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

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 1981.

CCi'TENTS Ph GE NO.

THE JSEA IN PERSPECTIVE ............................................ 1

HEALTH DAY IN TAI HING ESTATE ...................................... 2

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR JUNE...................... 3

PART-TIME TRAINING COURSES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS ................... 5

NEW HIGH COURT JUDGES AND DISTRICT JUDGES .......................... 6

AVIATION CHIEF LEAVES FOR TALKS .................................... 7

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SURVEY IN TSUEN WAN ........................ 8

TAPS OFF IN 'WESTERN ............................................... 8

SOUaSH OPEN COMPETITION FINALS TOMORROW

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THE JSEA IN PERSPECTIVE

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THE JSEA NEEDS TO BE SEEN IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IN REPLY TO RECENT CRITICISMS OF THE NEW SELECTION AND ALLOCATION SYSTEM FOR FORM III LEAVERS.

+ONLY TEN YEARS AGO, IN 1971, THE GOVERNMENT WAS PROVIDING SECONDARY PLACES IN FORM I - FORM V FOR ONLY 20 PER CENT OF THE RELEVANT AGE-GROUP. AS RECENTLY AS FOUR YEARS AGO, IN 1977, NOT EVERY CHILD WAS GIVEN AN AIDED FORM I PLACE*, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOW, JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION IS UNIVERSAL, FREE AND COMPULSORY, AND IN ADDITION THERE ARE AIDED FORM IV PLACES FOR ALMOST 60 PER CENT OF FORM I I I LEAVERS, NEARLY DOUBLE THE PROVISION LAST YEAR.

+ IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD WHERE THIS RATE OF EXPANSION IS MATCHED,* THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

APART FROM THIS RAPID RATE OF EXPANSION, ANOTHER POINT WORTH REMEMBERING IS THAT THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION ADVOCATED A POLICY OF DIVERSIFYING SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION. +THIS POLICY WAS ARRIVED AT AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION ALL THE PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED ON THE SPECIFIC QUESTION ’HOW MUCH SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL?’ WHICH WAS POSED IN THE PRECEDING GREEN PAPER,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVED THAT EDUCATION AT THE SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL SHOULD BE PROVIDED NOT ONLY IN SCHOOLS BUT ALSO IN OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. THIS WOULD ENABLE THOSE STUDENTS WHO FOR ACADEMIC, FINANCIAL OR OTHER REASONS MAY PREFER TO PURSUE MORE VOCATION-BIASED COURSES.

IF PLACES IN THESE OTHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ARE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, AS MANY AS 75 PER CENT OF FORM III LEAVERS WILL BE CATERED FOR THIS YEAR.

BY 1985, THE OVERALL PROVISION RATE WILL INCREASE TO 98 PER CENT, OF WHICH 75 PER CENT WILL BE AIDED FORM IV PLACES.

♦GIVEN THIS POLICY OF DIVERSIFICATION OF SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION AND GIVEN THAT THERE ARE NOT YET ENOUGH PLACES IN OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO MAKE SELF-SELECTION BY STUDENTS POSSIBLE, THE JSEA IS NECESSARY AND IS THE FAIREST MEANS OF SELECTION DEVISED AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL BODIES,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THAT IT IS BETTER THAN A PUBLIC EXAMINATION WHICH WAS FIRST ADVOCATED IN THE 1974 WHITE PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION.

COMMENTING ON THE ALLOCATION OF A NUMBER OF FORM III STUDENTS TO NEW SCHOOLS IN TUEN MUN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THIS WAS DONE TO BE SCRUPULOUSLY FAIR TO THE STUDENTS CONCERNED.

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♦THESE STUDENTS ARE BORDERLINE CASES. THE CHOICE WAS EITHER OFFERING THEM THE REMAINING AIDED FORM IV PLACES IN THESE SCHOOLS OR PROMOTING OTHER PUPILS LOWER DOWN IN THE ORDER O? MERIT WHO HAPPEN TO BE LIVING IN THE TUEN MUN AREA,+ HE SAID.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE DEPRIVED OF THE CHOICE OF GOING TO THESE SCHOOLS. THERE IS ALSO A POSSIBILITY THAT SOME OF THEM COULD BE REALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS NEARER THEIR HOMES IF THESE SCHOOLS STILL HAVE VACANCIES AFTER REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS IS COMPLETED ON AUGUST 4.

♦NEARLY 80 PER CENT OF THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED BACK TO THEIR OWN SCHOOLS THROUGH THE JSEA,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED. +THE TUEN MUN CASES SHOULD THEREFORE BE SEEN IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE.+

WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE JSEA, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE 1978 WHITE PAPER POLICIES ARE KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW.

♦IN PARTICULAR, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSELY MONITOR THE DEMAND FOR THE VARIOUS TYPES OF PLACES AT PRESENT PROVIDED FOR FORM III LEAVERS TO SEE WHETHER THEIR RELATIVE PROPORTIONS WOULD NEED TO BE ADJUSTED. AS FOR THE MECHANICS OF THE JSEA ITSELF, THESE WILL BE REVIEWED IN 1983 AS ANNOUNCED EARLIER,+ HE SAID.

HEALTH DAY IN TAI HING ESTATE

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A HEALTH DAY WILL BE HELD IN TAI HING ESTATE, TUEN MUN, TOMORROW (SUNDAY) ORGANISED BY THE SALVATION ARMY.

IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF HING PING HOUSE BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 6 PM AND WILL INCLUDE A SLIDE SHOW, A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY AND TALKS ON MEDICAL MATTERS.

SIX STALLS WILL BE SET UP TO PERFORM VARIOUS MEDICAL TESTS FOR 600 RESIDENTS.

THE TAI HING ESTATE HEALTH DAY IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF HEALTH AND TO PROVIDE LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH BASIC AND GENERAL MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE.

THE LIAISON OFFICER OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, MISS ANGIE IP, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR JUNE

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THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1981 ARE PUBLISHED TODAY. TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG INCREASED IN JUNE BY MUCH LESS IN ABSOLUTE TERMS THAN IN MAY, BUT AN INFLOW CF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR CAUSED THE MONEY SUPPLY (M3) TO GROW IN JUNE FASTER THAN IN MAY.

A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF NEW LENDING BY BANKS DURING THE MONTH WAS FINANCED BY THEIR INCREASED BORROWINGS FROM DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES.

THE GROWTH IN THE MONEY SUPPLY ALSO REFLECTED TWO SPECIAL FACTORS. FIRST IS THE USUAL HALF-YEARLY CREDITING OF INTEREST ON SAVINGS DEPOSITS WITH BANKS. SECOND IS THE EFFORT OF MANY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BUILD UP THE VOLUME OF THEIR SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE IMPLEMENTATION, FROM JULY 1, 1981 OF CHANGES IN THE BANKING AND THE DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCES.

THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR JUNE 1981, AND COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS MONTHS AND SOME FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS CF LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR ARE SET OUT IN IWO TABLES WHICH ARE BOXED SEPARATELY.

THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO BEGIN LATER IN AUGUST TO PUBLISH ON A REGULAR BASIS THE STATISTICS WHICH ARE NOW BEING COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE, AND WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE A MORE ACCURATE READING OF THE MONETARY SITUATION THAN THE STATISTICS HITHERTO AVAILABLE.

MONEY SUPPLY

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml (NOTES AND COINS WITH THE PUBLIC, PLUS DEMAND DEPOSITS OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS) FELL BY 4.0 PER CENT IN JUNE, AFTER RISING BY 7.8 PER CENT IN MAY, WITH THE FALL REFLECTING A REDUCTION OF 6.5 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 4.3 PER CENT IN JUNE, WELL UP FROM A 0.9 PER CENT RISE IN MAY. THE PRINCIPAL FACTOR HERE WAS A 10.8 PER CENT INCREASE IN SAVINGS DEPOSITS, REFLECTING THE CREDITING OF HALF-YEARLY INTEREST TO DEPOSITORS.

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M3 (M2 PLUS PUBLIC DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) INCREASED BY 6.0 PER CENT IN JUNE, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 5.6 PER CENT IN MAY, REFLECTING A RISE OF 9.2 PER CENT IN DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR, Ml ROSE BY 0.4 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A FALL OF 1.6 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER. IN THE SECOND QUARTER M2 ROSE BY 5.5 PER CENT AND M3 BY 12.6 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE INCREASES OF 5.8 PER CENT AND 7.3 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

LOANS IN HONG KONG

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG GREW BY 4.4 PER CENT IN JUNE, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 6.8 PER CENT IN MAY. IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR, TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 12.8 PER CENT, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 11.6 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN JUNE BY 3.4 PER CENT AND LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 7.4 PER CENT, DOWN FROM THE INCREASES OF 6.4 PER CENT AND 8.4 PER CENT IN MAY RESPECTIVELY.

IN THE SECOND QUARTER BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG EXPANDED BY 10.5 PER CENT AND LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 20.5 PER CENT, AFTER INCREASING BY 11.8 PER CENT AND 10.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

FOREIGN ASSETS

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF ALL BANKS ROSE IN JUNE BY $465 MILLION, AND THOSE OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY $1 287 MILLION, INDICATING A NET INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR OF $1 752 MILLION, AFTER A NET INFLOW CF $298 MILLION IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE NET INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO HONG KONG IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR AMOUNTED TO $3 681 MILLION, AS COMPARED WITH A NET OUTFLOW OF $4 111 MILLION IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG FELL IN JUNE TO 47.9 PER CENT FROM 49.4 PER CENT IN MAY. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO FELL TO 118.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF JUNE FROM 119.5 PER CENT AT THE END OF MAY, REFLECTING THE FAST GROWTH IN DEPOSITS WITH BANKS DURING THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE IN JUNE TO 46.4 PER CENT FROM 45.9 PER CENT IN MAY. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO, HOWEVER, FELL TO 64.7 PER CENT AT THE END CF JUNE FROM 65.8 PER CENT AT THE END OF MAY.

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QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LENDING IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1981, LOANS TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ROSE BY 8.9 PER CENT. AFTER A 14.7 PER CENT RISE IN THE FIRST QUARTER. LOANS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR EXPANDED BY 16.3 PER CENT, DOWN FROM AN INCREASE 21 3 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. LOANS TO THE TRANSPORT ^TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT SECTOR ROSE BY 15.6 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER, AFTER A FALL OF 4.3 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

BORROWING BY INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY ROSE BY 7.9 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER ?F 1981, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 8 6 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER. BORROWING BY INDIVIDUALS FOR OTHER PURPOSES INCREASED BY 10.7 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER, AFTER RISING BY 17.2 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS REMAINED UNCHANGED IN JUNE AT 115. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY ANOTHER 2 DURING THE MONTH TO 346.

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PART-TIME TRAINING COURSES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS

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A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE TRAINING COURSE AND A PART-TIME EVENING TRAINING COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE FOR INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

THE COURSES WILL ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO IMPROVE THEIR METHODS CF TEACHING, AND TO STUDY EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE TRADE OR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS, BUT EXPERIENCED WORKERS WHO WILL TAKE UP INSTRUCTION DUTIES IN FUTURE MAY ALSO APPLY.

THE PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE WILL REQUIRE ATTENDANCE AT THE COLLEGE ONE DAY PER WEEK FOR 15 WEEKS, AND THE PART-TIME EVENING COURSE WILL REQUIRE ATTENDANCE FOR TWO EVENINGS PER WEEK FOR 30 WEEKS.

CLASSES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE BUT SOME ENGLISH TERMINOLOGY WILL BE USED. FEES ARE $100 PER COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG, AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 22.

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NEW HIGH COURT JUDGES AND DISTRICT JUDGES

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THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR NOEL BARRY HOOPER, MR BRIAN LESLIE JONES AND MR MILES HENRY JACKSON-LIPKIN, Q.C., AS JUDGES OF THE HIGH COURT.

BOTH MR HOOPER AND MR JONES ARE DISTRICT JUDGES AND HAVE SAT AS COMMISSIONERS OF THE HIGH COURT. MR JACKSON-LIPKIN IS A PRACTISING BARRISTER.

MR HOOPER WAS BORN IN COLOMBO IN 1931. HE WAS EDUCATED IN ENGLAND AND GRADUATED FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY IN 1954. HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN ENGLAND IN 1956.

HE SERVED AS A MAGISTRATE IN BASUTOLAND BEFORE JOINING THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG AS MAGISTRATE IN 1964. HE WAS PROMOTED SENIOR MAGISTRATE IN 1968 AND PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE IN 1973. IN 1976 HE WAS APPOINTED DISTRICT JUDGE.

MR JONES WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1930 AND WAS EDUCATED AT BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY. HE QUALIFIED AS A SOLICITOR IN ENGLAND IN 1956 AND WAS LATER CALLED TO THE BAR IN AUSTRALIA IN 1968.

HE WAS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AS A SOLICITOR IN ENGLAND FROM 1956 TO 1964.

HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT IN HONG KONG IN 1964. IN 1968 HE WENT TO AUSTRALIA WHERE HE WORKED IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS FOR A YEAR.

HE REJOINED THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG AS A MAGISTRATE IN 1969. HE WAS THEN APPOINTED ASSISTANT REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT IN 1970 AND DISTRICT JUDGE IN 1977.

MR JACKSON-LIPKIN WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1924. HE WAS EDUCATED AT HARROW AND TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD AND WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN LONDON IN 1951 AND ADMITTED TO THE BAR IN HONG KONG IN 1963. HE WAS APPOINTED QUEEN’S COUNSEL IN 1974.

FIVE SERVING MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY HAVE ALSO BEEN APPOINTED AS DISTRICT JUDGES WITH EFFECT FROM MAY 25, 1981.

THEY ARE MR MICHAEL WILLIAM MCGLADDERY CHISM, MR TERRENCE JAMES RYAN, MR ROSS STANLEY SANDERS, MR DAVID JOHN LEONARD AND MR ANTHONY GEORGE THURLOW WANE.

MR CHISM WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1931. HE WAS ADMITTED AS A SOLICITOR IN 1955.

HE PRACTISED AS SOLICITOR IN ENGLAND UNTIL HE JOINED THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG AS A MAGISTRATE IN 1977. HE WAS APPOINTED AS ASSISTANT REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT IN 1980 AND HAS SAT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AS DEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE.

MR RYAN WAS BORN IN NEW ZEALAND IN 1934. HE WAS EDUCATED AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON AND WAS ADMITTED AS A SOLICITOR IN NEW ZEALAND IN 1958 AND AS A BARRISTER IN 1959.

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HE WAS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE BEFORE JOINING THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG AS A MAGISTRATE IN 1973. AFTER COMPLETING ONE CONTRACT, HE RETURNED TO NEW ZEALAND BUT REJOINED THE JUDICIARY AS A MAGISTRATE IN 1978.

HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT IN 1980 AND HAS SAT AS DEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

MR SANDERS WAS BORN IN NEW ZEALAND IN 1930 AND WAS EDUCATED AT AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY. HE WAS ADMITTED AS A SOLICITOR IN NEW ZEALAND IN 1954 AND AS A BARRISTER IN 1957.

HE WAS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN AUCKLAND UNTIL 1972 WHEN HE JOINED THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG AS A MAGISTRATE. HE WAS PROMOTED SENIOR MAGISTRATE IN 1978 AND PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE IN 1980. HE HAS SAT AS DEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

MR LEONARD WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1937. HE WAS EDUCATED AT MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE AND WAS ADMITTED AS SOLICITOR IN ENGLAND IN 1967.

HE WORKED FOR SOME YEARS AS A LEGAL ASSISTANT AT NEW SCOTLAND YARD BEFORE ENTERING PRIVATE PRACTICE IN 1971.

HE JOINED THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG AS A MAGISTRATE IN 1977 AND WAS APPOINTED CORONER IN 1980. HE IS AT PRESENT SITTING AS DEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE.

MR WANE WAS BORN IN FIJI IN 1923. HE WAS EDUCATED AT CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY AND OTAGO UNIVERSITY, NEW ZEALAND AND WAS ADMITTED AS A BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR IN 1948.

HE WAS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN NEW ZEALAND UNTIL 1970 WHEN HE JOINED THE HONG KONG JUDICIARY AS A MAGISTRATE. HE WAS PROMOTED SENIOR MAGISTRATE IN 1977 AND PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE IN 1979. HE HAS SAT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AS DEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE AND IS AT PRESENT SO SITTING.

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AVIATION CHIEF LEAVES FOR TALKS * * M *

MR NORMAN LATHAM. ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION LEFT HONG KONG TODAY (SATURDAY) TO REPRESENT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AT AIR SERVICES TALKS IN LONDON BETWEEN THE AERONAUTICAL AUTHORITIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO REVIEW THE ARRANGEMENTS GOVERNING AIR SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND POINTS IN CHINA OPERATED BY CPA AND CAAC.

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SURVEY IN TSUEN WAN * * ft *

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE IS TO CONDUCT A SURVEY THIS MONTH TO FIND OUT LOCAL VIEWS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

ABOUT 2 OOO HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE INTERVIEWED.

THE SURVEY WILL BE THE FINAL PART OF A SERIES OF PUBLICITY bEASURES IN THE DISTRICT BEFORE REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR THE ELECTIONS BEGINS EARLY IN SEPTEMBER.

IT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY 1 500 YOUNG VOLUNTEERS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF LIAISON OFFICERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS.

FOR THE SURVEY, RESIDENTS WILL BE ASKED ABOUT THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME- WHETHER IT WILL HELP IMPROVE THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT- WHETHER DISTRICT BOARDS CAN REFLECT PUBLIC OPINION- AND WHETHER THEY WILL TAKE PART IN THE ELECTIONS BY REGISTERING, VOTING OR STANDING AS CANDIDATES.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID BESIDES HELPING TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT PEOPLE’S ATTITUDES TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE SURVEY WOULD ALSO PUT ACROSS THE MESSAGE TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY DURING INTERVIEWS AND AROUSE THE INTEREST OF YOUNGER PEOPLE IN THE SCHEME THROUGH TAKING PART AS INTERVIEWERS.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE PUBLISHED BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

REGISTRATION OF VOTERS WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND LAST SIX WEEKS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 4) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, MORRISON STREET, BONHAM STRAND AND BONHAM STRAND WEST, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, AND SUTHERLAND STREET.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

SQUASH OPEN COMPETITION FINALS TOMORROW

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THE FINALS OF THE MEN’S SINGLE AND THE WOMEN’S SINGLE OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SQUASH OPEN COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE YUEN LONG SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURTS.

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAS ATTRACTED 89 MEN AND 42 WOMEN PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING 10 EUROPEAN PLAYERS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FINALS AT ABOUT 4 PM.

THE CHAIRMAN OF POK 01 HOSPITAL, MR LAI KAM-MAN, WILL JOIN l« LEUNG IN PRESENTING PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS TO THE WINNERS OF THE SECTIONS.

ALSO ATTENDING THE FUNCTION WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR CHIU YUK-CHUEN AND THE OFFICER CF SQUASH SECTION, MR MAN BING-NAM.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENTS.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OP EXTERNAL TRADE, MAY 1981 ......... 1

TSING YI PES CENTRE TO OPEN LONGER.............................. 3

GUIDELINES ON MORAL EDUCATION .................................. 4

HEALTH PROGRAMME FOR OLD PEOPLE................................. 5

APPRENTICE SCHEME HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE............................ 6

SUMMER CAMPS FOR YOUNGSTERS..................................... 7

FIRST WOMEN GENERAL DUTIES TEAM MEMBERS IN NT

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE, MAY 1981

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THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 9 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN MAY 1981 COMPARED WITH MAY 1980, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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 2 PER CENT.

THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT WHILE THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 6 PER CENT. THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT, WITH VOLUME UP BY 25 PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES ROSE BY 9 PER CENT AND VOLUME ROSE BY 12 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 BELOWt

CHANGES COMPARING MAY 1981 WITH MAY 1980

EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) *13% ♦ 10% + 3%

TEXTILE FABRICS +29% + 4% ♦23%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD + 8% +10% - 2%

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES ♦14% ♦11% ♦ 3%

ALL TRANSISTORIZED RADIOS + 3% + 9% - 5%

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS +61% +20% ♦33%

FOOTWEAR +37% - 1% +39%

METAL MANUFACTURES + 2% + 6% - 4%

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -42% - 2% -41%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS ♦11% - 5% +17%

ALL COMMODITIES ♦ 15% + 9% ♦ 6%

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THE EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM 4 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE FABRICS TO 20 PER CENT FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE EXPORT PRICES OF FOOTWEAR, H-TAL ORES AND SCRAP, AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS FELL BY 1 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR FOOTWEAR (+39%) AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+33%). HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN THE EXPORT VOLUME OF METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-41%).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOWt

CHANGES COMPARING MAY 1981 WITH MAY 1980

IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS +29% ♦18% ♦ 10%

CONSUMER GOODS +35% ♦ 5% +28%

FUELS ♦89% ♦37% ♦38%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES +14% + 9% + 4%

CAPITAL GOODS +13% ♦10% ♦ 3%

ALL COMMODITIES +24% +11% ♦ 12%

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE PRICES OF WHICH JUMPED BY 37 PER CENT, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FROM 5 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 18 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS.

ONLY SOME MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING LIVE POULTRY, SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, AND VEGETABLES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SWINE AND CATTLE DECLINED.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS AND TAPE RECORDERS, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO MANUFACTURES AND PASSENGER MOTOR CARS DECLINED.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 38 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF VARIOUS KINDS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES SHOWED A MIXED TREND. WHEREAS PURCHASES OF FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES, AND WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY, DEMAND FOR PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS AND RAW COTTON DECLINED.

AS FOR CAPITAL GOODS, MAJOR INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS, AND OFFICE MACHINES, WHEREAS THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT DECLINED.

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THE CHANGES IN THE BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE

VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS SHOWN BELOWt

CHANGES COMPARING MAY 1981 WITH MAY 1980

RE-EXPORT VALUE RE-EXPORT UNIT VALUE RE-EXPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS +81% +12% ♦62%

CONSUMER GOODS ♦31% ♦ 3% ♦28%

FUELS -36% +36% -53%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ♦39% ♦10% ♦25%

CAPITAL GOODS +29% ♦ 17% +11%

ALL COMMODITIES +35% ♦ 8% +25%

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE RE- -EXPORT VOLUME OF THE MAJOR

END-USE CATEGORIES SHOWED SIGNIFICANT INCREASES, RANGING FROM 11 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS TO 62 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS.

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TSI NG Yl PES CENTRE TO OPEN LONGER * * * * *

OPEN

THE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE ON TSING

TWO NIGHTS A WEEK STARTING TUESDAY (AUGUST 4)

Yl WILL REMAIN

AT PRESENT, IT OPENS FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND

FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS. and

FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS, HOWEVER, IT WILL STAY OPEN UNTIL 9.30 PM EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY TO ENABLE RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND TO SEEK ADVICE AND LODGE COMPLAINTS.

AND LODGE COMPLAINTS

THE CENTRE IS AT CHING WAI HOUSE IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE. IT WILL BE MANNED BY TWO LIAISON OFFICERS AND FOUR COMMUNITY ORGANISERS DURING THE EXTENDED HOURS.

♦OFFICERS ARE ALSO THERE TO DEAL WITH QUERIES ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS,♦ TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOSEPH WONG SAID.

♦AND WHEN REGISTRATION OF VOTERS BEGINS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, THEY WILL HELP RESIDENTS TO FILL IN RELEVANT FORMS,+ HE ADDED.

OTHER WORK STAFF OF THE CENTRE WILL BE ABLE TO PERFORM WILL INCLUDE HELPING RESIDENTS TO FORM ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

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GUIDELINES ON MORAL EDUCATION KOO*

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL SHORTLY ISSUE GUIDELINES ON MORAL EDUCATION PREPARED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMM ITTEE FOR THE REFERENCE OF HEADS AND TEACHERS, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG RED CROSS YOUTH SILVER JUBILEE REGIONAL WORKSHOP.

♦THESE GUIDELINES SHOULD HELP FOCUS THE AWARENESS OF ALL CONCERNED ON THE IMPERATIVE NEED TO INCULCATE MORAL AND SOCIAL VALUES FROM THE VERY EARLIEST AGE THROUGH THE FORMATIVE YEARS IN WHICH OUR BOYS AND GIRLS BECOME MEN AND WOMEN, READY TO TAKE THEIR PLACE IN A HEALTHY SOCIETY,*- MR HAYE SAID.

TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES BRING ABOUT SOCIAL AND MORAL CHANGES OR AT LEAST RAISE MORAL QUESTIONS FOR WHICH TRADITION CAN PROVIDE NO READY ANSWERS.

♦THEREFORE IF WE TRY TO GIVE A DOGMATIC TYPE OF MORAL TRAINING TO OUR PUPILS, THEY MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO RESPOND TO MORAL PROBLEMS FOR WHICH THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PREPARED,+ MR HAYE SAID.

MORAL EDUCATION SHOULD AIM AT CULTIVATING IN THE PUPILS MORAL ATTITUDES AND SOCIAL VALUES THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF REFLECTIVE OR CRITICAL THINKING, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, A PERSON CANNOT THINK REFLECTIVELY OR CRITICALLY WHEN HE IS ANGRY, EXCITED OR SHOCKED, THEREFORE IT IS ALSO ESSENTIAL FOR THE STUDENTS TO DEVELOP THE ART OF SELF-CONTROL.

♦ IT IS ONLY THROUGH SUCH CONTROL OF ONESELF THAT MORALITY CAN BE DEVELOPED, FOR WITHOUT IT A PERSON MAY ACT IRRATIONALLY,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

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HEALTH PROGRAMME FOR OLD PEOPLE

* * * *

A HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE LAUNCHED IN SHA TIN EARLY THIS MONTH BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE PROGRAMME IS AIMED AT MAKING THE AGED AWARE OF THEIR HEALTH PROBLEMS THROUGH AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS AND TALKS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A MONTH-LONG EXHIBITION AND A SERIES OF TALKS AT THE SHA TIN HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE, ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF LEK YUEN GENERAL CLINIC, LEK YUEN ESTATE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE MOUNTED ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY (AUGUST 4 TO 7) BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM DAILY. IT WILL THEN BE OPEN ON THE FOLLOWING TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS.

ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE PROCESS OF AGEING, WAYS TO MAINTAIN GOOD MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND COMMON DISEASES OF THE AGED WILL BE DISPLAYED.

IN CONNECTION WITH THIS EXHIBITION, A SERIES OF 12 TALKS PROVIDED FREE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50 WILL RUN FROM MID-AUGUST TO THE END OF OCTOBER ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY MORNINGS AND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE EXERCISE, NUTRITION AND DISEASES OF THE SENIORS SUCH AS HYPERTENSION, RHEUMATISM, DIABETES AND RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS.

RESERVATION FOR ATTENDING ANY OR ALL TALKS CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTING THE SHA TIN HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE AT 0-633211 EXTENSION 213.

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APPRENTICE SCHEME HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ASPIRE TO A CAREER IN INDUSTRY MAY APPROACH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE IN FINDING PROPER APPRENTICE TRAINING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THERE WERE A LOT OF VACANCIES FOR CRAFT OR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIPS IN HONG KONG’S 11 MAJOR INDUSTRIES AND COMMERCE AND SERVICE SECTORS.

THESE ARE THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING, BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING, CLOTHING, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONICS, MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING, PLASTICS, PRINTING, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS, TEXTILES AND HOTEL, TOURISM AND CATERING.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP IS COMPLETION OF FORM 3 WHILE THAT FOR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP IS COMPLETION CF FORM 5 WITH PASSES IN FOUR RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN THE CERTIFICATE CF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION OPERATED AN APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN INDUSTRY THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP.

+THESE APPRENTICES ARE NOW USEFULLY AND PRODUCTIVELY EMPLOYED, EARNING THEIR LIVING AND AT THE SAME TIME LEARNING A TRADE IN WHICH THEY ARE INTERESTED,* HE SAID.

THE DURATION OF AN APPRENTICESHIP IS NORMALLY FOUR YEARS, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

BESIDES RECEIVING ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, THE APPRENTICES ALSO ATTEND RELATED TECHNICAL COURSES THREE TIMES A WEEK -- ONE DAY AND TWO EVENINGS - EITHER IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

ON COMPLETION OF TRAINING, THE APPRENTICES ARE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF APPRENTICESHIP BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR CERTIFYING THEIR COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE OR OCCUPATION THEY HAVE CHOSEN.

THOSE INTERESTED IN AN APPRENTICESHIP MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION, 12TH FLOOR, ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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SUMMER CAMPS FOR YOUNGSTERS

* * * *

MORE THAN 1 OOO YOUNG PEOPLE, MOSTLY STUDENTS, ARE SPENDING PART OF THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR TO HELP BEAUTIFY THE COUNTRYSIDE BY PLANTING TREES AND CLEARING FIRE BREAKS, OR ARE ENGAGED IN OTHER RELATED CONSERVATION WORK.

THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, FROM 80 GROUPS AFFILIATED TO SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES, ARE TAKING PART IN THE ANNUAL FORESTRY WORK CAMPS ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

EACH CAMP LASTS FOR SIX DAYS, DURING WHICH THE PARTICIPANTS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT MANY ASPECTS OF COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION AND INVOLVEMENT IN CIVIC AFFAIRS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE CAMPS ALSO PROVIDED THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE FOR A FEW DAYS IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND TO WORK IN BEAUTIFUL AND INTERESTING SURROUNDINGS WHILE THEY INVOLVED THEMSELVES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY.

♦IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THE PARTICIPANTS WILL GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE COUNTRY PARKS PROGRAMME,♦ HE SAID.

THE CAMPS ARE ALLOCATED TO ORGANISED GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 25 YEARS.

THE FIRST WORK CAMP WAS ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN 1966 AT THE DEPARTMENT’S TEMPORARY FORESTRY POST IN TIN FU TSAI FOR MEMBERS OF A VOLUNTARY WELFARE GROUP.

COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION WORK TAKES PLACE IN THE MORNINGS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF EXPERIENCED COUNTRY PARKS STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT WHILE THE GROUPS ARE FREE TO ORGANISE THEIR OWN EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS.

SLIDE SHOWS ABOUT COUNTRY PARKS AND COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION ARE PRESENTED TO THE CAMPERS.

THE CAMPS THIS YEAR WILL CONTINUE UNTIL AUGUST 22.

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FIRST WOMEN GENERAL DUTIES TEAM MEMBERS IN NT

* * * *

MALE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAM (GDT) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT NO LONGER HOLD THE FORT AS 24 WOMEN COUNTERPARTS HAVE ENTERED THE SERVICES.

LEADING THE FIRST BATCH OF WOMEN GDT MEMBERS IN THE NTSD IS WOMAN FOREMAN MAK WAN-CHING, ATTACHED TO SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE.

WORKING WITH THE 2O-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FOREMAN IN SHA TIN ARE SEVEN WOMEN GDT MEMBERS WHILE 16 OTHERS ARE NOW BEING DEPLOYED TO VARIOUS DISTRICTS INCLUDING TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG AND TAI PO.

MISS MAK, THE FIRST WOMAN TO BE ACCEPTED AS A FOREMAN, HAS COMPLETED A FIVE-WEEK BASIC TRAINING COURSE. SHE IS NOW FULLY COMMITTED IN ENFORCING THE LAW IN CONNECTION WITH STREET TRADING, HYGIENE AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

A FORM 5 SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVER, MISS MAK FIRST WORKED AS A CLERK IN A SHIPPING COMPANY FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS BEFORE TAKING UP THE CHALLENGING CAREER IN THE NTSD.

AS MORE AND MORE WOMEN HAWKERS ARE PLYING IN THE STREETS, SHE SAID SHE EXPECTED TO SEE WOMEN GDT MEMBERS PLAY A GREATER ROLE IN DEALING WITH THE HAWKING PROBLEM IN THE COMING YEARS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INFORMATION BOOKLET ON TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD ................. 1

RECLAMATION IN DEEP BAY.......................................... 2

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SCHEME FOR STUDENTS ........................... 2

CAMPAIGN ON WELL WATER HYGIENE.................................. 5

MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 1981

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INFORMATION BOOKLET ON TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD *****

A 24-PAGE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON WORK DONE BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS SEVEN SUB-COMMITTEES WAS PUBLISHED IN BOOKLET FORM TODAY (MONDAY).

IT HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD’S NEWLY-FORMED COMMUNITY INFORMATION SUB-COMMITTEE.

PRINTED IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, THE BOOKLET IS ILLUSTRATED WITH MAPS, CHARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING SOME OF THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF TSUEN WAN, AS WELL AS THE CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES AND LOCATIONS OF POLLING STATIONS FOR THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

IT ALSO OUTLINES OTHER DETAILS OF THE ELECTION, SUCH AS ELIGIBILITY OF VOTERS, NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES, AND REGISTRATION AND ELECTION DATES.

COMMENTING ON THE BOOKLET, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE, M? HO TUNG-CHING, SAID IT WOULD HELP RESIDENTS GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF TSUEN WAN AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ELECTION.

ABOUT 100 000 COPIES HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND IT IS INTENDED THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THE DISTRICT SHOULD HAVE A COPY.

THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT THE EIGHT PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES, COMMUNITY HALLS AND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

OFFICERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ALSO DISTRIBUTE COPIES DURING VISITS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS OR DURING PUBLIC SEMINARS.

THE BOOKLET IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF PROJECTS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO PRINT INFORMATIVE AND EXPLANATORY MATERIAL AND HELP PUBLICISE THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL BODIES.

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RECLAMATION IN DEEP BAY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 8.84 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED IN DEEP BAY BETWEEN TSIM BE I TSUI AND YUEN LONG STREAM FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CAUSEWAY.

A ROAD WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON TOP OF THE RECLAMATION. BOTH SIDES OF THE CAUSEWAY WILL BE ROCK ARMOURED.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED WAS SET OUT IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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

THE NOTICE, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, WITH A 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 INSPECTED AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, EIGHTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, SALISBURY ROAD, KOWLOON- OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- OR THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SCHEME: FOR STUDENTS

*****

DETAILS OF A NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME PROVIDING CONCESSIONARY FARES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR MORE THAN HALF A MILLION STUDENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN THE GIS THEATRE, 5/F, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, QUEEN’S ROAD, CENTRAL, AT 3 PM ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1981. Y'OU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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CAMPAIGN ON WELL WATER HYGIENE ft ft ft ft

VILLAGERS LIVING IN REMOTE AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE ADVISED TO BOIL WATER FROM WELLS AND STREAMS BEFORE DRINKING IT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID WELL AND STREAM WATER MIGHT CONTAIN BACTERIA HARMFUL TO HEALTH.

♦CARELESS DUMPING OF AGRICULTURAL WASTE AND RUBBISH AND POOR SANITATION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA OF THE WELL ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF POLLUTION TO WELL WATER,* HE SAID.

DEFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION WORK OF THE WELL AND THE LACK OF COVER TO THE WELL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTAMINATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE NTSD IS NOW MOUNTING AN EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF WATER HYGIENE THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HEALTH INSPECTORS ARE VISITING VILLAGERS TO ADVISE THEM NOT TO DRINK WATER OTHER THAN MAINS WATER WHERE STANDPIPES ARE AVAILABLE.

COPIES OF INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON THE SAFE USE OF WELL WATER ARE ALSO DISTRIBUTED TO THE VILLAGERS DURING THE VISIT.

MEANWHILE, STAFF OF THE NTSD ARE ALSO CARRYING OUT CONSTANT CHLORINATION TO ALL WELLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

WOODEN BOARDS WITH NOTICES WARNING AGAINST THE DRINKING OF WELL WATER ARE ALSO BEING PUT UP IN THE VICINITY OF MORE THAN 400 WELLS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEliE FOR HALF MILLION...................... 1

MORE TAKING TO OUTDOOR SPORTS ................................... 3

BALLOTS FOR PRIVATE SERVICE HIRE CAR PERMITS .................... 4

LABOUR RELATIONS WORKSHOPS HELD................♦... *............ 5

MORE TSUEN WAN PEOPLE SEEK FREE LEG.iL ADVICE.................... 6

KINDERGARTEN SUPERVISOR SEVERELY WARNED.........................  7

NINE CONTESTANTS AIM FOR BIG QUIZ PRIZE ......................... 8

’WATER PIPE TESTS

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NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME FOR HALF MILLION *****

MORE THAN HALF A MILLION STUDENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR CHEAPER TRAVEL ON BUSES, FERRIES, TRAINS AND TRAMS UNDER A NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME UNVEILED TODAY BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE SCHEME IS SET TO BEGIN OPERATING IN SEPTEMBER, AND IS EXPECTED TO COST THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT 1230 MILLION A YEAR.

IT WILL BE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AGED FROM 12 TO 25 ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME COURSES RANGING FROM PRIMARY THROUGH TO FIRST-DEGREE UNIVERSITY AND WHO HAVE A VALID HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD.

CONCESSIONARY FARES OFFERED UNDER THE SCHEME WILL BE GENERALLY SET AT HALF THE FULL ADULT FARE AND APPLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO TRANSPORT SERVICES PROVIDED BYi

* CHINA MOTOR BUS CO. LTD."

* KOWLOON MOTOR BUS CO. (1933) LTD."

* NEW LANTAO BUS CO. (1973) LTD.-

* HONG KONG TRAMWAYS LTD."

* MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION-

* KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY-

* HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY CO. LTD." AND

* +STAR* FERRY CO. LTD.

THE CONCESSIONARY FARES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WHO HAVE A STUDENT TRAVEL CARD ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE NEW SCHEME. THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, SAIDi ^STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A STUDENT TRAVEL CARD MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM. MARKED TD206, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THEIR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR IN SEPTEMBER.

♦AFTER FILLING IN THE FORM, STUDENTS SHOULD HAND IT IN TO THEIR INSTITUTION, TOGETHER WITH THREE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEMSELVES AND 110 TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

♦APPLICATIONS WILL THEN BE FORWARDED TO THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ISSUING THE CARDS AND ADMINISTERING THE SCHEME.♦

MR LEEDS SAID STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS WOULD BE VALID FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH TO SEPTEMBER 30 THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

EACH CARD WOULD BE SECURITY PRINTED AND LAMINATED, AND BEAR THE NAME, SEX, IDENTITY CARD NUMBER, SIGNATURE AND PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HOLDER.

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MR LEEDS SAID THAT STUDENTS MUST PRODUCE THEIR CARDS WHEN PAYING FARES AND WARNED THAT STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS WERE NOT TRANSFERABLE AND WOULD BE CANCELLED IF THEY WERE MISUSED OR IF FRAUD WAS INVOLVED.

♦CARDS MUST BE SURRENDERED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR CANCELLATION ONCE THE HOLDER CEASES TO BE A FULL-TIME STUDENT,* HE SAID.

♦BUT STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL AT THE END OF AN ACADEMIC YEAR MAY CONTINUE TO USE A CARD UNTIL IT EXP IRES.♦

MR LEEDS SAID THE NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME WOULD COVER ALL ROUTES AND SERVICES EXCEPT THE FOLLOW I NG I

ft CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTES,

ft EXPRESS COACH SERVICES,

ft SPECIAL BUS SERVICES ON RACE DAYS AND ON FESTIVAL DAYS,

ft SOME DESIGNATED ’RECREATIONAL* BUS ROUTES,

ft SOME CHINA MOTOR BUS (CMB) EXPRESS ROUTES,

ft HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY DE-LUXE CLASS AND HOVER-FERRY SERVICES WHERE CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED,

ft STAR FERRY SECOND-CLASS SERVICES, AND

ft KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (KCR) THROUGH-PASSENGER AND SPECIAL SERVICES TO THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE.

ALL KCR SERVICES AND SOME CMB ROUTES WILL ALSO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE SCHEME ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

DETAILS OF EXCLUDED ROUTES AND SERVICES ARE LISTED IN +A GUIDE TO THE STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME*, WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SOON THROUGH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHO HAVE ANY QUERIES ABOUT THE SCHEME WHICH ARE NOT COVERED IN THE GUIDE CAN CONTACT THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE, 986 KING’S ROAD, HONG KONG (TELEPHONE 5-617687).

THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE WILL MOVE INTO NEW OFFICES AT ROOM 705, CAPITOL CENTRE, 5-19 JARDINE’S BAZAAR, HONG KONG ON AUGUST 15.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR ENQUIRIES WILL BE 5-7954631.

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MORE TAKING TO OUTDOOR SPORTS * * * M * M

MORE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE MAKING BETTER USE OF THEIR LEISURE HOURS BY ENGAGING IN A WIDE VARIETY OF OUTDOOR AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE HELP AND EFFORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

THROUGH ITS 19 DISTRICT OFFICES OPERATING IN ALL PARTS OF THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SERVICE STAGES MANY PROGRAMMES, RANGING FROM DANCE AND FITNESS CLASSES TO TEAM GAMES AND ATHLETIC MEETS.

LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 560 000 PEOPLE STEPPED OUT OF THEIR HOUSES TO TAKE PART IN THESE ACTIVITIES, AND SUCH WAS THE DEMAND FOR PLACES THAT THOUSANDS OF OTHERS HAD TO MISS OUT ON THEIR CHANCES, THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER, MR DICKEN YUNG SAID.

♦ENCOURAGING RESPONSE FROM THE PEOPLE HAS LED TO THE OPENING OF MORE CLASSES,* HE SAID.

♦HENCE, CONVENIENT SPOTS SUCH AS SPACES UNDER FLYOVERS OR AT THE PIER AND EXISTING UNDERUSED BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO TRAINING GROUNDS TO ENABLE CLASSES TO BE HELD.

+THEY ARE ARRANGED AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY TO SUIT PEOPLEOF ALL CONDITIONS SUCH AS THE PROFESSIONALS, FACTORY AND OFFICE WORKERS, AND HOUSEWIVES.*

MR YUNG EMPHASISED THAT IN THE PROGRAMME DEVISED, NO-ONE IS MEANT TO BE LEFT OUT.

♦FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE WATER SAFETY COURSES FOR BABIES AND SWIMMING CLASSES FOR THE ELDERLIES, AND THE HANDICAPPED AND THE INFIRM HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE RECREATION PLANS,* HE SAID.

THE SERVICE HAS ALSO BEEN MAKING VIGOROUS EFFORTS TO BRING THE MORE EXPENSIVE SPORTS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.

WHILE SUCH ACTIVITIES AS SCUBA-DIVING, SAILING AND HORSERIDING ARE NORMALLY BEYOND THE MEANS OF MANY, MORE PEOPLE CAN NOW ENJOY THESE SPORTS WITH ONLY A MINIMAL CHARGE.

MR YUNG POINTED OUT THAT AMONG SOME 4 664 PROGRAMMES ORGANISED IN 1980/81, THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS WERE HIKING, EXCURSION, SAILING AND CANOEING, AND RESIDENTIAL CAMPING AT THE OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRES.

♦THE OPENING OF THE LADY MACLEHOSE VILLAGE CENTRE AT SAI KUNG HAS CREATED MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO DIVERT THEIR EXCESSIVE ENERGY IN HEALTHY OUTLETS AND TO ENJOY EXPERIENCES THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR ROUTINE ACTIVITY WORK,+ HE SAID.

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HE WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SEE THE SUCCESSFUL PENETRATION OF THE SERVICE INTO EVERY LEVEL AND SEGMENT OF THE COMMUNITY HE SAID. » TJ.

TRANSFERABLE AND WOULD BE CANCELLED IF THEY WERE MISUSED OR IF

SUCH IS THE WIDE INVOLVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY THAT EVEN PIER WORKERS AND HAWKERS FROM THE VEGETABLE AND FRUIT MARKETS ARE AMONG THE KEEN SUPPORTERS OF THE SERVICE’S OUTDOOR PURSUITS AND BALL GAME ACTIVITIES.

HOWEVER, MR YUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME IS NOT MERELY TO ATTRACT LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS' TO ENGAGE IN ITS ACTIVITIES. THE OBJECT IS TO DEVELOP IN THE PEOPLE A LONG-LASTING DESIRE TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVE RECREATION.

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TO ATTAIN THESE GOALS, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE CONTACTS SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS AND ENLISTS THEIR SUPPORT IN ENCOURAGING MORE PEOPLE TO ENJOY THE RECREATION AND BENEFITS OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES.

IT ALSO OFFERS TRAINING PROGRAMMES TO THESE BODIES AND PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS, ABOUT 5 OOO QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS HAVE BEEN^SO,TRAINED AND&THIS HAS ENABLED THE SERVICE TO EXPAND ITS

APART FROM THAT, THE SERVICE ALSO CONTACTS VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS AND LOCAL BUSINESS FIRMS.

♦THROUGH SUCH CONNECTIONS, THE SERVICE HELPS TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF THESE ORGANISATIONS AND, IN RETURN, THESE ORGANISATIONS OFTEN PROVIDE MANPOWER AND SPONSORSHIP FOR MAJOR EVENTS HELD,* HE SAID.

THESE VARIED ACTIVITIES NOT ONLY PROVIDE BOTH PHYSICAL BENEFIT AND RECREATION FOR THE INDIVIDUAL, BUT THEY ALSO COMBINE. THROUGH THE CLOSER CONTACTS AMONG THE PEOPLE, TO ESTABLISH GREATER COMMUNITY BENEFIT FOR ALL CONCERNED, MR YUNG SAID. - f> st LuDED

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WILL BE HELD TOMORROW. AUGUST 5 AND ON FRIDAY AUGUST ? TO DETERMINE THE ALLOCATION OF 272 PRIVATE SERVICE mire ’ CM PERMITS TO APPLICANTS WISHING TO SERVE THE SAME MEAS.

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THE POLICE TO TAKE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL OPERATORS*

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1981

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LABOUR RELATIONS WORKSHOPS HELD

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THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS ON LABOUR RELATIONS ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BEGAN AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI, TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR DONALD CHAN, CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE, TOLD PARTICIPANTS THAT THE SERIES OF WORKSHOP FORMED PART OF A YEAR-LONG LABOUR AND STAFF RELATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THE PROJECT, HE SAID. WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING PARTICIPANTS WITH TRAINING ON LABOUR RELATIONS AND RELATED SUBJECTS WITH THE HOPE OF ENSURING THE HARMONIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS IN HONG KONG.

MR CHAN WENT ON TO SAY THAT INDUSTRIAL CONFLICTS WERE ROOTED IN THE CONFLICTING INTERESTS OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES.

HE SAID THAT THE MOST COMMON OBJECTIVE OF BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS WAS TO BE PRODUCTIVE AND PROFITABLE WHILE THAT OF THE EMPLOYEES WAS STEADY EMPLOYMENT WITH FAIR WAGES AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

THEIR COMPETING EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR TARGETS USUALLY ENDED UP IN LABOUR DISPUTES, HE ADDED.

DESPITE THE LATENT CONFLICT IN INTERESTS, MR CHAN WENT ON, EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ALSO HAD MUTUAL OBJECTIVES — THE MOST COMMON ONE BEING THE PROSPERITY OF THE ORGANISATION.

TO PROMOTE LABOUR RELATIONS, HE CALLED ON THE THREE PARTIES — MANAGEMENT, INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES AND TRADE UNIONS TO ENDEAVOUR TO WIDEN THIS MUTUAL AREA AND MAINTAIN A HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP.

OTHER SPEAKERS AT THE OPENING WERE MR WHELAN WONG, PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND MR WU LANG-MENG, LABOUR OFFICER (LABOUR RELATIONS).

SPEAKERS AT THE WORKSHOP’S OTHER SESSIONS WILL BE MR LAM WAH-HUI, CHAIRMAN OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOL NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS’ UNION, MR MAK SAI-YIU, ACTING SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR HOUDINI H.T. HO, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, AND MR FRED K.Y. LAM, PERSONNEL MANAGER (STAFF RELATIONS) OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE FOURTH AND LAST WORKSHOP WILL BEGIN AT THE STADIUM ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 6.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1981

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MORE TSUEN WAN PEOPLE SEEK FREE LEGAL ADVICE

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MORE PEOPLE IN TSUEN WAN ARE MAKING USE OF THE LOCAL FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE.

IN JUNE, THE NUMBER OF CASES HANDLED WAS 40, ALMOST DOUBLE THE NUMBER DEALT WITH WHEN THE CENTRE FIRST OPENED IN MAY LAST YEAR.

SINCE OPENING A TOTAL OF 455 CASES HAVE BEEN HANDLED, AN AVERAGE CF MORE THAN 32 EACH MONTH.

MARCH WAS THE BUSIEST MONTH WITH 46 CASES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WELCOMED THE RISE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES WHICH SHOWED, HE SAID, INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE SCHEME.

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

IT IS ONE OF SIX CENTRES OPERATED BY THE LAW SOCIETY TO HELP PEOPLE SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE.

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

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

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

THE OTHER FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRES ARE AT MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, WAN CHAI, EASTERN DISTRICT AND SHA TIN.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1981

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KINDERGARTEN SUPERVISOR SEVERELY WARNED * * * *

THE SUPERVISOR OF THE KOWLOON TONG SHU I FONG KINDERGARTEN WAS STERNLY WARNED THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING BY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS THAT HE CANNOT ACCEPT PUPILS FOR THE ENGLISH SECTION WHICH HAS STILL TO BE APPROVED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

HIS ATTENTION WAS ALSO DRAWN TO THE EDUCATION REGULATIONS GOVERNING FEES WHERE HE HAD INCREASED THE MONTHLY FEES IN RESPECT OF THE EXISTING CHINESE SECTION WITHOUT EVEN APPLYING FOR APPROVAL FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

♦THIS IS A SERIOUS CONTRAVENTION OF EXISTING REGULATIONS AND THE SUPERVISOR WILL BE ASKED TO EXPLAIN HIS ACT I ON,♦ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SUPERVISOR OF THE SHU I FONG KINDERGARTEN WROTE TO THE DEPARTMENT IN EARLY JULY APPLYING FOR A CHANGE OF SUPERVISOR WHICH WAS GRANTED.

IN MID-JULY, HE AGAIN WROTE IN REQUESTING PERMISSION TO ESTABLISH AN ENGLISH SECTION. THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW STUDYING THE PROPOSED CURRICULUM.

AN APPLICATION FOR A CHANGE OF NAME TO YORK KINDERGARTEN WAS RECEIVED ON JULY 30 AND THIS TOO WAS BEING CONSIDERED.

♦AS CAN BE SEEN, THE TWO LATTER APPLICATIONS WERE SUBMITTED WITHIN THE PAST TWO WEEKS, BOTH OF WHICH HAVE TO BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1981

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NINE CONTESTANTS AIM FOR BIG QUIZ PRIZE M M

NINE LUCKY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NOW LOOKING FORWARD TO WINNING A BIG PRIZE IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE CURRENT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REDIFFUSION TELEVISION AND HONG KONG DAILY NEWS.

THEY ARE MESSRS KWOK YUK-KWONG (17), YEUNG KAM-TONG (27), CHAN WING-KEUNG (21). WONG CHI-YAN (21), WONG CHUNG-FAT (3D), TSANG YAU-CHEUNG (29) AND MISSES TSANG WAI-CHI (23), YAU PIK-HUNG (20) AND WONG PIK-LAI (23).

THE LUCKY NINE, PICKED FROM MORE THAN 2 000 CORRECT ENTRIES TO THE COMPETITION, WILL TAKE PART IN AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ ON RTV’S +HAPPY HOUR* PROGRAMME ON MONDAY (AUGUST 10).

THERE ARE NINE PRIZES TO BE SHARED AMONG THE NINE CONTESTANTS WHO HAVE TO COMPETE FOR THE BETTER ONES, INCLUDING A S4 500 COLOUR TELEVISION SET (BY COURTESY OF PHILIPS HONG KONG) AND FREE TO IPS TO JAPAN, THAILAND OR THE PHILIPPINES (BY COURTESY OF HONG KONG DAILY NEWS).

THE OTHER PRIZES ARE AN RTV SPECIAL PRIZE OF ONE MINIATURE 24K GOLD SAFETY HELMET WORTH SI 200, ONE ATARI VIDEO ELECTRONIC TV GAME WORTH Si 250 (DONATED BY KONG KING TRADING CO.) AND THREE STEREO CASSETTE PLAYERS EACH WORTH $650 (LABOUR DEPARTMENT PRIZES).

LINE DRAWINGS AND MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS FOR THE THIRD ROUND OF THE COMPETITION ARE BEING PUBLISHED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS, HONG KONG TV NEWS AND RTV’S TV TIMES.


WATER PIPE TESTS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 6) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD AND MODY ROAD. INCLUDING MIDDLE ROAD, MINDEN AVENUE, MINDEN ROW, BLENHEIM AVENUE AND HANOI ROAD.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

KIDNEY FOUNDATION PRAISED FOR VIGOROUS EFFORTS ................ 1

TEMPORARY KCR TIME TABLE........................................ 2

COMPENSATION FOR PNEUMOCONIOSIS SUFFERERS ...................... 3

LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S EMPLOYMENT SERVICE GROWS ................... 4

FARMERS GET MILLIONS IN LOANS FROM TWO FUNDS ................... 5

CHINESE RTT.T.TARPS COMPETITION IN TAI PO

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KIDNEY FOUNDATION PRAISED FOR VIGOROUS EFFORTS ft ft ft ft

THE HONG KONG KIDNEY FOUNDATION WAS PRAISED THIS EVENING BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, FOR ITS ^VIGOROUS EFFORTS TO FOCUS AND COMBAT THE PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY KIDNEY DISEASE SUFFERERS IN HONG KONG*.

SIR JACK WAS SPEAKING AT A RECEPTION HELD BY THE HONG KONG KIDNEY FOUNDATION AND THE HONG KONG ROUND TABLE NO. 10 TO MARK THE GALA PREMIERE OF THE FUND-RAISING FILM, +FOR YOUR EYES ONLY*, AT THE PEARL THEATRE THIS EVENING.

NOTING THAT IT WAS THE INTENTION TO HAVE THE FIRST DIALYSIS CENTRE +OPEN IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE*, SIR JACK SAID ITS SIGNIFICANCE WOULD LIE +NOT ONLY IN THE INAUGURATION OF FURTHER SPECIALIST MEDICAL FACILITIES*, BUT ALSO IN THE +ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMUNITY CO-OPERATION AND GOODWILL*.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR JACK’S SPEECH 1

MY WIFE AND I ARE DELIGHTED TO BE HERE ON THIS IMPORTANT OCCASION IN SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG KIDNEY FOUNDATION. I NOTE WITH PLEASURE, MR LEE, YOUR INTENTION, TO HAVE THE FIRST DIALYSIS CENTRE OPEN IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

I WELCOME THIS OPPORTUNITY TOO, TO AFFIRM THE GOVERNMENT’S WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT FOR THE AIMS OF YOUR FOUNDATION. SINCE ITS INCEPTION TWO YEARS AGO, THE FOUNDATION HAS PLAYED AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AND EFFECTIVE ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH ITS VIGOROUS EFFORTS TO FOCUS ON AND COMBAT THE PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY KIDNEY DISEASE SUFFERERS IN HONG KONG.

