Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1980 - AUG - ENG

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGAL AID ELIGIBILITY TO BE INCREASED ............................... 1

THE PUBLIC SEEKS RESULTS ............................................ 2

WORKERS COMPENSATION IMPROVED ....................................... 4

TAXI LICENCE TENDERS OVER SUBSCRIBED ................................ 4

HOTEL COOKS NOW A TRADE.............................................. 5

INCREASE IN MAXIMUM FINES ON QUOTA ABUSERS PROPOSED ................. 6

FIRST SPORTSGROUND IN SHA TIN OPENED ................................ 6

864.5 MILLION CONTRACT LET FOR ABERDEEN TUNNEL ...................... 7

S1OO 000 DONATION TOR CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND ......................... 8

POST OFFICE HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS .................................... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN ELGIN STREET ................................. 9

PLB PROHIBITION IN SHEK KIP MEI STREET LIFTED

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LEGAL AID ELIGIBILITY TO BE INCREASED * ft ft *

PEOPLE WITH HIGHER GROSS INCOMES WILL BECOME FINANCIALLY ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID ON SEPTEMBER 1, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

CERTAIN ALLOWANCES IN THE LEGAL AID LEGISLATION, WHICH ARE EMPLOYED WHEN CALCULATING THE DISPOSABLE INCOMES OF LEGAL AID APPLICANTS, WOULD BE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 20 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THIS, THE SECOND INCREASE THIS YEAR, WOULD BRING THE LEGAL AID MEANS TEST ALLOWANCES, IN RESPECT OF DEPENDANTS, INTO LINE WITH RECENTLY ANNOUNCED INCREASES IN THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RATES.

THE PRESENT MEANS TEST LIMITS FOR LEGAL AID ARE FOR CIVIL CASES, A MONTHLY DISPOSABLE INCOME NOT EXCEEDING Si 000 AND DISPOSABLE CAPITAL NOT EXCEEDING S10 000- AND FOR CRIMINAL CASES, A MONTHLY DISPOSABLE INCOME NOT EXCEEDING SI 500 AND DISPOSABLE CAPITAL NOT EXCEEDING S10 000.

♦THE MEANS TEST CRITERIA FOR LEGAL AID REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE THE DISPOSABLE INCOME AND DISPOSABLE CAPITAL (WITH THE EMPHASIS ON THE WORD ’DISPOSABLE’) OF LEGAL AID APPLICANTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE. A PERSON EARNING MUCH MORE THAN SI 000 PER MONTH COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID FOR A CIVIL CASE. HIS FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY WOULD DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF RENT (IF ANY) PAID BY HIM FOR HIS DWELLING AND ALLOWANCES IN RESPECT OF DEPENDANTS WHOLLY MAINTAINED BY HIM.

♦IT IS THESE ALLOWANCES FOR DEPENDANTS THAT WERE BEING INCREASED,♦ HE SAID.

THE LEGAL AID (ASSESSMENT OF CONTRI BUT IONS)(AMENDMENT) (NO.2) REGULATIONS WHICH COME INTO FORCE ON SEPTEMBER 1 SPECIFY THE NEW RATES OF ALLOWANCE FOR DEPENDANTS.

DETAILS OF THE REAL MONTHLY ALLOWANCES, WITH THE OLD RATES IN BRACKETS, ARE t

(1) APPLICANT WITH NO DEPENDANTS $280 ($230)

(2) APPLICANT AND FIRST TWO

DEPENDANTS $200 EACH ($165 EACH)

(3) THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH

DEPENDANTS

($140 EACH) IN ADDITION TO

$170 EACH

IN ADDITION TO (2)

SIXTH AND ADDITIONAL DEPENDANTS

$130 EACH

IN ADDITION TO

(2) ♦ (3)

($105 EACH) IN ADDITION TO

(2) ♦ (3)

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FROM PAST EXPERIENCE IT IS CONSIDERED UNLIKELY THAT THESE MORE GENEROUS ALLOWANCES WILL RESULT IN ANY INCREASE IN PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON LEGAL AID.

THE SCHEMES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT ENABLE LEGAL AID TO BE GIVEN FOR MOST TYPES OF CIVIL PROCEEDINGS, CRIMINAL CASES TRIED IN THE DISTRICT AND HIGH COURTS, APPEALS FROM THESE COURTS AND FOR APPEALS FROM THE DECISIONS OF MAGISTRATES.

AID IS PROVIDED EITHER FREE OR ON PAYMENT OF A GRADUATED CONTRIBUTION.

THE SIZE OF CONTRIBUTION DEPENDS ON THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES OF THE APPLICANT AND IT IS USUALLY PAYABLE BY INSTALMENTS.

LAST YEAR MORE THAN 4 142 PEOPLE BENEFITTED FROM LEGAL AID IN CONNECTION WITH CIVIL CASES. THESE INCLUDED CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES FOR COMPENSATION BY ACCIDENT VICTIMS, COMPANIES WINDING UP AND BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS (MAINLY ON BEHALF OF WORKERS CLAIMING ARREARS OF WAGES FROM INSOLVENT EMPLOYERS), TENANCY DISPUTES, DIVORCE, SEPARATION AND MAINTENANCE AND CHILD CUSTODY MATTERS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD 1 147 PEOPLE WERE GIVEN LEGAL AID FOR CRIMINAL TRIALS AND APPEALS.

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THE PUBLIC SEEKS RESULTS ft ft ft ft

FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS WITH EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS, LIAISON DOES NOT BEGIN AND END WITH EATING DINNERS AND MAKING FINE SPEECHES, TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, DR JAMES HAYES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THERE HAD TO BE A SOLID BASIS OF RESULTS, AND CITIZENS MUST BE ABLE TO SEE THAT THEIR REQUESTS AND SUGGESTIONS, WHEREVER VIABLE, ARE ACTED UPON, AND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, DR HAYES SAID.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON TOWN MANAGEMENT — ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 100 LEADERS FROM THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OTHER MAJOR BODIES — HELD IN TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO HAVE ADEQUATE STAFF AND REALISTIC DIRECTIVES TO CARRY OUT TOWN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVELY, AND DR HAYES SAIDi +THIS IS NOT YET FULLY THE CASE.*

♦HOWEVER, MORE STAFF ARE BEING RECRUITED TO TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE FOR LEASE ENFORCEMENT AND GROUND CONTROL WORK THIS YEAR AND THEREBY TWO FULL SPECIALIST SECTIONS WILL OPERATE IN EACH OF THE TWO MAIN CENTRES OF POPULATION IN THE NEW TOWN, TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG.+

/DR HAYLS

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DR HAYES SAID STAFFING FOR TOWN MANAGEMENT IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS HIS OWN, WOULD BE EXAMINED DURING WORKING UP OF THE GREEN PAPER PROPOSALS.

LAND CONTROL WORK IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE SINCE SEPTEMBER, 1974, MOSTLY IN RESPECT OF PERSONS WHO WERE OCCUPYING CROWN LAND ILLEGALLY FOR VARIOUS BUSINESS PURPOSES THAT OFTEN CONSTITUTED AN ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE.

TO DATE, ALMOST 2 OOO CASES WERE HANDLED, OF WHICH THREE QUARTERS WERE RECTIFIED BEFORE AN APPLICATION FOR SUMMONS HAD BEEN MADE.

OF THE REMAINDER, SOME 200 PEOPLE WERE CONVICTED AND FINED BY COURT ACTION- IMPRISONMENT WAS ORDERED IN 28 CASES, AND JAIL SENTENCES WERE SUSPENDED IN ANOTHER 60.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY 100 NEW CASES UNDER INVESTIGATION.

DURING THIS PERIOD THERE WERE ALSO 165 CLEARANCE OPERATIONS UNDERTAKEN WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO TIDY UP SIDE AND BACK LANES AND BLACK SPOTS.

THERE WERE 80 OPERATIONS IN THE CURRENT YEAR, THE LATEST BEING ON CROWN LAND OPPOSITE THE SHEK LEI BUS TERMINUS IN KWAI CHUNG WHEN SEVEN STRUCTURES WERE DEMOLISHED AND 40 LORRY LOADS OF RUBBISH AND DEBRIS REMOVED.

WITH REGARD TO LEASE ENFORCEMENT, THIS HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE JULY, 1974. DURING THIS PERIOD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HANDLED 902 CASES OF BREACH OF USER IN DOMESTIC BUILDINGS — MOSTLY UNAUTHORISED INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOPS — AND 169 CASES IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, MANY INVOLVING ILLEGAL USE OF AUTHORISED CAR AND LORRY PARKING SPACES FOR STORAGE OR OFFICES.

AS WITH CROWN LAND, WE HAVE SUCCEEDED IN PURGING THE BREACH IN THE MAJORITY OF CASES, MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR NEIGHBOURS ♦ DR HAYES SAID.

HOWEVER, HE AND HIS STAFF WERE UNDER NO ILLUSIONS.

WE HAVE WORKED SO FAR WITH MINIMUM RESOURCES BECAUSE OF THE PRIORITY THAT HAS TO BE GIVEN TO LAND RESUMPTION AND CLEARANCE WORK FOR DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, AND WE ARE ONLY AT THE START OF THIS WORK.

♦MOREOVER, THESE DUTIES ARE NECESSARILY OF A CONTINUOUS AND ONGOING NATURE.

IT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE AND MAKE SURE, BY REGULAR INSPECTIONS AND ENLISTING LOCAL SUPPORT, THAT THE SITUATION IS KEPT UNDER CONTROL.+

THE INTEREST AND SUPPORT OF PUBLIC-MINDED CITIZENS WAS ABSOLUTELY VITAL, TOGETHER WITH ALL-OUT EFFORTS BY GOVERNMENT OFFICERS.

ONLY IN THIS WAY, DR HAYES SAID, WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO ENSURE A SATISFACTORY LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR FAMILIES IN MULTI-STOREY BLOCKS AND FOR PERSONS OCCUPIED DURING WORKING HOURS IN MULTI-STOREY INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

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♦WE MUST NOT FAIL THEM+, HE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR WERE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER TSUEN WAN, MR T.K. CHOY, AND DEPUTY URBAN SERVICES OFFICER KWAI CHUNG, MR FAN PUI-LAM.

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WORKERS COMPENSATION IMPROVED * * M * *

IMPROVEMENTS IN COMPENSATION FOR EMPLOYEES INJURED AND THE DEPENDANTS OF THOSE KILLED ON THE JOB WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 1.

TODAY’S GAZETTE ANNOUNCED THAT INCREASED EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION, REMOVAL OF THE 15 OOO WAGE CEILING FOR ENTITLEMENT OF COMPENSATION, AND EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY FOR PAYING THE ESTIMATED COST OF REPAIR AND RENEWAL OF A PROSTHESIS OR SURGICAL APPLIANCE FOR AN INJURED EMPLOYEE WILL BE APPLICABLE FROM THAT DATE.

THE GAZETTE ALSO GAVE NOTICE THAT SECTION 14 OF THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE WHICH DEALS WITH AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE PERCENTAGE OF LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY FROM INJURY LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON NOVEMBER 1, 1981.

THE ORDINANCE WILL BE RENAMED EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE ON NOVEMBER 1, 1980.

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TAXI LICENCE TENDERS OVER SUBSCRIBED If ft II It

A TOTAL OF 2 353 TENDERS SEEKING 2 568 TAXI LICENCES WERE RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER FOR 300 LICENCES CLOSED ON JULY 11, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE HIGHEST TENDER WAS 1218 899 AND THE LOWEST ACCEPTABLE BID WAS $208 000.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS OFFERED ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE AVERAGE PREMIUM IN THE LATEST TENDER EXERCISE WAS $210 089.81. COMPARED WITH AN AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $178 805.42 IN THE PREVIOUS TENDER LAST MARCH REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 17.50 PER CENT.

HE ADDED THAT LETTERS WOULD BE GOING OUT TODAY TO SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS, AND THE FIRST OF THE 300 TAXIS COULD BE INSPECTED WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1980.

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HOTEL COOKS NOW A TRADE * * * *

APPRENTICE HOTEL COOKS, WESTERN-STYLE, CAN NOW LOOK FORWARD TO BETTER TRAINING PROSPECTS, AS THEIR JOB WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) CLASSIFIED AS A ^DESIGNATED TRADE* UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE.

THE DESIGNATION — ORDERED BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL — HAS BROUGHT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ♦DESIGNATED TRADES+ TO 37.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE PERIOD OF APPRENTICESHIP IN THIS NEW ♦DESIGNATED TRADE+ WOULD BE THREE YEARS.

EMPLOYERS COULD ONLY ENGAGE A PERSON BETWEEN 14 AND 18 IN THE TRADE IF THE EMPLOYEE HAD ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OR HAD COMPLETED AN APPRENTICESHIP AND HELD A CERTIFICATE.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, HOWEVER, HAD POWER TO GRANT EXEMPTION IN CERTAIN CASES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED EMPLOYERS IN THE TRADE TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDINANCE AND TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS OF APPRENTICESHIP WITH THEIR YOUNG EMPLOYEES.

EMPLOYERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE ORDINANCE COULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT’S APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION AT NEW RODNEY BLOCK IN QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALSO EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY WAS THE APPRENTICESHIP (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980, WHICH WAS THE RESULT OF A REVIEW OF THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE AND ITS SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

THE NEW ORDINANCE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, REMOVED MINOR ANOMALIES, RECTIFIED SOME OMISSIONS AND REFLECTED RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN OTHER LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

IT ALSO AMENDED THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE SO THAT A REGISTERED APPRENTICE WOULD BE GIVEN PREFERENCE FOR ATTENDING A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION AT A TECHNICAL INSTITUTION TO COMPLEMENT HIS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.

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INCREASE IN MAXIMUM FINES ON QUOTA ABUSERS PROPOSED

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SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR TEXTILE FRAUDS ARE PROPOSED IN A BILL AMENDING THE IMPORT AND EXPORT ORDINANCE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (AUGUST 1).

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR PETER TSAO, SAID THE NEW IMPORT AND EXPORT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 SEEKS TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY TO $500 000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

♦MOST PENALTIES CURRENTLY PRESCRIBED BY LAW FOR TEXTILES AND RELATED OFFENCES ARE A MAXIMUM OF $50 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT,* SAID MR TSAO.

♦THESE HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS, AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS INDICATE THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER ADEQUATE, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE VALUE OF THE COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND PROFITS INVOLVED.

♦HEAVIER PENALTIES ARE WARRANTED IN ORDER TO SERVE AS A MORE EFFECTIVE DETERRENT AGAINST POTENTIAL OFFENDERS,♦ HE SAID.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON AUGUST 6 WHEN IT IS INTENDED TO TAKE THE BILL THROUGH ITS THREE READINGS BEFORE THE SUMMER RECESS.

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FIRST SPORTSGROUND IN SHA TIN OPENED

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THE FIRST MAJOR SPORTSGROUND FACILITY TO BE PROVIDED IN SHA TIN WAS OPENED BY DR DOUGLAS LAING, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SPORTSGROUND, WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF 1.5 HECTARES AT AREA 12 SHA TIN, PROVIDES FOR FOOTBALL AND ATHLETIC EVENTS.

IT HAS A STANDARD GRASS FOOTBALL PITCH AND A 400-METRE GRASS ATHLETICS TRACK.

DIRECTOR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR H.S. GREWAL, SAID THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPORTSGROUND HAS BEEN A TEAM EFFORT, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE PROJECT MANAGER SHA TIN, THE DISTRICT OFFICER SHA TIN, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT THE LION’S SHARE OF THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATION FOR ITS FACILITIES.

BOOKINGS FOR THE SPORTSGROUND OPEN THIS MONTH.

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MR GREWAL SAID THAT LATER THIS YEAR WORK WILL START ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHA TIN RECREATION GROUND AND NEXT SPRING THE FIRST PHASE OF THE SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

ATTACHED TO THIS SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL BE SIX SQUASH COURTS.

APART FROM THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN SHA TIN, DR LAING SAID PENFOLD PARK HAS PROVED TO BE A VERY POPULAR RECREATIONAL GROUND FOR THE PUBLIC- AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, WHICH IS FINANCED BY THE JOCKEY CLUB, WILL IN DUE COURSE, PROVIDE EXCELLENT SPORTING FACILITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT THE SHA TIN SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX AND THE SQUASH COURTS WERE ALSO FUNDED BY THE CLUB.

♦ IT HAS BEEN THE CLUB’S POLICY OVER RECENT YEARS TO ESTABLISH RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE USE OF THE COMMUNITY IN OUR GENERALLY CONGESTED SURROUNDINGS, AND SUCH A POLICY HAS ALREADY BROUGHT ABOUT NUMEROUS NEW FACILITIES, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* DR LAING SAID.

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$64.5 MILLION CONTRACT LET FOR ABERDEEN TUNNEL

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS LET A $64.5 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT NECESSARY FOR THE OPERATION OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

THE CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TO THE GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (HONG KONG) LIMITED AND WAS SIGNED BY MR YEUNG KIM-CHOY, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, AND MR JOHN WEEDON, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY.

A VENTILATION SYSTEM, A SOPHISTICATED COMPUTERISED SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE AIR POLLUTION AND A CLOSE CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEM AND OTHER ITEMS WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSTALLED UNDER THIS CONTRACT.

♦WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO START DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND WILL INITIALLY INVOLVE THE MANUFACTURING OF THE VARIOUS MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT,* MR YEUNG SAID.

♦THE INSTALLATION WORK WILL START IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR, TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF THE TUNNEL.♦

MEANWHILE, WORK ON THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND ITS ASSOCIATED APPROACHES IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY.

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AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE TUNNEL, THE $62 FLYOVER EXTENSION, IS ALMOST COMPLETED^

,e IHE ?2UTH’ W0RK 0N THE *60 MILLION WONG IS 70 PER CENT COMPLETED WHILE THE CONSTRUCTION BUILDING FOR THE TUNNEL HAS PASSED THE HALF-WAY

MILLION CANAL ROAD

CHUK HANG INTERCHANGE OF THE CONTROL

MARK.

iuta aocoItiaE !!255s *‘!:L BE completed BEFORE THE TUNNEL COMES INTO OPERATION NEXT YEAR, MR YEUNG ADDED.

»c । * JSd WAS DESIGNED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS

ASIA FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PWD.

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$100 000 DONATION FOR CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND *****

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY (FRIDAY) RECEIVED A DONATION OF $100 000 FROM THE LOCAL HILLTOP COUNTRY CLUB TO BUILD A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND.

ACCEPTING THE CHEQUE FROM CLUB CHAIRMAN, MR W.C. CHEE, TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER, DR JAMES HAYES, SAID THE DONATION SHOWED THE DEEP CONCERN OF CLUB MEMBERS FOR THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TOWN.

HE SAID THE CLUB HAD ..NOT ONLY PROVIDED A SUITABLE VENUE FOR BUSINESSMEN, INDUSTRIALISTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO COME TOGETHER, BUT WAS ALSO HELPING TO PROMOTE LOCAL AFFAIRS. '

♦I BELIEVE THE CLUB WILL CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO MORE COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND THE PRESENT PLAYGROUND WILL BE ONLY THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF JOINT VENTURES WITH THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION,* DR HAYES SAID.

THE PLAYGROUND, TO BE BUILT ON-A 400-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN LAI KING HILL ROAD SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. IT WILL BE NAMED HILLTOP PUBLIC PLAYGROUND IN RECOGNITION OF THE CLUB’S CONTRIBUTION.

IT WILL HAVE SWINGS, A ROUNDABOUT, CLIMBING FRAMES AND BENCHES. FLOWERS AND SHRUBS WILL ALSO BE PLANTED.

THE PROJECT IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE WORKS SECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE. THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL MANAGE THE PLAYGROUND.

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POST OFFICE *

HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

(AUGUSTL4^°ANn0TucCnLrnlrb BE 0PEN FR0M 9 AM T0 12 NOON MONDAY OFFICE AND T??m ?LGtc.^AL^ST 0FF,CE- *OWLOON CENTRAL POST FOR THE IS<Jr ncS*AeIe^LP0ST 0FF,CE WILL OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM OF THE 8OTH^RioTun»v^ncur POSTAGE STAMP TO MARK THE OCCASION MOTHER 80™ B,RTHDAY 0F HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN

THERE WILL BE ONE LETTER DELIVERY IN THE MORNING.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN ELGIN STREET ******

.... . 0F ELSIN STREET BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 3 AND 9

MONDAYEfSh?iK? I? THREE WEEKS FR0M 10 AM 0R

MONDAY (AUGUST 4) TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE CONNECTION WORKS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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PLB PROHIBITION IN SHEK KIP MEI STREET LIFTED

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THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITION IN SHEK KIP MEI STREET BETWEEN WOH CHAI STREET AND BERWICK STREET WILL BE RESCINDED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 4).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JUNE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS ............... 1

NEW RAIL TUNNEL FOR TAI PO KAU............................ 5

PRISON RECRUITS COMPLETE TRAINING ........................ 6

SEABED TO BE RECLAIMED.................................... 6

OUTDOOR DISCO TO BE HELD IN YUEN LONG..................... 7

TALKS ON THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH ......................... 7

TURNING PROHIBITION IN NATHaN ROaD ....................... 8

FIRING PRACTICE

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JUNE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS ******

THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1980 ARE PUBLISHED TODAY (SATURDAY). THE RELATIVELY LARGE INCREASES IN THE MONEY SUPPLY AND IN TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY ARE PRESUMABLY PARTIALLY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE EXTREMELY ACTIVE STOCK MARKET IN THE LAST 10 DAYS OF JUNE. ANOTHER FACTOR IN THE MONEY SUPPLY EXPANSION WAS THE HALF-YEARLY CREDITING OF INTEREST ON SAVINGS DEPOSITSi THIS WAS QUITE SUBSTANTIAL, WITH HIGH RATES OF INTEREST BEING PAID ON SAVINGS DEPOSITS FOR MUCH CF THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

THERE WAS A FURTHER LARGE INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO HONG KONG DURING JUNE, POSSIBLY FOR STOCK MARKET INVESTMENT, WHICH ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE RISE IN THE MONEY SUPPLY.

THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR JUNE 1980, AND COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS MONTHS, ARE SET OUT IN TABLE 1. TABLE 2 SETS OUT SOME FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR.

MONEY SUPPLY

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml (NOTES AND COINS WITH THE PUBLIC, PLUS DEMAND DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS) ROSE BY 8.6 PER CENT IN JUNE, AFTER RISING BY 4.5 PER CENT IN MAY. DEMAND DEPOSITS ROSE SHARPLY IN THE LAST 10 DAYS OF JUNE, PRESUMABLY AT LEAST PARTIALLY REFLECTING THE HIGH LEVEL OF STOCK MARKET ACTIVITY IN THAT PERIOD.

M2 (Ml PLUS SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DTC’S, WITH LICENSED BANKS) ROSE BY 9.3 PER CENT IN JUNE, WELL UP FROM A 5.1 PER CENT INCREASE IN MAY. AN EXPANSION IN THE LEVEL OF SAVINGS DEPOSITS, AGAIN MAINLY IN THE LAST 10 DAYS OF JUNE, IS ALSO LIKELY TO REFLECT STOCK MARKET ACTIVITY, AS WELL AS THE CREDITING OF HALF-YEARLY INTEREST TO DEPOSITORS.

M3 (M2 PLUS PUBLIC DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) ROSE BY 6.5 PER CENT IN JUNE, UP FROM AN INCREASE OF 3.6 PER CENT IN MAY, DESPITE A FURTHER SLIGHT FALL IN DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES. IN THE SECOND QUARTER, M3 ROSE BY 11.7 PER CENT.

CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY

TOTAL LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 5.4 PER CENT IN JUNE, FROM A 2.2 PER CENT RISE IN MAY, PARTLY REFLECTING BORROWINGS TO FINANCE STOCK MARKET INVESTMENT DURING THE MONTH. IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR, TOTAL LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 11.9 PER CENT, AGAINST A 13.9 PER CENT RISE IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

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BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG INCREASED BY 5.2 PER CENT IN JUNE, FOLLOWING A FALL OF 2.9 PER CENT IN MAY. LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 6.1 PER CENT, MUCH LESS THAN THE RISE OF 23.4 PER CENT IN MAY.

FOREIGN ASSETS

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF ALL BANKS ROSE IN JUNE BY $663 MILLION AND OF DTC’S BY $463 MILLION, INDICATING AN INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR OF $1 126 MILLION (BANKS AND DTC’S MADE NET PURCHASES OF FOREIGN ASSETS FROM NON-BANK CUSTOMERS OF $1 126 MILLION), WHICH WAS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THE INFLOW OF $1 398 MILLION IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. THE NET INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO HONG KONG IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1980 AMOUNTED TO $146 MILLION (THERE HAVING BEEN A LARGE OUTFLOW IN APRIL), AS COMPARED WITH A NET INFLOW OF $211 MILLION IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN JUNE TO 49.4 PER CENT FROM 48.7 PER CENT IN MAY. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO, HOWEVER, FELL FURTHER TO 91.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF JUNE, FROM 95.3 PER CENT AT THE END OF MAY, REFLECTING THE RISE IN DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS IN THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL DTC’S ROSE IN JUNE TO 44.2 PER CENT FROM 43.4 PER CENT IN MAY. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO AT THE END OF JUNE ROSE TO 75.1 PER CENT FROM 70.1 PER CENT IN MAY, REFLECTING THE REDUCTION IN DEPOSITS WITH DTC’S IN JUNE

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LENDING IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1980, LOANS TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ROSE BY 9.2 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A 16.5 PER CENT RISE IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, WHILE LOANS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INCREASED BY 3.7 PER CENT, WELL DOWN FROM A 17.9 PER CENT RISE IN THE FIRST QUARTER. LOANS TO THE TRANSPORT AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT SECTOR GREW BY 32.3 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

BORROWING BY INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY FELL BY 1.9 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE CF 7.9 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. BORROWING BY INDIVIDUALS FOR OTHER PURPOSES (INCLUDING STOCK MARKET INVESTMENT) ROSE BY 16.6 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER, DOWN FROM A 36.2 PER CENT RISE IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

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NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS REMAINED UNCHANGED IN JUNE AT 113. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY FOUR DURING THE MONTH TO 283.

THE FOLLOWING TABLES SHOW THE MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES FOR END OF JUNE 1980 AND QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG I

TABLE 1

MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES - END OF JUNE 1980 (IN IMILLION)

FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS CHANGE)i

JUNE 1980 MAY 1980 MARCH 1980 JUNE 1979

Ml 22 753 20 950 (+8.6%) 20 310 (+12.0%) 18 526 (+22.8%)*

M2 88 486 80 921 (+9.3%) 76 109 (+16.3%) 67 387 (+31.3%)*

M3 119 120 111 882 (+6.5%) 106 657 (+11.7%) 85 242 (+39.7%)

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DEPOSITS 80 781 73 367 (+10.1%) 68 393 (+18.1%) 60 637 (+33.2%)*

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 73 561 69 916 (+5.2%) 69 560 (+5.8%) 53 284 (+38.1%)*

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 91.1% 95.3% 101.7% 87.9%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 49.4% 48.7% 52.6% 48.8%

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DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES -

DEPOSITS 30 634 30 961 (-1.1%) 30 548 (+0.3%) 17 855 (+71.6%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 23 021 21 691 (+6.1%) 16 742 (+37.5%) 10 831 (+112.5%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 75.1% 70.1% 54.8% 60.7%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO « 44.2% 43.4% 44.6%

BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIESl

TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY

96 582

91 607 (+5.4%)

86 302 '64 115

(+11.9%) (+50.6%)

M THESE FIGURES ARE RECALCULATED TO EXCLUDE BANKS’ LIABILITIES TO, AND CLAIMS ON, DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

« THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO OBSERVE A MINIMUM LIQUID ASSETS RATIO CAME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1980.

TABLE 2

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG (IN ^MILLION)

CATEGORY OF LOANS AND ADVANCES LOANS AND ADVANCES BY

BORROWER BY BANKS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

JUNE 1980 MARCH 1980 JUNE 1980 MARCH 1980

MANUFACTURING OF WHICHs 10 587 (+6.4%) 9 954 1 460 (+34.9%) 1 082

TEXTILES 2 628 (+10.9%) 2 370 245 (+12.9%) 217

TRANSPORT AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 8 510 (+50.8%) 5 645 3 226 (+10.5%) 2 919

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BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION 8 725 (-0.7%) 8 779 3 355 v (♦16.7%) 2 875

GENERAL COMMERCE 23 157 (♦9.3%) 21 187 3 213 % (+17.1%) 2 743

FINANCIAL CONCERNS* 3 285 x (♦15.5%) 2 843 1 165 (♦34.7%. 865

INDIVIDUALS! TO PURCHASE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY 5 531 (-28.4%) 7 729 3 630 t (♦126.2%) 1 605

OTHER PURPOSES 6 404 (♦3.6%) 6 183 3 923 (♦46.9%) 2 671

OTHERS 7 362 (♦1.7%) 7 240 3 049 (♦53.8%) 1 982

TOTAL* 73 561 (♦5.8%) 69 560 23 021 (♦37.5%) 16 742

* THIS EXCLUDES FUNDS ADVANCED BY BANKS TO DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

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NEW RAIL TUNNEL FOR TAI PO KAU

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A NEW SINGLE-TRACK. RAILWAY TUNNEL WILL SOON BE BUILT TO THE WEST OF THE TUNNEL NEAR THE TAI PO KAU STATION.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK WERE INVITED BY THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PWD SAID THE WORK FORMED PART OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

♦THE NEW TUNNEL WILL BE ABOUT 330 METRES LONG AND OF CIRCULAR SHAPE WITH AN INTERNAL DIAMETER OF ABOUT 6.7 METRES,♦ HE SAID.

♦ON COMPLETION, THE NEW TUNNEL, WITH THE EXISTING ONE, WILL ENABLE DOUBLE TRACKING OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RA ILWAY.+

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF 300 METRES LONG EMBANKMENT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN JUNE 1982.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF.THE PWD’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, ON BEHALF OF KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

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PRISON RECRUITS COMPLETE TRAINING * * * *

NINETY-THREE PRISON RECRUITS INCLUDING NINE OFFICERS AND 84 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A ONE-YEAR ORIENTATION TRAINING COURSE WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) AWARDED WITH CERTIFICATES BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PRISONS, MISS CATHERINE SUN.

THE COURSE, CONDUCTED BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING INSTITUTE, INCLUDED SEVEN MONTHS’ FIELD TRAINING IN VARIOUS PENAL INSTITUTIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE WORK OF THE MODERN PRISON SERVICE IS WIDE AND VARIED, AND HE URGED YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE UP THE WORTHWHILE CAREER WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

ANYONE INTERESTED MAY CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE ON 5-938455 FOR AN APPOINTMENT, OR ANY OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES FOR INFORMATION, HE ADDED.

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SEABED TO BE RECLAIMED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT HALF A HECTARE OF FORESHORES AND SEABED AT SHA TAU KOK FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CAUSEWAY.

THE CAUSEWAY WILL CARRY A ROAD, ROCK-ARMOURED ON BOTH SIDES.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF SEABED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN YESTERDAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH WITH A RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN, SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED, MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE NORTH, OLD DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, TAI PO MARKET, NEW TERRITORIES.

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OUTDOOR DISCO TO BE HELD IN YUEN LONG * * *

AN OUTDOOR DISCO IS TO BE HELD IN YUEN LONG NEXT WEEK AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S PROGRAMME OF SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

THE DISCO WILL BE ON AUGUST 9 AT THE BASKETBALL GROUND NEXT TO THE TOWN HALL AND 500 YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING IN YUEN LONG WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

BESIDES DANCING, THERE WILL BE FOLK AND POPULAR SONG PERFORMANCES.

TICKETS, AT 15 EACH, ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TOWN HALL ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THIS YEAR’S YUEN LONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, LAUNCHED FOUR WEEKS AGO, INCLUDES MORE THAN 150 SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN SCHOOLS, YOUTH CENTRES, PLAYGROUNDS AND VILLAGE OPEN AREAS IN THE DISTRICT UNTIL EARLY SEPTEMBER.

FUNDS FOR THE PROGRAMME ARE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

TALKS ON THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING A SECOND SERIES OF TALKS BY GUEST SPEAKERS ON THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

THE FIFTH TALK IN THE SECOND SERIES WILL BE AT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE ON AUGUST 16 (SATURDAY).

WITH THE TOPIC ON ’READING WITH UNDERSTANDING IN A SECOND LANGUAGE’, THE TALK WILL EMPHASIZE THE AUDIO-VISUAL APPROACH TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSION AND FLUENCY IN READING.

THE TWO GUEST SPEAKERS ARE MISS KAY M. WHILEY, PRIMARY SCHOOL ADVISER, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, LEEDS, UK, AND MISS GWEN BRAY, PREVIOUSLY SENIOR ADVISER, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, LEEDS, CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION.

REPLY SLIPS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (ENQUIRYi 5-482537).

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TURNING PROHIBITION IN NATHAN ROAD

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ALL MOTOR VEHICLES TRAVELLING SOUTHBOUND ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO WATERLOO ROAD EASTBOUND OR TURNING RIGHT INTO WATERLOO ROAD WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 5).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY NEXT WEEK.

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

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 8 AM — 5 PM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 8 AM —■ 11 PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 8 AM — 11 PM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 8 AM — 5 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST J, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

35 MILLION FOR EXPERT ADVICE ON REPAIRING NT DEVELOPMENT DAMAGE ................................... 1

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY IN PROGRESS ............. 2

CYC MEMBERS NEARING 40 OOO MARK ...................... 3

LANTERN PARADE TO BE HELD IN NORTH NT ................ 4

PWD NEEDS 40 AIR-CONDITIONING ARTISANS ............... 5

KCR TENDERS CLOSE FRIDAY ............................. 6

NEW STAFF QUARTERS FOR KCR............................ 6

ACCESS ROAD CLOSURE .................................. 6

TRAFFIC DIVERSION ON TAI KOK TSUI ROaD................ 6

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15 MILLION FOR EXPERT ADVICE ON REPAIRING NT DEVELOPMENT DAMAGE

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT S5 MILLION FOR EXPERT ADVICE ON HOW TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT CAUSED BY DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, A SENIOR OFFICER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE NINTH HONG KONG YOUTH ENVIRONMENT FORUM AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEVELOPMENT, MR JOSEPH WONG, SAID THERE WAS NO DISPUTE THAT THE ACTUAL PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT HAD DAMAGED OUR ENVIRONMENT 4-IN SOME WAYS*.

+WE HAD TO TEAR DOWN HILLS TO BORROW FILL MATERIALS- FILL IN THE SEA TO RECLAIM LAND- DEMOLISH ANCIENT VILLAGES TO MAKE WAY FOR ROADS.

♦THE SCARS OF DEVELOPMENT ARE EVERYWHERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND YOU CAN READILY POINT TO SOME OF THEM IN SHA TIN,+ HE SAID.

+BUT.+ MR WONG SAID, +1 HOPE THIS DAMAGE IS ONLY TEMPORARY.

♦I SAY THIS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT NO LESS THAN $5 MILLION FOR EXPERT ADVICE ON LANDSCAPING OUR NEW TOWNS.

♦A LANDSCAPE STUDY TELLS US MUCH MORE THAN HOW TO REHABILITATE THE DAMAGE DONE BY DEVELOPMENT WORK.

♦ESSENTIALLY, IT TELLS US HOW TO MAKE OUR HIGH DENSITY NEW TOWNS AS PLEASANT AS POSSIBLE.+

MR WONG SAID A LANDSCAPE CORE TEAM HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN SHA TIN TO ENSURE THAT VARIOUS LANDSCAPING PROPOSALS WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN KEEPING WITH THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THIS SYSTEM WOULD BE EXTENDED TO THE OTHER NEW TOWNS.

SPEAKING OF +VARIOUS THREATS TO OUR WORK*. RR WONG MENTIONED WASTE FROM PIG AND CHICKEN FARMS, PRODUCING 1 363 CUBIC METRES AND 210 TONNES OF MANURE RESPECTIVELY EACH DAY WHICH WENT INTO STREAMS

AND RIVERS.

♦THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. IN THE WET SEASON, THE WASTE IS GENERALLY FLUSHED AWAY AFTER HEAVY RAIN. BUT IN THE DRY SEASON THE WASTE WILL COMBINE WITH OTHER RUBBISH TO BUILD UP A THICK CRUST WITH AN OBNOXIOUS SMELL. THERE ARE OF COURSE SANITARY AND HEALTH HAZARDS.+

MR WONG SAID TWO MONTHS AGO THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT. THE ORDINANCE EMPOWERED THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO DESIGNATE ANY AREA IN HONG KONG AS AN AREA IN WHICH ANIMAL WASTE WAS TO BE STORED IN PRESCRIBED CONTAINERS, AND TO MAKE REGULATIONS PRESCRIBING THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SUCH STORAGE CONTAINERS.

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THE PROPER STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF ANIMAL WASTE, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS WHERE LEAKAGE OR SPILLAGE OF SUCH WASTE MIGHT BE HAZARDOUS TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR DETRIMENTAL TO THE ENVIRONMENT, WOULD BE PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN TO BE PREPARED UNDER THE ORDINANCE, WHICH WOULD COVER THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF ALL KINDS OF WASTE.

IT IS FAR TOO EARLY TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION CF THE ORDINANCE,* MR WONG SAID.

♦SUFFICE TO SAY, ITS ENACTMENT REFLECTS GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO TACKLE THE POLLUTION PROBLEM.+

IN THE MEANTIME, EFFORTS HAD BEEN MADE TO IMPROVE WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL SERVICE.

MR WONG SAID THERE WERE MANY ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

I HAVE MENTIONED PIG AND CHICKEN WASTE, BUT THERE ARE OTHERS. FOR EXAMPLE, MANY SQUATTER FACTORIES ARE DISCHARGING HIGHLY POLLUTING EFFLUENTS INTO OUR STREAM COURSES EVERY DAY.+

BUT, HE SAID, IN DEVELOPING THE NEW TERRITORIES, GOVERNMENT HAD NOT LOST SIGHT OF THE NEED TO PRESERVE AND IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT, IN THE WIDEST SENSE OF THE WORD.

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HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY IN PROGRESS

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THE CURRENT HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY, CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND THE HANG SENG BANK, WHICH IS AIMED AT UPDATING THE EXISTING CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, WILL BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER.

MR C.M. LEE, SENIOR STATISTICIAN OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, SAID THAT MORE THAN 3 500 HOUSEHOLDS HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED SINCE THE SURVEY STARTED IN OCTOBER 1979, AND THAT ABOUT 600 OTHER HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE INTERVIEWED DURING THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

♦THE SURVEY IS TO EXAMINE THE CONSUMPTION PATTERN OF HOUSEHOLDS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A BASIS FOR UPDATING THE BASKETS OF GOODS AND SERVICES OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES AND THEIR WEIGHTS,+ SAID MR LEE.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES MEASURE THE CHANGES IN PRICES OF GOODS AND SERVICES CONSUMED BY HOUSEHOLDS AND RESULTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY DIRECTLY AFFECT THE ACCURACY OF THE CPIS — CPI (A), CPI (B) AND HANG SENG CPI.

MR LEE SAID THE CPIS ARE VERY IMPORTANT ECONOMIC INDICATORS, AFFECTING BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES. MANY EMPLOYERS (INCLUDING GOVERNMENT) TAKE THESE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN ADJUSTING WAGES AND SALARIES AND VARIOUS KINDS OF LIVING ALLOWANCES OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. THE GOVERNMENT ALSO USES THEM IN MAKING ECONOMIC ANALYSES AND FORMULATING POLICIES IN VARIOUS ASPECTS.

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i NCE "HE CP IS AFFECT EVERYONE’S DAILY LIFE, MR LEE URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE SELECTED TO BE INTERVIEWED IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT TO FACILITATE THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE SURVEY AND ESTABLISH A SOUND AND REPRESENTATIVE BASIS FOR THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES.

THE HOUSEHOLDS ARE SELECTED BY MEANS OF A CHANCE MECHANISM. A LETTER WILL BE SENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OR THE HANG SENG BANK TO EACH OF THE SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS, NOTIFYING THEM ABOUT THE SURVEY AND THE TIME AN ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICER WILL CALL ON THEM, AND ASKING FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION.

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS, CARRYING IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THE CHOSEN HOUSEHOLDS AND EXPLAIN WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED.

MR LEE ASSURED THE SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS THAT INFORMATION PROVIDED WOULD BE KEPT IN CONFIDENCE AND WOULD NOT BE RELEASED TO ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. IT WILL BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT SOLELY FOR PRODUCING STATISTICAL TABULATIONS FROM WHICH PARTICULARS OF INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED.

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CYC MEMBERS NEARING 40 000 MARK ******

NEARLY 40 000 SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE NOW MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUBS WHICH WERE INTRODUCED IN 1978 TO INSTIL A SENSE OF CITIZENSHIP IN YOUNG PEOPLE.

THIS YEAR, THE CYC SECRETARIAT IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PLANS TO PROMOTE THIS SPIRIT FURTHER THROUGH A SERIES OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES INVOLVING ALL ITS MEMBERS.

THE FIRST OF THESE IS A +KNOW YOUR GOVERNMENT* PROJECT DESIGNED TO GIVE THEM A BETTER INSIGHT INTO THOSE ASPECTS OF GOVERNMENT WORK WHICH ARE MORE DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH THE LIFE OF THE ORDINARY CITIZEN.

A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS — EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MEDICAL AND HEALTH, FIRE SERVICES, HOME AFFAIRS, LEGAL AID, HOUSING, URBAN SERVICES AND PUBLIC WORKS — WILL OUTLINE THEIR SERVICES AND EXPLAIN THEIR ROLES TO THE PARTICIPANTb.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WILL BE A DESIGN COMPETITION ON THE SAME SUBJECT FOR CYC MEMBERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN WHICH THE BEST 20 ENTRIES WILL BE EXHIBITED NEXT APRIL,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CYC SECRETARIAT TODAY (SUNDAY).

ANOTHER PROJECT TO INVOLVE CYC MEMBERS IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS IS A +KNOW YOUR DISTRICT* SCHEME.

+MEMBERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL TAKE PART IN A QUIZ COMPETITION IN THEIR OWN DISTRICTS WHILE THOSE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL HOLD AN EXHIBITION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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IN MID-SEPTEMBER, SCHOOLS WILL BE INVITED TO JOIN A CARTOON DRAWING COMPETITION ON +THE RIGHTS OF A CONSUMER*. ALL THE ENTRIES WILL BE EXHIBITED.

OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR THIS YEAR INCLUDE VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS, CLEAN BEACH ACTIVITIES, LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMPS, COMMUNITY SERVICE (VISITING HOMES FOR THE AGED AND REFUGEE CAMPS), TALKS, AND A FUN FAIR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PUBLIC BODIES.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUBS AT THE END OF JUNE WAS ABOUT 38 000, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 34 PER CENT OVER THE MEMBERSHIP FIGURE AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF MEMBER SCHOOLS INCREASED FROM 373 TO 428 DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

♦STATISTICS ALSO SHOW THAT MEMBER PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1979 AND FEBRUARY 1980 WAS WELL OVER 48 000 TIMES, WHICH REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF A GOOD 50 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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LANTERN PARADE TO BE HELD IN NORTH Nt

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MORE THAN 2 000 STUDENTS FROM NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES ARE BEING INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A LANTERN PARADE IN OCTOBER TO MARK THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE.

NORTH DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES THE TOWNS OF SHEUNG SHU I, SHEK WU HUI, TA KWU LING, FANLING AND SHA TAU KOK AND THE BORDER AREA, WAS FORMERLY PART OF TAI PO DISTRICT. IT BECAME A SEPARATE DISTRICT LAST OCTOBER TO STREAMLINE ADMINISTRATION.

DURING THE PARADE ON OCTOBER 3, STUDENTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH LANTERNS AND WILL TOUR THE CENTRAL AREA OF MAJOR TOWNS IN THE DISTRICT BEFORE GATHERING AT FANLING PLAYGROUND WHERE A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD.

THE SHOW WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS, A MAGIC SHOW, AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE DANCES BY STUDENTS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS.

NEARLY 5 000 PEOPLE INCLUDING GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND DIGNITARIES WILL ATTEND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE EVENT WAS AN EFFORT BY GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC TO HELP CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS.

A PREPARATORY COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, RURAL COMMITTEES AND CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS HAS BEEN FORMED FOR THE OCCASION.

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SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND REGIONAL COMMISSIONER NORTH WEST, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, ARE SPONSORS OF THE COMMITTEE.

THE LANTERN PARADE AND THE VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HIGHLIGHTS OF A ONE-MONTH PROGRAMME BEING ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SOCCER COMPETITIONS, A QUIZ CONTEST, DRAGON DANCES AND LANTERN AND LOGO DESIGN COMPETITIONS.

NORTH DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD PROVIDED $15 OOO FOR THE EVENT, WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO COST $70 000. THE BALANCE WILL BE RAISED FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS.

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PWD NEEDS 40 AIR-CONDITIONING ARTISANS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS TO FILL 40 VACANCIES FOR CLASS I AND CLASS II AIR-CONDITIONING ARTISANS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE DUTIES INCLUDE THE OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND SERVICING OF AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK IN THE URBAN AREA AND IN TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND FANLING. THEY MAY HAVE TO WORK SHIFT DUTIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICANTS SHOULD BE OVER 20 YEARS OF AGE WITH FIVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN AIR-CONDITIONING FOR THE CLASS I POST AND FOUR YEARS FOR CLASS II.

APPLICANTS WILL ALSO HAVE TO SIT A TRADE TEST.

PREFERENCE WOULD BE GIVEN TO THOSE POSSESSING VALID APPRENTICESHIP CERTIFICATES, HE ADDED.

THE CLASS I POST HAS A MONTHLY STARTING SALARY OF $1 525, RISING TO $1 705, AND CLASS II $1 435, RISING TO $1 615.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD CALL AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE, BRINGING ALONG THEIR PHOTOGRAPH AND IDENTITY CARD.

TWO OF THE OFFICES ARE AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, FOURTH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI, AND NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONES 3-683764 AND 3-666615.

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KCR TENDERS CLOSE FRIDAY ft ft ft ft

TENDERS FOR A FIVE-YEAR TENANCY TO RUN THE RESTAURANT AND BAR AT THE KOWLOON RAILWAY STATION IN HUNG HOM WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 8).

A KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED PROSPECTIVE TENDERERS THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS FOR ANOTHER FIVE-YEAR TENANCY TO OPERATE A BOOKSHOP AT THE STATION CONCOURSE WILL ALSO BE ON FRIDAY.

ALL TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BEFORE NOON ON THAT DAY.

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NEW STAFF QUARTERS FOR KCR ft ft ft ft ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STAFF QUARTERS FOR KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY IN MONG KOK.

THE WORK INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 14-STOREY BUILDING TO PROVIDE 127 QUARTERS AND THREE BARRACK ROOMS.

THE NEW STAFF QUARTERS WILL BE BUILT AT THE NORTH-WEST CORNER OF THE MONG KOK STATION GOODS YARD.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JANUARY 1982.

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ACCESS ROAD CLOSURE ft ft ft ft

THE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN BLOCKS 11 AND 13 OF UPPER PAK TIN ESTATE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 5) TO MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 9) FOR ROAD RESURFACING WORKS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION ON TAI KOK TSUI ROAD ft ft ft ft ft

NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON TAI KOK TSUI ROAD BETWEEN CHUNG WUI STREET AND ANCHOR STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 5) TO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD. LOCAL ACCESS TO SIDE STREETS WILL BE MAINTAINED.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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NEW PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL NEaRS COMPLETION ...................... 1

CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY EXHIBITION ............................ 2

CENTRAL SITE FOR AUCTION ....................................... 3

TSUEN WAN COMMERCIAL SITE TO BE AUCTIONED....................... 4

SHA TIN TO HAVE CYCLE TRACK NET WORK............................ 4

PRISONS RECRUITMENT DISPLAY IN WAN CHAI ........................ 5

SALT WATER CUT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN........................... 5

MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 1980

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NEW PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL NEARS COMPLETION *****

THE OVERCROWDED CONDITION OF CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL WILL BE CONSIDERABLY EASED WHEN THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL STARTS TO ADMIT PATIENTS AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE 1 336 BED HOSPITAL, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE PSYCHIATRIC WING OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, HAS ADVANCED TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT.

OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 4.5 HECTARES AND BUILT AT A COST OF MORE THAN $100 MILLION, IT CONSISTS OF SEVEN BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS WHICH ARE LINKED BY A SYSTEM OF SUBWAYS TO ENABLE STAFF MOVEMENT DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER.

THE COMPLEX COMPRISES A SINGLE-STOREY ADMINISTRATION BLOCK-TWO MAJOR BLOCKS OF 11 AND NINE STOREYS PROVIDING 34 WARD UNITS-A FOUR-STOREY GENERAL AND SERVICES BLOCK HOUSING AN X-RAY UNIT, LABORATORY AND AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT- A TWO-STOREY BLOCK ACCOMMODATING KITCHEN AND CAR PARK- A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL AND STAFF QUARTERS.

DESIGN OF THE COMPLEX IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF A GENERAL HOSPITAL BUT INCORPORATING SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS.

AS MENTAL PATIENTS ARE RATHER AMBULATORY, THERE WILL BE SPACIOUS AREAS BETWEEN EVERY TWO WARD UNITS.

THERE ARE ALSO SPORT FIELDS, A PLAYGROUND, AND COVERED ROOF GARDENS ON WARD BLOCKS, GENERAL BLOCK AND THE HALL.

ALL WARDS ARE AIR-CONDITIONED. EACH GENERAL WARD, IN ADDITION TO AN OPEN DORMITORY AREA, CONTAINS FIVE SINGLE ROOMS AND A SPACIOUS REST AREA WHERE TELEVISION AND RADIO FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED.

BETWEEN TWO WARDS ARE A GROUP THERAPY ROOM, VISITORS ROOM, DINING ROOM AND A TREATMENT ROOM.

THERE ARE SEPARATE WARDS FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, OLD PEOPLE AND NEUROTIC PATIENTS.

A CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEM WILL BE IN PLACES, SUCH AS THE PLAY AREA OF THE CHILDREN WARD, TO ENABLE OBSERVATION OF THE PATIENTS FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSE. IN SELECTED PLACES, SAFETY GLASS IS INSTALLED TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS.

THE OPERATING THEATRE IS FITTED WITH LASER BEAM BI-PLANE RADIOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT FOR PSYCHO-SURGERY, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG.

A LARGE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY UNIT WILL PROVIDE TRAINING IN DIFFERENT TRADES THROUGH WHICH PATIENTS RECEIVE THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT TO ENHANCE REHABILITATION.

PARTICULAR ATTENTION IS PAID TO THE RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES OF THE PATIENT, WHO ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO GARDENING AND TAKE PART IN OTHER RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, AND TO ATTEND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE HALL.

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♦CLUB* BUSINESS WHICH INCLUDES RUNNING OF A CANTEEN AND SHOPS, IS HANDLED BY PATIENTS UNDER SUPERVISION. THROUGH THIS ACTIVITY, IT IS INTENDED TO SPEED UP THEIR ADAPTATION TO COMMUNITY LIFE AFTER DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITAL.

+THE COMPLETION OF SOUTH KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL MARKS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME FOR PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS DURING THE DECADE,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES FOR PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WILL ALSO BE STRENGTHENED.

APART FROM THE SEVEN EXISTING PSYCHIATRIC OUT-PATIENT CLINICS, SIX MORE WILL BE BUILT WITHIN THE NEXT SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS.

A NEW FIELD OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE, NAMELY PSYCHIATRIC COMMUNITY NURSING, WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE HOSPITAL BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

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CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY EXHIBITION * * * *

VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY WILL BE BROUGHT UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT LATER THIS WEEK IN AN EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN THE AUTHORITY’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE IN NGAU TAU KOK FROM AUGUST 9 TO 17. ADMISSION IS FREE.

IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE AUTHORITY’S CHAIRMAN, MR GEOFFREY YEH, AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY.

THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT HAMMERING HOME THE VARIOUS SAFETY MEASURES TO BE ADOPTED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES BY MEANS OF DISPLAYS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

+THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY HAS GIVEN FULL SUPPORT IN PLANNING AND ORGANISING THE EXHIBITION. IT IS HOPED THAT IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS,* THE DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIP YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID THE EXHIBITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS - DISPLAYS OF MACHINERY AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON SAFETY.

THE DISPLAYS WILL HIGHLIGHT SAFETY MEASURES IN RESPECT OF LIFTING AND TRANSPORTATION MACHINERY. THESE WILL INCLUDE TRAINING OF PERSONNEL, PROPER METHODS OF OPERATION, EXAMINATION AND TESTING, PROPER DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION OF THE MACHINERY.

+THIS IS PROMPTED BY THE FACT THAT LAST YEAR A NUMBER OF FATAL AND SERIOUS CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS INVOLVED THESE TYPES OF MACHINERY,* MR YIP POINTED OUT.

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HE SAID OTHER DISPLAYS WILL FEATURE SAFETY USE OF PASSENGER HOISTS AND SUSPENDED CRADLES AS WELL AS FENCING AND GUARDING OF MACHINERY, SUCH AS WOOD PLANING MACHINES AND CIRCULAR SAWS.

A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT WILL BE ON DISPLAY BY DEALERS OR MANUFACTURERS.

SAFETY FILMS WILL BE SHOWN AT THE EXHIBITION.

THERE WILL ALSO BE EXCAVATION SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS.

PyrAA2EM?^iTHnT12NTulLL F0CUS 0N SAFETY MEASURES FOR CAISSON EXCAVATION, INCLUDING THE USE OF SAFETY BELTS, DETECTION OF TOXIC GAGEGA FRO)'’S'ON OF RAIL,NGS F0R CAISS0N OWNING! aSJ MEASURES FOR MEANS OF ESCAPE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

TRE EXHIBITION WILL OPEN FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM ON SATURDAY AND FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM DAILY UNTIL AUGUST 17.

C°P|ES OF A CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY MANUAL PREPARED BY THE TRAINING AUTHORITY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.

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CENTRAL SITE FOR AUCTION

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A NON-INDUSTRI AL SITE ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE OFFERED FO SALE BY AUCTION BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 1 470 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MARINA ROOM OF THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL AT 2.30 PM ON SEPTEMBER 4.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING ENTRANCE), AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

SALE PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES.

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TSUEN WAN COMMERCIAL SITE TO BE AUCTIONED

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CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IS EXPECTED FROM DEVELOPERS WHEN THE FIRST WHOLLY COMMERCIAL SITE IN TSUEN WAN IS OFFERED FOR SALE ON AUGUST 13.

THE SITE, MEASURING 4 600 SQUARE METRES, FRONTS CASTLE PEAK ROAD WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION SITE IMMEDIATELY BEHIND.

ITS GROUND LEVEL IS FOR A BUS TERMINUS WHICH WILL BE LINKED BY COVERED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS TO THE MTR STATION AND NEIGHBOURING BUILDINGS.

THE AREA OVER THE TERMINUS WILL BE SOLELY FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, EXCLUDING HOTEL USE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID THE NORMAL PLOT RATIO FOR NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS 9.5.

IN THIS INSTANCE, THE RATIO HAD BEEN RAISED TO 12.5 TO ALLOW FOR THE BUILDING OF THE BUS TERMINUS. AS A FURTHER CONCESSION, THE BUS TERMINUS WILL NOT COUNT FOR GROSS FLOOR AREA PURPOSES.

UNDER SALE CONDITIONS, THE TERMINUS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE JUNE 30, 1982.

DEVELOPMENT OVER THE TERMINUS CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $100 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

THE AUCTION WILL BE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, AT 11 AM.

THREE SHA TIN SITES TOTALLING MORE THAN 17 600 SQUARE METRES WILL ALSO BE AUCTIONED. THEY ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL, NON-1NDUSTRI AL AND INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT.

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SHA TIN TO HAVE CYCLE TRACK NET WORK * * * *

WHEN SHA TIN CYCLE TRACK IS OPENED IN OCTOBER, CYCLISTS WHO CONTINUE TO USE MAIN ROADS NEXT TO IT WILL BE BREAKING THE LAW AND ARE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THE PURPOSE OF THE TRACK WAS TO MAKE CONDITIONS A GREAT DEAL SAFER FOR CYCLISTS AND APPEALED TO THEM TO USE IT FULLY.

HF SAID THE TRACK WOULD BE 11 KILOMETRES LONG INITIALLY, BUT WOULD IveStSaLl? BE EXTENDS OVER A DISTANCE OF 47.5 KILOMETRES WHEN FULLY COMPLETED. IT WILL LINK TAI WAI WITH FO TAN.

THE CYCLE TRACK IS DESIGNED TO MAKE IT EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE IN THE MAJOR HOUSING AND INDUSTRIAL ESTATES IN SHA TIN.

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THE TRACK WILL BE 3.5 METRES WIDE AND HAVE ITS OWN SIGNPOSTS IT WILL BE STRICTLY FOR THE USE OF CYCLISTS. THE FIRST PHASE IS hEARING COMPLETION AND IS EXPECTED TO BE READY BY OCTOBER THE PROJECT INCLUDES 19 SUBWAYS AND TWO BRIDGES. STOBER. THE

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PRISONS RECRUITMENT DISPLAY IN WAN CHAI * * * *

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL STAGE ANOTHER RECRUITMENT DISPLAY AND VARIETY SHOW IN WAN CHAI ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 7) EVENING.

THE DISPLAY, AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS II, WILL BE IN THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND FROM 7.30 PM TO 9.30 PM.

BESIDES A DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PRISON WORK, THERE WILL ALSO BE A VARIETY SHOW WITH PERFORMANCES BY TELEVISION PERSONALITIES AND AN ENTERTAINMENT TROUPE.

THE MARCHING TEAM OF THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AND THE DRUMS AND PIPES BAND OF CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION WILL PERFORM DURING THE SHOW.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE DISPLAY.

PRISON OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES FROM VISITORS AT A MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY AND VARIETY SHOW ON THURSDAY, (AUGUST 7) IN THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WAN CHAI WHICH STARTS AT 7.30 PM.

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SALT WATER CUT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX AND A HALF HOURS FROM 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 6) FOR WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

THE AREAS AFFECTED WILL BE WYNDHAM STREET, WELLINGTON STREET, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, CAINE ROAD, TAI PING SHAN STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN QUEEN STREET AND CENTRE STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN QUEEN STREET AND WESTERN STREET, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, FIRST STREET, SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, HIGH STREET, HILL ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND POKFULAM ROAD, AND POKFULAM ROAD BETWEEN HILL ROAD AND HOK SZ TERRACE.

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THREE LOTS OFFERED FOR AUCTION.......................... 1

SURVEY ON KWUN TONG FACTORIES FOR i'lACS ............... 1

LOCATIONS OF LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT’S ’MOBILE OFFICE’ ................................................... 2

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT AT RO RETIRES ............... 3

TRANSPORT CHAIM-IAN TO SURVEY CONGESTED AREAS

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THREE LOTS OFFERED FOR AUCTION * * ft *

-r.JH~EE L0TS 0F CR0WN LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY (AUGUST 11).

THE AUCTION WILL BE IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 2.30 PM.

ONE LOT OF ABOUT 4 600 SQUARE METRES AT SOUTH BAY CLOSE IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

ANOTHER SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 385 SQUARE METRES IN BEACH ROAD, REPULSE BAY, IS FOR A RESTAURANT, RETAIL SHOP OR SUCH RECREATIONAL USES (INCLUDING A CLUB) AS MAY BE APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS.

AND A LOT ON CHAI WAN RECLAMATION, MEASURING ABOUT 3 000 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES.

MEANWHILE, TENDERS WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 8) FOR A 590-SQUARE-METRE SITE FOR A PETROL FILLING STATION OFF PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE SAID THAT ALL TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BEFORE NOON ON THAT DATE.

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THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE IS CONDUCTING A SURVEY WITHIN ITS INDUSTRIAL SECTOR TO ASCERTAIN THE POSSIBLE NUMBER OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MACS) WHICH COULD BE FORMED BY FACTORY OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT.

CURRENTLY, THERE ARE ABOUT 300 MACS IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF THE DISTRICT.

♦THERE ARE ABOUT 500 INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN KWUN TONG AND WE ARE ANTICIPATING THE FORMATION OF JUST OVER 200 MACS THERE,♦ THE ASSISTANT CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG) MR ERIC CHOI SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

♦THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST MAJOR ATTEMPT TO HAVE MACS WITH MEMBERS WHO ARE FACTORY OWNERS AND OPERATORS.

♦THE FORMATION EXERCISE AIMS AT IMPROVING MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.+ HE SAID.

CITING AN EXAMPLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, MR CHOI SAID THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE RECENTLY ORGANISED A FOUR-WEEK CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA DURING WHICH ABOUT FOUR TONNES OF RUBBISH WERE REMOVED DAILY.

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♦THIS OPERATION,* HE SAID, ^SUCCESSFULLY CREATED A VISUAL IMPACT ON WORKERS AND FACTORY OWNERS OF HOW DIFFERENT IT WAS BEFORE AND AFTER THE AREA WAS CLEANED UP.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT WITH THE FORMATION OF THESE MACS, AND WITH THEIR CO-OPERATION, THE IMPROVED CONDITION WILL BE MAINTAINED.

♦IT IS ALSO TO THE INDUSTRIALISTS’ BENEFIT TO HAVE CLOSELY KNITTED MACS WHICH CAN ENSURE THE SECURITY OF THEIR PREMISES,* HE ADDED.

MR CHOI COULD FORESEE A BETTER LIAISON NETWORK WITH FACTORY OWNERS, OPERATORS AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE THROUGH THE MACS.

*THE COMMITTEES WILL SERVE AS ’CONTACT POINTS’ FOR US AND WILL IN TURN HELP US HELP THEM IN MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST,* HE SAID.

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LOCATIONS OF LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT’S ’MOBILE OFFICE’

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THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT’S ‘MOBILE OFFICE’, LAUNCHED THREE WEEKS AGO, HAS FIXED LOCATIONS IN FIVE NEW TERRITORIES TOWNS, A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE SAID THE LOCATIONS WOULD REMAIN THE SAME SO THE PUBLIC WOULD BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THEM.

