

* CONDUCTING IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR FACTORY INSPECTORS AND SAFETY COURSES FOR INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS-

M MAINTAINING CLOSE LIAISON WITH INTERESTED BODIES, SUCH AS THE HONG KONG BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, THE PLASTIC INDUSTRY, PORT HANDLING UNDERTAKINGS AND THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD-

* DISTRIBUTING GUIDES TO RELEVANT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION AS WELL AS BOOKLETS AND POSTERS ON SAFE WORKING PRACTICES- AND

M MOUNTING MAJOR PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS.

THE INSPECTORATE HAD AN APPROVED ESTABLISHMENT OF 140 OFFICERS (NOT INCLUDING CLERICAL SUPPORTING STAFF) AND OPERATED 20 DIVISIONAL OFFICE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

IT WAS AT PRESENT 20 PER CENT UNDERSTRENGTH BECAUSE IT HAD LOST MANY TRAINED INSPECTORS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. HOWEVER 19 RECRUITS WOULD BE TAKEN ON IN DECEMBER, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT WAS EXPECTED TO BE DOUBLED IN FOUR YEARS’ TIME.

LAST YEAR, THE INSPECTORATE MADE 39,015 INSPECTIONS AND CARRIED OUT 3,478 ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE PROPER PRIORITY OF INSPECTION, THE INSPECTORATE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION AND METHOD UNIT, HAVE DEVISED A SYSTEM WHEREBY FREQUENCY OF INSPECTION OF A FACTORY IS RATED ACCORDING TO ITS SAFETY PERFORMANCE, SIZE OF WORKFORCE, COMPLEXITY OF PLANT AND ACCIDENT RECORD.

APART FROM THIS, THE INSPECTORATE’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

TRAINING CENTRE LAST YEAR CONDUCTED 195 SAFETY TRAINING COURSES FOR 5,719 EMPLOYEES AND APPRENTICES AND GAVE 112 TALKS TO 7,815 STUDENTS.

IN CONCLUSION, MR. CHAN STRESSED THAT THE INSPECTORATE WOULD CONTINUE TO DO ITS BEST TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND MAKE INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS SAFER AND HEALTHIER.

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APPOINTMENT OF POSTMASTER GENERAL O IK K

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS HAS APPROVED THE PROMOTION OF MR. A.C. HEATHCOTE, O.B.E., J.P. TO POSTMASTER GENERAL TO SUCCEED MR. D.J.K. BAMFORD, O.B.E., J.P. WHO WILL COMMENCE HIS TERMINAL LEAVE IN JANUARY 1980 ON COMPLETION OF AGREEMENT.

MR. HEATHCOTE, AGED 57, STARTED HIS POST OFFICE CAREER IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN 1939 WHERE HE SERVED FOR NINE YEARS BEFORE JOINING THE COLONIAL SERVICE. HE RETIRED AS HEAD OF THE POSTAL SERVICES BRANCH IN NIGERIA IN 1962, AND THEN SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN LESOTHO FROM 1964 TO 1972.

HE CAME TO HONG KONG AND WAS APPOINTED CHIEF CONTROLLER OF POSTS IN 1973. HE WAS PROMOTED TO DEPUTY POSTMASTER GENERAL IN MARCH 1977. MR. HEATHCOTE WAS AWARDED THE O.B.E. IN 1969.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED RESULTS OF A LARGE-SCALE ECONOMIC CENSUS IN 1978 ON THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, COLLECTING DATA RELATING TO 1977.

♦ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES OF THIS CENSUS IS TO EVALUATE THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF THESE TRADE SECTORS TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) IN TERMS OF CENSUS VALUE-ADDED,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦CENSUS VALUE-ADDED IS OBTAINED BY SUBTRACTING FROM SALES, THE TOTAL VALUE OF PURCHASES OF GOODS, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, AND PAYMENTS FOR WATER, ENERGY, COMMISSIONS AND CONTRACT WORK,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS RESULTS, IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT SECTOR IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE, WITH TOTAL ESTIMATED SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS IN 1977 AMOUNTING TO $67,788 MILLION AND CENSUS VALUE-ADDED, TO $7,623 MILLION.

PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE BY IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ESTIMATED AT $59,962 MILLION.

LABOUR COST INCURRED BY THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WAS 31,942 MILLION, INCLUDING PAYROLL AND OTHER BENEFITS TO EMPLOYEES, BUT EXCLUDING WITHDRAWALS BY PROPRIETORS OR PARTNERS OF UNINCORPORATED BUSINESSES. OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES TOTALLED $3,960 MILLION.

THE CENSUS ALSO SHOWED TnAT FOR RETAIL TRADE, TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE $17,492 MILLION IN 1977, AND CENSUS VALUE-ADDED, $9,496 MILLION.

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PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR RETAIL SALE WERE WORTH $14,262 MILLION WHILE $1,074 MILLION WERE SPENT ON LABOUR COST, AND $1,519 MILLION ON OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

WHOLESALE TRADE HAD A TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS OF $17,067 MILLION, ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS RETAIL TRADE. ITS CENSUS VALUE-ADDED, HOWEVER, AT $1,451 MILLION, WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER THAN THAT OF RETAIL TRADE, DUE MAINLY TO A RELATIVELY LOWER GROSS MARGIN.

PURCHASES OF GOODS IN 1977 AMOUNTED TO $15,611 MILLION WHILE LABOUR COST AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES INCURRED WERE $504 MILLION AND $630 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

THE RESULTS RELEASED TODAY RELATE TO 46,066 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH WERE IN OPERATION DURING THE ENUMERATION PERIOD.

THE RESULTS WERE DERIVED FROM DATA COLLECTED FROM ALL ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 20 OR MORE PERSONS PLUS A SAMPLE SELECTION OF SMALLER ESTABLISHMENTS.

♦THE CENSUS COVERED ALL ESTABLISHMENTS REGISTERED WITH THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION OFFICE AND MARKET STALLS REGISTERED WITH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR HOUSING DEPARTMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE CENSUS DID NOT, HOWEVER, INCLUDE UNREGISTERED ESTABLISHMENTS, HAWKERS AND OTHER MOBILE VENDORS. ALSO EXCLUDED FROM THE CENSUS RESULTS ARE 9,840 ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH WERE KNOWN TO HAVE OPERATED DURING 1977 BUT WERE EITHER CLOSED, OR BECAME UNTRACEABLE DURING THE CENSUS ENUMERATION PERIOD,* HE ADDED.

THEIR STATISTICS WILL BE ESTIMATED AND INCLUDED IN A FORTHCOMING CENSUS REPORT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF COMPILING A REPORT CONTAINING DETAILED CENSUS RESULTS, THE SAMPLE DESIGN AND METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION AND PROCESSING.

OTHER INFORMATION TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE CENSUS REPORT INCLUDES THE TYPE OF OWNERSHIP AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF ESTABLISHMENTS, STOCKS AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CENSUS RESULTS MAY EE MADE WITH THE WHOLESALE/RETA IL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT BY TELEPHONING 5-444584.

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Results of economic census on wholesale, retail and import/export trades for 1977 • ___________________summary statistics for reporting establishments__________________

Nature of business Number of establishments Number of persons engaged Labour cost Operating cost Purchases of goods for sale Increase in stocks Sales and other receipts Census value added

$ million

Wholesale trade 7,175 43,280 504 630 15,611 203 17,067 1,451

Retail trade 28,417 113,618 1,074 1,519 14,262 651 17,492 3,486

Import/export trade 10,474 87,955 1,942 3,960 59,962 901 67,788 7,623

Total 46,066 244,853 3,520 6,109 89,835 1,755 102,347 12,560

Note : 1. Operating cost includes rent and rates, water and energy, and other operating expenses.

2. Increase in stocks refers to the increase in stocks of goods for sale during the reporting year.

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CONSERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AN IMPORTANT AIM IN BIOLOGY TEACHING * * * * *

ONE IMPORTANT AIM OF BIOLOGY EDUCATION IS AN APPRECIATION OF THE BEAUTY OF THE LIVING WORLD AND A RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING THINGS, FR. ARTHUR BROWN, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A SIX-DAY SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

EMPHASIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG VARIOUS ORGANISMS AND THEIR CO-EXISTENCE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. BROWN NOTED IT HAD BEEN PROVED THAT MANY OF MAN’S ACTIVITIES, FOR EXAMPLE URBANIZATION AND POLLUTION, HAD DESTROYED THE HARMONIOUS INTER-RELATIONSHIP OF ORGANISMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

+ALL THESE UNCONTROLLED ACTIVITIES WILL DESTROY OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND KILL LIVING ORGANISMS,+ HE SAID.

BIOLOGY TEACHERS SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND RESPECT FOR LIVING ORGANISMS, FR. BROWN SAID.

+REMEMBER, CHILDREN SHOULD BE TAUGHT, OR RATHER, BE INFLUENCED BY YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIVING ORGANISMS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF THE LIVING WORLD AND DEVELOP A RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING THINGS.

+AS A RESULT, THROUGH SUCCESS IN TEACHING BIOLOGY AS SUCH, WE MAY LOOK FORWARD TO A CLEANER AND HEALTHIER WORLD,+ HE SAID.

A TOTAL OF 105 TEACHERS HAD APPLIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER COURSE, BUT ONLY 40 WERE SELECTED BECAUSE OF LIMITED FACILITIES.

+THIS SHOWS THAT THE COURSE IS VERY POPULAR AMONG OUR BIOLOGY TEACHERS WHO ARE VERY KEEN TO KEEP ABREAST OF MODERN APPROACHES AND CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY TEACHING,* MR. BROWN SAID.

THE COURSE, THE THIRD O'7 ITS KIND, IS BEING HELD AT THE SCIENCE CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN SHA TIN.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1979

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D.H.A. TO VISIT CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED GIRLS *****

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. MICHAEL LEUNG MAN-KIN WILL VISIT THE KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE RUN BY PO LEUNG KUK FOR MENTALLY RETARDED GIRLS TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MR. LEUNG, ACCOMPANIED BY MRS. KITTY SIU HON-SUM, CHAIRMAN OF PO LEUNG KUK- AND MR. WILFRED WONG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG), WILL TOUR THE CENTRE AND INSPECT THE HOSTEL AND THE SHELTERED WORKSHOP.

THE HOSTEL PROVIDES ACCOMMODATION FOR 60 MENTALLY RETARDED GIRLS WHILE THE SHELTERED WORKSHOP OFFERS JOB TO THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN EXPLOYKENT IN THE COMMUNITY. THE PRESENT CAPACITY OF THE WORKSHOP IS 160.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE VISIT BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. MICHAEL LEUNG MAN-KIN TO THE KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED GIRLS AT 2.30 P.M. TOMORROW AT BLOCK 4, KO CHIU ROAD ESTATE, KWUN TONG.

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NT FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN TSUEN WAN ******

FOOD HYGIENE, PARTICULARLY FOOD HANDLING AND FOOD STORAGE. PLAYS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE PREVENTION OF FOOD POISONING AND DISEASES SUCH AS DYSENTERIES, TYPHOID FEVERS AND CHOLERA IN THE LONG, HOT AND WET SUMMER MONTHS IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS STATED BY MR. PETER YEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AT THE START OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN IN TSUEN WAN TODAY (MONDAY).

THE FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AIMS TO PROMOTE AMONG FOOD HANDLERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER STORAGE METHODS FOR FOOD.

THE CAMPAIGN, WHICH CONTINUES UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14, WILL BE HELD AT EIGHT DIFFERENT CENTRES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR. YEUNG TOLD THE FOOD OPERATORS WHO ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY THAT OUR LONG, HOT AND HUMID SUMMERS FAVOUR THE PROPAGATION OF INSECTS AND THE MULTIPLICATION OF GERMS WHICH LEAD TO FOOD SPOILAGE.

HE SAID: +ALL THESE FACTORS HAVE STRONG BEARINGS ON THE TRANSMISSION OF FOOD POISONING, DYSENTERIES, TYPHOID FEVERS AND CHOLERA WHICH ARE GENERAL-/ ASSOCIATED WITH UNHYGIENIC FOOD AND DR INKS.

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♦FOOD HYGIENE, PARTICULARLY FOOD HANDLING AND FOOD STORAGE, THEREFORE PLAY A MOST SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE PREVENTION OF THESE DISEASES AND THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH.+

HE ALSO REMINDED FOOD OPERATORS THAT THEY ARE NOW PLAYING A MORE IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE NOW RELY ON THE SERVICE OF RESTAURANTS, OR BUY READY-MADE FOOD FROM FOOD FACTORIES AND UNCOOKED RAW MEAT FROM BUTCHER SHOPS.

♦AS SUCH SUPPLY AND CATERING OF FOOD MAY DIRECTLY AFFECT THE HEALTH OF THE CONSUMERS, AND INDIRECTLY THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, YOU MAY REALISE HOW IMPORTANT THE ROLE YOU ARE PLAYING IN PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH,+ MR. YEUNG TOLD THE FOOD OPERATORS.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING SPEECH BY MR. YEUNG, SENIOR STAFF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED TO THE PARTICIPANTS PRACTICAL METHODS OF HYGIENIC FOOD STORAGE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SLIDES AND FILMS.

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RESTRICTED ZONE IN CENTRAL

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ON LAN STREET IN CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 23).

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN OF PASSENGERS AND LOADING OR UNLOADING OF GOODS ARE PROHIBITED BETWEEN 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

THE LIMITS OF THE RESTRICTED ZONE WILL EE INDICATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS.

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YAN FUNG STREET RE-OPENS ON WEDNESDAY * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT YAN FUNG STREET IN HUNG HOM WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF RE-CONSTRUCTION OF THE STREET.

WITH ITS RE-OPENING ALL TRAFFIC TO AND FROM THIS STREET WILL BE CONTROLLED BY TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND ALL VEHICLES COMING OUT OF THE STREET WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO FAT KWONG STREET.

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACTION AGAINST OWNERS OP ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ................ 1

TAX EXEMPTION RATE ON INTEREST RAISED ...................... 2

SITE IN CHAI WAN SOLD FOR $19<9 MILLION..................... 2

STATISTICS OF INDUSTRY CENSUS PUBLISHED..................... 3

WATER CUT

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1979

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ACTION AGAINST OWNERS OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES

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THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SERVED A TOTAL OF 606 ORDERS ON OWNERS OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE TO REMOVE UNAUTHORISED WORKS.

THIS BROUGHT TO 1,147 THE NUMBER OF ORDERS SERVED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

A B.0.0. SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ACTION WAS TAKEN AS A RESULT OF 441 INSPECTIONS CARRIED OUT BY THE STAFF OF THE B.0.0. ON BUILDINGS WHICH HAD BEEN CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION SINCE THE END OF JULY 1975.

OF THE NUMBER OF ORDERS SERVED, 349 HAD BEEN COMPLIED WITH.

HE STRESSED THAT FOR THOSE WHO FAILED TO REMOVE THE UNAUTHORISED WORK WITHIN THE GIVEN TIME, B.0.0. WOULD DO THE WORK FOR THEM AND CHARGE THEM ACCORDINGLY LATER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DESPITE A CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED LAST YEAR TO ADVISE PEOPLE NOT TO PUT UP UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES ON THEIR BUILDINGS, MANY CONTINUED TO CHOOSE TO IGNORE IT.

♦DURING THE QUARTER UNDER REVIEW, WE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 1,238 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES,♦ HE ADDED.

♦LAST MONTH ALONE, MORE THAN 390 COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED AND AS PEOPLE ARE MORE ENVIRONMENT CONSCIOUS THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE.*

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT BUILDING INSPECTIONS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE MADE AND, WHERE NECESSARY, ORDERS WOULD BE SERVED.

HE ADDED THAT PROPOSALS FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF TO HELP DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF UNAUTHORISED WORK HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT.

ONCE THE PROPOSALS WERE APPROVED AND ADDITIONAL STAFF RECRUITED, THE RATE OF INSPECTIONS WOULD BE INCREASED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 215 NEW BUILDING PROPOSALS, COMPARED WITH 249 IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

IN ADDITION, THE B.0.0. DEALT WITH 3,584 PLANS. THIS WAS SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THE 3,399 PLANS HANDLED IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

AT THE END OF JUNE, THE B.0.0. WAS IN THE COURSE OF PROCESSING 1,212 PLANS.

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TAX EXEMPTION RATE X X

ON INTEREST RAISED XXX

INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED AND THE GOVERNMENT AT RATES OF UP

BANKS, CERTAIN PUBLIC UTILITIES

BE EXEMPTED FROM INTEREST TAX FROM^ODA^C TUESDAY)} ^GOVERNMENT11 SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 1-1/2 PER CENT IN THE EXEMPTION LIMIT AND FOLLOWS THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION SATURDAY THAT THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS WOULD BE SIMILARLY RAISED TO 9-1/4 PER CENT ALSO EFFECTIVE TODAY.

-SECTION 28 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE HAS BEEN AMENDED BY A PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDER SIGNED THIS MORNING BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TO RAISE FROM 7-3/4 PER CENT TO 9-1/4 PER CENT THE CEILING ON THE POWER OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO INCREASE THE RATE UP TO WHICH INTEREST IS EXEMPTED FROM INTEREST TAX.

THE PUBLIC REVENUE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY EXTRAORDINARY TODAY.

PROTECTION ORDER

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AND THE NOTICE SIGNED BY A GOVERNMENT GAZETTE

SITE IN CHAI

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WAN SOLD FOR $19.9 MILLION X X * X X

A 1,43O-SQ. METRE SITE AT CHAI WAN WAS SOLD FOR $19.9 MILLION AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE TODAY.

THE SITE WHICH IS FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN PURPOSES WAS BOUGHT BY KENIC PROPERTIES LTD. AT $13,916.08 PER SQ. METRE.

IT CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $3,850,000 TO BE FULFILLED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1983.

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STATISTICS OF INDUSTRY CENSUS PUBLISHED ******

THE LATEST (MAY 1979) ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT CONTAINS SEVEN SUMMARY TABLES SHOWING RESULTS OF THE 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY.

THE TABLES CONTAIN MANY USEFUL STATISTICS COLLECTED IN THE CENSUS WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT IN 1978 AND COVERED THE MINING AND QUARRYING, MANUFACTURING, ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER INDUSTRIES.

THEY INCLUDE THE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS AND PERSONS ENGAGED, LABOUR COST, MATERIAL PURCHASES, OPERATING EXPENSES, SALES AND WORK DONE, GROSS OUTPUT, VALUE ADDED, CHANGES IN STOCKS AND GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID: +THESE STATISTICS ARE ANALYSED RESPECTIVELY BY INDUSTRY, EMPLOYMENT SIZE, CENSUS DISTRICT, TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, GROSS OUTPUT AND VALUE ADDED GROUPINGS.

♦THIS INFORMATION SHOULD PROVIDE AN INSIGHT INTO THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.+

HE ALSO REVEALED THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING A SIMILAR BUT MUCH ENLARGED SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION TO OBTAIN DATA FOR 1978.

THE MAY 1979 ISSUE OF THE MONTHLY DIGEST IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $6 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE. MORE DETAILED ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELj 5-274203.

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WATER CUT * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TAI HANG TUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 23) TO 6 A.M. ON FRIDAY TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TONG YAM STREET AND TAI HANG TUNG ROAD, INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 1 TO 8 TA I HANG TUNG ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WATER CONSUMERS TO RECEIVE BILLS BASED ON NEW PRICE STRUCTURE .............................................. 1

HK PARTICIPATING IN UN GSP SEMINAR IN CHINA .................. 2

LION ROCK VILLAGE TO GET WATER SUPPLY........................ 3

SCOUT MOVEMENT SIGNIFICANT IN DEVELOPING YOUTH LEADERSHIP.... 3

REMOVAL OF MEDIC AL AND HEAT,TH DEPARTMENT’S OFFICES TO NEW PREMISES............................................... 4

CROSS HARBOUR SWIMS IK TAI PO AND SAI KUNG...................  5

OPIN DAY FOR S.W.D.'S DISTRICT OFFICE ........................ 6

holiday postal arrangement.................................... 7

WATER CUT .................................................... 7

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1979

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WATER CONSUMERS TO RECEIVE BILLS BASED ON NEW. PRICE STRUCTURE ******

THE FIRST BATCH OF WATER BILLS BASED ON THE NEW PRICE STRUCTURE WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR ARE BEING DESPATCHED TO REGISTERED CONSUMERS.

THE FIRST GROUP OF RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE THE BILLS UNDER THE NEW PRICE STRUCTURE WILL BE THOSE LIVING IN SAI TAU VILLAGE, CHUK YUEN, WATERLOO ROAD HILL, SAN PO KONG, TAI KOK TSUI, HOMANTIN ESTATE, KOWLOON TONG AND HUNG HOM ESTATE.

THE BILLS COVER WATER CONSUMPTION OVER THE FOUR MONTHS PERIOD BETWEEN APRIL AND JULY THIS YEAR.

ACCORDING TO A WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN THE CALCULATION OF THE NEW WATER CHARGES FOR DOMESTIC SUPPLY IN EVERY FOUR MONTHS BILLING PERIOD IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING FIVE-TIER PRICING STRUCTUREt

FIRST TIER - FOR THE FIRST 4 UNITS (AT 1,000 GALLONS PER UNIT) IS FREE-

SECOND TIER - FOR OVER 4 UNITS AND UP TO 8 UNITS IS $3 PER UNIT-

THIRD TIER - FOR OVER 8 UNITS AND UP TO 14 UNITS IS $5.50 PER UNIT-

FOURTH TIER - FOR OVER 14 UNITS AND UP TO 20 UNITS IS $8.50 PER UNIT- AND

FIFTH TIER - FOR OVER 20 UNITS IS $12 PER UNIT.