THE NEW CENTRE IN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR OPERATING A DIALYSIS PROGRAMME ON AN OUT-PATIENT BASIS, WITHOUT RELYING ON GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION BUT DEPENDING ON THE GENEROSITY OF OUR OWN WARM-HEARTED COMMUNITY. THIS WILL NOT ONLY RELIEVE PRESSURE ON OUR HOSPITAL BEDS, AND THUS MAKE DIALYSIS TREATMENT MORE READILY AVAILABLE TO A WIDER SECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY AT COSTS THEY CAN AFFORD, IT WILL ALSO ENABLE MORE PATIENTS TO CONTINUE AN ACTIVE LIFE WHILE UNDERGOING TREATMENT. THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF SELF-RELIANCE IS IMPORTANT AS MANY PEOPLE AFFECTED BY KIDNEY DISEASES ARE IN THE PRIME OF THEIR LIVES.

IT IS ALSO APPROPRIATE FOR US ALL TO NOTE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FOUNDATION’S WORK AND THE INITIATION OF ITS DIALYSIS PROGRAMME DURING THIS, THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS-OUR OWN LOCAL THEME FOR WHICH IS *THE MAXIMUM INTEGRATION OF THE DISABLED INTO THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LAFE OF THE COMMUNITY*.

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IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE DIALYSIS PROGRAMME AND THE FOUNDATION’S MANY OTHER PLANNED ACTIVITIES, THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE HONG KONG KIDNEY FOUNDATION HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO RAISING QUITE SUBSTANTIAL SUMS OF MONEY. I WISH HERE TO RECORD GOVERNMENT’S APPRECIATION OF THEIR EFFORTS AND TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED SO GENEROUSLY TO SUCH A WORTHY AND VITAL CAUSE. IN PARTICULAR, I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MR LEE IN ACKNOWLEDGING THE GENEROSITY OF MR LI KA-SHING IN DONATING THE COST OF THE PREMISES FOR THE FIRST CENTRE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS GRANT OF $2 MILLION TOWARDS GETTING THE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED. OUR GRATITUDE IS ALSO DUE TO THE ROUND TABLE NO. 10 FOR ORGANISING TONIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT AND RAISING MORE FUNDS- TO SIR RUN RUN SHAW FOR PROVIDING A FITTING VENUE, AND TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR ATTENDANCE AND SUPPORT THIS EVENING.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OPENING OF THE DIALYSIS CENTRE WILL LIE NOT ONLY IN THE INAUGURATION OF FURTHER SPECIALIST MEDICAL FACILITIES 1 IT WILL ALSO REPRESENT ANOTHER ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMUNITY CO-OPERATION AND GOODWILL.

I HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN SALUTING THE WORK OF THE FOUNDATION AND WISHING IT CONTINUING SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE.

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TEMPORARY KCR TIME TABLE

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A TEMPORARY TIME TABLE WILL BE INTRODUCED THIS SATURDAY (AUGUST 8) FOR FOUR DAYS TO FACILITATE ENGINEERING WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THE SLIGHTLY AMENDED TIME TABLE WILL LAST FOR FOUR DAYS UNTIL THE CLOSE OF TRAFFIC ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 11.

THE TEMPORARY TIME TABLE WILL BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS.

THE EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

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COMPENSATION FOR PNEUMOCONIOSIS SUFFERERS

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SOME $3 345 OOO WILL BE PAID OUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE BY THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND TO ABOUT 100 PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM THE LUNG DISEASE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR HO SAI-CHU, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FINANCED BY LEVIES FROM CONSTRUCTION AND QUARRY WORKS, THE FUND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD.

YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), 1345 000 WAS ALREADY PAID OUT TO EIGHT PEOPLE, THE FIRST PAYMENT SINCE THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1.

SOME $3 000 000 MORE WILL BE PAID TO ABOUT 90 OTHERS.

MR HO SAID THE ORDINANCE APPLIES TO ANY PERSON, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE SELF-EMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED, DIAGNOSED AS SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1.

THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION FOR TOTAL (100 PER CENT) PERMANENT INCAPACITY IS BASED ON THE AGE OF A PNEUMOCONIOTIC.

THE LEVELS OF COMPENSATION AREt BELOW 40 YEARS OF AGE, 96 MONTHS’ EARNINGS- 40 TO BELOW 56. 72 MONTHS AND 56 AND ABOVE, 48 MONTHS, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $192 000 AND A MINIMUM OF $64 000.

FOR PERMANENT PARTIAL INCAPACITY, THE AMOUNT IS A PERCENTAGE CF COMPENSATION PAYABLE FOR 100 PER CENT INCAPACITY.

COMPENSATION FOR DEATH, MR HO CONTINUED, ALSO DEPENDS ON THE AGE AND MONTHLY EARNINGS OF THE DECEASED AND THE DEGREE OF DEPENDENCY OF DEPENDANTS.

COMPENSATION FOR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS ISi BELOW 40, 84 MONTHS’ EARNINGS- 40 TO BELOW 56, 60 MONTHS AND 56 AND ABOVE, 36 MONTHS, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $168 000 AND A MINIMUM OF $56 000.

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S EMPLOYMENT SERVICE GROWS

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ANOTHER BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT WO CHE ESTATE, SHA TIN, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.C.A. HAMMOND, AND TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM AND MR LAU HON-KIT, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE NEW OFFICE AT UNITS 425 - 428, HAU WO HOUSE, THIRD FLOOR, WILL RELIEVE SOME OF THE WORKLOAD OF THE EXISTING TAI PO OFFICE WHICH HAS BEEN SERVING BOTH TAI PO AND SHA TIN.

♦THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW OFFICE FORMS PART OF AN ON-GOING PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE SERVICES BY PROVIDING A BETTER COVERAGE. IT IS ALSO JUSTIFIED BY THE FACT THAT SHA TIN NOW HAS A POPULATION OF MORE THAN 140 000 PEOPLE,* HE ADDED.

THE NEW OFFICE BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BRANCH OFFICES OF THE LES TO 14.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY. TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, AT 2 PM ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 1981.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 1981

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FARMERS GET MILLIONS IN LOANS FROM TWO FUNDS ******

LOANS TOTALLING NEARLY $11 MILLION WERE MADE TO FARMERS, INDIVIDUALLY AND THROUGH COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES LAST YEAR, PROVIDING THEM WITH EITHER DEVELOPMENT OR WORKING CAPITAL, THROUGH TWO TRUST FUNDS SET UP ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO.

THE TWO TRUST FUNDS, THE KADOORIE AGRICULTURAL AID LOAN FUND, AND THE J.E. JOSEPH TRUST FUND, WERE ESTABLISHED WITH DONATIONS — AND GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT — TO HELP FARMERS TIDE OVER DISASTROUS FLOODS AND OTHER MISHAPS, AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH FUNDS FOR PURCHASING LIVESTOCK AND FEED, FERTILIZERS, INSECTICIDES, SEEDS AND PLANTING MATERIAL, LAND FORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT, WATER SUPPLIES, CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS FOR LIVESTOCK AND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF FISH PONDS.

WHILE BOTH FUNDS CHARGE NOMINAL INTEREST RATES, THE KADOORIE FUND PLACES EMPHASIS ON LOANS TO INDIVIDUAL FARMERS, AND THE J.E. JOSEPH FUND LENDS MAINLY THROUGH COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES WHICH IN TURN LEND TO THEIR MEMBERS.

AS MARKET PRICES FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS WERE FAVOURABLE TO PRODUCERS, REPAYMENT WAS VERY SATISFACTORY, AMOUNTING TO 98 PER CENT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

EFFORTS WERE MADE TO ENSURE THAT THE METHOD OF RECOVERY OF LOANS DID NOT CAUSE UNDUE HARDSHIP OR DETER GENUINE FARMERS FROM APPLYING FOR NEW ONES, AND EXTENSIONS OF THE LOAN PERIOD WERE GIVEN ON MANY OCCASIONS.

MANY THOUSANDS OF FARMERS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE LOAN SCHEMES SINCE THEY WERE STARTED.

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CHINESE BILLIARDS COMPETITION IN TAI PO * * *

A TWO-DAY CHINESE BILLIARDS COMPETITION FOR LOCAL YOUNGSTERS AGED BELOW 16 IS TO BE HELD IN TAI PO ON AUGUST 14 AND 15.

THE EVENT IS BEING ORGANISED BY MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS INCORPORATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, WITH DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

IT IS HOPED THAT MORE THAN 300 YOUNGSTERS WILL TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITION AT SHUNG TAK PRIMARY SCHOOL.

IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FIVE SECTIONS AND INCLUDE SINGLES AND DOUBLES EVENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FROM TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 10.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 160 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS INCORPORATIONS IN TAI PO, WHICH ORGANISE ACTIVITIES INCLUDING LAUNCH PICNICS, CAMPS AND COMPETITIONS.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA .................................. 1

16 000 PLACED IN JOBS .........................................  2

OPTIONS ON BUS DEPOT REQUIREMENTS .............................. 3

MOVING OFFICE ............................................... 4

65 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE.......................... 5

LUNCH TIME ENQUIRIES SERVICE TO BE TRIED OUT ................... 5

POST OFFICE NO. 81 ............................................. 6

OPEN ROUND-THE-CLOCK ........................................... 6

CONCERT AT YOUTH MUSIC CAMP .................................... 7

WATER MAINS WORK ............................................... 7

ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MJN TO ENCOURAGE ELECTION PARTICIPATION .. 8

WATER PIPE CHECK................................................ 8

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 1981

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TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA X * * X

THE CURRENT TEXTILE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND HONG KONG IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31, 1981. IT PROVIDES FOR EXPORT RESTRAINT ON 25 CLOTHING AND MADE-UP ITEMS.

FOLLOWING NEGOTIATIONS IN GENEVA BETWEEN CANADA AND HONG KONG, AND AD REFERENDUM AGREEMENT WAS REACHED ON JULY 22, WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE PRESENT AGREEMENT, WITH CERTAIN CHANGES.

THE NEW AGREEMENT IS FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 1982. WHILE THE COVERAGE OF THE NEW AGREEMENT IS THE SAME AS THAT IN THE PRESENT AGREEMENT, A NEW CATEGORISATION SYSTEM, WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE GROUPING OF SOME EXISTING CATEGORIES, HAS BEEN INTRODUCED.

IN THE NEW AGREEMENT, NINE ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED FROM EXPORT RESTRAINT AND PLACED UNDER EXPORT AUTHORISATION.

THEY ARE WINTER OUTERWEAR GARMENTS- SUITS, WOMEN’S, GIRLS’-CO-ORDINATES AND OUTERWEAR SETS, MEN’S, BOYS’, WOMEN’S, GIRLS’, CHILDREN’S AND INFANTS’ WEAR EXCEPT TROUSERS, SHORTS, OVERALLS, COVERALLS, DRESSES AND SKIRTS- UNSTRUCTURED SUITS AND BLAZERS, MEN’S, BOYS’- JACKETS, PROFESSIONAL AND SHOP COATS- OVERCOATS, TOPCOATS AND RAINWEAR- BATHROBES, DRESSING GOWNS AND HOUSECOATS, MEN’S, BOYS’, WOMEN’S, GIRLS’- BEDSHEETS AND COTTON TERRY TOWELS.

RESTRAINT WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXERCISED ON THE OTHER ITEMS AT PRESENT UNDER EXPORT RESTRAINT. THE STATUS OF ITEMS CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO EXPORT AUTHORISATION WILL ASLO REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THE TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARD HAS BEEN CONSULTED AND HAS ADVISED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD ACCEPT THE AGREEMENT.

SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT THE AGREEMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE SIGNED IN OCTOBER.

DETAILS AND THE RULES FOR IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE MADE KNOWN SHORTLY.

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16 000 PLACED IN JOBS * * * *

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, SOME 16 000 JOBSEEKERS, INCLUDING 148 UNIVERSITY AND POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE GRADUATES, WERE SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN EMPLOYMENT BY THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (LES) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF ANOTHER NEW LES BRANCH OFFICE AT SHA TIN TODAY (THURSDAY), THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.C.A. HAMMOND, POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENTS REPRESENTED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

ALSO OFFICIATING WERE TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAU HON-KIT AND MR NG CHAN-LAM.

THE WORK OF THE LES, HE ADDED, WAS KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW TO ENSURE THAT ANY IMPROVEMENT OR EXPANSION OF ITS SERVICES WAS GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS, JOB-SEEKERS AND THE ECONOMY AT LARGE.

ONE OF THE LES’S AIMS THIS YEAR IS TO IMPROVE ITS COVERAGE BY ESTABLISHING NEW OFFICES IN AREAS WITH LARGE POPULATIONS, SUCH AS THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN WHICH HAS 140 000 RESIDENTS.

NOTING THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE LES DEPENDED ON THE AVAILABILITY CF VACANCIES NOTIFIED BY EMPLOYERS AND THE TYPES OF JOB-SEEKERS REGISTERED, HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT EMPLOYERS AND JOB-SEEKERS AT SHA TIN WOULD MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE FREE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE NEW OFFICE.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE SITUATED AT UNITS 425-428, HAU WO HOUSE, THIRD FLOOR, WO CHE ESTATE, MR HAMMOND SAID, THE LES NOW OPERATES FROM 14 OFFICES IN THE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREAS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE LES IS EQUIPPED WITH A FACSIMILE SYSTEM WHICH HELPS TO INCREASE ITS EFFECTIVENESS IN THE PROCESSING OF VACANCY ORDERS.

THROUGH THIS SYSTEM, A VACANCY ORDER RECEIVED IN ANY ONE OF THE BRANCH OFFICES COULD BE TRANSMITTED SPEEDILY TO ALL THE OTHER OFFICES SO THAT SUITABLE CANDIDATES COULD BE SELECTED FROM THE COMBINED POOL OF JOB-SEEKERS AND INTRODUCED TO THE EMPLOYER WITHIN A VERY SHORT TIME, HE SAID.

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OPTIONS ON BUS DEPOT REQUIREMENTS * * * *

DIFFERENT OPTIONS ON REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL LAND FOR DEPOTS, AMOUNTS OF ’DEAD’ BUS MILEAGE AND NUMBERS OF BUSES PARKED OVERNIGHT IN BUS TERMINI ARE BEING PREPARED BY THE DEPOT REQUIREMENTS SUB-GROUP INVOLVED IN THE GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF BUS COMPANY OPERATIONS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDt +IN VIEW OF THE VERY HIGH LAND AND CONSTRUCTION COSTS FOR MULTI-STOREY BUS PARKING GARAGES, THE GROUP IS ALSO CONSIDERING ALTERNATIVES, SUCH AS INCREASED OVERNIGHT PARKING AT TERMINI, IN ACCEPTABLE LOCATIONS AND THE USE OF ’TEMPORARY’ GROUND LEVEL SITES.

+A REPORT ON EACH OF THE OPTIONS UP TO 1991 WILL BE COMPLETED SOON. THE FINANCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE OPTIONS WILL BE COMPARED BEFORE THE SUB-GROUP PUTS FORWARD ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT IN OCTOBER,+ HE SAID.

TWO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE BEGUN HELPING THE SUB-GROUP, ONE OF FIVE FORMED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT THE REVIEW.

THEY ARE MR STEPHEN CHENG WUI-YAU, A LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES AT HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, AND MR HA WAI-LEUNG, A THIRD-YEAR STUDENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE POLYTECHNIC AND PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STUDENTS.

THE SUB-GROUP ALSO COMPRISES TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE UNOFFICIALS MR H.M.G. FORSGATE AND MR STEPHEN CHEONG AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, ENVIRONMENT BRANCH AND KOWLOON MOTOR BUS CO. LTD.

THE SUB-GROUP, WHICH IS DEALING INITIALLY WITH KMB DEPOT REQUIREMENTS, HAS MET THREE TIMES IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS. CHINA MOTOR BUS CO. LTD. DEPOT REQUIREMENTS WILL BE EXAMINED LATER.

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MOVING OFFICE * * *

FOUR SECTIONS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE FROM NEW OFFICES IN THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 10).

THEY ARE THE LIVESTOCK REGULATORY SECTION, THE PLANT AND PESTICIDE REGULATORY UNIT, THE FAUNA CONSERVATION SECTION AND THE LICENSING UNIT.

ALL THESE SECTIONS WILL BE MOVED TO THE SECOND FLOOR FROM UPPER FLOORS OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT 393 CANTON ROAD IN KOWLOON.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THESE SECTIONS IS 3-688111 AND THEIR EXTENSION NUMBERS AREj LIVESTOCK REGULATORY SECTION (555 AND 557)-PLANT AND PESTICIDE REGULATORY UNIT (552)- LICENSING UNIT (553 AND 556) AND FAUNA CONSERVATION SECTION (550).

ENQUIRIES CAN ALSO BE CHANNELLED THROUGH EXTENSIONS 255 ON 3-688111.

OFFICE HOURS REMAIN UNCHANGED FROM 8.30 AM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

LICENCES AND CERTIFICATES DEALT WITH BY SOME OF THE SECTIONS INCLUDE ANIMAL TRADING LICENCE, HEALTH CERTIFICATE FOR ANIMALS AND BIRDS AND FOR ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS, SPECIAL PERMIT FOR IMPORTING ANIMALS AND BIRDS BY AIR OR BY SEA, AND FOR IMPORTING CATTLE AND SWINE BY SEA.

AMONG OTHER DOCUMENTS PROCESSED BY THE SECTIONS ARE IMPORT AND QUARANTINE PERMITS FOR DOGS AND CATS.

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65 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE

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SIXTY-FIVE NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN JUNE THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 56 IN JUNE 1980.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 20 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 17 FOR KOWLOON AND 28 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A 28-STOREY COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN COTTON TREE DRIVE, A 28-STOREY SHOP AND OFFICE BUILDING IN FA YUEN STREET AND A 31-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK IN SHA TIN.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS SI 139.4 MILLION, COMPARED WITH S200 MILLION IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USEABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 460 609.8 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 250 892.7 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC AND 209 717.1 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 92 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON WHARF ROAD, A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ON PAU CHUNG STREET AND A SCHOOL ON TAI PAK TIN STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

ALTOGETHER, 66 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN JUNE, INCLUDING A SCHOOL IN STANLEY, A TEACHING BLOCK AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, SHA TIN, AND A PETROL FILLING STATION AT HIU KWONG STREET, KWUN TONG.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 113 BUILDINGS.

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LUNCH TIME ENQUIRIES SERVICE TO BE TRIED OUT ******

AS A TRIAL, FOR ONE DAY TOMORROW (FRIDAY), FACTORY WORKERS IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE USE OF THE LUNCH-TIME PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE AREA’S CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, IN THE CANTEEN OF LEIGHTON TEXTILES CO LTD, 888 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, BETWEEN 12 NOON AND 1 PM.

THE PURPOSE OF SUCH A SERVICE IS TO ENABLE FACTORY WORKERS TO SEEK ADVICE, MAKE ENQUIRIES ON GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND OBTAIN GOVERNMENT FORMS AND MATERIAL DURING THE LUNCH HOUR.

OFFICERS DEALING WITH ENQUIRIES ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION WILL BE PRESENT, AND A COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS WILL ALSO BE ON DUTY TO MANAGE STATUTORY DECLARATIONS.

IF THE ONE-DAY TRIAL PROVES SUCCESSFUL, THE SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO OTHER FACTORIES ON A DAILY BASIS.

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POST OFFICE NO. 81 * * *

A NEW POST OFFICE AT SHOP SPACE A2-1O, COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, CHOI WAN ESTATE, KOWLOON WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT NOON TOMORROW (AUGUST 7).

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR A.C. HEATHCOTE, TOGETHER WITH MR KUT SING-KUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHOI WAN AREA COMMITTEE AND MR S.R. SELBY, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, WONG TAI SIN, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE NEW POST OFFICE AT 11 AM (TOMORROW).

THE NEW POST OFFICE WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG TO 81.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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OPEN ROUND-THE-CLOCK

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FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PASSENGERS INTENDING TO TRAVEL TO MACAU AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INCREASED FREQUENCY OF SERVICES, THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL WILL BE OPEN ON A CONTINUOUS, 24-HOUR BASIS FROM MONDAY, AUGUST 10, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

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CONCERT AT YOUTH MUSIC CAMP * * * *

PARTICIPANTS OF THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUTH MUS!C [AMP WILL BE GIVING A FINALE CONCERT AT THE WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAbt ai 2 PM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 8).

adaht ocn vnilNG MUSICIANS WILL MAKE UP A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, B J hULDREH ^'NG ORCHESTRA AND

CHILDREN MARCHING BAND TO PERFORM AT THE CONCERT.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE GUEST PERFORMANCES BY THE MUSIC OFFICE COMBINED CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

tuc uiaui irMT OP THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A SPECTACULAR MARCHING BAND DISPLAY FEATURI NG THE CHILDREMARCHING BAND AT ot!an?SED*BY TH£CRECREATIONLAHD^SPORT^SERV^CeTCH C0MPET'T'0N

concept" WtJMFs! BY INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING.

THE MUSIC CAMP, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND DCCRPiTinN AND SPORT SERVICE. IS PART OF THE SUMMER TOUIH PROGRAMME SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FINALE CONCERT OF THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 8) AT THE WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THE FACILITIES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE HANKOW ROAD JUNCTION WITH SALISBURY ROAD BEFORE NOON ON THAT DAY.

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WATER MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER

OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 11) MAINS CONNECTION.

™E AR£AS TO BE AFFECTED ARE AT FO TAN INDUSTRIAL AREA AND PAT TSZ WO TSUEN.

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ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MUN TO ENCOURAGE ELECTION PARTICIPATION

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE IS HOLDING A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

THEY INCLUDE TALKS, SLIDE SHOWS AND QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSIONS TO BE HELD IN VILLAGES AND HOUSING ESTATES UNTIL AUGUST 21.

THERE WILL ALSO BE LOGO, DRAMA, DRAWING, SLOGAN AND STICKER DESIGN COMPETITIONS RELATED TO THE FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE PURPOSE OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ELECTION. THEY ARE ALSO INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE VOTER REGISTRATION.

ENTRIES FOR THE COMPETITION MUST BE SUBMITTED BETWEEN

AUGUST 12 AND 14. EACH COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO AN OPEN SECTION FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS OR THOSE WHO WORK IN THE DISTRICT, AND A SECTION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY, DURING WHICH THE WINNING COMPETITION ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AND THE WINNING DRAMA STAGED WILL TAKE PLACE TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO LION ROCK COTTAGE AREA WILL BE CUT OFF TOMORROW FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM DUE TO ROUTINE CHECK OF WATER PIPES.

THE AFFECTED AREA INCLUDES LION ROCK VILLAGE.

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GRACE PERIOD ALLOWED FOR WEAPONS TO BE HANDED IN.................. 1

LEARNING ABOUT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME..................... 2

PAD'S JUNE CONTRACTS TOTAL $857 MILLION........................... 2

'SPECTACULAR RECORD' FOR RATING AND VALUATION OFFICERS IN SURVEYORS' EXAMINATIONS .............................. 3

NO RELAXATION OF DISCIPLINE IN THE FIRE SERVICES ................. 4

PWD OFFICERS GAIN TOP EXAM RESULTS IN UK.......................... 5

APPOINTMENT OF MR P.G. CLOUGH AS DISTRICT JUDGE .................. 5

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 1981

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GRACE PERIOD ALLOWED FOR WEAPONS TO BE HANDED IN M * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALLOWED A PERIOD OF GRACE UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO HAND IN TO THE POLICE ANY ♦PROHIBITED WEAPON+ THEY MAY HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS OR THEIR MEMBERS MUST TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOTIFY THE POLICE OF ANY MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS THEY MAY POSSESS IF THEY DO NOT ALREADY HAVE THE REQUIRED POLICE LICENCES OR EXEMPTION PERMITS.

THEY WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED IF THEY DO THIS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1.

SEPTEMBER 1 IS THE DATE ON WHICH THE NEW WEAPONS CONTROL MEASURES, AS SET OUT IN THE WEAPONS ORDINANCE, WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE.

FROM THAT DAY, ANYONE POSSESSING A +PROHIBITED WEAPON+ MAY BE FINED UP TO $10 000 AND IMPRISONED FOR THREE YEARS.

♦PROHIBITED WEAPONS+ ARE CHINESE-STYLE THROWING DARTS, FLICK-KNIVES, GRAVITY KNIVES, GRAVITY-OPERATED STEEL BATONS, KNUCKLE-DUSTERS, CHINESE-STYLE FIGHTING IRONS AND SPRING-LOADED STEEL BATONS.

THESE CAN BE HANDED IN AT ANY POLICE STATION OR POLICE REPORT CENTRE.

MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS OR THEIR MEMBERS CAN NOTIFY THEIR POSSESSION OF MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS TO THE POLICE LICENSING OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, CAINE HOUSE, POLICE HEADQUARTERS, ARSENAL STREET, HONG KONG (TELEPHONE 5-284284 EXT. 314).

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LEARNING ABOUT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME

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THE NEW DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AND THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO BE HELD NEXT MARCH WERE EXPLAINED TO MEMBERS OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT’S ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY AT A SEMINAR LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY).

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. CHAN SUI-JEUNG, CONDUCTED THE WELL-ATTENDED SEMINAR AT CHENG CHEK CHEE SECONDARY SCHOOL.

MR CHAN EXPLAINED THE BACKGROUND TO THE NEW SCHEME AND SAID PEOPLE WERE BEING ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR AND AS CANDIDATES FROM JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

HE SAID HE HOPED THE LOCAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY WOULD SHOW INTEREST IN THE SCHEME AND IN THE ELECTIONS.

THE AUDIENCE, WHICH INCLUDED SEVERAL LOCAL CHINESE RESIDENTS, ASKED A VARIETY OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE ROLE OF DISTRICT BOARDS, IN PARTICULAR THE ASPECT OF ADVISING THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS IN LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

BOOKLETS AND MAPS SHOWING THE CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES WERE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE SEMINAR.

THIS WAS ONE OF SEVERAL SEMINARS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE IN THE OVERALL PROMOTION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

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PWD’S JUNE CONTRACTS TOTAL $857 MILLION * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED 68 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $857 MILLION IN JUNE.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $608 MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHA TIN - TAI PO COASTAL HIGHWAY.

UNDER THE CONTRACT, A SEVEN-KILOMETRE DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY FROM THE NORTHERN END OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN TO TAI PO NEW TOWN WILL BE BUILT AS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD

THE CONTRACT ALSO PROVIDES FOR EXTENSIVE DREDGING AND RECLAMATION WORK ADJACENT TO THE ROAD AT MA LIU SHIU AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SEPARATE CYCLE TRACK AND FOOTPATH ON THE SEAWARD SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED DURING THE MONTH, 28 WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND OTHERS BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TENDER BOARD.

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’SPECTACULAR RECORD’ FOR RATING AND VALUATION OFFICERS IN SURVEYORS’ EXAMINATIONS ******

A +SPECTACULAR RECORD* OF 13 PASSES WAS ACHIEVED THIS YEAR BY RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT OFFICERS IN THE FINAL EXAMINATION OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS, THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION, MR RAYMOND FRY, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT AN INFORMAL CEREMONY IN WHICH HE CONGRATULATED A TOTAL OF 22 CANDIDATES WHO TOOK THE THREE DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE INSTITUTE’S EXAMINATIONS — PARTS ONE AND TWO, AND THE FINAL — MR FRY SAID THE 13 PASSES IN THE FINAL WERE *A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT* ON THE PART OF THE OFFICERS CONCERNED.

THE RESULTS OF THIS YEAR - TOGETHER WITH THE SEVEN PASSES IN THE FINAL LAST YEAR - INDICATE THAT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUOUS TRAINING PROGRAMME IS CLOSE TO ACHIEVING ITS GOAL OF INCREASING THE NUMBER OF LOCALLY-QUALIFIED CHARTERED SURVEYORS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, MR FRY SAID.

THE HOLDING OF THE EXAMINATIONS BETWEEN LATE MARCH AND EARLY APRIL THIS YEAR RESULTED IN TWO PASSES IN THE PART ONE AND SEVEN IN THE PART TWO, IN ADDITION TO THE 13 IN THE FINAL.

♦ THE RESULTS ARE A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT ON THE PART OF THE OFFICERS CONCERNED AND THEY ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION, ♦ MR FRY SAID.

THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED THE FINAL EXAMINATION ARE NOW REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND PASS A TEST OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE BEFORE THEY MAY BE ELECTED TO CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP OF THE INSTITUTION, AS ASSOCIATE OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS.

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NO RELAXATION OF DISCIPLINE IN THE FIRE SERVICES *****

DISCIPLINE IN THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL NOT BE RELAXED, SAID THE DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND, MR S.M. ELCOCK TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PASSING OUT PARADE HELD AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL IN PAT HEUNG, MR ELCOCK SAID THERE WAS +A TENDENCY IN THE WORLD TODAY FOR MANY PEOPLE TO QUESTION DISCIPLINE, IGNORE IT OR REBEL AGAINST IT+.

♦HONG KONG IS FORTUNATE IN THIS RESPECT, BUT AGAIN THERE IS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY. THE FIRE SERVICE IN PARTICULAR MUST NEVER RELAX IN THIS ASPECT, YOU MUST ADJUST YOURSELVES TO ACCEPT DISCIPLINE, AND TO PRACTISE IT,+ MR ELCOCK TOLD THE 43 NEWLY-GRADUATED FIREMEN.

♦WE CAN PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING MEMBERS OF A WELL DISCIPLINED SERVICE,+ HE SAID.

MR ELCOCK REMINDED THE GRADUATES THAT THEIR REAL REWARD WAS IN THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING THAT THEIR EFFORTS, DISCIPLINE AND TEAMWORK WERE THE MAJOR FACTORS IN THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY AND, NOT LEAST, THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE CITIZENS OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES HAD GIVEN.

HE SAID IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE FIRE SERVICES ANSWERED CALLS FROM 135 400 PEOPLE WHOSE LIFE OR PROPERTY, OR BOTH WAS ENDANGERED.

DESPITE ALL THE EFFORTS OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN WHO ANSWERED THESE CALLS FOR HELP, 478 PEOPLE DIED, 6 029 WERE INJURED, AND PROPERTY VALUED AT OVER 3700 MILLION WAS DESTROYED OR DAMAGED, HE SAID.

♦ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE, OVER 60 500 PEOPLE WERE EITHER RESCUED, OR HELPED TO SAFETY.

♦THERE IS NO WAY TO MEASURE THE VALUE OF PROPERTY SAVED FROM DAMAGED OR DESTRUCTION AS A DIRECT RESULT OF FIRE SERVICES OPERATIONS- THIS IS BEST LEFT TO THE IMAGI NAT I ON,+ MR ELCOCK ADDED.

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PWD OFFICERS GAIN TOP EXAM RESULTS IN UK * * * *

THREE OFFICERS FROM THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES AT EXAMINATIONS IN LONDON.

TWO SURVEY OFFICERS (ENGINEERING), TO CHI-MI NG AND LAM LI-WAH HAVE JUST COMPLETED THE THREE-YEAR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (LAND SURVEYING) COURSE AT NORTH-EAST LONDON PLOYTECHNIC, WHICH THEY WERE STUDYING ON GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS.

„ BOTH WERE AWARDED FIRST CLASS HONOURS DEGREES. ONLY ONE OTHER STUDENT GAINED THE SAME DEGREE, AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THREE FIRST CLASS DEGREES WERE AWARDED IN ONE YEAR.

NG TAK-CHEONG, A SURVEY OFFICER (ENGINEERING) WON THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR ATTAINING THE HIGHEST MARKS IN THE FINAL EXAMINATION OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS (LAND SURVEY DIVISION).

ul„., MR NG HAD PREVIOUSLY WON THE MICHAEL DIXON PRIZE FOR THE MARKS 0F ALL CANDIDATES IN THE PARTS I AND II EXAMINATION IN 1978•

IN 1979-80, MR NG WAS AWARDED A ONE-YEAR GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE SURVEY COURSE AT THE SCHOOL OF MILITARY SURVEY AT NEWBURY IN ENGLAND.

APPOINTMENT OF MR P.Q. CLOUGH AS DISTRICT JUDGE

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR PHILIP GERARD CLOUGH AS DISTRICT JUDGE.

MR CLOUGH IS CURRENTLY THE LEGAL AFFAIRS ADVISER IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS IN BRUNEI.

BORN IN 1924, MR CLOUGH STUDIED FOR A LAW DEGREE IN KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE AFTER COMPLETING WAR SERVICE IN 1946. HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN 1949.

HE TOOK UP THE POST OF FEDERAL COUNSEL IN MALAYA IN 1951 AND WAS ADDITIONALLY THE LEGAL ADVISER FOR SELANGOR FROM 1956 TO 1958.

FROM 1958 UNTIL HIS APPOINTMENT IN BRUNEI IN 1978, HE PRACTISED AT THE CHANCERY BAR AND SAT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AS DEPUTY CIRCUIT JUDGE.

MR CLOUGH WILL TAKE UP THE APPOINTMENT AS DISTRICT JUDGE ON AUGUST 24, 1981.

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE TOPICS BEING CONSIDERED BY LAW REFORM COMMESSION....... 1

VITAL ROLE OF FERRIES RECOGNISED, DPW SAYS...................... 3

TAXPAYERS WARNED OF IMPOSTERS .................................. 4

crown land for sale............................................. 5

SNT CUP PRESENTED TO NT BASKETBALL LEAGUE WIN1WS................ 5

FUN FAIR FOR CHEUNG SHA WAN ESTATE CHILDREN..................... 6

TIN HAU ROAD TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED .......................... 6

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1981

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THREE TOPICS BEING CONSIDERED BY LAW REFORM COMMISSION * * * *

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAS RE-COMMENCED SITTING FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE MACLENNAN INQUIRY AND HELD ITS FIFTH MEETING ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 6).

THERE ARE THREE TOPICS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

THE COMMISSION EXPECTS TO RECEIVE THE REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE DEALING WITH COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION (CHAIRMANi MR ANDREW LI) AT ITS NEXT MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 17.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER, AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR JOHN GRIFFITHS, Q.C. WILL BOTH ADDRESS THE CONFERENCE OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION ON OCTOBER 7 AND 9 RESPECTIVELY.

IT WAS REPORTED TO THE COMMISSION THAT THE SUB-COMMITTEE DEALING WITH LAWS ON HOMOSEXUALITY (CHAIRMANi MR JUSTICE YANG) HAS BEEN COLLECTING MATERIAL FROM OVERSEAS AND HAS MADE A STUDY CF THE SUBJECT IN CHINA. THE SUB-COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE STUDYING THE INCIDENCE OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN HONG KONG IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, WHICH WILL INCLUDE REFERENCE TO SOME OF THE EVIDENCE GIVEN AT THE RECENT MACLENNAN INQUIRY.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON EVIDENCE IN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS (CHAIRMANi HIS HON JUDGE DOWNEY) WILL MEET SHORTLY.

ONE OF ITS AIMS IS TO SEE HOW TO STREAMLINE METHODS BY WHICH EVIDENCE IN CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL DISPUTES IS PRESENTED IN JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE EASIER, SPEEDIER AND SO LESS COSTLY RELIEF FOR THE PARTIES TO THE DISPUTE.

THE HON CHIEF JUSTICE AND THE HON ATTORNEY GENERAL HAVE REFERRED TO THE COMMISSION THE FOLLOWING TOPICSi

(1) THE LAW AND PRACTICE RELATING TO CONTEMPT OF COURT.

(2) WHETHER LEGAL AID SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AND IF SO, IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES, AT DEATH INQUIRIES, IN MAGISTRATES COURTS AND AT HEARINGS OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

(3) COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS - SHOULD COURTS HAVE THE POWER TO ORDER CONVICTED DEFENDANTS TO CARRY OUT SUPERVISED COMMUNITY SERVICE AS A MEANS BOTH OF PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION.

(4) WHETHER OR NOT CHANGES SHOULD BE MADE IN THE ♦VOIRE DIRE+ PROCEDURE IN CRIMINAL TRIALS -THE PROCEDURE BY WHICH A COURT TESTS THE ADMISSIBILITY IN EVIDENCE OF A DEFENDANT’S CONFESSION STATEMENT.

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(5) SOME ASPECTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE ((A) EXTENSION OF LIABILITY TO COVER PROVISIONAL LICENCE HOLDER DRIVING OUTSIDE TERMS OF HIS LICENCE- (B) EXTENSION OF LIABILITY TO INCLUDE CASES WHERE A THIRD PARTY DEFAULTS AFTER THE EVENT), SO THAT THOSE INJURED IN ACCIDENTS MAY BE LEGALLY BETTER PROTECTED.

(6) CIVIL LIABILITY IN DAMAGES - THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH ONE PERSON WHO IS OR MAY BE LIABLE IN RESPECT OF DAMAGE MAY RECOVER CONTRIBUTION FROM ANOTHER SIMILARLY LIABLE.

(7) THE LAW RELATING TO CHEQUES (A) EXTENT OF PERSONAL LIABILITY WHEN SIGNING IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY- (B) PROCEDURE FOR GIVING NOTICE OF DISHONOUR OF A CHEQUE.

(8) INSURANCE LAW - AVOIDANCE OF CLAIMS ON THE GROUND THAT THE INSURED FAILED TO DISCLOSE PARTICULAR FACTS.

THIS BRINGS TO A TOTAL OF 11 THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDER ACTIVE CONSIDERATION BY THE MEMBERS OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION.

WORK UPON THESE PROJECTS HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELDS CONCERNED, CHOSEN FROM AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND INDUSTRY AS WELL AS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, OF THE LAW SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE JUDICIARY.

LAST MONTH, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ATTENDED THE AUSTRALIAN LAW CONVENTION IN HOBART, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA AND PARTICIPATED IN THE CONFERENCE OF AUSTRALIAN LAW REFORM AGENCIES WHEN A NUMBER OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OVERSEAS IN THE FIELD OF LAW REFORM WERE REVIEWED. THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMISSION WILL ATTEND THE LAWASIA CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK OVER THE WEEKEND AS A MEMBER OF A TEAM OF LAWYERS FROM HONG KONG.

THROUGH LIAISON WITH THE LAW DRAFTSMAN AND WITH LAW REFORM AGENCIES OVERSEAS, PARTICULARLY IN COMMONWEALTH JURISDICTIONS, THE COMMISSION RECEIVES NUMEROUS PROPOSALS FOR IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE LAW.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSION HAS RECEIVED PROPOSALS FROM INTERESTED BODIES AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN HONG KONG. OVER HALF OF THE TOPICS NOW BEFORE THE COMMISSION ORIGINATED FROM SUGGESTIONS BY THE PUBLIC.

THE COMMISSION WELCOMES FURTHER SUGGESTIONS ON ANY MATTERS OF CONCERN.

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VITAL ROLE OF FERRIES RECOGNISED, DPW SAYS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANT FUTURE ROLE OF FERRY M? DAVID MCDONALD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR MCDONALD WAS SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE NEW FERRY VESSEL +MAN HING* FOR THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY.

HE SAID HE NOTED THE COMPANY’S WILLINGNESS TO EXPAND ITS ROUTES AND SERVICES — A PROGRAMME IN WHICH THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PLAYING ITS PART.

THERE WAS A CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO UPGRADE EXISTING FERRY PIERS AND PROVIDE NEW ONES.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, I WOULD DRAW ATTENTION TO THE NEW FERRY PIER ON TSI NG Yl, FOR WHICH THE SUB-STRUCTURE IS UNDER WAY AT THE MOMENT, THE PROPOSED NEW PIER AT TSUEN WAN FOR WHICH TENDERS ARE NOW BEING CALLED, AND THE NEW TUEN MUN FERRY PIER, CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN EARLY 1982,+ MR MCDONALD SAID.

♦THESE EXAMPLES CLEARLY SHOW THAT GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE IMPORTANT FUTURE ROLE FOR THIS FORM OF TRANSPORT AND IN PARTICULAR ITS PLACE IN THE TRANSPORT STRUCTURE OF SOME OF OUR NEW TOWNS.♦ REFERRING TO THE POSSIBILITY OF USING THE AIR SPACE ABOVE PIERS FOR COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, MR MCDONALD SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT APPROVAL FOR A PROJECT FOR LIMITED COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT OVER JUBILEE STREET PIER HAD BEEN GIVEN, AND THAT WORK SHOULD START SHORTLY.

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT WITH THE LAUNCHING OF THE +MAN HING+, HE COULD SEE VISIBLE PROOF OF THE GROWTH OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND ITS ACHIEVEMENT IN PROVIDING EVEN BETTER SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

♦SIR JACK CATER SAID AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE »MAN WO’ IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR THAT HE DETECTED A NOTE OF PRIDE IN YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS AND A CONFIDENCE FOR FURTHER GROWTH IN THE FUTURE.

♦WITH THE LAUNCHING OF THIS MAGNIFICENT NEW VESSEL, I CAN SEE THAT BOTH THE PRIDE AND THE CONFIDENCE ARE FULLY JUSTIFIED,♦ MCDONALD SAID.

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TAXPAYERS WARNED OF IMPOSTORS * * * *

TAXPAYERS ARE REMINDED TO BEWARE OF IMPOSTORS BE OFFICERS FROM THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT.

CLAIMING TO

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY DISCLOSED THAT RECENTLY THERE WERE SEVERAL REPORTS OF SUCH IMPERSONATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +RECENTLY WE HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS THAT A MAN CLAIMING TO BE AN OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN APPROACHING BUSINESS FIRMS TO SOLICIT FUNDS ALLEGEDLY FOR THE PRINTING OF PUBLICATIONS OR FOR CHARITIES.

♦OBVIOUSLY THIS PERSON IS AN IMPERSONATOR BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT INSERT ANY ADVERTISEMENT IN THE INFORMATION PAMPHLETS IT ISSUES TO THE PUBLIC NOR DOES IT AUTHORISE ANY PERSON TO CANVASS ADVERTISEMENTS IN ANY PUBLICATIONS.

♦THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN OFFICERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY, DO CALL AT TAXPAYERS’ HOUSES OR PLACES OF BUSINESS TO MAKE OFFICIAL ENQUIRIES OR TO DELIVER CORRESPONDENCE SUCH AS URGENT DEMAND NOTES FOR UNPAID TAX.

♦HOWEVER, IN SUCH CASES, THESE OFFICERS ALWAYS CARRY A DEPARTMENTAL IDENTITY CARD OR A WRITTEN AUTHORITY FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE.

♦MOREOVER, THESE OFFICERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO RECEIVE CASH OR CHEQUES IN SETTLEMENT OF TAXES. PAYMENT OF CASH MUST BE MADE ONLY TO THE LISTED OFFICIAL REVENUE COLLECTION CENTRES SHOWN ON THE DEMAND NOTES.

♦SHOULD TAXPAYERS HAVE ANY DOUBT OF THE AUTHENTICITY AND INTENTION OF THE CALLER, THEY ARE ADVISED TO CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S COMPLAINTS OFFICER (TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-79595656) DURING OFFICE HOURS.♦

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CROWN LAND FOR SALE * * *

ONE LOT OF CROWN LAND MEASURING 420.4 SQUARE METRES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON AUGUST 28.

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

THE LOT, IN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

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

SALES PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE PLACES.

SNT CUP PRESENTED TO NT BASKETBALL LEAGUE WINNERS X * *

SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (SATURDAY) PRESENTED THE SNT CUPS TO WINNERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT BASKETBALL LEAGUE AT PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TSUEN WAN.

SHA TIN, WHICH WON 12 OF ITS 14 MATCHES, RECEIVED THE MEN’S CUP, WHILE THE WOMEN’S CUP WENT TO TSUEN WAN, WHICH PLAYED 14 MATCHES LOSING ONLY ONE.

BEFORE THE CUP PRESENTATION CEREMONY, THE TWO CHAMPION TEAMS PLAYED EXHIBITION MATCHES AGAINST COMBINED TEAMS FROM THE OTHER SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS.

THE LEAGUE, INVOLVING ALL EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS, STARTED IN FEBRUARY. IT IS ONE OF SEVERAL LEAGUES ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS COMPETITION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WHICH IS CHAIRED BY THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR DICKEN YUNG.

A FOOTBALL LEAGUE WAS LAUNCHED LAST DECEMBER AND A TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE WAS LAUNCHED IN JUNE.

A VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE WILL START BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND A BADMINTON LEAGUE WILL COMMENCE IN OCTOBER. TENNIS AND SQUASH LEAGUES ARE PLANNED, AS WELL AS AN INTER-DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE COME FROM DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS’ SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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FUN FAIR FOR CHEUNG SHA WAN ESTATE CHILDREN *****

THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ESTATE CHILDREN’S FUN FAIR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION AND ALL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ESTATE, WILL BE HELD FROM 1.30 PM TO 5 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FUN FAIR - WHICH IS EXPECTED TO DRAW 2 000 PARTICIPANTS - IS TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS AND TO PROMOTE COOPERATION AMONG THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE AREA.

THE PROGRAMME WILL START WITH THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 1.30 PM. AND WILL INCLUDE STALL GAMES, A LUCKY DRAW AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MR ALEX LEUNG (ACDO/SSP), MR CHOW YIU-FAN (CHAIRMAN, CHEUNG SHA WAN ESTATE BLOCK 6 MAC), MR CHEUNG KUEN (CHAIRMAN, CHEUNG SHA WAN ESTATE BLOCK 11 MAC) AND MR TANG WAI-HUNG (PROGRAMME SECRETARY OF BGCA).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

TIN HAU ROAD TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED *****

A SECTION OF TIN HAU ROAD BETWEEN HUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND TSI NG WUN ROAD IN TUEN MUN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10, FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FOR ROAD SURFACE WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, TRAFFIC BETWEEN TIN HAU ROAD AND LUNG MUN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HUNG CHEUNG ROAD, PUI TO ROAD AND TSI NG WUN ROAD AND VICE VERSA.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

’OLD’ I5-COIN NEARING END........................................... 1

RESIDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT BUILDING llANAGEMENT ...................... 2

TUEN MUN VILLAGES TO CONTRACT OUT CLEANSING ........................ 3

FOR PUBLIC CONVENIENCE ............................................. 3

TENDERS CALLED FOR TEST E LBaiiKMENT ............................... 4

RECORD ROYAL WEDDING STAMP SALES ................................... 4

SURVEY ON NEED FOR INSTRUCTORS ..................................... 5

SZ-IA TIN PLAY-AND-LEARN SCHEME POPULAR............................. 6

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+OLD* S5-C0IN NEARING END

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OCTOBER 8 IS D-DAY - +DEMONETISING DAY* - FOR THE FAMILIAR TEN-SIDED CUPRO-NICKEL FIVE-DOLLAR COIN.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT FROM OCTOBER 8 THIS YEAR, THE OLD COIN WILL CEASE TO BE LEGAL TENDER.

A PROCLAMATION TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JULY 3.

+THIS MEANS THAT FROM OCTOBER 8 THE LEGAL OBLIGATION TO ACCEPT THESE COINS IN SATISFACTION OF DEBTS IS REMOVED,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

+HOWEVER, ANY PERSON OWNING ANY OF THESE COINS WILL BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE THEM FOR THE NEWER FIVE-DOLLAR COINS OR FOR THE EQUIVALENT IN OTHER COINS OR NOTES BY PRESENTING THEM AT A BANK.*

THE NEW ROUND FIVE-DOLLAR COIN WAS INTRODUCED ON MAY 11, AND SINCE THAT DATE THE OLD COINS, LEGAL TENDER SINCE AUGUST 16, 1976 HAVE BEEN GRADUALLY WITHDRAWN FROM CIRCULATION.

THE DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS OF THE TWO COINS ARE AS FOLLOWSi

DIAMETER WEIGHT EDGE THICKNESS SHAPE TYPE OF EDGE

OLD: (MM) 31 ACROSS CORNERS (GRAMS) 10.76 (MM) 2.08 10 SIDED PLAIN

NEW: 27 13.50 2.90 ROUND RAISED LETTERED INSCRIPTION WITH THE WORDS HONG KONG FIVE DOLLARS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE SET INSIDE A CHANNEL AROUND THE EDGE WHICH IS OTHERWISE MILLED

BOTH COINS ARE MADE OF CUPRO-NICKEL AND ARE SILVER COLOURED.

ON JULY 31, 37 MILLION FIVE-DOLLAR COINS WERE IN CIRCULATION, AND OF THIS NUMBER 27 MILLION WERE OF THE SPECIFICATION WHICH IS TO BE DEMONETISED.

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RESIDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT BUILDING MANAGEMENT

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THE SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ORGANISED A TRAINING COURSE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT FOR ABOUT 100 OFFICE-BEARERS FROM PRIVATE BUILDING MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE FIVE-SESSION TRAINING COURSE, DESIGNED TO HELP RESIDENTS OF PRIVATE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS IMPROVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT, WILL BE HELD FROM 8 TO 10 PM EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY BETWEEN AUGUST 12 AND 26 AT THE SHAM SHUI PO KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, 88 YU CHAU STREET.

MR ISSAC CHOW, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (SHAM SHUI PO), WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TRAINING COURSE AT 8 PM ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12.

HE WILL ALSO SPEAK ON THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME IN SHAM SHUI PO.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN THE TRAINING COURSE WILL INCLUDEi LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT, SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL, LANDLORDS AND TENANTS RELATIONS, LABOUR RELATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT OF WATCHMEN AND CARETAKERS, WATCHMEN AND CARETAKERS ORDINANCE, FIRST AID TECHNIQUES, FIRE PREVENTION, BUILDING CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ON ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS, LIFT AND WATER PUMP MAINTENANCE.

ON COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING COURSE, EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 12) AT 8 PM, IN THE SHAM SHUI PO KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, 88 YU CHAU STREET.

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TUEN MUN VILLAGES TO CONTRACT OUT CLEANSING *****

THREE VILLAGES IN TUEN MUN - TSENG TAU CHUNG TSUEN, LUNG KWU TAAN AND YICK YUEN TSUEN - HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE FIRST TO HAVE VILLAGE CLEANSING SERVICES CONTRACTED OUT.

THIS WAS DECIDED AT THE SECOND MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE, MR AUGUSTINE NG, WHO IS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF TUEN MUN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, SAID THE IDEA TO CONTRACT OUT WAS TO PROVIDE INCENTIVE FOR COMMUNITIES TO IMPROVE CLEANLINESS IN THEIR VILLAGES AT REASONABLE COST, AND TO HELP OVERCOME THE SHORTAGES OF LABOURERS WHO WERE DIFFICULT TO RECRUIT FOR REMOTE PLACES.

AT THE SAME MEETING, IT WAS AGREED THAT A SURVEY SHOULD BE CONDUCTED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO LOCATE THE SOURCE OF POLLUTION AFFECTING THE TUEN MUN RIVER. ALSO, THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY SUB-COMMITTEE WOULD WORK WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER OF INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE ADVISES ON EXPENDITURE AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE DISTRICT ENVIRONMENT AND SUPERVISES THE WORK OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP.

IT IS ONE OF SIX SUB-COMMITTEES SERVING THE DISTRICT BOARD, CONSISTING OF FIVE UNOFFICIAL AND 12 OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE OTHER SUB-COMMITTEES ARE FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLICITY- TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT- CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS-COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY- AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

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FOR PUBLIC CONVENIENCE * * * *

A $500 000 TOILET, DESIGNED WITH AN EYE FOR APPEARANCE AS WELL AS CONVENIENCE FOR THE LOCAL INHABITANTS AND HOLIDAY MAKERS AT TAI 0, ON LANTAU ISLAND, WILL SOON BE READY FOR USE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE FINISHING TOUCHES ARE NOW BEING PUT TO THE PUBLIC TOILET, DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

FACILITIES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE ARE ALSO PROVIDED IN BOTH SECTIONS, WHICH HAVE RELATIVELY ELABORATE INTERIORS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEANWHILE, ALL OTHER PUBLIC TOILET FACILITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE BEING IMPROVED AS PART OF THE FORTHCOMING CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR TEST EMBANKMENT

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A PROTOTYPE EMBANKMENT FOR THE PROPOSED NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK, LANTAU.

THE 840-HECTARE SITE REQUIRED FOR THE PROPOSED AIRPORT WOULD BE FORMED BY LEVELLING 310 HECTARES OF LAND FROM THE ISLANDS OF CHEK LAP KOK AND LAM CHAU AND BY RECLAIMING 530 HECTARES FROM THE ADJOINING WATERS.

TO VERIFY DESIGN PARAMETERS AND TO CONFIRM THE OPTIMUM DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION METHOD, A TEST EMBANKMENT IN THE FORM OF A TRIAL RECLAMATION MEASURING ABOUT 7.3 HECTARES WILL BE BUILT ON THE WESTERN COAST OF CHEK LAP KOK.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT ENGINEERING TESTS AND MONITORING OF THE TEST EMBANKMENT WILL PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE DESIGN OF THE SITE PREPARATION FOR THE PROPOSED AIRPORT PROJECT.

DURING CONSTRUCTION, EXISTING MARINE TRAFFIC IN TUNG CHUNG BAY WILL BE MAINTAINED.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START IN LATE OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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RECORD ROYAL WEDDING STAMP SALES * * * *

A RECORD OF NEARLY 5 000 000 ROYAL WEDDING COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS WERE SOLD ON THE DAY OF THEIR RELEASE, JULY 29, WITH A VALUE OF $7 700 000, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

SALES OF THE THREE STAMPS COMMEMORATING THE WEDDING OF THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER, VALUED AT 20 CENTS, $1.30 AND $5, WERE ABOUT 30 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS SPECIAL FOUR-STAMP ISSUE ON HONG KONG FISH, WITH VALUES OF 20 CENTS, $1, $1.30 AND $2.

IN ADDITION, 795 000 ROYAL WEDDING FIRST DAY COVERS WERE SOLD, NEARLY DOUBLE THE AMOUNT SOLD FOR THE HONG KONG FISH SPECIAL ISSUE.

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SURVEY ON NEED FOR INSTRUCTORS

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THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WILL BEGIN CONDUCTING A FOURTH SURVEY OF INSTRUCTORS TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DETERMINE THE MANPOWER NEEDS FOR INSTRUCTORS IN INDUSTRIES, EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND TO UP-DATE THE INFORMATION COLLECTED IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEY CONDUCTED TWO YEARS AGO.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE SURVEY-SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED ON THE 29TH OF THIS MONTH - COVERS ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED FROM THE MAJOR INDUSTRIES, EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

ITS AIM IS TO ASCERTAIN THE EXISTING NUMBER OF INSTRUCTORS AND TRAINING OFFICERS EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES, AND TO OBTAIN A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTORS AND TRAINING OFFICERS NEEDED FOR THE TWO YEARS FOLLOWING THE SURVEY.

EXPLANATORY LETTERS TOGETHER WITH QUESTIONNAIRES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS.

INTERVIEWING OFFICERS WILL VISIT THE INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS TO ANSWER QUERIES, ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE, AND COLLECT THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES.

EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARMENTS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED TO RETURN THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE BY A PRE-PAID ENVELOPE BEFORE AUGUST 20.

