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

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO

SPECIAL ROYAL WEDDING STAMP ISSUE ............................ 1

DECISION ON WATER RESTRICTIONS DEFERRED ...................... 1

WATER STORAGE FIGURES ........................................ 2

SURVEY OF ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY BEGINS ......................... 2

SEMINAR FOR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS ................. J

MANAGEMENT GROUP FORMED FOR 810 MILLION CENTRE ............... 4

ROAD WORK TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ......................... 5

ANOTHER PUMPING STATION FOR MUK WU ........................... 5

SALT WATER LEAKAGE TESTS

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MONDAY, JUNE 1, 1981

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SPECIAL ROYAL WEDDING STAMP ISSUE * * * *

THERE WILL BE TWO MORE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUES IN 1981, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

THE FIRST, TO COMMEMORATE THE MARRIAGE OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER, WILL BE ISSUED ON JULY 29, AND THE SECOND, WITH THE THEME +PUBLIC HOUSING*, WILL BE ISSUED ON OCTOBER 14.

THE ROYAL WEDDING ISSUE WILL COMPRISE THREE STAMPS (VALUES 20 CENTS, SI.30 AND S5).

THE DESIGNS INCORPORATE AN HERALDIC GARLAND SYMBOLISING THE MARRIAGE, AND A WEDDING BOUQUET COMPOSED OF BAUHINIA FLOWERS (20 CENTS)- A PHOTOGRAPH OF PRINCE CHARLES DOTTING THE EYE OF A DRAGON DURING HIS VISIT TO HONG KONG IN MARCH 1979 (81.30)- AND AN OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPH ($5).

THE STAMPS WILL BE PRINTED IN TWO PANES OF 25 STAMPS EACH AND AN ADDED ATTRACTION FOR PHILATELISTS IS THE DECORATIVE HERALDIC DESIGN IN THE CENTRAL GUTTER BETWEEN THE TWO PANES OF STAMPS.

THE POST OFFICE EXPECTS THIS TO BE A VERY POPULAR ISSUE.

THE PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUE WILL COMPRISE FOUR STAMPS (VALUES 20 CENTS, SI, SI.30 AND S2).

A SOUVENIR SHEET FOR THE PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUE WILL ALSO BE ISSUED.

THE FIRST SPECIAL ISSUE OF STAMPS IN 1982 WILL BE

MADE ON JANUARY 5, WITH THE THEME +THE PORT OF HONG KONG, PAST AND PRESENT*, AND WILL COMPRISE FOUR STAMPS (20 CENTS, SI, 81.30 AND $2).

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DECISION ON WATER RESTRICTIONS DEFERRED ******

A DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO IMPOSE WATER RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND HAS BEEN DEFERRED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH WHEN A GENERAL REVIEW OF THE OVERALL WATER SITUATION WILL BE MADE, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, ANNOUNCED

TODAY (MONDAY).

MR TOMLINSON SAID THAT THIS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE YIELD FROM RAINFALL TO THE ISLAND RESERVOIRS SO FAR THIS WET SEASON.

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HE EXPLAINED THAT WHEN THE WARNING ON THE POSSIBLE INTRODUCTION CF WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR HONG KONG ISLAND WAS GIVEN ON APRIL 10, THE WATER STORAGE IN THE ISLAND RESERVOIRS WAS 10.1 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 30 PER CENT OF THE CAPACITY.

TODAY, THE STORAGE STANDS AT 17.5 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 50 PER CENT OF THE CAPACITY.

HOWEVER, MR TOMLINSON SAID THAT THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE CHANGE AS FAR AS TOTAL RESERVOIR STORAGE IS CONCERNED.

AT 9 AM TODAY, THE TOTAL STORAGE IN THE RESERVOIRS WAS 226.7 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 39.2 PER CENT OF THE CAPACITY, COMPARED WITH 339.4 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 58.7 PER CENT AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

THE DIRECTOR APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO EXERCISE MAXIMUM ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WATER.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURES * * * *

THE TOTAL WATER STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 39.2 PER CENT OR 226.732 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

ON THE SAME DATE LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 329.491 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER. THIS WAS 58.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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SURVEY OF ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY BEGINS

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A MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY BEGINS TODAY (MONDAY) TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY, THE SIXTH OF ITS KIND, IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE HAVE BEEN SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY RANDOM STRATIFIED SAMPLING.

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EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES AND A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL VISIT THE ESTABLISHMENTS AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, Itt WARNER S.Y. YEH, SAID TODAY THAT THE SURVEY WAS NEEDED IN VIEW CF THE MANY CHANGES SINCE THE ONE CONDUCTED TWO YEARS AGO.

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

♦AS THE INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED IS OF IMPORTANCE IN FORMULATING MEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY, CO-OPERATION OF THOSE COVERED IN THE SURVEY IS SINCERELY SOLICITED,+ HE ADDED.

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SEMINAR FOR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS ******

A SEMINAR FOR OFFICE-BEARERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS IN THE NAM SHAN AND YAU YAT CHUEN DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1981 STARTING FROM 7 PM IN TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE, TONG YAM STREET, TAI HANG TUNG.

THE FUNCTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NAM SHAN AND YAU YAT CHUEN AREA COMMITTEE AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, SHAM SHU I PO, WITH A VIEW TO FOSTERING BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND RELATIONS AMONG MEMBERS OF THE AREA COMMITTEE, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND PROVIDING A FORUM FOR THE MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

MR STEPHEN IP, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, AND MR PETER CHEUNG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, WILL SPEAK AT THE EVENT TO INTRODUCE THE GENERAL CONTENT OF THE SCHEME AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION IN SHAM SHU I PO. REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

A SLIDE SHOW INTRODUCING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS IN FUTURE PUBLICITY TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.

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THE EVENT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A BUFFET DINNER.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO THE EVENT.

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MANAGEMENT GROUP FORMED FOR $10 MILLION CENTRE

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A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED FOR THE $10 MILLION NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AND TOWN HALL NOW BEING BUILT AT SHEUNG SHU I.

THE CENTRE IS ON A 2 750 SQUARE METRE SITE NEAR SHEK WU HUI RAILWAY STATION AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP TO OVERSEE THE USE OF PREMISES AND FACILITIES AND TO PROVIDE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS OF THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES

FIVE SUB-COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN FORMED TO DEAL WITH FUND RAISING FITTING OUT AND EQUIPMENT, PROGRAMMES, THE OPENING CEREMONY AND A HISTORICAL EXHIBITION.

THE CENTRE WILL PROVIDE A MUCH NEEDED SERVICE FOR THE LOCAL POPULATION WHICH WILL RISE TO OVER 170 000 BY THE END OF THE 198O’S WHEN DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN IS FULLY COMPLETED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SAID TODAY.

THE CENTRE WILL BE AIR CONDITIONED AND CONSIST OF A 1 OOO-SEAT AUDITORIUM OVER A COVERED PLAY AREA, LINKED TO A SIX-STOREY BU ILDING.

FACILITIES IN THE BUILDING WILL INCLUDE OFFICES, EXHIBITION SPACE, A COFFEE BAR, LIBRARY, MEETING ROOMS, GAMES AREA AND NURSERY. THE ROOF WILL BE USED AS AN OPEN PLAY AREA.

DONATIONS OF $3 MILLION HAVE BEEN RAISED FOR THE PROJECT WITH THE BALANCE BEING PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT.

A LOCAL LEADER, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, IS CHAIRMAN OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WHICH COMPRISES 16 UNOFFICIAL AND SIX OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.


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ROAD WORK TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

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A GRADE-SEPARATED INTERSECTION IS TO BE BUILT ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD OVER THE JUNCTION OF LAI YIP STREET, ELEGANCE ROAD AND KWUN TONG ROAD TO RELIEVE THE EXISTING TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREA.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK WILL CONSIST OF A 4OO-METRE LONG TWO-LANE DUAL ELEVATED CARRIAGEWAY ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD AND A TWO-LANE CONNECTION LINKING THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ROAD.

UPON COMPLETION, TRAFFIC ON KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE CARRIED OVER THE JUNCTION ON THE ELEVATED STRUCTURE, WHILE TURNING MOVEMENTS WILL EE CONTROLLED AT GROUND LEVEL BY A TRAFFIC SIGNAL SYSTEM.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ELEVATED ROAD WOULD NOT ONLY RELIEVE CONGESTION AT THE ABOVE JUNCTION BUT WOULD ALSO FORM A CONTINUATION OF THE PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR ROAD OF THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ROAD BETWEEN KOWLOON BAY AND KWUN TONG WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND LAST ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

DURING CONSTRUCTION, TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.

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ANOTHER PUMPING STATION FOR MUK WU X X * X

WORK WILL BEGIN SHORTLY ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER PUMPING STATION AND ASSOCIATED RECEPTION FACILITIES AT MUK WU NEAR THE BORDER.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK WERE INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE PROJECT FORMED PART OF STAGE ONE OF A $1 300 MILLION PLAN TO CATER FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS.

HE SAID THAT THE PUMPING STATION WOULD HOUSE TEN SETS OF PUMPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF ABOUT 1.4 MILLION CUBIC METRES DAILY.

THE ASSOCIATED RECEPTION FACILITIES WILL COMPRISE TWO RECEPTION TANKS, EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 5 400 CUBIC METRES.

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ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE LAYING OF SOME 1 200 METRES OF TWIN PIPELINES OF 2 000 MM TO 2 200 MM IN DIAMETER. A SECTION OF THE PIPELINES WILL CROSS UNDER SHEN ZHEN RIVER TO CONNECT WITH THE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN THE NORTHERN BANK OF THE RIVER IN CHINA.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TEMPORARY PUMPING ARRANGEMENTS WOULD ALSO BE MADE TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM BY ABOUT 170 000 CUBIC METRES DAILY.

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SALT WATER LEAKAGE TESTS X X X X

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN HO MAN TIN K CUT OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO THE FOLLOWING DAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

WILL 6 AM

eTBri-IHE,.A?EA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY PUI CHING ROAD, SHEUNG SHING ciaefl’ SHEK KU STREET> PERTH STREET, GULLANE ROAD, SHEUNG HONG

L0K STREET' AND SHEUNG FOO STREET INCLUDING SHEUNG

FAT STREET, SHEUNG HING STREET AND BLOCK 1-8 HO MAN TIN ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

$100 000 INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ DRIVE STARTS ................... 1

NO-SMOKING CAMPAIGN TO START IN HOSPITALS ...................... 3

MORE YOUTHS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY CLUBS.......................... 4

GOVERNOR TO VISIT TSING YI ISLAND .............................. 5

PWD APRIL CONTRACTS TOTAL $241 MILLION ......................... 5

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR MUSIC AND DANCE GRANTS ................... 6

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ...................................  6

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE........................................ 7

SAI KUNG PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 1981

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) LAUNCHED THE FIRST PROJECT IN ITS MILLION-DOLLAR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR 1981/82 - A QUIZ CONTEST WHICH CARRIES MORE THAN 1100 000 WORTH OF PRIZES, INCLUDING A $30 000 CHARADE PRIVATE CAR.

THE FOUR-MONTH LONG CONTEST IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG DAILY NEWS AND REDIFFUSION TELEVIS 10** J.TD. AND CO-SPONSORED BY TAI FAT HONG LTD., PHILIPS HONG KONG LTD. AND KONG KING TRADING COMPANY.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY. THE DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR CHAN SHIU-LAP, POINTED OUT THAT THE CONTEST AIMED AT INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO IMPROVE STANDARDS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

♦WHILE WE CONTINUE TO ENFORCE STRICTLY THE LAW TO MINIMISE RISKS IN PLACES OF WORK, WE FEEL THAT THIS HAS TO BE SUPPORTED BY EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, I ft PARTICULAR THE WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS, TO BE MORE SAFETY CONSCIOUS,* HE STRESSED.

MR CHAN SAID THE NEWS MEDIA IN HONG KONG HAD CONTRIBUTED ENORMOUSLY TO PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IT THIS YEAR.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WERE REPRESENTATIVES OF HONG KONG DAILY NEWS, RTV AND THE CO-SPONSORS.

THE REPRESENTATIVE OF PHILIPS HONG KONG LTD. SAID ANY INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN SHOULD INVOLVE FOUR PARTIES - THE WORKERS, EMPLOYERS, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MEDIA, AND THAT PHILIPS WAS PARTICIPATING IN THE QUIZ COMPETITION AS EMPLOYERS.

♦WE BELIEVE THAT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS AN EXTREMELY WORTHWHILE COMMUNITY CAUSE TO SUPPORT. WE HOPE THAT BY DONAT NG TELEVISION SETS AS PRIZES IN THE QUIZ, WE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASING THE AWARENESS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG HONG KONG RESIDENTS,* SHE ADDED.

THE CONTEST IS SPLIT INTO TWO PARTS - THE FIRST PART CONSISTS OF THREE PRELIMINARY COMPETITIONS AND THE SECOND PART FEATURES A GRAND FINALE.

THE FIRST PRELIMINARY IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD THIS MONTH AND THE SECOND IN JULY AND THE THIRD IN AUGUST.

FROM TOMORROW, THE HONG KONG DAILY NEWS WILL PUBLISH A LINE DRAWING AND MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS FOR THE FIRST PRELIMINARY DAILY FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY THROUGHOUT THIS MONTH. HONG KONG TV NEWS AND RTV’S TV TIMES WILL ALSO PUBLISH THE DRAWING AND QUESTIONS TWICE IN THE SAME MONTH.

LINE DRAWINGS AND MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS FOR THE OTHER PRELIMINARIES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE SAME WAY IN THE FOLLOWING TWO MONTHS.

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AT THE END OF EACH MONTH, A DRAW WILL BE HELD TO PICK NINE CORRECT ENTRANTS, WHO WILL LATER TAKE PART IN A QUIZ COMPETITION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ON RTV’S HAPPY HOURS PROGRAMME.

THE NINE ENTRANTS ARE GUARANTEED PRIZES, BUT WILL HAVE TO COMPETE AMONG THEMSELVES FOR THE BETTER PRIZES.

SIMILAR ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR THE SECOND AND THIRD PRELIMINARIES.

PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE TO STUDY THE DRAWINGS AND PICK THE RIGHT ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS AND THEN SEND THE ANSWER FORMS TO THE PUBLICITY UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE PRIZES FOR EACH OF THE PRELIMINARIES ARE AS FOLLOWS!

PHILIPS GRAND PR I ZE I ONE PHILIP 22” COLOUR TV SET WORTH 14 500 (DONATED BY PHILIPS HONG KONG)"

FIRST PRIZE* ONE RETURN AIR TICKET TO JAPAN. PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING, WORTH 13 000 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)-

SECOND PRIZE! ONE RETURN AIR TICKET TO THAILAND, PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING. WORTH $2 000 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)-

THIRD PRIZE! ONE RETURN AIR TICKET TO THE PHILIPPINES, PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING, WORTH SI 700 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)-

RTV SPECIAL PRIZE! ONE MINIATURE 24K GOLD SAFETY HELMET WORTH $1 200-

FOUR CONSOLATION PRIZES COMPRISING ONE ATARI VIDEO ELECTRONIC TV GAME EACH WORTH SI 250 (DONATED BY KONG KING TRADING CO.) AND THREE STEREO CASSETTE PLAYERS EACH WORTH S65O (LABOUR DEPARTMENT PRIZES).

FOR THE GRAND FINALE. SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER. ALL THE CORRECT ENTRIES IN THE THREE PRELIMINARIES AND ALL OTHER CORRECT ENTRIES NOT PICKED IN THE PRELIMINARIES, WILL BE PUT INTO A BOX FROM WHICH 15 ENTRIES WILL BE DRAWN.

THE 15 CORRECT ENTRANTS WILL TAKE PART IN A QUIZ COMPETITION ON A SPECIAL HALF-HOUR RTV PROGRAMME.

THE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE PRIZES, INCLUDING A GRAND PRIZE IN THE FORM OF A CHARADE 1000 CC CAR WORTH ABOUT S30 000 DONATED BY TAI FAT HONG LTD.

THE OTHER PRIZES AREi

FIRST PRIZE! ONE SET OF VIDEO CAMERA AND RECORDING PLAYBACK EQUIPMENT WORTH $12 000 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)-

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SECOND PRIZE* ONE PHILIPS 26” COLOUR TV SET WORTH 800 (DONATED BY PHILIPS HONG KONG)*

THIRD PRIZE* ONE RETURN AIR TICKET TO JAPAN, PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING, WORTH $3 000 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)*

FOURTH PRIZE* ONE RETURN AIR TICKET TO THAILAND, PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING, WORTH |2 000 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)-

FIFTH PRIZE* ONE RETURN AIR TICKET TO THE PHILIPPINES, PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING, WORTH $1 700 (DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS)-

RTV SPECIAL PRIZE* ONE MINIATURE 24K GOLD SAFETY HELMET WORTH $2 400-

EIGHT CONSOLATION PRIZES COMPRISING TWO ATARI VIDEO ELECTRONIC TV GAMES EACH WORTH $1 250 (DONATED BY KONG KING TRADING CO.) AND SIX STEREO CASSETTE PLAYERS EACH WORTH $650 (DONATED BY LABOUR DEPARTMENT).

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NO-SMOKING CAMPAIGN TO START IN HOSPITALS M M M K

SMOKING WILL BE PROHIBITED FOR A SIX-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD IN MOST AREAS IN THE THREE MAJOR GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS — QUEEN MARY, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCESS MARGARET — TO ENSURE A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ATMOSPHERE.

THE RESTRICTION WILL BE ENFORCED FROM MONDAY, JUNE 8, AND IS IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT POLICY TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES. AS THE DEPARTMENT IS DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC, IT CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY TO TAKE THE LEAD IN ANY ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

NO-SMOKING AREAS IN THE HOSPITALS ARE THE WARDS, CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT ROOMS, OPERATING THEATRES, DISPENSARIES, LABORATORIES, X-RAY DEPARTMENTS, KITCHENS AND PANTRIES, LIFTS, LIBRARIES AND CONFERENCE ROOMS.

♦PATIENTS, VISITORS AND STAFF ALIKE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SMOKE IN THESE AREAS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS A REMINDER AND TO HELP CARRY THE ANTI-SMOKING MESSAGE, STICKERS AND POSTERS WILL BE PUT UP IN ALL CONSPICUOUS PLACES IN THE NO-SMOKING AREAS.

♦THE TRIAL SCHEME WILL BE REVIEWED TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO EXTEND THE MEASURES 70 ALL OTHER MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT,♦ HE SAID-

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE URGED TO COOPERATE IF APPROACHED BY HOSPITAL STAFF AND TOLD NOT TO SMOKE.

♦IT IS ONLY WITH THE COOPERATION OF PATIENTS, VISITORS AND STAFF CAN WE MAINTAIN A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE IN OUR HOSPITALS,* HE SAID.

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MORE YOUTHS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY CLUBS * * * ft *

A RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR COMMUNITY YOUTH

CLUBS (CYC) MEMBERS

HAS JUSTSTARTED AND STAFF FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT SOME 200 SCHOOLS IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS TO BOOST MEMBERSHIP, W MICHAEL LEUNG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (TUESDAY)

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE CITY LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG, HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT MORE THAN 50 000 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS FROM 474 SCHOOLS HAVE JOINED THE CYC SCHEME.

THE LIONS CLUB HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE SCHEME SINCE IT FIRST STARTED IN 1978 TO TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE IN GOOD CITIZENSHIP, LEUNG NOTED.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE SCHEME IS CONFINED TO STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 4 TO FORM 7 LEVELS, AND IT TAKES THE FORM OF SCHOOL CLUBS ENGAGED IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES INVOLVING SOCIALLY ORIENTATED TOP'CS.

♦IN THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR, WE HAVE PLANNED NO LESS THAN 16 SUCH AREAS OF WORK, AND THE MAIN ONES INCLUDEi CLEAN HONG KONG, FIGHT CRIME, COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION, ROAD SAFETY AND CONSUMER EDUCATION,♦ MR LEUNG SAID.

BY THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN RELATED EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CYC MEMBERS BECOME USEFUL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY AND DEVELOP CORRECT SOCIAL ATTITUDES WHEN THEY ARE STILL AT SCHOOL.

THE CYC PROMOTES PRACTICAL MORAL EDUCATION BY ENCOURAGING THE YOUNG TO SEE BEYOND THEMSELVES INTO A WIDER WORLD AND TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF CONCERN AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR OTHERS, PR LEUNG SAID.

8 +IT IS THIS PROCESS OF 'LEARN, BE CONCERNED AND SERVE’, AND SUCH APPLICATION OF EDUCATION TO REAL LIFE THAT DISTINGUISHES THE CYC SCHEME FROM OTHER YOUTH GROUPS, THAT MAKES THE STUDENTS’ EDUCATION MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND MORE FULLY PREPARES THEM FOR LIFE IN SOCIETY,♦ HE SAID.

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ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS*

GOVERNOR TO VISIT TSING Yl ISLAND

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT TSING Yl ISLAND ON THURSDAY, JUNE 4, ACCOMPANIED BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

HIS PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A TOUR OF THE HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARD, VISITS TO CHEUNG CHING AND CHEUNG HONG PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (WEST), MR CHAN PAK, A BRIEFING ON TSING Yl ISLAND DEVELOPMENTS BY THE TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, DR JAMES HAYES, AND A MEETING AND LUNCH WITH LOCAL LEADERS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF YOUR STAFF TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 10 AM.

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PWD APRIL CONTRACTS TOTAL $241 MILLION * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED 76 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $241 MILLION IN APRIL.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $74 MILLION, WAS FOR THE COFSTRUCT ION OF THE TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER.

THE FLYOVER, MEASURING 550 METRES IN LENGTH, WILL RUN FROM THE LOWER END OF TAI HANG ROAD THROUGH MORETON TERRACE CROSSING CAUSEWAY ROAD TO JOIN GLOUCESTER ROAD ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF VICTORIA PARK.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE AND AN OFF-STREET BUS TERMINUS.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED DURING THE MONTH. 39 WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND OTHERS BY PWD TENDER BOARD.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR MUSIC AND DANCE GRANTS

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APPLICATION MAY NOW BE MADE UNTIL JUNE 29 FOR GRANTS FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND FOR THE 1981-1982 YEAR.

THE GRANTS ARE FROM A TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED WITH A DONATION OF $10 MILLION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TO PROMOTE MUSIC AND DANCE ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG.

GRANTS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE IN THE PAST FROM INCOME FROM THE TRUST FUND TO SUPPLY INSTRUMENTS FOR NEW YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, TO ORGANISE INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING FOR CHILDREN AND GENERALLY TO DEVELOP MUSIC ACTIVITIES AND THE PERFORMING ARTS.

SO FAR SOME 170 SCHOOLS AS WELL AS MUSIC AND DANCE ORGANISATIONS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE GRANTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION SHEETS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUSIC FUND’S OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), THIRD FLOOR, ICE HOUSE STREET- OR THE MUSIC OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, NINTH FLOOR, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, OR FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE’S SUB-OFFICE IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO 5-951859 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS *****

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 1981, A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM

9 AM TO 12 NOON:

GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, TSIM SHA TSUI, ABERDEEN, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT SAI YING PUN, SHAU KEI WAN, SHEUNG WAN, ToAT TSZ MUI, WAH FU, WAN CHAI, CHEUNG CHAU, MUI WO, PENG CHAU, TAI 0, CHEUNG SHA WAN KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, RENNIE’S MILL VILLAGE, SHAM SHUI PO, KAM TIN, SAN TIN, SHA TAU KOK, SHA TIN, SHEK WU HUI TAI PO, TUEN MUN SAN HUI, TSUEN WAN AND YUEN LONG.

ALL OTHER POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 1981

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TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE * *

A SECTION OF FU KEUNG STREET, BETWEEN WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD IN KOWLOON, WILL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC BETWEEN MIDNIGHT ON JUNE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

FU WAN STREET AND

BE CLOSED TO 4 AND 5 AM ON JUNE 5,

THE CLOSURE WILL ENABLE WORK TO BE DONE ON A TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE.

TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE AREA DURING THIS PERIOD, TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED ON WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD AND WANG TAU

HOM CENTRAL ROAD.

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SAI KUNG PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION * *

A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION TO SHOW ASPECTS OF LIFE IN SAI KUNG WILL OPEN FOR ENTRIES ON FRIDAY (JUNE 5).

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY SAI KUNG CULTURE AND RECREATION ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND A WELL-KNOWN CAMERA MANUFACTURER.

ANY HONG KONG RESIDENT CAN ENTER THE COMPETITION WHICH WILL EE DIVIDED INTO OPEN AND STUDENT SECTIONS.

ENTRIES CAN BE IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE AND THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES.

ADJUDICATORS WILL INCLUDE THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION, MR CHANG HUNG-CHEONG- THE PRESIDENT OF PENTAX PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION, MR TAM KWOK-KWAN- A PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHER, MR KO LO-TONG- AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORGANISING BODIES.

ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 TO SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AT SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES OR THE BRANCH OFFICE IN SAI KUNG TOWN.

PRIZES WILL BE PROVIDED BY A WELL KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SUPPLIES COMPANY. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY LETTER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW DRAGON BOATS1 EYES DOTTED ................................... 1

WORK AREA TENANCY OFFERED ....................................... 1

NEW PLAN TO EASE TRAFFIC ........................................ 2

STUBBS ROAD SLIP ROAD ....................................... 2

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR FESTIVAL ..................................... 2

REST GARDEN TO BE BUILT

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NEW DRAGON BOATS’ EYES DOTTED ft ft ft

THE EYES OF THREE NEW DRAGON BOATS WHICH WILL BE TAKING PART IN RACES AT TAI PO ON SATURDAY (JUNE 6) WERE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DOTTED BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, ■DIE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, AND TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO.

THE CEREMONY, AT TAI WONG YEH TEMPLE, YUEN CHAU TSAI, STARTED WITH RELIGIOUS RITES, WHICH INCLUDED THE OFFERING OF WINE, A ROASTED PIG, A CHICKEN AND OTHER DELICACIES TO TAI WONG YEH — THE PATRON GOD OF FISHERMEN - BY THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACE COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN WONG.

AFTER THE CHANTING OF PRAYERS AND PRAISES IN THE HAKKA DIALECT BY TWO VILLAGE ELDERS, THE THREE OFFICIALS PERFORMED THE EYE DOTTING WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO GIVE +LIFE+ TO THE BOATS. THE NEW BOATS WERE THEN PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES IN AN EXHIBITION RACE BY THREE CREWS TAKING PART IN SATURDAY’S RACES.

THIS YEAR, 50 TEAMS REPRESENTING LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE ENTERED TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT SHUEN WAN HOI, ALONG THE MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND THE RACES, WHICH START AT 9.30 AM, AND WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNING TEAMS.

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WORK AREA TENANCY OFFERED ft ft ft ft

TENDERS ARE BEING SOUGHT FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION.

THE 1 290-SQUARE METRE SITE IS FOR USE AS A CONTRACTOR’S WORK AREA, EXCLUDING CONCRETE AND/OR ASPHALT BATCHING.

THE TENANCY IS INITIALLY FOR ONE YEAR, AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

TENDER FORMS, WITH THE NOTICE AND CONDITIONS OF TENANCY, MAY BE OBTAINED FI^OM CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICES IN MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, 19TH FLOOR AND IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO PLACES.

ALL TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON JUNE 19.

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NEW PLAN TO EASE TRAFFIC ft ft ft ft

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, »MNE 5, TO HELP IMPROVE TRAFFIC MOVEMENf ON TO KWA WAN ROAD, BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND EAST KOWLOON WAY, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

UNDER THESE ARRANGEMENTS, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON MOK CHEONG STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM MAKING LEFT TURNS INTO TO KWA WAN ROAD NORTHBOUND, AND TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMINGS AT THE JUNCTION OF JO KWA WAN ROAD AND MOK CHEONG STREET WILL BE ADJUSTED IN LINE WITH TRAFFIC DEMAND.

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STUBBS ROAD SLIP ROAD ft ft ft ft

A NEW SLIP ROAD NORTH OF THE STUBBS ROAD-JAI HANG ROAD ROUNDABOUT ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 6 AM ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5.

ALL TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE SLIP ROAD WITH THE AID OF SIGNS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT WILL ALLOW A SECTION OF STUBBS ROAD RUNNING PARALLEL TO THE SLIP ROAD TO BE CLOSED TO MAKE WAY FOR WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER.

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SPECIAL TRAINS K X X X

FOR FESTIVAL

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL BE RUNNI NG ADDITIONAL SERVICES ON JUNE 6 - TUEN NG FESTIVAL - FOR PEOPLE WISHING DRAGON BOAT RACES AT TAI MEI TUK.

SEE

AND

TRAIN TO

AM

TWO SPECIAL TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 8.11

10.36 AM, AND ARRIVE AT TAI PO MARKET AT 8.58 AM AND 11.26 AM.

TRAINS WILL LEAVE TAI PO MARKET AT 9.42 AM AND 1.59 PM

AND ARRIVE AT KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.31 AM AND 2.51 PM.

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REST GARDEN TO BE BUILT ft ft ft ft

A REST GARDEN IS TO BE BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AT THE JUNCTION OF KWUN TONG ROAD AND HIP WO STREET TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES TO RESIDENTS.

AN 1187 000 CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS AWARDED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO K. WONG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PWD.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GARDEN WOULD HAVE A FEW ARBOURS, A CIRCULAR FLOWER BED AND SOME PARK BENCHES.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS, AND THE GARDEN WILL THEN BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR VISITS TSING YI ...................................... 1

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR APRIL ............... 2

SPECIAL TRAFFIC PLANS FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES ................... 5

GOVERNOR TO ATTEND DRAGON BOAT RACES .......................... 6

MOORINGS TO MARK WAN CHAI BOAT RACES .......................... 6

FIRST HAWAIIAN GIANT TREES PLANTED IN SHA TIN ................. 7

PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICE GETS A’VARD.......................... 7

EARLY SWIMMING SESSION AT FANLING ............................. 8

HOLIDAY WORK HOURS

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GOVERNOR VISITS TSI NG Yl

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TOURED TSI NG Yl THIS MORNING (THURSDAY) AND SAW HOW THE ISLAND IS BEING DEVELOPED INTO A FLOURISHING NEW TOWN CENTRE.

TSING Yl, LINKED TO TSUEN WAN BY BRIDGE SINCE 1974, HAS A POPULATION OF 42 470 WHICH IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO 200 000 BY THE EARLY 1990S. BEFORE DEVELOPMENT BEGAN IN THE 1960S THE ISLAND WAS POPULATED BY A FEW THOUSAND FISHERMEN.

ACCOMPANIED BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, AND OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS, THE GOVERNOR BEGAN HIS TOUR AT HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARD (HUD).

THE PARTY TOURED THE DOCK INSTALLATIONS ACCOMPANIED BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF HUD, MR DAVID HALL, AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF OF THE COMPANY.

HUD’S PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY IS SHIP-REPAIRI NG, SHIP CONVERSION AND HEAVY ENGINEERING.

THE COMPANY DRY DOCKS AND REPAIRS SHIPS UP TO 100 000 DEAD WEIGHT TONS.

WORK ON THE TSING Yl DOCKYARD BEGAN IN 1977 AND THE FIRST SHIP WAS DRY DOCKED IN APRIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

THE YARD WILL COVER AN AREA OF OVER 204 000 SQUARE METRES WHEN FULLY COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

FROM THE DOCKYARD THE GOVERNOR DROVE ROUND THE ISLAND, VIEWING FACTORIES AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS ON THE WAY.

HE WAS TOLD ABOUT PROPOSED RECLAMATION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND SAW A LARGE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX FOR 12 000 PEOPLE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AS WELL AS SITES NORTH OF THE BRIDGE WHICH ARE BEING DEVELOPED AS MULTI-STOREY FLATTED FACTORIES.

THE GOVERNOR WAS NEXT MET BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (WEST) CF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MR CHAN PAK, AND TOURED CHEUNG CHING AND CHEUNG HONG ESTATES.

AT PRESENT, THE ESTATES HOUSE 32 000 PEOPLE IN 12 BLOCKS. CHEUNG HONG WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR A FURTHER 30 000 PEOPLE WHEN AN ADDITIONAL EIGHT BLOCKS ARE CONSTRUCTED BY 1985/86.

ANOTHER HOUSING ESTATE IS TO BE BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND IN THE EXISTING TYPHOON SHELTER AT MOON TSAI TONG, ON THE NORTH-EAST SIDE OF THE ISLAND.

FROM THE ROOF OF A HOUSING BLOCK THE GOVERNOR HAD A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE MAIN DEVELOPMENT AREAS OF TSING Yl.

LATER, SIR MURRAY HAD LUNCH WITH LOCAL LEADERS AT A RESTAURANT IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE AND DISCUSSED WITH THEM LOCAL PROBLEMS AND THE FUTURE OF TSING Yl.

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OTHER PROJECTS TAKING PLACE ON THE ISLAND INCLUDE A WELFARE BUILDING AT CHEUNG CHING ESTATE TO BE COMPLETED BY 1982/83- A CATTLE QUARANTINE DEPOT AT THE SOUTH-EASTERN CORNER OF TSI NG Yl !*E ™ BE READY IN x986- AND A BRIDGE TO THE NORTH OF THE PRESENT BRIDGE WHERE WORK WILL START IN 1983 AND BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS.

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MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR APRIL

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PUBLISHEDMTODAYSUPPLY AND FINANC,AL STATISTICS FOR APRIL ARE

~ .„YHEY SH0W A MARKED fali-, PARTLY ON SEASONAL GROUNDS, IN THE QUARTERLY GROWTH RATES OF THE MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS AND CF TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY.

BOTH THE MONEY SUPPLY (M3) AND TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG GREW IN APRIL BY MUCH LESS THAN IN MARCH, AND BOTH MEASURES SHOWED THE SMALLEST MONTHLY INCREASES FOR ABOUT A YEAR.

THERE WAS AN INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR DURING THE MONTH, POSSIBLY FOR STOCK MARKET INVESTMENT

THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR APRIL, AND COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS MONTHS, ARE SET OUT IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT IN PARAGRAPH 32 OF HIS BUDGET SPEECH, OUR MONETARY STATISTICS DO NOT YET PROVIDE A BASIS FOR REALLY MEANINGFUL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. THE GOVERNMENT IS, STILL, NOT IN A POSITION TO PUBLISH ON A REGULAR BASIS THE STATISTICS WHICH ARE NOW BEING COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE.

MONEY SUPPLY

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml (NOTES AND COIN WITH THE PUBLIC, PLUS DEMAND DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS) FELL BY 3.0 PER CENT DURING APRIL, AFTER RISING BY 0.6 PER CENT IN MARCH, WITH THE FALL REFLECTING A REDUCTION OF 5.1 PER CENT IN DEMAND DEPOSITS WITH BANKS.

M2 (Ml PLUS SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DTCS, WITH LICENSED BANKS) INCREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT IN APRIL, AFTER A 1.2 PER CENT RISE IN MARCH.

M3 (M2 PLUS PUBLIC DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) INCREASED BY 0.6 PER CENT IN APRIL, DOWN FROM AN INCREASE OF 1.3 PER CENT IN MARCH.

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IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS Ml FELL BY 13.4 PER CENT WHILE M2 WAS UNCHANGED, AFTER RISING BY 4.0 PER CENT AND 7.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS M3 ROSE BY 2.0 PER CENT, VERY SHARPLY DOWN FROM AN INCREASE OF 11.5 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

LOANS IN HONG KONG

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG GREW BY 1.2 PER CENT IN APRIL, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 2.9 PER CENT IN MARCH. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 6.5 PER CENT, WELL DOWN FROM AN INCREASE OF 17.2 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS. THIS IS THE SMALLEST PROPORTIONATE INCREASE SINCE THE RISE OF 6.1 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE THREE MONTHS TO OCTOBER 1979.

BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN APRIL BY 0.5 PER CENT AND LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 3.5 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE INCREASES OF 2.7 PER CENT AND 3.4 PER CENT IN MARCH RESPECTIVELY. BUT THE GROWTH RATES OF LOANS IN HONG KONG BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS AT, RESPECTIVELY, 5.8 PER CENT AND 8.7 PER CENT, WERE MUCH LESS THAN THEIR INCREASES OF 18.2 PER CENT AND 14.1 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

FOREIGN ASSETS

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF ALL BANKS ROSE IN APRIL BY $2 624 MN, WHILE THOSE OF DTCS REDUCED BY $993 MN, INDICATING A NET INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR OF $1 631 MN, AGAINST AN OUTFLOW OF $1 848 MN IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE FURTHER IN APRIL TO 47.6 PER CENT FROM 46.4 PER CENT IN MARCH. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO ALSO ROSE TO 113.4 PER CENT AT THE END OF APRIL FROM 113.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF MARCH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 45.6 PER CENT FROM 44.2 PER CENT ROSE FURTHER TO 70.3 PER CENT AT CENT AT THE END OF MARCH.

FOR ALL DTCS ROSE IN APRIL TO IN MARCH. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO THE END OF APRIL FROM 68.8 PER

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS REMAINED UNCHANGED IN APRIL AT 115. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY ANOTHER 10 DURING THE MONTH TO 342.

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MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES - END OF APRIL 1981 (IN ^MILLION)

FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS (% CHANGE)

APRIL 1981 MARCH 1981 JAN. 1981 APRIL 1980

Ml 23 035 23 745 (-3.0%) 26 607 (-13.4%) 20 039 (+15.0%)

M2 102 754 102 490 (+0.3%) 102 745 (-) 76 973 (+33.5%)

M3 150 639 149 733 (+0.6%) 146 430 (+2.9%) 107 967 (+39.5%)

BANKS

DEPOSITS 94 053 93 844 (+0.2%) 92 689 (+1.5%) 69 509 (+35.3%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 106 670 106 154 (+0.5%) 100 830 (+5.8%) 72 024 (+48.1%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 113.4% 113.1% 108.8% 103.6%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 47.6% 46.4% 46.3% 49.6%

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

DEPOSITS 47 885 47 243 (+1.4%) 43 685 (+9.6%) 30 994 (+54.5%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 33 659 32 515 (+3.5%) 30 965 (+8.7%) 17 581 (+91.5%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 70.3% 68.8% 70.9% 56.7%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 45.6% 44.2% 44.2% 41.9%

BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG 140 329 KONG 138 669 (+1.2%) 131 795 (+6.5%) 89 605 (+56.6%)

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC PLANS FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES ft ft ft ft ft

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO CATER FOR THE LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL RACES IN TAI PO AND YAU MA TEI ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT, IN TAI PO, THE PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR DAM ACCESS ROAD EXTENDING FROM THE TING KOK ROAD JUNCTION WOULD BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES FROM MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 5 UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE FESTIVAL PROCESSION ON JUNE 6.

THE ONLY VEHICLES NOT AFFECTED BY THE CLOSURE WOULD BE FRANCHISED BUSES, EMERGENCY VEHICLES, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT VEHICLES AND THOSE DISPLAYING LABELS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

ALL VEHICLES WOULD BE PERMITTED TO DROP PASSENGERS IN THE LAYBY AT TAI MEI TUK AND TO TURN AROUND AT THE BRIDE’S POOL CAR PARK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALL PARKING SPACES ALONG THE PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR DAM ACCESS ROAD WOULD BE SUSPENDED DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

♦BECAUSE OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON TAI PO ROAD AND TING KOK ROAD, COUPLED WITH THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF PARKING AVAILABLE, VISITORS ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT,♦ IE SAID.

♦NO PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED ON TING KOK ROAD, AND ANY VEHICLE PARKED ILLEGALLY ON THE ROAD OR PAVEMENT WILL BE TOWED AWAY.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ADDITIONAL BUSES WOULD BE PUT ON KMB ROUTE 75 BETWEEN 8.30 AM AND 4 PM TO HANDLE THE FESTIVAL CROWDS.

THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY ALSO WILL PROVIDE SPECIAL SERVICES. TRAINS WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON STATION AT HUNG HOM AT 8.11 AM AND 10.36 AM, AND ARRIVE AT TAI PO MARKET AT 8.58 AM AND 11.26 AM. TRAINS WILL LEAVE TAI PO MARKET AT 9.42 AM AND 1.59 PM, AND ARRIVE AT KOWLOON STATION AT 10.31 AM AND 2.51 PM.

IN YAU MA TEI, MAN CHEONG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES AT ITS JUNCTION WITH FERRY STREET FROM MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 5 UNTIL AFTER THE FESTIVAL PROCESSION ON JUNE 6.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, ALL DESIGNATED PARKING SPACES ON MAN CHEONG STREET, MAN WAI STREET AND THE PUBLIC CAR PARK ADJACENT TO THE JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER WILL BE SUSPENDED.

POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON DUTY AND TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

GOVERNOR TO ATTEND DRAGON BOAT RACES *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACES ON SATURDAY (JUNE 6) AND PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNING TEAMS.

THE RACES, STARTING AT 9.30 AM, WILL BE HELD AT SHUEN WAN HOI, ALONG THE MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR. THE FINALS WILL START AT 12.45 PM.

SPECIAL BADGES FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES, ISSUED'ON A ’FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED’ BASIS, WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM.

GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9 30 AM. STAFF OF THE NTA INFORMATION UNIT WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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MOORINGS TO MARK WAN CHAI BOAT RACES

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MOORINGS WILL BE LAID ON JUNE 8 AT THE WAN CHAI WATERFRONT IN PREPARATION FOR THE 1981 INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES TO BE HELD ON JUNE 14 (SUNDAY) BETWEEN THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER AND THE EASTERN END OF FENWICK PIER, FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM.

THE MOORINGS WILL MARK THE NORTHERN LIMIT OF THE COURSE, WHICH RUNS ABOUT 170 METRES NORTH OF THE WAN CHAI SEAWALL.

ALL VESSELS NAVIGATING IN THE VICINITY ARE REQUESTED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

ON THE RACE DAY, THE AREA OFFSHORE WILL BE RESTRICTED AND NO UNAUTHORISED CRAFT WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE VICINITY.

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FIRST HAWAIIAN GIANT TREES PLANTED IN SHA TIN

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, 10 EVERGREEN HAWAIIAN GIANT TREES WERE PLANTED IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE TREES WERE PLANTED AT A BARREN INTERCHANGE ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, OUTSIDE THE WORLDWIDE GARDEN ON THE OCCASION OF SHA TIN DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IN A FEW YEARS FROM NOW, THE TREES WILL PRESENT A GREEN PROFILE TO CONTRAST AGAINST THE CUTTING SLOPES AND HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS OF THE NEW TOWN, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, SAID AT THE TREE PLANTING CEREMONY.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PLANTING MORE TREES TO PROVIDE PLEASANT SURROUNDINGS FOR THE NEW TOWN, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

+A BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME, THROUGH PROVISION OF A NUMBER OF GREEN PLOTS AND SITTING OUT AREAS IN THE NEW TOWN, IS ALSO BEING PLANNED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT,* MR SWEETMAN SAID.

MR SWEETMAN, TOGETHER WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHA TIN, W PATRICK HASE- THE PROJECT MANAGER OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR KENNETH KWOK- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SKA TIN, MR IP SHING-WAI, HELPED TO PLANT SEVERAL OF THE HAWAIIAN GIANT TREES AT THE INTERCHANGE.

EIGHTY CHILDREN OF TSUNG TSIN PRIMARY SCHOOL ALSO HELPED TO PLANT THE TREES.

PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICE GETS AWARD

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICE WAS TODAY PRESENTED WITH THE VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD FOR THE YEAR 1980 BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO A HEALTHY COMMUNITY.

THE ANNUAL AWARD IS PRESENTED BY THE CLUB TO AN ORGANISATION WHICH HAS MADE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE WELL-BEING AND BENEFIT OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE.

THE DEPARTMENT’S DEPUTY DIRECTOR, DR S.F. LAM, RECEIVED THE AWARD ON BEHALF OF THE HEALTH SERVICE DIVISION, AT A CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON.

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THE PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICE WAS CHOSEN FOR ITS WORK ON THE PREVENTION OF EPIDEMICS AND CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

HONG KONG’S OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CONTROLLING COMMUNICABLE DISEASES HAS BEEN DUE TO THE VIGILANCE AND EFFORT OF HEALTH AUTHORITIES AND WORKERS, THE CLUB STATED.

FOR MANY YEARS, HONG KONG HAS BEEN FREE FROM THE FOUR MOST FEARED QUARANTINABLE DISEASES ENDEMIC IN MANY COUNTRIES — SMALLPOX, YELLOW FEVER, CHOLERA AND PLAGUE.

STRINGENT MEASURES ADOPTED BY HEALTH OFFICERS HAVE ALSO BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL MOST OF THE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, SUCH AS MALARIA, TYPHOID, DYSENTERIES AND TUBERCULOSIS, AND HAVE EITHER ELIMINATED OR KEPT DOWN SUCH CHILDHOOD DISEASES AS POLIO, DIPHTHERIA, MEASLES AND WHOOPING COUGH.

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EARLY SWIMMING SESSION AT FANLING * * * *

THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL WILL OPEN FOR AN EXTRA TWO-HOUR SESSION BETWEEN 7 AM AND 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 6), THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

OTHER THREE SESSIONS DURING THE DAY ARE 9.15 AM TO 11.45 AM, 12.15 PM TO 2.30 PM AND 3 PM TO 5.45 PM.

IF THE NUMBER OF SWIMMERS TURNING UP ON SATURDAY IS ENCOURAGING, THE EARLY MORNING SESSION WILL BECOME A REGULAR FEATURE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ITS PC,.T COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE AND TSUEN WAN PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA WILL REMAIN OPEN ON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL DAY, SATURDAY (JUNE 6), WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

THE PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM ON THAT DAY WHILE THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 7.30 AM TO 1.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ALL OTHER OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED ON THAT DAY.

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1981

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MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE TO BOOST LANGUAGE STANDARD ........ 1

HONG KONG GAINING REPUTATION AS ARTS CENTRE..................... 3

TRANSPORT FACILITIES DISCUSSED BY KWUN TONG BOARD .............. 4

DATE FOR COMMENCEMENT OF ORDINANCES ............................ 4

PRISONS CHIEF TO ATTEND DRUG CONFERENCE......................... 5

SCHOOL GRADUATES ENCOURAGED TO HELP IMPROVE SOCIETY............. 5

TOTAL RECLAMATION WORK FOR PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT ................ 6

FIRST DRAGON BOAT RACES FOR LAMA ............................... 6

VARTETY SHOW FUN FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN TSUEN WAN ............ 7

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MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE TO BOOST LANGUAGE STANDARD K M H « »

A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE PROPOSAL AIMING TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

ANNOUNCING THIS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID THAT THE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, MORE TEACHERS FOR CHINESE AND ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, CURRICULUM REFORM AND MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS, AND ACCEPTANCE IN PRINCIPLE OF AN INDEPENDENT CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION.

THE PROPOSALS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS WITH SOME STARTING THIS YEAR. THE COST TO PUBLIC FUNDS. EXCLUDING THE CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION, WILL AMOUNT TO ABOUT $320 MILLION OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS.

THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION AIMS TO RAISE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS IN THE TRAINING, BOTH INITIAL AND IN-SERVICE, OF NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE. AS A +CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE* IN ALL MATTERS RELATING TO LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS, THE INSTITUTE WILL PROMOTE RESEARCH, DESIGN AND DEVELOP PROTOTYPE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL, SERVE AS A BANK OF LANGUAGE TEACHING RESOURCES, BE AN INFORMATION CENTRE AND CLEARING HOUSE AND PROVIDE A CENTRAL VENUE FOR ALL LANGUAGE TEACHING PROFESSIONALS. IN TIME IT COULD BECOME A REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENGLISH AND CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING.

A HIGH POWERED WORKING PARTY WILL BE SET UP SHORTLY TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT PLAYING A MAJOR PART IN ITS FUNDING. SUBJECT TO THE VIEWS OF THE WORKING PARTY, IT IS INTENDED THAT THE FOUNDATION WILL CREATE AND PUBLISH GOOD AND INTERESTING CHINESE READING MATERIAL FOR PUPILS AND GENERALLY HELP TO PROMOTE THE STANDARD AND USE OF THE LANGUAGE IN THE COMMUNITY.

EXTRA TEACHERS WILL BE PROVIDED IN FORMS I—111 FOR REMEDIAL TEACHING IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE BECAUSE UNIVERSAL SECONDARY EDUCATION HAS INCREASED THE ABILITY RANGE OF SECONDARY STUDENTS, AND THERE IS A NEED FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS TO ADAPT EXISTING TEACHING MATERIALS AND ADJUST THEIR TEACHING METHODS TO PUPILS’ NEEDS.

EACH STANDARD SIZED PUBLIC SECTOR SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL BE PERMITTED TO APPOINT TWO ADDITIONAL TEACHERS, ONE EACH FOR CHINESE AND ENGLISH, IN SEPTEMBER, 1982.

♦THIS WILL ENABLE CLASSES TO BE SPLIT INTO SMALLER GROUPS FOR EFFICIENT REMEDIAL TEACH ING,♦ THE DIRECTOR SAID, +AND IN GIVING SCHOOLS AMPLE NOTICE, THERE SHOULD BE TIME FOR INTELLIGENT PLANNING AND THE SELECTION OF SUITABLE STAFF.♦

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STATING THAT THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN SUBSTANTIAL CURRICULUM REFORM IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH. AND THAT NEW SYLLABUSES HAD BEEN ISSUED OR WERE ABOUT TO BE ISSUED. MR HAYE WENT ON TO SAY THAT MORE OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE LANGUAGES AS TOOLS OF COMMUNICATION WERE ENVISAGED.

♦ IN ORDER TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH GOOD MODELS OF PRONUNCIATION AND USAGE, WIRE-FREE INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEMS WILL BE INSTALLED IN SCHOOLS SO THAT PRE-RECORDED MATERIAL CAN BE USED FOR BOTH TEACHING AND TESTING,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

AT THE SIXTH FORM LEVEL, IT IS HOPED THAT A NEW SUBJECT ENTITLED ^LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION* WILL BE INTRODUCED TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE. MAJOR EDUCATIONAL BODIES ARE BEING CONSULTED AS TO WHETHER THIS SUBJECT SHOULD BE COMPULSORY AND SHOULD LEAD TO APPROPRIATE EXAMINATIONS AT BOTH HIGHER AND ADVANCED LEVELS, THE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED.

AS REGARDS RESEARCH, A PROGRAMME PROBING THE PROBLEMS RELATING TO LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION WILL BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE DIRECTOR SAIDi +RESEARCH FINDINGS WILL BE TAKEN TO THE VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY BODIES AND ONCE THERE IS A STRONGER LANGUAGE BASE, WHICH THE VARIOUS MEASURES IN THE LANGUAGE PACKAGE SHOULD HELP TO CREATE, A REVIEW OF POLICY MAY BE MADE WITH SOME CONFIDENCE.+

THE COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSALS AIMING TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AFTER A GREAT DEAL OF CAREFUL CONSIDERATION. IN PHASING THESE PROPOSALS OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE IMPORTANCE OF EVOLUTION IN AN AREA OF SUCH MAJOR COMMUNITY CONCERN.

*THE PACKAGE SHOULD BE SEEN AS A VIGOROUS AFFIRMATION OF OUR BILINGUAL LANGUAGE POLICY.

+CHINESE AND ENGLISH ARE OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE IN HONG KONG AND WE ARE DETERMINED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO RAISE STANDARDS IN BOTH LANGUAGES,* THE DIRECTOR CONCLUDED.

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HONG KONG GAINING REPUTATION AS ARTS CENTRE M X M M

HONG KONG IS AT THE BEGINNING OF AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS A GROWING ARTISTIC CENTRE, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

NONE OF US COULD HAVE FORESEEN THIS TEN YEARS AGO, HE SAID.

SIR MURRAY WAS SPEAKING AT THE ARTS FESTIVAL AND ARTS CENTRE GALA AT THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, WHEN OFFERING A VOJE OF THANKS FOR THE SI OOO 000 DONATION MADE BY MR ROBERT KUOK. SIR MURRAY SAID THAT LIKE OTHER HUMAN ENDEAVOURS ARTISTIC ENTERPRISES ARE LIABLE TO THEIR ’FINANCIAL HICCUPS, AND THE ARTS FESTIVAL IS NO EXCEPTION.’ IT WOULD BE A TRAGEDY IF AT THIS STAGE FINANCIAL STRINGENCY REDUCED ITS QUALITY. +S0 I AM ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO MR KUOK FOR HIS MUNIFICENT DONATION AND ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY I THANK HIM,* SIR MURRAY SAID.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECHj

♦THE GROWTH OF THE PERFORMING ARTS HAS IMMENSELY BRIGHTENED OUR LIVES OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. THE TRANSFORMATION HAS BEEN DELIBERATELY FOSTERED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, BUT IT HAS BEEN ENORMOUSLY ASSISTED BY THE GENEROSITY OF SOME LEADING CITIZENS, THE ENTHUSIASTIC INVOLVEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS, AND ABOVE ALL THE EXTRAORDINARY SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC AND PARTICULARLY OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

♦IN THIS TRANSFORMATION I THINK IT IS AGREED THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL WAS THE CATALYST. IT FOCUSSED ATTENTION ON THE ARTS AT EXACTLY THE RIGHT TIME, WHEN HONG KONG’S MATERIAL PROGRESS WAS BEGINNING TO PERMIT TIME AND MONEY FOR SOMETHING MORE THAN MATERIAL THINGS. THE CULTURAL EXPLOSION THAT FOLLOWED PROVED HOW GREAT WAS THE LATENT TALENT AND INTEREST IN HONG KONG.

♦NEXT YEAR WILL SEE THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARTS CENTRE WHOSE REALISATION WAS ITSELF A VALUABLE AND POPULAR PRODUCT OF THIS NEW INTEREST IN THE ARTS. THE CENTRE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY VERY GENEROUS PRIVATE DONATIONS. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, AND THE ENTHUSIASM AND TALENT OF ITS MEMBERS.

♦TEN YEARS AGO NONE OF US COULD HAVE FORESEEN THAT HONG KONG WOULD SOON HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS A GROWING ARTISTIC CENTRE, AND IT IS CLEAR THAT WE ARE JUST AT THE BEGINNING. SO THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN HONG KONG SERVE OUR COMMUNITY WELL.

♦LIKE OTHER HUMAN ENDEAVOURS ARTISTIC ENTERPRISES ARE LIABLE TO THEIR FINANCIAL HICCUPS, AND THE ARTS FESTIVAL IS NO EXCEPTION. IT WOULD BE A TRAGEDY IF AT THIS STAGE FINANCIAL STRINGENCY REDUCED ITS QUALITY. SO I AM ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO MR KUOK FOR HIS MUNIFICENT DONATION AND ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY I THANK HIM.+

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TRANSPORT FACILITIES DISCUSSED BY KWUN TONG BOARD

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON HELD A SEMINAR TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

THIS WAS THE FIRST MAJOR DISCUSSION INVOLVING ALL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND WAS CONVENED BY MR PETER LUK, CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE.

MR DAVID TSUI, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KWUN TONG) AND CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS, HOUSING, AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS WERE AMONG THOSE PRESENT.

THEY DISCUSSED PROPOSALS FOR AN IMPROVEMENT OF THE DIFFERENT MODES Oc PUBLIC TRANSPORT, AS WELL AS TRAFFIC, PARKING FACILITIES AND OTHER ISSUES CONCERNING TRANSPORT IN THE AREA.

IT WAS NOTED IN THE SEMINAR THAT UNLIKE IN THE NEW TOWNS, THERE ARE MANY PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS AND COMMITTED LAND USES IN AN ALREADY-DEVELOPED AREA SUCH AS KWUN TONG. AND FOR THESE REASONS, GRADUAL CHANGES OR IMPROVEMENTS, RATHER THAN LARGE SCALE CHANGES IN TRAFFIC WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE.

MR TSUI, THE CHAIRMAN, SAID THAT THE MEETING WAS VERY USEFUL, THERE WAS A FRANK EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON A WIDE-RANGE OF MATTERS CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY, THE CHAOTIC SITUATION IN YUE MAN SQUARE AND THE NEED TO EXTEND THE MTR TO YAU TONG.

THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER SETTING UP A DISTRICT SEMINAR ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ISSUES IN ORDER TO HAVE WIDER CONSULTATION ON THESE MATTERS, HE SAID.

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DATE FOR COMMENCEMENT OF ORDINANCES * * *

THE NEW STAMP DUTY ORDINANCE 1981 WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM JULY 1, 1981, IT IS ANNOUNCED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

HOWEVER, THE PART OF THE ORDINANCE DEALING WITH UNIT TRUSTS WILL NOT COMMENCE UNTIL A DATE TO BE DECIDED BY THE FINANCI A. SECRETARY, AND THIS WILL PROBABLY BE TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, AN INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALSO DUE TO TAKE EFFECT FROM JULY 1 AREr

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1981- DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) ORDINANCE 1981- THE BANKING (AMENDMtNT (NO. 2) ORDINANCE 1981, AND THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AMENDMENT (NC. ) ORDINANCE 1981.

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PRISONS CHIEF TO ATTEND DRUG CONFERENCE

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THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR THOMAS GARNER, WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE ON TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG DEPENDANT PERSONS IN MANILA FROM JUNE 8 TO 11.

MR GARNER HAS BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AS A CONSULTANT TO THE CONFERENCE AND AS A SPEAKER ON THE TREATMENT OF DRUG DEPENDANTS IN A CORRECTIONAL SETTING.

THE CONFERENCE IS ORGANISED BY THE PHILIPPINES DANGEROUS DRUGS BOARD IN COOPERATION WITH THE COLOMBO PLAN BUREAU.

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SCHOOL GRADUATES ENCOURAGED TO HELP IMPROVE SOCIETY M M M

A GROUP OF KWAI CHUNG SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) TOLD OF THEIR ROLE IN IMPROVING SOCIETY.

AT THE SPEECH DAY OF SIU MING CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL, THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER. DR JAMES HAYES, CALLED ON THE STUDENTS TO JOIN IN AND HELP ORGANISE, IF THEY COULD, PROGRAMMES FOR RESIDENTS AND LOCAL GROUPS TO CREATE A SENSE OF IDENTITY AND ACHIEVE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

HE SAID IT WAS NOT ENOUGH JUST FOR GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES OR TO MANAGE THEM ADEQUATELY.

+THERE MUST ALSO BE A RESPONSIBLE LOCAL PUBLIC WHO WILL HELP ORGANISE ON-GOING PROGRAMMES OF SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PERSONS AT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL,+ HE SAID.

WITH REFERENCE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN MARCH, 1982 DR HAYES SAIDi +1 BELIEVE THAT ALL PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS SHOULD VOTE BECAUSE THROUGH THE VOTE THEY CAN HELP GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE TSUEN WAN.+

WHILE THE STUDENTS MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE ACTIVE PART IN THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, THEY COULD HELP BY ENCOURAGING THEIR PARENTS AND RELATIVES TO REGISTER AND VOTE, HE SAID.

MRS HAYES LATER PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO 180 GRADUATES.

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TRIAL RECLAMATION WORK FOR Uli*

PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS IN THE WESTERN PART OF CHEK REPLACEMENT AIRPORT THERE.

TO CARRY OUT DETAILED SITE INVESTIGATIONS LAP KOK IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED

THE INVESTIGATIONS CALL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, TESTING AND MONITORING OF A TRIAL RECLAMATION AREA.

IT IS PLANNED TO CREATE AN 840-HECTARE SITE BY LEVELLING 310 HECTARES OF LAND FROM THE ISLANDS OF CHEK LAP KOK AND LAM CHAU AND BY RECLAIMING ANOTHER 530 HECTARES OF LAND FROM ADJOINING WATERS.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL PERSONS HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATIONS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR OBJECTIONS AND/OR CLAIMS 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, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON THE 19TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS), INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

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RESIDENTS OF LAMMA ISLAND ARE TO HOLD THEIR OWN DRAGON BOAT RACES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY MORNING (JUNE 7) AT SOK KWU WAN.

THE RACES WILL INVOLVE 10 TEAMS MADE UP OF MEMBERS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND TEAMS FROM CHEUNG CHAU, MUI WO, SOUTH LANTAO, TAI-0 AND ABERDEEN.

ON OTHER OUTLYING ISLANDS, A TOTAL OF 50 TEAMS WILL TAKE PART IN RACES AT MUI WO, TAI-O, PUI 0 AND CHEUNG CHAU TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

A TOTAL OF 12 TEAMS WILL COMPETE IN RACES AT MUI WO BEACH AND 14 LOCAL AND SIX OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS WILL TAKE PART IN RACES AT PUI 0 BEACH.

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AT TAI-0 IN THE AFTERNOON, 12 TEAMS WILL RACE ALONG THE NARROW RIVER.

THE FINAL EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT CHEUNG CHAU WHERE SIX TEAMS COMPRISING MEMBERS OF THE RURAL COMMITTEE AND LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATION WILL COMPETE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER ISLANDS, MR ANDREW FOK, WILL ATTEND THE RACES AT MUI WO, PUI 0, TAI-0 AND LAMMA, WHILE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MIKE ROWSE, WILL BE AT CHEUNG CHAU.

THE RACES ARE BEING FINANCED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL DONATIONS.

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SOME 400 DISABLED CHILDREN ENJOYED A FUN-PACKED MORNING AT THE KWAI CHUNG OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY CAME FROM FIVE SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN TSUEN WAN, NAMELY TING HSIUNG CHAO SCHOOL, PUI 01 SPECIAL TRAINING CENTRE, KWAI FONG MORNINGLIGHT SCHOOL, SAM SHU I NATIVE ASSOCIATION LAU PUN CHEUNG SCHOOL AND THE SALVATION ARMY LAI KING SCHOOL.

A VARIETY SHOW WAS ORGANISED FOR THEM BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS.

♦THE PURPOSE OF HOLDING THE FUNCTION IS TO MAKE DISABLED CHILDREN FEEL THEY ARE LOVED AND CARED FOR,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CYC SECRETARIAT SAID.

THE CHILDREN WATCHED PERFORMANCES BY STUDENTS OF OTHER PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND TOOK PART IN PROGRAMMES SUCH AS SINGING, FOLK DANCE, BAND MUSIC AND A TALENT SHOW.

AS THE EVENT WAS HELD ON THE EVE OF THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, THEY WERE ALSO GIVEN RICE DUMPLINGS AS PRESENTS.

THE CHILDREN WERE WELL LOOKED AFTER BY 160 MEMBERS OF THE CYC.

IN ASSISTING THE HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, THE CYC MEMBERS GAINED SOME VALUABLE EXPERIENCE THAT WILL DEFINITELY BE OF HELP TO THEIR FUTURE CAREERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MR TING FUK-CHEUNG, DISTRICT OFFICER, KWAI CHUNG ADDRESSED THE GATHERING.

SOUVENIRS WERE PRESENTED TO PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS BY NR NG KOON-CHI, ACTING SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER.

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part-time lecturers needed for technical institutes ............ 1

SIA TIN CHILDREN COMPLETE AWARD SCHEME.......................... 2

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SEPARATE ADMINISTRATION FOR NT COURT

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THERE WILL BE A SEPARATELY-ADMINISTERED NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT COURT CONSISTING OF THE TSUEN WAN AND FANLING COURTS AS FROM JUNE 15, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE JUDICIARY ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

AT PRESENT, THE TSUEN WAN AND FANLING COURTS COME UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE KOWLOON COURT.

♦THIS IS NOT ONLY INEFFICIENT BUT CAUSES CONSIDERABLE INCONVENIENCE TO RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WHO, FOR SOME PURPOSES, HAVE TO TRAVEL TO KOWLOON IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR LITIGATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦A SEPARATELY-ADMINISTERED NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT COURT CAN SAVE THEM THE JOURNEY AS A DEPUTY REGISTRAR WILL BE APPOINTED TO SIT PARTLY AT TSUEN WAN AND PARTLY AT FANLING,* HE ADDED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT WILL BE ENLARGED TO TAKE IN THE CASTLE PEAK AND TUEN MUN AREAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CIVIL PROCEEDINGS. IT NOW COVERS TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPRESSED HOPE THAT RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THE DISTRICT COURTS WOULD FIND THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS CONVENIENT.

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PART-TIME LECTURERS NEEDED FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR PART-TIME EVENING LECTURING POSTS IN THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE ABOUT 900 PART-TIME LECTURERS TEACHING IN OVER 600 PART-TIME CLASSES OF THE INSTITUTES WITH AN ENROLMENT OF OVER 20 000 STUDENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SA ID.

♦MOST OF THESE LECTURERS ARE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION, AND MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN TEACHING IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AS PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS,* HE SAID.

EVENING CLASSES ARE USUALLY CONDUCTED BETWEEN 7 PM AND 9 PM.

+APART FROM BEING CONDUCTED IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE PREMISES, EVENING CLASSES ARE ALSO ACCOMMODATED IN A NUMBER OF OUTLYING CENTRES IN SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TEACHING VACANCIES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE 12 DISCIPLINES OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, INCLUDING HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND DESIGN.

THE COURSES OFFERED ARE MAINLY AT CRAFT (POST FORM III) AND TECHNICIAN (POST FORM V) LEVELS.

♦THEY ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE FURTHER STUDIES TO PEOPLE WORKING IN THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SERVICES FIELDS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE PART-TIME LECTURING POSTS VARY WITH THE LEVEL OF THE COURSES AND THE SUBJECTS.

FULL DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE EITHER IN PERSON OR IN WRITING FROM THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

PAYMENT RANGES FROM 155 TO 185 AN HOUR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE INSTITUTES APPLIED TO ON OR BEFORE JUNE 27, 1981.

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SHA TIN CHILDREN COMPLETE AWARD SCHEME * * * *

ABOUT 50 SHA TIN CHILDREN WHO HAVE COMPLETED AN EIGHT-MONTH AWARD SCHEME WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES ON JUNE 21 (SUNDAY) AT LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL.

SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

AND YOUTHSCENTRE STARTED IN 1979» IS ORGANISED BY SHA TIN CHILDREN

IT IS OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN AGED FROM EIGHT TO 12, WHO ATTEND GROUP SESSIONS EVERY SUNDAY.

A PROGRESSIVE AND CONTINUOUS CULTURAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMME. DESIGNED TO HELP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTHY CHARACTERS AND PERSONALITIES, IS SPREAD OVER EIGHT MONTHS.

AT THE END OF THIS PERIOD, EACH CHILD IS ASSESSED AND THOSE WITH AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ARE AWARDED BRONZE OR SILVER STARS. THE HIGHEST AWARD OF THE SCHEME IS GOLD STAR.

A SOCIAL WORKER OF THE CENTRE SAID SHA TIN CHILDREN WERE BEING INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THIRD PHASE OF THE SCHEME COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER.

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♦THE TARGET FOR THIS YEAR IS 120 CHILDREN, INCLUDING THE AWARD WINNERS,+ SHE SAID. LAST YEAR, 100 CHILDREN JOINED.

THE CHILDREN’S AWARD SCHEME IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD. THIS YEAR, $9 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO THE CENTRE TO HELP COVER RUNNING COSTS.

THE WORKING GROUP WHICH OPERATES THE SCHEME INCLUDES A SUPERVISOR, TWO PART-TIME WORKERS AND 24 VOLUNTEERS, WHO KEEP CLOSE CONTACT WITH PARENTS TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN THEIR CHILDREN.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SCHEME ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE’S CFFICE IN LEK YUEN ESTATE.

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EARTHWORKS AT LO WU RAILWAY STATION * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT FOR EARTHWORKS AT LO WU RAILWAY STATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION SCHEME OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PWD SAID WORK ON THIS CONTRACT WOULD INCLUDE CUTTING THE EXISTING SLOPE ON THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF THE STATION TO FORM PART OF THE SITE FOR THE FUTURE NEW LO WU STATION TO BE BUILT UNDER SEPARATE CONTRACT.

THE CUTTING MATERIAL WILL BE USED AS FILL FOR THE WIDENING OF THE EXISTING RAILWAY EMBANKMENT.

ASSOCIATED SLOPE PROTECTION AND DRAINAGE WORKS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT AS PART OF THE CONTRACT.

WORK WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SALT WATER CUT

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR 15 HOURS FROM 9 AM TO MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 9 (TUESDAY) FOR WORK TO BE DONE TO THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE IN THE AREA OF BRAEMAR HILL ROAD, CLOUD VIEW ROAD, TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD, YEE KING ROAD, LAI TAK ESTATE AND LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 1981

GRADUATES URGED TO SUPPORT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME ... 1

EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO CHECK VR’S EMPLOYMENT STATUS .......... 2

SIR SHIU-KIN TANG DONATES $14O OOO FOR OLD PEOPLE............ 2

AMS DOUBLES LIFEGUARD EFFORTS ............................... 3

THIRTY MONTHS TRAINING REVENUE ASSESSORS WAS ’TIME WELL SPENT’, SAYS TONY PYE ....................................... 5

APPLY NOW FOR EVENING ENGLISH COURSES ....................... 6

SERVICE ROAD FOR WATER TUNNEL................................ 7

HILLTOP PUMPING STATION ..................................... 7

TAI PO TO FORM DISTRICT DANCE GROUP ......................... 7

NEW LOOK FOR PLAYGROUND...................................... 8

TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK ..................................... 8

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GRADUATES URGED TO SUPPORT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME *****

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY TODAY CALLED ON GRADUATING STUDENTS AT CHUNG CHI COLLEGE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

SPEAKING AT THE COLLEGE’S 27TH VALEDICTORY SERVICE, MR BRAY POINTED OUT THAT ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WOULD NOT REPRESENT ANYONE MUCH IF ONLY A SMALL MINORITY TOOK THE TROUBLE TO VOTE.

♦IF YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR CHOICE AMONG THE CANDIDATES ELECTED, AND THEREBY HAVE A MEDIUM FOR CHANNELLING YOUR VIEWS ON AND ASPIRATIONS FOR YOUR DISTRICT TO GOVERNMENT, THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE — TO REGISTER AND TO VOTE, AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO DO THE SAME,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THEY COULD DO EVEN MORE ONCE THEY HAD SETTLED DOWN IN THEIR CAREERS. +TRY TO DEVOTE A LITTLE OF YOUR THOUGHT AND TIME TO THOSE AFFAIRS OF YOUR DISTRICT WHICH NEED IMPROVEMENT OR REQUIRE CONSIDERATION AS TO WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED BY THE RESIDENTS,* HE SAID, + .... THEN, EVEN IF THE ABSENCE OF FACILITIES DOESN’T AFFECT YOU DIRECTLY, LET YOUR DISTRICT BOARD KNOW.*

HE SAID REGISTRATION OF VOTERS WOULD BE MADE AS EASY AS POSSIBLE — FILLING UP A VERY SIMPLE FORM AND HANDING IT IN OR POSTING IT. REGISTRATION FORMS WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT ALL CDO’S, DISTRICT OFFICES, POST OFFICES AND HOPEFULLY AT MTR STATIONS AND BANKS, AS WELL AS FROM THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY ORGANISERS.

THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF DESIGNATED POLLING STATIONS IN EACH CF THE 122 DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES AND POLLING HOURS WOULD BE FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM +S0 THERE WOULD BE PLENTY OF TIME FOR EVEN THE BUSIEST PEOPLE TO VOTE WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE TIME OFF.*

MR BRAY SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME WOULD DEPEND A LOT ON WHO WOULD STAND FOR ELECTION AND WHO WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

+SINCE YOU BELONG TO THE BETTER INFORMED SECTOR OF OUR SOCIETY, WHAT YOU DO WILL INFLUENCE OTHERS. THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO ITS VERY BEST TO MAKE THE NEW PATTERN OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION A SUCCESS BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A MATTER FOR US,+ MR BRAY SAID.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO CHECK VR’S EMPLOYMENT STATUS * * * * *

EMPLOYERS WHO ENGAGE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AWAITING OVERSEAS RESETTLENT HERE WERE REMINDED TODAY (SUNDAY) TO MAKE SURE OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT STATUS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1981, VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ARE PROHIBITED FROM TAKING EMPLOYMENT DURING THEIR TEMPORARY STAY HERE IF THEY CONTRAVENE A CONDITION OF STAY, INCLUDING REFUSAL OF A RESETTLEMENT OFFER.

THE PROHIBITION WOULD BE CLEARLY ENDORSED ON THE OFFENDING VIETNAMESE REFUGEE’S CARD, MAKING HIM NO LONGER ^LAWFULLY EMPLOYABLE*.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT UNDER EXISTING LAW ANY EMPLOYER OFFERING EMPLOYMENT TO A VIETNAMESE REFUGEE WHO IS NOT +LAWFULLY EMPLOYABLE* WILL RISK A $50 000 FINE AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT.

IN ADDITION, HE POINTED OUT, THE ORDINANCE MAKES IT MANDATORY FOR EMPLOYERS TO INSPECT THE CARDS OF THEIR VIETNAMESE REFUGEE EMPLOYEES EVERY TIME WAGES ARE PAID TO THEM AS A CHECK ON THEIR EMPLOYMENT STATUS.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JUNE 1, A VIETNAMESE REFUGEE ALSO RISKS DETENTION OF UP TO 28 DAYS IF HE BREAKS ANY OF HIS CONDITIONS OF STAY, INCLUDING REFUSING AN OFFER CF RESETTLEMENT WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE.

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SIR SHIU-KIN TANG DONATES $140 000 FOR OLD PEOPLE *****

SIR SHIU-KIN TANG, A DONOR OF THE TANG SHIU KIN-HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, HAS DONATED $140 000 FOR DISTRIBUTION AS *LUCKY MONEY* TO 4 574 RESIDENTS OF 27 GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED AND 12 NON-SUBVENTED OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES.

THE DONATION COMPRISES $70 000 SIR SHIU-KIN RECEIVED AS BIRTHDAY PRESENTS IN CASH THIS YEAR AND ANOTHER $70 000 FROM HIMSELF.

THE MONEY, IN RED PACKETS OF $30 EACH, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON HIS BEHALF BY LEADING TELEVISION AND FILM ACTRESS, MISS FUNG PO-PO, WHO WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ON HER VISITS TO EACH HOME.

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WITH WONG

THE SERIES OF VISITS WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (MONDAY) STARTING THE DAVID TRENCH HOME FOR THE AGED AT 29, NAM LONG SHAN ROAD, CHUK HANG, HONG KONG, BETWEEN 11.45 AM AND 12.45 PM.

IT WILL MARY HOME AT 3.30 PM- AND BETWEEN 4 PM

BE FOLLOWED BY VISITS IN THE AFTERNOON TO THE ST.

2 WELFARE ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG, BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND TO THE WAN CHAI WOMEN SHELTER AT WOOD ROAD, WAN CHAI, AND 4.45 PM.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

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AMS DOUBLES LIFEGUARD EFFORTS

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MANY MEMBERS OF THE 6 OOO-STRONG AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE ARE OFFERING THEIR TIME TO HELP WATCH OVER SWIMMERS AT BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS THIS SUMMER.

SOME 21 000 MAN HOURS ARE BEING PUT INTO LIFEGUARD DUTIES THIS YEAR, NEARLY TWICE AS MUCH AS LAST YEAR, THE AMS MEDICAL DEFENCE STAFF OFFICER, MR K.C. TONG SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT ABOUT 800 AMS MEMBERS ARE ALREADY QUALIFIED LIFEGUARDS.

+AS THE SWIMMING SEASON IS APPROACHING, AMS LIFEGUARDS WILL BE HEAVILY COMMITTED TO HELP WITH WATER SAFETY ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY IN SUPPORTING THE REGULAR LIFEGUARDS,* HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO IMPROVE ON THEIR WATER SAFETY EFFORTS, THE AMS HAS STARTED SENDING TRAINED MEMBERS IN TEAMS OF THREE ON SPECIALLY BUILT RESCUE CANOES TO CARRY OUT LIFEGUARD DUTIES.

♦AND SINCE THE CANOE HAS PROVED TO BE A VERY FAST AND EFFECTIVE MEANS OF LIFE-SAVING, PLANS HAVE BEEN MADE TO TRAIN ALL AMS LIFEGUARDS IN THE USE OF CANOES TO SAVE LIFE AT SEA,+ MR TONG SAID.

THERE ARE ALSO PLANS TO ORGANISE TRAINING COURSES ON CANOE LIFE-SAVING FOR REGULAR LIFEGUARDS. FOR THIS REASON, WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT TO SET UP A CANOE CENTRE AT CHAM CHUK WAN IN SAI KUNG AND THIS WILL BE COMPLETED BY NEXT MONTH.

COURSES TO BE HELD AT THE CENTRE WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS — BASIC CANOE TRAINING, CANOE RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND LIFE-SAVING PROFICIENCY.

♦IN ANOTHER EFFORT TO ENHANCE ITS OPERATIONAL AND TRAINING EFFICIENCY, THE AMS LIFE-SAVING TEAM WILL SOON BE ADDING A MOTORISED RESCUE CRAFT TO ITS RANGE OF EQUIPMENT,* MR TONG SAID.

THE CRAFT, AN INFLATABLE MOTORISED RUBBER SPEEDBOAT MEASURING ABOUT 4 METRES BY 1.7 METRES, WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH A 40 HORSEPOWER OUTBOARD ENGINE AND IT HAS A CAPACITY OF SIX PERSONS.

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IT COULD BE USED FOR ACTUAL RESCUE OPERATIONS AT SEA AND FOR PATROL WORK WHENEVER MAJOR AQUATIC FUNCTIONS ARE ORGANISED OR SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

A NUMBER OF AMS STAFF MEMBERS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO SIT FOR A MARINE DEPARTMENT EXAMINATION FOR MASTER CERTIFICATE AND MASTER ENGINEER’S LICENCE FOR THE OPERATION OF THE RESCUE CRAFT.

♦IN JULY THIS YEAR WE ARE ALSO SENDING ONE OF OUR OFFICERS TO ENGLAND TO RECEIVE TRAINING IN MORE ADVANCED CANOE RESCUE TECHNIQUES,+ MR TONG SAID.

♦AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TAKE TO THE WATER TO GO SWIMMING AND THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS WILL PROBABLY INCREASE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT HONG KONG’S LIFEGUARDS ADOPT THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNIQUES OF LIFE-SAVING TO HANDLE ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION WHICH MAY ARISE,* MR TONG SAID.

THE AMS OFFICER WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM IN LATE JULY TO ATTEND A FIVE-WEEK COURSE FOR TWO BRITISH CANOE UNION QUALIFICATIONS WHICH ARE FULLY RECOGNISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CANOE FEDERATION.

MR TONG SAID THE AMS, APART FROM CARRYING OUT LIFE-SAVING DUTIES, PLANNED TO PROVIDE OCCASIONAL TALKS TO YOUTH LEADERS, FACTORY GROUP ORGANISERS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES ON HOW TO PLAY SAFE IN WATER AND WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY.

♦ARRANGEMENTS ARE UNDERWAY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFF ICES,♦ MR TONG SAID.

MEANWHILE, AN AMS DELEGATION HAS RETURNED TO HONG KONG AFTER TAKING PART IN THE WORLD LIFE SAVING INTERCLUB SURF CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD RECENTLY IN BALI, INDONESIA.

A 32-MEMBER AMS LIFE-SAVERS TEAM WAS CHOSEN TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AT THE FUNCTION.

♦THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT AN AMS TEAM REPRESENTED HONG KONG IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST AND WON PRIZES,* MR TONG SAID.

OTHER PARTICIPANTS IN THE EVENT, HELD FROM APRIL 28 TO MAY 3, INCLUDED BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND INDONESIA.

THE AMS LIFE-SAVING TEAM, FORMED IN 1968, HAS WON THE GOVERNOR’S SHIELD FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS IN SUCCESSION FOR ITS PERFORMANCES IN THE ANNUAL MARCH PAST OF HONG KONG LIFEGUARDS.

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THIRTY MONTHS TRAINING REVENUE ASSESSORS WAS ’TIME WELL SPENT,’ SAYS TONY PYE *****

WHEN HE RETURNS TO BRITAIN AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, TONY PYE, CHIEF ASSESSOR IN CHARGE OF TRAINING AT THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE TRAINED 36 ASSESSORS AND 170 ASSISTANT ASSESSORS IN THE 30 MONTHS THAT HE HAS BEEN IN HONG KONG.

AND IT WILL HAVE BEEN TIME WELL SPENT AND OF MUCH PERSONAL SATISFACTION TO HIM, FOR AFTER THAT HONG KONG’S OWN SENIOR OFFICERS WHO BENEFITED FROM HIS ADVICE WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY ON THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING PROGRAMME WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP.

+AND THERE WILL BE MUCH WORK AHEAD FOR THE ASSESSORS, AND TRAINERS,+ SAID MR PYE.

AS HEAD OF THE TRAINING SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, MR PYE HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING COURSES FOR NEWLY-RECRUITED ASSISTANT ASSESSORS AND SPECIAL COURSES FOR ASSESSORS. THIS WORK INVOLVES PREPARING THE•CURR ICULA, COURSE MATERIALS, TUTORING, AS WELL AS SETTING PAPERS FOR INTERNAL TESTS AND OPEN EXAMINATIONS.

MOST OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK IS BASED ON TAX LAW, AND FOR THIS REASON EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON THIS SUBJECT SO AS TO GIVE THE NEW-COMERS A SOUND FOUNDATION.

♦ALL OF THEM MUST TAKE A TWO-YEAR BASIC TRAINING COURSE IN TAXATION LAW AND PRACTICES AS SOON AS THEY JOIN THE DEPARTMENT,+ MR PYE EXPLAINED.

THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS, EACH OF WHICH IS OF NINE MONTHS’ DURATION, AND THERE IS AN EXAMINATION AT THE END OF EACH PART WHICH THEY HAVE TO PASS BEFORE CONFIRMATION OF THEIR APPOINTMENTS.

IN THE FIRST PART, ASSISTANT ASSESSORS STUDY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HONG KONG’S TAX LAW, INCLUDING SALARIES TAX, PROPERTY TAX AND PROFITS TAX, INTEREST TAX AND PERSONAL ASSESSMENT. IN THE SECOND PART, THEY CONCENTRATE ON LEGISLATION ON PROFITS TAX.

♦COURSES ARE CONDUCTED IN TUTORIALS, CONSISTING OF GROUPS CF 12 TO 15 PERSONS, SO THAT I CAN GIVE CLOSE GUIDANCE AND ATTENTION TO EACH PERSON IN THE GROUP,♦ HE EXPLAINED.

COURSE MEMBERS HAVE ONE HALF-DAY SESSION A WEEK FOR GROUP STUDY AND PRACTICAL WORK IN ADDITION TO THEIR TUTORIALS WITH HIM ON SPECIFIC PROVISIONS OF THE TAX LAW AND ITS APPLICATION TO NEW CIRCUMSTANCES. SO AS TO STUDY OR CLARIFY THE SPECIFIC MEANING CF WORDS IN LAW, TAX CASES IN BOTH HONG KONG AND BRITAIN ARE REFERRED TO.