THE LOCATIONS AND DAYS OF OPERATION ARE I

K MONDAYS, HOI PA STREET GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, TSUEN WAN-

M TUESDAYS, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE-

* WEDNESDAYS, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE-

M THURSDAYS, SHEUNG SHU I SOCIAL CENTRE, SHEK WU HUI, AND

* FRIDAYS, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TIN KOK ROAD.

THE OFFICE AT EACH LOCATION WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ’OFFICE’, AN AIR-CONDITIONED VAN DONATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ROTARY CLUB, WAS INTENDED TO BRING THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT’S SERVICES TO NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS IN A CONVENIENT FORM.

/HE SAID......

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CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT AT RO RETIRES * * * *

THE CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR LIU PING-PUI, WILL BE RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 33 YEARS SERVICE AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

SINCE 1962, MR LIU HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTROLLING AND CO-ORDINATING THE WORK OF THE SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANTS AND THE ISSUE OF METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC AND SHIPPING INTERESTS. IN 1965 HE WAS AWARDED AN MBE FOR HIS SERVICES TO THE GOVERNMENT +GREATLY IN EXCESS OF NORMAL DUTIES.+

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TRANSPORT CHAIRMAN TO SURVEY CONGESTED AREAS * M M *

THE RECENTLY APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR T.S. LO, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, WILL MAKE AN AERIAL SURVEY IN A RHKAAF HELICOPTER OVER TRAFFIC CONGESTION SPOTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR DURING THURSDAY (AUGUST 7) MORNING’S RUSH HOUR.

LATER, THEY WILL LAND AT TUEN MUN TO VISIT KMB’S BUS ASSEMBLY PLANT.

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CIVIL SERVICE * SALARIES ..............................  1

TEN-FOLD INCREASE IN ’ QUOTA ’ FRAUD PENALTIES .......   1

RECRUITS URGED TO UPHOLD HIGH STANDARD.................  3

DENTAL*HOSPITAL OPENS SEPTEMBER .....................    4

JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDaNT TEaCHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS ........................................ 5

EMPLOYERS URGED TO SEEK COMPENSATION INSURANCE ......... 5

ADVISORY ROLE OF DABS NOT CONFINED TO LOCaL AFFAIRS .... 7

’NO HUNTING’ BILL PaSSED............................... 8

ONE IN FIVE APPLICATIONS TO BUILD SMALL HOUSES APPROVED ... 9

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST RABIES .............. 10

PREVENT CRIME BY ADOPTING MODERN METHODS .............. 11

BILLS PASSED........................................... 11

REGISTRAR GENERAL TO TnKE OVER THREE NT DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES ....................................... 12

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OFFICIALS TO SPEAK FIRST ..................................... 13

METRIC PROGRAMME............................................. 12*

CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS INCREASED ............................. 14

SINGLE EXCHANGE POSITIVE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION ............. 15

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS A TRI-PARTITE BUSINESS .................. 15

PROGRAMME TO COMBAT WATER POLLUTION ........................   17

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VdT.EDTr.TORY TO TWO RETIRING LEGCO MEMBERS. ................. 18

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC aRRaNGEMENTS IN CLE.tR WaTER BAY ROaD ... 19


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CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES

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THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED ADJUSTMENTS TO CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE MAJORITY OF CIVIL SERVANTS WILL RECEIVE PAY ADJUSTMENTS RANGING FROM ABOUT 16 PER CENT TO 18 PER CENT, WHILE OFFICERS AT THE DIRECTORATE LEVEL WILL HAVE THEIR RANGE OF SALARIES ADJUSTED BY ABOUT NINE PER CENT TO JUST UNDER 14 PER CENT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY OF PAY TRENDS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DURING THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR FORMED THE BASIS FOR DISCUSSION OF THE REVISION OF SCALES BETWEEN THE STAFF SIDE AND THE OFFICIAL SIDE OF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL.

THE NEW SALARIES OF CIVIL SERVANTS ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE RANGE FROM $1 180 AT POINT ONE TO 115 230 AT POINT 51, COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING RANGE OF $1 000 TO $13 000.

MODEL SCALE I WORKERS WILL RECEIVE REVISED SALARIES RANGING FROM $1 375 TO $2 100, INSTEAD OF THE PRESENT $1 175 TO $1 800.

STAFF OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES WILL BE PAID FROM $2 835 TO $15 230 AS AGAINST THE PRESENT $2 440 TO $13 000 IN THE CASE OF OFFICERS, AND FROM $1 645 TO $4 730 AS AGAINST THE PRESENT $1 410 TO $4 050 IN THE CASE OF RANK AND FILE.

THE REVISED DIRECTORATE AND DIRECTORATE JUD IC IAL/LEGAL GROUP PAY SCALES RANGE FROM $16 500 TO $36 000, COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING RANGE OF $14 500 TO $33 000.

THE REVISED SCALES ARE EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR AND THE NEW SALARIES WILL BE PAID IN SEPTEMBER.

THE ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL COST IS ABOUT $700 MILLION IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT SOME SHIPMENTS THIS YEAR AGAINST HONG KONG’S QUOTA HAVE BEEN FALSELY DECLARED TO BE OF HONG KONG ORIGIN SAID THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, THE HON PETER TSAO TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (AMENDMENT) BILL IMO, BEFORE IT WAS PASSED INTO LAW, HE SAID THAT ITS PURPOSE TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY TO $500 000 AND TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A MORE EFFECTIVE DETERRENT AGAINST POTENTIAL OFFENDERS.

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♦THE LAW AS IT NOW STANDS PRESCRIBES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $50 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT. THIS HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS AND, AS A RESULT, IS NO LONGER CONSIDERED ADEQUATE WHEN THE VALUE OF THE COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND THE PROFITS INVOLVED ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE IN CONNECTION WITH ATTEMPTS TO CIRCUMVENT THE TEXTILE QUOTA SYSTEM.+

HE SAID THAT IN 1979 EIGHT COMPANIES WERE PROSECUTED FOR SHIPPING GOODS TO A MARKET SUBJECT TO QUOTA RESTRICTIONS BY FALSELY DECLARING THEM TO BE DESTINED FOR A NON-RESTR ICTED MARKET.

♦THESE COMPANIES WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $350 000. HOWEVER, THIS REPRESENTS JUST OVER ONE PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF THE GOODS INVOLVED,+ SAID MR TSAO.

♦PUT ANOTHER WAY, HAD THE ATTEMPTS TO CIRCUMVENT THE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM SUCCEEDED, THE EIGHT COMPANIES WOULD HAVE BENEFITTED FINANCIALLY BY NOT HAVING TO SURRENDER THE QUOTA THAT THEY OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE TO SURRENDER.

♦ROUGHLY CALCULATED, THE AMOUNT OF QUOTAS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SURRENDERED WOULD HAVE A MARKET VALUE THEN IN EXCESS OF $10 MILLION. SET AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT THAT THE FINES IMPOSED SERVED AS AN EFFECTIVE DETERRENT,♦ HE SAID.

EXPLAINING WHY IT HAD BECOME EXPEDIENT TO TAKE THE BILL THROUGH ALL THREE STAGES AT THIS SITTING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, bR TSAO SAID: +MY CONCERN THAT THE DETERRENT EFFECT HAS BEEN ERODED HAS RECENTLY BEEN HEIGHTENED BY WHAT I WOULD REGARD AS A RATHER UNUSUAL PATTERN OF TRADE.

♦WHILE OUR GENERAL QUOTA UTILISATION RATE THIS YEAR HAS SLOWED DOWN, NOT SURPRISINGLY HAVING REGARD TO GENERALLY SOFTER MARKET CONDITIONS ABROAD, WE HAVE FOUND THAT IN PARTICULARLY POPULAR CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS, THIS YEAR’S QUOTA UTILISATION RATE SO FAR IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR’S.

♦THIS GIVES RISE TO A SUSPICION THAT IMPROPER USE OF HONG KONG’S QUOTA MAY HAVE BEEN MADE FOR SHIPMENTS FALSELY DECLARED TO BE OF HONG KONG OR IGIN,+ HE ADDED.

WHILE HONG KONG WAS STEPPING UP THE POLICING OF THE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM, IN PARALLEL WITH THE INCREASED VIGILANCE,A MORE EFFECTIVE DETERRENT, IN THE FORM OF HEAVIER PENALTIES, WAS URGENTLY CALLED FOR.

♦THE TYPE OF MALPRACTICE THAT WE BELIEVE IS BEING PERPETRATED NOW NOT ONLY DEPRIVES HONG KONG THE FULL USE OF ITS LIMITED ACCESS TO ITS MARKETS, BUT WOULD ALSO CAST INTO DOUBT THE EFFECTIVENESS AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE ENTIRE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM,♦ HE SAID.

♦I AM SATISFIED THAT THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ARE ESSENTIAL, BOTH AS A DETERRENT AND AS A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF THE DETERMINATION OF THIS GOVERNMENT TO UPHOLD THE EFFECTIVENESS AND INTEGRITY OF THE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM,♦ CONCLUDED MR TSAO.

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THE HON FRANCIS TIEN, SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. COMMENDED THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS DETERMINATION AND EFFECTIVENESS TO HAVE THINGS DONE EXPEDITIOUSLY +WHERE THE URGENCY OF THE SITUATION SO DEMANDS*.

HE STRESSED THAT THE AMENDMENTS CONTAINED IN THE BILL PROVIDE HIGHER PENALTIES NOT ONLY TO DETER QUOTA ABUSERS, BUT HELP TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM WHICH HAS JUST BEEN MODIFIED.

WHILE NOTING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NO DOUBT IMPRESS UPON THE TRADE THAT THE INCREASED PENALTIES REFLECTED ITS EARNEST DETERMINATION TO DETER UNSCRUPULOUS TRADERS, MR TIEN FELT THAT THE ULTIMATE EFFECTIVENESS COULD ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY VIGILANT POLICING AIMED AT THE COMPLETE ELIMINATION OF SUCH TRADERS.

THIS, HE BELIEVED, + IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT THE INTERNATIONAL TRADING REPUTATION OF HONG KONG*.

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MR LO TAK-SHING, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED A GROUP OF GRADUATING IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT RECRUITS TO UPHOLD THE DEPARTMENT’S HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

SPEAKING AT THEIR PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND MR LO SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD ACHIEVED A DESERVED REPUTATION FOR ITS HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE IN SPITE OF VERY HEAVY PRESSURE IN RECENT MONTHS.

HE MAINTAINED THAT AT A TIME WHEN IMMIGRATION POLICIES WERE INCREASINGLY A MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST, THEIR PROPER EXECUTION BECAME A MATTER OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY.

♦YOUR WORK CALLS FOR AN INCREASINGLY HIGH DEGREE OF TECHNICAL COMPETENCE, A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF EXTERNAL POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS AS WELL AS JUDGEMENT AND HUMANITY.

♦YOU WILL SOON KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO ARRIVE AT FAIR DECISIONS, QUICKLY, FIRMLY BUT COURTEOUSLY,+ MR LO ADDED.

SEVENTY ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND 30 IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS TOOK PART IN THE PASSING-OUT PARADE.

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DENTAL HOSPITAL OPENS SEPTEMBER

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THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL AT SAI YING PUN WILL START OPERATION THIS SEPTEMBER FOR THE TRAINING OF DENTAL SURGEONS FROM THE DENTAL SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR E.P. HO SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 11TH DENTAL HEALTH WEEK AT THE CITY HALL, MR HO SAID THE SHORTAGE OF DENTISTS IN HONG KONG WILL BE EASED WHEN THE FIRST DENTAL STUDENTS GRADUATE IN 1985.

+BY THE EARLY 1990’S OUR SUPPLY OF DENTISTS WILL BE MUCH IMPROVED TO BRING ABOUT A POPULATION TO DENTIST RATIO OF 4 000 TO ONE,* HE POINTED OUT.

MR HO SAID THAT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE A SCHOOL DENTAL CARE SERVICE BY STAGES TO PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS ALSO IN SEPTEMBER.

UNDER THE SCHEME, PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL BE PROVIDED WITH ROUTINE DENTAL CARE BY DENTAL THERAPISTS TRAINED IN BASIC CONSERVATIVE DENTISTRY TECHNIQUES, AND WORKING UNDER GENERAL SUPERVISION OF QUALIFIED DENTISTS.

+ IT REPRESENTS A NEW LINE OF THINKING IN THAT THE HABITS OF REGULAR DENTAL CHECK-UPS AND OTHER GOOD ORAL HABITS INCULCATED IN YOUTH WILL BE MAINTAINED FOR LIFE,* HE SAID.

THE DENTAL HEALTH WEEK IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG DENTAL ASSOCIATION WITH THE THEME, +COMMON DENTAL DISEASES*.

DURING THE WEEK, AN EXHIBITION AT THE CITY HALL WILL INCLUDE AUDIO-VISUAL SHOWS, DEMONSTRATIONS, ORAL EXAMINATIONS WITH ADVICE FROM DENTISTS, AND POSTER AND PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS.

A POSTER COMPETITION AND A SERIES OF RADIO AND TV PROGRAMMES ARE ALSO ORGANISED.

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JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS * * * * * *

ALL OF THE 434 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 (WEDNESDAY), THE OFF ICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE PLACEMENT SERVICE, MR CHAN YAM-PANG, SAID THAT OF THE 450 REDUNDANT TEACHERS, EIGHT FAILED TO REGISTER WHILE ANOTHER EIGHT DECLINED PLACEMENT.

LAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF REDUNDANT TEACHERS WAS 506.

THE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975 TO ASSIST REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SEEKING ALTERNATIVE JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE DROP IN POPULATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE, AS WELL AS A SHIFT OF PEOPLE FROM THE URBAN AREAS TO THE NEW TOWNS.

SINCE 1975, THE SERVICE HAS HELPED 2 064 REDUNDANT TEACHERS TO SECURE ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS.

THIS YEAR, AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, NOT A SINGLE REDUNDANT TEACHER WHO REGISTERED WITH THE SERVICE FAILED TO BE PLACED.

+1 AM EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO THE MANY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION TO MAKE THIS COME ABOUT,* MR CHAN SAID.

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO SEEK COMPENSATION INSURANCE

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EMPLOYERS WERE URGED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO TAKE OUT WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE POLICIES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST ANY CLAIM.

THE PLEA WAS MADE BY ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WEST.

MR YIU ALSO REMINDED THE MEETING THAT +N0 COMPENSATION IS ADEQUATE FOR HUMAN SUFFERING AND LOSS OF LIFE*.

♦WHILST IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD INSURE AGAINST SUCH LIABILITIES, IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT THEY SHOULD PREVENT ACCIDENTS,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR YIU ADVISED EMPLOYERS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR INSURANCE POLICIES COVERED ALL LIABILITIES UNDER THE LAW AS WELL AS CIVIL DAMAGES.

WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION WAS BASED ON THE *NQ FAULT* PRINCIPLE, HE EXPLAINED.

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IF AN ACCIDENT WHICH CAUSED INJURY TO AN EMPLOYEE WAS DUE TO THE EMPLOYER’S NEGLIGENCE, THE EMPLOYER WAS LIABLE TO CIVIL DAMAGES.

♦MANY EMPLOYERS SEEM TO THINK THAT ONCE THEY HAVE TAKEN OUT A WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE POLICY THEY ARE WELL PROTECTED AGAINST ANY CLAIM. IT IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS THEY MAY THINK.

♦THEY MUST ENSURE THAT THE INSURANCE POLICY COVERS ALL THE LIABILITIES THEY WISH TO BE COVERED. A POLICY MAY SOMETIMES EXCLUDE CERTAIN LIABILITIES SUCH AS CIVIL DAMAGES, MEDICAL EXPENSES OR CERTAIN TYPES OF WORK.

♦THE EMPLOYERS SHOULD THEREFORE EXAMINE THE INSURANCE POLICY CAREFULLY TO ASCERTAIN ITS COVERAGE,+ SAID MR YIU.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ON NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WOULD BE RENAMED EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE TO EXTEND THE STATUTORY BENEFITS TO ALL EMPLOYEES IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS.

THE MAXIMUM COMPENSATION FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY WOULD

BE INCREASED FROM $80 □□□ TO $192 000, AND FOR DEATH FROM $60 000 TO $168 000.

WITHIN THESE MAXIMUM LIMITS THE NEW LEVELS OF COMPENSATION WOULD ALSO BE GOVERNED BY THE AGE FACTOR AND COMPENSATION WOULD VARY WITH THE AGE GROUP TO WHICH THE INJURED EMPLOYEE BELONGED.

♦THIS AGE FACTOR IS BASED ON THE CONCEPT THAT A YOUNG PERSON WILL SUFFER MORE LOSS OF FUTURE EARNING DUE TO INCAPACITY AS HE WILL HAVE A LONGER WORKING LIFE AND COMPENSATION IS FOR LOSS OF FUTURE EARNING,♦ HE SAID.

OTHER IMPROVED BENEFITS INCLUDED INCREASING THE MAXIMUM COMPENSATION FOR CONSTANT ATTENTION ARISING FROM PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY TO BE INCREASED FROM $32 000 TO $77 000, AND EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY FOR PAYING THE ESTIMATED COST OF REPAIR AND RENEWAL OF A PROSTHESIS OR SURGICAL APPLIANCE UP TO A PEROID OF 10 YEARS, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $30 000.

♦THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT THESE CHANGES WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 9, BUT THE PROVISIONS WHICH EMBODY THESE CHANGES WILL BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ON NOVEMBER 1.

♦THIS TIME LAG IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO GIVE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY SUFFICIENT TIME TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PREMIUM RATES AND CURRENT INSURANCE POLICIES, PARTICULARLY AS DIFFERENTIAL AGE GROUPINGS ARE BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

♦THE OPERATIVE DATE WAS ANNOUNCED WITHOUT DELAY SO AS TO ENABLE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE EMPLOYERS TO ARRANGE FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE CURRENT INSURANCE POLICIES TO COVER THE ADDITIONAL LIABILITIES.

♦IN VIEW OF THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN COMPENSATION, AN UNINSURED SMALL EMPLOYER COULD EASILY GO BANKRUPT IF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT SHOULD HAPPEN TO HIS EMPLOYEE AT WORK.+ SAID MR YIU.

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ADVISORY ROLE OF DABS NOT CONFINED TO LOCAL AFFAIRS *****

THE ADVISORY ROLE OF DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS (DABS) IS BY NO MEANS CONFINED TO PURELY LOCAL AFFAIRS, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHUI SAID DABS WERE INVITED TO ADVISE ON ISSUES HAVING NEW TERR ITOR IES-WIDE OR HONG KONG-WIDE IMPLICATIONS AND AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF LOCAL INHABITANTS.

HE SAID THE GREATER EMPHASIS ON DISTRICT MANAGEMENT, LOCAL RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE WORK OF DABS WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE WELL-BEING OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

+THIS, IN TURN, CAN HELP DAB MEMBERS DEVELOP THEMSELVES INTO A GENUINE FOCUS OF LOCAL REPRESENTATION,+ MR CHUI SAID.

SINCE NOVEMBER, 1977, HE SAID, DABS WERE CONSULTED ABOUT 400 TIMES ON VARIOUS ISSUES, INCLUDING PROPOSED LEGISLATION, GREEN PAPERS, SOCIAL SERVICES PROBLEMS AND OTHER LOCAL ISSUES.

SPEAKING AT THE CITY LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG, MR CHUI SAID THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION HAD EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF CONSULTATION PERFORMED BY ADVISORY COMMITTEES, AND THE PROPOSAL WAS TO UPGRADE DABS TO DISTRICT BOARDS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF ELECTED MEMBERS AND THE ENHANCEMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS BY UNOFFICIALS.

♦KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL PROBLEMS AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL PRIORITIES AND THE ADAPTATION OF POLICY OBJECTIVES TO SUIT LOCAL SITUATIONS WILL BE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT,* HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID DABS HAD BEEN SET UP TO ADD A NEW DIMENSION TO THE LINKS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND INVOLVE MORE LOCAL RESIDENTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND BETTERMENT OF THEIR DISTRICT.

THEY HAD TWO DISTINCTIVE ROLES TO PLAY - ADVISORY AS WELL AS EXECUTIVE.

THEY WERE ESTABLISHED TO ADVISE GOVERNMENT ON ALL MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON PROVISION AND USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES.

AS REGARDS THE EXECUTIVE ROLE, DABS WERE ALSO ESTABLISHED TO UNDERTAKE PROMOTION OF RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROJECTS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS.

THERE WERE THREE MAIN CATEGORIES OF DAB MEMBERS - OFFICIALS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS- RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN, WHO WERE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS- AND APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS.

♦THE PRESENCE OF OFFICIALS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CAN SERVE TWO PURPOSES,+

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♦FIRSTLY, IT FACILITATES CO-ORDINATION, AMONG DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED, IN SOLVING LOCAL PROBLEMS AND ORGANISING RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

♦SECONDLY, MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE PUBLIC CAN BE CULTIVATED.

♦IN FACT, OFFICIALS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WELCOME THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DABS BECAUSE THEY PROVIDE A CONVENIENT FORUM FOR CONSULTATION AND EXPLANATION OF GOVERNMENT PLANS AND POLICIES.^ SAID MR CHUI.

THE INCLUSION OF 27 RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AS EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF DABS WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THE VIEWS OF THE RURAL POPULATION WERE ADEQUATELY REPRESENTED AT DABS, HE SAID.

THIS DEMONSTRATED THAT IT WAS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO AVOID OVERLOOKING THE INTERESTS AND WELL-BEING OF RURAL RESIDENTS IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS WERE DRAWN FROM A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY SO THAT MAJOR SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY WERE ADEQUATELY REPRESENTED.

IT WAS ALSO DESIGNED, SAID MR CHUI, TO PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS, THUS PROMOTING GREATER SENSE OF BELONGING AND PRIDE TO THE COMMUNITY.

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’NO HUNTING’ BILL PASSED * * * *

THE WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION (AMENDMENT) BILL PROHIBITING HUNTING IN HONG KONG WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH SEVERAL AMENDMENTS RECOMMENDED BY AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS.

THE CONVENOR OF THE GROUP, THE HON PETER C. WONG SAID THE PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS OF HONG KONG’S TERRITORY SIMPLY LEFT NO ROOM FOR HUNTING.

♦WITH URBANISATION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH OF POPULATION, THERE ARE VERY FEW AREAS LEFT, IF ANY, WHERE A GUN MAY BE FIRED WITHOUT THE RISK OF ENDANGERING LIFE AND LIMB.

♦IT IS THEREFORE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT HUNTING SHOULD BE BANNED,+ HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID ONE AMENDMENT CONCERNED THE IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF THE BILL WILL BE DEFERRED TO JANUARY 1, 1981, TO GIVE THE HUNTERS’ ASSOCIATION TIME TO ARRANGE AFFAIRS.

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THE DEFINITION OF +ANIMAL+ WAS ALSO RE-DEFINED TO EXCLUDE FISH AND MARINE INVERTEBRATES AND +GAME WARDEN+ RENAMED +NATURE WARDEN.+

IN ADDITION, PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF HUNTING AND CARRYING OF FIREARMS IN CERTAIN AREAS UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WILL BE DELETED AS HUNTING WOULD BE BANNED.

HOWEVER, MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT SPECIFIC HUNTING OPERATIONS COULD STILL BE PERMITTED UNDER A SECTION OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

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ONE IN FIVE APPLICATIONS TO BUILD SMALL HOUSES APPROVED

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THERE WERE 10 000 APPLICATIONS TO BUILD SMALL HOUSES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN 1978 AND 1979, OF WHICH 2 000 WERE APPROVED, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON F.K. HU, HE SAID HE WAS CLEARLY NOT IXX SATISFIED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A POLICY WHICH LEFT SUCH A WIDE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE NUMBERS OF THOSE APPLYING AND THE NUMBERS APPROVED.

♦THE REASONS FOR THE GAP ARE COMPLEX AND VARIOUS,* HE SAID.

+THE POLICY WAS APPROVED TO ASSIST THE VILLAGERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES IN SOLVING THEIR HOUSING NEEDS, AND IT HAS DONE THIS SATISFACTORILY IN MANY AREAS.

♦UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE OTHER AREAS WHERE HOUSES OR SITES HAVE BEEN SOLD OR RENTED TO NON-VILLAGERS SOMETIMES AT A CONSIDERABLE PROFIT.

♦THESE HOUSES OR SITES HAVE TAKEN UP MUCH OF THE AVAILABLE CROWN LAND AND IT IS NOW EXTREMELY DIFFICULT IN SOME VILLAGES TO FIND CROWN LAND NEAR THE VILLAGE.

♦IN OTHER PLACES CROWN LAND NEAR THE VILLAGE MAY BE STEEP AND INVOLVE EXTENSIVE SITE FORMATION, SO THAT, FOLLOWING SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF MOST UNSATISFACTORY AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS CONSTRUCTION, THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS TO INSIST IN SUCH CASES ON THE SUBMISSION OF SITE FORMATION PLANS BY AN AUTHORISED PERSON.

♦WITH LIMITED LAND AVAILABLE THERE ARE PROBLEMS OF SORTING OUT GENUINE FROM PURELY SPECULATIVE APPLICATIONS AND, WHEN DEALING WITH OVERSEAS APPLICANTS, THE VILLAGER WHO REALLY INTENDS TO RETURN AND RETIRE TO HIS NATIVE PLACE, AND THE FORMER VILLAGER WHO HAS NO INTENTION TO COME BACK TO LIVE IN HONG KONG AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT.*

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MR AKERS-JONES SAID A NUMBER OF ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED DURING THE LAST SEVEN YEARS AS A RESULT OF CONSULTATION WITH THE HEUNG YEE KUK TO RESOLVE OR REDUCE THESE PROBLEMS.

THERE WAS A CONTINUING DIALOGUE WITH THE KUK WHICH WOULD RESUME SOON FOLLOWING THE ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS FOR THE CURRENT TERM.

♦CERTAINLY FRESH THINKING IS REQUIRED TO DEAL WITH THE SHORTAGE OF CROWN LAND AND SCATTERED AND WASTEFUL DEVELOPMENT.

+WE WILL, I BELIEVE, HAVE TO EXAMINE THE POSSIBILITY OF ACQUIRING DESERTED PRIVATE LAND NEAR TO VILLAGES AND OF INSTALLING PATHS AND DRAINS SO AS TO PERMIT MORE ORDERLY EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT.

♦I AM CONSCIOUS OF THE SHORTCOMINGS BUT, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, THE PROBLEM IS COMPLEX AND VARIOUS AND RECEIVES MY PERSONAL ATTENTION,* HE SAID.

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MOUNTED A SPECIAL CAMPAIGN SINCE APRIL TO INOCULATE ALL DOGS AND ELIMINATE STRAYS IN THE BORDER AREA WHEN THERE WERE RUMOURS OF OUTBREAKS OF RABIES IN CHINA.

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE HON J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HENRY HU ON MEASURES TAKEN TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RABIES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

HE SAID PARTICULAR ATTENTION HAS ALWAYS BEEN PAID TO THE LAND BORDER AREA.

MR RIDDELL-SWAN ALSO SAID CAMPAIGNS TO INOCULATE DOGS ON JUNKS HAS BEEN MOUNTED AND THAT THESE WERE BEING CONTINUED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ALL DOGS AND CATS IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG FROM ALL COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE SOUTH-EAST ASIAN REGION, MUST HAVE A VALID IMPORT PERMIT AND AN ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CERTIFICATE.

THEY ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO SIX MONTHS’ QUARANTINE.

DOGS AND CATS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, EIRE, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND WITH ACCEPTABLE HEALTH DOCUMENTS MAY BE EXEMPTED FROM QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS, HE ADDED.

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PREVENT CRIME BY ADOPTING MODERN METHODS

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THOSE TRADING IN VALUABLE ITEMS SHOULD TAKE REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS BY ADOPTING MODERN CRIME PREVENTION METHODS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM THE HON PETER C. WONG, MR DAVIES SAID THAT TO DO SO WAS IN THEIR OWN AND THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST AND THAT IT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO REMOVING THE NEED FOR SECURITY GUARDS TO POSSESS FIREARMS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE POLICY REGARDING THE ISSUE OF ARMS LICENCES TO SECURITY GUARDS WAS REVIEWED REGULARLY.

SHOTGUNS AND REVOLVERS WERE THE WEAPONS USED AND, BEARING IN MIND THE STANDARD OF PROFICIENCY REQUIRED TO USE MORE ACCURATE HIGH VELOCITY ARMS, HE DID NOT ENVISAGE MUCH CHANGE IN WEAPONS.

MR DAVIES ALSO SAID ALTERNATIVES TO FIREARMS WERE ALSO KEPT UNDER REVIEW BUT THESE HAVE SERIOUS LIMITATIONS WHEN USED TO RESIST ARMED ASSAILANTS BECAUSE OF THEIR VERY SHORT EFFECTIVE RANGE.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THE DANGER OF THESE DEVICES FALLING INTO THE WRONG HANDS.

+OBVIOUSLY THE USE OF FIREARMS MUST BE KEPT TO THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM, ESPECIALLY IN CROWDED URBAN AREAS.

+MUCH MORE CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE BY THE OWNERS OF PREMISES TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL SECURITY BY INSTALLING SUCH RELATIVELY SIMPLE ITEMS AS UNBREAKABLE GLASS, CAMERAS AND GOOD ALARM SYSTEMS,* HE ADDED.

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BILLS PASSED * * * *

SEVEN BILLS WERE PASSED AND BECOME LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980-THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION BILL 1980- THE LAND REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980- THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1980- THE WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 AND THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980.

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REGISTRAR GENERAL TO TAKE OVER THREE NT DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES

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THE REGISTRAR GENERAL PLANS TO TAKE OVER THE DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES IN SHA TIN, YUEN LONG AND TSUEN WAN BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR, SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR JONES SAID THIS IN REPLY TO THE HON PETER C. WONG’S COMMENTS ON THE LAND REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL I960 WHICH WAS PASSED.

HE SAID THAT WHEN HE INTRODUCED THE BILL IN JULY, HE DID SAY IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE REGISTRAR GENERAL SHOULD ASSUME DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES LAND REGISTRIES AND FOR THE PROCEDURES TO BE BROUGHT INTO CONFORMITY WITH THE LAND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES IN THE LAND OFFICE AT VICTORIA.

MORE STAFF WOULD BE REQUIRED TO RE-ORGANISE THEIR SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES AND, MR JONES SAID, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL AIMED TO DIGEST THESE THREE REGISTRIES BEFORE TACKLING THE OTHER FIVE.

♦BUT THE INTENTION IS FOR HIM TO TAKE OVER ALL EIGHT DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AS SOON AS THIS CAN PRACTICALLY BE DONE,* HE ADDED.

EARLIER, THE HON PETER WONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE SERIOUS AND URGENT ATTENTION TO LAND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID THE LAND REGISTRATION SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICES HAS BEEN ♦CONSISTENTLY VERY POOR FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND CONTINUES TO DETER IORATE.♦

BUT MR WONG REGRETTED THAT NEITHER MICROFILMING NOR THE PROPOSED teW LAND REGISTRATION REGULATIONS, MUCH LESS COMPUTERISATION, ARE TO APPLY TO THE EIGHT DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦BAD AS THIS SITUATION IS NOW, WITH THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT AND URBANISATION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE, AND QUICKLY,♦ MR WONG NOTED.

HE WAS SPEAKING ON THE BILL TO FACILITATE THE MICROFILMING OF LAND DEEDS REGISTERED AND KEPT IN THE LAND OFFICE.

THE BILL ALSO CLARIFIES THE OBLIGATIONS AND LIABILITIES OF THE LAND OFFICER, ESTABLISHES THE EVIDENTIARY VALUE OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS AND PROVIDES FOR THE MAKING OF LAND REGISTRATION REGULATIONS BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

♦ALL OF THIS IS VERY USEFUL,♦ HE SAID. +IT WILL FACILITATE THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW AND IMPROVED LAND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES THEREBY IMPROVING THE SERVICE AT PRESENT PROVIDED FOR THE PUBLIC BY THE LAND OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.♦

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT MICROFILMING OF LAND DEEDS ON ITS OWN IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE.

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IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO BRING THE LAND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES UP TO THE STANDARDS REQUIRED OF A MODERN COMMERCIAL CENTRE LIKE HONG KONG UNLESS THE REGISTER CARDS, ON WHICH PARTICULARS OF THE TITLE TO LAND ARE RECORDED, ARE COMPUTERISED.

HE REVEALED THAT A FEASIBILITY STUDY IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE IN THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT IN DECEMBER.

+THIS IS A WELCOME NEWS, AND I HOPE THAT THE STUDY WILL BE COMPLETED WITHOUT DELAY AND THAT COMPUTERISATION OF THESE RECORDS WILL COMMENCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.*

COMMENTING ON THE STAFFING SITUATION AT THE LAND OFFICE, MR WONG THOUGHT THAT UNLESS ADDITIONAL STAFF WERE RECRUITED QUICKLY, THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FROM THE PRESENT METHOD OF REGISTRATION TO COMPLETE MICROFILMING WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO TAKE UP TO FIVE YEARS.

HE ALSO CITED STATISTICS TO SHOW THE NUMBER OF MEMORIALS OR DOCUMENTS LODGED FOR REGISTRATION SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE DEEDS REGISTRATION IN 1844.

+WITH THE APPARENTLY INSATIABLE DEMAND FOR HOUSING, OFFICE SPACE AND FACTORY ACCOMMODATION, THE PRESSURE ON THE LAND OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE.

+ IT IS THEREFORE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND INDEED IN GOVERNMENT’S OWN INTEREST THAT THE PROCESS OF MODERNISATION AND RATIONALISATION OF LAND REGISTRATION BE ACCORDED HIGH PRIORITY,* HE ADDED.

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THE HON ROGER LOBO MOVED A MOTION IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO REVISE THE PROCEDURE IN THE ANNUAL POLICY DEBATE WHICH WOULD ENABLE THE OFFICIALS TO SPEAK BEFORE THE UNOFFICIALS.

MR LOBO SAIDt +THIS, WE BELIEVE, WILL PROVE USEFUL BECAUSE AS IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT OFFICIAL MEMBERS WOULD BE SPEAKING BEFORE THE UNOFFICIALS AND AS THEY MAY RAISE IMPORTANT POLICY MATTERS IN ADDITION TO THOSE INCLUDED IN YOUR EXCELLENCY’S SPEECH, THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHO WILL BE COMMENTING ON THOSE AND OTHER SUBJECTS WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEIR OFFICIAL COLLEAGUES THE RIGHT OF REPLY.*

THE MOTION WAS PASSED.

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METRIC PROGRAMME

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THE METRICATION COMMITTEE HAS EMBARKED

ON A PROGRAMME TO SPECIFIC INFORMATION

ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION AND DISSEMINATION OF

ON THE METRIC SYSTEM — LE SYSTEME INTERNATIONALE (SI), THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF PROFESSOR S.Y. KING WAS RESPONSIBLE, THROUGH MASS MEDIA INCLUDING POSTERS, LEAFLETS AND TELEVISION, TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO ADOPT METRIC UNITS.

+THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO INVOLVING PARTICULAR SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY IN EFFORTS TO PROMOTE S.l.,+ HE ADDED.

+AT PRESENT, TWENTY-FOUR SECTORS ARE INVOLVED RANGING FROM CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS TO HAWKERS AND HOUSEWIVES,+ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

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CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS INCREASED * * * *

PENSIONS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS, INCLUDING THOSE UNDER THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION SCHEME AND THE WIDOW’S AND CHILDREN’S PENSIONS SCHEME, WILL BE INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT.

SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON MARTIN ROWLANDS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT PENSIONS IN PAYMENT ON JULY 1, 1980 INCLUDING PREVIOUS INCREASES ALREADY APPROVED, WILL BE INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT FROM OCTOBER 1.

HE SAID THE COST OF THE ADJUSTMENTS WAS ESTIMATED AT $14.91 MILLION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR AND $29.82 MILLION IN A FULL YEAR.

THE INCREASE WAS BASED ON THE JULY 1, MOVING ANNUAL AVERAGE OF THE CONSUMER PRICE BY 20 POINTS (15.34 PER CENT).

1979-JUNE 30, 1980

INDEX (A) WHICH ROSE

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SINGLE EXCHANGE POSITIVE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

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THE HON PETER C. WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE MOVE TOWARDS UNIFYING THE FOUR STOCK EXCHANGES MUST BE CONSIDERED AS +A POSITIVE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION*.

MR WONG, CONVENOR OF AN AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO EXAMINE THE BILL, WAS SPEAKING ON THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION BILL, PROVIDING FOR A SINGLE UNIFIED EXCHANGE, WHICH WAS PASSED.

♦ALTHOUGH THE PRINCIPLE OF THE BILL WAS NEVER IN DOUBT, SEVERAL ISSUES WERE DISCUSSED,* HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID SOME PROVISIONS WERE CONSIDERED TOO RESTRICTIVE AND THAT GOVERNMENT HAS NOW AGREED TO ALLOW DIRECTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF COMPANIES ASSOCIATED WITH BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE PROPOSED EXCHANGE.

HE REGARDED THIS AS A MOST WELCOME CONCESSION WHICH WOULD CERTAINLY PLEASE THE INVESTMENT COMMUNITY.

HOWEVER, HE REGRETTED THAT AT THIS STAGE THE GOVERNMENT WAS UNABLE TO ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF FULL CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP AS DISTINCT FROM ASSOCIATE CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP.

IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD SUCH AS THE USA AND JAPAN, HE SAID, CORPORATE MEMBERS PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN THE STOCK MARKETS.

AND THE TREND IN ENGLAND IS TOWARDS CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP.

*THE ADVANTAGES ARE OBVIOUS. IT IS HOPED THAT, WHEN THE LOCAL CLIMATE IN THIS AREA IS MORE AMENABLE TO REFORM, GOVERNMENT WOULD INTRODUCE SUCH CHANGES AS MIGHT BE BENEFICIAL TO THE INVESTING PUBLIC,* MR WONG ADDED.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS INDEED A TRI-PARTITE BUSINESS AS WELL AS RESPONSIBILITY, ACCORDING TO THE HON FRANCIS TIEN.

THE GOVERNMENT IS PLAYING ITS PART BY PROGRESSIVELY ENACTING THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION AND IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ITS ENFORCEMENT MACHINERY.

BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS TOO, TO PLAY THEIR RESPECTIVE ROLES IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE UNACCEPTABLY HIGH NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, HE SAID.

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MR TIEN WAS SPEAKING ON THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL, WHICH WAS PASSED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SOMETIMES WHEN THE EMPLOYERS PROPERLY PROVIDED ALL THE REQUISITE SAFETY EQUIPMENT, A WORKER CHOOSES TO IGNORE THE SAFETY RULES, OR CIRCUMVENTS THE SAFETY FEATURES OR EVEN GOES SO FAR AS TO REFUSE TO WEAR OR USE THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT PROVIDED.

BY THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE ACTS, SUCH WORKERS NOT ONLY ENDANGER THEMSELVES BUT FELLOW WORKERS AND OTHERS AS WELL.

MR TIEN WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO GROUP OFFENCES INTO CATEGORIES WHEN CONSIDERING THE LEVEL OF THE REVISED PENALTIES, AND TO EXTEND OFFENCES COMMITTED BY OTHER PERSONS TO INCLUDE THOSE COMMITTED BY THE WORKERS THEMSELVES.

HOWEVER, HE OPINED THAT PENALTIES BY THEMSELVES WERE NOT ENOUGH TO ENSURE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

♦THERE MUST, IN PARALLEL, BE AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS, INCLUDING A WIDE-SPREAD PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, SO AS TO ENABLE BOTH EMPLOYERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES TO RECOGNISE INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS AND UNSAFE ACTS AND BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE NEED FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

HE SAID THAT SAFETY TRAINING IS PART OF THE SYLLABUS AT THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE AND THE INSTRUCTORS THERE ATTENDED COURSES AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.

TRAINEES AT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE, AND THE APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES AT THE GOVERNMENT’S TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES RUN BY OTHER AGENCIES, RECEIVE TRAINING IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AS PART OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COURSES, HE ADDED.

♦BUT THERE IS A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER IN OUR INDUSTRIAL WORKFORCE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD THE BENEFIT OF BEING PROPERLY TAUGHT THE DO’S AND DON’T’S OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

♦THEY SHOULD BE EXPOSED TO A WIDESPREAD PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, AND SELECTED PERSONNEL FROM EVERY INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING SHOULD BE SENT ON A SAFETY COURSE SO THAT THERE WILL BE A RIPPLE EFFECT ON THEIR RETURN TO THEIR RESPECTIVE ORGANISATIONS.

♦WHAT IS BASICALLY NEEDED, IS TO INCULCATE IN EVERYONE IN INDUSTRY A DEEP AND ABIDING SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THE SAFETY OF OTHERS,+ MR TIEN SAID.

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PROGRAMME TO COMBAT WATER POLLUTION

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A MAJOR ONGOING PROGRAMME OF INSTALLING NEW OR IMPROVED SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES OR EXTENDING OUTFALL PIPES TO A GREATER DISTANCE OFFSHORE TO CONTROL WATER POLLUTION LEVELS IS IN FORCE, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE PROGRAMME, HE SAID, IS EXPECTED TO COST GOVERNMENT ABOUT $2 000 MILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

MR JONES MADE THE COMMENTS IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN ANSWER TO THE HON WONG LAM, WHO ASKED WHAT MEASURES WERE BEING TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL THE POLLUTION LEVEL IN THE WATER AT HONG KONG’S GAZETTED BEACHES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF SWIMMERS.

REGARDING THE BEACHES, MR JONES SAID, TOILET FACILITIES WERE PROVIDED AND THESE DISCHARGED EITHER INTO SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS OR SEPTIC TANKS OR CESSPOOLS WHICH WERE EMPTIED REGULARLY BY STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR JONES POINTED OUT THAT THE LEVELS OF POLLUTION IN THE WATERS AT GAZETTED BEACHES WERE MEASURED SEVERAL TIMES A MONTH BY THE URBAN SERVICES AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS.

+IF THE NUMBERS OF FAECAL COLIFORM BACTERIA IN SAMPLES INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF SUBSTANTIAL QUANTITIES OF SEWAGE, THEN FURTHER TESTS ARE CARRIED OUT TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER DISEASE CAUSING ORGANISMS ARE PRESENT,* HE SAID.

+IF A HEALTH HAZARD IS CONFIRMED AND THE SOURCE OF THE POLLUTION CANNOT BE ELIMINATED, THEN THE BEACH CAN BE DE-GAZETTED AND THE PUBLIC WARNED OF THE DANGER.

♦ THE ONLY TIME THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED WAS AT LAI CHI KOK BAY IN 1972 AND, SINCE THEN, THE MEASURES I HAVE DESCRIBED HAVE IMPROVED THE QUALITY OF WATER AT MOST BATHING BEACHES.

♦THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO MAINTAIN THIS IMPROVEMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, AT REPULSE BAY WHERE A CHLORINATION PLANT TO STERILISE THE TREATED SEWAGE HAS RECENTLY BEEN BROUGHT INTO OPERATION,+ HE ADDED.

MR JONES SAID THAT ALTHOUGH POLLUTION FROM SEWAGE DISPOSAL WAS BEING DEALT WITH ENERGETICALLY, THERE WERE OTHER CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS WHICH, IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND PARTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, WAS PIG AND POULTRY MANURE WASHED DOWN IN STREAMS.

AND, IN SOME CASES, HE CONTINUED, STORMWATER DRAINS AND NULLAHS COULD CARRY POLLUTED MATTER INTO THE SEA.

HOWEVER, HE ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WERE TACKLING, AND WERE SEEKING FURTHER WAYS TO TACKLE, THESE SOURCES AND THAT THEIR ABILITY TO DO SO WOULD INCREASE AS STAFF AND OTHER RESOURCES NEEDED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUILD UP.

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VALEDICTORY TO TWO RETIRING LEGCO MEMBERS

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HON F.K. LI AND THE HON J.C.C. WALDEN, WHO ARE RETIRING FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COUNCIL.

RECALLING MR LI’S CAREER WHICH EMBRACED POSTS IN EDUCATION, HOUSING, LABOUR, CIVIL SERVICE, FINANCE, SOCIAL WELFARE, SOCIAL SERVICES AND HOME AFFAIRS, SIR JACK SAIDi + IN ALL THESE, HIS WISE COUNSEL AND PENETRATING JUDGEMENT HAVE BEEN OF GREAT BENEFIT.*

♦I AM GLAD TO SAY, HOWEVER, THAT HE WILL NOT BE, SO TO SPEAK, DESERTING US.

♦WE SHALL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THE BREADTH OF HIS KNOWLEDGE AND ADVICE IN HIS NEW APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION, WHERE I AM SURE HE WILL AGAIN MAKE HIS MARK.+

IN COMMENDING MR WALDEN, SIR JACK SAID THAT DURING HIS LONG SERVICE HE HAD GAINED THE RESPECT OF THOSE WHO HAD COME INTO CONTACT WITH HIM IN SEVERAL FIELDS.

SIR JACK SAID MR WALDEN WOULD BE REMEMBERED FOR THE CONCERN HE HAD DISPLAYED FOR PEOPLE AND HIS EFFORTS TOWARDS STRENGTHENING THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND THEIR GOVERNMENT, AND IN HELPING TO ENSURE THAT BY MEANS OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE VIEWS CF THE PEOPLE WERE MADE KNOWN TO THE GOVERNMENT.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON R.H. LOBO, IN JOINING THE GOVERNOR PAYING TRIBUTE TO MR LI AND M? WALDEN SAID THAT DURING THE EIGHT YEARS OF WHICH MR LI HAD SERVED ON THE COUNCIL HE HAD BEEN A SOURCE OF SOUND ADVICE TO ALL UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES ON THE COUNCIL AND AT UMELCO MEETINGS.

MR LOBO SAID MR LI HAD MOVED THE MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT FORWARD WITH SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING OF GOVERNMENT POLICY AND LOCAL CONDITIONS WITH LITTLE PUBLICITY, AND HE HAD NEVER BEEN ONE TO STEAL THE LIMELIGHT.

OF MR WALDEN, MR LOBO SAID HE HAD OCCUPIED MANY IMPORTANT AND OFTEN DIFFICULT POSTS AND MORE RECENTLY HE HAD BEEN STRENGTHENING THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE SCHEME.

♦WE KNOW MR WALDEN HAS THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AT HEART AND WE HOPE THAT HE WILL CONTINUE TO FOSTER THE ’GOOD IMAGE OF HONG KONG’ AFTER HIS RETIREMENT,♦ SAID MR LOBO.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD ft ft ft ft ft ft

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 8) FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO ENABLE ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

DURING THE TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS, A SECTION OF ABOUT 300 METRES OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD NEAR HIRAM’S HIGHWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND WILL JOIN THE OLD CARRIAGEWAY AT A POINT OF ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION.

THE EXISTING TURNING POCKET FOR THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD TURNING ON TO HIRAM’S HIGHWAY WILL BE CANCELLED. A NEW TURNING POCKET WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THIS MOVEMENT AT A POINT OF ABOUT 800 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION WITH HIRAM’S HIGHWAY.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

CONSTRUCTION ROPES REQUIRE TESTS .......................... 1

FORMER SEYCHELLES CHIEF JUSTICE APPOINTED DISTRICT JUDGE .................................. 1

TRANSPORT CHAIRMAN SEES TRAFFIC CONGESTION ................ 2

ROAD CONTRACT SIGNED FOR NEW TCm .......................... 3

RISE IN PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATIONS ......................... 3

SIR JACK TO ATTEND nMS ANNIVERSaRY ........................ 4

ARTS ASSOCIATION FORMED IN NORTH NT ....................... 4

WEATHERMAN RETIRES ........................................ 5

CONTRACT SIGNED FOR LANTAU CROSSING INVESTIGATION ......... 6

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE PROMOTE 45 JUNIOR OFFICERS

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CONSTRUCTION ROPES REQUIRE TESTS

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WIRE ROPES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES SHOULD BE TESTED BEFORE BEING USED AND THEN EXAMINED EVERY SIX MONTHS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

AND LIFTING APPLIANCES USED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES WERE ALSO SUBJECTED TO THE SAME REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

DETAILS OF THE FREQUENCY OF INSPECTION, TEST AND EXAMINATION WERE CONTAINED IN A GUIDE TO THE REGULATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN WAS COMMENTING ON A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A BUILDING CONTRACTOR WAS FINED THE MAXIMUM OF $10 000 FOR USING A WIRE ROPE SLING WITHOUT ENSURING THAT IT HAD BEEN THOROUGHLY EXAMINED BY A COMPETENT EXAMINER WITHIN THE PRECEDING SIX MONTHS.

THE OFFENCE WAS DETECTED FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE LAST MARCH IN WHICH A WORKER WAS KILLED INSIDE A CAISSON.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN THE WIRE ROPE SLING OF AN ELECTRIC WINCH USED FOR RAISING AND LOWERING SPOIL IN A METAL BUCKET FROM THE CAISSON SNAPPED, RESULTING IN THE BUCKET, THE PULLEY AND THE WINCH FALLING INTO THE CAISSON AND HITTING THE WORKER.

INVESTIGATIONS SHOWED THE STRENGTH OF THE SLING HAD BEEN WEAKENED DUE TO PROLONGED USE.

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FORMER SEYCHELLES CHIEF JUSTICE APPOINTED DISTRICT JUDGE ******

FORMER SEYCHELLES CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR LOUIS GEORGES SOUYAVE, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG LAST WEEK TO TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT AS DISTRICT JUDGE.

SIR GEORGES (54) WAS A BARRISTER AND ATTORNEY IN THE SEYCHELLES AFTER BEING CALLED TO THE ENGLISH BAR IN 1949.

IN 1956 HE BECAME ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL AND WAS APPOINTED PUISNE JUDGE IN 1964.

FOR SIX YEARS HE WAS CHIEF JUSTICE UNTIL 1976 WHEN HE BECAME RESIDENT JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT AND BRITISH JUDGE OF THE JOINT COURT OF THE CONDOMINIUM OF THE NEW HEBRIDES. HE OCCUPIED THESE POSTS UNTIL EARLIER THIS YEAR.

SIR GEORGES, MARRIED AND WITH THREE DAUGHTERS, WAS MADE A KNIGHT BACHELOR IN 1971.

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TRANSPORT CHAIRMAN SEES TRAFFIC CONGESTION ******

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR T.S. LO, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, MADE AN AERIAL SURVEY OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION BLACKSPOTS DURING THE EARLY MORNING RUSH HOUR TODAY (THURSDAY).

IN A ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELICOPTER THEY FLEW FROM HMS TAMAR ALONG THE EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR, THEN TO TSIM SHA TSUI AND ALONG THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO TUEN MUN WHERE THEY LANDED TO INSPECT KOWLOON MOTOR BUS’S (KMB) BUS ASSEMBLY PLANT.

THE PLANT PRODUCES 30 NEW BUSES A MONTH.

DURING JULY AND AUGUST, 60 BUSES WILL BE ASSEMBLED AT KMB ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD., A KMB WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY WHICH OPENED IN APRIL LAST YEAR. FROM SEPTEMBER, THE DEPOT EXPECTS TO INCREASE ITS OUTPUT TO 36 BUSES A MONTH.

THE ADDITIONAL BUSES WILL BE USED TO BRING ABOUT WIDESPREAD IMPROVEMENTS TO BUS SERVICES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND TO REPLACE THE OLDER BUSES IN THE KMB FLEET.

THE IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN PLANNED AS PART OF AN ANNUALLY UPDATED ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, AND NEGOTIATED WITH KMB.

THE PROGRAMME PLANS TWO YEARS AHEAD AND TAKES ACCOUNT OF FUTURE CHANGES IN DEMAND, POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, AND AREAS WHERE SERVICES ARE INADEQUATE.

MOST OF THE EXTRA BUSES WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THEIR NEW POPULATION.

SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS WILL ALSO BE MADE IN THE OLDER URBAN AREAS WHERE, DESPITE THE OPENING OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, CONTINUING INCREASES IN DEMAND FOR BUS SERVICES ARE PREDICTED.

BY DECEMBER 1981, THE COMPANY WILL HAVE 688 NEW BUSES TO ADD TO ITS PRESENT FLEET OF 1875.

IT TAKES JUST FIVE WEEKS FROM DELIVERY OF THE BUS PARTS TO THE DEPOT UNTIL THE COMPLETED VEHICLE IS ON THE ROAD.

THE DEPOT, WHICH EMPLOYS 200 PEOPLE, OPERATES A PRODUCTION FLOW-LINE WHICH ENABLES 24 BUSES TO BE ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE AT ONE TIME. THIS SPEEDS UP THE PROCESS AND IT USUALLY TAKES ONLY 25 TO 30 DAYS TO ASSEMBLE EACH BUS.

A COMPLETED BUS HAS TO PASS A GOVERNMENT INSPECTION BEFORE IT CAN BE LICENSED AND PUT INTO SERVICE.

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ROAD CONTRACT SIGNED FOR NEW TOWN

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A MAJOR CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT UNDER A ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FOR FANLING/SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN HAS BEEN LET BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH MORE THAN $49.5 MILLION, WAS AWARDED TO SANG LEE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED AND WAS SIGNED BY PR GEORGE CHIEN, ACTING PROJECT MANAGER OF THE PWD’S TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND MR TSANG HING-WAH OF THE COMPANY.

MR CHIEN SAID THAT THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FORMED PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO TURN FANLING AND SHEK WU HUI INTO A NEW TOWN FOR 170 000 PEOPLE.

+THE CONTRACT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BRIDGE OVER THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND LINK ROADS TOTALLING ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH,* HE SAID.

+UPON COMPLETION, THE NEW BRIDGE WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSSING AT SAN FUNG AVENUE, AND WITH THE LINK ROADS, WILL FORM PART OF THE PLANNED ROAD NETWORK FOR THE FANLING/SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN.*

THE CONTRACT, HE SAID, WOULD ALSO COVER IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE TO RIVER SUTLEJ WITH 350 METRES OF NEW BOX CULVERT AND 900 PETRES OF NEW RIVER CHANNEL.

THE WORK, WHICH WILL START THIS WEEK AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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RISE IN PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATIONS

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THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED CARS TOPPED 179 000 AT THE END OF JULY, A RISE OF ALMOST 26 000 OR 16.7 PER CENT OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

THIS COMPARES WITH A RISE OF 20 000 LAST YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF NEW CARS REGISTERED DURING JULY WAS 3 510, AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS WHICH LAPSED WAS 965. THIS REPRESENTED A NET INCREASE OF 2 545 AND BROUGHT THE OVERALL TOTAL TO 179 204.

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SIR JACK TO ATTEND AMS ANNIVERSARY *****

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER WILL JOIN THE 120 OFFICERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE (AMS) TOMORROW (FRIDAY) NIGHT IN THEIR ANNUAL MESS DINNER AT THE FURAMA HOTEL TO CELEBRATE ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY.

THE AMS WAS FORMED IN 1950 AS PART OF THE ESSENTIAL SERVICE CORPS TO AUGMENT THE MEDICAL, AMBULANCE AND RESCUE SERVICES DURING EMERGENCIES.

TODAY, IT HAS GROWN TO A STRENGTH OF NEARLY 6 000 MEMBERS'" ABOUT 1 600 OF WHOM ARE FROM THE MEDICAL FIELDS AND THE BALANCE FROM A CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY. r ■

SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THE AMS HAS EXTENDED ITS SERVICE FROM THE URBAN DISTRICTS TO THE RURAL TOWNS AND OFFSHORE ISLANDS.

THE AMS MEMBERS ARE ACTIVE IN MANY SPHERES OF ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THEY ATTEND TO THE BEACHES AS LIFEGUARDS, MAN AND DRIVE AMBULANCES, AND RENDER RELIEF SERVICES IN FIRST AID, NURSING, AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION OF CASUALTIES.

MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS ARE DEPLOYED DAILY IN MANNING THE 20 METHADONE CENTRES, WHILE MANY OTHERS HELP RUN THE MEDICAL CENTRES IN THE REFUGEE CAMPS.

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AN ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN FORMED IN NORTH DISTRICT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO STIMULATE CULTURAL INTEREST AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS.

CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR LIU CHING-LEUNG, SAID IT WAS A NON-PROFIT MAKING BODY PROVIDING VARIOUS TRAINING COURSES AND FREE ARTS PERFORMANCES.

+WE HOPE THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BRING A RICH CULTURAL LIFE TO THE COMMUNITY AND HELP FOSTER A SENSE OF LOCAL IDENTITY,* HE SAID.

IN SUPPORT OF THE ASSOCIATION THE NORTH DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WILL PROVIDE $100 000 TO FINANCE ITS PROJECTS.

THE ASSOCIATION, WHICH HAS FORMED MUSIC, DRAMA, DANCE, CULTURAL AND GARDEN ARTS SUB-COMMITTEES, WILL RAISE ANOTHER $80 000 FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS.

TRAINING COURSES BEING ORGANISED INCLUDE CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PLAYING, SINGING, DANCE, DRAMA, CHINESE PAINTING, PENMANSHIP AND PHOTOGRAPHY.

EXHIBITIONS ARE ALSO BEING ORGANISED FOR TRAINEES TO SHOW THEIR WORK.

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE TRAINING COURSES WILL MAKE THEIR DEBUT AT A VARIETY SHOW I hi OCTOBER TO MARK THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY CF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NORTH DISTRICT WHICH COVERS SHEUNG SHU I, FANLING, SHEK WU HUI, TA KWU LING AND SHA TAU KOK AND INCLUDES A LARGE PART OF THE BORDER AREA.

IT BECAME A SEPARATE DISTRICT LAST OCTOBER FOLLOWING THE RE-ORGANISATION OF THE FORMER TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

WEATHERMAN RETIRES

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CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR LIU PING-PUI, CAN RECALL STORMY 1964 WHEN 10 TYPHOONS SWEPT THROUGH HONG KONG.

IT WAS THE BUSIEST TYPHOON SEASON THE OFFICE EVER HAD,+ HE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) AT HIS RETIREMENT PARTY AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

FOR 33 YEARS, MR LIU HAS KEPT A VIGILANT WEATHER-EYE ON HONG KONG’S CLIMATIC CHANGES.

BESIDES ADVISING HOUSEWIVES ON WHEN TO CLOSE THEIR WINDOWS AND STOCK-UP THEIR KITCHENS, MR LIU HAS .BEEN THE UNSEEN FRIEND CF FISHERMEN, YACHTSMAN, INTERNATIONAL MARINERS AND AIRLINE CREW THROUGH THE DISSEMINATION OF WEATHER INFORMATION.

UNDER MR LIU, STAFF OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S CENTRAL FORECASTING OFFICE ISSUE REGULAR WEATHER FORECASTS THROUGH RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS AND THE PRESS FOR GENERAL INFORMATION.

WHEN MR LIU JOINED THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN 1947, THERE WERE ONLY 15 MEMBERS ON ITS STAFF.

IN THOSE DAYS, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY OBTAINED WEATHER INFORMATION FROM SHIPS AND RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT OUTSIDE HONG KONG,+ HE RECALLED.

AND SINCE THEN, HE HAS SEEN RAPID EXPANSION INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF MODERN METEOROLOGICAL EQUIPMENT AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SIX METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS IN THE LAST DECADE.

WITH MODERN EQUIPMENT SUCH AS RADAR, COMPUTER AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE JAPANESE GEOSTATIONARY METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE, WEATHER INFORMATION TODAY IS MORE ACCURATE WHICH, IN TURN, ENHANCES THE EFFICIENCY OF THE OFFICE,♦ HE SAID.

MR LIU WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT GRADE IN 1962 AND IN 1965 WAS AWARDED AN MBE FOR HIS SERVICES TO THE GOVERNMENT +GREATLY IN EXCESS OF NORMAL DUTIES.+

AT HIS RETIREMENT PARTY TODAY, TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO MR LIU BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR GORDON BELL.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED A $5.2 MILLION CONTRACT FOR FURTHER SITE INVESTIGATION ON THE PROPOSED LANTAU FIXED CROSSING TO THE BACHY SOLETANCHE GROUP, OF FRANCE.

THE WORK, WHICH WILL PROVIDE DESIGN DATA FOR THE PROPOSED PROJECT, WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR LEE SHING-SEE, ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, AND MR HENRY F. MARCHINI OF THE COMPANY.

IF EVENTUALLY APPROVED, THE FIXED CROSSING PROJECT WILL COMPRISE TWO BRIDGES, BETWEEN TSING Yl ISLAND AND MA WAN, AND OVER KAP SHU I MUN CHANNEL,♦ SAID MR LEE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE ASSOCIATED ROAD WORKS FROM TSING Yl ISLAND TO THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF LANTAU.♦

HE SAID THAT THE CONSULTANTS WERE ASKED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO PROCEED WITH DETAILED DESIGN FOR THE PROJECT, AND THIS WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1982.

THE SITE INVESTIGATION WORK UNDER TODAY’S CONTRACT WILL GIVE THE NECESSARY GEOTECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR THE DESIGN OF THE FOUNDATION STRUCTURES, THE HIGHWAY, AS WELL AS CUT AND FILL SLOPES ON THE BANKS,♦ HE SAID.

IT WILL INVOLVE THE SINKING OF A NUMBER OF DRILL HOLES BOTH VERTICALLY AND HORIZONTALLY IN SPECIFIC AREAS OF INTEREST ALONG THE ROUTE OF THE PROPOSED FIXED CROSSING, A LIMITED LAND BASED GEOPHYSICAL SEISMIC REFRACTION SURVEY, AND TESTING OF SOIL PROPERTIES.♦

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, THE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS GROUP, OF HONG KONG, ON BEHALF OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE PROMOTE 45 JUNIOR OFFICERS ******

THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PROMOTIONS EVER TO BE MADE AT ONCE WITHIN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TOOK PLACE TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER, MR WALTER NEIL, PRESENTED PROMOTION LETTERS TO 45 CUSTOMS OFFICERS BEING PROMOTED TO SENIOR CUSTOMS OFFICERS.

EXPRESSING HIS CONGRATULATIONS, MR NEIL TOLD THEM HE WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO PROMOTE SO MANY JUNIOR OFFICERS AT THE SAME TIME.