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

THE SPOKESMAN URGED EMPLOYERS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY TO CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING THE REQUIRED INFORMATION WHICH WILL ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO DRAW UP RECOMMENDATIONS ON TRAINING OF INSTRUCTORS TO INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT.

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SHA TIN PLAY-AND-LEARN SCHEME POPULAR

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A PLAY-AND-LEARN SCHEME INTRODUCED BY WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL IN APRIL HAS PROVED POPULAR WITH SHA TIN CHILDREN.

MORE THAN 130 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 12 HAVE JOINED.

THEY MEET AT THE HALL EVERY SATURDAY FROM 2.30 PM TO 5.30 PM AND ARE DIVIDED INTO SIX GROUPS, WITH THREE INSTRUCTORS LOOKING AFTER EACH GROUP.

DURING THE FIRST ONE AND A HALF HOURS, THE CHILDREN PLAY ON THEIR OWN WITH TOYS PURCHASED BY THE CENTRE WHICH INCLUDE BUILDING BLOCKS, JIGSAW PUZZLES, DOLLS AND CARS.

FOR THE REMAINING PERIOD THEY ARE TAUGHT SINGING AND DRAWING, ARE TOLD STORIES AND PLAY GROUP GAMES.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SUCH AS PICNICS, VISITS TO FARMS AND PAINTING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE ARE ALSO ORGANISED EVERY MONTH.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE HALL, MR ALBERT LEE YUEN-HUNG, SAID THE SCHEME WAS SET UP TO HELP LOCAL CHILDREN LEARN NEW SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE THROUGH PLAYING WITH TOYS AND JOINING IN GROUP ACTIVITIES.

ALSO, IT WAS HOPED THAT BY SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE CENTRE, PARENTS COULD HAVE SOME FREE TIME TO DO OTHER WORK, LEE SAID.

HE SAID THE ATTENDANCE RATE HAD ALL ALONG BEEN MAINTAINED AT 95 PER CENT WHICH WAS AN INDICATION OF THE POPULARITY OF THE SCHEME.

IN SUPPORT OF THE SCHEME, SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD HAS PROVIDED MORE THAN $11 000, WHILE SOME MANUFACTURERS HAVE DONATED TOYS.

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Monday, august 10, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE FINANCIAL HELP FOR FAMILIES ............................... 1

CLINIC NEARLY COMPLETED ......................................... 1

SECOND CASE OF IMPORTED CHOLERA ................................ 2

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MANPOWER SITUATION TO BE STUDIED.................................... 3

OKE-DAY EXTENSION .................................................. 3

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SPECIAL PARKING SPACES FOR DISABLED DRIVERS ........................ 4

'.7ATER PIPE CHECKS ............................A................... 4

JAPANESE YOUTHS VISIT SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT .................... 5

TAI PO TO HAVE FIRST TURFED SOCCER PITCH ........................... 6

MONDAY, AUGUST 10, W81

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MORE FINANCIAL HELP FOR FAMILIES

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FURTHER FINANCIAL RELIEF IS TO BE PROVIDED TO TWO FAMILIES FROM HO SHEUNG HEUNG VILLAGE IN SHEUNG SHU I WHO WERE STRUCK BY TRAGEDY LAST FRIDAY.

EACH FAMILY WILL BE GRANTED AN ADDITIONAL $4 000 FOR THEIR IMMEDIATE NEEDS, FROM THE TANG SHIU KIN AND HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE MONEY IS IN ADDITION TO THE $1 000 GIVEN TO EACH OF THE IWO FAMILIES FROM THE SAME FUND AT THE WEEKEND.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE ADDITIONAL MONEY TO BE COLLECTED TOMORROW. %

THE CHAN FAMILY LOST THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR ELDEST BROTHER IN A WELL ACCIDENT NEAR THEIR VILLAGE HOME ON FRIDAY.

THE OTHER FAMILY, THE LEUNGS, LOST THEIR FATHER IN THE SAME ACCIDENT.

MEANWHILE, STAFF OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHA TIN, TAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICT OFFICES WILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE IWO FAMILIES.

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CLINIC NEARLY COMPLETED * * *

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW NGAU TAU KOK URBAN CLINIC IS NEARLY COMPLETED.

^1<-ro^5P0KESMAN F0R THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT CONTRACTORS ARE PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE BUILDING AND THE CLINIC IS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE Sil MILLION CLINIC, IN NGAU ON STREET, IS THE THIRD CLINIC TO BE IWO MONTHS. THE OTHERS ARE THE TUEN MUK SHUE HEALTH CENTRE.

TAU KOK ROAD NEAR TING COMPLETED IN JUST OVER MUN POLYCLINIC AND THE LEI

THE NEW NGAU TAU KOK URBAN DEPARTMENT, FOUR DAY-WARDS WITH A FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE A STAFF CANTEEN.

CLINIC HAS A GENERAL OUTPATIENT 60 BEDS, A 24-BED MATERNITY HOME AND OTHER FACILITIES, INCLUDING

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SECOND CASE OF IMPORTED CHOLERA * * * *

AN 83-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN TOURIST HAS BECOME HONG KONG’S SECOND IMPORTED CASE OF CHOLERA IN TWO MONTHS.

MR S.J. SPARKES WAS ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ON AUGUST 7, SUFFERING FROM SEVERE DIARRHOEA AND LABORATORY TESTS HAVE CONFIRMED THAT HE IS SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA OF THE EL TOR STRAIN.

HE IS IN AN ISOLATION WARD WHERE HIS CONDITION IS DESCRIBED AS FAIR.

MR SPARKES WENT TO MANILA ON JULY 26 AND STAYED THERE FOR ABOUT A WEEK BUT DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS OF DIARRHOEA ON JULY 31.

HE DEPARTED FOR HONG KONG ON AUGUST 1. DURING HIS STAY IN HONG KONG HE WAS BEING TREATED BY A PRIVATE PRACTITIONER UNTIL AUGUST 7, WHEN HE WAS SENT BY HIS DOCTOR TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT HONG KONG WILL NOT BE DECLARED A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA AS THIS IS CLEARLY AN IMPORTED CASE.

HOWEVER, HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONARY f-EASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE, WHICH IS ENDEMIC IN SOUTH EAST ASIA.

HE ADVISED THAT PEOPLE SHOULD OBSERVE PERSONAL, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, RECOMMENDED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD OF PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CHOLERA.

+CHOLERA, LIKE OTHER GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES, MAY BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND WATER. THE MOST DANGEROUS ITEMS OF FOOD ARE THOSE STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AND EATEN WITHOUT FURTHER COOKING AND OTHER FOODS LIKE CUT FOOD AND COOKED FOOD SOLD BY THE MOBILE HAWKERS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT SIMPLE RULES, SUCH AS WASHING OF HANDS BEFORE EATING AND AFTER VISITING THE TOILET SHOULD BE CLOSELY OBSERVED.

ANTI-CHOLERA VACCINE BY ITSELF ONLY GIVES PARTIAL AND PERSONAL PROTECTION AND IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE EFFICACIOUS IN PREVENTING THE DISEASE, HE SAID.

THE LAST IMPORTED CASE OF CHOLERA WAS REPORTED IN JUNE THIS YEAR.

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MANPOWER SITUATION TO BE STUDIED

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THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IS TO CONDUCT A SURVEY LATER THIS MONTH TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE MANPOWER SITUATION OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE SURVEY — THE SIXTH IN A SERIES — IS DUE TO BE HELD FROM AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 15, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL BE SENT TO ALL SELECTED CLOTHING FACTORIES. OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CALL AT EACH FACTORY DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TO COLLECT THE QUESTIONNAIRES AND TO ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES IF NECESSARY.

EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER CF WORKERS EMPLOYED AND UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES AND THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS THEY WILL NEED IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO CO-OPERATE IN SUPPLYING ACCURATE INFORMATION, WHICH WOULD ASSIST THE TRAINING BOARD IN FORMULATING TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

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 FACTORY, HE ADDED.

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ONE-DAY EXTENSION * * * *

THE TEMPORARY TIME TABLE INTRODUCED LAST SATURDAY ENGINEERING WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MODERNISATION ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAS BEEN AN EXTRA DAY.

TO FACILITATE AND EXTENDED FOR

A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DUE TO UNFORESEE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE SLIGHTLY-AMENDED TIME TABLE WILL NOW LAST A TOTAL OF FIVE DAYS UNTIL THE CLOSE OF TRAFFIC ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12, INSTEAD OF TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE TEMPORARY TIME TABLE IS DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS.

THE DAILY EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS ARE NOT AFFECTED.

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SPECIAL PARKING SPACES FOR DISABLED DRIVERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS MADE A PARKING SPACE AVAILABLE IN THE CITY HALL CAR PARK, CENTRAL, AND ONE IN THE MIDDLE ROAD CAR PARK, TSIM SHA TSUI, FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF DISABLED DRIVERS ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS.

♦IF THE EXPERIMENT PROVES A SUCCESS, WE WILL LOOK INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF PROVIDING MORE SPACES IN OTHER CAR PARKS,* A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE SPACE RESERVED AT THE CITY HALL CAR PARK IS NO. 24, LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR NEXT TO THE SHROFF’S OFFICE. THE SPACE IN THE MIDDLE ROAD CAR PARK IS NUMBER Cl, ON THE FOURTH FLOOR.

♦FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF DISABLED PEOPLE CONFINED TO WHEELCHAIRS, RAMPS HAVE ALSO BEEN PROVIDED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE TWO CAR PARKS + THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS FOR THE DISABLED ARE DISPLAYED ON THE WALL OF THE ENTRANCE KIOSK AT EACH CAR PARK TO INDICATE THE SPECIAL FACILITY AND THE PARKING SPACES ALSO HAVE BEEN MARKED OUT WITH YELLOW PA I NT.+

NORMAL FEES WILL BE CHARGED, BUT THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT VEHICLES CARRYING A SPECIAL +DISABLED DRIVER+ DISC ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ALREADY ENJOYED FREE PARKING AT ON-STREET METERED PARKING SPACES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

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WATER PIPE CHECKS * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY JUNCTION ROAD, FU MEI STREET, FU YUE STREET, WANG TAU HOM NORTH ROAD, WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD AND FU WAN STREET, INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 15-22, 25-26, WANG TAU HOM ESTATE, AND JUNCTION ROAD TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND YAN 01 SAN TSUEN.

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JAPANESE YOUTHS VISIT SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT X * * *

FOURTEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF A 460-MEMBER JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP, +THE YOUNG HOPE SHIP OF NAGANO '81+, PAID A COURTESY VISIT TODAY (MONDAY) TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THEY WERE GREETED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ALLEYNE, AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AMONG THE VISITORS WERE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NAGANO PREFECTURE, MR I. ICHIMURA, OF THE YOUTH GROUP, MR K. WAKABAYASHI.

WELFARE, MR SELWYN

SOCIAL WELFARE AND THE LEADER

THE GROUP ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS MORNING ON BOARD THE SHIP, +CORAL PRINCESS*, AS PART OF THEIR STUDY TOUR ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NAGANO PREFECTURE.

IN WELCOMING THE VISITORS, MR ALLEYNE NOTED THAT SINCE 1974, THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF NAGANO PREFECTURE HAD BEEN PAYING ANNUAL VISITS TO HONG KONG.

♦AS A RESULT OF THESE FRIENDLY MEETINGS AND THE CONTACTS MADE, A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF NAGANO PREFECTURE AND HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT +AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND INFORMATION BETWEEN SOCIAL WORKERS IN HONG KONG AND OUR VISITORS WILL BE VALUABLE TO ALL OF US.+

SOUVENIRS WERE EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE GROUP AND MR. ALLEYNE. THE VISITORS ALSO PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO TEN REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS.

THE VISITORS WILL HOST A PARTY THIS EVENING ON BOARD THE ♦CORAL PRINCESS+ FOR 140 HONG KONG STUDENTS STUDYING THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE HERE. MR ALLEYNE HAS ALSO BEEN INVITED.

THE +CORAL PRINCESS* LEAVES HONG KONG FOR SHANGHAI TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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TAI PO TO HAVE FIRST TURFED SOCCER PITCH * * * *

TAI PO’S FIRST TURFED SOCCER PITCH WILL BE READY NEXT MONTH. THE PITCH IS NEAR TAI YUEN ESTATE AND WAS FORMED BY TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE. THE COST OF TURFING IS $140 000 WHICH IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

WHEN READY, THE 60 METRES BY 96 METRES PITCH WILL BE MANAGED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

A TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD BE USED FOR 11-A-SIDE SOCCER MATCHES AND PROVIDE A NEW OUTLET FOR LOCAL YOUNGSTERS.

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+IN VIEW OF OUR GROWING POPULATION, THE DISTRICT OFFICE IS ANXIOUS TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT,* HE SAID.

MAJOR PROJECTS UNDER PLANNING INCLUDE SPORTS, AND SWIMMING COMPLEXES AND TENNIS AND SQUASH COURTS.

♦THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON AUGUST 25 WILL REVIEW RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN TAI P0,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

the TURFED PITCH IS TEMPORARY AND THE SITE WILL BE REQUIRED EVENTUALLY FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, HE ADDED.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE AMENDMENTS TO BANKING ORDINANCES LIKELY ....... 1

UK ANU CHINA AIR SERVICES TALKS .................... 3

EXTENDED TSUEN WAN ENQUIRIES SERVICE CONTINUES ..... 4

TOP INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ PRIZE WON BY WOMAN ...... 5

TEXTILE INDUSTRY JOB STANDARDS ..................... 6

WATER MAINS WORK

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MORE AMENDMENTS TO BANKING ORDINANCES LIKELY KO*

SOME FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCES WERE BEING PLANNED WHICH HE HOPED WOULD BE PUT FORWARD TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS YEAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS AT ITS FIRST ANNUAL DINNER, HELD TONIGHT AT THE MANDARIN HOTEL.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THESE AMENDMENTS, LIKE SOME OF THE RECENT ONES, WERE NECESSARY +TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES THAT GO TO MAKE UP THIS RAPIDLY-GROWING FINANCIAL CENTRE ARE SUBJECT TO A COMMONSENSE DEGREE OF PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION IN THE INTERESTS OF THEIR DEPOSITORS, OF THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE, AND OF OUR COMMUNITY IN WHICH BANKING IS ONLY A PART — THOUGH INDEED A PART OF RAPIDLY-INCREASING IMPORTANCE*.

♦THIS SUPERVISION SHOULD NOT ONLY BE ADEQUATE, IT SHOULD ALSO BE SEEN TO BE ADEQUATE. JUST AS REPUTATION FOR QUALITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE GOODS MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG, SO THAT REPUTATION IS ESSENTIAL IN RESPECT OF OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES, WHETHER THE INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED ARE INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG OR ELSEWHERE,♦ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID.

WHILE RECALLING BRIEFLY THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL SYSTEM OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, MR BREMRIDGE WENT ON TO CONSIDER +WHERE WE NOW STAND, OR RATHER WHERE WE WILL STAND WHEN THE LATEST LEGISLATIVE CHANGES HAVE BEEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED*.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID HONG KONG WOULD THEN HAVE A MONETARY SECTOR FORMED OF THREE SEPARATE BUT INTER-DEPENDENT ELEMENTS.

THE FIRST, THE LICENSED BANKS, OFFERED A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO A WIDE GROUP OF CUSTOMERS, AND MADE HONG KONG THE THIRD LARGEST INTERNATIONAL BANKING CENTRE AFTER LONDON AND NEW YORK.

HE SAID THERE ARE ALREADY 115 LICENSED BANKS, INCLUDING 72 INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG AND CHINA, AND THE GRANT OF LICENCES TO FURTHER MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BANKS WAS IMMINENT.

THE SECOND ELEMENT WOULD CONSIST OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, — THOUGH NO COMPANY HAD YET BEEN GRANTED THAT STATUS -- AND THE THIRD CONSISTED OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, OF WHICH THERE WERE 346.

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THESE THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSTITUTION ALL HAD DISTINCT ROLES TO PLAY, AND IT MIGHT EVENTUALLY BE APPROPRIATE TO RECOGNISE THIS DISTINCTION BY DEVELOPING THE SOMEWHAT CRUDE MINIMUM LIQUIDITY RATIOS TO WHICH THEY WERE NOW SUBJECT INTO RATIOS DESIGNED MORE SPECIFICALLY TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE DIFFERING NATURE AND MATURITY PATTERN OF THEIR DEPOSIT LIABILITIES.

BUT THIS WAS A COMPLEX AND HIGHLY CONTENTIOUS SUBJECT, AND MUCH WORK WOULD BE NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT THE EXPERIENCE IN OTHER COUNTRIES ON WHICH HONG KONG WOULD HAVE TO DRAW WAS APPROPRIATE FOR HONG KONG CONDITIONS.

♦IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERLINE THIS LATTER POINT, FOR WHILE WE WISH TO LEARN FROM OTHERS, HONG KONG SHOULD IN ALL AREAS, MAKE ITS OWN DECISIONS TO SUIT ITS UNIQUE, CLEARLY SUCCESSFUL (WARTS AND ALL) AND LARGELY CHINESE STYLE,+ MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE QUESTION OF WITHHOLDING TAX ON INTEREST ON FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS PLACED WITH BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES POSED A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS.

IN EXPLAINING THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE WHOLE QUESTION OF WITHHOLDING TAX, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, +WE HAVE NOT YET REACHED A DECISION, EXCEPT THAT FOR MANY REASONS IT WOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE TO REMOVE ENTIRELY INTEREST TAX, THE YIELD FROM WHICH THIS YEAR IS EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT $900 MILLION PLUS A FURTHER $400 MILLION COMING FROM INTEREST SUBJECT TO PROFITS TAX.*

THE ISSUE WAS +MORE COMPLEX THAN IS SUGGESTED BY SOME RATHER SIMPLISTIC COMMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME*.

HE LOOKED FORWARD TO FULL DISCUSSIONS WITH THE BANKS ASSOCIATION, AND PROMISED THAT HE WAS +GENUINELY OPEN-MINDED WITH A PREDILECTION FOR FREEDOM*.

REFERRING TO THE +FUTURE SCOPE OF THE INTEREST RATE AGREEMENT*, HE SAID HE WAS AWARE THAT SOME BANKS WERE UNDERSTANDABLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO COMPETE, EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY SUBSIDIARY FOR LARGE DEPOSITS AFTER THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

+ONE POSSIBLE RESPONSE TO THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM COULD BE EITHER TO REMOVE FROM THE AGREEMENT’S SCOPE SHORT TERM DEPOSITS OF $500 000 OR MORE, OR TO ALLOW A HIGHER RATE OF INTEREST TO BE PAID ON SUCH DEPOSITS,* HE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CLOSELY OBSERVING PROBLEMS AS THEY AROSE AND CONSIDERING WHAT STEPS, IF ANY, SHOULD BE TAKEN SENSIBLY TO DEAL WITH THEM.

♦I AM PERSONALLY COMMITTED TO THE VIRTUES OF CONSULTATION LEADING HOPEFULLY TO DECISION BY CONSENSUS,* HE SAID.

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IN CONCLUDING, HE SAID THAT WHILE HE SHARED HIS PREDECESSOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE’S +COMMITMENT TO POSITIVE NON-1NTERVENTI ON ISM+, HE WOULD ADD HIS OWN FIRM BELIEF IN THE COROLLARY — +THE EXERCISE OF PRUDENT FREEDOM*, WHICH FOR THE BANKING BUSINESS +INTER ALIA TOUCHES UPON YOUR FREEDOM TO CREATE CREDIT*.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID HE ACCEPTED THAT +A PERSUASIVE ARGUMENT AGAINST INTERVENTION IS NOT THAT IN MANY CASES IT IS NOT PHILOSOPHICALLY DECENT, BUT THAT GOVERNMENTS OFTEN CANNOT PREDICT ACCURATELY WHAT THE EFFECTS OF NEW CONTROLS WILL BE*.

THE WORLD WAS LITTERED WITH ECONOMIC DISASTERS CREATED BY WELL-MEANING INTERFERENCE WITH THOSE FREE MARKET MECHANISMS WHICH HAD SERVED HONG KONG SO WELL.

+BUT SELF-CONTROL IS ANOTHER MATTER, AND SO IS THE EXERCISE OF RESPONSIBILITY. WE ARE NOT JUST A LAISSEZ FAIRE GOVERNMENT. HOW COULD WE BE SO ACCUSED WHEN WE PROVIDE HEAVILY SUBSIDISED HOUSING FOR OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE?

+WHEREVER THE BALANCE LIES, AND MY PREFERENCE IS CLEAR, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT A LITTLE SELF DOUBT AMONGST CIVIL SERVANTS AND POLITICIANS SHOULD BE PART OF THE PROCESS OF GOOD GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID.

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UK AND CHINA AIR SERVICES TALKS * * *

AIR SERVICES TALKS BETWEEN THE AERONAUTICAL AUTHOR IT IES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA, AT WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS REPRESENTED, WERE HELD IN LONDON FROM AUGUST 3 TO 7.

AGREEMENT WAS REACHED TO CARRY FORWARD THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS GOVERNING THE SCHEDULED SERVICES OPERATED BY CPA AND CAAC SUBJECT TO MINOR AMENDMENT, FOR SIX MONTHS FROM NOVEMBER 1, 1981. FROM THIS DATE, CPA WILL MAINTAIN A TWICE-WEEKLY SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI, WHILE CAAC WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE SCHEDULED SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND PEKING, SHANGHAI, CANTON AND HANGZHOU.

CAAC WILL ALSO INTRODUCE SCHEDULED SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND XIAN AND HONG KONG AND KUNMING.

A FULL SCALE REVIEW OF THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS, COVERING BOTH REGIONAL AND TRUNK SERVICES BETWEEN PEKING AND LONDON, WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCH AND APRIL NEXT YEAR.

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EXTENDED TSUEN WAN ENQUIRIES SERVICE CONTINUES * * * *

TWO PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT WILL REMAIN OPEN IN THE EVENINGS FOR A FURTHER SIX WEEKS STARTING THURSDAY.

SINCE EARLY JULY, THE CENTRES AT HOI PA STREET IN TSUEN WAN AND AT SHEK LEI ESTATE IN KWAI CHUNG HAVE STAYED OPEN UNTIL 9.15 PM EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.

THIS EXTENDED SERVICE WAS INITIALLY PLANNED FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF SIX WEEKS ENDING TODAY (TUESDAY).

BUT BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND FOR SUCH A SERVICE IN THE DISTRICT, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO EXTEND IT FOR ANOTHER SIX WEEKS, A TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ON THE WHOLE, RESIDENTS HAVE FOUND IT VERY CONVENIENT FOR LODGING COMPLAINTS OR SEEKING HELP,+ HE SAID.

BESIDES GIVING ADVICE AND GUIDANCE ON ALL GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND POLICIES, STAFF AT THE CENTRES ALSO DISTRIBUTE PAMPHLETS AND FORMS, PROCESS APPLICATIONS FOR FREE LEGAL AID AND REFER TENANCY DISPUTES TO RENT OFFICERS FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

THE TWO CENTRES ARE LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF CHUEN KING BUILDING IN HOI PA STREET AND ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF BLOCK 14, SHEK LEI ESTATE. NORMAL OPENING HOURS ARE FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

MEANWHILE, THE PES CENTRE AT KWAI KING BUILDING IN KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, KWAI CHUNG, WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING LUNCH TIME ON A PERMANENT BASIS STARTING MONDAY.

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TOP INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ PRIZE WON BY WOMAN ft ft ft ft

A 23-YEAR-OLD CLERK, MISS WONG PIK-LAI, WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF A $4 500 PHILIPS COLOUR TELEVISION SET IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ COMPETITION HELD DURING THE +HAPPY HOUR+ PROGRAMME ON REDIFFUSION TELEVISION LAST (MONDAY) NIGHT.

IN THE KEENLY-CONTESTED COMPETITION, MISS WONG BEAT EIGHT OTHER CONTESTANTS WHO SHARED PRIZES WORTH MORE THAN $10 000.

MR KWOK YUK-KWONG, A 17-YEAR-OLD COOK, WON THE SECOND PRIZE OF AN AIR TICKET TO JAPAN, PLUS FREE BOARD AND LODGING, WHILE THE THIRD PRIZE OF AN AIR TICKET TO THAILAND WENT TO MR WONG CHUNG-FAT, A 35-YEAR-OLD WORKER.

THE OTHER PRIZES OF AN AIR TICKET TO THE PHILIPPINES, A RTV MINIATURE 24K GOLD SAFETY HELMET, AN ATARI VIDEO ELECTRONIC TV GAME AND THREE STEREO CASSETTE PLAYERS WERE SHARED AMONG MR LAU CHEUCK-MING, MR CHAN WING-KEUNG, MR TSANG YAU-CHEUNG, MR YEUNG KAM-TONG, MISS TSANG WAI-CHI AND MISS CHENG SHUET-FONG.

THE AIR TICKETS WERE DONATED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS AND THE TV GAME BY KONG KING TRADING COMPANY.

THE THIRD ROUND OF THE COMPETITION - JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG DAILY NEWS AND RTV - IS UNDERWAY, AND LINE DRAWINGS AND MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS ARE BEING PUBLISHED BY HONG KONG DAILY NEWS, HONG KONG TV NEWS AND RTV’S TV TIMES.

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TEXTILE INDUSTRY JOB STANDARDS * * *

THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL HAS PUBLISHED A MANUAL OF JOB STANDARDS AND TRADE TESTS FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE FINISHING BRANCH OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE MANUAL IS AIMED AT INTRODUCING A GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE STANDARD CF SKILL FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY AND TO ASSIST TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS IN PLANNING COURSES AS WELL AS EMPLOYERS IN DRAWING UP PROPER TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR APPRENTICES OR TRAINEES AND IN ASSESSING THE COMPETENCE OF THEIR WORKERS.

THE MANUAL CONSISTS OF JOB STANDARDS AND TRADE TESTS FOR 50 PRINCIPAL JOBS AT TECHNOLOGIST, TECHNICIAN, CRAFT AND OPERATIVE LEVELS, SETTING OUT THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING REQUIRED FOR EACH OF THE JOBS AS WELL AS GUIDELINES FOR TESTING COMPETENCY AT COMPLETION OF TRAINING.

PUBLISHED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, COPIES OF THE MANUAL ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $15 A COPY.

WATER MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 13) TC 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WORK ON WATER MAINS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHATHAM ROAD TO KIMBERLEY ROAD AND OBSERVATORY ROAD TO AUSTIN AVENUE, INCLUDING CHATHAM COURT.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FULL WATER SUPPLY TILL END OF SEPTEMBER ........................... 1

HOLIDAY CASUALTY FACILITIES FOR SAI KUNG EXTENDED ................. 1

NEW TERRITORIES CLEAN-UP TO INVOLVE COMMUNITY ..................... 2

CANADIAN POSTAL STRIKE ENDS ....................................... 5

JULY COOLER BUT LESS HUMID......................................... 4

URBAN CLEARWAY IN HENNESSY ROAD.................................... 5

SQUATTER VILLAGERS HELP IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS ................. 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HILL ROAD................................... 7

RIGHT-TURNS BANNED IN TWO KWUN TONG STREETS

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FULL WATER SUPPLY TILL END OF SEPTEMBER * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED THAT THE PRESENT FULL WATER SUPPLY WILL BE MAINTAINED UP TO THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WILLIAM TUCKER, SAID THAT A GENERAL REVIEW OF THE OVERALL WATER SITUATION WOULD BE MADE AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT MONTH.

HE SAID, +THE RAINFALL IN JULY HAS BEEN FAIRLY SATISFACTORY, ALTHOUGH THE RAINFALL IN EARLY AUGUST HAS BEEN LOW.

+THE SITUATION HAS IMPROVED SLIGHTLY AND DURING THIS PERIOD, SOME 331.3 MM OF RAINFALL HAS FALLEN, GIVING A YIELD OF 80.6 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

+ALTHOUGH RAINFALL HAS HELPED THE GENERAL STORAGE POSITION, MORE RAIN IS STILL NEEDED BEFORE THE SITUATION BECOMES FAVOURABLE.*

AT 9 AM TODAY, THE RESERVOIR STORAGE WAS 259.1 MILLION CUBIC hETRES OR 44.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY, COMPARED WITH 391.6 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 67.8 PER CENT AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

MR TUCKER AGAIN APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO EXERCISE MAXIMUM ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WATER.

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HOLIDAY CASUALTY FACILITIES FOR SAI KUNG EXTENDED * * * * *

A TRIAL CASUALTY MEDICAL SERVICE AT SAI KUNG DURING WEEK-ENDS AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IS TO BE EXTENDED FOR A FURTHER TWO MONTHS.

IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST BY THE LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEE, THE SERVICE STARTED LAST OCTOBER, AND SINCE THEN OVER 300 CASES INVOLVING RESIDENTS, VILLAGERS AND PICNICKERS HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH.

THE SERVICE IS EXPECTED TO BE INCREASINGLY USED AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE SPEND THEIR HOLIDAYS IN SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK OR AT LOCAL BEACHES.

A MEDICAL OFFICER MANS THE SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT CLINIC IN MAN NIN STREET DURING WEEK-ENDS AND HOLIDAY PERIODS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM.

BESIDES THE CLINIC, SAI KUNG IS ALSO PROVIDED WITH A MOBILE MEDICAL SERVICE VISITING THE VILLAGES EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

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GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO MAKE THE FORTHCOMING CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN TERRITORY-WIDE, WITH THE UNIQUE LITTER PROBLEMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES RECEIVING SPECIAL ATTENTION. A

THE PLANS TO GIVE THE NEW TERRITORIES A FACE-LIFT WERE TABLED THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON AT A MEETING OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG hEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE MEETING WAS ATTENDED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER.

THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, THE HONOURABLE CHARLES YEUNG STATED THAT THE LEAD AND THE FACILITIES PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT TO CLEAN-UP THE NEW TERRITORIES WOULD BE MATCHED BY SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

♦THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE,* MR YEUNG SAID, +HAS ALREADY MAPPED-OUT A COMPREHENSIVE TERRITORY-WIDE PROGRAMME TO MAKE SUFFICIENT PROVISION OF EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES TOGETHER WITH ENOUGH MAN-POWER TO RUN THEM*.

HE EMPHASISED THAT SPECIAL EFFORTS HAD BEEN MADE TO INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY AT ALL LEVELS IN PUBLICISING THE CAMPAIGN, AND IN SETTING GOOD EXAMPLES OF CLEANLINESS AND PLEASANT LIVING CONDITIONS. SUCH EFFORTS HAD BEEN EXTENDED TO RURAL VILLAGES, SAID.

MR YEUNG ADDED THAT VARIOUS +STICK-AND-CARROT+ METHODS WILL BE EMPLOYED, INCLUDING REVISED LAWS TO DETER AND FURTHER DISCOURAGE LITTERING HABITS. AT THE SAME TIME, FULL ENCOURAGEMENT AND RECOGNITION WOULD BE GIVEN TO WORTHWHILE EFFORTS FOR WHICH SPECIAL CERTIFICATES AND BADGES OF MERIT WOULD BE AWARDED.

THE ACTUAL CLEAN-UP IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS, IN FACT, ALREADY STARTED WITH AN ORGANISED ATTACK ON BLACK-SPOTS SUCH AS THE LITTERED SHORE-LINE AT MOUSE ISLAND AND NIM WAN IN TUEN MUN. NULLAHS IN SHATIN, THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND VARIOUS RIVERS IN SAI KUNG HAVE ALSO RECEIVED A ’SCRUB’.

DURING THE FORTHCOMING CAMPAIGN, SPECIFIC PROBLEMS OF AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL WASTE, LITTERING IN COUNTRY PARKS AND VILLAGES, AND NULLAH AND STREAM POLLUTION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL RECEIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION. GOVERNMENT HAS PROCURED SPECIAL MACHINERY FOR THE DREDGING OF RIVERS AND NEW REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES OF A SIZE TO RUN ON NARROW COUNTRY LANES.

EXPERIMENTAL BIOGAS PLANTS AND OTHER RE-CYCLING DEVICES FOR AGRICULTURAL WASTE ARE BEING PURCHASED.

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THE NEW TERRITORIES PART OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED ON OCTOBER 25 AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY AT TUEN MUN. THIS WILL CLOSELY FOLLOW A SIMILAR EVENT IN WONG TAI SIN TO LAUNCH THE URBAN CAMPAIGN.

H.E. THE GOVERNOR WILL ATTEND BOTH CEREMONIES, AND AT TUEN MUN HE AND NEW TERRITORIES COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL LIGHT A SYMBOLIC BONFIRE TO START THE NEW TERRITORIES CAMPAIGN.

THE TERRITORY-WIDE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WILL LAST FOR 15 MONTHS, ENDING IN DECEMBER 1982.

MR YEUNG STRESSED THAT THE EFFORT BY THE COMMUNITY IN CLEANING THE NE* TERRITORIES SHOULD BE SUSTAINED AND STRENUOUSLY PURSUED BEYOND THE PERIOD OF THE CAMPAIGN.

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CANADIAN POSTAL STRIKE ENDS * * * *

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE POSTAL STRIKE IN CANADA HAS ENDED.

ALL POSTAL SERVICES TO THAT COUNTRY WHICH WERE SUSPENDED SINCE JULY 2, 1981 ARE RESUMED AS FROM AUGUST 12, 1981.

HOWEVER, ARTICLES POSTED DURING THE FIRST FEW DAYS AFTER THE RESUMPTION OF SERVICES MAY BE SUBJECT TO SLIGHT DELAY.

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JULY WAS CLOUDIER, SLIGHTLY COOLER BUT LESS HUMID THAN USUAL, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY.

ITS 184.6 HOURS OF SUNSHINE RECORDED WAS 46.3 HOURS BELOW NORMAL.

TOTAL RAINFALL WAS 317.2 MM WHICH IS VERY CLOSE TO THE NORMAL FIGURE OF 316.8 MM.

THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR AMOUNTED TO 989.6 MM, SOME 24 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL, AND AT THE END OF THE MONTH THE RESERVOIRS WERE 44 PER CENT FULL.

FIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

ABOUT 200 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AS TYPHOON KELLY CROSSED THE CENTRAL PHILIPPINES ON JULY 1. IT CAUSED FLOODING AND LANDSLIPS THERE BEFORE PASSING OVER THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF HAINAN DAO AND DISSIPATING NEAR VIENTIANE ON JULY 5.

ON JULY 4, SEVERE TROPICAL STORM LYNN CROSSED LUZON, KILLING 17 PEOPLE AND LEAVING MORE THAN 65 000 HOMELESS. IT PASSED OVER SHANGCHUAN DAO EARLY ON JULY 7 AND DISSIPATED NEAR NANNING IN THE EVENING, KILLING FIVE PEOPLE AND CAUSING MUCH DAMAGE IN WESTERN GUANGDONG SHENG.

IN THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH THERE WERE SHOWERS AND ON THE THIRD DAY, THERE WERE OCCASIONAL STRONG EAST-SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS IN HONG KONG WHEN TYPHOON KELLY CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

APART FROM A FEW ISOLATED MORNING SHOWERS, THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY ON JULY 5. BUT WINDS TURNED NORTHEASTERLY AND STRENGTHENED OVERNIGHT, AND WITH THE APPROACH OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM LYNN, EAST-NORTHEASTERLY GALES SET IN OFFSHORE THE FOLLOWING DAY, BUT THE HARBOUR WAS RELATIVELY SHELTERED. SQUALLY SHOWERS WERE FREQUENT DURING THE DAY.

SOUTHEASTERLY GALES BECAME GENERAL IN THAT EVENING pijc-rc REACHED 70 KNOTS AT TAI 0 AND 59 KNOTS AT THE STAR FERRY PIER EARLY ON JULY 7 WHEN LYNN PASSED ABOUT 80 NAUTICAL MILES TO THE !?^EST- W,NDS GRADUALLY ABATED AFTER LYNN CROSSED SHOWERS DIED OUT ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE COAST AND

DURING THE PASSAGE OF LYNN, RAIN WAS HEAVIEST IN NORTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. LANDSLIPS REPORTED AT DIAMOND HILL, KWUN TONG AND SHAU KEI WAN MINOR FLOODS IN THE TUEN MUN AREA. THIRTY-TWO PEOPLE MOSTLY BY FALLING OBJECTS.

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FROM JULY 9 TO 17, HOT AMD SUNNY WEATHER WAS EXPERIENCED WITH SLIGHT SHOWERS 0N JULY 12, 14 AND 15, AND THE MONTH'S MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.3 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JULY 17.

THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON JULY 18 AS A WEATHER DISTURBANCE FROM THE EAST APPROACHED.

ON JULY 22 AND 23, HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED WHEN THE REMNANT OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAURY MOVED ALONG THE SOUTH CHINA COAST AFTER CROSSING TAIWAN. SOME FLOODING WAS REPORTED IN SHEUNG SHU I.

THERE WERE FRESH TO STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS ON THE NEXT BUT ™ESE M0DERATED ON JULY 25. MORE THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED THAT NIGHT AND AGAIN ON THE MORNING OF JULY 27. GUSTS w 'I,’*1*11'' THUND£rs™"s *t t"e

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AND SHEUNG SHUI WERE THE WORST HIT DISTRICT§. SOME 18 HECTARES OF FARMLAND WERE FLOODED. NUMEROUS LIVESTOCK WERE DROWNED IN TAI PO. THERE WAS ALSO FLOODING ON THE LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND IN THE LAM TIN J!? ^nMAU PING STATES, AND A LANDSLIP AT MAGAZINE gap ROAD NEAR • IAT KOA0•

TEMPERATURES FELL TO A MINIMUM OF 23.5 DEGREES CELSIUS IN HEAVY SHOWERS ON JULY 27, WHICH WAS THE LOWEST IN THE MONTH. THERE WERE MORE THUNDERSTORMS IhE FOLLOWING AFTERNOON, BUT THE WEATHER BECAME FINE AND SUNNY FOR THE REST OF THE MONThI wtAlHtK

DURING THE MONTH, THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON 13 DAYS.

T^ESTRONG W>ND SIGNAL, NO. 3 WAS HOISTED FOR TYPHOON KELLY

WH LE THE NO. 8 NE AND NO. 8 SE GALE OR STORM SIGNALS WERE

RAISED FOR SEVERE TROPICAL STORM LYNN. ON JULY 24, THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED. b

SEVEN AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN HENNESSY ROAD # K # #

THE SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, BETWEEN A POINT 45 METRES WEST OF LUARD ROAD AND A POINT 25 METRES WEST OF O’BRIEN ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 14).

NO VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP OR PICK UP PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM AND 4 PM AND 7 PM.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1981

SQUATTER VILLAGERS HELP IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS * * * * *

WHEN POSTMAN LEE TAT-CHOI RETIRED EARLY THIS MONTH, RESIDENTS CF CHU KOO CHAI VILLAGE FEARED THAT THE DELIVERY OF MAIL TO THEIR HOUSES MIGHT BECOME A PROBLEM.

FOR POSTMAN LEE HAD DELIVERED LETTERS TO THIS TINY SQUATTER AREA IN TAI HANG TUNG, SHAM SHU I PO FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND KNEW THE VILLAGERS AND HIS WAY ABOUT THE NARROW, CRISS-CROSSED AND IRREGULAR FOOTPATHS.

THE VILLAGERS ARE, HOWEVER, NOW REASSURED IN LEARNING THAT, THOUGH MR LEE WILL NOT BE MAKING HIS ROUNDS, HE WILL BE +REPLACED* BY THREE LARGE COMMUNAL-TYPE POST BOXES TO BE SET UP AT CONVENIENT LOCATIONS INSIDE THE VILLAGE.

EACH POST BOX WILL CONSIST OF 100 LOCKED AND NUMBERED COMPARTMENTS, SO THAT THE 300 HOUSEHOLDS OF THE VILLAGE WILL HAVE POST BOXES OF THEIR OWN.

THE SETTING UP OF THE POST BOXES IS ONLY ONE OF THE MANY WAYS IN WHICH THE RESIDENTS OF THE SQUATTER AREA - HELPED BY THE GOVERNMENT - ARE ENDEAVOURING TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS.

NOW THE LARGEST SQUATTER AREA IN SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT, CHU KOO CHAI VILLAGE IS MADE UP MOSTLY OF DOMESTIC UNITS WHILE THE REMAINING FEW ARE RATTAN-WARE WORKSHOPS, SOME FLOWER FARMS, A FEW PIGSTIES AND A LARD-BOILING FACTORY.

WITH UNPAVED AND MUDDY ALLEYS, GUTTERS THAT OVERFLOWED WHEN IT RAINED AND INADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY AND RECREATIONAL AMENITIES, LIVING CONDITIONS FOR THE 2 000 VILLAGERS COULD HARDLY BE DESCRIBED AS SATISFACTORY.

THROUGH THE CO-ORDINATION OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FORMED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, AND WITH ASSISTANCE FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, RESIDENTS HAVE BEGUN A SERIES OF CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE OVERALL LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

AT THE START, REFUSE AND JUNK PILED IN ALLEYWAYS WERE REMOVED, GUTTERS AND NULLAHS WERE CLEARED AND MUDDY ROAD SURFACES WERE PAVED AND WIDENED.

TWO PIECES OF LAND MADE AVAILABLE BY THE CLEARANCE HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO A PURPOSE-BUILT AND SCREENED-OFF REFUSE COLLECTION CENTRE AND A SMALL AMENITY AREA EQUIPPED WITH SITTING BENCHES, FLOWER POTS AND A TABLE-TENNIS TABLE.

WORK IS ALSO UNDERWAY TO DEMOLISH THE LARD-BOILING FACTORY AND PIGSTIES WHICH HAVE BEEN THE MAIN CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THE POLLUTION AND FLOODING NUISANCE OF THE AREA.

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AT THE SAME TIME, A CONTRACTOR HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE MUTUAu AID COMMITTEE OF THE VILLAGE TO ARRANGE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS TO

INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS, SO THAT EACH HOUSEHOLD WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH LEGAL - AND RELIABLE - POWER SUPPLY.

♦THESE IMPROVEMENT WORKS CLEARLY INDICATE THAT RESIDENTS OF CHU KOO CHAI VILLAGE ARE DETERMINED TO SEE THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS IMPROVED,♦ SAID MR CHEUNG PO-TAK, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHAM SHU I PO.

♦THE FACE-LIFT BEING GIVEN TO THE VILLAGE IS ALSO A SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLE OF HOW THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FORMED UNDER THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME CAN HELP RESIDENTS IDENTIFY DISTRICT MEEDS AND DEAL WITH THEM EFFECT IVELY,+ MR CHEUNG ADDED.

THE FINAL PHASE OF THE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 16) WHEN ABOUT 100 RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE MOBILISED TO CLEAR THE REMAINING BLOCKED NULLAHS AND GUTTERS, PAVE THE COMMON ALLEYS WITH CEMENT AND GIVE THE FINAL TOUCHES TO SOME OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HILL ROAD * * * *

THE SECTION OF HILL ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND SOUTH LANE WILL BE REVERTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14.

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RIGHT-TURNS BANNED IN TWO KWUN TONG STREETS * * *

TRAFFIC HEADING EAST ALONG HOI YUEN ROAD IN NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO HING YIP STREET 10 AM FRIDAY (AUGUST 14).

KWUN TONG WILL SOUTHBOUND FROM

TRAFFIC MOVING NORTH ALONG SHING YIP STREET ALSO WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO HOI YUEN ROAD EASTBOUND.

nn-ru ,T^. t ! £HI”TUR N BANS ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW AT dOTH locations.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1?81

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SWD EXPLORES EVERY WAY TO HELP ORPHANS ........................ 1

MATERNITY LEAVE CLARIFIED ..................................... 2

ADULT EVENING SCHOOL CLASSES DRAW 50 000 ...................... 3

HK GETS NORWEGIAN GSP ......................................... 5

SHA TIN LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE PROVES POPULAR .................... 5

JING YING MUSICIANS THRILL AUSTRALIANS ........................ 6

KWAI CHUNG TRAFFIC ............................................ 6

SCHOOL HELPS PROVIDE PLAYING SPACE ............................ 7

BOATS FOR HIRE AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH ........................... 8

FORTRESS HILL ROAD WORKS

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SWD EXPLORES EVERY WAY TO HELP ORPHANS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS EXPLORING EVERY POSSIBILITY TO HELP THE SEVEN CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR PARENTS IN LAST FRIDAY’S wELL TRAGEDY AT HO SHEUNG HEUNG, SHEUNG SHU I, AND TO KEEP THE FAMILY TOGETHER.

♦OUR PRIMARY CONCERN IS TO SEE THAT THEY STAY TOGETHER AS A -AMILY,+ A SPOKESMAN ^OR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

+THE PROSPECT OF THIS IS MUCH BRIGHTER NOW THAT THEIR GRANDFATHER HAS EXPRESSED WILLINGNESS TO BE THEIR GUARDIAN AND TO LOOK AFTER THEM.*

ONE POSSIBILITY WAS TO ARRANGE COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING FOR THE CHILDREN. THE GRANDFATHER SAID HE WOULD CONSIDER THE PROPOSAL.

♦SHOULD HE DECIDE THAT HE DOES NOT WISH TO LIVE AwAY FROM THE VILLAGE, IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE BEST SOLUTION WOULD BE FOR THE CHILDREN TO REMAIN IN THEIR VILLAGE HOME AND FOR THE GRANDPARENTS TO LOOK AFTER AND TO CARE FOR THEM,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ HOME HELP CAN EE ARRANGED FOR THE GRANDPARENT AND THE DEPARTMENT IS LIAISING WITH THE LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEE ON THE POSSIBILITY OF FINDING A CHILD-MINDER, PREFERABLY SOMEONE FROM THE VILLAGE.*

IN THE LONGER TERM, THE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR THE FAMILY. AS IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, A TOTAL OF $5 OOO FROM THE TANG SHIU KIN AND HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND HAS ALREADY BEEN GRANTED TO THE FAMILY.

+FURTHER GRANTS FROM THE FUND OR OTHER FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BE MADE, IF NECESSARY, TO MEET THE CHILDREN’S MORE URGENT NEEDS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS FOR THE LEUNG FAMILY WHO LOST THEIR FATHER IN THE WELL TRAGEDY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS STAYING IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE WIDOW AND HER FIVE CHILDREN.

+WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST TO ARRANGE FOR THEM COMPASSIONATE HOUSING, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MATERN "Y LEAVE CLARIFIED * * * *

WHILE PAID MATERNITY -EAVE APPLIES TO ONLY THREE +SURVIVING CHILDREN*, MATERNITY PROTECTION PROVISIONS TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WORKING MOTHERS APPLY WITHOUT ANY LIMITATION AS TO THE NUMBERS OF CONFINEMENTS OR SURVIVING CHILDREN.

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MRS SOO MOK SAU-HA, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) IN A TALK ON LABOUR LEGISLATION AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CLUB OF THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

IN HER TALK, SHE TRIED TO DISPEL SOME CONFUSION REGARDING PAID MATERNITY LEAVE LEGISLATION.

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE, SHE POINTED OUT, APPLIES TO THREE SURVIVING CHILDREN — NOT TWO AS RECOMMENDED BY AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP.

THE INCLUSION OF A LIMIT IN THE LEGISLATION AROSE FROM THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE WORKING GROUP THAT THERE SHOULD NOT BE AN +OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT* FOR THE PAID LEAVE AND THE NEED TO LIMIT EMPLOYER’S LIABILITY AND NOT, AS SOME HAD SUGGESTED, FROM CONSIDERATION OF POPULATION.

SHE NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN CASES WHERE, PRIOR TO ENACTMENT OF THE LAW, EMPLOYERS WERE ALREADY GRANTING MATERNITY LEAVE ON FULL PAY FOR LESS THAN 10 WEEKS.

THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER AN EMPLOYER WHO GRANTED, FOR EXAMPLE, SEVEN WEEKS FULL-PAY MATERNITY LEAVE — A SUM GREATER THAN 10 WEEKS LEAVE AT TWO-THIRDS — WAS STILL REQUIRED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF THE LEAVE, I.E. THREE WEEKS, AT TWO-THIRDS PAY.

MRS SOO SAID THAT LEGAL ADVICE SO FAR HELD THE VIEw THAT IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT THAT THE EMPLOYER WAS CONTRACTUALLY BOUND TO PAY PART OF THE LEAVE AT FULL PAY, HE WAS STILL REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW TO PAY THE BALANCE AT TWO-THIRDS PAY.

EARLIER IN HER SPEECH, MRS SOO POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG HAD SET ITSELF THE TARGET OF ACHIEVING A LEVEL OF LEGISLATION GOVERNING SAFETY, HEALTH AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AT LEAST BROADLY EQUIVALENT TO THE BEST IN ITS NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES.

IN 198Q, 14 ITEMS OF LABOUR LEGISLATION WERE ENACTED AND IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, 11 MORE ITEMS, INCLUDING THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES — THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) ORDINANCE.

MRS SOO SAID LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS NEXT YEAR OR SO WOULD STRESS SAFETY AND FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION.

IN ADDITION TO SAFETY REGULATIONS ON FIRE PRECAUTION AND ELECTRICAL SAFETY IN FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS AND PROTECTION OF HEARING, THE DEPARTMENT HOPED SOON TO PUT FORWARD PROPOSALS TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS, TO PROVIDE FOR COMPULSORY EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE AND TO SET UP MEDICAL ASSESSMENT BOARDS TO ASSESS THE EXTENT OF PERMANENT INJURIES.

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ADULT EVENING SCHOOL CLASSES DRAW 50 000 * * * *

SOME 50 000 PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE SUFFICIENTLY INTERESTED TO ATTEND ADULT EVENING CLASSES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, EITHER ON A “ORMAL OR NON-FORMAL BASIS.

FORMAL CLASSES, WHICH PROVIDE TUITION IN ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL SUBJECTS, EXCEPT FOR CHINESE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE, ATTRACT ABOUT HALF THE TOTAL NUMBER, WHILE THE NON-FORMAL CLASSES CONSISTING OF + INTEREST GROUPS* DRAW THE OTHERS.

RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE, THE FORMAL CLASSES OCFER THREE COURSES AT SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL, WHICH ARE: YOUNG PEOPLE’S COURSE, AT JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVEL- THE SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE, FOR CHILDREN OF SUITABLE AGE, AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE, FOR ADULTS OVER 18.

NON-FORMAL CLASSES ARE HELD FOR GROUPS INTERESTED IN SUCH THINGS AS PHOTOGRAPHY, METALWORK, DRESSMAKING, COOKERY AND FOLK DANCING.

BOTH THE SECONDARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES LEAD TO THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION POINTED OUT THAT ONE THIRD OF THE CANDIDATES FROM THE EVENING COURSES WHO SAT FOR THE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION LAST YEAR MANAGED TO OBTAIN FIVE PASSES.

♦SOME OF THEM SCORED OUTSTANDING RESULTS, COMPARABLE TO THOSE ATTENDING DAY SCHOOLS,* HE SAID.

BECAUSE THE CLASSES LAST FOR ONLY 2-1/2 HOURS EACH NIGHT, THE NORMAL FIVE-YEAR SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE IS EXTENDED TO SIX YEARS IN THE EVENING CLASSES.

BUT THIS HAS NOT BEEN A DETERRENT TO THE MANY PEOPLE SEEKING A LITTLE MORE LEARNING AND ASPIRING FOR IMPROVED PROSPECTS IN LIFE RESULTING FROM A HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION.

REASONS FOR THE STUDENTS HAVING TO LEAVE THE NORMAL DAYTIME SCHOOL ARE VARIED, BUT MOST OF THE REASONS, AS MIGHT BE EXPECTED ARE BASICALLY ECONOMICAL, WITH THE STUDENT HAVING TO WORK FOR A LIVING FOR HIMSELF OR HERSELF, OR TO HELP AS A FAMILY BREADWINNER.

ONE OF THE MORE SUCCESSFUL OF THE STUDENTS -- WHO WORKED IN THE DAY AND STUDIED LONG HOURS IN THE EVENINGS, AND PROGRESSED FROM FORM THREE, THROUGH SECONDARY SCHOOL AND THEN THE FOUR YEARS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY COURSE -- IS MR WONG HING-NAM.

/♦ADULT EDUCATION .......

+ADULT EDUCATION AVE ME A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO REALISE MY DREAM OF SOME DAY ENTERING UNIVERSITY TO OBTAIN A DEGREE,+ hE SAID THE OTHER DAY.

MR WONG HAD TO LEAVE FORM THREE, AS HE SAYS, +OWING TO FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES* -- TO TAKE UP WORK IN A TEXTILE FACTORY SO THAT HE COULD HELP SUPPORT THE FAMILY.

UNLIKE THE OTHER WORKERS, HOWEVER, MR WONG DECIDED TO SPEND HIS SPARE HOURS +IN A MORE MEANINGFUL WAY*.

HE ENROLLED IN AN EVENING INSTITUTE, AND THROUGH HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION, PROGRESSED THROUGH THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, TO A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN LANGUAGES FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

WHILE MR WONG, WHO IS NOW A TEACHER, MAY BE SAID TO HAVE HAD A SOMEWHAT HIGHER SENSE OF PURPOSE THAN MOST OTHERS IN AIMING FOR A UNIVERSITY DEGREE, THERE ARE MANY OTHERS WHO NEVERTHELESS ASPIRE AT LEAST TO COMPLETE THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLING AND ACQUIRE A SCHOOL CERTIFICATE.

MORE SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN ADDED INTO THE EVENING SCHOOL CURRICULA FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ADULT STUDENTS, AND WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF BOTH PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY IN 1980, THE ONLY SUBJECTS NOT TAUGHT NOW ARE ENGLISH AND CHINESE LITERATURE.

A HAPPY MR WONG, GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY HE HAS HAD IN PURSUING HIS EDUCATION, ENCOURAGES OTHERS LIKE HIM TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION IF THEY HAVE THE CHANCE TO.

♦THE OPPORTUNITY IS THERE, AND THEY SHOULD MAKE THE BEST OF IT,* HE EXHORTS.

HE ALSO HAD SOME NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE TEACHERS, ♦WHO WORK SO DILIGENTLY AT THEIR JOBS,+ AND EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE EFFORT OF THE GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING THE COURSES.

MR WONG, HOWEVER, HAD A FEW SUGGESTIONS - FOR IMPROVEMENT -TO MAKE ABOUT THE EVENING CLASSES. ONE WAS THAT +SMALL LIBRARIES* BE SET UP IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES.

THE OTHER WAS A PLEA ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS NOW TAKING THE COURSES, WHICH ARE HELD MOSTLY IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE DESKS AND CHAIRS ARE TOO SMALL, HE SAYS.

♦IF POSSIBLE, THE CLASSES SHOULD BE HELD IN SECONDARY SCHOOL PREMISES, SO THAT THE GROWN-UP STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE TO USE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN’S DESKS AND CHAIRS,* HE EXCLAIMED.