TURNING TO THE USE OF FRESH WATER FOR FLUSHING THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHARGE IS A FLAT RATE AT $3 PER UNIT EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST 6-2/3 UNITS PER FOUR MONTHS PERIOD WHICH ARE FREE.

A LEAFLET EXPLAINING THE NEW WATER RATES IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND WILL BE SENT TO THE CONSUMER TOGETHER WITH EACH BILL THAT IS BEING DESPATCHED.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE NEW WATER RATES CAN BE MADE WITH THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AT LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, 11/F, OR TELEPHONE 5-7900222/4 (THREE LINES) BETWEEN 8.30 A.M. AND 12.30 P.M. AND BETWEEN 1.30 P.M. AND 4.30 P.M. ON WORKING DAYS AND FROM 9 A.M. TO 11.30 A.M. ON SATURDAYS.

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HK PARTICIPATING IN UN GSP SEMINAR IN CHINA *****

A SENIOR OFFICER FROM THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL JOIN A UNITED NATIONS MISSION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GENERALISED SCHEMES OF PREFERENCES (GSP) TO ASSIST OFFICIALS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN OPERATING THE VARIOUS GSP SCHEMES.

HE IS MR. P.C. LEUNG, THE PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE CERTIFICATION BRANCH OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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THE UN MISSION, ORGANISED BY THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD) AND THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP), WILL HOLD A SEMINAR IN PEKING FROM SEPTEMBER 3 TO 7 TO PROVIDE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE VARIOUS GSP SCHEMES, AND TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE SCHEMES WITH RESPONSIBLE CHINESE OFFICIALS.

SO FAR CHINA HAS BEEN INCLUDED AS A BENEFICIARY IN THE GSP SCHEMES OPERATED BY AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, NORWAY AND SWITZERLAND.

MR. LEUNG WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR PEKING ON AUGUST 27 TO JOIN THE UN MISSION. EARLIER THIS YEAR, HE PARTICIPATED IN THE UNCTAD/UNDP REGIONAL SEMINAR ON THE GSP SCHEMES FOR ASIAN COUNTRIES HELD IN NEW DELHI, IN WHICH DELEGATES FROM CHINA ALSO ATTENDED. MR. LEUNG IS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 13.

HONG KONG IS INCLUDED AS A BENEFICIARY IN NINE DIFFERENT GSP SCHEMES OPERATED BY 17 COUNTRIES- THESE ARE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, CANADA, THE NINE MEMBERS OF THE EEC, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND AND THE USA. HONG KONG HAS BEEN CERTIFYING GSP EXPORTS SINCE JULY, 1971 WHEN THE EEC'S GSP SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED.

IN 1978, ABOUT 21 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF OUR TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE COVERED BY FORMS A ISSUED UNDER THE VARIOUS GSP SCHEMES. OF THESE GSP EXPORTS, 38 PER CENT WENT TO THE USA AND 45 PER CENT TO THE EEC.

MR. DOUGLAS JORDAN, COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, WELCOMED MR. LEUNG’S ASSIGNMENT, AND SAID THAT HE CONSIDERED IT A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR HONG KONG TO ESTABLISH A CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS ON CUSTOMS MATTERS.

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LION ROCK VILLAGE TO GET WATER SUPPLY * * * * *

PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HIGH LEVEL IN KOWLOON WILL SHORTLY BE PROVIDED W SUPPLY.

AREAS OF LION ROCK VILLAGE I TH FRESH WATER STANDPIPE

THE CONTRACT FOR THE WATER SIGNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT PROJECT WAS

. IT, ,,JJY2tVES THE BU,LD,NG OF A FRESH WATER STORAGE TANK ON A HILLSIDE 500 METRES NORTH OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

.... . ™E ST0RASE TANK W,LL BE BUILT IN REINFORCED CONCRETE AND WILL HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF ABOUT 550,000 LITRES.

THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO INCLUDE INLET AND OUTLET WATER MAINS RANGING DIAMETER.

THE LAYING OF 1,840 METRES OF FROM 50 MM TO 150 MM IN

CONSTRUCTION WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SCOUT MOVEMENT SIGNIFICANT IN DEVELOPING YOUTH LEADERSHIP ******

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PRAISED THE SCOUT MOVEMENT FOR ITS SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AMONG THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

HE WAS SPEAKING THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING AT THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY AND INAUGURATION OF OFFICE-BEARERS CEREMONY OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, EAST KOWLOON REGION, AT OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT.

MR. LEE SAID THAT IN HONG KONG THERE WAS AN INCREASING NEED FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO ENCOURAGE THE PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THE SCOUT MOVEMENT OFFERED SUCH OPPORTUNITIES.

BASED ON THE SCOUT PROMISE AND LAW, HE NOTED, A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMMES OF TRAINING, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES ARE ORGANISED FROM TIME TO TIME TO ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN WORTHWHILE ACTIVITIES AND INTEREST.

♦ALL THESE HAVE MADE CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE CONTINUED EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO CATER FOR AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO OFFER HEALTHY OUTLETS FOR THEIR ENERGY,* HE SAID.

MR. LEE SAID THAT IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUTH WERE CO-ORDINATED AND PROMOTED AT DISTRICT LEVEL BY A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS.

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WITHIN THIS NETWORK, HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO OPERATES NINE COMMUNITY HALLS, SEVEN COMMUNITY CENTRES AND EIGHT ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES WHICH SERVE AS FOCAL POINTS FOR RECREATION AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY THE YOUTH.

ALL THESE PROGRAMMES FOR THE YOUTH HAVE A SIMILAR OBJECTIVE AS THE SCOUT MOVEMENT, HE ADDED.

AS ONE OF THE FOUR REGIONS OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE EAST KOWLOON REGION WAS FORMED IN 1976 AND NOW HAS 117 SCOUT GROUPS WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 5,800.

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REMOVAL OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S OFFICES TO NEW PREMISES

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE NEW HONG KONG PORT HEALTH INOCULATION CENTRE WILL BEGIN OPERATION FROM NEXT TUESDAY (AUGUST 28), ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF CENTRE POINT BUILDING, 181-185 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE EXISTING CENTRE AT LI PO CHUN CHAMBERS AT DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED AS A RESULT OF THE REMOVAL OF THE PORT HEALTH OFFICE TO THE NEW PREMISES.

THE CENTRE SERVES PEOPLE ON HONG KONG ISLAND WHO REQUIRE VACCINATION CERTIFICATES FOR TRAVELLING PURPOSES. THOSE IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE SERVED BY THE KOWLOON PORT HEALTH INOCULATION CENTRE AT ROOM 529A, STAR HOUSE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE OPERATING HOURS FOR BOTH CENTRES ARE FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M., MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. ON SATURDAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE HONG KONG REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO MOVE TO THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE CENTRE POINT BUILDING.

THE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WILL MOVE TO THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE NEW PREMISES ON AUGUST 29 (WEDNESDAY).

THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT, SET UP LAST YEAR TO INITIATE AND CO-ORDINATE ALL HEALTH CAMPAIGNS AND PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION ACTIVITIES, IS PRESENTLY ACCOMMODATED AT THE TANG CHI NGONG SPECIALIST CLINIC.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS AT THE NEW OFFICES WILL BE AS FOLLOWSi

HONG KONG REGIONAL OFFICE s 5-728543

PORT HEALTH OFFICE : 5-722841

HONG KONG INOCULATION CENTRE i 5-722056

CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION U:UT : 5-721324

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CROSS HARBOUR SWIMS IN TAI PO AND SAI KUNG * * * * *

HUNDREDS OF SWIMMING ENTHUSIASTS FROM URBAN HONG KONG WILL COMPETE WITH THEIR RURAL COUNTERPARTS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS OF TWO MAJOR CROSS-HARBOUR SWIMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 26).

THE BIG RACES - IN TAI PO AND SAI KUNG - FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE TWO DISTR ICTS.

THEY HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICTS’ SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE FINANCIAL BACKING OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS TO PROMOTE SWIMMING AS A HEALTHY SPORT FOR THE PUBLIC AT LARGE AND RESIDENTS IN RURAL DISTRICTS IN PARTICULAR.

THE TAI PO RACE, HELD ANNUALLY FOR THE PAST 11 YEARS WILL TAKE PLACE AT TOLO HARBOUR AND SOME 400 KEEN SWIMMERS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE.

THE RACE WILL START AT 10.30 A.M. AT THE HA HANG RECLAMATION NEAR THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE FROM WHERE CONTESTANTS WILL SWIM ABOUT 2,000 METRES ACROSS TOLO HARBOUR TO FINISH AT YUEN CHAU TSAI.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES WILL ADDRESS THE PARTICIPANTS AND MRS. AKERS-JONES PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS AT 12 NOON.

THE SAI KUNG CROSS-HARBOUR SWIM - THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVER HELD IN THE DISTRICT - HAS ALSO ATTRACTED SOME 180 PARTICIPANTS WHO WILL COMPETE FOR THE TOP TITLES IN THE 1,300-METRE RACE.

IT WILL START AT 11 A.M. AT PAK SHA CHAU AND FINISH AT THE SAI KUNG RECLAMATION PIER.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD WILL SIGNAL THE START OF THE SWIM AND LATER PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS.

AT 1 P.M. ON THE SAME DAY, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE AND LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEES, WILL HOLD THE 4TH ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA AT THE ABERDEEN SWIMMING POOL IN WONG CHUK HANG.

MORE THAN 200 COMPETITORS COMPRISING MAINLY STUDENTS AND YOUNG WORKERS FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WILL TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF EVENTS INCLUDING A 200-METRE RELAY.

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THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 5 P.M.

OFFICIATING AT

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CROSS-HARBOUR SWIMS IN TAI PO AND SAI KUNG AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 26). THE TAI PO RACE WILL START AT 10.30 A.M. AT THE HA HANG RECLAMATION NEAR THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, THE SAI KUNG RACE AT 11 A.M. AT PAK SHA CHAU, AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA AT 1 P.M. AT THE ABERDEEN SWIMMING POOL IN WONG CHUK HANG. LIAISON STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES INVOLVED WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST PRESS MEMBERS.

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OPEN DAY FOR S.W.D.’S DISTRICT OFFICE *****

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK. MR. STEPHEN WONG YUEN-CHEONG, WILL TOMORROW (THURSDAY) OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY FOR THE OPEN DAY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHA TIN-TAI PO DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE IS ONE OF 11 SET UP AS A RESULT OF THE REGIONALISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OPERATIONS, WHICH AIMS AT BETTER CO-ORDINATING WELFARE SERVICES AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE WILL ALSO ATTEND TOMORROW’S CEREMONY AND MAKE AN OPENING SPEECH. THE WIFE OF M?. STEPHEN WONG WILL THEN CUT THE RIBBON AND MR. WONG ADDRESS THE GATHERING.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TOUR OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND AN EXHIBITION DEPICTING THE VARIOUS WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE SHA TIN-TAI PO DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO FOR THE OPEN DAY OF THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE

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SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHA TIN-TAl’p'd n OFFICE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK

MR. STEPHEN WONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 3.30 P.M. AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. AT TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES.

REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN. AM2406, WILL LEAVE FOR lAI PO AT 2.30 P.M. FROM THE EASTERN ENTRANCE, LEE GARDENS. HYSA\ AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENT

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 27) WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

ON THAT DAY, ONLY 32 POST OFFICES INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES IN KOWLOON AND THE TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON.

ALL OTHER POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE STOPPED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 24) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 58-328 KING’S ROAD. 4-32 AND 5-23 FORTRESS HILL ROAD, 95-97 TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD, 9-11 NORTH VIEW STREET, INCLUDING CHUNG ON TERRACE, COMFORT TERRACE, KIN WAH STREET, FORT STREET, CHEUNG HONG STREET AND CHING WAH STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIGNIFICANT RISE IN AIRBORNE TRADE........................... -j

THEN MJN NEW TOWN CENTRE TAKING SHAPE............................ 3

DISTRICT WELFARE NEEDS UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW................... 3

LIBERATION DAY CEREMONY AT CITY HALL ............................ 4

SPECIAL TRAIN TO PLEASURE GARDEN ................................ 5

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT ...................... 5

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SIGNIFICANT RISE IN AIRBORNE TRADE *****

HONG KONG’S MERCHANDISE TRADE BY AIR IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979 WAS WORTH $15,830 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 48 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1978, ACCORDING TO TRADE FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 38 PER CENT TO $5,498 MILLION, REPRESENTING A 24 PER CENT SHARE OF THE OVERALL DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN TERMS OF VALUE.

AIRBORNE IMPORTS AT $7,491 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $2,840 MILLION ALSO ROSE BY 52 PER CENT AND 56 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, 20 PER CENT OF OVERALL IMPORTS AND 31 PER CENT OF RE-EXPORTS WERE DESPATCHED BY AIR.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS HONG KONG’S AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO SIX MAJOR MARKETSt

JAN.-JUNE 79 (HK$ MN.) JAN.-JUNE 78 (HKS MN.) INCREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 2,169 1,784 + 385 + 22

WEST GERMANY 664 481 + 183 + 38

JAPAN 477 267 + 210 + 79

U.K. 403 228 + 175 + 77

SWITZERLAND 160 133 + 27 + 20

CANADA 147 105 + 42 + 40

IN TERMS OF COMMODITIES, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC

EXPORTS OF ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES ($1,788 MILLION, + 27 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($1,479 MILLION, + 62 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($527 MILLION, + 32 PER CENT), JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS ($288 MILLION, + 20 PER CENT) AS WELL AS BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS ($151 MILLION, + 194 PER CENT).

DETAILED BREAKDOWN FIGURES REVEALED THAT THE GROWTH RATES WERE REMARKABLE FOR AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES TO WEST GERMANY ($355 MILLION. + 25 PER CENT), JAPAN ($179 MILLION, + 96 PER CENT), AND THE U.K. ($143 MILLION, ♦ 65 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO WEST GERMANY ($160 MILLION, + 123 PER CENT), JAPAN ($105 MILLION, + 129 PER CENT) AND THE U.K. ($139 MILLION, + 100 PER CENT).

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IMPORTS BY AIR FROM THE FOLLOWING MAJOR SUPPLIERS ALSO RECORDED INCREASES^

JAN.-JUNE 79 (HK$ MN.) JAN.-JUNE 78 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 1,638 1,076 + 5,616 ♦ 52

U.S.A. 1,358 918 + 440 + 48

SWITZERLAND 847 554 293 + 53

ISRAEL 451 346 + 105 + 30

U.K. 416 232 + 184 + 79

SINGAPORE 361 219 + 142 ♦ 65

THE UPTRENDS IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS WERE MAINTAINED IN WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($1,791 MILLION, + 45 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($1,140 MILLION, + 60 PER CENT), PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($1,082 MILLION, + 76 PER CENT), ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES ($225 MILLION, + 54 PER CENT) AS WELL AS JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS ($200 MILLION, ♦ 55 PER CENT).

THE IMPORT VALUES OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS BY COUNTRIES WERE JAPAN ($754 MILLION, ♦ 50 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND ($615 MILLION, ♦ 35 PER CENT), SINGAPORE ($83 MILLION, + 23 PER CENT) AND THE U.S. ($51 MILLION, ♦ 59 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES FROM THE U.S. ($291 MILLION, + 32 PER CENT), JAPAN ($275 MILLION, + 108 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE ($137 MILLION, + 51 PER CENT).

ALMOST ALL THE GOODS FLOWN IN FROM ISRAEL WERE PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($446 MILLION, * 30 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS SHOWED REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, WITH MAJOR RE-EXPORT ITEMS BEING PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($744 MILLION, + 81 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($479 MILLION, + 23 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($393 MILLION, + 100 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS ($157 MILLION, + 39 PER CENT).

JAPAN ($684 MILLION, + 24 PER CENT) REMAINED THE LARGEST MARKET FOR AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS, FOLLOWED BY TAIWAN ($409 MILLION, + 57 PER CENT), THE U.S. ($372 MILLION, + 104 PER CENT), SINGAPORE ($278 MILLION, + 8 PER CENT), THAILAND ($126 MILLION, + 98 PER CENT) AND ISRAEL ($116 MILLION, ♦ 764 PER CENT).

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TUEN MUN NEW TOWN CENTRE TAKING SHAPE * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) INVITE TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND DRAINS TO SERVE TUEN MUN’S NEW TOWN CENTRE.

THE WORK WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF 1,400 METRES OF INTERNAL ROADS AND A STORMWATER AND FOUL WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

A P.W.D. SPOKESMAN SAIDt +THE TOWN CENTRE OCCUPIES SOME 16 HECTARES OF LAND.

+IT COMPRISES SOME 23 RESIDENTIAL TOWERS, EACH ABOUT 28 STOREYS HIGH, TOGETHER WITH RETAIL SHOPPING AND PARKING FACILITIES ON PODIUM FLOORS.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN CENTRE, WHICH WOULD BE SERVED BY A MAJOR BUS TERMINUS, WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN STAGES OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

ON COMPLETION, IT WILL HAVE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, DEPARTMENT STORES, A CINEMA, A MARKET, A CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX, A MAGISTRACY AND A POLYCLINIC.

UNDER THE CONTRACT, AN EXISTING TEMPORARY STEEL FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS TUEN MUN ROAD WILL BE RELOCATED IN A NEW POSITION TO ENABLE PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS THE ROAD IN SAFETY.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND WORK WILL BE SUPERVISED BY SCOTT WILSON KIRKPATRICK AND PARTNERS, CONSULTING ENGINEERS, ON BEHALF OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS TO REVIEW FROM TIME TO TIME THE WELFARE NEEDS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, W. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THIS WILL BE DONE ON THE BASIS OF THE OBJECTIVES SET OUT IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE WHITE PAPER, SAID MR. LEE IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS AT THE CEREMONY FOR THE OPEN DAY OF THE DEPARTMENT’S SHA TIN - TAI PO DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, MR. STEPHEN WONG YUEN-CHEONG, OFFICIATED AT THE CEREMONY. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A TOUR OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND A WELFARE SERVICES EXHIBITION.

MR. LEE SAID THAT IN ORDER TO MEET AN INCREASING NEED ARISING FROM RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, BOTH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAD PLANNED FOR A BALANCED PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS.

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IN THE SHA TIN - TAI PO DISTRICT, HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT OPERATES TWO SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS WHICH NOW HANDLE MORE THAN 14,000 CASES, AND ONE FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE WHICH TAKES CARE OF 864 FAMILIES.

THE DEPARTMENT’S LEK YUEN SHELTERED WORKSHOP IN SHA TIN OFFERS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED PERSONS ENABLING THEM TO CONTINUE LEADING A USEFUL WORKING LIFE, HE SAID.

OTHER SERVICES AND FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT INCLUDE A COMMUNITY HALL, A YOUTH CENTRE, A SOCIAL CENTRE AND PROBATION SERVICES, HE ADDED.

MR. LEE SAID THAT ON TOP OF THESE, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE DISTRICT ALSO PROVIDE SERVICES IN CHILD CARE, RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR THE AGED AND REHABILITATION FOR THE DISABLED.

ALSO ADDRESSING THE GATHERING, MR. STEPHEN WONG PAID TRIBUTE TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS EXPANSION IN WELFARE SERVICES IN RECENT YEARS FOR RURAL PEOPLE.

AS A RESULT OF URBANISATION IN RURAL DISTRICTS, HE SAID, MANY VILLAGERS HAVE TURNED TO COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE WORK PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT ARE PRACTICAL MEASURES TO HELP THOSE UNABLE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS THEMSELVES.

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CEREMONY AT CITY HALL * * * X *

HONG KONG WILL OBSERVE THIS YEAR’S LIBERATION DAY WITH A WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT CITY HALL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 27) AT 11 A.M.

DURING THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) AND THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT WILL LAY WREATHS AT THE SHRINE IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS WHO DIED IN THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG IN DECEMBER 1941 OR LATER AS PRISONERS OF WAR.

THE WREATH OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION WILL BE LAID BY ITS HON. SECRETARY, MR. F.M. CASTRO.

REGIMENTAL WREATHS OF THE VOLUNTEERS WILL BE LAID BY THE HONORARY COLONEL, THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG AND MAJOR GEORGE ROYLANCE WHEREAS THAT OF THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT IS TO EE LAID EY WARRANT OFFICER SECOND CLASS (W02) JOHN HAMILL.

THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AND THE VOLUNTEERS FOUGHT SIDE BY SIDE IN THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG.

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W02 HAMILL JOINED THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AS A JUNIOR LEADER IN 1962 AND SERVED WITH IT UNTIL IT BECAME THE FOURTH BATTALION OF THE QUEEN’S REGIMENT. HE IS AT PRESENT A PERMANENT STAFF INSTRUCTOR WITH THE VOLUNTEERS.

THE WREATH LAYING CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUNDING OF THE LAST POST BY A BUGLER, A TWO-MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRING OF THREE VOLLEYS OF SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY AND THE BUGLER WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTEERS.

