Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1981 - DEC - ENG

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LIFTING OF MID-LEVELS BUILDING BAN EXPECTED..................... 1

POWER SWITCH-ON FOR HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE......................... 3

HK-AUSTRIA TEXTILE AGRERMCT1 RENEWED ........................... 3

SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK OFFERS PICNIC FACILITIES FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED..................................................... 4

LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION IN TUEN MUN ........................... 5

WELFARE CHIEF VISITS CENTRES FOR AGED AND CHTTDREN.............. 5

FIREBOAT ATTRACTS STUDENTS ..................................... 6

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS ................................... 7

FINDING JOBS THROUGH COMPUTERS ................................. 8

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1981

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LIFTING OF MID-LEVELS BUILDING BAN EXPECTED ft ft ft ft ft

THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION ON BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL PROBABLY BE LIFTED NEXT YEAR, BUT NEW WORKS IN THE AREA WILL BC JBJECT TO GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS TO ENSURE THE safety of hillsides affected.

THE BUILDING BAN WAS INTRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN MAY 1979 BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN THAT UNRESTRICTED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES MIGHT HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE STABILITY OF THE SLOPES IN AND AROUND THE EXISTING DEVELOPED AREA. IT WAS ENACTED FOR A PERIOD UP TO DECEMBER 31, 1981 FOR A DETAILED GEOTECHNICAL SURVEY TO BE CARRIED OUT TO ESTABLISH WHAT RESTRICTIONS AND CONTROLS WERE NEEDED FOR FUTURE BUILDING WORKS IN THE AREA.

THE STUDY SHOWS THAT TO ENSURE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE MID-LEVELS IS CARRIED OUT SAFELY, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO IMPOSE A NUMBER OF GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS WHICH TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE OVERALL STABILITY OF THE HILLSIDE AS WELL AS THE LOCAL STABILITY AT INDIVIDUAL SITES. THESE CONTROLS CONCERN STANDARDS OF GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN, SITE SUPERVISION, DEMOLITION, TEMPORARY WORKS AND GROUND WATER DRAINAGE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID PROVIDED NEW BUILDING WORKS WERE DESIGNED, SUPERVISED AND CONSTRUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONTROLS, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO CONTINUE THE BAN IN THE MORATORIUM AREA - THE HILLSIDE BETWEEN GLENEALY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY AND EXTENT OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT WILL HAVE TO BE MADE TO THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS, IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO INTRODUCE THE NEW LEGISLATION BEFORE THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31.

IT IS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT THE BUILDING BAN IN THE MID-LEVELS SHOULD BE EXTENDED FOR A FURTHER THREE MONTHS, AND A RESOLUTION TO PUT THIS INTO EFFECT WILL BE MOVED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT ITS NEXT MEETING ON DECEMBER 9.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE GEOTECHNICAL STUDY. WHICH BEEN COMPLETED, INVOLVED THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS BY A ENGINEERS FROM THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE OF THE WORKS DEPARTMENT, CONSULTING ENGINEERS AND SPECIALIST

HAD JUST TEAM OF PUBLIC CONSULTANTS.

ALTHOUGH THE STUDY DEALT WITH THE GENERAL SLOPES RAHTER THAN AT INDIVIDUAL SITES, THE INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL PROVIDE DEVELOPERS WITH MUCH BASIC INFORMATION ON THE GEOLOGY, HYDROLOGY, GROUND WATER RESPONSE TO RAINFALL AND THE SHEAR STRENGTH OF COLLUVIUM AND RESIDUAL SOILS IN THE MID-LEVELS.

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♦THEREFORE THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO MAKE THE FACTUAL SITE INVESTIGATION INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO AUTHORISED PERSONS ’ND ALSO TO PUBLISH IN THE NEW YEAR REPORTS CONCERNING DETAILS AND RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATIONS ON GEOLOGY, HYDROLOGY AND SOIL PROPERTIES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

GIVING AN •N'UCATION OF THE NATURE OF THE LEGISLATION BEING DP'FTED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CONTROLS WOULD REQUIRE FROM DEVELOPERS A HIGHER STANDARD OF GEOTECHNICAL INPUT THAN IN CURRENT PRACTICE.

TO ENSURE THAT THE GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN OF NEW BUILDING WORKS IS BASED ON RELIABLE INFORMATION OF THE GROUND CONDITIONS, THE QUALITY OF SITE INVESTIGATIONS AND LABORATORY TESTING MUST BE OF A HIGH STANDARD AND THE STANDARDS TO BE APPLIED WOULD BE SUBJECT TO PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

DURING CONSTRUCTION THE GROUND CONDITIONS AND BUILDING WORKS SHOULD BE INSPECTED AND MONITORED REGULARLY BY THE AUTHORISED PERSON TO ENSURE THAT THE ORIGINAL GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN ASSUMPTION REMAINED VALID AND, IF NOT, THAT APPROPRIATE DESIGN CHANGES WERE MADE. PRIOR TO THE GRANTING OF AN OCCUPATION PERMIT, THE AUTHORISED PERSON WOULD NEED TO SUBMIT A PERFORMANCE REVIEW CONSISTING OF CERTIFICATION AND SUPPORTING EVIDENCE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS HAD BEEN MET.

♦THE MOST CRITICAL STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION ARE USUALLY DEMOLITION AND EXCAVATION WHEN THEY LEAD TO A REDUCTION IN THE SUPPORT OF A SLOPE,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED. +HENCE TOO MUCH EMPHASIS CANNOT BE PLACED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING ADEQUATE GROUND SUPPORT DURING THIS WORK TO ENSURE THERE IS NO DANGER OF COLLAPSE.+

IN FUTURE, DEMOLITION AND EXCAVATION WORKS WHICH MAY IMPAIR STABILITY WOULD NEED TO BE DESIGNED AND SUPERVISED BY ENGINEERS, AND DETAILED PLANS FOR SUCH WORKS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY THE AUTHORISED PERSON TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL. +THIS SHOULD GUARD AGAINST THE CONTRACTOR MAKING SIGNIFICANT ALTERATIONS TO THE SHORING SYSTEM AND THE WORKING PROCEDURES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO THE OTHER PARTIES CONCERNED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

UNRESTRICTED BULK EXCAVATION FOR BASEMENTS AND CUTTINGS GENERALLY LEAD TO AN EXCESSIVE REDUCTION IN THE SUPPORT OF A SLOPE. THE SPOKESMAN SAID TO MINIMISE THE CUMULATIVE ADVERSE EFFECTS IN A SERIES OF ADJOINING SITES ON THE STABILITY OF A HILLSIDE, A LIMIT WOULD BE IMPOSED ON THE PERMITTED DEPTH OF BULK EXCAVATION AND THE AUTHORISED PERSON WOULD BE REQUIRED TO SHOW ON SITE FORMATION PLANS FOR ANY BUILDING WORKS THAT THIS LIMIT WAS NOT EXCEEDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ANOTHER FACTOR WHICH REDUCED SLOPE STABILITY WAS THE CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE WATERTIGHT BARRIERS FOR NEW BASEMENTS, RETAINING WALLS AND FOUNDATIONS AS THIS IMPEDED THE NATURAL FLOW OF GROUND WATER DOWN THE SLOPE. IT IS INTENDED THAT WHERE THIS MIGHT OCCUR, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY SHOULD BE ABLE TO REQUIRE THAT GROUND WATER DRAINAGE MEASURES BE INCORPORATED IN THE WORKS.

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POWER SWITCH-ON FOR HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE * * * *

VILLAGERS LIVING IN HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE RECEIVING THE BENEFITS OF A LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY FROM THURSDAY (DECEMBER 3), AS THE RESULT OF A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY AND THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE PRESENCE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS AND OFFICIALS FROM THE POWER COMPANY AND CDO AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY IN THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICE OF THE VILLAGE.

IT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT EFFORTS *IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT OF SQUATTER AREAS,* A WONG TAI SIN CDO SPOKESMAN SAID.

MR STEPHEN SELBY, THE AREA’S CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, TOGETHER WITH MR DON CLEGG, CONSUMER SERVICES MANAGER OF CHINA LIGHT, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE, A SQUATTER SETTLEMENT WITH A POPULATION OF 2 500 LOCATED AT THE NORTHERN SLOPE OF TSZ WAN SHAN, COMES WITHIN THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME FOR SQUATTER AREAS WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY INCLUDE TAI HOM WOR, HONG LOK-SEI HEI VILLAGE, GOOD HOPE VILLAGE, PO KONG NEW VILLAGE AND NGAU CHI WAN TUNG SHEUNG VILLAGE.

PENNANTS WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE VILLAGERS TO THE GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR EFFORTS IN PROVIDING ELECTRICITY TO THE VILLAGE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ELECTRIFICATION SWITCH-ON CEREMONY IN HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE, WONG TAI SIN AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 3) AT THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICE IN THE VILLAGE. «DIA REPRESENTATIVES ATTENDING SHOULD ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE TSZ WAN SHAN POLICE STATION. TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD, AT 3.30 PM. A CDO OFFICER WILL TAKE THEM TO THE VILLAGE.

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HK-AUSTRIA TEXTILE AGREEMENT RENEWED

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THE CURRENT HONG KONG-AUSTRIA TEXTILE AGREEMENT, DUE TO EXPIRE ON JANUARY 31, 1982, HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A FURTHER YEAR UNTIL JANUARY 31, 1983.

THE TERMS OF THE NEW AGREEMENT ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE IN THE CURRENT AGREEMENT. UNDER THE NEW AGREEMENT, RESTRAINT WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXERCISED IN RESPECT OF FOUR CLOTHING ITEMS, NAMELY WOVEN SHIRTS, WOVEN BLOUSES, WOVEN TROUSERS, AND DRESSES AND SKIRTS.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR A CONTINUATION OF THE CURRENT EXPORT AUTHORISATION SYSTEM COVERING 13 GARMENT CATEGORIES.

SHORTLYTAILS AND ™E RULES F°R IMPLEMENTATI0N w,ll be PUBLISHED

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SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK OFFERS PICNIC FACILITIES FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED

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A NEW PICNIC PLACE DESIGNED WITH THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN MIND WILL BE OPENED IN THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 4).

THE SITE, SITUATED NEAR THE PAK TAM CHUNG CARPARK, IS PART OF ihE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS.

IT WILL BE OPENED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN WHO WILL LATER JOIN A GROUP OF CHILDREN IN AN INAUGURAL BARBECUE.

THE LAYOUT AND THE PICNIC AND BARBECUE FACILITIES OF THE SITE ARE PROTOTYPES DESIGNED TO CATER SPECIALLY TO THE NEEDS OF THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED. THE PURPOSE IS TO TEST DESIGNS FOR DISABLED PERSONS AS WELL AS PROVIDE BARBECUE FACILITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED AND THEIR FRIENDS.

UNUSUAL FEATURES OF THE PICNIC SITE INCLUDE PAVED FOOTPATHS OF CONTROLLED GRADIENT SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS OR BLIND PEOPLE, WITH HAND RAILS WHERE NECESSARY.

PICNIC BENCHES AND BARBECUE PITS ARE CONSTRUCTED FOR USE BY PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS OR USING CRUTCHES.

A QUIET SITTING-OUT AREA IS ALSO PROVIDED WHERE PLANTS AND TREES USED IN LANDSCAPING THE SITE ARE ALL CLEARLY LABELLED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE MOST SUITABLE OF THE DESIGNS WOULD BE PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY PARKS SYSTEM IN APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS ONCE THEY HAVE PROVEN TO BE POPULAR.

HE ADDED THAT THE PAK TAM CHUNG SITE WAS THE FIRST PHASE OF A LARGE PROJECT WHICH WILL BE CARRIED OUT AS LAND BECOMES AVAILABLE.

♦THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY HAS ALREADY PROVIDED SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR USE BY THE HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN ALL PUBLIC TOILETS INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS,♦ HE SAID.

APART FROM THE GUESTS OF HONOUR WHICH INCLUDE DR HARRY FANG, W CHARLES YEUNG AND DR K.L. THONG, TWO GROUPS OF CHILDREN FROM THI JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTRE FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION SCHOOL AT SAI KUNG WILL TRY OUT THE SPECIAL BARBECUE AND PICNIC FACILITIES AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE NEW PICNIC SITE IN SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK DESIGNED FOR THE USE ALSO OF PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE. TRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE, AND GOVERNMENT VANS WILL LEAVE THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN KOWLOON AT 9.20 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 4).

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LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION IN TUEN MUN ft ft ft ft

HE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE IS MOUNTING A FOUR-STAGE OPERATION AGAINST UNAUTHORISED PODIUM AND ROOFTOP STRUCTURES ON LEASED LAND.

THE OPERATION, THE FIRST STAGE OF WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED ■AFiLY NEXT YEAR, IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL UNIT. IT INVOLVES CLEARANCE OF PODIUM STRUCTURES IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

LATER STAGES WILL INVOLVE CLEARANCE OF ROOFTOP AND PODIUM STRUCTURES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE TOWN AND DISTRICT.

THE UNIT HAS ALREADY DEMOLISHED 44 STRUCTURES AND DISPOSED OF 36 ABANDONED VEHICLES WITH HELP FROM STAFF OF OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

A TOTAL OF 180 WARNING LETTERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED, 68 OF WHICH HAVE BROUGHT RESULTS.

ELEVEN PEOPLE UNLAWFULLY OCCUPYING CROWN LAND HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED AND FINED OVER $20 000. ONE HAS BEEN IMPRISONED FOR THREE MONTHS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE UNIT IS TAKING LEASE ENFORCEMENT AG’INST ILLEGAL STRUCTURES WHICH HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY BUILT OR WHICH ARE CAUSING NUISANCE.

IT HAS ISSUED WARNING LETTERS TO 88 OWNERS WHO HAVE BEEN FOUND VIOLATING LEASE CONDITIONS. A SUM OF $53 591 IN FORBEARANCE FEES HAS BEEN CHARGED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE UNIT HAS CALLED ON OWNERS TO COMPLY WITH LEASE CONDITIONS IN THEIR OWN INTERESTS.

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WELFARE CHIEF VISITS CENTRES FOR AGED AND CHILDREN ft ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, CONTINUING HIS ROUND OF VISITS TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE FIELD, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE CHAI WAN MULT I-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE METHODIST CHURCH HING WAH SOCIAL CENTRE FOR CHILDREN SERVICE.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER FOR OPERATIONS, MR N.S. KWOK, AND THE EASTERN AND WAN CHAI DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR STEPHEN CHAU.

THE DIRECTOR FIRST WENT TO THE CHAI WAN MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, RUN BY THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED, WHICH WAS OPENED IN OCTOBER 1979.

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the centre provides canteen service, laundry and bathing FACILITIES, MEALS-ON-WHEELS, HOME HELP SERVICES AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMMES FOR OLD PEOPLE LIVING IN THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG.

IT ALSO ORGANISES SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR OLD °EOPLE LIVING I’ YUE WAN ESTATE IN CHAI WAN, WHERE THE CENTRE IS LOCATED.

MR ALLEYNE THEN WENT TO THE HING WAH SOCIAL CENTRE FOR CHILDREN SERVICE, AN EXTENSION OF THE METHODIST EPWORTH VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES MAINLY RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN IN HING WAH ESTATE AND ITS VICINITY, AND HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF 219.

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FIREBOAT ATTRACTS STUDENTS * * * *

A NEW S1O-MILLION FIRE BOAT BERTHED AT QUEEN’S PIER,WAS THE CENTRE OF ATTRACTION AT A CAREERS SHOW STAGED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT EDINBURGH PLACE TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SHOW, AS PART OF THE CAREERS ’82 EXHIBITION AT HALL EXHIBITION HALL, WAS AIMED AT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR F.M. WATSON, WAS PRESENT AT THE SHOW THIS MORNING.

STUDENTS TAKEN ON CONDUCTED TOURS OF THE VESSEL SHOWED GREAT INTEREST IN THE SPECIAL DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING A MARINE SNORKEL.

ON DISPLAY WERE SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES USED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR VARIOUS DUTIES, RANGING FROM COMBATTING FIRES TO LANDSLIDES, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, HOUSE COLLAPSES, MOUNTAIN RESCUES AS WELL AS LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS.

THERE WAS ALSO A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY.

A TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT CENTRE WAS SET UP AT THE EXHIBITION.

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AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS * * * *

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT ITS FIRST OPERA FOR THE PUBLIC DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOL IDAYS.

THE OPERA WILL BE GIAN-CARLO MENOTTI’S +AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS* WHICH WILL BE PERFORMED AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON THREE DAYS FROM DECEMBER 26.

WELL-KNOWN CONDUCTOR, SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS- THE MUSIC CONSULTANT TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, MR DAVID STONE, AND THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, MR THOMAS WANG, WILL EACH CONDUCT SEPARATELY THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN THESE PERFORMANCES.

SEVERAL OUTSTANDING LOCAL VOCALISTS WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE OPERA. HEADING THE CAST IN THE ROLE OF AMAHL IS THE BOY, SOPRANO ERIAN CHEUNG, WITH SOPRANO ANNE CHENG AS HIS MOTHER.

THE THREE KINGS WILL BE KAN CHUNG-FAI, TENOR- CHIANG WAI-MAN, BARITONE- MICHAEL CHAN, BASS- AND LEE KIN-CHUN AS THE PAGE.

THE HONG KONG ISLAND YOUTH CHOIR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL FORM THE CHORUS OF SHEPHERDS.

THE DANCE SEQUENCES HAVE BEEN CHOREOGRAPHED AND WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE STEPHEN KWOK SCHOOL OF BALLET.

MR LO KING-MAN WHO IS WELL-KNOWN TO HONG KONG AUDIENCES AS A PRODUCER, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER OF MANY OPERAS INCLUDING MADAME BUTTERFLY, LA TRAVIATA, TOSCA AND DON PASQUALE, HAS BEEN INVITED TO BE THE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR OF THE PRESENTATION.

THE OPERA WHICH IS DEDICATED TO THE +YEAR OF THE DISABLED*, TELLS A STORY RELATING TO THE FIRST CHRISTMAS NEARLY 2 OOO YEARS AGO.

THREE KINGS FROM THE ORIENT, FOLLOWING THE STAR TO THE NEW BORN CHRIST, STOP OVERNIGHT IN THE HOUSE OF A POOR WOMAN AND HER CRIPPLED SON, AMAHL.

NEIGHOURING SHEPHERDS GATHER TO BRING FOOD AND WELCOME THE ROYAL VISITORS.

WHILE THE KINGS ARE ASLEEP, THE MOTHER UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIES TO STEAL SOME OF THEIR TREASURE TO HELP HER SON. AFTER BEING FORGIVEN FOR HER ACT, AMAHL OFFERS HIS CRUTCH AS A GIFT TO THE CHILD. FOR THIS NOBLE GESTURE, THE BOY FINDS HIMSELF MIRACULOUSLY CURED AND THEN FOLLOWS THE KINGS ON THEIR PILGRIMAGE.

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”iE PRESIDENT OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL AND legislative councillor, dr harry fang, said that music provided AN IMPORTANT MEANS OF COUNTERBALANCING THE STRESS AND DISTRESS EXPERIENCED IN SOCIETY.

♦HANDICAPPEv PERSONS NEED MUSIC AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE, FOR MUSIC ENABLES THOSE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED TO ACHIEVE MOVEMENT THROUGH TIME WHEN THEY TOO OFTEN HAVE TO TOLERATE LACK OF MOVEMENT THROUGH SPACE,♦ DR FANG SAID.

♦MUSIC HELPS PEOPLE GENERALLY TO DEVELOP A CAPACITY FOR INNER FULFILMENT AND REGENERATION.+

TICKETS AT $5 AND tlO EACH ARE ON SALE AT ALL THE MUSI CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

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FINDING JOBS THROUGH COMPUTERS

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FORM FIVE STUDENTS WISHING TO FIND OUT WHICH JOBS ARE .EST SUITED TO THEM MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPUTERISED +JOB FAM LY TENDENCY* EXERCISE BEING HELD AT EDINBURGH PLACE AS PART OF THE ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES OF THE CAREERS '82 EXHIBITION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESLAY) THAT THOSE INTERESTED CAN APPROACH THE INFORMATION COUNTER CF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) IN THE EXHIBITION BEING HELD IN THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL.

HE ADDED THAT ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS COULD BE ACCEPTED.

THE PARTICIPATION HOURS OF THE EXERCISE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

X WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 2) - 11.30 AM TO 12.30 PM- AND 4 PM TO 5 PM.

X FRIDAY (DECEMBER 4) - 11.30 AM TO 12.30 PM- 2 PM TO 3 PM AND 5 PM TO 6 PM.

X SATURDAY (DECEMBER 5) - 4 PM TO 6 PM.

X SUNDAY (DECEMBER 6) - 3.30 PM TO 5.30 PM.

FIRST DESIGNED BY THE YEAS IN 1978, THE EXERCISE IS AIMED AT HELPING STUDENTS TO IDENTIFY THEIR INTEREST AREAS AND THE ’FAMILIES OF JOBS’ THEY ARE INCLINED TO.

AFTER PARTICIPATING IN THE EXERCISE, STUDENTS MAY VISIT THE EXHIBITION AND OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM THE EXHIBITION STALLS WHICH PERTAIN TO THEIR SPECIFIC JOB FAMILIES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO-

REVIEW OF CIVIL SERVICE PAY POLICY .............................. 1

TICD INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY PROCESS TO HONG KONG .............. 2

REPORT OF THE 1979 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/ EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS................*........... 5

GOVERNOR CHECKS ON CLEAN-UP AT SHAM SHUI PO ..................... 5

CHIEF SECRETARY TO ADDRESS INAUGURAL SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD

MEETING ......................................................... 6

CAS MEN WHO TRAIN HARD TO RESCUE OTHERS ......................... 7

SEMINAR ON COMMITTEE WORK .................................... 10

COMMUNITY-BUILDING EFFORT IN WONG TAI SIN ...................... 11

NO SERVICE DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS .............................. 11

SURVEY BEING HELD OF MASS MEDIA TRAINING NEEDS ................. 12

CAREERS TEACHERS TO DISCUSS TECHNICAL COURSES .................. 1?

ADDITIONAL MOBILE LIBRARY STOP FOR TUEN MUN .................... 1J

RECREATION CENTRE OPENED AT SaN TIN ............................ 1^

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1981

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REVIEW OF CIVIL SERVICE PAY POLICY * * *

THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SEK CE HAS RECOMMENDED CHANGES IN THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADJUSTIUG CIVIL SERVICE PAY IN 1982.

THE STANDING COMMISSION IS CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN AN OVERALL REVIEW OF CIVIL SERVICE PAY POLICY. IN A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR DATED NOVEMBER 27 IT ADVISED THAT GIVEN THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SUBJECT, ITS REPORT WOULD NOT BE COMPLETED IN TIME TO AFFECT THE 1982 CIVIL SERVICE PAY ROUND.

THE COMMISSION HAS THEREFORE PROPOSED, AS AN INTERIM MEASURE AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO ITS FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS, THAT THE PAY ADJUSTMENT FOR 1982 SHOULD, AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, BE BASED ON THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY OF PAY TRENDS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT HAS, HOWEVER, PROPOSED A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE EXISTING PAY TREND SURVEY SYSTEM FOR 1982.

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(A) ADVANCING THE COMPLETION DATE OF THE PAY TREND SURVEY SO AS TO ENABLE ANY PAY AWARD TO BE ANNOUNCED BY APRIL AT THE LATEST, INSTEAD OF IN JULY OR AUGUST- THIS WOULD ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR BACK PAY-

(B) WEIGHING THE SURVEY RESULTS TO REFLECT THE MAJOR CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYMENT IN HONG KONG- AND

(C) MAKING DUE ALLOWANCE FOR THE DIFFERENCE IN THE VALUE OF PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SERVICE FRINGE BENEFITS.

THE COMMISSION HAS ALSO SUGGESTED WAYS OF OVERCOMING A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PAY TREND SURVEY SYSTEM.

THESE PROPOSALS HAVE NOW BEEN REFERRED TO THE STAFF SIDE OF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL FOR ITS CONSIDERATION. A MEETING CF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL WILL BE HELD SHORTLY TO DISCUSS THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

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TICD INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY PROCESS TO HONG KONG *****

A REVOLUTIONARY METHOD OF MAKING MOULDS, SPOTTED IN GERMANY AT THE HANOVER FAIR BY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, MAJOR C.G. BERNARD OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, IS NOW BEING USED BY A HON"5 ONG COMPANY.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE

INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR PETER TSAO, WAS SHOWN THE SYSTEM IN OPERATION TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HE VISITED THE KWAI CHUNG FACTORY OF PRECISION PLASTICS LTD., A SISTER CCMPANY OF EAST ASIA CONTACT BUREAU, WHICH HAS LEASED THE PRODUCTS FROM THE BRITISH COMPANY THAT DEVELOPED THE PROCESS.

UNTIL RECENTLY A COMPANY WISHING TO TEST THE MARKET ’OR A NEW PRODUCT DESIGN HAD TO INVEST LARGE SUMS FOR STEEL MOULDS, AND WAIT FOR WEEKS OR EVEN MONTHS FOR THEIR PRODUCTION, JUST TO SEE THE TR IAL RUN.

NOW BY SPRAYING LOW-MELTING-POINT ALLOYS ON TO A PATTERN, EVEN THE MOST COMPLICATED MOULD CAN BE PRODUCED IN A DAY. PRODUCTION CAN START, WITH SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS.

INJECTION AND BLOW MOULDING, VACUUM FORMING, COLD PRESS AND RESIN INJECTION, POLYURETHANE AND METAL SPRAY MOULDS CAN ALL BE PRODUCED USING THE MCP SPRAYMOULD SYSTEM.

GIVEN A PATTERN OF THE FINAL PRODUCT, A METAL SHELL CAN BE BUILT UP ROUND IT TO ANY DESIRED THICKNESS. THE MOULD IS AN EXACT COPY IN REVERSE NOT ONLY OF EVERY SURFACE DETAIL BUT ALSO OF FORM AND DIMENSIONS, WITH NO SHRINKAGE OR DISTORTION DUE TO THERMAL CONTRACTION.

MR TSAO, WHO WAS CONDUCTED AROUND PRECISION PLASTICS LTD. BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR ERIC FAN, COMMENTEDi +WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT WE WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN INTRODUCING THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HONG KONG.+

MR THOMAS BOVET, A DIRECTOR OF EAST ASIA CONTACT BUREAU TOLD MR TSAO THAT THE COMPANY WAS INITIALLY ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR SMALL BATCH PRODUCTION, BUT PLANNED TO ACCEPT ORDERS FOR THE COMPLETE SYSTEM FROM HONG KONG COMPANIES, AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR THEIR STAFF.

EARLIER MR TSAO HAD VISITED THE JAPANESE-OWNED KWAI CHUNG FACTORY OF ASAHI OPTICAL (INTERNATIONAL) LTD. WHICH, FOR OVER EIGHT YEARS HAS BEEN ASSEMBLING AND TESTING +PENTAX+ CAMERAS.

MR T. MIYAKAWA, MANAGING MANAGER, TOLD MR TSAO THAT THE COMPANY NOW EMPLOYS 330 PEOPLE IN THE 2 400-SQUARE METRE FACTORY AND APART FROM SELLING ITS PRODUCTS LOCALLY, ALSO EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA.

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REPORT OF THE 1979 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS *****

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A REPORT ON THE 1979 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS CARRIED OUT IN 1980 AND EARLY 1981 AS A FIRST ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP SURVEY TO THE 1977 BENCHMARK CENSUS OF THE SECTOR.

THE REPORT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE, CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SECTOR AND ANALYSES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SINCE THE 1977 CENSUS.

THE REPORT DESCRIBES THE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SURVEY AND ANALYSES SALIENT FEATURES OF THE SECTOR OVER TIME.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE ANALYTICAL TABLES OF PRINCIPAL STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY MAJOR ACTIVITIES AND ANALYSED BY NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, CENSUS DISTRICT, VALUE OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, CENSUS VALUE ADDED AND PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE.

DETAILED STATISTICS FOR REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED BY MAJOR ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THERE WERE 60 206 REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS IN 1979, ENGAGING A TOTAL OF 412 094 PERSONS, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 20 PER CENT AND 13 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER 1977.

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $181 606 MILLION IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS AND PAID OUT $8 013 MILLION IN LABOUR COST AND $13 657 MILLION IN OPERATING EXPENSES. THESE FIGURES, COMPARED WITH THOSE IN 1977, SHOWED INCREASES OF 67 PER CENT, 58 PER CENT AND 83 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. VALUE ADDED, COMPRISING LABOUR COST, INTEREST PAYMENTS AND OPERATING SURPLUS, GREW FROM $11 014 MILLION IN 1977 TO $19 762 MILLION IN 1979, AN INCREASE OF 79 PER CENT.

IN 1979, OVER 56 PER CENT OF THE 60 206 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE IN RETAIL TRADE, ACCOUNTING FOR 31 PER CENT OF ALL PERSONS ENGAGED, 17 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS AND 22 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THE SECTOR.

IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE, REPRESENTING 23 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND 25 PER CENT OF THE WORKFORCE, RECORDED THE LARGEST SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AT $118 044 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR TOTAL, AND CONTRIBUTED 51 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THE SECTOR.

WHOLESALE TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR 13 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, 11 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR’S WORKFORCE, 13 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND 8 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THE SECTOR.

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RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES REPRESENTED 7 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLIHMENTS, A* 27 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE. RESTAURANTS REGISTERED 4 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS AND CONTRIBUTED 13 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED WHEREAS HOTELS/ BOARDING HOUSES, ACCOUNTED FOR 1 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND 5 nER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED.

IN TERMS OF GROWTH IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS SINCE 1977, RETAIL TRADE ATTAINED THE HIGHEST RATE AT 77 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE AT 74 PER CENT, HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES AT 68 PER CENT, RESTAURANTS AT 50 PER CENT AND WHOLESALE TRADE AT 35 PER CENT. IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE HIGHEST GROWTH SINCE 1977 IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED AT 92 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY RETAIL TRADE AT 79 PER CENT, HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES AT 71 PER CENT, RESTAURANTS AT 60 PER CENT AND WHOLESALE TRADE AT 53 PER CENT.

BY LOCATION, SHEUNG WAN AND ISLAND WEST HAD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF WHOLESALE ESTABLISHMENTS, ACCOUNTING FOR 23 PER CENT OF TOTAL WHOLESALE TURNOVER AND 22 PER CENT OF VALUE ADDED.

OTHER IMPORTANT DISTRICTS IN TERMS OF TURNOVER AND VALUE ADDED IN THE WHOLESALE TRADE WERE CHEUNG SHA WAN AND SHEK KIP MEI.

RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS WERE, NATURALLY, SCATTERED.

DISTRICTS WITH THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL RETAIL SALES AND VALUE ADDED WERE TSIM SHA TSUI AND WAN CHAI (INCLUDING TAI HANG AND CAUSEWAY BAY). WHICH TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 26 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND 27 PER CENT OF VALUE ADDED.

IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS WERE CONCENTRATED IN CENTRAL, SHEUNG WAN AND ISLAND WEST, AND TSIM SHA TSUI.

THESE DISTRICTS TOGETHER CONTRIBUTED 70 PER CENT TO TOTAL IMPORT AND EXPORT TURNOVER AND 68 PER CENT OF VALUE ADDED. TSUEN WAN AND THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ISLANDS WERE THE AREAS WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF RESTAURANTS BUT RENDERED ONLY 12 PER CENT OF TOTAL TURNOVER AND VALUE ADDED. WAN CHAI AND TSIM SHA TSUI HAD THE LARGEST SHARE IN RESTAURANT TURNOVER AND VALUE ADDED.

THEY TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 25 PER CENT OF TOTAL TURNOVER AND 28 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED. DISTRICTS WITH MAJOR SHARES IN HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES BUSINESS WERE TSIM SHA TSUI, CENTRAL, WAN CHAI AND YAU MA TEI WHICH WITH A TOTAL OF 405 HOTELS/BOARD ING HOUSES, ACCOUNTED FOR 96 PER CENT OF TOTAL TURNOVER AND VALUE ADDED.

WITH REGARD TO THE TYPE OF OWNERSHIP OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES AND SERVICE SECTORS, SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS PREDOMINATED TO THE EXTENT OF 67 PER CENT IN WHOLESALE TRADE, 79 PER CENT IN RETAIL TRADE, 55 PER CENT IN RESTAURANTS AND 64 PER CENT IN HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES. DESPITE A LARGE NUMBER OF SOLE PROPRIETORSH IPS, THE LARGEST SHARE OF SALES WAS RECORDED IN PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES, WITH 39 PER CENT FOR WHOLESALE TRADE, 45 PER CENT FOR RETAIL TRADE, 69 PER CENT FOR RESTAURANTS AND 65 PER CENT FOR HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES.

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IN THE CASE OF IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE, PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES AND SOLE PROPR IETORSH IPS EACH MADE UP 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL .’JM__P OF ESTABLISHMENTS WITH 74 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF SALES.

PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES CONTRIBUTED THE LARGEST SHARE TO TOTAL VALUE ADD* i 42 PER CENT IN WHOLESALE TRADE, 44 PER CENT IN RcTAIL TRADE, 81 PER CENT IN IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE, 69 PER CENT IN RESTAURANTS AND 65 PER CENT IN HOTELS/BOARD ING HOUSES.

THE REPORT IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE AT $25 PER COPY.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID ALTHOUGH HE FELT THE NEW CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WOULD BE A SUCCESS, THE REAL PROBLEM WOULD BE TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHER LEVEL OF CLEANLINESS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE END OF HIS VISIT TO SHAM SHU I PO THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY) TO SEE THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

SIR MURRAY SAID HE HAD FOUND A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH CLEANSING OPERATIONS, AND THESE INCLUDED ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, BROKEN PAVEMENTS (RESULTING FROM VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS) AND ABANDONED VEHICLES.

GIVING HIS IMPRESSIONS AFTER THE TOUR OF SHAM SHU I PO, SIR MURRAY SAID THE DISTRICT WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE A VERY VIGOROUS AREA COMMITTEE WORKING TO BRING THE CLEAN HONG KONG bESSAGE HOME TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, bR BRIAN WILSON, THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATOR, bfi MARTIN LEWIS, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, SHAM SHU I PO, MR SZETO LIM AND THE AREA COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE, MR FAN KAM-PING ON THE TOUR.

THE GROUP SAW USD WORKERS INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THE CLEANSING OF BACKLANES, CLEARING OF ACCUMULATED JUNK AND REFUSE AND DEMOLISHING ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND CANOPIES.

AFTER SHAM SHU I PO, THE GOVERNOR PROCEEDED TO SEE THE CLEAN HONG KONG OPERATIONS IN KOWLOON CITY, AT MODEL VILLAGE, A SQUATTER COMMUNITY OF 3 000 PEOPLE.

THE GOVERNOR LATER TOURED SOME OF THE DIRTIEST STREETS IN TO KWA WAN TO SEE THE SIZE OF THE CLEAN-UP PROBLEM.

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CHIEF SECRETARY TO ADDRESS INAUGURAL SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL ADDRESS THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 4) AT THE CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL, 1 SHUM WAN ROAD IN WONG CHUK HANG, HONG KONG.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE MEETING WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE SECOND TO BE SET JP ON HONG KONG ISLAND, COME FROM A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF SOCIETY -FROM INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, EDUCATION, SOCIAL WORK AND KAIFONGS, THUS ENSURING REPRESENTAT ION OF THE VIEWS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, A SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WAS FORMED IN MAY THIS YEAR, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OST CLOSELY CONCERNED WITH THE PROVISION OF SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT. AND CHAIRED BY THE AREA’S CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER.

ITS PURPOSE IS TO ENSURE THAT DISTRICT NEEDS ARE MET Ai ALL PROBLEMS EFFECTIVELY DEALT WITH.

IN THE MONTHS SINCE IT WAS FORMED, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SET UP THREE SUB-COMMITTEES TO CARRY OUT NUMEROUS RESPONSIBILITIES IN A VARIETY OF MATTERS, INCLUDING COMMUNITY-BUILDING AND OTHER PROJECTS, TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AND IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES, PARKING NEEDS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS, AMONG OTHERS.

WITH THE EXPERIENCE BEHIND IT, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT MORE EFFECTIVELY THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NEW DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS i

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AT THE CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL, 1 SHUM WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG, HONG KONG AT 2.30 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 4). UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW AT ABOUT 4 PM.

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F7ERY TIME MR CHOW KA-PO PUTS ON HIS GEAR IN RESPONSE TO a Call TO DUTY, HE LAYS HIS LIFE ON THE LINE.

LAST WEEK HE DID THAT ON THREE OCCASIONS.

NO, HE IS h A DRUG FIGHTER, OR A DETECTIVE OR A FIREMAN.

AUD THE MOST LETHAL EQUIPMENT HE CARRIES IS A CLASP KNIFE.

HE IS A SENIOR OFFICER, OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT, WHOSE WORK HAS OFTEN MEANT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH FOR PEOPLE IN DISTRESS IN MOUNTAINOUS REGIONS.

FORMATION OF THE UNIT BEGAN IN JANUARY 1967 WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED IT WAS NECESSARY TO FILL THE GAP LEFT BY THE DISBANDMENT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM.

UNDER THE OVERALL CO-ORDINATION OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE, TWO MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS WERE FORMED WITH THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF SEARCHING FOR AND RESCUING LOST HIKERS, INJURED CLIMBERS AND VICTIMS OF AIR CRASHES IN REMOTE AREAS.

THE TEAMS WERE AMALGAMATED ON JANUARY 1, 1975 TO FORM THE CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT WHICH NOW HAS A FULL COMPLEMENT OF 65 OFFICERS AND MEMBERS.

ADMISSION TO THE UNIT REQUIRES A LOT MORE THAN FITNESS AND A FONDNESS FOR THE SPORT OF MOUNTAINEERING.

AS MR JOHN FORTUNE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF CAS, EXPL J NED 1 +YOU MUST NOT ONLY BE FIT, YOU MUST ALSO BE A GOOD MOUNTAINEER, CLIMBER AND HAVE FIRST AID KNOWLEDGE. IT STANDS TO REASON THAT A CRACK MOUNTAIN CLIMBER IS FIT AND HAS MANY ATTRIBUTES BUT THAT WOULD NOT AUTOMATICALLY MAKE HIM A GOOD RESCUER. THERE ARE MANY OTHER SKILLS TO MASTER.+

A CANDIDATE FOR THE MRU MUST HAVE FIRST SERVED A MINIMUM OF SIX MONTHS IN THE CAS, PASSED A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND A FITNESS TEST WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE ABILITY TO WALK OVER HILLS IN SCORCHING SUMMER TEMPERATURES WITH A HEAVY LOAD OF EQUIPMENT ON HIS BACK. HE MUST ALSO POSSESS A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF FIRST AID AND THE TECHNIQUES OF SURVIVAL IN HARSH ENVIRONMENT. IF HE PASSES AN INTERVIEW, HE WILL THEN BE PUT THROUGH A FIVE-DAY, FULL-TIME COURSE ON BASIC MOUNTAIN CRAFT, ROCK CLIMBING AND MOUNTAIN RESCUE TECHNIQUES UNDER THE EXPERT ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION OF RAF AND CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE INSTRUCTORS.

UPON ACCEPTANCE, MOUNTAIN RESCUERS HAVE TO UNDERGO A CONTINUAL SERIES OF STRENUOUS PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSIONS, TWICE A MONTH, ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS, IN ROCK-CLIMBING, ROPE MANAGEMENT, BELAYING, STRETCHER-HANDLING AND LOWERING OVER SHEER ROCK FACES AND OVERHANGING CLIFFS, MOUNTAIN FIRST AID, AREA FAMILIARISATION, ORIENTEERING, COMMUNICATIONS, NIGHT NAVIGATION AND BIVOUAC ING.

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THEY ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A SIX-DAY REFRESHER COURSE ON ADVANCED MOUNTAINCRAFT EACH YEAR.

IN ADDITION, A THOROUGH INSPECTION AND ASSESSMENT OF THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT IS CARRIED OUT BIENNIALLY BY AN INSPECTOR CF LAND RESCUE FROM THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF APPRAISING THE UNIT’S ABILITY, UPDATING TECHNIQJES AND EQUIPMENT AND SUGGESTING WAYS AND MEANS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

THE NEXT INSPECTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN 1982.

THE RIGOROUS STANDARDS, HOWEVER, HAVE BEEN MORE A SOURCE CF PRIDE THAN A CAUSE FOR DROPPING OUT IN THE UNIT, MR FORTUNE SAID.

HE DESCRIBED THE UNIT’S MORALE AS +EXTREMELY HIGH+, A FACT BORNE OUT BY THE AVERAGE SERVING PERIOD OF MORE THAN SIX YEARS AMONG UNIT MEMBERS.

MR CHOW KA-PO, WHO QUALIFIED AS A MOUNTAIN RESCUER IN 1971 AND IS THE CURRENT DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE MRU, SPOKE FOR MANY OTHER MRU MEMBERS WHEN HE EXPLAINED WHY THEY ARE WILLING TO UNDERGO SUCH RIGOROUS TRAINING TO MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE TO CARRY OUT OFTEN HAZARDOUS TASKS IN THEIR PRIVATE LEISURE HOURS AT ONLY TOKEN REMUNERATION FOR EXPENSES INCURRED.

♦ IT’S REALLY, FIRST OF ALL, FOR THE SATISFACTION OF PERFORMING A VITALLY IMPORTANT JOB REQUIRING EXPERTISE THAT COULD SAVE A HUMAN LIFE ..... YOU SHOULD SEE THE RELIEF ON

THE FACES OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE WE HELPED.+

♦ IT’S ALSO, OF COURSE, FOR THE LOVE OF NATURE AND THE SPORT (OF ROCK CLIMBJNG AND HIKING) AND THE JOB PROVIDES US AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO INDULGE IN BOTH. A TRUE CHALLENGE.+

♦EQUALLY IMPORTANT, THE UNIT IS THE ONLY ORGANISED MOUNTAIN RESCUE GROUP IN HONG KONG AND AS SUCH, IT HAS ALSO THE IMPLICIT RESPONSIBILITY OF MAINTAINING THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE PROFESSIONAL STANDARD AND PASSING ON SUCH KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF CLIMBERS. BY SETTING OURSELVES GOOD EXAMPLES, WE ALSO HELP PROMOTE SAFETY AND A HEALTHY IMAGE FOR THE SPORT,♦ MR CHOW ADDED.

CLEARLY, THEN, HIKING AND MOUNTAINING ARE NO CHILD’S PLAY. BUT THE +SILLY WAY+ SOME NORMALLY RESPONSIBLE ADULTS, WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, PREPARED THEIR EXPEDITIONS INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE COULD DRIVE A KNOWLEDGEABLE OUTDOORSMAN UP A MOUNTAIN WALL, MR FORTUNE LAMENTED.

♦DESPITE OUR PERIODICAL SAFETY CAMPAIGNS AND PUBLIC APPEALS TO HIKERS AND CLIMBERS TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS, WE STILL SEE PEOPLE GOING INTO COUNTRY PARKS AND UP MOUNTAINS UNSUITABLY CLAD AND WITHOUT THE PROPER EQUIPMENT.+

♦SOME WERE DRESSED ONLY IN HAWAIIAN SHIRTS, SHORTS, SNEAKERS AND EVEN PLASTIC FLIP FLAPS. LET ME EMPHASISE THAT EVEN FOR A CASUAL EXPEDITION INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE, THE GROUP MUST PREFERABLY BE LED BY SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA THEY WISH TO EXPLORE.

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♦AND THEY MUST INFORM THE NEAREST POLICE STATION OR THEIR FAMILY WHERE THEY ARE GOING BEFORE THEY PROCEED.

♦iHEY SHOULD ALL WEAR BROKEN-IN, ANKLE-LENGTH HIKING BOOTS WITH TREADED RUBBER SOLES, BRING OR WEAR A WATERPROOF JACKET AND CARRY A RUCSACK TO KEEP THEIR COMPASS, WHISTLE, A MAP OF THE HIKING AREA, A SMALL RADIO TO KEEP THEMSELVES INFORMED OF BIDDEN WEATHER CL GES.+ ADVISED MR FORTUNE, WHO HAS CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN ORGANISING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES HERE AND OVERSEAS.

A TORCH AND WHISTLE ARE AMONG THE MOST OFTEN OVERLOOKED THINGS AS PEOPLE SELDOM EXPECT TO LOSE THEIR WAY AND DO NOT REALISE THAT IF THEY DO, IT WQULD INVARIABLY BE NIGHTFALL BY THE TIME THE RESCUE PARTY IS DISPATCHED TO SEARCH FOR THEM,+ FORTUNE ADDED.

DEPENDING ON THE OBJECTIVE OF THE EXPEDITION AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, AN EXPEDITION MAY NEED OTHER ESSENTIAL TOOLS. BUT TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE, ESPECIALLY IF AN EXPEDITION IS MADE UP ENTIRELY OF INEXPERIENCED MEMBERS, THEY ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO WRITE TO THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, CIVIL AID SERVICES HEADQUARTERS, 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD, HONG KONG, WHO WILL ARRANGE FOR A FREE TALK ON THE SAFETY MEASURES TO TAKE OR OBTAIN FREE COPIES OF GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS ON THE SUBJECT ENTITLED ’STEPPING OUT’ AND ’SAFE CAMPING’ FROM EITHER THE MARKETING AND ADVERTISING OFFICE, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, 22 ICE HOUSE STREET, BASKERVILLE HOUSE, 2ND FLOOR, CENTRAL, HONG KONG OR THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 3RD FLOOR, HONG KONG.

A MAJORITY OF CASES TO WHICH THE MRU RESPONDED WERE THE RESULT OF CARELESSNESS AND NOT GENUINE ACCIDENTS, MR FORTUNE NOTED.

TO GUARD AGAINST ACCIDENTS, THE IDEAL HIKING GROUP SHOULD BE MAKE UP OF A MINIMUM OF THREE PERSONS, BUT NOT TOO LARGE SO THAT SOMEONE CAN GO FOR HELP LEAVING ANOTHER TO LOOK AFTER THE INJURED IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT. ALSO ONE SHOULD NEVER WALK ALONE OVER THE HILLS.+ HE ADVISED.

ALTHOUGH NO PRECISE OFFICIAL STATISTICS WERE AVAILABLE, MR CHOW SPOKE OF A TREND IN RECENT YEARS FOR MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO HIKING IN SUMMER THAN PREVIOUSLY.

BUT THEY MUST REALISE THAT DANGER LURKS IN THE TRANQUIL COUNTRYSIDE FOR THE ILL-PREPARED AND FOOLHARDY AND THEY MUST KNOW HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE ELEMENTS. CARELESSNESS COULD EASILY TURN AN INVIGORATING AND ENJOYABLE COUNTRY HIKE INTO A NIGHTMARE,+ MR CHOW WARNED.

THE PERIOD BETWEEN OCTOBER-MARCH REMAINS. HOWEVER, THE MOST POPULAR TIME FOR HIKING AND CLIMBING. BUT THE MRU MAINTAINS A TEAM OF ONE OFFICER AND EIGHT MEMBERS ON STANDBY DUTY AT ITS CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON (TEL. 3-7115011) ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FROM 1 PM TO 9.30 PM, WHICH IS THE TIME WHEN MOoT ACCIDENTS OCCUR.

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DURING REGULAR OFFICE HOURS, REQUESTS FOR MRU ASSISTANCE 'ULI 3E DIRECTED TO CAS HEADQUARTERS (TEL. 5-763236) OR TO 1»1E NEAREST POLICE STATION.

THE MRU, WHICH RECEIVED ONLY $40 000 FOR EQUIPMENT AND $90 000 FOR TRAIN'Nt AND OPERATIONAL ALLOWANCES FOR THE CURRENT F'NANCIAL YEAR, WAJ CREDITED WITH RESCUING 35 HIKERS AND CLIMBERS IN DISTRESS IN 1980 AND 58 SO FAR THIS YEAR.

*WE ARE GETTING MORE CALLS FOR HELP NOW BECAUSE MORE GROUPS ARE GOING CAMPING, HILL TREKKING AND MOUNTAINEERING AND ALSO THE POLICE ARE MORE FAMILIAR WITH OUR MOUNTAIN RESCUE EXPERTISE,* SAID MR CHOW, WHO IS ONE OF ONLY TWO FULL-TIME PAID MEMBERS OF MRU.

ALTHOUGH THE POLICE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING RESCUE ATTEMPTS, THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT ALSO MAINTAINS A CLOSE WORKING LIAISON WITH THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND FIRE SERVICES. IT CAN ALSO DRAW SUPPORT FROM THE CIVIL AID SERVICES MOUNTAIN SEARCH TEAMS (MST) IN LARGE SCALE SEARCH OPERATIONS.

MR FORTUNE AND MR CHOW ARE BOTH SADDENED BY THE CACT THAT THE MRU HAS TO BE DEPLOYED SO FREQUENTLY AS IT MEANS INEVITABLY SOMEONE IS IN DISTRESS, INJURED OR EVEN DEAD WHEN BY CAREFUL PLANNING, USE OF COMMON SENSE AND PROPER CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT, THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

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SEMINAR ON COMMITTEE WORK

A HALF-DAY SEMINAR AIMED AT PROMOTING EFFECTIVENESS IN COMMITTEE WORK WAS OPENED AT A.30 PM THIS AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY) BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR ALBERT LAM.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARDS, THE SEMINAR WAS HELD IN THE FUNCTION ROOM OF HARBOUR VIEW HOLIDAY INN.

...?UR'NG THE SEMINAR, A SENIOR GOVERNMENT TRAINING OFFICER SPOKE ON ’HOW TO MAKE A COMMITTEE EFFECTIVE’, AND GAVE SOME HINTS ON HOW

TO CONDUCT MEETINGS.

™!S WAS FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER TALK ON ’THE ART OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS’ GIVEN BY MR TSUI TIM-FOOK, WHO STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE RELATIONS IN THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF A COMMITTEE.

OF GOOD HUMAN

ABOUT 70 WALKS OF LIFE DISCUSS ION.

UNOFFICIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FROM DIFFERENT ATTENDED THE SEMINAR, AND EXCHANGED VIEWS IN A GROUP

THE SEMINAR ENDED WITH A BRIEF TALK BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY (ADMINISTRATION), CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR HAIDER BARMA.

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COMMUNITY-BUILDING EFFORT IN WONG TAI SIN ft * ft ft

A +LOWER WONG TAI SIN FORTNIGHT* FEATURING A COMMUNITY-BUILDING EFFORT, WILL BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 6 TO 20 IN THE AREA.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AREA’S CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE HONG KONG YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, TOGETHER WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE PROJECT AIMS AT CULTIVATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY DURING THE ESTATE’S COURSE OF REDEVELOPMENT.

PROGRAMMES FOR THE FORTNIGHT WILL INCLUDE A +YOUTH AND THE COMMUNITY* VARIETY SHOW, A +GAMES DAY FOR THE ELDERLY*, MOBILE THEATRES, A MOBILE EXHIBITION AND A ^CHILDREN'S OPEN-AIR ART GALLERY*.

MR KEVIN HO, WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS. WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 6) AT THE ESTATE’S NUMBER SIX PLAYGROUND.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR THE DISTRICT’S SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 6) AT 7.30 PM, AT PLAYGROUND NUMBER SIX ADJACENT TO BLOCK 15, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

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HOVERFERRY SERVICES OPERATED BY THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY FROM KWUN TONG TO CENTRAL WILL BE SUSPENDED DURING THE OFF-PEAK PERIOD BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 7).

♦THIS IS BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS USING THIS SERVICE HAS DROPPED BY 60 PER CENT SINCE THE OPENING OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY,* A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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SURVEY BEING HELD OF MASS MEDIA TRAINING NEEDS ******

A MANPOWER RVEY TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF HONG KONG’S MASS MEDIA BEGAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE 14-DAY survey, the first in a series, is being conducted BY THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH The ASSISTANCE OF The LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, SAID THE BOARD WOULD THEN MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING TO BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MASS MEDIA.

QUEST IONNARIES AND EXPLANATORY NOTES HAD ALREADY BEEN SENT TO 600 NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, NEWS AGENCIES, RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS COVERED IN THE SURVEY. OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WOULD CALL ON THE ESTABLISHMENTS TO HELP COMPLETE AND TO COLLECT THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES :

(I) THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED FULL-TIME-

(II) THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES UNDER TRAINING-

(III) THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES, AND

(IV) A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES REQUIRED FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

MR SHUM STRESSED THAT INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ORGANISATION.

+AS THE INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM THIS SURVEY WILL ASSIST THE TRAINING BOARD IN DRAWING UP TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY, ALL EMPLOYERS COVERED IN THE SURVEY ARE REQUESTED TO OFFER THEIR FULL CO-OPERATION,+ HE ADDED.

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CAREERS TEACHERS TO DISCUSS TECHNICAL COURSES ft ft ft

MORE THAN 150 CAREERS TEACHERS WILL BE ATTENDING A SEMINAR ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 4) TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH COURSES OFFERED AT THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE EVENT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CAREERS SECTION, AND W L BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM AT LEE WAI LEE iECHNICAL INSTITUTE, RENFREW ROAD, KOWLOON TONG.

THE AIMS OF THE SEMINAR ARE TO INTRODUCE THE COURSES CONDUCTED BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, AND TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CAREERS TEACHERS AND STAFF OF VARIOUS DISCIPLINES IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO MEET AND DISCUSS PROBLEMS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS DURING THE SEMINAR WILL CENTRE ON THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES OFFERED BY THE INSTITUTES.

THEY INCLUDE MECHANICAL AND PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, MARINE AND FABRICATION, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, COMMERCE, DESIGN. HOTEL KEEPING AND TOURISM, CHILD CARE, PRINTING AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY (OPTICS, CLOCK AND WATCH, FOOTWEAR, AND METAL FINISHING).

STAFF FROM THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BE LEADING THE DISCUSSIONS, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A SLIDE SHOW INTRODUCING THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AFTER THE DISCUSSIONS, THE CAREERS TEACHERS WILL TOUR THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

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ADDITIONAL MOBILE LIBRARY STOP FOR TUEN MUN ft ft ft

THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT'S NEW TERRITORIES LIBRARIES WILL ESTABLISH ONE MORE MOBILE LIBRARY STOP AT CHI LOK FA YUEN, TUEN MUN, THUS INCREASING ITS SERVICE IN THE AREA.

FROM DECEMBER 10, THE VEHICLE WILL STOP AT THE CARPARK OF BLOCK 1, CHI LOK FA YUEN ON ALTERNATE THURSDAYS FROM 11 AM TO 1 PM.

TUEN MUN RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE THE LIBRARY.

THE OPERATION HOURS OF TWO EXISTING MOBILE LIBRARY STOPS AT TUEN MUN DISTRICT WILL BE CHANGED.

FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY), THE MOBILE LIBRARY WILL STOP AT 01 FAI HOUSE, YAU 01 ESTATE ON ALTERNATE THURSDAYS BETWEEN 11 AM AND 1 PM, AND FROM 2 PM TO 6 PM.

FROM DECEMBER 10, THE MOBILE LIBRARY NEAR HO PONG ROAD PLAYGROUND WILL OPERATE FROM 2.30 PM TO 6 PM ON ALTERNATE THURSDAYS.

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RECREATION CENTRE OPENED AT SAN TIN * * * *

A $570 000 RECREATION CENTRE WAS OPENED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT SAN TIN, YUEN LONG.

THE CENTRE INCLUDES A THREE-STOREY BUILDING HOUSING A LIBRARY, CONFERENCE ROOM AND OFFICES. THERE IS ALSO A WELL-EQUIPPED CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND A LARGE AREA OF OPEN SPACE.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB DONATED $160 000 TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COST, WITH THE BALANCE BEING RAISED BY SAN TIN RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION.

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE PROJECT STARTED IN EARLY 1979 AND WAS COMPLETED RECENTLY.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING WERE YUEN LONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARRY YEUNG- YUEN LONG SUB-DIVISIONAL INSPECTOR, MR TANG CHIU-WING- AND LOK MA CHAU SUB-DIVISIONAL INSPECTOR, MR KWONG CHU-MAN.

INAUGURATION OF THE SAN TIN RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE WAS HELD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPENING. THE NEW CHAIRMAN, MR POON FOON-HING, AND 20 OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL SERVE A TWO-YE’.R TERM.

THE ASSOCIATION WAS SET UP IN 1977 TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF THE 25 000 RESIDENTS OF THE AREA.

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1981

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DO THINGS IN HONG KONG FASHION WITH HONG KONG STYLE, FINANCIAL SECRETARY TELLS STOCKBROKERS ....................... 1

MAJOR MEDICAL PROJECTS PLANNED ............................... 2

POLICE WORK TO BE SHOWN ...................................... 3

PWD OCTOBER CONTRACTS TOTAL 35^0 MILLION ..................... It

LETTER HOLDERS CAN ALSO BID FOR SITES ........................ It

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES ......................... 5

SAFETY SEMINAR FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ...................... 6

PAVILION OPENED AT SHA TIN ................................... 7

CONCERTS BY WAN KWONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA ...................... 7

OLD FOLKS' PARTY TO BE HELD ON CHEUNG CHAU ................... 8

SOUVENIR FOR 10 OOOTH ........................................ 8

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1981

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DO THINGS IN HONG KONG FASHION WITH HONG KONG STYLE, FINANCIAL SECRETARY TELLS STOCKBROKERS ******

•ONG KONG STOCKBROKERS WERE TOLD BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE THIS EVENING THAT + IN THE FINANCIAL AND SECURITIES FIELD GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IN DOING THINGS IN HONG KONG FASHION WITH HONG KONG STYLE.*

OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF THE FIRST-TERM OFFICE BEARERS OF THE UNIFIED STOCK EXCHANGE TODAY (THURSDAY), M? BREMRIDGE SAIDi +CLEARLY WE WOULD BE FOOLISH NOT TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS AND INDEED WE STILL HAVE MUCH TO LEARN-BUT LET NO ONE THINK THAT IT IS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY MERELY TO APE EXTERNAL PRACTICES.

♦WE ARE HONG KONG PEOPLE AND MUST DO OUR OWN THING IN OUR OWN WAY. AND WHEN WE HAVE GOT IT RIGHT, AS WE SHALL, THEN LET THE REST OF THE WORLD LEARN FROM US.+

IN HI.S TALK TO THE STOCKBROKERS, MR BREMRIDGE MADE THREE OTHER MAJOR POINTS.

HE HAD LONG BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE ABILITY OF THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE IN RUNNING ITS OWN AFFAIRS COMPETENTLY AND WITHOUT EXTERNAL FUSS, HE SAID.

♦BY THIS THEY HAVE PROVED TO THE COMMUNITY THAT THERE V REAL VIRTUES IN INTELLIGENT AND NO DOUBT FIRM SELF-REGULATION,+ MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

TO THE BEST OF HIS KNOWLEDGE, THERE HAD NEVER BEEN ANY MAJOR PROBLEM THAT HAD COME TO THE NOTICE OF THOSE OUTSIDE THE EXCHANGE OR THE GOVERNMENT AND HE BELIEVED THIS WAS VERY MUCH TO THE CREDIT OF MR WOO HON-FAI, WHO HAD BEEN ELECTED FIRST CHAIRMAN OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

MR BREMRIDGE ALSO REITERATED HIS BELIEF +IN THE VIRTUES OF FIRM AND HONEST SELF-REGULAT ION.+

IT IS FOOLISH TO THINK THAT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION CAN SERVE BETTER IN A FREE SOCIETY. BUT IF SELF-REGULATION IS NOT SUFFICIENT OR EFFICIENT, THEN IT IS INEVITABLE THAT GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO INTERVENE IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE,+ HE SAID.

AS A FINAL POINT, MR BREMRIDGE SAID THAT WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WOULD CONTINUE TO BE THE BACKBONE OF HONG KONG, HE EXPECTED TO SEE CONTINUED RAPID GROWTH IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR SC THAT HONG KONG MIGHT BECOME THE THIRD LARGEST FINANCIAL CENTRE IN THE WORLD.

I HOPE TO ASSIST BY ALLOWING A FREE MARKET TO OPERATE WITH A SENSIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT.

IN OTHER WORDS, POSITIVE AND PRUDENT FREEDOM. NO ENTREPRENEURS IN HONG KONG SHOULD ASK FOR MORE,+ HE SAID.

HE WISHED THE CHAIRMAN AND FOUR VICE-CHAIRMEN PROSPERITY A: J GOOD HEALTH, AND SAID THEY WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

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MAJOR MEDICAL PROJECTS PLANNED * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS EMBARKED ON AN AMBITIOUS PLAN TO DEVELOP 19 PROJECTS DURING THIS DECADE TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THIS WAS TATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, THIS MORNING (THURSDAY) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF SHA TIN LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE.

THE PLAN INCLUDES THREE MAJOR NEW HOSPITALS OF OVER 1 400 BEDS, ONE EACH AT SHA TIN, TUEN MUN AND TAI PO, AND SEVEN NEw CLINICS AND POLYCLINICS, AS WELL AS EXTENSIONS TO EXISTING HOSP ITALS.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IS A +CLEAR INDICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE, OTHER PROJECTS IN THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN, INCLUDING THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WHICH IS A TEACHING HOSPITAL AND A POLYCLINIC, WILL BE LAUNCHED FOR THE BENEFIT OF RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TOWN AND EAST NEW TERRITORIES REGION.

THE LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE CONSISTS OF TWO BUILDINGS, A SEVEN-STOREY MAIN BLOCK AND A SINGLE-STOREY ANCILLARY BLOCK.

IT PROVIDES GENERAL OUT-PATIENT SERVICES, FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES, HEALTH EDUCATION AND ACCOMMODATION FOR THE REGIONAL HEALTH OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY SERVICES.

MR R.H. LOBO, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, OFFICIATED AT THE CEREMONY.

MR LOBO SAID THE OPENING OF THE HEALTH CENTRE IN SHA TIN WAS TIMELY IN VIEW OF THE RAPID POPULATION INCREASE RESULTING FROM THE EXTENSIVE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME AND NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH HEALTH CENTRES WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES WAS WORTHWHILE AS THEY FORM THE BASIC AND ESSENTIAL LINK IN THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE IN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

THE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC BEING THE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT IN THE SYSTEM OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY, WAS A MOST ESSENTIAL LINK IN THE SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEM AGAINST OUTBREAKS OF EPIDEMIC DISEASES, WHERE ACUTE CASES COULD BE DETECTED, AND REFERRED TO APPROPRIATE INSTITUTIONS FOR TREATMENT.

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+IN THE SAME MANNER, ANY COMMUNICABLE DISEASE IN THE COMMUNITY COULD BE RECOGNISED, ISOLATED AND TREATED. IN ADDITION TT THESE ESSENTIAL PREVENTIVE SERVICES, THE CLINIC PROVIDES BASIC SERVICES TO OUT-PATIENTS WITH SIMPLE AILMENTS, HE SAID.

MR LOBO ATTRIBUTED THE CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF COMMON CHILDHOOD COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SUCH AS POLIOMYELITIS AND DIPHTHERIA, AN? THE STEADY DECLINE OF MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY RATE AMONG CHILDREN AND MOTHERS TO THE SUCCESS OF THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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POLICE WORK TO BE SHOWN * * *

SOME ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE WILL BE FEATURED IN A LIVE CAREERS SHOW AT EDINBURGH PLACE ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 6).

THE SHOW, LASTING FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM, IS DESIGNED TO ACQUAINT YOUNG PEOPLE VISITING THE CURRENT CAREERS ’82 EXHIBITION WITH POLICE WORK.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE THE WORK OF THE POLICE IDENTIFICATION BUREAU AND CRIMINAL RECORD BUREAU, WITH POLICE OFFICERS DEMONSTRATING FINGER-PRINTING AND IDENTITY-KIT TECHNIQUES.

AND THE NEWEST POLICE LAUNCH WILL BE BERTHED AT QUEEN’S PIER TO SHOW THE WORK OF MARINE POLICE.

OTHER ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE MARINE POLICE, LIFE AT THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL AND THE WORK OF THE ROYAL AUXILIARY POLICE WILL ALSO BE SHOWN IN COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FORCE’S MOBILE RECRUITING VAN WILL BE STATIONED AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

THERE WILL BE DEMONSTRATIONS OF UNARMED COMBAT BY POLICE CADETS, DRUG-SNIFFING BY POLICE DOGS AND RIBBON DANCING BY WOMEN POLICE OFFICERS, AS WELL AS PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE PIPE AND SILVER BANDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS 1

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CAREERS SHOW.

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PWD OCTOBER CONTRACTS TOTAL $540 MILLION

* * * *

NINETY-SIX CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $540 MILLION, WERE AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN OCTOBER.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $79 MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR ROAD AT THE HEAD OF THE SHA TIN VALLEY.

THE NEW ROAD WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND THE EXISTING ROAD NETWORKS AROUND TAI WAI, AS WELL AS DIRECT ACCESS TO THREE NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN MEI LAM, SAN TIN AND TIN SAM.

THE WORKS FORM PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED, 50 WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE CENTAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TENDER BOARD.

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LETTER HOLDERS CAN ALSO BID FOR SITES * * * *

PEOPLE WHO SURRENDERED AGRICULTURAL LAND TO THE GOVERNMENT IN RETURN FOR LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS A AND B) ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO BID FOR THE THREE SITES AT SHA TIN AT PRESENT BEING OFFERED TO HOLDERS OF THE ENTITLEMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) A STORY IN A LEADING CHINESE NEWSPAPER HAD SAID THOSE WHO HAD SURRENDERED AGRICULTURAL LAND TO THE GOVERNMENT WERE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TENDER.

♦THERE HAS BEEN ♦ELIGIBILITY APPLIES FORWARD TO RECEIVING

A MISUNDERSTAND ING,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO ALL LETTER A AND B HOLDERS AND WE LOOK BIDS FROM A WIDE RANGE OF HOLDERS,+ HE SAID.

THE SITES BEING OFFERED ARE LOCATED BETWEEN KAU TO AND HO TUNG LAU °y^00l< ING THE RACECOURSE. THEY ARE FOR LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL D^^MENT. TENDERS MUST BE RECEIVED AT CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION BY NOON ON DECEMBER 11.

TENDER NOTICES AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND THE EIGHT DISTR ICT OFF ICES.

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INTERSET ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES * * M

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TO BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW (FRIDAY) CONTAINS A LEGAL NOTICE TO THE EFFECT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS AUTHORISED A DECREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES. AS FROM DECEMBER 4, 1981, THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST WILL BE 12 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE 14.4 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

rMWKWM. and SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 4, 1981.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE DECEMBER 4, 1981 WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWSs-

3.24% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 22, 1978 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 24, 1978-

5.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 24, 1978 AND BEFORE FEBRUARY 16, 1979-

5.76% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

FEBRUARY 16, 1979 AND BEFORE MAY 4, 1979-

8.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 4, 1979 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 26, 1979-

8.4% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

OCTOBER 26, 1979 AND BEFORE APRIL 11, 1980-

10.5% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

APRIL 11, 1980 AND BEFORE MAY 30, 1980-

9% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 30, 1980 AND BEFORE JUNE 27, 1980-

7.2% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

JUNE 27, 1980 AND BEFORE JULY 30, 1980-

6.24% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

JULY 30, 1980 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 16, 1980-

8.16% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 16, 1980 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 21, 1980-

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9.84% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 21, 1980 AND BEFORE JULY 31, 1981-

13.2% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

JULY 31, 1981 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 16, 1981- AND

14.4% PER WNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 16, 1981 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 4, 1981

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETED MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

EXAMPLE : SI 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON DECEMBER 4, 1981, -------- JANUARY 4, 1982 AND FEBRUARY 4, 1982 RESPECTIVELY,

SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON MARCH 4, 1982, WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:-

ON $1 000, DECEMBER 4, 1981 TO MARCH 4,

1982, 3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $10.00 PER MONTH - $30.00

ON $1 000, JANUARY 4, 1982 TO MARCH 4,

1982, 2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $10.00 PER MONTH - $20.00

ON $1 000, FEBRUARY 4, 1982 TO MARCH 4,

1982, 1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $10.00 PER MONTH - $10.00

$60.00

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SAFETY SEMINAR FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS % % % K

AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WILL BE HELD AT THE WATERLOO ROAD CENTRE OF THE CHINESE YMCA ON DECEMBER 17 (THURSDAY).

ORGANISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE AND HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARDS’ COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION, THE SEMINAR WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON.

SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE MR CHEUNG LUN, SECRETARY, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON CEMENT AND CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION TRADE WORKERS UNION- MR HO SAI-CHU, PRESIDENT, BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOC I AT ION-MR KAM HUNG-YUEN, AREA CONSUMERS ENGINEER, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD.- MR WONG YUM-YIN, SAFETY OFFICER, GAMMON (H.K.) LTD.-M? MA CHING-KO, VICE-CHAIRMAN, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON CARPENTERS GENERAL UNION- AND MR CHENG KWONG-KU', DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR, LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THIS ONE-DAY SEMINAR WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND THERE ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 300 PARTICIPANTS.

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PAVILION OPENED AT SHA TIN * * *

SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, TODAY (THURSDAY) OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF A CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION ABOVE SUI WO COURT.

THE PAVI' ION, COSTING $100 000, IS FOR USE AS A SITTING-OUT AREA AND GIVES VISITORS A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT STARTED SIX MONTHS AGO.

THE PAVILION WAS DONATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB WHOSE PRESIDENT, MR HO YUNG-SANG, ATTENDED TODAY’S CEREMONY.

ALSO PRESENT WERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LIONS CLUB, MR KAORU KAYMURAKAMI, AND A FORMER PRESIDENT, l*R CHAN CHUN-CHIU.

THE CLUB WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1977 AND HAS ABOUT 60 MEMBERS.

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CONCERTS BY WAN KWONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA * * * *

NEW territories presentations office of the cultural SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE WAN KWONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL STtZIX performances of ch,nese "usic in december

”-^3P‘-AYeRNTENGHL?ANG-HSli'ANG

T0 C0ME T0 H0NG K0NG TO ADD COLOUR TO THESE rtKr UKrIANUto.

TH diToa CniRn2RBvNSf.0N DECEMBER 13 (SUNDAY) WILL BE SOLELY DEDICATED BY TANG l,aNG-HSIANG OF SHANGHAI A MASTER OF THE

ON DECEMBER 18, FLAUTIST LU CHUEN-LIN6 WILL ENTERTAIN THE HE° SNW^OELjKxunuuS;e f„REJOWNED PHOFSSSOH AND MUSICIAN IN SHANGHAI, ANTERPRETATION £ASM?0USH H'S pi-paPs?losHand™r?SeCE?raE ™s^c"URDAV) "ill inclube flute solos-

A.,n G^EST CONDUCTOR TANG LIANG-TAK WILL CONDUCT AND ALSO PLAY THE SOLO PARTS FOR ER-HU.

a aviu/!StuJF!.WU SHUE“E w,ll ALSO TAKE AN ACTIVE PLAYING THE PIANO FOR THE ORCHESTRA.

THE ORCHESTRA

PART IN

.nr .JI,CKETS F0R THESE PERFORMANCES AT $10, $15, tLJ r ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE.

$20 AND $25

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OLD FOLKS’ PARTY TO BE HELD ON CHEUNG CHAU * * * *

A PARTY FOR CHEUNG CHAU ELDERLY PEOPLE WILL BE HELD AT KWOK MAN SCHOOL ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 5).

IT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE CHUNG SHAK-HE I (CHEUNG CHAU) HOME FOR THE AGED IN CELEBRATION OF THE THIRD ANNUAL FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY.

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE PARTY.

MORE THAN 400 OLD PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND, OF WHOM 130 LIVE IN THE HOME.THE OTHERS ARE CHEUNG CHAU RESIDENTS AGED OVER 60.

AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME HAS BEEN ARRANGED IN WHICH STUDENTS OF KWOK MAN SCHOOL AND RESIDENTS OF THE HOME WILL TAKE PART.

IT WILL INCLUDE A LION DANCE AND A RIBBON DANCE, A FOLK SONG PERFORMANCE, TRADITIONAL CHINESE DANCING, A DRAMA PERFORMANCE AND CHORUS SINGING. THERE WILL ALSO BE A LUCKY DRAW WITH VALUBALE PRIZES.

THE HOME WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1969 ON LAND PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT.

IT ORIGINALLY ACCOMMODATED 39 OLD PEOPLE, BUT 130 ELDERLY PEOPLE LIVE THERE NOW.

IT CARES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE AS WELL AS REFERRALS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WHICH SUBSIDISES THE HOME.

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SOUVENIR FOR 10 OOOTH * * *

MRS

..... oo™.!KH!NDERS0N’ WIFE 0F THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO THE 10 OOOTH STUDENT PARTICIPATING

?™PUTER,SED +J0B FAMILY TENDENCY* EXERCISE OF THE CAREERS

82 EXHIBITION AT EDINBURGH PLACE AT 4 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

™E SAME T,ME» MRS HENDERSON WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO WANG PACIFIC LTD. WHICH SUPPLIED THE COMPUTER HARDWARE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER TOMORROW’S PRESENTATION.

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1981

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IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL......................... 1

GOVERNOR WARNS OF INCREASED PROTECTIONISM ................... 2

DISTRICT BOARDS WILL MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE RESPONSIVE ........ 5

CANCER STILL OUR MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM ....................... 4

VAST EXPANSION OF CONTAINER PORT PLANNED..................... 5

SCHOOLS FREE TO CHOOSE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION ................ 7

TWO BUILDINGS TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR WORK .................... 8

COUNTRY PARKS PROVIDE FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED ............ 9

FRICTION-TESTER FOR HONG KONG AIRPORT ....................... 10

SPECIAL TRAFFIC PLANS FOR WALK FOR MILLIONS ................. 11

CAUSEWAY BAY STREETS TO BE CLOSED FOR MTR WORK............... 13

TRAM SERVICES TO BE CURTAILED FOR TWO EVENINGS .............. 14

PRISONS WORK ON SHOW......................................... 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WUHU INTERCHANGE VEHICLE SUBWAY......... 15

TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH ....................................... 16

STUDENTS IN FIGHT-CRIME DEBATE FINALS ....................... 16

RURAL CLEANSING FACILITIES DESIGN WINNERS ................... 17

YUEN LONG ARTS COMMITTEE OFFICERS INAUGURATED ............... 19

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IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO TIGHTEN UP EXISTING LEGISLATION DEALING WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 9), AMENDING LEGISLATION WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE THAT EXISTING NEASURES FOR THE REMOVAL OF UNLAWFUL ENTRANTS APPLY EQUALLY TO CHILDREN.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY THAT SINCE THE ENDING OF THE +REACHED BASE* POLICY, A SMALL NUMBER OF CHILDREN HAD BEEN ENTERING HONG KONG ILLEGALLY FROM CHINA. MOST OF THESE CHILDREN HAD BEEN LEFT BEHIND BY THEIR PARENTS WITH RELATIVES OR FRIENDS OR ON THEIR OWN IN CHINA.

THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION HAD ALLOWED SUCH CHILDREN TO STAY ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS.

RECENTLY, HOWEVER, IT HAS BECOME EVIDENT THAT ORGANISED SYNDICATES ARE INVOLVED IN THE SMUGGLING OF FAR GREATER NUMBERS OF CHILDREN FROM CHINA INTO HONG KONG, AND THE NEW MEASURES WILL ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADEQUATE POWERS TO DEAL WITH THIS GROWING PROBLEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+YOUNG CHILDREN ARE IN GENERAL LEGALLY PRESUMED TO BE INCAPABLE OF COMMITTING AN OFFENCE AND THIS COULD PRESENT CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTY, FOR INSTANCE, IN PROSECUTING THE TRAFFICKERS WHO BRING THEM IN,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL, PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE, ALSO INTRODUCES STIFF NEW PENALTIES AGAINST ANYONE FOUND GUILTY OF HARBOURING UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS, INCLUDING CHILDREN.

UNDER THE BILL, A PERSON HARBOURING AN UNAUTHORISED ENTRANT TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG WILL BE LIABLE, ON CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT, TO A FINE OF $200 000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR 10 YEARS- AND ON SUMMARY CONVICTION, TO A FINE OF $100 000 AND THREE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

THE BILL ALSO,

* AUTHORISES IMMIGRATION OFFICERS TO EXAMINE A PERSON AT ANY TIME IF HE HAS REASONABLE CAUSE FOR BELIEVING THAT SUCH A PERSON HAS LANDED UNLAWFULLY, AND

* MAKES IT CLEAR THAT A PERSON REFUSED PERMISSION TO LAND IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES MAY BE REMOVED BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS.

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GOVERNOR WARNS OF INCREASED PROTECTIONISM ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WARNED TODAY (FRIDAY) OF THE PERILS OF ♦INCREASED PROTECT ION ISM+ FROM DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, ON WHOSE ECONOMIES HONG KONG IS DEPENDENT.

IN AN OPENING ADDRESS TO THE 2OTH ORIENT AND SOUTH-EAST ASIAN LIONS FORUM AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, THE GOVERNOR SAID THIS INCREASED PROTECTIONISM IS + INDUCED BY THE PRESSURES OF UNPRECEDENTED UNEMPLOYMENT* IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

HE SAID THAT WHILE HONG KONG SYMPATHISES WITH THESE COUNTRIES OVER THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM, +ITS CAUSES SELDOM HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IMPORTS FROM THIS REG I ON.♦

♦THE CONNECTION MAY BE A DEPLORABLE POLITICAL CONVENIENCE, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY NOT A STATISTICALLY VERIFIABLE FACT,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

♦IF SUCH PRINCIPLES OF SHORT-TERM POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY WERE ONCE ALLOWED TO DOMINATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE RESULT WOULD BE AS CATASTROPHIC FOR DEVELOPED AS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.♦

REFERRING TO THE CURRENT TALKS IN GENEVA OVER THE RENEWAL CF THE MFA, THE GOVERNOR WARNED THAT IT WOULD HAVE WIDE IMPLICATIONS FOR WORLD TRADE IF THE LIBERAL PRINCIPLES EMBODIED IN THE GATT THAT HAVE SERVED EVERYONE SO WELL FOR SO LONG DID NOT PREVAIL.

RECALLING HIS PREVIOUS ADDRESS TO THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL HERE IN 1974, SIR MURRAY SAID THIS REGION WAS THEN HEAVILY SHADOWED BY THE OIL CRISIS AND THAT HE HAD SPOKEN OF HONG KONG’S HOPES, FEARS AND ITS DETERMINATION.

♦IN THE EVENT, WHILE THERE WAS HARDSHIP, IT WAS MERCIFULLY SHORT-LIVED, AND WE WEATHERED THAT STORM REMARKABLY WELL.

♦SINCE THEN, THE REGION AS A WHOLE HAS RECORDED EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH FIGURES. WHILE THESE HAVE BEEN THE ENVY OF THE REST OF THE WORLD, IT IS EASY TO FORGET THEY RESULT FROM HARD WORK, BRAVE INVESTMENT AND FLEXIBILITY IN FACING NEW SITUATIONS.+

THE GOVERNOR COMMENDED THE WORK OF THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER VOLUNTARY AND CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS.

HE NOTED THAT THESE ORGANISATIONS +NOT ONLY TRY TO KEEP SUCH ISSUES (OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT) BEFORE GOVERNMENTS, BUT TO SUPPLEMENT AND EVEN LEAD OFFICIAL EFFORTS IN A PRACTICAL AND RESPONSIBLE WAY.*

HE ALSO SAID THAT IN MOST SOCIAL PROGRAMMES, +WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE GREATEST RESTRAINTS ARE THOSE OF SHORTAGE OF TRAINED STAFF AND LACK OF COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND ING.+

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♦THE FIRST CAN BE OVERCOME BY THE SYSTEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE COURSES OF INSTRUCTION AND IN HONG KONG WE ARE ENDEAVOURING TO DO THIS. THE SECOND IS LESS TANGIBLE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE.

♦ABOVE ALL, A CATALYST IS REQUIRED IN THE FORM OF A STRONG LEAD BY PUBLIC-SPIRITED AND PRACTICAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. IN THIS LIONS INTERNATIONAL ARE IN THEIR ELEMENT,♦ SIR MURRAY ADDED.

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DISTRICT BOARDS WILL MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE RESPONSIVE *****

THE CHIEF SECRETARY. SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE TODAY (FRIDAY; THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS SET UP UNDER ADMINISTRATION SCHEME WILL FULFILL ITS MAIN FUNCTION OF ACTING AS A DIRECT CONDUIT FOR EXPRESSING THE VIEWS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

ADDRESSING THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, SIR PHILIP SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, COMPRISED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHICH PROVIDE SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT IS CONTRIBUTING TO BETTER INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CO-ORDINATION AND GREATER EFFICIENCY OF SERVICES, THERE IS STILL A NEED FOR +DIRECT INPUT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.♦

♦THIS IS WHERE THE DISTRICT BOARD COMES INTO THE PICTURES,♦ HE ADDED.

SIR PHILIP SAID UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD COME FROM A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THROUGH THEIR CONTACTS WITH LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND AGENCIES, THE BOARD’S COLLECTIVE VIEWS WILL REFLECT THE FEELINGS, NEEDS AND PREFERENCES OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

♦IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S WISH AND HOPE THAT THE EFFECTIVENESS CF THE DISTRICT BOARD CONCEPT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED FROM THE OUTSET LEADING TO A GOOD RESPONSE FROM THE COMMUNITY WHEN THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS EXERCISE IS CARRIED OUT NEXT MARCH AND APRIL.

♦OBVIOUSLY, REGISTRATION IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS, AND I URGE PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS SUCH AS YOURSELVES TO CONSIDER OFFERING YOURSELVES FOR ELECTION NEXT SEPTEMBER,♦ HE ADDED.

THE 15 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AREi * CHAN BING-SING, MR CHAN PING-KWAN, MR FONG YUN-WAH, MR FUNG CHI-KEUNG, MR HO CHUN-TUNG, MADAM HO HOP-FOON, MR KAN MAN-LEE, FR KEUNG YIN-MAN, MR KO TAM-KAN, MR LAM HON-KEUNG (KEITH), FR LUI DING, MR TANG CHOI-YUN, MR TSE KIT-TO, MR YOUNG TSE-KONG (PAUL) AND MR YUNG CHEK-CHOW. THE URBAN COUNCILLORS MR KENNETH T.C. LO AND MR FRANCIS CHA INE, ALSO SIT ON THE BOARD.

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CANCER STILL OUR MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM * * *

IE OUT OF THREE PERSONS ALIVE TODAY IN HONG KONG WOULD DEVELOP CANCER, WARNED THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. Tl'MG, THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING IN HIS ?£^!DER7’AL AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG ANTi-C NCER b^CIETY.

. .^CARGER HAS REMA,NE° OU ’ MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM CLAIMING 6 430 LIVco LAST YEAR, OR 25 PER CENT OF TOTAL DEATHS, HE SAID.

®R THONG POINTED OUT THAT TO COMBAT CANCER, LIKE ANY OTHER HT ,S ESSENTIAL TO RECOGNISE WAYS OF PREVENTION. AND "0 IHrROVE DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR WHICH Tr *11 ™AS!p?StTY HAS BEEN W0RKING CLOSELY WITH THE MEDICAL AND nCALfn DGrAnintNT.

oN c,ncer cases from med,cal

liern AEL J "FORMAT I ON COLLECTED ARE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE TO BE ^v?iZJM?LTNAJNn1*M!A!5.RESEARCH’ PREVENTIVE MEASURES, AND DEVELOPMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT FACILITIES, HE SAID

HE ADDED THAT THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE itPARTMENT, WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE SOCIETY, MOUNTED A NUMBER OF ™H*®*T*0£S WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF DISSEMINATING CANCER INFORMATION lU Inc • UDUlGe

SAFE

carcer-causins a8Eht, ,n

.u_ DIAGNOSIS, HE SAiD, THE INSTITUTE OF RADIOLOGY

At?° CARR,ED 0UT RESEARCH TO DEVELOP A SIMPLE SEROLOGICAL TEST, FINANCED BY THE SOCIETY, FOR THE EARLY DETECTION OF NASOPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA, A COMMON CANCER IN SOUTHERN CHINESE.

x^nJ7^7!57 ,S SENSITIVE ENOUGH FOR DETECTING SEVERAL CASES BEFORE THE INDIVIDUALS ACTUALLY DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS,+ HE REMARKED.

An- . 0R ™! QUESTION OF TREATMENT, DR. THONG SAID THAT IN

’ fST,NG FACILITIES, THERE WOULD BE A DEPARTMENT

ND ONCOLOGY WITH THREE LINEAR ACCELERATORS -D OTHER EQUIPMENT IN TPl PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

_,®E5IDES THE RECENT INSTALLATION OF A NEW LINEAR ACCELERATOR JPE,QUE = N MARY HOSP l "’L, PLANS FO EXPAND THE DEPARTMENT T HOUSE ANOTHER LINEAR ACCEL EPAT'-. ND A CATHETRON FOP THC ’-NT OF UTERINE CANCER ARE ALSO IN CHE PIPELINE.

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CAMPI ^cI-rJnOnLSI2nS™DTTHAT THE CANCER PROBLEM WAS AN IMMENSE AND S?oeL.FAIFD 0NE AND T0 TACKLE it properly would need long-term £AREFyL planning, taking into consideration the manpower and ItbUUT available.

qtac/a!LT!!J2JI!PECT» we are fortunate in having so many dedicated ,SJAFF au2 0F THE anti-cancer society to collaborate with US IN OUR ENDEAVOURS,+ HE SAID.

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VAST EXPANSION OF CONTAINER PORT PLANNED * * * *

THE SIZE OF THE CONTAINER PORT AT KWAI CHUNG WILL BE NEARLY DOUBLED TO CATER FOR THE PROJECTED GROWTH IN HONG KONG TRADE INTO THE 1990’S.

A CONSULTANTS’ STUDY COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT INDICATES THAT THE VOLUME OF HONG KONG’S CONTAINER TRADE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AT ABOUT EIGHT PER CENT A YEAR, FROM THE CURRENT LEVEL OF 1.5 MILLION TEUS (TWENTY FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS) TO REACH 2.2 MILLION TEUS IN 1985 AND POSSIBLY 3 MILLION BY 1990.

THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT IS TODAY THE THIRD LARGEST IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF ANNUAL THROUGHPUT AFTER NEW YORK AND ROTTERDAM, AND EASILY THE LARGEST IN TERMS OF THROUGHPUT PER HECTARE.

THE CONSULTANTS FOUND THAT IF NO FURTHER LAND WAS MADE AVAILABLE ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING TERMINALS , THE ULTIMATE CAPACITY OF THE KWAI CHUNG COMPLEX WOULD BE REACHED BY NEXT YEAR OR 1983.

IT HAS THEREFORE BEEN RECOMMENDED THAT FURTHER MARSHALLING SPACE FOR THE EXISTING CONTAINER YARDS SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE SHORT-TERM AND THAT THE CONTAINER PORT AREA SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL LAND FOR DIRECT TERMINAL USE AND SUPPORT FACILITIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT HIGH PRIORITY WAS BEING GIVEN TO THE PROPOSALS AND A TOWN PLANNING EXERCISE HAD ALREADY BEEN INITIATED TO DETERMINE THE DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SHORT-TERM MEASURES IN TERMS OF LAND USE.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THESE MEASURES WOULD INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING CONTAINER PORT FOR IT TO MEET DEMAND UNTIL 1985 OR 1986, BEFORE REACHING SATURATION POINT.

THE CONSULTANTS CONCLUDED THEREFORE THAT ADDITIONAL CONTAINER BERTHS WOULD BE REQUIRED BY THAT TIME, AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED THAT THREE NEW BERTHS SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED ON RECLAMATION SOUTH OF THE EXISTING TERMINALS.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS, THE EXISTING TERMINAL OPERATORS WOULD BE ASKED TO MAKE JOINT PROPOSALS REGARDING THE RECLAMATION AND DISPOSAL OF THE CREEK BEHIND THE TERM IN nND CF ONE OF THE NEW BERTHS.

THE RECLAMATION FOR AND THE DISPOSAL AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE OTHER TWO NEW BERTHS WILL BE ACHIEVED BY PUBLIC TENDER.

THE RECIPIENTS OF ALL THREE BERTHS WILL BE REQUIRED TO RECLAIM THE BACK-UP LAND TO THE EAST OF THE TERMINALS AND HAND IT BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT AT COST.

TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR CONGESTION AT THE CONTAINER TERMINALS, SHORT-TERM TENANCIES BEHIND KWAI CHUNG LOT NO. 5 WILL BE TERMINATED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AND THE ANCILLARY BUSINESSES OPERATING THERE, SUCH AS CONTAINER REPAIRERS AND TRANSPORT COMPANIES, RELOCATED FOR AN INTERIM PERIOD TO OTHER SITES NEARBY. THE VACATED LAND WILL BE PUT UNDER THE JOINT CONTROL OF THE EXISTING TERMINAL OPERATORS UNTIL A DECISION REGARDING ITS PERMANENT USE HAS BEEN MADE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IN VIEW OF THE NEED FOR A BODY CAPABLE OF PLANNING THE EXPANSION OF THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT AND ITS COMPLEX BACK-UP FACILITIES, A CONTAINER PORT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WOULD BE FORMED.

THE COMMITTEE WILL COMPRISE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TERI 'MAL OPERATORS, THE PORT’S USERS AND RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. IT WILL BE AN ADVISORY BODY ON CONTAINER PORT OPERATIONS IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS THE PORT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE AREt

(A) TO KEEP UNDER CONTINUOUS REVIEW THE DAY TO DAY OPERATION OF THE CONTAINER PORT AT KWAI CHUNG AND TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE AND THE TERMINAL OPERATORS ON ANY PROBLEMS ARISING-

(B) TO ADVISE THE PORT COMMITTEE ON ANY MATTER OF POLICY RELATING TO ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF CONTAINER PORT FACIL (TIES-

(C) TO CONSIDER ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO CONTAINER PORT FACILITIES REFERRED TO IT BY THE DIRECTOR OR THE PORT COMMITTEE.

SPECIFICALLY THE COMMITTEE WILL ADVISE ON THE PROVISION AND MANAGEMENT OF BACK-UP FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED ON THE RECLAMATION BEHIND THE THREE NEW BERTHS AND ON THE PERMANENT USE OF THE SHORTTERM TENANCY SITES BEHIND KWAI CHUNG LOT NO. 5.

IT WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE PRACTICALITIES OF CREATING ONE SELF-CONTAINED CONTAINER PORT AREA AND PROVIDING COMMON BACK-UP AREAS, AND WHETHER A SEMI-AUTONOMOUS CONTAINER PORT AUTHORITY TO CO-ORDINATE THE USE OF COMMON FACILITIES SHOULD BE ESTABLISHE .

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SCHOOLS FREE TO CHOOSE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION * * * *

SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE FREE TO CHOOSE THEIR MEDIUM OF INS—JCTION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY. '

SPEAKING AT THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPEECH DAY OF ST STEPHEN’S GIRLS' COLLEGE, MR HAYE SAID THAT THE APPROACH BEING ADOPTED IN STEPHEN’S WAS JUST WHAT WAS ENVISAGED WHEN THE DECISION WAS 'ADE IN THE 1974 WHITE PAPER, AND CONFIRMED BY THE 1978 WHITE PAPER, TO LEAVE DECISIONS TO ~HE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS.

HE REITERATED THAT IT WAS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S IN EDUCATION THAT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENABLED THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF COMPETENCE IN BOTH CHINESE AND WHICH THEY WERE CAPABLE.

TO

POLICY ACHIEVE

ENGLISH OF

♦THIS POLICY IS FOUNDED ON A BELIEF IN THE VALUE OF BOTH LANGUAGES TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND IN THE CENTRAL POSITION THEY HOLD IN THE ALL-ROUND EDUCATION OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE,♦ NR HAYE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS IN SUPPORT OF THIS *BI-LINGUAL+ POLICY THAT THE RECENTLY-ANNOUNCED ♦LANGUAGE PACKAGT+ WAS DEVISED.

THE PACKAGE IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE LEARNING AND THE TEACHING OF BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH IN OUR SCHOOLS BY MEANS CF IMPROVED PREPARATION OF THE LANGUAGE TEACHERS, MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR REMEDIAL TEACHING IN THE SCHOOLS, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF MORE AND BETTER TEACHING MATERIALS'

AN INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION WILL BE OPENED AND IWO MORE LANGUAGE TEACHERS PER STANDARD-SIZE SECONDARY SCHOOL PROVIDED FROM SEPTEMBER, 1982. A CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION IS ALSO BEING PLANNED WHICH IS INTENDED TO BE THE SOURCE OF NEW MATERIAL IN MODERN CHINESE.

♦ALL THESE IN ADDITION TO REVISING THE CHINESE AND ENGLISH SYLLABUSES AND DRAFTING A SYLLABUS FOR A NEW SUBJECT AT FORM VI LEVEL - LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION - ARE INTENDED TO STRENGTHEN OUR BASES FOR THE LEARNING OF BOTH LANGUAGES IN OUR SCHOOLS.♦ MC Q A in

MR HAYE AGREED WITH MISS THAT ♦WE CAN NO LONGER ASSUME THE ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS IS LANGUAGE THROUGH THE TEACHING

K.E. BARKER, PRINCIPAL OF ST STEPHEN’S THAT THE LEARNING OF ENGLISH IN STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY IMMERSION IN THE OF OTHER SUBJECTS SOLELY IN IT.+

HE SAID THIS WAS JUST NOT HAPPENING EVEN BIASED* OF OUR ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS.

IN THE MORE +ANGLO-

^iUeceH^L,^HA'?PEN,NG ,S BI-LINGUAL TEACHING, THE CHINESE AND ENGLISH USED DEPENDING VERY MUCH ON THE ABILITIES OF THE PUPILS AND SKILLS OF THE TEACHERS.

MIXTURE OF ACTUAL

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♦WE DO NOT YET KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THIS SITUATION, BUT FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY, IT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT WE DO,* MR HAYE SAID.

IN RECOGNITION OF THIS NEED, PROVISION HAS BEEN BUILT INTO THE +LANGUAGE PACKAGE* FOR RESEARCH INTO THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, A PROGRAMME IS NOW BEING PREPARED BY THE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE LANGUAGE RESEARCH EXPERTISE IN THE LOCAL TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS.

♦THIS RESEARCH WILL NOT BE EASY. NOR, IF IT IS TO BE SOUND AND COMPREHENSIVE, CAN IT BE DONE OVERNIGHT. IT WILL BE A FEW YEARS BEFORE ALL ITS FINDINGS ARE COMPLETE. IT WILL, HOWEVER, BE CONDUCTED WITH THE URGENCY ITS IMPORTANCE DEMANDS,♦ M? HAYE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR NOTED WITH INTEREST THAT IN ST STEPHEN'S AT LEAST THE REMOVAL OF PUBLIC TESTS IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH AT THE END OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL COURSE HAD NOT LED TO A FALL IN STANDARDS BUT HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECT DUE TO SENSIBLE AND IMAGINATIVE TEACHING.

MR HAYE FELT THAT THIS FACT WAS WORTH PUBLICISING IN THE HOPE THAT OTHER SCHOOLS WOULD FOLLOW.

♦THE ST STEPHEN’S EXPERIENCE IS ALSO WORTH REMEMBERING IN THE CURRENT DISCUSSIONS ON THE NEED TO REINTRODUCE SOME FORM OF PUBLIC ATTAINMENT TESTS AT PRIMARY SIX,* HE SAID.

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TWO BUILDINGS TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR WORK

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TWO POST-WAR FIVE-STOREY BUILDINGS AT NOS. 1, 1A AND 3 EAST POINT ROAD WILL BE RESUMED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE.

THE BUILDINGS ARE WITHIN A LARGE AREA OF LAND AT THE JUNCTION OF EAST POINT ROAD WITH HENNESSY ROAD, GREAT GEORGE STREET AND LOCKHART ROAD WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY STATION CONCOURSE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A PROPOSAL FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF TRIS SITE WITH THE MTRC WAS MADE TO THE OWNERS OF THE AFFECTED PROPERTIES. BUT DESPITE PROTRACTED NEGOTIATIONS, THEY FAILED TO REACH A CONCENSUS TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE MTRC. THEY WERE FULLY AWARE OF THE RESUMPTION WHICH HAD NOW BECOME NECESSARY IM ORDER NOT TO HOLD UP THE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

THE GROUND FLOORS OF THE BUILDINGS ARE USED AS SHOPS AND THE UPPER FLOORS ARE MAINLY OCCUPIED BY TWO APARTMENT HOUSES. ONLY SIX FAMILIES WILL BE AFFECTED. THEY WILL BE ENTITLED TO REHOUSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S POLICY. IN ADDITION STATUTORY COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID TO THOSE WHO ARE EL IGIB‘ -

THE TWO BUILDINGS WILL BE REVERTED TO THE CROWN LATER i HIS MONTH.