PEOPLE WISHING TO ENROL IN THE EVENING COURSES MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION IN MA TAU KOK ROAD, TO KWA WAN OR FROM HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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TS NORWEGIAN GSR * r * * k

HC G KONG HAS BEEN ELUDED BY NORWAY AS A BENEFICIARY UNDER ITS GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES AS FROM AUGUST 1, 1981.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, SAID: +WE VERY MUCH WELCOME THE '“’OVE ON THE PART OF THE NORWEGIANS. HONG KONG HAD BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE NORWEGIAN SCHEME SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1971. THE DECISION TO INCLUDE HONG KONG IS THE RESULT OF CONTINUOUS EFFORTS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS AND ITS OVERSEAS OFFICES IN EUROPE.+

THE NORWEGIAN GSP PROVIDES FOR UNLIMITED DUTY FREE ENTRY OF A WIDE RANGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES PRODUCTS, AND MANUFACTURED AND SEMI-MANUFACTURED GOODS.

CERTAIN ITEMS, INCLUDING TEXTILES AND FOOTWEAR, ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE SCHEME ON A GLOBAL BASIS.

IT IS, HOWEVER, UNDERSTOOD THAT IN ADDITION TO THE GLOBALLY EXCLUDED ITEMS, HONG KONG IS ALSO EXCLUDED FROM GSP BENEFITS IN RESPECT OF ANOTHER 21 PRODUCT GROUPS WHICH INCLUDE GLOVES, UMBRELLAS, HATS, ELECTRIC FILAMENT LAMPS AND BUTTONS.

THE DEPARTMENT IS AWAITING FULL DETAILS OF THE NORWEGIAN SCHEME, AND A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE WHEN THEY ARE RECEIVED.

SHA TIN LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE PROVES POPULAR * * * *

THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE IN SHA TIN, WHICH THE LAW SOCIETY OPENED ON MARCH 30 TO SERVE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, HAS HANDLED 70 CASES SO FAR.

THE CENTRE IS MANNED BY A DUTY LAWYER ON MONDAY EVENINGS FROM 6.30 PM TO 9.30 PM.

THE BUSIEST MONTH WAS JUNE WHEN 26 CASES WERE DEALT WITH.

DURING THE THREE-HOUR SESSIONS, THE LAWYER IS ABLE TO HANDLE UP TO FIVE CASES.

THE TYPE OF CASES INCLUDE LANDLORD AND TENANT, MATRIMONIAL AND LAND DISPUTES, AS WELL AS CRIMINAL MATTERS.

THE CENTRE IS AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE (PES) IN SAU CHUEN HOUSE, LEK YUEN ESTATE.

PEOPLE SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD GO TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR THE PES CENTRE INITIALLY TO HAVE DETAILS OF THEIR CASES TAKEN DOWN AND AN APPOINTMENT wITH THE LAWYER MADE.

BESIDES SHA TIN, THE LA* SOCIETY ALSO OPERATES CENTRES AT TSUEN wAN, MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, wAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICT.

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JING YING MUSICIANS THRILL AUSTRALIANS ******

AUSTRALIAN AUDIENCES WERE THRILLED BY HONG KONG'S OWN JING YING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S PERFORMANCES AT THE FIFTH AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL.

THE JING YING MUSICIANS PUT ON A CEREMONIAL LION DANCE, AT THE OPENING OF THE GALA FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 3.

THE HON NORMAN LACY, MINISTER OF THE ARTS AND EDUCATION SERVICES, AND MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT, DOTTED THE EYES OF THE LION, TO +BRING IT TO LIFE+.

FOLLOWING THE LION DANCE PERFORMANCE, THE JING YING ORCHESTRA PRESENTED A PIECE OF CHINESE MUSIC ’NIGHT THOUGHTS’ +TO THE RESOUNDING APPLAUSE AND CALLS FOR ENCORE+ FROM THE AUDIENCE.

MISS GLORIE KU WAI-MAN THEN PLAYED A PIPA SOLO PIECE ’THE AMBUSH’, AND THIS PERFORMANCE ALSO BROUGHT LOUD APPLAUSE.

THE ATTRACTIVELY DESIGNED JING YING SOUVENIR PROGRAMME, WAS ALSO IN GREAT DEMAND BY THE AUDIENCE.

THE JING YING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WILL BE CONTINUING WITH A SERIES OF CONCERTS DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 19.

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KWAI CHUNG TRAFFIC * * *

THE CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, EXTENDING 10 METRES WEST OF A LAMP POST ADJACENT TO A NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION SITES WILL BE CANCELLED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 14).

FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING KING CHO ROAD^ KWAI CHUNG, UNLESS AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

MEANWHILE, FROM THE SAME TIME ON SATURDAY, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE NEW CHO YIU CHUEN BUS TERMINUS IN KING CHO ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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SCHOOL HELPS PROVIDE PLAYING SPACE

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TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR YOUTHS IN TUNG TAU AREA, THE PLAYGROUNDS OF THE CHI TAK PUBLIC SCHOOL AT NGA TSIN wAI VILLAGE WILL BE OPEN FOR RECREATIONAL USE FROM 8 TO 10 PM EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, STARTING FROM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG TAU AREA COMMITTEE AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OF WONG TAI SIN, THE PROJECT IS INTENDED FOR USE BY MORE THAN 10 000 YOUTHS IN THE OLD-STYLE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE WHO ARE WITHOUT ADEQUATE RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL FACILITIES.

IT IS RECOGNISED, HOWEVER, AS BEING ONLY A +SHORT-TERM+ SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.

IT IS FULLY SUPPORTED BY THE SCHOOL AUTHORITY AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE AREA WILL PROVIDE MANAGEMENT STAFF AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND WILL ENCOURAGE YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT TO USE THE FACILITY.

AT THE START, MAINLY SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE PROVIDED, BUT IF THE RESPONSE FROM THE RESIDENTS IS GOOD, SEMINARS AND INTEREST GROUP ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN), MR KEVIN HO, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS ON AUGUST 19 (WEDNESDAY).

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE COVERED PLAYGROUND OF THE CHI TAK PUBLIC SCHOOL AT NGA TSIN WAI VILLAGE AT 8 PM ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19.

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BOATS FOR HIRE AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH

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STARTING THIS WEEKEND, BEACHGOERS WILL BE ABLE TO GO BOATING JUST OFF THE POPULAR CASTLE PEAK BEACH IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SIXTY LICENSED SMALL BOATS WILL BE PROVIDED BY A CONTRACTOR FOR HIRE AT THE BEACH DURING THE DAYTIME, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT STATED.

HE POINTED OUT ALSO THAT THE BOATS ARE LICENSED TO CARRY NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE OVER 14 YEARS OF AGE.

BOATERS ARE ALSO URGED TO STAY WITHIN THE BOATING AREA CLEARLY MARKED BY BUOY LINES.

CASTLE PEAK BEACH IS THE FIRST GAZETTED PUBLIC BATHING BEACH EARMARKED FOR BOATING, AS SWIMMERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO STAY OUT CF WATER WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SUITABLE FOR BATHING SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR.

LIFEGUARD AND FIRST AID SERVICES ARE STILL PROVIDED ON THE BEACH.

MEANWHILE, TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH FOR THE PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR TO MARCH 31, 1983.

TENDER FORMS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11.

FORTRESS HILL ROAD WORKS

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A 77-METRE SECTION OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD IN NORTH POINT EXTENDING FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD TO THE NORTH WILL BE CLOSED TO NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS FROM IQ AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 15). THIS CLOSURE IS TO ALLOW FOR ROAD WORKS.

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROCEDURES FOR ELECTOR REGISTRATION MADE KNOWN ................. 1

EDUCATIONAL STANDARD NO BAR TO DISTRICT BOARD WORK.............. 2

HILL ROAD FLYOVER OPENS TUESDAY ................................ 3

NEW URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER........................................ 3

PUMPING STATION TO COST $37 MILLION ............................ 4

WIDER WATER MAIN PLANNED ....................................... 4

DESIGN STUDENTS COMMENDED ...................................... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NATHAN ROAD ............................... 5

FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN IN TAI PO ............................. 6

NO ENTRY FOR LEARNERS .......................................... 6

SECOND SEMINAR ON SAFETY TO BE HELD ............................ 7

WATER LEAKAGE TEST

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PROCEDURES FOR ELECTOR REGISTRATION MADE KNOWN * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROCEDURES WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS FOR URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE PROCEDURES, SET OUT UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS) REGULATIONS 1981, WILL BE SIMPLE AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

THE REGISTRATION PERIOD EACH YEAR WILL BE BETWEEN AUGUST 31 AND OCTOBER 11, FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF A LIST OF POLLING STATIONS BY THE END OF AUGUST.

ONLY A FEW SIMPLE PERSONAL DETAILS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE APPLICATION FORM WHICH WILL BE WIDELY AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. COMPLETED FORMS MAY BE CONVENIENTLY HANDED IN OR RETURNED BY PRE-PAID POST TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE, BLOCK AA, FIRST FLOOR, EX-VICTORIA BARRACKS.

THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION WILL BE INFORMED IN WRITING OF THEIR CONSTITUENCY AND THE POLLING STATION WHERE THEY ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE, AND A PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS WILL BE COMPILED AMD PUBLISHED.

EVEN AFTER THIS STAGE, HOWEVER, APPLICATION CAN STILL BE MADE, UP TO DECEMBER 5, FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL REGISTER. SUCH APPLICATIONS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE IN PERSON TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO AVOID DELAY.

THE FINAL REGISTER WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION, USUALLY BEFORE JANUARY 15 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. ALL PERSONS WHOSE NAMES ARE IN THIS REGISTER WILL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE AT ANY ELECTION UNTIL IT IS SUPERSEDED BY THE NEXT REGISTER.

ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY ARE THE DECLARATION OF DISTRICTS ORDER 1981 AND THE DECLARATION OF CONSTITUENCIES ORDER 1981. THESE FORMALLY DECLARE THE DISTRICT AND CONSTITUENCY AREAS PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS EARLIER THIS YEAR.

MAPS OF THE DISTRICTS AND CONSTITUENCIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND NT DISTRICT OFFICES.

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EDUCATIONAL STANDARD NO BAR TO DISTRICT BOARD WORK ******

A LOW EDUCATIONAL STANDARD SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF ANYONE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART IN DISTRICT BOARD WORK.

TSUEN WAN’S ACTING TOWN MANAGER, MR LUI HAU-TUEN, SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) DURING A SPEECH TO THE LOCAL Y’S MEN’S CLUB.

HE SAID GOVERNMENT WELCOMED PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WHO WERE INTERESTED IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY, TO TAKE PART IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WORK.

MR LUI DREW MEMBERS’ ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WAS NOT A CRITERIA GOVERNING EITHER VOTING IN OR STANDING AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE ELECTIONS.

♦GOVERNMENT FEELS THAT EAGERNESS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT,* HE SAID.

♦WE WELCOME ANYONE INTERESTED IN COMMUNITY WORK, WHO CARES FOR THE PEOPLE AND IS WILLING TO WORK FOR THEM,* HE STRESSED.

SOME PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE A LOW EDUCATIONAL STANDARD, HE SAID, YET MORE OFTEN THEY WERE WELL INFORMED OF THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS THROUGH THEIR DAILY CONTACTS.

♦THEY KNOW WHERE IMPROVEMENT IS NEEDED AND THIS IS THE TYPE OF PERSON REQUIRED ON DISTRICT BOARDS,♦ HE SAID.

REGISTRATION OF VOTERS WILL BE BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND OCTOBER 11, WHILE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN JANUARY 15 AND FEBRUARY 9, 1982.

THE ELECTION DATE IS MARCH 4, 1982.

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HILL ROAD FLYOVER OPENS TUESDAY *****

A NEW FLYOVER, PROVIDING A CONVENIENT TRAFFIC LINK FROM POK FU LAM THROUGH WESTERN TO CENTRAL, WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE HILL ROAD FLYOVER IS EXPECTED TO HELP EASE THE RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC JAMS WHICH NOW BUILD UP IN POK FU LAM ROAD NORTH OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

AFTER A RECENT INSPECTION OF THE FLYOVER, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAYS ENGINEER, MR HAROLD BEATON, SAID THAT WITH THE OPENING OF THE ELEVATED ROAD, TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN PARTS OF POK FU LAM ROAD SHOULD BE EASED AND TRAVELLING TIMES SHORTENED.

THE ONE-LANE, ONE-WAY FLYOVER EXTENDS 650 METRES FROM THE JUNCTION OF POK FU LAM AND HILL ROADS DOWN TO THE WATERFRONT AT CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST. THE PROJECT COST ABOUT $42 MILLION.

COMMENTING ON THE DIFFICULTIES OF DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING AN ELEVATED ROAD ON THE ONLY ALIGNMENT AVAILABLE BETWEEN POK FU LAM AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, MR BEATON SAID i +THE STEEP AND WINDING PROFILE OF THE NEW ELEVATED ROAD IN PLACES IS SUPPORTED MORE THAN 22 METRES ABOVE HILL ROAD.*

♦DIFFICULTIES WERE OVERCOME IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FOUNDATIONS TO THE COLUMNS SUPPORTING THE FLYOVER.

♦ALTOGETHER FIVE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOUNDATION STRUCTURES WERE USED IN THE WORK, WHICH ENCOUNTERED SOME EXTREMELY VARIABLE TERRAIN, NECESSITATING SOME DESIGN REVISIONS.♦

WORK ON THE FLYOVER BEGAN IN JUNE 1978.

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NEW URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER

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THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED A NEW MEMBER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FROM TODAY TO MARCH 31, 1983.

HE IS MR WALTER M. SULKE WHO HAS BEEN CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH THE WORK OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE SINCE ITS INCEPTION. HE IS AT PRESENT CHAIRMAN OF ITS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AIR POLLUTION.

MR SULKE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF THE INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD. RECENTLY HE WAS APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY.

IN ADDITION TO CONTRIBUTING TO PUBLIC SERVICE, MR SULKE ALSO GIVES ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT TO THE ARTS IN HONG KONG.

HE IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN AND IS CHAIRMAN OF ZUNG FU CO LTD. HE WAS AWARDED THE OBE IN 1979 AND MADE A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN 1976.

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PUMPING STATION TO COST >37 MILLION ft ft ft ft

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED A S37-MILLI0N CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THIRD PUMPING STATION AND ASSOCIATED RECEPTION FACILITIES AT MUK WU NEAR THE BORDER.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR LEUNG KWOK-WAI SAID, ♦CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START NEXT WEEK AND WILL TAKE THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.

♦WHEN COMPLETED THE NEW PUMPING STATION WILL BOOST THE DAILY RECEPTION CAPACITY AT MUK WU BY THREE TIMES TO 2.1 MILLION CUBIC METRES.+

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF STAGE ONE OF A $1 300 MILLION SCHEME FOR THE RECEPTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS.

THE NEW PUMPING STATION WILL BE CONSTRUCTED NEAR THE TWO EXISTING MUK WU PUMPING STATIONS AND WILL HOUSE TEN SETS OF PUMPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 1.4 MILLION CUBIC METRES DAILY.

THE ASSOCIATED RECEPTION FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE TWO RECEPTION TANKS, EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 4 000 CUBIC METRES.

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WIDER WATER MAIN PLANNED ft ft ft ft

THE EXISTING 80 MM SUBMARINE WATER MAIN WHICH TAKES WATER FROM SHA TAU KOK PENINSULA TO KAT 0 ISLAND IS TO BE REPLACED WITH A 100 MM MAIN.

THE EXISTING PIPE WAS LAID IN 1972 AND EXTENSIVELY REPAIRED IN THE PAST, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE REPLACEMENT OF THE MAIN WOULD AVOID HIGH MAINTENANCE COSTS, AND CATER FOR AN INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER.

THE EXTENT OF SEABED AND FORESHORE AFFECTED BY THE WORK IS DESCRIBED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANYONE OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL OR HAVING A CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT MUST SUBMIT SUCH OBJECTIONS OR CLAIMS IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE AND PLAN MAY BE SEEN POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

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

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DESIGN STUDENTS COMMENDED * M * *

THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND LAST YEAR MORE THAN 6 OOO APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE COURSES, MR JEFF DEVEREUX. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN EXHIBITION ENTITLED +FIRST SHOW »81+, MOUNTED BY THE DESIGN STUDENTS’ SOCIETY OF LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HELD AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

OF THE APPLICANTS LAST YEAR, SOME 600 WERE ADMITTED.

MR DEVEREUX SAID i +NEXT YEAR THE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE SOME 140 FULL-TIME, 100 PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND 400 EVENING STUDENTS AND THEIR STUDIES WILL COVER A WIDE RANGE OF DESIGN ACTIVITIES.*

♦WE OFFER COURSES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE AND I AM VERY PLEASED TO SAY THAT MOST OF THE STUDENTS WHOSE WORK YOU SEE HERE TODAY HAVE ALREADY GOT JOBS.

♦THEIR WORK HAS BEEN HIGHLY COMMENDED BY THEIR EXTERNAL ASSESSORS AND I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THEM FOR THEIR INITIATIVE IN ARRANGING THIS EXHIBITION.♦

COMMENTING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, HE SAID, CONSUMERS WERE BEGINNING TO REALISE THERE WAS OFTEN NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS AT SIMILAR PRICES.

♦HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND MASS PRODUCTION TEND TO EVEN OUT PERFORMANCE AND IN THIS SITUATION CONSUMERS WILL BUY THE WELL DESIGNED PRODUCT WHICH IS EASY TO USE AND WHICH LOOKS ATTRACTIVE,* HE SAID.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NATHAN ROAD X X X X X X

TO FACILITATE THE FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR AUXILIARY POLICE CONSTABLE MOHAMMAD ASLAM, THE NORTH BOUND SECTION OF NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN PEKING ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT AN HOUR FROM 10.30 AM ON SUNDAY AUGUST 16, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ALL VEHICLES INCLUDING FRANCHISED BUSES MOVING ALONG NATHAN ROAD NORTH BOUND FROM SALISBURY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, CANTON ROAD AND JORDAN ROAD TO REJOIN NATHAN ROAD NORTH BOUND.

TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN IN TAI PO M * *

A SLIDE AND SLOGAN COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN TAI ,PO TO AROUSE PUBLIC INTEREST IN PREVENTING FIRE.

THE TWO COMPETITIONS ARE PART OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE 1981/82 FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SLIDE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WHILE THE SLOGAN COMPETITION IS RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS AND STUDENTS OF TAI PO AND NORTH SAI KUNG. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE TAI PO FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AT TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

ENTRIES IN THE SLIDE COMPETITION MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A 5O-WORD CAPTION. THE DEADLINE FOR THE SLIDE COMPETITION IS OCTOBER 19 AND FOR THE SLOGAN COMPETITION SEPTEMBER 7. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND WINNERS WILL BE INFORMED IN WRITING.

OTHER CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VISITS TO PAT HEUNG FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL, FIRE PREVENTION TALKS, PRESENTATION OF FIRE PREVENTION BADGES TO SCOUTS, AN EXHIBITION OF FIRE EQUIPMENT AND A FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION.

MEMBERS OF THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, LOCAL MANUFACTURERS AND SCHOOLS.

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LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, AT ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN, FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 17).

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SECOND SEMINAR ON SAFETY TO BE HELD * * * *

A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT IN INDUSTRY WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 25 (FRIDAY), FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST SEMINAR HELD LAST YEAR.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SPONSORED BY HONG KONG PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION LTD., THE ACCIDENT INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION, FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

ABOUT 200 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR, WHICH IS AIMED AT AROUSING A GREATER SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AMONG SENIOR MANAGEMENT TOWARDS SAFETY AT WORK, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR ORGANISING SUB-COMMITTEE SAID TODAY.

THERE WOULD ALSO BE A MINI-EXHIBITION OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES AT THE SEMINAR, AND TALKS WILL BE GIVEN BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS AND THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

INDUSTRIALISTS WILL THEN BE INVITED TO DISCUSS POINTS ARISING FROM THE TALKS AND SEMINAR.

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WATER LEAKAGE TEST * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 17) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HENNESSY ROAD, FLEMING ROAD, LOCKHART ROAD AND LUARD ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MEASURES AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CONTINUE .................. 1

HCW TO MAKE SCIENCE LEARNING MEANINGFUL........................ 2

DSNT OPENS NEW VILLAGE IN SHA TIN............................... 3

NEW OFFICE FOR RE-ENTRY PERMITS ................................ 4

FACILITIES FOR DISABLED IN N’T.................................. 4

TRAINING SCHOOL EX-COMMANDANT TAKES TIE SALUTE ................. 5

SPEED RESTRICTIONS LIFTED CF TSUEN WAN BY-PASS ................. 5

LAiIDING POINT ON WAGLAN ISLAND................................. 6

ANOTHER TSUEN WAN ESTATE GETS V3E&-END RECREATION............... 6

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MEASURES AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CONTINUE

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THE POLICE. THE LABOUR AND THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS HAVE CARRIED OUT ANOTHER JOINT OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND AS A RESULT 1 165 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUMMONSED FOR FAILING TO CARRYING PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY.

ANOTHER 23 PEOPLE WITH DOUBTFUL MEANS OF IDENTITY HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

DURING THE OPERATION PERIOD BETWEEN TUESDAY AND YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), POLICE OFFICERS MADE IDENTIFICATION SPOT CHECKS ON 257 200 PEOPLE.

LABOUR INSPECTORS VISITED A TOTAL OF 7 697 ESTABLISHMENTS AND FOUND 28 EMPLOYEES IN 26 ESTABLISHMENTS NOT CARRYING ANY IDENTITY DOCUMENT.

A TOTAL OF 110 ESTABLISHMENTS WAS FOUND NOT KEEPING A PROPER RECORD OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AS REQUIRED BY LAW OR NOT MAKING SUCH RECORDS READILY AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THIS SPECIAL OPERATION WAS PART OF GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUED EFFORTS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT ALSO RE-AFFIRMED THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION NOT TO RELAX THE hCASURES AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

♦THE SECURITY FORCES WILL MAINTAIN GUARD AND TERRITORY-WIDE OPERATIONS SUCH AS THE ONE IN THE LAST FEW DAYS WILL CONTINUE. ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHEREVER THEY ARE FOUND WILL BE REPATRIATED,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

REFERRING TO RUMOURS SEEMED TO BE STILL CIRCULATING THAT THERE WOULD BE A RELAXATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON THE OCCASION OF THE MARRIAGE OF PRINCE CHARLES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HE HOPED THE ABSURDITY OF THE SUGGESTION WAS NOW APPARENT TO THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE BELIEVED IT.

HE REMINDED RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY AT ALL TIMES AN ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF IDENTITY- FAILING TO DO SO WILL NOT ONLY CAUSE INCONVENIENCE BUT MAY ALSO RESULT IN PROSECUTION. +IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR AN EMPLOYER NOT TO KEEP PROPER IDENTITY RECORDS OF HIS EMPLOYEES OR ENGAGE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN HIS FACTORY,♦ HE SAID.

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HOW TO MAKE SCIENCE LEARNING MEANINGFUL * * * *

STUDENT PARTICIPATION IS A MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE WHICH MAKES THE STUDY OF SCIENCE A STIMULATING AND MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE. W COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 14TH JOINT SCHOOL SCIENCE EXHIBITION AT THE CITY HALL.

STUDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE BY WORKING AS INDIVIDUALS OR IN GROUPS IN IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS AND SEEKING WAYS TO SOLVE THEM. AND BY BECOMING ACTIVELY INVOLVED, AS HAPPENS IN THIS EXHIBITION, SCIENCE TRULY BECOMES A VITAL, LIVING SUBJECT FOR THE PARTICIPANTS, PR HAYE SAID.

+WHEN ONE BEARS IN MIND HOW EASY IT IS FOR SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS TO BECOME A MERE EXERCISE IN MEMORISING FACTS UNLESS WE EMPHASISE THE ENQUIRY APPROACH AND STUDENTS’ INVOLVEMENT, THIS OCCASION BECOMES PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

EFFORTS ARE ALSO CONSTANTLY BEING MADE BY CURRICULUM DEVELOPERS AND TEACHERS TO MAKE SCIENCE MORE INTERESTING AND MORE DIRECTLY RELATED TO EVERYDAY LIFE.

♦IT WAS IN KEEPING WITH THESE AIMS THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FIRST INTRODUCED INTEGRATED SCIENCE INTO THE JUNIOR SECONDARY CURRICULUM IN 1973,+ MR HAYE SAID.

AS A CONTINUATION OF THIS NEW APPROACH TO LEARNING SCIENCE THROUGH +ACTIVITY+ AND +ENQUIRY+, THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY ISSUED NEW SYLLABUSES FOR PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY AND HUMAN BIOLOGY, HE

MR HAYE CONGRATULATED THE ORGANISERS OF THE EXHIBITION. ♦SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE AGAIN PROVED THAT THEY CAN MOUNT A MAJOR EVENT WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP,* HE SAID.

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DSNT OPENS NEW VILLAGE IN SHA TIN ft ft ft ft

A NEW VILLAGE BUILT UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S VILLAGE REMOVAL SCHEME IN SHA TIN WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM.

THE NEW VILLAGE COMPRISING 16 THREE-STOREY HOUSES, IS TO REHOUSE OVER 100 INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS FROM KUNG MIU WHICH IS TO BE CLEARED TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

MR CHUI SAID SHA TIN WAS A DEVELOPING NEW TOWN WHERE THERE HAD BEEN DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE GROWTH OF POPULATION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT. TO COPE WITH THESE CHANGES AND TO MEET THE DIFFERENT NEEDS, GOVERNMENT HAD TO WORK OUT DETAILED PLANS AND IMPLEMENT APPROPRIATE POLICIES.

♦IN PLANNING AND BUILDING A NEW TOWN, GOVERNMENT HAS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE LAND,+ MR CHUI SAID. ♦ALSO, GOVERNMENT NEEDS THE FULL CO-OPERATION OF LOCAL PEOPLE AND THEIR VALUED OPINIONS.♦

THIS WAS WHERE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION STEPS IN, TO CREATE MORE AND BETTER CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT.

THE RELOCATED VILLAGE, WHICH HAS BEEN MOVED TO MAKE WAY FOR A SCHOOL WITHIN SAN TIN HOUSING ESTATES, IS THE THIRD VILLAGE RESITE IN SHA TIN. THE OTHER TWO, KWAI TEI AND PAT TSZ WO, WERE OPENED LAST YEAR. THE NEW VILLAGE WILL BE KNOWN AS KAK TIN TSUEN KUNG MIU.

BUILT BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, EACH RESITE HOUSE IS TOO SQ. FT. IN AREA. GOVERNMENT PROVIDED A CONSTRUCTION ALLOWANCE AND A SPECIAL ALLOWANCE TO HELP MEET REMOVAL AND DECORATION EXPENSES.

AFTER TODAY’S CEREMONY, VILLAGERS WILL GRADUALLY MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOMES AND THEIR OLD VILLAGE WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

ALSO OFFICIATING TODAY WERE MR NG CHAN-LAM, JP- THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HONG-LEUNG, AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR LAU HON-KIT- THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICERS SHA TIN, MR BOB WILSON AND MR AUGUSTINE CHENG- AND THE CHIEF LAND EXECUTIVE SHA TIN, MR A.D. M/LIG.

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NEW CPF ICE FOR RE-ENTRY PERMITS * * * *

,™E IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN A NEW RE-ENTRY permit

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FACILITIES FOR DISABLED IN NT

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THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS PROVIDED A WIDE-RANGE OF FACILITIES IN THE NEW MARKETS, RECREATION AND SPORTS VENUES FOR THE DISABLED ON WHEELCHAIRS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TOWNS.

ALL NEW PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND PLANNING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH APPROACH RAMPS, SEPARATE CHANGING ROOMS AND TOILET COMPARTMENTS FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL THREE PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS IN SHA TIN, FANLING AND KWAI CHUNG ARE PROVIDED WITH SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE ON WHEELCHAIRS.

DISABLED ATHLETES CAN ALSO MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL IN KWAI CHUNG WHERE APPROACH RAMP LEADING TO THE BUILDING IS AVAILABLE WHILE SPECTATORS ON WHEELCHAIRS CAN ALSO BE ACCOMMODATED.

IN THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS, SPECTATOR SEATING FOR THE TWO GLASS-BACKED COURTS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED.

TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN MARKET GOERS ON WHEELCHAIRS CAN CARRY OUT THEIR SHOPPING INSIDE THE MARKET STALLS AS RAMPS LEADING TO THE GROUND FLOOR IS ALSO PROVIDED. THEY CAN ALSO MAKE USE OF THE LIFT SERVICE TO THE UPPER FLOOR.

SIGNS BEARING THE SYMBOL OF ACCESS OR DIRECTIONAL ARROWS ARE ERECTED AT PLACES WHERE FACILITIES FOR WHEELCHAIRS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED.

ALL INDOOR GAMES HALLS, STADIA, SPORTSGROUNDS. PLAYGROUNDS, PUBLIC TOILETS AND MARKETS TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TOWN WILL ALSO HAVE FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TRAINING SCHOOL EX-COMMANDANT TAKES THE SALUTE * * * *

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, MR P.L. WONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) EMPHASISED THAT PATIENCE, HARD WORK, COURAGE, PERSEVERANCE AND IMAGINATION ARE SOME OF THE QUALITIES DEMANDED OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS.

MR WONG WAS ADDRESSING THE PASSING OUT PARADE OF 60 CUSTOMS OFFICERS AND NINE CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

WATCHED BY OVER 120 GUESTS, INCLUDING THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, AND ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR KEITH BROADBRIDGE, MR WONG TOOK THE SALUTE AND INSPECTED THE PARADE.

COMPARING THE MODERN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WITH THE SERVICE OF THE 195OS, MR WONG SAID, +DURING THE PAST 26 YEARS, THE SERVICE HAS SEEN MANY CHANGES. WHEN I JOINED IN 1955, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WHOLE SERVICE WAS LESS THAN 300, BUT IT HAS NOW GROWN TO NEARLY 2 000 AND IT IS LIKELY TO EXPAND TO ABOUT 2 400 BY THE END OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.*

AS EX-COMMANDANT OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL, MR WONG POINTED OUT HOW THE SCHOOL PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES AND IDEAL CONDITIONS FOR THE INTENSIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME. THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING COURSES GIVE RECRUITS THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS WHICH ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THE SERVICE IN SUCH FIELDS AS ANTI-NARCOTICS, COLLECTION AND PROTECTION OF REVENUE FROM DUTIABLE COMMODITIES, CONTROL OF IMPORT AND EXPORT OF PROHIBITED ARTICLES AS WELL AS PROTECTION OF COPYRIGHT.

BUT THE COMPLETION OF THE INDUCTION TRAINING IS NOT THE END CF THE LEARNING PROCESS, STRESSED MR WONG. +YOU HAVE, ON THE CONTRARY, MORE TO LEARN,* HE TOLD THE RECRUITS. +FOR THIS IS A LIVING AND GROWING SERVICE, AND THE PRACTICE OF YESTERDAY WILL NOT ALWAYS ANSWER THE NEEDS OF TOMORROW.*

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SPEED RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ON TSUEN WAN BY-PASS ft ft ft ft

SPEED RESTRICTIONS ON TSUEN WAN BY-PASS WILL BE LIFTED FROM ID AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 17).

THE FREE SPEED ZONE FOR KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC WILL EXTEND FROM A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES EAST OF THE TEXACO ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO A POINT ON THE SLIP ROAD ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE TSI NG Yl ROUNDABOUT AND A LAMP POLE SITUATED ABOVE CONTAINER PORT ROAD.

FOR VEHICLES TRAVELLING TOWARDS TSUEN WAN, THE ZONE WILL EXTEND FROM THE LAMP POLE ABOVE CONTAINER PORT ROAD AND A POINT ON THE SLIP ROAD ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE TSI NG Yl ROUNDABOUT TO A POINT ABOUT 250 METRES EAST OF THE Tt-XACO ROAD ROUNDABOUT.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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LANDING POINT ON WAGLAN ISLAND * * ft *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A HELICOPTER LANDING POINT ON WAGLAN ISLAND.

THE LANDING POINT WILL FACILITATE EMERGENCY EQUATION fW EMERGENCY REPAIRS TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AND ROYAL OBSERVATORY EQUIPMENT ON THE ISLAND.

CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX

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ANOTHER TSUEN WAN ESTATE GETS WEEK-END RECREATION ft ft ft

A WEEK-END RECREATION SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED FOR THE RESIDENTS CF FUK LOI ESTATE, TSUEN WAN, TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

UNTIL MID-OCTOBER, SPORTING ACTIVITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE NEARBY TSUEN WAN CHIU CHOW PUBLIC SCHOOL IN HOI PA STREET EVERY SUNDAY BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON.

THIS WILL BE THE 1OTH HOUSING ESTATE IN THE DISTRICT TO HOLD SUCH A SCHEME WHICH IS A JOINT PROJECT OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

ALTOGETHER THERE ARE 24 SUCH SCHEMES IN OPERATION OR BEING PLANNED FOR ALL 15 HOUSING ESTATES IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, EACH LASTING 10 WEEKS.

THE SCHEME IS HELD EITHER ON SATURDAY NIGHTS OR SUNDAY MORNINGS TO ENABLE RESIDENTS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INSIDE THEIR ESTATES.

OTHER ESTATES WHICH HAVE INTRODUCED THE SCHEME ARE KWAI CHUNG, SHEK LEI, KWAI SHING, LAI KING, LEI MUK SHUE, LAI YIU, KWAI HING, CHEUNG SHAN AND CHEUNG CHING.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES ALSO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 1981

CONTENTS

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MORE JOIN APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME ............................... 1

APPLICATIONS FOR WELFARE PREMISES INVITED ..................... 3

LICENCES FOR RESERVOIR FISHING AVAILABLE....................... 4

AVIATION CHIEF TO ATTEND CATC MEETING ......................... 5

HILL ROAD FLYOVER OPENS TOMORROW

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SAFETY REMINDER FOR WORKERS .................................. 7

TENDERS FOR WORK ON NEW WATER MAIN ............................ 7

PRIVATE CAR TALLY CLIMBS TO 202 000 ........................... 8

SALT WATER CUT IN CENTRAL

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MORE JOIN APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME ******

THE PROMOTION OF APPRENTICE TRAINING IN HONG KONG WILL TAKE A FURTHER STEP FORWARD NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER) WHEN ANOTHER TRADE IS INCLUDED IN THE COMPULSORY APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE GOVERNOR, ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, HAD SPECIFIED +REPAIRMAN (ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING)* AS A DESIGNATED TRADE UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1981. THE APPRENTICESHIP PERIOD IS THREE YEARS.

THE LATEST INCLUSION WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DESIGNATED TRADES TO 38.

♦IT IS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO PROMOTE APPRENTICE TRAINING IN TRADES VITAL TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES AND TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SKILLED MANPOWER,+ HE NOTED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ORDINANCE AFFECTED THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 18.

IT STIPULATES THAT AN EMPLOYER CAN ONLY ENGAGE A YOUNG PERSON IN A DESIGNATED TRADE IF THE YOUNG PERSON HAS ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP REGISTERED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OR HAS COMPLETED AN APPRENTICESH IP AND HOLDS A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION IN THAT TRADE. BUT THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR HAS POWER TO GRANT EXEMPTION IN CERTAIN CASES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED EMPLOYERS ENGAGED IN THE NEWLY-DESIGNATED TRADE TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDINANCE BY ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS OF APPRENTICESHIP WITH THEIR YOUNG WORKERS. LETTERS EXPLAINING THE TRADE AND THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE WOULD BE SENT TO ALL EMPLOYERS CONCERNED.

A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP REGISTERED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HE ADDED, WOULD ENSURE THAT THE APPRENTICE WOULD BE GIVEN ADEQUATE TRAINING, INCLUDING ATTENDANCE AT HIS EMPLOYER’S EXPENSE IN TECHNICAL COURSE RELATED TO HIS TRADE IN A GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE. THE CONTRACT WOULD ALSO HELP PROTECT THE EMPLOYER FROM LOSING HIS APPRENTICE TO ANOTHER EMPLOYER.

EMPLOYERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THE NEWLY-DESIGNATED TRADE WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE ORDINANCE MIGHT CONTACT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICE i

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(1) NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG. TEL i 5-280545

(2) PARIS THEATRE BUILDING, 7 KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG KOWLOON. TEL i 3-219285

(3) SALISBURY ROAD, OPPOSITE TO SHERATON HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON. TEL ’ 3-667463

(4) 31 SHING FONG STREET, 5TH FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG. TEL i 0-297039

(5) YEN HAU MANSION, 3/F, 100 TING FU STREET, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON. TEL i 3-440838

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APPLICATIONS FOR WELFARE PREMISES INVITED ******

SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND COMMUNITY CENTRES ARE TO RECEIVE A MAJOR BOOST AS A RESULT CF MORE THAN 10 000 SQUARE METRES OF PREMISES BEING RESERVED FOR WELFARE USE.

VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND INTERESTED BODIES ARE NOW INVITED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR THE PREMISES, WHICH ARE LOCATED IN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S TAI YUEN ESTATE IN TAI PO AND 13 OTHER ESTATES DUE FOR COMPLETION OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

ADDITIONAL PREMISES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE HOUSING SOCIETY’S LAI TAK ESTATE AND IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S FUTURE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) i +T0 BE IN LINE WITH THE FIVE YEAR PLAN ON SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT AND TO ENABLE MORE REALISTIC PLANNING, ONLY THOSE PREMISES WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE 1986/87 AND WITH KNOWN LOCATIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE LATEST LIST OF WELFARE PREMISES.♦

THE LIST HAS ALREADY BEEN SENT TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR PLANNING AND EARLY APPLICATION.

THE PREMISES, RANGING IN AREA FROM 93 TO 1 760 SQUARE hETRES, WILL BE USED FOR EIGHT SOCIAL CENTRES, FIVE HOSTELS, ONE DAY CARE CENTRE AND ONE MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY.

OTHER SERVICES PLANNED INCLUDE THREE CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES, TWO CHILDREN’S CENTRES, TWO NURSERIES, ONE SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRE, ONE HOME-CUM-WORK ACTIVITY CENTRE FOR THE SEVERELY MENTALLY RETARDED, ONE DAY WORK ACTIVITY CENTRE FOR THE SEVERELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS AND ONE HOME FOR THE MODERATELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS.

ONE OF THE LARGEST PREMISES RESERVED FOR WELFARE PURPOSES, WITH AN AREA OF 1 760 SQUARE METRES, IS EARMARKED FOR A HOSTEL FOR 160 ELDERLY PEOPLE AT THE FUTURE TIN SAM ESTATE IN SHA TIN.

ANOTHER HOSTEL, WITH AREA OF 1 500 SQUARE METRES, IS PLANNED AT THE TAI WOR HAU REDEVELOPMENT ESTATE, ALSO TO CATER FOR 160 OLD PEOPLE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THE PREMISES SHOULD REACH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE, 19TH FLOOR, AT 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR.

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HE SAID THAT SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION FOR WELFARE PREMISES DID NOT AUTOMATICALLY COMMIT ANY SUBVENTIONS OR LOTTERIES FUND GRANT FOR THE PROJECT.

+SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE MADE IN DUE COURSE AND EACH CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN MERITS,* HE ADDED.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PREMISES AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION, TEL NO. i 5-7953754.

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LICENCES FOR RESERVOIR FISHING AVAILABLE

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LICENCES FOR RESERVOIR FISHING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY STARTING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SAIDi +THIS YEAR’S RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND LASTS UNTIL MARCH 31, 1982.+

LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED IMMEDIATELY TO THOSE WHO APPLY IN PERSON. APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS, GIVE THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES AND AGE AND PAY A FEE OF $20.

APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE BY POST GIVING NAMES, ADDRESSES, AGE AND IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS TOGETHER WITH A CROSSED CHEQUE OF $20 MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. FISHING LICENCES WILL BE MAILED TO THE APPLICANTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL THE RULES IN RESERVOIR FISHING MUST BE OBSERVED.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 1981

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AVIATION CHIEF TO ATTEND CATC MEETING * * *

MR B.’D. KEEP, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, WILL ATTEND THE 11TH MEETING OF THE COMMONWEALTH AIR TRANSPORT COUNCIL TO BE HELD IN NAIROBI FROM AUGUST 24 TO 28, 1981, ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG.

MR KEEP WILL PRESENT A PAPER AT THE MEETING ON THE PROGRESS TOWARDS A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT FOR HONG KONG SINCE 1972.

OTHER PAPERS TO BE PRESENTED BY DELEGATES FROM THE U.K., CANADA, AUSTRALIA, KENYA AND BRUNEI WILL DEAL WITH VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AIRPORT OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES, AVIATION SECURITY, AIRWORTHINESS, NAVIGATION AIDS AND COMMUNICATION FACILITIES, AND AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS.

THE MEETING PROVIDES A USEFUL MEANS FOR DELEGATES TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON AVIATION MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTERESTS.

AFTER THE MEETING, MR KEEP WILL ATTEND U.K./KOREA AIR SERVICES TALKS IN THE U.K. AND THEN GO ON LEAVE UNTIL EARLY OCTOBER. DURING THIS PERIOD, MR J.T. THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, WILL ACT AS DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

MEANWHILE, MR R.A. SIEGEL, AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER, WILL LEAVE FOR EUROPE AND THE U.K. TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO VISIT SOME MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS THERE. HE WILL SEE HOW THESE BUSY AIRPORTS ARE MANAGED AND OPERATED.

MR SIEGEL WILL THEN GO ON LEAVE UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER. MR W.C. HUTCHINGS, ASSISTANT AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER (OPERATIONS) WILL ACT AS AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER IN HIS ABSENCE.

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tuc 4k9—M11 LI ON HILL ROAD FLYOVER LINKING POKFULAM ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST WILL BE OPENED TO ONE WAY DOWNHILL TRAFF C FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE NEW FLYOVER WILL PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR -POKFULAM ROAD TRAFFIC HEADING FOR WESTERN OR CENTRAL DISTRICTS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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NEW MARKET FOR TUEN MUN

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARKET AND HAWKER BAZAAR NEAR SAM SHING HUI IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED INCLUDE 16 MEAT, EIGHT FISH AND FOUR POULTRY STALLS, 80 MINI-STALLS, AN OFFICE, STOREROOMS, SERVICE AREAS, STAFF QUARTERS AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ON THE ROOF OF THE MARKET.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN 10 MONTHS.

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THE 14TH CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM TOOK PLACE THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING OVER A 2 400 METRE COURSE FROM SHA LAN BEACH TO TAI MEI TUK SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE.

IT WAS ORGANISED BY TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

THE RACE ATTRACTED 350 PARTICIPANTS* 300 IN THE MEN’S SECTION, INCLUDING SEVEN EXPATRIATES, AND 50 IN THE WOMEN’S SECTION, INCLUDING ONE EXPATRIATE.

THE OLDEST ENTRANT WAS AGED 56 AND THE YOUNGEST 11.

THE RACE WAS STARTED AT 10.30 AM BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER TAI PO, MR NICKY LO.

THE WINNER OF THE MEN’S SECTION WAS MR CHEUNG WAN-CHI WHO FINISHED IN A TIME OF 37 MINUTES 13.5 SECONDS. HE WAS ALSO THE WINNER OF LAST YEAR. THE WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S SECTION WAS MISS LAI WAI WHOSE TIME WAS 42 MINUTES 41.7 SECONDS.

LAST YEAR, THE EVENT ATTRACTED 337 ENTRANTS IN THE MEN’S SECTION AND 60 IN THE WOMEN’S SECTION. MR CHEUNG FINISHED IN 36 MINUTES 39 SECONDS AND MISS MAK SIU-PING’S TIME WAS 42 MINUTES 38 SECONDS.

SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE WINNING LADIES, WHILE THE MEN RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES FROM MRS AKERS-JONES.

THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THAT THE CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER THE NEW COURSE. IT REPLACED THE TRADITIONAL 2 OOO-METRE COURSE BETWEEN NAM HANG AND YUEN CHAU TSAI, WHICH WAS SHORTENED AS A RESULT OF RECLAMATION WORK FOR NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

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SAFETY REMINDER FOR WORKERS

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A CONSTRUCTION WORKER ESCAPED DEATH AND SUFFERED ONLY MINOR INJURIES BECAUSE HE WAS WEARING A SAFETY HELMET AND SAFETY BELT WHILE WORKING AT HEIGHT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN HUNG HOM EARLIER THIS YEAR.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, COMMENTING ON THE ACCIDENT, REMINDED WORKERS THAT IT WAS EVIDENT THAT THE USE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN CONSTRUCTION SITES WAS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE NOT ONLY THE SAFETY OF AN INDIVIDUAL BUT THOSE WORKING AT THE SITE AS WELL.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED DURING A PILING OPERATION AT THE HUNG HOM CONSTRUCTION SITE. A DEFECTIVE SLING BROKE, SLIPPED AND HIT THE WORKER FROM ABOVE AND KNOCKED HIM OFF BALANCE.

FORTUNATELY, HE WAS WEARING A SAFETY HELMET AND CONSEQUENTLY ONLY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. THE SAFETY BELT HE WAS WEARING SAVED HIM FROM A POSSIBLE FATAL FALL.

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TENDERS FOR WORK ON NEW WATER MAIN * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING CF 550 METRES OF 600 MM DIAMETER FRESH WATER MAIN IN SING WOO ROAD, VILLAGE ROAD AND WANG TAK STREET IN HAPPY VALLEY.

IT FORMS PART OF THE PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE WATER SUPPLY TO EASTERN AND ABERDEEN AREAS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN FIVE MONTHS.

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PRIVATE CAR TALLY CLIMBS TO 202 000 * * * *

THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED PRIVATE CARS TOTALLED MORE THAN 202 800 AT THE END OF JULY, A RISE OF MORE THAN 23 500 OR 13 PER CENT OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

THIS COMPARES WITH A RISE OF ABOUT 25 700 DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDED JULY, 1980.

THE NUMBER OF NEW CARS REGISTERED DURING JULY TOTALLED 2 534 WHILE 913 REGISTRATIONS LAPSED.

THIS PRODUCED A NET INCREASE OF 1 641 CARS AND BROUGHT THE OVERALL TOTAL TO 202 881.

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SALT WATER CUT IN CENTRAL * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CENTRAL WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM TO 3.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 19) FOR WORK ON SALT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE AT CONDUIT ROAD, KOTEWALL ROAD, LYTTELTON ROAD, BONHAM ROAD, YING WA TERRACE, ROBINSON ROAD, CASTLE ROAD, SEYMOUR ROAD, LADDER STREET, JERVOIS STREET, BURD STREET, MACDONNELL ROAD, BOWEN ROAD, KENNEDY ROAD, PEEL STREET, MOSQUE JUNCTION, MOSQUE STREET, AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST FROM WESTERN STREET TO WHITTY STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-JUNE 1981 ............... 1

BUS TERMINUS TO BE MOVED FOR ONE NIGHT ......................... 5

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR JUNE 1981 .................................................... 6

HUNG HOM STADIUM ROOF LOWERED INTO POSITION..................... 7

KWUN TONG BOARD HEARS ABOUT SQUATTER PROBLEM.................... 8

MORE FLEXIBILITY IN CIVIL SERVANTS REFINANCING SCHEME .......... 9

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SURVEY IN TSUEN JAN .................... 10

LAUNCH PICNIC FOR SHAM SHUT PC WORKERS ......................... 10

WARNING OF POSSIBLE DANGERS IN CONFINED SPACES ................. 11

JING YING CHAMBER CONTINUES TO WIN PRAISE....................... 12

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-JUNE 1981 ******

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO JUNE 1981, VALUED AT $120 761 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCR.EASE OF 25 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1980.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 14 PER CENT TO $35 604 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 26 PER CENT TO $65 620 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 48 PER CENT TO $19 536 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 24 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 s-

JAN-JUNE 81 (HK$M) JAN-JUNE 80 (HK$M) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

USA 12 554 10 414 +2 140 +21

UK 3 394 3 128 266 ♦ 9

FR OF GERMANY 3 223 3 391 168 - 5

JAPAN 1 246 1 036 210 +20

CHINA 1 177 680 4- 497 +73

AUSTRALIA 1 076 895 181 +20

CANADA 993 762 231 +30

SINGAPORE 802 828 26 - 3

NETHERLANDS 724 737 13 - 2

FRANCE 699 621 + 78 ♦13

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE US CONTINUED TO GROW. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $917 MILLION OR 24%), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS (BY $631 MILLION OR 131%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $427 MILLION OR 45%) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $134 MILLION OR 19%). ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF OFFICE MACHINES DECLINED (BY $60 MILLION OR 46%).

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UK OF CLOTHING (BY $97 MILLION OR 6%), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $81 MILLION OR 59%), AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $65 MILLION OR 51%).

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AS FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN CLOTHING (BY $12 MILLION OR 1%) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $10 MILLION OR 7%).

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 $30 MILLION OR 15%, AND BY $57 MILLION OR 17%, RESPECTIVELY).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO JAPAN (BY $122 MILLION OR 50%), AND IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $131 MILLION OR 299%) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS (BY $85 MILLION OR 108%) TO CHINA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW j-

JAN-JUNE 81 (HK$M) JAN-JUNE 80 (HK$M) INCREASE (HK$M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 12 402 10 588 ♦1 814 +17

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 5 476 5 082 ♦ 394 ♦ 8

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 3 655 3 026 + 629 +21

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 2 576 2 025 + 551 ♦27

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2 416 2 361 + 55 + 2

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 401 2 158 + 243 + 11

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS i-

JAN-JUNE 81 (HKSM) JAN-JUNE 80 (HKSM) INCREASE (HK$M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 15 502 11 654 +3 848 +33

CHINA 13 207 9 629 +3 578 +37

USA 7 289 6 479 + 810 +13

TAIWAN 5 207 3 652 +1 555 +43

SINGAPORE 4 870 3 376 ♦1 494 ♦44

UK 2 915 2 536 + 379 +15

SOUTH KOREA 2 678 1 751 + 927 +53

FR OF GERMANY 1 625 1 443 + 184 +13

SWITZERLAND 1 469 1 341 + 128 ♦10

THAILAND 918 801 + 117 +15

LOCAL DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY $628 MILLION OR 62%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $608 MILLION OR 63%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $494 MILLION OR 48%), TEXTILES (BY $418 MILLION OR 24%), AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $349 MILLION OR 30%).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA, INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY $817 MILLION OR 45%), CLOTHING (BY $714 MILLION OR 90%), VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $212 MILLION OR 51%) AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY $164 MILLION OR 23%).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE US WERE LARGELY OF OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $180 MILLION OR 30%), ORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $144 MILLION OR 274%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $134 MILLION OR 26%), AS WELL AS VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $99 MILLION OR 32%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORTS CF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (BY $179 MILLION OR 29%), AND TEXTILE FIBRES (BY $290 MILLION OR 43%).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $730 MILLION OR 54%) FROM TAIWAN, AND OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $1 193 MILLION OR 55%) FROM SINGAPORE.

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THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION «-

IMPORTANT CHANGES

JAN-JUNE 81 (HK$M) JAN-JUNE 80 (HKSM) INCREASE (HK$M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATER IAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 19 303 15 690 +3 613 ♦23

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 15 495 11 486 +4 009 ♦35

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 10 784 7 495 +3 289 +44

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 6 298 5 171 +1 127 ♦22

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 5 059 3 682 +1 377 +37

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 4 276 4 264 + 12 INSIGNIFICANT

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $2 265 MILLION OR 136%), USA (BY $935 MILLION OR 74%), INDONESIA (BY $706 MILLION OR 58%), SINGAPORE (BY $447 MILLION OR 41%), MACAU (BY $205 MILLION OR 47%), SOUTH KOREA (BY $203 MILLION OR 44%), NIGERIA (BY $189 MILLION OR 64%), JAPAN (BY $173 MILLION CR 16%), UK (BY $143 MILLION OR 37%) AND PHILIPPINES (BY $122 MILLION OR 27%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (BY $43 MILLION OR 14%) AND SWITZERLAND (BY $82 MILLION OR 28%).

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MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $1 604 MILLION OR 92%), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $690 MILLION OR 149%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $496 MILLION OR 55%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $459 MILLION OR 93%), AND CLOTHING (BY $293 MILLION OR 44%).

THE JUNE 1981 ISSUE OF *THE HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY*, BEING A SUMMARY REPORT ON HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN JUNE 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 SEPTEMBER AND WILL ALSO EE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$10 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG. (TEL. NO. « 5-214375).

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BUS TERMINUS TO BE MOVED FOR ONE NIGHT

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THE TAI KOO SHING TERMINUS FOR CMB ROUTE NO. 21 WILL BE MOVED TO THE SAI WAN HO FERRY TERMINAL FOR ONE NIGHT FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 19) TO FACILITATE EXCAVATION WORK AT THE JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD AND TAI KOO SHING ROAD.

CMB ROUTE NO. 21 WILL AGAIN TERMINATE AT TAI KOO SHING ON THURSDAY MORNING (AUGUST 20).

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR JUNE 1981 *******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED ORDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1981 AS FOLLOWS:

ORDERS-ON-HAND IN TERMS OF MONTHS

INDUSTRY GROUP JUNE 1980 MAY 1981 JUNE 1981

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 5.0 4.6 4.8

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 2.6 2.5 2.5

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4.2 3.9 3.6

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 4.3 3.7 3.6

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MACHINERY, APPARATUS, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES 5.2 5.2 5.1

OTHERS 3.8 3.7 3.7

ALL MANUFACTURING 4.4 4.2 4.2

BOOK POSITION FOR

OVERALL ORDER

COMPARED WITH MAY 1981, THE

JUNE REMAINED UNCHANGED. INCREASES IN ORDERS WERE FOUND IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY WHILE DECREASES IN ORDERS WERE OBSERVED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, METAL PRODUCTS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUSTS INDUSTRIES.

THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE BASED ON AN UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SELECTED BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979. AS THE PANEL IS NOT A SCIENTIFICALLY DESIGNED SAMPLE, RESULTS OBTAINED WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE ONLY OF THE COMPANIES INCLUDED 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.

THE MONTHLY SURVEY ALSO ASKS QUESTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL AND COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS BESIDES MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR JUNE 1981 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT 31 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7213578).

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HUNG HOM STADIUM ROOF LOWERED INTO POSITION * * * *

THE 1 3OO-TONNE SPACE-FRAME ROOF STRUCTURE OF HONG KONG’S ♦INVERTED PYRAMID* MULTI-PURPOSE INDOOR STADIUM IN HUNG HOM, WAS TODAY LOWERED TO ITS DESIGNATED POSITION ON THE EDGES OF THE WALLS OF THE STADIUM, MARKING THE COMPLETION OF ANOTHER PHASE OF THE PROJECT.

OFFICIATING AT THE LOWERING CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD, POINTED OUT THAT THE DOUBLE-DECK ROOF, SPANNING 103.3 METRES, WAS THE LARGEST SPAN IN HONG KONG PROVIDING A COLUMN-FREE INTERIOR SPACE.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STADIUM WAS DONE IN THREE SEPARATE PHASES.