FOR THIS YEAR, THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL PART ONE COURSE FOR ASSISTANT ASSESSORS.

♦THIS IS TO PREPARE FOR THE INCREASING WORK TO BE DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE FUTURE,♦ HE POINTED OUT.

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LAST YEAR, 68 ASSISTANT ASSESSORS TOOK THE PART ONE COURSE AND 56 THE PART TWO COURSE. THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, 64 WILL TAKE THE PART TWO AND 73 NEW RECRUITS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE PART ONE COURSE STARTING NEXT MONTH.

IN ADDITION TO THEIR LOCAL TRAINING, FOR MANY YEARS ASSESSORS ARE SENT OVERSEAS TO BROADEN THEIR TAXATION KNOWLEDGE. LAST YEAR, AN ASSESSOR WAS SENT TO BRITAIN FOR A SIX-MONTH COURSE UNDER A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PLAN FOR COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES. ANOTHER WILL BE SENT THIS YEAR IN JULY.

ASKED HOW HE FELT ABOUT LEAVING HONG KONG, MR PYE SAID IT WOULD BE SAD AS HE HAS ENJOYED WORKING HERE. *IT’S REALLY A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE.*

SPEAKING OF THE TRAINEES HE HAS TAUGHT, HE SAID THEY WERE ALWAYS EAGER AND WILLING TO LEARN. +DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE LESS INCLINED TO DISPUTE WHAT THE TUTOR SAYS THAN BRITISH STUDENTS, THEY ARE WELL-MOTIVATED AND HARD-WORKING,* HE SAID.

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APPLY NOW FOR EVENING ENGLISH COURSES

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EVENING COURSES IN ENGLISH WILL BE RUN FROM SEPTEMBER BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR ADULTS AGED 18 AND OVER TO HELP THEM IMPROVE THEIR ENGLISH.

THE COURSES, DUE TO START IN SEPTEMBER 15, ARE DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND SENIOR LEVELS, AND ANNUAL TUITION FEES ARE $100, $150 AND $200 RESPECTIVELY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 27 AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, THE SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

FORMS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM QUEEN’S COLLEGE, KING’S COLLEGE, HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND DISTR ICT OFF ICE (ISLANDS).

IN KOWLOON, FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, AND THE GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TONG MEI ROAD, KAI TAK AND KWUN TONG.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HOI PA STREET AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS. HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL, DISTRICT OFFICES IN SHA TIN, TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG, AND THE SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE COUNTER.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE JUNE 27 TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 4TH FLOOR, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

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SERVICE ROAD FOR WATER TUNNEL * * *

A SERVICE ROAD IS TO BE BUILT BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ALONG THE HILLSIDE IN NGAU TAM MEI, YUEN LONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE NEW ROAD, MEASURING ABOUT 1 700 METRES, WOULD PROVIDE ACCESS FOR DRIVING A WATER TUNNEL WHICH FORMS PART OF STAGE ONE OF A SI 300 MILLION SCHEME TO CATER FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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HILLTOP PUMPING STATION

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A FRESH WATER PUMPING STATION WILL BE BUILT ON A HILLTOP NEAR BRAEMAR HILL MANSION AT BRAEMAR HILL ROAD IN NORTH POINT.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK, WHICH FORMS PART OF A PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE SUPPLY SYSTEM IN THE HIGH LEVEL AREA THERE, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

THE PUMPING STATION WILL HOUSE TWO ELECTRIC PUMP SETS, EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 1 500 CUBIC METRES DAILY, TO DRAW WATER FROM THE NORTH POINT FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WORK WILL START NEXT MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TAI PO TO FORM DISTRICT DANCE GROUP * * *

THE TAI PO DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION IS PLANNING TO FORM A LOCAL MODERN DANCE GROUP.

THE ASSOCIATION, BACKED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD, WAS SET UP A YEAR AGO TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TOWN.

AN ASSOCIATION SPOKESMAN SAID ITS AIMS WERE TO BRING A RICHER CULTURAL LIFE TO TAI PO THROUGH ARTS ACTIVITIES.

♦WE ARE NOW WORKING OUT DETAILS OF THE MODERN DANCE GROUP SUCH AS ELIGIBILITY TO JOIN CLASSES, TIMINGS OF TRAINING SESSIONS AND WHERE CLASSES WILL BE HELD,+ HE SAID. AN ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD BE MADE SOON.

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HE SAID A CHILDREN’S CHOIR FORMED LAST YEAR BY THE ASSOCIATION HAD BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS AND IT WAS FELT THAT THE TIME WAS RIGHT TO EXPAND ACTIVITIES BY FORMING THE MODERN DANCE GROUP.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ASSOCIATION WAS ALSO ORGANISING A DANCE TRAINING CLASS FOR CHILDREN AND AN ELEMENTARY BALLET CLASS.

ALL TAI PO CHILDREN WERE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO ATTEND THE CLASSES WHICH WILL BE HELD ON WEEKENDS AT A LOCAL SCHOOL.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE BEING SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

OTHER ACTIVITIES THE ASSOCIATION IS ORGANISING INCLUDE CONCERTS, EXHIBITIONS, COMPETITIONS AND TRAINING CLASSES IN DRAMA, PHOTOGRAPHY, CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY, MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PLAYING AND FLOWER PLANTING.

THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS EARMARKED $120 000 FOR THE ASSOCIATION THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, OF WHICH $40 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

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NEW LOOK FOR PLAYGROUND

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MA TAU WAI SERVICE RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND WILL SOON TAKE ON A NEW LOOK, WHEN MORE FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR IT UNDER AN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

THE NEW FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE FOUR TENNIS COURTS, A BOOKING OFFICE AND CHANGING ROOMS FOR MEN AND WOMEN.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING CALLED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT, FINANCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, WILL START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

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TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK * * * *

ERESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL °FF FOR 9 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 9) TO CONNfPnon°LL0W,N6 M0RN,NG (JUNE 10) To FACILITATE WATER MAINS

TSUE/wC™\i^N^s?R^SARE" W0 L'U H‘NG TSUEN> P#T T2E W0

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SAFETY OFFICERS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK PLANNED .................... 1

LABOUR RELATIONS WORKSHOP OPENS ................................. 2

MANPOWER SURVEY OF INSURANCE FIRMS STARTS ........................ 3

AUTQPAY OFFER TO SOLVE RATEPAYERS' WORRIES ...................... 4

REPULSE BAY ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ............... 4

CONTRACT FOR SHA TIN RESERVOIR SIGNED ............................ 6

MORE RECLAIMED LAND FOR TAI PO ................................... 6

MORE SPORTS EVENTS PLANNED FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN ................... 7

DOUBLE TREAT FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE .................................. 7

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SAFETY OFFICERS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK PLANNED *****

SHOULD LEGISLATION ON COMPULSORY EMPLOYMENT OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFICERS BE ENACTED, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE APPLIED TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FIRST BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST HAZARDOUS.

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION TODAY (MONDAY), THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, NR DAVID LIN, SAID THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD SUBSEQUENTLY BE APPLIED TO OTHER INDUSTRIES WHERE THE NEED WAS EVIDENT.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LEGISLATION, HONG KONG WOULD EXPERIENCE WHAT HAD BEEN ACHIEVED IN SINGAPORE WHERE SAFETY PERFORMANCE ON A NATIONAL BASIS HAD IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THE COMING INTO EFFECT IN 1976 OF A LAW REQUIRING A NUMBER OF TRADES TO EMPLOY FULL OR PART-TIME SAFETY OFF ICERS.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG WILL IMPROVE SIMILARLY AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION,+ FE ADDED.

MR LIN SAID THAT LOCAL INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION SITES ALREADY EMPLOYING SAFETY OFFICERS ARE GENERALLY MAINTAINING A HIGH STANDARD OF SAFETY PERFORMANCE WITH A LOW ACCIDENT RATE.

EARLIER, MR LIN POINTED OUT THAT ACCIDENTS ON CONTRUCTION SITES, BOTH FATAL AND NON-FATAL, CONSTITUTED 38 PER CENT OF THE ANNUAL TOTAL OF ACCIDENTS IN ALL INDUSTRIES IN 1980.

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES ALONE LAST YEAR GREATLY OUT-NUMBERED THE FATALITIES IN ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, STUDIES SHOWED THAT MANY OF THESE ACCIDENTS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED HAD THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS EXERCISED STRICTER SUPERVISION OF THEIR CONSTRUCTION SITES AND PROVIDED ADEQUATE AND PROPER SAFEGUARDS.

WORKING AT HEIGHT SEEMED TO POSE THE GREATEST RISK TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, MR LIN CONTINUED.

IN 1980 THERE WERE 34 DEATHS AS A RESULT OF FALLS FROM HEIGHTS, REPRESENTING 39 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FATAL ACCIDENTS OCCURRING IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

TO AVOID THESE ACCIDENTS, OPEN PITS, FLOOR EDGES, OPENINGS, WORKING PLATFORMS AND OTHER DANGEROUS PLACES OF BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BE SECURELY FENCED OR, IN SITUATIONS WHERE FENCING IS NOT POSSIBLE, SAFETY BELTS SHOULD BE USED BY WORKERS AT HE IGHTS.

TO ATTRACT ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED ONE POSTER ON THE DANGER OF +FALL OF PERSONS* AND THREE OTHERS ON THE USE OF SAFETY BELTS, ALL OF WHICH MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.

/MF LIN ..

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MR LIN POINTED OUT THAT THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE AND PROPER SAFEGUARDS AGAINST FALL OF PERSONS FROM SKIP HOISTS AND WORKING PLATFORMS HAD BEEN RAISED FROM $10 000 TO $50 000 SINCE LAST APRIL.

THE INCREASED MAXIMUM WAS THE RESULT OF A GENERAL REVISION OF THE LEVEL OF FINES UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS AIMING AT PROVIDING A MORE EFFECTIVE DETERRENT TO BUILDING CONTRACTORS WHO DID NOT GIVE THE CONSIDERATION TO SAFETY AT WORK, HE EXPLAINED.

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LABOUR RELATIONS WORKSHOP OPENS * * * *

LACK OF OPEN-MINDEDNESS, A COMMUNICATION GAP AND UNSOUND MANAGEMENT STYLES AND PRACTICES ARE THE MAJOR CAUSES OF LABOUR DISPUTES IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS STATED BY ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DONALD S.T. CHAN, AT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND LABOUR RELATIONS WORKSHOP AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM TODAY (MONDAY).

THE WORKSHOP IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AS PART OF A YEAR-LONG PROJECT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THE PROJECT AIMS AT PROVIDING TRAINING TO PERSONNEL MANAGERS AND TRADE UNION LEADERS ON LABOUR RELATIONS AND RELATED SUBJECTS TO STRENGTHEN THE SYSTEM OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN HONG KONG.

IN HIS OPENING REMARKS, MR CHAN SAID THE TWO SIDES OF INDUSTRY - MANAGEMENT AND LABOUR - HAVE AN IMPORTANT AREA OF MUTUAL INTEREST, THAT IS, PROSPERITY FOR THE ENTERPRISE. BUT MANY EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES HAVE LOST SIGHT OF THIS COMMON INTEREST IN THE PURSUIT OF THEIR SEPARATE INTERESTS.

HE SAID THAT THEY SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER FOR THEIR COMMON GOOD INSTEAD OF TRYING TO EXCEL AT THE OTHER’S EXPENSE.

MR CHAN WENT ON TO SAY THAT A COMMUNICATION GAP EXISTS BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND LABOUR BECAUSE, AMONG OTHER REASONS, TRADE UNIONS ARE STILL LARGELY NOT RECOGNISED BY THE EMPLOYERS AND THAT ONLY SOME 30 BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS ARE KNOWN TO BE OPERATING FORMAL JOINT CONSULTATION.

IN THE FACE OF THIS COMMUNICATION GAP, MANY EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS +SEE THE JUSTICE OF THEIR VIEW TOO CLEARLY AND PERHAPS TOO CLOSELY THAT THEY HAVE BECOME IMPERIOUS TO THE LEGITIMACY OF THE OTHER’S POINTS OF VIEW*, HE NOTED.

MR CHAN URGED EMPLOYERS TO ADOPT MANAGEMENT STYLES CONDUCIVE TO GOOD LABOUR RELATIONS AND AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY IN STAFF MATTERS-TO ESTABLISH CLEAR AND SIMPLE TWO-WAY CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION AND TO ENCOURAGE AND UTILISE STAFF PART IC IPAT ION IN MATTERS THAT AFFECT THEIR WELL-BEING.

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SPEAKING ALSO AT THE OPENING SESSION WERE MR NG SEK-HONG, A LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND LABOUR OFFICER CHOW TUNG-SHAN.

MR NG SPOKE ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN HONG KONG, WHILE MR CHOW ON EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS AND THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE WORKSHOP’S THREE OTHER EVENING SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON THE MONDAY OF THE FOLLOWING THREE WEEKS.

SPEAKERS AT THE OTHER SESSIONS WILL BE MR GILBERT Y.Y. WONG, ANOTHER LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, MR ERIC LI, PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL, MR WILLIAM F.K. CHAN, REMUNERATION ANALYST, HUTCHISON WHAMPOA LTD., MR JAMES C.K. YEUNG, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, AND MRS ANITA W.B. SIN, LABOUR OFFICER.

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF INSURANCE FIRMS STARTS

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THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL TODAY (MONDAY) BEGAN A MANPOWER SURVEY OF ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES, BROKERS AND AGENTS.

PLANNED BY THE INSURANCE TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, THE SURVEY IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED ON JUNE 19.

QUESTIONNAIRES, EXPLANATORY NOTES AND A DESCRIPTION OF PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WERE SENT TO ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES, BROKERS AND AGENTS.

OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING EMPLOYED, FORECASTS OF ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES, PERIOD OF TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES AND OTHER PERSONNEL AND TRAINING MATTERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR ANTHONY KAN, SAID THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN STATISTICAL SUMMARIES ONLY, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

THE INFORMATION REQUIRED FROM THE SURVEY WAS IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE BUSINESS, MR KAN SAID.

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AUTOPAY OFFER TO SOLVE RATEPAYERS’ WORRIES * * *

RATEPAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO SETTLE THEIR QUARTERLY RATES BY AUTOPAY AS FROM NEXT MONTH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TREASURY ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

+ THIS WILL PUT AN END TO THEIR WORRIES ABOUT HAVING TO QUEUE UP TO PAY RATES OR FORGETTING TO PAY THEM ON TIME,* HE SAID.

+ANYONE WHO HAS A CURRENT OR SAVINGS ACCOUNT WITH ANY LICENSED BANK IN HONG KONG CAN MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS TO FILL IN A DIRECT DEBIT AUTHORISATION FORM,* HE SAID.

THESE FORMS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED IN PERSON FROM ANY TREASURY COLLECTION OFFICE, BY WRITING TO DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES, P.O. BOX 8 OOO, HONG KONG OR BY TELEPHONING 5-221394, 5-258845 OR 5-232741. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE TREASURY AS INDICATED IN THE FORM.

AS THE AUTOPAY APPLICATIONS TAKE TIME TO PROCESS, RATEPAYERS ARE ADVISED TO CONTINUE TO PAY THEIR RATES IN THE USUAL WAY UNTIL THEY SEE THE WORDS ’PAYMENT BY AUTOPAY AS AUTHORISED’ PRINTED IN THE BOX ON THE LOWER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THEIR DEMAND NOTES.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT IF THERE IS ANY CHANGE IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE RATEPAYER’S NAME OR DELETION OF A RATING ASSESSMENT OF A TENEMENT, THE PREVIOUS DIRECT DEBIT AUTHORISATION IN RESPECT OF THE SAME TENEMENT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME INVALID.

+THE RATEPAYER MUST, IN THIS CASE, FILL IN ANOTHER DIRECT DEBIT AUTHORISATION FORM AND SUBMIT IT TO THE TREASURY,* HE SAID.

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REPULSE BAY ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME * * * * *

THE REPULSE BAY ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WILL BE RE-INTRODUCED THIS SUMMER WITH THREE MINOR CHANGES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SCHEME WOULD OPERATE ON FINE SUNDAYS AND PUBL

IC

HOLIDAYS FROM JUNE 14.

+THE FIRST CHANGE IS THAT THE SECTION OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD BETWEEN NAM FUNG ROAD AND THE WESTERN ARM OF SHOUSON HILL ROAD WILL REMAIN OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC,* HE SAID.

♦THIS WILL PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS FOR MOTORISTS HEADING FOR SHOUSON HILL ROAD FROM WONG CHUK HANG AND ABERDEEN.

*BUT IT WILL NOT PROVIDE A SHORT-CUT TO REPULSE BAY FROM WONG CHUK HANG ROAD BECAUSE THERE IS NO DIRECT ACCESS TO REPULSE BAY FROM SHOUSON HILL ROAD.

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♦THE SECOND CHANGE IS THAT MOTORISTS TRAVELLING FROM THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB ON WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO GET TO HAPPY VALLEY, CAUSEWAY BAY OR CENTRAL.

♦HOWEVER, NO DIRECT ACCESS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD TO BLACK’S LINK.

♦THE THIRD, AND FINAL, CHANGE IS THAT THE SCHEME WILL OPERATE FROM 2 PM TO 7 PM INSTEAD OF FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM.+

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT WHEN STARTED LAST SUMMER THE SCHEME ENABLED FRANCHISED BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES TO COPE MORE EFFICIENTLY WITH THE THOUSANDS OF COMMUTERS SEEKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM REPULSE BAY TO CENTRAL ON HOLIDAY AFTERNOONS BY ALMOST HALVING OVERALL JOURNEY TIMES.

♦LAST YEAR, THE AVERAGE ROUND-TRIP JOURNEY TIME FOR BUSES TRAVELLING BETWEEN REPULSE BAY AND CENTRAL DROPPED TO ONLY 70 MINUTES, COMPARED WITH TWO-AND-A-HALF HOURS BEFORE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED,+ HE SAID.

♦IN ADDITION, THE ONE-WAY SYSTEM OF TRAFFIC ALONG ISLAND ROAD AND A SECTION OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD ENABLED OTHER VEHICLES TO PROCEED SMOOTHLY.+

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC COMING FROM ISLAND ROAD WAS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE FURTHER ON JUNE 14 WITH THE OPENING OF A NEW ACCESS ROAD JOINING WONG CHUK HANG ROAD (EAST) WITH NAM FUNG ROAD.

♦PEOPLE LIVING ALONG THE BUS-ONLY SECTION OF REPULSE BAY ROAD WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE BUS LANE WHEN TRAVELLING NORTH FROM THEIR RESIDENCES,* HE SAID.

♦HOWEVER, IF THEY ARE COMING FROM REPULSE BAY, THEY WILL HAVE TO OBSERVE THE DIVERSION ALONG ISLAND ROAD AND NAM FUNG ROAD.+

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE SCHEME WOULD ONLY OPERATE ON FINE SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WHEN LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE ARE AT REPULSE BAY BEACH.

♦RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE AS NECESSARY,* HE SAID.

♦BUT PEOPLE VISITING REPULSE BAY ON THESE DAYS SHOULD AVOID USING THEIR CARS AND TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE IMPROVED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES RESULTING FROM THE SCHEME.*

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CONTRACT FOR SHA TIN RESERVOIR SIGNED * * *

A THREE-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR AT PAI TAU HANG IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, WAS SIGNED TODAY (MONDAY) BY MR LEE GUN-CHEUNG, CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF SANG LEE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED.

THE RESERVOIR WILL HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 1 OOO CUBIC METRES, AND <* ILL FORM PART OF A PROJECT TO SUPPLY WATER TO HIGH LEVEL AREAS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START THIS WEEK AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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ANOTHER NINE HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE RECLAIMED UNDER THE TAI PO NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

A S37-MILLI0N CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS AWARDED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE SAID THAT THE RECLAMATION, NEXT TO THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, WOULD PROVIDE LAND FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE TAI PO SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS TO COPE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START NEXT WEEK AND TAKE ABOUT

12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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MORE SPORTS EVENTS PLANNED FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN

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WINNERS OF FIVE SPORTS EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION (YUEN LONG) WERE TODAY (MONDAY) PRESENTED WITH PRIZES BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FUNG KwOK-KEUNG, AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL.

MORE THAN 800 CHILDREN FROM 42 LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS TOOK PART IN THE COMPETITIONS IN TABLE-TENNIS, BADMINTON, SOCCER, VOLLEY BALL AND BASKETBALL.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR CHEUNG KWAI-LUNG, SAID THE COMPETITIONS ARE HELD EVERY YEAR, WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

IF THERE ARE SUITABLE VENUES, IT IS HOPED THAT OTHER SPORTS LIKE TENNIS AND SWIMMING, AND POSSIBLY WOMEN’S SOCCER, WILL BE HELD IN THE FUTURE, HE SAID.

THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION, SET UP IN 1954, NOW HAS THREE SECONDARY AND 11 PRIMARY SCHOOL BRANCHES.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF POK 01 HOSPITAL, MR LAI KAM-MAN.

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DOUBLE TREAT FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE

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ELDERLY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG RECEIVED A DOUBLE TREAT THIS AFTERNOON WHEN THEY MET FILM AND TELEVISION ACTRESS FUNG PO PO AND RECEIVED S39-LAISEES IN THE CUSTOMARY RED PACKETS FROM HER.

MISS FUNG HANDED OUT 479 OF THE PACKETS THIS AFTERNOON, AND WILL BE CONTINUING HER VISITS TO NEARLY 40 HOMES FOR THE AGED ALL OVER HONG KONG FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK, TO GIVE OUT SOME 8140 090 DONATED BY PHILANTHROP1ST SIR SHIU-KIN TANG IN CELEBRATION OF HIS RECENT BIRTHDAY TO NEARLY 4 600 PEOPLE.

ACCOMPANIED BY SIR SHIU-KIN, HIMSELF, MRS EVELYN DOE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, AND MRS C.B. CHIU, WIFE OF A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE PO LEUNG KUK, MISS FUNG PO PO STARTED THE DAY WITH A VISIT TO THE DAVID TRENCH HOME FOR THE AGED AT ABERDEEN. SHE THEN WENT ON TO ST. MARY’S HOME IN WONG CHUK HANG AND THE SALVATION ARMY WOMEN’S SHELTER IN WAN CHAI. DURING HER VISITS, SHE DEVOTED A LOT OF TIME TO CHATTING WITH THE ELDERLY PEOPLE.

THE BALANCE OF THE MONEY DONATED FOR THE LAISEE DISTRIBUTION, WILL BE SPENT ON OTHER WELFARE PROJECTS. SIR SHIU KIN IS FOUNDER CF THE TANG SHIU-KIN-HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WITH THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ACTING AS THE TRUSTEE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE N

CLEAR DEFINITION OF 'VICE ESTABLISHMENT' SOUGHT ............... 1

DISTRICT BOARD ELECTORAL BOUNDARY MAPS PUBLISHED .............. 2

SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION POLICY ..................... 3

COOLER AND WETTER MAY ......................................... 3

BACK TO ORIGINAL ROUTE ........................................ 6

ARGYLE STREET CLEARWAY RESTRICTION EXTENDED ................... 6

FLYOVER TO BE CLOSED FOR WORK ................................. 6

SALT WATER PIPE WORK .......................................... 6

200 CHILDREN IN SAI KUNG SWIMMING GALA ........................ 7

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CLEAR DEFINITION OF +VICE ESTABLISHMENT* SOUGHT *****

A QUESTION, SEEKING A CLEAR DEFINITION OF +VICE ESTABLISHMENTS*, SO THAT THE POLICE MAY TAKE MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST THEM WILL BE ASKED BY THE REV THE HON JOYCE M. BENNETT AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MISS BENNETT’S QUESTION WILL BE AMONG 14 TO BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS, FROM THE STRENGTH OF FLYOVERS, TO RENTS FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY FACTORY ESTATES, THE TRAINING OF PEOPLE TO WORK ON COMPONENTS FOR THE COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES, ADULT EDUCATION AND FIXED PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES.

THE HON S.L. CHEN WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN +TO PREVENT LANDSLIPS ON SLOPES AND HILLSIDES WHOSE STABILITY MAY BE ENDANGERED AS A RESULT OF ILLEGAL EXCAVATIONS BY SQUATTER RACKETEERS*.

A QUESTION ON THE CURRENT COST OF PRODUCING WATER THROUGH THE LOK ON PAI DESALTING PLANT AND WHETHER THE ENTIRE PLANT WILL LIKELY BE BROUGHT INTO FULL OPERATION WILL BE ASKED BY THE HON PETER C. WONG.

THE HON ANDREW SO WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM THE HAZARDS OF RED TIDE INFECTED FISH AND SEA FOOD.

THE HON WONG LAM WILL ASK GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE PRESENT POSITION OF ADULT EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

DR THE HON HARRY FANG WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT FLYOVERS ARE DESIGNED WITH A LOAD CAPACITY SUFFICIENT TO ALLOW A LARGE NUMBER OF HEAVY VEHICLES, SUCH AS FULLY-LOADED DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES AND CONTAINER TRUCKS, TO REMAIN STATIONARY ON THEM DURING TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

AT THE MEETING, DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON THE FOLLOWING TWO BILLS WHICH ARE DUE TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READ INGSi

AERIAL ROPEWAYS (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, AND

SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981.

THE FOLLOWING BILLS WILL BE READ A FIRST AND SECOND TIME,

PUBLIC HOLIDAY (PRINCE OF WALES’ WEDDING) BILL 1981,

LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 AND

MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981.

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DISTRICT BOARD ELECTORAL BOUNDARY MAPS PUBLISHED X X X X X X

MAPS SHOWING THE ELECTORAL WERE PUBLISHED TODAY FOR PUBLIC

BOUNDARIES FOR DISTRICT BOARDS INFORMATION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO CONSULT THE MAPS MAY DO SO AT ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR DISTRICT OFFICE, WHERE THE MAPS ARE ON DISPLAY. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT AT THESE OFFICES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES SHOWN ON THE MAPS.

THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AS SET OUT IN A WHITE PAPER PUBLISHED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR IS BASED ON THE DIVISION CF THE TERRITORY INTO TEN DISTRICTS IN THE URBAN AREA AND EIGHT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, THE DISTRICTS ARE DIVIDED INTO A TOTAL OF 122 CONSTITUENCIES. THERE ARE 76 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE URBAN AREA AND 46 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN THE CASE OF URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS, THE SAME TEN DISTRICTS IN THE URBAN AREA ARE DIVIDED INTO A TOTAL OF 15 CONSTITUENCIES. FIVE OF THE DISTRICTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN, SOUTHERN, WAN CHAI, MONG KOK AND YAU MA TEI) FORM ONE CONSTITUENCY EACH. THE OTHER FIVE URBAN DISTRICTS (EASTERN, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, SHAM SHU I PO AND WONG TAI SIN) ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO CONSTITUENCIES EACH.

ELECTORS WILL VOTE IN THE CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH THEY LIVE AND WILL CAST THEIR VOTES AT DESIGNATED POLLING STATIONS IN THEIR CONSTITUENCIES. DETAILS OF REGISTRATION, BEGINNING ON AUGUST 31 AND ELECTION PROCEDURES WILL BE NOTIFIED TO THE PUBLIC AS SOON AS THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION HAS BEEN PREPARED.

NOTE TO EDITORS I

COPIES OF A FULL SET OF MAPS MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM.

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SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION POLICY * * * *

THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE HOLDING A SEMINAR ON THURSDAY (JUNE 11) FROM 8 PM TO 9.10 PM AT THE PO LEUNG KUK CFA NO 1 COLLEGE HALL FOR MEMBERS OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES IN TSZ WAN SHAN.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SEMINAR IS TO GIVE THE PEOPLE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION POLICY AND THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE MR STEPHEN SELBY, JP, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER- MR FUNG YEE KO, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER/DISTRICT MANAGEMENT- AND MISS AMY CHOW, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DISTRICT BOARD AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SEMINAR.

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COOLER AND WETTER MAY X * X X

MAY WAS COOLER AND WETTER THAN USUAL, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY.

n MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 25.2 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS

0.7 DEGREE BELOW NORMAL.

maximum TEMPERATURE AND THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WERE ALSO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

TOTAL RAINFALL WAS 336.1 MM, 38.0 MM ABOVE NORMAL.

THIS BROUGHT THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS CF THE YEAR TO 566.0 MM, SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE AVERAGE OF 561.1 MM.

THE TOTAL DURATION OF SUNSHINE OF 114.1 HOURS WAS 48.5 HOURS BELOW NORMAL, AND THE HUMIDITY WAS ALSO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

DURING THE MONTH ONLY ONE TROPICAL CYCLONE, ♦HOLLY+, DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND DISSIPATED NEAR GUAM ON MAY 7»

THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY IN HONG KONG ON THE FIRST TWO DAYS, BUT ACCORDING TO NEWSPAPERS IN CHINA, A VIOLENT TORNADO HIT THE LEI ZHOU PENINSULA ON MAY 1 AND DESTROYED MORE THAN 700 HOUSES.

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A COLD FRONT ARRIVED ON THE MORNING OF MAY 3, BRINGING A FEW SHOWERS AND NORTHERLY WINDS. HAIL WAS REPORTED BY A PILOT FLYING AT 6OO FEET OVER LEI YUE MUN GAP.

THIS LATE SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON BROUGHT COOLER WEATHER AND TEMPERATURES FELL TO A MINIMUM OF 18.5 DEGREES CELSIUS ON MAY 4, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH.

IT REMAINED CLOUDY ON MAY 5 BUT THE WEATHER TURNED FINE THE NEXT DAY AND REMAINED SUNNY AND HOT UNTIL MAY 8.

AFTER SOME SHOWERS ON MAY 9, THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED ON MAY 10 AND 11, A TOTAL OF 178.8 MM OF RAIN WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

DURING THESE TWO DAYS, LANDSLIPS WERE REPORTED IN KWUN TONG, SAU MAU PING, NORTH POINT, ABERDEEN AND IN MANY PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. FLOODING WAS WORST IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO. A ROAD SUBSIDENCE OCCURRED ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

A 29-YEAR-OLD THAI WOMAN WAS KILLED WHEN A HUGE ROCK WEIGHING ABOUT 10 TONNES CRASHED ONTO HER HILLSIDE HUT NEAR LEI YUE MUN ROAD ESTATE IN KWUN TONG. ABOUT 650 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM SQUATTER HUTS.

ACCORDING TO NEWSPAPERS IN CHINA, A WATERSPOUT OCCURRED OFF THE EAST COAST OF LEI ZHOU PENINSULA ON MAY 10, KILLING 52 FISHERMEN.

WINDS TURNED NORTHERLY FOR A SHORT WHILE ON MAY 12 AND IT BECAME SLIGHTLY COOLER. THERE WAS RAIN THAT NIGHT AND IT REMAINED CLOUDY ON MAY 13.

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE BROUGHT MORE RAIN ON MAY 14 AND SOME HEAVY SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ON THE AFTERNOON OF MAY 15.

THE WEATHER WAS FINE WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE FROM MAY 16 TO 19.

EASTERLY WINDS FRESHENED ON MAY 20 AND THERE WERE TRACES OF LIGHT RAIN. WINDS WERE STRONG DURING THE NIGHT BUT THEY TURNED NORTHERLY ON MAY 21 AND THEN MODERATED. THERE WAS RAIN ALL DAY WITH SOME THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE AFTERNOON.

IT REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SUNNY INTERVALS ON MAY 22.

FROM MAY 23 TO 30, THE WEATHER WAS HOT BUT CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED LIGHT SHOWERS ALMOST EVERY MORNING. MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES ROSE TO 31.5 DEGREES CELSIUS ON MAY 30, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

THERE WERE SHOWERS DURING THE EVENING OF MAY 30 AS ANOTHER TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE APPROACHED FROM THE NORTH. THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED EARLY ON MAY 31.

FIVE SQUATTER HUTS IN YAU TONG AND ANOTHER ONE IN KWUN TONG COLLAPSED IN LANDSLIPS. OVER 100 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES. MINOR LANDSLIPS ALSO OCCURRED IN SAU MAU PING AND IN ANDERSON ROAD, KWUN TONG. A ROAD SUBSIDED IN SHA TIN.

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THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON MAY 10, 11, 15 AND 31. THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED ON MAY 20 AND LOWERED THE NEXT DAY.

DURING THE MONTH NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER, AND NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

THE ONLY SIGNAL HOISTED WAS AS FOLLOWSi

DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON MAY 20 (9 PM) MAY 21 (11.40 AM)

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WEREl

SUNSHINE 114.1 HOURS I 48.5 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

RAINFALL 336.1 MM i 38.0 MM ABOVE NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 78 PER CENT i 5 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 81 PER CENT i 2 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL

bEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 27.8 DEGREES CELSIUS « 1.1 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

bEAN TEMPERATURE 25.2 DEGREES CELSIUS I 0.7 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

bEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 23.4 DEGREES CELSIUS » 0.5 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 21.5 DEGREES CELSIUS : 1.2 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 119.6 MM t 33.4 MM BELOW NORMAL

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 31.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON MAY 30.

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 18.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON MAY 4.

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BACK TO ORIGINAL ROUTE * * * *

BUSES OPERATING ON CMB ROUTE NO. 20, BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND CENTRAL, WILL RETURN TO THEIR ORIGINAL ROUTE AND TERMINATE AT POTTINGER STREET FROM JUNE 11 (THURSDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE CHANGE FOLLOWS THE REBUILDING OF POTTINGER STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD AND DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL.

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THE URBAN CLEARWAY HOURS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF ARGYLE STREET, BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND PORTLAND STREET, WILL BE EXTENDED WEST TO RECLAMATION STREET FROM 10 AM ON JUNE 13 (SATURDAY).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD ALTERNATIVE ROUTES.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF AREAS IN WEST KOWLOON WILL HE CUT OFF FOR SIX HOURS, FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM, ON THURSDAY (JUNE 11) FOR WORK ON REPLACEMENT OF A PIPE.

THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE s PAK TIN ESTATE, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE SHAM SHU I PO, MONG KOK, BEACON HILL, UN CHAU ESTATE, CHEUNG SHA WAN, LEI CHENG UK, TAI WO PING AND BROADCAST DRIVE.

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200 CHILDREN IN SA I KUNG SWIMMING GALA

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NEARLY 200 CHILDREN FROM 20 SAI KUNG PRIMARY SCHOOLS TODAY (TUESDAY) COMPETED IN A SWIMMING GALA HELD AT SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THIS ANNUAL EVENT IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF SPORTING ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU).

THE COMPETITION WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS, WITH A TOTAL OF NINE EVENTS.

SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SHUI-JEUNG, THE ACTING SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, MR KWAN KI-TAI, AND A LOCAL LEADER, MR LEE YUN-SAU, PRESENTED PRIZES TO WINNERS.

THE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED TO TAKE PART IN A SWIMMING GALA TO BE ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION ON JUNE 19.

AT THE CEREMONY, WINNERS-OF SOCCER, BASKETBALL AND TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITIONS ALSO RECEIVED PRIZES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

TRAINING SCHEME FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY PLANNED ................ 1

'FIXED TRAFFIC PENALTY SYSTEM SAVES COURT TIME' .. 2

ADULT EDUCATION COURSES WELL RECEIVED ...................... J

FULL-SCALE RACING CIRCUIT NOT JUSTIFIED .................... 4

CLOSE WATCH KEPT ON RED TIDE ............................... 4

EFFORT MADE TO CONTROL ILLEGAL EXCAVATIONS ................. 5

HOLIDAY TO MARK PRINCE CHARLES’S WEDDING ................... 6

USE OF DESALTER DEPENDS ON SUMMER RAINFALL ................. 6

SECRETARY FOR HOUSING ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON

KINDERGARTENS, NURSERIES, HAWKERS AND FACTORIES .. 7

FLYOVERS CAN CARRY FLEET OF CONCRETE MIXERS ................ 8

EXTRA 35 516M EXPENDITURE APPROVED.......................... 9

SQUATTERS DESIGN OWN HUTS .................................. 9

BILLS PASSED ............................................... 9

FINANCING OF WELFARE SERVICES IN VOLUNTARY SECTOR ................ 10

KCR 'ROLLING INTO 21ST CENTURY' .................................. 12

PWD GEARS UP FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.......................... 14

PUBLIC ADVISED TO TAKE EARLY STORM PRECAUTIONS ................... 16

FISHERMEN GET GOVERNMENT LOAN FOR TRAWLERS ....................... 16

SELF-DISCIPLINE AND HELP FOR OTHERS STRESSED ..................... 17

RECLAMATION TENANCY SOUGHT ....................................... 18

MUSICAL 'GET-TOGETHER' FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN ...................... 18

REST PAVILION TO BE BUILT FOR TSUEN WaN WALKERS AND PICNICKERS ....................................................... 19

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TRAINING SCHEMES FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY PLANNED *****

THREE TRAINING SCHEMES PROPOSED BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WERE CONSIDERED TO BE FUNDAMENTAL TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY EFFORT AIMED AT DIVERSIFICATION TOWARDS HIGH TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN.

HE SAID THAT THE SCHEMES WERE CONTAINED IN PROPOSALS MADE BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NUMBER OF INDUSTRY-WIDE SCHEMES TO BE FINANCED FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE, AND FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATUTORY BODY TO ADMINISTER THEM.

THE SCHEMES PARTICULARLY PERTINENT TO MR CHAN’S QUESTION, PROPOSE i

* PROVIDING PRACTICAL TRAINING TO ENG INEER ING GRADUATES,

* THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE MAINLY FOR THE TRAINING OF KEY OPERATIVE MANPOWER, AND

* THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRAINING CENTRE FOR KEY ENGINEERING TRADES WHICH ARE FOUND IN ALMOST ALL INDUSTRIES.

THE FIRST SCHEME, MR HENDERSON EXPLAINED, AIMS AT BRINGING ABOUT SUFFICIENT TRAINING PLACES IN INDUSTRY NEEDED FOR PROVIDING ABOUT 550 ENGINEERING GRADUATES A YEAR WITH ORGANISED POST-GRADUATE TRAINING IN INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE SECOND AIMS AT PROVIDING TRAINING IN THE MOST UP-TO-DATE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES TO ABOUT 2 000 NEW OPERATIVE ANNUALLY FOR THE THREE MAJOR ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING SECTORS, NAMELY, THE SEMICONDUCTOR, THE COMPUTER/MEMORY PLANE AND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SECTORS.

THE LAST SCHEME SEEKS TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN SKILLS WHICH ARE BASIC TO KEY ENGINEERING TRADES SUCH AS TOOL AND DIE MAKERS, MACHINISTS AND FITTERS WHICH TOGETHER CONSTITUTE THE BASE OF ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

IT WAS GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION THAT THE SCHEMES AS WELL AS THE STATUTORY BODY RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATING THEM SHOULD BE SET UP AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.

DETAILS OF THE FINANCIAL AND STAFFING IMPLICATIONS INVOLVED WERE IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF PREPARATION AND TWO SITES HAD BEEN RESERVED FOR THE SCHEMES, HE ADDED.

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'FIXED TRAFFIC PENALTY SYSTEM SAVES COURT TIME' * * * * *

’HE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEMS FOR ILLEGAL PARKING AND FOR MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES HAVE MADE IT MUCH EAS I ER TO PROSECUTE TMF I ARr? NUMBER OF MOTORISTS WHO COMMIT THESE CONTRAVENTIONS WHILE SAVINr THE TIME OF THE COURTS AND THUS, AMONG OTHER TH INGS AVOlDlJ? ® UNDUE WASTE OF PUBLIC TIME AND MONEY, THE SECRETARY FOR tSI TODAY°NMeNT' ™E DEREK JONES SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

IN 1980 SOME 1 600 000 TICKETS WERE ISSUED FOR THESE OFFENCES AND ABOUT $100 MILLION IN REVENUE WAS COLLECTED, HE SAID, REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG.

THE SYSTEM IS QUITE EFFICIENT AND ON AVERAGE JUST OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE TICKETS ISSUED FOR PARKING CONTRAVENTIONS AND ABOUT 99 PER CENT OF THOSE ISSUED FOR MOVING TRAFFIC OFFENCES ARE PAID.

♦THIS RECORD IS, INDEED, VERY GOOD COMPARED WITH SIMILAR SYSTEMS IN OPERATION IN SOME OTHER COUNTRIES. IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, FOR INSTANCE, ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF ALL FIXED PENALTY PARKING TICKETS ARE PAID,+ HE SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, THE MINORITY WHO IGNORE FIXED PENALTY TICKETS AND WHO ARE THEN AUTOMATICALLY TAKEN TO COURT, CAN CAUSE LENGTHY AND COSTLY PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THEIR FINES ARE COLLECTED. THIS HAS LED TO CRITICISM BY THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT AND THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE AND RESULTED IN THE SETTING UP OF A WORKING PARTY TO EXAMINE POSSIBLE SHORTCOMINGS IN THE SYSTEM.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS WORKING PARTY, WHICH INVOLVE CHANGES IN THE LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE EARLIER PAYMENTS OF FIXED PENALTY FINES, WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, HE SAID.

MR JONES ALSO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM TO OTHER MINOR OFFENCES SUCH AS LITTERING, BUT HAD CONCLUDED, THAT THIS WOULD NOT BE DESIRABLE.

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ADULT EDUCATION COURSES WELL RECEIVED * * * *

SOME 370 000 PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED IN PART-TIME AND ADULT EDUCATION ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT, VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦THIS FIGURE DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 105 000 LISTENERS CLAIMED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG FOR ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMMES RUN JOINTLY BY RTHK, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, CARITAS AND THE HONG KONG MEDICAL SOCIETY,♦ HE ADDED.

MR HAYE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON WONG LAM CONCERNING THE PRESENT POSITION OF HONG KONG’S ADULT EDUCATION.

GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES TO ADULT EDUCATION THROUGH COURSES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OR BY PUBLICITY-FINANCED INSTITUTIONS CF HIGHER EDUCATION.

THE TOTAL ENROLMENT IN THESE COURSES IN 1980 AMOUNTED TO SOME 117 000, THE DIRECTOR SAID.

IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS, PRIVATE EVENING SCHOOLS, THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND VARIOUS CONSULATES HAVE ENROLLED OVER 221 000 IN A VARIETY OF COURSES.

APART FROM THOSE TAKING EVENING COURSES, SOME 28 000 STUDENTS ENTERED PART-TIME DAY COURSES IN THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, AND ADULT EDUCATION COURSES RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS.

BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, A SUBVENTION SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED TO ASSIST VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS TO COMPLEMENT AND SUPPLEMENT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION COURSES.

♦THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED 28 APPLICATIONS FROM 17 VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS- OF THESE, 18 APPLICATIONS FROM 12 ORGANISATIONS WERE RECOMMENDED FOR SUBVENTION AND THE SCHEME CAME INTO OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER, 1980,+ MR HAYE SAID.

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FULL-SCALE RACING CIRCUIT NOT JUSTIFIED * * *

THERE WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT BE ENOUGH INTEREST IN HONG KONG TO SUPPORT A FULL-SCALE MOTOR RACING CIRCUIT, THE HON DEREK JONES, SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON F.K. HU AS TO WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO PROVIDE PERMANENT FACILITIES FOR MOTOR-CAR AND MOTOR-CYCLE RACING, MR JONES SAID THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH A CIRCUIT HAD BEEN CONSIDERED ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, MOST RECENTLY IN 1979.

IT WOULD NEED A LARGE PIECE OF LAND WITH AT LEAST TWO MILES CF TOP QUALITY ROAD, GRANDSTANDS, PITS AND OTHER FACILITIES AND WOULD THUS BE VERY EXPENSIVE IN BOTH LAND AND MONEY.

TO BE JUSTIFIED, IT WOULD REQUIRE A LARGE NUMBER OF EVENTS, WITH MANY SPECTATORS, TO BE HELD EACH YEAR AND THERE WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LEVEL OF INTEREST IN HONG KONG TO SUPPORT SUCH A VENTURE AND MAKE IT VIABLE,♦ HE SAID.

MR JONES SAID, HOWEVER, THAT ON A LESSER SCALE, DISCUSSIONS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN HELD WITH THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION AND THE MOTOR SPORTS CLUB OF HONG KONG ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A RECREATIONAL LEASE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO ENABLE THESE BODIES TO DEVELOP F ; IL IT IES SUCH AS RALLY CROSS AND MOTORCROSS. AND THE POSSIBILITY CF cINDING AN AREA TO ACCOMMODATE THE HONG KONG KART CLUB IS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED.

IF THESE PROPOSALS ARE SUCCESSFUL AND COME TO FRUITION THE LOWER COST MOTOR SPORTS THEY WILL PROMOTE ARE LIKELY TO BE MORE SUITED TO HONG KONG CONDITIONS IN THAT THEY MAKE MORE INTENSIVE USE OF LAND AND, IF PROPERLY AND SAFELY RUN, ARE LIKELY TO ATTRACT MORE PART ICIPANTS,+ HE SAID.

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CLOSE WATCH KEPT ON RED TIDE

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WARNINGS ARE ISSUED TO ALL PARTIES CONCERNED AND SAMPLES ARE TAKEN FOR LABORATORY TESTING IN ANY REPORTED OUTBREAK OF RED TIDE, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE HON J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO, HE SAID A MILD TOXIN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN ONLY ONE LOCAL RED TIDE SPECIES AND NO CASE OF HUMAN DEATH OR ILLNESS ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONSUMPTION CF FISH OR SEA FOODS AFFECTED BY RED TIDES OR OTHER ALGAL BLOOMS HAS BEEN REPORTED HERE.

FISH DEATHS RESULTING FROM BLOOMS OF ALGAE INCLUDING RED TIDES ARE USUALLY DUE TO OXYGEN DEPLETION BUT SOME SPECIES OF THE ORGANISMS RESPONSIBLE FOR RED TIDES MAY PRODUCE TOXINS AND IT IS POSSIBLE FOR FISH AND SHELL-FISH TO BE AFFECTED BY THESE TOXINS.

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TO MINIMISE ANY POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM EATING FISH AND SEA FOODS WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY RED TIDES STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT VISIT REPORTED OUTBREAKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO TAKE SAMPLES FOR LABORATORY EXAMINATION. THEY ALSO ASSIST FISH FARMERS TO LIMIT LOSSES, ADVISE THEM NOT TO MARKET ANY FISH WHICH MAY HAVE DIED AS A RESULT OF THE OUTBREAK AND WARN OTHER FISHERMEN IN THE AREA NOT TO COLLECT, MARKET OR CONSUME ANY FISH OR SHELL-FISH WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED.

ALL FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION MARKET MANAGERS ARE INFORMED IMMEDIATELY OF THE AREAS WHERE ALGAL BLOOMS HAVE OCCURRED AND ARE INSTRUCTED NOT TO ACCEPT FISH WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY OUTBREAKS.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT ARE ALSO NOTIFIED AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS INFORMED OF OUTBREAKS THROUGH THE NEWS MEDIA.

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EFFORT MADE TO CONTROL ILLEGAL EXCAVATIONS

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THE GOVERNMENT TR IED TO CONTROL NEW AREAS OF ILLEGAL EXCAVATIONS AND STRUCTURES IN SQUATTER AREAS THROUGH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON JACK STEAN, SAID TODAY.

AS WAS WELL KNOWN, HOWEVER, NEW SQUATTER AREAS HAD BEEN BUILT ON SLOPES, HE SAID.

MR STEAN WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON S.L. CHEN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THAT ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES FOR LANDSLIP PREVENTIVE MEASURES WERE AT PRESENT DIRECTED TOWARDS WORKS ON SLOPES THAT COl D AFFECT PEOPLE IN PERMANENT STRUCTURES AND SQUATTER AREAS WE'" NOT GIVEN ANY PRIORITY.

♦STAFF ARE AVAILABLE ON A 24 HOUR STANDBY BASIS TO DEAL WITH REPORTS OF DISTRESS IN SLOPES IN SQUATTER AREAS AND WHEN HE; Y AND PROLONGED RAIN IS FORECAST THE NUMBER OF STAFF ON SUCH STa.DBY IS INCREASED,♦ MR STEAN SAID.

♦SHOULD FAILURE OF ANY SLOPE WHICH WOULD PUT SQUATTER STRUCTURES AT RISK, APPEAR LIKELY, THE EVACUATION OF THE AFFECTED SQL' ITERS WOULD BE ORDERED.*

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HOLIDAY TO MARK PRINCE CHARLES’S WEDDING

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THE WEDDING OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES IS A MOMENTOUS AND JOYFUL EVENT WHICH MERITS SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND OBSERVANCE IN HONG KONG, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF A BILL WHICH PRESCRIBES JULY 29, THE WEDDING DAY OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER, AS BOTH A GENERAL AND A STATUTORY HOLIDAY IN HONG KONG.

SIR JACK NOTED THAT THE PRINCE IS WELL-RESPECTED HERE AS HIS VISIT IN MARCH 1979 SHOWED.

♦LARGE AND HAPPY CROWDS ATTENDED HIM EVERYWHERE AS HE ENTHUSIASTICALLY UNDERTOOK AN EXHAUSTING ITINERARY DURING WHICH HE SAW (AND MANIFESTLY APPRECIATED) MANY ASPECTS OF HONG KONG LIFE.

♦THOSE WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HIM COULD NOT BUT BE IMPRESSED BY HIS CHARM AND HIS SINCERE CONCERN FOR THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

♦THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS RECOGNISED THIS CONCERN AND RESPONDED WITH RESPECT, LOYALTY AND AFFECTION,♦ SIR JACK SAID.

TO CELEBRATE THE MARRIAGE OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS AND LADY DIANA VARIOUS FESTIVITIES ARE BEING PREPARED HERE INCLUDING A WEDDING PRESENT, A SET OF COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS AND TELEVISION COVERAGE OF THE CEREMONY.

SIR JACK NOTED THAT THE WEDDING DAY HAS BEEN DECLARED A HOLIDAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. IN HONG KONG IT WAS PROPOSED THAT THE WEDDING DAY SHOULD BE OBSERVED AS A GENERAL HOLIDAY FOR BANKS, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND ALSO AS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, FOR THE PURPOSES OF OTHER EMPLOYMENT. EMPLOYERS UNABLE TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES A HOLIDAY ON JULY 29 WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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USE OF DESALTER DEPENDS ON SUMMER RAINFALL X * * M

A DECISION ON WHETHER TO BRING THE LOK ON PAI DESALTING PLANT INTO FULL OPERATION DEPENDS ON THE AMOUNT OF SUMMER RAINFALL, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR JACK STEAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER WONG, MR STEAN SAID THE PRESENT PROPOSED PROGRAMME WAS FOR EACH OF THE SIX EVAPORATOR UNITS TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IN TURN WITH A VIEW TO THE WHOLE PLANT BEING AVAILABLE FOR FULL OPERATION BY AUTUMN.

IF IT DID BECOME NECESSARY TO BRING THE PLANT INTO FULL OPERATION, THE MONTHLY RUNNING COST WOULD BE ABOUT $45 MILLION, MR STEAN SAID. THE OUTPUT AT FULL OPERATION WOULD PROVIDE A LITTLE OVER 10 PER CENT OF THE CURRENT DEMAND FOR FRESH WATER.

MR STEAN SAID THE CURRENT OPERATIONAL COST OF PRODUCING 1 000 GALLONS OF DESALTER WATER WAS $37.68.

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SECRETARY FOR HOUSING ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON KINDERGARTENS, NURSERIES, HAWKERS AND FACTORIES *****

IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, ANSWERED QUESTIONS ON KINDERGARTENS, NURSERIES, HAWKERS AND FLATTED FACTORIES.

A GIST OF THE QUESTIONS AND REPLIES FOLLOWS!

HOW ARE RENTS AND FEES APPROVED FOR KINDERGARTENS IN ESTATES (ASKED BY THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT)s

MR LIAO REPLIED THAT UNTIL RECENTLY RENTS FOR SUCH KINDERGARTENS HAD BEEN FIXED BY OPEN TENDER. LAST YEAR, HOWEVER, THREE KINDERGARTENS WERE LET AT CONCESSIONARY RENTS TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING AGENCIES, SIX MORE SUCH PREMISES TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR WOULD BE LET IN THE SAME WAY, AND IN FUTURE THIS SYSTEM WOULD CONTINUE, SUBJECT TO THE COMING WHITE PAPER ON PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION. THE FEES CHARGED WERE SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, HE ADDED.

WILL NURSERIES BE INCLUDED AS A STANDARD FACILITY IN ALL FUTURE HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES (THE HON F.K. HU)?

MR LIAO REPLIED THAT PROVISION OF NURSERIES IN THESE ESTATES DEPENDED ON A NUMBER OF FACTORS INCLUDING WHETHER THE ESTATE SITE WAS LARGE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT A NURSERY, AND WHETHER NURSERIES ALREADY EXISTED IN THE LOCALITY. +THE NEED FOR EACH TYPE OF COMMUNITY FACILITY IS CONSIDERED AT THE PLANNING STAGE,+ HE ADDED.

ARE MORE OR FEWER LICENSED AND UNLICENSED HAWKERS OPERATING DAILY IN ESTATES, AND WHAT IS BEING DONE TO CONTROL ILLEGAL HAWKING IN ESTATES, PARTICULARLY IN THE EVENINGS AND AT WEEKENDS (THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN)?

MR LIAO REPLIED THAT THERE WERE NOW SEVEN PER CENT FEWER HAWKERS OPERATING IN OR NEAR ESTATES COMPARED WITH A YEAR AGO, THE TOTAL BEING DOWN TO NEARLY 11 800.

ON CONTROL MEASURES, HE SAID THE MAIN ACTION TAKEN AGAINST ILLEGAL HAWKING WAS BY THE USE OF TIDINESS TEAMS, WHILE A SMALL NUMBER OF HAWKERS WERE PROSECUTED AND ARTICLES CAUSING OBSTRUCTION C- ABANDONED WERE REMOVED UNDER THE POWERS GIVEN BY THE HOUSING DINANCE. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE COST INVOLVED, SUCH ACTION

NOT GENERALLY TAKEN OUTSIDE NORMAL WORKING HOURS UNLESS * GRANTED.

♦ON A LONG-TERM BASIS SOME PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE TOWARDS CONSTRUCTING PERMANENT MARKETS WITHIN OR ADJOINING ESTATES FOR REPROVISIONING THESE HAWKERS,♦ HE SAID. +IN ADDITION, MANY HAWKERS HAVE BEEN RESITED INTO CONTROLLED AREAS WITHIN ESTATES.*

BUT HE WARNED THAT THESE MEASURES WERE UNLIKELY TO BRING ANY DRAMATIC CHANGE IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, THOUGH IT WAS HOPED THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM.

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HOW ARE RENTS FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY FLATTED FACTORIES DETERMINED, WHAT IS THE VACANCY POSITION OF SUCH UNITS BUILT OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PERIOD THESE UNITS HAVE BEEN VACANT (THE HON WONG PO-YAN)?

MR LIAO EXPLAINED THAT RENTS FOR THE NEWEST FLATTED FACTORY UNITS WERE SET AT A MARKET LEVEL AS ESTABLISHED BY OPEN TENDER. THIS METHOD WAS USED BECAUSE THE SMALL, SPECIALLY DESIGNED UNITS IN FLATTED FACTORIES WERE GENERALLY UNAVAILABLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND SO THERE WAS NO BASIS FOR ASSESSING COMPARABLE RENTS.

ON VACANCIES, HE SAID THERE WERE 1 200 EMPTY UNITS, MOST OF THEM IN A NEW BLOCK IN THE YIP ON FACTORY ESTATE AT KOWLOON BAY WHICH HAD BEEN COMPLETED TWO MONTHS AGO. THERE WERE ALSO 147 VACANCIES IN A YEAR-OLD BLOCK AT THE SAME FACTORY ESTATE.

MR LIAO ADDED: +MOST FACTORY UNITS ARE LET WITHIN A FEW MONTHS OF COMPLETION, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT A RESERVE IS MAINTAINED TO MEET CLEARANCE COMMITMENTS, AND SOME OF THE UNITS NOW STANDING EMPTY ARE BEING RESERVED FOR KNOWN CLEARANCES OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.*

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FLYOVERS CAN CARRY FLEET OF CONCRETE MIXERS * * * *

ALL HONG KONG’S HIGHWAY STRUCTURES ARE DESIGNED TO CARRY A STANDARD DESIGN LOADING WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO HAVING A FLEET OF CONCRETE MIXER TRUCKS CLOSELY PACKED ON A CARRIAGEWAY, SAID THE HON J.G. STEAN, ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SUCH FULLY-LOADED CONCRETE MIXER TRUCKS REPRESENT A GREATER LOADING INTENSITY THAN THAT OF FULLY-LOADED DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES AND CONTAINER TRUCKS, WHICH ARE RELATIVELY LONGER, MR STEAN SAID.

MR STEAN WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HARRY FANG AS TO WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT FLYOVERS ARE DESIGNED WITH A LOAD CAPACITY TO ALLOW A LARGE NUMBER OF HEAVY VEHICLES, SUCH AS FULLY-LOADED DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES AND CONTAINER TRUCKS TO REMAIN ON THEM DURING CONGESTION.

APART FROM THE DESIGN FOR VEHICULAR LOADING, ALLOWANCE IS ALSO MADE IN THE DESIGN FOR TEMPERATURES AND WIND EFFECTS AND OTHER FORCES IMPOSED BY MOVING TRAFFIC, AND A SUITABLE SAFETY FACTOR IS ALSO INCORPORATED, HE SAID.

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EXTRA $5 316M EXPENDITURE APPROVED H * * * K

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS AMOUNTING TO $5 316 MILLION FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1980-81.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE SAID THAT OF THIS SUM, $3 500 MILLION WAS REQUIRED AS A CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING THE ISLAND LINE.

OTHER MAJOR ITEMS INCLUDED $638 MILLION FOR EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS (INCLUDING 34 PROJECTS UPGRADED TO OR INCLUDED IN CATEGORY A OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME)- $400 MILLION TO MEET LOANS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED HOME PURCHASE SCHEME FOR CIVIL SERVANTS- AND $394 MILLION FOR VARIOUS PAY ADJUSTMENTS FOR BOTH THE CIVIL SERVICE AND SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION RESULTED IN A hET INCREASE OF $4 484 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.

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SQUATTERS DESIGN OWN HUTS * * * *

STRUCTURES IN SQUATTER AREAS, WHETHER TOLERATED OR NOT, ARE PUT UP WITHOUT ANY REGULATION AS TO DENSITY, LOCATION, DESIGN, OR BUILDING MATERIALS, THE HON D.C. BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, SAID TODAY AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG.

THE ONLY GOVERNMENT RULE AT PRESENT IS ONE OF CONTROL, NAMELY, THAT ANY REBUILDING OR REPAIR OF TOLERATED STRUCTURES WHICH MAKES THEM BIGGER OR WHICH INVOLVES THE USE OF PERMANENT MATERIALS IN REPLACEMENT OF TEMPORARY MATERIALS IS NOT ALLOWED.

♦WITHIN THESE LIMITS, THE DESIGN OF AND FACILITIES WITHIN THE SQUATTER HUTS ARE DECIDED ON BY THE SQUATTERS THEMSELVES,* H? BRAY SAID.

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THE AERIAL ROPEWAYS (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 AND THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1981 WERE PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THREE OTHER BILLS — THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY (PRINCE OF WALES’ WEDDING) BILL 1981, THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 AND THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1981 — WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

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FINANCING OF WELFARE SERVICES IN VOLUNTARY SECTOR

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE RECENT CLAIMS OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES BEING CURTAILED OR FORCED TO CLOSE DOWN BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE FUNDING WERE +EXAGGERATED AND UNSUBSTANTIATED*.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS AWARE OF NO VOLUNTARY AGENCY WHICH IS +0N THE BRINK OF BANKRUPTCY* OR AGENCIES PULLING OUT OF EXPANSION PROGRAMMES BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, MRS CHAN SAID.

SHE DESCRIBED THE CLAIMS AS AN ATTEMPT TO SPREAD DESPONDENCY AND ALARM AND SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE VERY CONCERNED IF THIS WERE THE CASE.

MRS CHAN WAS GIVING A TALK AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WEST, IN WHICH SHE REVIEWED THE AGENCIES’ ROLE IN WELFARE SERVICES PROVISION, THEIR TRADITION OF RAISING FUNDS, THE PRESENT SUBVENTION SYSTEM AND THE NEED FOR CHANGES.

SHE POINTED OUT THE DEPARTMENT HAS SO FAR RECEIVED ONLY 11 APPEALS ON THE 1981-82 SUBVENTION ALLOCATIONS OUT OF SOME 115 SUBVENTED AGENCIES, AND THESE CLAIM INADEQUATE SUPPORT IN SPECIFIC SERVICE AREAS ONLY.

+THESE APPEALS ARE BEING CONSIDERED WITH THE GREATEST CARE AND SUPPLEMENTARY GRANTS WILL BE RECOMMENDED WHERE JUSTIFIED,* SHE ADDED.

SHE STRESSED THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS FULLY PREPARED TO WORK TOGETHER WITH AGENCIES IN RESOLVING WHATEVER DIFFICULTIES THEY MAY FACE, BUT IT IS UP TO AGENCIES TO APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT IF THEY SO WISH.

REFERRING TO DONATIONS FOR AGENCIES, MRS CHAN SAID IT IS QUITE WRONG TO SUGGEST THAT DONORS’ MONEY IS NOT HELPING THE LESS FORTUNATE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR RAISED BY AGENCIES, THE GOVERNMENT *SAVES+ ONE DOLLAR.

SHE EXPLAINED THAT, QUITE APART FROM DEFINED AREAS OF WELFARE SERVICES WHERE EFFORTS ARE CONCENTRATED, THERE ARE OTHER SERVICES WHICH CAN BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT IS UNABLE TO FINANCE THEM ALL.

HOWEVER, SHE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ENCOURAGED THE DESIGNATING CF DONATIONS SPECIFICALLY FOR SUCH SERVICES WHERE AGENCIES WISH TO PROVIDE THEM AND CAN SATISFY THEIR DONORS OF THEIR NEED AND CAPaCITY.

+WHERE NO SUCH INTENTION IS EVIDENT, IT HAS BEEN THE ACCEPTED PRACTICE TO REGARD SUCH INCOME AS AVAILABLE TOWARDS THE SUPPORT OF WELFARE SERVICES, AND TO TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DETERMINING THE GOVERNMENT GRANT,* SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN STRESSED THAT EACH YEAR, THE LEGISLATURE HAS VOTED INCREASING SUMS TO FINANCE WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, HAVING REGARD TO EXISTING SERVICES AND PLANNED TARGETS.

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IF SOME AGENCIES REQUIRE LESS SUPPORT THAN OTHERS BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN FUND-RAISING, IT JUST MEANS THAT THERE IS MORE TO GO AROUND IN EXPANDING AND UPGRADING SERVICES, SHE SAID. BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT.

SHE SAID TOTAL SUBVENTIONS TO AGENCIES HAVE INCREASED VERY SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, FROM $16 MILLION IN 1970-71 TO $192 MILLION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR.

♦OVERALL, THE PERCENTAGE OF INCOME RAISED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES -ROM OTHER SOURCES SUCH AS THE COMMUNITY CHEST, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND PRIVATE DONORS HAS DECREASED RELATIVE TO THE TOTAL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES, AND NOW REPRESENTS A MERE 15 PER CENT,+ SHE SAID.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ON AVERAGE, SOME 70 PER CENT OF AGENCIES’ EXPENDITURE COMES FROM THE PUBLIC PURSE, AND IN SOME CASES, THE LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT CAN BE AS HIGH AS 90 PER CENT.

♦I WOULD NOT WISH RECENT REPORTS AND STATEMENTS IN THE MASS MEDIA TO UNDERMINE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE ABILITY OF THE PUBLIC AND VOLUNTARY SECTORS TO WORK HAND IN HAND IN SERVING OUR COMMUNITY, SHE ADDED.

AS REGARDS THE EXISTING DISCRETIONARY SYSTEM OF SUBVENTION, THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THE NEED FOR CHANGES ALTHOUGH THERE ARE AFFERENT SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR AS TO WHETHER GENCIES SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO RAISE SOME FUNDS ON THEIR OWN, ->HE SAID.

IT IS NECESSARY TO GIVE AGENCIES A FIRM INDICATION OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FROM YEAR TO YEAR SO THAT THEY CAN PLAN THEIR BUDGETS ACCORDINGLY AND TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON HOW THE AGENCIES’ OTHER SOURCES OF INCOME SHOULD BE TREATED.

SHE FELT OPTIMISTIC THAT SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SUBVENTION SYSTEM COULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1982-83.

A GOVERNMENT WORKING PARTY HAS RECOMMENDED THE CLASSIFICATION OF WELFARE SERVICES ACCORDING TO THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS, AND HAS PROPOSED THAT SERVICES CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL OR NECESSARY BE FINANCED FULLY BY THE GOVERNMENT BASED ON PRE-DETERMINED SERVICE STANDARDS.

AN IMPORTANT CHANGE, SHE SAID, WOULD BE THAT VOLUNTARY AGENCIES’ OTHER INCOME, APART FROM FEES, WOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, MEANING THEY WOULD BE FREE TO CHOOSE WAYS OF DEPLOYING qjNFS RAISED FROM OTHER SOURCES INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

-UCH FUNDS COULD EITHER BE USED IN THE PROVISION OF NON-SUBVENTED SERVICES OR IN IMPROVING STANDARDS OF SUBVERTED SERVICES, SHE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS SOUGHT THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR’S VIEWS ON THE aORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH ARE IN GENERAL SUPPORTED.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE WILL BE CONSULTED VERY SHORTLY AND THE CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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KCR +R0LLING INTO 21ST CENTURY* * * * *

THE REBUILT KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, DESIGNED TO CARRY 500 000 PASSENGERS A DAY BY 1990, WILL BE — BY ANY STANDARDS --A SURFACE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, MR D.M. HOWES, CONTROLLER OF RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON OF THE LIONS CLUB OF THE PEAK, HE SAID THAT IN EFFECT, THE KCR WAS IN ONE LEAP MOVING FROM THE 19TH TO THE 21ST CENTURY.

♦THE END PRODUCT WILL BE EVERY BIT AS MUCH A NEW RAILWAY "TIE MASS TRANSIT RA ILWAY,♦ MR HOWES SAID.

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♦PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIVE SUBJECTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, BUT NOWHERE HAVE I FOUND IT SO EMOTIVE AS IN HONG KONG.

♦THE PUBLIC HAVE A RIGHT TO DEMAND THAT THE VARIOUS FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT BROADLY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND HAT THEY ARE OPERATED EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY. EQUALLY THERE MUST BE AN UNDERSTANDING ON THE PART OF THE PUBLIC THAT THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR THE SERVICE STANDARDS THEY EXPECT.♦

MR HOWES SAID THE BASIC REASON FOR THE KCR PROJECT WAS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWNS ALONG THE NORTHEAST AXIS OF THE NEW TERR ITORIES.

POPULATION FORECASTS FOR SUCH CENTRES AS SHA TIN, TAI PO AND FANLING, HE ADDED, HAD INCREASED AND THERE WAS ALREADY SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE OF UNSATISFIED DEMAND ALONG THE RAIL ROUTE.

BETWEEN 1977 AND 1980, KCR PASSENGER VOLUME HAD INCREASED BY MORE THAN 50 PER CENT. WITHIN THAT FIGURE, TRAFFIC TO AND FROM CHINA HAD RISEN 250 PER CENT.

THE NEW KCR IS DESIGNED TO HANDLE 500 000 PASSENGERS A DAY BY l°90, ALONG WITH THREE TIMES THE PRESENT VOLUME OF FREIGHT.

MR HOWES SAID THE KCR, TO COST ABOUT $2 500 MILLION AT FIRST QUA "ER 1981 PRICES, WOULD IMPROVE SERVICE IN MANY WAYS:

* PERMISSIBLE MAXIMUM TRAIN SPEED WILL RISE TO 120 KPH FROM THE PRESENT 72 KPH-

* SIXTEEN TRAINS AN HOUR WILL RUN EACH WAY DURING THE MORNING AND EVENING PEAKS, AND NINE TRAINS AN HOUR DURING THE REST OF THE DAY. THE PRESENT SERVICE IS ESSENTIALLY HOURLY, INCREASING TO HALF-HOURLY IN PEAK PERIODS-

k JOURNEY TIMES WILL BE SLASHED. WHILE A TRAIN FROM KOWLOON TO LO WU CALLING AT ALL STATIONS NOW TAKES ABOUT ONE HOUR TEN MINUTES, THE SAME TRIP ON THE NEW KCR WILL TAKE LESS THAN 40 MINUTES. IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT SOME TRAINS WILL BE SEMI-FAST, STOPPING AT A LIMITED NUMBER OF INTERMEDIATE STATIONS-

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* ALTHOUGH MANY MORE TRAINS WILL USE THE NEW LINE, THE ELECTRIC MULTIPLE UNITS WILL BE MUCH QUIETER THAN THE DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES THEY REPLACE AND WILL NOT POLLUTE THE AIR-

* THE INTERCHANGE STATION AT KOWLOON TONG WILL LINK THE KCR WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY. IN ESSENCE, THE KCR WILL HANDLE BULK MOVEMENT FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES TO THE URBAN CENTRE WHILE THE MTR HANDLES DETAILED DISTRIBUTION IN THE URBAN AREA.

MR HOWES NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN MANY PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN BALANCING THE RUNNING OF THE PRESENT RAILWAY WITH THE NEEDS OF BUILDING THE NEW ONE. \

FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID, MUCH OF THE PHYSICAL WORK HAD TO BE CONCENTRATED INTO THE PERIOD WHEN THE KCR WAS CLOSEDi ROUGHLY FROM MIDNIGHT TO 5 AM EACH DAY.

THERE HAD ALSO BEEN A NEED FOR TEMPORARY SPEED RESTRICTIONS, BUT IN GENERAL THE KCR HAD MAINTAINED A REASONABLE STANDARD OF SERVICE.

MR HOWES SAID RAILWAYS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WERE RIGHTLY PROUD OF THEIR EXCELLENT SAFETY RECORD. THE KCR, DESPITE SOME RECENT PROBLEMS, HAD A SAFETY RECORD BETTER THAN MOST.

♦ABSOLUTE SAFETY DOES NOT EXIST,* HE SAID, ♦MODERN TECHNOLOGY WITH ALL ITS SOPHISTICATION HAS NOT YET REACHED A POINT WHERE THE POSSIBILITY OF HUMAN ERROR CAN BE TOTALLY OVERCOME.

♦HOWEVER, THE TECHNOLOGY BEING BUILT INTO THE NEW RAILWAY WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF HUMAN ERROR TO AN ENORMOUS EXTENT COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING RA ILWAY.♦

MR HOWES SAID THE KCR’S 25 000 VOLT OVERHEAD ELECTRICITY LINE WAS ENTIRELY SAFE, PROVIDED PEOPLE BEHAVED SENSIBLY AND RESPONSIBLY.

POWER WILL BE TURNED ON TO THE FIRST SECTION OF THE LINE — BEACON HILL TUNNEL NORTH TO RACE COURSE NORTH —- IN THE EARLY HOURS OF JULY 6. OTHER SECTIONS WILL BE ENERGISED PROGRESSIVELY.

MR HOWES SAID THE KCR HAD ALREADY STARTED A SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH WOULD BE INTENSIFIED ABOUT TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE POWER LINE WAS SWITCHED ON. THE CAMPAIGN WAS AIMED AT EVERYONE, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON SCHOOLS NEAR THE RAILWAY.

FOR DECADES, HE SAID, HONG KONG PEOPLE HAD USED THE RAILWAY AS ALMOST A PUBLIC THOROUGHFARE. TO HELP CHANGE THIS HABIT, THE ENTIRE RAILWAY WOULD BE FENCED. PEDESTRIAN FOOTPATHS WOULD BE BUILT OUTSIDE THE FENCE AND GRADE-SEPARATED PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS INSTALLED WHERE NECESSARY.

ALSO, TO COPE WITH THE VAST INCREASE IN LEVEL OF SERVICE AND MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES BEING INTRODUCED INTO THE NEW RAILWAY, THE KCR IS FACED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH A VERY LARGE RECRUITING CAMPAIGN AND MASSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR NEW ENTRANTS TO THE SERVICE.

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PWD GEARS UP FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION * * * * ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS PREPARING ITSELF FOR AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN A CHALLENGING AND EXCITING PHASE OF HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT — DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY DR NIP KAM-FAN, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (KOWLOON), OF THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION (UADO), A NEW ORGANISATION CREATED WITHIN PWD LAST YEAR TO ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO SERVE THE NEED OF THE COMMUNITY AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA, DR NIP SAID THAT AS STATED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON ^DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG+, THE TERRITORY WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO 18 DISTRICTS, 10 IN THE URBAN AREA AND EIGHT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

EACH OF THE DISTRICTS WILL HAVE ITS OWN DISTRICT BOARD WHICH COMPRISES OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS SO THAT RESIDENTS CAN SHARE IN AND CONTRIBUTE IDEAS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN HAVE ALREADY MET, AND IT IS PLANNED THAT THOSE IN THE OTHER URBAN DISTRICTS WILL ALL BE SET UP BY MARCH NEXT YEAR.

+THIS NEW FORM OF ADMINISTRATION WHERE ALL RESIDENTS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART WILL CERTAINLY BE MOST CHALLENGING AND EXCITING TO ALL OF US,+ DR NIP SAID.

ALONG WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ADJUSTING ITSELF TO MEET THE NEW SITUATION.

HE SAID THAT SOME OF THE'DEPARTMENTS WITHIN PWD ALREADY HAD REGIONAL OFFICES FUNCTIONING AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL. HOWEVER, THE UADO WAS CREATED SO THAT THE PWD COULD BE IN A STILL BETTER POSITION TO SERVE COMMUNITY NEEDS AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

DR NIP SA IDs +THE UADO CONSISTS OF A HEADQUARTERS AND A NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE TOGETHER WITH SIX DIVISIONS.

-THE JURISDICTION OF THE NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE INCLUDES KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN AND PART OF KOWLOON CITY,+

SINCE 1961, THE POPULATION OF NORTH EAST KOWLOON HAS

GRO-N FROM ABOUT 340 000 TO 1.3 MILLION, INCLUDING SOME 660 000 PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG AND ABOUT 600 000 IN WONG TAI SIN.

OF THE TOTAL AREA OF 2 050 HECTARES, 1 600 HECTARES ARE PLAINED FOR DEVELOPMENT. THIS INCLUDES 500 HECTARES WHICH HAVE NOT YET BEEN DEVELOPED FOR THEIR INTENDED USE.

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AS TO PUBLIC WORKS AND SERVICES, HE SAID, THERE WAS A LOT TO BE DONE IN NORTH EAST KOWLOON.

UNDER THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, SOME 230 PROJECTS ARE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT VARIOUS WORKS PROGRAMMES CAN BE IMPLEMENTED MORE EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY TO MEET INCREASING REGIONAL AND LOCAL NEEDS, THE NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WAS SET UP IN DECEMBER 1980 TO HELP PLAN AND COORDINATE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS FOR THE REGION.

DR NIP SAID THE ORGANISATION WAS MODELLED ON THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICES IN SUCH AREAS AS SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

HE ADDED THAT IT HAD A MULTIDISCIPLINARY STAFF OF ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, ESTATE SURVEYORS AND TOWN PLANNERS.

THE STAFF WILL PREPARE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, AS IN THE NEW TOWNS, WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATE TO REGIONAL CONDITIONS.

THE OFFICE WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE LINK BETWEEN THE FUNCTIONAL OFFICES THE PWD AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN.

♦SINCE IT WAS SET UP LAST DECEMBER, THE OFFICE HAS DEALT WITH VARIOUS MINOR IMPROVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE WORKS AND IS NOW BUSILY PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENTS IN KOWLOON BAY, TAI HOM AND DIAMOND HILL,+ DR NIP SAID.

♦THE NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IS IN A WAY A PILOT CASE FOR DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION IN THE URBAN AREA ALONG THE LINES LAID DOWN IN THE NEW TOWNS.

♦THE UADO IS NOW LOOKING INTO THE COORDINATING MACHINERY REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE REST OF THE URBAN AREA FOR THE BETTER COORDINATION OF ALL PWD ACTIVITIES AND A MORE EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO PUBLIC NEEDS AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

♦THE EXPERIENCE GAINED IN NORTH KOWLOON WILL BE OF GREAT VALUE IN THIS IMPORTANT REVIEW,+ DR NIP SAID.

PENDING THIS REVIEW, HE ADDED, SMALLER INTERIM PWD TEAMS WERE BEING FORMED IN SHAM SHU I PO, KOWLOON CITY, ISLAND EASTERN DISTRICT AND ISLAND SOUTHERN DISTRICT TO PROVIDE LIAISON FOR DISTRICT MINOR IMPROVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE WORK.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT BY THE TIME DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES ARE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN THE URBAN AREA, THE PWD WILL BE ADEQUATELY EQUIPPED TO RESPOND READILY AND EFFECTIVELY TO LOCAL DEMAND,* SAID DR NIP.

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PUBLIC ADVISED TO TAKE EARLY STORM PRECAUTIONS *****

THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR JOHN PEACOCK REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT PRELIMINARY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE DANGERS OF HIGH WINDS, LANDSLIPS AND FLOODING DUE TO TROPICAL CYCLONES AND HEAVY RAINSTORMS SHOULD BE TAKEN.

♦PREPAREDNESS IS THE KEYNOTE FOR MINIMISING DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, INJURIES AND LOSS OF LIFE WHICH CAN RESULT FROM THESE STORMS, +HE SAID.

THOSE WHO HAVE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES DURING STORMS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR INSTRUCTIONS, INCLUDING RELEVANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS, ARE UP-TO-DATE.

GUTTERS AND DRAINS SHOULD BE CLEARED AND CHECKED FOR DAMAGE. WINDOW AND DOOR FASTENINGS SHOULD BE CHECKED AND, IF NECESSARY, REPAIRED.

OWNERS OF SMALL CRAFT SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR MOORINGS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION AND THAT MOORING BITTS AND CLEATS ARE STRONG AND SECURELY FIXED TO WITHSTAND TYPHOON CONDITIONS.

CIVIL ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS AND CONTRACTORS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD ENSURE THAT SITE WORKS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST DAMAGE FROM HEAVY RAIN.

ON THE HOISTING OF A NO 8 TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNAL OR DURING PERIODS OF PROLONGED HEAVY RAIN, SHELTERS WILL BE OPENED FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES TEMPORARILY FOR SAFETY REASONS.

♦ANYONE IN ANY DOUBT AS TO WHERE TO GO SHOULD CONTACT THE NEAREST CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR POLICE STATION, +HE ADDED.

A CARD EXPLAINING THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SERVICE AND A BOOKLET DESCRIBING THE THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNING SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

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A LOAN AGREEMENT FOR $3.06 MILLION WAS SIGNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PAIR OF MODERN FISHING TRAWLERS. IT IS THE LARGEST LOAN MADE UNDER THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND (FDLF) SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1960.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ABERDEEN FISHERMEN’S CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY (UNLIMITED LIABILITY). THE LOAN WILL BE RE-LENT TO TWO FISHERMEN MEMBERS CF THE SOCIETY, MR CHENG FOR-YAp AND MR LEUNG KOON-TAI.

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IN THE PAST 15 YEARS, THE FDLF, ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, HAS FINANCED THE BUILDING OF SEVEN PAIRS OF TRAWLERS.

THE LATEST LOAN IS FOR A PAIR OF 26.5 METRE-LONG VESSELS BUILT TO THE DESIGN AND SUPERVISION OF TECHNICAL STAFF OF THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, AT TWO BOATYARDS IN SHAU KEI WAN. THE DESIGNS ARE POPULAR WITH FISHERMEN.

A SIGNIFICANT FEATURE OF THE VESSELS IS THE HIGH HORSEPOWER OF THE SINGLE PROPULSION ENGINE, A KELVIN OF 530 B.H.P. IN ADDITION, A NEWAGE TWO-PITCH CONTROLLABLE PROPELLER SYSTEM WILL BE FITTED TO EACH OF THE VESSELS TO ACHIEVE SAVINGS IN FUEL OIL AND TO INCREASE TOWING POWER.

THE TOTAL COST OF BUILDING AND EQUIPPING THE TWO VESSELS WITH NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND FISHING GEAR WILL BE $3.46 MILLION. THE OWNERS WILL MEET THE COST IN EXCESS OF THE LOAN.

TODAY’S AGREEMENT BRINGS TO $15.6 MILLION THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF LOANS MADE UNDER THE FDLF FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOCAL FISHING FLEET.

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A PERSON MUST LEARN TO RESPECT AND CULTIVATE HIS OWN SELF AS WELL AS TO RESPECT AND HELP OTHERS IN ORDER TO LEAD A FRUITFUL AND FULFILLING LIFE, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE KOWLOON AND YUEN LONG LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

NOTING THAT THE SCHOOL MOTTO IS +RECTIFY THE MIND AND CULTIVATE THE PERSON*, MR LEUNG SAID THIS SHOWED THE NECESSITY TO DISCIPLINE ONESELF, NEVER GIVE UP WITHOUT TRYING, AND AIM AT SETTING HIGH IDE LS.

♦THE POSSESSION OF ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND ACQUISITION OF S -Ci AL SKILLS DO NOT NECESSARILY BRING ABOUT THE REAL MEANING OF LIF OR ETERNAL HAPPINESS,* HE SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND WE MUST KNOW OUR OWN LIMITATIONS, OUR WEAK AND STRONG POINTS, AND THAT FAILURE AND OBSTRUCTIONS ARE INEVITABLE IN THE PURSUIT OF IDEALS.

♦HAVING LEARNED FROM ONE’S FAILURES, ONE CAN AIM AT AVOIDING THE SAME MISTAKES,* MR LEUNG SAID.

APART FROM CULTIVATING ONESELF, WE MUST ALSO RESPECT AND HELP OTHERS, HE SAID.

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RECLAMATION TENANCY SOUGHT

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THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION.

THE 1 820-SQUARE-METRE SITE IS FOR USE AS CONTRACTOR WORKS AREA, INCLUDING STORAGE OF BUILDING MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT.

THE TENANCY IS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AND THEREAFTER ON A QUARTERLY BASIS. THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JUNE 26.

TENDER FORMS, WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, 19TH FLOOR, OR THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

TENDER PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES.

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MUSICAL ’GET-TOGETHER’ FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN * * * *

MUSICALLY-INCLINED SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO PERFORM UNDER THE NEW +YOUNG MUSICIAN GET-TOGETHER* PROGRAMME PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SCHOOL PRINCIPALS.