♦THIS IS A FURTHER STEP IN OUR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE IMPROVED CAREER PROSPECTS FOR OUR CUSTOMS OFFICER GRADE, IN KEEPING WITH THE UNDERTAKING GIVEN BY OUR COMMISSIONER, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN* NEIL SAID.

MR NEIL SAID MOST OF THE PROMOTION POSTS WERE CREATED FOLLOWING AN IN-SERVICE REVIEW OF CUSTOMS PROCEDURES AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

DURING AN EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD, A NUMBER OF SUPERNUMERARY SENIOR CUSTOMS OFFICERS WERE EMPLOYED ON BAGGAGE EXAMINATION DUTIES IN PLACE OF INSPECTORS.

♦THE NEIL.

EXPERIMENT PROVED AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS,* SAID MR

♦NOT ONLY DID WE FIND OUR JUNIOR OFFICERS TO BE EQUAL TO THE TASK BUT, BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE AND ENTHUSIASM, THE SYSTEM PROVED EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THAT WHICH WE WERE OPERATING PREVIOUSLY.

♦WE ARE ALSO NOW ABLE TO USE THE INSPECTORS IN A MORE MEANINGFUL SUPERVISORY ROLE,+ HE ADDED.

MR NEIL TOLD THE OFFICERS HE HOPED MANY WOULD BE ABLE TO PROGRESS EVEN FURTHER, ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE COMMISSIONER’S PROPOSALS FOR AN UP-TO-DATE REORGANISED SERVICE, MANNED AND EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH MODERN-DAY PROBLEMS AND COMMITMENTS.

♦WE ARE EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY CF EXPANDING THE FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES 0^ THE CHIEF CUSTOMS OFFICER RANK+, HE SAID, +AND I HAVE HIGH HOPES OF OUR BEING ABLE TO CREATE MORE POSTS AT THIS LEVEL, AND TO FURTHER INCREASE THE PROMOTION PROSPECTS OF THE CUSTOMS OFFICER GRADE.

♦PLANS ARE ALSO IN HAND TO REVISE THE ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS FOR IN-SERVICE APPOINTMENT TO THE INSPECTORATE TO PROVIDE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR JUNIOR OFFICERS TO REACH HIGHER RANKS OF THE SERVICE,* MR NEIL CONCLUDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY ON KING’S AND SHAU KEI WAN ROADS .... 1

COMMODITIES TRADING LAW NOW EFFECTIVE ................... 2

AMS, A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION ............................ 3

SIR JACK VISITS SHAM SHUI PO............................. 4

WELFARE CENTRE FOR THE YOUNG, THE OLD aND THE MENTALLY ILL .... 5

SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES OPENS SEX EDUCATION EXHIBITION ................................ 6

YOUTH MUSIC CAMP STARTS ON SUNDAY ....................... 7

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SOUGHT FOR CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT .... 8

TENDERS CALLED SOON FOR MAJOR NEW ROAD LINK.............. 9

TWO NEW NTSD REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS ...................... 9

BUS ROUTE 2B WITHDRAWN ................................. 10

TSUEN WAN WATER CUT .................................... 10

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY ON KING’S AND SHAU KEI WAN ROADS ft ft ft ft ft ft

NEXT WEEK TWO NEW TRANSPORT SCHEMES WILL BRING RELIEF FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS ON THE KING’S ROAD CORRIDOR.

ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 13) THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WHICH COVERS SHAU KEI WAN DISTRICT, WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.

ON THE SAME DAY, THE COASTAL FERRY SERVICE TO CENTRAL CAPACITY WILL BE INCREASED WITH THE OPENING OF A NEW PIER AT TAI KOO SHING.

THE FULL PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME, UNDER WHICH BUS-ONLY AND TRAM-RESERVED LANES ALONG BOTH SIDES OF KING’S ROAD AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE PROVIDED BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND CHAI WAN ROAD, WAS APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN JUNE.

STAGE 1 OF THE SCHEME PROVIDES FOR SECTIONS OF BUS-ONLY LANES ALONG THE EAST-BOUND AND WEST-BOUND CARRIAGEWAYS OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND KING’S ROAD BETWEEN NGOI MAN STREET AND SHIPYARD LANE, AND TRAM-RESERVED LANES BETWEEN TAI ON STREET AND GREIG ROAD.

THE BUS-ONLY LANE WILL OPERATE DURING PEAK HOURS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE TRAM-RESERVED LANE WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL MOTORVEHICLES.

STAGE 2 OF THE SCHEME, COVERING KING’S ROAD BETWEEN TAI KOO SHING AND JAVA ROAD, IS EXPECTED TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN OCTOBER.

THE LAST STAGE, COVERING KING’S ROAD BETWEEN SHU KUK STREET AND HING FAT STREET, IS EXPECTED TO BE READY BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR NIGEL SHIPMAN, SAID IT HAD BEEN DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE SCHEME IN SHAU KEI WAN FIRST BECAUSE IMPLEMENTATION DID NOT REQUIRE MAJOR TRAFFIC ENGINEERING WORKS IN THAT DISTRICT.

BEFORE THE SCHEME WAS EXTENDED TO QUARRY BAY AND NORTH POINT, NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS WOULD BE INSTALLED AND SECTIONS OF CARRIAGEWAY WOULD BE WIDENED. THIS WORK IS NOW IN HAND.

MR SHIPMAN SAID THE SCHEME WAS BEING INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT JOURNEY TIMES AND TO MAKE THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF AVAILABLE ROAD SPACE UNTIL THE NEW HIGHWAY ALONG THE EASTERN ISLAND CORRIDOR IS COMPLETED.

HE NOTED THAT THE JOURNEY TIME OF CMB ROUTE NO. 80 BETWEEN CHAI WAN AND CENTRAL DETERIORATED FROM 50 MINUTES IN 1974 TO 71 MINUTES TODAY.

HE CAUTIONED THAT IMPROVEMENTS FROM THE FIRST STAGE OF THE SCHEME WOULD BE RELATIVELY SLIGHT, BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE THE BUS-ONLY LANES AND TRAM-RESERVES IN SMALL STRETCHES.

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HOWEVER, BENEFITS IN BUS TRAVELLING TIMES WERE EXPECTED TO BE MUCH GREATER WHEN THE FULL SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

AT THAT TIME BUS-ONLY LANES AND TRAH-RESERVES WOULD COVER FIVE KILOMETRES.

MR SHIPMAN EMPHASISED THAT BUS AND TRAM VOLUMES ALONG KING’S ROAD WERE HIGH AND WOULD AMPLY JUSTIFY HAVING THEIR OWN RESERVED LANES.

SOME 220 BUSES IN THE PEAK HOUR SHOULD BENEFIT WHEN THE FULL SCHEME IS IMPLEMENTED,♦ HE SAID.

AS JOURNEY TIMES IMPROVE, THE BUSES AND TRAMS WILL MAKE MORE TRIPS, AND THE EXTRA PASSENGER-CARRYING CAPACITY WILL REDUCE OVER-CROWD I NG.+

ON THE FERRY SERVICES, MR SHIPMAN SAID THE NEW PIER AT TAI KOO SHING WAS PART OF A CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICES.

LAST NOVEMBER, THE NUMBER OF HOVERFERRY SAILINGS FROM SAI WAN HO TO CENTRAL INCREASED FROM FIVE TO 21.

MOVING THE SERVICE TO TAI KOO SHING WILL ENABLE LARGE TRIPLE-DECKER FERRIES AND WATER-BUSES TO BE USED, AS WELL AS THE HOVERFERRIES.

DAILY PASSENGER CAPACITY ON THE ROUTE WILL BE RAISED TO 3 800, WHICH IS MORE THAN 10 TIMES GREATER THAN A YEAR AGO.

FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS MAY FOLLOW,+ SAID MR SHIPMAN.

THE SHAU KEI WAN-KOWLOON CITY SERVICE WILL ALSO OPERATE FROM THE NEW TAI KOO SHING PIER.

SHAU KEI WAN PIER WILL CONTINUE TO HANDLE THE KWUN TONG AND SAM KA TSUEN SERVICES.

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THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) AND BROUGHT INTO IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

♦FROM TODAY, ’FRINGE' OPERATORS WHO ARE NEITHER REGISTERED DEALERS UNDER THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE NOR MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY HAVE TO CEASE THEIR TRADING ACTIVITIES OR FACE PROSECUTION AS AN UNREGISTERED DEALER, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR WHICH IS A FINE OF $50 000,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IN THEIR OWN INTEREST, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THEY PLACE THEIR ORDERS ONLY THROUGH DEALERS WHO ARE REGISTERED OR WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY.

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♦IF THEY HAVE ANY DOUBT REGARDING THE REGISTRATION STATUS OF THEIR BROKERS, THEY CAN COME TO THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING AT 2404 CONNAUGHT CENTRE, TELEPHONE 5-259361, WHERE A REGISTER OF DEALERS IS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION,♦ HE SAID.

THE ORDINANCE STATES THAT ANY PERSON WHO RECEIVES ORDERS FROM THE PUBLIC, AND WHO PLACES THOSE ORDERS ONLY THROUGH A REGISTERED DEALER OR A MEMBER OF THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY, WILL BE REGARDED AS AN AGENT AND WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

♦THE HAWKING OF FUTURES CONTRACTS IS NOW PROHIBITED. THIS MEANS THAT COMMODITY COMPANIES, PARTICULARLY GOLD DEALERS, CAN NO LONGER EMPLOY TEAMS OF MOSTLY UNQUALIFIED SALESMEN USING HIGH PRESSURE SALES TECHNIQUES TO INDUCE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO BUY AND SELL COMMODITIES, OR ELSE THEY FACE PROSECUTION CARRYING A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 OQO AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

♦ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO IS APPROACHED BY A SALESMAN, WHETHER BY VISIT OR BY TELEPHONE, IS URGED TO REPORT SUCH INCIDENTS TO THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

WITH EFFECT FROM A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY IN THE GAZETTE, A DEALER WILL BE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A CONTRACT NOTE AND PROVIDE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO A CLIENT IN RESPECT OF EVERY TRANSACTION UNDERTAKEN ON HIS BEHALF. THE PENALTY FOR ANYONE WHO BREACHES THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS WILL BE A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

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AMS, A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION ******

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, HAS DESCRIBED THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE AS A ♦SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT* TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS DEMONSTRATED VIVIDLY IN THE WAY THEIR MEMBERS WERE MOBILISED LAST YEAR TO HELP THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THEY WORKED LONG HOURS IN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND DEMANDING CONDITIONS, PROVIDING MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR THOSE ON BOARD SHIPS LIKE THE HUEY FONG, HE SAID.

THE AMS MEMBERS HELPED PROVIDE HEALTH-SCREENING AND IMMUNISATION SERVICES ASHORE, MEDICAL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN THE REFUGEE CAMPS THEMSELVES, AND IN COUNTLESS OTHER WAYS, HE ADDED.

SIR JACK WAS SPEAKING THIS EVENING AT THE AMS OFFICERS’ PESS DINNER TO CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE SERVICE.

HE TOLD THE OFFICERS THAT HE LONG ADMIRED THE ♦SELFLESS AND UNSTINTING* CONTRIBUTION WHICH THE AMS MADE ON SO VERY MANY OCCASIONS TO THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY.

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WHEREVER AND WHENEVER HELP AND ASSISTANCE WAS NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE REGULAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES THEY WERE TO EE FOUND — AT OUR BEACHES, IN OUR HOSPITALS, ON AMBULANCES AND NOWADAYS MOST IMPORTANTLY AND VERY REGULARLY IN THE fETHADONE TREATMENT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, HE SAID.

♦ IT IS A SOURCE OF IMMENSE REASSURANCE THAT THE COMMUNITY CAN RELY SO COMPLETELY ON YOU ALL,* SAID SIR JACK.

THE UNIT CONTROLLER OF AMS, DR K.L. THONG, ALSO SPOKE DURING THE DINNER ON THE INCREASING ROLE OF PUBLIC SERVICES RENDERED BY THE SERVICE WHICH HAD GROWN FROM 1 000 MEMBERS TO NEARLY 6 000.

HE SAID THE BASIC ROLE OF THE AMS WAS TO AUGMENT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, BUT IN FACT IN TIMES OF PEACE AMS PERSONNEL WERE ACTIVE, REGULARLY AND CONSTANTLY IN MANY SPHERES OF ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY — MANNING SWIMMING BEACHES AS LIFEGUARDS, DRIVING AMBULANCES ON MERCY MISSIONS AND MANNING FIRST-AID POSTS AT PUBLIC FUNCTIONS.

IN RECENT YEARS, HE SAID THEIR ACTIVITIES HAD EXTENDED TO COVER METHADONE CENTRES AND THE MEDICAL CENTRES IN REFUGEE CAMPS, PROVIDING INOCULATORS FOR IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES AND ATTENDING TO NEW ARRIVALS IN BOATS.

DR THONG SAID PLANS WERE IN HAND TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF THE SERVICE.

HE SAID THESE INCLUDED THE BUILDING OF A CANOE TRAINING CENTRE AT SAI KUNG AND FOUR SUB-UNIT HEADQUARTERS IN THE RURAL DISTRICTS AS WELL AS OFFSHORE ISLANDS.

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING TOURED THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT TO SEE THE LATEST HAWKER AND PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMMES THERE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KOWLOON WEST), MR STEPHEN IP, SIR JACK TOURED THE SHUN NING ROAD HAWKER PERMITTED AREA WHERE A RE-ORDERING EXERCISE IS UNDERWAY TO CONVERT SOME STATIC STALLS INTO FIXED PITCH STALLS, AND HAWKER PERMITTED PLACES ARE BEING ALLOCATED TO GENUINE HAWKERS.

SIR JACK ALSO VISITED THE LOWER SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED BY HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICERS ABOUT ITS REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME. HE ALSO TOURED THE NEW COMMERCIAL COMPLEX OF THE ESTATE AND SPOKE WITH ITS MARKET AND SHOP OPERATORS.

AT THE SHAM SHUI PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE HE HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CITY DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN THE AREA IN SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS.

SIR JACK ALSO TOLD MEMBERS THAT HONG KONG’S RESIDENTS WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY BRITAIN’S PROPOSED NATIONALITY ACT.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR THOMAS LEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR A MULTI-WELFARE SERVICES CENTRE LOCATED IN A WAN CHAI AREA HE DESCRIBED AS *S IR SHIU-KIN TANG’S SOCIAL SERVICES VILLAGE*.

THE $4 MILLION CENTRE FOR THE YOUNG, THE OLD AND THE MENTALLY ILL IS IN THE AREA OF MORRISON HILL WHERE, MR LEE SAID, LIES A CONCENTRATION OF SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS HELPED OUT WITH DONATIONS BY SIR SHIU-KIN.

HE CITED THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL, TANG SHIU KIN VICTORIA TECHNICAL SCHOOL, SHENG KUNG HUI TANG SHIU KIN SECONDARY SCHOOL, TANG CHI NGONG SPECIALIST CLINIC, MACLEHOSE DENTAL CENTRE, LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE AND THE HONG KONG ISLAND REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION.

HE SAID SIR SHIU-KIN WAS WELL KNOWN FOR MAKING GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM TIME TO TIME, AND EVEN THE CENTRE ITSELF WAS PARTLY FINANCED BY HIM AND NAMED THE TANG SHIU KIN SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE.

MR LEE PAID TRIBUTE TO HIM FOR HIS CONTINUOUS SUPPORT AND SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE SIX-STOREY CENTRE, PLANNED BY THE BAPTIST CONVENTION OF HONG KONG, IS ALSO FINANCED BY FUNDS RAISED BY THE CONVENTION AND A LOTTERIES FUND GRANT MADE THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

MR LEE SAID THE VARIOUS INTEGRATED SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE CENTRE WOULD HELP MEET A GROWING DEMAND FOR SUCH SERVICES.

THE CENTRE WILL ACCOMMODATE A HALFWAY HOUSE FOR RE-1NTEGRATI NG FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS INTO SOCIETY, A LIBRARY, AS WELL AS A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES AS FOCAL POINTS FOR SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

HE NOTED THAT IN THE CENTRE A +COFFEE HOUSE* WOULD BE RUN AS AN EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME DESIGNED TO REACH OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS.

A SOCIAL WORKER WILL BE POSTED IN THE COFFEE HOUSE TO GIVE COUNSELLING SERVICES TO THOSE YOUNGSTERS WHO COME FOR A DRINK AND WHO NEED THE SERVICES.

♦THIS IS INDEED A NEW CONCEPT IN THE AREA OF PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, AND I HOPE THIS EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME WILL SUCCEED,* HE SAID.

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SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES OPENS SEX EDUCATION EXHIBITION *****

YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE INFLUENCED BY THE IMMENSE CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN WORLD ATTITUDES TO SEX, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE ♦SEX EDUCATION BEGINS AT HOME+ EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE PROBLEMS OF TODAY WERE VASTLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF 30 YEARS AGO, WHEN THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION WAS FIRST FORMED.

♦TODAY, SECONDARY EDUCATION IS AVAILABLE TO ALL OUR YOUNG bEN AND WOMEN.

♦THIRTY YEARS AGO, ONLY A PRIVILEGED FEW RECEIVED SECONDARY EDUCATION AND GENERALLY SPEAKING YOUNG WOMEN WERE LUCKY IF THEY EVEN RECEIVED PRIMARY SCHOOL ING,♦ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦OUTSIDE SCHOOL, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE INFLUENCED BY TELEV IS ION AND BY THE IMMENSE CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN WORLD ATTITUDES TO SEX, VIOLENCE, DRUG ABUSE AND SO FORTH,+ HE ADDED.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION IN THE PAST 30 YEARS HAD MADE AN INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE CONCEPTS OF FAMILY PLANNING AND PLANNED AND RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD.

♦DURING THIS PERIOD THE ASSOCIATION HAS ADAPTED AND CHANGED ITS APPROACH TO ITS WORK AS OUR COMMUNITY HAS EVOLVED.+

HE SAID THE *SEX EDUCATION AT HOME+ EXHIBITION WAS MOST OPPORTUNE.

♦IT WILL PROVIDE PARENTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN HOW TO RESPOND TO THE PROBLEMS OF CHILDREN, TO HELP THEM TO DEAL FRANKLY AND OPENLY WITH THEIR PROBLEMS TODAY AND THUS HELP ENSURE THE HEALTH OF OUR SOCIETY TOMORROW.♦

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING WAS MRS AKERS-JONES.

THEY LATER TOURED THE EXHIBITION WHICH INCLUDES DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND CAPTIONS.

THE EXHIBITION, AT THE MAIN CONCOURSE OF THE OCEAN TERMINAL, IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL AUGUST 14.

PARENTS ATTENDING WILL BE GIVEN FREE BOOKLETS BASED ON THE CONTENT OF THE EXHIBITION.

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YOUTH MUSIC CAMP STARTS ON SUNDAY ******

MORE THAN 200 YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL BE TAKING PART IN NEXT WEEK’S MUSIC CAMP AT SAI KUNG ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY.

THE CAMP, WHICH WILL START ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 10) FOR ONE WEEK, IS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

MR LAN SAID THAT FROM 389 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FOR THE CAMP, 206 WERE SELECTED BY A PANEL OF MUSICIANS FROM THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF OF THE MUSIC OFFICE DURING AN OPEN AUDITION.

THE AIM OF THE CAMP, SAID MR LAN, IS TO PROVIDE A CHANCE FOR THE YOUNG MUSICIANS OF HONG KONG TO COME TOGETHER DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY TO RECEIVE INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING, AS WELL AS TO PRACTISE, PERFORM AND SHARE EACH OTHER’S EXPERIENCE UNDER A HOLIDAY CAMP ATMOSPHERE.

♦TO ENABLE THE YOUNG CAMPERS TO HAVE A HEALTHY MIND AND A HEALTHY BODY, THE YOUNG MUSICIANS RANGING FROM 11 TO 25 YEARS WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING THE EIGHT-DAY CAMP,+ HE SAID.

AS THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE 180 CAMPERS, 29 OF THE YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL BE ATTENDING AS DAY-TIME CAMPERS.

A TOKEN CAMP FEE OF $30 IS CHARGED FOR RESIDENT-CAMPERS AND $20 FOR DAY-TIME CAMPERS.

THE FEES COLLECTED WILL BE TOTALLY EXPENDED ON THE CAMP IN ADDITION TO THE $80 000 DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE $5 000 FROM THE SYMPHONE TEXTILES LIMITED.

DURING THE CAMP, THE FIRST FOR LOCAL TALENT. THE YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL HAVE A VERY FULL SCHEDULE. ON AVERAGE, THEY WILL RECEIVE EIGHT HOURS OF INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING EACH DAY CONSISTING OF WORKSHOPS, MASTER CLASSES, LECTURES, FILMS AND REHEARSALS PLUS TWO HOURS OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL GIVE TWO CONCERTS - ONE AT SAI KUNG TOWN ON AUGUST 15 (FRIDAY), ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE- THE OTHER AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON AUGUST 17 (SUNDAY).

AN ADDITIONAL FEATURE OF THE CAMP WILL BE THE INTRODUCTION OF SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING TO THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF LIVE MUSIC. THE YOUNG CAMPERS WILL PROVIDE MUSIC TO THE TWO TEAMS OF SWIMMERS CF THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUE.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SOUGHT FOR CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ******

THE RECENTLY ESTABLISHED CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

THE POST WAS ADVERTISED LAST WEEKEND, IN SEVERAL CHINESE AND ENGLISH NEWSPAPERS.

THE DEPARTMENT IS HEADED BY A DIRECTOR WHO IS ASSISTED BY AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

WITH A MONTHLY SALARY OF 519 250 PLUS HOUSING AND OTHER BENEFITS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WILL ADMINISTER, UNDER THE GENERAL POLICY GUIDANCE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, THE CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING AND UPON COMPLETION, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NEW CULTURAL COMPLEX AT TSIM SHA TSUI, THE HUNG HOM STADIUM, THE KO SHAN ROAD OPEN AIR THEATRE, THE NEW TOWN HALLS AT SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN, AND OTHER CULTURAL FACILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDING THE SUPERVISION IN THE OPERATION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CITY HALL, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AND THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL ALSO HAVE TO CO-ORDINATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING GROUPS RECEIVING SUBSIDIES FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND TO PROMOTE THE PERFORMANCE AND APPRECIATION OF MUSIC, OPERA, DRAMA, DANCE AND FILMS, BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE.

CANDIDATES FOR THE POST SHOULD HAVE AN HONOURS DEGREE FROM A HONG KONG OR BRITISH UNIVERSITY OR EQUIVALENT OR AN APPROPRIATE RECOGNISED PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION IN MANAGEMENT/ADM INISTRATION-WITH AT LEAST 10 YEARS’ ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE, OF WHICH AT LEAST THREE YEARS SHOULD BE AT SENIOR MANAGEMENT LEVEL, A HIGH STANDARD OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE AND WITH GOOD GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC, DRAMA, DANCE AND CINEMA, BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE.

APPLICATION FORMS (G.F. 340) CAN BE OBTAINED FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES OF DISTRICT OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, AND LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFICES, LABOUR DEPARTMENT. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS MONDAY (AUGUST 11).

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TENDERS CALLED SOON FOR MAJOR NEW ROAD LINK * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO INVITE TENDERS WITHIN THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS FROM PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COASTAL TRUNK ROAD FROM SHA TIN NEW TOWN TO YUEN CHAU TSAI, TAI PO NEW TOWN.

THE COASTAL ROAD WILL BE A DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY OF ABOUT 7.5 KILOMETRES LONG WITH MOST OF ITS LENGTH ON AN OFF-SHORE EMBANKMENT IN WATER.

TWO INTERCHANGES AT MA LIU SHU I AND YUEN CHAU TSAI WILL ALSO BE BUILT TO CONNECT THE COASTAL ROUTE WITH ROAD NETWORKS IN THE NEW TOWNS OF SHA TIN AND TAI PO.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PWD SAID THAT ONLY CONTRACTORS WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIGHWAY STRUCTURES, DRAINAGE AND MARINE WORKS WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE LIST OF PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PREQUALIFICATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM PETER FRAENKEL AND PARTNERS (ASIA), CONSULTING ENGINEERS, ROOMS 704-705, AUSTIN CENTRE, AUSTIN AVENUE, KOWLOON.

A NOTICE INVITING APPROPRIATE CONTRACTORS TO CONTACT THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR CONSIDERATION OF INCLUSION IN THE PREQUALIFICATION LIST WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CONSTRUCTION WILL START EARLY NEXT YEAR AND THE COASTAL ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

THE CONTRACT IS BEING PREPARED AND THE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY PETER FRAENKEL AND PARTNERS (ASIA) ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP TWO REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE NORTH AND SOUTH REGIONS ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF FOURSEAS BUILDING AT 208-212, NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE TWO REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS ARE EACH HEADED BY AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE WORK OF HIS RESPECTIVE REGION.

MEANWHILE, THE LICENSING SECTION, WHICH HANDLES THE LICENSING OF FOOD PREMISES, PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, OFFENSIVE TRADES AND PLACES OF AMUSEMENT- THE PROSECUTION SECTION- THE PEST CONTROL UNIT AND THE FOOD SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAVE MOVED TO THE 9TH FLOOR OF FOURSEAS BUILDING.

THESE SECTIONS WERE PREVIOUSLY LOCATED AT 4TH FLOOR, AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, KOWLOON.

FROM NOW ON BUSINESS IN CONNECTION WITH THESE SECTIONS WILL BE HANDLED AT THE NEW PREMISES.

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BUS ROUTE 2B WITHDRAWN *****

KOWLOON BUS CIRCULAR ROUTE NO. 2B LINKING TAI WOH PING WITH SHEK KIP MEI MTR STATION WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM SERVICE FROM SUNDAY (AUGUST 10) DUE TO POOR PATRONAGE.

COMMUTERS MAY USE ROUTE NOS. 2F, 87 AND 204 AS ALTERNATIVES.

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TSUEN WAN WATER CUT * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 24 HOURS FROM 8 AM MONDAY (AUGUST 11) TO 8 AM TOE FOLLOWING DAY FOR SALT WATER MAIN CONNECTIONS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TAI HO ROAD, CHAI WAN KOK AND TSO KUNG TAM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

Friday, August 8, 1980

ADDRESS BY H.E. THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER KBE JR AT THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE OFFICERS’ MESS DINNER _____________________ ON 8 AUGUST 1980_______________________

It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Auxiliary Medical Service.

I have long admired the selfless and unstinting contribution which the AMS has made on so very many occasions to the welfare of our community. This contribution has been a considerable one throughout the years of your existence: and as a former Defence Secretary I remember only too well the invaluable work that the Service has performed in the past, especially for the less privileged members of the community.

Wherever and whenever help and assistance is needed to support the regular medical and health services you are to be found - at our beaches, in our hospitals, on ambulances and nowadays (most importantly and very regularly) in the methadone treatment centres throughout the territory. Your role is one of great importance and your voluntary services a source of inspiration and encouragement to everyone with whom you come in contact. Nowhere was this more obviously demonstrated than in the

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splendid way you mobilised your Service last year to meet the demands for assistance posed by the arrival of Vietnamese refugees - the boat people. Hany of you worked long hours in extremely difficult and demanding conditions, providing medical facilities for those on board ships like the Huey Fong: first health-screening and immunization services ashore; medical support and assistance in the. refugee camps themselves; and in countless other ways.

I am immensely grateful f or _all tfrat..yQu_ hs~ve...done and continue to do.

In the future I am sure we shall need to call upon your services, as we have done in the past 30 years - and probably even more so. I know, too, that you will respond magnificently and will discharge whatever duties we ask of you with the same efficient devotion to duty, compassion and good humour as you have done in the past. It is a source of immense reassurance that the community can rely so completely on you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask you now to rise and drink a toast with me: to the auxiliary iiedical Service.

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Saturday, august 9, 1980

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REASONS FOR CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS .................... 1

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN YUEN CHaU TSaI ........................ 2

KWUN TONG SMOKE EMISSION SURVEY ............................ 3

ROYAL BIRTHDAY ............................................. 4

SURVEY FINDS CHILDREN IN BETTER DENTAL HE/iLTH.............. 4

JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP CliLLS ON SWD ......................... 5

GIRL GUIDES RECRUITMENT EXHIBITION OPENED .................. 5

TRAINING FOR TEaCHER LIBRARIANS ............................ 6

SENIOR PRISON OFFICER RETIRES .............................. 7

STREET CLOSURES IN CHUK YUEN COTTaGE aREa .................. 7

SHOUSON HILL RQaD SECTION CLOSED ........................... 8

FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER

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REASONS FOR CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS

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UNTRAINED WORKERS, LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS, INCREASED MECHANISATION AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIGHER BUILDINGS ARE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO FREQUENT CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, MR GEOFFREY YEH, SAID TODAY.

MR YEH WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 1980 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXHIBITION AT THE AUTHORITY’S TRAINING CENTRE AT NGAU TAU KOK.

THE NINE-DAY EXHIBITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TRAINING AUTHORITY AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

MR YEH POINTED OUT THAT IN RECENT YEARS THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY’S SUSTAINED BOOM HAD CAUSED AN INFLUX OF INEXPERIENCED LABOUR TO THE INDUSTRY AND HAD RESULTED IN A FAST GROWING WORKFORCE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSTRUCTION WORKS TODAY WERE MUCH LARGER IN SCALE THAN THOSE OF THE PAST AND BUILDINGS WERE GENERALLY TEN STOREYS, OR MORE, HIGH. THESE FACTORS, TOGETHER WITH INCREASED MECHANISATION, HAD RENDERED WORKERS’ EXPERIENCE INADEQUATE TO COPE WITH INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

♦SINCE MOST OF THE NEW ENTRANTS ARE UNTRAINED AND LACK BOTH THE KNOWLEDGE TO OPERATE MACHINERY CORRECTLY AND THE CONCEPT OF SAFE OPERATIONS, ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES HAPPEN MUCH TOO FREQUENTLY,♦ HE ADDED.

MR YEH POINTED OUT THAT CONSTRUCTION SAFETY NEEDED THE CO-OPERATION AND JOINT EFFORT OF ALL CONCERNED.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD IN THE PAST FEW YEARS DONE A GREAT DEAL TO PUBLICISE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY CONCEPTS, AND ITS FACTORY INSPECTORS HAD BEEN CHECKING CONSTRUCTION SITES TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH ALL RELEVANT SAFETY REGULATIONS.

THESE MEASURES HAD YIELDED POSITIVE RESULTS, BUT TO CATER FOR THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, THE DEPARTMENT DEEDED THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND SUPPORT OF THE RELATED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO FURTHER AND BETTER CARRY OUT ITS TASKS.

SPEAKING OF EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY, MR YEH SAID THEY SHOULD SET UP A SOUND ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE TO EXECUTE WORKS AND PROVIDE SAFETY FACILITIES.

IN THE PURSUIT OF PROFIT, THEY SHOULD NOT NEGLECT THE NECESSARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHILE PRESSING TO MEET CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMES,+ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO WORKERS, MR YEH POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS IMPERATIVE FOR THEM TO FULLY REALISE THAT SAFE OPERATIONS PROTECT THEIR OWN INTERESTS AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN. THEY SHOULD TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO UNDERSTAND ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND ABIDE BY ALL OPERATIONAL REGULATIONS.

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SIMULTANEOUSLY, WORKERS COULD MAKE USE OF THEIR PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND SUGGEST TO THEIR EMPLOYERS MEANS TO IMPROVE SAFETY.

IN CONCLUSION. MR YEH EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE EXHIBITION WOULD HELP PREVENT INDUSTRIAL ACC I DENTS''AND SERVE TO INSPIRE SUGGESTIONS TO BETTER SAFETY MEASURES AND TOGETHER ACHIEVE +SAFETY FIRST*.

EARLIER, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, WELCOMED THE RESPONSE OF THE TRAINING AUTHORITY TO THE NEED FOR DEMONSTRATING IN EXHIBITION FORM THE RISKS AND HAZARDS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND THE SAFE PRACTICES AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO COMBAT THESE RISKS.

HE CALLED ON ALL CONTRACTORS TO EXPRESS THEIR CONTINUING SUPPORT BY ENSURING THAT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WERE ENCOURAGED TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION.

MR HENDERSON THANKED THE TRAINING AUTHORITY AND THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS' ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN ORGANISING THE EXHIBITION.

HE ALSO CONGRATULATED THE STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE TRAINING CENTRE FOR PLANNING AND ERECTING THE EXHIBITS.

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ROADS AND BRIDGES FORMING PART OF AN INTERCHANGE FOR THE FUTURE COASTAL TRUNK ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI PO NEW TOWNS WILL SHORTLY BE BUILT AT YUEN CHAU TSAI.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THEIR CONSTRUCTION IN THE VICINITY OF THE LEVEL CROSSING BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

MR LEE SHING-SEE, ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, SAID TODAY WORK ON THE MAIN CONTRACT OF THE COASTAL TRUNK ROAD WAS EXPECTED TO BEGIN EARLY NEXT YEAR. PREQUALIFICATION TENDERS FOR THIS WORK ARE ALSO BEING INVITED.

EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRESENT CONTRACT WILL MINIMISE POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE WITH TRAFFIC ON TAI PO ROAD WHEN WORK ON THE COASTAL TRUNK ROAD BEGINS.

IN ADDITION, IT WILL PROVIDE A GRADE-SEPARATED CROSSING BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND THE RAILWAY TO ELIMINATE THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSSING WHICH MIGHT IMPEDE MODERN ELECTRIC TRAINS TO OPERATE UNDER THE KCR ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION PROGRAMME IN LATE 1982.+

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OF TAI PO ROAD DUE, TO A

MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, MR LEE SAID* IT WOULD RELIEVE the TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPERIENCED DURING PEAK HOURS ON THIS SECTION CERTAIN EXTENT, TO THE LEVEL CROSSING?

♦HOWEVER, A BE ACHIEVED WHEN MR LEE ADDED.

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IMPROVEMENT TO TRAFFIC COASTAL TRUNK ROAD IS

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WORK ON THE

PRESENT

TWO BRIDGES AND APPROACH

CONTRACT INCLUDES THE

_________________________ ROADS TO BRING TAI PO RAILWAY AND ANOTHER BRIDGE TO CARRY THE FUTURE THE RA ILWAY.

CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD OVER THE TRUNK ROAD OVER

CONSTRUCTION WILL START IN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY PETER FRAENKEL AND PARTNERS (ASIA CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE. vunoulmnc

KWUN TONG SMOKE EMISSION SURVEY » ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT'S MOVE TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT OF KWUN TONG HAS TAKEN A FORWARD STEP. AN AERIAL SMOKE EMISSION SURVEY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA, CONDUCTED BY.A GROUP OF GRADUATES FROM THE HK POLYTECHNIC ON BEHALF OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, BEGAN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY LATE SEPTEMBER.

THE SURVEY WILL ATTEMPT TO QUALIFY THE TYPE OF AERIAL EMISSION ARISING FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES IN THE AREA.

A PHYSICAL COUNT OF ALL THE CHIMNEYS AND EXHAUST DUCTS WILL BE MADE TO ASCERTAIN THEIR ACTUAL FIGURE, LOCATION AND RELATIVE DISTRIBUTION.

SAMPLES OF INDIVIDUAL FACTORIES MAY ALSO BE DRAWN FOR STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEIR AERIAL EMISSION AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE DATA COLLECTED WILL BE USED TO ASSIST THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE WAYS AND MEANS OF IMPROVING THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA AND WILL BE TREATED IN CONFIDENCE.

DURING THIS PART OF THE SURVEY, THE PROJECT TEAM WILL NEED TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE FACTORIES. FACTORY OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED TO CO-OPERATE AND ASSIST AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

TO FACILITATE PROGRESS, A SPECIAL COMMITTEE, COMPRISING OFFICIALS OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG), ENVIRONMENT BRANCH AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SET UP TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ADVICE AND HELP.

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ROYAL BIRTHDAY ft ft ft ft

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER HAS THANKED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR THEIR GOOD WISHES ON HER 80TH BIRTHDAY ON AUGUST 4.

HER MAJESTY SENT HER SINCERE THANKS TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

SURVEY FINDS CHILDREN IN BETTER DENTAL HEALTH ft ft ft ft ft ft

CHILDREN NOWADAYS ARE ENJOYING BETTER DENTAL HEALTH THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS 20 YEARS AGO, DUE IN NO SMALL MEASURE TO THE EFFECT OF WATER FLUORIDATION INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG IN 1961.

THIS WAS ONE OF THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF THE DENTAL SURVEY OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN HONG KONG, CONDUCTED THIS SPRING BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE OBJECT OF THE SURVEY WAS TO MEASURE THE EFFECT OF WATER FLUORIDATION ON DENTAL DECAYS AND TO ASSESS THE STATE OF ORAL HEALTH OF THE PUPILS.

THE SURVEY THIS YEAR REVEALED THAT AN AVERAGE CHILD BETWEEN SIX AND 11 HAD ABOUT ONE PERMANENT DECAYED TOOTH AND THREE SUCH PRIMARY TEETH. THIS COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH CHILDREN OF THE SAME AGE GROUP TWO DECADES AGO.

A SIMILAR SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN I960, A YEAR BEFORE THE LOCAL WATER WAS FLUORIDATED. RESULT OF THAT STUDY SHOWED THAT THE CHILDREN HAD 3.57 PERMANENT AND 6.38 PRIMARY DECAYED TEETH.

♦THIS IMPROVEMENT IN DENTAL HEALTH IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE. EFFECT OF WATER FLUORIDATION INTRODUSED 19 YEARS AGO, ASSUMING THAT ALL OTHER VARIABLE FACTORS, INCLUDING PERSONAL DIETARY HABITS, HAVE REMAINED CONSTANT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE LATEST 1980 SURVEY COVERED 6 765 CHILDREN FROM 68 SCHOOLS IN THE TERRITORY, REPRESENTING 1.5 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN OF THAT AGE GROUP.

EXAMINATION WAS CONDUCTED OF THE HARD AND SOFT TISSUES IN AND AROUND THE MOUTH OF THE CHILDREN TO TAKE NOTE OF DENTAL DECAY AND ANY OTHER ABNORMALITIES.

+FI ND INGS OF THE SURVEY WOULD BE USEFUL AS A GUIDE FOR PLANNING FUTURE DENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES IN HONG KONG,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HE ADDED THAT IN ORDER TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THE WATER FLUORIDATION PROGRAMME AND TO DETECT ANY CHANGE IN ORAL HEALTH STATUS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN, SIMILAR SURVEYS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT EVERY THREE YEARS.

A FULL REPORT CONTAINING FINDINGS AND A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR.

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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 (SATURDAY) PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THEY WERE GREETED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR THOMAS LEE, AND SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

MR OHSAWA AND THE YOUTH GROUP, LED BY MR S. TAKIZAWA, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS MORNING ON BOARD THE +CORAL PRINCESS* AS PART CF THEIR GOODWILL TOUR OF SOUTHEAST ASIA.

MR LEE WELCOMED THE VISITORS AND EXCHANGED SOUVENIRS WITH THEM. MR OHSAWA ALSO PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO TEN HONG KONG YOUTH WORK ORGANISATIONS AS A GESTURE OF GOODWILL.

THE TOUR, THE SEVENTH THIS YEAR, IS ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NAGANO PREFECTURE, ABOUT 160 KILOMETRES NORTHWEST OF TOKYO, FOR ITS WORKING YOUTHS.

MR OHSAWA IS HOSTING A PARTY LATER TODAY FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS AND THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE.

ON THE +CORAL PRINCESS* STUDENTS STUDYING

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

GIRL GUIDES RECRUITMENT EXHIBITION OPENED IN SHA TIN ft ft ft ft

AN EXHIBITION AND FUN FAIR, WHICH ARE PART OF THE GIRL GUIDES’ RECRUITMENT EFFORT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WERE OPENED TODAY (SATURDAY) IN SHA TIN BY ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANDREW WELLS.

ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, NEW TERRITORIES REGION, AND SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE, THE EXHIBITION AND FUN FAIR WERE HELD AT LEK YUEN ESTATE.

THE EXHIBITION INCLUDED CAPTIONED PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THE ACTIVITIES OF GIRL GUIDES AND THEIR TRAINING.

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GAMES EMPHASISING LEADERSHIP TRAINING, DISCIPLINE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SERVING PEOPLE WERE ORGANISED FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING THE FUN FAIR.

MR WELLS DESCRIBED THE EVENT AS +A STRIKING DEMONSTRATION OF THE SUCCESS OF SHA TIN GIRL GUIDES.*

*IN THE SHORT TIME SINCE THEY WERE FOUNDED IN 1979, THEY HAVE CLEARLY BECOME NOT ONLY AN ORGANISATION WHICH DESERVES OUR SUPPORT, BUT ONE WHICH MERITS OUR RESPECT.

♦THEIR EFFORTS. AND THOSE OF THE SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE, WHICH HAVE MADE TODAY’S DISPLAY POSSIBLE, WILL I HOPE CONTINUE UNABATED DURING THE YEARS TO COME,+ MR WELLS SAID.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO SHA TIN GIRL GUIDES PRESIDENT, MR NG CHAN-LAM AND THEIR CHAIRMAN, MISS OR MEI-YAN, FOR THEIR ♦GUIDANCE AND ENTHUSIASM*, MR WELLS SAID HE HOPED THEY AND SHA TIN GIRL GUIDES WOULD CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT WHICH WAS SO IMPORTANT IN A NEW TOWN.

THE EXHIBITION WILL MOVE TO WO CHE ESTATE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AND TAI WAI ON AUGUST 17.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 4 100 GIRL GUIDES IN 161 TEAMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. SHA TIN HAS 300 GIRL GUIDES IN 11 TEAMS.

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THE LIBRARY SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD TWO COURSES FOR TEACHER LIBRARIANS LATER THIS YEAR.

THE AIM IS TO INTRODUCE TEACHERS TO THE BASIC PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF LIBRARY MANAGEMENT AND ACQUAINT THEM WITH INFORMATION SKILLS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING PURPOSES.

AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON MONDAYS, FROM OCTOBER TO MAY NEXT YEAR. THE OTHER, AN ADVANCED COURSE FOR TEACHERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE INITIAL BASIC TRAINING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAYS, FROM NOVEMBER TO JUNE.

THE COURSES, CONSISTING OF LECTURES, PRACTICAL WORK, TUTORIALS AND VISITS WILL BE ORGANISED ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS. CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRES, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

NO FEE WILL BE CHARGED AND ALL TEACHER LIBRARIANS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED A COURSE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD REACH THE LIBRARY SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS,3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 8. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE SAME OFFICE (TEL t 5-768422 OR 5-778311 EXT 210).

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SENIOR PRISON OFFICER RETIRES * * * *

SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF PRISONS, MR RICHARD MACKIE, IS RETIRING AFTER 19 YEARS’ LOYAL AND FAITHFUL SERVICE WITH THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT.

AT A CEREMONY AT THE PRISON OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY TODAY (SATURDAY), THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR TOM ECOB PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO MR MACKIE ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

MR MACKIE JOINED THE DEPARTMENT IN 1961 AS AN ASSISTANT CHIEF OFFICER AFTER SPENDING 15 YEARS WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO CHIEF OFFICER IN 1962 AND SUPERINTENDENT IN 1972. TWO YEARS LATER, HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT.

MR MACKIE WAS APPOINTED A COMPANION OF THE IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER IN 1978 AND AWARDED THE COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDAL IN 1979.

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STREET CLOSURES IN CHUK YUEN COTTAGE AREA

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED TO CLOSE THE STREETS AND FOOTPATHS IN CHUK YUEN COTTAGE AREA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CHUK YUEN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

ALTERNATIVE ACCESS TO CHUK YUEN ROAD TO LINK WITH SHATIN PASS ROAD WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED.

TO AVOID INCONVENIENCE TO RESIDENTS, THE EXISTING VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO CHUK YUEN COTTAGE AREA AND TSUI LAM TUNG VILLAGE WOULD REMAIN UNAFFECTED BEFORE THE ESTATE BUILDING WORKS BEGIN.

IN ADDITION, CHUK YUEN ROAD WILL REMAIN OPEN AT ALL TIMES DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD UNTIL WORK ON THE ALTERNATIVE ACCESS LINKING WITH SHATIN PASS ROAD HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSED UNDERTAKING MUST BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 8. CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE MADE BEFORE OCTOBER 8.

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SHOUSON HILL ROAD SECTION CLOSED *****

SHOUSON HILL ROAD IN FRONT OF HOUSE NO. 18 WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 11) FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.

SOUTHBOUND ’MAXICABS’ ON ROUTE NOS. 4 AND 6 ALONG SHOUSON HILL ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE WESTERN SECTION OF SHOUSON HILL ROAD AND WONG CHUK HANG ROAD DURING THIS PERIOD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY NEXT WEEK, BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5 PM DAILY.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

TAI PO TAKING SHAPE AS MAJOR NEW TOWN ........................ 1

REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1979 ............................  2

CHINESE ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS .................................. J

IMPROVEMENTS TO SALT WATER PUMPS ..............................4

UIW AUCTION IN SEPTEMBER.......................................4

SHA TIN WATER CUT

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 1980

1

TAI PO TAKING SHAPE AS MAJOR NEW TOWN * * * *

A MODERN NEW TOWN IS BEGINNING TO TAKE SHAPE AT TAI PO.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE TOWN’S FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE - A DEVELOPMENT WHICH THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICHOLAS NG, RECENTLY DESCRIBED AS A TURNING POINT - WAS COMPLETED IN MAY AND TENANTS ARE NOW MOVING IN.

TWO FACTORIES ON THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION SITE A FEW KILOMETRES FROM THE TOWN CENTRE ARE ALREADY IN OPERATION AND TEN WILL BE FUNCTIONING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. RECLAMATION WORK IS VIRTUALLY COMPLETED.

THE GO AHEAD HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE COAST ROAD LINKING TAI PO WITH SHA TIN AND THE URBAN AREAS. THIS TRUNK ROAD WILL EXTEND EVENTUALLY ROUND THE OTHER NEW TERRITORIES NEW TOWNS.

BOAT SQUATTERS AT YUEN CHAU TSAI HAVE LONG GONE AND THE AREA ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD LEADING INTO TAI PO IS BEING RECLAIMED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING. ONLY LAST YEAR, DRAGON BOAT RACES WERE HELD IN THIS AREA.

THE PRESENT POPULATION OF TAI PO IS 47 000, BUT WILL GROW TO 220 000 BY THE END OF THE 1980’S.

ABOUT 68 000 PEOPLE WILL BE LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING IN TWO ESTATES - TAI YUEN, DUE TO BE FULLY COMPLETED NEXT MARCH, AND AN ESTATE NOT YET NAMED TO BE BUILT IN THE SAME AREA ON LAND RECLAIMED FROM TOLO HARBOUR.

THE BALANCE OF HOUSING WILL BE PRIVATE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DEVELOPMENT FOR 4 500 PEOPLE.

A TOTAL OF ABOUT 80 HECTARES WILL BE FOR INDUSTRY, PROVIDING JOBS FOR 116 000 PEOPLE. THE MAJORITY OF THIS LAND - 64.5 HECTARES - IS FOR HEAVY INDUSTRY, WHILE THE BALANCE IS FOR LIGHT INDUSTRY.

LAND FOR GOVERNMENT USES WILL BE MORE THAN 47 HECTARES TO PROVIDE SITES FOR SCHOOLS, A 1 400-BED POLYCLINIC, A MARKET, A SPORTS STADIUM, POLICE AND FIRE SERVICES BUILDINGS, A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, A CULTURAL COMPLEX AND SEWAGE WORKS.

OPEN SPACE WILL T^KE NEARLY 32 HECTARES.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO NEW TOWN BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BE IN NINE PACKAGES COSTING AT LEAST $2 600 MILLION. THE TOWN WILL COVER AN AREA OF 2 715 HECTARES, MUCH OF IT - AS WITH OTHER NEW TOwNS -RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA.

VARIOUS STUDIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME INCLUDING ENGINEERING, LANDSCAPE AND RECREATION AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

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REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1979 *****

THE +HONG KONG REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1979+ IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GPO BUILDING AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

AT S25 A COPY, IT CONTAINS A BRIEF TEXT, 12 GRAPHS AND 33 STATISTICAL APPENDICES WITH COMPARATIVE FIGURES FOR THE PREVIOUS YEARS.

INTRODUCING THE REVIEW, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT IT GIVES A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION OF HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1979, INCLUDING A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF TRADE BY MAJOR TRADING PARTNER AND BY COMMODITY CATEGORY.

♦IN VIEW OF THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF AIRBORNE TRADE, TABLES HAVE BEEN ADDED, ANALYSING THE PERFORMANCE OF AIRBORNE TRADE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND HER TRADING PARTNERS BY COMMODITY CATEGORY.

♦THE REVIEW ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE MOVEMENTS IN COMMODITY PRICES AND THE REAL GROWTH IN EXTERNAL TRADE BY MEANS OF TRADE INDEXES.

♦INCLUDED IN THE PUBLICATION IS A COMPARISON OF HONG KONG’S EXPORT PERFORMANCE IN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS WITH THAT OF HER MAIN COMPETITORS,♦ HE ADDED.

SEVERAL SPECTACULAR DEVELOPMENTS IN OVERSEAS TRADE TOOK PLACE LAST YEAR. AMONG THE SUPPLYING COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH IN IMPORTS IN 1979 COMPARED WITH 1978 WERE EGYPT (UP 2 242 TIMES TO HK$10.8 MILLION) AND BULGARIA (UP 28 TIMES TO HK$5.8 MILLION).

AMONG THE OVERSEAS MARKETS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE YUGOSLAVIA (UP 11 TIMES TO HKS13.5 MILLION) AND CHINA (UP 6 TIMES TO HKS6O3.3 MILLION).

AS REGARDS TRADE PERFORMANCE BY COMMODITY, THE COMMODITY GROUPS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH IN IMPORTS WERE WASTE, SCRAP AND SWEEPINGS OF PRECIOUS METALS OTHER THAN OF GOLD (UP 380 TIMES TO HKS6.6 MILLION)- WHEREAS THE COMMODITY GROUP WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS TIN (UP 20 TIMES TO HKS46.9 MILLION).

IMPORTS FROM BAHRAIN BY AIR SHOWED THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH ~ UP 637 TIMES TO HKS45.9 MILLION. IN RESPECT OF COMMODITY GROUPS, IMPORTS BY AIR WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH WERE REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS (UP 302 TIMES TO HKS75.2 MILLION).

THE UNIT VALUE AND QUANTUM INDEXES ARE USED TO ASSESS THE MOVEMENTS IN COMMODITY PRICES AND THE REAL CHANGE IN TRADE VOLUME. DURING 1979, WHILE THE IMPORT VALUES OF RAW COTTON AND HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT BOTH INCREASED. THE IMPORT VOLUME, AS MEASURED BY THE QUANTUM INDEXES, FELL BY 12 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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CHINESE ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS

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THE EAST KOWLOON YOUTH ORCHESTRA, THE FIRST SUCH ORCHESTRA FORMED AND TRAINED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE IN THE DISTRICT, WILL PRESENT TWO CONCERTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS MONTH.

THE FIRST CONCERT, JOINTLY PRESENTED WITH THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT RECREATION AND CULTURE PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, IS BILLED AS A 'MID-SUMMER CHINESE MUSIC NIGHT’ AND WILL BE HELD IN KWUN TONG MARYKNOLL COLLEGE ON AUGUST 22 (FRIDAY).

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE SUB-OFFICE AT 100 TING FU STREET, SECOND FLOOR, YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK AND FROM THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE IN TUNG YAN STREET.

THE SECOND CONCERT, JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE SAME ASSOCIATION AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 24 (SUNDAY) AT 8 PM IN THE TOWN HALL.

AT THIS INAUGURAL CONCERT, THE ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY MANY CLASSICAL AS WELL AS CONTEMPORARY PIECES.

TICKETS AT $5 ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TOWN HALL AND THE FOUR DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED ON TEL. 3-411328.

THE EAST KOWLOON YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA IS FOUNDED FOR CHINESE MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS IN THE DISTRICT. IT GIVES OPPORTUNITY FOR SYSTEMATIC ORCHESTRAL TRAINING TO THE YOUNG PLAYERS AND PROMOTES INTEREST IN MUSIC AMONG THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

THE CONDUCTORS, AIK YEW-GOH AND LIU LI-CHUAN, ARE CHINESE MUSIC INSTRUCTORS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE ORCHESTRA HAS 80 MEMBERS WHO ARE YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 25 AND EITHER LIVE OR WORK IN THE EAST KOWLOON AREA.

THEY STARTED THEIR FIRST REHEARSAL IN SPRING 1979- SINCE THEN REGULAR REHEARSALS HAVE BEEN HELD.

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IMPROVEMENTS TO SALT WATER PUMPS

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A TEMPORARY SALT WATER PUMPING STATION WITHIN THE EXISTING ELLIOT TREATMENT WORKS TO IMPROVE FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY IN THE CENTRAL HIGH LEVEL AREA OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED.

THE NEW STATION WILL HOUSE TWO ELECTRIC PUMP sfXS, EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 4 550 CUBIC METRES DAILY, TO DRAW WATER ?ROM ELL IOT SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR TO THE ONE AT HATTON ROAD.

INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT IS THE LAYING OF ABOUT 800 METRES OF WATER MAIN FROM THE NEW STATION TO HATTON ROAD SALT WATER SERVICt RESERVOIR.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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LAND AUCTION IN SEPTEMBER *****

TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE AUCTIONED BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE MARINA ROOM OF THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL ON SEPTEMBER 4 AT 2.30 PM.

ONE OF THE LOTS, MEASURING ABOUT 6 000 SQUARE METRES, IS IN SOUTH BAY ROAD, HONG KONG. IT IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE SITE CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $43 MILLION AND SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1984.

THE OTHER LOT, A NON-INDUSTRIAL SITE IN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, MEASURES ABOUT 1 470 SQUARE METRES. CARRYING A BUILDING COVENANT CF $15.5 MILLION, IT SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BEFORE THE SAME DATE.

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

SALE PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE PLACES.

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SHA TIN WATER CUT *****

WATER SUPPLY TO SEVERAL AREAS IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ROAD ROAD

BETWEEN AND THE AND LOK

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED ARE ALONG THE TRUNK THE JUNCTION OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD WITH TAI PO CHINESE UNIVERSITY, TIN LIU, SHEUNG HA WO CHE, PAI TAU LO HA VILLAGES, WO CHE ESTATE, LEK YUEN ESTATE, FO TAN, AND HO TUNG LAU, INCLUDING THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS, RACE COURSE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM TO EASE TAX WORKLOAD......................

THREE LOTS FETCH 818O.6 MILLION............................... 2

TUNG CHUNG FOOTBRIDGE NEARLY COMPLETED ....................... 2

TALENTED VIOLINIST RETURNS FOR PERFORMANCE.................... 3

FOOTBRIDGES FOR TUEN MUN PEDESTRIANS ......................... 4

SPEEDPOST TO CHINA ........................................... 4

BORDER ROAD TO BE WIDENED..................................... 5

manpower survey underway

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MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 1980

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NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM TO EASE TAX WORKLOAD

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THE TAXMEN’S HEAVY WORKLOAD WILL BE GREATLY EASED WHEN THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S S14.8 MILLION INTEGRATED DATA BASE SYSTEM BECOMES FULLY OPERATIONAL IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN-FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID INTRODUCTION OF THE SYSTEM WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TAX-PAYERS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS YEAR NEARLY 450 000 SALARIES TAX RETURNS AND 100 000 BUSINESS RETURNS WERE ISSUED, WHEREAS 20 YEARS AGO, ONLY LESS THAN 20 000 SALARIES TAX ASSESSMENTS WERE RAISED AND LESS THAN 17 000 BUSINESSES WERE CHARGEABLE TO TAX.

IT WAS ALSO ESTIMATED THAT BY THE TIME THE NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM CAME INTO FULL OPERATION, IT WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH EVEN MORE PAPERS — 260 000 BUSINESS REGISTRATIONS, 1.29 MILLION PERSONAL RECORDS AND 550 000 PROPERTIES RECORDS.

MANAGEMENT REPORTS ON REVENUE COLLECTION WOULD ALSO BE COMPUTERISED, IN ADDITION TO THE DESPATCH AND CONTROL OF TAX RETURNS, BUSINESS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES AND DEMAND NOTES.

+THE SYSTEM WILL STREAMLINE ROUTINE WORK,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +S0 THAT OUR STAFF WILL BE BETTER ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS.

+BY REDUCING PAPER HANDLING AND EXCESSIVE MANUAL INVOLVEMENT, THE TIME TAKEN TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES WOULD BE REDUCED AND A BETTER SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC IS EXPECTED.

+THE SYSTEM WILL ALSO HELP TO YIELD COMPREHENSIVE STATISTICS FOR MANAGEMENT PURPOSES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT,* HE ADDED.

HE RECALLED THAT INITIAL PLANNING FOR THE DATA BASE SYSTEM BEGAN IN 1976.

COMPUTERISATION OF BUSINESS REGISTRATION RECORDS WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 1978 AND HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW COMPUTER WHICH WILL BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTH.

+ALL DEVELOPMENT AND PREPARATION WORK WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND COMPUTERISATION OF PROFITS TAX, EMPLOYERS’ RETURNS, AND SALARIES TAX AND PERSONAL ASSESSMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON APRIL 1, 1981,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, ON-LINE ENQUIRY FACILITIES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 1980

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THREE LOTS FETCH §180.6 MILLION * * * *

A 4 600 SQUARE METRE LOT AT SOUTH BAY CLOSE WAS SOLD BY AUCTION TODAY (MONDAY) TO KALAT COMPANY LIMITED FOR §73 MILLION OR $15 869.56 PER SQUARE METRE.

IT WILL BE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES AND WAS ONE OF THREE CROWN LOTS OFFERED FOR AUCTION IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

ANOTHER SITE OF ABOUT 385 SQUARE METRES WAS SOLD TO DAIRY FARM ICE AND COLD STORAGE COMPANY LTD. FOR §14.6 MILLION OR -37 Q22.37 PER SQUARE METRE.

IT WILL BE FOR USE AS A RESTAURANT, RETAIL SHOP OR SUCH RECREATIONAL USES INCLUDING A CLUB) AS MAY BE APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS.

THE THIRD LOT, OF 3 000 SQUARE METRES, LOCATED AT CHAI WAN RECLAMATION FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES, WAS SOLD TO AIRNAT COMPANY LIMITED FOR S93 MILLION OR §31 000 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE AUCTIONEER WAS GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR K.B. ROLFE.

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TUNG CHUNG FOOTBRIDGE NEARLY COMPLETED

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WORK ON REBUILDING A FOOT-RIDGE DESTROYED BY A TYPHOON LAST YEAR AT TUNG CHUNG, LANTAU, IS NEARING COMPLETION.

THE NEW FOOTBRIDGE, 50 METRES LONG AND TWO METRES WIDE, IS BEING BUILT OVER A STREAM THAT FLOWS FROM NGONG PING PLATEAU INTO TUNG CHUNG BAY.

TO THE wEST OF THE STREAM ARE THE VILLAGES OF SAN TAU, SHUM WAT AND SHA LO WAN, WHILE TO ITS EAST LIES THE TOWN OF TUNG CHUNG, WHERE THE MARKET, BUS TERMINUS, FERRY PIER AND SCHOOLS ARE SITUATED.

THE ORIGINAL FOOTBRIDGE, BUILT AT THE SAME LOCATION, WAS USED DAILY BY VILLAGERS CARRYING THEIR PRODUCE TO MARKETS, CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL AND TOURISTS.

IT WAS BUILT BY A ROYAL ENGINEERS FIELD SQUADRON IN 1971. RIVER EROSION, HOWEVER, CAUSED THE PILLARS TO MOVE AND THE BRIDGE EVENTUALLY COLLAPSED WHEN TYPHOON HOPE HIT HONG KONG.

WITHOUT THE BRIDGE, THE 4 300 PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA WERE INCONVENIENCED, SO THEY APPROACHED THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE FOR HELP. A §200 000 RE-BUILDING PROJECT WAS AGREED WITH THE LIONESS CLUB OF MOUNT PHOENIX DONATING HALF THE COST AND ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE MEETING THE REMAINDER.

DESIGNED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ENGINEER, MT RAYMOND WONG, THE NEW FOOTBRIDGE HAS REINFORCED CONCRETE PILLARS AND DECwING. IRON RAILINGS WILL BE ADDED AT BOTH EDGES FOR SAFETY PURPOSES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO EE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 1980

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TALENTED VIOLINIST RETURNS FOR PERFORMANCE

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ANNE ASINAS, TALENTED HONG KONG-BORN YOUNG VIOLINIST, WILL APPEAR WITH THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN THE CURRENT FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND THE ARTS.

THE CONCERT, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 10 IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

ANNE COMES FROM A MUSICAL FAMILY AND BEGAN STUDYING THE VIOLIN AT THE AGE OF FIVE WITH MR THOMAS WANG. WHEN SHE WAS ONLY NINE, SHE PLAYED THE MOZART VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR WITH THE NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF THE PHILIPPINES, UNDER CONDUCTOR REDENTOR ROMERO.

IN 1972, SHE WON THE COMMERCIAL RADIO SCHOLARSHIP AND THE GRAND PRIZE IN OPEN COMPETITION IN THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

SHE IS AT PRESENT STUDYING THE VIOLIN WITH DOROTHY DE LAY AT THE JU ILL I ARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC. SHE WAS RECOMMENDED FOR A FULL SCHOLARSHIP BY WORLD-RENOWNED VIOLINIST ISAAC STERN.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IS ONE OF THE SEVERAL ORCHESTRAS FORMED AND TRAINED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE. IT GAVE ITS FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE IN AUGUST 1978 AND SINCE THEN HAS BEEN INVITED TO PERFORM ON MANY OCCASIONS SUCH AS THE SHATIN FIRST PARKSIDE CONCERT IN DECEMBER 1979, AND THE SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL IN MARCH 1980. IT HAS 85 MEMBERS, OF WHOM NINE OUT OF TEN ARE STUDENTS.

