Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1982 - JAN - ENG

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

PIG FARMERS WARNED AGAINST POLLUTING RIVER .................... •;

WORK ON CORRIDOR GETTING ON .................................. 2

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR SHA TIN RACES ............................... 3

FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ........................................... 3

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF HENNESSY ROAD ............................... 4

TUEN MUN ESTATES TO BE CLEANED UP .............................. 4

OPERA TROUPE FOR TSU® WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ........................ 5

FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1982

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STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY), LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL BE STEPPED UP AGAINST PIG FARMERS OPERATING AT THE BANK OF KAM TIN RIVER IN YUEN LONG, FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF A •4-MILLION ’SCRUB-UP’ OPERATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, FARM WASTE COLLECTION POINTS SPECIALLY ERECTED AT PAT HEUNG AREA WILL BE OPENED TO THE FARMERS TO FACILITATE THE PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE WASTE, AND THERE WILL BE A FREE COLLECTION SERVICE.

WARNING IS TO BE ISSUED TO MORE THAN 150 PIG FARMERS WHO HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND LOANS TOTALLING $500 000 TO MEET THE COST OF BUILDING WASTE-TREATMENT FACILITIES IN THEIR FARMS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT A LARGE QUANTITY OF POLLUTANTS HAD EARLIER BEEN CLEARED FROM THE RIVER AND ITS CATCHMENT AREA.

DREDGING OPERATIONS BY THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION BROUGHT OUT 6 500 CUBIC METRES OF SOLID WASTE FROM FIVE HEAVILY-POLLUTED SITES ALONG KAM TIN RIVER, INCLUDING PAT HEUNG CFF FAN KAM ROAD AND HUNG MO BRIDGE.

MOST OF THE IRRIGATION WEIRS AT PAT HEUNG AND KAM TIN AREAS WERE ALSO TIDIED UP BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

SOME 200 TONNES OF ACCUMULATED FARM WASTE AND DOMESTIC REFUSE WERE CLEARED AWAY BY THE NTSD FROM VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE RIVER.

EXTENSIVE CLEARANCE WORK IS STILL BEING CARRIED OUT BY CLEANSING STAFF OF THE NTSD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HOWEVER, THE SUCCESS OF THE CLEAN UP IN THE AREA WOULD DEPEND ON THE PIG FARMERS MAKING FULL USE OF THE FARM WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE BEING PROVIDED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN WET SEASON, THE WASTE IS GENERALLY FLUSHED AWAY AFTER HEAVY RAIN AND DEPOSITED IN THE ESTUARY, AND IN THE DRY SEASON IT BECOMES STAGNANT AND A SCUM FORMS ON THE SURFACE, ULTIMATELY DISCHARGING AN OFFENSIVE SMELL, AND CREATING SANITATION AND HEALTH HAZARDS.

HOWEVER, DESPITE THE REPEATED CLEAN UP EFFORTS CARRIED OUT TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, THE STREAM HAS BEEN CONTINUOUSLY POLLUTED BY FARMERS DISCHARGING THEIR WASTE INTO IT.

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HENCEFORTH, PIG FARMERS CAUGHT DUMPING AND HOSING WASTE INTO THE RIVER WILL BE BROUGHT TO COURT, THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE IS A $5 OOO FINE AND A POSSIBLE SIX-MONTH JAIL SENTENCE.

A NUMBER OF PIG FARMERS HAVE BEEN FINED FOR THE OFFENCE AT HUNG SHUI KIU RIVER AREA DURING THE LAST FEW MONTHS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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WORK IS PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY ON STAGE I OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, WHICH WILL RUN 2.3 KILOMETRES FROM VICTORIA PARK TO HEALTHY STREET WEST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAIDi +MUCH OF THE WORK DONE TO DATE HAS BEEN UNDER GROUND OR UNDERWATER, AND IS NOT VISIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

♦HOWEVER, SOME OF THE PIERS WHICH WILL CARRY THE ROADWAY CAN NOW BE SEEN.+

THE $485 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THIS STAGE WAS AWARDED IN NOVEMBER 1980.

MEANWHILE, PRELIMINARY SITE WORK HAS ALSO BEGUN ON PART OF STAGE II, UNDER A $196 MILLION CONTRACT AWARDED IN NOVEMBER 1981.

THIS WORK WILL INCLUDE 850 METRES OF ELEVATED DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY, 600 METRES OF WHICH WILL BE OVER THE SEA.

FURTHER WORK, UNDER A CONTRACT TO BE AWARDED IN 1982, WILL EXTEND THE CORRIDOR TO TA I KOO SHING AT GROUND LEVEL ACROSS QUARRY BAY ON LAND NOW BEING RECLAIMED.

COMPLETION OF BOTH STAGES WILL PROVIDE A FOUR-KILOMETRE DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND TA I KOO SHING WITH A POTENTIAL CARRYING CAPACITY OF 10 000 VEHICLES AN HOUR - NEARLY TREBLE THAT OF KING’S ROAD.

STAGES I AND II ARE SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1984.

PLANNING IS PROCEEDING ON WORK WHICH WILL EXTEND THE HIGHWAY TO SHAU KEI WAN.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1982

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR SHA TIN RACES

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL CONTINUE TO RUN SPECIAL TRAINS TO THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE ON RACE DAYS TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN 1982.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID FOR NIGHT RACING ON WEDNESDAYS, TWO SPECIAL TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 6.27 PM AND 6.56 PM AND ARRIVE AT THE RACECOURSE STATION AT 6.47 PM AND 7.19 PM.

AFTER THE RACES, THREE-TRAINS WILL TAKE PEOPLE BACK TO KOWLOON LEAVING THE RACECOURSE STATION AT 10.01 PM, 10.40 PM AND 10.55 PM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID FOR RACING ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL TRAINS DEPARTING KOWLOON STATION AT 12.38 PM AND 1.08 PM.

FOR THE RETURN JOURNEY, HE ADDED, FOUR ADDITIONAL TRAINS WILL LEAVE RACECOURSE STATION AT 4.52 PM, 5.18 PM, 5.40 PM AND 5.52 PM ON SATURDAYS BUT ONLY TWO SPECIAL DOWN-TRAINS WILL OPERATE ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS LEAVING THE SAME STATION AT 5.18 PM AND 5.40 PM.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED RACE-GOERS THAT THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL PASSENGER TRAINS TO THE RACECOURSE ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 3) BECAUSE MORE TRAINS WILL BE NEEDED FOR PEOPLE RETURNING FROM CHINA AFTER THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

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FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN

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THIS YEAR’S ISLANDS DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 3) AT CHI YAN PRIMARY SCHOOL, PENG CHAU, AT 11 AM.

OFFICIATING WILL BE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, AND THE DIVISIONAL POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, MR MARK PELLY.

PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE DOG UNIT AND LOCAL SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RIBBON-CUTTING.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCH •♦CLEMENTI* WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER, CENTRAL, AT 10 AM TO TAKE THE PRESS TO PENG CHAU.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE OF HENNESSY ROAD

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A SECTION OF THE KERBSIDE LANE IN WESTBOUND HENNESSY ROAD IN WAN CHAI BETWEEN LEE GARDEN ROAD AND PERCIVAL STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 3) FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

HOWEVER, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED AT THE JUNCTION OF HENNESSY ROAD AND PERCIVAL STREET.

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TUEN MUN ESTATES TO BE CLEANED UP

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k CLEAN UP OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN TUEN MUN WILL START ON MONDAY (JANUARY 4).

THE OPERATION, WHICH IS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, WILL LAST TWO WEEKS AND INVOLVE ALL FIVE ESTATES.

DURING THE FIRST WEEK THE 11 BLOCKS OF TAI HING AND SAN FAT ESTATES, WHICH HOUSE A TOTAL OF 48 300 PEOPLE, WILL UNDERGO A THOROUGH CLEAN UP.

DURING THE SECOND WEEK IT WILL BE THE TURN OF SAM SHING, ON TING AND YAU 01 ESTATES WHICH HAVE 10 BLOCKS HOUSING 38 300 PEOPLE.

THE OPERATION HAS BEEN PLANNED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, WHOSE CHAIRMAN IS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR NG CHEUK-TAI.

IT WILL INCLUDE A COMPETITION TO FIND THE CLEANEST FLATS IN THE VARIOUS BLOCKS TO BE SELECTED BY ESTATE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MACS).

THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE HAS ALSO ORGANISED STREET CLEANING BY STUDENTS, VOLUNTARY WORKERS AND LOCAL LEADERS.

THE NEW TOWN’S 10 000 PRIVATE HOUSING RESIDENTS WILL NOT BE OVERLOOKED. LETTERS ENCOURAGING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CLEAN UP HAVE BEEN SENT TO MACS AND OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1982

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OPERA TROUPE FOR TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL

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THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE WILL GIVE SEVEN PERFORMANCES AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM FROM FEBRUARY 8 TO 13.

THERE WILL BE SIX EVENING PERFORMANCES AND ONE MATINEE ON FEBRUARY 13 (SATURDAY). THE EVENING PERFORMANCES WILL START AT 7.30 PM AND THE MATINEE AT 2.30 PM.

THE TROUPE RECENTLY WENT ON AN EXTENSIVE TOUR OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN CITIES AND THE UNITED STATES.

THE FESTIVAL ITEMS WILL INCLUDE +LU Yl, THE MESSAGE DELIVERER*, +THE DREAM OF PEONY PAVILION*, +EMPEROR HAN WU’S DREAM WITH LADY WEI*, *THE STORY OF THE PURPLE HAIRPIN*, +THE GODDESS OF RIVER LUO*. *THREE SMILES THAT MAKE A MARRIAGE* AND +THE STORY OF PRINCESS CHEUNG PING*.

♦THREE SMILES THAT MAKE A FEBRUARY 13 (SATURDAY) AT 2.30 IN THE EVENINGS.

MARRIAGE* WILL BE STAGED ON PM AND THE OTHERS WILL BE PERFORMED

THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13.

T1C?ET£ *T $5 (STUDENTS), $15, $25, $35, $45 AND $60 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVIDING SPORTS IN A CROWDED SETTING ...................... 1

6? NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED ............................. 2

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY ................................... 3

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER RETURNS WITH FARMING EXPERTISE .......... 3

LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION FOR TAI PO STUDENTS ............. 4

BALLET +LA SYLPHIDEN ....................................... 5

TWO MORE METHADONE CLINICS ................................. 6

TWO MORE STANDS FOR TENNIS COURT ........................... 6

SUPPORT URGED FOR CRIME SURVEY ............................. 7

ARCHBISHOP ARRIVES TOMORROW ................................ 7

NEW TRAFFIC PLAN IN NORTH POINT ............................ 8

TEMPORARY CLOSURES ......................................... 8

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1982

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PROVIDING SPORTS IN A CROWDED SETTING * If K M

IN OUR CROWDED ENVIRONMENT WE HAVE TO BRING IMAGINATION, ENTERPRISE AND ORGANISATION TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEISURE AND RECREATION, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL DINNER, ATTENDED BY OFFICIALS AND PLAYERS WHO ARE HERE FOR THE INTER-CITY SCHOOLS INVITATIONAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN WHICH TEAMS FROM EIGHT CITIES, INCLUDING HONG KONG, ARE COMPETING.

HE SAID, FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT, OUR SPORTS ORGANISATIONS WERE STRONG, AND THEY WERE SUPPORTED BY A NETWORK OF RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICERS WORKING IN EVERY DISTRICT, WHOSE SOLE JOB WAS TO STIMULATE HEALTH-GIVING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY AT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL.

♦DESPITE A SERIOUS LACK OF FULL-SIZE PITCHES, SOCCER IS STILL THE MOST POPULAR SPORT IN HONG KONG, AND IT IS ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED BY VERY MANY HARD-SURFACE, MINI-SOCCER PITCHES USING EVERY BIT OF AVAILABLE SPACE,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

IN SUMMER, SOCCER GAVE WAY TO SWIMMING.

OUR SANDY BEACHES WERE USED BY MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EACH YEAR, SUPPLEMENTED BY SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE URBAN AREA.

TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS OF CLIMATE, AND PROVIDE YEAR-ROUND FACILITIES, WE BUILT INDOOR GAMES-HALLS FOR BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON, TABLE TENNIS AND SQUASH.

OUR HILLS AND MOUNTAINS, FROM WHICH WE COLLECTED MOST OF OUR DRINKING WATER, WERE MANAGED AND DEVELOPED AS COUNTRY PARKS IN WHICH PEOPLE COULD ESCAPE THE PRESSURES OF URBAN LIVING.

+BUT DEMANDS ARE GROWING ALL THE TIME AND NEW SPORTS FACILITIES ARE USED TO FULL CAPACITY FROM THE MOMENT THEY ARE COMPLETED,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

A CENTRE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENCE IN SPORT WOULD SOON BE OPENED AND A NEW MULTI-PURPOSE AIR-CONDITIONED INDOOR ARENA TO ACCOMMODATE 12 500 SPECTATORS WOULD SHORTLY BE ADDED TO OUR FACILITIES.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE INTER-CITY TOURNAMENT WAS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE BECAUSE IT BROUGHT TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GREAT CITIES AROUND THE PACIFIC BASIN.

IT SPREAD FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG OUR PEOPLES.

♦IT IS THEREFORE WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WE WELCOME OUR VISITORS HERE TONIGHT,+ HE SAID.

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♦I HOPE THEY WILL ENJOY THE EXCITEMENT AND EXHILERATION OF THIS CROWDED CITY.

+WE WHO LIVE HERE DO NOT LET THE LIMITATIONS OF SPACE PREVENT THE PROMOTION OF SPORT, THE ENJOYMENT OF RECREATION AND THE FUN OF HEALTHY COMPETITION.*

THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1974 AND HOSTED AN INTER-CITY SWIMMING COMPETITION IN 1977.

BESIDES HONG KONG, THE TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE CURRENT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ARE FROM GUANGZHOU, JAKARTA, MACAU, MEI ZHOU, OSAKA, SEOUL AND BANGKOK.

MATCHES ARE BEING PLAYED AT LA SALLE COLLEGE, KOWLOON, AND THE FINALS WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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SIXTY-THREE NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH 48 IN NOVEMBER 1980.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 20 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 8 FOR KOWLOON AND 35 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A FERRY PIER AND COMMERCIAL COMPLEX AT THE JUBILEE STREET VEHICULAR FERRY PIER, A SHIPYARD/FACTORY AT FUK LEE STREET, TAI KOK TSUI AND A HOTEL IN SHA TIN.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $452.2 MILLION COMPARED WITH $377.7 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 203 390.3 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 167 847.7 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 35 542.6 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR SPACE.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 49 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A SCHOOL AT TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD. A PETROL-FILLING STATION AND A COVERED WALKWAY IN SHA TIN, A HEALTH AND WELFARE CENTRE AT KAM SHING STREET, AND A WATER RESERVOIR AT PO LO TSUI, LAMMA ISLAND.

ALTOGETHER. 46 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN NOVEMBER, INCLUDING A SCHOOL AT WATERLOO ROAD, A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT SAI YEE STREET AND A FIRE SERVICE STATION IN YUEN LONG.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 51 BUILDINGS.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1982

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY * * *

THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN JANUARY 1982.

THE SURVEY WAS STARTED IN AUGUST 1981 AND WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS BY THE PERMANENT FIELD STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT CURRENT INFORMATION ON THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

, A RANDOM SAMPLE OF ABOUT 5 OOO HOUSEHOLDS HAVE BEEN SELECTED THROUGHOUT ALL DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE JANUARY 1982 SURVEY. SOME OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE OCTOBER 1981 SURVEY AND WILL BE INTERVIEWED FOR THE SECOND TIME IN JANUARY 1982 IN ORDER TO MEASURE MORE ACCURATELY THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE LAST ROUND OF THE SURVEY.

AN OFFICIAL LETTER, IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, WILL BE SENT TO THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY AND SEEKING THEIR COOPERATION.

THE ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS, WHO WILL IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS DURING JANUARY.

QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDE, AGE, SEX AND EDUCATION ATTAINMENT OF INDIVIDUALS- ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, EARNINGS, AND HOUR OF WORK OF THOSE WORKING- TENURE, RENT, AND INCOME OF HOUSEHOLD. OTHER QUESTIONS SUCH AS HONG KONG RESIDENTS’ EXPENDITURE ABROAD AND LIVING AREA OCCUPIED WILL ALSO BE ASKED.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL NOT BE REVEALED TO ANY PERSON OR ORGANISATION OUTSIDE THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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SCHOLARSHIP WINNER RETURNS WITH FARMING EXPERTISE

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A RECIPIENT OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND HAS RETURNED TO OFFER HIS EXPERTISE IN THE SERVICE OF AGRICULTURE IN HONG KONG.

HE IS MR ROMANY TANG YAN-SING (25), WHO HAS JUST BEEN APPOINTED MARKET MANAGER OF THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION’S CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET.

THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION IS A NON-PROFIT-MAKING CONCERN ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR THE ORDERLY AND EFFICIENT WHOLESALE MARKETING OF VEGETABLES IN HONG KONG.

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MR TANG WAS AWARDED A TOTAL OF $25 800 IN SCHOLARSHIP AND LOAN THREE YEARS AGO WITH WHICH HE EMBARKED ON A TWO-YEAR MASTER OF SCIENCE COURSE MAJORING IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLUMBIA IN CANADA. HE RECEIVED HIS DEGREE ON COMPLETION OF THE STUDIES.

THE LOAN AND SCHOLARSHIP WERE AWARDED FROM THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND WHICH TOGETHER WITH THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND ARE ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE AWARDS IS TO INCREASE EXPERTISE IN FARMING AND FISHING INDUSTRIES BY ASSISTING DESERVING LOCAL STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES IN RELATED SUBJECTS SO THAT THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE INDUSTRIES.

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LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION FOR TAI PO STUDENTS

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THE ORGANISERS OF A LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION BEING HELD IN CONNECTION WITH TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS ARE EXPECTING MORE THAN 300 ENTRIES FROM LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN.

ENTRIES ARE OPEN TO ANYONE STUDYING AT A TAI PO SCHOOL AND SHOULD BE SENT TO TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE BY FEBRUARY 1.

ALL WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE CEREMONY CLOSING THE CELEBRATIONS TO BE HELD AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND ON FEBRUARY 8 - THE FIRST FULL MOON OF THE CHINESE CALENDAR.

THE 10 BEST ENTRIES WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND BOOK COUPONS.

WHEN THE COMPETITION WAS HELD LAST YEAR THERE WERE 200 ENTRIES.

BESIDES THE LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION, THERE WILL ALSO BE COMPETITIONS IN COUPLET WRITING AND MODERN AND CLASSIC DANCES DURING THE 18 DAYS OF CELEBRATIONS STARTING ON JANUARY 22.

OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE A CHILDREN'S FUN FAIR, A GALA FUN DAY, A DISCO NIGHT, A FOLK SINGING CONCERT, A CHINESE ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE, A YAN YAT DINNER FOR THE ELDERLY, VARIETY SHOWS, AN EXHIBITION OF TAI PO HISTORY AND A CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

THE DISTRICT BOARD IS PROVIDING $200 000 FOR THE CELEBRATIONS, WITH THE REMAINING $100 000 BEING DONATED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1982

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BALLET +LA SYLPHIDE+

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THE HONG KONG BALLET GROUP AND THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY WILL STAGE +LA SYLPHIDE+, A FULL-LENGTH BALLET, AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM AND THE LUT SAU HALL, YUEN LONG ON THREE OCCASIONS.

THE BALLET, CHOREOGRAPHED BY AUGUST BOURNONVILLE AND DIRECTED BY PATRICIA RIANNE, WILL BE STAGED AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON JANUARY 12 AND 13 AT 7.30 PM AND THEN AT THE LUT SAU HALL, YUEN LONG, ON JANUARY 23 (SATURDAY) AT 7.30 PM.

THE HONG KONG BALLET GROUP WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1964 TO GIVE LOCAL BALLET STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO PERFORM IN FULL-SCALE PRODUCTIONS.

♦LA SYLPH IDE* IS A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF BALLET. IT ESTABLISHED A ROMANTIC STYLE OF PERFORMANCE WHICH SURVIVED THE 19TH CENTURY. THE TUTU WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY THE PRINCIPAL DANCER WHEN THIS BALLET WAS FIRST PERFORMED IN 1832.

MUCH OF THIS BALLET IS DANCED IN KILTS AS THE STORY IS ABOUT A YOUNG SCOTSMAN WHO FORSAKES HIS FIANCEE FOR A BEAUTIFUL SYLPH.

IN THIS PRODUCTION, THE GROUP WILL BE DIRECTED BY THE CELEBRATED NEW ZEALAND PRODUCER, PATRICIA RIANNE.

RIANNE WON A NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AT THE AGE OF 16 TO ATTEND THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL IN LONDON.

IN 1966, SHE JOINED THE NEWLY RE-FORMED BALLET RAMBERT IN LONDON AND DANCED ALL PRINCIPAL SOLOS IN MODERN AND CLASSICAL WORKS.

SHE THEN BECAME THE PRINCIPAL DANCER WITH THE SCOTTISH BALLET IN GLASGOW.

THIS BALLET PERFORMANCE IS PRESENTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES PRESENTATIONS OFFICE OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TICKETS FOR THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL PERFORMANCES ARE AT 15. 110, 115 AND $20 WHEREAS THOSE AT LUT SAU HALL ARE AT $5, HO AND $15. THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY AND THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

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TWO MORE METHADONE CLINICS ax

TWO MORE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINICS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPENED FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 4) TO COPE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THE TWO NEW CLINICS. ONE IN SHA TIN AND THE OTHER IN YUEN LONS, WILL OPERATE DAILY FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM, INCLUDING SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 20 METHADONE CLINICS. INCLUDING FOUR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH PROVIDE TREATMENT TO DRUG ADDICTS. SOME 26 200 PATIENTS HAVE NOW REGISTERED IN BOTH THE METHADONE MAINTENANCE AND DETOXIFICATION PROGRAMMES AND THE TOTAL ATTENDANCES DURING THE YEAR CAME TO 2.5 MILLION.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT BASED ON A SAMPLE STUDY CARRIED OUT IN MAY, 15 PER CENT OF THOSE ATTENDING THE METHADONE CLINICS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES LIVE IN YUEN LONG AND ABOUT 10 PER CENT IN THE SHA TIN AND TAI PO AREA.

THE YUEN LONG METHADONE CLINIC IS LOCATED AT THE YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, MANIN ROAD, YUEN LONG. AND THE SHA TIN METHADONE CLINIC AT THE SHA TIN CLINIC AND MATERNITY HOME IN MAN LAI ROAD.

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TWO MORE STANDS FOR TENNIS COURT

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TWO NEW SPECTATOR STANDS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AT THE EXHIBITION TENNIS COURT AT VICTORIA PARK.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDINGS DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR THE WORK.

THESE TWO STANDS - ONE AT THE NORTH SIDE AND THE OTHER AT THE SOUTH - WILL, UPON COMPLETION, FORM AN ENCLOSURE WITH THE EXISTING STANDS.

THEY WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 2 034 SEATS TO THE EXISTING 1 862 SEATS, MAKING A TOTAL OF 3 896 SEATS.

A NUMBER OF ANCILLARY FACILITIES SUCH AS OFFICES, LECTURE ROOM AND VIP ROOMS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED UNDERNEATH THE NEW SPECTATOR STANDS.

IT IS HOPED THAT THIS NEW FACILITY WILL BE OF BENEFIT TO THE USERS OF THE EXHIBITION TENNIS COURT.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE HEXT MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SUPPORT URGED FOR CRIME SURVEY * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO GIVE THEIR SUPPORT TO THE CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY 1982 WHICH WILL START ON MONDAY (JANUARY 4).

ABOUT 20 000 HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE INTERVIEWED DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN JANUARY 4 AND 18 ABOUT CRIMINAL ACTS WHICH AFFECTED THE RESPONDENTS DURING 1981.

THE SURVEY WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED DATA IN ASSISTING THE AUTHORITIES IN IMPROVING CRIME PREVENTION PLANNING.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PUBLIC’S SUPPORT WAS VITAL IN MAKING THE SURVEY A SUCCESS.

ALL INFORMATION OBTAINED DURING THE SURVEY WILL BE TREATED IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.

EACH ENUMERATOR WILL CARRY AN OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARD BEARING HIS PHOTOGRAPH ISSUED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE IN DOUBTS ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF AN ENUMERATOR SHOULD TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE AT 5-452586 OR 5-439189.

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ARCHBISHOP ARRIVES TOMORROW * * M *

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ARRIVAL AT KAI TAK AIRPORT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) OF HIS GRACE THE LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, THE MOST REVD THE RT HON ROBERT RUNCIE.

THE ARCHBISHOP WILL BE WELCOMED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND BISHOP PETER KWONG.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING AT 9.45 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

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NEW TRAFFIC PLAN IN NORTH POINT

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT FROM 6 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 4) TO ENABLE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE HONG KONG ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE ARRANGEMENTS AREi-

* A SECTION OF HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL BETWEEN PAK FUK ROAD AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

M A SECTION OF HEALTHY STREET WEST BETWEEN PAK FUK ROAD AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

M A SECTION OF PAK FUK ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL AND HEALTHY STREET WEST WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

* A SECTION OF THE KERBSIDE LANE IN KING’S ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL AND HEALTHY STREET WEST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, AND THE TRAFFIC LANE NEXT TO THE KERBSIDE LANE WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR BUSES.

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THE CITY HALL CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 3 PM TO 8 PM AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST BETWEEN HMS TAMAR AND QUEEN’S PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 4 PM AND 8 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 4) TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR THE CEREMONIAL OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 1982

CONTENTS PAG5 NO.

GOVERNOR STARTS MACLEHOSE TRAIL WALK ........................ 1

DOMESTIC EXPORTS STATISTICS TOR THIRD QUARTER ............... 1

FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS IN ISLANDS DISTRICT ............. J

SQUATTER FIRES INCREASE ..................................... 4

SPECIAL TRAILS FOR JOGGERS .................................. 5

PARENTS URGED TO SHOW MORE CONCERN FOR CHILDREN ............. 7

CLOSURE OF STUBBS ROAD SLIP ROAD ............................ 7

COMPUTER CENTRE TO COME ON LINE ............................. 8

PLAN TO EXTEND RECLAMATION .................................. 9

SAFETY POSTER DESIGN CONTEST ................................ 9

WESTERN FOLK DANCE CLASSES .................................. 10

SCOUTS PRAISED FUR COMMUNITY WORK ........................... 10

FIIMS ADD COLOUR TO TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ................. 11

SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR AUCTION ............... 11

SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT CLOSES TONIGHT ....................... 12

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GOVERNOR STARTS MACLEHOSE TRAIL WALK

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THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL WALK, CONSIDERED THE MOST CHALLENGING OF THE SEVEN COMMUNITY CHEST WALKS FOR 1981/82, WAS STARTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE STARTS CEREMONY WERE THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES-THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER (NEW TERRITORIES), MR MIKE ILLINGWORTH- INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION COMMISSIONER, MR PETER WILLIAMS- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LAU WONG-FAT.

TAKING PART IN THE 20-KILOMETRE WALK WERE 550 EXPERIENCED WALKERS, EACH OF WHOM HAD SECURED MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP OF $1 000.

THE WALK, REPLACING THE PREVIOUS PAT SIN RANGE WALK, STARTED AND FINISHED AT THE PO LEUNG KUK HOLIDAY CAMP AT PAK TAM CHUNG. IT NORMALLY TAKES FIVE TO SIX HOURS TO COMPLETE.

WALKERS WHO COMPLETED THE WHOLE JOURNEY WERE EACH AWARDED A SOUVENIR.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE TARGET OF $500 000 WILL BE EXCEEDED BY $700 000.

BESIDES TODAY’S WALK, THE COMMUNITY CHEST HAS HELD FOUR WALKS DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS AND RAISED OVER $3 MILLION.

OTHER WALKS TO BE HELD INCLUDE A SHA TIN WALK ON FEBRUARY 28 AND A KOWLOON WALK ON MARCH 7.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) RELEASED DOMESTIC EXPORTS STATISTICS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1981.

THIS SERIES IS DERIVED BY RE-GROUPING ALL SIX-DIGIT COMMODITY EXPORT ITEMS UNDER THE PRESENT EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE COMMODITY ITEMS ARE NORMALLY PRODUCED.

SINCE ITS SCOPE IS CONFINED TO MERCHANDISE TRADE, TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIE ARE NOT INCLUDED.

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THE CLASSIFICATION OF COMMODITY EXPORT ITEMS BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN IS STRUCTURED UPON THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF ALL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (ISIC), AS DISTINCT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (SITC) WHICH IS ADOPTED IN THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

WTEN INTERPRETING THESE RE-CLASSIFIED FIGURES, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT AN EXPORTED COMMODITY REQUIRING SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES IS WHOLLY ALLOCATED TO THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH IT IS FINALLY PRODUCED, BUT THAT INDUSTRY WILL NOT NORMALLY BE THE SOLE CONTRIBUTOR TO ITS OVERALL EXPORT VALUE.

FURTHERMORE, THE CLASSIFICATION OF AN EXPORTED COMMODITY TO A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE ENTIRE LOT OF SUCH COMMODITY IS ACTUALLY PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS OF THAT INDUSTRY, SINCE SOME MAY BE SECONDARY PRODUCTS PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED ELSEWHERE.

IN TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE WEARING APPAREL, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS, TEXTILES, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND METAL PRODUCTS.

TOGETHER THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 87 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1981 OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1981.

THE LARGEST INCREASES BY ABSOLUTE VALUE OVER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1980 OCCURRED IN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS ($1 079 MILLION), WEARING APPAREL ($1 05* MILLION), TEXTILES ($688 MILLION), PLASTIC PRODUCTS ($266 MILLION), AND PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT (216 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THE HIGHEST INCREASES WERE 1 BEVERAGES ($148 PER CENT), FOOTWEAR (74 PER CENT), RUBBER PRODUCTS (59 PER CENT), FOOD (38 PER CENT), LEATHER PRODUCTS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (BOTH 34 PER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS (32 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (-13 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICITY (-38 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS STATISTICS FOR MERCHANDISE RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

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THERE HAS BEEN A +WORRYING+ INCREASE IN CRIME IN ISLANDS, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MR FUNG WAS LAUNCHING THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

HE SAID IN THE PAST FIVE MONTHS (JULY - NOVEMBER) THERE HAD BEEN A 35 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPORTED CRIMES IN THE DISTRICT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. THE DETECTION RATE WAS 46 PER CENT.

+THE INCREASE IS MOST WORRYING AND ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM,* MR FUNG SAID.

+1 URGE THE PUBLIC TO TAKE MORE CARE OF THEIR PROPERTY, TO REPORT CRIME PROMPTLY TO THE POLICE AND I ALSO URGE PARENTS, TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF THE DISTRICT TO JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.*

MR FUNG BLAMED THE INCREASE ON MORE VISITORS, A LARGER POPULATION AND TO DEVELOPMENT.

THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME SHOULD START WITH FAMILY EDUCATION, HE SAID. PARENTS SHOULD TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD, TEACHERS SHOULD TEACH THEIR STUDENTS PROPER ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY AND THIS WOULD HELP TO STOP THE PROBLEM AT THE GRASS-ROOTS LEVEL.

HOWEVER, MR FUNG SAID, GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY LEADERS SHOULD ALSO PLAY THEIR ROLE TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF LAW AND ORDER AND TO TEACH HOW TO PREVENT CRIME.

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF MARCH. AMONG THE ACTIVITIES WILL BE SCHOOL AND MAC SEMINARS, TALKS, A JUNIOR POLICE CALL WEEK, A DRAMA COMPETITION AND VISITS TO POLICE STATIONS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DIVISIONAL POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, MR MARK PELLY- THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR WONG CHING- AND THE CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT’S RURAL COMMITTEES.

PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE BAND, THE POLICE DOG UNIT AND LOCAL SCHOOLS WERE STAGED AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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THE NUMBER OF SQUATTER FIRES INCREASED FROM A TOTAL OF 229 IN 1980 TO 255 FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS LAST YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT DISCLOSED TODAY (SUNDAY).

TWO PERSONS DIED AND 63 PEOPLE WERE INJURED AS A RESULT OF SQUATTER FIRES.

FIRES IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS DECREASED FROM 560 IN 1980 TO 488, BUT 18 PERSONS WERE KILLED AND 116 PERSONS INJURED AS A RESULT.

THERE WERE 1 228 FIRES

PEOPLE BEING KILLED AND 216

IN DOMESTIC PREMISES, WITH FOUR INJURED.

THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN FIFTH ALARM FIRES, FROM ONE CASE REPORTED IN 1980 TO FOUR. WHILE THE NUMBER OF FOURTH ALARM FIRES INCREASED TO SEVEN FROM THE FIVE REPORTED IN 1980.

DURING THE YEAR, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT LAUNCHED A YEAR-ROUND RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN FOR FIREMEN AND STATION OFFICERS IN ORDER TO MEET ITS EXPANSION PROGRAMME.

A NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FIRE-BOAT, EQUIPPED WITH A MARINE SNORKEL AND CAPABLE OF PUMPING FOAM AND WATER AT A RATE CF 11 300 LITRES PER MINUTE WAS ADDED TO THE FIRE SERVICES MARINE FLEET. THE SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION AND GARDEN ROAD FIRE STATION WERE COMPLETED AND HANDED OVER TO THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT DURING THE YEAR.

WORK HAS STARTED ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVERAL FIRE STATIONS DUE FOR COMPLETION THIS YEAR AT MAI PO, DISCOVERY BAY, CHAI WAN AND WONG TAI SIN.

ALSO DURING LAST YEAR, THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU (FPB) OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE REGIONAL OFFICES TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICE.

THREE SEMI-AUTONOMOUS REGIONAL OFFICES HAVE BEEN OPERATING SEPARATELY FROM HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WHILE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BUREAU REMAIN IN ASIAN HOUSE, WAN CHAI.

THE REGIONAL OFFICES DEAL WITH FIRE PROTECTION MATTERS RELATING TO COMPLAINTS, PROSECUTIONS, SCHOOLS AND FACTORIES. THEY ALSO DEAL WITH DANGEROUS GOODS LICENSING, TIMBER STORES LICENSING AND LICENSING MATTERS CONCERNING PUBLIC ASSEMBLY.

TEN PUMP SNORKELS ARE DUE TO ARRIVE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM EARLY THIS YEAR AS REPLACEMENT AND FOR NEW FIRE STATIONS.

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ADDITIONALLY, TWO 37-METRE TURNABLE LADDERS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FROM WEST GERMANY AND ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME.

THE FIRE SERVICES AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO ABOUT 250 000 CALLS, AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 13 PER CENT OVER THE 1980 FIGURE.

AN ALL-TIME RECORD WAS REACHED ON DECEMBER 23, 1981 WHEN THE SERVICE REPONDED TO 885 CALLS IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD.

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THE GROWING POPULARITY OF JOGGING IN HONG KONG HAS RESULTED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY OF FIVE TRAILS INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS TO PROVIDE FOR THIS ACTIVITY.

THE TRAILS. LOCATED IN FOUR COUNTRY PARKS, PROVIDE A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO JOG, FREE FROM TRAFFIC, NOISE AND DUST POLLUTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY INDICATED THAT ADDITIONAL TRAILS WILL BE ESTABLISHED WHEREVER SUITABLE ROUTES ARE AVAILABLE.

THESE NEW TRAILS INCLUDE THE RECEPTION RESERVOIR TRAIL AND THE SHEK LEI PUI RESERVOIR TRAIL IN THE KAM SHAN COUNTRY PARK- THE SHING MUN TRAIL IN THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK-THE SHING MUN CATCHWATER JOGGING TRAIL, WHICH EXTENDS INTO THE TAI MO SHAN COUNTRY PARK AND THE QUARRY BAY TRAIL IN THE COUNTRY PARK OF THE SAME NAME. ALL THESE TRAILS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE QUARRY BAY TRAIL, ARE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TRAILS ARE ALREADY WELL-KNOWN TO KEEN JOGGERS AND MANY VISITORS TO THESE COUNTRY PARKS NOW FIND THEMSELVES SHARING THE FOOTPATHS WITH GROUPS OF JOGGERS.

ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE IMMEDIATE POPULARITY OF THESE NEW TRAILS IS THEIR EASY ACCESSIBILITY. THEY ARE ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM MAJOR TRANSPORT ROUTES.

THE TRAILS, WHICH RANGE FROM 1.5 KILOMETRES TO SIX KILOMETRES IN LENGTH, ARE ALL PROVIDED WITH CLEAR ENTRANCE SIGNS, WAYMARKS, DISTANCE MARKERS, MAPS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION SIGNS SO THAT NO JOGGER SHOULD HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY IN CHARTING HIS OWN COURSE.

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THE RECEPTION RESERVOIR AND THE SHEK LEI PUI RESERVOIR JOGSING TRAILS, ARE 1.65 KILOMETRES AND 1.8 KILOMETRES LONG RESPECTIVELY, AND BOTH FOLLOW ROUND THE SHORE OF THE RESERVOIRS.

BY USING CONNECTING PATHS, MORE AMBITIOUS JOGGERS CAN CONVENIENTLY USE BOTH TWO TRAILS.

JOGGERS USING THESE TRAILS WILL APPRECIATE THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AS A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT ON JOGGING ALONG URBAN STREETS.

THE SHING MUN CATCHWATER TRAIL IS A LINEAR TRAIL OF SIX KILOMETRES LONG. IT IS LOCATED IN THE CHING MUN COUNTRY PARK BUT ALSO RUNS INTO THE ADJOINING TAI MO SHAN COUNTRY PARK.

IT CAN BE REACHED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM ROUTE TWISK.

THE OTHER TRAIL IN THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK IS FIVE-KILOMETRE-LONG BY THE SIDE OF THE SHING MUN (JUBILEE) RESERVOIR ANO IS ALREADY WELL PATRONISED BY JOGGERS.

THE QUARRY BAY TRAIL IS 2.5 KILOMETRES LONG AND BEGINS AT ONE END AT THE JUNCTION OF SIR CECIL’S RIDE WITH MOUNT PARKER ROAD IN QUARRY BAY COUNTRY PARK. THE OTHER ENTRANCE IS CLOSE TO BRAEMAR HILL ROAD.

THIS TRAIL OFFERS ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS OF VICTORIA HARBOUR BACKED BY THE DISTANCE HILLS OF THE KOWLOON PENINSULA.

THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROVISION OF JOGGING TRAILS IN COUNTRY PARKS SERVES A NUMBER CF OBJECTIVES.

THESE FACILITIES GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS PROMOTING JOGGING, AND THEY WILL ALSO RESULT IN BETTER USE OF COUNTRY PARKS.

ALL THE TRAILS HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED BY STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AS ARE ALL OTHER FACILITIES INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS.

♦JOGGERS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO PURPOSE-BUILT AND HIGH-STANDARD TRAILS WHERE THEIR SAFETY IS ASSURED SINCE THESE TRAILS ARE LOCATED INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS WHERE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED, WITH ONE EXCEPTION THE SHING MUN CATCHWATER TRAIL AND EVEN HERE TRAFFIC IS RESTRICTED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON A NOTE OF CAUTION, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED JOGGERS THAT UNLESS THEY ARE ACCUSTOMED TO LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING TO SET THEIR OWN PACE AND TO +RUN FOR FUN* AND NOT TO FORCE THEMSELVES TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL IN A SPECIFIC TIME.

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PARENTS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED TO SHOW MORE CONCERN FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO HELP THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS AND TO LEAD A MEANINGFUL LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICER (HONG KONG), MR KWOK KA-CHI, WAS SPEAKING AT A FAMILY CARNIVAL HELD AT VICTORIA PARK BY THE WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICT FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION COMM ITTEE.

♦THE FAMILY HAS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ADOLESCENT,* HE SAID.

♦IF FAMILY MEMBERS SHOW CONCERN FOR ONE ANOTHER AND LIVE HARMONIOUSLY TOGETHER, THE ADOLESCENT WILL FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE FAMILY. THIS WILL BE A DEFINITE HELP TO HIM IN OVERCOMING THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GROWING UP.+

IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAD BEEN WIDESPREAD CONCERN ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

BECAUSE OF THIS, +THE ADOLESCENT AND THE FAMILY+ HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO DRAW PUBLIC ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE FAMILY, MR KWOK SAID.

FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE CARNIVAL TODAY, THERE WERE GAMES STALLS FOR THEIR ENJOYMENT. IN ADDITION, THERE WAS AN EXHIBITION ON ♦THE ADOLESCENT AND THE FAMILY+.

APART FROM MR KWOK, OTHERS OFFICIATING AT THE FUNCTION WERE THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WAN CHAI AND EASTERN), MR STEPHEN CHAU, AND HEADS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INVOLVED IN ORGANISING THE CARNIVAL.

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THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD ON STUBBS ROAD ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD/STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.10 AM AND 6 AM DAILY FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 5) TO THURSDAY (JANUARY 14) FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOWEN ROAD BRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC FROM THE STUBBS ROAD/TAI HANG ROAD ROUNDABOUT WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI HANG ROAD.

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COMPUTER CENTRE TO COME ON LINE IKK

STUDENTS OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL SOON HAVE THE USE OF THEIR OWN COMPUTER CENTRE.

♦THE COMPUTER CENTRE WILL SERVE SOME 2 000 STUDENTS ON 18 TECHNICIAN PROGRAMMES AND COMMERCIAL COURSES WHICH COMPRISE COMPUTER STUDIES AS A TEACHING SUBJECT IN THEIR CURRICULA,♦ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CENTRE IS LOCATED AT LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT RENFREW ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG, AND WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 8) BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE.

IT HOUSES AN HP3000 SERIES III COMPUTER COMPRISING A ONE-MEGABYTE CENTRAL PROCESSOR, THREE DISK DRIVES, TWO TAPE DRIVES, TWO LINE PRINTERS AND 22 INTERACTIVE TERMINALS.

♦THE COMPUTER IS ALSO LINKED UP WITH NINE INTERACTIVE TERMINALS AND FIVE PRINTERS AT THE FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG AND CHEUNG SHA WAN, AND THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS COLLEGE IN WAN CHAI,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE COMPUTER CENTRE ON JANUARY 8 (FRIDAY) AT LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 30 RENFREW ROAD, KOWLOON TONG. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 3 PM.

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PLAN TO EXTEND RECLAMATION M * M

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO EXTEND CHEUNG SHA WAN RECLAMATION STAGE I TO COVER ANOTHER AREA OF 2 410 SQUARE METRES OF SEABED, SOUTH OF HING WAH STREET, FOR CARGO HANDLING PURPOSES.

THE NEW RECLAMATION WILL PROVIDE A CONTIGUOUS WATERFRONT, LINKING THE PROPOSED PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING AREA ALONG THE STAGE I SEAWALL AND THE EXISTING CHEUNG SHA WAN CARGO HANDLING AREA.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, EIGHTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, SALISBURY ROAD, KOWLOON OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED STUDENTS TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT ENTRIES FOR THE 14TH ANNUAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE JANUARY 8 TO THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS BETWEEN 14 AND 22 YEARS OF AGE.

ENTRIES FROM PARTICIPATING STUDENTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS THIS YEAR. DIVISION +A* IS OPEN TO STUDENTS FROM TECHNICAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS, POST-SECONDARY TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOLS, WHILE DIVISION «-B+ WILL BE FOR STUDENTS FROM THE NON-TECHNICAL SCHOOLS.

JUDGES WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED LATE THIS MONTH.

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WESTERN FOLK DANCE CLASSES * * *

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO BOOST THE NUMBER OF WESTERN FOLK DANCE CLASSES FOR THE GROWING POPULATION OF TUEN MUN.

THE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE IS CURRENTLY HOLDING AN INSTRUCTORS’ COURSE FOR WESTERN FOLK DANCE TEACHERS, THE BIGGEST EVER CONDUCTED FOR THE DISTRICT.

THIRTY-ONE INSTRUCTORS ARE UNDER-GOING AN INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE YAN 01 TONG, TAI HING CENTRE.

COMMENTING ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INSTRUCTORS’ COURSE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RCD SAID WESTERN FOLK DANCE IS VERY POPULAR AMONG THE YOUNGER PEOPLE OF TUEN MUN.

A RECENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE SHOWED THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF INTERVIEWEES WANTED TO LEARN WESTERN FOLK DANCE.

THIS PROMPTED THE RSS TO ORGANISE INSTRUCTORS’ COURSE FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE AREA.

THOSE ATTENDING THE CLASSES ARE EITHER LIVING IN THE DISTRICT OR NEARBY AREAS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THEY ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND WILL BE ABLE TO TEACH PEQPLE ONCE NOVICE CLASSES ARE INTRODUCED.

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SCOUTS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK

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THE SCOUT MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG HAS PROVED ITSELF VALUABLE AND VITAL TO THE COMMUNITY AND RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS CF THE YOUNGER GENERATION, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, NR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE BAND COMMITTEE AND BEATING OF RETREAT OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION BAND AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WAN CHAI.

HE COMMENDED THE ASSOCIATION’S ^BLUEPRINT FOR THE 8O’S,+ WHICH HE SAID REPRESENTED THE +DETERMI NAT ION AND ENTHUSIASM* OF THE ASSOCIATION IN CONTINUING TO PROMOTE THE EXPANSION OF THE SCOUT MOVEMENT.

♦WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE DEVOTED WORK OF LAY OFFICIALS, STAFF AND MEMBERS ALIKE, I AM SURE THE WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION WILL CONTINUE TO PROSPER AND FLOURISH,♦ MR ALLEYNE SAID.

HE EXPRESSED HOPE THAT THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION BAND WOULD KEEP UP ITS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR. THE SCOUT MOVEMENT.

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FILMS ADD COLOUR TO TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL MUI

WPH THl INSTALLATION OF A 35 MM FILM PROJECTION SYSTEM IN THE CULTURAu .C’lHTIES HALL OF TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL RECENTLY, AUDIENCES OF THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY FILM SHOWS.'

THESE FILMS WILL INCLUDE THE SCIENCE FICTION EPIC +BLACK HOLE*, THE AWARD-WINNINC JAPANESE CLASSIC *RASHOMON+, THE MUSICAL +FIDDLER ON THE ROOF+ AND THE MANDARIN LYRICAL SWORD-EPIC +RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN*.

EIGHT SHOWINGS WILL BE SCREENED IN FEBRUARY DURING THE FESTIVAL*

* +BLACK HOLE* WILL BE SHOWN ON FEBRUARY 10 AT 9 PM AND ON FEBRUARY 12 AT 7 PM.

* +RASHOMON+ WILL BE SCREENED ON FEBRUARY 8 AT 9 PM AND ON FEBRUARY 10 AT 7 PM.

* +FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* WILL BE SHOWN ON FEBRUARY 13 AT 2.30 PM AND 7.30 PM.

* +RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN* WILL BE SCREENED ON FEBRUARY 8 AT 7 PM AND FEBRUARY 12 AT 9 PM.

THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13.

TICKETS FOR THE FILM SHOWS AT $7 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE. SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR AUCTION * * *

EIGHTY-TWO STALLS FOR THE SALE OF FLOWERS AND DRY GOODS AT THE FORTHCOMING SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 5).

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 10.15 AM AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY JecLnLr™F^TATE’ SA,D A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES w ICE S Dt • i N * >

THE SHA TIN LuNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE THE FIRST FAIR TO BE HELD IN THE DIS.RICT.

IT WILL BT I! <D AT THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE CAR PARK, AND WILL OFFER AMPLE PARKINS SPACE FOR MOTORISTS VISITING THE FAIR.

A SHUTTLE PU C LIGHT BUS SERVICE WILL BE OPERATED BETWEEN THE PLB TOP AT CMIK CHUEN STREET, TAI WAI AND THE RACE COURSE CAR PARK.

/SPECIAL KMB

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SPECIAL KMB BUS ROUTE NO. 888 WILL BE RUN BETWEEN THE BUS TERMINUS NEAR THE SHA TIN MARKET AND THE RACE COURSE DURING THE FAIR PERIOD.

ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 6), AN AUCTION OF 208 STALLS AT TSUEN WAN FAIR SITE WILL BE HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM OF TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE AUCTION OF A FURTHER 126 SITES AT THE KWAI CHUNG FAIR WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 7) AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL AT LAI FONG STREET.

THE TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND WHILE THE FAIR AT KWAI CHUNG WILL BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HING FONG ROAD AND KO FONG STREET.

THE THREE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS. TOGETHER WITH FOUR OTHER FAIRS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY IB AND 25.

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SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT WILL CLOSE TONIGHT (SUNDAY) WITH A TWO-HOUR PERFORMANCE BY THE MUK LAN DANCE TROUPE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL SERVICES, MR DARWIN CHEN- THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, DR PATRICK HASE- AND THE DIRECTOR OF CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE SHA TIN, REV. FR. CARLO TEI.

THE 22-DAY FESTIVAL OPENED ON DECEMBER 13 AND OFFERED 40 ITEMS OF ENTERTAINMENT.

THESE INCLUDED AN OPENING CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, A WEEK OF CANTONESE OPERA BY THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE, AND CONCERTS BY THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC AND PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS.

OTHER PERFORMERS INCLUDED THE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET, THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE AND THE LUNG CHEUNG OPERA TROUPE FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

LOCAL GROUPS ALSO APPEARED AT THE FESTIVAL.

A MAJOR ATTRACTION WAS AN EXHIBITION OF SHA TIN’S HISTORY HELD BETWEEN DECEMBER 16 AND 22. A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF LOCAL VILLAGE FURNITURE AND TOOLS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER EXHIBITS WAS DISPLAYED IN AND AROUND A LIFE-SIZE REPRODUCTION OF A CENTURIES-OLD SHA TIN VILLAGE HOUSE.

THE FESTIVAL, THE FIRST TO BE HELD IN SHA TIN, WAS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE BUDGET WAS ABOUT $750 000.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 4. 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

35 PER CENT RISE IN EMERGENCY PAYMENT RATES ................... 1

COMPUTERS SAVE RESOURCES AND IMPROVE SERVICES ................. 2

THE LORD PRIVY SEAL LEAVES FOR CHINA .......................... 4

EYE IN THE SKY................................................. 5

TSUEN WAN PES CENTRES OPEN DURING LUNCHTIME.................... 6

REGIONALISATION OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ....................... 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GUTZLAFF STREET .......................... 7

UK STRING QUARTET TO PERFORM

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35 PER CENT RISE IN EMERGENCY PAYMENT RATES K M * *

PAYMENT RATES UNDER THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND, WHICH PROVIDES GRANTS TO PEOPLE IN NEED OF RELIEF AS A RESULT OF FIRES, STORMS, FLOODING AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, HAVE BEEN RAISED BY ABOUT 35 PER CENT.

THE NEW RATES APPLY ALSO TO THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME AND THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME AS THEIR SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS IS BASED ON THAT OF THE FUND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE INCREASE IN PAYMENT RATES CAME INTO EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 23, 1981.

+THE REVISION REPRESENTS AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE LEVEL OF PAYMENT BASED MAINLY ON AVERAGE WAGES,+ HE SAID. +IT IS ALSO DESIGNED TO REFLECT INCREASE IN PRICES.*

UNDER THE FUND, DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO COVER DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY, DOMESTIC RE-ACCOMMODATION AND RE-EQUIPMENT EXPENSES, REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT OF VESSELS, LOSS OF CROPS, LIVESTOCK OR FISH STOCK, AND OTHER EMERGENCIES.

UNDER THE REVISED RATES, THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT FOR DEATH GRANTS INVOLVING THE LOSS OF SOLE WAGE-EARNERS HAS BEEN RAISED FROM ♦23 OOO TO $26 700. COMPRISING $18 700 FOR ONE SURVIVING DEPENDENT FAM LY MEMBER AND $1 600 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL SURVIVING DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMBER.

-rJ°?.b°SS 0F A WAGE-EARNER WHERE THERE ARE OTHER WAGE-EARNERS IN THE FAMILY, THE MAXIMUM GRANT HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM $16 200 TO $17 400.

IN THE CASE OF THE WAGE-EARNER WHERE THERE GONE UP FROM $16 200 TO

LOSS OF HUSBAND OR WIFE WHO IS NOT A ARE CHILDREN, THE MAXIMUM GRANT HAS ALSO $17 400.

BURIAL GRANTS HAVE BEEN RAISED FROM $1 600 TO $3 000 A PERSON.

THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF DISABILITY GRANTS HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM $16 500 TO $22 440. FOR INJURY GRANTS, THE NEW PAYMENT RATE IS $160 UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $7 080 DEPENDING ON THE GRAVITY OF THE INJURY. PREVIOUSLY, THE MAXIMUM WAS $4 960.

THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND IS MANAGED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WHO ACTS ON THE ADVICE OF THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND COMMITTEE, COMPRISING BOTH UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

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COMPUTERS SAVE RESOURCES AND IMPROVE SERVICES * * * *

COMPUTERISATION OF RECORD-KEEPING AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAS BROUGHT ABOUT GREAT SAVINGS IN COST AS WELL AS IMPROVED - AND MORE EXPEDITIOUS -SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

THE COMPUTER SYSTEM SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCES MANPOWER COSTS AND EXPENSIVE STORAGE SPACE AND ELIMINATES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF f£?!RW0RK> MR STEPHEN LAU, MANAGER OF THE DATA PROCESSING DIVISION WHICH IMPLEMENTS AND MONltoRS ALL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS, EXPLAINED.

IT HAS ALSO PERMITTED THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LATEST MANAGEMENT-CONTROL TECHNIQUES INTO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

^45AMPLES T0 SUPPORT HIS CLAIMS, HE SAIDi +FOR INSTANCE COMPUTERISATION OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS SUBSTANTIALLY SHORTENS THE WAITING TIME FOR A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES.+

♦IT ALSO MAKES IT EASIER TO CATCH LAW BREAKERS BECAUSE OF THE EASE AND SPEED AT WHICH THE COMPUTERS WOULD ENABLE INVESTIGATORS TO COLLECT THE NECESSARY INFORMAT I ON.+

♦TAX DODGERS WOULD HAVE A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO GET AWAY WITH CHEATING THE GOVERNMENT PURSE BECAUSE IN CONTRAST TO THE PREVIOUS LABORIOUS MANUAL SYSTEM OF KEEPING FILES ON ONE INDIVIDUAL IN DIFFERENT SECTIONS, THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S COMPUTER SYSTEM NOW PERMITS A QUICK AND COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL THE ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND INCOME OF AN INDIVIDUAL.♦

THE DATA PROCESSING DIVISION HAS INDEED COME A LONG WAY SINCE IT BEGAN OPERATIONS IN 1968 WITH A 16K 1902 COMPUTER FOR PROCESSING THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION AND TRADE STATISTICS. AFTER GOING THROUGH ITS EARLY TEETHING PROBLEMS, IT HAS SINCE INTRODUCED MANY ADVANCED PROGRAMME PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL TECHNIQUES TO MORE THAN 30 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THROUGH COMPUTER APPLICATIONS.

OF THE MORE THAN 70 SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTED OR UNDER IMPLEMENTATION FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE MOST NOTABLE ONES ARE THE INLAND REVENUE DATABASE SYSTEM, THE VEHICLE AND DRIVING LICENSING DATA SYSTEM (VALID) FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE IMMIGRATION TRAFFIC INDEX FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, AN INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, Th£ NOMINAL INDEX SYSTEM FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE AND THE TEXTILE QUOTA LICENSING SYSTEM FOR THE EEC COUNTRIES FOR THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

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SUMMING UP THE ADVANTAGES OF THESE COMPUTER SYSTEMS OVER THE OLD MANUALLY PROCESSED RECORD-KEEPING OF FILES, INDEXES AND CROSS-INDEXES, MR LAU SAID THAT +ASIDE FROM THE CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS IN STORAGE SPACE AND MANPOWER, INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTERISATION IN MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAS RESULTED IN A MUCH MORE STREAMLINED, ACCURATE, FLEXIBLE AND UP-TO-DATE RECORD KEEPING SYSTEM*.

♦IN MORE TANGIBLE TERMS, IT MEANS SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS OF TAX-PAYERS’ MONEY, A CONSIDERABLE SHORTENING OF WAITING TIME FOR COUNTLESS GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND AN INCREASE IN REVENUE, AS IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE DIFFICULT NOW TO DODGE TAXES AND AVOID PAYING FINES FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES,* MR LAU NOTED.

WHILE IT IS GENERALLY AGREED AMONG LEADERS IN THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY THAT THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF COMPUTER SPECIALISTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH TRAINING IN THE BUSINESS APPLICATION OF COMPUTER SYSTEMS, MR LAU SAID THIS IS NOT RESTRICTED TO HONG KONG.

MR GRAHAM MEAD, HEAD OF THE COMPUTER STUDIES DEPARTMENT AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, SAYS THERE ARE AT PRESENT ABOUT 4 200 COMPUTER ANALYSTS AND PROGRAMMERS IN HONG KONG AND THE NEED FOR THEM INCREASES BY ABOUT 25 PER CENT EACH YEAR.

THE POLYTECHNIC PRODUCES ABOUT 100 COMPUTER-STUDIES GRADUATES EACH YEAR AND THE TWO LOCAL UNIVERSITIES PRODUCE 35-50 MORE COMPUTER MAJORS. BUT THE 150 OR SO FOREIGN-TRAINED GRADUATES WHO RETURNED TO HONG KONG WERE NEGATED BY AN EQUAL NUMBER WHO LEFT.

MR LAU AND EXPERTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR GENERALLY AGREED THAT COMPUTING CAME RATHER BELATEDLY TO HONG KONG. HONG KONG WOULD THUS HAVE TO PUT IN SOME EXTRA EFFORT TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN OUR COMPETITIVE EDGE IN BOTH COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT HONG KONG HAS MORE COMPUTERS INSTALLED THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN SOUTH EAST ASIA.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE CURRENT AND POTENTIAL WIDE-SPREAD USE OF COMPUTERS THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE A COMPUTER SUBJECT TO FORM FOUR STUDENTS IN 40 SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1982.

THE DEPARTMENT’S FIRST EFFORT TO PROPAGATE COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE, HOWEVER, STARTED IN 1977 WHEN IT’S MATHEMATICS SECTION BEGAN ORGANISING SHORT COMPUTER COURSES FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS. SINCE THEN, 30 SUCH COURSES, ATTENDED BY OVER 800 TEACHERS, HAVE BEEN HELD. AT LEAST THREE MORE COURSES WILL BE ORGANISED IN 1982.

COMMENTING ON THE RELATIVE SECURITY OF COMPUTER-STORED DATA AND THE OLD MANUAL SYSTEMS IT REPLACED, MR LAU SAID THERE IS +N0 QUESTION THAT COMPUTERISED DATA IS FAR MORE SAFE BECAUSE IT IS MORE COMPACT AND ACCESS TO IT REQUIRES NOT ONLY AUTHORISATION BUT THE NECESSARY SPECIAL KNOWHOW*.

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HE ADDED THAT +SECURITY IS BASICALLY AT TWO LEVELSi THE PHYSICAL LEVEL AND THE LOGICAL LEVEL. THE FIRST SIMPLY •JJVOLVES THE GUARDING OF COMPUTER PREMISES WHILE THE SECOND IS * LOT MORE COMPLEX. AT THE SIMPLEST LEVEL A COMPUTER COULD ONLY BE ACCESSED THROUGH ’PASSWORDS’ KNOWN ONLY TO AUTHORISED USERS, -------------

RESTRICTIONS TO ALLOW OR DISALLOW USERS IN THE DISPLAY,

WITH BUILT-IN

MODIFICATION AND ERASURE OF DATA.*

♦ANOTHER ADDED SECURITY MEASURE IS 'TIME FIXES’, WHICH WOULD RENDER DATA IN A COMPUTER COMPLETELY INACCESSIBLE OVER A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD WHEN DATA USE IS NOT EXPECTED.*

WHILE CONSCIOUSLY ADMITTING +THERE IS NO FOOLPROOF WAY TO SECURE A COMPUTER AGAINST UNAUTHORISED ACCESS, WE MUST WT TURN AWAY FROM ITS APPLICATION AS THE BENEFITS WOULD FAR OUTWEIGH THE POTENTIAL INSTANCES OF ABUSE,* MR LAU SAID.

♦FURTHERMORE, WE ARE ACTUALLY SEEING ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG IN COMPUTER APPLICATIONS.+

♦THAT WE ARE ALSO AT THE THRESHOLD OF AN ’INFORMATION EXPLOSION’ IN THE 80’S DUE TO RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES OUGHT TO MAKE US MORE DETERMINED IN TRAINING COMPUTER WORKERS,* SAID MR LAU, ADDING THAT HIS SENTIMENTS OVER THE ISSUE WERE SHARED BY COMPUTER EXPERTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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THE LORD PRIVY SEAL LEAVES FOR CHINA

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THE LORD PRIVY SEAL, THE RT HON HUMPHREY ATKINS, MP AND WS ATKINS LEFT HONG KONG FOR CHINA THIS MORNING AFTER A ONE-DAY STOPOVER.

MR AND MRS ATKINS WERE SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. THEY WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 8) FOR A THREE-DAY VISIT.

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EYE IN THE SKY * * *

THERE’S NO ESCAPE FOR THE VAGABOND ISLANDS OF RUBBISH IN HONG KONG’S HARBOUR NOW THAT THE EYES OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN HAVE TAKEN TO THE SKY.

HELICOPTER ’LAP SAP’ PATROLS HAVE BECOME A ROUTINE MARINE DEPARTMENT FUNCTION, AND FROM AN OLYMPIAN 500 FEET UP, ABOARD AN RHKAAF DAUPHIN CHOPPER, MARINE OFFICER TREVOR BERRY CAN SPOT EVEN THE MOST FURTIVE WATER-BORNE LITTER.

♦IT’S MARVELOUS,♦ SAID MR BERRY, +ALL FLOATING REFUSE IS VISIBLE - EVEN SOLITARY PLASTIC BAGS.+

AND FLYING AT 90 KNOTS, THE HELICOPTER CAN MAKE A CIRCULAR TRIP VIA GREEN ISLAND, MEI FOO SUN CHUEN, STAR FERRY, KWUN TONG AND ALDRICH BAY IN ABOUT 12 MINUTES.

COVERING THE SAME AREA BY BOAT TAKES TWO HOURS AND VISIBILITY 13 LIMITED TO THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE BOAT.

BUT WITH THE HELICOPTER, MR BERRY CAN GET +AN IMMEDIATE UP-TO-DATE PICTURE OF THE HARBOUR, ESTABLISH PRIORITIES AND SEND OUT UNITS ACCORD INGLY.+

♦FOR THE FIRST TIME WE CAN GET AN OVERALL VIEW BEFORE WE START WORK.*

POTENTIAL TROUBLEMAKERS TOO ARE NAKED TO MR BERRY’S ALL-SEEING EYES, AND RECENTLY HE SPOTTED A SHIP AT ANCHOR WITH A LARGE PILE OF REFUSE ON ITS DECK.

♦I SENT ONE OF MY LADS TO THE SHIP TO MAKE SURE THE RUBBISH WASN’T DUMPED IN THE HARBOUR.♦

AS SOON AS THE DAUPHIN TOUCHES DOWN, A REPORT IS SENT TO MR BERRY’S SENIOR ASSISTANT MARINE INSPECTOR DAVID LEUNG AT MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS.

MR LEUNG PLOTS THE LOCATION OF FLOATING RUBBISH ON A CIVIL AVIATION URBAN CRASH MAP GRID SUPPLIED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, AND DISPATCHES CLEAN-UP VESSELS TO TROUBLE SPOTS.

A TYPICALLY CRYPTIC DISPATCH WOULD READ +SEND WATERWITCH 3 TO G13.+

FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE ON DRY LAND AND EARTH-BOUND, WATERWITCH 3 IS A MARINE REFUSE COLLECTION VESSEL AND G13 IS THE CENTRAL DISTRICT.

PILOTED BY FLIGHT LIEUTENANT JAMES CURTIS, THE HELICOPTER LIFT OFF FROM HMS TAMAR EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY.

/+OBVIOHSLY,

'RUlWA!, JAJ1UUK1 ♦ , I ?U1_ 6 -

♦OBVIOUSLY, DAILY FLIGHTS WOULD BE IDEAL,+ SAID MR BERRY, ♦BUT THEY WOULD DOUBLE THE COST AND THE RHKAAF WORK LOAD.+

♦AND LESS THAN THREE FLIGHTS A WEEK WOULD BE INEFFECTIVE.+

HE BELIEVES THEREFORE, THAT THE NUMBER THREE STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN EFFICIENCY AND ECONOMY.

MR BERRY GOES ON EACH PATROL ACCOMPANIED BY ONE ASSISTANT AT A TIME, BUT ALL OF HIS ASSISTANTS ARE EXPECTED TO EVENTUALLY BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE ROUTINE.

♦IN DUE COURSE, THEY WILL GET THEIR ’LAP SAP’ WINGS AND WILL DO THE PATROLS ON THEIR OWN.+

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TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ARE USING THEIR LUNCH BREAK TO SEEK ADVICE AND MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES.

SINCE SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, THE CENTRES AT TSUEN KING BUILDING IN HOI PA STREET AND AT KWAI KING BUILDING IN KWONG FAI CIRCUIT HAVE REMAINED OPEN BETWEEN 1 PM AND 2 PM.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDING NOVEMBER, ABOUT 800 RESIDENTS VISITED THE TWO CENTRES.

STAFF AT THE CENTRES ALSO RECEIVED MORE THAN 1 000 PHONE CALLS INQUIRING ABOUT TENANCY DISPUTES, IMMIGRATION POLICIES, GOVERNMENT JOB VACANCIES, FAMILY QUARRELS AND FREE LEGAL ADVICE.

IN ADDITION, THEY DISTRIBUTED 1 400 FORMS, PAMPHLETS AND PUBLICITY MATERIAL.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID IN VIEW OF THE GOOD RESPONSE, THE LUNCHTIME SERVICE WOULD BE ON A PERMANENT BASIS.

♦WE ARE ALSO CONSIDERING EXTENDING IT TO OTHER PES CENTRES,♦ HE SAID.

THE OTHER SIX PES CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT AT PRESENT OPERATE FROM 8.45 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2 PM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

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REGIONALISATION OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PARTLY REORGANISED INTO THREE REGIONAL DIVISIONS - HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON/NEW KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

UNDER THE REORGANISATION, EACH OF THE REGIONAL DIVISIONS WILL BE HEADED BY A CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATIONS AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT IN THE REGION.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, SAIDi +THIS CHANGE IS BEING MADE TO FIT IN WITH THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIONS AND IN ANTICIPATION OF THE TRANSFER OF SOME PARTS OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE LATER IN THE YEAR.+

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE REORGANISATION WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO GIVE BETTER SERVICE TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

FROM TODAY, THE CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER/KOWLOON AND THE CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER/NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE REGIONAL OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, WHILE THE CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER/HONG KONG ISLAND WILL REMAIN AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN 01 KWAN ROAD.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GUTZLAFF STREET X X X X

°F GUT2LAFF STREET BETWEEN QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL ^2T2IAckf\>Il?EfLWA,:,7 REMAIN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS FOR DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE WORK.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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UK STRING QUARTET TO PERFORM * * * *

THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13.

THIRTEEN OVERSEAS AND LOCAL GROUPS WILL GIVE 39 INDOOR PROGRAMMES AS WELL AS 16 OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES DURING THE FESTIVAL.

INCORPORATED INTO THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME WILL ALSO BE A CONCERT BY BRITAIN’S GABRIELI STRING QUARTET.

THE CONCERT IS A PART OF THE TENTH HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL AND WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL ON FEBRUARY 11 AT 8 PM.

GABRIELI STRING QUARTET COMPRISES OF FOUR TOP INSTRUMENTALISTS, KENNETH SILLITO (VIOLIN), BRENDAN O’REILLY (VIOLIN), LAN JEWEL (VIOLA) AND KEITH HARVEY (CELLO).

AN INTERESTING PROGRAMME OF HAYDN’S +STRING QUARTET, OPUS 76 NO. 4 IN B FLAT MAJOR+ (SUNRISE), MOZART’S +STRING QUARTET NO. 20 IN DK 499+ (HOFFMEISTER), AND BEETHOVEN’S +STRING QUARTET NO. 14 IN C SHARP MINOR OPUS 131+ WILL BE FEATURED IN THEIR HONG KONG PREMIERE.

TICKETS AT 110 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND HONG KONG CITY HALL BOX OFFICES, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AS WELL AS NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

THE TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL DIARIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, GOETHE INSTITUT, NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PEOPLE URGED TO STAND FOR ELECTION ........................... 1

SURVEY STARTS ON SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS ................ 3

LEGCO TO DEBATE PUBLIC GAME MACHINE BILL TOMORROW ............ 4

NOVEMBER PWD CONTRACTS TOTAL $650 MILLION .................... 5

SHEUNG SHUI PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENED ............................ 5

PNEUMOCONIOSIS SUFFERERS ASKED TO LODGE CLAIMS ............... 6

LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES .................................... 6

COMPUTER PROGRAMME FOR WATER STUDY............................ 7

FESTIVAL OFFERS NAN YIN AND CANTONESE OPERATIC SONGS........ 7

CLEAN-UP AT SAI KUNG VILLAGES

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1982

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PEOPLE URGED TO STAND FOR ELECTION * * * *

WITH NOMINATIONS OPENING IN JUST TEN DAYS, AN APPEAL WAS MADE TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD TO STAND AS CANDIDATES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN MARCH.

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL LAST THREE WEEKS, STARTING ON JANUARY 15 AND CLOSING ON FEBRUARY 9. ELECTION DAY IS THURSDAY, MARCH 4.

MAKING THE APPEAL AT A LIONS CLUB OF MOUNT CAMERON LUNCH MEETING WAS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MRS REGINA IP, WHO SAID GOVERNMENT WELCOMED PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO BECOME DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AS LONG AS THEY WERE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE KLFARE OF THEIR DISTRICT. OUTSPOKEN, AND COULD OFFER CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS ON DISTRICT REFORM.

SHE URGED THOSE WHO WERE INTERESTED IN BECOMING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS NOT TO MISS THE CHANCE.

SHE SAID A CANDIDATE HAD TO BE NOMINATED BY TEN REGISTERED ELECTORS, INCLUDING A PROPOSER AND A SECONDER, IN THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH HE OR SHE SOUGHT ELECTION, AND A DEPOSIT OF SI OOO WAS REQUIRED.

DETAILS OF CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN LAID DOWN IN THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE.

♦IN BRIEF,+ SAID MRS IP

♦CANDIDATES CAN PROMOTE

TuQn11~u n-r?/ .A* SA1D MRS IP» +CANDIDATES CAN PROMOTE THEMSELVES TELEVISl0N' PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AND GATHERINGS,

BUT EXPENSES ON CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES CAN NOT EXCEED $10 000.♦

EACH CANDIDATE COULD ALSO EMPLOY ONE PERSON TO ACT AS HIS AGENT.

THE FEE PAYABLE TO AN AGENT COULD NOT EXCEED $3 000 WHICH WOULD NOT BE COUNTED AS PART OF CAMPAIGN EXPENSES.

SHE SAID THE PROPOSED CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, WHICH WOULD BE GIVEN ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), WOULD SEEK TO REMOVE THE RESTRICTIONS ON CANDIDATES FROM PAYING TO TRANSPORT VOTERS TO POLLING STATIONS BECAUSE THERE WERE MANY REMOTE VILLAGES NOT SERVED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

IF THE BILL WAS PASSED, THEN CANDIDATES OR THEIR AGENTS COULD HIRE TRANSPORT TO TAKE VOTERS TO AND FROM POLLING STATIONS. BUT HIRE CHARGES WOULD BE COUNTED AS PART OF CAMPAIGN EXPENSES.

/DURING THE........

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DURING THE ELECTION PERIOD, MRS IP SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RENDER VARIOUS SERVICES TO CANDIDATES, INCLUDING PROVIDING COPIES OF THAT PART OF THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS WHICH RELATES TO THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH A CANDIDATE WAS SEEKING ELECTION AND COPIES OF THE RELEVANT LEGISLATION IN RELATION TO DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

EACH CANDIDATE COULD SEND ONE POSTAGE-FREE LETTER, NOT EXCEEDING 50 GRAMS, OF ELECTION COMMUNICATION TO EACH ELECTOR IN HIS OR HER CONSTITUENCY, SHE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO PREPARE PRINTED LEAFLETS TO INTRODUCE CANDIDATES TO ELECTORS.

+CANDIDATES MAY ORGANISE PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR ELECTION CAMPAIGNING PURPOSES, BUT THEY MUST COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS LAID DOWN IN THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980 AND MAKE APPLICATION TO THE POLICE,* MRS IP SAID.

COPIES OF A GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE SUCH APPLICATIONS WOULD BE GIVEN TO CANDIDATES FOR THEIR INFORMATION.

♦VENUES FOR HOLDING SUCH PUBLIC MEETINGS WILL INCLUDE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL HALLS, SOCIAL WELFARE BUILDINGS, PLAYGROUNDS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND CERTAIN FACILITIES OF THE URBAN SERVICES AND NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENTS,+ SHE SAID.

MRS IP SAID SETTING UP DISTRICT BOARDS WAS AIMED AT COORDINATING THE WORK OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS ARISING AS A RESULT OF RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS THAT THIS PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR DIRECT PARTICIPATION TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE KEEN AND WILLING TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,+ SHE SAID.

♦DISTRICT BOARDS ARE ALSO BEING SET UP AS BRIDGES BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC SO THAT THE WISHES OF THE PUBLIC CAN BE REFLECTED TO GOVERNMENT AS REFERENCES WHEN MAKING POLICY DECISIONS.

♦THIS WILL ENSURE THAT ANY NEW MEASURES TAKEN WILL MEET ACTUAL NEEDS AT DISTRICT LEVEL.♦

SHE HOPED EVERYBODY WOULD SUPPORT THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, ESPECIALLY THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, IN A JOINT EFFORT TO BUILD UP A MORE SOUND AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETY.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 193 000 REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, EQUIVALENT TO 30 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS.

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SURVEY STARTS ON SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS LAUNCHED A SYSTEMATIC SURVEY OF DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS IN ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS WITH A VIEW TO MONITORING THE INCIDENCE OF UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR AMONG PUPILS.

THE SURVEY IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE RECENTLY-ESTABLISHED STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS WITH INFORMATION ON THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS SO THAT IT CAN FORMULATE EFFECTIVE CONTROL MEASURES.

SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO COMPLETE RETURNS AT REGULAR FOUR-MONTH INTERVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO GIVE A COMPLETE PICTURE OF THEIR PROBLEMS.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, HAS APPEALED TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION AND URGED CANDOUR IN COMPLETING SURVEY RETURNS.

HE SAIDt +YOU HAVE MY FIRM ASSURANCE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU SUPPLY WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. IT WILL NOT BE USED AGAINST YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL. THIS ASSURANCE EXTENDS TO YOUR TEACHERS AND YOUR PUPILS. THE SURVEY IS DESIGNED TO HELP, NOT TO PUNISH.+

THE SURVEY WAS INITIATED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE WHICH IS CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, AND INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, POLICE, THE ICAC AND THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY.

THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE AREi

* TO MONITOR AND REPORT ON THE INCIDENCE OF UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR OF PUPILS IN SCHOOLS-

* TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ON

APPROPRIATE POLICY OR ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN, HAVING REGARD TO THE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED, ON A SHORT-TERM AND A LONG-TERM BASIS"

* TO CO-ORDINATE INTRA-DEPARTMENTAL AND INTER-DEPARTMENTAL ACTION ON CARRYING OUT THESE MEASURES"

X TO KEEP MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS UNDER REVIEW IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE- AND

X TO REPORT TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION THROUGH THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, TO RECOMMEND APPROPRIATE POLICY CHANGES AND TO SEEK THE BOARD’S ENDORSEMENT OF SUCH CHANGES.

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ADDING HIS APPEAL TO THAT OF MR HAYE’S, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE, MR LEUNG, SAID THE RELIABILITY OF THE SURVEY WOULD DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF ACCURATE RETURNS RECEIVED AND URGED PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS FOR THEIR FULLEST CO-OPERATION.

+YOU ARE FACE TO FACE WITH THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR CLASSROOMS AND YOU MAY WELL BE IN A POSITION TO SUGGEST WAYS IN WHICH THE STANDING COMMITTEE AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CAN HELP,* MR LEUNG SAID.

SUGGESTIONS FROM PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS ARE WELCOME AND THEY MAY WRITE IN CONFIDENCE EITHER TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION OR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS.

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LEGCO TO DEBATE PUBLIC GAME MACHINE BILL TOMORROW

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THREE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO SPEAK WHEN DEBATE RESUMES TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE NEW LAW ON LICENSING OF PUBLIC GAME MACHINE CENTRES.

THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, SCHEDULED FOR FINAL READING TOMORROW, IS INTENDED TO BLOCK A LOOPHOLE IN THE EXISTING LAW AND TO REGULATE CENTRES WHERE MACHINE GAMES COULD BE PROVIDED.

AT THE MEETING ALSO, 12 QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL NEMBERS ON A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS.

THE HON LYDIA DUNN WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE RATE OF DAILY INFLUX OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA LAST YEAR, AND WHETHER IT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.

THE HON SELINA CHOW WILL ASK ABOUT MEASURES TAKEN TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM OBJECTS THROWN FROM BUILDINGS, AND ABOUT THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FAILURES OF LIFT DEVICES AT CONSTRUCTION SITES LAST YEAR AND THE MAIN CAUSES OF THE ACCIDENTS.

AND A QUESTION WILL BE ASKED BY THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG ABOUT STEPS BEING TAKEN TO ENSURE ADHERENCE TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS BY BOTH EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

THE HON FRANCIS TIEN WILL ASK IF HONG KONG HAS FORMALLY ACCEPTED THE PROTOCOL FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE MULT I-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED BY THE HON ANDREW SO ABOUT LEGAL ACTION TAKEN TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF LOAN SHARKS AND WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED WITH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MONEY LENDERS ORDINANCE, ENACTED IN DECEMBER I960.

THE HON WONG LAM WILL RECALL THE CROWD CONTROL PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED IN CENTRAL ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER RE-DESIGNATING THE AREA AROUND STATUE SQUARE AS A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT ON WEEK-ENDS AND HOLIDAYS, AS WAS DONE SOME YEARS AGO.

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NOVEMBER PWD CONTRACTS TOTAL 1650 MILLION * * * *

A TOTAL OF 81 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $650 MILLION WERE AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $196 MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PART OF THE SECOND STAGE OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORR I DOR.

IT COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN 850-METRE LONG ELEVATED DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY, 600 METRES OF WHICH WILL BE ABOVE THE SEA.

THIS SECTION OF THE COASTAL ROAD WILL CONNECT THE FIRST STAGE OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AT THE HEALTHY STREET INTERCHANGE IN THE WEST AND THE NEW QUARRY BAY RECLAMATION IN THE EAST.

ANOTHER MAJOR CONTRACT, WORTH $191 MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING AT QUEENSWAY.

THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING WILL BE 22 STOREYS HIGH, COMPRISING A SIX-STOREY PODIUM AND A 16-STOREY TOWER BLOCK WHICH WILL HOUSE 36 COURTS.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED, 36 WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TENDER BOARD.

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SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENED * * *

THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NEW SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS OFFICIATED BY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR B.D. WILSON- THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF HEUNG YEE KUK, W LIU YUN-SUM- CHAIRMAN OF SHEUNG SHU I RURAL COMMITTEE, W LIU CHING-LEUNG- CHAIRMAN OF SHEK WU HUI MERCHANT ASSOCIATION LTD., MR CHEUNG KUEN- AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES SHEUNG SHU I DISTRICT, MR LEE LUN.

THE LIBRARY IS LOCATED AT THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AND TOWN HALL IN LUNG SUM AVENUE AND HAS A COLLECTION OF ABOUT 25 000 VOLUMES.

IT CONSISTS OF AN ADULT LENDING LIBRARY, A JUNIOR LENDING LIBRARY, ADULT AND JUNIOR REFERENCE COLLECTIONS, A NEWSPAPERS/ PERIODICALS COLLECTION AND AN EXTENSION ACTIVITIES ROOM.

THE SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY IS OPEN FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (EXCEPT TUESDAYS) BETWEEN 9 AM AND 8 PM FOR THE ADULT SECTION AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND 6 PM FOR THE JUNIOR SECTION.

IT IS ALSO OPEN ON SATURDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM AND ON SUNDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM.

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PNEUMOCONIOSIS SUFFERERS ASKED TO LODGE CLAIMS

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PEOPLE DIAGNOSED BEFORE JANUARY 1 LAST YEAR AS SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS WERE REMINDED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO EXGRAT IA PAYMENTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENT OF THEIR LUNG DISEASE.

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET BEEN ASSESSED BY THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS MEDICAL ASSESSMENT BOARD SHOULD CONTACT THE WAN CHAI CHEST CLINIC IN KENNEDY ROAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THEY CAN EITHER CALL IN PERSON OR TELEPHONE 5-726024.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT TODAY THAT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD ALREADY WRITTEN TO PEOPLE KNOWN TO BE SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS TO COME FORWARD FOR MEDICAL ASSESSMENT, BUT SOME OF THEM HAD NOT RESPONDED.

♦PERHAPS THIS IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE LETTER DUE TO A CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER REASONS. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD CONTACT THE WAN CHAI CLINIC AS SOON AS THEY LEARN OF THIS REMINDER IN THE NEWSPAPERS OR ON THE RADIO,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SO FAR 1 359 APPLICATIONS FOR EXGRATIA PAYMENTS AMOUNTING TO *37.4 MILLION HAD BEEN APPROVED.

PEOPLE DIAGNOSED AFTER JANUARY LAST YEAR AS SUFFERING FROM THE LUNG DISEASE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO EXGRATIA PAYMENTS, BUT TO COMPENSATION FROM THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD UNDER THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES KMX

SEVENTY-FIVE OUT OF 82 STALL SITES FOR THE FORTHCOMING SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WERE TAKEN UP AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

MOST OF THE SITES WERE TAKEN AT ABOVE THE UPSET PRICE, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A SITE FOR THE SALE OF WET GOODS WAS *860 AND FOR DRY GOODS WAS *160. THE UPSET PRICE WAS *50.

THE AUCTION, ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WAS HELD AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE.

THE REMAINING SEVEN SITES WILL BE OFFERED FOR HIRE TO TRADERS FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. TRADERS SHOULD CONTACT THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT LOWER GROUND FLOOR, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN.

THE SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE HELD AT THE CAR PARK OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE FROM JANUARY 18 TO 25.

AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), 208 STALLS AT THE TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

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COMPUTER PROGRAMME FOR WATER STUDY * * * *

A POLLUTION CONTROL COMPUTER PROGRAMME TO BE USED IN THE OVERALL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF THE WATERS OF TOLO HARBOUR IS TO BE DEVELOPED WITHIN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT AN AGREEMENT TO THIS EFFECT HAD BEEN SIGNED BETWEEN THE PROJECT MANAGER (SHA TIN) OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR KEITH AUSTIN, AND A PARTNER OF BINNIE AND PARTNERS (HONG KONG), MR ROBERT ARMISTEAD.

ON COMPLETION, THE COMPUTER PROGRAMME WILL BE CAPABLE OF PREDICTING THE EFFECTS OF INPUTS OF EFFLUENT, OR REDUCTION OF WASTE OR FRESH WATER FLOW ON THE WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES DRAWN UP BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR TOLO HARBOUR.

IT WILL ALSO BE CAPABLE OF PREDICTING THE EFFECTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF MAJOR RECLAMATION WORKS, DREDGING PROGRAMMES OR OTHER CHANGES IN THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TOLO HARBOUR ON THE WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD BE USED TO ASSIST IN MONITORING WATER QUALITY CONDITIONS AND AS A DESIGN TOOL FOR CONSIDERATIONS OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AROUND TOLO HARBOUR AND THE CATCHMENT DRAINING INTO THE HARBOUR AND CHANNEL.

HE ADDED THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD HAVE A USEFUL LIFE SPAN OF UP TO 20 YEARS, DEPENDING ON FUTURE TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVING FIELD OF STUDY.

THE COST FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAMME IS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $4 MILLION.

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FESTIVAL OFFERS NAN YIN AND CANTONESE OPERATIC SONGS *****

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL IS A CONCERT OF NAN YIN AND CANTONESE OPERATIC SONGS BY LEUNG HON-WAI ON FEBRUARY 7 AT 7.30 PM AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL.

LEUNG HON-WAI IS AN EXPERIENCED ARTIST IN CANTONESE OPERA AND A VIRTUOSO IN NAN YIN, THE SOUTHERN LYRICS OF GUANGDONG.

THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER, WERE NOT AWARE OF HIS VIRTUOSITY IN NAN YIN UNTIL HE PLAYED THE ROLE OF A NAN YIN PERFORMER IN A RECENT TELEVISION SERIAL.

TICKETS AT 57 ARE ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBKArY.

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CLEAN-UP AT SAI KUNG VILLAGES ft ft ft ft

NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORKERS LAUNCHED A CLEAN-UP EFFORT AT TWO SAI KUNG VILLAGES TODAY (TUESDAY) TO SPREAD THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE AS THE LUNAR NEW YEAR APPROACHES.

SOME 50 CLEANSING WORKERS OF THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE REMOVED ABOUT TEN LORRY-LOADS OF REFUSE AND JUNK FROM VARIOUS LITTER BLACK SPOTS IN SHA KOK MEI AND HO CHUNG VILLAGES.

AT THE SAME TIME, MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CALLED ON THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE TWO AREAS AND IMPRESSED UPON THEM THE NEED TO KEEP THE AREAS CLEAN.

♦WE HOPE THIS CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL SHOW THE VILLAGERS THAT KEEPING THEIR SURROUNDING AREA CLEAN WILL GREATLY IMPROVE SANITATION AND LIVING CONDITIONS,+ SAID THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR WAN HON-CHEUNG.

HE THANKED THE VILLAGERS FOR THEIR HELP.

ALSO ON THE VISIT WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MRS LAU NG WAI-LAN, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN, AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU WAN-HEI.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1982

CONTENTS

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

BILL ON GAME MACHINES CENTRES BECOMES LAW ................... 1

GAMES MACHINE CENTRE APPLICATIONS ........................... 2

DISTRICT BOARD BILLS ........................................ 3

QUICKER FINANCIAL AID FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS .......... 5

PUBLIC INTEREST SAFEGUARDED ................................. 6

CHANGES TO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS...............................     7

EFFORT TO STAMP OUT +LOAN SHARKING+ ......................... 8

VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL ................................. 9

MORE LAWS FOR WORKERS' SAFETY .............................. 10

PEOPLE URGED NOT TO THROW OBJECTS FROM BUILDINGS ........... 11

LIFTING APPLIANCES COVERED BY REGULATIONS ................   11

GOVT CONCERNED ABOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION ..................... 12

PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT ........................................ 1J

MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT .................................... 13

IMMUNISATION EFFORT DESCRIBED .............................. 14

QUARTERS FOR DOCTORS ....................................... 14

PRIVATE CLUB LEASES ......................................   15

FACILITIES FOR TAXI CHANGES ................................ 15

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT TABLED .................... 16

GOVERNOR SEES LAM TIN FIRE SITE ................................ 17

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY ......................  18

EPCOM MEMBERS SEE PROBLEM AREAS ................................ 19

MP VISITS FACTORIES ......................................       20

TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD ....................... 20

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED ...................................... 21

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1981

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BILL ON GAME MACHINES CENTRES BECOMES LAW

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THE NEw LAW ON LICENSING OF PUBLIC GAME MACHINE CENTRES WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THREE UNOFFICIALS SPOKE DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH WAS INTENDED TO BLOCK A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW AND TO REGULATE CENTRES WHERE MACHINE GAMES COULD BE PROVIDED.

SUPPORTING THE BILL, THE HON ANDREW SO POINTED OUT THAT FROM A FAVOURABLE POINT OF VIEW, AUTOMATIC MACHINES WERE THE PRODUCT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WHICH MIGHT AROUSE CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN ELECTRONICS.

HOWEVER, HE FELT THAT IF THE THEMES OF THE GAMES RELATING TO WAR, INVASION AND DESTRUCTION COULD BE EXCLUDED IN FAVOUR OF EDUCATIONAL ONES, +THEY WOULD BE NO LESS AN ATTRACTION TO PLAYERS WHILE SERVING AS AN ADDED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE*.

THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN DESCRIBED THE LICENSING CONDITIONS LAID DOWN IN THE BILL AS +FAIR AND NECESSARY*.

HE SAID! +THE PRESENT PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION COMES MAINLY FROM THOSE OPERATORS WHO REALISE THAT THEY COULD UNLIKELY COMPLY WITH THE LICENSING CONDITIONS SET BY THE GOVERNMENT.

+AS TO THOSE APPLICANTS WHO ARE PREPARED TO ABIDE BY THE LAW, THEY SHOULD HAVE LITTLE TO WORRY ABOUT.*

HE DID NOT THINK THERE WAS A NEED FOR A GRACE PERIOD FOR THE PRESENT UNLICENSED OPERATORS WHO WERE SIMPLY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE LEGISLATION WHICH HAD BEEN OUTDATED BY TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS.

HOWEVER, HE URGED THAT AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL, A SWIFT SORTING OUT OF THE APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES SHOULD BE MADE AND THAT THE APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ADVISED OF THE OUTCOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT ANY CAUSE FOR COMPLAINT ON THE GOVERNMENT COULD BE ELIMINATED.

MR CHAN ALSO REFERRED TO THE VARIOUS POINTS OVER THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT RAISED BY MANY OPERATORS OF EXISTING AUTOMATIC MACHINE ESTABLISHMENTS.

ON THE ARGUMENTS THAT AUTOMATIC MACHINE GAMES COULD HELP YOUNGSTERS TO ESTABLISH CONFIDENCE IN DEALING WITH COMPLEX LEARNING SITUATIONS AND TO OVERCOME THEIR FEARS OF COMPUTERS, l*R CHAN SAID: +SHOULD THIS BE THE CASE, SUCH GAMES SHOULD BE SUITABLY MODIFIED FOR INTRODUCTION INTO SCHOOLS AND INTEGRATED WITH THE CURRICULUM SO THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE FAMILIARISED WITH THE OPERATION OF COMPUTERS.

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+ IN THAT CASE, WE COULD AVOID EXPOSING OUR CHILDREN TO POSSIBLE BAD INFLUENCE IN COMMERCIAL GAME CENTRES,* HE ADDED.

THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG COMMENDED THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS EFFORTS IN LAYING DOWN SPECIFIC CRITERIA WHICH AUTOMATIC MACHINE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRES MUST MEET BEFORE THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES ARE APPROVED.

BUT HE WAS CONCERNED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S DELIBERATIONS OVER THE CRITERIA TOOK MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AND THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING HAD RECEIVED OVER 800 APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES TO OPERATE SUCH GAME CENTRES PRIOR TO THE GAZETTING OF THE BILL ON DECEMBER 18 LAST YEAR.

+T0 BE FAIR TO THOSE APPLICANTS, MAY I RESPECTFULLY URGE THAT, UPON ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL, THE PROCESSING OF THESE BACKLOGGED APPLICATIONS BE SPEEDED UP, PREFERABLY WITHIN A TARGETED TIME FRAME OF NO MORE THAN THREE MONTHS, SO AS TO MINIMISE ANY MISREPRESENTATIONS THAT GOVERNMENT USUALLY DRAGS ITS FEET IN THE EXECUTION OF POLICIES,* SAID MR CHEONG.

HE ALSO CALLED ON THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES TO CARRY OUT CONTINUOUS AND EFFICIENT ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS ON SUCH CENTRES AFTER THE BILL WAS PASSED.

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GAMES MACHINE CENTRE APPLICATIONS

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY TODAY TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT ALMOST HALF OF THE APPLICATIONS FOR GAMES MACHINE CENTRE LICENCES RECEIVED SO FAR HAD BEEN DEALT WITH.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, MR BRAY SAID UP TO YESTERDAY (JANUARY 5) 1 096 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED AND OF THESE, 408 HAD BEEN DEALT WITH.

PROCESSING OF MOST OF THOSE REMAINING WOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, HE ADDED.

MR BRAY SAID THAT UNLESS THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY WAS FLOODED OUT WITH AN EVEN GREATER RUSH OF APPLICATIONS THAN IT HAD NOW, APPLICATIONS COMING IN NOW COULD BE DEALT WITH WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

HE EMPHASISED THAT GAMES CENTRES IN HONG KONG, AS IN SO MANY OTHER PLACES, SHOULD BE LICENSED.

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HE ALSO ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR EACH MACHINE USED.

MR BRAY SAID ALSO THAT THE POLICE WOULD CONTINUE TO ATTACH IMPORTANCE TO CONTINUOUS AND EFFICIENT ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN 44 SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS UP TO DATE AND THERE ARE ELEVEN CASES PENDING.

♦THIS IS NOT THE SORT OF ACTIVITY THAT CAN BE CARRIED ON CLANDESTINELY AND PROFITABLY IN THE FACE OF COMPETITION FROM PROPERLY-LICENSED CENTRES IN POPULAR LOCATIONS. I WOULD EXPECT THEREFORE THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO GREAT ENFORCEMENT PROBLEM IN THE LONG RUN.+

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DISTRICT BOARD BILLS * * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR IAN MACPHERSON, MOVED THE SECOND READING OF A BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SEEKING TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS ON CANDIDATES FROM PAYING TO TRANSPORT VOTERS TO POLLING STATIONS.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 SOUGHT TO REMOVE EXISTING RESTRICTIONS IN LAW WHICH PROHIBITED A CANDIDATE OR HIS ELECTION AGENT FROM MAKING ANY PAYMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF VOTERS TO AND FROM A POLLING STATION, AND ANY PERSON FROM USING ANY COMMERCIAL VEHICLE FOR FREE TRANSPORTATION OF VOTERS AT AN ELECTION.

DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WOULD BE HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN MARCH, MR MACPHERSON SAID.

SOME 200 000 PEOPLE HAD REGISTERED FOR THESE ELECTIONS, WHICH WAS INDICATIVE OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THIS NEW, BROAD-BASED CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL SYSTEM.

♦ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE 125 POLLING

STATIONS IN THE NEW A POLLING STATION IN

TERRITORIES IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SET UP

EACH VILLAGE, AND VOTERS IN SOME AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES MAY NEED TO TRAVEL SOME DISTANCE TO CAST THEIR VOTES,+ HE SAID

♦IT IS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE A HIGHER TURNOUT OF VOTERS THE EXISTING LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON ANY PAYMENT FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF ELECTORS TO OR FROM THE POLL SHOULD BE REMOVED.+

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MR MACPHERSON SAID THIS WOULD NOT GIVE ANY ADVANTAGE TO WEALTHY CANDIDATES, BECAUSE ANY EXPENSES INCURRED BY A CANDIDATE OR HIS ELECTION AGENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF ELECTORS TO A POLLING STATION WOULD HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR UNDER THE ELECTION EXPENSES LIMIT OF $10 000.

MR MACPHERSON ALSO MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS (ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS) (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1982.

HE SAID THIS BILL SOUGHT TO MAKE CERTAIN MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SUPPLEMENTING THE MAIN LEGISLATION ENACTED IN JULY LAST YEAR IN RESPECT OF THE ELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

IF ENACTED, THE EFFECTS OF THE BILL WERE, FIRST, TO MAKE IT UNNECESSARY FOR A SEPERATE REGISTER OF ELECTORS TO BE COMPILED UNDER THE EXISTING URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE IN 1982, HE SAID.

A FULL SCALE EXERCISE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS IN THE URBAN AREAS WOULD BE CONDUCTED IN MARCH AND APRIL THIS YEAR.

THOSE WHO REGISTERED IN THE URBAN AREA WOULD BE ENTITLED TO VOTE AT BOTH THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS AND THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, HE SAID.

SECONDLY, IF THERE WAS A NEED TO HOLD A BY-ELECTION TO THE URBAN COUNCIL BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1982, THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL WHICH WAS COMPILED IN DECEMBER, 1980, AND THE EXISTING ELECTORAL PROVISIONS IN THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE WOULD BE USED.

THIRDLY, HE SAID, ELECTION PETITIONS UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE, LIKE ELECTION PETITIONS UNDER THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE, WOULD NOT QUALIFY FOR LEGAL AID.

FOURTHLY, IN LINE WITH THE PROVISIONS FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS, PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN CONVICTED IN THE PAST 10 YEARS OF AN OFFENCE UNDER THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE WOULD BE DISQUALIFIED FROM BEING ELECTED OR APPOINTED TO CERTAIN PUBLIC BODIES.

AND, LASTLY, MR MACPHERSON SAID, THE BILL MADE PROVISION TO ENABLE ANY URBAN RESIDENT, WHO HAD APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION AS AN ELECTOR AND WHOSE APPLICATION HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO BE APPOINTED TO THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS TO BE ESTABLISHED IN APRIL, 1982.

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TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS WILL HENCEFORTH BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AFTER THREE DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNINGS, INSTEAD OF SEVEN DAYS AS WAS THE CASE PREVIOUSLY.

THIS IS PROVIDED IN AMENDMENTS TO THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SCHEME APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON ERIC HO, EXPLAINED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE TAVA SCHEME IS TO PROVIDE SOME IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO ANY PERSON SUSTAINING INJURY (OR IN THE CASE OF DEATH, TO HIS DEPENDANTS) AS A RESULT OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

SINCE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME IN MAY 1, 1979, IT HAD BECOME APPARENT THAT THE PREVIOUS SEVEN-DAY RULE MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS SUFFERING FROM LESS SERIOUS INJURIES TO QUALIFY.

♦THIS WILL ALSO BRING THE TAVA SCHEME INTO LINE WITH THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME AS WELL AS THE PAID SICK LEAVE ARRANGEMENTS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORD I NANCE,+ HE SAID.

THE COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED AMENDMENTS REDUCING THE LEVIES CHARGED ON VEHICLES, TRADE LICENCES AND DRIVING LICENCES FOR FINANCING THE TAVA SCHEME.

MR HO SAID ALSO THAT THE RATES OF PAYMENTS UNDER THE TAVA SCHEME HAD ALREADY BEEN INCREASED BY 35 PER CENT (EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF BURIAL GRANT WHICH HAS BEEN RAISED TO $3 OOO) FROM DECEMBER 23, LAST YEAR.

MR HO FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN THAT EXPECTED PAYMENTS UNDER THE SCHEME HAD BEEN OVER-ESTIMATED AND IT WAS THEREFORE, FELT THAT THE LEVIES IMPOSED TO SUPPORT THE TAVA SCHEME SHOULD BE REDUCED BY 60 PER CENT. LEVIES FOR VEHICLE LICENCES AND FULL DRIVING LICENCES WOULD BE REDUCED FROM $75 A YEAR TO $30, AND OTHER DRIVING LICENCES FROM $25 TO $10 A YEAR, WITH EFFECT FROM MAY 1 THIS YEAR.

ADVANCED RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES WHICH BECOME EFFECTIVE ON MAY 1 WOULD ALSO BE CHARGED THE REDUCED LEVIES, HE SAID.

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PUBLIC INTEREST SAFEGUARDED

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PROVISIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST IS SAFEGUARDED.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER REQUIRING THE MTRC TO OBTAIN THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL’S PRIOR APPROVAL FOR ANY FUTURE REVISION OF ITS FARES.

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT UNDER SECTION 6(2)(F) OF THE ORDINANCE, THE MTRC IS EMPOWERED TO DETERMINE FARES PAYABLE BY ITS PASSENGERS, BUT HE ADDEDi

♦ALTHOUGH THE ORDINANCE DOES NOT REQUIRE SUCH FARES TO BE APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PRACTICE FOR THE CORPORATION TO INFORM THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATION, OF ANY INTENDED REVISION OF FARES IN ADVANCE.+

UNDER SECTION 13 OF THE ORDINANCE, THE CORPORATION IS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT ITS BUSINESS ACCORDING TO PRUDENT COMMERCIAL PRINCIPLES AND TO ENSURE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, TAKING ONE YEAR WITH ANOTHER, THAT ITS REVENUE IS AT LEAST SUFFICIENT TO MEET ITS EXPENDITURE.

+THE CORPORATION MUST SEEK, THEREFORE, TO EARN ENOUGH REVENUE TO MEET OPERATING AND OTHER COSTS AND TO SERVICE ITS DEBTS. EVENTUALLY, IT WOULD BE REASONABLE TO EXPECT THE CORPORATION TO EARN A RETURN ON CAPITAL INVESTED,+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

+NEVERTHELESS, SECTION 20 OF THE ORDINANCE ENABLES THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, IF IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST SO REQUIRES, TO GIVE DIRECTIONS OF A GENERAL CHARACTER TO THE CORPORATION.*

HOWEVER, THIS IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISO THAT THE CORPORATION SHALL BE FULLY COMPENSATED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN RESPECT OF ANY DIRECTION REQUIRING IT TO ACT CONTRARY TO PRUDENT COMMERCIAL PRINCIPLES, HE SAID.

+THERE COULD BE A LOSS OF REVENUE, FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WERE TO DIRECT THE CORPORATION TO LOWER FARES OR TO REFRAIN FROM INCREASING FARES FOR NON-COMMERCI AL REASONS.*

SIR PHILIP SAID THESE THREE SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, TAKEN TOGETHER, ARE DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST IS SAFEGUARDED, BUT IN A MANNER WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH THE CORPORATION’S OBLIGATIONS.

+THEY WERE THE SUBJECT OF DEBATE IN THIS COUNCIL IN APRIL AND MAY 1975 AND IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEW THAT THE TERMS OF ANY OF THEM REQUIRE TO BE ALTERED.*

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS BY ONE DAY AND TO CHANGE THE DAYS ON WHICH CERTAIN GENERAL HOLIDAYS FALL.

AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS YEAR WITH A VIEW TO INTRODUCING THE CHANGES IN 1983.

STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPLY TO ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND THOSE NON-MANUAL WORKERS WHOSE WAGES DO NOT EXCEED $6 OOO PER MONTH. IN ADDITION TO REST DAYS AND ANNUAL LEAVE, SUCH EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO TEN HOLIDAYS WITH PAY EVERY YEAR, NINE OF WHICH ARE SPECIFIED AND THE REMAINING BEING A FLOATING HOLIDAY TO BE FIXED ON A DATE AGREED BETWEEN EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE INTENTION WAS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS TO ELEVEN BY CREATING A SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY. THIS WAS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS IMPROVING THE NUMBER OF HOLIDAYS ENJOYED BY THIS GROUP OF WORKERS.

+ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH THAT IN OTHER COUNTRIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS IT DESIRABLE TO IMPROVE THE BENEFITS ENJOYED BY MANUAL WORKERS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED TODAY WERE ARRIVED AT FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS WITH TRADE UNIONS, EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WHILE THERE WAS NO INTENTION OF ALTERING THE NUMBER OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS, SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE FORMAT OF THESE HOLIDAYS WOULD BE INTRODUCED.

THE MAIN PROPOSAL IS TO BRING TOGETHER SOME GENERAL HOLIDAYS ON A SATURDAY AND THE FOLLOWING MONDAY SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN ENJOY LONGER WEEKENDS.

THE HOLIDAY WHICH NOW FALLS ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST WILL BE MOVED TO THE SATURDAY PRECEDING THE LIBERATION DAY HOLIDAY ON THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST.

ANOTHER GROUPING WILL BE TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY ON THE SECOND SATURDAY IN JUNE, WHICH IS IN ANY CASE THE QUEEN’S OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY, AND TO MOVE TO THE MONDAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE HOLIDAY NOW ENJOYED ON THE FIRST WEEKDAY IN JULY.

FURTHER CHANGES ARE PROPOSED FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL HOLIDAYS. IN A YEAR IN WHICH THE FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR FALLS ON A SUNDAY, THEN NEW YEAR’S EVE WILL BECOME A HOLIDAY INSTEAD OF THE FOURTH DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR AS AT PRESENT. SIMILARLY, IF THE DAY FOLLOWING CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL SHOULD FALL ON A SUNDAY, THEN THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL DAY ITSELF WILL BE CELEBRATED AS A HOLIDAY.

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EFFORT TO STAMP OUT +LOAN SHARKING* * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO DO ALL IN ITS POWER TO STAMP OUT +LOAN SHARKING*, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON J.C. GRIFFITHS, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR GRIFFITHS SAID THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, THE POLICE AND INTERESTED BODIES WERE REVIEWING THE WHOLE OPERATION OF THE MONEY LENDERS ORDINANCE AND WOULD THEN DEAL WITH ANY WEAKNESSES IN IT.

THE ORDINANCE UNDOUBTEDLY HAD A BENEFICIAL EFFECT BY TIGHTENING CONTROL OVER MONEY-LENDERS GENERALLY AND THUS DIMINISHING THE EXTENT OF +LOAN SHARKING*, HE SAID.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID CERTAIN DETAILED PROBLEMS OVER THE OPERATION OF THE ORDINANCE HAD COME TO LIGHT WHILE THE ORDINANCE STARTED WORKING. +FOR INSTANCE, IT HAS BEEN SHOWN IT IS NECESSARY TO EXTEND THE LIST OF EXEMPTED ORGANISATIONS TO ENCOMPASS SUCH ORGANISATIONS AS FOREIGN BANKS, SUCH AS MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF CREDIT AND INVESTMENT INSURERS (THE BERNE UNION) AND ALSO CERTAIN ORGANISATIONS SET UP TO GUARANTEE FINANCE FOR EXPORT AND FOR TRADE,* HE SAID.

AS TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ORDINANCE MUCH WOULD DEPEND UPON THE SENTENCING POLICY ADOPTED BY THE JUDICIARY IN THIS FIELD, HE ADDED.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID ALSO THAT 59 SEARCH WARRANTS HAD BEEN ISSUED SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE AND 11 OF THESE WERE SUBSEQUENTLY CANCELLED.

THERE WERE 48 PROSECUTIONS, WITH 13 CONVICTIONS, THREE ACQUITTALS AND 32 CASES AWAITING TRIAL.

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL * * * *

A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WHICH WILL CO-ORDINATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE WENT THROUGH A SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, THE HON KENNETH TOPLEY, SAID THE COUNCIL, AS ENVISIONED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL BILL, 1982, WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE NOT ONLY FOR ADVISORY FUNCTIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE OF THE PRESENT HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL BUT ALSO FOR THE EXECUTIVE FUNCTION OF ESTABLISHING AND OPERATING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES.

HE ADDED THAT THE AIM OF THE COUNCIL WOULD BE TO UPGRADE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND THEREBY STRENGTHEN THE INDUSTRIAL BASE.

+THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT AN EDUCATED AND TRAINED LABOUR FORCE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THERE WERE DIFFERENCES IN CONCEPT BETWEEN EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND THAT BOTH ELEMENTS WERE EQUALLY IMPORTANT IN DEVELOPING THE SKILLS OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE LABOUR FORCE, MR TOPLEY SAID *IT SEEMS RIGHT, THEREFORE, THAT THERE SHOULD BE ARRANGEMENTS FOR JOINT PLANNING AND OVERSIGHT OF BOTH ELEMENTS AND THIS BILL PROVIDES THE FRAMEWORK NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THIS RESULT.+

THE PROPOSALS EMBODIED IN THE BILL CAME FROM TWO SOURCES: THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION AND THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

MR TOPLEY ALSO MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, WHICH PROVIDES FOR TWO AMENDMENTS.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT WOULD ENABLE THE COUNCIL OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC +TO DELEGATE ANY OF ITS POWERS AND DUTIES TO ANY COMMITTEE WHICH IT APPOINTS, SUBJECT TO ANY RESTRICTIONS OR CONDITIONS WHICH THE COUNCIL LAYS DOWN AND TO CERTAIN IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS BEING EXCLUDED FROM THIS POWER OF DELEGATION.+

THE SECOND AMENDMENT WOULD +PROVIDE FOR THE DIRECTOR TO DELEGATE TO ANY PERSON OR COMMITTEE ANY OF HIS POWERS AND DUTIES, INCLUDING THOSE WHICH HAVE BEEN DELEGATED TO HIM BY THE COUNCIL,* MR TOPLEY REPORTED.

HE NOTED THAT UNDER THE PRESENT ORDINANCE, +THERE IS PROVISION FOR THE COUNCIL TO DELEGATE TO THE DIRECTOR ANY OF ITS POWERS, BUT NOT FOR THE FURTHER DELEGATION OF THESE POWERS BY THE DIRECTOR TO ANY OF HIS STAFF.*

DEBATE ON THE BILLS WAS ADJOURNED.

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MORE LAWS FOR WORKERS’ SAFETY * * * *

MORE SAFETY REGULATIONS ARE IN THE PIPELINE FOR THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. J.N. HENDERSON, DISCLOSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE REGULATIONS COVER SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY, PROTECTION OF WORKERS’ HEARING, PROTECTION OF WORKERS WORKING AT HEIGHT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES AND EMPLOYMENT OF SAFETY OFFICERS, HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON, STEPHEN CHEONG WHO ASKED ABOUT STEPS BEING TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ADHERE TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE LABOUR DEPaRWENT, He SAID, IS WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO IMPROVE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN HONG KONG IN THREE MAIN WAYS - BY ENACTING AND ENFORCING SAFETY LEGISLATION, BY EDUCATING INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS ON SAFETY AT WORK, AND BY AROUSING THE SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS OF ALL EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS THROUGH PUBLICITY.

IN THE LEGISLATIVE FIELD, THE MAIN EFFORT LAST YEAR HAD BEEN DIRECTED TOWARDS INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR BREACHES CF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ALL 20 SETS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS.

+l HOPE TO TABLE THE PROPOSED ELECTRICITY SAFETY REGULATIONS IN THIS COUNCIL SHORTLY. ALSO IN THE PIPELINE FOR ENACTMENT ARE THE REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS’ HEARING, THE EMPLOYMENT OF SAFETY OFFICERS, AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS AIMED AT THE PROTECTION CF PERSONS WORKING AT HEIGHT IN CONSTRUCTION SITES,* HE ADDED.

TO ENSURE THAT LEGISLATION IS PROPERLY OBSERVED BY BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE CONDUCTED 55 000 VISITS AND INSPECTIONS TO FACTORIES AND CONSTRUCTION SITES LAST YEAR. IN ADDITION, IT ALSO CARRIED OUT 4 000 INVESTIGATIONS AND FOLLOW-UP VISITS IN CONNECTION WITH INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, RESULTING IN 3 800 PROSECUTIONS AND FINES TOTALLING $4 700 000.

MR HENDERSON SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OFFERED COURSES TO 7 900 PEOPLE LAST YEAR. TRAINING OFFICERS GAVE TALKS ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TO 10 000 WORKERS AND STUDENTS FROM FACTORIES, TRADE ASSOCIATIONS, TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTION, AS WELL AS SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY IS ALSO PLAYING ITS PART BY INCORPORATING SAFETY INSTRUCTION IN ITS TRAINING COURSES.

MR HENDERSON SAID PROGRAMMES TO PROMOTE SAFETY AWARENESS AND ENHANCE SAFETY SENSE AMONG EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN INDUSTRY BECAME MORE SOPHISTICATED AND EXTENSIVE LAST YEAR.

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PEOPLE URGED NOT TO THROW OBJECTS FROM BUILDINGS

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PEOPLE WERE URGED TODAY NOT TO THROW OBJECTS FROM BUILDINGS SO AS NOT TO MAKE LIFE MORE DANGEROUS FOR OTHERS.

+OBVIOUSLY, IT IS IN EVERYONE’S INTEREST IN THIS CROWDED TERRITORY TO DO ALL THEY CAN TO COUNTER THIS THOUGHTLESS AND DANGEROUS ACTIVITY,* THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

DESCRIBING GOVERNMENT ACTION AGAINST THIS HABIT, MR DAVIES SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW, THAT TWO MAIN MEASURES WERE OPEN TO THE GOVERNMENT TO COUNTER +THIS DEPLORABLE AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR.*

THE FIRST WAS POLICE ACTION TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF OBJECTS FALLING FROM HIGH BUILDINGS AND WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO INITIATE THE PROSECUTION OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE.

DETECTION OF SUCH OFFENDERS WAS TIME-CONSUMING WORK, BUT 406 PROSECUTIONS HAD BEEN INITIATED LAST YEAR, MOSTLY IN RESPECT OF CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE SECOND AND MORE IMPORTANT MEASURE WAS PUBLIC PREVENTIVE EDUCATION. THIS WAS BEING DONE THROUGH TELEVISION AND RADIO, AND THROUGH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, AND FURTHER PUBLICITY WAS PLANNED AFTER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL, HE SAID.

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ALL LIFTING APPLIANCES USED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES ARE COVERED BY THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS WHICH REQUIRE THEM TO BE THOROUGHLY EXAMINED AT REGULAR INTERVALS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

A COMPETENT EXAMINER MUST CERTIFY THAT THE EQUIPMENT IS SAFE AFTER EACH EXAMINATION AND FACTORY INSPECTORS, DURING THEIR INSPECTIONS OF CONSTRUCTION SITES, CHECK THE CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE EXAMINERS TO ENSURE THAT THE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN PROPERLY OBSERVED, HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. MRS SELINA CHOW, WHO ASKED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING LIFT DEVICES WHICH HAPPENED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES LAST YEAR COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND ABOUT THE MAIN CAUSES OF THESE ACCIDENTS.

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IN 1980, HE SAID, 83 PEOPLE WERE INJURED AND 10 KILLED DUE TO ACCIDENTS FROM ALL CAUSES INVOLVING THE USE OF ALL TYPES OF POWER-DRIVEN LIFTING APPLIANCES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES. THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR 1981 IS 199 INJURED AND EIGHT KILLED.

ACCIDENTS ATTRIBUTABLE SPECIFICALLY TO THE FAILURE OF THE SUSPENSION SYSTEMS OF LIFTING APPLIANCES IN THE YEARS 1980 AND 1981 WERE THREE DEATHS AND FIVE INJURED AND TWO DEATHS AND SEVEN INJURED RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF ALL LIFTING APPLIANCES ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED IN 1979 AT CONSTRUCTION SITES INDICATED THAT THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF INJURIES INVOLVED THE MANUAL HANDLING OF LOADS SUSPENDED BY LIFTING APPLIANCES WHILE THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF DEATHS WAS CAUSED BY THE FAILURE OF SUSPENSION SYSTEM.

THE CAUSES OF SUCH FAILURES WERE MAINLY POOR MAINTENANCE, OVERLOADING OR UNSAFE WORKING METHODS, SAID MR HENDERSON.

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GOVT CONCERNED ABOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE INFLOW OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LYDIA DUNN, MR DAVIES SAID 54 267 LEGAL IMMIGRANTS ENTERED HONG KONG FROM CHINA IN 1981 WITHOUT ONWARD TRAVEL DOCUMENTS. THIS REPRESENTED A DAILY AVERAGE OF 149. THE FIGURES FOR 1980 WERE SIMILAR.

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MR DAVIES QUOTED THE GOVERNOR IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL OCTOBER 7 LAST YEAR IN WHICH SIR MURRAY SAIDs +AFTER THE FLOOD THE LAST FEW YEARS WE NEED A RESPITE.

+IT W0ULD BE HELPFUL TO REDUCE THE NUMBERS COMING HERE FOR PERMANENT SETTLEMENT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING FOR GENUINE VISITORS WHOSE RETURN TO THEIR HOMES IN CHINA WAS ASSURED.*

MR DAVIES ALSO QUOTED THE GOVERNOR AS SAYING IN HIS ADDRESS LAST YEAR +WE CAN ONLY ACT IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES FOR WHOM I KNOW THIS IS NOT AN EASY MATTER*.

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PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT * * * THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER RE-DESIGNATING THE AREA AROUND STATUE SQUARE AS A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT ON WEEK-ENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, AS WAS DONE SOME YEARS AGO, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID AT LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON WONG LAM.

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MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT * * *

IT WAS CLEARLY APPROPRIATE THAT THE CONCURRENCE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SHOULD BE SOUGHT IN THE CASE OF PROPOSED ACCESSION TO MULTILATERAL TREATIES OF MAJOR SIGNIFICANCE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIS WAS BEING ARRANGED, HE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON FRANCIS TIEN AS TO WHETHER HONG KONG HAD ACCEPTED THE PROTOCOL FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

♦IF SO AGREED, IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR HONG KONG TO ASK >*IG TO SIGN THE PROTOCOL ON OUR BEHALF BY THE END OF JANUARY,♦ HE SAID.

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IMMUNISATION EFFORT DESCRIBED

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TAKING ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES, THROUGH CAMPAIGNS, THE MASS MEDIA AND PERSONAL CONTACTS TO REMIND PARENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPLETING THE IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME AGAINST CHILDHOOD DISEASES.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY THE DIRECTOR, DR THE HON K.L. THONG, SAID PARENTS ATTENDING THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CLINICS WERE CONSTANTLY ADVISED TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN IMMUNISED AGAINST POLIOMYELITIS.

♦THEY ARE FURTHER REMINDED BY POST, TELEPHONE CALLS AND HOME VISITS TO RETURN TO THE CLINICS FOR COMPLETION OF THE IMMUNISATION COURSE FOR THEIR CHILDREN,+ HE SAID.

DR THONG POINTED OUT THAT IN ADDITION, ANNUAL IMMUNISATION CAMPAIGNS AGAINST CHILDHOOD INFECTIOUS DISEASES, INCLUDING POLIOMYELITIS, ARE CARRIED OUT TO BRING THE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

DURING SUCH CAMPAIGNS, TEAMS OF INOCULATORS VISIT HOUSING ESTATES, SQUATTERS, AND POPULATED AREAS TO INOCULATE CHILDREN AND SPEAK TO THE PARENTS ABOUT IMMUNISATION.

IN ADDITION, PAMPHLETS ARE DISTRIBUTED AND SPECIAL TALKS ON THE SUBJECT ARE BROADCAST OVER RADIO AND TV.

EXPERIENCE IN THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CLINICS, SHOWED THAT THE INTENSIVE EFFORTS HAD BEEN QUITE EFFECTIVE, HE SAID.

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QUARTERS FOR DOCTORS * * *

IT WAS ACCEPTED POLICY FOR SUBVENTED HOSPITALS TO BE PROVIDED WITH DOCTORS’ QUARTERS TO MEET THEIR OPERATIONAL NEEDS, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID TODAY.

QUARTERS WERE PROVIDED FOR 80 PER CENT OF MEDICAL STAFF IN THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, BUT IF THERE WERE A SHORTAGE, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR PRIVATE TENANCY ALLOWANCES ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, IN LIEU OF LEASING BY THE HOSPITAL, MR HO SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE REV. HON JOYCE BENNETT, IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

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PRIVATE CLUB LEASES k k k

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT ALL PRIVATE RECREATIONAL LEASES WOULD BE RENEWED, SUBJECT TO THERE HAVING BEEN NO BREACH OF LEASE CONDITIONS, TO THE SITES IN QUESTION NOT BEING REQUIRED FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE AND TO CERTAIN SPECIAL CONDITIONS.

THESE SPECIAL CONDITIONS ARE THAT:

* THE CLUBS ADOPT A MEMBERSHIP POLICY THAT .TOES *OT DISCRIMINATE ON GROUNDS OF RACE, PCLIG!OM OR SEX OR IN THE ORDER IN WHICH ’PLICANTS ARE GIVEN MEMBERSHIP, ALTHOUGH PRIOR'TY MEMBERSHIP MAY BE WARRANTED IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES0

k THE CLUBS SHOULD MAKE THEIR GROUNDS AVAILABLE TO OUTSIDE BODIES WHEN REQUIRED 70 DO SO BY THE AUTHORITY.

MR 3RAY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON F.K. HU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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FACILITIES FOR TAXI CHANGES * * * *

FACILITIES EXIST FOR PASSENGERS TO CHANGE FROM NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS, WHICH HAVE DEFINED OPERATING LIMITS, TO URBAN TAXIS, WHICH CAN OPERATE THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR SCOTT SAID THE NT TAXI BOUNDARY AREAS ARE DEFINED AWAY FROM THE NEW TOWNS FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

* THEY ARE INTENDED TO SERVE THE RURAL AREAS-

k THEY OPERATE AT LOWER FARES THAN URBAN TAXIS-

* MASS CARRIERS ARE BETTER ABLE TO SERVE THE CORRIDORS INTO THE NEW TOWNS- AND

F CLEAR SEPARATION IS NECESSARY TO ENABLE PROPER ENFORCEMENT,

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THE POLICY WAS LAID DOWN BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IN MAY 1976 AND NECESSARY LEGISLATION WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PASSED IN THIS COUNCIL.

MR SCOTT SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF AND SYMPATHISED WITH THE HOPE THAT NT TAXIS SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRAVEL FOR EXAMPLE INTO THE MIDDLE OF SHA TIN- BUT FOR THE REASONS GIVEN, HE DID NOT SEE IT AS PRACTICABLE.

♦THE SITUATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED DURING 1982 AS THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KCR COMES INTO EFFECT, AND WITH THE OPENING OF THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

+THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL ALSO RELEASE BUSES FROM THE CORRIDOR ROUTES FOR DEPLOYMENT ELSEWHERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE SAID.

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PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT TABLED * * * *

tabi ™ F°HRTH R£P0RT 0F THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT, THE HON S.L. CHEN. CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THANKED THE BRANCH SECRETARIES An6 HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS WHO GAVE EVIDENCE TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE ITEMS RELEVANT TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THEIR POSITIVE AND CO-OPERATIVE APPROACH.

+WE CONSIDER IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMITTEE TO MONITOR PROGRESS ON REMEDYING WEAKNESSES IN THE BUREAUCRATIC MACHINERY AND THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES, WHICH ARE BROUGHT TO LIGHT IN THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT AND OUR REPORT, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE IS BEING DONE,* HE SAID.

+WE ALSO CONSIDER IT ESSENTIAL THAT THE AUDIT OF THE ACCOUNTS OF THE GOVERNMENT IS CARRIED OUT TO THE REASONABLE SATISFACTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT.*

MR CHAN HOPED THAT MORE ATTENTION WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THE VAST NUMBER OF PUBLIC BODIES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES +WHO ARE SHARING A FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL SLICE OF THE PUBLIC EXPENDITURE*.

*AS IN THE CASE OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THEY ARE ALSO ACCOUNTABLE TO THE TAXPAYERS FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF THEIR FUNDS,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNOR SEES LAM TIN FIRE SITE * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE RECENT DISASTROUS FIRES WHICH HAD MADE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HOMELESS.

SIR MURRAY WHO VIEWED YESTERDAY’S FIRE SCENE AT LAM TIN FROM THE ROOF TOP OF A HOUSING ESTATE BUILDING SAID HE WAS HORRIFIED BY IT.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, IT REINFORCED HIS DETERMINATION THAT THE PROBLEM OF SQUATTERS MUST BE SOLVED BY BUILDING.

SIR MURRAY SAID: +YOU CANNOT SOLVE IT EXCEPT FROM THE MOST TEMPORARY BASIS BY IMPROVING CONDITIONS IN SQUATTER AREAS.

+IT MUST BE SOLVED BY A FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING PROGRAMME, WHICH THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE GOT HERE.

+AS LONG AS THIS KEEPS GOING THERE WON’T BE ANY SQUATTER AREAS UNLESS THERE IS ANOTHER INFLUX OF PEOPLE FROM CH I NA.+

WHEN ASKED BY A REPORTER WHETHER GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO RENT MORE FACTORY BUILDINGS TO HOUSE FIRE VICTIMS, SIR MURRAY SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THERE WAS PLENTY OF SPACE NOW WITH THE NEW BUILDING IN TUEN MUN WHICH HE SAID COULD TAKE UP TO EIGHT OR TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE PLUS NEW SITES FOR BUILDING IN TAI PO AND CONCEIVABLY IN YUEN LONG.

THESE, HE ADDED, COULD ONLY BE TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS BUT HE SAID IT WAS QUITE ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

EARLIER, SIR MURRAY WAS MET ON ARRIVAL AT THE LAM TIN HOUSING ESTATE BY MR GRAHAM BARNES, REGIONAL SECRETARY (CITY)-MR PANG SING TONG, DISTRICT OFFICER KWUN TONG- MR A.P. ASPREY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (OPERATIONS)- MR M.J. SMITH, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (SQUATTER CONTROL) AND THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR LOK MAN PAN, BEFORE GOING TO THE ROOF-TOP OF BLOCK 22 TO VIEW THE FIRE SCENE.

AFTERWARDS SIR MURRAY CONTINUED ON A TOUR OF OTHER PARTS OF KOWLOON TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE PROGRESS OF THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN BEFORE RETURNING TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CAUSEWAY BAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 8) FOR CONSTRUCTION wORK OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE AND THE LAU SIN STREET

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, LAU SIN STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC. BOTH THE OPEN-AIR CAR PARK AND THE BUS TERMINUS FOR CMB ROUTE NO. 5 NEXT TO THE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED.

CMB ROUTE NO. 5 WILL BE RESITED TO TERMINATE ON-STREET IN WHITFIELD ROAD AND CMB ROUTE NO. 25 TRAVELLING TOWARDS TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA NGAN MOK STREET, LAU LI STREET AND KING’S ROAD. A NEW BUS STOP WILL BE PROVIDED IN NGAN MOK STREET.

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC CURRENTLY TRAVELLING FROM LAU SIN STREET .TO KING’S ROAD AND TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NGAN MOK STREET, LAU LI STREET, KING’S ROAD AND TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED V I.A-ELECTR IC ROAD, YACHT STREET, NGAN MOK STREET, LAU LI STREET, KING’S ROAD AND TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD.

THE EXISTING BUS-ONLY LANE ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN HING FAT STREET AND LAU SIN STREET WILL BE RESCINDED.

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE IMPOSED ON NGAN MOK STREET BETWEEN LAU LI STREET AND KING’S ROAD- YACHT STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND NGAN MOK STREET- AND LAU LI STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND NGAN MOK STREET.

WITHIN THE CLEARWAYS, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY IN NGAN MOK STREET, YACHT STREET AND LAU LI STREET SECTION BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND NGAN MOK STREET.

THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN NGAN MOK STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED AND ALTERNATIVE SITES WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER THE TSING CUNG STREET FLYOVER BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD.

THE TAXI STAND NEXT TO THE CAUSEwAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING wILL BE SUSPENDED AND A NEW TAXI STAND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE UNDER THE TSING FUNG STREET FLYOVER.

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ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN HING FAT STREET AND LAU SIN STREET-AND LAU LI STREET BETWEEN NGAN MOK STREET AND ELECTRIC ROAD WILL BOTH BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

A YELLOW BOX-JUNCTION AND NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLATIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE JUNCTION OF LAU LI STREET AND KING’S ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTOR I STS.

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EPCOM MEMBERS SEE PROBLEM AREAS * * * *

MEMBERS

, 0F E?C0M« ™E ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION WATCHDOG COMMITTEE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOOK A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE PROBLEM AREAS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

.,r£0M MEMBERS, LED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE ^?iyiSB"CHA,RMAN' MR J*L- MARDEN, TOOK TO THE AIR IN TWO HEL COPTERS TO SURVEY SOME OF THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS TAKING PLACE IN THE TERRITORY WHICH COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ^oESL?LI^JNVIR0NMENT- AM0NG THE MEMBERS WERE THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR S.B. REED, AND THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR M. PAGLIARI.

am . IR P*RGT ST0P WAS AT THE NEW COAL-FIRED POWER STATION

*7A^A ISLAND, THE DEVELOPMENT OF WHICH HAS BEEN CLOSELY *^’I0RE? EPCOM. THEY LATER WENT TO SEE THE CASTLE PEAK WWER STATION AT TAP SHEK K0K WHICH HAS BEEN SIMILARLY STUDIED FOR ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

0VER CHEK LAP KOK OFF THE COAST OF LANTAU ISLAND, EPCOM AMBERS SURVEYED THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED AIRPORT. THE MAIN POLLUTANTS HERE WOULD BE NOISE, FROM AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS, AND POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE WITH THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT FROM RECLAMATION AND DUMPING OF DREDGED MUD.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO DEEP BAY TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS OF THE WATERS IN THIS AREA. FROM THERE THEY WENT TO TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND FLEW OVER TOLO HARBOUR. TOLO HARBOUR AND CHANNEL, WITH THE SURROUNDING CATCHMENT AREA AND RIVERS, WILL BE HONG KONG’S FIRST WATER CONTROL ZONE.

ON THEIR RETURN

ON THEIR RETURN TO HONG KONG ISLAND, EPCOM MEMBERS INSPECTED THE LANDSCAPE AND LAY-OUT OF THE PROPOSED NEW TOWN SITE AT JUNK BAY.

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MP VISITS FACTOR IES * * *

MR MICHAEL JOPLING, UK PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOURED A FOOD PRODUCTS FACTORY AND A TEXTILES FACTORY IN KOWLOON.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR T.K. TSE, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR AND MRS JOPLING VISITED WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS LTD AT KWAI CHUNG WHERE THEY WERE MET BY THE COMPANY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR HARRY WONG, AND OTHER SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT.

WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS LTD, ESTABLISHED IN 1969, PRODUCES CHINESE FROZEN DIM-SUM, SPRING ROLL PASTRY AND INSTANT NOODLES FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MARKETS IN NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA.

MR AND MRS JOPLING ALSO VISITED LEIGHTON TEXTILES CO LTD AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, WHERE THEY WERE GREETED BY THE COMPANY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR HENRY LEUNG, WHO ESCORTED THEM ON A TOUR OF THE FACTORY.

THE COMPANY, ESTABLISHED IN 1959, IS ONE OF THE LARGEST GARMENT MANUFACTURERS IN HONG KONG. IT PRODUCES TROUSERS, SHORTS, JACKETS AND WAISTCOATS FOR EXPORT TO THE USA, EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA.

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TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD

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ALL 208 STALLS FOR THE FORTHCOMING TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WERE SOLD AT ABOVE THE UPSET PRICE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY.

TSUEN WAN FAIR IS THE LARGEST FAIR TO BE HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A SITE FOR SALE OF WET GOODS WAS $2 400 AND FOR SALE OF DRY GOODS WAS $1 300. THE UPSET PRICE WAS $50.

THE AUCTION, ORGANISED BY THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF TSUEN WAN, WAS HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND FROM JANUARY 18 TO 25.

THE LAST 126 STALLS FOR THE KWAI CHUNG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE AUCTIONED AT KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL AT LAI FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG, FROM 9 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED

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A MUSICALLY-GIFTED HONG KONG STUDENT WILL SHORTLY BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TWO YEARS FURTHERING HIS OR HER MUSICAL EDUCATION AT THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE HEADMASTER OF THE SCHOOL, MR ALAN QUILTER, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR QUILTER ADDED THAT A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL’S SPECIALIST MUSIC SCHEME HAD BEEN MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF THE CHARLES RAYNER EDUCATIONAL TRUST, ADMINISTERED BY THE HONG KONG BANK TRUSTEE LTD.

ONE OF THE FOUR SPECIALIST SCHOOLS MAKING PROVISION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL TODAY OFFERS HIGHLY-PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL TRAINING ALONGSIDE NORMAL ACADEMIC WORK TO SOME 60 BOYS AND GIRLS, OUT OF A TOTAL OF 480 PUPILS.

♦CHAMBER MUSIC AND STRING PLAYING FORM THE BASIS OF THE MUSIC COURSE,+ SAID MR QUILTER, ADDING THAT +PROVISION IS MADE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL FOR GIFTED PIANISTS AND ORCHESTRAL PLAYERS, WITH MANY OF OUR STUDENTS FURTHERING THEIR STUDIES AT MUSIC COLLEGE OR CONSERVATORY LEVEL.+

AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOLS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CURRENTLY IN HONG KONG, IS HONG KONG BORN VIERNIES SAN, A SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT AT THE WELLS SCHOOL SINCE 1977 WHO WILL LEAD THE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S SEPTET IN THE LAST OF THEIR FOUR PERFORMANCES IN HONG KONG, IN A LUNCHTIME CONCERT AT ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL.

SHE HAS RECENTLY BEEN AWARDED A PLACE AT LONDON’S GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA TO CONTINUE HER MUSICAL STUDIES.

MR QUILTER COMMENTED THAT THIS VISIT TO HONG KONG HAD BEEN A THOROUGHLY STIMULATING EXPERIENCE FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ALIKE. HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE VITAL AND EXPANDING ROLE OF ARTS EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY IN MUSIC AND HE HOPED THAT STRONG LINKS WOULD BE FORGED WITH HONG KONG AS A RESULT OF THIS VISIT.

ALSO ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE MR D. TUDWAY QUILTER, GOVERNOR OF THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL, MR D.B. MINNS OF THE HONG KONG BANK TRUSTEE LTD., MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE AND MR DAVID STONE, THE GOVERNMENT’S MUSIC CONSULTANT.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT FURTHER DETAILS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP, INTENDED FOR A SIXTH FORM STUDENT CURRENTLY STUDYING MUSIC, WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY THROUGH THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE DOCTORS QUICKLY NEEDED, GOVERNOR SAYS .................. 1

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS ....................... 2

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT SCHEME IMPROVED ............................ 6

NEW TERRITORIES TAXI TENDERS ................................ 7

CHALET-TYPE BUILDINGS NEEDED FOR COUNTRY PARKS .............. 8

SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT........................................ 9

SHA TIN HOSPITAL SITE FOR TENDER ............................ 10

DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY LEADERS COURSE BEING HELD IN SHA TIN 11

SPECIAL RUSH-DAY STAMP COUNTERS ............................. 12

EXHIBITION OF CREATIVE WORK OPEN TO ALL ..................... 12

VIOLIN RECITAL AT TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ................... 13

VARIETY SHOW FUN AT ETON TONG................................ 13

KWAI CHUNG LUNAR NES YEAR FAIR SITES

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1P82

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MORE DOCTORS QUICKLY NEEDED, GOVERNOR SAYS * * * *

HONG KONG MUST HAVE MORE DOCTORS, AND THE QUICKER THE BETTER, SAID THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE IN DECLARING OPEN THE CHOH-MING LI BUILDING FOR BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES, AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG THIS AFTERNOON (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AS CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY, SIR MURRAY WELCOMED +THIS FURTHER STEP IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LARGE NEW FACULTY OF MEDICINE THAT WILL FILL A LONG-FELT GAP IN THE UNIVERSITY’S EDUCATIONAL ARRAY.+

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR MURRAY’S SPEECH:

+SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN, DR MA LIN, DR LI, FELLOW MEMBERS OF THIS UNIVERSITY, HONOURED GUESTS,

+IT NOW FALLS TO ME TO PERFORM THE PURELY MANUAL TASK OF OPENING THIS BUILDING.

+AS CHANCELLOR I WELCOME THIS FURTHER STEP IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LARGE NEW FACULTY OF MEDICINE THAT WILL FILL A LONG-FELT GAP IN THE UNIVERSITY’S EDUCATIONAL ARRAY.

+AS GOVERNOR I WELCOME IT TOO BECAUSE, QUITE SIMPLY, HONG KONG MUST HAVE MORE DOCTORS, AND THE QUICKER THE BETTER.

+LIKE MODERN HONG KONG ITSELF, OUR UNIVERSITY IS MAINLY CHINESE AND CHERISHES ITS CHINESE TRADITION, BUT ALSO IT OWES MUCH TO MEN AND THOUGHT AND EXPERTISE FROM OTHER LANDS. SO, TYPICALLY, MANY MEN OF DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE FORMATION OF THIS NEW FACULTY AND THE VICE-CHANCELLOR HAS ELOQUENTLY PAID TRIBUTE TO THEM. BUT IT IS ENTIRELY RIGHT THAT IT SHOULD BEAR THE NAME OF DR CHOH-MING LI, WHO PLANNED FOR THIS FACULTY WHILE PRESIDING OVER THE FIRST DECADE OF OUR UNIVERSITY WITH SUCH SKILL, DEDICATION, AND PANACHE.

+IT IS NOW MY VERY GREAT PLEASURE TO DECLARE OPEN THE CHOH-MING LI BUILDING FOR BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES, AND I WISH ALL SUCCESS TO THE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WHO WORK IN IT.+

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MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS * * * X

THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER 1981 ARE PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE MONEY SUPPLY (ON THE BROADEST DEFINITIONS) ROSE IN NOVEMBER BY LESS THAN IN OCTOBER, THOUGH TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY INCREASED IN NOVEMBER FASTER THAN IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH, AS DOMESTIC INTEREST RATES WERE REDUCED.

IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING NOVEMBER 1981 HK$M3 ROSE BY

1.8 PER CENT, WHILE LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 7.4 PER CENT. THESE GROWTH RATES WERE SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS (2.5 PER CENT AND 7.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY), AND EQUIVALENT TO AN ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF SOME 7 PER CENT IN HK$M3, AND OF SOME 33 PER CENT IN LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG.

TABLE 1 BELOW SETS OUT THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR

NOVEMBER 1981, AND FOR EARLIER MONTHS, FROM THE NEW SERIES OF STATISTICS NOW BEING COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE 1980. THE NEW SERIES IS BEING PUBLISHED EACH MONTH.

TABLE 2 BELOW SETS OUT THE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 1981 FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES OF MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES, COLLECTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANK ING/COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

MONEY SUPPLY - NEW SERIES

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE BROADEST DEFINITIONS IN THE NEW SERIES ROSE ONLY SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER, WITH M3 - TOTAL UP BY 0.8 PER CENT AND HKJM3 UP BY 0.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE INCREASES OF 1.5 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN OCTOBER. DEPOSITS WITH BANKS ROSE BY 2.7 PER CENT IN THE MONTH, WHILE DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 2.1 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG - NEW SERIES

LOANS BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE IN NOVEMBER BY 2.8 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF 0.9 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. LOANS BY BANKS FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE IN NOVEMBER BY 3.0 PER CENT, AFTER REMAINING UNCHANGED IN OCTOBER, WHILE LOANS BY DTCS ROSE BY 2.3 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A RISE OF 3.1 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

FOREIGN ASSETS

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF ALL BANKS (CALCULATED FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES OF STATISTICS) FELL IN NOVEMBER BY $570 MN. AND THOSE OF DTCS FELL BY $686 MN., INDICATING A NET OUTFLOW OF FUNDS FROM THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR OF $1 256 MN., AFTER A NET INFLOW OF $695 MN. IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

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BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE, FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN NOVEMBER TO 54.3 PER CENT FROM 53.9 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE TO 98.4 PER CENT AT THE END OF NOVEMBER FROM 98.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL TO 44.8 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FROM 46.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE TO 63.9 PER CENT AT THE END OF NOVEMBER FROM 61.2 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS ROSE BY 1 IN NOVEMBER TO 119, AND THE NUMBER OF REPORTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ALSO INCREASED BY 1 TO 349.

THE DEFINITIONS OF THE MONEY SUPPLY

ORIGINAL SERIES

Ml NOTES AND COINS WITH THE PUBLIC, PLUS DEMAND DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS.

M2 Ml PLUS SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DTCS, WITH LICENSED BANKS.

M3 M2 PLUS DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DTCS, WITH DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES.

NEW SERIES

Ml - TOTAL NOTES AND COINS WITH THE PUBLIC, PLUS CUSTOMERS’ DEMAND DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS.

M2 - TOTAL Ml PLUS CUSTOMERS’ SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS, PLUS NEGOTIABLE CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT ISSUED BY LICENSED BANKS AND HELD OUTSIDE THE MONETARY SECTOR.

M3 - TOTAL M2 PLUS CUSTOMERS’ DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES PLUS NEGOTIABLE CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT ISSUED BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND HELD OUTSIDE THE MONETARY SECTOR.

HKJM1 )

HK$M2 )

HKJM3 )

NOTES AND COINS PLUS THE HONG KONG DOLLAR-DENOMINATED ELEMENT OF THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF DEPOSIT AND NEGOTIABLE CD AS APPROPRIATE.

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TABLE 1

MONETARY STATISTICS - NEW SERIES t END OF NOVEMBER 1981 (HK$ MN)

MONEY SUPPLY NOV FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS

1981 (* CHANGE)

OCT 1981 AUG 1981

Ml - TOTAL 24 149 23 671 (+2.0*) 23 973 (+0.7*)

HK$ 22 893 22 570 (+1.4*) 22 910 (-0.1*)

M2 - TOTAL 110 972 108 330 (+2.4*) 106 571 (+4.1*)

HK$ 91 757 90 390 (+1.5*) 90 338 (+1.6*)

M3 - TOTAL 171 928 170 601 (+0.8*) 166 556 (+3.2*)

HK$ 141 719 141 196 (+0.4*) 139 156 (+1.8*)

BANKS’ BALANCE SHEETS

DEPOSITS 99 619 96 956 (+2.7*) 95 759 (+4.0*)

NEGOTIABLE

CERTIFICATES OF

DEPOSIT

OUTSTANDING 4 J 417 3 903 (+13.2*) 3 338 (+32.3*)

LOANS AND ADVANCES

FOR USE IN HONG KONG 97 988 95 090 (+3.0*) 91 595 (+7.0*)

FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG

KONG 28 467 29 000 (-1.8*) 29 511 (-3.5*)

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES* BALANCE SHEETS

DEPOSITS 60 101 61 367 (-2.1*) 59 426 (+1.1*)

NEGOTIABLE CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT OUTSTANDING 1 356 1 353 (+0.2*) 980 (+38.4*

LOANS AND ADVANCES :

FOR USE IN HONG KONG 38 402 37 529 (+2.3*) 35 387 (+8.5*)

FOR USE OUTSIDE

HONG KONG 35 092 35 874 (-2.2*) 33 277 (+5.5*)

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TABLE 2

MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES - END OF NOVEMBER 1981 ( HK$ MN)

FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS (% CHANGE)

NOV 1981 OCT 1981 AUG 1981 NOV 1980

Ml 24 Q3O 23 522 (+2.2%) 23 820 (+0.9%) 24 394 (-1.5%)

M2 113 043 110 326 (+2.5%) 108 134 (+4.5%) 95 058 (+18.9%)

M3 174 386 172 939 (+0.8%) 168 432 (+3.5%) 134 117 (+30.0%)

BANKS

DEPOSITS 103 914 100 976 (+2.9%) 98 926 (+5.0%) 86 816 (+19.7%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 124 901 121 743 (+2.6%) 118 665 (+5.3%) 90 865 (+37.5%)

LOAN/ DEPOSIT RATIO 120.2% 120.6% 120.0% 104.7%

average LIQUIDITY RATIO 54.3% 53.9% 50.1% 48.2%

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

DEPOSITS 61 343 62 613 (-2.0%) 60 298 (+1.7%) 39 059 (+57.1%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 45 746 45 513 (+0.5%) 42 043 (+8.8%) 28 689 (+59.5%)

LOAN/ DEPOSIT RATIO 74.6% 72.7% 69.7% 73.5%

average LIQUIDITY RATIO 44.8% 46.5% 44.6% 46.6%

BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING i COMPANIES

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 170 647 167 256 (+2.0%) 160 708 (+6.2%) 119 554 (+42.7%)

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TRAFFIC ACCIDENT SCHEME IMPROVED

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SEVERAL IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME (TAVA) ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE SEVEN-DAY SICK LEAVE QUALIFICATION HAS BEEN RELAXED TO A THREE-DAY REQUIREMENT FOR INJURY CASES, TO ENABLE MORE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS SUSTAINING MINOR INJURIES TO QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE SCHEME.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE LEVEL OF PAYMENTS HAS BEEN RAISED BY 35 PER CENT IN LINE wITH THE INCREASE IN PAYMENT RATES UNDER THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND PAYMENT SCHEDULE, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT LAST MONTH.

FROM MAY 1 THIS YEAR, LEVIES ON VEHICLE AND DRIVING LICENCES WHICH GO INTO THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE FUND WILL BE REDUCED BY 60 PER CENT.

THIS MEANS THAT FOR VEHICLE LICENCES, THE LEVY WILL BE REDUCED FROM $75 TO $30 A YEAR AND THAT FOR DRIVING LICENCES, THE LEVY WILL BE CUT FROM $25 TO $10 PER YEAR.

THE REVISED LEVIES WERE ADOPTED BY RESOLUTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THESE MEASURES WERE INTRODUCED TO ENSURE A BALANCED POSITION EETwEEK REVENUE AND PAYMENTS UNDER THE SCHEME.

+SINCE THE SCHEME WAS IMPLEMENTED ON MAY 1, 1979, IT HAS BECOME APPARENT THAT THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURE ON IT IS EXCESSIVE,+ HE SAID.

♦THE APPLICATION RATE FOR ASSISTANCE AGAINST THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC CASUALTIES REPORTED TO THE POLICE HAS ALSO BEEN LOWER THAN ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED.+

BETWEEN MAY 1979 AND MARCH 1980 THERE WERE 3 832 APPLICATIONS (OR 21.1 PER CENT) AGAINST 18 128 TOTAL CASUALTIES AND BETWEEN APRIL 1980 AND MARCH 1981, 4 964 APPLICATIONS (OR 23 PER CENT) WERE RECEIVED AGAINST 21 556 REPORTED CASUALTIES.

REFERRING TO THE RELAXATION OF THE SEVEN-DAY SICK LEAVE REQUIREMENT TO A THREE-DAY QUALIFICATION, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT BETWEEN MAY 1979 AND MARCH 1980, OUT OF A TOTAL OF 194 APPLICATIONS REJECTED, 129 (OR 66.5 PER CENT) WERE DUE TO THE FACT THAT SICK LEAVE WHICH THE INJURED PARTY WAS GIVEN WAS LESS THAN SEVEN DAYS.

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BETWEEN APRIL 1980 AND MARCH 1981, THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS REJECTED ON THIS GROUND WAS 214 (OR 60.8 PER CENT) OUT OF A TOTAL OF 352 CASES TURNED DOWN.

♦IT IS THEREFORE FELT THAT THE SEVEN-DAY REQUIREMENT SHOULD BE RELAXED TO ALLOW MORE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE THREE-DAY RULE IS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE CURRENT PROVISIONS UNDER THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME,+ HE ADDED.

REFERRING TO THE REDUCTION IN LEVIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER PRESENT REGULATIONS, DRIVING AND VEHICLE LICENCES MAY BE RENEWED AT ANY TIME FOUR MONTHS BEFORE EXPIRY AND THAT SUCH RENEWAL IS EFFECTIVE FROM THE DATE OF EXPIRY.

THEREFORE, WHERE DRIVING OR VEHICLE LICENCES ARE RENEWED IN ADVANCE BEFORE MAY 1, 1982, THE REDUCED LEVY WILL BE CHARGED IN THE CASE OF THOSE RENEWALS WHICH ARE TO BECOME EFFECTIVE ON OR AFTER THAT DATE.

IN ALL OTHER CASES, WHERE THE LICENCES ISSUED ARE EFFECTIVE FROM A DATE UP TO AND INCLUDING APRIL 30, 1982, THE CURRENT RATES OF THE LEVY WILL APPLY.

THERE IS NO STATUTORY PROVISION FOR REFUNDS OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CURRENT AND REVISED RATES IN CASES WHERE PAYMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE FOR RENEWALS EFFECTIVE ON OR AFTER MAY 1, 1982.

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NEW TERRITORIES TAXI TENDERS

* * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT 2 774 TENDERS SEEKING 2 998 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES WERE RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER CLOSED ON DECEMBER 4 LAST YEAR.

THE HIGHEST TENDER WAS $61 200 AND THE LOWEST ACCEPTED BID WAS $35 000.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS OFFERED WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE AVERAGE PREMIUM IN THE LATEST TENDER WAS $41 142.22, COMPARED WITH AN AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $53 019.87 IN THE °REVIOUS TENDER IN SEPTEMBER, A DECREASE OF ABOUT 22 PER CENT.

LETTERS WILL BE SENT OUT TODAY TO SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS.

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CHALET-TYPE BUILDINGS NEEDED FOR COUNTRY PARKS

SERVICE CLUBS COULD PARTICIPATE IN THE COUNTRY PARKS PROGRAMME BY DEDICATING SMALL BUILDINGS SUCH AS SIMPLE CHALET-TYPE ACCOMMODATION FOR BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO HOLIDAY IN, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR JOHN WHOLEY, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY)«

IDEALLY THESE SHOULD BE FUNDED, DESIGNED, SUPERVISED AND CONSTRUCTED BY THE SPONSORS, USING THE SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL TALENT USUALLY AVAILABLE IN SUCH CLUBS, MR WHOLEY ADDED.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF HONG KONG HARBOUR.

THE LIONS CLUB OF

MR WHOLEY SAID: +SUCH CHALETS MIGHT COST $100 000 EACH, EXCLUSIVE OF LAND, AND THE SPONSORSHIP OF ONE OR MORE UNITS MIGHT PROVIDE A SERIOUS BUT WORTHWHILE CHALLENGE TO FUND-RAISING OFFICERS IN CLUBS SUCH AS LIONS.+

HE ADDED THAT PARTICIPATION IN COUNTRY PARKS WORK BY PERSONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE WAS ALREADY FINDING ACCEPTANCE IN SOME SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AS THE STATUTORY COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE 40 000 HECTARES OF LAND NOW DESIGNATED AS COUNTRY PARKS.

