Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1987 - SEP - ENG

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE ECVIIS TO BE REPATRIATED............................. 1

HALF YEARLY RE-EXPORTS FIGURES RELEASED .................. 1

GOVERNOR PRESENTS DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDALS ............ 6

GOVERNOR TO VISIT TAI PO.................................. 6

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS CAN BE PREVENTED AT NO COST.......... 7

MEASURES TO FURTHER IMPROVE ENGLISH IM SCHOOLS ........... 8

TRANSPORT GUIDE ON SALE................................   10

GRANTS TO IMPROVE FACILITIES FOR VRS AND INMATES......... 11

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED...................... 11

DREDGING AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS FOR FERRY TERMINAL....... 12

SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS .............. 13

YUEN LONG PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW.............. 1}

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED................................  14

WATER CUT IN SHEUNG SHUI AND SAI KUNG.................... 14

WATER STORAGE FIGURE..................................... 14

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MORE ECVIIS TO BE REPATRIATED *****

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (TUESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT A FURTHER 807 EX-CHINA VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL RE REPATRIATED TO GUANGDONG, CHINA, IN THREE GROUPS THIS WEEK.

THE GROUP TO BE REPATRIATED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) COMPRISES 241 ECVIIS, THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO PINGSIIA OVERSEAS CHINESE FARM, HONGQI FARM AND QINGYUAN HUA QIAO FARM.

ANOTHER TWO BATCHES OF 297 AND 269 ECVIIS WILL BE RETURNED TO CHINA ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) AND SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 5). THEY WILL BE SENT BACK TO ZHUJIANG HUA QIAO FARM AND YANGCUN ORANGE FARM RESPECTIVELY.

THIS WEEK’S REPATRIATION EXERCISE WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 1,852 ECVIIS RETURNED TO CHINA SINCE THE REPATRIATION PROGRAMME STARTED ON AUGUST 22.

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HALF YEARLY RE-EXPORTS FIGURES RELEASED ♦ * * ♦ ♦

HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, AT $80,127 MILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987, INCREASED BY 51 PER CENT LN VALUE TERMS AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1.

CHINA, THE U.S.A., TAIWAN, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND JAPAN, THE TOP FIVE MARKETS FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, SHARED 32 PER CENT, 19 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987. FOR THE SAME MARKETS, THE PERCENTAGE SHARES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1986 WERE 33 PER CENT, 17 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1986, ALL MAJOR MARKETS RECORDED INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS, WITH THE MORE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES RECORDED FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM (+105 PER (’ENT), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+98 PER CENT), THE U.S.A. ( +6 5 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+63 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN (+59 PER CENT).

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CHINA REMAINED THE LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG'S RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1986, RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA INCREASED RY $8,109 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $2,230 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $742 MILLION OR 67 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $688 MILLION OR 115 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN IRON AND STEEL (BY $180 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT) AND INORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $94 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A., THE SECOND LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, RECORDED AN INCREASE OF $5,922 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT. COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE CLOTHING (BY $1,708 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $1,523 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $550 MILLION OR 235 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $13 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT) AS WELL AS POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $11 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN INCREASED BY $1,632 -MILLION OR 59 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $698 MILLION OR 80 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $222 MILLION OR 88 PER CENT). A DECREASE WAS RECORDED TN OIL SEEDS AND OLEAGINOUS FRUIT (BY $9 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA SHOWED AN INCREASE OF $1,646 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $725 MILLION OR 98 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $223 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT). BUT A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $12 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN GREW BY $1,109 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $263 MILLION OR 138 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $170 MILLION OR 93 PER CENT). A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $19 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT).

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RE-EXPORTS ARE ANALYSED BY IO MAJOR

TABLE 2.

COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN IN

AS SOURCES OF HONG KONG'S RE-EXPORTS, CHINA, JAPAN, THE U.S.A., TAIWAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA CONTRIBUTED 46 PER CENT, 11 PER CENT, 8 PER CENT, 7 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE TERMS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987. FOR THE SAME SOURCES, THE PERCENTAGE SHARES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1986 WERE 40 PER CENT, 16 PER CENT, 9 PER CENT, 7 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, r

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 .WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1986, ALL THE ORIGIN COUNTRIES FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS RECORDED INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS, WITH THE MORE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES RECORDED FOR CHINA (+72 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+72 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+47 PER CRNT), ITALY (+11 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND (+39 PER CENT) AND FRANCE (+39 PER CENT).

CHINA CONTINUED TO BE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987, WITH A GROWTH OF 72 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS IN SUCH TRADE COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $3,517 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $2,668 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $2,614 MILLION OR 94 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $31 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) AS WELL AS FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS, NOT INCLUDING UNMILLED CEREALS (BY $13 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

JAPAN REMAINED THE SECOND LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1'187, WITH AN INCREASE OF 32 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS IN SUCH TRADE.

INCREASES WERE REGISTERED 'FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $531 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $518 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $485 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE, HOW,EVER, RECORDED IN IRON AND STEEL (BY $23 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT) AS WELL AS NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $19 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

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THE VAI,UE OF RE-EXPORTS OF U.S.A. ORIGIN INCREASED RY 25 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF I987, PARTICULARLY FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $467 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $136 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT). BUT A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $385 MILLION OR «8 PER CENT).

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS OF TAIWAN ORIGIN INCREASED BY 47 PER CENT. COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE TEXTILES (BY $850 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $137 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN IRON AND STEEL (RY $41 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT).

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED BY 72 PER CENT, PARTICULARLY FOR TEXTILES (BY $395 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARIS THEREOF (BY $298 MILLION OR 102 PER CENT). BUT A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $27 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE REPORT "HONG KONG

EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1987" WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN EARLY

SEPTEMBER AT THE GOVERNMENT PURL1 CAT IONS CENTRE AT $15 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO 5-8234915. THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON

TABLE 1: RE-EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN JUN JAN-JUN INCREASF PERCENTAGE

1987 1986 INCREASE

(HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) ( % )

CHINA 26,037 17,628 4 8,409 4 4 8

U.S.A. 15,046 9,121 + 5,92® 4 65

TAIWAN 4,393 2,76 I 4 I,632 4 59

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 4,276 2,630 4 I , 6 1 6 4 63

JAPAN 3,897 2,788 4 1,109 4 40

SINGAPORE 2,939 2 , I 7 2 1 4 6 7 4 19

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F.R. OF GERMANY 2,111 1,064 + 1,047 + 98

U.K. 1,758 859 + 899 + 105

MACAU 1,594 1,246 + 349 + 28

INDONESIA 1,188 1 , 128 + 60 + 5

TABLE 2: RE -EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR COUNTRIES OF < ORIGIN

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN JAN-JUN 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 1986 (HKD MN.) INCREASE (HKD MN.) PERCENTAGE INCREASE ( % )

CHINA 36,526 21,267 +15,259 + 72

JAPAN 10,990 8,304 + 2,^86 + 32

U.S.A. 6,150 1,905 + 1,244 + 25

TAIWAN 5,567 3,785 + 1,782 + 47

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2,658 1 ,548 + 1,110 + 72

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,346 1 ,084 + 261 + 24

SWITZERLAND 1,147 824 + 323 + 39

U.K. 1,107 863 + 244 + 28

FRANCE 937 675 + 262 + 39

ITALY 692 490 + 202 + 41

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GOVERNOR PRESENTS DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDALS » * t »

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING PRESENTED THE HONG KONG DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDAL TO MEMBERS OF TWO DISCIPLINED FORCES, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

THIRTY OFFICERS FROM EACH OF THE TWO DEPARTMENTS WERE AWARDED THE MEDAL.

RECIPIENTS FROM THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT INCLUDED ITS DIRECTOR, MR ALAN CARTER; THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, TWO ASSISTANT DIRECTORS, EIGHT PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND FOUR CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS.

RECIPIENTS FROM THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE INCLUDED TWO DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS, TWO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONERS AND SIX SENIOR SUPERINTENDENTS.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT TAI PO » t » » ♦

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT TAI PO ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) AFTERNOON TO SEE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

SIR DAVID WILL VISIT FU SHIN STREET, MAN MO TEMPLE AND KWONG FUK BRIDGE.

THE GOVERNOR WILL ALSO VISIT THE SALVATION ARMY TAI YUEN YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE AT TAI YUEN ESTATE AND THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, WHERE HE WILL ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION AND MEET LOCAL LEADERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO TAI PO ON THURSDAY. GOVERNMENT VEHICLES TAKING MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO TAI PO WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TS1M SHA TSUI AT 1.45 PM SHARP. THOSE TRAVELLING ON THEIR OWN TRANSPORT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE JUNCTION OF FU SHIN STREET AND SHUNG TAK STREET, TAI PO MARKET AT 2.45 PM.

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INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS CAN BE PREVENTED AT NO COST » » » » »

MOST INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS COULD BE AVOIDED BY CARE OR GOOD SAFETY PRACTICES, WHICH INVOLVED NO COST, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING TO GRADUATING APPRENTICES UNDER THE GOVERNMENT APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME RUN BY THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HE URGED THEM TO REALISE HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO LEARN HOW TO AVOID INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, AND TO TRY TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO LIKEWISE.

"DURING 1986, THERE WERE ALMOST 54,000 INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS WITH 91 FATALITIES. THIS IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN IN 1985 AND, UNFORTUNATELY, THE TREND IS CONTINUING INTO 1987," MR BARNES SAID.

HE SAID HONG KONG WAS WELL KNOWN FOR INNOVATION AND PROGRESS AND, IN 1987, THE TERRITORY WAS HAVING TO UPGRADE THE TECHNICAL CONTENT OF ITS PRODUCTS TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE.

"INCREASINGLY, THE USE OF HIGHER TECHNOLOGY MEANS THAT WORKERS NEED MORE SOPHISTICATED SKILLS. THE AIM OF THE GOVERNMENT APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME IS TO PROVIDE TRAINED CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS, NOT ONLY FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE BUT ALSO FOR THE INDUSTRIAL LABOUR FORCE," HE SAID.

ON THE MAIN ASPECTS OF THE TRAINING, MR BARNES SAID HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE MATERIAL COVERED IN THE PROGRAMME WHICH SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE APPRENTICES’ PROFICIENCY IN THEORETICAL TECHNOLOGY WAS MATCHED BY THEIR SKILL TN PRACTICAL WORK.

"I AM SURE YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE HELP AND TRAINING COURSE PROVIDED TO YOU BY STAFF ENGAGED IN THE TRAINING SCHEME AS WELL AS THE INSTRUCTION RECEIVED FROM WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS AND EXPERIENCED WORKERS DURING YOUR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING," HE TOLD THE GRADUATES.

GRADUATING FROM THE TRAINING SCHEME TODAY WERE 63 CRAFT APPRENTICES AND 31 TECHNICIAN APPRENTICES. SINCE IT STARTED IN 1969, NEARLY 2,000 TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN HAVE GRADUATED UNDER THE SCHEME.

MR BARNES THEN PRESENTED CERTIFICATES AND TROPHIES TO THE APPRENTICES. THE "BROWN" CUP FOR THE BEST TECHNICIAN APPRENTICES WENT TO MR CHEUNG PO-CHUNG OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND MR YUNG CHI-CHUNG OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

THE "LAISHLEY" CUP FOR THE BEST CRAFT APPRENTICE WAS AWARDED TO MR WONG TAK-WAI OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE "HOWES" PLAQUE FOR THE BEST CRAFT APPRENTICE (BASIC TRAINING) WAS RECEIVED BY MR LAU CHI-KONG OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, STAFF INVOLVED IN THE TRAINING PROGRAMME AND PARENTS OF THE GRADUATING APPRENTICES.

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MEASURES TO FURTHER IMPROVE ENGLISH IN SCHOOLS

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, TODAY (TUESDAY) TOLD A GROUP OF SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, WHO JUST RETURNED FROM A "TOTAL IMMERSION" LANGUAGE TRAINING COURSE FROM BRITAIN FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THAT THEY HAD A CRUCIAL ROLE TO PLAY TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE STANDARDS OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

AT A TEA PARTY TO WELCOME THEIR RETURN AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL, MR LAN SAID THEIR EXPERIENCE AS PARTICIPANTS IN A 23-WEEK LANGUAGE TRAINING COURSE WOULD PROVIDE THEM WITH MANY SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTIVITIES IN WHICH LANGUAGE COULD BE PUT TO USE IN THE CLASSROOM.

THE 23-WEEK PROGRAMME INCLUDED A 16-WEEK COURSE ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, A THREE-WEEK RESIDENTIAL COURSE AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND A FOUR-WEEK OVERSEAS COURSE. DURING THEIR STAY IN BRITAIN, THE TEACHERS STUDIED IN VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS WHICH HAD EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING COURSES FOR OVERSEAS TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND LIVED WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKING FAMILIES.

COMMENTING ON THE TRAINING PROGRAMME, MR LAN SAID IT OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS.

THE PROGRAMME CATERING FOR 100 LOCAL TEACHERS THIS YEAR WOULD INCREASE OVER FIVE YEARS TO 300 A YEAR WITH A COST OF $3.5 MILLION THIS YEAR RISING TO $10.5 MILLION A YEAR BY 1991/92.

MR LAN SAID THE TRAINING COURSE TOGETHER WITH A PILOT SCHEME ON THE RECRUITMENT OF A NUMBER OF EXPATRIATE NATIVE-SPEAKER TEACHERS OF ENGLISH WAS AN INDICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO DO ALL IT COULD TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN SCHOOLS BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.

HE ADDED THAT THE PILOT SCHEME WOULD BE SUBJECT TO RIGOROUS EVALUATION BY THE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY, THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND A UNIVERSITY OUTSIDE HONG KONG WELL KNOWN FOR ITS EXPERTISE IN LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE, MOST PROBABLY, THE EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY.

"WE ARE, I BELIEVE, MAKING CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DIFFERENT MEASURES IN THE TWO LANGUAGE PACKAGES WHICH ARE BOTH INNOVATIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE," HE SAID.

CITING AN EXAMPLE, MR LAN SAID THE MAJOR ADJUSTMENTS THAT HAD BEEN MADE TO THE LANGUAGE SYLLABUSES AT BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LEVELS WERE BASED ON MAJOR ADVANCES THAT HAD BEEN MADE IN THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF LANGUAGE EDUCATION.

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’’THE NEW SYLLABUSES FOR ENGLISH DEFINE THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING FOR 11 YEARS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION.

"THEY ALSO SET OUT A NUMBER OF PRINCIPLES WHICH EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING THE COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS OF THE PUPILS, THAT IS, THEIR ABILITY TO USE THE LANGUAGE TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS," HE CONTINUED.

TO SUPPORT THESE INNOVATIVE SYLLABUSES, MR LAN SAID A NUMBER OF OTHER MEASURES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED WHICH INCLUDED THE SCHEME TO IMPROVE PUPILS’ ABILITY TO LISTEN TO ENGLISH AND THE INTRODUCTION OF REMEDIAL TEACHING.

"THE SCHOOLS HAVE WELCOMED THE ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS SO THAT REMEDIAL CLASSES CAN BE ORGANISED AND THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION HAVE DONE SOME PIONEERING WORK IN THE DESIGN AND ORGANISATION OF SPECIAL PRE-SERVICE COURSES IN REMEDIAL LANGUAGE TEACHING WHICH WE BELIEVE ARE OF BENEFIT TO NEW MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSION."

NOTING THE TEACHERS ATTENDING THE PARTY WERE NOW ALUMNI OF THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE), MR LAN SAID THE ILE WAS, TN FACT, A KEY MEASURE IN THE FIRST SO CALLED LANGUAGE PACKAGE.

ON THE PROGRESS OF ILE, MR LAN SAID AS AT JUNE THIS YEAR A TOTAL OF 2,521 PRIMARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE TEACHERS AND 191 ENGLISH AND CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAD (OMII.EIED FOUR MONTH AND 23-WEEK FULL-TIME COURSES RESPECTIVELY.

WORKSHOPS PHONOLOGY SUCCESSFUL, LEARNING.

"THE ILE ALSO HOLDS SEMINARS AND AND THIS SUMMER, RAN COURSES TN THE METHODS OF TEACHING PUTONGHUA AND A WORKSHOP IN COMPUTER-ASSISTED LANGUAGE

FOR SCHOOL HEADS

OF PUTONGHUA AND

FULLY-SURSURIBED

"THIS DECEMBER’, ILF WILL HOLD ITS ’THIRD INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON ’LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION IN A Bl-LINGUAL OR MULTI-LINGUAL SETTING’ AND OVER 300 LANGUAGE SPECIALISTS’ FROM HONG KONG AND OTHER COUNTRIES ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE," MR LAN SAID.

SOME OF THE WORLD’S LEADING EXPERTS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACH I NG WOULD TAKE PART, MR LAN ADDED.

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ON THE RESEARCH PROGRAMME, MR LAN SAID THERE WERE AN ONGOING PROJECT BY ILE TO ANALYSE THE VARIOUS TYPES OF CHINESE CHARACTERS USED IN PRIMARY LEVEL TEXTBOOKS IN HONG KONO; A PROJECT ON EXTENSIVE READING IN NINE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WHICH WAS BEING CARRIED OUT FN COLLABORATION WITH THE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH; AND AN EXPLORATION OF THE WAYS AND MEANS BY WHICH MICRO-COMPUTERS COULD PROVIDE A STIMULUS FOR REAL LANGUAGE USE IN CLASSES OF DIFFERENT LEVELS.

ON OTHER LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES, MR LAN SAID THEY INCLUDED ENCOURAGING INDIVIDUAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AUTHOR!PIES PO ADOPT CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF TEACHING AND PROVIDING SCHOOLS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO STRENGTHEN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH; ARRANGING FOR THE PUBLICATION OF TEXTBOOKS IN BOTH LANGUAGES SO THAT THEY WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS REGARDLESS OF THE LANGUAGE MODE CHOSEN; AND ENCOURAGING MORE SCHOOLS TO TEACH PUTONGHUA DURING SCHOOL HOURS OR AS AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY.

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TRANSPORT GUIDE ON SALE

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON HONG KONG'S PUBLIC TRANSPORI SERVKES COMPILED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE ENGLISH PUBLICATION, ENTITLED ’’PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG - A GUIDE TO SERVICES 1987", COMPRISES TWO PARTS. THE FIRST PART GIVES THE ROUTES, FARES, FftECjUENCY RANGE AND JOURNEY DISTANT E 01’ ^LL SCHEDULED PUBLIC TRANSPORT, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUS AND "KAITO SERVICES, IN ilONG KONG. THE SECOND PARI IS AN AREA INDEX, WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION GROUPED ON AN AREA BASIS.

"BY CROSS REFERENCING THE TWO PARTS, IT IS POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY the MOST CONVENIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR ANY PARTICULAR JOURNEY," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE GUIDE, AT $16 PER COPY, GENERALLY INDICATES THE POST.'! I ON OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK IN APRIL III IS VI* AR. AS THE NETWORK IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING, THE GUIDE ALSO GIVES ENQl TRIES HOTLINES OF MAJOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS TO ENABLE COMMUTERS TO OBTAIN THE LATEST INFORMATION.

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GRANTS TO IMPROVE FACILITIES FOR VRS AND INMATES » * » * «

THE ROYAl, HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS RECENTLY GRANTED $ 126,800 TO THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MAINLY FOR IMPROVING RECREATIONAL AND TRAINING FACILITIES FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND YOUNG INMATES.

ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE SUM WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE PLAY AND SCOUTING EQUIPMENT FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN LIVING IN THE THREE CLOSED CAMPS MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT, NAMELY THE TUEN MUN CLOSED CENTRE, HE I LING CHAU CLOSED CENTRE AND CHI MA WAN CLOSED CENTRE.

THE INMATE SCOUT GROUPS A’l CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AND LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE, AND THE GIRLS’ PIPER AND PRECISION MARCHING BAND OF TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION WILL RECEIVE $3R,000 FOR BUYING THEIR NEW OUTFITS.

A MICRO-WAVE OVEN WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN TO STRENGTHEN THE VOCATION TRAIN NG FACILITIES FOR ABOUT 100 INMATES OF ITS DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT SECTION.

TllE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, THANKED THE JOCKEY CLUB F< ’R ITS GENEROUS SUPPORT.

"IT WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE LONG-TERM BENEFITS TO TllE REFUGEES AND INMATES UNDER OUR CARE, THE GRANT WILL ALSO HELP US TO FURTHER I VPANID OUR CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES TOWARDS YOUNG OFFENDERS AND DRUG ADDICTS," HE ADDED.

II LEGAL STRUCTURES to HE DEMOLISHED ♦ ♦ f < t

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN NORTH I’OI' I WHICH OBSTRUCT ESCAPE AREAS OF ADJOINING BUILDINGS AND PREVENT HE MAINTENANCE OF GAS MAINS ARE TO BE CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED.

A BUILDING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID 'TODAY (TUESDAY) AN APPLICATION FOR CLOSURE ORDERS WOULD |U MADE IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 22 ON THE' ILLEGAL STID'OTURES WHICH ARE IN A LANI-AI' THE REAR OF 22 AND 28 GO, FoR'l S'l'REF I , AND 17 - 19 AND 4 1 - 57, KIN WAII STREET.

HE SAID CLOSING Till STRIH TURES WAS NECESSARY SO THAT DEMOLITION WOULD BE CARRIED O>11 WITHOUT ENDANGERING THEIR OCCUPIERS OR MEMBERS OF 'THE PUBLIC.

/Notices of

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NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ORDERS TO DEMOLISH I’llE SIRUCTUREfi ISSUED TO OCCUPIERS UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE LAST MAY AND BUT THEY HAD NOT BEEN COMPLIED WITH.

WERE JULY,

’’THESE STRUCTURES ARE IN A PRIVATE BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED OR REPLACED DUE IO

LANE WHERE GAS MAINS THEIR PRESENCE.

CANNOT

’’THEY ALSO OBSTRUCT THE BUILDINGS AND HRNCF POSING A BUILDINGS.

MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM ADJOINING FIRE HAZARD TO OCCUPIERS OF THE

’’THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD FULLY ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN VIEW OF THE HAZARD SA I D .

SUPPORTS CLEARANCE OF THE THEY POSE,” THE SPOKESMAN

HE SAID DEMOLITION WOULD GO AHEAD CLOSURE ORDERS WERE OBTAINED.

IMMEDIATF.LY AFTER THE

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WORKS FOR ♦ *

FERRY TERMINAL

THF GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A PLATFORM AS PART of THF FERRY TERMINAL NOW SHA TSUI waterfront.

SMALL PIER AND A BE INC DEVELOPED ALONG

FIXED

TS IM

THE WORK ALSO INVOLVES DREDGING Illi-

approaches to the ferry terminal.

SEA BED TO IMPROVE MARINE

A BUILDINGS (TUESDAY) TUI' WORKS 19A7 AND JUNE I’I’UI,

AND LANDS DF.PARTMFNT EXPECTED TO Bl' CARRIED

SPOKESMAN SA ID

WOULD AFFECT HECTARES OF

OUT BETWEEN

FORESHORE AND

TODAY NOVEMBER SEA-BED.