MR THOMAS WANG, THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL CONDUCT THE ORCHESTRA IN THIS CONCERT.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENING INCLUDES THE VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR BY BRUCH, EARTHQUAKE AND TIDAL WAVE BY CHEN CHIEN-HUA, AND A SELECTION OF STRING AND WIND ENSEMBLE PIECES.

TICKETS AT 53 (STUDENT), S5 AND $10 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ARTS CENTRE BOX OFFICE AND SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST FAMILY EOOK SHOPS IN THE OCEAN CENTRE AND IN CANTON HOUSE, 54 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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FOOTBRIDGES FOR TUEN MUN PEDESTRIANS * * * *

THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT * ILL START WORK ON TWO FOOTBRIDGES IN THE NORTHERN PART ■y THE NEw TOWN.

UPON COMPLETION, THEY WILL PROVIDE A SAFE MEANS OF CROSSING CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND THE RIVER CHANNEL FOR RESIDENTS AND FOR TOURISTS TO THE CHING CHUNG KOON MONASTERY.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE OFFICE. ITS CHIEF ENGINEER, MR TANG KWOK-KEE, EXPLAINED THAT ONE OF THE FOOTBRIDGES WOULD SPAN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND THE OTHER THE RIVER CHANNEL NORTH OF SAN HU I.

BOTH WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED OF STEEL AND WOULD BE COVERED TO GIVE WEATHER PROTECTION.

♦THE FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL BE SERVED BY A STAIRCASE AND A RAMP AT ITS EASTERN END. THE RAMP HAS BEEN SO DESIGNED THAT IT WILL BE SUITABLE FOR USE BY THE HANDICAPPED.

♦AT ITS WESTERN END, THERE WILL BE AN APPROACH EMBANKMENT WHICH WILL BE FIT INTO THE ADJACENT LOCAL OPEN SPACE.*

♦THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE FOOTERIDGES,+ MR TANG ADDED, +ARE FIBRE GLASS PANELS ON THE SIDES OF THE DECKS WITH OPENINGS FOR DAYLIGHT AND VENT ILATI ON.+

wORK ON THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN IN NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IT FORMS PART OF THE OVERALL TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UNDERTAKEN BY THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

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SPEEDPOST TO CHINA * * * *

THE SPEEDPOST NETWORK OF THE POST OFFICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE CHINA FROM FRIDAY (AUGUST 15).

THIS REPRESENTS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD FOR THE SERVICE WHICH IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR FAST AND RELIABLE TRANSMISSION OF BUSINESS DOCUMENTS.

INITIALLY, THE SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO GUANGZHOU AND BEIJING. IT MAY BE USED FOR SENDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE ON BOTH ’CONTRACT’ AND ’ON DEMAND’ BASIS. PERSONAL ARTICLES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. SPEEDPOST ITEMS ACCEPTED OR COLLECTED IN HONG KONG WILL BE DELIVERED, EXCEPT FOR SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS, IN THE MORNING OF THE FOLLOWING DAY IN BOTH CITIES.

DELIVERY TO DISTANT SUBURBS IS NOT AVAILABLE BUT MAIL MAY BE CLAIMED BY THE ADDRESSEE AT DESIGNATED POST OFFICE COUNTERS. UPON REQUEST BY THE ADDRESSEE, SPECIAL DELIVERY MAY BE GIVEN. IN EITHER CASE, ITEMS MAY BE SUBJECT TO DELAY.

/THE CHARGES .....

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THE CHARGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

UP TO EACH ADDITIONAL

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CONTRACT

$40

$5

ON DEMAND

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BORDER ROAD TO BE WIDENED *****

A SECTION OF HANG ROAD TO MAN SHORTLY.

MAN KAM TO ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LIN MA KAM TO BRIDGE WILL BE WIDENED AND RECONSTRUCT^0

A 52 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS LET BY THE PUBLIC wORKS DEPARTMENT AND SIGNED THIS (MONDAY) MORNING BY MR WONG SIU-LEUNG, ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF YICK HING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

THE WORK WILL CATER FOR THE INCREASE OF VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ACROSS THE BORDER.

IT INVOLVES THE WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING ONE-KILOMETRE ROAD TO PROVIDE A 7.3 METRE WIDE CARRIAGEWAY FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. THERE WILL ALSO BE A 1.6 METRE FOOTPATH ON ONE SIDE.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE wORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION * ILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFF ICE.

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MANPOWER SURVEY UNDERWAY * * * *

THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL TODAY (MONDAY) STARTED A MANPOWER SURVEY IN ACCOUNTANCY AND ALLIED FIELDS, WHOLESALE/RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES.

THE SURVEY - PLANNED BY THE COUNCIL’S ACCOUNTANCY AND ALLIED FIELDS TRAINING BOARD, THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES TRAINING BOARD AND THE COMMITTEE ON MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY TRAINING - WILL ALSO LOOK GENERALLY INTO THE TRAINING OF MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS IN HONG KONG.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WERE SENT TO SOME 6333 SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TWO WEEKS AGO. INTERVIEWERS ARE NOw VISITING THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO COLLECT THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES AND TO HELP IN ANSWERING THEM WHERE NECESSARY.

THE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, TRAINING NEEDS AND OTHER PERSONNEL AND TRAINING MATTERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING COUNCIL, MR FRANCIS TIEN, REITERATED TODAY THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE SURVEY WILL END ON SEPTEMBER 18.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 198O

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PERMITS FOR SCHOOL COACHES ............................. 1

BE PREPARED FOR NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS ................. 2

SNT OFFICIATES AT "FIRST PILING" OF DISCOVERY BAY DEVELOPMENT ............................................ A

FIRST HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENS ................. 5

FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR WELSH YOUTHS .................... 6

NEW TAI KOO SHING EERRY SERVICE ........................ 6

CHEUNG CHaU TYPHOON SHELTER NEaRS COMPLETION ........... 7

SCHOOLS URGED TO PROVIDE CaREERS SERVICE ............... 8

MORE PRISON OFFICERS RECRUITMENT DISPLAYS SCHEDULED.... 9

YUEN LONG CHILDREN'S ARTS EXHIBITION TO START TOMORROW ............................................. -IO

temporary railway station for hong kok ................ 10

FRESH Water CUT IN YAU MA TEI ......................... 10

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PERMITS FOR SCHOOL COACHES *****

IN A MOVE TO REGULARISE THE USE OF PRIVATE CARS AND VANS FOR TAKING CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, FOLLOWING ADVICE FROM THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, IS SOON TO ISSUE PERMITS WHICH WILL ALLOW VEHICLES TO BE USED ON A HIRE-CAR BASIS.

REVISION OF THE LAW IS EXPECTED TO BE MADE LATER THIS YEAR BUT. IN THE MEANTIME, THE DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE AN EARLY ISSUE OF 2 000 PERMITS FOR VEHICLES USED FOR SCHOOL SERVICES. THE EARLY ISSUE IS BEING MADE SPECIFICALLY TO ALLOW PERMITS TO BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE SCHOOLS’ AUTUMN TERM BEGINS.

EACH APPLICANT, WHO SHOULD BE THE REGISTERED OWNER OF A PRIVATE CAR LICENSED TO CARRY SEVEN PASSENGERS, WILL HAVE TO SHOW THAT HE OR THE PERSON DRIVING THE VEHICLE HAS HELD A DRIVING LICENCE FOR NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS, AND MUST ALSO PROVE LINKS WITH SCHOOLS, CERTIFIED BY THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED. THE APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG ISLAND LICENSING OFFICE BEFORE SATURDAY, AUGUST 23.

THE 2 000 PERMITS WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A GEOGRAPHIC BASIS, PROPORTIONAL TO THE NUMBER OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN EACH DISTRICT. WHERE A DISTRICT HAS MORE APPLICATIONS THAN THE PERMIT ALLOCATIONS, THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DETERMINED BY BALLOT. IT IS EXPECTED THAT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY AUGUST 29.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE A VALID THIRD PARTY INSURANCE CERTIFICATE, AND THE PERMIT NUMBER AND THE WORDS ♦SCHOOL SERVICE* MUST BE PAINTED ON THE NEAR-SIDE DOOR OF THE VEHICLE.

THE FEE, WHICH RUNS CONCURRENTLY WITH THE VEHICLE LICENCE, IS $500 A YEAR AND WILL BE CALCULATED ON A PRO-RATA BASIS TO THE EXPIRY DATE OF CURRENT LICENCES.

VEHICLES WILL NOT BE INSPECTED WHEN THE PERMIT IS ISSUED, BUT THEY MAY BE SUBJECT TO EXAMINATION WHEN IT IS RENEWED. PERMITS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, BUT IF AN APPLICANT BUYS A NEW VEHICLE A NEW PERMIT MAY BE ISSUED.

COMMENTING ON THE OVERLOADING OF VEHICLES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR A PRIVATE CAR TO CARRY MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER IN EXCESS OF ITS SEATING CAPACITY.

♦IN OTHER WORDS,+ HE SAID, +THIS MEANS THAT THE SEVEN-SEATER VANS USED FOR SCHOOL SERVICES CAN CARRY 12 CHILDREN NOT EXCEEDING THREE FEET IN HEIGHT OR EIGHT ADULT PASSENGERS (EXCLUDING THE DR IVER).♦

♦IN TERMS OF SAFETY AND COMFORT THIS IS CONSIDERED A REASONABLE NUMBER.

♦HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME LARGER VEHICLES WHICH HAVE BEEN REGISTERED FOR SEVEN SEATS IN ORDER TO REMAIN IN THE PRIVATE CAR CATEGORY, THOUGH THEY ARE BASICALLY DESIGNED TO CARRY MORE PASSENGERS.

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♦THE DEPARTMENT IS EXAMINING THE REGULATIONS, TO SEE WHETHER TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS CAN BE RELAXED IN RESPECT OF VEHICLES SEATING 12 ADULT PASSENGERS (OR 24 CHILDREN UNDER THREE FEET IN HEIGHT) THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BE ADAPTED AND RE-REGISTERED AS PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES,♦ HE SAID.

A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT ON THIS EXAMINATION WILL BE MADE LATER THIS MONTH, HE SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS, AVAILABLE UNTIL NOON, AUGUST 22 TO THE REGISTERED OWNERS OF PRIVATE CARS LICENSED TO CARRY SEVEN PASSENGERS, CAN BE OBTAINED ON PRESENTATION OF THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION BOOK OR A CERTIFIED COPY, OR OTHER WRITTEN PROOF OF OWNERSHIP AT x

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LICENSING OFFICE, MEZZANINE FLOOR, MURRAY ROAD CARPARK, HONG KONG

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LICENSING OFFICE, 9TH FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SUB-OFFICE, PUI CHING ROAD, KOWLOON

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, 5TH FLOOR, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 01 KWAN ROAD, HONG KONG

A SPECIAL TELEPHONE, 5-256527, TO DEAL WITH ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE ISSUE OF HIRE PERMITS HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE.

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BE PREPARED FOR NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS ******

AND ELECTRICAL SAFETY

TWO MORE SETS OF REGULATIONS ON FIRE WERE UNDER PREPARATION, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR CHAN SHIU-LAP, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST HE SAID THAT UP TILL TODAY, 18 SETS OF SPECIAL REGULATIONS HAD BEEN ENACTED FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND TO SAFEGUARD THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS.

IN HIS TALK MR CHAN SPOKE ON THE LOSSES ARISING FROM INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION, THE DEPARTMENT S EFFORTS IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND WHAT EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS COULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS IMPROVING THE CURRENT SITUATION.

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LAST YEAR, HE POINTED OUT, THERE WERE 45 991 INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING 163 DEATHS.

THE TOTAL LOSS FROM INDUSTRIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS ACCOUNTED FOR 547 953 MAN-DAYS AND AN AMOUNT OF S35 292 064 PAID OUT AS WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION.

THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE WAS ENDEAVOURING TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION BY ENFORCING LEGISLATION, PROVIDING TRAINING ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND THROUGH PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, MR CHAN STRESSED.

LAST YEAR, THE INSPECTORATE MADE 42 635 VISITS INCLUDING FACTORY INSPECTIONS AND ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, 3 397 CASES WERE HEARD IN THE COURTS FOR INFRINGEMENT ON SAFETY LAWS, RESULTING IN FINES TOTALLING $2 517 945.

IN THE SAME YEAR, THE INSPECTORATE’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OFFERED, FREE OF CHARGE, 180 SAFETY COURSES FOR 6 200 PEOPLE.

AT THE SAME TIME, NO EFFORTS WERE SPARED IN HAMMERING HOME THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY THROUGH PUBLICITY IN THE MASS MEDIA AND BY HOLDING EXHIBITIONS, AND EXAMPLE OF WHICH WAS THE CURRENT CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXHIBITION AT NGAU TAU KOK.

HOWEVER, THE FIRST PREREQUISITE OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION WAS A SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS ON THE PART OF ALL THOSE WORKING IN FACTORIES OR ON SITES.

THE MAIN HOPE FOR THE FUTURE LAY WITH ADEQUATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF EVERYONE IN INDUSTRY.

♦FOR ANY ORGANISATION WHICH TAKES SAFETY SERIOUSLY, EVERYONE IN THE ORGANISATION, FROM BOARDROOM DIRECTORS DOWN TO GRASS-ROOT WORKERS, MUST BE DEEPLY INVOLVED,+ MR CHAN EMPHASISED.

TO THIS END, HE OFFERED THE FOLLOWING ADV ICE 1

* HAVE A CLEAR AND PRECISE SAFETY POLICY AND SET OF PROCEDURES, PREFERABLY COMING FROM THE TOP MANAGEMENT.

M SOMEONE WITH AUTHORITY, AND ACCESS TO THE BOARDROOM SHOULD HAVE OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY IN THE ESTABLISHMENT.

* BUDGET FOR SAFETY WHEN PURCHASING NEW PLANT OR PREPARING NEW TENDERS. SAFETY SHOULD BE REGARDED AS AN ESSENTIAL ITEM AND NOT A LUXURY.

* GIVE THOROUGH JOB TRAINING, INCLUDING SUITABLE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS, TO ALL NEW WORKERS.

M SUSTAIN INTEREST IN SAFETY BY MEETINGS, CAMPAIGNS, BONUS SYSTEMS AND SO ON. WORKERS’ PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT WERE ESSENTIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF ANY SAFETY PROGRAMME.

IN CONCLUSION, MR CHAN SAID A LITTLE FORESIGHT AND EXPENDITURE SPENT IN TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WAS BUT SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR THE HUMAN SUFFERING AND FINANCIAL LOSS INCURRED.

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SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES OFFICIATES AT . ♦FIRST PILING* OF DISCOVERY BAY DEVELOPMENT r ******

CAREFUL THOUGHT HAS GONE INTO PLANNING AND LANDSCAPING LANTAU’S DISCOVERY BAY DEVELOPMENT, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR AKERS-JONES WAS PERFORMING THE +FIRST PILE* CEREMONY AT DISCOVERY BAY, WHICH IS TO BE DEVELOPED INTO A RECREATIONAL AND LEISURE COMMUNITY OF 20 000 PEOPLE OVER THE NEXT SIX TO EIGHT YEARS.

COVERING MORE THAN 604 HECTARES, DISCOVERY BAY IS THE SINGLE LARGEST PRIVATE LAND HOLDING IN HONG KONG.

IT WILL BE THE FIRST RESORT, RECREATIONAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO BE BUILT HERE.

PHASE I DEVELOPMENT COMPRISES CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 1 000 HIGH AND LOW RISE RESIDENTIAL UNITS AND GARDEN HOUSES. WHEN FULLY COMPLETED, IT WILL CONSIST OF 4 500 HOMES AND COST $2.5 THOUSAND MILLION. A BOAT MARINA AND A 350-ROOM HOTEL ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT.

MR AKERS-JONES PRAISED THE HONG KONG RESORT COMPANY FOR HAVING TAKEN UP THE TASK WITH ENTHUSIASM AND VIGOUR AND WITH A GREAT SENSE OF CONCERN AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS ROLE AS DEVELOPER.

♦INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND CAREFUL THOUGHT HAS GONE INTO PLANNING AND LANDSCAPI NG,♦ HE SAID.

♦AS A RESULT, I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE DEVELOPMENT, WHEN COMPLETE, WILL PROVIDE PEACEFUL AND HAPPY SURROUNDINGS FOR ITS RESIDENTS, PLEASURE FOR VISITORS FROM ABROAD AND A DELIGHTFUL RECREATIONAL OUTLET FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

MR AKERS-JONES SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT WORK WAS IN HAND ON MANY ELEMENTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME, INCLUDING HOUSING, A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A COMMUNITY AND COMMERCIAL CENTRE, BEACH CONSTRUCTION AND AN 18-HOLE GOLF COURSE, AS WELL AS THE HOTEL.

HE COMMENDED THE DEVELOPERS FOR THE ♦IMMENSE CARE* THEY WERE TAKING TO PROTECT THE GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY OF LANTAU AND TO BUILD THEIR DEVELOPMENT IN HARMONY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD SET THEM A HIGH STANDARD THERE,

♦AND WE MUST ENSURE THAT WHATEVER THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR LANTAU, THIS HIGH STANDARD IS MA INTA I NED.+

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FIRST HONG KONG YOUTH * * *

MUSIC CAMP OPENS *

A HEALTHY MIND IS NOT ENOUGH- A HEALTHY BODY IS ALSO REQUIRED, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) WHEN OPENING THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP 1980 AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THE CAMP, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR HONG KONG’S YOUNG

MUS IC IANS, IS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT.

DISTINGUISHED MUSICIANS AT THE CAMP INCLUDE MISS TAKAKO NISHIZAKI, THE JAPANESE VIOLINIST- MR A.R. CASAVANT, THE AMERICAN MARCHING BAND AND MUSIC EXPERT, AND MR WANG CHEN-TUNG, A CONDUCTOR OF CHINESE MUSIC.

SOME 206 YOUNG MUSICIANS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 11 AND 25 HAVE BEEN SELECTED, AFTER RIGOROUS AUDITIONS, TO TAKE PART IN THE CAMP.

+HERE IN THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, UNDER A HOLIDAY CAMP ATMOSPHERE, THESE YOUNGSTERS HAVE THE CHANCE TO RECEIVE INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING AS WELL AS PRACTISE, PERFORM AND TO BENEFIT FROM EACH OTHER'S EXPERIENCE,* MR LAN SAID.

+WE ALL KNOW THAT A HEALTHY MIND IS NOT ENOUGH. IT ALSO REQUIRES A HEALTHY BODY. TO THIS END, THE YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN VARIOUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES DURING THE EIGHT-DAY CAMP. THEY WILL NO DOUBT FIND THAT SPORTS, LIKE MUSIC, REQUIRES CONCENTRATION, CO-ORDINATION AND CO-OPERATION- AND I DO HOPE THAT THEY WILL ENJOY THE RHYTHM AND STYLE OF THESE SPORTS ACTIVITIES AS MUCH AS THAT OF THE MUSIC THEY MAKE,* HE ADDED.

THE YONG CAMPERS WILL HAVE A FULL SCHEDULE DURING THE CAMP.

ON AVERAGE, THEY WILL RECEIVE EIGHT HOURS INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING, SUCH AS WORKSHOPS, MASTER CLASSES, LECTURES, FILMS AND REHEARSALS, AND TWO HOURS SPORTS ACTIVITIES EACH DAY. THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL SESSIONS WHEN THE CAMPERS WILL PROVIDE LIVE MUSIC FOR SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DEMONSTRATIONS.

ADDED TO ALL THESE, THEY WILL GIVE TWO CONCERTS, ONE IN SAI KUNG TOWN ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 15) AND THE OTHER AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 17).

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FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR WELSH YOUTHS

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR LI FOOK-KOW TODAY (TUESDAY) HOSTED A RECEPTION FOR SIX VISITORS FROM SOUTH GLAMORGAN, WALES, WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THREE-WEEKS AS PART OF A YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME.

THE PROGRAMME, KNOWN AS ^COMMONWEALTH SPRINGBOARD*, IS CO-ORDINATED BY THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH CONTINUING TWO-WAY EXCHANGE LINKS BETWEEN EDUCATION AUTHORITIES IN BRITAIN AND OTHER COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES.

IN HONG KONG THE LINK IS WITH THE SECRETARIAT FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO ENABLES YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH OTHER THROUGH EXCHANGING IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES.

DURING THE VISIT, THE SIX YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TOURED

VARIOUS RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES, PUBLIC

HOUSING ESTATES AND A REFUGEE CAMP AT KAI TAK. THEY ALSO MET GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR OFFICIALS.

THEY WILL BE LEAVING HONG KONG TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AT THE RECEPTION, MR LI ALSO PRESENTED COMMONWEALTH DIPLOMAS IN YOUTH AND DEVELOPMENT TO TWO HONG KONG PARTICIPANTS IN THE FIFTH DIPLOMA COURSE RUN BY THE ASIA-PACIFIC CENTRE AT CHANDIGARH, INDIA.

THE ASIA-PACIFIC CENTRE IS ONE OF THREE REGIONAL CENTRES WHICH HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED AS INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE SPECIALISED EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO THOSE WHO ARE, OR LIKELY TO BECOME, KEY PERSONNEL IN YOUTH SERVICE PROGRAMMES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE SIX-MONTH COURSE HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A BALANCED COMBINATION OF INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING AND PRACTICAL WORK ON A +SANDWICH* PATTERN.

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NEW TAI KOO SHING FERRY SERVICE * * * * *

THE NEW FERRY SERVICE FROM TAI KOO SHING - WHICH WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (TUESDAY) - IS AN EXEMPLARY INSTANCE OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PROPERTY DEVELOPER, A PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATOR AND THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY DR RICHARD BUTLER, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, DURING THE SERVICE’S OPENING CEREMONY.

BUT, DR BUTLER ALSO SAID THE SERVICE WOULD NOT BE THE SOLUTION TO THE TRANSPORT CONGESTION ALONG THE ISLAND CORRIDOR.

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THERE WAS STILL A NEED FOR A RAIL SYSTEM, HE BELIEVED.

AND THE QUESTION OF WHAT FORM SUCH A RAIL SYSTEM SHOULD TAKE, SAID DR BUTLER, SHOULD BE RESOLVED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

MONEY INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE, HE ADDED, IS A MATTER ON WHICH THE ENVIRONMENT BRANCH IS ENGAGED WITH AT THE MOMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH PROFESSIONALS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT.

+THE FERRY SERVICE,* HE SAID, +ADMIRABLE THOUGH IT IS, CANNOT OBVIATE THE NEED FOR A RAIL SYSTEM ALONG THE CORRIDOR.

DR BUTLER PRAISED THE FERRY COMPANY FOR OFFERING AN ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO PRIVATE TRANSPORT.

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A NEW SHELTERED ANCHORAGE WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN APPROACHES TO HONG KONG HARBOUR IN ABOUT TWO YEARS WITH THE COMPLETION OF A NEW TYPHOON SHELTER AT CHEUNG CHAU.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) AWARDED A 345 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE FINAL STAGE OF THE CHEUNG CHAU TYPHOON SHELTER TO VIANINI S.P.A.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR TSANG NAI-LOK, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

MR TSANG SAID THAT ON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, A GROSS TYPHOON SHELTER AREA OF SOME 63 HECTARES WOULD BE PROVIDED.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE RUBBLE BREAKWATERS AT CHEUNG CHAU WAN AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE ISLAND.

+THESE RUBBLE BREAKWATERS WILL BE ABOUT 600 METRES, 320 METRES AND 230 METRES LONG RESPECTIVELY AND WILL REST ON FOUNDATIONS WHICH WERE RECENTLY COMPLETED,* MR TSANG SAID.

♦ASSOCIATED WORKS UNDER THE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF 13 MOORING DOLPHINS AND FOUR LIGHT BEACONS WITHIN THE TYPHOON SHELTER.*

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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SCHOOLS URGED TO PROVIDE CAREERS SERVICE *****

SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO APPOINT A SERVING TEACHER TO TAKE ON THE ROLE OF CAREERS MASTER OR MISTRESS TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL GUIDANCE TO THEIR STUDENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SOME 300 SECONDARY SCHOOLS, HE NOTED, WERE ALREADY PROVIDING SUCH A SERVICE AND IT WAS HOPED THAT SCHOOL HEADS WOULD CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THIS IMPORTANT WORK.

♦THOSE SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE YET TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE ARE ADVISED TO CONSIDER IT SERIOUSLY IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR STUDENTS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A TEACHER APPOINTED AS A CAREERS MASTER OR MISTRESS SHOULD BE ONE IN FREQUENT CONTACT WITH STUDENTS IN THE UPPER FORMS AND WHO SHOWS A GENUINE INTEREST IN THE WELL BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

SUCH A TEACHER SHOULD BE ALLOTTED A FEW ADDITIONAL NON-TEACHING PERIODS A WEEK TO ENABLE INTERVIEWS WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS, TO COMPILE STUDENTS’ CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS, TO FILE CAREERS LITERATURE AND INFORMATION AND TO ORGANISE CAREERS ACTIVITIES WITH THE AIM OF FAMILIARISING STUDENTS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CAREERS AND DIFFERENT AVENUES OF STUDY AND TRAINING.

THE TEACHER SHOULD ALSO JOIN THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, AN ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMOTING CAREERS WORK IN SCHOOL.

♦EVERY YEAR THE ASSOCIATION ORGANISES SEMINARS, TALKS AND VISITS TO BRING MEMBERS UP-TO-DATE WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION ON EDUCATION AND OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

♦TEACHERS APPOINTED AS CAREERS MASTERS OR MISTRESSES SHOULD, THEREFORE, MAKE AN EFFORT TO ATTEND THESE ACTIVITIES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SCHOOLS SEEKING FURTHER INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT THE CAREERS OFFICER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHO IS ALSO SECRETARY CF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, TEL 5-778311 EXT 239.

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MORE PRISON OFFICERS RECRUITMENT DISPLAYS SCHEDULED * * * *

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IS STEPPING UP ITS RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN FOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS II BY STARTING ANOTHER SERIES OF MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS IN WONG TAI SIN AND TSZ WAN SHAN DISTRICTS.

THE FIRST WILL BE IN THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN CHING TAK STREET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND WILL LAST UNTIL SATURDAY (AUGUST 16). THE OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 4 PM TO 10 PM.

OTHER DISPLAYS WILL BE HELD IN THE TSZ WAN SHAN (SOUTH) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF TSZ WAN SHAN (SOUTH) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IN SHUNG WAH STREET FROM AUGUST 19 TO 23- AND IN THE TSZ WAN SHAN (EAST) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF TSZ WAN SHAN (EAST) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IN YUK WAH STREET FROM AUGUST 26 TO 30.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE COLOURFUL PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THE VARIED ASPECTS OF PRISON WORK AND ITS STAFF WELFARE FACILITIES. PRISON OFFICERS WILL ALSO BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES AND HANDLE APPLICATIONS FROM VISITORS AT A MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE.

♦ANYONE INTERESTED IN TAKING UP THE CAREER CAN ALSO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE ON 5-938455 FOR AN APPOINTMENT, OR ANY OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES FOR INFORMATION,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

♦APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE A GOOD PHYSIQUE AND BE PREFERABLY UNDER 35 WITH SECONDARY EDUCATION STANDARD. AFTER THE RECENT PAY RISE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS, THE STARTING SALARY OF AN ASSISTANT OFFICER VARIES FROM $1 870 TO $2 065, DEPENDING ON THE QUALIFICATION,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT AS THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION WILL BE KNOWN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), THOSE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE A PASS IN THREE SUBJECTS WILL START AT $1 995 WHILE THOSE WITH A PASS IN FIVE SUBJECTS, INCLUDING ENGLISH, WILL HAVE THE MAXIMUM STARTING SALARY OF $2 065.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO A ONE-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDES FIELD TRAINING IN THE DEPARTMENT’S PENAL INSTITUTIONS.

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YUEN LONG CHILDREN’S ARTS EXHIBITION TO START TOMORROW

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A FIVE-DAY EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN’S ART WILL OPEN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN YUEN LONG.

YUEN LONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN FUNG, AND ACTING SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, MR CHAN CHI-FONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AT 3 PM.

THE EXHIBITION IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, WHOSE WARDEN, MR JOHN LEE, SAID MORE THAN 10 000 LOCAL STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS WERE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

IT WILL FEATURE 230 EXHIBITS SELECTED FROM MORE THAN 1 000 ENTRIES BY PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO TOOK PART LAST MONTH IN A SERIES OF ART CREATION COMPETITIONS. WINNERS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH THEIR PRIZES AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE EXHIBITION WAS ORGANISED TO PROMOTE YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN CREATIVE ARTS AND TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL IN THIS FIELD.

OPENING HOURS OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE FROM 4 PM TO 6 PM ON THE FIRST DAY (WEDNESDAY) AND 10 AM TO 6 PM FROM THURSDAY TO SUNDAY (AUGUST 17). ADMISSION IS FREE.

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A TEMPORARY STATION AT MONG KOK WILL COME INTO USE ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 17), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

♦THIS IS BECAUSE THE EXISTING STATION IS TO BE COMPLETELY REBUILT AS PART OF THE MAMMOTH SCHEME TO MODERNISE AND ELECTRIFY THE RAILWAY,+ HE SAID.

THE TEMPORARY FACILITY, ABOUT 400 METRES SOUTH OF THE PRESENT STATION, IS OPPOSITE THE ELIZABETH YOUTH CENTRE IN YIM PO FONG STREET.

ALIGHTING PASSENGERS ARE URGED TO USE THE EXIT GATE LEADING TO PEACE AVENUE.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 14) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR THE RENEWAL OF A SLUICE VALVE.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY MARKET STREET, NATHAN ROAD, PAK HOI STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET- AND THE METHODIST COLLEGE IN GASCOIGNE ROAD.

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1}, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FOUR NT SITES AUCTIONED FOR £573.5 MILLION................. 1

JULY WEATHER WAS WET AND HOT .............................. 2

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS INVITED TO EXHIBITION .................. 4

CHUK YUEN BUILDING DANGEROUS .............................. 4

TONKIN STREET RECONSTRUCTION .............................. 5

CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA .......... 6

SHORT-TERM TENDERS INVITED FOR GOODS SITE ................. 7

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1980

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FOUR NT SITES AUCTIONED FOR 1373.5 MILLION

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THE GOVERNMENT SOLD FOUR NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR A TOTAL OF $373.5 MILLION AT AN AUCTION, WHICH LASTED LESS THAN AN HOUR, AT THE CITY HALL THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY).

THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER SITE WAS IN TSUEN WAN WHICH WAS SOLD AFTER 30 MINUTES BIDDING FOR $234 MILLION — ALMOST FIVE TIMES THE OPENING BID.

THE 4 600 SQUARE METRE SITE IS THE FIRST WHOLLY COMMERCIAL SITE TO BE SOLD IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE DEVELOPER, WHO HAS TO MEET A $100 MILLION BUILDING COVENANT WITHIN FOUR YEARS, IS ALSO REQUIRED TO BUILD A BUS TERMINUS ON THE SITE WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE JUNE, 1982.

THIS WILL BE LINKED TO THE FUTURE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND OTHER BUILDINGS BY COVERED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS.

THE PURCHASER WAS KIN FUNG GARMENTS AND INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED, WHO PAID $50 870 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT WILL BE OVER THE BUS TERMINUS.

THE PLOT RATIO FOR THE SITE IS 12.5, COMPARED WITH THE NORMAL 9.5 RATIO FOR NEW TERRITORIES SITES.

A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID THE HIGHER PLOT RATIO FIGURE HAD BEEN ALLOWED BECAUSE OF THE REQUIREMENT TO BUILD THE BUS TERMINUS WHICH, HE SAID, WOULD NOT COUNT FOR GROSS FLOOR AREA PURPOSES.

A 13 160 SQUARE METRE SITE IN SHA TIN FOR TWO-STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT WAS SOLD FOR $38 MILLION ($2 887 PER SQUARE METRE) TO GREAT EARNEST LIMITED.

BIDDING OPENED AT $25 MILLION.

THE SITE, BETWEEN THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE RAILWAY STATION, HAS A PLOT RATIO OF ONLY 0.4.

THE BUILDING COVENANT OF $8.2 MILLION HAS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

A NON-INDUSTRI AL SITE MEASURING 2 271 SQUARE METRES, ALSO IN SHA TIN, WAS SOLD FOR $62 MILLION ($27 300 PER SQUARE METRE). ITS OPENING BID WAS $38 MILLION.

THIS SITE HAS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $13.6 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

IT WAS BOUGHT BY KEEP FAIRYI COMPANY LIMITED.

THE FOURTH SITE, FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES, WAS SOLD FOR $39.5 MILLION.

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MEASURING 2 153 SQUARE METRES, IT IS NEAR FO TAN, SHA TIN, AND THE PRICE PAID BY YAU FOOK HONG COMPANY LIMITED WAS #18 346 PER SQUARE METRE.

IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF $15.34 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

THIS WAS THE ONLY SITE WHICH PERMITTED PAYMENT ON INSTALMENT TERMS.

PURCHASERS OF THE OTHER THREE SITES ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE SALE CONDITIONS TO PAY A DEPOSIT AND THE FULL BALANCE WITHIN ONE MONTH.

THE AUCTION WAS CONDUCTED BY GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR LARRY TAM, WHO DESCRIBED THE PRICES REALISED AS +VERY SATISFACTORY, BUT NOT UNEXPECTED.+

JULY WEATHER WAS WET AND HOT *****

JULY WAS HOTTER AND WETTER THAN USUAL, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN ITS MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY.

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 35 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED ON JULY 10 WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR JULY SINCE 1884.

ALTHOUGH THE MONTH’S TOTAL RAINFALL OF 454.4 MM WAS 42 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL, THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL OF 1 139.3 MM SINCE JANUARY 1 WAS STILL 14 PER CENT BELOW AVERAGE.

DURING THE MONTH, SIX TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED FOR FOUR OF THEM.

THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND HOT DURING THE FIRST NINE DAYS OF THE MONTH DUE TO THE INFLUENCE OF THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON. THERE WERE SOME ISOLATED MORNING SHOWERS BETWEEN JULY 4 AND 8.

ON JULY 10, IT BECAME VERY HOT WHEN SEVERE TROPICAL STORM IDA WAS CENTRED ABOUT 300 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG.

ON THAT DAY, THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 35 DEGREES CELSIUS AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WAS THE HIGHEST IN JULY DURING THE PAST TWELVE YEARS.

A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 37.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED AT TAI 0 ROYAL NAVY COAST WATCHING STATION. THERE WERE SCATTERED SHOWERS DURING THE NIGHT.

ON JULY 11 WESTERLY WINDS BEGAN TO FRESHEN AND WERE STRONG AT TIMES OFFSHORE DURING THE NIGHT AS IDA MOVED CLOSER TO HONG KONG. WINDS TURNED SOUTHWESTERLY AND ABATED DURING THE EVENING

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SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS PERSISTED FROM JULY 11 TO 14 BUT SUNNY AND HOT WEATHER PREVAILED FROM JULY 15 TO 17.

FROM JULY 18 TO 19, THE TROPICAL STORM SOME 200 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF HONG KONG OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA BROUGHT SCATTERED SQUALLY SHOWERS.

EASTERLY WINDS WERE STRONG AT TIMES OFFSHORE AND IN EXPOSED PLACES WHICH TURNED SOUTHEASTERLY DURING THE EVENING AND MAINTAINED STRENGTH THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT BEFORE SUBSIDING ON JULY 19.

IT WAS FINE AND HOT AGAIN ON JULY 20 AND 21. ON JULY 22, WITH TYPHOON JOE APPROACHING FROM THE SOUTHEAST, HEAVY SQUALLY SHOWERS OCCURRED BEFORE DAWN AND THERE WERE FREQUENT SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

A SPIRAL RAIN BAND BROUGHT THUNDERSTORMS AROUND NOON ON JULY 23 AND SCATTERED SHOWERS FOLLOWED IN THE AFTERNOON.

DURING THE NIGHT OF JULY 21, STRONG NORTHEASTERLY WINDS SET IN.

ON JULY 22, TYPHOON SIGNALS NO 8 (NORTH EAST AND SOUTH EAST) WERE EFFECTIVE. THERE WERE GALES IN EXPOSED PLACES AND OFFSHORE THROUGH THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON AS WINDS TURNED EASTERLY. BUT INSIDE THE HARBOUR, GALES LASTED FOR ONLY A BRIEF PERIOD.

WINDS GRADUALLY TURNED SOUTHEASTERLY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND THE GALES BEGAN TO SUBSIDE. STRONG SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS CONTINUED FOR SOME HOURS IN THE EVENING AND THEN MODERATED.

THE WEATHER WAS SUNNY AND HOT ON JULY 24 AND 26 AS TYPHOON KIM WAS COMING CLOSER TO HONG KONG. VIOLENT SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED IN THE LATE AFTERNOON ON JULY 26 DURING WHICH THE MONTH’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.1 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED.

THE WEATHER REMAINED UNSETTLED BETWEEN JULY 27 AND 28 WITH FREQUENT HEAVY SHOWERS AND PERIODS OF RAIN. THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON BOTH EVENINGS.

STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE EARLY ON JULY 27 AND GRADUALLY TURNED THROUGH NORTHWEST TO BECOME WESTERLY DURING THE DAY. WINDS BECAME SOUTHWESTERLY IN THE EVENING WITH GALES FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OFFSHORE.

ON JULY 28, STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS PERSISTED AND THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED.

APART FROM SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS, THE WEATHER ON THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH WAS SUNNY AND HOT.

DURING THE MONTH, ELEVEN AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER, AND THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH.

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CONSTRUCTION FIRMS INVITED TO EXHIBITION

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CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES WERE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITE SAFETY EXHIBITION BEING STAGED AT NGAU TAU KOK.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH RUNS FOR ANOTHER FOUR DAYS AT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR YIP YUK-LUN SAID CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SHOULD NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPRESS THE BENEFITS OF SITE SAFETY UPON THEIR WORKERS.

+S0 FAR THE EXHIBITION HAS ATTRACTED MORE THAN 2 000 VISITORS, MOST OF WHOM APPEAR TO BE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

♦THE EXHIBITION SITE IS A LITTLE OUT OF THE WAY, SO THE PEOPLE WHO DO VISIT ARE OBVIOUSLY GENUINELY CONCERNED WITH SAFETY,+ HE SAID.

ADMISSION TO THE EXHIBITION, OPEN TILL AUGUST 17, IS FREE.

IT WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE AUTHORITY’S CHAIRMAN, MR M.T. GEOFFREY YEH, ON SATURDAY.

ITS AIM IS TO HAMMER HOME, BY MEANS OF DISPLAYS AND DEMONSTRATIONS, THE VARIOUS SAFETY MEASURES THAT SHOULD BE ADOPTED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

♦ IT IS HOPED THAT IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS,♦ MR YIP SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE EXHIBITION WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS -DISPLAYS OF MACHINERY ON THE PREMISES OF THE TRAINING CENTRE, AND DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE CENTRE’S OPEN GROUND.

THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM DAILY.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DECLARED NO. 24A CHUK YUEN, SECTION 1 (EAST), NEW KOWLOON, TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NOS. 25 AND 25A CHUK YUEN, ARE LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE TWO-STOREY VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSES, CONSTRUCTED OF LOADBEARING WALLS AND PITCHED ROOFS, WERE INSPECTED FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT.

THE REAR WALL OF NO. 24A WAS FOUND TO HAVE MOVED OUTWARDS AT THE TOP AND THERE WERE STRUCTURAL CRACKS IN THE FRONT AND SIDE WALLS.

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AS A CONTINlinii^TeSJAr^A^EJS A DILAPIDATED CONDITION AND BUILT THEADFMn|TmnNSnJE2AACL fND 25 AND 25A W0ULD N0T WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 24A,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

NOTICE OF DISTRICT COURT

APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON AT 9.30 AM ON AUGUST 21 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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TONKIN STREET RECONSTRUCTION

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A SECTION OF TONKIN STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD WILL SOON BE RECONSTRUCTED.

A $7.6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS AWARDED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS SIGNED BY MR AU CHI-LAU, ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF SHING KEE BUILDING CONTRACTORS LIMITED.

MR AU SAID WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD INVOLVE THE RECONSTRUCTION CF THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD TO A DUAL THREE-LANE CONCRETE CARRIAGEWAY, PART OF WHICH WOULD SPAN THE NULLAH.

FOOTWAYS AND AMENITY AREAS WILL BE PROVIDED ON BOTH SIDES CF THE ROAD.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BUS TERMINUS IN TONKIN STREET NEAR LAI KOK PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

ON COMPLETION, MR AU SAID, THE ROAD AND BUS TERMINUS WOULD SERVE RESIDENTS OF NEARBY HOUSING ESTATES AND WOULD IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA *****

THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE A CONCERT AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, AT 8 PM.

THE CONCERT WILL BE PART OF THE MUSIC PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND THE ARTS.

THE ORCHESTRA, TRAINED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, HAS 60 MEMBERS AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 26.

UNDER THE BATON OF MR TONG LEUNG-TAK, THE ORCHESTRA GAVE AN INAUGURAL CONCERT IN DECEMBER AND HAS BEEN GIVING REGULAR PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

IT PARTICIPATED IN THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL, THE SECOND TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL, HAS VISITED MACAU AND GAVE 16 SUCCESSFUL CONCERTS IN THE UK AND FRANCE IN AUGUST LAST YEAR.

THE CONCERT IN SEPTEMBER, WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MR LIM SI-KWAN AND MR AIK YEW-GOH.

ONE OF THE MAIN FEATURES OF THIS CONCERT IS THE PLAYING OF VARIOUS ETHNIC MUSIC SUCH AS CAMBODIAN, PERUVIAN AND ALBANIAN FOLK TUNES BY CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT WILL BE THE PERFORMANCE OF MR KWAN SING-YAN’S TALE OF NARRATOR AND CHINESE ENSEMBLE +THE SKELETON MONSTER+ WHICH IS BASED ON THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE MONKEY EPIC.

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE YANG-CHIN CONCERTO AND PI-PA SOLO.

TICKETS AT $3 (STUDENT), $5 AND $10, ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AND AT THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST FAMILY BOOKSHOP AT OCEAN CENTRE AND CANTON HOUSE, 54 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

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SHORT-TERM TENDERS INVITED FOR GOODS SITE

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THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION.

THE 2 200 SQUARE METRE SITE IS FOR STORAGE OF GOODS AND CARGO AND OR FOR CONTAINER PACKING, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE TENANCY WAS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AND, THEREAFTER, QUARTERLY.

TENDER FORMS, TOGETHER WITH THE NOTICE AND CONDITIONS OF TENANCY, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, A05 NATHAN ROAD.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO OFFICES;

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON AUGUST 29.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GOVERNMENT MEETS WITH RESIDENTS OF TSUEN WAN BUILDINGS TO BE RESUMED ................................. 1

$150 MILLION FOR NT LIBRARY PLAN ........................ 2

YOUNG FABIANS VISIT NEW TERRITORIES ..................... J

ACTING COMMISSIONER VISITS MUSIC CAMP ................... 4

APPRENTICESHIPS OFFERED IN TEN MAJOR INDUSTRIES ......... 5

TRAVEL SUBSIDY FOR STUDENTS ............................. 6

NTDD OFFICE MOVES TO TUEN MUN ........................... 6

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GOVERNMENT MEETS WITH RESIDENTS OF TSUEN WAN BUILDINGS TO BE RESUMED *****

STAFF OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE ARE MEETING RESIDENTS OF TWO BLOCKS OF FLATS WHICH GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME TO MAKE WAY FOR VITAL ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN THE NEW TOWN.

THEY HAVE BEEN MEETING OWNERS IN SMALL GROUPS TO GIVE THEM DETAILS OF GOVERNMENT’S COMPENSATION AND REHOUSING PLANS.

A LEAFLET HAS ALSO BEEN PRODUCED OUTLINING THE ARRANGEMENTS.

THE TWO TENEMENT BLOCKS ARE ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND LIE DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF THE TAI HO ROAD EXTENSION. THEY HOUSE ABOUT 2 000 PEOPLE.

THEY ALSO CONTAIN A NUMBER OF SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS ON THE GROUND FLOORS, AND COMMERCIAL PREMISES.

THE DATE OF REVERSION IS FEBRUARY.

THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDES PAYMENT OF THE OPEN MARKET VALUE OF PREMISES TO EACH OWNER. PLUS A NUMBER OF ALLOWANCES AND OFFERS OF ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION FOR DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF OWNERS AND TENANTS.

ALL OWNERS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES WILL BE OFFERED, IN ADDITION TO THE OPEN MARKET VALUE OF THEIR PREMISES, A HOME PURCHASE ALLOWANCE TO ENABLE THEM TO BUY A FLAT OF SIMILAR SIZE IN TSUEN WAN, PLUS OTHER ALLOWANCES DESIGNED TO COVER THE COST OF THE MOVE.

ELIGIBLE DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL BE OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING AND A REMOVAL ALLOWANCE. TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ACCOMMODATION AND A REMOVAL ALLOWANCE WILL BE OFFERED TO OCCUPANTS OF ILLEGAL EXTENSIONS OR ROOFTOPS.

INDUSTRIAL OPERATORS ON THE GROUND FLOOR WILL RECEIVE STATUTORY COMPENSATION FOR LOSSES AND EXPENSES ARISING FROM THE RESUMPTION, WHILE WORKSHOPS CARRYING ON ADMISSIBLE TRADES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT FLATTED FACTORY UNITS.

OPERATORS OF COMMERCIAL PREMISES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR STATUTORY COMPENSATION COVERING LOSSES AND EXPENSES RESULTING FROM THE RESUMPTION.

THE ACTING TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID THE TWO BLOCKS CONTAINED ABOUT 180 PREMISES.

UNFORTUNATELY, HE SAID, THERE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE TO RESUMPTION, BUT GOVERNMENT HAD COME UP WITH A PACKAGE TO DEAL WITH THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF OWNERS AND OCCUPANTS WHICH WAS FAIR AND REASONABLE.

HE SAID COMPENSATION, FACTORY REPROVISIONING AND DOMESTIC REHOUSING WOULD BE BASED ON *VERY CAREFUL SURVEYS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT OFFICE.+

WITH THE GROWTH OF TRAFFIC IN THE EXPANDING NEW TOWN OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROAD SYSTEM WERE ♦ABSOLUTELY VITAL* UNLESS THERE WAS TO BE TOTAL CHAOS.

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♦WE WOULD NATURALLY HAVE PREFERRED NOT TO HAVE HAD TO RESUME, AND UNDERTOOK STUDIES TO SEE WHETHER WE COULD AVOID THIS BY RE-ALIGNMENT OF THE ROAD, BUT THERE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE.*

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL START REGISTERING TENANTS FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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$150 MILLION FOR NT LIBRARY PLAN *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED A S150 MILLION EXPANSION PROGRAMME OVER TEN YEARS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL SERVICES, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR DARWIN CHEN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE KOWLOON ZONTA CLUB, MR CHEN SAID THE PROGRAMME WILL CALL FOR THE PROVISION OF ABOUT 2.1 MILLION BOOKS, AS WELL AS AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL, SEVEN DISTRICT LIBRARIES, A CENTRAL LIBRARY IN TSUEN WAN FOR THE WHOLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, MAJOR BRANCH LIBRARIES IN SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN NEW TOWNS, SMALL LIBRARIES FOR SAI KUNG AND CHEUNG CHAU AND MINI LIBRARIES FOR TAI 0, MUI WO, PENG CHAU AND LAMMA ISLAND.

+IT IS INTENDED THAT THIS PROGRAMME BE ACHIEVED BY PHASED IMPLEMENTATION OVER 10 YEARS FROM 1981,* SAID MR CHEN.

+BY 1991, HONG KONG WILL HAVE SOME 40 LIBRARIES, LARGE AND SMALL, STATIC AND MOBILE, PROVIDING BOOKS AS WELL AS AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES IN BOTH THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦ I’M SURE YOU WILL AGREE THAT OUR LIBRARY PROGRAMME, IN BOTH SCOPE AND PACE, IS SECOND TO NONE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, AND THAT HONG KONG CAN RIGHTLY BE PROUD OF ITS PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES,* MR CHEN ADDED.

MR CHEN ALSO TOUCHED ON THE URBAN COUNCIL LIBRARIES WITH THE FIRST BEING THE CITY HALL LIBRARY.

♦IT COMMENCED SERVICE ON A VERY SMALL SCALE WITH A BOOKSTOCK OF LESS THAN 19 000 VOLUMES. THE OPENING OF THE CITY HALL LIBRARY FULFILLED A GOVERNMENT PROMISE MADE SOME 30 YEARS EARLIER TO PROVIDE EVENTUALLY FOR FACILITIES WHICH HAD BEEN AVAILABLE AT THE OLD CITY HALL, WHICH WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1932.

♦HOWEVER, DESPITE THE LAPSE OF 30 YEARS, IN MAKING THIS PROVISION THE GOVERNMENT WAS AHEAD RATHER THAN BEHIND PUBLIC OPINION OF THE TIME, FOR WHEN PLANNING COMMENCED ON THE CITY HALL COMPLEX THERE WAS MUCH PROGNOSTICATION TO THE EFFECT THAT SUCH FACILITIES WERE A WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY, WOULD NOT BE USED, AND THAT THE WHOLE COMPLEX WOULD BECOME ONE BIG ’WHITE ELEPHANT’.

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♦SUBSEQUENT EVENTS WERE TO PROVE JUST HOW WRONG THESE CRITICISMS WERE, NOT ONLY FOR THE LIBRARY BUT FOR ALL THE FACILITIES OF THE CITY HALL,* MR CHEN SAID.

MR CHEN ALSO SAID THAT IN APRIL 1973, THE URBAN COUNCIL ACHIEVED FINANCIAL AUTONOMY AND EIGHT MONTHS LATER, THE THEN LIBRARIES SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL PUT FORWARD A 10-YEAR LIBRARY EXPANSION PROGRAMME WHICH CALLED FOR THE SETTING UP, INITIALLY, OF ONE BRANCH LIBRARY IN EACH OF THE TEN URBAN DISTRICTS, AND AT A LATER STAGE, A BRANCH LIBRARY OF 1 OOO TO 1 400 SQUARE METRES FOR EVERY 200 000 PEOPLE.

♦TODAY, LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS LATER, THE URBAN COUNCIL OPERATES 11 DISTRICT LIBRARIES, TWO MOBILE LIBRARIES, THREE RECORD LISTENING LIBRARIES AND A VIDEO LIBRARY, AND TWO MORE DISTRICT LIBRARIES AT NORTH POINT AND KOWLOON BAY ARE UNDER ACTIVE PREPARATION.

♦THESE LIBRARIES HAVE A COMBINED STOCK OF OVER ONE MILLION BOOKS AND 16 000 AUDIO-VISUAL ITEMS AND SUBSCRIBE . * TO ALMOST 2 400 NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS. THEY HAVE A / REGISTERED MEMBERSHIP OF ABOUT 824 000 AND LAST YEAR THEY ISSUED 3.8 MILLION BOOKS FOR HOME READING, WHILST A FURTHER 3.9 MILLION BOOKS WERE CONSULTED IN THE LIBRARIES, INCLUDING . THE REFERENCE LIBRARIES, WHICH DEALT WITH 51 000 ENQUIRIES,* * M? CHEN SAID.

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A PARTY OF YOUNG FABIANS LED BY FORMER MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, BARONESS WHITE, SPENT TODAY (THURSDAY) IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ACCOMPANIED BY OFFICIALS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE HOUSING AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS.

THE EIGHT-MEMBER GROUP, WHICH IS SPENDING A FEW DAYS IN HONG KONG BEFORE GOING TO CHINA, VISITED SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR JOSEPH WONG.

AT SHU I WO COURT, THE MASSIVE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DEVELOPMENT NEARING COMPLETION IN SHA TIN, DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, BRIEFED THEM ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

THE NEXT STOP WAS AT LEK YUEN ESTATE WHERE THEY WERE MET BY ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR BERNARD WILLIAMS, AND OTHER SENIOR HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. THEY VISITED A SHELTERED WORKSHOP FOR THE HANDICAPPED RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND A HOME FOR THE ELDERLY RUN BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

AT WO CHE ESTATE THE GROUP VISITED A KINDERGARTEN, A SALVATION ARMY HOSTEL, A SCHOOL RUN BY THE HONG KONG SPASTICS ASSOCIATION AND THE ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

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AFTER LUNCH AT ISLAND HOUSE WITH SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES AND MRS AKERS-JONES, THE PARTY TOURED THE NEW TERRITORIES INCLUDING TAI PO, PLOVER COVE, THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION ESTATE AT TAI PO, THE LUK KENG COUNTRY PARK AREA, THE SHA TAU KOK ROAD, FANLING NEW TOWN AREA, SHEK KONG VALLEY, ROUTE TWSK AND TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN. THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR COMMUNITY AFFAIRS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MRS SHELLEY LAU.

YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THE GROUP MET THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, URBAN COUNCILLOR, MRS ELSIE ELLIOTT, AND OTHER URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS. THEY WERE ALSO BRIEFED BY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR E.P. HO AND HAD A MEETING WITH WORKER MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

TOMORROW (FRIDAY) THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE LEGAL SYSTEM IN HONG KONG BY PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE, MR A.G.T. WANE, AND WILL SPEND MORE TIME WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THEY LEAVE FOR CHINA ON SATURDAY.

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THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR DAVID LAN, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE FIRST HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE WHERE HE ENQUIRED ABOUT THE DAILY ACTIVITIES OF YOUNG MUSICIANS THERE.

HE ALSO SAW THE MUSICIANS PROVIDE LIVE MUSIC FOR A SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DEMONSTRATION.

HE SAID HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STAFF AND CAMPERS, AND THAT HE HAD GOOD REASONS TO BELIEVE THAT THE CAMP WAS DOING A LOT OF GOOD FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

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APPRENTICESHIPS OFFERED IN TEN MAJOR INDUSTRIES ******

MORE THAN 1 400 YOUNG PEOPLE FOUND A NEW CRAFT OR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

AND THERE ARE STILL OPPORTUNITIES OPEN IN TEN MAJOR INDUSTRIES FOR SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE SAID THE DIVISION OPERATED AN APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN INDUSTRY.

+THESE 1 400 APPRENTICES ARE NOW USEFULLY AND PRODUCTIVELY EMPLOYED, EARNING THEIR LIVING AND AT THE SAME TIME LEARNING A TRADE IN WHICH THEY ARE INTERESTED,* HE SAID.

THE DURATION OF APPRENTICESHIP WAS NORMALLY FOUR YEARS.

+IN ADDITION TO RECEIVING ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, APPRENTICES ALSO ATTEND RELATED TECHNICAL COURSES THREE TIMES A WEEK - ONE DAY AND TWO EVENINGS - EITHER IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE FOR BOTH CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP IN HONG KONG’S TEN MAJOR INDUSTRIES - 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 OF FORM 3 WHILE FOR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP IT IS COMPLETION OF FORM 5 WITH PASSES IN FOUR RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

ON COMPLETION OF THE APPRENTICESHIP, THE APPRENTICES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF APPRENTICESHIP BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR CERTIFYING THEIR COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE OR OCCUPATION THEY HAVE CHOSEN.

ANY SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PERSON INTERESTED IN BEING TRAINED THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE DIVISION, 12TH FLOOR, ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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TRAVEL SUBSIDY FOR STUDENTS * * * *

BUS AND TRAM TRAVEL SUBSIDIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TC SOME 500 000 SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS OVER THE AGE CF 12 WHEN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS NEXT MONTH, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE TRAVEL SUBSIDY SCHEME WILL BE OPERATIVE FROM SEPTEMBER 16 AND STUDENTS WISHING TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF REDUCED FARES FOR TRAVELLING BETWEEN THEIR HOMES AND SCHOOLS SHOULD APPLY FOR PASSES THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CIRCULARS HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS INFORMING THEM OF THE SCHEME WITH SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION ON HOW THEY SHOULD APPLY TO THE BUS AND TRAM COMPANIES FOR PASSES.

♦SCHOOLS HAVE ALSO BEEN ADVISED TO TAKE EARLY ACTION ON APPLICATIONS BUT, PRINCIPALS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE DISCRETION ON THE DATE FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NTDD OFFICE MOVES TO TUEN MUN * * *

THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE FROM ITS NEW OFFICE FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE NEW OFFICE WILL OCCUPY THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS OF 13 TAT YAN SQUARE, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE MAIN TELEPHONE EXCHANGE NUMBER FOR THE OFFICE IS 12-812501 AND THE EXTENSION FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES IS 20.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE SAID TODAY THAT THE MOVE FROM TSUEN WAN TO TUEN MUN WOULD ENABLE THE OFFICE TO DEAL WITH THE WORKS IN HAND AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN MORE EFFICIENTLY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FEES REVISED FOR RESIDENTIAL WELFARE INSTITUTIONS .................. 1

SEMINAR ON THE WORK OF GOVERNMENT ................................

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

MR JUSTICE YANG APPOINTED JUSTICE OF APPEAL ........................ 6

2 000 SCHOOL VAN APPLICATION FORMS ISSUED .......................... 7

HANG HAU TEACHERS INVITED FOR SURPLUS SAI KUNG FLATS ............... 7

NEW LIFE SAVING aSSOCIhTION PREMISES IN LANTAU ..................... 8

NEW CMB SUBURBaN ROUTE.............................................. 9

FARE REVISION FOR MAXICAB ROUTE 28 ................................. 9

CAS OFFICER RECEIVES ISM........................................... 10

FIRING PRACTICE AT BASALT ISL.JID RANGE ........................... 10

PROHIBITION OF TURNING IN HING FONG ROAD .......................... 11

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KW„I HEI STREET .................. 11

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT, FROM OCTOBER 1, FEES FOR RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED WOULD BE REVISED ON THE BASIS OF A NEW FORMULA RECOMMENDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) AND ENDORSED BY THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE (RDCC).

THIS FOLLOWS A DETAILED STUDY BY A WORKING GROUP OF THE SWAC, WHICH WAS SET UP TO CONSIDER CLAIMS BY THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR THAT INCREASED FEES WOULD CREATE HARDSHIP.

UNDER THE NEW FORMULA, FEES WILL IN FUTURE BE LINKED TO, AND AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED AGAINST, CERTAIN FIXED PERCENTAGES OF THE PREVAILING RATES OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS, INCLUDING BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES. THESE PERCENTAGES ARE NOT IMMUTABLE AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW.

THE FEES WILL COMPRISE TWO ELEMENTS — A PERCENTAGE OF THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BASIC RATE BASED ON THE TOTAL OF THE PERCENTAGES ATTACHED TO THOSE COMPONENT ITEMS IN THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INDEX PROVIDED BY A SPECIFIC TYPE OF INSTITUTION-AND A PERCENTAGE OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE REPRESENTING THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY AN INSTITUTION AND WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INDEX.

THE COMBINATION OF THESE TWO ELEMENTS WILL ENSURE THAT THE RESULTING FEE LEVELS REFLECT PART OF THE COSTS OF SERVICES WHICH ARE PROVIDED BY THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS. A LARGE MEASURE OF THE FULL COSTS OF SERVICES ARE MET BY THE GOVERNMENT BY SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE FEES DETERMINED WILL CONSTITUTE A PORTION ONLY OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS RECEIVED BY AN ELDERLY OR DISABLED PERSON, AND WILL ENABLE THEM TO HAVE MONEY LEFT OVER TO SPEND, AS THEY WISH, AFTER PAYING THEIR FEES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE ELDERLY AND SOME OF THE DISABLED PEOPLE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE RECEIVE EITHER PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE, OR BOTH.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, IS INTENDED TO MEET THEIR BASIC NEEDS, AND THE SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE IS FOR SERVICES ARISING OUT OF THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS.

♦A FORMULA BASED ON THESE TWO ELEMENTS IS THEREFORE A LOGICAL AND EQUITABLE METHOD OF ASSESSING FEES AND WILL ENSURE THAT OLD OR DISABLED PEOPLE IN INSTITUTIONS WOULD BE MEETING COSTS ON THE SAME TERMS AS THOSE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE TO MEET THEIR BASIC AND SPECIAL NEEDS OUT OF THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID FEES FOR REHABILITATION SERVICES, FOR HISTORICAL REASONS, TENDED TO BE LOWER THAN THOSE FOR THE ELDERLY.

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♦THE NEW FEES PRODUCED BY THE FORMULA REPRESENT A VERY SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE FOR THE DISABLED, AND IN ORDER TO AVOID HARDSHIP, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED THAT THE FEE ADJUSTMENT SHOULD BE PHASED OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS STARTING FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR FOR CLIENTS IN REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE,* HE SAID.

BASED ON THE FORMULA TO BE ADOPTED, THE LEVELS OF FEES PER MONTH IN THE VARIOUS TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS (THE AMOUNT OF MONEY LEFT OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS AFTER PAYING FEES IS IN BRACKETS)!

OLD PEOPLE’S HOSTELS (SELF-CARE SECTION).

OLD PEOPLE’S HOSTELS (MEAL SECTION).

HOMES FOR THE AGED-

HOMES FOR THE BLIND AGED-HOSTELS FOR THE DISABLED (FOR THOSE OF MILD OR MODERATE GRADE).

- 135 (LEAVING $385 OUT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND OLD AGE ALLOWANCE OR OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT PAYMENTS- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $355 PER ANNUM)

- $270 (LEAVING $150 OUT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND OLD AGE ALLOWANCE OR OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT PAYMENTS- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $355 PER ANNUM)

- $270 FOR CLIENTS RECEIVING BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND OLD AGE ALLOWANCE/ OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT/OR DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT (LEAVING $150- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $355 PER ANNUM)

- $290 FOR CLIENTS RECEIVING BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE (LEAVING $270- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $355 PER ANNUM)

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OLD PEOPLE’S CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES-HOSTELS FOR THE DISABLED (FOR THOSE OF SEVERE GRADE).

- $306 FOR CLIENTS RECEIVING BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND OLD AGE ALLOWANCE/ OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT/OR DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT (LEAVING 1114- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF 1355 PER ANNUM)

- $362 FOR CLIENTS RECEIVING BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE (LEAVING $198- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $355 PER ANNUM)

HALF-WAY HOUSES FOR THE DISABLED.