THROUGH THESE GET-TOGETHER CONCERTS, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AND BENEFIT FROM OTHER PLAYERS AS WELL, A MUSIC OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

AN INAUGURAL CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT 6 PM ON JUNE 12 (FRIDAY) AT THE HALL OF THE KOWLOON CARITAS CENTRE, 134 BOUNDARY STREET.

A SECOND CONCERT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JUNE 13, AT THE KWUN TONG KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL, 20 SHU I NING STREET AT 2.30 PM.

THE PROGRAMME FOR BOTH CONCERTS WILL INCLUDE A CLARINET SOLO, FLUTE SOLO, BARITONE SOLO, MELODION ENSEMBLE, CHORAL ENSEMBLE, RECORDER AND GUITAR DUET AND HARMONICA ORCHESTRA.

PERFORMERS AT THE TWO CONCERTS WILL COME FROM SCHOOLS IN EAST KOWLOON DISTR ICTi PUI CHING MIDDLE SCHOOL, HONG KONG KUNG CHUNG CHEI MEMORIAL SCHOOL, MARYKNOLL CONVENT SCHOOL, HOMANTIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE SALVATION ARMY WILLIAM BOOTH SECONDARY SCHOOL, TAK 01 SECONDARY SCHOOL, KIT SUM SCHOOL, C.C.C. MONG MAN WAI COLLEGE, PO CHIU COLLEGE, ST ANTONIUS GIRLS’ COLLEGE AND CONFUCIAN TAI SHING SCHOOL.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUSIC

OFFICE MUSIC CENTRES. FOR ENQUIRIES CALL TELEPHONE NUMBER 3-411328.

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REST PAVILION TO BE BUILT FOR TSUEN WAN WALKERS AND PICNICKERS *****

A CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION IS TO BE BUILT AT FU YUNG SHAN, TSUEN WAN.

COSTING $84 000, THE PAVILION IS ABOUT 15 MINUTES WALK FROM THE MAIN TSUEN WAN - SEK KONG ROAD AND WILL PROVIDE A PLACE FOR MORNING WALKERS AND PICNICKERS TO REST AND SHELTER.

TSUEN WAN ROTARY CLUB HAS DONATED $50 000 FOR THE PROJECT AND THE BALANCE WILL COME FROM THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE.

AT A STONE-LAYING CEREMONY OFFICER TSUEN WAN, MR H.T. LUI, THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE DISTRICT PAID TRIBUTE TO CLUB MEMBERS FOR

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HE SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT MORE AND MORE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, SUCH AS THE ROTARY CLUB, WERE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING

IN COMMUNITY WORK.

♦THE PAVILION PROVIDES NOT ONLY A SHELTER AND RESTING PLACE FOR MORNING WALKERS, BUT IT WILL ALSO HELP TO IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT,* HE SAID.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT MORNING WALKERS AND PICNICKERS WOULD MAKE FULL USE OF THE PAVILION.

WORK ON THE PAVILION, WHICH IS TO BE NAMED AFTER THE ROTARY CLUB, WILL BE COMPLETED BY EARLY AUGUST.

THE CHAIRMAN OF TSUEN WAN ROTARY CLUB, MR CHOI HING-SHUN, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER SHA TIN, DR PATRICK HASE, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER, WERE AMONG THE GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY.

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S62 MILLION FOR NEW TOWN PROJECTS ............................ 1

SURVEY OF OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG .. 1

'MARICULTURE' INDUSTRY GROWING FAST .......................... 2

SAI KUNG TO HOLD 'FIGHT CRIME' SEMINAR ....................... 3

HK/CANADA TEXTILE TALKS ...................................... 3

WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND EDUCATION ............ k

REMINDER ON MATERNITY LEAVE ................................. **

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TSIM SHA TSUI ................... 5

OPENING OF SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE ............................. 5

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$62 MILLION FOR NEW TOWN PROJECTS * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY SIGNED TWO CONTRACTS VALUED AT MORE THAN $62 MILLION, FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND TAI PO NEW TOWN.

THE FIRST CONTRACT, WORTH MORE THAN $51 MILLION, IS FOR SITE FORMATION AND ROAD WORKS IN THE WESTERN PART OF TUEN MUN.

IT WAS SIGNED BY MR Y.Y. NG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF PWD’S TUEN MJN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF SANG LEE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE SAID THAT UNDER THE CONTRACT, ABOUT 5.3 HECTARES OF LAND WOULD BE FORMED AT HO TIN.

HE SAID, ^TOGETHER WITH THE ADJACENT AREA NOW BEING DEVELOPED, THE LAND WILL ENABLE ACCOMMODATION TO BE PROVIDED FOR SOME 34 OOO PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING.*

THIS CONTRACT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE RECONSTRUCTION AND WIDENING OF A SECTION OF MING KUM ROAD BETWEEN PUI TO ROAD AND SHEK PAI TAU ROAD TO A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO FOOTBRIDGES FOR PEDESTRIAN CROSSING.

WORK ON THIS CONTRACT WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE SECOND CONTRACT, VALUED AT ABOUT $11.9 MILLION, IS FOR SITE FORMATION, ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN TAI PO.

IT WAS SIGNED BY MR C.W.D. TAYLOR, CHIEF ENGINEER OF TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF GAMMON (HONG KONG) LIMITED.

THE WORK WILL COMPRISE THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 5.7 HECTARES JF LAND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FACTORY BUILDINGS, AN AMBULANCE DEPOT, A LINK ROAD BETWEEN TING KOK ROAD AND KWONG FUK ROAD AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS.

WORK ON THIS CONTRACT WILL TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SURVEY OF OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG * * *

THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A FACT-FINDING SURVEY OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY - WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM JUNE TILL AUGUST — IS TO UP-DATE THE DIVISION’S STATISTICS OF INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WITH OVERSEAS INTERESTS IN TERMS OF CAPITAL INVESTMENT, EMPLOYMENT AND PRODUCTION.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL ALSO ASSIST IN AN EVALUATION OF ThE CONTRIBUTION OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

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INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS THAT ARE KNOWN TO CONTAIN OVERSEAS INTEREST WILL BE VISITED BY UNDERGRADUATES OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES WO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE DIVISION FOR THIS SURVEY.

THEY WILL BEAR AN AUTHORISATION CARD WITH THEIR PHOTOGRAPH ATTACHED FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES.

ANY QUERIES REGARDING THIS SURVEY SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO: MR ALAN K.M. CHU, ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER, TEL. NO. 3-7222426.

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HONG KONG’S FAST-GROWING +MARICULTURE INDUSTRY* EMPLOYS 5 000 PEOPLE AND LAST YEAR PRODUCED 760 METR IC TONS OF CULTURED -ISH -- MOSTLY GROUPERS, SEABREAMS AND SNAPPERS -- WORTH $38 MILLION, MR PHILIP CHEUNG, SENIOR FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT OFFICER . THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TOLD MEMBERS OF THE -IONS CLUB OF TAI PING SHAN TODAY (THURSDAY).

THIS WAS ABOUT 0.4 PER CENT BY WEIGHT AND 3.5 PER CENT BY VALUE OF TOTAL LANDINGS OF CAPTURED FISH, HE SAID. AND THERE WERE 1 550 LARGE AND SMALL CULTURE UNITS IN SOME 50 LOCATIONS IN HONG KONG.

WITH THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY, AND TO ENSURE ORDERLY DEVELOPMENT AND SUITABLE CONTROL OF ITS ACTIVITIES, THE GOVERNMENT LAST YEAR PASSED A MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE, AND, MORE RECENTLY, SOME SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS.

♦GOVERNMENT WAS WELL AWARE OF THE FACT THAT IF THE INDUSTRY WERE ALLOWED TO PROLIFERATE, IT WOULD DEVELOP IN A DISORDERLY MAN’iER TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE INDUSTRY,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

FOR INSTANCE, WITHOUT SUITABLE CONTROL, THE +MARICULTURISTS* TENDED TO PUT THEIR CULTURE RAFTS IN ONE PLACE, THUS CAUSING WATER STAGNATION AND OXYGEN DEPLETION DUE TO OVERCROWDING, HE SAID. APART FROM THIS, IF THE MAR ICULTUR ISTS DID NOT EXERCISE SELF-DISCIPLINE, THEIR RAFTS WOULD BECOME A NUISANCE, HE ADDED.

ALSO, A CERTAIN MEASURE OF PROTECTION FOR THE INDUSTRY WAS CONSIDERED NECESSARY INSOFAR AS WATER POLLUTION AND INTERFERENCE OF THE CULTURE OPERATIONS WERE CONCERNED.

+IN THE ABSENCE OF LEGAL BACKING FOR THE INDUSTRY, THE GOVERNMENT OFTEN FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO RENDER SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO THE OPERATORS IN THEIR CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES,* HE SAID.

THE ORDINANCE WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO COME INTO FULL EFFECT EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS WERE MADE RECENTLY.

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SPECIFIC AREAS OF THE SEA ARE TO BE SET ASIDE FOR FISH CULTURE PURPOSES, AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL ALLOCATE SITES IN THESE AREAS FOR FISH CULTURE UNDER LICENCE. FISH CULTURE OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. INITIALLY, 35 LOCATIONS WOULD BE GAZETTED AS MARINE FISH CULTURE ZONES.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAD AN ACTIVE ROLE TO PLAY IN PROMOTING THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY, WITH ITS FISHERIES RESEARCH DIVISION CONDUCTING A SERIES OF RESEARCH PROJECTS WITH THE AIM OF PROMOTING AND SAFEGUARDING THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THE INDUSTRY, MR CHEUNG SAID.

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SAI KUNG TO HOLD ’FIGHT CRIME’ SEMINAR * * * *

SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IS TO HOLD A SEMINAR •\ CRIME FOR LOCAL STUDENTS.

A PUBLICITY PROGRAMME TO FIGHT JUVENILE CRIME WAS DISCUSSED AT A MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY), CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, SAI KUNG, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG.

ALSO ATTENDING THE MEETING WERE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, MRS ALICE LAI, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR PANG HANG-YIN. THE SUB-DIVISIONAL INSPECTOR, SAI KUNG, MR A.D. NEWTON, OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL LEADERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID THE SEMINAR, WHICH WILL FORM PART OF THE CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES, WILL GIVE STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WAYS OF TACKLING CRIME PROBLEMS. AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE ONCE THE DATE IS FIXED.

OTHER ACTIVITES WILL INCLUDE A VISIT TO POLICE CADET SCHOOL, ESSA< AND SPEECH COMPETITIONS AND A FUN FAIR.

THE MEETING ALSO DISCUSSED THE PROVISION OF VENUE FOR THE REGi.' AR GATHERING OF LOCAL JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND THE CRIME SITU. ~ION IN THE DISTR ICT.

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HK/CANADA TEXTILE TALKS * * *

NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF THE TEXTILE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CANADA BEGIN TOMORROW (JUNE 12).

THE CURRENT AGREEMENT, CONCLUDED IN 1979, EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE CANADIAN DELEGATION IS LED BY MR DOUGLAS ARTHUR, CHIEF icXTILES NEGOTIATOR, AND THE HONG KONG DELEGATION BY THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR PETER TSAO.

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THE DISCUSSIONS ARE EXPECTED TO LAST FOR ABOUT FIVE DAYS.

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WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND EDUCATION * * *

A WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR CHEMISTRY TEACHERS WILL BE HELD ON JULY 11 AT THE DIOCESAN BOYS’ SCHOOL, ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON.

LIMITED TO 60 PARTICIPANTS, THE WORKSHOP IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND IS AIMED AT PROMOTING AN AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL SECTOR.

THE FIRST PART OF THE WORKSHOP WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE FORM OF A PUBLIC LECTURE WITH DR DANIEL LAU OF THE POLYTECHNIC AND DR TING TAI-LUN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY LECTURING ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF WATER AND AIR POLLUTION, WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO LOCAL SITUATIONS.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PRACTICAL SESSION IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE OPERATION OF ANALYTICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE STUDY OF WATER AND AIR POLLUTION PARAMETERS.

♦PARTICIPANTS WILL FIND THIS WORKSHOP PARTICULARLY USEFUL AS IT BEARS CLOSE RELATIONSHIP TO THE SYLLABUS CONTENT ON POLLUTION IN THE REVISED CDC CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS FOR FORMS 4-5,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (SCIENCE), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A +FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED+ BASIS.

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REMINDER ON MATERNITY LEAVE * * *

EMPLOYERS WERE REMINDED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO KEEP A RECORD OF MATERNITY LEAVE TAKEN AND MATERNITY LEAVE PAYMENTS MADE TO THEIR WOMEN EMPLOYEES.

ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DONALD CHAN, SAID THAT THE DETAILS SHOULD BE RECORDED IN A FORM SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, AND PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JUNE 5.

THE FORM WILL BE PRINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND PUT ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE FOR USE BY EMPLOYERS.

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LEGISLATION PROVIDING FOR PAID MATERNITY LEAVE FOR WOMEN EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT ON JUNE 1.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED A GUIDE EXPLAINING THE LAW ON PAID MATERNITY LEAVE AND COPIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL OFFICES CF T-E LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TSIM SHA TSUI * * * *

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM SALISBURY ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI, WILL BE TEMPORARILY PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO CHING HAY STREET BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE AND EMPIRE CENTRE, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 13), AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY.

AT THE SAME TIME, TRAFFIC FROM CHING HAY STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO SALISBURY ROAD SOUTHBOUND.

THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE W"KS TO ALLOW TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO BE INSTALLED AT THE JUNCTION OF THE TWO ROADS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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T E LEUNG SING-TAK SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE AT TAI LAM CHUNG, TUEN MUN, WILL BE OPENED ON SATURDAY (JUNE 13) AT 4 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MRS D. AKERS-JONES- MADAM LEUNG SI'IG-'AK- TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM- CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MR H.C. MA- AND CHAI ■'-N OF THE ASSOCIATION’S CAMP SITE AND PROPERTY COMMITTEE, C-AU CHAM-SON.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF YOUR STAFF TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 2.45 PM. OFFICERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PRESS UNIT WILL BE AT THE CENTRE TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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FRESH WATER LEAKAGE TESTS * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON a ILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MID-NIGHT TO 6 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 13) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

AFFECTED •ILL BE PREMISES AT LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, BROADCAST DRIVE, WATERLOO ROAD, CORNWALL STREET, NAM CHEONG STREET INCLUDIN' TAI WO P!<3 ROAD, BEACON HILL ROAD, RHONDDA ROAD, ALNWICK ROAD, EASTBOURNE ROAD, EDE ROAD, MARCONI ROAD, FESSENDEN ROAD, TAI WO PKG ROAD TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, CORNWALL STREET TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, KAM MUN SAN TSUEN, TAI WO PING TSUEN, Al CHOI HANG TSUEN, YEUNG MUI HANG TSUEN, YEUNG MUN LING, LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICER’S HOUSING SCHEMES, RADIO TELEVISION

•'I, KONG, HONG KONG COMMERCIAL RADIO, RTV, TVB AND LION ROCK 7 NNEL FIRE SERVICES.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST ................................. 1

THREE BILLS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION PUBLISHED .............. 1

POWER TO IMPOSE FINES SOUGHT FOR COURTS ....................... 3

BIG CONTRACT FOR REFUSE DISPOSAL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES PLANNED ................................... 4

REPULSE BAY PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME .................. 5

FIGHT CRIME GROUP VISITS DISTRICT COMMITTEE ................... 6

CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS LISTED ................................ 6

GOVERNMENT TO GET STAFF QUARTERS IN SHA TIN ................... 7

GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN SAND .............. 8

STUDENTS TOLD TO CARE FOR OTHERS .............................. 8

FIRE OFFICER SPENT ALL HIS YEARS ON SHIPS ..................... 9

INTER-ESTATE SPORTS IN TSUEN WAN ............................. 10

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COPIES OF A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG KONG RECIPIENTS OF QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

THE HONOURS LIST IS EMBARGOED FOR AUTOMATIC RELEASE AT OOO1 HOURS ON SATURDAY (JUNE 13). NO NEWS AGENCY MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION BEFORE THEN.

ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY OF THE RECIPIENTS OF HONOURS BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEWS OR FOR INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THEIR CAREERS OR BE APPROACHED IN ANY WAY IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR AWARDS BEFORE THESE HAVE BEEN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED.

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ANOTHER MAJOR STEP TOWARDS THE INTRODUCTION OF CONSTITUENCYBASED ELECTIONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE TAKEN ON JUNE 24 WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CONSIDERS THREE BILLS RELATING TO THE DISTRICT

ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

THE BILLS, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), SEEK TO PUT INTO LEGISLATIVE EFFECT THE PROPOSALS IN THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE DISTRICT BOARDS BILL 1981 EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO DECLARE DISTRICTS AND TO DELINEATE THEIR BOUNDARIES.

IT PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATUTORY DISTRICT BOARD IN EACH DISTRICT, ON A DATE TO BE DECLARED BY THE GOVERNOR. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE INTENTION WAS FOR ALL DISTR ICT BOARDS TO BE BROUGHT INTO STATUTORY BEING NEXT YEAR, ON APR IL 1 IN THE CASE OF THOSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OCTOBER 1 FOR THOSE IN THE URBAN AREA.

THE BILL EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF THESE AND ELECTED MEMBERS FOR EACH DISTRICT BOARD. AN ELECTED URBAN COUNCILLOR WILL HAVE A SEAT PROVIDED FOR HIM ON THE BOARD IN HIS DISTRICT WHEREAS AN APPOINTED URBAN COUNCILLOR WILL SIT ON A BOARD TO BE SELECTED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

IN THE CASE OF A NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARD, THE MEMBERSHIP WILL INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF EACH RURAL COMMITTEt IN THE DISTRICT.

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AS REGARDS THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF DISTRICT BOARDS, THE BILL PROPOSES THAT FOR THE FIRST TERM, UNTIL MARCH 1985, THE GOVERNOR SHOULD APPOINT A CHAIRMAN FROM AMONG THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS. THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OR DISTRICT OFFICER WOULD CHAIR THE BOARD IN HIS DISTRICT. FROM THE SECOND TERM ONWARDS, ALL DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD ELECT A CHAIRMAN, WHO COULD BE AN OFFICIAL OR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, FROM AMONG THEIR OWN MEMBERS.

THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981 SEEKS TO REMOVE FROM THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE THE EXISTING PROVISIONS RELATING TO URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS. THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SUCH MATTERS WOULD IN FUTURE BE DEALT WITH UNDER THE PROVISIONS IN THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL 1981 WHICH WOULD ALSO APPLY TO DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE BILL ALSO INCREASES THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL AND REVISES THE TERM OF OFFICE OF MEMBERS. AT PRESENT THE COUNCIL IS COMPOSED OF 12 ELECTED AND 12 APPOINTED MEMBERS AND ALL MEMBERS SERVE FOR 4 YEARS (EXCEPT THOSE ELECTED IN MARCH THIS YEAR WHO SERVE FOR 2 YEARS).

IN FUTURE, THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE 15 ELECTED AND 15 APPOINTED MEMBERS AND ALL MEMBERS WILL SERVE FOR 3 YEARS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE CHANGES WERE AS PROPOSED IN THE WHITE PAPER AND THEY WOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 1983.

ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS FOR THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL TO BE ELECTED FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS. AT PRESENT THE ORDINANCE ALLOWS FOR A NON-MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL TO BE ELECTED TO EITHER POSITION.

THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL 1981 EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO SET UP CONSTITUENCIES FOR BOTH URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, TO DELINEATE CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES AND TO DECLARE THE NUMBER OF PERSONS TO BE ELECTED IN EACH CONSTITUENCY.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT DETAILS OF THE ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCIES WERE PUBLISHED EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN MAPS SHOWING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TEN URBAN AND EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS WERE POSTED IN CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE BILL ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS ELECTORS AND THE ENTITLEMENT OF ELECTORS TO VOTE AT ELECTIONS, AND THE QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION AS CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THESE QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS FOLLOWED MAINLY THE PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER AND THAT SUBJECT TO SOME MINOR VARIATIONS THE SAME QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE APPLIED TO CANDIDATES FOR APPOINTMENT OR ELECTION TO BOTH THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS.

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THE BILL EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT A REGISTRATION OFFICER AND ONE RETURNING OFFICER FOR EACH DISTRICT FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL OR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE REGISTRATION OFFICER WOULD BE AN OFFICER IN THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE NOW BEING SET UP IN THE ADMINISTRATION BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND THAT THE DUTIES OF THE RETURNING OFFICER BE TAKEN UP BY THE LOCAL CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OR DISTRICT OFFICER.

THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS, PROCEDURE AT ELECTIONS AND ELECTION PETITIONS FOLLOW CLOSELY THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS. AN EXCEPTION IS THAT THE PERIOD OF THE CYCLE FROM THE START OF REGISTRATION TO POLLING DAY HAS BEEN SHORTENED FROM 13 MONTHS (FROM MID-FEBRUARY TO EARLY MARCH IN THE NEXT YEAR) TO ABOUT SIX MONTHS (FROM THE END OF AUGUST TO EARLY MARCH IN THE NEXT YEAR).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A SHORTER CYCLE SHOULD HELP TO REDUCE ANY LOSS OF INTEREST CURRENTLY EXPERIENCED BY VOTERS DUE TO THE LONG LAPSE IN THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION PRESCRIBING THE PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND THE PROCEDURE AT ELECTIONS WERE NOW BEING DRAFTED. ALTHOUGH DETAILS HAD NOT YET BEEN FINALISED, HE STRESSED THAT AN IMPORTANT AIM WAS THAT THE REVISED PROCESS SHOULD BE SIMPLE FOR WOULD-BE VOTERS TO FOLLOW.

IT WAS HOPED THAT ALL THE REQUIRED LEGISLATION COULD BE INTRODUCED WITH A VIEW TO STARTING REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS ON AUGUST 31 THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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POWER TO IMPOSE FINES SOUGHT FOR COURTS » K* I *

A BILL PUBLISHED TODAY PROPOSES TO EMPOWER THE HIGH COURT AND THE DISTRICT COURT TO FINE OFFENDERS IN ADDITION TO OR IN LIEU OF OTHER PUNISHMENT, EXCEPT WHERE STATUTORY SENTENCES ARE IMPOSED, AND TO MAKE TWO MINOR CHANGES TO THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE.

AT PRESENT, PRISON SENTENCES ARE SPECIFIED FOR CERTAIN CFFENCES AND THIS MAY LIMIT THE POWER OF THE COURT TO DEAL WITH THE OFFENDER. UNDER THE BILL, A FINE MAY BE IMPOSED INSTEAD OF, OR AS WELL AS, THE PRISON TERM.

ONE OF THE TWO MINOR CHANGES REMOVES THE EXISTING RESTRICTION WHEREBY AN ACCUSED PERSON CANNOT BE CROSS-EXAMINED AS TO HIS CHARACTER, WHERE HE HAS GIVEN EVIDENCE AGAINST ANOTHER ACCUSED PERSON NOT CHARGED WITH THE SAME OFFENCE IN THE SAME PROCEEDINGS.

THE OTHER CHANGE ENABLES THE COURT OF APPEAL TO ALLOW AN APPEAL AGAINST A CONVICTION WHICH IS RECORDED UPON A PLEA 0-GUILTY, EVEN IF THIS PLEA |S ENTERED IN ERROR.

THESE PROPOSALS, SET OUT UNDER THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, FOLLOW SIMILAR PROVISIONS ALREADY CONTAINED IN ENGLISH LEGISLATION.

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BIG CONTRACT FOR REFUSE DISPOSAL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES PLANNED ft ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION OF INVITING TENDERS FOR REMOVAL OF REFUSE FROM CERTAIN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN SHA TIN, TAI PO AND SHEUNG SHU I TO THE SHUEN WAN CONTROLLED TIP IN TAI PO.

A NOTICE INVITING FIRMS TO CONSIDER AND DISCUSS THE PROPOSED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SERVICES WITH AN INITIAL CONTRACT PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS COMMENCING NEXT YEAR IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

TO ENABLE PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS TO STUDY THE PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT. A DRAFT CONTRACT BRIEF HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR COMMENT BEFORE FINAL TENDER DOCUMENTS ARE PREPARED.

INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF THE DRAFT TENDER DOCUMENTS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TREASURY ACCOUNTANT OF THE NTSD ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

ENQUIRIES MAY ALSO DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE

BE MADE TO THE TREASURY ACCOUNTANT OF THE 3-678643 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS ON THESE PROPOSALS WILL BE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, THIS YEAR.

THROUGH THE CONSULTATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS HOPED TO STIMULATE INTEREST AND INVOKE CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS FROM INTENDING CONTRACTORS SO THAT THE CONTRACT CONDITIONS WOULD BE DRAWN UP TO THE BEST OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE CONTRACTOR AND THE PUBLIC THEY SERVE.

GIVING REASONS FOR THE HIRING OF REFUSE DISPOSAL SERVICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WOULD LIMIT THE EXCESSIVE RATE OF EXPANSION OF THE DEPARTMENT WHICH WOULD HAVE A SERIOUS EFFECT ON THE QUALITY OF SUPERVISION. IT IS ALSO FELT THAT A CONTRACT SERVICE WILL REDUCE THE SERVICING DEMANDS ON GOVERNMENT WORKSHOPS AND PROBABLY LEAD TO A MORE PRODUCTIVE AND FLEXIBLE USE OF REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES.

HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT WILL KEEP REGULAR CHECKS ON THE WORK BEING DONE.

THE SUCCESSFUL CONTRACTOR WILL BE EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH 140 TONNES OF HOUSEHOLD AND MARKET WASTES AND 25 -ORR* LOADS OF BULKY ITEMS FROM DESIGNATED REFUSE COLLECTION »OINTS N TEN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN SHA TIN, TAi PO AND SHEUNG SH I.

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REPULSE BAY PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ft ft ft ft

MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED THAT THE REPULSE BAY ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WILL BE REINTRODUCED ON SUNDAY, JUNE 14, AND WILL OPERATE ON ALL SUBSEQUENT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER IF THE WEATHER IS FAVOURABLE.

THE SCHEME WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 2 PM AND 7 PM ON THE NORTH-BOUND OR CAUSEWAY BAY-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF REPULSE BAY ROAD, BETWEEN ISLAND ROAD AND THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC EXCEPT OMNIBUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND MAXICABS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM USING THE BUS-ONLY LANE.

DURING THE FIVE-HOUR PERIOD THE FOLLOWING WILL APPLYi

ft THE REPULSE BAY-BOUND OR SOUTH-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF REPULSE BAY ROAD BETWEEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND ISLAND ROAD WILL REMAIN OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC"

ft TRAFFIC ON THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO DEEP WATER BAY ROAD"

ft ISLAND ROAD AND THE SECTION OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH SHOUSON HILL ROAD WILL BE ROUTED ONE WAY WEST-BOUND OR TOWARDS WONG CHUK HANG-

* THE SECTION OF DEEP WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN NAM FUNG ROAD AND THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT WILL BE ROUTED ONE WAY NORTH-BOUND OR TOWARDS CAUSEWAY BAY"

ft EAST-BOUND TRAFFIC ON WONG CHUK HANG ROAD AFTER ITS JUNCTION WITH NAM FUNG ROAD WILL BE MADE TO TURN LEFT INTO SHOUSON HILL ROAD WEST-

* SOUTH-BOUND TRAFFIC ON DEEP WATER BAY ROAD HEADING TOWARDS DEEP WATER BAY WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO ISLAND ROAD- AND

ft SOUTH-BOUND TRAFFIC ON SHOUSON HILL ROAD HEADING TOWARDS ISLAND ROAD WILL ALSO ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO WONG CHUK HANG ROAD.

BUS ROUTE NOS. 41, 72, 76, ?OM, 170 AND MAXICABS ON SERVICE ROUTE NOS. h, 5, 6 ON THEIR SOUTHBOUND JOURNEYS TOWARDS ABERDEEN WILL BE DIVERTED ~0 REPULSE BAY ROAD AND ISLAND ROAD.

BUS ROUTE NOS. 73 AND 74 ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO REPULSE BAY AND STANLEY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NAM FUNG ROAD, DEEP WATER BAY ROAD, ""HE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT AND REPULSE BAY ROAD.

THE CHINA MOTOR BUS CO. WILL REACTIVATE ITS SUMMER FEEDER BUS SERVICE, ROUTE NO. 61M BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTP STATION AND REPULSE PAY ON SUNDAY, TO FURTHER BOOST PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

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THE FEEDER SERVICE WILL OPERATE ONLY ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COINCIDE WITH THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME.

PASSENGERS WILL BE CHARGED |1.3 FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY AND BUSES WILL RUN AT 12-MINUTE INTERVALS. THE ROUTE WILL TAKE IN THE COTTON TREE DRIVE SLIP ROAD, QUEENSWAY, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, STUBBS ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD AND REPULSE BAY ROAD.

FIGHT CRIME GROUP VISITS DISTRICT COMMITTEE *****

DR HO KAM-FAI, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND MR GEORGE YUEN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CRIME PROBLEMS WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE VISIT WAS AMONG A SERIES BEING MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE MAIN COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT DISTRICT EFFORTS AND TO FEED BACK CRIME PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICTS TO THE MAIN COMMITTEE.

AT A MEETING HELD AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, YAU MA TEI, A VARIETY OF TOPICS WERE DISCUSSED, INCLUDING WAYS TO COUNTERACT JUVENILE CRIME AND THE PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

DR HO ENCOURAGED MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD MOTIVATE AND INVOLVE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

MR YUEN TOLD THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEMBERS THAT A MASSIVE FIGHT CRIME PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN AIMED AT THE YOUTHS WOULD BE LAUNCHED SHORTLY.

ALSO PRESENT WERE MR KWOK KA-KEUNG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, YAU MA TEI- MR U TAT-MING, DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT OF YAU MA TEI-MR KAM KWOK-CHUE, MR CHIU YU-HEI, MR YIP WAH AND MR SHEK KING-MAN, MEMBERS OF THE YAU MA TEI FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

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CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS LISTED * * *

A REVISED LIST OF APPROVED CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS AND TRUSTS TO WHICH TAX RELIEF CAN BE CLAIMED ON MAKING CASH DONATIONS IS PUBLISHED IN A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY

(FR IDAY).

THE NEW

LIST SUPERSEDES ALL PREVIOUS ONES.

ANYONE WHO MAKES CASH DONATIONS TO ANY OF THE LISTED CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS MAY CLAIM TAX RELIEF, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS, UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

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GOVERNMENT TO GET STAFF QUARTERS IN SHA TIN

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GOVERNMENT WILL OBTAIN 220 QUARTERS IN SHA TIN FROM TWO PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

DETAILS OF THE SITES ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THEY ARE TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY CASH TENDER.

THE LARGER OF THE TWO SITES IS NEAR THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND MEASURES 5.005 HECTARES. IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 2.1.

THE PURCHASER, BESIDES BEING REQUIRED TO MEET A BUILDING COVENANT OF $157 MILLION BY SEPTEMBER, 1986, WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO INCLUDE 200 QUARTERS FOR GOVERNMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT.

BIDS MUST REACH NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS BEFORE NOON ON AUGUST 7.

THE OTHER SITE, MEASURING 7 070 SQUARE METRES, OVERLOOKS THE RACECOURSE.

IT HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 2.1 ALSO AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF $16 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED BY SEPTEMBER, 1984.

GOVERNMENT WILL OBTAIN 20 QUARTERS FOR ITS STAFF FROM THIS SITE, APPLICATIONS FOR WHICH CLOSE AT NOON ON JULY 24.

THE GAZETTE ALSO GIVES DETAILS OF A SITE FOR PRIVATE HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT IN SHA TIN.

LOCATED CLOSE TO THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1.922 HECTARES.

UNDER SALE CONDITIONS THE PURCHASER AGREES TO BUILD A AOO - 600 BED HOSPITAL AND STAFF QUARTERS, TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FIVE YEARS.

TENDERS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED TO NTA HEADQUARTERS BY NOON ON AUGUST 21.

FURTHER DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE NTA OR THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFFICES.

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GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN SAND

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL CEASE TO BE INVOLVED DIRECTLY IN THE PURCHASE AND SALE OF SAND FROM JULY 1, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

MARINE SAND WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE SAME SAND DEPOTS AS AT PRESENT, BUT IT WILL BE SOLD DIRECTLY BY THE IMPORTER, YAU WING CO. LTD.

THE SAND ORDINANCE HOWEVER STILL REMAINS IN FORCE AND IT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE ORDINANCE TO TRANSPORT SAND IN ANY VESSEL OR VEHICLE WITHOUT A PERMIT.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO ISSUE PERMITS FOR THE REMOVAL OF SAND FROM SAND DEPOTS AFTER JULY 1. THESE PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE TO THE DRIVER OF EACH LORRY CARRYING SAND PURCHASED IN THE DEPOT.

THE POLICE MAY STOP LORRIES CARRYING SAND AND DEMAND TO INSPECT THE PERMIT.

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STUDENTS TOLD TO CARE FOR OTHERS

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GENUINE CONCERN FOR OTHERS IS THE KEY TO INDIVIDUAL HAPPINESS AND A HEALTHY SOCIETY, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF BUDDHIST CHI HONG COLLEGE AT HILL ROAD, HE SAID: *THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE IS A WELL UNDERSTOOD FUNCTION OF ANY SCHOOL, BUT THE IDEA OF A CARING SOCIETY IS RATHER SPECIAL.*

THE ONE QUALITY WHICH DISTINGUISHES THE GOOD CITIZEN OR MEMBER OF A FAMILY IS AN UNSELFISH CONCERN FOR OTHERS, MR HAYE SAID.

+THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD LEARN IN THE HOME, IN THE SCHOOL AND IN THE WIDE WORLD,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE SCHOOL MOTTO WHICH UNDERLINES THE IMPORTANCE OF ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPING A CARING SOCIETY, THE DIRECTOR SAID: +THIS IS A YOUNG SCHOOL AND IT HAS STARTED WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE BOTH TO LEARNING AND TO SOCIETY.*

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FIRE OFFICER SPENT ALL HIS YEARS ON SHIPS

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A FIRE OFFICER WHOSE ENTIRE CAREER HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH SHIPS RETIRED TODAY AFTER 20 YEARS SERVICE.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, W FREDERICK WATSON, PRESENTED DIVISIONAL OFFICER JO TAI-CHANG, WITH A CAMERA AND A PLAQUE.

MR WATSON PRAISED +JOE+ FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT.

♦HE HAS PROVED HIMSELF TO BE AN OUTSTANDING OFFICER DURING HIS CAREER AS A FIRE OFFICER AND WE SHALL ALL MISS HIM,* MR WATSON SAID.

AT 57, DIVISIONAL OFFICER JO HAS HAD A COLOURFUL CAREER. WHILE IN HIS TWENTIES, HE SERVED IN THE CHINESE NAVY, STATIONED MOSTLY IN TSINGTAO AND SHANGHAI.

IN 1945, HE WAS SENT TO ENGLAND WHERE HE SPENT THREE YEARS STUDYING RADAR TECHNIQUES, BEFORE RETURNING TO CHINA.

HE CAME TO HONG KONG IN 1949 AND SERVED FOR 12 YEARS AS AN OFFICER ON MERCHANT VESSELS.

IN 1961 HE JOINED THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS A STATION OFFICER.

AS A FIRE OFFICER WITH THE DEPARTMENT, JOE SPENT HIS CAREER ON FIRE FIGHTING VESSELS.

HE WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE IN 1976 AND THE COLONIAL FIRE BRIGADE LONG SERVICE MEDAL IN 1979.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN 1970 AND TO HIS PRESENT RANK TWO YEARS LATER.

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INTER-ESTATE SPORTS IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

AN INTER-ESTATE SPORTS COMPETITION IS TO BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN ON SUNDAY (JUNE 14).

THE EVENT, IN THE FORM OF MARATHON BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL MATCHES, WILL TAKE PLACE INSIDE CHEUNG SHA ESTATE PLAYGROUND FROM ID AM TO 5 PM.

RESIDENTS, STUDENTS AND JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS OF FOK LOI, CHEUNG SHAN AND SHEK WAI KOK ESTATES WILL FORM TEAMS TO TAKE PART.

SIXTEEN TEAMS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE BASKETBALL MATCHES AND EIGHT TEAMS IN THE FOOTBALL MATCHES.

TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS, WHILE ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE SOUVENIRS.

A TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SPORT IS BEING ORGANISED AT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL IN THE THREE ESTATES.

♦WE HOPE IT WILL ACT AS A STIMULUS FOR RESIDENTS TO ORGANISE THEMSELVES INTO VARIOUS BALL-GAME TEAMS AND MAKE FULL USE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INSIDE HOUSING ESTATES,♦ HE SAID.

THE EVENT IS BEING ORGANISED JOINTLY BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATION OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD.

THE THREE ESTATES AT PRESENT HOUSE ABOUT 40 000 PEOPLE.

WATER MAIN WORK

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON JUNE 15 (MONDAY) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAIN CONNECTION.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY AUSTIN ROAD. JORDAN ROAD, SHANGHAI STREET AND WOO SUNG STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION

SUPPLEMENT

BULLETIN

Friday, June 12, 1981

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, The following announcement

NEWS AGENCIES, AND BROADCASTING regarding the Queen’s Birthday Honours STATIONS:_______________________ List is embargoed for automatic release

at OOO1 hours on Saturday, June 13*

No news agency may carry the information without the embargo qualification before then.

On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have been publicly announced.

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

BIRTHDAY HONOURS 1981

CBZ (COMMANDER, ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

The Honourable Eric Peter HO, JP

Mr. Ho joined the Government as an Assessor in 1954 and transferred to the Administrative class in 1957. He was appointed a Staff Grade 1C* officer in 1968 and a Staff Grade 'B' officer in 1974. He has been in the Social Services Branch since 1977 and was appointed substantive Secretary in 1979. The Branch is responsible for policy matters governing a wide and expanding range of Government social services and facilities, including medical and health services, labour, social welfare and education. _......_ .

Dr. Karl Ludwig STUMPF, OBE, JP

Dr. Stumpf has long been associated with evangelical and social work in Hong Kong and has achieved international standing in these fields. He is a pioneer in anti-narcotics work in Hong Kong and since 1965 has been a member of the Action Committee Against Narcotics and Chairman of its subcommittee on Preventive Education and Publicity for the last six years. The Hong Kong Christian Service, of which he was then Director and is now Consultant, was the first voluntary agency to assist the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in setting up and managing a refugee camp. At the same time, as one of the two Vice-Chairmen of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Community Council for the Resettlement of Vietnamese Refugees, he has acted as an eloquent and persuasive spokesman for Hong Kong in drawing the world's attention to the plight of the Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong and in seeking for them greater and faster resettlement opportunities in Europe and North America. Dr. Stumpf's outstanding record of community service won for him the honour of being voted as Hong Kong's Citizen of the Year for 1979.

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OBE (OFFICER, ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

Mr. Henry Ralph HUSBAND, JP

Mr. Husband joined the Housing Division of the Urban Services Department as a Housing Manager in 1962. He was promoted to Senior Housing Manager in 1971 and to Assistant Director in 1973 on the amalgamation of the Housing Division with the Resettlement Department in the new Housing Department. In 1976 he was promoted to Deputy Director in charge of the Estate Management Branch. He is the head of the Housing Class of 1,174 professional and sub-professional members, a Fellow of the Institute of Housing, and has made a major contribution to the housing management profession and to the public housing programme in Hong Kong.

Miss Dorothy LEE, MBE

Miss Lee was appointed by the Caritas Hong Kong as Executive Director of their Refugee Co-ordinating Office in 1979, when the influx of Vietnamese refugees into Hong Kong began to intensify and immediately took upon herself the task of implementing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ project of building a camp to house 10,000 refugees. The Caritas Transit Centre at Kai Tak opened on 1st June 1979, and was brought to its planned capacity before the end of that year. At the same time, as one of the two Vice-Chairmen of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Community Council for the Resettlement of Vietnamese Refugees, she travelled extensively overseas to present the plight of the Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong to the governments, civic bodies and people of a number of countries and to secure greater and faster resettlement opportunities. Miss Lee has made an invaluable contribution to Hong Kong’s success in coping with the many serious problems caused by the sudden and massive influx of Vietnamese refugees.

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Mr. John Hugh PAIN

Mr. Pain was appointed Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourist Association in 1964 and Executive Director in 1971. During his term of office the tourist industry has developed enormously - from 900/000 in 1971 to over two million - and expenditure by visitors is now estimated at over $6,000 million per annum. Mr. Pain is both effective and popular in the industry in Hong Kong and in the region, and the growth of tourism is directly attributable to his constant effort and enthusiasm.

The Honourable John Morrison RIDDELL-SWAN, JP

Mr. Riddell-Swan joined the Government as a Veterinary Officer in 1956. He was appointed Assistant Director of Agriculture and Fisheries (Agriculture) in 1964 and Deputy Director in 1971. He became Director in 1980. The Department encourages optimum land usage, manages large areas of open countryside and is responsible for soil and water conservation; additionally it provides technical, development and advisory services to the farming and fishing industries. Hong Kong’s primary producers and fishing fleets still supply a significant part of the territorial demand for poultry, eggs, pork, vegetables and fish. The Department also mounted the major anti-rabies operation in 1980.

Mr. Louis CHA

Mr. Cha started his career as a reporter on the Ta Kung Pao in China at the end of World War II. He was later transferred to Hong Kong as a translator. He remained until late 1958 when he left to start his own newspaper, Ming Pao Daily News. Over the years, through his hard work, he has contributed greatly not only to the development of his group of publications but also to journalism in Hong Kong as a whole. His penetrating and impartial comments on local and overseas issues have won him high respect and praise from the local public. Mr. Cha is also well known as an author of "swordplay novels under the pen-name of Kam Yung. Many of his novels have been made into films and serialised television programmes.

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ISO (companion, imperial service order)

Mr. Stanley Arthur BARDEN

Mr. Barden joined the Singapore Public Works Department in 1951 and in 1959 moved to the Hong Kong Public Works Department as an Engineer. In 1964, he set up the organisation for carrying out Hong Kong’s first passenger transport study. He established the Traffic and Transport Survey Division of the Highways Office in 1968 and initiated the Comprehensive Transportation Study of Hong Kong which formed the basis of its transport plans for the future. In 1973 he became deputy head of the Mass Transit Office of PWD responsible for the planning and co-ordination of the civil engineering aspects of the Mass Transit Railway. He took a leading part in the negotiations with international consortia and in the multi-contract arrangements ultimately adopted for the project. He became head of the Highways Office in 1977 and Project Manager for Tuen Mun New Town in 1978.

Mr. Kenneth EVANS

Mr. Evans first joined the Executive grade in 1948. He has risen through six ranks in the Executive grade and is now one of its two most senior officers. In the best traditions of the Executive grade, he has performed a wide variety of duties in seven different Government departments. In particular, he was Departmental Secretary of the New Territories Administration for 12 years from 1963 to 1975 at a time when the population, and consequently the needs, of the New Territories Administration were increasing rapidly. He is now Principal Executive Officer (Administration) of the Housing Department where he has special responsibility for staff relations and management covering about 8,000 staff.

Mr. Stanley Charles PASCOE

Mr. Pascoe first joined the Executive Grade in 1947. He has risen through six ranks in the Executive Grade and is now one of its two most senior officers. His all-round abilities have been used in no less than 11 departments in his career to date In recent years he has specialised in Departmental Secretary duties and he is now in the Medical and Health Department which employs about 18,000 staff and where effective management, both of staff and services, is essential.

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ISO (Cont'd)

Mr. Brian Desmond Joseph WELCH, MBE

Mr. Welch, Senior Force Welfare Officer, has left Hong Kong on completion of agreement after 18 years of unbroken service with the Police Force. Prior to joining the Force he held commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1962. He has made a major contribution to the Force in terms of welfare, sport, recreation and morale. Coping with the tremendous increase in the size of the Force, from 7,000 in 1963 to the present 21,500, he has not only dealt efficiently with the many difficult problems but successfully introduced many new measures to improve Force welfare facilities. He has been of major assistance in promoting welfare to deserving members of the Force and obtaining charitable donations to the welfare funds.

MEE (MEMBER, ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

Miss Kathleen Esther BARKER, JP

Miss Barker has rendered outstanding service in the field of education over the last two decades as Principal of St. Stephen’s Girls' College. She is very highly regarded by all who know her for her integrity and high professional standards. Besides making her College one of Hong Kong's leading institutions, Miss Barker has served on a number of boards and committees. Her services in the crucial field of school examinations is worthy of particular mention. Since 1961 she has been'a member of the School Certificate Syndicate, Chairman of a major subject committee and Chairman of the key School Examinations Policy Advisory Board. She has been a member of the now independent Hong Kong Examinations Authority since its inception.

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MBE (Cont'd)

Mr. LAU Wong-fat, JP

Mr. Lau is one of the most caoable local leaders in the New Territories in recent years and is currently Chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk. Chairman ot the Pok Oi

Hospital Board of Directors in 1975 and a founder member of the New Territories Rotary Club, Mr. Lau was a member of the 1978 Working Party on New Territories Urban Land Acquisition whose recommendations have helped substantially in facilitating the resumption of land for development. Throughout the years, he has also made substantial donations to various social welfare, schools and university research projects. As the Chairman

of Yan Oi Tong, a local charitable organisation, he is wholeheartedly steering the Tong’s efforts in building a #33 million community and indoor sports centre, first of its kind in Hong Kong. His most valuable contribution, however, lies with his chairmanship of the Tuen Mun Rural Committee and membership of the Tuen Mun District Advisory Board. In both capacities, he has been forthcoming with suggestions and ideas to the District Office and Government departments in improving Government performance at the district level, in promoting the welfare of local residents, and in smoothing the process of transformation of a rural village into a modern new town.

Mr. John Frederick LINENNEN

Mr. Linennen joined the Government as a Probationary Health Inspector in 1949 and was promoted to Superintendent of Urban Services in 1974. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the Health Inspectorate work, and has served the public with outstanding devotion and loyalty. In addition he has taken an active part in training junior members of the Health Inspectorate and lectures on public health to medical students in the University of Hong Kong.

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MBE (Cont'd)

Mr, LO Chi-chung

Mr. Lo was first appointed to the Government service in 1947. He joined the New Territories Administration in 1954 and became Senior Liaison Officer in 1976 when the' post was created. He reached retirement age in 1976 but has had his service extended. He has acquired a wealth of knowledge of local personalities, aspirations and politics which has enabled him to play a valuable part in the administration of the New Territories. As head of the Liaison Grade he has also made a considerable contribution to the expansion of the grade made necessary by the development of the New Territories. In addition to his official duties, Mr. Lo has been much involved in the development of sport, particularly in the Yuen Long District Sports Association and on the Council of the Hong Kong Football Association, of which he is currently the Chairman.

Mrs. Nydia Maria PEREIRA

Mrs. Pereira has been a Court Reporter since 1959. She soon developed into a capable and fast worker with a high sense of responsibility,and has always taken great pains to ensure that her notes were accurate and that her transcriptions maintained a uniformly high standard. She is now the longest serving Court Reporter in the Judiciary and a model for others to follow.

Mr. George RANSON

Mr. Ranson has served the Crown for over 42 years, starting in January 1938 as a boy entrant in the Army and serving 25 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Since 1963 he served successively as Explosives Officer, Senior Explosives Officer and Chief Explosives Officer in the Mines Division of the Labour Department, until he left on pre-retirement leave in 1980. During his service in Hong Kong the use of explosives increased more than fourfold, and he was

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MBE (Cont'd)

markedly successful in winning acceptance for the much safer watergel group of explosives. He planned and, to a large extent, motivated the move to manufacture these explosives here and to establish a manufacturing plant in 1980. In essence his outstanding contribution has been to the safe handling of explosives and overseeing the correct practice for blasting in Hong Kong. His care and supervision have had a great influence on Hong Kong’s explosives safety record.

Mr. Geoffrey YEH Meou-tsen

Mr. Yeh is the Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Authority, Vice-President of the Society of Builders and a member of the Hong Kong Training Council, Provisional Construction Industry Training Authority Board of Management, Hong Kong Tourist Association, Advisory Committee on Environmental Pollution and Town Planning Board, among other public bodies. He has directly contributed£€he successful operation of the Construction Industry Training Centre and put considerable effort into planning a second construction industry training centre. He is also a member of a Training Council working party on implementation of industry-wide training schemes which will assist various industries to upgrade their products, to diversify, and to respond quickly to shifts in market demands. Mr. Yeh has also given strong support to the Government's efforts in promoting safety in the construction industry and in the setting up of a viable Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme.

Mr. Stephen YOW Mok-shing, JP

Mr. Yow began his service to the community when he joined Yan Chai Hospital in 1974 as a director, where he continued to be Vice-Chairman until 1975-76. He was appointed director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1976, Vice-Chairman for two years and elected Chairman of the Group for 1979-80. He devoted himself to the work of Tung Wah and to the planning and development of its various services; Tung Wah now has among the

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agencies the highest number and the best of hostels for the elderly. His contributions in other community activities have also been outstanding, particularly for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. He has been serving on the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Boards and is an active member in the Lions Clubs and President of the Lions Club of South Kowloon for 1977-78. Mr. Yow's ability, leadership and other personal qualities have been clearly demonstrated in service to the community.

(BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL)

Mr. CHAN Hon-mou

Since joining the Government service in 1949, Mr. Chan has worked with exemplary diligence and dedication. He has spent about 15 years on naturalisation work and has an excellent command of this complex subject. He has borne a heavy burden of work, but has also dedicated himself to passing on his knowledge and to training new staff joining his section.

Mr. CHENG Koon-to

Mr. Cheng was enrolled into the Essential Services Corps and allocated to the Rescue Squad of the Auxiliary Fire Services in 1951. He became a member of the Civil Aid Services when the Squad was transferred in 1953. He participated in many disaster operations, and his performance of emergency duties has been highly commendable. He rendered considerable assistance in the Vietnamese refugee camps in 1975 and in 1979 as well as in the delivery of food to Vietnamese refugees at sea. He is a very able and experienced Unit Instructor, teaching rescue techniques to new or less experienced rescuers.

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Mr. CHEUNG Man-oy

Mr. Cheung first joined the Department of Commerce and Industry in 1959. Having served in the Certification and Licensing Sections/ he was transferred to the Industry Division in 1964 and appointed clerk-in-charge of the Industrial Information Registry in 1967. In 1974 he was placed in charge of the Divisional Registry. On the establishment in 1979 of the Department of Industry, he became responsible for the running of the whole Departmental Registry. Throughout the period of evolution of the Department of Industry Mr. Cheung has provided continuous and reliable support.

Mr. CHEUNG Sheung-fong

Mr. CHEUNG Sheung-fong joined the Prisons Department as a Warder in 1954. He was promoted to Assistant Principal Warder in 1970 and to Assistant Officer I in 1972. He has served in a number of institutions and in the Escort Unit and at all times has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1972 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1979.

Mr. CHIU Wing-to

Station Sergeant CHIU Wing-to has served in the Police Force for 24 years, occupying a variety of posts in the Uniform Branch. During the year 1979/80 he was elected to the office of Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Junior Police Officers' Association, having previously played a prominent part in its work. In this role he has been able to display his very deep interest in the welfare of the junior ranks of the Force and has guided the comparatively new staff association with tact and diplomacy through a testing year, giving much of his own time to the task. His efforts in this connection have resulted in his re-election as Chairman for the year 1980/81. It is men of the calibre of Mr. Chiu that the Force relies on to set an example to the rank and file.

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Miss Mayreen FOOK

Miss Fook first joined the Government service as a Secretary/Stenographer Class II in 1959. She has been the Chief Justice's Personal Secretary since 1962 and has performed her duties to the satisfaction of the various Chief Justices for whom she has worked. The job as a Personal Assistant to the Chief Justice is demanding, as the Chief Justice has many ceremonial and other responsibilities in addition to his normal day-to-day work. These responsibilities cannot be properly discharged without the assistance of a personal secretary of the highest quality.

Mr. KAM Woon-pok

Mr. Kam joined the Immigration Department in 1962. From August 1979 to September 1980 he worked at the Macau Ferry Terminal. Conditions were difficult and pressure of work on the staff was exceptionally heavy. During this period Mr. Kam set an excellent example of willingness to undertake additional duties and helpfulness to his colleagues and supervisors.

Mr. LAI Chong

Mr. LAI Chong joined the Civil Service in 1956 as a Sanitary Coolie in the Urban Services Department. Since then, he has obtained promotion to Senior Foreman in the Cleansing Section of the Kwun Tong Urban Services District Office. His devotion to duty and loyalty to the Department over the 24 years have been exemplary. He has demonstrated his ability to assume the full range of supervisory responsibilities and has exerted a very significant influence on the staff of his section. Mr. Lai gets through a lot of work and always maintains a high standard of performance.

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Mr. LEE Wing-tak

Mr. Lee first joined the Government in 1959 as a temporary clerk after the closure of H.M. Dockyard, where he had served for 14 years as a store labourer, Store Assistant and Clerk. He was promoted to his present rank of Clerical Officer Class I in 197^» Throughout his service, he has been attached to the News Division. His duties include organising the printing of speeches and Daily Information Bulletin and supervising the distribution to the media of information supplied by Government departments and Government-subvented organisations. He has contributed a great deal to the smooth operation of the News Division, especially on days of Legislative Council meetings when the printing and distribution of speeches is an important part of the Information Services.

Mr. LEUNG Hang

Mr. Leung joined the Government service in 1948 as a photographer with the Police Force. His technical ability is highly professional and over the years he has been responsible for the introduction of new photographic systems and procedures, keeping the Photographic Section abreast of the times and a fore-runner in forensic photography. Mr. Leung has contributed greatly of his own time to study and evaluate latest photographic techniques to ensure that the Force takes advantage of any new innovations for Police work.

Mr. LEUNG Hung-ying

Mr. Leung joined the Preventive Service (now the Customs and Excise Service) as an Assistant Revenue Officer in 1958 and rose to become a Principal Revenue Officer Class I in 1971 (retitled Chief Customs Officer in 1977). As one of the Service’s four Chief Customs Officers with responsibility for the maintenance of discipline among junior officers, Mr. Leung has shown himself to be a strict yet considerate officer who has won the respect, confidence and affection of his colleagues both senior and junior. Mr. Leung has been commended on seven occasions for his devotion to duty, leadership, initiative and organising ability.

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Mr. LEUNG Kin-cheung

Mr. Leung joined the Prisons Department as a Warder in 1952, was promoted to Assistant Principal Warder in 1968 and to Assistant Officer I in 1972. He was attached to a Mental Hospital for training in mental nursing in 1961 for six months following which he was posted to Victoria Prison to assist in setting up a Psychiatric Observation Unit. He obtained his St. John’s First Aid and Home Nursing Certificates in 1963 and 1964 respectively. With Mr. Leung’s unfailing support the department has been able to build up the Psychiatric Nursing Service. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1970 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1977.

Mr. MAN Kar-yau

Mr. MAN Kar-yau began his career as a Clerk in H.M. Dockyard, Hong Kong in 1945 and joined the Government as a Temporary Clerk in 1959. He was posted to the Civil Service Branch of the Government Secretariat where he has remained. He rose steadily in the Clerical Grade to reach the highest rank in 1976. Throughout his service with the Government, Mr. Man has proved to be a responsible and dedicated officer who has placed the interest of the service before his own. He has often willingly undertaken responsibilities beyond the level of his rank and has won the admiration and respect of both his colleagues and senior officers. He goes out of his way to give assistance, guidance and advice to the younger and less experienced officers.

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Mr. PUN Kan

Mr. Pun was first appointed as a labourer in the Marine Police in 1933, and retired in 1968. Immediately following his vacation leave he re-joined and has worked in a similar capacity at Kowloon City Division ever since. He has been granted an extension of service until 1981. Throughout his 47 years of service, Mr. Pun has earned numerous commendations from his Commanding Officers for dedication and loyalty. Even at his present age, he enjoys his daily work and is an inspiration and example to his younger colleagues.

.Miss Irene THUMB

Miss Thumb joined Government service in 1947 as a Woman Confidential Assistant Class II. She was promoted to Class I and, in 1970, to her present rank of Senior Personal Secretary. Throughout her service in the Department of Trade, Industry and Customs she has shown outstanding devotion to her duties, which have often involved the provision of secretarial support to missions engaged in trade negotiations overseas, working very long and sometimes irregular hours.

Mrs. Betty TSOI TANG

Mrs. Tsoi joined the Treasury as a Temporary Clerk in 1951 and progressed through the ranks to Clerical Officer i in 1969. She has served almost exclusively in the Treasury from 1954 to 1979 dealing with the procurement, distribution, storage and security of stores. She has always been enthusiastic in her approach, setting an excellent example for her juniors to follow. She has since been posted to the Finance Section of the General Branch and is currently the most senior female clerical officer in the Treasury.

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Mr. WONG Kin-ching

Mr. Wong joined Government as a Temporary Clerk in the Trade, Industry and Customs Department in 1953 but was transferred to the Fire Services in 1957. During the last 21 years he has served in Operational Commands, Fire Service Training School and the Fire Protection Bureau, and has worked his way up to Senior Clerical Officer, responsible for some seventy-two clerical staff of the Fire Protection Bureau, a position of trust and responsibility. He has contributed significantly to the efficient administration of the Fire Services.

Mr. YU Fuk-shiu

Mr. Yu joined the Government in 1952 as a messenger; later he became an office attendant and studied the work of the printing section after his normal working hours. Mr. Yu was exceptionally promoted to Scientific Draughtsman in 1965. Since then, his service in the Printing Section has contributed to improving greatly the quality of drawings in the department’s technical publications which have a world-wide circulation. His personal'efforts and devotion to duty have ensured the timely production of Daily Weather Maps for distribution to the local community.

BEY (Military)

Staff Sergeant LEE Yuk

Staff Sergeant LEE Yuk is a first class soldier and a fine example to other Volunteers. He has only been in the Regiment for 10 years but during that time has shown himself to be most competent and highly dedicated. This became even more apparent when the Regiment was called out on anti-illegal immigrant operations; during this time he spent nearly 1,200 hours on operations in addition to his normal training commitment. He has also attended and instructed on a large number cf centralised training courses.

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Staff Sergeant LUK Ping-wan

Staff Sergeant LUK Ping-wan is the epitome of a Volunteer soldier. He has been in the Regiment for 28 years and during that time has held a number of different appointments; to each of these he has applied himself in a most dedicated and selfless way. This has been especially apparent over the last three years when he has been involved with the Junior Leaders Squadron. He has qualified for bounty no less than 22 times which is a fair measure of his reliability and his enthusiasm.

Corporal Edward Paul PEUSTER

Corporal Peuster is a most dedicated, reliable and loyal soldier. He has been in the Regiment for 28 years and apart from a period between 1967-73 he has qualified for bounty every year. He has contributed enormously to the Regiment and without people like him the Regiment would not function. He has spent most of his service with the Motor Transport Troop and has taught numerous soldiers to drive.

CPF. (COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL)

(Royal Hong Kong Police Force) Mr. CHAN Wah-cheong

Mr. Chan joined the Force in 1950 as a Constable, achieving his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1977. He has served for the greater part of his service in the field of criminal investigation and since 1974 has been one of the driving forces behind the creation and development of a criminal intelligence network in the Hong Kong Island District. He has also made a substantial and lasting contribution to the wellbeing of his colleagues throughout the Force through his association with the Junior Consultative Council, the Hong Kong Island District Welfare Committee and extra-curricular activities generally.

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Mr. Stephen Peter CORRICK

Mr. Corrick has served in various branches of the Force, and from October 1977 to May 1980 was Sub-Divisional Inspector (Officer Commanding) Sha Tau Kok Sub-Division of Frontier Division, which bore the brunt of the inordinate influx of illegal immigrants from April to June 1979, when some 35,000 illegal immigrants were arrested. He was responsible for the deployment of manpower, intelligence gathering and for the close liaison required with the Military. The success of operations in his area was due largely to his tenacity of purpose and high standard of personal leadership. He was also responsible for the care and custody of about 17,000 illegal immigrants. He had the most testing post of all the Frontier Sub-Division Commanders. Mr. Corrick has been Aide-de-Camp to the Governor since June 1980 and was promoted to Superintendent in 1981

Mr. David DEPTFORD

Mr. Deptford joined the porce in 1963 and gained promotion to Superintendent in 1975. He has acted in more senior rank on two occasions. During his early service he was awarded a Commissioner's Commendation. He has served in the Police Tactical Unit as Deputy Commandant and acting Commandant and also in District staff duties, and was transferred to the Operations Wing of Police Headquarters in 1978. He has been ex-officio Joint Secretary of the Joint Emergency Control Committee (JECC) and, since its inception in 1978, Secretary of the Joint Operations Control Group formed to co-ordinate and direct the anti-illegal immigration efforts of the Security Forces. When it was formed in 1979, he became a Staff Officer in the Anti-Illegal Immigration Control Centre (AIICC). He has shown particular dedication and diligence, and has built up an excellent rapport with his military counterparts.

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Mr. FONG Yee-cheuk

Mr. Fong rose from the ranks and was appointed an Inspector in 1973. Prior to transfer to his present duties in the Force Welfare Division, he was with the Uniform Branch where he had received three Commanding Officers’ Commendations. He understands the rank and file and takes a keen interest in their personal, domestic and financial problems, and helps them obtain satisfactory solutions to these problems. His long experience in the Force and good public relations have enabled him to assist in setting up new messing and recreational facilities and in improving and expanding existing ones.

Mr. HO Kar-chu

Mr. Ho joined the Complaints Against Police Office in 1973, charged with the detailed investigation of complaints of alleged malpractices made by members of the public against members of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He tackled these duties with vigour, tact and enthusiasm, and his work has been commended by the Police Legal Adviser on more than one occasion. He has proved to be an impartial, thorough and effective leader.

Mr. HUNG Chiu-suen

Mr. Hung joined as a Probationary Inspector and advanced to his present rank of Chief Inspector in 1971. During his career he has served in the Uniformed Branch, Special Branch and presently in the Narcotics Bureau. In his eight years in the Bureau he has displayed a high degree of professionalism and detective ability; he has consistently produced accurate and high grade information which has been instrumental in the detection of over 26 heroin factories and the arrests of large numbers of high level narcotics dealers and chemists. He has also been responsible for a large number of other narcotics arrests and seizures by police, many of which were cases of importation into Hong Kong. Mr. Hung has received three Commissioner's Commendations.

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Mr. Robert John KERLEY

Mr. Kerley joined the Police in 1969. He was posted to Special Branch in 1973, promoted to Chief Inspector in 1976 and to Superintendent in 1978. He was commended by his Commanding Officer in 1977. His performance in Special Branch, in operations requiring professional skill, intense concentration and effort over a considerable period of time, has been of the highest order.

Mr. KU Chiu-wah

Mr. Ku joined the Force as a Constable and was promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector in 1971. For the last five years he has held the appointment of Sub-Divisional Inspector, Lo Wu, of Frontier Division. A major part of his duties has been the regulation and control of a rapidly rising number of rail passengers - from 1.5 million in 1975 to over 4 million last year. His leadership and initiative in the deployment of manpower resources and in liaison with all other agencies concerned have been significant factors in the performance of a very difficult task. Mr. Ku is highly respected by his colleagues in Hong Kong as well as by the Chinese authorities with whom he deals.

Mr. LEE Chiu-wing

Mr. Lee joined the Force in 1965, became a CID Constable in 1971 and was promoted to Station Sergeant in 1980. Between 1975 and 1976 he was directly responsible for the detection of nine cases of serious armed robbery, involving the arrest of 15 persons and the recovery of seven firearms. After 1976 he continued to produce outstanding results by being directly responsible for the detection of 14 serious crimes ranging from homicide to bank robberies, resulting in the arrest of over 40 persons and the recovery of 11 firearms (including three stolen Police Revolvers). Mr. Lee was killed in a shooting incident earlier this year.

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OPK (Sont'd)

Mr. Peter LEE Lam-chuen

Mr. Lee is currently in command of the Criminal Investigation Department, Hong Kong Island District. Since his promotion to Gazetted rank in 1972 he has displayed outstanding command ability in a variety of operational and staff posts. His service has been marked by high professional ability and inspired leadership. He has made a major contribution to the successful prosecution of the war op crime on Hong Kong Island, and his sense of purpose and personal example have made a tremendous impact on all ranks serving under his command.

Mr. Frederic Samuel McCQSH

Mr. McCosh has held a variety of operational and staff posts. He was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation in 1970 when he was Chief Drill and Musketry Instructor at the Police Training School. Whilst Divisional Superintendent in charge of Central Division in 1974 and 1975 he bore a considerable share of the responsibilities in connection with the visit to Hong Kong by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip. From 1977 to 1978 he served as the Police Appointments Officer in the Hong Kong Government Office, London. Also in 1978 he was largely responsible for the success of the Royal Hong Kong Police Band Tour in the United Kingdom. In his present role, Mr. McCosh has involved himself in improving the morale, fitness and enthusiasm of the Emergency Unit Hong Kong Island, a task to which he brings drive and initiative.

Mr. NG Yuen-kei

Mr. Ng joined the Force as a Constable in 1954 and advanced to Chief Inspector in 1971. He has worked in a variety of posts, with 12 years in CID operational and training duties; he has attended two U.K. Police courses and holds a Baton of Honour from one of them. He was posted to the Police Public Relations Wing in 1978, and has been responsible for the administration and development of the increasingly successful police-youth scheme “Junior Police Call". He is responsible for weekly television and radio programmes, a monthly newspaper

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and a variety of major recreational activities for young people with the ultimate aim of fostering better police public relations. The scheme has recently grown to a membership of 250,000 young persons. Mr. Ng has contributed significantly in the field of police community relations.

Mr. Cecil Alfred John SHEPPARD, MBE

Mr. Sheppard came to the Force in 1976 after an outstanding career in the Buchuanaland (now Botswana) Police, in which he rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in charge of Special Branch. He quickly settled down here, proving himself a most effective Divisional Superintendent of the important Airport Division, followed by that of the large and busy Wanchai Division. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent to command the Complaints and Discipline Wing. This is a sensitive appointment the Complaints Against Police Office in particular being very much in the public eye. Mr. Sheppard has to work very closely with the Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Council Group dealing with complaints against the Police, with the Independent Commission Against Corruption, other Government agencies, and the press. He has shown himself to be an officer of integrity and tact, and a cordial and frank relationship has been established between him and his Wing with all these outside agencies and organisations.

Mr. SO Lai-yin

Mr. So was appointed Chief Staff Officer, Administration, New Territories in 1979. He has been, and continues to be, involved in negotiations with the Chinese authorities on land border matters. In this field his intelligence, clarity of thought and relaxed manner have greatly contributed to the easement and solution of problems. His work in his various assignments, and particularly in his present efforts in negotiations with the Chinese authorities, has'been outstanding.

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Mr. Donald Mcfarlane WATSON

Mr. Watson joined the Force in 1960 and was promoted to his present rank of Senior Superintendent in 1978. Since 1976, he has occupied a number of key posts as a Staff Officer in the Operations Department of Police Headquarters and is currently the Senior Staff Officer in the Anti-Illegal Immigration Control Centre (AIICC). He has shown a keen interest both in his duties and in Force activities. As a Staff Officer he has proved of immense value in the fields of contingency planning, internal security and anti-illegal immigration operations. He has also helped in no small measure to foster a high degree of Police Military liaison.

(Fire Services Department)

Mr. LAU Man-li

Mr. Lau joined the Hong Kong Fire Brigade 26 years ago as a Fireman and has risen through the ranks to become Principal Fireman. He has served in all areas of the New Territories and Kowloon,and in countless dangerous emergency situations he has demonstrated skill, courage, determination and leadership of a very high order resulting in the saving of much property and many lives. He was commended in 1964 for his part in a particular rescue of an injured person.

Mr. NG Kai

Following three years service in the Royal Army Service Corps, Hong Kong, Mr. NG Kai joined the Hong Kong Fire Brigade in 1955 as a Fireman driver and has progressed through the ranks to Principal Fireman. The bulk of his 25 years service has been in the busy operational fire district of Kowloon and at countless incidents Mr. Ng has demonstrated courage, skill and determination over and above the normal. He has made a most significant contribution to the saving of property and life during his exemplary service.

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BADGE OF HONOUR

Mr. CHENG Woo-yick

Mr. Cheng is the Principal of Kei Ho Primary School, Treasurer of the District Youth Services Council and Chairman of the Homantin (South) Area Committee, and as such prominent in youth and community activities. He is also active in district committee work associated with the Keep Hong Kong Clean and the Fight Crime Campaigns.

Mr. CHIU Yuk-chuen

Mr. Chiu is a founder member and one of the Executive Directors of the Yuen Long District Sports Association and is currently the Chairman. He was Director of the Pok Oi Hospital 1951/54 and 1964 and has been on the Yuen Long Town Hall Management Committee since 1975. He has been instrumental in the promotion of district wide sports competitions in the New Territories.

Mr. FUNG Ka-yan

Mr. Fung has been actively engaged in promoting the welfare of taxi drivers and operators for many years and Chairman of the Kowloon Taxi Owners’ Association since 1976. He has also made a substantial contribution to sport, recreation and community service as President of Mongkok Kaifong Association, Vice-President of Mongkok District Youth Recreation Coordination Committee and on other community bodies.

Mr. FUNG Pak-tai

Mr. Fung has been a member of the Cheung Chau Rural Committee since 1961, a past Vice-Chairman and is currently the Chairman. He is enthusiastic in the promotion of cultural and recreational activities in Cheung Chau and in the District, and is actively involved in the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. He is a current member of the Islands District Board and serves on various sub-committees.

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Mr. HO Sun-kuen

Mr. Ho is a founder member and past president of the N.T. Rotary Club, and a pioneer in service club activities. He assisted greatly in the reconstruction of the Yan Oi Tong in 1977 and played an active role in the Tong’s efforts in building a Community and Indoor Sports Centre. He has been a member of the Tuen Mun District Advisory Board since 1977.

Miss HUNG Wai-ching

Miss Hung is a philanthropist with a long record of community service. She has been instrumental in establishing and then running a primary school, a secondary school and a maternity home and clinic in the Ho Man Tin area. She is also a contributor in terms of both money and effort to relief work and the promotion of recreational activities.

Mr. KEUNG Yin-man

Mr. Keung founded the Kong Kong and Kowloon Floating Fishermen's Welfare Promotion Association in 1964 and is an influential figure in the fishing community. He is also active in Kaifong Associations, the St. John's Ambulance Brigade and the Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society. He has been a member of the Aberdeen Harbour Consultative Committee since 1972 and of the City District Committee (Southern) since 1976.

Mr. KWONG Bun

Mr. Kwong is actively involved in the MAC movement and is the Chairman of the Mutual Aid Committee, South Wing, Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate. He is also Chairman of the Upper Wong Tai Sin Area Committee and a member of other community bodies. He is prominent in fostering sports and recreational activities and Fight Crime campaigns.

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Mr. LAM Hon-chung

Mr. Lam was Vice-Chairman of the Sheung Wan (Central) Area Committee in 1977 and has been the Chairman since 1978. He is prominent in promoting recreation and sporting activities in his district and has taken special interest in improving law and order. He was a member of the Board of Education in 1978/79, of the Public Advisory Group on Film Censorship in 1977/79 and is currently a member of the Agricultural Products and Marine Fish Scholarship Fund Advisory Committees.

Mr. LAM Ka-shing

Mr. Lam has been a successful Cantonese opera artist for 25 years and is a celebrity in this field. He has applied himself to bringing the -art more into line with modern expectations and has thus helped to ensure that Cantonese opera remains a popular form of entertainment.

Mr. Eddie LAMB

Mr. Lamb is a dedicated and capable community leader in Kwun Tong. President of Kwun Tong Community Development Association, Vice-President of the District Kaifong Welfare Association and former President of the Rotary Club in Kwun Tong, he has contributed not only by making generous donations but by playing a leading part in initiating and organising community projects.

Mr. LAU Hon-kit

Mr. Lau has been village representative of San Tin since 1972, Vice-Chairman of the Rural Committee since 1974 and a member of the Sha Tin District Advisory Board since 1977. He is Chairman of the Sports and Recreation Sub-Committee of the Board and is active in the promotion of youth and sports activities in particular and in community building generally.

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Mr. LAU Tak-kei

Mr. Lau is Chairman of the Mei Sing Mutual Aid Committee who has made an outstanding contribution to the MAC movement. He is a member of the Mongkok East Area Committee and of other district committees and has devoted considerable time and energy to local environmental problems and general social issues.

Mr. LAW Chop

Mr. Law is Chairman of the Causeway Bay (West) Area Committee and a member of the Eastern City District Committee and Eastern District Fight Crime Committee. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Press Association. A dynamic community leader who has shown particular concern about juvenile delinquency. He is a member of the Juvenile Courts Advisory Panel.

Miss LI Po-ying

Miss Li is a professional actress, dedicated to the upbringing and training of the new generation in the traditional art of Cantonese opera, who has helped to promote the art by taking part in performances locally and overseas. She is a member of the Hong Kong Chinese Artists' Association, the Shun Tak Fraternal Association and the Lee Clansmen Association.

Mr. Nathan MA Ning-hei

Mr. Ma is a school principal, devoted to public service in the fields of education, cultural and recreational activities and a member of many local committees. He is Chairman of the Education Committee, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong, a member of the Yuen Long District Advisory Board and, as coordinator of the organising committee,largely responsible for the first Yuen Long Arts Festival.

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Mr. SHEK King-man

Mr. Shek has been Chairman of the 694-696 Canton Road Mutual Aid Committee, Hon. Treasurer of the Yau Ma Tei (North) Area Committee since 1973, and a member of the Yau Ma Tei City District Committee and District Fight Crime Committee since 1978. He has displayed considerable organisational drive and ability in furthering community activities in the district. He has been General Affairs Secretary of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Residents’ Association since 1946.

Mr. TAM Lap-yan

Mr. Tam was President of the Lai Wan Kaifong Association 1972 to 1975 and has been Chairman since 1976. He was Chairman of the Lai Wan Area Committee 1977 to 1980 and is now Hon. Adviser. He is a leading personality in Mei Foo Sun Chuen who is well known for his efforts in promoting the welfare of local residents and for community building activities.

Mr. TANG Choi-yun

Mr. Tang is a distinguished Kaifong elder and leader in the Wah Fu Estate, the Chairman of the Wah Fu/Pokfulam Area Committee and a member of the City District Committee (Southern). He has devoted much time to improving the services of the Wah Fu Residents’ Association and is very active in community involvement projects.

Dr. TANG Siu-tong

Dr. Tang is a native of San Wai, Ha Tsuen, Yuen Long who received medical training in Australia and Britain. He has been a member of Yuen Long District Advisory Board since 1977 and is a member of various sub-committees of the Board. He has been Chairman of the Yuen Long West Boy Scouts Association since 1979 and is Vice President of the Shap Pat Heung Boy Scouts Association; he is also actively concerned with the St. John's Ambulance Brigade, the Pok Oi Hospital, the Yuen Long Jaycees and other organisations

locally.

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OBE

Lieutenant

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birthday HONOURS 1981 (British Forces)

OB Major General W.T. Macfarlane

Colonel LALBAHADUR PUN W 2GR

THOMPSON RAVC

THOMAS RAPC

RRC Lieutenant Colonel R. MARTIN QARANC

BEM Lieutenant (QPO) BALKRISHNA RAI QG SIGNALS

Sergeant KRISHNABAHADUR RAI 10GR

Sergeant OMBAHABUR CHHETRI 7GR

Sergeant D.J. STEARN RAVC

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN SUPPLEMENT

No. II Friday, June 12, 1981

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS,

NEVS AGENCIES, AND BROADCASTING

STATIONS:______________

The following announcement regarding the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is embargoed for automatic release at 0001 hours on Saturday, June 13. No news agency may carry the information without the embargo qualification before then.

On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have been publicly announced.

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST

Life Peer

gjr Lawrencc K^d00 ri o CBJF

Sir Lawrence Kadoorie’s contribution to the industrial and coiimeraiol success of Hong Kong is recognised by Her Majesty the Quean.

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Sir Lawrence, Chairman of the China Light & Power Co. Ltd., was bom in Hong Kong and is well known for his charitable and welfare work, in particular in advancing the standards of agriculture in the New Territories.

Sir Lawrence is also Chairman of a great number of companies in the Far Fast.

He has been concerned with the welfare of the people of the New Territories and is co-founder with his brother of the Kadoorie Agricultural Loan Fund and of the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association - a philanthropic organisation which provides financial and material aid to farmers.

He was knighted by the Queen in 1974*

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SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONCERT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR IY DP ............................... 1

SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ON MARRIAGES FROM 1976 TO 1980 .... 2

10 000 LOANS MADE BY FISH FUND ................................. 5

SCOUTS SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE OPENED AT TAI LAM CHUNG ........... 3

PLAN FOR NEW SUPREME COURT IN THREE YEARS ...................... 4

HONG KONG CHILDREN'S ART WORK FOR LONDON ....................... 4

CHAI WAN TALK ON PROTECTION OF WOMEN ........................... 5

PRISON OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING .................. 6

PLAN TO REMODEL RAILWAY STATION ................................ 6

SECTIONS OF ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE MOVING ..................... 7

WORK ON WATER MAIN

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CONCERT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR IYDP * * * *

AN APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC AND THE MASS MEDIA FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR IYDP ACTIVITIES WAS MADE TODAY (SATURDAY) BY DR HARRY FANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE A FUND-RAISING CONCERT FOR IYDP, DR FANG SAID MORE THAN 200 ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ORGANISED DURING THE YEAR.

♦THESE ACTIVITIES ARE PRIMARILY AIMED AT INCREASING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT DISABILITY IS, PROMOTING AN AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEMS IT MAY BRING AND THE REHABILITATION SERVICES AVAILABLE. THROUGH THIS PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, WE AIM TO INSTIL A CORRECT ATTITUDE AMONG THE ABLE-BODIED TOWARDS THE DISABLED, OF THEIR ABILITY TO LEARN, TO RECEIVE TRAINING AND TO ENGAGE IN ECONOMICALLY USEFUL OCCUPATIONS,+ DR FANG SAID.

♦ALL THESE ACTIVITIES, I AM HAPPY TO SAY, HAVE MET WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC,* HE ADDED.

HE DISCLOSED THAT MORE PROGRAMMES WOULD BE ORGANISED IN THE COMING MONTHS INCLUDING THE OUTSTANDING DISABLED PERSONS AWARDS, THE MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN, INTERNATIONAL INVITATION GAMES FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, A WATER CARNIVAL AND A TALENT SHOW.

DR FANG THANKED RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE SHAT IN LIONS CLUB FOR ORGANISING A FORTHCOMING CONCERT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE RUNNING OF SUCH PROGRAMMES.

DISCLOSING THE DETAILS OF THE CONCERT, MR CHU PUI-HING, HEAD OF CHINESE PROGRAMME SECTION, RTHK, SAID THE CONCERT SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON JUNE 27 AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, KOWLOON WILL BE PRODUCED BY RTHK AS ONE OF ITS MAJOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

MR RAYMOND NG, HEAD OF RADIO 2, SAID HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONCERT WOULD INCLUDE A WHEEL-CHAIR DANCE BY STUDENTS OF THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA RED CROSS RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL, A FILM SHOW TO INTRODUCE THE LIFE OF DISABLED PERSONS IN HONG KONG, AND A SONG SPECIALLY COMPOSED FOR THE IYDP, TO BE SUNG BY MICHAEL KWAN.

THE CONCERT WILL BE TRANSMITTED LIVE ON RADIO 2 AND WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY OTHER FAMOUS SINGERS INCLUDING TERESA CHEUNG, BOBBY CHAN, SAM HO AND CANDICE YU.

MR WILLIAM SIU WING-HONG, PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF SHA TIN, SAID THE CONCERT WAS EXPECTED TO RAISE $50 000 TO $80 000. ABOUT 150 FREE ADMISSION TICKETS WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO DISABLED PERSONS THROUGH THE CCCIYDP.

TICKETS AT $80, $100 AND $120 AND V.I.P. TICKETS AT $500 EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, KOWLOON, AS FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ON MARRIAGES FROM 1976 TO 1980 * * M * *

THE APRIL 1981 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS CONTAINS A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ON +MARRIAGES IN HONG KONG, 1976 - 1980+, DESCRIBING THE MARRIAGE TRENDS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BRIDEGROOMS AND BRIDES IN THOSE YEARS.

THE NUMBER OF MARRIAGES CONTRACTED INCREASED STEADILY FROM LESS THAN 40 000 IN 1976 TO OVER 51 000 IN 1980.

OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 216 821 MARRIAGES CONTRACTED BETWEEN 1976 AND 1980, ABOUT 86 PER CENT WERE FIRST MARRIAGES BETWEEN BACHELORS AND SPINSTERS.

POST-REGISTRATIONS OF CHINESE CUSTOMARY MARRIAGES AND MARRIAGES CONTRACTED IN OTHER COUNTRIES CONSTITUTED SOME 11 PER CENT OF MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN THE PERIOD.

RE-MARRIAGES OF WIDOWED AND DIVORCED PEOPLE ACCOUNTED FOR LESS THAN 4 PER CENT OF TOTAL MARRIAGES.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE MARRYING FOR THE FIRST TIME WERE BETWEEN 20 AND 29 YEARS OF AGE.

THERE WERE VERY FEW MARRIAGES AT AGES BELOW 20 AND AFTER 45 FOR MALES, AND AT AGES 35 AND OVER FOR FEMALES.

THE AVERAGE AGE AT FIRST MARRIAGE FOR BOTH MALES AND FEMALES INCREASED STEADILY DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS, INDICATING A GENERAL TREND TOWARDS LATE MARRIAGE.

AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE RECENT INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS, WHO WERE PREDOMINANTLY YOUNG. THE NUMBER OF PERSONS OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE INCREASED RAPIDLY. THIS EFFECT OF IMMIGRATION COUPLED WITH THE CHANGE IN THE AGE STRUCTURE OF THE POPULATION IN THE COMING YEARS WILL LEAD TO A FURTHER INCREASE IN THE POPULATION AT MARRIAGEABLE AGE.

THE NUMBER OF MARRIAGES IS THEREFORE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN THE FUTURE YEARS.

THE APRIL 1981 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST IS NOw AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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10 000 LOANS MADE BY FISH FUND * * * *

AN AGREEMENT FOR THE 10

□DOTH LOAN MADE UNDER THE FISH

MARKETING ORGANISATION LOAN FUND WILL BE SIGNED ON MONDAY (JUNE 15) BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, hR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN AND THE SHAU KEI WAN (SHEK MIU) MECHANISED SMALL LONG LINER FISHERMEN’S CREDIT COOPERATIVE SOCIETY.

THE LOAN WILL BE ISSUED TO MR HO NGAU, A FISHERMAN MEMBER CF THE SOCIETY. MR HO WILL BE THE 10 OOOTH BORROWER IN THE LOAN FUND, HAVING SUCCESSFULLY APPLIED FOR A $70 000 LOAN TO REPAIR THE ENGINE OF HIS VESSEL AND TO PURCHASE FISHING GEAR.