"AS PART ol THF SCHEME. TWO PONTOONS WI LI BE MOORED ON KOWLOON INLAND

TO

FIXED PLATFORM SITUATED SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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OBJECTIONS Tf THE WRI TINO To THE DIRECTOR OCTOBER 27.

SCHEDULED WORKS SHOULD OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS

BE PRESENTED

NOT LATER

IN THAN

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SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR YAP MA TEI RESIDENTS » « » ♦ »

YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS WILD HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION LATER THIS MONTH.

KEEN JOGGERS CAN COMPETE IN A SPECIAL RACE ALONG THE TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE ON SI'FTE IDER 20 (SUNDAY) WHILE THOSE INTERESTED IN SWIMMING CAN SHARE IM THE FUN AT A WATER CARNIVAL ON SEPTEMBER- 26 (SATURDAY) AT THE ,,AI C.ll KOK PARK SWIMMING POOL.

PARTICIPANTS II THE RACE WILL START FROM A POINT NEAR THE NEW WORLD HOTEL, AND RUN ALONG THE PROMENADE TO THE HONG KONG COLISEUM BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STARTING PLACE. HIE TOTAL DISTANCE IS ABOUT 2,100 METRES.

FOR Till'; WAI'*'.! -ARRIVAL, THERE WILL BE IOUH GROUPS FOR MEN’S DIVISION AND TWO CHOU.1-; FOR WOMEN’S DIVISION TO COMPETE IN BREAST STROKE, FRONT CRAWL AID BUTTERFLY ITROKE RACES.

BOTH ACTIVITIES ARK SPONSORED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD.

APPLICATION for THE RACE IS ON A FIRST-COME-F1RST-SERVED BASIS WHILE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IN IDE WATER CARNIVAL IS SEPTEMBER 15. FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7235789.

YUFN I ONG ('LANNING COMMITTEE Mill's TOMORROW » ♦ ♦ t ♦

Illi. VUEN I.ONI DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMIT ’I I- WILL Ml -FT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) To DISCUSS THE formation of a phoksid WORKS aria I or the construction of the second SHENZHEN RI VFR I F I IX I

CLEARANII AID FILLING WORKS IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE TN APRIL 1 !)!<«.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARF IN' ITi.ll TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDA • ■ IN THE I’ONFERENI t ROOM ( F THE YUFN LONG DISIRK I BOARD, I3TH FLOOR. TAI Kill GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG

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TUESDAY,’SEPTEMBER 1, 1987

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAM NG INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON WONG CHUNG-MING ON NOVEMBER ft, (985 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT. #

IT WAS ALSO DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCES PASSED ON SIN HING-YIN ON JULY 19, 1984 AND ON WONG BING-FAI ON DECEMBER 13, 1982 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO SENTENCES OF 15 YEARS* AND 20 YEARS’ I MPRISONMENT RESPECT IVELY.

WONG CHUNG-MING WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF CHOW WAI-HUNG. SIN HING-YIN KAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF TING LIN-FAT WHILE WONG HIM FAI WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF MADAM TANG LIN.

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WATER CUT TN SIIEUNG SHU I AND SAI KUNG

IRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SIIEUNG SHU1 AND SAT KUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF ON FRI ?AV (SEPTEMBER 1) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN SIIEUNG SIIUI , THE SUSPENSION WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM AND IN SAI KUNG FROM IO PM TO ’ AM TIG FOLLOWING DAY.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED IN SIIEUNG SIIUI ARE MAN KAM TO ROAD FROM HUNG KIU SAN TSUEN TO MUK WU I9UEM, INCLUDING HUNG KIU SAN TSUEN, FU TEI AU ROAD, LO WU BARRACK CAM! , LO WU TSUEN, TAK YUET LAU, LIU POK TSUEN, SHA LENG TSUEN, SAN UK LING TSUEN, MUK WU TSUEN AND NGA YIU TSUEN.

THOSE AFFECTED IN SAI M HU ARE (’LEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND TAI O MUN, INCLUDING ALL NEARBY VILLAGES; SHAW’S STUDIO, SILVER STRAND ROAD, c ILVLF. (’REST ROAD, SILVER TERRACE ROAD, AH KUNG WAN, HANG HAU, YAU YUE W AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY FROM (’LEAR WATER BAY ROAD TO Ho CHUNG, INCLUDING ALL NEARBY VILLAGES,

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WATER ST RAGE FIGURE ♦ 1

STORAGE IN HONG

STOOD AT 75.9 PER CENT

KONG’S i’IURVIORS AT 9 AM OF CAPA I TV OR 111.957 MILLION

TODAY (TUESDAY)

CUBIC METRES.

LIUS TIME LAST YEAR THE iM'SIRV IORS CONTAINED 109. I «9 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING G9.R PER’ (’ENT OF CAPACITY.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

2ND QUARTER EXPORTS FIGURES BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN RELEASED ... 1

RTT.T. TO PROVIDE TAXATION RELIEF TO BE PUBLISHED ........... 4

FS VISITS ELECTRONICS COMPANY ............................... 5

PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME TO BE EXTENDED ................ 6

COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE REVIEWED BY MDAC .................. 7

NEW TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT KEY TO ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY SUCCESS 10

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK COURSE ........... 11

WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION TO BE REFURBISHED ............... 11

NEW OFFICE FOR MEETING THE PUBLIC ........................... 12

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PRIORITY HOUSING SCHEME ................ 12

KWAI TSING DB TO MEET TOMORROW .............................. 1?

TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW............. 14

PUBLIC FORUM ON GREEN PAPER .................................. 14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO ........................ 15

NO LEFT TURN ON TAI YUK ROAD ................................ 15

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SHEUNG WAN ............................... 15

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1987

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2ND QUARTER EXPORTS FIGURES BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN RELEASED

*****

THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS IN TERMS OF THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 ARE TEXTILES, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, WEARING APPAREL, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND BASIC METALS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SHOWED.

TOGETHER THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 84 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF DOMESTIC MERCHANDISE EXPORTS DURING THE PERIOD.

THEY WERE ALSO INDUSTRIES THAT RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASES IN ABSOLUTE VALUE OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 - TEXTILES (+$3,043 MILLION), ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (+$2,305 MILLION), WEARING APPAREL (+$2,156 MILLION), PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT (+$659 MILLION), PLASTIC PRODUCTS (+$592 MILLION) AND BASIC METALS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (+$455 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 WERE LEATHER AND LEATHER PRODUCTS (+65 PER CENT), CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (+50 PER CENT), NONELECTRICAL MACHINERY (+48 PER CENT), TEXTILES (+42 PER CENT) AND PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS, PRINTING AND PUBLISHING (+39 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, A DRASTIC DECREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VALUE COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 WAS RECORDED IN THE TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY (-$46 MILLION OR -61 PER CENT).

BESIDES THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS ORIGINATING FROM AGRICULTURAL, LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY FROM THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 (+76 PER CENT), WHILE THOSE FROM OCEAN AND COASTAL FISHING WENT UP BY 38 PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VALUE OF MINING AND QUARRYING SECTOR DECLINED BY 35 PER CENT.

/THESE FIGURES

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THESE FIGURES ARE SOME OF THE STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987. THIS SERIES IS DERIVED BY REGROUPING ALL SIX-DIGIT MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS UNDER THE PRESENT EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE MERCHANDISE ITEMS ARE NORMALLY PRODUCED. TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIE ARE EXCLUDED.

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

WHEN REFERRING TO THESE RE-CLASSIFIED FIGURES, SOME CAUTION IS NECESSARY. CERTAIN MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS MAY REQUIRE SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES FOR THEIR PRODUCTION. IN SUCH CASES, THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH AN ITEM IS FINALLY PRODUCED IS NOT REALLY THE SOLE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE VALUE. NEVERTHELESS, STATISTICALLY, THE OVERALL VALUE OF THE ITEM IS WHOLLY ALLOCATED TO THAT INDUSTRY.

BESIDES, THE CLASSIFICATION OF A MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEM TO A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE ENTIRE VALUE OF THE ITEM IS ACTUALLY PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS OF THAT INDUSTRY, SINCE SOME MAY BE SECONDARY PRODUCTS PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED UNDER OTHER INDUSTRIES.

FURTHER DETAILS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS STATISTICS FOR MERCHANDISE RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234832.A TABLE ON THESE STATISTICS FOR SELECTED INDUSTRIES IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REPORT "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1987".

/Value of

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1987

Value of domestic exports for merchandise, reclassified by industrial origin for the second quarter of 1987

(HKS >000)

Industrial origin of the commodities exported Merchandise domestic exports

2nd qtr. 1987 2nd qtr. 1986 Value change % change

Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing

Agricultural, livestock and 2,318 1,314 1,004 76

poultry production

Ocean and coastal fishing 151,690 109,626 42,064 38

Mining and Quarrying 1,5*1 2,363 -822 -35

Manufacturing

Food 331,984 320,078 11,906 4

Beverages 75,678 68,212 7,466 11

Tobacco 216,702 171,707 44,995 26

Textiles (including knitting) 10,300,731 7,258,138 3,042,593 42

•Veering apparel, except 9,633,829 7,477,749 2,156,080 29

footwear and knitwear Leather and leather products 168,884 102,500 212,150 66,384 65

Footwear 273,411 61,263 29

Wood and cork products, 216,012 190,596 25,416 13

furniture and fixtures Paper and paper products, 998,088 718,184 279,904 39

printing and publishing Chemicals and chemical products 580,177 385,888 194,289 50

Rubber products 43,843 33,588 10,255 31

Plastic products 3,554,396 2,962,206 592,190 20

Non-metallic mineral products- 149,294 125,815 23,479 19

Basic metals and fabricated 2,038,809 1,584,146 454,663 29

metal products Machinery, except electrical 956,634 644,910 ‘11,724 48

Electrical and electronic 10,284,577 7,979,727 2,304,850 29

products Transport equipment 30,215 76,618 -46,403 -61

Professional and optical 3,878,138 3,218,720 659,418 20

equipment Other manufacturing industries 3,234,317 2,462,014 772,303 31

Electricity 128,125 106,305 21,820 21

Miscellaneous items

(e.g. developed photographic 14,988 15,187 -199 -1

plates and film, antiques, and works of art)

Total 47,264,381 36,227,740 11,036,641 30

individual entries of a column may not add up exactly to the corresponding total due to rounding.

Industrial Research Section, (Tel.: 5-8234832)

Census & Statistics Department,

Hong Kong

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1987

BILL TO PROVIDE TAXATION RELIEF TO BE PUBLISHED *****

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE NEW BILL ON TIME APPORTIONMENT TO BE GAZETTED THIS FRIDAY "HAD SUFFICIENTLY MET THE SPIRIT OF WHAT HE HAD IN MIND."

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE INLAND REVENUE BOARD OF REVIEW, MR JACOBS NOTED THAT HE HAD PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL IN RELATION TO TIME APPORTIONMENT WHEN HE MADE THE BUDGET SPEECH LAST FEBRUARY.

"I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT GO AS FAR AS MY ORIGINAL PROPOSAL. NEVERTHELESS, I THINK THAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE DOES SUFFICIENTLY MEET THE SPIRIT OF WHAT I HAD IN MIND," HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY RECALLED THAT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH, HE INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR SOME TIDYING UP OR CLARIFICATION IN RELATION TO TIME APPORTIONMENT CASES. THESE CASES HAD TAKEN UP A GREAT DEAL OF ADMINISTRATIVE TIME, AND NO DOUBT TIME OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW.

•MR JACOBS POINTED OUT THAT AFTER HE MADE HIS BUDGET SPEECH, AN IMPORTANT HIGH COURT DECISION ON A SALARIES TAX CASE (KNOWN AS THE GOEPFERT CASE) CONCERNING TIME APPORTIONMENT WAS MADE.

"WE FELT AND STILL FEEL THAT THAT DECISION, COUPLED WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES THAT THE COMMISSIONER’ OF INLAND REVENUE WILL ISSUE SHORTLY, HAS SUFFICIENTLY CLARIFIED THE POSITION IN TIME APPORTIONMENT CASES, AND THAT IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES MY ORIGINAL PROPOSAL MIGHT WELL NOT BE NEEDED.

"FURTHERMORE, THE NEW AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY WILL GIVE THAT MEASURE OF RELIEF AGAINST DOUBLE TAXATION WHICH I PROMISED," HE ADDED.

COMMENTING ON THE WORK OF THE INLAND REVENUE BOARD OF REVIEW, MR JACOBS SAID THAT THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WAS ESSENTIAL TO ITS SUCCESS.

"IT ENSURES THE BOARD’S IMPARTIALITY AND IT ENABLES APPEAL CASES, WHICH ARE OFTEN COMPLEX, TO BE HEARD BY MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WHO HAVE A FAIR AND OPEN MIND, AND A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF HONG KONG TAX LAW, AS WELL AS AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR* SOCIETY," HE CONTINUED.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ALSO NOTED THAT HE WAS AWARE THAT THE NUMBER OF TAX APPEALS MIGHT INCREASE AND HE WAS CONCERNED THAT THE BOARD WOULD BE FULLY STRETCHED.

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LAST YEAR THE BOARD DECIDED ON 148 APPEALS, THE MAJORITY BEING FOR SALARIES AND PROPERTY TAX CASES. THE BOARD WHICH HAS ABOUT 100 STATUTORY MEMBERS, HAS A CHAIRMAN AND SIX DEPUTY CHAIRMEN AND HAS AN AVERAGE OF ONE SITTING PER DAY TO HEAR APPEALS.

IN VIEW OF THIS, THE ADMINISTRATION WAS DISCUSSING WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD TO CONSIDER THE NEED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DEPUTY CHAIRMEN AND MEMBERS SO THAT THE BOARD MIGHT CONTINUE TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY, HE SAID.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN CENTRE WHICH WAS SET UP IN AUGUST LAST YEAR BY AN ELECTRONICS COMPANY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, MR JACOBS VISITED THE MOTOROLA SEMICONDUCTORS HONG KONG LTD. AS PART OF A FAMILIARISATION FACTORY VISIT PROGRAMME.

AFTER A DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OUTLOOK OF THE COMPANY WITH ITS VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER (ASIA PACIFIC),MR C.D. TAM, MR JACOBS TOURED THE PLANT TO SEE THE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN CENTRE; TESTING OPERATIONS; AND AUTO-ASSEMBLY PREPARING STAGE.

THE DESIGN CENTRE REPRESENTS A MAJOR EXPANSION PLAN OF THE COMPANY TO DESIGN NEW LEADING EDGE INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, USING ADVANCED CAD/CAM SYSTEMS, IN SERVING ITS ASIA PACIFIC REGION CUSTOMERS.

BEING A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF MOTOROLA INC. OF USA, THE COMPANY ACTS AS THE HEADQUARTERS FOR ITS ASIAN PACIFIC REGION. IT HAS A DUAL ROLE OF SALES, MARKETING AND ENGINEERING OPERATIONS AS WELL AS FINAL TESTING FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND SEMICONDUCTORS FROM MOTOROLA ASSEMBLY PLANTS IN THE REGION.

THE COMPANY’S MARKETS IN THE ASIAN PACIFIC REGION INCLUDE HONG KONG, SOUTH KOREA, CHINA, TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, THE PHILIPPINES, INDONESIA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND JAPAN.

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ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE AT PRESENT OVER 115 ELECTRONICS FACTORIES WHICH ARE EITHER WHOLLY OR PARTLY OWNED BY OVERSEAS INTEREST IN 1986. THEY EMPLOY AROUND ONE-THIRD OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 1,691 ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING A TOTAL OF 89,401 WORKERS - OR 10 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME, CURRENTLY UNDERTAKEN BY DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES (DCTCS) IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER FIVE-YEAR-OLD CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES NOT EXCEEDING 1.9 TONNES GROSS.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB KOWLOON WEST TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR SO SAID THAT THE PLANS TO EXTEND THE PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME WOULD BE SPLIT INTO TWO PHASES.

THE SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN EARLY 1986, REQUIRES ALL PRIVATE CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD TO BE INSPECTED BY DCTCS ANNUALLY. ABOUT 42,000 INSPECTIONS WERE CARRIED OUT LAST YEAR.

"IT IS COMMON PRACTICE IN MOST ADVANCED COUNTRIES TO ENSURE THAT CARS ARE EXAMINED ANNUALLY ONCE THEY ARE OVER THREE YEARS OLD. WHILST THIS MAY REMAIN THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE FOR VEHICLE EXAMINATIONS IN HONG KONG, IT IS PROPOSED TO INTRODUCE THIS GRADUALLY.

"THE NEXT STEP WILL THEREFORE BE AN INCREASE BY ONE YEAR AND I ENVISAGE THAT THIS WILL START SOON," MR SO SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES WAS DEEMED NECESSARY BECAUSE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS HAD SHOWN THAT THESE VEHICLES WERE A HIGH RISK CATEGORY.

BY CONCENTRATING INITIALLY ON VANS OVER FIVE YEARS OLD WITH A GROSS VEHICLES WEIGHT OF UP TO 1.9 TONNES, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT SOME 3,000 INSPECTIONS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY THE DCTCS IN 1988.

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REVIEWING THE PRIVATISATION OF THE PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME, MR SO SAID IT HAD BEEN A SUCCESS AS IT HAD ENABLED THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE REGULAR INSPECTION OF PRIVATE CARS MUCH EARLIER THAN IT WOULD HAVE 3FEN ABLE TO IN THE FACE OF SCARCE RESOURCES.

THE VEHICLE EXAMINATION DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED SOME 85,000 CHECKS YEARLY ON FUSES, LIGHT BUSES, TAXIS, DANGEROUS GOODS VEHICLES, TAXI ME <R:, DEFECTIVE VEHICLES AND GOODS VEHICLES OVER 10 YEARS OF AGE Bi SULL FELL SHORT OF ITS TARGETS.

"FOR EXAMPLE OUR POLICY IS TO EXAMINE 'ALL GOODS VEHICLES ANNUALLY BUT WE HAVF NC'i TUT BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE THIS POLICY DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES,' MR SO POINTED OUT.

NEVERTHELESS, HE ADDED THAT THIS GOAL COULD BE FULFILLED IN 1990 WHEN THE NEW COMPUTERISED VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE IN KOWLOON BAY, ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED OF ITS TYPE IN THE WORLD, BECAME OPERATIONAL.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLE EXAMINATION PROGRAMME WERE TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY, AND TO HELP THE SMOOTH FLOW OF TRAFFIC BY REDUCING THE LIKELIHOOD OF VEHICLES BREAKING DOWN.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BY SEEING TO IT THAT VEHICLES DID NOT EMIT UNNECESSARY EXHAUST OR MAKE EXCESSIVE NOISE, MR SO NOTED.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT GOOD VEHICLE MAINTENANCE WAS "A REASONABLE RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERY MOTORIST".

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COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE REVIEWED BY MDAC x * * » *

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(MDAC) SESSION

THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT (WFDNFSDAY) FOR THE FIRST TIME IN IIS 198i/88 NEW THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE AND COMMUNI NURSING SERVICE IN THE TERRITORY.

MET TODAY

TO REVIEW

PSYCHIATRIC

THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG IN 1977.

/THE OBJECTIVES

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THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SERVICE ARE TO -PROVIDE DOMICILIARY MEDICAL AND SURGICAL NURSING CARE AND TREATMENT TO PATIENTS DISCHARGED FROM PUBLIC HOSPITALS AND TO PROVIDE NURSING CARE IN THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF GERIATRIC AND HANDICAPPED PATIENTS IN HOME ENVIRONMENT.

THE SERVICE ALSO PROVIDES EDUCATION AND MOTIVATION FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN PARTICIPATING IN THE TREATMENT PROCESS OF THE PATIENTS.

IN 1986, 212,200 HOME VISITS WERE MADE TO MORE THAN 12,000 PATIENTS BY 205 COMMUNITY NURSES.

AT PRESENT, THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE IS RUN BY SEVEN SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT. IT HAS SIX HOSPITAL STATIONS AND 42 SATELLITE CENTRES -14 RUN BY GOVERNMENT AND 28 BY SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS.

MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT IN THE COMING DECADE, 11 NEW CENTRES WILL BE BUILT TO COPE WITH INCREASING DEMAND.

-A SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE PATTERN OF USAGE OF THE SERVICE IS THE RELATIVELY HIGH USE BY ELDERLY PATIENTS. THE PROPORTION OF PATIENTS AGED 65 AND OVER USING THE SERVICE HAS RISEN FROM 20.4 PER CENT IN 1977/78 TO 40.7 PER CENT IN 1985/86.

IN VIEW OF A SUBSTANTIAL DEMAND FOR THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE BY OUTPATIENT CLINICS, THE MDAC HAS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE SCOPE OF THE SERVICE FROM REFERRAL BY PUBLIC HOSPITALS TO INCLUDE OUTPATIENT CLINICS.

DURING THE MEETING, THE COMMITTEE ALSO LOOKED INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSING SERVICE WHICH WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1982 TO PROVIDE AFTERCARE FOR MENTAL PATIENTS DISCHARGED FROM KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL AND TO READJUST THEM FOR HOME LIFE.

MENTAL PATIENTS DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL ARE REFERRED FOR COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSING CARE AND PARTICULAR ATTENTION IS PAID TO PATIENTS REQUIRING LONGER AND MORE INTENSIVE FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE SIX COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSING STATIONS EMPLOYING 43 NURSES.

IN 1986, THE COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PAID MORE THAN 10,000 HOME VISITS TO DISCHARGED PATIENTS.

IT IS PLANNED THAT IN THE NEXT DECADE FIVE MORE CENTRES WILL BE PROVIDED TO COPE WITH INCREASING DEMAND.

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THIS YEAR, THE MDAC HAS FOUR NEW APPOINTED MEMBERS. THEY ARE: PROFESSOR JOHN WONG, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; PROFESSOR JOSEPH LEE, HONG KONG CHINESE UNIVERSITY; DR MICHAEL MAK, PRIVATE PRACTITIONER AND SISTER M. GABRIEL, MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT, RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM.

DR CHIU HIN-KWONG, AN EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MDAC.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOLLOWING IS A MEMBERSHIP LIST OF THE 1987/88 MEDICAL EVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

- H URMAN

THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG

VICE-CHAIRMAN

DR K.L. THONG

MEMBERS

THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR

MR TIMOTHY HA WING-HO ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE MEMBER OF UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE

DR D.J. MECHAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC

DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR

MISS DORA WEI

HONG KONG NURSING ASSOCIATION

PROF W.I.R. DAVIES

MR PHILIP WONG KIN-HANG

PROF JOHN WONG

DENTAL FACULTY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

LAWYER

MEMBER OF TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS

ADVISORY BOARD

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

/PROF JOSEPH LEE

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PROF JOSEPH LEE

DR MICHAEL H.H. MAK

SISTER M. GABRIEL

SECRETARY

MR WILFRED TSUI

HONG KONG CHINESE UNIVERSITY

PRIVATE PRACTITIONER

. MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM

HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH

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NEW TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT KEY TO ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY SUCCESS *****

HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY IS AT PRESENT A SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRY, AND ITS SUCCESS IS TO A LARGE EXTENT DUE TO ITS READINESS TO ADAPT TO TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND TO INVEST IN NEW MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR A.G. EASON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS PRODUCTION AND PACKAGING EXHIBITION (INTERNEPCON) TODAY, MR EASON SAID AMONG THE MORE IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INDUSTRY TODAY ARE THE EMERGENCE OF PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS ASIC AND SMT, AND NEW PRODUCT TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING THE WIDER USE OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES HAS ALREADY BEEN RECOGNISED'IN HONG KONG BY THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

"AS A RESULT, A SCHEME TO TRAIN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS IN ASIC DESIGN WAS INTRODUCED RECENTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE BOARD’S ENDORSEMENT.