- $257

(LEAVING $163 FOR THOSE CLIENTS RECEIVING BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND OLD AGE ALLOWANCE/OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $355 PER ANNUM)

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE A CHARGE OF $72 PER MONTH FOR ACCOMMODATION. FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS IN INSTITUTIONAL CARE, THIS CHARGE WILL BE MET SEPARATELY BY A RENT ALLOWANCE PAYABLE UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME.

♦THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT THE REVISED FEES WILL BE WITHIN THE MEANS OF THE MAJORITY OF OLD AND DISABLED CLIENTS IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, ANY PERSON IN INSTITUTIONAL CARE WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE IS UNABLE TO PAY THE NEW FEES SHOULD APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE NEAREST FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

♦THE GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP THE NEW FEE LEVELS UNDER CLOSE WATCH AND WILL CONSIDER ANY CHANGE THAT MIGHT BE INDICATED BEFORE THE NEXT ADJUSTMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR,♦ HE ADDED.

SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT RATES ARE INCREASED FROM TIME TO TIME IN STEP WITH INFLATION ACCORDING TO MOVEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INDEX TO MAINTAIN THEIR REAL PURCHASING POWER.

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THEY WERE LAST INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL GO UP BY ANOTHER 22 PER CENT FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE NEW PAYMENT RATES IN THE CASE OF A SINGLE PERSON WILL BE 1280 A MONTH FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE- 1355 A YEAR FOR LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT- $280 A MONTH FOR DISABILITY ALLOWANCE- AND $140 A MONTH FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT OR DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT.

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A SEMINAR ON +THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT*, ORGANISED BY KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY), FROM 3 PM TO 6 PM AT THE UNITED COLLEGE, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE SEMINAR, ONE OF A SERIES ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS IN KWUN TONG, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING GOOD COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TO MEET INCREASING DEMANDS GENERATED BY THE GREATER SCOPE FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

THE ACTING CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OF KWUN TONG, MR WONG YING-WAI, SAID THE SEMINAR WOULD BE USEFUL AND CHALLENGING SINCE IT PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL LEADERS TO EXPLORE THEIR ALREADY RICH EXPERIENCES.

♦THE GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION CAN ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF LOCAL PEOPLE HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY AND HOW THE EXISTING AND FUTURE CONSULTATIVE CHANNELS CAN BE USED MORE EFFECTIVELY TO IMPROVE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION,* MR WONG ADDED.

AT THE SEMINAR, A SLIDE SHOW ON THE WORK OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE SHOWN BY THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID TSUI KWAN-PING.

IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TALK ON *THE CONSTITUTION OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND ITS WORK* BY URBAN COUNCILLOR MR STEPHEN LAU MAN-LUNG. /

MR ANDREW WONG WANG-FAT, LECTURER IN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY. WILL SPEAK ON ^GOVERNMENT MACHINERY AND AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMANSHIP*.

THE SEMINAR WILL CLOSE WITH A PANEL DISCUSSION FOR PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE THEIR VIEWS AND IDEAS.

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A SIMILAR SEMINAR, ORGANISED FOR ALL CHAIRMEN OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG, WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SEMINAR. TRANSPORT TO UNITED COLLEGE WILL LEAVE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 2 PM TOMORROW.

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MORE THAN 5 OOO YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILY GROUPS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND A FREE ENTERTAINMENT-PACKED CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT SHA TIN RACE COURSE ON AUGUST 24 (SUNDAY).

THE CARNIVAL IS BEING ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE. ALL ARE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION (CCCYR).

♦THIS CARNIVAL IS THE BIGGEST TERRITORY-WIDE EVENT EVER ORGANISED FOR THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME. IN PREVIOUS YEARS ONLY DISTRICT ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THIS YEAR WE HAVE ALTERED THE FORMAT A LITTLE BY PROVIDING RECREATION FOR ALL,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE.

A FUN FAIR, WITH 21 SPECIALLY DECORATED STALLS, WILL MARK THE OPENING OF THE DAY'S EVENTS.

THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE WILL ORGANISE 19 GAMES STALLS. AND YOUNG PEOPLE WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO REQUEST THEIR SONGS FROM RADIO DISC JOCKEYS IN THE RTHK CORNER.

TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE CARNIVAL-LIKE ATMOSPHERE, PARTICIPANTS MAY JOIN IN THE FUN OF A LANTERN RIDDLE STALL, ALSO PREPARED BY RTHK.

CO-OPERATION AND TEAM SPIRIT WILL BE DISPLAYED TO ITS FULL IN A TELEGAME MATCH, WHICH WILL START AT 3 PM.

CHAIRMEN OF VARIOUS DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES AND YOUTHS FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS WILL TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF CHALLENGING GAMES. THE WINNING TEAM WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE WITH A SPECIAL CELEBRITY TEAM COMPRISING WELL-KNOWN JOCKEYS, DISC JOCKEYS, SINGERS AND RADIO AND TELEVISION ARTISTES, IN THE FINAL ABOUT 5 PM.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CARNIVAL WILL BE A POP CONCERT, FEATURING THE POPULAR LOCAL SINGER MISS JENNY YAN AND OTHER SUPPORTING SINGERS. ACCOMPANYING THEM WILL BE A 18-PIECE ORCHESTRA AND A GROUP OF TELEVISION DANCERS. THE CONCERT WILL START SHORTLY AFTER 6 PM BRINGING THE DAY’S PROGRAMME TO A CLOSE AT 7.30 PM.

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FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SUMMER CARNIVAL ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT COMMUNITY YOUTH OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AND THE 17 DISTRICT OFFICES AND HEADQUARTERS OF THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE. TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE CARNIVAL, THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL HAVE FOUR SPECIAL TRAINS ON THE DAY. TWO SPECIAL 'UP-TRAINS’ WILL LEAVE HUNG HOM STATION AT 1.42 PM AND 2.01 PM AND ARRIVE AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATION AT 2.01 PM AND 2.23 PM RESPECTIVELY. THE TWO SPECIAL ’DOWN-TRAINS’ WILL LEAVE THE RACE COURSE AT 8.28 PM AND 8.50 PM RESPECTIVELY.

KCR HAS ALSO ARRANGED FOR TWO REGULAR ’DOWN-TRAINS’ TO PICK UP PASSENGERS AT THE RACE COURSE AT 8.32 PM AND 9.03 PM RESPECTIVELY. RETURN TICKETS AT $4 EACH CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE HUNG HOM STATION. ADVANCE BOOKING WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM THURSDAY (AUGUST 21).

AS AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF TRANSPORT, SPECTATORS MAY ALSO MAKE USE OF THE KMB ROUTE NO. 888 WHICH WILL TAKE THEM FROM SHA TIN MARKET TO THE RACE COURSE AT 20-MINUTE INTERVALS, UP TO 8.30 PM. THE SHA TIN MARKET IS ACCESSIBLE BY FEEDER BUS ROUTE NO. 70M FROM THE KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION.

MR JUSTICE YANG APPOINTED JUSTICE OF APPEAL ******

MR JUSTICE YANG, THE COMMISSIONER OF INQUIRY IN RESPECT OF THE DEATH OF INSPECTOR JOHN MACLENNAN, HAS BEEN APPOINTED A JUSTICE OF APPEAL BY THE QUEEN.

NOTED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO LANDSLIDES IN 1972 AND AS COMMISSIONER OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE CASE OF LEUNG WING-SANG, MR JUSTICE YANG HAD SAT IN THE COURT OF APPEAL ON MANY OCCASIONS.

HE JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS A MAGISTRATE IN 1956 AND WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR MAGISTRATE IN 1963.

HE WAS APPOINTED AS DISTRICT JUDGE IN 1968 AND A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT IN 1975.

BORN IN SHANGHAI ON JUNE 30, 1929, MR JUSTICE YANG RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION AT THE SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, SHANGHAI, AND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

HE THEN WENT TO LONDON TO STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE AND WAS A MEMBER OF GRAY’S INN.

MR JUSTICE YANG WAS CALLED TO THE ENGLISH BAR IN 1953 BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG AS A BARRISTER.

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2 000 SCHOOL VAN APPLICATION FORMS ISSUED *****

SINCE WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 13), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED MORE THAN 2 000 APPLICATION FORMS FOR PERMITS TO OPERATE PRIVATE CARS AND VANS TO TAKE CHILDREN TO AND FROM SCHOOL.

ONE THOUSAND FORMS WERE ISSUED TO THE YOUNG CHILDREN SCHOOL MINIBUS ASSOCIATION.

COMMENTING ON PRESS REPORTS AFTER YESTERDAY’S (THURSDAY) MEETING WITH THE ASSOCIATION, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR CHIU PAT-YEE, SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT RELAX THE RULE REQUIRING APPLICANTS TO PROVE THAT THEY SERVE SCHOOLS, NOR WOULD THE ASSOCIATION BE GRANTED PRIORITY FOR ITS APPLICATIONS.

♦APPLICANTS MUST HAVE WRITTEN PROOF OF THEIR LINKS WITH SCHOOLS FROM THE SCHOOL CONCERNED,+ SAID MR CHIU, +AND ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED EQUALLY.

♦IF MORE THAN 2 000 ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO A BALLOT,♦ HE SAID.

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HANG HAU TEACHERS INVITED FOR SURPLUS SAI KUNG FLATS ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM TEACHERS WORKING IN HANG HAU, IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT, TO PURCHASE SURPLUS HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME FLATS.

NINE FLATS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE TEACHERS, 17 HAVING BEEN SOLD WHEN SIMILAR APPLICATIONS WERE INVITED LAST YEAR.

THE SURPLUS AROSE BECAUSE SOME OF THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR, FOR WHOM THEY WERE BUILT, CHOSE TO TAKE CASH COMPENSATION INSTEAD OF A FLAT.

EACH FLAT MEASURES 64 SQUARE METRES WITH PRICES RANGING FROM $215 000 TO $225 000.

SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR COLIN BOSHER, SAID THAT FULL TIME TEACHERS WORKING IN GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISED SCHOOLS SITUATED SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD IN SAI KUNG WERE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE TAUGHT IN THE SAI KUNG AREA FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS- BE UNDER 56 YEARS OF AGE, AND NOT OWN ANY OTHER RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

♦ANOTHER CONDITION OF SALE IS THAT A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SELL THE FLAT ON THE OPEN MARKET FOR FIVE YEARS,+ MR BOSHER SAID.

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+IF THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IS IN EXCESS OF THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE FLATS, SELECTION WILL BE BY BALLOT,* HE ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FULL PARTICULARS ARE AVAILABLE AT SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, KOWLOON. COMPLETED AND SIGNED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 28.

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NEW LIFE SAVING ASSOCIATION PREMISES IN LANTAU *****

NEW PREMISES FOR MUI WO, LANTAU, LIFE SAVING ASSOCIATION WERE OPENED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO.

THE PREMISES, COSTING $420 000, INCLUDE A TRAINING HALL AND AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE.

THEY HAVE BEEN BUILT ON A 112 SQUARE METRE SITE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

MR LO SAID THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF THE ASSOCIATION’S OFFICE BEARERS, WHOSE SIXTH TERM HE WAS INAUGURATING, WAS +MOST ENCOURAGING*.

HE SAID. SINCE SWIMMING WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SPORTS AMONG HONG KONG PEOPLE, SAFETY FACILITIES WERE VERY IMPORTANT.

♦I HOPE THE ASSOCIATION WILL EXTEND ITS LIFE SAVING SERVICES TO ALL THE BEACHES OF LANTAU AND ORGANISE MORE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES,* MR LO SAID.

RECENTLY THE ASSOCIATION, WITH MORE THAN 200 QUALIFIED LIFE GUARDS, BECAME A LIMITED COMPANY AND MR LO BELIEVED THIS CHANGE WOULD FURTHER FACILITATE THE EXPANSION OF ITS SERVICE.

IT IS ONE OF THE 372 MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AND IT PROVIDES SERVICES AT MUI WO AND PUI 0 BEACHES.

THE NEW TRAINING HALL WILL ALSO BE USED AS A CANTEEN AND LECTURE ROOMS FOR LIFE GUARD TRAINEES.

THERE ARE PLANS TO EXPAND SERVICES TO OTHER BEACHES ON LANTAU, PROBABLY TO CHEUNG SHA INITIALLY.

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NEW CMB SUBURBAN ROUTE

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A NEW CMB SUBURBAN ROUTE NO. 63 BETWEEN NORTH POINT FERRY AND STANLEY VILLAGE WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FOR A TRIAL PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING 12 MONTHS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

THE FARES WILL BE FIXED AT $1.50 FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY. SECTIONAL FARES FOR AN OUTWARD JOURNEY BETWEEN REPULSE BAY AND STANLEY VILLAGE AND AN INWARD JOURNEY BETWEEN STUBBS ROAD/TAI HANG ROAD JUNCTION AND NORTH POINT WILL BE 70 CENTS.

FARE REVISION FOR MAXICAB ROUTE 28

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THE FARE FOR MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 28 OPERATING BETWEEN BAGUIO VILLAS (NORTH) TO CAUSEWAY BAY (PAN SHA ROAD) WILL BE INCREASED FROM SUNDAY (AUGUST 17).

THE REVISED FARE WILL BE $2.50.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REVISION WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO INCREASES IN FUEL COSTS, DRIVERS’ WAGES AND INSURANCE PREMIUM.

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CAS OFFICER RECEIVES ISM

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A TRAINING ASSISTANT OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES (CAS), MR WONG WING-WO, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE IMPERIAL SERVICE MEDAL BY THE QUEEN ON HIS RETIREMENT AFTER 27 YEARS WITH THE SERVICE.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CAS CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, MR J.A. FORTUNE, ON PRESENTING A CONGRATULATORY LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR TO MR WONG, COMMENDED HIM FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAS CADET CORPS’ 20 HECTARE CAMPSITE AT YUEN TUN.

MR WONG JOINED THE ESSENTIAL SERVICE CORPS IN 1951 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO TRANSFER TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WHEN IT WAS FORMED IN 1952.

DURING HIS 28 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE, MR WONG HAD ALWAYS BEEN AN INDUSTRIOUS AND LOYAL OFFICER SERVING IN THE HEAVY RESCUE TEAM AND THE CADET CORPS.

MR WONG WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF LONG AND LOYAL SERVICE WITH THE CAS BY MR FORTUNE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF MR WONG RECEIVING HIS CITATIONS FROM MR FORTUNE ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE GIS PRESS BOXES, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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FIRING PRACTICE AT BASALT ISLAND RANGE ft ft ft ft

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN BASALT ISLAND RANGE FOR THREE MORE DAYS FROM SEPTEMBER 8 TO 10 BETWEEN 8 AM AND NOON.

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO AN EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT FIRING

PRACTICE AT THE RANGE WOULD BE FROM SEPTEMBER 15 TO 17 BETWEEN 8 AM

AND NOON.

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

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PROHIBITION OF TURNING IN HING FONG ROAD

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ALL VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG HING FONG ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TAI WO HAU ROAD FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO INDICATE THE PROHIBITION.

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THE KWAI HEI STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH THE TSUEN WAN PY-PASS WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 17) TO 6 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE THE LIFTING OF PRECAST BEAMS INTO POSITION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE OVER KWAI HEI STREET.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WAN CHAI WATER CUT * * * *

THE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS BETWEEN 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18) AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (TUESDAY) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY MORRISON HILL ROAD TIN LOK LANE- HOUSE NOS. 3*4-372, HENNESSY ROAD- 01 KWAN ROADHOUSE NOS. 234-240, WAN CHAI ROAD, AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST FROM KENNEDY ROAD TO MORRISON HILL ROAD JUNCTION.

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SATURDAY, aUGUST 16, 19^0

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STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM WORK EXPERIENCE.............................. 1

MORE LAND FOR TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT ................................ 1

FAMILY FUN AT CAUSEWAY BAY ........................................ 3

FIREMEN TO VISIT MACAU ............................................ 4

FIRING PRACTICE.................................................... 4

TRAFFIC ARR^NGEi lENTS IN nONG KOK ................................ 5

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STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM WORK EXPERIENCE ft ft ft ft ft

A FORM FIVE GRADUATE, MISS WONG CHING-MIN, HAS DECIDED TO PURSUE A CAREER IN LABORATORY WORK AFTER TWO MONTHS ATTACHMENT TO THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL.

SHE IS ONE OF 85 STUDENTS THIS YEAR WHO BENEFITTED FROM THE SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS.

♦PREVIOUSLY I WANTED TO BE A NURSE. HOWEVER, HAVING WORKED IN THIS HOSPITAL’S PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT AS A STUDENT MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, I FIND THAT LABORATORY WORK SUITS ME BETTER,+ SHE SAID

NOW, HER GOAL IS TO STUDY LABORATORY SCIENCE IN THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC TO BECOME A LABORATORY TECHNICIAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT — WHICH SUPPORTS THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SCHEME -- SAID IT PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE WHAT FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT IS LIKE- TO UNDERSTAND THEIR POTENTIALS, AND TO HELP DIRECT, MORE PURPOSEFULLY THEIR STUDIES AND CAREER AMBITION.

SO FAR, MORE THAN 500 STUDENTS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME.

THIS YEAR, 16 FIRMS AND ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING HOSPITALS, TELEVISION STATIONS AND FACTORIES, CONTRIBUTED BY PROVIDING 118 WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANDIDATES.

THE PERIOD OF ATTACHMENT VARIES FROM ONE WEEK TO THREE MONTHS AND THE STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF THE ORGANISATION. IN SOME CASES, CAREERS TALKS ARE ARRANGED BY THE ORGANISATIONS.

IN ORDER TO ASSESS ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SCHEME, STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO FILL IN QUESTIONNAIRES. VISITS ARE ALSO ARRANGED FOR CAREERS MASTERS TO MEET THE STUDENTS AND THEIR SUPERVISORS AT THEIR WORK PLACES.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, WHEN PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED, STUDENTS EXCHANGED VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES IN GROUP DISCUSSIONS. THOSE WHO SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED THE SCHEME WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES IN NOVEMBER.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL SOON START WORK ON A MAJOR PROJECT TO PROVIDE ABOUT 29 HECTARES OF ADDITIONAL LAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WHICH WILL HOUSE ABOUT 550 000 PEOPLE IN LATE 1980S.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 16 HECTARES CF LAND IN THE CENTRAL PART OF CASTLE PEAK BAY AND THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 13 HECTARES OF LAND EAST TO THE NEW TOWN.

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MR TANG KWOK-KEE, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PWD’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, SAID THE PROJECT MARKED ANOTHER IMPORTANT PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE NEW TOWN’S MASSIVE $6 OOO MILLION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

♦DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN,+ HE SAID, + IS BEING CARRIED OUT MAINLY ON LAND FORMED BY RECLAMATION AND SITE FORMATION AND WORK ON A SERIES OF BUILDING, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROAD PROJECTS IS PROGRESSING ON A WIDE FRONT.

♦SINCE THE START OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, MORE THAN 220 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN RECLAIMED AND SERVICED FOR VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT.

WORK IS PROGRESSING WELL ON PRODUCING ANOTHER 130 HECTARES OF LAND IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TOWN.+

AT PRESENT, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 90 000, MOST OF THEM LIVING IN SELF-CONTAINED PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WITH SHOPPING COMPLEXES AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

HE SAID THAT THE LAND RECLAIMED UNDER THE PRESENT CONTRACT, WOULD BE USED FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, A POLICE STATION, AN AMBULANCE DEPOT AND A FIRE STATION.

LAND WILL ALSO BE RESERVED ON THE RECLAMATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ROAD LINKING THE EASTERN AND WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN,+ HE ADDED.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 640-METRE LONG RIVER TRAINING WALL IN THE CENTRE OF CASTLE PEAK BAY AND A 750-METRE LONG SEAWALL IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE BAY.

MR TANG SAID THAT THE SEAWALL WOULD COMPLETE THE FINAL SHAPE OF THE TUEN MUN HARBOUR WHICH WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 50 HECTARES OF SHELTERED ANCHORAGE FOR CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES.

IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A TYPHOON REFUGE FOR THE WESTERN WATERS OF HONG KONG AND SERVE AS A BASE FOR THE TUEN MUN FISHING FLEET,♦ HE ADDED.

FILL MATERIAL FOR THE RECLAMATION WORK WILL BE OBTAINED FROM BORROW AREAS IN SIU LAM AND THE EASTERN FOOTHILL OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE TERRACED PLATFORMS FORMED IN THESE AREAS WILL PROVIDE FOUR HECTARES OF LAND FOR HIGH CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ANOTHER NINE HECTARES FOR OPEN SPACE AND OTHER USES.

WORK ON THE PROJECT, TENDERS FOR WHICH IS BEING INVITED, WILL START LATER THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FAMILY FUN AT CAUSEWAY BAY ft * * * *

A FUN DAY FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WILL BE HELD IN CAUSEWAY BAY NEXT MONTH.

KNOWN AS +YOUNG AND OLD, FAMILY AS A WHOLE* FUN DAY, IT IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) AND THE HONG KONG JAYCEETTES LTD.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE CAUSEWAY ROAD SPORTS CENTRE BETWEEN 3 PM AND 6 PM ON SEPTEMBER 7 (SUNDAY).

THE DAY WILL FEATURE INTERESTING AND EXCITING COMPETITIVE GAMES SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

THE TECHNICAL AND PLANNING OFFICER OF THE RSS, MR JOHNNY WOO, SAID THE AIM OF ORGANISING THE FUN DAY WAS TO PROVIDE A CHANCE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERESTING GAMES AND THUS BRIDGE THE GENERATION GAP. THE DAY WOULD ALSO PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP, AMONG FAMILIES AND INSTILL A SPIRIT OF MUTUAL ASSISTANCE.

HE ADDED THAT A WHOLE FAMILY WAS THE BASIC UNIT WHEN ENTERING FOR THE GAMES. EACH FAMILY UNIT MUST COMPRISE MEMBERS FROM AT LEAST TWO GENERATIONS WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO THOSE WITH THREE GENERATIONS.

EACH FAMILY CAN ENTER A MAXIMUM OF FIVE MEMBERS AND A MINIMUM OF TWO. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS » FROM EIGHT TO 15 YEARS OF AGE, 16 TO 50 YEARS OF AGE AND 51 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER.

A NUMBER OF FAMILIES WILL BE GROUPED TOGETHER TO FORM A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITIVE EVENTS. EACH TEAM WILL BE LED BY A TEAM LEADER AND COACH.

EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE GIVEN A T-SHIRT AND PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS EVENTS.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HEADQUARTERS AND ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE RSS. COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS SHOULD BE HANDED OR POSTED TO THE OFF ICER-IN-CHARGE, +YOUNG AND OLD, FAMILY AS A WHOLE* FUN DAY, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, 11TH FLOOR, WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING FAMILIES WILL BE LIMITED TO 200, AND WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS. NO FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR ENTERING THE FUN DAY.

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FIREMEN TO VISIT MACAU ft ft ft ft

A 25-MEMBER CONTINGENT OF FIREMEN LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR F.M. WATSON WILL ATTEND FIREMEN’S DAY IN MACAU ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE COMMANDER OF MACAU SECURITY FORCES, COLONEL MOR I ERA CAMPOS AND THE COMMANDANT OF MACAU FIRE BRIGADE, MR R.F. DE ASSIS WILL WELCOME THE CONTINGENT TO MACAU TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

ON MONDAY MORNING THE CONTINGENT WILL ATTEND A REQUIEM MASS AND A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY FOR MACAU FIREMEN WHO DIED ON DUTY. THE GOVERNOR OF MACAU, GENERAL MELO EGIDIO AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL ALSO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

MR WATSON, WITH SENIOR FIRE OFFICERS, WILL ALSO PAY COURTESY CALLS ON GENERAL EGIDIO AND COLONEL CAMPOS BEFORE VISITING VARIOUS FIRE STATIONS IN THE ENCLAVE.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THERE WILL BE A TABLE-TENNIS MATCH BETWEEN THE TWO SERVICES AND MR WATSON WILL PRESENT A BANNER TO THE WINNING TEAM.

THE CONTINGENT WILL ALSO ATTEND A FRATERNITY DINNER AT THE K)TEL LISBOA.

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY (AUGUST 18 - 23) FROM 8 AM TO 11 PM DAILY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN BASALT ISLAND RANGE ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18) FROM NOON TO 4 PM.

THEY ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THESE AREAS WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING PRACTICE TIMES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 20) IN MONG KOK WHEN NATHAN ROAD, BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND MONG KOK ROAD, WILL BE OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ALONG ARGYLE STREET WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT INTO NATHAN ROAD NORTHBOUND, AND ON THE NORTHBOUND JOURNEY ALONG NATHAN ROAD THEY MUST TURN LEFT INTO MONG KOK ROAD WESTBOUND.

THE SECTION OF MONG KOK ROAD ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROAD BARRIER BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND PORTLAND STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND. ON THE NORTHBOUND JOURNEY ALONG PORTLAND STREET VEHICLES MUST TURN LEFT INTO MONG KOK ROAD WESTBOUND.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SHA TIN WATER CUT * * * *

THE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN SHA TIN WILL BE CUT OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF TWO SLUICE VALVES AT A TRUNK ROAD NEAR LEK YUEN ESTATE.

AREAS TO BE AFFECTED ARE THE TRUNK ROAD BETWEEN THE JUNCTION OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD TO THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, TIN LIU TSUEN, PAI TAU, SHEUNG WO CHE, HA WO CHE, LEK YUEN ESTATE, WO CHE ESTATE, FO TAN, SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS, HO TUNG LAU, LOK LO HA, SHA TIN RACECOURSE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE NEW HELICOPTERS FOR RHKAAF............................... 1

CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX FOR TUEN MUN ....................... 2

JOB-SEEKERS BEWARE OF OVERCHARGES BY AGENCIES ................. 2

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN TaI HANG ROaD .......................... 3

HAWKERS PROHIBITED aREa IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTaTE ........... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN ijiGAZINE GaP ROaD ..................... k

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 1983

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THREE NEW HELICOPTERS FOR RHKAAF * * * *

THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE TOOK DELIVERY OF THREE TWIN-ENGINED HELICOPTERS FROM FRANCE LAST WEEK.

THE THREE DAUPHINS 365C, COSTING ABOUT $27 MILLION, WERE ORDERED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR TO REPLACE ITS TWO SINGLE-ENGINED ALOUETTES.

ACCORDING TO WING COMMANDER R.G. PENLINGTON, COMMANDING OFFICER RHKAAF, THE 15-YEAR-OLD ALOUETTE HELICOPTERS ARE NO LONGER CAPABLE OF MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RHKAAF WHICH, IN RECENT YEARS, HAS GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY IN TERMS OF SIZE AND ITS MANY-FACETED ROLES UNDERTAKEN.

♦BESIDES PROVIDING THE QUICKEST AND MOST RESPONSIVE MEANS OF TRANSPORT FOR VARIOUS EMERGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ROUND-THE-CLOCK, THE DEMAND FOR SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS FOR ANTIILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATIONS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS HAS DRASTICALLY INCREASED THE HELICOPTERS’ UTILISATION,* HE SAID.

+THERE WAS, THEREFORE, AN URGENT NEED TO ADVANCE THE ALOUETTE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME WITH A MODERN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT WHICH COULD PRODUCE THE FACILITIES AND PERFORMANCES CAPABLE OF KEEPING PACE WITH THE RHKAAF’S EXPANDING WORKLOAD NOWADAYS,* WING COMMANDER PENLINGTON SAID.

BEING ONE OF THE LATEST AIRCRAFT TO ENTER THE MARKET IN RECENT YEARS, THE DAUPHIN IS MORE VERSATILE AND BETTER SUITED TC THE PRESENT REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF SEATING CAPACITY, LCAD-LADING, SPEED, RANGE AND SAFETY.

FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED, THE STREAMLINED DAUPHIN IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST AVIONIC (RADIO) AND AUTO-PILOT DEVICES.

IT HAS A MAXIMUM SPEED OF 170 KNOTS COMPARED WITH THE ALOUETTE’S 113 KNOTS.

THE ADVANTAGE OF THE DAUPHIN, SAID MR PENLINGTON, IS THAT IT CAN CARRY 14 PEOPLE OR 1 400 KILOGRAMS FREIGHT, OR BE EASILY MODIFIED TO HOLD FOUR STRETCHERS, WHICH IS TWICE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND STRETCHERS THAN THE ALOUETTE CAN HOLD.

THE DAUPHIN’S LOADING CAPACITY OF 3 400 KILOGRAMS IS 1 100 KILOGRAMS MORE AND ITS RANGE OF 420 KILOMETRES, NEARLY DOUBLES THAT OF THE ALOUETTE.

TO CARRY OUT ADVANCED TRAINING IN FLYING AND SERVICING OF THE NEW AIRCRAFT, THE RHKAAF SENT 21 AIRCREW AND TECHNICIANS TO FRANCE FOR FOUR WEEKS TRAINING PRIOR TO DELIVERY.

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CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX FOR TUEN MUN ******

TUEN MUN WILL HAVE ITS OWN CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX BY THE MID-198O’S.

THE COMPLEX, WHICH IS TO BE BUILT IN THREE PHASES, WILL BE SITUATED ON A 4.5 HECTARE SITE NEAR THE NEW TOWN’S COMMERCIAL CENTRE.

THE CIVIC AREA WILL CONSIST OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES, A MULTISTOREY CAR PARK, A BUS STATION, A LIBRARY AND A MAGISTRACY.

CULTURAL FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM WITH SEATING FOR 1 500 (TO BE BUILT IN PHASE 1), AN EXHIBITION AREA, LECTURE AND MUSIC PRACTICE ROOMS AND A RESTAURANT.

DESIGN OF THE AUDITORIUM WILL BE ALONG THE SAME LINES AS THE CITY HALL. HOWEVER, SOME MINOR VARIATIONS IN FINISHINGS AND COLOUR SCHEME WILL BE INTRODUCED TO ENABLE THE AUDITORIUM TO HAVE ITS OWN DISTINCTIVE IDENTITY. THIS PHASE WILL COST $60 MILLION.

PHASE II OF THE PROJECT COSTING $104.06 MILLION INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF THE CIVIC AREA, LESS THE MAGISTRACY WHICH WILL BE BUILT IN PHASE III.

WORK ON PHASES LAND II IS EXPECTED TO START IN 1982/83 AND BE COMPLETED BY 1985/86.

WORK ON THE MAGISTRACY IS TO START ABOUT SEPTEMBER, 1983, AND BE COMPLETED BY 1986/87. THE ESTIMATED COST FOR THIS PHASE WILL BE SUBJECT TO DESIGN BEING FINALISED.

A PLAN OF THE COMPLEX HAS BEEN SHOWN TO TUEN MUN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS FOR THEIR COMMENTS BY THE PROJECT ARCHITECT, MR FRANCIS LAW, AND A SENIOR ARCHITECT IN THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MR C.Y. KAN.

A FINAL DECISION ON THE PLAN WILL BE MADE WHEN ALL THE VIEWS HAVE BEEN COLLECTED.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) WARNED JOB-SEEKERS OF THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING CHEATED OF REGISTRATION FEES AND AMOUNT OF COMMISSION PAYABLE TO FEE-CHARGING EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES.

A SPOKESMAN FROM THE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID CAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN BY JOB-SEEKERS, ESPECIALLY AROUND THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN MANY SCHOOL LEAVERS ARE ONLY TOO EAGER TO SECURE JOBS.

BY LAW, THE MAXIMUM REGISTRATION FEE CHARGEABLE TO A JOB-SEEKER IS S3, AND THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF COMMISSION IS TEN PER CENT OF THE FIRST MONTH’S SALARY.

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FEE-CHARGING AGENCIES MUST BE LICENSED BY THE DEPARTMENT BUT AGENCIES, WHICH ARE NON-PROFIT MAKING, MAY BE EXEMPTED PROVIDED THEY ONLY ARRANGE EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITHIN HONG KONG.

FROM JULY, ALL EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES DEALING SOLELY WITH HIRING DOMESTIC HELP ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A LICENCE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

AT THE END OF JUNE, THERE WERE 70 LICENSED EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES IN HONG KONG, AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 13 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 62 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THEY COMPRISED 57 AGENCIES DEALING WITH LOCAL EMPLOYMENT, 10 DEALING WITH OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT AND THREE HOLDING CERTIFICATES CF EXEMPTION.

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TAI HANG ROAD, BETWEEN THE ROUNDABOUT AT STUBBS ROAD AND ITS JUNCTION WITH BLUE POOL ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 0.30 AM AND 5.30 AM ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 19 AND 20) TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF TEMPORARY STEEL BEAMS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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HAWKERS PROHIBITED AREA IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

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HAWKERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO PLY THEIR STREETS IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WHICH HAWKER PROHIBITED AREAS.

TRADES IN HAVE BEEN

FOUR MAIN DESIGNATED AS

THE STREETS ARE DAI KWAI STREET, DAI FU STREET, DAI SHUN

STREET AND DA I LI STREET.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE STREETS HAVE BEEN GAZETTED AS RESTRICTION OF HAWKING IN SPECIAu AREAS.

+N0 HAWKING* SIGN BOARDS INDICATING THE PROHIBITION OF ILLEGAL HAWKING HAVE BEEN ERECTED IN THE STREETS TO GUIDE THE HAWKERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST OFFENDING HAwKERS, HE SAID.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN MAGAZINE GAP ROAD

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THE ELEVATED ROAD LINKING MAGAZINE GAP ROAD AND GARDEN ROAD wILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 20) BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 3.15 PM TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

5 O67 900 POPULATION AT END OF JUNE...................... 1

GO-AHEAD FOR NORTH POINT TRAFFIC SCHEME ................. 2

NEW WAY TO STORE OIL UNDER STUDY ........................ 5

PRELIMINARY REPORT ON TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY ........ 3

PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS - A SUCCESS STORY ................. A

MACHINE SHOP-METAL WORKING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY .. 5

WHO FELLOWS VISIT TAI LAM CENTRE ........................ 5

HEUNG YEE KUK INAUGURATION CEREMONY ..................... 6

WATER CUT

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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1980

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5 067 900 POPULATION AT END OF JUNE ******

HONG KONG’S ESTIMATED POPULATION AT THE END OF JUNE 1980 WAS 5 067 900, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 50 900 PEOPLE OR 1.0 PER CENT OVER END-1979, AS COMPARED TO A TOTAL INCREASE OF 167 900 OR 3.4 PER CENT OVER MID-1979.

THE SLOWER RATE OF INCREASE IN THE FIRST HALF-YEAR OF 1980 WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY LESS IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA AND A NET OUTFLOW OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THE NUMBER OF LEGAL CHINESE IMMIGRANTS WHO ARRIVED IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1980 WAS 26 900, COMPARED WITH 40 800 IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SUCCESSFULLY ENTERING HONG KONG WAS 32 700, WHICH WAS HALF THE CORRESPONDING NUMBER FOR 1979.

THE LARGEST CONSTITUENT IN THE GROWTH RATE WAS STILL NET IMMIGRATION, THAT IS THE BALANCE OF TOTAL ARRIVALS OVER TOTAL DEPARTURES, WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 42 700 OR 0.8 PER CENT.

THE NATURAL INCREASE IN POPULATION WAS 25 700 OR 0.5 PER CENT. THIS INCLUDED 618 HONG KONG-BORN BABIES OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND 75 DEATHS OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THE BALANCE OF ARRIVALS OVER DEPARTURES OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES REPRESENTED A DECREASE OF 17 500 OR 0.3 PER CENT.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS (EXCLUDING 618 BIRTHS GIVEN BY VIETNAMESE REFUGEES) FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1980 WAS 38 700, WHICH WAS 3.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE NUMBER FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. THIS WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE GRADUAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IN THE CHILDBEARING AGES 15 - 49.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS (EXCLUDING 75 DEATHS OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES), AT 13 500, WAS HIGHER BY 5.5 PER CENT. THE INCREASE WAS ASSOCIATED MAINLY WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF OLD PEOPLE IN THE POPULATION.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1980

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GO-AHEAD FOR NORTH POINT TRAFFIC SCHEME

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THE FIRST STAGE OF THE KING’S ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE, AND WORK ON THE OTHER TWO STAGES WILL GO AHEAD.

THIS WAS DECIDED AFTER A MEETING TODAY BETWEEN TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS, CHINA MOTOR BUS, POLICE, AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR NIGEL SHIPMAN SAID THAT SINCE PHASE ONE OF THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED LAST WEDNESDAY, THE INITIAL RESULTS DEMONSTRATED THE POTENTIAL WHEN THE FULL SCHEME WAS IN OPERATION, ALTHOUGH THEY HAD NOT BROUGHT AN IMMEDIATE GREAT IMPROVEMENT. IT WAS TOO EARLY TO MAKE A FULL EVALUATION.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN TEETHING PROBLEMS WHICH WE PLAN TO DEAL WITH,+ HE WENT ON. +FOR EXAMPLE THERE HAS BEEN CONGESTION AT THE JUNCTION WITH TAI KOO SHING ROAD. THIS MAY BE IMPROVED BY INTRODUCING A RIGHT-TURN-FILTER TRAFFIC LIGHT ON THE WESTBOUND LANE AND POSSIBLY MORE GREEN LIGHT TIME IN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.+

OTHER TRAFFIC ENGINEERING IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE THE EXPANSION OF THE URBAN CLEARWAY TO PLUG GAPS IN THE BUS LANE WHICH PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES HAVE BEEN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF. PLB’S AND TAXIS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE RESERVE LANES.

♦WE FEEL THERE IS ADEQUATE UTILISATION OF THE BUS LANES AS IT IS,+ SAID MR SHIPMAN. +WE ARE REASONABLY CONFIDENT THAT THE BENEFITS WILL INCREASE AS THE BUS LANES GET EXTENDED.+

♦AT THE MOMENT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS IN THE FILTERING OF VEHICLES. BUT ONCE TRAFFIC HAS BEEN SORTED OUT INTO LANES, IT WILL MOVE REASONABLY SMOOTHLY. AS THE LANES ARE EXTENDED, THE BENEFITS SHOULD INCREASE.+

THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF THE PHASE ONE STRETCH WAS GAINED BY RESIDENTS OF TAI KOO SHING. THEY COULD USE THE NEW AIR-CONDITIONED FERRY SERVICE TO CENTRAL AND THERE WERE SAVINGS OF UP TO 12 MINUTES ON THE ROUTE 21 BUS JOURNEY TO CENTRAL.

PHASE TWO OF THE SCHEME -- UP TO JAVA ROAD JUNCTION -- IS DUE TO COME INTO OPERATION ON OCTOBER 1.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1980

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NEW WAY TO STORE OIL UNDER STUDY

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THE GOVERNMENT IS INVESTIGATING PLANS FOR INCREASING THE SECURITY OF FUEL OIL SUPPLIES FOR HONG KONG BY EMPLOYING MARINE STORAGE.

INSTEAD OF RELYING EXCLUSIVELY ON LAND STORAGE THE PLANS CALL FOR 200 000 TONS OF FUEL OIL TO BE STORED ABOARD ONE OR TWO TANKERS, POSSIBLY MOORED IN HONG KONG WATERS, AS AN INTERIM MEASURE UNTIL LAND STORAGE FACILITIES NOW BEING BUILT ARE COMPLETED.

THOUGH BY NO MEANS UNIQUE - JAPAN, FOR EXAMPLE ABOUT 20 LARGE TANKERS (VLCC’S) FOR THIS PURPOSE -WOULD BE A +FIRST+ FOR LAND-SHORT HONG KONG.

, ALREADY USES THE SOLUTION

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WHILE THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE SUPPLY SITUATION AND THERE WAS NO CAUSE FOR UNDUE CONCERN, IT WAS CONSIDERED +PRUDENT* TO ACT NOW IN CASE THE SITUATION WORSENED.

THE PLANS NOW BEING CONSIDERED WOULD INVOLVE CHARTERING TANKERS, PURCHASING THE FUEL OIL AND STORING IT ON THE TANKERS WHICH WOULD EITHER BE MOORED IN AN AREA OF SUFFICIENTLY DEEP WATER IN HONG KONG, OR WOULD STEAM SLOWLY AROUND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA BEFORE THE OIL IS ULTIMATELY SOLD TO THE POWER COMPANIES

THE SCHEME IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY OWENSBORD ENTERPRISES LTD A NEWLY FORMED COMPANY IN WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS 96 PER CENT OF THE SHARES, WITH THE BALANCE BEING HELD BY CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD., ESSO (HK) LTD., HONG KONG ELECTRIC CO. LTD AND SHELL DEVELOPMENT (HK) LTD.

A FINAL DECISION TO GO AHEAD WILL DEPEND ON THE DETAILED COSTINGS, WHICH HAVE YET TO BE WORKED OUT.

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PRELIMINARY REPORT ON TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY

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A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON AN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN IS TO BE PUBLISHED NEXT MONTH.

STAFF OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE ARE NOW COMPILING THE REPORT FROM INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY FACTORY OPERATORS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF THE 201 QUESTIONNAIRES SENT TO FACTORIES IN JUNE HAD BEEN RETURNED.

OPERATORS ALSO GAVE INTERVIEWS TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION.

+WE ARE PLEASED WITH THE SUPPORT THE OPERATORS HAVE GIVEN,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID. +THEIR CO-OPERATION WAS ESSENTIAL IF THE SURVEY IS TO EE AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE ONE CARRIED OUT TWO YEARS AGO.*

/A FINAL ...

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A FINAL COMPUTERISED REPORT COMPILED BY HONG KONG UNIVERSITY WILL BE PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER.

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SURVEY WAS TO COLLECT INFORMATION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT CHARACTERISTICS OF INDUSTRY IN THE NEW TOWN.

IT WAS ALSO TO GATHER INFORMATION FROM FACTORY MANAGERS ABOUT THEIR REASONS FOR SETTING UP OPERATIONS IN TUEN MUN AND ANY PROBLEMS THEY FACED.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. IT WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE REPORT IN SUCH A WAY THAT INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED.

THE SURVEY HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND LECTURERS AND STUDENTS OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

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PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS - A SUCCESS STORY * * * * * *

PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE HONG KONG EDUCATION ^SUCCESS STORIES*, MR DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID AT THE JOINT PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY OF THE CARITAS PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AT THE CITY HALL TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID HE WAS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL WORKING PARTY WHICH PRODUCED ITS REPORT IN 1970 AND ON WHICH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT POLICY WAS MODELLED ALONG ITS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

THE SUCCESS OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, MR WATERS SAID, COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THIS TYPE OF EDUCATION WHO WERE CONSCIENTIOUS, DEDICATED AND WHO REALLY BELIEVED IN WHAT THEY WERE DOING.

+ANOTHER REASON WHY THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED IS BECAUSE OF THEIR CLOSE LINKS WITH THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES,* HE SAID.

THESE CLOSE LINKS HAVE EXISTED EVER SINCE THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1969 AND SINCE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVERS WERE ADMITTED DIRECT TO THE SECOND YEAR OF AN APPRENTICESHIP AND TO THE SECOND YEAR OF A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE CRAFT COURSE.

THIS PRACTICE COMMENCED IN SEPTEMBER, 1970.

MR WATERS SAID HE WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE THAT FORMS IV AND V WERE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS STARTING IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1981-82.

♦I AM CONVINCED THERE ARE MANY VERY BRIGHT PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL PUPILS WHO ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF GOING ON TO FORMS IV AND V AND OF GETTING GOOD RESULTS IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION,* HE SAID.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1980

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MACHINE SHOP-METAL WORKING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY ******

A MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY WILL BE CONDUCTED NEXT (SEPTEMBER) MONTH BY THE MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE SURVEY — TO BE HELD FROM SEPTEMBER 1-30 — WILL COVER BASIC METAL INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTURE OF FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT), AND MANUFACTURE OF MACHINERY (EXCEPT ELECTRICAL).

COPIES OF AN EXPLANATORY LETTER AND A QUESTIONNAIRE WERE SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY TODAY (MONDAY).

THE EMPLOYERS OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES AND A FORECAST OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THE SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TO COLLECT THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES AND TO HELP COMPLETE THEM IF NECESSARY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD, DR HENRY T. YU, CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING THE REQUIRED INFORMATION WHICH WAS ESSENTIAL FOR MAKING FUTURE PLANS FOR TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY.

HE ADDED THAT THE INFORMATION WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

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WHO FELLOWS VISIT TAI LAM CENTRE

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THREE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION FELLOWS FROM THE PHILIPPINES CURRENTLY ON A STUDY TOUR OF HONG KONG TODAY VISITED THE TAI LAM DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE.

THEY WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES FOR CONVICTED DRUG ADDICTS.

THE VISITORS, MRS RIZALINA A. OPINION, MRS REMEDIOS CASTRO AND MRS GLORIA V. ODULIO, ARE FROM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES.

THEY TOURED TAI LAM CENTRE AND WERE BRIEFED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT-IN-CHARGE, MR JULIO DE ASSIS, ON ITS FACILITIES AND SUPPORTING SERVICES. THEY ALSO TALKED TO THE MEDICAL OFFICER ON THE TREATMENT PROGRAMME ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THEY WILL VISIT THE TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN TOMORROW.

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NOTE TO EDITORS! HEUNG YEE KUK INAUGURATION CEREMONY * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, IS TO OFFICIATE AT THE 24TH TERM INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AT 11 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 20) IN THE CONCERT HALL OF TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.30 AM TO TAKE THE PRESS TO TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL. MR DONALD STRANGE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PRESS UNIT WILL HELP MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES AT SHIU FAI TERRACE WILL BE CUT FOR FOUR HOURS FROM 1 PM TO 5 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 20) FOR WORK ON THE EASTERN SUPPLY SYSTEM.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED INCLUDE THE FRENI MEMORIAL CONVALESCENT HOME, ST MARGARET’S COLLEGE, PUN U ASSOCIATION WAH YAN PRIMARY SCHOOL AND LINGNAN MIDDLE SCHOOL.

MEANWHILE WATER SUPPLY TO MOUNT AUSTIN ROAD AND HOUSE NOS. 25 AND 26A-26E LUGARD ROAD ON THE PEAK WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ECONOMIC GROWTH EXPORT-LED WHILE INFLATION SLOTS DOWN ...... 1

CHILDREN OF NEW TOWNS WANT TO DEVELOP SENSE OF BELONGING ....

MINIATURE +KEYING+ DESPATCHED TO BRITAIN ................... 6

REFRESHER COURSE FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS ...................... 6

TEXTILE INDUSTRY MANPOWER REPORT PUBLISHED ................. 7

PLB ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG ..............................8

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1980

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ECONOMIC GROWTH EXPORT-LED WHILE INFLATION SLOWS DOWN *****

THE TREND OF EXPORT-LED ECONOMIC GROWTH, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1979, CONTINUED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1980.

THIS WAS SPELT OUT IN THE GOVERNMENT’S HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT RELEASED TODAY AND ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $14 A COPY.

THE REPORT REVIEWS PRIMARILY EVENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. IT POINTS OUT THAT THE EXTERNAL SECTOR WAS REMARKABLY ACTIVE DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE ECONOMIES OF SOME OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS WERE MOVING INTO RECESSION. IT ALSO SUGGESTS THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND APPEARED TO PICK UP IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980. NEVERTHELESS, ALTHOUGH THE PRELIMINARY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS ESTIMATES OF 1980 WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE, DOMESTIC EXPORTS PROBABLY STILL PROVIDED THE MAIN IMPETUS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AS THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND WAS VERY UNLIKELY TO HAVE OVERTAKEN THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

THE REPORT ALSO POINTS OUT THAT THE PRESSURE OF DEMAND ON DOMESTIC RESOURCES HAS EASED CONSIDERABLY IN THE PAST YEAR. IT ADDS THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT WAS MOST CONSPICUOUS IN THE LABOUR SECTOR WHERE THE PREVIOUS EXCESS DEMAND FOR LABOUR APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN SATISFIED, LARGELY BY A SUDDEN INCREASE IN SUPPLY, AS A RESULT OF IMMIGRATION. THE RATE OF INCREASE IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COSTS HAD ALSO SLOWED DOWN. THE PROPERTY MARKET, WHICH HAD BEEN VERY MUCH OVERHEATED IN 1979, COOLED DOWN SOMEWHAT IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

AS FOR INFLATION, THE REPORT INDICATES THAT INFLATIONARY PRESSURES IN THE ECONOMY APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN EASING OFF DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE RATE OF INCREASE IN WORLD PRICES HAS BEEN ACCELERATING.

ON THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE MONEY SUPPLY, THE REPORT EXPLAINS THAT IT HAS BEEN RATHER ERRATIC IN THE FIRST HALF OF I960 AND THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET THE MOVEMENTS OF MONETARY AGGREGATES IN TERMS OF THEIR PRECISE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ECONOMY. NEVERTHELESS, THE DOWNWARD ADJUSTMENTS IN INTEREST RATES IN RECENT MONTHS WILL PROBABLY HAVE STIMULATED THE DEMAND FOR LOANS, PARTICULARLY THOSE FOR PURCHASING PROPERTY OR STOCKS.

THE REPORT CONTAINS INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE LABOUR SECTOR, PRODUCTION, AND PRICES, PRECEDED BY A CHAPTER GIVING THE OVERALL VIEW.

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EXTERNAL SECTOR

THE REPORT EMPHASIZES THE ENCOURAGING PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OVERALL AND PARTICULARLY OF THOSE TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT IT EXPRESSES DOUBTS AS TO WHETHER SUCH AN ENCOURAGING PERFORMANCE COULD BE SUSTAINED FOR LONG. WHILE THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, NORMALLY A LEADING INDICATOR OF FUTURE EXPORT PERFORMANCE, SUGGESTS THAT EXPORT PROSPECTS SHOULD REMAIN REASONABLY BRIGHT IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY HAD A NEGATIVE GROWTH RATE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR AND THE ORDER SITUATION WAS REPORTED TO BE NOT AT ALL PROMISING.

THE REPORT ALSO POINTS OUT THAT, AS ENVISAGED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS 1980 BUDGET SPEECH, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS ALMOST CAUGHT UP WITH THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980, PRESUMABLY A REFLECTION OF THE PICK-UP IN THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND. AS A CONSEQUENCE, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP WAS 14.6 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980, ONLY SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THE 15.3 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979.

FINANCIAL SECTOR

ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE REPORT EMPHASIZES THAT MOVEMENTS IN THE MONETARY AGGREGATES ARE DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET, PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE INADEQUACY OF THE MONETARY STATISTICS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF DISTORTIONS CAUSED BY SUCH SEASONAL FACTORS AS THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IN FEBRUARY. IT HAS BECOME EVEN MORE DIFFICULT IN JUNE WHEN THE UNDERLYING TREND IN THE GROWTH RATE OF MONEY SUPPLY WAS OBSCURED BY THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF ACTIVITIES IN THE STOCK MARKET AND BY THE FACT THAT HALF-YEARLY INTEREST OF SAVING ACCOUNTS WAS CREDITED DURING THIS MONTH.

CONCERNING THE RECENT REDUCTIONS IN INTEREST RATES IN MAY AND JUNE, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS TO SUCH DEVELOPMENTS WERE FIRST, THE SUCCESSIVE REDUCTIONS IN INTEREST RATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY IN THE UNITED STATES- AND SECOND, THE HIGH DEGREE OF LIQUIDITY IN THE LOCAL MONEY MARKET IN MAY AND EVEN MORE SO IN JUNE DEPRESSED MONEY MARKET RATES AND RESULTED IN STRONG COMMERCIAL PRESSURE ON THE BANKS TO LOWER THEIR INTEREST RATES.

LABOUR SECTOR

THE REPORT CONFIRMS THE VIEW EXPRESSED IN THE +1980-81 BUDGET SPEECH; ECONOMIC BACKGROUND* AND THE +FIRST QUARTER ECONOMIC REPORT 1980+ THAT, LARGELY BECAUSE OF AN INCREASED SUPPLY OF LABOUR AS A RESULT OF IMMIGRATION, A CLOSER BALANCE BETWEEN THE DEMAND FOR LABOUR AND THE SUPPLY OF IT WAS STARTING TO DEVELOP IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1979.

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IN SUPPORT OF THIS VIEW, THE REPORT INDICATES THAT THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE INCREASED DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1980 AND WAGES, AT LEAST IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WHERE THE DEPRESSING EFFECT OF IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WAS PROBABLY MORE SERIOUS THAN IN OTHER SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, DECLINED IN REAL TERMS ALTHOUGH IN MONEY TERMS THEY INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY. ALSO DESPITE THE PERSISTENTLY STRONG DEMAND FOR LABOUR IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, THE RATE OF INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION WAGE RATES HAD BEEN SLOWING DOWN, PRESUMABLY BECAUSE A LARGE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS WERE ATTRACTED INTO THIS INDUSTRY.

PRODUCTION

ON PRODUCTION, THE REPORT GIVES PARTICULAR EMPHASIS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN RELATION TO THE PROPERTY MARKET. IT POINTS OUT THAT WITH THE CONTINUATION OF STRONG DEMAND FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT BY BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS AND THE FACT THAT THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS BEEN OPERATING AT ITS CAPACITY LIMITS, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT CF SUITABLE LABOUR, THE GROWTH RATE OF OUTPUT OF THIS SECTOR IS DETERMINED LARGELY BY THE RATE OF EXPANSION OF THE INDUSTRY’S CAPACITY. THE REPORT ADDS THAT ALTHOUGH THE CONSTRAINT ON THE SUPPLY OF SKILLED LABOUR IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY UNDUE SHORTAGE OF UNSKILLED LABOUR.

THE REPORT SUGGESTS THAT EITHER BECAUSE DEMAND WAS BEING CURTAILED OR POSTPONED, OR BECAUSE SUPPLY HAD BEEN CATCHING UP WITH DEMAND- OVERHEATING WHICH CHARACTERISED THE PROPERTY MARKET GENERALLY AND RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION IN PARTICULAR IN 1979, HAD EASED CONSIDERABLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980 WITH THE RESALE PRICES FOR SOME RESIDENTIAL UNITS 10 PER CENT TO 20 PER CENT BELOW THEIR PEAKS AT END OF 1979.

HOWEVER, THE REPORT ALSO INDICATES THAT THE PRICES FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY HAVE CONTINUED TO INCREASE FAIRLY RAPIDLY BECAUSE OF GENERALLY KEEN DEMAND INCLUDING SOME SPECULATIVE DEMAND FOR THE FORMER AND A PERSISTENT DISCREPANCY BETWEEN SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN RESPECT OF TYPES AND LOCATIONS FOR THE LATTER.

AS FOR RENTALS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE FOR RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION, WHICH WERE UNDER RENT CONTROL EXCEPT IN RESPECT OF NEW LETTINGS, THEY HAD RECORDED QUITE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980.

PR ICES

THE REPORT EMPHASIZES THAT ALTHOUGH THE VARIOUS PRICE INDEXES, INCLUDING THE UNIT VALUE INDEXES OF IMPORTS AND DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980 THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1979, THE RATES OF INCREASE HAVE BEEN SLOWING DOWN. WITH THE PREVIOUS EXCESS DEMAND ON DOMESTIC RESOURCES BEING SATISFIED TO A LARGER EXTENT, DOMESTICALLY GENERATED INFLATION BECAME MUCH LESS IMPORTANT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980 THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO, AND IMPORTED INFLATION HAS BEEN DAMPENED TO SOME EXTENT BY THE STRENGTHENING OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1979 AND THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 1980.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1980

ALTHOUGH IT MAY TAKE TIME FOR THESE FAVOURABLE DEVELOPMENTS TO WORK THROUGH TO RETAIL PRICES, THERE IS A REAL PROSPECT OF INFLATION SLOWING DOWN IN COMING MONTHS. HOWEVER, THE REPORT EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER THE RATE OF INCREASE IN WORLD PRICES WHICH HAS CONTINUED TO BE RAPID AND OVER THE WEAKENING OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR IN MORE RECENT MONTHS- BOTH IMPLY THAT THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE INFLATIONARY PRESSURES INSOFAR AS THE EXTERNAL UNDERLYING FACTORS ARE CONCERNED.

COMMENTS

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE FACT THAT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980, THE ECONOMY IS CONTINUING ON THE EXPORT-LED GROWTH PATH ESTABLISHED LAST YEAR IS ENCOURAGING, ESPECIALLY WHEN VIEWED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND THAT THE ECONOMIES GF SOME OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS APPEARED TO BE MOVING INTO A RECESSION.

IN LINE WITH A CLOSER BALANCE BETWEEN THE DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC RESOURCES AND THE SUPPLY OF THEM, THERE IS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY THAT DOMESTICALLY GENERATED INFLATION WILL EASE FURTHER IN THE COMING MONTHS BUT PROSPECTS AS REGARDS IMPORTED INFLATION REMAIN LESS PROMISING.

IN GENERAL, THE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980 REMAINED GOOD, ALTHOUGH IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS CAN BE SUSTAINED AT SUCH A HIGH LEVEL UNTIL THE END OF THIS YEAR.

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CHILDREN OF NEW TOWNS WANT TO DEVELOP SENSE OF BELONGING *****

CHILDREN WILL BE GROWING UP IN THE NEW TERRITORIES NEW TOWNS WHO KNOW NO OTHER PLACE AND WHO WANT TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING, REGIONAL COMMISSIONER FOR THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, W JIMMY SWEETMAN, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT A ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST MEETING, MR SWEETMAN SAID BECAUSE OF THIS THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WAS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING COMMUNITY SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES THAT WOULD HELP TO BRING ABOUT THIS SENSE OF BELONG INGAND IN THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSED TO BRING ABOUT A VERY REAL MEASURE OF DECENTRALISATION NOT ONLY OF OUR POLITICAL ADMINISTRATION BUT TO GIVE THE PEOPLE GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A VOICE IN THEIR OWN AFFAIRS AND TO INSIST THAT LOCAL PROBLEMS WERE DEALT WITH LOCALLY BY THOSE GOVERNMENT OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE VARIOUS TASKS WHICH GOVERNMENT HAD TO PERFORM.

/MB SWEETMAN .....

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1980

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MR SWEETMAN SAID THE BUILDING OF FOUR NEW TOWNS IN THE NORTHWEST REGION AND THE SEARCH FOR NEW AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT DEPENDED ON MANY FACTORS. WATER WAS NO LONGER A SERIOUS CONSTRAINT BUT A GREAT DEAL OF SOFT FILL WAS REQUIRED BEFORE ANY LAND WAS FIT FOR DEVELOPMENT - AND THERE WERE ALREADY MANY DEMANDS FOR SUCH FILL.

HE SAID GOVERNMENT HAD APPOINTED CONSULTANTS TO SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE AREAS TO PROVIDE THE EARTH REQUIRED AND IT WAS HOPED THAT IN MANY CASES THE BORROW AREAS COULD ALSO BE USED FOR DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS THOSE FLAT AREAS WHICH HAD BEEN FILLED UP.

THE NEXT REQUIREMENT, SAID MR SWEETMAN, WAS CAPITAL TO CARRY OUT THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ON WHICH TO SPEND THE CAPITAL FUNDS.

♦MOREOVER, WITHOUT A GREAT DEAL MORE RESEARCH AND COMPARISON OF ONE AREA WITH ANOTHER, WE CANNOT REACH A SENSIBLE LONG-TERM DECISION ON HOW AND WHERE AND AT WHAT PACE DEVELOPMENT SHOULD PROCEED,* HE ADDED.

MR SWEETMAN SAID WE HAD ALSO TO LOOK AT THE MARKETABILITY OF THE REAL ESTATE PRODUCED IN THE NEW TOWNS.

♦IN THEORY, THERE IS SUCH A DESPERATE HOUSING SHORTAGE THAT ONE MAY BE TEMPTED TO CONCLUDE THAT ANYTHING WILL SELL ANYWAY.

♦HOWEVER, THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE CASE,+ HE SAID, +BECAUSE WE MUST PROCEED WITH BALANCED DEVELOPMENT, WITH COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS BEING DEVELOPED TO EMPLOY THE LOCAL POPULATION AND WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THE COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO MAKE A NEW TOWN MORE ATTRACTIVE AND THUS TEMPT PEOPLE TO MOVE TO A NEW LIFE IN A FRESH ENVIRONMENT.*

HE SAID ACHIEVING THE RIGHT BALANCE IN THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND WE COULD NOT CONTINUE TO PUT MOST OF OUR EFFORT INTO BUILDING PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES. +IF WE DO, THERE WOULD BE INSUFFICIENT JOBS TO EMPLOY THE PEOPLE AND INSUFFICIENT SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE A FULL EDUCATIONAL RANGE IN THE VICINITY.+

EVEN IF WE HAD A FULL RANGE OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT IN A NEW TOWN, MR SWEETMAN SAID, WE WOULD STILL HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR A LOT OF COMMUTING TO AND FROM THE URBAN AREA AND CONVENIENT TRANSPORT BETWEEN THE BRANCHES AND HEADQUARTERS OF VARIOUS ENTERPRISES AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

♦I VERY STRONGLY FEEL THAT THE KEY TO OUR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS IS TO PROVIDE A REGULAR, RAPID, RELIABLE AND COMFORTABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM BECAUSE IT IS ONLY THAT WHICH IS GOING TO TEMPT CAR OWNERS OUT OF THEIR CARS AND OTHERS OUT TO THE NEW TOWNS.+

MR SWEETMAN SAID THERE WERE GOING TO BE VERY LARGE MOVEMENTS CF POPULATION IN THE NEXT 10 OR 20 YEARS INTO THE NEW TOWNS, NOT ONLY IN THE NORTHWEST REGION BUT IN OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG.

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♦A MOST IMPORTANT TASK OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENTS THAT WORK WITH IT IS TO ENSURE THESE NEW TOWNS ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY BETTER PLACES THAN THE URBAN AREA.

+IF WE FAIL IN THIS TASK, THEN THE MOVE TO THE NEW TOWNS WILL BE A RELUCTANT ONE AND WILL HAVE A SERIOUS EFFECT ON THE PROGRESS OF OUR SOCIETY TOWARDS A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE,+ MR SWEETMAN SAID.