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COUNTRY PARKS PROVIDE FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED * * * *

COUNTRY PARKS IN HONG KONG PROVIDE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE

PAC1 IT>ES TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF ALL DIVERGING INTERESTS AND

™0GE ?F THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, THE DIRECTOR CF AGIUCULTURS AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

Tlu ™E OPENING CEREMONY OF A NEW PICNIC AREA AT PAK

TAM CHUNG IN THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK, MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID ALREADY MORE THAN SIX MILLION PEOPLE HAD VISITED THE COUNTRY PARKS THIS YEAR.

ATTENDING THE OPENING WERE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS. DR HARRY

* c^RtE.s AND THE D,RECT0R OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH otnV iCcSj DR K.L. THONG.

^°>652VPS °F CHILDREN, ONE FROM THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTRE FORJHE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND THE OTHER FROM THE FISH TOY OUTNTHERNEW,FA?IlITIES°OL SA' KUNS WERE ALS° ,NV,TED T°

THE SITE OPENED TODAY BY MR RIDDELL-SWAN IS THE 395TH PICNIC PLACE IN THE COUNTRY PARKS SYSTEM AND IS DESIGNED WITH THE SPECIAL «EDS OF THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED IN MIND.

FOR

^1b**TS MAIN PURPOSE IS TO TEST VARIOUS BARBECUE DESIGNS FOR THEIR SUITABILITY FOR THE DISABLED BUT IT WILL AT THE SAME TH ~ ALLOW THE HANDICAPPED AND THEIR FRIENDS TO ENJOY THEMSELVES ’ TOGETHER IN THE QUIET RURAL ATMOSPHERE OF SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK AS A WELCOME CHANGE FROM THE CROWDED PRESSURES OF URBAN HONG KONG.

♦OUR AIM IS TO ENSURE THAT THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CAN ENJOY THE SAME ACT I' TIES AND PLEASURES AS THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC AMD THIS AREA HAS BEEN DESIGNED SO THAT IT CAN BE USED EQUALLY BY DISABLED AND NOU-DISABLED PERSONS ALIKE,♦ HE SAID.

THE FOOTPATHS ARE SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIR IKERS AND FOR THE BLIND, AND SAFETY RAILS ARE PROVIDED WHERE NECESSARY. PICNIC FURNltuRE HAS BEEN ADAPTED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS.

MR RIDDELL-SWAN ADDEDi *THE BARBECUE PITS AND THE PICNIC FACILITIES HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING A FEEDBACK FROM ALL CONCERNED, ESPECIALLY THE USERS OF THE Sc CAN IMPR0VE ™£m WHERE NECESSARY AND BRING

WhLe COUNTRY PARKS USE PICNIC AREAS THR0UGH0UT THE

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HE SaIdE PICNIC S,TES WERE WELL USED’ PARTICULARLY at weekends,

MR RIDDELL-SWAN ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND THE LNMCOUNTRY°PARKS ,MP0RTANCE °F CLEANLINESS and fire prevention

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+THE FACT THAT LAST YEAR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY HAD TO COLLECT SOME 2 400 TONNES OF LITTER WHICH WAS DISFIGURING OUR BEAUTY SPOTS EMPHASISES THE NEED FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US WHETHER WALKING, PICNICKING OR HAVING BARBECUES, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE LEAVE NO MESS BEHIND US AND DISPOSE OF ALL OUR LITTER IN THE BINS PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE,* HE SAID.

MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID LAST YEAR THERE WERE NEARLY 300 FIRES IN THE COUNTRY PARKS AND MOST OF THEM COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR RIDDELL-SWAN JOINED TWO GROUPS CF CHILDREN IN AN INAUGURAL BARBECUE PARTY IN THE NEW SITE.

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A NEW SOPHISTICATED RUNWAY FRICTION TESTING VEHICLE, KNOWN AS THE SAAB FRICTION-TESTER, WILL SOON BE BROUGHT INTO USE AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM SAFETY OF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ON THE RUNWAY DURING TAKE-OFF AND LANDING.

TO BE DELIVERED LATER THIS MONTH, THE FRICTION-TESTER WILL BE SERVICEABLE AFTER THE INSTALLATION OF A RADIOTELEPHONE SYSTEM AND MINOR MODIFICATIONS TO SUIT LOCAL CONDITIONS.

THE FRICTION-TESTER IS A SPECIALLY-EQUIPPED VEHICLE WITH A FIFTH WHEEL WHICH IS LOWERED FROM THE LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT OF THE CAR WHEN MEASUREMENTS OF THE RUNWAY SURFACE FRICTION CHARACTERISTICS ARE TO BE TAKEN. THE VALUES ARE SHOWN ON A VISUAL DISPLAY AT THE INSTRUMENT PANEL AND ON A PRINT-OUT COPY PRODUCED BY A PROCESSOR-CONTROLLED PRINTER NEXT TO THE DRIVER, AS THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN ALONG THE RUNWAY.

INFORMATION OBTAINED BY THE TESTER HELPS PILOTS GREATLY IN ADJUSTING THEIR OPERATING TECHNIQUES WHEN THE RUNWAY IS WET OR COVERED WITH WATER DURING AND AFTER HEAVY RAIN.

THE FRICTION-TESTER IS COMPLETELY SELF-CONTAINED AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY PREPARATORY WORK OR SETTING OUT OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE WHEN MEASUREMENTS ARE TO BE TAKEN.

THE RESPONSE TIME FOR FRICTION MEASUREMENTS IN THE EVENT CF QUICK PASSING SHOWERS OR SQUALLY RAIN IS THEREFORE VERY SHORT AND THE RELEVANT INFORMATION ON THE RUNWAY FRICTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PILOTS WITHIN A MINUTE CR TWO.

THE FRICTION-TESTER IS ALSO CAPABLE OF MEASURING +AQUAPLANING SPEED -- A DANGEROUS SITUATION ON A WATER COVERED SURFACE. UNDER SUCH A CONDITION AIRCRAFT WHEEL BRAKING IS VIRTUALLY INEFFECTIVE.

ANOTHER USE OF THE FRICTION-TESTER IS FOR ASSESSING THE RUNWAY SURFACE TEXTURE, WEAR AND RESTORATION REQUIREMENTS.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC PLANS FOR WALK FOR MILLIONS

* * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED ON HONG KONG ISLAND ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 6) FOR THE WALK FOR MILLIONS ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 5.30 PM

* EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND FROM GOVERNMENT STADIUM TO TUNG LO WAN ROAD.

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD FROM LEIGHTON ROAD TO GOVERNMENT STADIUM WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

* BLUE POOL ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SING WOO ROAD TO

WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

* BLUE POOL ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SING WOO ROAD TO

BROOM ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES WHICH WILL BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL NORTHBOUND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF POLICE OFFICERS.

* BLUE POOL ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH BROOM ROAD TO TAI HANG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

* TAI HANG ROAD FROM STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO MOUNT BUTLER ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES AND MAXICABS ON ROUTE NO. 24 WHICH WILL BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL EASTBOUND.

* MOUNT BUTLER ROAD BETWEEN TAI HANG ROAD AND PERKINS ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

M THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE.

* GREEN LANE, BETWEEN BLUE POOL ROAD AND BROOM ROAD, WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

ROAD CLOSURE BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 5.30 PM

M LINK ROAD FROM CAROLINE HILL ROAD TO BROADWOOD ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

* VENTRIS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE AREA.

* TAI TAM RESERVOIR ROAD EAST OF HOUSE NO. 1 IN REPULSE BAY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

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* MOUNT PARKER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

* MOUNT BUTLER DRIVE AND PRICE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

PARK ING

PARKING IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 6 AM AND 6 PM.

* GOVERNMENT STADIUM SLIP ROAD-

* VENTRIS ROAD (EASTERN SIDE ONLY)-

* TAI TAM RESERVOIR ROAD EAST OF HOUSE NO. 1 REPULSE BAY ROAD

* PRICE ROAD AND MOUNT BUTLER DRIVE-

M GREEN LANE.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

THE FOLLOWING DIVERSION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 5.30 PMi-

M CMB ROUTE NO. 90M ON JOURNEY TO AP LEI CHAU WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MORRISON HILL ROAD. LEIGHTON ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, STUBBS ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD. ON JOURNEY TO MTR ADMIRALTY STATION, IT WILL OPERATE VIA WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD, STUBBS ROAD, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND MORRISON HILL ROAD-

M CMB ROUTE NO. 19 ON JOURNEY TO TAI HANG ROAD WILL NOT GO UP TO THE STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT, INSTEAD IT WILL GO UP SING WOO ROAD, BLUE POOL ROAD, TERMINATING AT THE ROUTE NO. 1 TERMINUS AT BROOM ROAD. ON JOURNEYS TO NORTH POINT FERRY, IT WILL OPERATE VIA GREEN LANE, BLUE POOL ROAD AND SING WOO ROAD-

* CMB ROUTE NO. 76 WILL BE DIVERTED FROM BLUE POOL ROAD TO OPERATE VIA STUBBS ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST-

* CMB ROUTE NO. 11 WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA TAI HANG ROAD, MOUNT BUTLER ROAD, PERKINS ROAD AND TAI HANG ROAD AGAIN-

* MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 4 WILL OPERATE VIA STUBBS ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST IN BOTH DIRECTIONS INSTEAD OF BLUE POOL ROAD.

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A NUMBER OF STREETS AND AREAS IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CLOSED FROM JANUARY 4, 1982 TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TIN HAU STATION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE.

AS FROM TnAT DATE, THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY 1 -

(A) A SECTION OF LAU SIN STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD FOR A DISTANCE OF 37 METRES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PAVEMENT AND A DISTANCE OF SEVEN METRES ON THE NORTH SIDE-

(B) A SECTION OF ELECTRIC ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LAU SIN STREET SOUTHWARDS- AND

(C) THE CAR PARK TO THE SOUTH OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY CLOSURES WILL BE EFFECTED FROM THAT DAY 1 -

(A) PART OF LAU SIN STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ELECTRIC ROAD EASTWARDS-

(B) PART OF THE SITTING-OUT AREA TO THE NORTH OF LAU SIN STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD-

(C) THE WESTERN PAVEMENT OF KING’S ROAD FROM LAU SIN STREET TO HING FAT STREET- AND

(D) THE EASTERN PAVEMENT OF HING FAT STREET FROM KING’S ROAD TO THE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING.

TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS AND ALTERNATIVE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLOSURES ARE BEING FINALISED AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

A PLAN SHOWING THE AFFECTED AREAS MAY BE INSPECTED FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY OTHER THAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES. WEST WING (GROUND FLOOR) OR AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) AT 884-S86 KING’S ROAD.

ALSO IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ISLAND LINE, AS FROM TODAY (FRIDAY), THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KING’S ROAD ALONG BUILDINGS NOS. 121-133 IS REDUCED IN WIDTH BY UP TO 2.5 METRES BUT THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC LANES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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,.^B9TPATH W,TH A MINIMUM width of two metres is maintained on THE NORTHSIDE OF THE AFFECTED SECTION OF THE ROAD. NO TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS ARE NECESSARY.

CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, AND REACH HIS OFFICE BEFORE JANUARY 4, 1983 IN THE CASE OF A PERMANENT CLOSURE. CLAIMS IN CONNECTION WITH A TEMPORARY CLC’U ,E OR AN ALTERNATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE RE-OPENING OR REINSTATEMENT OF THE AFFECTED AREA.

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TRAM SERVICES TO BE CURTAILED FOR TWO EVENINGS * * * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAM SERVICES WILL BE CURTAILED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING AND ON DECEMBER 12, ALSO A SATURDAY, TO FACILITATE THE CONNECTION AND REALIGNMENT OF NEW TRAM-TRACKS IN KING’S ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET WEST AND HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL.

THE CURTAILED SERVICES TOMORROW WILL BE 1

LAST TRAM FROM TO

HAPPY VALLEY SHAU KEI WAN ■1 10.24 PM

SHAU KEI WAN HAPPY VALLEY ■r 10.26 PM

WESTERN MARKET SHAU KEI WAN ■» 11.01 PM

SHAU KEI WAN WESTERN MARKET IB 11.45 PM

DECEMBER 12

HAPPY VALLEY SHAU KEI WAN 10.24 PM

SHAU KEI WAN HAPPY VALLEY 10.26 PM

WESTERN MARKET SHAU KEI WAN 10.31 PM

SHAU KEI WAN * WESTERN MARKET 11.14 PM

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PRISONS WORK ON SHOW * * *

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL STAGE A COLOURFUL PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY AT EDINBURGH PLACE TOMORROW (SATURDAY), SHOWING THE WORK OF THE MODERN PR ON SERVICE.

THE DISPLAY - TO BE HELD FROM IQ AM TO 5 PM - IS INTENDED FOR PEOPLE VISITING THE CURRENT CAREERS ’82 EXHIBITION.

ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE A SELECTION OF PRODUCTS MADE IN PRISONS FOR THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION CAMPAIGNS, INCLUDING LITTER BINS, ASH TRAYS, SILK-SCREENED NOTICES AND SIGNS, AS WELL AS UNIFORMS AND SHOES FOR URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION POLLING BOOT S.

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE PRECISION-MARCHING DISPLAYS BY THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR GIRLS, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE PIPES AND DRUMS BAND OF CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR BOYS.

IN ADDITION, THE MOBILE STREET THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES WILL PRESENT PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN TELEVISION ARTISTES AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUPS.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH ITS CURRENT RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR OFFICERS AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS, THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IS ALSO LOOK.&G FOR INSTRUCTORS IN VARIOUS OCCUPATIONS TO SUPERVISE INMATES AT WORK IN THE PRISON INDUSTRIES SECTION, SUCH AS TAILORING, PRINTING, LAUNDERING, BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE, CARPENTRY AND RATTAN FURNITURE, AND PIGGERY.

PERSONS INTERRED IN JOINING THE PRISON SERVICE SHOULD CONTACT THE RECRUITMENT SECTION OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT AT 5-8916559 OR ANY OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES .OR ENQUIRIES.

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THE WUHU INTERCHANGE VEHICLE SUBWAY LEADING FROM CHATHAM ROAD NORTHBOUND TO GILLIES AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 AM TO 5.30 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 6) FOR MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE LIGHTING SYSTEM.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, TRAFFIC FROM CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH HEADING FOR HUNG HOM AREA MAY USE CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE.

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TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH X * X

CONSTRUCTION OF REACHED AN IMPORTANT TUNNEL.

RAILWAY TUNNEL NO. 5 AT TAI PO STAGE WITH THE BREAKTHROUGH OF

KAU HAS

THE 330-METRE

k SPOKESMAN FOR

1 z. RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

OF THE PUBLIC

'ORKS DcpARTME SAID TODAY THAT THE NEW SINGLE TRACK TUNNEL

'ORME" r RT OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWL T CANTON RAILWAY. IT R'N PARALLEL TO THE OLD TUNNEL

25 ;TRES TO THE NORTH.

+ON COMPLETION, THE THE OLD ONE WILL BE USED

TUNNEL WILL BE USED BY UP-TRAINS WHILE BY DOWN-TRAINS,* HE SAID.

ASSCCIA’ED WORKS ON

THE TUNNEL INCLUDING TRACKWORKS ARE TO COMMENCE SOON AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE TUNNEL WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT YEAR.

AFTER THE NEW TUNNEL IS COMMISSIONED THE EXISTING Tiinnfi FORLuS BY%PLERCA™cY m?N?.F0R ,MPR0VEMENf W0RKS T0 'T SUITABLE

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STUDENTS IN FIGHT-CRIME DEBATE FINALS * * *

THE FINALS OF THE INTER-SCHOOL DEBATE COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL BE DECIDED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND FOUR WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES AT A CEREMONY AT MO«G MAN WAI COLLEGE, HIU MING STREET, KWUN TONG.

PRELIMINARY DEBATES ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE COMMITTEE’S FIGHT-CRIME CAMPAIGN AND OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 14 IN EIGHT SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT TO SELECT THREE ENTRIES FROM EACH SCHOOL FOR THE FINAL DEBATE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE EXPLAINED THAT THE ANNUAL COMPETITION, WHICH STARTED IN 1978, WAS AIMED AT *PROMOTING SECONDARY STUDENTS’ AWARENESS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS.*

TWO JUDGES - DR CHAN YIU-NAM, A LECTURER FROM HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND MRS FUNG TANG MAY-LING OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE CHINESE SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT - WILL SELECT THE FOUR BEST DEBATERS TO RECEIVE AWARDS. OTHER PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A PENNANT EACH FOR THEIR EFFORTS.

THE FINAL COMPETITION WILL START AT 2 PM AND END WITH A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT ABOUT 4 PM.

AMONG THE GUESTS WILL BE MR PETER PANG SING-TONG, KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICER- MR BRIAN ELEY, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OF KWUN TONG AND MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

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RURAL CLEANSING FACILITIES DESIGN WINNERS * * * *

THE WINNING ENTRIES IN THE RURAL CLEANSING DESIGN COMPET .ION FELD TO COINCIDE WITH THE CURRENT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

CASH PRIZES AND BOOK TOKENS TOTALLING $30 000 WILL BE AWARDED TO 37 WINNING DESIGNERS IN A CEREMONY TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES territ5rie^eSEyS CLEAN hong kong campaign andt™ new ES itKKllUKfto ntUNG YEc KUK.

nul ,'LWAS A,MED AT ENABLING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND SCHOOL CHILDREN TO CONTRIBUTE PERSONALLY IN THE CLEAN-UP EXERCISE BY SHOWING THEIR CAPABILITIES IN RE-DESIGNING ONE OR ALL THREE OF THE MO»T OFTEN-USED FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE THREE FACILITIES FOR WHICH DESIGNS WERE REQUIRED WERE A RURAL REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, A RURAL TOILET AND LITTER CONTAINERS.

THE COMPETITION WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS - THE OPEN GROUP, SECONDARY SCHOOL GROUP AND PRIMARY SCHOOL GROUP. AND ATTRACTED MORE THAN 300 ENTRIES.

THE RESPONSE WAS ENCOURAGING AND THE STANDARD OF DESIGN WAS IMPRESSIVE, SAID THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEANSING FACILITIES ACTION GROUP OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR CARLOS CHEUNG HON-KAU WHO IS ALSO ONE OF THE PANEL OF JUDGES OF THE CONTEST.

OTHER ADJUDICATORS WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR CHARLES YEUNG" THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LIU YUN-SUM- A MEMBER OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR TAI KUEN- THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN- THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR A.J. REEVE, AND THE ART DESIGNER OF CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR DAVID LEONARD.

THE WINNERS OF VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE COMPETITION ARE»

OPEN GROUP - (1) RURAL REFUSE COLLECTION POINTi-

FIRST - MR LAU KIM-HUNG, MR CHOI YU-FAI, MR LAU YING-KIT AND MR TANG CHI-KIN SECOND - MR CHENG KAM-YING THIRD - MR CHEUNG CHI-HO DISTINGUISHED ENTRIES - MR SEE WAH-LUN AND MR ALVIN TSE HUNG-CHI

(2) RURAL TOILETi-

FIRST - MR LAU KIM-HUNG, MR CHOI YU-FAI, MR LAU YING-KIT AND MR TANG CHI-KIN SECOND - MR TSANG HO I-TA I THIRD - MR LIM YUEN-KHIANG DISTINGUISHED ENTRIES - MR KAM YIN-HING AND MR CHUNG WAI-CHEONG

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER <+, 1981

(3) LITTER CONTAINERSi-

FIRST - MR ANTHONY LAM KAI-CHUNG

SECOND - MR WAN KWOK-SHING

THIRD - MR JOHNSON YU SEE-MING

DISTINGUISHED ENTRIES - MR CHIU KAR-LUN AND

MR DAVID LEE CHUN-HUNG

CONSC'. AT ION ENTRIES - MR BOBBY LAU KIM-HUNG AND MR STEPHEN SIU WAH-KING

SCHOOL

- SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTSt

(1) RURAL REFUSE COLLECTION POINT:-

FIRST - MISS SHUM KIT-MAN SECOND - MR YIP CHUNG-LIK THIRD - MR KWOK TING-WA DISTINGUISHED ENTRIES - MR LI WAI-KEUNG, MR CHUNG HUNG-WAI, MISS TANG PO-YIN, MR MOK WING-CHEUNG AND MISS CHEUNG MEI-KI

(2) LITTER CONTAINERS:-F IRST - MR TONG CHI-KIN SECOND - MR YU WAI-HO THIRD - MR WOO WAI-CHUEN DISTINGUISHED ENTRIES - MR LAI TAI-KEUNG, MR LAM CHI-KIN, MR YAU WAI-KEUNG MR LAI MUN-SHING AND MR CHAN KWOK-HUNG

SCHOOL GROUP - PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTSi

(1) RURAL REFUSE COLLECTION POINTt-F IRST - MISS WONG ME l-SZE SECOND - MISS KONG YUET-HA THIRD - MISS CHU WAl-KEI

(2) LITTER CONTAINERSs-FIRST - MR LEUNG KIN-MAN SECOND - MR CHOW KWOK-FUNG THIRD - MR YIP KWOK-WAI DISTINGUISHED ENTRIES - MR CHAN WANG-KWONG, MISS CHIU SAU-MAY MISS MA YIN-PING, MR LEUNG KIN-FAI AND MISS TAM MAN-CHEE

SELECTED ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED EARLY NEXT YEAR, WINNING DESIGNS MIGHT ALSO BE USED.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1981

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YUEN LONG ARTS COMMITTEE OFFICERS INAUGURATED * * *

THE INAUGURATION OF OFFICE-BEARERS OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE TOOK PLACE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SECRETARY FOfl CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, W DAVID AKERS-JONES, CONDUCTED THE CEREMONY AT LUT SAU HALL.

RECEIVING CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT WERE 27 COMMITTEE MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE NEW CHAIRMAN, DR TANG SIU-TONG, AND VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR TANG NGAN-HOI AND MR LEE KI-BUN.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER IS PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND VICE-PRESIDENTS ARE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (COMMUNITY) AND THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER.

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE, SET UP IN 1966, WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND PROMOTING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THE SUCCESS OF THE ARTS COMMITTEE IS DUE TO THE ABLE LEADERSHIP CF THE VARIOUS CHAIRMEN AND THEIR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES, AND THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY,♦ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THIS COMMUNITY SPIRIT IS AGAIN MANIFESTED IN THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE REGISTERED FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION IN MARCH NEXT YEAR - AS MANY AS 30 000 PERSONS HAVE REGISTERED IN YUEN LONG AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE SAME ENCOURAGING RESPONSE WILL BE SEEN AGAIN ON ELECTION DAY.+

HE ALSO SAID THAT FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD FOR THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT HAD BEEN INCREASED TO Si.22 MILLION THIS YEAR AND MUCH OF THIS WAS SPENT BY THE ARTS COMMITTEE.

THE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE ARTS COMMITTEE WAS MR TAI KUEN. THE OTHER VICE-CHAIRMAN WAS MR CHEUNG KWAI-LUNG.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1981

SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR ON THS OCCASION OF THE ORISJT AND SOUTH-EAST ASIAN LIONS <OSEAL) FORUM AT ‘THE ftUEIN ELIZABETH STADIUM

Chairman, Mr Murakami, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Hong Kong is proud to play host for this year’s Lions’ International Forum and to help promulgate the ideal of service which the Lions espouse. You are all most welcome.

I take the opportunity to congratulate Mr Kay Murakami. He is the first Lions International President to come from Japan and indeed from the East Asian region. It is a great personal tribute to him and an indication of the respect in which Japan and this whole dynamic region is held by the rest of the world.

When I last addressed Lions International here in 1974 the shadow of the oil crisis, and what it might do to the major developed economies on which we are so dependent, lay heavily over this region. I spoke of our fears and our hopes and our determination. In the event while there was hardship it was mercifully short lived, and we weathered that storm remarkably well. Since then the region as a whole has recorded extraordinary growth figures. While these have been the envy of the rest of the world, it is easy to forget they result from hard work, brave investment, and flexibility in facing new situations. We now face other perils in the form of increased protectionism from developed countries, induced by the pressures of unprecedented unemployment. The latter is a fact which we deplore and with which we sympathise, but its causes seldom have anything to do with imports from this region. The connection may be a deplorable political convenience, but it is certainly not a statistically verifiable fact. If such principles of short term political expediency

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were once allowed to dominate international trade the result would be as catastrophic for developed as for developing countries.

These issues are now being argued out in Geneva over the renewal of the MFA, It would have wide implications for world trade if the liberal principles embodied in the GATT that have served all well for so long did not prevail.

The correct settlement of such issues is vital to continued economic and social development. While such development is what governments are for, there are some aspects of a community that may seem peripheral to many but are vital to the few that have special needs or disabilities. It is a most helpful role of voluntary and charitable organisations such as the Lions International not only to keep such issues before governments, but to supplement and even lead official efforts in a practical and responsible way.

So I am delighted to find pursuit of the aims of the International Year of the Disabled Person high on your agenda - doubly delighted because this year’s World President of Rehabilitation International, Dr Harry Fang, is from Hong Kong.

In most social programmes we have found that the greatest restraints are those of shortage of trained staff and lack of community understanding. The first can be overcome by the systematic development of appropriate courses of instruction and in Hong Kong we are endeavouring to do this. The second is less tangible and more difficult to achieve. Above all, a catalyst is required in the form of a strong lead by public spirited and practical members of the community. In this Lions International are in their element.

No doubt in the course of this conference the Hong Kong representatives will make mention of their various plans. I will only comment on these to say how enormously grateful I am for all they have done and continue to do. In translating their ideal of service into action they provide an example for all the community to follow, and I salute them and their fellows gathered here to-day.

It is thus with great pleasure that I now declare open the 20th Orient and South-.Bast Asian Lions Forum.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO,

NEW TECHNIQUE FOR TRAINING SEVERELY MENTALLY-RETARDED BROUGHT HERE............................................................ 1

LEARN FROM LIFE, SAYS MR TOPLEY................................. 3

HAZARDS OF INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION STUDIED...................... 4

NEW OPERATION FOR AIRPORT MAXICAB .............................. 4

SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT TO BE EXTENDED INTO FOURTH WEEK....... 5

EXHIBITION ON MENTAL HEALTH..................................... 6

GOOD RESPONSE TO FIGHT CRIME COMPETITIONS ...................... 7

TRAINING COURSE FOR INDUSTRIAL INSTRUCTORS ..................... 8

AUCTION OF NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALLS........................ 9

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

MORE PEOPLE SEEK LEGAL ADVICE................................ 10

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NEW TECHNIQUE FOR TRAINING SEVERELY MENTALLY-RETARDED BROUGHT HERE *****

A HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE IN THE TRAINING OF SEVERELY MENTALLY-RETARDED CHILDREN - THE +BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION APPROACH* - WAS BROUGHT TO HONG KONG THIS WEEK UNDER A TRAINING WORKSHOP BY A BRITISH RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGIST.

MISS JUDITH MCBRIEN, ATTACHED TO THE HESTER ADRIAN RESEARCH CENTRE, A LEADING INSTITUTION IN THE STUDY OF LEARNING PROCESSES IN THE MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED, WAS INVITED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO TRAIN SIX EDUCATIONISTS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND AIDED SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN A FIVE-DAY EDUCATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY YOUNG WORKSHOP (EDY) WHICH STARTED ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 30).

MISS MCBRIEN, A FORMER DIRECTOR OF AN EDY PROJECT IN BRITAIN, SAID RESEARCH ON THE BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION APPROACH WAS STARTED BY MR B.F. SKINNERS IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE 1950’S BUT THE METHOD WAS NOT POPULARISED UNTIL THE EARLY 1970’S.

EXPLAINING THE PRINCIPLES OF THIS APPROACH, MISS MCBRIEN SAID IT INVOLVES DETERMINING RETARDED CHILD’S +BASEL1NE+ FIRST BY ASKING HIM TO DO A PROGRESSIVELY DIFFICULT SERIES OF TASKS SUCH AS MATCHING TWO CIRCLES AND TWO SQUARES.

♦THE CHILD, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE PUNISHED IF HE SHOULD MAKE A WRONG MOVE. HE WILL BE REWARDED FOR MERELY TRYING JUST TO MAINTAIN HIS INTEREST.+

IT TAKES, HOWEVER, A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF PATIENCE TO FIND OUT WHAT WOULD CONSTITUTE A ♦REWARD* FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD. A RATTLE, FOR INSTANCE, MAY AMUSE ONE WHILE IT WILL ONLY IRRITATE ANOTHER.

THIS +REWARD+ FOR A CERTAIN CHILD IS DETERMINED THROUGH +SEQUENTIAL SAMPLING*, WHICH INVOLVES THE PRESENTING OF VARIOUS OBJECTS OF POSSIBLE INTEREST TO THE CHILD WHICH MIGHT INCLUDE FOOD, TOYS, MUSIC BOX, AND TINFOIL.

THE OTHER WAY TO FIND THE RIGHT +REWARD+ FOR A CHILD IS THROUGH ^MULTIPLE CHOICE*, WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE CHILD TO SELECT FROM A WIDE RANGE OF OBJECTS ONE THAT HAS THE GREATEST APPEAL TO HIM.

AFTER A CHILD’S +BASELINE+ OF INTELLIGENCE-CAPABILITY IS ESTABLISHED, THE +REWARD+ WOULD BE USED TO PROMPT HIM TO DO PROGRESS IVELY-DIFFICULT TASKS.

MISS JOSEPHINE PANG, AN ASSISTANT INSPECTOR AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND ONE OF THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS, SAID i *A TASK, HOWEVER, COULD INVOLVE SEVERAL STEPS. TAKE, FOR INSTANCE, THE SIMPLE ACT OF PUTTING ON A JUMPER. IT MAY HAVE TO BE SEPARATED INTO FOUR STEPS-PULL JUMPER OVER HEAD, INSERT ONE ARM IN ONE SLEEVE, INSERT THE OTHER ARM INTO THE OTHER SLEEVE, PULL JUMPER DOWN.*

PUTTING THIS INTO PRACTICE, HOWEVER, SEEMED SOMEWHAT MORE DIFFICULT, AS WAS SHOWN FROM ONE OF THE PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSIONS HELD IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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MANY OF THE RETARDED CHILDREN WOULD EITHER RESIST, TRY TO RUN AWAY OR SIMPLY LOSE INTEREST AFTER MAKING ONE MOVE.

IT WAS THEN THAT THE +CARROT+ - BUT NO +STICK+ - WOULD EE dangled before the child who would then be allowed to play WITH IT MOMENTARILY BEFORE IT WAS TAKEN AWAY.THE CHILD WAS THEN MADE TO CONTINUE WITH THE NEXT STEP OF THE TASK.

+THE METHOD IS EFFECTIVE BUT IT REQUIRES CONCENTRATED AND PATIENT EFFORT FROM THE INSTRUCTOR,* MISS PANG ADDED.

MRS WINNIFRED CHOW, A SENIOR EDUCATION INSPECTOR AND AN OBSERVER AT THE WORKSHOP, SAID THIS METHOD COULD BE USED TO TRAIN THE SEVERELY MENTALLY-RETARDED WHO NORMALLY WOULD NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. BUT SHE ADMITTED THAT IT COULD NOT TRAIN THEM TO THE EXTENT OF MAKING THEM LITERATE.

MRS CHOW SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHICH RUNS FIVE SCHOOLS FOR THE SEVERELY-HANDICAPPED, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 304 PLACES, SIMPLY COULD NOT FIND ENOUGH QUALIFIED SPECIAL TEACHERS FOR THE SEVERELY MENTALLY-RETARDED.

+ONLY ONE THIRD OF OUR 53 TEACHERS HAVE RECEIVED TRAINING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION BECAUSE THESE SCHOOLS - FORMERLY CALLED CENTRES UNDER THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT - HAD COME UNDER THE ED’S CONTROL FOR ONLY ONE OR TWO YEARS.*

+THIS WORKSHOP, YOU MIGHT SAY, IS PART OF OUR CONTINUING EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR RESOURCES IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA OF NEED.+

+ADDITIONALLY, ANOTHER TWO SCHOOLS FOR SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WILL COME INTO OPERATION UNDER THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT RESPECTIVELY IN 1982,+ MRS CHOW ADDED.

GRADUATES OF THE EDY WORKSHOP WOULD BE EXPECTED TO INSTRUCT OTHER TEACHERS FOR SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED CHILDREN* IN A PYRAMIDAL SPREADING OF THEIR NEWLY-ACQUIRED EXPERTISE,* MRS CHOW SAID.

MISS MCBRIEN, WHO WAS PAID BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ONLY FOR HER EXPENSES, WILL STAY ON IN HONG KONG FOR ANOTHER WEEK AFTER THE WORKSHOP TO PARTICIPATE AS A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIFTH ASIAN CONFERENCE ON MENTAL RETARDATION TO BE HELD AT THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL FROM DECEMBER 6-11.

ASIDE FROM MISS PANG, OTHER PARTICIPANTS IN THE WORKSHOP AREi MISS YUEN PUI-YEE, A LECTURER AT THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION- MISS ROSA CHING, HEADMISTRESS OF PINEHILL VILLAGE NO. 3 SCHOOL- MISS LINDA WONG AND MRS AVA KWONG, BOTH INSPECTORS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND MISS EDITH LEE, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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LEARN FROM LIFE, SAYS MR TOPLEY

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♦IT IS GOOD TO BE A GOOD STUDENT AND LEARN FROM BOOKS AND ■ROM ONE’S TEACHERS BUT IT IS BETTER BY FAR ALSO TO BE A GOOD LEARNER FROM LIFE ITSELF.+

THIS ADVICE CAME TODAY (SATURDAY) FROM THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, THE HON KENNETH TOPLEY, WHEN HE ADDRESSED STUDENTS OF NING PO COLLEGE ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR ANNUAL SPEECH DAY.

MR TOPLEY ALSO SAID THAT THERE IS NO END TO KNOWLEDGE AND THAT ONE LEARNS FROM EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE A GREAT DEAL WHICH CANNOT BE WRITTEN DOWN.

HE ADMITTED THAT LEARNING COULD BE AN UNCOMFORTABLE PROCESS AND THAT ONE OF THE MOST INCONVENIENT ELEMENTS OF LEARNING IS UNLEARNING.

SO AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF LEARNING IS UNLEARNING, HE SAID, QUOTING AN EXAMPLE FROM THE BRITISH PHILOSOPHER HUME WHO, IN SUMMING UP HIS LIFE’S WORK, SAID +1 HAVE MADE A BONFIRE OF RUBBISH*. MR TOPLEY ADVISED THAT ANYONE WHO ASPIRES TO BE WELL DRESSED SHOULD GO TO THEIR WARDROBE AND THROW OUT ALL THEIR OLD CLOTHES.

♦THE GREATEST HINDRANCE TO FRESH LEARNING,* MR TOPLEY SAID, *IS A TOO RESTRICTIVE NOTION OF WHAT KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING ARE.

+RATHER MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO, A GREAT MOVEMENT WAS STARTED TO ORGANISE ALL KNOWLEDGE INTO ENCYCLOPAEDIAS.

♦ENCYCLOPAEDIAS ARE STILL WITH US, AND VERY USEFUL THEY ARE. BUT THEY CANNOT BE THE WHOLE OF KNOWLEDGE,* HE ADDED.

EARLIER, MR TOPLEY REFERRED TO A REQUEST BY THE PRINCIPAL OF NING PO COLLEGE THAT THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION AND THE STRUCTURAL APPROACH TO LEARNING ENGLISH BE BROUGHT BACK AND SAID THAT THOSE WERE ESSENTIALLY INSTITUTIONS OF THE IMMEDIATE PAST APPROPRIATE TO DIFFERENT SOCIAL CONDITIONS, WHEN THOSE ENTERING SECONDARY SCHOOL AND LEARNING ENGLISH WERE A SMALLER AND MORE HOMOGENEOUS GROUP PREPARING FOR A LESS COMPLEX WORLD.

+WE CANNOT MAINTAIN THE ARRANGEMENTS SUITABLE FOR AN ERA WHEN A MINORITY WENT TO SECONDARY SCHOOL INTO AN ERA WHEN EVERYONE GOES TO SECONDARY SCHOOL,* HE SAID.

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MR TOPLEY ADDED THAT FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS WOULD BE MADE IN THE FUTURE AND ASKED THAT THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS OF THE ACADEMIC APTITUDE TESTS AND THE COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH TO TEACHING LANGUAGES BE GIVEN TIME TO SUCCEED.

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HAZARDS OF INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION STUDIED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPOINTED CONSULTANTS TO UNDERTAKE A STUDY OF THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH EXISTING AND FUTURE INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATIONS ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

A CONTRACT TO THIS EFFECT WAS SIGNED BY MR C.N. FONG, PROJECT MANAGER (TSUEN WAN), OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, AND DR ROBIN BIDWELL, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES LTD. (E.R.L.) WHO SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE FIRMS E.R.L., TECHNICA AND WATSON HAWKSLEY ASIA.

THE STUDY WILL BE THE FIRST MAJOR PROFESSIONAL HAZARD ASSESSMENT UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG, ALTHOUGH STUDIES OF THIS TYPE ARE NOW COMMON IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY IS TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT ASSESS POSSIBLE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORAGE AND MANUFACTURE OF POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND ENSURE THAT SUCH RISKS ARE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE EMERGENCY SERVICES AS WELL AS IN FUTURE PLANNING DECISIONS.

IT IS INTENDED THAT THIS STUDY SHOULD FORM THE BASIS FOR FUTURE ASSESSMENTS THAT MAY BE NEEDED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE TERRITORY WHERE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ARE HANDLED.

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NEW OPERATION FOR AIRPORT MAXICAB * X X

A NEW OPERATIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 15 W THIN THE AIRPORT BETWEEN AIR PASSENGER TERMINAL AND AIR CARGO TERMINAL WILL BE INTRODUCED ON MONDAY(DECEMBER 7).

W,LL 0PERATE FROM EARLY MORNING TO MIDNIGHT AT 12-MINUTE FREQUENCIES DURING PEAK PERIODS AND EVERY ’ 15 MINUTES DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS.

UNDER THIS NEW ARRANGEMENT, ADDITIONAL TRIPS WILL ALSO RF OPERATED FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY BETWEEN THE KOWLOON CITY FERRY AND THE AIR CARGO TERMINAL DURING PEAK HOURS?

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SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT TO BE EXTENDED INTO FOURTH WEEK ******

SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT, WHICH STARTS NEXT SUNDAY (DECEMBER 13), HAS HAD TO BE EXTENDED INTO A FOURTH WEEK SO THAT ALL ITEMS CAN BE INCLUDED.

THE FORTNIGHT WAS ORIGINALLY TO HAVE RUN FROM DECEMBER 20 TO JANUARY 3, BUT WAS ADVANCED ONE WEEK BECAUSE OF THE RESPONSE TO PARTICIPATION.

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR. MA LIN, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE FORTNIGHT AT THE SIR RUN RUN SHAW HALL, FOLLOWING WHICH THE FIRST EVENT, A CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, WILL TAKE PLACE.

THE 22-DAY PROGRAMME CONTAINS A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS, INCLUDING SEMINARS, CANTONESE OPERA, AND HISTORY, PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS.

THERE WILL BE A CHINESE MUSIC CONCERT, A CHRISTMAS CONCERT ON DECEMBER 22 AND A CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW THE FOLLOWING DAY.

OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE PUPPET, ACROBATIC AND DRAMA SHOWS, AN OUTDOOR BAND CONCERT, SONGS FROM CHINESE OPERA, CHINESE FOLK SONGS AND DANCE, AND A PERFORMANCE BY THE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET.

EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT MANY VENUES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, WITH MOST OF THE CONCERTS TAKING PLACE IN THE HALL OF THE CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE NEAR TAI WAI.

BESIDES THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND THE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET, OTHER PROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS WILL INCLUDE THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, THE PAN ASIA ORCHESTRA, THE MUSIC LOVERS CHINESE ORCHESTRA, THE MUK LAN DANCE TROUPE AND THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE.

A WEEK OF CANTONESE OPERA WILL BE STAGED FROM DECEMBER 21 -27 BY THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE. THE LUNG CHEUNG OPERA TROUPE FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WILL PERFORM ON DECEMBER 19.

SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE DRAMA GROUP, SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION CANTONESE OPERA TRAINING CLASS AND DISTRICT DANCE TROUPES WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME.

A FEATURE OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE AN EXHIBITION OF LOCAL HISTORY TO BE HELD AT SHA TIN PUBLIC SCHOOL, TAI WAI, FROM DECEMBER 16 - 21.

THE FORTNIGHT IS BEING JOINTLY PRESENTED BY SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MUSIC OFFICE.

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THE BUDGET IS ABOUT $750 000, OF WHICH $300 000 FOR THE ONE-WEEK CANTONESE OPERA IS BEING PROVIDED BY TAI WAI VILLAGE OFFICE.

THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL PROVIDE $105 000 AND THE ARTS ASSOCIATION $40 000.

THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MUSIC OFFICE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EXPENSES OF A NUMBER OF ITEMS IN THE PROGRAMME AND THE DEFICIT WILL BE MET BY PRIVATE DONATIONS.

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EXHIBITION ON MENTAL HEALTH * * *

AN EXHIBITION ON MENTAL HEALTH WILL BE MOUNTED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT SHATIN HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE EVERY WEEKDAY FROM NEXT MONDAY (DECEMBER 7 TO DECEMBER 18).

THE EXHIBITION IS TO ILLUSTRATE, THROUGH AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, THE CAUSES OF MENTAL ILLNESSES, AND TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ON THE AVAILABILITY OF TREATMENT FACILITIES AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.

THE EXHIBITION IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AND THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION.

SIMILAR EXHIBITIONS WERE PREVIOUSLY HELD AT CITY HALL, KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

TWO PAMPHLETS ENTITLED +THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG+ AND +DEALING WITH STRESS* WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE AT THE EXHIBITION.

MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF WILL BE ON DUTY BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM DAILY TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES FROM VISITORS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY REACH THE DISPLAY CENTRE, LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE NEWLY OPENED LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE, SHA TIN BY BUS ROUTES 70, 70M, 71, 72, 72A, 72M, 87 AND 89 OF KMB.

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THE RESPONSE TO THE TWO FIGHT CRIME COMPETITIONS FOR HONG KONG’S YOUTH HAD BEEN EXTREMELY GOOD, WITH MORE THAN 1 000 ENTRIES RECEIVED.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY MR GEORGE YUEN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE ON THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SINGING AND DRAMA COMPETITIONS.

+FOR THE SINGING COMPETITION, WE HAVE RECEIVED MORE THAN 1 000 ENTRIES FROM BOTH YOUNG WORKERS AND STUDENTS. FOR THE INTER-SCHOOL DRAMA COMPETITION, 54 SCHOOLS HAVE APPLIED AND SENT IN THEIR SCRIPTS,+ SAID MR YUEN.

♦THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH COMPETITIONS IS MORE THAN WE ANTICIPATED AND WE ARE PLEASED AT THE ENTHUSIASTIC WAY THE PUBLIC, STUDENTS IN PARTICULAR, HAVE RESPONDED,+ MR YUEN ADDED.

THE TWO COMPETITIONS, ORGANISED AS PART OF THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN 1981/82, ARE AIMED AT MOTIVATING AND EDUCATING THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THROUGH HEALTHY, MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES, TO BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE JUVENILE AND YOUTH CRIME PROBLEM.

♦IN VIEW OF THE ENORMOUS NUMBER OF ENTRANTS FOR THE SINGING COMPETITION. EXTRA AUDITIONING SESSIONS HAVE HAD TO BE ORGANISED FOR EARLY NEXT MONTH AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TOWARDS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONGKOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE MING KEI COLLEGE FOR PROVIDING THEIR PREMISES FOR THESE AUDITIONS,+ MR YUEN SAID.

THE ADJUDICATORS AT THE AUDITION WILL BE MR SZETO CHI-CHIU, MISS FIDELIA LEIGH, MR LEUNG YAT-CHIU, MISS PENELOPE CHAN, CHANG CHUN-YIN AND MR ARMANDO LAI, ALL RENOWNED LOCAL MUSICIANS.

FIVE WINNING GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS FROM THE OPEN DIVISION AND ANOTHER FIVE FROM THE SCHOOLS DIVISION OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE SELECTED TO COMPETE IN THE FINALS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 16, 1982 AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

FOR EACH DIVISION. THERE WILL BE CASH PRIZES OF 15 000, 83 000 AND 82 000 FOR THE BEST THREE FINALISTS RESPECTIVELY. W EDMOND CHAM, A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN, AND THE POLYGRAM RECORDS LTD ARE SPONSORING THE PRIZES FOR THE CONTEST.

THE DRAMA COMPETITION, WHICH IS OPEN TO ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, IS DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIESi SCRIPT-WRITING AND STAGE PERFORMANCE.

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A TOTAL OF 54 SCRIPTS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY SECONDARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND THE PANEL OF JUDGES IS NOW IN THE PROCESS OF SELECTING THE 15 MOST OUTSTANDING, TO ENTER INTO THE SEMI-FINALS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

EMINENT PERSONALITIES IN LOCAL DRAMA CIRCLES, NAMELY NR CHAN YAU-HOW, MISS JANE LAI, MR YUEN LAP-FUN, MR CHEUNG KING, MISS MOK FUNG-YEE, MR CHU SHUI-TONG, MR FUNG LUK-TAK AND MR CHOI SEK-CHEUNG HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ACT AS JUDGES FOR THE SEMI-FINALS. TOGETHER WITH MRS FUNG MOK YAN-LAN AND MR JAMES MAK, ADVISERS TO THIS COMPETITION, THEY WILL SELECT THE FIVE BEST TEAMS AT THE SEMI-FINALS TO COMPETE IN THE FINAL CONTEST SCHEDULED TO EE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE NEXT MARCH.

THE COMPETITION IS FOR CASH PRIZES OF S3 OOO, S2 000 AND $1 003 FOR THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD TEAMS RESPECTIVELY AND TWO CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $500 EACH.

TRAINING COURSE FOR INDUSTRIAL INSTRUCTORS X X X X

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS TO A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS COMMENCING IN MID-FEBRUARY, 1982.

THE COURSE WILL REQUIRE FULL-TIME ATTENDANCE AT THE COLLEGE ON EVERY MONDAY FOR 15 WEEKS.

PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR CARRYING OUT THEIR DAY TO DAY DUTIES.

OF EDUCATION

CLASSES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE, AND CONTENTS WILL INCLUDE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION BASED ON THE STUDY THEORY AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY.

FEES FOR THE COURSE WILL BE $100.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BY DECEMBER 19.

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AUCTION OF NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALLS * * * *

PAA PUBLIC AUCTION OF SITES FOR SELLING FLOWERS AND DRY GOCU>> Ai SEVEN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN DECEMBER 17 AND JANUARY 7.

A SPOKES . FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE FAIRS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND 25 TO COINCIDE WITH T--c YEAR END CELEBRATION.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH STALL IS $50 AND ONLY PERSONS AGED 21 OR ABOVE CAN TAKE PART IN THE AUCTION. THE HIGHEST BID ON THE FALL OF THE HAMMER WILL BE ACCEPTED IN ALL CASES.

SITE PLANS SHOWING THE STALLS TO BE AUCTIONED ARE NOW ON DISPLAY AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND URBAN SERVICES OFFICES OF NTSD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

AT YUEN LONG, THE AUCTIONING OF 142 STALLS WILL PLACE AT THE OFFICE OF THE PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD ON DECEMBER 17.

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AT TUEN MUN, ONE HUNDRED STALLS WILL BE PUT UP F^R AUCTION A TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AT TAI HING ESTATE ON DECEMBER 18.

AUCTIONING OF 113 STALLS AT SHEK WU HUI AND 100 SITES A TAI PO WILL TAKE PLACE AT FANLING SWIMMING POOL ON DECEMBER AND AT THE OFFICE OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE AT PO HEUNG STREET

ON JANUARY 5, 82 SITES AT SHA TIN WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AT LEK YUEN ESTATE.

AT TSUEN WAN, 208 STALLS WILL BE AUCTIONED AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON JANUARY 6.

THE AUCTION FOR 126 SITES AT KWAI CHUNG WILL BE HELD AT KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL AT LAI FONG STREET ON JANUARY 7.

FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER XXX

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE RANGE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4.30 PM (DECEMBER 9).

PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 7) AND WEDNESDAY

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE

_ WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING PRACTICE TIMES.

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MORE PEOPLE SEEK LEGAL ADVICE * * *

THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN HAS HANDLED A TOTAL OF 591 CASES SINCE ITS OPENING 18 MONTHS AGO.

DURING SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, THE CENTRE HANDLED 65 CASES, SEVEN OF WHICH WERE REFERRED TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT AND ONE TO THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL.

COMMERCIAL AND MATRIMONIAL MATTERS REMAINED THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF CASES BROUGHT TO THE CENTRE.

MARCH WAS STILL THE BUSIEST MONTH WITH 46 CASES.

THE CENTRE IS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE IN HOI PA STREET. IT IS MANNED BY TWO LAWYERS ON TUESDAY EVENINGS FROM 6.30 PM TO 9.30 PM.

IT IS ONE OF SIX CENTRES OPERATED BY THE LAW SOCIETY TO HELP THOSE SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE. THE OTHER CENTRES ARE AT MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, WAN CHAI, EASTERN DISTRICT AND SHA TIN.

THE DUTY LAWYERS ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON STEPS WHICH MAY BE OPEN TO THEM, BUT THEY CANNOT REPRESENT THEM IN COURT.

THE NATURE OF CASES HANDLED, BESIDES COMMERCIAL AND MATRIMONIAL MATTERS, INCLUDES EMPLOYMENT MATTERS, LAND AND LANDLORD/TENANT DISPUTES, CRIMINAL CASES, AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY DISPUTES.

ANYONE WISHING TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD FIRST APPROACH THEIR LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE OR PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE WHERE DETAILS OF THEIR CASE ARE TAKEN DOWN AND APPOINTMENTS WITH THE LAWYERS MADE.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF AREAS IN UPPER LEVEL, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 8) TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

THE AFFECTED AREA IN UPPER LEVEL IS BOUNDED BY ROBINSON ROAD FROM CASTLE ROAD TO GARDEN ROAD, MACDONNELL ROAD, SEYMOUR ROAD, CASTLE ROAD, MOSQUE STREET, MOSQUE JUNCTION AND CAINE ROAD.

THE AREA FROM ICE HOUSE STREET TO HILL ROAD, INCLUDING CONNAUGHT ROADS CENTRAL AND WEST, QUEEN’S ROADS CENTRAL AND WEST, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, FIRST STREET. SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, HIGH STREET, WATER STREET, ABERDEEN STREET, PEEL STREET, WYNDHAM STREET AND DES VOEUX ROADS CENTRAL AND WEST IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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

CLEARWAYS IN NORTH POINT .................................... 4

SHA TIN CYCLE TRACK OPENED TODAY............................. 5

MORE STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ............ 6

TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND OPINING................. 7

IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICES FOR DISABLED ........................ 8

SEVENTH REPORT OF HK TRAINING COUNCIL PUBLISHED..............

INVEST IN TUEN MUN CALL BY SIR S.Y. CHUNG.................... 10

PRISONS DEPARTMENT HELPS PREVENT COUNTRY FIRE................ 10 .

BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN OCTOBER

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THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 1981 ARE PUBLISHED TODAY. TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY ROSE IN OCTOBER BY MUCH LESS THAN IN SEPTEMBER, PARTLY IN REACTION TO HIGHER DOMESTIC INTEREST RATES, AND THERE WAS AN INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR DURING THE MONTH, PRESUMABLY ON THE SAME CONSIDERATION, WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO A LARGER GROWTH IN THE MONEY SUPPLY (HK$M3) THAN IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF 1981 (THE LONGEST PERIOD FOR WHICH THE SERIES IS AVAILABLE) HKJM3 HAS RISEN BY 17.2 PER CENT, EQUIVALENT TO AN ANNUAL RATE OF SOME 21 PER CENT, WHILE LJANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG HAVE RISEN BY 33.4 PER CENT (AN ANNUAL RATE OF SOME 41 PER CENT).

TABLE 1 SETS OUT THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR OCTOBER 1981, AND FOR EARLIER MONTHS, FROM THE NEW SERIES OF STATISTICS NOW BEING COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE 1980. THE NEW SERIES IS BEING PUBLISHED EACH MONTH. TABLE 2 SETS OUT THE FIGURES FOR OCTOBER 1981 FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES OF MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES, COLLECTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING/COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

MONEY SUPPLY - NEW SERIES

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE BROADEST DEFINITIONS IN THE NEW SERIES CONTINUED TO RISE IN OCTOBER, WITH M3 - TOTAL UP BY 1.5 PER CENT AND HK$M3 UP BY 1.2 PER CENT, AFTER INCREASING BY 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SEPTEMBER. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS M3 - TOTAL ROSE BY 5.8 PER CENT AND HK$M3 BY 4.2 PER CENT, AS COMPARED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE INCREASES OF 8.0 PER CENT AND 5.0 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG - NEW SERIES

LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE IN OCTOBER BY 0.9 PER CENT, DOWN FROM AN INCREASE OF 3.5 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. THE GROWTH RATE OF LOANS BY BANKS IN OCTOBER, AT 0.1 PER CENT, WAS MUCH LESS THAN THAT OF 3.7 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER, WHILE THE GROWTH OF LOANS BY DTCS, AT 3.0 PER CENT, WAS UNCHANGED FROM THAT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS TOTAL LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 9.1 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A 11.0 PER CENT RISE IN THE PRECEDING THREE MONTHS.

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FOREIGN ASSETS

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF ALL BANKS (CALCULATE' ON THE ORIGINAL SERIES OF STATISTICS) FELL IN OCTOBER BY S500MN BUT THOSE OF DTCS INCREASED BY $1 195MN, INDICATING A NET INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR OF $695MN, AFTER A NET INFLOW OF $2 332MN IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN OCTOBER TO 53.9 PER CENT FROM 52.1 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE TO 96.0 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER FROM 95.7 PER CENT AT THE END Or SEPTEMBER.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL TO 46.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER FROM 46.7 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS FELL TO 60.8 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER FROM 61.2 PER CENT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS ROSE BY 1 IN OCTOBER TO 118. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED IN THE MONTH AT 348.

TABLE 1

MONETARY STATISTICS - NEW SERIES I END OF OCTOBER 1981 (HK$ MN)

FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS (% CHANGE)

MONEY SUPPLY OCT 1981 SEPT 1981 JULY 1981

Ml - TOTAL 23 671 24 311 (-2.6%) 23 596 (+0.3%)

HKS 22 570 23 233 (-2.9%) 22 702 (-0.6%)

M2 - TOTAL 108 330 108 112 (+0.2%) 104 937 (+3.2%)

HK$ 90 390 91 042 (-0.7%) 89 706 (+0.8%)

M3 - TOTAL 170 601 168 129 (+1.5%) 161 201 (+5- %)

HK$ 141 196 139 514 (+1.2%) 135 518 (+4.2%)

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BANKS’ BALANCE SHEETS

DEPOSITS 96 956 97 161 (-0.2%)

NEGOTIABLE

CERTIFICATES OF

DEPOSIT OUTSTANDING 3 903 3 568 (+9.4%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES I

FOR USE IN HK 93 109 93 022 (+0.1%)

FOR USE OUTSIDE HK 27 519 28 915 (-4.8%)

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES’ BALANCE SHEETS

DEPOSITS

61 367

59 207 (+3.6%)

NEGOTIABLE

CERTIFICATES OF

DEPOSIT OUTSTANDING 1 353

LOANS AND ADVANCES I

FOR USE IN HK 37 311

FOR USE OUTSIDE HK 31 557

1 245 (+8.7%)

36 213 (+3.0%)

30 768 (+2.6%)

94 430 (+2.7%)

3 192 (+22.3%)

87 190 (+6.8%)

26 824 (+2.6%)

55 767 (+10.0%)

823 (+64.4%)

32 318 (+15.4%)

28 699 (+10.0%)

TABLE 2

MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES - END OF OCTOBER 1981 (IN SMILL ION)

FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS (% CHANGE)

OCT 1981 SEPT 1981 JULY 1981 OCT 1980

Ml 23 522 23 418 (+0.4%) 25 575 (-8.0%)

M2 110 326 109 879 (+0.4%) 106 552 (+3.5%) 95 636 (+15.4%)

M3 172 939 170 038 (+1.7%) 163 025 (+6.1%) 131 311 (+31.7%)

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BANKS

DEPOSITS 100 976 100 716 (+0.3%) 97 624 (+3.4%) 87 407 1 (+15.5%)

L ANS AND ADVANCES IN HCNG KONG 121 743 122 752 (-0.8%) 115 779 (+5.2%) 85 278 (+42.8%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 120.6% 121.9% 118.6% 97.6%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 53.9% 52.1% 49.8% 46.8%

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

DEPOSITS 62 613 60 159 (+4.1%) 56 473 (+10.9%) 35 675 (+75.5%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 45 513 43 435 (+4.8%) 39 676 (+14.7%) 27 149 (+67.6%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 72.7% 72.2% 70.-X 76.1%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RADIO 46.5% 46.7% 44.4% 47.9%

BAh<S AND DEPOSIT- TAKING COMPANIES:

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 167 256 - - - - . 166 187 (+0.6%) 155 455 (+7.6%) 112 427 (+48.8%)

CLEARWAYS IN * * M NORTH POINT %

TWO SECTIONS OF MODEL LANE IN AS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON TRAFFIC FLOW. NORTH POINT WILL BE TUESDAY (DECEMBER 8) DESIGNATED TO IMPROVE

y£HICL£s* except FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM AND BETWEEN 4 PM AND 7 PM DAILY.

THE RESTRICTED ZONES WILL BE IDENTIFIED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1981

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SHA TIN CYCLE TRACK OPENED TODAY

* * * *

THE FIRST 11 KILOMETRES OF CYCLE TRACK IN SHA TIN WERE OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (SUNDAY).

Thu TRACK, WHICH IS PLANNED FOR BOTH ROAD SAFETY AND RECREATIONAL PUk'OSES, RUNS FROM MEI LAM ESTATE, THROUGH TAI WAI, SHA TIN TAJ, SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE, LEK YUEN AND WO CHE HOUSING ESTATES, ENDING AT FO TAN INDUSTRIAL AREA.

IT WILL EXTEND OVER A DISTANCE OF 47.5 KILOMETRES IN AND AROUND THE NEW TOWN WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED.

CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TRACK NETWORK INVOLVED BUILDING 19 TUNNELS AND TWO BRIDGES.

THE GENERAL WIDTH IS 3.5 METRES, RUNNING ON DIFFERENT LEVELS PARALLEL TO THE MAIN CARRIAGEWAYS.

IT HAS ITS OWN SIGNPOSTS AND IS FOR THE USE OF CYCLISTS ONLY.

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WHO WAS PERFORMING THE JOINT OPENING OF THE SHA TIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AND THE CYCLE TRACK, SAID IT WAS HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT THAT THE TWO EVENTS WERE TAKING PLACE ON ~ Z SAME DAY BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH CONNECTED WITH ROAD SAFETY.

+ON THE ONE HAND WE HAVE TO MAKE PEOPLE MORE AWARE OF THE SIMPLE RULES OF ROAD SAFETY AND ON THE OTHER TO ENSURE THAT BY INTELLIGENT CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND OTHER FACILITIES WE AVOID CAUSING UNNECESSARY DANGER AND ADOPT MEASURES WHICH HELP ELIMINATE ACCIDENTS,* HE SAID.

♦IT IS A SAD FACT THAT WHILE THE POPULATION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS GROWN 37 PER CENT IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SERIOUS ACCIDENTS ON THE ROADS HAS GROWN BY THE SAME AMOUNT - 37 PER CENT.*

CYCLE TRACKS ON THIS SCALE HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

+OUR INTENTION IN SHA TIN WAS TO PROVIDE A QUICK, CHEAP AND SAFE METHOD OF LINKING UP PARTS OF THE TOWN, PARTICULARLY THE RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS,* HE SAID.

SHA TIN CYCLE TRACKS WOULD EVENTUALLY LINK WITH TAI PO AND TAI PO TO THE PAT SIN COUNTRY PARK.

+IN ADDITION WE ARE, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, SEPARATING PEDESTRIANS AND VEHICLES BY THE CONSTRUCTION, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IN THE NEW TOWNS, OF SUBWAYS AND BRIDGES AND PODIUM DECKS,* HE SAID.

THE ENVIRONMENT OF WO CHE AND LEK YUEN ESTATES WAS A FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS NEW APPROACH TO THE BUILDING OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

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♦BUT IT IS STILL NECESSARY TO IMPRESS ON ALL OUR RESIDENTS, AND PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG, THE NEED FOR SAFE BEHAVIOUR ON THE ROADS,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

THE OPENING INCLUDED A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY FOR ROAD SAFETY SLOGAN AND POSTER COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY SHA TIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE- A DEMONSTRATION BY THE HONG KONG CYCLING ASSOCIATION- A LION DANCE BY TAI WAI YOUTH ASSOCIATION- AND A TOUR OF A MINI ROAD SAFETY TOWN AT LEK YUEN PLAYGROUND.

ALSO OFFICIATING TODAY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR JOHN DON- THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER NEW TERRITORIES, MR MIKE ILLINGWORTH- SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG.

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MORE STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM TECHNICAL INSTITUTES * * * *

A TOTAL OF 7 140 STUDENTS GRADUATED LAST JULY FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, REPRESENT AN INCREASE OF 3.3 PER CENT OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURES.

+0F THIS NUMBER, 1 720 ATTENDED FULL-TIME COURSES, 2 401 ATTENDED PART-TIME COURSES AND THE REMAINDER ATTENDED EVENING COURSES,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THEY HAVE GRADUATED FROM 12 MAIN DISCIPLINES RUN BY THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, NAMELY MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG. HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE.

ON THE ACADEMIC LEVEL OF THE GRADUATES, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT 2 663 OR 37.3 PER CENT HAD COMPLETED TECHNICIAN OR COMPARABLE COURSES, AND THE REST COMPLETED CRAFT OR COMPARABLE LEVEL COURSES.

AT PRESENT THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE RUNNING 236 COURSES COVERING THE 12 MAIN DISCIPLINES, INCLUDING HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENG I NEER ING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND DESIGN.

THE MAJORITY OF THE FULL-TIME GRADUATES FOUND JOBS WITHIN A FEv< WEEKS OF THEIR GRADUATION, AND SOME OF THEM HAD GONE ON TO FURTHER STUDIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN EMPLOYMENT SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED TO OBTAIN FURTHER DETAILS OF THE SITUATION.

THE PART-TIME STUDENTS HAVE ATTENDED COURSES RELEVANT TO IR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT, THUS ENHANCING THEIR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION AND PROMOTION PROSPECTS.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1981

7

TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN * *

SPORTS GROUND OPENING *

THE $8 MILLION TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND WILL BE OPENED NEXT WEEK TO PROVIDE A MUCH NEEDED PROPER VENUE FOR SPORTS COMPETITIONS, TRACK AND FIELDS EVENTS FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING TUEN MUN.

TO MARK THE OPENING, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY.

SIR SHIU-KIN TANG WHO HAS GENEROUSLY DONATED $2 MILLION TOWARDS THE PROJECT *HICH WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN ADVANCING THE CONSTRUCTION WORK OF PHASE ONE OF THE SPORTS GROUND WILL ALSO ATTEND.

THE SPORTS CENTRE, LOCATED ON A THREE-HECTARE SITE NEAR TAI HING ESTATE IN THE NEW TOWN, WAS BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND IS MANAGED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SPORTS GROUND COMPRISES A FULL-SIZE GRASS FOOTBALL PITCH, AN EIGHT-LANE 400 METRE ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK FOR ALL FIELDS AND TRACKS ACTIVITIES.

AS AN ACTIVE RECREATIONAL VENUE FOR THE DISTRICT, FLOODLIGHTING AND WOODEN STANDS FOR 3 000 SPECTATORS ENABLE THE SPORTS GROUND TO BE MORE FULLY UTILISED.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS, TOILETS, STORE ROOMS FOR ATHLETICS EQUIPMENT, OFFICE, SPECIAL CHANGING FACILITIES AND TOILETS FOR THE DISABLED ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

BOOKING FOR THE USE OF THE FACILITIES CAN NOW BE MADE AT THE OFFICE SITUATED AT THE SPORTS GROUND, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NE* TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

CONSTRUCTION OF PHASE TWO OF THE SPORTS GROUND TO FURTHER EXPAND IT INTO A MULTI-PURPOSE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS CENTRE WILL SOON START, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT WILL INCLUDE CONCRETE SPECTATOR STANDS, BASKETBALL AND MINI-SOCCER PITCHES AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT AN ADJACENT SITE.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1931

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IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICES FOR DISABLED *****

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, TODAY (SUNDAY) POINTED OUT THAT SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT HAD BEEN MADE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

ADDRESSING THE INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE 5TH ASIAN CONFERENCE ON MENTAL RETARDATION, HE SAID : +THERE HAVE BEEN BETTER PREVENTIVE AND IDENTIFICATION SERVICES, MUCH IMPROVED SOCIAL WELFARE AND MEDICAL FACILITIES, PROVISION OF MORE PRE-SCHOOL CARE CENTRES, SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND RESIDENTIAL HOMES, TO NAME A FEW OF THE SERVICE AREAS OF PARTICULAR RELEVANCE TO THE MENTALLY RETARDED.*

MR HO SAID THAT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS REHABILITATION POLICY THE GOVERNMENT HAD DRAWN UP A COMPREHENSIVE ID-YEAR REHABILITATION PROGRAMME PLAN IN 1976.

+SINCE THE ADOPTION OF THE 1977 WHITE PAPER THIS PROGRAMME PLAN HAS BEEN REVIEWED ANNUALLY AND ROLLED FORWARD ONE YEAR EACH TIME, SO THAT WE CONTINUALLY KEEP UP A 10-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME,* HE ADDED.

MR HO ALSO STRESSED THE PART PLAYED BY THE FAMILY IN THE REHABILITATION AND RE-1NTEGRATI ON OF ITS DISABLED MEMBERS.

+ALTHOUGH MOST FAMILIES HAVE LITTLE OR NO PROFESSIONAL TRAINING, THE FACT THAT THEY ARE UNDER THE SAME ROOF MEANS THAT THEY ARE IN THE FRONT-LINE TO PROVIDE NEEDED ASSISTANCE AND SERVICE TO THEIR DISABLED MEMBERS,* HE SAID.

HE TOLD THE DELEGATES THAT HK’S REHABILITATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES WERE GEARED IN THIS DIRECTION.

+WE HAVE LAUNCHED A GENERAL FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME, EXPANDED OUR PARENTAL COUNSELLING SERVICES AND INTEND TO MAINTAIN AN INTENSIVE PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON WHAT THEY CAN AND SHOULD DO TO HELP THE DISABLED ACHIEVE INTEGRATION,* HE SAID.

MR HO NOTED THAT OTHER THAN THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES THE CONFERENCE WOULD ALSO PROVIDE FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF COMMON GOALS AND THE DRAWING UP OF PLANS FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

+1 WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS IN THIS FORMIDABLE BUT MEANINGFUL TASK WHICH IS ALSO IN ACCORD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS FOR A LONG-TERM PLAN OF ACTION BEYOND 1981.+

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1981

SEVENTH REPORT OF HK TRAINING COUNCIL PUBLISHED * * * *

DRAFTING OF THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION FOR A STATUTORY ORGANISATION TO REPLACE THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IS IN AN ADVANCED STAGE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, MR FRANCIS TIEN, REVEAlED TODAY (SUNDAY).

ANNOUNCING THE PUBLICATION OF THE SEVENTH REPORT OF THE COUNCIL, MR TIEN SAID THE NE' STATUTORY BODY WOULD ADMINISTER MANPOWER TRAINING AND WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE NOT ONLY FOR THE CURRENT ADVISORY FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL BUT ALSO THE EXECUTIVE FUNCTION OF MANAGING TRAINING SCHEMES.

IT SHOULD BE CONCERNED NOT ONLY WITH MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS BUT ALSO IMPLEMENTING THEM AS WELL, HE SAID.

DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, MR TIEN POINTED OUT, THE COUNCIL HAD ALSO SUBMITTED PROPOSALS TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TRAINING SCHEMES FOR THE ELECTRONICS, PLASTICS, TEXTILES AND THE HOTEL INDUSTRIES AS WELL AS SCHEMES FOR PROVIDING BASIC TRAINING IN KEY ENGINEERING TRADES AND POST-GRADUATE TRAINING FOR ENGINEERING GRADUATES.

ALL HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY GOVERNMENT FOR IMPLEMENTATION, AND ALL THE SCHEMES WOULD BE ACCOMMODATED IN TWO PROPOSED TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEXES.

TWO SITES, ONE IN KOWLOON BAY AND THE OTHER IN KWAI CHUNG, HAD BEEN TENTATIVELY RESERVED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE COMPLEXES.

THE SIX SCHEMES WOULD TOGETHER TRAIN MORE THAN 7 300 TRAINEES A YEAR AND INVOLVE A CAPITAL AND ANNUAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE IN EXCESS OF $110 MILLION AND $55 MILLION RESPECTIVELY, MR TIEN ADDED.

THE REPORT ALSO OUTLINES THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE TRAINING COUNCIL, ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND VARIOUS INDUSTRY/COMMERCE AND SERVICE TRAINING BOARDS AND COMMITTEES DURING THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1980 TO MARCH 1981.

THE AMENDED APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS WERE BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 1980. FOR THE FIRST TIME, A +NON-INDUSTRIAL+ TRADE - +HOTEL COOK - WESTERN STYLE* WAS DESIGNATED UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DESIGNATED TRADES TO 37.

THE COUNCIL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE GOVERNOR ON MEASURES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF MANPOWER TRAINING GEARED TO THE DEVELOPING NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

THE REPORT, PUBLISHED IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, IS NOw ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRES AT $11 A COPY.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1981

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INVEST IN TUEN MUN CALL BY SIR S.Y. CHUNG * * * *

A CALL TO INVESTORS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN WAS MADE TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING OF TUEN MUN FESTIVAL, SAID THE NEw TOWN OFFERED EXCELLENT POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT.

+WITH A POPULATION OF 130 000, MANY OF WHOM ARE YOUNG SKILLED LABOURERS, THERE IS AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF MANPOWER AMONGST EXISTING RESIDENTS,* HE SAID.

+THE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL TRANSPORT NETWORK IS BEING SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED, AND EXCELLENT SUPPORTING ANCILLARY SERVICES, SUCH AS BANKING AND POSTAL COMMUNICATIONS, HAVE BEEN WELL

PROV IDED.+

ABOVE ALL, THERE WAS A PLENTIFUL SUPPLY OF LAND FOR INDUSTRI AL, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BEING PUT ON THE MARKET FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT, SIR S.Y. SAID.

ALL THESE FACTORS PROVED THAT TUEN MUN, ONE OF THE MOST RAPIDLY DEVELOPING OF THE NEW TOWNS, HAD EXCELLENT POTENTIAL FOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT.

SIR S.Y. SAID THE POPULATION OF TUEN MUN HAD DOUBLED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS AND EVERY EFFORT WAS BEING MADE BY GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO BUILD A HARMONIOUS AND INTEGRATED COMMUNITY.

THE FESTIVAL OPENED ON NOVEMBER 21 AND INCLUDED 22 EVENTS ALL OF WHICH WERE WELL ATTENDED. THE COST WAS 3300 □□□.

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PRISONS DEPARTMENT HELPS PREVENT COUNTRY FIRE

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WHILE STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FIRES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE IS ALSO RENDERED BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT.

EVERY YEAR AROUND THE FIRE SEASON, INMATES OF THE PENAL INSTITUTIONS HELP THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT PREVENT FIRES BY CUTTING UNDERGROWTH INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS.

FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, INMATES OF THE TAI LAM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION HAVE BEEN TRIMMING GRASS IN THE TAI LAM CHUNG COUNTRY PARK IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

GRASS CUTTING IS ESSENTIAL FOR FIRE PREVENTION IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, ESPECIALLY NEAR PLANTATION AREAS, SO THAT FIRE BREAKS CAN BE MACE IN ORDER TO PREVENT FIRES FROM SPREADING.

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THE GRASS CUTTING OPERATION, LAUNCHED IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, IS ALSO PART OF Tl PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY.

SUCH EXERCISE ALSO GIVES THE COUNTRYSIDE A TIDY AND NEAT APPEARANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID DURING LAST YEAR THERE WERE ALMOST 300 FIRES INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS AND MOST OF WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS WHILE BARBECUING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE DURING THE DRY SEASON, AND REMINDED THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO BARBECUE OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS.

HE SAID HILLFIRES COST MONEY BOTH TO MEET THE COST OF THE FIRE-FIGHTING ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED, AND IN TERMS OF LOSS ON THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PLANTATION AND COUNTRY PARKS.

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BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN OCTOBER * * *

A TOTAL OF 53 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 63 IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 23 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 6 FOR KOWLOON AND 24 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A BUS DEPOT IN YUEN LONG, A CARPARK AND QUARTERS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, TWO SCHOOL EXTENSIONS AT SYCAMORE STREET AND YUK WAH STREET, TSZ WAN SHAN, AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION AT TAI PAK TIN STREET, KWAI CHUNG AND A CHURCH AT TAI PO ROAD.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS S375.5 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $1 029 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 186 583.1 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 101 595.2 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 84 987.9 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR SPACE.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 55 PROJECTS INCLUDING A DORMITORIES EXTENSION AT CUMBERLAND ROAD AND AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION AT HONG LOK YUEN, TAI PO, A HOLIDAY CENTRE AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, PING SHAN AND AN OIL TANK ON LAMMA ISLAND.

ALTOGETHER, 51 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN OCTOBER, INCLUDING TWO SCHOOLS AT HING FAT STREET AND POK FU LAM ROAD AND A TEMPLE AT CHUK YUEN.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 70 BUILDINGS

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CAREERS EXHIBITION POPULAR .................................... 1

VOLUNTEER WATCHERS POR SQUATTER FIRES ......................... 2

TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED .............................. 4

MORE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS FOR NT .......................... 4

POPULAR RESPONSE TO IYDP ESSAY COMPETITION .................... 5

AIRMAIL LOST IN FIRS........................................... 5

CONFERENCE ON HONG KONG HISTORY................................ 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AT TAI TAM TUK DAM......................... 6

LUNCH-TIME ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR FACTORY WORKERS ................ 7

SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT ........................................ 7

CLEAN-UP AT SAI KUNG TOWN ..................................... 8

SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT ......................................... 8

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1981

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CAREERS EXHIBITION POPULAR * * *

THE CAREERS ’82 EXHIBITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL CAME TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION TODAY (MONDAY) ATTRACTING ABOUT 105 000 VISITORS OVER THE PAST 10 DAYS.

THE LIVE CAREERS SHOWS AND THE COMPUTER PROJECT AT EDINBURGH PLACE ATTRACTED ABOUT 240 000 VISITORS.

AT A CLOSING CEREMONY, MRS HENDERSON, WIFE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, PRESENTED A PEN SET AS A SOUVENIR TO THE 100 OOOTH VISITOR TO THE EXHIBITION, MR WONG WAI-KIT, A FORM 5 STUDENT FROM HELEN LIANG MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, NF J.N. HENDERSON, SAID THE REPEATED SUCCESS OF THE CAREERS EXHIBITIONS OVER THE YEARS HAD BROUGHT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITOR. TO NEARLY ONE MILLION.

+1 FEEL SURE THAT BECAUSE OF ITS POPULARITY AMONG STUDENTS, PARENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, WE SHALL REACH THE MILESTONE OF THE FIRST MILLION VISITORS TO THESE EXHIBITIONS IN CAREERS ’83 NEXT YEAR.+ HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON ATTRIBUTED THE SUCCESS OF THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITION TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THE EXHIBITORS, WHOSE SUPPORT PROVIDING FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR THE DESIGN OF THEIR STANDS AND IN PROVIDING EXPERIENCED STAFF TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES ON THE SPOT CERTAINLY HELPED YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE OF A CAREER.

CREDIT MUST ALSO GO TO THE MANY OTHER ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE EXHIBITION IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, SUCH AS THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, THE MING PAO DAILY AND THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR HENDERSON ALSO THANKED THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THEIR COSPONSORSHIP, AND THE URBAN COUNCIL LIBRARIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE CITY HALL MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION.

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VOLUNTEER WATCHERS FOR SQUATTER FIRES * * * *

EVERY EVENING AT ABOUT HALF PAST FIVE. A GROUP OF YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM WORK BEGIN TO PATROL THE TSIN SHU I MA TAU VILLAGE SQUATTER AREA IN SHAU KI WAN, WATCHING OUT FOR THE FIRST SIGN OF THEIR DEADLY ENEMY - FIRE.

THEY LOOK COR SIGNS OF THICK SMOKE OR FLAME. THEY ALSO WATCH OUT FOP CHILDREN PLAYING WITH MATCHES, FOR OBSTRUCTIONS TO FIRE ESCAPE ROUTES, ILLEGAL WIRE CONNECTIONS OR ANY INCIDENTS THAT COULD START A FIRE.

THESE YOUNG MEN ARE MEMBERS OF THE VILLAGE’S VOLUNTARY FIRE WATCH TEAM, ESTABLISHED THREE YEARS AGO WITH THE HELP OF THE LOCAL CITY DISTRICT OFFICE. THERE ARE NOW 101 OTHER SIMILAR TEAMS IN HONG KONG.

THE TEAM’S JOB, ACCORDING TO THEIR ORGANISER, MR LEUNG CHI-KEUNG, IS TO WATCH OUT FOR ANY FIRE IN THE VILLAGE AND, HAVING SPOTTED ONE, TO TAKE IMMEDIATE FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES TO TACKLE THE BLAZE UNTIL THE ARRIVAL OF PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS.

♦EQUALLY, IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT, IT IS IN THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH SQUATTERS HOW TO TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE OUTBREAK OF FIRE.+ MR LEUNG SAID.

MR LEUNG RECALLED THAT ON A DRY AUTUMN EVENING IN 1979, A WOMAN OF THE VILLAGE FORGOT THAT HER DINNER WAS COOKING ON THE STOVE. THE f-EAL BEGAN TO BURN AND THIS LED TO A SMALL FIRE IN HER KITCHEN. FORTUNATELY, THE CAPTAIN OF THE WATCH TEAM, PUI CHOI, WAS PATROLLING NEARBY. HE TOLD ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER TO STRIKE A GONG TO RAISE THE ALARM WHILE HE GRABBED A FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND BATTLED THE BLAZE.

♦THE FIRE WAS INSTANTLY PUT INTACT, ALL BECAUSE THE FIRE WAS SAID.

OUT. AND THE KITCHEN WAS STILL SPOTTED EARLY ENOUGH,+ MR LEUNG

MR LEUNG ALSO RECALLED THAT A YET BIGGER FIRE IN DECEMBER 1980 HAD REQUIRED THE EFFORTS OF THE WHOLE FIRE WATCH TEAM PLUS HELP FROM THE VILLAGERS.

♦SOON AFTER THE FIRE BROKE OUT IN A HUT AT MID SLOPE, MR PUI ARRIVED WITH THE WHOLE FIRE WATCH TEAM. HE SENT ONE MEMBER OF THE TEAM TO CALL THE FIRE SERVICES AND TO DIRECT THE FIREMEN TO THE SCENE WHEN THEY ARRIVED. HE ALSO ORGANISED SEVERAL OTHER TEAM MEMBERS TO EVACUATE THE NEIGHBOURING SQUATTER HUTS, AND TO JOIN THE REST OF THE TEAM TO STOP THE FIRE FROM SPREADING.

♦THE FIRE WAS PUT OUT EVEN BEFORE THE FIREMEN ARRIVED,* MR LEUNG SAID.

♦OTHER THAN THESE TWO OCCASIONS, THERE HAVE BEEN NO OTHER FIRES IN THE VILLAGE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS,+ HE SAID.

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MOST OF THE TEAM MEMBERS ALSO WORK IN SOME OF THE NINE PATROL TEAMS OF THE LOCAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE, SERVING 1 100 FAMILIES IN THE VILLAGE.

ACCORDING TO MR LEUNG, WHEN THEIR TEAM WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED, ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE BY THE LOCAL CITY DISTRICT OFFICE FOR THE TEAM MEMBERS TO BE TRAINED BY OFFICERS FROM THE LOCAL DIVISIONAL FIRE STATIONS.

THE INITIAL COURSE COVERED SUCH TOPICS AS COMMON CAUSES OF FIRE, FIRE PREVENTION METHODS, WHAT TO DO WHEN A FIRE BREAKS OUT, HOW TO SUMMON HELP QUICKLY, HOW TO SET UP SPEEDY EVACUATION PROCEDURES, AND HOW TO HANDLE AND REFILL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.

APART FROM THE INITIAL COURSE, FOLLOW-UP BRIEFINGS AND VISITS BY FIRE SERVICES OFFICERS ARE ORGANISED AT INTERVALS. IN ADDITION, THE TEAM HAS BEEN VISITED BY LIAISON OFFICERS DURING THEIR FIELD TRIPS, AND BY THE FIRE SERVICES’ FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU.

+THE NEXT TRAINING SESSION FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 18, 1981, AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL IN PAT HEUNG, FANLING,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THEY WERE ALSO LAUNCHING THEIR OWN EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR THE VILLAGERS.

THE PROGRAMME IS SUPPORTED BY THE DISPLAY OF POSTERS AND BANNERS, THE DISTRIBUTION OF FIRE PREVENTION PAMPHLETS, FIRE PREVENTION QUIZZES FOR CHILDREN AND ’WORD OF MOUTH’ INFORMATION.

A FIRE DRILL TOOK PLACE LAST SUNDAY MORNING. IT WAS ATTENDED BY AN OFFICER FROM THE SHAU KI WAN FIRE STATION WHO BRIEFED THE TEAM MEMBERS.

THE TEAM HAS RECEIVED SOME PORTABLE FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING FOUR WATER-TYPE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, ONE CARBON DIOXIDE-TYPE FIRE EXTINGUISHER, FOUR +ALARM GONGS+, EIGHT FIRE BUCKETS, AND SPECIAL ARMBANDS FOR EACH TEAM MEMBER. EVERY MEMBER ALSO KEEPS A FIRE WATCH TEAM HANDBOOK PREPARED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, EACH SET OF EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED TO A FIRE WATCH TEAM, EXCLUDING PRINTED MATERIAL, COSTS MORE THAN $1 400. THE AMOUNT THE GOVERNMENT HAS SO FAR SPENT ON EQUIPPING FIRE WATCH TEAMS EXCEEDS $100 000.

SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST FIRE WATCH TEAM IN

HONG KONG IN 1978, THE IDEA HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY ALMOST ALL SQUATTER AREA RESIDENTS. THERE ARE NOW 55 SUCH TEAMS IN THE SQUATTER AREA OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, AND 47 IN THE VILLAGES AND SQUATTER AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NEW TEAMS ARE STILL BEING FORMED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED

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INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, BY CERTAIN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BY THE GOVERNMENT AT RATES OF UP TO IQ PER CENT PER ANNUM WILL BE EXEMPT FROM INTEREST TAX FROM TODAY (MONDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED.

HE SAID THAT THIS REPRESENTS A REDUCTION OF 1 PER CENT IN THE EXEMPTION LIMIT, AND FOLLOWS THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ON FRIDAY THAT THE RATES OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS WOULD BE REDUCED TO 10 PER CENT WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

A NOTICE SIGNED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER SECTION 28(1) OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE IS PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

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MORE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS FOR NT

X X X X

FOUR NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE BUILT SHORTLY IN SHA TIN, TSUEN WAN AND SAI KUNG TO IMPROVE REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICES AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECTS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

TWO OF THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS ARE LOCATED AT FO TAN. SHA TIN NEW TOWN, THE THIRD IS LOCATED AT TA CHUEN PING STREET KWAI CHUNG AND THE FOURTH AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.

WORK ON THE PROJECTS WILL START IN JANUARY AND BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1981

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POPULAR RESPONSE TO IYDP ESSAY COMPETITION

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MORE THAN 4 200 ENTRIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE CHINESE FSSAY COMPETITION HELD IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS.

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WAH KIU YAT PO, AND THE HONG KONG PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION, AND IS FINANCED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

THERE WERE 1 841 ENTRIES FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 1 291, FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS WELL AS 67 ENTRIES FROM STUDENTS IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

SIXTY-TWO ENTRIES WERE RECEIVED FOR THE OPEN DIVISION WHICH COMPRISED ESSAYS WRITTEN BY POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

ANOTHER 102 ENTRIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM MACAU RESIDENTS.

IN VIEW OF THE POPULAR RESPONSE TO THE COMPETITION, THE ORGANISERS HAVE DECIDED THAT IN ADDITION TO AWARDING A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE FOR EACH OF THE PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND OPEN DIVISIONS, ANOTHER 10 PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING ENTRIES IN EACH SECTION INSTEAD OF THE ORIGINAL FIVE.

JUDGING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE THREE ORGANISING BODIES.

THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM ON DECEMBER 19 (SATURDAY) AT VICTORIA PARK SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF.

MR MICHAEL LEUNG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION- MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, MANAGING EDITOR OF WAH KIU YAT PO- AND MR SZETO WAH, PRSIDENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

AIRMAIL LOST IN FIRE

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT A FIRE, BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN STARTED BY VANDALS, DESTROYED A QUANTITY OF AIRMAIL ITEMS IN THE AIRMAIL POSTING BOX AT THE HENNESSY ROAD POST OFFICE IN WAN CHAI LAST SUNDAY MORNING.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THE FIRE OCCURRED AT ABOUT 4 AM ON SUNDAY.

+AS A RESULT, ALL AIRMAIL ITEMS POSTED IN THIS BOX BETWEEN 7 PM ON SATURDAY AND 4 AM ON SUNDAY WERE DESTROYED.*

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CONFERENCE ON HONG KONG HISTORY * * * *

A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE ON HONG KONG HISTORY AND SOCIETY IN CHANGE WILL BE HELD AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY STARTING ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 10).

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN EXHIBITION OF HONG KONG HISTORY SOURCE '.ATER IALS.

THE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION ARE BEING ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE DRAWN MAINLY FROM FACULTIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY ANE THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TO BE HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY’S INSTITUTE OF CHINESE STUDIES STARTING AT 11.30 AM.

PRIOR TO THIS, AT 10.30 AM, A PRESS BRIEFING WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE INSTITUTE, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION.

GIVING THE BRIEFING WILL BEs THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR ASIAN STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR EDWARD CHEN" THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR EAST ASIAN STUDIES OF ’HE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, DR TAM YUE-HIM- AND LECTURERS FROM THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, MR LIN T’lEN WEI, DR ALICE NG AND DR DAVID FAURE, WITH TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, ACTING AS CHAIRMAN.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AT TAI TAM TUK DAM * * * *

ST ILLWAYHSECnONAOF TAMTAM TUK DAM^ 'AGEWAY 0F THE

FOR SEVEN MONTHS TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION WORK TO°bEDcIrrIedFOUT

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LUNCH-TIME ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR FACTORY WORKERS

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THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN) WILL BE EXTENDING ITS LUNCH-TIME PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF -ACTORY WORKERS IN WONG CHUK HANG AREA.

A MOBILE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER WILL BE OPERATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE CANTEEN OF BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO CO. (HK) LTD AT 2, HEUNG YIP ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 1.15 PM ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9.

THE ENQUIRY COUNTER WILL BE MANNED BY THE STAFF FROM CDO, WHO WILL ANSWER ANY ENQUIRIES ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

COPIES OF GOVERNMENT FORMS AND INFORMATION MATERIAL WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE. IT IS INTENDED TO EXTEND THE SCHEME TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHER FACTORY WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT. ANY OTHER FACTORY IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT INTERESTED IN THE SCHEME SHOULD CONTACT CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 5-540271-6.

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SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT X X X

A SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT COCKTAIL PARTY WILL BE HELD AT THE ALICE PALACE RESTAURANT, WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, SHA TIN, ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, AT 3.30 PM.

THE ARTS FORTNIGHT PROGRAMME WILL BE OUTLINED IN FULL BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE.

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE MEMBERS, VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES AND LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL BE PRESENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THE PARTY. A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 2.45 PM. STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION UNIT WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

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CLEAN-UP AT SAI KUNG TOWN * * *

A CLEAN-UP AND HAWKER CLEARANCE AT A THOROUGHFARE IN THE TOWN CENTRE OF SAI KUNG WAS CARRIED OUT TODAY (MONDAY) BY OFFICERS CF THE POLICE, HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE JOINT OPERATION WAS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT IN AN OPEN SPACE IN FRONT OF THE TIN HAU TEMPLE AT DO TUNG ROAD AND TO FACILITATE ROAD RE-SURFACING WORK.

SOME 40 UNLICENSED HAWKERS, AT THE ADVICE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE OF SAI KUNG, MOVED OUT FROM THE ROAD.

THEY WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE THEIR TRADES AT ANOTHER OPEN SPACE IN A NEARBY STREET.

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES LEFT BEHIND BY THE HAWKERS WERE CLEARED AWAY SHORTLY AFTER 8 AM TODAY. A CLEAN-UP ALSO TOOK PLACE TO REMOVE ALL GARBAGE.

ROAD RE-SURFACING WORK WILL START TOMORROW WHICH, ON COMPLETION, WILL ADD PARKING SPACE AND FLOWER PLOTS ON THE STREET.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT XXX

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN CENTRAL KOWLOON WILL BE CUT OFF FOR TWO DAYS FROM 8 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO 8 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 10) FOR WATER MAINS REPAIR WORK.

PREMISES WHICH WILL BE AFFECTED ARE IN HUNG HOM, TO KWA WAN MA JAU KOK, KAI TAK, MA TAU WAI, SAN PO KONG, LOK FU, KOWLOON ££Y’.^.NG TAI S,N’ K°WI-00N TONG, TSZ WAN SHAN, AND WANG TAU HOM, INCLUDING KOWLOON HOSPITAL AND TUNG TAU TSUEN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG SEEKS REMOVAL OF FRENCH IMPORT RESTRICTIONS........ 1

LEGCO TO DISCUSS SQUATTER FIRES ............................... a

NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENED IN THEN MUN .......................... 3

POINTERS ON SAFETY IN ART AND DESIGN LESSONS .................. 4

GOVERNOR TO OPEN PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ...................... 4

FISHERMEN GET NEW TRAWLERS ..................................... 5

SHORT-TERM TENANCY ............................................. 6

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ................................. 6

NEW OFFICE OPENING ............................................. 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG ............................. 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HOI KWONG STREET ........................ 7

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1981

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HONG KONG SEEKS REMOVAL OF FRENCH IMPORT RESTRICTIONS * * M * M

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT, FOLLOWING THE IMPOSITION BY FRANCE OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS OF ELECTRONIC QUARTZ WATCHES IN LATE OCTOBER THIS YEAR, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD REVIEWED THE RANGE OF FRENCH QUANTITATIVE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG AND DECIDED TO SEEK CONSULTATIONS.

MANY OF THESE QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS HAVE EXISTED FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. DURING THAT PERIOD, TALKS HAVE BEEN HELD ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS TO SEEK TO HAVE THEM REMOVED.

THESE HAD THE EFFECT OF REDUCING THE SCOPE OF SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS AND THE LIFTING, IN PRACTICE, OF SOME OTHERS. THE RESTRICTIONS REMAINED IN EXISTENCE, HOWEVER, AND COULD BE RE-ACTIVATED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT AT ANY TIME. THIS HAPPENED IN THE CASE OF ELECTRONIC QUARTZ WATCHES IN OCTOBER 1981.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS DELIVERED A NOTE TO THE EEC COMMISSION ASKING THE COMMISSION, ON BEHALF OF FRANCE, TO AGREE TO PROMPT DISCUSSIONS ON THE REMOVAL OF QUANTITATIVE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS. A SIMILAR NOTE HAS BEEN DELIVERED BY MR PETER TSAO, WHILE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, TO THE FRENCH TRADE COMMISSIONER.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS THAT THESE RESTRICTIONS CONTRAVENE FRANCE’S OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT).

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE GATT PROHIBITS QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS EXCEPT UNDER CERTAIN SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH IN THIS CASE DO NOT APPLY. THE GATT ALSO REQUIRES THAT QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL SOURCES OF SUPPLY BUT THOSE IMPOSED BY FRANCE DISCRIMINATE ONLY AGAINST HONG KONG.

THE EXISTING NETWORK OF QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS COVERS A TOTAL OF NINE PRODUCTS, COMPRISING SOYA SPROUTS, KNITWEAR OTHER THAN OF COTTON, MAN-MADE FIBRE AND WOOL, CLOTHING OTHER THAN OF COTTON, MAN-MADE FIBRE AND WOOL, UMBRELLAS, WIRELESS RADIO RECEIVERS, PLEASURE AND SPORT BOATS FOR MARINE USE, COMPOUND OPTICAL MICROSCOPES, CERTAIN TOYS, AND ELECTRONIC QUARTZ WATCHES.

HONG KONG EXPORTS OF ELECTRONIC QUARTZ WATCHES TO FRANCE AMOUNTED TO SOME S237 MILLION LAST YEAR, AND THIS WAS 17 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF HONG KONG DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO FRANCE IN 1980.

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LEGCO TO DISCUSS SQUATTER FIRES * * *

THE RECENT HIGH INCIDENCE OF SQUATTER FIRES AND THEIR RELATED PROBLEMS WILL BE A MAJOR TOPIC OF DISCUSSION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, WILL ASK ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE SQUATTER POPULATION AND THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE RECENT SERIOUS FIRES IN SQUATTER AREAS, AND IF ANY CHANGES ARE BEING CONSIDERED IN PRESENT POLICIES AND ARRANGEMENTS.

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT MEASURES THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO HELP SQUATTERS REDUCE FIRE RISKS.

QUESTIONS ON SQUATTER-HUT RACKETEERING WILL ALSO BE RAISED. THE HON WONG LAM WILL ASK ABOUT PROSECUTION ACTION AGAINST SUCH RACKETEERS AND WHETHER NEW MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN AGAINST SYNDICATED RACKETS.

THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH USING GAS WATER HEATERS WITH CLOSED WINDOWS WILL ALSO BE RAISED. MISS DUNN WILL ASK WHAT ACTION THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THE PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GAS SAFETY CONSULTANTS IN REGARD TO THE SAFETY OF GAS WATER HEATERS, AND WHEN THE CONSULTANT’S FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS CAN BE EXPECTED.

OTHER QUESTIONS FROM UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL DEAL WITH ELDERLY PATIENTS ABANDONED IN GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS, THE ABUSE OF MATERNITY BENEFITS FOR WORKERS, DISCRIMINATION OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS UNDER JAPAN’S GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES, THE CASELOAD OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT CASEWORKERS AND PROBATION OFFICERS, AND HIRE-CAR PERMITS.

THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT)(NO 4) BILL WHICH SEEKS TO TIGHTEN UP EXISTING LEGISLATION DEALING WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO SPEAK IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT)(NO 2) BILL WHICH PROVIDES A MECHANISM FOR REGULATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND TENANTS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES EXCLUDED FROM THE EXISTING RENT CONTROL LEGISLATION AND THOSE WHICH ARE SCHEDULED TO BE EXCLUDED IN FUTURE.

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NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENED IN TUEN MUN M M M M

J?PECIAL SOLUTIONS HAVE HAD TO BE DEVISED FOR TUEN MUN WHERE THE PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE POPULATION IS 3.7 TIMES MORE THAN THE I«oeEC,^^RY/0R CITY A"D NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR AKERS-JONES WAS OFFICIALLY OPENING THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS TANG SHIU KIN PRIMARY SCHOOL AT ON TING ESTATE.

HE SAID IN THE SHORT TERM ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS WOULD BE

1° EX,ISTING primary SCHOOLS, AND IN THE LONG TERM MORE PRIMARY SCHOOLS WOULD BE BUILT IN NEW ESTATES.

♦MORE PREMISES WILL HAVE TO BE SET ASIDE FOR KINDERGARTENS AND NURSERIES,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WILL TO BE PROVIDED IN NEW HOUSING ESTATES.♦

THESE MATTERS WERE NOW BEING CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE BOARD AND THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

HAVE

DISTRICT

♦THE OPENING OF HE SAID.