"FURTHERMORE, THE BOARD HAS ALSO RECENTLY ENDORSED NEW PROPOSALS AIMED AT PROVIDING FURTHER SUPPORT TO OUR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

"THE PROPOSALS ARE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY AND A RADIO FREQUENCY AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS LABORATORY, WHICH WOULD FORM PART OF A PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO EXPAND THE PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL," HE SAID.

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK COURSE *****

THIRTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES AFTER COMPLETING A 12-WEEK ' IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ON SOCIAL WORK AND AFTER-CARE.

THE COURSE WAS ONE OF MANY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT REGULARLY PROVIDED TO PROMOTE STAFF’S KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN HANDLING AND REHABILITATING OFFENDERS.

THE PRESENT EXTENSION COURSE WAS ORGANISED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, AND IS SPECIALLY TAILORED FOR THE CORRECTIONAL STAFF OF OFFICER RANK. THE AREAS IT COVERED INCLUDED SOCIAL WORK METHOD, SOCIAL GROUP WORK, COMMUNITY WORK, HUMAN BEHAVIOUR, CRIMINOLOGY AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL PATHOLOGY.

PRESENTING CERTIFICATES AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES (PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES AND PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT), DR R.G. ANDRY, SAID, "THE COURSE HAS HELPED IMPROVE THE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES OF THE STAFF IN INTERACTION WITH PRISONERS AND INMATES."

OVER 200 OFFICERS AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN TRAINED BY SIMILAR COURSES SINCE 1978.

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WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION TO BE REFURBISHED *****

SIX CONTRACTS, TOTALLING ABOUT $5.7 MILLION, HAVE BEEN AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION AT SHA TIN PASS ROAD.

REFURBISHMENT WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT THE BARRACKS, MESSES, CANTEENS AND THE WELFARE AND RECRUITMENT OF THE STATION WHICH WAS BUILT MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.

OFFICES, FACILITIES

THE REPLACEMENT OF ONE LIFT AND ONE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS AND THE UPGRADING OF SYSTEM ALSO FORM PART OF THE PROJECT.

EMERGENCY GENERATOR, THE AIR-CONDITIONING

THIS PROJECT IS PART OF AN ON-GOING WORK TO OLDER POLICE STATIONS, INCLUDING TRAINING ROOMS IN EXISTING STATIONS.

PROGRAMME OF THE PROVISION

IMPROVEMENT

OF FITNESS

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE ON SEPTEMBER 15 AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NEW OFFICE FOR MEETING THE PUBLIC » * * ♦

YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET THE PUBLIC AT A NEW OFFICE FROM SEPTEMBER 7 (MONDAY), A SPOKESMAN* OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MTHE NEW OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THE SAME FLOOR OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE.

“SCHEDULES OF THE SCHEME REMAIN UNCHANGED AT 7 PM EVERY MONDAY EXCEPT ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS,” HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE PRIOR APPOINTMENTS WITH THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT BY CALLING 0-753831 EXT.331.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN OCTOBER 1982, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S MEET THE PUBLIC SCHEME WAS HELD ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING.

BETWEEN APRIL 1986 AND MARCH THIS YEAR, 49 SESSIONS WERE HELD AND 93 CASES PROCESSED. COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES RECEIVED WERE ON LAND MATTERS, HOUSING/CLEARANCE, WATER SUPPLIES, TRAFFIC, LAW AND ORDER, ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND OTHERS. If. * Jfc

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PRIORITY HOUSING SCHEME

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THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) TO DISCUSS A PRIORITY HOUSING SCHEME FOR FAMILY WITH ELDERLY PERSONS, AND THE BEAUTIFICATION OF AN OPEN SPACE AT THE JUNCTION OF SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET NORTH AND SAI YEUNG CHOI LANE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATING TO THE CLEARANCE OF HING WAH STREET NULLAH DECKING; AND A REQUEST FOR PROMPT RE-PAVING OF PAVEMENTS AFTER EXCAVATION WORKS BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR DB FUNDS FOR TREE PLANTING AT KAM MUN SUN CHUEN; ERECTION OF DB LANDMARK AT SHAM SHUI PO FERRY CONCOURSE AND REPAIRS TO SITTING-OUT AREAS AND NOTICE BOARD.

/OTHER ITJMS

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OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE HOURLY PARKING CHARGES AT THE CHAK ON ESTATE CARPARK; DRAINAGE BLOCKAGES PROBLEM IN CHEUNG SHA WAN AREA; AND DEMOLITION OR REDEVELOPMENT PLAN OF 10-YEAR OLD TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IN SHAM SHUI PO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, AT 39 TONKIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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KWAI TSING DB TO MEET TOMORROW * * *

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING THE GREEN PAPER ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND VARIOUS LOCAL MATTERS.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS WASTE TREATMENT AND WATER QUALITY, PRIVATISATION OF THE MANAGEMENT OF HOS FLATS, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED’S PROPOSED OVERHEAD POWERLINES FROM YUEN LONG TO LAI CHI KOK, A PROPOSAL TO RELOCATE SHELL STORAGE FACILITIES ON TSING YI AND TSING YI SOUTH BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS.

THEY WILL ALSO RAISE QUESTIONS ON THE KWAI CHUNG PARK, WATER SEEPAGE IN HOUSING ESTATES, THE INCIDENT OF A BALLOON LANDING AT TSING YI ON JULY 8, THE NORTH BRIDGE, THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTAINER PORT, AND OTHER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 10/F, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW »».»»»

MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS THE 1986 ACTION PROGRAMME REVIEW ON PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS IN THE DISTRICT.

IN THE MEETING, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL RAISE QUESTIONS ON TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN TO KWA WAN AND MAKE SUGGESTION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC SITUATIONS IN HO MAN TIN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROPOSAL TO BUILD MESHED RAILINGS ALONG THE PAVEMENTS AT THE JUNCTION OF MA TAU KOK ROAD AND PAU CHUNG STREET IN TO KWA WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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PUBLIC FORUM ON GREEN PAPER ♦ * » ♦

THE UPPER WONG TAI SIN AND FUNG WONG AREA COMMITTEE WILL ORGANISE A PUBLIC FORUM ON THE GREEN PAPER ON i’HE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE FUNG MING HALL OF THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

THE FORUM AIMS AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE GREEN PAPER AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS, A VARIETY SHOW AND A FILM SHOW WILL ALSO BE HELD.

A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MISS MARIA TAM, AND A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MR MARTIN LEE, WILL BE INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE FORUM.

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NG HON-WAH, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL CHENG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE FORUM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PUBLIC FORUM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 8.15 PM AT THE FUNG MING HALL OF THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO * * t * t

THE TRAFFIC DIRECTION OF THE U-SHAPED SECTION OF CHEUNG FAT STREET WILL BE REVERSED FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

TRAFFIC ON UN CHAU STREET HEADING FOR UN CHAU STREET ESTATE WILL HAVE TO TURN LEFT AT THE TEMPORARY ENTRANCE IN THE NORTHERN JUNCTION OF UN CHAU STREET AND CHEUNG FAT STREET.

MEANWHILE, THE U-SHAPED SECTION OF CHEUNG FAT STREET ABOUT 50 METRES FROM ITS NORTHERN JUNCTION WITH UN CHAU STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO PLB WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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NO LEFT TURN ON TAT YUK ROAD

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM TAI YUK ROAD NORTHBOUND ON TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD WESTBOUND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MOTORISTS FROM YUEN LONG TOWN SOUTH HEADING FOR CASTLE PEAK ROAD WESTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO USE TAI YUK ROAD, MA MIU ROAD, MA WANG road, castle peak road/kau yuk road, fung nin road and castle peak ROAD.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ABOUT 20 DAYS.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SHEUNG WAN

TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK AT UPPER STATION STREET IN SHEUNG WAN, ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 4.6 METRES IN LENGTH WILL CONTINUE TO BE BANNED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF TAI PING SHAN STREET BETWEEN TUNG STREET AND UPPER STATION STREET FOR ANOTHER THREE WEEKS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 5).

AT THE SAME TIME, SQUARE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED INTO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER J, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HALF-YEARLY AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES RELEASED .... 1

GOVERNOR VISITS TAI PO................................. 6

NEED TO SPREAD RESOURCES 'CAREFULLY, WISELY' .......... 7

CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP FINANCIAL MODELS FOR EDUCATION POLICY 8

CONSULTANT HIRED TO STUDY SPORTS DEVELOPMENT .......... 9

INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION SERVICE TO BE LAUNCHED ........... 10

TV SHOW LAUNCHES ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ................. 11

PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL INVITES GRANTS APPLICATIONS.... 12

FIRST BUS SERVICE FOR JUNK BAY NEW TOWN ............... 14

FIFTH PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR MA ON SHAN ................... 14

SEMINAR ON GREEN PAPER ................................ 15

CULTURE COMMITTEE TO MEET ............................. 15

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES ..................... 16

RESTRICTED ZONE ON TSING YI ISLAND..................... 17

ROAD CLOSURE IN CENTRAL................................ 17

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987 1

HALF-YEARLY AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES RELEASED » ♦ * * ♦

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE BY AIR IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987, AT $72,982 MILLION, INCREASED BY 36 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, SUMMARY STATISTICS ON AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATED.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987, AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE BY 25 PER CENT, 38 PER CENT AND 48 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986.

HOWEVER, THEIR SHARES IN TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS WERE 27 PER CENT, 20 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHICH WERE SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THE CORRESPONDING SHARES OF 28 PER CENT, 21 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT RECORDED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1986, BECAUSE THE VALUE OF MERCHANDISE TRADE BY OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT HAVE GROWN FASTER THAN THAT BY AIR.

IN TERMS OF WEIGHT, AIRBORNE IMPORTS AMOUNTED TO 115,386 TONNES OR 0.5 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL IMPORT TONNAGE, WHILE TOTAL AIRBORNE EXPORTS AMOUNTED TO 173,931 TONNES OR 1.4 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL EXPORT TONNAGE.

AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MAJOR MARKETS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS IN VALUE TERMS BETWEEN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 AND THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, PARTICULARLY FOR JAPAN (+96 PER CENT), ITALY (+69 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (+49 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND (+39 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+38 PER CENT).

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY CATEGORIES, INCREASES IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $2,214 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $652 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $621 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT); AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $611 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN VALUE WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $28 MILLION OR 1 PER CENT); NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $1 MILLION OR 2g PER CENT); AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $1 MILLION OR 1 PER CENT).

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FURTHER ANALYSIS BY COUNTRY WITHIN COMMODITY CATEGORIES REVEALED INCREASES IN AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO THE U.S.A. (BY $739 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (BY $738 MILLION OR 143 PER CENT); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO THE U.S.A. (BY $161 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (BY $98 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY,APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF TO THE U.S.A. (BY $294 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT); AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS TO JAPAN (BY $284 MILLION OR 102 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT TO THE U.S.A. (BY $206 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT) AND THAILAND (BY $46 MILLION OR 95 PER CENT); NON-FERROUS METALS TO TAIWAN (BY $ 1 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT); AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND MACHINE PARTS TO SINGAPORE (BY $8 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE PRESENTED IN TABLE 2.

IMPORTS CARRIED BY AIR FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986. SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED FOR ITALY (+49 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+ 48 PER CENT), ISRAEL (+48 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+45 PER CENT AND TAIWAN (+39 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $2,944 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT); NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $1,580 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $791 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT); AS WELL AS RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $775 MILLION OR 126 PER CENT). IN CONTRAST, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS (BY $53 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT); POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $46 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT); AND NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $8 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM JAPAN (BY $1,045 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT) AND MALAYSIA WEST (BY $427 MILLION OR 107 PER CENT); NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES FROM ISRAEL (BY $396 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT) AND INDIA (BY $320 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT FROM THE U.S.A. (BY $255 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT); AS WELL AS RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS FROM DENMARK (BY $276 MILLION OR 147 PER CENT).

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ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (BY $30 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT) AND SWITZERLAND (BY $13 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT); POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FROM THE U.S.A. (BY $32 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT); AND NON-FERROUS METALS FROM JAPAN (BY $21 MILLION OR 83 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO MAJOR MARKETS ARE DEPICTED IN TABLE 3.

HONG KONG'S AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+111 PER CENT), BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG (+63 PER CENT), THE U.S.A. (+63 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+63 PER CENT) AND SWITZERLAND (+55 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN VALUE OF AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1,437 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $1,187 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $565 MILLION OR 83 PER CENT); AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $419 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $45 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT); METALWORKING MACHINERY (BY $15 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT); AS WELL AS SUGAR, SUGAR PREPARATIONS AND HONEY (BY $2 MILLION OR 73 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF TO TAIWAN (BY $661 MILLION OR 80 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (BY $200 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT); CLOTHING TO THE U.S.A. (BY $842 MILLION OR 90 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (BY $93 MILLION OR 186 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT TO THE U.S.A. (BY $46 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT); AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO THE U.S.A. (BY $80 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS OF POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT TO IRAN (BY $15 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT, AND THE U.S.A. (BY $14 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT); METALWORKING MACHINERY TO CHINA (BY $4 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT); AS WELL AS SUGAR, SUGAR PREPARATIONS AND HONEY TO ITALY (BY $2 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE REPORT "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1987" WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $15 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234915.

/TABLE 1 s .......

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER J, 1987

TABLE 1 : AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUN JAN-JUN INCREASE PERCENTAGE 1987 1986 INCREASE (HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) ( % )

U.S.A JAPAN 10,394 2,558 9,191 1,303 +1,204 +1,255 + 13 + 96

F.R. OF GERMANY 2,166 1,657 + 510 + 31

U.K. 1,134 917 + 217 + 24

CANADA 610 565 + 44 + 8

SWITZERLAND 608 438 + 170 + 39

NETHERLANDS 588 395 + 193 + 49

SINGAPORE 569 413 + 156 + 38

FRANCE 546 441 + 104 + 24

ITALY 349 207 + 142 + 69

TABLE 2 : AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER JAN-JUN JAN-JUN INCREASE PERCENTAGE

1987 1986 INCREASE

(HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) ( % )

JAPAN 7,356 5,825 +1,531 + 26

U.S.A. 6,393 4,912 +1,481 + 30

SWITZERLAND 2,280 1,746 + 534 + 31

U.K. 1,955 1,349 + 606 + 45

SINGAPORE 1,539 1,037 + 503 + 48

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 198?

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TAIWAN 1,503 1,078 + 425 + 39

ft F.R. OF GERMANY 1,384 1,125 + 260 + 23

ITALY 1,279 856 + 423 + 49

ISRAEL 1,239 837 + 403 + 48

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1 , 150 866 + 284 + 33

TABLE 3 : AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUN 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 1986 (HKD MN.) INCREASE (HKD MN.) PERCENTAGE INCREASE ( % )

U.S.A. 3,521 2,159 + 1 ,361 + 63

TAIWAN 2,319 1,426 + 892 + 63

CHINA 1,357 934 + 423 + 45

JAPAN 1,287 1 , 120 + 167 + 15

SINGAPORE 1,082 842 + 239 + 28

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,050 704 + 346 + 49

F.R. OF GERMANY 524 249 + 275 + 111

U.K. 421 284 + 137 + 48

SWITZERLAND 298 192 + 105 + 55

BELGIUM AND 263 161 + 102 + 63

LUXEMBOURG

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987

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GOVERNOR VISITS TAI PO

*****

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON VISITED TAI PO THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO LEARN ABOUT THE CHARACTERISTICS AND THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, DR JAMES HaYES, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER AT ISLAND HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE MET BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRIIT. AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN WONG.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON BEGAN THEIR VISIT WITH A PANORAMIC VIEW OF TAI PO FROM THE ROOFTOP OF WANG YAN COURT IN KWONG FUK ESTATE AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE TAI PO NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT BY THE PROJECT MANAGER (NEW TERRITORIES NORTHEAST), MR TOM ARMOUR.

THE GOVERNOR WAS TOLD THAT THE NEW TOWN COVERED ABOUT 3,450 HECTARES AND THERE WERE PLANS TO DEVELOP THE AREA TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 300,000 PEOPLE BY THE MID-1990S.

THE PARTY WERE THEN DRIVEN TO FU SHIN STREET, ONE OF THE OLDEST STREETS IN TAI f'O MARKET, AND WERE GREETED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR HO YUNG-SANG, AND ITS TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR CHUNG YICK-MING AND MR TANG PUI-TAT.

THEY WALKED ALONG THE STREET AND STOPPED TO SEE SOME OLD-STYLE SHOPS.

THEY ALSO VISITED MAN MO TEMPLE WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1892 AND DECLARED A HISTORICAL BUILDING IN MAY 1984. IN THE TEMPLE, THE PARTY WERE MET BY CHAIRMAN OF TSAT YELK RURAL COMMITTEE, MR MAK NAM AND ITS TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR LEE WO-SHUN AND MR LEE KON-WING.

LATER THE GOVERNOR WALKED ACROSS KWONG FUK BRIDGE WHERE THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, MR FRANCIS NG, AND MR ARMOUR BRIEFED HIM ON THE STATE AND CAUSES OF POLLUTION IN THE LAM TSUEN RIVER AND THE TOLO HARBOUR AS WELL AS MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION.

FROM KWONG FUK BRIDGE THE PARTY PROCEEDED TO THE SALVATION ARMY TAI YUEN YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN TAI YUEN ESTATE WHERE THE GOVERNOR SAW YOUNGSTERS ATTENDING TRAINING COURSES AND TAKING PART IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THEY THEN TOURED THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

BEFORE THEY LEFT TAI PO, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON ATTENDED A TEA RECEPTION AT THE SPORTS CENTRE WHERE THEY MET LOCAL LEADERS, MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987

NEED TO SPREAD RESOURCES ’CAREFULLY, WISELY*

THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SPREAD ITS RESOURCES CAREFULLY AND WISELY AND CANNOT ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING THAT THE PEOPLE IN REMOTE VILLAGES WANT, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS TOUR OF TAI PO DISTRICT, SIR DAVID SAID FACILITY. iOR REMOTE VILLAGES WAS SOMETHING OF A PROBLEM ’’BECAUSE WHEN YOU L.\ E a REMOTE VILLAGE, THEY FEEL THEY HAVEN’T GOT AS MUCH FACILITIES AS THE NEW AREAS”.

’’BUT TO PUT IN HLbE FACILITIES - FOR INSTANCE TO BUILD ROADS UP TO VILLAGES WHEEL ONLY A FEW PEOPLE NOW LIVE IN - IS VERY EXPENSIVE IN COMPA1 JSUM WITH WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A CONCENTRATED URBAN AREA.”

SIR DAVID SAID THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE PROVISION OF MORE FACILITIES FOR OLD VILLAGES.

ONE OF THEM THAT HAD BEEN EXPLAINED TO HIM WAS THE PROBLEM ABOUT SMALL HOUSE POLICY, WHICH WAS A POLICY THAT APPLIED OVER THE WHOLE TERRITORY.

SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD BEEN IN TAI PO MANY TIMES WHEN HE LIVED IN HONG KONG BEFORE, BUT THAT HE HAD NEVER DONE A TOUR OF THE NEW TAI PO.

HE DESCRIBED THE NEW TOWN AS ’’VERY STRIKING” AND SAID HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED TO DISCOVER HOW FAST IT WAS GROWING.

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS \LSO VERY IMPRESSED TO SEE THE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE PEOPLE WHO USED TO LIVE THERE - THOSE WHO HAD LIVED THERE FOR MANY GENERATIONS - AND THOSE WHO HAD MOVED INTO THE NEW TOWN RECENTLY.

"IT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. YOU SEE EXAMPLES OF IT IN THE SPORTS HALL AND ALL THOSE FACILITIES, THE CO-OPERATIVE EFFORT IN RUNNING THOSE FACILITIES. IT’S VERY ENCOURAGING,” HE ADDED.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987

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CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP FINANCIAL MODELS FOR EDUCATION POLICY

*****

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT APPROVAL HAD BEEN GIVEN FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP A SERIES OF COST-EFFECTIVE FINANCIAL MODELS TO HELP IN THE FORMULATION OF EDUCATION POLICY.

PROPOSALS FOR ’UCH A CONSULTANCY WERE MADE BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS REPORT NO. 2.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE OBLIGED IT TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF ANY CHANGES WHICH IT PROPOSED AND THE EFFECT THAT ITS PROPOSALS MIGHT HAVE ON THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL EDUCATION BUDGET.

’’WHEN THE COMMISSION SUBMITS RECOMMENDATIONS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS IN TURN TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THEIR FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS IN COMING TO A FINAL POLICY DECISION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO ASSIST THE COMMISSION AND THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS TASK, THE COMMISSION’S REPORT HAD RECOMMENDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITY OF SETTING UP A COMPUTERISED NETWORK WHICH COULD QUICKLY COLLECT AND ANALYSE INFORMATION FROM ALL DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN EDUCATION, IN PARTICULAR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT.

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT THE NETWORK SHOULD CONSIST OF A SERIES OF ’’COMPUTER MODELS”, EACH COVERING A SINGLE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR. THESE COMPUTER MODELS WOULD FEED DATA INTO A ’’MASTER” MODEL WHICH WOULD BE OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

"THE NEW SYSTEM SHOULD ENABLE BOTH THE COMMISSION AND THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE QUICKER, MORE ACCURATE JUDGMENTS ON THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF EDUCATION POLICY,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT ITSELF HAVE THE NECESSARY EXPERTISE TO DEVELOP THE COMPUTER MODELS AND WOULD THEREFORE HAVE TO EMPLOY CONSULTANTS.

”AS THE FIRST STAGE IN THE CONSULTANCY, A DETAILED SYSTEMS SPECIFICATION STUDY WILL BE NECESSARY. FUNDS FOR THIS INITIAL STUDY, ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $2.5 MILLION, WILL BE SOUGHT FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

/’’ASSUMING APPROVAL,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1987

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"ASSUMING APPROVAL, THE GOVERNMENT HOPES THAT THE STUDY WILL BE ABLE TO START BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF THE CONSULTANCY, I.E. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FINANCIAL MODELS THEMSELVES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROPOSAL ON FINANCING OF EDUCATION IS THE FIRST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 1986, TO BE APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. OTHER PROPOSALS, INCLUDING THOSE ON LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, TEACHER PREPARATION AND OPEN EDUCATION WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

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CONSULTANT HIRED TO STUDY SPORTS DEVELOPMENT * * ♦ » *

THE GOVERNMENT

TODAY FROM

(THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF A EXAMINE THE STRUCTURE, PHYSICAL

BRITAIN TO

SPORTS CONSULTANT

ORGANISATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF SPORT AND

RECREATION

IN

THE TERRITORY.