LAST YEAR MORE THAN 6.8 MILLION VISITOR DAYS WERE RECORDED IN THE COUNTRY PARKS SYSTEM, WHERE SOME 2 500 TONNES OF LITTER WERE LEFT BEHIND AND 196 HILLFIRES HAD TO BE DEALT WITH.

THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT THESE TOTALS WILL BE EXCEEDED THIS YEAR, MR WHOLEY SAID.

+WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE OR TWO REMOTE AREAS, ALL THE COUNTRY PARKS ARE NOW UNDER PROPER MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION, AND WORK IS CONTINUING TO PROVIDE THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WHICH ARE SO POPULAR WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE,+ HE SAID.

WHILE ALL THE MANAGEMENT WORK IS DONE BY PUBLIC SERVANTS WITH PUBLIC FUNDS, THERE ARE AREAS OF WORK WHERE PUBLIC FUNDS ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE AND WHERE PRIVATE PARTICIPATION BY WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS OR COLLECTIVELY, BY PUBLIC-SPIRITED SERVICE CLUBS SUCH AS LIONS COULD MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO FACILITIES AND MANAGEMENT OF COUNTRY PARKS, HE SAID.

SEVERAL ORGANISATIONS HAVE ALREADY PROVIDED ASSISTANCE WITH PUBLICITY BY SPONSORING DESCRIPTIVE COUNTRY PARKS PAMPHLETS.

GENEROUS ASSISTANCE HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN BY THE LIONS CLUB AND OTHER SERVICE CLUBS IN PROVIDING TRADITIONAL CH INESE-STYLE PAGODAS IN SOME OF THE COUNTRY PARKS.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1982

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♦A MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENT WAS THE LIONS WOOD PROJECT AT QUARRY BAY WHERE LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL AND MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS CHAPTERS OF LIONS CLUBS IN HONG KONG HAVE PLEDGED ASSISTANCE IN A TREE PLANTING FESTIVAL TO BE HELD THIS SPRING.

♦PARTICIPATION BY PERSONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE IS A NEW IDEA WHICH IS NOW FINDING ACCEPTANCE ALBEIT RATHER SLOWLY IN SOME SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY.

♦NEVERTHELESS, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS TYPE OF ASSISTANCE INCREASE AS OUR PARK RANGER SERVICE GAINS STRENGTH AND NUMBERS TO SUPERVISE AND ASSIST GROUPS OF VOLUNTARY WORKERS,* MR WHOLEY SAID.

LAST SUMMER 1 400 SCHOOL CHILDREN PARTICIPATED IN THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT/EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FORESTRY WORK CAMPS DURING WHICH THEY SPENT AT LEAST HALF A DAY PICKING LITTER IN A COUNTRY PARK.

FOLLOWING A SEMINAR ON CONSERVATION, 28 HIKING GROUPS REGISTERED AND HAVE AGREED TO ASSIST IN THE CLEANING OF THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL AND OTHER REMOTE FOOT-PATHS.

IN NOVEMBER 1 900 PEOPLE FROM 19 GROUPS ASSISTED IN THIS WAY WHILE LAST MONTH 4 834 PEOPLE FROM 17 GROUPS JOINED IN THE WORK.

MR WHOLEY SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE AND MORE GROUPS TAKING PART IN +LITTER COLLECTION WALKS+ OR +PATH CLEARING EXPEDITIONS* AS A PERSONAL SERVICE TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY PARKS.

HE SAIDt +SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP WILL BE NEEDED FOR TRANSPORT, LUNCHES AND EQUIPMENT FOR THESE ACTIVITIES.

♦ULTIMATELY WE WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS OR PART TIME LEADERS FOR SUCH GROUP FOR THERE IS NO REASON WHY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE THESE ON THE SCALE NEEDED.+

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SALT WATER SUPPLY CUT

* * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN INDUSTRIAL ZONE AREA 12, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL BE TEMPORARILY CUT OFF FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 9) TO 4 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 11) FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1982

10

SHA TIN HOSPITAL SITE FOR TENDER

* * * *

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS OFFERING FOR SALE BY TENDER A SHA TIN SITE FOR DEVELOPMENT AS A PRIVATE HOSPITAL.

THE SITE, LOCATED CLOSE TO THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, MEASURES 1.922 HECTARES.

UNDER THE SALE CONDITIONS THE PURCHASER IS REQUIRED TO BUILD A 200 TO 600-BED HOSPITAL AND STAFF QUARTERS, TO BE COMPLETED wITHIN FIVE YEARS.

TENDERS OFFERING PREMIUM OF LESS THAN $30 MILLION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

ALSO BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER IS A YUEN LONG SITE MEASURING 4 774 SQUARE METRES.

IT IS RESTRICTED TO DANGEROUS GOODS GODOWN AND GENERAL GOODS GODOWN USE AND IS SITUATED IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE BUILDING COVENANT IS $32 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH SITES CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 19.

TWO OTHER TUEN MUN SITES ARE BEING DISPOSED OF BY LETTER A/B TENDER AND SHORT TERM TENANCY.

ONE, MEASURING 24 407 SQUARE METRES IN THE NEW TOWN CENTRE, IS FOR NON INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

THERE IS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $250 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS.

BIDS SHOULD REACH THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION BEFORE NOON ON MARCH 12.

THE OTHER, MEASURING 8 400 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR OPEN STORAGE USE, INCLUDING NEW MOTOR VEHICLES AND EMPTY CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR MINIMUM AND APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON JANUARY 22.

SALE CONDITIONS AND TENDER NOTICES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE EIGHT DISTRICT OFF ICES.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1982

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DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY LEADERS COURSE BEING HELD IN SHA TIN *****

A ONE-WEEK TRAINING COURSE TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY LEADERS IS NOW BEING HELD IN SHA TIN.

THE COURSE, WHICH IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE LOCALITY, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE COMMUNITY WORK SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

IT IS BEING ATTENDED BY 65 OFFICE-BEARERS OF PUBLIC HOUSING MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OF THE YIN NGA I SOCIETY. THE ORIGINAL PLAN FOR THE COURSE WAS TO CATER FOR 60 PARTICIPANTS.

THE COURSE STARTED WITH A SEMINAR LAST MONDAY. THERE WILL BE A SECOND SEMINAR THIS EVENING (THURSDAY) AT LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AND A CLOSING CEREMONY ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 10) AT THE CHUNG CHI COLLEGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AT WHICH UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR HO KAM-FAI, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO PARTICIPANTS.

EMPHASIS OF THE COURSE IS ON LEADERSHIP TRAINING, AND TOPICS INCLUDE COMMUNITY BUILDING, DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT, COMMITTEE WORK, PUBLIC SPEAKING, CHAIRMANSHIP, PROGRAMME PLANNING AND GROUP DYNAMICS.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER AND LECTURER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, MR ANDREW WONG WANG-FAT, A SENIOR LECTURER OF THE UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK, MRS EVA KO- ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG- AND AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, MISS MARGARET CHOW.

THE COST OF RUNNING THE COURSE IS JUST UNDER $4 000 WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

AN EVALUATION OF THE COURSE WILL BE HELD LATER TO DECIDE WHETHER SIMILAR COURSES SHOULD BE RUN IN THE FUTURE.

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SPECIAL RUSH-DAY STAMP COUNTERS * * *

SPECIAL STAMP COUNTERS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR NORMAL BUSINESS IN A NUMBER OF POST OFFICES ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 12), IN EXPECTATION CF THE RUSH FOR THE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON THE +PORT OF HONG KONG-PAST AND PRESENT*, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

ALTHOUGH STAFF WILL BE CONSIDERABLY INCREASED TO COPE WITH THE DEMAND FOR THE STAMPS, LONG QUEUES ARE BOUND TO EXIST AND THE PUBLIC ARE ASKED TO SHOW THEIR USUAL TOLERANCE AND, IF POSSIBLE, TO TRANSACT THEIR BUSINESS ON THE DAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE STAMPS GO ON SALE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SPECIAL COUNTERS FOR NORMAL BUSINESS WILL BE SET UP AND NOTICES TO THIS EFFECT WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES:

ON HONG KONG ISLAND:

GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, MORRISON HILL, NORTH POINT, QUEEN’S ROAD AND SHEUNG WAN.

IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES:

KOWLOON CENTRAL, CHEUNG SHA WAN, GILLIES AVENUE,

KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO, TSIM SHA TSUI AND TSUEN WAN.

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EXHIBITION OF CREATIVE WORK OPEN TO ALL * * * *

AN EXHIBITION OF CREATIVE WORK BY SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE IN NORTH POINT.

+ONE SECTION OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE DEVOTED TO SELECTED ART WORK BY FORM FIVE AND MIDDLE FIVE STUDENTS AND SHOULD BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS PREPARING FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION IN ART,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER CREATIVE WORKS ON DISPLAY WILL INCLUDE PAINTINGS, NEEDLEWORK AND OTHER CRAFTS BY PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS, AND PAINTINGS BY KINDERGARTEN PUPILS, HE SAID.

WINNING ENTRIES, PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FOR THE SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMME 1981 WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF PAINTINGS BY JAPANESE CHILDREN.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE ALL WELCOME TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BE OPEN DURING OFFICE HOURS FROM JANUARY 28 TO FEBRUARY 13.

THE ADDRESS OF THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE IS 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, AND THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON THE FOURTH AND FIFTH FLOORS.

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13

VIOLIN RECITAL AT TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL

* * * *

LOCAL VIOLINIST JULIA HSIAO WILL GIVE A RECITAL FOR THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ON FEBRUARY 9 AT 7.30 PM IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL.

JULIA HSIAO WON A SCHOLARSHIP IN 1973 TO FURTHER HER MUSIC STUDIES IN THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC.

SHE STUDIED UNDER VIOLINIST CLARENCE MYERSCOUGH, WHOSE TYPICAL FRENCH STYLE HAS A STRONG INFLUENCE ON HER PLAYING.

SHE HAS GIVEN SEVERAL RECITALS AND IS NOW ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER IN THE STRING SECTION OF THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

IN THE COMING RECITAL, SHE WILL PLAY A NUMBER OF MASTER WORKS INCLUDING CESAR FRANCK’S +SONATA IN A MAJOR*, SARASATE’S +ROMANZA ANDULUZA+ AND +ZIGEUNERWEISEN+, CHAN KONG’S +THE GOLDEN MANTELPIECE*, +MORNING AT MIAO LING* AND +SUNSHINE ON TA ZA KU ER GAN*.

TICKETS AT $7 ARE ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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VARIETY SHOW FUN AT KWUN TONG

* * * *

KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WILL SHARE THE FUN IN A VARIETY SHOW WHICH WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 9) FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM AT THE DELIA MEMORIAL SCHOOL HALL, IN YUET WAH STREET, KWUN TONG.

ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE SHOW IS AIMED AT AROUSING THE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME, ESPECIALLY WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A LION DANCE, SONGS BY EMI SINGERS AND THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, A DRAMA, +HAY KUNG+ PERFORMANCES AND AN ORIENTAL DANCE.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT WILL BE THE PRESENTATION OF THE MODEL CITIZENS’ AWARD AS WELL AS THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES TO WINNERS OF BOTH THE POSTER AND SLOGAN-DESIGN COMPETITIONS.

OFFICIATING WILL BE MR PETER PANG SING-TONG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG) AND MR R.T. SULLIVAN, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, TOGETHER WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

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14

KWAI CHUNG LUNAR NEW * * *

YEAR FAIR SITES *

ONE-HUNDRED-AND-THREE OUT OF 126 STALL SITES FOR THE

YEAR A

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 19^2

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRADE ISSUES DISCUSSED ....................................... 1

MRS ATKINS VISITS YWCA ....................................... 1

MR ATKINS IMPRESSED BY HOSPITAL WORK.......................... 2

NEED TO KEEP PACE WITH CHANGING TECHNOLOGY STRESSED........... 2

MANPOWER TRAINING POLICY PRAISED.............................. 3

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WORKS ................................ 4

GENERAL HOLIDAYS LIST......................................... 5

’KEEP-CLEAN’ PUBLICITY EFFORT AT WONG TAI SIN ................ 6

SOCCER AND FIGHT-CRIME MESSAGE ............................... 6

HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AT FESTIVAL ...................... 7

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

MUSIC CAMP FOR SAI KUNG CHILDREN ............................. 8

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1982

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TRADE ISSUES DISCUSSED * * *

THE LORD PRIVY SEAL, THE RT HON HUMPHREY ATKINS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, MET THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY -JND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD AND MEMBERS OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD AT A WORKING LUNCHEON TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY DISCUSSED ISSUES RELATING TO TWO-WAY TRADE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND BR.TAIN, INCLUDING THE IMPORTANCE Off HONG KCNG AS A MARKET FOR BR I "A IN AND THE FUTURE HK/EEC TEXTILES BiLATERAL NEGOTIATIONS. OTHERS ATTENDING THE LUNCHEON MEETING WERE SENIOR CFFICI-LS ACCOMPANYING MR ATKINS AND MEMBERS OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

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MRS ATKINS VISITS YWCA

MRS HUMPHREY ATKINS, WIFE OF THE LORD PRIVY SEAL, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE YWCA IK MACDONNELL ROAD.

SHE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN.

MRS ATKINS WAS BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION IN HONG KONG BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF YWCA, MISS KO SIU-WAH. ALSO PRESENT WERE TWO VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION, MRS MABEL WONG AND MRS TAN JEN-CHIU.

AMONG OTHER SERVICES, THE YWCA OPERATES FOUR NURSERIES FOR 470 CHILDREN BETWEEN TWO AND SIX YEARS OF AGE. TWO NEW NURSERIES WILL SOON BE OPENED.

THE ASSOCIATION ALSO RUNS 11 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRES AND ONE SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDE'LY.

IT ALSO RUNS ONE KINDERGARTEN, FOUR EVENING SCHOOLS, FOUR CENTRES PROVIDING ADULT EDUCATION TRAINING CLASSES, A-.D A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISED ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL FOR MORE THAN 703 STUDENTS.

MRS ATKINS LATER CROSSED THE HARBOUR TO KOWLOON TO VISIT THE ANNE BLACK YWCA CENTRE AND GUEST HOUSE IN HO FAN TIN.

HER FINAL S’OP BEFORE RETURNING TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE WAS THE YWCA’S MAUR H-E GRANTHAM NURSERY CENTRE IN YAU YAT CHUEN, WHICH PROVIDES D Y-CARE SEPVICZ FOR 120 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN TWO AND FIVE.

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MR ATKINS IMPRESSED BY HOPSITAL WORK

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THE LORD PRIVY SEAL, THE RT. 'HON. HUMPHREY ATKINS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY VISITED QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, THE LARGEST ACUTE HOSPITAL IN THE COMMONWEALTH TO SEE HOW THE GOVERNMENT RENDERS MEDICAL CARE TO THE PEOPLE.

MR ATKINS WAS BRIEFED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG AND THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT, DR S.L. CHAN.

THE PARTY WAS SHOWN AROUND THE CASUALTY DEPARTMENT.

MR ATKINS SAID LATER THAT HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED BY THE hEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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NEED TO KEEP PACE WITH CHANGING TECHNOLOGY STRESSED

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IN

TO KEEP

AN AGE OF RAPIDLY-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY, IT IS NECESSARY ..Ywoi.rcno’’ J2<-DJTE^AND TH,S APPL,ES PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF TODAYT(Fr1lIy) D,RECT0R °F EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID

V THE COMPUTER CENTRE AT LEE WAI

TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR HAYE SAID THAT IT WAS WITH THIS IN ™N2..IeAT.A COMPUTER WAS INSTALLED SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT EnE2JEL!!!PM2IRI AND C0MMERCE COULD BE TAUGHT HOW TO USE THEM AND BE AWARE OF THEIR POTENTIAL AND THEIR LIMITATIONS.

(<5 £T LEE WA’ LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

12cC$*RECTED TO THE OTHER FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND ^5OJE^?,HALJEACHERS’ COLLEGE THROUGH TELEPHONE LINKS. IN ALL THERE ARE 31 TERMINALS.

W,LL ’"‘TIALLY BE USED TO SERVE THE GENERAL 225PHLE»JPUS»I,ON NEEDS 0F STUDENTS IN A WIDE RANGE OF DISCIPLINES. THE COM?NGSSEPTEMB£RY C0W>UTER STUD,ES W,LL BE INTRODUCED IN

TEM nARS A®° THERE WAS 0NLY °NE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND NOW THERE WERE FIVE WITH MORE BEING PLANNED.

AUCD ,N THE F,VE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IS NOW

STUDENTS AND THEY ARE MAKING A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO

I”E PROVISION °F EDUCATED AND TRAINED MANPOWER NEEDED BY THE MANUFACTURING, BUSINESS AND SERVICE INDUSTRIES,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

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MANPOWER TRAINING * * *

POLICY PRAISED ft

HONG KONG’S RAPIDLY-CHANGING AND DYNAMIC ECONOMY CONTINUES TO DEMAND AN EQUALLY DYNAMIC MANPOWER TRAINING STRUCTURE AND SYSTEM CAPABLE OF RESPONDING TO ITS CHANGING NEEDS.

THIS

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR S’^DUSTRI AL TRAINING) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR HORACE KNIGHT, IN A TALK ON +MANPOWER TRAINING IN THE 80’S* AT TODAYC(FR? M£jT,NG 0F THE R0TARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH

™E TAI;K’ MR KN,GHT REVIEWED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF N THE RAST DECADE AND FORECAST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FUTURE.

KONG, HE POINTED OUT, HAS A SOUND POLICY WHICH

EGGENT,AL for ANY EFFORT AIMED AT BRINGING ABOUT MORE AND BETTER TRAINING, GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON MANPOWER TRAINING HAS BEEN BASED ON ~

GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE RESPONSIBILITY.

THE PRINCIPLE SECTOR HAVE A

THAT BOTH CLEARLY DEFINED

WHILE IT IS DESIRABLE AND ESSENTIAL THAT HONG KONG HAS THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION FACILITIES TO MEET THE MANPOWER DEMAND OF ITS ECONOMY, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT SUCH FACILITIES SHOULD BE PLANNED ON THE BASIS OF A RELIABLE ASSESSMENT OF THE DEMAND.

SINCE 1973 THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ASSESSING THE MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY HAS FALLEN ON THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WHOSE TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE TO ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON +THE MEASURES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF MANPOWER TRAINING GEARED TO MEET THE DEVELOPING NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY+.

MUCH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED IN THE MANPOWER TRAINING SCENARIO RA8I DECADE» w KNIGHT CONTINUED. ON THE COUNCIL’S ^£2’£E.2DAT,ONi HE ADDED» GOVERNMENT BUILT FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN ADDITION TO MORRISON HILL BETWEEN 1975 AND A S,XTH» AT TUEN MUN, IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1984.

IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE POLYTECHNIC HAS UNDERGONE IN EXPANSION UNPARALLELED IN SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE UNIVERSITIES TOO HAVE EXPANDED.

ON THE ADVICE OF THE COUNCIL AND AT THE REOUFST OF thf CLOTHING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES, GOVERNMENT SET UP IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AND THE SHFMFSCFOfiNTilF?oSIccDlrT!uJNG AUTH0R ’TY T0 ORGANISE TRAINING SCHEMES FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE INDUSTRIES.

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THE FIRST TRAINING CENTRES RUN BY THE AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN IN SUCCESSFUL OPERATION SINCE 1977 AND BOTH AUTHORITIES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING THEIR SECOND TRAINING CENTRES.

ALSO ON THE ADVICE CF THE COUNCIL, GOVERNMENT ENACTED IN 1976 THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN THE CORNERSTONE FOR ORGANISED APPRENTICE TRAINING IN HONG KONG.

GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO ACCEPTED THE COUNCIL’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TRAINING CENTRES FOR THE ELECTRONICS, PLASTICS, TEXTILES, THE HOTEL AND CATERING, THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIR AND SERVICING, AND THE PRINTING INDUSTRIES AS WELL AS SCHEMES FOR PROVIDING BASIC TRAINING IN KEY ENGINEERING TRADES AND POST-GRADUATE TRAINING FOR ENGINEERING GRADUATES.

MR KNIGHT POINTED OUT THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROPOSED NEW VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WAS ALSO THE RESULT CF A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE COUNCIL.

WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT Oc THE VTC, THE COUNCIL WILL LAPSE AFTER A JOB WELL DONE, HE SAID.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WORKS * * * *

THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SITE FORMATION, ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE WORKS FORM PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE SAID ABOUT NINE HECTARES OF LAND WOULD BE FORMED NEAR SHEUNG KENG HAU FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES.

ASSOCIATED WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ACCESS ROAD AND A SECTION OF BOX CULVERT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN MARCH AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT, FORMING PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 1.2 KILOMETRES CF DISTRIBUTOR ROADS TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED DRAINS AND SEWERS.

ON COMPLETION, THE RO OS •■'ILL PROVIDE ACCESS FROM LUNG MUN ROAD TO BUTTERFLY ESTATE L THE SOUTH-WESTERN PART CF THE NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL COMMENCE IN APRIL AND ILL TAKE ABOUT 17 M THS TO CC.-.PLETE.

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GENERAL HOLIDAYS LIST * * *

FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS FOR 1982 REPUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE LIST WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF JANUARY 2 LAST YEAR.

THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 17 GENERAL HOLIDAYS, EXCLUDING SUNDAYS.

THE GENERAL HOLIDAYS ARE »

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JANUARY LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY

THE SECOND DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

THE THIRD DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

CHING MING FESTIVAL

GOOD FRIDAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING GOOD FRIDAY

EASTER MONDAY

THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE

TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JULY

THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST

THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST, WHICH SHALL BE LIBERATION DAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS DAY

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

DAY

- FRIDAY, JANUARY 1

- MONDAY, JANUARY 25

- TUESDAY, JANUARY 26

- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27

- MONDAY, APRIL 5

- FRIDAY, APRIL 9

- SATURDAY, APRIL 10

- MONDAY, APRIL 12

- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

- FRIDAY, JUNE 25

- THURSDAY, JULY 1

- MONDAY, AUGUST 2

- MONDAY, AUGUST 30

- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

- MONDAY, OCTOBER 25

- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25

- MONDAY, DECEMBER 27

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•keep-clea:.” publicity effort at wong tai sin

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A MAJOR PUBLICITY EFFORT WILL BE STAGED ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 10) BY THE WONQ TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND SEVERAL OTHER GROUPS TO PUBLICISE THE ‘YEAR-END CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN’ AND THE ‘RESTAURANT AND CAFES CLEANLINESS COMPETITION’ IN CONNECTION WITH THE CITY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

STARTING WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY AT THE OPEN SPACE CUTSIDE CHOI WAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING UNIT, PERFORMED BY THE AREA’S CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AND RESIDENTS, THE DAY’S EVENTS WILL INCLUDE A LION DANCE, AND A PARADE OF TWO ’CLEANING SQUADS’ OF SCHOOL CHILDREN AROUND THE CHOI WAN AND CHOI HUNG ESTATES AND DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS TO RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

FOLLOWING THE GENERAL CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WHICH IS ALREADY UNDERWAY IN THE AREA. JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE O’ JANUARY 15 (FRIDAY) OF THE ’RESTAURANTS AND CAFES CLEANLINESS COMPETITION.’

♦AN INSPECTION TEAM MADE UP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEP. TI-EHTS An THE AREA COMMITTEES WILL SELECT THE WII.EER CF T.E COMPETITION,* A SPOKESMAN FOP. THE CDO SAID.

PRIZES WILL EE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS ON JANUARY 17.

OTHER GROUPS TAKING P..3T IN THE PUBLICITY EFFORT ARE

THE CHOI Hl 3 AUD CHOI WAN ESTATE OFFICES, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE URBAH SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE RELEVANT AREA COMMITTEES.

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SOCCER AND FIGHT-CRIME MESSAGE

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AN INTER-SCHOOL, MINI-SOCCER TOURNAMENT, AIMED ALSO AT PROMOTING THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE AMONG YOUNG PEC.--E, WILL BE HELD AT THE HARD-SURFACED FOOTBALL PITCH CF Al‘ G GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK, EASTERN STREET, HONG KONG, ON O'. DAY (JANUARY 10).

THE ’INTER-SCHOOL MINI-SOCCER TOURNAMENT’ IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY T; CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT CTICE AND THE AREA’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

EIGHT SECONDARY SCHOOLO WILL PARTICIPATE If! THE TOURNAMENT.

TH" OPENII CEREMONY '-’ILL BE HELD AT 9.00 .'"0 OFFICIATED

BY THE CITY DIST.ICT CFFIC MR EDDY C". ', Tl ? ? '.ICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS ' '•I'?" 3 AND DIET. ICT F.'VT '.I ME C' WIT. .E MEM-.RS.

7HI ’’ ILL FOLLOWED F I"?Y F“ IT’"'.'.' . 'TWEEN

COUTH CHIN VET.......... 0’ ' 1 .. ' JUBILEE OP .'«$ Cc'T ’S

COAC. -.S’ TE ..

ALL AR! ELOO' AAD ' IS IS 7 EE.

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HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AT FESTIVAL * * *

THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL TAKE PART IN THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL BY PERFORMING AT 2.30 PM AND 7.30 PM ON FEBRUARY 7 IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM.

THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA WAS FORMED IN 1977 BY THE URBAN COUNCIL TO MEET THE INCREASING NEEDS OF CHINESE MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS.

OVER THE YEARS IT HAS DEVELOPED A LIVELY AND MODERN STYLE IN PRESENTING CHINESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND HAS EARNED A REPUTATION AS A UNIQUE MUSIC ENSEMBLE.

UNDER THE BATON OF ITS MUSIC DIRECTOR NG TAI-KONG, THE ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY +DRAGON DANCE*, +EARTHQUAKE+, +FISH DANCE*, ♦THE WOODCUTTER’S SONG*, ^VARIATION OF THE HONG LAKE*, *XINJIANG DANCE* AND * INTERLOCK ING RINGS*.

TSUI WAH-NAM WILL GIVE AN ER-HU SOLO +THE LITTLE ROOSTER*, WHILE ANNE CHENG, A MEZZO-SOPRANO, WILL SING CHINESE FOLK MELODIES.

TICKETS AT S3 (FOR STUDENTS), $10, >15 AND $20 ARE ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, SPACE MUSEUM ASTRONOMY BOOKSHOP AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE M M M

MURRAY BARRACKS CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL CLOSED FROM 12.01 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY A CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY THE POLICE.

BE TEMPORARILY (JANUARY 10) FOR

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MUSIC CAMP FOR SAI KUNG CHILDREN

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ABOUT 180 YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS WILL ATTEND A WEEK-END MUSIC TRAINING CAMP AT SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THEY ARE MEMBERS OF SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, THE SING AND PLAY GROUP AND THE BALLET CLASS.

THE CAMP HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE CHOIR MANAGEMENT WITH SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORSHIP.

LAST YEAR, THE CHOIR WAS WELL RECEIVED AT LOCAL EVENTS, INCLUDING THE SAI KUNG BEACH CLEANING DAY, THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL NIGHT AND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

BESIDES MUSICAL TRAINING, THE CAMP WILL INCLUDE GROUP ACTIVITIES, GAMES, DANCING, A DRAMA COMPETITION, POTTED SPORTS AND TALKS.

EACH CHILD ATTENDING PAYS A NOMINAL FEE OF $2.

SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WAS INAUGURATED IN MARCH 1980, TO ENCOURAGE MUSICAL TALENT IN THE DISTRICT AND TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL OUTLETS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN.

IT NOW HAS 110 MEMBERS WHO ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS, TEENAGER (AGED 11 TO 15) AND YOUNGER (AGED 8 TO 10).

A BOARD OF AFFAIRS WAS FORMED LAST YEAR TO LOOK AFTER THE CHOIR. IT HAS A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEES, LOCAL SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE SING AND PLAY GROUP, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY PART OF THE CHOIR, HAS BEEN MANAGED BY SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD SOCIAL SERVICE SUB-COMMITTEE SINCE JULY LAST YEAR.

IT HAS 40 MEMBERS AGED FROM SIX TO 14 YEARS.

THE BALLET CLASS IS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD CULTURE RECREATION AND SPORT SUB-COMMITTEE AND HAS MORE THAN 40 MEMBERS.

WHEN THE CAMP WAS HELD LAST YEAR IT WAS ATTENDED BY 150 YOUNGSTERS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO-

LORD PRIVY SEAL VISITS NEW TOWN ............................. 1

HONG KONG REPRESENTED AT SINGAPORE AIRPORT PLANNING SYMPOSIUM 1

IMPORTANCE OF TRADE FACILITATION STRESSED ................... 2

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TUNG CHAU STREET ....................... J

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NT AND KOWLOON .................. 4

NEW PLATFORMS FOR LO WU STATION ............................. 4

ROLLER SKATING OPEN COMPETITION ............................. 5

FIRING PRACTICE

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 19&?

1

LORD PRIVY SEAL VISITS NEW TOWN * * * * *

THE LORD PRIVY SEAL, MR HUMPHREY ATKINS AND MRS ATKINS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, VISITED THE NEW TERRITORIES TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE VISIT STARTED WITH A HELICOPTER TOUR OVER LAMMA ISLAND, KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT, TSING Yl ISLAND, TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN, THE PROPOSED AIRPORT SITE AT CHEK LAP KOK, TAP SHEK KOK POWER STATION AND TUEN MUN.

GREETING THE LORD PRIVY SEAL AND THE GOVERNOR WHEN THEY LANDED AT TUEN MUN WERE THE DI STR ICT, OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR T.S. NG, WHO GAVE A DETAILED BRIEFING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN FROM THE ROOF OF A MULTI-STOREY BUILDING.

AFTER TUEN MUN, MR ATKINS AND SIR MURRAY HAD ANOTHER HELICOPTER TOUR ALONG THE BORDER AREA, LANDING AT MAN KAM TO FOR A BRIEFING BY THE ARMY.

THEY LATER FLEW TO ISLAND HOUSE FOR LUNCH WITH THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES AND MRS AKERS-JONES, AND OTHER SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THEY VISITED WO CHE ESTATE, SHA TIN, WHERE THEY WERE MET BY STAFF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

THE LORD PRIVY SEAL AND MRS ATKINS ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 3). THEY LEFT FOR CHINA ON MONDAY, RETURNING TO HONG KONG YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) FOR A THREE-DAY VISIT.

THEY LEAVE FOR SEOUL TOMORROW.

HONG KONG REPRESENTED AT SINGAPORE AIRPORT PLANNING SYMPOSIUM ******

HONG KONG WILL TAKE PART IN THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON AIRPORT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT TO BE HELD IN SINGAPORE FROM JANUARY 11 TO 13.

REPRESENTING HONG KONG AT THE SYMPOSIUM WILL BE MR G.T. OLIVER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL AMD PLANNING, AND MR J.R. ADDERLEY, OFFICER (REPLACEMENT AIRPORf) OF THE CIVIL AVIATION

DE ■ AR IMENT•

OBJECTIVE OF THE SYMPOSIUM IS TO PROVIDE AN INSIGHT INTO THE PLANNING, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE RECENTLY OPENED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT CHANG I, SINGAPORE.

THE DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN MUCH IN COMMON WITH ^^.AE!MENT A,RP0RT pOR HONG KONG AT NORTH LANTAU INVOLVE THE EXCAVATION OF CHEK LAP KOK ISLAND AND OF ADJACENT WATERS.

THE PROPOSED WHICH WILL THE RECLAMATION

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IMPORTANCE OF TRADE FACILITATION STRESSED

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_ THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS £R£AN, SA,D T0DAY (SATURDAY) THAT TRADE FACILITATION HAD ,MP0RTANT FUNCTION OF ANY CUSTOMS SERVICE, BUT NOWHERE WAS IT MORE IMPORTANT THAN IN HONG KONG.

at tu!PIM$,I?S A PASSING OUT PARADE OF 134 CUSTOMS OFFICERS ell Jen a£RI!£E S TRA,NING SCHOOL IN TA I LAM CHUNG, MR JORDAN S^ED ON THE °Ff|CERS TO DO THEIR UTMOST TO ASSIST LEGITIMATE ™ADE W VAR 10US CUSTOMS PROCEDURES - AND TO PROTECT THEM BY “^ING m^!?T,VELY with the FEW DISHONEST traders who would ^c?EILH^A,RLY W,TH THE SREAT MAJORITY OF HONEST HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN.

SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG IN 1977 TO REORGANISE THE SERVICE, MR JORDAN PROMISED OFFICERS AT A PASSING OUT PARADE A NEW, REORGANISED AND MODERNISED CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE IN WHICH THEY WOULD HAVE A MAJOR ROLE TO PLAY.

miT RAS BEEN KEPTX AND V0U are PASSING

™ SoESToSSX? SUCH ‘ H0DfRNISEt> » told

♦THE SPECIAL ROLE FOR ALL TO PLAY IS STILL THERE. THE SERVICE NOW IS REORGANISED IN ITS STRUCTURE. BUT WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH YET TO DO TO ENSURE IT WORKS WELL IN ITS NEW FORM FOR SOME OF US THIS MEANS REVIEWING THE DETAIL OF THE NEW ORGANISATION, REFINING FOUND NECESSARY AS THE

OUR PROCEDURES, AND MAKING ADJUSTMENTS NEWLY REORGANISED SERVICE SETTLES FORM.

DOWN IN ITS MODERNISED

♦FOR OTHERS - AND OFFICERS - THE TASK IS

THIS INCLUDES YOU AS FRESHLY RECRUITED

•• T0 W0RK ENTHUSIASTICALLY AND CLEARLY WHY EACH OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES MUST BE PERFORMED IN THE WAY REQUIRED OF YOU, AND GENERALLY **KE Y0}* MAX’MUM contribution to the more demanding work OF THE NEW SERVICE.

r.D ^nJHE 8ERV,CE AT THE MOMENT IS LIKE A BRAND NEW

CAR,* SAID MR JORDAN. +IT FULFILS ITS FUNCTION WELL BUT STILL NEEDS TUNING AND ADJUSTMENT AS IT DEVELOPS ITS MILEAGE. IT ALSO NEEDS CAREFUL DRIVING AND HANDLING WITH UNDERSTANDING.

wma wt?uNnf£ including myself, are the mechanics

0UR experience must adjust and tune, it is you

SrInAiYOnui v0cbnoTiUvScJe«IeEve,El:D’ MANY WHOM PAS3ED THROUGH THIS SCHOOL ONLY SHORTLY BEFORE YOURSELVES, WHO ARE THE DRIVERS.

T ON ITS SI? “Itn .THE_NEW MACHINE CAREFULLY AS YOU DRIVE

’SE ALL HEW CAR owrERS YOU WILL TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE MACHINE FOR WHICH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE.♦

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MR JORDAN TOLD THE PASSING OUT OFFICERS THAT IN THE LAST FEW YEARS THE SERVICE HAS GREATLY ENHANCED ITS POSITION AMONGST THE SOPHISTICATED CUSTOMS SERVICES OF THE WORLD.

♦I HAVE DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH SERVICES IN SOME THIRTY COUNTRIES. I KNOW THEIR DIRECTORS, COMMISSIONERS AND SENIOR OFFICERS AS WELL AS THEIR ORGANISATIONS AND PROCEDURES. IN CONSEQUENCE I KNOW BY MY OWN OBSERVATION HOW HIGH OUR SERVICE STANDS IN ITS EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS COMPARED WITH MANY OF THOSE IN OTHER PLACES. I ALSO KNOW FROM MY CUSTOMS FRIENDS OF MANY NATIONALITIES OF THE HIGH OPINION IN WHICH WE ARE HELD OVERSEAS - SO MUCH SO THAT MANY OTHER SERVICES SEND THEIR OFFICERS HERE TO LEARN OUR TECHNIQUES AND STUDY OUR ORGANISATION.*

REFERRING TO THE SERVICE’S ROLE IN REVENUE PROTECTION, M? JORDAN SAIDi +IN THIS DAY AND AGE A SOPHISTICATED EFFICIENT CUSTOMS SERVICE HAS A MUCH WIDER ROLE THAN REVENUE COLLECTION, WHEREVER IT MAY OPERATE.

♦IN FACT, DUTY COLLECTION APART, WE OPERATE IN RELATION TO NO LESS THAN TWENTY DIFFERENT ORDINANCES. MANY OF THESE CONCERN OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELATION TO THE WELL-BEING OF OUR OWN PEOPLE IN HONG KONG- OTHERS CONCERN OUR COMMITMENT TOWARDS INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS. WE FULFIL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES CONSCIENTIOUSLY AND THOROUGHLY EFFECTIVELY.

♦OUR REPUTATION INTERNATIONALLY IS OUTSTANDING IN ANT I-NARCOTICS WORK. OUR EFFORTS TO COUNTER COUNTERFEITING, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND OTHER TRADE MALPRACTICES ARE HELD AS EXAMPLES TO OTHER SERVICES. OUR DAY-TO-DAY TECHNIQUES, WHETHER APPLIED TO SHIPPING, AIR TRAFFIC, OR CONTROL OF THOSE TRADERS WHOSE GOODS ATTRACT THE FEW DUTIES LEVIED IN HONG KONG, ARE RECOGNISED AS BOTH EFFICIENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT HINDERING THE TRADE OF OUR TERRITORY,♦ M? JORDAN CONCLUDED.

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A SECTION OF TUNG CHAU STREET NORTH OF KIU KIANG STREET IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 11) TO FEBRUARY 8 TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NT AND KOWLOON

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G00DS VEH,CLES 0VER 12 T0NS W,LL BE PROHIBITED from entering CLEARWATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH NEW CLEARWATER BAY ROAD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES STARTING FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 11).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN

W,LL ALS0 BE BANNED FROM ENTERING THIS STRETCH OF ROAD BETWEEN 9 AM AND 2 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOL(DAYS.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE EASTBOUND OR K^G-B°UNI) CARRIAGEWAY OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN ANDERSON ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HIRAM’S HIGHWAY ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 2 PM.

’’EXHIBITION WILL BE INTRODUCED ON THE WESTBOUND OR KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN 2 PM AND 7 PM IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE EXISTING PROHIBITION ON GOODS VEHICLES USING CLEARWATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND ITS LOWER JUNCTION WITH CLEARWATER BAY ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED AT THE SAME TIME.

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*AE I”!1 W,LL BE PR0H’SITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO SOUTHBOUND SHEUNG SHING STREET ALSO STARTING FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY.

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PLATFORMS AT LO WU STATION AS PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE SAID THE WORK INVOLVED CONSTRUCTION OF REINFORCED CONCRETE PLATFORMS AND SUBWAYS SUPPORTED ON STEEL BEARING PILES, AND PLATFORM CANOPIES.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT IS THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION WHICH WILL HOUSE THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OPERATING AT LO WU WHEN THE NEW STATION IS BUILT TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BEGIN IN APRIL AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

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ROLLER SKATING OPEN COMPETITION * X * *

ROLLER-SKATERS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS AND TALENTS DURING A FIRST EVER OPEN COMPETITION IN MARCH AND WIN SILVER CUPS AND PRIZES.

THE 1982 HONG KONG ROLLER SKATING OPEN COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, WILL BE HELD AT THE ROLLER SKATING RINK OF THE FANLING PLAYGROUND ON MARCH 14 (SUNDAY).

THE COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS - THE YOUTH SECTION FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED 10 TO 16 AND THE ADULT SECTION FOR PEOPLE AGED 17 AND ABOVE.

THERE WILL BE SIX EVENTS INCLUDING MEN’S SINGLE RACE, WOMEN’S SINGLE RACE, MIXED TEAM RACE, MEN’S FREE STYLE, WOMEN’S FREE STYLE AND MIXED DOUBLE FREE STYLE.

ENTRY FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE NOW OBTAINABLE AT THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT OF THE NTSD ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF FOUR SEAS BUILDING, 208-212 NATHAN ROAD- THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT +TOP COURT*, FIRST FLOOR, TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN- AND THE OFFICES OF FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, YUEN LONG STADIUM, SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL, YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTS GROUND IN TSUEN WAN AND THE SQUASH COURTS OF VICTORIA PARK ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RETURNED TO THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT OF THE NTSD BEFORE FEBRUARY 21.

ROLLER-SKATING, WHICH HAS SWEPT MANY COUNTRIES IN RECENT YEARS, IS EXPECTED TO HIT HONG KONG FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF AN INDOOR SKATING CENTRE IN KOWLOON, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE OUTDOOR SKATING RINK AT FANLING IS OPEN TO ALL FREE OF CHARGE, HE ADDED.

IN ORDER TO TRAIN MORE SKATERS FOR THE COMPETITION, FREE COACHING SESSIONS ARE NOW PROVIDED AT THE SKATING RINK OF THE FANLING PLAYGROUND BETWEEN 2.30 AND 4.30 PM ON EVERY SUNDAYS UNTIL FEBRUARY 21.

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS, INCLUDING POTENTIAL COMPETITORS, ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE TRAINING COURSE FROM THREE LEADING SKATING COACHES.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGt FOR FlYt DAYS STARTING FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 11).

Ren p?a^EaL0-i ^/UBL,C ARE WARNED N0T T0 ENTER THE ARE* “HEN rLAbO Ant 'LiINu,

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE FIRING PRACTICE ARE AS FOLLOWSt

DATE TIME

JANUARY 11 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 5 PM

JANUARY 12 (TUESDAY) 9 AM - 9 PM

JANUARY 13 (WEDNESDAY) 9 AM - 6 PM

JANUARY 14 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

JANUARY 15 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4.30 PM

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMPULSORY EXAMINATION OF CARS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1971 .............................................

SECOND LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR FOR YUEN LONG....................... 1

EVERYTHING MUST BE DONE TO MAKE YOUTH CENTRES ATTRACTIVE .... 2

SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME GETTING POPULAR ................. 3

COUNTRY PARKS SOUVENIR BADGES ON SALE.......................... 4

YUEN LONG COOKED FOOD STALLS FOR AUCTION ...................... 5

ANTI-MOSqJITO OPERATION IN NT ................................. 5

NEW YEAR HOMES CLEAN-UP ....................................... 6

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1982

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COMPULSORY EXAMINATION OF CARS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1971

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT ALL PRIVATE CARS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1971, WILL REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS BEFORE A NEW VEHICLE LICENCE IS ISSUED.

THE DEPARTMENT’S KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE WILL COMMENCE INSPECTIONS OF THESE VEHICLES FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1982, FOR ISSUE OF THE CERTIFICATES.

TO ALLOW OWNERS SUFFICIENT TIME TO BRING THEIR VEHICLES UP TO STANDARD FOR EXAMINATION, A LEAD-IN TIME OF FOUR MONTHS HAS BEEN ALLOWED.

♦THIS MEANS, WITH EFFECT FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1982, NO CAR MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1971, WILL BE ISSUED WITH A VEHICLE LICENCE COMMENCING AFTER MAY 31, 1982, WITHOUT A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦ONLY CERTIFICATES ISSUED WITHIN THE FOUR MONTHS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE NEW LICENCE WILL BE ACCEPTED,+ HE ADDED.

HE ALSO SAID THAT A NEW CERTIFICATE WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED ON EACH SUBSEQUENT RENEWAL OF THE VEHICLE LICENCE.

A FEE OF $60 WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH EXAMINATION.

INSPECTION APPOINTMENT FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT ALL TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICES AND VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES, AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY CALLING 3-7597505.

A LEAFLET EXPLAINING DETAILS OF THE NEW EXAMINATION SCHEME WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY.

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SECOND LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR FOR YUEN LONG XXX

YUEN LONG WILL OF THE HEAVY DEMAND

HAVE A SECOND LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR AS A RESULT FROM FLOWER TRADERS.

M*D,eZH™ES*,3HE,EFF0RTS 0F THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HOP YICK FARM MARKET COMPANY, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN MADE FOR THE SECOND FA'R 1° Ihe market PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK R0AD NEAR THE

EASTERN ROUNDABOUT OF YUEN LONG.

SEVENTY STALLS SELLING FLOWERS WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION ON ^ANUARY *3) AT H AM AT THE OFFICE OF PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE, ON NING ROAD, YUEN LONG.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH STALL NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND

IS $50, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SAID, ADDING THAT THE FAIR 25.

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EVERYTH MUST "E DO'E TO MAKE YOUTH CENTRES ATTRACTIVE :• * ~

EVERYTHING OSS IDLE MUST BE DONE TO M'KE YOUTH CENTRES IN HONG KONG ATT,S. STIVE TO AS WIDE A SPECTRUM OF YOUNG PEOPLE AS rOSS IDLE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, ►RS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THIS MUST BE DONE +UOT ONLY THROUGH IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THROUGH A CONTINUT.G COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE IMAGINATIVE, WELL ORGANISED AND GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE BEING SERVED,* SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN WAS SPEAKING AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE SAILORS’ AMD SOLDIERS’ HOME’S YOUTH CLUB IN WAN CHAI.

THE NURTURING OF YOUNG PEOPLE INTO INDEPENDENT AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS, CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR PRINCIPLES AND READY TO HELP OTHERS LESS FORTUNATE THAN THEMSELVES WAS ONE SURE WAY OF CONTRIBUTING TO THE BUILDING OF A HEALTHY AND COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY, SHE SAID.

THE YOURG PEOPLE OF HOHG KONG FACE ALMOST UNIQUE PRESSURES AND TEMPTATIONS IN THE OVER-CROWDED AND MATERIALISTIC ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY FIL'D THEMSELVES.

THE DANGERS OF THEIR GROWING UP MOULDED MORE BY A BELIEF IN MONEY AMD MATERIAL ACQUISITIONS THAN IN THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL FULFILMENT AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE VERY REAL.

AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS CONSCIOUS OF *THE NEED TO RE-SHAPE OUR POLICIES IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK TO ENSURE THAT TODAY’S MORE SOPHISTICATED AND BETTER EDUCATED YOUNGSTERS ARE ATTRACTED TO SOCIAL WELFARE YOUTH CENTRES AND GENUINELY INTERESTED IN AND MOTIVATED BY THE PROGRAMMES THEY PROVIDE,* WS CHAN SAID.

REFERRING TO THE SAILORS’ AND SOLDIERS’ HOME’S YOUTH CLUB, MRS CHAN SAID PLANNING FOR THIS CENTRE BEGAN IN EARLY 1979 AND ITS DOORS FIRST OPENED IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, BRINGING TO 117 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF YOUTH CENTRES OPERATING THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB, THE CENTRE HAS MADE A MOST PROMISING BEGINNING.

IT ALREADY HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF SOME 600 YOUNG PEOPLE AND NUMEROUS INTEREST GROUPS HAVE FORMED AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED.

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MRS CHAN ANNOUNCED TH’“ WITH EFFECT FROM THIS MONTH, THE CENTRE WAS ZZr: RUN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A RECURRENT SUBVENTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE SAILORS’ AND SOLDIERS’ HOME, bfiS CHAN SAID THE YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE AND COMMITMENT TO THE TRUE CHRISTIAN SPIRIT OF CARE AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS HAD HELPED TO ESTABLISH THE HO. E AS A POSITIVE PRESENCE IN WAN CHAI.

IT WAS MOST GRATIFYING, SHE SAID, THAT THE HC’.E WAS ♦LOOKING TO T • FUTURE AND TO THE ROLE IT WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY IN PROMOTING THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY OF WHICH IT HAS BEEN A PART FOR SO LOUG.+

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SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME GETTING POPULAR & >?• ><• H

THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR EACH YEAR AS EVIDENCED BY THE RISING RATE OF ENROLMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

ALMOST 230 COO PUPILS ARE NOW PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME, COMPARED WITH 192 000 A YEAR AGO, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 19 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE STEADY INCREASE IN ENROLMENT OVER THE YEARS IS DUE TO A GREATER AWARENESS AMONG SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND PARENTS OF THE BENEFIT OF REGULAR MEDICAL ATTENTION TO CHILDREN.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHEME, WHICH IS VOLUNTARY AND HEAVILY SUBSIDISED BY THE GOVERNMENT, IS DESIGNED TO MAKE AVAILABLE MEDICAL CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT TO STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY ONE TO FORM THREE AT A PRICE EVERY PARENT CAN AFFORD.

UNDER THE SCHEME, A PUPIL IS REQUIRED TO CONTRIBUTE ONLY 55 PER YEAR FOR WHICH HE MAY GET FREE MEDICAL CONSULTATION FROM A PRIVATE PRACTITIONER FROM THE DATE OF ENROLMENT.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 200 PRIVATE DOCTORS TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME, EACH RECEIVING $55 PER YEAR FOR EVERY PUPIL ALLOCATED TO HIM.

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT’S SUBSIDY AMOUNTED TO S6 MILLION, AND IN VIEW OF THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENT PARTICIPANTS AND THE AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT’S CONTRIBUTION, IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE SUBSIDY WOULD EXCEED $11 MILLION THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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COUNTRY PARKS SOUVENIR BADGES ON SALE A- * * * *

A NEV SERIES CP ATTRACTIVE SOUVENIR BADGES FOR FOUR COUNTRY PARKS IS NOW ON SALE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE NEW BADGES ARE FOR THE KAM SHA , MA ON SHAN AND LION ROCK COUNTRY PARKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND TH_ T.l TAM COUNTRY PARK CN HONG KONG ISLAND.

THEY ARE OBTAINABLE AT .'1.50 EACH FROM THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN KO'LOON, AMD THx GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE ON THE G20U’D FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

THC BADGES ARE ALSO ON SALE AT THE REFRESHMENT KIOSKS IN THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK, THE ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK AND THE CLEAR ‘..ATER BAY COUNTRY PARK WHICH ARE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF THE FOUR COUNTRY PARKS FOR WHICH THESE BADGES WERE DESIGNED.

PRODUCED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY, THE BADGES ARE AN IDEAL IDORI ENT FOR CASUAL WEAR, ESPECIALLY DENIM GEAR. THEY CAN ALSO BE SE'.'N ON KNAPSACKS OR ARE SIMPLY COLLECTORS’ ITEMS FOR THE ARDENT HIKERS.

THE BADGES SHOW DESIGNS OF THE POPULAR FEATURES OF THE COUNTRY PARKS FOR '..'HI CH THEY ARE FANOUS.

THE TAI TAM BADGE DEPICTS THE DESIGN OF THE RESERVOIR IN THE AREA.

THE LION ROCK BADGE NATURALLY FEATURES THE SILHOUETTE OF THE LION ROCK, WHILE THE MA ON SHAN VERSION GIVES THE SHAPE OF THE SADDLE-LIKE MASS OF THIS PEAK.

THE LIKENESS OF TWO LONG-TAILED MACAQUE MONKEYS IS TO BE FOUND ON THE KAM SHAN BADGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY SAID THAT JUDGING FROM THE POPULARITY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF FOUR OTHER BADGES, THE NEW BADGES SHOULD BE WELL RECEIVED.

THE FIRST FOUR BADGES PRODUCED WERE FOR THE PLOVER COVE, LANTAU AND SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARKS AND THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL.

A LIMITED STOCK OF THESE BADGES IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SALE FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OUTLET AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE.

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YUEN LONG COOKED FOOD STALLS FOR AUCTION

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FC..- STALLS AT KK YEUNG ROAD COOKED FOOD MARKET IN YUEN LONG '..'ILL BE PUT UP FOR P’.-.iC AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 13).

THE AUCTION, WHICH START? AT 10 AM, WILL BE HELD AT THE OFFICE OF PI G S A?J RURAL COMMITTEE AT ON NING ROAD, YUEN LONG.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH OF THE 18.5-SQUARE-METRE STALL SELLING COOKED FOOD IS 1 75 PER MONTH.

A SUCCESSFUL BIDDER CA'J START OPERATING BUSINESS ON FEBRUARY 1 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

O'LY PERSONS AGED 21 CR /TOVE CAN TAKE PART IN THE AUCTION AND POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CAROS A. D FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

INTERESTED PERSONS MAY CONTACT THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION CF YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-792261 EXT. 112 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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ANT I-MOSQUITO OPERATION IN NT x. v. y.

AN EXTENSIVE ANTI-MOSQUITO OPERATION IS BEING LAUNCHED THROUGHOUT THE RURAL AREA AND THE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NINE WORKING TEAMS HAVE BEEN SET UP BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE EXERCISE.

MORE THAN 100 WORKERS ARE NOW DEPLOYED AT VARIOUS POTENTIAL MOSQUITO BREEDING PLACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

EQUIPPED WITH SPRAYERS AMD INSECTICIDE, GRASS CUTTING AND ROCK REMOVAL TOOLS, THEY WILL TRACK INTO REMOTE AREAS AND CLIMB HILLS TO REACH STREAM COURSES TO SPRAY OIL ON THEM TO PREVENT MOSQUITOES FROM BREEDING.

EFFORTS ARE ALSO BEING MADE IN THE HEW TOWNS TO ELIMINATE ALL MOSQUITO BREEDING GROUNDS DURING THE COURSE OF THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MTSD SAID.

RESIDENTS LIVI'G IN VILLAGES AND IN THE NEW TOWNS ARE URGED NOT TO ALLOW STAGNANT WATER TO FORM IN THEIR AREA. CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES HAVE ALSO BEEN ASKED TO HELP PREVENT THEIR BUILDING SITES FROM BECOMING BREED I"G GROUNDS FOR MOSQUITOES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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NEW YEAR H0..2S CLEAN-UP n h

THE HOMES Or 330 r_DERLY RESIDENTS 0" SAI KUNG ’ 1ST' ICT, 35 OF THEN L ING ON THEIR OWN AND THE REST IN THREE HOMES FOR THE AGED, ARE TO RECEIVE A CLEAN-UP FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE OPE AT ION, TO BE CARRIED OUT BY 46 VOLUNT ‘Y WORKERS, IS ORGANI.ED BY THE SAI KUNG COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELF'RE DEPART: E T WITH ASSISTANCE FROM LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOL S-\<E S, A P. RT OF THE DISTRICT’S FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH STARTED LAST MONTH.

BESIDES THE CLEAN-UP, A FEAST, MEDICAL CHECK-UPS, VISITS AND FILM AND VARIETY SHOWS HAVE ALSO BEEN HELD DUR I..3 THE FESTIVAL.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ADOUT 2 COO PEOPLE AGED 70 OR OVER IN THE DISTRICT.

TRA-FIC ARRANGEMENTS IN JAVA ROAD ir rt

A SECTION Or V ROAD I‘! NORTH POINT NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH HEALTHY STREET ES7 W'LL DE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FRC 1 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 12) TO 6 A , E FOLLO" II.G MORNING FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK OF THE HONG KONG ISLA D EASTERN CORRIDOR.

DURING THE CLOSURE, WEST. O'JND TP'FFIC WILL EE DIVERTED VIA HEALTHY ST .EET EAS~ .>ND KING’ ROAD A..D EASTEOU. D TRAFFIC MAY USE TIN CHIU STREET »;.D KING’S RO/-3.

AT THE SA. E TINE, TRAFFIC ALO ~ E-7TE0UND JAVA ROAD WILL BE ALLO ED TO TIT'; RIGHT INTO SOUTHBOU D TI CHIU STREET.

SIG S 'ILL DE PUT UP TO GUIDE DTCRISTS.

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DISTRICT BOARD PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK ................... 1

NT SITES WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION ............................. 2

HK FACES PROBLEMS ARISING FROM GROWING NUMBER OF ELDERLY ... 3

SURVEY SHOWS IMPROVED LIVING STANDARDS ....................... 4

TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS WELCOME FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME......... 4

REMINDER ON EXAMINATION ..................................... 5

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS .............................. 6

LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES TOR HIRE........................... 6

TUESDAY, JANUABY 12, 1982

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DISTRICT BOARD PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK * * * *

TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, HELD HIS LAST MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY) WITH MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, WITH WHOM HE HAS BEEN WORKING AS CHAIRMAN FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

DR HAYES WILL BE LEAVING TSUEN WAN NEXT MONTH TO TAKE UP A NEW POST OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, HE PAID TRIBUTE TO BOARD MEMBERS FOR THEIR SERVICES TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY.

IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, HE SAID, THERE HAD BEEN MORE THAN 100 MEETINGS OF THE BOARD, ITS SUB-COMMITTEES AND VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS, NOT TO MENTION WORK DONE FOR THE CLEAN HONG KONG, FIGHT CRIME AND ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS.

♦ALL MEMBERS HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD FOR THE BOARD, IN ADDITION TO THEIR OWN COMMITMENTS,* HE SAID.

DR HAYES SAID A WARD SYSTEM, TO BE INTRODUCED NEXT MONTH, TOGETHER WITH THE ADDITION OF ELECTED MEMBERS AFTER MARCH, WOULD HELP TO BRING THE BOARD CLOSER TO THE RESIDENTS OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

♦THIS IS VERY NECESSARY WHEN IT IS REALISED THAT OUR PLANNED DEVELOPMENT WILL BRING 300 000 NEW PEOPLE TO TSUEN WAN IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS,+ HE SAID.

♦LOOKING AHEAD, WE MUST EXPECT THE 1980’S TO BRING MORE PROBLEMS AND A GREATER COMPLEXITY TO OUR AFFAIRS,+ DR HAYES SAID.

♦THE STRAINS AND STRESSES OF HIGH-RISE URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE OUTSIDE INFLUENCES UPON THE HONG KONG ECONOMY AND LIFE-STYLE, AND THE EFFECT OF IMPROVED SOCIAL SERVICES WILL PROBABLY COMBINE TO MAKE OUR POPULATION LESS TOLERANT THAN IT USED TO BE.

♦IT IS THEREFORE ESSENTIAL TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL MACHINERY FOR INFORMING OUR CITIZENS, KNOWING THEIR SITUATION, AND DEALING WITH THEIR PROBLEMS AND LEGITIMATE ASPIRATIONS.+

DR HAYES SAID THE BOARD WOULD HAVE ANOTHER ROLE TO PLAY WITH THE SETTING UP OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

♦INITIALLY, AT LEAST, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SEPARATE LANDS DEPARTMENT COULD MEAN A LESS COMPACT MACHINERY FOR DEALING WITH CERTAIN ’PEOPLE-RELATED’ WORK AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, SUCH AS - IN THIS TOWN AND DISTRICT - LEASE ENFORCEMENT, LAND CONTROL, PROJECT SITE MONITORING AND RURAL LAND ADMINISTRATION.

♦THE BOARD MUST HELP MONITOR THE CHANGEOVER SO AS TO HELP OFFICIALS MINIMISE ANY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS,+ HE SAID.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WAS SET UP IN NOVEMBER, 1977, TOGETHER WITH BOARDS IN THE OTHER SEVEN DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE WORD ’ADVISORY’ WAS DROPPED LAST APRIL.

THE BOARD HAS 29 MEMBERS, OF WHOM 18 ARE UNOFFICIALS. THERE ARE SEVEN SUB-COMMITTEES.

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NT SITES WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION

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FOUR OF SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES SITES OFFERED FOR SALE AT A GOVERNMENT AUCTION THIS MORNING (TUESDAY) WERE WITHDRAWN WHEN THERE WERE NO BIDS.

THEY ARE AT TSI NG Yl, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND CHEUNG SHA, LANTAU.

THE TSING Yl SITE, MEASURING 2 550 SQUARE METRES, WAS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT. THE BUILDING COVENANT WAS $18.6 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS AND THE PLOT RATIO 9.5. THE GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR C.M. MO, WHO CONDUCTED THE AUCTION, ASKED FOR AN OPENING BID OF $15.5 MILLION.

THE TUEN MUN SITE, ALSO FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT, MEASURED 3 038 SQUARE METRES. THE SITE HAD A FOUR-YEAR BUILDING COVENANT OF $28.62 MILLION AND A 9.5 PLOT RATIO, ffi MO ASKED FOR AN OPENING BID OF $14 MILLION.

THE SAI KUNG SITE, FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, WAS WITHDRAWN WHEN THERE WERE NO BIDS AT THE ASKED-FOR OPENING PRICE OF $15 MILLION. THIS SITE, MEASURING 6 050 SQUARE METRES, HAD A FOUR-YEAR BUILDING COVENANT OF $10 MILLION AND A PLOT RATIO OF 0.75.

THE LAST SITE TO BE WITHDRAWN WAS AT CHEUNG SHA, LANTAU, AND WAS ALSO FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. MEASURING 4 628 SQUARE METRES, IT HAD A S3 MILL ION BUILDING COVENANT TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE MARCH 31, 1985. THE AUCTIONEER HAD ASKED FOR AN OPENING BID OF $5 MILLION.

THE THREE SITES SOLD REALISED A TOTAL OF $50.9 MILLION.

THE HIGHEST PRICE PAID WAS $25 MILLION FOR A 5 351-SQUARE-h£TRE SITE IN SHA TIN FOR DEVELOPMENT AS A PUBLIC LORRY PARK AND GODOWN, EXCLUDING THE STORAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS. THE PURCHASER WAS WELLO ENTERPRISES LIMITED, WHO ARE REQUIRED TO MEET A $48.8-MILL ION BUILDING COVENANT WITHIN FOUR YEARS. THE PLOT RATIO ON THIS SITE IS 9.5. THE PRICE PAID WAS THE OPENING BID.

A PRICE OF $4 504.5 PER SQUARE METRE WAS PAID FOR A SITE AT TUEN MUN WHICH IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT. THE PURCHASER WAS SURE ACHIEVE LIMITED, WHO ALSO PAID THE OPENING PRICE - $20 MILLION - FOR THE SITE WHICH HAS A FOUR-YEAR BUILDING COVENANT OF $40.49 MILLION. THE PLOT RATIO ON THE 4 440-SQUARE-METRE LOT IS ALSO 9.5.

THE ONLY SITE TO ATTRACT ANY REAL BIDDING WAS AN INDUSTRIAL/ GODOWN LOT AT YUEN LONG MEASURING 1 659 SQUARE METRES. FROM AN OPENING BID OF $4 MILLION, THE SITE WAS EVENTUALLY SOLD TO E. WAH LAND LIMITED FOR $5.9 MILLION (S3 556.4 PER SQUARE METRE). THE SITE HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 5 AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF $7.96 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS.

THE AUCTION WAS HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1982

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HK FACES PROBLEMS ARISING FROM GROWING NUMBER OF ELDERLY * * * *

WITH LONGER LIFE EXPECTANCY OF ITS PEOPLE, HONG KONG, LIKE MANY INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES, IS FACING PROBLEMS ARISING FROM A GROWING NUMBER OF ELDERLY PEOPLE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CHUNG SING BENEVOLENT SOCIETY SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AT SHUN TIN ESTATE IN KWUN TONG.

TRADITIONALLY, MR ALLEYNE SAID, THE CHINESE FAMILY IS CLOSELY-KNIT AND OLD PEOPLE ARE LOOKED AFTER WITHIN THE FAMILY.

BUT SOCIAL CHANGES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS, SUCH AS SMALL HOUSING UNITS, PROBABLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY INCREASING URBANISATION AND INDUSTRIALISATION, HAVE PUT THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY UNIT UNDER GREAT STRAIN AND OLD PEOPLE ARE BEING COMPELLED TO RELY MORE AND MORE ON OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE.

THIS CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF THE ELDERLY LED TO THE APPOINTMENT IN 1972 OF A GOVERNMENT WORKING PARTY ON THE FUTURE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY, AND THE FORMULATION IN 1977 OF A PROGRAMME PLAN FOR THE ELDERLY.

UNDER THIS PLAN, A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IS TO BE SET UP FOR EVERY 30 000 PEOPLE TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR THEM.

THE SHUN TIN ESTATE, BEING A NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, WAS VERY MUCH IN NEED OF COMMUNITY SERVICES, SUCH AS A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, HE SAID.

THE CHUNG SING BENEVOLENT SOCIETY CENTRE IS AT PRESENT THE ONLY CENTRE OF ITS KIND AMONG SHUN TIN, SHUN LEE AND SHUN ON ESTATES, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY ACCOMMODATE 65 000 PEOPLE.

A SECOND SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY WILL SOON BE SET UP IN THE AREA, MR ALLEYNE SAID.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1982

SURVEY SHOWS IMPROVED LIVING STANDARDS * * * *

THE OCTOBER 1981 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST CF STATISTICS CONTAINS A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ON +RESULTS OF THE 1979-80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY IN HONG KONG+. IN ADDITION TO A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE CONDUCT OF THE SURVEY, THE ARTICLE ALSO PROVIDES A SUMMARY OF THE MAIN RESULTS.

RESULTS FROM THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF HOUSEHOLDS HAVE CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE THE PREVIOUS SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN 1973-74. THERE WAS A SHIFT IN EXPENDITURE FROM ESSENTIALS LIKE FOODSTUFFS TO CONSUMER GOODS IN GENERAL. THIS INDICATES TO SOME EXTENT THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE LIVING STANDARD OF THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD IN HONG KONG.

EXPENDITURE PATTERNS VARIED FOR DIFFERENT HOUSEHOLDS DEPENDING MAINLY ON THREE FACTORS, VIZ SIZE OF THE HOUSEHOLD BUDGET, NUMBER OF PERSONS IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND THE TYPE OF HOUSING OCCUPIED.

AFFLUENT HOUSEHOLDS WITH A LARGE BUDGET TEND TO SPEND A SMALLER PROPORTION OF THEIR TOTAL BUDGET ON FOOD THAN LESS WELL-OFF HOUSEHOLDS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY TEND TO SPEND MORE ON CONSUMER GOODS AND SERVICES.

BY CONTRAST, THE RELATIVE SHARE OF FOODSTUFFS IN THE TOTAL BUDGET INCREASES WITH THE SIZE OF THE HOUSEHOLD. IN GENERAL, HOUSEHOLDS OCCUPYING HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES SPEND RELATIVELY MORE OF THEIR BUDGET ON FOOD AND LESS ON RENT AS COMPARED TO THOSE LIVING IN PRIVATE HOUSING.

THE OCTOBER 1981 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS ON SALE AT HK$14 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, HONG KONG.

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TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS WELCOME FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME X * X *

MORE TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ADVICE CENTRE.

ARE MAKING USE OF THE LOCAL FREE LEGAL

IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 76 65 DURING THE PREVIOUS TWO MONTHS CENT.

CASES WERE DEALT WITH COMPARED WITH , AN INCREASE OF NEARLY 17 PER

matoiZaEi»?SJa$$aM0N TYPE 0F CASES HANDLED CONTINUE TO BE ^IRAv2e..TLJ^ITERS' LAND AND LANDLORD AND TENANT DISPUTES, EMPLOYMENT MATTERS, CRIMINAL CASES AND COMMERCIAL DISPUTES.

TAlJlI JfL£!.NIRE’ WH,CH IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE IN HOI PA STREET, IS MANNED BY TWO DUTY LAWYERS EVERY TUESDAY FROM 6.30 PM TO 9*30 PM.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1982

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ATueJT °J!E 0F SIX CENTRES OPERATED BY THE LAW SOCIETY- THE cI*E?^.ARE AT M0NG K0K’ W0NG TAI SIN» WAN chai, eastern district and onA TIN.

members of the public seeking legal advice should first APPROACH THEIR LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE OR PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE WHERE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAWYERS WILL BE MADE.

THE LAWYERS CAN ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON MEASURES THEY CAN TAKE, BUT CANNOT REPRESENT THEM IN COURT.

A TOTAL OF 667 CASES HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH BY THE TSUEN WAN CENTRE SINCE ITS OPENING 20 MONTHS AGO. SOME OF THE CASES HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT AND THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL FOR FURTHER ACTION.

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REMINDER ON EXAMINATION

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SCHOOLS ARE REMINDED THAT IF THEY WISH TO ENTER FORM V AND MIDDLE V CANDIDATES AND ’ENGLISH ONLY’ CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION IN 1983 THEY MUST APPLY TO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE SAME PROCEDURE APPLIES TO SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR CERTAIN PRACTICAL SUBJECTS.

THESE SUBJECTS INCLUDE SHORTHAND, TYPING, PHYSICS (SYLLABUSES 1 AND 2), CHEMISTRY (SYLLABUSES 1 AND 2), BIOLOGY (SYLLABUSES 1 AND 2), POTTERY, HOME ECONOMICS, NEEDLEWORK/DRESS, DRESSMAKING, WOODWORK, METALWORK, PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY, ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICITY, TECHNICAL DRAWING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, EMBROIDERY, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN.

APPLICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY SHOULD BE SENT TO THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11/F, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON. APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SAME OFFICE.

HANDBOOKS OF REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUSES FOR THE 1983 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS) ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY’S PUBLICATIONS UNIT AT 17 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG.

THEY ARE ALSO ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1982

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 16) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

THIRTY-FIVE SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY AREs

CP1422 AA 87 CP3666 'CP8288 HK 303

HK3373 CP 668 AA3373 CK8888 CP3228

CR 118 CR 213 AB 600 CP 109 CP 866

AA 109 CS 898 CP 911 CR1338 180

CR9955 CR 280 CR1828 CP 28 CP3373

CP3163 CP1885 CT 50 CP9778 CP5152

CN8332 CF3333 CP 935 CR 328 CP 330

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 CF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 71ST ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR HIRE

X X X X

SEVERAL STALLS FOR THE KWAI CHUNG AND TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR HIRE.

THE LETTING PRICE WILL BE $50 EACH AND WILL BE HIRED OUT ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

INTERESTED PERSONS SHOULD CALL ON THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF SHING WAH BUILDING, 31 SHING FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG, OR THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, FOURTH FLOOR, TING KOK ROAD.

THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WILL BE HELD FROM JANUARY 18 TO 25.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO-

LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY REM INDER ........................... 1

HELICOPTER FOR CHINA...................-...................... 2

WORKSHOP ON DETERGENTS FOR CHEMISTRY TEACHERS............... 2

DESIGN COMPETITION DEADLINE NEARS .......................... 3

TAI PO TO STAGE DISCO COMPETITION........................... 3

FLOWER SHOWS IN TSUEN WAN . -.............................. 4

TSUEN KING CIRCUIT OPENING................................... 4

TRAFFIC CHANGES

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1982

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LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY REMINDER ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REMINDED EMPLOYERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD DAYS OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR WHICH FALL ON JANUARY 25, 26 AND 27 THIS YEAR ARE THREE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL MANUAL WORKERS, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING NOT MORE THAN $6 000 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAYS.

THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE THREE DAYS OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE OF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAYS. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE WITH THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE : FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652- KOWLOON SOUTH 3-319454- KWUN TONG 3-898520= TSUEN WAN 0-422096- TUEN MUN 0-818443= HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-282523 EXT 60.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1982

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HELICOPTER FOR CHINA * * *

A BELL 212 HELICOPTER OF THE CAAC (CIVIL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OF CHINA), DEPARTED FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELIPAD AT HONG KONG AIRPORT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (TUESDAY) FOR GUANGZHOU, MARKING THE FIRST CAAC HELICOPTER FLIGHT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GUANGZHOU.

THE NEW HELICOPTER HAD BEEN DELIVERED BY AIRFREIGHT TO HONG KONG FROM THE BELL HELICOPTER CO AT FORT WORTH, TEXAS, USA AND THEN ASSEMBLED AT THE HONG KONG AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING CO FACILITY AND FLIGHT-TESTED LAST WEEK.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE ASSISTED THE CAAC AIRCREW IN CONNECTION WITH THE SPECIAL HELICOPTER OPERATING PROCEDURE AT HONG KONG AIRPORT, AND ALSO PROVIDED A DAUPHIN HELICOPTER TO ACCOMPANY THE BELL TO THE HONG KONG/GUANGZHOU AIRSPACE BOUNDARY.

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WORKSHOP ON DETERGENTS FOR CHEMISTRY TEACHERS

X X X X

THREE HUNDRED CHEMISTRY TEACHERS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL ATTEND A WORKSHOP ON DETERGENTS THIS SATURDAY (JANUARY 16) AT MING YIN COLLEGE IN SHEK KIP MEI.

♦THE AIM OF THE WORKSHOP IS TO INTRODUCE THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE DETERGENT INDUSTRY, THE MANUFACTURE AND APPLICATION OF DETERGENTS, THE GENERAL TESTING AND EVALUATION OF COMMERCIAL DETERGENTS, AND THE HEALTH AND POLLUTION PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF DETERGENTS,+ SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

REFERENCE WILL ALSO BE MADE DURING THE WORKSHOP TO LOCAL SITUATIONS, HE SAID.

AN INTRODUCTORY TALK WILL BE GIVEN BY MRS LOUISE MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND TWO LECTURES WILL BE CONDUCTED BY DR C.C. MA, THE PRODUCTION MANAGER OF A LOCAL COMPANY MANUFACTURING DETERGENTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSIONS AND A PRACTICAL SESSION IN WHICH DEMONSTRATION EXPERIMENTS AND PRACTICAL WORK ON DETERGENTS WILL BE ORGANISED FOR PARTICIPATING TEACHERS.

+PARTICIPANTS WILL FIND THE WORKSHOP USEFUL BECAUSE IT BEARS A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP TO THE SYLLABUS CONTENTS ON DETERGENT IN THE REVISED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS FOR FORMS FOUR AND FIVE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE WORKSHOP IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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DESIGN COMPETITION DEADLINE NEARS ******

FAMILIES ENTERING A TELE-MATCH DESIGN COMPETITION AIMED AT PROMOTING FAMILY-LIFE EDUCATION ARE REMINDED THAT THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS MONDAY (JANUARY 18).

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB AND CARITAS, AND IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE TARGET TEAMS.

FIVE ENTRIES FROM EACH OF THREE SECTIONS WILL BE SHORT-LISTED FOR FINAL ADJUDICATION, AND WILL THEN BE REQUIRED TO PUT ON A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR DESIGN NEXT MONTH.

THERE ARE PLANS TO ORGANISE REGIONAL GAMES COMPETITIONS, ENDING IN A LARGE-SCALE TERRITORY-WIDE FINAL IN MAY.

TAI PO TO STAGE DISCO COMPETITION

* * * *

THE FIRST DISCO COMPETITION TO BE STAGED IN TAI PO WILL TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 3 AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS.

IT WILL BE HELD AT TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AND BE OPEN TO ANY RESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT AGED OVER 16.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE NOW AT TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE JANUARY 20. THE ENTRY FEE IS $15 A COUPLE.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE LIMITED TO 80 COUPLES WHO WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR GROUPS, THE BEST TEAMS IN WHICH WILL BE CHOSEN TO ENTER THE FINAL. THE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE TROPHIES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A BEST COSTUME COMPETITION AND A DISCODANCING DEMONSTRATION BY TELEVISION DANCERS.