THE LOAN FUND WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1946 AND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSj

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THE SIGNING CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, IN ROOM 1404, 14TH FLOOR, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON AT 9.45 AM ON MONDAY. MR HO WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW BY MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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SCOUTS SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE OPENED AT TAI LAM CHUNG MM*

A SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE AT TAI LAM CHUNG WAS OPENED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY MRS JANE AKERS-JONES, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CENTRE, WHICH WILL BE OPERATED BY THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION CF HONG KONG, HAS BEEN NAMED AFTER THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION NEW TERRITORIES REGION, MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK, WHO DONATED $50 000 TOWARDS THE COST OF THE PROJECT.

A DONATION WAS ALSO MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE CENTRE IS SITUATED ON A 280 SQUARE METRE SITE BY THE SIDE OF THE TAI LAM CHUNG RIVER WHICH WAS GRANTED BY GOVERNMENT.

IT INCLUDES A 93 SQUARE METRE BUILDING CONSISTING OF OFFICES AND CONFERENCE AND STORE ROOMS.

FACILITIES FOR UP TO 80 PEOPLE INCLUDE CANOEING AND DINGHY SAILING.

THE CENTRE IS OPEN FOR USE BY SCOUTS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS. ALSO AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE MADAM LEUNG- THE DISTRICT OFFICER TUEN MUN, MR BILLY LAM- THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER, SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MR H.C. MA- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION’S CAMP SITE AND PROPERTY COMMITTEE, MR CHAU CHAM-SON.

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PLAN FOR NEW SUPREME COURT IN THREE YEARS * * M

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO INVITE TENDERS SHORTLY FROM PRE-QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW SUPREME COURT AT QUEENSWAY.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START LATER THIS YEAR AND THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE YEARS.

THE NEW SUPREME COURT WILL BE A 22-STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING A SIX-STOREY PODIUM AND A 16-STOREY TOWER BLOCK.

THE TOWER BLOCK WOULD HOUSE 36 COURTS AND ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION, A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PODIUM WILL CONSIST OF REGISTRAR’S CHAMBERS, THE SUPREME COURT LIBRARY, THE SUPREME COURT REGISTRY, DIVORCE AND PROBATE REGISTRIES, GENERAL AND PERSONNEL REGISTRIES, ACCOMMODATION FOR THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY AND A HOLDING UNIT FOR THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT. IT WILL EVENTUALLY LINK UP WITH A PROPOSED GOVERNMENT OFFICE BLOCK ON AN ADJOINING SITE.

GROUP ’C’ CONTRACTORS AND OVERSEAS CONTRACTORS IN THE BUILDING WORKS CATEGORY OF THE LIST OF APPROVED CONTRACTORS OR OVERSEAS CONTRACTORS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION.

APPLICATIONS FOR INCLUSION ON THE LIST MUST REACH THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, 12TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1981.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS CONTRACT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT.

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HONG KONG CHILDREN’S ART WORK FOR LONDON

HONG KONG CHILDREN WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF DISPLAYING THEIR ART WORK AT AN EXHIBITION IN LONDON AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

tv- . ,™E exhibition, organised by the commonwealth institutf whi BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 3, 1981 TO JANUARY 3 1982 AND Will fEathdc SELECTED CHILDREN’S ARTWORK FROM cXIwEkTH CoJnTR IES^ FEATURE

SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SEND THEIR ENTRIES TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR SELECTION NOT LATER THAN JULY 8. ALL SHOULD BE AWARDED TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, 5TH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

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♦ANY KIND OF ART OR CRAFT WORK COMPLETED DURING 1981 WILL BE ACCEPTED, INCLUDING PAINTING (CHINESE AND WESTERN), PRINTS, BATIK, FABRIC DESIGN, CARVING, COLLAGE, WEAVING. CERAMICS AND OTHERS. THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE THEME OF THE WORK,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE WILL BE THREE AGE GROUPS: SIX TO NINE, 10 TO 13 AND 14 TO 18. ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WITH THE NAME OF THE ENTRANT, AGE, SCHOOL AND SCHOOL ADDRESS.

ONLY FIVE ENTRIES FROM EACH AGE GROUP WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE EXHIBITION AT THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE IN LONDON. UNSELECTED WORK WILL BE RETURNED TO SCHOOLS.

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CHAI WAN TALK ON PROTECTION OF WOMEN

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THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A PUBLIC TALK ON PROTECTION OF WOMEN AT 8.30 PM ON MONDAY, JUNE 15, AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF THE TALK IS TO EDUCATE WOMEN IN CHAI WAN ON HOW TO AVOID A RAPE OR SEXUAL ATTACK IN THE FIRST PLACE AND ON THE FOLLOW-UP SERVICES OPEN TO THEM SHOULD THE WORST REALLY HAPPEN.

♦THIS TALK WILL BE TARGETED TOWARDS WORKING WOMEN, HOUSEWIVES AND TEENAGE GIRLS, AND WOMEN RESIDENTS IN CHAI WAN ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND,♦ HE SAID.

SPEAKERS AT THE TALK WILL INCLUDE DR FANNY CHEUNG AND MRS EDITH HORSFALL FROM THE WAR-ON-RAPE COMMITTEE (A SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF WOMEN), MISS NANCY CHAN FROM THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION, MRS HUNG WONG LAI-BUN FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND A WOMAN OFFICER FROM ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE TALK, SOME 20 000 LEAFLETS ON THE +DOS AND DON’TS+ OF SEXUAL ATTACKS AND REMEDIAL SERVICES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED, TOGETHER WITH A CRIME INFORMATION FORM ENABLING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ATTACKS TO REPORT TO THE POLICE IN WRITING ANY PREVIOUS INCIDENTS, TO NEARLY ALL HOUSEHOLDS IN CHAI WAN.

THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND ALL OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL HELP DISTRIBUTE THESE.

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PRISON OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING *****

TWENTY-THREE ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WHO COMPLETED AN EXTENSION COURSE ON SOCIAL WORK ORGANISED BY THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) AWARDED CERTIFICATES.

THE TWO-MONTH COURSE, ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS, WAS DESIGNED TO HELP OFFICERS ON AFTER-CARE DUTIES GAIN THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIAL WORK TECHNIQUES, HUMAN GROWTH AND BEHAVIOUR, AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS RELEVANT TO THEIR WORK.

AT A CEREMONY HELD TODAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE POLYTECHNIC, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR GARTH HYDES, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO THE OFFICERS.

MR HYDES SAID AFTER-CARE WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IN THE TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS TODAY.

THERE WERE 2 462 PERSONS UNDER AFTER-CARE SUPERVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THOSE DISCHARGED FROM DETENTION CENTRES, TRAINING CENTRES, DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES AND CERTAIN YOUNG PRISONERS ON RELEASE FROM PRISON.

THE TRAINING COURSE WOULD BETTER EQUIP THE OFFICERS FOR THEIR DUTIES, MR HYDES SAID.

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PLAN TO REMODEL RAILWAY STATION

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A PORTION OF KOWLOON STATION IS TO BE REMODELLED AS PART OF THE KCR ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION SCHEME.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW TICKET OFFICE AND ASSOCIATED ALTERATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE INCREASED NUMBERS OF PASSENGERS USING KOWLOON STATION AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE IN 1982.

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS FACILITIES FOR PASSENGERS USING THE THROUGH TRAIN SERVICE TO GUANGZHOU.

TENDERS ARE BEING CALLED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT FOR THE WORK, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND TAKE SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SECTIONS OF ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE MOVING MUM

SECTIONS OF ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE WILL MOVE FROM INTERNATIONAL BUILDING TO SINCERE BUILDING TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE MOVE RESULTS FROM SHORTAGE OF SPACE AND INVOLVES THE ADMINISTRATIVE, DISTRICT BOARD AND LIAISON SECTIONS.

THE NEW OFFICE, TOTALLING 650 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED ON THE 16TH FLOOR. IT INCLUDES A 130-SQUARE METRE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS’ COMMON ROOM AND AN OFFICE.

THE NEW OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-409155.

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WORK ON WATER MAIN

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FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE CUT OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 16) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAIN CONNECTION.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE SHUN ON ESTATE, SHUN LEE ESTATE, SHUN CHI YUEN, SHUN LEE TSUEN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND THOSE ALONG LEE ON ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CHOI WAN ESTATE IN NGAU CHI WAN WILL ALSO BE INTERRUPTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAJOR RE-ORGANISATION OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE .............. 1

NEW COMPUTERISED EQUIPMENT MAKES FORECASTING EASIER AND SAVES ON MANPOWER ................................................ 2

MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR THE DISABLED ............................ 3

CUSTOMER RELATIONS OFFICER FOR HOSPITAL .......................... 4

NT INTER-DISTRICT TABLE-TENNIS LEAGUE LAUNCHED ................... 5

PT,AN TO RECLAIM TELEGRAPH BAY FORESHORE.......................... 6

SUMMER COURSES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION ............................. 6

RESIDENTIAL SITE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER....................... 7

EFFORT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.................................... 7

SHEK YAM BUS TERMINUS GETS NE.V SITE.............................. 8

WATER SUPPLY OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS ................................. 8

FOUR DAYS FOR SALT WATER PIPE WORK

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MAJOR RE-ORGANISATION OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE *****

TO COPE WITH ITS INCREASINGLY WIDE-RANGING RESPONSIBILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE TO TRADE AND TO THE COMMUNITY GENERALLY, THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL BE REGIONALISED AS FROM TOMORROW (JUNE 15).

IN FUTURE THE SERVICE IN THE FIELD WILL BE DIRECTED ON A GEOGRAPHICAL BASIS, RATHER THAN BY THE PREVIOUS CLOSE CENTRAL DIRECTION.

EACH OF THE THREE REGIONS - HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TO A LARGE DEGREE AUTONOMOUS, ALTHOUGH UNDER THE OVERALL DIRECTION OF THE CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS. EACH REGIONAL COMMANDER WILL HAVE EVERY FEATURE OF THE SERVICE’S VARIOUS RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN HIS REGIONAL COMMAND.

THE OFFICES FOR THE THREE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS ARE RUMSEY STREET FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, EMPIRE CENTRE FOR KOWLOON AND INITIALLY EMPIRE CENTRE (TO BE FOLLOWED BY A MOVE TO TSUEN WAN) FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS.

HONG KONG IS A FREE PORT RAISING DUTY UNDER ONLY FOUR REVENUE HEADS, BUT THE SERVICE IS INVOLVED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS WITH HONG KONG’S IMPORTS AND EXPORTS, RANGING FROM MAINTAINING THE LAW ON PROHIBITIONS TO FACILITATING TRADE WITH HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS TRADING PARTNERS. SUCH WORK WILL MAKE HEAVY DEMANDS IN EACH OF THE THREE REGIONS.

SIMILARLY WORK AT INLAND PREMISES - BONDED WAREHOUSES, DISTILLERIES, TOBACCO FACTORIES AND LICENSED DEALERS IN REVENUE GOODS - HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY AND IS DISTRIBUTED OVER ALL THE REGIONS. THE RECENT OPENING OF A SECOND MAJOR BREWERY HAS PLACED A FURTHER RESPONSIBILITY ON THE SERVICE.

TO IMPLEMENT AND CO-ORDINATE THE WORK IN THE REGIONS, THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SERVICE HAS BEEN REORGANISED. VARIOUS INNOVATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE, INCLUDING A UNIT DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN UP-TO-DATE AND UNIFORM PROCEDURES AS WELL AS TO KEEP SENIOR MANAGEMENT AWARE OF THE THINKING AND FEELINGS OF OFFICERS AT ALL LEVELS IN THE FIELD.

A NEW PERSONNEL UNIT WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR TRAINING, CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND EVERY ASPECT OF THE STAFF’S WELFARE HAS ALSO BEEN INTRODUCED.

THE CENTRAL CUSTOMS INVESTIGATION BUREAU HAS BEEN REORGANISED AND EXPANDED, NOT ONLY TO IMPROVE ITS ANTI-NARCOTICS AND ANT I-COPYR IGHT INFRINGEMENT WORK - FOR WHICH IT IS ALREADY WELL KNOWN - BUT ALSO TO DEAL wITH OTHER VIOLATIONS DAMAGING THE ECONOMY OR TRADING INTEGRITY OF HONG KONG. ALTHOUGH CENTRALLY LOCATED, ITS *EYES AND EARS* IN THE FIELD WILL BE NEW ROVING ENFORCEMENT UNITS LOCATED IN EACH REGION.

THE NECESSITY FOR AN ENTIRELY NEW ORGANISATION BECAME APPARENT WITH THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG, ITS INCREASING TRADE AND CHANGING TRADING PATTERNS. NOT LEAST AMONGST THESE IS THE INCREASING TRADE AND TRAFFIC WITH CHINA, BOTH ACROSS THE LAND BOUNDARY AND BY SEA AND AIR.

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THE SERVICE ALSO FOUND ITSELF MORE AND MORE INVOLVED INTERNATIONALLY WITH MANY OTHER CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATIONS, AND IT HAS DEVELOPED ITS OWN NEW ORGANISATION IN PARALLEL WITH ITS COUNTERPARTS OVERSEAS TO FACILITATE COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION.

+THIS IS THE BIGGEST ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE THE SERVICE HAS EVER EXPERIENCED,* SAID THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN.

♦ IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING AN IMPROVED SERVICE FOR THE ECONOMY AND TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, THE LARGE DEGREE OF DISCRETION GIVEN TO REGIONAL COMMANDERS SHOULD ENSURE WE ACHIEVE GREATER EFF ICIENCY.

+BY ROTATING OFFICERS FROM POST TO POST OVER A PERIOD IN EACH REGION WE SHALL BE DEVELOPING THE FULLY-ROUNDED OFFICER. BY SO DOING WE ARE TRAINING YOUNGER OFFICERS TO FILL THE SENIOR POSTS OF THE SERVICE OF THE FUTURE WITH COMPETENCE,* HE SAID.

MR JORDAN, SINCE BEING APPOINTED TO THE HONG KONG SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1977, FOLLOWING A CAREER WITH HM CUSTOMS AND EXCISE IN THE UK, HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REORGANISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, TOGETHER WITH THE TRADE CONTROLS DIVISION, FORMS THE CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS DEPARTMENT WHICH HAS A STAFF OF OVER 2 800, OF WHQM ALL BUT SEVEN ARE LOCAL OFFICERS.

THE TRADE CONTROLS DIVISION IS ALSO BEING REORGANISED AND REGIONALISED, AND CONSIDERATION IS NOW BEING GIVEN TO FURTHER CHANGES WHICH, IF IMPLEMENTED, WOULD BRING THE DIVISION MORE CLOSELY INTO DAY-TO-DAY WORKING WITH THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE.

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NEW COMPUTERISED EQUIPMENT MAKES FORECASTING EASIER AND SAVES ON MANPOWER * * * *

NEW COMPUTERISED EQUIPMENT USED IN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS MADE wEATHER FORECASTING EASIER AND HAS BEEN A BIG SAVING IN TERMS OF MANPOWER.

+WITH OUR NEW UPPER-AIR SOUNDING SYSTEM, THE EFFICIENCY OF FORECASTING WORK HAS BEEN INCREASED, AND THERE HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIAL STAFF SAVINGS,* SAID MR LAM HUNG-KWAN, SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER TODAY.

COSTING $830 003, THE NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN INSTALLED AT THE METEOROLOGICAL STATION AT KING’S PARK, KOwLOON. IT CONSISTS OF A SaLLOON-BORNE RADIOSONDE AND A DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM.

+THE FUNCTION OF THE RADIOSONDE,* EXPLAINED MR LAM, *1S TO MEASURE AIR PRESSUR., TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY AT VARIOUS HEIGHTS CF THE ATMOSPHERE >N HONG KONG AND TRANSMIT THE SIGNALS TO THE GROUND STATIONS WHERE THEY ARE PROCESSED BY A MINI-COMPUTER.

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♦INFORMATION IS OBTAINED ONCE A MINUTE FROM SURFACE UP TO A HEIGHT OF 30 OOO METRES. A VERY LOW FREQUENCY RECEIVER AND PROCESSOR USES THE +OMEGA+ NAVIGATIONAL SIGNAL TO TRACK THE MOVEMENT OF THE RADIOSONDE AND DETERMINE THE WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED AT VARIOUS HEIGHTS.*

IN THE PAST, THIS WAS DONE BY RADAR AND REQUIRED MORE MANPOWER TO OPERATE AND WAS ALSO RELATIVELY MORE EXPENSIVE TO MA INTA IN.

♦SINCE THE MODERN EQUIPMENT IS AUTOMATIC, WE NOW NEED ONLY ONE OPERATOR A SHIFT INSTEAD OF FOUR, AND CONSEQUENTLY A TOTAL OF SIX STAFF MEMBERS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR OTHER WORK,+ HE SAID.

DATA FROM THIS NEW DEVICE IS NOT ONLY BENEFICIAL TO WEATHER FORECASTING IN HONG KONG, BECAUSE INFORMATION COLLECTED IS ALSO FED DIRECTLY INTO THE MAIN COMPUTER SYSTEM AND DISSEMINATED TO OVERSEAS METEOROLOGICAL CENTRES. MATERIAL RECEIVED IN RETURN FROM THESE CENTRES ENABLES THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TO HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AT VARIOUS HEIGHTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE REGION.

APART FROM ACQUIRING THE UPPER-AIR SOUNDING SYSTEM, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS ALSO WORKED OUT PLANS TO UPDATE OTHER EQUIPMENT.

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MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR THE DISABLED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT GAVE EMPLOYMENT TO 126 DISABLED PERSONS DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

ON APRIL 1, THERE WERE ALTOGETHER 878 DISABLED PERSONS EMPLOYED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INCREASE OF 80 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S INTAKE OF 70 WAS DUE MAINLY TO THE GOVERNMENT S EFFORTS TO INCREASE THE TEMPO OF RECRUITING DISABLED PERSONS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THIS IS BEING EFFECTED THROUGH REVISED CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS INTRODUCED IN FEBRUARY 1980, WHICH MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR A DISABLED CANDIDATE TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR APPOINTMENT IF HE CAN CARRY OUT THE DUTIES OF A PARTICULAR POST EVEN THOUGH HE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF EVERY POST IN THE SAME RANK.

THE REVISED REGULATIONS ALSO MADE IT CLEAR THAT A DISABLED PERSON FOUND SUITABLE FOR EMPLOYMENT WOULD BE GIVEN AN APPROPRIATE DEGREE OF PREFERENCE FOR APPOINTMENT OVER OTHER APPLICANTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IN PLACING THE DISABLED IN APPROPRIATE JOBS WHEREVER POSSIBLE WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL POLICY TO INTEGRATE THE DISABLED INTO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EVENTUAL GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT.

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+T0 ACHIEVE THIS, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE A LEAD IN PLACING THE DISABLED IN APPROPRIATE JOBS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, RECOGNISING THAT THE ABILITIES OF MANY DISABLED PERSONS OUTWEIGH THEIR DISABILITIES AND THAT ONLY IN PRODUCTIVE AND REMUNERATIVE EMPLOYMENT WILL THEIR FULLEST POSSIBLE VOCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC POTENTIAL BE REALISED,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT MORE DISABLED PERSONS WOULD BE EMPLOYED IN THE CURRENT YEAR AND THAT THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WOULD FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS.

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CUSTOMER RELATIONS OFFICER FOR HOSPITAL * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS APPOINTED A CUSTOMER RELATIONS OFFICER AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL FOR A SIX-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS FROM PATIENTS AND TO PROVIDE PROMPT INFORMATION TO OTHER USERS OF THE HOSPITAL SERVICES.

EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT MEDICAL PROCEDURE ARISE FROM MISUNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PATIENTS AND STAFF, A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+DUE TO THEIR HEAVY WORKLOAD, DOCTORS AND NURSES DO NOT OFTEN HAVE TIME TO EXPLAIN TO PATIENTS ABOUT THEIR TREATMENT OR HOSPITAL PROCEDURES, OR IF THEY DO, THEY TEND TO USE MEDICAL TERMS WHICH MAY NOT BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE PATIENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ IT IS HERE THAT THE CRO CAN HELP BY GETTING ALL THE RELEVANT FACTS AND EXPLAINING TO PATIENTS IN LAYMAN’S LANGUAGE,* HE ADDED.

QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, WITH 1 938 BEDS, IS THE LARGEST AND THE BUSIEST HOSPITAL IN HONG KONG.

IT ALSO HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST SPECIALIST OUT-PATIENT CLINICS IN HONG KONG, TAKING CARE OF HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS DAILY.

ITS CASUALTY DEPARTMENT IS ALSO THE BUSIEST IN THE TERRITORY, ATTENDING TO OVER 259 OOO LAST YEAR, OR ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF ALL CASUALTY CASES IN HONG KONG.

+IN VIEW OF THE COMPLICATED NATURE OF THE HOSPITAL AND THE HIGH IN-PATIENT AND OUT-PATIENT ATTENDANCES, IT IS INEVITABLE THAT THERE ARE CONFLICTS BETWEEN STAFF AND THE PATIENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IF THE SCHEME WORKS OUT WELL, IT WILL BE EXTENDED TO TWO OTHER REGIONAL HOSPITALS, QUEEN MARY AND PRINCESS MARGARET,* HE SAID.

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NT INTER-DISTRICT TABLE-TENNIS LEAGUE LAUNCHED

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THE ORGANISATION OF INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS TOURNAMENTS HAS CONTRIBUTED A GREAT DEAL TOWARDS THE MAXIMISATION OF USAGE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MR AKERS-JONES, WHO WAS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF A NEW TERRITORIES TAELE-TENNIS LEAGUE AT FUNG KAI MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHEUNG SHUI, SAID THE OUTLOOK FOR PROVIDING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SEEMED MUCH GREATER AND MANY NEW FACILITIES WOULD OPEN.

+BUT, WHEREVER WE TURN, THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO BE DONE. WE CAN NEVER DO ENOUGH, AND TODAY’S TOURNAMENT IS AN EXAMPLE OF THIS CONTINUING NEED TO EXPAND OUR WORK.+ HE SAID.

IMPROVEMENT TO AND INCREASE IN FACILITIES WOULD FACILITATE THE WORK OF THE ORGANISERS OF SPORTS AND PROVIDE NEW IMPETUS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE ADDED.

THE TABLE-TENNIS LEAGUE IS THE THIRD TO BE PROMOTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS COMPETITION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND OTHER LEAGUES BEING PLANNED INCLUDE VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON AND TENNIS, WHICH IT IS HOPED WILL START LATER THIS YEAR.

A SOCCER LEAGUE, STARTED LAST DECEMBER, WAS COMPLETED RECENTLY WITH SAI KUNG THE WINNERS. A BASKETBALL LEAGUE WHICH BEGAN IN FEBRUARY WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NEXT MONTH WHEN FINALS WILL BE PLAYED.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, TEAMS FROM ALL EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS WERE PRESENT. AFTER THE OPENING NORTH DISTRICT AND TSUEN WAN PLAYED THE FIRST MATCH OF THE LEAGUE.

MATCHES WILL BE HELD EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT DIFFERENT VENUES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

FINALS WILL BE PLAYED IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

MR AKERS-JONES THANKED NORTH DISTRICT SPORTS CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR ORGANISING THE TOURNAMENT.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS COMPETITION COORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR DICKEN YUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TABLE-TENNIS LEAGUE COMMITTEE, MR CHONG KAM-NING.

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PLAN TO RECLAIM TELEGRAPH BAY FORESHORE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 30 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT TELEGRAPH BAY NEAR WAH FU FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

PART OF THE RECLAMATION WILL INITIALLY BE USED TO STOCKPILE ROCK FOR CONSTRUCTION USES.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL PERSONS HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD SUBMIT SUCH OBJECTIONS OR CLAIMS IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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SUMMER COURSES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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A NUMBER OF COURSES IN SWIMMING, FIRST AID, LIFE SAVING, TRAMPOLINING AND OTHERS ARE BEING OFFERED TO IN-SERVICE TEACHERS IN JULY AND AUGUST BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

CIRCULARS OUTLINING DETAILS OF THESE COURSES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS.

INTERESTED TEACHERS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS BEFORE JUNE 20 TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SEVENTH FLOOR, NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

TEACHERS MAY ALSO OBTAIN FURTHER DETAILS OF THE COURSES FROM THE ABOVE ADDRESS.

♦PARTICIPANTS IN THE VARIOUS COURSES WILL BE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN BOTH THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL SESSIONS AND A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE ISSUED TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE SATISFACTORILY,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL HEADS IN DUE COURSE.

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RESIDENTIAL SITE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER * * * *

A 30 490 SQUARE METRE SITE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, AT TAT CHEE AVENUE, KOWLOON IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE TO TENDERS IS NOON AUGUST 14.

TENDER FORMS, WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, OR ON 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, AND THE PLANS MAY BE INSPECTED THERE AS WELL.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE IS TO LET ON MONTHLY TENANCY BY TENDER A PROPERTY AT 696 CANTON ROAD, GROUND FLOOR (INCLUDING COCKLOFT AND REAR YARD), KOWLOON.

THE PROPERTY, MEASURING ABOUT 85.4 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR NON INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR THIS PROPERTY IS JULY 17 AT 12 NOON. TENDER FORMS, WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF THE TENANCY, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, NINTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

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EFFORT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW * * *

A SECTION OF MONG LUNG STREET, BETWEEN FACTORY STREET AND KAM WA STREET, SHAU KEI WAN, WILL BE ROUTED ONE WAY NORTH-BOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 16 TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

AT THE SAME TIME, TRAFFIC TRAVELLING EAST ALONG CHERRY STREET IN TAI KOK TSUI WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO THE NORTH-BOUND SECTION OF TONG MEI ROAD.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT WILL IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES IN TONG MEI ROAD TO THE NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CHERRY STREET, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SHEK YAM BUS TERMINUS GETS NEW SITE ft ft ft ft

THE EXISTING BUS TERMINUS ON SHEK YAM ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE REMOVED TO SOUTHERN END OF SHEK YAM ROAD NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH SHEK Yl ROAD ON TUESDAY (JUNE 16) AT 10 AM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE REMOVAL OF THE BUS TERMINUS IS TO ENABLE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO BEGIN FOR THE NEW SHEK YAM ROAD MARKET AND LIBRARY BUILDING WHICH WILL RISE ON THE SITE OF THE OLD BUS TERMINUS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN ABERDEEN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 16) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

AFFECTED WILL BE ALL PREMISES AT ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD FROM ABERDEEN TRADE SCHOOL TO THE SHEK PAI WAN ROAD JUNCTION INCLUDING ABERDEEN OLD MAIN STREET, WU NAM STREET, WU PAK STREET, SAI ON STREET, LOK YEUNG STREET, TUNG SING ROAD, CHENGTU ROAD AND TSUNG MAN STREET.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NGAU CHI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FOUR DAYS FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 16) TO 10 AM ON SATURDAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES IN TSE WAN SHAN ESTATE, SHAT IN PASS ESTATE AND FUNG WONG VILLAGE.

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

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO

TOPPING-OUT OF PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL ...................... 1

SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ..................... 2

FISHERMAN GETS $70 OOO LOAN FOR SHIP REPAIR......... 3

OUR MAN AT THE ROYAL WEDDING ................................. 3

GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL LEAVE ...................................... 3

FIRST STAGE OF TSUEN WAN BY-PASS OPENS WEDNESDAY ... 4

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN UP IN KWAI CHUNG ......................... 5

TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT CANCER ................................. 5

GUITAR CONCERTS .............................................. 6

TAPS OFF FOR NINE HOURS ...................................... 6

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TOPPING-OUT OF PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL * * * *

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR JACK STEAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, TODAY JOINTLY OFFICIATED AT THE TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE SHA TIN TEACHING HOSPITAL.

WORK ON THE $425 MILLION HOSPITAL STARTED AT THE END OF 1979 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

MR S.C. KWAN, CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE PWD’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, SAID THAT WORK WAS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY.

♦SO FAR, SOME 90 PER CENT OF STRUCTURAL WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED,♦ HE ADDED.

THE HOSPITAL CONSISTS OF A THREE-STOREY SPECIALIST CLINIC BLOCK, A MAIN WARD BLOCK, A SPECIAL WARD BLOCK, AND A CLINICAL SCIENCE BLOCK ALL OF WHICH ARE 12 STOREYS HIGH. IT WILL HAVE A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 110 000 SQUARE METRES.

THE WHOLE HOSPITAL COMPLEX WAS DESIGNED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF PWD BUT THE WORKING DRAWINGS AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION WERE CARRIED OUT BY THE APPOINTED CONSULTANT, MESSRS STEPHENSON AND TURNER CONNELL.

ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION ARE QUARTERS FOR ABOUT 2 000 HOSPITAL STAFF. THE QUARTERS COMPRISE SIX BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS RANGING FROM THREE TO 21 STOREYS.

THE HOSPITAL WILL HAVE 1 400 BEDS AND SERVE RESIDENTS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦IT WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF SOPHISTICATED MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES, INCLUDING CASUALTY SERVICES, TO THE PUBLIC AND IT WILL ALSO SERVE AS A TEACHING HOSPITAL FOR THE MEDICAL FACULTY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG,+ A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROJECT IS PARTLY FINANCED BY A LOAN FROM THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

MONDAI, JUNE 15, 1981

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SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION UNDERWAY *****

A SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR THE YEAR 1980 IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TO OBTAIN INFORMATION REQUIRED BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE IN ARRIVING AT DECISIONS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SPHERES.

IT REPRESENTS PART OF A LONG-TERM PROGRAMME TO COLLECT ECONOMIC STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

THE DATA TO BE COLLECTED WILL FACILITATE UPDATING INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG, REVIEWING CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF OUTPUT AND TYPE OF GOODS MANUFACTURED, AND MAKING INTER-INDUSTRY COMPARISONS.

SOME 7 000 ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE ENUMERATED IN THE SECTORS OF MINING AND QUARRYING, MANUFACTURING, AND ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER. ALL INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 100 OR MORE PERSONS WILL BE ENUMERATED AND FOR INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING FEWER THAN 100 PERSONS, A RANDOM SAMPLE WILL BE SELECTED.

INFORMATION SOUGHT IN THE SURVEY INCLUDES TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, EMPLOYMENT. MAN-HOURS WORKED, LABOUR COST, CONTRACT AND COMMISSION WORK, MATERIAL PURCHASES, OPERATING EXPENSES, SALES AND WORK DONE, OTHER RECEIPTS, STOCKS AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (ANNUAL SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION) ORDER 1981, MADE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL UNDER THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 316 OF THE LAWS OF HONG KONG) AND ISSUED AS LEGAL NOTICE NO. 18 IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF JANUARY 30.

SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING SENT TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED AND MANAGEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE DEPARTMENT PROMPTLY.

UPON REQUEST, CENSUS OFFICERS MAY VISIT ESTABLISHMENTS AND ASSIST THEM IN FILLING THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS APPEALED TO MANAGEMENTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES PROMPTLY AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH CENSUS OFFICERS IN THE COURSE OF ENUMERATION.

HE EMPHASISED THAT INFORMATION RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL ONLY BE USED IN AN AGGREGATE FORM FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES.

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FISHERMAN GETS $70 000 LOAN FOR SHIP REPAIR *****

A LOAN AGREEMENT FOR $70 000 WAS SIGNED TODAY (MONDAY) BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, AND THE SHAU KEI WAN (SHEK MIU) MERCHANISED SMALL LONG LINER FISHERMEN’S CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY.

A CHEQUE FOR THIS AMOUNT WAS PRESENTED BY MR RIDDELL-SWAN TO MR HO NGAU WHO IS ALSO A COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY.

IT WAS THE 10 OOOTH LOAN FROM THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION LOAN FUND (FMOLF) AND WAS ISSUED TO THE SOCIETY FOR RE-LENDING TO ITS MEMBER, MR HO FOR REPAIRING THE MAIN ENGINE AND REPLACING THE SIDE ENGINE OF HIS VESSEL AND FOR PURCHASING FISHING GEAR.

THE BORROWER IS A LONG-LINER FISHERMAN. IN 1976 HE RECEIVED A LOAN OF $145 000 TO BUILD HIS PRESENT 23.25-METRE LONG-LINER, POWERED BY TWO MARINE DIESEL ENGINES OF 161 H.P. AND 150 H.P.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1946, THE FMOLF, ADMINISTERED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, HAS GRANTED 10 000 LOANS AMOUNTING TO $78.2 MILLION TO FISHERMEN FOR THE BUILDING OF FISHING VESSELS, REPLACING AND REPAIRING ENGINES, AND FOR PURCHASING FISHING GEAR AND EQUIPMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED TO MR HO BY MR RIDDELL-SWAN AND A BANNER WAS PRESENTED TO A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOCIETY.

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OUR MAN AT THE ROYAL WEDDING * * *

SIR S.Y. CHUNG, SENIOR UMELCO HONG KONG AT THE WEDDING OF PRINCE AT ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ON JULY 29

MEMBER, WILL BE REPRESENTING

CHARLES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER

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THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL BE FLYING TO LONDON ON SUNDAY 21 JUNE FOR THEIR ANNUAL LEAVE. THEY WILL BE RETURNING TO HONG KONG IN MID-AUGUST.

DURING SIR MURRAY’S ABSENCE SIR JACK CATER WILL ACT AS GOVERNOR.


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FIRST STAGE OF TSUEN WAN BY-PASS OPENS WEDNESDAY * * *

THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE NEW TSUEN WAN BY-PASS ROAD LINKING TEXACO ROAD WITH KWAI CHUNG WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 11 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 17).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPENING WOULD MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TSUEN WAN BY-PASS ROAD, THE NEW TERRITORIES-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF WHICH WAS OPENED LAST APRIL.

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO COINCIDE WITH FULL OPENING OF THE BY-PASS.

THE ENTIRE FIRST STAGE OF THE NEW ROAD WILL BE A 24-HOUR CLEARWAY, THUS PROHIBITING ALL VEHICLES FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AND LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS.

KOWLOON-BOUND VEHICLES ON TEXACO ROAD MAY GAIN ACCESS TO THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY TO TRAVEL TO KWAI CHUNG, TSI NG Yl OR KOWLOON VIA THE NEW ROUNDABOUT TO THE WEST OF KWAI FUK ROAD. VEHICLES GOING TO KOWLOON MAY CONTINUE ALONG THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY TO JOIN KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

SOUTH-BOUND VEHICLES ON HING FONG ROAD AND NORTH-BOUND VEHICLES ON KWAI TSI NG ROAD MAY USE THE ROUNDABOUT TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE NEW KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY AND THE SOUTH-BOUND KWAI CHUNG CARRIAGEWAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR FRANCIS TIEN WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF STAGE ONE OF TSUEN WAN BY-PASS AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO USE THE TRANPSORT ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE OPEN CAR PARK OUTSIDE THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S RECEPTION OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, NOT LATER THAN 1.45 PM.

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

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ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN UP IN KWAI CHUNG

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL STAFF OF KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT OFFICE HAVE UNDERTAKEN 67 JOINT CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN THE PAST NINE MONTHS SINCE THE SECTION WAS SET UP.

THE OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT AT BLACK SPOTS SUCH AS BACK LANES. PEDESTRIAN AREAS AND ON CROWN LAND SITES IN KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl.

DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THEM HAVE BEEN THE GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY, HIGHWAYS (NT) OFFICE, HOUSING, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES AND THE POLICE.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (KWAI CHUNG), MR K.F. WONG, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE SECTION, SAID HIS STAFF WERE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEARING SITES FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCIES AND OTHER MINOR CLEARANCE OPERATIONS CONCERNED WITH PUBLIC DEVELOPMENT.

DURING THE NINE-MONTH PERIOD, HE SAID, SEVEN MAJOR SITES WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 40 470 SQUARE METRES WERE AMONG THOSE CLEARED. SIX WERE IN KWAI CHUNG AND THE OTHER WAS ON TSING Yl.

THEY WILL BE USED AS TEMPORARY CAR PARKS, A VILLAGE RESITE AREA, A SITTING-OUT AREA AND A CATTLE QUARANTINE DEPOT.

LARGE QUANTITIES OF ARTICLES WERE REMOVED AND HANDED TO THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT FOR DISPOSAL. THEY INCLUDED BRICKS, CEMENT TILES, CONCRETE MIXERS, CONCRETE DRAINAGE AND METAL PIPES, METAL PLATFORMS, ABANDONED VEHICLES, GLASS LAMP SHADES, A CARGO CONTAINER, METAL BLOCKS AND SUBSTANTIAL QUANTITIES OF SCRAP KETAL AND WOODEN PLANKS.

♦AT PRESENT, OUR WORK IS MAINLY ON CROWN LAND CONTROL, PREVENTING UNLAWFUL USE OF THESE SITES FOR CAR REPAIRING, CAR PARKING, WORKSHOP AND STORAGE PURPOSES,+ MR WONG SAID.

♦BUT WE ARE CONSIDERING EXTENDING OUR WORK TO DEMOLISHING ALL ABANDONED STRUCTURES ON CROWN LAND SO THAT THEY CAN NOT BE RE-OCCUPIED UNLAWFULLY,♦ HE ADDED.

TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT CANCER * * * X

A FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT CANCER WILL START ON FRIDAY AT WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE STOMA ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN DAILY BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM FROM FRIDAY (JUNE 19) TO MONDAY (JUNE 22).

A SIMILAR EXHIBITION STAGED AT CITY HALL, TSUEN WAN AND YUEN LONG LAST YEAR WAS VERY POPULAR.

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THERE IS STILL WIDESPREAD MISCONCEPTION AMONG THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE DISEASE, AS SHOWN BY A STUDY ON CANCER KNOWLEDGE CARRIED OUT BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT IN 1979.

CANCER HAS BECOME THE TOP KILLER DISEASE. LAST YEAR 6 430 PEOPLE DIED OF THIS CAUSE, MORE THAN TRIPLE THE TOTAL CANCER DEATHS IN 1960.

BUT WHAT PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW IS THAT MANY FORMS OF CANCER CAN BE PREVENTED AND CURED IF DETECTED EARLY AND TREATED IN TIME, A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THIS EXHIBITION, THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING PREVENTIVE MEASURES AND EARLY TREATMENT IS HAMMERED HOME TO THE PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION WILL SEE STATIC DISPLAYS ON THE COMMON FORMS OF CANCER IN HONG KONG, ILLUSTRATIONS ON PREVENTIVE AND TREATMENT METHODS, AND FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS.

PAMPHLETS ON HOW TO RECOGNISE EARLY SIGNS OF CANCER AND HOW TO CONDUCT SELF-EXAMINATION FOR BREAST CANCER WILL BE GIVEN OUT.

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GUITAR CONCERTS

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THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL PRESENT TWO GUITAR CONCERTS - ONE ON SATURDAY (JUNE 20) AT THE HO TUNG TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS AND ONE ON SATURDAY (JULY 11) AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY HALL, BOTH STARTING AT 8 PM.

THE +JOY IN GUITAR+ CONCERTS WILL FEATURE GUITAR SOLOS, DUETS, ENSEMBLES AND GUITAR CHAMBER MUSIC, WITH VERBAL EXPLANATIONS BY GUITARIST, SZETO CHI-CHIU.

THE CONTENTS OF THE VERBAL EXPLANATIONS WILL INCLUDEi ANCIENT GUITAR MUSIC, VARIOUS FUNCTIONS OF GUITAR, FASCINATION OF GUITAR MUSIC, FUN OF ENSEMBLE, AND THE FEATURE OF A GUITAR ENSEMBLE.

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN GUITAR MUSIC MAY OBTAIN FREE ADMISSION TICKETS AT THE MUSIC OFFICE (HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9/F) AND THE EAST KOWLOON, WEST KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES MUSIC CENTRES ON A FIRST—COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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TAPS OFF FOR NINE HOURS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 18) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAIN CONNECTION.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM PUI TO ROAD TO SAM SHING ESTATE, ON TING ESTATE, YAU 01 ESTATE, SAM SHING ESTATE, SAN FAT ESTATE, AREAS 4B, 10 AND 37 TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1981

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-APRIL ................. 1

TSUEN WAN BY-PASS STAGE 1 OPENED ............................. 4

CHARTERED VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICE TO LANTAU STARTS JUNE 19....................................................... 6

NEW POST OFFICE FOR POK FU LAM ............................... 7

TRAINING PLAN FOR JEWELLERY INDUSTRY.......................... 7

YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PROMOTE HONG KONG ......................... 8

NO LICENCE REQUIRED BY TELEX USERS .......................... 10

TICD DIRECTOR VISITS HARBOUR COMMAND UNITS .................. 10

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OFF TO LISBON AIR TALKS ..................... 11

BUILDING DECLARED DANGEROUS ................................. 12

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED...................................... 12

NEW ROAD JUNCTION............................................ 12

BALLET SHOW FOR YUEN LONG RESIDENTS ......................... 13

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1981

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-APRIL

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO APRIL 1981, VALUED AT $77 222 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 26 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1980.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 15 PER CENT TO $21 904 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 26 PER CENT TO $42 468 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 54 PER CENT TO $12 850 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 27 PER CENT.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT RELEASED TODAY THE RELEVANT DETAILED TRADE STATISTICS.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWS I

INCREASE/

JAN-APR 81 JAN-APR 80 DECREASE PERCENTAGE

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

USA 7 390 6 151 +1 239 +20

UK 2 102 1 945 157 ♦ 8

FR OF GERMANY 2 061 2 155 94 - 4

JAPAN 776 680 96 +14

CHINA 731 429 302 +70

AUSTRALIA 695 588 107 +18

CANADA 585 469 116 +25

SINGAPORE 513 520 7 - 1

NETHERLANDS 479 481 2 INSIGNIFICANT

FRANCE 442 379 63 +17

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. CONTINUED TO GROW. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $652 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS (BY $363 MH ’ON OR 121 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APF_ <NCES (BY $244 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY 3107 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS AND OFFICE MACHINES DECLINED (BY $47 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT, AND BY $46 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY).

INCREASES WERE NOTED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.K. OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $47 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $43 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT). AS WELL AS PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $18 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT).

AS FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FR OF GERMANY, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN CLOTHING (BY $25 MILLION OR 2 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $9 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS, AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT DECLINED (BY $21 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT, AND BY $51 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY).

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO JAPAN (BY $67 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT), AND IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $98 MILLION OR 436 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS (BY $58 MILLION OR 132 PER CENT) TO CHINA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW: INCREASE/

JAN-APR 81 (HK$ MN.) JAN-APR 80 (HK$ MN.) DECREASE (HKS MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL

AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 7 568 6 349 +1 219 + 19

MISCELLANEOUS MANU-

FACTURED ARTICLES

(MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 3 170 3 066 + 104 + 3

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS,

OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2 348 1 810 + 538 +30

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY,

APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 1 551 1 244 + 307 +25

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS,

MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1 520 1 443 + 77 + 5

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND

SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1 510 1 529 - 19 - 1

'HE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE

SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS:

JAN-APR 81 JAN-APR 80 INCREASE PERCENTAGE

(HK$ MN.) (HK$ MN.) (HKS MN.) CHANGE

JAPAN 10 232 7 481 +2 751 +37

CHINA 8 320 6 086 +2 234 +37

USA 4 537 3 975 + 562 + 14

TAIWAN 3 408 2 369 +1 039 +44

SINGAPORE 3 007 2 265 + 742 +33

UK 1 878 1 652 + 226 +14

SOUTH KOREA 1 795 1 113 + 682 +61

FR OF GERMANY 1 075 995 80 ♦ 8

SWITZERLAND 970 883 + 87 ♦ 10

THAILAND 598 566 + 32 + 6

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LOCAL DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY 8552 MILLION OR 88 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $451 MILLION OR 73 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 8331 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY 8272 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT), AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $261 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA, INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY $483 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $408 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT), PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $133 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT), AND VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY 8130 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE US WERE LARGELY OF ORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $123 MILLION OR 392 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $108 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (BY $67 MILLION OR 143 PER CENT), AS WELL AS VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $62 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (BY $132 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT), AND TEXTILE FIBRES (BY $164 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $542 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN, AND OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $615 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE.

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

INCREASE/

JAN-APR 81 JAN-APR 80 DECREASE PERCENTAGE

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

MANUFACTURED GOODS

CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY EY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEX'ILE PRODUCTS, DI .ONDS, IRON AND st:.:l, and paper) 12 579 10 168 +2 411 +24

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 9 766 7 200 *2 566 +36

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 6 909 4 781 +2 128 +45

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 4 124 3 411 713 ♦21

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 3 326 2 442 884 +36

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 819 2 887 * 68 - 2

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SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $1 640 MILLION OR 172 PER CENT), USA (BY $632 MILLION OR 80 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY $535 MILLION OR 73 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $316 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT), JAPAN (BY $161 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $147 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT), NIGERIA (BY $140 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT), SOUTH KOREA (BY $107 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT), UK (BY $98 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT) AND PANAMA (BY $94 MILLION OR 204 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO BELGIUM AND LUXEMBURG (BY $28 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT) AND SWITZERLAND (BY $85 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $1 142 MILLION OR 113 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $531 MILLION OR 198 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $372 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $356 MILLION OR 118 PER CENT), AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $245 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT).

+THE HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS - SUMMARY*, BEING A SUMMARY REPORT ON HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL 1981, WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$3 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE MONTH’S IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY JULY AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HKS10 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, 13 DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL, HONG KONG. (TEL. NO.s 5-214375)

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TSUEN WAN BYPASS STAGE I OPENED * * * *

TRAFFIC FLOW TO AND FROM THE CONTAINER PORT AND TSI NG Yl ISLAND, AND TRAFFIC ON THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD SYSTEM WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM STAGE ONE OF THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR FRANCIS YUAN-HAO TIEN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

DR TIEN WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF STAGE ONE CF THE BYPASS, WHICH EXTENDS FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO TEXACO ROAD.

HE SAID THE PROJECT WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.

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STAGE ONE INCLUDES A 2-KILOMETRE DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY, PARTLY IN THE FORM OF A VIADUCT. IT CONNECTS KWAI CHUNG ROADAND TEXACO ROAD AND HAS SLIP ROADS LEADING TO A ROUNDABOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF KWAI TSI NG ROAD AND HONG FONG ROAD.

INTERSECTION

THE PROJECT TOOK 2-1/2 YEARS TO COMPLETE AND COST $104 MILLION.

DR TIEN CONGRATULATED THE DESIGNERS, THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND THE CONTRACTORS, THE FRENCH COMPANY DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS.

♦THOSE OF US WHO LIVE OR WORK IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN HAVE WATCHED THE GROWING CONGESTION ON THE ROADS WITH EVER-INCREASING APPREHENSION AND I AM THEREFORE VERY PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO OPEN THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS,* DR TIEN SAID.

+THE COMPLETION OF THIS STAGE ONE REPRESENTS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE EFFORT OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING AN IMPROVED ROAD NETWORK TO SERVE THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF THE RAPIDLY GROWING POPULATION AND INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY OF TSUEN WAN.

♦THIS FIRST STAGE SHOULD CONSIDERABLY REDUCE THE TRAFFIC ON THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD SYSTEM AND CONSIDERABLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW TO AND FROM THE CONTAINER PORT AND TSI NG YI.+

DR TIEN NOTED THAT ABOUT 750 000 CUBIC METRES OF ROCK AND EARTH WERE REMOVED FOR THE PROJECT AND ABOUT 22 000 CUBIC METRES OF CONCRETE WERE POURED. PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION INVOLVED A DIFFICULT SECTION CUTTING THROUGH A ROCKY HEADLAND.

WHILE STAGE ONE WOULD PROVIDE SOME RELIEF TO THROUGH TRAFFIC, « LOOKED FORWARD TO THE COMPLETION OF STAGE TWO ACROSS TSUEN WAN BAY TO CREATE A COMPLETELY SEGREGATED ROUTE FOR TRAFFIC THROUGH TSUEN WAN TO TUEN MUN AND THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES.

HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE FIRST PHASE OF STAGE TWO WORK WAS PROGRESSING WELL AND THAT TENDERS FOR THE MAIN ELEVATED ROADWORKS WOULD BE CALLED LATER THIS YEAR. IT WAS HOPED TO COMPLETE THE MAIN BYPASS ROADS BY THE END OF 1984.

♦THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS, WHILE FORMING PART OF A TERRITORY-WIDE TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM, IS ALSO AN ESSENTIAL PART OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, WHICH IS ALSO ADVANCING AT AN IMPRESSIVE RATE,* DR TIEN SAID.

♦THE DEVELOPMENT ON NORTH EAST TSING Yl IS PROGRESSING AND DEVELOPMENT WORK HAS STARTED ON A SECOND BRIDGE TO TSING Yl WHICH WILL SPAN THE NORTHERN END OF THE RAMBLER CHANNEL AND JOIN THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS AT THIS POINT BY A SYSTEM OF ELEVATED ROADWAYS AND A GROUND LEVEL ROUNDABOUT.

♦THIS SECOND BRIDGE, WHICH WILL HAVE DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS, WILL BE BUILT TO SERVE TSING Yl IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE ROAD CONNECTION TO LANTAU IS REQUIRED OR NOT.+

DR TIEN SAID THAT A STUDY WOULD SOON BEGIN TO ASSESS FUTURE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEEDS, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPENING OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY LINK TO TSUEN WAN, SCHEDULED FOR MID-1982.

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IN HIS SPEECH WELCOMING DR TIEN. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR JACK STEAN, SAID THAT DR TIEN WAS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND TOOK A KEEN INTEREST IN ALL PWD HIGHWAY PROJECTS.

AS AN INDUSTRIALIST, DR TIEN WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG NEW TOWNS AND HAD FOLLOWED THE PROGRESS OF THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS WITH PARTICULAR INTEREST.

THE BYPASS WILL BE OPENED TO MOTORISTS FROM 11 AM TOMORROW.

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CHARTERED VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICE TO LANTAU STARTS JUNE 19

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A CHARTERED VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN JORDAN ROAD IN KOWLOON AND SILVER MINE BAY WILL BE INTRODUCED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 19, FOR GOODS VEHICLES AND PRIVATE CARS ISSUED WITH CLOSED-ROAD PERMITS FOR LANTAU ISLAND.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHARTERED SERVICE WILL BE RUN BY THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY CO. FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF ABOUT THREE MONTHS ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY.

♦THE SERVICE WILL BASICALLY BE PROVIDED FOR GOODS VEHICLES TO FACILITATE THE CARRIAGE OF FREIGHT, SUCH AS BUILDING MATERIALS, DAILY NECESSITIES AND POULTRY FEED, TO SILVER MINE BAY,+ HE SAID.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE CARRIED UNLESS IT HAS A CLOSED-ROAD PERMIT FOR LANTAU ISLAND ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID DOUBLE-ENDED PASSENGER/VEHICULAR-TYPE VESSELS WOULD BE USED ON THE SERVICE.

THE VESSELS WILL LEAVE THE JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY PIER AT 8 PM ON FRIDAYS AND SILVER MINE BAY AT 9.30 PM ON SATURDAYS.

DETAILS ABOUT ADVANCE BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS AND CHARGES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY CO.

PEOPLE SEEKING A CLOSED-ROAD PERMIT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW FERRY SERVICE WILL FIRST BE ISSUED WITH AN APPROVAL LETTER VALID FOR 14 DAYS.

THIS LETTER MUST BE PRODUCED FOR INSPECTION WHEN MAKING A BOOKING FOR THE FERRY SERVICE AND, IF AN APPLICANT FAILS TO BOOK A FERRY PLACE WITHIN 14 DAYS, THE APPROVAL LETTER WILL BECOME INVALID.

FORMAL CLOSED-ROAD PERMITS, VALID FOR 48 HOURS, WILL BE ISSUED TO APPLICANTS ON PRODUCTION OF THEIR FERRY TICKETS OR BOOKING RECEIPTS.

THESE PERMITS WILL ALLOW GOODS VEHICLES TO OPERATE ONLY ALONG SOUTH LANTAU ROAD, EXCLUDING TUNG CHUNG, TAI 0 AND NGONG PING.

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NEW POST OFFICE FOR POK FU LAM

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A NEW POST OFFICE, LOCATED AT SHOP NO. 502, CHI FU COMMERCIAL CENTRE, CHI FU FA YUEN, POK FU LAM, WILL BE OPENED AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY, JUNE 19.

IT WILL PROVIDE THE FULL RANGE OF POSTAL BUSINESS, EXCEPT FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF INSURED LETTERS.

THE HOURS OF BUSINESS WILL BE AS FOLLOWSi

MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS > 9.00 AM TO 1.00 PM

2.15 PM TO 5.00 PM

SATURDAYS i 9.00 AM TO 1.00 PM

THE NEW POK FU LAM POST OFFICE WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG TO 80, INCLUDING TWO MOBILE POST OFFICES OPERATING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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TRAINING PLAN FOR JEWELLERY INDUSTRY

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A RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRAINING BOARD TO CATER FOR THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE LOCAL JEWELLERY INDUSTRY, HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, DURING A VISIT TO THE TSE SUI LUEN JEWELLERY COMPANY IN HUNG HOM.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COUNCIL FELT THAT THE INDUSTRY NEEDS NOT ONLY MORE, BUT ALSO BETTER-TRAINED SKILLED WORKERS TO COPE WITH ITS LARGE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

MR HENDERSON SAID THAT THE INDUSTRY HAD UNDERGONE RAPID EXPANSION IN RECENT YEARS.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE VALUE OF EXPORTS INCREASED FROM 1586 MILLION IN 1974 TO $1 175 MILLION IN 1979, EMPLOYMENT FROM 5 390 TO 10 789 AND JEWELLERY ESTABLISHMENTS FROM 471 TO 873.

HOWEVER, THE COUNCIL WAS OF THE OPINION THAT THE INDUSTRY, WHICH EMPLOYS MOSTLY SKILLED CRAFTSMEN, HAS A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF SKILLED MANPOWER BUT THERE IS NO ORGANISED TRAINING FOR CRAFTSMEN.

THE COUNCIL ALSO FELT THAT FORMALISED TRAINING WOULD SHORTEN THE TRAINING PERIOD FOR NOVICES IN THE INDUSTRY, HE ADDED.

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MR HENDERSON, ACCOMPANIED BY ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR H.R. KNIGHT. TOURED THE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION UNIT, EXPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE SHOW ROOM.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PROMOTE HONG KONG UMM

GROUPS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS, UNDER THE BANNER OF HONG KONG JING YING. WILL AGAIN BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE TASK OF BOOSTING HONG KONG’S IMAGE OVERSEAS.

THEY WILL REPRESENT HONG KONG AT A NUMBER OF MAJOR REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENTS, INCLUDING THE FIFTH AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MELBOURNE FROM AUGUST 1 TO 15, THE FOURTH ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP IN JAPAN BETWEEN JULY 20 AND AUGUST 3, AND THE ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS. THEY WILL ALSO ATTEND THE 17TH BILLINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN AUGUST, AND THE 24TH WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION IN MANILA FROM JULY 21 TO 25.

LOCALLY, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DIVISION’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL JOINTLY PRESENT THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP, AS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

ADDRESSING A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR E.B. WIGGHAM POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG WILL HAVE MUCH TO GAIN BY PARTICIPATING IN THESE EVENTS.

MR WIGGHAM SAID, *THE VISITS OF OUR YOUNG ARTISTS WILL CONTRIBUTE INVALUABLY TO THE PROMOTION OF HONG KONG’S CULTURAL IMAGE ABROAD.

♦THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, TECHNIQUES AND EXPERIENCE WITH SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST YOUNG ARTISTS WILL HELP RAISE THE STANDARDS OF OUR PARTICIPANTS AND WIDEN THEIR CULTURAL HORIZONS.♦

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WERE THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, M?S ELIZABETH WONG, AND THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, M? DICKEN YUNG.

REPRESENTING HONG KONG AT THE FIFTH AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL BE THE HONG KONG JING YING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, COMPRISING 45 MEMBERS SELECTED BY AUDITION, AND FIVE SOLOISTS ON CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, SAID MRS WONG, WHO WILL BE THE TOUR DIRECTOR.

THEY WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE MODES, INCLUDING CONTEMPORARY WORKS BY LEADING HONG KONG COMPOSERS AND A COMMISSIONED WORK FROM DOMING LAM.

THE FESTIVAL WILL BE A FORUM FOR THE PROMOTION OF FRIENDSHIP AND GOODWILL THROUGH MUSIC. THE EDMONTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA FROM CANADA, THE LAS VEGAS JAZZ ENSEMBLE FROM THE UNITED STATES, THE TRINIDAD CHOIR AND DISTINGUISHED GROUPS FROM AROUND AUSTRALIA ARE SOME OF THE PERFORMING GROUPS.

THE JING YING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE A SERIES OF PERFORMANCES AT DALLAS BROOKS HALL, ROBERT BLACK-WOOD HALL, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA.

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OTHER PERFORMANCES WILL BE GIVEN IN VICTORIA COUNTRY INCLUDING ALEXANDRA, BENALLA AND COBRAM.

FROM JULY 20 TO AUGUST 3, 12 YOUNG LOCAL MUSICIANS, ACCOMPANIED BY STAFF OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL FLY TO SHIZUOKA, JAPAN, TO TAKE PART IN THE FOURTH ASIAN YOUTH MUSIC CAMP.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT WILL BE A FINALE CONCERT AT THE TOKYO OLYMPIC VILLAGE.

HONG KONG WILL ALSO GIVE GUEST PERFORMANCES AT THE ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS AND THE 17TH BILLINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL.

THE FESTIVALS ARE BEING HELD IN ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND BETWEEN AUGUST 5 AND 15, AND IN BILLINGHAM FROM AUGUST 15 TO 22.

A JING YING TEAM, COMPRISING 12 DANCERS AND FOUR MUSICIANS WILL PERFORM AT THESE TWO CULTURAL EVENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ITS MUSIC CONDUCTOR, MR YIK YEW-GOH AND DANCE PRODUCER, MRS YIM NG KA-MAN.

FOLLOWING THE BILLINGHAM TOUR, THEY WILL SPEND A WEEK IN LONDON AND GIVE OTHER PERFORMANCES BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 31.

ANOTHER TEAM, COMPRISING 14 INSTRUCTORS AND TRAINEES FROM THE DANCE CLASSES ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, WILL REPRESENT HONG KONG AT THE 24TH WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION IN MANILA, FROM JULY 21 TO 25.

IN ADDITION TO THE TEAM'S PERFORMANCES, THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER. MR DICKEN YUNG WILL GIVE A LECTURE ON +OPTIMISATION OF RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY RECREATION* WHILE THE TEAM'S MANAGER, MRS AMY WONG, RSS TECHNICAL AND PLANNING OFFICER, WILL PRESENT A PAPER ON RECENT DANCE DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG.

IN HONG KONG, YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING UNDER A SUMMER CAMP ATMOSPHERE.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST MUSIC CAMP HELD LAST YEAR, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND RSS ARE ORGANISING THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO BE HELD AT THE WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE BETWEEN JULY 25 AND AUGUST 9.

ABOUT 300 TALENTED YOUTHS, INCLUDING 12 MUSICIANS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM EAST HERTFORDSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE, ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE MUSIC CAMP.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE CAMP IS SPONSORED BY THE JOCKEY CLUB SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

AVI OSTROWSKY WILL BE THE CONDUCTOR GF THE YOUTH ORCHESTRA IN THE CAMP. DISTINGUISHED VIOLINIST, TAKADO NISHIZAKI WILL BE THE GUEST INSTRUCTOR IN VIOLIN. DR WILLIAM LAW ING, A TRUMPET VIRTUOSO IN THE UNITED STATES w ILL ASSIST CAMPERS IN WIND INSTRUMENTS AND ENSEMBLE PLAYING. THE PRINCIPAL CLARINETIST OF THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MITCHELL STURMAN WILL GIVE INSTRUCTION IN CLAR INET.

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ON THE CHINESE MUSIC SIDE, JEN TSE WILL CONDUCT THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, AND SOME WELL-KNOWN CHINESE MUSICIANS WILL INSTRUCT IN CHINESE INSTRUMENTS.

THE CAMP IS NOT JUST ALL HARDWORK. THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE WILL ARRANGE A VARIETY OF SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING CANOEING, ROCK-CLIMBING, ROLLER-SKATING, SWIMMING AND A LAUNCH OUTING FOR THE YOUTHS.

ON AUGUST 3, A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, AN OPEN DAY WILL BE HELD IN THE CAMP FOR PARENTS TO VISIT THEIR CHILDREN.

TO CLOSE THE EVENT, THERE WILL BE A CONCERT FOLLOWED BY A MARCHING BAND DISPLAY AND, FINALLY, A DISCO NIGHT, ON AUGUST 8.

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NO LICENCE REQUIRED BY TELEX USERS

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LICENCES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED BY USERS OF TELEX SERVICE AND INTERNATIONAL LEASED CIRCUITS, IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TODAY (TUESDAY).

THIS FOLLOWED AN ORDER MADE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL ON JUNE 9, 1981.

+THE EXEMPTION ORDER MEANS THAT EXISTING LICENCES WILL BE CANCELLED AT THE RENEWAL DATE BY THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY AND NO FURTHER LICENCE WILL BE REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

SIMILAR EXEMPTIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN GRANTED TO USERS OF NON-TELEPHON IC SERVICES PROVIDED OVER THE PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK.

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TICD DIRECTOR VISITS HARBOUR COMMAND UNITS

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WATCHING CUSTOMS’ SEARCH PARTIES IN ACTION ON A PANAMANIAN-REGISTERED THAI CARGO VESSEL TODAY (TUESDAY) WERE THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD, AND THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN.

THEIR PRESENCE ON THE VESSEL UNDER SEARCH AND GUARD IN THE HARBOUR WAS PART OF A TOUR BY MR DORWARD OF THE HARBOUR COMMAND UNITS OF THE CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS DEPARTMENT.

MR DORWARD WAS GIVEN A GENERAL BRIEFING ON HARBOUR CONTROLS, INCLUDING SHIP RESEARCH, SHIP SEARCH AND GUARD, CARGO EXAMINATION AND MARINE PATROLS. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY AN INSPECTION OF CUSTOMS OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURES AT THE HONG KONG/MACAU FERRY TERMINAL AND A TOUR OF THE TERMINAL’S FACILITIES.

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THE HARBOUR COMMAND UNITS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCING IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTROL AND ANTl-SMUGGLING MEASURES OVER SEA-BORNE TRAFFIC. THIS WORK COVERS UPWARD OF 105 000 CARGO VESSELS ENTERING AND LEAVING HONG KONG HARBOUR EACH YEAR, AN ANNUAL TURNOVER OF 24.6 MILLION TONNES OF SEA CARGO AND THE CONTROL OF MORE THAN 15 000 LOCALLY-REGISTERED FISHING BOATS AND PLEASURE CRAFTS. IN ADDITION, THE DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER THREE MILLION PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MACAU EVERY YEAR.

ALTHOUGH THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE VARIOUS CONTROLS IS TO PREVENT THE SMUGGLING OF DANGEROUS DRUGS INTO HONG KONG, CONSIDERABLE EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON THE PROTECTION AND COLLECTION OF REVENUE FROM DUTIABLE COMMODITIES, AND MEASURES ARE ALSO TAKEN TO PREVENT ILLEGAL IMPORT OR EXPORT OF PROHIBITED GOODS AND UNMANIFESTED CARGO.

WITH THE REGIONALISATION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE THIS WEEK, THESE CONTROLS HAVE BECOME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HONG KONG REGION- PREVIOUSLY THEY CAME UNDER THE HARBOUR AND MARINE SUB-DIVISION OF THE HARBOUR DIVISION.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OFF TO LISBON AIR TALKS * * * *

MR J.T. THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, LEFT TONIGHT.(TUESDAY) TO ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS CONFERENCE ON +AIR SERVICE AND THE PASSENGERS*, OPENING IN LISBON NEXT WEEK.

THE CONFERENCE IS SPONSORED JOINTLY BY THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL AND THE WESTERN EUROPEAN AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND IS A FORUM FOR OPERATORS OF ALL MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS.

THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON THE GROWING PROBLEMS FACI.G LARGE CIVIL AIRPORTS IN PROVIDING EFFICIENT SERVICES TO AIRLINES AND THEIR PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT, AND OTHER AIRPORT USERS.

OTHER SUBJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE PASSENGER FACILITATION, AIRPORT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, CAR PARKING AND SURFACE TRANSPORT ACCESS AT AIRPORT, AIRPORT SECURITY, THE CAPACITY OF AIRPORT SYSTEMS GENERALLY AND A REVIEW OF RECENT AIRPORT ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS.

BEFORE GOING TO LISBON, MR THORPE WILL ATTEND AS MEMBER OF AN INTERVIEW BOARD IN LONDON, to INTERVIEW APPLICANTS AND SELECT CANDIDATES FOR POSTS IN THE GROUP CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING OF THE PROPOSED REPLACEMENT AIRPORT.

AFTER THE AIRPORT CONFERENCE, MR THORPE WILL TAKE A SHORT PERIOD OF LEAVE BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG IN MID-AUGUST.

MR N. LATHAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AIR SERVICES), WILL ACT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR DURING THE ABSENCE OF MR THORPE.

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BUILDING DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 50 BONHAM STRAND WEST TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THE FIVE STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAN BEARING WALLS AND REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOORS, HAD BEEN UNDER CLOSE OBSERVATION SINCE 1980.

RECENT DETERIORATION HAD BEEN NOTED IN THE REAR PORTION OF THE BUILDING, WITH SEVERE STRUCTURAL CRACKING IN THE LOAD BEARING WALLS AND REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURAL MEMBERS.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES IT WAS CONSIDERED THAT THERE WAS A RISK OF COLLAPSE AND IT WAS NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THE BUILDING, HE SAID.

ACCORDINGLY, A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JULY 14, 1981 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE CF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON A WOMAN, LEI WUI-NGAN ON NOVEMBER 11, 1980 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO IMPRISONMENT FOR EIGHT YEARS.

LEI WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF CHUNG WING-HONG IN CENTRAL ON MAY 19, 1980.

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THE NEW JUNCTION OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD AND NAM FUNG ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC AT 10.30 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 19), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE JUNCTION WILL BE CONTROLLED BY TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

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BALLET SHOW FOR YUEN LONG RESIDENTS

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THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET IS TO GIVE A 90-MINUTE PERFORMANCE IN YUEN LONG ON JUNE 27.

ABOUT 800 LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE PERFORMANCE, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HALL OF CHIU LUT SAU hCMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 7.30 PM.

THE PERFORMANCE WILL CONSIST OF FIVE SHOWS, ONE OF WHICH, ’EATERS OF DARKNESS,’ IS BEING PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG.

WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS BEING ORGANISED BY YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE WHICH JOINED UP WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF YUEN LONG TOWN HALL TO RUN A BALLET SCHOOL FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN 1979.

THE SCHOOL IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IS OPEN TO CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 14.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 70 STUDENTS WHO ATTEND ONE-HOUR TRAINING SESSIONS WEEKLY AT THE TOWN HALL.

THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $18 000 TO THE SCHOOL THIS YEAR.

A MEMBER OF THE ARTS COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUNG-YAN, SAID THE SCHOOL PLANNED TO ORGANISE A MAJOR PERFORMANCE NEXT EASTER.

THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO PLANNING TO SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP TO SEND TALENTED STUDENTS OVERSEAS FOR FURTHER TRAINING.

ADMISSION TO THE PERFORMANCE BY THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET IS FREE.

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW POSTAL RATES FROM JULY ..................................... 1

EXHIBITION CENTRE SEEN AS GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY ............ 2

GROUP FORMED TO ADVISE ON TRADE MARKS .......................... 3

TAO UNOFFICIALS HELP BUS REVIEW ................................ 4

HONG KONG/CANADA TEXTILE TALKS ADJOURNED ....................... 5

APRIL SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND....... 5

DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER AWARDS FOR 150 YOUNG PEOPLE......... 6

GOVERNOR TO ATTEND CAS ANNUAL DINNER ........................... 7

S10M FANLING PUMPING STATION CONTRACT SIGNED ................... 7

NT LIONS CLUB PRAISED FOR DONATING PAVILION .................... 8

PRIMARY SCHOOLS URGED TO JOIN GUIDANCE SCHEME................... 8

RESIDENTIAL COURSES FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS ....................... 9

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 1981

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NEW POSTAL RATES FROM JULY

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AN ADDITIONAL $30 MILLION WILL HAVE TO BE PAID BY THE POST OFF ICE TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR HANDLING ITS OVERSEAS LETTER MAIL THIS YEAR.

THIS IS DUE TO A RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION CONGRESS (UPU) IN RIO DE JANEIRO IN 1979 INCREASING THE SO-CALLED * IMBALANCE CHARGE* FROM THE EQUIVALENT OF HK$3.3 TO $12.10 PER KG - A STAGGERING 267 PER CENT.

,.,^„?EF9RE 1969 N0 COUNTRY CHARGED ANY OTHER FOR HANDLING INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND PRINTED PAPERS. IT WAS THEN THAT THE UPU DECIDED TO INTRODUCE IMBALANCE CHARGES TO COMPENSATE THOSE COUNTRIES - MOSTLY IN THE THIRD WORLD - WHO IMPORTED MORE MAIL THAN THEY EXPORTED.

.e <.J!J.TERMS 0F WE,GHT> HONG KONG EXPORTS MORE THAN TWICE AS MUCH LETTER MA,L AS IT IMPORTS. IN 1980-81, FOR EXAMPLE, IT EXPORTED 6 700 000 KILOGRAMS AND IMPORTED 3 300 000 KILOGRAMS !?ASLJEAR' THE P0ST 0FF,CE HAD TO PAY IMBALANCE CHARGES AMOUNTING TO OVER $11 MILLION. THIS YEAR IT WILL COST $41 MILLION.

IS desCRIBED AS +PUNITIVE* BY MR A.C. HEATHCOTE, ™EF°S™asTER GENERAL, AND HE ADDED THAT THE EXTRA COST *WILL HAVE TO BE PASSED ON TO CUSTOMERS IN THE FORM OF HIGHER POSTAGE RATES FOR OVERSEAS LETTERS AND PRINTED PAPERS*.

IN ADDITION TO INCREASES IN THE + IMBALANCE CHARGES* FOR LETTER MAIL, MOST OVERSEAS COUNTRIES HAVE ALSO RAISED THEIR CHARGES FOR DELIVERING PARCELS RECEIVED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES SUCH AS HONG KONG AND THIS IN TURN WILL LEAD TO INCREASES IN THE POSTAGE RATES FOR PARCELS. THE INCREASES IN AIR PARCEL POSTAGE RATES WILL BE PARTICULARLY SHARP BECAUSE THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION AGREED TO INCREASE BY 74 PER CENT THE PAYMENT TO AIRLINES FOR CARRYING AIR PARCELS. THE CONVEYANCE RATES HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE 1959.

HOWEVER, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL DID HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS. THERE WILL BE NO INCREASES IN LOCAL POSTAGE RATES, EXCEPT FOR PARCELS, AND THE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF AIR MAIL ZONES FROM FOUR TO TWO WILL RESULT IN CHEAPER AIR MAIL LETTER RATES TO NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA.

THE CHANGES IN POSTAGE RATES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1, 1981. ON THE SAME DATE, THE CHARGES FOR CERTAIN OTHER POSTAL SERVICES, SUCH AS THE REGISTRATION SERVICE AND THE POST OFFICE PRIVATE BOX AND °RIVATE BAG SERVICES, WILL ALSO BE REVISED TO TAKE ACCCJNT OF PRESENT-DAY COSTS.

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EXHIBITION CENTRE SEEN AS GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY

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THE PROVISION OF AN EXHIBITION CENTRE IS NOW SEEN AS A GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY, PURE AND SIMPLE, SAID THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR WILLIAM DORWARD, TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HIS SPEECH AT THE OPENING OF THE 12TH BUSINESS EFFICIENCY EXHIBITION AT THE HILTON HOTEL, MR DORWARD SAID THAT WHILE IT WAS FASHIONABLE TO CLAIM AN EXHIBITION CENTRE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROVIDED YESTERDAY, IT WOULD BE BOTH IRRESPONSIBLE, AND HIGHLY INEFFICIENT (A POINT HE FELT HE SHOULD STRESS AT A BUSINESS EFFICIENCY EXHIBITION) FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMIT ITSELF TO A PROJECT ENTAILING A VERY LARGE EXPENDITURE WITHOUT EXAMINING CLOSELY AND FULLY WHETHER THE MONEY WOULD BE WISELY SPENT.

MR DORWARD SAID HE WAS SORRY THAT SOME PEOPLE HAD TO BE TURNED AWAY FROM THE EXHIBITION DUE TO LACK OF SPACE.

+1 KNOW THERE IS A WIDESPREAD FEELING THAT HONG KONG IS AT A REAL DISADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF AN EXHIBITION CENTRt- AND OCCASIONS LIKE THIS STRENGTHEN THAT FEELING. I SYMPATHISE, BUT THERE IS NO SIMPLE, EASY OR RAPID ANSWER,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL, HAVING CONSIDERED A FIRST CONSULTANCY REPORT TO LOOK INTO THE DEMAND FOR AND VIABILITY OF AN EXHIBITION CENTRE IN 1980, HAD ACCEPTED THE APPARENT NEED FOR A CENTRE AND ADVISED THAT A SECOND STAGE OF THE CONSULTANCY SHOULD PROCEED.

A SITE IN TSIM SHA TSUI WAS MEANWHILE EARMARKED FOR THE PURPOSE.

THROUGH THE SECOND CONSULTANCY, THE GOVERNMENT AIMED TO FIND ANSWERS TO A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS, SUCH AS: +HOW SHOULD THE CENTRE BE BUILT AND WHAT FACILITIES SHOULD IT PROVIDE, WHAT IS ITS LIKELY COST TO THE PUBLIC, HOW MUCH REVENUE MIGHT IT GENERATE, HOW MIGHT THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF THE SITE BE MAXIMISED, WHO SHOULD MANAGE IT AND HOW?

THE ANSWERS WOULD HAVE TO BE BASED ON A PROPER ASSESSMENT OF MANY RELEVANT FACTORS INVOLVING FINANCE, COSTINGS, STRUCTURAL AND ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES AND MUCH TIME AND EFFORT HAVE TO BE SPENT BEFORE A FINAL, SOUND DECISION MIGHT BE MADE,* HE SAID.

MR DORWARD SAID A BOARD WAS APPOINTED TO OVERSEE THE SECOND CONSULTANCY, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF TRADE, INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND BANKING, WITH MR MICHAEL SANDBERG, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION, AS CHAIRMAN.

THE BOARD WAS AS ANXIOUS AS ANYONE TO GET THINGS MOVING AND WAS APPROACHING SPECIALISTS COMPANIES TO TENDER FOR THE PROJtCT. HE EXPECTED THE CONSULTANCY TO TAKE FOUR TO SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE, HE SA ID.

MR DORWARD SAID ALSO THAT IT WAS

A PITY THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HONG KONG SOME YEARS AGO

DEVELOPED PURPOSE EXHIBITION SPACE IN

SHOULD HAVE FOUND IT MORE ATTRACTIVE TO TURN IT INTO RESTAURANT AND

ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES.

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THEY COULD NOT BE CRITICISED FOR THEIR COMMERCIAL JUDGMENT, BUT IF THEY HAD NOT DONE SO, IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN NECESSARY TO TURN COMPANIES AWAY FROM THE EXHIBITION, HE SAID.

THE HONG KONG OFFICE EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION WAS MAKING A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION IN GIVING THE HONG KONG BUSINESSMAN THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP ABREAST OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FAST CHANGING WORLD, HE SAID.

HE EXPRESSED HOPE TOO THAT HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE MANUFACTURE IN THIS FIELD AND THAT OVERSEAS COMPANIES WITH THE RIGHT EXPERTISE WOULD SEE THE ADVANTAGE TO THEMSELVES FOR INDUSTRIAL PARTICIPATION HERE.

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GROUP FORMED TO ADVISE ON TRADE MARKS * * * *

A SPECIALIST COMMITTEE, THE TRADING STANDARDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TSAC), HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN, TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE.

THE TSAC WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALL ASPECTS OF TRADING STANDARDS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION, INCLUDING THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION AND THE FORM IT WILL TAKE, AND THE GOODS TO BE SUBJECT TO MARKING ORDERS.

THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE WAS IMPLEMENTED ON APRIL 1, THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR BOTH CONSUMERS AND THE TRADE AGAINST GOODS BEARING FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS AND FORGED TRADE MARKS.

MEMBERS OF THE TSAC, WHICH' HELD ITS FIRST MEETING RECENTLY, ARE : MISS OPHELIA CHEUNG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONSUMER COUNCIL-M? JOHN PAIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION-NR CECIL S.O. CHAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES- MR J.P. LEE, SECRETARY GENERAL, CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION- MR PHILIP P.Y. YUEN, REPRESENTATIVE, CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE- MR S.A. RAM, SECRETARY, INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE- MR HARRY GARLICK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE- AND MR KEITH BROADBRIDGE, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS.

A SPECIALIST SUB-COMMITTEE, TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE NEED FCR A MARKING ORDER FOR GOLD AND GOLD ALLOY PRODUCTS, AN IMPORTANT AREA OF THE TSAC’S WORK, IS ALSO BEING APPOINTED.

THIS SUB-COMMITTEE, TO BE KNOWN AS THE PRECIOUS METALS MARKING ORDER SUB-COMMITTEE, WILL ADVISE THE TSAC ON THE WORDING OF AN ORDER, THE METHOD AND ANY OTHER TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF MARKING IN RESPECT TO GOLD AND GOLD ALLOY PRODUCTS, AND THE SYSTEM OF CONTROL.

CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, THE SUB-COMMITTEE WILL INCLUDE SELECTED TSAC MEMBERS AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOLD AND JEWELLERY TRADE WITH SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE OF THE GOODS IN QUESTION.

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TAC UNOFFICIALS HELP BUS REVIEW * * * *

TWO TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE UNOFFICIALS HAVE BEGUN HELPING A SPECIAL SUB-GROUP SET UP TO RE-EXAMINE THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS CO.’S ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AS PART OF THE REVIEW OF BUS OPERATIONS.

THEY ARE MRS ELSIE ELLIOTT AND MR STEPHEN WONG.

THE OTHER 10 MEMBERS OF THE SUB-GROUP INCLUDE OFFICIALS OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, ENVIRONMENT BRANCH, ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH, KMB AND THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT.

THE SUB-GROUP’S MAIN TASK IS TO RE-EXAMINE THE EXISTING NETWORK OF BUS SERVICES AND THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO TRY TO REDUCE UNDER-UTILISED SERVICES IN THE SEARCH FOR GREATER EFF ICIENCY.

AT THE LATEST MEETING OF THE SUB-GROUP, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT PRESENTED FOR DISCUSSION THE INITIAL FINDINGS OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE 1981 ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, WHICH IDENTIFIED SOME AREAS WHERE COST SAVINGS MIGHT BE ACHIEVED.

♦PUBLIC VIEWS ON LOCAL BUS SERVICES ARE BEING SOUGHT THROUGH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT BOARDS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OTHER CHANNELS,* A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN PARTICULAR, VIEWS ARE BEING SOUGHT ONi

* THE BUS NETWORK AS A WHOLE-

* REDEPLOYING BUSES FROM UNDER-UTILISED ROUTES TO OVER-CROWDED ONES-

M CONVERTING SERVICES FROM SINGLE-DECK TO DOUBLE-DECK VEHICLES-

X WITHDRAWING LIGHTLY-USED SERVICES AND REPLACING THEM WITH MAXICABS- AND

REDUCING SERVICES DURING OFF-PEAK PERIODS.

WRITTEN SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS SHOULD BE FORWARDED BY JUNE 30 TO THE SECRETARY, REVIEW OF BUS OPERATIONS, FIFTH FLOOR, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

FOUR OTHER SUB-GROUPS HAVE BEEN SET UP TO REVIEW PROCEDURES FOR EXAMINING BUSES, RE-EXAMINE THE PROGRAMME FOR ACQUIRING DEPOT SPACE, INVESTIGATE THE METHOD OF ACQUIRING SPARE PARTS, AND REVIEW THE SCHEME OF CONTROL APPLYING TO THE BUS COMPANIES.

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HONG KONG/CANADA TEXTILE TALKS ADJOURNED * * * *

AFTER ENGAGING IN FIVE DAYS OF FULL AND DETAILED DISCUSSIONS ON THE FUTURE OF THE HONG KONG/CANADA TEXTILE AGREEMENT, WHICH EXPIRES AT THE END OF THE YEAR, BOTH SIDES HAVE AGREED TO ADJOURN THE NEGOTIATIONS UNTIL JULY.

THEY WILL RESUME THE TALKS IN GENEVA, FOLLOWING THE TEXTILE COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH STARTS ON JULY 13.

+AS THE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONCLUDED, I AM UNABLE TO DISCLOSE ANY DETAILS AT THIS STAGE,* THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR PETER TSAO SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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APRIL SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND *****

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED THE FOLLOWING ORDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS FOR APR ILi

ORDERS-ON-HAND IN TERMS OF MONTHS

INDUSTRY GROUP

APR 1980 MAR 1981 APR 1981

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 5.4 4.7 4.7

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 2.7 2.5 2.5

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4.5 4.1 4.0

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 4.3 3.9 3.8

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MACHINERY,

APPARATUS, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES 5.0 5.3 5.2

OTHERS 4.0 3.8 3.8

ALL MANUFACTURING 4.5 4.3 4.3

A COMPARISON OF THE ORDER-BOOK POSITION IN APRIL WITH THAT IN MARCH SHOWS A SLIGHT DECLINE IN THE VOLUME OF ORDERS HELD BY MANUFACTURERS REPORTING ON THE MONTHLY PANEL IN INDUSTRIES MANUFACTURING PLASTIC PRODUCTS, METAL PRODUCTS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS. BUT THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE OVERALL ORDER-BOOK POSITION OF ALL THE MANUFACTURERS REPORTING ON THE MONTHLY PANEL TAKEN AS A WHOLE.

THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE BASED ON AN UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL CF THE 290 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SELECTED BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979. AS THE PANEL IS NOT A SCIENTIFICALLY DESIGNED SAMPLE, RESULTS OBTAINED WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE ONLY OF THE COMPANIES INCLUDED IN THE PANEL, BUT IT IS HOPED THAT THEY WILL GENERALLY INDICATE THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE.

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THIS SURVEY, WHICH IS CONDUCTED MONTHLY, ALSO ASKS QUESTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL AND COVERS THE CONSTRUCTlOi, AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS BESIDES MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR APRIL 1981 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $1 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL 1 3-7213578).

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER AWARDS FOR * * *

150 YOUNG PEOPLE

THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES MUST HAVE SCOPE TO GROW PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY AND MORALLY, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, NR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S SILVER AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

+IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH IS MY AREA OF PARTICULAR CONCERN WE ARE BUILDING NEW TOWNS AND NEW COMMUNITIES,* HE SAID.