HE IS MR EMLYN JONES, M.B.E., FORMER SPORTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND; PRESIDENT OF THE

DIRECTOR BRITISH

GENERAL OF ASSOCIATION

THE

OF

SPORTS

ADMINISTRATORS ANd’a MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL COUNCIL OF

PHYSICAL

RECREATION.

■saws©®*

VIEW OF ELITE AND BROAD COMMUNITY NEEDS.

IN ADDITION, ONE OF MR JONES' TERMS OF REFERENCE IS TMF RELATIVE MERITS OF SUCH OPTIONS IN THE LIGHT SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS, CIRCUMSTANCES AND PROBLEMS, EXPERIENCE IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

OF

TO HONG

BEARING

ASSESS KONG’S

IN MIND

ACTING THAT

SECRETARY

COMMENTING ON MR JONES’ APFOINTMENT, THE FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR CLIVE OXLEY, SAID MONTH-LONG STAY IN THE TERRITORY MR JONES W^TSBELEADERS INCLUDING CROSS-SECTION OF GOVERNMENT EOR rj.CREATION AND SPORT,

SENIOR OFFICIALS AND STAFF FROM THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION^ THE AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC CUNHiiir.

DURING

MEETING

LEADERS

HIS WIDE

THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

A

/MR JONES

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 198?

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MR JONES WILL ALSO BE MEETING KEY OFFICIALS OF A NUMBER OF GOVERNING BODIES OF SPORTS AS WELL AS VISITING VARIOUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES.

HE IS EXPECTED TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES IN OCTOBER.

MEANWHILE, MR JONES HAS SAID THAT HE WOULD BE HAPPY TO RECEIVE ANY REPRESENTATIONS FROM INTERESTED BODIES OR INDIVIDUALS. THESE MAY BE SENT TO HIM AT THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, 11/F, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

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INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION SERVICE TO BE LAUNCHED *****

AN IMPORTANT NEW INITIATIVE TO ASSIST HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS WILL START ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7).

THF INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH AN INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION ovovt™ PILOT SCHEME TO MARKET PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT AND WALlS SSivEiS SERVICES OFFERED DV TRE DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

"THE INTENTION IS TO RAISE THE LEVEL OF AWARENESS AMONG MANUFACTURERS OF THE EXISTENCE OF THESE SERVICES,' THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, MR TONY EASON, SAID. HE SAID THE PROJECT HAD BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

"WE ATM TO ENSURE THAT USEFUL TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MORE WIDELY UNDERSTOOD SIsED AND THAT PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICE HAS REGARD TO NEEDS, HE SAID.

UNDER THE PILOT SCHEME, FOUR TEAMS OF ENGINEERS AND rR£DE OFFICERS OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, WHO ARE PRESENTLY NEARING ™E END1 “ ° COMPREHENSIVE FAMILIARISATION ™0™ANME »ILL VISIT

MFDTUM-SIZED MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE INVOLVED IN ELECTRONICS, METALS FABRICATION, PLASTICS CONVERS . GARMENT-MAKING, FOR WHICH SERVICES ARE PREDOMINANTLY AVAILABLE.

thf FIRST VISITS OF THE PILOT SCHEME WILL START ON MONDAY.

JWSW »» OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

/DURING THIS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987

DURING THIS PERIOD, FOLLOW UP VISITS WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED TO REVIEW PROGRESS MADE AND TO COMPARE AND CONSOLIDATE FINDINGS.

IF THE PILOT SCHEME IS JUDGED TO BE SUCCESSFUL BY THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, A FULL IES MAY BE INTRODUCED.

THE TEAM WILL EXAMINE AT FIRST HAND A COMPANY’S OPERATIONS, PROBLEMS AND NEEDS DURING THE VISIT. IN DISCUSSIONS WITH MANAGEMENT THE TEAM WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE SERVICES OF THE HKPC, THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS WHICH MIGHT BE BENEFICIAL TO THE COMPANY. ASSISTANCE IN MAKING REFERRALS TO THESE BODIES WILL ALSO BE GIVEN BY THE TEAM.

THE VIEWS OF MANAGEMENTS ON THE RANGE OF INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES PRESENTLY PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS WILL ALSO BE COLLECTED AND STUDIED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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TV SHOW LAUNCHES ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE WILL LAUNCH ITS 1987/88 ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TOMORROW (FRIDAY) WITH AN OUTDOOR VARIETY SHOW, CO-ORGANISED WITH THE HONG KONG TELEVISION BROADCAST LIMITED (TVB).

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THREE WAS A 9.5 PER CENT INCREASE IN ROAD ACCIDENTS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"SINCE OLD PEOPLE AND CHILDREN REMAIN THE HIGH RISK GROUPS IN ROAD ACCIDENTS, THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN IS ’PEDESTRIAN SAFETY’,’’ A SPOKESMAN OF THE COMMITTEE SAID.

"THREE API’S (ANNOUNCEMENTS IN PUBLIC INTEREST) ARE BEING PRODUCED THIS YEAR, ADOPTING AN EDUCATIONAL APPROACH TO PERSUADE OLD PEOPLE, CHILDREN AND CYCLISTS TO OBSERVE THE RULES OF THE ROAD. THE FIRST ONE FEATURING CHILDREN WILL BE SCREENED FROM TOMORROW," HE ADDED.

SUPPLEMENTING THE TV API’S, A PRINT-MEDIA-ORIENTED PUBLICITY PROGRAMME WHICH WILL INCLUDE TERRITORY-WIDE POSTER DISPLAY, A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, AND A ROAD CHART ON ROAD SIGNS. A ROAD SAFETY COMPUTER PROGRAMME DESIGN COMPETITION WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED.

/THE SPOKESMAN

THURSDAY^ SEPTEMBER 5i 19®7

12

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COMPETITION HAVE ALREADY BEEN HELD.

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QUIZ AT

THE WINNING TEAMS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND SSTsS “BSF?? ™ °?M“s2aY •«#» COMPETITION

WILL ALSO BE AWARDED THEIR PRIZES.

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THE SHOW WILL BE BROADCAST TONIGHT" PROGRAMME BETWEEN 9 PM AND

ELDERLY

ABOUT HK$40,000 ARE

OF MERCEDES

DONATED BENZ,

LIVE ON

11.30 PM.

TVB’S "ENJOY YOURSELF

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pbeeoemino arts council invites oasts

applications

(CFPA) ANNOUNCED TODAY SCHEME. T»O CATEGORIES BY THE PERFORMING ARTS GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT.

,_,TT rnp THE PERFORMING ARTS

THE C0UNCI\^?RTIqErRANTS APPLICATION (THURSDAY) THAT UNDER ITS . ApPL1CATION SS pS-T (AND OTHER) GRANTS AND

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XanSSgIK1^^1^^ LAND arts FAIR 1988.

THE CFPA is XNVXTING FURTHER APPLICATIONS OTHER) GRANTS IN ORDER TO ASSIST ACII TAKE PLACE BEFORE MARCH 31, 1988.

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SCHEME GROUPS

DRAMA OPERA

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(AND

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/STARTING

THIS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER J, 198?

STARTING THIS YEAR, APPLICATIONS FOR PROJECT (AND OTHER) GRANTS CAN BE MADE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND THEY WILL BE ASSESSED AT MEETINGS TO BE HELD EVERY TWO MONTHS. THE NEXT ROUND OF MEETINGS WILL BE HELD THIS MONTH.

THE CFPA IS ALSO INVITING LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS TO APPLY FOR GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS FOR 1988-89.

GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS ARE AWARDED TO SUBSIDISE THE GRANTEE’S ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS. GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE 1988-89 GRANTS APPLICATION SCHEME SHOULD BE USED TO HELP COVER COSTS FOR THAT FINANCIAL YEAR.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE BONA FIDE REGISTERED BODIES WHICH ARE EITHER REGISTERED CHARITIES OR HAVE CLEARLY STATED NON-PROFIT-MAKING AIMS IN THEIR CONSTITUTIONS. ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED GRANTS FROM THE CFPA ARE UNLIKELY TO BE AWARDED GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT IS SEPTEMBER 30, 1987.

APPLICATIONS FOR PROJECT GRANTS AND GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NEW APPLICATION FORMS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SECRETARIAT OF THE CFPA AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:-

COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 10/F, HARBOUR CENTRE 25 HARBOUR ROAD WANCHAI HONG KONG

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED BY CALLING THE CFPA SECRETARIAT ON 5-735878, 5-735425 OR 5-735569.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987

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FIRST BUS SERVICE FOR JUNK BAY NEW TOWN * t ♦ ♦ ♦

A NEW KMB BUS ROUTE 93A OPERATING FROM PO LAM ESTATE IN JUNK BAY TO KWUN TONG FERRY WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

ORIGINALLY, THE SERVICE WAS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED IN NOVEMBER TO COINCIDE W JI THE FIRST POPULATION INTAKE OF PO LAM ESTATE. HOWEVER, DISCUSSIONS WITH KMB HAVE RESULTED IN THE EARLY OPERATION OF THE SERVICE TO MEET THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF STUDENTS OF THE NEWLY-OPENED CARMEL DIVINE GRACE FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL IN JUNK BAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE SERVICE WILL DEPART FROM KWUN TONG BETWEEN 6.45 AM AND 8.25 AM; AND FROM PO LAM BETWEEN 3.35 PM AND 5.35 PM AT A 20-MINUTE FREQUENCY ON MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS. IT WILL OPERATE VIA HOI YUEN ROAD HIP WO STREET, HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MAU PING ROAD AND PO LAM ROAD. ’

THE ADULT SINGLE JOURNEY FARE WILL BE $1.2 AND STUDENT

CONCESSIONARY FARE OF 60 CENTS WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS ROUTE.

AI PRESENT, STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL ARE PROVIDED WITH SCHOOL

BUS SERVICES.

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FIFTH PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR MA ON SHAN ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

WORK HAS STARTED ON BUILDING A FIFTH PRIMARY SCHOOL AT MA ON SHAN, SHA TIN, FOLLOWING THE RECENT AWARD OF A $7.9 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

LOCATED AT TAI SHUI HANG, IT WILL HAVE 24 CLASSROOMS, THREE SPECIAL ROOMS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL, COVERED PLAYGROUND, BASKETBALL COURT AND STAFF QUARTERS.

WORK IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED NEXT AUGUST BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE NEW SCHOOL TERM.

MEANWHILE, ANOTHER CONTRACT VALUED AT $349,570 FOR INSTALLING ELECTRICAL FITTINGS AT THE SCHOOL WAS ALSO AWARDED BY THE DEPARTMENT ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO.

WORK WILL START EARLY NEXT WEEK FOR COMPLETION NEXT AUGUST.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3,

1987

15 -

SEMINAR ON GREEN PAPER ♦ * ♦

THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA COMMITTEE OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT IS ORGANISING A SEMINAR TOMORROW (FRIDAY) ON THE GREEN PAPER ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS, MR LEE YU-TAI AND MR TAI CHIN-WAH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR STARTING AT 4 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI PALACE RESTAURANT, SOUTH SEAS CENTRE, 75 MODY ROAD. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SEMINAR WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE.

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CULTURE COMMITTEE TO MEET ♦ * t ♦

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR HOLDING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FROM JANUARY TO MARCH NEXT YEAR.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES; THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY’S EXTENSION; THE MUSIC OFFICE’S INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING CLASSES AND DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1987

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TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES * ♦ ♦ ♦

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY FROM SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) THROUGHOUT THE FORTHCOMING FOOTBALL SEASON, WHENEVER THERE IS A FOOTBALL MATCH AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM.

TWO HOURS PRIOR TO THE KICK-OFF OF EACH MATCH, THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT:

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND STADIUM PATH WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND;

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE RESTRICTED TO VEHICLES REQUIRING LOCAL ACCESS;

» EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, BUT VEHICLES WILL STILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL CARPARK FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD;

LINK ROAD BETWEEN CAROLINE HILL ROAD AND HAPPY VIEW TERRACE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY UPHILL; VEHICLES EXITING FROM UPPER SECTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD, HAPPY VIEW TERRACE AND LEIGHTON HILL WILL PROCEED DOWN VIA BROADWOOD ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD;

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HYSAN AVENUE WILL HAVE TO TURN LEFT ON TO EASTBOUND LEIGHTON ROAD;

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON SUN WUI ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT ON TO WESTBOUND LEIGHTON ROAD;

t THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE HONG KONG STADIUM WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES; AND

* THE BUS STOP ON EASTBOUND LEIGHTON ROAD NEAR MATHESON STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN TWO HOURS BEFORE AND 15 MINUTES AFTER THE START OF EACH NIGHT MATCH IF NECESSARY.

IN ADDITION, 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE END OF THE MATCH, CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, WHILE CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. LINK ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR ACCESS TO OR FROM PREMISES AT LINK ROAD VIA BROADWOOD ROAD.

DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ABOVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 5 AND 14M BOUND FOR CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD TO LEIGHTON ROAD; WHILE GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 28/\ WILL NOT OPERATE THROUGH CAROLINE HILL ROAD, COTTON PATH AND EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD.

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GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 30 ON ITS JOURNEYS TO CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD TO HYSAN AVENUE.

MATHESON STREET, THE SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD SOUTH OF IRVING STREET, RUSSELL STREET, AND SHARP STREET EAST WILL BE PROHIBITED TO LEARNER DRIVERS BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM FOR DAY MATCHES AND BETWEEN 7.30 PM AND 8.30 PM FOR NIGHT MATCHES.

PARKING SPACES ON SUN WUI ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 2 PM AND 6 PM FOR DAY AND NIGHT MATCHES RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE ON STADIUM PATH AND THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE STADIUM WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 12 NOON AND 4 PM FOR DAY AND NIGHT MATCHES RESPECTIVELY. THESE MEASURES WIL LAST UNTIL 30 MINUTES AFTER THE END OF THE MATCH.

ILLEGAL PARKED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED AWAY WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.

ALL THE ABOVE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, WILL LAST UNTIL CROWDS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE MATCH.

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RESTRICTED ZONE ON TSING YI ISLAND ♦ » ♦

THE SECTION OF CHUNG MEI ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHEUNG KO TAN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN CENTRAL ♦ * ♦

KWAI FONG STREET , LAN KWAI FONG AM ON SATURDAY

IN CONNECTION WITH THE LAUNCHING OF LAN FESTIVAL AS PART OF THE HONG KONG FOOD FESTIVAL 1987 in Central will be closed to traffic from 8 (SEPTEMBER 5) TO 9 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

JUNE RETAIL SALES SURVEY PROVISIONAL RESULTS RELEASED......... 1

HK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ADEQUATE......................... 5

BILL TO AMEND DENTISTS REGISTRATION QUALIFICATION PUBLISHED . 6

IMPROVED LABOUR LEGISLATION CONTRIBUTES TO STABLE SOCIETY ... 6

CONTAINER PORT SITE OFFERED FOR SALE.......................... 8

IMMIGRATION STAFF RECEIVE DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDAL.......... 9

49TH FIRE STATION OPENED ..................................... 9

THREE LOTS OF LAND FOR AUCTION ............................... 10

HK-MACAU FERRY PIER PORTIONS FOR RENT ........................ 11

SPECIAL STAMPS TO BE ISSUED................................... 11

SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO ITALY EXTENDED........................... 12

DB TO GATHER residents* views on green PAPER.................. 12

CONCERT TO CONCLUDE TAI PO SUMMER PROGRAMME................... 13

SPECIAL MEETING ON SURVEY REPORT ............................. 13

PUBLIC FORUM ON GREEN PAPER FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS........ 14

NORTH DB MFMFffBS VISIT LION ROCK TUNNEL ..................... 14

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY LICENCE REVOKED ....................... 15

ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI ..................................... 15

TSING YI BRIDGE CLOSED........................................ 15

RESTRICTED ZONES IN FAT KWONG STREET ......................... 15

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JUNE RETAIL SALES SURVEY PROVISIONAL RESULTS RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN JUNE THIS YEAR, ESTIMATED AT $6,620 MILLION, WAS 22 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JUNE 1986 WHILST THEIR VOLUME WAS 14 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES AND "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" ROSE BY 29 PER CENT AND 27 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE AND 20 PER CENT AND 18 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VOLUME. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 14 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT UP BY 11 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES FOR FUELS WERE 10 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT. BOTH MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS AND GOODS IN DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE VERY SUBSTANTIALLY IN SALES VALUE AND SUBSTANTIALLY IN SALES VOLUME.

SUPERMARKET SALES INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN VALUE AND A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN VOLUME.

COMPARING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES AND "CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS" INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT AND 21 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VALUE WHILE BOTH GROUPS INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

’’OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" INCREASED BY 19 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

FUEL SALES WENT UP BY 6 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS AND IN DEPARTMENT STORES BOTH INCREASED VERY SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE AND VOLUME.

SUPERMARKETS EXPERIENCED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN SALES VALUE AND A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN SALES VOLUME. SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS REGISTERED A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN VALUE AND MODERATE INCREASE IN VOLUME. <•

WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1987, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR JUNE 1987 HAD A NEGLIGIBLE CHANGE IN VALUE AND A DECREASE OF 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 1 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO RECORDED ALMOST NO CHANGE IN SALES VALUE AND A DECREASE OF 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT WHILE CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT. RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS AND CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED CONSIDERABLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED MODERATE INCREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME, WHILE DEPARTMENT STORES’ SALES ROSE SLIGHTLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE JUNE 1987 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $1 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234941.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR MAY 1987 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR JUNE 1987.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDICES OF RETAIL SALES IN MAY 1987 AND JUNE 1987 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES, (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100. COMPARISONS OF JUNE 1987 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR MAY 1987 AND WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1986 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

GRAPHS 1 AND 2 DEPICT, RESPECTIVELY, THE MOVEMENTS OF THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDICES OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO JUNE 1987 AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED INDICES AND TRENDS FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO MAY 1987. «

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TABLE 1 i TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for June 198? (Provisional Figaro) ■ HKS6 620 Billion for May 1987 ( Revised Figure ) • ® #6 627 Billion

TABLE 2 t VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES

____________FOR HAT AND JUNE 1987____________________

(Monthly average of Oct. 8* - Sept. 85 • 100)

Ites Index of Retail Sales ft? June 1987 Juno 1987 compared with June 1987 coen?ared with June 1986 April - June 87 compared with April - June 86

May 1987

(A) (B) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES BT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS Value Volume (Revised figures) 118 107 (Provisional figures) 118 106 Points • - 1 % • - 1 Points « ♦ 21 ♦ 22 ♦ 13 el* Points % ♦ 17 ♦ 17 ♦ 9 *10

Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value 11* 11* ♦ 11 ♦ 11 ♦ 10 *10

drinks and tobacco Volume 110 106 . * - 3 ♦ 5 *5 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Fuels Value Volume 9* 105 96 106 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 9 *10 ♦ * ♦ * ♦ 5 ♦ 6 ♦ * ♦ *

Clothing, footwear Value 1*2 12* - 18 - 12 ♦ 22 * 21 ♦ 23 *21

and allied products Volume 122 107 - 15 - 12 ♦ 1* ♦ 1* ♦ 15 ♦ 1*

Consumer durables Value Volume 127 110 159 120 ♦ 12 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 9 ♦ 32 *29 ♦ 20 ♦ 20 ♦ 23 *22 ♦ 1* ♦ 1*

(C) Other consumer goods BT SELECTED TRADES Value Volume 11* 101 115 99 ai 1 • <M <M 1 1 ♦ 2* ♦ 27 ♦ 15 ♦ 18 ♦ 18 * 19 ♦ 9 ♦10

Supermarkets Value Volume 125 118 1*1 132 ♦ 16 ♦ 1* ♦ 13 ♦ 12 ♦ 29 ♦ 26 ♦ 23 *21 ♦ 23 ♦ 22 ♦ 18 ♦ 17

Motor vehicles Value 165 172 * 9 ♦ 6 ♦ *9 ♦ *0 ♦ U8 ♦ *1

and parts Volume 127 133 ♦ 7 ♦ 5 ♦ 28 *27 ♦ 29 ♦aS

Consumer durables Value 116 129 ♦ 15 ♦ 11 ♦ 26 ♦ 25 ♦ 15 ♦ 15

other than aotor vehicles and parts Volume 105 116 ♦ 11 ♦ 10 ♦ 18 ♦ 18 ♦ 9 ♦ 9

Departaent stores Value Volume g $ 122 106 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 35 *57 ♦ 25 *30 ♦ 28 ♦ 52 ♦ 20 ♦ 2*

Notos : 1. "fbodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco" includes "supermarkets".

2. "Consumer durables" includes "sotor vehicles and parto".

3. "Other consumer goods" Includes "department stores".

<♦. Figures denoting changes are derived from the unrounded index figures.

5. • denotes change of loss than 0.5«

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Value index

Graph 1: Value Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Value index

Graph 2: Volume Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Volume Index Volume index

Notes (I) Monthly average of Oct 84 Sept 85 = 100

(?) The seasonally adjusted value and volume indexes and Henderson trends are compiled using the X-11 variant seasonal adjustment program of the U S Bureau of the Census

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1987

HK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ADEQUATE ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦

THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS OF HONG KONG ARE MORE THAN ADEQUATE, AND ARE, IN FACT, MORE STRINGENT THAN THE LAWS AND PRACTICES OF MANY COUNTRIES, DEVELOPING AND DEVELOPED, SAID THE HEAD OF THE CUSTOMS TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU, MR JOHN HOWARD, TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING TO THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG TODAY, MR HOWARD SAID HONG KONG BACKS UP ITS LEGISLATION WITH SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES WHICH COMPARES VERY FAVOURABLY WITH RESOURCES ALLOCATED BY COUNTRIES ELSEWHERE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, WHICH UNDERTAKES TO ENFORCE THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE AND THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE, HAS A SPECIAL TASK FORCE COMPRISING 150 INVESTIGATORS WITH WIDE-RANGING POWERS.

’’WHERE DEMAND ARISES, A FURTHER 450 INVESTIGATORS MAY BE CALLED OUT FROM OTHER DIVISIONS OF THE CUSTOMS INVESTIGATION BRANCH AT SHORT NOTICE.

"HE ALSO SAID THE STRATEGY TO ATTACK COUNTERFEITING AND COPYRIGHT PIRACY IN HONG KONG IS DIRECTED AT ALL LEVELS FROM RETAILING AT STREET LEVEL,LARGE AND SMALL ESTABLISHED RETAIL PREMISES, MANUFACTURING OUTLETS, TO IMPORT AND EXPORT.

"ACTION IS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS RECEIVED OR SELF INITIATED THROUGH SURVEILLANCE AND INTELLIGENCE.