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MINIATURE +KEYING+ DESPATCHED TO BRITAIN

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AN ACCURATE SCALE MODEL OF THE JUNK +KEYING* WILL BE SENT TO BRITAIN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND EXHIBITED DURING THE HONG KONG IN LONDON FESTIVAL. IT WILL BE DISPLAYED EVENTUALLY IN LONDON UNTIL THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE EXHIBITION, ON THE BANK OF THE RIVER THAMES, WILL PRESENT DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE ORIGINAL +KEYING+, ITS VOYAGE FROM HONG KONG TO ENGLAND AND THE AIMS BEHIND SUCH AN ARDUOUS TRIP.

THE 1:50 SCALE MODEL, BELONGING TO THE URBAN COUNCIL’S MUSEUM OF HISTORY, WAS BUILT BY ZAKOSKE SCALE MODELS LIMITED, ONE OF THE VERY FEW PROFESSIONAL MODEL BUILDERS IN THE WORLD.

BEFORE CONSTRUCTING THIS MODEL, THE COMPANY CARRIED OUT DETAILED RESEARCH INTO THE ORIGINAL JUNK TO ENSURE THAT IT WOULD ACCURATELY PORTRAY THE JUNK IN EVERY RESPECT.

THE SPECIAL PACKING REQUIRED FOR THE MODEL WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE MODEL’S BUILDER WHO IS A SPECIALIST IN THIS FIELD.

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REFRESHER COURSE FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

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TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO IMPROVE THEIR SPOKEN ENGLISH AT A REFRESHER COURSE RUN BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL AT THE REQUEST OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE OF 90 HOURS DURATION, WILL BE HELD ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FROM SEPTEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 18.

THERE WILL BE A MORNING SESSION FROM 9 AM TO 11.30 AM AND, IF PARTICIPANTS PREFER, AN AFTERNOON SESSION FROM 2 PM TO 4.30 PM.

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+ THE MAIN AIMS OF THE COURSE ARE TO IMPROVE THE TEACHERS’ FLUENCY AND CONFIDENCE IN USING SPOKEN ENGLISH, TO MAKE THEM A MORE ACCURATE MODEL OF ENGLISH FOR THEIR PUPILS, AND TO INTRODUCE THEM TO A RANGE OF COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

AS A FOLLOW-UP TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE PARTICIPANTS’ SPOKEN PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THOSE WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE REFRESHER COURSE TO ENROL FOR ONE TERM OF ABOUT THREE MONTHS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSES AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

THERE WILL BE PLACES FOR 25 TEACHERS ON EACH COURSE AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO TEACHERS WHO ARE ALSO ENGLISH SUBJECT PANEL CHAIRMEN.

ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, 253-261 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

REPLY SLIPS SHOULD BE RETURNED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11 TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, ENGLISH, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5TH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-774001 EXT. 30.

A SIMILAR REFRESHER COURSE WILL BE RUN IN JANUARY NEXT

YEAR

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TEXTILE INDUSTRY MANPOWER REPORT PUBLISHED *****

TO REMAIN VIABLE AND COMPETITIVE, THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY MUST INVEST NOT ONLY IN THE LATEST MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY BUT ALSO IN MANPOWER TRAINING WITH THE AIM OF INCREASING THE SUPPLY OF CRAFTSMEN, TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS.

THIS IS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IN A REPORT ON THE FIFTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE INDUSTRY CONDUCTED BY THE BOARD LAST OCTOBER.

COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE NOW ON SALE AT $18 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THE REPORT CONTAINS DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, A FORECAST OF THE FUTURE DEMANDS OF STAFF AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES TO MEET THESE NEEDS.

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PLB ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG *****

A NUMBER OF ROADS IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE CLOSED WHILE TWO WILL BE RE-OPENED TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 22).

THE ROADS TO BE CLOSED ARE WAI KEK STREET BETWEEN SHEK LEI STREET AND SHEK PAI STREET, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUNG CHI STREET, AND TAI PAK TIN STREET BETWEEN LEI MUK ROAD AND THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE FORMER SHEK YAM TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

PLB’S WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER OR OPERATE ON THESE ROADS UNLESS THEY HAVE WRITTEN AUTHORISATION BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

IN ADDITION, THE SECTION OF WAI KEK STREET BETWEEN TAI LOONG STREET AND SHEK LEI STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A PLB RESTRICTED ZONE AND PLB’S ON SOUTHBOUND JOURNEYS ON KWAI FUK ROAD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TURN LEFT INTO SHING FUK STREET.

THE TWO ROADS ON WHICH PROHIBITIONS ARE TO BE LIFTED ARE THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAYS OF SHING FUK STREET AND KWAI SHING CIRCUIT BETWEEN SHING FUK STREET AND TAI WO HAU ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AT THESE PLACES TO GUIDE PLB DR IVERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GREEN PAPER PROPOSALS FURTHER STEP FORWARD....................... 1

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN FIRST HALF' YEAR................... 4

MORE STUDENTS OPTING FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION .................... 8

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL aND ORDERS-ON-HAND......... 10

YOUTH CARNIVAL TICKETS SNAPPED UP............................... 11

AUCTION OF SPECLX CAR NUMBERS .................................. 12

PRESS CONFERENCE ON SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1980

GREEN PAPER PROPOSALS FURTHER STEP FORWARD SAYS GOVERNOR

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THE PROPOSALS IN THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ARE A +FURTHER STEP FORWARD+, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID TODAY.

THE GOVERNOR WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE 24TH TERM OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

HE SAID THE PROCESS OF CONSULTATION AT DISTRICT LEVEL HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED WITH THE FORMATION OF DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS.

♦ NOW YOUR GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING A FURTHER STEP FORWARD,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

♦WHILE MAINTAINING THE PRINCIPAL FEATURES OF THE PRESENT COMPOSITION OF DISTRICT BOARDS, THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES THE ADDITION OF A DIRECTLY ELECTED ELEMENT SO AS TO GIVE THEM GREATER AUTHORITY, TO STRENGTHEN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND TO INCREASE THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE BOARD AS A WHOLE.

♦THESE PROPOSALS HAD BEEN RECEIVED WITH INTEREST AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THEY WERE GENERALLY WELL SUPPORTED.♦

SIR MURRAY PAID TRIBUTE TO THE KUK WHO HE SAID RECOGNISED THE NEED TO EVOLVE NEW CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE LARGE NUMBER OF NEW ARRIVALS IN THE TOWNS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND WHO REALISED HOW VITALLY IMPORTANT IT WAS TO CREATE A SENSE OF LOCAL CONCERN TO THE WAY THE TOWNS, THEIR AMENITIES AND THEIR HOUSING ESTATES WERE MANAGED AND DEVELOPED.

WE ARE CLOSELY WATCHING REACTIONS TO THOSE PARTS OF OUR PROPOSALS WHICH INVOLVE ELECTIONS AND WILL BE GUIDED BY THEM,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

BUT IN ANY CASE OUR AIM IS A SATISFYING LIFE IN A SATISFACTORY COMMUNITY AND THIS ONLY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP CAN CREATE.

WE BELIEVE THIS PARTNERSHIP WILL BE DIFFICULT TO CULTIVATE UNLESS THOSE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO - HOWEVER SELECTED - ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES DIRECTLY IN THOSE ASPECTS WHICH INTEREST THEM OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THEY LIVE, AND USE THE OPPORTUNITY WITH ENERGY AND RESPONSIB ILITY.+

HOwEVER, SAID SIR MURRAY, STRENGTHENING DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD SERVE NO PURPOSE UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF WAS ABLE TO REACT POSITIVELY TO ADVICE RECEIVED EITHER BY TAKING ACTION OR BY PROVIDING SOUND EXPLANATION WHY NOT.

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REGIONAL OFFICES MUST THEREFORE BE PROGRESSIVELY STAFFED BY OFFICERS WITH SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE, AUTHORITY AND RESOURCES TO SOLVE LOCAL PROBLEMS.

THERE WOULD BE IMPLICATIONS TOO FOR THE WAY IN WHICH DEPARTMENTS WERE ORGANISED- WITH A NEW EMPHASIS ON A REGIONAL OR DISTRICT BASE.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, SOME, LIKE THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ITSELF, THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WERE ALREADY LARGELY SO DEPLOYED.

OTHERS WOULD HAVE TO ADJUST AND THIS WOULD TAKE TIME BUT IT MUST HAPPEN AND WAS HAPPENING.

FOR INSTANCE THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD ALREADY SET UP THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS AN INDEPENDENT COMPONENT WITH REGIONAL OFFICERS APPOINTED AT THE LEVEL OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

SIMILARLY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN REORGANISED ON A REGIONAL BASIS.

+ BUT ALL DEPARTMENTS WHOSE ACTIVITIES DIRECTLY IMPINGE UPON THE DAILY LIFE OF PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN ASKED TO EXAMINE HOW THEY CAN ADAPT THEMSELVES TO THIS NEW ORDER, SO THAT THEY WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION BOTH TO RECEIVE AND TO RESPOND TO THE ADVICE AND REQUESTS OF THE RESIDENTS OF EACH DISTRICT QUICKLY AND CONSTRUCTIVELY,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR MURRAY SAID IN THE SHORT TIME SINCE HE HAD ATTENDED THE 1978 INAUGURATION THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAD VISIBLY QUICKENED, SO MUCH SO THAT THERE WAS HARDLY A PLACE IN THE LOWLAND AREAS WHICH WAS NOT AFFECTED.

IT WAS NOW NOT SUFFICIENT MERELY TO TALK OF OUR THREE NEW TOWNS BECAUSE THE SWEEP OF DEVELOPMENT EXTENDED TO TAI PO, FANLING AND YUEN LONG, AND AT ALL THESE PLACES WORK WAS IN PROGRESS ON LAND RECLAMATION, HOUSING ESTATES AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

+IN ORDER TO MITIGATE THE FAR-REACHING EFFECT THESE DENSELY POPULATED URBAN CENTRES WILL HAVE ON THE SURROUNDING LOW-LYING LAND YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS INITIATED DEVELOPMENT AND LANDSCAPE STUDIES BY SPECIALIST CONSULTANTS AND THESE REPORTS WILL BE A GREAT HELP IN DETERMINING FUTURE MEASURES TO PLAN THE wAY THESE LOW-LYING AREAS SHOULD THEMSELVES DEVELOP- HOW WE SHOULD PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE MOST VALUABLE AND BEAUTIFUL FEATURES OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT - THE HILLS, TREES AND VILLAGES- HOW THE ORDERLY EXPANSION OF VILLAGES MAY TAKE PLACE-AND THE NEED FOR MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO REDUCE POLLUTION OF THE LAND AND WATERCOURSES,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, HE SAID, HE WAS GLAD THAT THE KUK CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT, HAD MADE HIS CASE FOR MORE ACTIVE ATTENTION TO BE PAID TO VILLAGE EXTENSION AREAS.

THE SMALL HOUSE POLICY wAS FORMULATED TO HELP VILLAGERS IN NEED TO BUILD HOUSES FOR THEMSELVES.

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THE LANDSCAPE STUDIES TO WHICH HE REFERRED HAD SUGGESTED WAYS IN WHICH THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED IN PLACES WHERE LAND RESOURCES WERE LIMITED.

+BUT AS YOU ALL KNOW THE LAND NEEDED FOR VILLAGE EXPANSION AND EXTENSION IS OFTEN PRIVATELY OWNED, AND ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM IS TO FIND A MEANS TO ACQUIRE IT AND THEN TO ENSURE THAT THE SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT IS PROPERLY PLANNED WITH THE NECESSARY PATHS, DRAINS AND ACCESS,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

+1 UNDERSTAND FROM THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES THAT A JOINT WORKING GROUP WILL BE ESTABLISHED TO EXAMINE THIS PROBLEM AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.*

SIR MURRAY SAID COUNTRY PARKS COVERING THE WHOLE OF THE UPLAND AND REMOTE AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAD BEEN FORMALLY ESTABLISHED. THERE WAS ALREADY VISIBLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PARKS AND OF MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO EXPAND THEIR CAPACITY TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION AND ENJOYMENT.

+1 AM GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND COOPERATION OF THE RURAL COMMITTEES AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK IN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAMME- AND, ON THE RELATED SUBJECT, THEIR HELP AND ADVICE IN DEALING WITH THE PERENNIAL PROBLEM OF HILL FIRES.+

THE LEADERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK HAD THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY GIVEN THE GOVERNMENT USEFUL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, SIR MURRAY SAID.

THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE KUK AND THE RURAL COMMITTEES WOULD PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART AT THIS TIME OF TRANSITION AND CHANGE IN ENSURING THE GROWTH OF A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SIR MURRAY SAID IN THE MIDST OF THIS +EXCITING PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE+ HE HAD TO THANK MR LAU FOR HIS TIMELY ADVICE NOT TO OVERLOOK THE NEEDS OF VILLAGES.

+1 AM GLAD TO SAY ELECTRICITY IS BEING CONNECTED TO SOME OF THE FEW REMAINING VILLAGES IN SAI KUNG WITHOUT A SUPPLY, AND THAT THE STREET LIGHTING, WATER SUPPLY AND LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMMES, WHICH ARE SO VITAL TO THE WELL BEING OF VILLAGES, WILL CONTINUE.*

THE HEUNG YEE KUK WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1926 AND MADE A STATUTORV BODY IN I960. MR LAU WONG-FAT WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN AT THE 24TH TERM ELECTIONS HELD AT THE END OF MAY, SUCCEEDING MR STEPHEN wONG. MR LIU YUN-SUM WAS ELECTED FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN AND MR TSANG LIN SECOND VICE-CHAIRMAN.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1983

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN FIRST HALF YEAR

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO JUNE 1980, VALUED AT .,96 332 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 35 PER CENT AS COMPARED a'ITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1979. DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY -13 PER CENT TO 531 122 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 35 PER CENT TO 551 973 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 44 PER CENT TO $13 237 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 36 PER CENT.

THESE AND OTHER DETAILED STATISTICAL TRADE FIGURES WERE RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS

ARE AS FOLLOWS :

JAN - JUNE 80 JAN - JUNE 79 INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE DECREASE

(HK$ M.) (HK$ M.) (HK$ M.) CHANGE

U.S.A. 10 414 7 838 + 2 576 + 33

F.R. OF GERMANY 3 391 2 640 751 28

U.K. 3 128 2 618 + 510 + 19

JAPAN 1 036 1 188 152 13

AUSTRALIA 895 753 + 142 + 19

SINGAPORE 828 622 + 206 + 33

NETHERLANDS 737 579 + 158 + 27

CANADA 762 707 + 55 + 8

CHINA 680 164 + 516 315

SWITZERLAND 633 391 + 242 62

GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. MARKET REMAINED BUOYANT, WITH SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN CLOTHING (BY 3718 MILLION Cfi 23 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $340 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $286 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY S251 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT), AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $193 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT).

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE NOTED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING (BY $410 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $66 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $56 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT) TO THE WEST GERMAN MARKET.

GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO U.K. WAS RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY S161 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $73 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $56 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT) TO THIS MARKET.

THE DOWNWARD TREND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN CONTINUED. MARKED DECREASES WERE NOTED MAINLY FOR FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND THEIR PREPARATIONS (BY $60 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING (BY $56 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW :

JAN - JUNE 80 (HK$ M.) JAN - JUNE 79 INCREASE PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HK$ M.) (HK$ M.)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 10 588 8 679 1 909 + 22

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 5 □82 3 828 + 1 254 33

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 3 326 2 000 + 1 326 51

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING apparatus AND EQUiPMENT 2 361 1 575 + 786 + 53

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 158 1 761 + 397 + 23

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 2 325 1 341 + 684 51

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CHANGES IN AS FOLLOWS :

IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARIZED

JAN - JUNE 80 JAN (HK$ M.) - JUNE 79 (HK$ M.) INCREASE (HKS M.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 11 654 8 908 + 2 746 * 31

CHINA 9 629 6 438 + 3 221 + 50

U.S.A. 6 479 4 597 + 1 882 + 41

TAIWAN 3 652 2 733 + 919 + 34

SINGAPORE 3 376 2 023 + 1 353 + 67

U.K. 2 536 1 910 + 626 + 33

R. OF KOREA 1 751 1 153 + 598 4 52

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 443 1 289 154 + 12

Switzerland 1 341 1 189 4 152 + 13

THAILAND 801 624 + 177 * 28

IN CONTRAST WITH DECLINING DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN, LOCAL DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY $435 MILLION OR 93 PER CENT) TEXTILES (BY $328 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY,’ APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $273 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $277 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT), AND IRON AND STEEL (EY $271 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM CHINA WERE MAINLY PETROLEUM AND RcLATtD PfODUCTS (BY $553 MILLION OR 91 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY £453 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $430 MILLION OR 118 PER CENT), LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY $148 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), AND MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $115 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS ANI PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS BY $391 1^ ILLION OR 164 PER CENT), TEXTILE FIBRES AND THEIR „ASTES (EY $278 MLLION OR 7Q PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $204 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT), AND cLcCTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $130 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE SUPPLY OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $1 092 MILLION OR 101 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE AS *ELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (EY $183 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $108 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN.

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

JAN - JUNE 80 JAN - JUNE 79 INCREASE PERCENTAGE (HKS M.) (HK$ M.) (HKS M.) CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY EY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 15 690 12 446 + 3 244 26

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 11 486 8 357 + 3 129 + 37

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 7 495 5 456 + 2 039 37

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 5 171 4 346 + 825 + 19

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 4 264 3 008 + 1 256 + 42

MINERAL FUELS, LIERICANTS AND RELA-ED MATERIALS 3 682 1 965 + 1 717 87

AS FOR RE-EXPORTS, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN THOSE TO CHINA (BY $1 218 MILLION OR 274 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY S466 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY 3345 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $339 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT), THE U.K. (BY 4286 MILLION OR 276 PER CENT), NIGERIA (BY 3186 MILLION OR 170 PER CENT). MACAU (BY $171 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT), AND THE F.R. OF GERMANY (BY 3144 MILLION OR 84 PER CENT). GN THE OTiER HAND, A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE WAS REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORT> TO JAPAN (EY £285 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GR)WTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING BATCHES AND CLOCKS (B< $407 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY 5369 MILLION OR 70 PER CE'iT), CLOTHING (BY $281 MILLION OR 74 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY 3268 MILLION OR 137 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $228 4ILLI0N OR 86 PER CENT), AND NON-FERROUS METALS (BY 3215 MILLION OR 151 PER CENT).

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THE TRADE INDEX NUMBERS FOR MAY 1980 (1973 FOLLOWS :

100) WERE AS

VALUE INDEX UNIT VALUE INDEX QUANTUM INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 368 177 238

IMPORTS 391 181 216

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX, EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE UNIT VALUE INDEX FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THAT FOR IMPORTS, FOR NAY 1980 WAS 98.

♦THE HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS - SUMMARY*, A REPORT ON HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN JUNE,1980, WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $3 A COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE MONTH’S IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE AT $10 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SALES OF PUBLICATIONS SECTION OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG (TEL NO 5-214375).

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MORi YOUNG PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE ARE NOW EAGER TO JOIN TECHNICA. INSTITUTE COURSES AS THE IMAGE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR DAN WATERS SAID TODAY.

SPEXKING AT THE REGULAR LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUE OF (OwLOON WEST ON +THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG (ONG+, MR WATERS SAID THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS FOR EVERY SINGLE POST-FORM V FULL-TIME PLACE IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAD JUMPED FROM 4.5 IN 1975 TO 10.4 IN SEPTEMBER 1979.

+CRAFT LEVEL COURSES HAVE NEVER BEEN QUITE SO POPULAR AS TECHNICIAN COURSES. HOWEVER, IN 1975 WE HAD 2.6 QUALIFIED APPLICANTS FOR EVERY SINGLE FULL-TIME CRAFT LEVEL PLACE. BY SEPTEMBER 1979 THIS FIGURE HAD INCREASED TO 3.6,+ HE ADDED.

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RECALLING THE TIME WHEN HE JOINED THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 26 YEARS AGO, MR WATERS SAID THERE WERE THEN ONLY 20 PEOPLE ENGAGED FULL-TIME IN VOCATIONAL TYPE TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG COMPARED WITH WELL OVER 1 130 TODAY.

MORRISON HILL WAS THE FIRST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE BUT IN THE FIVE YEARS BETWEEN 1975 AND 1979, A FURTHER FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES CAME ON STREAM.

+THERE MUST BE FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT CAN BOAST THE GROWTH THAT TOOK PLACE IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AS DID HONG KONG, IN THE 197O’S,+ HE SAID.

MR WATERS RECALLED THAT IN THE EARLY 197O’S PEOPLE WERE RATHER PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE PROPOSED EXPANSION OF PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES.

+ THEY HAVE BEEN PROVED WRONG. IN 1970 WE HAD LESS THAN 600 PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE STUDENTS AT MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE. DURING THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR, 1979/80, WE HAD A TOTAL OF ALMOST 8 000 PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE STUDENTS IN ALL OUR FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

+THIS GIVES US AN EXPANSION OF SOMETHING LIKE THIRTEEN FOLD, IN THIS MODE OF STUDY, WITHIN A TEN-YEAR PERIOD,* MR WATERS SAID.

AND WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG?

MR WATERS, ANSWERING HIS OWN QUESTION, EXPECTED THAT IT WOULD CONTINUE TO KEEP ON BUILDING UP AND AS A RESULT REMAIN AUSPICIOUS.

+EXTRA FLOORS AND ANNEXES WILL BE ADDED TO EXISTING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE SIXTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE SHOULD COME ON STREAM, AT TUEN MUN, HOPEFULLY BY 1985.

♦IN ADDITION, LARGE NUMBER OF DIPLOMA AND CERTIFICATE COURSES ARE PLANNED TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE POLYTECHNIC TO THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OVER THE FOUR-YEAR PERIOD COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER 1981.

*wl"H RAPID ADVANCES BEING MADE IN TECHNOLOGY, TECHNICAL EDUCATION MUST INCREASE IN IMPORTANCE AND I CAN FORESEE CONSIDERABLE DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE DECADE THAT LIES AHEAD,* HE SAID.

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TOLAY RELEASED CRDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS AS FOLLOWS:

ORDERS-ON-HAND IN TERMS OF MONTHS

INDUSTRY GROUP MY 1980 JUNE 1980

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 5.2 5.0

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 2.6 2. 6

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4.5 4.2

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 4.4 4.3

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MACHINERY, APPARATUS, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES 4.9 5.2

OTHERS 4.0 3.8

ALL MANUFACTURING 4.5 4.4

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THESE STATISTICS WERE EASED ON AN UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SELECTED BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979.

AS THE PANEL IS NOT A SCIENTIFICALLY DESIGNED SAMPLE, RESULTS OBTAINED WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE ONLY OF THE COMPANIES INCLUDED.

IT IS HOPED HOWEVER THAT THEY WILL GENERALLY INDICATE THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AS A aHOLE, HE SAID.

THE MONTHLY SURVEY ALSO ASKS QUESTIONS ON EMPLOLYMENT AND PAYROLL AND COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS BESIDES THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR JUNE I960 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMEhT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT SI A COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO 5-274203.

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YOUTH CARNIVAL TICKETS SNAPPED UP

KX * K

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CARNIVAL TO BE HELD THIS SUNDAY (AUGUST 24) AT SHA TIN RACE COURSE HAS RECEIVED OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC.

THE CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE TO OFFER A DAY OF FUN TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE YOUNG AT HEART.

+THE POPULARITY OF THE PROGRAMME IS SUCH THAT ALL ADMISSION TICKETS WERE SNAPPED UP IN TWO DAYS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID.

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN TICKETS MAY HOWEVER STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME AT HOME. THE POP CONCERT IN THE CARNIVAL FEATURING POPULAR LOCAL SINGER JENNY YAN WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO HONG KONG CHANNELS 1 AND 2 BEGINNING AT 6.04 PM THAT DAY.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED TICKET-HOLDERS THAT EACH TICKET ADMITS ONE PERSON ONLY, AND THIS APPLIES TO CHILDREN.

THOSE GOING TO THE CARNIVAL ARE URGED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN VIEW OF LIMITED PARKING SPACES AT THE RACE COURSE.

FOR THEIR CONVENIENCE, THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL UP-TRAINS LEAVING HUNG HOM STATION AT 1.42 PM AND 2.01 PM AND ARRIVING AT THE RACE COURSE AT 2.01 PM AND 2.23 PM RESPECTIVELY.

TWO SPECIAL DOWN-TRAINS WILL LEAVE THE RACE COURSE AT 8.28 PM AND 8.50 PM. IN ADDITION, TWO NORMAL DOWN-TRAINS WILL STOP AT THE RACE COURSE AT 8.32 PM AND 9.03 PM TO PICK UP PASSENGERS RETURNING TO KOWLOON.

RETURN RAILWAY TICKETS AT $4 EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT HUNG HOM STATION FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

SPECTATORS MAY ALSO USE KMB SERVICE ROUTE NO. 888 WHICH WILL TAKE THEM FROM SHA TIN TOWN TO THE RACE COURSE AT 20-MINUTE INTERVALS SHA TIN TOWN IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY FEEDER BUS ROUTE NO. 70M FROM KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION.

THE CARNIVAL

IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER

IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER, THE CARNIVAL WILL BE POSTPONED TO THE FOLLOWING DAY (MONDAY) WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY. IF THIS IS NECESSARY, AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE OVER THE RADIO ON SUNDAY AND TICKETS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS WILL BE REFUNDED.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1980

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * * *

ANOTHER BATCH OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL BE

AUCTIONED ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 23) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL

LECTURE HALL.

THERE WILL BE 34 SPECIAL NUMBERS FOR BIDDING:

HK 6328 CF 632 CE 4200 CF 1081 CF 2238

CE 9995 CE 3218 AK 316 CH 8888 CF 635

CE 3900 AS 15 CG 2 CG 55 CF 987

CF 911 CF 3399 CH 88 CH 3388 CF 933

CE 9616 CC 222 CH 3 BM 323 CF 148

AY 1132 CC 300 CD 6060 CH 1 CF 283

CE 3280 CC 898 XX 564 CF 1789

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

AFTERWARDS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE NUMBERS WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME CF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 56TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

PRESS CONFERENCE ON SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT

■X X X X X

A PRESS CONFERENCE GIVING DETAILS OF THE SALE BY TENDER OF A 26 250 SQUARE METRE SITE ON WHICH A LARGE PART OF THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL BE BUILT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM AT SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 22) AT 13.33 AM.

THE TENDER, WHICH WILL BE RESTRICTED TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, aILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 19.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF YOUR STAFF TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE. GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT wILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE THE PRtSS TO SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, LEAVING KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.45 AM. FOR PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY, THt DISTRICT OFFICE IS SITUATED IN TUNG LO WAN ROAD, SHA TIN.

MR DONALD STRANGE OF THE NTA PRESS UNIT WILL BE PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE TO ASSIST AND ALSO TO ARRANGE PERSONAL INTERVIEWS.

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

Wednesday, August 20, 1980

SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE 24TH TERM OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK ON AUGUST 20, 1980 AT THE TSUEN WaN TOWN HhLL_______________________________

When I attended the inauguration ceremony of the 23rd Term of the Heung Yee Kuk in 1978, it was six years since I had attended a similar ceremony. This time the interval is only two years and in this short time the pace of development and change in the New Territories has visibly quickened, so much so that there is hardly a place in the lowland areas of the New Territories which is not affected. It is now not sufficient merely to talk of our three new towns because the sweep of development extends to Tai Po, Fanling and Yuen Long, and at all these places work is in progress on land reclamation, housing r- • estates and industrial areas.

In order to mitigate the far-reaching effect these densely populated urban centres will have on the surrounding low-lying land, your Government has initiated development and landscape studies by specialist consultants and these reports will be a great help in determining future measures to plan development; how we should preserve and protect the most valuable and beautiful features of

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the natural environment - the hills, trees and villages; how the orderly expansion of villages may take place; and the need for more effective action to reduce pollution of the land and watercourses.

In this connection I am glad, lir Lau, that you have made your case for more active attention to be paid to village cxten^ipn areas. The small house policy was formulated to help villagers in need to build houses for -------------------- •“  -----’• • 7—•“ — — • .. .. _ ... . . _ themselves. The landscape studies to which I referred have suggested ways in which this could be achieved in places where land resources are limited. But as you all know, the land needed for village expansion and extension is often privately owned, and one of the solutions to this problem is to find a means to acquire it and then to ensure that the subsequent development is properly planned with the necessary paths, drains and access. I understand, from the Secretary for the Nev; Territories, that a joint working group will be established to examine this problem and to make recommendations.

Since I last spoke to you, Country Parks covering the whole of the upland and remote areas of the New Territories have been established. There is already visible improvement in the management of the Parks and of measures being taken to expand their capacity to provide opportunities for recreation and enjoyment. I am grateful for the help and co-operation of the Rural Committee and the Heung Yee Kuk in successfully completing this formative part of the programme; and, on the related subject, their help and advice in dealing with the perennial problem of hill fires and litter.

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When I attended the inauguration ceremony of the 2^rd Term of the Heung Yee Kuk in 1978, I mentioned that the processes of consultation at district level had been strengthened with the formation of the District Advisory Boards, Now your Government is proposing.a further step forward. While maintaining the principal features of the present composition of District Boards, the Green Paper on district administration proposes the addition of a directly elected element so as to give them greater authority, to strengthen their relationship with the local community, and to increase the public accountability of the Board as a whole. These proposals have been received with interest and in the New Territories they are generally well supported. I must pay tribute to the Kuk who recognise the need to evolve new channels of communication with the large number of new arrivals in the towns- of the Nev/ Territories and. who realise how vitally important it is to create a sense of local, concern about the way the towns, their amenities and their housing estates are managed and developed.

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We are closely watching reactions to those parts of our proposals which involve elections and will take full account of them. Our aim is a satisfying life in a satisfactory community- and only partnership between responsible government and responsible citizenship can create this. V/e believe this partnership will be difficult to cultivate unless those people who want to - however selected - are given an opportunity to involve themselves directly in the administration and leadership of the community in which they live, and use the opportunity with energy and responsibility.

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However, strengthening District Boards will serve no purpose unless the Government itself is able to react positively to advice received either by taking action or by providing a sound explanation why not. Regional Offices must therefore be progressively staffed by officers with sufficient experience, authority and resources to solve local problems.

There will be implications too for the way in which departments are organised; with a new emphasis on a regional or district base. In the New Territories some departments like the Nev/ Territories Administration itself, the Police and the Public Works Department are already largely so deployed. Some others will have to adjust and this will take time but it must happen and is happening. For instance the Urban Services Department has already set up the Nev/ Territories Services Department as an independent component with regional officers appointed at the level of Assistant Director. Similarly the Social Welfare Department has been reorganised on a regional basis. All departments whose activities directly impinge upon the daily life of people in each District have been asked to examine how they can adapt themselves to this new order, so that they will be in a better position both to receive and to respond to the advice and requests of the residents of each District quickly and constructively.

In the midst of these exciting physical and social changes I have to thank you, Mr Lau, for your timely advice, not to overlook the needs of villages. I am glad to say that electricity is being connected to some of the few remaining villages in Sai Kung without a supply, and

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that the street lighting, water supply and local public works programmes, which are so vital to the well-being of villages, will continue.

The leaders of the Heung Yee Kuk have throughout its history given the Government useful advice and assistance. The knowledge and experience of the Kuk and the Rural Committees will continue to play an important part at this time of transition and change in ensuring the growth of a stable and prosperous community in the New Territories.

Finally, I express my thanks to the outgoing Chairman and Members of the 23rd Term of the Kuk and to wish the new Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, and Councillors success, happiness and prosperity in the term ahead.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SURVEY INDICATES MODERATE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS ............ 1

WORK STARTS ON NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING .................. 2

DRnGON BOATS LAUNCHED ON THE THAMES ........................ 3

JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT EXPLAINED ............ 4

LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS SUMMER CAMP .......................... 5

GROUP PROMOTING WORKERS' RECREATION IN TUEN MUN HOLDING FIRST FUNCTION ............................ 5

FIELD STUDIES COURSE FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS ............... 6

OPENING OF CHINESE STYLE PAVILION AT SH/iM TSENG........ 7

HOLIDAY BUSINESS HOURS ..................................... 7

TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN WILLOW STREET ......................... 8

RE-OPENING OF SHOUSON HILL ROaD

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SURVEY INDICATES MODERATE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS ******

RESULTS OF A QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY HELD LAST MONTH INDICATE THAT MODERATE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS TOOK PLACE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1980 AND A FAIR LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER IS MAINTAINED FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE. GROWTH AND OPTIMISM, HOWEVER, COME MAINLY FROM THE SERVICES SECTORS.

A REPORT ON THE SURVEY, COMPILED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT 53 A COPY.

ABOUT 900 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, AND THEIR BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

IN THE MANUFACTURING DIVISION, PERFORMANCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER FELL SHORT OF PREVIOUS EXPECTATIONS GENERALLY, AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER IS AT A LOW LEVEL.

THE ’TEXTILES’ SECTOR REPORTED DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND PREDICTS THIS TO CONTINUE INTO THE NEXT QUARTER. THE ’ELECTRONICS’ SECTOR EXPERIENCED BUSINESS DECLINE IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND IS PESSIMISTIC ABOUT ITS IMMEDIATE PROSPECTS. BUSINESS CONFIDENCE OF THIS SECTOR IS PARTICULARLY WEAK COMPARED WITH THAT HELD AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

THE ’WEARING APPAREL’, ’FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS’ AND ’MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES’ SECTORS HAD PREVIOUSLY ANTICIPATED SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUARTER JUST PAST BUT THIS DID NOT MATERIALIZE. THESE SECTORS NOW PREDICT SOME DETERIORATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

THE ’PRINTING’, 'PLASTICS’ AND ’WATCHES AND CLOCKS’ SECTORS DID QUITE WELL IN THE SECOND QUARTER. THE ’PRINTING’ AND ’WATCHES AND CLOCKS’ SECTORS ANTICIPATE FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER BUT THE ’PLASTICS’ SECTOR PREDICTS A SLOW DOWN.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EXPECTS ITS STEADY BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO CARRY FORWARD INTO THE FOLLOWING QUARTER.

BOTH THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE’ AND ’RESTAURANTS’ SECTORS HAD A LOW SECOND QUARTER. THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE’ LOOK FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER. tfITHIN THE ’RESTAURANTS’ SECTOR, OPINIONS ABOUT PROSPECTS IN THIS QUARTER ARE VARIED, WITH AN OVERALL BALANCE ON THE ’DOWN’ SIDE. THIS REPRESENTS A SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN BUSINESS CONFIDENCE COMPARED WITH A YEAR AGO. THE ’HOTELS’ SECTOR EXPECTS A SLOW DOWN IN THE THIRD QUARTER. ITS PERFORMANCE IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER WAS NOT AS GOOD AS HAD BEEN EXPECTED EARLIER.

OTHER SERVICES SECTORS ALL DID WELL IN THE SECOND QUARTER, IN LINE WITH PREVIOUS EXPECTATIONS. ABOUT THE THIRD QUARTER, THE ’BANKS’ AND ’MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS SERVICES’ SECTORS DISPLAY MUCH CONFIDENCE WHILE THE ’TRANSPORTATION’ SECTOR EXPECTS LITTLE CHANGE FROM THE PRECEEDING QUARTER.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE DATA. OBTAINED a I TH A MINIMUM TIME LAG IN THE SURVEY, 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 IK 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’.

HE 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’ PERCEPTION 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 STATISTICAL TABLES AND.AN. ANALYSIS OF VARIOUS ECONOMIC VARIABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS

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WORK STARTS ON NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING * * * *

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING ON A SITE OFF QUEENSWAY THAT HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE BY THE RELEASE OF VICTORIA BARRACKS TO THE GOVERNMENT.

TENDERS WILL BE INVITED TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR THE FIRST STAGE OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDES SITE FORMATION AND CAISSON WORKS. WORK ON THIS STAGE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE 17-STOREY BUILDING WILL COMPRISE A SIX-FLOOR PODIUM AND AN 11-STOREY TOWER BLOCK. PHASE I IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1983 AND PHASE II ABOUT ONE YEAR LATER.

THE TOWER BLOCK WILL HOUSE 30 COURTS AND ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION. THE PODIUM, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY LINK UP *ITH A PROPOSED GOVERNMENT OFFICE BLOCK ON AN ADJOINING SITE, WILL PROVIDE PARKING, REGISTRAR’S CHAMBERS, THE SUPREME COURT LIBRARY, THE SUPREME COURT REGISTRY, DIVORCE AND PROBATE REGISTRIES, GENERAL AND PERSONNEL REGISTRIES, ACCOMMODATION FOR THE BAR ASSOCIATION, AND THE LAW SOCIETY AND A HOLDING UNIT FOR THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT.

VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE BUILDING WILL BE VIA A NEw ACCESS ROAD TO THE SOUTH WHEREAS PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WILL BE FROM QUEENSWAY TO THE NORTH, OPPOSITE ADMIRALTY MTR STATION.

THE OLD SUPREME COURT BUILDING, OFF STATUE SQUARE, IS CURRENTLY THE SUBJECT OF A STRUCTURAL INVESTIGATION FOLLOWING WHICH A DECISION a ILL BE MADE ON ITS FUTURE.

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DRAGON BOATS LAUNCHED ON THE THAMES * * * *

THE COLOUR AND FLAVOUR OF ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST POPULAR FESTIVALS *AS SEEN IN BRITAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THREE DRAGON BOATS WERE +BROUGHT TO LIFE* AT A TRADITIONAL EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY ON THE THAMES IN LONDON.

MR BRIAN SHAW, CHAIRMAN OF FURNESS WITHY, MR LAU YEE, AN ELDER OF THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN, AND MR DAVID FORD, HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, DOTTED THE EYES ON THE DRAGON’S HEAD PROWS AT ST KATHERINE’S PIER.

BEFORE THE CEREMONY, A TAOIST PRIEST, MR LAW YIN, DRESSED IN TRADITIONAL FLOWING ROBES, OFFERED PRAYERS AT AN ALTAR FOR THE GOOD FORTUNE OF THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN.

THE ALTAR ITSELF BORE OFFERINGS OF A ROAST PIG, STEAMED CHICKEN AND FRUIT AS IS THE CUSTOM ON SUCH OCCASIONS.

WHEN DOTTING THE EYES OF THE DRAGONS, MR SHAW, MR LAU AND NR FORD UTTERED THE ANCIENT PRAYER FOR FAIR WIND AND RAIN.

IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS, A TEAM MADE UP MAINLY OF HONG KONG STUDENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM CREWED ONE OF THE BOATS ON THE RIVER. TO THE RHYTHMIC BEAT OF GONGS AND DRUMS THEY PADDLED THE CRAFT UPRIVER AGAINST A STRONG CURRENT TOWARDS TOWER BRIDGE.

RIVERSIDERS AND TOURISTS CRUISING THE THAMES ON PLEASURE CRAFT WERE TAKEN BY SURPRISE WHEN THEY SAW THE DRAGON BOAT BY THE ERIDGE -- ONE OF LONDON’S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS.

THE CREW PADDLED THE BOAT UP AND DOWN RIVER FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND THEN RETURNED TO THE PIER TO COMPLETE YET ANOTHER TRADITIONAL CUSTOM OF THE OCCASION — THEY SHARED OUT THE ROAST PIG THAT WAS ON THE ALTAR AS AN OFFERING FOR GOOD FORTUNE.

wITH THE EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY COMPLETED, THE 18 TEAMS WHO r.^.O =NTERED TO COMPETE IN RACES DURING THE +HONG KONG IN LONDON+ FESTIVAL AT BATTERSEA PARK ON THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 20 - 21 a ILL BEGIN PRACTICE SESSIONS ON THE THAMES SOON.

THE TEAMS WILL COMPRISE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL CHINESE COMMUNITY, LONDON SPORTING CLUBS AND BUSINESS HOUSES WITH HONG KONG CONNECTION*. THEY a ILL BE COMPETING FOR TROPHIES DONATED BY THE C.Y. TUNG GROUP.

THE DRAGON BOATS THEMSELVES WERE DONATED BY THE TUNG GROUP AND SHIPPED FROM HONG KONG BY ORIENT OVERSEAS CONTAINER LINE (OOCL).

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JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT EXPLAINED ******

THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT IS SIMPLY A SYSTEM OF SELECTION AND ALLOCATION OF SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACES AND IT WOULD NOT INVOLVE THE PRESSURE OF A FULL-SCALE PUBLIC EXAMINATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED TODAY TO CLARIFY PUBLIC MISCONCEPTION.

FOR THOSE NOT ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACES, THERE IS ALWAYS THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION IN A PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL. THIS WILL, OF COURSE, INVOLVE PARENTS IN HAVING TO PAY THE FULL FEES. THERE ARE AT PRESENT OVER 200 SUCH SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG.

TO ALLAY FEARS, THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT THE SYSTEM OF SELECTION AND ALLOCATION IS BASED ON PUPILS’ ACHIEVEMENT IN THEIR SCHOOL’S MID-YEAR AND FINAL EXAMINATIONS IN FORM III.

AS DIFFERENT SCHOOLS MIGHT HAVE DIFFERENT METHODS OF ASSESSMENT AND STANDARDS OF MARKING, IT vVAS CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO HAVE A MEANS OF COMPARING THE GENERAL STANDARD OF PUPILS AMONG VARIOUS PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.

TO ACHIEVE THIS, A SCALING TEST WILL BE HELD IN THE BASIC SUBJECTS OF CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS TO ADJUST INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS OF DIFFERENT SCHOOLS TO MAKE THEM COMPARABLE.

+A PUPIL’S PERSONAL PERFORMANCE IN THE SCALING TEST WILL NOT BE COUNTED IN THE SELECTION AND ALLOCATION PROCESS,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

IN THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, THE GOVERNMENT STATED THAT THERE WILL BE PROVISION FOR ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE 15-16 AGE GROUP IN FORM IV OF AIDED SECTOR, PLUS OTHER AVENUES FOR THE REMAINING PUPILS WHO WISH TO PURSUE SOME OTHER FORMS OF POST-FORM-THREE EDUCATION.

THESE INCLUDE THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE COURSES, APPRENTICESHIP SCHEMES AND EVENING SENIOR SECONDARY CLASSES. THE TOTAL PROVISION IN FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME EDUCATION SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR 75 PER CENT OF THE AGE GROUP IN 1981, PROGRESSING TO 98 PER CENT BY 1985.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE FORM IV/V PLACES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS 'WHICH PUPILS MAY ATTEND BY PAYING FEES.

+TAKING ALL THESE OPPORTUNITIES INTO CONSIDERATION, PARENTS AND STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE OVER CONCERNED OR ANXIOUS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS SUMMER CAMP * * * *

LADY MACLEHOSE THIS MORNING RECEIVED A SURPRISE GIFT WHEN SHE VISITED THE SUMMER CAMP OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

IN ONE OF THE CAMP ROOMS WHERE SOME GIRL GUIDES WERE LEARNING SKILLS IN HANDICRAFT AND ARTWORK, A CAMPER PRESENTED A MAIL BAG SHE MADE HERSELF TO LADY MACLEHOSE AS A SOUVENIR.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, MRS SALLY LEUNG AND OTHER OFFICIALS OF THE ASSOCIATION, LADY MACLEHOSE TOURED THE CAMP SITE TO SEE OTHER GIRL GUIDES ENGAGED IN DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES.

SHE WAS AT THE ROLLER-SKATING RINK WHERE ABOUT 30 GUIDES WERE PRACTISING THE GAME UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRE’S INSTRUCTOR. SHE ALSO VISITED THE CENTRE’S SWIMMING POOL AND TALKED TO SEVERAL GIRLS SWIMMING THERE.

AT THE CENTRE’S ROPE-WALK AREA, LADY MACLEHOSE WAS SHOWN VARIOUS TYPES OF BALANCING EXERCISES PERFORMED BY THE GUIDES.

THE CAMP WAS ATTENDED BY 94 GIRL GUIDES BETWEEN 13 AND 17.

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A GROUP FORMED IN TUEN MUN IN JUNE TO PROMOTE RECREATION AND SPORT AMONG YOUNG LOCAL WORKERS HAS ARRANGED ITS FIRST FUNCTION.

THE GROUP HAS ORGANISED A LAUNCH PICNIC THIS SUNDAY (AUGUST 24) FOR 250 WORKERS TO LONG KE WAN, SAI KUNG.

THE WORKERS, FROM 20 FACTORIES, WILL BE TAKEN BY COACH FROM TUEN MUN TO BLAKE PIER, CENTRAL, WHERE THEY WILL BOARD THE LAUNCH FOR A WHOLE DAY TRIP.

THE GROUP, WHICH INCLUDES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF CARITAS AND LOCAL FACTORIES, IS SUPPORTED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WHICH HAS VOTED $10 000 TOWARDS THE COST OF THE PICNIC.

A BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID MORE THAN 1 003 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE FUNCTION AND A MEETING HAD HAD TO BE HELD aITH FACTORY REPRESENTATIVES TO ENSURE THAT PLACES WERE EVENLY ALLOCATED.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED INDICATED THE NEED FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THC NE'* TOWN. IT WAS HOPED THAT DURING THE LAUNCH TRIP VIEWS wOULD BE OBTAINED FROM WORKERS ABOUT WHAT SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE PROVIDED FOR THEM. THESE WOULD BE USED AS GUIDELINES FOR THE GROUP IN PLANNING FUTURE ACTIVITIES.

THERE ARE ABOUT 110 FACTORIES IN TUEN MUN, EMPLOYING MORE THAN 7 303 WORKERS. THE GROUP LIAISES REGULARLY WITH FACTORY MANAGEMENTS.

FIELD STUDIES COURSE FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS ******

THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL RUN AN ORIENTATION COURSE ON FIELD STUDIES FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS.

THE ONE-DAY COURSE WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 27 (SATURDAY) FROM 13 AM TO 4 PM AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE WITHIN THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

IT WILL INCLUDE LECTURES AND FIELD STUDIES IN THE SAI KUNG AREA. TWO OF THE LECTURES WILL BE DELIVERED IN ENGLISH AND THE OTHERS IN CANTONESE.

THE AIM IS TO FAMILIARISE GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS WITH THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE AND TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE SAI KUNG AREA IN WHICH FIELD COURSES WILL BE ORGANISED FOR THEIR MIDDLE/FORM 6 AND UPPER 6 STUDENTS IN 1980/81.

A FREE COACH SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED FROM KOWLOON TO THE CENTRE AND TO THE GEOGRAPHICAL SITES.

ENROLMENT IS LIMITED TO 80 AND PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TEACHERS FROM SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED FOR 1980/81 STUDENT FIELD COURSES.

ALL NOMINATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR (GEOGRAPHY), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5TH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG BY SEPTEMBER 13.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE (TEL 3-2814009) OR GEOGRAPHY SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE (5-774301 EXT. 44).

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

OPENING OF CHINESE STYLE PAVILION AT SHAM TSENG * * * *

A CHINESE STYLE PAVILION AT SHAM TSENG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH HAS BEEN BUILT BY TRAINEES OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 23) AT 11 AM.

OFFICIATING AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN,MR H.T. LUI, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, MR GEOFFREY YEH AND THE CHAIRMAN OF TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHAN LAU-FONG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY. A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.45 AM TO TAKE THE PRESS TO SHAM TSENG. MR DONALD STRANGE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PRESS UNIT WILL ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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HOLIDAY BUSINESS HOURS * * * *

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE *ILL BE ONE DELIVERY CF MAIL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 25), A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES AND 39 OTHER BRANCH OFFICES WILL BE OPEN. FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON THAT DAY.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT ITS OFFICES a ILL EE CLOSED ON MONDAY EXCEPT ITS PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN, PORT COMMUNICATION CENTRE, AND MACAU FERRY WHARF UNIT OFFICES.

THE DEPARTMENT’S VICTORIA SMALL CRAFT LICENSING SECTION a ILL BE OPEN FROM 9 TO 11 AM.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN WILLOW STREET

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WILLOW STREET FROM TAI KOK TSUI ROAD TO THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO TUNG CHAU STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 22).

MOTORISTS PROCEEDING TO WILLOW STREET FROM TAI KOK TSUI ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL HAVE TO TURN LEFT INTO TUNG CHAU STREET AND AGAIN INTO THE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN WILLOW STREET AND TUNG CHAU STREET.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE THE RE-SURFACING OF WILLOW STREET. TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SHOUSON HILL ROAD IN FRONT OF HOUSE NO. 18 HAS NOW BEEN RE-OPENED TO SINGLE FILE TRAFFIC.

SOUTHBOUND ’MAX(CABS’ ON ROUTE NOS. 4 AND 6 ARE AGAIN PLYING THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE BEEN SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAIN SHA TIN COMMERCIAL SITE FOR TENDER ................. 1

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS URGED TO TEACH PRACTICAL SUBJECTS .... 2

PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION REGULATIONS PUBLISHED .... 5

PROJECTS MANAGER IN OIL STORAGE STUDIES APPOINTED .... A

AMENDING LAW COMMENCEMENT DATES ......................... 4

LIBERATION DAY OBSERVED ON MONDAY ....................... 4

VETERAN MARINE OFFICER RETIRES .......................... 5

SUMMER YOUTH CARNIVAL ................................... 6

TENDERS INVITED FOR KWAI CHUNG SITE ..................... 6

FIRING PRACTICE NEXT MONTH .............................. 7

CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON AUSTIN ROAD ..................... 7

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1980

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MAIN SHA TIN COMMERCIAL SITE FOR TENDER

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A MAJOR SITE IN THE HEART OF THE FUTURE SHA TIN NEW TOWN COMMERCIAL CENTRE IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

DETAILS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE SITE, SITUATED BETWEEN THE RAILWAY STATION AND SHING MUN RIVER, MEASURES 26 250 SQUARE METRES. DEVELOPMENT WILL FORM THE ♦CORE* OF THE TOWN CENTRE IN THE SHAPE OF A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

IT CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $163 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS. THE GROSS COMMERCIAL FLOOR AREA OF THE COMPLEX WILL BE 90 655 SQUARE METRES.

INCLUDED IN THE AREA OF THE COMPLEX WILL BE TWO BUS STATIONS FOR INTERNAL CITY AND EXTERNAL SERVICES. THERE WILL ALSO BE TWO CINEMAS.

THE COMPLEX WILL BE LINKED BY PASSENGER WALKWAYS TO THE RAILWAY STATION WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

MORE THAN 400 000 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO PASS THROUGH THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE EACH DAY BY THE END OF THE DECADE WHEN THE NEW TOWN’S POPULATION IS PROJECTED TO REACH 750 000.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN CENTRE WILL BE IN FOUR PHASES.

PHASES I AND III WILL BE MAINLY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDING HOMES FOR 40 000 TO 50 000 PEOPLE. A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WAS TO GIVE THE TOWN CENTRE +LIFE+ AFTER OFFICE HOURS. +IT IS NOT THE INTENTION THAT THE TOWN CENTRE SHOULD DIE AFTER 5 PM,+ HE SAID.

PHASE IV WILL INCLUDE OFFICE BLOCKS, A MAGISTRACY, A CULTURAL COMPLEX AND A TOWN PARK FRONTING SHING MUN RIVER.

THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BECOME THE REGIONAL SHOPPING CENTRE FOR THE EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE THE SECOND PHASE DEVELOPMENT.

ALSO BEING TENDERED ARE FIVE OTHER SHA TIN SITES, THREE YUEN LONG SITES AND ONE TUEN MUN SITE.

THREE OF THE SHA TIN SITES, MEASURING 3 265. 23 170 AND 22 570 SQUARE METRES, ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE OTHER TWO ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL AND INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE YUEN LONG SITES ARE LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL AREA OF THE NEW TOWN. THEY ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE SITE IN TUEN MUN OCCUPIES 1 450 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN USE.

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GRAMMAR SCHOOLS URGED TO TEACH PRACTICAL SUBJECTS ft * * * ft

THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MRS LOUISE MOK TODAY CALLED ON ALL GRAMMAR SCHOOLS TO INCORPORATE A FEW TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS INTO THEIR CURRICULUM TO PREPARE THEIR STUDENTS FOR LIFE IN HONG KONG’S RAPIDLY GROWING COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY.

MRS MOK WAS SPEAKING ON *THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM* AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT EVEN TODAY MANY STUDENTS NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO LEARN A PRACTICAL OR TECHNICAL SUBJECT IN SCHOOL AND THEREFORE COULD NOT APPRECIATE THE SIGNIFICANCE SUCH SUBJECTS CARRY.

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM, MRS MOK SAID, SHOULD BE GEARED TO ACQUAINTING STUDENTS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF TECHNOLOGY TO DEAL WITH EVERYDAY APPLIANCES AND TO PRODUCING CITIZENS WITH TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO COPE WITH HONG KONG’S RAPID INDUSTRIAL GROWTH.

♦PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS PROPERLY TAUGHT WILL CERTAINLY ENHANCE A STUDENT’S SELF-RELIANCE, COMPETENCE, FORESIGHT, APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS,* SHE SAID.

MRS MOK WAS GLAD TO NOTE THAT THERE WAS NOW A GRADUAL CHANGE OF ATTITUDE TOWARDS PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS AND PREJUDICE AGAINST WORK IN PRODUCTIVE TRADE OR INDUSTRY.

RECALLING THE 197A WHITE PAPER ON JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION WHICH RECOMMENDED A COMMON CORE OR GENERAL COURSE OF EDUCATION FOR ALL IN FORM I TO III WITH BETWEEN 25 PER CENT TO 30 PER CENT OF TEACHING TIME ALLOCATED TO PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, M?S MOK SAID THAT EVERY EFFORT WAS MADE TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS LACKING SUCH FACILITIES AND RESOURCES TO IMPLEMENT THESE SUBJECTS WITH THE PROVISION OF SUBSIDIES.

THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION WAS REINSTATED IN THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION WITH AN OFFER TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES.

TURNING TO PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WHICH PROVIDE A 50 PER CENT TO 60 PER CENT GENERAL EDUCATION TOGETHER WITH BROAD-BASED BASIC SKILLS IN AT LEAST THREE MAJOR PRACTICAL/TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, MRS MOK SAID IT WAS GRATIFYING TO NOTE THAT GRADUATES FROM THESE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY LOCAL EMPLOYERS.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 13 FULLY SUBSIDISED PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WITH AN ENROLMENT OF ABOUT 10 000. THESE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSELY LINKED WITH THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

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♦BECAUSE OF THE POPULARITY OF PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION, A FURTHER 12 PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, MAINLY IN THE NEW TOWNS, ARE IN THE PIPELINE FOR DEVELOPMENT FROM 1982.

♦THESE SCHOOLS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE MODERN WORKSHOP FACILITIES FOR MORE ADVENTUROUS SUBJECTS LIKE MARINE ENGINEERING, HOTEL SERVICES AND HORT(CULTURE,♦ MRS MOK SAID.

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PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION REGULATIONS PUBLISHED * * * * *

REGULATIONS PRESCRIBING THE METHODS OF ASSESSING THE LEVY IMPOSED ON CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND THE QUARRY INDUSTRY FOR THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID PART II AND PART III OF THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION)(ASSESSMENT OF LEVY) REGULATIONS 1980 WERE CONCERNED WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF THE LEVY IN RESPECT OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND QUARRY PRODUCTS RESPECTIVELY. A SURCHARGE MIGHT BE IMPOSED IF CONTRACTORS OR QUARRY OPERATORS FAILED TO SUBMIT REQUIRED INFORMATION.

PART IV PRESCRIBED THE TIME WITHIN WHICH ANY LEVY OR SURCHARGE WAS TO BE PAID TO THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD, WHILE PART V WAS CONCERNED WITH OBJECTIONS AND APPEALS.

ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE WERE THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION)(COMPUTATION OF EARNINGS) REGULATIONS 1980.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE REGULATIONS CONTAINED DETAILED PROVISIONS DEFINING ♦EARNING* FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE 1980, AND PRESCRIBED THE METHODS OF COMPUTING THE AMOUNT OF EARNINGS.

WHERE PEOPLE WERE EITHER SELF-EMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED THEIR EARNINGS FOR ThE PURPOSES OF THE ORDINANCE WERE DEEMED TO BE THE MONTHLY AGGREGATE OF THE DAILY WAGES OF WORKERS ENGAGED IN GOVERNMENT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID COPIES OF THESE REGULATIONS WERE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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PROJECTS MANAGER IN OIL STORAGE STUDIES APPOINTED * * *

THE BOARD OF OWENSBORD ENTERPRISES LIMITED HAS APPOINTED DENHOLM SHIP MANAGEMENT (OVERSEAS) LIMITED AS ITS PROJECTS MANAGER AND CHARTERER’S AGENT.

OWENSBORD ENTERPRISES LIMITED, A NEWLY FORMED COMPANY IN WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS 96 PER CENT OF THE SHARES, IS INVESTIGATING PLANS FOR INCREASING THE SECURITY OF FUEL OIL SUPPLIES FOR HONG KONG BY MARINE STORAGE.

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AMENDING LAW COMMENCEMENT DATES

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IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED TODAY, THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED SEPTEMBER 8, 1980 AS THE DAY ON WHICH SECTION 3 OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE WILL COME INTO OPERATION.

UNDER THIS SECTION, A DEALER IS REQUIRED TO ISSUE A CONTRACT NOTE AND PROVIDE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO A CLIENT IN RESPECT OF EVERY TRANSACTION UNDERTAKEN ON HIS BEHALF.

ALSO IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, IT IS ANNOUNCED THAT THE THEFT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980, WHICH CLARIFIES THE LAW RELATING TC FRAUDULENT CONDUCT SUCH AS OBTAINING SERVICES AND EVADING LIABILITY BY DECEPTION, WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1981.

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LIBERATION DAY OBSERVED ON MONDAY * * * *

HONG KONG wILL OBSERVE THIS YEAR’S LIBERATION DAY wITh A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 25).

DURING THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 13.45 AM IN THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG BRITISn FORCES, HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION, ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) AND THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT a ILL LAY wREATr.S 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 COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL J.L. CHAPPLE a ILL LAY A wREATH ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG BRITISH FORCES.

THE wREATH OF THE PRISONERS OF wAR ASSOCIATION a ILL BE LAID EY ITS HON SECRETARY, MR F.M. CASTRO.

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REGIMENTAL WREATHS OF THE VOLUNTEERS WILL BE LAID BY THE HONORARY COLONEL, MR OSWALD CHEUNG AND ITS COMMANDING OFFICER LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E.J. PEPPER, AND THAT OF THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT BY WARRANT OFFICER J.A. FROST.

THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AND THE VOLUNTEERS FOUGHT SIDE BY SIDE IN THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG.

THE WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUNDING OF THE LAST POST, A TwO-MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRINb OF THREE VOLLEYS OF SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY, BUGLER AND SENTRIES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTEERS.

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THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR P.E.J. DAVY THIS AFTERNOON PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO ASSISTANT MARINE OFFICER, MR BOBBY CASTRO AT A FAREWELL CEREMONY TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT AFTER 25 YEARS OF SERVICE.

MR CASTRO, WHOM MR DAVY DESCRIBED AS A MOST WORTHY MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT, JOINED IN 1955 AS AN ASSISTANT MARINE OFFICER AND HAS ACTED AS MARINE OFFICER ON MANY OCCASIONS.

FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED A MERIT TRIP TO BRITAIN IN 1965. ON HIS RETURN HE HELPED TO SET UP THE DEPARTMENT'S CARGO HANDLING UNIT.

IN 1977, HE RECEIVED A PERSONAL COMMENDATION FROM THE DIRECTOR FOR HIS DEDICATED EFFORTS IN COMBATTING THE SERIOUS OIL POLLUTION RESULTING FROM THE STRANDING OF THE ^ADRIAN MAERSK+.

IN HIS SPARE TIME, MR CASTRO WAS AN AUXILIARY FIREMAN AND WAS A SENIOR DIVISIONAL OFFICER WHEN THE AUXILIARY FIRE SERVICE WAS DISBANDED IN 1975. FOR THESE SERVICES HE WON THE COLONIAL POLICE bEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE AND THE LONG SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY MEDAL.

A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS, MR CASTRO WAS A PRISONER-OF-WAR THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE OCCUPATION OF HONG KONG IN THE LAST WAR.

HIS WAR MEDALS INCLUDE THE PACIFIC STAR, THE 1939-45 STAR, DEFENCE MEDAL, GENERAL SERVICES MEDAL AS WELL AS THE LONG SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY MEDAL.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

SUMMER YOUTH CARNIVAL ft ft ft ft

THE 1980 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CARNIVAL, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY (AUGUST 24) FROM 3 PM TO 7.30 PM AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE.

THE SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION. MR ALAN SCOTT AND MRS SCOTT WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

THE CARNIVAL WILL COMPRISE A FUN FAIR, TELEGAME MATCHES JOINED IN BY COMMUNITY LEADERS AND CELEBRITIES, AND A POP CONCERT FEATURING POPULAR LOCAL SINGER MISS JENNY YAN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE QUEEN’S PIER AT 3.30 PM.

THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE SHOULD ARRIVE NOT LATER THAN 4.40 PM AND WOULD ONLY BE ADMITTED ON SHOWING SPECIAL PRESS BADGES, A LIMITED NUMBER OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS DUTY OFFICER.

TENDERS INVITED FOR KWAI CHUNG SITE ft ft ft ft

THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A SITE IN KWAI CHUNG FOR PARKING LICENSED MOTOR VEHICLES. DETAILS ARE IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE SITE, IN TAI PAK STREET NEAR LEI MUK ROAD, MEASURES 3 100 SQUARE METRES.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR CERTAIN AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

AN NTA SPOKESMAN SAID PARKING OF CONTAINERS OR CONTAINER TRAILERS WOULD BE PROHIBITED ON THE SITE. THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WOULD BE ABLE TO BUILD AN OFFICE AND A WATCHMAN’S STRUCTURE.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF THE NTA HEADQUARTERS ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON, BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 5.

DETAILS OF THE TENDER AND TENDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM NTA HEADQUARTERS AND ISLANDS, SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICES.