+DEVELOPMENT MUST ENCOMPASS NOT ONLY THE PROVISION OF SCHOOLS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES BUT ALSO THE SPREAD OF SCHEMES SUCH AS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD WHICH BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER IN A RESPONSIBLE AND CONSTRUCTIVE WAY.*

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE AWARD PROGRAMME WAS NOT EASY.

IT REQUIRED INITIATIVE, IMAGINATION, SELF-DISCIPLINE, EFFORT AND DETERMINATION.

IN RETURN IT OFFERED PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE THROUGH PARTICIPATION PRACTICAL, CULTURAL AND ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES NEEDS.

AND A BROADENING OF IN A WIDE RANGE OF RELATED TO COMMUNITY

THESE ARE QUALITIES WHICH HONG KONG NEEDS.

+IN YEARS TO COME, YOU YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING YOUR AWARDS HERE TONIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR MARK ON THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

+WHATEVER YOUR WORK AND WHEREVER YOU LIVE, THE BENEFITS YOU ARE GAINING FROM THE AWARD SCHEME WILL STAND YOU IN GOOD STEAD,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, 150 YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVED SILVER AWARD CERTIFICATES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AWARD SCHEME, MR ALEX WU, ALSO PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION TO 24 VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE MADE A MARKED CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCHEME.

THE 24 VOLUNTEERS COME FROM VARIOUS OPERATING AUTHORITIES OF THE SCHEME, INCLUDING THE AWARD OPERATING AUTHORITY, CIVIL AID SERVICES, HONG KONG PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION, SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, THE GOLD AWARD HOLDERS’ ASSOCIATION, AND THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 1981

GOVERNOR TO ATTEND CAS ANNUAL DINNER * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES ANNUAL DINNER AT THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT IN TSIM SHA TSUI ON FRIDAY (JUNE 19).

OTHER GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY.

ABOUT 900 CAS OFFICERS AND MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES, MR ROGER LOBO AND THE CAS CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, NR JOHN FORTUNE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CAS ANNUAL DINNER FROM 7 PM TO 8 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 19) AT THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT IN OCEAN CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS MAY TAKE PICTURES ON THE GROUND FLOOR CF THE OCEAN CENTRE, AND IN THE RECEPTION ROOM ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT. HOWEVER, NO PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE DINNER.

COPIES OF SPEECHES BY THE GOVERNOR AND THE CAS COMMISSIONER WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE PRESS AT 7 PM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE OCEAN CENTRE.

S10M FANLING PUMPING STATION CONTRACTSIGNED MAA*

A $10 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FANLING PUMPING STATION AS PART OF A PROJECT TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES CF WATER FROM CHINA WAS AWARDED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

THE $1 300 MILLION PROJECT WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN THREE STAGES OVER A PERIOD OF 12 YEARS.

THE ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER (RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR LIU YAN BUN, SAIDi +WORK ON THE NEW PUMPING STATION LOCATED AT FAN KAM ROAD WILL START NEXT WEEK AND WILL TAKE 23 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

+THE NEW PUMPING STATION, WITH A DAILY OUTPUT OF 318 000 CUBIC METRES WILL CONVEY RAW WATER FROM SHEUNG SHU I VIA AN EXISTING 1 200 MM PIPELINE AND A NEW TUNNEL TO A FUTURE TREATMENT WORKS AT YAU KOM TAU, BEFORE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO WESTERN TSUEN WAN AND TSING YI.+

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MR LIU TODAY SIGNED THE CONTRACT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF GAMMON (HONG KONG) LIMITED, MR TSOI SHIU-FOO, AT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, LEIGHTON CENTRE.

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NT LIONS CLUB PRAISED FOR DONATING PAVILION ******

A $100 000 CHINESE-STYLE PAVILION, TO BE BUILT IN SHA TIN WITH FUNDS DONATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB, IS AN EXAMPLE TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DR HASE WAS SPEAKING DURING THE STONE-LAYING FOR THE PAVILION WHICH IS BEING BUILT ABOVE THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DEVELOPMENT, SUI WO COURT.

HE SAID GOVERNMENT WAS NOW ACTIVELY PROMOTING THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN LOCAL AFFAIRS, SO THAT GOVERNMENT COULD ACT QUICKLY TO MEET PEOPLE’S NEEDS.

♦THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PAVILION IS THE PEOPLE’S ACTIVE RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S WISHES,♦ HE SAID.

DR HASE PRAISED THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY, ADDING THAT THE PAVILION WOULD PROVIDE A SITTING OUT AREA FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS. CONSTRUCTION WILL BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB, MR C.C. CHAN- THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR OF LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL (DISTRICT 303), MR MANLAN U-A PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR, MR HERBERT H.Y. LIANG- AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL LEADERS.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS URGED TO JOIN GUIDANCE SCHEME *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS APPEALING TO ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO JOIN THE STUDENT GUIDANCE SCHEME.

UNDER THE SCHEME, TEACHERS ATTEND A THREE-MONTH TRAINING COURSE CONDUCTED BY THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC BEFORE TAKING UP GUIDANCE DUTIES.

AT A SEMINAR DISCUSSING THE SCHEME ON JUNE 13, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR J.C.H. GILLARD SAID, +THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THE SCHEME IS PROGRESSING WELL AND THERE ARE GOOD REASONS FOR PUPILS TO HAVE A STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICER.+

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME REQUIRED THE CLOSE COOPERATION OF DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE, AND HE URGED SCHOOL HEADS TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER JOINING IT.

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RESIDENTIAL COURSES FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS * * * *

residential COURSES ON +METHODS and techniques in F0R BI0L0GY teachers during the summer vacation

ARE BEING ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF HOME

Ar r A IRS BRANCH,

c„, aII£..AI!L$F,JHESE courses is TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH THE ECOLOGICAL METHODS AND TECHNIQUES USED IN FIELD STUDIES.

THE FIRST COURSE WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 15 TO 16 AND THE SECOND ONE FROM AUGUST 28 TO 29 AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THE COST WILL BE $31 AN APPLICANT, AND THIS INCLUDES BOARD AND LODGING AND CAMP FEE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS ARE TO BE RETURNED TO THE INSPECTOR, FIELD STUDIES CENTRE, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, PAK KONG, SAI KUNG, NT ON OR BEFORE JUNE 26.

AS EACH COURSE IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS, PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TEACHERS WHO TEACH MIDDLE/FORM VI OR WILL TEACH MIDDLE/FORM VI IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR. ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A »FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED’ BASIS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE (TEL. 3-2814009).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1981

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PANEL OF VISITORS TO REVIEW HK EDUCATION SYSTEM ................ 1

DELEGATES COMING TO DISCUSS TEXTILE MATTERS .................... J

HONG KONG TV 'AMONG BEST IN WORLD' ............................. 4

COMMUNITY POP CONCERT SET FOR SATURDAY ......................... 5

LICENSING OF PLEASURE CRAFT .................................... 5

SPECIAL BLOCK FOR POLICE BAND .................................. 7

ENVIRONMENTAL BODY GROWING IN IMPORTANCE ....................... 8

THREE LOTS CROWN LAND SOLD ..................................... 9

24-HOUR CLOSURE OF KWUN TONG ROAD UNDERPASS ................... 10

TEMPORARY TRAIN SCHEDULE CHANGES .............................. 10

FIVE NT SITES FOR AUCTION

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PANEL OF VISITORS TO REVIEW HK EDUCATION SYSTEM ******

AN INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF VISITORS HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT AN OVERALL REVIEW OF HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM.

ANNOUNCING THE DETAILS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY WERE THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION (DESIGNATE), MR KENNETH TOPLEY, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, MR Q.W. LEE.

MR TOPLEY SAID THE REVIEW WOULD EXAMINE BOTH CURRENT AND PROPOSED EDUCATION PROGRAMMES.

♦DESPITE THE BENEFITS THAT HAVE BEEN DERIVED FROM THE GROWTH IN SCHOOL PLACES, THERE REMAINS CONCERN AMONG EDUCATORS AND PARENTS ABOUT WHETHER THE EDUCATION THAT CHILDREN ARE RECEIVING IS THAT BEST SUITED TO DEVELOPING THEIR TALENTS AND ENABLING THEM TO CONTRIBUTE FULLY TO THE LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY,♦ MR TOPLEY EXPLAINED.

MR LEE STATED THAT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF VARIOUS REVIEWS OF DIFFERENT AREAS OF EDUCATION THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAD PROPOSED THAT A BROAD LOOK SHOULD BE TAKEN AT THE WHOLE OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, FROM AN INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE.

MR HAYE SAID THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WELCOMED THE INITIATIVE TAKEN BY THE BOARD SINCE THE REVIEW WOULD PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE STOCK OF CURRENT TARGETS AND FACILITATE DECISIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF EDUCATION AND THE PACE AT WHICH IT SHOULD DEVELOP.

THE GOVERNMENT’S AGREEMENT TO HAVE SUCH A REVIEW WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN OCTOBER 1978.

MR TOPLEY SAID THE REVIEW HAD BEEN SET IN TRAIN BY THE GOVERNMENT IN CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH OFFICERS OF THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT.

♦MEMBERS OF THE SECRETARIAT OF THE OECD HAVE PROVIDED VALUABLE GUIDANCE AND ADVICE ON THE ORGANISATION OF THE REVIEW, ON THE DETAILED PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED AND ON THE SELECTION OF THE INDEPENDENT VISITORS WHO WILL CONDUCT THE REVIEW,* MR TOPLEY SAID.

THE PANEL OF VISITORS CONSISTS OF«

SIR JOHN LLEWELLYN (CHAIRMAN), FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR OF EXETER UNIVERSITY AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE BRITISH COUNCIL-

OR GREG HANCOCK, FULL-TIME MEMBER OF THE

SCHOOLS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA AND CHIEF

EDUCATION OFFICER, AUSTRALIAN TERRITORY SCHOOLS AUTHORITY-

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DR KARL ROELOFFS, FORMER HEAD OF THE PLANNING DIVISION OF THE FEDERAL GERMAN MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE OECD EDUCATION COMMITTEE, NOW SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE-

PROFESSOR MICHAEL W. KIRST, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

MR TOPLEY SAID THE VISITORS, ALTHOUGH INDEPENDENT OF THE OECD, WILL FOLLOW THE WELL-ESTABLISHED PRACTICES OF THE ORGANISATION IN EXAMINING THE EDUCATION SYSTEMS OF ITS MEMBER COUNTRIES.

SUCH REVIEWS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN MANY ADVANCED COUNTRIES, WHICH HAVE WELCOMED INDEPENDENT VIEWS ON THEIR EDUCATION SYSTEMS.

THE VISITORS TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE»

♦HAVING REGARD TO APPROVED AND PROPOSED POLICIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AT ALL LEVELS, TO IDENTIFY THE FUTURE AIMS OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, TO CONSIDER THE COHERENCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SERVICE. TO IDENTIFY AREAS WHICH MAY REQUIRE STRENGTHENING AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON PRIORITIES IN ITS FURTHER DEVELOPMENT. IN PARTICULAR, ADVICE IS SOUGHT ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE VARIOUS SECTORS AND LEVELS OF EDUCATION AND THE PLACE OF TEACHERS IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.+

THE REVIEW WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. THE TIME-TABLE TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT THE WHITE PAPER ON PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY EDUCATION IS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED THIS SUMMER WHILE THE CURRENT REVIEW OF POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION WILL BE COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR, THEREBY ALLOWING FOR BOTH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE VISITORS’ CONSIDERATIONS.

AN INVITATION WILL SHORTLY BE EXTENDED TO INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS TO PRESENT THEIR VIEWS ON ANY ASPECT OF HONG KONG EDUCATION FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE VISITORS.

AS PART OF THE REVIEW, THE PANEL WILL SPEND ABOUT 14 DAYS IN HONG KONG IN LATE OCTOBER AND EARLY NOVEMBER, IN ORDER TO MEET AND SEEK THE VIEWS OF STUDENT GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS, PARENTS, ACADEMIC ASSOCIATIONS, TEACHERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON ALL ASPECTS OF EDUCATION.

THE PANEL WILL BE ASSISTED BY SPECIAL ADVISERS REPRESENTING THE IWO MAIN ADVISORY BODIES IN EDUCATION. MR Q.W. LEE HAS HIMSELF BEEN APPOINTED AS THE ADVISER REPRESENTING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE WILL BE REPRESENTED BY ONE OF ITS OVERSEAS MEMBERS, MR JAMES MCHUGH. MR TOPLEY EXPLAINED THAT THIS ARRANGEMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT THE PANEL HAD READY ACCESS TO INFORMED VIEWS ON HONG KONG EDUCATION FROM SOURCES OTHER THAN OFFICIAL ONES. THIS WAS IN KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT OF AN OPEN FORUM, WHICH THE REVIEW WAS DESIGNED TO BE.

THE VISITORS WILL PROVIDE A LIST OF QUESTIONS EARLY NEXT YEAR TO BE DISCUSSED WITH HONG KONG OFFICIALS AT A SERIES OF FINAL REVIEW MEETINGS IN HONG KONG WHICH WILL PROBABLY TAKE PLACE NEXT APRIL.

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THE FINAL REVIEW MEETINGS WILL PROVIDE FOR A LIVELY FORUM OF QUESTIONING AND DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE VISITORS AND HONG KONG PARTICIPANTS IN A CONCLUDING EXAMINATION OF EDUCATION POLICIES. TO ADD FURTHER OBJECTIVITY AND BREADTH TO THIS FINAL ASSESSMENT, OVERSEAS REPRESENTATIVES SPECIALISING IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF EDUCATION WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION. THESE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE DRAWN FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.

THE FINAL REPORT OF THE VISITORS IS EXPECTED TO BE SENT TO THE GOVERNMENT IN MID-1982.

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DELEGATES COMING TO DISCUSS TEXTILE MATTERS X X * X X X

DELEGATES FROM 19 DEVELOPING EXPORTING COUNTRIES WILL ARRIVE THIS WEEKEND TO ATTEND A ONE-WEEK MEETING, WHICH BEGINS ON MONDAY (JUNE 22), TO DISCUSS NEGOTIATIONS ON THE RENEWAL OF THE MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA).

HOSTED BY HONG KONG AND ORGANISED BY THE INFORMAL GROUP OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT), THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CHAIRED BY AMBASSADOR FELIPE JARAMILLO OF COLOMBIA.

THE OPENING ADDRESS TO THE 70 DELEGATES AT THE HARBOUR VIEW HOLIDAY INN HOTEL WILL BE GIVEN BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR PETER TSAO, MR T.H. CHAU, COUNSELLOR (HK AFFAIRS) IN GENEVA WILL ALSO ATTEND THE MEETING.

THIS IS THE THIRD OF A SERIES OF MEETINGS BEING HELD BY THE DEVELOPING EXPORTING COUNTRIES TO CO-ORDINATE THEIR APPROACH TO THE RENEWAL OF THE MFA, DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR. THE PREVIOUS ONES WERE HELD IN BOGOTA LAST NOVEMBER AND DJAKARTA IN APRIL.

DELEGATES FOR NEXT WEEK’S MEETING ARE COMING FROM ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CHINA, COLOMBIA, EGYPT, INDIA, INDONESIA, KOREA, MACAO, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, ROMANIA, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA, THAILAND AND URUGUAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE MEETING AT ACADEMY ROOMS, FIRST FLOOR, HARBOUR VIEW HOLIDAY INN HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON, WILL BE OPEN TO THE PRESS ON MONDAY, JUNE 22 FOR THE OPENING ADDRESS AT 10.00 AM BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD.

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YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT. TO ASSIST THE PRESS, A BRIEFING WILL BE GIVEN AT 9.30 AM. TV AND RADIO STATIONS SHOULD SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BEFORE 9.30 AM.

NO STATEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ISSUED DURING THE WEEK-LONG MEETING. THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR PETER TSAO, WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ON HONG KONG’S VIEWS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN THE GIS THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE (5/FL) ON FRIDAY JUNE 26 AT 6.00 PM. HE WILL NOT MAKE A FORMAL STATEMENT.

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HONG KONG TV ’AMONG BEST IN WORLD’ *****

HONG KONG HAS ONE OF THE BEST TELEVISION SERVICES IN THE WORLD, BROUGHT ABOUT BY HEALTHY COMPETITION, THE GOODWILL AND EXPERTISE OF THE TELEVISION STATIONS, AND THE PERSISTENT APPLICATION OF THE TELEVISION STANDARDS CONTROL LAWS, SAID THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING, W N.J.V. WATT, AT THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON LUNCHEON MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT WAS HIS JOB TO SEE THAT THESE CONTROLS CONTINUE TO BE VIGOROUSLY MAINTAINED IN THE FUTURE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC, HE SAID.

FOR CONTROL, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM AND HIS STAFF TO MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS STANDARDS GENERALLY AND TO ATTEMPT TO MEASURE CHANGES IN PUBLIC TASTE.

IN LINE WITH THIS, TWO IMPORTANT PROFESSIONALLY CONDUCTED PUBLIC SURVEYS DEALING WITH PUBLIC ATTITUDES TO FILM STANDARDS AND TELEVISION STANDARDS WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT NINE MONTHS, HE SAID.

HE WAS ALSO PLANNING TO SET UP HOME TELEVISION VIEWING PANELS DESIGNED TO REPORT REGULARLY ON NEW PROGRAMMES AND ADVERTISING TRENDS.

THE WORK OF THESE PANELS WILL BE CO-ORDINATED THROUGH SUB-COMMITTEES OF THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD, WHICH IS THE PR INCIPAL ADVISORY BODY.

IN HIS TALK ON 'TELEVISION AND THE CONSUMER’, MR WATT ALSO SAID THAT GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN FOR THE TV CONSUMER PROMPTED THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW RULES DESIGNED TO PROVIDE FURTHER PROTECTION FOR VIEWERS. A FAMILY VIEWING PERIOD WAS INTRODUCED, AND THE CHILDREN’S PROGRAM IS WERE STRENGTHENED.

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AT PRESENT, THE CONTROL OF VIOLENCE IN TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT WAS HIS FIRST PRIORITY, ALTHOUGH GENERALLY, THE CONTEXT OF VIOLENCE WITHIN INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMMES OR EPISODES IS WELL-CONTROLLED.

HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT HIS JOB TO CENSOR IDEAS OR NEWS OR TO SUPPRESS ORIGINALITY OR CREATIVITY- IT WAS HIS JOB TO ENSURE THAT IDEAS, STORIES AND DRAMAS, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, ARE PRESENTED AT APPROPRIATE TIMES WITH GOOD TASTE AND AN ACUTE AWARENESS ON THE PART OF THE PRODUCERS OF THE SENSITIVITIES WITHIN THE FAMILY VIEWING CIRCLE, MR WATT SAID.

DEALING WITH ADVERTISING, HE SAID IT WAS HIS JOB TO PROTECT THE VIEWER BY ENSURING THAT COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING IS LEGAL, CLEAN, HONEST AND ABOVE ALL, TRUTHFUL.

BECAUSE OF THE REPETITIVE NATURE OF ADVERTISING ON THE SCREEN, IT WAS NECESSARY TO APPLY PARTICULARLY STRICT CONTROLS TO ADVERTISEMENTS WHICH WANT TO EMPLOY VIOLENCE OR EROTICISM AS A MEANS OF SELLING A PRODUCT.

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COMMUNITY POP CONCERT SET FOR SATURDAY

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THE MUSIC OFFICE, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY) AND DISTRICT COMMITTEE (KOWLOON CITY) WILL JOINTLY PRESENT A COMMUNITY POP CONCERT ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1981 AT 4.30 PM AT THE MA TAU UE I ROAD PLAYGROUND.

THE MUSIC OFFICE SYMPHONIC BAND, FORMED IN 1980 AND RUN BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL BE PERFORMING IN THIS CONCERT. ITS MEMBERS ARE TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS WHO HAVE BEEN REGULARLY INVITED TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC.

THE CONCERT IS FREE AND IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

SATURDAY’S PERFORMANCE WILL BE THE BAND’S FIRST APPEARANCE IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

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LICENSING OF PLEASURE CRAFT * * *

THE GOVERNMEN’ PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT THE TRAFFICKING 0- ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS *ELL AS TO IMPROVE SAFETY GENERALLY WITH REGARD TO THE USE OF PLEASURE CRAFT.

A BILL TO AMEND THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE, WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED I THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW, WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 24. IT IS HOPED THAT THE BILL -ILL -E P-SSED INTO LAW DURING THE CURRENT SESSION.

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THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS BILL IS TO PROVIDE FOR MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF VESSELS WHICH ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE ORDINANCE TO BE LICENSED AND IN PARTICULAR, TO ENABLE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO RESTRICT THE USE OF UNLICENSED MOTORISED PLEASURE CRAFT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID LARGE NUMBERS OF PLEASURE CRAFT WERE CURRENTLY UNLICENSED, DUE LARGELY TO THE INADEQUACY OF THE EXISTING SANCTIONS FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE LICENSING REGULATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WAS AN UNSATISFACTORY AND UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT SOME PLEASURE VESSELS WERE KNOWN TO BE USED TO BRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND MACAU.

+ALTHOUGH THE SECURITY FORCES HAVE HAD SOME NOTABLE SUCCESSES IN INTERCEPTING AND ARRESTING SUCH VESSELS, OTHER VESSELS HAVE ON OCCASIONS EVADED ARREST OR HAVE BEEN ABANDONED AFTER DETECTION.

+IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT IN SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATIONS TO IDENTIFY THE OWNERS, WHEN, AS IS OFTEN THE CASE, THE CRAFT HAVE NOT BEEN LICENSED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+AS PART OF ITS CONTINUING CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE STEPS TO PUT AN END TO THIS TRAFFIC,* HE ADDED.

SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS APART, THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS IT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT ALL PLEASURE CRAFT SHOULD BE LICENSED, SINCE A PRE-CONDITION FOR THE ISSUE OF LICENCES IS THAT ALL VESSEL OWNERS SHOULD HOLD THIRD PARTY INSURANCE. AT PRESENT, A VICTIM INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING AN UNLICENSED PLEASURE CRAFT MAY NOT RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF INSURANCE COVERAGE.

THE LEGISLATION IS ALSO DESIGNED TO ASSIST IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE SPEED LIMITS RECENTLY INTRODUCED IN CERTAIN WATERS OF HONG KONG IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY AFLOAT.

IN SOME FLAGRANT VIOLATIONS OF THESE LIMITS, THE OFFENDING PLEASURE BOATS COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT LICENSED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A FURTHER PROVISION IN THE BILL WOULD ENABLE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE FOR THE SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDING OF ANY UNLICENSED VESSEL, WHETHER IT IS IN OR OUT OF THE WATER FROM THE TIME THAT IT IS FIRST LAUNCHED.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY WHICH MAY BE IMPOSED UPON THE MASTER AND OWNER OF AN UNLICENSED VESSEL FROM $5 OOO TO 320 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOR THE TIME BEING, IT WAS THE INTENTION THAT THESE ADDITIONAL POWERS WOULD BE USED ONLY IN RESPECT OF PLEASURE VESSELS.

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PROVIDED THAT THE BILL IS PASSED INTO LAW, THESE POWERS WOULD BE INCLUDED IN AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING REGULATIONS WHICH WOULD COME INTO EFFECT LATER THIS YEAR. THESE AMENDMENTS WOULD PRESCRIBE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN PENALTIES FOR OTHER CONTRAVENTIONS OF THE REGULATIONS AND MAKE A NUMBER OF OTHER CHANGES DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE WORKING OF THE LICENSING SYSTEM.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE AMENDED REGULATIONS WERE EXPECTED TO REQUIRE AN INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF THE LICENCE NUMBERS OF ALL PLEASURE VESSELS TO 3OOMM IN HEIGHT, TWICE THE SIZE REQUIRED UNDER THE EXISTING LEGISLATION, AND FOR THESE TO BE PAINTED AS NEAR AS PRACTICABLE AMIDSHIPS.

THIS MEASURE, WHICH IS NOT LIKELY TO BE ENFORCED BEFORE OCTOBER THIS YEAR, IS DESIGNED TO ASSIST THE SECURITY FORCES TO IDENTIFY PLEASURE CRAFT AT A DISTANCE, PARTICULARLY AT NIGHT. THOSE OWNERS WHO CANNOT COMPLY BY VIRTUE OF THE DESIGN OR SIZE OF THEIR CRAFT WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY TO THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE FOR PERMISSION TO DISPLAY AN ALTERNATIVE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION.

THE SPOKESMAN CONCLUDED BY URGING ALL PLEASURE BOAT OWNERS TO ENSURE AT ONCE THAT THEY HAD A VALID LICENCE FOR THEIR CRAFT AND TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW MARKING REQUIREMENTS ONCE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION FOR THIS WAS PUBLISHED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT LICENSING FEES, WHICH RANGE FROM $15 TO 5400 DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF CRAFT, WERE VERY MODEST AND THE PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING A LICENCE WERE STRAIGHTFORWARD. ANY QUERIES ON LICENSING SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SMALL CRAFT LICENSING SECTION AT MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS (TELEPHONE NO. 5-450181).

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SPECIAL BLOCK FOR POLICE BAND

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A $14 MILLION CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO HUNG WAN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SPECIAL BLOCK FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE BAND AT THE TRAINING SCHOOL AT WONG CHUK HANG.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR K.M. TSENG, CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE BLOCK WILL PROVIDE BARRACKS ACCOMMODATION FOR THE FORCE’S 116 BAND MEMBERS, PLUS MESS AND CANTEEN.

IN ADDITION, A TENNIS COURT WILL EE BUILT TO MEET NEEDS ARISING FROM THE FORCE’S RAPID EXPANSION.

WORK ON THE CC'-TRACT WILL EE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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ENVIRONMENTAL BODY GROWING IN IMPORTANCE

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THE ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) WILL BECOME EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR DEREK JONES SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF EPCOM, HE SAID IT WAS CLEARLY SPECIFIED IN EACH NEW ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ORDINANCE THAT EPCOM MUST BE CONSULTED AT EACH STAGE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS.

A NETWORK OF CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES WITHIN EPCOM FRAMEWORK HAD BEEN GRADUALLY ESTABLISHED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, AND IT BROUGHT TO BEAR ON ANY PARTICULAR PROBLEM A WIDE RANGE OF ADVICE, EXPERTISE AND DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW REPRESENTED BY THE MEMBERS CF EACH COMMITTEE, HE SAID.

+AMONG OTHER THINGS, IT ENSURES THAT NO PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND NO REGULATION CAN GO FORWARD WITHOUT BEING PROPERLY DISCUSSED IN BOTH THE RELEVANT SPECIAL COMMITTEE AND IN THE MAIN EPCOM.* SAID MR JONES.

+ IN MY OPINION, THIS IS A FIRST CLASS WAY TO EXPOSE THE COSTS AND THE BENEFITS OF ANY NEW PROPOSAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE HONG KONG METHOD OF CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION BETWEEN ALL THE INTERESTS INVOLVED,* HE ADDED.

MR JONES POINTED OUT THAT A THREE STRANDED SYSTEM OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WAS BEING BUILT UP, EACH INTERTWINED WITH THE OTHER TWO AND THE WHOLE OF WHICH OPERATED AS A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES.

+THE FIRST STRAND IS LEGISLATION,* HE EXPLAINED, +AND THERE WILL EVENTUALLY BE FIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDINANCES.*

+TOGETHER THEY WILL ENCOMPASS VIRTUALLY EVERY ASPECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND YET FLEXIBLE WAY.*

THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE AND THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE HAVE PASSED INTO LAW. AND WORK IS NOW PROCEEDING TO PUT SOME OF THE PROVISIONS OF THESE TWO ORDINANCES INTO FORCE.

THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL IS NOW IN ITS FINAL DRAFT STAGE, AND THE NOISE CONTROL BILL IS BEING DRAFTED. THE PREPARATION OF THE LATTER IS EXPECTED TO ACCELERATE IN THE COMING MONTHS.

+THE FIFTH, DEALING WITH ENVIRONMENT IMPACT STATEMENTS, WILL BE COMING FORWARD IN DUE COURSE,* MR JONES SAID.

HE SAID THE SECOND STRAND WAS THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS LEGISLATION, AND FORMULATING POLICY PROPOSALS, NAMELY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, AND THE CONTROL AUTHORITIES IN DEPARTMENTS.

THE AGENCY’S CURRENT ESTABLISHMENT INCLUDES ABOUT 30

PROFESSIONAL POSTS AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO SOME 60 OR 70 OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

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♦RECRUITMENT OF THE RIGHT TYPE OF SPECIALISTS IN SOME AREAS HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY TASK,+ HE SAID, +HOWEVER, WE ARE STEADILY OVERCOMING THESE PROBLEMS AND HOPEFULLY WE SHALL SEE A MORE CONSOLIDATED STAFFING SITUATION AT ALL LEVELS IN THE AGENCY BY THIS AUTUMN.*

MR JONES NOTED THAT IT WAS PERHAPS THE THIRD STRAND - EPCOM AND ITS NETWORK OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES - WHICH WAS MOST SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT INVOLVED THE VITAL PROCESS OF CONSULTATION.

THE MAIN EPCOM CONSISTS OF FOUR OFFICIAL AND 12 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

HE SAID 1 +THIS BALANCE IN EPCOM’S MEMBERSHIP, THAT IS, WHERE THE UNOFFICIALS OUTWEIGH THE OFFICIALS, REFLECTS THE COMMITTEE’S PRIMARY ROLE AS AN ADVISORY BODY TO THE GOVERNMENT ON ISSUES AND POLICIES OF CONCERN,*

AT THE BEGINNING OF 1980, THE CENTRAL EPCOM WAS SUPPLEMENTED BY FOUR SPECIAL COMMITTEES ON +AIR POLLUTION*, +LAND AND WATER POLLUTION*, +NOISE+ AND +LEG ISLAT ION*.

♦THE SPECIAL COMMITTEES PROVIDE A BROAD CONSULTATIVE BASE AND INCLUDE IN THEIR MEMBERSHIPS, LAYMEN, EXPERTS, SCIENTISTS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS AND THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS,* HE SAID.

+THE SPECIAL COMMITTEES PROVIDE A FORUM TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO GO INTO MATTERS IN GREATER DEPTH AND, WHERE NECESSARY, TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO EPCOM OR THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.*

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THREE LOTS CROWN LAND SOLD

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THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN THE CITY HALL TODAY.

TWO OF THE SITES ARE ON THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AND ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING 1 695 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD TO UNLIMITED GAIN LTD. FOR $31 MILLION OR $18 289.08 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE SECOND LOT, WITH AN AREA OF 4 600 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD TO SUPER HOMES LTD. FOR $64 MILLION OR $13 913.04 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE REMAINING LOT, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 691 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT SMITHFIELD ROAD, HONG KONG. IT WAS SOLD TO BRAIDWOOD LIMITED FOR $39 MILLION OR $56 439.94 PER SQUARE METRE. IT IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

ANOTHER LOT AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION WAS WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BIDDERS.

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24-HOUR CLOSURE OF KWUN TONG ROAD UNDERPASS M * M M M

THE LEI YUE MUN-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWUN TONG ROAD, BENEATH THE KWUN TONG MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION, WILL EE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR 24 HOURS FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 20) TO 9 AM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 21).

THE CLOSURE WILL FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE UNDERPASS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING TOWARDS LEI YUE MUN DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD SHOULD AVOID USING THE TWO LANES LEADING TO THE UNDERPASS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

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TEMPORARY TRAIN SCHEDULE CHANGES * * * *

TRAINS WILL RUN ON A REVISED TIME-TABLE FOR THE WEEKEND, SATURDAY, JUNE 20, AND SUNDAY, JUNE 21, AS WELL AS ON A REVISED TIME-TABLE FOR MONDAY (JUNE 22), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY.

THE CHANGES ARE TO ALLOW ENGINEERING WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY BETWEEN SHA TIN AND RACE COURSE STATION AND AT TAI PO KAU STATION.

HOWEVER EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW SCHEDULES. THE REVISED TIME-TABLES WILL BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC.

+IT IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION CF THE RA ILWAY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FIVE NT SITES FOR AUCTION * * * *

THREE RESIDENTIAL AND TWO INDUSTR IAL/GODOWN SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

DETAILS OF THE SITES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE RESIDENTIAL SITES ARE IN SHA TIN AND PENG CHAU AND ARE FOR TWO-STOREY DEVELOPMENT.

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BOTH SHA TIN SITES OVERLOOK THE RACE COURSE AND CARRY BUILDING COVENANTS OF 34.49 MILLION AND $2.42 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS. ONE MEASURES 8 310 SQUARE METRES, THE OTHER 2 880 SQUARE METRES.

THE PENG CHAU SITE IS ON WAI TSAI PEAK AND MEASURES 1 000 SQUARE METRES. THE BUILDING COVENANT IS S810 000, ALSO TO BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS.

BOTH INDUSTR IAL/GODOWN SITES ARE AT FO TAN, SHA TIN, MEASURING 7 286 SQUARE METRES AND 1 416 SQUARE METRES.

THE LARGER SITE, WITH A FOUR-YEAR BUILDING COVENANT OF S66.45 MILLION, INCLUDES DEVELOPMENT OF A VEHICLE SHOWROOM AND SERVICE CENTRE.

THE BUILDING COVENANT ON THE SMALLER SITE IS $12.9 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE ARTS CENTRE ON JULY 10, STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFFICES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1981

CONTENTS '’PAGE NO,

BILL ON RENT CONTROLS PUBLISHED ................................. 1

ZONING PLAN CHANGES PUBLISHED ................................... 3

BUS COMPANIES’ MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE STUDIED ..................... 5

SHA TIN AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS INAUGURATED ...................... 7

MORE MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR SECUTIRIES COMMISSION.................... 8

HONG KONG PROUD OF CAS .......................................... 9

GOOD SAFETY SENSE SAVED THEIR LIVES ............................ 10

SINGLE ORDINANCE FOR ROAD TUNNELS PLANNED ...................... 10

NT TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INCREASE................................... 11

INCREASES SOUGHT ............................................... 12

AIM TO CONSOLIDATE MERCHANT SHIPPING LAWS ...................... 13

REPULSE BAY TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ......................... 13

LAMMA J?OCK CRUSHING PLANT OPENED .............................. 14

BOAT-NAMING CEREMONY............................................ 15

TRAINING COURSES FOR TECHNICAL TEhCHERS ....................... 15

CLOSURE OF KWUN TONG ROAD UNDERPASS ............................ 16

CLEARWAY ZONE FOR YUEN LONG .................................... 17

KMB CANCELS BUS ROUTE NO. 45B .................................. 17

SALT WATER CUT ................................................. 17

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BILL ON RENT CONTROLS PUBLISHED * * * *

THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, CONTAINING PROPOSALS IN RESPECT OF RENT CONTROLS FOR POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY (JUNE 24).

♦THE BILL, IF APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL PUT INTO EFFECT THE PROPOSALS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ON MAY 8 AFTER CONSIDERING THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW, LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE,* SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN.

+IN ADDITION, THE BILL WILL INTRODUCE A NUMBER OF OTHER AMENDMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW.*

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE MAIN PROPOSAL WAS FOR PART II CF THE ORDINANCE TO BE EXTENDED BY TWO FURTHER YEARS BEYOND THE PRESENT EXPIRY DATE OF DECEMBER 18, 1981.

♦ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS IN PRINCIPLE THE RECOMMENDATION BY THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW THAT RENT CONTROL SHOULD EVENTUALLY BE PHASED OUT, IT DOES NOT CONSIDER THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR A SIGNIFICANT MOVE TOWARDS THIS,* THE SPOKESMAN RE ITERATED.

♦HENCE, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF PROTECTION FOR POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES SHOULD BE RETAINED AND THIS IS NOW PROVIDED IN THE BILL BY EXTENDING PART II CONTROLS UNTIL DECEMBER 18, 1983. THIS WILL GIVE CONTINUED SECURITY OF TENURE TO ALL THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO BE COVERED BY THIS PART OF THE ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

SUBJECT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL’S APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSALS, THE FOLLOWING TENANCIES WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM CONTROLS UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE*

* THOSE OF PREMISES IN RESPECT OF WHICH AN OCCUPATION PERMIT IS FIRST ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 19, 1981-

* AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1981, THOSE OF PREMISES WITH A CURRENT RATEABLE VALUE OF $80 000 OR MORE- AND

* AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1982, THOSE OF PREMISES WITH A CURRENT RATEABLE VALUE OF $60 000 OR MORE.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THESE EXCLUSIONS WERE INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPERS TO BUILD MORE FLATS FOR THE RENTAL MARKET AND TO INDUCE LANDLORDS TO RENT OUT THEIR FLATS INSTEAD OF HOLDING THEM VACANT. THE RESULTANT INCREASE IN THE SUPPLY OF RENTAL FLATS, IT WAS HOPED, WOULD HAVE A STABILISING EFFECT ON THE MOVEMENT OF RENTS.

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IT WAS STRESSED THAT EXCLUSION IS BY REFERENCE TO RATEABLE VALUES AND NOT BY REFERENCE TO CURRENT RENTAL LEVELS FOR FLATS.

+HOWEVER, IN THE CASE OF EXCLUSION OF PREMISES HAVING A RATEABLE VALUE OF $80 000 OR MORE, NOTICE OF TERMINATION CAN ONLY BE ISSUED BY LANDLORDS AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1981,+ THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED, +AND A MINIMUM NOTICE OF SIX MONTHS WILL BE REQUIRED. THUS MOST TENANTS OF SUCH PREMISES WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY SECURITY OF TENURE UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 1982.+

THE BILL ALSO DEALS WITH BLOCK TENANCIES OF TWO OR MORE DWELLINGS HAVING AN AGGREGATE RATEABLE VALUE OF $80 000 (FROM DECEMBER 1982, $60 000) OR MORE.

+IN SUCH CASES, THE EXCLUSION WILL APPLY BY REFERENCE TO THE RATEABLE VALUE OF EACH INDIVIDUAL DWELLING AND NOT TO THE TOTAL OF THE RATEABLE VALUES OF ALL THE DWELLINGS,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+THEREFORE, INDIVIDUAL DWELLINGS WITH RATEABLE VALUES BELOW THE SPECIFIED CUT-OFF POINTS WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE PROTECTION AFFORDED BY PART II OF THE ORDINANCE WHETHER THEY ARE THE SUBJECT CF INDIVIDUAL TENANCIES OR FORM PART OF A TENANCY COMPRISING SEVERAL DWELLINGS.+

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE BILL WOULD ALSO ALLOW THE BIENNIAL PERCENTAGE CEILING ON RENT INCREASES TO BE RAISED FROM 21 PER CENT TO 30 PER CENT, BUT DREW ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT THIS WOULD BE THE MAXIMUM INCREASE PERMITTED. IN CASES WHERE THE EXISTING RENT STANDS AT MORE THAN 62.5 PER CENT OF +MARKET RENT+, THE PERMITTED INCREASE WILL BE LOWER THAN 30 PER CENT.

APART FROM THE MAIN PROVISIONS, THREE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW AIMED AT PROVIDING BETTER PROTECTION TO EXISTING TENANTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE BILL.

AT PRESENT, A COURT ORDER FOR POSSESSION HAS TO TAKE EFFECT WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF THE DATE OF SUCH ORDER. THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW RECOMMENDED THAT IN ORDER TO GIVE AFFECTED TENANTS MORE TIME TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS, THE PERIOD BY WHICH A POSSESSION ORDER MAY BE DEFERRED SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO SIX MONTHS. THIS HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AND THE NECESSARY PROVISION IS MADE IN THE BILL.

ANOTHER PROVISION IN THE BILL PROPOSES THAT WHERE PERSONS ACQUIRE TENANTED PREMISES UNDER CONTROL, NO ORDER OF POSSESSION CAN BE GRANTED TO TAKE EFFECT LESS THAN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ACQUIS IT ION.

+THIS NEW PROVISION IS NOT EXPECTED TO SERIOUSLY AFFECT GENUINE HOME-SEEKERS,+ COMMENTED THE SPOKESMAN, +BUT SITTING TENANTS WILL BE AFFORDED AN ADDITIONAL MEASURE OF SECURITY OF TENURE.+

+IN ADDITION, THE EXISTING PROVISION WHEREBY FOR EXCLUDED PERMISES NO MINIMUM NOTICE TO QUIT IS REQUIRED IN REDEVELOPMENT CASES, WILL BE REPEALED,+ THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED. +HENCE A UNIFORM REQUIREMENT TO GIVE AT LEAST SIX MONTHS’ NOTICE CF TERMINATION WILL APPLY, WHATEVER A LANDLORD'S REASONS FOR REQUIR ING POSSESSION.*

/THE BILL .......

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THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO RELAX THE TIME LIMIT IMPOSED IN CASES WHERE AN AGREEMENT of RENT INCREASE BETWEEN the landlord and TENANT HAS TO BE LODGED WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION.

+AT PRESENT, THE PROVISIONS PERMIT A LANDLORD AND TENANT TO AGREE ON ANY RENT INCREASE WITHOUT THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION, AS LONG AS THE COMMISSIONER IS NOTIFIED OF THE INCREASE. HOWEVER, THIS IS SUBJECT TO THE RESTRICTION THAT THE NOTICE MUST BE LODGED WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE INCREASE IN RENT TAKING EFFECT,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

+IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO MAKE BETTER USE OF THIS ARRANGEMENT, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE NOTICE MAY BE LODGED UP TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE OR ONE MONTH AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE INCREASE.*

ANOTHER AMENDMENT WHICH THE BILL SEEKS TO INTRODUCE IS RELATED TO THE REQUIREMENT OF GIVING A MINIMUM NOTICE OF TERMINATION IN RESPECT OF PREMISES NOT SUBJECT TO RENT CONTROL.

♦UNDER THE EXISTING PROVISIONS, THE MINIMUM LENGTH OF NOTICE REQUIRED FOR TERMINATING A DOMESTIC AND BUSINESS TENANCY IS 12 AND SIX MONTHS RESPECTIVELY,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN. +THE BILL NOW PROPOSES TO IMPOSE A UNIFORM REQUIREMENT FOR A SIX-MONTH NOTICE CF TERMINATION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT CONCERNS A DOMESTIC OR BUSINESS TENANCY.*

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED THAT THE BILL WOULD ALSO EXCLUDE TENANCIES HELD FROM THE HONG KONG SETTLERS HOUSING CORPORATION LTD. FROM THE FURTHER APPLICATION OF PART II OF THE ORDINANCE.

THE SPOKESMAN CONCLUDED BY SAYING THAT RENT CONTROL LEGISLATION IS INEVITABLY COMPLEX, AND URGED ANYONE WHO HAD ANY QUERIES CONCERNING THEIR OWN POSITION EITHER TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE, OR APPROACH RENT OFFICERS OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT THEIR LOCAL CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT OFFICE, OR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, FOR ASSISTANCE.

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ZONING PLAN CHANGES PUBLISHED

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, RETITLED SAI YING PUN AND SHEUNG WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

THE AMENDED PLAN INCORPORATES A RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 32 HECTARES. IT IS PLANNED TO PROVIDE OPEN SPACE AND GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES (G/IC) AS WELL AS INDUSTRIAL LAND AND CARGO HANDLING AREAS FOR THE REPROVISIONING OF EXISTING FACILITIES ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAIDi +THE MAJOR G/IC FACILITY PROPOSED ON THE RECLAMATION IS A WHOLESALE MARKET TO REPROVISION THE EXISTING ONE AT KENNEDY TOWN AND THE WHOLESALE FRUIT MARKET AT ON TAI STREET.+

OTHER G/IC FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A FERRY CONCOURSE WITH BUS TERMINUS, A DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION, AN INDOOR GAMES HALL, AN AMBULANCE DEPOT AND POSSIBLY A COMMUNITY CENTRE. ABOUT FOUR HECTARES OF OPEN SPACE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR RECREATION.

+DUE TO THE LOSS OF MARINE FRONTAGE AS A RESULT OF THE RECLAMATION, INDUSTRIAL SITES ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST HAVE BEEN REZONED TO COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL USE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THIS LOSS OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IS TO BE MADE UP BY THE RESERVATION OF INDUSTRIAL SITES ON THE RECLAMATION FOR GENERAL INDUSTRY AND GODOWN PURPOSE.♦

AN ELEVATED ROAD SYSTEM ALONG HILL ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST HAS BEEN INCORPORATED ON THE PLAN TO LINK UP WITH THE ROAD SYSTEM IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT TO THE EAST AND THE POKFULAM AREA TO THE WEST.

THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES THE LATEST ALIGNMENT OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE, INCLUDING THREE STATIONS, OF WHICH SHEUNG WAN STATION WILL BE OPENED WHEN THE SHORT ISLAND LINE STARTS OPERATION - SCHEDULED FOR 1985-86.

THE RESIDENTIAL ZONE ON THE PREVIOUS DRAFT PLAN HAS BEEN REZONED TO RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A). THIS PERMITS AS OF RIGHT CERTAIN COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS ON THE LOWER THREE FLOORS OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS WITH OR WITHOUT BASEMENTS. IN THE PREVIOUS PLAN, SUCH COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS WERE PERMITTED ONLY ON THE BASEMENT, GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS.

THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN IS ON SALE IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY 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 MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING, ON OR BEFORE JULY 9, THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 PWD, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

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BUS COMPANIES’ MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE STUDIED *****

THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE BUS COMPANIES WAS BEING EXAMINED AS PART OF THE WORK OF THE BUS OPERATIONS REVIEW SUB-OROUPS AND NEGOTIATIONS WERE BEING CONDUCTED TO ENABLE KMB TO DIVEST OF ITS INTEREST IN ITS PROPERTY SUBSIDIARY TYLEELORD, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR MICHAEL SUEN SAID TODAY.

IN A TALK TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH, MR SUEN, WHO HEADS THE CO-ORDINATING GROUP OVERSEEING THE REVIEW, ALSO FELT THE CRITICISM THAT THE REVIEW WAS BEING CONDUCTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WAS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICERS AND NT DISTRICT OFFICERS WERE ASKED NOT ONLY TO BRIEF THEIR OWN DISTRICT BOARDS, AREA COMMITTEES AND OTHERS ON THE WORK OF THE REVIEW BUT ALSO TO ARRANGE SPECIAL MEETINGS FOR IN-DEPTH DISCUSSIONS.

+AT THE MEETINGS WHICH HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC. TO QUOTE AN EXAMPLE, AT A MEETING WITH SOME OF THE WORKERS AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT WE RECEIVED FROM THEM PROPOSALS TO RATIONALISE BUS ROUTES, TO IMPROVE BUS FREQUENCIES, TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING AND WAITING TIMES, TO INTRODUCE NEW ROUTES, ETC.

+A LOT OF THOUGHT HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE CONCERNED IN MAKING THESE PROPOSALS. I SEE THIS AS GENUINE DIRECT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE REVIEW PROCESS AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL BE GETTING THE SAME SORT OF RESPONSE FROM OTHER DISTRICTS,* MR SUEN SAID.

HE HIMSELF HAD ALSO BEEN MEETING WITH THE MAJOR INTERESTS GROUPS. +MANY CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THESE GROUPS AT OUR MEETINGS AND I AM MOST GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR THEIR IDEAS. WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS FROM ABOUT 30 SPIRITED CITIZENS IN RESPONSE TO OUR APPEAL. I HOPE THAT WE WILL BE GETTING MORE SUGGESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AS WE PROGRESS,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE REVIEW IS FULLY ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND HAS THE PARTICIPATION OF ITS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

SO FAR THE CO-ORDINATING GROUP HAS HELD THREE MEETINGS AND ITS FIVE SUB-GROUPS (LOOKING INTO SPARE PARTS AND SPARE STOCK LEVEL, MAINTENANCE OF BUSES, THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, DEPOT REQUIREMENT AND THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME) ARE WORKING MAINLY ON FINDING FACTS FOR FURTHER ANALYSIS. THIS FIRST STAGE OF THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT ANOTHER THREE TO FOUR WEEKS.

ALTHOUGH HE HAD TALKED MAINLY ON PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN RELATION TO THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SUB-GROUP, MR SUEN SAID THE POSSIBILITY OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT THE LATER STAGES CF THE WORK OF SOME OR ALL OF THE SUB-GROUPS HAD NOT BEEN RULED OUT.

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♦WE ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING A SUITABLE MEANS OF APPOINTING A FEW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO SIT ON THE APPROPRIATE SUB-GROUPS TO ANALYSE OUR FINDINGS, TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ONCE THESE FINDINGS ARE ON HAND.

♦ALTHOUGH IN TERMS OF PRACTICALITY, WE CANNOT INVOLVE TOO MUCH DIRECT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THIS MANNER, WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED AT EVERY STAGE OF OUR REVIEW, NOT ONLY TO ACQUAINT THEM OF PROGRESS BUT TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE THEIR VIEWS ON OUR FINDINGS TO US FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION,* MR SUEN SAID.

ON THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE BUS COMPANIES, HE SAID WHY A SEPARATE SUB-GROUP HAD NOT BEEN SET UP WAS BECAUSE THE FIVE EXISTING SUB-GROUPS IN CARRYING OUT THEIR JOB WOULD AT THE SAME TIME BE EXAMINING IT.

♦THEY NEED TO KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE EXAMINATION OF THE USE OF SPARE PARTS, HOW THE RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS IN THE COMPANIES ARE ORGANISED, TO WHOM ARE THEY RESPONSIBLE, HOW EXPENDITURE IS AUTHORISED ETC.

♦ALL THESE ARE IN FACT THE SORT OF INFORMATION ONE WOULD SEEK TO OBTAIN IN A MANAGEMENT STUDY.

♦THEREFORE, RATHER THAN DUPLICATING EFFORTS BY SETTING UP A SEPARATE SUB-GROUP, WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN BUILD A COMPLETE PICTURE OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MANAGEMENT FROM OUR VARIOUS STUDIES,* MR SUEN SAID.

ON THE KMB PROPERTY SUBSIDIARY TYLEELORD, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT WITHIN THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE REVIEW, MR SUEN SAID NEGOTIATIONS HAD ALREADY STARTED BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND KMB TO FIND A SUITABLE ARRANGEMENT TO ENABLE KMB TO DIVEST OF ITS INTEREST IN THE COMPANY.

♦VARIOUS OPTIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING EXAMINED AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE COMPLETED BY ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS THE REVIEW IS COMPLETED, THAT IS TOWARDS THE END OF SEPTEMBER,+ HE SAID.

THE REVIEW REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERATION IN OCTOBER BEFORE IT IS SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

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SHA TIN AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS INAUGURATED *****

AREA COMMITTEES SERVE NOT ONLY AS A CLOSE LINK BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND RESIDENTS, BUT THEY ALSO PROVIDE LOCAL PEOPLE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS COMMUNITY BUILDING, SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

DR HASE, WHO WAS OFFICIATING AT THE FIRST TERM INAUGURATION OF MEMBERS OF THREE AREA COMMITTEES, SAID RESIDENTS COULD REFLECT THEIR OPINIONS THROUGH THESE COMMITTEES.

THE COMMITTEES ARE TOWN CENTRE, SIU LEK YUEN AND FO TAN, WHICH COINCIDE APPROXIMATELY WITH CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO BE HELD NEXT MARCH.

THEY HAVE BEEN FORMED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO IMPROVE ADMINISTRATION AND TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS.

DR HASE SAID THE NUMBER WOULD BE INCREASED AS__THE NEW TOWN POPULATION GREW.

+THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF AN AREA COMMITTEE ARE» TO LIAISE WITH LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES- TO HELP GOVERNMENT IN ORGANISING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES- TO HOLD SPORTS AND CULTURAL EVENTS- AND, MOST IMPORTANT, TO REFLECT THE NEEDS OF LOCAL PEOPLE,♦ HE SAID.

EACH COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

OFFICIAL MEMBERS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE POLICE, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, SOCIAL WELFARE AND HOUSING DEPARTMENTS, AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, WHILE UNOFFICIALS WHO ARE APPOINTED FOR A YEAR ARE DRAWN FROM VILLAGES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, SCHOOLS, WELFARE AGENCIES AND BUSINESS CIRCLES.

THE AREA COMMITTEES ARE LINKED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD THROUGH REPRESENTATION ON THE BOARD SUB-COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTING OPINIONS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

DR HASE SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WAS TO REINFORCE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT AND TO PROVIDE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND PARTICIPATION.

HE APPEALED TO THE MEMBERS TO GIVE THEIR FULL SUPPORT TO THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO BE HELD NEXT MARCH.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, 56 UNOFFICIALS WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT.

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MORE MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR SECURITIES COMMISSION * * * *

A BILL TO ENLARGE THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY.

AT PRESENT, THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION COMPRISES THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES, THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES AND FIVE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, SEEKS TO REMOVE THE RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF APPOINTED MEMBERS.

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION INCLUDE THE FOLLOW I NGi

X TO ADVISE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO SECURITIES"

* TO TAKE ALL REASONABLE STEPS TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF PERSONS WHO INVEST OR PROPOSE TO INVEST IN SECUR IT IES-

* TO ENSURE THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND OTHER LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO SECURITIES"

* TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE PROPER CONDUCT AMONG MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF STOCK EXCHANGES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE STOCK MARKET, IT WAS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE TO INCLUDE ON THE COMMISSION A WIDER REPRESENTATION FROM THE VARIOUS INTERESTS IN THE SECURITY AND CONNECTED FIELDS.

IN ADDITION TO INCREASING THE EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE FROM WHICH THE COMMISSION COULD DRAW, THE EXPANSION OF THE MEMBERSHIP WOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT THE COMPLEX AND INTER-RELATED ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE SECURITIES MARKET WOULD BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT AND THAT THE DIVERSE INTERESTS OF THOSE INVOLVED WOULD BE FULLY PROTECTED, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

ANY APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MEMBERS WOULD NOT BE MADE UNTIL AFTER THE BILL WAS PASSED.

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HONG KONG PROUD OF CAS * * * *

THE BLUE UNIFORM OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES IS SOMETHING HONG KONG IS VERY PROUD OF.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AT THE CAS ANNUAL DINNER TONIGHT (FRIDAY).

SIR MURRAY THANKED ALL CAS MEMBERS FOR THEIR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS IN SAVING LIVES AND PROPERTY OF OUR COMMUNITY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT CAS ALWAYS CAME TO THE RESCUE WHEN NEEDED, NO MATTER IN WHAT EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, FROM TYPHOONS, MOUNTAIN ACCIDENTS, FIRE-FIGHTING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, TO RABIES CONTROL.

IN ADDITION TO CONTINGENCY DUTIES, CAS ALSO HELPED ORGANISE CHARITABLE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

+BY WORKING DEVOTEDLY AND WITH WELL-DISCIPLINED EFFICIENCY, YOU CONTINUE TO EARN THE THANKS AND ADMIRATION OF THE COMMUNITY,* SIR MURRAY SAID.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH:

MR COMMISSIONER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

ONCE AGAIN, IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO BE HERE TO ENJOY YOUR HOSPITALITY AND YOUR COMPANY. I AGREE SO MUCH WITH YOUR COMMISSIONER THAT BEHIND EACH CAS ACTIVITY THERE IS AN AIM. THE AIM OF MY BEING HERE THIS EVENING IS TO THANK YOU FOR THE UNTIRING EFFORTS YOU HAVE PUT INTO YOUR VOLUNTEER DUTIES OVER THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS.

THEY HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY WIDE IN SCOPE. YOU SAVE LIVES AND PROPERTY OR REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY AND DAMAGE IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS - IN TIMES OF FLOODS, TYPHOONS AND LANDSLIDES- IN MOUNTAIN RESCUE AND CROWD CONTROL- IN FIGHTING FIRES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE- IN HELPING ORGANISE CHARITABLE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES- LOOKING AFTER REFUGEES WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE- HELPING TO CONTROL RABIES- YOU HAVE EVEN RESTORED AN OLD VILLAGE IN SUPPORT OF THE CAS CADET CORPS CAMP. THE MANY ORGANISATIONS WITH WHOM YOU WORK ALL AGREE THAT, WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE CAS, THEY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. THIS LIST DOES NOT TAKE LONG TO SPEAK. BUT I REALISE HOW MUCH EFFORT IN TRAINING AND TIME ON THE JOB IT REPRESENTS. BY WORKING DEVOTEDLY AND WITH WELL DISCIPLINED EFFICIENCY, YOU CONTINUE TO EARN THE THANKS AND ADMIRATION OF THE COMMUNITY, AND TO MAKE THE BLUE CAS UNIFORM SOMETHING OF WHICH HONG KONG IS VERY PROUD.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I ASK YOU ALL TO RAISE YOUR GLASSES AND DRINK A TOAST WITH ME TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICES.

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GOOD SAFETY SENSE SAVED THEIR LIVES

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EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN INDUSTRY WERE TODAY URGED BY A SENIOR OFFICIAL OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLES OF THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF A CLEANING COMPANY IN OBSERVING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY RULES.

SPEAKING AT A SOUVENIR PRESENTATION HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE, CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR CHAN SHIU-LAP PRAISED THE MANAGEMENT OF WINSON CLEANING SERVICES AND TWO WORKERS, MR LEUNG KIN-HUNG AND MR MAN YIU-ON, FOR THEIR SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS.

HE NOTED THAT +CERTAIN TRAGEDY+ WAS AVERTED ON JUNE 2 BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD SENSE IN OBSERVING SAFETY RULES.

ON THAT DAY, MR CHAN RECALLED, MR LEUNG AND MR MAN WERE WORKING ON A SUSPENDED GONDOLA CLEANING THE WINDOWS OF A HIGH-RISE BUILDING — THE NEW WORLD TOWER — IN CENTRAL WHEN IT SUDDENLY TILTED AT A DANGEROUS ANGLE OF 40 DEGREES DURING A DESCENT.

FORTUNATELY, MR LEUNG AND MR MAN DID NOT FALL OFF BECAUSE THEY WERE WEARING SAFETY HARNESSES.

♦I WISH TO COMMEND MR GEORGE FONG, THE MANAGER OF WINSON CLEANING SERVICES FOR HIS SAFETY AWARENESS IN PROVIDING HIS EMPLOYEES WITH THE SAFETY HARNESSES AND ENSURING THAT THEY MADE USE OF THE EQUIPMENT.

♦I ALSO WISH TO COMMEND THE SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS OF MR MAN AND MR LEUNG IN OBSERVING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND USING THE SAFETY HARNESSES,♦ HE ADDED.

MR CHAN APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN INDUSTRY TO FOLLOW THIS GOOD EXAMPLE BY OBSERVING SAFETY RULES AS A MATTER OF ROUTINE.

LATER MR CHAN PRESENTED MR FONG WITH A PENNANT AND MR LEUNG AND MR MAN WITH CASSETTE RADIOS AS A TOKEN OF THE DEPARTMENT’S APPRECIATION.

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SINGLE ORDINANCE FOR ROAD TUNNELS PLANNED M M M

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO REPEAL THE EXISTING LION ROCK TUNNEL ORDINANCE AND REPLACE IT WITH NEW LEGISLATION TO COVER ALL GOVERNMENT ROAD TUNNELS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID AS THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND THE KAI TAK AIRPORT TUNNEL WERE EXPECTED TO BE OPEN TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR AND EARLY NEXT YEAR, IT WAS CONSIDERED PREFERABLE TO HAVE A SINGLE ORDINANCE FOR ALL THREE FACILITIES.

THE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD TUNNELS (GOVERNMENT) BILL 1981, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, LARGELY FOLLOW AND EXPAND ON THOSE CONTAINED IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION.

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THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE BILL ARE TO PROVIDE FOR THE SAFETY OF THOSE WHO USE GOVERNMENT ROAD TUNNELS, TO FACILITATE THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH TUNNELS AND TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION IN THE EVENT OF INFRINGEMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR WHICH IS A FINE OF $5 OOO AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

A NEW PROVISION EMPOWERS AUTHORISED OFFICERS TO SEARCH AND, IF NECESSARY, DETAIN THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE OR THE VEHICLE ITSELF UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY CAN BE DELIVERED INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE POLICE. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS AUTHORITY WOULD NORMALLY ONLY BE EXERCISED IN RESPONSE TO SPECIFIC REQUEST BY THE POLICE.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 24 AND SUBJECT TO ITS PASSAGE, REGULATIONS WILL BE DRAWN UP RELATING TO THE CONTROL OF THE USE OF THE TUNNELS AND TO THE FIXING OF TOLLS.

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NT TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INCREASE * * * *

THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS INCREASED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 1 508 ACCIDENTS, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 3 579 ACCIDENTS, AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT OVER 1979.

EVEN MORE APPALLING WAS THE DEATH TOLL FROM ROAD ACCIDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE FIGURE OF 162 PERSONS KILLED ON NEW TERRITORIES ROADS IN 1980 WAS HIGHER THAN THE HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON FIGURES.

THE ABOVE STATISTICS WERE DISCLOSED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY MR R.C. SMALLSHAW, CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF THE POLICE TRAFFIC HEADQUARTERS, AT A CEREMONY TO PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT TO SENIOR PATROL OFFICIALS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ROAD SAFETY PATROLS.

MR SMALLSHAW ATTRIBUTED THE CAUSES OF THESE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS TO TWO MAIN FACTORS: DRIVING TOO FAST FOR THE CONDITIONS AND PEDESTRIAN NEGLIGENCE.

HE SAID, +THESE CAN EASILY BE CORRECTED IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD TAKE MORE CARE WHEN USING THE ROADS.*-

HE APPEALED TO ALL ROAD USERS TO OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS AND TO HAVE MORE REGARD FOR THE RULES OF THE ROAD.

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TO BRING THE NUMBER OF ROAD ACCIDENTS DOWN, THE POLICE HAVE STEPPED UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦DURING I960, 102 586 PROSECUTIONS WERE INITIATED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR A VARIETY OF TRAFFIC OFFENCES AND THIS FIGURE DOES NOT INCLUDE PARKING OFFENCES,* HE SAID.

+THIS WAS AN INCREASE OF 18 493 OR 22 PER CENT OVER 1979,+ HE ADDED.

OF THE TOTAL PROSECUTIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN 1980, 701 CASES INVOLVED DANGEROUS DRIVING, 4 604 INVOLVED CARELESS DRIVING AND 25 491 INVOLVED SPEEDING.

+IT IS VERY APPARENT FROM THESE FIGURES AND THE ACCIDENT FIGURES THAT THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO PAY SCANT ATTENTION TO THEIR OWN SAFETY AND PARTICULARLY THE SAFETY OF OTHERS,* 14? SMALLSHAW SAID.

HE COMMENDED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ROAD SAFETY PATROLS AND ROAD SAFETY PATROL OFFICIALS FOR THEIR INTEREST IN THE ROAD SAFETY CAUSE.

♦THE EXAMPLE BEING SET BY SO MANY SCHOOLS IN FORMING ROAD SAFETY PATROLS AND HELPING STUDENTS TO CROSS OUR BUSY ROADS IS A GOOD ONE AND ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE FOLLOWED,+ HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF ROAD SAFETY PATROLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS GROWING FAST TO KEEP UP WITH THE INCREASED DEVELOPMENT AND POPULATION THERE. AT PRESENT, THERE WERE 34 ROAD SAFETY PATROLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH OVER 1 000 MEMBERS.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, MR M.C. ILLINGWORTH, DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, NEW TERRITORIES, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT TO SENIOR PATROL OFFICIALS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR WAI HON-LEUNG WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ROAD SAFETY PATROLS, MR LAM CHIK-KUEN, MR YEUNG KWONG, MR TIU PUI-KWONG AND MR YEUNG CHEUK-WING WERE APPOINTED SENIOR CHIEF SUPERVISORS AND MR YAU HON-KEI WAS APPOINTED CHIEF SUPERVISOR.

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"HE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY CONTAINS A MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) (NO. ?) B!LL 1981 WHICH SEEKS TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM FINES A MAGISTRATE CAN IMPOSE IN CERTAIN CASES.

THE BILL ALSO INCREASES THE LEVEL OF COSTS, COMPENSATION AND RECOGNISANCES THAT MAY BE ORDERED OR AWARDED BY THE COURT, AND THE VALUE OF CERTAIN GOODS THAT MAY NOT BE SEIZED ON A DISTRESS WARPAN".

THE INCREASED MAXIMUM FINES APPLY MAINLY TO CASES WHERE AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE IS DEALT WITH SUMMARILY AND WHERE THE MAGISTRATE IS GIVEN POwER T0 FINE AN OFFENDER INSTEAD OF IMPRISONING HIM.

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AIM TO CONSOLIDATE MERCHANT SHIPPING LAWS

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HONG KONG’S MERCHANT SHIPPING SAFETY LAWS, AT PRESENT CONTAINED IN VARIOUS PIECES OF LEGISLATION, WILL BE CONSOLIDATED IN ONE ORDINANCE, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OBJECT OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) BILL 1981, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, WAS TO REDUCE THE CONFUSION AND DOUBT ARISING FROM THE FRAGMENTED NATURE OF THE EXISTING LAWS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT WHILE THE BILL CONTAINED CHANGES DESIGNED TO UPDATE EXISTING PROVISIONS AND TO BRING THE WORDING INTO LINE WITH CURRENT PRACTICE, NO NEW PROVISIONS HAD BEEN INTRODUCED.

THE BILL APPLIES TO OCEAN-GOING SHIPS AND DOES NOT DEAL WITH LOCAL AND RIVER CRAFT.

IT SETS OUT IN DETAIL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO THE SURVEY OF PASSENGER AND CARGO SHIPS, THE POSSESSION OF CERTIFICATES ISSUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS ON SAFETY AT SEA AND PROCEDURES FOR PREVENTING ACCIDENTS.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR CERTAIN EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS LIFE-SAVING AND FIRE-FIGHTING APPLIANCES, TO BE CARRIED BY FOREIGN SHIPS WHILE IN HONG KONG AND PROHIBITS THE CARRIAGE OF EXCESS PASSENGERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPPORTUNITY WAS BEING TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE WORDING OF THESE PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT SUITABLE LEGAL ACTION COULD BE TAKEN IF EXCESS PASSENGERS WERE TO BE CARRIED ON CARGO VESSELS AS WELL AS ON PASSENGER SHIPS.

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REPULSE BAY TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME

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THE REPULSE BAY ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WILL AGAIN BE OPERATING ON SUNDAY (JUNE 21), IF THE WEATHER IS FINE.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SCHEME, WHICH OPERATES BETWEEN 2 PM AND 7 PM ON THE NORTH-BOUND OR CAUSEWAY BAY-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF REPULSE BAY ROAD BETWEEN ISLAND ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT, WILL BE IN OPERATION ON ALL SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER IF THE WEATHER IS FAVOURABLE.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, EXCEPT BUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND MAXICABS, ARE PROHIBITED FROM USING THE BUS-ONLY LANE.

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LAMMA ROCK CRUSHING PLANT OPENED

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MORE THAN 14 MILLION TONNES OF AGGREGATE WOULD BE REQUIRED BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG THIS YEAR, THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MAIN CRUSHING PLANT CF THE LAMMA ROCK PRODUCTS LTD. AT POK TUNG WAN QUARRY ON LAMMA ISLAND.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAD EXPANDED RAPIDLY AS A RESULT OF HONG KONG’S REMARKABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN RECENT YEARS.

+THE TOTAL VALUE OF ALL CONSTRUCTION WORK IN 1980 WAS SOME $13 000 MILLION,* HE SAID.

+A MEASURE OF THIS RAPID EXPANSION CAN BE OBTAINED BY COMPARING THE EXPENDITURE 10 YEARS AGO, WHICH AMOUNTED TO JUST OVER $1 300 MILLION, EVEN WHEN CORRECTED TO CONSTANT PRICES USING 1973 AS A BASE, THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS INCREASED BY ALMOST 300 PER CENT.*

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY’S PRINCIPAL BUILDING MATERIAL WAS CONCRETE. WHILE IT WAS STILL NECESSARY TO IMPORT CEMENT -- OR CLINKER FROM WHICH IT COULD BE MANUFACTURED — HONG KONG WAS FORTUNATE IN HAVING AN INDIGENOUS SOURCE OF NATURAL ROCK FROM WHICH CONCRETING AGGREGATES COULD BE PRODUCED.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS ALWAYS AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF AGGREGATES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. PLANNING FOR THE POK TUNG WAN QUARRY BEGAN NINE YEARS AGO, AND IN 1978 TENDERS WERE CALLED INTERNATIONALLY FOR THE OPERATION OF THE QUARRY.

THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WAS THE LAMMA ROCK PRODUCTS LTD., A JOINT VENTURE BY TWO FRENCH COMPANIES -- DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS, WHICH HAS LONG WORKED IN HONG KONG AND ENTERPRISES AUDEMARD, A QUARRY SPECIALIST WITH WORLD-WIDE INTERESTS.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE COMMISSIONING OF THE PLANT, WHICH HAD AN ANNUAL CAPACITY OF 2.2 MILLION TONNES OF AGGREGATE, WOULD MAKE AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS MEETING THE DEMAND AND THUS THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG.

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BOAT-NAMING CEREMONY * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT (CRS), WILL OFFICIATE AT THE BOAT-NAMING CEREMONY FOR THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ROWING ASSOCIATION’S NEW ROWING BOAT AT MIDDLE ISLAND, DEEP WATER BAY AT NOON ON SUNDAY (JUNE 21).

THE 45-F00TER WAS PURCHASED WITH A GRANT OF $23 770 FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND ADMINISTERED BY CRS. AND SIR DAVID TRENCH HAS KINDLY CONSENTED TO ALLOW THE BOAT TO BE NAMED AFTER HIM.

THE FUND, FOUNDED IN 1970 WITH A $3 MILLION DONATION FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, HAS ENABLED HUNDREDS OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TO BUY RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT AND CARRY OUT PROGRAMMES.

WITH THIS SPECIALLY-DESIGNED NEW PURCHASE, THE ASSOCIATION WILL BE ABLE TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION BY THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED. PREVIOUSLY, THE ASSOCIATION HAD TO HIRE EQUIPMENT.

FOLLOWING THE NAMING CEREMONY, THE BOAT WILL BE TAKEN OUT ON DEMONSTRATION BY MEMBERS OF THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.

NOTE TO EDITORS 1

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE BOAT-NAMING CEREMONY AT MIDDLE ISLAND, DEEP WATER BAY AT NOON ON SUNDAY (JUNE 21). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE AT THE HONG KONG YACHT CLUB, REPULSE BAY, AT 11.30 AM TO BOARD A FERRY FOR MIDDLE ISLAND. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH MIKE TANNER, THE ASSOCIATION’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, AT TELEPHONE NO. 5-284037 EXT 36.

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YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE IN BUILDING STUDIES AND HOTEL-KEEPING ARE INVITED TO ENROL IN A ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSE COMMENCING THIS SEPTEMBER AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

THE COURSE IS INTENDED FOR MATURE STUDENTS WITH SOME YEARS OF INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PASSING ON THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF THEIR OWN SPECIALISM TO STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, AND IN TAKING UP TEACHING AS A PROFESSION.

INDUCEMENT GRANTS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ON THIS COURSE RANGING FROM SI 650 TO S2 500 PER MONTH, DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF RELEVANT POST-QUALIFICATION INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE.

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APPLICANTS FOR BUILDING STUDIES MUST POSSESS HIGHER CERT IFICATE/DIPLOMA IN BUILDING STUDIES OR EQUIVALENT, AWARDED BY THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE/PLOYTECHNIC/TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR AN EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT.

HOLDERS OF ORDINARY NATIONAL DIPLOMA (UK) IN HOTEL AND CATERING OPERATIONS OR EQUIVALENT WITH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE RELATED FIELDS MAY APPLY FOR HOTEL-KEEPING AND CATERING STUDIES.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS BY JULY 3, 1931.

THE COLLEGE wILL ALSO OFFER PART-TIME DAY RELEASE AND PART-TIME EVENING INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS COURSES IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

THESE TWO COURSES OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR CARRYING OUT THEIR DAY-TO-DAY TEACHING DUTIES. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN TO IMPROVE THEIR METHODS OF TEACHING, STUDY EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE COLLEGE AND COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BY JULY 11, 1981.

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CLOSURE OF KWUN TONG ROAD UNDERPASS

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THE LEI YUE MUN-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWUN TONG ROAD, BENEATH THE KWUN TONG MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR 12 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 20) TO 9 AM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 21) (AND NOT FOR 24 HOURS FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY TO 9 AM ON SUNDAY AS STATED EARLIER).

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE UNDERPASS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING TOWARDS LEI YUE MUN DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD SHOULD AVOID USING THE TWO LANES LEADING TO THE UNDERPASS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

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CLEARWAY ZONE FOR YUEN LONG

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A CLEARWAY ZONE WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE NORTH-BOUND SECTION OF TUNG LOK STREET, YUEN LONG, BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND THE FIRE STATION, FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY, JUNE 22, TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT WITHIN THE ZONE, ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AND LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS AT ANY TIME.

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KOWLOON MOTOR BUS CO. ROUTE NO. 45B, BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK AND LAI KING HILL ROAD, WILL BE DISCONTINUED FROM SUNDAY, JUNE 21, DUE TO LACK OF PASSENGERS

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT COMMUTERS AFFECTED BY THE CANCELLATION WOULD BE ABLE TO USE TWO EXISTING MAXICAB ROUTES, NOS. 90 AND 91, WHICH PLY BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK AND THE LAI KING HEADLAND, AND BETWEEN THE LAI KING HEADLAND AND TSUEN WAN RESPECTIVELY.

KMB WILL BE PUTTING UP NOTICES AT BOTH ENDS OF THE NO. 45B BUS ROUTE ABOUT THE CANCELLATION.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN THE ENTIRE TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AREAS WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON JUNE 22, 23 AND 24 FOR INSPECTION AND CLEANING WORKS.

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

SATURDAY,. JUNE 20, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CROWN LAND TO GET FACE-LIFT ..............................

FORMER REVENUE INSPECTOR TAKES THE SALUTE .................... 2

EVENING COURSES FOR FURTHER STUDIES .......................... 5

TWO NEW MARKETS OPEN IN KWAI CHUNG ........................... 4

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PART OF WATERLOO ROAD ................... 5

NEW PLB CLEARWAY ZONE IN TSUEN WAN ........................... 5

LOGO SOUGHT BY TUEN MUN CHILDREN'S CHOIR ..................... 6

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1981

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CROWN LAND TO GET FACE-LIFT

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MORE THAN 200 GROWN LAND AREAS IN THE URBAN DISTRICT WILL GET A FACE-LIFT IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE REMOVAL OF REFUSE FROM VACANT CROWN LANDS IS PART OF THE PROGRAMME BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE URBAN COUNCIL CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF THE COMING REVITALISED CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER, TODAY (SATURDAY) INSPECTED A CROWN LAND SITE IN TAI HANG ROAD TO GET FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR ASPECT OF THE REFUSE PROBLEM.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR HOWARD YOUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR MARTIN LEWIS, THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATOR AND MR TOMMY T.K. CHOY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HONG KONG), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR YOUNG EXPLAINED THAT PRIVATE CONTRACTORS HAD BEEN ASSIGNED THE DUTY OF KEEPING THESE SITES CLEAN, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, SOME SELFISH PEOPLE HAD TURNED THEM INTO DUMPING GROUNDS.

HE SAID THE PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A $3 MILLION GRANT FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE.

WITH THE FINANCIAL BOOST, THE URBAN COUNCIL CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE WILL TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CLEANING UP THESE PLACES AND KEEPING THEM TIDY UNTIL THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR.

SIR JACK STRESSED THAT THIS PROJECT WAS A CRUCIAL PART OF THE PRE-CAMPAIGN OPERATIONS.

HE SAID HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THE CLEANING UP OF THESE AREAS WAS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE PEOPLE WHO WERE BEST SUITED TO TACKLE IT.

WORK HAS IN FACT STARTED IN JUNE THIS YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE LAUNCHING OF THE REVITALISED CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN IN OCTOBER.

AFTER THE VISIT, SIR JACK ATTENDED AN URBAN COUNCIL CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE MEETING AT WHICH MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS ALSO PRESENT.

SIR JACK REITERATED GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO CLEAN HONG KONG AND TO MAKE IT A TIDIER AND BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

HE SAID, +OUR IMMEDIATE TASK, OF COURSE, IS TO PUT OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN STARTS.*

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS INFORMED BY THE MEETING THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL SCREEN 30 ON-STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS BEFORE, AND ANOTHER 40 AFTER, THE START OF THE CAMPAIGN.

ALSO IN THE PIPELINE ARE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S PLANS TO CARRY OUT PROSECUTIONS AGAINST PERSISTENT LITTER OFFENDERS IN THE HOUSING ESTATES.

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SIR JACK WAS PLEASED TO HEAR THAT BY OCTOBER THIS YEAR, MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND STAFF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN IN THE PROSECUTION DRIVE.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE TO THE FULL. PLANS HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP TO IMPROVE SCAVENGING SERVICE AND MAKE THE HARBOUR WATERS CLEAN.

AT THE MEETING, SIR JACK ALSO STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION IN THE NEW CAMPAIGN.

A SYSTEM OF SCHOOL LITTER PREFECTS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO ALL SCHOOLS.

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FORMER REVENUE INSPECTOR TAKES THE SALUTE * * *

NEARLY 26 YEARS AGO LEN DUNNING JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND, AFTER FIVE DAYS TRAINING, STARTED HIS DUTIES AS A PROBATIONARY REVENUE INSPECTOR.

TODAY (JUNE 20) MR LEN DUNNING, NOW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, TOOK THE SALUTE AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE CF 16 INSPECTORS AND 112 CUSTOMS OFFICERS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL, TAI LAM CHUNG.

WATCHED BY NEARLY 400 GUESTS INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD, AND THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN, HE INSPECTED THE PARADE AND THEN COMPARED THE THEN PREVENTIVE SERVICE WITH THE MODERN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE.

♦MY ENTRY IN 1955 COMPRISED FOUR PROBATIONARY INSPECTORS AND SIX PROBATIONARY REVENUE OFFICERS CLASS II, AND THIS GIVES ME SOME MEASURE OF DIFFERENCE WHEN I REALISE THE ENTRY OF OFFICERS INTO THE SERVICE IN YEAR 1981 AND 1982 WILL BE OVER 600 MEN AND WOMEN,+ SAID MR DUNNING.

♦WHAT WE DID THEN WAS WHAT IS NOW COMMONLY KNOWN AS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. BUT ON REFLECTION I CERTAINLY COULD NOT COMMEND IT. IT LED TO MUCH SLACKNESS AND POOR DISCIPLINE, AND THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION WAS HIGH. GRADUALLY, AND I HOPE STARTING WITH THE CLASS OF ’55, THIS WAS GREATLY CHANGED FROM WITHIN THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE.

♦THE IMPROVEMENT WAS ACHIEVED THROUGH RE-ORGANISATION AND THE HARD WORK OF MANY DEDICATED SENIOR OFFICERS AND STAFF WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. THESE INCLUDED THE PRESENT CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER - THEN AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - YOUR PRESENT DIRECTOR OF THE TICD, BILL DORWARD AND MANY OF MY OLD FRIENDS IN THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE HERE TODAY.

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T- .MDOAueSlASnY~0W ,MPRESSED ’ AM TO SEE THE GREAT STRIDES TAKEN TO IMPROVE YOUR EFFICIENCY AND THE CONDITIONS OF THE SERVICE.

*NFAG] E?«aRIENCE BRINGS home t0 me VERY CLEARLY THE PROGRESS ™AY RAS BEEN,MADE NOT ONLY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND ™E WH0LE STRUCTURE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT,*

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^,Sr ^rLrnENTED A FEW DAYS PREVIOUSLY, MR DUNNING COMMENTED ON THE cBoL?£-JuLZt!REE NEW REGI°NS, EACH UNDER THE COMMAND OF A SENIOR oUHERINTENDENT.

IN decentralisation is good, as it allows the ^MANDER T0 d,str|BUTE staff from one unit to another without the NECESSITY OF CONSTANTLY CONSULTING HEADQUARTERS,* HE SAID.

AC CvoIn^?,A^RAAN!SED HEADQUARTERS, WITH A SPECIAL TECHNICAL UNIT E*RER*ENCED ONCERS, HAS THEREFORE THE FLEXIBILITY REQUIRED IN A DYNAMIC SERVICE TO KEEP IT IN TOUCH WITH OPERATIONS IN THE FIELD.

ENSURE ™AT HEADQUARTERS DOES NOT ASSUME THE ROLE OF AN IVORY TOWER DETACHED FROM THE REALITIES OF FIELD OPERATIONS. IT SHOULD ALSO MAKE FOR MUCH BETTER ADMINISTRATION.

*• ,®FJr,EVE THE COMMISSIONER, MR JORDAN, AND HIS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AND SENIOR OFFICERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RE-ORGANISATION AND THEY ARE TO BE COMMENDED,* MR DUNNING ADDED.

TUP ccou?neNAeGBISh?.THE 0FF,CERS ON PARADE THAT THEY WERE ENTERING THE SERVICE OF PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AT A MOST EXCITING TIME.

TRAINED To A VERY HIGH STANDARD TO ENSURE THAT ^ERE IS NECESSARY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF HONG KONG AND SMeC?vMvnuDAkcbn^«CAU BE ASS,STED AND MAINTAINED. THIS WILL BE DONE BY YOUR DEVOTION TO DUTY AND YOUR LAW,* HE CONCLUDED.

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APPLICATION OF THE

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YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS WISHING TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES

IN THE EVENING CAN APPLY FOR COURSES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION SECTION STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.

COURSES OFFERED INCLUDE THE EVENING SCHOOL FOR HIGHER

CHINESE STUDIES, TEACHERS’ COURSES, A SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE, A MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE FOR ADULTS, A YOUNG PEOPLE’S COURSE, AN ADULT EDUCATION COURSE (GENERAL BACKGROUND), AND ADULT EDUCATION COURSES (PRACTICAL BACKGROUND).

APPLICANTS WHO ARE DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE COURSES MAY BE OBTAINED BY

CONTACTING THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION ON 3-7130811 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 22 TO JULY 16 AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, THE KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE IN KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE, KING’S COLLEGE, THE HENNESSY ROAD AND NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS).

IN KOWLOON, FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, AND THE TONG MEI ROAD, KAI TAK AND KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HOI PA STREET AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL, DISTRICT OFFICES, AND NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE COUNTERS.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, FOURTH FLOOR, KOWLOON BY THE DATES SPECIFIED ON RESPECTIVE APPLICATION FORMS.

REQUESTS FOR APPLICATION FORMS BY MAIL SHOULD SPECIFY THE COURSES APPLIED FOR AND ACCOMPANIED BY SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPES.