"SPECIAL ATTENTION IS ALSO PAID TO THE IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF SUSPECTED COUNTERFEIT GOODS AT ALL ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS BY THE 3,000 STRONG CUSTOMS OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT."

IN ORDER TO PROTECT OWNERS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COVERING COMPUTERS AND THEIR ACCESSORIES, OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAVE TAKEN ENFORCEMENT ACTION UNDER BOTH THE TRADE DESCRIPTION ORDINANCE AND THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE AGAINST THE FORGING OF TRADE MARKS IN BOTH COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE AND MORE RECENTLY, INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT IN SOFTWARE PROGRAMMES.

REGARDING INFRIGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT IN COMPUTER SOFTWARE, IT WAS RULED THAT EVEN THOUGH THE SOFTWARE WAS EMBEDDED IN A CHIP IT OFFENDED THE COPYRIGHT OF THE OWNER AND AN OFFENCE HAD BEEN COMMITTED.

BETWEEN JANUARY AND JULY THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT HAD MADE 623 SEIZURES OF GOODS VALUED AT $30.9 MILLION AND PROSECUTED 489 PERSONS AND FIRMS UNDER THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE, WHILE 88 SEIZURES WORTH $0.56 MILLION WERE MADE AND 59 PERSONS AND FIRMS PROSECUTED IN THE SAME PERIOD UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE.

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BILL TO AMEND DENTISTS REGISTRATION QUALIFICATION PUBLISHED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO DENTISTS’ QUALIFICATION FOR REGISTRATION.

THE DENTISTS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987, PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), SEEKS TO AMEND THE DENTISTS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE TO ENABLE DENTISTS WHO HOLD COMMONWEALTH QUALIFICATIONS NOT RECOGNISED BY THE GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TO BE REGISTERED HERE IF THE QUALIFICATIONS ARE RECOGNISED BY THE DENTAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG.

THE BILL WILL ALSO GIVE DUE RECOGNITION TO DENTISTS WHO ACQUIRE REGISTRATION THROUGH PASSING THE DENTAL COUNCIL’S EXAMINATION, IN THAT THEY WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE DENTAL COUNCIL AND THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE.

ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS TO PROVIDE THAT PERSONS IN THE FULL-TIME SERVICE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG FOR THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING OR PERFORMING HOSPITAL WORK IN THE FACULTY OF DENTISTRY WILL BE DEEMED TO BE REGISTERED AND HENCE EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION. THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO PERFORM DENTAL TREATMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING IN THE FACULTY.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 14, 1987.

COMMENTS ON THE BILL MAY BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, OR THE OMELCO OFFICE AT JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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IMPROVED LABOUR LEGISLATION CONTRIBUTES TO STABLE SOCIETY

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HONG KONG IS VERY FORTUNATE IN ENJOYING ONE OF THE WORLD’S LOWEST RATES OF STRIKES AND WORK STOPPAGES.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID THE NUMBER OF WORKING DAYS LOST PER 1,000 EMPLOYEES AS A RESULT OF TRADE DISPUTES LAST YEAR WAS 2.1, WHICH WAS SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW THE AVERAGE IN INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES.

SPEAKING AT A LABOUR RELATIONS AND LABOUR LEGISLATION COURSE GRADUATION CEREMONY JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY), HE SAID THAT DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, 8,083 CLAIMS CONCERNING ARREARS OF WAGES, SEVERANCE PAYMENT AND OTHER ENTITLEMENTS WERE LODGED WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE AND 70 TRADE DISPUTES WERE HANDLED.

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"THESE FIGURES REPRESENT SIGNIFICANT DECREASES OF 16 AND 38 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"THESE ARE ALSO POSITIVE SIGNS OF AN IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES," HE ADDED.

MR HAMMOND STRESSED THAT STABLE LABOUR RELATIONS COULD ACHIEVE ONLY WHEN EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS HAD A CHANCE TO SHARE IN THE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

FOR MANY YEARS, HE NOTED, THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN AIMING AT INTRODUCING GRADUAL IMPROVEMENT IN LABOUR LEGISLATION, THROUGH CONSULTATION WITH THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD, SO AS TO KEEP PACE WITH THE LOCAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

'"THERE IS INEVITABLY A COST ELEMENT IN EVERY PIECE OF LABOUT LEGISLATION, BUT IN MOST CASES, THE ADDITIONAL COSTS HAVE BEEN VERY MARGINAL," HE SAID.

"IN EVERY CASE, CAREFUL CONSIDERATION IS ALWAYS GIVEN TO THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF A NEW PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEFORE IT IS PROPOSED.

"THE STRONG ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG HAS PROVED BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE TOTAL COSTS OF LABOUR LEGISLATION HAVE NOT REDUCED THE COMPETITIVENESS OF OUR PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD MARKET, AND THAT GRADUAL AND JUSTIFIABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR LABOUR LEGISLATION HAVE RESULTED IN A STABLE SOCIETY WHICH IS SO CRUCIAL TO OUR INVESTMENT CLIMATE."

MR HAMMOND ALSO PAID TRIBUTES TO MANY EMPLOYERS WHO HAD TAKEN CONCRETE STEPS TO BUILD UP A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THEIR COMPANIES AS WELL AS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE NUMBER OF APPROVED RETIREMENT SCHEMES FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCEEDED 5,000 AT THE END OF JULY 1987, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF ALMOST 18 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING YEAR.

HE ANTICIPATED THAT THE MOMENTUM IN THE UPSURGE IN NEW RETIREMENT SCHEMES, SPECIALLY PROVIDENT FUND SCHEMES, IS LIKELY TO BE MAINTAINED "AS THE NEED TO RETAIN MORE EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES IS BEING FELT INCREASINGLY BY FORWARD-LOOKING EMPLOYERS".

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CONTAINER PORT SITE OFFERED FOR SALE » * * *

A 35.5 HECTARE SITE AT KWAI CHUNG FOR EXPANSION OF THE CONTAINER PORT IS AMONG 23 LOTS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IN THE SIX MONTHS BEGINNING OCTOBER 1.

A CHIEF ESTATE SURVEYOR IN THE DEPARTMENT, MR PETER JENNINGS, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE SITE WAS FOR BUILDING THE PORT’S TERMINAL 7.

DETAILS OF THE SITE, INCLUDING THE PROCEDURE FOR TENDERING, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON SEPTEMBER 25.

MR JENNINGS SAID 19 OF THE 23 SITES WERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

-HE SAID 11 OF THE SITES WOULD BE DISPOSED OF AT THREE AUCTIONS ON OCTOBER 26, NOVEMBER 27 AND JANUARY 15, SIX, INCLUDING Tliu. CONTAINER TERMINAL SITE, BY CASH TENDER AND THE REMAINING SIX SITE; BY LETTER A/B TENDER.

HE SAID PURCHASERS OF THE LETTER A/B TENDER SITES WOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF SUBMITTING EITHER A "VINTAGE" OR A "MONETISED LETTER B" TENDER, WITH PRIORITY BEING GIVEN TO THE FORMER.

FIVE OF THE SITES ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDII . ONE OF 5,818 SQUARE METRES AT OLD PEAK ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAN1 . THREE OF THESE SITES ARE IN TUEN MUN, REFLECTING FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN. THE OTHER RESIDENTIAL SITE IS AT SHA TIN.

A FURTHER FIVE SITES ARE FOR COMMERCIA1, COMMERC1AL/RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL AND MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK DEVELOPMENT.

SEVEN SITES FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT WILL BE OFFERED, WITH A 22,400 SQUARE-METRE SITE AT KOWLOON BAY OFFERING THE ALTERNATIVE OF BEING DEVELOPED AS A TRADE MART.

A 24,500 SQUARE-METRE SITE AT JUNK BAY IS FOR A PRIVA'IE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME AND TWO SITES, AT FANLING AND TAI PO, ARE TO BE USED FOR PETROL FILLING STATIONS. THE REMAINING TWO SITES FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES ARE ON CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND.

MR JENNINGS SAID THE SALES PROGRAMME WAS PROVISIONAL AND COULD BE CHANGED.

HE SAID FURTHER DETAILS AND DATES WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND IN MAJOR NEWSPAPERS IN THE USUAL WAY.

COPIES OF THE TENTATIVE LAND SALES PROGRAMME FOR THE OCTOBER -MARCH PERIOD ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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IMMIGRATION STAFF RECEIVE DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDAL *****

IN THREE PRESENTATION CEREMONIES HELD THIS WEEK (WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY) AT THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS, 192 MEMBERS OF THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE RECEIVED THE HONG KONG DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDALS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR ALAN CARTER.

THE RECIPIENTS INCLUDED FOUR PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, 12 ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, 33 CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, 92 SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, 47 IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, TWO ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND TWO SENIOR IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS.

SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICER, MR CHEUNG HING-TONG WAS AWARDED THE SECOND CLASP TO HIS MEDAL FOR HIS 30 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE. FIRST CLASPS, SIGNIFYING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE, WERE PRESENTED TO 15 OTHER OFFICERS.

AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONIES, MR CARTER SAID THE AWARDS OF THE LONG-SERVICE INSIGNIA TO MEMBERS OF THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE MARKED A MILESTONE FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT. HE ALSO CONGRATULATED ALL RECIPIENTS AND THANKED THEM FOR THEIR MANY YEARS OF LOYALTY AND DEDICATION TO THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE.

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A SECOND FIRE STATION IN TUEN MUN - THE CASTLE PEAK BAY FIRE STATION - WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU, MR LI KWOK-CHOI, TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE STATION, THE 49TH IN THE TERRITORY, WAS THE CONTINUATION OF GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO MEET THE TARGET OF SIX MINUTES RESPONSE TIME, MR LI SAID.

"THIS STATION SERVES THE AREA WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF YAU 01 ESTATE IN THE NORTH; 18 MILESTONE IN THE EAST AND THE COASTLINE IN THE SOUTH."

THE STATION ALSO PROVIDED COVER FOR THE LARGEST COAL-FIRED ELECTRICITY POWER GENERATING PLANT AT TAP SHEK KOK AND THE SUBSTITUTE NATURAL GAS PLANT JUST NEXT DOOR, HE ADDED.

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"BOTH PLANTS OBVIOUSLY ARE DESIGNED TO VERY HIGH STANDARD AND OUR PURPOSE IS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE MANAGEMENTS TO ENSURE THE OPERATION IS EQUALLY MAINTAINED TO THAT VERY HIGH SAFETY STANDARD."

THE NEW FIRE STATION, ADJACENT TO THE TUEN MUN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE FEBRUARY 14, AND HAS SO FAR RESPONDED TO 76 FIRE CALLS AND 50 SPECIAL SERVICE CALLS.

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THREE LOTS OF LAND FOR AUCTION ' * » * » »

A PUBLIC AUCTION OF THREE PARCELS OF GOVERNMENT LAND WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 28 (MONDAY) IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THEY ARE A 5,952-SQUARE-METRE LOT IN MOUNT KELLETT ROAD FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, A 150-SQUARE-METRE LOT IN STANLEY FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES AND A 3,372-SQUARE-METRE LOT AT FANLING FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADES).

UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT FOR THE LOTS, A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 1,785 SQUARE METRES MUST BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1990, FOR THE LOT IN MOUNT KELLETT ROAD; A MINIMUM OF 450 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA IS TO BE COMPLETED ON THE STANLEY SITE BY NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 27, 1990; AND A MINIMUM OF 10,116 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE LOT IN FANLING ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1991.

THE LEASE TERM FOR ALL THREE LOTS WILL EXPIRE ON JUNE 30, 2047.

THE AUCTION WILL COMMENCE AT 2.30 PM.

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HK-MACAU FERRY PIER PORTIONS FOR RENT ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE TENANCIES OF TWO PORTIONS OF DECK 1 ON THE INNER AND OUTER PIERS OF THE HONG KONG-MACAU FERRY TERMINAL IN CENTRAL.

THE PORTION ON THE INNER PIER MEASURES ABOUT 2.5 SQUARE METRES AND THE ONE ON THE OUTER PIER FIVE SQUARE METRES. BOTH ARE FOR INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF AUTOMATIC VENDING MACHINE FOR THE SALE OF NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS.

THE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE ON A YEARLY BASIS AFTERWARDS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 2.

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SPECIAL STAMPS TO BE ISSUED ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 8) TO COMMEMORATE THE HONG KONG MEDICAL CENTENARY.

THE STAMPS ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 50 CENTS, $1.30, $1.70 AND $5.

AS ALL POST OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CROWDED, ADDITIONAL COUNTERS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS WILL BE SET UP ON THAT DAY AT THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES:

HONG KONG ISLAND - GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, KING’S ROAD, MORRISON HILL, QUEEN’S ROAD AND SHEUNG WAN.

KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES - KOWLOON CENTRAL, CHEUNG SHA WAN, GILLIES AVENUE, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHUI PO, TSIM SHA TSUI AND TSUEN WING STREET.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PUBLIC TO SHOW THEIR USUAL TOLERANCE AND IF POSSIBLE, TRY TO TRANSACT THEIR NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS ON THE DAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE DAY OF SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS, FIRST DAY COVERS PRE-AFFIXED WITH A SET OF STAMPS AND CANCELLED WITH THE PHILATELIC BUREAU DATESTAMP WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $10 EACH AT THE CENTRAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, PEAK, CAUSEWAY BAY, TSAT TSZ MUI, TSIM SHA TSUI, GRANVILLE ROAD, KOWLOON CENTRAL, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND AIRPORT POST OFFICES ON THE SAME DAY, HE SAID.

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FRIDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER, 1987

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SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO ITALY EXTENDED *****

THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO ITALY WILL BE EXTENDED TO MONZA, MODENA, CARPI, PARMA, PIACENZA, REGGIO EMILIA, AREZZO AND VERONA FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

INCLUDING THE 15 CITIES WHERE THE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE, 23 CITIES IN ITALY WILL BE SERVED BY SPEEDPOST.

THEY ARE : AREZZO, BARI, BOLOGNA, CAGLIARI, CARPI, CATANIA, FIRENZE, GENOVA, LIVORNO, MILANO, MODENA, MONZA, NAPOLI, PALERMO, PARMA, PIACENZA, PISA, PRATO, REGGIO EMILIA, ROMA, TORINO, VENEZIA AND VERONA.

THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE IS A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS AND FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE CAN CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-8471108.

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DB TO GATHER RESIDENTS’ VIEWS ON GREEN PAPER

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THE LAST TWO SPECIAL MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSIONS ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD FOR RESIDENTS TO VOICE THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ARE TO BE HELD IN WONG CHUK HANG TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND SHEK O ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7).

SATURDAY’S SESSION WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 11 AM AND 12 NOON AT THE OPEN SPACE IN FRONT OF THE WONG CHUK HANG CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL WHILE THE SESSION ON MONDAY WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 5 PM AND 6 PM AT THE SHEK 0 BUS TERMINUS.

"SPECIAL COUNTERS MANNED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE SET UP AT THESE TWO LOCATIONS AND RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO COME FORWARD TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT," A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE VIEWS WILL BE RECORDED AND SUBMITTED TO THE SURVEY OFFICE.

THE SERIES OF OPEN-AIR SPECIAL SESSIONS IN THE DISTRICT’S SIX CONSTITUENCIES FORM PART OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S PROGRAMMES TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO SPEAK UP ON THE GREEN PAPER.

THE BOARD HAS ALSO HELD SIX CONSTITUENCY-BASED SEMINARS ON THE GREEN PAPER UNDER ITS CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AND WOULD HOLD A ROUNDUP SEMINAR TO CONSOLIDATE RESIDENTS’ VIEWS ON SEPTEMBER 12.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1987

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CONCERT TO CONCLUDE TAI PO SUMMER PROGRAMME

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ABOUT 800 TAI PO RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A CONCERT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE CONCERT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

BEGINNING AT 8 PM, THE CONCERT WILL FEATURE POP MUSIC BY THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND PERFORMANCES BY SINGERS PATRICIA CHAN AND JOE CHENG.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS THROUGH THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, ITS SUB-OFFICES AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

OFFICIATING AT TOMORROW’S CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT 8 PM AT THE TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE, ON PONG ROAD, TAI PO.

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SPECIAL MEETING ON SURVEY REPORT * * * *

SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS A SURVEY REPORT ON THE GREEN PAPER.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON THE CONSULTATION ON POLITICAL REVIEW WHICH WAS FORMED UNDER THE COMMITTEE IN APRIL WITH 19 MEMBERS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SPECIAL MEETING STARTING AT 2.15 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, 39 TONKIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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PUBLIC FORUM ON GREEN PAPER FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS *****

A PUBLIC FORUM ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ORGANISED BY THE LOWER WONG TAI SIN AREA COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

IT WILL START AT 8 PM AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND AND GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE DOCUMENT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS, MR HO SAI-CHU AND MR LEE YU-TAI WILL SPEAK AT THE FORUM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PUBLIC FORUM ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 8 PM AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104, CHING TAK STREET, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

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NORTH DB MEMBERS VISIT LION ROCK TUNNEL * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ITS OPERATIONS.

LED BY THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR TANG KWOK-YUNG, AND ACCOMPANIED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, THE PARTY FIRST WENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND WAS BRIEFED BY TUNNEL STAFF ON ITS OPERATIONS AND FUNCTIONS.

THEY THEN WENT TO THE CONTROL ROOM TO SEE THE TRAFFIC SITUATION AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE MEASURES TAKEN TO ENSURE SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE TUNNEL.

AFTER LOOKING AT THE VENTILATION AND MONITORING SYSTEMS IN THE CONTROL ROOM, MEMBERS ALSO WATCHED TUNNEL STAFF PERFORMING TOLL COLLECTION DUTIES AT ITS 13 TOLL BOOTHS.

TODAY’S TOUR WAS PART OF A FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORK OF VARIOUS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT AGENCIES.

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DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY LICENCE REVOKED ♦ * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF BNZ INTERNATIONAL (HONG KONG) LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI * * ♦

TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS, THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF FENWICK STREET BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND HARBOUR ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7). THE CLOSURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FLEMING ROAD, HARBOUR ROAD AND FENWICK STREET.

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TSING YI BRIDGE CLOSED ♦ * ♦

TSING YI BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) FOR MONITORING OF ITS STRUCTURE.

THE BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.30 AM TO 2.30 AM; 6.30 AM TO 7.30 AM AND 3 PM TO 4 PM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE BRIDGE WILL BE RE-OPENED TO GENERAL TRAFFIC AT A FIVE-MINUTE INTERVAL AND IMMEDIATELY IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN FAT KWONG STREET

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TWO SECTIONS OF FAT KWONG STREET, HUNG HOM WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES 24-HOUR DAILY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY.

THERE ARE: FAT KWONG STREET EASTBOUND BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH MA TAU WAI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND FAT KWONG STREET WESTBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 77 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH MA TAU WAI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 126 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEED TO DEVELOP SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES STRESSED................. 1

MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BUREAU (iTCB) CONCLUDED .................................................   2

TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS.............................. 3

AVOID UNREGISTERED TUTORIAL SCHOOLS............................ 3

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ENDS.................................... 4

SOUTHERN DISTRICT TO HOLD ANTI-CRIME ACTIVITIES................ 5

DB TO DISCUSS ISLANDS DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM®.......... 5

VOTER REGISTRATION IN TSUSN WAN ............................... 6

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES.............................. 7

TRAFFIC CHANGE IN CAUSEWAY BAY ................................ 8

PROHIBITED ZONE IN WONG CHUK HANG.............................. 8

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1987

NEED TO DEVELOP SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES STRESSED ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

THE CURRENT THRUST OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IS AIMED AT PROVIDING THE SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES, PARTICULARLY THOSE INVOLVED IN THE FABRICATION OF PRECISION METAL AND PLASTIC PARTS, COMPONENTS AND SMALL MECHANISMS, WITH A BETTER RANGE OF SUPPORT SERVICES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR A.G. EASON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF KYOWA METAL PRESSING LTD. IN THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE THIS MORNING, MR EASON SAID THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL NOW OPERATES A PRECISION TOOLING TRAINING CENTRE TO PROVIDE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE FOR TECHNICIANS IN PRECISION MACHINING.

’’SIMILARLY, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL’S METALS CONSULTANCY SERVICES ARE BEING DEVELOPED AS A MATTER OF PRIORITY AND PLANS ARE ALSO IN HAND TO ESTABLISH A PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE," HE ADDED.

APART FROM THE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPORT SERVICES, MR EASON SAID THE GOVERNMENT ALSO ACTIVELY ENCOURAGES FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES AND THERE HAS BEEN A NOTICEABLE INCREASE IN THIS DIRECTION IN RECENT YEARS.

"A NUMBER OF JAPANESE FIRMS HAVE BEEN READY TO EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG.

"SOME TO DIVERSIFY INTO OTHER RELATED MANUFACTURES, WHILE OTHERS TO SHIFT FROM A PURELY ASSEMBLY OPERATION USING PARTS AND COMPONENTS, ALL OF WHICH ARE PREVIOUSLY IMPORTED FROM JAPAN, TO A NEW FORM OF PRODUCTION WHEREBY THESE PARTS AND COMPONENTS ARE EITHER MADE IN HONG KONG BY SUB-CONTRACTORS OR PRODUCED IN-HOUSE.

"OFTEN, THEY HAVE ENCOURAGED THEIR PARTS AND COMPONENTS SUPPLIERS IN JAPAN TO SET UP PLANTS IN HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

MR EASON POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG HAS BECOME MORE CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING PARTS AND COMPONENTS FOR MANY FINISHED PRODUCTS; IN PARTICULAR FOR OFFICE AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL PRODUCTS, ELECTRONICS MODULES, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND MOST ENGINEERING PRODUCTS.

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MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BUREAU (ITCB) CONCLUDED

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THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROTECTIONIST LEGISLYTION NOW PENDING IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD CAUSE GREAT HARM TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF DEVELOPING COUNTRY EXPORTERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OF MACAU, MR ANTONIO ALBERTO GALHARDO SIMOES, WHILE SUMMING UP THE DELIBERATIONS OF A FOUR-DAY MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BUREAU (ITCB). MR GALHARDO SIMOES WAS PRESIDENT OF THE ITCB MEETING WHICH TOOK PLACE IN MACAU BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND 4.

HE NOTED THAT SUCH PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATION WOULD UNDERMINE THE MULTILATERAL TRADING SYSTEM AND DIMINISH HOPES FOR PROGRESS IN THE GATT URUGUAY ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.

"THESE DEVELOPMENTS UNDERLINE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE URUGUAY ROUND NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE FORMULATION OF MODALITIES THAT WOULD PERMIT EVENTUAL INTEGRATION OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING SECTOR INTO THE GATT ON THE BASIS OF STRENGTHENED GATT RULES AND DISCIPLINES. IN THIS REGARD, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HEALTHY SAFEGUARD SYSTEM BASED ON THE MOST-FAVOURED-NATION PRINCIPLE IS ESSENTIAL."