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FIRING PRACTICE NEXT MONTH

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE EVERY DAY NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER) EXCEPT ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS AND ON SEPTEMBER 24, A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

PRACTICE TIMES ON SEPTEMBER 1 (MONDAY) AND SEPTEMBER 18 (THURSDAY) ARE 8 AM TO 11 PM WHILE ON ALL OTHER DAYS PRACTICE WILL START AT 8 AM AND END AT 5 PM.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING TIMES OF PRACTICE.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON AUSTIN ROAD

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A 113 METRE STRETCH OF AUSTIN ROAD WEST OF ITS JUNCTION a I TH CHATHAM ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 13 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26).

aITHIN THIS CLEARWAY, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORIZED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, ARE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.


DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, aUGUST 23, 1980

CONTENTS PaGE NO

SPECIAL CAR NOS FETCH OVER 3446 OOO............................. 1

CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION OPENS AT SHAM TSENG ................... 2

THREE NT PUBLIC LIBRARIES OPEN ON MONDAY ....................... 2

DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT KAU WaH KENG .......................... 3

GREAT GEORGE ST TO BE REPAVED................................... 3

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

TRAFFIC AR&JIGEMENTS ........................................... 4

SHUN YIP STREET RE-ROUTED ...................................... 4

SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1980

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SPECIAL CAR NOS FETCH OVER $446 000 * * * K

THIRTY-FOUR SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $446 200 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW REGISTRATION NUMBER CH 1 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $88 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER CH 88 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $40 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR CE 9995, CE 3900, CE 9616, AY 1132, CE 3280, CF 632, CE 4200, CF 1081, CF 2238, CF 635 AND CF 283.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PR ICESi

HK 6328 $7 000 CC 300 $11 500 CH 8888 $36 000

CF 911 $1 200 CC 898 $25 000 CG 55 $36 000

CE 3218 $2 600 AK 316 $1 700 CH 3388 $26 000

AS 15 $10 000 CG 2 $32 000 BM 323 $16 000

CF 3399 $16 000 CH 3 $31 000 CF 1789 $1 900

CC 222 $30 000 CD 6060 $7 000 CF 987 $1 800

XX 564 $3 500 CF 933 $3 000 CF 148 $8 000

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

TODAY’S SALE, THE 56TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED TO $13 953 532.

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CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION OPENS AT SHAM TSENG ft * ft ft ft

A CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION AT SHAM TSENG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH HAS BEEN BUILT TO PROVIDE LOCAL VILLAGERS AND VISITORS A PLACE TO REST AND SHELTER FROM THE WEATHER, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY.

THE PAVILION HAS BEEN BUILT BY TRAINEES OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE WITH MATERIAL PROVIDED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE. MORE THAN 300 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE WORK SINCE IT STARTED IN EARLY MARCH. COST WAS $45 000.

CUTTING A RIBBON TO OPEN THE PAVILION, DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, MR H.T. LUI, COMMENDED THE TRAINEES FOR THEIR +GOOD WORK+. HE SAID EVERYTHING, FROM SITE-FORMATION TO THE FINISHING TOUCHES, HAD BEEN DONE BY THE YOUNG MEN. +AND IT HAS BEEN SO PROFESSIONALLY DONE,+ HE ADDED.

OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 36 SQUARE METRES NEAR TUEN MUN HIGHWAY, THE PAVILION HAS BEEN BUILT IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE STYLE WITH GLAZED RAILINGS AND A PAGODA ROOF. IT IS FURNISHED WITH A CERAMIC TABLE AND CHAIRS.

AT ITS ENTRANCE IS A PLAQUE PRESENTED BY TOWN MANAGER TSUEN WAN, DR JAMES HAYES, AND A COUPLET COMPOSED BY MR LUI, COMMENDING THE PANORAMIC VIEW FROM THE PAVILION.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, MR GEOFFREY YEH, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHAN LAU-FONG.

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THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN AND TAI PO WILL REMAIN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY (AUGUST 25), A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE OPENING HOURS OF THESE LIBRARIES ON MONDAY WOULD BE 9 AM TO 1 PM

OTHER PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG, SHEUNG SHU I, SHA TIN, CHEUNG CHAU AND TAI 0 WILL BE CLOSED.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1980

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DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT KAU WAH KENG ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWIN BOX CULVERT IN KAU WAH KENG. LAI CHI KOK, TO SERVE EXISTING AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE CULVERT WILL ALSO ALLEVIATE OCCASIONAL FLOODING IN THE LOWER KAU WAH KENG VALLEY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID THE CULVERT WOULD BE 260 METRES LONG AND WOULD REPLACE THE EXISTING STREAM COURSE WHICH PASSES THROUGH LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK.

♦A 210 METRE FOOTPATH WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ABOVE THE CULVERT TO PROVIDE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENT AREAS NEARBY,* HE ADDED.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION ON BEHALF OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

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A SECTION OF THE CARRIAGEWAY IN GREAT GEORGE STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY, BETWEEN PATERSON STREET AND GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL SHORTLY BE RECONSTRUCTED.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE CF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START LATE NEXT MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY (AUGUST 26-29) NEXT WEEK BETWEEN 8 AM AND 11 PM DAILY.

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * ft

CLOUDVIEW ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO 11 AND ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONEWAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26).

THE ARRANGEMENT, TO ENABLE MAIN LAYING WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA, WILL LAST ABOUT THREE WEEKS. TRAFFIC ALONG TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING INTO THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD.

IN SHAU KEI WAN, ALSO FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY, THE ROAD JUNCTION BETWEEN ALDRICH STREET AND FACTORY STREET WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AT THESE PLACES TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SHUN YIP STREET RE-ROUTED

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SHUN YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHEAST BOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26) TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 25) TO 12 NOON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WILL REPAIR A MAIN LEAK AT KWOK SHUI ROAD WITHIN THIS PERIOD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 1980

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

3269 MILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS PAID OUT ......... 1

CANCER EXPLAINED .......................................... 2

MAJOR ROaD SCHEME IN TUEN MUN.............................. 3

APPLICATIONS FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ........... 4

NEW RAILWAY BRIDGES AT FO TAN ............................. 4

TAI KOK TSUI ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGE .......................... 5

SHA TIN V/hTER SUPPLY OFF.................................. 5

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 1980

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$269 MILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS PAID OUT * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, IN ADDITION TO CONTINUED EXPANSION IN DIRECT WELFARE SERVICES, HAS PAID OUT $269 MILLION AS NON-CONTRIBUTORY SOCIAL SECURITY CASH BENEFITS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1980.

THE MONEY WENT TO MORE THAN 300 000 PEOPLE AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO MEET BASIC LIVING EXPENSES, AND AS OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE TO MEET SPECIAL NEEDS.

THE AMOUNT WAS ABOUT $27.8 MILLION MORE THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR, AND REPRESENTED AN AVERAGE DAILY PAYOUT OF $1.4 MILLION.

AT PRESENT, THE DEPARTMENT’S 26 SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS IN THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS ARE TOGETHER HANDLING 45 000 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, 149 000 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND 26 200 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE CASES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THE INCREASE IN PAYOUT WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT IN SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT RATES MADE LAST SEPTEMBER.

HE SAID THE PAYMENT RATES WOULD BE INCREASED BY ANOTHER 22 PER CENT AS FROM NEXT MONTH IN STEP WITH INFLATION TO MAINTAIN THEIR REAL PURCHASING POWER.

OF THE $269 MILLION PAYOUT FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS THIS YEAR, HE SAID, $119 MILLION WERE PAID AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, $112 MILLION AS OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, AND $38 MILLION AS DISABILITY ALLOWANCE.

THE MEANS-TESTED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME PROVIDES MONTHLY CASH ASSISTANCE TO HELP MAINTAIN THE INCOME OF A HOUSEHOLD IN NEED UP TO A LEVEL WHERE BASIC LIVING CAN BE MET.

THE SCHEME IS BUILT IN WITH SUPPLEMENTS TO PROVIDE EXTRA GRANTS FOR RECIPIENTS WHO ARE AGED 60 YEARS AND OVER, OR WHO ARE PARTIALLY DISABLED. IN ADDITION, A LUMP SUM IS PAID EACH YEAR TO LONG-TERM RECIPIENTS FOR REPLACING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS.

AS FROM NEXT MONTH, THE NEW PAYMENT RATES FOR SINGLE PERSONS WILL BE $280 A MONTH AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE- $140 A MONTH AS OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT OR DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT- AND $355 A YEAR AS LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT (OR $700 A YEAR FOR A FAMILY.)

THE NON-MEANS TESTED OLD AGE OR DISABILITY ALLOWANCE PROVIDES A MONTHLY CASH GRANT, ON TOP OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, AS EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY TO LOOK AFTER AN ELDERLY OR SEVERELY DISABLED PERSON AND TO MEET SPECIAL NEEDS ARISING OUT OF OLD AGE OR DISABILITY.

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UNDER THE NEW RATES, IT WILL BE $140 A MONTH FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO THOSE WHO ARE AGED 70 YEARS AND OVER- AND $280 A MONTH FOR DISABILITY ALLOWANCE.

ANY INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY, WITHOUT INCOME OR UNABLE TO EARN ENOUGH FOR BASIC LIVING, OR IN NEED OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES, MAY APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AT THEIR NEAREST FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE OR SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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CANCER EXPLAINED KMX*

WHAT IS CANCER? IS IT AN INCURABLE DISEASE? ARE THERE EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT IT? WHAT ARE THE COMMON TYPES IN HONG KONG?

A VISIT TO THE ANTI-CANCER EXHIBITION IN THE EXHIBITION HALL AT THE CITY HALL THIS COMING WEEKEND WILL YIELD ANSWERS TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS.

THE EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE ANT I-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE STOMA ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE MAJORITY OF THE PUBLIC APPEARED TO HAVE A MI SCONCEPT I ON THAT THE DISEASE IS DEADLY AND INCURABLE.

THIS IS BECAUSE CANCER HAS BECOME THE TOP KILLER DISEASE IN HONG KONG IN RECENT YEARS. LAST YEAR ALONE IT CLAIMED 6 203 LIVES, WHICH MEANT THAT AN AVERAGE OF 17 PERSONS DIED OF IT EACH DAY, HE SAID.

+LITTLE DO PEOPLE KNOW THAT MOST CANCERS CAN BE CURED IF DETECTED EARLY AND TREATED IN TIME. FURTHERMORE, SOME CANCERS CAN BE PREVENTED,+ HE SAID.

THE OBJECTIVE OF MOUNTING THE EXHIBITION IS TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE DISEASE AND TO ALLAY THEIR FEARS.

+WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THIS EXHIBITION THE PUBLIC WILL BECOME AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING PREVENTIVE MEASURES AND EARLY TREATMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

DURING THE EXHIBITION, VISITORS WILL SEE STATIC DISPLAYS ON THE COMMON FORMS OF CANCER IN HONG KONG, AND ILLUSTRATIONS ON PREVENTIVE AND TREATMENT METHODS.

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EDUCATIONAL MOVIES AND SLIDES ON TOPICS INCLUDING LUNG CANCER AND CERVICAL CANCER WILL BE SHOWN AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

ILLUMINATED LIFE-SIZE MODELS INDICATING THE COMMON SITES OF CANCER AND THE SPREAD OF CANCER IN THE BODY WILL ALSO BE FEATURED.

TWO EDUCATIONAL LEAFLETS, ONE ON EARLY CANCER WARNING SIGNS AND THE OTHER ON STEPS TO CONDUCT SELF-EXAMINATION OF BREAST CANCER WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6 PM FROM FRIDAY (AUGUST 29) TO SUNDAY (AUGUST 31).

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MAJOR ROAD SCHEME IN TUEN MUN

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR IMPLEMENTING A MAJOR ROAD PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE SOUTHERN ACCESS TO ON TING AND YAU 01 ESTATES AND TUEN MUN’S PLANNED TOWN CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THE PROGRAMME CALLED FOR CONSTRUCTING AN ELEVATED ROAD OVER TUEN MUN ROAD TO LINK CASTLE PEAK ROAD WITH A NEW ROAD LEADING TO THE IWO ESTATES.

PART OF TUEN MUN ROAD IN THE NEW TOWN WILL BE WIDENED TO A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY FOR 0.8 KILOMETRE SOUTH OF PUI TO ROAD.

THE LINK, HE SAID, WOULD BE MADE BY A HALF-DIAMOND SHAPED INTERCHANGE WITH ON TING BRIDGE, ACROSS TUEN MUN ROAD.

THIS BRIDGE WILL BE A TWO SPAN STRUCTURE OF PRECAST PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BEAMS WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE DECKS.

THE 0.5 KILOMETRE ELEVATED ROAD WILL HAVE TWO PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS WHICH WILL PROVIDE ACCESS FROM A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AREA AND ON TING ESTATE IN THE SOUTH, TO THE TUEN MUN CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX IN THE TOWN’S CENTRE IN THE NORTH.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 18 MONTHS.

THE PROGRAMME FORMS PART OF THE OVERALL NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT HANDLED BY THE PWD TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

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APPLICATIONS FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ******

SWIMMING ENTHUSIASTS LIVING IN ISLANDS DISTRICT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A DISTRICT-WIDE SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD AT KENNEDY TOWN SWIMMING POOL ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE, THE EVENT IS INTENDED TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN SWIMMING AND ENCOURAGE A SENSE OF FRATERNITY AMONG ISLANDS RESIDENTS.

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ENTRY IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES CHEUNG CHAU, LAMMA, LANTAU AND PENG CHAU. ENTRANTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS ACCORDING TO AGE AND SEX. THERE WILL BE RACES IN BREAST-STROKE, BACK-STROKE, BUTTERFLY AND FREE STYLE.

WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND WILL BE SELECTED TO REPRESENT ISLANDS DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE AT INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, AND FROM RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES. THEY SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17.

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NEW RAILWAY BRIDGES AT FO TAN

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A NEW RAIL UNDERBRIDGE WILL BE BUILT AT FO TAN, SHA TIN, TO REPLACE THE TWO EXISTING UNDERBRIDGES TO BE DEMOLISHED.

TENDERS FOR THE DEMOLITION WORK, AS WELL AS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW BRIDGE, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK FORMS PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

IT INVOLVES THE PROVISION OF A WIDENED PRESTRESSED CONCRETE DECK WHICH WILL LATER CARRY THE MAIN LINES AS WELL AS THE PLATFORMS AND LOOP LINES INTO THE FUTURE FO TAN STATION.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED, AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, AS SUB-CONSULTANTS TO TRANSMARK WHO ARE THE GOVERNMENT'S CONSULTANTS FOR THE ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT.

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TAI KOK TSUI ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGE * * * *

THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AT ITS JJNCTION WITH CHERRY STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT A WEEK FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26) FOR ROAD RESURFACING

DURING THIS PERIOD, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG CHERRY STREET INTENDING TO TURN INTO TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHUN WING STREET, FOO KWAI STREET AND POK MAN STREET.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SHA TIN WATER SUPPLY OFF * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO MOST AREAS OF SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 7 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREAS COVER WO CHE AND LEK YUEN ESTATES- TIN LIU, PAI TAU, LOK LO HA, AND SHEUNG HA WO CHE VILLAGES- FO TAN, HO TUNG LAU, THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE, SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS, CHINESE UNIVERSITY, AND THE TRUNK ROAD FROM THERE TO THE JUNCTION OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD WITH TAI PO ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CHILDREN SCREENED FOR HEARING DEFECTS .............................. 1

CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE i-iARMUNY IN I^RRIaGES ......................... 2

REMINDER ON MINIMUM EMPLOYMENT j.GE ................................ J

5J16.8 MILLION PAID OUT UNDER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT SCHEME .............. 4

SURVEY ON TUEN MUN TRANSPORT NEARING COMPLETION .................... 5

ONE WEEK TO ENTER LOGO COMPETITION ................................. 6

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MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 1980

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CHILDREN SCREENED FOR HEARING DEFECTS * * * *

THE AUDIOMETRIC SCREENING PROGRAMME RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO DETECT HEARING DEFECTS IN CHILDREN WILL COVER THE WHOLE PRIMARY ONE POPULATION BY 1981.

IN THIS FISCAL YEAR THE SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED IN STAGES FROM GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT MORE THAN 88 000 PUPILS.

♦PLANS TO RECRUIT MORE AUDIOLOGISTS, AUDIOMETRICIANS AND SUPPORTING STAFF, AND THE PURCHASE OF TWO WELL-EQUIPPED VANS FITTED WITH ACCOUSTIC BOOTHES ARE IN THE PIPELINE,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DISCLOSED TODAY.

IN ADDITION, FACILITIES AT THE TWO EXISTING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRES WILL BE EXPANDED SO THAT MORE EQUIPMENT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND MORE SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR AUDIOLOGICAL AND REMEDIAL SERVICES.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE SCREENING PROGRAMME WAS PART OF A WIDE-RANGING LONG-TERM PLAN INTRODUCED IN 1968 TO HELP SCHOOL CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM HEARING DISABILITY.

IT WAS AIMED AT DETECTING HEARING IMPAIRMENT IN PUPILS THROUGH HEARING TESTS CONDUCTED BY TRAINED PERSONNEL IN VISITS TO SCHOOLS EVERY YEAR, IN ORDER THAT SUBSEQUENT ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIAL ACTION CAN BE TAKEN AT AN EARLY STAGE TO PREVENT THE PROBLEM FROM DEVELOPING INTO A HANDICAP.

THERE IS A FIVE-MINUTE HEARING TEST IN A QUIET ROOM MAINLY TO FIND OUT THE PUPIL’S RESPONSE TO CERTAIN FREQUENCIES OF SOUND AT FIXED SCREENING INTENSITY WITHIN NORMAL SPEECH RANGE, HE EXPLA INED.

♦PUPILS WHO FAIL THE TEST OR ARE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL ON THE DAY OF SCREENING WILL RECEIVE A FULL-SCALE ASSESSMENT AT ONE OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRES. AFTERWARDS A VERBAL REPORT ON THEIR HEARING ABILITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PARENTS. A WRITTEN REPORT WILL ALSO BE SENT TO THEIR HEADS OF SCHOOL SOON AFTERWARDS,♦ HE SAID.

♦HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN WILL THEN BE RECOMMENDED FOR SPECIAL SEATING ARRANGEMENTS IN THE CLASSROOM, PROVISION OF HEARING AIDS FREE OF CHARGE, PERIPATETIC TEACHING SERVICE, AND PLACEMENT IN SPECIAL CLASSES OR SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, REGULAR SPEECH AND AUDITORY TRAINING WILL BE GIVEN THEM TO ENHANCE THEIR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. THOSE IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION WILL ALSO BE REFERRED TO SPECIALISTS FOR TREATMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

OF THE 68 000 PRIMARY 1 PUPILS FROM 709 SCHOOLS WHO RECEIVED TESTS LAST YEAR, ABOUT FIVE PER CENT OR 3 400 WERE IDENTIFIED TO HAVE VARYING DEGREES OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT.

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CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE HARMONY IN MARRIAGES * * * *

A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED NEXT MONTH AIMED AT MINIMISING MARITAL CONFLICTS WHICH ARE CONSIDERED A MAJOR FACTOR OF FAMILY BREAKDOWNS AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

WITH ITS THEME ON +MARITAL RELATIONSHIP*, THE CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

THROUGH COMMUNITY-WIDE AND DISTRICT ACTIVITIES, THE CAMPAIGN WILL STRESS TO YOUNG COUPLES THE RISK OF RUSHING INTO MARRIAGE, AND TO MARRIED COUPLES THE NEED FOR ADJUSTMENTS AND ENRICHMENT TO KEEP THEIR MARRIED LIFE HAPPY.

♦THE OBJECTIVE IS TO HELP PREVENT FAMILY BREAKDOWNS WHICH ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF PERSISTENT MARITAL DISCORDS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF FAMILY PROBLEMS HANDLED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES, MARITAL CONFLICTS FORMED THE LARGEST SINGLE CATEGORY.

IN 1979-80, HE SAID, ABOUT 3 000 MARRIED COUPLES WITH MARITAL CONFLICTS HAD COME TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AND COUNSELLING.

HE SAID AS HUSBAND AND WIFE WERE THE NUCLEUS MEMBERS OF A FAMILY, CONSTANT CONFLICTS BETWEEN THEM WOULD NOT ONLY BRING TO THEMSELVES MENTAL AGONY BUT ALSO CAUSE TURMOILS IN THE WHOLE FAMILY, AFFECTING PARTICULARLY THEIR CHILDREN.

MARITAL DISCORDS GENERALLY RESULT FROM AN UNCLEAR CONCEPT OF MARRIAGE, INADEQUATE PREPARATION BEFORE GETTING MARRIED, INABILITY TO ADJUST TO CHANGES AFTER MARRIAGE, OR A LACK OF EFFORTS TO ENRICH MARRIED LIFE, HE SAID.

+THERE ARE CASES WHERE COUPLES HURRIED INTO MARRIAGE MORE FOR EMOTIONAL REASONS THAN FOR ANYTHING ELSE, ONLY TO FIND THAT THEIR MARITAL RELATIONSHIP COULD NOT STAND THE TEST OF TIME FOR LACK OF CAREFUL PREPARATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THERE WERE ALSO CASES WHERE CONFLICTS DEVELOPED AS THE COUPLES COULD NOT ADJUST TO CHANGES WITHIN THE FAMILY OR THEY DID NOTHING TO REVITALISE WHAT THEY MIGHT PROGRESSIVELY FIND AS MONOTONOUS MARRIED LIFE.

HE STRESSED THAT MARRIAGE WAS MEANT TO BE A LIFE-LONG BOND

THE HARMONY OF WHICH COULD ONLY BE SUSTAINED ON THE BASIS OF MUTUAL TRUST, UNDERSTANDING, RESPECT AND CONCERN, AS WELL AS SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES.

THE FORTHCOMING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, WHICH WILL RUN INTO 1981, WILL BRING HOME ITS MESSAGES THROUGH A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY-WIDE PROGRAMMES, PROMOTIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN DISTRICTS.

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HIGHLIGHTING THE PROGRAMMES WILL BE A SERIES OF 14 TV GAME SHOWS FOR FAMILIES PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE SERIES, ENTITLED +FAMILY QUIZ*, WILL BE BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING AND WILL TAP THE CLOSE UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION OF PARTICIPATING FAMILY MEMBERS.

RTHK ALSO PLANS TO INCORPORATE MESSAGES ON MARITAL RELATIONSHIP IN SEVERAL EPISODES OF A NEW SERIES OF THE POPULAR TV DRAMA PROGRAMME +UNDER THE SAME ROOF+, WITH CASE MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

EARLY NEXT MONTH, THREE +FLORAL BUSES+, EACH CARRYING A COUPLE DRESSED UP AS BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM, WILL TOUR HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES STOPPING AT STRATEGIC POINTS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THROUGH HANDOUTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES.

♦SECOND HONEYMOON TRIPS+ AND FAMILY CAMPS WILL BE ORGAINSED IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS TO FOSTER STRONGER MARITAL TIES AMONG MARRIED COUPLES.

OTHER PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE TV AND RADIO PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMES ON MARITAL RELATIONSHIP, DISCUSSION SESSIONS AND TALKS, SUPPLEMENTED BY TELEVISION BRIEFS AND POSTERS.

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EMPLOYERS WERE REMINDED TODAY THAT THE MINIMUM AGE FOR EMPLOYMENT IN HONG KONG WOULD BE RAISED FROM 14 TO 15 WITH EFFECT FROM NEXT MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT FROM THAT DATE THOSE UNDER 15 WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM TAKING ANY EMPLOYMENT.

THOSE BETWEEN 13 AND 14 MAY, WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS, AND UPON THE PRODUCTION OF A SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE, ENGAGE IN PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN ONLY THE NON-INDUSTRI AL SECTOR, SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS AIMED AT PROTECTING THEIR HEALTH AND MORALS.

♦IN RECRUITING STAFF, EMPLOYERS SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THEIR YOUNG EMPLOYEES HAVE ATTAINED THE AGE OF 15 BY SEPTEMBER 1. ANYONE VIOLATING THIS PROHIBITION IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT NOTICE OF RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE FOR EMPLOYMENT WAS GIVEN ABOUT A YEAR AGO WHEN THE PROHIBITION ON EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WAS EXTENDED TO THE NON-1NDUSTRI AL SECTOR TO ASSIST THE ENFORCEMENT OF COMPULSORY JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION.

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$16.8 MILLION PAID OUT UNDER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT SCHEME * * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PAID OUT MORE THAN $16.8 MILLION AS QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR PEOPLE APPLYING UNDER THE +NO FAULT+ TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME.

ANOTHER $327 051 HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED FOR AND AWAIT COLLECTION AT THE DEPARTMENT.

PAYMENT TO 96 CASES

THE PAYMENTS ALREADY MADE WERE GRANTED TO 426 CASES INVOLVING DEATH AND 4 157 CASES INVOLVING INJURIES WHICH CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

MRS DIANA LEE, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SECTION, SAID TODAY THE AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS FOR THE FATAL CASES TOTALLED ALMOST $3 MILLION AND THAT FOR THE INJURY CASES, OVER $13.8 MILLION.

SHE SAID THE INJURY GRANTS INCLUDED $3 MILLION AS FURTHER PAYMENTS TO THOSE WHO WERE MEDICALLY CERTIFIED TO REQUIRE EXTENDED SICK LEAVE.

IN THE CASES ALREADY PROCESSED, SHE SAID, THE HIGHEST PAYMENT WAS $25 040 MADE FOR ONE FATAL ACCIDENT, WHILE OTHER PAYMENTS RANGED FROM $800 TO $21 100.

♦ AT PRESENT, 428 OTHER APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THE APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE PAYMENT IN A FAIRLY SHORT TIME,+ SHE SAID.

THE NON-MEANS-TESTED SCHEME IMPLEMENTED IN MAY LAST YEAR IS AIMED AT PROVIDING QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN THE ACCIDENT.

MRS LEE SAID PEOPLE INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT COULD APPLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE EVENT. FOR INJURY GRANTS, INJURIES SUSTAINED MUST HAVE CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

APPLICATIONS OR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE AT THE TAVA SECTION ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE AT 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG (TEL NO 5-779421 OR 5-7903650).

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SURVEY ON TUEN MUN TRANSPORT NEARING COMPLETION * * * *

A SURVEY ORGANISED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE OF LOCAL TRANSPORT FACILITIES IS NEARLY COMPLETE.

THE SURVEY, THE SECOND IN TWO YEARS, IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS.

MORE THAN 1 000 FAMILIES HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED SINCE THE SURVEY STARTED ON AUGUST 12.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SURVEY WAS TO OBTAIN A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF TRASNPORT SERVICES IN THE NEW TOWN.

THERE HAD BEEN COMPLAINTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ABOUT THE INADEQUACY OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES LOCALLY. IT WAS HOPED THAT THROUGH THIS SURVEY THE GOVERNMENT COULD OBTAIN DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE KIND OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES RESIDENTS WOULD LIKE TO SEE PROVIDED TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION.

THE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN ASKED WHAT FERRY ROUTES THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AND THEIR REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNAL CITY AND EXTERNAL MAXICAB SERVICES.

THEIR VIEWS WILL BE HELPFUL IN FUTURE PLANNING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. THE SPOKESMAN THANKED THE FAMILIES WHO HAD READILY TAKEN PART IN THE SURVEY FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION.

THE SURVEY WILL BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT MONTH. ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL FIRST BE TABULATED AND THEN COMPILED INTO A REPORT BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE REPORT WAS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER WHEN IT WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS.

THE INFORMATION FROM THE LAST SURVEY HAL PROVED TO BE VERY USEFUL TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT IT WAS NO LONGER UP-TO-DATE OWING TO RAPID POPULATION GROWTH IN THE NEW TOWN.

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ONE WEEK TO ENTER LOGO COMPETITION ******

HONG KONG DESIGNERS INTERESTED IN WINNING A $1 500 PRIZE HAD BETTER HURRY.

A LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION CARRYING THIS SUM IN PRIZE MONEY CLOSES IN A WEEK.

THE LOGO IS FOR ADMINISTRATION.

NORTH DISTRICT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES

IT WILL APPEAR ON LETTERHEADS

BANNERS, SPORTS SHIRTS AND EASILY RECOGNISE ACTIVITIES

NEDALS. +LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL MORE _

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE WHEN THEY BECOME FAMILIAR WITH WE LOGO,* A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID. HE SAID A FEW ENTRIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED ALREADY, BUT MORE WERE NEEDED.

THE DISTRICT, COVERING THE TOWNS OF SHA TAU KOK, SHEUNG SHU I, SHEK WU HUI AND FANLING AND THE BORDER AREA WAS FORMERLY PART OF TAI PO DISTRICT.

IT BECAME A SEPARATE DISTRICT LAST OCTOBER AS DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES EXTENDED RAPIDLY TO THE NORTH AREA.

DESIGN OF THE LOGO SHOULD BE BASED ON THE CHINESE CHARACTER FOR NORTH AND RESTRICTED TO TWO COLOURS.

BESIDES THE WINNER’S PRIZE, THERE WILL BE THREE PRIZES OF $200 EACH.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE OR SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 3.

THE COMPETITION IS PART OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES BEING ORGANISED BY NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE TO CELEBRATE ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY.

OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE A LANTERN PARADE, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, QUIZ CONTESTS AND A VARIETY SHOW.

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WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 27) TO 6 AM HE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY LI TAK STREET, FUK LEE STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

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HELP FOR THOSE WITH TENANCY PROBLEMS ....................... 1

CANOEING COURSES TO BE RUN IN SHA TIN ...................... 2

SITTING-OUT AREA IN MONG KOK ............................... 3

fare rise in student railway monthly tickets ............... 3

MAIL TO LAOS SUSPENDED...................................... 3

TAI HANG ROAD NIGHT CLOSURE ................................ 4

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HELP FOR THOSE WITH TENANCY PROBLEMS

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RENT OFFICERS OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN HARD PRESSED SINCE FEBRUARY THIS YEAR DUE TO THE ENACTMENT OF LEGISLATION EXTENDING RENT CONTROL TO ALL SITTING TENANCIES OF POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES.

THEY RECEIVED SOME 18 500 APPLICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR REQUESTING VARIOUS CERTIFICATES AND ENDORSEMENT OF DOCUMENTS. THIS WAS TWICE THE AMOUNT OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE APPLICATIONS WERE FROM TENANTS AND LANDLORDS REQUESTING FOR ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF RENT INCREASE (12 748), CERTIFICATES CF PRIMARY USER (693), REVIEW OF CERTIFICATES OF RENT INCREASE (177)- AND FOR ENDORSEMENT OF NOTICES OF AGREED RENT INCREASE (3 220) AND NOTICES OF RENT OF FRESH LETTING (1 593).

COMMENTING ON THIS INCREASE IN BUSINESS, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN CHARGE, MR WONG KWONG-SANG, SAID HANDLING OF THE APPLICATIONS WAS SOMETIMES TIME CONSUMING, INVOLVING EXTENSIVE CALCULATION, ASSESSMENT AND SITE INSPECTION BY RENT OFFICERS.

IN PARTICULAR, SOME OF THE APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WERE OFTEN FOUND TO BE OUTSIDE THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

CITING EXAMPLES, HE SAID MANY PEOPLE APPLYING FOR REVIEW OF A CERTIFICATE OF RENT INCREASE BY THE RENT TRIBUNAL DID SO, IN THE CASE OF TENANTS, ON PERSONAL FINANCIAL GROUNDS OR SIMPLY TO AIR A PERSONAL GRIEVANCE, AND IN THE CASE OF LANDLORDS, FOR INCREASE IN RENT BEYOND THE 21 PER CENT CEILING LAID DOWN BY LEGISLATION.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT CALCULATION OF THE AMOUNT OF RENT INCREASE IS STIPULATED BY LEGISLATION, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAIR MARKET RENT AND THE ACTUAL RENT.

APART FROM DEALING WITH APPLICATIONS, RENT OFFICERS ALSO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE PUBLIC ON PROBLEMS STEMMING FROM THE LANDLORD AND TENANT ORDINANCE.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THEY ANSWERED OVER 17 000 ENQUIRIES ON VARIOUS TENANCY MATTERS, INCLUDING PERMITTED RENTS CF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, TENANCY AGREEMENTS, AND RECOVERY CF PREMISES.

AS THE PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION ARE RATHER COMPLEX FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND CLEARLY, EXPLANATIONS BY THE RENT OFFICERS CAN HELP BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

♦ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO GIVE LEGAL ADVICE, THEY ARE READY TO HELP SOLVE ANY OTHER LANDLORD-TENANT OR TENANT-SUBTENANT PROBLEMS.

♦VERY OFTEN THEY ACT AS MEDIATORS IN DISPUTES, SUCH AS OVER THE RIGHT TO USE COMMON SPACE, AND GIVE ADVICE TO TENANTS IN CASE LANDLORDS DELIBERATELY REFUSE TO COLLECT RENT.

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♦MANY OF THE PROBLEMS ARE RESOLVED WITHOUT HAVING TO RESORT TO FORMAL PROCEDURES WHICH TEND TO INTENSIFY THE ANTAGONISM BETWEEN THE PARTIES INVOLVED,* MR WONG ADDED.

AT PRESENT, RENT OFFICERS PROVIDE SERVICE AT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE IN NEW MERCURY HOUSE AND AT THE FOUR CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN (TUESDAYS) SHAM SHUI PO (WEDNESDAYS), EASTERN (THURSDAYS), WONG TAI SIN (FRIDAYS), AND AT THE TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES (FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH).

IT IS HOPED THAT THEIR SERVICE WILL EVENTUALLY BE EXTENDED TO COVER ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE URBAN AREAS AND MORE ENQUIRIES CENTRES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO COPE WITH INCREASING PUBLIC DEMAND.

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CANOEING COURSES TO BE RUN IN SHA TIN

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SHA TIN YOUNGSTERS WHO CAN SWIM AT LEAST 50 METRES AND DIVE UNDER A CANOE WEARING THEIR CLOTHES AND SHOES COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR CANOEING COURSES.

THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFFICE ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING FOUR COURSES TO TEACH BASIC TECHNIQUES OF THE GROWING SPORT.

THE FIRST CLASS WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 13.

THE OTHERS WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 14, OCTOBER 18 AND OCTOBER 19.

THE SIZE OF EACH CLASS WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 STUDENTS WHO WILL ATTEND FIVE THREE-HOUR LESSONS DURING WEEKENDS AT THE SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AT TAI SHUI HANG. QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS FROM THE HONG KONG CANOEING UNION WILL CONDUCT THE LESSONS.

THE COURSES ARE OPEN TO ALL SHA TIN RESIDENTS AGED OVER 15. THE COST IS $5.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFFICES AT LEK YUEN ESTATE.

A PRELIMINARY SWIMMING TEST WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, AT THE TAI SHUI HANG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE. APPLICANTS WILL HAVE TO PASS THE TEST BEFORE THEY ARE ACCEPTED.

THE CANOEING CLASSES ARE PART OF THE 1980/81 PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES BEING ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE. OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE TAI CHI CLASSES FOR THE ELDERLY, FAMILY SPORTS DAYS, TENNIS, VOLLEY BALL AND ARCHERY TRAINING CLASSES AND SPORTS COMPETIT IONS.

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MONG KOK RESIDENTS WILL HAVE A NEW SITTING-OUT AREA AT THE JUNCTION OF PORTLAND STREET AND CHANG SHA STREET BY THE END CF THE YEAR.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A $214 000 CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT.

THE SITTING-OUT AREA WILL COVER 325 SQUARE METRES AND WILL HAVE PAVILIONS, FLOWER BEDS, BENCHES, CHESS TABLES, CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT AND A STORE ROOM.

WORK WILL START EARLY NEXT MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

FARE RISE IN STUDENT RAILWAY MONTHLY TICKETS ft ft ft ft

THE SECOND STAGE OF FARE INCREASE IN STUDENT MONTHLY TICKETS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY.

THE NEW FARES WILL RANGE FROM $8 TO $24 DEPENDING ON THE TRAVEL DISTANCE.

THE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL RAILWAY BOOKING OFFICES FROM THURSDAY (AUGUST 28) BUT WILL BE VALID FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCES THAT OWING TO THE LACK OF SUITABLE OUTLETS FOR MAIL DESTINED FOR THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS, AIR AND SURFACE LETTER AND PARCEL SERVICES TO THAT COUNTRY ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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TAI HANG ROAD NIGHT CLOSURE *****

TAI HANG ROAD BETWEEN THE ROUNDABOUT AT STUBBS ROAD AND ITS JUNCTION WITH BLUE POOL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC NIGHTLY BETWEEN 12.30 AM AND 5.30 AM FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY (AUGUST 28 TO 30) FOR ROADWORKS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO AREAS IN WAN CHAI AND TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 28) FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

SUPPLY WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM IN WAN CHAI WITHIN THE AREA FROM KENNEDY ROAD TO THE SEA-FRONT AND BETWEEN ARSENAL STREET AND MONMOUTH PATH TO THE WEST TO FLEMING ROAD AND WAN CHAI ROAD TO THE EAST.

IN TSIM SHA TSUI, SUPPLY WILL BE CUT FROM 12 MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (FRIDAY). THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, PEKING ROAD, HANKOW ROAD AND HAIPHONG ROAD.

ALSO ON THURSDAY, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO BEACON HILL WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS BEGINNING AT 10 PM.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE IN BEACON HILL ROAD, EASTBOURNE ROAD, RHONDDA ROAD, ALNWICK ROAD, WARWICK ROAD, EDE ROAD, BROADCAST DRIVE, FESSENDEN ROAD, MARCONI ROAD AND THE JUNCTION ROAD RE-SITE AREA.

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HONG KONG'S TOP INDOOR SPORTS COMPLEX OPENED ................... 1

SECOND TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL BEING ORGANISED ............... 2

LABOUR LAW BREAKERS PENALISED .................................. J

PREVOCaTIONAL STUDENTS HAVE WIDER OPPORTUNITIES ............... 4

RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON STARTS NEXT ..'EEK .................... 4

PHOTOGRAPH OF ICAC COMMISSIONER DESIGNATE ...................... 5

NIGHT CLOSURE OF BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER ....................... 5

WATER SUPPLY CUT

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HONG KONG’S TOP INDOOR SPORTS COMPLEX OPENED

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY OFFICIALLY OPENED THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ADDRESSING A PACKED AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN 3 000 DIGNITARIES AND SPORTS OFFICIALS IN THE ARENA, SIR MURRAY SAID THE STADIUM PROVIDES THE LATEST OF INDOOR FACILITIES WHERE SPORT, RECREATION AND CULTURE ARE PRACTISED AND ENJOYED TO AN EVER INCREASING EXTENT.

HE SAID THE STADIUM ALSO PROVIDES A HOME FOR THE AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, 23 LOCAL GOVERNING SPORTS BODIES AND A CENTRAL SECRETARIAT - ♦A VERITABLE POWER-HOUSE OF SPORT*.

+BUT THIS IS NO ORDINARY FACILITY. IT WAS BUILT UNDER THE IMPETUS OF THE ROYAL VISIT COMMEMORATION FUND ORGANISED TO COMMEMORATE THE QUEEN’S VISIT IN 1975. SOME OF THE DONORS ARE SEATED BEHIND ME AND I WOULD LIKE TO PAY MY TRIBUTE TO THEIR IMAGINATION AND PUBLIC SPIRIT. THE SUBSTANTIAL SUM THEY RAISED WAS THEN SUPPLEMENTED BY THE ROYAL VISIT GOLD COIN FUND, AND BY GOVERNMENT AND URBAN COUNCIL MONEY TO PROVIDE THIS BUILDING,* SIR MURRAY SAID.

SIR MURRAY COMMENTED THAT THE VISIT OF THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP WAS A NOTABLE EVENT AND THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY THAT HONG KONG PLAYED HOST TO A REIGNING MONARCH.

♦IT WAS A SINGULARLY HAPPY OCCASION CONDUCTED WITH GRACE AND GOODWILL,* SIR MURRAY NOTED.

♦IN THE CITY HALL HER MAJESTY REMINDED US OF OUR TIES WITH BRITAIN, OF THE HARMONY IN WHICH WE LIVE WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC CF CHINA, AND URGED US TO HOLD TO OUR VISION OF BOTH THE PROSPERITY AND ALSO THE MANY-SIDED LIFE WE ARE ENDEAVOURING TO BUILD BY THE SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEMS THAT BESET AN OVER-CROWDED CITY. THESE ARE THE CORNERSTONES OF OUR EXISTENCE, AND IT WAS RIGHT THAT WE SHOULD BE REMINDED OF THEM ON THAT OCCASION.

♦IT WAS IN ALL RESPECTS A GREAT VISIT, WORTHY OF A LASTING MONUMENT. IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THIS SHOULD BE NOT AN ARCH OR A STATUE BUT THIS BUILDING, IN WHICH OVER THE YEARS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WILL FIND HEALTH, ENJOYMENT, AND RELIEF FROM THE PRESSURES OF EVERYDAY LIFE. IN DOING SO LET THEM ALSO THINK OF THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE AND QUIET CONFIDENCE PERSONIFIED BY THE QUEEN THE PUBLIC SUBSCRIBED TO HONOUR IN THIS WAY,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR A. DE 0. SALES, SAID THE OPENING OF THE STADIUM WAS A DISTINCT COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT.

♦IT IS THE CREATION OF ANOTHER ASSET OF FAR-REACHING SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE. IT WILL BENEFIT THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG IN MANY WAYS IF IT IS PUT TO ITS INTENDED USE JUST AS IT WILL GIVE PLEASURE TO ALL WHO COME HERE FOR THE MANY SPORTS, CULTURAL AND OTHER PROGRAMMES WHICH MAY NOW BE PUT ON UNDER PROPER AND COMFORTABLE CONDITIONS AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR,* MR SALES SAID.

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♦THE GOVERNMENT, THE MAJOR DONORS, OTHER PUBLIC CONTRIBUTIONS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL TOGETHER FINANCED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS COMPLEX. THE COST OF RUNNING IT WILL BE VERY HEAVY, ESTIMATED AT $9.1 MILLION TO START OFF IN THE FIRST YEAR, AND WILL BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY THE COUNCIL AS A SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY,* MR SALES ADDED.

EARLIER, THE GOVERNOR UNVEILED TWO PLAQUES AT THE STADIUM’S ENTRANCE, ONE TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AND THE OTHER THE DONORS TO THE ROYAL VISIT COMMEMORATION FUND.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR D.W. MCDONALD PRESENTED A KEY TO MR SALES TO SIGNIFY THE HANDING-OVER OF THE 13-STOREY MULTIPURPOSE COMPLEX TO THE URBAN COUNCIL.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OPENING CEREMONY INCLUDED A MARCH-PAST OF NATIONAL SPORTS ASSOCIATION TEAMS, TABLE-TENNIS DEMONSTRATION MATCHES AND DISPLAYS OF JUDO, BADMINTON AND FENCING. A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ON SPORTS WAS ALSO MOUNTED IN THE LOBBY ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE STADIUM.

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AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED TO ORGANISE THE SECOND TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL.

THE FESTIVAL WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 1 AND LAST THREE WEEKS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID THE IDEA OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO INCREASE LOCAL INTEREST IN SPORT, TO RAISE SPORTING STANDARDS AND TO HELP PROMOTE A SENSE OF BELONGING AND INTEGRATION AMONG NEW RESIDENTS OF TSUEN WAN.

THE FESTIVAL WAS FIRST HELD LAST YEAR AND PROVED TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL. AS A RESULT IT WAS DECIDED TO MAKE IT AN ANNUAL EVENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NEW FEATURES OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED, SQUASH COMPETITIONS AND CANOE POLO MATCHES.

AMONG OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL BE FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BADMINTON, BOXING, VOLLEYBALL, BASEBALL, HANDBALL AND TABLE TENNIS. THERE WILL ALSO BE ATHLETICS AND AQUATIC EVENTS, GYMNASTIC AND MARTIAL ARTS DISPLAYS, AS WELL AS ARCHERY DEMONSTRATIONS.

MOST ACTIVITIES >V ILL BE HELD IN THE NEW INDOOR GAMES HALL IN KWAI CHUNG WHICH WILL BE OPENED BY THE END OF OCTOBER.

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WILL PROVIDE $150 000 FOR THE FESTIVAL AND ANOTHER $50 000 IS EXPECTED TO BE RAISED FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS.

SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, IS PATRON OF THE COMMITTEE AND TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JAMES HAYES, IS PRESIDENT.

THE COMMITTEE HAS 31 MEMBERS WHO COME FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, POLICE AND TSUEN WAN SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION.

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LABOUR LAW BREAKERS PENALISED ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LAST (JULY) MONTH TOOK OUT 834 PROSECUTIONS FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LEGISLATION.

OF THE CASES TAKEN OUT BY THE DEPARTMENT’S PROSECUTIONS UNIT, 816 RESULTED IN CONVICTION, AND FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS TOTALLED MORE THAN $567 000.

THE MAJORITY OF CASES WERE RELATED TO BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND VARIOUS REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE ORDINANCE, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

AMONG THEM, 328 CONCERNED VIOLATION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS AND THE FINES AMOUNTED TO $349 075.

OF THESE CASES, 208 ($183 675 IN FINES) WERE FOR BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 59 ($101 150 IN FINES) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS ACCOUNTED FOR 451 CASES WITH $204 180 IN FINES.

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THE INTRODUCTION OF FORMS IV AND V IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS STARTING FROM 1981 WILL MAKE THIS SCHOOL SYSTEM MORE FLEXIBLE, W T.L. LAM, ACTING SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS AND SERVICES) SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF AN INDUCTION COURSE FOR NEWLY APPOINTED TEACHERS IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS HELD AT LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN KOWLOON TONG.

THE SETTING UP OF SENIOR SECONDARY FORMS IN THESE SCHOOLS WOULD OFFER FORM III LEAVERS A CHOICE OF JOINING INDUSTRY FOR FURTHER TRAINING, OR GOING ON TO FORM V IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS, MR LAM SAID.

♦THIS FLEXIBLE SYSTEM WILL ENABLE THE STUDENTS TO MAKE A SUITABLE CHOICE IN THE FORM OF FURTHER EDUCATION OR TRAINING BEST SUITED TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL ABILITIES,* HE SAID.

GRADUATE TEACHERS ARE RECRUITED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR TO TEACH IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID THAT PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION WAS BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR.

+THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS SEEKING ENTRY INTO PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS THIS COMING ACADEMIC YEAR IS FOUR TIMES THE NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE,* HE SAID.

MR WATERS SAID ALL THE SCHOOLS WOULD TAKE PART IN THE JUNIOR SECONDARY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM TO BE INTRODUCED NEXT JANUARY FOR THE ALLOCATION OF SUBSIDIZED FORM IV PLACES.

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RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON STARTS NEXT WEEK *****

THE ANNUAL RESERVOIR

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT

FISHING SEASON WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) AND LAST TILL

MARCH 31, 1981.

i irpurfs FOR RESERVOIR FISHING CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

♦THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURES TO ENABLE THOSE APPLYING IN PERSON TO HAVE THEIR LICENCE ISSUED IMMEDIATELY,* A SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN APPLICANT SIMPLY SHOWS HIS IDENTITY CARD, GIVES HIS NAME AND ADDRESS AND PAYS A FEE OF $20, HE SAID.

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APPLICANTS MAY ALSO APPLY BY POST, GIVING THEIR NAME. ADDRESS AND IDENTITY CARD NUMBER TOGETHER WITH A CROSSED-CHEQUE FOR 120 MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. THEIR FISHING LICENCE WILL BE ISSUED BY MAIL.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED LICENCE HOLDERS THAT ALL THE RULES OF RESERVOIR FISHING MUST BE OBSERVED.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

PHOTOGRAPH OF ICAC COMMISSIONER DESIGNATE

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COPIES OF A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH OF MR PETER WILLIAMS, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

MR WILLIAMS WILL SUCCEED SIR DONALD LUDDINGTON, WHO WILL BE RETIRING IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, AS COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

THE PHOTOGRAPH IS FOR YOUR RECORD AND EDITORIAL USE.

NIGHT CLOSURE OF BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER * * * *

THE EASTBOUND LANE OF THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM BOUNDARY STREET TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM TONIGHT AND AGAIN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) NIGHT FOR ROAD REPAIR.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL EE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF MID-LEVELS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 29).

THE AREA COVERS CONDUIT ROAD, OLD PEAK ROAD, HORNSEY ROAD, TREGUNTER PATH, MAY ROAD FROM HOUSE NO 1 TO OLD PEAK ROAD, AND ROBINSON ROAD HOUSE NOS 1-9 AND 79-85.

THE ALBANY AND THE WATER WORKS QUARTERS AT GARDEN ROAD WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED BY THE WATER CUT.

ALSO ON FRIDAY, BEGINNING AT 10 PM, WATER SUPPLY TO MEI WAN STREET AND ALLWAY GARDEN IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR NINE HOURS ENDING AT 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (SATURDAY).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN—SUPPLEMENT

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

Wednesday, August 27» 1980

SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, KBE, KCMG, KCVO, AT THE OPENING OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH ST2WIUM ON AUGUST 27, 1980

It gives me great pleasure to be here to declare open this fine new building. It is the latest addition to our growing array of outdoor and indoor facilities where sport, recreation and culture are practised and enjoyed to an ever increasing extent.

It is the finest yet, with seating for 3 600 and a versatility that spans all the way from full-scale exhibitions, ballet and opera, to basketball and ping pong.

It also provides a home for the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, 23 local governing sports bodies and a central secretariat -a veritable power-house of sport.

I congratulate the Public Works Department and the architects and contractors and all others who have helped to concentrate so much into this building that will contribute to the lighter side of life in Hong Kong, and done so with such pleasing taste.

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Now with the keys presented, it is handed over to the expert management of the Urban Council. We all wish them resounding success.

But this is no ordinary facility. It was built under the impetus of the Royal Visit Commemoration Fund organised to commemorate The Queen’s visit in 1975* Some of the donors are seated behind me and I would like to pay my tribute to their imagination and public spirit. The substantial sum they, raised-was-then supplemented by~‘tlie Royal Visit Gold Coin Fund, and by Government and Urban Council money to provide this building.

The visit of Her Majesty and Prince Philip was a notable event; the first time in its history that Hong Kong played host to a reigning monarch. It was a singularly happy occasion conducted v/ith grace and goodwill.

In the City Hall Her Majesty reminded us of our ties with Britain, of the harmony in which we live with the People’s Republic of China, and urged us to hold to our vision of both the prosperity and also the many-sided life we are endeavouring to build by the solution of the problems that beset an overcrowded city. These are the cornerstones of our existence, and it was right that we should be reminded of them on that occasion.

It was in all respects a great visit, worthy of a lasting monument. It is appropriate that this should be not an arch or a statue but this building, in which over the years hundreds of thousands will find health, enjoyment, and relief from the pressures of everyday life. In doing so let them also think of the spirit of service and quiet confidence personified by The Queen the public subscribed to honour in this way.

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TYPHOON JOE PUT UP CONSUMER PRICE INDICES ........................... 1

COMMENTS ON GREEN PAPER STILL WELCOMED .............................. 3

CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY FOR SHA TIN ............................ 3

ANTI-CANCER EXHIBITION OPENS AT CITY HALT............................ 4

AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR VISITS LOCAL MUSHROOM GROWERS .................. 5

IMPROVEMENTS IN WATER SUPPLY TO OUTLYING ISLANDS .................... 6

TEMPORARY RESCHEDULING OF KCR TIMETABLE ............................. 7

WONG CHUK HANG URBAN CLEARWAYS EXTENDED ............................. 7

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TYPHOON JOE PUT UP CONSUMER PRICE INDICES * ft * ft

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR LAST MONTH (JULY) WERE 163 AND 162 RESPECTIVELY, EACH BEING FIVE POINTS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH AFTER HAVING REMAINED SUBSTANTIVELY UNCHANGED SINCE FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

THE FIVE-POINT INCREASE IS MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO RISES IN FOOD PRICES, DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF TYPHOON JOE. THE INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF FOOD CONTRIBUTE ABOUT FOUR POINTS IN THE RISE OF CPI(A) AND THREE POINTS IN CPI(B). THE PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND SALT-WATER FISH ROSE BY 25 PER CENT AND 16 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 1.7 POINTS AND 0.7 POINT OF THE RISE IN CP I(A).

CPI(A) IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN 1400 AND $1 499 A MONTH AND THE CPI(B) FROM THOSE SPENDING BETWEEN $1 500 AND >2 999 A MONTH, AS DETERMINED FROM THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY OF 1973/74.

THE CHANGES FOR JULY 1980 IN RESPECT OF THE COMPONENTS OF THE TWO INDICES, COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1979, ARE AS FOLLOWSi

COMPONENT JULY 80 CPI(A) JUNE 80 JULY 79 JULY 80 CP 1(B)

JUNE 80 JULY 79

FOODSTUFFS 157 150 135 159 152 137

FUSING 154 151 144 154 151 143

FUEL AND LIGHT 268 262 179 253 247 174

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 184 184 158 177 177 153

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 121 120 110 119 118 109

DURABLE GOODS 135 134 127 131 130 124

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 170 168 145 168 165 143

transport and VEHICLES 197 196 152 197 196 158

SERVICES 168 167 147 172 171 150

all items 163 158 140 162 157 140

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THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY SEVEN POINTS IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPl(B). ADVERSE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH TYPHOON JOE CAUSED THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND SALT-WATER FISH TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY. INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH-WATER FISH, FRESH FRUITS, LIVE POULTRY, PORK AND BEEF. THE COST OF MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS ALSO WENT UP. EFFECTS OF THE MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH INDICES AS HIGHER RENT WAS REGISTERED IN PRIVATE DWELLINGS.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT INCREASED BY SIX POINTS EACH IN THE TWO INDICES DUE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS AS WELL AS HIGHER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY.

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IN BOTH CP I(A) AND CPI(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OUTERCLOTHING ITEMS AND FOOTWEAR.

HIGHER PRICES FOR WOODEN FURNITURE, WATCHES AND TRAVEL GOODS INCREASED THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS BY ONE POINT EACH IN BOTH INDICES.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN CPI(A) AND THREE POINTS IN CPI(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR MEDICINES, TOILET REQUISITES AND GENUINE JEWELLERY.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH INDICES AS A RESULT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR FERRY FARES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FARES AND HIGHER PRICE FOR GASOLINE.

THE ONE-POINT RISE IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES IN BOTH INDICES WAS MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND HAIRDRESSING.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE ^CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR JULY 1980, WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $2 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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COMMENTS ON GREEN PAPER STILL WELCOMED *****

COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S GREEN PAPER, +A PATTERN OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG*, HAVE BEEN COMING IN AT A STEADILY INCREASING RATE IN RECENT WEEKS, AND ALL ARE BEING GIVEN CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.

♦SINCE JUNE,* A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF USEFUL COMMENTS RECEIVED, AND MANY MORE EXPRESSED THROUGH the MEDIA AND OTHER AVENUES. IT IS ENCOURAG I NG.+

WHEN THE GREEN PAPER WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON JUNE 6 IT WAS STATED THAT VIEWS FROM THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE EXPRESSED BY THE END OF AUGUST.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY REPRESENTATIONS MADE AFTER THE END OF THIS MONTH WOULD NOT BE IGNORED.

♦OBVIOUSLY THE PROPOSALS IN THE GREEN PAPER HAVE TAKEN SOME TIME TO DIGEST,♦ HE SAID. ♦BUT WE DO WANT TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE THINK AND EVEN THOSE COMMENTS MADE LATER WILL BE CAREFULLY LOOKED AT.+

CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY FOR SHA TIN * * * *

A CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY IS TO BE BUILT IN THE CENTRAL AREA OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT WILL CONSIST OF THREE BLOCKS BUILT ON A PODIUM WITH COVERED LINKS.

ONE OF THE BLOCKS WILL BE A MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM WITH 1 400 SEATS. INCLUDED IN THE FOUR-STOREY BLOCK WILL BE AN EXHIBITION AREA AND LECTURE ROOMS.

A SECOND BLOCK WILL BE A PUBLIC LIBRARY WITH A FLOOR AREA OF 3 300 SQUARE METRES. THIS BLOCK WILL BE TWO STOREYS HIGH.

A RESTAURANT WITH A 1 500 SQUARE METRE FLOOR AREA WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN A SINGLE-STOREY BLOCK.

THE PROJECT COSTING $160 MILLION WILL BE BUILT ON A 1.5 HECTARE SITE FRONTING THE SHING MUN RIVER, WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW CLEANING UP BEFORE TURNING INTO A BOAT PARK STRETCHING FOR EIGHT KILOMETRES.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BEGIN IN JULY, 1981, AND BE COMPLETED BY MID-1984.

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A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY WOULD BE PART OF THE TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT.

THE AREA ON BOTH SIDES OF THE COMPLEX WOULD BE MAINLY FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDING HOMES FOR ABOUT 50 000 PEOPLE.

A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, THREE MEDIUM-RISE COMMERCIAL OFFICE BLOCKS AND A MAGISTRACY WOULD ALSO BE BUILT IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

THE CHIEF ARCHITECT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR FRANK HO-ASJOE, TODAY BRIEFED LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD ^EMBERS ON PLANS FOR THE CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY FOR THEIR COMMENTS. PLANS WILL BE FINALISED WHEN ALL VIEWS HAVE BEEN COLLECTED.

AT THE SAME MEETING, MEMBERS WERE ALSO CONSULTED ON UPDATING THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

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MANY FORMS OF CANCER ARE EITHER PREVENTABLE OR CURABLE IF DETECTED EARLY AND TREATED IN TIME.

THIS WAS THE MESSAGE GIVEN BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, WHEN HE OFFICIALLY OPENED THE ANTI-CANCER EXHIBITION IN THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL THIS AFTERNOON.

THE EXHIBITION, AIMED AT PROVIDING THE PUBLIC WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF CANCER, THE TOP KILLER-DISEASE IN HONG KONG, IS JOINTLY HELD BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE ANTICANCER SOCIETY AND THE STOMA ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, DR THONG SAID THE CANCER MORTALITY RATE DOUBLED IN THE PAST TWO DECADES FROM 62.5 PER 100 000 IN 1959 TO 126.6 LAST YEAR.

HE STRESSED HOWEVER THAT THOUGH CANCER ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 25 PER CENT OF ALL DEATHS IN HONG KONG, IT WAS NOT A TOTALLY INCURABLE DISEASE.

♦WHILE CANCER IS FATAL IF UNTREATED, OR IF TREATED LATE, CERTAIN FORMS OF CANCER, IF DETECTED AND TREATED EARLY ARE AMONG THE MOST CURABLE OF THE DISEASES WHICH HAVE BECOME THE MAJOR CAUSES OF DEATH,* HE SAID.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH THE CAUSE AND TREATMENT OF MANY VARIETIES CF CANCER ARE STILL THE SUBJECT OF RESEARCH, MANY CANCERS ARE INDUCED BY EXPOSURE TO KNOWN CARCINOGENIC AGENTS AND THE RISK CAN BE REDUCED BY THE ELIMINATION OR CONTROL OF THESE SUBSTANCES.

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FOR INSTANCE, BY ESTABLISHING SENSIBLE HEALTH HABITS SUCH AS CUTTING DOWN OR CUTTING OUT CIGARETTE SMOKING, MORE LUNG CANCER CAN BE PREVENTED.

FURTHERMORE, EARLY IDENTIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT NOT ONLY CAN RESULT IN A BETTER PROGNOSIS BUT ALSO RENDER THE CONDITION LESS DISABLING, SAID DR THONG.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT PUBLIC EDUCATION WAS ESSENTIAL IN REDUCING INCIDENCES OF MORTALITY AND DISABILITY AND IN MINIMISING PSYCHOLOGICAL AS WELL AS PHYSICAL SUFFERINGS ARISING FROM CANCER.

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION CAN SEE HOW CANCER BEGINS AND SPREADS AND HOW SIMPLE HEALTH MEASURES CAN EITHER PREVENT OR DETECT SOME FORMS OF CANCER.

EDUCATIONAL MOVIES AND SLIDES ON TOPICS INCLUDING LUNG CANCER AND CERVICAL CANCER WILL BE SHOWN AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

ON DISPLAY ALSO ARE ILLUMINATED LIFE-SIZE MODELS INDICATING THE COMMON SITES OF CANCER AND THE SPREAD OF CANCER IN THE BODY.

TWO EDUCATIONAL LEAFLETS, ONE ON EARLY CANCER WARNING SIGNS AND THE OTHER ON STEPS TO SELF-EXAMINE BREAST CANCER WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6 PM FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO SUNDAY.

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AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR VISITS LOCAL MUSHROOM GROWERS

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN, VISITED A PROMINENT MUSHROOM FARMER IN SEK KONG THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE GROWING OF MUSHROOMS IN HONG KONG.

THE FARMER, MR CHIU MING, IS A LEADING MUSHROOM GROWER. HIS FARM PRODUCES SOME 70 PICULS OF MUSHROOMS EACH MONTH AS WELL AS 30 TO 40 PER CENT OF THE LOCALLY PRODUCED MUSHROOM SPAWNS.

COMMENTING ON HIS VISIT, MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THE BASIC FACILITIES AS WELL AS THE LAYOUT AND DESIGN OF THE FARM WERE FAIRLY ■MODERN AND SUITED TO LOCAL CONDITIONS.

HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE FROM HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH MR CHIU THAT MANY MUSHROOM GROWERS HAD VISITED MR CHIU TO STUDY THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF HIS FARM.

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LATER IN THE MORNING, THE DIRECTOR VISITED HIS DEPARTMENT’S VEGETABLE UNIT AT TAI LUNG FARM WHERE SMALL-SCALE TRIALS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT TO SELECT STABLE AND HIGH-YIELDING STRAINS OF STRAW MUSHROOMS FOR PRODUCTION.

IN THE AFTERNOON, HE VISITED PROFESSOR S.T. CHANG OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WHO IS AN AUTHORITY ON STRAW MUSHROOMS, TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS OF GROWING MUSHROOMS LOCALLY. MR RIDDELL-SWAN ALSO VISITED PROFESSOR CHANG’S LABORATORY TO SEE HIS RESEARCH WORK ON MUSHROOMS.