THIS PRIMARY SCHOOL IS THEREFORE MOST

TIMELY,*

♦I AM ALSO GLAD TO SEE A LONG-ESTABLISHED COMMUNITY ORGANISATION - THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS - STRETCHING OUT TO TUEN MUN TO JOIN IN THE WORK OF BUILDING THIS GREAT NEW TOWN,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦WE ALSO HAVE TO THANK SIR SHIU KIN TANG ONCE MORE FOR HIS GENEROSITY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IT IS HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT THAT WITHIN A FEW DAYS WE WILL OPEN A NEW SPORTS GROUND IN TUEN MUN AS A FURTHER RESULT OF THAT GENEROSITY.*

SIR SHIU KIN AND LADY TANG WERE PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY. ALSO PRESENT WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR LUI CHE-WOO, AND OTHER DIRECTORS OF THE BOARD.

THE NEW SCHOOL IS THE EIGHTH OPERATED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE SECOND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THERE ARE 48 CLASSES IN 24 CLASSROOMS ON A BI-SESSIONAL BASIS, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 2 160 PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES. IT ALSO HAS THREE SPECIAL ROOMS AND A SCHOOL HALL.

THE POPULATION OF TUEN MUN, AT PRESENT 130 000, IS EXPECTED TO REACH 500 000 BY THE EARLY 1990S.

ON TING ESTATE NOW HAS 5 000 RESIDENTS. IT WILL HOUSE 30 000 PEOPLE WHEN FULLY OCCUPIED BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

THERE ARE 12 SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND 27 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TUEN MUN.

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POINTERS ON SAFETY IN ART AND DESIGN LESSONS M M M M

GUIDELINES STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY FOR BOTH TEACHERS AND PUPILS DURING ART AND DESIGN LESSONS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAIDi +THE INTRODUCTION OF A NUMBER OF ENRICHED ART AND DESIGN SYLLABUSES IN RECENT YEARS HAS INCREASED THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN IN ART LESSONS AND A WIDER RANGE OF TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT IS NOW BEING USED.

♦THIS IS A VERY ENCOURAGING TREND BUT IT IS NOW MORE IMPORTANT FQR TEACHERS TO REALISE THE NEED FOR EXTRA VIGILANCE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR PUPILS.*

IT WAS WITH THIS IN MIND THAT THE ART SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE DREW UP THE GUIDELINES FOR REFERENCE BY ART AND DESIGN TEACHERS.

THE GUIDELINES COVER SUCH AREAS AS FIRST AID FACILITIES, CARE WITH SHARP TOOLS, FUMES AND DUST, POISONOUS MATERIALS, ACIDS, FIRE PREVENTION, USE AND STORAGE OF INFLAMMABLE MATERIALS, AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.

THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE GUIDELINES SHOULD NOT INHIBIT THE INITIATIVE OF TEACHERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IT IS ESSENTIAL, HOWEVER, THAT THEY SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE RISKS INVOLVED AND THAT THEY SHOULD ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR PUPILS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE BY CAREFUL ORGANISATION AND CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE CORRECT USE OF MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNOR TO OPEN PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION * * *

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE nprwiur “s¥eSI T< 11) AT 5.33

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1981

FISHERMEN GET NEW TRAWLERS

* * *

A PAIR OF FISHING TRAWLERS BUILT WITH A $3.06 MILLION LOAN ~ THE LARGEST AMOUNT EVER ISSUED UNDER THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT — WILL BE LAUNCHED IN A CEREMONY ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 11) MORNING.

THE TRAWLERS, THE +HOI NGAN+ AND +H0I XAN+, ARE OWNED BY FISHERMEN MR CHENG FOR-YAU AND MR LEUNG KOON-TAI RESPECTIVELY.

THE +HOI NGAN* WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE WIFE OF THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MRS J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN- WHILE THE ♦HOI KAN+ WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE WIFE OF THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE. H*S P.E.J. DAVY. '

THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HOP LEE HING AND CHUNG SHU I LEE SHIPYARDS IN SHAU KEI WAN WHERE THE VESSELS ARE BEING

IN JUNE THIS YEAR, MR CHENG AND MR LEUNG WERE AWARDED THE LOAN FROM THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND.

THE FUND WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1959 AND AMOUNTING TO $15.6 MILLION HAVE BEEN MADE THEM BUILD NEW VESSELS OR MODIFY EXISTING

SINCE THEN 68 LOANS TO FISHERMEN TO HELP BOATS.

IT HAS BEEN PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE MODERNISATION OF THE LOCAL FISHING FLEET.

IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND

AN INNOVATION IN THE NEW VESSELS IS A CONTROLLABLE PROPELLER SYSTEM WHICH ALLOWS THE PROPELLER BLADES TO BE ADJUSTED FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE. THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING ABOUT INCREASED THRUST AND SPEED, BUT WILL CUT DOWN ON FUEL CONSUMPTION. THIS FEATURE IS A +FIRST+ FOR THE LOCAL FLEET.

THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT DESIGNED THE TWO VESSELS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LAUNCHING OF THE TWO FISHING TRAWLERS ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 11).

THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE FIRST IN THE HOP LEE HING SHIPYARD ON A KUNG NGAM ROAD, SHAU KEI WAN NEAR THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION SCHOOL. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE SHIPYARD BY 10.20 AM.

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SHORT-TERM TENANCY M M M

TENDERS ARE BEING SOUGHT BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A LOT IN SASSOON ROAD, HONG KONG.

nie ™E L0T 0F AB0UT 2 150 SQUARE METRES IS FOR THE STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF POTTED PLANTS.

nw a AN INITIAL P£R,OD OF ONE YEAR AND THEREAFTER

UN A yUAnitNLT dAoIS*

TENDERS WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON DECEMBER 18.

TENDER FORMS AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD HONG KONG. AND 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN* ROAD, KOWLOON. TENDER PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE LOCATIONS.

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 12) IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

THIRTY-FIVE SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE : OFFERED FOR BIDDING.

THEY AREi

AZ 1383 CN 6628 CP 328 CP 1973 CP 3033

CP 9965 CP 312 CP 1837 CP 1728 CP 279

CN 8832 CS 555 CP 2828 CL 8 CS 88

CP 980 CR 38 HK 84 CM 33 CN 9998

CN 9088 AF 1000 AH 3333 CT 1 XX 709

CP 329 CP 728 CP 3800 CP 1668 CP 732

CP 1118 CP 982 CN 6338 CP 8613 CP 3187

^^^SUCCESSFUL^B IDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

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

PROCEEDS OF LOTTERIES FUND.

THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT

THE AUCTION WILL BE THE 70TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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NEW OFFICE OPENING * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, MR BILL DORWARD WILL SPEAK AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE OF THE HONG KONG TRADE FACILITATION COUNCIL ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 10) AT 5.30 PM AT SUITE 726, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. TV AND RADIO STATION REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BEFORE 5.15 PM.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWAI CHUNG FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 10) TO IMPROVE LOCAL CIRCULATION.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG SHEK PUI STREET, WAI KEK STREET AND TAI PAK TIN STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TAI LOONG STREET, WHICH WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE.

KOWLOON MOTOR BUSES N0.32M, 36B AND 36M WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WO Yl HOP ROAD ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEYS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HOI KWONG STREET * * *

™E SE£T'0N 0F H01 KW0NG STREET IN QUARRY BAY BETWEEN TONG AND H01 TAI STREET WILt REVERT TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND J ^RECONSTRUCTION K ™URSDAY (DECEMBER 10> Wl™ THE COMPLETION

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE IIP.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAW STRENGTHENED ................... 1

LANDLORD AND TEHABT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1981 - TEE HON PETER C. WONG ........................... 4

UNOFFICIALS SUPPORT BILL .................................... 6

AVENUE FOR LANDLORDS ....................................... 10

STRICTER CONTROLS OF GAS INDUSTRY LIKELY ................... 11

NEW SCHEME TO INFLUENCE MONEY MARKET RATES ................. 12

MID-LEVELS BUILDING BAN EXTENDED ........................... 14

RELIEF FROM AD VALOREM DUTY ................................ 14

MATERNITY PAY LAW TO BE REVIEWED ........................... 15

WORK STARTS ON MAKING SAU MAU PING SQUATTER AREaS SAFER .. 16

maximum fines increased .................................... 17

MONETARY JURISDICTION INCREASED ............................ 18

PRIVATE HIRE-CAR PERMITS ................................... 18

JAPAN AGREES TO DISCUSS GSP ................................ 19

HEAVIER CASELOADS .......................................... 19

DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS ...................................   20

ELDERLY PATIENTS ........................................... 20

SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION ................................ 21

HK PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW FINANCIAL SYSTEM....... 22

TWO ORDINANCES NO LONGER REQUIRED .......................... 23

THREE BILLS PASSED ......................................... 23

BUS DRIVER FATIGUE REPORT STUDIED ............................. 24

MORE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR PROBATION SCHEME.................... 25

SHA TIN ARTS FESTIVAL TO OPEN ON SUNDAY ....................... 27

TOURING FORUM ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ...................... 28

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ANT I-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAW STRENGTHENED M M M M

THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. 4) BILL WHICH STRENGTHENS THE GOVERNMENT’S LEGISLATIVE POWERS TO DEAL WITH THE OBNOXIOUS AND ILLEGAL TRADE BY SNAKEHEADS SMUGGLING CHILDREN FROM CHINA INTO HONG KONG WAS PASSED INTO LAW BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

INTRODUCING THE BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS SAIDs +THE SPEEDY ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL AND THE NATURE OF ITS PROVISIONS, SHOULD RECONFIRM GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO TAKE THE FIRMEST POSSIBLE ACTION AGAINST TRAFFICKERS IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION,+ MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

INDEED, HE ADDED, 17 CASES INVOLVING SOME 35 ACCUSED . ERSONS ARE CURRENTLY PROCEEDING IN THE COURTS AGAINST TRAFFICKERS AND AIDERS AND ABETTORS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

MR GRIFFITHS RECALLED THAT THE MEASURES INTRODUCED ON OCTOBER 23 LAST YEAR WERE DESIGNED TO BRING HOME TO THOSE IN THE COMMUNES THE FUTILITY OF ATTEMPTING TO ENTER HONG KONG ILLEGALLY, +FOR EVEN IF THEY EVADE THE SECURITY NET ON THE BORDER, THEY ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN WORK HERE WITHOUT POSSESSING AN ID CARD AND ARE REPATRIATED AT ONCE AS SOON AS THEY ARE APPREHENDED IN THE URBAN AREAS. +

+THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES TO BE FULLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS NEW POLICY, DESPITE THE INEVITABLE INCONVENIENCE IT HAS CAUSED SOME OF THEM FROM TIME TO TIME,+ HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE MEASURES ALSO HAD MANIFESTLY HAD BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE SCALE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

EXPERIENCE DURING THE PAST YEAR HAD, HOWEVER REVEALED A SMALL GAP IN THE LAW WHICH THE BILL WOULD CLOSE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT RECENTLY IT HAD COME TO LIGHT THAT ORGANISED SYNDICATES OF SNAKEHEADS HAVE BEEN PREYING ON FAMILIES AND, IN EFFECT, TRAFFICKING IN CHILDREN, WHOM THEY SMUGGLE INTO HONG KONG ON BEHALF OF RELATIVES.

MR GRIFFITHS CITED SEVERAL FEATURES OF THIS OBNOXIOUS AND ILLEGAL TRADEI

X IT IS ORGANISED BY SNAKEHEADS WHO CYNICALLY FOR MONEY HAVE BEEN PREYING UPON THE FAMILY LOYALTY OF RELATIVES-

M FREQUENTLY WHERE THIS HAS OCCURRED THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE RELATIVE IN HONG KONG, THE WIFE STILL REMAINING IN CHINA-

* IN SUCH CASES, THOSE WHO CAME ILLEGALLY TO HONG KONG PRIOR

TO OCTOBER 23, 1980 HAD IN FACT DECIDED OF THEIR OWN VOLITION

TO LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES BEHIND AND COME TO HONG KONG

ALONE- AND

M WHILE IT WAS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY OF THOSE NOW LIVING LEG Y IN HONG KONG HAD LEFT BEHIND WIVES AND CHILDREN IN CHIN. OR HOW MANY THESE TOTAL, THE NUMBER LEFT BEHIND IN CHINA IS UNDOUBTEDLY LARGE.

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♦APART FROM OTHER CONSIDERATIONS, THE ACTIONS OF THOSE PARENTS OR RELATIVES WHO BUY THE SERVICES OF THESE SNAKEHEADS ARE SELF IS .; TO THE EXTREME, FOR THEY ARE REALLY ATTEMPTING TO JUMP THE LONG QUEUE WITHIN CHINA AWAITING LEGAL PERMISSION FOR THEIR RELATIVES OR CHILDREN TO ENTER HONG KONG,+ SAID MR GRIFFITHS.

♦MOREOVER, THE THREAT IS OBVIOUS TO THE MEDICAL, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL WELFARE AND OTHER SERVICES OF HONG KONG WERE SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS OF THESE RELATIVES AND CHILDREN ABLE TO AVOID THE QUEUE IN THIS WAY BY COMING ILLEGALLY TO HONG KONG.+

IN EXAMINING THE ADEQUACY OF OUR SANCTIONS AGAINST THE TRAFFICKERS WHO BRING IN THESE PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO AID AND ABET THEM, ONE AREA OF WEAKNESS HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED, HE SAID.

UNDER THE LAWS OF HONG KONG, HE EXPLAINED, A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN IS CONCLUSIVELY PRESUMED INCAPABLE OF COMMITTING ANY OFFENCE, AND THOSE BETWEEN THE AGES OF SEVEN AND 14 ARE PRESUMED TO BE INCAPABLE UNLESS IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CASE THEY ARE PROVED TO HAVE THE INTENTION AND MENTAL CAPACITY TO DO SO.

ALTHOUGH SECTION 38(1) OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE MAKES IT AN OFFENCE TO LAND UNLAWFULLY IN HONG KONG, +IT FOLLOWS THAT IN THE CASE OF CHILDREN IT IS IMPOSSIBLE IN SOME CASES AND DIFFICULT IN OTHERS TO PROVE IN LAW THAT THEY HAVE COMMITTED THIS OFFENCE - EVEN THOUGH IT MAY BE EASY TO PROVE THEY ARE UNLA.. LLY IN HONG KONG.+

THE STATUTORY POWER IN SECTION 19(1)(B) OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE TO EFFECT REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM HONG KONG, HE NOTED, WAS DEPENDENT UPON BEING ABLE TO PROVE THAT THEY HAD COMMITTED THE SECTION 38(1) OFFENCE OF UNLAWFULLY LANDING IN HONG KONG.

♦MOREOVER MANY OF THE SANCTIONS AGAINST SUCH ILLEGAL LANDINGS, LIKE THE FORFEITURE OF SHIPS AND VEHICLES AND EVIDENTARY PRESUMPTIONS, HAVE AT VARIOUS TIMES IN THE PAST, FOR CONVENIENCE IT WOULD SEEM, BEEN TIED TO THE COMMISSION OF AN OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 38(1).

♦IT FOLLOWS, THAT SO FAR AS CHILDREN ARE CONCERNED, THERE ARE LEGAL DIFFICULTIES IN PROSECUTING THOSE WHO BRING THEM HERE, AND INDEED ALSO IN EFFECTING THEIR REMOVAL,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL REMEDIES THAT SITUATION AND DOES SO LARGELY BY DELETING REFERENCE TO THE COMMISSION OF AN OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 38(1) AND SUBSTITUTING INSTEAD REFERENCE TO LANDING UNLAWFULLY IN HONG KONG, HE EXPLAINED.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID THE OPPORTUNITY HAD ALSO BEEN TAKEN TO MAKE THREE OTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE.

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THE FIRST EMPOWERS IMMIGRATION OFFICERS TO EXAMINE A PERSON AT ANY TIME IF THERE IS REASONABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS LANDED UNLAWFULLY SC THAT HE THEN BECOMES SUBJECT TO SUMMARY REMOVAL PROCEDURES. PREVIOUSLY, A PERSON COULD ONLY BE EXAMINED ON HIS ARRIVAL OR REPARTURE, BUT NOT IN THE INTERVAL BETWEEN, EVEN IF THERE WAS REASONABLE CAUSE AT THE TIME TO BELIEVE HE ENTERED HONG KONG UNLAWFULLY.

THE SECOND MAKES IT CLEAR THAT A PERSON REFUSED PERMISSION TO LAND AT ANY TIME MAY BE SUMMARILY REMOVED UNDER THE ORDINANCE. SINCE SUCH REFUSAL UNDER THE NEW PROVISIONS MAY OCCUR LONG AFTER A PERSON ARRIVES IN HONG KONG, MR GRIFFITHS SAID, THE AMENDMENT PROVIDED THAT A PERSON MAY BE SUMMARILY REMOVED UNDER SECTION 18 ONLY WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF THE DATE HE SO ARRIVES AS OPPOSED TO TWO MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF REFUSAL AS BEFORE.

THE THIRD PROVIDES DIRECT PENALTIES FOR ASSISTING AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TO REMAIN. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN PROSECUTING TRAFFICKERS, PARTICULARLY IN REGARD TO HARBOURING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, MR GRIFFITHS SAID, SUGGESTED THAT SUCH A PROVISION WOULD BE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE PRESENT INDIRECT MEANS AFFORDED BY CHARGING SUCH OFFENDERS WITH AIDING AND ABETTING AN OFFENCE OF UNLAWFUL LANDING.

PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE NEW SECTION FOR ASSISTING AN UNAUTHORISED ENTRAN TO REMAIN WOULD BE TAKEN WITH DISCRETION AND AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, HE SAID, AND WOULD REQUIRE PRIOR CONSENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

MR GRIFFITHS POINTED OUT THAT THE CASE OF EACH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CAUGHT WOULD BE DEALT WITH AS BEFORE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE VARIOUS PROVISIONS FOR APPEAL WHICH CURRENTLY EXIST, AND WHICH ENSURE THAT EACH CASE IS CONSIDERED ON ITS MERITS.

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LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1981 - THE HON PETER C. WONG *****

THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981 WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE SECURITY OF TENURE FOR TENANTS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES EXCLUDED FROM RENT CONTROL WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUI3IL TODAY WITH SEVERAL OF ITS PROVISIONS CHANGED.

THE CHANGES WERE RECOMMENDED BY AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS HEADED BY MR PETER C. WONG, AND TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION PUBLIC REPRESENTATIONS ON THE ISSUE RECEIVED.

IN HIS SPEECH DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE BILL, MR WONG SAID THE GROUP HAD HELD SEVERAL LENGTHY MEETINGS AMONG THE! SELVES AND WITH GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES INCLUDING THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING AND THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION.

THE KEY CHANGES AGREED INCLUDE:

* FIXED TERM TENANCIES OF FIVE YEARS OR MORE CREATED AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1981 WITH NO PROVISION FOR EARL ER DETERMINATION OR RENT ESCALATION WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM CONTROL. +THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW THAT SUCH TENANCIES SHOULD BE EXCI UDED FROM PART II (POST-WAR BUILDINGS) OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AS WELL AS FROM THE NEW PART IV (SECURITY OF TENURE),+ SAID MR WONG.

* REBUILDING WILL BE POSSIBLE EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DWELLINGS OR IN ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED THE RE-DEVELOPMENT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. THIS SHOULD ALSO COVER CASES WHERE BUILDINGS OF BETTER QUALITIES ARE TO BE ERECTED.

* A DEFINITION OF +FAIR MARKET RENT* WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE BILL.

* LANDLORDS AS WELL AS TENANTS, MAKING FALSE REPRESENTATIONS OR CONCEALING MATERIAL FACTS WILL BE PENALISED.

* ANY PERSON WHO HAS OBTAINED POSSESSION FOR SELF-OCCUPATION OR REBUILDING IS NOT PERMITTED TO RE-LET OR ASSIGN THE PREMISES FOR A PERIOD OF 24 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE ORDER AND ANY CONTRAVENTION WILL BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY PENALTIES. HOWEVER, MR WONG EXPLAINED, THE BILL IS NOT SPECIFIC IN RESPECT OF THE DATE ON WHICH THE ORDER IS DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN MADE. *IT IS NOW PROPOSED THAT THE DATE SHOULD BE THE DATE OF THE APPLICATION,* HE SAID. +THIS AMENDMENT WILL OBVIATE DIFFICULTIES WHICH MAY BE ENCOUNTERED IF PROSECUTION IS INSTITUTED.*

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* IN APPLICATIONS FOR RE-DEVELOPMENT, PLANS OF NEW BUILDINGS WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO VARIATIONS BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL. +WHERE APPROVAL IS REQUIRED IN RESPECT OF THE REBUILDING, THE TRIBUNAL MAY, ON STATING THAT IT IS SATISFIED THE LANDLORD INTENDS TO REBUILD, POSTPONE THE HEARING AND MAKE AM ORDER FOR POSSESSION WHEN SUCH APPROVAL IS OBTAINED,* MR WONG SAID. THE TRIBUNAL MAY, FOR GOOD CAUSE, VARY ANY ORDER MADE BY IT, EXCEPT IN RELATION TO COMPENSATION.

* PROVISION WILL BE MADE FOR THE TRANSFER OF POSSESSION CAUSES FROM THE DISTRICT COURT TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL ON A DATE TO BE GAZETTED.

WHILE APPRECIATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO MEET ALL THE POINTS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR WONG URGED IT TO CONSIDER ACTIVELY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THE ISSUES THAT WERE STILL UNRESOLVED.

THESE WEREj (I) TIME LIMIT ON THE PERIOD FOR WHICH A TENANCY CAN BE RENEWED UNDER THE NEW PART IV- (II) PROVISION IN THE NEW PART IV TO ENABLE PROPERTY OWNERS, PARTICULARLY SMALL INVESTORS, TO DISPOSE OF THEIR PROPERTY WITH VACANT POSSESSION- (III) THE POSITION OF THE CORPORATE LANDLORD WHO REQUIRES THE PREMISES FOR THE OCCUPATION OF ITS OWN EMPLOYEES- (IV) SPECIFIC TIME LIMIT9 FOR DETERMINATION OF RENT UNDER THE NEW SECTION 119K- AND (V) PROVISION OF SOME FORM OF APPEAL AGAINST DECISIONS OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL GENERALLY.

MR WONG ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER EXTENDING LEGAL AID TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL TO COVER MATTERS RELATING TO LANDLORD AND TENANT IN VIEW OF THE TRANSFER OF JURISDICTION.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THOUGHT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO REDRAFTING THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AS A WHOLE WITH A VIEW TO PRODUCING A MORE COHERENT STATUTE.

+AS A RESULT OF THE CHANGES NOW UNDER DISCUSSION, THE LAW WILL BECOME EVEN MORE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT TO FIND.

+ l WOULD THEREFORE SEEK ASSURANCES FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE REVISED ORDINANCE WILL BE REPRINTED AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE AND FURTHER THAT THE COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF THE ORDINANCE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW WILL NOT BE PIGEON-HOLED FOR CONSIDERATION AT SOME DISTANT UNSPECIFIED FUTURE DATE,* HR WONG SAID.

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UNOFFICIALS SUPPORT BILL ft ft ft ft

FOUR OTHER UNOFFICIALS ALSO SPOKE DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL.

THE REV. PATRICK MCGOVERN SAID HE SUPPORTED THE BILL CHIEFLY BECAUSE IT GIVE'' A GREATER ASSURANCE OF SECURITY OF TENURE TO SOME TENANTS.

HE SAID HE HAD CONSIDERABLE SYMPATHY FOR A LANDLORD, WHO FOR GOOD REASONS SUCH AS MARRIAGE OR RETIREMENT, WISHES TO REPOSSESS HIS PROPERTY FOR HIS OWN USE, AND FINDS HIMSELF UNABLE TO DO SO.

+IF THE PROPOSED PROCESSING BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, RATHER THAN THE DISTRICT COURT, WORKS AS SIMPLY AS INEXPENSIVELY .-ND AS FAIRLY INTENDED, SUCH A GENUINE DEPRIVED LANDLORD HAS A BETTER bEANS OF REDRESS THAN BEFORE,+ HE SAID.

♦FOR THE TENANT TOO, THE LESS EXPENSIVE LANDS TRIBUNAL SHOULD PROVIDE A SIMPLER AND LESS TIME CONSUMING PROCESS BY WHICH HE CAN GET A FAIR HEARING.*

HOWEVER, FR. MCGOVERN EXPRESSED RESERVATION OVE' THE PROPOSED FIVE-YEAR FIXED TERM TENANCY WHICH HE SAID +MAY BECOME THE RULE THAN THE EXCEPTION AND THUS PROVIDE A MEANS BY WHICH ALL CONTROLLED TENANCIES MAY BE CHANGED INTO UNCONTROLLED ONES.*

SOME MIGHT SAY THIS IS A GOOD THING IN THAT IT WILL INDIRECTLY GET RID OF RENT CONTROL, HE SAID.

♦I DO NOT AGREE, NOR DO I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN IGNORE THE FACT THAT SOME LANDLORDS ARE STILL OF THE RAPACIOUS BREED.

♦THAT SUCH PEOPLE STILL EXIST WOULD APPEAR TO BE BORNE OUT BY THE FACT THAT BETWEEN 1976 AND 1981, IN SPITE OF A PERIOD OF PARTIAL RENT CONTROL, AND A PERIOD OF BLANKET RENT CONTROL, RENTS, AS REFLECTED IN THIS YEAR’S ASSESSMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROPERTY TAX, INCREASED BY AS MUCH AS 3OO TO 500 PER CENT FROM THEIR ALREADY VERY HIGH LEVELS.

♦HOWEVER, I AM WILLING TO WAIT AND SEE HOW IT WORKS.+

WHATEVER THE FUTURE MAY BRING IN THE WHOLE SAGA OF THE HOUSING PROBLEMS OF HONG KONG, FR MCGOVERN STRESSED THAT IT IS A GOOD THING TO ENCOURAGE HOME OWNERSHIP AND TO ENCOURAGE SMALL LANDLORDS TO POSSESS SOME PROPERTY AS AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

A ROOF OVER ONE’S HEAD IS A NECESSITY OF LIFE, HE POINTED OUT.

BUT HE WARNEDi +A LANDLORD OF ANY SORT, BE HE BIG OR SMALL, CANNOT EXPECT TO MAXIMISE HIS PROFITS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY IF BY DOING SO HE IS INJURING PEOPLE.

♦PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PROPERTY. PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PROFITS.

♦LANDLORD TOO ARE PEOPLE. BUT THEY MUST IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY EXERCISE RESTRAINT IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

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♦IF THEY DO NOT EXERCISE SUCH RESTRAINT, THEN IT IS THE DUTY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO RESTRAIN THEM REASONABLY,+ HE ADDED.

MR BILL BROWN EXPRESSED MISGIVINGS AT THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE BILL WAS BEING PASSED +FOR IT HAS LEFT LITTLE TIME TO CONSIDER ITS POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES NOT ONLY TO LANDLORDS AND TENANTS BUT ALSO TO THE OVERALL INVESTMENT CLIMATE AND THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

WHILE RECOGNISING THE NEED FOR URGENCY, HE CONTENDED THAT IT MUST BE LOOKED UPON AS AN INTERIM MEASURE ONLY.

♦IN THE LONG TERM THE BEST METHOD OF PROTECTING TENANTS IS TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF NEW RENTED ACCOMMODATION, AND WHEN FRAMING OUR LAWS FOR RENT CONTROL AND SECURITY OF TENURE WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR ACTIONS DO NOT RUN CONTRARY TO THIS VITAL CONSIDERATION,+ HE SAID.

MR BROWN POINTED OUT THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW IN A PIECEMEAL MANNER IS CAUSING UNCERTAINTY WHICH WOULD ONLY LEAD TO UNEASE ON THE PART OF TENANTS AND PERHAPS UNWILLINGNESS OF INVESTORS TO CONSTRUCT NEW DOMESTIC ACCOMMODATION.

♦ALTHOUGH WE ARE TODAY DISCUSSING SECURITY OF ENURE, AS OPPOSED TO RENT CONTROL PER SE, THE MAN IN THE STREET MAY PERHAPS BE FORGIVEN IF HE CAN SEE LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO, FOR BOTH REPRESENT AN INTERFERENCE WITH MARKET FORCES THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH ARE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT.

♦GIVEN PRESENT CONDITIONS I DO NOT THINK ANY OF US WOULD DISPUTE THAT SOME FORM OF RENT CONTROL WILL BE NECESSARY FOR SOMETIME TO COME.

♦HOWEVER, THE LONG TERM OBJECTIVE MUST BE DECONTROL, AND IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BRING THIS ABOUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND RECONFIRM THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW ON FUTURE POLICY FOR RENT CONTROL AND SECURITY OF TENURE REMAIN GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE,* MR BROWN URGED.

MISS MARIA TAM SUPPORTED THE MAIN PROVISION OF THE BILL BUT WITH ONE RESERVATION.

SHE WAS PARTICULARLY WORRIED BY THE CLAUSE WHICH STIPULATES THAT ♦WHERE A LANDLORD APPLIES TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR AN ORDER FOR POSSESSION ON THE GROUND THAT HE REQUIRES IT FOR HIS OWN USE, HE CANNOT SELL OR LET OUT THE PREMISES FOR TWO YEARS WITHOUT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF THE TRIBUNAL, EVEN IF HE SETTLES THE CASE WITH HIS TENANT OUT OF COURT AND THE TENANT DELIVERS UP VACANT POSSESSION OF THE PREMISES.+

SHE NOTED THE VARIOUS REASONS GIVEN FOR INCORPORATING THIS CLAUSE IN THE BILL, BUT IN HER VIEW, +IT IS IMPOSING PROTECTION ON TENANTS WHO DO NOT NEED IT AND RESTRICTION ON BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS WHO WISH TO SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS WITHOUT LITIGATION.*

MISS TAM POINTED OUT THAT A TENANT RARELY SETTLES A CASE

WITH THE LANDLORD IF HE BELIEVES HE CAN WIN THE CASE, OR HE H MO ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION, HIS LOSS CANNOT BE CONPENSATED BY MONEY, THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION IS NOT SATISFACTORY AND HE WISHES TO AVOID LITIGATION.

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+ IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, IT THAT BECAUSE THE PARTIES SETTLE NECESSARILY LYING TO THE COURT, ’ EATENED,* SAID MISS TAM.

IS NOT JUST AND/OR FAIR TO ASSUME OUT OF COURT THE LANDLORD IS OR THAT THE TENANT IS NECESSARILY

+ALSO, THE LANDLORD’S GROUND OF RECOVERING POSSESSION MAY NO LONGER BE AN OPERATIVE OR THE SOLE OPERATIVE FACTOR THAT PERSUADED THE TENANT TO SETTLE THE CASE.*

FURTHERMORE, SHE ADDED, WHEN A LANDLORD SETTLES THE CASE WITH THE TENANT BY EX-GRATIA PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION HE PAYS TO RECOVER POSSESSION OF HIS PREMISES AND NOT BECAUSE HE THREATENED THE TENANT INTO DELIVERING VACANT POSSESSION.

MISS TAM THEN SPELLED OUT THE REASONS IN FAVOUR OF ACCEPTING SETTLEMENT OUT OF COURT WITHOUT THE LANDLORD SUFFERING RESTRICTION OVER HIS PROPERTY:

* THE TENANT IS GIVEN THE ALTERNATIVES THAT HE CAN FIGHT THE CASE IF HE HAS NOWHERE ELSE TO LIVE OR TAKES THE COMPENSATION PAYMENT. THE LANDLORD WILL BE PREPARED TO PAY WHAT HE CAN AFFORD, AND THE TENANT CAN ALSO ASK FOR A LONGER PERIOD TO PLAN HIS MOVE TO THE NEW HOME-

* IN NO OTHER CIVIL PROCEEDINGS CAN IT BE FORMED A PARTY (LANDLORD) PENALISED FOR SETTLING OUT OF COURT, OR THE COURT ENTERTAINING AN ASSUMPTION THAT A PARTY (TENANT) IS NECESSARILY WORSE OFF, OR THAT A PARTY (LANDLORD) HA- 'ED TO THE COURT, ESPECIALLY WHERE BOTH PARTIES ARE SUI JURIS AND ADDED BY LAWYERS"

# A SETTLEMENT CAN SAVE THE COURT’S TIME AND/OR LITIGANTS’ COSTS

* WHERE THE TE ANT ACCEPTS MONEY INSTEAD OF PROTECTION IT INDICATES THAT HE NEEDS NO PROTECTION, I.E. HE HAS OTHER FEASIBLE PLANS- AND

M ALTHOUGH THE LANDLORD CAN ASK FOR THE TRIBUNAL’S CONSENT TO LIFT THE RESTRICTIONS HE WILL HAVE TO SHOW A CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH JUSTIFIES HIS APPLICATION. WHERE HE OBTAINS POSSESSION OF THE PREMISES BY SETTLING OUT OF COURT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE ON RECORD TO CONTRADICT OR SUPPORT HIM. THE TRIBUNAL CAN ONLY MAKE A DECISION ON HIS WORDS, WHETHER TRUE OR FALSE.

MR CHAN KAM-CHUEN SAID PROLONGED USE OF RENT CONTROL WOULD CLEARLY BE A SERIOUS DISINCENTIVE TO THE LAND INVESTORS AND DEVELOPERS.

♦THIS WOULD EVENTUALLY STRANGLE THE SUPPLY OF RENTED ACCOMMODATION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND EVEN IF AVAILABLE THE FIRST OR FRESH LETTINGS WOULD BE SET AT EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTROLLED RETURNS ON RENT AND HIGH INFLATION.+

+WE MAY WELL BE FACED WITH A LARGE RESERVE OF EMPTY FLATS FOR SALE ONLY, BUT NOT FOR LETTING.

+BUT, AT SUCH HIGH PRICES HOW MANY OF OUR SALARIED WORKERS ARE ABLE TO AFFORD EVEN THE SMALLEST AND REMOTELY LOCATED FLATS?*

ASKED.

/MR CHAN .......

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MR CHAN BELIEVED THAT THE FINAL SOLUTION TO THE HOUSING PROBLEM LIES IN THE BUILDING OF MORE PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS.

THE RECENT INCREASE BY AN AVERAGE 3.3 TIMES OF THE ♦ASSESSABLE VALUE+ WOULD NET AN ESTIMATED $800 MILLION IN PROPERTY TAX THIS YEAR, HE NOTED.

♦THIS IS A RIGHT STEP IN TAXING RENTAL INCOME TO THE FULL RATE.

♦THIS AND FUTURE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PUBLIC COFFERS WOULD, I HOPE, BE USED FOR THE BUILDING OF EVEN MORE PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP UNITS WHICH ARE A STABILISING FACTOR TO OUR SOCIETY BOTH ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY,+ MR CHAN SAID.

TURNING TO THE BILL, MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE k NO PROVISION LIMITING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF THE RENEWALS OF TENANCIES.

PERPETUAL SECURITY OF TENURE FORCES A WORKER-OWNER WHO WORKS AND SAVES HARD FOR A FLAT TO IRONICALLY LEAVE IT ON DEATH NOT TO HIS BELOVED ONES, BUT TO HIS PARASITICAL TENANT, HE SAID.

NOR IS HE ABLE TO RECOVER IT FOR SALE WITH VACANT POSSESSION AT FULL MARKET VALUE WHEN IN SERIOUS FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES OR WHEN HE AND HIS FAMILY EMIGRATE.

MR CHAN THOUGHT THAT THE ADOPTION OF THE +FAIR MARKET RE<'<T+ TO BE DETERMINED BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL IS AN IMPROVEMENT BUT WHETHER THIS IS RENT CONTROL OR OTHERWISE DEPENDS ON WHETHER THE ♦F-IR MARKET RENT+ IS EQUIVALENT TO OR NOT LESS THAN THE RECENTLY UPDATED +ASSESSABLE VALUE+ OF THE SAME DOMESTIC PREMISES FOR TAX PURPOSES.

THE LAW ALSO STIPULATES THAT ONCE A WRIT IS ISSUED IN A REPOSSESSION CASE, THE LANDLORD CANNOT CHANGE HIS MIND AND WITHDRAW THE WRIT TO SETTLE OUTSIDE THE COURT WITHOUT BEING CONSTRAINED BY THE TWO-YEAR NO-LETT ING-OR-SELLI NG RESTRICTION.

BUT HE FELT THAT SETTLEMENT OUTSIDE THE COURT SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED.

♦ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SETTLEMENT OUT OF COURT IS NOT AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF JUSTICE,+ HE SAID.

♦MOREOVER, LESS TRIBUNAL AND LEGAL AID CASES ARE REQUIRED, AND TIME IS SAVED FOR ALL PARTIES CONCERNED.

♦ABOVE ALL, THERE WOULD BE LESS BITTERNESS IN SOCIETY.*

MR CHAN NOTED THAT CONCILIATION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED IN THE LABOUR TRIBUNALS BEFORE AN OFFICIAL JUDGMENT IS MADE.

♦IF ONE IS NOT ALREADY IN EXISTENCE, I WONDER WHETHER A SIMILAR SYSTEM CAN BE PROFITABLY APPLIED TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL CASES.

♦THE LANDLORD SHOULD BE ABLE TO GIVE NOTICE TO HIS TENANT A PRESCRIBED FORM TO THE EFFECT THAT HE WISHES TO APPLY FOR A WR 1 T BUT BEFORE SO DOING BOTH PARTIES SHOULD GC TO THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT FOR RECONCILIATION SERVICE FOR SETTLEMENT,* r£ SAID.

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AVENUE FOR LANDLORDS * * *

LANDLORDS WHO LET THEIR PROPERTY FOR A FIXED TERM OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS AT A CONSTANT RENT MAY RECOVER VACANT POSSESSION OF THEIR PROPERTY AT THE EXPIRY OF THE LEASE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1981 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LIAO SAID THAT BY PROVIDING THIS AVENUE FOR LANDLORDS TO AVOID ANY LEGISLATION IMPINGING ON THE CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP EETWEEN THEM AND THEIR TENANTS, SOME WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE AVOID RENTING OUT PREMISES, WOULD RELEASE THEIR PROPERTY ONTO THE RENTAL MARKET.

♦FROM THE TENANT’S POINT OF VIEW, HE WILL HAVE AT LEmST FIVE YEARS OF SECURE TENURE AT A CONSTANT RENT, AND KNOWING FROM THE OUTSET THAT HE HAS TO RIGHT TO RENEWAL AT THE END OF THE LEASE, WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID THE MAJORITY OF LANDLORDS, WHOSE PRIMARY CONCERN WAS RENTAL INCOME RATHER THAN CAPITAL VALUE WITH VACANT POSSESSION, WOULD NOT INSIST ON LEASES OF THIS LENGTH AT A FIXED RENT.

♦MY BELIEF IS RATHER THAT SUCH LEASES WILL APPEAL TO THE SMALLER LANDLORD, WHO REGARDS THE BENEFIT OF HAVING HIS OPTIONS OPEN AT A FIXED TIME IN THE FUTURE MORE HIGHLY THAN MAXIMIL G RENTAL INCOME IN THE INTERVENING PERIOD.*

ON THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, MR LIAO SAID IT HAD NOW BEEN DECIDED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF THIS BILL TO TRANSFER THE FUNCTION OF DEALING WITH ALL LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS, OTHER THAN THOSE INVOLVING CRIMINAL OFFENCES, FROM THE DISTRICT COURT TO THE TRIBUNAL, INSTEAD OF A SEPARATE BILL AT A LATER DATE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID IN VIEW OF THE SUBSTANTIAL VOLUME OF SUCH CASES NOW DEALT WITH BY THE DISTRICT COURT, IT WOULD NOT BE PRACTICABLE FOR THE TRANSFER OF JURISDICTION TO TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.

+THE AMENDMENT I SHALL BE PROPOSING AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE WILL THEREFORE PROVIDE FOR THE TRANSFER TO TAKE EFFECT AT A FUTURE DATE TO BE DETERMINED WHEN THE RELATED PRACTICAL AND POLICY ISSUES HAVE BEEN RESOLVED,* HE ADDED.

ON APPEAL AGAINST LANDS TRIBUNAL DECISIONS, MR LIAO SAID THERE IS PROVISION FOR APPEALS ON A POINT OF LAW, BUT IN ALL OTHER MATTERS, THE DECISION OF THE TRIBUNAL IS FINAL.

♦WHETHER OR NOT IT MAY BE DESIRABLE TO PROVIDE FOR APPEALS GENERALLY IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE JUDGED ONLY IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, WHEN THE LANDS TRIBUNAL HAS GAINED EXPERIENCE OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS THAT VILL NOW FALL TO ITS JURISDICTION.

MR LIAO SAID THE SPEECHES MADE BY UNOFFICIALS DURING TH DEBATE HAD ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATED THE DIFFICULTY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT FACED IN FORMULATING BALANCED PROPOSALS IN CONTROL. OVER RENTS AND SECURITY OF TENURE.

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HE REMINDED MEMBERS THAT NO SET OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND NO LEGISLATION COULD BE REGARDED AS PROVIDING THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM FOR ALL TIME.

♦THE SITUATION AND THE CONTROLS IMPOSED ON IT WILL BE KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW, AND AS THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES, FURTHER CHANGES WILL BE INTRODUCED AIMED AT ACHIEVING THE LONG TERM OBJECTIVE OF AN EVENTUAL RETURN TO A FREE MARKET IN RENTED A DOMESTIC ACCOMMODATION.+

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STRICTER CONTROLS OF GAS INDUSTRY LIKELY * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY WARNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO IMPOSE STRICTER CONTROLS OVER THE GAS INDUSTRY BUT LEFT OPEN THE POSSIBILITY FOR SELF-REGULATION BY THE INDUSTRY.

REPLYING TO A QUERY FROM THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON GOVERNMENT REACTION TO THE GAS SAFETY CONSULTANT’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SAFETY OF GAS WATER HEATERS, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID THAT +IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD, AS A MATTER OF POLICY, INTERVENE MORE POSITIVELY THAN BEFORE IN THE CONTROL OF THE INDUSTRY. TO THIS END A NEW GAS STANDARDS ORGANISATION WILL BE ESTABLISHED UNDER A GAS ADVISER WITH THE NUCLEUS OF A SMALL STAFF.♦

BUT HE ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH RECRUITMENT OF STAFF UNDER THE GAS ADVISER WAS UNDERWAY, +DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN HELD WITH THE INDUSTRY TO IDENTITY AREAS IN WHICH VOLUNTARY IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE INTRODUCED IN ADVANCE OF, OR PREFERABLY EVEN IN LIEU OF, GOVERNMENT CONTROLS.♦

IN THE INTERIM, IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED TO PROVIDE A +BRIDGING CONSULTANCY*, MR DAVIES SAID.

HE ALSO REVEALED THAT THE FINAL REPORT OF THE CONSULTANTS WOULD BE COMPLETED NEXT WEEK AND PRESENTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EARLY NEXT YEAR.

HE COULD NOT NOW SAY WHAT GOVERNMENT ACTIONS WOULD BE TAKEN ON THE REPORT BUT DISCLOSED THAT THE CONSULTANTS’ PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS WERE FOR PERMANENT SOLUTIONS +INVOLVING THE EVENTUAL REPLACEMENT, OR THE RESITING AND UPGRADING, OF MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION EXISTING HEATERS.♦

HE ALSO WARNED THAT EVEN IF OWNERS OF THESE HEATERS WERE WILLING TO PAY FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS, IT WOULD TAKE TIME AND A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN MANPOWER IN THE GAS INDUSTRY TO COPE WITH SUCH A MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

NOTING THE CURRENT PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO DRAW PUBLIC ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THAT THERE IS ADEQUATE VENTILATICi1 IN THE BATHROOM WHENEVER THE HEATER IS ON, MR DAVIES SAID +THERE IS NO REASON WHY EXISTING HEATERS CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE USED WITHOUT ACCIDENT* IF SUCH A SAFETY PRECAUTION IS FOLLOWED.

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NEW SCHEME TO INFLUENCE MONEY MARKET RAT.1S

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS DESIGNED A NEW SCHEME WHICH ENABLES IT TO INFLUENCE THE LEVEL OF MONEY MARKET RATES THROUGH THE EXCHANGE FUND.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE IN A SPEECH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY SUPPORTING A MOTION TO RAISE THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF BORROWINGS OF THE EXCHANGE FUND FROM $20 000 MILLION TO $30 000 MILLION.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE SCHEME ENABLES THE EXCHANGE FUND TO BID THROUGH ONE OR ANOTHER OF ITS MAJOR BANKERS IN HONG KONG FOR DEPOSITS IN THE MONEY MARKET IN THE SHORT END.

THIS WILL INCREASE THE DEMAND FOR FUNDS IN THE MARKED

♦ THE EXCHANGE FUND THEN HOLDS THE FUNDS IT HAS TAKEN OFF THE MARKET FOR ONE OR TWO WEEKS, OR EVEN LONGER, SO THAT THE SUPPLY IN THE MARKET IS NOT INCREASED TO MATCH THE INCREASE IN DEMAND.

+THAT WILL TEND TO PUSH UP, OR TO HOLD UP, INTEREST RATES AT THE SHORT END,+ HE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID WHEN THE MARKET PARTICIPANTS COME TO ACCEPT THAT THE TIGHTNESS IN THE MARKET IS NOT A TEMPORARY ABERRATION, THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL LEND OUT THE DEPOSITS IT HAS TAKEN AT THE LONGER END OF THE MARKET.

IF THE TIGHTNESS IN THE DOMESTIC MONEY MARKET PUSHES INTEREST RATES TO A HIGHER LEVEL THAN BANKS OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES NEEDING LOCAL FUNDS ARE WILLING TO PAY, THEY WILL HAVE TO BORROW FOREIGN CURRENCY, USUALLY U.S. DOLLARS, WITH WHICH TO BUY HONG KONG DOLLARS.

♦THAT WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE EXCHANGE RATE OF HONG KONG DOLLAR. AT THE SAME TIME THE HIGHER LEVEL OF THESE INTEREST RATES WILL BE PASSED ON TO THE COST-OF-FUNDS (HIBOR) CUSTOMERS AS THEIR DRAWINGS ARE ROLLED OVER,+ MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

HE SAID THIS MECHANISM WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN LOCAL INTEREST RATES ARE RISING, OR WHEN THEY ARE STABLE AND NO DOWNWARD MOVEMENT IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS OR MONTHS.

♦IF AN IMMINENT DOWNWARD MOVEMENT IS EXPECTED THERE IS LITTLE INCENTIVE FOR A BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY TO BORROW FUNDS IN THE THREE TO SIX MONTH RANGE, AND SO TO LOCK IN WHAT MAY PROVE TO BE AN EXPENSIVE INTEREST RATE.

+CONVERSELY WHEN RATES ARE RISING THEY MAY BE GLAD TO LOCK IN AN INTEREST RATE WHICH MAY PROVE TO BE CHEAP.*

MR BREMRIDGE EMPHASISED THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS USING, AND WILL USE, THIS NEW WEAPON IN ITS MONETARY ARMOURY SELECTIVELY AND CAUTIOUSLY.

+IT IS CERTAINLY NOT A PANACEA. NOR DO WE INTEND TO BE OPf 'ING CONSTANTLY IN THE MONEY MARKET,* HE ADDED.

/SARLTK . TES .......

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EARLIER, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT THE INTEREST RATE MECHANISM WAS THE ONLY MONETARY WEAPON CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE SHORT-TERM INFLUENCE ON THE EXCHANGE VAL!’r OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AND THE RATE OF GROWTH OF THE MONEY SUPPLY AND OF DOMESTIC CREDIT.

+RELIANCE ON INTEREST RATES IS NOT TOTALLY EFFECTIVE, AND THERE MAY BE C<RCJMSTANCES IN WHICH THE USE OF OTHER DEVICES HAS TO EL CONSIDERED.

♦BUT IN THE MEANTIME WE HAVE FELT IT IMPORTANT TO TRY TO STRENGTHEN THE INTEREST RATE MECHANISM,* HE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT THE MECHANISM HITHERTO AVAILABLE HAD BEEN RESTRICTED TO GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT ON A CONSULTATIVE BAS’S IN THE SETTING BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS OF MAXIMUM RATES OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS.

-■THIS MECHANISM HAS NOT HOWEVER BEEN ABLE TO EXERT A RIGID INFLUENCE OVER THE LEVEL OF MONEY MARKET RATES, WHICH ARE INFLUENCED AS MUCH BY THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR FUNDS IN THE MONEY MARKET AS THEY ARE BY CHANGES IN THE HKAB DEPOSIT RATES.*

+CONSEQUENTLY AN INCREASE IN BEST LENDING RATE INDUCED FOR MACRO-ECONOMIC REASONS BY AN INCREASE IN HKAB DEPOSiT RATES, MAY NOT BE FOLLOWED BY AN INCREASE IN MONEY MARKET RATES- AND CONVERSELY MONEY MARKET RATES MAY DECLINE FASTER THAN IS, FOR MACRO-EC' "'MIC REASONS, APPROPRIATE FOR BEST LENDING RATE.*

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE LEVEL OF MONEY MARKET RATES IS IMPORTANT FOR THREE REASONS i

X FIRSTLY THIS MARKET PROVIDES ALMOST THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL BANKS WITH A HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSIT BASE TO MAKE PROFITABLE USE LOCALLY OF THE EXCESS (UNLENT) ELEMENT OF THAT DEPOSIT BASE-

* SECONDLY IT ALSO ENABLES THOSE BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WHICH DO NOT HAVE A HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSIT BASE TO OBTAIN HONG KONG DOLLARS TO LEND TO CUSTOMERS- AND

X THIRDLY A GROWING NUMBER OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ARE LENDING TO INCREASINGLY AWARE AND FINANCIALLY SOPHISTICATED CUSTOMERS ON FACILITIES WITH THE INTEREST RATE SET AT A MARGIN OVER THE COST OF FUNDS TO THE LENDER.

MR BREMRIDGE ALSO REVEALED EARLIER THAT THE TOTAL OF EXCHANGE FUND DEBT CERTIFICATES ISSUED TO THE TREASURY ON NOVEMBER 30, 1981 AMOUNTED TO $16 697 MILLION.

HE SAID PRESENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 1982 THE TREASURY WILL HAVE PLACED NEARLY $20 000 MILLION WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND, AND THE FISCAL RESERVES WILL CONTINUE TO ACCUMULATE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

THE GOVERNMENT’S FISCAL RESERVE ARE HELD WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND IN ORDER TO AVOID THESE RESERVES HAVING TO BEAR EXCHANGE RISKS AND, TO THE EXTENT THAT THESE RESERVES REPRESENT PART OF EXCHANGE FUND’S HOLDINGS OF HONG KONG DOLLARS, THEY PLAY A PART IN THE EXERCISE OF LEVERAGE ON THE NEED FOR THE BANKING SYSTEM TO HOLD LIQUID ASSETS.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1981

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MID-LEVELS BUILDING BAN EXTENDED

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‘iHE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY EXTENDED THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION ON BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE MID-LEVELS FOR A FURTHER THREE MONTHS, UP TO THE END OF MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE EXTEHS'ON WILL ALLOW TIME FOR AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE T THZ BUILDINGS ORDINANCE FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF A DETAILED GEOTECHNICAL SURVEY TO ESTABLISH WHAT CONTROLS WERE NEEDED FOR FUTURE BUILDING WORKS IN THE REA.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE PERIOD AVAILABLE WAS QUITE SHORT FOR A GEOTECHNICAL STUDY OF THIS NATURE AND EXTENT AND BECAUSE nr THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING GOOD INFORMATION ON THE GROUND WATER CONDITIONS. IT HAD TO EXTEND OVER THE TWO WET SEASONS OF 1980 AND 1981.

HE SAID THAT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT SAFE DEVELOPMENT COULD PROCEED IN THE AREA THE CONSULTANTS HAD RECOMMENDED A NUMBER OF GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS WHICH TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE OVERALL STABILITY OF THE HILLSIDE AS WELL AS THE LOCAL STABILITY AT INDIVIDUAL LOTS.

♦THESE CONTROLS CONCERN STANDARDS OF GEOTECHN'CAL DESIGN, SITE SUPERVISION, DEMOLITION, TEMPORARY WORKS AND GROUND WATER DRAINAGE.

♦PROVIDED NEW BUILDING WORKS ARE DESIGNED, SUPERVISED AND CONSTRUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS, THERE WILL BE NO NEED TO CONTINUE THE BAN ON BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS AREA FOR GEOTECHNICAL REASONS,* HE SAID.

MR CHAN HOPED THAT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO HAVE THE NEW REGULATIONS MADE AND TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDING BILL WITHIN THE EXTENDED RESTRICTION PERIOD.

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RELIEF FROM AD VALOREM DUTY

X X X X

A BILL INTENDED TO PROVIDE HONG KONG UNIT TRUST MANAGERS RELIEF FROM AD VALOREM DUTY AND TO EXEMPT BEARER INSTRUMENT DUTY FROM INTERNATIONAL BOND ISSUES, ESPECIALLY ASIA DOLLAR BONDS, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE SAID THAT SUCH RELIEF IS JUSTIFIED, SINCE ALL UNIT TRUST MANAGERS ARE REQUIRED BY THE TRUST DEEDS TO BUY AND SELL UNITS WITHIN A NARROW RANGE OF PRICES.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR EXEMPTION FROM STAMP DUTY IN RESPECT Of-' FOREIGN CURRENCY LOANS.

THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL ARE TO COME INTO FORCE AT THE SAME TIME AS THOSE OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE RELATING TO UNIT TRUSTS, PROBABLY ON JANUARY 1, NEXT YEAR.

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MATERNITY PAY LAW TO BE REVIEWED

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE REVIEWING THE OPERATION OF THE NEW MATERNITY PAY LEGISLATION TO SEE WHETHER IT IS WORKING SATISFACTORILY AND WHETHER LEGAL PROBLEMS HAVE ARISEN.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, SAID THIS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS ABOUT PAID MATERNITY LEAVE LEGISLATION BY THE HON ANDREW SO KWOK-WING.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT NORMALLY REVIEWS THE OPERATION OF NEW LEGISLATION ABOUT SIX TO TWELVE MONTHS AFTER ENACTMENT TO SEE WHETHER IT IS WORKING SATISFACTORILY AND WHETHER LEGAL PROBLEMS HAVE ARISEN.

DURING THE REVIEW OF THE MATERNITY PAY LEGISLATION IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE STUDYING THE POSITION IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE AND WILL BE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT USEFUL SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE THE LAW THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD.

MR HENDERSON WENT ON TO SAY THAT SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF PAID MATERNITY LEAVE ON JUNE 1, 1981, 39 COMPLAINTS OF ALLEGED INFRINGEMENTS OF THE LEGISLATION HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

OF THESE COMPLAINTS, 22 WERE SETTLED BY CONCILIATION, THREE WERE WITHDRAWN BY THE EMPLOYEES CONCERNED AND FOUR WERE REFERRED TO THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL FOR ADJUDICATION. THE LATTER FOUR WERE SUBSEQUENTLY SETTLED BEFORE HEARING, WHILE THE REMAINING ID CASES ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

♦THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE SO FAR OF ANY NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS EXPLOITING THE LEGISLATION TO AVOID LIABILITY. MISUNDERSTANDING OR POOR UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW ON THE PART OF EMPLOYERS, IN PARTICULAR ABOUT THE METHOD OF CALCULATION OF THE ALLOWANCE, ACCOUNTED FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE COMPLAINTS. IN THE CASES SO FAR SETTLED, THE EMPLOYERS WERE QUITE READY TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW WHEN IT WAS EXPLAINED TO THEM,* HE ADDED.

AS THE MAJORITY OF COMPLAINTS RESULTED FROM MISUNDERSTANDING CF THE LAW RATHER THAN WILFUL EVASION OR INADEQUACY OF THE LAW, HENDERSON CONTINUED, HE PROPOSED TO SEE WHAT FURTHER MEASURES COULD BE TAKEN TO INCREASE PUBLICITY FOR THE NEW LAW.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE EXPLANATORY PAMPHLETS ON THE LAW ALREADY AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT ALL 38 OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT. A SUMMARY OF THE PROVISIONS WOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE WALL SHEET ON LABOUR LEGISLATION, WHICH IS DUE TO BE RE-ISSUED NEXT YEAR.

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WORK STARTS ON MAKING SAU MAU PING SQUATTER AREAS SAFER *****

WORK IS NOW STARTING AT SAU MAU PING TO PROVIDE FIRE-BRE AND MORE WATER FOR FIRE-FIGHTING IN SQUATTER AREAS THERE.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOL SI NG, MR DONALD LIAO, WHO ADDED THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD BE PROGRESSIVELY EXTENDED TO OTHER VULNERABLE AREAS.

AS A FURTHER MEASURE TO REDUCE FIRE RISKS IN SQUATTER AREAS, 15 ELECTRIFICATION SYSTEMS HAD BEEN PROVIDED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS AND 37 MORE WERE BEING CONSIDERED, HE SAID.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S PROGRAMME TO MAKE SQUATTER AREAS SAFER WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY A NEW DIVISION, HEADED BY A.’ ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, WHICH WOULD GO INTO OPERATION EARLY NEXT MONTH.

TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE SQUATTER CONTROL FORCE, 315 MORE POSTS WERE PRESENTLY BEING FILLED, AND THESE WOULD TAKE ITS STRENGTH TO MORE THAN 3 OOO.

ABOUT HALF THE ADDITIONAL MEN WOULD BE ASSISTING THE POLICE IN THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF ILLEGAL HUT-BUILDERS.

MR LIAO SAID THAT BETWEEN JANUARY AND NOVEMBER ABOUT 900 ILLEGAL HUT-BUILDERS HAD BEEN PROSECUTED COMPARED WITH 1 O0n COR SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

TURNING TO THE RECENT SPATE OF SQUATTER FIRES, MR LIAO SAIDt ♦THE MAJORITY OF THE VICTIMS OF THESE FIRES ARE RECENT IMMIGRANTS AND, IN FAIRNESS TO LONGER-TERM RESIDENTS, WHOSE CLAIMS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING MUST BE GIVEN PRIORITY, THEY ARE ELIGIBLE ONLY FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT SHORTAGE OF TEMPORARY HOUSING, PLANNING IS IN HAND TO ESTABLISH RESITE AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AS A TEMPORARY EXPEDIENT. THE IDEA IS THAT THESE SITES WILL BE FOf ED AND SERVICED BY GOVERNMENT, AND THEN ELIGIBLE FAMILIES WILL BE ALLOCATED SPACE ON WHICH TO BUILD STRUCTURES THEMSELVES UNDER SUPERVISION, AND THE AREAS WILL BE MANAGED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.+

MR LIAO ALSO THANKED THE STAFF OF SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CENTRES, KAI FONG BUILDINGS AND OTHER PREMISES PRESSED INTO USE AS TEMPORARY SHELTERS FOR FIRE VICTIMS PARTICULARLY IN KWUN TONG.

HE ADDEDi +IT IS HOPED TO MINIMISE THE USE OF SUCH PREMISES IN FUTURE BY MAKING OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR TEMPORARY SHELTERS AND, CERTAINLY, IT IS OUR INTENTION TO EVACUATE THE PREMISES PRESENTLY OCCUPIED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.*

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MAXIMUM FINES INCREASED M M *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON PASSED A MOTION TO INCREASE BY FIVE TIMES THE MAXIMUM FINE THAT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR OC"ENCES UNDER THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE.

THE MOTION TO INCREASE Fl’-'ES UNDER THIS ORDINANCE AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH (ANIMALS AND BIRDS) ORDINANCE WAS MOVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE HON JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN.

UNDER THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE, THE MAXIMUM FINE THAT MAY BE IMPOSED WAS INCREASED FROM $1 OOO TO $5 000 FOR VARIOUS DEFENCES UNDER IT.

THESE OFFENCES INCLUDE THE KEEPING OF AN UNLICENSED DOG OVER THE AGE OF FIVE MONTHS, FAILING TO ENSURE THAT A DOG IS INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES AND TO HAVE IT RE-INOCULATED ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS THEREAFTER, AND FAILING TO REPORT TO THE POLICE AFTER A DOG OR CAT IN ONE’S CONTROL HAS BITTEN ANY PERSON.

UNDER THE SAME ORDINANCE, THE MAXIMUM DAILY FINE THAT MAY BE IMPOSED BY A COURT FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH A MAGISTRATE’S ORDER RELATING TO THE DESTRUCTION OR THE KEEPING UNDER CONTROL OF DANGEROUS DOG WAS INCREASED FROM $50 TO $100.

UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH (ANIMALS AND BIRDS) ORDINANCE, THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR REMOVING ANY ANIMAL OR BIRD WITHIN, INTO OR FROM AN AREA INFECTED BY DISEASE WAS INCREASED FROM $2 000 TO $5 000.

IN MOVING THE i -TIONS, MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THE EXISTING LEVELS OF FINES UNDER THE TWO ORDINANCES ERE STIPULATED IN 1936 AND 1950 AND HAD NOT BEEN REVISED SINCE.

+THE OUTBREAK OF RABIES IN 1980, AFTER 25 YEARS OF FREEDOM FROM THIS DISEASE, HIGHLIGHTED THE INADEQUACY OF THE PRESENT LEVEL OF FINES. IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE PENALTIES FOR BREACH OF THE CURRENT STRINGENT RABIES CONTROL MEASURES SHOULD BE INCREASED TO MAINTAIN THEIR DETERRENT AND PUNITIVE EFFECT.+

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MONETARY JURISDICTION INCREASED * * * *

A BILL WHICH WILL ALSO INCREASE THE MONETARY JURISDICTION OF THE DISTRICT COURT FROM J2O 000 TO S40 000 AND OF THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL FROM $3 000 TO $5 000, WAS READ A SECOND TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE INCREASES WILL MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO IN VIEW OF THE DEPRECIATION OF MONEY, IT WAS STATED BY THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, NR G. P. NAZARETH, WHEN HE MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1981.

TO FACILITATE FUTURE AMENDMENTS OF THESE MONETARY LIMITS, THE BILL ALSO EMPOWERS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO AMEND BY RESOLUTION THE MONETARY ’.'MIT IN THE DISTRICT COURT ORDINANCE AND THE-.EBY IN OTHER ORDINANCES.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT PROPOSAL IS THE TRANSFER OF JURISDICTION FROM THE SUPREME COURT TO THE DISTRICT COURT IN MATTERS OF MERCHANT SHIPPING, MATRIMONIAL DISPUTES, RELIEF AND PROPERTY, AND OF LEGITIMACY AND ADOPTION SO AS TO SAVE COSTS AND TIME, AND RELIEVE THE BURDEN ON THE SUPREME COURT.

SPECIAL PROVISION IS NECESSARY FOR THE TRANSFER OF MATRIMONIAL CAUSES AND OTHER PROCEEDINGS TO THE SUPREME COURT ON APPLICATION OR AT THE INSTANCE OF THE DISTRICT COURT, FOR LEGITIMACY PROCEEDINGS TO BE TAKEN, AND FOR OPPOSED ADOPTION MATTERS TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE HIGH COURT.

THE BILL ALSO MAKES PROVISION FOR THE CHIEF JUSTICE TO FIX THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON JUDGMENT DEBTS BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR AN ADD I'. IONAL APPEAL TO THE COURT OF APPEAL IF A DECISION OF THE HIGH COURT IN A MATTER UNDER THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE OR THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE INVOLVES A QUESTION OF LAW OF GENERAL PUBLIC IMPORTANCE, HE SAID.

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PRIVATE HIRE-CAR PERMITS

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SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS IN APRIL THIS YEAR, 1 184 PRIVATE HIRE-CAR PERMITS HAD BEEN ISSUED, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON F.K. HU, MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID DURING THE PERIOD, 3 381 APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH PERMITS HAD BEEN RECEIVED, TOGETHER WITH 784 APPEALS TO THE TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL IN RESPECT OF REFUSALS TO ISSUE SUCH PERMITS.

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JAPAN AGREES TO DISCUSS GSP * * *

THE JAPANESE AUTHORITIES HAVE ACCEPTED A FORMAL REQUEST BY HONG KONG FOR DISCUSSIONS ON THE REMAINING FIVE CATEGORIES OF HONG KONG EXPORTS EXCLUDED FROM THE JAPANESE GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES, AND TALKS WILL BE HELD IN TOKYO NEXT WEEK.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD, ANNOUNCED THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE REMAINING FIVE ITEMS REPRESENTED NINE PER CENT - ABOUT $200 MILLION IN VALUE - OF OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN LAST YEAR.

♦OUR SHARE OF THE JAPANESE IMPORT MARKET FOR THESE PRODUCTS DROPPED FROM 28 TO 14 PER CENT FROM 1972 TO 1980, DEMONSTRATING OUR CONTENTION THAT DISCRIMINATORY EXCLUSION TENDS TO DIVERT TRADE AWAY. THIS ARGUMENT WILL BE FORCEFULLY RESTATED IN TOKYO NEXT WEEK,* SAID MR DORWARD.

THE TALKS WITH THE JAPANESE AUTHORITIES, MR DORWARD ADDED, FORM PART OF A CONTINUING EFFORT IN WHICH HONG KONG HAS HAD THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR AND HIS STAFF AND WHICH HAS BEEN SUSTAINED SINCE THE JAPANESE AUTHORITIES INTRODUCED THEIR GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEME IN 1972.

+THE ORIGINAL HONG KONG EXCLUSION LIST, WHICH COVERED 96 ITEMS, HAS BEEN GRADUALLY REDUCED AS A RESULT,* SAID MR DORWARD.

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HEAVIER CASELOADS

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THE RECOMMENDED CASELOAD FOR FAMILY SERVICES CASEWORKERS IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS 90 PER WORKER, AND ALL WORKERS ARE AT PRESENT CARRYING CASELOADS IN EXCESS OF THIS NUMBER, RANGING FROM 100 TO 165 CASES PER WORKER, THE HON S.E. ALLEYNE, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN THE CASE OF PROBATION OFFICERS, THE RECOMMENDED CASELOAD IS 50 SUPERVISION CASES OR 25 SOCIAL ENQUIRY CASES. HERE AGAIN, ALL WORKERS ARE CARRYING HEAVIER CASELOADS, RANGING FROM 60 TO 80 CASES PER WORKER, HE SAID.

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DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS * * *

THE TEMPORARY DEFERMENT OF THE NEW DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, REPORTED THAT SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS) BILL AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY 1981, DISCUSSIONS HAD BEEN CONTINUING WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO LOOK AT THE PROPOSED SYSTEM IN DETAIL TO ENSURE THAT IT WOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE BUT FAIR DETERRENT AGAINST BAD DRIVING BEHAVIOUR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE REASON FOR THE DEFERRAL WAS THAT A MAJOR UPDATING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WAS UNDERWAY. THIS WOULD BE GOING FORWARD IN THE NEW YEAR.

♦SOME PARTS OF THE PENALTY POINTS SYSTEM ARE RELATED TO THE MAIN ORDINANCE AND IT IS THEREFORE LOGICAL THAT THE MAIN BILL IS DEALT WITH FIRST,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE REASON FOR THE DELAY WAS A TECHNICAL ONE AND DID NOT INDICATE ANY CHANGE OF VI"W OF EITHER THE ADMINISTRATION OR THE UNOFFICIALS.

♦INDEED, UMELCO MEMBERS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ARE IN FAVOUR OF A DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM WHICH PROMOTES SAFETY ON THE ROAD AND DETERS PERSISTENTLY BAD DRIVING BEHAVIOUR,+ HE ADDED.

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ELDERLY PATIENTS

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EIGHTY-TWO ELDERLY PATIENTS WERE LEFT IN GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS IN THE LAST 11 MONTHS, IT WAS DISCLOSED EY THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P.HO, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR HO SAID THAT THE MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TRIED TO PERSUADE THE FAMILIES TO TAKE BACK THE AGED PATIENTS RATHER THAN LEAVE THEM TO INSTITUTIONAL CARE.

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SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION * * *

THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1980-81) BILL 1981 WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPROPRIATION OF $6 120 MILLION FOR THE 1980-81 FINANCIAL YEAR IN ADDITION TO THE SUM APPROPRIATED BY THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1980.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THE BILL SOUGHT TO GIVE FINAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO THE SUPPLEMENTARY EXPENDITURE AUTHORISED BY RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL, AND WAS THE LAST STAGE IN DI POSING OF EXPENDITURE INCURRED DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1980-81.

IT ALSO SEEKS AN APPROPRIATION TO MEET EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY DEPARTMENTS WHERE RECEIPTS APPROPRIATED-IN-AID FELL SHORT OF THE SUMS ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED,* HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATES WERE GIVEN LEGISLATIVE FORM IN THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1980, WHICH AUTHORISED A SPECIFIC SUM UNDER EACH HEAD OF EXPENDITURE.

WE NEED NOW TO LEGISLATE FURTHER IN RESPECT OF THOSE HE»DS CF EXPENDITURE WHERE THE NET EFFECT OF SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION AND SHORTFALLS IN RECEIPTS APPROPRIATED-IN-AID, WITHOUT A CORRESPONDING REDUCTION IN SPENDING, HAS RESULTED IN AN EXCESS OVER THE NET SUM APPROPRIATED IN THE APPROPRIATION ORDIANCE 1980.

THE TOTAL SUP°LEMENTARY APPROPRIATION REQUIRED IS $6 120 MILLION UNDER 62 HE,<DS AS AGAINST SAVINGS OF $960 MILLION UNDER VARIOUS OTHER HEADS,* MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

+THE LARGEST ITEMS INVOLVED WERE A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF $3,535 BILLION FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND OF $400 MILLION FOR HOME PURCHASE BY CIVIL SERVANTS, AND INCREASES OF APPROPRIATION OF $682 MILLION FOR MISCELLANEOUS DEFENCE MEASURES AND OF $314 MILLION FOR EDUCATION SUBVENTIONS,* HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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HK PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW FINANCIAL SYSTEM

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THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL IS TO CARRY OUT SHORTLY AN URGENT REVIEW OF ITS FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO ENABLE THE PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE TO ASSUME EFFECTIVELY AN ENLARGED ROLE IN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, MR ALLEN LEE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF FINANCE DOES NOT REALLY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CENTRE NOR MATCH THE FUNCTIONS THAT GOVERNMENT EXPECTS IT TO CARRY OUT.

SPEAKING AT THE TABLING OF THE COUNCIL’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1981, MR LEE SAID WITH THE ADOPTION OF THE RELEVANT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION, THE ROLE OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE HAS BEEN EXPANDED FROM WHAT WAS ESSENTIALLY A TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY ORGANISATION TO AN ORGANISATION CHARGED WITH THE BROADER RESPONSIBILITIES OF PROVIDING INDUSTRY SUPPORT FACILITIES.

+EXPANSION OF THE WORK OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE CF THIS MAGNITUDE REQUIRES MAXIMUM SUPPORT FROM GOVERNMENT IK TERMS OF FUNDING BUT THIS HAS NOT BEEN FORTHCOMING AT THE RATE ORIGINALLY PLANNED,+ HE SAID.

+THE SYSTEM OF FINANCE HAS IN TURN AFFECTED THE HONG l"'JG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE’S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT ADVISORY COMM IT Itt ON DIVERSIFICATION PROJECTS.+

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE SHORT TERM DEMAND FROM INDUSTRY, MR LEE CONTINUED, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE CENTRE TO UNDERTAKE AN INCREASING PROPORTION OF MEDIUM TERM DEVELOPMENT WORK WHICH CANNOT BE SUSTAINED ON A YEAR-TO-YEAR DISCRETIONARY SUBVENTION NECHANISM.

+IN IMPLEMENTING THESE PROJECTS, THE CENTRE REQUIRES AN ASSURANCE THAT THE EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT PHASE WILL BE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED.

+THE DISCRETIONARY GRANT BASIS ON WHICH THE COUNCIL IS SUBVENTED DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY OVER THE AMOUNTS CF FUNDS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BEYOND ONE YEAR.+

MR LEE ALSO REPORTED THAT DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, THE CENTRE UNDERTOOK 230 CONSULTANCY ASSIGNMENTS, MANY OF WHICH WERE LARGE SCALE PROJECTS INVOLVING DIFFERENT SKILLS AND EFFICIENT TEAM WORK, AND PROVIDED TRAINING TO OVER 7 000 PERSONS IN INDUSTRY.

PLANS WERE ALSO APPROVED FOR EXPANDING THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE’S TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICES, THE SETTING UP OF A METALS INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT UNIT, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SMALL AND MEDIUM INDUSTRY EXTENSION ADVISORY SERVICE AND THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE MICROPROCESSOR APPLICATION LABORATORY, MR LEE ADDED.

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TWO ORDINANCES NO LONGER REQUIRED * * *

THE LAW REVISION (REPEALS) BILL 1981 WHICH SEEKS TO REPEAL TWO ORDINANCES THAT ARC NO LONGER REQUIRED WAS READ A SECOND TIME AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE TWO ORDINANCES ARE THE CHINESE RECREATION GROUND AND THE YAU MA TEI PUBLIC SQUARE ORDINANCE, AND THE HOLTS WHARF (BY-LAWS) ORDINANCE.

THE CHINESE RECREATION GROUND AND THE YAU MA TEI PUBLIC SQUARE ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN I960 TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF THE CHINESE RECREATION GROUND IN HOLLYWOOD OAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE YAU MA TEI PUBLIC SQUARE IN KOWLOjN. BOTH PIECES OF LAND HAVE BEEN RESUMED FOR REDEVELOPMENT, SO THE ORDINANCE MIGHT SAFE-Y BE LAID TO REST, SAID THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH.

THE HOLTS WHARF (BY-LAWS) ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN 1921 TO AUTHORISE THE MAKING OF BY-LAWS IN RESPECT OF HOLTS WHARF WHICH COMPRISED LAND IN THE EAST TSIM SHA TSUI AREA AND THE GODOWNS, PIERS AND BUILDINGS ON IT. THE ORDINANCE NO LONGEF APPLIED AS THE PROPERTY HAD CHANGED HANDS AND ITS CHARACTER HAD BEEN COMPLETELY ALTERED. HOTEL AND OFFICE PREMISES NOW OCCUPIED THE AREA.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED.

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THREE BILLS PASSED * * M

THREE BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE URBAN COUNCIL (DONATION) BILL 1981, THE IMMIGRATION AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL 1981 AND THE LANDLORD AND TENANT CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1981.

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BUS DRIVER FATIGUE REPORT STUDIED * * *

THE FINAL REPORT ON THE +PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS OF WORKING HOURS, WORKING CONDITIONS AND FATIGUE AMONG BUS DRIVERS IN HONG KONG+ WAS DISCUSSED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY REPRESENTATIVES PROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE REPORT WAS COMPILED BY MR A.J. COURTNEY AND MR W.A. EVANS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG'S INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT IN COOPERATION WITH KMB AND CMB.

THE STUDY COVERS A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS RELEVANT TO PERFORMANCE AND FATIGUE AMONGST BUS DRIVERS AND THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

THE MAIN FINDINGS OF THE REPORT ARE i

* OLDER BUS DRIVERS HAVE A CONSIDERABLY BETTER SAFETY RECORD THAN YOUNGER DRIVERS.

* THE CAREER STRUCTURES FOR BUS DRIVERS DO NOT SUFFICIENTLY ENCOURAGE THE OLDER, MORE EXPERIENCED DRIVER. PAY DIFFERENTIALS ARE DOMINATED BY OVERTIME.

* THE ACCIDENT RATE IS PARTICULARLY HIGH AT THE BEGINNING AND TOWARDS THE END OF SHIFTS.

* SOME DRIVERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN SPLIT SHIFTS, HAVE LONG PERIODS BETWEEN SIGNING ON AND SIGNING OFF.

M AN EXAMINATION OF THE INFORMATION REQUIRED ON BUS ACCIDENTS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY THE BUS COMPANIES, POLICE AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

* THERE IS A NEED FOR IMPROVED INTERNAL COMMUNICATION WITHIN BOTH KMB AND CMB BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND JUNIOR STAFF.

* SAFETY AND COURTESY BONUS SCHEMES SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND EXTENDED.

* GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER REGULATION OF THE HOURS OF WORK OF BUS DRIVERS BASED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE ON OVERSEAS LEGISLATION.

* THE BUSES USED IN HONG KONG ARE IMPORTED FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NONE OF THE BUS DRIVER CABS INVESTIGATED SATISFIED THE ♦ IDEAL CAB+ SPECIFICATION FOR THE LOCAL DRIVER POPULATION.

* FANS SHOULD BE FITTED IN ALL BUS CABS AS A COUNTERMEASURE TO THE THERMAL STRESS TO WHICH LOCAL BUS DRIVERS ARE EXPOSED DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

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RU9 DRIVERS FEEL THAT THEY ARE OFTEN BLAMED FOR PROBLEMS OF THE BUS SERVICES FOR WHICH THEY *^ENORESPONSIB!LITY. THE TEAM FOUND THAT MANY DRIVERS ARE INTELL I GENT AND SENS!._ AND RECOMMENDED THAT THE COMPANIES ^GOVERNMENT M’GHJ FIND IT USEFUL TO INVOLVE DRIVERS IN DECISIONS THAT INVOLVt

HEIR DAY-TO-DAY «3RK.

THERE IS SCOPE FOR MORE DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE BUS COMPANIES ND GOVERNMENT ON MATTERS SUCH AS OVERLOADING WHERE

CONFLICTING OBJECTIVES I-ACE UNFAIR DEMANDS ON THE DRIVERS.

THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE THOROUGH EXAMINATIONS OF DRIVER SELECTION AND TRAINING, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF WORK AND ACCIDtNTS, BUS CAB DESIGN, THE ErrtCi OF VIBRATION ON DRIVERS AND THE METHODS OF REPORT IN

ttRAR^I^A¥;«E,'EDi;i^M?FNTRArRV^^T$I Th! ««S WERE

RECEIVED AND PREPARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION TO BE TAKEN. aWWWOR" ALTHOUGH FURTHER EFFORTS ARE NEEDED TO REDUCE THE NUMBER Or ACC^DENTS^^A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

MORE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT "OR PROBATION SCHEME

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT MORE CIVIC-MINDED CITIZENS WOULD JOIN THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

HE TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA THAT FEEDBACK FROM THE VOLUNTEERS SHOWED THAT IN ALMOST ALL CASES, THEY WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PROBATIONERS AND GAINED GREAT SATISFACTION IN WORKING WITH THEM.

THE PROBATIONERS IN TURN WERE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP THEY RECEIVED.

A STUDY UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT FROM APRIL 1978 TO MARCH 1980 INDICATED THAT 90 PER CENT OF PROBATION OFFICERS FELT THE VOLUNTEERS HAD ACCOMPLISHED THE I? •'SS IGNMEN7S. EIGHTY-TWO PER CENT OF THE VOLUNTEERS HELD THE SAME VIEW AND 83 PER CENT OF THE PROBATIONERS AGREED.

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+IT IS OBVIOUS,* MR ALLEYNE SAID, +THAT THE PUBLIC CONCERN AND SUPPORT EXTENDED BY VOLUNTEERS UNDER THE ’VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS’ HAVE FAR-REACHING POSITIVE EFFECTS IN THE OVERALL REHABILITATION OF PROBATIONERS.*

MR ALLEYNE -AID THAT TO BE QUALIFIED TO JOIN THE SCHEME AS A VOLUNTEER, ONE SHOULD PREFERABLY BE OVER 21, WITH AN EDUCATION STANDARD OF SECONDARY LEVEL OR ABOVE, BUT PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE WOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED.

♦VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO EXPECTED BASICALLY TO HAVE A MATURE, SOCIABLE AND SYMPATHETIC PERSONALITY AND MOST IMPORTANT, BE WILLING TO /AKE FRiENDS WITH OFFENDERS AND TO SPARE THEIR OWN LEISURE TIME TO WORK WITH THEM.*

WHEN A VOLUNTEER IS READY TO START WORK AFTER ATTENDING AN ORIENTATION COURSE, HE WILL BE MATCHED WITH A PROBATIONER IN NEED OF HELP.

MR ALLEYNE SAID A SUCCESSFUL MATCHING MIGHT TAKE A LONG TIME, BUT THE EFFORT AND TIME SPENT WAS WORTHWHILE.

ONCE A MATCH IS MADE, THE VOLUNTEER CAN REALLY BEGIN HIS SERVICE BY PROVIDING PERSONAL ASSISTANCE TO THE PROBATIONER.

MR ALLEYNE SAID THAT SIX MONTHS WAS THE OPTIMUM PERIOD OF SERVICE, PROVIDED THAT THE PROBATION ORDER WAS STILL IN FORCE.

THE PERIOD IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND MAY BE EXTENDED TO THE DATE OF EXPIRY OF THE PROBATION ORDER IF THE PROBATION OFFICER CONSIDERS IT APPROPRIATE AND, SUBJECT TO THE CONSENT OF THE VOLUNTEER.

THE PERIOD OF SERVICE MAY ALSO BE TERMINATED AT ANY TIME BY THE MUTUAL CONSENT OF THE PROBATION OFFICER AND THE VOLUNTEER.

AFTER COMPLETING SIX MONTHS OF SERVICE, VOLUNTEERS ARE AWARDED +CERTIFICATES OF APPLICATION.*

UP TO THE END OF 1980-61, 73 VOLUNTEERS HAD BEEN AWARDED SUCH CERTIFICATES.

IN 1981-82, 70 VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED AND TRAINED.

♦ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE BY THE PROBATION OFFICERS TO SELECT SUITABLE PROBATIONERS TO BE MATCHED TO THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE,* MR ALLEYNE SAID.

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SHA TIN ARTS FESTIVAL TO OPEN ON SUNDAY * * * *

SHA TIN’S FIRST ARTS FESTIVAL WILL LAST FOR 22 DAYS AND INCLUDE AO ITEMS.

IT OPENS ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 13) WITH A CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AT THE SIR RUN RUN SHAW HALL OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY, DR MA LIN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

BESIDES THE OPENING CONCERT, THERE WILL BE TWO CONCERTS OF CLASSICAL CHINESE MUSIC ON DECEMBER 16 AND 20 BY WELL-KNOWN PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS AND BY STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY MUSIC SCHOOL.

A CHRISTMAS CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND ANOTHER CONCERT BY THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 22 AND 27.

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A WEEK OF CANTONESE OPERA FROM DECEMBER 21 TO DECEMBER 27 BY THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE AT TAI WAI.

OTHER EVENTS WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY THE INTERNATI '.L STRING QUARTET, THE MUK LAN DANCE TROUPE, THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE AND THE LUNG CHEUNG OPERA TROUPE FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE DRAMA GROUP, SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION CA.i'ONESE OPERA TRAINING CLASS AND DISTRICT DANCE TROUPES WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME.

A MAJOR ATTRACTION WILL BE AN EXHIBITION OF SHA TIN’S HISTORY, IN WHICH A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF LOCAL VILLAGE FURNITURE AND TOOLS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER EXHIBITS WILL BE SHOWN IN AND AROUND A LIFE-SIZE REPRODUCTION OF A TYPICAL SHA TIN VILLAGE HOUSE. THIS WILL BE HELD AT TAI WAI PUBLIC SCHOOL FROM DECEMBER 16 TO 21.

THE FESTIVAL CLOSES ON JANUARY 3 WITH A PERFORMANCE BY THE MUK LAN DANCE TROUPE.

AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, OUTLINED THE PROGRAMME FOR THE FESTIVAL, WHICH IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MUSIC OFFICE.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RUN RUN SHAW HALL, SHA TIN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, TAI WAI VILLAGE OFFICE AND WO CHE, SHA KOK AND SUI WO ESTATES’ COMMERCIAL COMPLEXES. ENTRY FOR MOST OF THE ITEMS IS FREE.

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THr BUDGET IS ABOUT $750 000,OF WHICH $300 000 FOR THE ONE-.EEI- CANTONESE OPERA l=S BEING PROVIDED BY THE TAI WAI VILLAGE CFF ICE.

THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL PROVIDE $105 000 AND THE ARTS ASSOCIATION $40 JOO.

THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MUSIC OFFICE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EXPENSES OF A NUMBER OF ITEMS IN THE PROGRAMME AND THE DEFICIT WILL BE MET BY PRIVATE DONATIONS.

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TOURING FORUM ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION * * * *

A FREE AND USEFUL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TOOK PLACE THIS AFTERNOON ON BOARD THE +SIR CECIL CuEMENTI* WHILE IT CRUISED IN THE HARBOUR OFF KWUN TONG.

ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF WAN CHAI, MR THONY GEC'TREY COOPER, IT PROVIDED A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR 14 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF NINE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THERE WAS, HOW'.VER, ALSO A TWO-WAY EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS JOINTLY LED BY MR DAVID K.P.TSUI, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OF KWUN TONG AND MR ANTHONY ROBIN CLARK, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR WAN CHAI.

THE FOUR-HOUR FORUM STARTED AT 12.30 PM WHEN THE SIR CECIL CLEMENTI BERTHED AT THE QUEEN’S PIER TO PICK UP THE 14 PARTICIPANTS FROM THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMITTEE BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE KWUN TONG PUBLIC PIER TO PICK UP THE OTHER NINE PARTICIPANTS FROM THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

THE BOAT THEN TOURED KOWLOON BAY, YAU TONG BAY AND LEI YUE MUN,

WHILE THE DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD.

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SOCIAL SECURITY CRITERIA ................................. 1

HONG KONG ORGANISES ASIAN ANTI-CANCER EDUCATION PROJECT...... 2

CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS HOSPITAL ............................... 4

NEW TIMETABLE FOR PASSENGER TRAINS ............................ 4

GOVERNOR TO OPEN SPECIAL OLYMPICS ............................ 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CHAI WAN ROAD ......................... 5

CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION ON HONG KONG HISTORY................. 6

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ................................... 7

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SOCIAL SECURITY CRITERIA

* * *

ALL RECIPIENTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS MUST BE KEPT FULLY AWARE OF THE CRITERIA RELATED TO THEIR ENTITLEMENT TO THE ASSISTANCE OR ALLOWANCE DURING THEIR TEMPORARY ABSENCE FROM HONG KO.IG.

THIS IS NECESSARY TO FURTHER MINIMISE THE POSSIBILITY OF DISPU7- CAUSED BY OVERPAYMENT AND TO SAFEGUARD THE RECIPIENTS’ BENEFITS.

THIS IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF OBSERVATIONS MADE BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY APPEAL BOARD ON APPEAL CASES IN ITS ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE -EAR 1980/81.

THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO NOTE THAT SINCE AUGUST 1, 1980, THE SOCI L WELFARE DEPA7 MENT HAS ADOPTED AN IMPROVED METHOD OF TREATMENT UNDER WHICH THE ABSENCE ALLOWANCE WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL CASES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THE ABSENCE HAS BEEN REPORTED IN ADVANCE.

REFERRING TO TRAVELLING EXPENSES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE APPLICANTS FOR ATTENDING OFFICE INTERVIEWS, THE BOA D CONSIDERS IT +APPROPRI-TE FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO REIMBURSE THE TRAVELLING EXPENSES INCURRED IN SUCH A WAY.*

ON PAYMENT THROUGH AUTO-PAY, THE BOARD NOTES THAT FROM APRIL 1, 1981, EVERY SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL BE INFORMED OF THE 3AY DATE WHEN HE IS NOTIFIED OF THE RESULT OF HIS APPLICATION.

IT IS THE PRACTICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO KEEP THE PAY DATE UNCHANGED . LONG AS POSSIBLE.

+BUT THERE IS STILL THE POSSIBILITY THAT IT MAY BE CHANGED AFTER THE CASE IS REVIEWED,* THE BOARD SAYS.

+ IT IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO KEEP THE APPLICANT ALSO INFORMED OF ANY SUBSEQUENT CHANGES OF THE PAY DATE IN FUTURE SO AS NOT TO CAUSE HIM ANY MISUNDERSTANDING AND ANXIETY.*

OTHER OBSERVATIONS MADE BY THE BOARD INCLUDE:

* APPLICANTS FOR DISABILITY ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE HELP TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE MEANING OF SEVERE DISABILITY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT ONCE THEY ARE MEDICALLY ASSESSED AS INELIGIBLE.

* TO AVOID UNDUE HARDSHIP TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS IN CASES WHERE REVIEWS ARE NOT COMPLETED IN TIME, IT SEEMS NECESSARY FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO PAY THEM CASH DIRECT FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS AS PAYMENT OF THEIR ENTITLEMENT ALREADY OP LIKELY TO EE DELAYED.

DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, 104 COMPLAINTS WERE LODGED WITH THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD, REFLECTING AN INCREASE OF 26.8 PER CE! " WHEN CCM=ARED WITH THE PRECEDING YEAR.

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OUT OF THESE 104 CASES, 61 DID NOT LEAD TO APPEALS, WERE REFERRED TO THE APPROPRIATE OFFICES FOR ATTENTION, EVENTUALLY BECAME APPEALS.

NINE AND 34

THE BOARD RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 54 APPEALS DURING THE YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 35 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING YEAR. OF THESE, 23 WERE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES, 25 SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE CASES AND SIX TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE CASES.

MOST OF THE APPELLANTS LODGED THEIR APPEALS AT THE OFFICE CF THE BOARD.

BOARD HEARINGS WERE HELD FOR 40 APPEALS, FIVE OF WHICH WERE BROUGHT FORWARD FROM THE PRECEDING YEAR. THIS REFLECTS ^"N INCREASE CF SEVEN HEARINGS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING YEAR.

THE BOARD CONFIRMED THE DECISIONS OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ON 22 CASES AND GAVE NEW DECISIONS ON THE REMAINING 18 CASES. THE DIRECTOR WAS REQUESTED TO LOOK INTO OTHER WELFARE NEEDS OF SIX

APPELLANTS.

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HONG KONG ORGANISES ASIAN ANTI-CANCER EDUCATION PROJECT

* * * *

HONG KONG WILL PLAY HOST TO SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES EARLY NEXT WEEK BY ORGANISING A WORKSHOP TO PROMOTE CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

SUPPORTED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE WORKSHOP IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ANT I-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST CANCER.

OVER 90 DELEGATES FROM HONG KONG AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES WILL ATTEND THE THREE-DAY WORKSHOP FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO WEDNESDAY. THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE MAINLY TEACHERS AND WORKERS IN HEALTH AND RELATED FIELDS.

AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF CONSULTANTS IN CANCER EDUCATION WILL HELP CONDUCT THE WORKSHOP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIETY POINTED OUT THAT ONE OF THE MAIN OBJECTIVES IS TO IMPART KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CANCER TO CHILDREN.

♦CANCER REMAINS THE TOP KILLER DISEASE IN HONG KONG, AS IN MANY ADVANCED COUNTRIES, BUT IT IS A DISEASE THAT CAN BE PREVENTED, AND CURED IF DETECTED EARLY,+ HE SAID.

♦CORRECT INFORMATION ON CANCER MUST BE PUT ACROSS TO THE PUBLIC TO ALLAY THE UNNECESSARY FEAR OF THE DISEASE AND TO DIRECT THEM TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE,♦ HE SAID.

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♦THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO YOUNGSTERS BEFORE THEY HAVE ACQUIRED ANY HABIT DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR HEALTH,* HE STRESSED.

THROUGH WORKSHOP, IT IS INTENDED TO INVOLVE TEACHERS, SCHOOLS AND GO.RNMENT OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT TO FORMULATE SOME POLICIES AND COURSES OF ACTION TO TEACH CHILDREN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

DURING THE WORKSHOP, OVERSEAS DELEGATES WILL PRESENT PAPERS ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING CANCER IN SCHOOLS, WHILE HONG KONG PARTICIPANTS WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR FINDINGS ON TEACHERS’ 'ND CHILDREN’S KNOWLEDGE OF AND THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS CANCER DISEASES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF +THE ASIAN REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS*, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST CANCER (U.I.C.C.) WILL BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 14) AT THE CHING ROOM, FOURTH FLOOR, SHERATON HOTEL, KOWLOON.

SPEAKERS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE THE DIRECTOR CF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG- THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR C.H. HAYE- THE CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY, DR H.C. HO- AND THE CHAIRMAN-ELECT OF UICC PROGRAMME ON SMOKING AND CANCER, DR NIGEL GRAY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 13) AT THE CHING ROOM, SHERATON HOTEL FOR THE ORGANISERS OF THE WORKSHOP TO MEET MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP.

ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE WILL BE DR RUDY KHOO, SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY- DR ANNE CHARLTON, CHAIRPERSON CF UICC PROJECT ON CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS- MR TOM DOELLNER, CONSULTANT TO THE DANISH CANCER SOCIETY AND DR NIGEL GRAY.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER BOTH EVENTS.

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4 -CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS HOSPITAL * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED QUE£N ELIZABETH HOSPITAL TO LOOK OVER THE WORK AT THE LARGEST ACUTE HOSPITAL THE COMMONWEALTH.

HE WAS ACCO> ?AN I ED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, I- K.L. THONG- THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (KOWLOON), DR PATRICK VO 3 AND THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT, DR S.L.CHAN.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, WAS ALSO PRESENT.

SIR PHILIP WAS SHOWN AROUND THE CASUALTY, RADIOTHERAPY RADIODIAGNOSTIC AND PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENTS AND WARDS.

D"RING THE VIS IS, HE MET THE STAFF OF VARIOUS UNITS AND DISCUSSED WITH THEM ABOUT WORKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER MATTERS.

OPENED IN 1963, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, OPERATES A TWENTY-FOUR HOUR CASUALTY SERVICE, DEALING WITH ABOUT 800 CASES A DAY, AS MUCH AS ALL OTHER CASUALTY DEPARTMENTS PUT TOGETHER.

IT PROVIDES ALL THE IN-PATIENT AND OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES OF AN ACUTE GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR PATIENTS IN KOWLOON AND PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE HOSPITAL ORIGINALLY CONTAINED 1 338 BEDS, BUT NOW HAS

1 933.

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NEW TIMETABLE FOR PASSENGER TRAINS

* * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL INTRODUCE A NEW TIMETABLE ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO IMPROVE THE PUNCTUALITY OF TRAIN SCHEDULES.

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THERE ARE 41 TRAINS ---- 20 NORTHBOUND

AND 21 SOUTHBOUND --- RUNNING DAILY BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LOWU,

INCLUDING ONE DOWN-TRAIN FROM FANLING.

THE REVISED TIMETABLE WILL CANCEL ONE UP-TRAIN AND ONE DOWN-TRAIN, HE SAID.

•♦■HOPEFULLY, THIS WILL IMPROVE THE PUNCTUALITY OF OUR TIGHT TRAIN SCHEDULES WHILE ENGINEERING WORKS ON KCR’S ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION PROGRAMME ARE BEING CARRIED OUT AT THE SAME TIME,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GUANGZHOU wILL NOT E AFFECTED.

COPIES OF THE NEW TIMETABLE ARE POSTED AT ALL STATIONS.

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GOVERNOR TO OPEN SPECIAL OLYMPICS

* * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF Tr._ 1981 PAN-PACIFIC SPECIAL OLYMPICS — HONG KONG TO E" HELD AT 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 12) AT THE WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUND.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, MR KENNETH TOPLEY- THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR E.P. HO- THE VICE-PATRON OF THE GAMES, DR THE HON HARRY FANGOFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS INCORPORATED, MR GLENN BEACHY, AND OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME SUCH AN EVENT IS HELD IN THE PAN-PACIFIC REGION. MORE THAN 200 ATHLETES ARE EXPECTED TO COMPETE IN THE GAMES MODELLED AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

THE 1981 PAN-PACIFIC SPECIAL OLYMPICS IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE WAN CHaI SPORTS GROUND ON SATURDAY, WHILE SWIMMING EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT CHI FU GARDEN INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, AND BASKETBALL AND TABLE TENNIS COMPETITIONS AT THE ABERDEEN INDOOR GAMES HALL ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 13).

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AND ALSO THE GAMES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CHAI WAN ROAD * * * *

ONE TRAFFIC LANE IN CHAI WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI TAM ROAD AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 12) TO FACILITATE RESURFACING WORK.

IN ADDITION, THE BUS-ONLY LANE ALONG THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY IN CHAI WAN ROAD WILL ALSO BE TEMPORARILY OPENED TO ALL TRAFFIC ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL LAST FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

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CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION ON HONG KONG HI TORY * * * *

VILLAGERS AND RURAL LEADERS WHO HAD HELPED IN COLLECTING MATERIAL FOR A LOCAL HISTORY EXHIBITION WERE PRAISED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADM INSTRAT I ON, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

MR 'KERS-cONES WAS OPENING THE EXHIBITION AND A THREE-DAY CONFE'.E CE ENTITLED +HONG KONG HISTORY AND SOCIETY IN CHANGE* AT T.-Z CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE EXHIBITION, HE SAID, WOULD GIVE VISITORS AND SCHOLARS ALIKE AN INDICATION OF THE SOURCE MATERIALS FOR HONG KONG’S HISTORY.

+1 PARTICULARLY WISH TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE HAND-WRITTEN MATER I AL.

+ IN MOST CASES THIS HAS BEEN COLLECTED IN THE LOCAL VILLAGES, THROUGH THE KEEN INTEREST AND SUPPORT OF RURAL LEADERS, BY A GROUP OF STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

♦THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MATERIAL IS BEYOND QUESTION, ESPECIALLY AS IT SUPPLIES MATERIALS ON LOCAL HISTORY WHICH CANNOT BE FOUND IN ANY PUBLISHED BOOK.