FIRST, THE ROOF STRUCTURE WAS CONSTRUCTED ON THE PODIUM FLOOR OF THE HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINUS COMPLEX AND THEN HOISTED TO A POSITION ABOUT 24 METRES ABOVE THE FLOOR AND SUPPORTED TEMPORARILY ON FOUR STEEL TOWERS.

PHASE TWO, WHICH HAD JUST BEEN COMPLETED, INVOLVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPPORTING SIDE WALLS.

PHASE THREE WOULD INCLUDE THE REMAINING STRUCTURAL WORKS AND THE FINISHING WORKS. THIS WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT YEAR, MR MCDONALD SAID.

BECAUSE THE STADIUM WAS BUILT ON THE PODIUM DECK ABOVE THE RAILWAY TRACKS, ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SUPPORTS COULD BE PROVIDED AT GROUND LEVEL, SO AS TO AVOID DISRUPTING THE TRACKS.

+AS A RESULT OF THIS CONSTRAINT, THE DESIGN OF THE STADIUM TOOK THIS BOLD FORM IN THE SHAPE OF AN INVERTED PYRAMID RESTING ON SUPPORTS WHICH ARE CARRIED DOWN THROUGH THE TRACK LEVEL TO THE CAISSON FOUNDATIONS,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

BEFORE ACTIVATING THE MECHANISM TO LOWER THE ROOF, NR MCDONALD CONGRATULATED THE PROJECT TEAM, PARTICULARLY ON LEE AND CO., THE ROOF SPACE-FRAME CONTRACTORS, AND TECHNIC CONSTRUCTION CO., THE GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE WALLS.

THE $133 MILLION INDOOR STADIUM WILL HAVE A SEATING CAPACITY FOR ABOUT 12 000 PEOPLE AND WILL BE AIR-CONDITIONED.

AMONG ITS MAJOR FEATURES WILL BE A FOUR-SIDED VIDEO SCREEN, SUSPENDED ABOVE THE CENTRE OF THE ARENA AND INCORPORATING A SCOREBOARD AND CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION FACILITIES.

SUCH EQUIPMENT, PROVIDING LARGER-THAN-LIFE CLOSE-UPS AND INSTANT REPLAYS, ALL IN COLOUR, WILL GIVE OPTIMUM VISUAL PLEASURE TO SPECTATORS.

THE ARENA ITSELF WILL BE LARGE ENOUGH FOR TWO BASKETBALL COURTS, VOLLEYBALL COURTS OR TENNIS COURTS, OR FOR EIGHT BADMINTON COURTS OR 24 TABLE-TENNIS TABLES AT ONE TIME.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS, MEETING ROOMS, GENERAL OFFICES, A LARGE EQUIPMENT STORE, FURNITURE STORE, CONTROL COUNTERS, BOOKING OFFICES AND TOILETS.

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KWUN TONG BOARD HEARS ABOUT SQUATTER PROBLEM * * * * *

EASTERN KOWLOON IS A FAVOURITE CONCENTRATION POINT FOR SQUATTERS, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WAS TOLD AT ITS FOURTH MEETING TODAY.

THIS WAS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, INCLUDING THE PRESENCE OF MANY HOUSING ESTATES, LARGE TRACTS OF UNDEVELOPED HILLSIDES, SUCH AS IN YAU TONG, LAM TIN AND SAU MAU PING, AND ALSO THE PRESENCE OF +GO-BETWEEN+ RACKETEERS WHO ORGANISE THE CONSTRUCTION OF HUTS FOR SALE TO MEET DEMAND, AND THE SUPPLY OF WATER FROM STREAMS OR CONNECTION FROM MAINS SUPPLY PIPE, AND ELECTRICITY, USUALLY FROM ILLEGAL TAPPING OF AN AUTHORISED SUPPLY, IT WAS TOLD IN A PAPER ON THE SQUATTER PROBLEM PREPARED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

SOME 80 PER CENT OF THE NEW SQUATTERS ARE RECENT IMMIGRANTS, THE BOARD WAS TOLD.

THERE HAS BEEN A RECENT UPSURGE IN SQUATTER BUILDING, AND WELL OVER 500 ILLEGAL HUTS WERE DEMOLISHED LAST MONTH IN KWUN TONG DISTRICT.

A WIDE RANGE OF MATTERS WAS DISCUSSED BY THE BOARD.

ON TRAFFIC, IT WAS TOLD THAT SEVERAL MEASURES HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE KWUN TONG AREA.

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE IS EXAMINING THE FEASIBILITY OF CONSTRUCTING A SEPARATE GRADED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING NETWORK IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA, WHILE THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAS FORMULATED BOTH SHORT AND MEDIUM TERM MEASURES TO EASE THE CONGESTION ALONG LEI YUE MUN ROAD.

IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT THE PROPOSED HOW MING LANE SUBWAY AND TSUN YIP LANE FOOTBRIDGE WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND IN APRIL, RESPECTIVELY.

IN THE AREA OF ENTERTAINMENT, LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE PREPARING FOR THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CARNIVAL TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 13 BY THE BOARD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE AREA’S CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION.

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MORE FLEXIBILITY IN CIVIL SERVANTS REFINANCING SCHEME * * * *

CERTAIN CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE CIVIL SERVANTS REFINANCING SCHEME, ALLOWING A SIX-MONTH EXTENSION UP TO MARCH 11, 1982 FOR LOAN APPLICATIONS, AND PROVIDING MORE FLEXIBILITY IN OBTAINING AND REPAYING THE LOANS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL SERVANTS’ FINANCE ADVISORY OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE CHANGES WERE MADE IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM THE PREVIOUS FOUR MONTHS OF THE SCHEME.

IN THAT TIME, IT WAS FOUND THAT A NUMBER OF APPLICANTS COULD AFFORD TO REPAY MORE THAN 25 PER CENT OF THEIR BASIC SALARIES EACH MONTH, WHILE SOME WOULD REQUIRE A LARGER REFINANCING LOAN THAN PERMISSIBLE THROUGH REPAYMENTS OF 25 PER CENT OF THEIR SALARIES, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

♦THIS QUESTION WAS RAISED WITH THE INSTITUTIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME AND AGREEMENT HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM THE MAJORITY CF THEM TO ALLOW CERTAIN FLEXIBILITY IN CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF THE REFINANCING LOAN WHICH THEY ARE PREPARED TO GIVE,+ HE SAID.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MAIN CHANGES:

(A) THE SIZE OF THE LOAN WILL HAVE TO BE WITHIN THE BORROWER’S REPAYMENT ABILITY"

(B) UP TO 40 PER CENT OF THE SALARY (AS AGAINST 25 PER CENT PREVIOUSLY) MAY BE REPAID MONTHLY ON THE LOAN FOR A TEN-YEAR PERIOD-

(C) IF A SPOUSE WITH A STEADY INCOME AGREED TO HELP, THE SIZE OF THE LOAN MAY BE INCREASED TO A SUM REQUIRING A MONTHLY REPAYMENT OF 50 PER CENT OF THE BORROWER’S SALARY.

A CHANGE HAS ALSO BEEN MADE TO ALLOW REFINANCING FOR SETTLEMENT OF DEBTS INCURRED AFTER MARCH 12, IF THE NEW DEBTS WERE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPAYMENT OF A LOAN OR PAYMENT OF INTEREST FOR A LOAN ACQUIRED BEFORE THAT DATE.

THE PERIOD OF GRACE CONCERNING CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS ON PECUNIARY EMBARRASSMENT, INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED IN KEEPING WITH THE APPLICATION PERIOD. STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY WILL BE MAINTAINED ON APPLICANTS WHO HAVE APPLIED BEFORE OR WILL BE APPLYING DURING THE EXTENSION PERIOD.

ALSO, FROM SEPTEMBER 14, THE OFFICE HOURS OF THE FINANCE ADVISORY OFFICE WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 5.30 PM ON WEEK-DAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

UP TILL LAST MONTH, 1 900 APPLICANTS WERE GIVEN REFINANCING ASSISTANCE INVOLVING AMOUNTS TOTALLING $30 MILLION. MOST OF THE APPLICANTS WERE IN THE $1 500 TO $2 000 SALARY GROUP AND BETWEEN 21 AND 40 YEARS OF AGE.

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SURVEY IN TSUEN WAN

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ABOUT 2 000 HOUSEHOLDS IN TSUEN WAN WILL TAKE PART IN A SURVEY ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE SURVEY WILL BE THE THIRD CONDUCTED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE TO COLLECT RESIDENTS’ VIEWS ON THE SCHEME AND THE ELECTIONS.

IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 20).

ABOUT 200 VOLUNTARY WORKERS, ASSISTED BY LIAISON OFFICERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS, WILL ASK HOUSEHOLD ABOUT THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THEIR WILLINGNESS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECTION AND THEIR CONFIDENCE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

SIMILAR SURVEYS WERE HELD IN MAY AND JUNE THIS YEAR WHEN ABOUT 1 200 PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED.

RESULTS FROM THE FIRST SURVEY SHOWED THAT MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OF TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS WERE AWARE OF THE SCHEME AND THE ELECTIONS. THIS ROSE TO 65 PER CENT IN THE SECOND SURVEY.

REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 1.

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LAUNCH PICNIC FOR SHAM SHU I PO WORKERS

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INDUSTRIAL WORKERS FROM THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY A LAUNCH PICNIC IN SA I KUNG ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 23).

THE LAUNCH PICNIC IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, LAI CHI KOK AND UN CHAU AREA COMMITTEE AND THE TING TAI WAH CHONG METAL MANUFACTURING CO. LTD.

+THE AIM OF THE PICNIC IS TO INTRODUCE THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION TO INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT THROUGH RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES,* A SPOKESMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY WILL INCLUDE SWIMMING, FISHING, WATER GAMES, A QUIZ, A LUCKY DRAW, AND TALKS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

AMONG THOSE PRESENT WILL BE MR ISAAC CHOW, DISTRICT OFFICER (SHAM SHUI PO), AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS.

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WARNING OF POSSIBLE DANGERS IN CONFINED SPACES

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EMPLOYERS AS WELL AS WORKERS ARE URGED TO BE ALERT TO THE DANGERS THAT MAY EXIST IN CONFINED SPACES — OXYGEN DEFICIENCY OR THE PRESENCE OF DEADLY GASES.

THE PLEA WAS MADE TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, FOLLOWING THE RECENT ACCIDENT IN WHICH FOUR PEOPLE DIED AFTER BEING REPORTEDLY OVERCOME BY UNKNOWN GASES INSIDE A WELL IN SHEUNG SHU I.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT EXAMPLES CF CONFINED SPACES COMMONLY FOUND IN INDUSTRY WERE WELLS, CHAMBERS, TANKS, VATS PITS, TUNNELS, PIPES, FLUES, BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS, IN ALL OF WHICH DANGEROUS FUMES MIGHT BE PRESENT.

FOR THEIR PART, EMPLOYERS SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT A CONFINED SPACE IS FREE FROM DANGEROUS FUMES, HARMFUL GASES, OR OXYGEN DEFICIENCY, AND TO ENSURE THAT THE SPACE IS ADEQUATELY VENTILATED.

EMPLOYERS MUST ALSO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT BREATHING APPARATUS, SUITABLE REVIVING EQUIPMENT, OXYGEN VESSELS, SAFETY BELTS AND ROPES.

THIS EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE READILY AVAILABLE AND IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION, AND WORKERS MUST BE PROPERLY INSTRUCTED IN ITS USE.

IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR WORKERS TO BE MORE SAFETY CONSCIOUS, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

THEY SHOULD NOT ENTER A CONFINED SPACE UNLESS AUTHORISED TO DO SO BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

WHILE ENTERING OR REMAINING IN A CONFINED SPACE, THEY MUST WEAR BREATHING APPARATUS UNLESS IT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED THAT THE SPACE IS SAFE AND FREE FROM DANGEROUS FUMES OR OXYGEN DEFICIENCY.

IF PRACTICABLE, THEY SHOULD WEAR A SAFETY BELT AND ROPE SO THAT THEY MAY BE PULLED OUT IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (CONFINED SPACES) REGULATIONS REQUIRE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO OBSERVE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS WHEN ENTERING OR WORKING IN CONFINED SPACES. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS MIGHT LEAD TO PROSECUTION AND A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50 000 FOR EMPLOYERS.

HE SAID THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF SAFETY TRAINING COURSES FREt CF CHARGE, INCLUDING CONFINED SPACE SAFETY.

IN ADDITION THE FACTORY INSPECTORS AT VARIOUS DIVISIONAL OFFICES ARE ALWAYS READY TO OFFER ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC ON MATTERS CONCERNING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

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JING YING CHAMBER CONTINUES TO W I N PRAISE K * * *

THE HONG KONG JING YING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, IN MELBOURNE TO PERFORM IN THE FIFTH AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL, CONTINUES TO WIN FAVOURABLE COMMENTS.

AT A LUNCH-TIME PERFORMANCE OF DOMING LAMS ’CONTRAST’ AND SCULTHORPE’S ’ IRKANDA IV’ AT MELBA HALL, THE CONSERVATOR IUM OF MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY ON AUGUST 6, THE ORCHESTRA WAS DESCRIBED BY THE AUDIENCE, COMPRISING MUSIC TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, AS +ENDOWED WITH A MUSICAL MIND, TINGED WITH TOUCHES OF SHEER POETRY ... A PERFORMANCE TO RESPECT.+

THE FOLLOWING EVENING THE ORCHESTRA TOOK PART IN A CONCERT AT THE DALLAS BROOKS HALL, TOGETHER WITH THE HANNOVER COLLEGE OF MUSIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. THE JING YING’S PRESENTATION OF BEETHOVEN’S FIRST SYMPHONY WAS SAID TO BE +SPARKLING+ AND +STYLISH+.

THE JING YING MUSICIANS ALSO PRESENTED AN EXTENDED PROGRAMME AT THE FINAL PERFORMANCE OF THE AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA.

THE PROGRAMME WAS PRECEDED BY A LION DANCE AND INCLUDED PERFORMANCES BY THE CHINESE ENSEMBLE AND A DIZ I SOLO. SOME 2 500 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE PERFORMANCE.

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A 20-MEMBER DELEGATION LED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR MAURICE LANE LEFT FOR MACAU TODAY (MONDAY) TO ATTEND MACAU FIREMEN’S DAY.

DURING THEIR TWO-DAY VISIT, THE DELEGATION WILL ATTEND A REQUIEM MASS FOR MACAU FIRMEN WHO DIED ON DUTY, FOLLOWED BY A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY.

THEY WILL ALSO VISIT THE MACAU FIRE STATION AND TOUR THE CITY AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS.

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VISIT WILL BE A FRIENDLY SEVEN-A-SIDE MINI SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN THE TWO SERVICES.

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MODERNISED RAILWAY E^UAL TO BEST ANYWHERE ......................... 1

$37 MILLION AIR-CONDITIONING CONTRACT SIGNED ..................... 2

LASER SHOT FOR MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT SHA TIN ..................... 5

REEINDER ON OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS ................................ 4

SIX NT SITES SOLD FOR $140 MILLION................................. 5

FAMILIES TO GATHER AT PICNIC ...................................... 6

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC FOR KWAI TAI ROAD.................................. 6

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1981

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MODERNISED RAILWAY EQUAL TO BEST ANYWHERE ******

the modernised kowloon-canton railway would offer a suburban SERVICE EQUAL TO THE MOST MODERN IN THE WORLD, THE CONTROLLER OF RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MR D.M. HOWES, SAID TODAY.

HE TOLD THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG, THAT THE INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN WAS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN THE SPRING OF 1982, WHILE THE OUTER SUBURBAN SERVICE THROUGH TO LO WU SHOULD BE OPERATING BY THE BEGINNING OF 1983.

HE DESCRIBED THE DIFFICULTIES OF REBUILDING THE RAILWAY IN SITE

♦AT PRESENT, THE WHOLE RAILWAY FROM KOWLOON THROUGH TO LO WU IS VIRTUALLY A CONTINUOUS BUILDING SITE WITH A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF MAIN CONTRACTORS AT WORK,* HE SAID.

♦THE WORK CONTENT PER ROUTE KILOMETRE IS FAR IN EXCESS OF ANYTHING IN MY OWN 45 YEARS OF RAILWAY SERVICE AND GREATER THAN THE MODERNISATION/ELECTRIFICATION OF THE WEST COAST MAIN LINE FROM LONDON TO GLASGOW IN THE UK,+ MR HOWES SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THERE WERE NO DIVERSIONARY ROUTES WHICH WOULD ALLOW SECTIONS OF THE RAILWAY TO BE CLOSED FOR REBUILDING.

+THE REALITY IS THAT ALL THE PHYSICAL WORK OF REBUILDING AFFECTING THE OPERATION OF THE ON-GOING RAILWAY HAS TO BE COMPRESSED INTO A PERIOD OF ONLY FIVE HOURS OUT OF EACH 24 - FROM ROUGHLY MIDNIGHT TO 5 AM, WHEN THE RAILWAY IS COMMERCIALLY CLOSED.*

GIVEN SUCH CONSTRAINTS AND ITS EXISTING RESOURCES, THE KCR WAS OPERATING THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE TRAIN SERVICE, BUT THERE WAS INCREASING EVIDENCE OF UNSATISIFIED DEMAND AND OVERCROWDING ON TRAINS.

+IN SHORT, THE EXISTING RAILWAY IS ALREADY BEING ASKED TO PERFORM, UNDER EXTREMELY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE TASK OF HANDLING A TRAFFIC VOLUME ABOVE ITS DESIGN CAPABILITY.

+1 THINK IT IS TO THE GREAT CREDIT OF ALL RANKS OF THE KCR THAT THEY ARE MANAGING TO MAINTAIN A REASONABLE STANDARD OF SERVICE DURING THE REBUILDING PERIOD.*

A MAJOR TASK WAS THE RETRAINING OF KCR STAFF AND TRAINING OF NEW RECRUITS. THE NUMBER OF STAFF WOULD RISE FROM ABOUT 1 200 TO SOME 1 800.

+FORTUNATELY, KCR STAFF, WITH THE BENEFIT OF A LARGE NUMBER OF EXPERIENCED RAILWAYMEN, HAVE SHOWN TREMENDOUS APTITUDE IN LEARNING NEW TECHNOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TECHNIQUES,* MR HOWES SAID.

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BY The end of august, the kcr would begin trial running and DRIVER TRAINING WITH THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS OVER THE FIRST ENERGISED SECTION BETWEEN THE MAINTENANCE DEPOT AT RACECOURSE AND THE FEEDER STATION AT TAI WAI.

THE new TRAINS WOULD COMMAND PUBLIC APPROVAL AND OFFER IMMEASURABLY IMPROVED STANDARDS OF COMFORT, HE SAID.

*THE RAILWAY, BEING ELECTRIFIED AT 25 OOO VOLTS, A STANDARD NOW GENERALLY APPLICABLE ON ALL MODERN SURFACE RAILWAYS, IS ENTIRELY SAFE, BUT DOES HAVE INHERENT DANGERS IF PEOPLE BEHAVE FOOLISHLY,+ MR HOWES SAID.

♦QUITE APART FROM THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN THE RAILWAY HAS BEEN PHYSICALLY FENCED FROM END TO END.*

COMMENTING ON THE SPEED TRIP BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA NEW INTERCHANGE STATION WITH ONLY 12 MINUTES.

OF THE NEW SERVICE, HE SAID THAT A TIN, CALLING AT MONG KOK AND THE THE MTR AT KOWLOON TONG, WOULD TAKE

♦A JOURNEY FROM KOWLOON TO LO WU CALLING AT ALL STATIONS WILL TurETAT?iE MINUTES, AGAINST AN AVERAGE AT PRESENT OF 70 MINUTES. TOTAL'NGREDIENTS OF The NEW RAILWAY WILL PRESENT A DRAMATIC mp THE RA,LWAY AND T0 THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC,*

MM HUwcS SAID.

137 MILLION AIR-CONDITIONING CONTRACT SIGNED * * *

TWO CONTRACTS WORTH A TOTAL OF $37 MILLION WERE AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) TO TWO HONG KONG COMPANIES FOR THE SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND

MAINTENANCE OF ROOM

AIR-CONDITIONERS AND DEHUMIDIFIERS

UNDER THE CONTRACTS, MORE THAN 10 000 UNITS OF ROOM AIR-CONDITIONERS AND DEHUMIDIFIERS WILL BE SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED BY SHUN HING ELECTRIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING CO. AND CHINA COLD STORAGE AND ENGINEERING CO. THE COMPANIES WILL MAINTAIN THE UNITS FOR FIVE YEARS.

THE CONTRACTS WERE SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR G.J. OSBORNE, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER, W W.K. LAM OF SHUN HING ELECTRIC AND MR JAMES M.H. WU OF CHINA COLD STORAGE.

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LASER SHOW FOR MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT SHA TIN X # K

HONG KONG’S FIRST EVER OUTDOOR LASER SHOW WILL BE GIVEN AT SHA TIN RACECOURSE NEXT MONTH.

THE SHOW IS PART OF AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 12, 13 AND 14 FROM 8 PM -10.30 PM.

DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME WERE GIVEN AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES- UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE FESTIVAL STEERING COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG, MR CHAM SIU-LEUN AND MR LIU YUN-SUM- MR DAVID YAU OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME SUB-COMMITTEE, MISS MARIA WAN- AND THE FESTIVAL COORDINATOR, MR CHUNG LING-HOI.

THE LASER SHOW WOULD BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR PROGRAMME, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

LASERS WILL BE USED TO CREATE A VARIETY OF HIGHLY COLOURFUL EFFECTS ON AND OVER HILLS SURROUNDING THE RACECOURSE.

+1 AM SURE THE EFFECT WILL BE DRAMATIC AND EXCITING, AND APPEAL TO ALL AGES,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

THE LASER SHOW WILL BE SPLIT INTO THREE SEGMENTS AT THE BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END OF THE SHOW. IT IS BEING STAGED BY AN ENGLISH COMPANY, LASER CREATIONS.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES A LANTERN DANCE BY 230 SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM THE BISHOP HALL JUBILEE SCHOOL- KIANGSU-CHEKIANG COLLEGE- FUNG KAI MIDDLE SCHOOL- SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE-ST. MARGARET GIRLS’ SCHOOL (KOWLOON)- AND TAK CHING GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL- A MASS LION DANCE WITH 18 LIONS BY THE YUEN LONG COMMUNITYMILITARY BAND MUSIC BY THE QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS- AND A VARIETY SHOW BY HK-TVB ARTISTES.

SOME 12 000 PEOPLE A NIGHT WOULD BE ABLE TO ATTEND +THIS UNIQUE WAY OF CELEBRATING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL*.

ALTHOUGH THE SHOW WILL BE STAGED IN SHA TIN, IT WILL BE A TERRITORY-WIDE EVENT AND PEOPLE FROM ALL PARTS OF HONG KONG ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

TICKETS FOR THE FESTIVAL COST $5 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THURSDAY FROM 20 ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES AND ALL BRANCHES OF TOM LEE PIANO LIMITED.

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A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARKING PERMITS COSTING $20 EACH WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FROM OFF-C URSE BETTING CENTRES AT THE STAR FERRY-AUSTIN ROAD, KOWLOON- a.sD TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE EVENT IS BEING ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE ARMED FORCES, THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND SEVERAL COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY ON THE FIRST EVENING.

THE EVENT WILL COST A TOTAL OF >850 000 TO STAGE, OF ...4ICH $150 000 IS BEING DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND $400 000 BY PRIVATE DONATIONS.

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EMPLOYERS WERE REMINDED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THEY SHOULD INFORM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OF AN OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD OF SEVEN DAYS IF THE INJURED EMPLOYEE IS GIVEN SICK LEAVE FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT ISSUED THE REMINDER FOLLOWING TWO RECENT COURT CASES IN WHICH A RESTAURANT AND A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WERE EACH FINED THE MAXIMUM OF $1 000 FOR FAILING TO NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF AN OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IF AN EMPLOYEE IS INJURED AT WORK AND GIVEN SICK LEAVE BY A DOCTOR FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS, THE EMPLOYER SHOULD COMPLY WITH THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE BY NOTIFYING THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE ACCIDENT.

THE EMPLOYER SHOULD DO SO WHETHER OR NOT THE ACCIDENT GAVE RISE TO LIABILITY TO PAY COMPENSATION.

ANY EMPLOYER WHO, WITHOUT A REASONABLE EXCUSE, FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THAT PARTICULAR PROVISION, WAS LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND, ON SUMMARY CONVICTION, TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1 000.

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SIX NT SITES SOLD FOR $140 MILLION * * * *

SIX TOTAL OF FOR A 22

LOTS LAND IN THE NEW territories were sold for a $140 MILL 101 HALF OF WHICH ($70 MILLION) WAS REALISED S'TE F0R ™-ST0R”- &

THIS SITE, WITH A BUILDING COVENANT OF $12.9 MILLION TO BE PER SQUAREWMETRE WAS^lOl' W£NT T° T°P SH*N L,M,TED* THE PR,CE

ANOTHER SITE IN SHA TIN FOR THE SAME TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT, MEASURING 1 330 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD FOR $5.5 MILLION ($4 135 PER SQUARE METRE). THE PURCHASE.' WAS DOUBLE WEALTHY COMPANY LIMITED, WHO WILL HAVE TO FULFIL A BUILDING COVENANT OF $1.12 MILLION WITHIN THREE YEARS.

TWO SITES IN TUEN MUN FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT REALISED A TOTAL OF $40 MILLION.

THE LARGER SITE MEASURING 2 851 SQUARE METRES SOLD FOR $22 MILLION ($7 717 PER SQUARE METRE). THE PURCHASER, EASTERN CATER ENTERPRISES COMPANY LIMITED, WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET A FOUR-YEAR BUILDING COVENANT OF $23.14 MILLION.

THE SMALLER SITE, MEASURING 2 018 SQUARE METRES, REALISED $18 MILLION ($8 920 PER SQUARE METRE). THE PURCHASER WAS ALLIED AND ASSOCIATED ENTERPRISES (HONG KONG) LIMITED, WHOSE BUILDING COVENANT COMMITMENT IS $15.96 MILLION WITHIN A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD.

THE FIRST YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL SITES TO BE OFFERED FOR MANY YEARS SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF C24.5 MILLION.

ONE SITE, MEASURING 2 565 SQUARE METRES WAS BOUGHT BY UNIWEL LAND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED FOR $18 MILLION ($7 018 PER SQUARE METRE). THE BUILDING COVENANT IS $15.39 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

THE OTHER SITE MEASURES 1 159 SQUARE METRES AND WAS SOLD

TO ANNKING ENTERPRISES LIMITED FOR $6.5 MILLION ($5 608 PER

SQUARE METRE). THIS SITE HAS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $6.95 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS.

MR TONY HARLAND, WHO CONDUCTED THE AUCTION, DESCRIBED THE SUMS REALISED FOR THE SIX SITES AS +GENERALLY SATISFACTORY*-.

heTR6s“EwisT»lTORAIwS? NEW T0WN CERTRE' MEASURINS 5 204 S0UARE

AT TL^urHirL^Sr.SAID THAT THE L0T WOULD probably be offered again AT THE NEXT GOVERNMENT AUCTION OF NEW TERRITORIES LAND.

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FAMILIES

ABOUT 300 RESIDENTS DAY FAMILY PICNIC TO SAI

TO GATHER AT PICNIC * * * M *

IN LOK FU AREA WILL TAKE PART IN A ONE-KUNG ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 23).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LOK FU AREA COMMITTEE AND THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EVENT IS AIMED PRIMARILY AT FOSTERING +UNDERSTANDING AND HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIPS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN LOK FU, AREA+. AT THE SAME TIME, IT SEEKS TO INTRODUCE THE WORK OF THE AREA COMMITTEE TO THEM.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE THREE WINNERS OF A QUIZ CONTEST ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, WHICH WAS HELD EARLIER AS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

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KWAI TAI ROAD BETWEEN KWAI TAK STREET AND CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL BE CHANGED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM (WGUST 19) FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE AREAF C FL0W DURING THE ^CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD SURFACE IN THE

DURING THE RE-ROUTING PERIOD, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON THE

R%a1BTED v,‘ KWAI ™ STREET AND ml

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ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS NEW TERRITORIES ............................ 1

GUIDE TO CHEAPER STUDENT. TRAVEL OUT SOON........................... 2

CHOI HUNG ROAD CLEARWAY TO BE EXTENDED ............................. 2

ROAD DESIGN CONTRACT SIGNED......................................... 3

TAPS OFF FOR REPAIRS ..............................................

TRAM-ONLY LANE FOR MORRISON HILL ROAD............................... 4

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1981

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ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS NEW TERRITORIES *****

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, SPENT THE WHOLE OF TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BEING UPDATED ON DEVELOPMENTS THERE.

ACCOMPANIED BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SIR JACK FIRST SAW THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM THE AIR, FLYING OVER THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY POWER STATION SITE ON LAMMA ISLAND AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY SITE AT TAP SHEK KOK. HE ALSO FLEW OVER TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG AND SHA TIN, BEFORE LANDING AT YEUNG UK ROAD PLAYGROUND IN TSUEN WAN.

FROM THE ROOF OF THE FOU WAH CENTRE IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD, SIR JACK WAS GIVEN DETAILS OF VARIOUS NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE TSUEN WAN MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY EXTENSION, WHICH IS DUE TO BE IN OPERATION NEXT YEAR, BY THE ACTING TOWN MANAGER, W LUI HAU-TUEN, AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR C.N. FONG.

HE WAS GIVEN THE LATEST INFORMATION ON PUBLIC HOUSING, TRANSPORT, AND PLANS TO DEVELOP A ROAD NETWORK TO COPE WITH THE TRAVEL NEEDS OF A POPULATION WHICH WILL RISE TO 1 000 000 BY THE LATE 1980’S FROM A PRESENT FIGURE OF 750 000.

IN TUEN MUN, SIR JACK WAS BRIEFED AT YAU 01 ESTATE BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, INCLUDING EDUCATION AND SECURITY IN ESTATES, AND THE TRANSPORT SITUATION. DETAILS OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WERE PROVIDED BY THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR NG TECK-SHENG.

TUEN MUN’S POPULATION, NOW ABOUT 120 000, WILL CLIMB TO NEARLY 600 000 BY 1990.

AFTER A WORKING LUNCH WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BASED IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT, THE ACTING GOVERNOR TRAVELLED TO YUEN LONG WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG, WHO FROM A VANTAGE POINT TOLD HIM ABOUT PLANS TO FILL IN LOCAL FISH PONDS AND DEVELOP THEM INTO RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS. PROJECTS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC IN YUEN LONG WERE ALSO EXPLAINED.

SIR JACK THEN TRAVELLED TO TAI PO WHERE PROGRESS ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS WERE OUTLINED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO.

THE FINAL CALL WAS SHA TIN, WHERE FROM A LOOKOUT POINT ABOVE THE HOME OWNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT SUI WO COURT, SIR JACK WAS BRIEFED BY THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR KENNETH KWOK, AND THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICERS, MR BOB WILSON AND MR AUGUSTINE CHENG. SHA TIN’S EVENTUAL POPULATION WILL BE 750 000.

THE TOUR ENDED WITH A DINNER HOSTED BY MR AKERS-JONES AND NRS AKERS-JONES AT ISLAND HOUSE, WHERE SIR JACK WAS JOINED BY LADY CATER.

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GUIDE TO CHEAPER STUDENT TRAVEL OUT SOON * * ft *

A LEAFLET THAT EXPLAINS HOW MORE THAN HALF A MILLION FULLTIME STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR CHEAPER TRAVEL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION NEXT WEEK, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, SAID TODAY.

MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING A BRIEFING, HELD AT THE NEW PREMISES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE, ON PREPARATIONS BEING MADE FOR THE LAUNCHING NEXT MONTH OF THE GOVERNMENT’S S23O-MILLI0N STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME.

THE SCHEME WILL PROVIDE CHEAPER TRAVEL ON BUSES, FERRIES, TRAINS AND TRAMS TO ALL STUDENTS AGED FROM 12 TO 25 WHO ARE ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME COURSES RANGING FROM PRIMARY TO FIRST-DEGREE UNIVERSITY LEVEL.

♦LEAFLETS EXPLAINING THE SCHEME WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFF ICE,♦ MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

♦TO COPE WITH A POSSIBLE 600 000 APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS, 60 ADDITIONAL STAFF WILL BE EMPLOYED TO HELP PROCESS APPLICATIONS SO THAT VALIDATED CARDS CAN BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.*

MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT REMINDED STUDENTS THAT INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED.

♦STUDENTS MUST APPLY THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS WHEN THE ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS NEXT MONTH,♦ HE SAID.

THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE’S NEW LOCATION IS ROOM 705, CAPITOL CENTRE, 5-19 JARDINE’S BAZAAR, CAUSEWAY BAY. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR INQUIRIES IS 5-7954631.

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.IaL?vAJLT2uZ PM URBAN CLEARWAY RUNNING ALONG THE EASTBOUND CARR I AGEWAY OF CHOI HUNG ROAD, FROM A POINT ABOUT 95 METRES SOUTH SH,NG STREET T0 TAi YAU STREET, WILL BE T^TEv?nDe5^IJiARDS T0 A P0,NT AB0UT 190 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE TAI YAU STREET JUNCTION FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 21).

u.ii CLEARWAY, NO VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES,

WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP OR PICK UP PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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ROAD DESIGN CONTRACT SIGNED * * * *

AN AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BETWEEN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND A FIRM REPRESENTING A JOINT VENTURE OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS, TO INVESTIGATE, DESIGN AND SUPERVISE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL THREE-LANE TRUNK ROAD FROM AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PROJECT IS PART OF A SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER, MR HAROLD BEATON, SIGNED THE AGREEMENT WITH MR TONY VAIL OF BINNIE AND PARTNERS (HONG KONG), REPRESENTING THE JOINT VENTURE, MR M.M. RICH OF WILBUR SMITH AND ASSOCIATES, AND MR W.G. HETHERINGTON OF HARRIS AND SUTHERLAND (FAR EAST).

MR BEATON SAID THAT EXISTING DEVELOPMENTS AT YUEN LONG, FAIRVIEW PARK AND FANLING HAD ALREADY GENERATED SIGNIFICANT VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM AU TAU TO FANLING.

AS THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS BEING PLANNED FOR MAI PO, SAN TIN AND KWU TUNG PROGRESSED, THE CAPACITY OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD WOULD NEED TO BE IMPROVED TO ACCOMMODATE THE INCREASED TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE NEW ROAD, WHICH WILL GENERALLY FOLLOW THE ROUTE OF THE EXISTING CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WILL BE ABOUT 12.5 KILOMETRES LONG. IT WILL HAVE GRADE-SEPARATED INTERCHANGES AT AU TAU, FAIRVIEW PARK AND SAN TIN.

THE ROAD WILL HAVE TWO THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS, WITH SERVICE ROADS, CYCLE TRACKS, FOOTWAYS AND GRADE-SEPARATED CROSSINGS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS.

THE NEW ROAD IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1984.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1981


TAPS OFF FOR REPAIRS KOK

FRESH OR SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF AREAS IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TEMPORARILY CUT FOR REPAIRS AND TESTS EARLY NEXT WEEK.

ON MONDAY (AUGUST 24), FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN POK FU LAM WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SASSOON ROAD AND NORTHCOTE CLOSE, INCLUDING NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND TELEGRAPH BAY VILLAGE.

ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 25), FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 9 PM TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORKS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WEST SIDE FROM TAI CHUNG ROAD, TO THE END OF 11-1/2 MILESTONE, TING KAU AREA INCLUDING CHAI WAN KOK STREET, SHA TSUI ROAD, FROM TAI CHUNG ROAD, TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD, PAK TIN PAR STREET, TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, TSUEN WAN CENTRE AND ON YUK ROAD.

ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 26), SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN EAST KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM FOR REPAIR WORKS.

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED ARE SAU MAU PING DISTRICT, LAM TIN DISTRICT, SHUN LEE ESTATE AND CHOI WAN ESTATE.

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TRAM-ONLY LANE FOR MORRISON HILL ROAD ******

THE TRAM TRACK RUNNING ALONG THE SECTION OF MORRISON HILL ROAD BETWEEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A TRAM-ONLY LANE FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 22) TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY.

NO ROAD VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE LANE, WHICH WILL BE INDICATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK ................................................ 1

ROAD CONGESTION HAMPERING BUS OPERATIONS, SAYS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ........................................   3

INCREMENTAL CREDIT FOR SOCIAL YORK ASSISTANTS ....................... 4

GAS STEERING GROUP MBITS GAS INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES ............... 5

TENDERS CALLED FOR MORE TAXI LICENCES ............................... 6

TENDERS INVITED FOR JOINT DEVELOPMENT ............................... 7

FOUR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITES FOR TENDER ............................. 7

COST OF BREACHING LABOUR LAWS ....................................... 8

DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF RETIRES ........................................... 8

DANCE AND FITNESS COURSES ATTRACT THOUSANDS ......................... 9

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR OK TSING YI ........................ 10

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2Q, 1981

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HONG KONG’S WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK STILL DEPENDED HEAVILY ON THE RAINFALL TO BE RECEIVED IN THE REMAINDER OF THE WET SEASON, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WILLIAM TUCKER, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF CASTLE PEAK, MR TUCKER SAID THAT A HEAVY RAINSTORM OR RAINSTORMS COULD CHANGE THE PICTURE MATERIALLY.

♦THERE IS STILL SUFFICIENT OF THE WET SEASON LEFT TO EXPECT IMPROVEMENT IN THE STORAGE POSITION AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE DEPRESSIONS WHICH APPEAR TO FORM WITH REGULARITY IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA WILL DECIDE TO GRACE OUR SHORES IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE,* HE SAID.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MAY, HONG KONG HAD RECEIVED 797 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN COMPARED WITH THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY MEDIAN FORECAST FROM MAY TO OCTOBER OF 1 440 MILLIMETRES, MR TUCKER SAID.

+WE THEREFORE HAVE SOME LEEWAY TO MAKE UP BEFORE WE REACH THE MEDIAN VALUE OF THE FORECAST, WHICH IS ITSELF ONLY 76 PER CENT OF THE LONG TERM AVERAGE FOR THE PERIOD.*

MR TUCKER REPEATED THE ASSURANCE HE GAVE EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT A FULL WATER SUPPLY WOULD BE MAINTAINED UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER, AND THAT THE WATER POSITION WOULD BE FULLY REVIEWED EARLY IN SEPTEMBER.

THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE DESALTER AT LOK ON PAI MIGHT HAVE TO BE OPERATED DURING THE COMING WINTER.

♦THE PLANT IS BEING PREPARED ACCORDINGLY FOR OPERATION IN OCTOBER, SHOULD THIS PROVE TO BE NECESSARY,* HE SAID.

♦A LOT WILL DEPEND ON THE RAINFALL RECEIVED IN THE REMAINDER OF THE WET SEASON, AS THIS WILL DETERMINE NOT ONLY WHETHER THE DESALTER HAS TO BE REACTIVATED, BUT ALSO THE LEVEL OF SUPPLY THAT CAN BE SUPPORTED THROUGHOUT THE WINTER SO THAT WE DO NOT ENTER THE NEXT WET SEASON WITH AN UNACCEPTABLY LOW STORAGE.*

MR TUCKER SAID THAT THE DESALTER, OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY, COULD PRODUCE 182 000 CUBIC METRES OF FRESH WATER A DAY, OR ABOUT 12 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S CURRENT CONSUMPTION.

BECAUSE OF ITS HIGH OPERATING COST, THE DESALTER WAS BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ONLY WHEN THE NEED WAS IMPERATIVE, MR TUCKER SAID.

♦BUT WHAT IS LESS WELL UNDERSTOOD IS THAT IT CONTRIBUTES TO THE OVERALL YIELD OF OUR SYSTEM EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT OPERATING. THIS IS BECAUSE THE CONVENTIONAL SYSTEMS CAN BE OPERATED AT GREATER EFFICIENCY - OR GREATER RISK, IF YOU PREFER - IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE DESALTER IS AVAILABLE FOR OPERATION IF NECESSARY.*

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TURNING TO WATER FROM CHINA, MR TUCKER SAID THAT UNDER THE AGREEMENT SIGNED IN MAY LAST YEAR, MORE WATER WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FROM 1983, INCREASING BY ANNUAL INCREMENTS OF ABOUT 35 MILLION CUBIC METRES TO 620 MILLION CUBIC METRES A YEAR IN THE MID-1990S.

♦FOR COMPARISON, THIS FIGURE IS GREATER THAN OUR TOTAL CONSUMPTION AT THE PRESENT TIME. I SHOULD STRESS, HOWEVER, THAT THIS FIGURE IS NOT LIMITING AND THE AGREEMENT ALLOWS FOR DISCUSSION FOR FURTHER SUPPLIES BEYOND THE AMOUNT OF 620 MILLION CUBIC METRES CONTAINED IN THE CURRENT AGREEMENT,+ HE SAID.

+AT PRESENT, WATER FROM CHINA REPRESENTS ABOUT 30 PER CENT CF OUR CONSUMPTION AND THIS SOURCE WILL BE MORE THAN TREBLED OVER THE NEXT 14 YEARS TO BECOME ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE ESTIMATED DEMAND IN THE MID-1990S.+

MR TUCKER SAID THAT THIS INCREASE WOULD REQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL WORK IN CHINA AND HONG KONG. WORK HAD BEGUN IN GUANGDONG PROVINCE, WITH A VIEW TO COMPLETION IN FOUR TO FIVE YEARS.

TO RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE THE WATER IN HONG KONG, THREE STAGES HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED TO MEET DEMAND UP TO 1986, 1990 AND 1994 AT PRESENT-DAY ESTIMATES OF $698 MILLION, $377 MILLION AND $134 MILLION, A TOTAL OF $1.2 BILLION.

+THE WORK FOR THE FIRST STAGE IS QUITE EXTENSIVE AND INCLUDES THE NEW RIVER CROSSING AT SHENZHEN- RECEPTION TANKS AND PUMPING STATION AT MUK WU- AN AQUEDUCT FROM MUK WU TO TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR- A TUNNEL FROM PAT HEUNG TO YAU KAM TAU IN TSUEN WAN AND FOUR PUMPING STATIONS: ONE EACH AT AU TAU, FAN KAM ROAD NEAR THE GOLF CLUB, LOWER SHING MUN AND TAI PO TAU,+ MR TUCKER SAID.

HE SAID THE WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA WAS BEING INCREASED IN THE CURRENT SUPPLY PERIOD BY 30 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS WAS BEING ACHIEVED BY EXTENDING THE SUPPLY PERIOD BY ONE MONTH TO THE END OF AUGUST AND BY MAINTAINING A HIGH LEVEL CF DELIVERY.

NORMALLY, CHINA SUPPLIED WATER FOR 10 MONTHS OF THE YEAR FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JULY 31, ALLOWING TWO MONTHS FOR MAINTENANCE.

♦FOR THIS YEAR THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES HAVE AGREED TO CURTAIL THE SHUTDOWN TO ONE MONTH, THIS BEING THE MINIMUM PERIOD NECESSARY FOR CARRYING OUT WORKS ON THEIR SYSTEM,* MR TUCKER SAID.

♦AS A POINT OF INTEREST, THE SUPPLY PERIOD WILL BE CHANGED NEXT YEAR SO AS TO OPERATE FROM MAY 1 TO FEBRUARY 28 THE FOLLOWING YEAR.*

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ROAD CONGESTION HAMPERING BUS OPERATIONS, SAYS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ******

THE EFFECTS OF ROAD CONGESTION ON BUS OPERATIONS IS AN AREA OF GREAT CONCERN, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, SAYS IN HIS DEPARTMENT'S 1980 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY).

♦ALTHOUGH THE MAIN BUS COMPANIES INTRODUCED MORE THAN 350 ADDITIONAL DOUBLE-DECK VEHICLES DURING THE YEAR, THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED WAS LESS FOR KMB AND ONLY SLIGHTLY HIGHER FOR CMB,+ HE SAID.

♦THIS SHOULD HAVE RESULTED IN BUSES ON MANY ROUTES BEING LESS CROWDED, BUT MUCH OF THE IMPROVEMENT WAS LOST BECAUSE WORSENING ROAD CONGESTION MEANT THAT JOURNEY TIMES WERE LENGTHENED AND THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS EACH BUS WAS ABLE TO CARRY THROUGHOUT THE DAY WAS REDUCED.+

MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY OF BUS SERVICES IN CONGESTED CONDITIONS COULD BE CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED BY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES INCORPORATING PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES.

BUT HE SAID i ♦ IN THE OLDER URBAN AREAS, WHERE MUCH OF THE ROAD SYSTEM WAS ESTABLISHED IN DAYS OF RELATIVELY LIGHT TRAFFIC, IT IS INEVITABLE THAT THE PROVISION OF PRIORITY FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL BE AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER ROAD-USERS.

♦THE AIM WILL CONTINUE TO BE TO MOVE THE GREATEST NUMBER CF PEOPLE AND GOODS IN VEHICLES WHICH MAKE THE MOST EFFICIENT USE OF THE LIMITED ROAD SPACE AVAILABLE.

♦TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES REGISTERED AND LICENSED, AND 1980 WAS AGAIN A RECORD YEAR WITH A NET INCREASE OF MORE THAN 38 000 REGISTERED VEHICLES, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO JUST SHORT OF 300 000.

♦NEW ROAD CONSTRUCTION, PARTICULARLY IN THE URBAN AREA, OBVIOUSLY CANNOT KEEP UP WITH INCREASES OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND THE FIGURES ON THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES USING THE CROSS-HARBOUR AND LION ROCK TUNNELS ILLUSTRATE THE SPEED WITH WHICH TRAFFIC ON THESE ROADS IS REACHING CAPACITY.

♦THE SAME IS HAPPENING ON OTHER ROADS, WHERE THE NUMBER OF HOURS PER DAY DURING WHICH CONGESTION REACHES SERIOUS PROPORTIONS IS INCREASING.♦

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INCREMENTAL CREDIT FOR SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANTS * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS

PROPOSED TO SUBVENTED

VOLUNTARY AGENCIES THAT THEY AWARD INCREMENTAL CREDIT TO SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANTS WHO HAVE HAD ACCEPTABLE RELEVANT POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO FIRST APPOINTMENT.

IN A LETTER EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE DEPARTMENT INFORMED THE AGENCIES THAT APPROVAL HAD BEEN OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT T0 AWARD INCREMENTAL CREDIT FOR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE TO SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANTS IN THE DEPARTMENT.

'I ,S PROPOSED THAT THIS ARRANGEMENT BE EXTENDED TO THE RANK OF SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

THE DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION HAS BEEN FIXED AT OCTOBER 1, 1981.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE AWARD OF INCREMENTAL CREDIT FROM OCTOBER 1 DID NOT MEAN THAT SOCIAL WORKERS RECRUITED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES BEFORE THAT DATE WOULD MISS OUT.

THE ARRANGEMENT WOULD APPLY TO BOTH SERVING OFFICERS AND NEW APPOINTEES.

^ELIGIBLE SERVING OFFICERS WHO POSSESS SUITABLE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND WHO HAVE NOT REACHED THE MAXIMUM POINT OF THE SALARY SCALE CAN APPLY TO HAVE THEIR PAY ADJUSTED FROM OCTOBER 1,+ FE SAID.

EXPERIENCE WHICH IS IN EXCESS OF THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANTS AND WHICH IS RELEVANT TO THE SWA APPOINTMENT AND OBTAINED AT A LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY COMPARABLE TO THAT OF SWA IS ACCEPTABLE FOR INCREMENTAL CREDIT.

ONLY EXPERIENCE AFTER THE ACQUISITION OF A RECOGNISED DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IN SOCIAL WORK IS COUNTED.

+THE AWARD OF INCREMENTAL CREDIT IS SUBJECT TO THE PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS FOR THE WELFARE WORKER RANK, THE DEPARTMENT IS AWAITING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ON THE QUESTION OF INCREMENTAL CREDIT FOR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE.

+WE WILL GIVE DUE CONSIDERATION TO THIS WHEN THE COUNCIL COMES UP WITH DETAILED INFORMATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TOWN GAS AND LPG INDUSTRIES TODAY (THURSDAY) JOINED MEMBERS OF THE GAS CONSULTANCY STEERING GROUP IN A USEFUL DISCUSSION ON GAS SAFETY MEASURES.

THE STEERING GROUP, CHAIRED BY THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, MEETS REGULARLY TO REVIEW AND TO DIRECT THE WORK OF THE GAS CONSULTANTS COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO EXAMINE ALL ASPECTS OF THE INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS TODAY, THE STEERING GROUP AND THE INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES EXCHANGED VIEWS ON THE BEST MEANS TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN USING GAS WATERHEATERS, AND TO CO-ORDINATE THEIR PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS.

THEY ALSO REVIEWED THE FOLLOW-UP ACTION THAT HAS BEEN TAKEN ON THE CORONER’S RIDERS AT THE END OF THE INQUEST INTO GAS WATER-HEATER RELATED DEATHS EARLIER THIS YEAR.

WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE CONTROL AT PRESENT, THE GOVERNMENT IS ENLISTING THE VOLUNTARY SUPPORT OF THE INDUSTRIES TO IMPLEMENT THE RIDERS.

THE DISCUSSIONS INCLUDED BETTER DESIGNED WARNING LABELS, STEPPED-UP TRAINING FOR APPLIANCE FITTERS, RESTRICTION ON THE INSTALLATION OF UNSAFE HEATERS, AND PLANNED PUBLICITY AIMED PARTICULARLY AT YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE MEETING TODAY ALSO COVERED THE SUBJECT OF TRAINING FACILITIES FOR WORKERS JOINING THE INDUSTRIES. COMPREHENSIVE FACILITIES ARE ALREADY PROVIDED BY TOWN GAS AND SOME LPG MARKETERS. THE POSSIBILITIES OF CO-ORDINATED FORMS OF TRAINING WERE ALSO EXPLORED.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 2Q, 1981

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TENDERS CALLED FOR MORE TAXI LICENCES ft * * *

IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO CONTINUE ISSUING TAXI LICENCES, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL CALL TENDERS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR A FURTHER 300 URBAN TAXI LICENCES AND 150 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, bfl ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, SAID IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S USUAL PRACTICE TO INVITE TENDERS FOR TAXI LICENCES IN BATCHES AT INTERVALS OF ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

TENDER FORMS FOR THE 450 TAXI LICENCES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION TOMORROW FROM EITHER THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, CENTRAL, OR THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF THE PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

GREEN TENDER FORMS WILL BE USED FOR URBAN TAXI LICENCES AND YELLOW FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PROSPECTIVE TENDERERS CANNOT USE ANY OTHER FORM ISSUED PREVIOUSLY.

TENDERERS MUST DEPOSIT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES $25 000 FOR EACH URBAN TAXI LICENCE AND $15 000 FOR EACH NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCE INCLUDED IN THE TENDER.

AS ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS, PREMIA MAY BE TENDERED FOR ONE OR MORE URBAN OR NEW TERRITORIES TAXI.

A TENDERER MAY SUBMIT ONE TENDER FORM FOR ANY NUMBER OF TAXI LICENCES NOT EXCEEDING 300 FOR THE URBAN AREA AND 150 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TENDERER MAY ALSO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE TENDER FORM BUT, IF A SINGLE TENDER FORM IS SUBMITTED FOR MORE THAN ONE LICENCE, THE PREMIUM OFFERED FOR EACH LICENCE MUST BE THE SAME.

IF THE NUMBER OF LICENCES AVAILABLE IS LESS THAN THE NUMBER REQUIRED BY THE TENDERER, A SMALLER NUMBER OF LICENCES MAY BE ALLOCATED TO HIM.

A PUBLIC BALLOT MAY BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERERS WHO OFFER THE SAME UNIT PREMIUM.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS, TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPTS, MUST BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE IN SEALED ENVELOPES, ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX, IN THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 4, 1981.

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THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ANOTHER RESIDENTIAL SITE FOR JOINT VENTURE DEVELOPMENT.

THE 7 251 SQUARE-METRE SITE IS IN WYLIE PATH, KOWLOON.

UNDER THE SALE CONDITIONS, THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER MUST BUILD FOR THE GOVERNMENT, FREE OF CHARGE, THREE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS, EACH OF 40 FLATS.

THE SIZE OF THE FLATS WILL BE 176 SQUARE METRES TO 215 SQUARE METRES.

THE REMAINING BLOCKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER FOR DISPOSAL IN THE OPEN MARKET IN THE USUAL WAY.

CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 16.

TENDER FORMS, WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FROM HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS A/B) FOR FOUR NEW TERRITORIES INDUSTRIAL/ GODOWN SITES.

TWO OF THE SITES ARE IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA AND TWO ARE IN TUEN MUN.

THE YUEN LONG SITES, LOCATED BETWEEN THE TOWN AND THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, MEASURE 2 698 SQUARE METRES AND 1 217 SQUARE METRES.

THE BUILDING COVENANT IS $16.19 MILLION FOR THE LARGER SITE AND $7.3 MILLION FOR THE SMALLER SITE, BOTH TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS. THE PLOT RATIO IS FIVE FOR BOTH SITES.

THE TUEN MUN SITES, MEASURING 1 630 SQUARE METRES AND 1 459 SQUARE METRES, ARE SITUATED NEAR SHEK PAI TAU.

THEY HAVE A MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 AND CARRY FOUR-YEAR BUILDING COVENANTS OF $15.14 MILLION AND $12.77 MILLION.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD REACH THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 18.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE NTA AND THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFFICES.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 1981

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COST OF BREACHING LABOUR LAWS * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TOOK OUT 686 PROSECUTIONS LAST MONTH (JULY) FOR BREACH OF LABOUR LEGISLATION, RESULTING IN 661 CONVICTIONS WITH FINES TOTALLING MORE THAN $420 000.

MOST OF THE CASES CONCERNED BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS VARIOUS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS TOTALLED 250, RESULTING IN FINES TOTALLING $225 650.

THESE INCLUDED 148 CASES (WITH $117 000 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 39 CASES (WITH $63 850 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ACCOUNTED FOR 385 CASES WITH $183 130 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, SEVEN CASES RELATED TO FAILURE KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $2 750 IN FINES.

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DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF RETIRES * * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR MAURICE LANE WILL BE RETIRING NEXT MONTH AFTER SERVING 25 YEARS WITH THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE FIRE SERVICES HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH POINT TODAY (THURSDAY) THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR F.M. WATSON PRESENTED A MEMENTO TO MR LANE ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

DURING HIS YEARS OF SERVICE, MR LANE PROGRESSED THROUGH THE RANKS TO BECOME A CHIEF FIRE OFFICER IN 1968. HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU, THEN KNOWN AS FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU. DURING HIS FIVE YEARS AS HEAD OF THE BUREAU, NEW LEGISLATION GOVERNING FIRE SAFETY IN HONG KONG’S GROWING NUMBERS OF SKYSCRAPERS WAS INTRODUCED.

MR LANE WAS APPOINTED TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN 1975. HE WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL (FIRE SERVICES) FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE IN 1966 AND THE QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN 1972.