HE SOUNDED A CAUTIONARY NOTE ON THE INVOCATIONS OF THE MORE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES CONTAINED IN THE NEW MFA AGREEMENT WHEN THE SUBSEQUENT BILATERAL AGREEMENTS WERE NEGOTIATED AND IMPLEMENTED. THERE WAS ALSO A DANGER THAT THE HARMONISED SYSTEM, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE NEUTRAL MAY LEAD TO SUBSTANTIAL TARIFF INCREASES AND ADVERSE CHANGES TO PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION AND COVERAGE.

HE SAID THE TALKS HAD BEEN MOST CONSTRUCTIVE.

CRUCIAL ISSUES AFFECTING THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES HAD BEEN CONSIDERED, VIEWS HAD BEEN EXCHANGED AND THE UNDERSTANDINGS REACHED AMONG PARTICIPANTS WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO EFFORTS TO REVERSE PROTECTIONISM IN THE TEXTILES FIELD.

REPRESENTATIVES OF 15 TEXTILE EXPORTING COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES ATTENDED THE MEETING. HONG KONG’S DELEGATION WAS LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL SZE.

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TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

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PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PURCHASE TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR TEXTBOOK GRANT THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15 (TUESDAY).

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE GRANT UNDER THE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE SCHEME ARE OBTAINABLE AT SCHOOLS. STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A GRANT LAST SCHOOL YEAR SHOULD SUBMIT FRESH APPLICATIONS SHOULD THEY WISH TO CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME.

ALL APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE PROPERLY COMPLETED AND SIGNED BY THE PARENTS OR THE GUARDIANS OF THE STUDENTS BEFORE RETURNING THEM TO THE SCHOOLS.

THE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE SHEME, ADMINISTERED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL OFFER A FULL GRANT OF $255 ($215 FOR 1986/87) TO EACH PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL AND $420 ($390 FOR 1986/87) TO EACH JUNIOR SECONDARY STUDENT AT SECONDARY 1 TO 3 LEVEL THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GRANT WOULD BE ASSESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A POINT SYSTEM TO ASSESS THE FAMILY INCOME OF THE APPLICANT, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE GRANT, IF APPROVED, WILL BE PAID BY DIRECT BANK TRANSFER IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR TO THE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF THE SCHOOL CHILDREN.

AVOID UNREGISTERED TUTORIAL SCHOOLS * * » * *

STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE REMINDED NOT TO USE SERVICES OF UNREGISTERED PRIVATE TUTORIAL SCHOOLS OR INSTITUTIONS WHICH MAY BE EMPLOYING UNQUALIFIED TEACHERS AND OPERATING IN PREMISES WHERE THERE IS RISK TO STUDENTS IN THE EVENT OF FIRE.

THE REMINDER WAS GIVEN JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND CONSUMER COUNCIL AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR WHEN MANY STUDENTS ARE LOOKING FOR TUTORIAL SERVICES TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR FORMAL SCHOOL STUDIES.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO USE THE SERVICES OF A PRIVATE TUTORIAL SCHOOL REGISTERED UNDER THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE IN WHICH THE PROVISIONS AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS ENABLE THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO ENSURE THAT A SCHOOL CONDUCTS ITS ACTIVITIES IN SUITABLE PREMISES WITH QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND IN A PROPER AND SATISFACTORY MANNER.

TO ENSURE A PRIVATE TUTORIAL ESTABLISHMENT WAS REGISTERED AS A SCHOOL, STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE URGED TO LOOK FOR THE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE WHICH THE OPERATOR OF A REGISTERED SCHOOL IS REQUIRED TO DISPLAY IN HIS PREMISES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD CHECK WITH THE REGISTRATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT 5-8392292 OR THE NEAREST DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICE SHOULD THEY HAVE ANY QUERIES ON THE PRIVATE TUTORIAL SCHOOLS OR INSTITUTIONS.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ENDS *****

A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 13 (SUNDAY) AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THIS YEAR’S CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

THE SHOW WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY WINNERS OF THE DISTRICT’S SINGING AND DANCING CONTESTS, POP SINGER KWOK SIU-LAM, TVB ARTISTES AND THE DISTRICT’S CHILDREN CHOIR, JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND JING YING DANCE TROUPE.

THE FUNCTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

FREE TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES OR THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523489.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1987

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT TO HOLD ANTI-CRIME ACTIVITIES * ♦ » » *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (SDFCC) WILL LAUNCH ITS CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRESPASSERS TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN LEI TUNG ESTATE ON AP LEI CHAU.

SDFCC CHAIRMAN, MR KAN MAN-LEE, COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL (JPC) WILL TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES BEGINNING AT 10.30 AM OUTSIDE TUNG YIP HOUSE.

BANNERS AND POSTERS WILL BE PUT THROUGHOUT THE ESTATE TO COINCIDE WITH THE CAMPAIGN WHILE SDFCC AND JPC MEMBERS WILL DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY LEAFLETS TO RESIDENTS AND PASSERS-BY.

A CRIME PREVENTION BUS WILL ALSO BE STATIONED OUTSIDE TUNG YIP HOUSE. RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO BOARD THE BUS TO LOOK AT THE HOME SECURITY DEVICES ON DISPLAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRESPASSERS IN LEI TUNG ESTATE WHICH WILL START AT 10.30 AM OUTSIDE TUNG YIP HOUSE TOMORROW (SUNDAY). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO TAKE THE TRANSPORT BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 25, MEI FUNG COURT, G/F, ABERDEEN CENTRE, NO. 7-11, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN, AT 10.10 AM SHARP. INFORMATION OFFICER, MR ALEX LI, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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DB TO DISCUSS ISLANDS DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE 1987 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE DISTRICT AT THEIR MEETING ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7).

THEY WILL BE INVITED TO COMMENT ON THE PRIORITIES OF VARIOUS COMMUNITY FACILITY PROJECTS IN THE PROGRAMME WHICH ARE SCHEDULED TO START IN THE 1988/89 FINANCIAL YEAR.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE.

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL

AGENDA INCLUDE THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS 1987 AND THE CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME.

FOR

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, 14/F., HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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VOTER REGISTRATION IN TSUEN WAN * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A PUBLICITY BUS WILL TOUR AROUND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO CALL ON RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS IN THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE.

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU WILL BOARD THE BUS FOR THE PUBLICITY TOUR AFTER OPENING AN EXHIBITION ON THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AT THE PODIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION NEXT TO THE LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN SHOPPING ARCADE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION ON THE WORK OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE PODIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION AND THE TOUR OF THE PUBLICITY BUS THAT FOLLOWS.

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1987

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY), THROUGHOUT THE FORTHCOMING FOOTBALL SEASON, WHENEVER THERE IS A FOOTBALL MATCH AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM.

TWO HOURS PRIOR TO THE KICK-OFF OF EACH MATCH, THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT:

» CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND STADIUM PATH WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND;

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE RESTRICTED TO VEHICLES REQUIRING LOCAL ACCESS;

EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, BUT VEHICLES WILL • STILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL CARPARK FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD;

* LINK ROAD BETWEEN CAROLINE HILL ROAD AND HAPPY VIEW TERRACE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY UPHILL; VEHICLES EXITING FROM UPPER SECTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD, HAPPY VIEW TERRACE AND LEIGHTON HILL WILL PROCEED DOWN VIA BROADWOOD ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD;

» WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HYSAN AVENUE WILL HAVE TO TURN LEFT ON TO EASTBOUND LEIGHTON ROAD;

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON SUN WUI ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT ON TO WESTBOUND LEIGHTON ROAD;

THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE HONG KONG STADIUM WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES; AND

THE BUS STOP ON EASTBOUND LEIGHTON ROAD NEAR MATHESON STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN TWO HOURS BEFORE AND 15 MINUTES AFTER THE START OF EACH NIGHT MATCH IF NECESSARY.

IN ADDITION, 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE END OF THE MATCH, CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, WHILE CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. LINK ROAD WILL -ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR ACCESS TO OR FROM PREMISES AT LINK ROAD VIA BROADWOOD ROAD.

DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ABOVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 5 AND 14M BOUND FOR CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD TO LEIGHTON ROAD; WHILE GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 28A WILL NOT OPERATE THROUGH CAROLINE HILL ROAD, COTTON PATH AND EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD.

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GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 30 ON ITS JOURNEYS TO CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD TO HYSAN AVENUE.

MATHESON STREET, THE SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD SOUTH OF IRVING STREET, RUSSELL STREET, AND SHARP STREET EAST WILL BE PROHIBITED TO LEARNER DRIVERS BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM FOR DAY MATCHES AND BETWEEN 7.30 PM AND 8.30 PM FOR NIGHT MATCHES.

PARKING SPACES ON SUN WUI ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 2 PM AND 6 PM FOR DAY AND NIGHT MATCHES RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE ON STADIUM PATH AND THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE STADIUM WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 12 NOON AND 4 PM FOR DAY AND NIGHT MATCHES RESPECTIVELY. THESE MEASURES WIL LAST UNTIL 30 MINUTES AFTER THE END OF THE MATCH.

ILLEGAL PARKED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED AWAY WFTHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.

ALL THE ABOVE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, WILL LAST UNTIL CROWDS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE MATCH.

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TRAFFIC CHANGE IN CAUSEWAY BAY » ♦ ♦ ♦

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 8), THE SECTION OF JARDINE’S CRESCENT BETWEEN KAI CHIU ROAD AND JARDINE’S BAZAAR IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A CUL-DE-SAC FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE THE DRAINAGE CONNECTION WORK.

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PROHIBITED ZONE IN WONG CHUK HANG ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 7), THOSE FOR LOCAL ACCESS WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEADING TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL ADMINISTRATION HANG.

NO VEHICLE OTHER ENTER THE ACCESS BUILDING IN WONG

THAN

ROAD CHUK

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRESPASSERS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.............. 1

SHAM SHUI PO FIGHT CRIME AND ANTI-NARCOTICS SEMINAR............ 1

CHINESE PROVISIONAL LOADING CODE PUBLISHED .................... 2

VARIETY SHOW TO END CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN ...................... 3

SCHOOL FEE REMISSION FOR STUDENTS ............................. 4

MONG KOK TO HOLD SWIMCCNG GALA................................. 4

TWO MEETINGS OF SHA TIN DB ON TUESDAY.......................... 5

REFUSE POINT TO BE BUILT AT YUEN LONG

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRESPASSERS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT * ♦ ♦ * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ON GUARD AGAINST TRESPASSERS TO AVOID FALLING PREY TO SWINDLERS, THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR KAN MAN-LEE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AFTER LAUNCHING A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO PUBLICISE THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRESPASSERS AT LEI TUNG ESTATE ON AP LEI CHAU.

’’RESIDENTS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR STRANGERS IN THEIR BUILDINGS AND CALL THE MANAGEMENT OFFICES OR THE POLICE IF THEY FEEL SUSPICIOUS,” MR KAN SAID.

LED BY THE CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE MEMBERS TOGETHER WITH MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL HANDED OUT PUBLICITY LEAFLETS TO THE ESTATE’S NEW RESIDENTS, WHO MIGHT BECOME TARGETS OF SWINDLERS.

THE LEAFLET ILLUSTRATES, IN LIVELY CARTOONS AND TEXT, THE TRICKS USED BY FRAUDS WHO PREY ON RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY AND HOUSEWIVES.

IN SUPPORT OF THE CAMPAIGN, A CRIME PREVENTION BUS WAS STATIONED IN THE ESTATE, WHERE VARIOUS HOME SECURITY DEVICES WERE DISPLAYED.

BANNERS AND POSTERS WERE ALSO PUT UP IN THE ESTATE TO PUBLICISE THE CAMPAIGN.

IN ADDITION TO TODAY’S PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES IN LEI TUNG ESTATE, THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO SENT OUT POSTERS TO ALL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN THE DISTRICT TO SPREAD THE MESSAGES OF THE CAMPAIGN.

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SHAM SHUI PO FIGHT CRIME AND ANTI-NARCOTICS SEMINAR ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME AND ANTI-NARCOTICS SEMINAR WAS HELD TODAY (SUNDAY) WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 500 MEMBERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) AND THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AS PART OF THE DISTRICT CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES, THE SEMINAR INCLUDED A TALK ON HONG KONG’S DRUG SITUATION AND THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN CURBING ITS MENACE.

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AT THE SEMINAR, PARENTS WERE CALLED UPON TO EXERCISE ON THEIR CHILDREN PROPER CARE WHICH PROVED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING YOUNG PEOPLE .FROM GOING ASTRAY.

MEANWHILE, POLICE CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER (SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT), MR CHAN KWONG-HING, ALSO CALLED FOR CLOSER LIAISON BETWEEN THE POLICE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN FIGHTING CRIME.

FOLLOWING THE TALK, PARTICIPANTS WATCHED A FILM SHOW ENTITLED ” THE WARLORD OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE”.

TO FURTHER DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE, THREE ANTI-DRUG DRAMA PERFORMANCES WILL BE STAGED AT CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SEPTEMBER 21 (MONDAY) AT 7.30 PM AND ON SEPTEMBER 22 (TUESDAY) AT 3.30 PM AND 7.30 PM.

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CHINESE PROVISIONAL LOADING CODE PUBLISHED

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THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CODE OF PRACTICE FOR LOADING OF VEHICLES HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

’’LIKE THE ENGLISH VERSION ISSUED PROVISIONAL CODE IS AN ADVISORY AND ADVICE ON SAFER LOADING PRACTICES,” DEPARTMENT’S ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS SAID.

EARLIER IN MAY, THE CHINESE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT GIVING THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE DIVISION, MR DAVID WILLDAY,

"IT WILL BE SENT TO PEOPLE IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY, INCLUDING VEHICLE FLEET OPERATORS’ BODIES, DRIVERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND GOODS VEHICLE OWNERS, AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEES FOR COMMENT,” HE ADDED.

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WILL END ON DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR AND THE FORMAL CODE WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT YEAR.

"THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY RECEIVED CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS FROM THE TRADE ON THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE PROVISIONAL CODE AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT MORE COMMENTS WILL BE FORTHCOMING NOW THAT THE CHINESE VERSION HAS COME OUT.

"IN PARTICULAR, VIEWS ON THE TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN THE CHINESE CODE ARE WELCOMED BECAUSE THE TRADE CERTAINLY HAS JARGONS OF ITS OWN," MR WILLDAY SAID.

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HE ADDED THAT COPIES OF THE PROVISIONAL CODE HAD ALSO BEEN SENT TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. "WHILE THESE DEPARTMENTS MAY NOT BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN GOODS VEHICLE OPERATIONS, WE HOPE THEY WOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR CONTRACTORS TO FOLLOW THE ADVICE GIVEN IN THE CODE," HE EXPLAINED.

TURNING TO LOADING PRACTICES IN HONG KONG, MR WILLDAY CITED THE FOLLOWING AS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS:

t WORKERS ARE ALLOWED OR EVEN INSTRUCTED TO TRAVEL ON OR

WITHIN LOADS BEING CARRIED ON GOODS VEHICLES;

* LOADED VEHICLES SOMETIMES EXCEED THE PERMITTED HEIGHT OF

4.6 METRES;

* LONG LOADS ARE NOT CARRIED ON SUFFICIENTLY LONG VEHICLES; AND

» LOADS ARE NOT SECURED PROPERLY.

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VARIETY SHOW TO END

CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN * * t

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A VARIETY SHOW TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE DISTRICT SQUATTER AREAS CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN WILL BE (MONDAY) EVENING AT THE NGAU CHI WAN CIVIC CENTRE.

WONG TAI SIN

HELD TOMORROW

THERE WILL BE MAGIC SHOWS, ACROBATIC AND SINGING PERFORMANCES.

WINNERS OF THE SLOGAN-WRITING SHADING COMPETITIONS ORGANISED FOR THE WITH PRIZES BEFORE THE PERFORMANCES.

COMPETITION AND THE COLOUR CAMPAIGN WILL BE PRESENTED

WONG TAI CHAIRMAN OF THE AREA COMMITTEE DISTRICT OFFICER

SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL CHENG' CAMPAIGN'S WORKING GROUP, MRS PAULINE NG; SQUATTER CHAIRMAN, MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM; AND WONG TAI SIN , MR NG HON-WAH, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE URBAN COUNCILLORS, MISS FOK PUI-YEE.

MISS CECILIA YEUNG

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY TO BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) AT 8 PM AT THE THEATRE OF THE NGAU CHI WAN CIVIC CENTRE AT CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD.

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SCHOOL FEE REMISSION FOR STUDENTS * * * *

SECONDARIES FOUR TO SEVEN STUDENTS WHO ARE IN GENUINE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE FEE REMISSION SCHEME RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE SCHEME IS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS WITH ASSISTED PLACES.

SCHOOL FEES WILL BE REMITTED EITHER IN FULL, THREE-QUARTERS OR HALF IN ACCORDANCE WITH A POINT SYSTEM TO ASSESS THE FAMILY INCOME OF THE APPLICANT.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SCHEME ARE AVAILABLE AT INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL AND COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE SCHOOL AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. FEE REMISSION IS AWARDED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. RECIPIENTS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY AGAIN.

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A SWIMMING GALA FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY) IN THE LAI CHI KOK PARK SWIMMING POOL.

THE EVENT IS PART OF A SERIES OF SPORT ACTIVITIES ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT BOARD TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN WHOLESOME RECREATION.

ENTRY IS FREE BUT THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIMITED TO 300.

THEY WILL BE DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAMS IN THREE AGE GROUPS, COMPETING IN FREE STYLE, BREAST STROKE, BACK STROKE, BUTTERFLY STROKE AND RELAY.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 30 AND FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MONG KOK DISTRICT RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE, AT ROOM 409, URBAN COUNCIL BUILDING, 148 SAI YEE STREET.

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TWO MEETINGS OF SHA TIN DB ON TUESDAY * * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HAVE A BUSY DAY ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 8) AS TWO DIFFERENT MEETINGS WILL BE HELD.

A SPECIAL BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. THEY WILL DISCUSS THE ROLE AND COMPOSITION OF DISTRICT BOARDS, RELATION BETWEEN DBS AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DIRECT ELECTION TO THE LEGCO AND VOTING AGE.

IN THE MORNING, THE BOARD’S FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A $95,000 SITTING-OUT AREA AT SHA TIN WAI AND OF A FOOTPATH AND A DRAINAGE CHANNEL AT WO LIU HANG, AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $80,000.

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF WORKING GROUPS ENTRUSTING WORK TO ORGANISATIONS OUTSIDE THE BOARD, REVISION TO THE FINANCIAL RULES, FIVE-YEAR FORECASTS AND ANNUAL ESTIMATES FOR THE BOARD, WRITING-OFF OF THE BOARD’S CAPITAL EQUIPMENT EXPENDITURE AND FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TWO MEETINGS ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 8). THE FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM AND THE SPECIAL MEETING ON THE GREEN PAPER AT 2.30 PM, BOTH AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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REFUSE POINT TO BE BUILT AT YUEN LONG

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT PING SHUN STREET, YUEN LONG.

OCCUPYING A 133 SQUARE-METRE SITE, THE NEW SINGLE-STOREY STRUCTURE WILL ALSO ACCOMMODATE WITH AN OFFICE AND A TOILET.

THE WORK WILL START IN MID-NOVEMBER AND TAKE FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 25.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEED TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE WITH INDUSTRIALISTS: JACOBS ....... 1

UK INVESTORS URGED TO CONSIDER HK'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 2

OUTSIDE TV STATION MIGHT BRING 'UNEQUAL COMPETITION' ........ 4

POTENTIAL OF RETAIL SALES GROWTH OUTLINED ................... 6

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF JUNE EXTERNAL TRADE............ 7

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SOUTHERN DISTRICT ......................... 12

CNTA WORKS SECTION COMPLIMENTS MAJOR PROJECTS ............... 12

CONTRACT FOR EXTENSION OF HISTORY MUSEUM .................... 1J

LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION IN KWUN TONG ..................... 14

WAN CHAI PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ..... 1^

VILLAGE LIGHTING PROGRAMME IN NORTH DISTRICT ................ 15

GREEN PAPER ON DB AGENDA .................................... 16

ASSISTANCE TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS .............................. 16

IMPROVEMENT TO WATER SUPPLY.................................. 17

YAU TONG WATER CUT .......................................... 17

WATER STORAGE FIGURE......................................... 17

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1987

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NEED TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE WITH INDUSTRIALISTS: JACOBS

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THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE ITS DIALOGUE WITH INDUSTRIALISTS ON WAYS TO SOLVE THE LABOUR SHORTAGE PROBLEM.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER MEETING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES, MR JACOBS SAID HE DID NOT REACH ANY AGREEMENT ON THE PROPOSALS MADE BY THE FEDERATION, SUCH AS IMPORTATION OF LABOUR AND THE SETTING UP OF AN INDUSTRIAL ZONE AT THE BORDER.

"FOR THE REASONS I STATED BEFORE, WE DON'T THINK THE PROPOSALS ARE REALLY FEASIBLE. NEVERTHELESS, IN THE COURSE OF OUR DISCUSSION, WE EXPLORED POSSIBILITIES OF TAPPING OUR LOCAL LABOUR FORCE A LITTLE MORE EFFECTIVELY," HE ADDED.

MR JACOBS NOTED THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE LABOUR FORCE COULD BE DRAWN BACK, AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS EXPLORING WAYS TO ACHIEVE THIS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS REACHING OUT TO MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES TO SEE WHETHER THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT COULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE THEIR PRODUCTIVITY.

"SO, SOME STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN, NOT THE STEPS THE FEDERATION ACTUALLY WANTED, BUT NEVERTHELESS THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE THE DIALOGUE," HE SAID.

ASKED IF THE: GOVERNMENT WOULD SET UP A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE PROBLEM, MR JACOBS SAID: "I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WAY FORWARD. THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS, AND I WOULD PREFER TO ORGANISE IT, IF YOU LIKE, RATHER MORE INFORMALLY AT THIS STAGE."

MR JACOBS SAID THAT FURTHER TALKS WOULD BE HELD AS AND WHEN NECESSARY.

"WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW IS WE ARE GOING TO PURSUE CERTAIN IDEAS. THE FEDERATION ON ITS PART IS GOING TO PURSUE CERTAIN IDEAS. WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT TELEPHONE SERVICES. I HAVE NO DOUBT WE WILL BE TALKING TO EACH OTHER," HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD FURTHER CONSIDER PROPOSALS RAISED BY THE FEDERATION, MR JACOBS SAID THE FEDERATION MIGHT CONTINUE TO TRY TO PERSUADE THEM.

"THE FEDERATION OBVIOUSLY DID NOT AGREE WITH EVERYTHING WE SAID THIS AFTERNOON. SO THEY MAY WANT TO COME BACK WITH FURTHER ARGUMENTS. THAT’S WHAT A DIALOGUE IS ALL ABOUT."

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REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION, MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EXAMINE WAYS IN WHICH MORE PEOPLE COULD BE DRAWN INTO THE LABOUR FORCE.

"I THINK, IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT HOUSEWIVES, THE MAIN PROBLEM IS KIDS - WHO IS GOING TO LOOK AFTER THE KIDS? WHAT ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE? - THAT’S THE SORT OF QUESTION WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS."