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THE SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL CONTINUE THIS SUNDAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT

10.29 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.34 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL THEN DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.36 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.50 A.M.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 4.10 P.M. IN ADDITION, ONE ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN DEPARTING FROM TAI PO MARKET STATION WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS WISHING TO LEAVE THE PLEASURE GARDEN EARLIER.

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 THE RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE $4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2 EACH.

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HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT *****

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ITS PORT COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE AND PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN WILL REMAIN OPEN NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 27), WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

IN ADDITION, THE VICTORIA SMALL CRAFT LICENSING SECTION WILL OPERATE FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M. AND THE MACAU FERRY WHARF UNIT FROM 7.30 A.M. TO 1.30 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ALL OTHER OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED ON THAT DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 1979

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HONG KONG DECLARED CHOLERA INFECTED AREA............................ 1

26 LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE.....................................  2

TUNG CHUNG FORT DECLARED A MONUMENT................................. 3

SCHEME TO IMPROVE FERRY SERVICE..................................... 4

ILLEGAL GRAVES IN THE NT EXHUMED.....................................5

PROPOSAL TO CLOSE A STREET ON TIN WAN RECLAMATION................... 6

RE-ROUTING OF MAXICAB SERVICE....................................... 7

BUILDING DECLARED DANGEROUS......................................... 7

FIRING PRACTICE..................................................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HUMPHREYS AVENUE

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HONG KONG DECLARED CHOLERA INFECTED AREA

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HONG KONG IS TODAY DECLARED A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF A CASE INVOLVING A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO IS A RESIDENT AT TUEN MUN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE BOY, YEUNG KAM-SZE, WAS ADMITTED TO THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL ON MONDAY, AUGUST 20, WITH SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE DIARRHOEA AND VOMITTING.

LABORATORY TESTS OF HIS STOOLS CONFIRMED THE PRESENCE OF CHOLERA VIBRO OF THE EL TOR STRAIN.

HE IS NOW RECOVERING AT THE ISOLATION WARD AND HIS CONDITION IS SATISFACTORY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THERE WAS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM BECAUSE THE DANGER OF A LOCAL SPREAD WOULD BE MINIMAL IF PREVENTIVE MEASURES ARE INSTITUTED ONCE A CASE IS DETECTED.

HE SAID HEALTH OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE BOY’S RESIDENCE TO CARRY OUT ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT PREVENTION OF A LOCAL SPREAD WOULD LARGELY DEPEND ON MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO STRICTLY OBSERVE THE RULES OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE — CLEAN FOOD, CLEAN WATER, WASHING OF HANDS BEFORE MEALS AND AFTER VISITS TO TOILETS AND PROPER DISPOSAL OF REFUSE.

♦EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH HAVE SHOWN THAT THE MOST RELIABLE AND EFFECTIVE MEASURES OF PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF GASTRO-INTERST INAL DISEASES, INCLUDING CHOLERA, ARE TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS IN THE PREPARATION AND CONSUMPTION OF FOOD AND WATER, AND GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PUBLIC TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS IN THEIR CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK AS CHOLERA IS SPREAD THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND WATER.

HE ADVISED THAT ALL TYPES OF FOOD MUST BE THOROUGHLY COOKED AND IF NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY SHOULD BE WELL COVERED AND PRESERVED.

♦PEOPLE GET CHOLERA BY TAKING IN THE VIBRO CARRIED FROM THE WASTE OF INFECTIOUS PERSONS TO EXPOSED FOOD AND WATER, AND FLIES AID IN THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE,♦ HE ADDED.

ON THE QUESTION OF VACCINATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID ANTI-CHOLERA VACCINE BY ITSELF +IS NOT EFFICACIOUS IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CHOLERA AND COULD ONLY GIVE PARTIAL PROTECTION TO THE INDIVIDUAL FOR ONLY A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD.

HOWEVER, THERE IS SUFFICIENT STOCK OF ANTI-CHOLERA VACCINE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT IT AND ISOLATION FACILITIES ARE ADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION, HE SAID.

THE LAST CASE OF CHOLERA REPORTED IN HONG KONG WAS IN AUGUST LAST YEAR WHEN AN 89-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS FOUND TO HAVE HARBOURED CHOLERA ORGANISMS. SHE WAS ISOLATED AT THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL AND LATER RECOVERED AND DISCHARGED.

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26 LOTS OF CROWW LAND FOR ALE ******

TWENTY-SIX LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A TOTAL OF ABOUT 102,700 SQUARE METRES IN AREA WILL BE PUT UP EITHER FOR AUCTION OR TENDER DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 1 TO MARCH 31 NEXT YEAR BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE.

A P.W.D. SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE LOTS TO BE AUCTIONED INCLUDED FIVE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITES, SIX INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITES AND NINE NON-1NDUSTRI AL SITES TWO OF WHICH WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED FOR RESIDENTIAL USE.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE ONE SITE FOR GODOWN PURPOSE AND ONE FOR MULTI-STOREY CAR-REPAIR GARAGE.

THE LARGEST PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL LOT TO BE AUCTIONED IS AT SUNDERLAND ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG. IT MEASURES 20,000 SQUARE METRES.

THE OTHER FOUR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITES ARE AT CAMBRIDGE ROAD, BELLEVIEW DRIVE, VICTORIA BARRACKS AND CHUN FAI ROAD.

SEVEN OF THE NINE NON-INDUSTRIAL SITES ARE LOCATED AT TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, NEW STREET, STATION LANE, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, BONHAM STRAND, ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND CHAI WAN ROAD. THE OTHER TWO FOR NON-RESIDENT IAL USE ARE AT SAM KA TSUEN AND CHAI WAN INDUSTRIAL AREAS AND ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE RESTAURANT, BANKING AND OFFICE BACK-UP FACILITIES WITHIN THESE AREAS.

OF THE SIX INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITES TO BE AUCTIONED, THREE ARE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE OTHERS IN KOWLOON.

DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD, FOUR SITES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER. THE MAJOR ONE INVOLVES SOME 24,700 SQUARE METRES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND OFF THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF AP LEI CHAU AND REQUIRES RECLAMATION AND LAND FORMATION TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER.

THE REMAINING SITES ARE LOCATED AT TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD, HAMMER HILL ROAD AND PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD. THEY ARE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, FILM STUDIO AND FUNERAL PARLOUR USES.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE SALES PROGRAMME IS PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

SALES DATES FOR EACH LOT WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND ADVERTISED IN NEWSPAPERS.

DETAILS OF THE LAND SALES FORECAST TOGETHER WITH PLANS SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE LOTS TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE MAY BE SEEN AT THE P.W.D.’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND AT THE KOWLOON BRANCH OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

THEY MAY BE INSPECTED ALSO AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION’S OFFICES AND AT THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

COPIES OF THE SIX-MONTH LAND SALES FORECAST MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE FROM ANY OF THESE OFFICES OR BY WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE P.W.D.

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TUNG CHUNG FORT DECLARED A MONUMENT * ft * *

THE TUNG CHUNG FORT ON THE NORTH COAST OF LANTAO ISLAND — ONE OF HONG KONG’S MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS FOR DECADES — WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) DESIGNATED A MONUMENT UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE.

THE DECLARATION WHICH WAS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL IN JUNE THIS YEAR WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

COMMENTING ON THE DECLARATION, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT

OFFICER, MR. VICTOR YUNG SAID THE MOVE WAS IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PRESERVE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE LOCAL PLACES AND STRUCTURES CONSIDERED TO BE OF HISTORICAL, ARCHAEOLOGICAL OR PALAEONTOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

THE TUNG CHUNG FORT IS ONE OF THE THREE KNOWN CHINESE FORTS IN HONG KONG AND IS THE ONLY ONE STILL RELATIVELY WELL PRESERVED.

THE AREA DESIGNATED MEASURES ABOUT 69 METRES BY 80 METRES AND INCLUDES, WITHIN THE FORT’S THICK WALLS OF GRANITE SLABS, SEVERAL OLD BUILDINGS, NOW HOUSING A PRIMARY SCHOOL AND THE OFFICES OF THE TUNG CHUNG RURAL COMMITTEE.

DESIGNATED AT THE SAME TIME ARE SIX CANNONS ON THE RAMPARTS FACING NORTH- INSCRIPTIONS ON FOUR OF THEM SHOW THAT TWO ARE OF THE CHIA CHING PERIOD (1805 AND 1809 RESPECTIVELY) AND TWO ARE OF THE TAU KWONG PERIOD (1843).

MR. YUNG SAID* +THE FORT IS A POPULAR LANDMARK IN HONG KONG AND HAS LONG BEEN A FAVOURITE ATTRACTION FOR VISITORS, BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS.

♦THERE IS DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE THAT THE FORT WAS BUILT IN 1817, BUT OTHER INFORMATION IS INCOMPLETE AND MUCH RESEARCH IS STILL NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH ITS FULL ROLE IN TUNG CHUNG.+

♦ON THE ADVICE OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD,+ MR. YUNG ADDED, +THE DECLARATION WAS PROPOSED AND THE RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE SCHOOL’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND ARE AGREEABLE TO THE SUGGEST I ON.+

AS THE FORT IS ON CROWN LAND, NO OTHER PRIVATE INTERESTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE DECLARATION, HE POINTED OUT.

AS FROM TODAY, THE FORT WILL COME UNDER THE CHARGE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL ARRANGE TO POST A FULL-TIME CARE-TAKER THERE. THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS PROPER RESTORATION AND REGULAR MAINTENANCE TO ENSURE ITS CONTINUING EXISTENCE.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 1979

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SCHEME TO IMPROVE FERRY SERVICE ft * * ft ft *

ACTIVE CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO RE-ALLOCATE THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI FERRIES TO SUPPLEMENT THOSE ROUTES WHERE ADDITIONAL TRIPS ARE REQUIRED DURING PEAK HOURS.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF A PILOT SCHEME INTRODUCED EARLY THIS MONTH TO IMPROVE THE FERRY SERVICE.

UNDER THE PILOT SCHEME, THE FREQUENCIES OF TWO FERRY ROUTES, ONE BETWEEN NORTH POINT AND HUNG HOM AND THE OTHER NORTH POINT AND KOWLOON CITY WERE EXTENDED FROM 15 MINUTES INTERVALS TO 20 MINUTES.

AS A RESULT, ONE VESSEL WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE TWO ROUTES AND DEPLOYED ON OTHER ROUTES WHICH HAVE EXPERIENCED INCREASED DEMAND.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID OBSERVATIONS AT NORTH POINT, HUNG HOM AND KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIERS SHOWED THAT THE REVISED SYSTEM OF OPERATION WAS SUCCESSFUL.

♦IT HAS CAUSED NO INCONVENIENCE TO PASSENGERS DURING PEAK PERIODS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦FURTHERMORE, THE REVISION OF FREQUENCY HAS HELPED IN ALLEVIATING THE INCREASE IN DEMAND DURING THE PEAK PERIODS ON OTHER FERRY ROUTES.♦

THE RELEASED VESSEL WHICH CAN CARRY 628 PASSENGERS HAS BEEN USED TO REPLACE THE 390-SEATER +MAN LUNG* ON THE CENTRAL TO TSUEN WAN FERRY SERVICE.

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♦MAN LUNG* IS NOW OPERATING ONE ADDITIONAL TRIP FROM CHEUNG CHAU, LEAVING AT 7.15 A.M. AND ARRIVING IN CENTRAL IN ABOUT 55 MINUTES. IMMEDIATELY AFTER UNLOADING PASSENGERS, THE +MAN LUNG* DEPARTS FOR MEI FOO ON ANOTHER +RELIEF+ TRIP WHERE IT SAILS OFF AT 8.40 A.M. FOR CENTRAL.

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«* a 8t32Ss ILLEGAL GRAVES IN THE NT EXHUMED

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ILLEGAL GRAVES IN HUNG UK TSUEN, YUEN LONG, ARE NOW BEING CLEARED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO BURY THE DEAD OUTSIDE GAZETTED CEMETERIES WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES.

♦TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO BURY THE DEAD ANYWHERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE NTSD HAS STARTED TAKING ACTION TO CLEAR MORE THAN 260 ILLEGAL GRAVES AND 22 GROUPS OF URNS IN HUNG UK TSUEN, AN ILLEGAL BURIAL BLACK SPOT IN THE AREA,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT A SIMILAR EXHUMATION EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN TAI PO KAU IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT REMOVAL NOTICES HAD BEEN POSTED ON GRAVES AND URNS IN HUNG UK TSUEN BEFORE THE CHING MING FESTIVAL AND QUITE A NUMBER OF ILLEGAL GRAVES AND URNS HAD BEEN CLEARED BY THEIR OWNERS SINCE THEN.

♦REMAINS OF THE ILLEGAL BURIALS EXHUMED BY THE NTSD WILL BE RE-INTERRED IN SANDY RIDGE CEMETERY,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ASSURED INDIGENOUS NT VILLAGERS THAT THE GRAVES OF THEIR ANCESTORS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED AS THEIR TRADITION OF BURYING THEIR DEAD IN NATIVE LAND IS RESPECTED.

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PROPOSAL TO CLOSE A STREET ON TIN WAN RECLAMATION ******

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CLOSE A STREET ON THE TIN WAN RECLAMATION WHICH PROVIDES ACCESS TO STEPS LEADING DOWN TO THE ABERDEEN WEST TYPHOON SHELTER.

THE STREET FORMS PART OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND WHICH WILL BE OFFERED SALE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE STREET, FUTURE LANDING AT THAT TYPHOON SHELTER WOULD BE SHIFTED TO THE STEPS ADJOINING THE TIN WAN EXTENSION TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

♦IMPROVEMENT WORK ON THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THESE STEPS IS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT. IT WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH,♦ HE ADDED.

A NOTICE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN ONE MONTH.

A PLAN SHOWING THE STREET, WHICH IS TO BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY, CAN BE SEEN AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG- THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN), 22 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD.

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RE-ROUTING OF MAXICAB SERVICE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT MAXICAB ROUTE 10 OPERATING BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY, SCENIC VILLAS AND SANDY BAY ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 27) TO ENABLE MORE PEOPLE TO USE THIS SERVICE.

THE REVISED ROUTE WILL OPERATE VIA CANNON STREET, LOCKHART ROAD, EAST POINT ROAD AND GREAT GEORGE STREET ON JOURNEYS TO SCENIC VILLAS AND SANDY BAY.

THE ROUTE REVISION WILL BE FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS DURING WHICH A SURVEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT TO ASSESS THE SERVICE. RECOMMENDATIONS WILL THEN BE MADE ON WHETHER THE SERVICE SHOULD BE FRANCHISED OR TERMINATED.

A TOTAL OF SEVEN MAXICABS OPERATE ON THIS ROUTE FROM 6.30 A.M. TO 7.10 P.M. WITH A PEAK FREQUENCY OF 12 MINUTES AND AN OFF-PEAK 15 MINUTES.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED A FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING AT 280 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR THE CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 21 WAS POSTED TODAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDING AUTHORITY SAID THE BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING WALLS, TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOF AND WAS INSPECTED FOLLOWING THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE ADJOINING BUILDING AT 282 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL ON AUGUST 3.

+THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE HAS CAUSED AN OUTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE REAR MAIN WALL OF THE BUILDING AT NO. 280 AT THE SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR LEVELS AT ITS JUNCTION WITH THE PARTY WALL WITH NO. 282,+ HE SAID.

+AS THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE, THE CLOSURE AND DEMOLITION OF THIS BUILDING IS NECESSARY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR THREE DAYS NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER).

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

THE PRACTISING TIMES ARE1

DATE

SEPTEMBER 10 (MONDAY)

SEPTEMBER 11 (TUESDAY)

SEPTEMBER 12 (WEDNESDAY)

TIME

9 A.M. - 11 P.M.

9 A.M. - 11 P.M.

9 A.M. - 5.30 P.M.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT * *

IN HUMPHREYS AVENUE * * *

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO HUMPHREYS AVENUE IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 28).

THE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT WHICH WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN HUMPHREYS AVENUE.

DURING THIS PERIOD, HUMPHREYS AVENUE WILL BE A NO-THROUGH-ROAD FOR TRAFFIC WHICH WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY TO TWO-WAY FOR MOTORISTS TO GAIN ACCESS INTO PREMISES ALONG THE AVENUE.

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 1979 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY, 1979........................... 1

MONTHLY TRAIN STUDENT TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE........................ 4

NEW EQUIPMENT - A BIG BOOST TO GOVERNMENT LABORATORY............... 4

HK’S YOUTH SYMPHONY AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAS GIVE COMBINED CONCERT IN U.K............................................ 6

RELAXED CRITERIA IN RELIEF APPLICATION FOR FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR................................................... 7

P.W.D.’S MASS TRANSIT DIVISION INVOLVED WITH RE-INSTATEMENT WORK................................................ 8

EDUCATIONIST RETIRING AFTER 22 YEARS* GOVERNMENT SERVICE........... 9

SHA TO ATTEND ’GOOD NEIGHBOURS NITE* VARIETY SHOW................. 10

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD....................... 10

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 1979

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY, 1979 ******

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS FOR JULY WAS $6,828 MILLION, MADE UP OF $5,174 MILLION IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND $1,653 MILLION RE-EXPORTS.

THIS WAS REVEALED IN THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR EXTERNAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JULY PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY).

IMPORTS FOR JULY WERE WORTH $7,542 MILLION AND THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE MONTH WAS $714 MILLION.

COMMENTING ON THESE TRADE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN INTERPRETING THE FIGURES, ONE MUST NOTE THAT A ♦747 JUMBO+ AIRCRAFT WHICH IS WORTH ABOUT $250 MILLION WAS IMPORTED IN JULY.

SO, ALTHOUGH THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR JULY. AT $714 MILLION, WAS LARGER THAN THAT FOR JULY LAST YEAR AT $546 MILLION, THE UNDERLYING TREND ILLUSTRATED BY THESE FIGURES IS THAT THE PROPORTION OF IMPORTS WHICH ARE NOT PAID FOR BY EXPORT EARNINGS, THE SO-CALLED VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+, HAS CONTINUED TO NARROW AND, IN ADDITION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT IN ABSOLUTE TERMS HAS ALSO BEGUN TO NARROW, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1979 AT $6,626 MILLION WAS ABOUT 14 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR THE PROPORTION WAS ABOUT 16 PER CENT.

TOTAL EXPORTS HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW FASTER THAN IMPORTS. COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1978, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN JULY INCREASED BY 47 PER CENT AND THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS BY 69 PER CENT.

SO, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, THAT IS, DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS, INCREASED BY 52 PER CENT. THIS IS FASTER THAN THE INCREASE IN IMPORTS AT 49 PER CENT (OR 45 PER CENT EXCLUDING THE +JUMBO+ AIRCRAFT).

COMPARING FIGURES FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS THIS YEAR WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1978, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS 36 PER CENT HIGHER, RE-EXPORTS 57 PER CENT HIGHER, AND THE TOTAL EXPORTS 41 PER CENT UP. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS 38 PER CENT HIGHER.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED THAT THE TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY CONFIRMED THE VIEW TAKEN WHEN THE TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE WERE RELEASED THAT IN RECENT MONTHS, THERE HAS BEEN A RELATIVE SHIFT OF RESOURCES IN FAVOUR OF THE EXPORT SECTOR.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR JULYi-

rCRCHANDISEi

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 1 $5,174 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS 1 $1,653 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS 1 $6,828 MILLION

IMPORTS • 1 $7,542 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE 1 $ 714 MILLION (IN DEFICIT)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

MAY - JULY MAY - JULY INCREASE OR

LATEST 3 MONTHS 1979 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 14,312 10,240 ♦ 4,072 + 39.8

RE-EXPORTS 5,054 3,263 + 1,791 ♦ 54.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 19,367 13,504 + 5,863 ♦ 43.4

IMPORTS 21,381 15,242 ♦ 6,140 ♦ 40.3

TRADE BALANCE - 2,014 - 1,738 - 276

JULY JULY INCREASE OR

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1979 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5,174 3,523 + 1,651 ♦ 46.9 (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (75.8%) (78.3%)

RE-EXPORTS 1,653 979 + 675 + 69.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 6,828 4,502 + 2,326 + 51.7

IMPORTS 7,542 5,048 + 2,494 ♦ 49.4

TRADE BALANCE - 714 - 546 - 168

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JULY JUNE INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1979 1979 DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5,174 4,590 584 ♦ 12.7

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (75.8%) (72.5%)

RE-EXPORTS 1,653 1,745 92 - 5.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 6,828 6,335 493 + 7.8

IMPORTS 7,542 6,965 + 577 ♦ 8.3

TRADE BALANCE - 714 - 630 84

JAN. - JULY JAN. - JULY INCREASE OR

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1979 1978 DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 28,583 20,992 ♦ 7,590 + 36.2

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (72.5%) (75.2%)

RE-EXPORTS 10,849 6,915 ♦ 3,935 + 56.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 39,432 27,907 ♦11,525 ♦ 41.3

IMPORTS 46,058 33,306 ♦12,752 + 38.3

TRADE BALANCE - 6,626 - 5,399 - 1,227

AUGUST 1978 AUGUST 1977

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS JULY 1979 JULY 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. 1 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 48,302 36,824 +11,478 ♦ 31.2

RE-EXPORTS 17,132 11,319 ♦ 5,813 ♦ 51.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 65,434 48,143 ♦17,291 ♦ 35.9

IMPORTS 75,807 54,328 ♦21,479 + 39.5

TRADE BALANCE -10,373 - 6,185 - 4,188

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MONTHLY TRAIN STUDENT TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE * * * *

THE NEW STUDENT MONTHLY TICKETS FOR TRAVEL ON KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (KCR) WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM ALL RAILWAY BOOKING OFFICES FROM TUESDAY (AUGUST 28).