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DANCE AND FITNESS COURSES ATTRACT THOUSANDS

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MORE THAN 4 500 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ATTRACTED TO THE CITY LIONS CLUB SPORTS CENTRE RUN BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE SINCE THE CENTRE OPENED IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

LOCATED BENEATH THE STAND OF THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB STADIUM IN SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY, THE CENTRE PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF DANCE AND FITNESS COURSES FOR PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS TASTES AND INCLINATIONS.

THE CENTRE’S FITNESS ROOM IS EQUIPPED WITH MOST MODERN FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE GYM MACHINE WHICH HELPS PEOPLE TO TONE UP THEIR MUSCLE OR LOSE A FEW EXTRA POUNDS, SAID THE CENTRE MANAGER, MR HO MING-CHEONG.

+THE GYM MACHINE, IN CONTRAST TO THE TRADITIONAL FORMS OF ATHLETIC EXERCISES, PROVIDES 16 DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPECIFIC EXERCISES TAILORED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF VARIOUS PEOPLE,* MR HO SAID.

ANOTHER TYPE OF NEW FACILITY IS THE ISOKENT IC SWIM BENCH — ONE OF A VERY FEW IN HONG KONG — WHICH ENABLES PARTICIPANTS TO SIMULATE SWIMMING IN VARIOUS STYLES, SUCH AS BUTTERFLY PULL, CRAWLSTROKE PULL, BACKSTROKE PULL AND BREAST PULL AND KICK. THESE EXERCISES WILL HELP PEOPLE TO BECOME MUCH EASIER IN WATER.

THE CENTRE ALSO OFFERS ALL KINDS OF DANCE COURSES OR DANCE-INS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO +SWING+ OR +JAZZ UP+. LESSONS ALSO INCLUDE BALLET AND WESTERN DANCING, BALLROOM DANCING AND MODERN DANCING.

THE DANCE ROOM HAS BEEN FURNISHED WITH TINTED MIRRORS AND ADJUSTABLE HAND-RAIL ROUND THE WALL TO MAKE IT AN IDEAL PLACE FOR DANCE ENTHUSIASTS, SAID MR HO.

THE CENTRE ALSO ORGANISES DIFFERENT DANCE COURTS FOR JUNIORS AND YOUNG ADULTS AND THESE HAVE HAD OVERWHELMING RESPONSE.

FACILITIES IN THE CENTRE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVERY DAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM. DETAILS OF THE COURSES AND OF OTHER ACTIVITIES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HEADQUARTERS AT 11TH FLOOR, WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND ITS DISTRICT OFFICES.

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR ON TSING Yl * * * *

THE TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TOMORROW (FRIDAY) NIGHT.

THE SEMINAR, THE FIRST FOR THE ISLAND’S 42 000 POPULATION, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUB ASSOCIATION AT CHING WAI HOUSE IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE STARTING AT 8.30 PM.

TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOSEPH WONG, WILL GIVE A TALK ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WITH SLIDES AND MAPS. A BOOKLET ON TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE ISLAND’S RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CHAN TIN-SOONG- FISHERMEN’S REPRESENTATIVE, MR WONG DAI-HEI-AND TRADE ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN, MR WONG TAK-YAN. THEY WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR WORK AS MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS SUB-COMMITTEES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

FOR THE ELECTION, TSING Yl WILL HAVE ONE CONSTITUENCY AND TWO POLLING STATIONS AT TSING Yl PUBLIC SCHOOL IN TSING Yl MAIN STREET AND THE BUDDHIST YIP KAI NAM MEMORIAL COLLEGE IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE. REGISTRATION OF VOTERS WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 1.

THE MAJORITY OF TSING Yl’S POPULATION LIVES IN CHEUNG CHING AND CHEUNG HONG PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, WHILE ABOUT 5 000 LIVE IN THE TWO FISHING VILLAGES AT MOON TSAI TONG, NORTH OF THE ISLAND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE NEW UNOFFICIALS FOR LEGCO........................... 1

TSING YI ZONING PLAN AMENDED.............................. 2

REORGANISATION- OF RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WORKS, LAND, TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ............. 3

HK BAR QUALIFICATION RECOGNISED IN ENGLAND, WALES ........ 4

YAU MA TEI DMC HOLDS FIRST MEETING........................ 5

LEGCO MEMBERS VISIT FORESTRY WORK CAMP ................... 6

CLEAN-UP AT TUEN MUN MARKET AND HAWKER AREAS ENDS ........ 7

TAI HING ESTATE CARNIVAL TO BE HELD TOMORROW ............. 7

NO MORE FREE PARKING IN SOME CENTRAL AREAS

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

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THREE NEW UNOFFICIALS FOR LEGCO *****

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, TODAY ANNOUNCED A NUMBER OF CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THREE NEW UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAVE BEEN APPOINTED FOR TWO YEARS - MR CHEUNG YAN LUNG, MRS SELINA CHOW AND MISS MARIA TAM.

TWO EXISTING UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ARE STEPPING DOWN AFTER A LONG PERIOD OF SERVICE. THEY ARE W OSWALD CHEUNG AND MR LI FOOK-WO. THE OVERALL NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON THE COUNCIL IS RAISED FROM 26 TO 27.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT LAST YEAR, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, BY ORDER-IN-COUNCIL, HAD AMENDED THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS ENABLING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF BOTH UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TO BE INCREASED TO 27.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS WOULD STRENGTHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND WOULD HELP TO SHARE OUT THE CONTINUALLY INCREASING WORKLOAD OF THE MEMBERS.

MR CHEUNG, MBE, JP, 58 YEARS OLD, IS A BUSINESSMAN WHO WAS BORN IN HONG KONG.

A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, MR CHEUNG HAS LONG BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH PUBLIC SERVICE IN HONG KONG AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY, THE MARKETING ADVISORY BOARD, THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME COMMITTEE. HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CF THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

MRS SELINA CHOW, JP, WAS BORN IN HONG KONG IN 1945. SHE IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN. SHE HAS A BA DEGREE FROM HONG KONG UNIVERSITY. SHE IS A FILM PRODUCER WITH BRAINCHILD LTD.

SHE WAS APPOINTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL IN 1980. SHE IS AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION, A MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, AND THE LAY ASSESSOR PANEL. SHE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE ZONTA CLUB 1974/75.

MISS TAM WAS BORN IN 1945 AND WAS EDUCATED IN HONG KONG. SHE TOOK HER LAW DEGREE AT LONDON UNIVERSITY. SHE IS A PRACTISING BARRISTER.

SHE HAS BEEN AN ELECTED MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL SINCE APRIL 1979. SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, THE HONG KONG FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY AND THE HONG KONG BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ASSOCIATION.

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SHE WAS FORMERLY CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS RE-APPOINTED FOR TWO YEARS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ARE MR ALEX WU SHU-CHIH, DR RAYSON LISUNG HUANG, MR CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO, MR HU FA-KUANG, MR WONG PO-YAN, M? w.C.L. BROWN, MR CHAN KAM-CHUEN, MR J.J. SWAINE AND MR STEPHEN CHEONG KAM-CHUEN.

THE APPOINTMENTS OF THE REMAINING 15 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS RUN UNTIL AUGUST 31, 1982.

THE THREE NEW APPOINTMENTS OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, AND ALL NINE rE-APPOINTMENTS, TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1.

TSI NG Yl ZONING PLAN AMENDED * * * M *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY ANNOUNCED AN AMENDMENT TO DRAFT TSI NG Yl OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

NOTICE OF THE AMENDMENT IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THE AMENDMENT INVOLVED CHANGES OF THE NOTATIONS OF KIGHT INDUSTRIAL*. +HEAVY INDUSTRIAL* AND +SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL* SITES TO ♦INDUSTRI AL*.

NOTES ATTACHED TO THE PLAN HAVE ALSO BEEN REVISED.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED IN THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICES- CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE- THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN , HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

♦ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN MAY SUBMIT OBJECTIONS IN WRITING ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10, 1981 TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.*

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

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REORGANISATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WORKS, LAND, TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ******

THREE SENIOR GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

MR DEREK JONES (PREVIOUSLY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT) IS TO BECOME SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR DAVID MCDONALD WILL BE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, AND MR JOHN TODD (PREVIOUSLY HEAD OF THE LANDS DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENT BRANCH) WILL BECOME DIRECTOR OF LANDS (DESIGNATE).

THE APPOINTMENTS TAKE EFFECT IN SEPTEMBER, ALTHOUGH INITIALLY MR MCDONALD WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO BE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. BOTH MR JONES AND MR MCDONALD WILL CONTINUE AS OFFICIAL MEMBERS CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE NEW POSTS WERE PART OF THE FIRST PHASE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF A MAJOR REORGANISATION. THIS FIRST PHASE INVOLVES THE ABOLITION OF THE ENVIRONMENT BRANCH. THE BRANCH’S TRANSPORT DIVISION IS BEING STRENGTHENED AND TRANSFORMED INTO A NEW TRANSPORT BRANCH, WHILE THE LANDS DIVISION WILL INITIALLY FORM THE NUCLEUS OF THE NEW LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH.

IN ADDITION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACTIVITIES WILL BE GIVEN ADDED EMPHASIS BY PLACING THE RELEVANT DIVISION UNDER THE DIRECTOR CF ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WHO WILL BE RETITLED DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND APPOINTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE SECOND STAGE OF THE REORGANISATION WILL TAKE PLACE TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, AND WILL INVOLVE THE REPLACEMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT BY A NUMBER OF SEPARATE ’WORKS’ DEPARTMENTS, THE CREATION OF THE REST OF THE NEW LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, AND THE STRENGTHENING OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE APPOINTMENT OF MR TODD AS DIRECTOR OF LANDS (DESIGNATE) WILL ENABLE DETAILED PLANNING TO PROCEED FOR THE CREATION OF A NEW LANDS DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LAND ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS CURRENTLY SPLIT BETWEEN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS. THERE WILL ALSO BE A RATIONALISATION OF THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE IN THIS AREA. THE AIM IS TO CREATE THE NEW DEPARTMENT IN ABOUT APRIL 1982.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

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HK BAR QUALIFICATION RECOGNISED IN ENGLAND, WALES * * * *

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR JOHN GRIFFITHS, Q.C., ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT FOLLOWING TALKS HE CONDUCTED IN LONDON, THE BAR COUNCIL IN ENGLAND HAS AGREED TO THE MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS WITH HONG KONG.

THIS MEANS THAT THE POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LAWS (PCLL) CF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY IS NOW ACCEPTED BY THE BAR COUNCIL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ACTUAL PRACTICE AT THE BAR IN HONG KONG, AS AN APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATION FOR CALL TO THE BAR OF ENGLAND AND WALES.

IN MAKING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, MR GRIFFITHS SAID HE WAS SURE ALL MEMBERS OF THE BAR IN HONG KONG WOULD BE PLEASED THAT THE STATUS AND QUALITY OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATION AND OF PRACTICE AT THE HONG KONG BAR HAD BEEN SO APPROPRIATELY RECOGNISED.

HE WAS ALSO DELIGHTED THAT THE CLOSE TIES BETWEEN ENGLAND AND HONG KONG HAD BEEN PUBLICLY RECOGNISED IN THIS WAY.

AGREEMENT WAS REACHED WITH THE BAR COUNCIL FOLLOWING NEGOTIATIONS BY MR GRIFFITHS AS LEADER OF THE HONG KONG BAR OVER THE PAST YEAR.

ON JULY 30, 1981 THE SENATE OF THE INNS OF COURT AND THE BAR APPROVED A NEW CONSOLIDATED REGULATION TO RECOGNISE THE HONG KONG QUALIFICATIONS.

THE REGULATION MAINLY PROVIDES FOR MEMBERS OF THE BAR OF HONG KONG OF NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS STANDING TO BE CALLED TO THE BAR OF ENGLAND AND WALES, SUBJECT TO FULFILLING CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG BAR WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE PRACTICAL EXERCISES IF THEY HAVE THE PCLL OR HAVE BEEN IN ACTIVE PRACTICE AT FOR THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THREE YEARS.

THREE YEARS.

THE HONG KONG BAR

MR GRIFFITHS HAS WRITTEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG BAR TO INFORM THEM OF THIS GOOD NEWS.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

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YAU MA TEI DMC HOLDS FIRST MEETING * * * *

THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (DMC), THE SEVENTH TO BE SET UP IN THE URBAN AREA, HELD ITS FIRST MEETING TODAY, AUGUST 21, 1981.

DEPARTMENTS REPRESENTED ON THE DMC INCLUDE THE POLICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. EDUCATION, HOUSING, LABOUR, MEDICAL AND HEALTH, SOCIAL WELFARE, TRANSPORT, RECREATION AND SPORT, URBAN SERVICES, FIRE SERVICES AND HOME AFFAIRS.

♦WE POPE THAT BY BRINGING TOGETHER DEPARTMENTAL REPRE ENTATIVES AT AN APPROPRIATE LEVEL WHO CAN SPEAK AUTHORITATIVELY AND ACT UPON DEPARTMENTAL MATTERS AFFECTING THE DISTRICT DIRECTLY, DISTRICT PROBLEMS CAN BE TACKLED WITH FRESH IMPETUS,* SAID THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DMC, MR WILFRED WONG, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (YAU MA TEI/MONG KOK).

♦ALTHOUGH YAU MA TEI, IN TERMS OF POPULATION AND AREA, IS A RELATIVELY SMALL DISTRICT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE OTHER SIX DISTRICTS WHERE DMCS ARE ALREADY IN OPERATION, THE COMPLEXITY AND MULTIPLICITY OF PROBLEMS CONFRONTING THIS OLD AND FULLY BUILT-UP DISTRICT CALL FOR STILL BETTER CO-ORDINATION OF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL EFFORTS,♦ HE SAID.

MR WONG DISCLOSED THAT IN YESTERDAY’S MEETING, MEMBERS AGREED THAT PRIORITY WOULD BE GIVEN IN TACKLING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, QUITE A FEW OF THEM HAVE A LONG HISTORY AND HAVE NOT LENT THEMSELVES TO SATISFACTORY SOLUTION SO FAR. THE DMC HAD ALSO IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF WORKING TARGETS TO BE DEALT WITH IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

♦IN ORDER TO ENABLE THE DMC TO SET IN MOTION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, MEMBERS OF THE DMC WILL INSPECT SOME OF THE TARGET AREAS IN YAU MA TEI SHORTLY,♦ MR WONG SAID.

♦OF COURSE WE WILL NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE NEED FOR MORE AND BETTER COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES. THE DMC WILL PROMOTE RECREATIONAL, SPORTS, ART AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, APART FROM INITIATING ACTION TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL CONDITIONS,♦ HE REMARKED.

♦THE DMC WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WHEN IT IS SET UP IN MARCH NEXT YEAR. VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE DMC. TO ENCOURAGE GREATER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO CONSULT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE DISTR ICT.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

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LEGCO MEMBERS VISIT FORESTRY WORK CAMP * * * *

TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON W.C.L. BROWN AND THE HON ANDREW SO KWOK-WING, TODAY (FRIDAY) SAW FOR THEMSELVES PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN ACTION.

THEY FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO THE SHEK PIK COUNTRY PARK ON LANTAU ISLAND WHERE A SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMP IS BEING RUN FOR 18 SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM THE BUDDHIST TAI KWONG MIDDLE SCHOOL.

ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE FORESTRY WORK CAMP SCHEME IS A POPULAR AND MEANINGFUL SUMMER ACTIVITY DESIGNLD TO PROMOTE CONSERVATION EDUCATION AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TO OFFER THEM A RECREATIONAL OUTLET WHILE MANAGING THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

ACCOMPANYING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS ON THE VISIT WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION, MR F. DE S. OZORIO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, NR A. J. REEVE AND INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS (SCIENCE STUDIES) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR K.K. LAI.

THEY WERE MET ON ARRIVAL AT THE SHEK PIK COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE BY THE SENIOR CONSERVATION OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR S.P. LAU, AND THE CONSERVATION OFFICER (EDUCATION), MR M.K. CHEUNG.

THE VISITORS WERE CONDUCTED ON A TOUR OF THE CAMP SITE WHERE THEY INSPECTED THE ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER FACILITIES MADE AVAILABLE BY THE ORGANISERS. THEY STOPPED NOW AND THEN TO TALK TO TEACHER LEADERS AND STUDENT CAMPERS, ABOUT THEIR DUTIES.

MR BROWN AND MR SO THEN PROCEEDED BY CAR TO A WORK SITE IN THE LANTAU COUNTRY PARK WHERE THEY SAW THE STUDENT CAMPERS AT WORK TENDING YOUNG PLANTATION TREES AND CLEARING OVERGROWN FOOTPATHS.

BEFORE WINDING UP THEIR VISIT, THEY EXCHANGED USEFUL IDEAS WITH THE ORGANISERS AND SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES.

THE SHEK PIK CAMP IS ONE OF THE 80 FORESTRY WORK CAMPS IN 15 COUNTRY PARKS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAVE ORGANISED THIS YEAR.

THE SCHEME, FUNDED BY A DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, STARTED 16 YEARS AGO AS A SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITY. IT HAS BECOME MORE POPULAR IN RECENT YEARS AS MORE COUNTRY PARKS OPENED.

A TOTAL OF 74 FORESTRY WORK CAMPS WERE RUN LAST YEAR FOR MORE THAN 2 000 SCHOOL CHILDREN.

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CLEAN-UP AT TUEN MUN MARKET AND HAWKER AREAS ENDS

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A WEEK-LONG CLEAN-UP EFFORT AT TUEN MUN MARKET AND HAWKER AREAS WHICH ENDED TODAY HAS BROUGHT ABOUT A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE VARIOUS MARKETS AND HAWKER TRADING AREAS.

A TOTAL OF 480 BASKETS OF REFUSE AND EIGHT LORRY-LOADS OF BULKY ITEMS WERE REMOVED FROM VARIOUS TRADING AREAS, IN THE EFFORT WHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMM'TTEE OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE CLEAN-UP WAS CARRIED OUT AT SAN HUI MARKET, TUEN MUN TEMPORARY HAWKER BAZAAR, TUEN MUN SAN HUI COOKED FOOD BAZAAR, SAN HUI MARKET NEW EXTENSION AND SHOP FRONT AREAS ALONG THE SAN TSI NG ROAD.

AT A CEREMONY MARKING THE CLOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN, A TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHEUNG KAM-HUNG, PRESENTED SOUVENIR BANNERS TO THE CIVIC-MINDED HAWKERS AND SHOP OPERATORS WHO HELPED IN THE CLEAN-UP.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, bR LAM CHI-CHUNG, MR CHEUNG ALSO TOURED THE MARKETS AND HAWKERS AREAS.

A SIMILAR CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT LAM TEI NEXT WEEK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TAI HING ESTATE CARNIVAL TO BE HELD TOMORROW * * * *

A TWO-HOUR CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN TAI HING ESTATE, TUEN MUN, TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

THE CARNIVAL, WHICH IS TO BE HELD IN THE OPEN AREA NEAR HING WAI HOUSE, HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY TAI HING YOUTH SERVICE GROUP AND FUNDED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. THE CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, TUEN MUN, AND TAI HING PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THE EVENT.

THERE WILL BE 13 STALLS MANNED BY MEMBERS OF TUEN MUN JUNIOR POLICE CALL, THE YIN NGA I SOCIETY, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, TAI HING YOUTH GROUPS, COMMUNITY HALL YOUTH GROUP AND AN OLD AGED GROUP.

ENTRY IS FREE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SALVATION ARMY TAI HING YOUTH CENTRE, THE COMMUNITY HALL, THE F.M.S. TAI HING YOUTH CENTRE, THE CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE AND TAI HING PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE.

A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE PERFORMED AT 7.30 PM BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE LIAISON OFFICER, MISS ANGIE IP- THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI HING YOUTH SERVICE GROUP, MR WONG KWAN-SHING- AND A RESIDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE, MR CHAN LAP-KU I.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1981

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NO MORE FREE PARKING IN SOME CENTRAL AREAS *****

THERE WILL BE NO MORE FREE PARKING ON 20 STREETS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS FROM MONDAY, AUGUST 24, AS A RESULT OF THE INSTALLATION OF 266 MORE PARKING METERS.

THE EXTRA METERS ARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF RATIONALISING THE USE OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES IN THE TWO DISTRICTS AND DETERSING LONGTERM PARKING, ACCORDING TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S SEN.IiR TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR ALDOUS CHUNG.

♦IT IS GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT 15 PER CENT OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES BE KEPT AVAILABLE FOR USE AT MOST TIMES OF THE DAY THROUGH THE USE OF PARKING METERS,+ HE SAID.

THE NEW METERS WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONSt

CENTRALi CASTLE ROAD, SHELLEY STREET, STAUNTON STREET, ELGIN STREET, ARBUTHNOT ROAD, HIGH STREET, KO SING STREET, PO YAN ------------- YEE STREET.

STREET AND PO

WESTERNi EASTERN STREET, WESTERN STREET, FIRST STREET, SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, KWONG FUNG LANE, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, WHITTY STREET, CHIU KWONG STREET, SEYMOUR ROAD AND THE UNNAMED STREET RUNNING NORTH OFF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN WHITTY STREET AND WATER STREET.

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SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR ESTATE TENANTS......... 1

FUN DAY AND ROWING AT IUEN MUN .................................. 1

PART-TIME DAY RELEASE COURSES STUDIED ........................... 2

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SQUASH COURTS ................................ 2

CHEUNG CHAU BEACH CARNIVAL ...................................... 3

POK FU L.xM WATER MAIN TEST

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 1981

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SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR ESTATE TENANTS

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A SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY NIGHT (AUGUST 25) FOR RESIDENTS OF TSUEN WAN’S SIX PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE ESTATES ARE FUK LOI, MOON LOK, FOUR SEASONS, BO SHEK, CHEUNG SHAN AND SHEK WAI KOK WHICH HAVE A TOTAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 60 000.

ACTING TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DOMINIC LAW, WILL CHAIR THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT TSUEN WAN CHIU CHOW PUBLIC SCHOOL IN HOI PA STREET, STARTING AT 8 PM.

SLIDES, MAPS AND CHARTS WILL BE SHOWN AND COPIES OF A BOOKLET ABOUT TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED DURING THE SEMINAR.

FOR THE ELECTION, TSUEN WAN DISTRICT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO ID CONSTITUENCIES, WITH THREE IN TSUEN WAN, SIX IN KWAI CHUNG AND ONE ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND.

REGISTRATIONS OF VOTERS WILL BE BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND OCTOBER 11.

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A ’FUN DAY’, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A BOAT-ROWING COMPETITION, WILL BE HELD AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH, TUEN MUN, ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.

ONE OF THE REASONS FOR HOLDING THE ’FUN DAY’ AND ROWING COMPETITION IS TO ENCOURAGE OTHER FORMS OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY AT THE GAZETTED BEACH, WHICH IS NOW NOT SUITABLE FOR SWIMMING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE ’FUN DAY’ IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NTSD AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICES AND WILL INCLUDE BOAT ROWING. THE BOAT ROWING EVENT WILL BE IN THREE SECTIONS, FOR YOUTHS BETWEEN 14 AND 17 OF AGE, MEN 18 AND ABOVE, AND WOMEN OVER 14.

ENTRY FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION UNIT OF THE NTSD AT FOUR SEAS BUILDING, 208 NATHAN ROAD, 9TH FLOOR, TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AND ALL BEACH OFFICES OF THE NTSD, AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICES AT TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, TUEN MUN.

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THE COMMITTEE ON TECHNICAL TRAINING IN INSTITUTIONS OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL HAS COMPILED A REPORT ON THE THIRD SURVEY OF PART-TIME DAY RELEASES (PTDR) COURSES RUN BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND FIVE EXISTING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE SURVEY, WHICH COVERED ABOUT 2 260 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND 40 HOTELS, WAS AIMED ATi

M FINDING OUT THE PTDR COURSES WHICH EMPLOYERS WOULD .IKE PROVIDED FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES IN THE POLYTECHNIC AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES"

* FINDING OUT THE LOCATIONS WHERE EMPLOYERS WOULD PREFER SUCH COURSES TO BE PROVIDED, AND

* ASSESSING WHETHER THE QUALITY OF EXISTING PTDR COURSES IS MEETING THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS.

THE REPORT, WHICH PRESENTS THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY AND THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT ON PTDR COURSE ENROLMENT, IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $10 A COPY.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SQUASH COURTS

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ADDITIONAL SQUASH COURTS AT THE KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT WAS PART OF A DRIVE TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR MORE COURTS CAUSED BY THE GROWING NUMBER OF PLAYERS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE NEW COURTS WILL BE BUILT BENEATH THE CAR PARK DECK OF THE SWIMMING POOL AND WILL BE BUILT TO FULL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDARDS.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $500 000 TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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CH-UNG CHAU BEACH CARNIVAL * * *

A CARNIVAL TO PUBLICISE WATER SPORTS SAFETY WILL BE HELD AT TUNG WAN BEACH, CHEUNG CHAU, TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY CHEUNG CHAU LIFE-SAVING ASSOCIATION WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THERE WILL BE 400 ENTRANTS IN SWII MING AND LIFE-SAVING COMPETITIONS.

THE CARNIVAL, HE FOURTH TO BE HELD IN CHEUNG CHAU, STARTS AT 10 AM.

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO COMPETITION WINNERS.

ESTABLISHED IN 1958, THE ASSOCIATION HAS MORE THAN 700 MEMBERS AT PRESENT.

BESIDES ORGANISING TEAMS OF LIFE-GUARDS TO SERVE LOCAL BEACHES, IT ALSO HAS A 22-MEMBER RESCUE TEAM TO HELP DURING TYPHOONS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR YEUNG YUK-LUN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR FUNG PAK-TAI, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN POK FU LAM ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 24) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SASSOON ROAD AND NORTHCOTE CLOSE, INCLUDING NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND TELEGRAPH BAY VILLAGE.

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BETTER BUSINESS EXPECTED AHEAD .................................... 1

WATER C UT......................................................... 2

MORE MARKETS FOP TSUEN WAN ........................................ 3

TICD DIRECTORATE CHANGES .......................................... 3

THIRD TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER ............ 4

VATER SUPPLY CUT FOR MAINS WORK

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 1981

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BETT’" BUSINESS EXPECTED AHEAD ft * * * *

BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR IMPROVED MODERATELY OVER THE FIRST QUARTER, AND IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE FURTHER IN THE THIRD QUARTER, ACCORDING TO INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE REPORT ON THE LATEST QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN JULY.

THE INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM A SURVEY OF 820 FIR IS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, WHO WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, AND THEIR BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

+THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH EXPECTATIONS RECORDED IN THE FIRST QUARTER SURVEY.

♦ON THE WHOLE, AN OPTIMISTIC VIEW OF BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER IS SHARED BY RESPONDENTS ACROSS ALL ECONOMIC SECTORS. THE DEGREE OF OPTIMISM IS STRONGER THAN THAT HELD IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.+ THE REPORT STATES.

THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN GENERAL EXPERIENCED IMPROVEMENTS IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OVER THE FIRST QUARTER.

BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER AS REPORTED BY RESPONDENTS IN THE ’FOOD, BEVERAGE, TOBACCO’, ’PLASTICS’, ’ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES’ AND ’ELECTRONICS’ INDUSTRIES WAS FAVOURABLE, LARGELY IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS HELD IN THE FIRST QUARTER SURVEY. CONTRARY TO EARLIER EXPECTATIONS, RESPONDENTS IN THE ’WATCHES AND CLOCKS’ AND ’FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS’ INDUSTRIES REPORTED A DECLINE IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OVER THE FIRST QUARTER.

FIRMS IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES EXPRESSED A FAIR DEGREE CF OPTIMISM ABOUT BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE ’WATCHES AND CLOCKS’ AND ’FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS’ AND ’TEXTILES’ INDUSTRIES FOR WHICH THE BALANCE OF RESPONDENTS’ OPINIONS INDICATES THAT A DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED.

NOTABLY, FIRMS IN THE ’PLASTICS’, ’ELECTRONICS’ AND ’MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES’ ARE MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER THAN THEY WERE DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

AS FOR THE SERVICES SECTORS, AN UPTURN IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER IS FORESEEN BY PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS AFTER EXPERIENCING A DECLINE IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER DUE MAINLY TO SEASONAL FACTORS.

THE HOTEL BUSINESS RECORDED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND EXPECTS A SEASONAL TROUGH IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

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WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE FIRMS EXPERIENCED A LOW SECOND QUARTER AND LOOK FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE OTHER SERVICES SECTOR RECORDED BETTER BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND ANTICIPATE FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND GAS AND ELECTRICITY SECTORS REPORTED GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER. THEY EXPECT A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT STATED THAT THE SURVEY DATA, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, WAS BASICALLY INTENDED TO PROVIDE ONE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT CF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

APART FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF QUESTIONS REQUIRING ANSWERS IN QUANTITATIVE TERMS, FIRMS WERE ASKED TO COMPARE THE QUARTER JUST PAST WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND SIMILARLY FOR THE FORTHCOMING ONE, AND ONLY HAD TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, A CERTAIN VARIABLE WAS ’UP’, ’SAME’ OR ’DOWN’.

BALANCE OF OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE TABULATED AND ANALYSED, AND WHERE APPROPRIATE THEY WERE INTERPRETED ALONG WITH RESULTS OBTAINED IN EARLIER SURVEYS.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, CONSIDERABLE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN THE INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS AS IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS AND STATISTICAL TABLES ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC VARIABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND TO OTHER BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS.

COPIES MAY BE PURCHASED FROM GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $3 EACH.

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WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 25) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORKS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE LOK LO HA TSUEN, HO TUNG LAU, SHA TIN RACE COURSE, SEA VIEW VILLA, RED BRIDGE BUNGALOWS, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND THE KCR UNIVERSITY STATION.

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MORE MARKETS FOR TSUEN WAN

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IN ADDITION TO THE LATEST TSUEN WAN MARKET TO BE OPENED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, FIVE MORE MARKETS WILL BE BUILT IN THE TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AREAS TO KEEP PACE WITH THE GROWTH OF THE NEW TOWNS.

BUILT AT A COST OF <13 MILLION, THE TSUEN WAN MARKET COVERS 3 100 SQUARE METRES AND IS THE SECOND PERMANENT MARKET TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TOWN, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE NTSD’S PLANS TO IMPROVE MARKET FACILITIES IN THE NEW TOWNS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

OTHER NEW MARKETS WILL BE LOCATED AT YEUNG UK ROAD AND ALLWAY GARDENS IN TSUEN WAN AND AT WING FONG ROAD AND SHEK YAM ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE TSUEN WAN MARKET WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TZE-PING, AT 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

DESIGNED AND BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, THE FIVE-STOREY MARKET IS LOCATED IN THE TOWN CENTRE OF TSUEN WAN AND IS BOUND BY FOUR STREETS — CHUNG ON STREET, HOI PA STREET, CHUEN LUNG STREET AND MARKET STREET.

THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 334 MINI-STALLS AND 65 MARKET STALLS SELLING VEGETABLES. FRUIT, GROCERY, MEAT, POULTRY AND FISH ON THE ground AND FIRST FLOORS.

TWO ESCALATORS AND TWO FLIGHTS OF STAIRS PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE MARKET, WHILE A GOODS LIFT PROVIDES MEANS OF ACCESS FOR PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS.

ON THE SECOND FLOOR, THERE IS AN OPEN SITTING OUT AREA, WITH CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT, PARK SEATS AND PLANTED FLOWER BEDS.

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD RETURNED FROM LEAVE TODAY (AUGUST 23).

MR LAWRENCE MILLS, WHO HAS BEEN ACTING DIRECTOR OF TICD IN HIS ABSENCE, NOW ASSUMES THE POST OF COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE INDUSTRY AMD CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

MR PETER TSAO, FORMER COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, IS AT PRESENT ON LEAVE AND, ON HIS RETURN AT THE END OF OCTOBER, WILL TAKE UP THE POST OF COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY.

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THIRD TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER ******

THE THIRD TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 7 AND 28.

MORE THAN 50 ACTIVITIES, FRIENDLY MATCHES AND GROUP PERFORMANCES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF A WORKING COMMITTEE FORMED RECENTLY.

FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW HAU-CHEN, SAID ACTIVITIES , ID PERFORMANCES FOR THE HANDICAPPED AND A GO-KART RACE, WHICH WERE INTRODUCED LAST YEAR, WOULD BE HELD AGAIN.

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES WOULD BE STAGED INSIDE HOUSING ESTATE PLAYGROUNDS THIS YEAR.

♦THIS WILL ENABLE RESIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN TO HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO OBSERVE THE HIGH STANDARD OF VARIOUS GAMES AND AT THE SAME TIME ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE PART,* HE SAID.

THE FESTIVAL IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE FEDERATION OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $250 000 FOR THE FESTIVAL.

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WATER SUPPLY CUT FOR MAINS WORK * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 25) TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORKS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WEST SIDE FROM TAI CHUNG ROAD TO THE END OF 11-1/2 MILESTONE, TING KAU AREA INCLUDING CHAI WAN KOK STREET, SHA TSUI ROAD, FROM TAI CHUNG ROAD TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD, PAK TIN PAR STREET, TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, TSUEN WAN CENTRE AND ON YUK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ETV, NOY IN TENTH YEAR, TEACHES AND LEARNS TOO................. 1

NEW ROADS SET TO OPEN IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN...................... 2

PROMOTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THROUGH ESbAYS .............. 3

DAY OF FUN FOR SQUATTERS ...................................... 3

LEGAL POWER SWITCH-ON FCR KWUN TONG SQUATTERS.................. 4

STUDENT MONTHLY RAILWAY FARES ................................. 4

ONE- WAY TRAFFIC IN WAN CHAI .................................. 5

SALT ‘/ATER OFF

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ETV, NOW IN TENTH YEAR, ’EACHES AND LEARNS TOO

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EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION, NOW IN ITS TENTH YEAR, IS ITSELF DOING SOME LEARNING.

WHILE IMPARTING THE ETV PROGRAMMES IN COLOUR, IN CONJUNCTION WITH RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, TO SOME 610 000 OR SO CHILDREN FROM PRIMARY THREE TO FORM THREE, IT IS GATHERING INFORMATION FROM BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO DETERMINE THE MOST SUITABLE LEVEL OF PROGRAMMES THAT WILL BENEFIT THE MAJORITY.

AS EXPLAINED BY MR POON CHUN-PONG, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION, THE BIGGEST PROBLEM ETV FACES IN HONG KONG IS THE INTEGRATION OF PROGRAMMES INTO THE NORMAL TEACHING SCHEDULES OF INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE TEACHING SEQUENCE AND PACE VARY FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL AND EVEN FROM CLASS TO CLASS WITHIN THE SA<>E SCHOOL.

♦WITH THIS IN MIND, WE MUST WORK OUT A LEVEL OF PROGRAMMES THAT WILL SUIT THE MAJORITY,* HE EXPLAINED.

FOR THIS PURPOSE, THERE ARE ETV PROGRAMME COMMITTEES COMPRISING PRINCIPALS, PRACTISING TEACHERS AND ETV STAFF MEMBERS WHO WORK TOWARDS PRODUCING THE MOST SUITABLE SYLLABUSES FOR USE ON THE TELEVISION SERIES.

ETV PRODUCERS AND ETV INSPECTORS ARE CONSTANTLY BEING SENT TO VARIOUS SCHOOLS TO OBTAIN INFORMATION WHICH WILL THEN BE COLLATED, ASSESSED AND SUBSEQUENTLY WORKED INTO A FORMULA FOR THE GENERAL BENEFIT OF HONG KONG SCHOOL CHILDREN.

ABOUT NINETY PER CENT OF ALL SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG — PRIVATE, AIDED, AND GOVERNMENT — ARE TUNED TO ETV PROGRAMMES REGULARLY, MAKING UP AN AUDIENCE OF 270 000 SECONDARY AND 340 000 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN. FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS, SUBJECTS OFFERED BY ETV ARE CHINESE LANGUAGE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES, WHILE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, SCIENCE IS ADDED.

ETV DEVELOPED FROM BLACK-AND-WHITE PRODUCTION IN 1971 TO COLOUR PRODUCTION IN 1976.

ALL SCHOOLS RECEIVING ETV NOW HAVE COLOUR SETS.

PLANS ARE AHEAD FOR AN EXPANSION OF THE SCIENCE SERIES FOR FORM ONE TO FORM THREE NEXT YEAR, TO INCLUDE SOME SUPPLEMENTARY TOPICS.

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IT IS ALSO PLANNED THAT IN 1983, TWO MORE SUBJECTS — PRIMARY SCIENCE (NATURE STUDY) AND HEALTH EDUCATION — WILL BE ADDED TO THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM. THIS MEANS THAT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, THERE WILL BE SIX MAJOR ETV SUBJECTS FOR PRIMARY PUPILS.

EFFORTS ARE CONTINUALLY BEING MADE TOWARDS IMPROVEMENT IN THE ETV COURSES OFFERED.

+WITH THE COOPERATION OF TEACHERS, WE LOOK FORWARD TO A FURTHER DECADE OF PROGRESS,* MR POON SAID.

NEW ROADS SET TO OPEN IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN

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SEVERAL NEW ROADS IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL BE OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THEY ARE THE NEW SECTION OF TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH ROADS P6 AND P7- ROAD P7, CONNECTING TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND ROAD X- AND THE SECTION OF UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH ROAD P7 AND SIU LEK YUEN ROAD.

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED WITH THE OPENING OF THE ROADS.

VEHICLES ON SIU LEK YUEN ROAD MAY GAIN ACCESS TO THE NEW ROADS VIA THE JUNCTION OF TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND P6 TO TRAVEL TO CENTRAL AND NORTH-WEST SHA TIN.

VEHICLES ON TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD MAY GAIN ACCESS TO THE NEW ROADS VIA THE EXISTING SIU LEK YUEN ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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PROMOTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THROUGH ESSAYS * * *

SHA TIN RESIDENTS, STUDENTS AND WORKERS ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN AN ESSAY COMPETITION ON THE THEME OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO AGE GROUPS, UNDER 16 OR 16 AND OVER.

THE SUBJECT OF THE ESSAY CAN EITHER BE ’MY OPINION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION’, OR ’HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION’.

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF WORDS OR THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE OR LEK YUEN ESTATE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 19.

IT IS HOPED THAT LOCAL VIEWS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL BE REFLECTED IN THE ESSAYS AND THAT PARTICIPATION WILL BE ENCOURAGED AS A RESULT OF THE COMPETITION.

THE WINNING ENTRY WILL BE PRINTED IN LEAFLETS FOR LOCAL DISTRIBUTION.

ADJUDICATORS WILL INCLUDE SHA TIN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SALLY WONG- A MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS SUB-COMMITTEE OF SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR WONG PO-MING- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, MR BENJAMIN NG.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE. WINNERS WILL BE INFORMED IN WRITING BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

OTHER ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION INCLUDE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND SLOGAN COMPETITION. ENTRIES FOR BOTH HAVE ALREADY CLOSED AND RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK.

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DAY OF FUN FOR SQUATTERS * * *

ABOUT 200 RESIDENTS FROM SQUATTER AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL HAVE A DAY OF FUN AT OCEAN PARK ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF KAM MUN SUN CHUEN, CHUNG LUEN CHUEN AND TAI WOH PING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, AND SPONSORED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WAS FORMED IN FEBRUARY, AND HAS HELD NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CLOSER TIES AMONG THE RESIDENTS AND TO CATER FOR DISTRICT NEEDS.

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LEGAL POWER SWITCH-ON FOR KWUN TONG SQUATTERS

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ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY STRUCTURES IN AN AREA OPPOSITE TO KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) ESTATE BLOCK 13, WITH A TOTAL POPULATION OF 640 PEOPLE. WILL HAVE PROPER - AND LEGAL - POWER SUPPLY FROM WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 26), FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF AN ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT.

THE PROJECT, WHICH IS PART OF 1976 ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME FOR SQUATTER AREAS, IS THE TENTH IN A SERIES OF ELECTRIFICAT10b PROGRAMMES FOR SQUATTER AREAS IN KWUN TONG.

A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG), MR S.T. PANG, AND THE DISTRICT ENGINEER OF THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD., MR G. SMITH WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SWITCH-ON CEREMONY FOR THE SQUATTER AREA OPPOSITE TO KWUN TONG (TPR) BLOCK 13, WHICH WILL BE HELD IN AN OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO THE SQUATTER AREA AT 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY.

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STUDENT MONTHLY RAILWAY FARES * * * *

THE THIRD STAGE IN FARE INCREASE FOR STUDENT MONTHLY RAILWAY TRAVEL WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, A SPOKESMAN FOR KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY.

THE NEW FARES WILL RANGE FROM $10 TO $50, DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE.

THE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL RAILWAY BOOKING OFFICES ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 28) BUT WILL BE VALID FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

ALL OTHER FARES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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ONE-WAY TRAFFIC IN WAN CHAI * * *

SEVERAL ROADS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CHANGED TO ONE-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 26) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, LAP TAK LANE WILL BE CHANGED TO ONE-WAY, WEST BOUND.

THE SECTION OF YAT SIN STREET, BETWEEN SUNG YIN LANE AND SUNG TAK STREET, WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTH BOUND.

SUNG YIN LANE WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY EAST BOUND.

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SALT WATER OFF * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 3 WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 26) FOR REPAIR WORK.

EAST KOWLOON PM ON

THE AFFECTED AREAS WILL INCLUDE SAU MAU PING DISTRICT, LAM TIN DISTRICT, SHUN LEE ESTATE AND CHOI WAN ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

YOUNG FIGHTERS WANTED FOR BATTLE AGAINST DRUGS.................. 1

RELIEF CASH FOR FIRE VICTIMS ................................... 2

NEff SERIES OF MONETARY STATISTICS ............................. 3

RELOCATION HELPS SPEED UP TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS SERVICE....... 4

SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO BE HELD .................. 5

GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO QUALITY TESTING SERVICES ............... 6

HEUNG YEE KUK BY-ELECTION HELD.................................. 7

HOLIDAY MAIL DELIVERY .......................................... 7

AMS TO BOOST CANOE RESCUE TEAMS ................................ 8

AIRCRAFT CRASH AND RESCUE EXERCISE.............................. 9

BUILDINGS DECLARED IN DANGEROUS STATE........................... 9

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

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YOUNG FIGHTERS WANTED FOR BATTLE AGAINST DRUGS * * * *

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS IS TO INJECT MORE YOUNG FIGHTERS INTO HONG KONG’S ON-GOING BATTLE AGAINST DRUGS BY LAUNCHING ITS +YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME+.

ANNOUNCING THE SCHEME TODAY (TUESDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION SAID THE AIM OF THE PROJECT IS TO ENCOURAGE AN ACTIVE AND DIRECT YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK THROUGH PREVENTIVE -DUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

♦THE SCHEME, WHICH IS TO BE LAUNCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY THE ACAN, IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT ANT I-NARCOTICS EDUCATIONAL PUBLICITY PROJECTS IN THEIR OWN WAY,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

HE EXPLAINED THAT MOST DRUG ADDICTS START EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS DURING ADOLESCENCE MAINLY BECAUSE OF CURIOSITY, PEER GROUP PRESSURE AND ESCAPISM FROM FRUSTRATIONS IN LIFE.

♦YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE AND YOUTH IS THEREFORE THE MOST IMPORTANT TARGET GROUP FOR PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY EFFORTS,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT THE MAJORITY OF ANTI-NARCOTICS PROGRAMMES IN THE PAST WERE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ONLY PARTICIPATING OPPORTUNITIES.

♦TO TAKE ONE STEP FURTHER,+ HE SAID, +THIS SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO INVOLVE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE ACTUAL PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION RIGHT AT THE START.

♦WITH THIS NEW APPROACH, IT IS HOPED THAT THE SCHEME WILL ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE AND AT THE SAME TIME PASS ON THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE TO THE YOUNG GENERATION IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.+

THE SCHEME IS NOW OPEN TO ANY YOUTH GROUP COMPRISING AT LEAST 10 OR MORE MEMBERS WHO ARE AT THE AGE OF 15 OR ABOVE. MOREOVER, THE GROUPS SHOULD BE RECOMMENDED BY THEIR SCHOOLS, YOUTH CENTRES, COMMUNITY CENTRES OR EMPLOYERS.

ALL PROJECTS SUBMITTED BY THE GROUPS WILL BE EXAMINED BY A SELECTION BOARD CONSISTING OF BOTH GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.

ON SELECTION, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT, THE BOARD WOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE APPLICABILITY, PUBLICITY VALUE, INNOVATION, COST EFFECTIVENESS AND ESTIMATED EXP-NDITURE OF EACH PROJECT.

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^^^U?C!SSFUL APPLICATION WILL RECEIVE FROM $1 OOO TO S3 000 ro uOVER -XPENSES, DEPENDING ON THE DECISION OF THE SELECTION BOARD.

_ APPLICATION FORMS ALONG WITH DETAILS ON RULES AND PROCFDURF^

'HE yOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ALL CITY ?--<^CT 0FF'CES, NE* TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFF CES AS WELL AS THE J-HCES OF RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

i Ie4RE SEPTE2sf"™9N?H?7!e*s: L0"ER ALBERT R0AL’ C£NTRAL' 0N

-OR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CENTRE AT 5-95761.

RELIEF CASH FOR FIRE VICTIMS

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ABOUT $300 000 IN EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS HAVE BEEN PAID OUT BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO THE 4 000 GENUINE VICTIMS OF THE SAU MAU PING FIRE.

THE RELIEF MONEY, WHICH WAS DISTRIBUTED IN THE SHAM SHU I PO CAMP AND THE BETHEL NO 3 PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SAU MAU PING TODAY (TUESDAY), COMES FROM THE FAT CHOY FUND AND TWO CHARITY BODIES — THE TAOIST CHARITY ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG CHIU CHOW MERCHANTS MUTUAL ASSISTANCE SOCIETY LIMITED.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR ALBERT C.C. LAM, VISITED THE DISTRIBUTION POINT IN SAU MAU PING THIS MORNING, ACCOMPANIED BY THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR DAVID K.P. TSUI.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT EACH GENUINE FIRE VICTIM, REGARDLESS OF AGE AND SEX, WAS GIVEN A TOTAL OF $80 IN TODAY’S DISTRIBUTION.

+THOSE WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE RELIEF MONEY MAY COLLECT IT FROM THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT TUNG YAN STREET TOMORROW, BRINGING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND THE REGISTRATION CARDS ISSUED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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NEW SERIES OF MONETARY STATISTICS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY PUBLISHED FIGURES FOR THE SIX MONTHS FROM DECEMBER 1980 TO JUNE 1981 IN A NEW SERIES OF MONETARY STATISTICS.

FOUR TABLES, WITH AN EXPLANATORY NOTE SETTING OUT THE PRINCIPAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NEW SERIES OF STATISTICS AND THOSE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, HAVE BEEN PLACED SEPARATELY IN GIS PRESS BOXES.

THE TABLES COVER THE MONEY SUPPLY, SELECTED ITEMS FROM BANKS’ AND DEPOSIT-TAK IN' COMPANIES’ BALANCE SHEETS, AND SELECTED DATA ON MONEY MARKET L. BILITIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE FIGURES IN THESE TABLES WERE EXTRACTED FROM THE NEW STATISTICAL RETURNS WHICH ALL BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD BEEN SUBMITTING TO THE SECRETARY FOP MONETARY AFFAIRS EACH MONTH FROM DECEMBER 1980, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE 1980.

A RUN OF ONLY SIX MONTHS’ FIGURES IN AN ENTIRELY NEW SERIES WAS TOO SHORT TO ENABLE ANY FIRM CONCLUSIONS TO BE DRAWN FROM THE FIGURES, HE SAID.

THIS WAS PARTICULARLY THE CASE BECAUSE THE SITUATION REVEALED BY THE FIGURES WAS MORE COMPLEX THAN HAD BEEN APPARENT FROM THE FIGURES HITHERTO AVAILABLE, IN MATTERS SUCH AS THE INCREASING PROPORTION OF THE MONEY SUPPLY WHICH WAS ACCOUNTED FOR BY DEPOSITS DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES, THE PROPORTION OF LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG MADE IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES, AND THE PROPORTION OF LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG MADE IN HONG KONG DOLLARS.

THE FIGURES WERE NONETHELESS BEING PUBLISHED NOW FOR GENERAL INTEREST.

THE NEW STATISTICS WOULD BE PUBLISHED EACH MONTH FROM NOW ON, WHILE THE MONTHLY FIGURES IN THE EXISTING SERIES WOULD BE PUBLISHED MONTHLY UNTIL DECEMBER 1981. THEREAFTER ONLY THE NEW STATISTICAL SERIES WOULD BE PUBLISHED.

IN THAT WAY, HE SAID, A FULL YEAR’S OVERLAP OF THE TWO SERIES WOULD BE OBTAINED.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

RELOCATION HELPS SPEED UP TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS SERVICE

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THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY 'OMMITTEE CAN NOW DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT MORE SPEEDILY AND EXAMINE PROBLEMS IN GREATER DETAIL.

THIS FOLLOWS THE RELOCATION OF THE UNIT TO ROOM 904 CAPITOL CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AND A NEAR DOUBLING IN THE NUMBER JF STAFF TO 13.

THE RELOCATION, EFFECTIVE FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), ALSO HAS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANCE, ACCORDING TO THE UNIT’S EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, MR JAMES KWAN.

+NOW THAT IT IS PHYSICALLY SEPARATED FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE UNIT WILL BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE ITS AUTONOMOUS IDENTITY,+ HE SAID.

♦WITH THE BUILD-UP IN STAFF AND OTHER RESOURCES, WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS MUCH FASTER AND TO GO DEEPER INTO TRANSPORT PROBLEMS.

♦OUR NEW TELEPHONE HOTLINE NUMBER FOR COMPLAINTS IS 5-776866, WHICH IS EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOMATIC RECORDING DEVICE TO HANDLE CALLS F OM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS.♦

MR KWAN APPEALED TO COMMUTERS TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THE HOTLINE.

♦ALTHOUGH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS DROPPED BY ABOUT 14 PER CENT IN THE APRIL TO JUNE QUARTER, TELEPHONE COMPLAINTS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT,+ HE SAID.

♦THIS IS A CLEAR INDICATION THAT PEOPLE PREFER TO PICK UP A TELEPHONE TO COMPLAIN INSTEAD OF WRITING A LETTER OR LODGING A COMPLAINT IN PERSON.+

MR KWAN STRESSED THAT THE ACCUMULATION OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRANSPORT MATTERS, NO MATTER HOW TRIVIAL, WAS THE +SECRET WEAPON+ OF THE UNIT.

♦WITHOUT THE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, THE UNIT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE ITS AIM OF GIVING POINTERS ON POLICY TO THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND TO THE ADMINISTRATION,* HE SAID.

♦MORE COMPLAINTS CAN ONLY HELP BRING ABOUT MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM.*

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

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SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO BE HELD

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T-: DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY FEDERATION OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, AT THE PENINSULA HOTEL, STARTING AT 7 PM.

AS REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS

BEG'NS ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND AS MANY GRADUATES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY HAVE BEEN APPOINTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, THE SE*' NAR IS TO ENABLE OTHER GRADUATES TO KNOW THE SCHEME BETTER AN? TO ENCOURAGE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

ALL ASPECTS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE SEMINAR. MR CHUI WILL ANALYSE AND EXPLAIN THE NEW SCHEME l\ DETAIL, WHILE OTHER SPEAKERS WILL ELEBORATE ON SPECIAL TOPICS S GROUNDING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

DR H.C. KUAN, LECTURER IN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, MR TONG PO-KWAI, A MEMBER OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, AND MRS ALICE CHONG, A MEMBER OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, W uL ALSO PARTICIPATE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SEMINAR ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR WILLIAM H.C. WAN, WHO IS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, IS ALSO A MEMBER OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

MORE THAN 100 GRADUATES ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

A 15-MINUTE SLIDE SHOW ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, PREPARED BY SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL BE SHOWN AT THE START OF THE SEMINAR.

CHINESE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES ARE MEMBERS OF TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN, SAI KUNG, TAI PO, WONG ’Al SIN, WAN CHAI AND KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARDS.

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GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO QUALITY TESTING SERVICES *****

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AIMS AT ESTABLISHING A SYSTEM FOR ACCREDITING TESTING LABORATORIES TO GUARANTEE THE1R COMPETENCE 70 UNDERTAKE VARIOUS TYPES OF TESTS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, J..-.. BREMRIDGE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

TOWARDS THIS END, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTCYS WOULD SHORTLY COMMISSION A STUDY OF QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE INAUGURATION EREMONY OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFICATION LABORATORIES, HELD AT THE HILTON HOTEL.

THIS WOULD ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S CERTIFICATES ARE ACCEPTED INTERNA’IONALLY, HE SAID.

+THE PROVISION OF MODERN QUALITY ASSURANCE SERVICES IS ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG IS TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE STRENGTH OF TS ECONOMY THROUGH DIVERSIFICATION OF ITS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. TO ACHIEVE DIVERSIFICATION, INDUSTRIALISTS NEED TO PRODUCE MORE SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS USING HIGHER TECHNOLOGY.

+BUT CUSTOMERS FOR SUCH PRODUCTS WILL BE MORE DEMANDING ABOUT ’HE SAFETY AND QUALITY OF WHAT THEY BUY. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE OP CUSTOMERS IN OUR PRINCIPAL EXPORT MARKETS, WHICH GENERALLY LAY CONSIDERABLE STRESS ON STRINGENT CERTIFICATION OF QUALITY,* W BREMRIDGE SAID.

HE SAID THAT NOT ONLY MUST QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES BE AVAILABLE, BUT THERE MUST ALSO BE ASSURANCE THAT THE PRODUCT TESTING PROCESS ITSELF HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT TO A HIGH STANDARD.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW INVOLVED IN THIS AREA, FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE > DIVERSIFICATION, WHICH EMPHASISED THE NEED r0R IMPROVED AND MORE ClEARLY INDEPENDENT QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

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HEUNG YEE KUK BY-ELECTION HELD 4 * * *

A BY-ELECTION FOR TWO ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TOOK PLACE TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE KUK’S HEADQUARTERS IN KOWLOON TONG.

THERE WERE 15 CANDIDATES FOR THE TWO VACANCIES. ELECTED WERE MR CHEUNG HON-KAU FROM TAI PO DISTRICT AND MR TANG TIN-YAN FROM YUEN LONG DISTRICT.

THEY REPLACE MR DONALD YAP AND MR TANG LAI-NAM.

MR YAP WAS APPOINTED AN UNOFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE RECENTLY AND AS A RESULT BECOMES AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE- MR TANG WAS A MEMBER OF THE KUK WHEN HE WAS VICE-CHAIRMAN 0^ HA TSUEN RURAL COMMITTEE, A POSITION HE NO LONGER HOLDS.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WAS THE RETURNING OFFICER FOR THE ELECTION WHICH WAS HELD BY SECRET BALLOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HEUNG YEE KUK ORDINANCE.

THE ELECTORATE CONSISTED OF 115 COUNCILLORS WHO CONSTITUTE THE FULL COUNCIL OF THE KUK.