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INVESTORS URGED TO CONSIDER HK’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

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THE MIX OF BRITISH EXPERTISE AND THE ENTREPRENEURIAL INGENUITY OF HONG KONG PARTNERS IN JOINT VENTURE ENTERPRISES CAN BE AN UNBEATABLE AND HIGHLY PROFITABLE COMBINATION, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) AT AN INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION SEMINAR IN LONDON.

ADDRESSING OVERSEAS BUSINESSMEN AND POTENTIAL INVESTORS ON HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE SORT OF UK MANUFACTURING CONCERNS THAT WOULD BENEFIT MOST FROM HONG KONG’S INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THOSE WITH A FLAIR FOR PRODUCT INNOVATION AND GOOD DESIGN, A GOOD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CAPABILITY, EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, AND PRODUCTION REGIMES BASED ON QUICK RESPONSE AND SHORT RUNS.

COMPANIES IN SUPPORTING OR LINKAGE INDUSTRIES, PRESCISION ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION, MOULD MAKING, DIE CASTING, APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND SURFACE MOUNTING, ARE CERTAIN TO PROSPER, HE ADDED.

A 1986 SURVEY SHOWED THAT THERE WERE 27 WHOLLY-OWNED BRITISH COMPANIES MANUFACTURING IN HONG KONG, COMPARED WITH 60 JAPANESE AND 96 US COMPANIES. THE NUMBER RISES TO 56, IF JOINT VENTURES ARE INCLUDED, WITH AN AGGREGATE INVESTMENT VALUE OF $83 MILLION, PUTTING BRITAIN IN FOURTH PLACE IN TERMS OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL OVERSEAS MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG.

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT THE JUSTIFICATION FOR ATTRACTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT IS BASED NOT SO MUCH ON THE NEED FOR CAPITAL AND JOBS, AS ON THE ROLE THAT FOREIGN INVESTMENT PLAYS IN ENRICHING HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL BASE WITH NEW OR IMPROVED DESIGNS, PRODUCTS AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES.

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THE VALUE OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT FOR PROJECTS DIRECTLY ASSISTED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IN 1986 WAS NEARLY DOUBLE THAT OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

’’MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE INVESTMENT HAS BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF TECHNOLOGIES NEW TO HONG KONG,” SAID MR YEUNG.

MR YEUNG QUOTED EXAMPLES OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LARGE ASIC DESIGN CENTRE TO PROVIDE DESIGN SERVICES FOR HONG KONG AND THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FACTORIES SPECIALISING IN PRECISION SHEET METAL STAMPING AND PRECISION TOOLING OPERATIONS, AND THE OPENING OF FACTORIES FOR NEW PRODUCTS SUCH AS TOUGHENED GLASS, PHARMACEUTICAL INTERMEDIATES AND STABILISERS FOR PLASTIC RESINS.

MR YEUNG TOLD BRITISH BUSINESSMEN NOT TO WORRY ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

HE SAID, "THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WILL KEEP ITS OWN FINANCIAL AND FISCAL SYSTEM, ITS FREE PORT AND ITS OWN CUSTOMS TERRITORY.”

MR YEUNG ADDED THAT THE FABRIC OF RELATIONSHIPS THAT MAKE HONG KONG AN INTERNATIONAL TRADING, FINANCIAL AND COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE WILL BE KEPT INTACT. THE JOINT DECLARATION GIVES REASSURANCE TO INVESTORS THAT THEIR RIGHTS WILL BE PROTECTED, AND THAT THEIR PROFITS CAN BE FREELY CONVERTED INTO OTHER CURRENCIES.

MR YEUNG SAID THE CONFIDENCE INVESTORS AND THE PUBLIC HAVE IN THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE IS REFLECTED BY THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT IN THE FORM OF NEW BUILDINGS AND OTHER CAPITAL PROJECTS.

A RANDOM SELECTION OF MAJOR PROJECTS INVOLVING PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT WITH PAYBACK PERIODS GOING WELL BEYOND 1997, INCLUDE CABLE AND WIRELESS’ PLANS TO INVEST $4 BILLION OVER THE NEXT YEARS TOWARDS IMPROVING ITS FACILITIES, THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY’S PLAN TO INVEST A SIMILAR AMOUNT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO UPGRADE ITS CAPITAL EQUIPMENT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SIXTH CONTAINER TERMINAL COSTING $2 BILLION WITH COMPLETION SCHEDULED FOR 1990.

OTHER PROJECTS ON THE LIST ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE COS-TING $2 BILLION WITH COMPLETION SCHEDULED FOR 1988, A SECOND CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL COSTING $3 BILLION WITH COMPLETION SCHEDULED FOR LATE 1989 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MANY LARGE MULTI-STOREY OFFICE BUILDINGS EACH COSTING OVER $1 BILLION.

’’WITH THE FACT THAT TWO-WAY INVESTMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA HAS BEEN VERY SUBSTANTIAL IN RECENT YEARS, THE CONCLUSION THAT CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE IS RISING RATHER THAN FALLING BECOMES INESCAPABLE," ADDED MR YEUNG.

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OUTSIDE TV STATION MIGHT BRING ’UNEQUAL COMPETITION’

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HONG KONG HAS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ITS LONGER TERM INTERESTS WHEN CONSIDERING THE ISSUE OF TELEVISION SIGNALS COMING FROM OUTSIDE THE TERRITORY, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, MR TSAO SAID HE WAS PERSONALLY IN FAVOUR OF VARIETY AND OF CHOICE.

"HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A GENUINE AND REASONABLY GOOD CHOICE OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, THE FIRST THING TO BEAR IN MIND IS THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF OUR OWN TELEVISION STATIONS," HE SAID.

MR TSAO RECALLED THE FATE OF COMMERCIAL TELEVISION, WHICH COLLAPSED IN 1979, SAYING THAT THE REASON FOR ITS FAILURE WAS THAT, AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT ADVERTISING REVENUE TO SUPPORT TWO CHANNELS ON TVB, TWO ON ATV AND A SINGLE CHANNEL ON CTV.

HE SAID HE WOULD NOT BE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED IF A FOREIGN STATION MERELY SENT SIGNALS TO HONG KONG, EVEN THOUGH THE TELEVISION PROGRAMMES SENT ACROSS HONG KONG BORDERS MIGHT WELL BE SUBJECT TO DIFFERENT CENSORSHIP STANDARDS.

"HOWEVER," HE ADDED, "IF THAT FOREIGN TELEVISION STATION’S INTENTION OF COMING ACROSS INTO HONG KONG IS TO TAKE AWAY SOME OF THE AVAILABLE ADVERTISING REVENUE IN HONG KONG, THEN IT WOULD BE A MATTER OF CONSIDERABLE CONCERN."

"IF THE ADVERTISING REVENUE IS INSUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT ALL THREE STATIONS: TVB, ATV AND ONE FOREIGN STATION, AT LEAST ONE OF THESE STATIONS WILL SUFFER.

"IF THE FOREIGN STATION WERE TO HAVE UNFETTERED FREEDOM TO BROADCAST ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN, WHILE OUR STATIONS WERE SUBJECT TO STRICT CENSORSHIP STANDARDS, THERE WOULD BE UNEQUAL COMPETITION.

"IN THAT SITUATION, THE ONE STATION THAT WOULD BE LIKELY TO SUFFER MOST WOULD BE A HONG KONG, RATHER THAN A FOREIGN, STATION," HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BROADCASTING AUTHORITY AS FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, MR TSAO SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE OF SETTING UP THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY WAS TO ENCOURAGE AND ENLARGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE REGULATION OF THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY.

HE SAID THAT UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS TELEVISION AUTHORITY WHO WAS A PUBLIC OFFICER - THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING - THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY WAS MADE UP OF 12 MEMBERS, NINE BEING SELECTED FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE REMAINING THREE BEING OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

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"TO ENSURE THAT VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE REPRESENTED ON THE AUTHORITY, THE NINE NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED FROM A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.

"THEY BRING WITH THEM EXPERIENCE FROM DIVERSE FIELDS INCLUDING EDUCATION, CULTURE AND ARTS, BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, COMMUNITY WORK AND CONSUMER PROTECTION," HE SAID.

MR TSAO SAID THAT FURTHER TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE REGULATION OF THE LOCAL TELEVISION INDUSTRY, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY WAS REQUIRED BY THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY ORDINANCE TO SET UP A COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.

THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE WOULD BE MADE UP OF AT LEAST FIVE MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY AND MIGHT CO-OPT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHEl’E NECESSARY TO ASSIST IN THE DISCHARGE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.

"ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO FINDS THAT A TELEVISION LICENSEE IS IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE, THE CODES OF PRACTICE, OR CONDITIONS IN ITS LICENCE, CAN LODGE A COMPLAINT WITH THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY.

"THE AUTHORITY WILL HAVE TO REFER THE COMPLAINT TO THE COMMITTEE FOR INVESTIGATION UNLESS THE COMPLAINT IS FOUND BY THE AUTHORITY TO BE FRIVOLOUS,” MR TSAO SAID.

MR TSAO ADDED THAT UNLIKE OTHER INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG, THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY WAS A TIGHTLY REGULATED TRADE.

"THESE SEVERE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN IMPOSED FIRST BECAUSE TELEVISION IS A VERY POWERFUL MEDIUM. IT GOES OUT TO MILLIONS OF VIEWERS AND IT COMES RIGHT INTO YOUR HOMES.

"SECONDLY, DESPITE ITS COSMOPOLITAN CHARACTERISTICS, THE SOCIETY OF HONG KONG IS STILL A RATHER CONSERVATIVE ONE. IT FOLLOWS THAT PEOPLE OF HONG KONG EXPECT TELEVISION PROGRAMMES TO CONFORM TO WHAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG PERCEIVE AS ACCEPTABLE NORMS.

"THESE CONTROLS, STRINGENT THOUGH THEY ARE, ARE IMPOSED TO MEET THAT EXPECTATION," HE SAID.

ON RADIO BROADCASTING, MR TSAO SAID THAT SINCE THE LICENCE OF COMMERCIAL RADIO HONG KONG WOULD NOT EXPIRE UNTIL AUGUST 1989, GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT NEED TO CONSIDER ITS RENEWAL UNTIL SOME TIME IN 1988.

"HOWEVER, I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EQUALLY INTERESTING DISCUSSION ON A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT QUESTIONS RELATED TO RADIO BROADCASTING. FOR INSTANCE, GIVEN .THAT WE STILL HAVE THREE SPARE AM FREQUENCIES, IS THERE SCOPE FOR AN ADDITIONAL COMMERCIAL RADIO STATION AND GIVE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG A WIDER CHOICE?"

"IN DUE COURSE, IN ADDITION TO TELEVISION, THE BROADCAST I NG AUTHORITY CAN BE EXPECTED TO BE INVITED TO CONSIDER THIS AND MANY OTHER INTERESTING QUESTIONS ON RADIO BROADCASTING," HE SAID.

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POTENTIAL OF RETAIL SALES GROWTH OUTLINED ♦ * » » *

HONG KONG RANKS SECOND AS THE LARGEST RETAIL CENTRE IN ASIA COMPRISING SOME 50,000 ESTABLISHMENTS AND EMPLOYING 167,000 PEOPLE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD ASIAN RETAILERS CONVENTION, MR JACOBS SAID TOTAL RETAIL SALES AMOUNTED TO SOME $73 BILLION IN 1985.

"THIS IS A CONSIDERABLE ACHIEVEMENT, BUT WITH THE GROWING AFFLUENCE OF THE LOCAL POPULATION, I STILL SEE POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH," HE SAID.

MR JACOBS SAID IT WAS NOTEWORTHY THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS IN HONG KONG HIRE FEWER THAN FIVE WORKERS. THE RELATIVELY SMALL SIZE OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS ENABLED THEM TO BE HIGHLY ADAPTABLE TO CHANGES IN TRENDS AND TASTES.

"MANY OF OUR SHOPPERS ARE TOURISTS, AND GIVEN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TOURISM TO HONG KONG, OUR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE TO KEEP PACE WITH INTERNATIONAL DEMAND," HE NOTED.

"IN 1986, VISITOR ARRIVALS TO HONG KONG TOTALLED 3.7 MILLION. AND THEY SPENT ON AVERAGE SOME $4,600 PER PERSON DURING THEIR STAY IN HONG KONG WITH SHOPPING ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 52 PER CENT OF EACH PERSON’S EXPENDITURE."

"SPEAKING ON TRADE, MR JACOBS POINTED OUT THAT PEOPLE FROM MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD FOUND HONG KONG A MOST AGREEABLE PLACE IN WHICH TO DO BUSINESS.

"AS THE GATEWAY TO CHINA, HONG KONG IS ALREADY HOME TO THE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF MANY MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES. I BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO GAIN IN IMPORTANCE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE THAT WE SEE TAKING PLACE IN THIS REGION," HE SAID.

"THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF BUSINESS TO BE DONE, AND I AM SURE THAT YOU WILL RECOGNISE THE CONTRIBUTION HONG KONG CAN MAKE IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR CORPORATE OBJECTIVES," HE ADDED.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF JUNE EXTERNAL TRADE

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STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 27 PER CENT AND 49 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1987 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

HENCE, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 37 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 35 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, SO THAT THE PRICES OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT. PRICES OF IMPORTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, ROSE BY 4 PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT.

COMPARING JUNE 1987 WITH JUNE 1986, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 26 PER CENT AND 52 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. HENCE, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 37 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 35 PER CENT.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT; RE-EXPORT PRICES ROSE BY 1 PER CENT WHILE IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY 4 PER CENT.

PRICES ARE BASED ON UNIT VALUES WHICH DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OR QUALITY OF GOODS TRADED, EXCEPT FOR SOME SELECTED COMMODITIES FOR WHICH SPECIFICATION PRICE INDICES ARE COMPILED. THE VOLUME OF TRADE IS DERIVED FROM TRADE VALUES BY DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1987 WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1986, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 39 PER CENT, GIVING AN INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 28 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT WHILE THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 2 PER CENT. IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY 5 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR JUNE 1987 AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ALL COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN JUNE 1987 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986. THESE INCLUDED CLOTHING (+8 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+6 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+6 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+6 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+5 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+5 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+5 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+4 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+3 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+2 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+J PER CENT). THE PRICES OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS REMAINED UNCHANGED.

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN JUNE 1987 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, INCLUDING METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+57 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+53 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+49 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+30 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+22 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+21 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+20 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+20 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+20 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+10 PER CENT) .

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-15 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-2 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR JUNE 1987 AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES ROSE IN JUNE 1987 AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, RANGING FROM 1 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 18 PER CENT FOR FUELS, WHICH WAS PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE LOW IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS IN JUNE 1986.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS IN JUNE 1987 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986. SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS; SUGAR; CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR AS WELL AS FRUIT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR RICE; TEA AND COFFEE AS WELL AS WHEAT AND FLOUR.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOTWEAR AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS. HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF PASSENGER MOTOR CARS.

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THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE IN JUNE 1987 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS; MAN-MADE FIBRES; PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS AS WELL AS WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK. A DECREASE IN IMPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED IN WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN JUNE 1987 AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF ALL COMMODITIES INCREASED IN JUNE 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, THE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT; INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY OTHER THAN TEXTILE AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AS WELL AS TEXTILE MACHINERY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR JUNE 1987 AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN JUNE 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, RANGING FROM 38 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 57 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS.’ HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 16 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE JUNE 1987 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS" AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AROUND SEPTEMBER 10, 1987 AT HKS2.50 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT GROUND FLOOR,FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. : 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDICES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. : 5-8234918).

TABLE 1: INCREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING JAN-JUN 1987 COMPARING JUNE 1987

WITH JAN-JUN 1986 WITH JUNE 1986

COMMODITY UNIT UNIT

GROUP VALUE VALUE VOLUME VALUE VALUE VOLUME

% % % % % %

CLOTHING 26 8 17 30 8 20

TEXTILE FABRICS 73 4 66 62 6 53

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 54 4 48 56 5 49

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TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED

ARTICLES 9 4 4 -11 6 -15

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS 35 1 34 26 4 20

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 4 -3 8 10 1 10

FOOTWEAR 17 3 14 34 3 30

METAL MANUFACTURES 29 1 27 25 2 22

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 36 -2 39 66 6 57

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 17 2 15 21 * 20

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES 3 4 -1 3 5 -2

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 25 4 20 27 5 21

ALL COMMODITIES 31 3 27 30 3 26

NOTES FOR TABLES 1 TO 3:

» INSIGNIFICANT, I.E. LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE CALCULATED FROM TRADE INDICES TAKEN TO MORE DECIMAL PLACES THAN THOSE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS". THEY MAY THEREFORE DIFFER FROM THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES TO BE COMPUTED FROM THE PUBLISHED FIGURES.

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TABLE 2: INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING JAN-JUN WITH JAN-JUN 1987 1986 COMPARING JUNE WITH JUNE 1987 1986

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UN 15’ VALUE VOLUME % % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 12 1 10 14 1 12

CONSUMER GOODS 46 5 39 41 3 36

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 44 3 40 42 4 37

FUELS -8 -12 4 34 18 14

CAPITAL GOODS 41 9 30 54 7 43

ALL COMMODITIES 40 4 35 41 4 35

TABLE 3: INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING JAN-JUN WITH JAN-JUN 1987 1986 COMPARING JUNE WITH JUNE 1987 1986

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME % % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 18 -1 19 37 38

CONSUMER GOODS 64 2 61 58 57

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 4 8 1 46 52 2 48

FUELS 11 12 -2 16 -16

CAPITAL GOODS 38 37 52 -2 55

ALL COMMODITIES 51 1 49 53 1 52

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON; LADY WILSON, AND THEIR TWO SONS, ANDREW AND PETER, WILL VISIT SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 9) AFTERNOON TO SEE ITS CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WILL BEGIN THEIR TOUR WITH A HELICOPTER FLIGHT FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE LARGEST OF URBAN DISTRICTS.

THEY WILL ALSO BOARD SAMPANS AT SHUM WAN PIER AND TOUR ABERDEEN HARBOUR WHERE THEY WILL VISIT SOME FAMILIES OF THE FISHING COMMUNITY. THEY WILL LAND AT AP LEI CHAU AND'" PROCEED TO VISIT THE PARTIALLY COMPLETED LEI TUNG ESTATE.

AT THE END OF THEIR VISIT, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WILL ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION AT LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL AND MEET LOCAL PERSONALITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON WEDNESDAY. GOVERNMENT VEHICLES TAKING MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO ABERDEEN WILL DEPART FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CARPARK, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, AT 2.15 PM. THOSE WHO TRAVEL ON THEIR OWN VEHICLES SHOULD ARRIVE AT SHUM WAN PIER BY 3 PM. ---------------------------------0--------

CNTA WORKS SECTION COMPLEMENTS MAJOR PROJECTS t ♦ ♦ » ♦

SAID THE

ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, DR MAJOR GOVERNMENT SECTION OF

CONTINUING TO

TODAY (MONDAY) THAT ALONGSIDE

NEW TERRITORIES, THE

TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION

WORKS WAS

COMPLEMENTARY ROLE.

JAMES HAYES, DEVELOPMENTS IN

THE CITY

PLAY AN

AND NEW

IMPORTANT

DR HAYES SAID THE WORKS SECTION OF CNTA HAD ALWAYS MADE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF RESIDENTS IN THE RURAL NEW TERRITORIES.

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THE SECTION, WITH AN ESTABLISHMENT OF 47 STAFF, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MANY LOCAL WORK PROJECTS SUCH AS THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORK PROGRAMME OF THE CNTA AND THE MINOR ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENT HYGIENE FACILITIES AND SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, DR HAYES SAID.

THE PROJECT EXPENDITURE, AMOUNTING TO AROUND $20 MILLION THIS YEAR, IS SPENT ON THE PROVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF VILLAGE ROADS, FOOTPATHS, WATERPIPES, DRAINS AND IRRIGATION CHANNELS AND VILLAGE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

DR HAYES MADE THE COMMENTS WHEN HE PRESENTED LETTERS OF PROMOTION TO THREE INSPECTORS OF WORKS, MR TSANG KAM-WING MR MOW CHUNG-WAI AND MR LEUNG SIK-KWONG.

HE ADDED: "WITHOUT THE DEDICATED EXPERTISE OF STAFF OF THE WORKS SECTION AND THEIR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND CONTACTS, IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO SUSTAIN THIS PROGRAMME.”

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THE EXHIBITION AREA AT HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY IN KOWLOON PARK, TSIM SHA TSUI, WILL BE ALMOST TREBLED WHEN AN EXTENSION PROJECT IS COMPLETED LATE NEXT YEAR.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) AWARDED A $14 MILLION CONTRACT FOR EXTENDING AND ALTERING THE MUSEUM.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES CONSTRUCTION OF THE EXTENSION WHICH WILL COVER A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 1,860 SQUARE METRES AND INCLUDE A TWO-STOREY EXHIBITION BLOCK, A TWO-STOREY WORKSHOP AND A SINGLE-STOREY SERVICE BLOCK.

A TOTAL OF 1,200 SQUARE METRES OF EXHIBITION AREA WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEW EXTENSION, COMPARED WITH 450 SQUARE METRES IN THE EXISTING TWO-STOREY MUSEUM BUILDING.

WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE INTERNAL ALTERATIONS OF THE EXISTING BUILDING AND RE-SURFACING ITS EXTERNAL WALL.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION IN KWUN TONG

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RESIDENTS IN KWUN TONG WITH ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE FLAIR WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEIR TALENT BY TAKING PART IN A LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, AND SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND URBAN COUNCIL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY (MONDAY) SAID THE COMPETITION WAS AIMED AT PROMOTING RESIDENTS' INVOLVEMENT IN THE FORTHCOMING MID-AUTUM FESTIVAL AND THEIR INTEREST IN TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFT-MAKING.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY, SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND OPEN SECTIONS. ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

"THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS REGARDING THE USE OF MATERIAL •BUT ENTRIES SHOULD NOT EXCEED ONE METRE IN ANY DIMENSION NOR SHOULD THEY CARRY ANY COMMERCIAL SLOGANS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS SEPTEMBER 30 AND ALL COMPETING DESIGNS WITH ENTRY LABELS AFFIXED TO THEM SHOULD BE SENT TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AT 3/F, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT A MID-AUTUMN CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND ON OCTOBER 8.

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WAN CHAI PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME , « ♦ » »

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXAMINE THE DRAFT 1988-89 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE DRAFT, WHICH IS PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, SEEKS TO CONSULT MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE FRANCHISED BUS AND FERRY COMPANIES.

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MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE A PUBLIC LICHT BUS (SCHEDULED) SERVICE BETWEEN PARKVIEW AND ADMIRALTY MTR STATION, AND THE RENAMING OF STREETS AND FACILITIES ADJACENT TO THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

A MEMBER WILL RAISE QUESTIONS ON TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT MEASURES IN THE DISTORT, AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT THE JUNCTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD, HAPPY VIEW TERRACE AND LINK ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE (TUESDAY) AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD,

HELD TOMORROW

CHAI DISTRICT WAN CHAI.