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TWO NEW MARKETS OPEN IN KWAI CHUNG

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WORK ON TWO NEW TEMPORARY MARKETS TO REPLACE AN EXISTING HAWKER BAZAAR AND TO ACCOMMODATE UNLICENSED ON-STREET HAWKERS AT SHEK YAM DISTRICT, KWAI CHUNG, HAS COMPLETED.

COSTING ABOUT $1 MILLION, BOTH THE SHEK YAM ROAD TEMPORARY MARKET AND TAI LOONG STREET TEMPORARY MARKET WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL EARLY NEXT MONTH (JULY), SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SHEK YAM ROAD TEMPORARY MARKET, WHICH HAS A TOTAL OF 66 MARKET STALLS FOR COOKED FOOD, FISH, MEAT, VEGETABLES AND SUNDRIES GOODS, WILL HOUSE ALL STALL HOLDERS NOW OPERATING AT SHEK YAM HAWKER BAZAAR.

THE EXISTING SHEK YAM HAWKER BAZAAR SITE WILL BE RE-DEVELOPED INTO A 4—STOREY MODERN MARKET COMPLEX CATERING 250 STALLS FOR DIFFERENT TRADES, A PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, ELIGIBLE UNLICENSED HAWKERS PLYING ALONG THE STREETS NEAR THE HAWKER BAZAAR WILL MOVE TO THE TAI LOONG STREET TEMPORARY MARKET AFTER ATTENDING A RESTRICTED TENDER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THE TEMPORARY MARKET HAS 24 FISH AND MEAT STALLS AND 252 MINI STALLS SELLING VEGETABLE SUNDRIES GOODS.

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT ENFORCEMENT ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST UNLICENSED ON-STREET HAWKERS AS SOON AS THE TAI LOONG STREET TEMPORARY MARKET IS OPEN TO THEM ON JULY 3 WITH AN AIM TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW AND KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN IN THE AREA.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PART OF WATERLOO ROAD

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THE SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD BETWEEN YIM PO FONG STREET AND PEACE AVENUE, HO MAN TIN, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS STARTING JUNE 23, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE DEMOLITION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY BRIDGE OVER WATERLOO ROAD.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, VEHICLES MOVING ALONG WATERLOO., ROAD TOWARDS KOWLOON CITY WILL BE DIVERTED TO DUNDAS STREET, KWONG WAH STREET, YIM PO FONG STREET AND ARGYLE STREET.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG WATERLOO ROAD TOWARDS YAU MA TEI WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HO MAN TIN STREET, HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD, WYLIE ROAD AND BACK INTO WATERLOO ROAD.

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YIM PO FONG STREET AND WYLIE ROAD WILL REMAIN OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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NEW PLB CLEARWAY ZONE IN TSUEN WAN

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 22), A SECTION OF TSO KUNG STREET, BETWEEN SHA TSUI ROAD AND HOI PA STREET, TSUEN WAN, WILL BECOME A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY ZONE FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THE AREA DURING THESE TIMES UNLESS AUTHORISED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS DR IVERS.

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LOGO SOUGHT BY TUEN MUN CHILDREN’S CHOIR * * * * *

THE TUEN MUN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, FORMED LAST MONTH, IS LOOKING FOR A LOGO AND HAS OFFERED CASH PRIZES TOTALLING S3 000.

THE CHOIR’S PRESIDENT, MR WONG HOK-YEE, SAID A LOGO WAS NEEDED TO PUT ON A UNIFORM NOW BEING DESIGNED FOR ITS 80 MEMBERS.

IT WOULD ALSO BE USED ON LETTERHEADS, BANNERS AND OTHER PUBLICITY ITEMS, HE SAID.

THE CHOIR IS FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL RESIDENTS.

TRAINING HELD EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON PROVIDES THE CHILDREN WITH SIMPLE VOCAL SKILLS AND THE POWER OF MUSIC APPRECIATION.

THE CHOIR WILL REPRESENT TUEN MUN IN COMPETITIONS AND GIVE PERFORMANCES LOCALLY AND IN OTHER DISTRICTS.

MR WONG SAID THE LOGO SHOULD ILLUSTRATE THE CHOIR’S ROLE IN THE NEW TOWN OR SYMBOLISE THE BEAUTY OF CHILDREN’S VOICES.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL AND EACH PARTICIPANT CAN SEND IN MORE THAN ONE DESIGN.

ENTRIES, WHICH SHOULD BE IN ONE COLOUR AND PASTED ON A CARD PAPER MEASURING 35 MM BY 45 MM, SHOULD REACH TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE JULY 15.

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE $2 000 AND THERE WILL BE FIVE CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $200 EACH.

THE CONDUCTOR OF THE CHOIR IS MR AU PUN-YIN. THREE WELL-KNOWN LOCAL MUSICIANS, MR HUANG YAU-TAI, MR LIM SHING-YUNG AND MR WEI HON-CHEUNG ARE CHOIRMASTERS.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SPORTS LOVERS TAUCSIT TEE SAFE WAYS ............................ 1

RIGHT PEOPLE IN DEMAND AS SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS ............ 2

TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER WORKS ................................ 3

SHA TIN CHILDREN RECEIVE AWARDS ................................ 3

MOUSE ISLAND CLEAN-UP .......................................... 4

REST GARDEN FOR TAI HANG DRIVE.................................. 5

MORE SQUASH COURTS FOR KOWLOON TSAI ............................ 5

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SPORTS LOVERS TAUGHT THE SAFE WAYS * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ENJOY SPORTS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED TO +PLAY SAFE* WHEN TAKING PART IN VARIOUS TYPES OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THIS YEAR’S WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT VICTORIA PARK, DR HENRY HU HUNG-LICK, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SAID WITH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TAKING PART IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS OF ALL KINDS, THERE WAS A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN ACCIDENT RATES LAST YEAR.

+1 AM SURE THAT THROUGH OUR COMMONSENSE AND THE GOOD CO-OPERATION OF GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER COMMUNITY BODIES IN PROMOTING SAFETY, ACCIDENTS CAN BE PREVENTED,♦ SAID DR HU.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE MR CHAM SIU-LEUN, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS AND MR HOWARD YOUNG, URBAN COUNCILLOR AND MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS.

MR YOUNG, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, SAID THIS YEAR THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD WOULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE SUMMER MONTHS.

DURING THIS PERIOD, SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS AND *PLAY-IN+ SESSIONS WILL BE ORGANISED BY INDIVIDUAL WATER SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS.

♦PARTICIPANTS SELECTED TO ATTEND THESE ’PLAY-IN’ SESSIONS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO LEARN ON THE SPOT SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS ON VARIOUS SPORTS AND TO PUT THE PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE BY PARTICIPATING IN THE SPORTS ACTIVITIES,* MR YOUNG SAID.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THIS NEW CONCEPT WILL NOT ONLY ADD VARIETY TO THE PROJECT BUT ALSO LEND MORE WEIGHT TO THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN WHICH IS TO PROMOTE A 'PLAY SAFE’ AWARENESS IN THE MINDS OF PEOPLE WHEN ENGAGING IN OUTDOOR SPORTS,* HE ADDED.

DETAILS OF THE +PLAY-IN+ SESSIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.

TODAY’S EVENT, CO-ORDINATED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY A NUMBER OF SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS INCLUDING THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG CANOE UNION, HONG KONG UNDERWATER FEDERATION, HONG KONG WATER SKI ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG YACHTING ASSOCIATION, THE WINDSURFING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AND MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE DAY’S PROGRAMME BEGAN WITH A PUPPET SHOW PRESENTED BY THE MOBILE STREET THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES ON THE THEME OF AQUATIC SPORTS SAFETY.

SPECTATORS WERE THEN INVITED TO WATCH A SERIES OF SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECTACULAR DISPLAYS ON CANOEING, WINDSURFING, YACHTING, SWIMMING, LIFE SAVING, SNORKELLING, SCUBA DIVING AND DIVING.

TO HELP BRING HOME THE SAFETY MESSAGE, THERE WAS ALSO AN EXHIBITION ON THE SAFETY RULES AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT OF VARIOUS TYPES OF AQUATIC SPORTS.

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RIGHT PEOPLE IN DEMAND AS SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS *****

PEOPLE WITH BI-LINGUAL FLUENCY, TEMPERAMENTALLY SUITED FOR THE JOB, OFFICIAL SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS.

WHO ARE QUICK-MINDED AND ARE VERY MUCH IN DEMAND AS

WITH THE GROWTH IN GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND THE RECENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, THE WORKLOAD FOR SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS IS LIKELY TO INCREASE MORE THAN THREE-FOLD, SAID MR Y.P. CHENG, CHIEF OF THE GOVERNMENT’S SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION UNIT.

STARTING WITH FOUR INTERPRETERS IN 1972, WITH ONLY HIMSELF ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AND THE OTHERS WORKING PART-TIME, THE INTERPRETATION UNIT NOW HAS FOUR FULL-TIME WORKERS, ASSISTED BY SIX WHO WORK PART TIME, MR CHENG SAID.

BUT THIS IS ALREADY INSUFFICIENT TO DEAL WITH CURRENT NEEDS, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW LOOKING FOR MORE FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS.

MR CHENG ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF MEETINGS REQUIRING SUCH WORK WOULD RISE FROM 250 LAST YEAR TO 850 BY THE END OF THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR.

AMONG THE INTERPRETERS NOW IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE IS W ALEX CHAN WHO, WITH HIS COLLEAGUES, DOES THE ENGLISH AND CANTONESE INTERPRETATIONS AT THE LEGISLATIVE AND URBAN COUNCILS, VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT BOARDS, AND AT PRESS CONFERENCES.

BEFORE JOINING THE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION UNIT, ALEX CHAN SERVED AS A COURT INTERPRETER. THE WORK HE DID THEN WAS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT HE DOES NOW.

+ IN ADDITION TO A FLUENT COMMAND OF BOTH LANGUAGES NEEDED FOR PRECISION, SPLIT-SECOND INTERPRETATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER, WE ARE OFTEN REQUIRED TO DEAL WITH SPECIALISED SUBJECTS AND WE MUST HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THEM IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT OUR WORK PROPERLY AND EFFICIENTLY,* HE SAID.

OFTEN, THE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO TEMPERAMENTAL AND PHYSICAL STRAINS WHICH ARE PART OF THE DEMANDING REQUIREMENTS OF THE BUSINESS.

+SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES TO THE MEETING PLACES, AND AFTER STRENUOUS MENTAL APPLICATION FOR SEVERAL HOURS, WE FIND OURSELVES SO TIRED AS TO LOSE OUR APPETITES,* MR CHAN SAID.

BUT NONE OF THE INTERPRETERS WORKING IN THE UNIT HAS EVER RESIGNED DESPITE THE STRAIN OF THE WORK.

THE WORK OFFERS THEM MUCH SATISFACTION IN BEING ABLE TO BRIDGE THE COMMUNICATION GAP BETWEEN THE EXPATRIATES AND LOCAL PEOPLE, HE SAID.

SAID MR CHENG: +THEY’RE ALL DOING A GOOD JOB AND I’M HAPPY WITH THEM.*

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL SOON BE ADVERTISING FOR MORE INTERPRETERS, WHO, UPON SELECTION, WILL BE GIVEN AN INDUCTION COURSE BEFORE BEING PUT TO REGULAR WORK.

PART-TIME MEMBERS WILL BE PAID $710 OR $1 140 PER SESSION/DAY, AND FULL-TIME STAFF CAN START WITH A MONTHLY SALARY OF S8 515.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER WORKS * * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER TUNNEL AND SITE FORMATION WORKS FOR THE FUTURE YAU KOM TAU TREATMENT WORKS.

THE TUNNEL WILL BE ABOUT 5 200 METRES LONG, RUNNING FROM TSING TAM IN YUEN LONG TO YAU KOM TAU IN TSUEN WAN.

THE WORKS FORM PART OF STAGE ONE OF A $1 300 MILLION SCHEME TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA OVER THE NEXT

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 37 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, TODAY (SUNDAY) PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO 42 LOCAL CHILDREN WHO HAVE COMPLETED AN EIGHT-MONTH AWARD SCHEME COURSE.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, DR HASE SAID THE AIMS OF THE AWARD SCHEME WERE TO ENCOURAGE BALANCE OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY OF THOSE TAKING PART, THEREBY PROVIDING THE IMPETUS FOR THE COMMUNITY OF THE FUTURE.

+1 HOPE THIS IMPETUS WILL CONTINUOUSLY BRING PROSPERITY AND PROGRESS TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN,* HE SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE SCHEME, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE IN 1979.

IT IS OPEN TO CHILDREN AGED FROM EIGHT TO 12, WHO HAVE TO COMPLETE A PROGRESSIVE AND CONTINUOUS CULTURAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMME OVER AN EIGHT-MONTH PERIOD.

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EACH CHILD IS ASSESSED AT THE END OF THE COURSE AND THOSE WITH OUTSTANDING MERITS RECEIVE BRONZE OR SILVER STARS. THE HIGHEST AWARD OF THE SCHEME IS A GOLD STAR.

DR HASE SAID THE GOAL OF EDUCATION WAS TO NURTURE AND DEVELOP FCALTHY CHARACTERS AND PERSONALITY. BUT THIS COULD NOT BE FULLY ACHIEVED DUE TO SHORTAGES OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND INSTRUCTORS.

■►THE SCHEME, INTRODUCED AFTER DETAILED PLANNING AND WITH PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE, IS AN EFFORT TO OVERCOME THESE SHORTAGES,* HE SAID.

THE THIRD PHASE OF THE SCHEME LEADING TO THE AWARD OF GOLD STARS WILL COMMENCE IN SEPTEMBER.

THIS YEAR, SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $9 OOO TO THE CENTRE TO HELP RUN THE SCHEME.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE OF THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, THE REV PHILIP BAUMAN, AND MANY LOCAL LEADERS.

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MOUSE ISLAND CLEAN-UP * * * *

LAUNCHED AT MOUSE

A MAMMOTH CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL SOON BE ISLAND IN AN ALL-OUT EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENt FOR THOUSANDS OF BOAT PEOPLE LIVING IN CASTLE PEAK BAY, TUEN MUN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE CLEAN-UP WAS AIMED AT REMOVING ABOUT 200 TONNES OF GARBAGE ACCUMULATED ON THE BREAKWATER OF CASTLE PEAK BAY AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS AS A RESULT OF INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING BY THE BOAT PEOPLE.

HEAPS OF RUBBISH INCLUDING TINS, BOTTLES, OYSTER SHELLS AND WOOD PLANKS ACCUMULATED AT MOUSE ISLAND NOT ONLY POSED HEALTH HAZARD TO THE LOCAL RESIDENTS BUT ALSO POLLUTED THE SEA WATER.

THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL START ON JUNE 29 (MONDAY) AND IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT TWO WEEKS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE NTSD WILL DEPLOY 70

10 TIPPER L0RR,ES AND otSer VEHICLES 70 JUKINb THE EXERCISE.

DAILY

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO URGED THE BOAT PEOPLE AND NEARBY TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE REFUSE CONTAINERS THAT HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR THEM IN THE AREA.

RES IDENTS

MADE

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REST GARDEN FOR TAI HANG DRIVE * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO BUILD A REST GARDEN AT JoR RHESIDmsSJ0TSE0AR?A.ADD'TI0N4L RECRE‘TI0N4L f«H-ITIES

THE GARDEN WILL INCLUDE A CHILDREN’S

BE ADJACENT TO KUNG LEE COLLEGE. PLAY AREA AND PUBLIC TOILETS.

IT WILL

TENDERS FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

PROJECT ARE NOW BEING

INVITED BY THE

iamiad$Rk,-vt ™E PROJECT WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED BY JANUARY NfcXT YtAR.

ON COMPLETION, THE GARDEN WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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MORE SQUASH COURTS FOR KOWLOON TSAI * * *

THERE WILL SOON BE THREE ADDITIONAL SQUASH COURTS AT KOWLOON TSAI PARK.

THE NEW COURTS WILL BE LOCATED AT THE UPPER CARPARK ADJACENT TO THE SWIMMING POOL.

THEY WILL BRING TO FIVE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SQUASH COURTS AT THE PARK.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT, FINANCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

ON COMPLETION, THE COURTS WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LAND PRODUCTION REPORT PUBLISHED .............................. 1

PLASTICS INDUSTRY HOLDING MANPOWER SURVEY...................... 4

ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BCaRD ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED ............ 4

KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD SETS PROGRAMMES ...................... 6

DISTRICT COMMITTEES DOING GOOD JOB ............................ 6

ENGLISH TEACHING COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS........ 7

MORE MUSIC FOR NT CHILDREN .................................... 8

PWD ENGINEERS SERVED LONG AND WELL ............................ 9

WORK ON WATER MAINS .......................................... 10

WATER LEAKAGE TESTS .......................................... 10

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1981

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LAND PRODUCTION REPORT PUBLISHED *****

THE REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND PRODUCTION FOR 1980 WAS PUBLISHED TODAY, AND IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, AT $11.

THE COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE HON LYDIA DUNN SINCE MAY 1980, REPORTS TO THE GOVERNOR RECOMMENDING TARGETS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND FOR THE SALE OF LAND, AND ASSESSING THE ADEQUACY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS IN RELATION TO THE TARGETS.

THE REPORT CONCENTRATES ON THE PROVISION OF LAND FOR HOUSING AND MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. POLICY OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW LAND AND THESE COMPARED WITH CURRENT LAND PRODUCTION FORECASTS TO ASSESS HOW WELL LAND SUPPLY WILL MATCH THE LAND REQUIREMENTS ARISING FROM POLICY OBJECTIVES.

THE FORECAST SUPPLY OF LAND FOR GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED HOUSING SCHEMES, WHEN MATCHED WITH THE LAND REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT APPROVED HOUSING OBJECTIVES INDICATES THAT:

* UP TO 1984/85, LAND SUPPLY SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN PRODUCTION OF 30 000 FLATS A YEAR FOR PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING, AND 5 000 FLATS A YEAR FOR HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES.

* TO MAINTAIN THE PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAMME AFTER 1984/85 IT WILL BE ESSENTIAL THAT NEW SITES COME ON STREAM AT MA ON SHAN AND JUNK BAY BY THE MID-1980’S.

* NEW SITES HAVE TO BE EARMARKED URGENTLY TO PROVIDE 5 000 FLATS A YEAR FROM 1984/85 FROM HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES INVOLVING PARTICIPATION BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS (PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEMES).

WITH REGARD TO HIGH DENSITY HOUSING PROVIDED BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS, THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT UP TO 1985/86 FORECAST LAND SUPPLY SHOULD MEET REQUIREMENTS ARISING FROM LIKELY DEMANDS. HOWEVER, AFTER 1985/86 A GROWING SHORTFALL WILL DEVELOP UNLESS NEW DEVELOPMENT AREAS SUCH AS JUNK BAY PROVIDE SITES TO MAINTAIN THE SUPPLY. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS A LAND SALES TARGET OF 13 HECTARES A YEAR, ASSUMING NEW TOWN HIGH DENSITY PLOT RATIO CONTROLS, FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

FOR MEDIUM AND LOW DENSITY HOUSING, THE COMMITTEE RECOGNISES AN EXISTING SHORTFALL OF NEW SITES AND EXPECTS THIS TO ACCUMULATE OVER THE SHORT TERM. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS A LAND SALES TARGET OF 22 HECTARES A YEAR, ASSUMING NEW TOWN MEDIUM DENSITY PLOT RATIO CONTROLS, FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

/TO BOOST ...

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TO BOOST LAND PRODUCTION FOR HOUSING, AND TO ENSURE THAT THE USE OF NEW SITES IS MAXIMISED, THE COMMITTEE HAS ENDORSED:

X STUDIES ON THE SCOPE FOR, AND DESIRABILITY OF, RAISING POPULATION DENSITIES IN NEW PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING ESTATES.

X STUDIES ON THE FEASIBILITY AND DESIRABILITY OF REZONING FOR A HIGHER DENSITY OF DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN NEW TOWNS CURRENTLY ZONED FOR LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

X TERRITORY-WIDE STUDIES TO IDENTIFY NEW AREAS FOR LONG-TERM LARGE-SCALE DEVELOPMENT, WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN OVERALL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY.

X STUDIES ON IMPROVING THE CAPACITIES OF SITES SET ASIDE ON A LONG TERM BASIS FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING.

TURNING TO LAND FOR INDUSTRY, THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT IT HAS COMPARED THE FORECAST DISTRIBUTION OF LAND PRODUCTION FOR LIGHT MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WITH ITS OWN ASSESSMENTS OF LAND REQUIREMENTS FOR FLATTED FACTORY DEVELOPMENT IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA, THE NORTH EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES AND THE NORTH WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT THERE SHOULD BE ADEQUATE INDUSTRIAL LAND AVAILABLE UNTIL 1985/86 TO ACHIEVE A BALANCE BETWEEN REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT NEEDS AND POPULATION GROWTH. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS A LAND SALES TARGET OF 11.8 HECTARES A YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO ACHIEVE SUCH A BALANCE IN EACH OF THE THREE REGIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT, IN THE INTERESTS OF DIVERSIFICATION, A VIGOROUS LAND SALES PROGRAMME SHOULD BE PURSUED UNTIL THERE ARE CLEAR SIGNS OF PRICE STABILISATION. IT NOTES THAT IN 1980/81 INDUSTRIAL LAND SALES EXCEEDED THE TARGET BY 31 PER CENT.

THE COMMITTEE IDENTIFIES SEVERAL AREAS OF GOVERNMENT POLICY OR PROCEDURE ABOUT WHICH IT EXPRESSES CONCERN OR WHICH IT FEELS DESERVE FURTHER STUDY:

X IMPROVING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION BY THE SETTING UP OF A COMPREHENSIVE, AND POSSIBLY COMPUTERISED, LAND INVENTORY SYSTEM.

X IMPROVING MANPOWER PLANNING TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SUITABLY QUALIFIED STAFF.

* GIVING THE PRIVATE SECTOR A BIGGER PART IN THE PRODUCTION OF FORMED LAND THROUGH INCREASED SALES OF UNFORMED LAND.

/* KEEPINS .......

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* KEEPING LAND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AND PROVISION OF MAJOR TRANSPORT LINKS IN A REASONABLE BALANCE.

# IMPROVING CO-ORDINATION OF PLANNING

AND DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE MAIN URBAN AREAS.

OF PARTICULAR CONCERN TO THE COMMITTEE IS THE WIDE EXTENT TO WHICH FORMED SITES IN KEY DEVELOPMENT AREAS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE OCCUPIED BY TEMPORARY USES. WHILE THE COMMITTEE RECOGNISES THAT IT IS PRUDENT TO ALLOW FOR THE PLANNED TEMPORARY USE OF LAND IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, IT NOTES THAT:

* IN STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT AREAS

SUCH AS KOWLOON BAY, CHAI WAN AND

WAN CHAI RECLAMATIONS, TEMPORARY USES

HAVE FOR YEARS STOOD IN THE WAY OF

INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

* OF 350 HECTARES OF FORMED SITES OCCUPIED BY TEMPORARY USES IN 1980, 84 PER CENT COMPRISED SITES ZONED FOR OPEN SPACES AND COMMUNITY USES.

THE COMMITTEE PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT A DISTRICT BY DISTRICT REVIEW OF TEMPORARY LAND USES WITH A VIEW TO RELEASING LAND FOR PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

THE COMMITTEE HAS NOT, AT PRESENT, REACHED ANY CONCLUSIONS ON THE SUPPLY OF LAND FOR COMMERCIAL OFFICES.

A GOVERNMENT NOTICE ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 1, 1981 TO MAY 31, 1982 APPEARED IN THE GAZETTE OF JUNE 19, 1981.

MR W.M. SULKE, MR GEOFFREY M.T. YEH, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT HAVE JOINED THE COMMITTEE.

THE HON LI FOOK-WO, AND THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS HAVE RETIRED FROM THE COMMITTEE.

THE TITLE OF THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY, AS IT IS CONCERNED NOT ONLY WITH PRODUCTION OF NEW LAND, BUT ALSO WITH PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISPOSAL OF LAND AND WITH MAKING OPTIMAL USE OF EXISTING LAND RESOURCES.

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1981

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PLASTICS INDUSTRY HOLDING MANPOWER SURVEY

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A MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY WILL BE CARRIED OUT NEXT MONTH BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE SURVEY, THE SIXTH OF ITS KIND PLANNED BY THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE LABOUR AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS, WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 7 TO 17.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH

AND CHINESE WERE SENT OUT TODAY (MONDAY) TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY RANDOM STRATIFIED SAMPLING, SEEKING INFORMATION ON NUMBERS OF EXISTING EMPLOYEES, VACANCIES, AND OTHER PERSONNEL AND TRAINING MATTERS.

IF NECESSARY, OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TO ANSWER QUERIES AND ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

MR DENNIS TING, CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD, SAID THE SURVEY WAS NECESSARY IN VIEW OF THE MANY CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE THE ONE CONDUCTED TWO YEARS AGO.

SINCE THE INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM THE SURVEY IS IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY, HE URGED EMPLOYERS TO CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION.

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

ANYONE HAVING ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY TELEPHONE

MRS W.M. LEE, AT: 5-7216024 OR MR P.H. MA OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AT 5-281380 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED *****

FOUR NEW ITEMS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED FOR DECLARATION AS POTENTIAL MONUMENTS BY THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD IN 1980, IT IS STATED IN THE BOARD’S SECOND ANNUAL REPORT JUST PUBLISHED.

THE FOUR ITEMS ARE THE DAIRY FARM BUILDING AT WYNDHAM STREET, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, NORTH, (OLD TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE), HAKKA WAI - A WALLED VILLAGE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE FORT RUINS AT FAN LAU, LANTAU ISLAND.

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1980, THERE ARE NINE GAZETTED MONUMENTS IN HONG KONG AND ONE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING GAZETTED.

THEY ARE : THE DUDDELL STREET STEPS AND GAS LAMPS- THE ROCK CARVINGS AT BIG WAVE BAY- THE TUNG CHUNG FORT, LANTAU ISLAND-THE ROCK CARVINGS AT SHEK PIK- THE ROCK CARVINGS AT PO TOI- THE ROCK INSCRIPTION AT JOSS HOUSE BAY- THE ROCK CARVINGS AT KAU SAI CHAU- THE ROCK CARVINGS AT TUNG LUNG ISLAND- TUNG LUNG FORT-AND SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE.

/THE ANTIQUITIES

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... THE ANTIQU IT IES ADVISORY BOARD IS A STATUTORY BODY SET UP ]M-r^Z^-rTrcADVISE THE AUTHORITIES ON ANY MATTERS RELATING TO ANTIQUITIES OR MONUMENTS.

,. ,'N THE 1980 ANNUAL REPORT, THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR BRIAN VvILSON, WHO Io ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, SAID THAT THE BOARD HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY CONCERNED AT THE DELAYS AND LACK OF SUCCESS ON THE QUESTION OF PROCEDURE FOR DECLARATION OF

+IN THE FOUR YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, NOT A SINGLE POTENTIAL MONUMENT IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP HAS BEEN DECLARED, AND SEVERAL CROWN LAND CASES HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING SINCE 1977,+ HE SAID.

HE FELT THAT THERE WAS A GROWING NEED FOR SOME OTHER MORE SWIFTLY APPLIED PROCEDURE WHICH WOULD APPEAR TO HAVE LESS EFFECT ON THE INTERESTS OF OWNERS AND WHICH WOULD PROVIDE INTERIM PROTECTION SO AS TO ENSURE THAT NO POTENTIAL MONUMENT WAS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED WHILE THE MERITS OF THE CASE WERE CONSIDERED.

MR WILSON BELIEVED THAT WITH THE PRESENT PROCEDURE, THE CARDS ‘WERE STACKED AGAINST CONSERVATION.

+WHERE THERE IS ANY CONFLICT BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, IT IS TOO OFTEN THE CASE THAT DEVELOPMENT WINS.+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE NOTED THAT DESPITE THIS, THERE WERE REFRESHING SIGNS OF A BODY OF OPINION IN FAVOUR OF PRESERVING HISTORICAL PLACES.

THE REPORT ALSO DISCLOSED THAT AMENDMENTS HAD BEEN PROPOSED TO THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR LEGAL PROTECTION OF SPECIAL SITES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL INTEREST (SSAI’S).

THE REGISTRATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AS SSAI’S IS AN ADMINISTRATIVE DEVICE FOR MARKING SITES ON LAYOUT PLANS TO ENSURE THAT NOTHING IS DONE TO HARM THE SITES WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION.

+FOR SOME TIME, IT HAS BEEN FELT THAT THIS WAS ONLY A HALFMEASURE, BECAUSE IT LEFT DEVELOPERS AND PLANNERS WITH THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY HAD ONLY TO GIVE PRIOR NOTICE (FOR AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESCUE OPERATION) AND THEN TAKE OVER THE SSAI,+ MR WILSON SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF CASES WHERE SSAI’S HAVE BEEN LOST AS A RESULT OF DEVELOPMENT. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE BOARD AGREED THAT SSAI’S SHOULD RECEIVE LEGAL PROTECTION BY DECLARATION SO AS TO MAKE IT CLEAR AT AN EARLY STAGE THAT PLANNING CANNOT INCLUDE TAKING OVER AN SSAI AND THAT IT IS WRONG TO ASSUME THAT SSAI’S ARE EXPENDIBLE AFTER GIVING NOTICE.

THE OBJECT, HE EXPLAINED, IS TO PROCLAIM A LEGAL +HANDS-OFF+ POLICY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN OBTAINING A FREE COPY OF THE ANNUAL REPORT MAY CALL THE USD ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE AT TELEPHONE NO. 3-7216283.

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1981

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KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD SETS PROGRAMMES

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD IS TO SPEND $1.1 MILLION ON A SERIES OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE FUNDS WERE APPROVED THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON DURING THE BOARD’S THIRD MEETING.

THE PROGRAMMES INCLUDE A HOST OF SPORTS, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL EVENTS, CATERING FOR ALL AGES, AS WELL AS PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DISTRICT.

ONE OF THE MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IS TO BEAUTIFY THE KWUN TONG ROUNDABOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF KWUN TONG ROAD AND HIP WO STREET, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

+WE INTEND TO PUT IN FLOWER BEDS AND GREENERY SO AS TO TRANSFORM THE AREA INTO A MUCH MORE PLEASANT AND APPEALING PLACE,* HE SAID.

WORK WAS EXPECTED TO START SOON, HE ADDED.

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL WORK, HE SAID, WOULD INCLUDE REMOVING STRUCTURES AND OBSTACLES BLOCKING SIDE AND REAR LANES IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTPATH AT ON LOK TSUEN FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE VILLAGERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A TOTAL OF $308 200 HAD BEEN ALLOCATED FOR THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND THE KWUN TONG CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION FOR VARIOUS PROGRAMMES.

♦THESE COVER A WHOLE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES FROM SPORTS

TRAINING COURSES AND SINGING AND DANCING LESSONS TO ARTS EXHIBITIONS AND A RECREATIONAL CARNIVAL. IN SHORT, THERE WILL BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THE DISTRICT,* HE SAID.

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DISTRICT COMMITTEES DOING GOOD JOB

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DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES (DMC’S) ARE FUNCTIONING EFFECTIVELY IN SOLVING LOCAL PROBLEMS DESPITE THE SHORT HISTORY OF THEIR FORMATION, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, I4< AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING TO MEMBERS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR CHUI SAID THE MAIN ROLE OF DMC’S WAS TO COORDINATE THE WORK OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHICH CAN THEN ACT QUICKLY TO MEET LOCAL PEOPLE’S NEEDS.

THE DMC’S, CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER OR TOWN MANAGER, ARE MADE UP OF OFFICIALS FROM MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

MR CHUI SAID IN THE NEW TERRITORIES NEW TOWN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN SHA TIN, TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN AS EARLY AS JULY 1973, AND IN TAI PO AND FANLING/SHEUNG SHU I IN 1979.

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1981

THE ROLE OF THESE NEW TOWN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES WAS TO ADVISE THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ON MATTERS CONCERNING THE MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE FACILITIES AND THE PROMOTION OF RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TOWNS.

AFTER PUBLICATION THIS YEAR OF THE WHITE PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ALL THESE COMMITTEES HAD BEEN RETITLED DMC’S, WITH THEIR SPHERE OF RESPONSIBILITIES ENLARGED TO COVER THE WHOLE DISTRICT.

IN THE REMAINING NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS - YUEN LONG, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS - DMC’S HAD ALSO BEEN SET UP BEFORE APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT BOARDS, MR CHUI SAID THEIR ROLE WAS MAINLY ADVISORY, BUT THEY MIGHT APPOINT SUB-COMMITTEES TO DEAL WITH TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL SERVICE, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING MATTERS.

HE SAID IN 1980/81 THERE WERE 26 SUB-COMMITTEES FORMED BY DISTRICT BOARDS- AT PRESENT THERE WERE 41, SOME CHAIRED BY UNOFFICIAL BOARD MEMBERS.

MEMBERSHIP OF DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BE WIDENED TO INCLUDE 56 ELECTED MEMBERS FROM APRIL NEXT YEAR, MR CHUI SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS DIVIDED INTO EIGHT DISTRICTS WITH 46 ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCIES.

HE SAID PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WERE GIVEN LEGAL EFFECT FOLLOWING PUBLICATION IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JUNE 12 THIS YEAR OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS BILL 1981, THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)(N0.2) BILL 1981 AND ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL 1981.

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ENGLISH TEACHING COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS * * * *

CHINESE MIDDLE

TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN ANGLO-CHINESE AND

SECONDARY SCHOOLS CAN ATTEND A SERIES OF INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSES NEXT MONTH, ORGANISED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM 10 AM TO 12 NOON BETWEEN JULY 21 AND 25, AND WILL COVER THE IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE THE OBJECTIVES OF SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING TRAINING THE PUPILS TO LISTEN, GETTING THE PUPILS TO SPEAK DRAMA IN THE ENGLISH CLASS, GRASPING THE MAIN IDEA IN READING, AND PRACTICAL WRITING. THERE WILL ALSO BE RELATED FILM SHOWS FOR SOME OF THE COURSES.

NO FEES WILL BE CHARGED, AND TEACHERS CAN CHOOSE TO ATTEND ANY OR ALL OF THE COURSES.

/A CERTIFICATE

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A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO ALL TEACHERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE COMPLETE SERIES OF COURSES.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT BY JULY 26 TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

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MORE MUSIC FOR NT CHILDREN * * * *

RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE ANOTHER PLACE TO PURSUE THE ART OF MUSIC FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF A NEW MUSIC TRAINING CENTRE AT TAI PO TODAY (MONDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO MUSIC TRAINING CENTRE THIS AFTERNOON WERE : BY MR K.C. LO, DISTRICT OFFICER (TAI PO)- MR WONG YUEN CHEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE- MR CHEUNG CHE FAN, CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION- MR DONALD YAP, CHAIRMAN OF THE RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIR SUB-COMMITTEE OF TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD- AND MRS ELIZABETH WONG, HEAD OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE NEW CENTRE IS LOCATED AT THE FIRST FLOOR OF MEI TAK BUILDING, 27 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR MUSIC PRACTICE ROOMS AND A LOBBY FOR ENSEMBLE TRAINING AND PRACTICE.

EQUIPPED WITH PIANO, VIDEO-RECORDER AND TV MONITOR FOR AURAL AND THEORY TRAINING, THE CENTRE WILL PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA TO LEARN MUSIC.

THIS IS THE SECOND CENTRE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES RUN BY THE MUSIC OFFICE- THE FIRST ONE IS AT TSUEN WAN. CLASSES IN THE OTHER DISTRICTS ARE NOW BEING HELD AT SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND YOUTH CENTRES.

WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE MUSIC OFFICE IS PLANNING TO SET UP MORE CENTRES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE FUTURE.

AT PRESENT, ABOUT 150 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING CLASSES ARE RUN BY THE MUSIC OFFICE IN VARIOUS NT DISTRICTS.

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1981

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PWD ENGINEERS SERVED LONG AND WELL * * * *

TWO CHIEF ENGINEERS OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ARE RETIRING AFTER SERVING IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR A COMBINED TOTAL OF 55 YEARS.

THEY ARE MR TSANG NAI-LOK, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, AND MR CHAN YAN, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION.

TO MARK THEIR RETIREMENT, MR EDDIE SHORT, ACTING DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, TODAY (MONDAY) PRESENTED THEM WITH SOUVENIRS ON BEHALF OF THEIR COLLEAGUES.

MR SHORT RECALLED THAT MR TSANG JOINED THE PORT WORKS DIVISION OF THE PWD’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER IN 1953.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ENGINEER IN JANUARY 1960, AND TO SENIOR ENGINEER IN JULY, 1967. HE BECAME CHIEF ENGINEER IN AUGUST, 1973.

+OVER THE PAST 27 YEARS, MR TSANG RENDERED HIS SERVICE MAINLY IN TWO MAJOR BRANCHES OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, NAMELY PORT WORKS AND HIGHWAYS,* MR SHORT SAID.

+THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER IN PWD, MR TSANG HAS BEEN-RESPECTED FOR HIS HIGH STANDARD OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE, THE INTEGRITY AND THOROUGHNESS WITH WHICH HE HAS CARRIED OUT HIS DUTIES.*

MR CHAN YAN JOINED THE DRAINAGE WORKS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE IN 1954 AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER, WORKING ON THE DESIGN OF THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN CONNECTION WITH HUNG HOM RECLAMATION.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ENGINEER IN AUGUST, 1962 AND TO SENIOR ENGINEER IN SEPTEMBER, 1969. HE WAS PROMOTED TO CHIEF ENGINEER IN AUGUST, 1973.

MR SHORT SAID: +MR CHAN WAS AWARDED A TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP IN 1963 AND SPENT ONE YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE, OBTAINING HIS DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING.

+SINCE THAT TIME HE HAS SPENT MUCH OF HIS CAREER IN THE DRAINAGE OFFICE AND IS A SPECIALIST IN SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND RELATED PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING MATTERS.*

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WORK ON WATER MAINS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHEUNG KWAI CHUNG WILL EE TURNED OFF FOR TEN HOURS FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 24) TO 8 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 25) FOR INSTALLATION OF WATER MAINS.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES AT WO YI HOP ROAD, BOUNDED BY LEI MUK ROAD, CHUN PIN STREET, AND TA CHUEN PING STREET, INCLUDING LAM TIN STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

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WATER LEAKAGE TESTS * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MID-NIGHT TO 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 24) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

^FFECTED W,LL BE PREMISES AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK STREET, BOUNDARY STREET AND POPLAR STREET INCLUDING MAPLE STREET. TAI NAN STREET, KI LUNG STREET, YU CHAU STREET AND APLIU STREET.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO

BUSY DAY FOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ............................ 1

DIRECTORATE CHANGES AT TICD.................................. 2

YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHED.................... 3

TSUEN WAN ENQUIRIES CENTRES TO REMAIN OPEN IN EVENINGS .. 4

EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO REPORT WORKERS’ INJURIES .............. 5

WORKMEN WARNED OF NEED TO WEAR SAFETY HELMETS ............... 5

TEACHER TRAINING COURSES OFFERED ............................ 6

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS .............................. 8

WATER WORKS IN TWO AREAS .................................... 8

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1981

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BUSY DAY FOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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IT WILL BE A BUSY DAY AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WHEN 11 NEW BILLS, INCLUDING THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL, ARE INTRODUCED FOR THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

IN ADDITION, FOUR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO SPEAK ON +THE GOVERNMENT’S SOCIAL WELFARE SUBVENTION POLICY* TO BE RAISED BY DR THE HON HARRY FANG DURING AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ALSO ASK SEVEN QUESTIONS ON A VARIETY CF MATTERS AFFECTING THE PUBLIC.

THE HON LYDIA DUNN WILL ASK A QUESTION AS TO GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IN REGARD TO THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ARRIVING IN HONG KONG SO FAR THIS YEAR.

ON THE MATTER OF SUICIDES AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDES AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER INCREASING THE PROVISION OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

DR HO WILL ALSO ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT EXISTING REGULATIONS AND MONITORING CONTROLS ARE SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE SAFETY OF DEMOLITION WORKS.

ON ANOTHER ASPECT OF SAFETY, THE HON WONG PO-YAN WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE PROGRESS MADE ON THE MATTER OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS.

THE HON PETER C. WONG WILL ASK IF GOVERNMENT HAS ANY POSITIVE PLAN TO RELIEVE *THE SERIOUS TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.*

IN RELATION TO PUBLIC INTEREST ON THE ISSUE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN WILL ASK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF REPORTED HOMICIDE CASES, WHEN THE LAST CONVICTED MURDERER WAS EXECUTED IN HONG KONG, AND HOW MANY PERSONS WHOSE DEATH SENTENCES HAVE BEEN COMMUTED TO TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT HAVE SINCE BEEN RELEASED.

THE HON ANDREW SO KWOK-WING WILL ASK WHAT EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT TO PROMOTE FAMILY, SCHOOL AND SOCIAL LIFE EDUCATION.

/THE BILLS .......

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

THE BILLS TO BE READ A FIRST AND SECOND TIME AREt

(1) DISTRICT BOARDS BILL 1981-

(2) ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL 1981-

(3) URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981-

(4) PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981-

(5) SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981-

(6) SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981-

(7) CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981-

(8) MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1981-

(9) LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1981-

(10) ROAD TUNNELS (GOVERNMENT) BILL 1981 AND

(11) MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981.

THREE OTHER BILLS WILL BE READ A THIRD TIME. THEY AREi PUBLIC HOLIDAY (PRINCE OF WALES’ WEDDING) BILL 1981- LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, AND MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) CHANGES IN DIRECTORATE POSTS TAKING PLACE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD, PROCEEDS ON LEAVE TOMORROW (JUNE 24), AND DURING HIS ABSENCE THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY MR LAWRENCE MILLS, WILL BE APPOINTED ACTING DIRECTOR OF TICD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, NF ALEX PURVES WILL BE APPOINTED ACTING COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY.

WHEN MR DORWARD RETURNS FROM LEAVE ON AUGUST 23, MR MILLS WILL TAKE UP THE POST OF COMMISSIONER OF TRADE.

THE PRESENT COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR PETER TSAO, WILL PROCEED ON LEAVE IN AUGUST, AND ON HIS RETURN IN LATE OCTOBER, WILL TAKE UP THE POST OF COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1981

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YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHtD

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A FEATURE OF THIS YEAR’S YUEN LONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME WILL BE A TWO-DAY RECREATION CAMP FOR THE ABLE AND THE DISABLED.

DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) WHEN LAUNCHING THE PROGRAMME AT THE LUT SAU HALL.

HE SAID THE CAMP WAS BEING HELD IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR THE DISABLED.

IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON JULY 4 AND 5 AT THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ABLE BODIED CENTRE AT POK FU LAM. OF THE 100 PEOPLE TAKING PART 60 WILL BE HANDICAPPED.

+THIS SHOWS THAT THE DISABLED ARE NOT BEING NEGLECTED. BUT ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.* MR CHUI SAID. '

MORE THAN 160 SPORTS, RECREATIONAL AND OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT SCHOOLS, VILLAGE OPEN SPACES, YOUTH CENTRES, THE TOWN HALL AND PLAYGROUNDS IN THE DISTRICT OVER THE COMING TWO MONTHS.

ABOUT 50 000 LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN BALL GAMES, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, VISITS, SKILL TRAINING, CAMPING, CULTURAL SHOWS AND OUTINGS.

MR CHUI SAID THE AIMS OF THE ACTIVITIES WERE TO RELIEVE TENSION AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS BY ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN HEALTHY PURSUITS.

♦SUCH ACTIVITIES CAN HELP THEM BUILD UP CONFIDENCE, LEARN USEFUL SKILLS AND CULTIVATE NEW INTERESTS,* HE SAID.

+A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND A SOUND PERSONALITY CAN ALSO BE DEVELOPED.*

PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN YUEN LONG WOULD BE IMPROVED AND EXPANDED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, MR CHUI SAID.

MAJOR PROJECTS WOULD INCLUDE A COVERED SPECTATOR STAND AT THE STADIUM, A SWIMMING COMPLEX, A LIBRARY AND SQUASH COURTS.

SUITABLE SITES WERE ALSO OUTLINED FOR BUILDING SKATING RINKS. A MINI-SOCCER PITCH AND BASKETBALL, BADMINTON, AND TENNIS COURTS.

HE SAID IN THE NEAR FUTURE THE LUT SAU HALL WOULD BE HANDED OVER TO THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT AND ARRANGE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE.

HE EXPRESSED HOPE THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS, APART FROM IMPROVING ADMINISTRATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE PARTICPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS, ESPECIALLY RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FUNCTIONS.

/also officiating .......

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ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, W TAI KUEN- THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG- AND THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MISS CHAN JOY-YIN.

THIS YEAR, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAVE PROVIDED NEARLY $47 OOO FOR THE PROGRAMME. A FURTHER $50 □□□ WILL BE PROVIDED THROUGH LOCAL DONATIONS.

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TSUEN WAN ENQUIRIES CENTRES TO REMAIN OPEN IN EVENINGS *****

TWO OF TSUEN WAN’S BUSIEST PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRES WILL REMAIN OPEN TWO EVENINGS A WEEK STARTING NEXT MONTH.

THE CENTRES, AT BLOCK 14 OF SHEK LEI ESTATE IN KWAI CHUNG AND AT 93, HOI PA STREET IN TSUEN WAN, WILL STAY OPEN UNTIL 9.15 PM EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.

AT PRESENT, ALL EIGHT PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT OPEN FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID IF THE ADDITIONAL EVENING HOURS PROVED POPULAR, CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO EXTENDING THE SERVICE TO OTHER CENTRES.

..... ^E H0PE RODENTS, PARTICULARLY WORKING MEMBERS OF FAMILIES, OR SEEKf|NGAHELPEJ,HE SA*d'CE M0RE C0NVEN,ENT F0R L0DGING COMPLAINTS

FACILITIES PROVIDED AT THE TWO CENTRES IN THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE ON ALL GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND ^L»C IES DISTRIBUTION 0F PAMPHLETS AND FORMS, RENTAL MATTERS AND PROCESSING APPLICATIONS FOR FREE LEGAL ADVICE.

n.v TiIrTUT°RY DECLARATIONS, HOWEVER, WILL ONLY BE PROVIDED DURING DAT IIME•

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, STAFF AT THE EIGHT TSUEN aJS ^^<?n.Ei!QU,R,ES SERV,CE CENTRES HANDLED OVER 146 000 ENQUIRIES AND DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 204 000 FORMS AND PAMPHLETS.

.mr/BUT WE WANT M0RE COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS,* THE SPOKESMAN

ADDED.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO REPORT WORKERS’ INJURIES * * *

THREE EMPLOYERS WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $2 4CJ BY THE COURTS LAST MONTH (MAY) FOR FAILING TO INFORM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THEIR EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE STATUTORY PERIOD OF SEVEN DAYS.

TWO OF THE EMPLOYERS WERE EACH FINED $1 OOO - THE MAXIMUM FINE PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT IF AN EMPLOYEE IS INJURED AT WORK AND IS GIVEN SICK LEAVE BY A DOCTOR FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS, THE EMPLOYER SHOULD NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF THIS IN THE PRESCRIBED FORM WITHIN SEVEN DAYS.

THE EMPLOYER SHOULD DO SO WHETHER OR NOT THE ACCIDENT GIVES RISE TO LIABILITY FOR COMPENSATION.

THE THREE COURT CASES WERE AMONG A TOTAL OF 822 TAKEN OUT BY THE DEPARTMENT’S PROSECUTIONS UNIT LAST MONTH FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LEGISLATION.

A TOTAL OF 797 CASES RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS, WITH FINES TOTALLING $732 500.

OF THESE CASES, 269 CONCERNED VIOLATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS WITH FINES OF $416 500, INCLUDING 126 (WITH $240 600 IN FINES) FOR BREACHES OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS AND 103 (WITH $132 000 IN FINES) FOR BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS.

OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS ACCOUNTED FOR 435 CASES, AND $240 650 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER CASES, 31 (WITH $32 050 IN FINES) RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP OR PRODUCE FOR INSPECTION RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES.

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WORKMEN WARNED OF NEED TO WEAR SAFETY HELMETS * * *

WORKMEN WHO REFUSE TO WEAR SAFETY HELMETS PROVIDED BY EMPLOYERS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES RISK BEING PROSECUTED AND FINED UP TO $10 000, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS COMMENTING ON A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A CARPENTER WAS FINED $100 FOR BREACHING THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS BY FAILING TO WEAR A SAFETY HELMET PROVIDED BY HIS EMPLOYER.

REGULATION 69, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT, STATES THAT +ANY CONTRACTOR OR WORKMAN ENGAGED IN CONSTRUCTION WORK WHO WILFULLY AND WITHOUT REASONABLE CAUSE DOES ANYTHING LIKELY TO ENDANGER HIMSELF OR OTHERS SHALL BE GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE AND SHALL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $10 000+.

/the spokesman

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THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED! +BY INTERPRETATION OF THAT REGULATION, THE CARPENTER ENDANGERED HIMSELF BY NOT WEARING A SAFETY HELMET PROVIDED BY HIS EMPLOYER.+

AN INSPECTOR VISITING A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN JANUARY THIS YEAR HAD FOUND THE CARPENTER WITHOUT AND TRIED TO GET HIM TO WEAR ONE. BUT THE ADVICE

WHEN THE CARPENTER IGNORED A SIMILAR REQUEST MANAGER, HE WAS ISSUED WITH A SUMMONS.

SHA TIN IN A SAFETY HELMET WAS IGNORED.

MADE BY THE SITE

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TEACHER TRAINING COURSES OFFERED *****

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW INVITED FOR THE THREE-YEAR AND TWO-YEAR TEACHER TRAINING COURSES COMMENCING THIS SEPTEMBER AT THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

ALL THREE COLLEGES ARE OFFERING A THREE-YEAR COURSE IN ENGLISH, WHILE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS ALSO OFFERING A THREE-YEAR COURSE IN CHINESE, AND NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS OFFERING A TWO-YEAR COURSE IN ENGLISH.

♦THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE INITIAL COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION ARE TO TRAIN STUDENTS TO BECOME QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO TEACH GENERAL SUBJECTS AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL AND TO TEACH THREE ELECTIVE SUBJECTS TO THE LEVEL OF FORM 3,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE TWO FULL-TIME THREE-YEAR COURSES WILL COMPRISE A CORE CURRICULUM OF A COMPULSORY PROGRAMME OF STUDIES, TWO SUBJECTS ELECTED ON A MAJOR ELECTIVE BASIS AND ONE SUBJECT ON A MINOR ELECTIVE BASIS.

APPLICANTS FOR THE ENGLISH COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT AN ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL AND THOSE FOR THE CHINESE COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT A CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY SHOULD HAVE REACHED 17 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1981.

THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN AT LEASE SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS AT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (HKCEE) LEVEL. GRADES OBTAINED SHOULD BE AT LEAST GRADE C IN TWO SUBJECTS, PLUS AT LEAST GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECTS AND AT LEAST GRADE E IN ANOTHER THREE SUBJECTS.

♦CHINESE LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE MUST BE INCLUDED AMONG THE SIX SUBJECTS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COURSE STRUCTURE OF THE FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR COURSE IN ENGLISH IS BASICALLY THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE THREE-YEAR COURSE.

/♦THE ENTRY ......

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+THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR A MAJOR ELECTIVE SUBJECT IS NORMALLY A PASS IN THAT SUBJECT AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICANTS FOR THE TWO-YEAR COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED TWO YEARS OF EDUCATION BEYOND FORM 5 IN AN ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL, AND SHOULD HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1981.

THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS, INCLUDING GRADE E OR ABOVE AT ADVANCED LEVEL IN AT LEAST TWO SUBJECTS, PLUS AT LEAST GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECT AT HKCEE LEVEL AND AT LEAST GRADE E IN ANOTHER THREE SUBJECTS AT HKCEE LEVEL.

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE MUST BE INCLUDED AMONG THE SIX SUBJECTS.

♦APPLICANTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR COURSE MAY ALSO APPLY FOR A FULL-TIME THREE-YEAR COURSE, BUT A SEPARATE APPLICATION MUST BE MADE FOR EACH COURSE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TUITION FEES FOR THE COURSES IS $800 PER ANNUM.

♦STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN OF UP TO $2 400 PER ANNUM, REPAYABLE MONTHLY OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OF THE COURSE- AND ALSO A MAINTENANCE GRANT OF UP TO $2 000 PER ANNUM,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UPON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ENTERED INTO THE OFFICIAL REGISTER OF TEACHERS, BUT NEITHER THE GOVERNMENT NOR THE COLLEGES CAN GUARANTEE EMPLOYMENT FOR THEM, HE ADDED.

SELECTION OF STUDENTS TO THE COLLEGES IS ADMINISTERED BY THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION JOINT SELECTION BOARD.

FOR STUDENT APPLICANTS, THE PRINCIPALS OF THEIR SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO OBTAIN THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF APPLICATION FORMS OF EACH TYPE OF COURSES AND RETURN THEM TO SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, 6 CALDECOTT ROAD, KOWLOON.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY LEFT SCHOOL CAN OBTAIN THE FORMS AND INFORMATION SHEETS FROM THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION- THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT LEE GARDENS, THIRD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG- AND THE KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE AT 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THESE APPLICANTS MUST PRESENT THE COMPLETED FORMS IN PERSON AT SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST REACH THE COLLEGE BY 1 PM ON AUGUST 21.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JUNE 27) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE HALL.

A TOTAL OF 35 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING.

THEY ARE : CL 936 CL 2111 BX 1 CL 6138 CL 1755

CL 448 CL 3382 CK 2229 CL 6168 CL 326

CK 6088 BJ 5566 CN 959 BP 8 CK 8223

CL 398 AA 686 HK 81 618 CK 3836

CL 118 CC 72 3288 CP 13 CL 132

CL 811 CK 8733 CK 4270 CL 1638 CK 322

CK 8813 AK 2232 CL 3930 CL 3168 CK 1918

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

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

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

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 65TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN BE INTERRUPTED FOR 10 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY, THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR CONNECTION WORK ON THE WATER

YAU MA TEI WILL JUNE 25, TO 7 AM MAIN.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED COVERS NATHAN ROAD JORDAN ROAD TO PAK HOI STREET INCLUDING MAU LAM STREET, CHEUNG LOK STREET AND NAM KING STREET. NATHAN ROAD TO SHANGHAI STREET INCLUDING PARKES STREET AND TEMPLE ST'GET WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

TO CHI WO STREET, STREET, SAIGON SECTIONS FROM STREET, WOO SUNG

ADDITIONALLY, IN KWAI CHUNG, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY KWAI HING ROAD, TAI LIN PAI ROAD, KWAI FOOK ROAD TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WO Yl HOP ROAD, KWOK SHU I ROAD AND LEI '-:JK ROAD TO YIP SHING STREET WILL GE CUT -O'" ° PM ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26, TO 7 AM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27, POP INSTALLATION WORK.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

PUBLIC VIEWS ON RENTS TO BE FULLY CONSIDERED ............. 1

GOVERNMENT URGED TO DISCOUNT PUBLIC DONATIONS ............ 3

REVISED SUBVENTION SYSTEM PROPOSED ....................... 7

124 DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED TO JAIL TERMS ............... 9

FERRY FARES GO UP NEXT MONTH............................. 10

STUDENT GUIDANCE, COUNSELLING SERVICES TO BE EXPANDED .. 11

GOVERNMENT EFFORT 1 WIDE-RANGING1 ....................... 13

MOVE TO STOP SPEEDBOATS CARRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS .... 14

THREE MAIN AIMS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SPELLED OUT ..................................................... 16

PLANS IN HAND TO EASE TUNNEL TRAFFIC .................... 18

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EFFORTS INCREASED ..................... 19

PROTECTION ADEQUATE...................................... 20

NO POLICY CHANGE ON BOAT PEOPLE.......................... 21

THREE BILLS PASSED ...................................... 21

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY ............................ 22

SUSPECTED IMPORTED CHOLERA CASE............................... 25

NEW ROAD SET TO OPEN IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST ................... 26

GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER TO BE CLOSED FOR SIX NIGHTS ........... 26

STUDENTS JOIN TUEN MUN TREE PLANTING DAY ..................... 27

MODEL WORKER AWARD SCHEME TO BE LAUNCHED IN TSUEN WAN ........ 28

WORK ON L.TER SUPPLY SYSTEM................................... 28

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 1981

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PUBLIC VIEWS ON RENTS TO BE FULLY CONSIDERED * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUS ING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, HAS GIVEN AN ASSURANCE THAT FULL CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED ON THE PROPOSALS RELATING TO RENT CONTROLS FOR POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES.

HE GAVE THE ASSURANCE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

MR LIAO NOTED THAT THE SUBJECT OF RENT CONTROL WAS A COMPLEX ONE ON WHICH IT WAS UNLIKELY THAT THERE WOULD EVER BE A CONSENSUS AMONG THE DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.

♦THE AIM MUST BE TO STRIKE A REASONABLE BALANCE BETWEEN THE INTERESTS OF THE PARTIES CONCERNED,+ HE SAID.

OUTLINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE BILL, HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED THAT, AS SOON AS CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT, EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO PHASE OUT RENT CONTROLS, + IT WOULD BE CLEARLY WRONG TO TAKE A DECISION TO REMOVE THEM SO RAPIDLY THAT CHAOS WOULD RESULT.*

♦GOVERNMENT, AFTER CAREFUL STUDY OF ALL THE FACTORS HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE EXISTING RENT CONTROL SYSTEM, WITH MINOR MODIFICATIONS, SHOULD BE RETAINED FOR THE TIME BEING.

♦HOWEVER, THE SITUATION WILL BE KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW, AND THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF GOVERNMENT POLICY WILL BE DECIDED IN THE LIGHT OF THE EFFECT OF THE MEASURES NOW PROPOSED,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL PROPOSES TO EXTEND PART II OF THE ORDINANCE FOR TWO FURTHER YEARS BEYOND THE PRESENT EXPIRY DATE OF DECEMBER 18, 1981. AT THE SAME TIME, A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE MADE ALONG THE LINES PROPOSED BY THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW.

THESE INCLUDE, RAISING THE BIENNIAL PERCENTAGE CEILING ON RENT INCREASES FROM 21 PER CENT TO 30 PER CENT- AND, EXCLUDING FROM CONTROLS UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE - PREMISES IN RESPECT OF WHICH AN OCCUPATION PERMIT IS FIRST ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 19, 1981- AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1981, TENANCIES OF PREMISES WITH A CURRENT RATEABLE VALUE OF $80 000 OR MORE- AND AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1982, TENANCIES OF PREMISES WITH A CURRENT RATEABLE VALUE OF $60 000 OR MORE.

/MR LIAO.......

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MR LIAO NOTED THAT THE LATEST ANALYSIS OF RENT INCREASES REPORTED TO THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT UNDER THE ORDINANCE SHOWS THAT THE CONTROLLED RENT OF THE AVERAGE TENANCY HAD FALLEN TO ABOUT 35 PER CENT OF THE FAIR MARKET RENT — A DROP OF ABOUT FIVE PER CENT FROM THAT NOTED BY THE COMMITTEE OF REVIEW IN EARLY 1980.

♦THIS LEVEL OF CONTROLLED RENT RELATIVE TO THE FAIR MARKET RENT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO DECLINE IF THE PRESENT RENT INCREASE CEILING IS MAINTAINED AT 21 PER CENT EVERY TWO YEARS,♦ HE SAID.

♦BY RAISING THE CEILING TO 30 PER CENT, IT IS HOPED THAT THE RATE AT WHICH THE CONTROLLED RENTS HAVE BEEN FALLING BEHIND MARKET RENTS WILL BE SLOWED DOWN.+

MR LIAO STRESSED THAT THE PROPOSED LIMIT OF 30 PER CENT, AS AGAINST THE EXISTING LIMIT OF 21 PER CENT, IS THE MAXIMUM BY WHICH A LANDLORD WILL BE PERMITTED TO INCREASE THE RENT OF A CONTROLLED PREMISES.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IN CASES WHERE THE EXISTING RENT STANDS AT MORE THAN 62-1/2 PER CENT OF MARKET RENT, THE TENANT WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THE FACTOR SYSTEM WHICH HAS THE EFFECT OF REDUCING THE SIZE OF INCREASE PERMITTED BY LAW IN SUCH CASES TO LESS THAN 30 PER CENT.

MR LIAO SAID MOST OF THE NEW TENANCIES WHICH HAVE BEEN AGREED SINCE CONTROLS WERE LAST EXTENDED IN DECEMBER 1979 WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE FACTOR SYSTEM. +THE MAXIMUM INCREASE OF 30 PER CENT WILL APPLY MAINLY TO TENANCIES ENTERED INTO BEFORE THAT TIME AND WHICH WILL HAVE ENJOYED RENTS WELL BELOW MARKET RENTS FOR A CONSIDERABLE PERIOD — PERHAPS SINCE 1973 WHEN THE PRESENT CONTROLS WERE INTRODUCED.+

THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM, MR LIAO SAID, LAY IN MEASURES TO INCREASE PRODUCTION OF FLATS FOR THE RENTAL MARKET, AND THIS IN TURN DEPENDED ON GREATER SUPPLY OF LAND.

♦THE PROPOSED EXCLUSION FROM CONTROL OF NEW BUILDINGS AND LUXURY PREMISES IS INTENDED TO ACHIEVE THIS, BY ENCOURAGING DEVELOPERS TO BUILD MORE FLATS FOR THE RENTAL MARKET, AND TO INDUCE OWNERS TO RENT OUT THEIR FLATS INSTEAD OF HOLDING THEM VACANT FOR SPECULATIVE OR OTHER REASONS.

♦BY THUS HELPING TO STIMULATE THE SUPPLY OF RENTED FLATS THESE MEASURES ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A POSITIVE STABILISING EFFECT ON THE MOVEMENT OF RENT,+ HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS TOLD TO DISCOUNT ALL UNDESIGNATED COMMUNITY CHEST ALLOCATIONS AND PUBLIC DONATIONS IN THEIR CALCULATION OF SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES.

AND IT WAS ALSO URGED TO IMPLEMENT WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY THE RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED IN A GOVERNMENT WORKING PARTY REPORT, PUBLISHED IN JUNE LAST YEAR, TO IMPROVE THE SUBVENTION SYSTEM.

THESE SUGGESTIONS WERE MADE BY DR HARRY FANG, THE REV JOYCE BENNETT, DR HO KAM-FAI AND MR F.K. HU AT THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON SOCIAL WELFARE SUBVENTIONS POLICY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DR FANG DESCRIBED THE CURRENT SUBVENTION SYSTEM AS +OUTDATED* AND CALLED FOR ITS REPLACEMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY A MORE EFFICIENT SYSTEM +WHICH WILL ENSURE THAT THE SERVICES REQUIRED BY THE COMMUNITY ARE PROVIDED AND ADEQUATELY FUNDED+.

HE SA IDs +THE MAIN DEFECTS OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM ARE THAT THERE ARE NO CLEAR-CUT GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW, THE ASSESSMENT OF INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES’ COSTS IS SUBJECTIVE, AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CANNOT BE CERTAIN FROM YEAR TO YEAR AS TO HOW MUCH THEY WILL GET FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THIS MAKES PLANNING OF THEIR BUDGET DIFFICULT. CERTAINTY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.

+AN ADDED CONTROVERSY IS WHETHER GENERAL DONATIONS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC, UNDESIGNATED COMMUNITY CHEST ALLOCATIONS AND FUNDS RAISED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES THEMSELVES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS INCOME LEADING TO A CORRESPONDING REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION - THE SO-CALLED ’SEE-SAW EFFECT’.*

COMMENTING ON THE WORKING PARTY’S PROPOSAL TO CLASSIFY SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES INTO THREE CATEGORIES, NAMELY +ESSENTIAL+, +NECESSARY+ AND +DESIRABLE+, DR FANG FELT IT WOULD IN PRACTICE CREATE DIFFICULTIES AND BE SUBJECT TO VALUE JUDGEMENTS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE CLASSIFICATION BE CONFINED TO TWO NEUTRAL CATEGORIES - PRIORITIES 1 AND 2 - BOTH OF WHICH SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBVENTIONS.

+THE FIRST CATEGORY SHOULD BE SUBVENTED FULLY, CALCULATED ON ACTUAL BASIC COST, PREFERABLY WITH AGREED SETS OF CODES OF AIDS FOR DIFFERENT SERVICES, IN ORDER TO ENABLE INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES, EVEN WITHOUT ADDITIONAL INCOME, TO RUN A BASIC APPROVED SERVICE,* HE SAID.

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+FOR THE SECOND CATEGORY, THE GOVERNMENT HAVING EXAMINED AND APPROVED INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES* BUDGETS SHOULD GIVE A DISCRETIONARY GRANT OF 75 TO 80 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL COST IN A LUMP SUM AND ALLOW THE AGENCIES TO GET ON WITH THEIR WORK WITH AUTONOMY AND FLEX IBILITY.+

ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED AND INCOME RAISED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FROM OTHER SOURCES SHOULD BE DISCOUNTED SO THAT THEY WOULD KNOW WHERE THEY STAND AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY, HE SAID.

DR FANG FURTHER SUGGESTED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WITH AN UNOFFICIAL CHAIRMAN, SHOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE FORUM TO EXAMINE AND REVIEW FROM TIME TO TIME THE CLASSIFICATION OF CATEGORIES AND THE STANDARD OF EACH TYPE OF SERVICES.

HE HOPED THAT THE WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT FUTURE FINANCING OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR COULD BE PUT ON A SOUND AND PERMANENT BASIS.

IN THE INTERIM PERIOD, HE ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO MINIMISE THE +SEE-SAW EFFECT* AND TO ASSIST VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH MAY BE IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES.

HE ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PLACE MORE EMPHASIS ON EXPERIENCE, PERFORMANCE AND MOTIVATION RATHER THAN ON MERE PAPER QUALIFICATION WHEN SETTING THE STANDARDS FOR A PARTICULAR JOB.

MISS BENNETT SAID THE +SEE-SAW EFFECT* OF CUTTING BACK GOVERNMENT SUBVENTIONS BY THE AMOUNT OF THEIR RESOURCES FROM OTHER SOURCES IS +DEBILITATING AND DISCOURAGING*.

+HAS THE GOVERNMENT EVER COSTED THE AMOUNT OF TIME GIVEN BY THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES’ PAID EMPLOYEES IN FUND RAISING CAMPAIGNS?

+THAT TIME SHOULD BE SPENT ON PROVIDING THE SERVICES FOR WHICH THOSE POSTS ARE SUBVENTED.+

SHE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO SUBVENT A QUALIFIED ACCOUNTS CLERK IN EACH INSTITUTION SO THAT THEIR ACCOUNTS CAN BE PROPERLY KEPT.

IN THIS WAY, THERE CAN BE PROPER DAY-TO-DAY SUPERVISION AND CONTROL TO GIVE SATISFACTORY ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE INSTITUTION.

AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD THEN BE CONFIDENT THAT ITS SUBVENTIONS WERE BEING EFFICIENTLY MANAGED, SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT ALSO TOOK ISSUE WITH THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH FOR ITS SLOWNESS IN FOLLOWING UP THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE WORKING PARTY REPORT.

SHE SAID SHE WAS TOLD THE REPORT HAS NOT YET BEEN DISCUSSED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) ALTHOUGH THE OFFICIALS, IN ANSWERING HER QUESTIONS ON SOCIAL WELFARE SUBVENTIONS MANY TIMES IN FINANCE COMMITTEE, HAVE SAID THAT THEY ARE DECIDED BY SWAC.

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♦IF IT IS TRUE THAT THESE NEW PROPOSALS HAVE NOT YET BEEN TO SWAC, I FIND IT VERY STRANGE,+ SHE SAID.

♦THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WORK HARD TO IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING.

♦THEY DO NOT TAKE KINDLY TO THE DELAYS PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH.♦

DR HO SAID THE PRESENT SUBVENTIONS POLICY, CHARACTERISED BY DISCRETIONARY GRANTS, FALLS SHORT OF FULFILLING THE GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED COMMITMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOCIAL WELFARE.

♦THIS IS BECAUSE IT STILL OPERATES ON THE OUTDATED NOTION CF REQUIRING THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO RELY ON PRIVATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING PERSONAL DONATIONS, COMMUNITY CHEST ALLOCATIONS, AND CHARITABLE TRUST FUNDS BEFORE CONSIDERATION CF SUBSIDIES FROM THE PUBLIC COFFERS.

♦IN THE LIGHT OF AN EXPANDING PROGRAMME OF WELFARE SERVICES TO MEET THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY, THIS ARCHAIC SUBVENTION METHOD IS INAPPROPRIATE AND A REVISION IS OVERDUE.+

HE THOUGHT THE BASIC PROPOSALS MADE BY THE WORKING PARTY OFFER A MUCH-PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE AND WARRANT PROMPT IMPLEMENTATION.

REFERRING TO THE PROPOSED BASIC COST SUBVENTION SYSTEM, DR HO SAID IT REPRESENTS A GREAT STRIDE FORWARD BECAUSE IT COMMITS THE GOVERNMENT TO MEET THE FULL COSTS OF PROVIDING SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN THE ♦ESSENTIAL+ AND ♦NECESSARY* CATEGORIES AT PREDETERMINED STANDARDS.

INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES RAISED BY THE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS CAN BE UTILISED FREELY FOR WHATEVER PURPOSES THEY SEE FIT, HE SAID.

♦HOWEVER, IN CONSIDERING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF SERVICES OUTSIDE THESE TWO CATEGORIES, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT MAKE A DISCRETIONARY LUMP SUM GRANT WITHOUT REGARD TO THE SPONSORING AGENCY’S SOURCES OF PRIVATE FUNDING, INCLUDING COMMUNITY CHEST ALLOCATIONS.

♦MY ARGUMENTS ARE THAT SOME OF THE ’DESIRABLE’ SERVICES, THOUGH LOW IN THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL PRIORITIES, ARE VERY SOCIALLY DESERVING AND ARE JUDICIOUSLY ALLEVIATING THE HARDSHIP AND DISTRESS OF CERTAIN GROUPS OF THE POPULATION.

♦VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MAY, IN ADDITION, RUN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTS TO MEET SOCIAL NEEDS OF SELECTED MINORITY SOCIAL GROUPS OR TO TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CERTAIN METHODS OF INTERVENTION.*

DR HO NOTED THAT THE PRESENT MODEL SYSTEM, ADOPTED SINCE 1979 AS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO PROCESS SUBVENTION APPLICATIONS, HAS RESULTED IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES IN A NUMBER OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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AS THE BASIC COST SUBVENTION SYSTEM WOULD PROBABLY TAKE SOME YEARS TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED, HE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK AT THEIR FINANCIAL PROBLEM WITH PARTICULAR SYMPATHY AND CONSIDER WAYS AND MEANS TO REMEDY IT.

+A SIMPLE SOLUTION IS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DISREGARD A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THE AGENCIES’ OTHER INCOME IN THE CALCULATION OF SUBVENTIONS.

♦THE RATE OF DISCOUNT FOR EACH AGENCY CAN BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS FINANCIAL STATUS,* DR HO SAID.

MR HU OPINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR MUST REMAIN PARTNERS IN THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES.

IT IS THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF PARTNERSHIP AND SINCERE COOPERATION AND WITH THE KEEN SUPPORT AND INVOLVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY THAT WE CAN HOPE TO ACHIEVE THE BEST RESULTS, HE POINTED OUT.

+ IF THE RIGHT SPIRIT IS LACKING, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PROBLEMS AND ARGUMENTS WHATEVER SUBVENTION SYSTEM IS TO BE ADOPTED.*

MR HU WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED WITH THE DAMAGE WHICH THE RECENT CONTROVERSY OVER THE EXISTING SUBVENTIONS POLICY MIGHT DO TO THE FUND RAISING EFFORTS AND THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE COMMUNITY TO HELP THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED.

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG IS FAMOUS FOR THE PHILANTHROPY OF ITS CITIZENS.

THIS CAN BE SEEN FROM THE ENTHUSIASM DISPLAYED BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH CAMPAIGNS AS +WALK FOR A MILLION*, THE RESPONSE OF TELEVISION VIEWERS TO APPEALS FOR FUNDS BY CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS OR AFTER A MAJOR NATURAL DISASTER, AS WELL AS THE VERY LARGE AMOUNTS RAISED THROUGH VARIOUS PROGRAMMES, HE SAID.

+NO ONE WILL ARGUE THAT IT WOULD BE A GREAT PITY TO SEE SUCH ENTHUSIASM AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION DISAPPEAR ONCE IT HAS BECOME POLICY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PICK UP THE ENTIRE BILL OF FINANCING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, IMPLYING THAT IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE FUNDS.*

HE HOPED THAT WHATEVER NEW POLICY IS TO BE FORMULATED, IT SHOULD NOT HAVE THE SIDE EFFECT OF DISCOURAGING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FROM RAISING FUNDS NOR THE COMMUNITY FROM GIVING TO CHARITY.

+EVEN IF THE GOVERNMENT HAS COMMITTED ITSELF TO FINANCING 100 PER CENT OF THE BASIC WELFARE SERVICES, WAYS AND MEANS MUST BE FOUND TO MAINTAIN THE INCENTIVE FOR THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO RAISE FUNDS AND THE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE GIVING TO CHARITY.

+THIS, I THINK, IS A FAR MORE IMPORTANT ISSUE TO BE RESOLVED,* MR HU SAID.

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REVISED SUBVENTION SYSTEM PROPOSED * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OUTLINED A PROPOSED REVISED SUBVENTION SYSTEM WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY AND FREEDOM OF ACTION FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

SPEAKING AT THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON SOCIAL WELFARE SUBVENTION SYSTEM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HO SAID THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES WERE PROVIDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPROVED STANDARDS AND TARGETS AND THAT THERE WAS A DEGREE OF ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE PART OF THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES COMMENSURATE WITH THE INCREASED LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES, WHICH REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN HONG KONG’S SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES, ARE AS FOLLOWSi

(1) A RANKING ORDER SHOULD BE INTRODUCED FOR FUNDING PURPOSES. SERVICES IN PRIORITY I WILL BE SUBVENTED IN FULL IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARD COSTS TO BE DETERMINED ON THE ADVICE OF THE RELEVANT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

PRIORITY II WILL ATTRACT LESS THAN 100 PER CENT SUPPORT, SUCH SUPPORT TO VARY WITH DIFFERENT PROGRAMMES. HOWEVER, AGENCIES PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES WILL BE NOTIFIED IN ADVANCE OF THE PRECISE LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

(2) ALL INCOME RAISED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES THROUGH FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES, WHETHER UNDERTAKEN ON THEIR OWN, OR ON THEIR BEHALF BY THE COMMUNITY CHEST, OR FROM UNSOLICITED DONATIONS, WILL BE DISREGARDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

(3) STANDARD COSTS WILL BE ASSESSED ON THE BASIS OF THE NUMBERS AND LEVELS OF STAFF REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A PARTICULAR SERVICE AND ON OTHER NECESSARY ITEMS OF EXPENDITURE SUCH AS FUEL, LIGHT, MINOR STAFF COST OR PROGRAMME EXPENSES. THESE COSTS WILL BE REVIEWED REGULARLY. HAVING DETERMINED THE STANDARD COSTS AND PROVIDED THE FUNDS, AGENCIES WILL HAVE MAXIMUM FREEDOM IN DEPLOYING THE RESOURCES TO THEIR BEST ADVANTAGE WITHIN BROAD GUIDELINES TO BE ADVISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SEEK TO CONTROL RIGIDLY THE INPUTS BUT WILL BE CONCERNED TO ENSURE THAT THE FUNDS ALLOCATED ARE EFFECTIVELY SPENT.

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(4) AGENCIES WILL BE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES REQUIRED WITHIN THE SUMS ALLOCATED. THERE WILL BE NO +TOPPING UP+ OR +CLAWING BACK* OF SAVINGS. HOWEVER, ANY SAVINGS THAT MIGHT ACCRUE FOR WHATEVER REASON MUST BE KEPT IN A SEPARATE ACCOUNT AND SUCH FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED WITHOUT THE SPECIFIC APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

MR HO SAID THE NEW SYSTEM WAS A ROUGH AND READY MEASURE NOT SUSCEPTIBLE TO FINE-TUNING WITHOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF RIGID CONTROLS.

+THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT SUCH CONTROLS ARE IN THE INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY OR THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES PROVIDING THE SERVICES.

♦I MUST, HOWEVER, STRESS THAT VERY CLOSE MONITORING OF THE SERVICES SO FUNDED AND PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL BE REQUIRED AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL NEED TO BE STRENGTHENED TO ACHIEVE THIS AIM.+

MR HO HAD EARLIER GIVEN A CATEGORICAL ASSURANCE THAT SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMMES WERE NOT BEING AFFECTED +BY ANY ALLEGED FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES FACED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES+, AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT ALLOW SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMMES TO BE UNDERMINED IN THIS MANNER.

HE SAID A FEW AGENCIES HAD SUBMITTED REQUESTS TO THE DIRECTOR CF SOCIAL WELFARE FOR SUPPLEMENTARY GRANTS AND THESE WOULD BE PUT TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THEIR ADVICE.

+THIS AVENUE OF APPEAL IS WELL KNOWN TO AGENCIES AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THEY WILL USE IT IF THEY FEEL THE NEED,+ HE ADDED.

MR HO ALSO OUTLINED THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND THE SUBVENTION SYSTEM.

OVER THE YEARS, HE SAID, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS COME TO ACCEPT, IN THE MAIN, AGENCIES’ OWN DECLARATION OF WHAT INCOME IS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT APPROVED SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND HAS ENTIRELY DISCOUNTED GRANTS DESIGNATED BY DONORS FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES.

THERE IS ALSO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY CHEST TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ONLY THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S ALLOCATIONS SO THAT AGENCIES CAN KEEP A PORTION OF THE GRANTS TO SPEND AS THEY SEE FIT.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALLOWED AGENCIES SCOPE TO PIONEER AND TO FINANCE NEW SERVICES, MANY OF WHICH HAVE SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN DEEMED WORTHY OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

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♦UNDOUBTEDLY, FUNDING FROM ALL SOURCES, WHETHER FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY CHEST, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB OR FROM PRIVATE DONORS HAVE TOGETHER ENABLED THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO GROW AND EXPAND AT A MUCH QUICKER PACE THAN WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD THEY BEEN ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT SUBVENTIONS.

MR HO SAID THAT THIS COLLECTIVE EFFORT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN TOTALLY OVERLOOKED, OR POSSIBLY DELIBERATELY DENIGRATED, IN THE RECENT OUTCRY.

IN CONCLUSION, MR HO SAIDi +l ENTIRELY AGREE THAT WE MUST CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE A VIGOROUS, PROGRESSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE VOLUNTARY SECTOR. BUT I AM BOUND TO OBSERVE THAT WITH THE RAPID EXPANSION OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND THE GREATER RELIANCE ON GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, THE QUESTION TO WHICH WE MUST ADDRESS OURSELVES IS WHETHER MORE SERVICES, PARTICULARLY IN THE MORE DIFFICULT AREAS, SHOULD NOT BE RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT DIRECT.+

124 DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED TO JAIL TERMS

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IMPOSED ON 124 PERSONS SINCE NOVEMBER 16, 1966 HAVE BEEN COMMUTED TO TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE H0N LEW,S DAVIES SAID IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

oZ]FTEEN 0F THE 124 perSONS HAVE SINCE BEEN RELEASED FROM JAIL, nt SAID.

MR DAVIES POINTED OUT THAT NOVEMBER 16, 1966 WAS THE DAY THE LAST CONVICTED MURDERER WAS EXECUTED IN HONG KONG.

STATISTICS ON HOMICIDE CASES REPORTED IN THE LAST 35 YEARS WERE ALSO SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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FIGURE OF 115 HOMICIDE CASES WAS REPORTED IN 1972, REPRESENTING A RATE OF 2.8 PER 100 000 POPULATION, WHILE THE LOWEST - CASES IN 1957, REPRESENTED A RATE OF 0.6 PER 100 000

POPULATION.

UP TILL REPORTED.

JUNE 19 THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 49 HOMICIDE CASES, HE

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FERRY FARES GO UP NEXT MONTH

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A GENERAL INCREASE IN FARES ON FERRY SERVICES OF THE +STAR+ FERRY COMPANY AND THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 1, 1981.

PASSENGER FARES ON THE MAIN +STAR+ FERRY SERVICE FROM EDINBURGH PLACE TO TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE INCREASED.

FIRST CLASS FARES WILL BE RAISED FROM 50 CENTS TO 60 CENTS FOR ADULTS AND FROM 30 CENTS TO 40 CENTS FOR CHILDREN, AND SECOND CLASS FARES FOR BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN FROM 30 CENTS TO 40 CENTS.

MONTHLY TICKET CHARGES WILL RISE FROM $22.50 TO $27 FOR ADULTS, AND FROM $11.30 TO $15 FOR CHILDREN.

THE FARES AND CHARGES ON MOST FERRY SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY WILL ALSO BE RAISED.

FOR CROSS-HARBOUR SERVICES, THE INCREASES ARE FROM 60 CENTS TO 80 CENTS FOR ADULTS, AND 30 CENTS TO 40 CENTS FOR CHILDREN. FOR OUTLYING DISTRICTS AND TOLO HARBOUR SERVICES, THE INCREASES ARE GENERALLY 20 TO 33 PER CENT. THUS A $1 FARE WILL BECOME $1.30 AND A $4 FARE BECOMES $5.

INCREASES IN FREIGHT CHARGES WILL BE OF THE SAME PERCENTAGE — A CHARGE OF 40 CENTS WILL BECOME 50 CENTS, AND A CHARGE OF $2.50 BECOMES $3.20.

FOR PRIVATE CARS AND TAXIS USING THE VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICE, THE CHARGES WILL BE INCREASED FROM $3 TO $4, AND GOODS VEHICLES FROM $10 AND $15 TO $11 AND $16 ACCORDING TO WEIGHT.

IN MOVING THE MOTION THAT THE +STAR+ FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE BE AMENDED, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON JOHN TODD POINTED OUT THE MAIN REASON FOR THE INCREASES IS TO OFFSET RISING COSTS, PARTICULARLY WAGES AND FUEL COSTS, AND TO ENSURE A REASONABLE LEVEL OF PROFITABILITY IN 1981 AND 1982.

HE ESTIMATED THAT POST-TAX PROFITS OF THE COMPANY IN 1981 AND 1982 WOULD BE ABOUT $3.6 MILLION AND $5.1 MILLION, COMPARED WITH AN AVERAGE OVER THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS OF ABOUT $4 MILLION.