THE KUK IS A STATUTORY ADVISORY BODY TO GOVERNMENT ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS.

HOLIDAY MAIL DELIVERY * > * *

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 31), LIBERATION DAY, aHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THIRTY-THREE POST OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, HONG KONG, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, THE TSIM SHA TSUI =:ST OFFICE, AND TiE POST OFFICES IN TSUEN *AN AND TAI PO, *ILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON THAT DAY.

ALL OTHER °OST OFFICES WILL EE CLOSED.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

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AMS TO BOOST CANOE RESCUE TEAMS

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SWIMMING IN PUBLIC BEACHES IN HONG KONG WILL BE MADE SAFER WHEN REGULAR LIFEGUARDS ARE JOINED BY MEMBERS OF AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE WHO WILL PATROL THE WATER IN CANOES TO CARRY OUT LIFE-SAVING DUTIES.

SOME 850 AMS LIFEGUARDS ARE TO BE TRAINED IN CANOE RESCUE TECHNIQUES IN A NEWLY-SET-UP CANOE TRAINING CENTRE AT TSAM CHUK WAN, SAI KUNG.

THE CENTRE, FINANCED BY GOVERNMENT FUNDS AND DONATIONS FROM A GROUP OF AMS OFFICERS WILL BE OPENED ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, WHO IS ALSO THE UNIT CONTROLLER OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SERVICE SAID ALL AMS LIFEGUARDS WILL BE TRAINED AT THE NEW CENTRE IN THE USE OF SPECIALLY-BUILT RESCUE CANOES TO SAVE LIFE AT SEA.

+THE CANOE HAS PROVED TO BE A FAST AND EFFECTIVE MEANS OF LIFE-SAVING,+ HE SAID.

COURSES TO BE CONDUCTED AT THE TSAM CHUK WAN CENTRE WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS — BASIC CANOE TRAINING, CANOE RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND LIFE-SAVING PROFICIENCY. ALL AMS REGULAR LIFEGUARDS WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE THE THREE PARTS OF THE COURSE.

THE NEW AMS CANOE CENTRE WILL ALSO BE USED FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES BY AMS MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1981

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AIRCRAFT CRASH AND RESCUE EXERCISE X M * X

AN AIRCRAFT CRASH AND RESCUE EXERCISE WILL SOON BE HELD AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO PROVIDE CONTINUATION TRAINING AND FAMILIARISATION IN AIRPORT CRASH AND RESCUE TECHNIQUES FOR AGENCIES WHO WOULD BE INVOLVED IN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS.

TAKING PART IN THE EXERCISE WILL BE STAFF OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL PROVIDE PERSONNEL TO ACT AS PASSENGERS AND CASUALTIES AT THE SCENE.

IN ORDER TO TEST THE ALERTNESS OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN EMERGENCIES, THE DATE AND TIME OF THE EXERCISE CANNOT BE GIVEN IN ADVANCE. A SIMULATED ACCIDENT INVOLVING A PASSENGER AIRCRAFT ON FIRE AT THE AIRPORT WILL TRIGGER OFF THE EXERCISE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC WOULD BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM, ALTHOUGH, CF NECESSITY, FIRE APPLIANCES, AMBULANCES AND POLICE VEHICLES WOULD BE RUSHING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT DURING THE EXERCISE.

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BUILDINGS DECLARED IN DANGEROUS STATE * * * *

bu,ld,NG AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 2B AND NOS 9 TO ^N ? 0 UMBERS) KAU HU' CH'K KAI’ TAI P0 TO BE IN A dJSgEROuI vUNU I I I UN •

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRIhiriPAi rnvcowMcidT FOLLOW?NGSARCOMPLAfNTD ™ESE BUILDINGS *AD RECENTLY BEEN (INSPECTED

CONSISTS OF A GROUP OF TWO-STOREY AND SINGLE-STOREY

9 To 25 ARE A ™rs^l|fstorev

in Intot WALLS.

oF the roofs had

+ IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A RISK OF A COLLAPSE AND IT IS NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS.+

ACCORDINGLY, NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS POSTEDLTODA?ISTRICT C°URT AT 9'30 AM °N SEPTEMBER 22> i^Sl, WERE

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HELPING THE SEVERELY MhNTALLY-HANDICAPPED ...................... 1

WARNING ON SPOTLIGHTS THAT CAN KILL............................. 2

FORUM ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN TAI PO ..................... 3

SPECIAL TRAINING COURSE FOR YOUNG MARINE ENGINEERS ............. 4

SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ............................. 5

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS FOR SALE.................................... 5

CLEAN HONG KONG POSTER AND SLOGAN COMPETITION................... 6

BOOK EXHIBITION ON ’’LEISURE PURSUITS” ......................... 6

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1981

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HELPING THE SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED * * *

THE RANGE OF ABILITY WITHIN THE CATEGORY OF SEVERE MENTAL HANDICAP IS VERY WIDE AND MANY SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED PEOPLE, IF PROVIDED WITH PROPER CARE, TRAINING AND STIMULATION, CAN MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR LIMITED FACULTIES AND CAPABILITIES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE PO LEUNG KUK BnARD, HE SAID THAT FOR SOME SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND ADULTS WHO ALSO SUFFERED FROM PHYSICAL ABNORMALITIES OR DISABILITIES, HOSP TAL CARE REMAINED THE ONLY PRACTICAL OPTION.

♦HOWEVER, IT IS THOUGHT THAT ONLY ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ALL SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED PERSONS NEED TO BE CONFINED TO HOSPITAL CARE. PRESENT PLANNING SEEKS TO PROVIDE FOR THE OTHER TWO-THIRDS EITHER IN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS OR HOMES OR THROUGH THE PROVISION OF DAY CARE SUPPORT SERVICES TO ENABLE THEM TO REMAIN WITH THEIR FAMILIES,+ HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE STRESSED THAT +THE AVAILABILITY OF RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ADULTS IS ESSENTIAL, NOT ONLY IN MANY CASES TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO THOSE OF THEIR FAMILIES WHO, EVEN IF WELL-INTENTIONED, MAY BE UNABLE TO CATER TO THEIR NEEDS.♦

IN A RESIDENTIAL SETTING, IT IS POSSIBLE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF TRAINED WORKERS NOT ONLY TO PROVIDE FOR THE DAILY LIVING NEEDS OF THE MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED PERSON, BUT ALSO TO PROVIDE STIMULATION AND WORK ACTIVITY PROGRAMMES SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS AND TO INCREASE HIS INTEREST IN THE WORLD AROUND HIM.

♦AFTER YEARS OF BEING ALMOST TOTALLY IGNORED, MANY SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ADULTS RESPOND ASTONISHINGLY TO THE STIMULI OF COMMUNAL LIFE AND A DAILY PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITY,+ MR ALLEYNE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR NOTED THAT THE 1981 REVIEW OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME PLAN ESTIMATED A DEMAND FOR SOME 760 PLACES IN RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ADULTS.

♦THIS MAY WELL BE UNDER-ESTIMATED AND WE MUST KEEP OUR PLANNING TARGETS FLEXIBLE,* HE SAID.

AT PRESENT ONLY 130 PLACES ARE AVAILABLE.

MR ALLEYNE SAID THAT THE KUK, WHICH ALREADY PROVIDED SHELTERED WORK AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, HAD AGREED, IN 1980, TO SPONSOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A RESIDENTIAL PROJECT FOR 200 SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ADULTS IN 0 PUI SHAN, OF WHICH PHASE I WAS EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL IN EARLY 1983.

THIS PROJECT +CLEARLY REPRESENTS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR EFFORTS TO EXPAND SERVICES AND REDUCE CURRENT SHORTFALLS,+ HE SAID.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSIST THE KUK’S WORK WITH THE GRANTING OF A SITE AND SUPPORT FOR THE NECESSARY CAPITAL AND RECURRENT SUBSIDIES.

+THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE KUK AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO MUCH TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE FACILITIES AND RESOURCES ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO THIS PROJECT,* HE SAID.

♦IN THE LAST ANALYSIS, HOWEVER, IT WILL BE THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE STAFF MEMBERS THEMSELVES WHICH WILL BE MOST VITAL AND WE MUST SUPPORT THEM IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE.*

REFERRING TO THE NUMBER OF SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, MR ALLEYNE SAID THE OVERSEAS INCIDENCE RATES SUGGESTED THAT ON AVERAGE 0.1 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION WOULD BE SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED.

ON THIS BASIS, THERE WOULD BE SOME 2 000 SEVERELY MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ADULTS IN HONG KONG.

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WARNING ON SPOTLIGHTS THAT CAN KILL ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY REITERATED A WARNING TO WORKERS THAT SPOTLIGHTS, COMMONLY USED IN CONSTRUCTION SITES, CAN KILL IF THEY ARE DEFECTIVE.

THE WARNING FOLLOWED A FATAL ACCIDENT ON AUGUST 24 WHEN A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS ELECTROCUTED BY A DEFECTIVE SPOTLIGHT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THAT INVESTIGATIONS INTO THIS ACCIDENT REVEALED THAT THE CABLE INSULATION OF THE SPOTLIGHT INVOLVED WAS DAMAGED BY THE SHARP EDGES INSIDE THE LAMPHOLDER. FURTHERMORE, IT WAS FOUND THAT THERE WAS NO EARTHING CONNECTION PROVIDED FOR THE SPOTLIGHT.

HE ADDED THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS ISSUING WARNING NOTICES TO ALL CONSTRUCTION SITES IN ORDER TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF CONTRACTORS TO THE POSSIBLE DEFECTS IN THIS TYPE OF SPOTLIGHTS.

CONTRACTORS ARE ALSO ADVISED OF THE NEED TO CHECK THE CABLE INSULATION AND EARTHING CONNECTION BEFORE PUTTING THE LIGHTS INTO USE.

INDUSTRIAL USERS SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT PROPER MAINTENANCE IS GIVEN TO SPOTLIGHTS AND ALL OTHER ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THEY SHOULD SEEK ADVICE FROM THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IF THEY ARE IN DOUBT.

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FORUM ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN TAI PO ******

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD AN OPEN FORUM ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 30) AT TAI WING SQUARE, STARTING AT 4.30 PM.

THE FORUM WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, Mf NICKY LO, WHO WILL SPEAK ABOUT THE NEW SYSTEM.

OTHER SPEAKERS WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN WONG- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHEUNG HON-KAU, AND THREE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC, MR HERBERT LAU, MR HUNG MEI-TAK AND MR CHAN HAK-LAU.

MR WONG WILL TALK ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CONSULTATIVE SYSTEM AND MR CHEUNG WILL OUTLINE THE DUTIES OF A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER.

MR LAU, WHO WORKS IN TAI PO, WILL TALK ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS CF THE DISTRICT BOARD. MR HUNG, AN INDIGENOUS RESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT, WILL TALK ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS OF ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, WHILE MR CHAN, A NEWCOMER TO TAI PO, WILL POINT OUT WAYS THE DISTRICT BOARD CAN HELP INCOMING RESIDENTS.

MEANWHILE, STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAVE BEEN PAYING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS TO EXPLAIN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE PROCEDURES FOR REGISTERING AS VOTERS AND CANDIDATES.

UP TO NOW, MORE THAN 2 500 FAMILIES FROM YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, TAI YUEN ESTATE AND 70 VILLAGES HAVE BEEN VISITED.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT 4 000 HOUSEHOLDS WILL HAVE BEEN VISITED BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ALSO ARRANGED 10 SEMINARS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS, VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES AND LOCAL RESIDENTS.

FOR THE ELECTIONS, TAI PO WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FIVE CONSTITUENCIES WITH NINE POLLING STATIONS.

DURING THE VOTER REGISTRATION PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 1 TO OCTOBER 12, STAFF OF TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE WILL DISTRIBUTE FORMS TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD AND HELP LOCAL PEOPLE TO COMPLETE THEM.

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SPECIAL TRAINING COURSE FOR YOUNG MARINE ENGINEERS *****

THE MAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IS TO OFFER A SYSTEMATIC TRAIN, NG PROGRAMME THIS OCTOBER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME QUALIFIED MARINE ENGINEERS.

THE PREPARATORY COURSES, WHICH WILL BE RUN ON A SHORT FULL-TIME BASIS, ARE INTENDED FOR THOSE WHO POSSESS SOME MARINE ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATIONS FOR CLASSES THREE AND FOUR CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY, WHICH ARE CONDUCTED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT !' HONG KONG ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED KINGDOM’S DEPARTMENT OF TRADE.

THE ACTING PRINCIPAL OF THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, PR KO CHEUK-LUEN, SAID THE INSTITUTE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS THE FIRST INSTITUTION IN HONG KONG TO RUN SUCH A SYSTEMATIC TRAINING COURSE FOR MARINE ENGINEERS CLASSES THREE AND FOUR.

+AT PRESENT, PEOPLE HAVE TO RELY ON SELF-STUDY IN ORDER TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATIONS, THUS LACKING A METHODICAL PREPARATORY PROGRAMME AND FORMAL TRAINING,* MR KO SAID.

MR KO SAID HE HOPED THAT THE TEACHING PROGRAMME WOULD PROVIDE THE MARITIME BUSINESS WITH MORE QUALIFIED MARINE ENGINEERS.

APPLICANTS FOR BOTH COURSES SHOULD HAVE SOME FORM OF RECOGNISED INITIAL TRAINING AND SEA SERVICE AS A JUNIOR MARINE ENGINEER ON BOARD OCEAN-GOING VESSELS.

THE PERIOD OF SEA SERVICE, WHICH WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, IS NOT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS FOR CLASS FOUR AND NOT LESS THAN 21 MONTHS FOR CLASS THREE.

ON PASSING THE EXAMINATIONS OF COMPETENCY, THEY WILL BECOME CERTIFICATED MARINE ENGINEERS CLASSES THREE AND FOUR.

MR KO POINTED OUT THAT DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF VESSEL, THE MONTHLY SALARY FOR A CLASS FOUR MARINE ENGINEER MIGHT REACH $5 000 WHILE A CLASS THREE ENGINEER COULD EARN $7 000 A MONTH.

AND THEY MAY ALSO PURSUE HIGHER CLASS CERTIFICATES IN THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

IN ADDITION TO FULLY QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS, THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HAS A MARINE FITTING WORKSHOP EQUIPPED WITH THE NECESSARY TEACHING FACILITIES, INCLUDING A STEAM BOILER, A STEAM TURBINE, A DIESEL ENGINE TEST-BED AND MARINE PUMPS, WHICH HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE ENGINE ROOM OF A VESSEL.

THE COURSES, WHICH START IN OCTOBER, WILL RUN FROM 9 AM TO 4.10 PM EACH DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK. THE DURATION FOR CLASS FOUR COURSE IS THREE WEEKS WHILE THAT FOR CLASS THREE IS 12 WEEKS.

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SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

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A SEMINAR WAS HELD BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE NGAU TAD KOK CARITAS CENTRE LAST NIGHT TO PROMOTE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AND ENCOURAGE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS.

MORE THAN 300 RESIDENTS ATTENDED THE SEMINAR.

THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR DAVID TSUI PRESIDED, AND THE DISCUSSION LASTED ABOUT TWO HOURS.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS FOR SALE * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 29), IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, FROM 10 AM.

A TOTAL OF 35 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE i

CM 277 CM 811 7650 CM 211 CM 968 CL 9928 CM 1123

CM 8223 CM 329 BK 3443 AF 1881 CM 928 CP 1 CM 110

CL 8613 CM 320 CL 8828 CM 5 AX 1283 CM 987 CM 887

CL 8698 CM 1288 CL 8109 BU 9944 CM 333 CM 911 CM 332

HK 1955 BL 7000 CM 308 CM 238 BS 8 CM 449 CN 238

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 BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

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

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 67TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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CLEAN HONG KONG POSTER AND SLOGAN COMPETITION *****

THE SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE IS ORGANISING A TERRITORYWIDE CLEAN HONG KONG POSTER DESIGN AND SLOGAN COMPETITION AS A MAJOR ACTIVITY TO AROUSE PUBLIC ATTENTION IN KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN.

THE BEST ENTRY WILL BE USED FOR A POSTER FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION IS TO AROUSE AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN.

THE COMPETITION IS FINANCED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE.

THE THEMES FOR THE ENTRIES SHOULD CENTRE ON HOW TO KEEP HOME, SCHOOLS, FACTORIES, VEHICLES, BEACHES AND ALL OTHER PLACES CLEAN.

NO MORE THAN THREE COLOURS MAY BE USED, AND ENTRIES SUBMITTED SHOULD BE ON A SHEET OF PAPER OF 51MM X 76MM (I.E. 20 IN. X 30 IN.), PREFERABLY MOUNTED ON A CARDBOARD PAPER.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ENTRIES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 26.

THE FIRST THREE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES IN ADDITION TO CASH COUPONS OF $1 000, $700 AND $500 RESPECTIVELY. SEVEN RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE SOUVENIRS.

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BOOK EXHIBITION ON +LEISURE PURSUITS+ * * *

AN EXHIBITION OF BOOKS AND PERIODICALS ON LEISURE

,, _______ ___________ PURSUITS

WILL BE HELD AT THREE OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES - THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY (AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 7), THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY (SEPTEMBER 9 - SEPTEMBER 15) AND THE TAI PO PUBLIC LIBRARY (SEPTEMBER 18 -SEPTEMBER 23).

THE EXHIBITION IS ARRANGED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

THE COLLECTION CONSISTS OF ABOUT 330 TITLES OF BOOKS AND PERIODICALS IN ENGLISH, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS ON INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, RECREATION, ARTS AND CRAFTS, HOBBIES, GAMES AND SPORTS.

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SINCE THIS IS A TRAVELLING EXHIBITION, BOOKS ON DISPLAY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR LOAN. HOWEVER, TITLES WHICH ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES MAY BE BORROWED FOR HOME READ ING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HOUSE SPEAKER TO VISIT HONG KONG............................... 1

4>1O5M WATER TUNNEL CONTRACT AWARDED .......................... 1

CHECK FOR AIR POLLUTION IN KWUN TONG .......................... 2

BELCHER STREET SECTION PARTIALLY CLOSED ....................... 2

VIEWS ON EDUCATION SOUGHT ..................................... 3

YOUTH FUN FAIR FOR 2 OOO....................................... 3

SECURITY SECRETARY VISITS YOUTHS IN SUMMER TRAINING ........... 4

REFRESHER COURSE TO IMPROVE TEACHERS' ENGLISH ................. 5

NT SITES FOR SALE ............................................. g

CHINESE ART APPRECIATION IN SAI KUNG .......................... 7

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HOUSE SPEAKER TO VISIT HONG KONG * * *

THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, THE RT HON GEORGE THOMAS, P.C., MP, WILL VISIT HONG KONG EARLY NEXT MONTH AT THE INVITATION CF THE GOVERNMENT.

MR THOMAS, WHO HAS REPRESENTED CARDIFF WEST SINCE 1950 HAS BEEN THE SPEAKER SINCE 1976. BEFORE BECOMING AN MP, HE WAS A SCHOOLMASTER, AND IN 1960-1 HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE METHODIST CONFERENCE. HE REACHED MINISTERIAL RANK IN 1966 IN THE WELSH OFFICE, AND IN 1967 BECAME MINISTER OF STATE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OFFICE. FROM 1968-70 HE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WALES. HE WAS APPOINTED A PRIVY COUNCILLOR IN 1968. IN 1974 HE WAS ELECTED A DEPUTY SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND TWO YEARS LATER HE WAS ELECTED AS SPEAKER.

THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST VISIT TO HONG KONG, AND HE WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH HONG KONG AND ITS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.

THE SPEAKER IS THE SPOKESMAN AND PRESIDENT OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. HE IS ELECTED BY THE HOUSE AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH PARLIAMENT, OR WHEN THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER RETIRES OR DIES. HE PRESIDES OVER MEETINGS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, BUT HE NEITHER SPEAKS IN DEBATES NOR VOTES, EXCEPT WHEN THE RESULT OF A DIVISION IS EQUAL.

ON CEREMONIAL OCCASIONS THE SPEAKER RANKS DIRECTLY AFTER THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL BUT BEFORE AMBASSADORS, DUKES AND ALL CABINET MINISTERS EXCEPT THE LORD CHANCELLOR.

MR THOMAS IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 2 AND TO LEAVE FOR LONDON ON SEPTEMBER 7.

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$105M WATER TUNNEL CONTRACT AWARDED

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A $105 MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER TUNNEL AND SITE FORMATION WORKS FOR THE YAU KOM TAU TREATMENT WORKS.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR LEUNG KWOK-WAI, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID, +THE TUNNEL, 5 200 METRES LONG, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED FROM TSING TAM TO YAU KOM TAU IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START EARLY NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.*

THE PROJECT IS PART OF A $1 300 MILLION SCHEME FOR THE RECEPTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS.

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CHECK FOR AIR POLLUTION IN KWUN TONG

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AUTOMATIC AIR POLLUTION MONITORING EQUIPMENT HAS RECENTLY BEEN INSTALLED ON THE ROOFTOP OF THE KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT TUNG YAN STREET TO DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF AIR POLLUTION IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

INSTALLED WITH THE HELP OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE SCIENTIFIC MEASURING EQUIPMENT WILL BE OPERATED CONTINUOUSLY FOR SIX MONTHS TO MEASURE THE CONCENTRATION OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE IN THE AIR.

STAFF OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WILL CHECK THE EQUIPMENT TWICE A WEEK TO COLLECT DATA FOR STUDY.

LAST YEAR, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, ASSISTED BY SEVEN HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES, HAD CONDUCTED A BLOCK-BY-BLOCK SURVEY TO LOCATE SOURCES OF AIR POLLUTION IN THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA.

IT IDENTIFIED 24 POTENTIAL +PROBLEM BLOCKS* AND BROUGHT THESE TO THE ATTENTION OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OF KWUN TONG, THE URBAN SERVICES AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENTS.

THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ALSO SOUGHT THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EPA IN PROVIDING THE SCIENTIFIC MEANS OF DETERMINING THE EXTENT OF TOXIC LEVELS IN THE AREA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE SAID, +WITH THE USE OF THE SCIENTIFIC MEASURING EQUIPMENT, IT IS HOPED THAT USEFUL INFORMATION ON THE AIR POLLUTION LEVEL IN KWUN TONG DISTRICT WILL BE OBTAINED, SO THAT MORE EFFECTIVE LONG-TERM MEASURES CAN BE DEVISED TO COMBAT THE POLLUTION PROBLEM.*

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BELCHER STREET SECTION PARTIALLY CLOSED X * X

ABOUT 100 METRES OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF BELCHER’S STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH HOLLAND STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 PM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 29) UNTIL 6 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) FOR THE LAYING OF WATER MAINS IN THE AREA.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE AFFECTED ROAD SECTION WILL BE CHANGED TO ONE LANE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROLLED BY TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

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VIEWS ON EDUCATION SOUGHT * * *

PERSONS OR GROUPS WISHING TO MAKE WRITTEN REPRESENTATION TO THE INDEPENDENT PANEL OF VISITORS WHO WILL BE CARRYING OUT AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE HONG KONG EDUCATION SYSTEM DURING 1981 AND EARLY 1982 SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR VIEWS BEFORE 5 PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1981.

ALL REPRESENTATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

OVERALL REVIEW OF EDUCATION,

GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, ROOM 1322,

PRINCE’S BUILDING,

CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

TEL.: 5-236825 AND 5-236721

SUBMISSIONS MAY BE IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH AND MAY BE OF ANY LENGTH, BUT SHOULD BE AS CONCISE AS POSSIBLE.

THE PANEL OF VISITORS WILL HOLD THEIR FIRST FULL MEETING IN HONG KONG BETWEEN OCTOBER 25 AND NOVEMBER 6 THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO VISIT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, EXAMINE FEATURES OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, AND MEET AND HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH PERSONS OR GROUPS CONCERNED WITH EDUCATION.

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YOUTH FUN FAIR FOR 2 000

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A FUN FAIR FOR ABOUT 2 000 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE HELD AT UN CHAU STREET ESTATE MINI-SOCCER PITCH, SHAM SHU I PO, FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30.

THE FAIR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS, THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF SARDA AND THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF HANDICAPPED YOUTH.

THE AIM OF THE FUN FAIR IS TO ORGANISE THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, THE EX-ADDICTS AND OTHER YOUTHS AS AN INTEGRATED VOLUNTARY GROUP TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND TO STIMULATE THE MUTUAL HELP AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THE HANDICAPPED, ESPECIALLY IN THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE STALL GAMES, PERFORMANCES, A LUCKY DRAW AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION.

MR JAMES M.N. CHIEN (CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT WORKING GROUP ON IYDP PROJECT), MR ISSAC CHOW, DISTRICT OFFICER (SHAM SHU I PO) AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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ECURITY SECRETARY VISITS YOUTHS IN SUMMER TRAINING * * * *

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, TODAY (THURSDAY) PAID A FRIENDLY CALL ON 30 YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERTAKING A SUMMER TRAINING COURSE AT THE SZE LOK YUEN YOUTH HOSTEL ON TAI MO SHAN.

THE FIVE-DAY COURSE, AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE GOLD AWARD TRAINING PROGRAMME OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME, IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. AS A SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITY, IT IS PARTLY SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

ACCOMPANIED BY MRS CHIU SHUM SHUK-HAAN, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR CF SCHOOLS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR HEYWOOD ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER AT THE HOSTEL WHERE HE WAS MET BY MR DAVID KAN, INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS (PHYSICAL EDUCATION) AND HOSTEL OFFICIALS.

HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE COURSE, WHICH AIMS AT DEVELOPING THE MATURITY AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND BROADENING THEIR INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME CF EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AND VOLUNTARY SERVICES.

AT THE HOSTEL, MR HEYWOOD SAW PARTICIPANTS BUSILY AT WORK WEEDING THE SURROUNDING UNDERGROWTH AND SETTING UP SIGNPOSTS. OTHER PARTICIPANTS WERE ENGAGED IN A RESIDENTIAL PROJECT TO TRANSFORM A BARREN PIECE OF GROUND INTO A PLAY AREA.

MR HEYWOOD SAID THAT HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH PUBLIC-SPIRITEDNESS AND THE ENTHUSIASM DISPLAYED BY THE COURSE PARTICIPANTS, AND GAVE A HELPING HAND AS HE PASSED AMONG THEM.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME WAS INITIATED BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP IN 1956. THE SCHEME WHICH IS FOR ALL PEOPLE BETWEEN 14 AND 25, OFFERS A CHALLENGE TO ENDEAVOUR AND ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH A BALANCED PROGRAMME OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING.

SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN HONG KONG IN 1968, THE SCHEME HAS DEVELOPED RAPIDLY. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 21 LOCAL OPERATING AUTHORITIES SERVING AS CHANNELS FOR PROMOTING THE SCHEME. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OPERATING AUTHORITY ALONE HAS 18 620 MEMBERS FROM 115 SCHOOLS OPERATING AS USER UNITS.

THERE ARE THREE AWARDS IN THE SCHEME - BRONZE FOR THOSE OVER 14, SILVER FOR THOSE OVER 15 AND GOLD FOR THOSE OVER 16.

TO QUALIFY FOR AN AWARD, A YOUNG PERSON MUST SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS: SERVICE, EXPEDITIONS, SKILLS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION.

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REFRESHER COURSE TO IMPROVE TEACHERS’ ENGLISH * * * *

HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE URGED TO NOMINATE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TO ATTEND TWO REFRESHER COURSES STARTING NEXT MONTH.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED THE BRITISH COUNCIL TO RUN THE COURSES IN ORDER TO IMPROVE TEACHERS’ FLUENCY AND CONFIDENCE IN SPOKEN ENGLISH.

+THE COURSES ALSO AIM TO MAKE TEACHERS A MORE ACCURATE MODEL CF ENGLISH FOR THEIR PUPILS AND TO INTRODUCE THEM TO A RANGE OF COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES WHICH ARE PROPOSED FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN THE RECENT REVISION OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL SYLLABUS, + A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

TEACHERS CAN CHOOSE TO ATTEND THE MORNING COURSE WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11.30 AM- OR THE AFTERNOON COURSE BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM.

THE COURSES WILL BE HELD EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM SEPTEMBER 28 TO DECEMBER 10. ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, 253-261 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

AS A FOLLOW-UP TO FURTHER IMPROVE PARTICIPANTS’ ORAL PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR TEACHERS WHO COMPLETE THE REFRESHER COURSE TO ENROL FOR A TERM OF ABOUT THREE MONTHS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSES AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

NOMINATIONS SHOULD BE SENT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16 TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, ENGLISH, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

THERE WILL BE PLACES FOR 25 TEACHERS ON EACH COURSE AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO TEACHERS WHO ARE ALSO IN CHARGE OF THE ENGLISH SUBJECT.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-774001 EXT. 30.

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NT SITES FOR SALE

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR A RESIDENTIAL SITE IN TUEN MUN a/HICH INCLUDES DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS.

MEASURING 11 981 SQUARE METRES, THE SITE IS LOCATED ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD OVERLOOKING CAFETERIA, KADOORIE AND CASTLE PEAK BEACHES.

THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER, BESIDES BEING REQUIRED TO MEET A BUILDING COVENANT OF $30.5 MILLION WITHIN FOUR YEARS, WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO BUILD 52 QUARTERS FOR GOVERNMENT WITH FLOOR AREAS OF 175 OR 215 SQUARE METRES.

A SWIMMING POOL AND A CHILDREN’S POOL AS WELL AS PARKING SPACES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT.

BIDS SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 25.

MEANWHILE, FOUR OTHER NEW TERRITORIES SITES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE AT AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

ONE IS AT SHA TIN, TWO ARE AT TUEN MUN AND THE REMAINING SITE IS AT KWAI CHUNG.

THE SHA TIN SITE, MEASURING 1 65* SQUARE METRES, IS FOR TWO-STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE PURCHASER HAS TO FULFIL A BUILDING COVENANT OF $1.39 MILLION WITHIN THREE YEARS.

BOTH THE TUEN MUN SITES, SITUATED NEAR SHEK PAI TAU, ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES AND MEASURE 1 777 SQUARE METRES AND 1 723 SQUARE METRES.

THE BUILDING COVENANT FOR THE LARGER SITE IS $14.6 MILLION AND FOR THE SMALLER SITE $14.1 MILLION, BOTH TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR YEARS. THEY HAVE A MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 9.5.

THE KWAI CHUNG SITE MEASURES 6 800 SQUARE METRES AND IS NEAR KWAI FUK AND KWAI CHUNG ROADS.

IT IS FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTI AL USE, INCLUDING A CINEMA FOR AT LEAST 500 PERSONS, AND HAS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $65 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR AND A HALF YEARS.

THE MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO FOR DOMESTIC BUILDINGS IS 5 AND FOR NONDOMESTIC BUILDINGS 9.5.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 16 AT 11 AM.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE SITES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFF ICES.

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CHINESE ART APPRECIATION IN SAI KUNG * * * *

SAI KUNG CULTURE AND RECREATIONAL ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION IS ORGANISING TWO NIGHTS OF CHINESE ART APPRECIATION TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND ON SATURDAY IN THE MAN Yl PLAYGROUND.

TAKING PART WILL BE THE FAR EAST DRAMATIC ART ASSOCIATION, CHEUNG FUNG CHOIR, THE CHINESE OPERA GROUP, CHING SHING CHINESE OPERA GROUP, HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC SOCIETY AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC CHOIR.

THE ACTING SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS RITA LAU, THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG POON, AND A MEMBER OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE, MR LEE YUN-SAU, WILL ATTEND AND PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

TWO CANTONESE OPERAS AND FIVE CANTONESE SONGS WILL BE STAGED ON THE FIRST NIGHT STARTING AT 8 PM.

ON SATURDAY THE TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE FOLK SONGS, DANCES, ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES AND TAI-CHI STARTING AT 7.30 PM.

ADMISSION IS FREE BOTH NIGHTS.

BESIDES RUNNING CANTONESE OPERA AND ORCHESTRAL COURSES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS, THE ASSOCIATION ALSO ORGANISES RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING LION DANCES, CHESS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS.

THE ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED IN MAY LAST YEAR. ITS CHAIRMAN IS MR CHUNG CHI-KWONG, A MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONTINUING ECONOMIC GROWTH ASSOCIATED WITH STABILITY .... 1

POPULATION GROWTH SLOWS DOWN ............................ 4

OBE FOR DR S.F. LAN ..................................... 4

FS: HK FACES PROBLEMS OF WEALTH ......................... 5

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY ......................... 6

CONTRACT FOR KCR NEW STATION SIGNED...................... 8

TIN LOK LANE SECTION PARTIALLY CLOSED.................... 8

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WELCOMES KMB MOVE AGAINST OVERLOADING .. 9

SIX LOTS OF LAND SOLD................................... 10

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN AND MONG KOK .................... 10

PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR NEW RESIDENTS IN TAI PO...... 11

GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS ON MORAL EDUCATION .............. 12

TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON BOAT TOUR ........... 12

FIRE PRACTICE IN SEPTEMBER.............................. 1}

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 1981

CONTINUING ECONOMIC

GROWTH ASSOCIATED WITH STABILITY ******

ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 WAS ASSOCIATED WITH A FAIR DEGREE OF STABILITY.

THIS WAS SPELT OUT IN THE GOVERNMENT’S HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1981, PUBLISHED TODAY, WHICH ASSESSES PRIMARILY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

IN ITS OVERALL VIEW OF THE ECONOMY, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT, IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, THE RELATIVE SHIFT IN THE IMPETUS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO DOMESTIC DEMAND, WHICH STARTED IN 1980, CONTINUED. BUT THAT THIS SHIFT, THOUGH UNDESIRABLE, WAS NOT TOO ALARMING.

THIS IS BECAUSE FIRST, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT SECTOR WAS HOLDING UP REASONABLY WELL DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS PREVAILING IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS CONTINUED TO BE GENERALLY UNFAVOURABLE.

SECOND, THE GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS, ALTHOUGH STILL RAPID, WAS SLOWING DOWN SUGGESTING THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE WAS UNLIKELY TO BE EXCESSIVE.

THIRD, THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT CONTINUED TO SHOW A FAIR DEGREE OF STABILITY RELATIVE TO THE OVERALL LEVEL OF TRADE.

THE REPORT NOTES THAT WHILE ECONOMIC GROWTH CONTINUED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, THERE WAS ALSO IMPROVEMENT IN THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC RESOURCES AND THE SUPPLY OF THEM EVEN IN RESPECT OF PROPERTY, HENCE REDUCING THE INFLATIONARY PRESSURE INSOFAR AS IT WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO ANY INTERNAL IMBALANCE.

APART FROM GIVING AN OVERALL VIEW, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE LABOUR SECTOR, ACTIVITY IN SELECTED SECTORS AND PRICES.

ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE REPORT EMPHASISES THAT DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, WITH A GROWTH RATE OF ABOUT SIX PER CENT IN REAL TERMS COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1980, WAS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE SITUATION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1980, WHEN THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS SLOWED DOWN SHARPLY TO ONLY FOUR PER CENT IN REAL TERMS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

A FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT WAS THAT THE US ECONOMY DID BETTER THAN EXPECTED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

ALSO CONTRIBUTING IS THE FACT THAT THE COST/PRICE STRUCTURE HAS BEEN ADJUSTING EFFICIENTLY.

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REDUCED PROFIT MARGINS AND THE DEPRECIATION OF EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DURING THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1980 HAVE ENABLED THE EXPORT SECTOR TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE.

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN HONG KONG DOLLAR TERMS HAVE INCREASED BY ONLY 3.2 PER CENT DURING THE SIX MONTHS ENDING MAY 1981 ALTHOUGH THE IMPORT PRICES OF RAW MATERIALS HAVE INCREASED MORE SHARPLY.

NEVERTHELESS THE REPORT CAUTIONS THAT THE ORDER BOOK POSITION AND THE SLOW GROWTH IN RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR DO NOT SUGGEST THAT A SPECTACULAR UPSURGE IN THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IS IMMINENT.

THE REPORT SHOWS THAT ENTREPOT TRADE CONTINUED TO EXPAND RAPIDLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, WITH CHINA CONSOLIDATING ITS POSITION BOTH AS A SOURCE AND AS A MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS.

THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS IN MONEY TERMS WAS ALSO RAPID AND WAS ACTUALLY SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS), BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT OF SERIOUSLY AFFECTING THE GENERAL STABILITY OF THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT.

CONSEQUENTLY, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ (THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS) IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, WAS LARGER, THOUGH NOT SIGNIFICANTLY SO, THAN THAT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1980.

ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE REPORT INDICATES THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF MONEY SUPPLY REMAINED RAPID DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 AND THIS WAS ATTRIBUTED MAINLY TO RAPID GROWTH IN LOANS AND ADVANCES. BUT THE HIGH REAL COST OF BORROWING HAS ALREADY SHOWN RESTRAINING EFFECT ON THE GROWTH OF DEMAND FOR CREDIT TO THE EXTENT THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF LOANS AND ADVANCES DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 HAD EASED SLIGHTLY COMPARED WITH THAT IN 1980.

NOTWITHSTANDING MINOR FLUCTUATIONS, DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WAS STABLE AND FIRM IN TERMS OF ITS EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEX.

IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING SERIES OF MONETARY STATISTICS, THE REPORT COVERS THE NEW SERIES OF MONETARY STATISTICS, WHICH PROVIDES FIGURES ON HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, LENDING FOR USE IN HONG KONG AND OTHER INFORMATION WHICH WAS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE PAST.

ON THE LABOUR SECTOR, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT STATISTICS ON LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS AVAILABLE UP TO MARCH 1981 INDICATE THAT THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUED TO INCREASE SLIGHTLY. BUT DESPITE RECENT INCREASES, THE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOW BY COMPARISON WITH INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES ELSEWHERE.

CONTRIBUTING TO THIS INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT WAS THE FACT THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF THE SUPPLY OF LABOUR, BECAUSE OF THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT EFFECTS OF IMMIGRATION, WAS TOO RAPID FOR THE ECONOMY TO ABSORB, DESPITE RAPID GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR LABOUR GENERALLY AND IN THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTORS IN PARTICULAR.

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THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT, IN CONSEQUENCE, THE INCREASE IN WAGE RATES IN REAL TERMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (INCLUDING CIVIL ENGINEERING) SECTOR, WHERE A LARGE PROPORTION OF IMMIGRANTS TEND TO FIND EMPLOYMENT, CONTINUED TO BE INSIGNIFICANT. BUT IT ALSO EMPHASISES THAT MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LABOUR SECTOR SUGGEST THAT THERE HAS BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND THAT LABOUR SHORTAGES WERE DEVELOPING IN SOME AREAS.

APART FROM THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION OF THE TEXTILES (EXCLUDING CLOTHING) INDUSTRY, ACTIVITY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE CONTINUED TO GROW IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 AS SUGGESTED BY STATISTICS ON CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY AND ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS. THE CLOTHING AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES APPEAR TO HAVE DONE PARTICULARLY WELL.

ON THE PROPERTY SECTOR THE REPORT NOTES THAT IN TERMS OF TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED, THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY AND THE INCREASE WAS MOST MARKED IN THE CASE OF COMMERCIAL (OFFICES AND SHOPS) PROPERTY. PRICES AND RENTALS FOR PROPERTY IN GENERAL EITHER LEVELLED OFF OR INCREASED AT A MUCH SLOWER RATE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 THAN IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1980.

IN RESPECT OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, THIS WAS PROBABLY THE RESULT OF DEMAND BEING DAMPENED BY HIGH PRICES AND HIGH MORTGAGE RATES. BUT THE SLOW DOWN WAS MOST MARKED IN RESPECT OF PRICES AND RENTALS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY WHERE PREVIOUS RAPID INCREASES APPEAR TO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY STIMULATED A SUBSTANTIAL RESPONSE IN TERMS OF SUPPLY.

THE SUPPLY OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY WAS ABUNDANT AND THE RATES OF INCREASE IN THEIR PRICES AND RENTALS, WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN RAPID FORMERLY, APPEAR TO HAVE SLOWED DOWN FURTHER.

ON ACTIVITY IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (INCLUDING CIVIL ENGINEERING) SECTOR, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE DEMAND FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT REMAINED STRONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981. HOWEVER, THE RATE OF INCREASE IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COSTS REMAINED MODERATE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

ON PRICES, THE REPORT EMPHASISES THAT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, DOMESTIC INFLUENCES ON PRICES WERE MODERATING AS THERE WAS NO OBVIOUS IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE SUPPLY OF DOMESTIC RESOURCES AND THE DEMAND FOR THEM. BUT PRICES IN HONG KONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 WERE AFFECTED UNFAVOURABLY BY WORLD PRICES WHICH INCREASED FAIRLY RAPIDLY AND THE DELAYED EFFECT OF THE DEPRECIATION OF THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DURING THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1980. REFLECTING THESE DEVELOPMENTS, CONSUMER PRICES IN HONG KONG INCREASED FAIRLY RAPIDLY DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1981.

THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1981 IS NOW ON SALE AT $14 A COPY.

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POPULATION GROWTH SLOWS DOWN

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THE ESTIMATED POPULATION OF HONG KONG AT THE END OF JUNE 1981 WAS 5 154 100, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE ESTIMATE IS BASED ON THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 1981 POPULATION CENSUS, TOGETHER WITH DATA ON BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MIGRATION. COMPARED WITH THE REVISED END-1980 POPULATION ESTIMATE, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE OF 34 304 OR 0.7 PER CENT. THE SLOWER RATE OF INCREASE WAS DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE LEVEL OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA, AS A RESULT OF THE ABOLITION OF THE REACHED-BASE POLICY.

NET IMMIGRATION, THAT IS THE BALANCE OF TOTAL ARRIVALS OVER TOTAL DEPARTURES, WHICH HAS BEEN THE MAJOR FACTOR IN POPULATION GROWTH OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 7 572 PERSONS OR 22.1 PER CENT OF THE GROWTH.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 WAS 39 222. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS 12 490. NATURAL INCREASE, THAT IS THE BALANCE OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS, AMOUNTED TO A GA IN OF 26 732, OR 77.9 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION GROWTH IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1981, AND THUS BECAME THE DOMINANT FACTOR IN TOTAL POPULATION GROWTH.

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OBE FOR DR S.F. LAM

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR LAM SIM-FOOK, HAS BEEN APPOINTED AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (OBE) BY THE QUEEN.

DR LAM FIRST JOINED THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE AS A MEDICAL OFFICER IN 1957. HE WAS APPOINTED A SPECIALIST (ORTHOPAEDICS) IN 1964, A CONSULTANT IN 1973 AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN 1977.

HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND RESPECTED IN HIS OWN FIELD OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY, HE HAS ALSO PROVED HIMSELF CAPABLE AS AN ADMINISTRATOR IN THE DEPARTMENT AND HIS CONTRIBUTION IN 1979, AT A TIME OF CONSIDERABLE INDUSTRIAL ACTION AND UNREST ON THE PART OF NURSING AND OTHER STAFF, WAS INVALUABLE IN RESTORING A SENSE OF ORDER.

HE IS VERY ACTIVE PROFESSIONALLY ON A LARGE NUMBER OF STATUTORY AND OTHER MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL BOARDS BUT ALSO FINDS TIME FOR EXTRA-OFFICIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY WORK, INCLUDING THE BRITISH RED CROSS, THE SOCIETY FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, THE HONG KONG ARCHERY ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE.

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FSt HK FACES PROBLEMS OF WEALTH ft ft ft ft

HONG KONG IS A RICH COMMUNITY AND THE MANY PROBLEMS IT FACES IN PRACTICE ARE THE PROBLEMS OF WEALTH NOT POVERTY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE AWARD-GIVING CEREMONY OF THE DIPLOMA COURSE IN MANAGEMENT FOR EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAIDi +WHAT THE COMMUNITY REQUIRES CLEARLY IS A SUPPLY OF WELL-TRAINED, YOUNG AND ABLE CHINESE MANAGERS.*

THOSE WHO ARE PREPARED TO FACE THE PROBLEMS OF EXTRA MURAL EDUCATION AND THE SACRIFICES THAT ARE THUS INVOLVED ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY THE BEST BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MOST MOTIVATED PEOPLE WE CAN FIND, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDED.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THAT IN A MERCANTILE COMMUNITY SUCCESS TENDED TO BE BASED ON PERSONAL FINANCIAL CRITERIA AND PEOPLE WOULD RESPOND TO MONEY INCENTIVES AFTER HARSH EDUCATIONAL SACRIFICE.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE WERE NOT THE ONLY CRITERIA.

♦ALLOW YOURSELF FROM TIME TO TIME TO CONSIDER NOT ONLY WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU BUT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COMMUNITY OF WHICH YOU FORM A PART,* HE TOLD THE GRADUATES.

♦HONG KONG WITH ALL ITS FAULTS HAS NOT BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN RECENT YEARS AS A RESULT OF RELIANCE ON MARKET FORCES. PLEASE DO NOT HOWEVER SUPPOSE THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER BASES ON WHICH THOSE WHO LEAD A COMMUNITY CAN BE JUDGED.

IT IS A FAIR CRITICISM OF HONG KONG TODAY THAT THE RELATIVELY SUCCESSFUL MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO POSSESS THE IMAGINATION TO REALISE WHAT LIFE LOOKS LIKE FROM THE WRONG END OF A RESETTLEMENT ESTATE,♦ HE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THEY SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT HONG KONG CONSISTS OF OVER FIVE MILLION PEOPLE AND NOT MERELY 200 000 SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS.

IT IS INTELLIGENT TO SUPPORT THE LOCOMOTIVE THAT PULLS THE TRAIN. BUT NEVER FORGET THAT IS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER NOT ONLY THE ENGINE BUT ALL THE CARRIAGES THAT FOLLOW IT AS WELL,+ W BREMRIDGE SAID.

HONG KONG IS A SMALL PLACE, AND WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. BE A LEADER OF WHOM THE COMMUNITY CAN BE PROUD — AND NOT MERELY ENVIOUS,* HE ADDED.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY 1981. THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR JULY 1981 WERE 119 AND 118 RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, THE NEW C.P.I.(A) INCREASED BY TWO POINTS OR 1.7 PER CENT AND THE NEW C.P.I.(B) BY ONE POINT OR 0.9 PER CENT.

AS THE NEW SERIES OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ONLY STARTS FROM OCTOBER 1980, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR RATE OF INCREASE (THE INCREASE WHEN THE INDEX FOR A PARTICULAR MONTH IS COMPARED WITH THAT FOR THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR) CAN ONLY BE COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF THE OLD SERIES.

BASED ON THE OLD SERIES (JULY 73/JUNE 74 - 100), THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR JULY 1981 WERE 188 AND 186 RESPECTIVELY. COMPARED WITH JULY 1980. C.P.I.(A) INCREASED BY 25 POINTS OR 15.3 PER CENT AND C.P.I.(B) BY 24 POINTS OR 14.8 PER CENT. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, C.P.I.(A) INCREASED BY FOUR POINTS OR 2.2 PER CENT AND C.P.I.(B) BY THREE POINTS OR 1.6 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 JULY 1981 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMPONENTS OF HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE DISTINGUISHED IN THE TWO NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1981.

(OCTOBER 1979 - SEPTEMBER 1980 - 100) NEW C.P. I.(A) NEW C.P.I.(B)

COMPONENT

JULY 81 JUNE 81 JULY 81 JUNE 81

FOODSTUFFS 122 119 122 119

HOUSING 116 112 116 113

FUEL AND LIGHT 136 136 138 137

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 112 111 112 111

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 115 115 115 115

DURABLE GOODS 108 108 109 109

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 109 109 108 109

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 130 129 127 126

SERVICES 116 116 116 116

ALL ITEMS 119 117 118 117

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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 THREE POINTS. THE ADVERSE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEVERE TROPICAL STORM LYNN AND THE TORRENTIAL RAIN IN THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH CAUSED THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND SALT-WATER FISH TO INCREASE.

RISES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS, RICE, FRESH-WATER FISH AND MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF LIVE POULTRY DECREASED. 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 HOUSING COMPONENT IN NEW C.P. I.(A) INCREASED BY FOUR POINTS AND THAT IN NEW C.P.I.(B) BY THREE POINTS AS HIGHER RENT WAS RECORDED IN PRIVATE DWELLINGS.

THE INDEX FOR THE FUEL AND LIGHT COMPONENT IN NEW C.P. I.(A) INCREASED BY ONE POINT BECAUSE OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR ELECTR CITY, WHILE THAT IN NEW C.P. I.(A) REMAINED UNCHANGED DUE TO ROUNDING.

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR THE ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) COMPONENT IN BOTH NEW C.P.I.(A) AND NEW C.P.I.(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR CHINESE WINES.

THE INDEX FOR THE MISCELLANEOUS GOODS COMPONENT IN NEW C.P.I.(B) DECREASED BY ONE POINT AS A RESULT OF LOWER PRICES FOR GENUINE JEWELLERY.

FOLLOWING INCREASES IN FERRY FARES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FARES, PARKING^METER CHARGES, CAR INSURANCE AND CROSS-HARBOUR

VEHICULAR FERRY FARES, THE INDEX FOR THE TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES COMPONENT IN BOTH NEW C.P. I.(A) AND NEW C.P.I.(B) INCREASED BY ONE POINT.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE ^CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR JULY 1981, WHICH IS ^OW AVAILABLE ON SALE AT $2 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFF-ICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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CONTRACT FOR KCR NEW STATION SIGNED

* * * *

WORK ON YET ANOTHER STATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL START NEXT WEEK AS PART OF THE KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED A $53.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS PTY. LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW TAI PO MARKET STATION.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR D.M. HOWES, CONTROLLER OF RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT, AND MR J.A. BRAZIER AND MR J.J. MCNAUGHT OF LEIGHTON.

THE NEW TAI PO MARKET STATION, TO BE BUILT ABOUT 250 METRES SOUTH OF THE EXISTING STATION, WILL BE A TWO-STOREY REINFORCED CONCRETE-FRAMED BUILDING SUPPORTED ON STEEL PILES.

IT WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE PLATFORMS BY TWO SUBWAYS PASSING UNDER THE RAIL TRACKS. ESCALATORS AND STAIRWAYS WILL GIVE ACCESS TO THE PLATFORMS FROM THE SUBWAYS.

COMMENTING ON THE CONTRACT, MR HOWES SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL STATIONS TO BE BUILT TO THE NORTH OF SHA TIN.

+WHEN COMPLETED AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR,+ MR HOWES SAID, ♦THE NEW STATION WILL BECOME AN IMPORTANT INTERCHANGE FOR THE NEW MODERN ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE AND THE VARIOUS FORMS OF ROAD TRANSPORT SERVING TAI PO NEW TOWN.+

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STATION BUILDING, PLATFORM AND CANOPIES, THE EXTERNAL FORECOURTS AND OTHER FACILITIES.

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TIN LOK LANE SECTION PARTIALLY CLOSED

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THE SECTION OF SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TIN LOK LANE BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND WAN CHAI ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 30) FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIRS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WELCOMES KMB MOVE AGAINST OVERLOADING

*****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS WELCOMED A KOWLOON MOTOR BUS CO. LTD. MOVE TO EXPERIMENT WITH A WARNING DEVICE AIMED AT DETERRING PASSENGERS FROM BOARDING FULLY-LOADED BUSES.

THE DEVICE, LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE TO BUSES SERVING TWO OF KMB’S BUSIEST ROUTES, NO. 2 AND 3B, MAKES A BUZZING SOUND WHEN THE LEGAL CARRYING CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED.

SIGNS WARNING PASSENGERS NOT TO BOARD THE BUS AFTER THE BUZZER HAS SOUNDED ARE ALSO DISPLAYED PROMINENTLY AT THE ENTRANCE TO VEHICLES.

♦KMB IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR LAUNCHING THIS EXPERIMENT, WHICH IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STEPS BEING TAKEN IN ANTICIPATION OF REDUCED PRESSURE ON HONG KONG’S OVERSTRETCHED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM,* THE ASSISTANT COMM ISSIONER/PUBLIC TRANSPORT, MR RICHARD MEAKIN, SAID TODAY.

♦BUS CAPACITY IS RAPIDLY CATCHING UP WITH DEMAND DUE TO EXPANSION OF THE KMB FLEET, AND CONDITIONS WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED BY THE OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THE MODERNISATION OF THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY.

♦ALL THESE FACTORS WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE A MASSIVE INCREASE IN PASSENGER CAPACITY.+

MR MEAKIN SAID THE LONG-STANDING PROBLEM OF BUS OVERLOADING WAS BECOMING INCREASINGLY UNACCEPTABLE, BOTH IN TERMS OF SAFETY AND PASSENGER COMFORT, AND IN VIEW OF MUCH IMPROVED SERVICES.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT COMMUTERS WILL CO-OPERATE TO HELP MAKE THE KMB EXPERIMENT A SUCCESS AND THAT BOTH COMPANIES WILL BE PROMPTED TO INSTALL FULLY-LOADED WARNING DEVICES ON ALL THEIR BUSES,* HE SAID.

MR MEAKIN WARNED THAT CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN TO PROSECUTING PASSENGERS WHO BOARDED A FULLY-LOADED BUS.

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR PASSENGERS TO TRAVEL ON THE UPPER DECK OF A BUS UNLESS OCCUPYING A SEAT, AND TO ENTER THE VEHICLE WHEN REQUESTED NOT TO DO SO BY THE DRIVER ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS CARRYING ITS FULL COMPLEMENT OF PASSENGERS.

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SIX LOTS OF LAND SOLD * * *

SIX LOTS OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION HELD BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMEN ’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN THE CITY HALL TODAY.

ONE OF THE LOTS WAS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES INCLUDING A PUBLIC PLAYGROUND AND CAR PARK. !

THIS LOT, OF 7 337 SQUARE METRES IN WONG NAI CHUNG GAP, WAS ( SOLD TO SENIOR DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD. FOR $182 MILLION, OR $24 805.78 PER SQUARE METRE.

ONE LOT OF 420.4 SQUARE METRES FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES WAS SOLD TO HINTLINE INVESTMENT LTD. FOR $24 MILLION, OR $57 088.49 PER SQUARE METRE. THE SITE IS SITUATED AT SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

THE REMAINING FOUR LOTS. ALL ON THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION, WERE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

ONE LOT, OF 1 696 SQUARE METRES. WAS SOLD TO HOO YEE INVESTMENT LTD. FOR $30 MILLION, OR $17688.68 PER SQUARE METRE-ONE OF 1 695 SQUARE METRES WAS SOLD TO SUMITOMO INVESTMENT COMPANY (HK) LTD. FOR $27 MILLION, OR $15 929.20 PER SQUARE METRE- ONE OF 1 320 SQUARE METRES WAS SOLD TO BASSORA LTD. FOR $18 MILLION, OR $13 636.36 PER SQUARE METRE, AND THE FINAL LOT, OF 1 445 SQUARE fETRES, WAS SOLD TO WANSLAND PROPERTIES LTD. FOR $17 MILLION, OR $11 764.70 PER SQUARE METRE.