THE DISCO NIGHT, ONE OF 15 EVENTS TO BE HELD DURING THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AND TAI PO RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFF ICE.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1982

4 FLOWER SHOWS IN TSUEN WAN * * *

AN EXHIBITION OF FLOWER ARRANGEMENT AND BONSAI DISPLAYS WILL BE HELD IN THE FOYER OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL THROUGHOUT THE TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13.

A GALORE OF FLORAL DISPLAYS WILL BE ARRANGED BY THE IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL AND THE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT CLUB OF THE TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION COMMITTEE.

THE BONSAI DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS ARE ON LOAN FROM SUNG DYNASTY VILLAGE AND CHING CHUNG KOON.

ANOTHER COLOURFUL AND SPECTACULAR FLOWER SHOW, SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, OCEAN PARK AND SUNG DYNASTY VILLAGE, WILL BE HELD AT THE GARDEN OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL FROM JANUARY 22 TO JANUARY 27.

ADMISSION TO THE EXHIBITION AND FLOWER SHOW IS FREE.

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TSUEN KING CIRCUIT OPENING * * *

A SECTION OF TSUEN KING CIRCUIT IN TSUEN WAN, NEAR ON YAT STREET WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 15), ON COMPLETION OF ITS CONSTRUCTION.

AFTER THE OPENING OF THIS PART OF THE ROAD, WHICH IS ONE WAY NORTHBOUND, TRAFFIC TO THE HONG KONG ADVENTIST HOSPITAL AND ALLWAY GARDENS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ON YIN STREET.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1982

5 TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

A SECTION OF HING FAT STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CAUSEWAY ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 15).

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO 3TC- FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS WITHIN THE CLEARWAY, FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

T THE SAME TIME A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY IN KING’- ROAD NEAR TONG CHONG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY.

mLl VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS WITHIN THE CLEARWAY.

T THE SAME TIME, PART OF THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEAR...:' RESTRICTION IMPOSED ON A NEARBY SECTION OF THE SAME CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE RESCINDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1982

CONTENTS TAGE NO.

REORGANISATION IN MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT .......... 1

GOVERNOR INDISPOSED ...................................... 2

CHIEF SBCREThRY VISITS FACTORIES ......................... 3

NOMINATION OF ELECTION CANDIDATES ........................ 3

MORE REMEDIAL TEACHERS FOR SCHOOLS ....................... 4

NEED FOR COMPASSION STRESSED ............................. 5

CONTINUED EFFORT FOR DISABLED URGED ...................... 6

1981 WEATHER ROUNDUP ..................................... 6

BIG CLEAN-UP IN KWUN TONG................................. 9

THIRD INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RACE............................ 10

CANTONESE DRAMA ABOUT SHANGHAI IN THE 1930'S ............ 10

FIRMS INVITED TO ATTEND SEMINAR ......................... 11

TRAM SERVICES............................................ 11

PRINCE EDWARD ROAD CLOSURE............................... 12

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 198

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REORGANISATION IN MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT * * * *

THE HIERARCHY OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS BEING REORGANISED IN RECOGNITION OF THE INCREASED LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITIES FOLLOWING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME.

THE REORGANISATION INVOLVES THE CREATION OF A NUMBER OF SENIOR POSTS, INCLUDING FOUR SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTORS, ONE NURSING DIRECTOR AND ONE PRINCIPAL HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE REORGANISATION IS THE FINAL PHASE OF THE REGIONALISATION PLAN WHICH BEGAN IN 1977 UNDER WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WAS DECENTRALISED AND DELEGATED TO THE REGIONAL LEVEL.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES IN THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE DIRECTORATE GRADE IS THE APPOINTMENT OF A NURSING DIRECTOR WHO, AS HEAD OF OVER 7 OOO NURSING PERSONNEL, WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPERATION OF THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT NURSING SERVICE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, SOME 2 000 ADDITIONAL NURSING STAFF WILL BE REQUIRED FOR NEW HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AS WELL AS FOR EXISTING SERVICE.

♦THE GROWTH IN THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE NURSING SERVICE HAS RESULTED NOT ONLY IN INCREASED ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE HEAD OF THE NURSING SERVICE, BUT ALSO IN MORE COMPLEX STAFF MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS,+ HE SAID.

THE APPOINTMENT OF A NURSING DIRECTOR IS IN LINE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NURSING SERVICE AND THE INCREASED MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES, HE ADDED.

WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF THIS POST, ALL NURSING MATTERS WILL, IN FUTURE, BE DEALT WITH IN THE NURSING HEADQUARTERS WHICH WILL ALSO COMPRISE CHIEF NURSING OFFICERS, ONE EACH TO BE APPOINTED IN THE THREE REGIONS -- HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES

THE NURSING DIRECTOR WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIAISING WITH THE MEDICAL HEADQUARTERS ON THE MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NURSING GRADES AND CONSIDERING MEANS OF OVERCOMING THE IDENTIFIED SHORTFALL, FORMULATING TRAINING POLICIES TO IMPROVE NURSING STANDARDS AND THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF NURSES, AND REVIEWING REGULARLY THE PROVISION OR DEPLOYMENT OF NURSES TO l€ET THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE.

OF THE FOUR SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSTS, THREE WILL BE AT.THE REGIONAL LEVEL AND THE FOURTH WILL BE IN THE HEADQUARTERS TO STRENGTHEN THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION.

THE THREE REGIONAL DIRECTORS, AS THEY ARE CALLED, WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OPERATIONAL MATTERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE REGION WITH DELEGATED AUTHORITY TO DEAL WITH THESE MATTERS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT REFERENCE TO MEDICAL HEADQUARTERS.

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SPECIFICALLY, THE REGIONAL DIRECTORS WILL NOW BE RESPONSIBLE FOR i

(A) COORDINATING THE WORK OF SPECIALIST UNITS TO ACHIEVE FULL INTEGRATION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE REGIONS"

(B) ENSURING THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES IN BOTH GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED INSTITUTIONS-

(C) IDENTIFYING REGIONAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH NEEDS AND PURSUING MEANS TO MEET DEMAND FOR SERVICES BY IMMEDIATE REDEPLOYMENT OR LONGER TERM PROVISION- AND

(D) EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT AND DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES AND OBJECTIVES ON THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICES AS FAR AS THEY ARE RELATED TO THE REGIONS AND ADVISING THE HEADQUARTERS ACCORDINGLY.

EACH REGIONAL DIRECTOR WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A CABINET OF SENIOR MEDICAL, NURSING, PARAMEDICAL AND CLERICAL STAFF.

IN EACH REGION, THERE WILL BE TWO PRINCIPAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH OFFICERS, EACH IN CHARGE OF A GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IN THE REGION, WHO WILL REPRESENT THE REGION IN THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND DISTRICT BOARD.

THERE WILL ALSO BE REGIONAL NURSING OFFICERS, CHIEF HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS, AND OTHER GRADES OF STAFF TO ASSIST THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR IN THE DAY-TO-DAY ADMINISTRATION OF THE REGION.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT CHANGE OF THE REORGANISATION IS THE APPOINTMENT OF A PRINCIPAL HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR, WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LAY ADMINISTRATION OF ALL GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS, THE PLANNING AND COMMISSIONING OF NEW HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, AND THE CONTROL OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE POSTS OF THE FOUR SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTORS, THE NURSING DIRECTOR AS WELL AS THE PRINCIPAL HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR HAVE ALREADY BEEN FILLED, AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE OTHER POSTS IN EACH OF THE REGIONS WILL BE FILLED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

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GOVERNOR INDISPOSED X * * X

HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR IS AFFECTED BY A VIRUS AND IS CONFINED TO BED. UNDER HIS DOCTOR’S INSTRUCTION, HE HAS TO CANCEL ALL HIS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS UNTIL SUNDAY (JANUARY 17).

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CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS FACTORIES * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED A COMPUTER COMPONENTS MANUFACTURER AND AN OPTICAL FACTORY IN KWUN TONG.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, hft BILL DORWARD, SIR PHILIP ARRIVED AT DATAPRODUCTS (HK) LTD. IN HOW MING STREET WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE VICE-PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY, MR HOWARD ROSE.

THE COMPANY, OWNED BY DATAPRODUCTS CORPORATION OF THE UNITED STATES, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1970, AND PRODUCES COMPUTER PRINTERS COMPONENTS AND MEMORY SYSTEMS FOR EXPORT TO THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND JAPAN.

SIR PHILIP ALSO VISITED UNIVERSAL OPTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. AT HOI BUN ROAD, WHERE HE WAS GREETED BY THE COMPANY’S PRESIDENT, MR MASAKAZU SHIMIZU.

SET UP IN 1967, UNIVERSAL OPTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF YASHICA CO. LTD. OF JAPAN. ITS PRODUCTS -CAMERAS AND FLASH LIGHTS - ARE EXPORTED TO JAPAN, THE UNITED STATES, WEST GERMANY, EUROPE, BRITAIN AND SOUTH EAST ASIA.

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NOMINATION OF ELECTION CANDIDATES X X X X

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND WILL END ON FEBRUARY 9. ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 4.

THE EIGHT NT DISTRICTS WHICH WILL HAVE ELECTED MEMBERS ARE ISLANDS, NORTH, SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG. SEATS WILL BE HELD FOR 46 CONSTITUENCIES.

GENERALLY, THERE ARE ONLY TWO QUALIFICATIONS FOR SOMEONE TO STAND AS CANDIDATEi HE MUST BE A REGISTERED ELECTOR HIMSELF AND MUST HAVE ORDINARILY RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR 10 OR MORE YEARS.

A CANDIDATE WILL HAVE TO BE NOMINATED BY 10 ELECTORS, INCLUDING A PROPOSER AND A SECONDER, IN THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH HE SEEKS ELECTION. HOWEVER IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR HIM TO LIVE IN THE SAME CONSTITUENCY.

THE CANDIDATE WILL ALSO HAVE TO MAKE A DEPOSIT OF $1 000 WHICH WILL BE FORFEITED IF HE FAILED TO GET ELECTED AND HAD LESS THAN ONE-EIGHTH OF THE VOTES CAST.

FORMS TO MAKE NOMINATION AND TO DECLARE ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION WILL BE OBTAINABLE AT ANY NT OR CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND FROM THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE ON THE 18TH FLOOR OF NEW MERCURY HOUSE, 22 FENWICK STREET, WAN CHAI.

AN EXPLANATORY LEAFLET CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED AT THESE PLACES AND A DETAILED BRIEFING WILL BE ARRANGED FOR CANDIDATES BY THE RETURNING OFFICER AFTER THE CLOSE OF NOMINATIONS.

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MORE REMEDIAL TEACHERS FOR SCHOOLS

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UP TO FIVE MORE TEACHERS PER STANDARD-SIZED SECONDARY SCHOOL HAD BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE SPEECH DAY OF ST PAUL’S CO-EDUCATIONAL COLLEGE.

LAST YEAR, GOVERNMENT HAD ACCEPTED THAT TWO ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WERE REQUIRED FOR REMEDIAL TEACHING IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE AS PART OF THE LANGUAGE PACKAGE. IT HAS NOW ACCEPTED A FURTHER COMMITMENT TO REMEDIAL WORK IN OTHER AREAS, COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE (INCLUDING CAREER ADVICE), AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AND EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WHICH COMPLEMENT AND REINFORCE THE FORMAL CURRICULUM.

AS FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, TWO GRADUATE TEACHERS MAY EE EMPLOYED FOR LANGUAGE WORK, ONE MORE GRADUATE CAN BE RECRUITED FOR SEPTEMBER, 1983 TO IMPROVE OTHER SERVICES AND TWO ADDITIONAL NON-GRADUATES +AS SOON AS SUFFICIENT NONGRADUATE TEACHERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.*

PRIMARY SCHOOLS, OF COURSE, WILL BE STAFFED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE IMPROVED TEACHER-TO-CLASS RATIO OF 1.2 : 1 ANNOUNCED WITH THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES IN JULY 1981. ADDITIONAL TEACHERS RECRUITED FROM SEPTEMBER 1982 WILL BE EXPECTED TO UNDERTAKE REMEDIAL TEACHING TO IMPROVE STANDARDS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION.

THE PHASED INTRODUCTION OF ADDITIONAL STAFF, MR HAYE SAID, DEMONSTRATED GOVERNMENT’S ACCEPTANCE THAT TEACHERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES AND RANGE OF DUTIES HAD SO INCREASED DUE TO A NUMBER OF FACTORS, INCLUDING THE EXPANSION OF FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION UP TO FORM THREE, THE INCREASING PRESSURES PLACED ON STUDENTS BY A CHANGING SOCIETY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

+THE ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WILL NOT CHANGE THE CURRENT RATIO OF GRADUATES TO NON-GRADUATES IN OUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND THE USE OF THE TEACHERS WILL BE MONITORED. I SHOULD ADD THAT SCHOOLS WILL BE FREE TO DEPLOY THEIR STAFF AS THEY SEE FIT, SO LONG AS FUNCTIONS ARE COVERED,* MR HAYE SAID.

A CIRCULAR WOULD SHORTLY BE ISSUED TO ALL SCHOOLS DESCRIBING THESE VERY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN STAFF AS WELL AS SEPARATE GUIDELINES ON REMEDIAL TEACHING, HE SAID.

MR HAYE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE COLLEGE AND OTHER FAMOUS INSTITUTIONS WHICH HAD THROWN OPEN THEIR DOORS TO MORE AND MORE CHILDREN FROM HUMBLE HOMES WITH THE ADVENT OF FREE, UNIVERSAL AND COMPULSORY JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION, THOUGH HE ADMITTED THIS HAD BROUGHT WITH IT SOME PROBLEMS.

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MR HAYE SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED TO HEAR THAT THE SCHOOL SHOWED A GREAT INTEREST IN COMPUTER EDUCATION AND HAD TWO MICRO-COMPUTERS.

HE COMMENDED THE PRINCIPAL, DR B.M. KOTEWALL, AND HER STAFF FOR BEING SO FAR-SEEING AND SAID;

+ l CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THE WORLD OF THE FUTURE WILL BE DOMINATED BY COMPUTERS. BUT COMPUTERS WILL ALWAYS BE DIRECTED BY PEOPLE, AND HERE IS YET ANOTHER CHANCE FOR THE GRADUATES OF ST PAUL’S CO-EDUCATIONAL COLLEGE TO TAKE THE LEAD.+

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NEED FOR COMPASSION STRESSED * * * *

TO BE ABLE TO PUT ONESELF IN OTHERS’ SHOES, TO ANTICIPATE OTHERS’ FEELINGS AND NEEDS, AND TO CARE FOR OTHERS ARE NOT EASY CONCEPTS TO IMPLEMENT, BUT THEY ARE ESSENTIAL FOR OUR SOCIETY TO FUNCTION, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE SECOND INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT CULTURAL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE.

MR ALLEYNE NOTED THAT DURING ITS LAST TERM OF OFFICE, THE COMMITTEE HAD CHOSEN +REVERENCE FOR THE ELDERS, RESPECT FOR TEACHERS AND PIETY FOR PARENTS* AS ITS THEME OF WORK.

THIS WAS A FORMIDABLE TASK, BUT THE COMMITTEE PERSISTED IN ITS OBJECT IN GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO OUR CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG.

■►ALTHOUGH THE RESULTS MAY NOT BE IMMEDIATELY VISIBLE, I’M SURE THE CAMPAIGN MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON THE THINKING OF OUR COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE SAID HE WAS GLAD TO LEARN THAT THE THEME FOR THE COMMITTEE’S NEW TERM OF OFFICE WOULD BE +COMPASSION*.

+ l THINK ’COMPASSION’ IS AN IDEA WHICH EMBRACES CONSIDERATION, CONCERN AND SELFLESSNESS,* HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE SAID THAT TRADITIONAL VALUES PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ACTING AS +A STABILISING AGENT AND PROVIDING A SENSE OF DIRECTION FOR YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE*.

HE URGED THE COMMITTEE TO UPHOLD ITS CONVICTION TO PROPAGATE THESE GREAT CHINESE VALUES.

THE COMMITTEE, FORMED MORE THAN 13 YEARS AGO, IS A STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE. IT HAS 81 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS AS WELL AS INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS AS HONORARY MEMBERS.

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CONTINUED EFFORT FOR DISABLED URGED * * * *

HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS AND 1981 COULD ONLY BE REGARDED AS A BEGINNING, THE PRESIDENT OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL, DR HARRY FANG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A JOINT REHABILITATION DAY ORGANISED BY 16 REHABILITATION CENTRES RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN KWUN TONG.

+WE SHOULD GAIN FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED AND PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES FOR THEM,+ HE SAID.

SA,D THE REHABILITATION DAY WAS ORGANISED TO PROVIDE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISABLED, TO SHOW THAT THEY COULD TAKE PART IN SUCH ACTIVITIES.

™E FUNCTION WAS ALSO DESIGNED TO INCREASE CO-OPERATION AND £2.1?£S?M0NG REHABILITATION CENTRES IN PROVIDING SERVICES IN KwUN TONG.

TRAINEES, SHELTERED WORKERS AND STUDENTS OF THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS AS WELL AS THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY PART ,N ™E DAY'S ACTIVITIES, wSlCH INCLUDED A orUKIo rKUbKAMML.

APART FROM DR FANG, OTHER GUESTS OF HONOUR WERE THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR DAVID TSUI, THE SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR ALEXANDER FUNG, AND REHABILITATION DAY, MR YEUNG CHUN-KAM.

EAST KOWLOON REGIONAL THE SPONSOR OF THE

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1981 WEATHER ROUNDUP *****

LAST YEAR WAS THE ELEVENTH DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD. RAINFALL AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WAS ONLY 1 659.5 MM COMPARED TO A NORMAL OF 2 224.7 MM WITH THE DEFICIT MOSTLY OCCURRING IN JUNE AND AUGUST. IT IS INTERESTING THAT GUANGZHOU RECORDED 2 220 MM WHICH IS ABOUT 30 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL WHILE YANGJIANG WHICH IS ONLY ABOUT 100 NAUTICAL MILES WEST OF MACAU HAD A REMARKABLE 3 098 MM.

1981 WAS ALSO A GENERALLY HOT YEAR IN HONG KONG. THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 21.2 DEGREES CELSIUS AND THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 23.1 DEGREES CELSIUS ARE THE SECOND AND THE FIFTH HIGHEST ON RECORD RESPECTIVELY.

THE NUMBER OF TROPICAL CYCLONES IN THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND CHINA SEAS WAS NEAR NORMAL AND TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED IN HONG KONG ON FIVE OCCASIONS. SEVERE TROPICAL STORM LYNN WAS THE ONLY TROPICAL CYCLONE THAT CAME CLOSE ENOUGH TO CAUSE GALES IN HONG KONG.

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THERE WAS NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL DURING JANUARY AS IN FOUR PREVIOUS DRY JANUARIES OF 1884, 1914, 1932 AND 1966. THE TOTAL RAINFALL DURING DECEMBER 1980 AND JANUARY 1981 AMOUNTED TO ONLY 0.7 MM WHICH IS THE LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THE TWO-MONTH PERIOD. A SUNNY SPELL STARTED ON JANUARY 9 AND LASTED UNTIL JANUARY 20.

THE WINTER WAS QUITE MILD AND THE MEAN TEMPERATURE FROM DECEMBER 1980 TO FEBRUARY 1981 WAS 17.3 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH IS THE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THIS PERIOD. FEBRUARY WAS MORE HUMID WITH 17 MISTY DAYS, ON NINE OF WHICH COASTAL FOG WAS REPORTED. THE MISTY SPELL PERSISTED FROM FEBRUARY 13 TO 25. FOG WAS WIDESPREAD ON FEBRUARY 14 AND A THREE-DECKER FERRY WITH 564 PASSENGERS RAN AGROUND ON GREEN ISLAND AROUND 9 AM BUT THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES. AN INTENSE COLD FRONT PASSED HONG KONG ON FEBRUARY 24 AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 9.5 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED ON FEBRUARY 27 WAS THE LOWEST IN THE YEAR.

MARCH WAS WETTER AND WARMER THAN USUAL. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 20.6 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR MARCH. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENT IN MARCH WAS THE HAILSTORM ON MARCH 19. THIS MADE 1$»81 THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR WITH HAIL RECORDED IN HONG KONG BUT ONLY THE SEVENTH SINCE 1940. FOLLOWING AN OBSERVATION OF A FUNNEL CLOUD OVER THE SEA TO THE SOUTH OF CHEUNG CHAU AROUND NOON, HAIL WAS REPORTED FROM 5.35 PM TO 6 PM OVER KOWLOON AND AGAIN FROM 9.43 PM TO 11.10 PM OVER HONG KONG ISLAND AND PARTS OF LANTAU ISLAND. THIS WAS THE MOST WIDESPREAD HAILSTORM OVER THE URBAN AREAS SINCE 1940. SOME OF THE HAILSTONES WERE REPORTED TO BE AS BROAD AS THE RIM OF A RICE BOWL, ABOUT 10 CENTIMETRES IN DIAMETER. CORRUGATED PLASTIC SHELTERS IN CAR PARKS AND ON ROOF-TOPS WERE PUNCTURED. ALTHOUGH CHINESE NEWSPAPERS REPORTED HAILSTONES THE SIZE OF WASHBASINS KILLING SEVEN PEOPLE AND VARIOUS LIVESTOCK IN GUANGDONG, NO HAIL DAMAGE WAS REPORTED BY FARMERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THERE WERE ALSO SIX DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORMS IN MARCH WHICH IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER ON RECORD FOR MARCH IN POST-WAR YEARS. SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS ACCOMPANIED THE PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT AROUND 3.30 AM ON MARCH 15. GUSTS REACHED 64 KNOTS AT CHEUNG CHAU AND A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS DROWNED WHEN A JUNK CAPSIZED OFF CHI MA WAN.

APRIL WAS HOTTER AND DRIER THAN USUAL. THE MONTH’S MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 24.2 DEGREES CELSIUS IS THE HIGHEST ON RECORD AND EQUALLED THOSE IN 1975 AND 1977. APRIL WAS THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND THERE WERE EIGHT DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE MONTH.

MAY WAS COOLER AND WETTER THAN USUAL. A COLD FRONT ARRIVED ON THE MORNING OF MAY 3 WITH NORTHERLY WINDS AND HAIL REPORTED BY A PILOT FLYING ABOUT 200 METRES OVER LEI YUE MUN GAP AT 2.35 PM. THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED ON MAY 10-11 AND MAY 31. THERE WERE NUMEROUS LANDSLIPS AND FLOODING WAS REPORTED IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO.

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JUNE 1981 WAS THE THIRD DRIEST JUNE SINCE RECORDS BEGAN. THE MONTH’S TOTAL RAINFALL OF 106.4 MM WAS 325.4 MM BELOW NORMAL. NEVERTHELESS HEAVY SHOWERS ON JUNE 5 CAUSED A LANDSLIP ON KING’S ROAD, KILLING ONE PERSON. SEVERE TROPICAL STORM IKE RECURVED NEAR HAINAN AND STRUCK TAIWAN ON JUNE 13. A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS SIGHTED AT YUNG SHUE WAN, LAMMA ISLAND, AROUND 8.40 AM ON JUNE 27.

JULY WAS CLOUDIER AND SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN USUAL. WINDS WERE STRONG ON JULY 3 AS TYPHOON KELLY CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. THE ONLY GALE OR STORM SIGNALS OF THE YEAR WERE HOISTED FOR 28 HOURS 45 MINUTES FOR SEVERE TROPICAL STORM LYNN WHICH PASSED ABOUT 80 NAUTICAL MILES TO THE SOUTHWEST ON JULY 7. THIRTY-TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED MOSTLY BY FALLING OBJECTS. IN WESTERN GUANGDONG, FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. A SUNNY SPELL LASTED FROM JULY 9 UNTIL JULY 17. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JJLY 17 WAS THE HIGHEST OF THE YEAR. THERE WERE THUNDERSTORMS ON JULY 22 AND 23 AS THE REMNANT OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAURY MOVED ALONG THE SOUTH CHINA COAST AFTER HITTING TA I BE I. MORE THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON JULY 27 CAUSING FLOODING AND MINOR LANDSLIPS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG. IN SICHUAN, VIOLENT RAINSTORMS BETWEEN JULY 9 AND 14 CAUSED THE PROVINCE’S WORST FLOODS OF THE CENTURY. ABOUT 750 PEOPLE WERE DROWNED AND 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS. THERE WERE ALSO SERIOUS FLOODS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF INDIA AND ABOUT 15 MILLION PEOPLE WERE AFFECTED.

AUGUST 1981 WAS THE FOURTH DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD. HOWEVER, SERIOUS FLOODS AFFECTED NORTHERN THAILAND, BURMA, JAPAN, KOREA AND ALSO THE SHAANXI, SICHUAN AND LIAONING PROVINCES OF CHINA. AUGUST 1981 WAS ALSO THE SECOND HOTTEST AUGUST ON RECORD WITH A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 29.1 DEGREES CELSIUS. NINE TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH. WINDS FRESHENED ON AUGUST 8 AS TROPICAL STORM ROY CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. TEMPERATURES ROSE TO A MAXIMUM OF 33.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ON AUGUST 21 AND 26, WHICH WAS THE SAME AS ON JULY 17 AND THE HIGHEST OF THE YEAR.

SEPTEMBER WAS WETTER, CLOUDIER AND SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN USUAL. THE TOTAL DURATION OF SUNSHINE DURING THE MONTH WAS 132.3 HOURS, WHICH IS THE THIRD LOWEST ON RECORD FOR SEPTEMBER. A FISHING JUNK FOUNDERED IN SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS ABOUT 50 NAUTICAL MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 3. THE FISHERMEN WERE ALL SAVED. TYPHOON CLARA CAUSED A PERIOD OF STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS DURING THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 21. IT CROSSED THE CHINA COAST NEAR SHANWEI ON SEPTEMBER 22 CAUSING THE DEATH OF 62 PEOPLE IN SOUTH CHINA. ANOTHER JUNK CAPSIZED IN SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS ABOUT 40 NAUTICAL Mi_ES EAST OF HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 24. THREE PEOPLE WERE DROWNED. WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS AND VIOLENT SHOwERS OCCURRED EARLY ON SEPTEMBER 29, MAKING IT THE WETTEST DAY THIS YEAR. THE E .7 DOvNPOUR OCCURRED BETWEEN 2 AM AND 4 AM WHEN 182.0 • C- RAI'FALL wERE RECORDED AT HONG KONG AIRPORT. THERE NUMEROUS : roORTS OF FLOODING, LANDSLIPS AND ROAD SUBSIDEN'~\ •-

KILLED. ” "

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OCTOBER WAS SLIGHTLY COOLER AND CLOUDIER THAN USUAL. THE TOTAL RAINFALL FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER AMOUNTED TO ONLY 1 018.3 MM, WHICH IS THE SEVENTH LOWEST ON RECORD. THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED ON FOUR OCCASIONS DURING THE MONTH. A CHINESE FREIGHTER RAN AGROUND AND SANK OFF MIRS BAY LATE ON OCTOBER 4. THE CREW OF 29 WERE ALL SAVED. HEAVY SHOWERS ON OCTOBER 5 RESULTED IN A 5-TONNE BOULDER ROLLING DOWN A HILLSIDE ADJOINING CHING CHEUNG ROAD AND MAKING A 7-SQUARE METRE HOLE IN A CLASSROOM WALL. NOBODY WAS HURT. AN INTENSE COLD FRONT ARRIVED ON OCTOBER 22 AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 14.8 DEGREES CELSIUS REACHED ON OCTOBER 24 IS THE THIRD LOWEST ON RECORD FOR OCTOBER.

NOVEMBER WAS COOLER AND CLOUDIER THAN USUAL. THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED ON FOUR OCCASIONS DURING THE MONTH. A COLD FRONT BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN ON NOVEMBER 2. NORTHERLY WINDS ON NOVEMBER 30 RESULTED IN A CHINESE JUNK SINKING IN ROUGH SEAS ABOUT 20 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG WITH 13 CREWMEN REPORTED MISSING.

DECEMBER WAS DRIER AND SUNNIER BUT COOLER THAN USUAL. THE CONTINENTAL ANTICYCLONE DOMINATED CHINA THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AND THE MEAN SEA-LEVEL PRESSURE OF 1 022.6 MILLIBARS IN HONG KONG IS THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR DECEMBER. A FINE AND SUNNY SPELL PERSISTED FROM DECEMBER 10-27. SOME FROST WAS REPORTED AT TAI LUNG FARM ON DECEMBER 3 AND 20. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 9.5 DEGREES CELSIUS AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ON DECEMBER 20, AS ON FEBRUARY 27, WAS THE LOWEST OF THE YEAR. ON TAI MO SHAN, TEMPERATURES DROPPED TO 0.0 DEGREES CELSIUS. FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT DURING 29 DAYS OF THE MONTH. SOME 30 000 PEOPLE WERE REPORTEDLY MADE HOMELESS BY A SUCCESSION OF DISASTROUS FIRES MOSTLY IN SQUATTER AREAS.

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BIG CLEAN-UP IN KWUN TONG

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A SERIES OF +YEAR-END CLEAN-UP+ CAMPAIGNS WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND AREA COMMITTEES IN LAM TIN, NGAU TAU KOK, SHUN LEE AND SHUN ON ESTATES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CITY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

CLEAN-UPS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 17) IN LAM TIN AND NGAU TAU KOK ESTATES WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTARY WORKERS, -EMBERS OF RELEVANT AREA COMMITTEES, TOGETHER WITH STAFF FROM HOUSING AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS TAKING PART.

IN SHUN LEE AND SHUN ON ESTATES, A WEEK-LO' Z CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WILL START THIS WEEKS' S.

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THIRD INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RACE * * * *

THE THIRD INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RACE, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK ON SATURDAY MORNING (JANUARY 16).

ABOUT 300 MEN AND 100 WOMEN DISTANCE RUNNERS FROM 23 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE EVENT, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, WILL START THE RACE AND PRESENT THE SIR DENYS ROBERTS SHIELD AND OTHER INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES TO WINNING RUNNERS AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY.

THE MEN WILL RUN ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES, WHILE THE WOMEN WILL COMPETE OVER A SEVEN-KILOMETRE COURSE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT, TO BE HELD AT THE SHING MUN MAIN DAM OF SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK NEAR KMB ROUTE 32 TERMINAL AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 16).

THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT ABOUT 11 AM.

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CANTONESE DRAMA ABOUT SHANGHAI IN THE 1930’S

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+SUNRISE+, ONE OF THE MANY FAMOUS PLAYS WRITTEN BY THE LEADING CHINESE WRITER CAO YU, WILL EE STAGED AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM FOR TWO PERFORMANCES DURING THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

THIS CANTONESE DRAMA WILL BE DIRECTED BY LEUNG SZE-KIT, AND PERFORMED BY MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN YOUTH DRAMA CLUB ON JANUARY 31 (SUNDAY) AT 2.30 PM AND 7.30 PM.

THE SETTING OF THE PLAY IS IN SHANGHAI IN THE LATE 193O’S, AND CAN BE SEEN AS DEPICTING SOME SOCIAL PHENOMENA IN HONG KONG.

TICKETS AT $15, $10, $5 A'-O 03 (STUDENT TICKETS) ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE.

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FIRMS INVITED TO ATTEND SEMINAR

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FACTORY AND COMPANY OWNERS IN HONG KONG ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A ONE-DAY UNITED NATIONS-FUNDED SEMINAR TO HELP IMPROVE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF EMPLOYEES AND ACHIEVE BETTER PRODUCTION.

ENTITLED ’POPULATION AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYERS IN HONG KONG’, IT WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 5 AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL STARTING AT 12 NOON.

IT IS BEING ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION. THE UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR POPULATION ACTIVITIES IS FINANCING THE SEMINAR.

THE PROJECT OFFICER FOR THE SEMINAR, MR PAUL LEE, SAID THE SEMINAR WOULD INTRODUCE TO FACTORY OWNERS AND SENIOR MANAGEMENT THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AMONG WORKERS.

+IT WILL HELP BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES BY IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF WORKERS AND EVENTUALLY LEAD TO OVERALL GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY,+ HE SAID.

EXPERIENCED SPEAKERS WILL GIVE TALKS AND THERE WILL ALSO EE FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS.

EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING SHOULD NOTIFY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE JANUARY 23.

THE SEMINAR IS THE EIGHTH ORGANISED SINCE SEPTEMBER, 1980, UNDER THE POPULATION AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME. THIS IS A JOINT PROJECT OF THE CMA, THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION AND THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION.

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TRAM SERVICES * * *

TRAM SERVICES TO HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE CURTAILED ON SATURDAY NIGHT (JANUARY 16) FOR ROAD WORKS IN TIN LOK LANE.

THE LAST DEPARTURES FROM SHAU KEI WAN AND KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE AT 9.10 PM AND 9.05 PM RESPECTIVELY.

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PRINCE EDWARD ROAD CLOSURE * * * *

A SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH EMBANKMENT ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM SATURDAY TO MONDAY (JANUARY 18) FOR WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON RECONSTRUCTION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY BRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAI YEE STREET AND BOUNDARY STREET AND WESTBOUND TRAFFIC MAY USE EMBANKMENT ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WAGE INDEXES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS .......................... 1

MORE EFFORTS ON SHELTERED WORKSHOPS URGED ................... 5

MORE MEN FOR FIRE SERVICES ...................................... 4

SCHOOLS COMPETITION TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING ................... 5

AVENUE FOR RESIDENTS TO SPEAK OUT ............................... 6

PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN HELP WITH CLEAN UP ...................... 7

FIFTH WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING  ...................... 8

CLOSED TO LEARNER DRIVERS ....................................... 8

EVENING OF CHINESE ART SONGS .................................... 9

BUILDINGS IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ................................ 9

FOLKSONGS FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING ............................... 10

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WAGE INDEXES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE WAGE INDEXES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS IN SEPTEMBER 1981, DERIVED FROM HALF-YEARLY WAGE SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

AS THE SURVEYS ARE NOT BASED ON A SCIENTIFICALLY SELECTED SAMPLE, THE RESULTS CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED AS ROUGHLY INDICATIVE CF HOW WAGES MAY HAVE BEEN CHANGING.

TAKING AVERAGE WAGES DURING THE PERIOD JULY 1973 TO JUNE 1974 AS 100, THE INDEX OF NOMINAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES (EXCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS) FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS IN SEPTEMBER 1981 WAS 242.

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1980, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 34 POINTS OR 16.3 PER CENT. COMPARED WITH MARCH 1981, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 18 POINTS OR EIGHT PER CENT. INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, THE INDEX IN SEPTEMBER 1981 WAS 249, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 35 POINTS OR 16.4 PER CENT OVER SEPTEMBER 1980 AND 18 POINTS OR 7.8 PER CENT OVER MARCH 1981.

THE WAGE INDEXES FOR THE LARGER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT SHOW THE FOLLOWING CHANGES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1980 AND MARCH 1981.

NOMINAL INDEX

EXCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS

% CHANGE SEPT 81 OVER

INDUSTRY SEPT 80 MAR 81 SEPT 81 MAR 81 SEPT 80

MANUFACTURING 208 224 242 ♦ 8.0 +16.3

TEXTILES 213 231 247 * 6.9 +16.0

ELECTRICAL 216 217 226 ♦ 4.1 + 4.6

APPLIANCES

ELECTRONICS 216 251 258 + 2.8 +19.4

GARMENTS 197 208 231 +11.1 +17.3

GLOVES 179 178 188 ♦ 5.6 ♦ 5.0

HANDBAGS 195 206 220 + 6.8 ♦ 12.8

PLASTIC 238 254 279 + 9.8 +17.2

PRODUCTS

OTHER THAN

FLOWERS

AND TOYS

PLASTIC TOYS 204 219 228 ♦ 4.1 + 11.8

PRINTING 254 261 298 + 14.2 +17.3

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INDUSTRY INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS % CHANGE SEPT 81 OVER

SEPT 80 MAR 81 SEPT 81

MAR 81 SEPT 80

MANUFACTURING 214 231 249 ♦ 7.8 ♦16.4

TEXTILES 217 233 248 ♦ 6.4 +14.3

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 225 229 238 ♦ 3.9 ♦ 5.8

ELECTRONICS 226 263 272 ♦ 3.4 ♦20.4

□ARME NTS 208 221 244 ♦ 10.4 ♦17.3

□LOVES 188 188 197 + 4.8 ♦ 4.8

HANDBAGS 208 220 236 + 7.3 ♦ 13.5

ELASTIC PRODUCTS OTHER THAN FLOWERS AND TOYS 231 249 272 ♦ 9.2 ♦17.7

ELASTIC TOYS 200 216 223 ♦ 3.2 ♦ 11.5

°R INTI NG 264 271 307 ♦13.3 ♦16.3

THE INDEX OF NOMINAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES MEASURES CHANGES IN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY EARNED AS WAGES BY WORKERS IN LARGE ESTABLISHMENTS IN 25 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES. THE INDEX OF NOMINAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGES AS WELL AS IN SUCH FRINGE BENEFITS AS CASH BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES, FREE OR SUBSIDISED FOOD AND PAID HOLIDAYS.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PUBLISHED INDEXES OF REAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES (WITH AND WITHOUT FRINGE BENEFITS) FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS.

THE INDEXES OF REAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES MEASURE CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING POWER OF WAGES RECEIVED AND ARE OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THEIR RESPECTIVE NOMINAL COUNTERPARTS BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A). THE NEW CPI(A) HAS BEEN USED IN COMPILING THE INDEXES OF REAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES, STARTING RETROSPECTIVELY FROM MARCH 1981. AS A RESULT, THE FIGURES FOR MARCH 1981 HAVE BEEN REVISED BUT THE REVISIONS ARE INSIGNIFICANT.

EXCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, THE INDEX OF REAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS IN SEPTEMBER 1981 WAS 132, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF TWO POINTS OR 1.5 PER CENT OVER SEPTEMBER 1980 AND NO CHANGE OVER MARCH 1981.

INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, THE INDEX IN SEPTEMBER 1981 WAS 136, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF THREE POINTS OR 2.3 PER CENT OVER SEPTEMBER 1980 AND NO CHANGE OVER MARCH 1981.

DETAILS OF WAGE MOVEMENTS IN THE INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCLUDED IN THE SEPTEMBER 1981 SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE WAGES AND LABOUR COST STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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MORE EFFORTS ON SHELTERED WORKSHOPS URGED

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THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE URGED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO PUT GREATER EFFORTS INTO SETTING UP SPECIAL WORKSHOPS WHERE THE SEVERELY DISABLED CAN PERFORM SATISFYING JOBS AT A PACE SUITABLE FOR THEIR LIMITED POTENTIAL.

THE CALL CAME FROM DR HARRY FANG, MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, AT THE OPENING OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S PAK TIN SHELTERED WORKSHOP IN UPPER PAK TIN ESTATE, SHAM SHU I PO.

DR FANG ALSO CALLED FOR THE CO-OPERATION OF INDUSTRIALISTS.

♦FOR, WITHOUT THEIR EXPERTISE IN THE INDUSTRIAL FIELD, SUPPLY OF RAW MATERIALS, ORDERS AND SALES OUTLETS, NO WORKSHOP CAN FUNCTION EFFICIENTLY,* HE SAID.

DR FANG SAID HONG KONG DEPENDED ON EXPORT MARKETS AND HONG KONG PRODUCTS WERE NOTED FOR HIGH QUALITY AND COMPETITIVENESS IN THE WORLD MARKET.

♦OUR DISABLED WORK FORCE, UNDER SUITABLE GUIDANCE, POSSESSES THAT SAME HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL WHICH IMPRESSES SO MANY COUNTRIES,* HE SAID.

DR FANG DESCRIBED THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED AS *THE ULTIMATE TEST OF REHABILITATION.*

HE SAID HE WAS HEARTENED TO SEE THAT MANY EMPLOYERS HAD COME TO REALISE THE POTENTIAL OF THE DISABLED WORKERS AND HAD HAPPILY ACCEPTED THEM INTO THEIR FIRMS AND FACTORIES.

MORE AND MORE DISABLED PEOPLE ARE IN ORDINARY COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SETTINGS, WORKING SUCCESSFULLY SIDE BY SIDE WITH ORDINARY AMBERS OF THE WORK FORCE. BUT THERE ARE MANY DISABLED PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM DISABILITIES TOO SEVERE FOR THEM TO WORK IN A NORMAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

+FOR THESE PEOPLE, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE THAT SPECIAL WORKSHOPS ARE SET UP FOR THEM AND THAT A WIDE VARIETY OF INTERESTING AND SUITABLE OCCUPATIONS IS PROVIDED,* DR FANG SAID.

♦IT IS THE RIGHT OF EVERY ADULT TO ENJOY THE DIGNITY OF WORK,* « ADDED.

DR FANG DESCRIBED THE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED AS A ♦PERMANENT COMMITMENT.*

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THE HOST AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TODAY WAS THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE. GUESTS INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, INDUSTRIALISTS AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD.

p ™E PAK TIN SHELTERED WORKSHOP, ONE OF SIX RUN BY THE SOCIAL DEPARTMENT, HAS CAPACITY FOR 140 DISABLED PEOPLE WHO CANNOT COMPETE IN THE OPEN JOB MARKET.

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE WORKSHOP MAY APPLY TO THE NEAREST FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

BOTH THE SHAM SHU I PO AND LAI CHI KOK FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES ARE AT 202, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, 7TH FLOOR.

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MORE MEN FOR FIRE SERVICES

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♦THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES ARE PROUD OF THE HIGH STANDARDS CF PROFESSIONALISM AND SERVICE THEY PROVIDE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,+ SAID MR JOHN MARCH, CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF FIRE PROTECTION

SPEAKING TO 62 NEWLY-GRADUATED OFFICERS AND MEN AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE HELD AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL IN PAT HEUNG, W MARCH REMINDED THE NEW RECRUITS THAT IT WAS THEIR *PROUD DUTY+ TO ENSURE THAT THE REPUTATION IS UPHELD.

HE ADVISED THE GRADUATES THAT THEY SHOULD ALWAYS TURN TO THEIR SENIOR OFFICERS AND THE MORE-EXPERIENCED COLLEAGUES FOR ADVICE AND GUIDANCE WHEN IN DOUBT.

♦AFTER SERVING ON A FIRE STATION WATCH FOR A SHORT TIME, I AM SURE YOU WILL COME TO APPRECIATE THE TRUE VALUES OF COMRADESHIP, THE BENEFITS OF EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK AND A SATISFYING VOCATION IN SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

♦YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE WILL BE TESTED TO THE FULL IN HAVING TO MEET, WITHOUT QUESTION, THE MANY AND VARIED DEMANDS WHICH INEVITABLY WILL BE MADE ON YOU FROM BOTH WITHIN AND FROM OUTSIDE THE SERVICE,+ HE SAID.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1982

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SCHOOLS COMPETITION TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING

* * *

ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE 1982 SCHOOLS’ HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE THEMES FOR THE PROJECT ARE ♦LET’S CLEAN OUR CITY, SAFETY OF DRINKING WATER, AND A HEALTHY SCHOOL LIFE.*

♦IT IS HOPED THAT TEACHERS WILL MAKE USE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THEIR PUPILS TO MATTERS RELATED TO HEALTHY LIVING BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS MAY CHOOSE ANY ONE OF THE THEMES TO PRODUCE AN INTERESTING AND EYE-CATCHING DISPLAY IN A FLOOR AREA MEASURING 3.5 METRES SQUARE, AND WITH A HEIGHT NOT EXCEEDING 2.5 METRES.

THE DISPLAY MAY INCLUDE PICTURES, PHOTOGRAPHS, MODELS, SPECIMENS, GRAPHS, CHARTS, FEATURE ARTICLES AND OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CAPTIONS MAY BE IN EITHER CHINESE OR ENGLISH, OR BOTH.

FIVE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED CASH PRIZES RANGING FROM $1 800 TO 1700, TOGETHER WITH A TROPHY. THERE WILL ALSO BE 10 MERIT °RIZES OF $500 EACH TO BE AWARDED AT THE JUDGES’ DISCRETION.

THE EXHIBIT WITH THE BEST ARTWORK DESIGN WILL ALSO BE AWARDED A TROPHY, WHILE A SOUVENIR PLAQUE WILL BE PRESENTED TO EACH ’ARTICIPATI NG SCHOOL.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMPETITION SHOULD SEND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 8 TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR (HEALTH EDUCATION), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5TH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR (HEALTH iDUCATION) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE 5-774001 EXT. 33 AND 43, OR THE SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR (HEALTH EDUCATION), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ON TELEPHONE 5-729361 EXT. 34.

JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN MARCH 1 AND 5, WHEN ’ANTICIPATING SCHOOLS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SET UP THE PROJECT ON THEIR SCHOOL PREMISES.

A JOINT EXHIBITION OF THE PRIZE-WINNING PROJECTS WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL FROM MARCH 25 TO 29.

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AVENUE FOR RESIDENTS TO SPEAK OUT * * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AN AVENUE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON MATTERS AFFECTING THEIR WELL-BEING THROUGH A NEW +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME WHICH WAS DISCUSSED AT THE SECOND MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SCHEME IS AIMED AT IMPROVING CONTACTS BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE DISTRICT BOARD UNOFFICIALS.

IT WILL ENABLE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THE WORK OF THE BOARD, AND, RECIPROCALLY ENABLE DISTRICT BOARD UNOFFICIALS TO UNDERSTAND PROBLEMS MORE FULLY AND CONSEQUENTLY TO MAKE KNOWN THESE PROBLEMS TO THE GOVERNMENT.

SIMILAR SCHEMES ARE BEING TRIED OUT IN WONG TAI SIN AND KWUN TONG.

A ROSTER SYSTEM WILL LATER BE WORKED OUT FOR UNOFFICIAL BOARD MEMBERS TO RECEIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

IN ADDITION, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL VISIT VARIOUS HOUSING ESTATES, SQUATTER AREAS, SCHOOLS, CLINICS, MARKETS AND POLICE COMMUNICATION CENTRE IN THE DISTRICT TO GET TO KNOW THE PROBLEM AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

THEY WILL ALSO VISIT LOCAL ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO ESTABLISH CONTACTS WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS THROUGH CONTACTS WITH THESE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

A WIDE RANGE OF MATTERS WAS DISCUSSED BY THE BOARD, INCLUDING THE ORGANISING OF A +HI-FI+ CONCERT FOR THE WAH FU ESTATE RESIDENTS BY THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MUSIC OFFICE AT WAH FU ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL ON FEBRUARY 21 (SUNDAY).

IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE INTRODUCED ALONG BOTH THE SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAYS OF ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD (SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD AND OLD MAIN STREET) AS PART OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN ABERDEEN.

A WORKING GROUP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN) AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WOULD BE SET UP TO CONSIDER WAYS TO IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF READING ROOM FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

/OTHER COMMUNITY

FRIDAY, JANUARY 1% 1982

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mARn°TMriRnn2MAUo<!n*li!u0!;VEMENT PR0JECTS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE wAT?>d 2^UDEB^r™ARCH T0 BE D0ME 0N THE SOCIAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN I e$^EIBALL FRIENDS ’82+ PROJECT, AND THE PROVISION

CF A MOBILE STAGE FOR OPEN AIR FUNCTIONS.

Al en u?nTS,E1J?E^0FTENVIR0NMENT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, THE BOARD F0R THE development OF A SITTING OUT

^nATue e^L-0F P0KFUL*M VILLAGE KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION ARB JHE SITE FORMATION WORKS RELATED TO THE TAI WAN N£W VILLAGE FIBRE GLASS TOILET INSTALLATION PROJECT.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN HELP WITH CLEAN UP ft ft ft

TWO-HUNDRED-AND-FORTY CHILDREN FROM 24 PRIMARY SCHOOLS TOOK PART TODAY (FRIDAY) IN A DISTRICT-WIDE, CLEAN-UP COMPETITION IN THE NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT AROUSING CLEANLINESS AS WELL AS A SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE STUDENTS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, SAID THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, W BOWEN LEUNG.

THE SUCCESS OF THE CAMPAIGN WOULD DEPEND LARGELY DN THE CO-OPERATION OF AND PARTICIPATION BY MEMBERS OF THE PI3LIC, HE SAID.

THE SCHOOL CHILDREN, ARMED WITH BRUSHES AND BASKETS, CONVERGED ON THE TOWN CENTRE OF SHEK WU HUI AND TWO TEMPORARY H( JS ING AREAS IN SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING.

THEY CLEARED AWAY A LARGE QUANTITY OF REFUSE AND JUNK, WHILE CLEANSING STAFF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPAR’ 4ENT PROVIDED A BACK-UP SERVICE.

MEMBERS OF THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE, INCLUDING ' 4E CHAIRMAN, » CHONG KAM-LING, THE CHAIRMAN OF SHEUNG SHUI RURAL OMMITTEE, MR LIU CHING-LEUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SHEK WU HUI ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE, MR CHEUNG KUEN, VISITED VARIOUS LOCATIONS TC PICK OUT THE WINNERS.

SHIELDS WERE PRESENTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR PANG HANG-YIN TO THREE WINNING SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES AT A CEREMONY AT THE END OF THE CLEAN-UP, WHILE SOUVENIR BANNERS WERE GIVEN TO OTHERS.

ALSO TAKING PART WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, NORTH, MR DAVID WILMSHURST, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, NORTH, hR LAW WAI-MlNG, AND THE HOUSING MANAGER OF TEMPORARY HOUSING, NEW TERRITORIES, MR LAU CHI-SHING.

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FIFTH WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

* * *

THE FIFTH WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD (JANUARY 19) AT 2.30 PM IN FUNG MING HALL, WONG TAI O I IN I Q I 11

THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PAPER ON DISTRICT STRATEGY FOR WONG TAI SIN, SETTING OUT THE MAJOR GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY PLANS FOR THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL GIVE ADVICE ON VARIOUS PROGRAMMES AND THEIR OBJECTIVES, MONITOR THEIR PROGRESS, IDENTIFY MAJOR SHORTFALLS AND PROPOSE ALTERNATIVES WHERE OBJECTIVES ARE NOT BEING REALISED.

PROGRESS ON THE PROPOSED SLIP ROAD FROM KING FUK STREET INTO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE REPORTED AT THE MEETING.

THE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

NOTE TO EDITORS i

THE FIFTH MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE AN OPEN MEETING, AND THE PRESS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. EDITORS ARE ASKED TO NOTE THAT THE AGENDA AND PAPERS FOR THIS MEETING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION ON MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 18 FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM. EDITORS WHO REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE MEETING SHOULD TELEPHONE MISS AMY CHOW (TEL. 3-222261) AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, WONG TAI SIN.

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CLOSED TO LEARNER DRIVERS

* * *

LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE CAR PARK AND BUS TERMINUS FROM 12.01 AM ON MONDAY UNTIL 11.59 PM ON JANUARY 25 AS A LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE HELD IN THE AREA.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1982

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EVENING OF CHINESE ART SONGS

M * * *

A CONCERT OF CHINESE ART SONGS WILL BE FEATURED IN THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 13.

THE CREATIVITY AND RICHNESS OF CHINESE ART SONGS WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE AUDIENCES BY SEVERAL LEADING LOCAL VOCALISTS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON JANUARY 26 STARTING AT 7.30 PM.

MEZZO SOPRANO CECILIA CHU, BARITONE CHOU YUN-CHEN, TENOR YUNG KEUNG AND SOPRANO ANNA CHENG WILL RENDER AN ATTRACTIVE PROGRAMME OF MELODIES IN THE CONCERT.

THE TSUEN WAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, TSUEN WAN GIRL’S CHOIR AND TSUEN WAN CHOIR WILL ALSO PERFORM.

TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT AT $15, 110, $5 AND S3 (STUDENT TICKETS) ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE.

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BUILDINGS IN DANGEROUS CONDITION * * *

AT AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED THE TWO-STOREY ANNEXES

" mam*8 ’oeuxwest> H0He kons To *

,SSU£D THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING THE PRINCIPAL SeT^^NL.?.UllTD,?G SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE SEVEN-STOREY EARLY ILDINGS W,TH two-storey annexes at the rear had been UNDER OBSERVATION FOR SOME TIME.

*RE£ENT INSPECTION following a complaint revealed that these TWO-STOREY ANNEXES SHOW SIGNS OF EXTENSIVE MOVEMENT.

TucoeeAIc•S CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE AND IT IS ^<?fSSARY T0 CL0SE AND DEMOLISH THESE ANNEXES,* THE

SPOKESMAN SAID.

nieTOBI’S!? ¥ INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON FEBRUARY 12, 1982 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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FOLKSONGS FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING M H M

THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MUSIC OFFICE ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING A +FOLKSONG FROM THE CLASSROOM* SINGING SESSION AT THE CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN FORTRESS HILL ROAD IN NORTH POINT FROM 7.30 PM TO 10 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 17).

THE EVENT IS AIMED AT PROMOTING INTEREST IN FOLKSONG SINGING AMONG EASTERN DISTRICT STUDENTS AND FOSTERING A STRONGER SENSE OF COMMUNITY BUILDING AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS.

FOUR SPECIAL GUESTS, MESSRS CHUNG LAI-SHEUNG, TANG WAI-YUN, TO CHAN-SUN AND WONG AH-MAN AS WELL AS FOLKSONG TEAMS FROM EIGHf SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM.

THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE INVITED ARE THE HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB HIOE TJO YOENG SCHOOL, ISLAMIC COLLEGE, PRECIOUS BLOOD GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL, CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL, SALESIAN SCHOOL, ST. JOHN’S CO-EDUCATIONAL COLLEGE, CHEUNG CHUK SHAN COLLEGE AND WESLEY COLLEGE.

ADMISSION WILL BE BY TICKETS WHICH WILL BE ISSUED FREE, AND LOCAL RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN THE SHOW CAN OBTAIN THEM FROM THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR THE MUSIC OFFICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE SAID SOME 800 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONTRACTORS WARNED AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING ............. 1

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ........................... 2

NGAU TAU KOK BUS ROUTE CHANGES ................................ 2

WARNING ABOUT ENDANGERED ANIMALS .............................. 3

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWUN TONG................................... 3

FIGHT CRIME SONG CONTEST FINALS ............................... 4

THIRD INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RACE.................................. 5

ENTRIES INVITED FOR RESPECT THE AGED SLOGAN CONTEST ........... 6

TREAT FOR ELDERLY ............................................. 6

FOU TSONG TO GIVE TWO RECITALS ................................ 7

FIRING PRACTICE................................................ 7

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1982

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CONTRACTORS WARNED AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING

* * *

BUILDING CONTRACTORS WERE URGED TODAY (SATURDAY) NOT TO SPOIL THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AND CAUSE OBSTRUCTION BY DUMPING BUILDING WASTE INDISCRIMINATELY.

THE APPEAL CAME FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR WAN HON-CHEUNG, WHEN HE TOURED VARIOUS DEBRIS-RIDDEN BLACKSPOTS IN HANG HAU WITH OTHER MEMBERS CF THE COMMITTEE.

THE PARTY SAW WASTE BUILDING MATERIAL DISCARDED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

MR WAN ALSO URGED CONTRACTORS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE EARTH DUMPING SITE SPECIALLY OPENED FOR THEM AT JUNK BAY.

THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN, REMINDED CONTRACTORS THAT THEY COULD BE BROUGHT TO COURT TO FACE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 OOO AND A POSSIBLE JAIL SENTENCE OF SIX MONTHS.

THE TOURING PARTY LATER WATCHED A CLEAN-UP OPERATION LAUNCHED BY THE HEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO COINCIDE WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

ABOUT 50 CLEANSING WORKERS OF SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE WERE DEPLOYED AT OTHER SPOTS INCLUDING SIU HANG HAU TSUEN. PAN LONG WAN, YAU YUE WAN AND HANG HAU TOWN CENTRE THROUGHOUT THE HANG HAU DISTRICT.

THEY REMOVED A TOTAL OF 10 LORRY LOADS OF REFUSE AND JUNK AND GAVE A FACELIFT TO THE WHOLE HANG HAU DISTRICT.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S TOUR WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MRS LAU NG WAI-LAN, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN, AND THE DEPUTY URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR CHOI YEUNG-HUNG.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION * * *

THIRTY-FOUR SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF >402 000 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, EIGHTH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 180 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE CF $76 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER CK8888 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $40 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR CP1422, CP3163, CP1885, CP9778 AND CP5152.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PR ICESt

CP 28 $16 000 HK3373 $ 7 000 CF3333 1 135 000

CR 118 §20 000 CP3666 $ 3 500 CR 328 1 115 000

AA 109 $ 6 500 AA3373 $ 5 000 HK 303 i 123 000

CR9955 $ 7 500 AB 600 $17 000 CP3228 $ 4 600

CP 911 $ 5 500 CP 866 $ 5 500 CN8332 $ 4 000

CR1828 $ 7 000 CP3373 $ 1 800 AA 87 1 117 500

CT 50 $23 000 CP 668 $13 000 CP 935 J 1 2 300

CP 330 $ 5 200 CR 213 $ 7 500 CP8288 $ 1 5 500

CS 898 $ 8 600 CR 280 $11 400 CP 109 1 1 3 100

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS CF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE WAS THE 71ST ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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NGAU TAU KOK BUS ROUTE CHANGES

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THE NGAU TAU KOK ROUTES OF A NUMBER OF KMB BUSES WILL BE CHANGED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 18) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTHERN ELEVATED ROAD FROM NGAU TAU KOK TO KOWLOON BAY.

THEY ARE BUS NOS. 2A, 6D, 13A, 13D, 89 AND 211.

THE BUSES WILL OPERATE VIA KWUN TONG ROAD AND NGAU TAU KOK ROAD INSTEAD OF KWUN TONG ROAD, SHING SHUN ROAD AND NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

DURING THE TEMPORARY DIVERSION, A BUS STOP WILL BE PROVIDED IN NGAU TAU KOK ROAD NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH KWUN TONG ROAD.

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WARNING ABOUT ENDANGERED ANIMALS

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT DEALT WITH MORE THAN AO CASES OF ILLEGAL IMPORTS OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND PLANTS OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS.

MOST INVOLVED HONG KONG RESIDENTS BRINGING BACK PANGOLINS, OWLS AND EAGLES FROM SOUTH CHINA AND STUFFED SEA TURTLES AND CROCODILES FROM SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

PEOPLE IN SUCH CASES ARE USUALLY PROSECUTED AND THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE COULD BE 15 OOO AND FOR SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENCES $10 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

THE PUBLIC WERE ADVISED NOT TO BUY SUCH ITEMS OR ATTEMPT TO BRING THEM BACK TO HOIIG KONG AS SOUVENIRS OR FOODSTUFFS.

AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OFFICERS ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TRAVELLERS WHO MAY CONTRAVENE THE LEGISLATION DEALING WITH THIS.

PEOPLE WERE ALSO REMINDED THAT LICENCES WERE ALSO REQUIRED FOR THE IMPORTATION OF DOGS AND CATS.

ANIMALS IMPORTED FROM ALL COUNTRIES — EXCEPT FROM BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND EIRE — ARE SUBJECT TO SIX-MONTH QUARANTINE.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWUN TONG * *

SECTION OF HONG NING ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH KUNG LOK ™A2J,!LKWyN T0NG W,LV BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 18).

BETWEEN

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS WITHIN THE CLEARWAY 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

STARTING FROM i HE SAME DAY (JANUARY 18) THE LAI KOK ESTATE BUS TERMINUS IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

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FIGHT CRIME SONG CONTEST FINALS

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MR LAU SIK-MING AND ST. BONAVENTURE COLLEGE WERE THE CHAMPIONS AT THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SONG CONTEST HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

OUT OF FIVE SOLOISTS AND THREE ENSEMBLES FROM THE OPEN CLASS, MR LAU SIK-MING, MISS LIU SUK-FUN AND MR YIP WAI-KEUNG CAME OUT AS THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD WINNERS. AS FOR THE SCHOOL CLASS, ST. BONAVENTURE COLLEGE CAME FIRST, YU CHUN KEUNG MEMORIAL COLLEGE CAME SECOND AND BUDDHIST WONG FUNG LING MEMORIAL COLLEGE CAME THIRD.

THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SONG CONTEST WAS ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, ASSISTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE POLYGRAM RECORDS CO. LTD AS ONE OF THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES FOR THE 1981/82 FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

THE CONTEST ATTRACTED MORE THAN 1 OOO ENTRANTS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS AND YOUTH GROUPS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR B.R. JOHNSTON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES SAID, +THE CONTEST AIMS TO EDUCATE AND MOTIVATE YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG TO AVOID BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME. IT ALSO AIMS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHY PURSUITS AND TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS AND NATURAL ABILITIES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.*

HE THANKED THE SPONSORS MR EDMOND CHAM AND THE POLYGRAM RECORDS CO. FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND ALL THOSE WHO HAD HELPED IN MAKING THE CONTEST POSSIBLE.

HE SAID THE CAMPAIGN THEME SONG HAD BEEN SPECIALLY WRITTEN FOR THE CONTEST, WITH THE MUSIC COMPOSED BY RICKY FUNG AND LYRICS WRITTEN BY JIMMY LO. THE SONG HAD BEEN INCLUDED ON POPULAR SINGER, ALBERT AU’S LATEST RECORD.

SITTING ON THE PANEL OF JUDGES WERE LOCAL MUSIC PERSONALITIES t MR SZETO CHI-CHIU, MR LEUNG YAT-CHIU, MR CHANG CHUN-YIN, MISS FIDELIA LEIGH, MR CHOU YUEN-CHEN, MR ARMANDO LAI, MISS SUSANNA CHOW AND MR KENNETH YIP.

THE RESULTS OF THE CONTEST, BASED ON THE VERDICTS OF THE EIGHT ADJUDICATORS, WERE ANNOUNCED AFTER A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY ALBERT AU.

DR HO KAM-FAI, MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, PRESENTED CASH AWARDS OF $5 000, $3 000 AND $2 000 AS FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF THE OPEN CLASS AND THE SCHOOLS CLASS.

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THIRD INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RACE

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MORE THAN 400 MEN AND WOMEN CIVIL SERVANTS FROM 23 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TOOK PART IN THE THIRD ANNUAL INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RACE AT SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK TODAY (SATURDAY).

BRAVING THE CHILLY WIND, THE DISTANCE RUNNERS FACED THE STARTER, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, AT 10 AM AT SHING MUN MAIN DAM FOR THE JOURNEY ALONG THE SHING MUN RESERVOIR COURSE.

THE MEN'S RACE IS 10 KILOMETRES WHILE THE LADIES CONTESTED A SHORTER 7.3 KILOMETRES COURSE. IT IS BY FAR THE LONGEST DISTANCE OF THE ANNUAL EVENT.

SIX RUNNERS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE SET A BLISTERING PACE AND LED THE PACK AT THE FINISHING LINE TO WIN THE SIR DENY’S ROBERTS SHIELD. ALL CHAMPION RUNNERS SCORED FOR THE FIRST MEN’S TEAM WERE ALSO AWARDED PERSONAL SHIELDS BY SIR DENYS AT A CEREMONY.

FOUR WOMEN RUNNERS FROM THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT DOMINATED THE LADIES TEAM WERE PRESENTED THE PERSONAL SHIELDS FOR THE FIRST LADIES’ TEAM.

LEADING DISTANCE RUNNER, ADRIAN TROWELL, OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT RAN ON STRONGLY TO FINISH IN 52 MINUTES AND 28 SECONDS IN THE OPEN CATEGORY.

BEST WOMAN RUNNER, KATE VANDER LEURBOOKER OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE WON THE LADIES INDIVIDUAL RACE IN 37 MINUTES 33 SECONDS.

TROPHY FOR VETERAN MAN WENT TO YU TUNG-CHEUNG OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AS HE FINISHED IN ONE HOUR TWO MINUTES 38 SECONDS.

A NUMBER OF THE COMPETITORS HAD JOINED THE SHING MUN RUNNING CLINIC PRACTICE REGULARLY IN THE AREA DURING THE RECENT SUNDAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE RACE RESULTED IN TODAY’S GOOD RESULT, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE ORGANISER OF THE EVENT.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR RESPECT THE AGED SLOGAN CONTEST

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TUEN MUN IS HOLDING A SLOGAN WRITING COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTIONS, AN OPEN SECTION AND A SECTION FOR PEOPLE AfiED OVER 60.

ENTRIES WHICH MUST NOT EXCEED 10 WORDS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI HING ESTATE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES CENTRE, ON TING ESTATE TEMPORARY PUBLIC AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE, TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE OR THE YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION TUEN MUN OFFICE.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS JANUARY 23.

PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO THREE WINNERS IN EACH SECTION.

JUDGES WILL INCLUDE OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION AND LOCAL SCHOOL PRINCIPALS.

THE ASSOCIATION WAS SET UP IN APRIL LAST YEAR. IT HAS SINCE ORGANISED A RESPECT FOR THE AGED WEEK IN JULY AND A TOUR TO THE OCEAN PARK IN DECEMBER.

IT IS ALSO ORGANISING A FEAST FOR THE AGED DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR.

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TREAT FOR ELDERLY M M M

ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO AN ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON OF ENTERTAINMENT AT THE YU CHUN KEUNG MEMORIAL COLLEGE (27 MAN FUK ROAD, WATERLOO HILL) TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THEY WILL BE GUESTS AT A VARIETY PERFORMANCE ARRANGED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND RECREATION OF THE ELDERLY.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE MAGIC SHOWS, ACROBATICS AND CHINESE MUSIC, AND A FREE DINNER PARTY.

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FOU TSONG TO GIVE TWO RECITALS * * *

PIANIST FOU TSONG WILL GIVE TWO RECITALS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON JANUARY 29 AND 30, STARTING AT 7.30 PM.

THE SHANGHAI-BORN PIANIST STUDIED AT AN EARLY AGE, UNDER THE ITALIAN PIANIST AND CONDUCTOR MARIO PAC I.

NOW RESIDING IN LONDON, HE HAS PERFORMED IN EVERY CONTINENT, AND TOURED ALL THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

HE WILL PLAY THE WORKS OF BEETHOVEN, DEBUSSY, HWANG FU-WAI, TSUI SHIH-KUANG AND CHOPIN IN THE TWO RECITALS, WH CH ARE PART OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 22 AND FEBRUARY 13.

TICKETS AT $5 (STUDENTS), 110, $20 AND $30 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE.

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FIRING PRACTICE X £

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR SIX DAYS NEXT WEEK, FROM JANUARY 18 TO 23.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi MONDAY FROM 9 AM TO 5.30 PM- TUESDAY FROM 8.30 AM TO 5.30 PM - WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 8.30 AM TO 11 PM - FRIDAY FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM - AND SATURDAY FROM 8 AM TO

4.30 PM.

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

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WATER MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 18) TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

AREAS FFECTED WILL BE A FART OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD, EXTENDING FROM KWAI ON ROAD TO KA TING ROAD- AND KWAI TING ROAD, EXTENDING FROM TAI LIN PAI ROAD TO KA TING ROAD.

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT ATTRACTS OVERSEAS PLANNERS ............. 1

SALT WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION ............................. 1

TSZ WAN SHAN FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY ..................... 2

CASTLE PEAK ROAD CLOSURE.................................... 2

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS DURING NEW YEAR PERIOD........... J

schools dance festival ..................................... 3

CHINESE ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT ARTS FESTIVAL .............. 4

TENDERS SOUGHT TOR OPERATING SOUVENIR STALLS................ U

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AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT ATTRACTS OVERSEAS PLANNERS

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THE SUCCESS OF THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND ITS ESTABLISHED RECORD OF EFFICIENCY IN OPERATION HAVE DRAWN THE ATTENTION OF MANY AIRPORT PLANNERS AND OPERATORS AS WELL AS OTHERS INVOLVED IN AIRPORT PLANNING STUDIES.

AND TWO SUCH DELEGATIONS WILL BE ARRIVING LATER THIS MONTH TO OBTAIN FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON THE AIRPORT. ONE OF THEM WILL COME FROM THE REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE OTHER FROM JAPAN.

THE GERMAN GROUP, WHICH COMPRISES THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE DIRECTOR OF AVIATION AND THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING OF MUNICH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WILL ARRIVE ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 19).

IT HAS STATED ITS INTEREST IN SEEING THE AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT-THE MAJOR PART OF THE 1600 MILLION STAGE 4 DEVELOPMENT - WHICH HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 1974.

THE GROUP WILL ALSO HOLD DISCUSSIONS ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST WITH THE PLANNING STAFF OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT.

THE 17-MEMBER JAPANESE DELEGATION, ARRIVING HERE ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 22), IS SENT BY THE WAKAYAMA PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT TO SEE THE PLANNING AND OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE AIRPORT.

THE DELEGATION IS UNDERSTOOD TO BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT FOR STUDYING THE EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED NEIGHBOURING KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THEIR COMMUNITY.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN THE KOWLOON TONG DISTRICT WILL BE CUT OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 20) TO FACILITATE CLEANING OF THE SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR.

THE AFFECTED AREAS WILL INCLUDE ™E NORTHERN PART OF CORNWALL STREET TO BEACON HILL ROAD, BROADCAST DRIVE AND LUNG CHEUNG COURT.

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TSZ WAN SHAN FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

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THERE WILL BE BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS aND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR IAN STRACHAN, STATED TODAY (SUNDAY).

RESIDENTS CAN SOUND OUT MORE DIRECTLY

J! ONS ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND POLICIES. AT THE SAME ™Mnon?!?yTeNMENT DEPARTMENTS WITHIN AN AREA WOULD BE WELL CO-ORDINATED AND MORE EFFICIENT, HE SAID

MR STRACHAN WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING FORTNIGHT-LONG TSZ WAN SHAN FESTIVAL JOINTLY BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, THE WONG OFFICE, AND THE THREE AREA COMMITTEES OF TSZ

CEREMONY OF THE ORGANISED TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT WAN SHAN.

__ T!2E PE$TIVAL WAS ORGANISED TO ENCOURAGE TSZ WAN SHAN RESIDENTS BELONGING Piln In «hSda£tTYcAFFA,RS AND INCREASE THEIr SENSE OF W^THNTHEGDISTRir? PUBLICITY dr ' ye IN CONNECTION

WI IH THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

THE CLOSING CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE TSZ WAN SHAN CENTRAL RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY BYMRSTBACHAN

AND FIV_ TSZ WAN SHAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY

SHOW.

,NCLUDED ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION TO WINNERS OF THE TSZ WAN SHAN FESTIVAL PHOTO-COMPETITION AND CROSS-WORD

PUZZLE CONTEST.

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CASTLE PEAK ROAD CLOSURE

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A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD NORTH OF SAN HUI IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 19) AND WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 20) FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA A TEMPORARY ROAD.

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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS DURING NEW YEAR PERIOD * * *

MADE FOR CASHING PUBLIC

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN ----- .......

ASSISTANCE OR SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE COUPONS DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

PAYMENTS WITH PAY DATES ON JANUARY 24, LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE, MAY BE COLLECTED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 20.

COUPONS WITH PAY DATES ON JANUARY 25, LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY, MAY BE CASHED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 21.

COUPONS WITH PAY DATES ON JANUARY 26, MAY BE CASHED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 22, WHILE THOSE WITH PAY DATES ON JANUARY 27 MAY BE CASHED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 23.

STAFF OF SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO INFORM THEIR CLIENTS OF THE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

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FIFTEEN TEAMS OF HANDICAPPED STUDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE 18TH SCHOOLS’ DANCE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD FROM FEBRUARY 3 TO 17.

♦RESPONSE TO THE FESTIVAL IS GOOD AND ALTOGETHER 348 TEAMS FROM 233 SCHOOLS HAVE APPLIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING TOTALS 3 421.

DANCE ITEMS WILL INCLUDE WESTERN FOLK OR NATIONAL DANCE, ORIENTAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN FORTRESS HILL ROAD, NORTH POINT, AND IN KOWLOON, IT WILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG SZE YAP COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION WONG TAI SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE IN NAM CHEONG STREET. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THE VENUE IS TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, 70 HOI PA STREET, TSUEN WAN.

WINNERS' PERFORMANCES AND PRIZE-GIVING WILL BE HELD FROM APRIL 13 TO 19 AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL, AND ON APRIL 24 AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE DANCE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

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CHINESE ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT ARTS FESTIVAL * * * *

THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE TWO PERFORMANCES DURING THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ON FEBRUARY 7 IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL

, AT 2.30 PM AND 7.30 PM AUDITORIUM.

THE ORCHESTRA WAS FORMED IN 1977 BY PROMOTE CHINESE MUSIC, AND HAS DEVELOPED IN PRESENTING CHINESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC.

THE URBAN COUNCIL TO A LIVELY AND MODERN STYLE

BESIDES GIVING REGULAR CONCERTS AND PERFORMING AT SCHOOLS, THE ORCHESTRA ALSO LENDS SUPPORT TO CHINESE DANCE PERFORMANCES AND OTHER CONCERTS.

UNDER THE BATON OF ITS MUSIC DIRECTOR NG TA I-KONG, THE ORCHESTRA WILL PLAY +DRAGON DANCE*, +EARTHQUAKE+, +FISH DANCE+, ♦THE WOODCUTTER’S SONG+, ^VARIATION OF THE HONG LAKE*, +XINJIANG DANCE* AND ♦INTERLOCKI NG RINGS*.

TSUI WAH-NAM WILL GIVE AN ER-HU SOLO +THE LITTLE ROOSTER*, WHILE ANNE CHENG, A MEZZO-SOPRANO, WILL SING CHINESE FOLK MELODIES

TICKETS AT $5 (FOR STUDENTS), $10, $15 AND $20 ARE ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE.

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- 'NVITED TO OPERATE TWO STALLS FOR THE SALE

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OF A CAFE AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

B!JSINESSCONSAPFLtL,lDERS F°R B°™ TRADES WILL BE ABLE T0 START

OPERATORS OF THE TWO SOUVENIR STALLS CAN CARRY ON THEIR BUSINESS UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1984 WHILE THE CONTRACT FOR THE CAFE WILL EXPIRE ON MARCH 31, 1984.

^TENDER F0RMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12.

ENQUIRIES ON FURTHER PARTICULARS CAN ALSO BE MADE BY CONTACTING THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE NTSD ON TELEPHONE >677901.

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TEAMS FROM YUEN LONG DISTRICT, WHICH AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS IN THE FIRST NEW TERR TENNIS LEAGUE, RECEIVED WINNERS’ CUPS FROM (NEW TERRITORIES), MR IAN MACPHERSON, TODA

THEY WON ALL SIX MATCHES PLAYED.

SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN WERE RUNNERS-UP

THE LEAGUE, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED LAST M CF 80 PLAYERS FROM FOUR OF THE EIGHT NEW T

TENNIS IS ONE OF SIX SPORTS LEAGUES P TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS COMPETIT COMMITTEE. A SQUASH LEAGUE WAS STARTED RE UNTIL MARCH.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR DAVID CHIU TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR TANG TUNG-<

'ON BOTH THE MEN’S TORIES INTER-DISTRICT THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (SUNDAY).

MTH, INVOLVED A TOTAL ^RITORIES DISTRICTS.

>MOTED BY THE NEW NS CO-ORDINATING NTLY AND WILL CONTINUE

RE THE CHAIRMAN OF AND THE CHAIRMAN OF IU.

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS HELPED BY DESIGN CAPACITY, GOVERNOR SAYS 1

HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-NOVEMBER 1981 ........... 2

UK MISSION BRIEFED ON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES ................. 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CAPE COLLINSON ROAD......................   7

UK BUSINESSMEN VISIT NEW TOWNS................................   8

FIRST TUEN MUN MARKET OPENS TOMORROW ........................... 8

VISIT TO KWONG WAH HOSPITAL .................................... 9

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE ............................ 9

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 10

PRIMARY PUPILS JOIN VEGETABLE GARDENING CONTEST ............... 10

OPENING OF TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ............................ 11

EXHIBITION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ............................. 11

CHEUNG CHAU PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENING ............................ 12

SHAM SHUI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION INAUGURATED ................... 12

STUDENTS HELP WITH YEAR-END CLEAN-UP AT RENNIE'S MTT.T...... 13

PLB AND MAXICABS TO BE EXAMINED AT KOWLOON BAY ................ 13

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 1982

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INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS HELPED BY DESIGN CAPACITY, GOVERNOR SAYS *****

HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS, DUE IN PARTICULAR TO ITS ABILITY TO ADAPT MORE QUICKLY THAN ITS COMPETITORS, HAS BEEN +ENORMOUSLY ASSISTED BY ITS INCREASING DESIGN CAPACITY,* THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID THIS EVENING.

SIR MURRAY WAS SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR HONG KONG DESIGN, WHICH WAS WON FOR THE FIRST TIME BY A JEWELLERY ITEM, DESIGNED BY KEVIN JEWELRY.

IN HIS SPEECH AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, SIR MURRAY SA IDs

MR TANG, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS ANNUAL EVENT TO RECOGNISE THE BEST IN QUALITY AND DESIGN OF OUR INDUSTRY.

HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS IS A BRILLIANT RECORD BY ANY STANDARDS. EVEN LAST YEAR WHEN TRADING CONDITIONS IN OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE POOR, INTEREST RATES HIGH AND COMPETITION KEEN OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS WERE UP 17 PER CENT IN VALUE COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD IN 1980, AND RE-EXPORTS 40 PER CENT. AND I HAVE NO REASON TO EXPECT THAT THIS YEAR THE FIGURES WILL EE WORSE AND THEY MAY WELL BE BETTER OVER THE YEAR AS A WHOLE. THE SUCCESS WHICH THIS REFLECTS IS DUE TO MANY THINGS, BUT IN PARTICULAR TO OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT MORE QUICKLY THAN OUR COMPETITORS.

THIS ABILITY TO ADAPT IS ENORMOUSLY ASSISTED BY OUR INCREASING DESIGN CAPACITY. THIS CAPACITY HAS RESPONDED TO THE DEVOTED NURSING CF THE DESIGN COUNCIL AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, AS A WHOLE. THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO ASSIST AID THIS FINANCIAL YEAR GOVERNMENT INCREASED ITS SUBVENTION BY PER CENT.

THIS YEAR, I SEE THAT, FOR THE FIRST TIME A JEWELLERY ITEM HAS WON THE GOVERNOR’S AWARD. THE WINNING PRODUCT IS A PaIR CF 18K GOLD EARRINGS WITH 52 HEART-SHAPED DIAMONDS DESIGNED BY KEVIN JEWELRY. ~-i! S UNIQUE DESIGN IS .ALSO AWARDED THE SCMP AWARD FOR DESIGN ORIGINALITY. I CONGRATULATE THE DESIGNERS FOR THEIR HIGH CREATIVE STANDARD.

LADIES ivp GENTLEMEN, I NOW HAVE GREAT PLEASURE IN CALL! v. REPRESENTATIVE OF KEVIN JEWELRY TO COME FORWARD TO RECEIVE THE. TROPHY.

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-NOVEMBER 1981 * * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1981, VALUED AT $235 858 MILLION, INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1980.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 17 PER CENT TO $72 641 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 25 PER CENT TO $125 377 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 40 PER CENT TO $37 840 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) THE RELEVANT DETAILED TRADE STATISTICS.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS

MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWS: JAN - NOV 80 (HK$MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAN - NOV 81 (HK$MN)

U.S. A. 26 489 20 744 ♦5 745 +28

U.K. 6 873 6 068 + 805 *13

F.R. OF GERMANY 6 169 6 634 - 465 - 7

JAPAN 2 697 2 131 + 566 +27

CHINA 2 535 1 373 +1 162 +85

AUSTRALIA 2 467 1 795 + 672 +37

CANADA 2 130 1 596 + 534 +33

SINGAPORE 1 583 1 640 - 57 - 3

NETHERLANDS 1 397 1 408 11 - 1

FRANCE 1 323 1 254 + 69 + 6

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. CONTINUED TO GROW. SUBSTANTIAL

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTH 1 NG (BY $2 391 MILLION OR 32 PER

cent). Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances (by $870 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS (BY $739 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT) AND PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $54? MILLION OR 35 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF OFFICE MACHINES DECLINED BY $71 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT.

-EASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED r NGDCM OF CLOTHING (BY $308 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $233 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT), AS kELL AS ELECTRICAL JH APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $129 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

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MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECREASED IN VALUE, INCLUDING WATCHES AND CLOCKS (DECLINED BY 110 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT) AS *ELL AS TELECOMMUNI CAT 10N3 AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (DECLINED BY $124 .MILLION OR 20 PER CENT). THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED STEADILY (BY $23 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS CF CLOTHING TO JAPAN (BY $376 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT), AND IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS 0- *ATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY 3225 MILLION OR 211 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $232 MILLION OR 137 PER CENT) TO CHINA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOWt

JAN - NOV 81 (HK$MN) JAN - NOV 80 (HK$MN) INCREASE (HKSMN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 25 154 20 904 +4 250 +20

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DCLLS) 12 047 10 180 +1 867 + 18

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 7 391 6 494 + 897 + 14

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 5 310 4 104 + 1 206 + 29

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 5 071 4 587 + 484 + 11

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLE^ AND RELATE;. PRODUCTS 4 809 <+ 374 * 735 ♦ 13

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS PROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS:

INCREASE/

JAN - NOV 81 JAN - NOV 80 DECREASE PERCENTAGE (HK5MN) (HKSMN) (HKSMN) CHANGE

JAPAN 29 073 22 897 +6 176 +27

CHINA 26 436 19 628 +6 808 +35

U.S.A. 13 257 11 968 +1 289 + 11

TAIWAN 9 751 7 058 +2 693 +38

SINGAPORE 9 616 6 576 +3 043 +46

U.K. 5 730 4 961 + 769 + 16

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 5 009 3 397 ♦1 612 +47

F.R. OF GERMANY 3 059 2 648 + 411 +16

SWITZERLAND 2 586 2 591 5 INSIGNIFICANT

AUSTRALIA 1 847 1 559 + 288 + 18

LOCAL DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG.

INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY 3867 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY 3857 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY 3726 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 3640 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT) AND TEXTILES (BY 3610 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA, INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY 31 562 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY 31 287 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY 3511 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES - MAINLY BASKETWORK, WICKERWORK AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PLAITING MATERIALS (BY 3284 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT) AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY 3271 MILLION OR 1? PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FRO*' THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY L378 MILLION OR 3$ PER CENT), ORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY »247 MILLION OR 26^ PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY 3216 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT), AS WELL AS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO V'ANUF ACTURES (BY 3144 r ILL ION OR 31 PER CENT). S', THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES -uERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORTS OR PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMIPRECIOUS STONES (BY S139 "ILL ION OR 16 PER CEK AND TEXTILE F 3RES AND *ASTES . B •' 3387 MILLION OP *5 PEP CENT;.

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FRCM TAI^N (BY ”1 070 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT), AND OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS FROM SINGAPORE (BY 32 355 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT).

THE FOLLOWING TAELE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION:

JAN - NOV 81 (HK3MN) JAN - NOV 80 (HK3MN) INCREASE PERCENTAGE

(HKSMN) CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 36 349 30 318 +6 031 +20

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 29 223 22 442 +6 781 +30

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 20 983 15 740 +5 243 +33

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 12 5Q4 10 353 ♦2 241 +22

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 10 044 7 157 +2 887 +40

CHEMICALS AND RELATED-PRODUCTS 8 262 7 251 +1 011 + 14

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN Rt-tXPORTS TO CH 1NA_(BY -J, ■ mi LION OR 81 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY 31 573 MILLION OR 57 PER INDONESIA (BY 31 383 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT), olNGAPORt (BY > LLION OR 31 REP CENT), JAPAN (BY 3526 MILLION OR 46 Pt; TNt) BLI-C Oc KOREA (BY *455 MILLION OR 56 PtP CENT), MACAU MILLION OR 4€ ENI , PHILIPPINES ^BY 3337 MILLION OR CENT , NIGERIA (BY 3234 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT), AND ISRAEL ;.:Y OR 125 CENT).

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ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG (BY $51 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT) AND SWITZERLAND (BY 3181 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY 32 525 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $1 C66 MILLION OR 104 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APP-IANCES (BY SI 034 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 3739 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT), AND CLOTHING (BY 3594 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT).

THE NOVEMBER 1981 ISSUE OF THE +HC IG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY*, DEALING WITH HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR THE MONTH, WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT ’OBLIGATIONS CENTRE AT HKS3 A COPY. A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPOF ", +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE MONTH’S IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY :EBRUARY AT HKS10 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. S5-214375).

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UK MISSION BRIEFED ON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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BRITISH MANUFACTURERS WOULD FIND HONG KONG’S BUSINESS ERVIRONMENT FAMILIAR AS MUCH OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE, LEGAL AND COMMERCIAL SYSTEMS HERE ARE BASED ON BRITISH MODELS, THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO,SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A BRIEFING SESSION TO A BRITISH TRADE MISSION, TSAO POINTED OUT THAT BY SETTING UP FACTORIES IN HONG KONG, UK MANUFACTURERS DID NOT EXPORT JOBS BUT OFTEN ENHANCED THE VIABILITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS SO THAT PRODUCTION IN UK COULD CONTINUE.

+THE SOURCING OF LOWER COST COMPONENTS IN HONG KONG HAS HELPED IK COMPANIES TO MAINTAIN THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THEIR PRODUCTS IN WORLD MARKETS,* HE TOLD THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF EIGHT BRITISH COMPANIES.

HE SAID INDUSTRIES WHICH WOULD APPEAR TO PROVIDE GOOD PROSPECTS FOR UK INVESTORS ARE:

LIGHT TO MEDIUM-HEAVY ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES IN PRODUCTS

SUCH AS LIGHT-ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT, OPTICAL AND PRECISION-MEASURING INSTRUMENTS, ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIAL AND DOWER EQUIPMENT, AND AUTOMOTIVE PARTS AND ACCESSORIES.

HIGH-QUALITY SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES SUCH AS PRODUCTION

FOUNDRY, METAL CASTING, FORGING, ELECTRO-PLAT I NG, MACHINE TOOL MANUFACTURING AND HEAT TREATMENT.

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THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS INCLUDING CONTROL DEVICES, COMPUTERS AND COMPONENTS AND, IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, TV AND HIGH QUALITY AUDIO EQUIPMENT, AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT.

CHEMICALS AND PHARMACEUTICALS.

OTHER HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES WHICH BROADEN HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL BASE.

MR TSAO STRESSED THAT OPPORTUNITIES EXISTED FOR BRITISH AND HONG KONG COMPANIES TO CO-OPERATE WITHOUT NECESSARILY INVOLVING CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

♦MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG ARE CONSTANTLY UPGRADING THEIR PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND BROADENING THEIR PRODUCT LINES. HONG KONG HAS NOW PASSED THE STAGE WHEN MANUFACTURERS CONCENTRATED ON MASS ASSEMBLY OF LOW-COST PRODUCTS.

♦INDUSTRIALISTS HERE ARE PREPARED TO EMBARK ON JOINT-VENTURES WITH OVERSEAS PARTNERS WHO SUPPLY THE TECHNOLOGY, TO PRODUCE UNDER LICENCE, OR EVEN TO PURCHASE OUTRIGHT TECHNOLOGY PACKAGES,+ HE SAID.

MR TSAO ADDED: +THE UK HAS A LONG HISTORY OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND IS ONE OF THE WORLD LEADERS IN PRODUCT INNOVATION. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR A PROFITABLE CO-OPERATION OF ADVANCED UK TECHNOLOGY ON THE ONE HAND, AND EFFICIENT AND PRODUCTIVE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIY OF HONG KONG ON THE OTHER. IT IS ALSO FEASIBLE FOR THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE BECOMING INAPPROPRIATE IN THE UK, BUT CAN STILL BE CONSIDERED ADVANCED IN HONG KONG.+

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WELCOMED OVERSEAS INVESTMENT TO FACILITATE THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE SOPHISTICATED MANAGEMENT, NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY OR SKILLS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY.

MR TSAO SAID THAT SINCE 1978 THE DEPARTMENT HAS CARRIED OUT EIGHT PROMOTIONAL VISITS TO THE UK TO CONTACT POTENTIAL INVESTORS. AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, 103 INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT ENQUIRIES FROM UK WERE ACTIVELY PURSUED. THE ENQUIRERS’ INTERESTS COVERED A WIDE FIELD INCLUDING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONICS, METAL FABRICATION, PRECISION INSTRUMENT AND BOATBUILDING.

♦AFTER THE US AND JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM IS THE THIRD LARGEST INVESTOR IN HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY. OF 43 FACTORIES WITH A UK INTEREST, 26 ARE wHOLLY-OWNED AND 17 ARE JOINT VENTURES,* M? TSAO TOLD THE EXECUTIVES.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CAPE COLLINSON ROAD * * * *

A SECTION O’7 CAPE COLLINSON ROAD BETWEEN LIN SHING ROAD AND SHEK C ROAD * ILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 20) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (THURSDAY) FOR ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

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UK BUSINESSMEN VISIT NEW TOWNS * * * *

EIGHT CHIEF EXECUTIVES FROM BRITISH COMPANIES, ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, VISITED TAI PO AND SHA TIN NEW TOWNS TODAY (MONDAY).

THEY ARRIVED IN HONG KONG LAST FRIDAY FOR A NINE-DAY VISIT TO ACQUAINT THEMSELVES WITH INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES HERE.

FOLLOWING A BRIEFING BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THEY WENT TO THE LIONS CLUB PAVILION ABOVE SUI WO COURT FOR A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR KENNETH KWOK, BRIEFED THE VISITORS ON PLANS TO BUILD A NEW TOWN OF 750 000 PEOPLE BY THE END OF THE DECADE.

LATER, THEY WENT TO TAI PO FOR A BRIEFING BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO- THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR JEFF THOMAS- AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION, MR VIC MILLER.

AFTER LUNCH AT ISLAND HOUSE HOSTED BY MR AND MRS AKERS-JONES, THE GROUP LEFT FOR TSIM SHA TSUI TO MEET OFFICIALS OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

FIRST TUEN MUN

MARKET OPENS TOMORROW * * * *

CONSTRUCTION THE NEEDS OF THE COMPLETED.

OF THE FIRST MODERN MARKET AT TUEN MUN TO MEET INCREASING POPULATION IN THE NEW TOWN HAS

CASTI THE TWO-STOREY KWONG CHOI MARKET AT

(TUESDAY)AK '0AD’ SA" HU1, WILL BE 0FFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW

-up ^TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN

?ETUENTMLNTRUrL m-N.’ MR B,LLY LAM’ AND THE CHAIRMAN

U- iUtN MUN rUML C0MNTT-.E. MR LAU WONG-FAT dll PFRFncM a RIBBOH-CUTTIW CEREMONY AT THE MARKET PREMISES AT 1S AM?

YOU .uj.r INVITEb YO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

VISIT TO KWONG WAH HOSPITAL X X X X

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (CITY), MR G. BARNES, ACCOMPANIED BY MRS BARNES, WILL VISIT THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MR BARNES WILL INSPECT VARIOUS FACILITIES OF THE HOSPITAL WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR LUI CHE-WOO, AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE

X x x x

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THE LAI CHI KOK AREA.

THE CENTRE, TO BE LOCATED IN FAT TSEUNG STREET BETWEEN SO UK ESTATE AND LEI CHENG UK ESTATE, WILL HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF LOCAL ESTATE RESIDENTS FOR COMMUNITY AND WELFARE FACILITIES.

IT WILL COMPRISE, WITHIN A SIX-STOREY BLOCK, A LIBRARY, A COFFEE BAR, A MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, GROUP ACTIVITY ROOMS, STUDY ROOMS, ADMINISTRATION OFFICES AND A NURSERY WITH ROOF PLAY-AREA.

A 500-SEAT HALL, COMPLETE WITH A STAGE, DRESSING ROOMS AND STORAGE AREA, WILL BE PROVIDED IN A BUILDING LINKED TO THE MAIN BLOCK.

ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING WILL BE CHANGING ROOMS AND A COVERED PLAYGROUND.

A BASKETBALL COURT WILL BE BUILT NEXT TO THE CHANGING ROOMS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED IN A YEAR.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

WATER STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 44.1 PER CENT OR 254.868 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 212 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 293.571 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, OR 50.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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PRIMARY PUPILS JOIN VEGETABLE GARDENING CONTEST x x x x

MORE THAN 70 URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE TAKEN PART IN THIS YEAR’S VEGETABLE-GARDENING COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACEJON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 20).

THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE GROWN TOMATO, BUSH BEAN, CABBAGE AND BROCCOL I.

+THE VEGETABLE-GROWING COMPETITION IS A MEANINGFUL EXERCISE THROUGH WHICH PUPILS HAVE THE CHANCE TO PRACTISE WHAT THEY LEARNED FROM TEXTBOOKS, AND WHICH AROUSES THEIR AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. %

♦PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS ALSO FIND THIS EVENT FEASIBLE BECAUSE THE VEGETABLES ARE GROWN IN POTS THUS SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT GARDENING PLOTS,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION • DEPARTMENT SAID.

SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION BEGAN PLANTING THE FOUR VEGETABLES IN SEPTEMBER. ALL THE WORK, FROM SEED-PLANTING TO HARVEST, WAS DONE BY THE PUP ILS .THEMSELVES, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF TEACHERS.

OFFICERS FROM THE PRIMARY SCIENCE SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE HAD VISITED THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS DURING THE PLANTING PERIOD,AND HELPED TEACHERS IN CHARGE WITH ANY PROBLEMS THEY HAD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TEACHING CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT. THE vilZE'G'. ! iG CEREMONY WILL BE HELD THAT SAME AFTERNOON AT 2.30 PM.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL BE HEADED BY MR C.S. PAO, HORTICULTURIST OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

AN EXHIBITION OF SELECTED ENTRIES WILL BE HELD AT THE TEACHING CENTRE ON JANUARY 20 AND 21, AND MEMBERS OF-THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 1982

OPENING OF TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL x x x x

THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR H.M.A. BRISTOW AND THE REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 22) AT 7.30 PM.

THE FESTIVAL WILL LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY 13 AND WILL OFFER 55 PERFORMANCES BY BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS GROUPS, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF LECTURES AND EXHIBITIONS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 5 PM AT THE QUEEN’S PIER, FROM WHERE A GOVERNMENT COACH (AM 5005) WILL TAKE THEM TO THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND RETURN TO THE PIER AFTERWARDS.

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EXHIBITION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

X X X X

AN EXHIBITION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, DURING WHICH MASTER WORKS WILL BE PLAYED FOR VISITORS, WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL FROM JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 1.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF A STANDARD CHINESE AND A WESTERN ORCHESTRA WILL BE DISPLAYED TOGETHER WITH REPLICAS OF RARE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

THE ORIGINS, HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND THE TONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE INSTRUMENTS WILL BE DESCRIBED WITH THE HELP OF SLIDES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ILLUSTRATED SCRIPTS AND FILM-STRIPS.

THE EXHIBITION, PART OF THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL, WILL BE PRESENTED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

ADMISSION WILL BE FREE.

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CHEUNG CHAU PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENING

SERVICES, MR B.D. WILSON WILL DEPARTMFNt*! Jew ^rmlNG/EREM0NY 0F THE CULTURAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY^JANUARY 20b PUBL'C L'BR‘RY " 3’3° P" °N

COVERING THF f2fi!JELv%?2uE™THE EVENT- PRESS REPRESENTATIVES THF nimJEr ic,EAlneAL^SH T0 TAKE THE ™UMATI FERRY LEAVING THE OUTLYING ISLANDS FERRY PIER IN CENTRAL AT 2 PM

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SHAM SHU I PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION INAUGURATED

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THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, HR DAVID AKERS-JONES, OFFICIATED AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SHAM SHUI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, HELD AT CHEUNG SHA WAN SPORTS GROUND, MR AKERS-JONES SAID DISTRICT SPORTS IN HONG KONG NOW RESTED FIRMLY ON FOUR LEGSt THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS.

♦THIS ALLIANCE, WITH IMAGINATION, ENTERPRISE AND ORGANISING ABILITY IS GIVING ORGANISED SPORT A NEW IMPETUS.

+SPORTS BUILD UP AND MAINTAIN OUR HEALTH, THEY BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. AT A NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL, SPORTS EVENTS AND TRAINING CLASSES PROMOTE A SENSE OF BELONGING,* IE SAID.

INAUGURATED TODAY WERE THE CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW KWEN-LIM- THE VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR CHENG WAN-TO AND MR CHOI WAI-SHEK- AND 12 OTHER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THEY WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT BY THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BRIAN COAK, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR CHEUNG MAN-SANG.

THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER SHAM SHUI PO, MR STEPHEN IP, ADMINISTERED THE SWEARING-IN OF OFFICE-BEARERS.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, FOOTBALL MATCHES WERE HELD AMONG TEAMS FROM THE EIGHT AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN FORMED WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

ITS PROMOTERS ARE WELL-KNOWN DISTRICT FIGURES WITH THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE COMPRISING MOSTLY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND SPORT ENTHUSIASTS.

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STUDENTS HELP WITH YEAR-END CLEAN-UP AT RENNIE’S MILL * * *

FIVE HUNDRED STUDENTS LAUNCHED A MASSIVE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP AT THE RENNIE’S MILL COTTAGE AREA TODAY (MONDAY).

THE STUDENTS, WHO ARE FROM THE AREA, REMOVED MORE THAN 500 BASKETS OF REFUSE AND JUNK FROM VARIOUS LITTER-RIDDEN BLACKSPOTS AND TOOK IT ALL TO A NEARBY VILLAGE-TYPE INCINERATOR FOR DISPOSAL, AS THE AREA IS INACCESSIBLE TO MOTORISED REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES.

BACK-UP SERVICES WERE PROVIDED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY JOINED THE CLEAN-UP EFFORT BY SENDING A BARGE TO COLLECT FLOATING RUBBISH AT TIU KENG WAN.

NOTING THE DIFFICULTY INVOLVED IN THE WORK, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR WAN HON-CHEUNG, PRAISED THE STUDENTS FOR THEIR EFFORTS.

AS A GESTURE OF APPRECIATION, HE PRESENTED SOUVENIR BANNERS AND PAIRS OF CHOPSTICKS BEARING A CAMPAIGN MESSAGE TO THEM.

TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WERE THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MRS LAU NG WAI-LAN, AND THE HOUSING MANAGER OF COTTAGE AREA, MR LEUNG BILL.

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PLB AND MAXICABS TO BE EXAMINED AT KOWLOON BAY

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ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND MAXICAB EXAMINATIONS, CURRENTLY CARRIED OUT AT TSUEN WAN, WILL BE TEMPORARILY UNDERTAKEN AT THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE FROM FEBRUARY 1 (MONDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THIS ARRANGEMENT WAS AIMED AT REDUCING THE BACKLOG OF EXAMINATION APPOINTMENTS AT THE TSUEN WAN VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE.

+THE SITUATION WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER A TRIAL PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS,* HE ADDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 198?

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8671 300 ALLOCATED FROM CHARITABLE FUND AS +LAI SEE+ TO NEEDY' 1

MARINE OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS ................................... 2

KOWLOON PARK COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN ...................... 5

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND CRDERS-ON-HAND FOR NOVEMBER 1981 ................................................... 4 .

EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 ........................................................... 5

VILLAGE REMOVAL SCHEME......................................... 11

INSIDE A DISTRICT BOARD......................................   12

MORE MARKETS FOR TUEN MUN ..................................... 14

TAI PU'S OLDEST PEOPLE TO ATTEND FEAST......................... 15

TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL OUTDOOR EVENTS ........................ 16

LUNAR NEW YEAR FIRE SAFETY ADVICE ............................. 17

FEEDER BUS ROUTES FOR TSUEN WAN MTR EXTENSION ................. 18

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC

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$671 300 ALLOCATED FROM CHARITABLE FUND AS +LAI SEE* TO NEEDY

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A TOTAL OF $671 300 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FROM THE TANG SHIU-KIN HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, FOR DISTRIBUTION AS LUNAR NEW YEAR +LAI SEE* TO NEEDY PEOPLE BEFORE THE FESTIVE SEASON.

AT A MEETING LAST MONTH, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE FUND DECIDED ON THE FESTIVE GRANTS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTOR CF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, WHO IS THE TRUSTEE OF THE FUND.

RED PACKETS OF $100 EACH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO 1 741 WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN AND ARE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND 4 656 RESIDENTS OF 50 HOMES AND HOSTELS FOR THE ELDERLY.

IN ADDITION, 316 ELDERLY PATIENTS OF FIVE HOSPITALS BELONGING TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP WHO HAVE NO CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS OR NO HOMES TO RETURN TO WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE RED PACKETS.

A CO-FOUNDER OF THE CHARITABLE FUND, SIR SHIU-KIN TANG, ACCOMPANIED BY MR ALLEYNE, WILL PERSONALLY DISTRIBUTE THE RED PACKETS TO WIDOWED FAMILIES IN THE HONG KONG REGION AT ONE OF THE DISTRIBUTION PLACES TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

FILM STAR MISS FUNG PO-PO WILL ALSO BE PRESENT TO HELP DISTRIBUTE *LA I SEE.*

WIDOWED FAMILIES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE TERRITORY WILL RECEIVE THE +LAI SEE* THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES.

RED PACKETS FOR RESIDENTS OF OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES AND HOSTELS AND THE FIVE TUNG WAH HOSPITALS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY THE INSTITUTIONS THEMSELVES.

THE FUND, FOUNDED IN 1977, PROVIDES IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES WHO REQUIRE IT. IT ASSISTS PEOPLE IN COPING WITH HARDSHIPS ARISING FROM UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS THE DEATH OF A BREADWINNER, AN ACCIDENT TO A FAMILY MEMBER AND SUDDEN OR PROLONGED SERIOUS ILLNESS.

AS A RESULT OF THESE HARDSHIPS, CASH GRANTS ARE PROVIDED TO MAINTAIN A CHILD THROUGH HIS EDUCATION, TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT SUCH AS WHEELCHAIRS, OR TO MEET ABNORMALLY HIGH COSTS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, SPECIAL DIETS OR OTHER NEEDS.

GRANTS ARE ALSO GIVEN TO MEET SPECIAL NEEDS ARISING FROM PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY OR CHRONIC ILLNESS AND THE BASIC NEEDS CF THOSE WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

IN PARTICULAR, THE FUND MEETS THE URGENT NEEDS OF VICTIMS CF NATURAL DISASTERS.

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APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND CAN BE MADE TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, PO LEUNG KUK, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

SOCIAL WORKERS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MAY ALSO REFER HARDSHIP CASES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE FUND OR THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

SIR SHIU-KIN, ACCOMPANIED BY MR ALLEYNE, WILL DISTRIBUTE •♦LAI SEE+ TO WIDOWED FAMILIES ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN THE HALL OF PO LEUNG KUK, MAIN BUILDING, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). EACH FAMILY WILL RECEIVE A RED PACKET OF 1100. ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE +LAI SEE+ DISTRIBUTION.

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MARINE OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS * * * *

__, ™E MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ITS 0NJ‘HU‘Rr 25-



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THE SIX PUBLIC CARGO-WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI YAU MA TEI npUH0»NsieL?P»ENuT’«?E^?cN„D^STRICT ‘"D

*’4; BE CLOSED PROM 9 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 24) TO 7 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 27)-

VAL,D PERMIT MAY BERTH AT THOSE AREAS DURING

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uACAU FERRY TERMINAL OFFICES WILL BE OPEN THROUGHOUT THE

HOL IDAYS-

™E EN™* AND CLEARANCE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON MONDAY (JANUARY 25)- AND

THE VICTORIA LOCAL CRAFT CONTROL OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 26).

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KOWLOON PARK COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO PROCEED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION CF A COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT BELOW KOWLC )N PARK, FRONTING NATHAN ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT INITIALLY THE SCHEME WOULD INVOLVE THE 5ALE OF SHOPPING SITES FRONTING NATHAN ROAD.

HOWEVER, NO DATE HAS YET BEEN FIXED FOR THE SALE OF LAND.

to... THt FLAN’ FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1976 UNDER THE DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, PROPOSES TWO-STOREY SHOPS WITH BASEMENTS BE

THAT THREE BLOCKS OF ONE AND BUILT ALONG THE NATHAN ROAD

FRONTAGE OF THE PARK

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT USE OF LAND AS THE BUILDINGS WOULD

THE PLAN AIMED TO MAXIMISE THE

---------------------------- ----- BE CONSTRUCTED TO A UNIFORM DESIGN WITH ROOFS BELOW THE PARK LEVEL.

HE SAID THAT THE USABLE RECREATIONAL AREA OF THE PARK WOULD BE INCREASED BY EXTENDING OVER THE ROOFS OF THE SHOPS.

+ANOTHER ADVANTAGE WILL BE THAT ACCESS TO THE PARK FROM NATHAN ROAD WILL BE CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED AS THE THREE SHOPPING BLOCKS WILL BE SEPARATED BY 15-METRE WIDE STAIRWAYS GIVING GENEROUS OPEN PUBLIC ACCESS INTO THE PARK,+ HE ADDED.

REFERRING TO THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY SOME QUARTERS ABOUT THE EFFECT OF THE DEVELOPMENT ON THE PARK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT BUILDING DESIGN AND USE WOULD BE CAREFULLY CONTROLLED BY LEASE CONDITIONS, THUS THE AMENITY VALUE AND VISUAL IMPACT OF THE SHOPS WOULD BE COMPLEMENTING RATHER THAN CONFLICTING WITH THE USE OF THE PARK.

HE ADDED THAT THE PROVISION OF A ROW OF ATTRACTIVE COLONNADED SHOPS LINKING THE EXISTING SHOPPING AREAS TO THE SOUTH AND NORTH OF THE PARK ALONG NATHAN ROAD WOULD BRING LIFE TO THE PARK DURING DAY AND NIGHT.

IN ADDITION, THE PROVISION OF TWO PEDESTRIAN ACCESSES TO THE PARK THROUGH THE PROPOSED SHOPS WOULD STIMULATE THE USE OF THE PARK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WHILE THE SMALL TREES ALONG THE EMBANKMENT OF THE PARK WOULD HAVE TO BE FELLED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE SHOPS, THE MATURE BANYAN TREES FRONTING NATHAN ROAD. OUTSIDE THE PARK WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED EXCEPT, POSSIBLY, FOR SOME 'RIMMING CF SIDE-BRANCHES WH.CH MIGHT HAVE GROWN FURTHER EUTWARD OVE: W PROPOSED SHOR FRONTAGE.

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR NOVEMBER 1981

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER 1981, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED ON AN UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979, AS WELL AS A PANEL OF THE 43 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, BUT SHOULD GIVE USEFUL INDICATIONS OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT RUN.

ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECLINED SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER 1981 COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH.

EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DROPPED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY BECAUSE OF LESS DEMAND FOR SOFT DRINKS IN THE WINTER SEASON.

SINCE SEVERENCE PAY WAS AWARDED TO WORKERS IN TWO FACTORIES SURVEYED IN THE PRECEDING MONTH, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY ALSO DROPPED IN NOVEMBER 1981.

IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY, THE DECREASE IN PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WAS DUE TO LESS OVERTIME WORKED.

PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR IN NOVEMBER 1981 ON ACCOUNT OF WAGE ADJUSTMENT AND THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES IN A FEW COMPANIES SURVEYED.

PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED IN THE CASE OF PUBLIC UTILITIES BECAUSE OF SERVICE BONUSES HAVING BEEN PAID IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

THE VOLUME OF ORDERS HELD BY THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED IN NOVEMBER 1981 GENERALLY REMAINED STABLE COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. FEWER ORDERS WERE RECEIVED IN THE TEXTILES, WEARING APPAREL, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT MORE ORDERS WERE RECEIVED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT, PER CAPITA EARNINGS AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE TABLE WHICH MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE GIS PRESS BOXES.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 1981 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $1 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 3-7221914.

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EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN SEPTEMBER 1981.

THESE WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT COVERING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR- THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR- THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS.

A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL FIGURES, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1980 AND JUNE 1981 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY SEP 80 JUN 81 SEP 81 SEP 81 ON SEP 80 SEP 81 ON JUN 81

MANUFACTURING 892 100 942 800 904 600 ♦ 1.4 -4.0

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 89 700 86 800 82 700 - 7.7 -4.7

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 447 300 455 800 474 000 + 6.0 *4.0

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 126 600 141 703 148 900 *17.7 *5.1

COMPARING ' THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH THOSE FOR THE

SAME TIME IN 1980, THERE WERE INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE

MANUFACTURING SECTOR- THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

THE RAPID GROWTH RATE IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR CONTINUED- EMPLOYMENT IN THIS SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER 1981, AT 1A8 900 WAS 17.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 198: i.

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EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER 1981, AT 904 600 AND 474 000 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 1.4 PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1980. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 7.7 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1981, GROWTH IN EMPLOYMENT VARIED IN EACH OF THE FOUR SECTORS ABOVE.

INCREASES OF FOUR PER CENT AND 5.1 PER CENT IN EMPLOYMENT WERE REGISTERED RESPECTIVELY IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES OF FOUR PER CENT AND 4.7 PER CENT IN EMPLOYMENT WERE OBSERVED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES RESPECTIVELY.

TOGETHER WITH EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ALSO PUBLISHED VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR- THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR- AND THE FINANCE, INSUf ANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER 198 THESE WERE COMPILED FROM THE NUMBER OF JOB VACANCIES REPOR -ZD BY ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED BY THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, CANCIES AND PAYROLL IN THESE SECTORS. THE OVERALL FIGURES, TOGE ER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR SEPT BER 1980 AND JUNE 1981, ARE AS FOLLOWSi

NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN PER( NT AGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY SEP 80 JUN 81 SEP 81 SEP 8: ON SEP 30 SEP 81 ON JUN 81

MANUFACTURING 37 400 42 000 47 900 ♦28.0 ♦14.0

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 5 900 5 000 6 600 ♦11.0 ♦30.4

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 2 400 2 100 2 200 - 8.3 ♦ 4.6

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH THOSE FOR THE SAME TIME IN 1980, THERE WERE INCREASES OF 28 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR RESPECTIVELY. FOR THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES DECREASED BY 8.3 PER CENT RELATIVE TO THE SAME TIME IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

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COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1981, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES INCREASED IN ALL OF THE ABOVE SECTORS.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR- THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR- AND THE FINANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. QUARTERLY TOTALS IN EACH OF THE ABOVE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN

S CHANGE

SECTOR OF

THE ECONOMY

MANUFACTURING

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND

HOTELS

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

3RD QTR. 1980 • 2ND QTR. 1981 3RD QTR. 1981 3RD QTR. 1981 ON 3RD QTR. 1980 3RD QTR 1981 ON 2ND QTR 1981

HKS MN 4 074 HK| MN 4 654 HK$ MN 4 770 ♦17.1 ♦2.5

2 085' 2 438 2 674 ♦28.3 ♦9.7

964 1 241 1 351 ♦40.3 ♦8.9

RELATIVE TO THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AS WELL AS THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS INCREASED IN EACH OF THE ABOVE SECTOR. THE INCREASE WAS PARTICULARLY RAPID IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, WHICH REGISTERED INCREASES OF 8.9 PER CENT AND 40.3 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO RESPECTIVELY.

TO ADJUST FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL PAYROLL OUTLAYS ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED. TO FURTHER ALLOW FOR DIFFERENCES IN PURCHASING POWER,THE NOMINAL INDEX IS ADJUSTED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. VALUES OF THESE TWO INDICES ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW I

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SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) % CHANGE

SEPT.80 JUNE 81 SEPT.81 SEPT.81 ON SEPT.80 SEPT.81 ON JUNE 81

MANUFACTURING 104.7 119.1 122.5 ♦17.0 +2.9

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 104.1 119.1 124.8 +19.9 ♦4.8

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 100.6 117.2 120.2 ♦19.5 ♦2.6

REAL INDEX OF

SECTOR OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED

THE ECONOMY (JUNE 1980 -100) < CHANGE

SEPT.80 JUNE 81 SEPT.81 SE’T.81 3N SEPT.80 SEPT.81 ON JUNE 81

%

MANUFACTURING 99.8 102.9 102.3 + • VI -0.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND

HOTELS 99.2 102.9 104.2 +5.0 +1.3

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 95.9 101.3 100.3 +4.6 -1.0

COMPARING WITH SEPTEMBER 1980, INCREASES OF 17.0 PER CENT, 19.9 PER CENT AND 19.5 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTORWHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR- AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED MODERATE INCREASES OF 2.5 PER CENT, 5.0 PER CENT AND 4.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR- WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR- AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

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COMPARING WITH JUNE 1981, INCREASES OF 2.9 PER CENT, 4.8 PER CENT AND 2.6 PER CENT IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WERE RESPECTIVELY REGISTERED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR-THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED MINOR DECREASES OF 0.6 PER CENT AND 1.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE SECTOR. ON THE OTHER HAND, AN INCREASE OF 1.3 PER CENT WAS REGISTERED IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR.

EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SELECTED INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FOUR SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES FOLLOWING. FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES

I. MANUFACTURING SECTOR

EMPLOYMENT IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

INDUSTRY GROUP SEPT 80 JUNE 81 SEPT 81 SEPT 81 ON SEPT 80 SEPT 81 JUNE 81

WEARING APPAREL (EXCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 255 700 277 000 258 300 + 1.0 -6.7

TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 124 600 124 600 123 400 -1.0 -1.0

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPL IES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 119 100 131 800 124 100 +4.2 -5.8

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 86 300 94 300 89 100 +3.3 -5.5

FABRICATED teTAL PRODUCTS 84 800 85 000 82 100 -3.1 -3.4

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II. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CONTRACTING PARTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SEPT 80 JUNE 81 SEPT 81 SEPT 81 SEPT 80 ON SEPT 81 ON JUNE 81

14 400 17 000 16 500 ♦14.4 - 2.6

HOUS 1 NG DEPARTMENT 15 900 16 500 15 000 - 5.6 - 8.7

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION M 4 400 1 900 1 700 —62.6 -12.1

PRIVATE SECTOR © 54 900 51 500 49 500 - 9.8 - 3.8

* CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER REFER TO M.T.R. CONTRACTS THE MASS TRANSIT RA i FOR WHICH WORK WAS WAY CORPORATION N PROGRESS

DURING SEPTEMBER 1981.

© REVISED FIGURE

III. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPOf ’, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR

EMPLOYMENT IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

INDUSTRY GROUP SEPT 80 JUNE 81 SEPT 81 SEPT 81 ON SEPT 80 SEPT 81 ON JUNE 81

WHOLESALE TRADE 49 800 51 200 52 800 ♦5.9 ♦3.1

RETAIL TRADE 149 600 149 600 155 900 ♦4.2 ♦4.2

IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS 115 000 115 200 119 500 ♦3.9 ♦3.7

RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS 114 000 119 800 125 200 ♦9.9 ♦4.5

HOTELS AND BOARDING HOUSES 18 903 20 000 20 603 ♦9.4 ♦3.3

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IV. FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR

EMPLOYMENT IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

INDUSTRY GROUP SEP1 ’ 80 JUNE 81 SEP! ’ 81 SEPT 81 ON SEPT 80 SEPT 81 ON JUNE 81

MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS 42 600 45 300 47 800 +12.0 +5.5

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES 18 400 22 100 22 300 ♦21.1 +0.8

OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 18 800 23 200 24 700 +31.5 ♦6.7

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FIRMS 5 400 5 400 5 600 * 3.9 ( +3.9

ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES 8 100 9 500 9 800 +20.7 ♦3.0

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VILLAGE REMOVAL SCHEME ft ft ft *

RESIDENTS OF A 200-YEAR-0LD VILLAGE IN SHA TIN, TSOK POK HANG, WILL MOVE TO A NEW SITE ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 21) UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S VILLAGE REMOVAL SCHEME.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), DR RICHARD BUTLER, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE MOVING-IN CEREMONY AT 11.30 AM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 10.45 AM. STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION UNIT WILL ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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INSIDE A DISTRICT BOARD * * *

1982 WILL BE THE YEAR OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

BY MARCH THE LAST FOUR UNESTABLISHED DISTRICT BOARDS WILL EE SET UP IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN (ONE DISTRICT), WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK, JOINING THE 14 BOARDS WHICH ARE ALREADY WORK ING.

ELECTIONS FOR NEW TERRITORIES BOARDS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 4, AND THOSE FOR URBAN BOARDS WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS AWARE OF THE INFLUENCE THE NEW ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM HAS ON THEM, AND OF THE BENEFITS IT BRINGS.

ONE SHOULD START WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE SET-UP AND THE OPERATION OF DISTRICT BOARDS.

AT PRESENT, THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS AND SUB-COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT, HAVING REGARD TO THEIR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

BUT THEIR FUNDAMENTAL COMPOSITION AND SET-UP IS SIMILAR. A TYPICAL EXAMPLE CAN BE FOUND IN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, WHICH IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN HONG KONG.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AT PRESENT COMPRISES 29 MEMBERS, INCLUDING 11 OFFICIAL MEMBERS (REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHICH ARE MOST CLOSELY INVOLVED WITH MANAGEMENT AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL), 15 UNOFFICIAL APPOINTED MEMBERS (CITIZENS ENGAGED IN DIFFERENT PROFESSIONS WHO HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS) AND THREE RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN. THE BOARD IS HEADED BY THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER.

AFTER THE MARCH 4 ELECTION, FINAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD WILL BE« 10 ELECTED MEMBERS, 13 APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS, 11 OFFICIALS AND THREE RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN.

LIKE ALL OTHER DISTRICT BOARDS, THERE IS A MAJORITY OF UNOFFICIALS ON THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE ELECTION.

URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS WILL COMPRISE OFFICIALS, APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS, URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ELECTED MEMBERS (AFTER THE SEPTEMBER ELECTION),

UNDER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, THERE ARE SEVEN SUBCOMMITTEES DEALING WITH FINANCE, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES, RECREATION AND SPORTS, INDUSTRIAL MATTERS (AND PUBLIC FACILITIES), SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION (PROMOTION) RESPECTIVELY.

THE COMMITTEES HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 20 MEMBERS EACH, INCLUDING BOTH OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FROM THE BOARD ITSELF, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE CO-OPTED BY THE BOARD MEMBERS.

THESE COMMITTEES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDYING THE QUESTIONS AT ISSUE AND MAKING PROPOSALS TO THE BOARD.

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THE BOARD ADVISES THE GOVERNMENT ON A WIDE RANGE OF DISTRICT MATTERS INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC FACILITIES AND THE ADEQUACY AND PRIORITY OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISTRICT. IT FORWARDS ITS PROPOSALS OR OPINION TO THE HEAD OF THE CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THROUGH ITS RESPECTIVE OFFICIAL MEMBER.

THERE ARE OTHER MATTERS, SUCH AS THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, WHICH THE BOARD UNDERTAKES TO DO ITSELF.

IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAS COMMITTED 75 PER CENT (THREE MILLION DOLLARS) OF ITS FOUR MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET TO THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE OTHER 25 PER CENT (ONE MILLION DOLLARS) IS COMMITTED TO MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ONE FORTHCOMING CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ATTRACTION PRESENTED BY THE BOARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS IS THE 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL FROM JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 13, 1982.

THE GOVERNMENT, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAS MADE AN EFFORT TO HELP DISTRICT BOARDS UNDERTAKE THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DUTIES.

THIS IS EVIDENCED BY A STEEP RISE OF NT DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FROM 3.7 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE 1978/79 FINANCIAL YEAR TO 12.2 MILLION DOLLARS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR. THE NT BOARDS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FURTHER 60 PER CENT BUDGET INCREASE TO BOOST THEIR EFFORTS IN THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR.

WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD IS THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

AS IN OTHER DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS ALSO HEADED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, IN THIS CASE THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER. AT PRESENT, IT COMPRISES 17 MEMBERS, ALL OF WHICH ARE GOVERNMENT OFFICERS FROM DEPARTMENTS MOST CLOSELY CONCERNED WITH THE PROVISION OF SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT. SOME OF THE MEMBERS ARE ALSO OFFICIALS ON THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE COMMITTEE’S MAIN FUNCTION IS TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CONSULTATION AND CO-ORDINATION.

IT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING THE WORK OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND ENSURING THAT THEY ARE AS RESPONSIVE AS IS PRACTICABLE TO DISTRICT NEEDS AND WISHES.

THE INTRODUCTION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG WILL ENABLE BETTER CO-ORDINATION OF AND RESPONSIVENESS BY THE ADMINISTRATION AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

IN ADDITION, IT WILL ALSO CREATE MORE AND BETTER CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS OF DISTRICTS AND THE GOVERNMENT.

ANY CITIZEN WHO WISHES TO MAKE KNOWN TO THE GOVERNMENT HIS VIEWS ON DISTRICT MATTERS IS WELCOME TO DO SO THROUGH ANY UNOFFICIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER. HE MAY ALSO WRITE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF HIS DISTRICT BOARD AT THE CORRESPONDING CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR DISTRICT OFFICE.

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MORE MARKETS FOR TUEN MUN * * *

THE FIRST FULLY-EQUIPPED NEW MARKET PROVIDED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS WAS OPENED TODAY (TUESDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SAID PLANS WERE IN THE PIPELINE

CEREMONY SERVICES

OF THE KWONG CHOI MARKET MR JIMMY SWEETMAN,

_ FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE

MARKETS IN THE FAST-DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

TWO OTHER NEW MARKETS ARE ALREADY BEING BUILT IN THE DISTRI MR SWEETMAN SAID. THE FIRST ONE WOULD BE THE YAN 01 MARKET AT SAN HUI WHILE THE OTHER, NEAR CHI LOK FA YUEN, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 440 STALLS.

CT,

THERE ARE 84 STALLS IN ALL IN THE KWONG CHOI MARKET — 24 FOR MEAT, FISH AND POULTRY AND 60 MINI-STALLS FOR VEGETABLE AND HABERDASHERY.

A SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE MARKET IS THE PLEASANT ROOF-TOP GARDEN, HE SAID.

PARKING FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED, BEEN FORMED ALONGSIDE THE MARKET WITH TUEN MUN PROJECT MANAGER.

AS A TEMPORARY CAR PARK HAS THE CO-OPERATION OF THE

, ALTHOUGH NEW, THE KWONG CHOI MARKET HAS A LINK WITH THE PAST, AS THE STALL HOLDERS HAVE BEEN HAWKERS FOR MANY YEARS IN TUEN MUN SAN HU I•

♦THIS MARKET WILL THEREFORE PLAY A SMALL PART IN CREATING A NEW COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN TUEN MUN,+ MR SWEETMAN SAID.

MR SWEETMAN ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE SAN HUI CLEARANCE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE SOON.

TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS WERE IN HAND TO RESITE THE EXISTING MARKET AND HAWKER BAZAAR TENANTS, TOGETHER WITH A NUMBER OF THE MOST ELIGIBLE UNLICENSED STREET HAWKERS, SO THAT MARKETING FACILITIES FOR THE WHOLE DISTRICT WOULD NOT BE DISRUPTED.

♦FIRST, THE EXISTING TUEN MUN MARKET AND ITS EXTENSION SECTION ARE TO BE RETAINED,+ HE SAID.

AN ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY MARKET WILL BE PROVIDED IN FRONT OF THE MARKET TO ACCOMMODATE ELIGIBLE HAWKERS SELLING MARKET-TYPE COMMODITIES.

IN ADDITION, TWO TEMPORARY HAWKER BAZAARS WILL BE PROVIDED NEAR SAN HUI — ONE FOR RESITING THE PRESENT TUEN MUN HAWKER BAZAAR AND THE OTHER TO TAKE IN ELIGIBLE STREET HAWKERS.

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^1MJALK,NG about action against illegal hawkers, he said more STRINGENT LAW ENFORCEMENT WOULD SOONER OR LATER BE EXERCISED.

+WE MUST KEEP THE STREETS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTION FOR PEOPLE TO GO ABOUT THEIR EVERYDAY BUSINESS AND TO PROVIDE A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT,* HE SAID.

MR SWEETMAN LATER CUT A RIBBON TO MARK THE OPENING

OF THE MARKET. ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR BILLY LAM, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU WONG-FAT.

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TAI PO’S OLDEST PEOPLE TO ATTEND FEAST

* * * *

TWO OF THE OLDEST PEOPLE IN TAI PO - A MAN AGED 104 AND A WOMAN AGED 100 - WILL BE AMONG 730 PEOPLE ATTENDING A FEAST FOR THE ELDERLY TO BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT ON JANUARY 31, TO CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR.

THE MAN IS MR WONG KWOK-SAU, WHO LIVES IN KWONG FUK ROAD, AND THE WOMAN IS MADAM LIU YING, WHO LIVES IN SAN TONG TSUEN.

THE TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE OVER 18 DAYS STARTING ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 22).

THE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN DRAWN UP BY AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE LION DANCES, FUN FAIRS, A CONCERT BY THE WANG KWONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA ON JANUARY 30, A FILM SHOW, A DISCO NIGHT, A FOLK SONG CONCERT, FOOTBALL MATCHES, ACROBATIC AND MAGIC SHOWS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN EXHIBITION OF TAI PO HISTORY AT THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2 AND 8.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND A GALA FUN DAY ON FEBRUARY 6 AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND.

DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY, PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF COUPLET WRITING, CLEAN BUILDING AND CLEAN HAWKERS STALLS COMPETITIONS.

A LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION HAS ALSO BEEN HELD AND THE ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND ON FEBRUARY 8.

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TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL OUTDOOR EVENTS M * *

THERE WILL BE 16 OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES DURING THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD FROM JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 13.

A PERFORMANCE BY THE GURKHAS’ BAND TOGETHER WITH LION AND UNICORN DANCES ON JANUARY 22 AT 7 PM AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL GARDEN WILL MARK THE OPENING OF THE ARTS FESTIVAL.

OTHER PERFORMANCES WILL INCLUDE A ROD PUPPET SHOW ON JANUARY 23 AT LAI YIU ESTATE OPEN SPACE, A CHINESE ORCHESTRAL CONCERT AT CHEUNG CHING ESTATE OPEN SPACE ON JANUARY 28 AND A BAND CONCERT AT SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND ON JANUARY 31 AT 3.30 PM.

THE KANDYAN DRUMMERS TROUPE FROM SRI LANKA WILL PERFORM ON FEBRUARY 3 AT SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND WHILE THE JAPAN FOLKLORIC ART DANCE TROUPE WILL GIVE A PERFORMANCE AT THE SAME VENUE ON FEBRUARY 6 AT 7.30 PM.

LOVERS OF PEKING OPERA CAN GO TO THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND ON FEBRUARY 4, AND THOSE WHO PREFER CANTONESE OPERA CAN GO TO THE CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE CAR PARK ON FEBRUARY 10, OR TO THE TAI WO HAU ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE THE FOLLOWING DAY.

A DJ SHOW PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMMERCIAL RADIO II WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 1 AT KWAI CHUNG PLAYGROUND AND AN ALL STAR SHOW WILL BE PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMMERCIAL RADIO I ON FEBRUARY 2 AT THE SAME VENUE.

TICKETS FOR THESE TWO SHOWS ARE AT $5 EACH.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE A MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOW ON FEBRUARY 5 AT MA WAN PLAYGROUND AND A VARIETY SHOW AT TSI NG Yl OLD MARKET PLAYGROUND ON FEBRUARY 9.

THE TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD A FOLK SONGS AND DANCE SHOW AT SHEK YAM COMMUNITY HALL ON FEBRUARY 6.

A PERFORMANCE OF CHINESE FOLK SONGS AND DANCE WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 12 AT KWAI FONG ESTATE PLAYGROUND NO. 4.

THE LAST OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE OF THE FESTIVAL, A FOLK DANCE GALA BY TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION AND YMCA, WILL BE HELD AT ORS INDOOR GAMES HALL ON FEBRUARY 13.

UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, ALL THE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM. ADMISSION WILL BE FREE.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FIRE SAFETY ADVICE

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THE PUBLIC WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) ADVISED TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE AGAINST FIRE RISKS DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP SAID, +ATTENTION SHOULD BE PAID TO ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND COOKING STOVES WHICH WILL BE INTENSIVELY USED DURING THE FESTIVAL.

♦JOSS STICKS, CANDLES AND WORSHIPPING ITEMS MUST BE HANDLED CAREFULLY, FOR A MERE SPARK CAN START A FIRE RESULTING IN LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY,+ HE ADDED.

IN ORDER TO MINIMISE THE POTENTIAL FIRE DANGERS, HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING THE FOLLOWING BASIC SAFETY RULES»

* BEFORE LEAVING HOME, MAKE SURE ALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES ARE TURNED OFF.

* COOKING FACILITIES IN USE MUST BE ATTENDED TO.

* ENSURE THAT HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES ARE IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION AND AVOID OVERLOADING THE POWER POINTS.

* NEVER STORE MORE THAN ONE CONTAINER OF FUEL AT ONE TIME AND KEEP IT WELL AWAY FROM ANY SOURCE OF HEAT.

* DO NOT FILL A KEROSENE STOVE OR HEATER WHEN IT IS ALIGHT.

* KEEP MATCHES AND LIGHTERS OUT OF CHILDREN’S REACH.

* KEEP THE CORRIDORS AND STAIRCASES FREE FROM OBSTRUCTION.

X BURN WORSHIPPING ITEMS IN METAL CONTAINERS AND KEEP THEM AWAY FROM ANY INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL.

* PROVIDE VISITORS WITH ENOUGH ASHTRAYS AND BEFORE YOU EMPTY AN ASHTRAY, MAKE SURE ALL CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE EXTINGUISHED.

DURING THE FESTIVAL, ATTENTION SHOULD ALSO BE PAID TO PREVENTING COUNTRYSIDE FIRES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE URGED PICNICKERS TO BRING ALONG PRE-COOKED FOOD WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND TO BARBECUE ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS. THEY SHOULD ENSURE THAT ALL FIRES ARE PROPERLY EXTINGUISHED BEFORE LEAVING.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT A FIRE BAN IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE AREA INTRODUCED LAST MONTH IS STILL IN FORCE.

HE WARNED THAT THE PENALTIES FOR CAUSING A FIRE IN A COUNTRY PARK OR ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE ARE $5 OOO AND $2 000 RESPECTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED FARMERS WHO BURN OFF AGRICULTURAL WASTE AROUND THIS TIME OF THE YEAR NOT TO LIGHT A FIRE NEAR BUILDINGS AND WHEN THE HUMIDITY IS LOW AND WIND IS STRONG.

IN CASE OF NEED, THEY ARE WELCOME TO APPROACH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE,+ HE SAID.

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FEEDER BUS ROUTES FOR TSUEN WAN MTR EXTENSION * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, ANNOUNCED TODAY (JANUARY 19) THAT NEW FEEDER BUS ROUTES WILL BE INTRODUCED TO SERVE MAJOR HOUSING ESTATES IN TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG WHEN THE TSUEN WAN MTR EXTENSION BECOMES OPERATIONAL IN MAY THIS YEAR.

AT THE SAME TIME, YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN RESIDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE DIRECT BUS SERVICES TO URBAN KOWLOON.

THIS FOLLOWS RECOMMENDATIONS IN A REPORT PREPARED BY A JOINT GOVERNMENT/CONSULTANT STUDY TEAM SET UP TO ESTIMATE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAVEL DEMAND PATTERN IN THE WESTERN CORRIDOR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES IN CONNECTION WITH NEW TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

ACCORDING TO MRS JOAN LIM, A SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER WHO HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE STUDY TEAM, THE PROPOSED FEEDER BUS SERVICES WOULD FIRST BE INTRODUCED FROM YUEN LONG AND MAJOR HOUSING ESTATES — SUCH AS TAI HING, YAU 01 AND EVENTUALLY BUTTERFLY ESTATE — TO EITHER TSUEN WAN OR KWAI FONG STATION.

IN TSUEN WAN, INTERNAL BUS ROUTES WHICH CURRENTLY OPERATE FROM MAJOR HOUSING ESTATES TO THE TSUEN WAN FERRY CONCOURSE VIA LOCAL TOWN CENTRES WILL CONTINUE EVEN AFTER THE OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

ADDITIONALLY LOCAL FEEDER BUS SERVICES TO MTR STATIONS HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR RESIDENTS LIVING IN ALLWAY GARDEN, TSUEN WAN CENTRE, SHEK WAI KOK AND CHEUNG SHAN ESTATES.

KWAI SHING RESIDENTS WILL ALSO HAVE A NEW FEEDER BUS ROUTE TO KWAI HING MTR STATION.

FEEDER BUSES WILL OPERATE FROM KWAI FONG STATION TO SHEK LEI, SHEK YAM AND LEI MUK SHU ESTATES IN THE NORTH, AND CHEUNG CHING AND CHEUNG HONG ESTATES ON TSING Yl ISLAND IN THE SOUTH.

RESIDENTS IN LAI YIU AND CHO YIU ESTATES WILL HAVE A BUS SERVICE TO LAI KING MTR STATION.

APART FROM THESE FEEDER BUS SERVICES, EACH MAJOR HOUSING ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN WILL CONTINUE TO BE SERVED BY DIRECT BUS ROUTES TO URBAN KOWLOON, AND WILL BE ABLE TO USE SUCH BUS ROUTES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE MTR.

IN ADDITION TO THE HIGH CAPACITY FEEDER BUS SERVICES, TWO NEW MAXICAB ROUTES HAVE BEEN PROPOSED TO SERVE THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION,* MRS LIM SAID.

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+A SHORT ROUTE FROM TAI WO HAU THROUGH KWAI CHUNG ESTATE TO KWAI HING MTR STATION WILL BE INTRODUCED TOGETHER WITH A REGULAR FEEDER SERVICE FROM THE SOUTH OF THE TSI NG Yl ISLAND TO KWAI FONG MTR STAT ION,+ SHE ADDED.

THE TSI NG Yl ISLAND TO KWAI FONG STATION LINK, SHE SAID, WOULD SUPPLEMENT THE COACH SERVICES ALREADY PROVIDED BY FACTORY EMPLOYERS.

SHE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEW TSUEN WAN LINE WILL PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH ADDITIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT CAPACITY AS WELL AS AN ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF TRAVELLING.

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TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC

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BOTH ON YIN STREET AND A SECTION OF TSUEN KING CIRCUIT IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE ROUTED ONE WAY WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 21) FOR BUS OPERATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

URBAN COUNCIL'S SHARE OF RATES DOUBLED ....................... 1

PLAN TO PROTECT TRAVELLING PUBLIC FROM FRAUD ................. 2

AUTOMATIC MACHINES ISSUE UNDER STUDY.......................... 4

NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE SEEN BEHIND SQUATTER FIRES ................ 5

SQUATTER CONTROL IN EAST KOWLOON GREATLY IMPROVED ............ 6

HOSPITAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES ................................ 6

CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND APPROVED .......................... 7

NEED TO PROTECT PUBLIC RECOGNISED ............................ 9

DRUG OFFENCES INVOLVING PERSONS UNDER 21 .................... 10

GREATER PARTICIPATION SEEN .................................. 10

FURTHER ACTION PLANNED AGAINST FUTURES HAWKING .............. 11

REGISTRATION LIMIT ON TAXIS EXTENDED ........................ 12

CROW LAND AUCTIONS .......................................... 12

GOOD CHANCE FOR DEGREE COURSES AT POLYTECHNIC ............... 13

THREE BILLS PASSED .......................................... 14

BILL TO EXTEND TERM OF OFFICE OF KUK MEMBERS ................ 14

PROPERTY TAX................................................. 15

HOLIDAY MAIL .................................................. 15

RED PACKETS FOR NEEDY ......................................... 16

KWUN TONG URBAN CLEARWAY ...................................... 16

OPENING OF NEW CHEUNG CHAU PUBLIC LIBRARY ..................... 17

PRIMARY SCHOOLS GARDENING CONTEST HELD ........................ 17

PLB PROHIBITED ZONE ........................................... 18

TIN WAN TRAFFIC PLAN .......................................... 18

BUSES ONLY ZONE................................................ 19

US-HK TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS .................................... 19

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1982

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URBAN COUNCIL’S SHARE OF RATES DOUBLED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A RESOLUTION INCREASING THE URBAN COUNCIL’S SHARE OF RATES FROM FOUR PER CENT TO EIGHT PER CENT, AND DECREASING THE GENERAL RATES FOR URBAN AREAS FROM 7.5 PER CENT TO 3.5 PER CENT.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE SAID THIS WOULD RESULT IN INCREASES IN YIELD IN URBAN COUNCIL RATES AT AN ESTIMATED $460 MILLION FOR 1982-83 AND $500 MILLION FOR 1983-84.

+TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE URBAN COUNCIL’S BUDGETED DEFICITS FOR THESE TWO FISCAL YEARS, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE A MODEST SURPLUS OF 856 MILLION BY APRIL 1, 1984,* HE SAID.

THIS IS ABOUT HALF OF THE COUNCIL’S AVERAGE MONTHLY GROSS EXPENDITURE OF $105 MILLION.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE INCREASE WAS SUBJECT TO THE CONDITION THAT NO FURTHER INCREASES WOULD BE AGREED EARLIER THAN APRIL 1, 1984 AFTER WHICH A REVALUATION WOULD PROBABLY TAKE PLACE.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAIDjTHE PERCENTAGE FOR THE COMPUTATION CF GENERAL RATES IN THE URBAN AREAS WILL BE REDUCED FROM 7.5 PER CENT TO THREE AND A HALF PER CENT SO THAT THE COMBINED PERCENTAGE FOR RATEPAYERS IN THE URBAN AREAS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT 11.5 PER CENT.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE EXISTING PERCENTAGES OF GENERAL RATES CF 7.5 PER CENT FOR THE URBAN AREAS AND 11 PER CENT FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND FOUR PER CENT IN RESPECT OF URBAN COUNCIL RATES HAD BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE APRIL 1, 1977.

♦THUS THE YIELD FROM RATES HAS REMAINED FAIRLY STATIC SINCE 1977, APART FROM INCREASES RESULTING FROM INTERIM VALUATION OF NEW PROPERTIES.

♦THIS HAS PRESENTED NO PARTICULAR PROBLEM FOR THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THE YIELD FROM OTHER SOURCES OF REVENUE HAS INCREASED. FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL, HOWEVER, THERE IS A PROBLEM IN THAT ITS INCOME, BEING LARGELY DERIVED FROM URBAN COUNCIL RATES, HAS FAILED TO KEEP UP WITH INCREASED EXPENDITURE ARISING NOT ONLY FROM EXPANDED SERVICES BUT ALSO FROM PRICE INCREASES.*

MR BREMRIDGE SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT URBAN COUNCIL EXPENDITURE SHOULD BE KEPT WITHIN THE INCOME AVAILABLE, BUT THIS WAS MEANINGFUL ONLY IF THE INCOME WAS REALISTIC.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1982

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PLAN TO PROTECT TRAVELLING PUBLIC FROM FRAUD * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING INTRODUCING MEASURES TO PROTECT THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS TRAVEL AGENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER C. WONG, MR JEAFFRESON SAID HE WAS CONVINCED THAT, IF PRACTICABLE, MEMBERS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC OUGHT TO BE AFFORDED SOME MEASURES OF PROTECTION AGAINST FRAUD.

HE HAD REACHED THIS CONCLUSION FOR THREE REASONS, HE SAID.

♦FIRST, THE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS IS SUCH THAT ANYONE CAN AT PRESENT SET UP A TRAVEL AGENCY SIMPLY BY OBTAINING A BUSINESS REGISTRATION LICENCE. THUS IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC TO FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER A. COMPANY IS LIKELY TO ABSCOND WITH THEIR MONEY.

♦SECOND, UNLIKE BUYING MERCHANDISE FROM A SHOP, THE NATURE OF THE TRAVEL BUSINESS IS SUCH THAT PEOPLE PAY IN ADVANCE FOR SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED LATER. THERE IS THUS AN ELEMENT OF TRUST AND RISK INVOLVED.

♦THIRD, THE EVIDENCE BEFORE ME SUGGESTS THAT SOME AGENTS ARE NOT HONOURING THIS TRUST AND POTENTIAL TRAVELLERS ARE NOT BEING SUFFICIENTLY CAREFUL IN SELECTING THE AGENTS, DESPITE REPEATED WARNINGS BY THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND BY THE MEDIA TO EXERCISE CAUTION IN THEIR CHOICE OF TRAVEL AGENTS.

♦IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, WE ARE NOW CONSIDERING WHAT MEASURES WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE, IN ORDER TO AFFORD MEMBERS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC A REASONABLE DEGREE OF PROTECTION AGAINST FRAUD IN GENERAL AND ABSCONDING IN PARTICULAR.+

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSULTING THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY ON THE MATTER.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S GENERAL POLICY ON CONSUMER PROTECTION IS BASED ON THE VIEW THAT THE BEST PROTECTION FOR CONSUMERS IS FOR CONSUMERS THEMSELVES TO TAKE CARE OVER THEIR PURCHASES.

HE FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTERVENE ONLY TO PROTECT CONSUMERS WHEN THEY CANNOT, BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE GOODS AND SERVICES BEING PROVIDED, BE EXPECTED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.

♦I CAN SEE NO GROUNDS FOR REVISING THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON CONSUMER PROTECTION GENERALLY,+ HE SAID.

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+THAT IS TO SAY,* HE NOTED, + l AM NOT CONVINCED THAT IT IS EITHER NECESSARY, DESIRABLE OR PRACTICABLE FOR MEMBERS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC TO BE AFFORDED PROTECTION IN RESPECT OF THE QUALITY OF SERVICES ACTUALLY RENDERED, FOR THESE MATTERS MUST ESSENTIALLY BE LEFT TO INDIVIDUAL SELECTION AND JUDGEMENT.*

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH HAD BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING THE INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF THE COMPLAINTS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC AGAINST TRAVEL AGENTS.

BROADLY SPEAKING, HE SAID, THESE COMPLAINTS FALL INTO TWO MAIN CATEGORIES: FIRST, THOSE BASICALLY DIRECTED AT THE QUALITY OF SERVICES RENDERED THROUGH THE TRAVEL AGENTS AND SECOND, THOSE BASED ON FAILURE BY THE TRAVEL AGENTS TO PRODUCE THE SERVICES PAID FOR IN ADVANCE, POSSIBLY EVEN WITH CRIMINAL INTENT TO DEFRAUD.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT CF SEVEN CASES IN THE SECOND THE CLOSURE OR DISAPPEARANCE THEIR RECEIPT OF SUBSTANTIAL

SINCE 1979, THERE HAD BEEN A TOTAL CATEGORY, ALL OF THEM INVOLVING OF THE TRAVEL AGENTS FOLLOWING DEPOSITS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

IN 1979, THERE WERE TWO AND INVOLVING OVER $700 000.

SUCH CASES AFFECTING 3*4 PERSONS

LAST YEAR, THERE WAS ONE SUCH CASE AFFECTING SOME 2 500 PERSONS WHO HAD PAID UPWARDS OF $4.5 MILLION TO AN AGENCY THAT HAD BEEN SET UP IN BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS.

THIS YEAR, FOUR AGENTS, ALL OF WHOM HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED NO EARLIER THAN NOVEMBER 1981, ABSCONDED WITH OVER $4 MILLION PAID BY 3 278 PERSONS.

FURTHER AND MORE DETAILED INVESTIGATION INTO ALL THESE CASES IS PROCEEDING.

+SOME OF THESE CASES MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED GETTING INTO SERIOUS CASH FLOW DIFFICULTIES,* MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

■►CHARGES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN ONE OF THE RECENT CASES AND IT WOULD BE IMPROPER FOR ME TO COMMENT, AT THIS STAGE, UPON THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE MOTIVES OF THOSE INVOLVED,* HE ADDED.

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AUTOMATIC MACHINES ISSUE UNDER STUDY *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING WHETHER IT IS NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT AUTOMATIC MACHINES WHICH DO NOT SHOW A SCORE ARE LICENSABLE UNDER THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES ORDINANCE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON F.K. HU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR BRAY SAID BOTH THE POLICE AND LEGAL DEPARTMENT WERE LOOKING INTO THIS.

IT SEEMS PROBABLE IT CAN ONLY BE ANSWERED IN THE COURTS,+ HE SAID.

IT DOES HOWEVER SEEM TO A LAYMAN THAT IF A MACHINE DOES NOT REGISTER ANY SCORE OR COMBINATION IN ANY MANNER AND IF IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY OTHER OF THE FUNCTIONS WHICH BRINGS IT WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF THE ORDINANCE, THEN THAT MACHINE IS NOT LICENSABLE,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING IS NOT AWARE OF ANY COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED AUTOMATIC OR VIDEO GAME MACHINE WHICH DOES NOT SHOW A SCORE OF SOME SORT.

IF SUCH MACHINES EXIST THEY WILL PROBABLY BE MACHINES FROM WHICH THE SCORE MECHANISM HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY REMOVED,* HE SAID.

REPORTS HAD BEEN RECEIVED THAT SOME UNLICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS WERE STILL OPERATING WITH NEUTERED MACHINES OF THIS KIND.

IF WE ARE ADVISED THAT THE MACHINES IN QUESTION ARE BEYOND LICENSING CONTROL, AND IF HONG KONG SEES A RASH OF UNLICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS OPENING UP TO USE THEM, AND ESPECIALLY IF SUCH MACHINES BEGIN TO BE COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED IN THIS FORM, THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE PROPOSALS FOR FRESH LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT SUCH GAMES CENTRES ARE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

I SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT, HOWEVER, THAT IT WOULD BE MORE SENSIBLE FOR OPERATORS TO APPLY FOR A LICENCE SO THAT EVERY MACHINE IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENT WAS FULLY FUNCTIONING RATHER THAN RESORT TO THIS TORTUOUS CIRCUMVENTION,* HE ADDED.

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NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE SEEN BEHIND SQUATTER FIRES

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY ANY ULTERIOR MOTIVES BEHIND THE RECENT SPATE OF SQUATTER FIRES.

TH IAS DISCLOSED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WHEN h£ ANSWERED A QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON ANDREW SO.

HE SAID THAT EVEN THOUGH THE NATURE OF THESE FIRES MADE INVESTIGATION DIFFICULT, A SPECIAL POLICE TEAM HAD BEEN DEPLOYED TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE ON THE CAUSES OF THE FIRES AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF THESE FIRES WERE NOT ACCIDENTAL.

THE POLICE HAD LOOKED INTO NUMEROUS MOTIVES, INCLUDING SUGGESTIONS THAT CRIMINAL ELEMENTS BUILDING HUTS HAD CAUSED THEM TO BE BURNED DOWN, SO AS TO GET FURTHER PROFITS, AND THAT SQUATTERS BURNED THEIR OWN PREMISES TO SPEED UP THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR HOUSING.

♦NUMEROUS FAMILIES HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED BUT THESE MOTIVES WERE NOT SUGGESTED BY THEM AND IT APPEARS THAT REPORTS WERE PURELY SPECULATIVE,* HE SAID.

A FURTHER RUMOURED POSSIBILITY WAS THAT SOME OF THE FIRES OCCURRED AS A RESULT OF A PERSON BEING BLACKMAILED AND HIS FAILURE TO YIELD TO THE THREAT TO SET FIRE TO A HUT.

HOWEVER, MR DAVIES SAID, NONE OF THOSE INTERVIEWED MADE SUCH A STATEMENT.

TWO CASES HAD BEEN CLASSIFIED AS ARSON — ONE THE APPARENT RESULT OF A SUICIDE, AND THE OTHER OCCURRING ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE INVOLVING NO LOSS OF HUTS.

HE ADVISED PEOPLE LIVING IN SQUATTER AREAS TO BE CONSTANTLY ON THE ALERT TO AVOID FIRES AND TO REPORT ANY PERSON BEHAVING SUSPICIOUSLY TO THE POLICE.

DURING THE LAST THREE MONTHS LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 46 SQUATTER FIRES INVOLVING 3 969 HUTS AND 15 288 PEOPLE.

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SQUATTER CONTROL IN EAST KOWLOON GREATLY IMPROVED * * * *

CONTROL OF SQUATTING IN EAST KOWLOON GENERALLY HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED AND NO UNAUTHORISED REBUILDING WILL BE PERMITTED ON ANY OF THE SQUATTER FIRE SITES.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID THIS TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY MR WONG LAM.

MR LIAO SAID THOSE FIRE SITES, PARTICULARLY THE SMALLER ONES, NOT CAPABLE OF REDEVELOPMENT WOULD BE CLEARED AND, IF NECESSARY, FENCED TO PREVENT NEW SQUATTING.

HE SAID SOME OF THE LARGER SITES WOULD BE USED FOR PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT, AS FAR AS WAS PRACTICABLE BY REVISING LAYOUTS AND RESCHEDULING PROGRAMMES.

+FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS PROPOSED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY AT LAM TIN TO ADVANCE PUBLIC RENTAL AND HOME OWNERSHIP PROJECTS, WHILE THE SITES AT SAU MAU PING WILL ALSO PROVIDE AN EXTENSION TO THE NEIGHBOURING PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES,+ HE SAID.