+ 1 TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THOSE VILLAGE PEOPLl. HO HAVE GENEROUSLY ALLOWED THESE RECORDS TO BE COPIED AND TO URGE OTHERS TO LEND SIMILAR SUPPORT TO THE WORK OF COLLECTING WHEN IT REACHES OTHER DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES,* MR AKERS-JONES S- ID.

HE SAID THE EaHIBITION AND CONFERENCE WERE TIMELY AND THEIR GOALS WERE OF DIRECT INTEREST TO ALL, ESPECIALLY TO THE MANY PERSONS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND A COMPLEX AND SOPHISTICATED SOCIETY.

+1 URGE THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE COLLECTING OF MATERIAL OF SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE,* HE CONCLUDED.

TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, SPEAKING FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, SAID HE THOUGHT THE REASON FOR INCREASED INTEREST IN LOCAL HISTORY WAS BECAUSE HONG KONG MEANT MORE THAN IT DID BEFORE TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED HERE.

*HONG KONG IS NOW VALUABLE FOR ITS OWN SAKE AND THERE IS, AGAIN, A WORLD-WIDE INTEREST IN CHINA AND ALL THINGS CHINESE,* HE SAID.

IN THESE CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES MANY PEOPLE WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PLACE.

THOSE WHO LIVED HERE WANTED TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER AND PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE HAD BECOME FASCIN-TED BY IT, HE SAID.

ON DISPLAY AT THE EXHIBITION ARE PHOTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENT., BOOKS, MAPS AND PAMPHLETS SHOWING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HO' _ KONG BEFORE AND AFTER 1841.

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THESE INCLUDE ORIGINAL AND MICROFILM COPIES OF EARLY COUNTY GAZETTEERS, AN 1866 SAN ON DISTRICT MAP COMPILED BY AN ITALIAN MISSIONARY, MATERIAL ABOUT VILLAGE WARS, PUBLICATIONS OF URBaN ASSOCIATIONS OF LONG STANDING, AND IDENTITY, INOCULATION AND RATION CARDS ISSUED DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION.

OF PARTICULAR INTEREST ARE COPIES OF HANDWRITTEN BOOKS FROM ANY LOCAL VILLAGES WHICH CONTAIN VALUABLE INFORMATION ON SOCIAL, RELIGIOUS AND MANAGERIAL ASPECTS OF RURAL LIFE.

ABOUT 20 LOCAL ACADEMICS AND SCHOLARS HAVE SUBMITTED PAPERS TO THE CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ESSAY FORM LATER.

BOTH THE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE DRAWN MAINLY FROM FACULTIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS * * M-

THE LATEST DATE FOR POSTING LOCAL MAIL ITEMS TO ENSURE DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS DECEMBER 21 (MONDAY), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

MEANWHILE, OFFICES WILL BE 33 POST OFFICES

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT ALL POST

CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY. HOWEVER INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI IN KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN AID TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON DECEMBER 26 (SATURDAY).

P£RIODEJTuL Bl*-ASEFjL^Cs?eEMENTS ™E VEAR

DATE

DELIVERIES

SUNDAY (DECEMBER 13)

SUNDAY (DECEMBER 20)

CHRISTMAS DAY

SATURDAY (DECEMBER 26)

SUNDAY (DECEMBER 27)

NEW YEAR’S DAY

ONE DELIVERY

TWO DELIVERIES

NO DELIVERY

ONE DELIVERY

NO DELIVERY

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TFC PRAISED FOR EFFORTS K * K

CONGRATULATING THE NEWLY-FORMED TRADE FACILITATION COUNCIL ON ITS INCORP. .7I0N AS AN INDEPENDENT ORGANISATION. THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE r DUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID THAT SOME TIME AGO IT HAD BECOME OBVIOUS THAT THE FORMER TF CO' IITTEE, WHICH WAS DEDICATED TO THE CONCEPT OF EFFICIENCY, WAS IL ITSELF INEFFICIENTLY ARRANGED.

AT A CEREMONY TO OPEN THE COUNCIL’S NEW OFFICES IN OCEAN

CENTRE, MR DORWARD SAID, +IN THEORY, THE TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE WAS AN ADVISORY BODY, RECOMMENDING TO ME OR MY PREDECESSC S VARIOUS PROPOSALS FOR THE SIMPLIFICATION AND STANDARDISATION OF TRADE DOCUMENTATION AND ~-.E STREAMLINING OF TRADE PROCEDURES.

+IN PRACTICE, OF COURSE, THE COMMITTEE HAD TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY IN PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THESE IMPROVEMENTS, BECAUSE IT WAS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR MY DEPARTMENT TO APPEAR TO BE LECTURING BUSINESSMEN ON WHAT WERE ESSENTIALLY COMMERCIAL PRACTICES.+

+IT HAD NO INDEPENDENT LEGAL STATUS NOR EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS. THE SORT OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES IT NEEDED TO BE INVOLVE C--TEN RELATED TO CONTRACTS AND FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS WHICH, LEGALLY SPEAKING, THE COMMITTEE WAS NOT COMPETENT TO UNDERTAKE,* HE SAID.

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE NEWLY-INDEPENDENT COUNCIL WAS ACHIEVED BY THE HARD WORK :?■ ENTHUSIASM OF MANY PEOPLE, MR DORWARD PAID PARTICULAR TRIBUTE TO MR IAN TOMLIN.

+HIS TOTAL DEDICATION OVER 15 YEARS TO THE CONCEPTS OF TRADE FACILITATION HAS CARRIED THE PROJECT FORWARD WHEN, AT TIMES. IT MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE FOUNDERED- AND HONG KONG’S BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS MUCH CAUSE TO BE GRATEFUL TO HIM,+ CONCLUDED MR DORWARD.

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MTR RAILWAY AREA PLAN OPEN TO INSPECTION .................... 1

SEPTEMBER'S EXTERNAL TRADE .................................. 2

KCR CORPORATION TRANSITIONAL BOARD .......................... 5

TWO NEWEST FISHING TRAWLERS LAUNCHED ........................ 6

HUNG HOM OUTLINE ZONING PLAN REVISED ........................ 7

TAT CHEE AVENUE DEVELOPMENT ................................. 8

CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION OPENED aT BRIDE'S POOL ............... 9

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEMBERS PRAISED FOR WORK ............... 10

WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE DISPLAYED AT ADMIRALTY STATION .... 11

DUMPING FROM VEHICLES CmN COST 85 000 AND JAIL TEEM ......... 12

NT INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE TO BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY .... 1J

HONG KONG - AUSTRALIA AIR MAIL .............................. 1J

KING'S ROAD TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT ............................. 14

TRAFFIC IN WOOSUNG STREET ................................... 14

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

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MTR RAILWAY AREA PLAN OPEN TO INSPECTION * * * *

THE RAILWAY AREA PLAN FOR THE ISLAND LINE OF THE MASS TRAMS T <AIL- < 'ETWEEN VICTORIA PARK AND SHAU KEI WAN HAS BEEN DEPOSITlu BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS IN THE LAND OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

THE PLAN SHOWS THE AREAS IN WHICH LAND MAY BE RESUMED OR EASEMENTS CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING AND RUNNING THE RAILWA., PROPERTIES WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED ARE INDICATED ON THE PLAN. O, ! > OF LAND AND PROPERTIES ACTUALLY AFFECTED BY THE RAILWAY MAY CLAIM COMPENSATION.

COPIES OF THE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED FREE OF CHARGE DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE C’TY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENC.JIRY SUB-OFFICE, CGO. WEST WING, G/F- PWD HEADQUARTERS, MURRAY BUILDING, 19/F, GARDEN ROAD- OR AT ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE PLAN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE ISLAND LINE, THE SECTION FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO CHAI WAN, IS UNDER PREPARATION, AND IS EXPECTED TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. RAILWAY AREA PLANS FOR THE SECTIONS BETWEEN SHEUNG WAN AND VICTORIA PARK AND AT TAI KOO SHING HAVE ALREADY BEEN PRODUCED.

THE ISLAND LINE PROPOSAL, RUNNING INITIALLY FROM WESTERN MARKET TO CHAI WAN, HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY THE GOVERNMENT ANT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION. CONSTRUCTION OF THE UNDERGrouND SECTION OF THE RAILWAY WILL BE BY BORED TUNNEL, WITH STATION CONCOURSES LOCATED IN ADJACENT DEVELOPMENT SITES, THUS MINIMISING DISRUPTION OF THE MAJOR THOROUGHFARES DURING CONSTRUCTION.

THE ALIGNMENT OF THE RAILWAY AND THE LOCATION OF BUILDINGS CONNECTED WITH IT HAVE, AS WAS THE CASE WITH THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM AND THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION, BEEN CHOSEN WITH GREAT CARE SO THAT THE EFFECT ON PROPERTIES IS LIMITED.

IT IS THE INTENTION THAT, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, THE OWNERS OF AFFECTED PROPERTIES WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME, SO THAT NOT ALL THE AFFECTED SITES WILL NEED TO BE RESUMED.

OCCUPIERS OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES WHICH ARE ACQUIRED FOR RAILWAY PURPOSES WILL, WHERE ELIGIBLE, BE OFFERED ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

AS WELL AS GiVtNG THE GOVERNOR THE POWER TO ORDER RESUMPTIONS OR CREATION OF EASEMENTS. THE MTR (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE ALSO EMPOWERS THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS TO REQUIRE THE OWNER OF ANY BUILDING IN THE RAILWAY AREA TO REMOVE ANY OBJECT OR STRUCTURE WHICH IS ATTACHED TO, OR PROJECTS FROM, THE BUILDING IF HE CONSIDERS ITS REMOVAL IS NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING THE RAILWAY.

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THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY DOES NOT MEAN TH -DEVE'. 1PMENT OF THE SITES ADJACENT TO THE RAILWAY AREA WILL AUTOMAT'SA .Y 3; ^FROZEN*, SINCE IN ALL BUT A FEW CASES REDEVELOPMENT CAN BE PERMITTED, U ‘DER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. HOWEVER, AS A SAFEGUARD AG/ MT POSSIBLE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE RAILWAY WORKS AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THROUGH THE BUILDING AUTHORITY. HAS STATUTORY POWERS TO REFUSE APPROVAL TO BUILDING PLANS IF HE CONSIDERS THEY ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY..

OWNERS MAY BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH CLAIMS TO COMPENSATION WHERE THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS REQUIRES LEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE REMOVED, OR THE BUILDING AUTHORITY REFUSES TO APPROVE BUILDING PLANS.

A NUMBER OF TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT STREET ALTERATIONS MAY BE NECESSARY TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY, AND WHEN DETAILS OF THESE ARE FINALISED ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE. BUS INES OWNERS WILL BE ENTITLED TO SUBMIT CLAIMS FOR BUSINESS LOSS. AS WITH THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM AND THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION, OPERATORS OF SMALL SHOPS AND BUSINESSES WHOSE TRADE IS AFFECTED BY THE WORKS CAN APPLY FOR MONTHLY PAYMENTS UNDER AN ADVANCE PAYMENT SCHEME.

ALL CLAIMS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE SUBMISSION OF CLAIMS IS IN MOST CASES ONE YEAR, AS LAID DOWN IN THE MTR (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE. GENERAL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE PLAN SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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SEPTEMBER’S EXTERNAL TRADE MMX

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BY EIGHT PER CENT, WITH VOLUME^P BY S^PER CENT^S^TwIt^hd^0

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AGAINST A 15 PfcR CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS.

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VALUES, AFTER DISCOUN ING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMES IC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP ARE SHOWN BELOW:

CHANGES COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH SEPTEMBER 1980

EXPORT EXPORT EXPORT

VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

Mil III 1 .III 1 ■ ■

CLOTHING (EXC‘°T FUR) +33 +15 +16

TEXTILE FABRICS +39 +11 ♦24

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND +54 + 8 +43

RELATED ARTICLES ALL TRANSISTORISED + 18 ♦16 ♦ 1

RADIOS +16 +15 * 1

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS - 4 + 11 -14

FOOTWEAR +48 +12 +32

METAL MANUFACTURES - 2 ♦ 3 - 5

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -43 - 3 -41

WATCHES AND CLOCKS COMMODITY GROUPS NOT ♦16 -12 +32

SPECIFIED ABOVE ♦37 +17 +17

ALL COMMODITIES *28 +12 + 14

THE EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM THREE PER CENT FOR METAL MANUFACTURES TO 16 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE MADE-UPS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE EXPORT PRICES OF METAL ORES AND SCRAP, AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS, FELL BY THREE PER CENT AND 12 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+43 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+32 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (+32 PER CENT). HOWEVER, THE EXPORT VOLUME OF METAL MANUFACTURES, AND METAL ORES AND SCRAP, DECLINED BY FIVE PER CENT AND 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW:

CHANGES COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH SEPTEMBER 1980

IMPORT IMPORT IMPORT

VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS ♦ 14 +21 - 6

CONSUMER GOODS *24 + 6 +17

FUELS - 9 ♦28 -28

RAW MATERIALS ANT

SEMI-MANUFACTURES +32 ♦ 12 +18

CAPITAL GOODS +39 +14 +21

ALL COMMODITIES +25 + 13 *10

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FOODSTUFFS AND FUELS, THE PRICES OF WHICH JUMPED BY 21 =ER CENT AND 28 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FROM SIX PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 14 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS.

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ONLY SOME MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, HE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING LIVE POULTRY AND CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS (OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR). ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TEA AND COFFEE, AS WELL AS SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD DROPPED.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR TOBACCO MANUFACTURES, TEXTILE FADE-UPS, AS WELL AS CAMERAS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SUPPLIES. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF PASSENGER MOTOR CARS DECLINED.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 28 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES INCREASED. PURCHASES OF RAW COTTON, PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS, AS WELL AS DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY, WHEREAS DEMAND FOR YARN OF WOOL AND MIXTURES, AND MAN-MADE FIBRES FELL.

AS FOR CAPITAL GOODS, MAJOR INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND OFFICE MACHINES.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOWt

CHANGES COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH SEPTEMBER 1980

RE-EXPORT VALUE RE-EXPORT UNIT VALUE RE-EXPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS + 60 ♦ 16 + 38

CONSUMER GOODS + 38 INSIGNIFICANT + 39

FUELS +212 +21 +158

RAW MATERIALS AND

SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 44 + 14 + 26

CAPITAL GOODS + 8 + 16 - 7

ALL COMMODITIES + 38 + 8 + 27

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CAPITAL GOODS, THE VOLUME OF WHICH

DROPPED BY SEVEN PER CENT, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF THE MAJOR END-USE CATEGORIES SHOWED SIGNIFICANT INCREASES, RANGING FROM 26 PER CENT FOR RA* MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO 158 PER CENT FOR FUELS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE SEPTEMBER 1981 ISSUE OF ♦HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, WHICH WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HKS2 PER COPY.

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KCR CORPORATION TRANSITIONAL BOARD

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FOLLOWING THE DECISION TO TURN THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY INTO A PUBLIC CORPORATION, A KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION TRANSITIONAL BOARD HAS BEEN APPOINTED AND ITS MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE BOARD IS CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEALING WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE TRANSITION OF THE KCR FROM A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT TO A PUBLIC CORPORATION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID UNTIL SUCH TIME AS A KCR CORPORATION WAS CREATED, THE DAY TO DAY MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF THE KCR AND THE ELECTRIFICATION AND ASSOCIATED WORKS PLANNED FOR COMPLETION AT THE END OF 1982 WOULD REMAIN A GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY.

AS THE BOARD IS CHARGED ONLY WITH TRANSITIONAL MATTERS, IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST WHEN THE KCR CORPORATION IS CREATED. THE NATURE AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE TRANSITIONAL BOARD’S SUCCESSOR, WHICH WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE KCR CORPORATION, HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD IS AS FOLLOWSi THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT (CHAIRMAN) THE HONOURABLE J.J. SWA I NE THE HONOURABLE SELINA CHOW MR N.S. THOMPSON MR T.J. BEDFORD THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE (DESIGNATE) OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION, WHEN APPOINTED. THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE BOARD AREi (A) TO OVERSEE THE PREPARATION OF DRAFT LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF A KCR CORPORATION AND, IN PARTICULAR, TO DEFINE ITS DUTIES, POWERS AND AUTHORITIES.

(B) TO DETERMINE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT OF THOSE PERSONS TO BE OFFERED APPOINTMENTS TO THE INTENDED KCR CORPORATION, INCLUDING STAFF OF THE EXISTING KCR, TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE STAFF OF THE KCR AND MTR.

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(C) TO RECOMMEND TO THE GOVERNOR THE APPOINTMENT CF A CHIEF EXECUTIVE DESIGNATE OF THE KCR CORPORATION AND HIS TERMS' AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND TO APPOINT SUCH OTHER SEN’OR OFFICERS AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS IT MAY DETERMINE.

(D) TO RECOMMEND SUCH OTHER STEPS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO ENABLE A KCR CORPORATION EFFECTIVELY AND SPEEDILY TO BE CREATED AND BROUGHT INTO OPERATION, SUCH AS THOSE, FOR EXAMPLE, RELATING TO PERSONNEL AND FINANCE, INCLUDING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UPON WHICH GOVERNMENT-OWNED ASSETS SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE KCR CORPORATION.

(E) TO RECOMMEND THE VESTING DATE UPON WHICH THE KCR CORPORATION SHALL COME INTO OPERATION.

TWO NEWEST FISHING TRAWLERS LAUNCHED

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TWO FISHING TRAWLERS INSTALLED WITH THE LARGEST SINGLE ENGINES SO FAR IN THE HONG KONG FLEET WERE LAUNCHED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT A CEREMONY IN TWO SHIPYARDS AT SHAU KEI WAN.

NAMED THE +HOI NGAN+ AND THE +HOI KAN+, THE VESSELS WERc LAUNCHED BY THE WIFE OF THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MRS J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN AND THE WIFE OF THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MRS P.E.J. DAVY.

THE FISHING CRAFT WERE BUILT WITH A $3.06 MILLION LOAN GRANTED UNDER THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT 21 YEARS AGO AND ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE ♦ HOI NGAN,+ AT HOP LEE HING SHIPYARD, MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID 68 FISHERMEN HAD OBTAINED LOANS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN $15 MILLION SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FUND.

THE DESIGN OF THE TWO VESSELS BY THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT INCORPORATES FOR THE FIRST TIME VARIABLE PITCH PROPELLERS IN A LOCAL FISHING VESSEL.

MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID 1 +THIS NEW INNOVATION WILL INCREASE THE THRUST AND SPEED OF THE VESSELS BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANTLY IT WILL SAVE FUEL OIL AND CONSEQUENTLY CUT THE COSTS AND CONSERVE ENERGY.

+SUCH SAVINGS ARE OF GREAT CONCERN TO ALL FISHERMEN AND PARTICULARLY TO THE OWNERS OF THIS PAIR OF VESSELS WHICH WILL BE FITTED WITH THE LARGEST SINGLE ENGINES SO FAR INSTALLED IN HONG KONG FISHING VESSELS.*

HE CONGRATULATED MR CHENG FOR-YAU AND MR LEUNG KOON-TAI, OWNERS OF THE VESSELS,ON THEIR INITIATIVE AND ENTERPRISE IN THL PROJECT WHICH WAS SUPPORTED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

FRIDAY, DECEM' 'R 11, 1181

HUNG HOM OUTLINE ZONING PLAN REVISED

*****

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT HUNG HOM OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

A SPOKES- - ’ FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THE AMENDMENTS WERE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY PLANNING CONTROL FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS IN THE DISTRICT AND TO PROVIDE MORE LAND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES.

ONE OF THE MAJOR AMENDMENTS INVOLVES THE REZONING OF A LARGE PORTION OF THE WHAMPOA DOCKYARD, HAVING AN AREA OF ABOUT 14 HECTARES, FROM INDUSTRIAL TO OTHER SPECIFIED USES AND ANNOTATED ♦COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA+.

REDEVELOPMENT ;N THE AREA HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE RELOCATION OF THE DOCKYARD TO TSI NG Yl ISLAND AND THE ZONING AMENDMENT WILL ALLOW PLANNING APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECT COMPLETE WITH THE NECESSARY COMMUNITY, EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE FUTURE RESIDENTS.

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT INDICATES THAT THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME CAN PRODUCE ABOUT 7 OOO FLATS FOR 29 000 PERSONS.

PROPOSAL FOR A NEW NORTH-SOUTH ROAD TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE PLANNING DISTRICT HAS BEEN INCORPORATED. SOME ZONING AMENDMENTS ALONG PART OF THE NEW ROAD ARE ALSO PROPOSED.

SEVERAL SITES HAVE BEEN ZONED OR REZONED FOR GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION/COMMUNiTY USES TO PROVIDE MORE COMMUNITY AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES.

PROPOSALS WERE ALSO MADE TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE OF NOTES OF THE PLAN.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD- THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENCUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE- AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY); MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

''HE DRAFT AMENDMENT FLAN IS ON SALE AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVE> OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPy AND $60 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN AND HAS OFIECTION MAY SUBMIT IT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

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TAT CHEE AVENUE DEVELOPMENT

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WORK WILL BEGIN NEXT APRIL ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF 41 HECTARES OF LAND IN THE TAT CHEE AVENUE AREA TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR THREE TIMES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING THERE AT PRESENT.

THE LAYOUT PLANS FORM PART OF THE DRAFT SHEK KIP MEI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE LAYOUT AREA IS BOUNDED BY CORNWALL STREET TO THE NORTH, THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TO THE EAST, YAU YAT CHUEN AND THE TAI HANG TUNG AND NAM SHAN ESTATES TO THE SOUTH AND NAM CHEONG STREET TO THE WEST.

IT WILL BE DEVELOPED PREDOMINANTLY AS A RESIDENTIAL AREA AND WILL INCLUDE DISTRICT OPEN SPACES AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES FOR BOTH THE AREA’S OWN NEEDS AND TO HELP MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF ADJOINING NEIGHBOURHOODS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE SCHEME, ABOUT 10 000 PEOPLE WOULD BE PROPERLY HOUSED ON A SITE WHICH NOW ACCOMMODATED 3 000 PEOPLE IN GENERALLY SUB-STANDARD ACCOMMODATION.

DEVELOPMENT WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN FOUR STAGES COMMEf ~ING WITH TWO AREAS IN THE EASTERN SECTION.

ONE AREA WILL BE HANDED OVER TO A PRIVATE DEVELOPER WHO WILL BE REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT SITE FORMATION WORKS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE GRANT OF PART OF THE LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SECOND AREA WILL NECESSITATE THE RESUMPTION OF THREE PRIVATE LOTS AND FORMAL NOTICE OF THIS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

TOGETHER WITH THOSE CONSTRUCTED ILLEGALLY ON ADJOINING CROWN LAND, A TOTAL OF 1 031 STRUCTURES INCLUDING HOUSES, SHOPS, WORKSHOPS, PIGSTIES, POULTRY SHEDS AND TWO SCHOOLS WILL HAVE TO BE CLEARED.

APPROXIMATELY 833 FAMILIES WILL BE AFFECTED. INITIAL SCREENING INDICATES THAT 475 OF THEM WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT HOUSING AND THE OTHER 358 FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING. EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION WILL ALSO BE PAID TO THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE.

THE ACQUISITION OF THE THREE LOTS AND CLEARANCE OF THE AREA WILL COST MORE THAN $10 MILLION.

THE TWO SCHOOLS ARE PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND ARE SITUATED PARTLY OR TOTALLY ON CROWN LAND.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPERATORS OF BOTH SCHOOLS WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION NORMALLY PAID TO PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS UPON CLEARANCE.

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Nt SCHOOL DID NOT RE-OPEN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, AFTER THE OPERATER’S APPLICATION TO RUN MORE CLASSES IN ANOTHER SCHOOL HE OWNED WAS APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

IN THE CASE OF THE OTHER SCHOOL, OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAVE TOLD THE SUPERVISOR AND THE PRINCIPAL TO KEEP THEIR 128 STUDENTS INFORMED OF THE IMPENDING CLEARANCE. THEY HAVE ALSO OFFERED TO PROVIDE The DISPLACED STUDENTS WITH LISTS OF PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON WHERE VACANCIES EXIST.

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CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION OPENED AT BRIDE’S POOL X * M *

SOME SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE VISITED THE COUNTRYSIDE LAST YEAR COMPARED WITH FIVE MILLION IN 1979, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION AT BRIDE’S POOL, CLOSE TO TWO COUNTRY PARKS, PAT SIN LENG AND PLOVER COVE. TOGETHER THEY HAVE ATTRACTED NEARLY TWO MILLION VISITORS A YEAR, WHICH IS MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE IN HONG KONG.

+THE SITE CHOSEN FOR THE PAVILION IS AUSPICIOUS, BEING S TUATED AT BRIDE’S POOL AND WATCHED OVER BY THE PAT SIN,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.


IN TERMS OF FACILITIES, THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY HAD PROVIDED, AND WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE, MORE BARBECUE PITS, UNITS, BENCHES, PLAY APPARATUS FOR CHILDREN, LITTER BINS AND TOILETS, HE SAID.

TABLE

FIGHTING JOINT

ON

IN KEEPING THE COUNTRYSIDE GREEN AND CLEAN, THERE IMPROVEMENTS IN REFUSE COLLECTION, FIRE LOOK-OUT, FIRE AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

+1 CANNOT LET PASS THIS OPPORTUNITY OF COMMENTING NEED FOR A MUCH GREATER AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN AND FREE OF LITTER,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

♦ IT IS SUCH A SHAME TO SEE THESE BEAUTIFUL AREAS COVERED IN RUBBISH, WHEN ONLY A SLIGHT EFFORT BY EACH VISITOR COULD AVOID THIS. ♦

THE COST OF $200 000 FOR THE PAVILION WAS DONATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB, WHOSE PRESIDENT IS MR HO YUNG-SANG.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEMBERS PRAISED FOR WORK * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF HONG KONG WERE TH 18 EVENING COMPLIMENTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, FOfk THEIR SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS IN ORGANISING THE YEARLY INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY.

SNEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 36TH HONG KONG iTERNATIONAL SAuON OF PHOTOGRAPHY, AT THE CITY HALL, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE INCREASING NUMBER OF LOCAL AND OVERSEAS EXHIBITORS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY EACH YEAR, AND THE TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC STANDARD OF THE EXHIBITS, BEAR WITNESS TO THE SUCCESS OF THE SOCIETY’S EFFORTS.

THIS YEAR’S EXH IB IT ION,JO INTLY PRESENTED BY THE SOCIETY AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, IS DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIES-+BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS*, +COLOUR PRINTS* AND +COLOUR SLIDES*.

MORE THAN 1 000 ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY WERE RECEIVED FROM OVER 30 COUNTRIES AND REGIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD FROM WHICH OVER 330 OUTSTANDING ENTRIES WERE SELECTED IN EACH CATEGORY.

A GOVERNOR’S TROPHY, A GOLD TROPHY AND PSA GOLD MEDAL, THREE SILVER TROPHIES, FOUR BRONZE TROPHIES AND TEN BRONZE MEDALS ARE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS OF EACH CATEGORY.

AMONG THE PRIZES, THE GOVERNOR’S TROPHY IS AWARDED FOR THE BEST ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY.

THE HOLDERS OF THIS YEAR’S GOVERNOR’S TROPHIES ARE, PAVEL KUN IN OF USSR (BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS), CHOW KWEI-CHING OF CHiNA (COLOUR PRINTS) AND MARTIN BRUCE OF USA (COLOUR SLIDES).

THESE THREE TROPHIES WERE PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WINNERS DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DAILY FROM DECEMBER 12 TO 19 BETWEEN 10 AM AND 7 PM. ON DECEMBER 20 (SUNDAY), THE OPENING HOURS WILL BE 10 AM TO 6 PM.

IN ADDITION TO THE EXHIBITION, THERE WILL BE THREE SLIDE SHOWS HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL ON DECEMBER 12, 13 AND 14, BEGINNING AT 5.30 PM EACH DAY.

ADMISSION TO THE EXHIBITION AND SLIDE SHOWS IS FREE.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF SIR MURRAY’S SPEECH i

♦I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 36TH HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION.

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,nT1 *PH0T0GRAPHY ,s * UNIVERSAL VISUAL ART, AND A MEDIUM OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE BETWEEN DIFFERENT LANDS AND CULTURE. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF HONG KONG WAS FOUNDED TO IMPROVE THE PRACTICE OF THIS ART.

■rue numBER OF LOCAL AND OVERSEAS EXHIBITORS IN

.™^I'2NAL SAL0N 0F photography each year, and the technical

- t!p eTvT-NceeAO$e T*?E EXHIB,TS» BEAR WITNESS TO THE SUCCESS SOCIFTY 2 EFFORTS. I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THE MOUNTING OF exJiJ7t5«HE"whoLS^e‘SohE*I*rdSMV ’E8re'TE“- fel icitatiohs to those

THE 36TH H0NG K0Na

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WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE DISPLAYED AT ADMIRALTY STATION M * * *

WINNING ENTRIES IN A RECENT SAI KUNG PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR FOUR DAYS AT ADMIRALTY STATION FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE COMPETITION WAS HELD BETWEEN JUNE AND SEPTEMBER AND ATTRACTED NEARLY 300 ENTRIES.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE 63 PICTURES, INCLUDING ALL WINNING ENTRIES.

IHE COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY SAI KUNG CULTURE AND RECREATION ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD WAS TO SHOW VARIOUS ASPECTS OF LIFE IN THE DISTRICT.

A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 11.30 AM TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION.

OFFICIATING WILL BE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SU I-JEUNG- THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG PUN-THE CHAIRMAN OF HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR YAU KEI- AND THE 'KUNG CULTURE AND RECREATION ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, MR CHUNG SHI—KWONG.

oe„,™E COMPETITION WAS DIVIDED INTO AN OPEN SECTION, A STUDENT SECTION AND A SECTION FOR PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN THE DISTRICT.

WITH R^ZeFe?"? tN*STUK?H;N 0CT0BER AND “lmRS WERE PI,ESE"TED

ADJUDICATORS INCLUDED THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION, MR CHANG HUNG-CHEONG- THE PRESIDENT OF PENTAX PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION, MR TAM KWOK-KWAN- PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHER, MR KO LO-TONG- AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EVENT’S ORGAN I SERS.

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DUMPING FROM VEHICLES CAN COST $5 000 AND JAIL TERM

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LITTER OFFENDERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES NOW FACE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND A JAIL SENTENCE OF SIX MONTHS UNDER NEW LEGISLATION THAT CAME INTO FORCE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW LAW ALSO EXTENDS THE LIABILITY OF DUMPING LITTER AND aASTE FROM GOODS VEHICLES TO THE REGISTERED OWNER OR HIRER OF THE GOODS VEHICLE IN CASES WHERE THE OFFENDING DRIVER CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED.

THE NEW LEGISLATION COMES UNDER THE PUBLIC CLEANSING AND PREVENTION OF NUISANCES (NEW TERRITORIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1981 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE GAZETTED TODAY.

♦THE AMENDMENT WILL OBIVATE THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH MAY BE ENCOUNTERED IF PROSECUTION IS INSTITUTED,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

PROVISIONS IN THE OLD REGULATIONS HAD BEEN INSUFFICIENT TO COPE WITH THE GROWING PROBLEMS OF LITTER AND WASTE BEING DEPOSITED BY THE DRIVERS OF GOODS VEHICLES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

RECKLESS DRIVERS OF GOODS VEHICLES HAVE IN THE PAST CONSTANTLY AND INDISCRIMINATELY DUMPED LORRY-LOADS OF BUILDING RUBBLE AN? TRADE WASTE OUTSIDE PERMITTED AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MORE THAN 2 000 CUBIC METRES OF SUCH BULKY WASTE WERE REMOVED FROM HIGHWAYS, ROADSIDE AND OPEN SPACES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE LAST THREE MONTHS BY THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION AND THE NTSD WORKERS.

PREVIOUSLY IT HAD BEEN NECESSARY TO CATCH THE DRIVER IN THE ACT OF ACTUALLY DUMPING THE LITTER.

LAW ENFORCEMENT STAFF NOW HAVE WIDER POWERS TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST REGISTERED OWNERS OR HIRERS OF GOODS VEHICLES BY NOTING THE REGISTERED NUMBER OF THE VEHICLE.

HOWEVER, THE REGISTERED OWNER OR HIRER OF THE VEHICLES WILL NOT BE CONVICTED IF HE PROVES THAT AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENCE THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN OR HAD BEEN TAKEN AWAY WITHOUT HIS CONSENT.

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN URGED ALL GOODS VEHICLE DRIVERS TO MAKE USE OF DUMPING SITES SPECIALLY OPENED FOR THEM IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

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NT INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE TO BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY *****

THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE WILL BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LAU wONG-FAT.

THE LEAGUE, DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS, WILL INVOLVE 80 PLAYERS FROM TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN AND YUEN LONG DISTR ICTS.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, TEAMS FROM TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG WILL PLAY THE FIRST MATCH.

THE REMAINING MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED ON THE FOLLOWING THREE SUNDAYS AT SHA TSUI ROAD TENNIS COURTS, TSUEN WAN, AND AT SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB.

WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES ON JANUARY 17.

TENNIS IS ONE OF SEVERAL LEAGUES BEING PROMOTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS COMPETITIONS CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. THE OTHERS ARE SOCCER, BASKETBALL, BADMINTON, VOLLEYBALL, SWIMMING AND TABLE-TENNIS.

SQUASH AND ATHLETICS LEAGUES ARE BEING PLANNED.

THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR DAVID CHIU YIM-SHUN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR TANG TUNG-CHIU, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE OPENING.

HONG KONG - AUSTRALIA AIR MAIL

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A SPOKESMAN OF THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT DUE TO AN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE BY THE AUSTRALIAN POST OFFICE STAFF, THE INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY PAID SERVICE AND AIR MAIL SERVICES FROM SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

AIR MAIL ITEMS, SPEEDPOST AND EXPRESS MAIL ITEMS SENT FROM HONG KONG TO SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE ARE SUBJECT TO CONSIDERABLE DELAY AND THE SERVICE MAY BE SUSPENDED AT SHORT NOTICE.

HOWEVER THE AIR MAIL SERVICE AND THE INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY PAID SERVICE/SPEEDPOST SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS UNAFFECTED AT THE PRESENT TIME, HE SAID.

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KING’S ROAD TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT M * *

THE TRAFFIC LANE ON THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK IN KING’S ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ftALTHY STREET CENTRAL AUD TIN CHIU STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 7 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 13).

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT TRAMS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THAT PART OF THE ROAD.

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A SECTION OF WOOSUNG STREET IN YAU MA TEI EXTENDING ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KANSU STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

DEVELOPMENT OP KAI TAK PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING.............. 1

BIG CLEAN UP AT TAI PO VILLAGES ................................ 3

HONG KONG PROUD TO HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS, GOVERNOR SAYS...... 4

SOCIETY FOR NEW TERRITORIES WOMEN INAUGURATED .................. 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY LEVEL CROSSING ........ 7

LUNCH-TIME ENQUIRY SERVICE POPULAR ............................ 7

WEEKEND RECREATION SCHEME LAUNCHED IN SHA TIN .................. 8

WORK ON PLAYGROUND ............................................ 8

PAD SPORTS DAY.................................................. 5

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT MORSE PARK

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DEVELOPMENT OF KAI TAK PASSENGER TERMINAL BUi-DING ******

KAI TAK - HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MARKS A MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF LOCAL CIVIL AVIATION AS THE LAST HOARDINGS ERECTED FOR MODERNISATION OF THE AIRPORT WERE REMOVED EARLIER THIS WEEK.

OR IGI NALL’ PLANNED TO CATER FOR TRAFFIC OF NOT MORE THAN 550 PASSENGERS AN HOUR, THE AIRPORT, AS IT IS TODAY, CAN HANDLE EFFICIENTLY OVER 5 000 PASSENGERS PER HOUR — THANKS TO THE FORESIGHT OF THE AIRPORT PLANNERS.

THE AIRPORT HAS NOW GONE THROUGH FOUR STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT AND MODERNISATION SINCE ITS RUNWAY WAS COMPLETED IN 1958, THE ORIGINAL CARGO COMPLEX IN 1959 (THEN USED AS A TEMPORARY PASSENGER TERMINAL) AND ITS MAIN PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING IN 1962.

THE PASSENGER TRAFFIC HAS GROWN FROM 495 591 IN 1961/62 TO 7 108 774 IN 1980/81 AND TO AN ESTIMATED NUMBER OF OVER 8 MILLION IN THE CALENDAR YEAR OF 1981.

THE VOLUME OF AIR CARGO INCREASED FROM 5 732 TONNES IN 61/62 TO 258 627 IN 80/81 AND TO AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 280 000 TONNES IN 1981.

AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS HAVE GONE UP FROM 14 852 IN 61/62 TO 53 841 IN 80/81.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME STARTED IN THE EARLY 1960’S, SHORTLY AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE THEN NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL. THE SECOND AND THIRD STAGES WERE CARRIED OUT SUCCESSIVELY IN THE FOLLOWING TEN YEARS. HOWEVER, ALL THESE EARLY PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT WERE COMPARATIVELY MODEST AND WERE PLANNED TO SMOOTH OUT THE AIRPORT OPERATION AND MEET THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS.

BY THE LATE 6O’S, IT WAS RECOGNISED THAT THE THEN PASSENGER TERMINAL AND AIRPORT FACILITIES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC GROWTH AND A LARGE EXPANSION PROGRAMME HAD TO BE WORKED OUT FOR PHASED IMPLEMENTATION.

IN VIEW OF THE GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF THE LARGE, HEAVYWEIGHT WIDE-BODIED JETS BY AIRLINES, A DECISION WAS ALSO MADE TO EXTEND THE RUNWAY FROM 2 541 TO 3 358 METERS TO FACILITATE THE LANDING AND TAKE-OFF OF THESE AIRCRAFT. THE PROJECT, AT A CONSTRUCTION COST OF $200 MILLION, WAS COMPLETED AND BROUGHT INTO USE IN 1975.

THE PARKING APRON, WHICH ORIGINALLY ACCOMMODATED ONLY 10 AIRCRAFT WAS GRADUALLY EXTENDED TO TAKE BETWEEN 29 AND 33 AIRCRAFT DEPENDING UPON THEIR TYPES.

THE MASSIVE BUILDING PROGRAMME UNDER THE MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENT, KNOW)* AS STAGE 4 BEGAN IN 1974 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL EXTENSION SUPER-STRUCTURE, WHICH HAS MADE THE BUILDING TWICE ITS ORIGINAL SIZE, STARTED I' EARLY 1975.

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IN 1976, THE NEW AIR CARGO COMPLEX WAS COMPLETED if IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SINGLE BUILDING IN THE WORLD DEVOTED TO AIR CARGO, AND ALLOWS THE INTEGRATION OF ALL AIR CARGO HANDLING UNDER ONE ROOF.

THE EXTENDED PASSENGER TERMINAL WAS COMPLETED IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1976 AND WAS COMMISSIONED IN PHASES IN 1977.

BOTH THE DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS LEVELS WERE DOUBLED IN SIZE, AND OFFICE ACCC” ODATI ON FOR AIRLINES ON THE UPPER FLOOR INCREASED . OVER ONE-HALF.

A LARGE PASSENGER BUFFER HALL WAS COMMISSIONED IN EARLY 1978 TO FACILITATE THE ARRIVAL OF PASSENGERS, WITH SERVICE COUNTERS FOR THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THE HOTELS ASSOCIATION, THE TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATION, THE AIRPORT HIRE CAR SERVICE AS WELL AS MONEY CHANGING AND OTHER SERVICES.

THE OBSERVATION GALLERY FOR AIRPORT VISITORS AND WELL WISHERS FEETING OR SAYING FAREWELL TO THEIR FRIENDS WAS RENOVATED AND EXTENDED, AND A PROTECTIVE SHELTER WAS ADDED IN SEPTEMBER 1980.

DURING THE YEARS, A TOTAL OF EIGHT AIRCRAFT PARKING BAYS ADJACENT TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH AEROBRIDGES TO LINK PARKED AIRCRAFT TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL. A NUMBER OF TRANSFER VEHICLE DOCKS HAVE BEEN BUILT TO FACILITATE BOARDING AND DISEMBARKING OF PASSENGERS BY BUS TO AIRCRAFT PARKED AWAY FROM THE TERMINAL.

A NEW AIRPORT FIRE STATION AND A CARGO OFFICE BLOCK WERl ALSO BUILT DURING THIS PERIOD.

THE OLDER HALF OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING, WHICH AFTER ITS MANY YEARS OF USEFUL LIFE COULD IN NO WAY MATCH THE NEW EXTENSION IN APPEARANCE OR IN FACILITIES, WAS GIVEN A FACE-LIFT AND COMPLETELY RENOVATED.

IN EARLY 1977 A NEW COMPUTERISED FLAPBOARD DISPLAY SYSTEM WAS INSTALLED, SHOWING THE FLIGHT STATUS OF BOTH DEPARTING AND ARRIVING AIRCRAFT.

A NEW SEMI-AUTOMATED DEPARTURES BAGGAGE SYSTEM WAS COMMISSIONED IN MID-1977 COINCIDING WITH THE OPENING OF TWO NEW CHECK-IN ISLANDS IN THE EXTENDED TERMINAL BUILDING.

THE OLD CHECK-IN DESKS IN THE ORIGINAL DEPARTURES HALL WERE LATER DISMANTLED AND TWO MORE NEW ISLANDS INSTALLED, THE LAST OF WHICH WAS COMMISSIONED IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

A NEW CUSTOM? HALL WITH INCREASED BAGGAGE INSPECTION CHECK-POINTS AND TWO NEW BAGGAGE RECLAIM LOOPS WERE BROUGHT INTO USE IN JANUARY 1978. EACH LOOP CAN HANDLE THE BAGGAGE OF PASSENGERS OF FOUR JUMBO JETS IN AN HOUR.

TWO MORE SIMILAR BAGGAGE RECLAIM LOOPS WERE INSTALLED IN THE OLDER HALF OF THE TERMINAL AND PROGRESSIVELY BROUGHT INTO USE AS RENOVATION OF THE OLD TERMINAL PROGRESSED.

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IN ORDER TO SPEED UP PASSENGER PROCESSING, THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE COUNTERS AND CUSTOMS CHECK-POINTS WERE GREATLY INCREASED OVER THE YEARS.

AS MORE SPACE WAS MADE AVAILABLE UNDER THE STAGE 4 DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC AREAS ON BOTH ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES LEVELS WERE MUCH ENLARGED AND A NUMBER OF NEW SHOPS WERE ESTABLISHED TO FACILITATE LAST-MINUTE PURCHASES BY DEPARTING PASSENGERS.

THE CATERING FACILITIES WERE ALSO GREATLY IMPROVED WITH THE COMMISSIONING OF A NEW AIRPORT RESTAURANT AND BAR AT THE DEPARTURES LEVEL AND A NEW SNACK BAR AT THE ARRIVALS LEVEL. THS AIRSIDE SNACK BAR WAS ALSO EXTENDED TO TWICE ITS ORIGINAL SIZE.

IN ORDER TO MEET THE EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF AIR TRAVELLERS AND TO SOLVE THE EXPECTED CONGESTION OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL AFTER THE MID-198O’S, AIRPORT PLANNERS ARE WORKING ON THE NEXT PHASE OF EXTENSION OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING, TO BE KNOWN AS STAGE 5 DEVELOPMENT.

BIG CLEAN UP AT TAI PO VILLAGES

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VILLAGES THROUGHOUT THE TAI PO DISTRICT WILL BE GIVEN A FACELIFT IN A SERIES OF CLEAN-UP EFFORTS DURING THE MONTH.

COINCIDING WITH THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, AN INTENSIVE CLEAN-UP WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE REFUSE BLACKSPOTS OF TAI HANG TSUEN, ABOUT FOUR-KILOMETRES FROM THE TAI PO TOWNSHIP.

THE OPERATION IS AIMED AT IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND AROUSING THE PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO HELP KEEP THEIR VILLAGE A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE IN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

MORE THAN 30 CLEANSING WORKERS OF THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE REMOVED MORE THAN 10 TONNES OF REFUSE AND JUNK DUMPED ON OPEN SPACES AND VILLAGE PATHS DURING THE EXERCISE.

VILLAGERS OF TAI HANG TSUEN WERE URGED TO USE AN ADJACENT BIN SITE AND LITTER CONTAINERS FOR THEIR HOUSEHOLD REFUSE.

REFUSE BLACKSPOTS AT OTHER 13 VILLAGES AT TAI PO WILL ALSO BE CLEARED DURING THE MONTH, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE NTSD WILL STEP UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS.

VILLAGERS WERE REMINDED THAT TAE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR LITTERING HAS BEEN INCREASED TO A FINE OF J5 000 AND SIX MONTHS IN JAIL.

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HONG KONG PROUD TO HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS, GOVERNOR SAYS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID HE WAS PROUD THAT HONG KONG HAD BEEN CHOSEN TO HOST THE FIRST PAN PACIFIC SPECIAL OLYMPICS WHEN HE OPENED THE GAMES AT WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUND THIS (SATURDAY) MORN P'S.

WELCOMING SOME 209 PARTICIPANTS FROM 15 COUNTRIES IN THE REGION, SIR MURRAY EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT IN ADDITION TO TAKING PART IN THE GAMES THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE SOMETHING OF BOTH OUR MODERN CITY AND THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE WHICH SURROUNDS IT.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THE EVENT WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LONG CALENDAR OF SPECIAL OCCASIONS ORGANISED DURING THIS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE DISABLED PERSON.

THE TWO-DAY EVENT, THE FIRST BEING HELD IN THE PAN PACIFIC REGION, IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE NENTALLY HANDICAPPED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS.

THE TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS ARE BEING HELD IN THE WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUNDS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY. THE SWIMMING EVENTS AND THE BASKETBALL AND TABLE TENNIS COMPETITIONS WILL BE «LD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT CHI FU GARDEN INDOOR SWIMMING POC- .ND THE ABERDEEN INDOOR GAMES HALL RESPECTIVELY.

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH »

CHAIRMAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

♦MY WIFE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO OFFICIATING AT THIS CEREMONY, BUT WITH RECENT OPERATIONS ON BOTH HER LEGS SHE IS TEMPORARILY CLASSIFIED AS AN UNREHABILITATED DISABLED PERSON. FROM HER WHEELCHAIR IN ENGLAND SHE HAS ASKED ME TO TAKE HER PLACE AND TO SAY HOW DISAPPOINTED SHE IS NOT TO BE HERE.

+WE ARE BOTH PROUD THAT HONG KONG HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO HOST THE FIRST OF THESE PAN PACIFIC SPECIAL OLYMPICS. I WARMLY WELCOME ALL OUR VISITORS FROM THE 15 COUNTRIES TAKING PART. I HOPE THAT IN ADDITION TO THE GAMES THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE SOMETHING OF BOTH OUR MODERN CITY AND THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE WHICH SURROUNDS IT.

+THESE GAMES ARE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LONG CALENDAR OF SPECIAL OCCASIONS ORGANISED DURING THIS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE DISABLED PERSON. THESE INCLUDE A VERY FULL PROGRAMME OF SPORTING EVENTS HAPPILY BRINGING TOGETHER THE HANDICAPPED AND THE ABLE BODIED, WITH RESULTING MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT, AS WELL AS MUCH GOOD SPORT.

+1 CONGRATULATE THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR ALL THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE, AND WISH THE GAMES AND THE PARTICIPANTS EVERY POSSIBLE SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS.+

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SOCIETY FOR NEW TERRITORIES WOMEN INAUGURATED * K * *

A SOCIETY TO HELP EQUIP NEW TERRITORIES WOMEN FOR A BETTER MODERN LIFE WAS INAUGURATED TODAY (SATURDAY).

IT IS THE YIN NGAI SOCIETY WHICH A MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP, OR MARGARET NG, SAID HAD TO BE TRACED TO A +VAGUE IDEA* IN THE MIND OF TH: SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, . R DAVID AKERS-JONES, 18 MONTHS AGO.

DR NG SAID MR AKERS-JONES CONCEIVED THE IDEA THAT SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO MAKE MORE TOLERABLE THE LIFE OF WOMEN IN THE GROWING NEW TOWNS.

+IN MOVING TO THE NEW TOWNS MANY OF THESE WOMEN ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT, FROM THE SUPPORT OF THE OLDER GENERATION, LONG-STANDING NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS,+ SHE SAID.

♦MANY OF THEM A=E SOCIALLY ISOLATED, AND FEEL THE HELPLESSNESS OF THEIR ISOLATION, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE TO SPEND THE GREATER PART OF THE DAY LOOKING AFTER SMALL CHILDREN WHEN THEIR HUSBANDS GO TO WORK.+

MR AKERS-JONES WONDERED WHETHER IT WOULD HELP THEM TO HAVE A KIND OF WOMEN’S SOCIETY ON THE BASIS OF MEMBERS HELPING EACH OTHER, BUT INDEPENDENT AS A SOCIETY.

HE CALLED TOGETHER A GROUP OF OUTSIDERS TO SCRUTINISE Tn 13 IDEA CRITICALLY, TO SEE IF IT WOULD PASS THE ORDEAL OF FIRE.

THIS INFORMAL WORKING PARTY CONSISTED OF WOMEN FROM VARIOUS BACKGROUNDS WHO CONCLUDED THAT A NEW WOMEN’S SOCIETY WOULD CERTAINLY BE WORTHWHILE. AND IN FACT WAS IN URGENT NEED, ESPECIALLY IN THE NEW TOWNS, BUT COULD BE USEFULLY EXTENDED TO THE OLD CITY DISTRICTS.

DR NG SAID THE INFORMAL GROUP IDENTIFIED THE NEED FOR PRACTICAL HELP AND BROADENING SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

SHE SAID THE NAME +YIN NGAI+ WAS GIVEN TO THE NEW SOCIETY AFTER A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT.

+YIN MEANS +GOOD+ AND IS THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE EPITAPH FOR THE IDEAL WIFE AND MOTHER s THE GOOD INFLUENCE, THE KIND OF HEART,+ DR NG SAID.

+BUT WE FEEL ’YIN’ DOES NOT ADEQUATELY DEPICT THE IDEAL OF CHINESE WOMAN WHO IS ALSO DISTINGUISHED FOR HER STRENGTH, HER DETERMINATION, HER ABILITY TO HOLD TOGETHER HER FAMILY, TO PERSEVERE IN HER DUTIES THROUGH THICK AND THIN s A QUALITY CAPTURED IN THE WORD ’NGAI’.+

BOTH ’YIN’ AND ’NGAI’ WERE TRADITIONAL CHINESE VIRTUES-

YET THE SUCCESSFUL MODERN WOMAN MUST BE BETTER THAN HER TRADITIONAL COUNTERPART.

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TRADITIONALLY, ’YIN’ AND ’NGAI’ WERE MEANT FOR ALHEFING TO PRESET IDEALS HANDED DOWN BY TRADITION AND SANCTIONED BY SOCIETYWOMEN WERE TO ENDURE ADVERSITY, NOT TO CHANGE IT, NOT TO TAKE M >T EFFECTIVE ACTION BY EXERCISING THEIR BEST TALENTS.

NOWADAYS, A MODERN WOMAN CAN TAKE A MUCH MORE ACTIVE PART IN SHAPING HER OWN LIFE AND THE LIFE OF HER FAMILY.

SHE CAN IMPROVE THE FAMILY FINANCES BY TAKING A JOB, AND NOT A)ST BY ECONOMISING.

SHE CAN GO OUT AND SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON HER MARRIAGE. ON HANDLING HER CHILDREN’S PROBLEMS- SHE DOES NOT HAVE TO SUFFER SILENTLY ALL WRONGS AND HARDSHIP.

*™ERE ARE S0 MANY THINGS A MODERN WOMAN CAN DO, BOTH THROUGH DEVELOPING HER INNER SELF, HER POTENTIAL AND THROUGH POSITIVE ACTION, THAT THE WORDS ’YIN’, ’NGAI’, MUST IMPLY MORE, AND HAVE RICHER MEANING,* DR NG SAID.

+YET WE FEEL ’YIN’ ’NGAI’ TO BE APPROPRIATE BECAUSE WE THINK A WOMAN IS TRULY HAPPY WHEN SHE IS HAPPY WITH HER FAMILY.

+THE WESTERN IDEAL OF WOMEN’S LIBERATION, CONCENTRATING ON A WOMAN ’FINDING HERSELF’, WHILE PERHAPS NECESSARY FOR BALANCING THE OLD DEMAND ON WOMEN TO BE SELF SACRIFICING, IS, WE FEEL, AN INCOMPLETE ONE, AND ONE WHICH OUR CHINESE WOMEN WOULD NOT F "D ENTIRELY CONGENIAL.*

THE YIN NGAI SOCIETY WAS NOT THE TRAINING GROUND FOR DOMINATING WOMEN- IT WAS AN ORGANISATION TO IMPROVE FAMILY LIFE BY GETTING WOMEN THE SUPPORT THEY NEEDED TO FULFIL THEIR ROLE, BY GETTING THEM BETTER EQUIPPED FOR MODERN SOCIETY AND MODERN LIFE.

DR NG SAID EXPERIMENTAL YIN NGAI SOCIETIES HAD BEEN SET UP FOR ALMOST A YEAR.

THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD GIVEN GENEROUS HELP TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE MUST BE GRATIFIED TO SEE THAT THE EXPERIMENT HAD TURNED OUT TO BE SO SUCCESSFUL.

DURING THIS SHORT TIME, THESE SOCIETIES HAD MANAGED TO RECRUIT A SIZEABLE MEMBERSHIP, ORGANISED A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING TALKS, CLASSES AND OUTINGS, ALL OF WHICH ATTRACTED ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT.

THE COMMITTEES HAD BEEN WORKING VERY HARD AND WITH ZEAL.

THE INAUGURATION, AT WHICH MRS JANE AKERS-JONES OFFICIATED. BRINGS TOGETHER THE YIN NGAI SOCIETIES OF LEI MUK’SHUE TAI HINO, AND WO CHE AND LEK YUEN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES. '

THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL. THE THREE CHAIRWOMEN, MRS CHOY LAU YUET-HO, RS CHAK LO MAN-CHEE AND HtS LEUNG HO CHUNG-TIM, WERE ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1981

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SHEUNG SHU I RAILWAY LEVEL CROSSING


THE SAN FUNG AVENUE LEVEL CROSSING IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 16) TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WELDED TRAIN TRACKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY’S MODERNISATION PROGRAMME.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THREE BUS ROUTES WILL BE AFFECTED.

KOWLOON MOTOR BUS NO. 76, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TAI PO ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE ON ITS SHEUNG SHU I BOUND JOURNEYS.

ON WESTBOUND TRIPS, THE BUS WILL BE ROUTED VIA SAN FUNG AVENUE, FU HING STREET, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, TAI PO ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

KOWLOON MOTOR BUS NO. 77, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FAN KAM ROAD, TAI PO ROAD. FANLING ROUNDABOUT, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE ON ITS SHEUNG SHU I BOUND JOURNEYS.

ON RETURN JOURNEYS, THEY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAN FUNG AVENUE, FU HING STREET, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, TAI PO ROAD AND FAN KAM ROAD.

KOWLOON MOTOR BUS NO. 78, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHA TAU OK ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, SAN FUNG AVENUE, FU HING STREET AND SAN FAT STREET ON ITS SHEUNG SHU I BOUND JOURNEYS. IT WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAN FAT STREET, LUNG SUM AVENUE, SAN FUNG AVENUE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND SHA TAU KOK ROAD TO RESUME NORMAL ROUTING ON ITS SHA TAU KOK BOUND TRIPS.

OTHER TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD.

LUNCH-TIME ENQUIRY SERVICE POPULAR * * *

THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS DECIDED TO CONTINUE ITS LUNCH-TIME ENQUIRY SERVICE TO FACTORY WORKERS, AS A RESULT CF THE POPULAR RESPONSE TO THE EXPERIMENTAL MOBILE COUNTER SET UP ON DECEMBER 9 IN THE CANTEEN OF THE BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO CO. (HK) LTD IN WONG CHUK HANG.

MORE THAN 200 WORKERS MADE USE OF THE SERVICE DURING WHICH SOME 3 200 GOVERNMENT FORMS AND PAMPHLETS WERE DISTRIBUTED.

ANY FACTORY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT INTERESTED IN THIS LUNCH-TIME ENQUIRY SERVICE SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN) AT 5-540271-6.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1981

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A WEEKEND SPORTS SCHEME FOR RESIDENTS OF A TEMPORARY HOUS IN AREA (THA) IN SHA TIN WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY).

ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS, FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, GAMES COMPETITIONS, SPORTS DEMONSTRATIONS AND ACTIVITIES SUCH AS BASKETBALL, TABLE TENNIS, ROLLER SKATING, BADMINTON AND FOOTBALL WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GROUND OPPOSITE BLOCK 26 OF YUEN CHAU KOK THA.

THE SCHEME, THE FIRST TO BE LAUNCHED IN A THA IN THE DISTRICT, IS ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND SIU LEK YUEN AREA COMMITTEE. IT IS SPONSORED BY YUEN CHAU KOK MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE SCHEME WAS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO MAKE FULL USE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE THA.

♦IF THE PROGRAMME IS POPULAR, WE WILL EXTEND IT TO OTHER THA’S,+ HE SAID.

AT PRESENT. THERE ARE MORE THAN 5 OOO RESIDENTS IN YUEN CHAU KOK, THE LARGEST OF THE FOUR THA’S IN SHA TIN.

SIU LEK YUEN AREA COMMITTEE WAS SET UP IN JUNE AND IS FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD. IT ADVISES ON THE WELL BEING OF RESIDENTS AND THE PROMOTION OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE COMMITTEE HAS SIX OFFICIAL AND 23 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS. THE CHAIRMAN IS THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, NR LAU HON-KIT.

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WORK ON PLAYGROUND

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THE SHEK PIK RESETTLER’S PLAYGROUND AT TSUEN WAN WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AS FROM TODAY TO FACILITATE IMPROVEMENT WORK.

CONSTRUCTION WILL SOON START ON A PLANTING STRIP WITH KERB FOR SEATING ALONG THE PERIMETER FENCING AND A CONCRETE KERB AT THE FOOTING.

WORK WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1981

PWD SPORTS DAY x x x

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL SPORTS DAY AT THE LA SALLE COLLEGE SPORTS GROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

ABOUT 300 PWD STAFF WILL COMPETE IN ABOUT 30 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND THERE WILL BE SEVEN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE INVITATION RELAY.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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

NOTE TO EDITORS i-

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PWD’S SPORTS DAY AT LA SALLE COLLEGE SPORTS GROUND IN KOWLOON TONG AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

OFFICERS OF THE PWD’S PUBLICITY UNIT WILL ASSIST THE PRESS

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT MORSE PARK xxx

A CONCERT WILL BE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AT MORSE PARK TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT 2«00 PM TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND SPREAD GOODWILL WITH MUSIC.

THE ST BONAVENTURE SCHOOL BAND, KIT SAM MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR AND TSZ WAN SHAN ZION YOUTH CENTRE CHILDREN’S CHOIR FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT WILL PROVIDE INSTRUMENTAL AND CHORAL PERFORMANCES AS WELL AS MUSICAL GAMES AND SING-A-LONG ITEMS.

IN ADDITION, THE ST EDWARD’S PRIMARY SCHOOL MELODICA BAND FROM KWUN TONG WILL PARTICIPATE AS GUEST PERFORMER.

THIS CONCERT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 4/F, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON) AND THE EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE (100, TING FU STREET, 3/F., YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON).

FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 3-7561328.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1J, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMUNITY CHEST WALK ...................... 1

MORE PRIVATE CARS ........................................... n

RED CROSS YOUTH MOVEMENT PRAISED ............................ 2

WORKERS' HOLIDAY REMINDER ................................... 2

♦BLUEBELLS' EVENING+ AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ............. 3

NEW TRAFFIC SCHEME PROPOSED FOR KING'S ROAD ................. 4

+AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS+ .............................. 5

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SWIMMING SEASON BUSINESSES ............... 7

TUNG CHUNG MINI-SOCCER PITCH OPENED ......................... 8

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMUNITY CHEST WALK

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TH" REGIONAL NEW TERRITORIES SECRETARY, MR IAN MACPHERSON, STARTED THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMUNITY CHEST WALK THIS MORNING (SUNDAY).

THE WALK, VER AN EIGHT-KILOMETRE COURSE FROM PAK TAM CHUNG .v WONG SHEK PIER, IS ONE OF SEVEN CHARITY WALKS FOR 1981/82.

T.E TARGET FOR THE WALK IS $150 000.

JOINING MR MACPHERSON AT TODAY’S RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WERE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MR JOHN WHOLEY- SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG- AND LOCaL LEADERS.

LAST YEAR, and raised over

MOR1- THAN 1 000 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE WALK $100 000.

MEANWHILE, ANOTHER WALK WAS HELD IN NORTH DISTRICT WHERE 3000 PEOPLE SET OFF FROM FUNG KAI MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHEUNG SHUI.

IT WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE ROUTES, RANGING FROM SIX TO NINE KILOMETRES IN LENGTH.

AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE STARTING CEREMONY WERE THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION COMMISSIONER, MR . .. WILLIAMS- THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER (NEW TERRITORIES), MIKE ILLINGWORTH- THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER JOHNSON- AND

WALKS HAVE BEE HELD AT TUEN MUN/YUEN LONG AND ISLAND AS PART Or THS YEAR’S PROG-AMME. OTHERS TO &UDE A ^LEH0S£ TRA,L WALK ' 'JARY 3b A SHA TIN WALK (FEBRUARY 28) AND A KOWLOON WALK -.ARCH 7).

ON HONG KONG BE HELD

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THERE WERE Mt ’E P AN 209 900 REGISTERED PRIVATE CARS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 21 700 OR 11 PER CENT OVER THE NUMBEF OF CARS REGISTERED IN NOVEMBER 1980.

THE NUMBER OF NEW CARS REGISTERED LAST MONTH WAS 2 564, WHILE LAPSES IN REGISTRATIONS TOTALLED 1 686, PRODUCING A NET INCREASE OF 878 CARS ANr AN OVERALL TOTAL TO 209 961 PRIVATE CARS REGISTERED.

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RED CROSS YOUTH MOVEMENT PRAISED

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THE RED CROSS YOUTH MOVEMENT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ATTRACTING MANY YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVOTE THEIR ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND ENTERPRISE TO VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SP” .ING AT THE HONG KONG RED CROSS YOUTH SILVER JUBILEE FELLOWSHIP CARNIVAL HELD AT THE MURRAY ROAD OPEN-AIR CAR PARK THIS AFTERNOON.

HE SAID THE MOVEMENT HAD SUCCEEDED IN THIS RESPECT

♦BY PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE TRAINED IN A WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS, TO CO-OPERATE IN UNDERTAKING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS AND TO MAKE FRIENDSHIPS IN DOING SO.+

MR ALLEYNE NOTED THAT COMMUNITY SERVICE WAS +AN IDEAL THAT SOMETIMES TENDS TO BE SUBORDINATED IN OUR MODERN SOCIETY TO THAT OF ATTAINING MATERIAL SUCCESS.+

THE CARNIVAL WAS HELD TO CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOVEMENT.

MR ALLEYNE NOTED THAT FROM HUMBLE ORIGINS IN 1956, WHEN IT HAD 57 MEMBERS, THE MOVEMENT HAS GROWN TO AN ORGANISATION WITH MORE THAN 5 OOO MEMBERS.

♦THEIR COLLECTIVE EFFORT MAKES AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION IN HELPING THE SICK, THE SUFFERING AND THE DEPRIVED MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY,+ HE SAID.

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WORKERS’ HOLIDAY REMINDER * * #

A LAB0UR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED EMPLOYERS TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE EITHER THE CHINESE WINTER ' S^TICf FESTIVAL, WHICH FALLS ON DECEMBER 22, OR CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 25) SHOULD BE APPOINTED AS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY AND THAT WORKERS MUST BE GIVEN A DAY OFF ON EITHER DAY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL ^\UAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $6 000 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

THEY MUST ALS0 BE PA,D FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED STATUTORYSH''L^DAYTHREE M0NTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE

R0L,DAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEES’ EARNINGS. OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGr CF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE' HOLIDAY. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

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

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

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY,

AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF HOLIDAY COULD BE TAKEN BY THE HE SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS COULD BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE : FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638-KOWLOON WEST 3-201652- KOWLOON SOUTH 3-319454- KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 0-422096- TUEN MUN 0-818443- HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-282523 EXT. 60.

+BLUEBELLS* EVENING* AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL * * * * *

tIm! ♦BLUEBELLS* FINNISH CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL PERFORM AT THE TSUtN WAN TOWN HALL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON DFOFMRPP AT 7.30 PM, PRESENTED JOINTLY BY THE NEW TERRITORIES PRESENTATIONS SildCrEe2’STcH£o%ULTURAL SERV,CES department Jni5T?2eEhSoSgEkongTAT,ONS

2!«KOER5raKSlS!*POREH!y W'LL THEN G° T° WWAN’ ™E PHILIPPINES-

ESTABLISHED IN 1969 IN A SMALL CITY IN FINLAND. THE CHOIR IS NOW MADE UP OF 180 BOYS AND GIRLS RANGING FROM 7 TO 17 YEARS OF AGE•

THE +BLUEBELLS+ ACTUALLY CONSISTS OF THREE DIFFERENT CHOIRS AND OCCASIONALLY OF AN ELEMENTARY CLASS WITH 50 CHILDREN.

ruAinAK?! TH£ CONDUCTOR AS WELL AS THE FOUNDER OF THE

>s A GRADUATE OF FRANZ LISZT CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. HE PURSUED GRADUATE STUDIES AT THE SIBELIUS ACADEMY OF MUSIC IN FINLAND AND OBTAINED HIS MASTER’S DEGREE IN CONDUCTING FROM WESTMINSTER CHOIR COLLEGE, NEW JERSEY, USA.

oon HIS C0UNTRY AS AN ARRANGER, PAPP HAS ARRANGED SOME

280 PIECES OF MUSIC THAT ARE USED BY CHOIRS AND TV AND RADIO STATIONS THROUGHOUT FINLAND.

TOWN HALLEBOXAOFFICE$1° $15 AVAILABL£ AT TH£ TSUEN WAN

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NEW TRAFFIC SCHEME PROPOSED FOR KING’ ROAD * * * K

__ UT,H,E ,£?VERNMENT HAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO GO AHEAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME TO IMPROVE CONDI IONS IN KING’S ROAD AND IN SHAU KEI WAN.

♦CONGESTION HAS WORSENED AND IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE UNLESS NEW MEASURES ARE ADOPTED QUICKLY + THE TRANSPORT (SUNDAY)ANSP0HT 0FF,CER/TRAFFIc MANAGEMENT, MR ALAN Lui

WITi

TRAFF।J

TO WORSEN DEPARTMENT’S SAID TODAY

HE ADDED THAT THE NEW SCHEME, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO roMMCwct: SOME TIME NEXT YEAR, WILL BE DISCUSSED AT A MEETING OF THE Eastern DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (MONDAY). “ttllNG OF THE EASTERN

UNDER THE PROPOSED PLAN, THE TRAM TRACK IN NORTH POINT WILL BE ROAD.

EXISTING WESTBOUND OR CENTRAL-BOUND

MOVED TO THE ----------

NORTH SIDE OF THE

THE EASTBOUND LANE OF KING'S ROAD BETWEEN AND JAVA ROAD WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR TRAMS AND ACCESS VEHICLES ONLY.

HING FAT STREET THE USE OF BUSES,

TRAFFIC

™L^0VE J0 REL0CATE THE TRAM LINE IS TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL WEST-BOUND LANE SO THAT MORE ROAD CAPACITY CAN BE AVAILABLE FOR 'rr'.*5.-:c HEADING FOR CENTRAL DISTRICT, MR LUI SAID.

HE ALSO STATED THAT ELECTRIC ROAD AND JAVA ROAD WILL tic °0UTED ONE-WAY FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC.

IN NORTH POINT, THIS WILL RESULT IN A CLOCKWISE GYRATORY SYSTEM USING KING’S ROAD, ELECTRIC ROAD AND JAVA ROAD WHICH WILL IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THAT AREA.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY HAS ALSO BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND FOOT-BRIDGES WILL BE BUILT.

MR LUI STRESSED THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT OF THE NEW SCHEME WOULD BE THE SAVING IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT JOURNEY TIME — THREE MINUTES PER KILOMETRE IN THE MOST CONGESTED WESTBOUND SECTION.

OTHER BENEFITS WOULD INCLUDE REDUCTION IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT COSTS, IMPROVEMENT OF ROAD SAFETY, IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND MORE EFFICIENT USE OF EXISTING ROADS.

CHANGES TO THE EXISTING ROUTINGS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

MR LUI SAID THAT THE TRAFFIC SITUATION IN KING’S ROAD +IS BARELY TOLERABLE TODAY.+

♦DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE ISLAND AND THE ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC GENERATED WILL FURTHER AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION,♦ HE SAID.

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BASED ON A GENERAL TRAFFIC GROWTH RATE OF FOUR PER CENT PER YEAR AND THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF TAI KOO SHING ESTATE, TRAFFIC DEMAND IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 20 PER CENT BY MID-1984.

ALTHOUGH THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN MID-1984 WILL RELIEVE CONGESTION ALONG KING’S ROAD, THE NEED FOR THE NEW SCHEME IS STILL ESSENTIAL, MR LUI EMPHASISED.

♦THIS IS BECAUSE EVEN WITH THIS MAJOR IMPROVEMENT, KING’S ROAD WILL NOT BE FREE OF CONGESTION BY 1991 AS PRESENT TRAFFIC FORECAST INDICATES,+ MR LUI SAID.

NO EXACT DATES OR TIMINGS ON THE SCHEME CAN BE GIVEN AT THIS STAGE AS FURTHER STUDIES OF THE PROPOSED SCHEME. NEED TO BE CARRIED OUT.

HOWEVER, NR LUI SAID THAT AMPLE PUBLICITY WILL BE GIVEN ONCE* CONSTRUCTION DATES ARE CONFIRMED.

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+AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS*

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THE MUSIC OFFICE IS PRESENTING GIAN-CARLO MENOTTI’S ’AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS’ AT THE BAPTIST COLLEGE, ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON DECEMBER 26, 27 AND 28 AT 8 PM.

THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF THE OPERA, MR LO KING-MAN WAS BORN AND RECEIVED HIS BASIC EDUCATION IN HONG KONG. HE WON AN ITALIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP FOR A PERIOD OF STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ROME IN 1960. WHILE IN ITALY, HE WORKED AS AN APPRENTICE AT THE TEATRO DELL’ OPERA OF ROME AND ON THE DESIGN TEAM OF MAURO BOLOGNINI’S STAGE PRODUCTIONS.

HAVING UNDERTAKEN THE DESIGN AND DIRECTION OF STAGE PRODUCTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN 1964, HE BEGAN HIS PIONEER WORK OF INTRODUCING FULLY-STAGED OPERATIC PRODUCTIONS TO HONG KONG. HE WAS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF THE GARRISON PLAYERS DURING 1964-67. IN 1969, HE WORKED WITH PROFESSOR MAJORIE LAWRENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, DIRECTING OPERA WORKSHOPS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS. MR LO HAS BEEN WORKING AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF MAJOR OPERATIC PRODUCTIONS.

SEVERAL OUTSTANDING LOCAL VOCALISTS HAVE BEEN INVITED, INCLUDING BRIAN CHEUNG, BOY SOPRANO, AS AMAHL.

BRIAN, AGED 14, IS A STUDENT IN DIOCESAN BOYS’ SCHOOL. HE HAS BEEN A MUSIC LOVER FROM A VERY EARLY AGE AND HAS TAKEN LESSONS ON THE ELECTRONIC ORGAN AND CLARINET. AS HE HAS SHOWN CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL IN SINGING, HE WAS ENCOURAGED BY HIS TEACHER TO APPLY FOR THE ROLE OF AMAHL IN THIS OPERA.

ANNE CHENG, SOPRANO, MOTHER, IS A TOWN PLANNER

WHO IS TAKING THE ROLE OF AMAHL’S BY PROFESSION.

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SHE HAS BEEN STUDYING SINGING WITH NANCY Zl SINCE 1966, AND IN 1971 OBTAINED THE PERFORMER’S DIPLOMA IN SINGING FROM THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC. IN SEPTEMBER 1973, SHE LEFT HONG KONG FOR FURTHER STUDIES AT THE ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA WHERE SHE GAINED HIGH PRAISE FROM TEACHERS AND EXAMINERS. SINCE RETURNING TO HONG KONG IN SEPTEMBER 1979, SHE HAS APPEARED AS SOLOIST IN MANY CONCERT PERFORMANCES.

ONE OF THE ’THREE KINGS’, BALTHAZAR, IS PLAYED BY MICHAEL CHAN. BASS. MICHAEL STUDIED VOICE FOR MANY YEARS UNDER MAESTRO GUALDI. HE SANG MANY SOLOS IN CONCERTS AND PLAYED IMPORTANT ROLES IN OPERAS PERFORMED BY THE CHORAL GROUP.

CHIANG WAI-MAN, BARITONE, PLAYS THE PART OF KING MELCHIOR. WAI-MAN GRADUATED IN MUSIC FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY IN 1977, WHERE HE MAJORED IN VOCAL PERFORMANCE. HE STUDIED SINGING WITH NANCY Zl AND CONDUCTING WITH MR NG CHIT-KO, PROFESSOR DAVID GWILT, DR PHILIP CAVANAUGH AND MR HUGH MACDONALD. HE HAS CONDUCTED VARiOUS CHORAL GROUPS AND AT PRESENT IS ACTIVE IN CONDUCTING YOUTH CHOIRS.

KAN CHUNG-FAI, TENOR, PLAYS KING KASPAR, WHO IS SLIGHTLY DEAF. CHUNG-FAI IS A MUSIC TEACHER IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL AND HAS BEEN STUDYING VOICE UNDER ELLA KIANG FOR FOUR YEARS. HAVING PASSED THE GRADE 8 (SINGING) EXAMINATION OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC WITH DISTINCTION LAST YEAR, HE WAS SELECTED FOR CONSIDERATION FOR THE 1980 R.S.M. SCHOLARSHIP. IN 1981 HE ALSO OBTAINED THE L.T.C.L. HE IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE H.K. SILVER JUBILEE SINGERS AND OF CHURCH CHOIRS.

THE KINGS’ PAGE IS PLAYED BY LEE KIN-CHUN, BARITONE.

KIN-CHUN STUDIED VOICE UNDER WILFRED LEE, SIT WAI-CHEUNG, MISS LEE BING AND MR YUNG HO-WAI.

HE IS A MEMBER OF THE PRO-MUSICA CHORUS AND THE CANTACORE SOCIETY. APART FROM HIS REGULAR COMMITMENTS WITH CHURCH CHOIRS, HE MAKES OCCASIONAL APPEARANCE IN LOCAL CONCERTS.

THE DANCE SEQUENCES HAVE BEEN CHOREOGRAPHED AND WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE STEPHEN KWOK SCHOOL OF BALLET.

THE HONG KONG ISLAND YOUTH CHOIR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, TRAINED BY SILAS NG, WILL FORM THE CHORUS OF SHEPHERDS.

THE OPERA IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED BY TWO GUEST CONDUCTORS, SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS, THE WORLD FAMOUS CHORAL CONDUCTOR FROM LONDON, AND MR DAVID STONE, THE MUSIC ADVISER OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND ITS REGULAR CONDUCTOR, MR THOMAS WANG, THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

TICKETS FOR THESE PERFORMANCES AT $5 AND S10 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL BOX OFFICE.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SWIMMING SEASON BUSINESSES

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TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT NINE PUBLIC GAZETTED BATHING BEACHES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS FOR THE NEXT SWIMMING SEASON.

THE NINE BEACHES ARE ANGLER’S BEACH, APPROACH BEACH, CAFETERIA (OLD) BEACH AND LIDO AND CASAM BEACH AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, CAMPER’S BEACH AND SILVERSTRAND BEACH IN SAI KUNG, TUNG WAN BEACH AT CHEUNG CHAU, HUNG SHING YEH BEACH ON LAMMA ISLAND AND CHEUNG SHA BEACH (LOWER) ON LANTAU ISLAND.

TENDERS ARE ALSO INVITED FOR THE PROVISION OF CHANGING FACILITIES AT APPROACH BEACH, CAMPER’S BEACH, HUNG SHING YEH BEACH AND CHEUNG SHA BEACH (LOWER) AND FOR TENTS FOR HIRE AT THE BEACHES CF SILVERSTRAND,LIDO, CASAM, HUNG SHING YEH AND CHEUNG SHA (LOWER), SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START BUSINESS ON MARCH 1, 1982 UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 1984.

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23, AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS FOR THE TRADES AT CAFETERIA (OLD) BEACH, SILVERSTRAND BEACH AND LIDO AND CASAM BEACH MUST BE PLACED IN THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX SITUATED IN THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1982.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS FOR BUSINESSES AT OTHER SIX BEACHES, SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE JANUARY 8, 1982.

FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-677901.

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TUNG CHUNG MINI-SOCCER PITCH OPENED

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A MINI-SOCCER PITCH AT TUNG CHUNG ON LANTAU ISLAND WAS OPENED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG.

THE PITCH, WHICH IS NEAR THE HAU WONG TEMPLE, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 3 OOO SQUARE METRES.

MR FUNG SAID WORK ON ANOTHER MINI-SOCCER PITCH AT SOK KWU WAN ON LAMMA ISLAND WOULD START EARLY NEXT YEAR. ALSO A PIECE CF ROUGH LAND ON PENG CHAU WOULD BE CONVERTED INTO A MINI-SOCCER PITCH.

THE NEW PITCH CAN BE USED FOR SEVEN-A-SIDE MATCHES BY LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS AND AS A VENUE FOR SPORTS DAYS, GAMES DAYS AND FUNFAIRS.

CONSTRUCTION STARTED IN MAY. THE PROJECT COST $224 900 OF WHICH $125 400 WAS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB. THE BALANCE IS BEING MET BY ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE.

THE PITCH HAS A CONCRETE SURFACE AND WAS CONSTRUCTED BY CONVERTING A PIECE OF VACANT LAND.

TUNG CHUNG ALREADY HAS A COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGED BY THE VILLAGE RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE PITCH WILL PROVIDE A NEW RECREATIONAL OUTLET FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY YOUNGSTERS, MR FUNG SAID.

TO MARK COMPLETION OF THE PITCH A SEVEN-A-SIDE INAUGURAL FOOTBALL COMPETITION WAS HELD PRIOR TO THE OPENING CEREMONY.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE REGIONAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR TAM PAK-HANG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF TUNG CHUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHONG CHU-CHOI.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACHIEVSMFNTS OF DISABLED RECOGNISED ........................... 1

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 2

HOLIDAY WATER HOURS ........................................... 3

FULL EDUCATION SUPPORT PROMISED IN CANCER FIGHT ............... 3

1982 CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY ............................... 4

KWUN TONG BOARD'S +MEET-THE-PUBLIC+ PLAN ....................   5

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT INSPECTED ................................. 5

DISABLED COULD DO GOOD JOB, EMPLOYERS TOLD .................... 6

GUIDE FOR NEWCOMERS ........................................... 6

NEED FOR CANCER EDUCATION STRESSED ............................ 7

COOLER AND CLOUDIER NOVEMBER ................................   8

RECLAMATION PLAN............................................... 9

VOT.TTNTP.ER assistants sought for district administration .... 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN TSUEN WAN ............................. 10

DISTRICT BOARD INAUGURAL MEETING ............................. 11

TAI PO TO HOLD COUPLET WRITING COMPETITION

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ACHIEVEMENTS OF DISABLED RECOGNISED

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IT WAS A PROUD MOMENT FOR 21 DISABLED PERSONS THIS EVENING (MONDAY) WHEN THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, PRESENTED THEM WITH AWARDS AND PRIZES IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE YEAR.

THEY WERE THE 10 WINNERS OF THE OUTSTANDING DISABLED PERSONS OF THE YEAR AWARD AND THE 12 WINNERS OF THE +1981 INDUSTRIAL SKILLS CONTEST* OR +ABILYMPICS*. ONE OF THEM HAS WON BOTH AWARDS.

THE RECIPIENTS WERE AMONG THE WINNERS OF VARIOUS EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED HELD LOCALLY AND ABROAD TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE DISABLED PERSONS.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS (CCCIYDP), DR HARRY FANG, SAID THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR, HIS COMMITTEE WAS SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATING WHETHER OR NOT TO STAGE A GRAND FINALE TO MARK THE END OF THIS SPECIAL YEAR.

+AFTER CONSIDERABLE DEBATE, THE COMMITTEE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IT SHOULD NOT. THIS IS BECAUSE TO DO SO WOULD CREATE THE WRONG IMPRESSIONS THAT THE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND INVALUABLE ACTIVITIES GENERATED IN THE YEAR WOULD COME TO AN END.

+THIS AS ALL OF YOU KNOW IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH.

+ INDEED, YOUR EXCELLENCY HAS REMINDED ALL OF US AT THE RECENT OPENING SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN STARTED IN THE YEAR MUST CONTINUE,* HE SAID.

THE PRESENTATION WAS ATTENDED BY SOME 200 INVITED GUESTS ENGAGED IN REHABILITATION WORK AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, AND THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR REHABILITATION, MR KEVIN MAK, WHO IS ALSO THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE CCCIYDP.

SPEAKING OF THE UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH IN REHABILITATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG, DR FANG SAID, +SUCH UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED BUT FOR THE UNFAILING SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM YOUR EXCELLENCY AND A GOVERNMENT PERSONIFIED IN THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE OF REHABILITATION.*

HE CONTINUEDi +HONG KONG’S PERFORMANCE IS PROBABLY BETTER GAUGED AGAINST THE TARGETS FOR ACTION MADE IN THE REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL’S CHARTER FOR THE 80’S. OUT OF 34 RECOMMENDATIONS MADE AS TARGETS AT THE COMMUNITY AND NATIONAL LEVEL, 25 OR 75 PERCENT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED.*

THIS IS AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD BY ANY STANDARD, HE STRESSED.

DR FANG FORECAST THAT THE 1980S’ WOULD ALSO BE AN IMPORTANT DECADE. HE SAID THAT THE UNITED NATIONS’ ACTION PLAN CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION IS EXPECTED TO BE ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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*IN HONG KONG,* HE WENT ON, *OUR OWN COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME PLAN WHICH HAS JUST CONCLUDED WITH NO LESS THAN 140 RECOMMENDATIONS IS REINFORCING OUR COMMITMENT TO FURTHER PROGRESS.

+AS STATED IN OUR 1977 WHITE PAPER ON REHABILITATION, IT HAS GOT TO BE A CONTINUING UNITED EFFORT FROM ALL CONCERNED, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE ORDINARY PEOPLE IN THE STREET.

♦BECAUSE IT IS THEIR VIEWS, THEIR AWARENESS AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT THAT WILL MAKE THE GREATEST IMPACT AND PROGRESS,* HE ADDED.

DR FANG EXPECTED HONG KONG’S DISABLED PEOPLE TO PLAY AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PROCESS BY DEMONSTRATING TO SOCIETY THEIR DETERMINATION TO BECOME EQUAL AND USEFUL MEMBERS, GIVEN THE NECESSARY ASSISTANCE TO OVERCOME THEIR DISABILITIES.

+AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, I HAVE WITNESSED THE EMERGENCE OF SUCH DETERMINATION AND SELF-RELIANCE IN THE VARIOUS EVENTS HELD DURING THE YEAR.

+IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR DISABLED FRIENDS TO STRIVE IN THIS NEW IDENTITY THEY HAVE CREATED FOR THEMSELVES,* HE ADDED.

THE 10 RECIPIENTS OF THE OUTSTANDING DISABLED PERSONS OF THE YEAR AWARD WERE MR CHAN FOOK-SHING- MISS LUCY CHING-MR HA SEE-HUNG- MR KAN KWOK-WING- MR LAM SHUI-SEE- MRS HUNG LEUNG WAI-CHING- MR LI KIN-HENG- MR SIU SUN-FAT- MR TSE TSUN-HIM-AND MISS YIU KIT-LING.

THE 12 WINNERS OF THE ’1981 ABILYMPICS’ WHO ALSO REPRESENTED HONG KONG IN THE INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS HELD IN JAPAN IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR WERE MR CHAN WAI-CHEUNG- MR CHEUNG OR-SHING- MR CHIU KIN-CHUEN- MR HUI CHI-KEUNG- MR KWOK WAI-KEUNG- MR LAI HONG-MR LEE HOR-KEUNG- MR LI KIN-HENG- MISS NG MUN-WAI- MISS NG MJI-BING- MR TAM FU-KEUNG- AND MR YAU HON-MING.

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WATER FIGURES

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WATER STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 46.2 PER CENT OR 267.224 MILLION CUBIC METRES, WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO 222 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 323.101 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 55.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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HOLIDAY WATER HOURS

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WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE TO BE RELAXED DURING THE COMING WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL AND THE CHRISTMAS AND LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WILLIAM TUCKER, ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

+WITH THE POSITIVE RESULTS ACHIEVED BY THE EFFORTS OF EVERYONE IN CONSERVING WATER, IT IS FELT THAT THE RESTRICTIONS CAN BE RELAXED DURING THE COMING FESTIVE OCCASIONS WITHOUT SERIOUSLY REDUCING STORAGE LEVELS,+ HE SAID.

DETAILS OF THE SUPPLY HOURS DURING THE COMING FESTIVE OCCASIONS ARE:

X WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL - TAPS WILL BE TURNED ON FROM 6 AM ON WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL DAY (DECEMBER 22, 1981) TO 10 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (DECEMBER 23, 1981),

X CHRISTMAS - SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED ON FROM 6 AM ON DECEMBER 24, 1981 TO 10 AM ON DECEMBER 26, 1981.

X LUNAR NEW YEAR - TAPS WILL BE TURNED ON FROM 6 AM ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (JANUARY 24, 1982) TO 10 AM ON JANUARY 28, 1982.

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FULL EDUCATION SUPPORT PROMISED IN CANCER FIGHT X X X X

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATORS WILL GIVE EVERY SUPPORT TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS AT THE WORKSHOP ON CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS FOR THE ASIAN REGION, MR HAYE STRESSED THAT TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC IN ACQUIRING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE'TOWARDS THIS DISEASE, A START MUST BE MADE WITH THE SCHOOL POPULATION THROUGH THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE VITAL ROLE SCHOOLS COULD PLAY IN THE WORTHWHILE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER AND IN CANCER EDUCATION.

+1N THIS CONNECTION THE SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE INCLUDES TOPICS ON HEALTH EDUCATION WITH EMPHASIS ON THE PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION OF DISEASES INCLUDING CANCER,+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

MR HAYE REFERRED IN PARTICULAR TO THE ANTI-SMOKING TEACHING KIT, JOINTLY PRODUCED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND THE ANTI-SMOKING PROGRAMME OF THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SERVICE, WHICH AIMED AT PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAUSES AND DANGERS OF SMOKING, INCLUDING THAT MAJOR KILLER CANCER.

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1982 CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY

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A SURVEY AIMED AT ASSISTING THE AUTHORITIES IN IMPROVING CRIME PREVENTION PLANNING WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JANUARY 4 AND 18 NEXT YEAR BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

ABOUT 20 000 HOUSEHOLDS, CHOSEN AT RANDOM, WILL BE INTERVIEWED IN THE SPECIAL STUDY KNOWN AS THE 1982 CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY ABOUT CRIMINAL ACTS WHICH AFFECTED THEM DURING THE 1981 CALENDAR YEAR.

THE 1982 SURVEY, WHICH IS DESIGNED IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY AS THE FIRST CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY CONDUCTED IN 1979, IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED DATA ON THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF CRIME AND FOR PLOTTING THE TREND IN CHANGES IN CRIME REPORTING BEHAVIOUR.

THE DATA COLLECTED IN THE 1979 SURVEY WERE A GREAT HELP TO THE POLICE AND ALL THOSE ENGAGED IN ASSESSING CRIME AND PURSUING THE FIGHT AGAINST IT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

EACH HOUSEHOLD SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE SURVEY WOULD RECEIVE, AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, A LETTER SEEKING THEIR CO-OPERATION IN PARTICIPATING. THEIR SUPPORT WAS VITAL IN MAKING THE SECOND SURVEY A SUCCESS, HE SAID.

AN ADULT, USUALLY THE HOUSEHOLD HEAD, WOULD BE DESIGNATED AS THE MAIN RESPONDENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS AND CRIMES THAT MIGHT HAVE AFFECTED THE HOUSEHOLD AS A UNIT.

INFORMATION ABOUT CRIMES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ANY VICTIM WILL BE OBTAINED FROM INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS AGED 12 AND ABOVE.

ALL INFORMATION OBTAINED DURING THE SURVEY WILL BE HELD IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE AND WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED TO ANY PERSON OR BODY OUTSIDE THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

EACH ENUMERATOR IN THE SURVEY WILL CARRY AN OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARD BEARING HIS PHOTOGRAPH ISSUED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF AN ENUMERATOR SHOULD TELEPHONE THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE AT 5-452586 OR 5-439189.

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KWUN TONG BOARD’S ♦MEET-THE-PUBLIC+ PLAN * ft ft ft

KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AN AVENUE TO REFLECT THEIR VIEWS ON PUBLIC POLICIES AND TO SUGGEST SOLUTIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH A NEW ♦MEET-THE-PUBLIC+ SCHEME WHICH WAS DISCUSSED AT THE SEVENTH KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TODAY (MONDAY).

THE SCHEME IS AIMED AT ENABLING AS MANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AS POSSIBLE TO BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH THEIR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THE WORK OF THE BOARD.

THREE CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT WILL LATER BE SET UP FOR UNOFFICIAL BOARD MEMBERS TO RECEIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

IN ADDITION, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL GO OUT TO VISIT LOCAL RESIDENTS, ASSOCIATIONS, SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE SCHEME IS SET UP ALONG LINES OF A SYSTEM IN USE IN SINGAPORE. MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD VISITED SINGAPORE ON A STUDY TOUR LAST AUGUST.

MR PETER WILLIAMS, COMMISSIONER OF ICAC, ALSO ATTENDED TODAY’S MEETING TO DISCUSS THE WORK OF ICAC IN KWUN TONG.

THE BOARD ALSO DISCUSSED A WIDE RANGE OF OTHER MATTERS, INCLUDING THE PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRE IN KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT.

IN THE AREA OF WATER SUPPLIES TO SQUATTER AREAS IN KWUN TONG, THE WORKS PROJECTS SUB-COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT INDIVIDUAL SUPPLY BE GIVEN TO ALL SQUATTERS TO PREVENT RACKETEERS FROM OPERATING.

THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED A BUDGET OF $2.2 MILLION FOR VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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MEMBERS OF THE AVIATION ADVISORY BOARD TODAY (MONDAY) CONDUCTED AN ON-THE-SPOT STUDY OF HONG KONG AIRPORT ON THE COMPLETION OF ITS $600 MILLION STAGE-FOUR DEVELOPMENT.

IN THE GROUP WERE MR D.K. NEWBIGGING, MR D.R.Y. BLUCK, MR DENNIS TING AND MR D.G. JEAFFRESON.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR B.D. KEEP, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, THEY INSPECTED THE MAJOR PROJECT COMPLETED RECENTLY UNDER THE MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THE MEMBERS SHOWED SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE SHOPPING MALL ARRANGEMENT AND THE NEW TRANSFER DESK. THESE ARE AMONG THE MANY NEW FACILITIES MADE AVAILABLE UNDER THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SINCE THE MEMBERS VISITED THE AIRPORT LAST DECEMBER.

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DISABLED COULD'DO GOOD JOB, EMPLOYERS TOLD

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THE SUCCESS OF THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUr DEPARTMENT VERY MUCH DEPENDS ON EMPLOYERS ACCEPTING DISABLED PEOPLE WITHOUT PREJUDICE, A SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF VICTORIA, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER SUNG KWAN-CHAK SAID i +SUPPORT FROM EMPLOYERS IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ULTIMATE HAPPY SETTLEMENT OF A DISABLED PERSON INTO GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT WHICH WILL ENABLE HIM TO REALISE HIS VOCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC POTENTIAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT.*

MR SUNG, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE, POINTED OUT THAT GIVEN THE RIGHT JOB, A DISABLED PERSON COULD PERFORM JUST AS WELL AS HIS ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPART.

HE SAID : +DISABLED PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY CAPABLE OF MANUAL OR UNSKILLED JOBS. GIVEN THE RIGHT TRAINING, EDUCATION AND SOMETIMES wITH THE HELP OF TECHNICAL AIDS, A DISABLED PERSON IS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING A WIDE RANGE OF JOBS, INCLUDING EXECUTIVE AND MANAGERIAL POSITIONS.* ,

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, A HAPPILY SETTLED DISABLED EMPLOYEE WOULD BE MORE STABLE IN HIS JOB BECAUSE OF HIS LACK OF MOBILITY.

THE SERVICE HELPED DISABLED PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH A REHABILITATION PROCESS TO SEEK GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT, WITH EMPHASIS ON +THE RIGHT JOB FOR THE RIGHT PERSON*.

IT ALSO HELPED EMPLOYERS WHO REQUIRED WORKERS TO FULFILL THEIR MANPOWER NEEDS, HE EXPLAINED.

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GUIDE FOR NEWCOMERS * * *

A NEW VERSION OF +COMING TO HONG KONG*, THE OFFICIAL GUIDE FOR NEWCOMERS, HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

THE 36-PAGE BOOKLET PROVIDES A VARIETY OF USEFUL INFORMATION — FROM CLIMATE TO PETS — FOR PEOPLE COMING TO LIVE IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS TOURISTS.

COSTING $3 A COPY, IT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

THE BOOKLET ALSO SERVES AS A HANDY GUIDE TO EMPLOYERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE SOME BASIC INFORMATION ON HONG KONG TO THEIR NEW OR POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES FROM ABROAD.

TOPICS COVERED, SUCH AS LANGUAGE AND POPULATION, HOUSING AND HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT AND COST OF LIVING, EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND RECREATION, BUSINESS, TAXATION AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS, PROVIDE ANSWERS TO THE MANY QUESTIONS THAT NEW RESIDENTS ASK.

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NEED FOR CANCER EDUCATION STRESSED

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AS MOST CANCER CASES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, PERSONAL HABITS AND DIET, HEALTH EDUCATION ON CANCER PREVENTION IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, WHEN HE OPENED THE ASIAN REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS THIS MORNING.

The three-day workshop is organised by the hong kong ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST CANCER TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF CANCER EDUCATION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF INCORPORATING IT INTO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

OVER 90 PROFESSIONALS IN THE MEDICAL AND EDUCATION FIELD FROM THE WESTERN PACIFIC COUNTRIES AND FROM HONG KONG TAKE PART IN THE WORKSHOP.

DR THONG POINTED OUT IN HIS ADDRESS THAT CANCER REMAINS THE TOP KILLER DISEASE IN HONG KONG, ACCOUNTING FOR 25 PER CENT OF TOTAL DEATHS IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR.

HE SAID THAT IN THE PAST MOST RESOURCES WERE DIVERTED TO IMPROVEMENTS ON DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT FACILITIES, AND LITTLE ATTENTION WAS ACCORDED TO CANCER PREVENTION AS IT WAS ERRONEOUSLY THOUGHT THAT LESS THAN 10 PER CENT OF HUMAN CANCERS WERE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORIGIN.

+IT IS NOW FAIRLY CLEAR FROM CURRENT BASIC AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF BETWEEN 70 AND 90 PER CENT OF HUMAN CANCER IS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, DETERMINED BY ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES THAT ARE AMENABLE TO CONTROL AT GOVERNMENTAL OR PERSONAL LEVELS,+ HE SAID.

DR THONG SAID THAT CERTAIN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WERE ALREADY KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON LARGE-SCALE HAZARDS, SUCH AS THE LIABILITY OF EXPOSURE TO CANCER-PRODUCING AGENTS IN OUR ENVIRONMENT AND IN FOODS AND DRUGS.

HE SAID CANCER WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ORIGIN CONSTITUTED ONLY A VERY SMALL PROPORTION OF ALL CANCERS AND THE MAJORITY OF CANCER IS IN FACT ASSOCIATED WITH PERSONAL LIFE STYLES, SUCH AS SMOKING AND FOOD HABITS.

+WE HAVE A DUTY TO OUR YOUNGER GENERATIONS TO EDUCATE THEM ON THE RISK INVOLVED BEFORE THEY DEVELOP HABITS WHICH ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR HEALTH,+ HE STRESSED.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR C.H. HAYE, THE CHAIRMAN OF UICC PROGRAMME ON SMOKING AND CANCER, DR NIGEL GRAY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY, DR H.C. HO.