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WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN AND MONG KOK ft ft ft ft

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN AND MONG KOK WILL BE TEMPORARILY CUT OFF ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

IN TSUEN WAN, SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WEST

SIDE OF TAI HO ROAD, YUEN TUN CIRCUIT AND TAI CHUNG ROAD- CASTLE

PEAK ROAD, WEST SIDE OF TAI CHUNG ROAD, CHAI WAN KOK STREET TO THE

END OF 11-1/2 MILESTONE TING KAU AREA- INCLUDING TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, TSUEN WAN CENTRE, ON YUK ROAD AND HONG KONG ADVENTIST HOSPITAL.

IN MONG KOK, SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY ARGYLE STREET, YIM PO FONG STREET, SOY STREET AND FA YUEN STREET, INCLUDING NELSON STREET, SAI YEE STREET, SHAN TUNG STREET, HAK PO STREET, PAK PO STREET, AND QUEEN ELIZABETH YOUTH CENTRE.

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PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR NEW RESIDENTS IN TAI PO

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE WILL OPEN A TEMPORARY PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE AT TAI YUEN ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

THREE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL BE ON DUTY AT THE CENTRE TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES ABOUT GOVERNMENT SERVICES, ADMINISTER STATUTORY DECLARATIONS, HANDLE COMPLAINTS AND DISTRIBUTE GOVERNMENT PAMPHLETS AND FORMS.

THE CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM ON TUESDAYS, AND FROM 7 PM TO 9.30 PM ON THURSDAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE CENTRE WOULD SERVE MAINLY TAI YUEN ESTATE AND A NEARBY HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DEVELOPMENT, TING NGA COURT.

HE SAID 60 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION OF TAI YUEN ESTATE AND 97 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION OF TING NGA COURT ARE NEW COMERS TO TAI PO.

THEY ARE BOUND TO BE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MAY NEED HELP ON OCCASIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND THEIR NEEDS AND TO ASSIST THEM,+ HE SAID.

THE CENTRE IS AN INTERIM MEASURE AND A COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE IS BEING PLANNED IN TAI YUEN ESTATE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ALSO FORMED TWO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE ESTATE AND A THIRD IS BEING SET UP.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE OPINIONS AND PROBLEMS OF RESIDENTS CAN BE REFLECTED THROUGH THE CENTRE AND THE MACS,+ HE SAID.

TAI YUEN ESTATE, CONSISTING OF SEVEN BLOCKS, WILL HOUSE 30 000 PEOPLE WHEN FULL.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 1981

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GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS ON MORAL EDUCATION * * * *

CONCERN EXPRESSED 2Y COMMUNITY AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AT AN APPARENT EROSION OF TRADITIONAL SOCIAL VALUES HAS RESULTED IN THE PUBLICATION OF GENERAL GUIDELINES ON MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

THE GUIDELINES, COPIES OF WHICH WERE SENT TO ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TODAY, WERE DRAWN UP BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON THE ADVICE OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

IN A COVERING LETTER TO HEADS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID THAT HE ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE GUIDELINES, AND WENT ON TO SAYl

♦YOU WILL SEE THAT WE ARE CONCERNED WITH DESCRIBING WHY MORAL EDUCATION IS NECESSARY, WITH EXPLAINING WHAT WE THINK MORAL EDUCATION IS, WITH FACING DIFFICULTIES ARISING FROM A CONFUSION OF VALUES AND POINTS OF VIEW, AND WITH TRANSLATING GENERAL CONCEPTS INTO SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES OF ACTION.

+WE HAVE TRIED NOT TO BE DOGMATIC BECAUSE WE, LIKE YOU, DO NOT BELIEVE MORAL EDUCATION CAN BE TAUGHT AS A CLASSROOM SUBJECT-BUT WE HAVE SUGGESTED POSITIVE ACTION IN THE GUIDING OF SCHOOL CHILDREN, IN THE INCULCATION OF SOCIAL AND MORAL VALUES, AND IN TAKING EVERY DIRECT AND INDIRECT OPPORTUNITY OFFERED BY A DIVERSE CURRICULUM TO POINT TO THE GOOD, THE VIRTUOUS, THE WORTHY AND THE DESIRABLE IN PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS.*

TEACHERS, HE ADDED, WERE FREE TO ADAPT THESE GUIDELINES AS THEY SAW FIT BUT THEY WERE URGED TO KEEP IN MIND THE NEED TO ADOPT AN ACTIVE AND POSITIVE APPROACH.

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON BOAT TOUR ft ft ft ft

A BOAT TOUR ALONG THE COASTLINE OF TUEN MUN WAS ORGANISED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE FOR 30 MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS SIX SUB-COMMITTEES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, THE MEMBERS WERE GIVEN A RUN-DOWN ON THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TOWN.

THESE INCLUDE PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT SUCH AS THE TAP SHEK KOK POWER GENERATING PLANT- THE NEW ROADWORK AT LUNG KWU TAN- A HOUSING ESTATE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT BUTTERFLY BAY- AND THE PROPOSED FERRY PIER IN CASTLE PEAK BAY WHICH, ON COMPLETION, WILL PROVIDE A ROUTE TO CENTRAL AND ANOTHER TO MEI FOO.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN SEPTEMBER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 19 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING PRACTICE TIMES, WHICH ARE AS FOLLOWSi

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 19^1

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO HELP FIGHT DRUG ABUSE............. 1

SPECIAL CAR NOS. SALE BY AUCTION.......................... 2

SENIOR ASSISTANT REGISTRAR RETIRES ....................... 2

HK OBSERVES LIBERATION DAY................................ 3

TAMAR STREET SECTION TO BE CLOSED FOR ONE WEEK............ 3

SNT LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR YUEN LONG GIRL GUIDES RECREATION CENTRE .....................•.................. 4

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR HK STUDENTS................. 5

FREE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COURSE FOR FISHERMEN.............. 6

TSUEN WAN MARKET OPENS TODAY ..............................7

TENDERS FOR SITTING OUT AREAS IN KWUN TONG................ 7

PASSING OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS.................... 8

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 1981

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO HELP FIGHT DRUG ABUSE

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THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR LEUNG CHIN-MAN TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN HONG KONG’S BATTLE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

+YOUNG PEOPLE CAN OFTEN COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS THAT MAY BRING ABOUT A CHANGE IN THE METHOD OF PREVENTING DRUG ABUSE,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE TRAINING CAMP ON DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS IN THE PAK TAM CHUNG CAMP OF PO LEUNG KUK.

HE TOLD CAMPERS THAT ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME WAS TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY, DRUG-FREE SOCIETY IN HONG KONG THROUGH THEIR DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK.

+THE TRAINING CAMP IS INDEED A VERY IMPORTANT AND ENCOURAGING STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,+ HE SAID.

♦ IT IS HOPED THAT THE CAMP WILL ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE SO THAT THEY CAN HELP SPREAD THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE TO THE OTHERS IN THEIR GENERATION,* HE ADDED.

MR LEUNG SAID ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO SINGLE OR SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE IN HONG KONG OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, HE HOPED THE INTENSIVE TRAINING CAMP WOULD PROVIDE SOME INSIGHTS AND NEW APPROACHES THAT MIGHT BRING ABOUT CHANGE.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING CAMP INCLUDE TALKS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND EXERCISE, FILM SHOWS AND RECREATIONAL AND SPORT ACTIVITIES.

THE TRAINING CAMP, WHICH ENDS ON MONDAY, BRINGS TOGETHER SOME 100 YOUNG PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO RECENTLY JOINED THE ACAN VOLUNTEER GROUP.

THE OTHER SPEAKERS IN THE CAMP INCLUDE TWO SENIOR OFFICERS FROM THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES: MR GEORGE YUEN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND MRS BETTY SHUM, PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFF ICER.

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SPECIAL CAR NOS. SALE BY AUCTION ft ft ft ft ft

THIRTY-TWO SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $650 000 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER CPI FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $180 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER BS8 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $100 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR CM277, CM8223, CL8613 AND CM449.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE

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CL8698 $3 000 HK1955 $4 500 CM 811 $4 000

CM 329 $26 000 CM 320 $3 300 CM1288 $4 000

7650 $36 000 CL8828 $9 800 CL8109 $1 500

CM 308 $12 000 CM 211 $4 500 AF1881 $22 000

CM 5 $52 000 CM 238 $8 000 CM 968 $3 000

CM 928 $9 000 AX1283 $3 000 CM 333 $90 000

CL9928 $4 000 CM 987 $3 200 CM 911 $21 100

CM1123 $4 000 CM 110 $3 000 CM 887 $5 100

CM 332 $18 000 CN 238 $12 000

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

TODAY’S SALE, THE 67TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $20 743 732.

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SENIOR ASSISTANT REGISTRAR RETIRES ft ft ft ft

SENIOR ASSISTANT REGISTRAR I, MR LESLIE FOO CHI-YAN IS RETIRING AFTER 20 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.

AT A CEREMONY LAST NIGHT, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR P. JACOBS PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO MR FOO ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

MR FOO JOINED THE DEPARTMENT IN II AND WORKED IN VARIOUS SECTIONS OF TO ASSISTANT REGISTRAR I IN 1968 AND IN 1976.

1961 AS ASSISTANT REGISTRAR THE DEPARTMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED SENIOR ASSISTANT REGISTRAR

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HK OBSERVES LIBERATION DAY * * * *

HONG KONG WILL OBSERVE THIS YEAR’S LIBERATION DAY WITH A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 31).

DURING THE CEREMONY. WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM IN THE GARDEN CF REMEMBRANCE, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG BRITISH FORCES, HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION, ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS), THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AND HONG KONG WAR ItMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE WILL LAY WREATHS AT THE SHRINE IN MEMORY CF MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS WHO DIED IN THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG IN DECEMBER 1941 OR LATER AS PRISONERS OF WAR.

THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL J.L. CHAPPLE WILL LAY A WREATH ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG BRITISH FORCES.

THE WREATH OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION WILL BE LAID BY ITS PRESIDENT, MR JACK MITCHELL.

REGIMENTAL WREATHS OF THE VOLUNTEERS WILL BE LAID BY THE HONORARY COLONEL, MR OSWALD CHEUNG AND ITS COMMANDING OFFICER, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL, M.P. BARNEBY, AND THAT OF THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT BY SERGEANT D. GODDARD.

THE WREATH OF THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE WILL BE LAID BY ITS CHAIRMAN, SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES.

THE WREATH-LAY CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUNDING CF THE LAST POST, A TWO MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRING OF THREE VOLLEYS OF SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY, BUGLER AND SENTRIES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTEERS.

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TAMAR STREET SECTION TO BE CLOSED FOR ONE WEEK X ft ft

THE SECTION OF TAMAR STREET BETWEEN QUEENSWAY AND DRAKE STREET LEADING TO THE MTR ADMIRALTY STATION (WEST) WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIRS.

DURING THE TIME OF CLOSURE, CHINA MOTOR BUS ROUTES NO. 40M AND 90M WILL BE DIVERTED VIA RODNEY STREET INSTEAD OF TAMAR STREET TO THE MTR ADMIRALTY STATION (WEST) BUS TERMINUS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SNT LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR YUEN LONG GIRL GUIDES RECREATION CENTRE

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THE FOUNDATION STO’’E FOR THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION RECREATION CENTRE AT YUEN LONG WAS LAID TODAY (SATURDAY) BY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

THE CENTRE WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITE OF THE YUEN LONG HOLIDAY HOUSE, WHICH WAS GRANTED BY GOVERNMENT TO THE ASSOCIATION IN 1972 FOR CAMPING PURPOSES.

DUE TO INCREASED USAGE IN RECENT YEARS AND THE EXPANSION IN GIRL GUIDE NUMBERS, THE ASSOCIATION DECIDED TO DEMOLISH THE SINGLE-STOREY HUT AND BUILD A TWO-STOREY, FULLY-EQUIPPED MODERN RECREATION CENTRE ON THE SITE.

WHEN THE NEW CENTRE IS COMPLETED NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 120 GUIDES, SIX TIMES MORE THAN THE YUEN LONG HOLIDAY HOUSE CAN ACCOMMODATE.

A COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY MRS JANE AKERS-JONES WAS FORMED LAST YEAR TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE PROJECT, TARGETED AT S3 MILLION.

IN HIS CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES NEW TERRITORIES LOCAL ASSOCIATION, MR AKERS-JONES RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND LOCAL LEADERS TO BUILD THE CENTRE.

MR AKERS-JONES THANKED THE YUEN LONG PEOPLE FOR THEIR TRADITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE GIRL GUIDE AND SCOUT MOVEMENTS.

♦THEY HAVE MADE A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE STRENGTHENING OF CHARACTER, AND IN GIVING A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND SERVICE TO THOUSANDS OF YOUNG POEPLE IN THE DISTRICT,* HE SAID.

THE CENTRE WOULD BE A BASE FOR FUTURE EXPANSION OF GUIDING NOT ONLY IN YUEN LONG BUT THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, HE SAID.

PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE MRS AKERS-JONES- THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR S.E. ALLEYNE- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, l*R LAU WONG-FAT- THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG-THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL COMMISSIONER, SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MR CHEUNG CHI-FAN- THE ACTING CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MISS GERTIE CHOA- AND THE ASSISTANT CHIEF COMMISSIONER (NEW TERRITORIES), HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, MISS KATIE HO.

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR HK STUDENTS * * * *

HONG KONG STUDENTS WHO WISH TO UNDERTAKE POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH IN THE UNITED KINGDOM MAY APPLY TO THE OVERSEAS RESEARCH STUDENTS FEES SUPPORT SCHEME FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

ee„THE SCHEME WAS SET UP IN NOVEMBER 1979 BY THE UNITED KINGDOM SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND SCIENCE TO PROVIDE AWARDS FOR PARTIAL REMISSION OF TUITION FEES TO OVERSEAS POSTGRADUATE RESEAR H STUDENTS.

occc ™E CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDS ARE OUTSTANDING MERIT AND RESEARCH POTENTIAL- OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS MEANS, NATIONALITY AND PROPOSED FIELD OF STUDY ARE NOT TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

IN 1981, 622 SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS COME FROM 68 COUNTRIES-OF THESE, 30 ARE FROM HONG KONG, 23 FROM SINGAPORE, 41 FROM MALAYSIA AND 12 FROM CHINA. THESE AWARDS WILL BE HELD IN A WIDE RANGE OF DISCIPLINES, INCLUDING ARTS, EDUCATION, ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE, LAW, MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY.

AS A RULE ONLY A STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AS A FULL-TIME STUDENT AT 0NE 0F THE 97 PARTICIPATING ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS IN UK, OR IS ALREADY UNDERTAKING SUCH A COURSE AND DOES NOT HAVE AN ORS AWARD, MAY APPLY.

THE APPLICATION MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE INSTITUTION WHICH HAS ACCEPTED HIM OR HER. WHERE A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT HAS APPLIED THROUGH MORE THAN ONE ACADEMIC INSTITUTION HE OR SHE IS FREE TO DECIDE AT WHICH INSTITUTION THE AWARD WILL BE HELD.

THE ANNUAL TUITION FEE FOR RATE CHARGEABLE

VALUE OF AN AWARD IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE A HOME POSTGRADUATE STUDENT AND THE +FULL-COST+ TO AN OVERSEAS POSTGRADUATE STUDENT.

T0 THE SATISFACTORY PROGRESS OF AN AWARDHOLDER, AN AWARD WILL BE RENEWED FOR A SECOND AND THIRD YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE NORMAL LENGTH OF THE RESEARCH COURSE BEING UNDERTAKEN.

DETAILS OF THE 1982 SCHEME WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER 1981 AND INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE BRITISH COUNCIL. THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG OR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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FREE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COURSE FOR FISHERMEN

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THE FIRST TRAINING COURSE ON RADIO TELEPHONY FOR FISHERMEN ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH.

THE TWO-WEEK COURSE, TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POST OFFICE, WILL BE HELD AT THE DIVISION’S OFFICE IN ABERDEEN FROM SEPTEMBER 15.

AFTER COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, AN EXAMINATION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS BRANCH OF THE POST OFFICE.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE AWARDED RESTRICTED CERTIFICATES CF COMPETENCY IN RADIO TELEPHONY (FISHING VESSEL RADIO NETWORK) BY THE POST OFFICE.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO PROVIDE FISHERMEN WITH A PROPER KNOWLEDGE ON THE USE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ON BOARD FISHING VESSELS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID.

IT WILL INCLUDE GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND FREQUENCY ALLOCATION FOR FISHING VESSELS, AND PROCEDURES TO ADOPT IN CASE OF EMERGENCY AND DISTRESS.

IT IS HOPED THAT FISHERMEN WILL BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE AND PLAN THEIR FISHING EXPEDITIONS MORE SYSTEMATICALLY SO AS TO IMPROVE THEIR CATCH AND PROFIT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL FISHERMEN WHO HAVE ATTAINED PRIMARY SIX EDUCATION. THE COURSE IS FREE OF CHARGE.

THOSE INTERESTED IN THE COURSE MAY APPLY THROUGH AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE AT ABERDEEN OR THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION’S LIAISON OFFICES IN THE VARIOUS FISH LANDING DISTR ICTS.

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TSUEN WAN MARKET OPENS TODAY MM#

THE $13 MILLION TSUEN WAN MARKET WAS OPENED TODAY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TZE-PING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR HO SAID THIS DEMONSTRATED THE STRENUOUS EFFORT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN BUILDING MORE AND MORE NEW MARKET COMPLEXES ON THE SITES FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY OBSOLETE AND PRIMITIVE MARKETS UNABLE TO CATER FOR THE NEED OF A MODERN COMMUNITY.

MR HO APPEALED TO STALL HOLDERS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE REFUSE CONTAINERS AVAILABLE AT THE MARKET AND TIDY-UP THE SURROUNDINGS OF THEIR STALLS EVERYDAY.

HE ALSO URGED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO CO-OPERATE IN KEEPING THE MARKET AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT CLEAN.

ALSO OFFICIATING WERE THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, M? ALLAN BRISTOW AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SOUTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JAMES WILSON.

JOINING THE PARTY AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR LUI HAU-TUEN, THE PROJECT MANAGER OF TSUEN WAN, MR FONG CHUN-NAM, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR LI TIN-MING.

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TENDERS FOR SITTING OUT AREAS IN KWUN TONG

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SITTING OUT AREAS IN KOWLOON.

THE LARGEST AREA, OF ABOUT 1 000 SQUARE METRES, IS IN HOI BUN ROAD, FACING THE KWUN TONG TYPHOON SHELTER.

WORK WILL INCLUDE ARBOURS, PARK BENCHES, BAMBOO RAILINGS AND A PAVIL ION.

THE SECOND AREA, OF ABOUT 470 SQUARE METRES, IS IN WAI YIP STREET. THE SITTING OUT AREA WILL INCLUDE FLOWER BEDS, A PAVILION. CONCRETE BENCHES, ARBOURS AND CHESS TABLES.

WORK ON BOTH PROJECTS IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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PASSING OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS M K X

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE NEEDS MORE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF THE RIGHT CALIBRE TO MEET ITS INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, MR K.W. CHOW SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

TAKING THE OFFICERS AT THE SAID THE TARGET YEAR - A NUMBER

SALUTE AT THE PASSING OUT PARADE OF 21 CUSTOMS SERVICE’S TAI LAM CHUNG TRAINING SCHOOL, MR CHOW OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL WAS TO TRAIN 600 OFFICERS THIS SUBSTANTIALLY LARGER THAN IN THE PAST.

♦TO COPE WITH THE EXTRA DEMAND, ALL THE SCHOOL RESOURCES HAVE TO BE FULLY STRETCHED AND THE EXCISE STATION AT TAI LAM HAS TO BE USED AS AN ANCILLARY TRAINING CENTRE,♦ HE SAID.

CONGRATULATING THE PROBATIONARY OFFICERS ON THEIR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING COURSE, MR CHOW STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING UP THE HIGH REPUTATION OF THE SERVICE.

♦THE GOOD REPUTATION OF THIS SERVICE WAS NOT BUILT BY ONE MAN, BUT ONE MAN ALONE CAN PULL IT DOWN,+ HE SAID. +T0 KEEP THIS REPUTATION UP, YOU WILL NEED TO SET YOURSELF A HIGH STANDARD OF PERSONAL CONDUCT- HAVE A HIGH SENSE OF DUTY AND OBLIGATION TO THE SOCIETY YOU SERVE, AND NEVER SUCCUMB TO ANY TEMPTATION TO BEND THE LAW.+

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST JO, 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT INVITES PUBLIC TO TAKE PART IN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS .................................................. -|

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY 1981 ..................... 2

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WELL KNOWN IN TSUEN WAN ............. 5

NEW GAMES HALL FOR KWAI CHUNG ............................... 5

AGRE&1ENT TO SELL UNESCO BOOKS .............................. 6

WEEKDAY CAMPS FOR SPECIAL SCHOOL STUDENTS ................... 7

HOPES FOR LOCAL GUIDING ASSOCIATION IN SAI KUNG................ 8

SQUASH COURTS TO OPEN IN FAILING ............................ 9

YAU MA TEI CAR P.lRK TO BE EXTENDED.......................... 9

laser show to celebrate mid-autumn festival.................. 10

OFFICIAL OPENING OF SWD'S KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE.......... 11

KMB ROUTE JA TO PhSS THROUGH TSIM SHA TSUI EAST ............. 11

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 1981

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GOVT INVITES PUBLIC TO TAKE PART IN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS *****

THE GOVERNMENT’S INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN THE WORK OF THEIR DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS FOR DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREA AND FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL OCTOBER 12.

ALL THAT IS REQUIRED OF ANYONE TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION IS TO FILL IN A FEW PERSONAL DETAILS IN AN APPLICATION FORM AND HAVE IT RETURNED TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER BY PRE-PAID POST OR BY HANDING IT IN AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

ANYONE WHO IS OVER 21 AND HOLDS AN ID CARD AND WHO IS EITHER A HONG KONG BELONGER OR HAS BEEN ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS IS QUALIFIED TO APPLY. HOWEVER THERE IS NO NEED FOR EXISTING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTORS TO APPLY AS THEY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED.

THE REGISTRATION FORM, AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT OVER 500 PLACES. BESIDES NT DISTRICT OFFICES, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND POST OFFICES, THE FORMS WILL BE OBTAINABLE AT ALL MTR STATIONS AS WELL AS BRANCH OFFICES OF THE HK AND SHANGHAI BANK, CHARTERED BANK AND HANG SENG BANK.

A LARGE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY ORGANISERS, SPECIALLY RECRUITED FOR THE JOB, WILL ALSO BE GOING OUT TO VILLAGES, PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO DISTRIBUTE FORMS AND TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON COMPLETING THEM.

DIRECT TELEPHONE LINES (NOS. 5-270380 AND 5-270369) WILL ALSO BE OPERATED TO ANSWER QUERIES ON THE APPLICATION FORM AND ON REGISTRATION MATTERS.

FOLLOWING THE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION, A PROVISIONAL REGISTER WILL BE COMPILED AND PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER. EVEN THEN, HOWEVER, APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION WILL STILL BE CONSIDERED THOUGH THIS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE IN PERSON TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO BEAT THE DEADLINE FOR THE FINAL REGISTER.

ONLY THOSE PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES ARE ON THIS FINAL REGISTER WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AT THE NT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN MARCH NEXT YEAR. EACH PERSON ON THIS REGISTER WILL BE SENT A POLLING CARD ADVISING HIM AT WHICH POLLING STATION HE SHOULD CAST HIS VOTE.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY 1981

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE IN JULY 1981. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR JULY WAS 810 744 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $7 362 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $3 382 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $12 314 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR JULY WAS $1 570 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH JULY 1980, THERE WERE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE: $1 275 MILLION OR 20.9 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, $959 MILLION OR 39.6 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, $2 233 MILLION OR 26.2 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $3 121 MILLION OR 33.9 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 12.7 PER CENT IN JULY THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 7.4 PER CENT IN JULY 1980.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE PERFORMANCE OF THE DOMESTIC EXPORT SECTOR IN JULY WAS REMARKABLE. AS THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAVE INCREASED ONLY MODERATELY SINCE OCTOBER 1980, THE GROWTH RATE IN MONEY TERMS AT 21 PER CENT OVER JULY 1980 IMPLIES THAT THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS WAS PROBABLY GREATER THAN 10 PER CENT. BUT HE CAUTIONED THAT TOO MUCH SHOULD NOT BE READ INTO ONE MONTH’S FIGURES.

CONCERNING THE RAPID GROWTH IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN JULY THIS YEAR (33.9 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH JULY 1980), THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THIS WAS PARTLY A REFLECTION OF THE CONTINUING RAPID GROWTH IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS (UP BY 39.6 PER CENT, FOR JULY THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH JULY 1980).

BUT, HE ADDED, THE FACT THAT THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS GROWING FASTER THAN THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS SUGGESTED THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND HAD PROBABLY BEEN SUBSTANTIAL.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S FIGURE INTO CONTEXT, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT COMPARING THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1981 WITH THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF I960, THE GROWTH RATE CF IMPORTS, AT 27.5 PER CENT, WAS FASTER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT 24.6 PER CENT.

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AS A CONSEQUENCE, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+, THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, WIDENED FROM 13.5 PER CENT IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1980 TO 15.5 PER CENT IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1981.

FOLLOWING ARE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MERCHANDISE 1 DOMESTIC EXPOF RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE ITS 1 $ $ $ S $ 7 362 MILLION 3 382 MILLION 10 744 MILLION 12 314 MILLION 1 570 MILLION ( IN DEFICIT)

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COMPARATIVE FIGURES LATEST 3 MONTHS MAY-JULY 1981 MAY-JULY 1980 INCREASE OR DECREASE

DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ MN. 21 063 $ MN. 18 109 $ MN. % + 2 954 +16.3

RE-EXPORTS 10 067 7 320 + 2 748 +37.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 31 130 25 429 + 5 701 +22.4

IMPORTS 35 466 27 404 + 8 062 +29.4

TRADE BALANCE - 4 336 - 1 975 - 2 361

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR JULY 1981 JULY 1980 INCREASE OR DECREASE

DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ MN. 7 362 $ MN. 6 087 S MN. % + 1 275 +20.9

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS (68.5%) 3 382 (71.5%) 2 423 959 +39.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 10 744 8 510 + 2 233 +26.2

IMPORTS 12 314 9 193 + 3 121 +33.9

TRADE BALANCE - 1 570 - 683 887

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LAST MONTH JULY JUNE INCREASE OR

1981 1981 DECREASE

8 MN. 8 MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 7 362 6 831 * 531 * 7.8

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (68.5*) (67.7%)

RE-EXPORTS 3 382 3 266 + 116 + 3.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 10 744 10 097 + 647 +6.4

IMPORTS 12 314 11 441 + 873 + 7.6

TRADE BALANCE - 1 570 - 1 344 226

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JANUARY-JULY JANUARY-JULY INCREASE OR

1981 1980 DECREASE

$ MN. 8 MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 42 966 37 201 + 5 765 +15.5

(.% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (65.2%) (70.4%)

RE-EXPORTS 22 918 15 656 + 7 261 +46.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 65 884 52 858 ♦ 13 026 +24.6

IMPORTS 77 934 61 130 + 16 804 +27.5

TRADE BALANCE -12 050 AUGUST 1980 - 8 272 AUGUST 1979 - 3 778

LAST 12 MONTHS TO TO INCREASE OR

JULY 1981 JULY 1980 DECREASE

8 MN. 8 MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 73 936 64 537 + 9 399 +14.6

RE-EXPORTS 37 333 24 830 + 12 504 +50.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 111 269 89 366 + 21 903 +24.5

IMPORTS 128 454 100 914 + 27 540 +27.3

TRADE BALANCE -17 185  0 - - -11 548 - 5 637

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WELL KNOWN IN TSUEN WAN

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ABOUT SIX OUT OF 10 TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ARE AWARE OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED RECENTLY,

AND MORE THAN 20 PER CENT OF THOSE WHO KNOW OF THE SCHEME SAY THEY WILL REGISTER AS VOTERS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS. REGISTRATION STARTS ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) AND CONTINUES UNTIL OCTOBER 12.

THE SURVEY WAS THE LAST OF THREE CONDUCTED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE TO FIND OUT RESIDENTS* UNDERSTANDING OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARDS.

ABOUT 2 000 RESIDENTS WERE INTERVIEWED, OF WHOM 1 18’ ( OR 59 PER CENT) SAID THEY KNEW OF THE SCHEME.

OF THESE, 864 (OR 73 PER CENT) SAID THEY BELIEVED THE SCHEME COULD HELP IMPROVE THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT- 842 (OR 71 PER CENT) AGREED DISTRICT BOARDS COULD REFLECT PUBLIC OPINION- AND 259 (OR 22 PER CENT) SAID THEY WOULD REGISTER AS VOTERS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LATEST SURVEY WAS ON A LARGER SCALE AND WAS MORE COMPREHENSIVE.

♦DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION IS STILL A RELATIVELY NEW CONCEPT BUT THE RESPONSE SO FAR, AS SHOWN FROM THE SURVEY, IS QUITE PROMISING.

♦OF COURSE IT TAKES TIME TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC,+ HE SAID.

SURVEYS CONDUCTED IN MAY AND JUNE WHEN A TOTAL OF 1 200 RESIDENTS WERE INTERVIEWED SHOWED THAT ABOUT 40 TO 60 PER CENT OF TSUEN WAN PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF THE SCHEME.


NEW GAMES HALL FOR KWAI CHUNG

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ANOTHER INDOOR GAMES HALL WILL SHORTLY BE BUILT AT KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL VENUE FOR RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE AREA.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SITE FORMATION AND PILING WORKS FOR THE PROJECT.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THE HALL, TO BE BUILT ON A 2 800-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT WO HOP ROAD, WOULD HAVE A GAMES AREA MEASURING 36 METRES BY 36 METRES, THREE SQUASH COURTS, TWO GAMES ROOMS, A SPECTATOR STAND AND CHANGING FACILITIES.

WORK ON THE SITE FORMATION AND PILING WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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AGREEMENT TO SELL UNESCO BOOKS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH UNESCO (UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION) FOR THE SALE OF ITS PUBLICATIONS IN HONG KONG.

UNESCO PRODUCES PUBLICATIONS ON SUBJECTS WHICH INCLUDE ART, EDUCATION, SCIENCE, CULTURE, COMMUNICATION, DOCUMENTATION, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES. i

OTHER PUBLICATIONS ARE ALSO PUBLISHED ON MATTERS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN TO UNESCO SUCH ASi THE RIGHTS OF MAN, PEACE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, POPULATION CONTROL, STIMULATION OF ARTISTIC AND INTELLECTUAL CREATIVITY, SCIENCE CO-OPERATION, BROADENING THE ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND INFORMATION, PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, AND IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE OF MAN’S PLACE IN THE BIOSPHERE.

A SELECTION OF UNESCO PUBLICATIONS IS PRESENTLY ON DISPLAY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AND CATALOGUES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. ORDERS CAN BE PLACED AT THE CENTRE, AND ALSO AT THE HEAD OFFICE OF THE GIS PUBLISHING SUB-DIVISION IN BASKERVILLE HOUSE, SECOND FLOOR, 22 ICE HOUSE STREET.

A GIS SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW AGREEMENT REFLECTED A DESIRE TO PROVIDE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WITH ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS OF A SIGNIFICANT NATURE.

+WE ALREADY HAVE AGREEMENTS WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS LIKE WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION) AND OECD (ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT), HMSO (HER MAJESTY’S STATIONERY OFFICE) IN LONDON AND THE UNIVERSAL MEDIA CORPORATION IN TOKYO FOR THE SALE OF THEIR PUBLICATIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+OUR AGREEMENT WITH UNESCO WILL ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO

OBTAIN MANY NEW PUBLICATIONS NOT AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG UNTIL NOW.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PUBLISHING SUBDIVISION OF GIS HAVE EXPANDED GREATLY IN RECENT YEARS.

+THIS FAST GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR EDITORIAL AND PUBLICATIONS SERVICES CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO MANY FACTORS,* HE SAID.

♦INCREASED DEMAND FROM THE PUBLIC FOR A VARIETY OF PRINTED MATERIALS, EXPANSION OF SALES OUTLETS FOR GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS, AND THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF NEW TITLES ARE AMONG THE MANY FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS EXPANSION.*

REVENUE FROM THE SALE OF GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS HAS RISEN FROM ABOUT $4.3 MILLION IN 1976 TO MORE THAN $10.4 MILLION IN 1981.

THIS INCREASE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, REFLECTED KEENER PUBLIC INTEREST IN FINDING OUT ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE WIDE RANGE OF PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE. THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW BOOKS OF GENERAL INTEREST ALSO PROVES A SUCCESSFUL VENTURE. THESE ARE ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS HONG KONG’S ANIMALS, BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, TEMPLES, THE STORY OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE AND RURAL ARCHITECTURE.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 1981

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WEEKDAY CAMPS FOR SPECIAL SCHOOL STUDENTS *****

STUDENTS OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE USE OF EIGHT CAMPSITES ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN NOW AND JANUARY 1982 FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMPS.

+THE CAMPS WILL PROVIDE SPECIAL SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH EXPERIENCE CF LIVING IN A NATURAL OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTEGRATION OF SCHOOL SUBJECTS UNDER CAMPING SITUATIONS,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CAMPSITES APE GAUDETE HOUSE, WU KAI SHA, SILVERMINE BAY, Y.W.C.A. CAMP, PAK TAM CHUNG, MA WAN, SUEN DOUH AND PHAB

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

CHARGES WILL RANGE FROM $26 TO $65 PER CAMPER, AND SUBSIDY FROM THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEET 60 PER CENT OF THE FEES FOR CAMPERS AND THE TOTAL FEES FOR APPROVED ACCOMPANYING STAFF, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL CAMPS ARE OF THREE DAYS’ DURATION, LASTING EITHER FROM MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY OR FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY.

IN THE MORNING, ADAPTED SCHOOL LESSONS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ACCOMPANYING TEACHERS, AND THERE WILL BE EXCURSIONS, EDUCATIONAL VISITS, BALL GAMES AND SWIMMING IN THE AFTERNOON.

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FOLK DANCING, RECREATIONAL GAMES, CAMP FIRES AND FILM SHOWS WILL BE ORGANISED IN THE EVENING.

HOWEVER, NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND ANY CAMP WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BUNKS, BLANKETS, BED SHEETS AND PILLOWS WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE CAMPS.

CAMPERS SHOULD BRING SUITABLE CLOTHING, PERSONAL HYGIENE KITS AND PHYSICAL. EDUCATION KITS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MISS CHAU SAU-LING OF THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION ON 3-884111 EXT. 278.

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HOPES FOR LOCAL GUIDING ASSOCIATION IN SAI KUNG * * * *

IT IS HOPED TO FORM A DISTRICT LOCAL ASSOCIATION TO FURTHER GUIDING IN SAI KUNG, THE DEPUTY CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, MRS JANE AKERS-JONES SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MRS AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING OF THE SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE FOUR GUIDE UNITS WHICH ARE SUPPORTED BY THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND TWO OTHER UNITS IN SAI KUNG.

♦HOWEVER WE ARE HOPING TO FORM A DISTRICT LOCAL ASSOCIATION HERE TO GIVE A WIDER-BASED SUPPORT TO FURTHERING GUIDING IN THIS AREA,+ SHE SAID.

♦FROM ONE LOCAL ASSOCIATION ON HONG KONG ISLAND WE WILL NOW HAVE FIVE- FROM TWO LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS IN KOWLOON THERE WILL SOON BE SEVEN- AND TO THE FIVE DISTRICT LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS ALREADY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE ADDED THREE MORE.

+WE VERY MUCH HOPE THAT BEFORE LONG THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ONE FORMED SOON IN THIS DISTRICT TO TAKE A CLOSE INTEREST IN YOUR OWN LOCAL GUIDES.

♦THROUGHOUT HONG KONG THERE ARE NOW 18 000 GIRL GUIDES AND WE HOPE THAT WITHIN FIVE YEARS GUIDING WILL BE ENJOYED BY 50 000 GIRLS,+ MRS AKERS-JONES SAID.

THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME STARTED ON JULY 19, SINCE WHEN, WITH THE HELP OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, MORE THAN 70 ACTIVITIES HAVE TAKEN PLACE. THIS YEAR, OVER 7 000 YOUNG PEOPLE TOOK PART IN TRAINING CAMPS, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, GAMES AND VISITS.

THE CLOSING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A FUN FAIR ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION (EAST KOWLOON REGION), ATTENDED BY 5 000 CHILDREN.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WERE MR LEE YUN-SAU, JP-PR JOSEPH KONG, JP- THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON), MR ALEXANDER FUNG- THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG PUN- THE CHAIRMAN OF HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, W YAU KEI- THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, REV FR N. RUGGIERO- AND THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS RITA LAU.

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SQUASH COURTS TO OPEN IN FANLING

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SQUASH PLAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE FIRST AIR-CONDITIONED COURTS WHEN THEY OPEN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

COSTING MORE THAN $1.1 MILLION AND FUNDED BY A COMMUNITY LEADER, THE SQUASH COURTS ARE LOCATED NEXT TO THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL AND RECREATION GROUND IN TA I PO ROAD, FANLING.

THE TWO 62-SQUARE-METRE COURTS ARE OF LIGHT MAPLE FLOORING, WITH REAR GLASS WALL IN ONE OF THE COURTS TO FACILITATE COACHING AND VIEWING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

+THERE ARE OTHER FACILITIES SUCH AS SPECTATOR GALLERY, CHANGING ROOMS AND LOCKERS FOR PLAYERS’ USE,+ HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, ONE OF THE TWO SQUASH COURTS AT KWAI SHING WILL BE CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 1 TO OCTOBER 31 TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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YAU MA TEI CAR PARK TO BE EXTENDED ' ft ft ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STAGE I I OF A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK IN YAU MA TEI.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT INVOLVED A 12-STOREY EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING CAR PARK.

IT WILL INCLUDE EIGHT FLOORS FOR CAR PARKS, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 400 PARKING SPACES, AND THE GROUND AND MEZZANINE AND THE NINTH AND TENTH FLOORS FOR OFFICES, WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 6 500 SQUARE METRES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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LASER SHOW TO CELEBRATE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

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THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL BE ABLE TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME AN OUTDOOR LASER SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 12, 13 AND 14 AT SHA TIN RACECOURSE.

AS PART OF AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME PRESENTED TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, THE LASER LIGHTS WILL GIVE A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE UTILISING THE SKY, THE SURROUNDING HILLS, SCREENS AND MIRRORS.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE EVENING’S PROGRAMME WILL BE 230 GIRLS FROM SIX SCHOOLS WHO WILL PRESENT A LANTERN DANCE DEPICTING THE HAPPY ATMOSPHERE OF THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO FEATURES A MASSED LION DANCE, MILITARY BAND MUSIC AND A VARIETY SHOW WITH FAMOUS TV ARTISTES, PRODUCED BY HKTVB.

TICKETS FOR THE FESTIVAL PRICED AT 15 EACH, ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT 20 ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES, ALL BRANCHES OF TOM LEE PIANO COMPANY LIMITED AND ALL TV WEEK CONSUMER SERVICE CENTRES AT MTR STATIONS.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARKING PERMITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT A COST OF $20 EACH FROM THE OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES AT THE STAR FERRY- AUSTIN ROAD, KOWLOON- AND TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY ON THE FIRST EVENING.

IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL SERVICES, FIVE SOUTHBOUND AND SIX NORTHBOUND SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICES WILL BE ARRANGED BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT. EXTRA BUS ROUTES, NUMBERED 870M, 872 AND 888 WILL ALSO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE AUDIENCE BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT.

THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT SHA TIN RACECOURSE IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE ARMED FORCES, THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE EVENT WILL COST A TOTAL OF $850 000 TO STAGE, OF WHICH $150 000 IS BEING DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND $400 000 BY PRIVATE DONATIONS.

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1981

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

OFFICIAL OPENING OF SWD’S KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE ft ft ft 1 ft

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, WILL ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) OFFICIALLY OPEN THE NEW PREMISES FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND SOME OF ITS SERVICE UNITS.

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE IS ACCOMMODATED ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF HIU KWONG COURT, 26-38, HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MAU PING, KOWLOON.

ALSO ACCOMMODATED IN THE SAME BUILDING ARE SUPPORTING UNITS FOR KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE — THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE, THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT, THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AND THE REHABILITATION OFFICE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3 PM ON TUESDAY ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF HIU KWONG COURT, 26-38, HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MAU PING, KOWLOON.


KMB ROUTE 5A TO PASS THROUGH TSIM SHA TSUI EAST ft ft ft ft ft

KMB ROUTE 5A BETWEEN SHING TAK STREET, KOWLOON CITY, AND STAR FERRY WILL BE ROUTED TO OPERATE VIA SALISBURY ROAD EXTENSION FROM TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO COPE WITH THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST , 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE SET UP TO MONITOR DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS ...................................... 1

CALL TO VOTE IN D.B. ELECTIONS ............................ 2

12 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS .............. 4

SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY............................... 5

SHEK KIP MEI WATER CUT..................................... 5

NT REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS TO GET TIDYING UP.............. 6

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NEW SWIMMING POOL FOR KWAI CHUNG .......................... 6

WIND SURFING AND CANOE TRAINING AT TAI PO.................. 7

TAPS OFF IN MID-LEVELS..................................... 7

MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 1981

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INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE SET UP TO MONITOR DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION HAS SET UP AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE TO MONITOR UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS.

IT WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, POLICE, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE ICAC, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION HAS ALSO ISSUED GUIDELINES FOR THE INCULCATION OF MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS IN THE CONTEXT OF CONCERN EXPRESSED BY COMMUNITY AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN RECENT MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE SAID THAT THESE INITIATIVES BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WERE AMONG A NUMBER OF STEPS BEING TAKEN OR PLANNED BY VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS TO COUNTER JUVENILE DELINQUENCY FOLLOWING THE REPORT SUBMITTED LAST APRIL BY THE WORKING GROUP ON JUVENILE CRIME.

CONCERN HAD BEEN EXPRESSED IN THE REPORT OVER THE APPROPRIATENESS OF SCHOOL CURRICULA FOR THE LESS ACADEMICALLY INCLINED CHILD. TO MEET THIS PROBLEM, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BROADEN THE CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS, A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE BROADENING BEING THE EXPANSION OF THE TEACHING OF PRACTICAL SUBJECTS.

IT IS ALSO PLANNED TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL PLACES OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, WITH PROVISION FOR FURTHER EXPANSION.

FROM SEPTEMBER 1982, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL TEACHERS FOR THE TEACHING OF CHINESE AND ENGLISH. +THIS WOULD ENABLE THE CREATION OF SMALLER REMEDIAL GROUPS FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING. THE ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WILL BE PROVIDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A FORMULA BASED ON TWO ADDITIONAL TEACHERS PER STANDARD SIZE SCHOOL.+

PLANS WERE ALSO IN TRAIN TO INCREASE FURTHER THE NUMBERS OF TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE NOTED THAT PLANS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS WERE OUTLINED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST MONTH, AND SAID THAT PLANS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS WERE NOW BEING CONSIDERED IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE AIM IS TO IMPROVE THE CLASStTEACHER RATIO IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS SO THAT MORE TEACHERS CAN BE SPARED FOR COUNSELLING, CAREERS GUIDANCE AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY, HE SAID.

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MEANWHILE, THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL REVIEW THE STANDARDS AND PRIORITIES FOR THE PROGRAMME PLAN ON PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, AS RECOMMENDED IN THE REPORT.

A WORKING GROUP UNDER SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH IS ALSO LOOKING INTO WAYS OF MEETING THE SHORTFALL IN TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS AND WILL REPORT EARLY NEXT YEAR.

IN LINE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT FOR IMPROVING FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRES, A WORKING GROUP HAS SUBMITTED PROPOSALS IN RESPECT OF COMMUNITY CENTRES AND VOLUNTARY BODIES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE BEING CONSULTED.

A GROUP APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE IS EXAMINING WAYS TO IMPROVE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF YOUTH CENTRES AND EXPECTED TO SUBMIT THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS LATER THIS YEAR.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, HE SAID, WAS ALSO LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN HOUSING ESTATES BY UTILISING PODIA AND ROOF AREAS.

+THESE MEASURES ARE NOT A PANACEA IN THEMSELVES BUT IT IS HOPED THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE A FIRM DIRECTION AND ATTRACTION AWAY FROM CRIME FOR JUVENILES AT RISK,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+BY FAR THE GREATEST HELP CAN BE GIVEN BY PARENTS THEMSELVES. THE FAMILY IS THE GREATEST SINGLE INFLUENCE IN A CHILD’S EMOTIONAL AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT AND THERE IS OFTEN NO SUBSTITUTE TO PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND CARE IN MOULDING THE CHILD’S PERCEPTION OF WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG,+ HE ADDED.

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CALL TO VOTE IN D.B. ELECTIONS * * * *

ON THE EVE OF THE START OF REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, A SENIOR OFFICER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS CALLED ON ALL WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE TO PUT THEIR NAMES DOWN.

REGISTRATION STARTS TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND CONTINUES UNTIL OCTOBER 12.

ELECTIONS TO DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 4 NEXT YEAR.

SPEAKING TO THE NEW TERRITORIES ROTARY CLUB, AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NTA, MISS REGINA LAU, SAID THAT WITH DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS THE PUBLIC WAS BEING PROVIDED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE DIRECTLY IN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT THROUGH VOTING, OR STANDING FOR ELECTION AND BEING A BOARD MEMBER.

♦THE MAIN PURPOSES OF THE NEW PATTERN OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ARE TO INCREASE THE SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TO AROUSE PUBLIC INTEREST ABOUT DISTRICT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS,+ SHE SAID.

REGISTRATION

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REGISTRATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM ANY DISTRICT OFFICE, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND THE MAIN AND BRANCH OFFICES OF THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND THE CHARTERED AND HANG SENG BANKS.

+THE FORMS ARE PRE-STAMPED AND SHOULD BE RETURNED AFTER FILLING IN NAME, IDENTITY CARD NUMBER AND RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS,+ MISS LAU SAID.

THERE WAS NOTHING DIFFICULT ABOUT FILLING THEM IN.

HOWEVER, CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN WRITING IN THE ADDRESS AS THIS DETERMINED THE CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH A PERSON WAS REGISTERED TO VOTE, SHE STRESSED.

MISS LAU SAID STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES WOULD ALSO CALL ON INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD TO DISTRIBUTE REGISTRATION FORMS AND HELP COMPLETE THEM.

SHE SAID ALTHOUGH RESIDENTS OF URBAN AREAS COULD ALSO REGISTER AS VOTERS DURING THE NEXT SIX WEEKS ONLY NT RESIDENTS WOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE NT ELECTIONS.

URBAN REGISTERED VOTERS WOULD HOWEVER BE ABLE TO STAND AS CANDIDATES FOR NT DISTRICT BOARDS.

MISS LAU SAID URBAN DWELLERS WHO REGISTERED AS VOTERS NOw WOULD NOT HAVE-TO RE-REGISTER NEXT YEAR FOR THEIR OWN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

SHE SAID A REGISTERED VOTER WHO MOVED AFTER SENDING IN HIS APPLICATION SHOULD COMPLETE A CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM BY NOT LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30. THESE FORMS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM DISTRICT OFFICES, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND POST OFFICES.

APPLICATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL REGISTER AFTER THE REGISTRATION PERIOD ENDS MAY BE MADE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 21 AND DECEMBER 7, 1981.

THESE APPLICATIONS ARE TO BE MADE IN PERSON TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER AT ROOM 9, BLOCK AA, FIRST FLOOR, EX-VICTORIA BARRACKS. AN IDENTITY CARD MUST BE PRODUCED.

THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOTERS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES AND URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BE THE SAME.

ANYONE WHO IS AGED 21 YEARS OR OVER, HOLDS A HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD AND WHO HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS IS QUALIFIED.

A HONG KONG BELONGER AND AN URBAN COUNCIL ELECTOR WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, EVEN THOUGH THEY DO NOT MEET THE RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT.

ANY REGISTERED VOTER WHO HAS BEEN ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR 10 OR MORE YEARS CAN STAND FOR ELECTION. REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE NT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL START NEXT JANUARY.

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12 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS

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A NUMBER OF COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES ARE BEING OFFERED TO RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OFFERED UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN, AND ARE INTENDED FOR PERSONS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO LIFE IN HONG KONG ON THEIR RETURN FROM STUDY ABROAD.

COUNTRIES OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS ARE THE UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, NIGERIA, MALAYSIA, JAMICA, UGANDA, SIERRA LEONE, GHANA AND SRI LANKA.

THE COURSE OF STUDY NORMALLY EXTENDS OVER A PERIOD OF TWO ACADEMIC YEARS.

THE EMOLUMENTS WILL COVER APPROVED EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL, LIVING AND STUDY DURING THE TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS NORMALLY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG AND NOT MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMENCES. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE GRADUATES OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WHO ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE, HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 15TH FLOOR, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS SHOULD TO THE SECTION NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

LEIGHTON CENTRE,

BE RETURNED

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SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY * * * *

TWO EXECUTIVES FROM THE LOCAL INDUSTRY HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK AT A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT TO BE HELD ON SEPTE'BER 25, 1981 AT THE HOLIDAY INN.

THEY ARE MR J.P. LEE, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, AND MR ANTHONY Y.H. LAI, CHIEF SAFETY OFFICER, HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARDS LIMITED.

MR LEE WILL SPEAK ON +INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PROMOTION — EMPLOYERS’ VIEWS*, WHILE MR LAI’S TALK WILL BE +INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MANAGEMENT*.

OTHER SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE A SENIOR DIVISIONAL OFFICER FROM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LO CHING-WAI, WHO WILL GIVE A TALK ON FIRE PREVENTION, AND THREE OFFICIALS FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR CHAN SHIU-LAP, CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR- MR HO HIN-MI NG, SUPERINTENDENT OF FACTORY INSPECTORS- AND MR HOUDINI H.T. HO, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER.

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE SEMINAR AND ADDRESS THE GATHER ING.

THE SEMINAR, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE, IS ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION LTD., THE ACCIDENT INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION, THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR ORGANISING SUBCOMMITTEE SAID REGISTRATION FORMS FOR THE SEMINAR HAVE BEEN SENT TO INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN FAVOURABLE.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING MR HO WING-ON OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION, LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AT 3-688756 OR 3-688111 EXT. 412.

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SHEK KIP MEI WATER CUT M X K K

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHEK KIP MEI DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NAM CHEONG STREET, TAI HANG SAI STREET TAI HANG TUNG ROAD, WOH CHAI STREET, WAI CHI I^REET INCLUDING BLOCK NO. 1 TO 7 UPPER SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE THE WHOLETOF HONG KONG SETTLERS HOUSING CORPORATION AND BLOCK NO. 7 TO 8 OF TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE.

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NT REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS TO GET TIDYING UP

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ALL TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND BIN SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE GIVEN A $1 MILLION FACE-LIFT BEFORE THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN STARTS IN OCTOBER.

A TOTAL OF 160 TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND BIN SITES AT RURAL AREAS WHICH ARE WOODEN OR CORRUGATED-IRON CUBICLES WITH OR WITHOUT ROOFS AND ENCLOSURES WILL BE REFURBISHED, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IMPROVEMENT WORKS INCLUDE THE BUILDING OF CEMENT CONCRETE GROUND SURFACE, SETTING UP OR REPAIRING HOARDING OF WOODEN BOARDS CR CORRUGATED IRON SHEETS AND PAINTING THE HOARDINGS.

THE REFURBISHMENT IS PART OF THE +HOUSE TIDYING* EFFORTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT CLEANSING FACILITIES ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE STANDARDS SET FOR THE CAMPAIGN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT WOULD ALSO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND SANITARY CONDITIONS OF THE TEMPORARY CLEANSING FACILITIES, HE ADDED.

IN CONNECTION WITH THIS, THE SPOKESMAN URGED PRIVATE REFUSE COLLECTORS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AND BIN SITE.

CARELESS DUMPING OF LITTER WILL BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF SI 000 ON FIRST CONVICTION AND $2 000 ON THE SUBSEQUENT CONVICTIONS.

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NEW SWIMMING POOL FOR KWAI CHUNG

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A MULTl-MILL ION-DOLLAR SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL SOON BE BUILT ON A 7 OOO-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT KWAI CHUNG.

TENDERS FOR THE SITE FORMATION AND PILING WORKS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPLEX, SITUATED NEXT TO SHEK YAM ESTATE AT WO Yl HOP ROAD, WILL HAVE A MAIN POOL, A TEACH ING/TRA IN I NG POOL, A DIVING POOL AND A PADDLING POOL.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS AND A LIGHT REFRESHMENT CAFE.

WORK ON THE SITE FORMATION AND PILING WILL START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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WIND SURFING AND CANOE TRAINING AT TAI PO

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MEMBERS OF TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION ARE TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WIND-SURFING AND CANOEING.

THE ASSOCIATION IS ORGANISING TRAINING COURSES IN THESE TWO SPORTS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

THE WIND-SURFING COURSE, WHICH LASTS FIVE DAYS, WILL EE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 6, 12, 13, 19 AND 20, WHICH ARE EITHER SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS.

IT CAN TAKE A TOTAL OF 14 PARTICIPANTS.

THERE WILL BE FIVE CANOEING COURSES, EACH LASTING FIVE DAYS.

THEY WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, WITH THE FIRST COURSE STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 26 AND THE LAST COURSE ENDING ON NOVEMBER 29.

EACH COURSE CAN TAKE 10 PARTICIPANTS.

APPLICATION IS LIMITED TO TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS, WHO MUST BE 14 YEARS OR OVER AND BE ABLE TO SWIM 50 METRES.

ALL THE COURSES WILL BE HELD AT TAI MEI TUK SEA ACTIVITIES CENTRE. THE FEE IS $15 PER COURSE.

APPLICATIONS CAN NOW BE MADE TO TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AT TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ASSOCIATION SAID THESE WERE THE FIRST SUCH COURSES ORGANISED FOR MEMBERS, BUT MORE WOULD BE ORGANISED IN THE FUTURE.

HE SAID ANYONE WHO WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION, BUT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE TRAINING COURSES, MUST FIRST APPLY FOR PEMBERSHIP.

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TAPS OFF IN MID-LEVELS

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popcu WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN MID—LEVELS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

odcmiups Tn RE AFFECTED ARE AT 5-101 AND 4-80 ROBINSON ROAD, CASTL^R^ ^ShOUrToW^B pL STREET 2-2!| ANt>1-3;

STREET 2-20 AND 1-45 MOSQUE JUNCTION STREET, ST. JOSEPH STEKKACt, LEUNG FAI TERRACE, PR 1NCE’S TERRACE, JED^{XELA J^J*CE,;0§^ANDS TERRACE. YING FAI TERRACE, CASTLE LANE, CASTLE STEPS, WOODLAND TERRACE, SEYMOUR TERRACE AND 18-156 CAINE ROAD.