_ . OJJ ™E QUESTION OF CLEARING DEBRIS FROM SQUATTER FIRE SITES, MR LSAID WORKS ORDERS WERE BEING ISSUED AND THE WORK WOULD BE COMPLETED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

"0RMALLY DONE BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY AC department, and because of the large

NUMBER OF SITES REQUIRING CLEARANCE, 32 AT PRESENT, ADDITIONAL STAFF WERE BEING DEPLOYED FOR THIS PURPOSE, HE ADDED.

HOSPITAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES * * *

PATIENTS WERE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL THROUGH CASUALTY WARDS, PRIMARILY ON THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, IRRESPECTIVE OF ORIGIN, RACE, COLOUR OR CREED, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON K.L. THONG, SAID TODAY.

♦CONCOMITANT PROCEDURES, SUCH AS PROOF OF IDENTITY AND REGISTRATION ARE OF SECONDARY IMPORTANCE,* HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON.

DR THONG WAS ANSWERING A QUESTION BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, MR ANDREW SO, WHO ENQUIRED ABOUT THE ADMISSION PROCEDURE TO CASUALTY WARDS IN GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO PROOF OF IDENTITY.

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HE EXPLAINED THAT THE NORMAL PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION THROUGH CASUALTY DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS INVOLVED MEDICAL EXAMINATION FIRST, AND THEN REGISTRATION OF PATIENTS, WHICH INCLUDES PROOF OF IDENTITY.

DR THONG SAID FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WHEN A NUMBER OF ILLEGALIMMIGRANT MOTHERS WENT RECENTLY FOR DELIVERY SERVICES IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS, THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY GIVEN TREATMENT.

♦THEIR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT STATUS AND PROOF OF IDENTITIES WERE REGARDED AS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MATTERS AND WERE DEALT WITH SEPARATELY,* HE ADDED.

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CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND APPROVED

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A CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND WILL BE ESTABLISHED FROM APRIL 1, 1982 TO FINANCE EXPENDITURE ON THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND ON LAND ACQUISITION.

IT WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND FUNDED BY TRANSFERS FROM GENERAL REVENUE.

IN MOVING A MOTION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FUND, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THIS WOULD OVERCOME PROBLEMS IN THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY FUNDS FOR CARRYING OUT THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND FOR LAND ACQUISITION WERE DIRECTLY VOTED IN THE ANNUAL ESTIMATES.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE ARRANGEMENT CREATED PROBLEMS BECAUSE, UNLIKE MOST OTHER GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE, CAPITAL WORKS USUALLY EXTEND OVER SEVERAL YEARS.

IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE ACCURATELY THE PROVISION REQUIRED FOR ANY PARTICULAR YEAR DUE TO THE VAGARIES OF THE WEATHER, THE SUBMISSION OF BILLS, OR A CONTRACTOR’S CAPACITY TO COMPLETE THE WORK.

♦FURTHERMORE, IN THE PAST THE TOTAL APPROVED PROVISION IN ANY YEAR FOR CAPITAL WORKS HAS BEEN TAKEN AS THE GOVERNMENT S DECLARED INTENTION TO SPEND THE FULL AMOUNT, AND STEPS HAVE THUS BEEN TAKEN TO COUNTER ANY SHORTFALL IN EXPENDITURE BY INJECTING NEW PROJECTS INTO THE PROGRAMME TO TAKE UP THE SLACK.

♦THIS PROCEDURE HAS HELPED TO ENSURE THAT THE TOTAL FUNDS VOTED HAVE BEEN FULLY EXPENDED, BUT IT HAS ALSO LED TO AN INCREASt IN THE CARRY FORWARD COMMITMENT FOR FUTURE YEARS THEREBY REDUCING THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE NEW ITEMS INTO THE PROGRAMME.

♦FINALLY BECAUSE OF THE SUM INVOLVED, OVER OR UNDER-SPENDING ON THE NON-RECURRENT HEADS OF EXPENDITURE CAN MATERIALLY AFFECT THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL SURPLUS OR DEFICIT FOR A GIVEN YEAR.*

/MR BRiMRIDGE........

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MR BREMRIDGE SAID THIS COULD BE MISLEADING IF VIEWED IN ISOLATION, AND NOT SEEN IN RELATION TO THE SIZE OF THE OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF CAPITAL WORKS.

AT THE END OF MARCH 1982, FOR INSTANCE, THE OVERHANG WOULD BE MORE THAN S22 000 MILLIONS, COVERING WORKS THAT WOULD TAKE MORE THAN FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE, HE SAID.

WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND, HOWEVER, EXPENDITURE ON THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND ON LAND ACQUISITION WOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE ANNUAL ESTIMATES.

THE AMOUNT TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM GENERAL REVENUE TO THE FUND EACH YEAR WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BUDGET FOR THAT YEAR, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, STARTING WITH HIS BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR 1982/83, AND APPROPRIATION WOULD BE SOUGHT FROM THE COUNCIL IN THE NORMAL WAY.

♦THE EXISTING PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME PROCEDURES WILL CONTINUE TO APPLY, AND FINANCE COMMITTEE’S CONTROL OF EXPENDITURE ON CAPITAL WORKS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED,* HE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE DREW PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO CLAUSE (F) OF THE MOTION WHICH PROVIDES THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY MAY FROM TIME TO TIME TRANSFER FROM THE FUND TO GENERAL REVENUE ANY BALANCE IN THE FUND.

♦THE PURPOSE OF THIS CLAUSE IS TO ALLOW ANY ACCUMULATED SURPLUS IN THE FUND IN EXCESS OF REQUIREMENTS TO BE CREDITED BACK TO GENERAL REVENUE SHOULD THE NEED AT ANY TIME ARISE.

♦I HOPE THAT THE NEED WILL INDEED NEVER ARISE. BUT IT IS NOT THE INTENTION OF THE PROPOSED ARRANGEMENT TO HYPOTHECATE REVENUE! THIS CLAUSE IS THUS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE NOT STERILISED IN THE CAPITAL WORKS REVENUE FUND SHOULD (FOR REASONS THAT CANNOT BE ANTICIPATED) THE RECURRENT BUDGET RUN INTO DIFFICULTIES.♦

♦I HOPE MOREOVER THAT THE PUBLIC WILL VIEW THE SUMS APPROPRIATED FOR THIS RESERVE, MOST OF WHICH WILL COME FROM LAND SALES, AS EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE RETURNING TO INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG THE SURPLUSES THAT ARISE FROM LAND SALES WHICH ARE CFTEN LUMPY AND UNPREDICTABLE.+

MR BREMRIDGE ALSO SAID THAT THERE WAS A RIDICULOUS SUSPICION THAT GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT SURPLUSES HELD IN OUR RESERVES WERE NOT REALLY INTENDED FOR HONG KONG ENDS.

♦I HOPE THAT THE CREATION CF THIS RESERVE FUND WILL TELL THE TRUE STORY AND LEAD TO A MORE BUSINESSLIKE PROCEDURE WITH REGARD TO THE HUGE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME,* HE ADDED.

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NEED TO PROTECT PUBLIC RECOGNISED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM CRIMINAL COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES AND HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL STANDING AS A FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS CENTRE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT THE PRESENT LEVEL OF EXPERTISE AND MANPOWER DEPLOYED TO COMBAT COMMERCIAL CRIMES WAS ADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH THE INCREASING COMPLEXITY AND INGENUITY OF SUCH CASES.

♦GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT THE LEVEL OF EXPERTISE HAS BEEN IMPROVED OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO, AND THAT IT IS COMPARABLE WITH THE STANDARDS OBTAINING IN OTHER MERCANTILE COMMUNITIES,* MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

BEARING IN MIND COMPETING CLAIMS UPON POLICE AND LEGAL SOURCES, THE LEVEL OF MANPOWER NOW WAS ADEQUATE, HE SAID, ♦THOUGH SOME PROBLEMS, SUCH AS THE AVAILABILITY OF TRAINED ACCOUNTANTS REMAINED TO BE RESOLVED.♦

IN THE POLICE FORCE, COMMERCIAL CRIMES WERE INVESTIGATED BY THE COMMERCIAL CRIMES BUREAU, AT PRESENT CONSISTING OF 111 OFFICERS SPECIALLY SELECTED FOR THEIR APTITUDE FOR SUCH WORK. MANY OVERSEAS STUDY COURSES AND TRAINING SCHEMES CONCERNED WITH VARIOUS ASPECTS OF COMMERCIAL CRIME WERE AVAILABLE TO THE BUREAU.

♦THE DECISION HAS RECENTLY BEEN TAKEN TO INCREASE THE BUREAU’S STRENGTH BY A FURTHER 36 OFFICERS.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT BY MID-MARCH THE BUREAU WILL BE AS NEAR AS PRACTICABLE TO ITS ESTABLISHMENT,* HE SAID.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID COMMERCIAL CRIMES WERE PROSECUTED BY A SPECIALIST COMMERCIAL CRIMES UNIT IN HIS CHAMBERS REPORTING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTION, HEADED BY A DEPUTY CROWN PROSECUTOR AND CONSISTING OF 10 LAWYERS.

♦THESE COUNSEL ALSO WERE SPECIALLY SELECTED AND WORK ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY OK COMMERCIAL CRIMES. SOME MEMBERS OF THIS UNIT HAVE BEEN UPON VARIOUS COURSES TO LEARN HOW THE PROBLEM OF PROSECUTING COMMERCIAL CRIMES ARE DEALT WITH IN OTHER COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS ON VISITS TO VARIOUS EXCHANGES AND BUSINESSES IN HONG KONG TO LEARN IN PRACTICE HOw THEY FUNCTION.*

NO MATTER HOW WELL COMMERCIAL CRIMES WERE INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED, THE ILLEGAl PROFITS WERE SUCH THAT PEOPLE WOULD CONTINUE TO COMMIT THEM, HE SAID.

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DRUG OFFENCES INVOLVING PERSONS UNDER 21 * * *

SIX-HUNDRED-AND-NINETY-THREE PERSONS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE WERE PROSECUTED FOR DRUG OFFENCES, MAKING UP NINE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL DRUG CASES LAST YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN 1980, THE FIGURES WERE 304 YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF 5 609 CASES, SHOWING AN INCREASE OF 389 CASES BETWEEN THE TWO YEARS, HE SAID.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR DAVIES SAID ALSO THAT THE ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ARE CO-OR INATED AT THE POLICY LEVEL BY A ’SUB-COMMITTEE FOR PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS’, OR ACAN FOR SHORT.

THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME EMBRACES A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS AND PUBLICITY, THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA, AS WELL AS DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS, YOUTH PROGRAMMES, DISCUSSION GROUPS, SCHOOL COMPETITIONS, AND CONCERTS, HE SAID.

GREATER PARTICIPATION SEEN

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS (ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS) (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING DEBATE OF THE BILLS, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG BELIEVED THEY WOULD ENCOURAGE GREATER PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT BOARDS ELECTIONS BY NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS.

HOWEVER, HE EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT THE ELECTION EXPENSES LIMIT OF $10 000 WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR A CANDIDATE TO MEET THE EXPENSES FOR TRANSPORTING VOTERS TO AND FROM A POLLING STATION AND ORGANISE HIS CAMPAIGN WITH ADEQUATE PUBLICITY.

♦I AM AFRAID THAT THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE VOTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN WILL BE AFFECTED AS A RESULT,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG WELCOMED THE PROVISION WHICH ENABLED URBAN RESIDENTS TO BE ELECTED OR APPOINTED TO THE NE* TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS.

HE SAID ABOUT ONE IN FIVE OF THE 1.3 NEW TERRITORIES POPULATION WERE INDIGENOUS RESIDENTS AND THE MAJORITY OF NEW RESIDENTS WERE FORMERLY URBAN RESIDENTS.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE URBAN LIVING EXPERIENCE WOULD BENEFIT THE NEW TERRITORIES <N THE LONG RUN.

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FURTHER ACTION PLANNED AGAINST FUTURES HAWKING * M M *

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING AMENDING THE ORDINANCE PROHIBITING HAWKING OF FUTURES CONTRACTS TO MAKE IT MORE EFFECTIVE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR JOHN GRIFFITHS, DISCLOSED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR GRIFFITHS WAS SPEAKING RESPONSE TO A QUESTION FROM MR

AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, CHARLES YEUNG.

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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID UNDER THE SAID ORDINANCE SINCE

THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO PROSECUTIONS IT WAS AMENDED DUE TO TWO REASONSi

A»lc*n,l.TSTAr-C0MPLAINTS 0F ILLEGAL HAWKING ARE NEVER MADE

AJ;ONE BUT ARE ’^VARIABLY COMBINED WITH A MORE SERIOUS ALLEGATION HAS BE"NTDE C0M,>,0DITIES TRADER NORMALLY THAT THE COMPLAINANT

THE T1ME THE COMPLAINANT HAS LOST HIS MONEY A REP0RT To THE POLICE, THE TIME LIMIT OF SIX MONTHS PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 26 OF THE MAGISTRATES’ ORDINANCE FOR NON-INDICTABLE OFFENCES (WHICH CATEGORY INCLUDES ILLEGAL HAWKING OF COMMODITIES FUTURES CONTRACTS) HAS OFTEN ELAPSED + MR GRIFFITHS EXPLAINED.

n_ ^u^^SJLLEGAL HAWKING IS A COMPARATIVELY MINOR ASPECT OF COMMODITIES TRADING MALPRACTICE, IT WOULD, BUT FOR THE DIFFICULTIES I HAVE MENTIONED, BE A FAIRLY SIMPLE CHARGE TO PROVE IN COURT AND THUS DEAL EASILY AND QUICKLY WITH A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF °ERSONS TRADING IMPROPERLY IN COMMODITIES FUTURES. BECAUSE ALMOST ALL THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE POLICE HAVE INCLUDED AN ALLEGATION THAT THE FUTURE CONTRACTS WERE ORIGINALLY HAWKED,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS, HOWEVER, CONSIDERING AMENDING THE CONCERNED SECTION OF THE ORDINANCE IN TWO WAYS: +FIRST, TO BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF ’HAWKING’ AND SECONDLY TO CONSIDER TAKING THE OFFENCE OUTSIDE THE AMBIT OF SECTION 26 OF THE MAGISTRATES’ ORDINANCE.+

MR GRIFFITHS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO NOT SATISFIED WITH THE PRESENT LEVEL OF PENALTIES FOR UNREGISTERED COMMODITIES TRADING, NOR WITH THE CACT THAT TRADING IN FUTURES CONTRACTS BETWEEN BROKER AND CLIENT WITHOUT PASSING THE TRANSACTION THROUGH ECOGNiSED EXCHANGE REMAINED LEGAL IN HONG KONG.

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REGISTRATION LIMIT ON TAXIS EXTENDED

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THE PERIOD LIMITING THE NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHICH MAY BE REGISTERED AS URBAN OR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 1982.

SEEKING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR THE EXTENSION, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT SAID THIS WOULD PERMIT URBAN TAXI LICENCES TO CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED AT THE RATE OF 100 PER MONTH AND NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE OF 50 A MONTH.

THE CURRENT SPECIFIED MAXIMUM NUMBER FOR URBAN TAXIS IS 12 000, AND 3 000 FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS.

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THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ATTRACTED NO BIDS AT AUCTION WITHDRAW IT, REFER IT TO THE AND PUT IT UP FOR SALE AGAIN

LAND AUCTIONS

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AND WORKS, MR D.W. MCDONALD, TODAY THAT WHEN CROWN LAND

THE NORMAL PRACTICE WAS TO LAND AGENTS FOR REASSESSMENT, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARIA TAM ABOUT RESERVE PRICES FOR CROWN LAND, FOLLOWING THE WITHDRAWAL OF FOUR PIECES OF LAND FROM A RECENT PUBLIC AUCTION.

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT TO DETERMINE THE RESERVE PRICE — OR STARTING PRICE — THE LAND AGENTS FIRST ASSESSED THE CURRENT MARKET VALUE OF THE SITE, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT RECENT SALES OF COMPARABLE SITES BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND GENERAL TRENDS IN THE LAND MARKET.

+THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS IS, OF COURSE, MUCH SIMPLER IN A RISING OR STEADY MARKET THAN IT IS WHEN THE MARKET IS FALLING, PARTICULARLY IF IT IS FALLING UNEVENLY OR ERATICALLY,+ HE SAID.

F9R RECENT SALES, STARTING PRICES HAD BEEN SET SOME 10 TO 33 PER CENT BELOW ESTIMATED LAND VALUES. IN THE CASE CF THE XJEW TERRITORIES AUCTIONS MISS TAM HAD REFERRED TO, WHEN FO.R OUT OF SEVEN LOTS ATTRACTED NO BIDS, THE REDUCTIONS HAD BEEK 30 TC 40 =ER CENT.

„ ,.,iJHE RESULTS 0F THOSE AUCTIONS SUGGEST A CURRENT LACK OF INTSREST N INDUSTRIAL LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IN ™EMORE r-M<TE RESIDENTIAL SITES, ALTHOUGH IT IS PERHAPS u.Gni,niCAN' ' AT F VE PAR'IE «A7E SUBSEQUENTLY SHO*K INTEREST

II PURC-A.INi. Nc OF THE *ITHDRAWN RESIDENTIAL SITES + NR MCDONALD AiD.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1982

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GOOD CHANCE FOR DEGREE COURSES AT POLYTECHNIC * X M *

A REVIEW PANEL OF THE COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM VISITED THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC LAST NOVEMBER TO ASSESS THE POLYTECHNIC’S PROPOSALS FOR THE INTRODUCTION CF FIVE NEW DEGREE-COURSES, THE HON S.L. CHEN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ALTHOUGH ITS VERDICT WAS STILL AWAITED, HE HAD IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY THAT THE PROGNOSIS WAS GOOD, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE TABLING OF THE NINTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR THE YEAR ENDED JULY 31, 1981, MR CHEN SAID THE PROPOSED DEGREE-COURSES WERE SUBMITTED, BY INVITATION, THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE. THESE WERE IN THE AREAS OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICAL STUDIES, COMPUTING STUDIES, ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, AND SOCIAL WORK.

+BUT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME, IT REFLECTS I THINK GREAT CREDIT UPON THE STAFF OF THE POLYTECHNIC THAT WITHIN THE FIRST DECADE OF THE INSTITUTION’S EXISTENCE AND DESPITE THE PRESSURES UPON THEM TO EXPAND IN QUANTITATIVE TERMS AT A PHENOMENAL SPEED, THEY HAVE NOT ONLY MAINTAINED ACADEMIC STANDARDS BUT IN MANY AREAS HAVE MANAGED TO IMPROVE THEM TO A LEVEL AT WHICH DEGREE-AWARDS ARE A DISTINCTLY VIABLE PROPOS IT ION,♦ HE SAID.

MR CHEN REPORTED THAT DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, THE FULL-TIME STUDENT POPULATION OF THE POLYTECHNIC INCREASED BY NINE PER CENT TO 7 400.

THIS IS HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIVE PER CENT BUT SMALL IN COMPARISON WITH THE EARLIER YEARS WHEN STUDENT INTAKES DOUBLED AND REDOUBLED WITH ALMOST MONOTONOUS FREQUENCY.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, THE CONSTRAINT OF SPACE AT THE HUNG HOM SITE NO* PREVENTS FURTHER EXPANSION TO ANY SIGNIFICANT EXTENT.

MR CHEN NOTED THAT OVER 76 PER CENT OF LAST YEAR’S 2 409 GRADUATES HAD FOUND SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT, 19 PER CENT HAD UNDERTAKEN FURTHER STUDIES AND ONLY 4.8 PER CENT HAD NOT STARTED WORK ON OCTOBER 31, 1981, THOUGH MANY WERE JUST ABOUT TO DO SO.

♦MOST ENCOURAGING IS AN ANALYSIS OF THE STARTING SALARIES OF POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES, WHICH SHOWS THAT THE ANNUAL INCREASE IS RISING FAS’ER THAN INFLATION,+ HE SAID.

♦THIS CLEARLY !NDICATES THE INCREASING VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY. ■■■ REAL TERMS, r- y.-r EDUCATION AND TRAINING WHICH THE POLYTECHNIC OFFERS.*

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MR CHEN ALSO REVEALED THAT THE POLYTECHNIC IS NOW IN ITS TENTH YEAR AND PLANS ARE IN HAND TO MARK THE OCCASION WITH APPROPRIATE EVENTS.

+ l CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE, SIR, THAT THE POLYTECHNIC HAS NOW COME OF AGE, AND CAN COPE WITH THE INCREASING COMPLEXITIES OF FUTURE DECADES FROM A WELL-FOUNDED BASE OF EXPERIENCE AND MATURITY,* MR CHEN SAID.

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THREE BILLS PASSED * * *

THREE BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY ARE THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS (ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS) (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1982.

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BILL TO EXTEND TERM OF OFFICE OF KUK MEMBERS * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 SEEKING TO EXTEND THE TERM OF OFFICE OF KUK MEMBERS TO THREE YEARS.

♦THE CHAIRMEN OF RURAL COMMITTEES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE EX-OFFICIO COUNCILLORS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND HAVE SEATS PROVIDED FOR THEM ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

+THE TERM OF OFFICE OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARDS ORDINANCE IS THREE YEARS, WHEREAS THAT OF RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND HEUNG YEE KUK COUNCILLORS IS TWO YEARS.

+BOTH THE RURAL COMMITTEES AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK HAVE AGREED TO EXTEND THE TERM OF OFFICE OF THEIR OFFICE BEARERS AND MEMBERS RESPECTIVELY TO THREE YEARS TO CORRESPOND WITH THAT OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, BUT IK THE LATTER CASE AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 5 (2) OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK ORDINANCE IS REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

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PROPERTY TAX

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THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WHICH SEEKS MAINLY TO ENSURE THAT NO PROPERTY OWNER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY PROPERTY TAX ON ASSESSABLE VALUES EXCEEDING THE ACTUAL RENT WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE SAID THE BILL PROVIDES THAT WHERE THE ASSESSABLE VALUE EXCEEDS THE ANNUAL RENT, THE ASSESSABLE VALUE SHALL BE REDUCED TO THE ANNUAL RENT.

MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR A +SECOND HOME+ WHICH IS OCCUPIED BY THE OWNER AND NOT PRODUCING RENTAL INCOME ALSO TO BE RELIEVED FROM PROPERTY TAX.

EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTY TAX ON THE GROUNDS 0^ OWNER OCCUPATION FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES WAS PREVIOUSLY RESTRICTED TO ONE PROPERTY ONLY, HE SAID.

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HOLIDAY MAIL

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ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON (JANUARY 24, 25 AND 27) DURING THE LUNAR POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

SUNDAY, MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, THE

TUtSDAY (JANUARY 26) 33 POST OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST C.-FIC. ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI IN KOWLOON, AND TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NE TERRITORIES, WILL EE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON.

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON SUNDAY AND ON TUESDAY.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1982

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RED PACKETS FOR NEEDY * * *

LOCAL PHILANTHROPIST SIR SHIU-KIN TANG - HELPED BY FILM STAR FUNG PO PO - TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DISTRIBUTED $100 LUNAR NEW YEAR RED PACKETS TO NEARLY 300 WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN AND ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AT A CEREMONY AT PO LEUNG KUK.

THE CEREMONY MARKED THE START OF A SERIES OF DISTRIBUTION CF +LAI SEE+ TO 2034 WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN AND ARE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND 4 654 RESIDENTS OF HOMES AND HOSTELS FOR THE ELDERLY.

MORE THAN 300 ELDERLY PATIENTS OF FIVE HOSPITALS BELONGING TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP WHO HAVE NO CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS OR NO HOMES TO RETURN TO WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE RED PACKETS.

ABOUT $700 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FROM THE TANG SHIU-KIN HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND, ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, FOR THIS PURPOSE.

ACCOMPANYING SIR SHIU-KIN TODAY WERE MEMBERS OF THE FUND’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

IN A SPEECH AT THE CEREMONY TODAY, MR CHARLES C.K. LUI, ADVISER TO THE FUND, PAID TRIBUTE TO SIR SHIU-KIN AND MR HO TIM, CO-FOUNDERS OF THE FUND, FOR THEIR GENEROSITY.

+THERE IS A LARGE MEASURE OF FLEXIBILITY IN THE OPERATION CF THE FUND,* MR LUI SAID. +BECAUSE OF THIS, THE FUND CAN COMPLEMENT THE VARIOUS ASSISTANCE SCHEMES RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN MEETING PRACTICAL NEEDS.+

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KWUN TONG URBAN CLEARWAY

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A SECTION OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHOI WAN ROAD IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 22).

WITHIN THE CLEARWAY, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1982

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OPENING OF NEW CHEUNG CHAU PUBLIC LIBRARY

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THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NEW CHEUNG CHAU PUBLIC LIBRARY WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS OFFICIATED BY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR B.D. WILSON- CHAIRMAN OF THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR FUNG PAK-TAI- VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHENG CHUEN-KWAI AND MR HO YUN-LAM.

THE LIBRARY IS LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE BUILDING IN CHURCH ROAD AND HAS A BOOK COLLECTION OF ABOUT 8 000 VOLUMES.

THE LIBRARY CONSISTS OF AN ADULT LENDING LIBRARY, A JUNIOR LENDING LIBRARY, ADULT AND JUNIOR REFERENCE COLLECTIONS AND A NEWSPAPERS/PERIODICALS SECTION.

THE NEW LIBRARY OPENS EVERY MONDAY TO FRIDAY (EXCEPT THURSDAY) FROM 10 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2 PM TO 6 PM.

IT IS ALSO OPEN ON SATURDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM- AS WELL AS FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS GARDENING CONTEST HELD *****

, LI CHENG UK GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL (AM) WON THE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THIS YEAR’S URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS VEGETABLEGARDENING COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE PRIMARY SCIENCE SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

, M°RE THAN 70 SCHOOLS TOOK PART IN THE COMPETITION AND THE INDENTS hAVE GROWN TOMATO, BUSH BEAN, CABBAGE AND BROCCOLI IN POTS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR TEACHERS.

I90K PLACE THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TEACHING CENTRE IN NORTH POINT.

lim,. APART ^2\THE 0VERALL CHAMPIONSHIP, THE FIRST PRIZES FOR THE

' Y 'AL GR0U? OP VEGETABLES GROWN WENT TO LI CHENG UK GOVERNMENT ^'^YSCHOOL (AM)’ FIVE DISTRICT YAN KAU PRIMARY SCHOOL, AND CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL (AM).

0F ™E ENTRIES WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT THE

N0RTH P0INT- AND MEHBE“S °"

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PLB PROHIBITED ZONE * * *

KA WO STREET IN ABERDEEN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 23).

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS AREA.

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TIN WAN TRAFFIC PLAN

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TIN WAN FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 23) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THEY ARE«

* KA WO STREET AND HING WO STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY FROM TIN WAN STREET TO SHEK PAI WAN ROAD,

* TANG FUNG STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE REQUIRING ACCESS,

* THE EXISTING PLB +MAXICAB+ STAND FOR MAXICAB ROUTE 11 IN HING WO STREET WILL BE RESITED TO KA WO STREET.

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BUSES ONLY ZONE * * *

THE CHAI WAN KOK WEST BUS TERMINUS IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 22).

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE AREA.

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US-HK TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS XXX

NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE US-HONG KONG BILATERAL TEXTILE AGREEMENT WILL COMMENCE IN WASHINGTON ON FEBRUARY 8, THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CURRENT FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT THE END OF 1982, AND WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED BY NEW AGREEMENTS NEGOTIATED UNDER THE TERMS OF THE RECENTLY-EXTENDED MFA.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR L.W.R. MILLS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GAS SAFETY REPORT RELEASED ................................. 1

REAL GDP GROWTH UP TEN PER CENT, GOVERNOR REPORTS........... 4

SIR PHILIP LOOKS INTO TECHNICAL AND TEACHER EDUCATION ...... 6

PLANS FOR MORE PEDESTRIAN WALKS ............................ 7

ANOTHER NEW VILLAGE OPENED UI SHA TIN ...................... 8

PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL PLACES FOR HANDICAPPED PUPILS ......... 9

MAJOR BOOST TO HONG KONG'S FOSTER CaRE SERVICE ............. 10

DIRECT ISSUE OF DRIVING LICENCES TIGHTENED UP .............. 11

AIR TRAVELLERS URGED TO HELP EASE RUSH ..................... 12

LUNAR NEW YEAR TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY ........................................................ 13

YEAR-END CLEAN UP IN NT .................................... 13

AWARDS FOR FISHING CHAMPIONS ............................... 1U

LUNAR NEV/ YEAR DUTY FREE BRANDY ........................... 14-

POSTAL BOOKING FUR SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES ........ 15

HONG KONG ART (1970 - 80) EXHIBITION ....................... 16

SCROLL WRITING COMPETITION ANNOUNCED ....................... 16

BALLROOM DkNCE COTTEST ..................................... 17

TWO WTS OF. RECLAMATION LAND SOLD........................... 17

NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS OPEN FOR BUSINESS .................. 18

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1982

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GAS SAFETY REPORT RELEASED * * > *

THE TOWNGAS AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG HAVE NOW REACHED SUCH A STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT THAT GREATER GOVERNMENT CONTROL BY EXPERT STAFF IS NEEDED TO ENSURE A CONTINUOUS UPGRADING OF SAFETY STANDARDS.

THIS IS THE MAIN CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE GAS CONSULTANTS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT A STUDY OF THE SAFETY AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF TOWNGAS AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG.

THE CONSULTANTS RECOMMEND THAT A COMMISSIONER FOR GAS SERVICES SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO HEAD A NEW GAS STANDARDS ORGANISATION AND TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE GAS ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE THE FRAMEWORK FOR INCREASED CONTROLS.

THE STUDY, UNDERTAKEN BY THE INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY SERVICE OF THE BRITISH GAS CORPORATION, INVOLVED A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE SAFETY AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE FULL RANGE OF TOWNGAS AND LPG OPERATIONS INCLUDING MANUFACTURE, IMPORTATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION AND UTILISATION.

ON TOWNGAS OPERATIONS, THE CONSULTANTS CONSIDER THE ENGINEERING STANDARDS ADOPTED AND THE OVERALL SAFETY RECORD TO BE GOOD, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF STANDARDS RELATING TO THE OPEN FLUES FITTED TO SOME WATER HEATERS. THEY HAVE ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE CONGESTION WITHIN THE HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY’S PRODUCTION AND STORAGE WORKS AND THEIR CLOSE PROXIMITY TO RESIDENTIAL AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, IMPOSED BY THE LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE.

AS REGARDS LPG, THE OVERALL SAFETY RECORD HAS ALSO BEEN SATISFACTORY BUT THE CONSULTANTS HAVE REPORTED THAT THE STANDARDS ADOPTED BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN THE TRADE VARY FROM THE HIGHEST TO UNSATISFACTORY.

NOTING THAT THE USE OF GAS IN HONG KONG HAS INCREASED VERY RAPIDLY OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF GAS CONSUMERS HAVING RISEN FROM 15 000 IN 1961 TO 800 000 TODAY, THE CONSULTANTS CONSIDER THAT HONG KONG SHOULD ADOPT MODERN, INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED SAFETY STANDARDS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF SERIOUS ACCIDENTS ASSOCIATED WITH GAS OPERATIONS AND USAGE.

TO THIS END, THEY HAVE PUT FORWARD OVER 40 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS, MANY OF WHICH ARE CONCERNED WITH TECHNICAL ASPECTS.

THE CONSULTANTS ENVISAGE THAT, IN LINE WITH HONG KONG’S USUAL APPROACH, IMPROVEMENTS IN SA-ETY STANDARDS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED MAINLY THROUGH VOLUNTARY ACTION BY THE INDUSTRY. BUT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO STEP IN IF THIS PROVES INSUFFICIENT.

COMMENTING ON T-- IS RECOMMENDATION. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PR INCIPL: OF INC-EASED GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION TO ENSURE GREATER SA-ETY I' TH: G-.■ INDUST- HA SEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT. STEPS -A'.E ‘LREAL • SEEN NITIATED TO RECRUIT THE KEY STA-F REQU -ED C T-_ Nla ORSAH .ATI N, FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION LAST JULY ■-< IN--Y RE<-7 SUE ITTED BY THE CONSULTANTS.

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A POST OF GAS ADVISER AND TWO SUPPORTING POSTS OF CHIEF ENGINEER SHOULD BE FILLED BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR. THEIR PRIORITY TASK WILL BE TO DRAW UP A PROGRAMME FOR INTRODUCING NECESSARY AND PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENTS.

UNTIL THE PERMANENT STAFF ARRIVE, A SENIOR GOVERNMENT ENGINEER WILL DISCHARGE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GAS ADVISER ON A TEMPORARY BASIS AND WILL BE ASSISTED BY TWO EXPERIENCED GAS ENGINEERS SECONDED FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM UNDER A RECENTLY CONCLUDED CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT. THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE DETAILED CONSIDERATION OF THE CONSULTANTS’ REPORT AND PLANNING WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN SOME ACTION ALREADY, EVEN BEFORE RECEIPT OF THE CONSULTANTS’ FINAL REPORT AND THE ARRIVAL OF RESIDENT EXPERTS. FIRE PREVENTION OFFICERS AND PWD ENGINEERS HAVE BEEN INSPECTING BULK LPG INSTALLATIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH A VIEW TO BRINGING ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS BY LICENSEES, AND A SEARCH FOR NEW SITES TO RELIEVE CONGESTED GAS WORKS HAS BEGUN.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONSULTANTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD HAVE FAR-REACHING FINANCIAL AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS WHICH REQUIRED THOROUGH EXAMINATION.

THE CONSULTANTS HAVE THEMSELVES STATED THAT A TEAM OF SPECIALISTS WOULD NEED TO WORK OVER MANY MONTHS BEFORE PROGRAMMES FOR IMPLEMENTATION COULD BE WORKED OUT, AND THAT ACTUAL IMPLEMENTATION WOULD HAVE TO BE STEP-BY-STEP OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS.

THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE OF THE TWO RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH ARE OF MOST DIRECT INTEREST TO CONSUMERS.

THE FIRST CONCERNS THE PHASING OUT OF LPG CYLINDERS IN HIGH-RISE DOMESTIC BUILDINGS IN VIEW OF THE SERIOUS RISKS THAT EXPLODING CYLINDERS CAN CAUSE TO RESIDENTS AND TO FIREMEN AND OTHER RESCUE PERSONNEL IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE.

BUT THE USE OF LPG CYLINDERS CAN ONLY BE DISCONTINUED AFTER VIABLE ALTERNATIVES, MAINLY IN THE FORM OF BULK GAS SUPPLIES THROUGH PIPES, HAVE BEEN PROVIDED. THE CONSULTANTS HAVE ESTIMATED THIS TO BE A $800-900 MILLION PROGRAMME AFFECTING 170 000 HOUSEHOLDS.

THE SECOND RELATES TO INSTANTANEOUS WATER HEATERS. THE CONSULTANTS ESTIMATE THAT, OF THE 440 000 GAS WATER HEATERS CURRENTLY IN USE, A30UT 80 PE= CENT NEED REPLACEMENT OR UPGRADING, AT A TOTAL COST OF $450 MILLION.

EVEN THOUGH THESE COSTS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY EVENTUALLY BE SHARED OUT 'ONG INDIVIDUAL OWNERS OF PROPERTY AND APPLIANCES AND GAS CONSU' THEY ARE NEVERTHELESS SIGNIFICANT. THE WORKS INVOLVED - ,.L ALSO PLACE VERY HEAVY DEMANDS ON THE STAFF RESOURCES AND TECHNICS EXPERTISE OF THE GAS AND OIL COMPANIES AS WELL AS APPLIANCE INSTALLERS, AND WILL TAKE A LONG TIME.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1982

HES= IMPLICATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAJD„ REQUIRED DETAILED CONSIDERATION IN CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH THE INDUSTRY. A SPECIAL GROUP HAD BEEN SET UP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE INDUSTRY FOR THIS PURPOSE.

„ni,_,TH*s W0ULD EE THE START OF AN ON-GOING PROCESS WHICH WOULD CONTINUE OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AJ THE SAME TIME, THE GROUP WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TECHNICAL RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE CONSULTANTS’ REPORT WITH A VIEW I? AGREE‘NG 0N ACTION WHICH CAN BE TAKEN QUICKLY TO IMPROVE E SAFETY STANDARDS AND PRACTICES WITHIN THE INDUSTRY.

AG A FIRST STEP, THE GOVERNMENT WILL ITSELF TAKE QUICK ACTION ’ELUDES GIVING URGENT CONSIDERATION TO 0N 0F NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRING ALL NEW BUILDINGS JO BE CONSTRUCTED WITH PROVISION FOR ROOM-SEALED WATER HEATERS AND SULK ENERGY SUPPLY, PENDING WHICH DEVELOPERS AND PROFESSIONALS WILL BE ADVISED TO MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS.

IMOD ™E GP0KESMAN ADDED THAT, WHILE RECOGNISING THE NEED FOR MPROVED STANDARDS TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE DEGREE OF PUBLIC SAFETY IN RESPECT OF GAS OPERATIONS AND USAGE, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO VIEW 2E MATJER ,TS PR0PER PERSPECTIVE. ^ACCIDENTS CAN AND DO ARISE FROM A LARGE NUMBER OF CAUSES AND NO AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL CAN ACHIEVE total safety or eliminate accidents completely, most SPOKESMAN SAP H0WEVER’ BE AV0IDED IF DUE CARE IS TAKEN,+ THE licr SPECIFIC CONTEXT OF GAS WATER HEATERS, THE IMPROPER

USE OF WHICH HAS RESULTED IN SEVERAL FATAL ACCIDENTS, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE GAS INDUSTRY HAVE MOUNTED A JOINT PUBLICITY C^PAJGN T0 emphaSISE TO THE PUBLIC THE NEED TO ENSURE PLENTIFUL VENTILATION WHEN USING GAS WATER HEATERS, BY OPENING WIDE THE LARGEST WINDOW OR THE DOOR IN THE BATHROOM.

JJ i?AS M0ST ,mportaNT THAT THIS ADVICE SHOULD BE HEEDED BY CONSUMERS LEST THEY PUT THEIR OWN LIVES AT RISK, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

.. KC.Sr ?ARY.V0LLIMc 0F THE GAS CONSULTANTS’ REPORT WILL BE k™-rF0LS£LE SH0RTLY- COPIES OF THREE OTHER VOLUMES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING MOSTLY TECHNICAL DETAIL, WILL BE PLACCD district offices for public rIfereSc!: announcements^ arrangements will ee notified in further

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF THE SUMMARY VOLUME OF THE CONSULTANTS’ REPORT IN ENGLISH ARE AVAILABLE FOP COLLECTION FROM THE DUTY OFFICER, -^ONSFIELD HOU 1. SIXTH FLOOR. THE OTHER THREE T-^?-?0RT IN ENGLISh re AVAILABLE FOR READING IN THE bio rnESS LI £RaRY.

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REAL GDP GROWTH UP TEN PER CENT, GOVERNOR REPORTS * * * *

THE GROWTH RATE OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN 1981 SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S MID-YEAR FORECAST OF 10 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THIS MEANS THAT IT IS NOW THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WHEN OUR ECONOMY HAS GROWN IN REAL TERMS BY 10 PER CENT OR MORE, OR IN OTHER WORDS IT HAS ALMOST DOUBLED IN SIX YEARS, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS DINNER, SIR MURRAY SAID 1981 TURNED OUT RATHER BETTER THAN EXPECTED, WITH DOMESTIC EXPORTS OVER THE YEAR AS A WHOLE GROWING BY 7 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS.

♦THIS MAY HAVE BEEN LOWER THAN THE 11 PER CENT OF 1980 BUT GIVEN THE TRADING CONDITIONS IT WAS A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR BUSINESSMEN, AND A RECORD OF WHICH MOST COUNTRIES LAST YEAR WOULD HAVE BEEN ENVIOUS.+

SIR MURRAY ALSO SAID THAT THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATE OF GDP PER CAPITA FOR 1981 AT 7.4 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS WAS NOT MUCH BELOW THE ANNUAL GROWTH OF 9 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS, ALTHOUGH HE AGREED THAT THE WIDE DISTRIBUTION OF THE BENEFITS OF THIS GROWTH RATE, SO APPARENT BETWEEN 1976 AND 1979 HAS BEEN DISTORTED BY A COMBINATION OF THE EFFECTS OF IMMIGRATION AND INFLATION.

♦ONCE AGAIN THE EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY LAY AT THE HEART OF THE ECONOMY’S SUCCESS IN 1981, BUT THE CONTINUED AND RAPID EXPANSION OF OUR TERTIARY SERVICES ALSO HELPED,+ HE SAID.

SIR MURRAY SAID THE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 1981 WAS LED BY DOMESTIC DEMAND RATHER THAN BY EXPORTS. PRIVATE CONSUMER EXPENDITURE GREW BY ABOUT 10 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT 7 PER CENT.

THERE WAS A CLEAR TENDENCY FOR THE GROWTH RATE OF CONSUMER DEMAND TO SLOW DOWN DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR, HE SAID.

SIR MURRAY SAID THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING LAST JUNE WAS THE HIGHEST ON RECORD.

HE SAID THE INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT LAST YEAR, LARGELY CAUSED BY IMMIGRATION, REACHED A LOW OF 4.1 PER CENT IN MARCH, BUT THEN BEGAN TO RECOVER AND BY SEPTEMBER THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED RATE WAS 3.6 PER CENT.

♦DRASTIC REDUCTION IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAS BEEN A GREAT RELIEF. OUR POPULATION IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE INCREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT IN 1981 COMPARED WITH 3.2 PER CENT IN 1978, 6.1 PER CENT IN 1979 AND 2.6 PER CENT IN 1980.

♦WHILE I WOULD STILL LIKE TO SEE THE NUMBER OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS REDUCED, THIS IS A MUCH IMPROVED SITUATION. «E CAN NOW GET BACK ON TO THE COURSE IN a HI CH ECONOMIC GROWTH REFLECTS HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY AND AN IMPROVED STANDARD OF LIVING, AND NOT JUST MORE PEOPLE WORK ING.+

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THE MAIN DEFECT IN THE ECONOMY LAST YEAR, APART FROM THE UNCERTAIN WORLDWIDE TRADING CONDITIONS, WAS INFLATION.

SIR MURRAY SAID.

♦AT 15 PER CENT THE RATE OF NO LESS THAN IN 1980,* HE ADDED.

INCREASE OF CONSUMER PRICES WAS

♦ALTHOUGH WORLD FOOD PRICES THE TYPES OF FOOD THAT WE IMPORT PARTICULAR THE FRESH FOOD ITEMS.

HAVE BEEN FAIRLY STABLE, PRICES FOR INCREASED RAPIDLY, AND IN

+MANY FACTORS PRODUCED THE INFLATION OF THE LAST TWO YEARS.

WEkc IMPORTED AND OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL- SOME, THOUGH DOMESTIC ELUDED OUR CONTROL.

SIR MURRAY SAID HE REALISED THAT WHILE BRINGING US NEW WEALTH MD NEW INTERNATIONAL STATUS, THE VERY RAPID EXPANSION OF OUR

1 t2I^ckT.,NANC IAL SERV,CES HAVE ALSO BROUGHT PROBLEMS RELATING TO PRUDENTIAL CONTROL AND BROAD ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT.

HE SAID THE FRAMEWORK COOPERATIVE.

IT IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE THAT THESE BE SOLVED WITHIN OF ARRANGEMENTS THAT ARE BROADLY CONSULTATIVE AND

re"*egotiation of the mfa hai> been a

SIR MURRAY SAID HONG KONG IS A MAJOR MARKET IN ITS OWN RIGHT AND A MAJOR BRIDGE TO OTHER MARKETS.

+wE NEVER RESTRICTED ANYONE’S GOODS. WE HAVE NEVER PROTECTED OUR OWN PRODUCERS. WE HAVE NEVER REFUSED RESTRAINT WHEN DAMAGE WAS FAIRLY PROVED.

+BUT IF COUNTRIES SEEK TO RESTRICT OUR EXPORTS BETTER REASON THAN SHORT TERM POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY TO BE ANGER.

FOR NO

THERE IS BOUND

SHOULD NOT BE KONG CLIENTS

♦IN THIS CASE, THEIR CONTRACTORS AND EXPORTERS SURPRISED IF THIS WERE TO AFFECT THE CHOICE OF HONG AND BUYERS. THEY WOULD ONLY HAVE THE PROTECTIONIST INTERESTS THAT HAD INrLUENCED THEIR GOVERNMENTS TO THANK,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE BELIEVES THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY

FOR HONG KONG AT THE MOMENT IS THAT OFFERED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUTUAL COOPERATION WITH GUANGDONG AND OTHER PARTS OF CHINA.

_DOrtn*0UR BUSINESSMEN ARE BETTER PLACED TO SEIZED MANY OF THE THAT EXI3T NEAR AT HAND THAN THE MISSIONS AND THE

OVERSEAS WHO VISIT BEIJING FOR A FEW DAYS TO DISCUSS

VAo I rKUJc.CT.+

r-,-_^'E’.-R- HONG KONG WILL ALSO HAVE ITS UNCERTAINTIES, THE GOVERNOR AjD.D.

/+W3 HAVE........

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+WE HAVE THE RISK OF DEPENDENCE C\' EXTERNAL MARKETS AND THIS IS A RISK WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LIVED WITH- WE ALSO HAVE THE REQUIREMENT TO RECONCILE THE UNDERSTANDABLE POSITION OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON HONG KONG WITH PRESERVATION OF WHAT MAKES TS CHINESE CONTRIBUTION POSSIBLE AS A FREE PORT AND AN INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN APPARENT THAT ^7stKC,AL QUESTION WOULD BECOME ACTIVE IN THE EARLY OR MID 1980S - ONE

AND FINANCIAL CENTRE.

CANNOT BE PRECISE.

+IT IS THEREFORE EXTREMELY SATISFACTORY THAT SINO/BRITISH RELATIONS, AND SINO/BRITISH RELATIONS OVER HONG KONG, HAVE EVOLVED AND THAT THE personai- AND OFFICIAL RELATIONSHIP OF

IN H0NG K0NG *1TH CHINESE OFFICIALS WHETHER HERE OR IN GUANGDONG OR BEIJING ARE SO GOOD.

**T MAKES POSSIBLE DISPASSIONATE AND CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSION, AT THE RIGHT TIME, OF THIS PROBLEM.

+IT IS COMMON GROUND THAT A SOLUTION MUST BE FOUND.

cATior «’2^2VER THE MUTUAL ADVANTAGE OF AN ARRANGEMENT SATISFACTORY TO ALL CONCERNED SEEMS VAST. MEANWHILE THERE IS TIME, AND WE MUST KEEP OUR NERVE,+ HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP LOOKS INTO TECHNICAL AND TEACHER EDUCATION ******

™E CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THIS (THURSDAY) ^JERNOON VISITED THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND SIR 0F EDUCATION TO LOOK INTO TECHNICAL AND TEACHtR EDUCATION.

O1_ ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE SIR PHILIP FIRST WENT TO LEE aAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, WHERE HE JjAS SHOWN AROUND CLASSROOMS AND WORKSHOPS EQUIPPED FOR A WIDE CRAFT, TECHNICIAN AND COMMERCIAL COURSES. HE LATER MET AND HELD TALKS WITH STAFF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INSTITUTE.

_ DURING HIS VISIT, SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD THAT A STAGE TWO due to begin next month and will INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL STOREY TO THE EXISTING BUILDING OF THE INSTITUTE AND A FIVE-STOREY ANNEX. THE DEVELOPMENT WILL SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE STUDENT CAPACITY UPON COMPLETION BY 1983.

LATER |\ THE AFTERNOON, SIR PHILIP WAS WARMLY WELCOMED BY A Sn ^-0FrM1JSIC STUDENTS ON HIS ARRIVAL AT SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

THE C0LLEGE CAMPUS TO SEE DISPLAYS OF STUDENTS’ ENGLIiH, AND RESOURCES AND RESEARCH ROOMS, AND AN INSTRUMENTAL CLASS I THE 'US IT ROCK.

„ *E THE£! CHATTED WITH STAFF AND STUDENT UNION REPRESENTATIVES ,JhE,9GEEEGE> BEE0RE DEPARTING FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS FOR A DISCUSSION * ITH THE DIRECTORATE.

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PLANS FOR MORE PEDESTRIAN WALKS * * * *

ON THE AGENDA OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S MONTHLY MEETING TODAY WERE A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS TO HELP PEDESTRIANS WALK IN GREATER SAFETY. THESE INCLUDED PLANS TO BUILD FOOTBRIDGES ACROSS KING’S ROAD AS PART OF A PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WHICH THE COMMITTEE SCRUTINISED TODAY.

IN ADDITION, THE TAC HAD EXAMINED POSSIBLE MEASURES TO REDUCE CONGESTION APPROACHING AND THROUGH THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL. THE COMMITTEE CONCLUDED THAT, ON TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT GROUNDS, THERE WAS A CASE FOR AN INCREASE IN TUNNEL TOLLS EXCEPT FOR PUBLIC BUSES AND GOODS VEHICLES, PROVIDED THAT THE EXTRA REVENUE ACCRUING WENT INTO A DEVELOPMENT FUND TOWARDS THE COST CF NEW CROSS-HARBOUR TRANSPORT PROJECTS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND THAT STRICT MEASURES WERE IMPOSED TO LIMIT ANY EXTRA REVENUE TO THE COMPANY.

THE ADVICE OF TAC WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION AND DECISION.

IN A REPORT PREPARED FOR THE COMMITTEE, THE ROAD SAFETY DIVISION OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE IDENTIFIED SOME 250 PROBLEM SPOTS IN THE TERRITORY WHICH HAD A BAD RECORD OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEDESTRIANS.

A REVIEW OF PEDESTRIAN BLACK SPOTS IS CARRIED OUT EVERY YEAR AND THE COMMITTEE CHECKS ON THE ACTION PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE THE HAZARDS, IN MOST CASES BY INSTALLING PROPER CROSSINGS OR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS SYSTEM.

MEMBERS ALSO LOOKED INTO PROPOSALS TO BUILD TEN PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGES AT BUSY TRAFFIC JUNCTIONS ALONG THE KING’S ROAD-SHAU KEI WAN ROAD CORRIDOR.

THESE ARE AT KING’S ROAD’S JUNCTIONS WITH LAU SIN STREET, FUK YUEN STREET, NORTH POINT ROAD, TIN CHIU STREET, JAVA ROAD, HOI TAI STREET, PAN HOI STREET, QUARRY BAY STREET, YAU MAN STREET AND TAI KOO SHING ROAD.

THE FOOTBRIDGES ARE PROGRAMMED FOR COMPLETION BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR AND ARE ONE OF THE MEASURES APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE BY THE COMMITTEE TODAY TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE MAIN FEATURE OF THIS SCHEME IS A TRAFFIC GYRATORY SYSTEM USING ELECTRIC ROAD AND JAVA ROAD ENTIRELY FOR EASTBOUND, AND KING’S ROAD FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC EXCEPT ONE RESERVED LANE FOR BUSES, TRAMS AND VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES.

TRAFFIC SIGNALS ALONG THE -HOLE ROUTE WILL BE REVAMPED AND THE ENTIRE -YSTEM COULD ’OSSI BL' BE INTRODUCED WITHIN THE NEXT FEw MONTHS.

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ANOTHER NEW VILLAGE OPENED IN SHA TIN

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JUST IN TIME FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR, RESIDENTS OF A 2OO-YEAR-OLD VILLAGE IN SHA TIN, WHICH IS TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, MOVED TODAY (THURSDAY) INTO NEW HOMES BUILT NEARBY.

THE VILLAGE IS TSOK POK HANG, AND IT HAS 100 RESIDENTS, ALL WITH THE SURNAME LEE.

THE NEW HOMES WERE BUILT UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S VILLAGE REMOVAL PROGRAMME.

THE NEW VILLAGE, WHICH RETAINS ITS OLD NAME, CONSISTS OF A CHI TONG AND 29 THREE-STOREY HOUSES.

PERFORMING THE MOV I NG-IN CEREMONY WAS THE DEPUTY NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL SECRETARY, DR RICHARD BUTLER, WHO STRESSED THAT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VILLAGERS’ CUSTOMARY ATTACHMENT TO THEIR CHI TONG HAD NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN.

THE RESURRECTION OF A CHI TONG IN THE NEW DEVELOPMENT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF RURAL AND TRADITIONAL DEVELOPMENT BEING INTEGRATED WITH NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID.

♦THE RURAL SECTOR IS INDEED AN INTEGRAL PART OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND I HOPE THAT YOUR NEW VILLAGE DEMONSTRATES THAT, DESPITE RAPID PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND URBANISATION OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN.+

TSOK POK HANG IS THE FIFTH VILLAGE RESITE IN SHA TIN. THE OTHERS ARE KWAI TAI, PAT TSZ WO, KAK TIN TSUEN KUNG MIU AND FU YIU HA.

BUILT BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, EACH HOUSE IS 65 SQUARE METRES IN AREA. GOVERNMENT HAS PROVIDED $11 MILLION TOWARDS CONSTRUCTION COSTS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG- THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR LEE SHEK-YUNG- AND LOCAL LEADER, MR NG CHAN-LAM.

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PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL PLACES FOR HANDICAPPED PUPILS

* * * *

FOUR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS RUN BY THE CARITAS ARE WILLING TO PROVIDE A LIMITED NUMBER OF FORM I PLACES FOR HANDICAPPED PRIMARY 6 LEAVERS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THESE PLACES WILL CATER FOR PHYSICALLY-HANDICAPPED PUPILS, PARTIALLY-HEARING PUPILS AND PARTIALLY-SIGHTED PUPILS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE FOUR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS INVOLVED ARE CARITAS ST FRANCIS PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN CAINE ROAD, AND THE THREE MARDEN FOUNDATION CARITAS PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN CHAI WAN, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN.

+THESE SCHOOLS WILL PROVIDE ACCESS FACILITIES SUCH AS LIFTS AND RAMPS FOR THE HANDICAPPED PUP ILS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APART FROM THESE FOUR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS RUN BY THE CARITAS, SOME OTHER PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS MAY ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION FROM HANDICAPPED PUPILS, HE ADDED.

PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS ARE GOVERNMENT AIDED SCHOOLS OFFERING BASICALLY THREE YEARS OF JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION LEADING FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL MAINLY TO EMPLOYMENT.

THEY WILL ALSO PROVIDE A PROPORTION OF SENIOR SECONDARY CLASSES FOR THOSE ACADEMICALLY MORE CAPABLE PUPILS TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION UP TO CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION LEVEL AND LATER TO PROCEED DIRECTLY TO TECHNICIAN PROGRAMMES IN THE POLYTECHNIC OR THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

ALL APPLICATIONS FROM HANDICAPPED PUPILS FOR ENTRY TO THE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS SHOULD REACH THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 20.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING PHYSICALLY-HANDICAPPED PUPILS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MR C.K. LAM ON 3-7136484- THOSE CONCERNING PARTIALLY-SIGHTED PUPILS TO MISS T. WONG ON 3-7154425- AND THOSE CONCERNING PARTIALLY-HEARING PUPILS TO MR S.C. LI ON >7136445.

AN INFORMATION PAMPHLET ON PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS CAN ALSO EE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE ABOVE OFFICERS.

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MAJOR BOOST TO HONG KONG’S FOSTER CARE SERVICE

*****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF ALLOWANCES TO FOSTER PARENTS.

AS FROM JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR, THE MAINTENANCE GRANT HAS BEEN REVISED TO 1750 A MONTH AND THE INCENTIVE ALLOWANCE TO $250 A MONTH, GIVING A TOTAL ALLOWANCE OF $1 000 PER CHILD PER MONTH.

THIS COMPARES WITH THE PRESENT LEVEL OF $700 PER CHILD PER MONTH, COMPRISING A MAINTENANCE GRANT OF $500 AND AN INCENTIVE ALLOWANCE OF $200.

A NEW +SETTING UP + GRANT HAS ALSO BEEN INTRODUCED WHICH WILL EE PAYABLE TO FOSTER PARENTS AT THE TIME THEY RECEIVE A CHILD INTO THEIR CARE. THE GRANT IS SET AT 50 PER CENT OF THE MONTHLY MAINTENANCE GRANT ($375 AT CURRENT PRICES) AND IS INTENDED TO ASSIST WITH INITIAL PURCHASES OF BEDDING, TOYS, CLOTHES AND OTHER ITEMS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE PRINCIPLES GOVERNING THE NEW LEVELS OF ALLOWANCES WERE THAT THEY SHOULD PROVIDE REASONABLE ASSURANCE TO FOSTER PARENTS THAT THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO SUBSIDISE THE MAINTENANCE COST OF THE CHILD IN THEIR CARE.

♦WHILE THE LEVEL OF ALLOWANCES SHOULD NOT BE SUCH AS TO ATTRACT POTENTIAL FOSTER PARENTS PRIMARILY FOR REMUNERATIVE GAIN, THEY SHOULD ALLOW FOR THE PURCHASE OF TOYS, TREATS AND OUTINGS FOR THE FOSTER CHILD AND FOR OTHER CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE RATES OF ALLOWANCES WOULD BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY IN RELATION TO INCREASES IN THE COST OF LIVING 'AS MONITORED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX.

THE NEW SYSTEM OF CALCULATING THE FOSTER CARE ALLOWANCES AND THE NEW RATES HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THESE NEW MEASURES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOSTER CARE NOW MADE A VERY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE SERVICES IN BRITAIN, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER WESTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

IN HONG KONG, HOWEVER, PARTLY BECAUSE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND A TRADITIONAL RELUCTANCE BY CHINESE FAMILIES TO ACCEPT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD INTO THE FAMILY, DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN VERY SLOW.

ALTHOUGH FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT 73 FOSTER PLACES IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, ONLY 45 PLACES HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP BY ONE AGENCY, THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE, AND IT HAS NOT EVEN BEEN POSSIBLE TO FIND SUITABLE FOSTER PARENTS TO ENABLE ALL 45 PLACES TO BE FILLED.

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+IT IS HOPED THAT THE INCREASE IN ALLOWANCES TO FOSTER PARENTS WILL GIVE A BOOST TO EFFORTS TO EXPAND THIS SERVICE BOTH BY ASSISTING IN THE RECRUITMENT OF FOSTER PARENTS AND BY ENCOURAGING MORE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO ENTER THIS FIELD,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REVEALED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO PROVIDE FOSTER PLACEMENT SERVICES DIRECTLY, THROUGH ITS NETWORK OF FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES.

♦THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN LOOKING CAREFULLY AT THE STAFF RESOURCES REQUIRED AND IT IS HOPED TO INTRODUCE THE SERVICE SOON.+ HE SAID.

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DIRECT ISSUE OF DRIVING LICENCES TIGHTENED UP X * * *

। iAt-l,^oUbAT,0NS T0 TIGHTEN UP THE DIRECT ISSUE OF HONG KONG DRIVING TOMORROW (FRIDAY)^ PASSED THE'R TESTS 0VERSEAS WILL BE GAZETTED

TUAT Tt!IS T0DAY» A TRANSPORT department spokesman said

THAT ON AND FROM TOMORROW, HONG KONG DRIVING LICENCES WOULD ONLY BE ’S^ED W’THOUT A TEST’ ,N ASPECT OF OVERSEAS LICENCES, IF IN APPMCANT^HA^E IthERA33ED A TEST COMPETENCE OVERSEAS, THE

* BEEN RESIDENT IN THE OVERSEAS COUNTRY FOR NOT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF THE LICENCE, OR

* HELD THE LICENCE FOR NOT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION, OR

* D0CUMENT 0F THE C0UNm «

THIS ^SLA?to«B0?ERS.CH‘NGE ™E L'ST °F C0UNTRIEE T° “HICR

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED

----------------------------- THAT ALTHOUGH THE REQUIREMENTS WERE NOW MORE STRINGENT BY IMPOSING A RESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATION, THE ORIGINAL INTENTION OF THE LEGISLATION HAS BEEN PRESERVED TO ^LOW RESIDENTS OF ANOTHER COUNTRY WHO HAVE PASSED A TEST OF ACCEPTABLE STANDARD TO DRIVE IN HONG KONG WITHOUT FURTHER TESTING.

THE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT WILL CLOSE THE LOOP-HOLE WHEREBY CERTAIN PERSONS HAD OBTAINED DRIVING LICENCES ABROAD DURING A BRI STAY WITHOUT THS REQUISITE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO DRIVE SAFELY IN HONG KONG.

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AIR TRAVELLERS URGED TO HELP EASE RUSH

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THE HONG KONG AIRPORT MANAGEMENT APPEALED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TRAVELLING ABROAD BY AIR FOR THEIR LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS TO OBSERVE A FEW SIMPLE GUIDELINES TO HELP KEEP CONGESTION AT THE AIRPORT TO A MINIMUM.

DEPARTING PASSENGER TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY FROM TODAY AND REACH A PEAK ON LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY.

ARRIVING PASSENGER TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO BUILD UP GRADUALLY ON THE THIRD OR FOURTH DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, AN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT EXPECTS THE NUMBER OF DEPARTING PASSENGERS TO BE MORE THAN 20 000 ON LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY AND THE AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF DEPARTING PASSENGERS BEFORE THEN TO BE OVER 17 000.

♦PASSENGERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT INSTEAD OF PRIVATE CARS AND TO TRY TO KEEP THE NUMBER OF FRIENDS SEEING THEM OFF TO A MINIMUM.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO ADVISED THEM TO ARRIVE EARLY AND TO CHECK-IN EARLY.

A SPECIAL CHECK-IN AREA FOR GUANGZHOU-BOUND BEEN SET UP AT THE WESTERN-END OF THE DEPARTURES THE EXPECTED LARGE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS.

PASSENGERS HAS HALL TO PROCESS

BANNERS AND SIGNS HAVE BEEN PLACED TO GUIDE GUANGZHOU-BOUND PASSENGERS, WHO ARE ALSO ASKED TO ALIGHT FROM VEHICLES AT THE FAR END OF THE DEPARTURE LEVEL ROADWAY NEAREST TO THE SPECIAL CHECKIN AREA.

♦THIS WILL HELP REDUCE UNNECESSARY CROSS-FLOW OF PEOPLE AND BAGGAGE MOVEMENTS IN THE DEPARTURES HALL+, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦CONGESTION IS UNAVOIDABLE DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD. i-.SPECIALLY IN THE PEAK HOURS. HOWEVER, THE AIRPORT WILL BE MUCH LESS CONGESTED IF PASSENGERS WILL ADHERE TO THE GUIDELINES. THE EFFICIENCY IF AIRPORT OPERATION WILL DEPEND GREATLY ON THE DEGREE OF CO-OPERATION FROM THE PUBLIC,* HE ADDED.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY ******

nc SURROUNDING STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL

BE DESIGNATED A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT THROUGHOUT THE LUNAP new ycad HOLIDAYS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (SUNDAY) NEW TRAFFIC arrangements Tiibij_AhTOr-BE INTRODUCED in CAUSEWAY bay because of the large TURN-OUT EXPECTED AT THE FLOWER FAIR IN VICTORIA PARK.

.... . FURTHERMORE, A SECTION OF EDINBURGH PLACE AND QUEEN’S PIER ^1I1EEBE CL0SED To ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FROM 7 PM TO 11 PM ON S”EW YEAR DAY (M0NDAY> FOR THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN VICTORIA HAKdUUR•

„ nn?nZSTREET PARK,NS FACILITIES WILL BE SUSPENDED ON A NUMBER OF ROADS IN CAUSEWAY BAY ON SUNDAY AND LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM DRIVING IN THE AREA BETWEEN 8 PM AND EVENING.

11 PM THAT

APPEALING TO MOTORISTS TO AVOID THESE AREAS HOLIDAY PERIOD, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN PUBLIC SERVICES WILL EXTEND THEIR HOURS OF OPERAT SPECIAL SERVICES WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED.

DURING THE SAID MOST ION AND

EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS, HE ADDED, WILL BE DEPLOYED FOR CROWD CONTROL AND TO ASSIST MOTORISTS.

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YEAR-END CLEAN UP IN NT

* * *

Tron (^'VE.FLEAN-UP OPERATIONS ARE UNDERWAY IN THE NEW

NUMBER OF TEMPORARY GARBAGE-COLLECTION POINTS

ARE NOW OPENED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS TO FACILITATE THE WORK A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID IODAT •

rvMM-r?E$iDENTS ARE REQUESTED TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE COLLECTION

™e!S-up effort!'NG °F THEIR BULKY ITEMS DUP'NG their ?ea»Sd

Min T. CLEAN"UP COMPETITIONS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN AND

'9?£Y BU,LD|NGS IN NORTH DISTRICT WERE ALSO HELD TO INSTILL A SENSE OF PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

CAMPAI^^mmitU'uo BA' KUNG 0‘STRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE HELD A CLEAN HOME COMPETITION.

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AWARDS FOR FISHING CHAMPIONS

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A TOTAL OF 27 CHAMPION FISHERMEN WILL RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS AT THE ANNUAL PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (F.M.O.) TO BE HELD ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (JANUARY 24).

THE FISHERMEN WERE CHOSEN AS A RESULT OF A COMPETITION BASED ON THE TOTAL VALUE OF FISH LANDED BY FISHERMEN AT THE F.M.O.

MARKETS BETWEEN DECEMBER 1980 AND NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE LENGTH AND ENGINE HORSE POWER OF THEIR BOATS WERE ALSO TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN THE JUDGING.

THE FISHERMEN WERE ALSO GROUPED ACCORDING TO THE TYPES OF VESSELS.

THE WIFE OF ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MRS C.T. WONG WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES TO THE FISHERMEN.

DR C.T. WONG WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO A TOTAL OF 16 OTHER FISHERMEN WHO HELPED TO RESCUE 57 PEOPLE IN NINE CASES OF ACCIDENTS AT SEA DURING LAST YEAR.

AMONG THE RECIPIENTS OF THESE PRIZES WILL BE TWO FISHERMEN FROM CHEUNG CHAU, MR HO KAM-MING AND MR KWOK TAI-SHING WHO HELPED TO RESCUE 10 CREW MEMBERS FROM A SINKING FISHING VESSEL FOLLOWING AN ATTACK BY AN UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY OF SCARBOROUGH SHOAL NEAR THE PHILIPPINES LAST FEBRUARY.

FOUR STAFF MEMBERS OF THE F.M.O. AND THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WILL ALSO RECEIVE THEIR LONG SERVICE MEDALS FROM DR WONG FOR HAVING COMPLETED 25 YEARS OF SERVICE EACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET ON SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, ABERDEEN, AT 10.45 AM ON JANUARY 24, 1982.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR DUTY FREE BRANDY * * * * *

PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MACAU DURING THE TWO DAYS FOLLOWING LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY (JANUARY 26 AND 27) MAY BRING INTO HONG KONG FREE CF DUTY ONE BOTTLE OF PORTUGUESE BRANDY CONTAINING NOT MORE THAN 1 LITRE, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS CONCESSION IS ALLOWED IN LIEU OF NORMAL ONE-QUART BOTTLE OF GRAPE WINE.

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POSTAL BOOKING FOR SPECIAL * * *

ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES M

DETAILS OF POSTAL BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THREE SPECIAL PROGRAMMES TO BE HELD DURING THE FORTHCOMING HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL, WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL JOINTLY WITH UNESCO’S INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOSTING A FOUR-DAY SYMPOSIUM FROM FEBRUARY 28 TO MARCH 4, CONCENTRATING ON EAST-WEST EXCHANGES IN MUSIC AND THE PERFORMING ARTS.

OUTSTANDING ARTISTS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE SYMPOSIUM ITSELF, AND TWO OF THEM, NAMELY MOUNIR BASHIR FROM IRAQ AND USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN FROM INDIA WILL GIVE EVENING PERFORMANCES WITH WELL-KNOWN LOCAL ARTISTS.

MOUNIR BASHIR IS PERHAPS THE LEADING AUTHORITY ON ARAB MUSIC AND IS TODAY THE ARTISTIC ADVISER TO IRAQ’S MINISTRY OF CULTURE. HIS OWN MUSICAL STUDIES TOOK HIM TO HUNGARY, WHERE HE WORKED UNDER THE GREAT HUNGARIAN COMPOSER, ZOLTAN KODALY, A MASTER OF ETHNIC FOLK-MUSIC.

MOUNIR BASHIR’S MASTERY OF THE ARABIC LUTE (THE UD) WILL BE HEARD IN A PROGRAMME OF ARABIAN AND CHINESE MUSIC, WHICH WILL ALSO FEATURE KU HUI-MAN ON THE PIPA, ON MONDAY (MARCH 1) IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE.

ON TUESDAY (MARCH 2), ALSO IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE, THE CELEBRATED SAROD PLAYER, USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN, WILL PRESENT A PROGRAMME OF RAGA MUSIC, ACCOMPANIED ON THE TABLA AND TANPURA. HIS PERFORMANCES ARE UNIVERSALLY ACCLAIMED, AND HE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE UNESCO MUSIC AWARD IN ADDITION TO MANY OTHER HIGH MUSIC HONOURS.

IN CONTRAST TO ALI KHAN’S PROGRAMME OF TRADITIONAL INDIAN NWS IC WILL BE A CHENG RECITAL GIVEN BY ONE OF HONG KONG’S LEADING EXPONENTS OF THE INSTRUMENT, LIU LI CHUEN.

THE THIRD EVENING CONCERT AT THE SYMPOSIUM, ALSO IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE, WILL BE GIVEN BY THE HONG KONG JING YING IN A MIXED PROGRAMME OF MUSIC AND DANCE ON MARCH 3 (WEDNESDAY).

POSTAL APPLICATIONS FOR ALL THREE PERFORMANCES WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JANUARY 25. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE ARTS CENTRE, THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE AT CITY HALL, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRES OUTLETS.

TICKETS FOR ALL THREE PERFORMANCES ARE PRICED $10, $20 AND $30, AND COUNTER BOOKINGS FROM THE ARTS CENTRE’S BOX OFFICE, SCMP BOOKSHOPS AT 107 WORLDWIDE HOUSE, CENTRAL, AND 313 OCEAN CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1<>82.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1982

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HONG KONG ART (1970 - 80) EXHIBITION

X * X

THE FOURTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BE PRESENTING FIVE INTERESTING EXHIBITIONS, ONE OF WHICH IS +THE HONG KONG ART (1970 - 80) EXHIBITION* TO BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL EXHIBITION GALLERY AS FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) UNTIL FEBRUARY 13.

THE EXHIBITION WILL PRESENT THE WORKS BY 60 ARTISTS OF HONG KONG DURING THE PERIOD OF 1970 - 80.

THE EXHIBITS WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY HONG KONG ART IN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART.

THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE OIL PAINTINGS, WATER COLOUR PAINTINGS, CHINESE PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND PRINTS.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE FESTIVAL, A SPECIAL EXHIBITION OF BOOKS ON PERFORMING ARTS WILL BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND 31- AND AT THE TSUEN WAN LIBRARY FROM FEBRUARY 2 TO 13.

ADMISSION TO THE EXHIBITIONS IS FREE.

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SCROLL WRITING COMPETITION ANNOUNCED MX*

AN OPEN SCROLL-WRITING COMPETITION FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN AND PEOPLE AGED UNDER 35 IS BEING SPONSORED BY YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, AND WILL TAKE PLACE AT KOWLOON LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (JANUARY 23).

THE ORGANISERS ARE THE SECOND YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THE ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG CHILDREN ART EXHIBITIONS.

APPLICATIONS TO ENTER CAN BE MADE THROUGH INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS OR DIRECT TO THE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL OR YUEN LONG MERCHANTS’ ASSOCIATION SECONDARY SCHOOL.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS IN EACH SECTION AND ALL ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE SPRING FESTIVAL SCROLL AND FLOWER/BONSAI EXHIBITION TO BE HELD AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL FROM FEBRUARY 13 TO 16.

OFFICIATING AT THE EXHIBITION OPENING AND PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MADAM LEUNG SI NG-TAK, AND THE CHIEF EDITOR OF THE SING TAO MAN PAO, MR TONG BIG-CHUEN.

THE EXHIBITION IS ONE OF 26 EVENTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL WHICH WILL RUN FROM FEBRUARY 12 TO 27.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $350 000 TOWARDS THE COST OF THE FESTIVAL.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1982

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BALLROOM DANCE CONTEST * * *

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING A MODERN BALLROOM DANCE CONTEST.

THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART ARE URGED TO APPLY IMMEDIATELY.

JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE HONG KONG DANCE ASSOCIATION, THE CONTEST WILL BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI, ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, STARTING AT 7 PM.

IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR GROUPS, AND WILL FEATURE THE WALTZ, FOXTROT AND QUICK STEP, AS WELL AS THE TANGO, SAMBA, RUMBA AND CHA CHA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RSS SAID THAT CONTESTANTS SHOULD BE AGED 18 AND ABOVE TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRY, WHICH IS FREE.

TROPHIES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS AND SOUVENIRS TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE CONTEST ARE AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICES OF THE SERVICE AND AT THE HONG KONG DANCING ASSOCIATION.

THOSE WHO WISH TO SEE THE DANCE CONTEST MAY ALSO APPLY FOR FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FROM THE RSS HEADQUARTERS ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF WING ON CENTRE IN CENTRAL.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 5-458511 OR 0-295949.

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TWO LOTS OF RECLAMATION LAND SOLD

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TWO LOTS

... ...~2F CR0WN LAND ,N THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION WERE ?$L2urTou«.>oUCT 0N CONDUCTED BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TODAY (THURSDAY).

F0R INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES. THE LARGER AB0UT 4 539 SQUARE METRES WAS SOLD TO BOLIN AcToe™ENT LIMITED FOR $42.8 MILLION OR $9 429.39 PER SQUARE METRE.

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NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS OPEN FOR BUSINESS * * *

EIGHT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS START BUSINESS TODAY (THURSDAY) IN SEVEN DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES, AS THE YEAR OF THE DOG APPROACHES.

FLOWER AND DRY GOODS TRADERS ARE EXPECTING GOOD BUSINESS, IN VIEW OF THE INCREASE IN POPULATION IN VARIOUS NEW TOWNS.

BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY DEMAND FOR FLOWER FAIR SITES TWO FAIRS ARE BEING HELD IN YUEN LONG THIS YEAR, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, RESIDENTS OF SHA TIN HAVE THEIR OWN FAIR, WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CAR PARK OF THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE, PROVIDING ADEQUATE PARKING SPACES.

A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY), TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE SHA TIN FAIR.