IMPROVEMENTS IN WATER SUPPLY TO OUTLYING ISLANDS

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS LET TWO CONTRACTS VALUED AT MORE THAN $5 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SERVICE RESERVOIR IN CHEUNG CHAU AND LAYING OF WATER MAINS IN TAI 0, LANTAU ISLAND TO IMPROVE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE TWO AREAS.

THE RESERVOIR IN CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE BUILT ON A SITE NEXT TO THE EXISTING ONE AND WILL HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 3 410 CUBIC METRES.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $3.8 MILLION, IS THE LAYING OF ABOUT 600 METRES OF WATER MAINS OF 450 MM IN DIAMETER NEXT TO THE RESERVOIR.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START NEXT WEEK AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

THE OTHER $1.3 MILLION CONTRACT IS FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 1.7 KILOMETRES OF WATER MAINS BETWEEN Yl 0 AND TAI 0.

ON COMPLETION, THE CAPACITY OF TREATED FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO TAI 0 WILL BE INCREASED FROM 910 CUBIC METRES TO 1 460 CUBIC METRES A DAY.

WORK WILL START EARLY NEXT MONTH AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

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TEMPORARY RESCHEDULING OF KCR TIMETABLE

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THE TRAIN TIMETABLE ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) WILL BE SLIGHTLY ALTERED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ANNOUNCED

THE TEMPORARY RESCHEDULING WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED ON SEPTEMBER 17 AND 18 BECAUSE OF ENGINEERING WORK AT RACECOURSE STATION FOR THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE RAILWAY, HE SAID.

THE REVISED TIMETABLE WILL BE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF COMMUTERS.

tnn AL™E SAME TIME' A NEW SECTION OF TRACK SITUATED ABOUT 100 METRES NORTH OF SHA TIN STATION TO THE SOUTHERN END OF RACECOURSE STATION ----------

(SEPTEMBER $).

WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON TUESDAY

THE SPOKESMAN URGED PEOPLE NOT TO CROSSING OR WALKING ALONGSIDE IT.

RISK THEIR LIVES BY

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WONG CHUK HANG URBAN CLEARWAYS EXTENDED ******

THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTED ZONES AT THE NORTHERN APPROACH RAMPS TO AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE WILL BE EXTENDED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

THE NEW ZONES ARE I

* THE SECTION OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD FROM ITS WESTERN END TO A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HEUNG YIP ROAD-

* THE SECTION OF ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD FROM ITS EASTERN END TO HOUSE NO 3-

* A 20 METRE SECTION OF HEUNG YIP ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WONG CHUK HANG ROAD"

* A 25 METRE SECTION OF THE UNNAMED SLIP ROAD OFF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD LEADING TO THE LOAD ING/UNLOADI NG BAY"

* THE SECTION OF THE SAME SLIP ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ABERDEEN-BOUND DOWNRAMP OF AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF THE JUNCTION.

WITHIN THESE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPP I NG FOR PASSENGERS OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APPOINTMENTS TO EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS .......... 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY .......................... 2

GOVERNMENT TO MANAGE LEASE-EXPIRED BUILDINGS ................ 5

TRADE MINISTER HEADS MISSION TO HONG KONG ................... 6

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR BETTER LABOUR RELATIONS ................... 7

STUDENT VAN PERMITS APPLICATION RESULTS ..................... 8

KOWLOON CITY SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF....... 9

CRAFT LEVEL COURSES UNDER REVIEW ........................... 10

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR TUEN MUN SITE...................... 10

HK WINS GOLD MEDAL IN COMMONWEALTH EXHIBITION .............. 11

NT REGIONAL COMMISSIONER OPENS FACTORY aT Ha TSUEN ......... 12

+TSUEN WAN 20 YE/iRS IN NEWSPHOTOS+ ........................ 1}

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1980

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY ANNOUNCED A NUMBER CF CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

THE REVEREND P.T. MCGOVERN HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

THREE NEW UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAVE BEEN APPOINTED - MR CHAN KAM-CHUEN, BUILDING SERVICES MANAGER OF CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED, QUEEN’S COUNSEL JOHN J. SWAINE AND MR WILLIAM BROWN, CHIEF MANAGER OF THE CHARTERED BANK. THIS RAISES THE NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FROM 24 TO 26.

THE APPOINTMENT OF THE ADDITIONAL UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS FOLLOWS HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, BY ORDER-IN-COUNCIL, AMENDING THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS ENABLING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF BOTH UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TO BE INCREASED TO 27.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS WOULD STRENGTHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND SHARE OUT THE STEADILY INCREASING WORKLOAD OF THE MEMBERS.

THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL HAD INCREASED CONSIDERABLY OVER RECENT YEARS, FOR EXAMPLE THE VOLUME OF LEGISLATION AND THE DETAILED SCRUTINY OF IT, AS WELL AS COMMITTEE WORK AND HEARING REPRESENTATIONS FROM ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. THE NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WAS 13 IN 1971 AND WAS INCREASED TO 22 IN 1976 AND AGAIN TO 24 IN 1977.

MR CHAN IS 54 YEARS OLD, MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN. HE WAS BORN AND EDUCATED IN HONG KONG AND JOINED CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED IN 1949. AN ACTIVE TRADE UNION MEMBER, HE BECAME THE SECRETARY OF THE CABLE AND WIRELESS LTD HONG KONG NON-EXPATRI ATE STAFF ASSOCIATION IN 1971. THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE TOOK OVER AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, A POSITION HE HELD FOR FOUR YEARS. SINCE STEPPING DOWN, HE HAS CONTINUED TO ACT AS ADVISER TO THE ASSOCIATION.

HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD SINCE 1977 AND THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL SINCE 1976, AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS A LAY ASSESSOR IN THE MAGISTRATES COURTS.

MR SWAINE, OBE, QC, JP WAS BORN IN SHANGHAI IN 1932, IS MARRIED AND HAS FIVE CHILDREN. HE WAS EDUCATED IN HONG KONG AND STUDIED AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY.

IN ADDITION TO BEING A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG BAR, NR SWAINE IS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE INLAND REVENUE BOARD OF REVIEW, AND IS CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL’S REVIEW SUB-COMMITTEE.

MR BROWN IS 49 YEARS OLD, MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN. HE IS CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION.

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HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE BANKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE EXCHANGE FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION ADVISORY BOARD AND THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. HE IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF BOTH THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET AND THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

UNOFFICIALS REAPPOINTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ARE RR OSWALD CHEUNG, MR R.H. LOBO, MR J.H. BREMRIDGE, DR HARRY FANG SIN-YANG, MR LO TAK-SHING, MR FRANCIS TIEN YUAN-HAO, THE REVEREND JOYCE M. BENNETT, MR CHEN SHOU-LUM, MISS LYDIA DUNN, DR HENRY HU HUNG-LICK, THE REVEREND P.T. MCGOVERN, MR PETER C. WONG, MR WONG LAM, DR HO KAM-FAI, MR ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI, MR D.K. NEWBIGGING AND NR ANDREW SO KWOK-WING. THE NEW OFFICIAL MEMBER IS MR GRAHAM BARNES WHO REPLACES MR J.C.C. WALDEN.

THE APPOINTMENTS OF THE REMAINING SIX UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS RUN UNTIL AUGUST 31 NEXT YEAR. THEY ARE MR LI FOOK-WO, MR ALEX WU SHU-CHIH, DR RAYSON LISUNG HUANG, MR CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO, M? WONG PO-YAN AND MR HU FA-KUANG.

THE RETIRING MEMBER IS MR LEUNG TAT-SHING.

SEVEN UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED. THEY ARE SIR S.Y. CHUNG, MR OSWALD CHEUNG, MR J.H. BREMRIDGE, MR R.H. LOBO, MR LI FOOK-WO, DR HARRY FANG SIN-YANG AND NR M.G.R. SANDBERG. MR D. AKERS-JONES, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS ALSO BEEN REAPPOINTED.

MR T.S. LO’S CURRENT APPOINTMENT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL RUNS UNTIL AUGUST 31, 1982.

ALL REAPPOINTMENTS TO THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AND THE THREE NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JULY 1983. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS $8 513 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $6 087 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT 32 423 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT 39 193 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT WAS $683 MILLION WHICH WAS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THAT FOR JULY 1979.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1979, THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE WERE RECORDED: 8913 MILLION, OR 18 PER CENT, FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS- 8770 MILLION, OR 47 PER CENT, FOR RE-EXPORTS-31 682 MILLION, OR 25 PER CENT, FOR TOTAL EXPORTS- AND $1 651 MILLION, OR 22 PER CENT, FOR IMPORTS.

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COMMENTING ON THE JULY FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT, DESPITE A +747 JUMBO+ WHICH IS WORTH ABOUT S269 MILLION BEING IMPORTED IN THE MONTH, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS STILL FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS. THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS HAS SLOWED DOWN TO THE EXTENT THAT, BUT FOR THE IMPORTATION OF THE +747 JUMBO+, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT WOULD HAVE BEEN ONLY ABOUT S400 MILLION.

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WITH THOSE FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF LAST YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAVE INCREASED IN VALUE BY 30 PER CENT, RE-EXPORTS BY 44 PER CENT, TOTAL EXPORTS BY 34 PER CENT AND IMPORTS BY 33 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT STATISTICS ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE TRADE FOR JULY WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE, BUT THE DETAILED FIGURES UP TO JUNE SUGGESTED THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS CF RAW MATERIAL AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, THOUGH STILL RAPID FOR THE FIRST HALF YEAR AS A WHOLE, HAD SLOWED DOWN IN JUNE WHILE THAT OF CONSUMER GOODS HAD REMAINED FAIRLY RAPID THROUGHOUT. THESE DEVELOPMENTS WERE PRESUMABLY A REFLECTION OF THE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT EXPORT PROSPECTS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR AND OF THE PICK UP IN THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND.

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT, AS ENVISAGED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS 1980 BUDGET SPEECH, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR HAD ALMOST CAUGHT UP WITH THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS. AS A CONSEQUENCE, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+, THAT IS THE PROPORTION CF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WHICH IS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, WAS 13.6 PER CENT IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1980, COMPARED WITH 11.5 PER CENT FOR 1979. IT WAS HOWEVER STILL BELOW THE 14.4 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS CF 1979.

THE FOLLOWING ARE COMPARATIVE MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES!

LATEST 3 MONTHS MAY - JULY 1980 MAY - JULY 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S M. 5 M. S M. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 18 117 14 307 + 3 810 ♦ 26.6

RE-EXPORTS 7 324 5 054 * 2 270 ♦ 44.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 25 441 19 360 + 6 080 +31.4

IMPORTS 27 440 21 376 * 6 064 * 28.4

TRADE BALANCE - 1 999 - 2 016 + 17

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SAME MONTH LAST YEAR JULY 1980 JULY 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ M. $ M. IM. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6 087 5 174 + 913 ♦ 17.6

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (71.5%) (75.8%)

RE-EXPORTS 2 423 1 653 + 770 + 46.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 8 510 6 828 ♦ 1 682 +24.6

IMPORTS 9 193 7 542 ♦ 1 651 ♦ 21.9

TRADE BALANCE - 683 - 714 + 31

JULY JUNE INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1980 1980 DECREASE

$ M. $ M. IM. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6 087 6 079 8+0.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (71.5%) (71.9%)

RE-EXPORTS 2 423 2 378 + 45 ♦ 1.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 8 510 8 457 + 53 + 0.6

IMPORTS 9 193 8 824 + 369 +4.2

TRADE BALANCE - 683 - 367 - 316

JAN. - JULY JAN. - JULY INCREASE OR

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1980 1979 DECREASE

I M. S M. IM, %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 37 209 28 577 + 8 633 + 30.2

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (70.4%) (72.5%)

RE-EXPORTS 15 660 10 849 + 4 811 + 44.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 52 870 39 426 +13 444 * 34.1

IMPORTS 61 166 46 053 ♦15 113 + 32.8

TRADE BALANCE - 8 296 - 6 627 - 1 669

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LAST 12 MONTHS AUGUST 1979 TO JULY 1980 AUGUST 1978 TO JULY 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ M. S M. S M. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 64 545 48 296 ♦16 249 + 33.6

RE-EXPORTS 24 833 17 131 + 7 702 ♦ 45.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 89 378 65 427 ♦23 951 + 36.6

IMPORTS 100 950 75 802 +25 148 + 33.2

TRADE BALANCE - H 572 - 10 375 - 1 197

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GOVERNMENT TO MANAGE LEASE-EXPIRED BUILDINGS ft ft ft ft

TWO GROUPS OF PRE-WAR BUILDINGS IN TAI KOK TSUI COMPRISING 21 PROPERTIES WILL BE TAKEN INTO DIRECT MANAGEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT WHEN THEIR 75-YEAR NON-RENEWABLE LEASES EXPIRE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

THESE FOUR-STOREY BUILDINGS ARE NUMBERS 112-128 (EVEN NUMBERS) AND 152-174 (EVEN NUMBERS) IN LAI CHI KOK ROAD. ALSO AFFECTED IS A SITE IN TAI NAN STREET WHICH HAS BEEN VACANT SINCE THE BUILDINGS STANDING THERE WERE DECLARED DANGEROUS AND DEMOLISHED ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE LAND WAS REQUIRED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES CONTAINED IN THE TAI KOK TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, WHICH WAS APPROVED IN JANUARY 1979.

TAI KOK TSUI IS ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST DENSELY-POPULATED AREAS, WHERE LAND FOR PUBLIC USE IS AT A PREMIUM.

♦TO RELIEVE THE SITUATION, THE ZONING PLAN PROVIDES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES. THESE INCLUDE A SITTING-OUT AREA, A CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE, A CHILD CARE CENTRE AND A CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED AND ELDERLY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALTHOUGH THE LEASES OF THE AFFECTED PROPERTIES WILL NOT EXPIRE UNTIL DECEMBER, LETTERS EXPLAINING THE MEANING OF DIRECT MANAGEMENT ARE BEING SENT TO BOTH OWNERS AND RESIDENTS THIS WEEK IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM AS MUCH NOTICE AS POSSIBLE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTIONS.

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THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT AS THE LAND WOULD NOT BE DEVELOPED IMMEDIATELY ON THE EXPIRY OF THE LEASES, THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR CLEARANCE AND EVICTION.

♦THIS MEANS THAT TENANTS CAN REMAIN IN THE BUILDINGS AFTER DECEMBER. PLANNING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST ONE YEAR, AND AMPLE NOTICE

TENANTS WHEN A HE EXPLAINED.

., WILL BE GIVEN TO OWNERS AND

DECISION IS TAKEN ON THE DATE FOR THE CLEARANCE,♦

EX-GRATIA

POSSIBLE AFTER

COMPENSATION WILL BE

THE PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO DIRECT MANAGEMENT. ...---------, UPON CLEARANCE OF THE SITES, ALL GENUINE OCCUPIERS

WHO ARE TENANTS OF THE CROWN WILL BE OFFERED EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES AND PUBLIC HOUSING.

PAID TO THE OWNERS AS SOON AS

IN DUE COURSE

TRADE MINISTER HEADS MISSION TO HONG KONG KUKI

THE MINISTER FOR TRADE, MR CECIL PARKINSON, WILL HEAD A BRITISH TEXTILE INDUSTRY MISSION WHICH WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 31) FOR A SIX-DAY VISIT.

DURING THEIR STAY HERE, MEMBERS OF THE MISSION WILL MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL GARMENT MANUFACTURERS, FABRIC IMPORTERS, MEMBERS OF THE TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARD, HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER CF COMMERCE AND OFFICIALS OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT. THE MISSION WILL INVESTIGATE AT FIRST HAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCREASING BRITISH TEXTILE EXPORTS TO HONG KONG.

THEY WILL ALSO CALL ON THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

MR PARKINSON WILL OPEN A DISPLAY OF BRITISH FABRICS AT THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL’S DISPLAY CENTRE ON MONDAY.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THEIR PROGRAMME ARE VISITS TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND A GARMENT FACTORY.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE BRITISH TEXTILE MISSION WILL ARRIVE ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 31) BY BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT BA3, ETA 4 PM. THEY WILL BE MET BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD- THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER. MR DEREK MARCH- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE MISSION’S ARRIVAL.

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THEY ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TIME OF ARRIVAL.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE ADVISED TO BRING THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT’S RESTRICTED AREA.

THE MINISTER WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT KAI TAK AIRPORT ON SEPTEMBER 5 (FRIDAY) BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE.

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR BETTER LABOUR RELATIONS ft ft ft ft

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS STEPPING UP ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE HARMONIOUS LABOUR RELATIONS IN HONG KONG.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR. MR J.N. ICNDERSON, POINTED OUT THAT THE PROMOTION FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS) HAD BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY STRENGTHENED TO PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE ON ALL ASPECTS OF LABOUR RELATIONS AND PERSONNEL MANAGMENT.

HE SAID THAT FOR YEARS THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN PURSUING THE GOAL OF MAINTAINING AND FURTHERING HARMONIOUS LABOUR RELATIONS THROUGH THE PROVISION OF CONCILIATION SERVICES TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS IN DISPUTE SITUATIONS.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT BY FOSTERING HARMONIOUS LABOUR RELATIONS, INDUSTRIAL PEACE AND SOCIAL STABILITY COULD BE ACHIEVED,♦ HE ADDED.

IN A LETTER TO EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS, MR HENDERSON SAID THE LRS PLANNED, BY MEANS OF VISITS AND ACTIVE ASSISTANCE TO ESTABLISHMENTS AND EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ ORGANISATIONS, TO PROMOTE CONSULTATIVE ARRANGEMENTS WITHIN ESTABLISHMENTS AND A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MANAGMENT AND WORKERS.

HE ENCOURAGED EMPLOYERS TO ADOPT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES CONDUCIVE TO GOOD LABOUR-MANAGMENT RELATIONS, INCLUDING WRITTEN CONTRACTS CF EMPLOYMENT, EMPLOYEES’ HANDBOOKS AND DISCIPLINARY, GRIEVANCE AND DISPUTE PROCEDURES.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT AS A FIRST STEP, STAFF OF THE LRS WOULD BE VISITING ESTABLISHMENTS AND INTERESTED BODIES TO GIVE ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE ON MATTERS SUCH AS PERSONNEL POLICIES, CONSULTATIVE ARRANGEMENTS, COMMUNICATION CHANNELS, NEGOTIATING MACHINERY, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND GRIEVANCE AND DISPUTE PROCEDURES.

ALL EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATIONS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OBTAINING ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE IN THESE MATTERS ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE LRS HEADQUARTERS AT NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI, TEL 5-282523 EXT. 74.

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STUDENT VAN PERMITS APPLICATION RESULTS A * » N

NEARLY 1 500 DRIVERS HAVE APPLIED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR PERMITS TO CARRY STUDENTS TO AMD FROM SCHOOL IN THEIR PRIVATE CARS OR VANS.

IN A MOVE TO REGULARIZE THIS FORM OF SCHOOL TRANSPORT SERVICE THE DEPARTMENT ISSUED 2 419 APPLICATION FORMS. THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS WAS AUGUST 23.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OF THE TOTAL 1 449 APPLICANTS, 942 FULFILLED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS LAID DOWN AND WILL BE GRANTED PERMITS- A FURTHER 4?0 WERE LIKELY TO BE ELIGIBLE AFTER VERIFICATION OF DISCREPANCIES FOUND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS OR PRODUCTION OF CERTAIN SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. THE REMAINING 37 APPLICANTS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS*

* SOME WERE NOT THE REGISTERED OWNERS OF THE VEHICLES CONCERNED,

» THE VEHICLES OF SOME APPLICANTS WERE NOT 7-SEATER PRIVATE CARS,

THE DRIVING LICENCES OF SOME APPLICANTS OR NOMINATED DRIVERS HAD BEEN HELD FOR WELL UNDER 3 YEARS,

M ONE APPLICANT’S DRIVING LICENCE HAD LONG EXPIRED, AND

M SOME APPLICANTS SUBMITTED MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION.

♦IN THE LATTER CASE,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN, *AN APPLICANT WOULD GET A PERMIT FOR ONE VEHICLE ONLY.*

ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULTS IN WRITING TODAY IT IS EXPECTED THAT THOSE SUCCESSFUL WILL OBTAIN THEIR PERMITS AS FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) AFTER COMPLETING THE NECESSARY FORMALITIES.

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KOWLOON CITY SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF ft ft ft ft

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S NEW KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, WHICH NOW GROUPS VARIOUS WELFARE SERVICE UNITS UNDER THE SAME ROOF, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TOGETHER WITH ITS FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE, AND THE TO KWA WAN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT ARE ACCOMMODATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF WHAMPOA HOUSE IN HUNG HOM BAY CENTRE AT 108 BAKER STREET.

AT A CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON, SIX COMMUNITY AND KAIFONG LEADERS CUT A RIBBON TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A WELFARE SERVICES DISPLAY.

THEY WERE MR LUI FOOK-HONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION- MR WU SHING-SUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HUNG HOM KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION- MR WONG SIK-KONG, CHAIRMAN CF THE DISTRICT’S COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND RECREATION OF THE ELDERLY- MR TANG TAI-CHUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL- MR LEE WUI-TAO, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY- AND MRS CHIU JU CHING-LAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB.

THE SWD KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE IS ONE OF 11 SIMILAR OFFICES SET UP IN APRIL LAST YEAR WHEN THE DEPARTMENT WAS REORGANISED ON A REGIONAL BASIS.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, NR THOMAS LEE SAID THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME WAS AIMED AT ACHIEVING BETTER COORDINATION AND DELIVERY OF SERVICES IN THE DISTRICTS.

MR LEE SAID IT HAD PROVED TO BE VIABLE AND HAD ACHIEVED INITIAL PROGRESS, JUDGING FROM OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND PUBLIC RESPONSE.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ME SAID, VARIOUS SERVICE UNITS IN A DISTRICT ARE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE GROUPED TOGETHER IN THE SAME BUILDING FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CLIENTS.

♦ADMINISTRATIVELY, THIS GIVES RISE TO GREATER EFFICIENCY THROUGH CLOSER COOPERATION AND COORDINATION NOT ONLY AMONG THE SERVICE UNITS BUT ALSO WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE DISTRICT,♦ HE SAID.

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CRAFT LEVEL COURSES UNDER REVIEW * * * *

A DETAILED REVIEW IS BEING CONDUCTED OF EVERY CRAFT LEVEL COURSE IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE RELEVANT SYLLABUSES WILL BE REVISED ACCORDINGLY, MR DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) DISCLOSED TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE APPRENTICESHIP GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE 50 COMMAND WORKSHOP, ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS.

♦ALL THESE SYLLABUSES WILL IN DUE COURSE BE SUBMITTED TO THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL AND TO EMPLOYERS FOR COMMENTS AND WE HOPE TO START IMPLEMENTING NEW SYLLABUSES IN SEPTEMBER CF 1981,+ MR WATERS SAID.

APART FROM THIS MAJOR REVIEW, HE SAID, SYLLABUSES WOULD BE UPDATED ALL THE TIME AS AN ON-GOING PROCESS IN ORDER TO KEEP PACE WITH ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY.

SINCE 1977 AN OVERALL REVIEW HAD ALSO BEEN IN PROGRESS AMONG TECHNICIAN LEVEL PROGRAMMES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

NOW 17 OF THESE PROGRAMMES HAVE BEEN VALIDATED BY THE TECHNICIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL IN BRITAIN, AND ANOTHER SIX HAVE BEEN CONDITIONALLY APPROVED.

MR WATERS CONGRATULATED THE GRADUATES, BUT CAUTIONED THEM AGAINST COMPLACENCY.

♦IT IS NECESSARY FOR EVERYONE WHO IS WORKING IN ANY TRADE TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE AND ALTHOUGH ONE FINISHES ONE’S APPRENTICESHIP, RETRAINING AT REGULAR INTERVALS AND LEARNING NEW SKILLS IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE,+ HE SAID.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR TUEN MUN SITE

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR A SITE IN TUEN MUM FOR INDUSTRIAL STORAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS OR FOR GODOWN PURPOSES. DETAILS ARE IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE SITE, NEAR LUNG MUN ROAD, MEASURES 6 352 SQUARE METRES.

SALE CONDITIONS ALLOW FOR A MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 8.5 DEPENDING ON THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDING AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF $6.82 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS.

A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURCHASER WOULD HAVE TO COMPLY WITH ALL LAWFUL REQUIREMENTS OF THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES MADE UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE.

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♦THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOT, THE LOCATION AND MANNER OF STORAGE OF GOODS CLASSIFIED UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE WILL ALSO BE SUBJECT TO THE SPECIAL APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES,* SAID.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF NTA HEADQUARTERS ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON, BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 26.

DETAILS OF THE TENDER AND TENDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM NTA HEADQUARTERS AND DISTRICT OFFICES OF ISLANDS, SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

HK WINS GOLD MEDAL IN COMMONWEALTH EXHIBITION * * * *

HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE WON ONE GOLD AND ONE BRONZE MEDAL IN THE SECOND COMMONWEALTH PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION.

THE EXHIBITION IS BEING HELD IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL IN CYPRUS WHICH HAS THE HONG KONG +JING YING* PARTICIPATING AS ONE OF THE MAIN GROUPS IN THE SUPPORTING PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMME.

THE EXHIBITION IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR GROUPSt COMMONWEALTH CULTURE AND TRADITION (BLACK AND WHITE/COLOUR) AND COMMONWEALTH AND ITS PEOPLE (BLACK AND WH ITE/COLOUR).

THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE BLACK AND WHITE COMMONWEALTH CULTURE AND TRADITION GROUP WAS SUNNY LEE OF THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST WITH HIS +HAPPY JOSS*. THE BRONZE MEDAL WINNER IN THE BLACK AND WHITE COMMONWEALTH AND ITS PEOPLE GROUP WAS TANG PO YUEN S ♦GOING STRONG*. IN ADDITION BOTH LEE AND TANG HAD HONOURABLE MENTION IN THESE TWO SECTIONS.

THE WINNER OF THE COLOUR SECTION, COMMONWEALTH CULTURE AND TRADITION, WAS GEORGE LANITIS OF CYPRUS (CURRENTLY SECRETARYGENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH ARTS ORGANISATION) WITH A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HONG KONG DANCERS TAKEN AT EDMONTON. CYPRUS ALSO WON IN THE FOURTH CATEGORY OF ENTRIES.

THE PRESENTATION OF AWARDS WILL BE PART OF THE CLOSING CEREMONY TOMORROW (SATURDAY). HONG KONG WILL BE REPRESENTtD BY E.B. WIGGHAM, COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE.

SIXTY-TWO NATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT FILM AND TELEVISION COMPANIES FROM 76 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL OPENED ON AUGUST 21. THERE WERE 111 ENTRIES FOR THE VARIOUS SECTIONS.

HONG KONG HAS SIX ENTRIES IN THE TELEVISION COMPETITION BUT THE JURY’S DECISIONS ARE NOT YET KNOWN.

THE FESTIVAL IS BEING SUPPORTED'BY A PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMME, THE SECOND COMMONWEALTH PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION AS WELL AS EXHIBITIONS OF PRINTS AND PAINTINGS.

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NT REGIONAL COMMISSIONER OPENS FACTORY AT HA TSUEN

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A PILOT SCHEME IS NOW IN OPERATION IN THE NORTHWEST REGION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AIMED AT MAKING IT GENERALLY EASIER, BUT ENVIRONMENTALLY LESS OBJECTIONABLE, FOR SPECIFIC INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO MOVE AS UNOBTRUSIVELY AS POSSIBLE INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE.

REGIONAL COMMISSIONER FOR THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, W JIMMY SWEETMAN SAID THIS TODAY WHEN OPENING A PLASTIC FURNITURE FACTORY AT HA TSUEN, YUEN LONG. HE SAID DISTRICT OFFICERS WERE ALREADY RECEIVING APPLICATIONS FROM INTERESTED PARTIES.

MR SWEETMAN SAID IT WAS UNFORTUNATE — BUT NECESSARY — FOR SOME NEW TERRITORIES FACTORIES TO HAVE TO BE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE NEW TOWN INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

THERE WERE MANY UNDERTAKINGS THAT, DUE TO THE WEIGHT OR SIZE OF THEIR MACHINERY OR THE PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR PROCESSES, FOUND IT IMPRACTICAL TO OPERATE IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS, HE SAID.

♦THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION MANAGES TO CATER FOR SOME OF THESE, BUT ONLY THOSE WHICH CAN INTRODUCE NEW TECHNOLOGY WHICH WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE DIVERSIFICATION AND PROGRESS OF OUR INDUSTRY.

♦ BUT, FOR MANY OTHERS, THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE IS TO SET UP IN A RURAL LOCATION,* HE SAID.

ONE AIM OF THE PILOT SCHEME, MR SWEETMAN SAID, WAS TO ENSURE THAT RURAL FACTORIES MAINTAINED A LOW SITE COVERAGE, WERE BETTER SERVED BY ACCESS ROADS AND WERE SURROUNDED BY GREENERY TO BEAUTIFY THEIR ASPECT.

HE SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO SEE THAT SHRUBS HAD BEEN PLANTED AROUND THE FACTORY TO IMPROVE ITS APPEARANCE AND HE HOPED THAT IN THE YEARS TO COME TREES WOULD ALSO BE PLANTED TO MAKE THE BUILDING BLEND MORE HAPPILY INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE.

THE FACTORY NOW EMPLOYS 60 WORKERS, BUT THE NUMBER WILL INCREASE TO 300 WHEN IT IS FULLY OPERATIONAL.

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A 1O-DAY PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION SHOWING THE MAJOR EVENTS IN TSUEN WAN DURING THE PAST TWO DECADES WAS OPENED TODAY AT THE EXHIBITION HALL OF TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

ENTITLED *TSUEN WAN 20 YEARS IN NEWSPHOTOS*. THE EXHIBITION FEATURES 250 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE. NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, COMMERCIAL INSTITUTES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE EXHIBITION WAS OPENED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, l*R H.T. LUI, WHO SAID THE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE AN HONEST RECORD OF PAST HAPPENINGS. *THEY GIVE US A CHANCE TO LEARN FROM THE PAST AND PROVIDE US WITH DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS,* HE ADDED.

HE ALSO TOLD DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS AND GUESTS ATTENDING THE OPENING CEREMONY THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO PROVIDE MORE LAND IN THE DISTRICT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT. THE RECLAIMED LAND AT SOUTH TSUEN WAN, FOR INSTANCE, WOULD BE USED FOR COMMUNITY FACILITY PURPOSES.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE GROUPED UNDER FOUR CATEGORIES! BUILDING PROJECTS, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND CELEBRATIONS, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND NATURAL CALAMITIES.

CAPTIONS ARE ATTACHED TO THEM TO PROVIDE VISITORS WITH BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND DETAILS OF THE VARIOUS EVENTS.

THE EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION AND THE TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT. THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IS PROVIDING FUNDS.

IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7.


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SATURDAY, AUGUST JO, 1980

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AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE JANUARY - JUNE ....................... 1

CHINESE JUNK SEI'S SAIL FOR LONDON .............................. 3

8377 MILLION CONTRACTS IN JULY .................................. 4

COMPLETION OF FIRST INDOOR GAMES HALL IN NT ..................... 4

REGIONAL COMMISSIONER KICKS OFF YUEN LONG FOOTBALL LEAGUE MATCHES ..................................................... 5

TENDERS TO BUILD TWO RESERVOIRS .................................. 6

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AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE IN THE VALUED AT $19 999 MILLION, AN INCREASE

FIRST HALF OF 1980 WAS

OF 26 PER CENT AS COMPARED AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS

AIRBORNE IMPORTS AT

WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1979. WERE VALUED AT $7 120 MILLION (UP 30%), — ----------- n

$9 225 MILLION (UP 23%), AND RE-EXPORTS AT $3 654 MILLION (UP 29%)

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, 23 PER CENT OF TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 18 PER CENT OF TOTAL IMPORTS AND 28 PER CENT OF TOTAL RE-EXPORTS WERE DESPATCHED BY AIR.

THESE AND OTHER STATISTICS ON AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO JUNE, 1980 WERE RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF THE SIX MAJOR MARKETS FOR HONG KONG’S AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS:

JAN-JUNE 80 JAN-JUNE 79 (HK$ M.) (HK$ M.)

INCREASE/DECREASE (HKS M.)

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

USA 2 740 2 168 * 572 ♦ 26

F.R. OF GERMANY 841 664 ♦ 177 ♦ 27

UK 616 403 ♦ 213 ♦ 53

JAPAN 373 477 - 104 - 22

SWITZERLAND 245 160 * 85 ♦ 53

FRANCE 211 127 ♦ 84 ♦ 66

BY COMMODITY, INCREASES IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS > WERE

REGISTERED MAINLY IN WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $850 MILLION OR 57%),

CLOTHING (BY $164 MILLION OR 9%), AS WELL AS THERMIONIC, COLD

CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, PHOTO-CELLS AND TRANSISTORS (BY $163 MILLION OR 31%). HOWEVER, A DROP WAS NOTED FOR BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $24 MILLION OR 16%).

FURTHER ANALYSIS OF COMMODITY BY COUNTRY REVEALED SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO THE F.R. OF GERMANY (BY $72 MILLION OR 45%), FRANCE (BY $69 MILLION OR 125%), AND THE UK (BY $18 MILLION OR 13%)- AND IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO USA (BY $69 MILLION OR 9%), THE F.R. OF GERMANY (BY $67 MILLION OR 19%), AND THE UK (BY $47 MILLION OR 33%).

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AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM THE SIX MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SHOWN BELOWi

JAN-JUNE 80 (HK$ M.) JAN-JUNE 79 (HK$ M.) INCREASE/DECREASE (HK$ M.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 2 025 1 638 + 387 + 24

USA 2 012 1 358 + 654 ♦ 48

SWITZERLAND 1 007 847 ♦ 160 + 19

TAIWAN 441 312 ♦ 129 ♦ 41

UK 438 416 + 22 ♦ 5

ISRAEL 424 451 - 27 - 6

INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY 1594 MILLION OR 33%), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, PHOTOCELLS AND TRANSISTORS (BY $319 MILLION OR 28%), AND AIRCRAFT AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT AND PARTS (BY $255 MILLION OR 327%). IN CONTRAST, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE SUPPLY OF PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES (BY $229 MILLION OR 21%) AS WELL AS TANNED OR DRESSED FUR SKINS (BY $62 MILLION OR 33%).

HIGHER VALUES WERE NOTED FOR AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS FROM SWITZERLAND (INCREASED BY $166 MILLION OR 27%), JAPAN (BY $139 MILLION OR 27%), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $76 MILLION OR 157%), AND TAIWAN (BY $42 MILLION OR 58%). GROWTH WAS ALSO REGISTERED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, PHOTOCELLS AND TRANSISTORS FROM USA (BY $80 MILLION OR 27%), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $47 MILLION OR 25%), AND SINGAPORE (BY $31 MILLION OR 22%). ALTHOUGH AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES FROM ISRAEL DECLINED (BY $27 MILLION OR 6%), THEY STILL CONSTITUTED ABOUT HALF OF SUCH AIRBORNE IMPORTS INTO HONG KONG.

AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS CONTINUED TO GROW IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. MAJOR RE-EXPORT ITEMS WITH SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $370 MILLION OR 77%), SILVER, PLATINUM AND OTHER METALS OF THE PLATINUM GROUP (BY $181 MILLION OR 469%), AND THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, PHOTOCELLS AND TRANSISTORS (BY $100 MILLION OR 25%). FOLLOWING THE SAME TREND IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS, AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS OF PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES DECLINED SUBSTANTIALLY (BY $174 MILLION OR 23%).

JAPAN REMAINED THE LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS IN SPITE OF A DECLINE (BY $105 MILLION OR 15%) OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1979. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY TAIWAN (INCREASED BY $72 MILLION OR 18%), SINGAPORE (INCREASED BY $172 MILLION OR 62%), USA (INCREASED BY $18 MILLION OR 5%), THE UK (INCREASED BY $248 MILLION OR 567%) AND SWITZERLAND (INCREASED BY $122 MILLION OR 166%).

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AN AUTHENTIC CHINESE SAILING JUNK WILL BE SEEN IN BRITISH WATERS FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN NEARLY 150 YEARS WHEN ’KEYING II’ LEAVES THE ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB, HAMBLE, ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) FOR AN EIGHT-DAY VOYAGE TO LONDON.

THE JUNK, SPECIALLY BUILT FOR THE 'HONG KONG IN LONDON’ FESTIVAL AT BATTERSEA PARK ON THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 20-21, WILL SAIL ALONG THE SOUTH COAST TO GIVE RESIDENTS AND HOLIDAY-MAKERS AT POPULAR SEASIDE RESORTS A GLIMPSE OF A TRADITIONAL SEA-GOING CRAFT FROM THE ORIENT.

IT WAS NAMED AFTER THE JUNK 'KEYING', THE FIRST CHINESE VESSEL TO MAKE THE VOYAGE FROM HONG KONG TO LONDON 134 YEARS AGO, WHICH WAS VISITED BY QUEEN VICTORIA AND MANY THOUSANDS OF HER SUBJECTS.

DURING THE FESTIVAL, 'KEYING II’ WILL BE MOORED ON CHELSEA REACH. TRADITIONAL METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIAL WERE USED TO BUILD THE 60-FOOT 'KEYING II’ AND, THOUGH IT IS NOT AN IDENTICAL TWIN OF ITS ONCE FAMOUS ANCESTOR, IT IS A CLASS OF JUNK THAT HAS NOT BEEN BUILT IN HONG KONG FOR 30 YEARS.

ON ITS VOYAGE TO LONDON, THE JUNK WILL BE CREWED BY TWO CHINESE JUNK SAILORS FROM HONG KONG AND EIGHT VOLUNTEERS FROM THE EXETER MARITIME MUSEUM WHERE THE JUNK WILL FIND A PERMANENT HOME AFTER THE FESTIVAL.

THE JUNK WILL BE SKIPPERED BY MR ROBIN RISING, RECENTLY RETIRED FROM THE ROYAL MARINES. HE HAS BEEN A SAILING ENTHUSIAST FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS BUT, LIKE THE REST OF THE BRITISH CREW, HAS NEVER BEEN ON A SAILING JUNK BEFORE.

♦IT'S QUITE A CHALLENGE*, HE SAYS.

THE TWO HONG KONG SAILORS ARE BROTHERS WONG KWAI-KWOK AND WONG KWAI-KEUNG WHO HELPED BUILD THE JUNK AT SHAU KEI WAN BOATYARD UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THEIR FATHER, ONE OF THE BEST-KNOWN BOAT BUILDERS IN THE TERRITORY.

THE JUNK WAS BUILT WITH MONEY DONATED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING, SIR YUE-KONG PAO, AND IT WAS SHIPPED FROM HONG KONG BY OVERSEAS CONTAINERS LIMITED (OCL).

FIREWORKS WILL BE LET OFF TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF 'KEYING II' ON ITS VOYAGE FROM HAMBLE TO LONDON, AND AMONG THE DIGNITARIES AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR DAVID FORD.

DURING ITS JOURNEY TO LONDON, THE JUNK WILL MAKE OVERNIGHT STOPS AT ITCHENOR (NORTH CHICHESTER), BRIGHTON, NEWHAVEN, RYE, DOVER, RAMSGATE AND SOUTHEND.

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1377 MILLION CONTRACTS IN JULY *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS LET 62 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $377 MILLION IN JULY.

ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRACTS WAS FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT NECESSARY FOR THE OPERATION OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

A VENTILATION SYSTEM, A SOPHISTICATED COMPUTERISED SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AIR POLLUTION, A CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEM AND OTHER ITEMS WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSTALLED UNDER THIS $64.5 MILLION CONTRACT.

ANOTHER MAJOR CONTRACT, VALUED ABOUT $49.5 MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BRIDGE OVER THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND LINK ROADS TOTALLING ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH IN FANLING/SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN.

THE CONTRACT FORMS PART OF THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW TOWN.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED, 32 WERE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS ON THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

COMPLETION OF FIRST INDOOR GAMES HALL IN NT *****

CONSTRUCTION ON THE FIRST INDOOR GAMES HALL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AT KWAI CHUNG HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE GAMES HALL WILL SOON BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES.

THE $7.35 MILLION MULTl-PURPOSE INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE — OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL — LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HING FONG ROAD AND KWAI ON ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, WAS TODAY (SATURDAY) HANDED OVER BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT.

THE PROJECT WAS JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND A LEADING PERSONALITY IN LOCAL SPORTS, MR O.R. SADICK. AS A MARK OF APPRECIATION FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION, THE HALL IS NAMED AFTER THE LATE BROTHER OF MR SADICK.

THE MAIN ARENA, WITH A FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 1 152 SQUARE METRES AND A SEATING CAPACITY OF UP TO 680, IS IDEALLY SUITED FOR HOLDING INDOOR SPORTS SUCH AS BADMINTON, VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, GYMNASTICS JUDO, WEIGHT-TRAINING, DANCING AND FENCING.

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OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE INCLUDE THREE GAMES ROOMS FOR PLAYING TABLE TENNIS, A TRAINING OR LECTURE ROOM AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT STORES.

DISABLED PERSONS AND ATHLETES CAN ALSO MAKE FULL USE OF THE INDOOR GAMES HALL AS A RAMP HAS BEEN BUILT AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO ENABLE THEM TO OBTAIN ACCESS TO THE ARENA. SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE CHANGING AND SHOWER ROOMS.

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REGIONAL COMMISSIONER KICKS OFF YUEN LONG FOOTBALL LEAGUE MATCHES * * * *

THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER FOR THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, PRAISED THE YUEN LONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR ORGANISING MORE DISTRICT-WIDE SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

MR SWEETMAN WAS OFFICIATING AT THE KICK-OFF OF THE SECOND ANNUAL YUEN LONG FOOTBALL LEAGUE AT YUEN LONG STADIUM TODAY (SATURDAY).

LEAGUE MATCHES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY YUEN LONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE RECFEATION AND SPORTS SERVICE, WHILE THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IS PROVIDING FUNDS.

MORE THAN 200 PLAYERS FROM 17 TEAMS HAVE ENTERED THE COMPETITION, THE FINAL GF WHICH WILL BE HELD EARLY IN NOVEMBER.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS INCLUDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VILLAGES.

MR SWEETMAN SAID THE YUEN LONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION HAD A LONG HISTORY AND LOCAL PEOPLE HAD ALL ALONG SHOWN A SPECIAL INTEREST IN FOOTBALL.

THE ASSOCIATION JOINED THE THIRD DIVISION OF THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LEAGUE 20 YEARS AGO AND WERE PROMOTED TO THE FIRST DIVISION TWO YEARS LATER.

THE TEAM HAD A STRONG POSITION IN THE FIRST DIVISION FOR MORE THAN 18 YEARS DURING WHICH, HE SAID, IT HAD EXPERIENCED BOTH UPS AND DOWNS.

IN 1979, THE TEAM REACHED A GLORIOUS MILESTONE IN ITS HISTORY BY DEFEATING A STRONG SEIKO SIDE TO WIN THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP. MR SWEETMAN SAID HE BELIEVED BOTH YUEN LONG RESIDENTS AND FOOTBALL FANS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WERE PROUD OF THIS RESULT.

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♦HOWEVER, IT IS DIFFICULT TO SAY WHETHER CONCENTRATING SO MUCH MONEY ON ACHIEVING THIS FLEETING SUCCESS WAS AS WISE AS WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW - BUILDING UP FOOTBALL TALENT WITHIN THE DISTRICT.

THE AIM OF THE LONG ESTABLISHED YUEN LONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION SHOULD NOT BE MERELY THE FORMING OF A FIRST DIVISION FOOTBALL TEAM AND OBTAINING GOOD RESULTS TO PLEASE LOCAL PEOPLE,+ MR SWEETMAN SAID.

I APPRECIATE THAT THE ASSOCIATION’S EXISTING BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS TURNED TO ORGANISING MORE DISTRICT-WIDE SPORTS ACTIVITIES, WHICH WAS ITS OBJECTIVE WHEN IT WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED.

WITH THE WELL-EQUIPPED SPORTS GROUND IN YUEN LONG, I AM SURE MANY FOOTBALL STARS WILL BE TRAINED.*

HE SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE ASSOCIATION, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ITS CHAIRMAN, MR CHIU YUK-CHUEN AND THE BOARD DIRECTORS, WOULD ORGANISE CLASSES TO TRAIN UP LOCAL SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS.

I HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL DISPLAY YOUR SKILLS IN COMING MATCHES SO THAT WE CAN MOVE TOWARDS GETTING A TRULY REPRESENTATIVE TEAM FOR YUEN LONG.+

TALENT SCOUTS WOULD BE WATCHING PERFORMANCES TO FIND THE BEST AVAILABLE TO FORM A LOCAL TEAM WHICH WOULD BE TRAINED TO PARTICIPATE IN MATCHES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

AN OPENING MATCH BETWEEN PING SHAN YOUTH AND SHUI CHIU SUN TSUEN WAS PLAYED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY.

THE YUEN LONG FOOTBALL LEAGUE WAS LAUNCHED LAST SEASON WITH A TEAM FROM WANG TOI SHAN VILLAGE EMERGING AS WINNERS.

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TENDERS TO BUILD TWO RESERVOIRS * * * * *

MEET THE GROWING DEMAND BY

TWO RESERVOIRS ARE TO BE BUILT TO ---- „

RESIDENTS IN BEACON HILL AND FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF NAM CHEONG

STREET, NEW KOWLOON.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO BUILD A 10 OOO-CUBIC METRE CAPACITY FRESH WATER RESERVOIR AND A 600-CUBIC METRE CAPACITY SALT WATER RESERVOIR.

ADDITIONAL PUMPSETS ARE BEING INSTALLED IN EXISTING PUMPING STATIONS TO SUPPLY WATER TO THE NEW RESERVOIRS.

THE WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE LAYING CF 200 MM IN DIAMETER AND 2 900 METRES WHICH WILL VARY IN DIAMETER FROM 2 OOQ

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

250 METRES OF STEEL PIPELINE OF ASBESTOS CONCRETE PIPELINES MM TO 450 MM.

IN NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE NEXT WEEK FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1-5).

PRACTICE WILL BEGIN AT 8 AM DAILY AND END AT 5 PM EXCEPT ON MONDAY WHEN IT STOPS AT 11 PM.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING TIMES OF PRACTICE.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PUBLIC URGED TO CO-OPERaTE IN 1981 CENSUS .................... 1

MR T.S. LO TO HEAD UNELCO POLICE GROUP ....................... 2

HK TO HOST INTERNATIONAL METROLOGY MEETING ................... 2

KCR DOUBLE TRACKING TENDERS .................................. 5

WORKING HOURS FOR REGISTERED APPRENTICES ..................... 4

HIGH ATTENDANCE RATE AT METHADONE CENTRES .................... 5

PRISONS RECRUITMENT DRIVE MOVES TO SAN PO KONG ............... 6

EIGHT COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS .............. 6

SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING PAVILION FOR NT VILLAGE ......................................................... 7

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW CONSOLIDATING THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE MAJOR POPULATION CENSUS INVOLVING EVERYONE IN HONG KONG NEXT YEAR.

THE MARINE CENSUS WILL BE TAKEN FROM FEBRUARY 1 TO 4, IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR WHEN TRADITIONALLY ALL FISHERMEN RETURN TO BASE WHILE THE LAND CENSUS WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM MARCH 6 TO 15.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE SIZE, COMPOSITION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE POPULATION, WHICH HAVE IMMENSE EFFECT ON THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY, HAVE CHANGED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE YEARS.

♦ IT IS VITAL TO UPDATE INFORMATION ON THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION SO THAT GOVERNMENT PLANS CAN KEEP PACE WITH THE CHANGES,* HE SAID.

THE DECENNIAL CENSUS WILL BE OF GREAT HELP TO THE GOVERNMENT IN DRAWING UP THESE PLANS FOR HOUSING, EDUCATION, SOCIAL, MEDICAL AND VARIOUS OTHER SERVICES.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE CENSUS WILL BE A TWO-PHASE OPERATION.

+ALL HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE ASKED SIMPLE QUESTIONS ON AGE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIP TO HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD FOR EVERY MEMBER,* HE EXPLAINED.

IN ADDITION, MORE DETAILED QUESTIONS ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING, OCCUPATION AND EARNINGS. INTERNAL MOVEMENT, DISABLEMENT AND OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC DATA WILL BE ASKED OF MARINE HOUSEHOLDS AND 20 PER CENT OF LAND HOUSEHOLDS.

A RANDOM SAMPLE OF ABOUT 250 000 HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG REPRESENTING THE ENTIRE CROSS-SECTION OF THE POPULATION WILL BE SELECTED FOR THIS DETAILED ENUMERATION.

IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CENSUS, THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO GIVE STRONG SUPPORT BY PROVIDING FULL AND ACCURATE ANSWERS. MOREOVER, UNDER THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE, SUPPLY OF INFORMATION TO THE CENSUS OFFICER IS COMPULSORY.

HE STRESSED THAT INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION GIVEN WILL BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND KEPT WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT AND THAT ALL CENSUS OFFICERS WILL TAKE AN OATH OF SECRECY NOT TO DISCLOSE SUCH INFORMATION.

+THE DATA WILL BE PROCESSED BY COMPUTER AND RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AGGREGATED FORM,* HE SAID.

♦ALL SCHEDULES CONTAINING PERSONAL PARTICULARS WILL BE DESTROYED WITHIN A YEAR AFTER THE CENSUS,* HE ADDED.

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THE GOVERNOR, THE APPOINTMENT OF POLICE GROUP.

SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY (SUNDAY) ANNOUNCED MR LO TAK-SHING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE UMELCO

MR LO, WHOSE APPOINTMENT TAKES EFFECT TOMORROW, ASSUMES THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE GROUP ON THE RETIREMENT OF SIR SIDNEY GORDON.

MR JOHN SWA I NE AND MR ALEX WU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS MEMBERS OF THE GROUP AND FOUR EXISTING MEMBERS, MR LI FOOK-WO, THE REV JOYCE BENNETT, MR WONG LAM AND FATHER PATRICK MCGOVERN, HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED, ALL WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW.

AT THE SAME TIME THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THAT MISS LYDIA DUNN WILL ASSUME THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE PROVISIONAL BOARD OF THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL, HELD TILL NOW BY MR LO.

MISS DUNN’S APPOINTMENT WILL ALSO TAKE EFFECT TOMORROW.

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HONG KONG IS TO HOST FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) AN IMPORTANT FOUR-DAY INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON METROLOGY — THE SCIENCE AND TECHNIQUE OF MEASUREMENTS.

THE MEETING IS A PART OF THE ASIA/PACIFIC METROLOGY PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL ASSISTED BY THE UNESCO WHICH PROVIDES FUNDS FOR NON-COMMONWEALTH MEMBERS.

MR G.J. OSBORNE, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND fECHANICAL ENGINEER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, IS THE ORGANISER OF THE MEETING. HE IS ALSO HONG KONG’S REPRESENTATIVE AT THE DISCUSSIONS.

COMMENTING ON THE EVENT MR OSBORNE SAID THAT MEMBERS OF THE PROGRAMME MEET ONCE IN THREE YEARS TO DISCUSS THE WHOLE SPECTRUM CF METROLOGY AT ALL LEVELS.

♦AT THESE MEETINGS A STEERING COMMITTEE IS ELECTED TO MEET IN THE INTERVENING YEARS TO REVIEW PROGRESS ON THE VARIOUS AGREED PROGRAMMES OF CO-OPERATION. THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL CIRCULATION.

♦OUR INTENTION IS TO SHOW THE VISITING GROUP THAT HONG KONG HAS THE FACILITIES AND EXPERTISE IN MANY AREAS TO CALIBRATE AND CONDUCT TYPE APPROVAL TESTING TO THE COMMERCIAL LIMITS LAID DOWN IN THE USA FEDERAL LEGISLATION AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMITTEE LEGISLATION,♦ HE SAID.

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♦WE WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO INFORM THE GROUP OF OUR CONTRIBUTION TO METROLOGY IN THE FORM OF TRAINING, CONSULTANCY AND BACK-UP SERVICE PROVIDED TO THE INDUSTRY,♦ HE ADDED.

AT THIS YEAR’S STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING IN HONG KONG THERE ARE PARTICIPANTS FROM AUSTRALIA, INDIA. INDONESIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA, THE UNITED KINGd6m AND UNESCO.

LAST YEAR’S GATHERING WAS IN NEW ZEALAND AND THE VENUE OF NEXT YEAR’S MEETING WILL BE DECIDED AT THIS MEETING.

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TENDERS HAVE BEEN INVITED FOR DOUBLE TRACKING THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND ASSOCIATED WIDENING WORKS FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY STATION TO SOUTH OF TAI PO KAU TUNNEL NO 5.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT WOULD PROVIDE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO PASSENGER AND FREIGHT CARRYING CAPACITY BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND TAI PO MARKET.

THE WORK CONSISTS OFt

* REALIGNING AND DOUBLING PART OF THE TRACK ONTO RECLAIMED LAND"

* CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SINGLE TRACK"

* WIDENING OF RAILWAY EMBANKMENTS AND CUTTINGS, AND

M CONSTRUCTION OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE UNDERTRACK PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY, BOUNDARY FENCING AND ASSOCIATED PROTECTIVE AND ANCILLARY WORKS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 1982.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE RAILWAY DIVISION, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, ON BEHALF OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

MEANWHILE, CONTINUOUS FENCES WILL BE ERECTED ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE RAILWAY BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND LO WU TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC AGAINST UNTOWARD ACCIDENTS FROM ELECTRIFIED TRAIN OPERATIONS.

COMMENTING ON THE FENCING PROJECT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID TENDERS HAVE BEEN INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FENCING AND PATHWAYS ALONG THE RAILWAY BETWEEN NORTH OF BEACON HILL TUNNEL AND SOUTH OF SHA TIN RAILWAY TUNNEL NO 3, PART OF WHICH WILL BE ELECTRIFIED EARLY NEXT YEAR FOR DRIVER TRAINING.

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♦THE ENTIRE FENCING PROJECT IS FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF THE ELECTRIFIED TRAIN SERVICE AND TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC IN VIEW OF INCREASED TRAIN SPEED, FREQUENCY AND RELATIVE QUIETNESS OF OPERATIONS AS WELL AS KEEPING THE PUBLIC AWAY FROM THE ELECTRIFIED OVERHEAD WIRES,+ HE SAID.

WORK ON THE BEACON HILL - SHA TIN SECTOR WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MID-1981.

THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, DESIGNED AND WILL SUPERVISE THE PROJECT ON BEHALF OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

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WORKING HOURS FOR REGISTERED APPRENTICES

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EMPLOYERS WERE REMINDED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), THE PERIOD DURING WHICH REGISTERED APPRENTICES AGED BELOW 18 CAN BE EMPLOYED WILL BE LIMITED TO BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE LIMITATION IS PROVIDED BY THE APPRENTICESHIP (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980, APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST JUNE.

THE REGULATIONS AIM AT IMPROVING THE EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS CF YOUNG APPRENTICES AND COMPLYING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION CONVENTION ON NIGHT WORK.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE LIMITATION WOULD APPLY EVEN IF OVERTIME WAS WORKED.

♦TOGETHER, THE REGULATIONS WILL EFFECTIVELY ENSURE THAT APPRENTICES BELOW THE AGE OF 18 WILL HAVE A NIGHT REST OF 12 CONSECUTIVE HOURS IN LINE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO) CONVENTION,+ HE ADDED.

APPRENTICES OVER THE AGE OF 16 ARE STILL ALLOWED TO WORK OVERTIME SUBJECT TO A DAILY LIMIT OF TWO HOURS AND A YEARLY LIMIT CF BETWEEN 150 AND 250 HOURS, DEPENDING ON THE AGE OF THE APPRENTICES.

HOWEVER, APPRENTICES BELOW THE AGE OF 18 WOULD HAVE TO FINISH WORK BY 7 PM.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE NEW REGULATIONS SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT’S APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION ON TELEPHONE 5-280545, 3-219285, 3-667463, 3-440838 AND 12-297039.

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HIGH ATTENDANCE RATE AT METHADONE CENTRES *****

THE METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAMME HAS PROVED INCREASINGLY POPULAR, JUDGING FROM THE HIGH ATTENDANCE RATE AT METHADONE CENTRES.

ABOUT 7 OOO PATIENTS TURN UP DAILY AT THE GOVERNMENT’S 20 METHADONE CENTRES, REPRESENTING OVER 75 PER CENT OF THE 9 000 REGISTERED FOR TREATMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) POINTED OUT THAT THE ATTENDANCE RATE COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH THOSE IN OTHER COUNTRIES WITH SIMILAR PROGRAMMES.

FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE ATTENDANCE RATE SELDOM FELL BELOW 70 PER CENT AND, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, IT REACHED AS HIGH AS 80 PER CENT.

+THE METHADONE PROGRAMME PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE TREATMENT OF ADDICTS IN HONG KONG AS IT IS TAKING CARE OF APPROXIMATELY 2-1/2 TIMES THE DAILY TOTAL OF PATIENTS RECEIVING ALL OTHER TREATMENT PROGRAMMES COMBINED,* HE SAID.

METHADONE MAINTENANCE ON AN OUT-PATIENT BASIS WAS STARTED IN DECEMBER, 1972, AS A TRIAL SCHEME. BECAUSE OF ENCOURAGING RESPONSE, MORE CENTRES WERE OPENED IN 1974. IN ADDITION, METHADONE DETOXIFICATION WAS INTRODUCED IN 1976.

THE METHADONE MAINTENANCE METHOD ALLOWS A PATIENT TO BE MAINTAINED INDEFINITELY ON METHADONE, AND THE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION METHOD IS BASICALLY AIMED AT WEANING A PATIENT OFF DRUGS BY GRADUALLY REDUCING THE DOSAGE OF METHADONE OVER A NUMBER OF WEEKS.

+THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF METHADONE TREATMENT IS TO KEEP A LARGE NUMBER OF ADDICTS ON THE PROGRAMME SO THAT THEY CAN GET COUNSELLING AND AFTER-CARE, AND BE REHABILITATED INTO SOCIETY AS WORKING AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT NOW OPERATES 20 CENTRES WHICH ARE READILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE DRUG ADDICTS, AND CHARGES A NOMINAL FEE OF $1 PER VISIT.

+THE ADDICTS WHO VOLUNTEER TO BE ON THE METHADONE PROGRAMME DO NOT NEED TO PAY AN EXORBITANT SUM FOR ILLICIT DRUGS. IT ALSO PREVENTS THEM FROM THE RISK OF BEING ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OR TAKING OF HEROIN,* HE SAID.

FURTHERMORE, 70 PER CENT OF THOSE ON METHADONE TREATMENT ARE NOW GAINFULLY EMPLOYED. THAT MEANS BY ENROLLING INTO THIS FORM OF TREATMENT WHICH REQUIRES THEM TO ATTEND THE CENTRE ONLY ONCE A DAY, THEY CAN PURSUE THEIR DAILY WORK AND RESUME THEIR NORMAL FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE.

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COMMENTING ON THE DROP-OUT RATE, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IT IS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED THAT DRUG ADDICTION IS A CHRONICALLY RELAPSING CONDITION. IT IS THUS NOT SURPRISING THAT THERE HAS BEEN A RELATIVELY SUBSTANTIAL DROP-OUT RATE IN THE OUT-PATIENT METHADONE SCHEME.

IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT MANY OF THE PATIENTS ARE ONLY ABLE TO ACHIEVE SHORT-TERM ABSTINENCE FROM NARCOTIC DRUGS BEFORE RELAPSING, IT IS HOPED THAT WITH AFTER-CARE SUPPORT BY SOCIAL WORKERS, SUCH CASES MAY RETURN AND EVENTUALLY KICK OFF THE HABIT.

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PRISONS RECRUITMENT DRIVE MOVES TO SAN PO KONG *****

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS II WILL MOVE TO THE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT OF SAN PO KONG ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 4).

A MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY WILL BE HELD IN THE FOOTBALL PITCH OF THE KAI TAK (EAST) INDOOR STADIUM IN LUK HOP STREET BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 2 PM ON THAT DAY.

BESIDES A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY SHOWING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PRISON WORK, THERE WILL ALSO BE A VARIETY SHOW WHICH WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY AN ENTERTAINMENT TROUPE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE DISPLAY. PRISON OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES FROM VISITORS AT THE MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE.

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EIGHT COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS ******

A NUMBER OF COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES ARE BEING OFFERED TO RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OFFERED UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN, AND ARE INTENDED FOR PERSONS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO LIFE IN HONG KONG ON THEIR RETURN FROM STUDY ABROAD.

COUNTRIES OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS ARE THE UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, NIGERIA, MALAYSIA AND JAMAICA.

THE COURSE OF STUDY NORMALLY EXTENDS OVER A PERIOD OF TWO ACADEMIC YEARS.

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THE EMOLUMENTS WILL COVER APPROVED EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL.LIVI NG AND STUDY DURING THE TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS NORMALLY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG AND NOT MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMENCES. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE GRADUATES OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE, HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 15TH FLOOR, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECTION NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING PAVILION FOR NT VILLAGE

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VILLAGERS IN SHA KWOK MEI TSUEN, SAI KUNG, AND THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE ARE LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE NAME FOR A CHINESE PAVILION BEING BUILT NEAR THE VILLAGE.

THE PAVILION, WHICH WILL SERVE AS A RAIN SHELTER FOR VISITORS AND A SITTING OUT AREA FOR VILLAGERS, WILL COST $40 000 PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS FUND.

IT IS SITUATED ON OPEN LAND CLOSE TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE VILLAGE WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF 1 200.

THE AREA WAS PREVIOUSLY BARREN LAND WHERE RESIDENTS MET TO SIT AND CHAT.

TWO YEARS AGO VILLAGERS APPROACHED THE DISTRICT OFFICE ABOUT IMPROVING THE SITE. RECENTLY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AGREED TO ALLOCATE MONEY TO CONSTRUCT THE PAVILION.

WORK STARTED EARLY LAST MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE PAVILION, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE DISTRICT, WAS DESIGNED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ENGINEER, MR RAYMOND WONG. IT WILL BE BUILT IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE STYLE.

VILLAGE ELDERS ARE BEING CONSULTED ON A NAME FOR THE PAVILION.

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