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COOLER AND CLOUDIER NOVEMBER

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THE 1 654 MM OF RAINFALL RECORDED BETWEEN JANUARY 1 AND NOVEMBER 30 THIS YEAR, WAS 25 PER CENT BELOW THE AVERAGE FIGURE CF 2 199.4 MM, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTS.

NOVEMBER ITSELF WAS COOLER AND CLOUDIER, AND A LITTLE WETTER THAN NORMAL.

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 20.3 DEGREES CELSIUS, ONE DEGREE BELOW NORMAL, WHILE TOTAL DURATION OF SUNSHINE WAS 143.1 HOURS, OR 48.4 HOURS BELOW THE NORM FOR THIS PERIOD.

AIR TEMPERATURE AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY FELL TO A MINIMUM CF 11.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ON NOVEMBER 9, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH, ALTHOUGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES OF 3.5 DEGREES CELSIUS AND 5.2 DEGREES CELSIUS WERE RECORDED AT TAI MO SHAN AND TATE’S CAIRN RESPECTIVELY.

THE WEATHER BECAME PROGRESSIVELY WARMER FROM NOVEMBER 10 AND REMAINED FINE AND SUNNY UNTIL NOVEMBER 16 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE ROSE TO A MAXIMUM OF 27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

WHILE GENERALLY FINE WEATHER PREVAILED THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE MONTH, AND THIS WAS BORNE OUT BY THE FACT THAT NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER, SOME OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES WERE NOT SO LUCKY.

IN THE PHILIPPINES, TYPHOON IRMA LEFT A TRAIL OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION ON NOVEMBER 24. IT CLAIMED 200 LIVES AND LEFT 400 000 OTHERS HOMELESS, MOST OF THEM IN CAMARINES SUR PROVINCE, ABOUT 120 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF MANILA, BEFORE DISSIPATING NEAR THE RYUKYU ISLANDS ON NOVEMBER 28.

NO THUNDERSTORM OR HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH. BUT THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 8, 14-15, 21-22 AND THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON 10-11 AND 27-30.

THE MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY AT 74 PER CENT, HOWEVER, WAS ONLY 5 PER CENT ABOVE THE NORM.

THE SEA WAS ROUGH. HOWEVER, ON NOVEMBER 30 AND A CHINESE JUNK SANK ABOUT 20 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG WITH 13 SEAMEN REPORTED MISSING.

FARTHER AWAY, FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH. A TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMED OFF THE COAST OF VIETNAM NEAR HO CHI MINH VILLE ON NOVEMBER 10 BUT DISSIPATED OVER LAND THE NEXT DAY.

TYPHOON HAZEN, FORMED ON NOVEMBER 13 NEAR THE MARIANA ISLANDS LIKE TYPHOON IRMA AND TAKING A SIMILAR COURSE, DID NOT CAUSE ANY SERIOUS DAMAGE AS IT CROSSED THE CENTRAL PHILIPPINES ON NOVEMBER 20. TROPICAL STORM JEFF DEVELOPED NEAR THE CAROLINE ISLANDS AND DISSIPATED NEAR THE RYUKYU ISLANDS.

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SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS t

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNALS DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME

OF HOISTING

OF LOWERING

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON NOV 3 2.15 PM NOV 4 5.55 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON NOV 8 10.15 AM NOV 9 8.15 PM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON NOV 22 9.15 AM NOV 23 5.30 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON NOV 26 11.00 PM NOV 27 9.45 AM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE I

SUNSHINE 143.1 HOURS 1 48.4 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

RAINFALL 69.8 MM 1 35.1 MM ABOVE NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 63 PER CENT : 11 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 74 PER CENT 1 5 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL MEAN MAX TEMP 22.6 DEGREES CELSIUS 1 1.8 DEGREES CELSIUS

BELOW NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 20.3 DEGREES CELSIUS 1 1.0 DEGREE CELSIUS

BELOW NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMP 18.3 DEGREES CELSIUS 1 0.6 DEGREES CELSIUS

BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 15.4 DEGREES CELSIUS 1 0.5 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 103.7 MM 1 40.4 MM BELOW NORMAL

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON NOVEMBER 16.

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 11.3 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON NOVEMBER 9.

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RECLAMATION PLAN * X *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM AN AREA OF ABOUT ONE HECTARE AT THE NORTH-EASTERN SIDE OF AP LEI CHAU NEAR THE AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE.

THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION WILL PROVIDE SPACE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FLATTED FACTORIES FOR MARINE AND OTHER ORDINARY TRADES.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTIFICATION IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, EIGHTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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VOLUNTEER ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

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THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE ARE JOINTLY LAUNCHING A RECRUITMENT DRIVE TO FfeulST SOME 550 VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST IN THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS IN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THESE VOLUNTEERS WILL OPERATE UNDER THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND THEIR WORK >OULD INVOLVE MAKING HOME VISITS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND GIVING SUPPORTING SERVICES TO DISTRICT ACTIVITIES IN PROMOTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THEY WILL WORK MAINLY ON WEEKENDS AND IN THE EVENINGS ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND APRIL NEXT YEAR.

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN COMMUNITY WORK ARE WELCOME TO APPLY.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE COMPLETED FORM THREE EDUCATION.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE AT 101, DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING, HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE BEFORE DECEMBER 31.

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DISTRICT BOARD INAUGURAL MEETING * * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE WILL ADDRESS THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 16) AT 3.30 PM AT THE RHENISH CHURCH COLLEGE, 30 HEREFORD ROAD, KOWLOON TONG.

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD IS THE SIXTH ONE SET UP IN THE URBAN AREA. THE OTHER FIVE DISTRICT BOARDS ARE KWUN TONG. WONG TAI SIN, SHAM SHUI PO, EASTERN DISTRICT AND SOUTHERN DISTR ICT.

THE BOARD COMPRISES 25 MEMBERS - SEVEN EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS, TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS AND 16 APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS. IT WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, KOWLOON CITY.

BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD, A KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WAS FORMED IN MAY, THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CONSULTATION AND COORDINATION.

ITS PURPOSE IS TO ENSURE THAT DISTRICT NEEDS ARE MET AND DISTRICT PROBLEMS ARE RESOLVED MORE EFFECTIVELY.

IN THE MONTH AFTER IT WAS FORMED, TWO SUB-COMMITTEES WER-SET UP TO ASSIST THE COMMITTEE IN CARRYING OUT ITS OBJECTIVES.

THE PURPOSE OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS TO ENHANCE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS AND TO AROUSE INTEREST ABOUT DISTRICT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

A PRESS BRIEFING WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM, PRIOR TO THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AT 3.30 PM, ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 16) AT THE RHENISH CHURCH COLLEGE, 30 HEREFORD ROAD, KOWLOON TONG.

‘ YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND BOTH EVENTS.

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TAI RO TO HOLD COUPLET WRITING COMPETITION

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TAI PO IS HOLDING A COUPLET WRITING COMPETITION AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S PROGRAMME TO CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL HONG KONG RESIDENTS.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS. SECTION A IS BASED ON GIVEN FIRST LINES AND SECTION B IS FREE COMPOSITION.

ENTRIES FOR SECTION A SHOULD REFLECT THE SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TAI PO, PROMOTE NEW YEAR FESTIVITY AND GOODWILL, ANTI-CORRUPTION AND MUTUAL ASSISTANCE.

THE THEME FOR SECTION B SHOULD PROMOTE A CLEAN HONG KONG.

DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE- TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE- AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION KWONG FUK SUB OFFICE.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS JANUARY 2.

ALL WINNERS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH PRIZES AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS ON JANUARY 22, AND WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND THE SAME DAY.

TAI PO CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS ARE BEING ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS. THEY WILL LAST 18 DAYS WITH FUNDS BEING PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

BESIDES THE COUPLET WRITING COMPETITION, OTHER FUNCTIONS WILL INCLUDE A LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION, A CLEAN-UP OPERATION, A FILM SHOW, FUN FAIRS, A CONCERT, A FOOTBALL COMPETITION, AN EXHIBITION ON TAI PO DEVELOPMENT AND A FEAST FOR THE ELDERLY.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW PLAN TO EASE MID-LEVELS TRAFFIC CONGESTION .............. 1

SECOND STAGE WORK ON TSUEJi WAN BYPASS....................... 2

TRAM-ONLY LANE............................................... 2

TUDJ MUN TOWN CENTRE GETS CLEANING........................... 3

SPORTS GROUND OPENING ................ x

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NEW PLAN TO EASE MID-LEVELS TRAFFIC CONGESTION *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO IMPLEMENT SEVERAL MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ON THE MID-LEVELS ARISING FROM A SURVEY JOINTLY COMMISSIONED BY THE MID-LEVELS (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN, ACCORDING TO MF VINCENT KO, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND INITIATOR OF THE SURVEY.

MR KO SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES AND IT IS HOPED THAT THEY WOULD BE PUT INTO EFFECT VERY SOON. HOWEVER, THE EXACT IMPLEMENTATION DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD RESULT IN I

* THE REOPENING OF THE STRETCH OF BUS-ONLY-LANE IN PARK ROAD AND ROBINSON ROAD BETWEEN BREEZY PATH AND CASTLE ROAD TO OTHER VEHICLES IN ORDER TO EASE THE EXISTING TRAFFIC CONGESTION DOWN CAINE ROAD DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOUR-

* THE RELAXING OF THE CURRENT BUS-ONLY-LANE ALONG CAINE ROAD FROM 7 AM - 9 PM TO 7 AM - 3 PM TO RELIEVE THE HOME-BOUND TRAFFIC CONGESTION ALONG PARK ROAD DURING THE EVENING-

* THE CANCELLATION OF SEVERAL CAR PARKS ALONG OLD BAILEY STREET NEAR CAINE ROAD-

* THE PROHIBITION OF LOADING AND UNLOADING FROM VEHICLES ON OLD BAILEY STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH CAINE ROAD AND CHANCERY LANE.

THE LATTER TWO MEASURES ARE CONSIDERED NECESSARY IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT CHAOS CAUSED BY THE SETTING DOWN AND PICKING UP OF PASSENGERS BY TAXIS AND MAX ICABS.

DATA COLLECTION FOR THIS SURVEY. UNDERTAKEN BY ABOUT 50 STUDENT-MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC STUDIES GROUP OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WAS COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE PRESENTED TO THE TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT IN MAY.

MR EDDY CHAN, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN, SAID THIS WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC COULD JOIN HANDS IN LOOKING AT A DISTRICT PROBLEM AND RECOMMENDING WAYS AND MEANS TO SOLVE IT.

IT ALSO DEMONSTRATED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, WHICH WILL CARRIED TO THE MID-LEVELS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DISTRICT BOARD IN MARCH NEXT YEAR TO GIVE LOCAL RESIDENTS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO ENSURE THAT DISTRICT NEEDS ARE IDENTIFIED AND DEALT WITH EFFECTIVELY.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1981

SECOND STAGE WORK ON TSUEN WAN BYPASS * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A MAJOR CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT TO PAUL Y. CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND STAGE OF THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $290 MILLION, WAS SIGNED THIS

•10RNING BY MR C.N. FONG, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND MR G.C. TSO OF PAUL Y. CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD.

SPEAKING AFTER THE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY, MR FONG SAID THAT WORK WOULD START LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END CF 1984.

IT COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 2.5 KILOMETRE-LONG ELEVATED HIGHWAY, 500 METRES OF WHICH WILL BE OVER THE SEA AND THE REST OVER THE RECENTLY RECLAIMED LAND AND NATURAL GROUND.

♦ THIS DUAL TWO-LANE HIGHWAY, PART OF WHICH WILL BE DUAL THREE-LANE, WILL CONNECT STAGE ONE OF THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS AT TEXACO ROAD WITH TUEN MUN ROAD AT CHAI WAN KOK,+ HE SAID.

♦THERE WILL BE AN INTERMEDIATE INTERSECTION TO CONNECT THE ELEVATED ROAD TO THE EXISTING ROAD NETWORKS BY ADDITIONAL GROUND LEVEL ROADS ON THE NEWLY-COMPLETED RECLAMATION.*

MR FONG SAID THAT THE ELEVATED ROAD WAS NOT ONLY AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN BUT ALSO FORMED PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM.

STAGE ONE OF THE BYPASS, WHICH RUNS FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO TEXACO ROAD, WAS OPENED IN JUNE THIS YEAR.

♦THE OPENING OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE BYPASS HAS ALREADY BROUGHT IMPROVEMENTS TO TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN KWAI CHUNG AREA AND ALSO TO TRAFFIC TO AND FROM TSING Yl ISLAND,* MR FONG SAID.

♦ON COMPLETION OF STAGE TWO, THE BYPASS WILL CONNECT KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO TUEN MUN ROAD TO PROVIDE A MUCH-NEEDED THROUGH-ROUTE FOR TRAFFIC TO TUEN MUN AND THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES, RELIEVING THE ALREADY HEAVILY CONGESTED ROADS IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.+

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TRAM-ONLY LANE * * *

A SECTION OF TRAFFIC LANE ON THE SOUTHBOUND TRAM TRACK OF LEIGHTON ROAD NEAR WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS TRAM-ONLY LANE FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 18) TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY.

MAo.Jre LANE W’LL BE ,ND,CATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARK INGS•

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1981

TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE GETS CLEANING

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TWENTY MEMBERS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG -AMPAIGN COMMITTEE TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE TOWN CENTRE OF THE NEW TOWN TO SEE WORK BEING DONE IN THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

THEY SAW CLEANSING STAFF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORKING HARD AT CLEARING THE VARIOUS RUBBISH-RIDDEN BLACKSPOTS AT TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, YAN CHING STREET AND KAI MAN PATH.

THE MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED BY THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER IN TUEN MUN, MR YUE KAI-CHIU, ON THE CLEANSING WORK BEING DONE IN THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN.

THEY WERE IMPRESSED BY THE MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE OF THE REAR LANES, OPEN SPACES, CANOPIES AND COMMON PARTS OF A NUMBER OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE, MR NG CHEUK-TAI, APPEALED TO LOCAL RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TOWN TO SHOULDER THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES IN KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND TO MAKE THE TOWNSHIP A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE IN.

MORE THAN 30 CLEANSING WORKERS OF THE NTSD REMOVED ABOUT 20 TONNES OF REFUSE AND JUNK AT VARIOUS BLACKSPOTS DURING TODAY’S OPERATION. WASHING VEHICLES WERE ALSO USED TO WASH AWAY THE DEBRIS AT REAR LANES.

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SPORTS GROUND OPENING * * *

THE $8.3 MILLION TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT 3.30 PM BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 2 PM. STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION UNIT WILL ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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WATER CUT * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOP SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 18) TO FACILITATE ROUTINE TESTING WORK.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE SITUATED NORTH OF CORNWALL STREET TO BEACON HILL ROAD AND THOSE IN THE BROADCAST DRIVE AREA, INCLUDING LUNG CHEUNG COURT.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR PLEASED WITH CLEAN-UP DRIVE RESPONSE .................. 1

GAS CONSULTANTS FOR HONG KONG .................................. 2

NEW 1O-CENT COIN OUT NEXT YEAR.................................. 3

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 1981 ...................................... 4

DISTRICT BOARD'S IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ROLE STRESSED ............ 5

CHANCE FOR YOUNG TO LEARN MUSIC ................................ 6

HONG KONG - AUSTRALIA AIR MAIL SERVICES RESUMED................. 6

NEV VILLAGE OPENED IN SHA TIN .................................. 7

TWO TRAFFIC CHANGES ..........................................   7

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THE DISABLED ............................... 8

WORKERS TO TALK ABOUT ACCIDENT DANGER .......................... 8

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1981

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GOVERNOR PLEASED WITH CLEAN-UP DRIVE RESPONSE * * ft * *

PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WAS VERY GOOD, SAID THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR MURRAY WAS SPEAKING AS HE TOURED THE REFUSE-RIDDEN HA KWAI CHUNG VILLAGE WHERE A CLEAN UP OPERATION WAS BEING CARRIED OUT.

THE WHOLE POINT OF THE CAMPAIGN IS TO +SPONGE UP VILLAGE AFTER VILLAGE, AND PLACE AFTER PLACE TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

♦ONCE THE PUBLIC SEE THE PLACE IS CLEAN, I AM SURE THEY WANT TO KEEP IT CLEAN,+ HE SAID.

HE ALSO URGED THE MASS MEDIA TO HELP PUBLICISE MORE WIDELY THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

TOURING THE HA KWAI CHUNG VILLAGE, SIR MURRAY SAW A VILLAGEWIDE, HOUSE-TO-HOUSE CLEAN-UP EFFORT MOUNTED BY CLEANSING WORKERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR BRIAN WILSON, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, AND THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATOR, MR MARTIN LEWIS, THE GOVERNOR WALKED AROUND THE RESITE VILLAGE OF 62 TWO-STOREY BUILDINGS.

SIR MURRAY WAS BRIEFED BY THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF KWAI CHUNG, MR CHAN TAI-YIU, ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CLEANSING SERVICES BEING PROVIDED.

TEMPORARY REFUSE-COLLECTION POINTS WERE SET UP AT SEPARATE LOCATIONS IN THE VILLAGE FOR THE 1 200 RESIDENTS TO DEPOSIT BULKY ITEMS DURING TODAY’S OPERATION.

SOME 50 NTSD WORKERS CLEARED AWAY RUBBISH ACCUMULATED ON ROADSIDES, OPEN SPACES AND HILLSIDES ALONG SUN KWAI ROAD AND TANG UK ROAD.

THE PARTY WATCHED A POWERFUL AND EFFICIENT REFUSE-COLLECTION VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH A COMPACTION DEVICE WHICH CAN COLLECT UP TO 6.5 TONNES OF COMPACTED REFUSE, BEING USED.

THE VEHICLE IS ONE OF 50 NEW, SOPHISTICATED MACHINES RECENTLY INTRODUCED INTO THE NTSD CLEANSING SERVICES IN TIME FOR THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THE GOVERNOR THEN WALKED OVER TO A VANTAGE POINT TO VIEW THE POLICE POUND AT A SITE AT TAI LIN PAI ROAD, WHICH CONTAINS 360 VEHICLES THAT HAD BEEN ABANDONED FOR A LONG TIME ON THE ROADS OR PAVEMENTS.

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THE VEHICLES HAD CAUSED A SERIOUS TRAFFIC PROBLEM, AND CLEARING THEM BECAME A MAJOR TASK OF THE CLEAN-UP EFFORT.

ALL ABANDONED VEHICLES WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION OR SENT TO THE KWAI CHUNG CAR-CRUSHING PLANT WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS, AS THE SITE WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE NTSD TO BE DEVELOPED INTO A FIVE-STOREY MODERN GARAGE, OFFICES AND STAFF QUARTERS COMPLEX.

EARLIER, THE GOVERNOR AND THE PARTY TOURED THE TSUEN WAN CENTRE — A NEWLY-BUILT PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATE WHICH WILL HAVE 19 RESIDENTIAL SKYSCRAPERS ACCOMMODATING 25 OOO PEOPLE.

HERE, SIR MURRAY WAS BRIEFED BY THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR LI TIN-MING, ON THE PROBLEM OF REFUSE-COLLECTION AND ROAD CLEANSING.

SIR MURRAY CHATTED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF SUN HUNG KEI PROPERTIES LTD, MR KWAN MAN-WAI, ABOUT MANAGEMENT MATTERS AND MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT.

THE COMPANY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE CLEANSING SERVICES IN THE HOUSING ESTATE.

THE PARTY WENT ON A TOUR OF THE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX BEFORE WATCHING A SUCTION ROAD SWEEPER IN USE AT TSUEN KING CIRCUIT.

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GAS CONSULTANTS FOR HONG KONG

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THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED FOR THE SECONDMENT OF TWO RESIDENT GAS CONSULTANTS TO THE GAS STANDARDS ORGANISATION OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE.

THE SECONDMENT OF THE TWO EXPERIENCED GAS ENGINEERS WILL BE FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS.

AS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST WEEK, THIS IS REQUIRED TO BRIDGE THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT ON SAFETY AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF TOWNGAS AND LPG OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG BY THE INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY SERVICES OF THE BRITISH GAS CORPORATION AND PERMANENT FILLING OF THE KEY POSTS IN THE GAS STANDARDS ORGANISATION.

THE SERVICES OF THE RESIDENT GAS CONSULTANTS SHALL BE TO CONSIDER AND IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GAS REPORT AND TO CONDUCT ANY OTHER DUTIES ENABLING EARLY IMPROVEMENTS TO GAS OPERATIONS AND APPLICATIONS IN HONG KONG.

THE AGREEMENT WAS OFFICIALLY SIGNED TODAY BY MR G.J. OSBORNE, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE AND MR A.F. SHORT ON BEHALF OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1981

NEW 10-CENT COIN OUT NEXT YEAR K X * *

A SMALLER AND LIGHTER 10-CENT COIN WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT EAR WHICH WILL BE MORE READILY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE 50-CENT COIN.

THE REVERSE OF THE NEW COIN WILL PROMINENTLY DISPLAY THE ARABIC NUMERAL +10+ IN THE CENTRE. THE OBVERSE WILL CARRY THE SAME PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN AS ON ALL THE COINS INTRODUCED IN RECENT YEARS ($5, $2, |1, 50-CENT AND 20-CENT).

THE NEW ROUND COIN WILL STILL BE IN NICKEL BRASS (79 PER CENT COPPER, 20 PER CENT ZINC, 1 PER CENT NICKEL) BUT WILL HAVE A PLAIN INSTEAD OF A MILLED EDGE. IT WILL HAVE A DIAMETER OF 17.50 MM, A THICKNESS OF 1.15 MM AT THE EDGE AND WEIGH 1.85 GRAMS (COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT COIN’S 20.57 MM, 1.85 MM AND 4.54 GRAMS RESPECTIVELY).

AN INITIAL ORDER FOR 200 MILLION NEW COINS HAVE BEEN PLACED WITH THE ROYAL MINT AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THERE WILL BE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES TO START CIRCULATING THEM IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR.

WHEN THE NEW COINS ARE AVAILABLE, THE OLD COINS WILL BE WITHDRAWN AS THEY PASS THROUGH THE BANKS. THERE ARE AT PRESENT 533-MILLION TEN-CENT COINS IN CIRCULATION BUT IT IS THOUGHT THAT A LARGE PROPORTION HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY LOST AND THAT THE DEMAND FOR THIS CURRENCY UNIT IS SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN THIS.

THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED IN 1974i

* THE INTRODUCTION OF TWO NEW COINS FOR 20 CENTS AND |2-

* A CHANGE IN THE SIZE, WEIGHT AND METAL CONTENT OF THE 50-CENT COIN"

* THE INTRODUCTION OF A $5 COIN TO REPLACE THE OLD 15 NOTE-AND

M A REDUCTION IN THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF THE $1 COIN.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT WHEN THE LARGE |1 COIN CEASED TO CIRCULATE, THE NUMBER OF SHAPED COINS SHOULD BE REDUCED BY ROUNDING THE SCALLOPED $2 COIN, AND THAT THE SIZE OF THE 10-CENT COIN SHOULD BE REDUCED WHEN THE 5-CENT COIN PLAYED A LESS SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE CURRENCY SYSTEM.

WITH THE EXCEPTION THAT THE 10-SIDED S5 COIN RATHER THAN THE SCALLOPED $2 COIN WAS ROUNDED, BECAUSE OF THE LATTER’S GREATER POPULARITY, ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW 10-CENT COIN.

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 1981 ******

THE CENSUS aND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR OCTOBER 1981, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED ON AN UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979, AS WELL AS A PANEL OF THE 43 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS. AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, BUT SHOULD GIVE USEFUL INDICATIONS OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE.

ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT DECLINED SLIGHTLY WHILE PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN GENERAL REMAINED STABLE IN OCTOBER 1981 COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. HOWEVER, WHEN PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN OCTOBER 1981 WERE COMPARED WITH THAT OF 1980, THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OF MORE THAN 20 PER CENT.

EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DROPPED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY ON ACCOUNT OF LESS DEMAND FOR SOFT DRINKS AFTER THE SUMMER SEASON.

EMPLOYMENT ALSO DROPPED IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY BECAUSE A FEW OF THE FACTORIES IN THE PANEL CLOSED DURING THE MONTH. SINCE THERE WAS AN AWARD OF SEVERANCE PAY IN THE PRECEDING MONTH, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DROPPED THIS MONTH. THE DECREASE IN EMPLOYMENT ALONG WITH AN INCREASE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY WAS DUE TO LABOUR TURNOVER AND MORE OVERTIME WORK IN CERTAIN PLASTICS FACTORIES.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE IN PUBLIC UTILITIES FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF SERVICE BONUSES TO WORKERS BY ONE OF THE COMPANIES SURVEYED IN OCTOBER 1981.

THE VOLUME OF ORDERS HELD BY THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED IN OCTOBER 1981 WAS MORE OR LESS THE SAME AS THAT IN SEPTEMBER. MORE ORDERS WERE RECEIVED IN THE PLASTICS AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES, WHILE SLIGHTLY LESS ORDERS WERE AVAILABLE FOR THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 1981 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $1 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1981

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DISTRICT BOARD’S IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ROLE STRESSED *****

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL INTRODUCE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT UNDER THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME - THAT OF CHANNELING THE VIEWS AND WISHES OF THE PUBLIC TO THE GOVERNMENT.

DELIVERING THE INAUGURAL SPEECH TO THE BOARD, MR BREMRIDGE SAID t *THE 18 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS APPOINTED TO THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD, WHO REPRESENT A WIDE SECTION OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, WILL BE ADVISING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON ALL KINDS OF MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PROVISION AND USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES, THE ORGANISATION OF COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMMES, AND SO ON.+

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT MEMBERS IN THE DISTRICT BOARD +WHO CAN ONLY SPEAK AND ACT LIKE CIVIL SERVANTS*. WE WANT LEADERS FROM ANY SECTOR OF SOCIETY. AS LONG AS THEY ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED WITH THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR FELLOW RESIDENTS AND AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THE COURAGE TO SPEAK UP FEARLESSLY FOR THOSE CAUSES WHICH THEY FEEL MERIT ATTENTION BY THE ADMINISTRATION, MEMBERS WILL HAVE FULFILLED THE IMPORTANT AND DEMANDING ROLE THAT HAS BEEN LAID ON THEM.

-r.,. ,,MR BREMRIDGE ALSO ASSURED MEMBERS THAT ALTHOUGH CONSTITUTIONALLY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MAY BE ADVISORY IN NATURE ITS MEMBERS CAN BE ASSURED THAT THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS WILL BE

?J?USLY BY THE GOVERNMENT AND GIVEN THE FULLEST POSSIBLE CONS I DERAT ION.

T,.rE?DDED THAT THE B0ARD “ILL HAVE THE ^WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT* CF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WHICH HAD FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS BEEN PREPARING FOR THE BOARD’S INAUGURATION TODAY.

MR BREMRIDGE EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT HENCEFORTH, WITH THE ADVICE AND PARTICIPATION OF THE PUBLIC THROUGH THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD, +LONG-STANDI NG AND HITHERTO INTRACTABLE DISTRICT PROBLEMS CAN BE RESOLVED THROUGH THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL CONCERNED.*

THE 25-MEMBER KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD IS MADE UP OF SEVEN EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS, AND 18 APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS INCLUDING TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS. ALL MEMBERS WILL SERVE FROM TODAY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 1982.

THE SEVEN EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS ARE i MR LEE LAP-SUN, MR CHEUNG MAN-SANG, MR LO CHI-ON, MRS ROSE GOODSTADT, MR MARCUS LEE SZE-HUNG, MR LEE CHUN-HO AND MR MICHAEL CHIU TAK-KWONG.

THE 18 APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE i MR LUI FOOK-HONG, MR HUI IN—YING, MRS MABEL CHOW, MR WONG CHUEK-YEE, MR WONG WING-PIU, MR WU SHING-SUEN, MR CHENG WOO-YICK, MR LEE SIU-MAN, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN, MR WONG SHEK-KONG, MISS LEUNG KIT-FONG, MR KWOK LEUNG-PING, MR WU YIU-FAI, MR LAM YING-HO, MR HO CHUN-YAN, MR PAO PING-WING, MISS CECILIA YEUNG LAI-YING (URBAN COUNCILLOR) AND MRS GRACE HO (URBAN COUNCILLOR).

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CHANCE FOR YOUNG TO LEARN MUSIC * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 22 WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MUSIC CAN NOW APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE MUSIC OFFICE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME.

CLASSES ON BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE STRING AND WIND INSTRUMENTS ARE OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE CURRENTLY RUNS SOME 550 INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING CLASSES FOR MORE THAN 2 500 STUDENTS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, WHICH OFFERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS TO BEGIN THEIR MUSICAL TRAINING, TRAINEES WILL RECEIVE ONE HOUR’S TRAINING A WEEK AND CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE TUITION FEE IS $10 A MONTH FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS AND $20 FOR OTHERS.

TRAINEES CAN ALSO JOIN THE INSTRUMENT HIRE-PURCHASE SCHEME RUN BY THE MUSIC OFFICE. ON JOINING THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE HOME AN INSTRUMENT FOR PRACTICE FOR A MONTHLY INSTALMENT PAYMENT OF $10.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE FOUR MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE LOCATED AT i

* HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9/F, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI-

* 157-159 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, TUNG PING BUILDING, 2/F,

KOWLOON”

* 100 TING FU STREET, YAN HAU MANSION, 3/F, NGAU TAU KOK,

KWUN TONG- AND

* 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 1/F,

TSUEN WAN.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS DECEMBER 21.

HONG KONG - AUSTRALIA AIR MAIL SERVICES RESUMED * * *

WITH SETTLEMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE BY AUSTRALIAN POST OFFICE STAFF, NORMAL AIRMAIL, SPEEDPOST AND EXPRESS MAIL SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND SYDNEY/MELBOURNE HAVE NOW BEEN RESUMED A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HOWEVER, SOME DELAYS MAY CONTINUE TO OCCUR FOR A TIME UNTIL THE BACKLOG OF MAIL ITEMS ON HAND HAS BEEN CLEARED, HE SAID.

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NEW VILLAGE OPENED IN SHA TIN * * * *

k NEW VILLAGE WAS OPENED IN SHA TIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), REPLACING A 1OO-YEAR-OLD VILLAGE WHICH HAS TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE NEW VILLAGE, BUILT UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S VILLAGE REMOVAL PROGRAMME, RETAINS ITS PREVIOUS NAME - FU YIU HA.

IT CONSISTS OF 22 THREE-STOREY HOMES TO RE-HOUSE ABOUT 100 INDIGENOUS RESIDENTS SURNAMED TSE.

PERFORMING THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), DR RICHARD BUTLER, WHO DESCRIBED THE PROJECT AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT BEING INTEGRATED WITH NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

+THE RURAL SECTOR IS INDEED AN INTEGRAL PART OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND I HOPE THAT YOUR NEW VILLAGE DEMONSTRATES THAT DESPITE RAPID PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND URBANISATION OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN,* DR BUTLER SAID.

FU YIU HA IS THE FOURTH VILLAGE RESITE IN SHA TIN. THE OTHERS ARE KWAI TEI, PAT TSZ WO AND KAK TIN TSUEN KUNG MIU.

BUILT BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, EACH HOUSE IS 65 SQUARE METRES IN AREA. GOVERNMENT HAS PROVIDED $5 MILLION TOWARDS CONSTRUCTION COST.

VILLAGERS WILL GRADUALLY START TO MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOMES FROM TODAY.

DR BUTLER SAID HE WAS SURE THEY WOULD BE +GREATLY PLEASED* TO DO SO.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG- THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR TSE TING-YAU- LOCAL LEADER, MR NG CHAN-LAM- AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE.

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TWO TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

A SECTION OF HONG NING ROAD NEAR KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 18).

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THAT AREA FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

MEANWHILE, IN HONG KONG, A SECTION OF ABERDEEN STREET BETWEEN CAINE ROAD AND STAUNTON STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY.

IN ADDITION, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEEDING 2-1/2 TONS IN UNLADEN WEIGHT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS PART OF THE ROAD.

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CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THE DISABLED * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CEN;.?E AND KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE WILL HOLD A JOINT CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THEIR DISABLED TRAINEES ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 18).

GUESTS OF HONOUR WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR LAM HON-KEUNG.

TRAINEES OF THE TWO CENTRES AND OTHER REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS WILL PERFORM DANCES, SINGING, A MUSICAL PLAY AND OTHER PROGRAMMES. THERE WILL ALSO BE GUEST PERFORMANCE BY TVB ARTISTES.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CHRISTMAS PARTY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 2.30 PM TO 5 PM ON THE LAWN OF THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AT WELFARE ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

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WORKERS TO TALK ABOUT ACCIDENT DANGER

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TWO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WILL TOMORROW (THURSDAY) GIVE A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THEIR CLOSE BRUSH WITH DEATH DURING AN ACCIDENT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE RECENTLY.

MR HO CH I-SHI NG AND MR AU-YEUNG HO-LOK WILL RECOUNT TO A SAFETY SEMINAR HOW THEY WERE SAVED BY THE SAFETY BELTS THEY WERE WEARING WHILE WORKING AT HEIGHT.

THEY WILL ALSO DEMONSTRATE BEFORE 300 OTHER CONSTRUCTION WORKERS THE ESSENTIAL NEED FOR SAFETY EQUIPMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY MR J.N. HENDERSON, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR AT THE CHINESE YMCA AT WATERLOO ROAD, KOWLOON, AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE MR CHEUNG LUN, SECRETARY, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON CEMENT AND CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION TRADE WORKERS UNION- MR HO SAI-CHU, PRESIDENT, THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION, MR KAM HUNG-YUEN, AREA CONSUMERS ENGINEER, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO LTD- MR WONG YUM-YIN, SAFETY OFFICER, GAMMON (HK) LTD-MR MA CHING-KO, VICE-CHAIRMAN, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON CARPENTERS GENERAL UNION- AND MR CHENG KWONG-KU I, DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR, LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS i

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR. MR AU-YEUNG HO-LOK AND MR HO CHI-SHING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS AFTER THE SEMINAR. COPIES OF A PROGRAMME OF THE SEMINAR MAY BE COLLECTED FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

4 ROLE OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN COMMUNITY ............................ 1

FIRST SAFETY SEMINAR FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ................... 2

USE OF FIRE BANNED IN COUNTRY PARK AND NATURE RESERVE......... J

TUEN MUN SPORTS GROUND OPENED ................................... 4

HONG KONG'S FIRST WOMAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER ............. 5

SIR PHILIP VISITS NEW PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL ...................... 7

SOME TRAM SERVICES TO BE CURTAILED SATURDAY ..................... 7

DUNCAN BLUCK NEW HKTA CHAIRMAN .................................. 8

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES......................................   8

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ....................... 9

TRADE MINISTER ARRIVES .......................................... 9

SEVEN NT SITES FOR SALE ........................................ 10

WATER MAINS WORK................................................ 10

811 A—MILLION ROAD CONTRACT AWARDED ............................ 11

ALL YUE?} LONG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD .................. 11

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ROLE OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN COMMUNITY * * * *

IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S FERVENT HOPE THAT DISTRICT BOARDS WILL FOSTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT AT DISTRICT LEVEL AND GIVE LOCAL RESIDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THEIR INFLUENCE TO BEAR ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PRACTICES AS THEY AFFECT THEIR DISTRICTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE IN HIS ADDRESS TO OVER 1 OOO EXECUTIVES AND MANAGING DIRECTORS AT THE ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP DINNER OF THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING ON *THE GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG,* SIR PHILIP SAID THE DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD PROVIDE ADVICE ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING IN EACH DISTRICT. ON THE PROVISION AND USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES AND jN THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE DISTRICT FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

+DI STR ICT BOARDS SHOULD, IN SHORT, IMPROVE THE IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND STIMULATE A GREATER DEGREE OF LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN IT,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN A PARTICULAR DISTRICT WOULD THUS DEPEND INCREASINGLY ON THE RESIDENTS OF THAT DISTRICT, THROUGH THE ELECTION OF CANDIDATES TO THE BOARDS AND LATER BY CALLING THEIR MEMBERS TO ACCOUNT.

EARLIER, THE CHIEF SECRETARY ALSO POINTED OUT THAT, IN THE ABSENCE OF AN ORTHODOX PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, THE COMMUNITY IS ASSOCIATED DIRECTLY WITH THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS BY A NETWORK CF SOME 400 ADVISORY BODIES EXTENDING DOWNWARDS AND OUTWARDS FROM THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

THE INPUT OF THESE ADVISORY BODIES - BE THEY STATUTORY OR NON-STATUTORY, STANDING OR AD HOC, SUBJECT-ORIENTED OR GEOGRAPHICALLY-ORIENTED, AUGMENTS AND COMPLEMENTS, AND PROVIDES CRITICAL COMMENTARY UPON, THE OFFICIAL VIEW OF THE DESIRABLE CONTENT OF POLICIES IN THE VARIOUS PROGRAMME AREAS.

SIR PHILIP SAID THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT SUCH INPUT IS ESSENTIAL TO PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF POLICY DECISIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE ADDED, THIS ASSOCIATION OF ADVISORY BODIES WITH THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IS DESIGNED TO DEVELOP THE CONCEPT OF PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY.

ON CHANGES IN THE ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENT’S INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION, SIR PHILIP SAID IT WAS A STRANGE PARADOX THAT, WHEREAS IN BUSINESS, ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES WERE REGARDED AS A VIRTUE, REFLECTING A DYNAMIC APPROACH, IN GOVERNMENT, ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES TENDED TO BE REGARDED AS BEING COSMETIC OP AS A DEVISE TO OBSCURE INDECISIVENESS.

*BUT THIS IS UNFAIR, FOR CIVIL SERVANTS ARE QUITE CAPABLE OF REALISING THAT ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENT’S INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION MUST BE ADAPTED TO CHANGING NEEDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES - BOTH QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE - TO AVOID BECOMING ARTHRITIC, UNRESPONSIVE AND INCOMPETENT,* HE SAID.

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FIRST SAFETY SEMINAR FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS * * * *

THE FIRST-EVER SAFETY SEMINAR ORGANISED SOLELY FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON.

ADDRESSING THE 300 PARTICIPANTS AT THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR AT THE CHINESE 'MCA AT WATERLOO ROAD, HE SAID THAT THE OCCASION ENABLED PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON CONSTRUCTION SAFETY, AND SERVED TO SHO* THE SUPPORT OF ALL FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE VOLUNTARY SAFETY MOVEMENT IN THE INDUSTRY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAD INCREASED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, CLIMBING FROM 14 738 (INCLUDING 80 DEATHS) IN 1978 TO THE ALARMING FIGURE OF 18 319 (INCLUDING 88 DEATHS) IN 1980.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE HAD ALSO GROWN FROM 68 601 IN 1978 TO 84 395 IN 1980, SO THAT IN THE PAST THREE YEARS THE ACCIDENT RATE PER 1 000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED ON CONSTRUCTION SITES WAS ABOUT 215, AND TWO KILLED IN EVERY WORKING WEEK.

MR HENDERSON SAID THAT THE TOLL IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NOW ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF ALL INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

ACCIDENTS WERE COSTLY, HE SAID.

+APART FROM DAMAGE TO PLANT, DISRUPTION TO PROGRESS OF WORK, LOSS OF SKILLED AND IRREPLACEABLE WORKERS AND OTHER INVISIBLE

COSTS, A TOTAL OF $12 823 226 WAS PAID OUT LAST YEAR IN COMPENSATION FOR WORKERS INJURED OR KILLED ON CONSTRUCTION SITE,+ HE SAID.

THIS CONSTITUTED ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE TOTAL COMPENSATION ($39 278 315) PAID OUT IN RESPECT OF ALL OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS IN 1980.

MR HENDERSON SAID s +THE LOSS OF HUMAN LIVES, LIMBS, EYES, ETC., IS INTOLERABLE. HONG KONG’S ONLY NATURAL RESOURCE IS ITS WORKERS. THERE IS NO SENSE IN WASTING THIS RESOURCE.+

HE SAID THAT THERE MIGHT BE GREY AREAS IN WHICH THE LAW WAS NOT SUFFICIENTLY SPECIFIC OR NOT PROPERLY SPELLED OUT BUT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS PREPARING A NUMBER OF NECESSARY AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE INADEQUACIES.

BUT LEGISLATION ALONE WOULD NOT SOLVE OUR PROBLEM, HE SAID.

♦THE PREVENTION OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT ALONE. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY CF ALL CONCERNED.+

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER, MR HO CHI-SHING WHO ESCAPED DEATH DURING AN ACCIDENT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE, GAVE A PERSONAL ACCOUNT CF HOw HE WAS SAVED BY THE SAFETY BELT HE WAS WEARING WHILE WORKING AT HE IGHTS.

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SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR INCLUDED MR CHEUNG LUN, SECRETARY, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON CEMENT AND CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION TRADE WORKERS UNION- MR HO SAI-CHU, PRESIDENT, THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION, MR KAM HUNG-YUEN, AREA CONSUMERS ENGINEER, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO LTD- MR WONG YUM-YIN, SAFETY OFFICER, GAMMON (HK) LTD- MR MA CHING-KO, VICE-CHAIRMAN, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON CARPENTERS GENERAL UNION- AND MR CHENG KWONG-KU I, DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR, LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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USE OF FIRE BANNED IN COUNTRY PARK AND NATURE RESERVE * * M *

A TOTAL BAN ON THE USE OF FIRES FOR ANY PURPOSE WILL BE IMPOSED IN ONE COUNTRY PARK AND A NATURE RESERVE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM SUNDAY (DECEMBER 20).

THE BAN WILL BE APPLIED TO THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND WILL EXTEND OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS UNLESS THE WEATHER CONDITIONS CHANGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY SAID THE BAN WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE PREVAILING DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS.

+THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL FOR 38 DAYS Si E NOVEMBER 10.

♦THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WOODLANDS AND THEY ARE EXTREMELY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FIRES,* HE SAID.

A NUMBER OF FIRES HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK DURING THE CURRENT FIRE SEASON.

WHILE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN STILL VISIT THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE WHEN THE BAN IS IN FORCE, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LIGHT FIRES IN THESE AREAS.

VISITORS SHOULD TAKE WITH THEM SANDWICHES AND PRE-COOKED FOOD.

+THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY REGRETS ANY INCONVENIENCE THAT MAY BE CAUSED, BUT NO ONE SHOULD UNDERESTIMATE THE VULNERABILITY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE TO FIRES,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

FIRE IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THREAT TO COUNTRY PARKS.

HE ALSO ASKED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO REFRAIN FROM SMOKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL WITH FIRES DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

+ONLY BARBECUE IN APPROVED BARBECUE PLACES,* HE STRESSED. THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR ILLEGAL USE OF FIRES INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS IS $5 000, WHILE THE ILLEGAL USE OF FIRES ANYWHERE ELSE IN TH COUNTRYSIDE BUT OUTSIDE COUNTRY PARKS CAN RESULT IN A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 900.

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TUEN MUN SPORTS GROUND OPENED * * *

JUST OVER 11 MONTHS AFTER THE FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID THE PEOPLE OF TUEN MUN HAVE AN EXCELLENT SPORTS GROUND, THE SECRETARY FOR CIT' AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FIRST PHASE OF TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND WHICH WILL BE USED POR SOCCER MATCHES, ATHLETICS EVENTS AND OTHER DISTRICT FUNCTIONS.

♦IT IS A SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF THE THINGS THAT ARE BEST IN HONG KONG : PRIVATE GENEROSITY AND PUBLIC SUPPORT- DETERMINATION AND ENTERPRISE- CO-OPERATION- AND A RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID.

♦WE MUST HURRY, FOR THERE CAN BE NO TOWN IN THE WORLD LIKE TUEN MUN, WHERE HOUSING FOR 50 000 PEOPLE IS BEING BUILT AND OCCUPIED EVERY YEAR, TOGETHER WITH ALL THE SUPPORTING FACILITIES OF SCHOOLS, CLINICS AND OTHER SERVICES.+

HOUSING MUST REMAIN OUR PRINCIPAL CONCERN, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

BUT AN IMMENSE EFFORT WAS ALSO BEING MADE TO SPEED UP THE PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND, BY CREATING A TEAM OF WORKERS, TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST USE WAS MADE OF OUR RESOURCES AND THAT OUR FITNESS PROGRAMMES REACHED OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE.

♦THIS SPORTS GROUND COULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ADVANCED AHEAD OF ITS ORIGINAL PROGRAMME AND COMPLETED TODAY HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SIR SHIU KIN TANG’S GENEROUS DONATION OF $2 MILLION,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

♦MAY I SAY ONCE AGAIN HOW MUCH HIS GENEROSITY IS APPRECIATED.

♦I HOPE HE, TOO, WILL BE PLEASED TO SEE HOW WELL HIS MONEY HAS BEEN USED.+

MR AKERS-JONES THANKED ALL THOSE WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS EARLY COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, IN PARTICULAR THE ARCHITECTURAL CFFICE OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE SPORTS GROUND, SITUATED ON A THREE-HECTARE SITE ADJACENT TO TAI HING ESTATE, IS S8.3 MILLION.

FACILITIES INCLUDE A FULL-SIZE TURFED SOCCER PITCH, AN EIGHTLANE 430-METRE ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK, A SHOT PUT CIRCLE, A DISCUS THROWING CAGE, A JAVELIN RUNWAY, AND A RUNWAY AND SANDPIT FOR POLE VAULT, AND HIGH, LONG AND TRIPLE JUMP.

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OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS WITH SHOWERS, TOILETS, A STORE ROOK FOR ATHLETICS EQUIPMENT, AND AN OFFICE.

SPECIAL CHANGING FACILITIES AND TOILETS FOR THE DISABLED ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE SPORTS GROUND TO FURTHER EXPAND IT INTO A MULTI-PURPOSE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS CENTRE SOON START.

IT a ILL INCLUDE CONCRETE SPECTATOR STANDS, BASKETBALL AND ‘MlN -SOCCER PITCHES AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT AN ADJACENT SITE.

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HONG KONG’S FIRST WOMAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER

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.MISS PAULINE LEE PO-LIN, 22, TODAY (THURSDAY) BECAME HONG KONG’S FIRST WOMAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER ON RECEIVING HER AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER’S LICENCE ENDORSED WITH THE AREA CONTROL RATING FROM MR B.D. KEEP, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

MISS LEE RECENTLY QUALIFIED FOR THE RATING ON PASSING EXAMINATIONS SET BY THE AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT.

IN PRESENTING THE DOCUMENT TO HER, MR KEEP SAID THAT PASSING THE EXAMINATIONS WAS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE DEPARTMENT’S AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER TRAINING PROGRAMME.

HE NOTED THAT THIS PROGRAMME HAD STARTED IN 1964 AND THE FIRST STUDENT WAS NOW A SENIOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

♦SINCE THAT TIME, A TOTAL OF 67 LICENCES HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO GRADUATES OF THE TRAINING SCHEME BUT ALL OF THEM HAD BEEN MALES UP TO THIS TIME,* MR KEEP SAID.

HE CONGRATULATED MISS LEE AND HANDED HER THE DOCUMENT FOR WHICH SHE HAD WORKED HARD.

THE AREA CONTROL POSITION IS THE FIRST OF FOUR BASIC AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL POSITIONS FOR ENSURING SAFE AND EXPEDITIOUS FLOW OF AIR TRAFFIC IN HONG KONG’S FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION AND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY EXTENDING SOME 600 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH-SOUTH AND 330 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-WEST.

MISS LEE JOINED THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT AS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ASSISTANT IN OCTOBER, 1978.

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IN APRIL, 1980, SHE WAS APPOINTED A STUDENT Ai. A«.~FIC CONTROL OFFICER AGAINST STIFF COMPETITION FROM OVER 300 ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS FOR THE JOB.

SINCE JOINING THE DEPARTMENT, SHE HAS UNDERGONE FOUR DEPARTMENTAL PREPARATORY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAINING COURSES AND THE BASIC AERODROME AND APPROACH COURSE AT THE COLLEGE OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. SHE HAS ALSO COMPLETED THE DEPARTMENTAL , REA CONTROL COURSE CONDUCTED TO ICAO STANDARDS AND ON-THE-JOB TRAINING IN AREA CONTROL DUTIES.

nITH THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER’S LICENCE SHE HAS JUST BEEN AWARDED, MISS LEE WILL BE AUTHORISED TO WORK SOLO IN CARRYING OUT CONTROL DUTIES IN HER FIRST QUALIFIED CONTROL POSITION.

SHE WILL SHORTLY EMBARK ON A FLYING TRAINING COURSE TO QUALIFY FOR A PRIVATE PILOT’S LICENCE, A PART OF THE TRAINING SYLLABUS DESIGNED TO GIVE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS A BASIC APPRECIATION OF THE TASK OF THEIR AIRBORNE COUNTER-PART, THE AIRLINE PILOT. THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE A FEW HOURS’ INSTRUMENT FLYING WITHOUT OUTSIDE VISUAL REFERENCE.

TO FURTHER HER TRAINING IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, SHE WILL HAVE TO ATTEND OTHER SET TRAINING COURSES AND GAIN MORE ON-THE-JOB EXPERIENCE LEADING TO THE AWARD OF FOUR OTHER AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL RATINGS — AERODROME CONTROL, APPROACH CONTROL AND APPROACH RADAR CONTROL, AREA RADAR CONTROL, AND PRECISION APPROACH RADAR (TALKDOWN).

APART FROM PROVIDING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SERVICE, AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ALERTING OF SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL AND THE CO-ORDINATION OF THE SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION IN THE EVENT OF AN AIR MISHAP, DETERMINING THE MOST PROBABLE LOCATION OF SURVIVORS AND THE CONSEQUENT AREA OF SEARCH TC ALLOW FOR VARIABLES.

MISS LEE WILL UNDERTAKE A SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION COORDINATOR COURSE AFTER ATTAINING HER LAST AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL RATING. A SEARCH AND RESCUE CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY WILL BE AWARDED TO HER ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE AND ONLY THEN WILL SHE BE A TRULY FULL-FLEDGED AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER.

THE ENTIRE TRAINING PROGRAMME WILL LAST FOR ANOTHER FIVE TO SIX YEARS.

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IS A TOUGH BUT REWARDING JOB. THROUGHOUT HER CAREER, SHE WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO AN ANNUAL MEDICAL EXAMINATION TO ICAO STANDARDS TO RENEW HER MEDICAL CERTIFICATE, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER’S LICENCE, AND AN ANNUAL PROFICIENCY CHECK ON EACH OF THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL RATINGS SHE WILL BE HOLDING.

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SIR PHILIP VISITS NEW PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED THE NEWLY-OPENED KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL, WHICH IS ONE OF THE LARGEST PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD.

THIS WAS HIS SECOND VISIT IN A MONTH TO MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS CF THE MEDICAL aND HEALTH DEPARTMENT. HE HAD EARLIER VISITED THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

SIR PHILIP WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR S.F. LAM AND THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO.

HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY DR C.Y. SAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NEw TERRITORIES REGION), DR W.H. LO, CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST AND DR P.S. SHUM, MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL.

SIR PHILIP WAS SHOWN AROUND THE WARDS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY UNIT AND THE PATIENT’S SOCIAL CENTRE AND WAS IMPRESSED BY THE *OPEN DOOR* ATMOSPHERE IN THE HOSPITAL.

THE 1 336-BED KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL, EQUIPPED WITH ADVANCED AND SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY, WILL BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY MID-1982, THUS REDUCING OVERCROWDING AT THE EXISTING CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL.

LATER ON IN THE AFTERNOON, THE CHIEF SECRETARY VISITED THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE, ONE OF THE LARGEST GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED HOSPITALS IN HONG KONG.

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SOME TRAM SERVICES TO BE CURTAILED SATURDAY

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A NUMBER OF TRAM SERVICES WILL BE CURTAILED ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 19) TO FACILITATE THE CONNECTION AND REALIGNMENT OF NEw TRAM TRACKS IN KING’S ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET WEST AND HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL.

ON THAT EVENING, THE LAST TRAM FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE AT 10.24 PM, FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO HAPPY VALLEY AT 10.26 PM, FROM WESTERN MARKET TO SHAU KEI WAN AT 10.31 PM AND FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO WESTERN MARKET AT 11.14 PM.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1981

DUNCAN BLUCK NEW HKTA CHAIRMAN * * *

MR DUNCAN BLUCK, CHAIRMAN OF THE SWIRE GROUP IN HONG KONG, HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO SUCCEED MR DAVID NEWBIGGING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOAR" OF MANAGEMENT OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1.

WHEN HIS TERM OF OFFICE EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, NEWBIGGING WILL HAVE SERVED FOR FIVE YEARS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE TOURIST ASSOCIATION.

DURING THIS PERIOD, ANNUAL VISITOR ARRIVALS HAVE INCREASED FROM 1.76 MILLION IN 1977 TO AN ESTIMATE OF 2.54 MILLION IN 1981. GROSS RECEIPTS FROM TOURISM HAVE GROWN FROM $4.1 BILLION TO AN ESTIMATE OF $7.5 BILLION OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THUS THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY TO THE HONG KONG ECONOMY HAS GROWN CONSIDERABLY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

MR BLUCK, WHO JOINED THE SWIRE GROUP IN 1948, HAS HAD TWO SPELLS AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT. THE FIRST WAS FROM 1966 TO 1968 AND THE SECOND BEGAN IN JANUARY 1977. FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS HE HAS BEEN CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S STAFF AND FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE.

LIKE HIS PREDECESSOR, MR BLUCK TRAVELS EXTENSIVELY BECAUSE OF HIS GROUP’S WIDESPREAD INTERESTS AND IS wELL PLACED TO PROMC-HONG KONG TOURISM.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES

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A MAJOR SECTION OF THE MURRAY BARRACKS CAR PARK NEAR GARDEN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY TO MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR A CHRISTMAS FUN FAIR ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN).

MEANWHILE, THE WUHU INTERCHANGE VEHICLE SUBWAY LEADING FROM CHATHAM ROAD NORTHBOUND TO GILLIES AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 AM TO 5.30 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 20) FOR MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE LIGHTING SYSTEM.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, TRAFFIC FROM CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH HEADING FOR THE HUNG HOM AREA MAY USE CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE.

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE SPECIAL PASSENGER TRAINS BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LO WU TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED NUMBER OF COMMUTERS EXPECTED DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERIODS.

A SPOKESMAN POR KCR SAID TODAY THESE SPECIAL TRAINS WILL RUN PROM DECEMBER 23 TO 29 AND AGAIN FROM JANUARY 1 TO 3, 1982.

ONE SPECIAL UP-TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 9.26 AM WHILE ONE DOWN-TRAIN WILL LEAVE LO wU STATION AT 11.02 AM FROM DECEVBER 23 TO 26.

IN ADDITION, THREE SPECIAL NORTHBOUND AND FOUR SOUTHBOUND TRAINS wILL BE RUNNING DURING THE SIX-DAY PERIOD FROM DECEMBER 27 TO 2P AND BETWEEN JANUARY 1 AND 3.

THE NORTHBOUND TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 10.20 AM, 1.44 PM AND 3.39 PM WHILE THE SOUTHBOUND TRAINS WILL LEAVE LO WU STATION AT 12.22 PM, 3.22 PM, 5.13 PM AND 6.36 PM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE ADDITIONAL TRAINS WILL STOP AT ALL STATIONS LIKE OTHER REGULAR TRAINS. HOWEVER, ONE UP-TRAIN LEAVING KOWLOON STATION AT 10.20 AM WILL TERMINATE AT SHEUNG SHU I STATION INSTEAD OF LO WU.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO COOPERATE BY QUEUEING UP FOR TRAIN SERVICES AND BY LISTENING TO BROADCASTS, IF ANY, AT VARIOUS STATIONS.

TIMETABLE FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS.

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TRADE MINISTER ARRIVES

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THE BRITISH MINISTER FOR TRADE, MR PETER REES, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG BY AIR FROM GUANGZHOU THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING AFTER A VISIT TO CHINA.

HE WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR DEREK MARCH.

TOMORROW MORNING, MR REES WILL MEET THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR WILLIAM DORWARD, AFTER WHICH HE WILL HAVE A MEETING WITH THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

MR REES, WHO IS STAYING AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, WILL MEET THE MEDIA IN THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE AIRPORT AT 8.15 PM TOMORROW BEFORE RETURNING TO LONDON. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE ARE REQUESTED TO BE SEATED BY 8.10 PM.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 19S1

SEVEN NT SITES FOR SALE

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SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES SITES WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 27 716 SQUARE METRES WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JANUARY 12 STARTING AT 11 AM.

’WO SITES, ONE AT SAI KUNG AND THE OTHER ON LANTAU ISLAND, RE -Or LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE SAI KUNG SITE, MEASURING 6 050 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED l\ RAZOR HILL AND HAS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $10 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR YEARS. THE PLOT RATIO IS 0.75.

THE LANTAU SITE IS AT CHEUNG SHA AND MEASURES 4 628 SQUARE METRES. THE BUILDING COVENANT OF $3 MILLION IS TO BE FULFILLED BY <ARCH 1985. THE PLOT RATIO IS 0.4.

FOUR OTHER SITES ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES.

TWO ARE IN TUEN MUN, MEASURING 4 440 SQUARE METRES AND 3 033 SQUARE METRES, WITH PLOT RATIOS OF 9.5. THE PURCHASERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE BUILDING COVENANTS OF $40.49 MILLION AND $28.62 MILLION WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

ANOTHER IS IN YUEN LONG COVERING AN AREA OF 1 659 SQUARE METRES. THE PLOT RATIO IS 5 AND THE BUILDING COVENANT OF $7.96 MILLION IS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

THE REMAINING INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITE IS ON TSING Yl ISLAND AND MEASURES 2 550 SQUARE METRES. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 AND A FOUR-VEAR BUILDING COVENANT OF $18.6 MILLION.

THE REMAINING SITE FOR AUCTION, AT SHA TIN, IS FOR PUBLIC LOR°Y PARK AND GODOWN USES EXCLUDING THE STORAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS. IT MEASURES 5 351 SQUARE METRES AND HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5. THE BUILDING COVENANT OF $48.8 MILLION IS TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

SALE CONDITIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFFICES.

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WATER MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE CUT OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (DECEMBER 22) FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE ALONG SHA TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN PANLING ROUNDABOUT AND SHA TAU KOK MARKET, INCLUDING LUEN WO MARKET.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1981

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S114-MILLI0N ROAD CONTRACT AWARDED * * *

THE NEW S114-MILLION CONSTRUCTION

TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A CONTRACT TO LEISHTON CONTRACTORS PTY. LTD. FOR THE OF ROADS IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

rc TJH^-C?^IRACT *AS S,GNED BY MR C.W.D. TAYLOR, CHIEF ENGINEER £ND FANL,NG new town development office, and a

REPRESENTATIVE of the company.

_ n ON THE contract includes the construction of

*NtCARR(AGEWAYS ON RECLAIMED LAND, THE EXTENSION IMPROVEMENT OF PO HEUNG STREET AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOO.BRIDGE AND ROAD BRIDGE ACROSS THE LAM TSUEN RIVER.

DUAL AND A

. PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPING TO PROVIDE

A RIVERSIDE WALK AND SMALL PARKS.

START EARLY JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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ALL YUEN LONG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD * * *

ALL 142 STALLS AT YUEN LONG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITE WERE SOLD AT ABOVE THE UPSET PRICE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE FAIR WILL BE HELD AT YUEN LONG SPORTS GROUND.

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A STALL SELLING FLOWERS AND OTHER WET GOODS WAS $860 AND THE LOWEST WAS $60 FOR A STALL SELLING DRY GOODS.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH SITE WAS $50, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE AUCTION WAS HELD AT THE OFFICE OF THE PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE.

STARTING 9 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY), 100 STALLS AT THE TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION AT TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AT TAI HING ESTATE.

SITES AT TWO OTHER FAIRS WILL BE AUCTIONED NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY WHILE THE REMAINING THREE WILL BE SOLD EARLY NEXT MONTH.

SEVEN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WILL BE HELD IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND 25 NEXT YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ECONOMIC PROSPECTS BRIGHT, SAYS GOVERNOR..................... 1

CI REVIEWS THE PAST AND ANTICIPATES ’THE FUTURE ............. 2

AUTOMATIC MACHINES LEGISLATION TIGHTENED UP ................. 4

TELEGRAPH BAY RECLAMATION MODIFIED .......................... 5

RULES FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS .......................... 6

ACCOUNTANTS BY-LAWS REVISED ................................. 6

RESTORATION WORK FOR SUPREME COURT .......................... 7

PLAN FOR MTR WORKS .......................................... 7

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL OPENS AT TSUEN WAN ..................... 8

SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HEAR ABOUT ROAD SAFETY WORK......................................................... 9

GOLD COIN APPLICATIONS RESULTS .............................. 9

TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY OF MOTOR BOATS INVITED ............... 10

SCHOLARSHIP FUND SET UP FOR DISABLED STUDENTS ............... 11

TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD ..................... 11

LAND FORMATION FOR YUEN LONG PUBLIC HOUSING ................. 12

SAI KUNG HAWKERS JOIN HANDS IN CLEAN-UP ..................... 12

TRIBUTE TO KOWLOON WOMEN'S WELFARE CLUB ..................... 13

KWUN TONG HANDICAPPED CHILDREN CHRISTMAS CONCERT ............ 13

ALL IN ONE FAMILY............................................ 14

CANTONESE OPERA FOR SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT .................. 14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST .................. 15

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1981

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ECONOMIC PROSPECTS BRIGHT, SAYS GOVERNOR * * * * *

IN SPITE OF PREDICTIONS OF MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE MANY DIFFICULTIES WHICH BESET OUR ECONOMY, UNEMPLOYMENT IN HONG KONG IS DROPPING AND THE GROWTH RATE OF OUR EXPORTS HAS STEADILY RECOVERED, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

ADDRESSING A MEETING OF THE HONG KONG EXPORTERS’ ASSOCIATION, SIR MURRAY SAID I + IN A YEAR OF RECESSION IN OUR MAJOR MARKETS OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY BUOYANT, AND WE STILL BELIEVE WILL SHOW A GROWTH IN REAL TERMS OF SOMETHING LIKE SEVEN PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.*

♦IT IS A FINE RESULT FROM A YEAR WHICH I KNOW HAS INCLUDED MANY DIFFICULTIES, LIKE HIGH INTEREST RATES, AND SQUEEZED MARGINS.♦

SIR MURRAY SAID THE YEAR HAS PROVED ONCE AGAIN THAT IN CIRCUMSTANCES OF SHALLOW RECESSION IN DEVELOPED ECONOMIES WHOSE PUBLIC’S BUYING POWER IS SHIELDED BY COMPARATIVELY HIGH RATES OF SOCIAL SECURITY, OUR COMBINATION OF MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS CAN CONTINUE TO SELL THE SORTS OF THINGS HONG KONG PRODUCES.

HE SAID t HAT IN SPITE OF THE MANY DIFF ICIP TIF^ nonitnuT riu try THE ECONOMY AND THE SOCIETY BY THE MASSIVE IKFLUX OF WM^GRANt/0 AND THE RECESSION IN OUR MAJOR MARKETS. *THE RESOURCES INCEHjity AND PROFESSIONALISM OF OUR EXPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS HAVE^pIHa US THE HORRORS OR MASSIVE UNEMPLOySInT Th2t Wm'sO SHRILLY PrIdICTED, ♦ INDEED THANKFULLY THERE IS LITTLE UNEMPLOYMENT and IT iq hongPkon4-s,Iloi<" hutoryV”"6 *re EMPL0¥ED ™‘« E»EI> in

HAVE

Jorl? $ PRICE WHICH MOST WORKERS WOULD ACCEPT FOR CONTINUED 5p-swiJgENIhenUit com™! XeUaddeTECT T0 BE recompensed in the js JSf I5e«>W ra

CONSUMPTION HAS SLOWED, THE TRADE GAP HAS SHOWN a? Joans am>R«v&esNSa™amJ“TH RATE of the H0NE¥ SUPPL¥ and

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS HELPING THIS PHcNOMFNAi cdau/tu mS"" b¥ pb0¥,b,“g ‘ STAELE

WAYS 'LJPIES T0 HELP IN F0U" SPECIFIC

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Cl REVIEWS THE PAST AND ANTICIPATES THE FUTURE

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THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO> SAID TONIGHT (FRIDAY) THAT THE PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG'S INDUSTRY IN THE PAST YEAR HAS PROVED ONCE AGAIN THAT, WITH ITS SOLID FOUNDATION. IT IS CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING PERSIST CHALLENGES.

ADDRESSING THE DINNER MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KWUN TONG, MR TSAO GAVE A BRIEF REVIEW OF OUR INDUSTRIAL SCENE IN 1981.

♦THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1981 AMOUNTED TO $58 BILLION, REPRESENTING A 16 PER CENT GROWTH OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1980. ALL OUR MAJOR INDUSTRIES SHOWED INCREASES IN EXPORTS. TEXTILES, INCLUDING GARMENTS, GREW BY 19 PER CENT TO $24.1 BILLION, WHILE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS ROSE BY 12 PER CENT TO $6.7 BILLION,♦ HE SAID.

♦EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES, HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET, INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT- WHILST TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, OUR SECOND LARGEST MARKET, THE INCREASE WAS 13 PER CENT. HOWEVER, EXPORTS TO OUR THIRD LARGEST MARKET, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, WERE DOWN BY FIVE PER CENT.

♦IN THE FACE OF PREVAILING RECESSIONS IN OUR MAJOR MARKETS WORLD-WIDE, THE PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY WAS SATISFACTORY.+ MR TSAO CONTINUED.

REFERRING TO RECENT COMMENTS ON THE STATE OF THEIR INDUSTRIES BY INDUSTRALISTS, MR TSAO SAID THAT ACTUAL CONDITIONS VARIED FROM ONE INDUSTRY TO ANOTHER.

♦GENERALLY SPEAKING, 1981 WAS A YEAR OF SHORT-TERM ORDERS, NARROW PROFIT MARGINS, HIGH INTEREST RATES, AND UNSTABLE WAGES AND MATERIAL COSTS. AND MANY PROBLEMS HAD TO BE SOLVED. FORTUNATELY, DESPITE THESE DIFFICULTIES, THE FOUNDATION OF OUR INDUSTRY HAS REMAINED INTACT.

♦NOW THAT BANK LENDING RATES HAVE GONE DOWN CONSIDERABLY AND THE STOCKS IN OUR MAJOR MARKETS ARE GETTING LOW, OUR INDUSTRY SHOULD HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF RECOVERY IN THE COMING YEAR.+

MR TSAO CONTINUEDi +IN FACT, AFTER 20 TO 30 YEARS OF EFFORT, OUR INDUSTRY HAS GONE A LONG WAY FROM ITS PRIMITIVE STAGE INDUSTRY, TOGETHER WITH OTHER SECTORS SUCH AS COMMERCE, FINANCE AND TRANSPORT, HAVE CREATED A VERY SOUND ECONOMIC STRUCTURE. INDIVIDUAL LINES OF PRODUCTION HAVE BEEN AUTOMATED TO A GREAT EXTENT AND WE HAVE A HIGH-SKILLED, EXPERIENCED LABOUR FORCE. MOREOVER, WE POSSESS A RATHER COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORTING AND SERVICING ENTERPRISE NETWORK. IN THE ELECTRONIC INDUSTRY PRODUCTS CAN NOW BE ASSEMBLED FROM LOCALLY-MADE PARTS WITH LOCALLY-MADE MACHINERY WITHOUT RELYING ON OVERSEAS SUPPL IES.+

EXPLAINING THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY, rR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT UNDER A FREE ECONOMY, THE GOVERNMENT ADOPTED A TWO-FOLD POLICY- TO REMOVE EXTERNALLY OBSTACLES TO OUR EXPORT TRADE SO THAT THE PRODUCTS OF HONG KONG COULD ENJOY A FAIR AND REASONABLE TREATMENT IN ALL MARKETS, AND TO ESTABLISH INTERNALLY A SOUND AND EFFECTIVE ECONOMIC STRUCTURE WHICH ENABLED INDIVIDUAL SECTORS TO PERFORM THEIR BEST.

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♦ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT GOES BY THE NON-INTERFERENCE POLICY, IT DOES NOT JUST TAKE ON A SPECTATOR’S ROLE FOR EVERY CASE. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT OFFER ANY DIRECT SUBSIDIES OR RELIEF BUT IN FACT, IT DOES A LOT INDIRECTLY TO BOOST INDUSTRIES.

♦TO ASSIST INDUSTRIAL DIVERSIFICATION, THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FACILITIES WITH WHICH INDUSTRIES HAVING POTENTIAL AND NEEDED IN HONG KONG CAN LAUNCH THEIR DEVELOPMENT HERE.

♦WITH THE EXISTENCE OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATES, THOSE INDUSTRIES WHICH CANNOT OPERATE IN FLATTED FACTORIES CAN STILL ESTABLISH IN HONG KONG. THE POLYTECHNIC, PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND CLOTHING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE TRAINING OF QUALIFIED PERSONNEL FOR THE INDUSTRIAL SECTORS,+ HE SAID.

♦IN AN EFFORT TO ASSIST THE INDUSTRY TO MOVE UP TO HIGHER LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY, THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY HAS SET UP A NEW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION TO CO-ORDINATE THE TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF INDUSTRY. AN IMPORTANT TASK OF THE DIVISION IS TO ESTABLISH AN ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS CALIBRATION LABORATORY FOR SERVICING THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

♦THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY HAS CONTINUED TO FOCUS ITS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ON THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS.

♦IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, THE DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN OFFICES IN JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY. THIS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ENHANCE THE ACTIVITIES OF INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSFER.

♦THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS IS NOT A SERVICE PROVIDED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PEOPLE OVERSEAS. BUT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS SEEKING ACCESS TO NEW AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY,♦ SAID MR TSAO.

COMPETITION FROM THE INDUSTRIES OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES WAS GENERALLY DEVELOPING FAST, WITH LOWER LABOUR COSTS THAN IN HONG KONG, AND OUR COMPETITIVENESS IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOR SOME PRODUCTS HAD ALREADY BEEN AFFECTED.

♦OUR PLASTICS INDUSTRY HAS BEEN FORCED TO MOVE UP MARKET, AND CLOCK AND WATCH MANUFACTURERS CAN NO LONGER RELY ON MECHANICAL ONES. OUR SPINNING AND WEARING INDUSTRIES, ONCE PILLARS OF HONG KONG’S MODERN INDUSTRY, CANNOT NOW AFFORD TO ADJUST TO OUTSIDE PRESSURES,♦ HE SAID. ♦THOSE RESISTANT TO CHANGE MAY STILL SURVIVE, BUT ARE UNLIKELY TO FLOURISH.*

MR TSAO SAID HONG KONG’S WEAKNESSES INCLUDING LIMITED LAND, LACK OF RESOURCES, SOARING LABOUR COSTS, AND OVER-CONCENTRATED INDUSTRIES MAY BE EXPLOITED BY OUR COMPETITORS.

♦IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT TO IDENTIFY OUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, AND THAT OUR INDUSTRY AIMS AT ’TECHNOLOGY INTENSIVE’ DEVELOPMENT+, STRESSED MR TSAO.

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AUTOMATIC MACHINES LEGISLATION TIGHTENED UP ft ft * ft

SOME OPERATORS OF AUTOMATIC MACHINE CENTRES MAY FNI THEMtv-S BARRED FROM OBTAINING A LICENCE AFTER NEW LICENSING GUIDLL INES ARE PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK AND AN AMENDMENT BILL GAZETTED TODAY IS ENACTED.

ACCORDING "0 A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, THE NEW GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO SIMPLIFY AND TO SPEED UP LICENSING PROCEDURES.

♦ONE OF THE NEW GU IDEL INES,+ HE SAID, ♦STATES THAT IIO APPLICANT WILL BE GRANTED A LICENCE IF HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED UNDER THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES ORDINANCE. THE LAW WHICH GOVERNS AUTOMATIC MACHINE LICENSING. THIS MAY SPELL TROUBLE FOR THOSE OPERATORS WHO ARE PRESENTLY AVOIDING GOVERNMENT LICENSING CONDITIONS BY USING AUTOMATIC MACHINES WITH HEAT SENSITIVE SWITCHES IF THEY CO TINUE TO OPERATE WITHOUT A LICENCE AND PROPER CONTROL IN FUTURE.*

THE NEW TECHNOLOGY OF HEAT SENSITIVE MACHINES IS NO' , AT THE MOMENT. CLEARLY COVERED BY THE ORDINANCE, WHICH DESCRIBE. AUTOMATIC MACHIN& AS A +MECHANICAL* DEVICE. BUT UNDER THE NEW AMEN)MENT BILL GAZETTED TODAY, THESE AND OTHER MACHINES WILL BE BROUGHT INTO THE SCOPE OF THE LAW.

IF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ENACTED THE BILL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, IT SHOULD COME INTO EFFECT IN JANUARY 1982. AFTER THAT, OPERATORS USING HEAT SENSITIVE GAMES MACHINES WITHOUT A .ICFNCE FROM THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL BE COMMITTING AN OFFENCE AND PROSECUTED. CONVICTION WILL PREVENT THEM FROM BEING GRANTED A LICENCE IN FUTURE.

THESE CENTRES SHOULD THEREFORE CEASE OPERATION IMMEDIATELY UNTIL THE OPERATORS HAVE APPLIED AND OBTAINED A LICENCE FROM THE AUTHORITY,* THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED.

IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN 43 SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS INVOLVING UNLICENSED CENTRES,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS WAS TO ENSURE THAT YOUNG PERSONS WERE PROTECTED AND THAT AUTOMATIC MACHINE CENTRES WERE WELL-MANAGED, NOT OVER-CROWDED, AND DID NOT BECOME A NUISANCE TO NEARBY RESIDENTS. NO LICENSED CENTRES OTHER THAN SPECIALLY LICENSED CHILDREN CENTRES ARE PERMITTED TO ADMIT PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 16. FOR BOTH TYPES OF CENTRES, NO PERSON IN SCHOOL UNIFORMS ARE ALLOWED ENTRY.

THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE ESSENTIAL IN VIEW OF THE PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THE EFFECTS OF THESE CENTRES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TELEGRAPH BAY RECLAMATION MODIFIED

* ft ft ft

FOLLOWING CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF OBJECTIONS AND CLAIMS LODGED AFTER THE GAZETTING LAST JUNE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO RECLAIM 30 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED IN TELEGRAPH BAY, MODIFICATIONS HAVE SEEN MADE TO THE PROJECT.

THE RECLAMATION HAS BEEN AUTHORISED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AND NOTICE OF THIS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE IMMEDIATE PURPOSE OF GOING AHEAD WITH THE RECLAMATION LAY IN THE URGENT NEED TO PROVIDE A SUITABLE SITE FOR ACCOMMODATING SURPLUS SPOIL WHICH WOULD BECOME AVAILABLE SHORTLY FROM A HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING PROJECT NEARBY ON AP LEI CHAU. WHEN COMPLETED IN 1988-89, LEI TUNG ESTATE WILL HAVE MORE THAN 10 000 FLATS, PROVIDING HOUSING FOR 42 700 PEOPLE.

♦FAILURE TO AUTHORISE THE RECLAMATION WOULD HAVE LED TO THE NEED TO DEFER THE LETTING OF THE CONTRACT FOR THIS IMPORTANT HOUSING PROJECT, IN TURN CAUSING AN UNACCEPTABLE DELAY TO THE OVERALL HOUSING PROGRAMME,♦ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

MAJOR SITE FORMATION WORKS FOR THE HOUSING ESTATE WILL GENERATE SOME 2.1 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF SURPLUS SPOIL.

♦HAVING DECIDED THAT THE EXCAVATED MATERIAL SHOULD NOT BE LOST TO THE COMMUNITY BY BEING DUMPED AT SEA. THE GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED A FEASIBILITY STUDY WHICH IDENTIFIED TELEGRAPH BAY AS THE BEST SITE WHERE PROFITABLE USE COULD BE MADE OF THE SURPLUS SPOIL, WHICH IN HONG KONG IS A SCARCE NATURAL RESOURCE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IN RESPONSE TO OBJECTIONS FROM PEOPLE LIVING IN THE TELEGRAPH BAY AREA, THE PLAN FOR THE RECLAMATION WORKS HAD BEEN REVISED TO ENSURE THE MINIMUM DISRUPTION TO THOSE RESIDENTS.

THE FILLING MATERIAL WILL NOW BE DEPOSITED DIRECTLY INTO THE BAY FROM BARGES AND AS THE SPOIL WILL REMAIN BELOW THE WATER LEVEL, THERE WILL BE NO NUISANCE FROM DUST. THIS APPROACH WILL ALSO ELIMINATE NOISE POLLUTION THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE CREATED IF THE MATERIAL WAS TO BE TRANSPORTED FROM AP LEI CHAU BY ROAD.+

IT IS UNLIKELY THAT ANY SPOIL WILL BE DUMPED IN THE BAY BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR. THE SECOND PHASE OF THE RECLAMATION WORKS CANNOT BE INITIATED UNTIL THE SEAWALL IS CONSTRUCTED, WHICH WILL PROBABLY NOT BE BEFORE 1984.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE FUTURE USE OF THE RECLAIMED LAND WAS UNDERWAY AND BEFORE REACHING A FINAL DECISION, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE VIEWS ALREADY EXPRESSED BY THOSE LIVING IN THE VICINITY OF TELEGRAPH BAY.

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RULES FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ft ft ft ft

THE GAZETTE TODAY CONTAINS SEVERAL PIECES OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION WHICH PAVE THE WAY FOR THE FIRST DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES NEXT MARCH.

UNDER THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS ELECTION EXPENSES ORDER 1931, A CANDIDATE WILL BE ALLOWED TO SPEND UP TO HO 000 IN ELECTION EXPENSES, AND UP TO |3 000 IN FEES TO HIS ELECTION AGENT. A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TRAVELLING AND LIVING EXPENSES FOR HIMSELF IN RELATION TO THE ELECTION WILL NTT BE COUNTED.

THIS SCALE OF ELECTION EXPENSES ALSO APPLIES TO CANDIDATES FOR FUTURE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS AND, UNDER THE HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTION EXPENSES ORDER 1981, TO HEUNG YEE KUK CANDIDATES.

ALSO GAZETTED IS THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES (NUMBER OF ELECTED MEMBERS) ORDER 1981. THIS DECLARES THAT THERE WILL BE 36 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH ONE VACANCY EACH FOR ELECTED MEMBER AT THE COMING ELECTIONS AND TEN CONSTITUENCIES (4 IN SHA TIN DISTRICT, 4 IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT AND 2 IN TAI PO DISTRICT) EACH WITH TWO SUCH MEMBERS,

A FURTHER PIECE OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION, THE POST OFFICE (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) REGULATIONS 1981, EXTENDS THE POSTAGE-FREE FACILITY ENJOYED BY CANDIDATES AT URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO CANDIDATES AT ANY FUTURE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

ACCOUNTANTS BY-LAWS REVISED ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS WHICH WAS SET UP IN JANUARY 1973 TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGISTRATION AND CONTROL OF THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION IN HONG KONG.

UNDER THE AMENDMENTS,

ft THE STANDARD FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE SOCIETY AS A STUDENT WILL BE RAISED FROM JANUARY 1, 1982, FROM FIVE 0 LEVEL PASSES TO EITHER TWO A LEVEL AND THREE 0 LEVEL PASSES, OR THREE A LEVEL AND ONE 0 LEVEL PASSES.

ft A FELLOW OF AN APPROVED INSTITUTE WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE SEVEN YEARS’ STANDING WITH THAT INSTITUTE AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER BEFORE HE CAN BE ELIGIBLE FOR DESIGNATION AS A FELLOW OF THE SOCIETY. IN THE PAST SUCH DESIGNATION COULD BE MADE UPON PAYING A PRESCRIBED FEE..

ft THE REGISTRAR WILL BE ABLE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT WITH THE COUNCIL OF THE SOCIETY AGAINST A REGISTERED STUDENT WHO IS GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT.

THESE CHANGES ARE SET OUT UNDER THE PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS (AMENDMENT) BY-LAWS 1981 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1981

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RESTORATION WORK FOR SUPREME COURT * * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ' CALLING TENDERS FOR THE PARTIAL RESTORATION OF THE OLD SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

THE TENDFF NOTICE APPEARED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE WEATHER PROOFING, THE REPAIR OF CRACKS, AND DECORATION TO RETURN THE BUILDING TO A FUNCTIONAL CONDITION AND IS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN A CONTRACT PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS.

THE OLD SUPREME COURT WAS VACATED IN JULY 1978 WHEN SETTLEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WORKS CAUSED CRACKS IN THE BUILDING.

AS HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN ANNOUNCED, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO RENOVATE THE BUILDING AND USE IT FOR COURTS WHILE WORK PROCEEDS ON THE NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN QUEENSWAY.

THIS WILL ALLOW THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION ACCESS TO THE FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING IN CONNAUGHT ROAD, WHICH IS NOW USED FOR JUDICIAL ACCOMMODATION.

THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF THE OLD SUPREME COURT IS STILL NOT DECIDED.

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A RAILWAY AREA PLAN IN RESPECT OF PROPERTY AT NOS. 244-246 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND NOS. 32-38 WING LOK STREET, HAS BEEN DEPOSITED IN THE LAND OFFICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS CF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

THE PLAN SHOWS THE AREAS IN WHICH LAND OR PROPERTY MAY BE RESUMED OR EASEMENTS CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING AND RUNNING THE MTR ISLAND LINE. IT IS AN ADDITION TO THE RAILWAY AREA PLAN GAZETTED ON MARCH 13, 1981 FOR THE SECTION OF THE ISLAND LINE BETWEEN SHEUNG WAN AND VICTORIA PARK.

THE ADDITIONAL PLAN IS REQUIRED AS A RESULT OF THE RE-DESIGN OF THE CONCOURSE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHEUNG WAN STATION. THE CONCOURSE TO BE BUILT IN AND AROUND HILLIER STREET IS NOW LARGER, THUS INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED BY ITS CONSTRUCTION,

COPIES OF THE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED, FREE OF CHARGE, DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFF'CtS, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OFFICES, MURRAY BUILDING, (19TH FLOOR), GARDEN ROAD.

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NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL OPENS AT TSUEN WAN

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A GOVERNMENT-APED SECONDARY SCHOOL, NAMED AFTER MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK, ONE - TWO LADY MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE, TSUEN WAN.

MADAM LEUNG HAS DONATED 1500 000 TO THE SCHOOL, OF WHICH SHE IS THE SUPERVISOR.

THE SCHOOL IS THE FIRST TO BE OPERATED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS AND FORMER DIRECTORS OF POK 01 HOSPITAL LTD. MADAM LEUNG IS A FORMER DIRECTOR.

THE LEUNG SING TAK COLLEGE WAS FOUNDED IN SEPTEMBER 1979, USING PREMISES BORROWED FROM THE SHUN TAK FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION

LEE SHAU KEE COLLEGE.

A YEAR LATER, IT MOVED TO THE 4 000 SQUARE-METRE SITE IT NOW OCCUPIES OVERLOOKING HILL TOP COUNTRY CLUB.

THE COST OF BUILDING THE SCHOOL WAS *7 MILLION.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 900 PLACES FOR FORM I TO FORM IV STUDENTS AND THIS NUMBER WILL BE EXPANDED TO 1 12n WHEN FORM V STUDENTS WILL BE ENROLLED IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR.

THERE ARE 28 CLASSROOMS, A HALL, FOUR LABORATORIES, TWO METAL AND WOOD WORK ROOMS, A HOME ECONOMICS ROOM, A LIBRARY, AND MUSIC AND ARTS ROOM.

THE WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MRS JANE AKERS-JONES, PERFORMED THE OFFICIAL OPENING.

SHE SAID THE SCHOOL PROVIDED, APART FROM SCHOLASTIC EDUCATION A GREAT CHOICE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WITH A NUMBER OF SOCIETIES FOR STUDENTS TO CULTIVATE AN INTEREST IN THE ARTS, SCIENCES, SPORTS, SCOUTS AND GIRL GUIDES ACTIVITIES, ALL OF WHICH PLAYED A VERY IMPORTANT PART IN BECOMING A WELL-BALANCED ADULT.

TSUEN WAN, WITH ITS TOWN HALL, ARTS COMMITTEE AND SPORTS GROUNDS AND HALLS AND WITH ITS OPPORTUNITIES FOR BALLET, FOLK DANCING, THEATRE AND SINGING, NEEDED THE STUDENTS’ CONTINUING INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION EVEN AFTER THEY HAD LEFT SCHOOL, SHE SAID.

+ALL THESE THINGS WILL GIVE YOU FUN, A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND A SERVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND A WAY OF MAKING FRIENDS WHICH WILL STAND YOU IN GOOD STEAD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES.

♦I AM SURE THAT THIS SCHOOL WILL PLAY A GREAT PART INFORMING THE PERSONALITIES OF THE CITIZENS OF THE FUTURE HONG KONG,+ bRS AKERS-JONES SAID.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT ABOUT 40 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TSUEN WAN WHERE 660 000 PEOPLE LIVE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING WEREi MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK" THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK-AND THE PRINCIPAL, MR LAU CHOK-SHAN.

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SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HEAR ABOUT ROAD SAFETY WORK

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MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY.

IN ITS SECOND MEETING HELD AT THE CMA PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, THE BOARD WAS TOLD THAT THE STANDING CONFERENCE, CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR PETER MOOR, WILL CO-ORDINATE ACTIONS BY VARIOUS INTERESTED PARTIES ON ROAD SAFETY AND ASSIST IN CONDUCTING ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS.

THE BOARD ALSO HEARD THAT THE STANDING CONFERENCE ALSO AIMS TO DEVISE, PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

THREE MEMBERS OF THE CONFERENCE - MR D.G. WILLDAY OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MR R.C. SMALLSHAW OF THE POLICE AND MR P.Y.J. SHEK CF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION - WERE PRESENT TO EXPLAIN THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CONFERENCE IN DETAIL.

AT THE MEETING MEMBERS WERE ALSO CONSULTED ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE HAWKER BAZAAR ON THE NAM CHEONG STREET NULLAH DECKIN', THE PROPOSED TEMPORARY USE OF CROWN LAND SITES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROPOSED PROVISION OF MARKET AND COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES IN NE I FOO SUN CHUEN.

THEY ALSO EXAMINED THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE BOARD, DISCUSSED VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY-BUILDING PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE BOARD, AND CONSIDERED THE PROGRESS REPORTS OF ITS THREE COMMITTEES.

ANOTHER AREA OF CONCERN IS THE PROVISION OF LIBRARY AND STUDY ROOM FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT CONSIDERED THE PRESENT PROVISION OF 23 LIBRARIES AND STUDY ROOMS INADEQUATE. THEIR VIEWS WERE SOUGHT AS TO HOW THE SITUATION COULD BE IMPROVED.

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GOLD COIN APPLICATIONS RESULTS

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THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE YEAR OF THE DOG GOLD COINS HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED AND SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED IN JANUARY.

UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS TOGETHER WITH THE ACCOMPANYING CHEQUES OR CASHIER’S ORDERS WILL BE RETURNED THIS MONTH.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT SOME 37 OOO APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE DOG GOLD COINS. OF THIS TOTAL, 16 300 APPLICATIONS WERE FOR THE PROOF COINS WHILE THE REMAINING 21 000 WERE FOR THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSION.

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THIS YEAR, 14 000 PROOF COINS AND 18 000 UNCIRCULA7 3 VERSIONS WERE AVAILABLE FOR SALE TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS, THE SAME NUMBERS AS LAST YEAR.

ABOUT 1 900 DUPLICATE APPLICATIONS WERE REJECTED BY COMPUTER PRIOR TO BALLOTING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID 1 +THE RESULTS SHOW THAT ™E APPLICATION AND ALLOCATION PROCEDURES WHICH WERE INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR, ARE NOW PRODUCING THE RESULTS EXPECTED. THEY ARE NOT ONLY DISCOURAGING PERSONS WHO, IN PAST YEARS, HAVE APPLIED FOR COINS SIMPLY WITH THE OBJECT OF SELLING IMMEDIATELY AT A PROFIT.

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BUT HAVE ALSO PROVIDED BETTER TO OBTAIN A COIN.*

HE SAID THAT THIS SHOULD LEAD TO A MUCH MORE HEALTHY SECONDARY MARKET.

THE YEAR OF THE DOG GOLD COIN IS THE SEVENTH IN A SERIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ISSUING. SINCE 1976, TO DEPICT ANIMALS OF THE CHINESE LUNAR CALENDAR.

EACH COIN HAS A FACE VALUE OF >1 000. THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSION IS SOLD AT $2 200 WHILE THE PROOF COIN IS SOLD AT $3 300.

GOLD COINS WITH A FACE VALUE OF *1 000 WERE MADE LEGAL TENDER ON MAY 5, 1975.

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TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY OF MOTOR BOATS INVITED * * * * *

TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY OF MOTOR BOATS ON HIRE TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, WERE CALLED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE MOTOR BOATS WILL HAVE TO BE SUPPLIED AT A MINIMUM OF THREE AT ONE TIME ON HIRE AT HOURLY RATES AND FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS STARTING FROM APRIL 1, 1982.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TICD SAID THE BOATS WILL BE USED TO CONVEY CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OFFICERS BETWEEN SHORE AND SHIPS IN THE HARBOUR AND FOR PATROLS WITHiN THE WATERS OF THE TERRITORY. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE TOTAL SAILING TIME PER MONTH WILL NOT BE LESS THAN 200 HOURS AND THE TOTAL WAITING TIME 500 HOURS.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SUPPLIES SECTION OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMNET, AT EMPIRE CENTRE, THIRD FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUND SET UP FOR DISABLED STUDENTS * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THAT THE SHELL/ISLAND JAYCEES SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE DIS LED, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IS AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S DETERMINATION TO INTEGRATE THE DISABLED INTO THE COMMUNITY.

TPI SCHOLARSHIP FUND IS BEING SET UP WITH A DONATION OF 1100 000 FROM THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LIMITED, ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THE +TALENTS UNLIMITED* GAMES CONTEST, AS A CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS.

IT WILL BE ADMINISTERED UNDER THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND AIMS TO ENCOURAGE HANDICAPPED PUPILS TO BECOME ALL-ROUND, MATURE PERSONS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE AND READY TO FACE GREATER CHALLENGES ON GRADUATION.

AT A CEREMONY TODAY, MR S.J. OSMOND, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE SHELL COMPANY HANDED OVER A CHEQUE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO MR HAYE.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR HAYE SAIDi +UNDER THE CONDITIONS CF AWARD OF THIS SCHOLARSHIP, A NUMBER OF DISABLED PUPILS EACH YEAR WILL RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO OVERCOME THEIR HANDICAPS, THEIR LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND FOR THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND PERSISTENCE IN ACHIEVING INTEGRATION IN THE SCHOOL SETTING.*

HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BY NO MEANS SIMPLY A MEASURE OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BECAUSE THEY ALSO SERVE SEVERAL OTHER OBJECTIVES.

THESE OBJECTIVES ARE TO RECOGNISE AND ACCEPT HANDICAPPED PUPILS IN OUR COMMUNITY- TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT THEIR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY- AND TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HANDICAPPED PUPILS TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THEIR FELLOW CLASSMATES.

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TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD * * *

ONE HUNDRED STALL SITES FOR THE TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WERE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE FETCHED WAS S460 FOR A SITE SELL I NG .FLOWERS.

THE AUCTION, ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WAS HELD AT TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AT TAI HING ESTATE. THE UPSET PRICE WAS $50 FOR A SITE.

THE FAIR WILL BE HELD AT TUEN MUN SAN HUI PLAYGROUND BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND 25.

SITES FOR BOTH THE SHEUNG SHU I AND TAI ’0 FAIRS WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 21) AND TUESDAY (DECEMBER 22) RESPECTIVELY.

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LAND FORMATION FOR YUEN LONG PUBLIC HOUSING * * *

ANOTHER 15 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED IN THE NORTH WEST PART OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND ASSOCIATED CIVIC AMENITIES.

A $39 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS SIGNED TODAY BY MR LEE SHING-SEE, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BRANCH AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF THE PHILIPPINES.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES DRAINING AND CLEARING EXISTING FISH PONDS CF SOFT MUD AND FILLING THEM WITH MATERIAL FROM AN EXISTING BORROW AREA NEAR TAI TONG.

BECAUSE OF THE TEMPORARY INCREASE IN TRAFFIC ON TAI TONG ROAD -WHICH WILL BE THE HAUL ROUTE FOR THE FILL MATERIAL - A SHORT SECTION OF THE ROAD AT TAI KEI LENG WILL BE WIDENED. IN ADDITION, A CYCLE TRACK WILL BE PROVIDED ON ONE SIDE OF T'E ROAD AND WIDER FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES.

WORK IS TO START LATER THIS MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT 26 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SAI KUNG HAWKERS JOIN HANDS IN CLEAN-UP

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TWO HUNDRED HAWKERS PLYING IN THREE SAI KUNG STREETS GOT TOGETHER TODAY (FRIDAY) TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THEIR TRADING AREA.

THEY SWEPT AWAY ALL DEBRIS ACCUMULATED IN THE STREETS AND DEMOLISHED ALL ILLEGAL HAWKER STRUCTURES ERECTED AT SAI KUNG MAIN STREET, HOI PONG STREET AND MARKET STREET.

THE OPERATION WAS PART OF THE DISTRICT-WIDE CLEAN-UP IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

CLEANSING STAFF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT PROVIDED A BACK UP SERVICE BY SETTING UP TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND MOVED AWAY ALL DEBRIS DURING THE OPERATION.

MR WILLIAM WAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE CF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, PRAISED THE HAWKERS FOR THEIR CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AND TOURED THE AREA WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG POON, AND THE DEPUTY URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR CHOY YEUNG-HUNG.

BANNERS WERE PRESENTED TO THE HAWKERS WHOSE STALLS WERE FOUND TO BE THE CLEANEST.

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TRIBUTE TO KOWLOON WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) DESCRIBED AS TIMELY THE KOWLOON WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUE’S :EC IS ION TO EXTEND ITS WORK INTO A NEW SERVICE AREA — CARE OF THE ELDERLY.

SPEAKING AT THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLUB, HE NOTED THAT WITH A GENEROUS DONATION FROM MR WONG CHO-TONG, THE PROJECT ARCHITECT, THE CLUB PLANNED TO ESTABLISH A HOSTEL FOR Th_ ELDERLY IN SHUN TIN ESTATE, NGAU TAU KOK NEXT YEAR.

THE HOSTEL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE 165 RESIDENTIAL PLACES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE, WILL BE SUPPORTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

♦ ITS OPENING WILL MARK THE PARTICIPATION OF YET ANOTHER VOLUNTARY AGENCY IN PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED SERVICES TO OLD PEOPLE IN NEED OF HOUSING AND HELP IN THEIR DAILY LIVING,* MR ALLEYNE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR PAID TRIBUTE TO MEMBERS OF THE CLUB FOR THEIR ♦HARD WORK, DEDICATION AND ENTHUSIASM*.

HE NOTED THAT THE CLUB RUNS A PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR 1 OOO PUPILS AND A DAY-CARE CENTRE FOR 70 CHILDREN OF PRE-SCHOOL AGE AND ORGANISES INTEREST GROUPS AND OTHER WELFARE ACTIVITIES AT ITS HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN SHING TAK STREET, KOWLOON.

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KWUN TONG HANDICAPPED CHILDREN CHRISTMAS CONCERT *****

A CHRISTMAS CONCERT FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT WILL BE JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10 AM AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE DISABLED AND TO GIVE THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN OF KWUN TONG AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY AND PLAY MUSIC AND SHARE THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS WITH THE AUDIENCE DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY THE MUSIC LOVER’S CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND STUDENTS FROM THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE, CARITAS RESURRECTION SCHOOL, C.C.C. KEI SHUN SPECIAL SCHOOL AND °0 LEUNG KUK KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE.

ADMISSION IS FREE. FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 3-7561328.

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ALL IN ONE FAMILY

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THE MESSAGE THAl THE DISABLED AND THE ABLE-BODIED BELONG TO ONE BIG FAMIl > ILL LIVE ON DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OP SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT A CHRISTMAS PARTY ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AND THE KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE FOR ABOUT 400 DISABLED TRAINEES.

SHE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE MESSAGE WOULD +BECOME PART OF OUR DAILY LIVING.* s

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WAS THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, WHO PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO PERFORMERS AT THE FUNCTION.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR LAM HON-KEUNG, CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO MAKE POSITIVE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED.

TRAINEES OF THE TWO CENTRES AND OTHER REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS PUT ON AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FOR EVERYONE PRESENT.