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHA TIN, DR PATRICK HASE- THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SOUTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JAMES WILSON- THE CLERK OF THE COURSE OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE, MR J.N. MCCAFFREY, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG. j

OTHER FAIRS ARE BEING HELD AT YUEN LONG SPORTS GROUND AND THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKET AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, THE SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND IN SHEUNG SHU I, TAI PO PLAYGROUND, SAN HUI PLAYGROUND IN TUEN MUN, SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR AT THE COACH CAR PARK IN THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FHIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PLAN FOR LEGAL AID TO COVER APPEALS TO PRIVY COUNCIL ....... 1

POSTAGE RATE INCREASE ...................................... 2

POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 ......................... 4

HOLIDAY WATER HOURS ........................................ 5

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER 1981 ................... 6

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

DCA TO ATTEND UK/JAPAN AIR SERVICES TALKS .................. 8

early rock carvings declared as monument.................... 8

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT FOR FIGHT YOUTH CRIME DRAI.iA COMPETITION .. 9

KOWLOON CITY BOARD MEMBERS CHECK ON PROBLEM AREAS .......... 9

WORK STARTING ON ANOTHER NCR STATION ...................... 10

FACTORIES URGED TO TAKE FIRE PRECAUTIONS .................. 11

BUILDING TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR............................. 11

CROW LAND CONTRACTOR FOR TSUEN WAN......................... 12

EIGHT CLINICS OPEN WEDNESDAY MORNING ...................... 12

SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR OPENS ......................... 13

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHE KUNG FESTIVAL ................ 13

TRA TN TNG COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS ............... 15

PIER ROAD CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS .................  16

FIREMEN COMPETE IN SOCCER MATCH..........................   16

RETIREM21T SOUVENIR FOR PWD ENGINEER....................... 17

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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PLAN FOR LEGAL AID TO COVER APPEALS TO PRIVY COUNCIL ******

THE LEGAL AID SCHEMES WILL BE EXPANDED TO COVER APPEALS TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL UNDER AN AMENDMENT BILL PUBLISHED TODAY.

IF THIS LEGAL AID (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 RECEIVES THE APPROVAL OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, LITIGANTS IN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS MAY BE GIVEN LEGAL AID TO APPEAL, APPLY FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL, AND TO OPPOSE SUCH APPEALS OR APPLI CAT IONS.

ANOTHER LEGISLATIVE CHANGE WILL BE PROPOSED, IF THE BILL IS PASSED, TO EXTEND LEGAL AID TO SIMILAR APPEALS IN CRIMINAL CASES.

A LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE CHIEF JUSTICE, ATTORNEY GENERAL, HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG HAD GIVEN THEIR STRONG SUPPORT TO THESE LATEST PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE LEGAL AID SCHEME.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE PROPOSED NEW SCHEME AID WOULD BE GIVEN ONLY WHERE AN APPLICANT CAME WITHIN THE LEGAL AID MEANS TEST LIMITS. IN ADDITION THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID WOULD NEED TO BE SATISFIED BEFORE GRANTING LEGAL AID THAT THERE EXISTED IN LAW REASONABLE GROUNDS FOR APPEALING OR FOR OPPOSING AN APPEAL OR APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL, AS THE CASE MIGHT BE.

HE ADDED THAT, IN LINE WITH PAST DECISIONS OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL ON APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL AND APPEALS, IT WAS ONLY APPROPRIATE TO APPEAL TO THAT BODY IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE OR GRAVITY WHERE SERIOUS INJUSTICE MIGHT OTHERWISE RESULT. LEGAL AID WOULD ONLY THEREFORE BE GIVEN FOR SUCH APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS MEETING THIS CRITERION.

A THREE-MEMBER COMMITTEE OF REVIEW CHAIRED BY THE REGISTRAR CF THE SUPREME COURT AND ASSISTED BY A SENIOR BARRISTER AND A SENIOR SOLICITOR WILL HEAR APPEALS FROM APPLICANTS OR AIDED PERSONS WHO WISH TO DISPUTE THE DECISIONS OF THE DIRECTOR IN RELATION TO THE REFUSAL OF LEGAL AID IN PRIVY COUNCIL MATTERS.

IF THE BILL IS ENACTED, REGULATIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE SAME TIME TO ENABLE THE DIRECTOR TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE FEES TO BE PAID TO COUNSEL OR SOLICITORS FOR THEIR WRITTEN OPINIONS, CERTIFICATES OR REPORTS ON THE MERITS OF APPLICATIONS FOR LEGAL AID.

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POSTAGE RATE INCREASE ft ft ft *

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT BECAUSE OF RISING COSTS, POSTAGE RATES FOR INLAND LETTER AND PRINTED PAPER SERVICES WILL BE INCREASED FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE NEW RATES FOR BOTH CATEGORIES OF INLAND MAILS WILL BE 30 CENTS AT THE BASIC WEIGHT LEVELS, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 10 CENTS.

AT THE UPPER WEIGHT LEVELS, THE INCREASES WILL BE COMPARATIVELY LESS. FOR LETTERS AND POSTCARDS WEIGHING ONE KILOGRAM, FOR EXAMPLE, THE NEW RATE WILL BE 15 INSTEAD OF S4 , AND FOR PRINTED PAPERS OF THE SAME WEIGHT $2 AS AGAINST THE EXISTING RATE OF Si.70.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE POINTED OUT THAT CURRENT INLAND LETTER RATES HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE 1975, AND THOSE FOR PRINTED PAPER ITEMS SINCE 1978.

THE HIGHER RATES WERE FORESHADOWED IN THE BUDGET LAST YEAR WHEN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY REFERRED TO MARKED LOSSES ON THE INLAND SERVICE AND WARNED THAT THE RATES COULD NOT REMAIN AT THEIR CURRENT LEVELS MUCH LONGER.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW RATES WOULD STILL BE RELATIVELY CHEAPER COMPARED WITH THOSE IN SOME COUNTRIES IN THE REGION.

MOREOVER, HE SAID, A REBATE SCHEME WOULD BE INTRODUCED WHICH WILL BRING SOME RELIEF TO POSTERS OF BULK QUANTITIES OF PRINTED PAPER ITEMS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ANYONE POSTING 3 000 OR MORE PRINTED PAPER ITEMS AT ANY ONE TIME WILL ENJOY A DISCOUNT OF 10 PER CENT ON THE TOTAL POSTAGE PAID IN RETURN FOR A DEGREE OF PRE-SORTING BY THE SENDER.

ALSO FROM JULY 1, THE CHARGES FOR THE RE-DIRECTION OF MAIL SERVICE WILL ALSO BE REVISED TO COVER THE INCREASED COST OF OPERATING THIS SERVICE.

NO CHANGE WILL BE MADE IN THE CHARGE (S60) WHICH A PRIVATE USER OF THE SERVICE HAS TO PAY, BUT BUSINESSES, WHICH ARE THE MAIN USERS OF THE SERVICE, WILL HAVE TO PAY S120 FOR EACH 12-MONTH PERIOD AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE FIRST THREE-MONTH FREE PERIOD.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF MAIL RE-DIRECTED FROM A BUSINESS ADDRESS IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT FROM A RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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FOLLOWING IS A COMPARATIVE TABLE LISTING THE NEW RATES1

WEIGHT NOT OVER LETTERS AND POSTCARDS PRINTED PAPERS

PRESENT REVISED PRESENT REVISED

30 G 20 CENTS 30 CENTS 20 CENTS 30 CENTS

50 G 40 CENTS 60 CENTS 20 CENTS 30 CENTS

100 G 50 CENTS 80 CENTS 30 CENTS 50 CENTS

250 G $1.00 SI.30 50 CENTS 80 CENTS

530 G $2.00 $2.50 $1.00 $1.30

1 KG 14.00 $5.00 $1.70 $2.00

2 KG $6.00 $7.50

RE-DIRECTION OF MAIL SERVICE

BUSINESS USERS PRIVATE USERS

FOR THE FIRST 3 MONTHS FREE FREE

FOR EACH SUCCEEDING PERIOD OF

TWELVE MONTHS $120 ♦60

DEFINITION OF BUSINESS ADDRESS 1

A BUSINESS ADDRESSEE IS REGARDED AS AN APPLICANT FOR RE-DIRECTION OF MAIL FROM AN ADDRESS, OR FROM A PRIVATE BOX OR BAG SERVICE ASSOCIATED WITH AN ADDRESS, AT WHICH BUSINESS IS CARRIED ON FOR A PROFIT.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 M * M *

A BILL TO AMEND THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE WITH REGARD TO DISCIPLINARY MATTERS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS TO IMPROVE AND SIMPLIFY THE LAW GOVERNING THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND AWARDS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE. IT ALSO SEEKS TO BRING THESE PROCEDURES AND AWARDS WITH REGARD TO INSPECTORS AND JUNIOR POLICE OFFICERS MORE CLOSELY INTO LINE AND TO RENDER THEM MORE CONSISTENT WITH THOSE APPLICABLE TO THE REST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 IS THE RESULT OF A REVIEW OF THE ORDINANCE AND THE POLICE (DISCIPLINE) REGULATIONS INITIATED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. IT TOOK INTO ACCOUNT VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE AND THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP, IN PARTICULAR THE LATTER’S RECOMMENDATION TO THE GOVERNOR IN 1980 THAT A MEANS OF ENFORCING THE RETIREMENT OF OFFICERS FOUND TO BE MANIFESTLY UNFIT TO CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE FORCE SHOULD BE PROVIDED.

THE EXISTING POLICE (DISCIPLINE) REGULATIONS WERE MADE IN 1977.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN ADMINISTERING POLICE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES HAD INDICATED THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF AREAS WHERE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW WERE REQUIRED, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO THE IMPOSITION OF PUNISHMENTS AND THE APPEAL PROCESS.

WHERE A POLICE OFFICER IS CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE NOT PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT, OR IS FOUND GUILTY WITHOUT A CONVICTION BEING RECORDED, IT IS NECESSARY AT PRESENT FOR A FURTHER CHARGE TO BE BROUGHT UNDER THE REGULATIONS BEFORE DISCIPLINARY ACTION CAN BE TAKEN.

AS THIS PROCEDURE IS UNNECESSARILY CUMBERSOME AND REPETITIVE, THE BILL SEEKS TO PERMIT A DISCIPLINARY PUNISHMENT TO BE AWARDED WITHOUT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WHERE A CRIMINAL CHARGE HAS BEEN PROVED BY THE COURT, WHETHER A CONVICTION IS RECORDED OR NOT.

THIS PROVISION IS ALREADY INCLUDED IN COLONIAL REGULATIONS.

CONVICTED POLICE OFFICERS CAN BE DISCIPLINED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS AT PRESENT, RANGING FROM MINOR PUNISHMENTS TO DISMISSAL. IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE INTERMEDIARY PUNISHMENT OF COMPULSORY RETIREMENT, WITH OR WITHOUT A REDUCTION OF TERMINAL BENEFITS, BE INTRODUCED TO GIVE THE AUTHORITIES GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN DEALING WITH INDIVIDUAL CASES. THIS POWER WAS RECENTLY ADDED TO THE FIRE SERVICES ORDINANCE.

/ANOTuEK PROPOSED........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT WHICH WILL BRING THE POLICE INTO LINE WITH OTHER DISCIPLINED SERVICES PROVIDES THAT A POLICE OFFICER AGAINST WHOM A CRIMINAL CHARGE FOR ANY OFFENCE OUTSIDE HONG KONG IS PROVED WILL BE TREATED IN THE SAME WAY AS IF IT WERE PROVED IN HONG KONG. THIS PROVISION ALREADY EXISTS IN THE PRISONS ORDINANCE AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE ORDINANCE.

AT PRESENT A NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER OR CONSTABLE MAY RESIGN FROM THE FORCE BY GIVING ONE MONTH’S NOTICE OR PAYING ONE MONTH’S SALARY IN LIEU OF NOTICE. AN INSPECTOR MAY RESIGN BY GIVING THREE MONTHS’ NOTICE OR PAYING ONE MONTH’S SALARY IN LIEU.

IT IS PROPOSED IN THE BILL THAT THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD BE GIVEN THE DISCRETION TO WAIVE OR REDUCE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN INSPECTOR OR JUNIOR POLICE OFFICER TO SERVE OUT A PERIOD OF NOTICE OR PAY A FULL MONTH’S SALARY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID AN OFFICER COULD BE RELEASED AT ONCE ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS OR WHERE REQUIRING HIM TO SERVE OUT HIS PERIOD OF NOTICE WOULD SERVE NO USEFUL PURPOSE, SUCH AS IN THE CASE OF AN OFFICER WHO HAD NOT COMPLETED BASIC TRAINING.

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HOLIDAY WATER HOURS ft ft ft

WATER RESTRICTIONS WILL BE RELAXED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY.

♦TAPS WILL BE TURNED ON FROM 6 AM ON SUNDAY, WHICH IS LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE, TO 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 28),+ THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER, MR TOM TOMLINSON SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THIS WAS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE ALMOST 20 PER CENT SAVING IN WATER BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE RESTRICTIONS.

HOWEVER, HE WISHED TO STRESS THE CONTINUING NEED TO SAVE WATER.

♦THERE IS STILL SOME TIME TO GO BEFORE THE WET SEASON, AND EVEN THEN WE SHOULD NOT BE OVER-OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PLENTIFUL RAINFALL,♦ HE SAID.

NR TOMLINSON REITERATED EARLIER APPEALS FOR MAXIMUM ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WATER.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER 1981 *****

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER 1981.

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR DECEMBER 1981 WERE BOTH 123. IN COMPARISON WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH, THE NEW C.P.I.(A) DECREASED BY 1 POINT OR 0.8 PER CENT AND THE NEW C.P.I.(B) REMAINED UNCHANGED. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1980, BOTH THE NEW C.P.I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B) INCREASED BY 15 POINTS OR 13.9 PER CENT EACH.

DURING DECEMBER LAST YEAR, DECREASES IN PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND IN ELECTRICITY CHARGES WERE OFFSET TO AN EXTENT BY INCREASES IN OTHER COMMODITY PRICES AND SERVICE CHARGES.

THE NEW C.P. I.(A) AND 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 HOUSEHOLD SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 *99 A MONTH AND THE NEW C.P.I.(B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN 13 500 AND |6 499 A MONTH.

THE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER 1981 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR NOVEMBER 1981 AND DECEMBER 1980.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

NEW C.P.I.(A) NEW C.P.I.(B)

SECTION DEC. 80 NOV. 81 DEC. 81 DEC. 80 NOV. 81 DEC.81

FOODSTUFFS 108 126 124 108 126 124

HOUS 1 NG 106 119 119 105 119 119

FUEL AND LIGHT 113 135 131 113 136 131

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPT ION)104 117 118 104 117 117

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 110 124 124 109 125 125

/DURABLE GOODS........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1962

DURABLE GOODS 102 108 7 - 110

108 103 110

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 106 119 119 107 116 116

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 114 135 135 113 131 133

SERVICES 110 125 127 110 124 126

ALL ITEMS 108 124 123 108 123 123

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH THE NEW C.P.I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B). DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRESH-WATER FISH.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF AERATED WATER AND OF MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS WENT UP. THE EFFECT CF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT DECREASED BY FOUR POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I.(A) AND BY FIVE POINTS IN THE NEW C.P.I.(B) AS A RESULT OF LOWER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY.

THE TWO-POINT RISE IN THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES IN THE NEW C.P.I.(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER FEES CHARGED BY DRIVING INSTRUCTORS.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH THE NEW C.P.I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER ADMISSION CHARGES FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT AND HIGHER CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOURS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE ♦CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT+ FOR DECEMBER 1981, WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE AT $2 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE * * * *

A SECTION OF KENNEDY TOwN PRAYA ROAD NEAR SANDS STREET *ILL EE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.30 AM AND 5.30 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 24) FOR DEMOLITION OF A STEEL CRANE.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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DCA TO ATTEND UK/JAPAN AIR SERVICES TALKS

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THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR B.D. KEEP WILL REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE UK/JAPAN AIR SERVICES TALKS TO BE HELD IN TOKYO LATER THIS MONTH. ALSO ATTENDING THE NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE MR N. LATHAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, AIR SERVICES.

THE TALKS, THE SECOND IN THE SERIES, WILL BE HELD FOR FOUR DAYS FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 26).

DISCUSSIONS WILL CENTRE ON NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BRITISH AIRWAYS’ ON TRUNK SERVICES AND RIGHTS FOR BOTH CATHAY PACIFIC AND LAKER AIRWAYS TO OPERATE A TRANS-PACIF IC SERVICE FROM HONG KONG VIA TOKYO.

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS PLANS TO OPERATE A B-747 SERVICE THREE TIMES WEEKLY ON THE ROUTE HONG KONG-TOKYO-VANCOUVER-SEATTLE-TOKYO-HONG KONG AND LAKER A DAILY DC-10 SERVICE ON THE ROUTE HONG KONG-TOKYO-HONOLULU-SAN FRANCISCO-LOS ANGELES.

SUBJECT TO GRANTING OF THE RIGHTS, CPA COULD START A TRANSPACIFIC SERVICE IN ABOUT AUGUST.

BEFORE ATTENDING THE AIR SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS, MR KEEP WILL ATTEND THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING IN LONG BOAT KEY, FLORIDA.

HE WILL ALSO VISIT TWO MAJOR AIRPORTS IN THE UNITED STATES IN CONNECTION WITH PLANNING A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT FOR HONG KONG. ONE IS ATLANTA AIRPORT WHERE A NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL WAS RECENTLY OPENED AND THE OTHER IS TAMPA AIRPORT WHERE THE TERMINAL HAS A VERY ADVANCED PEOPLE-MOVER SYSTEM.

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EARLY ROCK CARVINGS DECLARED AS MONUMENT M M M

THE GOVERNMENT WILL PRESERVE THE ROCK CARVINGS ON CHEUNG CHAU WHICH ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE BY EARLY PRE-HISTORIC INHABITANTS OF HONG KONG.

THE CARVINGS ARE LOCATED PARTLY ON PRIVATE LAND ON VERTICAL ROCK SURFACES OVERLOOKING TUNG WAN. THEY ARE GAZETTED AS A MONUMENT UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE TODAY.

ROCK CARVINGS ARE REGARDED AS AN EXPRESSION OF EARLY MAN’S MYSTICAL AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. THOSE ON CHEUNG CHAU SHOW GEOMETRIC PATTERNS WITH SOME ANIMAL FORMS AND COULD HAVE BEEN MADE FOR RITUALISTIC PURPOSES, PROBABLY DURING HONG KONG’S BRONZE AGE ABOUT 2 500 YEARS AGO.

THEY ARE ALSO FOUND ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG AND THOSE ON PO TOI, KAU SAI CHAU, TUNG LUNG ISLAND AND AT BIG WAVE BAY (HONG KONG ISLAND), AND SHEK PIK (LANTAU) HAVE ALREADY BEEN DECLARED MONUMENTS.

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COMMERCIAL SUPPORT FOR FIGHT YOUTH CRIME DRAMA COMPETITION ft ft ft

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES. MR PETER MOSS TODAY (FRIDAY) RECEIVED A CHEQUE FOR $34 180 FROM THE SHELL CO., HONG KONG LTD. IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME INTER-SCHOOL DRAMA COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION, OPEN TO ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL STUENTS, IS ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AS PART OF THE CURENT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

PRESENTING THE CHEQUE WAS THE PERSONNEL MANAGER OF THE SHELL CO. MR J.F. MAASSEN, WHO SAID THAT HIS COMPANY WAS SPONSORING THE DRAMA COMPETITION AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE.

♦HONG KONG'S YOUTH HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR CONCERN AND WE ARE VERY GLAD TO LEND OUR SUPPORT TO THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AND TO PROMOTE HEALTHY ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUTH,♦ SAID MR MAASSEN.

FIFTY-TWO SCHOOLS ENTERED THE COMPETITION AND EACH SUBMITTED A 25-MINUTE SCRIPT. FIFTEEN SCHOOLS WERE SELECTED TO ENTER THE SEMI-FINALS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 6, 14 AND 20 AT THE SCHOOL HALLS OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AND TSUEN WAN PUBLIC HO CHUEN YIU MEMORIAL SCHOOL RESPECTIVELY.

MR CHAN YAU-HOW, MISS JANE LAI, MR YUEN LAP-FUN, MR CHEUNG KING, MISS MOK FUNG-YEE, MR CHU SHU I-TONG, MR FUNG LUK-TAK AND MR HARDY CHOI, THE EIGHT DRAMA EXPERTS WHO TOOK PART IN THE SCRIPT-SCREENING, WILL ADJUDICATE AT THE SEMI-FINALS.

TOGETHER WITH MRS FUNG MOK YAN-LAN AND MR JAMES MARK, ADVISERS TO THIS COMPETITION. THEY WILL SELECT THE BEST FIVE TEAMS TO COMPETE AT THE FINAL CONTEST TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON MARCH 13.

AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, REPRESENTATIVES FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS EACH RECEIVED A BOOK COUPON OF $100 FROM MR MOSS, WHILE THE 15 WINNING TEAMS EACH RECEIVED A CHEQUE FOR $1 500 FROM Ml MAASSEN AS PRODUCTION ALLOWANCE FOR THE SEMI-FINALS.

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KOWLOON CITY BOARD MEMBERS CHECK ON PROBLEM AREAS ft ft ft

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY (FRIDAY) TOURED VARIOUS AREAS IN THE DISTRICT TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST PROBLEMS IN KOWLOON CITY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR KOWLOON CITY, Ml LEE LAP-SUN AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE MEMBERS PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION TO CERTAIN KNOWN BLACKSPOTS IN THE AREA.

PROBLEMS POSED BY PRIVATE STREETS WERE AMONG THE MATTERS TO WHICH THEY PAID SPECIAL INTEREST.

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IN THEIR TOUR OF 13 PRIVATE STREETS IN TO KWA WAN, THEY OBSERVED THE SITUATION WITH REGARD TO SUCH PROBLEMS AS ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION, UNLAWFUL STREET OBSTRUCTION CAUSED BY STALLS, ABANDONED VEHICLES AND OTHER DISCARDED ITEMS WHICH INCONVENIENCED AND DISTURBED THE RESIDENTS* LIVES.

OTHER MATTERS OF CONCERN TO THE BOARD WERE SUCH THINGS AS ONSTREET CAR REPAIRS — A PECULIAR FEATURE OF THE DISTRICT — WHICH BLOCKED PUBLIC PLACES AND OCCUPIED MUCH OF THE ALREADY-LIMITED hETERED PARKING SPACES.

EARLIER ON, THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE SETTING UP OF A PROPER LITTER-BIN CENTRE IN MODEL VILLAGE SQUATTER AREA TO IMPROVE SANITARY CONDITIONS AND THE UTILISATION OF PART OF LAI CHI YUEN SQUATTER AREA AS A SITTING-OUT AREA FOR PUBLIC USE.

THEY ALSO STOPPED AT THE FLOWER MARKET IN BOUNDARY STREET FOR A CLOSE LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC SITUATION.

THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WERE ALSO TOLD THAT A 'CLEAN FOR CHARITY’ CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 21 AT THE TO KWA WAN RECLAMATION AREA.

LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RESIDENTS WILL BE MOBILISED TO CLEAR UP DEBRIS AND RUBBISH DUMPED BY IRRESPONSIBLE CONTRACTORS IN THE RECLAIMED SITE, AS PART OF AN OVERALL ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN KOWLOON CITY.

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WORK STARTING ON ANOTHER KCR STATION

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WORK ON YET ANOTHER STATION OF THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY WILL START SOON AS PART OF THE KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED A S42-MILL ION CONTRACT TO SANG LEE CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FANLING STATION.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR LEUNG MIN-SUN, ACTING GOVERNMENT ENGINEER OF THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND MR H.W. TSANG AND MR Y.M. LAU OF SANG LEE CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW STATION BUILDING, PLATFORMS AND PLATFORM CANOPIES, A KCR BARRACK AND THE EXTERNAL FORECOURT.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FACTORIES URGED TO TAKE FIRE PRECAUTIONS ft ft *

FACTORY PROPRIETORS SHOULD TAKE BASIC FIRE PRECAUTIONARY >€ ASURES BEFORE CLOSING THEIR FACTORIES FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

IN MAKING THE APPEAL TODAY (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN OCCASIONS WHEN FIRES BROKE OUT IN FACTORIES AFTER WORK OR DURING HOLIDAYS.

♦MANY OF THESE FIRES WERE MAINLY THE RESULT OF NEGLIGENCE OR THE LACK OF BASIC FIRE-PRECAUTION MEASURES. BEFORE CLOSING THEIR FACTORIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS. PROPRIETORS SHOULD TAKE EVERY POSSIBLE MEASURE TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF FIRE.+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SOME FIRE-PRECAUTION MEASURES WERE JUST MATTERS OF COMMON SENSE.

FOR EXAMPLE,♦ HE EXPLAINED, *A LIGHTED CIGARETTE BUTT DISCARDED ON THE FLOOR COULD POSE A FIRE RISK- THEREFORE IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR WORKERS, SUPERVISORS OR EMPLOYERS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE LEFT BURNING BEFORE LEAVING THEIR PLACES OF WORK FOR LONG PERIODS.

IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT NO MACHINES ARE LEFT RUNNING AND THAT THE MAIN POWER SWITCHES ARE SHUT OFF DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

ALL FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR MATERIALS SHOULD BE PROPERLY STORED AND DANGEROUS GOODS SHOULD BE KEPT IN DANGEROUS GOODS STORES.♦

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BUILDING TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR ft ft

A THREE-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING AT NO. 70 SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE RESUMED UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

THE SITE IS REQUIRED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR TRACTION SUB-STATION AND A VENTILATION SHAFT FOR THE MTR ISLAND LINE AT THE JUNCTION OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND TAI LOK STREET.

THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IS USED AS A SHOP AND THE UPPER FLOORS ARE USED FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

A TOTAL OF 18 PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED.

THEY WILL BE OFFERED REHOUSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S POLICY AND STATUTORY COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID TO THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE.

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CROWN LAND CONTRACTOR FOR TSUEN WAN

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE IS SEEKING ITS OWN CONTRACTOR TO CARRY OUT ALL LOCAL CROWN LAND CONTROL WORK.

UNTIL NOW THIS TYPE OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT CONTRACTORS.

TENDERS ARE INVITED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR THE DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS AND THE CLEARANCE AND MAINTENANCE OF CROWN LAND FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 1, 1982 - MARCH 31, 1983.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS HAD TO RELY ON THIS TYPE OF WORK BEING CARRIED OUT BY CONTRACTORS EITHER APPOINTED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION OR BY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

♦WITH OUR OWN CONTRACTOR, WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET JOBS DONE MUCH QUICKER, EXECUTE LAND CONTROL WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY AND AVOID THE NEED TO CALL FOR TENDERS FOR EACH AND EVERY JOB,* A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDERS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BEFORE NOON ON MARCH 5.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE GENERAL REGISTRY OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF FOU wAH CENTRE, 210, CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT PROVISION UNDER THE CROWN LAND VOTE WILL BE ABOUT $250 000 FOR TSUEN WAN ALONE FOR NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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EIGHT CLINICS OPEN WEDNESDAY MORNING ■ ■ ■

EIGHT GOVERNMENT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL BE OPEN ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 27) FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM.

THEY ARE: VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN HONG KONG, KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE AND YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB POLYCLINIC IN KOWLOON, AND LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE AND SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OTHER GOVERNMENT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND EVENING CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS FROM MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 27).

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR OPENS ft * ft ft

THE OPENING OF THE SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL SAVE LOCAL RESIDENTS FROM HAVING TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES TO BUY FLOWERS AND OTHER GOODS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SOUTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JAMES WILSON, WHEN OFFICIATING TODAY AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FAIR AT THE CAR PARK OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE.

IT WAS THE FIRST FAIR HELD IN THE DISTRICT, AND THERE WERE 82 STALLS, 44 FOR WET GOODS AND 38 FOR DRY GOODS, HE SAID.

TRADERS RESPONSE TO THE FAIR DURING THE PUBLIC AUCTION OF STALLS WAS VERY ENCOURAGING, HE SAID.

MR WILSON SAID THE FAIR WOULD BE ORGANISED ON A LARGER AND BETTER EQUIPPED SCALE NEXT YEAR.

HE ALSO THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR MAKING AVAILABLE THE VENUE FOR THE FAIR.

MR WILSON PERFORMED THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AT THE FAIR SITE, TOGETHER WITH THE CLERK OF THE COURSE OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE, MR J.N. MCCAFFREY, THE CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHA TIN, DR PATRICK HASE.

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SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHE KUNG FESTIVAL ft ft ft

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE IN SHA TIN ON WEDNESDAY -THE THIRD DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY - WHEN LARGE CROWDS ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT THE CHE KUNG TEMPLE TO PRAY FOR GOOD LUCK AND GOOD FORTUNE.

THESE INCLUDE A ONE-WAY CIRCUIT, WHICH ALL WORSHIPPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE, EXTRA BUSES AND SPECIAL PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (PLB) AND TAXI STANDS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE ONE-WAY CIRCUIT WOULD BE WELL MARKED WITH SIGN POSTS AND POLICE OFFICERS WOULD BE PRESENT TO ASSIST VISITORS.

THERE WILL BE TWO POINTS OF ENTRY TO THE CIRCUIT, ONE AT SHING HO ROAD, TAI WAI, WHERE THE PLB AND TAXI STANDS WILL BE LOCATED, AND THE OTHER FOR BUS USERS IN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NEAR THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (KMB) DEPOT. BUS USERS ALIGHTING IN TAI PO ROAD SHOULD ENTER THE CIRCUIT AT SHING HO ROAD.

♦PROGRESS TO AND FROM THE TEMPLE WILL BE EASIER AS A RESULT OF USING THE CIRCUIT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID. HE APPEALED FOR CO-OPERATION BY ALL WORSHIPPERS.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID KMB WOULD LAY ON EXTRA SERVICES ON A TOTAL OF 13 ROUTES AS FOLLOWS:

(A) VIA LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD:

* ROUTE 70 - JORDAN ROAD TO TAI PO-

* ROUTE 70M - KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION TO WO CHE ESTATE-

* ROUTE 85 - KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIER TO

TAI WAI-

* ROUTE 87 - TAI KOK TSUI FERRY PIER TO

LEK YUEN SAN TSUEN- AND

* ROUTE 89 - KWUN TONG (YUE MAN SQUARE) TO

LEK YUEN SAN TSUEN.

(B) VIA TAI PO X ROUTE

ROAD:

48 - TSUEN WAN FERRY PIER TO SHA TIN

* ROUTE 71

* ROUTE 72

ROUTE 72A

* ROUTE 85

* ROUTE 86

* ROUTE 88A

* ROUTE 88B

MARKET-

- JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER TO SHA TIN MARKET-

- TAI KOK TSUI FERRY PIER TO TAI PO MARKET-

- TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO TAI WAI-

- TAI WAI TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIER-

- CHEUNG SHA WAN TO WO CHE-

- HIN TIN TO SHA TIN MARKET- AND

- HO TUNG LAU TO TAI WAI.

WORSHIPPERS RETURNING TO KOWLOON AFTERWARDS SHOULD HEAD FOR THE BUS STOP NEAR THE KMB DEPOT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND SPACE TO PARK PRIVATE CARS ANYWHERE IN THE VICINITY OF THE TEMPLE AND URGED ALL WORSHIPPERS TO MAKE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WHICH WOULD BE ADEQUATE FOR THE OCCASION.

HE ALSO SAID ANYONE VISITING OTHER AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ON JANUARY 27 SHOULD GO VIA TAI PO ROAD.

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT ASKED ALL VISITORS TO BE CAREFUL WHEN BURNING JOSS STICKS AS THE FIRE RISK WAS NOW +VERY HIGH+ BECAUSE OF THE DRY WEATHER, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ADVISED HAWKERS NOT TO SELL HYDROGEN-FILLED BALLOONS AS THERE WAS A DANGER OF EXPLOSION.

AND A POLICE SPOKESMAN WARNED WORSHIPPERS TO BE ALERT AGAINST PICK-POCKETS.

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TRAINING COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

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THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL RUN A TWO-YEAR, PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSE IN SEPTEMBER FOR PROFESSIONALLY UNTRAINED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

APPLICANTS MUST BE CURRENTLY FULL-TIME PERMITTED TEACHERS WITH A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS’ TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN A REGISTERED KINDERGARTEN AND HAVE REACHED 18 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 1, 1982. THEY SHOULD HAVE ATTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE IN AT LEAST TWO SUBJECTS, ONE OF THEM, PREFERABLY, CHINESE IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION, OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

THE CURRICULUM WILL INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL, CURRICULUM AND GENERAL STUDIES PRESENTED THROUGH LECTURES, TUTORIALS, VISITS, AND WORKSHOPS, AND THERE WILL BE SUPERVISED PRACTICAL TEACHING.

STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND TWO THREE-HOUR SESSIONS A WEEK ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS, IN EITHER THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID, +THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION ON THE COURSE WILL BE CHINESE AND NO TUITION FEES ARE PAYABLE.+

STUDENTS WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE COURSE WILL BE AWARDED THE STATUS OF ’QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHER’ AND WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S REGISTER OF TEACHERS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS WITH GUIDANCE NOTES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, 3/F, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG AND GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 42, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE PHOTO-COPY OF EVERY TEACHING PERMIT AND EVERY CERTIFICATE RELATING TO THE APPLICANT’S ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

+COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MESSENGER TO THE JOINT SELECTION BOARD C/O GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 27,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATIONS FORWARDED BY POST, OR LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. RESULTS OF APPLICATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN EARLY JULY.

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PIER ROAD CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS M M M M

A SECTION OF PIER ROAD NEAR JUBILEE STREET FERRY PIER IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 7.30 AH AND 12 NOON ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS STARTING FROM SUNDAY (JANUARY 24) TO PROVIDE HORE SPACE FOR PASSENGERS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES FROH THE JUBILEE STREET VEHICULAR FERRY PIER WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HARBOUR VIEW STREET.

ALSO ON SUNDAY, THE ROUTE FOR HONG KONG PLB HAXICAB NO. 23 WILL BE EXTENDED TO SERVE RESIDENTS IN WAH FU ESTATE.

AT PRESENT, THE MAXICAB OPERATES BETWEEN HOLLAND STREET IN KENNEDY TOWN AND POK FU LAM.

AS FROM JANUARY 24, THE ROUTE WILL BE EXTENDED TO WAH FU ESTATE VIA POK FU LAM ROAD.

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FIREMEN COMPETE IN SOCCER MATCH UMM

THE TRADITIONAL FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT +FAT CHOY CUP+ SOCCER MATCH WAS PLAYED BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TEAMS AT KAI TAK SPORTS GROUND TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR ROBERT HOLMES, OFFICIATED AT THE KICK-OFF CEREMONY.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES SPORTS AND WELFARE CLUB.

THE KOWLOON TEAM WAS REPRESENTED BY OFFICERS AND MEN OF KOWLOON, NEW TERRITORIES AND AMBULANCE COMMANDS WHILE THE HONG KONG TEAM CONSISTED OF PLAYERS FROM HONG KONG COMMAND, FIRE SERVICES HEADQUARTERS AND FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY’S EVENT WAS THE PARTICIPATION BY ALL SENIOR COMMANDERS IN THE LAST TEN MINUTES OF THE MATCH, WHICH ENDED IN A ONE-NIL WIN FOR THE HONG KONG TEAM.

MR HOLMES LATER PRESENTED THE FAT CHOY CUP TO THE WINNING TEAM AT THE FIRE SERVICES CLUB.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1982

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RETIREMENT SOUVENIR FOR PWD ENGINEER

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MR FONG CHUN-NAM, PROJECT MANAGER OF TSUEN WAN. NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL PROCEED ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE TODAY AFTER 27 YEARS SERVICE WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, MR DAVID MCDONALD, SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, TODAY PRESENTED MR FONG WITH A SOUVENIR ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.

MR FONG JOINED THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, 1954, AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER IN THE WATER WORKS OFFICE. HE BECAME ASSISTANT ENGINEER IN JUNE 1957 WHEN HE WAS POSTED TO PORT WORKS, AND AN ENGINEER IN JANUARY I960.

IN 1964, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE ROADS AND DRAINAGE OFFICE AND RECEIVED A NUMBER OF PROMOTIONS, ATTAINING THE POST OF PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN JUNE 1980.

FOR MOST OF THIS TIME, MR FONG SERVED IN THE CIVIL ENGINEERING AND HIGHWAYS OFFICES BUT IN JANUARY 1979 HE MOVED TO THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO BECOME PROJECT MANAGER OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

HE SUBSEQUENTLY WENT BACK FOR A BRIEF SPELL AS HEAD OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, THEN RETURNED TO NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN APRIL 1980 AS PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

IN 1978 HE WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING, MR MCDONALD SAID, ^THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, MR FONG HAS DISPLAYED HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY, SKILL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ABILITY.

♦THE COMPLICATED, AND NOTABLY SUCCESSFUL KOWLOON CITY INTERCHANGE IS A CONCRETE EXAMPLE OF THESE QUALITIES PUT TO GOOD USE.*

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT MR FONG’S EARLY RETIREMENT WAS A LOSS TO THE DEPARTMENT AND HE WOULD BE GREATLY MISSED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME PRAISED ........................... 1

NEW CLINIC FOR NGAU TAU KOK .................................. 2

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT BOGUS CIVIL SERVANTS ..................... 5

STUDENT WINS LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION ......................... 3

NORTH DISTRICT TO HOLD CROSS COUNTRY RACE .................... 4

CONSTRUCTION OF FANLING BYPASS ............................... 5

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY ........... 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY ............. 6

TENDERS FOR THE HIRING OF COVERED LORRIES .................... 6

NT SPORTS FACILITIES TO CLOSE OVER LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1982

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YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME PRAISED * * M

HONG KONG YOUTHS HAVE BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT +YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME* LAUNCHED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, SAID MR PETER LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF AN ANT I-NARCOTICS PROJECT HELD THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON AT ST JOSEPH ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL IN NGAU CHI WAN, KOWLOON.

MR LEE PRAISED THE STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL FOR THEIR EXCELLENT EFFORTS IN ORGANISING THE YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS PROJECT.

HE TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT THE AIM OF THE ♦YOUTH AGAINST

DRUGS SCHEME* WAS TO ENCOURAGE AN ACTIVE AND DIRECT YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN ANTl-NARCOTICS WORK THROUGH PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

UNDER THE SCHEME, HE SAID, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATIONAL PUBLICITY PROJECTS IN THEIR OWN WAY.

MR LEE POINTED OUT THAT THIS NEW APPROACH WOULD ENABLE

YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE AND AT THE SAME TIME PASS ON THE ANTl-NARCOTICS MESSAGES TO THE YOUNG GENERATION IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

THE SCHEME IS LAUNCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY THE ACAN AS PART OF ITS PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME.

IT IS OPEN TO ANY YOUTH GROUP COMPRISING AT LEAST 10 OR MORE

MEMBERS WHO ARE AT THE AGE OF 15 OR ABOVE.

THE SCHEME COMMENCED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR AND A TOTAL OF 19 PROJECTS WERE APPROVED. EACH PROJECT WAS GIVEN AN AMOUNT RANGING FROM $1 000 TO S3 000 TO MEET THE EXPENSES.

TODAY’S PROJECT WAS ORGANISED BY THE +PREFECTS CLUB* OF ST JOSEPH ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL. THE PROJECT INCLUDED AN INTERSCHOOL CHINESE AND ENGLISH ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION, AS WELL AS A POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, AN EXHIBITION AND A GAME STALL DESIGN COMPETITION.

WINNERS OF THE COMPETITIONS WERE AWARDED PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE MR PETER LEE- MR R.T. SULLIVAN, POLICE COMMUNTIY RELATIONS OFFICER (KWUN TONG)-MR TIMOTHY TSO, ASSISTANT CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG)-BROTHER PAUL SUN, SUPERVISOR OF ST JOSEPH ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL-AND MR KENNETH CHAN, PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1982

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NEW CLINIC FOR NGAU TAU KOK * * *

A NEW CLINIC CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE DENSELY POPULATED NGAU TAU KOK AREA WILL BEGIN RENDERING SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC NEXT THURSDAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THE OPENING OF THE CLINIC IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO IMPROVE MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR THE POPULATION IN THE FAST DEVELOPING EAST KOWLOON REGION.

THE NGAU TAU KOK JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC HAS BEEN BUILT WITH FUNDS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WHICH CONTRIBUTED ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST.

THE Sil.5 MILLION CLINIC AT TING ON STREET IS A FIVE-STOREY BUILDING WITH AN UNDERGROUND BASEMENT.

IN ADDITION TO A GENERAL OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT ON THE GROUND FLOOR, IT ALSO ACCOMMODATES A FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE, A MATERNITY WARD, A GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL AND PSYCHIATRIC DAY CENTRE ON THE FLOORS ABOVE.

IT IS A NEW STANDARD TYPE URBAN CLINIC WITH SIX CONSULTATION ROOMS AND TWO TREATMENT ROOMS FOR THE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT.

THE CLINIC WILL BE OPENED IN PHASES, BEGINNING WITH THE OUTPATIENT SERVICE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE MATERNITY WARD WITH 24 BEDS IN EARLY MARCH.

THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR WILL BE OPEN LATER PROVIDING AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES, INCLUDING ANTE-NATAL AND POST-NATAL HEALTH CARE, A COMPREHENSIVE OBSERVATION SCHEME FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY PLANNING .

THE TWO TOP FLOORS, WHICH WILL BE OCCUPIED BY THE GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL AND PSYCHIATRIC DAY CENTRE EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF 40 SPACES, WILL BE PUT IN USE IN THE LATTER PART OF THE YEAR.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1982

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PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT BOGUS CIVIL SERVANTS

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY WARNED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AGAINST SWINDLERS POSING AS CIVIL SERVANTS OR USING THE NAMES CF THE CIVIL SERVANTS UNIONS TO CANVASS FOR PAID ADVERTISEMENTS IN PUBLICATIONS.

THE POLICE AND THE ICAC HAVE, IN THE PAST, RECEIVED A LOT CF COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC AGAINST PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE OFFICE-BEARERS OF STAFF UNIONS OR THEIR PUBLISHERS AND USING DUBIOUS METHODS TO CANVASS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT A CIVIL SERVANTS UNION MUST FIRST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE TO PRODUCE ANY PUBLICATION CONTAINING PAID ADVERTISEMENTS.

PERMISSION IS GIVEN ONLY ON A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS. TWO OF THESE CONDITIONS STATE THATi

(A) CANVASSING MUST BE DONE BY LETTER- NO DIRECT APPROACH EITHER BY TELEPHONE OR IN PERSON SHOULD BE MADE TO THE POTENTIAL ADVERT ISERS-

(B) ADVERTISERS MUST BE ASKED TO MAKE PAYMENT BY CROSSED CHEQUE MADE OUT TO THE STAFF UNION CONCERNED AND SENT BY MAIL TO ITS REGISTERED ADDRESS. CASH PAYMENTS MUST NOT BE ACCEPTED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ASKED TO CHECK WITH THE STAFF RELATIONS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH (TEL. NO.» 5-225409) IF THEY WISH TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER ANY ORGANISATION WHICH HAS APPROACHED THEM WITH A VIEW TO CANVASSING FOR PAID ADVERTISEMENTS IS A BONA-FIDE CIVIL SERVANTS UNION, AND WHETHER PROPER APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE UNION TO DO SO.

IF DUBIOUS METHODS CONTRARY TO THE CONDITIONS SET OUT ABOVE ARE EMPLOYED, CHANCES ARE THAT THE CANVASSERS ARE SWINDLERS, IN WHICH CASE THE PUBLIC SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REPORT TO THE POLICE.

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STUDENT WINS LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION

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AN 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT HAS DESIGNED A LOGO FOR TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND WON HIMSELF $3 000.

A DESIGN COMPETITION HELD LAST MONTH ATTRACTED A TOTAL OF 58 ENTRIES.

MR CHEUNG KIN-HO, WHO ATTENDS SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, SAID HE BASED HIS WINNING DESIGN ON THE SECOND CHARACTER OF THE DISTRICT'S CHINESE NAME.

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THE MIDDLE PART OF THE DESIGN RESEMBLED THE EXTERIOR OF A BUILDING REPRESENTING DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT, HE SAID.

THE WHOLE DESIGN WAS BALANCED TO CONVEY THE EFFECT OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES COMPRISED THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO-DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MR WONG YUEN-CHEUNG, MR CHEUNG HON-KAU AND MR HUNG CHEUNG-HO- AND AN INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, MR YEUNG WAI-FUNG

THERE WERE ALSO FIVE OUTSTANDING AWARDS, EACH WITH A CASH PRIZE OF $200.

THE BUDGET FOR THE COMPETITION WAS $6 000 WHICH THE DISTRICT BOARD PROVIDED.

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NORTH DISTRICT BOARD HAS APPROVED $10 000 TOWARDS SPONSORING A LUNAR NEW YEAR CROSS COUNTRY RACE.

THE RACE WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 28 (SUNDAY) AND WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS FOR MEN AND WOMEN.

THE MEN’S RACE WILL START AT SING PING SCHOOL IN TA KWU LING AND FINISH AT SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND, A COURSE OF 10 KILOMETRES.

THE WOMEN’S RACE WILL COVER A DISTANCE OF EIGHT KILOMETRES ALONG THE SAME ROUTE AS THE MEN’S SECTION, EXCEPT THAT THE STARTING POINT WILL BE AT HUNG LENG.

THE RACE IS OPEN TO ANYONE AGED OVER 16 WHO MUST BE CERTIFIED FIT TO PARTICIPATE IN A LONG DISTANCE RACE BY A DOCTOR.

ENTRY FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM SHEUNG SHUI SPORTS ASSOCIATION. SHEUNG SHUI SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICERS NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AT TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND THE PACIFIC TRAVEL SERVICE AT SAN FUNG AVENUE.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS FEBRUARY 25.

DURING THE RACE, THE POLICE WILL ASSIST IN TRAFFIC CONTROL AND THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE WILL PROVIDE FIRST AID SERVICES ALONG THE ROUTE.

A SIMILAR RACE HELD LAST YEAR ATTRACTED MORE THAN 300 PARTICIPANTS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE SAME NUMBER WILL TAKE PART THIS YEAR.

THE RACE IS BEING ORGANISED BY SHEUNG SHUI SPORTS ASSOCIATION WITH THE HELP OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, SHEUNG SHUI SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE CADET TRAINING SCHOOL AND THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS UNIT OF THE POLICE FRONTIER DIVISION.

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CONSTRUCTION OF FANLING BYPASS

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL START WORK IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR ON A MAJOR ROAD PROJECT - FANLING BYPASS.

THE PROJECT MAINLY INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THREE-KILOMETRE DUAL THREE-LANE NEW TRUNK ROAD FROM WO HOP SHEK TO THE WEST OF THE ROAD JUNCTION OF FAN KAM ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE, WHICH WILL FORM PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE.

ALSO INCLUDED WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF CYCLE-TRACKS, FOOTPATHS AND ROAD SIDE AMENITY AREAS ALONG THE ROAD AND PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS AND FOOTBRIDGES TO PROVIDE SAFE CROSSINGS FOR RESIDENTS IN THE TOWN.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS PROJECT, THE ROAD JUNCTIONS AT PAK FUK TSUEN ROAD AND FANLING PLAYGROUND ROAD AND AT TAI PO ROAD AND FAN KAM ROAD AND A SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN FAN LENG NAM WAI AND FAN KAM ROAD WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED.

IN ADDITION, A 250-METRE-LONG SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO THE WEST OF FAN KAM ROAD AND A 400-METRE-LONG SECTION OF SAN FUNG AVENUE AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI PO ROAD TO THE NORTH OF THE EXISTING KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY LEVEL CROSSING WILL BE CLOSED AFTER ALTERNATIVE ROUTES HAVE BEEN PROVIDED.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED UNDERTAKING WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSED PROJECT MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS SO AS TO REACH HIS OFFICE NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 22, 1982.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY * * *

BREC,AL TRAFEIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON MONDAY NIGHT (JANUARY 25) FOR THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN VICTORIA HARBOUR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (JANUARY 22), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EDINBURGH PLACE EAST BETWEEN HMS TAMAR AND AUST,N R0AD W,LL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC °

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT THE AREA SURROUNDING STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE DESIGNATED A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT THROUGHOUT THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

STARTING FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY), NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED IN CAUSEWAY BAY BECAUSE OF THE LARGE TURN-OUT EXPECTED AT THE FLOWER FAIR IN VICTORIA PARK.

FURTHERMORE, A SECTION OF EDINBURGH PLACE AND QUEEN’S PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FROM 7 PM TO 11 PM ON LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY (JANUARY 25) FOR THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN VICTORIA HARBOUR.

ON STREET PARKING FACILITIES WILL BE SUSPENDED ON A NUMBER OF ROADS IN CAUSEWAY BAY ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 24) AND LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM DRIVING IN THE AREA FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM ON THE SAME EVENING.

APPEALING TO MOTORISTS TO AVOID THESE AREAS DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MOST PUBLIC SERVICES WILL EXTEND THEIR HOURS OF OPERATION AND SPECIAL SERVICES WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED.

EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS, HE ADDED, WILL BE DEPLOYED FOR CROWD CONTROL AND TO ASSIST MOTORISTS.

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TENDERS FOR THE HIRING OF COVERED LORRIES

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TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE HIRING OF COVERED LORRIES FOR USE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE HIRING OF COVERED LORRIES IS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF STAFF, GOODS, STORES, ARTICLES, PARAPHERNALIA AND MATERIALS AS WELL AS COLLECTION AND REMOVAL OF BULKY DISCARDED ITEMS SUCH AS JUNK, DERELICT MOTOR VEHICLES, MACHINERY AMD REFUSE.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER CAN START WORK ON APRIL 1 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF ONE YEAR, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TENDER FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19.

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NT SPORTS FACILITIES TO CLOSE OVER LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

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A NUMBER OF RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DURING THE FIRST TWO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE OPENED ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (JANUARY 26)i

KWAI CHUNG DI STR ICTI ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS- OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL- KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND- AND WO YEE HOP ROAD SPORTS GROUND.

NORTH DI STR ICTI FANLING NEW TOWN SQUASH COURTS- AND FANLING RECREATION GROUND (GRASS PITCH ONLY).

SHA TIN DI STR ICTI SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS AND TENNIS COURTS- SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB TEMPORARY SPORTS GROUND- AND SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD SPORTS GROUND.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICTi TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND- AND SHA TSUI ROAD TENNIS COURTS.

TUEN MUN DISTR I CTi TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT! YUEN LONG STADIUM- AND SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURTS.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO ISSUE OF THE DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (JANUARY 24 AND 25).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Tuesday, January 26, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNUSUALLY BUSY YEAR FOR RHKAAF................................   1

NEW ROAD, SALT WATER PUMPING STATION FOR TUEN MUN .............. 2

FOOTBALL MATCHES TO CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR.................... 3

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME NEW YEAR WALK................     4

REMINDER TO CHE KUNG TEMPLE WORSHIPPERS ........................ 4

YOUNG MUSICIANS INVITED TO JOIN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1982

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UNUSUALLY BUSY YEAR FOR RHKAAF

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HAD AN UNUSUALLY BUSY TIME LAST YEAR CARRYING OUT A TOTAL OF 663 FLIGHTS, INCLUDING MANY ♦WATER-BOMB I NG RUNS+ TO HELP FIGHT FOREST FIRES.

DAUPHIN HELICOPTERS OF THE AUXILIARY UNIT WERE CALLED OUT TO COMBAT OVER 60 SERIOUS OUTBREAKS OF FIRE IN COUNTRY PARKS AND AFFORESTED AREAS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RHKAAF SAID.

THE UNIT, WORKING IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRE SERVICES AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, RELEASED OVER 1 000 TONS OF WATER IN A SERIES OF HIGHLY-SUCCESSFUL BOMBING RUNS OVER THE FLAME FRONTS, INVARIABLY CONTAINING AND EXTINGUISHING THE BLAZES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE RHKAAF ALSO RESPONDED TO MANY LIFE-SAVING REQUESTS AND OPERATED SOME 200 EMERGENCY MEDICAL FLIGHTS FROM THE OUTLYING ISLANDS TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL. IT ALSO CONDUCTED 30 SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS, MANY OF WHICH INVOLVED WINCHING OF SURVIVORS FROM HIGH SEAS.

HOWEVER, NOT ALL THE SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS WERE SUCCESSFUL, HE SAID, RECALLING THAT ON NOVEMBER 30, DESPITE A 7W0-AND-A-HALF-H0UR SEARCH INVOLVING THREE AIRCRAFT, THE UNIT COULD NOT LOCATE THE 13 SEAMEN LOST FROM A FISHING VESSEL WHICH SANK 30 MILES EAST OF HONG KONG.

THE UNIT ALSO HELPED WITH ANT I-1LLEGAL-1 MM I GRAT ION OPERATIONS, BY GIVING ADVANCED INFORMATION THROUGH AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE PATROLS. THIS WORK CONTRIBUTED TO THE ROUNDING UP OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

LAST YEAR, DUE TO THE STRONGER OVERALL MEASURES TO CURB ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE FORCE CARRIED OUT FEWER SUCH SPECIAL SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS BOTH OVER LOCAL WATERS AND OFF-SHORE.

THE 406 SUCH FLIGHTS CARRIED OUT LAST YEAR WERE MUCH LESS THAN THE 553 IN 1980, HE SAID.

♦THE REDUCED LEVEL OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ACTIVITIES IN 1981 PROVIDED A WELCOME RELIEF TO MANY FLYING AND NON-FLYING VOLUNTEERS WHO HAD SPENT ALMOST EVERY DAY FOR THE PRECEDING TWO YEARS REPORTING FOR RHKAAF DUTY AS EARLY AS 5 AM TO CARRY OUT DAWN SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS BEFORE GOING ON TO THEIR NORMAL JOBS AND CARRYING OUT A NORMAL DAYS WORK FOR THEIR EMPLOYERS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦TRIBUTE IS DUE TO THE MANY EMPLOYERS WHO RELEASED MEMBERS OF THEIR STAFF FOR ESSENTIAL RHKAAF DUTY THROUGHOUT THIS PERIOD OF INTENSE ACTIVITY,+ HE ADDED.

LOOKING AHEAD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID 1982 IS EXPECTED TO BRING MORE UNIQUE CHALLENGES TO THE AUXILIARY UNIT.

TUESDAY, JAN’JaRY 26, 1962

HE SAID: + IN ADDITION TO THE ANTICIPATED REGULAR INCREASE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATION FLIGHTS, FIRE-FIGHTING AND OTHER CALLOUTS, A NUMBER OF NEW PROJECTS ARE ALREADY ARISING.

+THERE WILL BE A THRICE-WEEKLY EARLY MORNING HELICOPTER SURVEY OF THE HARBOUR AND ADJACENT WATERS IN SUPPORT OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WHERE SURFACE VESSELS WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE AREAS OF ACCUMULATED FLOATING DEBRIS TO COLLECT IT BEFORE TIDAL AND OTHER EFFECTS RESULT IN ITS DISPERSAL.+

IN ADDITION TO THE THRICE-WEEKLY FIXED-WING WEATHER DATA COLLECTION FLIGHTS AROUND LANTAU IN CONNECTION WITH THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT STUDY, A REGULAR PROGRAMME OF FIXED-WING FLIGHTS WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN A SPEC I ALLY-1NSTRUMENTED AIRCRAFT TO LOCATE AND IDENTIFY SOURCES OF RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE AFFECTING THE AIRPORT NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT.

♦ALSO,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +HELICOPTERS WILL BE PROVIDED TO TRANSPORT BUILDING MATERIALS AND PERSONNEL TO A NUMBER OF ISOLATED HILLTOPS WHERE A NUMBER OF NEW TRANSMITTER SITES WILL BE CONSTRUCTED.+

THE REGULAR DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES COVERING AERIAL SURVEY AND THE PROVISION OF A GENERAL SCHEDULE OF TERRITORY WIDE VIP AND ROUTINE COMMUNICATION FLIGHTS WILL CONTINUE.

IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING USE OF VOLUNTEER AIRCREW TO PROVIDE THIS WIDE SPECTRUM OF FLYING SERVICES, MANY OF WHICH ARE NOW PROVIDED OUTSIDE NORMAL WORKING HOURS, THE RHKAAF WILL BE SEEKING TO RECRUIT MORE VOLUNTEER PILOTS AND CREWMEN IN 1982.

+ANY HONG KONG RESIDENT WHO FEELS HE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS TYPE OF SPECIALIST AND CHALLENGING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY IN HIS SPARE TIME IS INVITED TO COME FORWARD AND OFFER HIS SERVICE TO THE RHKAAF,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NEW ROAD, SALT WATER PUMPING STATION FOR TUEN MUN * * * *

A NEW ROAD WILL BE BUILT ACROSS THE NULLAH IN THE CENTRAL PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE ROAD, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE NEW TOWN NETWORK, WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO ON TING, YAU 01 AND BUTTERFLY ESTATES AND CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE OF TWO-WAY SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROAD TOGETHER WITH A 100-METRE LONG THREE-SPAN E IDGE ACROSS THE NULLAH, A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY AT THE EASTERN END OF T : "RIDGE AND A COMBINED PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST SUBWAY .7 THE OTHER END.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1982

CONSTRUCTION WILL COMMENCE IN APRIL AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1983.

IN ANOTHER TUEN MUN NEW TOWN PROJECT, A SALT WATER PUMPING STATION WILL BE BUILT AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE PUMPING STATION WILL PUMP SALT WATER TO THE FUTURE CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX IN THE TOWN CENTRE AND THE TUEN MUN HOSPITAL IN THE NORTH OF THE TOWN. THE WATER WILL BE USED AS A COOLANT IN THE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM TO BE INSTALLED IN THE TWO BUILDINGS.

WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN APRIL AND WILL BE COMPLETED ABOUT 18 MONTHS LATER.

THE WORKS FORM PART OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME CURRENTLY BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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FOOTBALL MATCHES TO CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR

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AN ALL-DAY PROGRAMME OF FOOTBALL WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO NEXT FRIDAY (JANUARY 29) TO CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF YEAR OF THE DOG.

THE EVENT, ORGANISED BY TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION, IS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS WHICH STARTED LAST FRIDAY.

A TOTAL OF 16 TEAMS REPRESENTING VARIOUS TRADES, PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND VILLAGES WILL TAKE PART IN THE FIVE-A-SIDE COMPETITION AT TAI PO SPORTSGROUND.

BEFORE THE FINAL IS PLAYED, TEAMS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION WILL PLAY AN EXHIBITION MATCH.

THE COMPETITION WILL START FROM 9 AM AND LAST UNTIL 7 PM.

THE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE TROPHIES FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO.

THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME, WHICH INCLUDES A VARIETY SHOW, FUN FAIRS, CONCERTS, A FEAST FOR THE ELDERLY, AN EXHIBITION AND A DISCO NIGHT, IS BEING FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL DONATIONS.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, COMPRISING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, MEMBERS OF RURAL AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES CF TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS, WAS FORMED IN OCTOBER TO CO-ORDINATE ACTIVITIES.

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME NEW YEAR WALK

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RESIDENTS OR PEOPLE WORKING IN TSUEN WAN ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A FIGHT CRIME NEW YEAR WALK ROUND THE SHING MUN RESERVOIR ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 29).

THE WALK IS ONE OF TWO MAJOR FUNCTIONS ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE THIS YEAR TO PUBLICISE CRIME FIGHTING AND PREVENTION.

THE OTHER IS A THREE-DAY DISCUSSION CAMP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHICH WILL BE HELD IN SAI KUNG DURING THE EASTER HOLIDAYS IN APRIL.

THE 12-KILOMETRE WALK WILL START AT THE OPEN GROUND OPPOSITE SAM TUNG UK RESITE VILLAGE NEAR CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE.

TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, DR JAMES HAYES, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE START OF THE WALK AT 9.30 AM.

WALKERS WHO COMPLETE THE WHOLE JOURNEY WILL RECEIVE A SOUVENIR.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT (TSUEN WAN OFFICE) AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY CENTRES.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED J30 000 FOR THE WALK AND THE DISCUSSION CAMP.

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REMINDER TO CHE KUNG TEMPLE WORSHIPPERS

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A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN ISSUED A REMINDER TODAY (TUESDAY) TO PEOPLE GOING TO WORSHIP AT CHE KUNG TEMPLE TOMORROW.

HE SAID THERE WAS NO PARKING ANYWHERE IN THE VICINITY OF THE TEMPLE AND URGED WORSHIPPERS TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GET THERE.

HE SAID THERE WOULD BE EXTRA BUSES ON 13 KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (KMB) ROUTES FROM THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WHICH, TOGETHER WITH PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (PLB) AND TAXI SERVICES, SHOULD MEAN LITTLE DIFFICULTY GETTING TO THE TEMPLE.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC OF THE ONE-WAY CIRCUIT WHICH WOULD BE OPERATING FOR PEDESTRIANS GOING TO AND FROM THE TEMPLE.

HE SAID IT WAS DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN A FLOW OF WORSHIPPERS AND ASKED THE PUBLIC TO CO-OPERATE BY MAKING FULL USE OF IT.

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HE SAID THERE WERE ENTRIES TO THE CIRCUIT IN SHING HO ROAD, TAI WAI, WHERE THERE WOULD BE PLB AND TAXI STANDS, AND ADJACENT TO THE BUS STOP IN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NEAR THE KMB DEPOT.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THE PUBLIC THAT LARGE CROWDS ATTRACTED PICKPOCKETS AND ADVISED THEM TO BE ALERT.

HE ALSO ASKED EVERYONE TO BE CAREFUL WITH BURNING JOSS STICKS AS THE FIRE RISK WAS HIGH DUE TO THE DRY WEATHER.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS INVITED TO JOIN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS # * * *

OPPORTUNITIES EX 1ST FOR QUALIFIED YOUNG MUSICIANS TO JOIN THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND, BOTH FORMED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE.

YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 23 WITH KNOWLEDGE OF ONE OR MORE CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA WHICH HAS PERFORMED FREQUENTLY THROUGH OUT THE TERRITORY AS WELL AS OVERSEAS.

FORMED IN JULY 1978, THE ORCHESTRA GAVE ITS INAUGURAL CONCERT IN DECEMBER THE SAME YEAR UNDER THE BATON OF TONG LEUNG-TAK, TRAINING OFFICER (CHINESE MUSIC) OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

IN ADDITION TO PERFORMING FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRA HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PERFORM OVERSEAS UNDER THE BANNER OF THE HONG KONG JING YING. THESE MUSICAL AMBASSADORS HAVE GIVEN CONCERTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, PARIS, CYPRUS AND ISRAEL AND HAVE GIVEN HONG KONG’S CULTURAL IMAGE A TREMENDOUS ’BOOST’ OVERSEAS.

A NUMBER OF VACANCIES ALSO EXIST IN VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE’S HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND FOR THOSE UNDER 23 WHO HAVE ATTAINED A STANDARD OF AT LEAST GRADE FIVE OR EQUIVALENT IN THE PRACTICAL EXAMINATION OF THE ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC IN THEIR RESPECTIVE BAND INSTRUMENT/INSTRUMENTS. THESE INCLUDE FLUTE, CLARINET, OBOE, ALTO SAXOPHONE, TENOR SAXOPHONE BARITONE SAXOPHONE, TRUMPET, HORN, TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM, TUBA, PERCUSSION AND KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS.

SINCE IT WAS FORMED IN MAY 1978, THE YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND HAS GIVEN MANY POPULAR CONCERTS AND PLAYS AN ACTIVE PART IN THE ANNUAL SYMPHONIC BAND FESTIVAL.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE, (9/F, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 2 HARBOUR ROAD), EAST KOWLOON MUSIC OFFICE (100 TING FU STREET, 2/F, YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG), WEST KOWLOON (TEMPORARY) MUSIC CENTRE (BLOCK D, 3/F, VICTORIA BARRACKS, WAN CHAI) AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MUSIC CENTRE (167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, 2/F, CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, TSUEN WAN).

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS FEBRUARY 13, 1982 FOR THE ORCHESTRA AND FEBRUARY 19, 1982 FOR THE SYMPHONIC BAND. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN AUDITION.

PLEASE TELEPHONE 5-283257 FOR ENQUIRIES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO INSPECT PRISONS DEPARTMENT ANNUAL PARADE .......... 1

NO SMOKING IN GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND NEAT,TH CENTRES........... 1

CHILD-CARE WORK----MORE THAN JUST A JOB ....................... 2

BOARD TO SPEND $50 000 ON CULTURE AND RECREATION .............. 5

APPLICATION FOR HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION ...................... 6

FIRST CAREERS EXHIBITION TO BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN .............. 6

NEW RECREATION GROUND FOR SHA TIN ............................. 7

CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE .................................... 7

NTSD REMOVAL NOTICE............................................ 8

TENDERS FOR THE REPAIR OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT IN NT......... 8

TENDERS FOR WATER MAINS WORK .................................. 9

SHING MUN ROAD CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR WALK ....................... 9

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1982

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GOVERNOR TO INSPECT PRISONS DEPARTMENT ANNUAL PARADE

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, ILL INSPECT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL PARADE ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 29) AT THE PARADE GROUND OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

SIR MURRAY wILL ALSO PRESENT COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED FOR 18 TEARS’ EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO 16 OFFICERS DURING THE CEREMONY.

SEVEN CONTINGENTS COMPRISING 205 OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE PART IN THE PARADE TO BE COMMANDED BY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT JOHN ASHWORTH.

LIGHT AND MARCHING MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE PIPES AND DRUMS BAND OF THE CAPE COLLISON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, AND THE MARCHING TEAM AhD GIRL PIPERS OF TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION WILL GIVE A PERFORMANCE.

THE ANNUAL PARADE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR EVENTS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED ’0 SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ANNUAL PARADE WHICH STARTS AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 29) AT THE PARADE GROUND OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT STANLEY.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 2.45 PM SHARP.

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NO SMOKING IN GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND HEALTH CENTRES

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A SMOKING BAN WHICH HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY TRIED OUT IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS WILL NOW BE EXTENDED TO ALL GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND HEALTH CENTRES IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT SUCH A MEASURE IS AIMED AT CREATING A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ATMOSPHERE IN MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS.

+AS THE DEPARTMENT IS DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC, WE THEREFORE CONSIDER IT ESSENTIAL TO TAKE THE LEAD IN ANY ANTI-SMOKING MOVEMENT,+ HE ADDED.

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+N0 SMOKING* SIGNS WILL BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN ALL CLINICS AND IN DESIGNATED NON-SMOKING AREAS OF HOSPITALS TO REMIND VISITORS, PATIENTS AND STAFF OF THE RESTRICTION.

THE CLINICS INCLUDE ALL GOVERNMENT MEDICAL CLINICS, DENTAL CLINICS, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, X-RAY CENTRES, AND REHABILITATION CENTRES.

DESIGNATED NON-SMOKING AREAS IN HOSPITALS INCLUDE WARDS, CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT ROOMS, OPERATING THEATRES, DISPENSARIES, LABORATORIES, X-RAY DEPARTMENTS, KITCHENS AND PANTRIES, LIFTS, CENTRAL STERILE SUPPLIES DEPARTMENTS, LIBRARIES AND CONFERENCE ROOMS.

IN THESE AREAS, PATIENTS, VISITORS AND STAFF ALIKE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SMOKE.

LAST JUNE, THE DEPARTMENT TRIED OUT A SIX-MONTH SCHEME TO BAN SMOKING IN MOST PLACES IN THE THREE MAJOR GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND THE RESPONSE BOTH FROM THE STAFF AND THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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CHILD-CARE WORK - MORE THAN JUST A JOB

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FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO VIEW WITH INDIFFERENCE THE PROSPECT OF SHUFFLING PAPERS IN AN OFFICE OR WORKING ON THE FACTORY FLOOR, CHILD-CARE SERVICE COULD PROVE TO BE A MOST MEANINGFUL CAREER ALTERNATIVE.

CHILD-CARE WORK IS ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING JOBS IN WHICH ONE CAN TRULY APPLY ONE’S PRACTICAL TRAINING, TEXTBOOK KNOWLEDGE AND NOBLE IDEALS TO WORK.

THIS CONSIDERATION, AND THE GOVERNMENT’S AIM TO TRAIN MORE CHILD-CARE WORKERS (WHO LITERALLY MUST ASSUME A MULTITUDE OF ROLES AS MOTHER, TEACHER AND NANNY TO CHILDREN UNDER THEIR SUPERVISION) SHOULD MAKE THE JOB ONE OF THE MORE CHALLENGING, MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING OF PROFESSIONS.

CHILD-CARE TRAINING IN HONG KONG REACHED A MILESTONE IN 1981 WITH THE PUBLICATION IN JULY OF THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES. THE GRADUATION OF THE FIRST BATCH OF CHILD-CARE STUDENTS FROM THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE THIS YEAR WILL SEE YET ANOTHER STEP FORWARD.

THE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN CHILD CARE OFFERED BY THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE’S DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL STUDIES AND ADMINISTERED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE STUDENTS WHO WISH TO BECOME CHILD-CARE WORKERS, HAVE A FORM THREE EDUCATION AND WHO ARE NOT YOUNGER THAN 16 YEARS OF AGE.

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THE 40 STUDENTS WHO WILL GRADUATE EACH YEAR BETWEEN 1982-1984 FROM THIS TWO-YEAR COURSE IS FURTHER PROOF OF GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO UPGRADE CHILD-CARE SERVICES, AS SET OUT IN THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES. MANY OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE WHITE PAPER WERE THE RESULT OF REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT.

A STANDING COMMITTEE, COMPRISING SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WAS SET UP TO MONITOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WHITE PAPER’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE WHITE PAPER, IN STATING THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IN THIS VITAL AREA OF SOCIAL SERVICE, SAID SUCCINCTLY: +INVESTMENT IN THE YOUNG IS VALUABLE NOT ONLY FOR ITS OWN SAKE BUT FOR THE CONTINUED WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.+

HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN AND SYSTEMATIC INVOLVEMENT IN THE TRAINING OF CHILD-CARE WORKERS DATED BACK TO 1966 WHEN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT BEGAN ORGANISING FIVE-WEEK, IN-SERVICE, TRAINING COURSES FOR CHILD-CARE WORKERS. THESE COURSES ARE STILL BEING OFFERED AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE, FUNDED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. THE GRADUATES FROM THESE COURSES ARE CERTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECTED NUMBERS OF GRADUATES FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ARE: 343 IN 1981/82, 344 IN 1982-83 AND 380 EACH YEAR THEREAFTER.

APPLICANTS FOR THE COURSE AT THE CENTRE MUST BE RECOMMENDED AND SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, AS THE FIVE-WEEK COURSE IS SPREAD OVER A 3-1/2-MONTH PERIOD. THEY MUST ALSO HAVE BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE CHILD CARE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AS TRAINEE CHILD-CARE WORKERS, AGED 18 OR OVER, WITH A FORM THREE EDUCATION, SAID MRS JOSEPHINE LAM, THE SUPERVISOR OF THE NURSERY AND CHILD CARE UNIT tN THE TRAINING SECTION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

FOR THOSE WITH ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AT FORM FIVE LEVEL AND ABOVE, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC PROVIDES A ONE-YEAR, FULL-TIME, CERTIFICATE COURSE IN CHILD CARE.

The polytechnic also offers a TWO-YEAR, PART-TIME, DAY-RELEASE COURSE TO PRACTICING CHILD-CARE WORKERS. HOWEVER, THEY MUST BE SPONSORED BY ThEIR EMPLOYERS.

THE POLYTECHNIC CURRENTLY HAS 39 STUDENTS ATTENDING ITS FULL-TIME COURSE AND 40 ON ITS PART-TIME COURSE, INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND YEAR STUDENTS.

STUDENT INTAKE FOR BOTH COURSES IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE SUBSTANTIALLY ENLARGED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FIGURES SHOW THERE ARE 3 190 REGISTERED CHILD-CARE STAFF ALTHOUGH ONLY 1 749 ARE PRACTICING. ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE 428 TRAINEE CHILD-CARE WORKERS.

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THEY SERVE IN 98 NURSERIES OPERATED BY THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND IN 65 PRIVATELY-OWNED NURSERIES CATERING FOR CHILDREN FROM TWO TO SIX YEARS OF AGE- 22 CRECHES RUN BY THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND 16 OTHER PROFIT-MAKING CRECHES FOR THOSE BELOW TWO YEARS OF AGE- SEVEN SPECIAL CENTRES FOR THE HANDICAPPED AGED FROM TWO TO SIX- AND THREE PRIVATELY-OPERATED CENTRES FOR MIXED CLIENTS OF THE SAME age group.

OFFICIAL PROJECTIONS OF STAFF REQUIRED TO OPERATE CHILD-CARE CENTRES ARE THAT 1 710 ARE NEEDED IN 1982, 2 160 IN 1983, 2 660 IN 1984 AND 3 060 IN 1985. RECOGNISING THE NEED TO EXPAND CURRENT TRAINING FACILITIES, THE GOVERNMENT IS STUDYING THE POSSIBILITY OF OPENING A NEW TRAINING INSTITUTE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

MR LAU KAI CHUEN, SENIOR SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, SAID THAT IN SPITE OF THE PRESENT LIMITATIONS, *OUR FACILITIES AND THE STANDARDS THEY HAVE TO MEET AS SET OUT IN THE 1975 CHILD CARE CENTRE ORDINANCE AND THE WHITE PAPER, MAKE OUR CENTRES COMPARABLE WITH THOSE IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.*

HE ADDED THAT THE ORDINANCE IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE OF ITS TYPE.

TO MONITOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROVISIONS STATED IN THE WHITE PAPER, A STANDING COMMITTEE WAS SET UP COMPRISING SENIOR MEMBERS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS CHAIRED BY A SENIOR OFFICER OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT, INDEED, HAS BEEN MADE IN THE QUALITY OF CHILD CARE OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES IN HONG KONG. ORIGINALLY PROVIDING LITTLE MORE THAN *CHlLD MINDING* OR +CHILD SITTING* SERVICE, CHILD-CARE WORKERS TODAY ARE REQUIRED TO KNOW NOT ONLY ABOUT THE PHYSICAL CARE OF THEIR CHARGES, BUT ALSO HOW TO PROGRAMME A MYRIAD OF ACTIVITIES TO STIMULATE A CHILD AND PROMOTE HIS INTELLECTUAL, PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS NOW GENERALLY ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE FOREMOST AUTHORITIES THAT A CHILD’S PERSONALITY IS ALREADY DETERMINED TO A GREAT EXTENT BY THE TIME HE REACHES THE AGE OF SIX. A CHILD IN AN OFFICIALLY APPROVED CHILD-CARE CENTRE SPENDS ABOUT HALF OF HIS WAKING HOURS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A CHILD-CARE WORKER AND SO IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO EXAGGERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING CHILD-CARE WORKERS WITH PROPER TRAINING.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EARLY INFLUENCE ON A CHILD, HOWEVER, IS FAR FROM BEING A RECENT DISCOVERY.

SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER SAID IN THE 15TH CENTURY: *GlVE ME THE CHILDREN UNTIL THEY ARE SEVEN AND ANYONE MAY HAVE THEM AFTERWARDS.*

AS ONE CHILD-CARE WORKER SAID: *IT IS REALLY MORE OF A CALLING THAN JUST ANOTHER JOB.*

/REMUNSRATICN ?0R .......

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REMUNERATION FOR A CHILD-CARE WORKER WORKING IN DAY CENTRES STARTS AT #1 590 A MONTH, RISING TO $3 100. THE SALARY FOR SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL, HOWEVER, STARTS AT S3 215 A MONTH, INCREASING TO $4 445.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ONE-YEAR, FULL-TIME COURSE AT THE POLYTECHNIC START IN JULY, WHILE A MORE COMPLEX APPLICATION PROCEDURE IS INVOLVED FOR APPLICANTS TO THE TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE AT LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

MR NG KWONG YAN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL STUDIES, ADVISED FORM THREE STUDENTS INTENDING TO APPLY FOR THE COURSE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SCHEME AS FORM THREE STUDENTS WHO HAVE ACCEPTED THE OFFER OF PLACES AT A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WOULD HAVE TO FORFEIT THEIR RIGHT TO THE ALLOCATION OF SUBSIDIZED FORM FOUR PLACES. THEY MUST THEREFORE THINK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING UP THEIR MINDS IN APRIL-MAY WHETHER THEY WANT TO GO ON WITH THEIR DECISION TO BECOME A CHILD-CARE WORKER.

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BOARD TO SPEND $50 009 ON CULTURE AND RECREATION

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THE NEXT FEW

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD IS SPENDING NEARLY $50 000 ON A SERIES OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES OVER *EEKS.

THIS WAS AGREED AT A RECENT BOARD MEETING.

MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE SUM, NEARLY $14 000, HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO ISLANDS DISTRICT SOCCER TEAM WHICH WILL COMPETE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SOCCER LEAGUE TO START NEXT MONTH.

ABOUT >7 000 WILL BE SPENT ON A LUNAR NEW YEAR CARNIVAL ON CHEUNG CHAU DURING WHICH 5 000 LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL EE ENTERTAINED.

ANOTHER 14 300 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE TO HOLD A TrREE-DAY LANTERN FESTIVAL SINGING GATHERING FROM FEBRUARY 14 TO 16. PERFORMANCES WILL INCLUDE A CANTONESE OPERA SHO. , FOLK A.9 POPULAR SONG PERFORMANCES AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES.

THE SEVEN OTHER RURAL COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT WILL EACH HOLD LUNAR YE-R PARTIES OR CARNIVALS. THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED Fl DS .-SUING FROM 2 000 TO 55 200.

APART F CM T ESE EVE'T: . ”• 7 ACTIVITIES BEING FUNDED BY HCLu:: CL’IT-' . . CL- A POTTED SPORTS

COMPETITION .-ND - --.TIES FC* OHILE-EN.

ACT I'- IT A -- : I ... O=GANISA’IONS AND VOLUNTARY

AGENCIES.

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APPLICATION FOR HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION

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SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER CANDIDATES IN THE HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1983 MUST MAKE AN APPLICATION TO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL BEFORE APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1DTH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE AUTHORITY NOT LATER THAN APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, THAT IS 12 MONTHS PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE EXAMINATION.

THE HANDBOOK OF REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUSES FOR THE 1983 EXAMINATION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN MARCH THIS YEAR, AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE PUBLICATIONS UNIT OF THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT 17 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON- AND AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT MR C.Y. WAN OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT 3-688906.

FIRST CAREERS EXHIBITION TO BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN * * *

A FIVE-DAY CAREERS EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN IN MARCH.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH OPENS ON MARCH 6, WILL BE THE FIRST IN THE DISTRICT. IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL FROM 10.30 AM TO 6 PM DAILY.

IT IS BEING ORGANISED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THROUGH THE DISPLAY OF MACHINERY, CHARTS, SLIDES AND FILMS, THE 15 EXHIBITORS WILL FOCUS ON THE DISTRICT’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, PUBLIC SERVICES AND TRAINING INSTITUTES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE TALKS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ON WHAT THEY SHOULD KNOW BEFORE APPLYING FOR JOBS. THESE TALKS, GIVEN BY LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICERS, WILL BE HELD ON THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE EXHIBITION.

THE COST OF ORGANISING THE EXHIBITION IS $100 000 WHICH WILL BE PROVIDED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

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NEW RECREATION GROUD FOR SHA TIN

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A NEW RECR TIO GROUND WIL BE BUILT NEAR WO C E ESTATE IN SHA T N NEW TOWN TO PROVDE SP RTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RE IDE TS IN THE AR A.

T ND RS FOR THE PROJECT ARE EING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DE ELOPME J DEPARTMENT.

THE GROU D OCCUPYING AN AREA OF A OUT 5.73 HECTARES, WILL COMPRISE A SP RS ARC WITH A GR SS SOCCER PITCH, A 400 METRE ALL-WEATHER R N I NG TRACK AND FIELD SPORT FACILITIES.

IT WILL ALSO HAVE TWO COVERED SPECTATOR STANDS FOR ABOUT 2 500 PEOP-E, CHANGING FACILITIES, TOILETS, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, ONE STAFF QUARTER, A REFRESHMENT KIOSK AND A CARPARK.

WORK WILL START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

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C REERS NFORMATION CENTRE

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ONE OF THE TWO CA'EERS INFORMATION CENTRES OPERATED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYM NT ADV IS RY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED FROM NE RODNEY "LOCK, QUEENSWAY, TO HENNESSY CENTRE, SIXTH FLOOR, CAUSE AY BAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR T E DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE CENT E OPENS DAILY BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5.30 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND 12 NOON ON SATURDAY.

THE OTHER CENTRE REMAINS OPERATIONAL IN THE MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MA TAU KOK ROAD, TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT BOTH CENTRES MAKE CAREER INFORMATION EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO SCHOOLS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THEIR VARIOUS FACILITIES, INCLUDING REFERENCE LIBRARIES, CAREERS FILMS, SLIDES, TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, CASSETTE-TAPE RECORDINGS OF SPECIALIST TALKS AND CAREER LEAFLETS.

+IN THE CENTRES, YOU ’G PEOPLE CAN LEARN ABOUT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPLORE THE WORLD OF WORK. IF CAREER INFORMATION IS NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE, IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO C OOSE A JOB IN ANY MEANINGFUL MANNER,* HE ADDED.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1982

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NTSD REMOVAL NOTICE

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WE LICENSING OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED FROM THE FOURSEAS BUILDING AT NATHAN ROAD TO THE 7TH FLOOR OF GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING AT 136-138, AUSTIN ROAD.

IT WILL OPERATE AT THE NEW OFFICE FROM THURSDAY (JANUARY 28).

MEANWHILE, THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE NTSD ALSO MOVES FROM THE AUSTIN CENTRE TO THE 5TH FLOOR OF THE GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON THE SAME DAY.

PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS AND ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW OFFICE. THE PAY OFFICE OPENS FROM 9.00 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 2.00 PM TO 4.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS, AND FROM 9.00 AM TO 11.30 AM ON SATURDAYS.

THE SUPPLIES SECTION OF THE NTSD WILL ALSO MOVE FROM THE AUSTIN CENTRE TO THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING AND ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW OFFICE WITH EFFECT FROM THURSDAY.

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TENDERS FOR THE REPAIR OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT IN NT

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TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE REPAIR OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE AWARDED A CONTRACT WHICH STARTS ON APRIL 1 FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TENDER FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19.

ENQUIRIES ON FURTHER PARTICULARS CAN BE MADE AT THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-677901.

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TENDERS F \ mTER MAINS WORK * *

T’< a TER SUPPLIES DEP TMENT IS I NVlT l NG TENDERS FOR THE LAYING CF TOTAL OF AB UT 3 □□□ METRES F FRESH AND SALT WATER VA NS N AP TSANG TAI UK, SH TIN wE I ND THE RACE COURSE IN SH-. TIN NE- TOwN.

T-E PRESH .ATER PIPELINE IS TO SERVE PRIMARILY THE DEV'L pM" ,T iN S A T N EAST H LE THE SALT WA'ER PIPELINE "0 i PART F A SYSTEM FOR CO VEYING FLUSHING WATER TO THE WHOLE OF SHA TIN E TOWN.

wORr. WILL COMMENCE IN MARCH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

SHING MUN RO D CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR WALK X X X

A SECTION OF SHING MUN ROAD NEAR LO WAI ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAF C FOR 15 MINUTES FROM 9.30 AM ON FRIDAY (JA UARY 2.' , FOR THE 0 EN: G CEREMONY OF A LUNAR NEW YEAR WALK.

POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON DUTY TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TALKS ON FRENCH IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ........................... 1

NEW STANDING COMMISSION MEMBER ................................ 2

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD TO HAVE A WARD SYSTEM................. 2

KINDERGARTEN STATUS CHANGE ENCOURAGED ......................... 3

ENGINEERING WORKS MAY AFFECT MORNING TRAIN SERVICE ............ 4

MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS RETIRING ........................... 4

FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RECENT EFFORT ........................... 5

KEEPING THE WATER FLOWING ..................................... 5

SHA TIN TO LAUNCH ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN ..................... 6

CHILDREN'S CREATIVE WORK ON SHOW .............................. 6

PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL ................................ 7

SATURDAY ROAD CLOSURE ......................................... 7

TEMPORARY OPENING OF BLACK'S LINK ............................. 8

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 8

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1982

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talks on french import restrictions

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MR LAWRENCE MILLS. THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (FRIDAY; FOR GENEVA FOR TALKS WITH THE EEC COMMISSION, REPRESENTING FRANCE, ON THE SUBJECT OF IMPORT RESTRICTION'S MAINTAINED BY FRANCE AGAINST NINE HONG KONG PRODUCTS.

APART FROM "HE RESTRICTION ON QUARTZ WATCHES, INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, OTHER PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS ARE SOYA SPROUTS, SOME CLOTHING ITEMS WHICH FALL OUTSIDE HONG KONG’S RESTRAINT AGREEMENT WITH THE EEC, UMBRELLAS, TRANSISTOR RADIOS, TOYS, COMPOUND M CROSCOPES AND PLEASURE BOATS.

AT THE TALKS, WHICH START ON FEBRUARY 2, HONG KONG WILL CLAIM THAT THE DISCRIMINATORY FRENCH IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE GATT, AND CONSTITUTE A NULLIFICATION OR IMPAIRMENT OF BENEFITS TO WHICH HONG KONG IS ENTITLED.

COMMENTING ON WHETHER HONG KONG WILL TAKE RETALIATORY MEASURES AGAINST THE FRENCH, MR MILLS SAID THAT IT WAS PREMATURE TO CONSIDER SUCH STEPS AT THIS STAGE. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TALKS, WHICH WILL EE HELD UNDER ARTICLE XXIII OF THE GATT, ARE AIMED AT PERSUADING THE FRENCH TO DISMANTLE THEIR IMPORT RESTRICTIONS COMPLETELY. IF THE FRENCH AGREED TO DO THIS, THE QUESTION OF RETALIATION WOULD NOT AR ISE.

♦THE GATT PROCEDURES COVERING THE SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES PROVIDE THAT THE TWO PARI IES CONCERNED SHOULD FIRST OF ALL SEEK TO RESOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS THROUGH BILATERAL CONSULTATIONS. THESE ARE THE TALKS WHICH I WILL BE HAVING IN GENEVA,+ SAID MR MILLS.

♦IF THE TALKS FAIL, EITHER PARTY MAY THEN REFER THE MATTER TO THE GATT COUNCIL AND ASK THE COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH A PANEL OF EXPERTS TO CONSIDER THE MATTER AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS. ONLY IF THE PANEL OF EXPERTS FIND IN HONG KONG’S FAVOUR AND THE FRENCH REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE PANEL OF EXPERTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS, COULD HONG KONG BE AUTHORISED TO RETALIATE AGAINST FRANCE,+ ADDED MR MILLS.

MR MILLS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR DEREK JONES, HONG KONG’S MINISTER (DESIGNATE) TO THE EEC. THEY WILL BE JOINED BY OFFICERS FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S BRUSSELS AND GENEVA OFFICES FOR THE TALKS.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1982

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NEW STANDING COMMISSION MEMBER

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF

MR B.A. PEMBERTON AS A NEW MEMBER OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

HIS APPOINTMENT WILL RUN FOR TWO YEARS WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 24.

MR PEMBERTON IS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LTD.

IT VAS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT MRS GRACE HO AND MR F.L. WALKER RETIRED FROM THE STANDING COMMISSION ON JANUARY 23 AFTER SERVING AS MEMBERS FOR THREE YEARS SINCE THE COMMISSION’S ESTABLISHMENT IN JANUARY 1979.

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD TO HAVE A WARD SYSTEM

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL START A WARD SYSTEM EARLY NEXT MONTH WHEN RESIDENTS CAN BRING THEIR SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS DIRECTLY TO BOARD MEMBERS.

TWICE A WEEK, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL MEET RESIDENTS AT THE BOARD’S OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF FOU WAH CENTRE AT 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE TIMES WILL BE 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM ON TUESDAYS AND 2 PM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAYS.

ANY SUGGESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS WILL BE RECORDED AND BROUGHT FORWARD TO CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR ACTION.

RESIDENTS WISHING TO SEE THE MEMBERS CAN FIRST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT, AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 0-445509.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE WARD SYSTEM WOULD BE REVIEWED AFTER THREE MONTHS, AND CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO EXTENDING IT TO EVENINGS IF NECESSARY.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAS 29 MEMBERS, OF WHOM 18 ARE UNOFFICIALS. THEY WILL BE ON ..ARD DUTY ON A ROSTER BASIS.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1982

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KINDERGARTEN STATUS CHANGE ENCOURAGED *****

A SET OF GUIDELINES HAS BEEN CIRCULATED TO ALL PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS LISTING THE PROCEDURES ON HOW TO APPLY FOR CHANGE TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS SO THAT THEY MAY BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE.

+IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING KINDERGARTENS SO THAT THEIR STANDARDS CAN BE IMPROVED AND MAINTAINED.

+ALL KINDERGARTENS ARE THEREFORE ENCOURAGED TO CHANGE TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THAT THE ACQUISITION OF NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS ALONE DOES NOT GUARANTEE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF RE-IMBURSEMENT OF RENTALS AND RATES.

SO PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS WHICH WISH TO INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITIES OF QUALIFYING FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE SHOULD MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE INITIATING ANY LEGAL PROCEDURES FOR INCORPORATING AS A NON-PROFIT-MAKI NG BODY.

EACH APPLICATION WILL BE STUDIED BY A DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE, AND SINCE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL VARY FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL EACH CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN MERITS.

THE GUIDELINES ALSO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE CRITERIA FOR NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS, AND HOW PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS CAN CHANGE TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS.

+A PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN CAN CHANGE TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS EITHER BY THE SCHOOL OPERATORS INCORPORATING THEMSELVES AS A NON-PROFIT-MAKING BODY, OR BY HANDING THE SCHOOL OVER TO AN ESTABLISHED NON-PROFIT-MAKING SPONSOR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS INTERESTED IN CHANGING TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS CAN APPLY TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PROVIDING THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THEIR SCHOOLS, THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES, DETAILS OF THE SCHOOL PREMISES, THEIR FINANCIAL STATUS AND OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (SCHOOLS), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, THIRD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG, OR ON TELEPHONE 5-778311 EXT. 124.

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ENGINEERING WORKS MAY AFFECT MORNING TRAIN SERVICE * * * * *

THE FIRST TWO MORNING TRAINS OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY MAY BE DELAYED OR EVEN CANCELLED FROM SATURDAY (JANUARY 30) UNTIL TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 2) TO ENABLE NIGHT ENGINEERING WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

EXPLAINING THE REASON FOR THIS, A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE ENGINEERING WORKS FORM PART OF THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME AND WILL BE CARRIED OUT FOR ABOUT FIVE HOURS EACH NIGHT DURING THE FOUR-DAY PERIOD.

IN THE EVENT THAT THE WORK TAKES LONGER THAN EXPECTED, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO DELAY THE RUNNING OF THE EARLY MORNING TRAINS OR EVEN CANCEL THEM.

THE ENGINEERING WORKS WILL INVOLVE DOUBLE-TRACKING IN THE TAI PO KAU AREA AND REMODELLING OF THE MONG KOK STATION.

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MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS RETIRING

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TWENTY-SIX MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WHO TOGETHER HAVE PUT IN 760 YEARS OF SERVICE WILL BE GOING ON RETIREMENT.

THEY ARE A BOATSWAIN, MECHANICS, SIX COXSWAINS, SUPERVISOR AND AN ARTISAN.

SIX SENIOR COXSWAINS, SIX SENIOR LAUNCH A LAUNCH MECHANIC, FOUR SAILORS, A WORKS

TWO OF THEM ARE RECIPIENTS THE MAJORITY OF THE OTHERS HAVE COMMENDATIONS FROM THE DIRECTOR

OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL, WHILE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, RECEIVED OF MARINE OR THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

THEY HAVE BEEN COMMENDED FOR GOOD WORK IN EXTINGUISHING FIRES ON BOARD VESSELS AND SAVING LIVES AT SEA AS WELL AS FOR DEVOTION TO DUTY IN SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS DATING BACK TO 1957. THESE EVENTS INCLUDED THE GROUNDING OF THE MOTOR VESSEL +TAI SHAN+ NEAR CHEUNG CHAU, RESCUE AND SALVAGE OPERATION FOR A CIVIL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT WHICH CRASHED IN KOWLOON BAY IN 1967, CLEARANCE OF AN OIL CHAU ,N 1974’ THE R0YAI- VISIT OF THE QUEEN AND THE EDINBURGH IN 1975, THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR FIRE IN 1977 AND RESITING OF THREE FLOATING RESTAURANTS IN 1979.

SPILL AT

DUKE OF THE

« TOM0RROW AFTERNOON (FRIDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR P.E.J. DAVY, WILL PRESENT EACH OF THE 26 OFFICERS WITH AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THEtR RETIREMENT, AT THE GOVERNMENT CANTEEN ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF 395 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

A SOUVENIR DOCKYARD

THE RETIRING OFFICERS ARE MESSRS. SHEK KAN, BEM- NG KAM-MUK-SO WAI- LI PAk-3HING= HO FOOK= LO SHUI-YIN, BEM- KWOK PING- WAN TO-KWONG- LI HON* TANG TAK-KWONG- LI KAI- LEUNG FOOK-CHUEN-HO HING-WAH- KwOK KAN- WONG SHUI-TAI- CHUNG WlNG-KUI- WONG KUEN-FAT-PANG KAM-CHAU- CHAN MlN- CHOw YUK-MING- LUI 3UI» LEUNG KAN- CHEUNG FOOK- AU SUM- LI KAI AN’ NG FAI.

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FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RECENT EFFORT * * *

THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF KOWLOON COMMAND, MR ANTHONY CONWAY, TODAY (THURSDAY) PRESENTED THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER’S COMMENDATION TO 11 FIREMEN FOR THEIR * INITI AT IVE, DETERMINATION AND RESOURCEFULNESS* IN LIGHTING A FOURTH ALARM FIRE IN LAM TIN SQUATTER AREA EARLY THIS MONTH.

+THEIR ACTION PLAYED A VERY SIGNIFICANT PART IN SUCCESSFULLY CHECKING AND EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE AT TWO CRITICAL AREAS,+ MR CONWAY SAID IN A PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

THE RECIPIENTS, INCLUDING A PRINCIPAL FIREMAN, A SENIOR FIREMAN AND NINE FIREMEN WERE COMMENDED FOR FIGHTING THE FIRE UNDER VERY DIFFICULT TERRAIN AND OVER THE ROOFTOPS OF SQUATTER HUTS THROUGH A NETWORK OF LIVE ELECTRICAL WIRING.

+CN BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT, MYSELF AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, MAY I SAY ’THANK YOU’ TO YOU ALL,* MR CONWAY ADDED.

THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, HELD AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION IN CANTON ROAD, WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY OTHER SENIOR FIRE OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS FIRE STATIONS IN THE KOWLOON DIVISION.

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KEEPING THE WATER FLOWING

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THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE HAS CLEARED MORE THAN 1 250 KM OF OPEN NULLAH SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN LAST OCTOBER.

WITH A FLEET OF POWER SHOVELS, CLEANSING TEAMS HAVE REMOVED ABOUT 5 900 LORRY LOADS OF SAND, SILT AND RUBBISH FROM THE NULLAHS, WHILE WORKERS ON FOOT HAVE BEEN BUSY DIGGING UP THE UNDERBRUSH THAT PERENNIALLY SPROUTS UP ALONG THE BANKS OF MOST NULLAHS.

+WE’VE SPENT ABOUT S3.22 MILLION ON THE OPERATION TO DATE,* SAID A HIGHWAYS SPOKESMAN, +AND WE STILL HAVE 3 900 KM TO CLEAN BEFORE THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR.*

+BUT IF WE DIDN’T KEEP THESE WATERCOURSES CLEAR,* HE CONTINUED, +THE OFTEN-FILTHY WATER COULD BACK UP AND OVERFLOW THE BANKS.+

THE WATER IS OFTEN FOUL BECAUSE PEOPLE LIVING ALONG THE BANKS AND PEOPLE LIVING UPSTREAM THOUGHTLESSLY TOSS THEIR RUBBISH INTO NULLAHS, HE SAID.

+THIS IS A SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD WHEN THE WATER IS STANDING,* HE SAID, +AND WHEN THE WATER FLOWS MOST OF THE FILTH WILL EVENTUALLY END UP IN THE HARBOUR.*

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SHA TIN TO LAUNCH ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN * * * *

A LARGE-SCALE, THREE-WEEK-LONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD FROM FEBRUARY 7 TO 28 IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT.

DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 11 AM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1) IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR WAI HON-LEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. ALSO PRESENT WILL BE DR PATRICK HAYES, DISTRICT OFFICER (SHA TIN)- MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS- AND MR C.M. LEUNG, ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

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CHILDREN’S CREATIVE WORK ON SHOW

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MORE THAN 2 OOO ITEMS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN’S CREATIVE WORK ARE NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE IN NORTH POINT.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE DISPLAY, WHICH INCLUDES PAINTINGS BY JAPANESE AND AMERICAN CHILDREN.

+TEACHERS AND PUPILS PREPARING FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION IN ART WILL BE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN A NUMBER OF SELECTED ART WORK BY FORM/MIDDLE 5 PUPILS,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER WORKS INCLUDE PAINTING, NEEDLEWORK AND CRAFTS BY PRIMARY PUPILS, PAINTINGS BY KINDERGARTEN PUPILS, AND WINNING ENTRIES, PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FOR THE SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMME 1981.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD UNTIL FEBRUARY 13 AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, 4TH AND 5TH FLOORS, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG.

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PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL XXX

THE AREA SURROUNDING STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE DESIGNATED A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM JANUARY 31.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL INCLUDE THE CLOSURE OF A SECTION OF CHATER ROAD BETWEEN PEDDER STREET AND JACKSON ROAD, AND A SECTION OF ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND VEHICLES FROM ICE HOUSE STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, PEDDER STREET AND EASTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING BUS DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED:

* CMB ROUTES 5B, 10 AND 20 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL INSTEAD OF TURNING LEFT INTO CHATER ROAD ON THEIR EASTBOUND JOURNEYS.

* CMB ROUTES 23A, 24, 40M AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE 103 COMING FROM ICE HOUSE STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, PEDDER STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL ON THEIR EASTBOUND JOURNEYS.

* KMB ROUTE 200 WILL TERMINATE AT JACKSON ROAD INSTEAD OF ICE HOUSE STREET.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SATURDAY ROAD CLOSURE

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A SECTION OF EDINBURGH PLACE EAST BETWEEN HMS TAMAR AND QUEEN’S PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON TWO CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS (JANUARY 30 AND FEBRUARY 6) FOR THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TEMPORARY OPENING OF BLACK’S LINK

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BLACK’S LINK WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC, ON A TEMPORARY BASIS, FROM FEBRUARY 2.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (JANUARY 28), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID FROM NEXT TUESDAY, BLACK’S LINK CAN BE USED BY WESTBOUND TRAFFIC BETWEEN 7 AM AND 9.30 AM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY.

THE DECISION TO OPEN BLACK’S LINK ON A TEMPORARY BASIS WAS REACHED WHEN THE LATEST SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT THE MAXIMUM JOURNEY TIME FOR COMMUTERS COMING UP REPULSE BAY ROAD HAD FURTHER INCREASED SINCE THE LAST SURVEY IN DECEMBER 1981.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT, AS WELL AS PROVIDING A QUICKER ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR A FEW MOTORISTS, THE OPENING OF BLACK’S LINK SHOULD RELIEVE CONGESTION AT WONG NAI CHUNG GAP AND THIS WILL BENEFIT ALL COMMUTERS, IN PARTICULAR THE MANY PASSENGERS USING THE SEVERAL BUS SERVICES FROM THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ISLAND.

+THE OPENING WILL LAST FOR ONLY A FEW WEEKS AS THE EXTENSION OF ESSENTIAL CABLE LAYING WORKS IN UPPER BLACK’S LINK DOWN TO THE DEEP WATER BAY ROAD JUNCTION MAY UNAVOIDABLY REQUIRE THE CLOSURE OF THE ROAD AGAIN,* HE SAID.

FOR THIS REASON, THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED, IT MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO CLOSE BLACK’S LINK AT SHORT NOTICE.

ONCE AGAIN, BECAUSE OF THE SUBSTANDARD NATURE OF BLACK’S LINK, MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED OF THE NEED TO DRIVE WITH UTMOST CARE AND CARS AND TAXIS EXCEEDING 2 500 C.C. CAPACITY SHOULD NOT USE THIS ROAD.

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WATER FIGURES

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WATER IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (THURSDAY) STOOD AT 43.6 PER CENT OR 251.732 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 211 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 285.243 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 49.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW NAME FOR PRISONS DEPARIT-iiJJT ......................... 1

SIR PHILIP LEAVING FOR LONDON .............................. 2

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 1981 ................ J

HONORARY COWNEL OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT APPOINTED 4

APPOINTMENT TO MTRC BOARD .................................. 4

HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 GAZETTED ..................... 5

856 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST YEAR ...................... 6

TliNDERS INVITED FOR PUBLIC WORKS .......................... 7

FERRY FARE REVISION ........................................ 7

NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT ........................................ 8

SUSPENSION OF CMB ROUTE 88 SERVICE ......................... 8

TAI PO HISTORY EXHIBITION .................................. 9

ROAD SURFACING WORK ........................................ 9

SUNDAY CLOSURE ............................................ 10

ROAD SECTION CLOSED ....................................... 10

WATER MAINS WORK ........................................... m

FIRING PRACTICE WARNING

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1982

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NEW NAME FOR PRISONS DEPARTMENT

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THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL BE RENAMED CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FROM MONDAY +TO GIVE A MORE BALANCED IMPRESSION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK WHICH IS PARTLY TO PUNISH, PARTLY TO PREVENT AND PARTLY TO REHABILITATE,* THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL PARADE OF THE DEPARTMENT AT STANLEY, SIR MURRAY SAID THE CUSTODIAL ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT REMAINED VERY IMPORTANT SINCE PUNISHMENT OF CONVICTED CRIMINALS WAS LARGELY BY PRISON SENTENCES.

+BUT ONCE THE SENTENCE HAS BEEN SERVED,* HE ADDED, ^SOCIETY'S PRIME CONCERN IS THAT THE EX-CRIMINALS SHOULD NOT REVERT TO CRIME. HENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EDUCATIONAL, COUNSELLING, AND AFTER-CARE SERVICES, AND OF THE OCCUPATION PROVIDED FOR INMATES WHILE SERVING THEIR SENTENCES.*

THE GOVERNOR SAID THE CHANGE IN THE DEPARTMENT’S NAME WAS *TIMELY AND DOES JUSTICE TO THE MANY-SIDED WORK OF THIS REMARKABLE DEPARTMENT.*

ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR THOMAS GARNER, SIR MURRAY INSPECTED THE PARADE FORMED BY 205 MEN AND WOMEN OF THE SERVICE DRAWN FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS.

HE ALSO PRESENTED COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS TO 16 bEMBERS OF THE STAFF WHO HAVE COMPLETED 18 YEARS EXEMPLARY SERVICE. THE RECIPIENTS INCLUDED A CHIEF OFFICER, AN OFFICER, 11 ASSISTANT OFFICERS. A SENIOR CLERICAL OFFICER, AN OFFICE ASSISTANT AND A WORKMAN.

THE BAND, PIPES AND DRUMS OF CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR BOYS PROVIDED MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE EVENT.

ON PARADE BEFORE THE GOVERNOR FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS THE TAI TAM GIRL PIPERS WHO ARE FORMED BY YOUNG INMATES OF THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR GIRLS. THEY PROVIDED MUSIC FOR THE INSTITUTION’S GIRL-MARCHING TEAM AT A PERFORMANCE.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH I

I CONGRATULATE ALL ON PARADE ON THEIR SMART BEARING.

I SHOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED YOUR COMMISSIONER’S INVITATION TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF THE DEPARTMENT AND FROM NEXT MONDAY IT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND YOUR COMMISSIONER WILL BECOME THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES. THIS WILL GIVE A MORE BALANCED IMPRESSION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK WHICH IS PARTLY TO PUNISH, PARTLY TO PREVENT, AND PARTLY TO REHABILITATE.

THE CUSTODIAL ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT REMAINS VERY IMPORTANT. THE PUNISHMENT OF CONVICTED CRIMINALS IS LARGELY BY PRISON SENTENCES AND IT IS THE DUTY OF THE DEPARTMENT TO CARRY THESE OUT.

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BUT ONCE THE SENTENCE HAS BEEN SERVED, SOCIETY’S PRIME CONCERN IS THAT THE EX-CRIMINAL SHOULD NOT REVERT TO CRIME. HENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EDUCATIONAL, COUNSELLING, AND AFTER-CARE SERVICES, AND OF THE OCCUPATION PROVIDED FOR INMATES WHILE SERVING THEIR SENTENCES.

OF COURSE A LARGE PART OF YOUR WORK IS NOT CONCERNED WITH PRISONS AT ALL. YOU HAVE HAD REMARKABLE SUCCESS IN THE DETENTION CENTRE PROGRAMME WHICH IS CURATIVE IN CONCEPT. IT PREVENTS YOUNGSTERS FROM BECOMING CRIMINALS.

YOUR TRAINING CENTRES HAVE THE SAME OBJECTIVE THOUGH THE TECHNIQUES ARE DIFFERENT.

SIMILARLY, THE OBJECTIVE OF YOUR DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES IS NOT PUNISHMENT BUT TREATMENT, AND THEIR RECORD OF SUCCESS IS HIGH BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

IT IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT THAT AN EXPERT PSYCHOLOGIST WITH WIDE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IS BEING RECRUITED TO GUIDE THE EXPANSION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES.

FOR ALL THESE REASONS THIS CHANGE IN NAME IS TIMELY AND DOES JUSTICE TO THE MANY-SIDED WORK OF THIS REMARKABLE DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL MEET THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE MY DEPARTURE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECORD MY ADMIRATION OF ITS VERY HIGH STANDARDS, OF ITS FLEXIBILITY IN CONFRONTING THE VERY DIFFERENT PROBLEMS OF OUR SOCIETY THAT IT EXISTS TO DEAL WITH, AND OF THE CONSTANT AND SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS MADE TO IMPROVE ITS SERVICES. I AM PROUD TO NOTE THAT THEIR EXCELLENCE HAS RECEIVED WIDE INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. THIS REFLECTS THE GREATEST CREDIT ON THE COMMISSIONER, HIS OFFICERS AND ALL RANKS.

I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET YOU ON PARADE, AND TO WISH YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

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SIR PHILIP LEAVING FOR LONDON * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL BE LEAVING HONG KONG TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR A VISIT TO LONDON ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

HE a ILL BE DELIVERING A SPEECH AT THE ANNUAL BANQUET OF THE OVERSEAS BANKERS’ CLUB AT GUILDHALL ON THE EVENING OF MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1) AND WILL BE MAKING VARIOUS OFFICIAL CALLS IN WHITEHALL BEFORE RETURNING ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6).

MR D.C. BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, WILL ACT AS CHIEF SECRETARY FOR THIS PERIOD.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 1981 * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE IN DECEMBER 1981. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR DECEMBER WAS SU 700 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $7 798 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $3 902 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $13 017 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR DECEMBER WAS $1 317 MILLION.

FOR THE YEAR 1981 AS A WHOLE, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS $122 181 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $80 439 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $41 742 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $138 393 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR 1981 WAS $16 212 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH 1980, THERE WERE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE: $12 269 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, $11 670 MILLION OR 38.8 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, $23 939 MILLION OR 24.4 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $26 743 MILLION OR 24 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 11.7 PER CENT ($16 212 MILLION) IN 1981, SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THE 12 PER CENT ($13 409 MILLION) RECORDED IN 1980.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE OVERALL PICTURE PAINTED BY THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT IN 1981 AS A WHOLE IS IMPRESSIVE ON FOUR COUNTS.

FIRSTLY, THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RAPID DESPITE THE GENERALLY UNFAVOURABLE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS.

SECONDLY, THE RE-EXPORT TRADE HAS CONTINUED TO EXPAND, CONFIRMING THE IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG AS AN ENTREPOT FOR THE REGION AS A WHOLE AND FOR CHINA IN PARTICULAR. THIRDLY, THE GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS AND SO FOURTHLY, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ NARROWED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT SHOWED IMPROVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. IN THE FOURTH QUARTER IN PARTICULAR, THE GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT 24.6 PER CENT, WAS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS, AT 18.3 PER CENT. THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1981 AT 9.7 PER CENT WAS MUCH SMALLER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING QUARTER OF 1980, AT 14.3 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN CAUTIONED, HOWEVER, THAT THE SHARP SLOWING DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1981 INCLUDED A SLOWING DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, <HICH MAY HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR HONG KONG’S EXPORT PERFORMANCE IN THE COMING MONTHS.

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 1981 WITH THOSE FOR DECEMBER 1980, THERE WERE "HE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE: $1 528 MILLION OR 24.4 °ER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, $782 MILLION OR 25.1 PER CENT FOP RE-EXPOR’S, $2 310 MILLION OR 24.6 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $1 711 MILLION OR 15.1 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS. THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP + WAS 10.1 PER CENT IN DECEMBER 1081, COMPARED WITH 16.9 PER CENT IN DECEMBER 1980.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1982

HONORARY COLONEL OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT APPOINTED

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SOLOMON BARD HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR Tn ^iircrrn 'TH^VOLUNTEERS) AS H0N0RARY C0L0NEL OP THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT \ । > • u » vL o ’! I c un O y ,

’■** CHEUNG RE. IRES ON MARCH 1 AFTER A LONG ASSOCIATION itui THt. RcGIMENT AND HAVING HELD THE COLONELCY FOR OVER FIVE YEARS.

:V-S COMMISSIONED IN 1940, FOUGHT AT THE FALL OF HONG £9^6 BECAMc A PRISONER Of7 WAR. AFTER THE WAR HE SERVED IN THE REGIMENT FOR A FURTHER 26 YEANS AND DURING THIS TIME WAS AWARDED DISTINGUISHED MILITARY SERVICE: HE .AS AWARDED

HE IS AT PRESENT ADVISORY BOARD AND IS SERVICE.

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OP THE ANTIQUITIES A FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH

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MR W.C.L. BROWN, AREA GENERAL MANAGER OF THE CHARTERED BANK AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AS MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

HIS APPOINTMENT WILL BE UP TO APRIL 30, 1984.

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HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 GAZETTED

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A NUMBER OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO IMPROVE CONTROL OVER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND THE ALLIED PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME ARE CONTAINED IN THE HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

BECAUSE OF THE NEW PRICING POLICY UNDER WHICH LAND VALUES WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICES OF THE FLATS TO BE SOLD, THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AIMS AT IMPOSING STRICTER RESTRICTIONS ON RESALE OF THE FLATS, AND GUARDING AGAINST ABUSES RELATING TO PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS AND TO SUBSEQUENT OCCUPATION OF THE FLATS.

THE BILL PROPOSES TO DOUBLE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE OFFENCE OF MAKING A FALSE DECLARATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR AN HOS FLAT, TO A FINE OF >200 000 AND ONE YEAR IMPRISONMENT, AND TO EXTEND THE TIME LIMIT FOR PROSECUTION OF A FLAT PURCHASER FROM SIX MONTHS TO ONE YEAR.

UPON CONVICTION OF AN HOS PURCHASER FOR MAKING A FALSE DECLARATION, THE COURT WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO ORDER FORFEITURE OF THE FLAT CONCERNED OR AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ORIGINAL PRICE OF THE FLAT AND ITS MARKET VALUE AT THE DATE OF CONVICTION.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE FLATS SOLD ARE ACTUALLY TO BE USED BY THE PURCHASERS AND OTHER MEMBERS LISTED IN THE APPLICATION, THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO EMPOWER THE STAFF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE OWNERS OF FLATS TO FURNISH INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR STATE OF OCCUPATION AND TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THE FLATS TO CHECK THEIR OCCUPATION POSITION AS AND WHEN NECESSARY.

THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR REFUSING OR NEGLECTING TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WOULD BE $10 000.

THE BILL ALSO DETAILS THE RESTRICTIONS ON RESALE OF THE FLATS. ANY FLAT OWNER WHO BREACHES THE RESTRICTIONS WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE CF ‘200 000 AND ONE YEAR IMPRISONMENT.

FURTHER AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN THE BILL ARE INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE PROCEDURE IN RELATION TO APPEALS AGAINST THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S DECISIONS TO ’ERMINATE TENANCIES, AND TO PROVIDE MEASURES TO lvoROVE THE CONTROL OF PARKING AND TRAFFIC ON THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S ESTATES.

ANOTHER PROVISION IS THE REMOVAL OF THE LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS *-.> MAY E APPOINTED ’0 THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1982

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836 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST YEAR ******

A TOTAL OF 836 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH 789 IN 1980, A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE YEAR WAS $7 248.46 MILLION AS AGAINST $4 672.61 MILLION IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED WAS ABOUT 3.2 MILLION SQUARE METRES. IN 1980 IT WAS 2.61 MILLION SQUARE METRES.

IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 77 NEW BUILDING PLANS, COMPARED WITH 68 FOR DECEMBER 1980.

OF THESE, 22 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE FOR KOWLOON AND 46 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A 21-STOREY CLUB HOUSE AND OFFICE AT THE HONG KONG CLUB SITE BOUNDED BY JACKSON ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD AND CLUB STREET, A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, A SINGLE-STOREY HALL AT YUK CHOI ROAD, A SWIMMING POOL AND FILTRATION PLANT ROOM AT LO WAI, TSUEN WAN, A CHURCH EXTENSION AT TA I KI LING, YUEN LONG AND A SQUASH COURT AND CARPARKS AT HONG LOK YUEN, TAI PO.

DURING THE MONTH, THE TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED AMOUNTED TO 396 281.4 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 267 165.2 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 129 116.2 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED IN DECEMBER AMOUNTED TO $1 011.79 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $512.89 MILLION IN DECEMBER 1980.

THE OFFICE ALSO GAVE APPROVAL FOR WORK TO START ON 58 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A SPORT COMPLEX AT SANDY BAY, TWO HOTELS AT THE JUNCTION OF WANG TAK STREET AND PO SHIN STREET AND SA PO ROAD AND TWO SCHOOL EXTENSIONS AT SYCAMORE STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD.

ALTOGETHER, 67 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN DECEMBER, INCLUDING A PATHOLOGY BUILDING AT DUNDAS STREET AND A PETROL FILLING STATION AT CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, SAI KUNG.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 73 BUILDINGS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR PUBLIC WORKS * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BRANCH OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CF TWO PUMPING STATIONS, A SUBMARINE PUMPING MAIN AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE IN TAI 0.

THE WORKS WILL COMPLETE THE TRUNK SEWERAGE SYSTEM CONNECTING THE EXISTING VILLAGE OF TAI 0, INCLUDING THE NEW LUNG TIN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, TO THE SEWAGE-TREATMENT WORKS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT KAU SAN TEI.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI 0.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JUNE AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 15 MONTHS.

AT THE SAME TIME, TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE LINING OF FO TAN NULLAH AND DEMOLITION OF THE TAI PO ROAD BRIDGE ACROSS IT, WHICH IS NO LONGER USED.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE LINING WORK, TOGETHER WITH SOME FURTHER DREDGING OF THE SHING MUN RIVER AT ITS CONFLUENCE WITH THE NULLAH, WILL PROVIDE A FULL DESIGN CAPACITY OF THIS MAIN STORMWATER DRAIN NECESSARY TO HANDLE DISCHARGES FROM THE CATCHMENT AREA WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED.

THE WORK WILL START IN APRIL AND LAST ONE YEAR.

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FERRY FARES WILL BE INCREASED FROM $1.50 TO $2.00 FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY BETWEEN MA LIU SHU I AND MA ON SHAN FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE FOR CHILDREN AND FOR STUDENT MONTHLY TICKET HOLDERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FARE INCREASE IS DUE TO A RISE IN OPERATIONAL COSTS AND THE EXPECTED DROP IN ’ASSENGER VOLUME WHEN THE MA ON SHAN SQUATTER CLEARANCE TAKES PLACE IN MARCH.

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NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT * * *

A NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT IS TO BE BUILT AT CHEUNG SHA WAN TO COPE WITH THE DEMAND FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES IN THE DENSELY-POPULATED AREAS, INCLUDING LAI CHI KOK, SHAM SHU I PO AND MONG KOK.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPOT WILL BE BUILT ON A 1 320-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT FAT TSEUNG STREET.

THE FOUR-STOREY DEPOT WILL COMPRISE BAYS FOR EIGHT AMBULANCES, OFFICES, A COMMUNICATION ROOM, A DINING AND RECREATIONAL ROOM, BARRACK ACCOMMODATION AND AN EXERCISE ROOM.

CONSTRUCTION WILL START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

SUSPENSION OF CMB ROUTE 88 SERVICE X * *

CMB ROUTE 88 WILL SUSPEND ITS SERVICE FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE DECISION WAS REACHED WHEN A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT REVEALED A LOW PATRONAGE FOR THIS SERVICE.

AT PRESENT, THE ROUTE OPERATES BETWEEN CHAI WAN (HING WAH) AND CHAI WAN FERRY.

AS FROM MONDAY, PEOPLE WISHING TO USE THE CHAI WAN FERRY PIER CAN MAKE USE OF THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY MAXICAB NO. 20 WHICH RUNS BETWEEN SAI WAN HO AND THE PERRY SERVICES.

THE SITUATION WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW, THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED, AND THE BUS SER' 7 MAY BE REINTRODUCED F THE NEED AR ISES.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1982

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TAI PO HISTORY EXHIBITION * * *

A SEVEN-DAY EXHIBITION OF LOCAL HISTORY WILL OPEN AT TAI PO (FEBRUARY 2) AS PART 0F THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR rtbl I VAL•

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM, AND WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS! ONE SHOWING TAI PO BEFORE I960 AND THE OTHER SHOWING THE TOWN FROM THE 196O’S ONWARDS, WHEN A GREAT DEAL OF DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE ANCIENT TOOLS, ANTIQUES, PLAQUES, COSTUMES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAPS, AS WELL AS ILLUSTRATIONS, STATISTICS, MODELS AND PAMPHLETS.

ITEMS ON LOCAL HOUSING, POPULATION, TRANSPORTATION, RECREATIONAL AND PUBLIC FACILITIES, EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WILL BE INCLUDED.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A SLIDE SHOW ON CHANGES IN TAI PO IN RECENT YEARS AND THE PROBLEMS CREATED AS A RESULT OF SOME OF THESE CHANGES.

MANY OF THE RARELY-SEEN ITEMS HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE BY COURTESY OF LOCAL VILLAGERS, RURAL LEADERS, THE URBAN COUNCIL’S MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, AND LOCAL LEADERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON TUESDAY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 8.

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A SECTION OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND SHAM TSENG WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS BETWEEN 9 PM AND 5.30 AM, FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1) FOR ROAD-SURFACING WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC wILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON DUTY TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SUNDAY CLOSURE XX X

A LARGE PART OF THE MURRAY BARRACKS CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.01 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 31) FOR AN EXHIBITION.

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S^TION broadwood road in happy valley near happy view TERRACE WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT WILL BE CUT OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 2) TO FACILITATE MAINS WORK.

AREAS AFFECTED WILL BE CASTLE PEAK ROAD, FROM AU TAU TO SAN TIN AND KAM TIN ROAD, FROM AU TAU TO SHEUNG TSUEN INCLUDING KAM SHEUNG ROAD IN YUEN LONG.

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FIRING PRACTICE WARNING * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE * ILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN AND CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR TEN DAYS NEXT MONTH.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC -E WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA wriEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING.

THE DATES AND TIMES OF T-E -IRING PRACTICE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE TIME

FEBRUARY 3 (WEDNESDAY) 9 AM -4.30 PM

FEBRUARY A (THURSDAY) 9 AM - 4.30 PM

FEBRUARY 5 (FRIDAY; 9 AM - 4.30 PM

FEBRUARY 6 (SATURDAY) 9 AM - 4. JO PM

FEBRUARY 8 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 9 (TUESDAY) 8.33 AM - 4.30 PM

FEBRUARY 10 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 11 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

FEBRUARY 12 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4.30 PM

FEBRUARY 21 (FRIDAY) 3- AM - 11 PM

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SUPPLEMENT

SPSBCH BY H.B. THE GCVHBNOR aT THE PRISONS DEPkRTJASiT ANNUAL INSPECTION Or FRIDAY, JANUARY 2?, J982___________

.1 congratulate all on parade on their smart bearing.

I should like to announce that the Government has accepted your Commissioner’s invitation to change the title of the Department and from next Monday it will be known as the Correctional Services Department, and your Commissioner will become the Commissioner of Correctional Services. This will give a more balanced impression of the Department’s work which is partly to punish, partly to prevent, and partly to rehabilitate.

The custodial role of the Department remains very important. The punishment to convicted criminals is largely by prison sentences, and it is the duty of the Department tc carry these out. But once the sentence has been served, society’s prime concern is that the ex-criminal should not revert to crime. Hence the importance of your Educational, Counselling, and after-care services, and of the occupation provided for inmates while serving their sentences.

Of course a large part of your work is not concerned with prisons at all. You have had remarkable success in the Detention Centre programme which is curative in concept. It prevents youngsters from becoming criminals. Your Training Centres have the same objective though the techniques are different.

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Similarly, the objective of your Drug Addiction Treatment Centres is not punishment but treatment, and their record'of" success is remarkable by international standards.

It is also significant that an expert psychologist with wide international experience is being recruited to guide the expansion of the Department’s psychological services and the development of its correctional programmes.

For all these reasons this change in name is therefore timely and does justice to the many-sided work in this remarkable Department.

This is the last time I will meet the Department before my departure, and I would like to record my admiration of its very high standards, of its flexibility in confronting the very different problems of our society that it exists to deal with, and of the constant and successful efforts made to improve its services. I am proud to note that their excellence has received wide international recognition.

I thank you again for giving me this opportunity to meet you on parade, and to wish you continued success in the years ahead.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1?82

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ANOTHER SECTION OP KCR GOES ELECTRIC ........................... 1

TRANSPORT OFFICIALS TO VISIT SINGAPORE ........................ 2

HONG KONG SOCIETY IN CONSTANT CHANGE, SCOUTS ARE TOLD......... 3

APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COURT JUNGE................................. 5

VACCINATIONS FOR FISHERFOLK .................................... 5

YUEN LONG RESIDENTS CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR ................... 6

MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL FOR K.7AI CHUNG RESIDENTS .................. 6

FOUR LOTS OF CROYZN LAND FOR SALE............................... 7

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1982

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ANOTHER SECTION OF KCR GOES ELECTRIC

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THE SECOND SECTION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY FROM THE NORTH PORTAL OF BEACON HILL TUNNEL DOWN TO RAILWAY BRIDGE NO. 7 OVER BOUNDARY STREET IN KOWLOON WILL GO ’LIVE’ AS FROM 12.01 AM ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR TODAY SAID ALL OVERHEAD WIRES BETWEEN THIS SECTION INCLUDING THE KOWLOON TONG STATION, WHERE THE INTERCHANGE STATION WITH THE MTR IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE ENERGISED AT 25 000 VOLTS.

♦ONCE ENERGISED IT WILL REMAIN PERMANENTLY ENERGISED AND ALL OVERHEAD WIRES MUST BE CONSIDERED LIVE AT THIS VOLTAGE AT ALL TIMES,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT SINCE THE ENERGISATION HAS NOW PENETRATED INTO THE URBAN AREA, ANYONE GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE OVERHEAD WIRES OR TAMPERING WITH THE EQUIPMENT COULD BE SEVERELY INJURED OR KILLED.

HOWEVER, THIS SECOND SECTION TO BE ENERGISED, FOLLOWING THE FIRST SECTION BETWEEN THE SHATIN RACE COURSE AND THE NORTHERN END CF BEACON HILL TUNNEL IN JULY 1981, WILL BE COMPLETELY FENCED IN.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY SCHOOL CHILDREN, NOT TO ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE THE FENCES IN ORDER TO TAKE SHORT CUTS WHICH COULD MEAN +A SHORT CUT TO DEATH+.

THE ENERGISATION OF THE TWO SECTIONS IS A STEP CLOSER TO THE COMMISSIONING OF THE FIRST STAGE OF ELECTRIFIED TRAIN SERVICES BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHATIN IN MAY THIS YEAR.

ENERGISATION OF THE REMAINDER OF THE RAILWAY WILL FOLLOW IN PHASES AND THE ENTIRE RAILWAY UP TO LO WU IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETELY ELECTRIFIED IN THE SUMMER OF 1983.

MEANWHILE, THE KCR ARE CONTINUING THEIR MASSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO WARN THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL AND SCHOOL CHILDREN IN PARTICULAR OF THE DANGERS OF GETTING CLOSE, OR TAMPERING IN ANY WAY, WITH THE HIGH 25 000 VOLTAGE WHICH IS MORE THAN A HUNDRED TIMES GREATER THAN THE ELECTRIC SUPPLY IN HOMES AND OFFICES.

APART FROM ENSURING THAT ALL FENCES THROUGHOUT THE ENERGISED AREA ARE SOUND, WARNING POSTERS WILL BE PUT UP AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS.

IN ADDITION, KCR REPRESENTATIVES WILL VISIT SCHOOLS IN THE VICINITY OF THE RAILWAY TO GIVE LECTURES ON SAFETY ASPECTS, SUPPLEMENTED BY FILM SHOW OR SLIDES.

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STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO HELP PUT ACROSS THIS VITALLY IMPORTANT, SAFETY MESSAGE TO THE STUDENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT FROM NOW ON ALL RAILWAY ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS SHOULD BE TREATED AS ’LIVE’.

♦UNDER JO CIRCUMSTANCES TRESPASS ON OUR TRACKS AND FLYING KITES ANYWHERE NEAR THE RAILWAY IS ALSO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS,♦ HE EMPHASISED.

AGAIN, THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC BY LISTING THE FOLLOWING ♦DON’TS* i-

(1) DON'T DANGLE THINGS FROM OVERHEAD BRIDGES.

(2) DON’T THROW ANY OBJECTS AT THE OVERHEAD WIRES AND INSULATIONS.

(3) DON’T FLY KITES ANYWHERE NEAR THE RAILWAY.

(4) DON’T /TTEMPT TO RECOVER ANYTHING CAUGHT UP IN THE OVERHEAD WIRES.

(5) DON’T CLIMB OR LEAN OVER BRIDGES.

(6) DON’T TOUCH ANY ELECTRICAL WIRING ON THE TRACKS.

(7) DON’T SPRAY WATER IN THE DIRECTION OF THE OVERHEAD WIRES FROM BELOW OR ABOVE.

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A DELEGATION OF FOUR SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICIALS WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR SINGAPORE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FOR A FIVE-DAY STUDY VISIT.

IN THE PARTY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT bfi GARY MULLOY- THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, MR M. CLANCY- TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ENGINEER, MR JOHN BLAY AND MOTOR VEHICLE EXAMINER, MR W.A.T. BOWLES.

THEY WILL STUDY THE COUNTRY’S PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION PROGRAMME AND TAXI POLICY AS WELL AS THE COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS.

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HONG KONG SOCIETY IN CONSTANT CHANGE, SCOUTS ARE TOLD ******

IN THE LAST 30 YEARS IN HONG KONG WE HAVE BEEN LIVING IN A SOCIETY OF CONSTANT CHANGE AND THE VERY ENVIRONMENT HAS UNDERGONE A DRAMATIC PHYSICAL CHANGE.

THIS WAS STATED THIS EVENING (SATURDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AT A GATHERING OF SCOUT OFFICIALS AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL.

STATING THAT THE PACIFIC WAR HAD BROUGHT AN END TO +THAT ORDERED WAY OF LIFE+, MR AKERS-JONES SAID THERE HAD BEEN THE ENORMOUS EXPANSION OF POPULATION WHICH HAD INCREASED IN BROAD TERMS BY ABOUT ONE MILLION EVERY 10 YEARS, AND IT HAD EXPANDED, NOT BY THE EASILY ABSORBED PROCESSES OF FAMILY INCREASE, BUT BY WAVE AFTER WAVE OF IMMIGRATION- BY PEOPLE WHO WHEN THEY ARRIVED HERE WERE FOR THE MOST PART HOMELESS AND WORKLESS.

+THE VERY ENVIRONMENT OF HONG KONG HAS ALSO UNDERGONE A DRAMATIC PHYSICAL CHANGE BROUGHT ABOUT BY EXTENSIVE CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT,+ HE SAID.

+LIFE TODAY IN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL HONG KONG IS FAR REMOVED FROM THE MARKET PLACE, THE VILLAGE AND AGE-OLD TRADITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH FARMING, FISHING AND THE PASSING OF THE SEASONS.+

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT THE FAMILY HAD CONTRACTED AS A SOCIAL UNIT AND DEVELOPED A PROTECTIVE WALL, PLACING THE FAMILY AND ITS MATERIAL PROSPERITY ABOVE A WIDER RESPONSIBILITY TO SOCIETY.

+HOWEVER THERE SEEMS NOW TO ME TO BE A SECOND GENERATION OF CHANGE.

+YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY SEEM TO FIND THE LIMITED RELATIONSHIPS OF THE FAMILY AND THEIR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS LESS SATISFYING AND FULFILLING.

+THEY HAVE GROWN UP IN A VERY DIFFERENT WORLD AND HAVE BEEN EXPOSED THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAVEL, BOOKS, CINEMA AND TELEVISION TO DIFFERENT LANDSCAPES, TO DIFFERENT HORIZONS.

+THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES TO LOOK BEYOND THEIR FAMILIES TO A MORE EXCITING AND FULFILLING EXISTENCE IN THE WIDER FRAMEWORK OF SOCIETY.

+BUT THE PROBLEM OF ROOTLESSNESS AND THE RESTLESSNESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IS NOT SIMPLY A HONG KONG PROBLEM,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

THIS WAS QUITE OBVIOUS IF WE LOOKED FOR THE MOMENT AT THE PROBLEMS FACED BY OTHER COUNTRIES.

BUT OUR PROBLEMS IN HONG K"'.S HAD A DIFFERENT DIMENSION.

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+WE have to overcome the stress of crowded living and to EXTRACT THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL FOR RECREATION OUT OF A LIMITED TERRITORY,* HE SAID.

OVER THE PAST 13 YEARS OR SO, WE HAD ATTEMPTED A MORE DELIBERATE ATTACK ON SOME OF OUR PRACTICAL PROBLEMS - CLEAN HONG KONG, FIGHT CRIME AND CORRUPTION AND DRUGS- GOVERNMENT IS MORE ACCESSIBLE AND INVOLVED AT A LOCAL LEVEL.

FACTORS SUCH AS THESE HAD BEGUN TO KNIT THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND TO BUILD UP MORE COHERENT AND INTEGRATED RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ITS VARIOUS SEPARATE ELEMENTS.

+THERE IS A GROWING FEELING OF PRIDE IN WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR AND FRUSTRATION THAT WE CANNOT DO MORE TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS MORE QUICKLY,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

+THIS IS WHERE THE SCOUT MOVEMENT, TOGETHER WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS, HAS A CLEAR AND VIGOROUS PART TO PLAY.

+OVER 40 PER CENT OF OUR PEOPLE LIVE IN HOUSING ESTATES, AND YOUR OBJECTIVE TO ORGANISE UNITS IN HOUSING ESTATES AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IS, I AM SURE, A CORRECT STEP TO TAKE.

HE COMMENDED THE SCOUTS ALSO ON THEIR AIM TO +GIVE GREATER EMPHASIS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE, TO VISIT AND TO HELP THE UNDERPRIVILEGED, HANDICAPPED, AND THE OLD- TO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN FIGHTING CRIME, CORRUPTION, DRUG ADDICTION- AND IN KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN.*

AND THERE WERE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES.

THERE WAS ALSO THE NEED TO EXPLOIT OUR LAND, SEA AND MOUNTAINS TO THE FULL FOR BOTH ENJOYMENT AND EXERCISE AND THE ACQUISITION OF SKILLS IN CAMPING, CANOEING, SAILING, ORIENTEERING AND SO ON AND THESE REMAINED AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN SCOUT TRAINING PROGRAMMES, HE SAID.

+T0 CONCLUDE, THEREFORE, OUR COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS NEED TO PURSUE THESE THREE PRACTICAL OBJECTIVES: FIRSTLY TO ENSURE THAT THEIR ORGANISATION HAS BEEN ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW CENTRES IN OUR OLDER URBAN AREAS, AND NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES- SECONDLY TO REVISE THEIR PROGRAMMES SO THAT THEY MA'CH THE CHANGING NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF OUR PEOPLE- AND THIRDLY TO EXPLOIT THE VERY CONSIDERABLE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THERE ARE IN HONG KONG TO "AINTAIN A HEALTHY AND HAPPY SOCIETY.*

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APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COURT JUDGE

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THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF DISTRICT JUDGE DE BASTO, QC AS A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT.

THE APPOINTMENT WILL TAKE EFFECT ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1).

MR JUSTICE DE BASTO WAS BORN IN LONDON IN 1924 AND EDUCATED AT THE JESUIT COLLEGE OF RIVERVIEW IN SYDNEY.

HE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY IN 1952 WITH THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF LAWS AND IN THE SAME YEAR WAS CALLED TO THE BAR OF NEW SOUTH WALES AND OF THE HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA.

HE WAS CALLED TO THE ENGLISH BAR BY LINCOLN’S INN IN 1955 AND TO THE HONG KONG BAR IN 1957, AND PRACTISED AT THE HONG KONG BAR FROM 1957 UNTIL HIS APPOINTMENT AS A JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT IN 1973.

HE WAS APPOINTED A QUEEN'S COUNSEL IN 1968 AND IN THE SAME YEAR A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.

HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE BAR FOR THREE YEARS AND REPRESENTED THE BAR ON NUMEROUS COMMITTEES.

HE WAS ALSO THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE BAR TO SIT AS A COMMISSIONER CF THE SUPREME COURT, A POSITION HE HAS HELD ON VERY MANY OCCASIONS.

MR JUSTICE DE BASTO IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN.

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VACCINATIONS FOR FISHERFOLK

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A MARINE LAUNCH WILL BE MOORED AT THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1) TO GIVE FREE VACCINATION TO CHILDREN IN THE FISHING COMMUNITY.

VACCINATIONS AGAINST MEASLES, DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS, POLIOMYELITIS AND OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES ARE AVAILABLE ALL THE YEAR ROUND AT ALL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES RUN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, A SPOKESMAN SAID.

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YUEN LONG RESIDENTS CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR * * *

MORE THAN 7 000 YUEN LONG RESIDENTS ATTENDED A FUN FAIR TODAY (SATURDAY) TO CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED GAMES STALLS, A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SINGING, DANCING, ACROBATIC AND MAGIC SHOWS, FAMILY GAMES, A TELE-MATCH AND A JUDO DEMONSTRATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK-THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG- THE DISTRICT POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, MR DAVID GALLOWAY- AND THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR HENRY AU.

THE PROGRAMME WAS ORGANISED BY YUEN LONG TOWN HALL WITH THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD PROVIDING NEARLY $29 000 TOWARDS THE COST.

ANOTHER EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WILL BE A ROAD RACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

IT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY YUEN LONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION, YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE YUEN LONG OFFICE.

MORE THAN 150 RUNNERS WILL TAKE PART.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF SIX GROUPS IN THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS, WITH DISTANCES RANGING FROM 2.4 TO 11.2 KILOMETRES.

BOTH THE STARTING AND FINISHING POINTS WILL BE YUEN LONG STADIUM.

THE RACE WILL START AT 9 AM AND THE YUEN LONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS AT THE FINISHING POINT AT 12 NOON.

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MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL FOR KWAI CHUNG RESIDENTS

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A MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL FOR KWAI CHUNG RESIDENTS WILL START ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6) WITH A TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME OF SINGING AND DANCING AT KWAI CHUNG PLAYGROUND.

ON FOLLOWING WEEKENDS UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH, VARIETY PERFORMANCES, OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS AND CARNIVALS WILL BE HELD IN EACH OF THE SIX AREAS OF KWAI CHUNG.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WHOSE MEMBERS WERE DRAWN FROM AREA COMMITTEES, LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, WAS FORMED RECENTLY TO ORGANISE THE FESTIVAL.

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A COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD BE A JOINT EVENT, REPLACING THE INDIVIDUAL ’AREA DAYS’ HELD IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

+MONEY AND MANPOWER-WISE, THIS WILL ENABLE US TO HOLD A MORE COLOURFUL FESTIVAL AND ON A BIGGER-SCALE,* HE SAID.

ABOUT $200 000 WILL BE SPENT ON THE FESTIVAL, OF WHICH 1130 000 WILL COME FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REMAINDER FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE MONTH-LONG EVENT WILL BE HELD AT SUN KWONG RESTAURANT ON FEBRUARY 2 AT 3.30 PM.

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FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND ON SALE M M M

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND AND ONE FLAT WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON FEBRUARY 26 IN THE MARINA ROOM OF THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL, STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

TWO OF THE SITES, MEASURING ABOUT 5 500 AND 5 000 SQUARE METRES, ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USES, AND ARE IN SOUTH BAY ROAD AND IN BLACK’S LINK, HONG KONG.

THE REMAINING TWO LOTS IN KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION, ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES AND MEASURE 2 796 AND 2 645 SQUARE METRES.

THE 49.5-SQUARE-METRE FLAT IS IN FLAT B ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF NO. 41-63 OAK STREET. IT ALSO HAS AN ENTRANCE AT 57-63 ANCHOR STREET.

PEOPLE WISHING TO INSPECT THE FLAT SHOULD CONTACT THE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SECTION OF THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON 3-884111 EXT. 343.

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

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AEROMOBILE CENTRE FOR AIRPORT ................................ 1

TIME LIMIT FOR PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS ..................... 2

SAMPLE SURVEY ON STUDENT TRAVEL PATTERNS .................... 3

SPRING RECEPTION ............................................ 3

CHINESE FOLKLORE IN LANDMARK ................................ 4

METRICATION TV FILM TO BE RE-SCREENED........................ 5

TAI PO HISTORY EXHIBITION

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AEROMOBILE CENTRE FOR AIRPORT

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A SOPHISTICATED AEROMOBILE CENTRE WILL BE OPENED AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 1).

IT WILL PERMIT THE USE OF SINGLE SIDE-BAND OPERATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL HF AERONAUTICAL MOBILE SERVICE NETWORK AS REQUIRED BY BOTH THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU) AND INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO).

THE CENTRE IS EQUIPPED WITH MODERN ELECTRONIC AND COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT, ALLOWING AERONAUTICAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH ENROUTE AIRCRAFT ON RADIO TELEPHONY WITHIN HONG KONG’S FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION AND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND TO BROADCAST PERIODICALLY AT 3O-MINUTE INTERVALS METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION CONCERNING HONG KONG AND ADJACENT INTERNATIONAL AERODROMES.

THE EQUIPMENT INCLUDE HIGH FREQUENCY (HF) AND VERY HIGH FREQUENCY (VHF) RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND INTER-COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT AERONAUTICAL MOBILE SERVICE. THE HF EQUIPMENT OPERATE EITHER IN SINGLE SIDE-BAND OR COMPATIBLE SIDE-BAND MODE TOGETHER WITH A FACILITY FOR SELECTIVE CALLING OF A PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT.

A CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION NETWORK PROVIDES THE CENTRE WITH INFORMATION ON WEATHER, FLIGHT MOVEMENTS AS WELL AS ACTUAL DEPARTING TIMES OF THE AIRCRAFT.

THERE ARE ALSO OVERHEAD STATIC DISPLAYS SHOWING AIR ROUTES, AIRCRAFT REPORTING POINTS AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HONG KONG AND ADJACENT FLIGHT INFORMATION REGIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE NEW CENTRE PROVIDES A GREATLY-IMPROVED FACILITY AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS STAFF.

+FURTHERMORE, THE COMMISSIONING OF THE CENTRE HAS MARKED YET ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HONG KONG AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEM SINCE THE COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE IN JUNE 1980,+ HE ADDED.

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TIME LIMIT FOR PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS * X * * *

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT IF THEY OBJECT TO PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS THEY SHOULD DO SO WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE DATE OF THE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT.

AS TO CLAIMS FOR PROPERTY TAX REFUND, THE TIME LIMIT IS 90 DAYS AFTER THE END OF THE RELEVANT YEAR OF ASSESSMENT, OR 90 DAYS AFTER THE PROPERTY TAX NOTICE IS GIVEN, WHICHEVER IS THE LATER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID OBJECTIONS AND CLAIMS FOR REFUND FOR OWNER-OCCUPIED PROPERTY AND UNOCCUPIED PREMISES SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING WITHIN THESE TIME LIMITS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE.

HE SAID THE DEADLINE WOULD BE EXTENDED IF THE COMMISSIONER IS SATISFIED THAT, OWING TO ABSENCE FROM HONG KONG, SICKNESS OR OTHER REASONABLE CAUSE, THE PERSON OBJECTING TO ASSESSMENTS AND CLAIMING FOR REFUNDS WAS PREVENTED FROM DOING SO WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID VACANCY CLAIMS CAN ALWAYS BE MADE WITHOUT SUPPORTING EVIDENCE TO MEET THE TIME LIMIT, BUT SUCH EVIDENCE WOULD BE NECESSARY SUBSEQUENTLY.

PROPERTY OWNERS, AGENTS AND OCCUPIERS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES SHOULD BE PREPARED TO FORWARD SUCH EVIDENCE AS ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER BILLS TO SUPPORT THEIR VACANCY CLAIMS.

FOR NON-DOMESTIC PREMISES, HE SAID, THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WOULD ISSUE VACANCY CERTIFICATES IN ALL APPROPRIATE CASES AND THESE FORMS MUST BE PRODUCED TO SUPPORT CLAIMS FOR REFUND.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ASSESSOR (PROPERTY TAX) OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT AT 5-7959-5217 CR BY WRITING TO THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH GPO BOX 132, HONG KONG.

ADVICE IN PERSON MAY BE OBTAINED FROM INLAND REVENUE OFFICES IN WINDSOR HOUSE, 17TH FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG- PARK-IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 12TH FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON- AND FOU WAH CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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SAMPLE SURVEY ON STUDENT TRAVEL PATTERNS * * *

A SAMPLE SURVEY ON THE TRAVEL PATTERNS OF STUDENT TRAVEL CARD HOLDERS WILL BE CARRIED OUT NEXT MONTH BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE PURPOSE IS TO OBTAIN MORE DETAILED INFORMATION TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER EXTENDING THE STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME TO OTHER MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT NOT COVERED BY THE SCHEME.

IT WOULD ALSO ASSIST GOVERNMENT TO DETERMINE MORE ACCURATELY THE LEVEL OF GRANTS GIVEN TO THE TRANSPORT OPERATORS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID 16 500 STUDENT TRAVEL CARD HOLDERS FROM 14 SCHOOLS, REPRESENTING FOUR PER CENT OF ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL TICKET HOLDERS, HAVE BEEN SELECTED AT RANDOM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY.

A FURTHER FOUR PER CENT FROM POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR 1 150 STUDENTS WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE SURVEY.

+THESE STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO COMPLETE A SET OF QUESTIONNAIRES REGARDING THEIR DAILY TRAVEL PATTERNS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT ONLY WITH THE FULL CO-OPERATION OF THE STUDENTS CAN THIS SURVEY BE A SUCCESS.

UP TO JANUARY 1, MORE THAN 445 000 STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

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SPRING RECEPTION

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THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL SPRING RECEPTION FROM 4 PM TO 6 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) FOR MORE THAN 600 COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE SENIOR OFFICERS' MESS ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF THE RUMSEY STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK BUILDING.

THE RECEPTION IS BEING HELD IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION WITH THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE DURING THE PAST YEAR.

THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN/WAN CHAI, NR A.R. CLARK, AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, WILL RECEIVE THE GUESTS.

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CHINESE FOLKLORE IN LANDMARK * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NR DAVID AKERS-JONES, OFFICIATED TODAY (SUNDAY) AT LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN THE LANDMARK, ORGANISED BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CHINESE FOLKLORE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION.

THE SOCIETY WAS FOUNDED IN 1976 TO PROMOTE, FOSTER AND IMPROVE PUBLIC APPRECIATION OF AND INTEREST IN CHINESE FOLKLORE.

TODAY’S THREE-AND-A-HALF HOUR PROGRAMME STARTED WITH AN EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY BY MR AKERS-JONES AND MR CHIU YU-HEI, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE CELEBRATIONS, AND INCLUDED CHINESE CULTURAL PERFORMANCES, A LANTERN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY TELEVISION STARS, AND ARTS AND CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS WHICH INCLUDED FORTUNE TELLING, CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY, CANDY-MAKING AND WATER PAINTING.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE YUM SUT YEAR (THE CURRENT LUNAR YEAR) HAD BEEN WELCOMED WITH A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMESi A SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY, FOOTBALL MATCHES, HORSE-RACING, AND A CIRCUS FOR THE CHILDREN, ARTS FESTIVALS AND PARTIES FOR THE OLD, THE HANDICAPPED AND THE UNDERPRIVILEGED.

+THIS MUST BE OUR AIM, TO SPREAD REGULAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION FOR ALL AGES INTO EVERY DISTRICT,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THE LANTERN AUCTION WAS A PART OF THIS EXCITING PROGRAMME, TOGETHER WITH ITS 'IMAGINATIVE AND COLOURFUL CULTURAL PERFORMANCES AND SIDE-SHOWS.

+THESE PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES WILL, I HOPE, BE A HAPPY PROLOGUE TO A YEAR OF SUCCESS, PROSPERITY AND STABILITY NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES, BUT ALSO TO OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS AND VISITORS,* AKERS-JONES SAID.

THE SOCIETY ASSISTED IN ORGANISING LANTERN CARNIVALS IN 1977 AND 1979 AND A NEW YEAR GATHERING IN 1979. IT ALSO SPONSORED THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONDUCTING AN ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT. IN 1980, THE SOCIETY STAGED THE YUEN SIU CELEBRATIONS AND MID-AUTUMN LANTERN CARNIVAL.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CELEBRATIONS WAS MRS KITTY SIU, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY.

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METRICATION TV FILM TO BE RE-SCREENED ******

PEOPLE WHO MISSED THE 30-MINUTE TV PROGRAMME ’AN INTRODUCTION TO METRICATION’ WHEN IT WAS FIRST SCREENED IN 1980 WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE IT NEXT MONTH (FEBRUARY) WHEN IT GOES ON AIR FOR THE SECOND TIME ON THE CHINESE CHANNELS OF THE TWO STATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE METRICATION COMMITTEE SAID, +IT IS WORTHWHILE TO SCREEN THE PROGRAMME AGAIN AS PART OF THE COMMENTARY HAS BEEN REVISED TO GIVE VIEWERS A CLEARER CONCEPT OF THE METRIC SYSTEM. +

♦ALTHOUGH THE PROGRAMME IS MAINLY AIMED AT EDUCATORS, THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IN PARTICULAR STUDENTS, WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM IT,+ HE ADDED.

THE SCREENING SCHEDULE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS «

TVB - JADE FEBRUARY 3, 1982 (WEDNESDAY)

9.45 AM - 10.15 AM

RTV - 1 FEBRUARY 17, 1982 (WEDNESDAY)

5.15 PM - 5.45 PM

AND

FEBRUARY 20, 1982 (SATURDAY)

9.30 AM - 10 AM

A CIRCULAR HAS BEEN SENT TO HEADS OF SCHOOLS ADVISING THEM CF THE SCREENING TIME SO THAT THEY MAY RECORD THE PROGRAMME FOR PEDAGOGIC PURPOSE.

THE PROGRAMME, JOINTLY PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, CONSISTS OF TWO PARTS. THE FIRST PART FEATURES THE SEVEN BASE UNITS FOR LENGTH, MASS, TIME, TEMPERATURE, ELECTRIC CURRENT, LUMINOUS INTENSITY AND AMOUNT OF SUBSTANCE AND THE SECOND PART INTRODUCES THE MORE COMPLICATED DERIVED UNITS FOR AREA, VOLUME, VELOCITY FORCE, PRESSURE, ENERGY AND ELECTRIC POTENTIAL.

THERE ARE ILLUSTRATIONS TO GIVE VIEWERS A BETTER IDEA OF THE MEASUREMENTS IN METRIC UNITS OF THINGS THEY COME ACROSS IN EVERYDAY LIFE.

IN ADDITION, THE PROGRAMME WILL EXPLAIN HOW THESE BASE UNITS AND DERIVED UNITS SHOULD BE APPLIED AND EXPRESSED IN THE PROPER SI FORM.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE FILM IS THE NEW CHINESE TERMINOLOGY FOR THE SI, WHICH WILL MAKE THE SYSTEM EASIER FOR EVERYBODY.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

TAI PO HISTORY EXHIBITION * * *

A SEVEN-DAY EXHIBITION OF TAI PO HISTORY WILL BE OPENED AT 11 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 2) AT THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE.

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, AND LOCAL LEADERS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.45 AM.

STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION UNIT WILL ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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