+IT IS HOPED THAT NO FURTHER INCREASE IN FARES WILL BE NECESSARY UNTIL 1983 OR EVEN EARLY 1984,+ HE ADDED.

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EXPLAINING THE INCREASES IN PASSENGER FARES AND FREIGHT CHARGES ON FERRY SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, MR TODD SAID THE PROFIT OF THE COMPANY IN 1980 WAS SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THREE PER CENT, WHICH WAS LESS THAN THAT EXPECTED.

♦THE EFFECT OF THE INCREASES WILL SIMPLY BE TO ENABLE THE COMPANY TO MAINTAIN A RETURN OF THREE PER CENT IN 1981,+ SAID TODD.

HE NOTED THAT A FURTHER INCREASE MIGHT BECOME NECESSARY IN 1982.

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THE HON COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT STUDENT GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES PLAY A ROLE IN AVERTING TRAGEDIES, BUT EMPHASISED THAT IT IS TOO EASY TO ASSUME THESE SERVICES ARE THE ONLY ANSWER TO SUCH TRAGEDY.

MR HAYE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER INCREASING THE PROVISION OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN VIEW OF THE RECENT SPATE OF SUICIDES AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDES AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN.

OF THE RECENT TRAGEDIES CONCERNING CHILDREN, THE DIRECTOR POINTED OUT, THREE HAD ACCESS TO GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND IN THE FOURTH AS IN THE OTHERS, TEACHERS WERE COMPLETELY AT A LOSS TO UNDERSTAND THE MOTIVATION.

♦HAVING SAID THIS, LET ME ADD THAT GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE BEING EXPANDED AND THAT TEACHERS IN TRAINING AND IN SCHOOL ARE OFTEN REMINDED OF THEIR VITAL ROLE AS FIRST-LINE GUIDES AND COUNSELLORS,+ W HAYE SAID.

THERE ARE NOW 132 STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS COVERING 665 PRIMARY SCHOOL SESSIONS (67 PER CENT OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL POPULATION) AND IT IS INTENDED TO INCREASE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SGOS TO COVER ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS BY MARCH 1982.

NINETY-ONE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ARE WORKING ON A PART-TIME BASIS COVERING 297 SECONDARY SCHOOLS (75 PER CENT OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL POPULATION). THIS NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER 1981.

♦THERE ARE DIFFICULTIES IN PROVIDING FULL-TIME COVERAGE OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF A SHORTAGE OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS, BUT THIS ISSUE IS NOW UNDER REVIEW. INDEED, THE ENTIRE PROGRAMME PLAN FOR PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE EXAMINED IN DEPTH LATER THIS YEAR,* MR HAYE SAID.

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THE DIRECTOR SAID HE CANNOT EMPHASISE TOO STRONGLY THE IMPORTANT ROLE CLASSROOM TEACHERS HAVE TO PLAY IN THE PROVISION OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN.

A CLASS TEACHER, NEXT TO THE PARENT, IS IN CLOSEST CONTACT WITH CHILDREN AND IS USUALLY QUICK TO NOTICE EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOUR I AL PROBLEMS.

HOWEVER, MR HAYE SAID HE RECOGNISES THAT CLASS TEACHERS ARE VERY BUSY PEOPLE AND CLASSES ARE LARGE.

♦AS THOUGHTFUL OBSERVERS AND PRACTISING TEACHERS HAVE RECENTLY COMMENTED, MORE TEACHERS ARE NEEDED IN SCHOOLS TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD AND TO PROVIDE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS TO GET TO KNOW THEIR PUPILS’ PROBLEMS.

♦AN IMPROVEMENT OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER TO CLASS RATIO WILL THEREFORE BE AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE FORTHCOMING WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, AND THE TEACHER TO CLASS RATIO FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IS ALSO BEING REVIEWED.

♦I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE MORE TEACHERS WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION TO THEIR PUPILS AND THEIR PROBLEMS WILL BE NIPPED IN THE BUD,+ MR HAYE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR ALSO TURNED TO THE VALUABLE WORK OF CAREERS MASTERS AND MISTRESSES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN WHICH SOME 300 DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN, IN ADDITION TO THEIR MANY TEACHING DUTIES ARE PROVIDING CAREERS ADVICE TO SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS.

♦MORE TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL ASSIST THIS VALUABLE ELEMENT OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING, AND A RE-ALLOCATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL STAFF IN THE CONTEXT OF RECENT IMPROVEMENTS OF THE SALARY AND CONDITIONS OF SENIOR GRADUATE TEACHERS SHOULD HELP.+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS VERY CONCERNED WITH THE STRESSES AND STRAINS WHICH SEEMED TO BESET SOME YOUNG PEOPLE AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL AND THIS CONCERN HAD BEEN UNDERLINED IN RECENT SEMINARS FOR HEADS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND IN DISCUSSION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

♦WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE PRESSURE OF OUR SOCIETY, ABOUT THE EROSION OF FAMILIAR SOCIAL VALUES, ABOUT GROWING INDISCIPLINE AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

♦THIS IS AN ONGOING AND COMPLEX PROBLEM FOR WHICH THERE IS NO SIMPLE SNAP SOLUTION- BUT WE ARE GRAPPLING WITH IT AT ALL LEVELS AND WE THINK THE EXPANSION OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES WITH MORE TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS WILL GO SOME WAY TOWARDS EASING THE PRESSURE ON OUR CHILDREN,* MR HAYE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT EFFORT ’WIDE-RANGING’ * * * *

THE government is engaged in wide-ranging and continuing EFFORT5 TO PROMOTE FAMILY, SCHOOL AND SOCIAL LIFE EDUCATION, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DESCRIBING THESE EFFORTS IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR HO SAID THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME CONDUCTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AIMS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF FAMILY LIFE BY ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING OF OTHERS AND CF RELATIONSHIP WITHIN THE FAMILY.

♦IT IS COMPLEMENTARY TO THE PERSONAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUALS THROUGH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK AND COUNSELLING BY FAMILY SERVICES,^ HE ADDED.

APART FROM THAT, THE SCHOOLS ALSO PLAY THEIR PART IN EDUCATING THE YOUNG FOR LIFE IN SOCIETY.

SYLLABUS MATERIAL AND SUBJECTS, SUCH AS SOCIAL STUDIES. HEALTH EDUCATION, ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND HOME ECONOMICS HELP DEVELOP ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO ENABLE THEM TO BECOME USEFUL AND CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, AWARE OF THEIR FAMILY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES, HE SAID.

♦THEY ARE ALSO INTENDED TO EDUCATE PUPILS ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY AND ITS PLACE IN THE WORLD,+ MR HO SAID.

AND WITH THE SETTING UP OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, DISTRICT BOARDS AND COMMUNITY AND YOUTH CENTRES PROMOTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, COHESION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY IS STRENGTHENED, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, FAMILY, SCHOOL AND SOCIAL LIFE EDUCATION WAS ALSO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY PARENT AND EVERY CITIZEN, MR HO CONCLUDED.

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MOVE TO STOP SPEEDBOATS CARRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS * * * *

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE FOR THE MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF VESSELS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, IF PASSED, WILL ALSO ENABLE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO BE TAKEN TO RESTRICT THE USE OF UNLICENSED MOTORISED PLEASURE CRAFT, INCLUDING THOSE EASILY REMOVED FROM THE WATER AND TRANSPORTED OR STORED ON LAND.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAD PARTICULARS OF SOME 6 000 PLEASURE CRAFT AND THEIR OWNERS ON THEIR FILES. MANY OF THESE WERE OUT OF DATE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THERE WERE BELIEVED TO BE ANOTHER 3 000 °LEASURE VESSELS WHICH HAD NEVER BEEN LICENSED.

♦THIS SITUATION HAS ARISEN MOSTLY DUE TO IGNORANCE AND FORGETFULNESS BUT ALSO DUE TO THE INADEQUACY OF THE SANCTIONS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE LICENSING PROVISIONS IN THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (PLEASURE VESSELS) REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

♦IN OUR SITUATION THIS IS UNSATISFACTORY AND UNACCEPTABLE ESPECIALLY AS SOME PLEASURE VESSELS, ESPECIALLY SPEEDBOATS, HAVE BEEN AND ARE BEING USED TO BRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND MACAU.+

MR DAVIES SAID THE SECURITY FORCES HAD HAD SOME NOTABLE SUCCESS IN ARRESTING VESSELS INVOLVED IN THIS TRADE. SINCE THE ACTIVITY STARTED, 79 SPEEDBOATS HAVE BEEN DETAINED IN SECURITY FORCE OPERATIONS, 24 CASES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURTS AND 250 PERSONS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.

♦HOWEVER ON OCCASIONS, THESE VESSELS HAVE EVADED ARREST OR HAVE BEEN ABANDONED AFTER DETECTION. IN SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATIONS, IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY THE OWNERS BECAUSE THE VESSELS HAVE NOT BEEN LICENSED.*

AS PART OF ITS CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO PREVENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE GOVERNMENT WAS DETERMINED TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE STEPS TO PUT AN END TO THIS TRAFFIC, MR DAVIES SAID.

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HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT, SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS APART, IT wAS VERY MUCH IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT ALL PLEASURE CRAFT SHOULD BE LICENSED, SINCE A PRE-CONDITION FOR THE ISSUE OF LICENCE wAS THAT VESSEL OWNERS SHOULD HOLD THIRD PARTY INSURANCE.

THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL ARE ALSO DESIGNED TO ASSIST IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF SPEED LIMITS RECENTLY INTRODUCED IN CERTAIN WATERS IN HONG KONG.

IN SOME FLAGRANT VIOLATIONS OF THESE LIMITS, THE OFFENDING ^LEASURE BOATS HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN LICENSED,+ MR DAVIES SAID.

TO THIS END, THE BILL WILL ENABLE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE FOR THE SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDING OF ANY UNLICENSED VESSELS, BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE WATERS OF HONG KONG FROM THE TIME THAT THEY ARE FIRST LAUNCHED.

IT WILL ALSO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY WHICH MAY BE IMPOSED UPON THE MASTER AND OWNER OF AN UNLICENSED VESSEL TO A FINE OF $20 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

TO ASSIST IN THE FINDING AND REMOVAL OF UNLICENSED PLEASURE VESSELS OUT OF WATER, THE BILL INCLUDES NEW POWERS TO ENTER PREMISES, BUT SETS LIMITS ON THE EXERCISE OF THESE POWERS.

MR DAVIES SAID IT WAS PROPOSED THAT DOMESTIC PREMISES SHOULD ONLY BE ENTERED BY DAY AND WITH A WARRANT, AND THAT NON DOMESTIC PREMISES SHOULD BE ENTERED BY DAY WITHOUT A WARRANT AND BY NIGHT WITH WARRANT.

I REALISE THAT SOME OF THE CHANGES PROPOSED IN THESE AMENDMENTS WILL BE REGARDED BY SOME AS BURDENSOME AND A BIT INCONVENIENT BUT I BELIEVE THAT THEY REPRESENT THE MINIMUM REQUIRED TO COUNTER THE ARRIVAL OF THE HIGH-SPEED MOTOR BOAT INTO THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TRADE,+ HE SAID.

I HOPE THEREFORE THAT THE BOATING AND SAILING COMMUNITY WILL RESPOND TO THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS RESPONSIBILITY AND IN THIS WAY CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE SECURITY OF HONG KONG.+

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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THREE MAIN AIMS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SPELLED OUT *****

BETTER COORDINATION OF SERVICES, SUBSTANTIAL UNOFFICIAL PARTICIPATION, AND THE HOLDING OF ELECTIONS WERE THE THREE AIMS OF GOVERNMENT IN THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR BRAY WAS SPEAKING AS HE MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS BILL 1981, WHICH WILL GIVE EFFECT TO THE DECISIONS ANNOUNCED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

OF +THE THREE TARGETS* WHICH GOVERNMENT IS AIMING FOR, MR BRAY SAID THAT THERE WAS SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE TO DEAL WITH THE FIRST TWO BUT WITH REGARD TO THE THIRD TARGET, WHICH IS THE CONDUCTING OF ELECTIONS, ALTHOUGH THIS HAS NOT BEEN TACKLED BEFORE, -LANS ARE BEING CAREFULLY DRAWN UP BY ABLE ADMINISTRATORS TO DEAL WITH IT.

ASSISTED BY THE PUBLICITY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE PUBLIC CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, THE ELECTION TARGET WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IF ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND THE CASTING OF VOTES IS SIMPLE AND PUBLICITY IS SUFFICIENT, HE SAID.

+WE SHALL FAIL IF WE FAIL TO CONDUCT THE ELECTIONS COMPETENTLY, HONESTLY AND SIMPLY,* MR BRAY SAID.

THE QUESTION OF ELECTION TURNOUT WAS NOT A MATTER FOR THE GOVERNMENT- IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S FUNCTION TO CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY - TO CONDUCT THE ELECTIONS.

+THE PEOPLE MUST DECIDE TO USE THE OPPORTUNITY OR NOT. THIS IS A MATTER OF CHOICE FOR THE ELECTORATE. NOBODY WILL BE FORCED TO REGISTER. NOBODY WILL BE FORCED TO VOTE. WHETHER PEOPLE VOTE OR NOT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY PUBLIC SERVICES AND CONTINUE TO PAY TAXES,* HE SAID.

MR BRAY SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO FORECAST THE RESPONSE OF THE PUBLIC TO THE OPPORTUNITY OF ELECTING LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES. BUT HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE WILL USE THIS +NEW OPPORTUNITY*, OR A GOOD DEAL OF EFFORT WILL HAVE BEEN WASTED.

+THE CHOICE IS THEIRS: NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S,* HE SAID.

IN EXPLAINING WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO ACHIEVE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION REFORMS, MR BRAY SAID THE BILL IN MANY RESPECTS DOES NO MORE THAN FORMALISE WHAT IS HAPPENING ALREADY.

+WE KNOW THAT HONG KONG IS NOW SO BIG THAT BETTER COORDINATION FOLLOWS FROM REGIONALISATION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE. WE KNOW THAT IN ALL DISTRICTS THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOOD SENSE WHO ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT INVITATIONS TO SERVE ON DISTRICT COMMITTEES.

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♦WHAT IS QUITE NEW IS THAT FORMAL DIRECT ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD FOR AT LEAST HALF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS,+ MR BRAY SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THERE WILL BE 122 CONSTITUENCIES — 76 IN THE URBAN AREAS AND 46 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦EVERYONE IN HONG KONG WILL LIVE IN ONE OF THESE CONSTITUENCIES. PRACTICALLY ALL ADULTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS.

MR BRAY EXPLAINED THAT THE BOARDS COVER DISTRICTS, WITH BOUNDARIES DRAWN UP WITHOUT FORMAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO GET THE BOARDS +WORKING QUICKLY+.

THESE BOUNDARIES ARE NOW TRADITIONAL, BUT A BOUNDARIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE MAY BE LATER SET UP TO DEAL WITH ADJUSTMENTS IF NECESSARY.

♦THE QUESTION OF CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS WAS ’LEFT INDETERMINATE’, IN THE WHITE PAPER AND THE BILL PROVIDES THAT THE CHAIRMEN OF THE FIRST BOARDS, UP TO MARCH 1985, WILL BE OFFICIALS. AFTER THAT DATE, THE CHAIRMEN WILL BE ELECTED BY THE BOARD MEMBERS FROM AMONG THEIR NUMBER,* HE SAID.

THE TWO OTHER BILLS WHICH MR BRAY INTRODUCED ARE THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL, WHICH OUTLINES THE PROCEDURES FOR ELECTIONS TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, AND THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL, WHICH CHANGES THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE BY REMOVING THE ELECTION PROVISIONS.

ON THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL, MR BRAY SAID ALL THAT MOST PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BILL I Si

* PRACTICALLY EVERYONE OVER 21 WHO HAS BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS MAY VOTE,

* TO BECOME ENTITLED TO VOTE YOU HAVE TO REGISTER, AND

* ON ELECTION DAY YOU GO TO A POLLING STATION TO VOTE.

THE WHOLE THING WILL BE MADE VERY SIMPLE,+ HE SAID.

WITH REGARD TO THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL, HE SAID IT CHANGES THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE BY TAKING OUT THE PROVISIONS FOR ELECTIONS (NOW CONTAINED IN THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL, WHICH DEALS WITH ELECTIONS TO BOTH THE COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS) AND IT CHANGES THE COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL ITSELF.

DEBATE ON THE THREE BILLS WAS ADJOURNED.

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PLANS IN HAND TO EASE TUNNEL TRAFFIC * * * *

POSITIVE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR PLANS TO BE MADE TO RELIEVE THE SERIOUS TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON JOHN TODD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER WONG, MR TODD SAID THE CONSULTANTS COMMISSIONED LAST YEAR HAD EXAMINED THE LONG TERM FEASIBILITY OF ADDITIONAL HARBOUR CROSSINGS AND SHORT TERM MEANS OF BETTER UTILISATION OF THE EXISTING CAPACITY OF THE CROSS HARBOUR FACILITIES.

THE CONSULTANTS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED ON THE SHORT TERM MEANS AND WILL BE SUBMITTING A DRAFT REPORT ON THE LONG TERM MEASURES WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

+ON SHORT TERM MEASURES, THE CONSULTANTS HAVE SUGGESTED AN IMPROVEMENT TO THE VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICE AND A NUMBER OF MINOR WORKS TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL APPROACH AREAS,+ HE SAID.

THESE SUGGESTIONS ARE BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

MR TODD SAID THE CONSULTANTS HAD NOT RECOMMENDED THE ADOPTION OF THE CROSS HARBOUR COMPANY’S PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE A MEZZANINE DECK IN THE EXISTING TUNNEL.

♦THE REASONS ARE PRINCIPALLY, DISRUPTION TO TRAFFIC DURING CONSTRUCTION, ENHANCED RISK DUE TO RESTRICTED ACCESS FOR FIRE FIGHTING AND DIFFICULTIES WITH ADDITIONAL CONNECTING APPROACH ROADS.+

NEVERTHELESS, A REAPPRAISAL OF THE PROPOSAL TO SEE IF THE PROBLEMS COULD BE OVERCOME.

IS BEING UNDERTAKEN

IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG TERM, MR TODD SAID, CONGESTION IN THE EXISTING CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL COULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONSULTANTS REPORT ON LONG TERM IMPROVEMENT MEASURES WERE IMPLEMENTED.

♦THESE COULD TAKE THE FORM OF EITHER A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN, IF THE PROBLEM OF THE KAI TAK AIRPORT APPROACH GUIDANCE SYSTEM CAN BE RESOLVED, OR A THIRD TUBE ALONGSIDE THE EXISTING TUNNEL,+ HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, A WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING LINKING HONG KONG ISLAND WITH KOWLOON VIA STONECUTTERS ISLAND MAY BE REQUIRED IN THE LONG TERM, HE ADDED.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EFFORTS INCREASED

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PROGRESSIVELY INCREASING ITS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EFFORTS IN FOUR MAIN AREAS - EXPANSION OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE, IMPROVEMENT OF SAFETY LEGISLATION, INTENSIFICATION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING AND PROMOTION WORK, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG PO-YAN.

IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, THE NUMBER OF FACTORY INSPECTORS INCREASED BY ABOUT 80 PER CENT FROM 81 TO 145, AND THE FIELD OFFICES INCREASED FROM 15 TO 28, FIVE OF THEM BEING SPECIFICALLY CONCERNED WITH CONSTRUCTION SAFETY.

THE NUMBER OF FACTORY INSPECTORS IS EXPECTED TO REACH 250 IN 1984.

SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE SAFETY REGULATIONS CONCERNING LIFTING APPLIANCES AND FOR CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY, AND PENALTIES SPECIFIED IN THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT SETS OF REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN INCREASED TO $50 000.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO HOPED SOON TO INTRODUCE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE FACTORY FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS AND TO MAKE NEW ELECTRICITY SAFETY REGULATIONS.

HOWEVER, THE MAIN THRUST OF RECENT LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT HAS BEEN TO INCREASE PENALTIES AND TO IMPROVE SUBSTANTIALLY EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION.

INCREASED PENALTIES, TOGETHER WITH THE HIGHER EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION RATES, AND INCREASING CIVIL LIABILITY AWARDS BY THE COURTS, SHOULD CAUSE RELUCTANT EMPLOYERS TO TAKE MUCH GREATER INTEREST IN, AND CONCERN FOR, A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT IN THEIR ENTERPRISES, HE ADDED.

ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING, MR HENDERSON SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE HAS BEEN EXPANDING ITS ACTIVITIES IN CONDUCTING TRAINING COURSES, BENEFIT ABOUT 6 000 PARTICIPANTS A YEAR.

THE TRAINING OFFICERS OF THE CENTRE ALSO VISIT AND GIVE TALKS ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TO TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES, SCHOOLS, FACTORIES AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS. THE TALKS ARE HEARD BY ABOUT 7 000 PEOPLE A YEAR.

A ONE-YEAR EVENING TRAINING COURSE STARTED IN 1979 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC PRODUCED ABOUT 100 PROPERLY-TRAINED SAFETY OFFICERS IN TWO YEARS.

PROGRAMMES FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY HAVE BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED AND EXTENSIVE, AND COVER A WIDE RANGE OF EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS EXHIBITIONS, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES, TV PROGRAMMES, PRESS COVERAGE, POSTERS, ADVERTISEMENTS, MOBILE THEATRE SHOWS AND VARIOUS TYPES OF COMPETITIONS.

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IN Tmc LAST THREE FINANCIAL YEARS, THE EXPENDITURE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PUBLICITY AVERAGED ABOUT HALF-A-MILL ION DOLLARS A YEAR, BUT IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR THE BUDGET AMOUNTED TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

♦THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY OBTAINED THE SERVICES OF A SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT TO THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE IN THE PUBLICITY ASPECT OF PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY,+ HE NOTED.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WHICH ALREADY HAS A SUB-COMMITTEE ON CONSTRUCTION SAFETY, HOPED TO ESTABLISH A SUB-COMMITTEE FOR EACH MAJOR INDUSTRY. ONE FOR THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY WOULD BE ESTABLISHED VERY SOON.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT SUCH SUB-COMMITTEES WILL ENCOURAGE AND INVOLVE BOTH EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, AND GIVE PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LEGISLATION AND WORKING PROCEDURES TO CONTRIBUTE TO DEVELOPING A SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT,+ HE CONCLUDED.

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PROTECTION ADEQUATE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT IF THE PROVISIONS OF THE BUILDING (DEMOLITION WORKS) REGULATIONS ARE FOLLOWED THERE IS ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR THE PUBLIC AND WORKMEN ON THE SITE, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. MR DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR MCDONALD SAID THAT ONLY THE CONTRACTOR ON THE SITE WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO ASSESS THE STABILITY OF A BUILDING UNDER DEMOLITION AND TO TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO AVERT DANGER.

♦THE BUILDING (DEMOLITION WORKS) REGULATIONS THEREFORE MAKE THE CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEMOLITION WORKS INCLUDING APPOINTING AN EXPERIENCED SUPERVISOR,+ HE SAID.

♦ALTHOUGH THE CONDITION OF A BUILDING BEING DEMOLISHED IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING, OCCASIONAL SPOT CHECKS OF BUILDING UNDER DEMOLITION ARE MADE BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE.

♦IF ANY DANGEROUS PRACTICES ARE DISCOVERED, ACTION IS TAKEN TO STOP THE WORK IMMEDIATELY AND TO INSTITUTE ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.+

MR MCDONALD POINTED OUT THAT DEFICIENCIES IN THE REGULATIONS HAD BEEN FOUND AND AMENDMENTS WERE MADE IN 1979 TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY THE PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES.

♦FURTHER AMENDMENTS CAME INTO OPERATION IN APRIL THIS YEAR COVERING AMONG OTHER MATTERS THE USE OF MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT,* HE ADDED.

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NO POLICY CHANGE ON BOAT PEOPLE *****

THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IN REGARD TO VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE HAS NOT CHANGED FROM THAT ADOPTED IN 1979, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LYDIA DUNN, MR DAVIES SAID THE POLICY IS TO ALLOW THESE PEOPLE TEMPORARY ASYLUM IN HONG KONG AGAINST A GUARANTEE GIVEN BY THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES THAT THEY WILL USE THEIR BEST ENDEAVOURS TO SECURE THEIR RESETTLEMENT OVERSEAS TO COUNTRIES OF PERMANENT ASYLUM.

+IN THE CASE OF THOSE RESCUED AT SEA BY PROPERLY-REGISTERED OCEAN-GOING VESSELS IN WHICH HONG KONG IS THEIR NEXT DESIGNATED PORT OF CALL AND WHERE THE VESSEL DOES NOT CALL AT ANY OTHER PORT FIRST, wE GRANT TEMPORARY ASYLUM AGAINST A GUARANTEE FROM THE COUNTRY OF THE FLAG CARRIER THAT IT WILL RESETTLE THEM WITHIN THREE MONTHS.*

DURING THIS PERIOD, MR DAVIES SAID, SUCH PERSONS ARE DETAINED AND ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WORK.

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THREE BILLS, THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY (PRINCE OF WALES’ WEDDING) BILL 1981, THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 AND THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1981, WERE PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LAGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY * * X-THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE IN MAY 1981. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR MAY WAS $10 302 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $6 880 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT S3 422 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $11 737 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR MAY WAS SI 435 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1980, THERE WERE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE: S912 MILLION OR 15.3 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, $895 MILLION OR 35.4 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, SI 807 MILLION OR 21.3 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $2 281 MILLION OR 24.1 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 12.2 PER CENT IN MAY THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 10.2 PER CENT IN MAY 1980.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS 25.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1980 WHILE THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS 25.6 PER CENT HIGHER. FURTHER, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AT 16.9 PER CENT, WAS VIRTUALLY THE SAME AS FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1980 AT 16.8 PER CENT. HE CONCLUDED THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT WAS CONTINUING TO SHOW A FAIR DEGREE OF STABILITY.

COMPARED WITH APRIL, THERE WERE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE: $1 036 MILLION OR 17.7 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 594 MILLION OR 2.8 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, $1 130 MILLION OR 12.3 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND 3339 MILLION OR 3.0 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS. THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ NARROWED FROM 19.5 PER CENT IN APRIL TO 12.2 PER CENT IN MAY. WHILE RECOGNISING THAT THE MARKED IMPROVEMENT SHOWN IN THIS COMPARISON WAS SEASONAL, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONSIDERED IT ENCOURAGING IN VIEW OF THE UNFAVOURABLE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES PREVAILING IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT s-

MERCHANDISE : DOMESTIC EXPORTS : $ 6 880 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS $ 3 422 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS $10 302 MILLION

IMPORTS $11 737 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE $ 1 435 MILLION ( IN DEF IC IT)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS MARCH - MAY 1931 MARCH - MAY INCREASE OR 1980 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 18 500 15 922 + 2 578 + 16.2

RE-EXPORTS 10 071 7 027 + 3 045 +43.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 28 572 22 949 + 5 623 +24.5

IMPORTS 34 429 27 914 + 6 516 +23.3

TRADE BALANCE - 5 857 - 4 965 - 892

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR MAY 1981 MAY 1980 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (# OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 6 880 (66.8%) 5 968 (70.3%) * 912 + 15.3

RE-EXPORTS 3 422 2 527 + 895 +35.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 10 302 8 495 + 1 807 +21.3

IMPORTS 11 737 9 456 + 2 281 +24.1

TRADE BALANCE - 1 435 961 474

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LAST MONTH MAY 1981 APR IL 1981 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6 880 5 844 + 1 036 +17.7

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 1 (66.8%) (63.7%)

RE-EXPORTS 3 422 3 328 + 94 +2.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 10 302 9 172 + 1 130 +12.3

IMPORTS 11 737 11 398 + 339 + 3.0

trade BALANCE - 1 435 - 2 226 + 791

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN - MAY JAN - MAY INCREASE OR

1981 1980 DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 28 784 25 050 + 3 734 +14.9

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (63.9%) (69.8%)

RE-EXPORTS 16 272 10 862 + 5 410 +49.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 45 056 35 912 + 9 144 +25.5

IMPORTS 54 205 43 170 +11 035 +25.6

TRADE BALANCE - 9 149 JUNE 1980 - 7 258 JUNE 1979 - 1 891

LAST 12 MONTHS TO TO INCREASE OR

MAY 1981 MAY 1980 DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 71 904 62 138 + 9 766 +15.7

RE-EXPORTS 35 482 23 432 +12 050 +51.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 107 387 85 570 +21 816 +25.5

IMPORTS 122 686 97 447 +25 239 +25.9

TRADE BALANCE -15 299  0 - - -11 877 - 3 422

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SUSPECTED IMPORTED CHOLERA CASE *****

A 54-YEAR-OLD MAN, TAKEN ILL WHILE VISITING GUANGDONG LAST WEEK, IS SUSPECTED TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA.

THE CASE IS SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY LABORATORY TEST, THE RESULT OF WHICH WILL BE KNOWN TOMORROW.

INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT THE PATIENT, WHO IS UNEMPLOYED, VISITED CHINA ON JUNE 15 AND DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE DIAHORREA AND VOMITTING ON JUNE 20.

HE WAS TAKEN TO LO WU AND TRANSFERRED BY AMBULANCE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ON THE SAME DAY.

HE WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WHERE HIS CONDITION IS DESCRIBED AS SATISFACTORY.

A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THIS IS MOST LIKELY AN IMPORTED CHOLERA CASE.

HE SAID THAT THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM, AND URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE WHICH IS ENDEMIC IN SOUTH EAST ASIA.

PEOPLE SHOULD OBSERVE PERSONAL, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYG IENE.

+CHOLERA, LIKE OTHER GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES, CAN BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTAMINATED WATER AND FOOD. THE MOST DANGEROUS ITEMS OF FOOD ARE THOSE STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AND EATEN WITHOUT FURTHER COOKING AND OTHER FOODS LIKE CUT FRUIT AND THE COOKED FOOD SOLD BY MOBILE HAWKERS,+ HE SAID.

SIMPLE RULES, SUCH AS WASHING OF HANDS BEFORE EATING AND AFTER VISITING TOILETS, SHOULD BE CLOSELY FOLLOWED, HE SAID.

FOOD SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY COOKED, AND, SHOULD BE WELL COVERED IF NOT EATEN.

ANTI-CHOLERA VACCINE BY ITSELF IS NOT EFFICACIOUS IN PREVENTING THE DISEASE AND GIVES ONLY PARTIAL PROTECTION FOR A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD, HE SAID.

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVEN CASES OF CHOLERA INCLUDING ONE IMPORTED CASE IN THE PAST SIX YEARS.

THE LAST CASE WAS' REPORTED IN SEPTEMBER, 1979.

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NEW ROAD SET TO OPEN IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST

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THE NEWLY-COMPLETED CHING YEE ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26.

AT THE SAME TIME, NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN THE AREA, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, CHING YEE ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

TRAFFIC HEADING SOUTH ALONG CHATHAM ROAD WILL BE ABLE TO TURN DIRECT INTO CHING YEE ROAD.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING NORTH ALONG SALISBURY ROAD WILL TURN INTO CHING YEE ROAD VIA CHING HAY STREET OR HING CHEUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND AND TRAFFIC FROM SALISBURY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL TURN INTO CHING YEE ROAD VIA CHING HAY STREET.

TRAFFIC MOVING WEST ALONG CHING YEE ROAD WILL TURN INTO CHATHAM ROAD NORTHBOUND, WHILE VEHICLES HEADING EAST ALONG CHING YEE ROAD WILL TURN INTO HONG CHONG ROAD NORTHBOUND VIA HING CHEUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND.

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GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER TO BE CLOSED FOR SIX NIGHTS *****

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8 PM AND 5 AM FOR SIX NIGHTS ON JUNE 26/27, 27/28, 29/30, JUNE 30/JULY 1, JULY 2/3 AND JULY 4/5.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE TEMPORARY CLOSURES WOULD FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE FLYOVER.

MOTORISTS HEADING TOWARDS KWUN TONG FROM FERRY STREET ARE ADVISED TO TAKE AN ALTERNATIVE GROUND-LEVEL ROUTE DURING THE CLOSURE PERIODS.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 1981

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STUDENTS JOIN TUEN MUN TREE PLANTING DAY

*****

SOME 90 STUDENTS FROM THREE LOCAL SCHOOLS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TUEN MUN TREE PLANTING DAY TO BE HELD AT THE PUI TO ROAD (SOUTH) REST GARDEN THIS FRIDAY (JUNE 26).

A TOTAL OF 130 EVERGREEN BAUHINIA BLAKEANA, BAUHINIA VARIEGATA, JASMINUM PRIMULINUM AND ALLAMANDA CATHART ICA TREES TOGETHER *ITH 2 000 YELLOW AND RED BORDER WEED WILL BE PLANTED TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE EXERCISE IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC CONCERN AND INTEREST IN THE LOVE AND CARE OF TREES IN THE NEW TOWNS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE TREE PLANTING CEREMONY. ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT ARE THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT CFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LAU WONG-FAT, THE CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE, MR NG CHEUK-TAI AND THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, MR YUE KAI-CHIU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE TUEN MUN TREE PLANTING DAY CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE PUI TO ROAD (SOUTH) REST GARDEN AT 2.30 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 26).

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MODEL WORKER AWARD SCHEME TO BE LAUNCHED IN TSUEN WAN

* * * * *

A MODEL WORKER AWARD SCHEME IS TO BE LAUNCHED IN TSUEN WAN LATER THIS MONTH.

THE AIM OF THE SCHEME IS TO CREATE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG WORKERS THERE AND TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS LOCAL INDUSTRY.

IT IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES IN TSUEN .vAN AND THE INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 2.45 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 26) IN THE CALIPH ROOM, '.6TH FLOOR, AMBASSADOR HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE SCHEME’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAM KIN-MING, THE CHAIRMAN, DR LAI MING-WAH, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER KWAI CHUNG, MR FRED TING, WILL BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY (JUNE 26) AT 2.45 PM AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL.

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WORK ON WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM

X X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE SOUTH BAY AND REPULSE BAY AREAS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 26) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

AFFECTED WILL BE ALL PREMISES ALONG SOUTH BAY ROAD, 4OIJ9C NOS 90 92 AND 110 OF REPULSE BAY ROAD, HOUSE Nvo. 47, 49, 51, 53 AND 55 OF BEACH ROAD, INCLUDING PING SHAN RESTAURANT AND NAUTILUS CLUB.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REPLACEMENT RN PATROL CRAFT .................................. 1

NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR CABLE AND WIRELESS IN HONG KONG .. 2

BIG SHA TIM - TAI PO COASTAL HIGHWAY CONTRACT AWARDED . 3

URBAN CLEARWAY SHORTENED ..............................

PUBLIC MAY SEND VIEWS TO EDUCATION PANEL ..................... 5

DMC'S PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE .................................... 6

GROUP COMPLETES VISITS TO KMB DEPOTS ......................... 7

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR MAY ................................. 8

'FLOATING HOLIDAY' REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS .................... 10

MORE SAFETY OFFICERS FOR INDUSTRY ........................... 11

PWD DEPUTY DIRECTOR RETIRES ................................. 13

TAI 0 TO HAVE HOME FOR THE AGED............................. 12*

TEMPORARY TIME TABLE FOR TRAINS ............................. 15

ART AND CRAFT WORKS BY TEACHERS TO BE DISPLAYED........ 15

CRIME IN SHA TIN KEPT LOT ................................... 16

SURVEY OF SHA TIN COMMUNITY FACILITIES ...................... 17

NT LIONS CLUB GIVES VAN TO DISABLED CHILDREN'S SCHOOL . 18

NO RIGHT TURNS AT KWAI CHUNG ................................ 18

JUNE 25, 1981

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REPLACEMENT RN PATROL CRAFT * * *

A CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FIVE ROYAL NAVY PATROL CRAFT TO REPLACE THE FIVE TON CLASS MINESWEEPERS OF THE ROYAL NAVY SQUADRON IN HONG KONG IS TO BE PLACED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (NAVY). THE FIRST SHIP IS DUE TO COME INTO SERVICE IN MID-1983, THE LAST BY THE END OF 1984.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE IN PARLIAMENT TODAY (THURSDAY 25TH JUNE) BY THE DEFENCE SECRETARY MR NOTT IN A MAJOR POLICY SPEECH ANNOUNCING THE OUTCOME OF HIS EXAMINATION OF THE DEFENCE PROGRAMME. HE SAID,

+WE ARE PLACING AN ORDER FOR FIVE PATROL CRAFT

WITH HALL RUSSELL IN ABERDEEN FOR SERVICE IN HONG KONG, ALL OF THE VESSELS TO BE BUILT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. SEVENTY-FIVE PER CENT OF THE COST OF THESE VESSELS WILL BE PAID BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT*.

THIS ORDER IS BEING PLACED FOLLOWING SUBMISSION OF DESIGN AND BUILD TENDERS BY SEVERAL SHIPYARDS INCLUDING OPTIONS FOR SUBCONTRACTING UP TO FOUR SHIPS TO HONG KONG. THE TENDER SELECTED WAS THE LOWEST AND PROVIDED FOR ALL FIVE SHIPS TO BE BUILT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

EACH SHIP WILL HAVE A DISPLACEMENT OF ABOUT 695 TONS, A SERVICE SPEED OF OVER 24 KNOTS AND WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH A 76 MM OTO MELARA GUN AND A SPERRY SEA ARCHER FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM. THEY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED IN STEEL TO MEET MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (NAVY) SPECIFICATIONS AND ARE BEING PROCURED IN ACCORDANCE WITH NORMAL MOD PROCEDURES.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH AGREEMENT REACHED IN 1976, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL CONTRIBUTE 75% OF THE CAPITAL COSTS OF THE SHIPS. IN ADDITION, UNDER THE TERMS OF THE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT CONCLUDED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT, HONG KONG WILL CONTRIBUTE 75% TOWARDS RECURRENT COSTS OF THE SHIPS. HONG KONG’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE CAPITAL COST OF THE SHIPS WILL BE IN THE ORDER OF HK$46O MILLION AT FEBRUARY 1981 PRICES. SHOULD THE SHIPS EVER BE DEPLOYED PERMANENTLY OUTSIDE HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL BE CREDITED WITH 75% OF THE VALUE OF THE VESSELS AT THE TIME. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CONSULTED AT EACH STAGE OF THE PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME AND ACCEPTS THAT THE TENDER SHOULD BE PLACED WITH THE LOWEST TENDERERS.

THE HONG KONG SQUADRON OF THE ROYAL NAVY SUPPORTS THE MARINE POLICE IN OPERATIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, SMUGGLING AND OTHER INFRINGEMENTS OF HONG KONG’S TERRITORIAL WATERS. IT ALSO HAS A WIDER ROLE IN PATROLLING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, RESPONDING TO DISTRESS CALLS AND CONDUCTING SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS. ITS PRESENCE IN HONG KONG AND VISITS TO OTHER PORTS IN THE REGION DEMONSTRATES TO A WIDE AUDIENCE THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR CABLE AND * * * * *

WIRELESS IN HONG KONG

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND CABLE

AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED UPON THE TERMS ON WHICH THE CABL^AND*1 WIRELESS GROUP WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EXTERNAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN HONG KONG. THESE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1, 1981.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, CABLE AND WIRELESS HAS AGREED TO TRANSFER ITS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS, CARRIED OUT AT PRESENT BY A BRANCH OF THE PARENT COMPANY, TO A NEW SUBSIDIARY, CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LIMITED TO BE INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO GRANT TO CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LIMITED A NEW 25-YEAR LICENCE COVERING HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES INCLUDING TELEX, TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH. THE ROYALTY PAYABLE UNDER THIS NEW LICENCE IS TO REMAIN AT THE SAME LEVEL AS UNDER THE EXISTING LICENCE AND IS SUBJECT TO AN INITIAL REVIEW IN 1988.

AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT CABLE AND WIRELESS HAS AGREED TO SELL 20 PER CENT OF THE ORDINARY SHARE CAPITAL OF CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LIMITED TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. IN CONSIDERATION OF THIS, A CASH INVESTMENT OF $763.75 MILLION WILL BE MADE AND AS AN ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE UP TO $100 MILLION TO COVER TAXES AND DUTIES ARISING IN HONG KONG AS A RESULT OF THE FORMATION OF THE HONG KONG SUBSIDIARY.

CABLE AND WIRELESS WILL RETAIN THE REMAINING 80 PER CENT OF THE SHARE CAPITAL OF CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LIMITED. THE TWO PARTIES WERE ADVISED ON THE TRANSACTION BY MERCHANT BANKERS: CABLE AND WIRELESS BY KLEINWORT BENSON AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BY SCHRODERS AND CHARTERED LTD.

IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL APPOINT TWO DIRECTORS TO THE BOARD OF CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LIMITED.

THE CABLE AND WIRELESS GROUP AND ITS PREDECESSORS HAVE PROVIDED A RANGE OF EXTERNAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN HONG KONG SINCE 1871.

MR ERIC SHARP, CHAIRMAN OF CABLE AND WIRELESS SAID: +WE BELIEVE THAT THESE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE VERY SATISFACTORY FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. SO FAR AS CABLE AND WIRELESS IS CONCERNED, IT PROVIDES A FIRM BASE FROM WHICH AS A GROUP WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH THE FIRST CLASS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE IT HAS ENJOYED IN THE PAST. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS EXTREMELY GOOD, AND WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME THEM AS A SHAREHOLDER IN THE HONG KONG COMPANY.*

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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BIG SHA TIN - TAI PO COASTAL HIGHWAY CONTRACT AWARDED ******

THE LARGEST SINGLE CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT TO DATE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHA TIN - TAI PO COASTAL HIGHWAY WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

WORTH ABOUT 3608 MILLION, THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MR JOHN DON, DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, AND MR P. RINALDI, FAR EAST MANAGER OF VIANINI S.P.A.

WORK WILL START NEXT MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1984.

♦THE CONTRACT IS FOR A SEVEN-KILOMETRE DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY FROM THE NORTHERN END OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN TO TAI PO AS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM,+ MR DON SAID.

♦MOST OF THE ROAD WILL BE BUILT ON AN EMBANKMENT TO BE BUILT IN THE SEA NEXT TO THE EXISTING KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TRACK.+

THE CONTRACT ALSO PROVIDES FOR EXTENSIVE DREDGING AND RECLAMATION WORK ADJACENT TO THE ROAD AT MA LIU SHU I.

A SEPARATE CYCLE TRACK/FOOTPATH ON THE SEAWARD SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY WILL BE A FEATURE OF THE WORKS. IN ADDITION TO ITS RECREATIONAL USE, THIS WILL ALSO LINK UP WITH CYCLE TRACKS BEING PROVIDED AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN AND TAI PO NEW TOWNS.

THE CONTRACT ALSO INCLUDES EXTENSIVE PLANTING AND LANDSCAPE WORKS.

MR DON SAID THAT TO ENSURE MINIMAL INTERFERENCE WITH TRAFFIC ON TAI PO ROAD, THE FILL FOR RECLAMATION WORK WOULD BE CARRIED BY SEA AND ON SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED HAUL ROADS.

TO CONNECT WITH THE ROAD SYSTEMS IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO, A GRADE-SEPARATED INTERCHANGE IS TO BE BUILT AT EACH END OF THE HIGHWAY.

PART OF THE INTERCHANGE AT TAI PO IS BEING BUILT UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT TO ENSURE THAT THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSSING IS REMOVED AND BRIDGES ARE BUILT OVER THE KCR TRACK BEFORE THE KCR IS ELECTRIFIED NEXT YEAR.

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WORK ON THE INTERCHANGE AT SHA TIN END IS INCLUDED IN THE PRESENT CONTRACT.

ANOTHER RELATED ROAD PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN SHA TIN AT PRESENT IS A NEW TRUNK ROAD BETWEEN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND YUEN CHAU KOK.

THE WORK INCLUDES 1.4 KILOMETRES OF DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS WITH ASSOCIATED FLYOVERS AND A FOOTBRIDGE.

THE ROAD, IN ADDITION TO BEING PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE, WILL HELP EASE THE HEAVY TRAFFIC GENERATED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

IT WILL EVENTUALLY CONNECT WITH AND FORM PART OF THE SHA TIN - TAI PO COASTAL TRUNK ROAD.

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URBAN CLEARWAY SHORTENED * * * *

THE 2OO-METRE LONG URBAN CLEARWAY ON TAI SHING STREET.

BETWEEN CHOI HUNG ROAD AND THE WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI TUNG STREET, NEAR MORSE PARK, WILL BE SHORTENED FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE CLEARWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO ABOUT 90 METRES, STARTING FROM THE CHOI HUNG ROAD JUNCTION AND WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM EACH DAY.

DURING THESE HOURS, PUBLIC LIGHT PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OF THE CLEARWAY.

BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ALONG THE CANCELLED SECTION

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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PUBLIC MAY SEND VIEWS TO EDUCATION PANEL * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION (DESIGNATE), MR KENNEJH JOPLEY, TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR PERSONS OR GROUPS CONCERNED WITH EDUCATION TO MAKE WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS TO THE INDEPENDENT PANEL OF VISITORS UNDERTAKING THE OVERALL REVIEW OF EDUCATION, DETAILS OF WHICH WERE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK.

WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS ON ANY ASPECT OF HONG KONG EDUCATION, SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION (DESIGNATE) BY SEPTEMBER 4, 1981. REPRESENTATIONS MAY BE IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH AND SHOULD BE AS CONCISE AS POSSIBLE.

IN ADDITION, PERSONS OR GROUPS WISHING TO APPEAR PERSONALLY BEFORE THE PANEL, SHOULD MAKE THEIR REQUESTS IN WRITING AND -ftOVIDE AN OUTLINE IN NOT MORE THAN TWO PAGES (IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH) OF THE POINTS THEY WISH TO DISCUSS. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION (DESIGNATE) BY AUGUST 7, 1981.

REPRESENTATIONS AND REQUESTS TO MEET THE PANEL SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION (DESIGNATE), ROOM 1322, PR NCE S BUILDING, CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG, BY THE APPROPRIATE DATES. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR ENQUIRIES ARE 5-236825 AND 5-236721.

THE PANEL OF VISITORS WILL HOLD ITS FIRST FULL MEETING IN HONG KONG FROM OCTOBER 25 TO NOVEMBER 6 AND WILL VISIT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, EXAMINE FEATURES OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH PERSONS OR GROUPS CONCERNED WITH EDUCATION.

THE PANEL CONSISTS OF SIR JOHN LLEWELLYN (CHAIRMAN), DR GREG HANCOCK, DR KARL ROELOFFS AND PROFESSOR MICHAEL W. KIRST. THEY WILL BE ASSISTED BY TWO SPECIAL ADVISERS, MR Q.W. LEE, CHAIRMAN ----------------------------------------------- . MEMBER 0F THE

CF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND MR JAMES MCHUGH, A UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE OVERALL REVIEW WILL THE FIRST HALF OF 1982.

BE COMPLETED IN

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DMC’S PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE

* * * *

DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES HAVE PROVED THAT THEY ARE PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN STRENGTHENING ADMINISTRATION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND ARE BEGINNING TO ACHIEVE RESULTS, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR ALBERT LAM SAID THIS EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION HELD AT THE GOLDEN CROWN RESTAURANT, HE SAID THAT WITH THE SETTING UP OF THESE COMMITTEES, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC IN THE DISTRICTS MEET REGULARLY TO DISCUSS AND CO-ORDINATE THEIR WORK.

♦THEY ALSO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT GENERALLY ON DISTRICT NEEDS AND PR IOR IT IES.+

MR LAM POINTED OUT THAT SO FAR, DMC’S HAVE ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED IN KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN, SHAM SHU I PO, EASTERN, SOUTHERN AND KOWLOON CITY DISTRICTS.

THE REMAINING FOUR DISTRICTS, NAMELY MONG KOK, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, YAU MA TEI AND WAN CHAI WILL HAVE THEIR DMC’S WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS.

WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE DMC’S ARE THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT BOARDS SET UP IN EACH DISTRICT.

THE BOARDS ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL BEING OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICTS, ON THE PROVISION AND USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES AND THE ADEQUACY AND PRIORITIES OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES, HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE A SAY ON THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE DISTRICT FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS THE PROMOTION OF RECREATION AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMES.

IN SHORT, CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICTS AND THE GOVERNMENT ARE CREATED AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES AND NEEDS OF EACH DISTRICT AS WELL AS GOVERNMENTAL WORK AT DISTRICT LEVEL ARE GRADUALLY IMPROVED, HE SAID.

MR LAM URGED THOSE INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING THEIR SERVICES TO THE BOARDS, PROVIDED THEY ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER AND HAVE BEEN RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG FOR TEN OR MORE YEARS, TO RUN FOR THE ELECTIONS IN 1982.

ANYONE WHO IS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER AND HAS BEEN RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN OR MORE YEARS, SHOULD ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME BY REGISTERING AS A VOTER IN ONE’S OWN CONSTITUENCY.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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GROUP COMPLETES VISITS TO KMB DEPOTS

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ONE OF THE FIVE SUB-GROUPS TAKING PART IN THE REVIEW OF BUS OPERATIONS HAS COMPLETED A ROUND OF VISITS TO KOWLOON MOTOR BUS DEPOTS TO EXAMINE BUS MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES.

CHINA MOTOR BUS DEPOTS WILL BE INSPECTED AT A LATER STAGE.

WORKING WITH THE SUB-GROUP, HEADED BY MR M.J. HUTTON, GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER, ARE TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MRS GRACE HO AND MR F.K. HU.

TO CARRY OUT THEIR WORK MORE THOROUGHLY AND EFFECTIVELY, THE SUB-GROUP DREW UP A LIST OF PERTINENT QUESTIONS WHICH THEY SOUGHT TO HAVE ANSWERED DURING THE VISITS.

THERE WERE SOME 40 QUESTIONS, COVERING THE MAINTENANCE SYSTEM AND PROGRAMME, MAINTENANCE FACILITIES AND RESOURCES, MANNING AND STAFF TRAINING, AND BUS INSPECTIONS BY GOVERNMENT EXAMINERS.

THE VISITS WERE SUPPLEMENTED BY DISCUSSIONS INVOLVING KMB MANAGEMENT STAFF AND ENGINEERS. SOME OF THE FINDINGS WERE EARMARKED FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION AND OTHERS MORE RELEVANT TO THE WORK OF OTHER SUB-GROUPS WOULD BE TAKEN UP BY THEM.

THE OTHER FOUR SUB-GROUPS ARE LOOKING INTO THE BUS COMPANIES’ SPARE PARTS AND SPARE STOCK LEVEL, ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, DEPOT REQUIREMENT AND PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME.

IN THE COURSE OF THEIR WORK, THE SUB-GROUPS WOULD ALSO GO INTO ASPECTS OF THE COMPANIES’ MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR MAY X X X X X X

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR MAY 1981. THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR MAY 1981 WERE 116 AND 115 RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, THE NEW C.P.I. (A) INCREASED BY TWO POINTS OR 1.8 PER CENT AND THE NEW C.P.I. (B) BY ONE POINT OR 0.9 PER CENT.

THE NEW C.P.I. (A) AND NEW C.P.I. (B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. AT THAT TIME, THE NEW C.P.I. (A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH AND THE NEW C.P.I. (B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH.

THE INDEXES FOR MAY 1981 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMPONENTS CF HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE DISTINGUISHED IN THE TWO NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1981.

COMPONENT (OCTOBER 1979 -NEW C.P. I.(A) SEPTEMBER 1980 - 100) NEW C.P. I.(B)

MAY 81 APR 81 MAY 81 APR 81

FOODSTUFFS 116 115 116 115

HOUSING 112 112 112 112

FUEL AND LIGHT 135 135 136 136

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 111 111 110 110

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 115 109 115 108

DURABLE GOODS 108 107 108 107

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 108 108 108 108

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 129 123 126 122

SERVICES 115 115 115 115

ALL ITEMS 116 114 115 114


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THE INDEX FOR THE FOODSTUFFS COMPONENT IN BOTH NEW C.P.I.(A) AND NEW C.P.I.(B) INCREASED BY ONE POINT.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS, LIVE POULTRY, SALT-WATER FISH AND MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS.

THE EFFECTS OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR THE FOODSTUFFS COMPONENT WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR THE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR COMPONENT IN NEW

C.P. I.(A) INCREASED BY SIX POINTS AND THAT IN NEW

C.P.I.(B) BY SEVEN POINTS AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES FOR SUMMER OUTERCLOTHING.

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR THE DURABLE GOODS COMPONENT IN BOTH NEW C.P.I. (A) AND NEW C.P.I.(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR ELECTRICAL CONSUMER GOODS, TELEVtSION AND SOUND EQUIPMENT.

REFLECTING THE FULL IMPACT OF THE UPWARD REVISION OF BUS FARES SINCE APRIL AND THE EFFECT OF INCREASES IN THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FARES AND THE M.T.R. FARES IN MAY, THE INDEX FOR THE TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES COMPONENT IN NEW C.P. I.(A) INCREASED BY SIX POINTS AND THAT IN NEW C.P.I.(B) BY FOUR POINTS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) (JULY 73/JUNE 74 - 100) FOR MAY 1981 WERE 181 AND 180 RESPECTIVELY, EACH BEING TwO POINTS OR 1.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1980. C.P.I.(A) INCREASED BY 24 POINTS OR 15.3 PER CENT AND C.P.I.(B) BY 23 POINTS OR 14.6 PER CENT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR MAY 1981, WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON SALE AT $2 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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'FLOATING HOLIDAY’ REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY DESIGNATED A DATE FOR THE FLOATING HOLIDAY - ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE - THEY SHOULD GIVE EMPLOYEES THE DAY OFF EITHER ON JULY 1 (THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JULY) OR AUGUST 3 (THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST) THIS YEAR.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE FLOATING HOLIDAY MUST EE DESIGNATED BY EMPLOYERS AND MADE KNOWN TO EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BY THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT 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 HOL I DAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS. OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE CF 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 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 THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS 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 NUMBER ARE : FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652- KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 12-422096-TUEN MUN 12-818443 AND HONG KONG ISLAND 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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MORE SAFETY OFFICERS FOR INDUSTRY

* * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, EXPRESSED THE HOPE TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING COURSE OFFERED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WILL BECOME +THE SOLID CORE OF SUPPLY OF SAFETY OFFICERS WHO WILL HELP IMPROVE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN HONG KONG.+

PRESENTING CERTIFICATES TO 60 GRADUATES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE ONE-YEAR EVENING COURSE AT THE POLYTECHNIC, HE NOTED THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATELY-TRAINED PERSONNEL WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION ON COMPULSORY EMPLOYMENT OF SAFETY OFFICERS IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES.

IN ANTICIPATION OF MORE DEMAND FOR QUALIFIED SAFETY OFFICERS, THE POLYTECHNIC HAD DECIDED TO CONTINUE THE COURSE AT THE PRESENT LEVEL OF INTAKE FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON STRESSED THAT EMPLOYERS COULD CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND THE PREVENTION OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS BY EMPLOYING QUALIFIED SAFETY OFFICERS AND GIVING THEM PROPERLY-DESIGNED DUTIES.

THESE DUTIES, HE EXPLAINED, COULD BE DIVIDED INTO THREE BROAD AREAS.

FIRSTLY, A SAFETY OFFICER SHOULD HIMSELF INSPECT THE INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING AT REGULAR INTERVALS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS ANY RISK OF BODILY INJURY TO ANY PERSON, AND IF SO, TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION.

SECONDLY, HE SHOULD INVESTIGATE ANY ACCIDENTS AND DANGEROUS OCCURRENCES IN THE UNDERTAKING AND TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION TO REMOVE THE CAUSES.

THIRDLY, HE SHOULD ORGANISE SAFETY CAMPAIGNS, TRAINING COURSES, COMPETITIONS, CONTESTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES WITHIN HIS ORGANISATION IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN THE INTEREST OF THE EMPLOYEES IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD A SUBSTANTIAL BUDGET TO UNDERTAKE AMORE IMAGINATIVE AND INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN, CONSISTING OF A NUMBER OF INTERESTING NEW PROGRAMMES.

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THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ONE IS AN AUDIO-VISUAL-LIGHT EXHIBITION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TO BE HELD AT THE KESWICK HALL OF THE POLYTECHNIC.

EARLIER, THE DIRECTOR OF THE POLYTECHNIC, DR KEITH LEGG, POINTED OUT THAT THE TRAINING COURSE -- RUN FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN SUCCESSION -- HAD AGAIN PROVED TO BE EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL.

EIGHTY PERSONS FROM 171 APPLICANTS HAD BEEN SELECTED FOR THE COURSE IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR, AND THIS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THE FAVOURABLE RESPONSE FROM EMPLOYERS TOWARDS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

APART FROM THE COURSE, THE POLYTECHNIC HAD MADE CONSIDERABLE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY GENERALLY WITH POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS.

LAST YEAR, THE POLYTECHNIC INTRODUCED A COMPREHENSIVE MANDATORY THREE-PHASE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSE FOR ALL FULL-TIME ENGINEER ING STUDENTS.

IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR, A TOTAL OF 860 ENGINEERING STUDENTS HAD COMPLETED THE THIRD-PHASE OF THIS COURSE.

SAFETY AWARENESS WAS NOT LIMITED TO ENGINEERING STUDENTS, DR LEGG ADDED.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, 500 STUDENTS FROM NON-ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS HAD VOLUNTARILY ATTENDED ANOTHER INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSE CONDUCTED IN THE POLYTECHNIC BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

APART FROM STUDENT AWARENESS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE POLYTECHNIC INDUSTRIAL CENTRE ARE NOW PLANNING TO OFFER INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EDUCATION TO ACADEMIC TECHNICAL STAFF OF THE POLYTECHNIC AND OTHER TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

♦THOSE WHO COMPLETE THIS ONE-YEAR COURSE WILL THEN BE QUALIFIED TO LECTURE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MATTERS AND WE BELIEVE THAT BY SO DOING, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EDUCATION WILL BE EXPANDED EVEN MORE EFFECTIVELY,+ HE NOTED.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 198

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PWD DEPUTY DIRECTOR RETIRES * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR JACK STEAN, IS RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 23 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE DEPARTMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD, TODAY PRESENTED MR STEAN WITH A SOUVENIR ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE DEPARTMENT.

+JACK IS BY ORIGIN A LONDONER, AND PROUD OF IT,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

+ HE IS ALSO ONE OF THAT NUMBER - AND WE HAVE SAID GOODBYE TO SEVERAL OF THEM RECENTLY - WHO COMPLETED THEIR NORMAL SCHOOLING AT A TIME WHEN THERE WAS A WAR GOING ON.*

HE SAID THAT MR STEAN HAD LEFT SCHOOL IN 1941, AGED 16 - TOO YOUNG TO GO IMMEDIATELY INTO THE ARMED SERVICES - AND HAD SPENT ABOUT 18 MONTHS WITH THE ARCHITECT’S DEPARTMENT OF THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL BEFORE JOINING THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AT THE AGE OF 18.

+ HE STAYED IN THE RAF FOR FOUR YEARS UNTIL 1947, THEN, RETURNED TO THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL FOR A FURTHER SIX YEARS, DURING WHICH HE QUALIFIED, IN 1952, AS A CHARTERED SURVEYOR IN THE BUILDING SURVEYING BRANCH,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, MR STEAN WORKED AS A BUILDING SURVEYOR IN THE BOROUGH ENGINEER DEPARTMENTS OF THE TWO LONDON BOROUGHS, GREENWICH AND WEST HAM, AND BECAME A GRADUATE OF THE INSTITUTE OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS.

MR STEAN ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN MAY 1958 AS A BUILDING SURVEYOR IN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, BRINGING HIS WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN.

+THE STAFF OF THE BOO WAS THEN, AS IT IS NOW, CONSIDERABLY BELOW THE STRENGTH NEEDED FOR ITS TASKS, BUT PERHAPS THIS MADE FOR QUICK PROMOTION, FOR WITHIN JUST OVER TWO YEARS JACK HAD BEEN RAISED TO THE RANK OF WHAT WAS CALLED ASSISTANT CHIEF - NOW SENIOR BUILDING SURVEYOR,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

MR STEAN BECAME PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR IN 1973.

+FOR MUCH OF HIS TIME IN THE BOO, JACK WAS CONCERNED, EITHER IN THE DIVISION, OR AS HEAD OF THE OFFICE, WITH DANGEROUS BUILDINGS, AND ANYBODY WHO HAS HAD EXPERIENCE OF THAT PARTICULAR FUNCTION WILL KNOW VERY WELL WHAT A TRYING AND OFTEN TRAGIC DUTY IT CAN BE,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

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MR STEAN BECAME DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN 1974 AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR. HE WAS TO HAVE RETIRED LAST YEAR, BUT HAD AGREED TO STAY ON.

♦HE HAS BEEN BOTH DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS DURING A PERIOD WHEN BOTH THE PRESENT AND FUTURE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRED THE HAND OF A PERSON wELL EXPERIENCED IN ITS FUNCTIONS AND ITS NEEDS,* MR MCDONALD SA ID.

♦IT wAS THEREFORE WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WE SAW JACK’S SERVICES RECOGNISED IN THE NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST OF 1980 BY THE AWARD OF THE OBE.+

MR MCDONALD WISHED MR AND MRS STEAN A VERY LONG AND HAPPY RETIREMENT.

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TAI 0 TO HAVE HOME FOR THE AGED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS GRANTED, BY PRIVATE TREATY, A 910-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT TA I 0 TO A NON-PROFIT MAKING TAOIST ASSOCIATION, HING WAN KWU TUNG LIMITED, TO BUILD A HOME FOR THE AGED.

THE ASSOCIATION WILL BUILD A THREE-STOREY HOME, WITH A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF 1 400 SQUARE METRES, FOR MORE THAN 100 OLD PEOPLE, NEAR THE TAI 0 BUS TERMINUS. CONSTRUCTION COSTS WILL BE ABOUT $2.5 MILLION. TAI 0 RURAL COMMITTEE WILL DONATE $500 000 TOWARDS THE COST OF FURNISHING IT.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOME, WHICH WILL BE NAMED TAI 0 HING WAN KWU TUNG HOME FOR THE AGED, WILL START EARLY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY 1983.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER ISLANDS, MR ANDREW FOK, SAID THE HOME WOULD PROVIDE A MUCH NEEDED SERVICE FOR THE TOWN’S OLD PEOPLE.

AT PRESENT, 463 PERSONS IN TAI 0 RECEIVE GOVERNMENT OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, AND OF THESE, 216 LIVE ALONE.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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TEMPORARY TIME TABLE FOR TRAINS * * * *

A TEMPORARY TIME TABLE WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY. JUNE 28, TO FACILITATE ENGINEERING WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

TA EE F?R °NE DAY 0NLY T0 ENABLE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK

I?inETAn^v,ED 0UT IN THE RACECOURSE STATION AREA,* A KCR SPOKESMAN bAID TODAY.

THE EXPRESS THROUGH TRAIN WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

COPIES OF THE TEMPORARY TIME TABLE DISPLAYED AT KOWLOON STATION AND AT ALL

WILL BE PROMINENTLY OTHER STATIONS.

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ART AND CRAFT WORKS BY TEACHERS TO BE DISPLAYED *****

SECONDARY SCHOOL ART TEACHERS ARE URGED TO JOIN AN EXHIBITION OF ART WORKS TO BE HELD LATER THIS YEAR AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

THE EXHIBITION SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER IS ORGANISED BY THE ART SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, AND AIMS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS TO SHOW THEIR WORK IN PUBLIC.

+EACH TEACHER MAY SEND IN NOT MORE THAN TWO PIECES OF WORK FOR DISPLAY. THERE WILL BE NO SELECTION AND ALL WORK SUBMITTED WILL BE EXHIBITED,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

NO PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED BUT EVERY PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE A SOUVENIR CATALOGUE, HE SAID.

ALL TYPES OF ART WORK INCLUDING PAINTING, DRAWING, SCULPTURE, DESIGN, CALLIGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PRINTS, POTTERY, SEAL-CARVING, CRAFTS, AND EXPERIMENTAL WORK MAY BE SUBMITTED.

THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE MEDIA, BUT THE THEME SHOULD NOT CARRY ANY COMMERCIAL OR POLITICAL IMPLICATION.

ART WORK SHOULD BE DELIVERED TO THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BY THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES ON OCTOBER 5 AND 6, AND COLLECTED ON OCTOBER 19.

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CRIME IN SHA TIN KEPT LOW * * * *

CRIME IN SHA TIN HAS BEEN KEPT COMPARATIVELY LOW DUE TO THE CO-OPERATION OF LOCAL PEOPLE, TWO MEMBERS OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WERE TOLD.

URBAN COUNCILLOR, MRS SELINA CHOW, AND A CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, MR GEORGE YUEN, HEARD THIS AT A SHA TIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEETING HELD YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG, CHAIRED THE MEETING.

ALSO PRESENT WERE THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER NEW TERRITORIES, MR M.C. ILLINGWORTH- THE DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT SHA TIN, MR CHAN CHI-FAI- THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER SHA TIN, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG- AND LOCAL LEADERS.

MRS CHOW AND MR YUEN WERE TOLD BY MR ILLINGWORTH THAT BY TAKING SIMPLE PREVENTIVE MEASURES, SHA TIN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PLAYING A POSITIVE PART IN FIGHTING CRIME.

MRS CHOW SAID SHE WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT JUVENILE CRIME AND FELT THAT THE PROVISION OF MORE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES COULD HELP REDUCE CRIME.

MR YUEN TOLD THE MEETING THAT A FIGHT CRIME PUBLICITY PROGRAMME WOULD BE LAUNCHED SOON. THIS WOULD INCLUDE A SONG COMPOSING COMPETITION AND SINGING CONTEST TO BE HELD IN MID-AUGUST-AN INTER-SCHOOL DRAMA COMPETITION IN OCTOBER- AND A +FIGHT CRIME DAY+ TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE VISIT WAS ONE OF A SERIES BY MEMBERS OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT DISTRICT EFFORTS AND OFFER ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE.

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SURVEY OF SHA TIN COMMUNITY FACILITIES

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A SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED INTO THE TRANSPORT AND COMMUNITY FACILITY NEEDS OF SHA TIN RESIDENTS.

IT IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE WITH ASSISTANCE 2F STUDENTS FROM THE HONG KONG AND CHINESE UNIVERSITIES.

ALTOGETHER 12 300 QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING SENT TO HOUSEHOLDS IN SUI WO COURT, WO CHE ESTATE AND YUEN CHAU KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA. THEY ARE ALSO BEING SENT TO FACTORIES IN FO TAN INDUSTRIAL AREA.

QUESTIONS INCLUDE AGES OF FAM IL IY MEMBERS OR WORKERS, AND . WHERE THEY ARE EMPLOYED, STUDY OR SPEND THEIR LEISURE.

A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN URGED RESIDENTS TO CO-OPERATE BY FILLING THE FORMS IN ACCURATELY AND PROMPTLY.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO GOVERNMENT DE=ARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN PLANNING FUTURE SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES, HE SAID.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL SEND OFFICERS TO INTERVIEW RECIPIENTS OF QUESTIONNAIRES IN PERSON IF THEIR REPLIES ARE NOT RECEIVED BY JULY 15.

THE SURVEY WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH. FINDINGS WILL BE TABULATED AND COMPILED INTO A REPORT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN AUGUST.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1981

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NT LIONS CLUB GIVES VAN TO DISABLED CHILDREN’S SCHOOL *****

THE LIONS CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TODAY (THURSDAY) DONATED A SEVEN-SEAT VAN TO A KWAI CHUNG SCHOOL FOR DISABLED CHILDREN.

THE DONATION WAS ONE OF A NUMBER OF PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE CLUB THIS YEAR FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE.

THE TING HSIUNG CHIAO SCHOOL, LOCATED IN KWAI FONG ESTATE, IS A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG SPASTICS ASSOCIATION. ESTABLISHED IN 1974, IT NOW HAS MORE THAN 100 STUDENTS, AGED BETWEEN FOUR AND 17.

AT TODAY’S HAND-OVER CEREMONY, KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, FRED TING, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CLUB FOR THEIR CONCERN AND CARE TOWARDS UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE IN SOCIETY.

THE VAN WILL BE USED TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS TO AND FROM THEIR nOMES.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, MISS YUNG SIU-JAN, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB, MR CHAN CHUN-CHIU.

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RIGHT TURNS AT KWAI CHUNG

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NOT BE ALLOWED IN SECTIONS OF CONTAINER PORT KWAI CHUNG, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27.

RIGHT TURNS WILL ROAD AND KWAI TAI ROAD

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS MEANS ™AT TRAFF IC HEADING SOUTH ALONG CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT IN KWAI FUNG CRESCENT AND KWAI TAI ROAD.

TRAFFIC HEADING EAST ALONG KWAI TAI ROAD WILL ALSO NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO CONTAINER PORT ROAD.

THE NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE RECONSTRUCTION OF ROAD SURFACES IN THE AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TOUGHER PENALTIES PROPOSED FOR FORGERY OF IDENTITY CARDS ..... 1

BUILDERS WARNED OF HEAVIER PENALTIES ......................... 3

VIEWS ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS SOUGHT .............................. 4

MTR AREA PLAN ................................................ 4

GAS EXPERT BOUND FOR JAPAN ................................... 5

COMMUNITY LEADERS' ROLE IN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS .......... 5

S1OM SHATIN FIRE STATION OPENED .............................. 6

FINES MORE THAN DOUBLED....................................... 7

NEW FIVE-STOREY CAR PARK FOR ABERDEEN ........................ 8

TENDERS CALLED FOR ELEVATED ROAD WORK ........................ 8

MODEL WORKER SCHEME IN TSUEN WAN ............................. 9

DRIVING TESTS POSTPONED ...................................... 10

BIRTHS REGISTRY .............................................. 10

MORE TREES PLANTED IN TUEN MUN................................ 11

BETTER MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 9 SERVICE ........................... 12

FIRING PRACTICE IN JULY ...................................... 12

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1981

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TOUGHER PENALTIES PROPOSED FOR FORGERY OF IDENTITY CARDS ft ft ft * ft

ANYONE MANUFACTURING OR USING FORGED IDENTITY CARDS OR OTHER SUCH DOCUMENTS WILL SOON FIND IT A HIGHLY COSTLY BUSINESS, IF SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED PENALTIES PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT ARE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

EXISTING PENALTIES FOR FORGING A DOCUMENT OF PROOF OF IDENTITY RANGE FROM SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $1 OOO TO SEVEN YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF 150 000, DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF DOCUMENT INVOLVED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THESE LEVELS OF PENALTY DID NOT REFLECT THE SERIOUS NATURE OF THE OFFENCES AND SOME ADJUSTMENT WAS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO DETER POTENTIAL OFFENDERS.

THE PROPOSALS ARE CONTAINED IN THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1981, THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 AND THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, ALL OF WHICH ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE BILLS SEEK TO INCREASE TO 14 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR FORGERY OF IDENTITY CARDS. DOCUMENTS ISSUED UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE, TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CARDS.

ANY PERSON FOUND IN POSSESSION OF ANYTHING FIT AND INTENDED FOR USE IN FORGERY WOULD ALSO BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 14 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT. THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN ANY PROCEEDINGS FOR THIS NEW OFFENCE WOULD BE ON THE ACCUSED.

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THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR POSSESSION WITHOUT LAWFUL EXCUSE OF FORGED IDENTITY CARDS OR OTHER DOCUMENTS ISSUED UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE WOULD BE RAISED FROM TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF *5 OOO TO SEVEN YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $50 000 UPON CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT, OR TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $20 000 ON SUMMARY CONVICTION, THESE BEING THE EXISTING PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF FORGED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CARDS.

AN ACCUSED WOULD BEAR THE ONUS OF ESTABLISHING THE EXISTENCE OF A LAWFUL EXCUSE FOR SUCH POSSESSION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS MEASURE WAS AIMED NOT ONLY AT THE INDIVIDUAL WHO CARRIED A FORGED IDENTITY CARD BUT ALSO AT ORGANISED TRAFFICKING IN IDENTITY CARDS AND PHOTOGRAPH SUBSTITUTION.

AT PRESENT, ALL RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG ARE REQUIRED TO USE THEIR NAMES AND NUMBERS ON THEIR IDENTITY CARDS IN ALL DEALINGS WITH THE GOVERNMENT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A FURTHER DISINCENTIVE TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THINKING OF PASSING THEMSELVES OFF AS RESIDENTS, FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT WOULD BECOME AN OFFENCE, PUNISHABLE BY A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $5 000.

UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM REGISTERING FOR IDENTITY CARDS. THE SPOKESMAN DISCLOSED THAT ONCE THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 WAS PASSED INTO LAW, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO INTRODUCE REGULATIONS EXTENDING THIS BAN TO PERSONS IN HONG KONG WHO WERE IN BREACH OF A LIMIT OF STAY.

♦GIVEN THESE PROPOSED MEASURES AND THE FACT THAT PLANS ARE IN HAND FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW, MORE SECURE IDENTITY CARD,* THE SPOKESMAN WARNED, +IT WILL BECOME EVEN MORE UNATTRACTIVE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO COME HERE, AND FOR EVADERS TO REMAIN.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID PERSONS ALREADY LIVING ILLEGALLY IN HONG KONG WOULD BE BEST ADVISED TO SURRENDER THEMSELVES TO THE AUTHORITIES WITHOUT DELAY.

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BUILDING CONTRACTORS FAILING TO PROVIDE A SAFE WORKING PLACE AT HEIGHTS ARE LIABLE TO BE PROSECUTED AND FINED A MAXIMUM OF $50 000, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN WAS REFERRING TO A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A BUILDING CONTRACTOR WAS FOUND GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS AND WAS FINED $10 000.

HE SAID THAT THE BUILDING CONTRACTOR DID NOT TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE SAFETY AND AS A RESULT A WORKER PLUNGED TO HIS DEATH WHILE WORKING ON A SINGLE ROW BAMBOO SCAFFOLD OUTSIDE A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE $10 000 FINE, HE SAID, WAS THE MAXIMUM THEN. FOLLOWING AN AMENDMENT OF THE REGULATIONS IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY HAS NOW BEEN INCREASED TO $50 000.

ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN, WHERE WORKERS ARE REQUIRED TO WORK ON SCAFFOLDS WHICH MAY BE LIABLE TO BE DANGEROUS, A SAFE AND SECURE WORKING PLATFORM OF AT LEAST 38 CM WIDE AND SECURELY FENCED TO A HEIGHT OF NOT LESS THAN ONE METRE SHOULD BE PROVIDED ON THE SCAFFOLD.

WHERE IT IS NOT REASONABLY PRACTICABLE TO PROVIDE SUITABLE FENCING AROUND THE EDGES OF ANY PLACE WHERE A WORKMAN IS LIABLE TO FALL A DISTANCE OF MORE THAN TWO METRES SAFETY NETS SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR WORKMEN AT HEIGHTS.

WORKERS SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT THE SAFETY BELTS THEY WEAR ARE SECURELY ATTACHED TO A SUITABLE ANCHORAGE OR AN INDEPENDENT LIFELINE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT WORKERS MIGHT FEEL THAT THE USE OF SAFETY BELTS CAUSE INCONVENIENCE, BUT IF CORRECT METHODS ARE APPLIED, THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM.

HE SAID THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF FALL-ARREST DEVICES CR ROPE GRABS WHICH COULD BE USED ON THE LIFE-LINE, AND SECURED TO WORKER’S SAFETY BELT BY A SNAPHOOK OR LANYARD.

SUCH SYSTEMS WOULD PERMIT UP AND DOWN MOVEMENT OF THE WORKER ALONG THE LIFE-LINE AND WOULD LOCK IN PLACE AUTOMATICALLY WHEN TENSION IS EXERTED, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THE WORKER FALLS OFF FROM HIS FOOTHOLD.

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VIEWS ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS SOUGHT * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS REVIEWING THE EXISTING RANGE OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND WANTS TO KNOW THE VIEWS OF LABOUR ORGANISATIONS, EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATIONS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THEIR VIEWS WILL BE COLLECTED THROUGH THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT. THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

AT PRESENT, UNDER THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE, THERE ARE 17 GENERAL HOLIDAYS WHICH ARE ENJOYED BY EMPLOYEES OF BANKS, EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS, PUBLIC OFFICES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. OTHER WORKERS ARE ENTITLED TO 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

VARIOUS OPTIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED FOR NARROWING THE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE TWO TYPES OF HOLIDAYS. THESE OPTIONS INCLUDE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS AND/OR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF EACH OF THE VARIOUS OPTIONS ON THE ECONOMY WOULD BE CONSIDERED.

+THE CAPACITY OF HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT SYSTEM, BEACHES, PARKS AND SPORTS GROUNDS TO COPE WITH ANY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH LEISURE TIME WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED,+ HE SAID.

WHEN THE OPINIONS OF INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS ARE KNOWN AND HAVE BEEN COLLATED, FINAL PROPOSALS WILL BE DRAWN UP FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

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MTR AREA PLAN

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THE RAILWAY AREA PLAN FOR THE PROPOSED TAI KOO SHING MTR STATION HAS BEEN DEPOSITED IN THE LAND OFFICE BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MTR (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

NOTICE OF THE PLAN APPEARS IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), AND COPIES OF THE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED FREE OF CHARGE AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING GROUND FLOOR- AT THE PWD OFFICES, MURRAY BUILDING 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD- AND AT ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE ON ANY WEEKDAY EXCEPT A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM (SATURDAYS 9 AM TO NOON).

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GAS EXPERT BOUND FOR JAPAN ft ft ft ft

A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH GAS CORPORATION CONSULTANCY TEAM, GERALD WHITBREAD AND THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND ENGIN£ER» MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, WILL LEAVE FOR TOKYO ON IAKE A F,RST HAND LOOK AT THE TYPE-APPROVAL ARRANGEMENTS IN JAPAN FOR GAS APPLIANCES.

uua *,LL HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH A GAS WATER HEATER MANUFACTURER WHO IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER OF LPG APPLIANCES TO HONG KONG AND THE JAPAN GAS APPLIANCE INSPECTING SOCIETY. THEY WILL RETURN ON THURSDAY.

vAne T.HLy,SJT ,S ARRANGED TO ENABLE THE GAS CONSULTANTS TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION FOR THEIR OVERALL REVIEW OF GAS SAFETY IN HONG KONG.

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COMMUNITY LEADERS OF TSUEN WAN WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) TOLD OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY WILL PLAY IN NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

AT A FUND-RAISING CONCERT ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN Y’S MEN’S CLUB, THE ACTING TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DOMINIC LAW, CALLED ON MEMBERS TO PUT ACROSS THE MESSAGE AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE.

+THIS WILL BE THE FIRST ELECTION FOR DISTRICT BOARDS IN HONG KONG, AND IT IS HOPED THAT BY INTRODUCING ELECTED MEMBERS TO BOARDS, WHO EACH COME FROM A PARTICULAR CONSTITUENCY, PUBLIC PART IC I PAT I ON IN MATTERS OF LOCAL INTEREST WILL BE ENHANCED,* HE SAID.

ON THE WORK OF THE CLUB, MR LAW SAID IT HAD DONE A +SPLENDID JOB* IN BUILDING UP GOOD FELLOWSHIP AND A SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AMONG MEMBERS, AS WELL AS PROMOTING RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE PROCEEDS OF THE CONCERT, HE SAID, WOULD JUSTIFY ALL THE HARD WORK AND REFLECT THE PAST SUCCESSES OF THE CLUB AND CONFIDENCE IN ITS FUTURE ACTIVITIES.

THE CONCERT WAS PERFORMED BY WELL-KNOWN DISC JOCKEYS AND RECORDING ARTISTES.

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I10M SHAT IN FIRE STATION OPENED M * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND IN SHAT IN WAS TODAY OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR FREDERICK WATSON.

THE COMMAND, BUILT AT A COST OF OVER S1O MILLION, ALSO ACCOMMODATES A MAJOR FIRE STATION AND AN AMBULANCE STATION.

SHATIN, KNOWN FOR ITS HIGH QUALITY RICE FOR CHINESE EMPERORS IN THE PAST, IS TODAY A THRIVING MODERN URBAN AREA WITH HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS AND FACTORIES.

IN OPENING THE COMPLEX. MR WATSON RECALLED THE DAY WHEN HE ATTENDED THE OPENING OF SHAT IN’S FIRST FIRE STATION ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1956 WITH ONLY A LANDROVER TYPE OF FIRE APPLIANCE AND NINE MEN.

♦FIRE AND AMBULANCE PROTECTION HAS BEEN INCREASED TO KEEP PACE WITH THE ADDITIONAL RISKS AND INCREASED POPULATION,♦ MR WATSON SAID.

THIS NEW COMPLEX, COSTING OVER S1O MILLION. IS THE FIRST CF THREE PLANNED FOR THE SHATIN AREA AS PART OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO MEET EVER INCREASING NEEDS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

IT ACCOMMODATES THE NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS, A MAJOR STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT. IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE IT WILL ALSO ACCOMMODATE A SECTION OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU PREVIOUSLY CENTRALISED ON HONG KONG ISLAND.♦

HE SAID THAT BY ESTABLISHING REGIONAL FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU OFFICES IN SHATIN AND ELSEWHERE, THE NEEDS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OTHER AREAS WOULD BE SERVED MORE QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY.

EACH 24 HOURS APPROXIMATELY 50 OFFICERS AND MEN WILL MAN THE VARIOUS APPLIANCES AND AMBULANCES STATIONED HERE.+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

THE COMPLEX AND OFFICERS MANNING IT ARE HERE TO SERVE AND PROTECT THE AREA AND ITS PEOPLE IN THE EVENT OF FIRE OR OTHER CALAMITY. SOME OF THE MEN SERVING HERE WILL LIVE IN THE NEW RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS NOT TOO FAR AWAY.

I HOPE IT WILL ALWAYS BE A HAPPY AND EFFICIENT COMPLEX AND I EXTEND MY BEST WISHES TO ALL WHO ARE MANNING IT TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE,♦ HE SAID.

LOOKING BACK AT THE HISTORY OF SHATIN FIRE STATION, MR WATSON SAID THE OLD COMPLEX, LEASED TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE SHATIN RURAL COMMITTEE, SERVED THE COMMUNITY WELL FOR 19 YEARS.

HE SAID THE STATION MORE THAN JUSTIFIED ITSELF IN 1962 ALONE WHEN SHATIN MARKET AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS WERE FLOODED TO A DEPTH OF SEVERAL FEET BY A TIDAL SURGE DURING THE PASSAGE OF TYPHOON WANDA.

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♦THE FIRE STATION WAS FLOODED TO A AND THE FIRE APPLIANCE WAS LOST BUT THE PERFORMED MAGNIFICENTLY ON THAT DAY AND IN THE MARKET AREA,* HE RECALLED.