THERE WAS ALSO A LUCKY DRAW.

THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE PROVIDES SERVICES FOR THE SOCIAL AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF DISABLED PEOPLE. THE KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE IS A RESIDENTIAL CENTRE FOR MENTALLY-RETARDED CHILDREN UNDER 16.

BOTH CENTRES ARE RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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CANTONESE OPERA FOR SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT

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A WHOLE WEEK OF CANTONESE OPERA WILL BE STAGED FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 21) AT TAI WAI FOOTBALL GROUND AS PART OF THE CURRENT SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT.

PERFORMING WILL BE MORE THAN 60 ARTISTES FROM THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE.

THERE WILL BE ONE PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY EVENING STARTING AT 7 PM. FOR THE REMAINING SIX DAYS THERE WILL BE TWO PERFORMANCES STARTING AT 1 PM AND 7 PM.

THE COST OF STAGING THE PERFORMANCES IS $300 000 WHICH IS BEING PROVIDED BY TAI WAI VILLAGE OFFICE.

TICKET PRICES ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO TYPES i THOSE FOR ALL BUT ONE OF THE PERFORMANCES, COSTING $«00, $500. $350 AND $200- AND THOSE FOR INDIVIDUAL SHOWS WHICH COST.$70, $50 AND $30.

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TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM TAI WAI VILLAGE OFFICE.

RECEIPTS FROM THE 1 PM SHOW ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 27) WILL GO TOWARDS FUNDS RAISED FOR SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION. SEAT PRICES WILL BE *500 (FOR TWO PERSONS), 1100, 175 AND *50. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM TAI WAI VILLAGE OFFIC^, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT OFFICE.

OPERAS TO BE PERFORMED WILL INCLUDE WELL-KNOWN LEGENDS LIKE ♦PRINCESS CHANG PING*, +STORY OF THE PURPLE HAIRPIN*, + DREAM OF THE PEONY PAVILION* AND *THE REBIRTH OF HONG MEI*.

THE MATSHED IN WHICH THE OPERAS WILL BE STAGED CAN SEAT 2 000.

TO BE PERFORMED IS I

♦THE PREMIER OF SIX WARRING STATES*. FOLLOWED BY *LIUYI, THE LETTER DELIVERER*. -

♦THE TREASURED SWORD* (EVENING) ♦DREAM OF THE PEONY PAVILION*.

♦THE SWORD OF YUC ANG* (EVENING) ♦STORY OF THE PURPLE HAIRPIN*.

♦THE UNFINISHED ROMANCE I!' "HE PHOENIX CHAMBER*

♦THE HOWLS OF A SHREW*.

♦THE VIRTUOUS LADY* (EVENING) ♦ THE GODDESS OF LUO*.

♦COURTSHIP THROUGH A GOLD HAIRPIN* (EVENING) *PRINCESS CHANG PING*.

♦THE MARRIAGE OF THREE SMILES* (FUND-RAISING SHOW) (EVENING)

♦THE REBIRTH OF HONG MEI*.

THE FULL LIST OF OPERAS

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M DECEMBER 24 (MATINEE)

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END ON JANUARY 3.

SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT STARTED ON DECEMBER 13 AND WILL

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST K K K M *

SEVERAL SECTIONS OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PROHIBITED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 22).

THEY ARE THE EASTBOUND TRAM TRACK AT ITS JUNCTION WITH EASTERN STREET, THE EASTBOUND TRAM TRACK AT ITS JUNCTION WITH WILMER STREET AND WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK AT ITS JUNCTION WITH EASTERN STREET.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT TRAMS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THESE ZONES.

THE PROHIBITED ZONES WILL BE INDICATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT HAS AN OBLIGATION, SAYS SIR PHILIP .............. 1

FORMS AND GUIDEBOOK EUR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS............... 2

SAI KUNG STUDENTS CLEAN UP POPULAR BEACHES ................. 3

WATER CUT IN TUEN MUN ...................................... 3

TEMPORARY SHELTERS DURING COLD SPELLS ......................

LATEST TIME OF POSTING FOR LOCAL CHRISTMAS MAIL ............ 4

TWO NT SITES EUR TENDER .................................... 5

TUEN MUN ELDERLY VISIT OCEAN PARK ........................... 5

DSW TO SHARE CHRISTMAS JOY WITH DISABLED.................... 6

TSING YI DAY................................................ 6

TENDERS FOR LAYING OF WATER PIPES .......................... 7

WORK TO START SOON ON KCR STATION .......................... 7

DES VOEUX ROAD WEST CLEARWAYS .............................. 8

SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD TO BE CLOSED EUR THREE MORNINGS

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THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THAT IT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO EDUCATE BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ON THE HAZARDS AND CONSEQUENCES OF NOT TAKING ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST NO ISE-INDUCED DEAFNESS. THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE LIONS KOWLOON SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRE RUN BY THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE DEAF, SIR PHILIP SAID EXAMINATION HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY AN ANTI-NOISE POLLUTION EXPERT WHO VISITED HONG KONG IN 1979 TO EXAMINE NOISE LEVELS IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

♦SHORTLY THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO INTRODUCE REGULATIONS UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF NOISE EMANATING FROM THE OPERATION OF PLANT. MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND TO PROVIDE EAR PROTECTORS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES TO WEAR,* HE SAID.

♦A WORKING GROUP WILL ALSO BE SET UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO CONSIDER WHETHER OTHER LEGISLATION SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO PROTECT WORKER’S HEARING.*

EARLIER, SIR PHILIP POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH DEAFNESS IS A PHYSICAL DISABILITY, IT DOES NOT IN ITSELF CRIPPLE A PERSON’S hENTAL FACULTIES.

♦EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND APPROPRIATE TREATMENT CAN HELP TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF IMPAIRED HEARING AND HELP THOSE AFFLICTED TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE.

♦EARLY IDENTIFICATION, CRITICAL IN ANY FORM OF DISABILITY, IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING PROGRAMME AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO THE AGE OF FIVE.+

THIS PROGRAMME, WHICH HELPS TO IDENTIFY ANY FORM OF DEVIATE DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS OF A CHILD’S GROWTH, IS PROVIDED IN 34 GOVERNMENT FAMILY HEALTH CENTRES PERFORMING 100 000 EXAMINATIONS A YEAR, SIR PHILIP SAID.

THERE ARE PLANS TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 13 CENTRES BY THE END OF THE DECADE, HE ADDED.

THIS PRE-SCHOOL SCREENING PROGRAMME IS FOLLOWED BY THE SCHOOL SCREENING SERVICE OFFERED TO PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, INCLUDED IN WHICH IS AN AUDIOMETRIC SCREENING PROGRAMME AVAILABLE TO ALL PRIMARY ONE PUPILS.

SPEECH AND AUDITORY TRAINING FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SEVERE HEARING IMPAIRMENT IS ALSO PROVIDED IN TWO SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTRES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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THESE TWO CENTRES CATER FOR ABOUT 180 CHILDREN TH IMP- ED HEARING AGED SIX MONTHS TO THREE AND, IN CERTAIN CASES, a^ED UP TO ELEVEN YEARS, AND PROVIDE TRAINING, GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING TO THEIR PARENTS.

SIR PHILIP SAID THERE ARE PLANS TO EXPAND THE FACILITIES IN THESE CENTRES AND ADDED THAT GOVERNMENT INPUT IN THIS AREA IS AUGMENTED BY WORK UNDERTAKEN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES SUCH AS THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE DEAF.

ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PEOPLE, SIR PHILIP SAID IT IS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PLACE THE DISABLED IN APPROPRIATE JOBS WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

AS AT APRIL 1, 1981, HE SAID, NEARLY 900 PERSONS WITH VARIOUS FORMS OF DISABILITY WERE EMPLOYED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, OF WHOM 78 WERE EITHER DEAF OR PARTIALLY DEAF.

FINANCIAL PROVISION IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT TO FACILITATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

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FORMS AND GUIDEBOOK FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS * * * *

FOLLOWING THE RECENT ENACTMENT OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) ORDINANCE 1981, A NUMBER OF FORMS HAVE BEEN SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION FOR USE BY LANDLORDS, TENANTS, PRINCIPAL TENANTS OR SUB-TENANTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF MAKING APPLICATIONS OR GIVING NOTICES UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

AN EXPLANATORY BOOKLET REGARDING RENEWAL OF TENANCIES OF DOMESTIC PREMISES EXCLUDED FROM RENT CONTROLS HAS ALSO BEEN PREPARED TO PROVIDE A SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS CF THE PARTIES CONCERNED AND THE PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED IN APPLYING TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR THE GRANT OF A NEW TENANCY.

VARIOUS SPECIFIED FORMS AND THE EXPLANATORY BOOKLET, WHICH ARE ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD. CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT CFFICES/TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON WHO HAS DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING ANY FORMS OR THE BOOKLET SHOULD CONTACT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE 5-7957858.

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SAI KUNG STUDENTS CLEAN UP POPULAR BEACHE.

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THIRTY SAI KUNG TSUNG CHUN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SAILEi1 ACROSS PORT SHELTER AND SPENT THEIR WEEKEND CLEANING UP TWO POPULAR BEACHES TODAY.

BRAVING THE CHILLY WIND, THE PUBLIC-SPIRITED PUPILS, LED BY TWO TEACHERS, STARTED THE EXERCISE ON THE BEACH OF KAU SAI WAN ON KAU SAI CHAU ISLAND.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO PAK SAH TSUI BEACH AFTER A LUNCH BREAK ON BOARD A LAUNCH.

THE YOUNGSTERS SPENT THE WHOLE DAY IN PICKING UP LITTER, EMPTY BOTTLES AND CANS LEFT BEHIND BY HOLIDAY-MAKERS. A TOTAL OF 30 BASKETS OF DEBRIS WAS COLLECTED.

THE EFFORT WAS PART OF THE STUDENTS’ COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

JOINING THE CLEAN-UP WERE THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN- THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATOR. MR MARTIN LEWIS- THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SOUTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JAMES WILSON, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN.

ON THEIR RETURN TO SAI KUNG TOWN, THE STUDENTS APPEALED TO BEACH-GOERS AND PICNICKERS TO PAY ATTENTION TO KEEP THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE BEACHES AND DISCARD LITTER IN A PROPER WAY WHILST OUTING.

COMMENTING ON THE CLEAN-UP AT KAU SAI WAN, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN SAID IT WAS A REMOTE ISLAND BEACH PATRONISED MAINLY BY THE PRIVELEGED FEW WHO WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE THE USE OF PRIVATE PLEASURE BOATS.

+1 AM DISGUESTED THAT SOME OF THEM HAVE OBVIOUSLY USED THE ROCKS BEHIND THE BEACH AS TARGET AREAS FOR EMPTY BRANDY BOTTLES — OF GOOD BRANDS — JUDGING BY SOME OF THE BOTTLE TOPS WE PICKED UP,+ MR SWEETMAN SAID.

+WEALTH DOES NOT GIVE ONE THE RIGHT TO MUCK UP OUR COUNTRYSIDE AND I HOPE THAT IN FUTURE BOAT OWNERS WILL TEACH SOME GOOD MANNERS TO SOME OF THEIR GUESTS WHO ARE CLEARLY IN NEED OF SUCH LESSONS,+ HE STRESSED.

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WATER CUT IN TUEN MUN * * X

WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 10 PM ON DECEMBER 23 TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN WORKS. '

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE AT INDUSTRIAL 70NF AND AREA 12 AND AT LUNG MUN ROAD FROM TSI NG WAN ROAD TO

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TEMPORARY SHELTERS DURING COLD SPELLS * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) IT HAD MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO OPEN A NUMBER OF ITS COMMUNITY CENTRES AS TEMPORARY SHELTERS AND TO DISTRIBUTE BLANKETS IN TIMES OF A COLD SPELL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THESE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD COME INTO OPERATION IN THE EVENT OF THE TEMPERATURE DROPPING TO 10 DEGREES OR BELOW.

HE SAID THE ARRANGEMENTS WERE AIMED AT PROVIDING OVERNIGHT SHELTERS FOR STREET SLEEPERS AND OTHER PEOPLE TO KEEP THEMSELVES WARM DURING COLD SPELLS.

UNDER THOSE ARRANGEMENTS, HE SAID, NINE COMMUNITY CENTRES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WOULD BE OPEN TO LET PEOPLE STAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, BLANKETS AND SLEEPING BAGS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT ALL THESE CENTRES.

♦WHEN A COLD SPELL ARRIVES, PEOPLE IN NEED ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES, AND STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO GO OUT TO DISTRIBUTE BLANKETS,* HE SAID.

THE NINE COMMUNITY CENTRES ARE AS FOLLOWSi

HONG KONG ISLAND - WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT WESTERN STREET- CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 230 CHAI WAN ROAD.

KOWLOON - WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104 CHING TAK STREET- KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17 TSUI PING ROAD- TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT TONG YAM STREET.

NEW TERRITORIES - PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE AT TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN- LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AT KWAI WO HOUSE, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN- FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AT FANLING WAI- TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AT TAI HING ESTATE, TUEN MUN.

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LATEST TIME OF POSTING FOR LOCAL CHRISTMAS MAIL

XXX THAT th?PPatpctN/2c 0FFICE TODAY REMINDED THE PUBLIC

DECEMBER 21^1981 ME °F P0ST,NG F0R L0CAL CHRISTMAS MAIL IS

SENDERS WHO WISH TO HAVE THEIR CHRISTMAS CARDS DELIVERED Tn thanE6SpmSonEmonday^RIS™AS DAY SH0ULD post their ma,ls N0T LAT^R -----------------------------o-------

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TWO NT SITES FOR TENDER * * *

FOR Sill SB?VC:SHE?ENieR?FFER'NG ™ S'TES ™E NE“ ™R'™'EE

„...„?NS{,SnU‘T?2 “EAR LEK VUEN ESTATE. SHA TIN, MEASURES 1 956 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR DEVELOPMENT AS TWO CINEMAS, WITH A TOTAL OF 1 500 SEATS, AND A BOWLING ALLEY. THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION WORK WITHIN THREE YEARS.

THE OTHER SITE, MEASURING 405 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR A PETROL FILLING STATION. BUT EXCLUDING LUBRICATING, REPAIRING OR SERVICING FACILITIES. IT IS AT MUI WO, LAfiTAU ISLAND. THE PURCHASER MUST COMPLETE THE STATION AND BRING IT INTO OPER TION BY MARCH, 1984.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON JANUARY 29.

TENDER FORMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE AVAILABLE FROM CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFFICES.

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TUEN MUN ELDERLY VISIT OCEAN PARK

TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY ELDERLY PEOPLE AGED OVER 65 FROM TUEN MUN SPENT TODAY (SATURDAY) TOURING OCEAN PARK.

THE FUNCTION, ORGANISED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION, INCLUDED FREE TRANSPORTATION, LUNCH AND A LUCKY DRAW.

ACCOMPANYING THE GROUP WERE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT STAFF-OFFICERS FROM TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR LAU TSZ-YUEN, WHO IS ALSO A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

THE RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION, FORMED IN APRIL THIS YEAR, CONSISTS OF THREE OFFICIAL AND 20 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL BUDGET FOR 1981/82 IS $70 000. OF WHICH MORE THAN $20 000 IS FROM THE DISTRICT BORAD. THE BALANCE HAS BEEN RAISED BY THE ASSOCIATION’S LIFE PRESIDENT, FORMER HEUNG YEE KUK CHAIRMAN MR CHAN YAT-SAN- THE ASSOCIATION’S PRESIDENT, THE PRESENT HEUNG YEE KUK CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT- AND TUEN MUN PEOPLE.

THE NEXT EVENT BEING PLANNED FOR THE ELDERLY OF THE DISTRICT IS A LUNAR NEW YEAR FEAST.

AT PRESENT, TUEN MUN HAS APPROXIMATELY 2 500 RESIDENTS AGED OVER 60.

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DSW TO SHARE CHRISTMAS JOY WITH DISABLE^

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, WILL SHARE CHRISTMAS JOY WITH 120 MENTALLY RETARDED TRAINEES OF THE KAI NANG TRAINING CENTRE IN KWUN TONG ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 22).

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WILL BE HELD FROM 10.30 AM TO 12 NOON AT THE TRAINING CENTRE AT FOOK TONG ROAD, KWUN TONG.

THE TRAINEES WILL PUT ON A PERFORMANCE DURING THE PARTY WHILE PERFORMING TEAMS FROM TVB WILL PROVIDE ADDED ATTRACTIONS.

ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 23), THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE WILL HOLD A CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN THE CENTRE.

OFFICIATING AT THE PARTY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE.

THE PARTY WILL START AT 11 AM AT THE CENTRE, NO. 1, LUNG FUNG STREET, WONG TAI SIN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER BOTH FUNCTIONS.

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THE TOMORROW

THE

TSI NG Yl DAY * * *

^NUAL TS,NS Yl DAY W,LL BE HELD ON THE koUNDAT)o

ISLAND

DANCES, M«?ULAM!nTSFPER7o’^"In? 'fences i?.GEDWiIHT!iI0" Xn"o?Rpol"?ceUSEe cheung hong ™ o^kwm’ch™ wnivn iulIvl

cheung"ch"ngAesEateGs6ccerGpitchR Fo" chil“re" w,ll be held at the

SINGING, CWROB?f ICS 'Ind’IaG Ic| WI Ll’tA^PLACe"tfV'gWIST^' “ STARTING "at 7EphRIAI' C0LLESE PLAYGROUND IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE

ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMME IS FREE.

TSI NG Yl DAY WAS FIRST HELD IN 1979. THIRTY—NI NF iopai ASSOCIATIONS AND SCHOOLS ARE TAKING PART THIS YEAR?

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED 120 000 FOR THl<? yfaq»?

PROGRAMME WHILE THE REMAINING 115 000 HAS BEEN DONATED LOCALLY^

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TENDERS FOR LAYING OF WATER PIPES

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ARE INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF A SYSTEM OF PIPELINES IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE SYSTEM IS PART OF A PROJECT FOR THE PROVISION OF WATER SUPPLY TO YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AT WANG CHAU.

THE PROJECT COMPRISES THE LAYING OF ABOUT 6 400 METRES OF ASBESTOS CEMENT PIPES, RANGING FROM 150 MM TO 450 MM IN DIAMETER, AND CONSTRUCTION OF SOME VALVE CHAMBERS AND PITS.

WORK WILL COMMENCE IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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WORK TO START SOON ON KCR STATION X X X

WORK ON YET ANOTHER NEW STATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL START SHORTLY AS PART OF THE KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW SHEUNG SHU I STATION ARE BEING INVITED BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

THE NEW STATION, TO BE BUILT NEXT TO THE EXISTING STATION, WILL BE A TWO-STOREY REINFORCED CONCRETE-FRAMED BUILDING.

THE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF STATION PLATFORM AND PLATFORM CANOPIES AND A KCR STAFF QUARTER.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1981

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DES VOEUX ROAD WEST CLEARWAYS X K X

SECTIONS OF BOTH THE EAST AND WEST BOUND CARR I AGEWAYS IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 22).

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED DOWN PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE

FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING CLEARWAYS.

THE CLEARWAYS WILL BE CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS.

INDICATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND

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SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR THREE MORNINGS

X X X X

A SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD BETWEEN YIM PO FONG STREET ANJ PEACE AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 21) TO WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 23) BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM TO ENABLE THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TO CARRY OUT BRIDGE DEMOLITION WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIODS, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON WATERLOO ROAD MAY USE DUNDAS STREET, KWONG WAH STREET, YIM PO FONG STREET AND ARGYLE STREET.

WESTBOUND VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HO MAN TIN STREET, HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD, WYLIE ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1981

CONTBITS EAGE NO.

COUNTRY AND COMMODITY BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-OCTOBER 1981 ......................... 1

ISLANDS DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEETING .............................. 5

POLIO CLAIMS ONE LIFE............................................ 6

FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU GETS NEW REGIONAL OFFICE ................. 7

NEW BOO KT,FTP CAPTURES SCENIC BEAUTY OF HONG KONG'S COUNTRY parks ........................................................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT ........................ 9

NT SWIMMING POOL WATER FOR STREET WASHING ...................... 10

LEARN-TO-ROLLER-SKATE COURSE.................................... 11

LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT MOVES OFFICE.................... 11

SUNDAY, DECEf'ZER 20, 1981

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COUNTRY AND COMMODITY FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE M M *

BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR JANUARY-OCTOBER 1981 *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1981, VALUED AT $2!2 429 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 25 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1980.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 17 PER CENT TO $65 616 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 26 PER CENT TO $112 912 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 41 PER CENT TO $33 901 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR OCTOBER 1981, VALUED AT $7 414 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 3.3 PER CENT OVER SEPTEMBER. SEASONALLY ADJUSTED IMPORTS DECLINED BY 0.6 PER CENT TO $11 723 MILLION, WHILST RE-EXPORTS FELL BY 4.1 PER CENT TO $3 635 MILLION. SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER ROSE BY 0.8 PER CENT.

THE FIGURES WERE RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWS I

EXPORTS TO THE

TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS

JAN-OCT 81 (HK$ MN)

INCREASE/ JAN-OCT 80 DECREASE PERCENTAGE (HK$ MN) (HK$ MN) CHANGE

U.S.A. 23 906 18 961 ♦4 945 ♦26

U.K. 6 227 5 464 4 763 +14

F.R. OF GERMANY 5 649 6 022 373 - 6

JAPAN 2 422 1 902 520 +27

CHINA 2 221 1 197 4-1 024 +86

AUSTRALIA 2 145 1 627 518 ♦32

CANADA 1 933 1 438 495 ♦34

SINGAPORE 1 421 1 490 69 - 5

NETHERLANDS 1 283 1 275 8 + 1

FRANCE 1 170 1 088 4 82 + 8

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. CONTINUED TO GROW. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $2 060 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $811 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS (BY $697 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT) AND PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $409 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF OFFICE MACHINES DECLINED BY $71 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT.

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INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF CLOTHING (BY $277 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $227 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT), AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $123 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECREASED IN VALUE, INCLUDING WATCHES AND CLOCKS (DECLINED BY $94 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (DECLINED BY 8133 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT). THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED STEADILY (BY $21 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS CF CLOTHING TO JAPAN (BY $335 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT), AND IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $209 MILLION OR 241 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS (BY $205 MILLION OR 148 PER CENT) TO CHINA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY

DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOWi JAN-OCT 81 (HK$ MN) JAN-OCT 80 (HKS MN) INCREASE PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HK$ ; mn)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 22 877 19 081 +3 796 +20

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 10 831 9 274 +1 557 +17

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 6 612 5 731 4- 881 +15

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 4 798 3 693 *1 105 ♦30

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 4 553 4 154 4- 399 +10

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 4 331 3 669 4- 662 *18

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS:

JAN-OCT 81 (HKS MN)

JAN-OCT 80 INCREASE PERCENTAGE

(HKS MN) (HKS MN) CHANGE

JAPAN 26 370 20 477 +5 893 +29

CH I NA 23 609 17 342 +6 267 +36

U.S.A. 12 027 10 866 ♦1 161 +11

TAIWAN 8 787 6 255 +2 532 +40

SINGAPORE 8 710 5 692 +3 018 +53

U.K. 5 023 4 362 + 661 +15

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 4 496 3 010 ♦1 486 +49

(SOUTH KOREA)

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 773 2 405 + 368 ♦15

SWITZERLAND 2 327 2 314 * 13. , + 1

AUSTRALIA 1 669 .1 412 + 257 " ■*18

LOCAL DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR WATCHES £ND CLOCKS (BY 3810 OR 45 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $792 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT)-., ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $695 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $694 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT) AND TEXTILES (BY $618 MILLION OR 21 PER CE.NT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA, INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY $1 479 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $1 190 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $443-MILLION OR 53 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES'- MAINLY BASKETWORK, WICKERWORK AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PLAITING MATERIALS (BY $265 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT) AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY $244 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $337 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $196 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $132 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT), AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $131 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) J HON THE OTHER HAND. DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORTS 0F<TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (EXCLUDING ROAD VEHICLES) (BY $125 MILLION /OR 20 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE FIBRES AND WASTES (BY $387 MILLION .OR 45 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $1 068 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN, AND ?0F PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY £2 405 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE. . ’ -

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

JAN-OCT 81 (HK3 MN) JAN-OCT 80 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 32 788 26 901 +5 887 ♦22

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 26 485 20 090 +6 395 +32

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 18 812 13 928 +4 884 ♦35

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 11 233 9 293 940 +21

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 8 965 6 270 +2 695 +43

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 7 427 6 571 856 +13

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $3 021 MILLION OR 89 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $1 524 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY $1 212 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $623 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), JAPAN (BY $407 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $389 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $356 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT), PHILIPPINES (BY $295 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT), NIGERIA (BY $236 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT), AND ISRAEL (BY $219 MILLION OR 135 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG (BY $40 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AND SWITZERLAND (BY $185 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $2 333 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $992 MILLION OR 109 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $889 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $674 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT), AND CLOTHING (BY *543 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT).

THE OCTOBER 1981 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY+, BEING A SUMMARY REPORT ON HO^G KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN OCTOBER 1981, WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PU.LICATICNS CENTRE AT HKS3 PER COPY.

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A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +H0NG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE+, WIT A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE MONTH’S IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPC....

WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY JANUARY AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HKS1O PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO.1 5-214375).

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ISLANDS DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEETING

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT IN RECENT YEARS GOVERNMENT HAD MADE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE FACILITIES FOR SPORTS IN ISLANDS DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S 4TH ANNUAL ATHLETICS MEETING HELD AT WONG CHUK HANG SPORTS GROUND, MR MACPHERSON SAID TUNG CHUNG SOCCER PITCH HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND WORK ON STAGE II OF CHEUNG CHAU RECREATION GROUND HAD COMMENCED.

♦I HOPE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT WILL FIND THESE FACILITIES USEFUL IN DEVELOPING THEIR INTEREST AND POTENTIAL IN SPORTS,+ HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THE PURPOSE OF HOLDING THE ATHLETICS MEETING WAS TO PROMOTE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THE VARIOUS TRACK AND FIELD SPORTS, AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE A SENSE OF TOGETHERNESS AMONG RESIDENTS OF ISLANDS DISTRICT. HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT MORE THAN 300 COMPETITORS HAD PARTICIPATED.

UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, TODAY’S EVENT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE EIGHT RURAL COMMITTEES.

♦THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THIS SPIRIT WILL CONTINUE, NOT ONLY IN THE ORGANISATION OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES, BUT IN OTHER PURSUITS AS WELL.+ HE SAID.

THERE WERE ALTOGETHER 15 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS WERE PRESENTED TO WINNERS WHO WILL REPRESENT ISLANDS DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT EARLY NEXT YEAR.

FUNDS FOR TODAY’S MEETING WERE PROVIDED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1981

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POLIO CLAIMS ONE LIFE

* * *

POLIOMYELITIS, A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE AMONG CHILDREN THAT HAS BEEN NON-EXISTENT IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS SINCE 1973, HAS REARED ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN.

FIVE CHILDREN, ALL UNDER THREE YEARS OLD HAVE CONTRACTED THE DISEASE IN THE PAST 20 MONTHS WITH ONE FATALITY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT ALL FIVE VICTIMS HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE FULL COURSE OF IMMUNISATION AGAINST THE DISEASE.

HE ADVISED THE PUBLIC THAT THE BEST PREVENTIVE METHOD FOR POLIOMYELITIS IS TO VACCINATE ALL NEWBORNS.

HE URGED PARENTS TO COOPERATE BY BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY HEALTH CENTRES FOR THE ORAL VACCINE IF THEY HAVE NOT DONE SO AND TO ENSURE THAT THEY COMPLETE THE FULL COURSE.

UNDER THE PRESENT IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME, A NEWBORN BABY IS GIVEN ORAL POLIO VACCINE WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OF BIRTH, A SECOND DOSE WHEN HE IS TWO TO FOUR MONTHS OLD, A THIRD DOSE WHEN FOUR TO SIX MONTHS OLD, AND A BOOSTER DOSE AT THE AGE OF ONE AND A HALF YEARS.

AN EXTENDED VACCINATION PROGRAMME WAS INTRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT TWO YEARS AGO TO STRENGTHEN CHILDREN’S IMMUNITY AGAINST THE DISEASE WHEREBY CHILDREN ARE GIVEN TWO ADDITIONAL BOOSTER DOSE AT PRIMARY ONE AND PRIMARY SIX.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT BECAUSE POLIOMYELITIS HAD DISAPPEARED FOR A LONG TIME, THE HERD IMMUNITY IN HONG KONG WAS GETTING LOW WITH CHILDREN BECOMING MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO INFECTION.

POLIO IS LARGELY A DISEASE OF CHILDREN, IN HONG KONG, 93.1 PER CENT OF THE CASES IN THE PAST OCCURRED IN CHILDREN UNDER 15. THE ONE TO FOUR AGE GROUP IS MOST VULNERABLE, ACCOUNTING FOR TWO-THIRDS OF THE CASES.

THE DISEASE FIRST BECAME NOTIFIABLE IN HONG KONG IN JULY 1948. THE INCIDENCE OF POLIO REACHED ITS PEAK IN 1962 WITH 363 CASES RESULTING IN 52 DEATHS. POLIO IN THAT YEAR RANKED FOURTH IN THE MAJOR CAUSES OF DEATH AMONG COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ORAL VACCINE TO HONG KONG IN 1963, POLIO WAS PUT UNDER CONTROL.

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FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU GETS NEW REGIONAL OFFICE * * * *

THE HONG KONG REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU (FPB), HAS MOVED TO ITS NEW OFFICE AT THE SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE HEADQUARTERS IN CENTRAL.

ALL COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES ON HONG KONG ISLAND SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW REGIONAL OFFICE AT THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 5-498104, 5-498214, 5-498269 AND 5-498298.

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU WILL REMAIN AT ASIAN HOUSE AT 1, HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE FPB WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE SEMI-AUTONOMOUS REGIONAL OFFICES — HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES — IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

EACH REGIONAL OFFICE WILL DEAL WITH FIRE PROTECTION MATTERS RELATING TO COMPLAINTS, PROSECUTIONS, SCHOOLS AND FACTORIES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS.

♦THESE REGIONAL OFFICES WILL ALSO DEAL WITH DANGEROUS GOODS LICENSING, TIMBER STORES LICENSING AND FIRE SERVICES INVOLVEMENT IN MATTERS CONCERNING PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES SAID.

OFFICE HOURS ARE FROM 8.30 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS (EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND SUNDAYS) AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE REGIONAL OFFICE IN KOWLOON IS SITUATED AT SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 5TH FLOOR, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND THE OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS LOCATED AT THE SHA TIN FIRE STATION IN YUEN WO ROAD, SHA TIN.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE TWO OFFICES ARE 3-247307 AND 0-6047223 RESPECTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE DEPARTMENT ALSO OPERATES A 24-HOUR ’HOT-LINE’ SERVICE FOR COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES.

♦ANY PERSON WISHING TO MAKE A COMPLAINT OR AN ENQUIRY MAY CALL 5-281224,♦ HE SAID.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1981

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NEW BOOKLET CAPTURES SCENIC BEAUTY OF HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS * * * *

THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS IS CAPTURED IN FULL COLOUR IN A NEW BOOKLET WHICH DETAILS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MAJOR PROGRAMME TO CONSERVE LARGE AREAS OF COUNTRYSIDE FOR THE BENEFIT OF AN EVER-EXPANDING POPULATION.

PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC, THE BILINGUAL BOOKLET NOTES THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ESTABLISHED A CHAIN OF COUNTRY PARKS COVERING A TOTAL LAND AREA OF 41 296 HECTARES.

A COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY WAS FORMED IN 1976 TO DESIGNATE PARK AREAS, TO PROTECT THE VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE AND, WHERE APPROPRIATE, TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES SUCH AS BARBECUE AND PICNIC PLACES, HIKING TRAILS, CAMPSITES, VARIOUS OTHER AMENITIES AND VISITOR CENTRES.

ENTITLED, +HONG KONG COUNTRY PARKS+, THE BOOKLET IS ON SALE FOR $13 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT LEADING BOOKSHOPS.

IT HAS BEEN PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTOR CF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WHO, AS COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGNATION, PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT CF COUNTRY PARKS.

A NUMBER OF INFORMATIVE MAPS PREPARED BY CARTOGRAPHERS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ARE INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLET, WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED WITH THE BLESSING OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD.

TO EVERYONE LIVING IN HONG KONG, THE COUNTRYSIDE IS A PRECIOUS ASSET,♦ THE BOOKLET OBSERVES. +IT MEANS RELAXATION, HEALTH AND ENJOYMENT AWAY FROM THE CROWDED CITY STREETS.♦

THE COUNTRYSIDE AND ITS FLORA AND FAUNA ARE WELL PROTECTED BY LAW, BUT EVEN SO THE PRESERVATION OF THIS BEAUTY AND GRANDEUR IS DEPENDENT ON THE CARE AND CONCERN OF ALL WHO GO OUT INTO THE COUNTRY OR WHO LIVE ON THE LAND.+

ONLY WHEN EVERYONE APPRECIATES THIS, AND ACTS ACCORDINGLY, CAN HONG KONG BE CERTAIN THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE COUNTRYSIDE TO ENJOY.♦

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT *****

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN WESTERN DISTRICT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 22) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITION.

TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW, THE FOLLOWING WILL BE IMPLEMENTED):

* THE SECTION OF CENTRE STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

* THE SECTION OF EASTERN STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND. SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES COMING OUT FROM THE SAME SECTION OF EASTERN STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING INTO DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

* ALL EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO CENTRE STREET.

* ALL WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO CENTRE STREET.

* ALL EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO EASTERN STREET.

* ALL EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST EXCEPT TRAMS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTIONS OF TRAM TRACK ADJACENT TO:

(A) THE TRAM ISLAND AT THE JUNCTION OF

DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND EASTERN STREET.

(B) THE TRAFFIC ISLANDS AT THE JUNCTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND WILMER STREET.

* ALL WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST EXCEPT TRAMS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF TRAM TRACK ADJACENT TO THE TRAM ISLAND AT THE JUNCTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND EASTERN STREET.

* 24-HOUR C-EARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE IMPOSED ON:

(A) THE SECTIONS OF EASTBOUND LANE OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 105 AND 131 AND BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 147 AND 185.

(B) THE WESTBOUND LANE OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 142 AND 180.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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NT SWIMMING POOL WATER FOR STREET WASHING

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A TOTAL OF 12 MILLION LITRES OF FALLOW SWIMMING POOL WATER IS BEING USED FOR STREET CLEANING THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES SINCE THE START OF WATER RATIONING IN EARLY DECEMBER.

THE WATER CAN FILL 2 000 LOADS OF STREET WASHING VEHICLES HAVING A CAPACITY OF 6 000 LITRES EACH, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

WITH THE HIGH PRESSURE WATER JET OF THE STREET WASHING VEHICLES, THE WATER CAN BE USED TO CLEAN UP 1 200 KILOMETRES OF ROAD SURFACE OF HIGHWAY, STREET AND SOIL PAVEMENT.

WHILE FLUSHING ON MAIN ROADS, THE STREET WASHING VEHICLES CAN COVER SIX LOADS ON EIGHT WORKING HOURS.

THE WATER IS ALSO USED FOR WATERING OF PLANTS IN ROADSIDE FLOWER BEDS, TURFED SPORTS GROUND AND OTHER AMENITY PLOTS, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

THE WATER IS FROM THE TWO PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AT SHA TIN AND KWAI CHUNG, WHICH WERE CLOSED ON DECEMBER 1 TO FACILITATE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE WORK. THEY BECOME LARGE RESERVOIRS FOR TnE STREET WASHING FLEET OF THE NTSD.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS AIMED AT SUPPORTING WATER RESTRICTION AND SAVING WATER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STARTING JANUARY, WATER AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMNG POOL WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SIMILAR PURPOSE WHEN THE HEATED POOL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR OVERHAUL.

AT THIS STAGE, STREET WASHING VEHICLES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG CAN GET THEIR WATER FROM THE KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL WHILE THOSE IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO FROM THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

AS FOR OTHER DISTRICTS WHERE NO POOL WATER IS AVAILABLE, THE PRACTICE OF USING WELL AND STREAM WATER TO WASH STREETS HAS TO BE CONTINUED.

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SUNDAY, DECK.

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LEARN-TO-ROLLER-SKATE COURSE

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THE FIRST LEARN-TO-ROLLER-SKATE COURSE ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN ON DECEMBER 27 AT THE SKATING RINK AT FANLING RECREATION GROUND.

CHILDREN AND ADULTS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN TME FREE COACHING COURSE ON SUNDAYS BETWEEN DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY 21 NEXT YEAR FROM 2.30 PM TO 4.30 PM.

THE COACHING SESSIONS ARE AIMED AT TRAINING ROLLER S ATERS TO JOIN THE 1982 HONG KONG ROLLER SKATING OPEN COMPETITION WHICH WILL BE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE NTSD IN MARCH.

ALTHOUGH MANY DISTRICT IN HONG KONG ARE CURRENTLY HIT BY ’ROLLER SKATING CRAZE’, THE SKATING RINK AT FANLING RECREATION GROUND BUILT IN 1972 ATTRACTED ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF ROLLER SKATERS.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE FREE COACHING SESSIONS TO BE PROVIDED AT THE SKATING RINK WOULD GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO THE YOUNGSTERS TO JOIN THE HEALTHY SPORT AND ENJOY FUN.

three leading skaters will coach the learn-to-roller-skate PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE TRAINING COURSE.

DETAILS OF THE 1982 HONG KONG ROLLER-SKATING OPEN COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT MOVES OFFICE

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THE PROMOTION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS) HAS MOVED TO NEW RODNEY BLOCK, EAST WING, GROUND FLOOR, QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 5-281000 OR 5-282523 EXT. 71 FOR THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER AND 5-282523 EXT. 58 FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LRS (HONG KONG EAST) HAVE CHANGED TO 5-270096 AND 5-282523 EXT. 62.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

KCR STAFF ASSURED ABOUT FUTURE PROSPECTS ....................... 1

KCR CORPORATION CHIEF NAMED .................................... 2

DES VOEUX ROAD WEST TRAFFIC .................................... 2

NO RESERVATION FOR CHINA-BOUND PASSENGERS DURING CHRISTMAS .. 3

HOLIDAY WATER HOURS ........................................ 3

857-MILLION TO IMPROVE ROADS AND DRAINAGE....................... 4

FOOTBRIDGES FOR TSIM SHA TSUI .................................. 4

COMMUNITY DAY AT LAM TIN ....................................... 5

REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOL .. 5

CHINESE MUSIC AT TSUEN WAN TOW HALL............................. 6

SHEUNG SHUT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD ..................... 6

SWEETMAN CUP SQUASH COMPETITION ................................ 7

YUEN LONG CHILDREN'S CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT ...................... 7

CHRISTMAS DUTY FREE BRANDY ..................................... 8

CHRISTMAS CAROLS ............................................... 8

CROWN LAND LOT SOLD ............................................ 8

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

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KCR STAFF ASSURED ABOUT FUTURE PROSPECTS *****

KCR STAFF HAVE BEEN ASSURED THAT THEY WILL IN NO WAY BE WORSE OFF UNDER THE NEw KCR CORPORATION.

THEIR REPRESENTATIVES WERE GIVEN THE ASSURANCE AT A MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THISVAFTERNOON. AT THE MEETING WERE MR D.M. HOWES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE (DESIGNATE) OF THE KCRC- MR WONG U-LAM GENERAL MANAGER, RAILWAY- MR H.G. ARDLEY, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, AND MR GORDON SIU, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE.

MR HOWES TOLD THE STAFF REPRESENTATIVES THAT HE HAD BEEN SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED BY THE KCRC TRANSITIONAL BOARD, WHICH HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING THIS MORNING, TO TELL THEM THAT THE BOARD HAVE NO INTENTION OF PRESENTING EXISTING KCR STAFF WITH ANY PRE-DETERMINED PACKAGE -CONCERNING THE FUTURE TERMS OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

+ON THE CONTRARY, IT IS FULLY INTENDED THAT AT EVERY STAGE THERE WILL BE FULL CONSULTATION WITH THE KCR STAFF REPRESENTATIVES AND THAT STAFF REPRESENTATIONS WILL AT ALL TIMES BE FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT,+ HE SAID.

WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF MR HOWES AND MR WONG TO THE TRANSITIONAL BOARD, THERE ARE NOW TWO LONG-SERVING PROFESSIONAL RAILWAY OFFICERS ON THE BOARD WHO CAN SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY IN THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF KCR AND ITS WORKFORCE.

MR HOWES AND MR WONG ALSO SERVE ON A COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD WHICH HAS BEEN SET UP TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBLE OPTIONS RELATIVE TO THE EXISTING KCR STAFF AS A BASIS OF DISCUSSION.

+ANY OPTION CONSIDERED AND TABLED FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE KCR STAFF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESENT KCR STAFF WILL IN NO WAY BE WORSE OFF THAN THEY ARE AT THE PRESENT TIME,* MR HOWES TOLD THE STAFF REPRESENTATIVES.

ONE POSSIBLE OPTION WHICH WILL BE DISCUSSED MORE FULLY WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE NEAR FUTURE IS THE OFFER OF ABOLITION OF OFFICE TERMS TOGETHER WITH AN EX-GRATIA PAYMENT FOLLOWED BY REEMPLOYMENT BY THE FUTURE KCRC. THESE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE DETERMINED ON THE ADVICE OF AN INDEPENDENT BODY ON WHICH THE STAFF WILL NOMINATE A REPRESENTATIVE. THE OPTION COULD ALSO INCLUDE AN INITIAL PERIOD OF SECONDMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

+WE FULLY UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE CONTINUING ANXIETY FELT BY THE WHOLE OF THE KCR STAFF AND, UPON MY RETURN FROM LEAVE AT THE END OF THE Y-2AR, WE WILL MEET FORMALLY AND BEGIN DETAILED DISCUSSIONS OF THE ISSUES,* MR HOWES SAID.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

KCR CORPORATION CHIEF NAMED * * * FOLLOWING THE DECISION TO TURN THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWA; INTO A PUBLIC CORPORATION, THE GOVERNOR, ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION TRANSITIONAL BOARD, HAS APPOINTED MR D.M. HOWES TO BE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE (DESIGNATE) OF THE FUTURE CORPORATION.

BY VIRTUE OF HIS APPOINTMENT HE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME A MEMBER OF THE KCR CORPORATION TRANSITIONAL BOARD.

THE GOVERNOR, AGAIN ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TRANSITIONAL BOARD, HAS ALSO APPOINTED THE GENERAL MANAGER, RAILWAY, MR WONG U-LAM, TO BE A MEMBER OF THE TRANSITIONAL BOARD WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THIS APPOINTMENT WOULD BRING TO THE BOARD FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE OF THE OPERATIONS AND FUNCTIONING OF THE KCR AND SHOULD THEREFORE BE OF CONSIDERABLE HELP TO THE BOARD IN ITS DELIBERATIONS.

MR HOWES WAS GENERAL MANAGER OF THE KCR FROM MAY 1978 TO MARCH 1981. HE IS CURRENTLY CONTROLLER OF RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

PRIOR TO TAKING UP THAT APPOINTMENT MR HOWES HAD SPENT HIS WHOLE CAREER ON RAILWAY MATTERS IN BRITAIN AND OTHER COUNTRIES. DURING THE 197OS’ HE WAS DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF THE LONDu.< MIDLAND REGION OF BRITISH RAIL AND DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TRANSMARK, THE BRITISH RAIL CONSULTANCY ORGANISATION.

MR HOWES, WHO IS 62, WILL TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT FOR A TWO-YEAR PERIOD ON JANUARY 1.

PENDING THE CREATION OF THE KCR CORPORATION, HIS PRIME RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE TO IMPLEMENT THE DECISIONS OF THE KCRC TRANSITIONAL BOARD. WHEN THE KCR CORPORATION IS CREATED MR HOWES WILL BECOME CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANAGING AND OPERATING THE RAILWAY.

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DES VOEUX ROAD WEST TRAFFIC

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WESTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG DES VOEUX ROAD WEST IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO WILMER STREET FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 23).

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

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NO RESERVATION FOR CHINA-BOUND PASSENGERS DURING * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT FIRST-CLASS SEAT RESERVATIONS WILL BE CANCELLED ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 23) AND THURSDAY (DECEMBER 24) OWING TO THE HEAVY CHINA-BOUND PASSENGER TRAFFIC EXPECTED DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

HOWEVER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR ADVISED CHINA-BOUND PASSENGERS TO BUY ORDINARY RETURN TICKETS WHICH WILL BE VALID FOR A PERIOD OF 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE SO THAT ON THEIR RETURN JOURNEY, THEY MAY BOARD ANY TRAIN FROM LO WU TO KOWLOON WITHOUT HAVING TO QUEUE FOR TICKETS AT THE CONGESTED LO WU STATION.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL PASSENGER TRAINS TO RACECOURSE STATION ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 1982 WHICH IS A RACE DAY +BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO RUN SPECIAL TRAINS FROM LO WU TO KOWLOON TO CONVEY PASSENGERS RETURNING FROM CHINA.*

+THE KCR APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED TO RACE-GOERS ON THAT DAY,* HE ADDED.

HOLIDAY WATER HOURS

* * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT WATER RESTRICTIONS WILL BE RELAXED TOMORROW (DECEMBER 22) AND ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER, MR TOM TOMLINSON SAID TODAY (MONDAY), *SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED ON FROM 6 AM TOMORROW, WHICH IS WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL DAY TO 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 23).+

+DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, TAPS WILL BE TURNED ON FROM 6 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 24) TO 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 26).+

HE SAID THE TEMPORARY LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS WOULD NOT SERIOUSLY REDUCE STORAGE LEVELS.

HOWEVER, MR TOMLINSON APPEALED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO EXERCISE MAXIMUM ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WATER AND AVOID WASTE DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

WATER STORAGE AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 45.6 PER CENT OR 263.782 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 220 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 317.035 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 54.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

4

S57-MILLION TO IMPROVE ROADS AND DRA I NAG * A *

THE NE* TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDEE A S57-MILLION CONTRACT TO HARBOUR ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED TO IMPROVE ROADS AND DRAINAGE IN THE ON LOK TSUEN AREA IN FANLING.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MR C.W.D. TAYLOR, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE PROJECT, FORMING PART OF THE FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT. INCLUDES THE DUPLICATION OF ABOUT 800 METRES OF THE EXISTING SHA TAU KOK ROAD TO FORM A DUAL, TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY WITH THREE SUBWAYS.

IN ADDITION, ABOUT THREE KILOMETRES OF LOCAL ROADS WILL BE BUILT, ALONG WITH DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE AND A FOOTPATH/CYCLETRACK

NETWORKS

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FOOTBRIDGES FOR TSIM SHA TSUI * * * *

TWO STEEL FOOTBRIDGES ARE TO BE BUILT ACROSS SALISBURY , AD AND CHING YEE ROAD IN EAST TSIM SHA TSUI, TO PROVIDE SAFE CROSSING POINTS FOR PEDESTRIANS.

A S20-MILLI0N CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS TODAY AWARDED TO FRANK! CONTRACTORS LIMITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS SIGNED BY MR H.S. KWONG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE TWO FOOTBRIDGES, EACH ABOUT 300 METRES LONG, WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL AND HOLIDAY INN HARBOUR VIEW HOTEL.

THE FOOTBRIDGES WILL BE COVERED TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS FROM THE WEATHER.

THE WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT ONE YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

5

COMMUNITY DAY AT LAM TIN * * *

ABOUT 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN IN A DAY OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE ’LAM TIN COMMUNITY INVOLVE EdT DAY’ TOMORROW AFTERNOON (TUESDAY) AT LAM TIN SERVICE RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND IN PING TIN STREET.

GETTING TOGETHER WILL BE KAIFONG AND LOCAL LEADERS, MEMBERS FROM THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES, REPRESENTATIVES FROM SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT.

ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EVENT IS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS FROM THE VARIOUS SECTORS IN THE DISTRICT TO GET TOGETHER TO EXCHANGE IDEAS, TO PROMOTE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND TO CULTIVATE A GREATER SENSE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AMID AN ATMOSPHERE OF FUN AND GAMES.

THE DAY’S EVENTS WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM WITH A FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, FOLLOWED BY ONE BETWEEN THE LAM TIN AREA COMMITTEE FOOTBALL TEAM AND THE LAM TIN HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S FOOTBALL TEAM.

A TEA PARTY WILL BE HELD AFTER THE MATCHES.

THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR DAVID TSUI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE KICK-OF- CEREMONY AT 2 PM IN THE PLAYGROUND^

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REFRESHER COUP FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS K *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED THE BRITISH COUNCIL TO RUN TWO REFRESHER COURSES BETWEEN JANUARY AND APRIL, 1982 FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN G )VERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

EACH COURSE WILL BE OF 90 HOURS DURATION AND LIMITED TO 25 TEACHERS.

THE MAIN AIMS OF THE COURSE ARE TO IMPROVE TEACHERS’ FLUENCY AND CONFIDENCE IN USING SPOKEN ENGLISH, AND TO MAKE TEACHERS A MORE ACCURATE MODEL OF ENGLISH FOR THEIR PUPILS. THE COURSE WILL ALSO INTRODUCE TEACHERS TO A RANGE OF COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES.

AS A FOLLOW-UP TO FURTHER IMPROVE PARTICIPANT’S ORAL PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE FOR TEACHERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE REFRESHER COURSE TO ENROL IN A THREE-MONTH ENGLISH CLASS AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE COURSES WHICH a!LL _E TREATED 01 A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BAS

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981

7

SWEETMAN CUP SQUASH COMPETITION

* * *

EIGHT WINNERS OF A SHA TIN SQUASH COMPETITION LAUNCHED EARI LAST WEEK WERE PRESENTED WITH 'SWEETMAN CUPS’ TODAY (MONDAY).

THE 1981 ’SWEETMAN CUP’ SHA TIN NOVICE KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AIMED AT PROMOTING THE SPORT IN THE DISTRICT, THE COMPETITION ATTRACTED 68 MEN AND 15 WOMEN PLAYERS FOR THE EVENTS HELD AT THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB SQUASH COURT.

RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

MEN’S SINGLES:- CHAMPION - MR CHIU MAN-SHUN- FIRST RUNNER-UP - MR T. NORCROSS- SECOND RUNNER-UP - MR LAU SIU-KEI-THIRD RUNNER-UP - MR CH/U CHI-MING.

WOMEN’S SINGLES:- Cl AMPION - MISS TANG MEI-HO- FIRST RUNNER-UP - MISS KWOK KT -HAN- SECOND RUNNER-UP - MISS WONG SIU-CHUN- THIRD RUNNER-UF - MISS LEE CHOI-HUNG.

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW ‘ERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, PRESENTED THE CUPS, WHICI ARE NAMED AFTER HIM, TO TrE WINNERS DURING A CEREMONY IMMEDh TELY AFTER TODAY’S FINALS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT 'HE FUNCTION WAS THE ASSISTANT DIR' OR (SOUTH REGION) OF NEW TEI <1 TOR IES SERVICES, MR JAMES WILSON.

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YUEN LONG CH.LDREN’S CHOIR ANNUAL CONCEPT * * * *

A TWO-HOUR CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THF YUEN LONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL BE HELD (N SATURDAY

V UtCtriDt n do ) .

THE CONCERT, ORGANISED BY YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AND LUT SAD hai i

IS ALSO PART OF THE DISTRICT’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME. L’

cHRIS?s^6c‘sE;!lgH^RLi.pR£sENT folk class,c songs-

FREE ADMISSIO' TICKETS TO THE EVENT ARE AVAILABLE NOW RROM THE TOWN HALL. '

WHICH STARTS AT 7.30 PM,

OTHER CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS INCLUDE A FEAST FOR THE ELDERLY CARNIVAL.

ORGANISED BY THE TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT , A YOUTH BALL AND A CHILDREN’S

COST OFETHESELACnv?T?ESBOARD HAS PR0VIDED 0VER 545 000 TOWARDS THE

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1981 •

8

CHRISTMAS DUTY FREE BRANDY * * *

PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MACAU ON THE TWO DAYS FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS DAY, MAY BRING INTO HONG KONG FREE OF DUTY OF PORTUGUESE BRANDY OF NOT MORE THAN ONE LITRE, THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

ONE BOTTL

DIRECTOR OF

THIS CONCESSION IS ALLOWED IN LIEU OF THE USUAL QUART BOTTLE OF GRAPE WINE.

NORMAL ONE-

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS

* * *

A CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE RECREATIO AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE AND THE HONGKONG LAND GROUP AND SPONSORED BY TSANG FOOK PIANO COMPANY LTD., WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 24 (THURSDAY) FROM 5 PM TO 6 PM AT THE LANDMARK, CENTRAL DISTRICT.

THE CHAI WAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, CONDUCTED BY MR SILAS NG, MISS HO SAU-LING AND MR SUNG LAP-ON WILL SING ENGLISH AND CHINESE CAROLS, THEME SONGS FROM TELEVISION SHOWS, FAURE’S MARIA, MATER GRATIAE AND MOZART’S +ALLELUJA+

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CROWN LAND LOT SOLD

* * *

ONE LOT OF CROWN LAND WAS SOLD AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TODAY.

THE LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 4 154 SQUARE METRES IN KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

IT WAS SOLD TO MUSTLAND INVESTMENTS LIMITED FOR S34.2 MILLION OR $8 233.03 PER SQUARE METRE.

ANOTHER LOT OFF SOUTH BAY ROAD WAS WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BIDDERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SIR EDWARD TO SUCCEED SIR MURRAY................................ 1

EVENING COURSES FOR WORKING PEOPLE ............................. 2

ILLEGAL GRAVES TO BE CLEARED ................................... 2

HONG KONG PORT FEATURES IN NEW STAMPS .......................... 3

VOCATIONAL TRAINING PRESS CONFERENCE............................ 4

CHILD'S PHOTOGRAPH REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ............... 5

CITY HALL HOLIDAY HOURS ........................................ 5

TAXPAYERS URGED TO CHECK ON TAX DUE FOR PAYMENT ................ 6

NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALT................... 7

TALLEST BUDDHA STATUE TO BE BUILT ON LANTAU .................... 8

TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALLS .............................. 8

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, ' i

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SIR EDWARD TO SUCCEED SIR MURRAY *****

_ ,HER MAJESTY the queen has been pleased to approve the ,!L£?Wf?ILY0UD£ KCMG MBE AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER H0NG K0NG IN SUCCESSION TO SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE GBE TERM OF OFFICE EXPIRES IN APRIL 1982. SIR EDWARD IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

COMMENTING ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT, SIR MURRAY SAID» +1 AM nF,*. ?rT£D-rAT THE APRO!NTMENT. SIR EDWARD HAS OUTSTANDING QUALIFICATIONS TO SERVE HONG KONG, WHERE HE IS WELL KNOWN.+

SIR EDWARD YOUDE KCMG MBE

BORN i 19TH JUNE 1924

EDUCATED VICTORIA SCHOOL AND COUNTY SCHOOL, PENARTH, AND LONDON UNIVERSITY (THE SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES).

CAREER :

1943 - 46

1947

1947

1947

1951

1953

1956

1960

1962

1966 1969

1970 1971

1973 1974

1978

RNVR

ENTERED FOREIGN SERVICE

FOREIGN OFFICE (THIRD SECRETARY,CHINA DEPT)

NANKING (LATER PEKING) (THIRD SECRETARY)

FOREIGN OFFICE (THIRD SECRETARY)

PEKING (SECOND SECRETARY)

WASHINGTON (SECOND SECRETARY)

PEKING (FIRST SECRETARY)

FOREIGN OFFICE (FIRST SECRETARY -ASSISTANT, NORTHERN DEPARTMENT)

UKMIS NEW YORK (COUNSELLOR)

PRIVATE SECRETARY (OVERSEAS AFFAIRS)

TO THE PRIME MINISTER

IMPERIAL DEFENCE COLLEGE

FCO (HEAD OF PERSONNEL SERVICES DEPT)

FCO (AUSS)

HM AMBASSADOR, PEKING

FCO (DUSS AND CHIEF CLERK AND DEPUTY

TO THE PUS (1980))

MARRIED t 1951 - PAMELA FITT

CHILDREN i TWO DAUGHTERS (1955, 1959)

DECORATIONS i MBE (1949), CMG (1969), KCMG (1977)

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER ZZ, 1981

2

EVENING COURSES FOR WORKING PEOPLE * * * *

THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BE RUNNING OVER 50 SHORT EVENING COURSES EARLY NEXT YEAR TO HELP EMPLOYEES IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO FURTHER THEIR KNOWLEDGE IN THE TRADES.

♦APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN THE TRADES APPROPRIATE TO THE COURSES APPLIED FOR, AND SHOULD BE SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS,♦ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SHORT COURSES COVER A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS, INCLUDING COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND DESIGN.

DETAILS ON ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, ATTENDANCE AND COMMENCING DATES WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARDS OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED IN PERSON FROM ANY OF THE FIVE INSTITUTES, AND COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO " " INSTITUTE APPLIED FOR ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, HE SAID.

THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 6 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI- KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE Al 20 HING SHING ROAD- KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 25 HIU MING STREET- HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 702 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN- AND '.EE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 30 RENFREW ROAD, KOWLOON TONG.

ILLEGAL GRAVES TO BE CLEARED

XXX

THIRTY ILLEGAL GRAVES IN THE PEAK FIRING RANGE WILL BE CLEARED

NOTICES HAVE BEEN SERVED FOR THEMSELVES.

KWONG SHAN AREA WITHIN THE CASTLE BY THE GOVERNMENT NEXT WEEK.

RELATIVES TO REMOVE THE GRAVES

UNDER SECTION 118

OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICF^ ?cDtucNo!1^$?RIALS 0U~S,DE AUTHORISED CEMETERIES ARE NOT PERMITTED AS HE PRACTICE IS CONTRARY TO THE PROPER DEVELOPMENT OP THE COUNTRYSIDE AND COULD POSE A HEALTH HAZARD.

t!S^GAL GRAVES IN KWONG SHAN ARE ALSO DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEIB LIVES 4T R,SK B¥ ^teb^the

EXHUMED REMAINS OF THESE A GOVERNMENT CEMrTERv.

BURIALS WILL BE RE-INTERRED

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1981

HONG KONG PORT FEATURES IN NEW STAMPS XK M

A SPECIAL ISSUE OF FOUR POSTAGE STAMPS OF 20 CENTS, $1, $1.30 AND $2 WILL BE PLACED ON SALE ON JANUARY 12, NEXT YEAR, THE POST MASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE THEME Or THE ISSUE IS PORT OF HONG KONG, PAST AND PRESENT AND THE STAMP DESIGNS SHOW SCENES OF THE PORT COVERING THE PERIOD FROM THE LATTER HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY TO MODERN TI MES.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON JANUARY 5, AT 50 CENTS EACH.

EACH COVER WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INSERT CARD CONTAINING INFORMATION ON VICTORIA HARBOUR, PAST AND PRESENT AND BRIEF PHILATELIC INFORMAT ON.

SUFFICIENT FIRST DAY COVERS HAVE BEEN PRINTED TO MEET ANTICIPATED PUBLIC DEMAND BUT, TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE TO BUY OFFICIAL FIRST DAY AT^NY'oNE T?ME ™AN 10 C0VERS MAY BE PURCHASED BY A CUSTOMER

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, KOV’LO CE’ ’RAL POST OFFICE, NATHAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE PEKING ROAD.

FOR THIS SERVICE, ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVERS MUST BE HANDED IN WITH AN ORDER FORM TOGETHER WITH A REMITTANCE TO COVER THE COST. THE CHARGE r .L BE $5 PER COVER, WHICH INCLUDES THE COST OF THE STAMPS (S4.50) TOGETHER WITH A SERVICE FEE OF 50 CENTS.

THE COVERS MUST BE FULLY ADDRESSED BY THE APPLICANT, AND NOT LESS THAN 10 COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH EACH ORDER!

THE ORDER FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON JANUARY 5.

ANY PERSON ORDERING SERVICED COVERS ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL DESTINATION MAY COLLECT THEM ON JANUARY 13, FROM THE POST OFFICE WHERE THE ORDER WAS PLACED.

COVERS ADDRES'ED OVERSEAS WILL BE SENT FORWARD BY ORDINARY POST, SUR ACE MAIL, UNLESS SUFFICIENT STAMPS ARE 4PPIXED TO COVER AIRMAIL AND/OR REGISTRATION CHARGES. THE LATEST ACCEPTANCE DATE FOR ADVANCE ORDERS OF SERVICED COVERS WILL BE 5 PM ON JANUARY 8.

/A SERVICE

TUESDAY.

■■i 22, 1981

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A SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON JANUARY 12, AT ALL POST OFFICES WHEREBY FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATE STAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM. NO TIME TYPE WILL APPEAR IN THE POSTMARK. THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR THE SERVICE AREi

(A) ONLY ARTICLES BEARING AN INDICATION THAT THEY ARE +FIRST DAY COVERS* WILL BE SO TREATED*

(B) THE ARTICLES MUST BE ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL ADDRESS"

(C) NO REGISTERED ITEMS WILL BE PROCESSED BY THIS METHOD.

SPECIAL POSTING BOXES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON JANUARY 12, 1982 FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE FIRST DAY COVERS CAREFULLY HAND-POSTMARKED BEFORE DESPATCH TO THE ADDRESS ON THE COVERS.

THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE ON DISPLAY ON THE FIRST FLOOR PUBLIC COUNTER OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, ON JANUARY 8, 1982 FROM 9.30 AM TO 4.30 PM.

SPECIMENS OF THE STAMPS CAN BE SUPPLIED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING. PLEASE CONTACT MR Y.K. NG ON 5-2671132 AND HE WILL ARRANGE TO MAKE THE STAMPS AVAILABLE.

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING PRESS CONFERENCE * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS FOR THE CREATION OF A STATUTORY VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND A NEW DEPARTMENT TO CARRY OUT ITS EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS. THE CONFERENCE, WHICH WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, MR KENNETH TOPLEY *luL oTART AT 10 AM. IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN ROOM 150, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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TUESDAY, DE Cr M BE R 22, 1981

5

CHILD’S PHOTOGRAPH REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL DO J .•■•.£N ■ -* * * *

♦FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR, SEPARATE PHOTOGRAPHS \ ILL BE REQUIRED OF EACH CHILD TO BE INCLUDED IN TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (EXCEr'T BRITISH PASSPORTS),* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THIS IS TO FACILITATE IMMIGRATION EXAMINATION OF CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

PEOPLE SEEKING FURTHER INFORMATION MAY CALL TELEPHONE NO: 5-434711.

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CITY HALL HOLIDAY HOURS * * *

THE CITY HALL INCLUDING THE CITY HALL MEMORIAL GARDEN AND THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL DURING THE PUBLIC ~ I DAYS ON DECEMBER 25, 26, 1981 AND JANUARY 1, 1982.

ON DECEMBER 24 AND 31, BOTH THURSDAYS, THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM WHILE THE LEI CHENG UK .MUSEUM AND THE MUSEUM OF ART WILL BE CLOSED.

OF HISTORY BRA.

THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES AT YAU MA TEI.

WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM.

KWUN TONG AND WAN CHAI

nlo_ 2n!.N!!!G. F0URS 0F MEI F0° SUN CHUEN AND HONG KONG DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARIES WILL BE FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM.

WESTERN

POK FU LAM PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 30 AM TO PM rJ,sEo2°Ne K°NG AND K0WL0°N MOBILE LIBRARIES WILL BE OPEN FROM 1 AM TO 5 PM.

OTHER URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED.

CHEUNG CHAU, KWAI CHUNG, TAI PO AND TUEN MUN WILL Be CLOSED THE WHOLE DAY WHEREAS OTHER PUBLIC NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE CLOSED EARLIER THAN USUAL

PUBLIC LIBRARIES LIBRARIES IN THE AT 5 PM.

ON DECEMBER 25, 26 AND JANUARY 1, THE MUSEUM OF ART MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND THE LEI CHENG UK BRANCH MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED.

ALL URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC LIBRARIES. NEW TERRITORIES AND THE MOBILE LIBRARIES

PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1981

6

TAXPAYERS URGED TO CHECK ON TAX DUE FOR PAY.

* * * *

TAXPAYERS ARE URGED BY THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TO CHECK THEIR DEMAND NOTES TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRST INSTALMENT OF THE TAX DUE IS PAID ON OR BEFORE THE SPECIFIED DUE DATE.

IF THE FIRST INSTALMENT IS NOT SO PAID, THE SECOND INSTALMENT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME DUE IMMEDIATELY. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED AND PLEAS FOR OVERSIGHT WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

IN ADDITION TO BOTH INSTALMENTS BECOMING IMMEDIATELY PAYABLE TOGETHER, WHERE TAX IS NOT PAID BY THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THE NOTICE THE COMMISSIONER MAY ORDER A SUM NOT EXCEEDING FIVE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL TAX BE ADDED. THIS SURCHARGE WILL ALSO 3E IMMEDIATELY DUE FOR PAYMENT.

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES OPERATE:

ILLUSTRATE HOW THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL

EXAMPLE 1

TOTAL TAX DUE 6.1.82 $22 OQO

PAYABLE ON 6.1.82 $17 OOO

PAYABLE ON 6.4.82 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS PAID ON 6.1.82, THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF $5 000 IS PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE 6.4.82.

EXAMPLE 2

TOTAL TAX PAYABLE $22 000

PAYABLE ON 6.1.82 $17 000

PAYABLE ON 6.4.82 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS NOT

mo ' PAID BY 8.1.82, THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF

$22 000 PLUS SURCHARGE SI 100, TOTAL $23 100 IS IN DEFAULT AND ACTION TO RECOVER THE TOTAL AMOUNT WILL BE TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER 6.1.82.

IT IS EMPHASISED ADVANTAGE OF THE TWO I THAT THE FIRST PAYMENT THEIR DEMAND NOTES.

THEREFORE THAT TAXPAYERS WHO WISH TO TAKE NSTALMENTS SHOWN ON THE NOTE MUST ENSURE

IS MADE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE SHOWN ON

PAYMENT MAY BE MADE AS FOLLOWS:

AT COLLECTION OFF ICESi-

HONG KONG

KOWLOON

TSUEN WAN

- WINDSOR HOUSE, 3RD FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

- PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON.

- FOU WAH CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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OR PAYMENT MAY BE MADE BY POST BY SENDING A CROSSED CHEQUE, PAYABLE TO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, ATTACHED TO THE DEMAND NOTE,

TO : COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, G.P.O. BOX 132, HONG KONG.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL

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THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE A CONCERT AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM TOGETHER WITH THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR YOUTH CHOIR ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AT 7.30 PM.

THE YOUTH CHOi WAS FORMED IN APRIL 1981 TO PROMOTE MUSICAL TRAINING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND ITS MEMBERS UNDERGO INTENSIVE TRAINING.

ONE OTHER PURPOSE OF THE YOUTH CHOIR IS TO PROVIDE A CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME FOR THE +OUT-GROWN+ MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, THUS ENHANCING THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF _ MUSICAL SKILLS THEY ACQUIRED DURING THEIR EARLY YEARS.

THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WAS FORMED IN 1976 BY A AROUP OF DEDICATED MUSICIANS AND YOUNG MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS TO PROMOTE CHINESE KIS IC AND WORKS OF CONTEMPORARY CHINESE COMPOSERS. HOWEVER, WESTERN ORCHESTRAL PIECES ALSO FORM PART OF THEIR REPERTOIRE.

THE ORCHESTRA 'RAWS ITS MEMBERS FROM A VARIETY OF PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUNDS, INCLU-.rtG PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR MUSICIANS CHOSEN THROUGH RIGOROUS AUDITIONS.

UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CONDUCTOR YU CHUNG CHAO, THE ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY ' ORKS BY BEETHOVEN, MOZART, SUPPE AND BY CHINESE COMPOSERS LI WOON CHI, CHAN PUI FUN AND MAO YAN.

THE CONDUCTOR OF THE YOUTH CHOIR IS ANDREW CHEUNG.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE +CANTEMICS DOMINO* (SING UNTO GOD), *THREE HUNGARIAN FOLKSONGS*, +GOOD NIGHT BELOVED*, +WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN OF MARY FREE* AND +WINTER WONDERLAND*.

THIS CONCERT IS PRESENTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES PRESENTATIONS OFFICE OF THE CUI’URAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TICKETS AT $5- 0 AND $15 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN

WAN TOWN HALL BO 'E AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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TALLEST BUDDHA STATUE TO BE BUILT ON LANTA

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA’S TALLEST STATUE OF BUDDHA WILL BE BUILT 0 A HILL ON LANTAU ISLAND.

THE STATUE, MORE THAN 33 METRES (ABOUT 110 FEET) HIGH, WILL OVERLOOK THE PO LIN MONASTERY AT NGONG PING, WHICH HAS PLANNED THE PROJECT FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

IT WILL COST MORE THAN $20 MILLION TO BUILD AND BE COMPLETED IN THREE TO FOUR YEARS. THE MONEY IS BEING PROVIDED BY HONG KONG BUDDHISTS.

THE EARTH-BREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE PROJECT WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 29 AND BE PERFORMED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON.

THE STATUE WILL HAVE A BASE DIAMETER OF ABOUT 54 METRES (ABOUT 170 FEET). IT WILL BE IN A SITTING FORM ON A THREE-STOREY CHINESE-STYLE ALTAR WHICH WILL HAVE A BASE DIAMETER OF 92 METRES (ABOUT 300 FEET).

THE STATUE WILL BE MADE OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE FRAMEWORK AND COVERED WITH GRANITE. ,

THE PROJECT INCLUDES A PLEASURE GARDEN AND LANDSCAPING.

STEPS WILL BE PROVIDED UP TO THE BASE OF THE STATUE.

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TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALLS

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SIXTY OUT OF 100 STALL SITES FOR THE FORTHCOMING TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WERE TAKEN UP AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

MOST OF THE SITES WERE TAKEN UP AT ABOVE THE UPSET PRICE, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A SITE SELLING FLOWERS WAS $250, COMPARED WITH THE UPSET PRICE OF $50.

THE AUCTION, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WAS HELD AT THE OFFICE OF THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE.

THE REMAINING 40 STALL SITES WILL BE OFFERED FOR HIRE TO TRADERS FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. TRADERS SHOULD CONTACT THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, FOURTH FLOOR, TING KOK ROAD.

THE TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE HELD AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND AT HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND 25 NEXT YEAR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS

MONITORING SYSTEM ADEQUATE, CHI Eh1 SECRETARY SAYS........ 1

HELP FOR STREET SLEEPERS ................................. 2

WATER CHARGES NOT AFFECTED BY DESALTER, FS SAYS........... 2

ACCIDENT LIFT HAD SAFETY DEVICES ......................... 3

STANDPIPE WATER FOR VILLAGES ............................. 3

JOBS FOR THE DISABLED..................................... 4

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED......................... 4

MTR LOANS GUARANTEED...................................... 5

AMENDMENTS TO LEGAL AID RULES ............................ 5

SIGN LANGUAGE ............................................ 6

THROUGH TRAINS FROM TSUFN VAN TO TSIM SHA TSUI AND CENTRAL 6

NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS WILL CUT JOURNEY TIME BY HALF ........ 7

BENEFIT SCHEME IDEA LACKS WORKERS’ SUPPORT................ 8

LAW ON PUBLIC GAME MACHINE CENTRES ....................... 9

FERRY ORDINANCES ......................................... 10

VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL BILL ......................... 11

FOUR BILLS PASSED ........................................ 12

TRADE CHIEF TELLS OF MFA TALKS .............................. 13

TRAFFIC CHANGES ............................................. 14

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES EXTENDED FOR HOLIDAYS ............. 15

ANTI-NARCOTICS EXHIBITION ATTRACTS LARGE CROWDS ............. 16

URBAN TAXI TENDER RESULTS ................................... 16

WARNING ABOUT FIRE DANGER.................................... 17

CHILDREN’S BOOK EXHIBITION .................................. 17

CHILDREN’S PLAY FOR CHRISTMAS ............................... 18

FIREMEN IN PASSING OUT PARADE................................ 18

ROOF-TOP FUN FOR TSUEN WAN CHILDREN.......................... 19

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1981

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MONITORING SYSTEM ADEQUATE, CHIEF SECRETARY SAYS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT ITS SYSTEM OF MONITORING MAJOR PUBLIC WORKS IS ADEQUATE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, SIR PHI! IP GAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT THE SYSTEM IS REVIEWED FROM TIME TO Tl TO SEE IF IT CAN BE IMPROVED.

♦BUT,+ HE SAID, +NO MONITORING SYSTEM CAN, IN ITSELF, NECESSARILY ENSURE THAT WORKS PROJECTS WILL ALWAYS BE COMPLETED, AND SATISFACTORILY, ON TIME.+

ON LARGE AND TECHNICALLY-COMPLEX PROJECTS, PARTICULARLY CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTS, UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES CAN AND DO A^ISE WHICH CAUSE DELAYS, THE COST OF WHICH IS BORNE BY THE C' ’R>CTOR OR THE CLIENT DEPARTMENT DEPENDING ON THE CONDITIONS OF .. CONTRACT.

+OF COURSE, THE MONITORING SYSTEM DOES GIVE EARLY WARNING THAT DELAYS MAY OCCUR, ENABLING CORRECTIVE ACTION TO BE PUT IN HAND BUT, AS I HAVE JUST SAID, IT IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO AVOID DELAYS,+ HE ADDED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON LEGAL AID FROM THE HON PETER C WONG, SIR PHILIP SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY CONSIDERING PROPOSALS WHICH, IF APPROVED, WOULD MEAN THAT LEGAL AID WOULD CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS IN TENANCY CASES UNDER PART II OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT ORDINANCE WHEN THE JURISDICTION TO HEAR THEM IS TRANSFERRED FROM THE DISTRICT COURTS TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

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HELP FOR STREET SLEEPERS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT KEEPS A CENTRAL REGISTER OF ALL STREET SLEEPERS AND DISTRIBUTES BLANKETS TO THEM DURING COLD SPELLS.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT KEEPS OPEN ITS COMMUNITY CENTRES AS OVERNIGHT SHELTERS FOR THEM, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE HON. S.E. ALLEYNE STATED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESD/Y), IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ANDREW SO.

MR ALLEYNE SAID Tl-AT HELP IN ACCOMMODATION, FINANCIAL AID, EMPLOYMENT AND COUNSELlING WAS GIVEN TO THOSE WILLING TO ACCEPT IT.

HOWEVER, THE MENTALLY DERANGED, OR THOSE WHO APPEAR TO BE SO, WERE DIFFICULT TO HELP, MAINLY BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS OF COMMUNICATION.

+THEY ARE UNDOUBTEDLY AN UNWELCOME SIGHT ON OUR STREETS, BUT THEY GENERALLY KEEP TO THEMSELVES AND SO LONc AS THEY DO NOT DISTURB THE PEACE OR CAUSE OBSTRUCTIONS, THEY ARE NOT ASKED TO MOVE ON,* HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE SAID STREET SLEEPERS PROBABLY NEEDED HOUS iG MOST, PARTICULARLY IN CENTRAL AND CONVENIENT LOCATIONS BUT THAT THE PROBLEM WAS THAT MOST OF THE PUBLIC HOUSING THAT IS BECOMING AVAILABLE IS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+WE GIVE PRIORITY TO MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE OLD, INFIRM AND DISABLED, THE AIM BEING TO ENSURE THAT THESE VULNERABLE GROUPS ARE OFFERED GENUINE ALTERNATIVES TO STREET SLEEPING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

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WATER CHARGES NOT AFFECTED BY DESALTER, FS SAYS

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, CONFIRMED TODAY THAT WATER CHARGES WOULD CONTINUE TO BE UNAFFECTED BY THE OPERATION OF THE DESALTER.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO, MR BREMRIDGE SAIDi +N0 INCREASE IN WATER CHARGES HAS YET BEEN FORMULATED, MUCH LESS PROPOSED. IF, AS IS LIKELY, THIS SOON BECOMES NECESSARY I CONFIRM THAT THE WATER TARIFF CHARGES WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN UNAFFECTED BY THE OPERATION OF THE DESALTER. THE LATTER IS A USEFUL STRATEGIC AND EMERGENCY STANDBY. IT IS NOT REGARDED AS A COMPONENT OF NORMAL WATER SUPPLY OPERATIONS.*

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ACCIDENT LIFT HAD SAFETY DEVICES * * * *

THE LIFT INVOLVED IN A RECENT ACCIDENT IN A WONG CHUK HANG INDUSTRIAL BUILDING WAS FITTED WITH SAFETY DEVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BUILDING (LIFTS) REGULATIONS OF THE BUILDING ORDINANCE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHAN, REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ALEX WU, SAID THAT THE DEVICES INCLUDED AN OVERLOAD DEVICE, AN EMERGENCY LIGHT IN THE LIFT, SAFETY GEAR OPERATED BY A GOVERNOR SYSTEM FOR USE IN CASE OF OVERLOAD, A BELL ALARM SIGNAL, AN EMERGENCY rXIT HA.CH DOOR, AN EMERGENCY STOP PUSH BUTTON, AND SPRING BUFFERS *0 ABSORB SHOCK.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE LAST ANNUAL TEST REQUIRED UNDER THE LIFTS AND ESCALATORS (SAFETY) ORDINANCE HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE REGISTERED LIFT ENGINEER ON DECEMBER 19, 1980. A FULL RATED LOAD TEST, REQUIRED ONCE IN NOT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS, HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT IN DECEMBER 1978.

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STANDPIPE WATER FOR VILLAGES X X X

AT PRESENT, 348 VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE STANDPIPE WATER SUPPLY, WHILE SEVEN STANDPIPE APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG.

MR CHAN SAID THAT 505 NEW TERRITORIES VILLAGES HAD METERED SUPPLY AND A TOTAL OF 2 869 APPLICATIONS FROM 150 VILLAGES WERE BEING PROCESSED.

♦ABOUT 2 000 OF THESE FALL WITHIN SUPPLY ZONES WHERE IT IS READILY FEASIBLE TO PROVIDE A CONNECTION. IN SUCH CASES IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO COMPLETE PROCESSING OF THE APPLICATIONS AND HAVE THE NECESSARY WORKS CARRIED OUT ON SITE IN TWO TO THREE MONTHS,+ M? CHAN SAID.

METERED CONNECTIONS FOR THE REMAINDER DEPENDED ON ADDITIONAL INSTALLATIONS REQUIRED TO EXTEND THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

♦ IN THIS REGARD, EACH PROPOSED ADDITIONAL SUPPLY AREA

IS CONSIDERED ON ITS MERITS IN DETERMINING PRIORITY FOR ALLOCATION OF STAFF, FINANCIAL AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NECESSARY WORKS,+ M- CHAN SAID.

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JOBS FOR THE DISABLED * * *

THERE WERE 878 DISABLED PERSONS EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENr ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR. COMPARED WITH 683 PERSONS A YEAR EARLIER, AN INCREASE OF 195 PERSONS OR 28.2 PER CENT, THE SECRETARY FOP SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON K.C. CHAN, MR HO SAID THAT SIMILAR INFORMATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS AS IT WOULD NOT BE FEASIBLE TO MOUNT A SURVEY TO OBTAIN SUCH INFORMATION FROM OVER 1 400 SUBVENTED AGENCIES OR UN!TS IN THE EDUCATION, SOCIAL WELFARE AND MEDICAL FIELDS ALC E.

MR HO SAID, +THE GOVERNMENT WISHES TO ENCOURAGE ALL EMPLOYERS, BIG AND SMALL AND WHETHER CONTRACTORS TO THE GOVERNMENT OR NOT, TO EMPLOY MORE DISABLED PERSONS.+

AS REGARDS FOSTERING THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED, MR HO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT AIMS TO PROVIDE SUCH COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITATION SERVICES TO ENABLE DISABLED PERSONS TO DEVELOP THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES K THE FULLEST.

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SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS AMOUNTING TO $894 MILLION FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THAT THE MAJOR ITEMS INCLUDE $473 MILLION FOR EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS INCLUDING PROVISION FOR 26 PROJECTS UPGRADED TO OR INCLUDED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CATEGORY A OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME.

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE $130 MILLION FOR PAYMENTS TO OPERATORS ARISING FROM THE STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME, $100 MILLION FOR TAXES AND DUTIES PAYABLE AS A RESULT OF THE FORMATION OF THE HONG KONG SUBSIDIARY OF CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED, $54 MILLION FOR REPAYMENT OF THE OUTSTANDING LOAN FOR THE DESALTING PLANT UNDER THE LOANS (ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK) ORDINANCE, AND $17 MILLION FOR PAYMENTS OF HOME PURCHASE ALLOWANCE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION RESULTED IN A NET INCREASE OF $100 MILLION IN THE EXPENDITURE APPROVED FOR THE YEAR, THE REMAINDER BEING OFFSET UNDER OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE AND BY THE FREEZING OF FUNDS UNDER THE TWO ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS VOTES.

+THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED ALL THE ITEMS IN THC SCHEDULE,+ HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS MOTION , SIMPLY TO SEEK THE COVERING AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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MTR LOANS GUARANTEED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A MOTION BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY PROVIDING FOR THREE GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES TO COVER REPAYMENT OF LOANS INCURRED BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN EREMRIDGE, TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE GUARANTEES COV^R REPAYMENT OF THREE LOANS TOTALLING SI 358 MILLION AND SUCH AMOUNT AS MAY BECOME PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF INTEREST AND OTHER CHARGES.

THIS BRINGS TO S7 184 MILLION THE GOVERNMENT’S TOT,.. GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTRC.

+THIS CONTINGENT LIABILITY IS PROVIDED FOR WITHIN OUR RESERVES,+ MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

SECTION 12 OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION ORDINANCE REQUIRES THE AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT, TO GRANT GUARANTEES IN RESPECT OF THE REPAYMENT OF LOANS AND OTHER INDEBTEDNESS INCURRED BY THE MTRC.

THE SUMS BORROWED UNDER THE THREE GUARANTEES WILL BE USED TO FINANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS COVERING ROLLING STOCK, CONSTRUCTION WORKS FOR TUNNELS AND STATIONS AT ADMIRALTY, CAUSEWAY BAY, TIN HAU AND FORTRESS HILL, AND SITE FORMATION WORKS AT THE CHAI WAN DEPOT.

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AMENDMENTS TO LEGAL AID RULES

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TWO AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGAL AID IN CRIMINAL CASES RULES WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ONE AMENDMENT INCREASES THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS PAYABLE BY THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID TO LEGAL PRACTITIONERS FOR WORK IN CRIMINAL CASES, AS THE EXISTING PRESCRIBED FEES WERE UNREALISTICALLY LOW COMPARED WITH THE MARKET RATE.

THE AMENDMENT WOULD ALLEVIATE THE GREAT DIFFICULTY EXPERIENCED BY THE DIRECTOR IN ENGAGING PRIVATE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS OF THE RIGHT CALIBRE TO DEFEND CRIMINAL CASES.

THE OTHER AMENDMENT PROVIDES FOR A CLEARER METHOD OF NOTIFYING PEOPLE WHO APPLIED FOR LEGAL AID BUT WERE REFUSED SUCH AID.

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SIGN LANGUAGE

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BOTH COMMERCIAI TELEVISION STATIONS WERE UNABLE FOR FINANCIAL AND MANPOWER REASONS TO PROVIDE SIGN LANGUAGE AND CAPTIONS TO SELECTED PROGRAMMES FOR THE DEAF AT THIS TIME, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON D.C. BRAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HARRY FANG, MR BRAY SAID THAT THE PROPOSAL WAS PUT BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING TO THE COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS LATE LAST YEAR. BUT THE STATIONS WE E UNABLE FOR THE TIME BEING TO PROVIDE SUCH FACILITIES FOR A MINORITY SECTION OF THE AUDIENCE BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND ON FINANCIAL AND MANPOWER RESOURCES, HE SAID.

HOWEVER A WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW PROGRAMME PRODUCED BY RTHK FROM JUNE LAST YEAR, WAS PARTICULARLY WELL-SUITED TO ADAPTATION FOR THE DEAF.

+WHILE RTHK DOES PROVIDE AS PART OF ITS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY A RANGE OF PROGRAMME FOR MINORITY AUDIENCES. CONSTRAINTS INCLUDING TIME, MANPOWER AND OTHER RESOURCES DO NOT READILY PERMIT THE EXPANSION OF THIS SERVICE AT PRESENT,+ MR BRAY SAID.

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THROUGH TRAINS FROM TSUEN WAN TO TSIM SHA TSUI AND CENTRAL *****

THERE WILL BE A THROUGH TRAIN SERVICE FROM TSUEN WAN TO TSIM SHA TSUI AND CENTRAL WHEN THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION IS OPENED, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR DEREK JONES, ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM MR CHARLES YEUNG AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR JONES SAID +TRAINS FROM KWUN TONG WILL ENTER THE NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR ON A SEPARATE PARALLEL LINE AND TERMINATE AT WATERLOO STATION.*

HE SAID THIS ARRANGEMENT IS DESIGNED TO MOVE THE GREATEST NUMBER OF TRAINS THROUGH THE JUNCTION AT MONG KOK AND THAT IT WAS THE BEST OF SOME 20 ALTERNATIVE SCHEMES.

+1T HAS THE MERIT OF PROVIDING THROUGH TRAINS FROM THE TSUEN WAN BRANCH, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE MORE HEAVILY UTILISED THAN THE KWUN TONG BRANCH.*

HE FURTHER EXPLAINED: +IF BOTH BRANCHES WERE TO PROVIDE THROUGH TRAINS DOWN THE MAIN LINE, THE FREQUENCY OF TRAINS ON EACH BRANCH WOULD NEED TO BE CUT VIRTUALLY IN HALF AND THIS WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE.*

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MR JONES ADDED THAT +PASSENGER INTERCHANGE FACILITIES BETWEEN THE TWO LINES WILL BE PROVIDED AT PRINCE EDWARD, ARGYLL AND WATERLOO STATIONS AND THE TRACK LAYOUT AND PLATFORM CONFIGURATION AT THESE STATIONS HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT SO AS TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO PASSENGERS.+

+AT PRINCE EDWARD STATION THERE WILL BE EASY CROSS-PLATFORM INTERCHANGE FOR PASSENGERS TRAVELLING BETWEEN KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN AND VICE VERSA. SIMILAR CROSS-PLATFORM l.<TERCHANGE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ARGYLE STATION FOR THOSE COMING FROM KWUN TONG AND TRAVELLING TO STATIONS SOUTH OF WATERLOO OR THE OTHER wAY ROUND.

ALTERNATELY, PASSENGERS WILL BE ABLE TO INTERCHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO LINES AT ANY OF THE THREE STATIONS BY MOVING TO DIFFERENT PLATFORM LEVELS,* *1R JONES EXPLAINED.

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NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS WILL CUT JOURNEY TIME BY HALF *****

THE AVERAGE TRAIN JOURNEY TIME FROM SHEUNG SHU I IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO HUNG HOM IN KOWLOON WILL BE CUT BY NEARLY WHEN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY ARE COMPLETED, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DEREK JONES, REVEALED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR JONES SAID THE AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME OF THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES SHOULD BE 36 MINUTES COMPARED WITH 65 MINUTES FOR THE EXISTING DIESEL TRAINS.

HE WAS ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, WHO ASKED FOR DETAILS ON THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENT ON THE RAILWAY.

MR JONES ALSO SAID THAT IT WAS NOW EXPECTED THAT ELECTRIFIED AND DOUBLE-TRACKED SERVICES BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN, INCLUDING THE NEW STATION AT KOWLOON TONG TO CONNECT WITH THE MTR, WILL BEGIN IN MAY 1982, OR UNDER FIVE MONTHS’ TIME.

THE ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICES SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO THE NEW TAI PO MARKET STATION BY FEBRUARY 1983 AND TO THE FINAL SECTION THROUGH TO LO WU IN THE SUMMER OF 1983.

WHEN THE FULL ELECTRIFIED SERVICE IS IN OPERATION-THERE WILL BE 16 TRAINS AN HOUR IN EACH DIRECTION BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN DURING PEAK PERIODS, AND EIGHT OF THESE WOULD CONTINUE THROUGH TO SHEUNG SHU I OR LO WU AND VICE VERSA.

DURING OFF-PEAK PERIODS THERE WOULD BE NINE TRAINS PER HOUR IN EACH DIRECTION BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN, OF WHICH FOUR EACH DIRECTION OULD CONTINUE TO, OR COME FROM, SHEUNG SHU I 0-LO WU, HE CONCLUDED.

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BE'EFIT SCHEME IDEA LACKS WORKERS’ SUPPORT

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A PROPOSED SEMI-VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTORY SICKNESS, INJURY AND DEATH BENEFIT SCHEME ESSENTIALLY DESIGNED FOR YOUNG EMPLOYEES WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL AS IT WOULD TEND TO ATTRACT THE OLDER AND LESS HEALTHY MEMBERS OF THE WORKFORCE, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P.HO. SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEET'NG TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO, MR HO SAID THa. AN OPINION SURVEY OF EMPLOYEES ALSO INDICATED THAT ONLY FEW PEOPLE HAD BOUGHT LIFE INSURANCE, MEDICAL INSURANCE AND SICKNESS INSURANCE, CASTING CONSIDERABLE DOUBT ON THE ACTUAL SUPPORT ANY VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTORY SCHEME WOULD RECEIVE.

THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT ABOUT HALF OF THE EMPLOYEES INTERVIEWED WERE NOT PREPARED TO PAY MORE THAN TWO PER CENT OF THEIR SALARY TO A CONTRIBUTORY SCHEME.

+IN THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD DISCUSSION OF THE PROPOSAL,+ MR HO SAID, +THE EMPLOYEES REPRESENTATIVES FELT THAT THE SCHEME WAS UNATTRACTIVE BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF BENEFIT WAS SMALL.+

IN ADDITION, ACTUARIAL ADVICE ALSO INDICATED THAT A VOLUNTARY SCHEME WOULD ADD CONSIDERABLY TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLEXITIES OF ANY CONTRIBUTORY SOCIAL INSURANCE PLAN.

HE SAID, +THE VOLUNTARY ELEMENT WOULD ALSO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE WITH ANY ACCURACY INCOME FROM CONTRIBUTIONS AND HENCE TO SET BENEFITS AT THE RIGHT LEVEL FROM THE OUTSET.+

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE DECIDED TO DEVELOP ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS TO COVER THOSE RISKS THROUGH AN AMENDMENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WITHOUT INVOLVING ANY CONTRIBUTION FROM THE EMPLOYEE.

+WHERE THE DEATH GRANT TO BE INCORPORATED IN THESE PROPOSALS IS NOT PAYABLE BY THE EMPLOYER AND EQUIVALENT GRANT WOULD BE PAYABLE UNDER AN AUGMENTED SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE SCHEME ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELF RE DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

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LAW ON PUBLIC GAME MACHINE CENTRES * * * #

THE NEW LAW ON LICENSING OF PUBLIC GAME MACHINE CENTRES WAS READ A SECOND TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES (AMENDMENT) Bl! L 198'.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON D.C. BRAY, SAID 4E BILL IS INTENDED TO BLOCK A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW AND TO REGULATE CENTRES WHERE MAC1 ,E GAMES COULD BE PROVIDED.

MR BRAY SAID: +SMALL THOUGH THE LOOPHOLE WAS, IT WILL NOT COME AS A SURPRISE TO HONOURABLE MEMBERS THAT HONG KONG ENTREPRENEURS DARTED THROUGH IT. THEY MUST HAVE KNOWN WE SHOULD BE AFTER THEM.

+WHILE WE CANNOT BEGRUDGE THE LEGAL PROFITS THEY MAY HAVE REAPED,NO ONE SHOULD SHED TEARS WHEN WE CATCH UP AND CLOSE DOWN THESE DINGY UNLICENSED CENTRES, WITH THEIR TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE ATMOSPHERE.

♦THEY ARE OVERCROWDED, DARK, BADLY VENTILATED, AND A NUISANCE TO THE NEIGHBOURS. NO AGE LIMIT IS ENFORCED.

♦QUITE RIGHTLY THESE UNLICENSED CENTRES HAVE GIVEN RISE TO MUCH PUBLIC CONCERN AND WE ARE NOW ACT ING.+

HE SAID THAT ONCE THE BILL WAS PASSED, IMMEDIATE POLICE ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST UNLICENSED CENTRES AND ANYONE CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE RELATING TO RUNNING AN UNLICENSED CENTRE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET A LICENCE FOR A LEGITIMATE CENTRE FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.

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FERRY ORDINANCES * * * *

THE GOVE’ MENT IS PREPARING A NEW DRAFT FERRY SERVICES BILL TO REPLACE THE EXISTING FERRIES ORDINANCE AND THE NEW BILL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR JONES WAS SPEAKING WHILE MOVING THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE, WHICH PROVIDES FOF THE EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING CONCESSIONS WHICH HAD ALS. BEEN AGREED BY THE COMPANY.

AMONG OTHER .HINGS THE BILL WILL SEEK TO PROVIDE FRANCHISES TO BE GRANTED TO MAJOR FERRY OPERATORS, INCLUDING THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND FOR LICENCES TO.BE ISSUED TO MINOR OPERATORS, HE SAID.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WOULD COVER EVERY ASPECT OF THE COMPANY’S FERRY OPERATIONS, WERE BOTH DETAILED AND COMPLICATED AND NEGOTIATIONS HAD TAKEN LONGER THEN ANTICIPATED, HE SAID.

+THEY HAVE, IN PARTICULAR, BEEN PROLONGED BY THE NEE GIVE THOROUGH CONSIDERATION TO ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION UF NEW FERRY PIERS, AND POSSIBLE ASSOCIATED COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

+ IT IS, HOWEVER, EXPECTED THAT THE NEW LEGISLATION CAN BE ENACTED BY JUNE 30, 1982 AND THIS MOTION THEREFORE SEEKS TO EXTEND THE EXIST. G PROVISIONS FOR A FURTHER SIX MONTHS,+ HE SAID.

MR JONES ALSO MOVED THE ’STAR’ FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE EXTENSION OF EXISTING CONCESSIONS BY AMENDING THE SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE.

THE AMENDMENTS ALSO HAD THE CONSENT OF THE COMPANY.

THE PROPOSED NEW FERRY SERVICES BILL WOULD ALSO REPLACE THIS ORDINANCE AND WOULD PROVIDE FOR A NEW FRANCHISE FOR THE ’STAR’ FERRY COMPANY.

THE INTENTION OF THE MOTION WAS TO EXTEND THE EXISTING CONCESSION TO THE COMPANY FOR SIX MONTHS TO JUNE 1982, HE SAID.

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL BILL

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THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO CREATE A STATUTORY VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCL AS WELL AS A NEW DEPARTMENT TO SERVE AS ITS EXECUTIVE AR TAKE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD WITH THE PUBLICATION OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION FOR INTRODUCTION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROPOSALS ARE CONTAINED IN THE VOCATIONA. TRAINING COUNCIL BILL, WHICH WILL APPEAR IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE COUNCIL WAS BEING ESTABLISHED TO PROMOTE AND COORDINATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE TO MEET THE INCREASING NEE' CP HONG KONG. 1“ WILL ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON THE MEASURES REQUIntU TO ENSURE THAT A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM IS DEVELOPED.

♦THIS IS IN KEEPING WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO STRENGTHEN THE INDUSTRIAL BASE OF HONG KONG THROUGH THE UPGRADING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING,* THE SPOKES'- N SAID.

IF THE EILL IS ENACTED, THE COUNCIL WILL TAKE OVER THE OPERATION OF EXISTING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FROM THE GlVE IN” AND WILL ESTABLISH NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND INDUSTRIAL TRAIN.NG CENTRES.

IT WILL INSTITUTE, DEVELOP AND OPERATE TRAINING SCHEMES FOR OPERATIVES, CRAFTSMEN, TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS AND IN SO DOING, WILL DRAW UPON THE BROAD BASE OF RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE AVAILABLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIST OF A MAXIMUM CF 18 UNOFFICIALS INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE INDUSTRIAL AND EDUCATION FIELDS AND FOUR OFFICIALS, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

ONCE THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL IS ESTABLISHED, IT WILL SUPERSEDE AND TAKE OVER THE ADVISORY FUNCTIONS CURRENTLY PERFORMED BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, APPOINTMENTS TO WHICH WILL THEN LA=SE.

THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL OPERATES THROUGH A COMPLEX OF TRAINING BOARDS AND COMMITTEES WITH SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES EITHER FOP PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES OR FOR TOPICS RELATING TO SEVERAL INDUSTRIES. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THIS STRUCTURE SHOULD BE PRESERVED UNDER THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

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THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE FUNDED FROM GENERAL °EVENUE. Tm ING INTO ACCOUNT THE PROPOSALS OF THE HONG KONG TPAIN..IG COUNCIL VwHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE COUNCIL WILL REQUIRE $75 MILLION AND 139 MILLION FOR RECURRENT AND CAPITAL SUBVENTIONS RESPECTIVELY IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE DECISIONS OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY A NEV DEPARTMENT CP TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAIN G.