THE TICKETS, NOW ISSUED MONTHLY INSTEAD OF EVERY SIX MONTHS, WILL BE VALID FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

♦THE NEW ARRANGEMENT WAS DESIGNED TO EASE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON STUDENTS’ FAMILIES FOLLOWING AN ANNOUNCEMENT EARLIER IN THE YEAR OF A REVISION OF STUDENT FARES TO BE IMPLEMENTED OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD BEGINNING THIS ACADEMIC YEAR,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR KCR SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE NEW FARE STRUCTURE FOR THE STUDENT MONTHLY TICKET WILL BEi

* FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1979 -- $6-116, DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE -

* FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1980 — $6-124, DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE - AND

* FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1981 -- THE EQUIVALENT OF THE ORDINARY MONTHLY CHILD FARE (I.E. 50 PER CENT OF THE ADULT FARE.)

.a.rU*I^nSe?^!M^«0,NTED 0UT THAT STUDENT FARES HAVE REMAINED SI MCE 1957•

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED THREE DAYS GRACE TO RENEW THEIR TICKETS At THE END OF EACH MONTH.

oe a student MISPLACES HIS TICKET, THEN HE MUST

RE-APPLY IN THE NORMAL WAY, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

■rue .^‘EAT!9NS F0R THE NEW STUDENT TICKETS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES AND THE TICKETS FROM THE RAILWAY’S BOOKING OFFICES.

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NEW EQUIPMENT — A BIG BOOST TO GOVERNMENT LAB ******

THE FORENSIC DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY WILL RECEIVE A BIG BOOST IN ITS CAPABILITY TO PRODUCE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE AGAINST CRIMINALS FOLLOWING THE RECENT ACQUISITION OF SOPHISTICATED LABORATORY EQUIPMENT.

THE NEW ARRAY OF EQUIPMENT TOGETHER WITH THOSE ON ORDER COST $2.5 MILLION. THEY WILL ENABLE THE DIVISION TO PRODUCE DEFINITIVE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FROM EXHIBITS WHICH COULD ONLY BE CURSORILY EXAMINED IN THE PAST DUE TO THEIR MINUTE SIZE, TRACE QUANTITY AND COMPLEXITY, SAID DR. A.J. NUTTEN, THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST.

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♦SOME OF THIS MODERN APPARATUS ALSO ALLOW US TO SCRUTINISE EXHIBITS WITHOUT DESTROYING THEM. THEY ARE CERTAINLY A GREAT HELP IN THE WORK OF FORENSIC SCIENCE PARTICULARLY IN PRESERVING THE EXHIBITS FOR COURT PURPOSES,♦ HE SAID.

AMONG THE NEW ACQUISITIONS ARE A MICROSPECTROPHOTOMETER, AND ON ORDER IS A SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE WITH A COUPLED ENERGY DISPERSIVE X-RAY ANALYSER.

THE MICROSPECTROPHOTOMETER CAN BE USED FOR EXAMINING AMONG OTHER THINGS MILLIMETRE LENGTHS OF FIBRES RESULTING FROM CONTACT BETWEEN VICTIM AND SUSPECT AND FOR COMPARING THE DISTINCTIVE COLOURS OF FIBRES, WHILE THE ELECTRON MICROSCOPE, WHICH HAS A MAGNIFYING POWER UP TO 200,000 TIMES IS 200 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN AN ORDINARY OPTICAL MICROSCOPE. IT MAKES THE VISUAL EXAMINATION OF ITEMS IN TRACE QUANTITY LIKE PAINT, RUBBER, AND FIBRES EASIER.

THE DIVISION HAS ALSO ACQUIRED A NEWLY DEVELOPED ELECTROSTATIC DETECTION APPARATUS WHICH IS A VALUABLE INSTRUMENT IN DERIVING VITAL INFORMATION FROM DOCUMENTS.

APART FROM THE USE OF NEW EQUIPMENT, THE DIVISION CONTINUES TO KEEP ABREAST OF LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE BY MAINTAINING CLOSE CONTACTS WITH ITS COUNTERPARTS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

MR. RONALD EDGLEY, THE CHIEF CHEMIST IN CHARGE OF THE DIVISION SAIDi +MUCH VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS HAVE BEEN EXCHANGED THROUGH THESE CONTACTS.♦

♦IT IS ALSO HEARTENING TO NOTE THAT WE ARE UP TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND IN SOME AREAS ARE EVEN AHEAD. FOR EXAMPLE, OUR ANALYTICAL METHODS IN EXAMINING QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS ARE ON A PAR. WITH THE BEST FORENSIC LABORATORY,+ HE SAID.

WITH THE AVAILABILITY OF MODERN EQUIPMENT AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THE STAFF, THE DIVISION PROVIDES SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE NOT ONLY AGAINST THE CULPRITS BUT TO ESTABLISH THE INNOCENCE OF OTHERS.

CITING AN EXAMPLE, DR. NUTTEN SAID A TAXI-DRIVER WAS ACCUSED CF DELIBERATELY RAMMING HIS CAR INTO A POLICE MOTORCYCLE, THEREBY CAUSING THE BIKE TO HIT A GOODS VEHICLE AND INJURING THE RIDER.

THE TAXI-DRIVER DENIED ANY CONTACT WITH THE MOTORCYCLE. HOWEVER, AFTER AN EXHAUSTIVE ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES OF PAINT FRAGMENTS, PLASTIC SMEARS, GREASE MARKS AND THE MOTORCYCLIST’S CLOTHING COLLECTED BOTH AT THE SCENE AND FROM THE VEHICLES INVOLVED, THE LABORATORY CLEARLY ESTABLISHED THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE INCIDENT.

♦WHEN PRESENTED WITH THE EVIDENCE, THE TAXI-DRIVER QUICKLY CHANGED HIS PLEA TO GUILTY,♦ HE SAID.

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HK’S YOUTH SYMPHONY AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAS GIVE COMBINED CONCERT IN U.K.

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA MADE MUSICAL HISTORY WHEN THEY GAVE A COMBINED CONCERT AT THE LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL, ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 21) BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF 2,000 PEOPLE.

THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENED PERFORMANCE WITH FANFARE IN WHICH THEY WERE JOINED BY A YOUTH ORCHESTRA FROM LIVERPOOL AND THE STROPOLI TAN POLICE BAND.

IT THEN PERFORMED THE REPERTOIRE WHICH BY NOW HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY PREPARED AND REHEARSED. AND WHICH MUSIC CRITIC OF LIVERPOOL POST DESCRIBED AS ♦FASCINATING^.

YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA FOLLOWED WITH PROGRAMME OF CLASSICAL CHINESE MUSIC. +THIS IS WHERE EAST MEETS WEST* WAS HOW LIVERPOOL POST DESCRIBED THE PERFORMANCE.

THEN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ANY ENGLISH CATHEDRAL, A CHINESE ORCHESTRA ACCOMPANIED A MIME BALLET COMPANY IN A PRODUCTION OF ♦THE MONKEY KING+.

THE DANCERS, IN THEIR COLOURFUL COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP, GAVE DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION OF FAMOUS EPISODE FROM THE CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVEL AND THRILLED AUDIENCE WITH THEIR SKILL, GRACE AND COMIC GESTURES. PERFORMANCE PROMPTED MUSIC CRITIC OF LIVERPOOL POST TO ASKi ♦WHY SHOULD NOT OUR YOUTH ORCHESTRA TRY PLAYING CHINESE MUSIC?*

THE LORD MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL DESCRIBED THE OCCASION AS *A HISTORIC UNION BETWEEN THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND LIVERPOOL*.

AND YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) THE TWO YOUTH ORCHESTRAS GAVE THEIR FIRST PERFORMANCE IN LONDON IN THE JUBILEE GARDENS ON THE SOUTH BANK OF THE THAMES.

BEFORE THE OPEN-AIR PERFORMANCE TWO LIONS DANCED THEIR WAY FROM COUNTY HALL, HEADQUARTERS OF THE GREATER LONDON COUNCIL, TO THE GARDENS.

MANY SURPRISED ONLOOKERS FOLLOWED THEM AND STAYED TO HEAR THE CONCERT, WHICH OPENED WITH A FANFARE PERFORMED BY THE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

THE ORCHESTRA PERFORMED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE PROGRAMME AND THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA TOOK OVER FOR THE SECOND.

THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WAS CONDUCTED BY MR. DAVID STONE, MUSIC CONSULTANT TO THE HONGKONG GOVERNMENT, AND MR. THOMAS WANG. ITS PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDED COMPOSITIONS BY RAVEL AND STRAUSS, WAS ROUNDLY APPLAUDED BY THE LARGE AUDIENCE.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY MR. TONG LEUNG TAK, PERFORMED CLASSICAL AND MODERN CHINESE MUSIC. THE AUDIENCE RESPONDED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO BOTH THE MUSIC AND A PERFORMANCE OF TRADITION CHINESE DANCES.

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EARLIER, THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE GREATER LONDON COUNCIL, MR. JOHN WARD, GAVE A RECEPTION FOR THE ORCHESTRAS AT COUNTY HALL.

HE WELCOMED THE YOUNG HONG KONG MUSICIANS TO LONDON AND SAID LONDONERS WERE FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO WITNESS THE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS OF HONG KONG.

MR. WARD PRESENTED MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR. GORDON SIU, WITH A SOUVENIR PLAQUE, THEN DOTTED THE EYES OF THE TWO LIONS.

MR. SIU SAID THE ORCHESTRAS WERE GLAD TO BE ABLE TO SHARE SOME OF HONG KONG’S CULTURE WITH PEOPLE IN THE U.K. HE PRESENTED THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN WITH A JADE FLOWER PLANT AS A SOUVENIR OF THE VISIT.

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RELAXED CRITERIA IN RELIEF APPLICATION FOR FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR

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FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR APPLYING FOR BENEFITS FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR DEPENDANTS UNDER THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO PROVE THAT THEIR INCAPACITY TO EARN A LIVING IS DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO INJURIES OR HARDSHIP SUFFERED WHILST IN CAPTIVITY.

THIS RELAXED CRITERIA HAS COME INTO EFFECT FOLLOWING THE RECENT ENACTMENT OF THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE.

THE FUND WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1947 UNDER THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND ORDINANCE AND IS ADMINISTERED BY A COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

ITS MAIN PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAINTENANCE, EDUCATION, BENEFIT OR ADVANCEMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE FORCES AND ORGANISATIONS LISTED IN THE ORDINANCE WHO SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF THE PACIFIC WAR, AND THEIR DEPENDANTS.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE 101 BENEFICIARIES. THE CURRENT RATES OF ALLOWANCE PER MONTH ARE $870 FOR A SINGLE PERSON, $1,740 FOR A COUPLE, 1580 FOR EACH OF THE FIRST TWO DEPENDANT CHILDREN AND $445 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT CHILD.

THE LIST OF FORCES AND ORGANISATIONS, WHOSE MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS FROM THE FUND, NOW ALSO COVERS THE AUXILIARY NURSING SERVICE, THE ROYAL NAVAL YARD POLICE AND THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE.

OTHER FORCES AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE LIST AREi THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER FORCE, THE HONG KONG ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE, THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS AND THE AUXILIARY AND AFFILIATED UNITS THEREOF. THE HONG KONG CORPS OF AIR RAID WARDENS, THE HONG KONG POLICE RESERVE, THE HONG KONG CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS, AS SPECIFIED BELOW — AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE, AUXILIARY CONSERVANCY CORPS, AUXILIARY FIRE SERVICE, AUXILIARY LABOUR CORPS, AUXILIARY MEDICAL CORPS. AUXILIARY ORDNANCE CORPS, AUXILIARY QUARTERING CORPS, AUXILIARY SUPPLY CORPS, AUXILIARY TRANSPORT SERVICE, CIVIL PAY AND ACCOUNTS SERVICE, PUBLIC WORKS CORPS AND AUXILIARY RESCUE AND DEMOLITION CORPS — HIS MAJESTY’S REGULAR ARMED FORCES.

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APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM ELIGIBLE PERSONS OR FROM OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE, AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, FOURTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS (TELi 5-776958).

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P.W.D.’S MASS TRANSIT DIVISION INVOLVED WITH RE-INSTATEMENT WORK * * * *

THE MASS TRANSIT DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED WITH THE CO-ORDINATION OF RE-INSTATEMENT PROPOSALS AS THE VARIOUS STAGES OF THE MTR’S MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM NEAR COMPLETION.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THIS INVOLVEMENT INCLUDED CLOSE LIAISON WITH THE MTR CORPORATION AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED IN THE PLANNING OF THE NECESSARY TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS.

♦ADDITIONALLY,+ HE EXPLAINED, +THE DIVISION CO-ORDINATES THE PLANNING AND DESIGN WORK ON TRAFFIC CONTROL MEASURES, AND THE STRATEGIC TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLANS TO BRING CONDITIONS IN CENTRAL KOWLOON BACK TO NORMAL.+

BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE THIS YEAR THE CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION OF THE MTR WAS IN FULL SWING.

THE DIVISION WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CLOSE LIAISON WITH THE CORPORATION, THEIR CONTRACTORS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES OR DEPARTMENTS AND IN ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF PROPOSALS FOR THE DIVERSION OF TRAFFIC.

AT THE SAME TIME THE PWD’S MASS TRANSIT OFFICE CONTINUED ITS LIAISON WITH ALL INTERESTED PARTIES COVERING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF MTR WORKS.

THIS INCLUDED THE RESOLVING OF PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM AND TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

OF SPECIAL CONCERN IS THE COMPLETION IN TIME OF THE VARIOUS BUS TERMINI TO COPE WITH MTR PASSENGERS DUE TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE COMMISSIONING DATES OF SOME OF THE +TUBE+ STATIONS.

SPECIAL ATTENTION IS BEING PAID TO ON-STREET BUS STOPPING FACILITIES FOR ARGYLE STATION, AND THE BUS TERMINI FOR KWUN TONG AND ADMIRALTY STATIONS.

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EDUCATIONIST RETIRING AFTER 22 YEARS* GOVERNMENT SERVICE ******

AN EDUCATIONIST WHO HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG IS RETIRING AFTER 22 YEARS SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

MR. P.S. SUN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SERVICES) WAS PRESENTED WITH A COLOUR TELEVISION SET AS A MEMENTO FROM HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE DEPARTMENT YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

MR. COLVYN HAYE, ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WHO PRESENTED THE MEMENTO, SAIDi +MR. SUN WILL BE PARTICULARLY REMEMBERED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION. THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME WHICH IS RAPIDLY EXTENDING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES, AND FOR LAUNCHING THE STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICER SCHEME.

♦HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS COLLEAGUES IN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SCHOOLS.♦

MR. SUN FIRST JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER, 1957 AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER, AND WAS PROMOTED TO EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1961.

♦HIS SPECIAL TALENTS THEN LED TO HIS SELECTION FOR THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SERVICE WHICH HE EVENTUALLY ROSE TO HEAD BEFORE AGAIN BEING CHOSEN TO LEAD A NEWLY CREATED SERVICES DIVISION,* MR. HAYE SAID.

THE SERVICES DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION, EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION AND THE STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICER SCHEME.

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SHA TO ATTEND 'GOOD NEIGHBOURS NITE’ VARIETY SHOW * ft * ft * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. JOHN WALDEN WILL ATTEND A +GOOD NEIGHBOURS NITE+ VARIETY SHOW AT NO. 5 PLAYGROUND. LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE AT 8 P.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

BEFORE THE SHOW STARTS, MR. WALDEN WILL BE JOINED BY THE ICAC REPRESENTATIVE. MR. AUTUMN MA AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF STUDENTS AND YOUTH DEPARTMENT OF YWCA, MRS. RUBY HON TO PERFORM AN OPENING CEREMONY.

, THE SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WONG TAI SIN), THE ICAC MEI TUNG SUB-OFFICE AND THE YWCA.

IT AIMS TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG THE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT THROUGH AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE +GOOD NEIGHBOURS NITE+ VARIETY SHOW AT NO. 5 PLAYGROUND BETWEEN BLOCKS 29 AND 30, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE AT 8 P.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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A SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD NEAR LEK YUEN AND WO CHE ESTATES IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 28) FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE THERE.

THE SECTION TO BE CLOSED IS FROM THE JUNCTION OF TAI PO ROAD, SHA TIN BY-PASS AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO THE JUNCTION OF TAI PO ROAD AND SHA TIN BY-PASS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ALL TRAFFIC USING THIS SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA SHA TIN BY-PASS.

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, AUGUST 26, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

16,000 FAMILIES OFFERED HELP BY S.W.D.’S FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES ..................................... 1

UNIT TO DEVISE PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES FOR PSYCHIATRIC WING IN P.M.H.................................... 2

WORK ON PHASE I OF NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTE NEARS COMPLETION ............................................ 3

CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM MAY TAKE A NEW COURSE................ 4

BIOLOGY TEACHERS TO TOUR ECOLOGICAL HABITATS ................ 5

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16,000 FAMILIES OFFERED HELP BY S.W.D.'S FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES *****

EVERY MORNING, CASEWORK SUPERVISORS AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES SCAN THROUGH NEWSPAPERS LOOKING FOR BAD NEWS.

THEY STUDY REPORTS OF ACCIDENTS, SUICIDES OR CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, PARTICULARLY WHERE IT IS APPARENT THAT THESE INCIDENTS WILL BRING HARDSHIP TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

ONCE THESE CASES ARE IDENTIFIED, CASEWORKERS ARE SENT OUT TO CONTACT THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES OR RELATIVES TO FIND OUT THEIR NEEDS AND OFFER APPROPRIATE HELP.

THE DEPARTMENT AT PRESENT OPERATES 17 FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, PROVIDING A VARIETY OF SERVICES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED.

♦APART FROM REACHING OUT FOR CLIENTS THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA, OUR FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES ARE MOSTLY DIRECTLY APPROACHED BY CLIENTS. CLIENTS ARE ALSO REFERRED TO US,+ SAID MRS. LEE TANG PO—KING, CASEWORK SUPERVISOR OF THE TAI PO FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE.

IN 1978-79, MRS. LEE SAID, NEARLY 16,000 FAMILIES WERE OFFERED SERVICES BY THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES — AN INCREASE OF 2,000 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL OF 14,000.

SHE SAID FAMILY SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE COUNSELLING AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR SCHOOLING, TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, HOME HELP SERVICE, FREE LEGAL ADVICE, MEDICAL ATTENTION AND PLACEMENTS IN INSTITUTIONS.

THE PROBLEMS HANDLED, SHE ADDED, BROADLY FALL INTO FOUR AREAS — THOSE INVOLVING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE- DIFFICULTIES IN INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS- PROBLEMS ARISING FROM POOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH- AND HARDSHIP RESULTING FROM UNEMPLOYMENT, IMPRISONMENT, DESERTION, ILLNESS AND DEATH.

MRS. LEE SAID THAT BY MEANS OF VISITS AND INTERVIEWS, CASEWORKERS ASSESS THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE CLIENTS AND HELP THEM FIND SOLUTIONS.

♦WE TRY NOT TO IMPOSE A SOLUTION ON THE CLIENTS. INSTEAD, CASEWORKERS ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN SOLVING THEIR OWN PROBLEMS. BY WORKING TOGETHER, THEY ANALYSE THE PROBLEMS AND TRY TO DRAW UP A SOLUTION,* SHE SAID.

IN RECENT YEARS, MRS. LEE SAID STAFF OF THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES HAVE EMPLOYED NEW TECHNIQUES TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES, SHE SAID.

♦APART FROM USING THE TRADITIONAL ONE-TO-ONE CASEWORK TECHNIQUE, DISCUSSIONS AND TALKS ARE OFTEN ORGANISED FOR SMALL GROUPS OF CLIENTS WITH SIMILAR PROBLEMS,♦ SHE SAID.

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MRS. LEE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO REMEDIAL ACTION, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS PAYING INCREASING ATTENTION TO PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

THESE INCLUDE FOSTERING FAMILY COHESION THROUGH ORGANISING FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES, AND HELPING STUDENTS SORT OUT THEIR PERSONAL PROBLEMS THROUGH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK, SHE SAID.

PEOPLE IN NEED OF HELP SHOULD NOT HESITATE IN APPROACHING THE NEARBY FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE FOR ASSISTANCE, SHE ADDED.

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UNIT TO DEVISE PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES FOR PSYCHIATRIC WING IN P.M.H.

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rue McmrAI AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A COMMISSIONING UNIT TO DEVISE ORGANISATIONAL PROCEDURES AND GENERAL PRACTICES fab the NEW PSYCHIATRIC WING OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, WHICHEXPECTED TO BECOME FULLY OPERATIONAL TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

the tinn-MILLION PSYCHIATRIC WING WILL GREATLY RELIEVE CONGESTION AT THE CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL, WHICH IS HONG KONG’S MAIN MENTAL INSTITUTION.

THE COMMISSIONING UNIT IS HEADED BY A PRINCIPAL MEDICAL OFFICER, WHO IS ASSISTED BY A CHIEF NURSING OFFICER AND A SENIOR HOSPITAL SECRETARY.