DEPTH OF ABOUT SIX FEET FEW FIREMEN OF THE STATION SAVED A GREAT MANY LIVES

IM ,UeS9£‘S WAS A COMPLETELY ISOLATED DISASTER N JHE EARLY PART 0,7 WHICH THE FIREMEN WERE THE AUTHORITY PRESENT,♦ HE ADDED.

AREA FOR MANY HOURS ONLY UNIFORMED

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FINES MORE THAN DOUBLED

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FINES FOR VARIOUS OFFENCES UNDER THE FIRE SERVICES REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN MORE THAN DOUBLED TO ENSURE THAT FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATIONS AND EQUIPMENT ARE INSTALLED AND KEPT IN WORKING ORDER.

UNDER THE FIRE SERVICES (INSTALLATION AND EQUIPMENT) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1981 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, FINES WILL BE RAISED FROM $2 OOO TO 15 000 FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENCES 1

* FAILURE BY A REGISTERED FIRE SERVICES CONTRACTOR TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE, OR ISSUING A FALSE OR MISLEADING CERTIFICATE"

* SALE OF UNAPPROVED PORTABLE EQUIPMENT-

* INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT BY AN UNAUTHORISED PERSON-

* MAINTENANCE OR REPAIR OF EQUIPMENT BY AN UNAUTHORISED PERSON-

M FAILURE BY AN OWNER TO KEEP EQUIPMENT IN WORKING ORDER AND HAVE EQUIPMENT INSPECTED BY A REGISTERED CONTRACTOR AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR.

THESE STIFFER FINES ARE INTENDED AS A MORE EFFECTIVE DETERRENT AGAINST NEGLIGENCE OR PRACTICES WHICH ENDANGER LIVES AND PROPERTY.

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NEW FIVE-STOREY CAR PARK FOR ABERDEEN

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PARKING WILL BE EASIER IN ABERDEEN WHEN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OPENS A 24-HOUR FIVE-STOREY CAR PARK FOR 305 VEHICLES IN ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD, NEAR YUE KWONG ROAD, ON THURSDAY, JULY 2.

♦THIS IS THE FIRST GOVERNMENT CAR PARK TO BE BUILT IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND, AND IT SHOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS ALLEVIATING PARKING PROBLEMS IN THE ABERDEEN TOWN CENTRE,* A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

CHARGES WILL BE $1 AN HOUR BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 8 AM AND $2 AN HOUR FROM 8 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

MONTHLY PASSES, VALID ONLY FOR THE ABERDEEN CAR PARK, WILL COST $400 EACH.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR ELEVATED ROAD WORK

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TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTHERN ELEVATED ROAD FROM NGAU TAU KOK TO KOWLOON BAY ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORKS CONSIST OF 520 METRES OF ELEVATED ROAD LINKING THE ALREADY COMPLETED SECTION OVER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY DEPOT WITH NGAU TAU KOK ROAD TO THE WEST AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ROAD TO THE EAST, TOGETHER WITH A GRADE SEPARATED CROSSING AT KWUN TONG ROAD.

THERE WILL ALSO BE GRADE SEPARATED ACCESS TO AND FROM WAI YIP STREET.

A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY WILL CATER FOR PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC UNDER THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ROAD NEAR WAI YIP STREET.

WORK WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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MODEL WORKER SCHEME IN TSUEN WAN

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TEN MODEL WORKERS IN TSUEN WAN WHO HAVE SHOWN INTEREST IN THEIR JOBS AND CONTRIBUTED TO LOCAL INDUSTRY WILL BE ABLE TO WIN VALUABLE PRIZES.

A MODEL WORKER AWARD SCHEME COMPETITION WILL COMMENCE NEXT WEEK WHEN FACTORY OPERATORS IN TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TSING Yl AND MA WAN WILL BE ASKED TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES.

AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMPETITION’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAM KIN-MING, SAID THE RESPONSE LAST YEAR, WHEN THE EVENT WAS FIRST HELD, WAS -t-HlGHLY ENCOURAGING.*

THIS YEAR, WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS, A SERIES OF EVENTS WILL BE HELD TO PROMOTE THE SCHEME.

ASIDE FROM THE AWARD SCHEME, THERE WILL ALSO BE A SLOGAN COMPETITION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND A SONG ABOUT MODEL WORKERS PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

FOR THE AWARD SCHEME, EACH FACTORY WILL BE ABLE TO NOMINATE NOT MORE THAN TWO EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE WORKED THERE CONTINUOUSLY FOR FIVE YEARS, PARTICIPATED ACTIVELY IN FUNCTIONS ORGANISED BY THE FACTORY, CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS LOCAL INDUSTRY, AND WHO ALSO HAVE A SOUND KNOWLEDGE OF LABOUR LEGISLATION AND HAVE POTENTIAL.

NOMINATION FORMS FOR THE AWARD SCHEME AND ENTRY FORMS FOR THE SLOGAN COMPETITION WILL BE SENT TO FACTORIES NEXT WEEK. THEY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE EIGHT PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRES IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

ALL FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO KWAI CHUNG TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE OR ONE OF THE EIGHT PES CENTRES BEFORE JULY 20.

NOMINEES FOR THE AWARD SCHEME WILL BE INVITED TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON LOCAL INDUSTRY AND LABOUR LAWS BEFORE A PANEL OF JUDGES.

THOSE SELECTED AS MODEL WORKERS WILL EACH RECEIVE A CASH PRIZE OF $2 000 AND A GOLD MEDAL.

WINNERS FOR THE SLOGAN COMPETITION WILL RECEIVE PRIZES OF $2 000, $1 500 AND $1 000 AND THERE WILL BE FIVE CONSOLATION PRIZES CF S200.

RESULTS OF THE AWARD AND SLOGAN COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE SEPTEMBER. A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER'4 AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE SCHEME IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES IN TSUEN WAN AND THE INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE MORE THAN 7 000 FACTORIES WITH ABOUT 188 000 WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT.

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DRIVING TESTS POSTPONED

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ALL DRIVING TESTS, INCLUDING ROAD TESTS AND WRITTEN TESTS, SCHEDULED FOR JULY 29, WILL BE POSTPONED BECAUSE THAT DAY HAS SEEN DECLARED A PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO MARK THE ROYAL WEDDING OF THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID CANDIDATES WOULD BE INFORMED BY REGISTERED LETTERS OF THEIR NEW TEST DATES.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT BEEN NOTIFIED OF THEIR NEW TEST DATES SHOULD INQUIRE AT TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT DRIVING TEST APPOINTMENT UNITS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON.

THOSE LIVING ON THE ISLAND SHOULD CONTACT THE HONG KONG UNIT ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF NO. 2 MURRAY ROAD, CENTRAL (TELEPHONE 5-263523), AND THOSE LIVING IN KOWLOON THE KOWLOON UNIT IN PARK-IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 9TH FLOOR, DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK (3-317712).

BIRTHS REGISTRY

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THE PART-TIME BIRTHS REGISTRY AT STANLEY PUBLIC DISPENSARY HAS BEEN CLOSED, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS OCCURRING AT STANLEY AND TAI TAM AREAS IS NOW HANDLED BY THE ABERDEEN BIRTHS REGISTRY AT ABERDEEN CENTRE, SHOP 4A, SITE 5.

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MORE TREES PLANTED IN TUEN MUN * * * *

A TOTAL OF 130 EVERGREEN TREES WERE PLANTED IN THE TUEN MUN PUI TO ROAD (SOUTH) REST GARDEN TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE TREES, WHICH INCLUDE BAUHINIA BLAKEANA, BAUHINIA VARIEGATA, JASMINUM PRIMULINUM AND ALLAMANDA CATHARTICA, TOGETHER WITH 2 000 RED AND YELLOW BORDER WEEDS, WERE PLANTED BY 90 STUDENTS FROM THE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, THE ISLAMIC PRIMARY SCHOOL AND THE HOH FUK TONG COLLEGE.

THE TUEN MUN TREE PLANTING DAY, ORGANISED BY NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WAS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC INTEREST IN TREES.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SAID THERE WAS AN URGENT NEED TO PLANT MORE TREES TO KEEP UP WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND TO BEAUTIFY THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD, THEREFORE, DEVOTED MUCH EFFORT TO PLANTING TREES AT SUITABLE SITES IN RECENT YEARS WITH THE AIM TO TURN TUEN MUN INTO A PLEASANT PLACE FOR THE PEOPLE.

BUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT WAS WASTED, BECAUSE THE TREES PLANTED WERE ALWAYS VANDALISED, HE SAID.

TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENT, MR LEUNG, WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR BILLY LAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LAU WONG-FAT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHEUK-TAI AND THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, MR YUE KAI-CHIU, PLANTED SEVERAL YOUNG TREES IN THE GARDEN.

PR IDAY, JUNE 26, 1981

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BETTER MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 9 SERVICE

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HONG KONG ISLAND MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 9, OPERATING BETWEEN THE STAR FERRY IN CENTRAL AND BOWEN ROAD, WILL BE IMPROVED FROM SATURDAY (JUNE 27).

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE IMPROVEMENTS WILL INCLUDE LENGTHENING THE ROUTE TO INCLUDE 25 BORRETT ROAD AND E TENDING THE SERVICE FROM 7.20 PM TO 8.20 PM MONDAY THROUGH TO SATURDAY (EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS).

A SPECIAL 50-CENT FARE FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN WYNDHAM STREET AND EDINBURGH PLACE (WEST) WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED.

NOTICE OF THIS WILL BE PUT UP AT TERMINAL POINTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN JULY * X X X

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 22 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

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

PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DAY TIME

JULY 2 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

3 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

6 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

7 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 4 PM

8 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

9 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

10 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

13 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 7.30 PM

14 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 7.30 PM

15 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

16 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

17 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

18 (SATURDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

20 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

21 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

22 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

23 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

24 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

27 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

28 (TUESDAY) 7 AM - 6.30 PM

30 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

31 (FRIDAY) 7 AM - 6.30 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROBLEMS OF ’EDUCATING FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD’ .......... 1

CHILDREN TAKE PRIDE IN ROAD SAFETY PATROL WORK......... 2

YOUTHS URGED TO JOIN SUMMER ACTIVITIES ................ 3

NO HOLIDAY MAIL ....................................... 4

BRING BACK SELF-RELIANCE, SAYS 7SUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER . 5

KMB STARTS NEW SHA TIN BUS ROUTE ...................... 6

MOVING OFFICE ......................................... 7

PRISONERS GET TIME-OFF FOR SAVING DROWNING MAN......... 7

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SALE BY AUCTION.................... 8

HONG KONG BEAUTIES VISIT NEW TERRITORIES .............. 9

SECOND MARKET FOR TSUEN WAN............................ 10

WORK OF NT LIONS CLUB PRAISED.......................... 11

SALT WATER PUMP WORK................................... 11

SLIP ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR FOUR HOURS ................. 12

MORE ONE-WAY STREETS FOR KWAI CHUNG

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PROBLEMS OF 'EDUCATING FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD’ * * * *

♦THERE IS NO PROBLEM EDUCATING FOR YESTERDAY’S WORLD. EDUCATING FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD IS A MUCH HARDER TASK,* SAID W KENNETH TOPLEY, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION (DESIGNATE), SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION TODAY.

MR TOPLEY EMPHASISED THE DIFFICULTY OF DEVELOPING A CURRICULUM WHICH HELPS PUPILS TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHICH DOES NOT YET EXIST.

♦WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING THE FUTURE* HE SAID.

♦IF THE PRESENT RATE OF CHANGE CONTINUES, HOWEVER, BOTH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND CONSEQUENTLY IN THE EVERY DAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR LIVING, THEN EACH OF US WILL NEED A STRONG MORAL CENTRE AND A WELL DEVELOPED UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN ORDER TO SURVIVE IN THAT WORLD WITH A DEGREE OF EQUANIMITY.*

MR TOPLEY WENT ON TO PROPOSE THAT ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO PROBLEMS OF CHOICE.

♦HOW DO WE CHOOSE,* HE ASKED, ♦BETWEEN TAKING UP TENNIS AND SITTING ON ANOTHER COMMITTEE?*.

IT WOULD BE GOOD IF WE COULD ARRIVE AT FURTHER INSIGHTS INTO HOW PEOPLE, VERY DIFFERENT FROM OURSELVES, ACTUALLY THOUGHT. THIS WOULD BE A VITAL HELP IN REALLY GETTING ALONG WITH THEM, HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, HE SAID THE METHODS AND LANGUAGE OF SCIENCE RATHER THAN THE DOGMAS AND CONCLUSIONS OF SCIENCE WOULD BE VITAL FOR HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND AND MANAGE THEIR ENVIRONMENT. BOTH IN MORALS AND SCIENCE WE WOULD NEED TO CONCENTRATE MORE ON THE QUESTIONS AND LESS ON THE ANSWERS.

♦CHILDREN ARE BRIGHT, AND IF WE CAN POINT TO THE QUESTIONS, THEY WILL WORK OUT THE ANSWERS,♦ HE SAID.

HE CONGRATULATED THE ASSOCIATION ON THEIR WORK IN ENRICHING THE SYLLABUS AND DEVELOPING THE MINDS AND SKILLS OF TEACHERS.

♦YOU HAVE SEEN CLEARLY THAT CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT STARTS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL TEACHER AND THAT IT IS ON HIS UNDERSTANDING AND ENTHUSIASM THAT ALL SOUND DEVELOPMENTS MUST BE BASED,* HE SAID.

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CHILDREN TAKE PRIDE IN ROAD SAFETY PATROL WORK

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ROAD SAFETY WAS MORE THAN A SLOGAN FOR URBAN SURVIVAL, kF COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, TOLD NEARLY A 1 OOO MEMBERS OF THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION, CELEBRATING ITS 18TH ANNIVERSARY ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

IT IS A DISCIPLINE WHICH IS VERY MUCH NEEDED IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY,+ HE SAID.

CONGRATULATING ALL THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH ROAD SAFETY, MR HAYE SAID THAT THE PRIDE AND BEARING OF CHILDREN IN ROAD SAFETY PATROLS WAS PARTICULARLY NOTE-WORTHY.

AT THE LAST PARADE HE HAD ATTENDED, HUNDREDS OF SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS HAD IMPRESSED HIM VERY MUCH AS THEY MARCHED PAST.

IT WAS VERY EVIDENT THAT THESE SCHOOL CHILDREN, WHO CAME FROM EVERY STRATA OF SOCIETY, HAD A COMMON PRIDE IN WHAT THEY WERE DOING,+ MR HAYE SAID.

NOTING THAT MORE THAN 6 000 SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN THE ROAD SAFETY MOVEMENT, MR HAYE SAID IT WAS ALSO NOTE-WORTHY THAT NONE OF THESE CHILDREN HAD EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN INDISCIPLINE IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND IN JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, WHICH WAS A GROWING CONCERN OF THE COURTS.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS HAD CONFIRMED THAT WEARING THE SMART UNIFORM OF THE ROAD SAFETY PATROL AND POLICING STREET CROSSINGS AND CORNERS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR FELLOWS, INSTILLED A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN PATROL MEMBERS.

IT IS THIS SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT KEEPS CHILDREN OUT OF TROUBLE THESE DAYS,+ MR HAYE SAID.

HE PROMISED TO DO EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PROMOTE THE ROAD SAFETY MOVEMENT IN SCHOOLS.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 1981

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YOUTHS URGED TO JOIN SUMMER ACTIVITIES

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED HONG KONG’S YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH, IN ITS 13TH YEAR, +REMAINS THE LARGEST SERIES OF ANNUAL EVENTS FOR YOUTH RECREATION*.

MR WIGGHAM MADE THE APPEAL WHEN HE LAUNCHED THIS YEAR'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT A CEREMONY IN THE SOUTHORN STADIUM.

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS, MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER, ABOUT 8 000 EVENTS WOULD BE ORGANISED AND THERE WOULD BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

♦MANY OF THESE EVENTS WILL HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND INTERESTS, WHILE OTHERS WILL GIVE THEM VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN GROUP LIVING OR ALLOW THEM TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

♦I STRONGLY URGE EVERY YOUTH TO TAKE PART IN THESE HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES,♦ HE SAID.

THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED FROM SIX TO 24, ALLOWING THEM TO TAKE PART IN THOSE OF THEIR CHOICE AND, WHILE DOING SO, TO BUILD UP THEIR SELF-CONFIDENCE AND TO GAIN A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE ♦INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR DISABLED PERSONS*, SPECIAL EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON INTEGRATING THE DISABLED INTO SUCH ACTIVITIES BY OFFERING THEM EQUAL RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AS THE ABLE-BODIED.

AT THE CEREMONY, A CHEQUE FOR.13 MILLION WAS PRESENTED TO MR F. DE S. OZORIO, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG. STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, AS THE CLUB’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME 1981.

IN ADDITION TO THIS GENEROUS DONATION, THE STEWARDS OF THE JOCKEY CLUB HAVE MADE AVAILABLE »1 MILLION FOR PERMANENT FACILITIES FOR YOUTH RECREATION THIS YEAR.

ALSO, SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING YOUTHS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

/MR OZORIO ......

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MR OZORIO THANKED THE JOCKEY CLUB, WHICH HAD BEEN THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF THE PROGRAMME SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1969. WHILE EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN PLANNING AND RUNNING THE EVENTS, HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO WOULD GIVE UP THEIR FREE TIME TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT AND INSTRUCTION FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

THE CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY 500 GUESTS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AND 2 000 DISTRICT YOUTHS AND HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

THEY WERE ENTERTAINED TO PERFORMANCES PUT UP BY MEMBER ORGANISATIONS, A MUSICAL SHOW BY THE HANDICAPPED STUDENTS OF THE KWAI FONG MORNING LIGHT SCHOOL AND A CYCLING-ACROBATIC DISPLAY BY A TEAM OF HANDICAPPED YOUTHS FROM THE HONG KONG RED CROSS TSZ WAN SHAN SCHOOL WHICH HAD WON A PRIZE IN A TERRITORY-WIDE TALENT QUEST FOR THE DISABLED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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NO HOLIDAY MAIL

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THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, A GENERAL HOLIDAY, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED.

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BRING BACK SELF-RELIANCE, SAYS TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER

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THE SELF-MANAGEMENT AND SELF-RELIANCE OF THE OLD RURAL SOCIETY SHOULD BE REVIVED FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR COMMUNITY. TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, SAID TODAY (SATRUDAY).

DR HAYES WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ABOUT RESCUING THE NEW TERRITORIES PAST, ORGANISED BY THE PENINSULA JAYCEES.

HE SAID THAT FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, GOVERNMENT HAD DONE MORE AND MORE FOR ITS PEOPLE AND IN SOME RESPECTS EXPECTED TOO LITTLE FROM THEM BY WAY OF FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION AND PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT.

♦THIS CAN BREED OVER-RELIANCE ON GOVERNMENT AND AN ATTITUDE CF MIND WHICH BLAMES GOVERNMENT FOR ANY SHORTCOMINGS OR ANYTHING THAT GOES WRONG,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THE URBAN POPULATION, LIVING UNDER CROWDED CONDITIONS AND WITH FEW CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, HAD VERY LITTLE EACKGROUND TO PROVIDE A CONTEXT TO THEIR LIVES OR GIVE IT ANY PERSPECTIVE.

♦THEY NEED ROOTS AND THE REALISATION OF A CONTINUING TRADITION TO HELP THEM LEAD MORE INTERESTING LIVES.+ HE SAID.

BY CONTRAST, THE SOCIAL ORGANISATION OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE CF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAD ALWAYS BEEN STRONG.

VILLAGE LEADERS, THEN AND NOW, TOOK A VERY ACTIVE PART IN SPORTING, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PROMOTION AND CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME, ENERGY AND MONEY TO BUILDING UP COMMUNITY LIFE OF THE NEW TOWNS AND GIVING THEM AN IDENTITY, HE SAID.

♦THIS CONTRIBUTION SURELY SPRINGS FROM THEIR ROOTS IN THE PLACE AND FROM THE LONG TRADITION OF SELF-HELP AND SELF-INSTRUCTION IN THE VILLAGE CULTURE THAT HAS DESCENDED TO THEM AND INFLUENCED THEIR LIVES,* HE SAID.

♦WHAT HAS BEEN GOOD FOR THE 6 000 INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF TSUEN WAN MUST BE GOOD FOR ITS 700 000 INHABITANTS.

♦IF ROOTS AND A SENSE OF TRADITION BENEFIT THE OLD TSUEN WAN POPULATION, THEN THE SOONER WE PROVIDE BOTH FOR THE 700 000 THE BETTER. ♦

/DR HAYES ......

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DR HAYES ALSO SPOKE ON THE METHODS USED FOR BUILDING UP A LOCAL HISTORY FOR TSUEN WAN, USING STONE INSCRIPTIONS AND RECORDS IN THE HANDS OF LOCAL FAMILIES.

THE OTHER SPEAKER AT THE SEMINAR WAS DR DAVID FAURE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY HISTORY DEPARTMENT. HE HEADS A NEW TERRITORIES HISTORY PROJECT WHICH FIRST CONCENTRATED ON RECOVERING THE TEXTS CF INSCRIPTIONS ON STONE TABLETS LOCATED ALL OVER THE NT AND WHICH IS NOW CARRYING OUT DOCUMENTARY AND ORAL HISTORY WORK IN SHA TIN AND SAI KUNG.

DR FAURE ALSO SUPPLIED A PHOTO EXHIBITION FOR THE SEMINAR AND GAVE AN AUDIO VISUAL PRESENTATION OF SAMPLES OF FOLK CULTURE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

KMB STARTS NEW SHA TIN BUS ROUTE

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THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL START A NEW BUS SERVICE BETWEEN SUN TIN WAI ESTATE AND SHA TIN MARKET ON MONDAY, JUNE 29.

BUSES ON THE SERVICE, ROUTE NO. 81, WILL RUN AT INTERVALS OF 12 AND 20 MINUTES AND TRAVEL VIA SHA KOK ESTATE.

ON THE SAME DAY, KMB ROUTE NO. 79A, PLYING BETWEEN LUEN WO HUI AND PING YEUNG, WILL BE DISCONTINUED.

AS A RESULT, ROUTE NO. 79, WHICH OPERATES BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I AND TA KWU LING, WILL HAVE ITS FREQUENCY INCREASED TO ONE BUS EVERY 15 MINUTES INSTEAD OF 20 MINUTES AND HAVE ITS CARRYING CAPACITY RAISED FROM 150 TO 220 PASSENGERS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS ARRANGEMENT WOULD ABSORB THE DISPLACED PASSENGER TRAFFIC AND ACHIEVE GREATER OPERATING ECONOMIES.

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MOVING OFFICE * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON CITY OFFICE WILL MOVE TO ITS NEW ADDRESS AT HANG CHIEN COURT, 7-9 WAI KING STREET, GROUND FLOOR, WYLER GARDEN, KOWLOON, AS FROM MONDAY, JUNE 29.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL PROVIDE MOST IMMIGRATION SERVICES, SUCH AS ISSUE AND RENEWAL OF TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, ENDORSEMENTS ON PASSPORTS AND OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, EXTENSION OF STAY AND VISAS FOR RE-ENTRY TO HONG KONG (EXCEPT THOSE ENTRANTS FROM CHINA), AND VISAS TO UK AND SOME COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES.

THE PRESENT KOWLOON CITY OFFICE AT NAM KOK ROAD WILL 8E CLOSED AS FROM THE SAME DATE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦RESIDENTS IN KOWLOON CITY, TO KWA WAN AND NEARBY AREAS ARE ADVISED TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE THERE,* HE ADDED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE 3-656434.

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PRISONERS GET TIME-OFF FOR SAVING DROWNING MAN ft ft ft ft ft

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER HAS REDUCED PART OF SENTENCES BEING SERVED BY THREE PRISONERS, IN RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC-SPIRITED ACTION IN RESCUING A MAN FROM DROWNING.

THE THEIR

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED ON MAY 15, WHEN A GROUP OF PRISONERS FROM THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S TONG FUK CENTRE WERE WORKING AT TUNG CHUNG PIER, LANTAU.

A 52-YEAR-OLD MAN FELL INTO ROUGH SEAS NEAR THE PIER, AND WAS IN DIFFICULTIES.

THE THREE PRISONERS IMMEDIATELY VOLUNTEERED TO HELP AND ON BEING GIVEN PERMISSION BY THE ESCORTING PRISON OFFICER, JUMPED INTO THE SEA AND RESCUED THE MAN.

ONE OF THE THREE PRISONERS, AGED 31, DUE TO BE DISCHARGED IN JULY HAS BEEN RELEASED. HE WAS SERVING A SIX-MONTH SENTENCE FOR ATTEAPTED BURGLARY AND GOING EQUIPPED FOR STEALING. THE OTHER TWO HAVE BEEN GRANTED THREE MONTHS REMISSION OF SENTENCE.

ONE AGED 28. IS SERVING A FOUR-YEAR SENTENCE FOR ROBBERY AND ASSAULT OCCASIONING ACTUAL BODILY HARM AND THE 0. HER AGED 35, A THREE-YEAR SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO ROB. THEY ARE BOTH DUE FOR RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SALE BY AUCTION

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SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $452 500 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER BP 8 FETCH THE FIGHEST PRICE CF $85 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER BX 1 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $75 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR CK 6088, AK 2232, CK 4270, CL 3930, CL 3168, CL 1755, CL 326, CK 3836 AND CK 1918.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES i

CL 936 $ 2 500 CK 8733 $ 2 100 618 $55 000

CL 448 $ 2 900 CK 2229 $ 7 000 CP 13 $25 000

CL 398 $ 3 100 CN 959 $ 3 600 CL 1638 $ 3 500

CL 118 $11 000 HK 81 $35 000 CK 8223 $ 2 500

CL 811 $ 5 500 3288 $72 000 CL 132 $ 1 700

CK 8813 $ 2 500 CL 6138 $ 1 800 CK 322 $ 3 100

CL 2111 $ 1 600 CL 6168 $ 1 300 CL 3382 $ 2 800

BJ 5566 $ 7 000 AA 686 $15 000 CC 72 $19 000

THE NUMBERS AUCT IONEL > WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES

REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS CF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 65TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $19 792 032.

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HONG KONG BEAUTIES VISIT NEW TERRITORIES ******

MEMBERS OF THE MISS HONG KONG CLUB TODAY (SATURDAY) VISITED THE NEW TERRITORIES TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE NEW DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM.

THEY FIRST CALLED AT SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE FOR A BRIEFING ON THE FUNCTIONS OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE ELECTION OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TO THE BOARDS NEXT MARCH.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, TOLD THE VISITORS THAT GOVERNMENT HAD ALLOCATED $1.07 MILLION TO SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD THIS YEAR FOR MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES.

IN TAI D0, THE GROUP WATCHED THE LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHOIR DURING A TRAINING SESSION AT THE LIONS CLUB YOUTH CENTRE AND ALSO VISITED THE PLOVER COVE ROAD TEMPORARY PLAYGROUND.

AFTER LUNCH AT ISLAND HOUSE, HOSTED BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THEY WERE DRIVEN TO TUEN MUN TO ATTEND THE OPENING OF TAI HING ESTATE SALVATION ARMY YOUTH AND CHILDREN CENTRE.

THEIR NEW TERRITORIES TOUR ENDED AT TSUEN WAN WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DOMINIC LAW, ON NEW TOWN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

THEY ALSO MET OFFICE-HEARERS OF TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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SECOND MARKET FOR TSUEN WAN > * M *

A SECOND MARKET WILL BE OPENED IN TSUEN WAN ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 1.

BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND MANAGED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE TSUEN WAN MARKET IS THE SECOND PERMANENT MARKET TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TOWN TO KEEP UP WITH THE RAPID PO°ULATION GROWTH.

THE FIVE-STOREY MARKET IS LOCATED ON A SITE BOUNDED BY CHUNG ON STREET, HOI PA STREET, CHUEN LUNG STREET AND TSUEN WAN MARKET STREET, AND COVERS 3 100 SQUARE METRES OF SPACE.

ON THE GROUND FLOOR, THERE ARE 334 MINI-STALLS SELLING VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GROCERY, AND FLOWERS. ON THE FIRST FLOOR THERE ARE 65 MARKET-STALLS SELLING MEAT, FISH AND POULTRY, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

EACH MARKET-STALL IS PROVIDED WITH A WORK AREA, EQUIPPED WITH A MAINS WATER TAP AND SINK AT THE BACK FOR THE STALL OPERATOR TO PREPARE HIS COMMODITIES FOR SALE.

A COMMUNAL POULTRY SCALDING ROOM FOR SLAUGHTERING AND DRESSING OF POULTRY, AN INSULATED ICE STALL, A VEGETABLE SORTING ROOM, A REFUSE COLLECTION ROOM, A MARKET OFFICE AND A LOADING BAY FOR THREE LORRIES ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

THERE ARE SIX ENTRANCES OPEN DIRECTLY TO THE FOUR STREETS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE MARKET WITH TWO RAMPS FOR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE AND HANDCARTS, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

TWO ESCALATORS AND TWO STAIRCASES ARE PROVIDED IN THE MARKET HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR FOR EASY ACCESS TO THE FIRST FLOOR, AND THERE ARE EIGHT FLIGHTS OF STEPS LEADING FROM THE PAVEMENT.

AN OPEN AIR SITTING OUT AREA, WITH CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT, PARK SEATS, PLANTERS AND PARK LIGHTING FACILITIES ARE ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

THE UPPER FLOORS ARE QUARTERS FOR THE MARKET STAFF, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 1981

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WORK OF NT LIONS CLUB PRAISED ******

THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND EFFORTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CHARITY WERE PRAISED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY SECRETARY FOR T.-.E NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

SPEAKING AT THE CLUB’S FOURTH ANNIVERSARY CHARITY BALL, f-R AKERS-JONES SAID MANY COMMUNITY PROJECTS WOULD NOT HAVE MATERIALISED <I7H0UT ITS CONTRIBUTIONS.

+ .vlTH THE INFLUX OF POPULATION INTO THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE DEMAND FCR BETTER COMMUNITY SERVICE AND FACILITIES, YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTION ARE NEEDED MORE THAN EVER,* HE SAID.

+WITH DETERMINATION AND DEDICATION I AM CONFIDENT YOU WILL EE ABLE TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF THE FUTURE.*

ESTABLISHED IN 1977, THE CLUB HAS 59 MEMBERS AT PRESENT.

TODAY’S CE’EMONY INCLUDED THE SWEARING-IN OF 22 COMMITTEE NUMBERS FOR A ONE-YEAR TERM OF OFFICE.

A CHEQUE FOR 3100 OOO TOWARDS THE COST OF BUILDING A PAVILION ABOVE SUI WO COURT IN SHA TIN WAS PRESENTED TO MR AKERS-JONES.

ALSO HANDED OVER WERE THE KEY FOR A VAN PRESENTED BY THE CLUB TO A SCHCCL FCR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN KWAI CHUNG AND A CHEQUE FOR 20 000 FOR THE TAI PO SPORTS CENTRE.

PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS CLUB, MR HO YUNG-SANG- THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT, NR CHAN CHUN-CHIU- THE GOVERNOR-ELECT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LIONS CLUB (DISTRICT 303), MR LARRY DUNN- AND MRS AKERS-JONES.

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SALT WATER PUMP WORK * * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE KING’S PARK AND HO MAN TIN DISTRICTS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 30) FOR MAINTENANCE WORKS.

THE AREAS TO 3E AFFECTED ARE KING’S PARK DISTRICT. HO MAN TIN DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE HO MAN TIN ESTATE, 01 MAN ESTATE, VALLEY ROAD ESTATE AND THE KING GEORGE V SCHOOL.

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SLIP ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR FOUR HOURS * * * *

THE WEST-BOUND SLIP ROAD OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD ON THE LAI CHI KOK INTERCHANGE, NEAR THE JUNCTION OF KOM TSUN STREET AND BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1.30 AM UNTIL 5.30 AM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 30.

DURING THE FOUR-HOUR CLOSURE PERIOD, WEST-BOUND TRAFFIC HEADING TOWARDS THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE KOM TSUN STREET, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG LAI STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE WILL ALLOW TRENCH-OPENING WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE SLIP ROAD, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

MORE ONE-WAY STREETS FOR KWAI CHUNG

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ONE-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED ON SECTIONS OF A NUMBER OF STREETS IN KWAI CHUNG FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY, JUNE 29, TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF VEHICLES.

THE SECTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH KWAI CHEONG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY SOUTH-BOUND, iHAT IS, TOWARDS KOWLOON.

THE SECTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD BETWEEN KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND KWAI SAU ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EAST-BOUND.

KWAI FAT ROAD BETWEEN KWAI SAU RE-ROUTED ONE WAY WEST-BOUND, THAT

ROAD AND KWAI WING ROAD WILL IS, TOWARDS KWAI WING ROAD.

BE

KWAI WING ROAD BETWEEN TAI LIN PAI ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTH-BOUND, THAT IS, TOWARDS TSUEN WAN.

KWAI TING ROAD BETWEEN TAI LIN PAI ROAD AND KA TING ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY, ANTI-CLOCKWISE.

KA HING BE RE-ROUTED

ROAD BETWEEN TAI LIN PAI ROAD AND KWAI TING ROAD WILL ONE WAY WEST-BOUND, THAT IS, TOWARDS KWAI TING ROAD.

BE

KA TING RE-ROUTED

ROAD BETWEEN TAI LIN PAI ONE WAY EiST-BOUND, THAT

ROAD AND KWAI TING ROAD WILL IS’, TOWARDS TAI LIN PAI ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRIMARY SCHOOL DENTAL PLAN POPULAR.............................. 1

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR HELD ........................... 2

NO MIRE " SQUEAL" SOON FROM BUS BRAKES ......................... 3

RADIO-CONTROLLED CAR RACING CONTEST TO BE HEID.................. 4

EARLIER SWIMMING HOURS ......................................... 4

AREA COMMITTEES SERVE AS LINK .................................. 5

HONG KONG/EEC TALKS IN BRUSSELS ................................ 5

OFF TO AIRLINE TALKS

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PRIMARY SCHOOL DENTAL PLAN POPULAR

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MORE CHILDREN ARE TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHOOL DENTAL CARE SERVICE SCHEME OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN SEPTEMBER WHEN THE SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO PRIMARY TWO STUDENTS.

STARTED LAST NOVEMBER FOR PRIMARY ONE CHILDREN, THE SCHEME //ILL BE EXTENDED EACH YEAR TO TAKE IN STUDENTS IN THE NEXT GRADE UNTIL IT REACHES PRIMARY SIX, SAID DR SANDY WONG, PRINCIPAL CF THE TANG SHIU KIN DENTAL THERAPISTS TRAINING SCHOOL.

THE SERVICE, WHICH CHARGES A NOMINAL FEE OF $5 A YEAR, PROVIDES PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH ROUTINE DENTAL CARE, INCLUDING A FULL DENTAL EXAMINATION, FILLINGS, SCALING, CLEANING OF TEETH AND IF NECESSARY, EXTRACTION.

THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY DENTAL THERAPISTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM THE TRAINING SCHOOL IN THE MACLEHOSE DENTAL CENTRE.

ON AVERAGE, EACH CHILD RECEIVES DENTAL TREATMENT ABOUT THREE TO FOUR TIMES EACH YEAR, AND IS GIVEN ADDITIONAL SPECIAL SERVICE WHEN NECESSARY.

SO FAR, ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE PRIMARY ONE SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE VOLUNTARY SCHEME, A NUMBER CONSIDERED SATISFACTORY.

♦IT IS A GOOD START FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN EXTENDING DENTAL CARE SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL POPULATION,* HE SAID.

DR WONG EXPECTED THAT ABOUT HALF OF THE TOTAL SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PRIMARY ONE AND TWO CLASSES WOULD JOIN THE SCHEME IN THE NEXT SCHOOL TERM.

HE SAID THAT OUT OF 89 300 PRIMARY ONE CHILDREN ENROLLED IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS AT PRESENT, SOME 27 000 CHILDREN HAVE ALREADY BEEN ENROLLED IN THE SCHEME.

IN TERMS OF THE NUMBERS OF SCHOOLS, OUT OF THE 850 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG AT PRESENT, 256 HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME j 82 FROM HONG KONG, 118 FROM KOWLOON AND 56 FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE SAID.

SPECIAL BUS SERVICE IS PROVIDED TO TAKE THE SCHOOL CHILDREN TO AND FROM THE TANG SHIU KIN SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC IN 01 KWAN ROAD.

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WHEN A NEW DENTAL CLINIC IN ARGYLE STREET IS COMPLETED IN THE MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOL CHILDREN IN KOWLOON AND

NOVEMBER THE MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOL CHILDKtN in iwwluun anv IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TAKEN THERE FOR TREATMENT WHILE THE REST AND THOSE ON THE ISLAND SIDE WILL BE TREATED AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC.

THREE OTHER DENTAL CLINICS IN LAM TIN ARE BEING PLANNED, SO THAT BY 1985 SERVICE WILL BE IN FULL OPERATION.

TIN, TSUEN WAN AND SHA THE SCHOOL DENTAL CARE

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR HELD

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ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE HELD THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF SEMINARS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE SEMINARS ARE INTENDED TO ACQUAINT RESIDENTS OF OUTLYING ISLANDS WITH THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE PART IN NEXT YEAR’S ELECTIONS.

TODAY’S WAS HELD AT CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE.

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANDREW FOK, REMINDED RURAL LEADERS AND VILLAGERS OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY WILL PLAY IN THE FUTURE DISTRICT BOARD.

FOR THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, ISLANDS DISTRICT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SIX CONSTITUENCIES, THREE ON CHEUNG CHAU AND THE OTHERS ON PENG CHAU, LANTAU AND LAMMA/PO TOI.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 16 POLLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD HAS 18 MEMBERS, COMPRISING SIX OFFICIALS, FOUR UNOFFICIALS AND EIGHT RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AS EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS.

IT HAS CULTURE AND RECREATION, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEES.

MORE THAN 60 MEMBERS OF CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, LOCAL SPORTS AND INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS ATTENDED THE SEMINAR.

SLIDES, CHARTS AND MAPS WERE ALSO SHOWN, GIVING REGISTRATION DATES, THE DATE OF THE ELECTIONS AND CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES.

THERE WILL BE 13 SEMINARS IN ALL BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF JULY.

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NO MORE +SQUEAL* SOON FROM BUS BRAKES * * * *

HONG KONG ROADS WILL SOON BE FREE OF BUSES WITH NOISY BRAKES, ACCORDING TO THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT, MR JAMES KWAN.

+THE NOISE PROBLEM CAME TO LIGHT WHEN, BETWEEN LAST NOVEMBER AND MID-JUNE THIS YEAR, 31 PEOPLE COMPLAINED TO OUR UNIT ABOUT THE SQUEALING BRAKES IN SOME OF THE NEW BUSES USED BY THE TWO BUS COMPANIES,* MR KWAN SAID TODAY.

♦OF THE 31 COMPLAINTS, 13 RELATED TO VEHICLES OPERATED BY THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS CO. AND 18 BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS CO.

♦APPARENTLY, SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO COMPLAINED WERE WORRIED WHETHER THE NOISE INDICATED SOME FAULT IN THE BRAKE SYSTEM AND WHETHER IT WAS SAFE TO RIDE ON THE BUSES- OTHERS WERE SIMPLY DISTURBED BY THE BRAKE NOISES, ESPECIALLY EARLY IN THE MORNING OR LATE AT NIGHT,+ HE SAID.

MR KWAN SAID THAT HIS UNIT LATER DISCOVERED THAT THE PROBLEM WAS +MORE WIDESPREAD AND INTRACTABLE* THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT.

THE BUS COMPANIES REPORTED THAT 348 BUSES - 240 BELONGING TO KMB AND 108 TO CMB - PRODUCED THE +SQUEALING+ SOUND, HE SAID.

LEYLAND VEHICLES LTD., MANUFACTURER OF THE VICTORY MARK II BUSES WHICH HAVE THIS PROBLEM, HAS BEEN CONDUCTING MANY TESTS OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS TO FIND THE SOURCE OF THE NOISE.

♦STRANGELY, THE BRAKE SQUEAL PROBLEM RELATING TO VICTORY MARK II BUSES APPEARS TO BE CONFINED TO HONG KONG, BECAUSE NO SIMILAR TROUBLE HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THE VEHICLES IN USE IN BRITAIN.♦

HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM WAS NOW UNDER CONTROL, MR KWAN SAID.

♦BUS ENGINEERS HAVE FOUND THAT BY FITTING A SUBSTANTIAL DAMPING RING AROUND THE BRAKE DRUMS, 40 000 MILES OF SQUEAL-FREE TRAVEL ARE NOW POSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

♦SOME 76 BUSES HAVE ALREADY BEEN FITTED WITH DAMPING RINGS AND BOTH KMB AND CMB WILL MODIFY THE REMAINING NOISY BUSES OVER THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS.*

MR KWAN SAID LEYLAND HAD ASSURED HIM THAT, IN FUTURE. NEW BUSES ORDERED BY KMB AND CMB WOULD BE MODIFIED BEFORE BEING SHIPPED TO HONG KONG.

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RADIO-CONTROLLED CAR RACING CONTEST TO BE HELD * * *

RADIO-CONTROLLED RACING CAR ENTHUSIASTS ARE IN FOR A BIG TREAT

WHEN THE 1981 HONG KONG RACING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ARE HELD AT THE TAI PO PLOVER COVE ROAD TEMPORARY RECREATION GROUND THIS COMING SUNDAY,

JULY 5.

WHILE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERT IN THIS SPORT FREQUENTLY TAKE PART IN INTERNATIONAL EVENTS, THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO INDULGE IN THE SPORT HERE BECAUSE OF LACK OF A SUITABLE VENUE.

+THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION IS NOT ONLY TO PROVIDE AN ARENA FOR RADIO-CONTROLLED MODEL CAR EXPERTS, BUT ALSO TO GIVE A CHANCE TO THE PUBLIC TO ENJOY AN ENTERTAINING ACTIVITY,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

RADIO-CONTROLLED MODEL CARS, WHICH ARE APPROXIMATELY EQUAL TO ONE-EIGHTH THE VOLUME OF AUTHENTIC CARS HAVE A MAXIMUM SPEED OF 60 MPH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STRICT MEASURES WILL BE ENFORCED TO ENSURE ALL INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS ARE FOLLOWED BY THE RADIO-CAR CONTROLLERS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SEVENTY ENTRANTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN 10 SPEED TEST HEATS IN THE MORNING, THE FASTEST TEN WILL ENTER THE FINAL FOR SECTION A, WHILE THE NEXT TEN WILL COMPETE IN THE FINAL FOR SECTION B.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE THREE WINNERS OF EACH SECTION.

ADMISSION IS FREE. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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EARLIER SWIMMING HOURS * *

THE KWAI SHING AND SHA TIN SWIMMING POOLS IN THE NEW ih>Lv0PEN HALF AN H0UR EARLIER AT 6.30 AM INSTEAD

OF 7 AM FROM JULY 1 UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

cun F,RST DA,LY SESSION FOR THE END AT 9.15 AM AS USUAL, A SPOKESMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

TWO SWIMMING POOLS WILL FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES

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AREA COMMITTEES NOT ONLY SERVE AS A CLOSE LINK BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND RESIDENTS, BUT ALSO PROVIDE LOCAL PEOPLE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS COMMUNITY BUILDING, THE ACTING CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR HONG KONG, MR A.G. COOPER. SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MR COOPER, WHO WAS OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURATION OF MEMBERS OF SIX AREA COMMITTEES, SAID RESIDENTS COULD REFLECT THEIR OPINIONS THROUGH THESE COMMITTEES.

THE COMMITTEES ARE WANCHAI EAST, WANCHAI WEST, CAUSEWAY BAY NORTH, CAUSEWAY BAY SOUTH, HAPPY VALLEY AND TAI HANG/SO KON PO.

THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF AN AREA COMMITTEE AREi TO HELP GOVERNMENT IN ORGANISING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, TO HOLD SPORTS AND CULTURAL EVENTS AND, MOST IMPORTANT, TO REFLECT THE NEEDS OF LOCAL PEOPLE AND ADVISE GOVERNMENT ON MATTERS AFFECTING THEIR WELL-BEING, HE SAID.

MR COOPER SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS TO REINFORCE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT AND TO PROVIDE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND PARTICIPATION.

HE APPEALED FOR SUPPORT FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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COMMUNITIES AND THE MEMBER STATES, SUPPORTED BY MR P.K. KIANG ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF TRADE (EEC). *

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OFF TO AIRLINE TALKS * * * *

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

?®NDAY, JUNE 29, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL FOR HONG KONG .......................... 1

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR APRIL...... 3

HONG KONG - SWISS TEXTILE PACT RhNSVED ......................... 5

AQUEDUCT PLANNED FOR CHINA WATER................................ 6

WORKERS TOLD TO CONSIDER OTHERS' SAFETY AS ’WELL ............... 7

OLD BUILDING NOT ............................................... 8

BIG NT REFUSE CLEuN-UP STARTS .................................. 9

PIG FARMERS' CO-OPERATION SOUGHT .............................. 10

TUIN MUN MAC MEMBERS URGED TO HELP WITH PUBLICITY ............. 11

RECREATIONAL MAXICAB ROUTE SERVICE REVIVED FOR SUMMER....... 12

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BULLOCK LANE.............................. 12

PROMENADE EXTENSION

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 1991

PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL FOR HONG KONG

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AN ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS >ILL BE FORMED THIS YEAR BY APPROVAL OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF VICTORIA TODAY (MONDAY), THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM SAID THE COUNCIL WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERFORMING ARTS IN HONG KONG.

STEPS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN TO SET UP A SECRETARIAT TO SERVICE THE ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS SO THAT IT COULD BE ESTABLISHED LATER THIS YEAR, HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT THE RAPID GROWTH OF PERFORMING ARTS --MUSIC, SINGING, DANCE, DRAMA AND OPERA — IN RECENT YEARS HAD UNDERLINED THE NEED TO ENSURE A MEASURE OF CO-ORDINATION AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN VARIOUS BODIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED, TO AVOID DUPLICATION OF EFFORT AND WASTAGE OF RESOURCES.

AND IF THE GOVERNMENT IS TO BE EFFECTIVE IN ITS SUPPORT IN THIS AREA, IT WILL NEED TO BE ADVISED ON NEEDS AND THE CONTRIBUTION IT CAN MAKE TOWARDS THE PROMOTION OF THE PERFORMING ARTS, HE ADDED.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL WILL INCLUDE SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BUT THE MAJORITY WILL BE UNOFFICIALS, MR W IGGHAM SAID.

HE DEFINED PERFORMING ARTS AS CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSIC, SINGING, DANCE, DRAMA AND OPERA.

THE ROLE OF THE NEW COUNCIL WOULD BE +AN ACTIVE AND POSITIVE ONE, ENCOURAGING BOTH GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR- SELECTING AREAS OF EMPHASIS AND DEVELOPMENT- AND PROVIDING A FORUM FOR THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, INFORMATION AND EXPERTISE*.

THE ADVISORY COUNCIL * ILL CONCENTRATE ON THREE MAIN AREAS OF ACTIVITY IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT'S POLICY ON THE PERFORMING ARTS. THESE ARE :

* COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ! THESE INCLUDE INTRODUCTORY TRAINING, AMATEUR PERFORMANCE GROUPS AND PERFORMANCES AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH O°pORTUN IT IES FOR BENEFICIAL USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME, TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN THE PERFORMING ARTS-

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* TRAINING : THIS ENCOMPASS THE PROVISION OF PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AT PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LEVEL, AND VOCATIONAL OR TERTIARY TRAINING FOR THE POTENTIAL PERFORMER OR TEACHER- AND

* GENERAL SUPPORT s THESE AIMS INCLUDE FURTHER ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SUPPORTING THE WORK OF INDIVIDUALS THROUGH THE ORGANISATIONS THEY HAVE HELPED BUILD. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WILL BE CONSIDERED, CO-OPERATION AND SHARING OF RESOURCES WILL BE ENCOURAGED AND A LINK WITH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SOURCES OF EXPERTISE WILL BE PROVIDED. \

+THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE WILL BE FIRMLY SUPPORTIVE, NOT COMPETITIVE,+ MR WIGGHAM EMPHASISED.

SPECIFYING THE INVOLVEMENT bF THE GOVERNMENT, URBAN

COUNCIL AND PRIVATE SECTOR, IN THE PROMOTION OF THE PERFORMING '•RTS, MR WIGGHAM SAID : +FOR THE;VERY REASON THAT SO MUCH IS GOING ON, WE HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN A GOOD LOOK AT GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL POLICY IN THIS FIELD.

+THE REVIEW HAS BEEN BACKED-UP BY A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DETAILED WORK BY PLANNING COMMITTEES CONSISTING OF OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIALS INTERESTED IN THE PERFORMING ARTS : AND ALSO BY GOVERNMENT’S OWN MUSIC CONSULTANT,* SAID MR WIGGHAM.

PARTLY AS A RESULT OF THIS REVIEW, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DIVISION WILL BE UPGRADED TO A FULLY-FLEDGED SEPARATE DEPARTMENT.

+WHILE IT CAN BE EXPECTED THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT POLICIES ON PUBLIC CULTURAL VENUES AND PERFORMANCES, THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL CONCENTRATE ON OTHER AREAS NOT ALREADY PROVIDED FOR.

+THUS THE WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL CAN BE SEEN AS COMPLEMENTARY, SINCE THEY EMPHASISE DIFFERENT AREAS,* HE WENT ON.

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»R'CE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR APRIL

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PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND OF IMPORTS ROSE BY EIGHT PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN APRIL 1981 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1980, STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SHOW.

AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DECLINED BY THREE PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY SEVEN PER CENT WHILE THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE MARGINALLY.

THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT, WITH VOLUME UP BY 32 PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES ROSE BY EIGHT PER CENT AND VOLUME ROSE BY 10 PER CENT.

PRICES ARE BASED ON UNIT VALUES WHICH DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OR QUALITY OF GOODS TRADED.

CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE ARE DERIVED FROM CHANGES IN TRADE VALUES, AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP ARE SHOWN BELOWj-

CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1981 WITH APRIL 1980

EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) ♦ 6% + 8% - 1%

TEXTILE FABRICS +11% + 5% + 5%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD -26% + 8% -32%

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES + 5% + 12% - 6%

ALL TRANSISTORISED RADIOS - 9% ♦ 10% -18%

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS +24% +18% + 5%

FOOTWEAR +23% - 2% +26%

METAL MANUFACTURES - 6% ♦ 8% -13%

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -12% - 2% -10%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS +36% - 5% +43%

ALL COMMODITIES * 8% + 8% INSIGN IFICANT

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THE EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM FIVE PER CENT FOR TEXTILE FABRICS TO 18 PER CENT FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE EXPORT PRICES OF FOOTWEAR, METAL ORES AND SCRAP, AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS FELL BY TWO PER CENT, TWO PER CENT AND FIVE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+43 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (+26 PER CENT). HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN THE EXPORT VOLUME OF TRANSISTORISED RADIOS (-18 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-32 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW:-

CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1981 WITH APRIL 1980

IMPORT IMPORT UNIT IMPORT

VALUE VALUE VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS +18% + 17% 1 NS IGNIFICANT

CONSUMER GOODS +32% + 6% +24%

FUELS +27% +40% -10%

RAa materials and

SEMI-MANUFACTURES +13% + 9% + 3%

CAPITAL GOODS +17% + 9% + 7%

ALL COMMODITIES +20% +11% + 7%

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE PRICE OF WHICH JUMPED BY 40 PER CENT, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FROM SIX PER CENT TO 17 PER CENT.

ONLY SOME MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING RICE, TEA AND COFFEE, AND VEGETABLES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, AND FRUIT DECLINED.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, AND TAPE RECORDERS, HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOAPS, CLEANSING AND POLISHING PREPARATIONS DECLINED.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY IQ PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF VARIOUS KINDS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES SHOWED A MIXED TREND. WHEREAS PURCHASES OF FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES, AND WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY, DEMAND FOR COTTON YARN AND THREAD, PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS AND RAW COTTON DECLINED.

AS FOR CAPITAL GOODS, MAJOR INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY.

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THE CiANGES IN THE BY END- SE CATEGORY ARE

VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS SHOWN BELOW:-

CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1981 WITH APRIL 1983

RE-EXPORT RE-EXPORT RE-EXPORT

VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

-OODSTUFFS *133% +12% +81% , O 4 qZ

CONSUMER GOODS + 38% + 5% + JI;*

FUELS ♦ 25% +45% -14-%

RA* MATERIALS AND +33%

SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 49% + 12%

CAPITAL GOODS + 32% + 16%

all COMMODITIES ♦ 45% + 10%

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE END-USE CATEGORIES SHOWED SIGNIFICANT CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS TO 81 PER CENT

RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF THE MAJOR INCREASES, RANGING FROM 14 PER FOR FOODSTUFFS.

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HONG KONG-SWISS TEXTILE PACT RENEWED

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THE CURRENT HONG KONG-SWITZERLAND TEXTILE AGREEMENT, DUE TO EXPIRE TOMORROW (JUNE 30) WAS TODAY RENEWED FOR A FURTHER YEAR.

THIS IS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT THE AGREEMENT, ORIGINALLY CONCLUDED IN JULY 1978, HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

IT PROVIDES FOR AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION COVERING SEVEN GARMENT CATEGORIES, AS WELL AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY HONG KONG SUPPLIES CERTAIN EXPORT LICENCE STATISTICS TO THE SWISS AUTHOR IT IES.

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AQUEDUCT PLANNED * * *

FOR CHINA WATER * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT INTENDS SHORTLY TO INVITE TENDERS FROM SELECTED CONTRACTORS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN AQUEDUCT BETWEEN MUK WU, AU TAU AND TAI LAM CHUNG.

THE WORK FORMS PART OF STAGE ONE OF A Si 300 MILLION SCHEME FOR THE RECEPTION OF ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS.

IT WILL INCLUDE THE DRIVING OF ABOUT 13.8 KILOMETRES OF XTER TUNNEL AND THE LAYING OF ABOUT 6.8 KILOMETRES OF WATER A IN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR.

GROUP +C+ CONTRACTORS AND OVERSEAS CONTRACTORS IN THE WATERWORKS CATEGORY OF THE PWD LIST OF APPROVED CONTRACTORS OR OVERSEAS CONTRACTORS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION.

APPLICATIONS FOR INCLUSION ON THE LIST MUST REACH THE CHIEF ENGINEER (RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT) OF THE WATER SUPPL IES DEPARTMENT, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE JULY 24, 1981.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS CONTRACT MAY BE OBTAINED, IF REQUIRED, FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S CONSULTING ENGINEER, KAMPSAX-KRUGER-HASWELL CONSULTING ENGINEERS HONG KONG. AIA BUILDING, 9TH FLOOR, 1 STUBBS ROAD, HONG KONG.

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WORKERS TOLD TO CONSIDER OTHERS’ SAFETY AS WELL

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A WORKER WHO FLOUTS SAFETY REGULATIONS ENDANGERS NOT ONLY HIMSELF BUT ALSO OTHER INNOCENT PEOPLE, THE ACTING CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIP YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

A CASE IN POINT, HE ADDED, WAS A FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT IN A FURNITURE SHOP IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, KILLING AN APPRENTICE.

THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A LIGHTED MATCH DISCARDED BY A WORKER AFTER LIGHTING A CIGARETTE.

THE WORKER WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SUMMONSED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND FINED $500 BY THE COURT.

♦THIS TRAGEDY UNDERLINES THE IMPORTANCE FOR ALL EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO BE CONSCIOUS OF SAFETY AND TO COMPLY WITH SAFETY REGULATIONS AT ALL TIME.+

MR YIP SAID THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TOOK A SERIOUS VIEW OF WORKERS PUTTING THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN JEOPARDY THROUGH FAILURE TO OBSERVE SAFETY RULES, OR THROUGH SELFISH ACTS OR INCONSIDERATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS AND THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS, IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR ANY WORKER TO DO ANYTHING LIKELY TO ENDANGER HIMSELF OR OTHERS.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE OFFENCE IS $10 □□□.

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OLD BUILDING NOT SAFE * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 5 AND 7 TSE Ml ALLEY HONG KONG TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NO. 9 TSE MI alley’liable TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THIS GROUP OF TWO STOREY, PRE-WAR BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD BEARING WALLS AND TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOFS, HAD BEEN UNDER SURVEILLANCE SINCE 1967.

RECENT DETERIORATION HAD BEEN NOTED IN THE CHINA FIR TIMBERS CF NOS. 5 AND 7 TSE Ml ALLEY. IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE AND IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS.

ALTHOUGH NO. 9 TSE Ml ALLEY IS IN A SLIGHTLY BETTER CONDITION, IT WOULD NOT SAFELY WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF THE ADJOINING BUILDINGS.

ACCORDINGLY NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JULY 27, 1981 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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BIG NT REFUSE CLEAN-UP STARTS ******

REFUSE BLACKSPOTS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL GET A +FACE-LIFT+ IN THE COMING MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

A SERIES OF PRE-CAMPAIGN OPERATIONS AIMED AT CLEARING AWAY GARBAGE AT MORE THAN 200 BLACKSPOTS IN TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, NORTH DISTRICT, TAI PO, SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, KWAI CHUNG, TSUEN WAN AND OUTLYING ISLANDS IS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE SUSTAINED EFFORT WILL AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGE MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO HELP CLEAN THEIR LIVING SURROUNDINGS AND IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) CF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WHEN HE INSPECTED THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION AT THE RUBBISH-RIDDEN MOUSE ISLAND, TUEN MUN, TODAY (MONDAY).

MR LEUNG, ACCOMPANIED BY THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF NTSD, MR LEE SAI-HEI, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR YUE KAI-CHUI, TOURED THE MILE-LONG EMBANKMENT ALONG CASTLE PEAK BAY AND SAW FOR HIMSELF THE PROBLEM OF GARBAGE ACCUMULATION.

TONNES OF DOMESTIC WASTE, BULKY ITEMS, WOOD PLANKS, TINS, BOTTLES AND BAMBOO BASKETS INDISCRIMINATELY DUMPED INTO THE WATER BY SOME 4 000 PEOPLE LIVING IN HOUSE-BOATS AND FISHING JUNKS MOORED AT THE BAY ARE WASHED ASHORE DAY AFTER DAY.

TO CLEAR AWAY SOME 200 TONNES OF LITTER FROM THE ROCKS CF THE BREAKWATER AT CASTLE PEAK BAY AND THE WATERFRONT AREA, THE NTSD WILL HAVE TO CALL ON THE SERVICES OF 70 CLEANSING STAFF AND DEPLOY 10 VEHICLES. THE JOB WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

MR LEUNG URGED THE BOAT PEOPLE TO BE MORE CIVIC-MINDED BY MAKING FULL USE OF THE REFUSE CONTAINERS, COLLECTION POINTS AND BIN SITES LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE OF VARIOUS JETTIES AND EMBANKMENTS.

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THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE OF SAM SING VILLAGE, MR YIP CHUEN, ALSO URGED HIS FELLOW VILLAGERS TO MOUNT THEIR OWN TIDY-UP OPERATIONS.

MEANWHILE, OFFICERS OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFF ICE ADV ISED SHOPKEEPERS OF MARINE STORES OPERATING ALONG THE WATERFRONT CF CASTLE PEAK BAY TO HELP CLEAR AWAY BULKY ITEMS IN THEIR SURROUNDING AREA.

A HARBOUR SWEEPER AND REFUSE COLLECTION SAMPANS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WERE ALSO AT WORK INrJHSHARB°UR TO COLLECT THE FLOATING DEBRIS. A BOAT TO BOAT REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO BE CARRIED OUT VERY SOON.

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PIG FARMERS WERE TODAY URGED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN KEEPING THE NEW TERRITORIES FREE FROM POLLUTION AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN THIS EFFORT.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FACING THE PIG-RAISING INDUSTRY AT PRESENT CONCERNED THE INDISCRIMINATE DISCHARGE OF PIG WASTE, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR C.T. WONG SAID.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO PRESENT HIGH-QUALITY PIGS PURCHASED RECENTLY BY HONG KONG PIG FARMERS FROM THE UNITED STATES FOR BREEDING.

FORTY-TWO PIGS WERE BOUGHT FOR SUCH PURPOSES BY PIG FARMERS CF THE FEDERATION OF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES DURING A STUDY TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

THE PIGS HAVE UNDERGONE THE 28-DAY QUARANTINE PERIOD AND HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THE PIG FARMERS FOR RAISING.

DR WONG PRAISED THE FEDERATION FOR ITS EFFORTS DURING THE PAST YEAR IN KEEPING THE COSTS OF RAISING PIGS DOWN BY THE BULK PURCHASE CF FEEDS, BREEDING STOCKS AND MEDICINE FOR LIVESTOCK COLLECTIVELY.

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TUEN MUN MAC MEMBERS URGED TO HELP WITH PUBLICITY *****

MEMBERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN TUEN MUN WERE TODAY (MONDAY) URGED TO HELP PUBLICISE THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AT GRASS-ROOTS LEVEL.

MAKING THE APPEAL WAS THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SARAH WU, WHO WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION FOR A FIFTH TERM OF OFFICIALS OF THE MAC IN BLOCK 3 OF SAN FAT ESTATE.

MISS WU SAID BESIDES ORGANISING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR NEIGHBOURS AND TAKING PART IN MANAGEMENT OF BUILDINGS MAC’S COULD PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

SHE SAID MORE CHANNELS WOULD BE OPENED UP WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THAT REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR THIS WOULD TAKE PLACE IN AUGUST AND THE FIRST ELECTIONS HELD NEXT MARCH.

♦I HOPE MAC MEMBERS WILL ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN THE REGISTRATION AND THE ELECTIONS AND ENCOURAGE THEIR NEIGHBOURS TO DO SO,* MISS WU SAID.

THE SAN FAT ESTATE BLOCK 3 MAC, THE FIRST TO BE SET UP IN A TUEN MUN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, WAS FORMED IN 1977 WITH ASSISTANCE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

OVER THE YEARS IT HAS ORGANISED OUTINGS, SEMINARS, FUNFAIRS, AND ALSO TAKEN PART IN THE FIGHT CRIME AND CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGNS.

IT HAS NINE MEMBERS, WITH MR LEUNG FOOK-CHEUNG AS CHAIRMAN.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 44 MACS IN TUEN MUN, OF WHICH 14 ARE IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS HEUNG YEE KUK CHAIRMAN, hfl LAU WONG-FAT.

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RECREATIONAL MAXICAB ROUTE SERVICE REVIVED FOR SUMMER *****

NEW TERRITORIES MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 5 SERVICE WILL BE REVIVED FROM WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, TO HELP TAKE PASSENGERS TO CLEAR WATER BAY 3EACH ON FINE SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE SERVICE, BETWEEN LUK LAU AVENUE IN CHOI HUNG AND TAI 0 MUN, WILL OPERATE ONLY IF THE WEATHER IS FINE.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MAXICAB ROUTE WILL HELP SUPPLEMENT THE CARRYING CAPACITY PROVIDED BY KMB ROUTE NO. 91 OVER THE SAME ROUTE.

THE ROUTE FROM CHOI HUNG IS VIA LUK LAU AVENUE, CHOI HUNG ROUNDABOUT, HAMMER HILL ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD. THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL BE VIA CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, WONG KUK AVENUE, LAM CHUNG AVENUE AND LUK LAU AVENUE.

THE FARE FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY WILL BE $3.

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A SECTION OF BULLOCK LANE, BETWEEN WAN CHAI ROAD AND CROSS LANE, WILL BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY FOR 12 HOURS EACH DAY ON JULY 1 AND JULY 5 FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD OF BULLOCK LANE, CROSS LANE BETWEEN BULLOCK LANE AND BURROWS STREET WILL BE CHANGED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT BULLOCK LANE WAS BEING CLOSED TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF A TELEPHONE DUCT.

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PROMENADE EXTENSION X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM AN AREA OFF THE EXISTING SEAWALL IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST TO PROVIDE AN EXTENSION TO THE PROMENADE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE EXTENSION WILL BE TRIANGLE IN SHAPE, WILL MEASURE ABOUT SQUARE METRES, AND WILL BE SITUATED NEAR THE JUNCTION OF CHATHAM ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD.

IT WILL PROVIDE AN UNINTERRUPTED AND BETTER CONTINUATION OF THE PROMENADE, STRETCHING FROM TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, THROUGH THE SECTION OF PROMENADE NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED BY THE NEW WORLD CENTRE AND OTHER DEVELOPERS, TO THE OPEN SPACE AND CULTURAL CENTRE TO THE WEST.

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

THE NOTICE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN, SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD- THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MATERNITY LEAVE BENEFITS REVISED ................................... 1

MORE INFORMATION SOUGHT ON INCREMENTAL CREDITS ................

74 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY ................................. 3

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

PWD AWARDS $432 MILLION WORTH OF CONTRACTS ......................... 4

HELP EXTENDED ...................................................... 4

PARKING METER CHARGES GO UP FROM JULY .............................. 5

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD VISITS KWUN TONG BOARD ...............

ARTHUR BROWN RETIRES TO ENJOY HIS HOBBIES .......................... 7

SALT WATER MAIN WORK ............................................... 8

HORNSEY ROAD SECTION CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS .....................

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF ROADS

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MATERNITY LEAVE BENEFITS REVISED * * * M

MATERNITY LEAVE BENEFITS FOR WOMEN OFFICERS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, INTRODUCED FOR MANY YEARS, HAVE BEEN FURTHER REVISED FROM JUNE 1.

THE REVISED BENEFITS ARE GENERALLY IN LINE WITH THE PRACTICE OF THE BETTER EMPLOYERS IN HONG KONG, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

STATUTORY BENEFITS FOR WOMEN EMPLOYEES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAVE ALREADY BEEN REVISED FROM THE SAME DATE.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, WOMEN OFFICERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED AO WEEKS OF RESIDENT SERVICE MAY NOW BE GRANTED FULL PAY MATERNITY LEAVE UP TO TEN WEEKS, HE SAID.

THE REVISED BENEFITS ARE LIMITED TO THREE SURVIVING CHILDREN, AND NOT MORE THAN SIX WEEKS OF THE 10 WEEKS MAY BE TAKEN FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD.

FORMERLY, WOMEN OFFICERS WERE REQUIRED TO WORK FOR AT LEAST 12 MONTHS BEFORE THEY WERE ELIGIBLE FOR HALF PAID MATERNITY LEAVE, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

AND OFFICERS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO USE UP ALL THEIR EARNED CASUAL AND VACATION LEAVE BEFORE THE PAID MATERNITY LEAVE IS GRANTED.

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MORE INFORMATION SOUGHT ON INCREMENTAL CREDITS * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS WAITING FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ABOUT INCREMENTAL CREDITS FOR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE FOR SOCIAL WORK STAFF IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD DISCUSSED THE MATTER WITH THE COUNCIL EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND HAD INDICATED IT WOULD CONSIDER THE MATTER IF THE COUNCIL SHOULD COME UP WITH DETAILED INFORMATION.

THE COUNCIL VOLUNTARY SECTOR FURTHER.

A SPOKESMAN A MISCONCEPTION* POLICY FOR STAFF

HAS BEEN ASKED TO QUANTIFY THE PROBLEM IN THE SO THAT IT COULD BE LOOKED INTO AND DISCUSSED

FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) + IT WAS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD CHANGED ITS INCREMENTAL UNDER THE ASSISTANT SOCIAL WORK OFFICER RANK.

HAS NOT BEEN ANY CHANGE IN THE POLICY, AND INCREMENTAL CREDITS WERE NEVER AWARDED IN THE PAST FOR RELEVANT

rOST-QUAL IFICATION EXPERIENCE FOR THE RANKS OF PRINCIPAL WELFARE ASSISTANT AND WELFARE ASSISTANT,* HE SAID. wtLrAKt

WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW, THESE 7X0 RANKS HAVE SINCE BEEN CONVERTED TO THE NEW RANKS OF SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT AND WELFARE WORKER, WHICH CONTINUE NOT TO ATTRACT ANY INCREMENTAL CREDITS ON DIRECT RECRUITMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT BEFORE THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW WAS IMPLEMENTED, THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATION FOR DIRECT APPOINTMENT TO THE PRINCIPAL WELFARE ASSISTANT RANK WAS AT LEAST THREE YEARS’ RECOGNISED POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE, IN ADDITION TO A DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IN SOCIAL WORK.

CANDIDATES WITH THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE ENTERED AT THE THEN STARTING SALARY POINT OF 19 ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THOSE WITH LESS THAN THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE WERE ALSO CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT, AND WHEN RECRUITED, ENTERED ONLY AT CORRESPONDINGLY LOWER POINTS BELOW THE STARTING POINT, HE ADDED.

FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID, CANDIDATES WITH NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL ENTERED AT THREE POINTS BELOW THE STARTING POINT, THOSE WITH ONLY ONE YEAR’S EXPERIENCE STARTED AT TWO POINTS LOWER, WHILE THOSE WITH ONLY TWO YEARS’ EXPERIENCE ENTERED AT ONE POINT LOWER.

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74 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY * * *

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT APPROVED 74 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN MAY, COMPARED WITH 65 IN MAY 1980

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 22 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE FOR KOWLOON AND 43 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A SCHOOL AT THE JUNCTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD, A FOOTBRIDGE AT SA PO ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND A PIER AT CHEUNG CHAU.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $199.3 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $183.4 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 105 719.6 SQUARE NETRES, COMPRISING 53 494.1 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC AND 52 225.5 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 52 PROJECTS, INCLUDING TWO SCHOOLS AT POKFULAM ROAD AND CHUNG HAU STREET AND AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT KO SHAN ROAD

ALTOGETHER, 30 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN MAY, INCLUDING A YOUTH HOSTEL AT MOUNT DAVIS, A CARPARK COMPLEX AT POKFULAM ROAD, A MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM COMPLEX AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND A JETTY AT SOK KWU WAN, LAMMA ISLAND.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 53 BUILDINGS.

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THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON CHENG PAK-CHANG ON JANUARY 5, 1979 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO 20 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

CHENG WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF A WOMAN, SHE SIM-SUN, IN NAM CHEONG STREET, KOWLOON ON MAY 2, 1977.

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PWD AWARDS $432M WORTH OF CONTRACTS * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED 86 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $432 MILLION IN MAY.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $51 MILLION, WAS FOR SITE FORMATION AND ROAD WORKS IN THE WESTERN PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

UNDER THE CONTRACT, ABOUT 5.3 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED AT HO TIN. TOGETHER WITH THE ADJACENT AREA NOW BEING DEVELOPED, THE LAND WILL PROVIDE PLACES FOR SOME 34 000 PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE CONTRACT ALSO INCLUDES THE RECONSTRUCTION AND WIDENING OF A SECTION OF MING KUM ROAD BETWEEN PUI TO ROAD AND SHEK PAI TAU ?OAD TO A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO FOOTBRIDGES.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED DURING THE MONTH, 46 WERE RECOMMENDED ?Y THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND OTHERS BY THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

HELP EXTENDED * X

RENT OFFICERS OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND 12 MORE CITY DISTRICT AND TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC IN MATTERS CONCERNING THE LANDLORD AND TENANT LEGISLATION.

STARTED ON APRIL 11, 1978 IN FOUR CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, THE SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED FROM THURSDAY (JULY 2), TO THE FOLLOWING OFFICES INDICATED, TOGETHER WITH ATTENDANCE TIMEi

SOUTHERN (TUESDAY MORNING)- CENTRAL AND WESTERN (TUESDAY AFTERNOON)- WAN CHAI (THURSDAY MORNING)-EASTERN (THURSDAY AFTERNOON)- SHAM SHU I PO (WEDNESDAY, WHOLE DAY)- MONG KOK (TUESDAY MORNING)- YAU MA TEI (TUESDAY AFTERNOON)- HUNG HOM SUB-OFFICE OF KOWLOON CITY CDO (THURSDAY MORNING)- WONG TAI SIN (FRIDAY MORNING)- KWUN TONG (FRIDAY AFTERNOON)- TSUEN WAN (FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH)- KWAI CHUNG (THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH).

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PARKING METER CHARGES GO UP FROM JULY *****

MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED THAT PARK AT ON-STREET METERS IN SOME KOWLOON FROM TOMORROW (JULY 1).

THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE TO PARTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND AND

THE INCREASED METER CHARGES

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SINCE 1973 - ARE AIMED AT ACHIEVING A GREATER TURNOVER OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES.

BUT PEOPLE PARKING ELSEWHERE WILL, FOR THE TIME BEING AT LEAST, NOT HAVE TO PAY THE HIGHER CHARGES IMPOSED UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PARKING AND WAIT ING)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1981.

♦THE REASON IS THAT IT WILL TAKE SIX MONTHS TO REPLACE THE EXISTING 9 000 METERS WITH MORE SECURE AND RELIABLE METERS CALIBRATED TO ACCEPT THE REVISED CHARGES,♦ A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦INITIALLY, THE REVISED CHARGES, WHICH RANGE FROM $1 TO $2 AN HOUR, WILL ONLY APPLY TO METERS INSTALLED ON THE PEAK, AND IN LOCKHART ROAD, 01 KWAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI.

♦BUT AS THE METER REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME GAINS MOMENTUM, THE NEW RATES WILL BE APPLIED TO MANY MORE DISTRICTS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT, BECAUSE METERS CHARGING DIFFERENT RATES WILL BE IN USE DURING THE CHANGE-OVER PERIOD, MOTORISTS SHOULD READ VERY CAREFULLY THE INSTRUCTIONS DISPLAYED ON EACH KTER.

NO PARKING TIME WOULD BE GIVEN IF THE WRONG COINS WERE INSERTED, HE SAID.

TO USE THE NEW METERS, MOTORISTS MUST INSERT THE CORRECT COIN AND THEN TURN A KNOB AS FAR TO THE RIGHT AS POSSIBLE TO ACTIVATE THE TIMING MECHANISM.

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T.UEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD VISITS KWUN TONG BOARD ******

SIXTEEN UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD VISITED KWUN TONG THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE SOME OF THE WORK DONE BY ITS DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (DMC).

LED BY THEIR CHAIRMAN AND TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, THE GROUP FIRST ATTENDED A LUNCH HOSTED BY KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN AND CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR DAVID TSUI.

AFTER LUNCH, THE PARTY WALKED TO A NEARBY OPEN-AIR CARPARK AT FUK TONG ROAD, ONE OF SEVERAL PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE DMC TO MAKE FULL USE OF VACANT CROWN LAND.

THEY THEN WENT TO LAM TIN ESTATE TO SEE THE +RAINBOW OPERATION*, A PROJECT WHICH INVOLVED PAINTING A HUGE RAINBOW ON A HILLSLOPE TO ADD COLOUR AND BEAUTY TO THE ESTATE.

THE OPERATION ALSO INCLUDED PAINTING FLOWER POTS, RESURFACING FOOTPATHS AND TREE PLANTING INSIDE THE ESTATE. IT WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE DMC, THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND HOUSING DEPARTMENTS AND THE FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS.

THEY THEN WENT TO A FORMER SQUATTER AREA IN LEI YUE MUN DESTROYED BY FIRE LAST YEAR WHICH THEY WERE TOLD WOULD BE TURNED INTO A TEMPORARY RECREATION GROUND WITH A CYCLING TRACK.

A VISIT WAS LATER MADE TO TELFORD GARDENS, A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX AT KOWLOON BAY, WHERE THEY WERE SHOWN THE RECREATION FACILITIES. A SIMILAR PROJECT WILL BE BUILT AT THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION SITE.

THE FINAL STOP WAS AT TING ON AREA IN NGAU TAU KOK WHERE A NUMBER OF CLEARANCES OF THE BACKLANES WERE CARRIED OUT RECENTLY.

ALSO PRESENT DURING TODAY’S TOUR WERE THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF THE PUBLIC WORK DEPARTMENT’S NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, DR NIP KAM-FAN, AND KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFF ICcR, MR JOHN COLLINS.

_M?ET UP ,N APR,L» KWUN T0NG DISTRICT BOARD HAS 32 MEMBERS, COMPRISING 22 APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS, THREE URBAN COUNCILLORS OFF’C’ALS. ITS FIRST ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER

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ARTHUR BROWN RETIRES TO ENJOY HIS HOBBIES * * * ft

ARTHUR BROWN, A MAN WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED MUCH TO HONG KONG’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, HAS DECIDED TO CALL IT A DAY AND RETIRE TO HIS SURREY HOME TO INDULGE IN HIS FAVOURITE HOBBIES - COMPUTERS, CALCULATORS, HI-FI EQUIPMENT, CAR-REPAIR AND GARDENING.

ARTHUR BROWN, WHO HAS WORKED UNDER SIX DIRECTORS OF EDUCATION SPANNING A PERIOD OF NEARLY 27 YEARS, IS CONSIDERED A +CHARACTER+ BY HIS MANY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

HE IS JOVIAL BY NATURE AND LAUGHS AT THE SLIGHTEST OPPORTUNITY, WITH HIS MERRIMENT ECHOING FROM THE END OF ONE CORRIDOR TO ANOTHER.

MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, RECALLED AN INCIDENT AMONG MANY FROM THEIR TEACHING DAYS TOGETHER AT KING GEORGE V SCHOOL IN THE 1950’S ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE GUSTO AND GOOD HUMOUR WHICH HAD CHARACTERISED MR BROWN’S CAREER.

♦ARTHUR WAS AT ONE TIME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TECHNICAL EFFECTS OF A SCHOOL PLAY INVOLVING A CHAP HAVING TO JUMP INTO A RIVER CFFSTAGE. HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A MARVELLOUS IDEA TO HAVE THE SOUND EFFECT OF THE SPLASH.

CAME THE BIG DAY AND WHEN THE CHAP JUMPED OFF STAGE THERE WAS THIS RESOUNDING SPLASH, ASTONISHING THE AUDIENCE AND EVERYONE ONSTAGE.

WE ASKED HIM LATER HOW HE DID IT AND ARTHUR, WITH A SHEEPISH GRIN, SAID HE HAD MADE HIS WIFE JUMP INTO A BATH TUB FILLED WITH WATER, AGAIN AND AGAIN, TILL HE WAS SATISFIED WITH THE TAPED EFFECT.♦

THIS IMMENSE ENTHUSIASM FOR THINGS TECHNICAL HELPED CREATE THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHICH ARTHUR HEADED BEFORE BEING POSTED TO HEAD EXAMINATIONS. HIS INTEREST IN ELECTRONICS LED HIM TO WHAT HE HIMSELF TERMS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF HIS CAREER - THE EXAMINATIONS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT FROM 1965 TO 1972.

DURING THIS PERIOD, ARTHUR SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH COMPUTERS MUCH TO THE ANNOYANCE OF HIS WIFE.

♦FROM PUNCH CARDS AND CALCULATORS FOR PROCESSING EXAMS, WE PROCEEDED TO A COMPUTER AND MACHINE-MARKED MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS WITH THE TRANSITION ACHIEVED SMOOTHLY, MAINLY DUE TO A TEAM OF GOOD OFFICERS WHO THOROUGHLY ENJOYED WHAT THEY WERE DOING,♦ ARTHUR SAID.

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HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE SIR CHARLES HARTWELL WORKING PARTY WHICH RECOMMENDED THE SETTING UP OF THE PRESENT INDEPENDENT EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY. A MOVE WHICH ARTHUR ADMITTED HE HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN 1978 IN CHARGE OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE WHICH PROPOSED THE SETTING UP OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM IN PLACE OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION.

SUBSEQUENTLY, HE WAS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE SET UP TO REVIEW THE SSPA, WHOSE REPORT WAS RELEASED RECENTLY FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

ARTHUR WAS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY TO REVIEW PRIMARY EDUCATION AND A MEMBER OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE WHICH DRAFTED THE SUBSEQUENT GREEN PAPER AND WHICH IS SHORTLY TO BE PUBLISHED AS A WHITE PAPER.

AT HIS FAREWELL PRESENTATION THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON, ARTHUR TOLD A LARGE GATHERING OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES HE WAS SORRY TO LEAVE BUT THAT HE HAD NO REGRETS.

MY 27 YEARS HERE HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH INTEREST AND EXCITEMENT. WHILE I WAS IN CHARGE OF EXAMINATIONS WE HAD TYPHOONS, RIOTS, FLOODS OR LEAKAGES OF EXAMINATION PAPERS.

AND MY YEARS AT HEADQUARTERS, HAVE HAD THE THRILL OF HELPING SHAPE MAJOR EDUCATIONAL POLICY. WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?,* ARTHUR ASKED.

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SALT WATER MAIN WORK *****

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CHEUNG SHA WAN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 2) TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN CONNECTION AT CHING CHEUNG ROAD.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE AT CALDECOTT ROAD, NORTH WEST SIDE OF HING WAH STREET, KOM TSUN STREET, KING LAM STREET, WING HONG STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM HING WAH STREET TO KOM TSUN STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD FROM HING WAH STREET TO KOM TSUN STREET, LAI CHI KOK ROAD FROM HING WAH STREET TO KOM TSUN STREET, INCLUDING ALSO THE PAK TIN ESTATE, THE SO UK ESTATE AND THE LAI CH I KOK PR ISON.

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HORNSEY ROAD SECTION CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS

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A SECTION OF HORNSEY ROAD, BETWEEN OLD PEAK ROAD AND GLENEALY JUNIOR SCHOOL IN MID-LEVELS, WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS FROM 7 AM TOMORROW (JULY 1).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE WILL FACILITATE THE LAYING OF GAS AND WATER MAINS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE REMAINING SECTION OF HORNSEY ROAD, BETWEEN CONDUIT ROAD AND GLENEALY JUNIOR SCHOOL, WOULD BE ROUTED AS A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC CONTROLLED BY TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS, AND WOULD BE RESTRICTED TO VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO GLENEALY JUNIOR SCHOOL.

VEHICLES ALSO WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM GLENEALY INTO HORNSEY ROAD AT THE CONDUIT ROAD - GLENEALY -HORNSEY ROAD JUNCTION.

VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO GLENEALY JUNIOR SCHOOL VIA HORNSEY ROAD SHOULD TRAVEL ALONG CONDUIT ROAD FROM THE WEST.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE OF ROADS *****

A TEMPORARY PARTIAL CLOSURE OF PARTS OF HENNESSY ROAD AND LUARD ROAD ADJACENT TO SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND WILL BE EFFECTED AS FROM JULY 7 TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR WAN CHAI STATION, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO TRAFFIC LANES IN EACH DIRECTION AND ITS SOUTHERN FOOTPATH REDUCED TO TWO-METRE WIDTH. LUARD ROAD WILL BE REDUCED TO SIX-AND-A-HALF-METRE WIDTH AND THE FOOTPATH ON THE EASTERN SIDE WILL BE CLOSED.

THE AREAS AFFECTED BY THE PARTIAL CLOSURE ARE SHOWN ON PLAN NO. MT/G/153/A, A COPY OF WHICH CAN BE EXAMINED AT THE MASS TRANSIT OFFICE, ROOM 416 MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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