THIS DEPARTMENT WILL BE FORMED BY MERGING THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH THE INDUSTRIAL ■RAINING BRANCH OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, ALTHOUGH IT IS INTENDED THAT THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ TRAINING COLLEGE WILL REMAIN WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL IN ADDITION TO BEING THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE COUNCIL, ALSO HAVE OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES RELATING TO THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING OF THE DISABLED AND TO APPRENTICESHIPS, PROVIDED THAT A FURTHER BILL IS ENACTED TO AMEND THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE.

IF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL BILL BECOMES LAW, THE COUNCIL WILL BE ESTABLISHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTERWARDS AND THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL BE CREATED ON APRIL 1, 1982.

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FOUR BILLS PASSED * * * *

(WEDNESDAY)'LLS PASSED ™E LEGISLAT|VE COUNCIL TODAY

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RH |bCia^NE°US AMEND-M£NTS) BILL 1981 AND THE LAW REVISION (REPEALS) jDILL

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TRADE CHIEF TELLS OF MFA TALKS * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF “ 2 TEXTILE TASK FORCE RETURNED TO HONG KONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY 23).

AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT KAI TAK HE SPOKE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS CONDUCTED IN GENEVA ON THE FUTURE OF THE MFA:

EARLY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE TEXTILES COMMITTEE OF THE GATT ADOPTED A PROTOCOL. EXTENDING THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMEN" FOR a PERIOD OF 4 YEARS AND 7 MONTHS (THAT IS, FROM JANUARY 1 1982 TO JULY 31, 1986).

WE LEFT HONG KONG ON NOVEMBER 13, AND FOR THE PAST FIVE WEEKS wE HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN INTENSIVE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF THE f*F A.

WE SET OUT IN THE HOPE THAT WE COULD SECURE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MFA ALONG THE LINES DRAWN UP BY THE EXPORT,NG DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN NEW DELHI IN EARLY NOVEMBER. WE FOUND THAT AS THE NEGOTIATIONS PROGRESSED WE WERE INCREASINGLY HAVING TO FIGHT A REARGUARD ACTION TO CONTAIN THE SITUATION AND TO PRESERVE !AT FEW BENEFITS REMAIN IN THE MFA FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN IE FACE OF STRONG DEMANDS, SOME OF THEM EXTREME, FROM THE IMPORTING COUNTR IES.

IN THIS RESPECT THE UNITED STATES WAS SEEKING AUTHORITY TO GIVE LOWER GROWTH TO SUPPLIERS SUCH AS HONG KONG AND KOREA AND TO REDUCE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SWING AND ELIMINATE CARRYOV.R AND CARRYFORWARD.

THE EEC’S DEMANDS WERE WORSE STILL.

♦THE COMMUNITY WANTED AUTHORITY TO CUTBACK HONG KONG AND KOREA’S QUOTAS IN THOSE CATEGORIES WHERE WE ARE HOST COMPETITIVE. THEY ALSO WANTED AUTHORITY TO GIVE LOWER GROWTH, TO ELIMINATE SWING, CARRYOVER AND CARRYFORWARD, TO OBLIGE US TO USE A GIVEN AMOUNT OF EEC FABRICS IN OUR GARMENT EXPORTS IF WE WISHED TO FULLY UTILISE OUR QUOTAS AND TO INTRODUCE AN ANTI-SURGE MECHANISM WHICH WOULD PREVENT FULL UTILISATION OF QUOTAS WHERE THERE HAD BEEN SHORTFALLS IN A PREVIOUS YEAR.

IN THE FINAL RESULT, INEVITABLY, SOME CONCESSIONS HAD TO EE MADE TO SECURE A NE.- MFA. BUT THE CONCESSIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE CONTAIN SAFEGUARDS HICK SHOULD OFFER SOME PROTECTION IN BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE EXPORTING COUNTRIES.

- “FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE MANAGED TO BUILD I'. T*O VERY IMPORTANT CONCEPTS - FIRST, THAT ANY CONCESSIONS HAVE TO BE ACCEPTABLE TO BCT' PARTIES, AND, SECONDLY, THAT THE IMPOr’ING COUNTS DC'S NOT HAVE "HE -IGh’ TO UNILATERAL ACTION IN '< LAST -'ESORT. THESE °OINTS ARE PARTICULARLY MPORTA'.T IN T- . IQATIOn O' ■>.' anti—surge mechani-.* an_ i\ discussions u rLExi-r r -PROVISIONS "0 -E INCORPORATED in BILAtERA_ - "'T 14’ 1 ’ ‘.

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ON CUTBACKS ON HONG KONG’S QUOTAS, WE HAVE REFUSED TO .-CEPT THAT ANY UNILATERAL AUTHORITY BE VESTED IN THE EEC ON THIS. W* HAVE AGREED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE EEC’S STATED POSITION ON T.- IS IN OUR FUTURE AGREEMENT, BUT ANY ARRANGEMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE.

♦ALL IN ALL, I WOULD SAY THAT THE NEW PROTOCOL EXTENDING THE ^FA IS NOT AS SOOD AS WE WOULD LIKE BUT NOT AS BAD AS, AT ON.. TIM., WE EXPECTED. THE NEW PROTOCOL BUILDS IN ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINE F ' THE INVOCATION OF RESTRAINTS AND PRESERVES THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE YFA. THERE ARE NO MODIFICATIONS TO THE MFA AND WE HAVE, AT LAST. GOT RID OF THE WELL-INTENTIONED BUT HEAVILY ABUSED SO-CALLED ’REASONABLE DEPARTURES’ CLAUSE.

BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT MFA 3 IS JUST THE BEGINNING. WE Wv. HAVE TO TRANSLATE ITS PROVISIONS INTO THE PRACTICALITIES OF NEW BILATERAL AGREEMENTS WITH OUR TRADING PARTNERS IN THE COURSE OF NEXT YEAR. THIS WILL BE THE REAL TEST OF ANY SUCCESS WE HAVE ACHIEVED IN THE MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS.

A FINAL WORD ABOUT DEVELOPING EXPORTING COUNTRY COORDINATION AND CO-OPERATION. THE DOUBTERS WHO BELIEVED THAT LDC UNITY WAS A PIPE-DREAM HAVE BEEN SURPRISED - BUT NOT HALF AS SURPRISED AS THE IMPORTING COUNTRIES WHO BASED THEIR STR - T'.GY ON THE BELIEF THAT OUR UNITY WOULD FALL TO PIECES AT THE LAST MOMENT. THIS WAS PATENTLY NOT THE CASE.

THROUGHOUT, WE MET EVERY DAY TO DISCUSS TOGETHER OUR SPECIAL INTERESTS, CONCERNS, PLANS AND STRATEGY, OPENLY AND FRANKLY.

♦THERE WAS GIVE AND TAKE ON ALL SIDES AND THE RESULTANT STRENGTH THAT WE ACHIEVED THROUGH REMAINING UNITED WAS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN RESISTING THE MORE EXTREME DEMANDS OF THE IMPORTING COUNTRIES AND SECURING A BALANCED PROTOCOL OF EXTENSION TO THE MFA.*

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TRAFFIC CHANGES

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A SECTION OF MORRISON STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND WING LOK STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 25) TO ALLOW FOR TELEPHONE CABLE LAYING WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, A WESTBOUND SECTION OF ABERDEEN '-'AIN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATE AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

THE CLEARWAY WILL EXTEND 25 METRES WEST OF AP LEI CHAU IDGE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES EAST OF ABERDEEN OLD MAIN S ET.

PUBLIC LI’HT BUSES WILL NOT EE ALLOWED TO STO= FOR PASSENGERS BETWEE' 7 AM a D 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES EXTENDED FOR HOLIDAYS

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PUBLIC TRANSPOR- SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED DURING THE CHRISTMAS AN? EW YEAR HOLIDAYS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).,

THESE INCLUDE:

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THE ALL NIGHT CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES NO. 121 AND 122 ILL OPERATE AT MORE FREQUENT INTERVALS.

IN ADDITION, SEVEN OTHER MAJOR ROUTES NO. 2, 4, 8, 10, 23, 38 AND 72 WILL RUN ADDITIONAL SERVICES.

ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE, THE LAST DEPARTURES OF ROUTE NO. 2, FROM SHAU KEI WAN AND CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE A’

12.50 AM AND 1.30 AM RESPECTIVELY- NO. 4 FROM WAH FU AND CENTRAL

WILL BE AT 12.30 AM AND 1 AM- NO. 8 FROM CHAI WAN AND WAN CHAI FERRY AT 12 MIDNIGHT AND 12.45 AM- NO. 10 FROM NORTH POINT FERRY

AND KENNEDY TOwN AT 1 AM AND 2 AM- NO. 23 FROM NORTH POIN* FERRY

AND POKRIELD ROAD AT 12.30 AM AND 1.15 AM- NO. 38 FROM «C POINT AND CHI FU FA YUEN AT 12 MIDNIGHT AND 1 AM- AND NO. 72 FROM ABERDEEN AND CAUSEwAY BAY AT 12.50 AM AND 1.30 AM.

A SPECIAL BUS, NO. 8M, WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION (EAST) AND CHAI WAN (SAN HA STREET) FROM 12.05 AM TO 2.35 AM AT 10-MINUTE INTERVALS. THE SINGLE JOURNEY FARE WILL BE $1.20.

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE DOWN-TRACK SERVICES FROM KWUN TONG STATION WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 3.03 AM WHILE THE UP-TRACK SERVICES FROM CHATER STATION WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 3.17 AM TO KWUN TONG STATION AND 3.27 AM TO CHOI HUNG STATION.

ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, THE DOWN-TRACK SERVICES FROM KWUN TONG STATION WILL EE EXTENDED UNTIL 2.03 AM WHILE THE UP-TRACK SERVICES FROM CHATER STATION * ILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 2.25 AM TO Ka'JN TONG S’ ’ION AND 2.35 AM TO CHOI HUNG STATION.

PEAK TRAM

PEAK TRmM SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 1.33 AM O'.

CHRISTMAS EVE AND . 33 AM ON NEW YEAR’S -

TRAM

TRAM SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED FOP ABOUT O'" H^UR.

WEDNESDAY,

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ANT I-NARCOTICS EXHIBITION ATTRACTS LARGE CROWDS

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THOUSANDS OF PF'MARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WERE ATTRACTED TO AN ANTl-NARCOTICS EXHIBITION HELD IN SAU MAU PING CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WAS OPENED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FROM 10.30 AM TO 3.30 PM, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE mGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE STUDENT GUIDANCE SECTION OF THE EDUCAT ON DEPARTMENT.

THE 20-PANEL EXHIBITION GRAPHICALLY ILLUSTRATES THE DRUG PROBLEM IN HONG KONG, HOW IT AFFECTS SOCIETY AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING, UNDER THE ADVICE OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR ACAN SAID THE EXHIBITION WAS AIMED AT PRESENTING THE FACTS ABOUT THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG AND WAS PARTICULARLY MEANT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE MR EDWARD YAU, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY- MRS T. WEI, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER- AND MR FONG TSZ, PRINCIPAL OF SAU MAU PING CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL (PM).

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URBAN TAXI TENDER RESULTS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT 1 197 TENDERS SEEKING 1 616 URBAN TAXI LICENCES HAD BEEN RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER CLOSED ON DECEMBER 4.

THE HIGHEST TENDER WAS $180 100 AND THE LOWEST ACCEPTABLE BID WAS $169 000.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS OFFERED WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE AVERAGE PREMIUM IN THE LATEST TENDER *AS $171 709.25, COMPARED WITH AN AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $182 143.55 IN THE PREVIOUS TENDER IN SEPTEMBER 1081, SHOWING A DECREASE OF ALMOST SIX PER CENT.

LETTERS WOULD BE SENT TODAY TO SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS, HE SAID.

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WARNING ABOUT FIRE DANGER

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LEGAL PROCEEDINGS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AGAINST THREE YOUNG WOMEN CAUGH’ BARBEC'lNG IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK AREA, A’TLrt THE ANNOUNCEMENT LAS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 20) OF A BAN ON THE USE CF F IRES THE E.

THE BAN ALSO APPLIES TO THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE AREA :MD THE SHING MUN FOREST PLANTATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED TODAY ’HAT THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF FIRE WILL BE IN FORCE DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AND w ILL REMAIN SO UNTIL FURTHER NOTIC"

ALL FIRES ARE PROHIBITED IN THESE COUNTRY PARK AREAS. THE SPOKESMAN WARNE' THAT THE PENALTY FOR BREAKING THE LAW IN A COUN PARK COULD AMOUNT TO A FINE OF $5 000, AND IN THE COUNTRYSIDE COULD BE *52 ODO.

THE BAN IS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE PREVAILING DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS, HE SAID.

THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE AREA ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WOODLANDS AND ARE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FIRES, HE SAID.

VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE ARE ADVISED TO TAKE SANDWICHES CR PRE-COOKED FOOD WITH THEM AND TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT FIRES.

MEANWHILE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP ALSO URGED THAT EXTREME CARE BE TAKEN IN THE USE OF FIRE AT ALL TIMES.

♦CARELESSNESS DOES NOT PAY,+ THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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CHILDREN’S BOOK EXHIBITION X X X X

AN EXHIBITION ON CHILDREN'S BOOKS IS NOW BEING HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY UNTIL JANUARY 4, 1982, ORGANISED BY THE CUuTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN CO-OPERATION wITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

IT CONSISTS OF ABOUT 360 VOLUMES OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN ENGLi.H, COVERING k * I DE RANGE OF SUBJECTS IN TWO MAIN SECTIONS, FICTION AND NON-FICTION, EACH ECTION DIVIDED INTO AGE GROUPS.

THERE IS ALSO A SEC-ION ON PICTURE BOCKS AND A SPECIAL COLLECTION OF BOCKS ON SPORTS AND PASTIME..

CATALOGUES OF “HE COLLECTION ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - THC KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC _;BRARY DURING THE EXHIBITION.

ADMISSION IS RREE

WEDNESDAY

1981

CHILDREN’S PLAY FOR CHRISTMAS

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THE NEW TERRITORIES PRESENTATIONS OFFICE OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BRING CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO CHILDREN IN THE NE* TERRITORIES BY STAGING FRANK BAUM’S +THE WIZARD OF OZ+ IN CA TONESE TWICE ON CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM, AT 3 PM AND 7.30 PM.

THE PLAY WILL BE PERFORMED BY MEMBERS OF THE LOVELY CHILDREN’ CHOIR GF THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB’S ASSOCIATION AND THE BOYS A'G GIRLS CLUB’? ASSOCIATION CHILDREN’S THEATRE.

TICKETS AT c3, 35 AND $7 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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FIREMEN IN PASSING OUT PARADE * * * *

COMRADESHIP IS BASED ON MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT, THP CT I NG CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (HEADQUARTERS), MR ROY WHEATLEY SAID TvDa". (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL IN PAT HEUNG, MR WHEATLEY TOLD 43 NEWLY-GRADUATED FIREMEN THAT THEY „OULD APPRECIATE SUCK COMRADESHIP DEVELOPED IN THEIR TRAINING, IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

HE REMINDED THEM THAT THEY WOULD ALWAYS BE IN THE PUBLIC EYE WHILE AT WORK, AND WOULD NOT ALWAYS RECEIVE THE APPRECIATION THEY EARNED AND DESERVED.

+BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE PERSONAL SATISFACTION OF KNOWING YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE, IN WHATEVER OR HOWEVER SMALL A WAY, CF HELPINS THE CITIZENS OF HONG KONG TO PARTICIPATE IN A SAFER LIFE,* MR WHEATLEY SAID.

+YOU HAVE CHOSEN A PROFESSION WHOSE HISTORY CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE ROMANS AND YET MOVES FORWARD WITH THE SPACE AGE, EACH ERA LOOKING -OF MEN LIKE YOU WHO SEEK A JOE WORTH DOING, AND wORTr DOING ■ELL,+ -E SAID.

R WHEATLEY WELCOMED THE RECRUITS AND WISHED THEM A SATISCVI‘- A WORTHWHILE CAREER.

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1981

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ROOF-TOP FUN FOR TSUEN WAN CHILDREN * * * *

_____pOCF OF ■ TWO-STOREY MARKET BUILDING IN TSUEN WAN WAS

INTO A SPORTS AND FAIR GROUND FOR 500 LOCAL CHILDREN TOD ' (WEDNESDAY).

24 -SQUARc-McTRE ROOF GARDEN IS LOCATED ON THE CHUNG Of S REE. MARKET 'N CENTRAL TSUEN WAN AND HAS PLAYING EQUIPMENT BENCHES AND A FLO-.x BED.

BOTH THE MARKET AND THE ROOF GARDEN WERE OPENED IN AUGUST.

..T2DAY’S FUN» WH,CH STARTED AT 10 AM, WAS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGSTtRS IN THE DISTRICT TO USE THE ROOF GARDEN. THEY WERE INVITED THROUGH YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

-rnr *AS J0INTLY ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD,

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE.

,lul ,A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT SAID olMILAR -ACTIVITIES WOULD BE HELD MORE REGULARLY IN THE FUTURE SO

HAT iHE ROOF GARDEN, WITH ITS EQUIPMENT AND GOOD LOCATION, COULD rfc FULLY UTILISED.

PRESENT WERE TSUEN WAN TOWN OFFICER, MISS ANJU MAKHIJA-UNOFFICIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR TSOI YUK-WAH- TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, MR LI TIN-MING- AND TSUEN WAN RECREAT! N AND SPORTS OFFICER, MR CHOW SIU-LUN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FURTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ............. 1

HECTIC CHRISTMAS FOR POSTMEN .............................. 2

OLD VILLAGE HOUSES PRESERVED .............................. 3

HEE WONG TERRACE CLOSURE AUTHORISED ........................... 4

SHOUSON HILL ROAD SITE FOR TINDER SALE......................... 4

IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST ....................... 5

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC FOR KWAI CHUNG APPROACHES ..................... 6

SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT ......................................... 6

ST CHRISTOPHER'S HOME CHILDREN CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ............ 7

NEW YEAR'S DAY CONCERT AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ................. 7

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1981

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FURTHER ARRANGEMENTS TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR DISTRICT BOARk ELECTIONS ARE PROPOSED IN TWO SETS OF DRAFT LEGISLATION IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

UNDER THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, CANDIDATES AND ELECTION AGENTS WILL BE ALLOWED IN FUTURE TO USE HIRED VEHICLES OR PAY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF ELECTORS TO OR FROM THE POLL.

THIS WILL ENCOURAGE MORE ELECTORS TO TURN OUT IN THE REMOTER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WHERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS INADEQUATE.

EXPENDITURE ON SUCH TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR BY A CANDIDATE AND WILL COUNT TOWARDS HIS ELECTION EXPENSES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO A LIMIT OF $10 000.

THE OTHER DRAFT LEGISLATION PUBLISHED TODAY IS THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BORADS (ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS) (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1982. THIS BILL ALLOWS A PERSON LIVING IN THE URBAN AREAS TO BE APPOINTED TO A NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARD IN APRIL NEXT YEAR, PROVIDED HE HAS APPLIED AND IS QUALIFIED TO BE AN ELECTOR, EVEN THOUGH HIS NAME IS NOT ON THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTOR TO BE PUBLISHED IN MID-JANUARY 1982.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS NECESSARY BECAUSE OWING TO SHORTAGE OF TIME, THIS FINAL REGISTER WILL ONLY CONTAIN THE NAMES OF THOSE ELECTORS LIVING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE BILL FURTHER REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT UNDER EXISTING LAW FOR A REGISTRATION EXERCISE TO BE CARRIED OUT NEXT FEBRUARY FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THIS IS BECAUSE ELECTIONS PROVISIONS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE WILL BE SUPERCEDED BY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE 1981, AND RESIDENTS IN THE URBAN AREAS WHO REGISTER UNDER THE NEW ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AT BOTH DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE URBAN AREAS AND URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THE BILL ALSO AMENDS THE LEGAL AID ORDINANCE SO THAT, AS IN URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS, LEGAL AID WILL NOT EXTEND TO DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION PETITIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE IS AMENDED TO EXTEND THE DISQUALIFICATION PERIOD OF THOSE OFFENDERS WHO SEEK ELECTION OR APPOINTMENT TO CERTAIN PUBLIC BODIES, FROM SEVEN TO 10 YEARS. THIS 10-YEAR DISQUALIFICATION PERIOD ALREADY APPLIES TO CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT BOARDS OR THE URBAN COUNCIL.

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HECTIC CHRISTMAS FOR POSTMEN ******

THE POST OFFICE HANDLED SOME 32.5 MILLION LETTER MAIL ITEMS DURING THE BUSY CHRISTMAS PRESSURE PERIOD BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND 22.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 13 PER CENT COMPARED TO THE NUMBER HANDLED IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A MARGINAL FALL IN THE VOLUME OF SURFACE MAILS RECEIVED FROM 11 730 BAGS TO 11 280 BAGS DURING THIS PERIOD THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 2.3 PER CENT FROM 9 305 BAGS TO 9 518 BAGS IN INCOMING AIR MAIL. INCOMING CHRISTMAS PARCELS BY AIR INCREASED BY 4.1 PER CENT FROM 5 830 BAGS TO 6 067 BAGS WHEREAS CHRISTMAS PARCELS ARRIVED BY SEA INCREASED BY 9.5 PER CENT FROM 4 736 BAGS TO 5 186 BAGS.

NEARLY 200 TEMPORARY STAFF WERE EMPLOYED FOR VARIOUS PERIODS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 12 AND DECEMBER 24 TO HELP HANDLE THE HEAVY POSTINGS OF CHRISTMAS AND OTHER MAIL. REGULAR STAFF HAD TO WORK OVERTIME TO ENSURE THAT MAIL WAS NOT DELAYED.

SOME ADDITIONAL 21 VEHICLES WERE ALSO HIRED TO HELP MOVE CHRISTMAS MAIL AND PARCELS AND THE CONVEYANCE OF SOME HEAVILY-LOADED DELIVERY POSTMEN TO THEIR FIRST POINTS OF CALL. ADDITIONAL COLLECTIONS WERE ALSO ARRANGED FROM STREET -’OST I NG BOXES AND BRANCH POST OFFICES TO CLEAR THE HEAVY VOLUME ~ CHRISTMAS CARDS.

ON THE WHOLE, THE HANDLING OF CHRISTMAS MAIL THIS YEAR WAS EXTREMELY SMOOTH, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN COMMENTED. +THIS WAS ARGELY DUE TO THE EVEN ARRIVAL OF CHRISTMAS MAIL FROM OVERSEAS COUNTRIES. IN ADDITION, THE PUBLIC HAVE ALSO CO-OPERATED BY COSTING THEIR CHRISTMAS MAIL EARLIER THIS YEAR.*

ALL CHRISTMAS MAIL FOR LOCAL DELIVERY POSTED BEFORE 6 PM ON DECEMBER 21 HAS BEEN DELIVERED BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY.

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OLD VILLAGE HOUSES PRESERVED

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THE 3OO-YEAR-OLD VILLAGE HOUSES AT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ YUEN TUN CAMP SITE WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 28).

THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF THE CAS, MR JOHN FORTUNE SAID THE HOUSES HAVE BEEN RENOVATED AND PRESERVED AS PART OF HONG KONG’S HERITAGE.

HE SAID THAT THE SITE WAS GRANTED TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICES 1975 WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CAS WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PRESERVE AND RESTORE THE OLD VILLAGE HOUSES THAT REMAINED STANDING IN THE VILLAGE OF YUEN TUN.

YUEN TUN, WHICH MEANS +THE ROUND MOUND* IN CHINESE, IS LOCATED SOME 200 METRES ABOVE TSING LUNG TAU, AND ITS INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS, THE CHUNG CLAN CAME ABOUT 300 YEARS AGO FROM THE VILLAGE OF TIT LO PA NEAR CHEUNG LOK CITY IN NG WAH DISTRICT, GUANGDONG.

IN THE EARLY 1960S, THE CHUNG CLAN WERE RELOCATED AT

TSING LUNG TAU TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR.

RENOVATION OF THE VILLAGE HOUSES STARTED EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH FUNDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND DONATIONS RAISED PRIVATELY.

MR FORTUNE SAID THAT THE HOUSES ARE FINE EXAMPLES OF ANCIENT CHINESE ARCHITECTURE. OF PARTICULAR INTEREST IS A BLOCK CONSTRUCTED TO A DISTRICT ARCHITECTURAL PATTERN IN RECTANGULAR FORM. AN ANCESTRAL HALL FORMS THE CENTRAL PART, FROM WHICH THERE IS A CORRIDOR CONNECTING ROOMS AND KITCHEN ON EACH SIDE.

OFFICIATING AT MONDAY'S OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE CAS COMMISSIONER, MR ROGER LOBO- THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIS- THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES- AND OTHER LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

"OU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE VILLAGE HOUSES AT THE CAS YUEN TUN CAMP SITE ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 28). GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT FOR UP TO 20 PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, AT 1 PM. A CAS PRESS OFFICER WILL ASSIST THE PRESS.

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HEE WONG TERRACE CLOSURE AUTHORISED

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THE PERMANENT CLOSURE OF HEE WONG TERRACE IN KENNEDY TOWN HAS BEEN AUTHORISED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AND A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THIS IS TO ALLOW FOR THE SITE, WHICH MEASURES 3 300 SQUARE .’ETRES, TO BE GRANTED TO THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY FOR THEIR URBAN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.

THE TERRACE, WHICH IS OCCUPIED BY 34 PRE-WAR BUILDINGS AND TWO VACANT SITES, WAS RESUMED IN 1978.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SITE WAS IDENTIFIED FOR ONE OF THE SOCIETY’S SLUM CLEARANCE PROJECTS AS ALL THE BUILDINGS THERE WERE IN POOR CONDITION AND THEIR REDEVELOPMENT WOULD IMPROVE VASTLY THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE AREA AND PROVIDE BETTER ACCOMMODATION WITH MODERN FACILITIES AND PROPER MANAGEMENT.

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SHOUSON HILL ROAD SITE FOR TENDER SALE * * * *

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IS OFFERING A SITE AT SHOUSON HILL ROAD FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 5 932 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE SITE COVERS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $24 300 000 WHICH SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BEFORE MARCH 31, 1986.

UNDER THE SALES CONDITION, THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER FOR THIS SITE MUST ALSO BUILD FOR THE GOVERNMENT, FREE OF CHARGE, 90 FLATS IN THREE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS IS FEBRUARY 12, 1982.

TENDER FORMS, WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF SALE, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON THE 19TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING AND ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICE, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

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IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION L X X X X

the director of trade industry and customs today (thur.: REMINDED IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS -OF THE AMENDMENTS RECENTLY MADE TO THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST REVISED EDITION, JANUARY 1978.

Tnn.v™!?! AMENDMENTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, AND WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

TRADE DECLARATIONS FOR SHIPMENTS MADE ON OR AFTER THIS DATE MJST BE COMPLETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMENDED CLASSIFICATION.

AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1982, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CLASSIFY SEPARATELY ON THE TRADE DECLARATIONS, SILVER PLATED CUTLERY AND SILVER-PLATED WARES, COOKING AND KITCHEN WARES OF ALUMINIUM, WHETHER ENAMELLED OR GLAZED OR CONTAINING NON-STICK FINISHES, AND PORTABLE TELEVISION RECEIVERS, WHETHER INCORPORATING RADIO-BROADCAST RECEIVERS OR SOUND RECORDERS OR REPRODUCERS.

APART FROM THE EXAMPLES MENTIONED ABOVE, THERE ARE ALSO SOME AMENDMENTS MADE TO CERTAIN CHEMICAL ITEMS.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE INTRODUCED LARGELY AT THE REQUEST OF VARIOUS MAJOR USERS OF THE EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND BUSINESS FIRMS. THESE ITEMS NEED TO BE SEPARATELY CLASSIFIED NOW IN VIEW OF THE GROWING IMPORTANCE Oc THEIR TRADE VOLUME.

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE URGED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING TRADE DECLARATION FORMS BECOME FULLY NVERSANT WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS THEY AFFECT THE COMMODITIES WITH WHICH THEY DEAL.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT LIST ARE OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES i-

X (A) GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE,

GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG«

* (B) TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT,

DECLARATION RECEIVING COUNTERS AT OCEAN CENTRE, KOWLOON AND FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING, HONG KONG-

X (C) CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TRADE CLASSIFICATION SECTION, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES ON THE AMENDMENTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRADE CLASSIFICATION SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBERS 5-455220 AND 5-455177.

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ONE-WAY TRAFFIC FOR KWAI CHUNG APPROAC co

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ONE-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE TEMPORARILY INTRODUCED ON SEVERAL ROAD SECTIONS NEAR THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT FROM 12.01 AM r SUNDAY (DECEMBER 27) TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 31) K IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

KWAI HEI STREET BETWEEN WING LAP STREET AND KWAI YUE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

KWAI YUE STREET BETWEEN KWAI HEI STREET AND KWAI TAI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

THE SECTION OF KWAI TAI ROAD FROM THE JUNCTION OF KWAI YUE STREET TO ABOUT 100 METRES EAST OF KWAI TSI NG ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN THE UPPER LEVELS, CENTRAL AND WESTERN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM ON DECEMBER 29 TO FACILITATE MAINS WORKS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE SITUATED ON ROBINSON ROAD FROM CASTLE ROAD TO GARDEN ROAD, MACDONNELL ROAD, SEYMOUR ROAu, CASTLE ROAD, MOSQUE ROAD, MOSQUE JUNCTION, CAINE ROAD, CONDUIT ROAD, KOTEWALL ROAD, LYTTELTON ROAD AND BONHAM ROAD IN THE UPPER LEVElS-AND THOSE SITUATED IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN FROM ICE HOUSE STREET TO HILL ROAD INCLUDING CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, FIRST STREET, SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, HIGH STREET, WATER STREET, ABERDEEN STREET, PEEL STREET, WYNDHAM STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

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ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOME CHILDREN CELEBRATE KlSTHAS k m

MORE THAN 300 BOYS AND GIRLS FROM ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOME AT TAI PO ATTENDED A CHRISTMAS BUFFET LUNCH TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE LUNCH AS ONE OF A SERIES OF EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE HOME TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SPORTS COMPETITIONS, A BARBECUE, A FILM SHOW AND A GAMES DAY.

AT TODAY’S PARTY, MEMBERS OF TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD PRESENTED EACH CHILD WITH A GIFT. ENTERTAINMENT WAS PROVIDED BY MEMBERS OF TAI PO ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION WHO STAGED A VARIETY SHOW.

THE HOME, FORMED IN 1935, IS A VOLUNTARY SOCIAL WORK AGENCY PROVIDING A FAMILY SETTING FOR CHILDREN FROM BROKEN FAMILIES.

IT OPERATES UNDER A ’COTTAGE SYSTEM’ AND CHILDREN ARE DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS ACCORDING TO AGE.

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NEW YEAR’S DAY CONCERT AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES PRESENTATION OFFICE OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT A CONCERT BY THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL ORCHESTRA FROM ENGLAND ON JANUARY 1, 1982 AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM AT 7.30 PM, CONDUCTED BY MARK KNIGHT AND RICHARD HICKMAN.

THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL CONSISTS OF A SENIOR DEPARTMENT OF 490 BOYS AND GIRLS AGED 11 TO 18 AND A JUNIOR DEPARTMENT OF 160 AGED 7 TO 11. SOME 60 STUDENTS ARE SELECTED FOR A COURSE OF SPECIALIST MUSICAL EDUCATION BASED ON THEIR OUTSTANDING ABILITIES. LAST YEAR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE DECIDED TO SUPPORT 50 MUSICIANS AT WELLS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME SUPPORTING THOSE IN THE THREE OTHER LEADING SPECIALIST MUSIC SCHOOLS.

THE YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL PLAY THE WORKS OF MOZART, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, VIVALDI AND BRITTEN.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES MOZART’S +DIVERTIMENTO IN D, K. 136*, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS’ +FANTASIA ON GREENSLEEVES*, VIVALDI’S +CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND DOUBLE STRING ORCHESTRA* AND BRITTEN’S ^VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF FRANK BRIDGE*.

THE CONCERT IS SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK, HONG KONG (TRUSTEE) LIMITED AS TRUSTEE OF SUNDRY CHARITABLE TRUSTS, BARCLAYS BANK INTERNATIONAL, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, MARPLES RIDGWAY CONSTRUCTION LTD., BRISTOL AND WEST BUILDING SOCIETY AND CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS.

TICKETS AT $5, $10 AND $15 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN AN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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NEW YEAR DAY A STATUTORY HOLIDAY ................................ 1

CAS ANNUAL CAMP ................................................. 1

PRISONERS HELP BUILD SAI KUNG SITTING-OUT AREA .................. 2

RESOURCE LIBRARY ON CANCER PLANNED .............................. 2

MORE SQUASH COURTS FOR KOWLOON TSAI ............................. 3

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1981

NEW YEAR DAY A STATUTORY HOLIDAY * * * *

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED EMF JYERS THAT NEW YEAR DAY (JANUARY 1) IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $6 000 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY. THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEES’ EARNINGS, OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WOKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE OF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

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

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

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

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS COULD BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE t - FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652- KOWLOON SOUTH 3-319454- KWUN TONG 3-898520-TSUEN WAN 0-422096- TUEN MUN 0-818443- HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD A FOUR-DAY ANNUAL FOR ITS CADET CORPS AT PO LEUNG KUK HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI FROM SUNDAY (DECEMBER 27).

CAMP

KUNG

OVER 600 MEMBERS FROM 21 CAS CADET UNITS WILL TAKE PART 15* ™E CAMP A,MED AT DEVELOPING THEIR LEADERSHIP, RESPONSIBILITY, ORGANISING ABILITY, CO-OPERATION AND TALENTS. A SERIES OF GAMES COMPETITIONS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD.

THE CAS COMMISSIONER, MR R.H. LOBO WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CA^ROPENING CEREM0NY °N THE SECOND DAY (MONDAY) AND WILL ALSO INSPECT THE CAMP.

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PRISONERS HELP BUILD SAI KUNG SITTING-OUT A.<A

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PIK UK PRISONERS HAVE BEEN HELPING TO CONVERT A BARREN SLOPu OVERLOOKING INNER PORT SHELTER INTO A SITTING-OUT AREA FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

IT IS BEING BUILT ON A 1 100 SQUARE METRE SITE AT PO LO CHE CHOSEN BY MEMBERS OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE.

SITE FORMATION WORK, WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE PRISONERS WORKING IN TEAMS OF 10, WAS COMPLETED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

CONSTRUCTION wORK, WHICH WILL COST AN ESTIMATED $20 000, WILL INCLUDE PAVING, TREE AND FLOWER PLANTING, AND INSTALLATION OF BENCHES AND CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT.

TENDERS HAVE BEEN CALLED FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THREE MONTHS.

THE PO LO CHE SITTING-OUT AREA IS FUNDED FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT VOTE WHICH AMOUNTS TO ■385 200 FOR THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

OTHER PROJECTS BEING FUNDED FROM THIS VOTE INCLUDE A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT SHU I BIN TSUEN, RAINSHELTERS AT NAM SHAN, A 5IT-ING-OUT AREA AT TUI MIN HOI AND A BASKETBALL FIELD AT TAI P ' NG TSUEN.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE IS ONE OF FOUR SUB-COMMITTEES SERVING THE DISTRICT BOARD. THE OTHERS ARE SOCIAL SERVICES, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORT.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE IS CHAIRED BY SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MAX TODD, AND CONSISTS OF TWO OFFICIAL AND SEVEN UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, WITH THE TWO CHAIRMEN OF SAI KUNG AND HANG HAL' RURAL COMMITTEES AS EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS.

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RESOURCE LIBRARY ON CANCER PLANNED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY PROFESSIONAL BODIES EMBARK ON A PROJECT TO BUILD UP A LIBRARY OF RESOURCE ON CANCER FOR TEACHERS TO USE IN SCHOOLS.

WILL JOINTLY MATERIALS

A CHINESE VERSION OF A GUIDEBOOK FOR TEACHERS TO TEACH CANCER -- A MANUAL PRODUCED BY THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST CANCER (UICC) WILL ALSO BE PRODUCED.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE RESOLUTIONS MADE BY THE DELEGATE TO HAS JUSTNENDED°NAL W0RKSH0P 0N CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS WHICH

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THE THREE-DAY WORKSHOP WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED <G KONG

ANT I-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE UICC, AND SUPPORTED BY ’i-u .E. CAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP WAS TO CONSIDER THE REASONS, METHODS, AND POSSIBILITIES FOR CANCER EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

OVER 90 PEOPLE FROM WESTERN PACIFIC COUNTRIES TOOK PART.

AN INTERNATIONAL FACULTY CONSISTING OF DR ANNE CHARLTON FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, DR NIGEL GRAY FROM AUSTRALIA AND MR TOM DOELLNER FROM DENMARK LED THE DISCUSSIONS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CANCER EDUCATION.

THE GROUP RECOMMENDED THAT CANCER EDUCATION BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM, SO AS TO REDUCE THE FEAR OF THE DISEASE AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SEEK THE EARLY TREATMENT VITAL FOR RECOVERY.

THE WORKSHOP FELT THAT SCHOOL TEACHERS WERE THE MOST APPROPRIAT PERSONS TO TEACH THE SUBJECT.

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KOWLOON TSAI PARK AND KWAI CHUNG ARE TO HAVE MORE SQUAS(

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SA IDx +STRUCTURAL BUILDING WORK ON THE THREE ADDITIONAL SQUASH COURTS AT KOWLOON TSAI PARK HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FINISHING WORKS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN. THEY WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.+

THE NEW COURTS ARE LOCATED AT THE UPPER CARPARK ADJACENT TO THE SWIMMING POOL AND WILL BRING TO FIVE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SQUASH COURTS AT THE PARK.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON TWO ADDITIONAL SQUASH COURTS BENEATH THE CARPARK DECK OF KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL AT KWAI CHUNG IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY. THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE COURTS IS TO BE CAST SHORTLY AND BE FOLLOWED BY FINISHING TOUCHES.

THE COURTS WILL BE BUILT TO FULL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDARDS AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED ABOUT $500 000 TOWARDS THE COST OF THE PROJECT.

ON COMPLETION, THE NEw SQUASH COURTS WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS, DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND WORLD FAMOUS PIANIST FOU TS’ONG WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON SUNDAY TO BEGIN A SERIES OF CONCERT ENGAGEMENTS.

ON DECEMBER 28, SIR DAVID WILL CONDUCT THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN GIAN-CARLO MENOTTI’S OPERA +AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS* AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, PRESENTED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE.

HE WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTING A NUMBER OF REHEARSALS WITH LOCAL CHOIRS ON DECEMBER 29 AND 30 IN PREPARATION FOR THE VISIT OF THE LONDON BACH CHOIR TO HONG KONG IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

REHEARSALS ON THE BACH’S ST MATTHEW PASSION WITH THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOONS OF DECEMBER 29 AND 30 AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY CHAPEL, BAPTIST COLLEGE WHILE THOSE ON THE BERLIOZ’S REQUIEM ARE SCHEDULED AT YMCA IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND THE CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH, GASCOIGNE ROAD FROM 7 PM TO 10 PM ON DECEMBER 29 AND 30 RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE INTERESTED IN CHORAL SINGING ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THESE REHEARSALS. ADMISSION IS FREE.

FU TS’ONG, THE FIRST CHINESE MUSICIAN TO WIN THE CHOPIN PIANO COMPETITION IN 1958, WILL PERFORM WITH THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY RCHESTRA IN TWO CONCERTS ON JANUARY 10 AND 13 AT 8 PM AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL RESPECTIVELY.

THE CONCERT ON JANUARY 10 IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL WHILE THE CONCERT ON JANUARY 13 IS A JOINT PRESENTATION BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND URBAN COUNCIL.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE HAYDN’S D MAJOR CONCERTO, OP 21 AND MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 27 IN B MAJOR, K-595 TO BE CONDUCTED BY FOU TS’ONG HIMSELF FROM THE PIANO. ALSO INCLUDED IS CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 IN E MINOR, OP. 11 WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MR THOMAS WANG, ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

TICKETS AT $30, $20, $10 AND $5 (STUDENT) ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE AND MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1981

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SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND 1981 ALLOCATION............. 1

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING THREE PAVILIONS .............. 2

COST OF BREACHING LABOUR LAWS ................................. 3

BISHOP VISITS PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE .............................. 3

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE.............................. 4

JAPANESE FOLKLORIC ART DANCE FOR FESTIVAL...................... 4

SHA TIN ROAD RACE.............................................. 5

CHILDREN’S CHOIR IN THE TSUEN ’WAN ARTS FESTIVAL

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SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND 1981 ALLOCATION * * * *

GRANTS TOTALLING $8.4 MILLION FROM THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND HAVE BEEN MADE RECENTLY TO 94 CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG. THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 300 PER CENT OVER LAST YEAR.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY MR GEOFFREY BARNES, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE GOVERNOR ON THE ALLOCATION CF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE.

THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CHARITABLE TRUSTS IN HONG KONG. IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY A BEQUEST CF $500 000 BY THE LATE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG ON HIS DEATH IN 1956. THE FUND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE HONG KONG BANK TRUSTEE LIMITED.

MR BARNES SAID THAT MAJOR GRANTS THIS YEAR INCLUDED $1 MILLION TO THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION TO MEET PART OF THE CAPITAL COSTS OF A LONG STAY CARE HOME IN TUEN MUN FOR 200 MENTALLY DISABLED.

THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS WAS GRANTED $908 500, THE BULK OF WHICH IS TO PURCHASE TWO SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC ANALYSERS FOR THE TUNG WAH AND TUNG WAH EASTERN HOSPITALS TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED DEMAND ON BIOCHEMICAL TESTS.

AN ALLOCATION OF $820 000 WAS MADE TO THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY NAM LONG HOSPITAL TO PURCHASE AN ELECTROLYTIC ANALYSER AND TO INSTALL AN EMERGENCY GENERATOR.

A SUM OF $633 700 HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION AND BRIGADE FOR HONG KONG TO FIT OUT THREE NEW TRAINING CENTRES IN TAI PO, YUEN LONG AND THE HONG KONG ISLAND, AND TO PURCHASE TRAINING EQUIPMENT FOR ITS AMBULANCE, NURSING, DENTAL AND CADET SECTIONS.

THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A ROLLER SKATING RINK WITH A DONATION OF $400 000 FROM THE FUND. IN ADDITION, $301 900 WAS DONATED TO THE EVANGEL CHILDREN’S HOME IN THE DISTRICT TO CARRY OUT MAJOR REPAIRS AND RENOVATION.

THE SPASTIC ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG RECEIVED A GRANT OF $241 900, OF WHICH $150 000 WILL BE USED TO INSTALL A PASSENGER LIFT IN THE TING HSIUNG CHAO SCHOOL FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WITH SERIOUS MOBILITY DIFFICULTIES. THE REMAINDER IS TO PURCHASE A POSSUM BASIC SKILLS SYSTEM AND OTHER EQUIPMENT FOR ITS CENTRES AND SCHOOLS.

A SUM OF $238 690 WAS GRANTED TO THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE TO PURCHASE MEDICAL AND DENTAL EQUIPMENT FOR ITS CLINICS.

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ANOTHER $230 80CXWAS ALLOCATED TO THE HONG KONG RED CROSS TO PROMOTE ITS DONOR RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN AND TO BUY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR ITS SCHOOLS.

THE SALVATION ARMY RECEIVED $206 500 TO ORGANISE SERVICE PROJECTS AND TO PURCHASE TOYS AND EQUIPMENT FOR ITS NURSERIES, CH ILDREN/YOUTH CENTRES, HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

A SUM OF $288 700 WAS GIVEN TO PROVIDE MILK FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN 48 SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND TO ALLOW THEM TO GO ON OUTINGS AND EDUCATIONAL VISITS. IN ADDIT40N, A SUBSIDY OF $175 100 WAS GRANTED TO THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION TO ENABLE 700 LOCAL GIRL GUIDES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EAST-WEST ENCOUNTER CAMP.

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ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING THREE PAVILIONS

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ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD IS SPENDING MORE THAN $140 000 TO CONSTRUCT THREE REST PAVILIONS.

ONE WILL BE BUILT ON CHEUNG CHAU, ON OPEN GROUND AT DON BOSCO ROAD, WHICH IS A POPULAR AREA WITH MORNING WALKERS.

IT WILL COST NEARLY $60 000.

WORK STARTED IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF JANUARY.

TWO PAVILIONS WILL BE BUILT ON LAMMA ISLAND, AT PAK KOK AND SOK KWU WAN.

THE ONE AT PAK KOK WILL BE BUILT WITHIN A BARBEQUE AREA AND THE OTHER WILL BE BUILT BETWEEN SOK KWU WAN AND MO TAT VILLAGE.

WORK ON BOTH PAVILIONS COSTING OVER $80 000 IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY.

THEY WILL SERVE AS RAIN SHELTERS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS FOR VILLAGERS AND VISITORS.

THE PROPOSAL TO BUILD THEM WAS PUT TO ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE BY CHEUNG CHAU AND LAMMA RURAL COMMITTEES AND AGREED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE PROJECTS ARE BEING SUPERVISED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE WORKS SECTION.

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COST OF BREACHING LABOUR LAWS * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LAST (NOVEMBER) MONTH TOOK OUT 664 PROSECUTIONS FOR BREACH OF LABOUR LEGISLATION, AND THE FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS AMOUNTED TO $558 165.

MOST OF THE CASES CONCERNED BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS VARIOUS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS TOTALLED 235, RESULTING IN FINES OF $348 340. THESE INCLUDED 111 CASES (WITH $124 100 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 30 CASES (WITH $165 740 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN INDUSTRY ACCOUNTED FOR 331 CASES WITH S165 575 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 20 CASES RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $9 600 IN FINES.

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BISHOP VISITS PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE

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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HONG KONG, THE RIGHT REV. JOHN BAPTIST WU, VISITED THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S SIU LAM PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRISONS CHAPLAIN, FR. STEPHEN EDMONDS.

BISHOP WU TOURED THE CENTRE AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE TREATMENT AND FACILITIES PROVIDED THERE. HE ALSO TALKED TO SOME OF THE INMATES.

THE BISHOP VISITS ONE OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S PENAL INSTITUTIONS AT CHRISTMAS EVERY YEAR.

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THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE * * *

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON JANUARY 21, 1982.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AT 2.30 PM.

TWO SITES ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES, THE LARGER MEASURING ABOUT 4 539 SQUARE METRES AND THE OTHER ABOUT 4 319 SQUARE METRES.

THE THIRD SITE, ABOUT 3 120 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR GODOWN PURPOSES ONLY.

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.

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JAPANESE FOLKLORIC ART DANCE FOR FESTIVAL * * * *

THE COLOURFUL JAPANESE FOLKLORIC ART DANCE WILL HIGHLIGHT THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13, 1982.

IT WILL BE STAGED BY THE JAPAN FOLKLORIC ART DANCE TROUPE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON FEBRUARY 4 AND 5 AT 7.30 PM.

JAPANESE TRADITIONAL FOLKLORIC DANCES ARE NOW BEING ADAPTED INTO A FINE STAGE ART, AND ARE GIVEN A NEW, MODERN FLAVOUR, WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR ORIGINAL STYLE.

TICKETS FOR THE PERFORMANCES AT $5, $10 AND $15, AS WELL AS STUDENT TICKETS AT $3 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

BOOKING FOLDERS CONTAINING PROGRAMME DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, GOETHE INSTITUTE, NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ALL CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION DISTRICT OFFICES AND ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT'S RECREATION AND Sf ' SERVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING A ROUND SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE ROAD RACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) MORNING.

ABOUT 400 MEN AND WOMEN ATHLETES, AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 70, ARE EXPECTED TO COMPETE IN THE FIVE-KILOMETRE RACE TO START AT 10 AM AT THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB TEMPORARY SPORTS GROUND.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE (RECREATION AND SPORT), MR B.L. COAK AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SOUTH REGION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR J.K. WILSON WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND COMPETE IN THE RACE AS WELL.

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THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL GIVE TWO CONCERTS DURING THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL FROM JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 13. 1982. *

THESE CONCERTS, THE ONLY GIVEN BY CHILDREN’S CHOIR IN THE FESTIVAL, WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON FEBRUARY 3 AT 7.30 PM AND FEBRUARY 6 AT 2.30 PM.

THE CONCERTS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE CHOIR’S MUSIC DIRECTOR, DR YIP WAI-HONG.

THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR HAS BEEN RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S CHOIRS IN THE WORLD. ITS MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED FROM 20 TO OVER 2 000 IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.

AMONG ITS NUMEROUS PERFORMANCES, THE CHOIR MAKES AT LEAST ONE OVERSEAS CONCERT TOUR EVERY YEAR AND IS WELL-RECEIVED BY THE AUDIENCES.

TICKETS AT $5, $10 AND $15, AS WELL AS STUDENT TICKETS AT $3 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

FESTIVAL DIARIES CONTAINING PROGRAMME DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, GOETHE INSTITUTE, NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

ROYAL OBSERVATORY AMONG TEE BEST .............................. 1

CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AT YAU 01 ESTATE............................ 3

TWO NEW COOKED FOOD CENTRES FOR SHA TIN WORKERS ............... 4

WINTER CAMP FOR FORM 3 STUDENTS ............................... 5

VOLUNTEER SCOUT LEADERS COMMENDED ............................. 6

BUDDHA STATUE TO BE BUILT AT PO LIN MONASTERY ................. 6

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONG KOK.......................... 7

TRAFFIC CHANGES ............................................... 7

TAI HING RESIDENTS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ........................ 8

LEADING EUROPEAN ORCHESTRA AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALT.............. 9

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ROYAL OBSERVATORY AMONG THE BEST * * *

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS NOW SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED l-ETEOROLOG I CAL EQUIPMENT AND ITS SERVICE COMPARES WITH THE BE; IN THE ASIAN REGION.

BUT ALONG WITH ITS INCREASED SOPHISTICATION, THE OBSERVATORY'S RESPONSIBILITIES HAVE ALSO BROADENED TO ENCOMPASS WORK THAT WEATHERMEN ONLY A FEW YEARS BACK COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE IMAGINED, ITS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR OPERATIONS AND METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES, MR PETER LI SAID.

♦FOR INSTANCE, THE OBSERVATORY. IN ADDITION TO ITS *TRADITIO\ L’ WORK OF WEATHER FORECASTING, HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN AN AIRPORT SITE PLANNING STUDY AT CHEK LAP KOK,> ADDED MR LI, WHO HAS MORE THAN 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN METEOROLOGICAL OPERATIONS.

TO HELP GATHER THE NECESSARY DATA, THE OBSERVATORY HAS PURCHASED TWO DOPPLER ACOUSTIC RADAR SYSTEMS, COSTING A TOTAL OF $3 MILLION. ONE OF THEM HAS ALREADY BEEN INSTALLED AT THE SITE.

MR H.K. LAM, SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER OF THE OPERATIONS DIVISION, EXPLAINED THE FUNCTIONS OF THESE RADARS I +EACH RADAR HAS THREE ANTENNAE - ONE VERTICAL, THE SECOND INCLINED TOWARDS THE NORTH AND THIRD INCLINED TOWARDS THE EAST. HIGH ENERGY SOUND PULSES ARE TRANSMITTED REGULARLY BY THESE ANTENNAE. THE RADAR DETECTS THE AMPLITUDE AND FREQUENCY SHIFT OF THE ECHOES DUE TO TEMPERATURE DISCONTINUITIES IN THE LOWER LEVELS OF Ti. ATMOSPHERE.

♦A MICROPROCESSOR IN THE RADAR COMPUTES THE THREE DIMENSIONAL WInD DIRECTION AND SPEED AND GIVES AN INDICATION OF THE HEIGHTS CF THE TEMPERATURE DISCONTINUITIES ON A CHART RECORDER.+

♦THE SYSTEM IS NOW PROVIDING VALUABLE DATA ON WIND SHEAR (CHANGES IN WIND VELOCITY AT DIFFERENT LEVELS) AND TURBULENCE WHICH ARE IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PILOTS DURING AIRCRAFT UNDING OR TAKE-OFF,♦ MR LAM ADDED.

THESE RADAR ARE BASED ON A NEW GENERATION OF TECHNOLOGY WHICH HAS BEEN DEVELOPED ONLY IN THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS AND HAVE MANY OTHER POTENTIAL USES.

ANOTHER NEWLY-ACQUIRED METEOROLOGICAL DATA GATHERING SYSTEM WHICH TYPIFIES THE OBSERVATORY’S CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO UPGRADE ITS SERVICES IS THE CORA UPPER AIR SOUNDING SYSTEM. INTRODUCED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THIS SYSTEM HAS MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE OLD MANUAL SYSTEM IN USE SINCE 1951.

A RADIOSONDE SUSPENDED FROM A LARGE HYDROGEN-FILLED BALLOON IS RELEASED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. THE RADIOSONDE CONSTANTLY TRANSMITS ELECTRONIC SIGNALS BEARING INFORMATION ON THE HUMIDITY, TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE AS IT ASCENDS TO 30 000 METRES. UPPER AIR WIND SPEEDS AND DIRECTIONS ARE DETERMINED FROM THE POSITIONS CF THE RADIOSONDE WHICH IS LOCATED USING OMEGA NAVIGATIONAL SIGNALS.

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THE CORA SYSTEM COMPUTES, DECODES AND ANALYSE . J .aIA AUTOMATICALLY AND THE RESULT IS FED INTO THE MAIN COMPUTER AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S HEADQUARTERS FOR IMMEDIATE D ISSEMI....7 iON.

THIS INSTANTANEOUS MONITORING OF UPPER AIR ATMOSPHERIC CON? HONS CONTRASTS SHARPLY WITH THE TWO HOURS REQUIRED FOR MANUAL COMPUTATION AND ANALYSIS C SIMILAR DATA WHICH WERE ALSO GATHERED WITH A RADIOSONDE UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM.

FURTHERMORE, IT USED TO TAKE FOUR TECHNICIANS TO RELEASE AND MONITOR ONE RADIOSONDE-BALLOON RELEASED ONCE EVERY SIX HOURS, NOW IT REQUIRES ONLY TWO, ACCORDING TO MR Y.H. WOO, CHIEF EXPERIMENTAL OFFICER (UPPER AIR) AT THE METEOROLOGICAL STATION IN KING’S PARK.

BETWEEN 1921 AND 1950, A BALLOON WITH NO ATTACHMENTS WAS RELEASED TWICE DAILY BY THE OBSERVATORY AND TRACKED BY A THEODOLITE MOUNTED ON A TRIPOD. THIS METHOD, HOWEVER, GIVES ONLY WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED UP TO THE CLOUD BASE WHEREAS THE RADIOSONDE SOUNDINGS, STARTED AT THE OBSERVATORY’S STATION IN KING’S PARK IN 1951, HAVE A VERTICAL RANGE OF UP TO 30 000 METRES, MR WOO SAID.

DATA THUS COLLECTED COMBINED WITH THOSE PROVIDED DAILY BY THE OBSERVATORY’S COUNTERPARTS IN BEIJING, TOKYO AND BANGKOK AND OTHER INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM MANY OTHER SOURCES OVER A WIDE AREA - INCLUDING SHIPS, AIRCRAFT, LAND STATIONS AND P 'R.S TRANSMITTED BY WEATHER SATELLITES - ENABLED THE OBSERVAT* MAKE WEATHER FORECASTS UP TO THREE DAYS AND TO TRACK TROPICAL CYCLONES IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

THE OBSERVATORY HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE IT WAS FOUNDED

IN 1883 PRIMARILY TO ASSIST THE NAVIGATION OF SHIPPING IN THE REGION BY PROVIDING MAGNETIC MEASUREMENTS, METEOROLOGICAL DATA AND AN ACCURATE TIME SERVICE BASED ON ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS. PREDICTING WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THOSE DAYS WAS VERY MUCH A *HIT-OR-MISS* AFFAIR. YET, ITS EARLIEST TYPHOON-WARNING SYSTEM - A CANNON FIRED AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI POLICE STATION - PROVED TO BE QUITE EFFECTIVE IN ITS DAY, IN VIEW OF THE SCARCITY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICES AT THE TIME.

THE CANNON, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN MUZZLED SINCE 1939. SINCE THEN THE OBSERVATORY HAD NOT STOPPED STRIVING FOR CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT.

♦IN FACT, WE HAVE MADE MAJOR ADVANCES IN NEARLY ALL ASPECTS

CF OUR OPERATIONS AS A RESULT OF OUR ACQUISITION OF BETTER EQUIPMENT. THE UPGRADING OF SERVICE AND BETTER MANPOWER MANAGEMENT THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE TREND FOR THE OBSERVATORY,♦ MR LI SAID.

SPEAKING OF ITS LESS +TRADITIONAL+ RESPONSIBILITIES, MR LI SAID THESE NOW ALSO INCLUDED STUDIES ON STORM SURGE EFFECTS BY COMPUTER SIMULATION OF STORM-DRIVEN CURRENTS FROM THE OPEN SEA TO THE COASTAL WATERS AND THE MONITORING OF RADIOACTIVITY OF THE ATMOSPHERE.

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THE FORMER PROVIDES IMPORTANT GUIDANCE TO ENGINEERS IN THE DESIGN OF OPTIMAL RECLAMATION LEVELS WHILE THE LATTER GIVES AN ACCURATE READING ON HARMFUL RADIOACTIVE FALLOUTS FROM ATOMIC TESTS - A NEW PERIL OF +SCIENTIF IC PROGRESS*, MR LI NOTED.

WITH REGARD TO ITS MORE *TRADITIONAL* RESPONSIBILITIES, THE OBSERVATORY KEEPS PRECIPITATION RECORDS THROUGH ITS 95 RAINFALL ST TIONS AND THE HONG KONG TIME BASED ON A CAESIUM BEAM ATOMIC Q .K.

THROUGH ITS CENTRAL FORECASTING OFFICE, THE OBSERVATORY MAINTAINS A CONTINUOUS WATCH ON THE WEATHER IN THE REGION AND BROADCAST WARNINGS OF TROPICAL CYCLONES, THUNDERSTORMS, ICING, SEVERE TURBULENCE OR ANY OTHER HAZARDS FOR AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS IN THE VICINITY.

IRONICALLY, AS ONE OF THE OLDEST GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS -IT STARTED LIFE KNOWN SIMPLY AS THE HONG KONG OBSERVATORY IN 1883 WHEN HONG KONG WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A SLEEPY FISHING VILLAGE AND TRADING OUTPOST TO CHINA - IT REMAINS ALSO AS ONE OF THE SMALLEST.

ITS ENTIRE STAFF TOTALLED A MERE 238 AT THE END OF 1981.

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CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AT YAU 01 ESTATE * * * * *

A CARNIVAL TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WAS HELD AT YAU 01 ESTATE, THEN MUN, TODAY (SUNDAY).

IT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION TUEN MUN OFFICE, THE ESTATE OFFICE OF YAU 01 ESTATE, AND THE ESTATE’S FIVE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE CARNIVAL OPENING WAS HELD AT 1.30 PM. OFF .C ING WERE TUEN MUN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SARAH WU- I. - PRESIDENT OF YUEN LONG JAYCEES, MR TSO SIU-WAI- THE HOUSING MANAGER OF YAU 01 ESTATE, MR CHENG CHU- THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER TUEN MUN, MISS CHAN LAI-TING- AND A REPRESENTATIVE CF THE YWCA TUE.. MUN OFFICE, MRS LEE HUEN SAU-PING.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED A VARIETY SHOW, A PERFORMANCE BY TAI HING CHILDREN’S CHOIR, DANCING BY TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND YWCA DANCE GROUPS, A KUNG-FU DEMONSTRATION BY THE LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE AND MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS. THERE WERE ALSO 27 GAMES STALLS AND A PUPPET PERFORMANCE BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

SANTA CLAUS DISTRIBUTED PRESENTS TO CHILDREN.

THE CARNIVAL, HELD AT THE OPEN SPACE NEXT TO THE ISLAMIC TIMARY SCHOOL. WAS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 7 000 PEOPLE.

IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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TWO NEW COOKED FOOD CENTRES FOR SHA TIN WORKERS *****

TWO COOKED FOOD STALLS WILL BE OPENED IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR, PROVIDING WORKERS AT FO TAN INDUSTRIAL AREA IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN WITH EASIER ACCESS TO PROPER EATING-OUT PLACES NEAR THEIR FACTORIES.

WITH COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION WORK, THE FO TAN EAST COOKEtf FOOD CENTRE AND THE FO TAN WEST COOKED FOOD CENTRE WILL BE OPENED IN FEBRUARY, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

BUILT AT A COST OF $2 200 OOO AND SITUATED AT THE HEART OF THE INDUSTRIAL AREA, THE COOKED FOOD CENTRES OCCUPY SITES OF 700 AND 800 SQUARE METRES AND PROVIDE 24 AND 15 STALLS. EACH STALL IS EQUIPPED WITH ITS OWN WORKING AREA WITH THE PROVISION OF WATER TAP, SINK AND BASIN.

A LARGE AREA OF OPEN SPACE BETWEEN THE TWO CENTRES HAS BEEN RESERVED FOR AMENITY PURPOSE.

APART FROM GOOD VENTILATION INSIDE THE CENTRES, THERE ARE COMMUNAL MECHANICAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS WITH GREASE FILTERS TO INDIVIDUAL HOODS FOR DRAWING COOKING FUMES.

FOR EASIER CLEANING, ALL PARTITION WALLS AND FLOOR SURFACES ARE PAVED WITH GLAZED AND MOSAIC TILES.

MEANWHILE, THE FO TAN TEMPORARY COOKED FOOD CENTRE AT WO LIU HANG IS SCHEDULED TO BE CLOSED IN MARCH THIS YEAR TO MAKE WAY FOR REDEVELOPMENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE 18 OPERATORS AT THE CENTRE WILL BE INVITED TO BID FOR NEW STALLS AT THE FO TAN EAST COOKED FOOD CENTRE IN A RESTRICTED AUCTION TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 11.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE ABLE TO START OPERATING BUSINESS ON FEBRUARY 1, 1982 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

THE REMAINING STALLS AT THE TWO CENTRES WILL BE LEASED OUT AT A SEPARATE PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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WINTER CAMP FOR FORM 3 STUDENTS K # K # K

A +WINTER CAMP+ DESIGNED TO HELP FORM III STUDENTS MAKE A CORRECT CHOICE OF CONTINUING THEIR STUDIES OR ENTERING THE WORLD OF WORK WILL BE HELD IN THE WU KAI SHA YOUTH CAMP, SHA TIN, ON JANUARY 29 AND 30, NEXT YEAR.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWONG FUK OFFICE OF THE ICAC, THE WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE UNITED YOUTH VOLUNTEERS’ GROUP AND THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE TWO-DAY CAMP IS OPEN TO FORM III STUDENTS STUDYING OR LIVING IN SHA TIN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE EXPLAINED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE PURPOSES OF THE CAMP ARE MULTIPLE.

♦IT WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION ON CAREERS SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE A CORRECT CHOICE OF CONTINUING THEIR STUDIES OR FINDING EMPLOYMENT.

♦ANOTHER AIM IS TO ENABLE THEM TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR INTERESTS AND APTITUDES AS WELL AS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF STAYING AWAY FROM CORRUPTION AND TO INSTILL AMONG THEM A SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND A CORRECT ATTITUDE TOWARDS WORK.+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD BE BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING. APART FROM LECTURES TO BE GIVEN BY OFFICIALS FROM THE THREE DEPARTMENTS, SEMINARS AND SHOWING OF SLIDES, THERE WOULD BE GAMES AND VARIETY SHOWS.

EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE GIVEN AN INFORMATION BOOKLET ON CAREERS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT IS JANUARY 14, AND THE ENROLMENT FEE IS $10 WHICH WILL COVER BOARD AND LODGING AS WELL AS TRAVELLING EXPENSES.

OWING TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS THAT CAN BE ACCOMMODATED, ENROLMENT SHOULD BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT STUDENTS STUDYING IN SHA TIN CAN OBTAIN ENROLMENT FORMS FROM THEIR OWN SCHOOLS WHILE THOSE LIVING IN SHA TIN CAN APPROACH THE WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL (TEL NO. 0-6041861) OR THE ICAC KWONG FUK OFFICE (0-672277).

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VOLUNTEER SCOUT LEADERS COMMENDED * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO TODAY COMMENDED THE EFFORTS OF VOLUNTEER SCOUT LEADERS WHO HAVE PROMOTED SCOUTING FOR HANDICAPPED YOUTHS IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF AN INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON SCOUTING FOR DISABLED PERSONS AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE, MR HO SAID SCOUTING PROVIDES EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUTHS TO SET THEIR GOALS, TO STRIVE AFTER THEM, AND TO ACHIEVE THEM, IN COMMON WITH THEIR COMRADES WHO ARE ABLE-BODIED.

♦MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT PROVIDES AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH DISABLED YOUTHS ARE HELPED TO ACHIEVE NOT ONLY FULL PARTICIPATION IN BUT ALSO FULL INTEGRATION WITH THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

THIS, HE ADDED, IS BOTH THE THEME OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND HONG KONG’S OWN THEME FOR THIS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS.

HE NOTED THAT THE FIRST TEAM OF VOLUNTARY LEADERS OF HANDICAPPED SCOUTS WAS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE IN HONG KONG SOME 25 YEARS AGO.

THE FIRST SCOUT GROUP FOR THE DISABLED WAS ESTABLISHED AT THE HAY LING CHAU LEPROSARIUM WHICH BECAME DEFUNCT WHEN THAT INSTITUTION WAS NO LONGER REQUIRED. THE SECOND GROUP, FORMED IN 1956 AT THE HONG KONG SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, HAS REMAINED ACTIVE RIGHT UP TO THE PRESENT.

THE SIGNIFICANT PROGESS MADE SINCE THEN WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE PERSEVERANCE, HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE OF THE VOLUNTEER LEADERS OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MR HO SAID.

HE WELCOMED THE DELEGATES TO THE SEMINAR, WHICH HE SAID.+HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO SHARE EXPERIENCE WITH OUR FRIENDS FROM NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, TO FOSTER CLOSER CO-OPERATION AND, NOT LEAST, FOR US TO CONSIDER THE DIRECTION AND EMPHASIS OF OUR FUTURE EFFORTS*.

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR IAN MACPHERSON, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE EARTH-BREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUDDHA STATUE AT PO LIN MONASTERY, NGONG PING, LANTAU, ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 29) AT 10 AM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF YOUR STAFF TO COVER THE CEREMONY. THE MARINE LAUNCH, +CLEMENTI*, WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER, NEXT TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS PIER, AT 7.15 AM. TRANSPORT TO THE MONASTERY WILL BE PROVIDED.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONG KOK ft ft ft

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN MONG KOK FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 29) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE 1

ft THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND CANTON ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS BUS-ONLY LANE FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM DAILY.

ft THE EXISTING BUS-ONLY LANE ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN SHANGHAI STREET AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE RESCINDED.

ft THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

ft THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

ft THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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vai i 0F CH,NG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN BUTTERFLY

CLOSED TO TRAFFIC^NN%RNs'oNHTUESDAYD(DECEMBERT29)°ANDILY

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EASTBOUND OR KWUN TONG-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON DECEMBER 29.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWAI CHUNG ROAD, LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD BUTTERFLY VALLEY INTERCHANGE AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD. ’ LY

z..««r-ZHE WESTBOUND OR KWAI CHUNG-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON DECEMBER 30.

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DURING THAT PERIOD, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG LAI STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

MEANWHILE, MORE TAXI PARKING SPACES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE ADMIRALTY MTR STATION FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY.

THE CAPACITY OF THE TAXI RANK IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 50 PER CENT WITH AN ADDITIONAL ISLAND PLATFORM. THIS FOLLOWS THE DECISION TO RESITE THE ORIGINAL PLB MAXICAB TERMINUS FOR ROUTE 24 AND 25 TO A PRIVATE CAR LAYBY ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY IN DRAKE STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TAMAR STREET.

ALSO FROM TUESDAY, A 100-METRE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY IN DRAKE STREET EXTENDING WESTWARD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH RODNEY STREET NEAR THE ADMIRALTY MTR STATION WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR CLEARWAY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS WITHIN THIS CLEARWAY.

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TAI HING RESIDENTS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ft ft ft

ABOUT 200 RESIDENTS OF TAI HING ESTATE GATHERED AT THE COMMUNITY HALL THIS AFTERNOON (SUNDAY) TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.

THE PARTY WAS ORGANISED BY THE YIN NGA I SOCIETY, A NEWLY-INAUGURATED ORGANISATION FOR WOMEN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TUEN MUN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SARAH WU, AND THE SOCIETY’S CHAIRWOMAN, MRS CHAK LO MAN-CHEE, WERE PRESENT.

THE SOCIETY, SET UP WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF DEVELOPING WOMEN’S POTENTIAL AND IMPROVING FAMILY LIFE, NOW HAS 100 MEMBERS IN THE ESTATE.

DURING THE PAST YEAR, THE 12-MEMBER COMMITTEE HAS ORGANISED OUTINGS AND TALKS ON HOME SAFETY AND TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN.

ANY WOMAN, AGED OVER 18 AND WHO LIVES OR WORKS IN THE ESTATE, IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE SOCIETY. THE FEE IS $2.

SIMILAR SOCIETIES HAVE BEEN SET UP IN LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, TSUEN WAN, AND WO CHE AND LEK YUEN ESTATES, SHA TIN.

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LEADING EUROPEAN ORCHESTRA AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL X X M M

THE ZURICH TONHALLE ORCHESTRA, ONE OF EUROPE’S OLDEST AND MOST DISTINGUISHED ORCHESTRAS, WILL PAY ITS FIRST VISIT TO HONG KONG DURING THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13, 1982.

THE ORCHESTRA’S RICH HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1868, WHEN JOHANNES BRAHMS CONDUCTED THE COMPANY’S OPENING PERFORMANCE AT THE NEW ZURICH TONHALLE.

IT FREQUENTLY MAKES CONCERT TOURS AROUND THE WORLD AND IS KELL-RECEIVED BY AUDIENCES.

THE ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE ONE PERFORMANCE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON FEBRUARY 6, 1982 AT 8 PM.

THE CONCERT, WHICH IS A CONTRIBUTION PROGRAMME FROM THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY, WILL BE CONDUCTED BY FERDINAND LEITNER.

VIOLIN SOLOIST WILL BE MIRIAM FRIED, THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN FIRST PRIZE IN THE COVETED QUEEN ELIZABETH OF BELGIUM COMPETITION.

PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE WORKS BY BEETHOVEN, HUBER AND HAYDN.

TICKETS AT 110, $20 AND $30 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND CITY HALL BOX OFFICES, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP, AS WELL AS THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

THE TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL DIARIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, GOETHE INSTITUT, NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NARCOTICS REPORT FOR 1980 PUBLISHED............................... 1

OUTPATIENT FACILITIES EXPANDED ............................... 3

MAYOR OF GUANGZHOU CALLS ON GOVERNOR.............................. 4

CAMPAIGN TO TEACH RESIDENTS HYGIENE .............................. 4

MORE SITES EDR WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY .............................. 5

WATER FIGURES ................................................ 5

BISHOP KWONG VISITS PENAL INSTITUTIONS ........................... 6

COMMUNITY CENTRE ................................................. 6

LUNAR NEW YEAR FUN FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS ........................   7

RECREATIONAL GROUND .............................................. 8

TELE-MATCH DESIGN CONTEST TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE ................. 8

BLANKETS FOR TSUEN WAN OLD PEOPLE................................ 10

+AIR DQME+ FOR FANLING SWIMMING POOL............................. 10

FIRING PRACTICE WARNING ......................................... 11

SALT WATER SUPPLY .............................................   11

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1981

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NARCOTICS REPORT FOR 1980 PUBLISHED

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THE OUTSTANDING ADVANCES MADE IN ALL ANTI-NARCOTICS PROGRAMMES OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS ARE REVIEWED IN THE HONG KONG NARCOTICS REPORT 1980 PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

THE REPORT CONTAINS AN EXTRA CHAPTER ON +A DECADE OF ACHIEVEMENT 1971 - 1980+, OUTLINING THE REMARKABLE DEVELOPMENTS WHICH TOOK PLACE THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS THAT HAVE ATTRACTED WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION AND RECOGNITION.

SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS SAID IN HIS FOREWORD TO THE REPORTi +AS A RESULT OF THE FOUNDATIONS LAID IN 1971/72, WHICH LED TO A CO-ORDINATED ATTACK ON THE PROBLEM, AND THE ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT OF ALL MAJOR PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ADDICTS, WE HAVE AN UNRIVALLED DATA BASE, ON WHICH REALISTIC ANTI-NARCOTICS POLICIES CAN BE FORMULATED.+

HE SAID 1980 ITSELF WAS A YEAR IN WHICH PREVIOUS ADVANCES IN ALL FIELDS WERE CONSOLIDATED, AND IN WHICH +WE CONTINUED TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS, IN HIGH STREET DRUG PRICES, OF THE DROUGHT WHICH HAS AFFECTED THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.♦

THE REPORT ALSO REVEALED THAT THE NUMBERS IN THE OUT-PATIENT METHADONE CLINICS WERE MAINTAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL, AND THE VOLUNTARY IN-PATIENT PROGRAMME WAS WELL PATRONISED, WHILE THE NUMBERS OF CONFIRMED ADDICTS IN PRISONS PROPER, AS WELL AS IN THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES CONTINUED TO FALL.

ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE YEAR WAS THE SHARP DROP IN THE PERCENTAGE OF CONFIRMED ADDICTS IN THE PRISONS FROM 70 PER CENT OF TOTAL INMATES IN 1974 TO JUST UNDER 28 PER CENT IN 1980.

SIMILARLY, THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 21 IN THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES AND IN SHEK KWU CHAU CONTINUED TO DECLINE FOR THE 10TH SUCCESSIVE YEAR.

THE REPORT CONCLUDED THAT THESE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY A COMBINATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ALLOCATION OF A HIGH PRIORITY AND ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH ONE OF ITS MOST SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEMS- INTEGRATED AND CO-ORDINATED PROGRAMMES COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM- HIGH-LEVEL INVOLVEMENT IN THE FORMULATION OF POLICIES- AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE DEDICATION, COMMITMENT AND DETERMINATION OF LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE BOTH IN AND OUT OF UNIFORM, IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AND AMONGST COMMUNITY LEADERS, THAT OUR OBJECTIVE OF A DRUG-FREE SOCIETY SHALL BE REALISED.

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HOWEVER, THE REPORT EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE INFORMATION ARRIVING AT THE END OF THE YEAR OF PROSPECTS FOR A BUMPER HARVEST IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, AND THE INDICATION FROM POLICE DATA THAT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WERE BEING USED AS DRUG COURIERS BY TRAFFICKERS.

♦SUCH INFORMATION UNDERLINES THE NEED FOR A CONTINUING RENEWAL OF OUR ANTI-NARCOTICS ACTIVITIES IN ALL AREAS,+ SAID SIR ALBERT IN THE FOREWORD.

+IT ALSO REMINDS US THAT BOTH WE IN HONG KONG, AND IN THE WIDER INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, ARE STILL MAKING PAINFULLY SLOW AND INADEQUATE PROGRESS IN MEASURES TO DEPRIVE DRUG TRAFFICKERS OF THEIR ENORMOUS PROFITS, DERIVED FROM SO MUCH HUMAN MISERY AND EXPLOITATION,* HE ADDED.

THE 165-PAGE REPORT GIVES A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE CHANGING CHARACTERISTICS OF HONG KONG’S NARCOTICS SCENE AS WELL AS ALL IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE VARIOUS MAJOR ACTION PROGRAMMES BEING CARRIED OUT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ACAN SAID THE REPORT IS AN INFORMATIVE AND HIGHLY READABLE DOCUMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE SERIOUS AND LONG-STANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF NARCOTICS TRAFFICKINGS AND ADDICTION IN HONG KONG.

IT IS PARTICULARLY RECOMMENDED TO TEACHERS, STUDENTS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND PEOPLE OF OTHER PROFESSIONS WHOSE WORK MAY BE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE NARCOTICS ISSUE.

OTHERS NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED BUT WHO ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN HONG KONG’S EFFECTIVE EFFORTS TO DEAL WITH A LONG-STANDING PROBLEM WILL ALSO FIND THE REPORT OF GREAT INTEREST, HE ADDED.

THE REPORT’S ENGLISH AND CHINESE EDITIONS ARE PUBLISHED SEPARATELY. THE CHINESE EDITION IS BEING PREPARED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.

THE ENGLISH EDITION OF THE REPORT WILL BE ON SALE AT S15 A COPY BEGINNING TODAY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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OUTPATIENT FACILITIES EXPANDED ft ft ft ft

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TAKING POSITIVE MEASURES TO EXPAND OUTPATIENT FACILITIES TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND BY RESIDENTS IN EAST KOWLOON.

FROM JANUARY 1, THE KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE WILL HAVE EXTRA DOCTOR SESSIONS FOR THE DAY, EVENING, AND SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS CLINICS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE POSTING OF ONE EXTRA DOCTOR AT THE CENTRE WILL GREATLY IMPROVE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT SERVICES THERE.

THE ADDITION BRINGS THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS FOR THE EVENING AND SUNDAY CLINICS TO FOUR AND THE DAY CLINIC TO FIVE, WHICH IS MORE THAN IN MOST OTHER CLINICS.

KWUN TONG HEALTH CENTRE IS A GOVERNMENT CLINIC WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DOCTORS ATTENDING THE OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT AT ANY ONE TIME, HE SAID.

THE HEALTH CENTRE IS USUALLY WELL-ATTENDED AND THE INCREASE OF DOCTOR SESSIONS IS AN EFFECTIVE MEASURE TO MEET THE DEMAND IN THIS DENSELY-POPULATED AREA, HE SAID.

A NEW CLINIC AT NGAU TAU KOK WILL BE IN OPERATION EARLY NEXT YEAR TO EASE THE PRESSURE ON THE MEDICAL FACILITIES IN THE REGION.

MEANWHILE, THE TUEN MUN EVENING CLINIC IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE NOVEMBER DEALING WITH AN AVERAGE

OF 70 VISITS A DAY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE CLINIC, WITH A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF 160 CONSULTATIONS PER SESSION, HAS NOT BEEN FULLY UTILISED BY THE RESIDENTS.

HE URGED TUEN MUN RESIDENTS TO MAKE USE OF THE EVENING SERVICES INSTEAD OF OVERLOADING THE DAY CLINIC.

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MAYOR OF GUANGZHOU CALLS ON GOVERNOR * * * *

THE MAYOR OF GUANGZHOU, MR LIANG LINGGUANG PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE GOVERNOR THIS AFTERNOON.

MR LIANG, WHO IS SPENDING A FEW DAYS IN HONG KONG ON RETURN FROM A VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES, WAS ACCOMPANIED, AMONG OTHERS, BY HIS WIFE TWO VICE-MAYORS OF GUANGZHOU AND A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF XINHUA NEWS AGENCY IN HONG KONG.

THEY DISCUSSED ECONOMIC COOPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG. PARTICULARLY GUANGZHOU, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TWO CITIES.

THE GOVERNOR GAVE AN ACCOUNT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG INCLUDING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELDS OF HOUSING, NEW TOWNS AND COMMUNICATIONS. THE MAYOR BRIEFED THE GOVERNOR ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN GUANGZHOU.

MR LIANG AND HIS PARTY WILL ALSO BE VISITING KAI TAK AIRPORT, THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN.

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CAMPAIGN TO TEACH RESIDENTS HYGIENE

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A MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE LAM TIN RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE WILL BE LAUNCHED ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 30).

THE CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, LAM TIN ESTATE OFFICE OF HOUSING DEPARTMENT, LAM TIN (EAST) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, LAM TIN AREA COMMITTEE AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF LAM TIN ESTATE. IT IS AIMED AT IMPROVING CLEANLINESS AT HOME AND IN PUBLIC PLACES.

THE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE AREA IN WHICH THEY LIVE WILL BE AROUSED THROUGH A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES AND COMPETITIONS.

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT LAM TIN SERVICE RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND ON WEDNESDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS i

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER AN OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EVENT TO BE HELD AT LAM TIN SERVICE RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND, TAK TIN STREET, LAM TIN, AT 7.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 30).

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MORE SITES FOR WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY

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THE WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY IS TO GET MORE URN SITES UNDER AN $8—MILLION EXTENSION PLAN TO COPE WITH DEMAND.

WORK ON A 20 000 SQUARE-METRE SITE AT THE WEST OF THE PUBLIC CEMETERY IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE HIGHWAYS DIVISION (NEW TERRITORIES) OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND WILL TAKE 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE AND WILL PROVIDE 17 700 SITES FOR URN BURIAL, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT FORMED PART OF THE EXTENSION OF THE CEMETERY, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

ALL HUMAN REMAINS INTERRED IN A PUBLIC CEMETERY FOR MORE THAN SIX YEARS SHOULD BE EXHUMED AFTER EXPIRY OF AN EXHUMATION ORDER WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE CHING MING FESTIVAL EVERY YEAR.

THE EXHUMED REMAINS CAN BE CREMATED OR REBURIED IN AN URN GRAVE IN WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY PERMANENTLY.

ALTHOUGH COFFIN BURIAL IS NOT PERMANENT, ANOTHER S7-MILLI0N EXTENSION AT THE CEMETERY AIMED AT PROVIDING 6 700 COFFIN BURIAL PLACES IS ALSO UNDERWAY AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE NEW SITES WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT SUMMER.

MEANWHILE, AN EXPLANATORY LEAFLET IN CHINESE ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRAVE SPACE AT THE WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY - THE ONLY PUBLIC CEMETERY THAT ACCOMMODATES COFFIN BURIAL - HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.

IT EXPLAINS THE PROCEDURE FOR DEATH REGISTRATION, COFFIN AND URN BURIAL AT THE CEMETERY, CREMATION AT KWAI CHUNG CREMATORIUM AND DEPOSIT OF ASHES IN A NICHE IN KWAI CHUNG COLUMBARIUM THAT THE FAMILY OF A DECEASED PERSON TO FOLLOW.

COPIES OF THE LEAFLET ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT VARIOUS CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN URBAN AREA, DISTRICT OFFICES AND URBAN SERVICES OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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WATER FIGURES

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WATER STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 45.2 PER CENT OR 261.296 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THE STORAGE IS EQUIVALENT TO 213 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 311.210 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 53.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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BISHOP KWONG VISITS PENAL INSTITUTIONS *****

THE BISHOP OF HONG KONG, THE RT REV PETER KWONG KONG-KIT, TODAY (MONDAY) VISITED LAI CHI KOK RECEPTION CENTRE AND LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE, IN THE COURSE OF A SERIES OF VISITS TO GET TO KNOW THE WORK OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS ADMINISTERED BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRISONS CHAPLAINS, FATHER STEPHEN EDMONDS AND REV CHUNG KA-LOK, BISHOP KWONG TOURED THE INSTITUTIONS, SAW THE VARIOUS FACILITIES PROVIDED INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION FOR INMATES, HOSPITALS, KITCHENS, CHAPELS AND WORKSHOPS. HE WAS ALSO BRIEFED BY THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF LAI CHI KOK RECEPTION CENTRE, MR WONG WAH-CHIU, AND SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE, MR LI TING-CHEUNG, ON THE VARIOUS PROGRAMMES PROVIDED.

LAI CHI KOK RECEPTION CENTRE IS ONE OF THE FEW HIGH RISE PENAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD INSTALLED WITH MODERN ELECTRONIC SECURITY AIDS. LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE CATERS FOR BOYS AGED 14-17 AND ITS PROGRAMME, GEARED TO THE CORRECTION OF YOUNG OFFENDERS, CONSISTS OF HALF-DAY DEVOTED TO EDUCATION AND HALF-DAY TO VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

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COMMUNITY CENTRE * * *

WORK ON THE TAI PO MARKET COMMUNITY CENTRE, LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF HEUNG SZE WUI STREET AND PO HEUNG STREET, IS NOw MORE THAN HALF COMPLETE.

THE CENTRE WILL BE A SIX-STOREY BLOCK, COMPRISING A LIBRARY, A COFFEE BAR, A MULT I-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, GROUP ACTIVITY ROOMS, STUDY ROOMS, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND A NURSERY WITH ROOF PLAY AREA.

IN ADDITION, A 500-SEAT HALL, COMPLETE WITH A STAGE, DRESSING ROOMS AND STORAGE AREA, WILL BE PROVIDED IN A BUILDING LINKED TO THE MAIN BLOCK. THERE WILL BE CHANGING ROOMS AND A COVERED PLAYGROUND ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING. A BASKETBALL COURT WILL ALSO BE BUILT NEXT TO THE CHANGING ROOMS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE CENTRE, WHEN COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, WOULD HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS FOR COMMUNITY AND WELFARE FACILITIES.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1981

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FUN FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS ft ft * ft

THE START OF THE YEAR OF THE DOG WILL BE CELEBRATED IN TAI PO WITH AN 18-DAY PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, WAS FORMED IN OCTOBER TO DRAW UP THE PROGRAMME WHICH CONTAINS 15 EVENTS.

IN SUPPORT OF THE OCCASION, THE DISTRICT BOARD ALLOCATED 1200 000 TOWARDS THE COST, WHILE THE REMAINING $100 000 WAS DONATED BY RESIDENTS.

MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, RURAL AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AS WELL AS FISHERMEN, TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS, PLUS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE REPRESENTED ON THE COMMITTEE.

TWO SUB-COMMITTEES HEADED BY LOCAL LEADERS, MR HO YUNG-SANG, AND MR YAU FOOK-PING, WERE ALSO SET UP.

AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), MR LO AND THE SUB-COMMITTEES’ CHAIRMEN ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF THE CELEBRATIONS WHICH WILL OPEN ON JANUARY 22 WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND.

CHILDREN OF TAI YUEN ESTATE WILL HAVE A DAY’S FUN ON JANUARY 30 AT A FAIR COMPRISING GAMES STALLS, A MERRY-GO-ROUND AND SHOWS.

THERE WILL BE A PARTY FOR 660 LOCAL PEOPLE ALL AGED OVER 73 ON JANUARY 31, WHICH ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE CALENDAR IS YAN YAT - EVERYBODY’S BIRTHDAY.

A DISCO NIGHT WILL BE HELD AT TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL ON FEBRUARY 3 IN WHICH 80 TEAMS WILL TAKE PART IN A DANCING COMPETITION.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND A GALA FUN DAY ON FEBRUARY 6 AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND.

OTHER EVENTS IN THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION OF TAI PO HISTORY AT THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2 AND 8, COUPLET WRITING AND LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITIONS, A CLEAN-UP OPERATION, FOOTBALL MATCHES, A FILM SHOW AND A FOLK SONG CONTEST.

THE CLOSING CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 8, THE FIRST FULL MOON OF THE LUNAR CALENDAR, WILL INCLUDE A LANTERN PARADE AND A VARIETY SHOW.

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RECREATIONAL GROUND * * *

A NEW RECREATIONAL GROUND WILL BE BUILT IN SAU MAU PING TO PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE RECREATIONAL GROUND, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 1 900 SQUARE METRES AT HIU KWONG STREET, WILL HAVE A BASKETBALL COURT AND A SITTING OUT AREA.

WORK WILL START IN FEBRUARY AND TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TELE-MATCH DESIGN CONTEST TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE ******

A TELE-MATCH DESIGN COMPETITION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO DRIVE HOME THE NEED FOR HARMONIOUS AND CO-OPERATIVE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS.

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB AND CARITAS.

IT IS THE SECOND MAJOR PUBLICITY EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE FIFTH FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES. THE FIRST WAS A COLOURFUL YOUTH CARNIVAL AT THE OCEAN PARK IN SEPTEMBER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISERS SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE DESIGN COMPETITION WAS AIMED AT THE FAMILY AS A UNIT RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL YOUNG PEOPLE.

*WE HOPE THAT THROUGH INVOLVING THE FAMILY AS A UNIT IN THE COMPETITION, WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ACROSS A PROPER NOTION OF THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FAMILY MEMBERS,* HE SAID.

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IS +THE ADOLESCENT AND THE FAMILY.*

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♦THROUGH THIS COMPETITION, WE WOULD LIKE FAMILY MEMBERS TO SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION TO THE DEVELOPMENTS OF ADOLESCENTS SO THAT THE GENERATION GAP CAN BE NARROWED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DESIGN COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE TARGET TEAMS.

IN ONE SECTION, GAMES WILL CATER FOR TEAMS COMPRISING FOUR PEOPLE FROM ONE FAMILY. IN ANOTHER SECTION, GAMES WILL CATER FOR TEAMS COMPRISING SIX PEOPLE FROM TWO FAMILIES. IN THE THIRD SECTION, THE TARGET TEAM WILL CONSIST OF 12 PEOPLE FROM NOT FEWER THAN THREE FAMILIES.

PARTICIPATING FAMILIES MUST HAVE MEMBERS FROM AT LEAST TWO GENERATIONS AND THEY MUST BE SPONSORED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS OR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

FIVE ENTRIES FROM EACH OF THE THREE SECTIONS WILL BE SHORT-LISTED FOR FINAL ADJUDICATION. THE SHORT-LISTED GROUP WILL BE REQUIRED TO PUT ON A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR DESIGN EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR. SUBSIDIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PROPS.

TWO PRIZES AT THE VALUE OF $500 EACH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE TWO WINNING DESIGNS IN EACH SECTION. THREE CONSOLATION PRIZES AT THE VALUE OF S300 FOR EACH SECTION ARE TO BE GIVEN TO THE REMAINING TEAMS SHORT-LISTED FOR FINAL ADJUDICATION.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM AND RETURNED TO COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OR CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRES. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO CARITAS HONG KONG, 5-242071, EXT. 252 OR 253, OR 5-762057.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JANUARY 18 NEXT YEAR.

APART FROM THE DESIGN COMPETITION, THERE ARE PLANS TO ORGANISE REGIONAL GAMES COMPETITIONS, USING THE WINNING ENTRIES IN THE DESIGN COMPETITION.

THESE COMPETITIONS WILL CULMINATE IN A LARGE-SCALE TERRITORY-WIDE FINAL TO BE HELD IN MAY.

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BLANKETS FOR TSUEN WAN OLD PEOPLE * * * *

ABOUT 150 WOOLLEN BLANKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO TSUEN WAN’S OLD PEOPLE STARTING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

™E !LANKETS CAN BE COLLECTED AT FOUR LOCATIONS ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS DURING OFFICE HOURS.

nc tsuen wan town management office on the first floor

CF TSUEN KING BUILDING IN HOI PA STREET, KWAI CHUNG TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF KWAI KING BU LDING ™?NGEA‘ C’RCU|T, TS,NG Yl RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE AT MAIN

STREET, TSI NG Yl, AND THE WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF PAK TIN PA FU YUNG SHAN AND KWONG PAN TIN VILLAGES IN PAK TIN PA.

uciPAleE*!b^fJLHAVE BEEN D0NATED BY THE TSUEN WAN CHIU CHOW WtLrAKt ASSOCIATION.

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♦AIR DOME+ FOR FANLING SWIMMING POOL

* * * * *

THE HEATED POOL IN FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM FRIDAY (JANUARY 1) FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE.

A GENERAL OVERHAUL AS WELL AS WORK ON ERECTING A STRUCTURE TO SUPPORT AN INFLATABLE DOME MADE OF VINYL FOR THE HEATED POOL WILL BE CARRIED OUT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE WORK WILL PROVIDE A COVER FOR THE POPULAR SWIMMING VENUE DURING THE WINTER. WHILE THE WATER IN THE MAIN POOL IS KEPT WARM ENOUGH FOR SWIMMERS, THE COLD AIR TEMPERATURE HAS DETERRED MANY REGULAR SWIMMERS FROM USING THE POOL, IT WAS NOTED.

THE INFLATABLE DOME WILL THEREFORE BE RAISED IN THE WINTER MONTHS AND PUT AWAY IN SUMMER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WORK WILL COST ABOUT $1 MILLION, AND TAKE TWO MONTHS TO COMPLETE. BUT THE INFLATABLE DOME WILL NOT BE PUT UP UNTIL THE NEXT WINTER SEASON.

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FIRING PRACTICE WARNING * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL BE HELD IN THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 16 DAYS FROM JANUARY 4.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING

WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA DURING PRACTICE TIMES.

THE TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS I

DATE

TIME

JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY

4 (MONDAY)

5 (TUESDAY)

6 (WEDNESDAY)

7 (THURSDAY)

8 (FRIDAY)

11 (MONDAY)

12 (TUESDAY)

13 (WEDNESDAY)

14 (THURSDAY)

15 (FRIDAY)

18 (MONDAY)

19 (TUESDAY)

20 (WEDNESDAY)

21 (THURSDAY)

22 (FRIDAY)

23 (SATURDAY)

9 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5.30 PM

8 AM - 5.30 PM

8 AM - 5.30 PM

8 AM - 4.30 PM

9 AM - 5 PM

9 AM - 9 PM

9 AM - 6 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 4.30 PM

9 AM - 5.30 PM

8.30 AM - 5.30 PM

8.30 AM - 11 PM

8.30 AM - 11 PM 8 AM - 5 PM 8 AM - 4.30 PM

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SALT WATER SUPPLY * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM TO FACILITATE MAINS WORKS.

IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 31)

THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE LAM TIN, NGAU TAU KOK, JORDAN VALLEY AND NGAU

KWUN TONG, CHI WAN.

SAU MAU PING,

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHENZHEN ECONOMIC ZONE ....................... 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER ......................... 1

NEW YEAR'S EVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL ................. 2

NOVEMBER CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ................................ A

PAYROLL STATISTICS ............................................. 5

EXAMINATION OF PRIVATE CARS .................................... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN BROADWOOD ROAD .......................... 9

BUDDHA STATUE EARTH-BREAKING CEREMONY ......................... 10

REMEMBER TO REGISTER BIRTHS ON TIME, PUBLIC ARE ADVISED .... 11

TOP ORCHESTRA TO PLAY AT TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL............... 12

NT TAXI LICENCES BALLOT .....................................   13

WATER VALVE WORK

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1981

NOTE TO EDITORSi

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHENZHEN ECONOMIC ZONE ft ft ft

°F THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES, THE GOVERNOR, S*R *URRAY MACLEHOSE WILL BE VISITING THE SHENZHEN ECONOMIC ZONE TO SEE INDUSTRIAL AND TOURIST DEVELOPMENTS ON DECEMBER 30 AND 31.

J«5.!!URRAY W,LL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN.

TELRARTY WILL LEAVE BY HOVERFERRY from the central government /2c5te^?TxTO,THE OUTLYING DISTRICT FERRY PIER, AT 9 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). THERE WILL BE A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY AT THE PIER AND REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO MEET GIS OFFICERS THERE AT 8.30 AM.

SIR MURRAY AND HIS PARTY ARE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO HONG KONG LATE THURSDAY MORNING.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER ft ft ft ft

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG'S VISIBLE TRADE IN NOVEMBER 1981. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR NOVEMBER WAS •10 984 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $7 037 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $3 947 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $12 497 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR NOVEMBER WAS $1 513 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1980, THERE WERE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUEi •! 144 MILLION OR 19.4 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 11 013 MILLION OR 34.5 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, $2 157 MILLION OR 24.4 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND |1 597 MILLION OR 14.6 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS. THE VISIBLE TRADE ♦GAP*. THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, WAS 12.1 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 19.0 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER 1980.

COMMENTING ON THE NOVEMBER TRADE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF 19.4 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS WAS EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT 8 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS. THIS, HE SAID, WAS A VERY RESPECTABLE GROWTH RATE CONSIDERING THE GENERALLY UNFAVOURABLE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS PREVAILING IN HONG KONG'S MAIN MARKETS. HE ADDED THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF 8 PER CENT WAS COMPARABLE TO THOSE RECORDED IN RECENT MONTHS AND WAS HIGHER THAN THAT RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, OF LESS THAN 6 PER CENT.

/AS REGARDS .......

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AS REGARDS IMPORTS, THE SPOKESMAN DREW ATTENTION TO THE aMH’INUED SLOWING DOWN In THEIR GROWTH RATE. AS RE-EXPORTS HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY, THE SLOWING DOWN WAS EVEN MORE MARKED IM RESPECT OF IMPORTS RETAINED IN HONG KONG. THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT FURTHER THAT ACCORDING TO DETAILED ®REAKDOWNSOF IMPORT FIGURES UP TO OCTOBER, THE SLOWING DOWN J* RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS WAS CONCENTRATED MAINLY ON CONSUMER GOODS. THE GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES HAS IN FACT BEEN ACCELERATING.