IT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPARING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND THE REQUISITIONING OF ALL THE NECESSARY HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, FINALISING STAFF REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING OUT GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION OF THE HOSPITAL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE PSYCHIATRIC WING IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JUNE AND TO BEGIN ADMITTING PATIENTS IN OCTOBER NEXT YEAR.

AN INDEPENDENT HOSPITAL COMPLEX, THE PSYCHIATRIC WING CONSISTS OF SEVEN BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS WHICH ARE LINKED TOGETHER BY A TUNNEL SYSTEMi A SINGLE-STOREY ADMINISTRATIVE BLOCK- TWO MAJOR BLOCKS OF 11 AND NINE STOREYS RESPECTIVELY PROVIDING 34 WARD UNITS WITH A TOTAL BED COMPLEMENT OF 1,336- A GENERAL BLOCK OF FOUR STOREYS HOUSING AN X-RAY UNIT, A LABORATORY AND AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT- A TWO-STOREY KITCHEN BLOCK,A CONCERT HALL AND QUARTERS FOR STAFF.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DESIGN OF THR WHOLE COMPLEX IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE GENERAL HOSPITAL BUT INCORPORATING SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS.

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THERE WILL BE, FOR INSTANCE, SPACIOUS AREAS IN BETWEEN EVERY TWO WARD UNITS WITH PLAYGROUND, SPORTS FIELD, COVERED ROOF GARDENS, CONCERT HALL ETC. FOR PATIENTS TO CARRY OUT THEIR RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A SOCIAL CENTRE WITH CANTEEN AND SHOPS TO BE RUN BY PATIENTS UNDER SUPERVISION.

BECAUSE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PATIENTS HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS, THERE WILL BE SEPARATE WARDS FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS, THE ELDERLY AND NEUROTIC PATIENTS.

A STEREOTAXIC PSYCHOSURGICAL THEATRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE PSYCHIATRIC WING FOR INTRACTABLE CASES.

AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION, THE WINDOWS IN SELECTED AREAS ARE MADE OF SAFETY Ilas! AND CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION IS INSTALLED IN PART OF THE DORMITORY IN THE ADMISSION WARDS TO FACILITATE OBSERVATION.

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WORK ON PHASE I OF NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTE NEARS COMPLETION * * * *

WORK ON PHASE ONE OF THE 112.5 MILLION LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IS VIRTUALLY COMPLETE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE ONLY WORK THAT REMAINED TO BE DONE INCLUDED THE CARPARK AND SOME OF THE INTERNAL FINISHES.

HE ADDED THAT AS SOON AS THIS WORK WAS FINISHED PHASE ONE OF THE PROJECT WOULD BE HANDED OVER TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

WORK ON PHASE TWO OF THE PROJECT IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

THE INSTITUTE, SITUATED AT THE CORNER OF RENFREW ROAD AND HEREFORD ROAD OPPOSITE TO OSBORN BARRACKS, OCCUPIES AN AREA OF JUST OVER TWO HECTARES.

THE SCHOOL BUILDING COMPRISES A FOUR-STOREY ADMINISTRATIVE BLOCK AND FIVE-STOREY TEACHING BLOCK WITH 55 CLASSROOMS, SPECIAL ROOMS AND WORKSHOPS PROVIDING COURSES FOR ENGINEERING, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, FOOTWEAR TECHNOLOGY AND PRACTICAL DESIGN.

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CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM MAY TAKE A NEW COURSE M M X M M

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE POPULAR CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM, HELD ANNUALLY IN TAI PO FOR THE LAST 11 YEARS, MAY HAVE TO LOOK FOR A NEW COURSE AS RECLAMATION IN THE DISTRICT IS PROGRESSING.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION OF THE 12TH CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM.

♦THIS YEAR IS SPECIAL TO THE RACE, HOWEVER, AS FROM NOW ON I BELIEVE THE ORGANISERS MAY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT A NEW COURSE,+ MR. AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦TAI PO IS GROWING INTO A NEW TOWN, AND THE WAY RECLAMATION IS PROCEEDING ACROSS THE BAY THE RACE IS GOING TO GET MUCH SHORTER THAN THE TRADITIONAL 2,000 METRES.

♦ALREADY, THE TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACES ARE HAVING TO LOOK FOR A NEW COURSE BECAUSE OF THIS.+

THE SECRETARY NOTED THAT THE POPULARITY OF THE EVENT HAD GROWN WITH THE TAI PO DISTRICT.

IN 1968 WHEN THE FIRST SWIM WAS HELD THERE WERE 80 CONTESTANTS AND THIS YEAR THE NUMBER IS 420.

♦I AM SURE THE ORGANISERS OF THIS RACE AND OTHER SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN TAI PO WILL CONTINUE THEIR WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AND MEET THE CHALLENGE OF THE FUTURE,+ HE ADDED.

THE SWIMMING CONTEST WAS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND FINANCED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD

IT STARTED FROM THE HA HANG RECLAMATION NEAR THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND FINISHED AT THE ISLAND HOUSE, MR. AKERS-JONES’ RESIDENCE IN YUEN CHAU CHAI.

THE ELDEST CONTESTANT IN TODAY’S RACE WAS A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN AND THE YOUNGEST, A ICI-YEAR-OLD BOY.

TO IMPROVE SPORTING FACILITIES IN THE FAST GROWING TAI PO NEW TOWN, THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO BUILD A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN THE DISTRICT.

WORK ON THE COMPLEX, ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $14 MILLION, IS EXPECTED TO START IN 1981 AND TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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BIOLOGY TEACHERS TO TOUR ECOLOGICAL HABITATS

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EIGHTY BIOLOGY TEACHERS OF MATRICULATION CLASSES WILL BE TOURING ECOLOGICAL HABITATS IN SAI KUNG ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 29) WHEN THEY ATTEND AN ORIENTATION COURSE ON FIELD STUDIES.

THE ONE-DAY COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO FAMILIARISE BIOLOGY TEACHERS WITH THE ECOLOGICAL HABITATS IN WHICH FIELD COURSES WILL BE ORGANISED FOR THEIR MIDDLE VI OR LOWER AND UPPER FORM VI STUDENTS IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

MRS. LOUISE MOK, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) WILL START THE COURSE AT 10 A.M. ON AUGUST 29.

TALKS WILL BE GIVEN BY PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER AND DR. WONG MING-HUNG OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG’S BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT ON +ALTERNATIVES TO HABITATS* AND ^TECHNIQUES AND APPARATUS IN ECOLOGICAL FIELD STUDIES.*

MR. CHAN JOE-CHAK OF KAU YAN COLLEGE WILL THEN GIVE A BRIEFING ON THE ECOLOGICAL HABITATS TO BE STUDIED, AFTER WHICH TEACHERS WILL TOUR THE HABITATS.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WAN cmai flbriisT oo\PTADrD F0R SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 28) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS. R11 _ THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY THE POLICE RANK AND D/iin MARRIED QUARTERS IN ARSENAL STREET, 1 AND 4—22 HENNESSY

IT?? ^0 2-36 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, ST. FRANCIS STREET KWONG MING STREET, SUN STREET, MOON STREET STAR STREET WINC FUNG STREET WEST.’tIEN POA STREET AND ANTON STREET. '

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 2?, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HIGHER COST OF LIVING IN JULY.............................. 1

EXCITEMENT Ai© PROSPECTS IN EMIGRATION WORK............... 3

COMMERCIAL AI© INDUSTRIAL SITES IN 'THEN MUN

FOR SALE .................................................. 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SAN PO KONG......................... 6

FIRING PRACTICE

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HIGHER COST OF LIVING IN JULY ft ft * * *

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDICES (A) AND (B) FOR LASTMONTH (JULY) WERE BOTH 140, C.P.I. (A) BEING THREE POINTS HIGHER AND C.P.I. (B) IWO POINTS UP COMPARED WITH THOSE IN JUNE.

THE CENTRED 12-MONTH MOVING AVERAGE FOR JANUARY 1979 WAS 131.0 FOR C.P.I. (A) AND 131.2 FOR C.P.I. (B), BEING ONE PER CENT AND 0.9 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THOSE FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE MME MONTH A YEAR AGO, THE HKREASES WERE 8.4 PER CENT AND 8.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE C.P.I. (A) IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM THE EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN *400 - *1,499 A MONTH AND THE C.P.I. (B), BETWEEN *1,500 - *2,999 A MONTH IN THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1973/74.

THE SECTION INDICES FOR JULY 1979, COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1978, ARE AS FOLLOWS l-

C.P.I. (A) C.P.I. (B)

SECTION JULY 79 JUNE 79 JULY 78 JULY 79 JUNE 79 JULY 78

FOODSTUFFS 135 132 121 137 134 122

HOUSING 144 143 130 143 142 130

FUEL AND LIGHT 179 168 135 174 164 134

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 158 158 141 153 153 137

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 110 110 103 109 108 102

DURABLE GOODS 127 126 114 124 123 111

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 145 143 134 143 141 130

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 152 151 120 158 156 124

SERVICES 147 147 138 150 149 139

ALL ITEMS 140 137 125 140 138 125

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THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS ADVANCED BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND (B). RISES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH-WATER FISH AND SALT-WATER FISH. THE COST OF MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME ALSO WENT UP AS SOME RESTAURANTS AND EATING-PLACES RAISED THEIR PRICES. MOVEMENTS IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

AS MORE HOUSEHOLDS WERE AFFECTED BY THE INCREASE IN WATER CHARGES. THE INDEX FOR HOUSING ADVANCED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND (B).

ON ACCOUNT OF HIGHER PRICES FOR KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS, AND HIGHER CHARGES FOR PIPED GAS AND ELECTRICITY, THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT INCREASED BY 11 POINTS IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY 10 POINTS IN C.P.I. (B).

HIGHER PRICES FOR CLOTHING MATERIALS AND MEN’S FOOTWEAR PUSHED THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR UP BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (B).

THE RISE OF ONE POINT IN THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR WOODEN FURNITURE, WATCHES AND TRAVEL GOODS.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS WENT UP BY TWO POINTS EACH IN C.P.I. (A) AND (B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR MEDICINES, TOILET REQUISITES, SOAP, DETERGENTS AND GENUINE JEWELLERY.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES ROSE BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES FOR PETROL AND OIL AND HIGHER CHARGES FOR CAR INSURANCE.

THE RISE OF ONE POINT IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES IN C.P.I. (B) WAS MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

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EXCITEMENT AND PROSPECTS IN IMMIGRATION WORK ft * ft * ft

AN INTERESTING CAREER AWAY FROM DESK WORK AND GOOD PROMOTION PROSPECTS LURED LEUNG MING-YIN TO JOIN THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT 14 YEARS AGO, AND HE HAS, SINCE THEN, NEVER REGRETTED IT.

FOR THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS AS AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER, MR. LEUNG HAS HAD HIS EXPERIENCE ENRICHED AND OUTLOOK WIDENED — MUCH TO HIS SATISFACTION AND TO THE ADMIRATION OF OTHER YOUNG MEN.

HE STARTED OFF AS A SUB-INSPECTOR IN 1965 — LATER RE-TITLED ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICER. THROUGH HARD WORK AND EXPANSION OF THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE. HE MOVED UP THE PROMOTION LADDER AND IS NOW THE ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE AIRPORT SECTION.

DURING HIS CAREER, HE HAS WORKED IN THE DEPARTMENT'S DOCUMENTS, CONTROL AND INVESTIGATION DIVISIONS, ENABLING HIM TO GRASP THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF IMMIGRATION WORK.

HE WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING UP THE OPERATIONAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE INVESTIGATION DIVISION IN 1975 FOR THE COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF INFORMATION CONCERNING LOOPHOLES IN IMMIGRATION LAWS AND CIRCUMVENTION OF IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES.

IN 1976, MR. LEUNG WAS ONE OF THE IMMIGRATION OFFICERS SENT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR A THREE-AND-HALF MONTH IMMIGRATION AND MANAGEMENT COURSE, INCLUDI NG ATTACHMENTS TO THE UK IMMIGRATION SERVICE, THE HOME OFFICE AND THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

MR. LEUNG ALSO HAS HAD HIS EXPERIENCE BROADENED BY ATTENDING THE DEPARTMENT’S IN-SERVICE COURSES ON PROSECUTION WORK, TELE-COMMUNICATION, DETECTIVE TRAINING AS WELL AS A LANGUAGE COURSE IN FRENCH.

♦IMMIGRATION SERVICE PERHAPS OFFERS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND YET INTERESTING JOBS IN THE WORLD,♦ SAID MR. LEUNG, NOW SUPERVISING MORE THAN 300 STAFF AT HONG KONG’S BIGGEST IMMIGRATION CONTROL POINT.

♦GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN IMMIGRATION WORK WAS CONSIDERED AS A JOB MERELY FOR STAMPING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS.

♦WITH THE GROWTH OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, IMMIGRATION WORK HAS BECOME MORE DEMANDING.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, MY STAFF AT THE AIRPORT HAVE TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE IN CLEARING A LARGE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PASSING THROUGH THE IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINT EACH DAY.

♦THEY HAVE TO BE ON CONSTANT ALERT SO AS NOT TO ALLOW THE UNDESIRABLES TO SNEAK INTO HONG KONG- YET THEY HAVE TO BE POLITE AND FAST IN CLEARING THE PASSENGERS,+ MR. LEUNG SAID.

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COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITES IN TUEN MUN FOR SALE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS PUTTING UP FOR SALE FIVE LOTS OF CROWN LAND COVERING MORE THAN 12,690 SQUARE METRES FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE LOTS ARE RESTRICTED TO REGISTERED CWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ALL TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 21.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, W. VICTOR LEUNG, SAID THE LAND IS BEING SOLD BY TENDER IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF REDUCING ITS COMMITMENT TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT DOCUMENTS.

♦TUEN MUN HAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS AN INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIP AND THE SALE OF THE ADDITIONAL LAND WILL CERTAINLY MAKE A FURTHER BOOST TO THE INDUSTRIAL AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE NEW TOWN,+ HE SAID.

ALL THE LOTS ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE TOWN’S INDUSTRIAL AREA BOUNDED BY SHEK PAI TAU ROAD, MING KUM ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD.

OF THE BATCH, ONE IS SET ASIDE FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE REMAINDER FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN USES.

THE LARGEST AMONG THE FOUR INDUSTRIAL SITES MEASURES 6,329 SQUARE METRES AND CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $10.17 MILLION OVER 46 MONTHS.

IN ADDITION TO A 9.5 PLOT RATIO, ALL THE INDUSTRIAL LOTS CARRY IN THEIR SALE CONDITIONS A SPECIAL CLAUSE WHICH GOVERNS THE CONTROL OF ANY FORM OF POLLUTION AND THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE COMMERCIAL SITE OF 990 SQUARE METRES CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $2.13 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS AND A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 ALLOWING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MULTI-STOREY COMMERCIAL COMPLEX SUITABLE FOR USE BY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND BANKS ON THE LOWER FLOORS AND OFFICES ON THE UPPER FLOORS

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF THE LOTS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE APPLICATION BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 21.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SAN PO KONG *****

THE SERVICE LANE BETWEEN HARRIMAN AND SONCA BUILDINGS IN TAI YAU STREET, SAN PO KONG, WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY SOUTHEAST-BOUND FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 29).

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREA.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 31) FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF FIRING PRACTICE.

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

U.S. VICE-PRESIDENT TO VISIT HONG KONG.......................... 1

HONG KONG CONTINUES TO PRESS DOR RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEES....... 2

SCHOOL CHILDREN OVER 1? MAY WORK PART-TIME...................... 4

NO GROUNDS FOR COMPLACENCY ABOUT FUEL SAVINGS................... 5

ADDITIONAL TRAIN SERVICES....................................... 5

BOOKLET ON METRIC SYSTEM........................................ 7

60 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST MONTH........................... 7

SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDERS...................................... 8

SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE TO MOVE TO LEK YUEN............... 9

SUPPLIES OFFICER RETIRING AFTER 40 YEARS GOVERNMENT SERVICE......................................................... 9

S.N.T. TO SIGN LEASE CONDITIONS FOR SHA TIN HOUSING COMPLEX...........................................................

PRESS CONFERENCE ON C.Y.C. ACTIVITIES...........................10

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1979

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U.S. VICE-PRESIDENT TO VISIT HONG KONG * * * * *

THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE HON. WALTER F. MONDALE, IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) FOR A TWO-DAY VISIT FOLLOWING HIS VISIT TO CHINA.

MR. MONDALE. WHO IS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER. WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL AT KOWLOON RAILWAY STATION BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND LADY MACLEHOSE.

ALSO MEETING THE PRESIDENTIAL PARTY WILL BE THE U.S. CONSUL GENERAL, MR. THOMAS P. SHOESMITH, AND MR. WANG KUANG, FIRST DIRECTOR, XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

DURING HIS STAY HERE, MR. MONDALE WILL UPDATE HIMSELF ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE SITUATION IN HONG KONG AND VISIT SHAM SHU I PO CAMP ACCOMPANIED BY SIR MURRAY.

MR. MONDALE WILL HOLD A BRIEF CONFERENCE WITH U.S. AMBASSADORS FROM THE ASEAN COUNTRIES (THE PHILIPPINES, INDONESIA, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE).

HE WILL ALSO MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND PRIVATE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INVOLVED IN REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND ASSISTANCE.

THE VICE-PRESIDENT AND MRS. MONDALE WILL ATTEND A RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE AMERICAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION, LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND THE AMERICAN CLUB.

MR. MONDALE WILL ALSO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE EVE OF HIS DEPARTURE.

MR. MONDALE AND HIS PARTY ARE SCHEDULED TO LEAVE FOR TOKYO ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) MORNING.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

ALL MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WILL BE ACCREDITED SPECIALLY FOR THE VISIT OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT.

COPIES OF THE PRESS ARRANGEMENTS, TOGETHER WITH APPLICATION FORMS FOR ACCREDITATION FOR THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONS, ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.I.S. PRESS BOXES TODAY.

EDITORS ARE ADVISED TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORMS AND RETURN IT TO THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, BY 5 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 AT THE LATEST.

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HONG KONG CONTINUES TO PRESS FOR RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEES * ft ft ft ft

THERE WILL BE NO COMPLACENCY AND NO LET UP IN HONG KONG'S EFFORTS IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND VIETNAMESE REFUGEES. THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR. MORRIS MORGAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

IN A SPEECH AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, MR. MORGAN SAID WE MUST CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT IN OUR EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE ENTRY OF BOTH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AND KEEP ON PRESSING FOR FAST RESETTLEMENT.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR 67 OOO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA EVADED ARREST AND SETTLED IN HONG KONG. AT THE SAME TIME ABOUT 67 000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ENTERED HONG KONG, MR. MORGAN POINTED OUT.

MR. MORGAN STRESSED THAT HONG KONG MUST CONTINUE TO DRAW INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION TO ITS REFUGEE PROBLEM IN ORDER TO KEEP PRESSURE ON VIETNAM TO ARREST THE OUTFLOW OF ITS CITIZENS, AND IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT AN ADEQUATE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME FOR THOSE KRE WAS ESTABLISHED AND MAINTAINED TO RELIEVE HONG KONG OF ITS PRESENT BURDEN.

♦THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM OF OUR MAKING AND WE ONLY ASK FOR A FAIR SHARE OF INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE TOWARDS SOLVING IT- ESPECIALLY WE ASK THAT OUR HANDLING OF THE SITUATION, WHICH BY ANY STANDARD MUST BE ACCEPTED AS HUMANE AND PROPER, BE ACKNOWLEDGED AS SUCH,+ MR. MORGAN POINTED OUT.

REFERRING TO THE GENEVA CONFERENCE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES HELD IN JULY THIS YEAR, MR. MORGAN SAID IT HAD RAISED EXPECTATIONS AMONG THE REFUGEES HERE THAT THEY WOULD ALL FIND NEW HOMES OVERSEAS WITHIN IWO YEARS, IF NOT IN ONE.

♦HONG KONG TOO HAS BEGUN TO HOPE THAT IT WILL BE FULLY RELIEVED OF ITS BURDEN IN SOME SUCH PERIOD. BUT THE OUTCOME IS STILL FAR FROM CERTAIN.

♦THE TREND IS FOR ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES TO BE MORE OR LESS IN BALANCE OVER THE FIVE WEEKS SINCE THE CONFERENCE AT AN AVERAGE OF ROUGHLY 100 PER DAY AND PRODUCING NO NET REDUCTION IN THE TOTAL OF 67 000 REFUGEES IN HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR. MORGAN ADDED, THE MOMENTUM OF RESETTLEMENT WAS BEGINNING TO PICK UP AND AS LONG AS VIETNAM CONTINUED WITH ITS PRESENT POLICY OF RESTRICTING OUTFLOW PERHAPS WE COULD BE REASONABLY OPTIMISTIC.

MR. MORGAN NOTED THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE REFUGEES ON HONG KONG HAD NOT BEEN ENTIRELY NEGATIVE AND DISRUPTIVE. ♦INDEED, NO MAJOR PROGRAMME OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPEDED,♦ HE SAID.