COMPARING THE TRADE FLOWS IN THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF 1981 WITH THOSE IN THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF 1980, THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS, AT 24.9 FER CENT, **saONLY MARGINALLY HIGHER THAN THE canwTH dat£ OF TOTAL EXPORTS. AT 24.3 PER CENT. AS A CONScQUkNut, THE VISIBLE TRADE *GAP* ONLY WIDENED SL^JP^/SSJ/In’tnFhRST IN THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF 1980 TO 11.9 PER CENT IN THE FIRST S.EVEN MONTHS OF 1981.


NEW YEAR’S EVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CENTRAL ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AS HEAVY CONGESTION IS EXPECTED IN THE AREA.

FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 31) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING. A NUMBER OF ROADS WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND SEVERAL TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS WILL BE INCLUDED.

ROAD CLOSURES INCLUDE!

* BANK STREET

* ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL

ft REDDER STREET

ft POTTINGER STREET (EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES)

ft DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN QUEEN VICTORIA STREET AND JACKSON ROAD (EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES AND TRAMS)

ft DOUGLAS STREET

ft CHATER ROAD

/TRAFFIC diversions .......

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TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS INCLUDE!

ft NORTHBOUND ON ICE HOUSE STREET DIVERTED WEST AT QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL

ft NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON WYNDHAM STREET DIVERTED WEST AT QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL

ft EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL DIVERTED NORTH AT QUEEN VICTORIA STREET

ft NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON QUEEN VICTORIA STREET BANNED FROM TURNING EAST INTO DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL

ft WESTBOUND TRAFFIC IN QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL BANNED FROM TURNING NORTH INTO PEDDER STREET

ft WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BANNED FROM TURNING SOUTH INTO ICE HOUSE STREET

IN ADDITION, PARKING IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 4 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 31) TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 1, 1982).

ft QUEEN VICTORIA STREET (LOADING AND UNLOADING)

ft CHATER ROAD (TAXI STAND)

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ALSO URGED MOTORISTS TO AVOID CAUSEWAY BAY AREA BECAUSE LARGE CROWDS ARE EXPECTED ON NEW YEAR EVE.

EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON DUTY TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE, MEANWHILE, URGED BY A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TO EXERCISE THE FULLEST RESTRAINT AND TO SHOW CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS IF THEY SHOULD BE AMONG THE EXPECTED LARGE CROWDS OUT TO SEE THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS.

♦THE SPECIAL LIGHTING DISPLAYS HAVE BEEN SET UP FOR ALL TO ENJOY DURING THE HOLIDAYS.^ HE SAID.

HE ALSO POISED OUT THAT THERE WOULD BE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO VIEW THE LIGHTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. THERE WAS NO NEED, HE SAID, FOR PEOPLE TO RUSH TO VIEW THEM.

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NOVEMBER CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES

M ft * *

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR NOVEMBER 1981 WERE 124 AND 123 RESPECTIVELY, EACH BE INS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE PRECEDING MONTH, THE CENSU§ AND . STATISTICS DEPARTMENT REPORTED TODAY (TUESDAY).

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1980, THE NEW . (A) INCREASED BY 17 POINTS OR 15.9 PER CENT AND fHE NEW . (B) BY 16 POINTS OR 15 PER CENT.

___ DECREASES IN FOOD PRICES IN THE MONTH, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF ?.!S” YE«TABLES, WERE 0FFSET T0 * LARfiE EXTENT BY INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF NEWSPAPERS AND WINTER CLOTHING.

™E SA2 AkD c-?-1- <») ARE based on the expenditure PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG XONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. AT THAT TIME, THE NEW C.P.I. (A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN Si 6oo AND S3 499 A MONTH AND THE NEW C.P.I. (B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN S3 500 AND S6 499 A MONTH.

THE INDEXES FOR NOVEMBER 1981 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR OCTOBER 1981 AND NOVEMBER 1980.

(AVERAGE DURING THE PERIOD OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 - 100)

SECTION NEW C.P.I.(A) NEW C.P.I.(B)

NOV 80 OCT 81 NOV 81 NOV 80 OCT 81 NOV 81

FOODSTUFFS 107 129 126 108 128 126

HOUSING 104 119 119 105 119 119

FUEL AND LIGHT 110 139 135 110 139 136

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND 104 117 117 104 116 117

TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION)

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 109 117 124 109 118 125

DURABLE GOODS 102 108 108 102 109 110

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 106 112 119 107 113 116

TRANSPORT AND 113 134 135 112 131 131

VEHICLES

SERVICES 109 124 125 108 123 124

ALL ITEMS 107 124 124 107 123 123

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THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY THREE POINTS IN THE NEW C.P. I. (A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I. (B). DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT-WATER FISH AND LIVE POULTRY. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF PORK AND MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS WENT UP. THE EFFECTS OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT DECREASED BY FOUR POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I. (A) AND BY THREE POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I. (B) AS A RESULT OF LOWER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY.

THE SEVEN-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IN BOTH THE NEW C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR WINTER OUTERCLOTHING AND CLOTHING MATERIALS.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY SEVEN POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I. (A) AND BY THREE POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I. (B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR NEWSPAPERS, MEDICINES, TOILET REQUISITES AND COSMETICS. THE EFFECT OF THE INCREASES WAS PARTLY OFFSET BY DECREASES IN THE PRICES OF JEWELLERY. THE DIFFERENT RATES OF INCREASE RECORDED BETWEEN THE NEW C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) WERE MAINLY A RESULT OF THE DIFFERENT WEIGHTS ASSIGNED TO THEM FOR NEWSPAPERS AND JEWELLERY.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH THE NEW C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOURS, MEDICAL TREATMENT, HAIRDRESSING AND HOUSEHOLD SERVICES.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR NOVEMBER 1981, WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON SALE AT S2 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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PAYROLL STATISTICS M * »

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME STATISTICS ON PAYROLL OUTLAYS WHICH SNOW THE AMOUNT OF CASH PAYMENTS MADE BY EMPLOYERS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES.

MONTHLY PAYROLL STATISTICS ARE OBTAINED FROM QUARTERLY

SURVEYS OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL COVERING MAJOR

SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, INCLUDING MANUFACTURING- WHOLESALE/ RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS/HOTELS- AND FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES.

PAYROLL FIGURES AVAILABLE TO DATE COVER THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1980 TO JUNE 1981. QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE 1

/TOTAL QCA3TERLT

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TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLLS IN

% CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY SECOND QUARTER 1980 THIRD QUARTER 1980 FOURTH QUARTER 1980 FIRST QUARTER 1981 SECOND QUARTER 1981 SECOND QUARTER 1981 ON SECOND QUARTER I960

HKSMN HKSMN HKSMN HKSMN HKSMN

MANUFACTURING 3 919 4 074 4 228 4 704 4 654 ♦18.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 1 981 2 085 2 339 2 847 2 438 ♦23.1

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 909 964 1 211 1 282 1 241 ♦36.5

TOTAL PAYROLL OUTLAYS ROSE IN ALL SECTORS THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD COVERED. THE RISE WAS PARTICULARLY RAPID IN THE FINANCE. INSURANCE. REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. WHICH REGISTERED A 36.5 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1981 AS COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME A YEAR AGO. OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THE INCREASES IN THE MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS/HOTELS SECTORS WERE 18.8 PER CENT AND 23.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT THE PEAK LEVELS OCCURRED AROUND THE FOURTH AND THE FIRST QUARTERS WHEN DOUBLE PAY AND YEAR-END BONUSES WERE PAID BY EMPLOYERS.

THE AMOUNT OF PAYROLL OUTLAYS IS AFFECTED BY A NUMBER OF FACTORS, SUCH AS THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT AND THE LEVEL OF WAGE RATE. TO DISCOUNT FOR CHANGES IN PAYROLL OUTLAYS ARISING PURELY FROM CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT LEVELS, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS PREPARED. THIS GIVES AN INDICATION OF THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES OF GROSS CASH EARNINGS PER PERSON ENGAGED IN PARTICULAR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. FURTHER, TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF CHANGES IN PURCHASING POWER, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS ADJUSTED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. THESE INDICES REFER ONLY TO THE THIRD MONTH OF EACH QUARTER, AS DATA ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED ARE AVAILABLE ONLY EVERY THREE MONTHS IN MARCH, JUNE, SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER. MOVEMENTS IN THESE TWO INDICES IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY ARE SUMMARISED IN THE TABLE BELOW 1

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SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY

NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100)

SEP 80 DEC 80 MAR 81 JUN 81

MANU- 104.7 114.8 115.3 119.1

FACTURING

WHOLESALE/ 104.1 127.4 116.5 119.1 RETAIL, IMPORT/ EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS/ HOTELS

FINANCE, 100.6 152.2 111.9 117.2 INSURANCE REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100)

SEP 80 DEC 80 MAR 81 JUN 81

99.8 107.7 102.9 102.9

99.2 119.5 103.9 102.9

95.9 142.8 99.8 101.3

PAYROLL PER

AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1980. THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN JUNE 1981 REGISTERED INCREASES OF BETWEEN 17 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT IN ALL THREE SECTORS. THE INCREASE IN THE NOMINAL INDEX IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 17.2 PER CENT, WAS MUCH LESS THAN THE INCREASE IN TOTAL PAYROLL BECAUSE THE LARGE INCREASE IN TOTAL PAYROLL IN THIS SECTOR WAS IN PART DUE TO RAPID GROWTH IN EMPLOYMENT. AFTER ADJUSTING THE NOMINAL INDEX TO INDICATE CHANGES IN PURCHASING POWER, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED A MUCH MORE MODERATE GROWTH. AS

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1980, THE INCREASES IN THE INDEX WERE

2.9 PER CENT, 2.9 PER CENT AND 1.3 PER CENT IN THE MANUFACTURING WMOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS/HOTELS- AND FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS RESPECTIVELY.

ACCORDING TO THE DEFINITION ADOPTED IN THE SURVEY. PAYROLL OUTLAYS INCLUDE WAGES AND SALARIES- OVERTIME PAY- VARIOUS CASH ALLOWANCES, BONUSES AND GRATUITIES- SEVERANCE AND TERMINATION PAY AND PAV IN LIEU OF LEAVE, ETC. EMPLOYERS* CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND PENSION SCHEMES AND ALSO BENEFITS RECEIVED BY EMPLOYEES UNDER THESE SCHEMES ARE HOWEVER EXCLUDED. ALSO EXCLUDED ARE PROFITS EARNED BY PROPRIETORS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS PENSIONS, PAYMENTS TO OUTWORKERS AND PAYMENTS IN KIND. CONSEQUENTLY TOTAL PAYROLL SHOULD BE INTERPRETED AS THE AMOUNT OF DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS EMPLOYEES RECEIVE FROM THEIR EMPLOYERS.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO CAUTION USERS OF PAYROLL STATISTICS NOT TO CONFUSE +PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED* WITH OTHER QUANTITIES LIKE AVERAGE INCOME OF PAID EMPLOYEES. IN ARRIVING AT THE FORMER QUANTITY, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ^PERSONS ENGAGED* ON A PARTICULAR REFERENCE DATE IS USED. APART FROM PAID EMPLOYEES, +PERSONS ENGAGED* ALSO INCLUDES WORKING PROPRIETORS, BUSINESS PARTNERS, FAMILY MEMBERS ETC. WHO NORMALLY ARE NOT ON THE PAYROLL. MOREOVER, THE *NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED* ON THE REFERENCE DATE CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED AS AN ESTIMATE OF THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT DURING THE MONTH IN WHICH IT FALLS. CONSEQUENTLY, THE TIME PERIOD COVERED BY EMPLOYMENT FIGURES IS NOT THE SAME AS THAT COVERED BY MONTHLY PAYROLL FIGURES, WHICH ARE OBTAINED BY AGGREGATING CASH PAYMENTS MADE OVER THE WHOLE MONTH. FURTHERMORE, AS FAR AS INCOME IS CONCERNED, EMPLOYEES’ INCOME USUALLY IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO CASH PAYMENTS FOR WORK AS REFLECTED IN PAYROLL OUTLAYS. FINALLY, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT +PERSONS ENGAGED* INCLUDES SOME WHO ARE NOT ON THE PAYROLL AND THE RELATIVE MAGNITUDE OF SUCH PERSONS VARIES BETWEEN SECTORS, PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED CANNOT BE USED TO COMPARE AVERAGE EARNINGS OF PAID EMPLOYEES BETWEEN SECTORS.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO WOULD LIKE TO DRAW THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAYROLL STATISTICS AND WAGE STATISTICS WHICH ARE PUBLISHED AT HALF-YEARLY INTERVALS. ESSENTIALLY, WAGE STATISTICS ARE CONCERNED WITH WAGE RATES OR RATES OF PAY. THEY INDICATE THE AMOUNT OF REMUNERATION (INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS) WORKERS RECEIVE PER UNIT OF TIME WORKED. ON THE OTHER HAND, PAYROLL STATISTICS ARE CONCERNED WITH THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CASH EARNINGS WORKERS RECEIVE DURING A PARTICULAR PERIOD. FURTHERMORE, SINCE THE DATA ARE DERIVED FROM TWO DIFFERENT SURVEYS DESIGNED TO SERVE DIFFERENT PURPOSES, ITEMS CF EMPLOYEE EARNINGS COVERED IN THE TWO SURVEYS ARE ALSO DIFFERENT TO SOME EXTENT. FOR EXAMPLE. CERTAIN BENEFITS IN KIND (AS OPPOSED TO PAYMENTS IN CASH) SUCH AS FREE MEALS AND TRANSPORTATION ARE REFLECTED IN WAGE RATES INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS BUT ARE LEFT OUT IN PAYROLL FIGURES. ON THE OTHER HAND, CERTAIN IRREGULAR ITEMS SUCH AS OVERTIME ALLOWANCE, SEVERANCE PAY AND PAY IN LIEU OF LEAVE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE PART OF CASH EARNINGS BUT ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE CALCULATION CF WAGE RATES.

ALTHOUGH THE WAGE RATE DETERMINES TO SOME EXTENT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CASH EARNINGS A WORKER RECEIVES DURING A SPECIFIED PERIOD, IT IS NOT THE SOLE DETERMINANT. TOTAL CASH EARNINGS DEPEND UPON THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF WORK PERFORMED (SAY, IN NUMBER OF DAYS OR HOURS FOR TIME-RATED WORKERS), THE CORRESPONDING RATES OF PAY (WAGE RATES) AND ANY OTHER SPECIAL PAYMENTS APPLICABLE. THEREFORE, A WAGE RATE INCREASE DOES NOT NECESSARILY LEAD TO A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN TOTAL EARNINGS AS REFLECTED IN PAYROLL OUTLAYS. IN FACT, A DECREASE IN HOURS WORKED MAY CAUSE TOTAL EARNINGS TO DROP DESPITE A WAGE RATE INCREASE. SIMILARLY, AN INCREASE IN TOTAL PAYROLL OUTLAY OR PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED DOES NOT NECESSARILY IMPLY A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN WAGE RATES.

PAYROLL STATISTICS ARE CONTAINED IN THE REPORT OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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EXAMINATION OF PRIVATE CARS * * *

ALL PRIVATE CARS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1971, WILL REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS BEFORE A NEW LICENCE IS ISSUED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE INSPECTIONS WILL BEGIN AT KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE AS FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1982.

THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENT OF A CERTIFICATE WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 1, 1982.

THIS CERTIFICATE MUST BE ISSUED WITHIN FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THE DATE ON WHICH THE NEW LICENCE IS TO COMMENCE.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR EXAMINATION APPOINTMENT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S LICENSING OFFICES AND VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES.

DETAILS OF THE EXAMINATION AND DIRECTIONS TO THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THESE OFFICES.

A FEE OF 160 WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH EXAMINATION. THE PURPOSE OF THE EXAMINATION IS TO ASSESS THAT THE CAR IS ROAD-WORTHY AND COMPLIES WITH THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USE) REGULATIONS.

APPOINTMENT TIMES WILL BE RETURNED BY POST TO THE REGISTERED OWNER OF THE VEHICLE WHO SHOULD ALLOW A SUFFICIENT PERIOD TO COVER DELAYS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A RE-EXAMINATION BEING REQUIRED.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING THIS INSPECTION SCHEME SHOULD BE MADE TO THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE ON 3-7597522.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN BROADWOOD ROAD * * *

A SECTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY NEAR HAPPY VIEW TERRACE WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ANOTHER MONTH.

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BUDDHA STATUE EARTH-BREAKING CEREMONY

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR IAN MACPHERSON, CFFICIATED AT THE EARTH-BREAKING CEREMONY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA’S TALLEST BUDDHA STATUE ON LANTAU ISLAND TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE STATUE WILL RISE MORE THAN 35 METRES (ABOUT 110 FEET) ABOVE THE NGONG PING PLATEAU OVERLOOKING PO LIN MONASTERY.

I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT VISITORS WILL COME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO MARVEL AT IT AND TO ENJOY THE SURROUNDING PLEASURE GARDEN,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

THE PO LIN MONASTERY WAS FOUNDED ABOUT 100 YEARS AGO AND IS A FAVOURITE PLACE FOR LOCAL BUDDHISTS TO WORSHIP.

THE MONASTERY HAS IN RECENT YEARS TAKEN AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN COMMUNITY WORK AND EVENTS. A SIGNIFICANT EXAMPLE IS THE RUNNING OF THE BUDDHIST FAT HO MEMORIAL COLLEGE IN TAI 0,+ HE SAID.

THERE WERE TWO MAIN REASONS WHY PEOPLE CAME TO PO LIN MONASTERY, HE SAID.

ON THE ONE HAND THERE WAS THE RELIGIOUS INSPIRATION WHICH HAD MADE IT A FAVOURITE PLACE FOR WORSHIP AND CONTEMPLATION- ON THE OTHER HAND THERE WAS THE COOL AND PLEASANT COUNTRYSIDE WITH ITS MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO.

THESE TWO SIDES TO THE CHARACTER OF THE MONASTERY WILL BE EPITOMISED IN THE STATUE WHICH WILL FILL A DUAL ROLE OF RELIGIOUS MONUMENT AND TOURIST ATTRACTION,+ MR MACPHERSON SAID.

HE SAID, IN CONCEIVING AND PLANNING THE STATUE, THE DIRECTORS CF THE PO LIN MONASTERY AND THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAD DISPLAYED THE IMAGINATION AND THE ENTERPRISE FOR WHICH HONG KONG WAS FAMOUS.

THE STATUE, WITH A BASE DIAMETER OF 52 METRES (ABOUT 170 FEET), WILL COST MORE THAN S20 MILLION TO BUILD AND BE COMPLETED IN FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. THE MONEY IS BEING CONTRIBUTED BY HONG KONG BUDDHISTS.

IT WILL BE MADE OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE FRAMEWORK AND COVERED WITH GRANITE.

IT WILL BE IN SITTING FORM ABOVE A THREE-STOREY CH INESE-STYLE ALTAR WITH A 92-METRE (ABOUT 300 FEET) BASE DIAMETER.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF A SURROUNDING PLEASURE GARDEN AND OTHER LANDSCAPING, OCCUPYING A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 7 000 SQUARE METRES.

STEPS WILL BE PROVIDED UP TO THE BASE OF THE STATUE.

BEFORE THE START OF TODAY’S CEREMONY, A PRAYER AND WATER SPRINKLING CEREMONY WAS HELD BY THE REVERENDS OF THE MONASTERY.

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REMEMBER TO REGISTER BIRTHS ON TIME, PUBLIC ARE ADVISED

* * * *

ABOUT 12 OUT OF EVERY HUNDRED BIRTHS ARE NOT REGISTERED WITHIN THE STATUTORY 42 DAYS, ACCORDING TO FIGURES OBTAINED FROM THE REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS.

LAST YEAR, OF THE 85 406 REGISTERED BIRTHS, ONLY 88 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED WITHIN 42 DAYS.

PEOPLE WHO DO NOT REGISTER WITHIN THE 42 DAYS, BUT DO SO WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE CHILD’S BIRTH, HAVE TO PAY A FEE OF $5.

THIS FEE IS RAISED TO $30 AFTER ONE YEAR. BUT BY THEN A BIRTH CAN BE REGISTERED ONLY WITH THE CONSENT OF THE REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE SAID.

PARENTS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED THAT THEY WILL SAVE A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE AND EXPENSE FOR THEMSELVES LATER IF THEY ADHERE AS CLOSELY TO THE LAW AS POSSIBLE.

+THIS IS PARTICULARLY SO WHEN A CHILD COMES OF SCHOOL AGE, MUST OBTAIN AN IDENTITY CARD, OR REQUIRES A TRAVEL DOCUMENT,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE PROCESS OF REGISTRATION IS QUITE SIMPLE. PARENTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, AND IF AVAILABLE, THEIR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES AS WELL.

HOWEVER, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE CAUTIONED ABOUT THE NEED FOR CORRECT INFORMATION TO BE FURNISHED DURING THE APPLICATION, FOR IT IS AN OFFENCE TO GIVE FALSE INFORMATION AND THE PENALTY CAN AMOUNT TO A FINE OF $250 ON SUMMARY CONVICTION AND UP TO SEVEN YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT IF A CASE IS HEARD IN A HIGHER COURT.

PEOPLE WHO ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT FURNISHING INFORMATION IN THE APPLICATION OF BIRTH REGISTRATION SHOULD APPROACH THE ENQUIRIES SECTION OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT OFFSPRING OF UNMARRIED COUPLES COULD ALSO BE REGISTERED FOR BIRTH CERTIFICATES.

AND THE PROCEDURE FOR SUCH CASES IS QUITE SIMPLE - THE PARENTS NEED ONLY GO TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICE AND SIGN THE DOCUMENTS TOGETHER.

IN CASES OF UNKNOWN PARENTAGE, SUCH AS WHEN INFANTS OR CHILDREN ARE FOUND ABANDONED IN THE STREETS. THE SPOKESMAN SAID, SUCH CHILDREN ARE GIVEN BIRTH CERTIFICATES ON DETERMINATION BY A DOCTOR THAT THEY ARE UNDER ONE YEAR OF AGE.

THE NAMES OF THE CHILDREN WILL BE GIVEN BY THE INSTITUTION WHICH LOOKS AFTER THEM OR ADOPTS THEM, AND FOR REGISTRATION IN SUCH CASES. NO NAMES ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE ’PARENTS’ COLUMN.

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DISCUSSING ANOTHER MATTER WHICH CREATES PROBLEMS, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED PEOPLE NOT TO LAMINATE THEIR CERTIFICATES WITH PLASTIC COVERS.

THIS IS BECAUSE REGISTRATION OFFICERS MUST ADD OR AMEND DETAILS ON THE FRONT AND THE BACK OF THE CERTIFICATES WHEN PEOPLE APPLY FOR VARIOUS DOCUMENTS, SUCH AS IDENTITY CARDS AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS.

THE LAMINATION WILL PREVENT THIS BEING DONE, AND WILL THEN HAVE TO BE REMOVED, HE EXPLAINED.

PEOPLE MAY OBTAIN CERTIFIED CERTIFICATES FROM THE REGISTRY AT A COST OF $5, HE SAID.

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TOP ORCHESTRA TO PLAY AT TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ft ft ft ft

SWITZERLAND'S ZURICH TONHALLE ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY ON FEBRUARY 6, 1982 AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM AT 8 PM, AS PART OF THE ATH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL AS WELL AS A CONTRIBUTION PROGRAMME FROM THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY.

FORMED IN 1868. THE ZURICH TONHALLE ORCHESTRA IS ONE OF THE EST IN THE WORLD AND HAS IMPRESSED AUDIENCES EVERYWHERE.

UNDER THE BATON OF FERDINAND LEITNER, THE ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY BEETHOVEN’S ^CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA IN D OP. 61*, HUBER’S +LITANIA INSTRUMENTAL IS* AND HAYDN’S ^SYMPHONY NO. 102 IN B FLAT*.

THE VIOLIN SOLOIST WILL BE MIRIAM FRIED, THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN FIRST PRIZE IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OF BELGIUM COMPETITION.

TICKETS AT tlO, 120 AND 130 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP, AS WELL AS THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

THE TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL DIARIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ALLIANCE FRANCA ISE, GOETHE INSTITUTE, NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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NT TAXI LICENCES BALLOT ft ft ft

A PUBLIC BALLOT WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (DECEMBER 30) TO DETERMINE THE ALLOCATION OF TWO NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES TO APPLICANTS OFFERING AN IDENTICAL UNIT PREMIUM OF $35 000.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAD RECENTLY INVITED TENDERS FOR 207 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES.

OF THESE, 205 WERE ALLOCATED TO TENDERS OFFERING A UNIT PREMIUM IN EXCESS OF $35 000.

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WATER VALVE WORK XXX

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 31) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (JANUARY 1) FOR VALVE REPLACEMENT WORK.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES AT AREAS 37A, 37B, 10 AND 34, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, ON TING ESTATE, YAU 01 ESTATE, SAN FAT ESTATE INCLUDING THE TUEN MUN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND TUEN MUN CLINIC.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST ......................................... 1

VISIT OF THE LORD PRIVY SEAL ................................. 1

NEW DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING NAMED............................ 2

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL FOR FOURTH QUARTER 1981 .................................................. 3

REPORT ON CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE....................... 3

’HOTLINE’ FOR COMPLAINTS ABOUT DEFECTIVE VEHICLES ............. 4

OPENING OF SHBUNG SHUT PUBLIC LIBRARY.......................... 4

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO EXTEND SERVICES DURING NSV/ YEAR........... 5

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR TSUEN WAN WORKERS ................... 6

ROUTE CHANGE FOR KOWLOON MAXICAB - ROUTE 5 .................... 7

TAI PO TO HOLD NE?/ YEAR’S EVE CONCERT ........................ 7

PIPA RECITAL BY LEADING CHINESE MUSICIAN ...................... 8

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1981

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NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST

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COPIES OF A SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG KONG RECIPIENTS OF NEW YEAR HONOURS, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE BRITISH FORCES. WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING.

PUBLICATION OF THE LIST IS PERMITTED IN HONG KONG NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (THURSDAY) MORNING BUT NO NEWS AGENCY OR OVERSEAS RADIO MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION. THE NEWS MAY BE BROADCAST FROM 6 AM TOMORROW OVER LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS.

ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY OF THE RECIPIENTS OF HONOURS BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEWS OR FOR INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THEIR CAREERS OR BE APPROACHED IN ANY WAY IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR AWARD BEFORE THESE HAVE BEEN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED.

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VISIT OF THE LORD PRIVY SEAL

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THE LORD PRIVY SEAL. THE RT HON HUMPHREY ATKINS, MP, WILL VISIT HONG KONG NEXT MONTH DURING A FAR EASTERN TOUR WHICH INCLUDES CHINA, SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN.

ON HIS WAY TO CHINA, MR ATKINS WILL STOP OVER IN HONG KONG FOR ONE NIGHT ON JANUARY 3.

MR ATKINS WILL BE IN HONG KONG AGAIN FROM JANUARY 8 TO 10, DURING WHICH HE WILL MEET THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. HE WILL ALSO MEET MEMBERS OF THE UMELCO, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARD AND BE BRIEFED ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS WITH VISITS TO TUEN MUN AND SHA TIN.

MR ATKINS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED ON HIS TRIP BY HIS WIFE, HIS PARLIAMENTARY PRIVATE SECRETARY, MR T.R. ARNOLD, MP» AN ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR A.E. DONALD, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAR EASTERN, SOUTH-EAST ASIAN, HONG KONG AND GENERAL (HONG KONG) AND SOUTH PACIFIC DEPARTMENTS, THE DEPUTY HEAD OF THE NEWS DEPARTMENT, FCO, MR ROGER WESTBROOK, AND HIS ASSISTANT PRIVATE SECRETARY, MR M.A. ARTHUR.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING NAMED * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR J.M. TISDALL, WILL LEAVE THE SERVICE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN APRIL 1982 ON COMPLETION OF HIS AGREEMENT.

HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR C.S. WILKINSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, WHOSE PROMOTION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS.

MR WILKINSON, WHO IS 53 YEARS OF AGE, IS A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION. HE JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN NOVEMBER 1978 AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, FOLLOWING OVER 30 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM AND BROADCASTING. HE HAS ACTED AS DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

COMMENTING ON THE APPOINTMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY SAID, *1 AM DELIGHTED THAT MR WILKINSON IS TO HEAD RTHK.

♦THE DEPARTMENT WILL, BENEFIT BOTH FROM HIS MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE BBC AND FROM THE KNOWLEDGE OF BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG WHICH HE HAS GAINED IN MORE RECENT YEARS.

MR WILKINSON WILL FORM A STRONG TEAM WITH THE THREE CONTROLLERS (MR SIMON LUN, CONTROLLER, TV, MISS CHEUNG MAN YEE, CONTROLLER, RADIO AND MR PHILIP MANNS, CONTROLLER ENGINEERING) AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH THEM.*

PAYING TRIBUTE TO MR TISDALL, MR BRAY SAIDt +RTHK HAS MADE VERY REAL PROGRESS WITH JOHN TISDALL AT THE HELM.

A NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS THE REVITALISATION OF RTHK RADIO OUTPUT, INCLUDING THE RESTRUCTURING OF RADIO PROGRAMMING AND THE UNIFICATION OF NEWS PRODUCTION AT BROADCAST HOUSE, HAVE BEEN LARGELY DUE TO HIS EFFORTS.

DURING HIS TENURE OF OFFICE TOO, RTHK’S TELEVISION PRODUCTION HAS CONTINUE TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE.

HE HAS DISPLAYED BOTH VISION IN REGARD TO PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT AND A CONTINUING INTEREST IN IMPROVING THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE WON WIDE RESPECT. WE SHALL BE SORRY TO SEE HIM G0,+ MR BRAY STATED.

MR BRAY SAID IN ADDITION THAT FURTHER REORGANISATION OF THE DIRECTORATE WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN THE COMING MONTHS, BUT NO FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WAS IMMIMENT.

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL FOR FOURTH QUARTER 1981 ft ft ft

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

iklnt4^Io>U?yEL1RESULT? ARE USEFUL IN PROVIDING SHORT-TERM ECONOMIC INDICATORS AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE LABOUR MARKET.

A SAMPLE OF ABOUT 52 000 IS BEING DRAWN FROM ESTABLISHMENTS IN VARIOUS SECTORS. INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL, SERVICES AND THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS), WHILE GENERAL BUILDING AND SPECIAL TRADE CONTRACTORS WILL BE COVERED IN FULL.

EACH ESTABLISHMENT WILL BE ASKED FOR INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON DECEMBER 30, 1981.

SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE AND ASKED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF OCTOBER - DECEMBER 1981.

QUESTIONNAIRES WILL BE MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS IN EARLY JANUARY.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1981 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 25 OF 1981, GAZETTED ON JANUARY 27, 1981), ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

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REPORT ON CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE ft ft ft

THE LATEST FINDINGS OF THE EIGHTH REPORT ON CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ADDICTS) WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 11 AM NEXT TUESDAY (JANUARY 5) IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR PETER LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS. ALSO ATTENDING WILL BE MR C.M. LEUNG, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE. REPRESENTATIVES OF TV STATIONS SHOULD ARRIVE EARLIER TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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’HOTLINE’ FOR COMPLAINTS ABOUT DEFECTIVE VEHICLES ft ft * ft ft

A DEFECTIVE VEHICLE COMPLAINT UNIT HAS BEEN SET UP AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLE INSPECTION OFFICE AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, CENTRAL.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE UNIT WAS ESPECIALLY ESTABLISHED IN COOPERATION WITH THE POLICE TO HANDLE COMPLAINTS ABOUT UNROADWORTHY VEHICLES.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO REPORT ANY DEFECTIVE VEHICLES

■THEY COME ACROSS - SUCH AS THOSE EMITTING EXCESSIVE SMOKE, OPERATING WITH DEFECTIVE LIGHTS OR WITH POOR BODY-WORK TO A •HOTLINE’ - TELi NO. 5-269432.

PEOPLE MAY, HOWEVER, CALL IN PERSON AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE.

♦WHEN A REPORT IS MADE, IT WOULD BE OF GREAT ASSISTANCE IF THE VEHICLE’S REGISTRATION NUMBER AND TYPE - WHETHER A GOODS LORRY OR PRIVATE CAR - CAN BE PROVIDED, THE SPOKESMAN

HE STRESSED THAT ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS WOULD NOT BE ENTERTAINED AND HE ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT THEIR NAMES WOULD NOT BE MENTIONED NOR WOULD THEY BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT.

HE EXPLAINED THAT ONCE A COMPLAINT IS RECEIVED, THE REGISTERED OWNER WILL BE ORDERED TO PRESENT HIS VEHICLE FOR EXAMINATION.

IF HE FAILS TO COMPLY, HE WOULD BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

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OPENING OF SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR B. D. WILSON WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 5), AT 3.30 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

A SHUTTLE SERVICE WILL LEAVE MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI AT 1.45 PM TO SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY AND RETURN. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE SHOULD CONTACT MISS MAGGIE MOK AT 3-315360 ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 4, 1982.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO EXTEND SERVICES DURING NEW YEAR

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED DURING THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THESE INCLUDE!

CMB

THE ALL NIGHT CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES NO. 121 AND 122 WILL OPERATE AT MORE FREQUENT INTERVALS.

IN ADDITION, SEVEN OTHER MAJOR ROUTES NO. 2, 4, 8, 10, 23, 38 AND 72 WILL RUN ADDITIONAL SERVICES.

THE LAST DEPARTURES OF ROUTE NO. 2, FROM SHAU KEI WAN AND CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE AT 12.50 AM AND 1.30 AM REPECTIVELY-NO. 4 FROM WAH FU AND CENTRAL WILL BE AT 12.30 AM AND 1 AMMO. 8 FROM CHAI WAN AND WAN CHAI FERRY AT 12 MIDNIGHT AND 12.45 AM- NO. 10 FROM NORTH POINT FERRY AND KENNEDY TOWN AT 1 AM AND 2 AM- NO. 23 FROM NORTH POINT FERRY AND POKFIELD ROAD AT 12.30 AM AND 1.15 AM- NO. 38 FROM NORTH POINT AND CHI FU FA YUEN AT 12 MIDNIGHT AND 1 AM- AND NO. 72 FROM ABERDEEN AND CAUSEWAY BAY AT 12.50 AM AND 1.30 AM.

A SPECIAL BUS, NO. 8M, WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION (EAST) AND CHAI WAN (SAN HA STREET) FROM 12.05 AM TO 2.35 AM AT 10-MINUTE INTERVALS. THE SINGLE JOURNEY FARE WILL BE Si.20.

KMB

THE ALL-NIGHT CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES NO. 121 AND 122 WILL OPERATE AT MORE FREQUENT INTERVALS.

THE LAST DEPARTURES OF ROUTES 6A FROM STAR FERRY WILL BE AT 1.38 AM- NO. 5 AND 6 FROM STAR FERRY WILL BE AT 3 AM (TO BE FURTHER EXTENDED IF NECESSARY)- NO. 33M FROM ARGYLE MTR STATION AT 1.08 AM- NO. 70M KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION AT 12.58 AM.

MTR

THE DOWN-TRACK SERVICES FROM KWUN TONG STATION WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 2.03 AM WHILE THE UP-TRACK SERVICES FROM CHATER STATION WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 2.25 AM TO KWUN TONG STATION AND 2.35 AM TO CHOI HUNG STATION.

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PEAK TRAM

PEAK TRAM SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 2.30 AM.

TRAM

NORMAL TRAM SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED TO 2 AM, AND THERE WILL BE ALL-NIGHT SERVICE BETWEEN WESTERN MARKET AND NORTH POINT AT FIVE-MINUTE INTERVALS.

STAR FERRY

AN ALL NIGHT SERVICE AT FIVE-MINUTE INTERVALS WILL BE MAINTAINED.

HYF

THE CENTRAL-JORDAN ROAD PASSENGER/VEHICLE FERRY SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 1 AM.

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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR TSUEN WAN WORKERS * * *

A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR FACTORY WORKERS IN TSUEN WAN WILL TAKE PLACE IN EARLY FEBRUARY.

THE EVENT IS BEING HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME TO PROMOTE SPORTING ACTIVITIES AMONG WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE TOURNAMENT. ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD'S INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, WILL LAST TWO MONTHS.

THE 24 TEAMS WILL BE GROUPED INTO FOUR DIVISIONS BY BALLOT. THE FIRST TWO WINNERS OF EACH DIVISION WILL ENTER THE SEMI-FINALS, AND THEN THE FINAL. THE WINNING TEAM WILL BE AWARDED A CUP AND THE FINALISTS A TROPHY EACH.

DURING FEBRUARY AND MARCH, MATCHES WILL BE HELD EVERY TUESDAY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE YEUNG UK ROAD PLAYGROUND AND THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK INDOOR GAMES HALL IN KWAI CHUNG.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED NOW FROM THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF TSUEN KING BUILDING IN HOI PA STREET, OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES.

THE CLOSING DATE IS JANUARY 7 AND A BALLOT CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 13.

A SUM OF $20 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD FOR THE TOURNAMENT.

TSUEN WAN HAS A WORKFORCE OF ABOUT 190 000.

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ROUTE CHANGE FOR KOWLOON MAX ICAB - ROUTE 5 * * *

THE ROUTE FOR KOWLOON PLB MAXICAB SERVICE NO. 5 WILL BE ALTERED FROM FRIDAY (JANUARY 1), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

AT PRESENT, THESE MAXICABS OPERATE BETWEEN TAI WAN SHAN SWIMMING POOL IN HUNG HOM AND HANKOW ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

AS FROM NEW YEAR'S DAY, INSTEAD OF OPERATING ALONG THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF AUSTIN ROAD, ’MAX ICABS’, ON ROUTE 5 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA COX’S ROAD TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL LINK BETWEEN TAI WAN SHAN AND JORDAN ROAD. THESE MAXICABS WILL ALSO SERVE RESIDENTS OF WHAMPOA ESTATE.

THIS WILL SUPPLEMENT THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 6 WHICH RUNS BETWEEN WHAMPOA ESTATE AND HANKOW ROAD. AT THE SAME TIME, THE TIMETABLE OF ROUTE 6 WILL BE SLIGHTLY AMENDED.

REVISED SCHEDULES OF THE TWO ROUTES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE VEHICLES AS WELL AS AT THEIR TERMINI.

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A CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WILL BE HELD AT TAI YUEN ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL, TAI PO, TOMORROW (NEW YEAR’S EVE) STARTING AT 8 PM.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY HALL, THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND TAI PO ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION. THE COST OF THE FUNCTION IS BEING MET BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

APPEARING AT THE CONCERT WILL BE TAI PO CHILDREN’S CHOIR, THE YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, TAI KWONG MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND AND OTHER INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP PERFORMERS.

ADMISSION IS FREE, ALTHOUGH CHILDREN UNDER 12 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

TICKETS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI YUEN ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL, TAI YUEN TEMPORARY PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, YUE KOK TEMPORARY PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE AND THE LIONS CLUB YOUTH CENTRE.

AS THE COMMUNITY HALL CAN SEAT ONLY 350 PEOPLE, TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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PIPA RECITAL BY LEADING CHINESE MUSICIAN XXXI CHINESE MUSICIAN LAM FUNG WILL GIVE ONE PIPA RECITAL DURING THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13 NEXT YEAR.

THE RECITAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL ON FEBRUARY 5 AT 7.30 PM.

LAM. AN ACTIVE EXPONENT OF CHINESE CLASSICAL MUSIC, PARTICULARLY IN PIPA PLAYING, IS AT PRESENT SECTIONAL LEADER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL'S HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA PLUCKED-STRING SECTION.

IN 1970, HE WAS INVITED TO PERFORM AT EXPO '70 IN OSAKA, JAPAN. HE HAS ALSO GIVEN SEVERAL PERFORMANCES AT THE SINGAPORE NATIONAL OPERA THEATRE.

TICKETS FOR THE RECITAL AT $7 EACH ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

FESTIVAL DIARIES CONTAINING PROGRAMME DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, GOETHE INSTITUTE, NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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PR 33 .

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN SUPPLEMENT

Wednesday, December 30, 1981

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, The following announcement on

NEWS AGENCIES, AND BROADCAST— the New Year Honours List is being made ING STATIONS:__________________ simultaneously in London at 0001 hours

GMT on Thursday, December 31.

Publication is permitted in Hong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Thursday), December J1, but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

The news may be broadcast from 0 am onwards over the local radio and television stations.

On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have been publicly announced.

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

HONOURS

CMG - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

CBE - Commander of the Order of the British Empire

OBE - Officer of the Order of the British Empire

ISO - Companion of the Imperial Service Order

MBE - Member of the Order of the British Empire

BEM - British Empire Medal

CPM - Colonial Police Medal

Badge of Honour

NEW YEAR HONOURS 1982

Life Peer

Sir Murray MacLehose, GBE, KCMG, KCVO

Sir Murray MacLehose has been Governor of Hong Kong since November 1971 • He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in that year. Luring his service here he was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1975 and advanced to a Knight Grand Cross of the O^ier of the British Empire in 1976 (having received an MBE in 1946). His appointment has been extended four times making him the longest serving Governor in Hong Kong's history. He is due to leave Hong Kong on retirement in April 1982. He will be succeeded as Governor by Sir Edward Youde.

Note for Editors: Following is a summary of Sir Murray’s career before becoming. Governor of Hong Kong.

Sir Murray MacLehose was bom in 1917 and educated at Cargilfield, Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in history and captained the University at Fives. While an undergraduate he sailed for Britain in the 6-raetres for the Britain-America Cup, was a member of the crew which brought home the Seawannaka Cup in the British boat ’’Circe” and of the crew which successfully defended the cup against Norway just before the war. He was a member of the RNVSR. In 1939 he was appointed to the Colonial Service as a Cadet in the Malayan Civil Service. He was sent to Amoy, China, in early 1941 as a language student and interned there by the Japanese at the outbreak of the Pacific War. He was exchanged at the end of 1942, and served for the rest of the war as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, largely in China when he acted as

Consul in Foochow.

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After the war he resigned from the Colonial Service and joined the Foreign Service in 1947 and for two years served in Hankow, as Acting ... . .:■> a <1 io .’?i.

Consul, Acting Consul-General, and finally First Secretary. He was in Hankow when it was taken by the People’s Liberation Army. In 1950 he • • ’ ; ... • ' 'i’’ : ‘ f.-xi * ’

was transferred to the Foreign Office, where he worked first in the European Recovery Department (Marshall Aid) and later in the Western Department, in charge of affairs relating to Italy, Switzerland and the Holy See. From 1950-54 he was in Prague, as Commercial Secretary and Consul.

In 1954 he was seconded to the High Commission in Wellington (New Zealand) as Head of Chancery. After three years in this post, he went to Paris - as Commercial Secretary until 1959, when he was promoted to Counsellor. Subsequently he was seconded to the then Colonial Office and posted to Hong Kong as Political Adviser.

In 1963 he returned to London to take charge of the Far Eastern Department of the Foreign Office. Between 19&5 and 19&7 he was Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, Kir Michael Stewart and later Mr George Brcwn (now Lord George-Brown), and in this capacity accompanied them to many parts of the world, including most European capitals, the USA, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Poland and the USSR.

He became Ambassador to Vietnam in 19$7, remaining in Saigon for 20 months. He was appointed Ambassador to Denmark in 19^9, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Hong Kong in 1971*

Sir Murray is married and has two daughters. His recreations .. . .1.' *• -I * '

are walking, sailing and fishing.

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CMG

Mr Robin John Taylor McLAREN

Mr McLaren was appointed as Political Adviser to the Hong Kong Government in October 1981. He was previously head of the Far Eastern Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and his distinguished service in that capacity has been recognised by this award.

CBE

Mr Henry CHING, JP

Mr Ching joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer in 1961. He served in various posts, including a short spell in Finance Branch, before becoming Principal Assistant Financial Secretary in 1973. He acted as Deputy Financial Secretary on several occasions from 1974 thereafter and continuously from 1977 before being appointed substantive Deputy Financial Secretary in 1979. He has also acted as Financial Secretary from time to time since 1977. He has thus headed Finance Branch and so been directly responsible for the management and control of the public finances effectively for the last five years in a period when the public sector has grown enormously in complexity and size. Mr Ching’s firm and efficient management of the public finances has been a major factor in Hong Kong’s healthy fiscal growth.

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CBE

Mr Ernest Irfon LEE, OBE, JP

Mr Lee served in Tanganyika as an Administrative Officer from 1950 to 1961 before transferring to the Hong Kong Government administrative service. He served in various posts before being appointed Commissioner for Narcotics in 1975. The Narcotics Division services the Action Committee Against Narcotics, which coordinates a Government anti-narcotics programme consisting of four main elements: law enforcement, treatment and rehabilitaton, preventive education and publicity, and international co-operation. Mr Lee's drive, enthusiasm and leadership as head of this Division have contributed in no small measure towards helping

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Hong Kong to contain its internal drugs problem and to become an increasingly important and active centre for international anti-narcotics operations, training and methodology.

QBE

The Honourable LO Tak-shing, OBE, JP

Mr LO is a partner in a prominent firm of solicitors in Hong Kong and a director of a number of large companies. A former member of the Urban Council, he was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1974 and to Executive Council in 1980 and continues to make a significant contribution to both Councils. He has an impressive and varied record of public service on such bodies as the Public Service Commission, Law Reform Commission, Trade Development Council, Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Hong Kong Tourist Association. He is a past President of the Law Society of Hong Kong and currently he is Chairman of the Transport Advisory Committee and of the UMELCO Police Group, two bodies of particular public importance in Hong Kong.

CBE

The Honourable Alan James SCOTT, JP

Mr Scott was appointed to the Colonial Service in Fiji in 1958 as an Administrative Officer and became Establishment Officer in 1968. He transferred to the Hong Kong Government in 1971 as a Senior Administrative Officer and was promoted through the Staff Grades to Secretary in 1977. In 1973 he became Secretary for the Civil Service and has since served as Secretary for Housing and Secretary for Information. He will be Secretary for Transport from 1st January 1982. He has been an Official Member of the Legislative Council since 1973. In his ten years in Hong Kong, he has performed with distinction in a number of key policy-making posts in the Government Secretariat. He is also President of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association.

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OBE

Mr John Leslie BOYER

Mr Boyer was Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, having served with the Bank in Asia since 1949 and in Hong Kong in particular from 1973 until he left in September 1981. He was concurrently chairman of a number of financial and other companies in Hong Kong and director of many more; his public service included membership of the Banking Advisory Board, Trade and Industry Advisory Board and the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong. His major public contribution, howeve^was through the Community Chest, with which he had been closely associated from 1976 and of which he was Vice-Patron and member of the Executive Committee. The Community Chest, which has some 77 welfare bodies affiliated to it and serves to co-ordinate their fund-raising activities, raised over $20 million in 1979/80. Mr Boyer has played a major part in the continuing and growing success of the Chest.

OBE

Mr John Spencer DON, JP

Mr Don joined the Public Works Department as Engineer in 1954. He served for most of the first eighteen years in the Water Supplies Department where he established a firm reputation for getting results and displayed a high degree of skill and engineering expertise. His resourcefulness and versatility were particularly noticeable during the periodic water emergencies suffered by the territory and he became the Government Water Engineer responsible for the planning and provision of new works. In 1973 he assisted in the establishment of the New Territories Development Department and thereafter was appointed as Project Manager in charge of Sha Tin New Town. It was largely due to his organisational flair that spectacular progress was made on a number of important civil engineering contracts. His involvement in the race course development carried out by the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club was much appreciated by that organisation. In 1978 Mr Don became the Director of New Territories Development,

and under his guidance the department has proved equal to the dramatic increase in the pace of new town development.

QBE

Dr the Honourable HO Kam-fai, JP

Dr. Ho is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he has taught since 1964. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1978 and has made a valuable contribution as a Member. He is a member of the Social Welfare Advisory Committee, the Medical Development Advisory Committee and other Government bodies. He has also been associated for many years with other voluntary organisations such as the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Association and the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

QBE

Mr Frederick Thomas McHardy JONES

Mr Jones is due to retire after a long career in the Colonial Legal Service. He joined the Directorate of Army Legal Services in London in 1955 where he served as a legal officer until 1960 when he was appointed a Crown Counsel in the Government of Northern Rhodesia. He continued to serve that Government and its successor government until 1967. He joined the Hong Kong Government in 1967 as a Crown Counsel and after various promotions was in 1973 appointed Crown Solicitor in charge of the civil and advisory branch of the Attorney General’s Chambers. Mr Jones has had a distinguished career as a lawyer in the public service and as Crown Solicitor has been responsible at the highest level for the legal affairs of the Government of Hong Kong in respect of civil and advisory matters. He has also acted as Attorney General on occasions during the absence from the Colony of the permanent holder of that post.

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QBE

The Honourable David Kennedy NEWBIGGING, JP

Mr Newbigging is Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Jardine, Matheson & Co., which he joined in 1954, and director of numerous other companies in Hong Kong and the region. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1978 and the Executive Council in 1980 and is making a considerable contribution on both. His other public service includes membership of various Government bodies such as the Trade Development Council, the Trade Advisory Board and the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourist Association and the General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and a former Chairman of the Board of the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

OBE

Prof. David TODD, JP

Professor Todd is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, a well-known physician in Hong Kong and highly respected in academic and professional circles. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1978-1980 and since 1977 a member of the Medical Development Advisory Committee of Hong Kong where his wide knowledge of medicine and his constructive advice and assistance have proved invaluable. Prof. Todd has also made a major contribution in a range of other public duties. He has been Vice-President of the Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong and is currently Director of the Hong Kong Anti-Tuberculosis and Thoracic Diseases Association. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Kidney Foundation; Chief Examiner of the Licentiate Committee of the Medical Council, Consultant in Medicine to the Hong Kong Government? member of the Sino-British Fellowship Trust Selection Committee; member and Past-Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Haematology.

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OBE

Mr George Francis Alfred WARWICK

Mr Warwick was Regional Director of Cable and Wireless Ltd Hong Kong until his retirement in July 1981. The Hong Kong branch of Cable and Wireless Ltd is the largest one in the Company's system, and is in fact one of the largest international telecommunications centres in the Commonwealth. It includes every type of modern telecommunications including submarine cables, two satellite earth stations and one of the largest and most sophisticated computer message switching centres in the world. This has earned Hong Kong the position as the major telecommunications hub in the Far East. He has demonstrated not only the exceptional abilities required to run such a large and complex organisation but also a drive and willingness to contribute time and energy beyond what is normally expected of senior management. He has achieved and maintained good relations with customers and in dealing with high-level negotiations and has been held in high esteem by his employees who number around 1500, of whom over 98% are locally engaged.

ISO

Mr Maurice Kenneth LANE, QFSM, CPM

Following service in the UK Fire Services Mr Lane joined the Hong Kong Government in 1955 as a Revenue Inspector and in 1956 he was appointed to the Hong Kong Fire Brigade as a Station Officer. During his 24^ years service in the Fire Services Department he has made a lasting contribution to fire safety and has played a prominent role on many committees charged with drawing up Codes of Practice in respect of fire safety and means of escape, where his experience and professionalism have been invaluable. His performance in the active operational role has also been most distinguished and in 1966 was recognised by the award of the Colonial Police Medal and in 1972 by the award of the Queen's Fire Services Medal for distinguished service. He has commanded all the major formations of the Fire Services. In the rank of Deputy Director, Mr Lane's contribution has been most valuable and his self-discipline and professionalism have been an example to others.

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ISO

Mr David LIN Huo-fu, JP

Mr Lin was first appointed to the Labour Department as an Assistant Labour Officer in 1957. He was promoted to Labour Officer in 1965, to Senior Labour Officer in 1968 and to Assistant Commissioner for Labour in 1973. During his period of service he has acquired a wide breadth of experience which he has always put to good use. As Assistant Commissioner he has played a very important part in the drafting and implementing of several major pieces of legislation dealing with workmen’s compensation, pneumoconiosis compensation and industrial safety. As Chairman of the Labour Advisory Board Committee on Industrial Safety and Accident Prevention he has also made a valuable contribution towards encouraging the development of a voluntary industrial safety movement in Hong Kong and has done much to persuade employers to participate more actively in this field.

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Mrs Connie SOO MOK Sau-ha, JP

Mrs Soo was first appointed as a Woman Labour Officer in 1956, having previously been a Co-operative Officer. She was promoted to Labour Officer in 1959, to Senior Labour Officer in 1969 and to Assistant Commissioner for Labour in 1979. She has served in most divisions of the Department and has acquired a wide breadth of knowledge and experience which she has always put to good use. She has made a particularly useful contribution in recent years towards building up a network of Local Employment Service offices by which employers are assisted in filling vacancies and job-seekers in finding employment. She has also helped to establish a Selective Placement Service for disabled persons. Her knowledge of the general labour scene in Hong Kong, and of women’s conditions of employment in particular, has proved to be of great value to the Labour Department. Although due to retire in 1980, her service has been extended for a further two years.

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ISO

Dr WONG Chen-ta, JP

Dr Wong joined the service as an Agricultural Assistant in 1949 and, after being in charge of the main Agricultural Experimental Station in the New Territories, was promoted to Assistant Agricultural Officer in 1954, to Agricultural Officer in 1961 and to Senior Agricultural Officer in 1969. During this period he played a leading part in establishing good relations between the Agriculture and Fisheries Department and the farming community. He was particularly interested in land use and development and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong for his work in this field. In 1977 he was promoted to Assistant Director in charge of the Agriculture Branch and in 1980 to Deputy Director. During his 32 years in the Department, Dr Wong has made a considerable contribution, especially in the field of agricultural economics and farm management, to the progress and development of the agricultural industry.

MBE

LAM Tat-yan

Mr Lam has spent the whole of his public service career with the Judiciary. He joined in 1946 as a Clerical Officer and took up the duties of a Court Clerk. He has since worked almost entirely in the Magistracies. He is now a Senior Judicial Clerk and holds the position of the First Clerk. He is a man of initiative and has been exceptionally useful in training new Clerks over the years. In 1968 he was commended by the Colonial Secretary for his part in dealing with difficult situations that arose during the riots in 1967.

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MBE

Mr Stephen LEE Ki

Mr Lee was trained as an Air Raid Precaution Corps Warden in 1940 and when hostilities broke out in 1941 was holding the rank of Group Warden. He served in the Corps until it was disbanded. When the Civil Aid Services was formed in 1952 he immediately re-enlisted and was one of the first volunteers to join. He was appointed as a Post Warden, promoted to officer rank in 1960 and finally to Regional Commander Hong Kong Island in 1977, a senior rank which he holds at the present. In 1969 he was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontefice Cross by His Holiness Pope Paul VI for his distinguished service rendered to displaced persons. He has been a voluntary worker with Caritas, Hong Kong, since 1968 as Head of the Migration Unit responsible for processing emigrants to foreign countries. He also assisted greatly in the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees when the Civil Aid Services became involved in helping to manage Vietnamese Refugee Camps. Mr Lee is a very able C.A.S. officer and was awarded the Civil Defence Long Service Medal in 1963 and the Long Service Clasp in 1976. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Defence, London.

MBE

Mr Francis de Sales OZORIO

Mr Ozorio first joined the Government as a Laboratory Assistant in 1947 and later transferred to Land Bailiff and subsequently to Executive Officer in 1960. He was specially selected in 1969 for liaison work with street hawkers and his outstanding work for several years in this field earned the special praise of the Urban Council and the Director of Urban Services. He subsequently worked as Departmental Secretary in the New Territories Administration at a time of rapid development of the New Territories, and in 1977 he was posted to the London Office where, as a local officer having to adjust to a completely different cultural environment, he projected a very favourable

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image of Hong Kong. He has now returned to duty in Hong Kong. MBE

Mr TSE Tsun-him

Mr Tse is disabled from polio. His involvement in rehabilitation dates back to 1971. He was Honorary Secretary of the Sports Association for the Physically Handicapped (1971-73) and after 1973 a member of the Executive Committee. He participated as a Hong Kong delegate in the Stoke Mandeville International Games and Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970. Following the establishment of the Rehabilitation Development Co-ordinating Committee, he was appointed to two of its sub-committees. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association and the Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youths. He was invited to speak on the subject of "Attitudes Affecting Rehabilitation" in the World Congress on Mental Health held in Manila in 1981. By his own example, Mr Tse has demonstrated how a disabled person can overcome his disabilities and lead a successful life? his major contribution probably lies in his persistent efforts to cultivate in the general public a greater awareness of the needs of the disabled and of their abilities.

MBE (Honorary)

Mr KWAN Tak-hing

Mr Kwan started his career some sixty years ago as a Cantonese opera trainee. He has a special interest in Chinese Kung Fu as well as in Chinese calligraphy and has become a well known figure in both fields. He is still active in the film industry and has played the leading role in almost 100 films. In all his productions, he inevitably portrays loyalty, courtesy and other human virtues, and a number of his films were selected for exhibition in the 1981 Hong Kong International Film Festival. Mr Kwan is also an accomplished bone-setter and has won recognition for benevolence and genuine care for the sick and poor.

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MBE (Honorary)

Sister Moira RIEHL

Sister Riehl first became associated with work for the blind and disabled when helping to run a hostel attached to a girls’ school in Kwangsi, China in the 1930’s. Returning to Hong Kong in 1953 she ran a welfare centre providing employment for women and schooling and nursery facilities for young children. Since 1970 she has worked with the Hong Kong Association for the Blind, primarily involved in the establishment and running of a study centre (which she now heads) for 40 blind students. For this purpose she learned braille which she now teaches to both students and voluntary workers. In every case she aims to ensure that each blind student receives individual attention and that students should have opportunities to meet each other and study in surroundings designed for their needs. Despite her age Sister Riehl brings to her work a dedication and enthusiasm which proves an inspiration to all. Her selfless devotion to the interests of the blind and their integration into the community has played a major part in assisting blind persons in Hong Kong.

MBE (Military)

Sqn Ldr John Geoffrey SHAWCROSS/ AE

Squadron Leader Shawcross has served in the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force (RHKAAF) since 1964 and has held the position of Staff Officer since 1978. He has been closely involved in all aspects of the considerable expansion of the RHKAAF and has ensured that high standards have been maintained during a period of recruitment of extra personnel, re-equipment with more sophisticated aircraft, and expansion of the RHKAAF role in security operations. During the influx of refugees from Vietnam in 1979, and subsequently in the prevention of illegal immigration from China, the RHKAAF was increasingly engaged in operational duties in support of the Security Forces. All this placed substantially heavier responsibilities on Squadron Leader Shawcross which he has discharged with great enthusiasm, commendable efficiency and outstanding professionalism.

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BEM

Mr AU Lim

Mr AU joined the Government service in 1940, as a messenger. In 1955 he was appointed as a Warder in the Prisons Department. Regraded Assistant Officer II in 1972, he was promoted to Assistant Officer I in 1973. During his service he has carried out duties at various prisons and is now on pre-retirement leave from October 1981. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1958 and the First and Second Clasps to the Medal in 1965 and 1970 respectively.

BEM

Mr CHAN Pui-lam

Mr Chan joined the AMS nearly 30 years ago and ever since he has been rendering active and efficient service. He has been one of the main pillars of support in the field of life saving and for many years has put much effort into the training oi members thus contributing to the useful role played by the AMS in augmenting the regular Urban Services Department lifeguard services. Mr Chan is well respected by AMS members for his loyalty, leadership and cbvotion to duty.

BEM

Mrs Brenda Doreen McCORMACK

Mrs McCormack was appointed Confidential Assistant II in 1959. She had previously worked for six years as a Clerical Officer with the Crown Agents in London. For the first 11 years she worked as a Licensing Officer in the (then) Commerce and Industry Department, where she earned a reputation for her helpful and efficient attitude and devotion to duty. She was promoted to Confidential Assistant I in 1965 and to Senior Confidential Assistant in 1970. Since then she has been supervising the Confidential Registry of the Civil Service Examinations Unit, a post calling for organising skills, a thorough knowledge of examination procedures and absolute integrity. Mrs McCormack has shown herself to possess all these attributes.

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BEM

Mr KU Siu-lam

Mr Ku was first appointed as a Messenger by the then Public Relations Office (now Information Services Department) in 1949. In 1967 he was transferred to fill a Motor Driver post within the same Department. His career as a Government Driver started with a challenging experience as he was assigned to four months’ special driving duties for the conveyance of GIS staff in the border areas during the disturbances in 1967. Throughout his service he has been loyal, punctual and efficient, setting an example for other Motor Drivers to follow. He is well liked by his colleagues who have elected him to be the Motor Drivers' Representative to serve on the Information Services Department Joint Junior and General Grades Staff Consultative Committee.

BEM

Mr LAU Kai-sin

Mr Lau joined the Hong Kong Government as a Temporary Clerk in 1946 and he has been employed in the Rating and Valuation Department for the whole of his service, rising to his present rank of Senior Clerical Officer in 1974. His efficiency and his loyalty to the department have been unquestioned and his efforts in motivating junior staff have been unstinting. He is held in very high regard by both his senior and subordinate staff and he has made a valuable contribution to the running of the department in a number of important supervisory clerical posts, notably as a Clerical Supervisor. Mr Lau is now on pre-retirement leave.

BEM

Mr LEE Hong-yip

Mr Lee joined the Registrar General’s Department in 1950 as a Temporary Clerk. After a short period with the Police and USD he has served with the Fire Services Department for the last 16 years of his service. He has worked with diligence and loyalty throughout and has

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risen to the rank of Clerical Officer I. He has shown initiative and his care and attention at all times have contributed significantly to the efficient administration of the Department.

BEM

Mr LI Kam-tong

For all but the first three years service, Mr Li has worked on the telephone exchange at Queen Mary Hospital, one of Hong Kong’s major Government hospitals. His duties, in addition to manning the exchange, include operating the hospital’s radio-paging system, attending to the fire indicator and oxygen indicator panels and the lift indicator lamps. He has performed these duties with diligence and loyalty, and has adapted himself readily to the technological developments of telephone exchanges which have taken place over the years. The rank is one with a high turnover due to the nature of the duties and, in the case of hospitals, the need for shift work. Mr Li has remained a Telephone Operator who could always be relied upon and he is now serving on an extension of service beyond normal retirement age.

BEM

Mr PUN Man-hing

Mr Pun joined the RHKPF in 1950 as a Constable and has served continuously in the Band rising to his present rank of Inspector in 1967. He has been the Band Master and effective second in command of the Police Bands. During his service he has been noted for his enthusiasm and for a genuine interest in the welfare and training of the bandsmen and is respected by his subordinates as a leader as well as for his professional skill. He has served under three Directors of Music, and has successfully stood in for the Director on numerous occasions. Mr Pun's professional ability, dedication and loyalty are highly regarded. He retired from the Force in June 1981.

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BEM

Mr SIU Kit-wah

Mr Siu joined the Royal Navy as cook in 1949 and was seconded to Government House as Head Chef in 1965. He later transferred permanently to Government service in the same post. He is in overall charge of the Government House kitchens and responsible for the standard of all food prepared for the Governor, his household and his guests. He has fulfilled this responsibility in all exemplary manner and takes pride in ensuring that a high standard of excellence is maintained at all times.

BEM

Mr WONG Chee-ming

Mr WONG was first appointed in 1947 as a Temporary Clerk. In 1974 he was transferred to the departmental grade of Assistant Registrar of Shipping and eventually regraded as Senior Clerical Officer in 1980. His career in the service has been spent entirely in the Marine Department. For the first 26 years he worked in the Government Dockyard, being Clerk-in-Charge between 1962 to 1973. From 1974 his main duties were to assist the Registrar of Shipping in performing the statutory duties required for a registrar of British ships under the United Kingdom Merchant Shipping Acts. Mr Wong retired in September 1981.

BEM

Mr WONG Sun

Mr Wong joined the service as a Supervisor (later retitled Assistant Building Supervisor) in 1957. This grade is responsible for supervising the cleaning of Government buildings and the watchmen who protect them. He has worked very hard and enthusiastically, maintaining high standards as demonstrated by his care of the cleaning of the Legislative Council Chamber and offices for six years. Before joining PWD, Mr Wong served 10 years as a Foreman witt£British Government (Ministry of Defence). He retired in June 1981.

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BEM

Mrs Betty YIP TANG Lock-yue

Mrs Yip has been Personal Secretary and latterly Senior Personal Secretary to the Director of Audit for nearly 30 years and has served, with outstanding efficiency, loyalty and devotion to duty, all but one of the post-war incumbents of that office. She is not only one of the longest serving officers of her rank in the Government but with only one exception she has longer continuous service in the Hong Kong Audit Department than any officer of whatever rank. She is an essential element in the smooth functioning of the department and a virtually indispensable assistant to the Director in the performance of his duties and responsibilities, especially during the preparation of the annual audit report which involves her in a heavy work schedule.

CPM

Mr AU Lam

Mr Au joined the RHKPF as a Police Constable in 1950 and was promoted to his present rank of Sergeant in 1971. He has served 28 years in the Criminal Investigation Department and is an acknowledged expert on triads; his unshaken evidence in court has helped to determine very complex cases. Mr Au has received a total of 79 commendations. In 1980 he was appointed officer-in-charge of Divisional Crime Prevention Office.

CPM

Mr John Franklin BARNES

Mr Barnes joined the RHKPF in i960, and was promoted Chief Inspector in 1971. He has maintained a consistently excellent standard of work throughout his service and he has particularly distinguished himself in the promotion of harmonious working relations between the Force and the Macau Police. He is Portuguese, a fluent Portuguese speaker and his efforts in this field led the Portuguese Government to apply officially toward him a Portuguese decoration in recognition. Good working relations with the Police and security authorities

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in Macau continue to be of obvious and vital importance in controlling illegal immigrant traffic. It is thanks to a great extent to the very successful liaison work of Mr Barnes, far in excess of the normal call of duty, that this Force and the Macau Police operate so smoothly together, not only in the field of illegal immigration, but in other police activities. CPM

Mr CHAN Kai-wing

Mr Chan joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1962 and was promoted to Superintendent in 1977. He has served in various formations throughout his career. He was commended by the Commissioner for outstanding ability and dedication whilst attached to Police Training School both as an Instructor and Senior Staff Inspector/Administration. For the past two years, while in charge of the Crime Prevention Bureau, he has contributed greatly to the orderly expansion of the Bureau, and his hard work has resulted in a notable degree of success in making the general population of Hong Kong aware of the importance of crime prevention. Mr Chan has proved himself to be a loyal, capable and dedicated officer.

CPM

Mr CHAN Kwan-to

Mr Chan joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1951 and was promoted to Inspector in 1979. Throughout his service he has demonstrated a high standard of dedication and ability, particularly in the Criminal Records Bureau where he has remained over the past 19 years. Various senior officers have specifically noted his initiative, industry and devotion to duty when additional pressure is involved and a special effort is required. Mr Chan is respected by all his colleagues and has displayed a considerable degree of professionalism, loyalty and dedication.

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CPM

Mr Robert CHENG

Mr Cheng joined th'e Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1966 as an Inspector and was promoted to his present rank of Chief Inspector in 1977. He has served in a number of posts but is now a specialist in combatting triad activities.

These anti-triad measures in the Force have been a great success and culminated in 1980 with one of the biggest round-ups of triad officials that the territory has ever seen. Mr Cheng has contributed greatly to the well-being of the community by detecting triad offences and bringing gang leaders to justice and has been commended on numerous occasions for his exceptional work.

CPM

Mr CHIK Tsang

Mr Chik joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Police Constable in 1950 and was promoted to his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1972. As a veteran crime buster his talent and resourcefulness in criminal investigation have long been recognised. His success in ttis particular field is reflected by his outstanding results while attached to various CID units. His efforts have been particularly successful in combatting pickpocket activities, in detecting burglary cases and in tackling triad offences in general. With his experience and knowledge he is regarded as an expert and consultant in criminal activities perpetrated by organised gangs. Mr Chik has received over 140 commendations.

CPM

Mr John Brian GOULDSMITH

Mr Gouldsmith was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1977. As the head of the Planning Division of the Planning and Research Branch during its recent period of rapid expansion Mr Gouldsmith has supervised the implementation of major long term planning procedures for the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. Under his guidance the Division has assumed a much wider and more active role in, and responsibility for, the identification of Force requirements and acquisition of resources. He has

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been particularly concerned with procuring major welfare and sporting facilities for the use of all staff and their families. He has brought into effect comprehensive planning cycles and broadbased building programmes which have significantly improved Force planning processes. In parallel he has continued to demonstrate his concern for his fellow officers by taking his place as a principal office bearer of their staff association in addition to his official duties over a period which has included a considerable revision of service conditions.

CPM

Mr KEUNG Yi-fu

Mr Keung was promoted to Station Sergeant in 1972, and has held his present post as second in command of Stanley Sub-Division for the past five years. During that time he has been of invaluable assistance to four Sub-Divisional Inspectors through his knowledge of the area and the community. He has unstintingly given his time to the instruction and guidance of his subordinate officers thereby promoting courteous and efficient service to the local community. He has spent many hours, on and off duty, fostering good police-public relations in Stanley area. He is well-liked and respected by the community leaders and other residents of all walks of life. By his personal conduct, diligence and dedication he has reflected the greatest credit on himself and on the Force.

CPM

Mr LAI Sheung-hung

Mr Lai joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1950 and was promoted to his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1965. His service has included responsibility for training regular and Auxiliary Police Officers, and for their participation in successful Police operations during the Royal Visit in 1975. During the past eight years in the Emergency Unit, Hong Kong Island, Mr Lai has worked with enthusiasm and dedication, and his leadership and professional ability have been an example to his men. He is highly respected by his supervisors, contemporaries and subordinates alike.

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CPM

Mr LAU To-yee

Mr Lau joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as an Inspector in April 1957 and has since served in various departments. He was until recently Divisional Superintendent in charge of the Kwun Tong Division, which covers a busy and rapidly developing area of the Kowloon District. Mr Lau is a most energetic and able senior officer who has done much to foster a good relationship with the community he serves. He has also made a valuable contribution to the sporting and social life of the Force and in so doing has done much to enhance morale. He is a loyal officer whose sustained interest and dedication to his duties provide an excellent example to all.

CPM

Mr Lawrence LEE Chung-fu

Mr Lee joined the Auxiliary Police as a Constable in 1961, rose to be a Chief Inspector in 1977 and was promoted to his present rank of Superintendent in 1980. He is currently second in command of the Emergency Unit, Kowloon East. He has been attached to this Unit throughout his service and bore the brunt of the 1966 and 1967 disturbances as a front rank constable and corporal. He was an extremely active riot platoon member in that period and won admiration and respect from both his subordinates and senior officers alike. Mr Lee has continued in the ensuing years to give energetic, loyal and dedicated service to his unit, the Force and the general public.

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CPM

Mr LI Sung

Mr Li joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1951 as a Police Constable and was promoted to his present rank of Inspector in 1959. He has served in the major branches of the Force, including fourteen years in the CID, and has throughout shown himself to be a dedicated and loyal officer. Although approaching the end of his service, he still maintains his high standards and continues to pass on his experience and knowledge to younger officers. He has been commended on numerous occasions for his outstanding work, including a Commendation from His Excellency the Governor. Despite a limited formal education Mr Li has a service record of which he can be proud.

CPM

Major-General Corran William Brooke PURDON, CBE, MC

Mr Purdon joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1978 as Deputy Commissioner after a long and distinguished career in the Army, where he retired as Major-General. He completed one tour, leaving Hong Kong earlier in 1981. During that short time he made an invaluable contribution to police morale and well-being, particularly in the lower ranks, and to improving the administration of the Force. His deep and genuine concern for the good management and welfare of personnel together with his unbounded energy and vitality was not only obvious but highly infectious and he instilled in all ranks a sense of confidence and trust. The circumstances are quite unique and his outstanding service has been recognised by this award.

CPM

Mr Geoffrey William ROPER

Mr Roper joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Probationary Inspector in 1958 after service in the Royal Air Force. He was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1977. He has held a variety of posts and in 1979 took command of the

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newly established Internal Investigations office in the Complaints and Discipline Wing with responsibility for examining the circumstances in cases of alleged misconduct or criminal activity by members of the Police Force. He tackled this new, sensitive and specialist role within the Force with a high degree of professionalism, tact and judgement. He motivated and encouraged his small staff and it is largely to his credit that the Internal Investigations Office is today a credible, efficient and respected arm of the Force.

CPM

Mr Keith TIDEY

Mr Tidey joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Probationary Sub-Inspector in 1959 and was promoted to his present rank of Superintendent in 1973. He has served in a variety of posts and his service has been distinguished by his dedication tc duty, his willingness to accept responsibility and his loyalty to superiors and subordinates alike. From 1974 to 1979 he was Divisional Superintendent/Airport where he established an excellent working liaison with officials of airline companies and his counterparts abroad. His personal efforts in this post led to the successful establishment of the Division. Since February 1980 he has held the post of Staff Officer/Operations and Investigation/Narcotics Bureau where he and his men have played a major part in the continuing successful disruption of drug trafficking in this region.

CPM

Mr KWAN Ip

Principal Ambulanceman KWAN started his service in the Medical Department in 1945 and transferred to the Fire Services in 1953 when the department became responsible for operating the Government Ambulance Service. He has served meritoriously in all areas of the territory and during his long service has dealt with thousands of sick and injured people. At many fires and other calamities he has performed his duty alongside his firemen colleagues and he has brought relief and comfort to many people trapped in dangerous situations at considerable personal risk over and above the normal. As

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a senior NCO he maintains discipline by example and gaining others' respect. He has contributed a great deal in matters of training where his long experience has been of distinct value. CPM Mr LEE Kin-biu

Divisional Officer Lee has served with the Fire Services with distinction for 26 years in most echelons of the department. By far the greater part of his service has been on active operational duties and his actions at countless serious emergencies have been responsible for the saving of many lives and much property from fire and calamity. His work in the rapidly developing New Territories over a number of years has been of particular value and he has been instrumental in establishing good relations between residents and the department in many areas, especially the border area. He was commended by HE the Governor for his excellent work at fires during the 1956 civil disturbances.

CPM

Mr MA Sze

years

Principal Fireman MA has served for 26/in the Hong Kong Island fire command rising through the ranks to his present senior NCO rank. He has served with distinction and loyalty at all the stations to which he has been attached and at the countless emergencies he has attended. He has been commended twice during his service for devotion to duty, courage and resourcefulness in rescuing people. His performance has been meritorious throughout and has significantly contributed to the saving of many lives and much property from fire and other calamities.

CPM

Mr SIT Che-hung

Mr. Sit was first appointed as an Ambulance Officer in 1958. With the exception of a one year break when he performed duty as a Fire Officer under training he has served entirely with the Ambulance Command. He has commanded a number of units, bringing them all to a high standard of efficiency. His experience, enthusiasm and

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dedication to duty have been most valuable in the formative years of this relatively young ambulance echelon of the department. During his active operational service in charge of an ambulance his skill and patience in his handling of patients had been particularly noteworthy as has been his performance of duty at countless fires and calamities often involving people trapped and injured in dangerous situations which required ambulance aid treatment at considerable personal risk.

Badges of Honour

Mr CHAN Chung-hang

Tong charitable organisation Mr Chan has been closely involved with the Yan Oi and was instrumental in raising $4 million for Tuen Mun

Yan Oi Polytechnic in 1978. Now Vice-Chairman and organising fund-raising drive for $40 million Community and Indoors Sports Centre to be completed next year.

Mr CHAN Ka-kwan

Mr Chan is an extremely active community leader in Eastern District with loyal and enthusiastic support for Government. Chairman Quarry Bay Area Committee. Member of City District Committee since 1977 and District Fight Crime Committee. Has displayed keen interest in youth and educational matters. Chairman Hong Kong (East), School Sports Association and other community committees and active in Lions Club and Kaifong Association.

Mr Michael CHENG Tak-kin

Mr Cheng is Principal*?© Leung Kuk College. Member of Area Committee and District Board, active in sports and cultural activities. Member of Wong Tai Sin Recreation and Sports Council and Arts Council. Organises district youth programmes and is pioneer of anti-narcotic campaigns.

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Badges of Honour (Cont1d)

Member of Public Advisory Panel on Film Censorship, Executive Committee member of Reform Club and member of Juvenile Courts Advisory Panel.

Mrs Mabel CHOW

Mrs Chow has been an exemplary Chairman of Maidstone Lane MAC since 1974, Member of Tokwawan (South) Area Committee (1978) and is now Chairman, the District Fight Crime Committee (1978), She has served on Consumer Council since 1979, was appointed Lay Assessor 1980 and Licensing Court member 1981.

Mr CHOW Pui-chun

Mr Chow is Chairman of Chai Wan South Area Committee. Member of City District Committee and Fight Crime Committee. Closely involved in other organisations developing sports and youth activities. Local leader of Chiu Chow community.

Mr John HO Tung-ching

Mr Ho manages Ching Yih Girls’ Secondary Colleges in Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung and Pak Yue Girls’ Secondary School in Yuen Long. Unofficial member of Tsuen Wan District Advisory Board since 1977. Member of its Recreation and Culture Subcommittee and Fight Crime Committee. Vice-President of North and South Kwai Chung Scouts Associations. Has helped to publicise Tsuen Wan Arts Festival and is member of Tsuen Wan District Youth Recreation Coordinating Committee.

Mr KWOK Cheong

Mr Kwok is active in Shek Kip Mei and Pak Tin community development. Chairman of Area Committee since 1978 and Kaifong Association since 1977. Chairman of Sham Shui Po Fortnight Organising Committee. Chairman District Scouts Association since 1977. Has given generous financial support to campaigns.

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Badges of Honour (Cont'd)

Mr Joseph KWOK Sheung-leung

Mr Kwok is Headmaster^Catholic Mission School. He has shown keen interest in promoting better education and community service in Hong Kong. Member of Curriculum Development Committee (Education Department) since 1972. Sheung Wan (Western) Area Committee member 1973-1976. Established MAC in his school. Member of City District Committee since 1977 and District Fight Crime Committee.

Mr David LAI Kam-man

Mr Lai has been Director of Pok Oi Hospital since 1976, Vice-Chairman 1978-81 and now Chairman. Special Councillor of Heung Yee Kuk since 1978. Supervisor of Wing Hing Primary School. President of Yuen Long (East) District Scouts Association. Deeply interested in promotion of arts and sports. Now executive committee member of Yuen Long District Arts Committee and Vice-President of Sports Association.

Mr LAM Hang-fai

Mr Lam is a dedicated local leader in Kwun Tong. Member of Town Centre Area Committee since 1977. Strong supporter of summer youth programmes. President of Kwun Tong Sports Association. Member of Kwun Tong District Board since April 1981. Most well-known sports figure in district.

Miss Lucy LEUNG Chih-an

Miss Leung is Assistant Secretary, Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association which she has served since 1958. Has made significant contribution to promotion of music and speech activities and organised festivals with great patience and understanding.

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Badges of Honours (Cont * d)

Mr LI Hung-cheong

Mr Li has been Tai Po MAC Chairman since 1974.

He is very active in promoting community building and involvement. Member of Environmental Improvement and Works Sub-Committee of the Tai Po District Board since 1980.

Mr LIU Ching-leung

Mr Liu has been Village Representative of Sheung Shui Tsuen since 1974, Vice-Chairman of Rural Committee 1976-80 and now Chairman and ex-officio Heung Yee Kuk member. Chairman of North District Scout Council since 1976. Member of District Board and Committees. Director NT Lions Club.

Mr LIU Koon-shing

Mr Liu has been Chairman of Yeun Ling Rural Committee since 1963, Ngau Tsuen Area Committee since 1973, East Diamond Hill Kaifong Association since 1975 and Wong Tai Sin District Road Safety Campaign for four years. Member of Wong Tai Sin City District Committee since 1973 and District Board from 1981. Has set up Native Villages of All Kowloon Committee. Also encourages sporting and youth activities by way of donations and in organising events.

Mr LIU Lit-for

Mr Liu is active in Central and Western district community work projects. Chairman District Youth Recreation Coordinating Committee. Has supported wide range of projects. Director Tung Wah 1963-64. Hon. President Chung Sing Benevolent Society since 1969. Hon. Chairman Hong Kong Amateur Basketball Association since 1971. Director South China Athletic Association.

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Badges of Honour (Cont’d)

Mr MAK Yat-lam

Mr Mak has been closely associated with community affairs since 1973. He was Chairman of first MAC in Yau Ma Tei and participates actively in district campaigns. Member of Area Committee since 1974 and deeply involved in District Newspaper. Member of City District Committee.

Madam PO Wai-ching

Madam Po is Headmistress of Yau Ma Tei Kaifong Association Primary School. Member of Area Committee since 1973 and Chairman of many working groups. Member of District Committee since 1978. Has rendered substantial physical and financial support to community projects.

Mr POON Cheung

Mr Poon has had business connections with Tai Kok Tsui area for over 30 years. Has been active in Mong Kok Kaifong Association since 1976, now Vice-President. Chairman Tai Kok Tsui Area Committee in 1978. Also active in recreation and sports field and services for the young. Chairman of Mong Kok District Cultural, Recreation and Sports Association Limited and was Chairman of District Youth Recreation Coordinating Committee. Member of District Committee, President of District Clansman Association and Scouts Association.

Mr TAM Kang-fat

Mr Tam has been Vice-Chairman of Kaifong Association since 1970 and also a Vice-Chairman of Aberdeen/Ap Lei Chau Area Committee since 1974. Joined Auxiliary Fire Services in 1936. Heavily involved in relief work after disastrous typhoons and rainstorms in 60s and 70s. Keen and efficient organiser of community activities, including recreation and sports. Was vice-Chairman Hong Kong Miniature Football Association 1965-1971.

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Badges of Honour (Cont * d)

Mrs Ivy WU KWOK Sau-ping

Mrs Wu was Chairman Yan Chai Hospital Board of Directors and member Tsuen Wan District Advisory Board 1980/81. Enthusiastically involved in hospital expansion programme and fund-raising activities. Chairman of Community Chest Tsuen Wan District Sub-Committee in 1980/81. Adviser to and member of many other community services.

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ns# year koypj <rs 1982

(British Forces)

OBE

Lieutenant Colonel C.J.D. Bullock W oGR (Now in England.)

Lieutanant Colonel J.J.G. MacKenzie QQ HLBRS (Now in England)

MBE

Major N.M. Haynes 2GR (Now in England)

Warrant Officer Class 1 W.F. Fullerton Scots Guards

Major (Queen's Gurkha Officer) Amarbahadur Thapa MVO 10GH

Major (Careen1 s Gurkha Officer) Deoknmar Rai MVO 7GR

BEM

Warrant Officer Class 1 Ajiman Gurung 2GR

Staff Sergeant J. Paris QC HLDRS (Now in Ehgland)

Warrant Officer Class 2 Magankumar Chhetri 2GR

Sergeant Amber Tamang 2GR (Now in Ehgland)

Warrant Officer Class 2 Chewang Norbhu Lama 2GR

Staff Sergeant B.A. Newman REME (Now in Germany)

BEM (State)

Sub-Inspector Bhagat Singh - Army Depot Police

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER , 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STREET ALTERATIONS FOR MTR WORK ........................ 1

RE-CLASSIFICATION OF SCHOOL HIRE-CARS AS PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES J

NEW APPOINTMENTS TO METRICATION COMMITTEE............... 4

TSUEN WAN BOARD TO SPEND $100 000 ON ELECTION PUBLICITY ..... 5

GOVERNOR RETURNS ....................................... 5

SHA TIN TO HOLD DANCE COMPETITION....................... $

VOCAL RECITAL........................................... 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER ............ 7

STUBBS ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGE ............................. 7

SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO BE CLOSED SIX MORNINGS. 8

PART OF CAR PARK CLOSED FOR FAIR........................ 8

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1981

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STREET ALTERATIONS FOR MTR WORK ft * ft ft ft ft

A NUMBER OF STREET ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES WILL BE EFFECTED IN WAN CHAI AND SHEUNG WAN FROM JANUARY 31, 1982 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

IN WAN CHAI, THE CARRIAGEWAY OF O’BRIEN ROAD BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WJLL BE REDUCED IN WIDTH TO 10 METRES PERMANENTLY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUBWAY AND ENTRANCES TO A STATION CONCOURSE. ANOTHER SECTION OF O’BRIEN ROAD BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND JOHNSTON ROAD WILL ALSO BE REDUCED TO 10 METRES WIDE PERMANENTLY, AND A LAY-BYE WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE WESTERN SIDE BETWEEN JOHNSTON ROAD AND THOMSON ROAD.

THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES AND ALTERATIONS WILL ALSO BE EFFECTEDi

(A) HENNESSY ROAD (BETWEEN LUARD ROAD AND FLEMMING ROAD) - CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO LANES IN EACH DIRECTION WITH SECTIONS OF FOOTPATH REDUCED TO 2.3 M AND 2.5 M WIDE ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES RESPECTIVELY"

(B) O’BRIEN ROAD (BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD) - CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE AND A TWO-METRE WIDE ROVING FOOTPATH WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE WEST SIDE-

(C) O’BRIEN ROAD (BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND THOMSON ROAD) - CARRIAGEWAY AND THE WESTERN FOOTPATH WILL BE CLOSED"

(D) O’BRIEN ROAD (BETWEEN THOMSON ROAD AND JOHNSTON ROAD) - CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO LANES AND THE WESTERN FOOTPATH CLOSED.

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHEUNG WAN STATION, THE CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN ON TAI STREET AND MORRISON STREET WILL BE REDUCED PERMANENTLY TO A WIDTH OF 7.3 METRES AND THE FOOTPATH AREA INCREASED TO INCORPORATE A GROUND VENT SHAFT STRUCTURE.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES AND ALTERATIONS WILL BE EFFECTEDi

(A) DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL (BETWEEN ON TAI STREET AND MORRISON STREET) - CARRIAGEWAY AND FOOTPATH WILL BE REDUCED IN WIDTH, BUT VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE THERE WILL BE MAINTAINED-

/(B) DES VOEUX ROAD .......

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(B) DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL (BETWEEN CLEVERLY STREET AND MAN WA LANE) - CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO THREE LANES, TWO FOR EASTBOUND AND ONE FOR WESTBOUND. THE WESTBOUND LANE WILL BE OPEN TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY. SECTIONS OF FOOTPATHS ON BOTH THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH SIDES WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO METRES WIDE AND THE EASTBOUND TRAM STOP WILL BE RELOCATED TO A POSITION NEARER CLEVERLY STREET-

CC) DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL (BETWEEN MAN WA LANE AND RUMSEY STREET) - WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY. EASTBOUND LANES AND TRAM TRACKS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED, BUT THE SOUTHERN FOOTPATH ADJACENT TO RUMSEY STREET WILL BE RE-ALIGNED-

(D) DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL (BETWEEN RUMSEY STREET AND GILMAN STREET) - CARRIAGEWAY AND TRAM TRACKS WILL BE RE-ALIGNED WITH THREE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC LANES AND A TRAM LANE. THERE WILL BE TWO EASTBOUND LANES OF WHICH ONE WILL BE SHARED BY TRAMS. THE SOUTHERN FOOTPATH BETWEEN RUMSEY STREET AND WING LOK STREET WILL BE CLOSED WHILE THE NORTHERN FOOTPATH ON THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED, BUT DIVERSIONS WILL BE REQUIRED ON OCCASIONS-

(E) ON TAI STREET - EXISTING FOOTPATH WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO METRES WIDE-

(F) HILLIER STREET (BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL) - CARRIAGEWAY AND FOOTPATHS WILL BE CLOSED. AN ALTERNATIVE TWO-METRE WIDE ROVING FOOTPATH WILL BE PROVIDED-

(G) RUMSEY STREET (BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL) - TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE MAINTAINED AND THE EASTERN FOOTPATH CLOSED-

(H) RUMSEY STREET (BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL) - EASTERN FOOTPATH WILL BE REDUCED TO A MINIMUM OF 1.5 METRES WIDE-

(I) WING LOK STREET (BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND RUMSEY STREET) - CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE INCREASED TO THREE LANES WHILE THE NORTHERN FOOTPATH WILL BE CLOSED.

ALTERNATIVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AND SUITABLE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED. NEW TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THHUSDAY, DECIXBER J1, 1981

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CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION IN CONNECTION WITH THESE ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND MUST REACH HIS OFFICE WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE £Jo^N!NIt£0SURE 0R W,THIN one ye*R from THE DATE OF RE-OPENING A STREET WHICH IS CLOSED TEMPORARILY.

WAS ARE

™ *ESPECT 0F ™ESE STREET CLOSURES AND ALTERATIONS PUBLISHED TODAY IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. THE AREAS AFFECTED SHOWN ON PLANS NUMBERED MT/G/18O AND 181.

ANY

JvE Ph*RS *AY BE INSPECTED BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM ON °IRER THAN SATURDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), 205A, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, GROUND FLOOR- ENQUIRY SUB-OFFIC^, C.G.O., WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR- CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI), 201, HENNESSY F,RST FL00RS and at the crown lands and SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING,

GARDEN ROAD

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RE-CLASSIFICATION OF SCHOOL HIRE-CARS AS * M I*

PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES

SCHOOL HIRE-CAR OPERATORS ARE REMINDED THAT LARGER VANS MAY BE RE-CLASSIFIED AS PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES FOR SCHOOL USE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

EXISTING SCHOOL HIRE-CARS ARE REGISTERED AND LICENSED TO CARRY ONLY SEVEN PASSENGERS WHICH MEANS THAT THESE VEHICLES STILL REMAIN IN THE PRIVATE CAR CATEGORY.

HOWEVER, SOME ARE DESIGNED TO CARRY MORE PEOPLE AND IN ORDER TO UTILISE THIS EXTRA SPACE, THE SPOKESMAN URGED OPERATORS TO APPLY NOW IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATIONS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT EXEMPTIONS IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION AND USE REGULATIONS MAY BE GRANTED TO LIGHT BUSES DESIGNED WITH A SEATING CAPACITY OF NOT LESS THAN EIGHT AND NOT MORE THAN 12 PASSENGERS BUT THESE CONCESSIONS ARE GRANTED ONLY TO HOLDERS OF VALID SCHOOL HIRE-CAR PERMITS.

SCHOOL CHILDREN MAY BE CARRIED IN THE RATIO OF THREE CHILDREN UNDER 1.37 METRES (FOUR FEET SIX INCHES) TO TWO ADULTS.

HE ADDED THAT THE RELICENSING OF A PRIVATE CAR WAS NOT AUTOMATIC AND MAY ONLY BE APPROVED SUBJECT TO A PRIOR SUBMISSION CF PLANS AND A VEHICLE EXAMINATION CONDUCTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

ONCE RECLASSIFIED, THE REGISTERED OWNER CAN NOMINATE TWO PERSONS WITH AT LEAST THREE YEAR'S DRIVING EXPERIENCE AS DRIVERS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL OFFICE AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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NEW APPOINTMENTS TO METRICATION COMMITTEE * * * *

NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE METRICATION COMMITTEE ARE ANNOUNCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

PROFESSOR KING SING-YU I, EMERITUS OF HONG KONG, HAS BEEN RE-APPOINTED AS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1 FOLLOWING PERSONS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO SERVE AS >€TRICATION COMMITTEEl

PROFESSOR OF THE UNIVERSITY CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE

THE

MEMBERS OF THE

MR CECIL S.O. CHAN MISS OPHELIA CHEUNG MISS CECILIA YUET-TING FUNG MR J.H. HENDERSON MS ELIZABETH SHING DR D.F. TAYLOR MISS RITA TSUI

THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC OFFICERS HAVE ALSO BEEN AMBERS OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEEl

APPOINTED TO BE

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE, WHO SHALL ALSO BE VICE-CHAIRMAN

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON) FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE AREi

(A) TO BE THE FOCAL POINT OF LIAISON ON ALL MATTERS CONCERNING METRICATION"

(B) TO COLLECT, COLLATE AND DISSEMINATE INFORMATION, BOTH OF A TECHNICAL NATURE AND OTHERWISE, RELATING TO METRIC USAGE GENERALLY OR TO DEVELOPMENTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES"

(C) TO ADVISE PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS ON ALL ASPECTS OF METRICATION-

(D) TO ADVISE AND ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUAL SECTORS IN THE FRAMING OF THEIR PROGRAMMES AND TIMETABLE FOR METRICATION, WITH A VIEW TO SECURING COHERENT SECTORAL OR INDUSTRY-WIDE PROGRAMMES-

(E) TO CO-ORDINATE METRICATION PUBLICITY- AND

(F) TO LIAISE WITH BOARDS AND SIMILAR BODIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE A CHANGE TO THE METRIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN ACHIEVED OR IS IN PROCESS.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1981

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TSUEN WAN BOARD TO SPEND |1OO 000 ON ELECTION PUBLICITY x x x x

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AND INFORMATION SUB-COMMITTEE IS PLANNING TO SPEND 1100 000 TO PUBLICISE THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

A WORKING PARTY HAS BEEN FORMED RECENTLY TO ORGANISE ALL PUBLICITY WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN LATE JANUARY AND EARLY MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE PUBLICATION OF A 200-PAGE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD ANNUAL REPORT AND A FORTNIGHTLY DISTRICT BOARD NEWSLETTER, PUTTING UP 10 PUBLICITY BOXES AT POPULAR LOCATIONS AND THE USE OF A BROADCASTING VAN IN REMOTE VILLAGES.

A SUB-COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID THROUGH THE WORK IT WAS HOPED THAT RESIDENTS WOULD GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE BOARD.

♦WE HOPE MORE CANDIDATES WILL STAND FOR ELECTION AND THAT ALL REGISTERED VOTERS WILL VOTE ON ELECTION DAY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR THE ELECTION, TSUEN WAN WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 10 CONSTITUENCIES WITH 24 POLLING STATIONS.

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE ELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN JANUARY 15 AND FEBRUARY 9.

ELECTION DAY IS MARCH 4.

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GOVERNOR RETURNS

* * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE RETURNED TO HONG KONG TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER A VISIT TO SHENZHEN.

HE CROSSED THE BORDER AT MAN KAM TO AT 12 NOON. SIR MURRAY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR D. AKERS-JONES AND THE POLITICAL ADVISER, M? ROBIN MCLAREN.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1981

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SHA TIN TO HOLD DANCE COMPETITION * * *

A DANCE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN SHA TIN TOMORROW (NEW YEAR’S DAY) AS PART OF THE CURRENT SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT.

IT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, AND WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM AT THE KIANGSU-CHEKIANG COLLEGE. , WINNERS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS AND WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE EVENING AT THE SAME VENUE.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE JUDGED ON THEIR THEME, STYLE, CO-OPERATION, MUSIC, MANNERS, EXPRESSION, COSTUMES AND TEMPO.

THE DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE EVENING IS ALSO ONE OF THE EVENTS ORGANISED FOR THE ARTS FORTNIGHT.

IT WILL START AT 7.30 PM AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

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VOCAL RECITAL * * * *

LOCAL TENOR MAK CHEE-SING WILL GIVE A RECITAL AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL ON FEBRUARY 6 AT 7.30 PM.

HE WILL SING FAVOURITE MELODIES AND FOLK SONGS OF VARIOUS NATIONS, AS WELL AS CHINESE PIECES.

MAK STUDIED SINGING WITH SUSANNA CHOW IN HONG KONG, AND LATER JOINED THE INTERNATIONAL CLASS OF CONSERVATOR 10 DI MUSICA SANTA CECILIA, AND PURSUED FURTHER STUDIES AT THE ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN BRITAIN. HE THEN JOINED THE HAGEN CITY THEATRE IN WEST GERMANY FOR TWO YEARS.

TICKETS FOR THE RECITAL AT 17 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE AND SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1981

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER

X X X X

n CARRIAGEWAY OF GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE

CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS BETWEEN THE HOURS

OF 9 PM AND 5 AM FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY (JANUARY 10) FOR MAINTENANCE wOr\ K >

NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED OUTSIDE THESE HOURS.

TRAFF,C WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FERRY STREET, JORDAN AND GASCOIGNE ROADS.

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STUBBS ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGE X * X

BOTH THE DOWNHILL AND UPHILL LANES IN STUBBS ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY, NEAR TUNG SHAN TERRACE, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 PM ON SATURDAY TO 7 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 4).

THESE LANES WILL ALSO BE CLOSED THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY (JANUARY 9) FROM 2 PM UNTIL 7 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 11) FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ONE LANE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1981

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SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO BE CLOSED SIX MORNINGS

XXX

A SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD BETWEEN EMBANKMENT ROAD AND YUEN PO STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE CLOSED FOR SIX MORNINGS BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM SATURDAY (JANUARY 2) TO THURSDAY (JANUARY 7) FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TO CARRY OUT BRIDGE DEMOLITION WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIODS, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD MAY USE SAI YEE STREET AND BOUNDARY STREET.

WESTBOUND VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA EMBANKMENT ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET.

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PART OF CAR PARK CLOSED FOR FAIR

* X X

A LARGE PART OF MURRAY BARRACKS CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM 6 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 2) TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY FOR A FUN FAIR ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE/ CENTRAL AND WESTERN.

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