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MR. MORGAN SAID HONG KONG'S RECORD IN ACCEPTING AND RESETTLING IMMIGRANTS WAS SECOND TO NONE AND AT THE SAME TIME THERE COULD BE NO DOUBT OF THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY IMMIGRANTS TOWARDS THE GROWTH OF OUR ECONOMY.

HOWEVER, HE SAID. THE LATEST INFLUX OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA, STIMULATED BY THE RECENT RELAXATION OF RESTRICTIONS OF TRAVEL IN CHINA AND THE APPARENT BELIEF AMONG SOME OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE THERE THAT THE STREETS OF HONG KONG ARE PAVED WITH GOLD, +HAS COME AT A TIME WHEN MUCH WAS BEING ACHIEVED IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR HONG KONG CITIZENS, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELDS OF HOUSING, EDUCATION, SOCIAL WELFARE AND RECREATION.*

♦AND GOVERNMENT’S AMBITIOUS PROGRAMMES IN THESE FIELDS MUST INEVITABLY BE AFFECTED BY THE RAPID GROWTH IN POPULATION WHICH HAS RESULTED.♦

TO ILLUSTRATE THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION THIS YEAR, MR. MORGAN SAID THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARRESTED BY THE SECURITY FORCES HAD INCREASED FROM 1 815 IN 1977 TO 8 205 IN 1978, AND 46 559 IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS 6F THIS YEAR.

♦FROM THESE IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT 6 500 EVADED ARREST AND SETTLED IN HONG KONG IN 1977, 27 400 IN 1978 AND 67 000 IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR,+ HE SAID.

MR. MORGAN ADDED THAT THE DIMENSIONS OF THE PRESENT PROBLEM BECAME IMMEDIATELY APPARENT WHEN THESE FIGURES WERE VIEWED ALONGSIDE THE INCREASED FLOW OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA, WHICH PRODUCED 67 500 IMMIGRANTS IN 1977 AND 45 700 IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

♦FORTUNATELY THE NUMBER OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARRIVING HERE EVERY DAY IS FALLING AND WE HOPE THAT EFFECTIVE ACTION WILL BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DAILY ARRIVALS STILL FURTHER,♦ HE SAID.

MR. MORGAN ALSO NOTED MARKED INCREASE IN ILLEGAL

THAT A RECENT DEVELOPMENT HAD BEEN THE IMMIGRANTS VIA MACAU.

IN JULY THIS YEAR, 623 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM MACAU WERE ARRESTED, OF WHOM 616 HAD RECENTLY ARRIVED IN MACAU FROM CHINA. THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES SO FAR THIS MONTH (UP TO AUGUST 19) WERE 485 AND 478 RESPECTIVELY.

♦THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT THIS TRAFFIC IS BEING ORGANISED BY CRIMINAL SYNDICATES AND, AS A RESULT OF RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE, THESE ORGANISERS ARE NOW LIABLE TO PENALTIES OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $5 MILLION,+ MR. MORGAN SAID.

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CHILDREN WITHIN THE COMPULSORY EDUCATION AGE GROUP WHO ARE OVER 13 YEARS OLD MAY WORK PART-TIME OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS IN APPROVED NON-INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS WITH THE CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, MR. P.S. SUN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SERVICES) SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF LION ROCK, MR. SUN NOTED THAT REGULATIONS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN PASSED, PROHIBITING THE EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRIAL AND NON-INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS OF CHILDREN BELOW 14 FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1979, AND THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN BELOW 15 WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1980.

THE REGULATIONS WERE INTRODUCED TO ASSIST IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION, MR. SUN SAID.

HOWEVER, CHILDREN WITHIN THE STATED AGE GROUPS MAY BE ALLOWED TO WORK PART-TIME IN NON-INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

♦CHILDREN WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 13 AND WHO ARE ATTENDING A SCHOOL OFFERING A FULL SECONDARY OR PRIMARY COURSE, BUT HAVE NOT COMPLETED FORM 111 OF SECONDARY EDUCATION MAY BE EMPLOYED PART-TIME IN NON-INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

♦THEY MUST ALSO HAVE THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, AND POSSESS VALID SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES,* MR. SUN SAID.

CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LAID DOWN REGARDING WORKING HOURS AND CONDITIONS TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH AND STUDIES OF CHILDREN WHO ARE WORKING, HE ADDED.

A CHILD SHOULD NOT BE AT WORK BEFORE 7 A.M. OR AFTER 7 P.M. ON ANY DAY, AND DURING SCHOOL HOURS ON ANY SCHOOL DAY.

DURING THE SCHOOL TERM, A CHILD SHOULD NOT WORK FOR MORE THAN IWO HOURS ON ANY SCHOOL DAY OR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS ON ANY OTHER DAY- AND DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS HE SHOULD NOT WORK FOR MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS ON ANY DAY.

♦CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE AT WORK CONTINUOUSLY FOR MORE THAN FIVE HOURS, AFTER WHICH THEY MUST HAVE AN INTERVAL OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HOUR FOR A MEAL OR REST.

♦ALSO, THEY MUST NOT LIFT OR CARRY ANY LOAD EXCEEDING 18 KILOGRAMMES,♦ MR. SUN SAID.

COMPULSORY EDUCATION WAS INTRODUCED IN 1971, AND WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER ALL CHILDREN AGED 14 AND BELOW WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, AND AGAIN TO COVER CHILDREN AGED 15 AND BELOW WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1980.

♦THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION HAS SINCE 1971 ISSUED ONLY TWO ATTENDANCE ORDERS, AND IN BOTH CASES THE PARENTS HAVE CO-OPERATED AND SENT THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL,* MR. SUN SAID.

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THERE WERE NO GROUNDS FOR COMPLACENCY ABOUT FUEL SAVING ACCORDING TO FIGURES FOR JULY PROVIDED BY THE TWO POWER COMPANIES.

THE FIGURES SHOWED AN AVERAGE SAVING IN FUEL OIL CONSUMPTION OF 4.4 PER CENT OVER THE MONTH.

THE FOUR-WEEK FIGURE IS IN LINE WITH THE 4.3 PER CENT SAVINGS THE POWER COMPANIES REPORTED FOR THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF THE FUEL SAVING CAMPAIGN WHICH BEGAN ON MAY 13.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE CONSISTENCY OF THE STATISTICS PROVIDED NO GROUNDS FOR COMPLACENCY.

♦BECAUSE OF THE UNUSUALLY WARM AND HUMID SUMMER THE PUBLIC MAY BE TEMPTED TO KEEP AIR CONDITIONING THERMOSTATS BELOW 26 DEGREES CELSIUS,* HE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUING UNCERTAINTY ABOUT OIL SUPPLIES LATER THIS YEAR IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT THE LEVEL OF SAVINGS BE MAINTAINED DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS.

AT THIS TIME OF YEAR AIR CONDITIONING IS A MAJOR CONSUMER OF ENERGY BUT THERMOSTATS SHOULD BE TURNED TO 26 DEGREES CELSIUS OR ABOVE AND AIR CONDITIONING SHOULD BE USED ONLY WHEN STRICTLY NECESSARY,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT AIR CONDITIONING UNITS SHOULD BE SERVICED TO ENSURE THAT THEY WERE NOT WASTING ENERGY.

WHERE AIR CONDITIONING IS IN USE IN PUBLIC, BUSINESS OR PRIVATE PREMISES DOORS AND WINDOWS SHOULD BE KEPT CLOSED TO MAXIMISE THE EFFECT,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT TO COMPENSATE FOR ANY REDUCTION IN THE USE OR EFFECTIVENESS OF AIR CONDITIONING LIGHT CLOTHING COULD BE WORN.

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THREE ADDITIONAL TRAIN SERVICES BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN AND AN EXTRA DOWN TRAIN FROM LO WU WILL BE INTRODUCED EARLY NEXT MONTH.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (KCR) SAID THAT THE SERVICES, WHICH WOULD BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 3. WAS A FURTHER EFFORT TO ALLEVIATE OVERCROWDING DURING PEAK TRAVEL PERIODS.

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IN THE MORNING, THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL TRAIN LEAVING SHA TIN AT 7.20 A.M. (EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS).

IN THE AFTERNOON THERE WILL BE TWO TRAINS — ONE LEAVING KOWLOON STATION FOR SHA TIN AT 4.20 P.M. AND ONE DEPARTING SHA TIN FOR KOWLOON AT 5.02 P.M.

AS FOR LO WU, THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL TRAIN LEAVING THE NORTHERN TERMINAL AT 4.52 P.M.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DUE TO THE ADDITIONAL SERVICES, THE TIMETABLES WOULD BE SLIGHTLY ADJUSTED.

THE REVISED TIMETABLES AREi

X TRAINS LEAVING KOWLOON STATION ON WEEKDAYS WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED TOi

5.30 A.M., 6.21 A.M., 6.56 A.M., 7.39 A.M., 8.10 A.M.,

9 A.M., 10 A.M., 10.55 A.M., 12.10 P.M., 1 P.M.,

1.05 P.M., 2 P.M. (EXPRESS THROUGH TRAIN TO GUANGZHOU), 2.05 P.M., 3 P.M., 4.05 P.M., 4.20 P.M., 5.03 P.M., 5.30 P.M., 6 P.M., 6.30 P.M., 7 P.M., 7.56 P.M., 9.08 P.M., 10.30 P.M. AND 11 P.M. (SATURDAYS ONLY).

M TRAINS LEAVING LO WU ON WEEKDAYS WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED TOi

5.46 A.M., 6.10 A.M., 6.39 A.M., 7.03 A.M., 7.45 A.M., 8.24 A.M., 9.02 A.M., 9.50 A.M., 10.31 A.M., 10.51 A.M., 11.31 A.M. (EXPRESS THROUGH TRAIN FROM GUANGZHOU), 11.53 A.M., 12.54 P.M., 1.58 P.M., 2.54 P.M., 3.48 P.M., 4.31 P.M., 4.52 P.M., 5.27 P.M., 6.22 P.M., 7.15 P.M., 7.45 P.M., 8.12 P.M. AND 9.07 P.M.

X TRAINS LEAVING KOWLOON STATION ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WILL BE ATi

5.30 A.M., 6.21 A.M., 6.56 A.M., 7.39 A.M., 8.18 A.M., 9.02 A.M., 10.03 A.M., 10.25 A.M. (SUNDAYS ONLY), 11 A.M.. 11.32 A.M., 12.12 P.M., 1 P.M., 1.05 P.M., 2 P.M. (EXPRESS THROUGH TRAIN TO GUANGZHOU), 2.05 P.M., 3 P.M., 4.05 P.M., 4.20 P.M., 5.03 P.M., 5.30 P.M., 6.30 P.M., 7 P.M., 7.56 P.M., 9.08 P.M. AND 11 P.M.

* TRAINS LEAVING LO WU ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WILL BE ATi

6.10 A.M., 6.39 A.M., 7.03 A.M., 7.45 A.M., 8.24 A.M.,

9.02 A.M., 9.50 A.M., 10.31 A.M., 10.51 A.M.,

11.31 A.M. (EXPRESS THROUGH TRAIN FROM GUANGZHOU),

11.53 A.M., 12.54 P.M., 1.58 P.M., 2.54 P.M., 3.48 P.M.,

4.31 P.M., 4.52 P.M., 5.27 P.M., 6.22 P.M., 7.15 P.M., 8.12 P.M. AND 9.07 P.M.

THE REVISED TIMETABLES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PASSENGERS.

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THE METRICATION COMMITTEE HAS PUBLISHED A SPECIAL BOOKLET TO ASSIST THE MASS MEDIA IN ADOPTING THE SI UNITS IN THEIR DAILY REPORTING WITH THE AM OF FAMILIARISING THE PUBLIC WITH THE METRIC SYSTEM.

TITLED +A MEDIA GUIDE TO METRIC REPORTING*, THE BOOKLET EXPLAINS THE USE OF SI UNITS IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF REPORTING AND FEATURE WRITING AS WELL AS THE LOGIC ON HOW THE CHINESE TRANSLATION WAS ADOPTED.

THE VARIOUS RULES ON SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION, TOGETHER WITH THE WRITING OF NUMBERS, UNITS AND SYMBOLS ARE ALSO ILLUSTRATED.

FOR EASY REFERENCE, 18 CONVERSION CHARTS AND A WIDE RANGE OF CONVERSION FACTORS ARE ALSO INCLUDED AT THE END OF THE BOOKLET.

INTRODUCING THE NEW PUBLICATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE METRICATION COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS AWARE OF THE DIFFICULTY IN PERSUADING PEOPLE TO GIVE UP A SYSTEM THAT THEY WERE ACCUSTOMED TO FOR ANOTHER RELATIVELY NEW SYSTEM.

+AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMMITTEE RECOGNISES THE INFLUENCE OF THE MASS MEDIA ON THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, AND HOPES TO SOLICIT THEIR CO-OPERATION IN DEMONSTRATING WHAT THE SI UNITS ARE AND HOW EASY THEY CAN BE APPLIED IN DAILY USAGE,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE BOOKLET ALSO CONTAINS THE NEW ADDRESS OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE’S SECRETARIAT WHICH WILL MOVE TO ITS NEW PREMISES LATER THIS YEAR.

60 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST MONTH ft ft ft ft ft

A TOTAL OF 60 NEW BUILDING PLANS WAS APPROVED LAST MONTH (JULY) BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, COMPARED WITH 69 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THOSE APPROVED, 14 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND 17 FOR KOWLOON AND 29 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A HOTEL IN NATHAN ROAD, A SCHOOL IN HIP WO STREET, KOWLOON, A FIRE SERVICES BUILDING IN TAI SHANG WAI, YUEN LONG, AND A RESTAURANT IN CASTLE PEAK.

,^U,™E T2JAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS 1165.93 MILLION, COMPARED WITH 1216.53 MILLION LAST YEAR.

™E USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED LAST MONTH TOTALLED 185 024.6 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 41 144.4 SQUARE METRES CF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 143 880.2 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

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THE BUILD IMGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 37 NEW PROJECTS, INCLUDING A SCHOOL AT TIN KWONG ROAD, MA TAU WAI, AN AIRCRAFT CATERING BUILDING AT KAI TAK AIRPORT, A PETROL FILLING STATION AT KWUN TONG ROAD AND A SCHOOL AT CHUK KOK, SAI KUNG.

A TOTAL OF 43 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WAS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH, INCLUDING A YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL AT WATERLOO ROAD, A CHAPEL AT CORNWALL STREET AND A CLUBHOUSE AT Yl LONG WAN, LANTAU.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ASSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 91 BUILDINGS.

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

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 1 850 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE OF TENANT’S GOODS VEHICLES, MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE TENANCY WAS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

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

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO OFFICES.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER IS NOON ON SEPTEMBE 14, 1979.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1979

SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE TO MOVE TO LEK YUEN * * * *

THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE FROM ITS PRESENT PREMISES AT TING KOK BUILDING IN TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO. TO A NEW OFFICE BELOW THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN, ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 31).

TO FACILITATE THE OFFICE REMOVAL, THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON AUGUST 31 AND RESUME OPERATION THE FOLLOWING DAY (SEPTEMBER 1)

FROM SEPTEMBER 1, ALL TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW OFFICE ON 12-621051.

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A GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES OFFICER WILL SOON RETIRE AFTER SERVING AO YEARS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

HE IS MR. CHENG TO, AGED 60, WHO JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN 1940. MR. CHENG WILL GO ON LEAVE NEXT MONTH PRIOR TO RETIREMENT IN MARCH 1980.

THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. FRED YOUNG, WHO IS ALSO RETIRING NEXT MONTH, WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO MR. CHENG ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 31).

ON THE SAME OCCASION, MR. YOUNG WILL ALSO PRESENT TROPHIES TO WINNERS OF VARIOUS SPORTS COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S SPORTS AND RECREATION CLUB.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE RETIREMENT GIFT AND TROPHIES PRESENTATION WHICH WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. FRED YOUNG, IN THE CANTEEN OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, TOP FLOOR, OIL STREET, NORTH POINT, AT 4 P.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 31).

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

S N T. TO SIGN LEASE CONDITIONS FOR SHA TIN HOUSING COMPLEX

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THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL SIGN THE LEASE CONDITIONS WITH YEE PANG REALTY LIMITED TO DEVELOP A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX OVER THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT AT SHA TIN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

SIGNING ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY WILL BE MR. LI KA-SHING, CHAIRMAN OF CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LIMITED, AND MR. LIANG SIEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KIU KWONG INVESTMENT CORPORATION LIMITED.

THE SIGNING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 11 A.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, FOURTH FLOOR, HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON.

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

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON C.Y.C. ACTIVITIES

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A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (C.Y.C.) FOR THE 1979-80 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 30) AT 3.30 P.M. IN THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR. DONALD KERR- MRS. LOUISE MOK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) AND MR. HUNG YEE OF LIONS INTERNATIONAL, DISTRICT 303.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE. TELEVISION CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

LUXURY FLATS TO BE BUILT ON SHA TIN KCR PODIUM............... 1

PUBLIC ENGJJIRY COUNTERS POPULAR ............................ 2

INDUCTION COURSE FOR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHERS ..................................................... 3

STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM FIELD STUDIES CENTRES............... 4

TEMPORARY WATER STOPPAGE IN NORTH POINT AND ABERDEEN ...............................................   5

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1979

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LUXURY FLATS TO BE BUILT ON SHA TIN KCR PODIUM ******

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN 570 LUXURY FLATS OF BETWEEN 170 SQUARE METRES (1 830 SQUARE FEET) AND 224 SQUARE METRES (2 415 SQUARE FEET) ABOVE THE PROPOSED KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT AT SHA TIN.

THE PLANS HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP BY YEE PANG REALTY LTD. — A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LTD. AND KIU KWONG INVESTMENT LTD. — WHICH RECENTLY WON AN OPEN TENDER FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ON THE 2.7-HECTARE, GOVERNMENT-BUILT PODIUM SITE WITH A BID OF $383 MILLION.

AT A CEREMONY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, FORMALLY SIGNED THE LEASE CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE PRESTIGE PROJECT.

SIGNING ON BEHALF OF YEE PANG WERE MR. LI KA-SHING, CHAIRMAN OF CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LTD., AND MR. LIANG SIEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KIU KWONG INVESTMENT LTD.

THE WINNING TENDER WAS ANNOUNCED ON JULY 9 AND THE COMPANY HAS NOW SUBMITTED PROPOSALS TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR IMPLEMENTING A LUXURY HOUSING SCHEME FOR THE NEW TOWN.

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE PLANS INCLUDED 528 FLATS WITH AN AVERAGE GROSS AREA OF 224 SQUARE METRES IN EIGHT 33-STOREY TOWER BLOCKS WHICH WOULD COMMAND SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE RACECOURSE TO THE NORTH AND THE NEW TOWN TO THE SOUTH.

THE DEVELOPMENT WOULD ALSO HAVE A 12-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BLOCK WITH 48 DUPLEX UNITS OF 170 SQUARE METRES EACH ABOVE A COMMERCIAL-COMMUNITY COMPLEX.

♦THE COMPANY HAS SUBMITTED BOLD AND IMAGINATIVE PROPOSALS FOR TOP-CLASS HOUSING THAT BLEND IN PERFECTLY WITH THE CONCEPT CF DEVELOPING A BALANCED NEW TOWN AT SHA TIN,* MR. AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦THE PROPOSALS ARE A TIMELY ADDITION TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE STOCK OF HIGH-CLASS PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL FLATS THAT ARE SO MUCH IN DEMAND IN HONG KONG GENERALLY.♦

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE PROJECT WOULD BE SELF-CONTAINED WITH LANDSCAPING AND A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SUCH AS A SWIMMING POOL.

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♦IT WILL BE CONNECTED BY ROAD TO THE MAIN COMMUNICATION ARTERIES OF SHA TIN AND THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT TIMETABLE HAS BEEN DRAWN UP TO RUN PARALLEL WITH THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME WHICH WILL TRANSFORM THE K.C.R. INTO A RAPID SURFACE TRANSIT SYSTEM LINKING KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE ADDED.

THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF WILL UNDERTAKE TO BUILD THE $175 MILLION PODIUM, INCLUDING THE BUILDING OF 825 METRES OF ACCESS ROADS, WHICH WILL BE FINANCED IN INSTALMENTS BY THE DEVELOPER.

IT IS EXPECTED TO HAND OVER THE FIRST HALF OF THE PODIUM SITE TO YEE PANG IN ABOUT 30 MONTHS’ TIME AND THE REST OF IT ABOUT SIX MONTHS LATER.

THE WHOLE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY 1984.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE MAKING INCREASING USE OF THE 27 PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS.

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 1 580 153 ENQUIRIES WAS HANDLED, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH WAS CONNECTED WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF FORMS AND BOOKLETS.

THE DEMAND FOR GOVERNMENT’S POSTAL APPLICATION FORMS WERE THE HIGHEST WITH 152 533 REQUESTS. THE OTHERS IN GREAT DEMAND WERE THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES’ ENROLMENT FORMS (142 052), WALK FOR A MILLION SPONSOR FORMS (55 916) AND PUBLIC HOUSING APPLICATION FORMS (35 170).

OTHER ENQUIRIES AND CASES HANDLED WERE RELATED TO MATTERS ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION (26 019), LOCATION AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES (21 694), APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC HOUSING (21 662), GOVERNMENT JOBS AND VACANCIES (16 937) AND MARRIAGE REGISTRY MATTERS (16 800).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT SAID THE STAFF OF THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS WERE WELL VERSED IN GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES AND THEY WERE SUPPLIED WITH UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION MATERIAL BY THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION SECTION, SO THAT THEY COULD PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION AND DETAILED EXPLANATION TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

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A ONE-DAY INDUCTION COURSE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT CARITAS HOUSE FOR NEWLY APPOINTED TEACHERS OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

MR. T.L. LAM, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS AND SERVICES), WILL DELIVER AN OPENING ADDRESS, TO BE FOLLOWED BY TALKS GIVEN BY VARIOUS OFFICIALS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND PRINCIPALS OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

ONE OF THE SPEAKERS, MR. DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), WILL TALK ON THE NATURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

OTHER TOPICS WILL INCLUDE ADMINISTRATION OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND PROSPECTS OF TEACHERS, THE ROLE OF A TEACHER, THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES, AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TECHNICAL AND GENERAL SUBJECTS.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HELD AFTER THE TALKS.

NOTE TO EDITORSt

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE INDUCTION COURSE. IT WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. TOMORROW (AUGUST 30) IN THE AUDITORIUM AT THE CARITAS HOUSE, NINTH FLOOR NO. 2 CAINE ROAD, HONG KONG.

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STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM FIELD STUDIES CENTRE *****

TEACHERS SHOULD MAKE FULL USE OF THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE IN SAI KUNG TO CARRY OUT ECOLOGICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL FIELD WORK FOR THE BENEFIT OF HONG KONG STUDENTS, MRS. LOUISE MOK, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN ORIENTATION COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS OF MATRICULATION CLASSES HELD AT THE CENTRE. EIGHTY TEACHERS ATTENDED THE COURSE.

♦IT IS THROUGH ACTUAL OBSERVATION AND FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE IN FIELD STUDIES TOGETHER WITH THE SHARING OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION THAT STUDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF PRACTICAL REALITIES INCREASES,+ MRS. MOK SAID.

THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, IS SITUATED IN AN AREA WHERE MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF ECOLOGICAL HABITATS ARE WITHIN EASY ACCESS.

MRS. MOK SAIDi ♦THIS CENTRE IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR ENVIRONMENT THROUGH EDUCATION AND INFORMATION SERVICE.

♦IT IS DESIGNED AND EQUIPPED FOR FIELD WORK IN SUBJECTS LIKE ECOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY.♦

RESIDENTIAL ECOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY COURSES WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CENTRE TO MIDDLE VI OR LOWER AND UPPER FORM VI STUDENTS DURING TERM-TIME.

DURING VACATION, ORIENTATION OR REFRESHER COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR TEACHERS, WHILE TALKS ON CONSERVATION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE WILL BE GIVEN TO HOLIDAY CAMPERS AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN TODAY’S ORIENTATION COURSE ATTENDED A SERIES OF LECTURES ON ECOLOGICAL FIELD STUDIES, AFTER WHICH THEY TOURED VARIOUS TYPES OF ECOLOGICAL HABITATS IN THE AREA.

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TEMPORARY WATER STOPPAGE IN NORTH POINT AND ABERDEEN

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN YUE KWONG ESTATE AND SHEK PAI WAN VILLAGE IN ABERDEEN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR NINE HOURS FROM 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 31) TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN CONNECTION WORK AT ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, ALL PREMISES IN WAH FU AND TIN WAN ESTATES, ABERDEEN, WONG CHUK HANG AND NAM FUNG ROAD WILL EXPERIENCE A REDUCTION IN WATER PRESSURE DURING THE PERIOD OF THE MAIN CONNECTION WORK.

ON THE SAME DAY, IN NORTH POINT, FRESH WATER SUPPLY WILL BE CUT FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY (SATURDAY) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY THE NORTH SIDE OF KING’S ROAD, THE EAST SIDE OF SHU KUK STREET, JAVA ROAD AND THE WEST SIDE OF TIN CHIU STREET, INCLUDING MARBLE ROAD, KAM HONG STREET, NORTH POINT HOUSING ESTATE AND NORTH POINT FERRY PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR PIERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK'S RE-EXPORT TRADE FOR JANUARY-JUNE 1979 ............ 1

STANDING SAT,ARTES COMMISSION REPORT AGREED ........... 3

ACTIVE BIDDING FOR TUEN MUN FACTORY SITE............... 4

NEW TEACHERS TOLD TO PROMOTE PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION .. 5

CROWN LAND LOTS FOR SALE............................... 6

K.C.R. TO LOWER TRACK FOR OVERHEAD POWER LINE ......... 6

LOAN SCHEME FOR NEEDY STUDENTS ........................ 7

SPECIAL TRAIN TO PLEASURE GARDEN ...................... 7

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 1979

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HK’S RE-EXPORT TRADE FOR JANUARY-JUNE 1979 K * M X *

THE RE-EXPORT TRADE OF HONG KONG SHOWED EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, ACCORDING TO A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO FIVE MAJOR MARKETSi

JAN.-JUNE 79 (HK$ MN.) JAN.-JUNE 78 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 1 379 996 ♦ 383 + 38

U.S.A. 914 549 + 365 + 66

TAIWAN 864 545 + 319 + 59

SINGAPORE 809 640 + 169 ♦ 26

INDONESIA 760 619 + 141 + 23

JAPAN REMAINED THE LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS WITH SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS (1121 MILLION, +90 PER CENT). WOVEN COTTON FABRICS ($114 MILLION, +90 PER CENT), TEXTILE YARN ($76 MILLION, +210 PER CENT), AND THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($50 MILLION, +177 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S. WERE IN PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($241 MILLION, +34 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($97 MILLION, +36 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, Cot.D CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($78 MILLION, +67 PER CENT) AND EXPLOSIVES AND PYROTECHNIC PRODUCTS ($61 MILLION, +66 PER CENT).

REMARKABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN OF THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($123 MILLION, +100 PER CENT), SILVER PLATINUM AND OTHER METALS OF THE PLATINUM GROUP ($32 MILLION, +2 229 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND PARTS ($30 MILLION, +320 PER CENT), AND WOVEN FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES ($27 MILLION, +129 PER CENT).

RISES IN RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE CONSISTED MAINLY OF TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES, AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($101 MILLION, +84 PER CENT), PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($94 MILLION, +75 PER CENT), CRUDE VEGETABLE MATERIALS ($40 MILLION, +35 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($30 MILLION, +101 PER CENT) AND VEGETABLES ($24 MILLION, +37 PER CENT).

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INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO INDONESIA COMPRISED MAINLY

PAPER AND PAPERBOARD ($33 MILLION, 44 PER CENT), TEXTILE

YARN ($27 MILLION, +46 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS

MANUFACTURED ARTICLES ($27 MILLION, 46 PER CENT), MANUFACTURES OF BASE METAL ($24 MILLION, +64 PER CENT), REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS ($20 MILLION, +117 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC AND CINEMATOGRAPHIC SUPPLIES ($20 MILLION, +60 PER CENT).

RE- EXPORTS BROKEN DOWN BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ARE AS

FOLLOWSi JAN.-JUNE 79 JAN.-JUNE 78 INCREASE PERCENTAGE

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

CHINA 2 578 1 471 +1 107 +75

JAPAN 1 513 1 027 + 486 +47

U.S.A. 1 089 744 ♦ 345 +46

TAIWAN 374 164 + 210 +128

BELGIUM 322 209 + 113 +54

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN INCLUDED TEXTILE MADE-UP ARTICLES ($343 MILLION, +63 PER CENT), CRUDE VEGETABLE MATERIALS ($202 MILLION, +31 PER CENT), WOVEN COTTON FABRICS ($185 MILLION. +92 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE YARN ($132 MILLION, ♦115 PER CENT).

RISES IN RE-EXPORTS OF JAPAN ORIGIN WERE REGISTERED MAINLY IN WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($361 MILLION, +27 PER CENT), TEXTILE AND LEATHER MACHINERY ($92 MILLION, +62 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND PARTS ($71 MILLION, +79 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($66 MILLION, +113 PER CENT) AND PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT ($49 MILLION, +39 PER CENT).

A SIZEABLE PORTION OF RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATED FROM THE U.S. CONSTITUTED PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($241 MILLION, +67 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES ($135 MILLION, +62 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PARTS AND ACCESSORIES OF OFFICE AND DATA PROCESSING MACHINES ($77 MILLION, +45 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS FROM TAIWAN WERE MAINLY COMPOSED OF TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES, AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($142 MILLION, +183 PER CENT), ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES ($33 MILLION, +160 PER CENT), PARTS AND ACCESSORIES OF OFFICE AND DATA PROCESSING MACHINES ($23 MILLION, +489 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND PARTS($23 MILLION, +142 PER CENT) WHILE THOSE FROM BELGIUM WERE ALMOST ENTIRELY MADE UP OF PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($304 MILLION, +57 PER CENT).

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BY COUNTRY OF DESTINATION, RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN WERE MAINLY CONSIGNED TO JAPAN ($438 MILLION, +108 PER CENT) U.S.A. ($312 MILLION, +94 PER CENT), INDONESIA ($302 MILLION +48 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE ($212 MILLION, +50 PER CENT).

MORE THAN HALF OF THE RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING FROM JAPAN WERE SHIPPED TO INDONESIA ($325 MILLION, +12 PER CENT), SINGAPORE ($201 MILLION, +2 PER CENT), TAIWAN ($172 MILLION, +117 PER CENT) AND CHINA ($143 MILLION, +924 PER CENT).

THE TWO MAIN IMPORTING COUNTRIES FOR GOODS OF U.S. ORIGIN WERE JAPAN ($160 MILLION, +44 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN ($137 MILLION, +31 PER CENT).

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STANDING SALARIES COMMISSION REPORT AGREED K # # # #

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN THE FIRST REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICt SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

THE REPORT WHICH COVERS THE +PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES GOVERNING CIVIL SERVICE PAY,+ WAS SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR AT THE END OF JULY.

EXPLAINED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN THERE ARE TWO MAIN GROUPS OF

THE MAJORITY ARE ESSENTIALLY GENERAL PRINCIPLES OR GUIDELINES FOR THE STANDING COMMISSION’S REVIEW OF THE SALARY AND STRUCTURE OF INDIVIDUAL GRADES.

♦THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ACCEPTED AND THE COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO REPORT ON INDIVIDUAL GRADES IN OCTOBER, 1979,+ HE SAID.

THE SECOND GROUP OF RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MORE SPECIFIC AND ARE NOT LINKED TO THE REVIEW OF INDIVIDUAL GRADES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDs +THESE ARE ALSO AGREED IN PRINCIPLE SUBJECT TO MORE DETAILED EXAMINATION AND TO THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS.*

IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED PRACTICE POTENTIALLY ADVERSE CHANGES. SUCH AS THE REMOVAL OF CONFIRMATION INCREMENTS, WILL NOT NORMALLY AFFECT OFFICERS ALREADY SERVING IN THE RANKS INVOLVED, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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ACTIVE BIDDING FOR TUEN MUN FACTORY SITE ******

A 2 500 SQUARE METRE INDUSTRIAL SITE IN TUEN MUN FETCHED $20 MILLION --- OR $8 000 A SQUARE METRE ---- IN A PUBLIC AUCTION

TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE SITE WAS JOINTLY BOUGHT BY KATONG REALTY LTD. AND WOODNIC REALTY LTD.

A NUMBER OF LEADING PROPERTY COMPANIES MADE BIDS AT THE AUCTION WHICH WAS HELD AT ST. SIMON LUI MING CHOI GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN.

THE OPENING BID FOR THE SITE WAS $10 MILLION BUT FOLLOWING SPIRITED BIDDING IT SOON REACHED $16 MILLION AT WHICH STAGE THE NUMBER OF COMPETITORS NARROWED TO TWO.

THE WINNING OFFER FROM THE JOINT BUYER CAME AFTER A TOTAL OF 52 BIDS IN LESS THAN TWENTY MINUTES.

THE SALE PRICE WAS ABOUT $470 PER SQUARE METRE HIGHER THAN THE PRICE FETCHED IN A PUBLIC AUCTION FOR A SITE IN THE SAME AREA IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, W. VICTOR LEUNG, WHO CONDUCTED THE AUCTION, DESCRIBED THE PRICE AS MOST SATISFACTORY.

+THE SALE OF THE SITE WAS A WELCOME BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY AND WOULD CERTAINLY ADD INTEREST TO FIVE OTHER ADJACENT SITES WHICH ARE BEING PUT UP FOR SALE BY TENDER TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS, APPLICATIONS FOR WHICH WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 21,+ MR. LEUNG SAID.

THE SITE, EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN USES CARRIES SPECIAL LEASE CONDITIONS DESIGNED TO HELP INDUSTRIES REQUIRING INCREASED FLOOR LOADING CAPACITY AND HIGHER CEILING CLEARANCES.

THE CONDITION OF SALE ALSO INCLUDES POLLUTION CONTROL CLAUSES AND THE PROVISION OF AT LEAST 3 800 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE FLOOR AREA AS SMALL FACTORY UNITS SUITABLE FOR SEPARATE USE, EACH OF WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED 75 SQUARE METRES.

AT THE SAME AUCTION TODAY, A 1 524 SQUARE METRE RESIDENTIAL SITE IN SHAM TSENG, TSUEN WAN WAS SOLD FOR $5.1 MILLION TO CHUN ON DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD.

IT REALISED AN EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT S3 346 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE SALE PRICE WAS MORE THAN TWELVE TIMES THE OPENING BID OF $400 000.

MR. ALLAN HAY, SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE NOTED THAT HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULT.

+IT CLEARLY REFLECTS THAT HEAVY DEMAND EXISTS IN THE MARKET AT PRESENT FOR SITES WHICH CAN PROVIDE LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT,+ HE SAID.

THE LOT, DESIGNED FOR TWO-STOREY PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COMMANDS A BEAUTIFUL SEA VIEW AND IS ONLY A FEW MINUTES’ WALK FROM THE GEMINI BEACH IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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NEW TEACHERS TOLD TO PROMOTE PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION ******

MR. T.L. LAM, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS AND SERVICES) TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED A GROUP OF NEWLY APPOINTED TEACHERS OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO PROMOTE PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

♦TEACHERS IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS,* HE TOLD THE GATHERING ATTENDING AN INDUCTION COURSE AT CARITAS HOUSE, CAINE ROAD, +SHOULD FIRST GET TO KNOW THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION, ITS VALUE AND CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY, AND STRIVE TO PROMOTE THIS TYPE OF EDUCATION.*

♦THEY SHOULD ASSIST STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS TO GAIN A CORRECT INSIGHT INTO PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION, AND BOOST LOCAL ECONOMY BY HELPING TO CREATE TECHNICALLY SKILLED WORKERS TO MAINTAIN THE GROWTH OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY,+ HE SAID.

ALL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS ARE FULLY SUBSIDISED SECONDARY SCHOOLS, HE SAID, AND THEY FORM AN INTEGRAL LINK IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

ANOTHER SPEAKER AT THE INDUCTION COURSE, MR. DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID THAT TECHNICAL EDUCATION PREPARED YOUNG PEOPLE TO LIVE SATISFYING AND REWARDING PERSONAL AND FAMILY LIVES THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT CF CHARACTER AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS LIFE IN BOTH WORK AND LEISURE.

HE SAID THAT WHEN THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR STARTED NEXT MONTH THERE WOULD BE 13 PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG WITH A TOTAL ENROLMENT OF OVER 9 □□□, ADDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO BUILD ADDITIONAL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN 1982.

♦SUCH A DECISION REAFFIRMS THE VIEW THAT THESE SCHOOLS ARE FULFILLING AN IMPORTANT NEED IN OUR SOCIETY AND ARE WITHOUT DOUBT HERE TO STAY,* MR. WATERS SAID.

REFERRING TO A PROPOSAL IN THE WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION TO PROVIDE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SENIOR SECONDARY STREAMS IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, HE SAID: +IN THE FUTURE WE SHALL FIND THAT, AS CRAFT EDUCATION AND TRAINING BECOMES MORE SOPHISTICATED,ELEVEN YEARS OF GENERAL EDUCATION WILL BE A USEFUL BASE, IN SOME CASES, ON WHICH TO SUPERIMPOSE CRAFT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, ESPECIALLY AS OUR TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AND BECOMES MORE SOPHISTICATED.*

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CRAFT COURSES IS NORMALLY COMPLETION OF FORM III, BUT IN THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR ABOUT ONE OUT OF FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE CRAFT STUDENTS HAD HAD A GENERAL EDUCATION BEYOND FORM III LEVEL.

NOTING THAT A GOOD SUPPLY OF CRAFTSMEN WAS ESSENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, MR. WATERS SAID WHETHER INDUSTRY WOULD BE ABLE TO ATTRACT FORM V LEAVERS TO BECOME CRAFTSMEN WOULD ♦DEPEND VERY MUCH ON THE WAGES AND FRINGE BENEFITS THAT INDUSTRY WILL BE PREPARED OR FORCED TO OFFER IF THERE IS A SHORTAGE CF CRAFTSMEN.+

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CROWN LAND LOTS FOR SALE * * * *

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

TWO LOTS, MEASURING 4 700 SQUARE METRES AND 3 200 SQUARE METRES, ARE LOCATED OFF SUN YIP STREET, CHAI WAN.

THE SITES, INTENDED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES, WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 25 AT 2.30 P.M.

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

THE OTHER TWO LOTS WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER.

ONE OF THE LOTS, MEASURING 4 614 SQUARE METRES AT TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD, HONG KONG, IS FOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL.

ANOTHER LOT, MEASURING 720 SQUARE METRES AT FUNG YIP STREET, CHAI WAN, IS FOR A PETROL FILLING STATION.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1979.

TENDER FORM AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLAN INSPECTED AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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K.C.R. TO LOWER TRACK FOR OVERHEAD POWER LINE ******

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (K.C.R.) WILL BE CARRYING OUT MAJOR TRACK WORK AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE HO MAN TIN GOODS YARD STARTING SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 2).

THE WORK, WHICH INVOLVES LOWERING THE WESTERN TRACK BY ONE METRE, WILL TAKE THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR K.C.R. SAID TODAY (THURSDAY): +THE TRACKLOWERING IS TO INCREASE THE HEIGHT OF THE 300-METRE-L0NG TUNNEL BENEATH PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD SO THAT THERE IS ENOUGH CLEARANCE FOR THE OVERHEAD POWER LINE.+

HE SAID THAT SPECIAL APPROVAL HAD BEEN OBTAINED TO CARRY OUT SOME WORK AT NIGHT SO THAT THERE WOULD BE AS LITTLE INTERFERENCE AS POSSIBLE WITH NORMAL PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

+OBVIOUSLY, WE SHALL KEEP THIS DOWN TO THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM NECESSARY,+ HE ADDED.

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HE ALSO STRESSED THAT THE PLANT AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED ON SITE WOULD EE SOUND INSULATED AND MUFFLED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

+THIS IS TO KEEP DOWN THE NOISE DISTURBANCE FOR THOSE LIVING NEAR THAT SECTION OF THE RAILWAY,* HE SAID.

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LOAN SCHEME FOR NEEDY STUDENTS ******

NEEDY STUDENTS ON FULL-TIME FOUR-YEAR DIPLOMA COURSES OF THE THREE APPROVED POST SECONDARY COLLEGES - HONG KONG BAPTIST, LINGNAN AND HONG KONG SHUE YAN - MAY NOW APPLY FOR INTEREST-FREE LOANS OF UP TO $4 400 PER ANNUM.

THE LOAN SCHEME WAS ONE OF THE PROPOSALS OUTLINED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

IT WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR AND WILL BE AVAILABLE EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER.

THE SCHEME WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT.

LOANS MAY BE REPAID IN NOT MORE THAN 16 EQUAL QUARTERLY INSTALMENTS AFTER STUDENTS HAVE LEFT THE COLLEGE.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER DETAILS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE THREE COLLEGES.

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SPECIAL TRAIN TO PLEASURE GARDEN KOK*

THE SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL CONTINUE THIS SUNDAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT

10.29 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.34 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL THEN DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.36 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.50 A.M.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 4.10 P.M. IN ADDITION, ONE ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN DEPARTING FROM TAI PO MARKET STATION WILL EE RE-ROUTED VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS WISHING TO LEAVE THE PLEASURE GARDEN EARLIER.

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 THE RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL EE S4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2 EACH.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BAN ON EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 COMBS INTO FORCE TOMORROW .......................................... 1

NEW REGULATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF PERSONS IN EFFECT....... 2

TWO NEW UNOFFICIALS APPOINTED TO LEGCO ....................... 4

REQUIREMENT FOR ANNUAL EXAMINATION OF GOODS VEHICLES EFFECTIVE TOMORROW .................................. 5

MR. JUSTICE WMULLIN APPOINTED JUSTICE OF APPEAL .............. 5

DUDDELL STREET STEPS AND GAS LAMPS DECLARED MONUMENTS....... 6

NEW FRESH, SALT WATER RESERVOIRS FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN...... 7

LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR K.T.R.................................. 7

HK YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PAYS TRIBUTE TO LORD MOUNTBATTIN ............................................. 8

THREE SECTIONS OF M.H.D. MOVING TO NEW PREMISES .............. 9

SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE MOVES TO LEK YUEN .............. 9

D.S.W. TO OPEN CHILDREN'S FUN FAIR .......................... 1°

FIRING PRACTICE

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BAN ON EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 COMES INTO FORCE TOMORROW *****

CHILDREN UNDER 14 WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WORK IN ALL FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS 1979 COME INTO FORCE.

A SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS), MRS. EVELYN PUN, TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT CONTRAVENTION OF THE REGULATIONS CARRIED A MAXIMUM FINE OF |1O OOO.

SHE URGED THOSE WHO HAVE QUERIES ABOUT THE REGULATIONS TO CONSULT THE DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT IN THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES.

MRS. PUN SAID THAT THE PROHIBITION, ALREADY IN FORCE IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR FOR A LONG TIME, WAS BEING EXTENDED TO THE NON-INDUSTRI AL UNDERTAKINGS TO ASSIST IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF COMPULSORY JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION.

♦THE POSITION WITH REGARD TO CHILD LABOUR IN HONG KONG HAS IMPROVED TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE PAST DECADE, AND THE EXTENSION OF THE PROHIBITION IS ANOTHER MAJOR EFFORT TOWARDS ERADICATING WHAT LITTLE REMAI NS,+ SHE ADDED.

MRS. PUN SAID THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE 1979, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WAS EMPOWERED TO EXEMPT, IN WRITING, ANY PERSON OR CLASS OF PERSONS FROM THE REGULATIONS FOR SUCH PERIOD AND SUBJECT TO SUCH CONDITIONS AS HE MAY IMPOSE.

CHILDREN WHO WERE 13 YEARS OF AGE MAY, WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS, AND UPON THE PRODUCTION OF A SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE. ENGAGE IN PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN NON-INDUSTRI AL ESTABLISHMENTS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS AIMED AT PROTECTING THEIR HEALTH AND MORALS.

THESE RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF A CHILD, IF NECESSARY, THE SETTING OUT SPECIFICALLY ON A PRESCRIBED FORM BY THE EMPLOYER A CHILD’S PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT, HOURS OF WORK, MEAL OR REST BREAK WHICH MUST BE NO LESS THAN AN HOUR, AND OTHER MATTERS.

THEY SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYEDi

* IN ANY OF THE OCCUPATIONS LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE REGULATIONS-

* BEFORE 7 A.M. OR AFTER 7 P.M.-

* DURING SCHOOL HOURS ON A SCHOOL DAY"

* FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS ON A SCHOOL DAY-

* FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS ON ANY OTHER DAY DURING THE SCHOOL TERM-

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* DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS FOR MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS ON ANY DAY- AND

ft FOR MORE THAN SIX DAYS IN ANY WEEK.

ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE, CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK INl

* ANY PREMISES OR PLACES WHERE INTOXICATING LIQUOR

IS SOLD OR CONSUMED-

* ANY DANCE HALL, BILLIARD SALOON, MAHJONG, TIN KAU OR GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENT, OR ANY PREMISES OR PLACES AT WHICH ANY TOTALIZATOR OR PARI-MUTUEL BETTING, CASH SWEEP OR LOTTERY IS ORGANISED OR CONDUCTED-

* ANY PLACE OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT EXCEPT FOR CHARITY OR FOR NON-PROFIT-MAKING PURPOSES-

ft IN THE KITCHEN OF ANY HOTEL, BOARDING HOUSE, COOKED FOOD SHOP, CAFE, RESTAURANT OR ANY SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENT-

* IN ANY ABATTOIR OR SLAUGHTER HOUSE- AND

ft IN ANY HAIR-DRESSING SALOON OR MASSAGE PARLOUR. .1

IN ADDITION, THEY ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWEDI

ft TO HANDLE REFUSE IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE-

* TO HANDLE OR DELIVER ANY DANGEROUS GOODS TO WHICH SECTION 3 OF THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE APPLIES-

* TO HANDLE ANY MACHINE WHICH, BY REASON OF ITS CUTTING, GRINDING, ROLLING, PRESSING, CRUSHING OR SIMILAR ACTION, IS DANGEROUS- AND

M TO ENGAGE IN OUTSIDE WINDOW-CLEANING AT MORE THAN

x THREE METRES ABOVE GROUND LEVEL.

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NEW REGULATIONS AIMED AT MAKING THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS SYSTEM MORE EFFECTIVE AND RELIABLE COME INTO EFFECT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW REGULATIONS, WHICH WERE MADE FOLLOWING THE RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE, HAVE NOW BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1979 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, REQUIRES A PERSON TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME WHICH APPEARS ON DOCUMENTS WHICH ESTABLISH HIS IDENTITY, NATIONALITY AND RESIDENTIAL STATUS.

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A REGISTRANT WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH MORE PARTICULARS THESE INCLUDE HIS CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS, THE DATE OR YEAR OF HIS BIRTH, THE NUMBER OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR ADOPTION CERTIFICATE IF APPLICABLE, THE TERRITORIES IN WHICH HE HAS LIVED CONTINUOUSLY FOR SIX MONTHS OR MORE BEFORE HE CAME TO HONG KONG, AND ANY TRAVEL DOCUMENT HELD BY HIM.

UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE, ALL PERSONS INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY LIVING HERE AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ENTER HONG KONG ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER UNLESS THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED IN LAW.

AT PRESENT, A GENUINE VISITOR IS EXEMPTED FROM THE NEED TO REGISTER IF HE STAYS IN HONG KONG FOR LESS THAN 90 DAYS. UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, THE PERIOD OF EXEMPTION WILL BE EXTENDED TO 180 DAYS. +THIS IS BECAUSE MORE GENUINE VISITORS REMAIN IN HONG KONG FOR LONGER THAN 90 DAYS,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE PRESENT LAW, PROSECUTION FOR AN OFFENCE UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS REGULATIONS MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN TWO YEARS FROM THE COMMISSION OF THE OFFENCE.

♦HOWEVER,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +IT OFTEN HAPPENS THAT OFFENCES ARE NOT DETECTED UNTIL SOME YEARS AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED.*

THEREFORE, UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, THE TIME LIMIT FOR PROSECUTIONS IS TO BE EXTENDED TO THREE YEARS FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENCES:

M FAILURE BY AN ADULT REGISTRANT OR NEW ARRIVAL TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION-

* FAILURE BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO REGISTER A CHILD AT THE AGE PRESCRIBED FOR JUVENILE REGISTRATION"

* FAILURE OF A PERSON TO RE-REGISTER ON ATTAINING THE AGE OF 18- AND

* FAILURE TO REPORT CHANGES OF REGISTERED PARTICULARS.

TO DETER THOSE WHO SEEK TO EVADE THE LAW, MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES UNDER THE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED FROM A FINE OF $1 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ JAIL TO A FINE OF $3 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT OR A FI NE OF $5 000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT DEPENDING ON THE GRAVITY OF THE OFFENCE.

THE NEW REGULATIONS ALSO SEEK TO STRENGTHEN AND CLARIFY THE ROLE OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS SYSTEM IN IMMIGRATION CONTROL BY REMOVING AN AMBIGUITY IN THE REGULATION GOVERNING THE ISSUE OF IDENTITY CARDS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THE NEW REGULATIONS NOW PROVIDE THAT AN IDENTITY CARD WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT UNTIL HIS STAY IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN AUTHORISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION.

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TWO NEW UNOFFICIALS APPOINTED TO LEGCO

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED CHANGES IN THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

NEWLY APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TO THE COUNCIL ARE MR. HU FA-KUANG AND MR. WONG PO-YAN.

FOUR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED. THEY ARE THE HON. LI FOOK-WO, THE HON. ALEX WU SHU-CHIH, DR. THE HON. RAYSON LISUNG HUANG AND THE HON. CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO.

TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR. JAMES WU AND MR. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN HAVE RETIRED FROM THE COUNCIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT MR. WU AND MR. CHEONG-LEEN WOULD BE A LOSS TO THE COUNCIL.

MR. WU WAS FIRST APPOINTED TO THE COUNCIL IN 1972 AND HAS RETIRED DUE TO PRESSURE OF BUSINESS.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN WAS FIRST APPOINTED TO THE COUNCIL IN 1973 AND HAS SERVED CONTINUOUSLY EVER SINCE.

THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE TWO NEW MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILs-

MR. HU FA-KUANG WAS BORN IN CHINA IN 1924 AND OBTAINED HIS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE FROM CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY.

AN ENGINEER AND DIRECTOR OF THE RYODEN ELECTRIC COMPANY, W. HU HAS DEVOTED MUCH TIME TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND VOLUNTARY WORK.

MR. HU HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL SINCE 1973 AND HAS SERVED ON A NUMBER OF COMMITTEES ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELDS CF CULTURE AND RECREATION.

HE IS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S CULTURAL AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE AND ALSO OF THE RECREATION ACTIVITIES SUB-COMMITTEE AS WELL AS BEING VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SELECT COMMITTEE.

HIS COMMUNITY SERVICE INCLUDES WORK WITH THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS AND A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTS AND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS.

MR. HU IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN.

MR. WONG PO-YAN WAS BORN IN CHINA IN 1923 AND RECEIVED HIS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF AMOY.

MR. WONG IS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF UNITED OVERSEAS ENTERPRISES LTD., INTEROCEAN FISHERY SUPPLY LTD., UNITED SYNTHETIC NETTING AND WEAVING FACTORY LTD., AND KAR YUEN GODOWN CO., LTD. HE IS ALSO DIRECTOR OF NOMURA INTERNATIONAL (HONG KONG) LTD.

W. WONG IS A MEMBER OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD, THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION, A VICE-PRESIDENT AND A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION. HE HAS A WIDE RECORD OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.

HE IS MARRIED WITH SIX CHILDREN.

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REQUIREMENT FOR ANNUAL EXAMINATION OF GOODS VEHICLES EFFECTIVE TOMORROW ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED REGISTERED OWNERS OF GOODS VEHICLES TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE NEW REQUIREMENT FOR GOODS VEHICLES EXAMINATION WOULD COME INTO EFFECT TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

UNDER THE REQUIREMENT, ALL GOODS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED IN OR BEFORE 1970 AND WHOSE LICENCES ARE DUE TO EXPIRE ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR ARE TO BE EXAMINED ANNUALLY AT THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE IN HOI BUN ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK.

♦THE AIM OF SUCH EXAMINATIONS IS TO ENSURE THAT THESE VEHICLES ARE IN A SOUND MECHANICAL CONDITION, THUS REDUCING THE RISK OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND BREAKDOWNS THAT CAUSE CONGESTION TO OTHER TRAFFIC,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦REGISTERED OWNERS OF GOODS VEHICLES IN THE SPECIFIED CATEGORY WHO WISH TO HAVE THEIR VEHICLES RELICENSED AT ANY TIME DURING THE PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF EXPIRY OF THEIR LICENCES CAN APPLY FOR EXAMINATION AT THE KOWLOON BAY CENTRE FROM TOMORROW,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT FAILURE TO SECURE AN EARLY EXAMINATION BEFORE THE VEHICLE LICENCE EXPIRES ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR WOULD RESULT IN THE VEHICLE BEING PUT OFF THE ROAD ON EXPIRY OF THE LICENCE DATE.

THE $6 MILLION, EIGHT-LANE, SEMI-AUTOMATED KOWLOON BAY CENTRE WILL HAVE TWO LANES IN OPERATION FROM TOMORROW.

WHEN FULLY UTILISED BY EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE CENTRE WILL BE ABLE TO EXAMINE ABOUT 80 000 VEHICLES EACH YEAR.

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MR. JUSTICE MCMULLIN APPOINTED JUSTICE OF APPEAL *****

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF THE HON. MR. JUSTICE MCMULLIN TO BE A JUSTICE OF APPEAL, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR. JUSTICE MCMULLIN WILL F ILL™E VACANCY FOR A THIRD JUSTICE OF APPEAL. THERE HAS BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF WORK IN THE COURT OF APPEAL WHICH HAS NECESSITATED THE APPOINTMENT OF A FURTHER JUSTICE OF APPEAL.

THIS APPOINTMENT IS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE DECISION WHICH HAS BEEN MADE THAT THERE WILL BE TWO DIVISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEAL SITTING FROM OCTOBER 1979 ONWARDS.

/MR. JUSTICE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 1979

MR. JUSTICE MCMULLIN WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 11, 1922 IN IRELAND.

HE WAS EDUCATED AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN AND WAS CALLED TO THE IRISH BAR IN 1945.

HE SERVED AS A CROWN COUNSEL AND LATER AS A SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL IN UGANDA FROM 1950 TO 1961, WHEN HE CAME TO HONG KONG AS A MAGISTRATE.

MR. JUSTICE MCMULLIN WAS APPOINTED A DISTRICT JUDGE IN 1962 AND A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT (FORMERLY KNOWN AS PUISNE JUDGE) IN 1969. HE HAS ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS SAT AS A JUSTICE OF APPEAL.

HE IS MARRIED WITH FOUR DAUGHTERS.

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DUDDELL STREET STEPS AND GAS LAMPS DECLARED MONUMENTS *****

THE FLIGHT OF STONE STEPS AT THE SOUTHERN END OF DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL, AND THE FOUR GAS LAMPS STANDING ON THE BALUSTRADES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE STEPS HAVE BEEN DECLARED MONUMENTS BECAUSE OF THEIR HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE WAS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY WHEN THE STONE STEPS WERE BUILT BUT SERIAL MAPS OF OLD HONG KONG INDICATED THAT IT WAS SOMETIME BETWEEN 1875 AND 1889.

HE ADDED THAT THE FOUR GAS LAMPS WERE PROBABLY INSTALLED EARLY IN THIS CENTURY AND HAVE SINCE 1967 BEEN THE ONLY GAS LAMPS IN HONG KONG.

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NEW FRESH, SALT WATER RESERVOIRS FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN

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TO KEEP PACE WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD ANOTHER FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR AND A SALT WATER RESERVOIR TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPLY TO THE AREA.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TWO RESERVOIRS, VALUED AT $22.8 MILLION, WAS AWARDED TO THE HARBOUR ENGINEERING CO. LTD.

IN A CEREMONY HELD AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IN LEIGHTON CENTRE TODAY (FRIDAY), MR. LI KUI-WAI.THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION) SIGNED THE CONTRACT WITH MR. HUGH COOPER, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE HARBOUR ENGINEERING CO. LTD.

THE TWO RESERVOIRS WILL BE LOCATED NORTH OF THE YEUNG SIU HANG AREA IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE FRESH WATER RESERVOIR WILL HAVE A CAPACITY OF 61 □□□ CUBIC METRES. IT WILL SUPPLY FRESH WATER TO AREAS WEST OF THE EXISTING RIVER CHANNEL, MORE THAN HALF OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

IT WILL CONSIST OF TWO COMPARTMENTS, THE FIRST OF WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 18 MONTHS’ TIME.

THE SALT WATER RESERVOIR WILL HAVE A CAPACITY OF 12 000 CUBIC METRES.

WORK ON THE MONTH AND SHOULD

TWO RESERVOIRS WILL BEGIN SOME TIME NEXT TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR M.T.R. *****

THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESUME EIGHT PLOTS OF PRIVATE LAND IN KOWLOON IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MOST OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS UNDERGROUND AND OCCUPIERS OF THE SITES WERE UNLIKELY TO BE SUBSTANTIALLY AFFECTED.

THE RESUMED LOTS INCLUDE NKILS 4805, 851, 844, 4479, 843, 2714, 2639, 2633 AND 2742-2745 AND KT IL 84 (PORTION).

ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION MAY BE SUBMITTED BY THE OWNERS OF THE AFFECTED LOTS IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF RESUMPTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 276).

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HK YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PAYS TRIBUTE TO LORD MOUNTBATTEN

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, NOW ON A TOUR OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, DEDICATED A PIECE OF MUSICAL WORK TO THE LATE LORD MOUNTBATTEN DURING ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE IN LONDON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 29) NIGHT.

AFTER HAVING CONDUCTED THE FIRST FOUR MOVEMENTS OF SIR WILLIAM WALTON’S HENRY V SUITE AT THE CONCERT, MR. DAVID STONE, HONG KONG’S MUSIC CONSULTANT, TURNED TO THE AUDIENCE AND SAIDi +HONG KONG WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THE LAST MOVEMENT, THE AGINCOURT SONG, TO THE MEMORY OF THAT GREAT FIGHTER, EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA.*

THE CONCERT AT ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE WAS ATTENDED BY A DISTINGUISHED AUDIENCE, MANY OF WHOM, INCLUDING FORMER HONG KONG GOVERNOR SIR ROBERT BLACK AND LADY BLACK, HAD BEEN SPECIALLY INVITED BY THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR. DENIS BRAY.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STARTED THE CONCERT WITH WORKS BY WALTON, DELIUS, PACHELBEL AND MILHAUD.

THEN THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, ALSO TOURING THE UK, TOOK OVER WITH A PROGRAMME THAT INCLUDED MUSIC FROM THE SUNG AND CHING DYNASTIES, AND A SPECIALLY COMPOSED ORCHESTRAL ACCOMPANIMENT TO A PERFORMANCE OF THE +MONKEY KING* BY THE LIVERPOOL CHINESE MIME BALLET COMPANY.

DURING THEIR UK TOUR, THE TWO ORCHESTRAS HAVE PERFORMED AT CHELTENHAM, BRISTOL, ABERDEEN, EDINBURGH, DURHAM, LIVERPOOL AND POOLE, AS WELL AS LONDON.

THE ORCHESTRAS WILL ALSO GIVE TWO PERFORMANCES IN PARIS — ONE OF THEM IN THE EIFFEL TOWER — BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5).

■MEANWHILE, THE CONCERT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN LONDON WAS RECORDED FOR BROADCAST IN THE BBC RADIO 3 PROGRAMME, ♦YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF THE WORLD*, AND THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA HAS ALSO RECORDED ITS PERFORMANCES FOR A BBC TELEVISION PROGRAMME AND A BBC SCHOOLS MUSIC PROGRAMME.

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THREE SECTIONS OF M.H.D. MOVING TO NEW PREMISES ******

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S PHARMACEUTICALS REGISTRATION SECTION, MANUFACTURERS LICENSING SECTION, AND PHARMACEUTICALS IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTROL SECTION, AT PRESENT ACCOMMODATED AT ASIAN HOUSE, HENNESSY ROAD, WILL BE MOVED TO THE FIRST FLOOR OF CENTRE POINT BUILDING, 181-185 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 3).

THE FORENSIC PHARMACY SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY MOVED TO THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE BUILDING SINCE JULY.

THESE SECTIONS WERE SET UP BY THE DEPARTMENT EARLY THIS YEAR TO ENFORCE THE REVISED PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS, WHICH WERE INTRODUCED IN JULY,LAST YEAR TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC FROM COUNTERFEIT, DEFECTIVE AND SUB-STANDARD PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS.

UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, ALL PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, IMPORTED OR MADE LOCALLY, MUST BE REGISTERED BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO BE SOLD. THE PRODUCTS, BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION, ARE ASSESSED ON ITS SAFETY, QUALITY AND EFFICACY.

THE FORENSIC PHARMACY SECTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING REGULAR CHECKS ON MEDICINE COMPANIES, PHARMACIES, WHOLESALE POISON DEALERS AND PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS AND FOR PROSECUTING THE OFFENDERS.

THE PHARMACEUTICALS REGISTRATION AND MANUFACTURERS LICENSING SECTIONS DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES FOR REGISTERED PRODUCTS AND THE GRANTING OF LICENCES TO MANUFACTURERS CF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS.

THE PHARMACEUTICALS IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTROL SECTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROCESSING APPLICATIONS FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT LICENCES IN RESPECT OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS WHICH ARE INTENDED FOR IMPORT FROM OR EXPORT TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW OFFICES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: FORENSIC PHARMACY SECTION: 5-736054, 5-735628- PHARMACEUTICALS REGISTRATION SECTION: 5-734893- MANUFACTURERS LICENSING SECTION: 5-734578- PHARMACEUTICALS IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTROL SECTION: 5-736436.

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SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE MOVES TO LEK YUEN

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THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL START OPERATING TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FROM ITS NEW PREMISES BELOW THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE.

ALL ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT URBAN SERVICES IN SHA TIN SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW OFFICE (TELEPHONE: 12-621051).

THE MOVING OF THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE FROM ITS PRESENT ADDRESS AT TING KOK BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD IN TAI PO, WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

D.S.W. TO OPEN CHILDREN’S FUN FAIR * * * * *

OPEN TUNG

ImEo?J£!CT9R SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIALLY 2) A CHILDREN’S FUN FAIR ORGANISED BY THE tuc ^hHhGR°UP 0F H0SPITALS IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF Inc unlLDe

THE OPENIhFo? THEA™EF*S ™ aATHER'NG C“T ™E R'“°" T° MA"K

WHlr«V2u1ART.S'fLS,O!?cT?TC?''!5 PE 0EENINS CEREMONY ARD IRE FUR FAIR WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1.30 P.M. ON SUNDAY AT THE TUNG WAH CHEN ZAO MEN COLLEGE IN KWAI HOP STREET, KWAI CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES."

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON TEN DAYS NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER).

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED iHAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIMES OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

SEPTEMBER 10 (MONDAY) 9 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 11 (TUESDAY) 9 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 12 (WEDNESDAY) 9 A.M. - 5.30 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 19 (WEDNESDAY) 12 NOON - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 20 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 21 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 3 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 25 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 26 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 10 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 27 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 28 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 12.30 P.M.

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