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VILLAGE LIGHTING PROGRAMME IN NORTH DISTRICT * » * * »

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO CONSIDER THE 1988/89 VILLAGE LIGHTING PROGRAMME.

THEY WILL CONSIDER THE DISTRIBUTION AND INSTALLATION OF 157 VILLAGE LIGHTS IN THE FOUR SUB-DISTRICTS ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS IN THE AREA.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE DRAINAGE CHANNEL AT HANG TAU AND REPAIRS TO FOOTBRIDGES IN FU TEI AU IN SHEUNG SHU I.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE CONSIDERATION FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 9.30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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GREEN PAPER ON DB AGENDA ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON THE REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AT A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 9) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE DOCUMENT AND THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE BOARD TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER.

A PLAN TO ALLOCATE A SITE FOR A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT AREA 35 ALONG THE SEAFRONT IN THE VICINITY OF THE TSUEN WAN CARGO WORKING AREA WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

AN INFORMATION PAPER ON INDUSTRIAL FIRES IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD.

REPORTS ON THE WORKS OF THE COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD WILL ALSO BE TABLED.

NOTE TO. EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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ASSISTANCE TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) APPROVED $11,430 AS BURIAL AND INTERIM ADJUSTMENT GRANTS FROM THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) FUND TO THE FAMILY OF A WOMAN KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON AUGUST 25.

ANOTHER WOMAN WAS ALSO KILLED AND FOUR POLICE OFFICERS WERE INJURED IN THE COLLISION BETWEEN A POLICE VEHICLE AND A PRIVATE CAR AT THE JUNCTION OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND TAI LOK STREET.

ONE OF THE INJURED OFFICERS WAS GRANTED $1,227.69 FROM THE FUND AS ASSISTANCE. THE REMAINING VICTIMS DIn NOT APPLY EITHER BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED OR NOT ELIGIBLE.

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MEANWHILE, STAFF OF THE TAVA SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD APPROACHED THE VICTIMS AFFECTED BY A COLLISION BETWEEN A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS AND A CONTAINER LORRY ON TAI PO ROAD LAST TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) IN WHICH ONE WOMAN WAS KILLED AND 27 PEOPLE INJURED. ONE OF THE INJURED DIED IN THE HOSPITAL TWO DAYS LATER. APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE WERE BEING PROCESSED.

THE TAVA SCHEME PROVIDES QUICK FINANCIAL HELP TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDENTS, REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

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IMPROVEMENT TO WATER SUPPLY

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THE FRESH MODIFIED TO COPE

WATER PUMPING STATION AT CHEUNG CHAU IS TO WITH INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER ON THE ISLAND.

BE

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE WORK BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 25.

PUMP HOUSE,

THF WORK INVOLVES MODIFICATION OF THE EXISTING CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SINGLE-STOREY REINFORCED CONCRETE BUILDINGS WITH A?O?ALriSnare"OF 75 SQUARE METRES TO HOUSE HEW EQUIPMENT, AMD LAYING ABOUT 80 METRES OF ASSOCIATED WATER MAINS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START ABOUT 15 MONTHS.

IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED

IN

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YAU TONG WATER CUT * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 10) FROM 8 AM WATER MAINS WORK.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE IN YAU TONG, KWO LING, SAM KA TSUEN, INCLUDING YAU TONG, AND KO

YAU TONG WILL BE TO MID-NIGHT FOR

LEI YUE MUN, CHA CHIU ROAD ESTATES.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 75.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 442.208

AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) MILLION CUBIC METRES.

STOOD

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 416.041 MILLION CUBIC MSEsiSwMER, REPRESENT! NG 7 1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION SERVICE LAUNCHED ....................... 1

MESSAGE TO SIGN UP SPREADS .................................. 2

EXHIBITION ON GREEN PAPER ................................... 3

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS ................ 3

DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS................... 4

YUEN LONG SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETS TCMORROW........... 6

ENVIRONMENTAL CCMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS...... 6

SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS TAXI POLICY REVIEW ................... 7

LADY WILSON TOURS CSD INSTITUTIONS .......................... 7

INTAKE CULVERT FOR SALT WATER PUMPING STATION CONSTRUCTION TINDER....................................................... 8

UC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE TO MEET ................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI ........................ 9

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN CAUSEWAY BAY ................. 9

YUEN LONG WATER CUT.......................................... 9

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1987

INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION SERVICE LAUNCHED » » » * *

THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED FROM YESTERDAY ITS INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION SERVICE PILOT SCHEME, ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG TODAY (TUESDAY), MR MACLEOD SAID: "WHILE IT IS NECESSARY AND DESIRABLE TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES, THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD HAS AGREED THAT IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO MAKE THEM WELL KNOWN, TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE USED BY THOSE WHO NEED THEM.

"GIVEN THE FACT THAT HONG KONG HAS A PREPONDERANCE OF MEDIUM AND SMALL SIZED COMPANIES, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THEY UNDERSTAND HOW THOSE INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES COULD HELP THEM REDUCE COSTS, INCREASE OUTPUT, RAISE THE QUALITY OF THEIR DESIGNS AND PRODUCTS AND, PERHAPS, COPE WITH GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS."

STAFF OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WILL BE VISITING ABOUT 300 FACTORIES OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

MR MACLEOD SAID: "DURING THESE VISITS THEY WILL ASSESS WHETHER A FACTORY COULD BENEFIT FROM ANY OF THE INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

"AND, IF IT SEEMS RIGHT, THEY WILL TRY TO SELL THAT PARTICULAR SERVICE TO THE MANUFACTURER AND WILL PUT HIM IN TOUCH WITH THE PERSON WHO CAN DEAL WITH HIS PROBLEM.

"WE EXPECT THE PILOT SCHEME TO TELL US A LOT ABOUT THE MARKET FOR INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES. WE HOPE TO FIND OUT HOW FAR MANUFACTURERS ARE AWARE OF THE SERVICES PRESENTLY AVAILABLE AND HOW FAR THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THESE SERVICES.

"WE WILL BE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN LISTENING TO MANUFACTURERS' VIEWS ON THE SCOPE FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THESE SERVICES AND WHETHER A DEMAND EXISTS FOR OTHER SERVICES WHICH ARE NOT CURRENTLY BEING PROVIDED. THIS INFORMATION WILL HELP US ASSESS THE NEED FOR FURTHER SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY.

"I. HOPE THE INDUSTRIAL EXTENSION SERVICE PILOT SCHEME WILL TELL US WHAT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY IN THE YEARS AHEAD. GETTING THE ANSWERS RIGHT IS VITAL NOT ONLY TO HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURERS BUT TO THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL.”

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MESSAGE TO SIGN UP SPREADS

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NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID HE EXPECTED THAT ONE IN EVERY TWO ELIGIBLE ELECTORS IN THE DISTRICT WOULD HAVE BEEN REGISTERED WHEN THE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE ENDS THIS MONTH.

ACCOMPANYING A BROADCASTING VAN TO THE SHA TAU KOK TOWN TO DRIVE HOME THE VOTER REGISTRATION MESSAGE TODAY, MR CHEUNG SAID THAT AT PRESENT NORTH DISTRICT HAD A POTENTIAL ELECTORATE OF 81,540 WITH 37,000 ALREADY REGISTERED.

HE SAID THAT THE DISTRICT WAS GIVEN THREE ADDITIONAL CONSTITUENCIES DURING THE LAST REVIEW ON DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES.

MR CHEUNG ALSO CALLED ON VILLAGE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO ARE ELIGIBLE AS ELECTORS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS BY SIGNING UP DURING THE CURRENT EXERCISE.

THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE WAS VERY SIMPLE AND IT WOULD TAKE ONLY A FEW MINUTES FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE TO FILL IN THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES AND SIGNED, HE SAID. ANYONE AGED 21 OR ABOVE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, BEING A HONG KONG PERMANENT RESIDENT OR HAVING RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS, IS ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION.

HE ALSO REMINDED REGISTERED ELECTIORS WHO HAD CHANGED THEIR ADDRESSES TO NOTIFY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION IMMEDIATELY.

THE BROADCASTING VAN CARRYING AN APPEAL MESSAGE AND THE THEME SONG 'SOMEWHERE IN YOUR DISTRICT’ HAD TOURED VILLAGES IN FANLING ON SEPTEMBER 4 AND WOULD VISIT SHEUNG SHUI AND TA KWU LING ON SEPTEMBER 14 AND 22.

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1987

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EXHIBITION ON GREEN PAPER » ♦ ♦ » »

AN EXHIBITION ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL BE MOUNTED AT THE PODIUM OF THE FANLING RAILWAY STATION STARTING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON CIVIC EDUCATION, THE EXHIBITION AIMS AT AROUSING PUBLIC INTEREST IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER.

TO TIE IN WITH THE EXHIBITION, QUESTIONNAIRES LISTING THE VARIOUS OPTIONS CONTAINED IN THE GREEN PAPER WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED. COMPLETED AND RETURNED FORMS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND FORWARDED TO THE SURVEY OFFICE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE MOVED TO THE PODIUM OF THE SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION ON SEPTEMBER 21 WHERE IT WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR 10 DAYS.

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COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

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A NUMBER OF COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TWO-YEAR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT VARIOUS COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES ARE BEING OFFERED TO LOCAL RESIDENTS OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL PROMISE.

THE AWARDS WHICH ARE OFFERED UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN BY EIGHT GOVERNMENTS ARE INTENDED FOR CANDIDATES CAPABLE OF MAKING A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO LIFE IN HONG KONG UPON RETURN FROM THEIR OVERSEAS STUDIES.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE COVERING APPROVED EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL, LIVING AND STUDY DURING THE TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE PROVIDED UNDER THE SCHEME.

THE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 1988/89 ARE TENABLE AT EIGHT COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES NAMELY, BRITAIN, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, TRINIDAD AND TABAGO, JAMAICA, NIGERIA AND SIERRA LEONE.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE GRADUATES OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS. THEY SHOULD NOT GENERALLY BE OVER 35 YEARS OF AGE AND PREFERABLY AGED UNDER 28 WHEN THE SCHOLARSHIP STARTS.

/CANDIDATES WHO

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CANDIDATES WHO ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE, HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER DETAILS RELATED TO THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON 5TH FLOOR, ROOM 530, 33-37 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO RETURN THEIR COMPLETED FORMS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO THE OFFICE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

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DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS * ♦ » ♦ ♦

A TWO-MONTH DISTRICT FESTIVAL OFFERING A HOST OF ACTIVITIES FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS WILL BE LAUNCHED ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11).

THE FESTIVAL WILL BE KICKED OFF BY A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY OF LIGHTS AT THE PARK LANE BOULEVARD WHILE A TV SPECIAL FEATURING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRICT WILL BE BROADCAST ON TVB JADE AT 10.05 PM.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YIP WAH, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO STRENGTHEN DISTRICT IDENTITY AND TO ENHANCE PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS AMONG RESIDENTS.

MORE THAN 60 EVENTS OF A WIDE VARIETY WILL BE HELI) DURING THE FESTIVAL, CATERING TO THE NEEDS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID.

THEY INCLUDE CHINESE OPERA, VARIETY SHOW, ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY, CARNIVALS, TELEMATCH, ART EXHIBITIONS AND COOKING COMPETITION. r

OTHER THAN RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES, THERE ARE EVENTS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO CULTIVATE RESIDENTS’ CONCERN AND INTEREST IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR YIP SAID.

AMONG THEM ARE SEMINARS, QUESTIONNAIRES ON CIVIC KNOWLEDGE AND DISTRICT MATTERS AND A SUGGESTION SCHEME THROUGH WHICH RESIDENTS CAN EXPRESS VIEWS ON WAYS TO IMPROVE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND ON MATTERS AFFECTING THEIR DAILY LIFE.

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ANOTHER PROGRAMME DURING THE FESTIVAL WILL BE THE BEAUTIFICATION OF THE DISTRICT THROUGH TREE PLANTING.

’’RESIDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE BY FORWARDING SUGGESTIONS ON LOCATIONS FOR TREE PLANTING TO THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERATION BY RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS,” MR YIP SAID.

A TREE PLANTING CEREMONY WOULD BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT A SITE NEAR THE REGENT HOTEL TO CALL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE BEAUTIFICATION EXERCISE, HE ADDED.

TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE CONCEPT OF PROPER BUILDING MANAGEMENT, THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE IS ORGANISING COMPETITIONS TO SELECT THE BEST MANAGED BUILDING AND THE BEST CARETAKER IN THE DISTRICT.

MR YIP SAID THE FESTIVAL, BEING THE FIRST ORGANISED FOR THE DISTRICT, WAS WIDELY SUPPORTED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS, COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, AREA COMMITTEES, COMMERCIAL FIRMS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WHICH HELP ORGANISE MANY OF THE EVENTS.

THE FESTIVAL COSTS MORE THAN $700,000 OF WHICH $300,000 IS FROM DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TREE PLANTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 1.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT A SITE NEXT TO THE SLIP ROAD OF THE REGENT HOTEL. AMONG THOSE TO OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YIP WAH.

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YUEN LONG SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE PROVISION OF PIPED GAS TO YUEN LONG ESTATE.

MEMBERS’ VIEWS WILL BE SOUGHT ON THE SAFETY AND ECONOMIC ASPECT OF INSTALLING A CENTRAL GAS SUPPLY SYSTEM IN THE 20-YEAR-OLD PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER TWO APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO ORGANISE VISITS FOR THE ELDERLY AND CAMPING FOR THE DISABLED.

THERE WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSION ON THE PROGRESS REPORT OF DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORED SOCIAL SERVICES ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CARRY OUT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

THE PROGRESS REPORTS OF LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE 3RD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1, TUEN HI ROAD.

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SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS TAXI POLICY REVIEW » * » * »

MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON ‘THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON THE TAXI POLICY REVIEW AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 10). |

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THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BILL AND FOUR APPLICATIONS TO SET UP AMUSEMENT CENTRES IN ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS FROM THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 10) IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, 2/F, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN.

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LADY WILSON

TOURS CSD INSTITUTIONS « * * » *

(TUESDAY) GAINED DEPARTMENT’S WORK PRISON AND TAI TAM

WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR, LADY WILSON, TODAY FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES d!Sg A VISIT OF TWO OF ITS INSTITUTIONS, STANLEY GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

STANLEY PRISON HOUSES

MAXIMUM SECURITY

INSTITUTION CATERS

CONDITIONS

PRISONERS SERVING

WHILST TAI TAM

FOR YOUNG FEMALE OFFENDERS AGED

LONG GAP

UNDER

SENTENCES IN

CORRECTIONAL 21 .

ACCOMPANIED CHAN WA-SHEK, LADY A LOOK AT A NUMBER VARIOUS WORKSHOPS.

BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR WILSON FIRST WENT TO STANLEY PRISON WHERE SHE TOOK OF INMATES’ BLOCK, HOSPITAL, KITCHEN FACILITIES AND

AT TAI TAM TAILORING WORKSHOP, RESTAURANT. SHE WAS FOR TRAINING CENTRE YOUNG PRISONERS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING

GAP, LADY WILSON TOURED THE CLASSROOMS,

LAUNDRY, BEAUTY SALOON AND THE TRAINING TOLD THAT THE INSTITUTION HAS SEPARATE SECTIONS INMATES, DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE INMATES, GIRLS ON REMAND, AND PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL AND CLASSES FOR THEM.

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INTAKE CULVERT FOR SALT WATER PUMPING STATION CONSTRUCTION TENDER

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THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN INTAKE CULVERT FOR CHA KWO LING SALT WATER PUMPING STATION.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE DEPARTMENT'S PORT WORKS DIVISION, MR FRANK LOONG, TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID THE WORKS COMPRISED CONSTRUCTION OF 13 METRES OF INTAKE CULVERT AND ASSOCIATED DEMOLITION WORK AND SUBSEQUENT REINSTATEMENT OF 30 METRES OF VERTICAL SEAWALL.

THE CULVERT WILL FORM PART OF THE PUMPING STATION'S SALT WATER INTAKE STRUCTURE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE DIVISION.

THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN DECEMBER AND TAKE SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 25.

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UC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE TO MEET ♦ * * ♦ ♦

MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL'S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY DR RONALD LEUNG, WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN ACTIVITIES.

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REPORTS WILL BE MADE ON THE PROGRESS OF ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE CLEANSING OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS, CLEAN BEACH PHASE ACTIVITIES, AND THE TWO SCHOOL COMPETITIONS TO BE ORGANISED FROM OCTOBER TO DECEMBER, TO SUPPORT THE ’CLEAN SCHOOL’ PHASE OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: •

YOU«ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE COMMITTEE ROOM NO.2, 4/F, URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS, EDINBURGH PLACE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI » ♦ * ♦ *

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 10), SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI KOK TSUI TO TIE IN WITH THE OPENING OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR SECTION IN CHEUNG SHA WAN SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH.

LIME STREET SECTION BETWEEN TUNG CHAU STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE WAY TRAFFIC FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, WHILE WALNUT STREET SECTION BETWEEN TUNG CHAU STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE WAY TRAFFIC FROM SOUTH TO NORTH.

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN CAUSEWAY BAY ♦ » ♦ » ♦

TWO SECTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JARDINE’S BAZAAR IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE MADE 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11).

THEY ARE THE SECTION BETWEEN HOUSE NO.5 AND 29, AND THE SECTION FROM HOUSE NO.45 TO 55.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

YUEN LONG WATER CUT ♦ * ♦ ♦

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE TURNED OFF ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) FROM 9 PM TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT LAU FAU SHAN ROAD, INCLUDING SHA KONG MIU, SHA KONG TSUEN, LAU FAU SHAN, SAN HING TSUEN, NGAU HOM, SHA KONG WAI, FUNG KONG TSUEN, TUNG TAU TSUEN, SIK KONG TSUEN, SAN WAI, TSEUNG KONG WAI, SIK KONG WAI AND SAN UK TSUEN; TIN HA ROAD, INCLUDING LEE UK TSUEN, SAI SHAN TSUEN, WONG MA TUN AND TIN SAM; AND SHEK PO ROAD, INCLUDING SHEK PO TSUEN AND HUNG SHEK ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9i 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE OF BROADCASTING AUTHORITY APPOINTED ... 1

GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON ................................... 2

GOVERNOR SEES SOUTHERN DISTRICT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES ...... 2

COMMUNITY BUILDING 'GOING CM QUICKLY' ...................... 3

NEW RATING AREA SPECIFIED .................................. 4

JACOBS CONTINUES FACTORY VISIT ............................. 4

FOUR GOVERNMENT SITES TO LET ............................... 5

NETHERLANDS TRADE MISSION TO VISIT CONTAINER PORT AND FACTORY ...................................................... 6

ADVICE AGAINST TAMPERING WITH PARKING METERS .............. 7

STAGGERED RELEASE OF STAFF SUGGESTED WITH THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON ...................................................... 8

GOOD PROSPECTS FOR MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY . 9

RARE MARINE MAMMALS TO BE PRESERVED ........................ 10

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND............. 11

NO RIGHT TURN ON TSUI PING ROAD ............................ 12

RESTRICTED ZONE IN KWAI CHUNG .............................. 12

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1987

COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE

OF BROADCASTING AUTHORITY APPOINTED *****

THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPOINTED A COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE AND HANDLE COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THE BROADCASTING INDUSTRY.

AT ITS FIRST MEETING SINCE IT CAME INTO BEING ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY APPOINTED MR LO KING-MAN, MR IRA KAYE, MRS PAMELA CHAN, MRS MABEL CHOW AND THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE.

THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE MAY CO-OPT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHERE NECESSARY TO ASSIST IN THE DISCHARGE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO FINDS THAT A TELEVISION LICENSEE IS IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE, THE TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF A LICENCE OR A CODE OF PRACTICE, CAN LODGE A COMPLAINT WITH THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY.

THE AUTHORITY WILL HAVE TO REFER THE COMPLAINT TO THE COMMITTEE FOR INVESTIGATION UNLESS THE COMPLAINT IS FOUND BY THE AUTHORITY TO BE TRIVIAL OR FRIVOLOUS.

THREE REGIONAL PANELS WERE ESTABLISHED TO MAINTAIN CLOSE LIAISON WITH THE COMMUNITY ON THE QUALITY OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES. THE HONG KONG ISLAND PANEL WILL BE CHAIRED BY DR STAN CHEUNG, THE KOWLOON PANEL WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR STEPHEN CHENG WHILE THE NEW TERRITORIES PANEL BY DR FANNY CHEUNG.

THE AUTHORITY ALSO AGREED ON ITS PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 1, 1987 TO MARCH 31, 1988.

THE MAIN TASKS INCLUDE THE DRAWING UP OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE NEW LICENCES OF TVB AND ATV WHICH ARE DUE TO EXPIRE IN DECEMBER 1988, THE REVIEW OF THE CODES OF PRACTICE IN RESPECT OF PROGRAMME STANDARDS, ADVERTISING STANDARDS AND TECHNICAL STANDARDS, THE COMMISSIONING OF A BROADCASTING SURVEY AND THE APPOINTMENT OF ANY ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHERE NECESSARY.

THE AUTHORITY WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON TELEVISION BROADCASTING AND THE EXISTING CONTROL PROCEDURES OVER THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT LONDON FROM OCTOBER 26 TO 28 FOLLOWING HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES.

WHILE IN LONDON, HE WILL ATTEND THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 27. THE GOVERNOR LAST VISITED LONDON IN JULY.

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GOVERNOR SEES SOUTHERN DISTRICT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND LADY WILSON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOURED SOUTHERN DISTRICT BY AIR, LAND AND SEA.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BRIAN CHAU, AND SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON BEGAN THEIR TOUR WITH A HELICOPTER FLIGHT FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE PROMINENT FEATURES OF THE LARGEST OF THE URBAN DISTRICTS, INCLUDING NEW DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS TELEGRAPH BAY RECLAMATION AND THE SITE OF THE PLANNED WAH KWEI PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AT KELLETT BAY.

LANDING AT THE WONG CHUK HANG SPORTS GROUND, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WERE GREETED BY SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR JASPER LAM.

THE PARTY THEN WALKED TO THE WONG CHUK HANG INDUSTRIAL AREA WHERE THEY VISITED THE NEW ISLAND PRINTING FACTORY AND WERE SHOWN THE LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN THE PRINTING TRADE.

SIR DAVID, LADY WILSON AND THEIR SONS WERE THEN DRIVEN TO SHUM WAN ROAD PIER WHERE THEY BOARDED A SAMPAN FOR A TOUR OF THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR. DURING THE TRIP, THE GOVERNOR LEARNT OF THE WORKINGS OF HONG KONG’S LARGEST FISHING PORT FROM MARINE OFFICER, MR M.K. CHAN.

HE WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE LARGE CLEARANCE, REHOUSING AND RECLAMATION PROJECT ON THE NORTHERN SHORE OF AP LEI CHAU.

THE SITE, WHICH HAS AROUND 6,000 SQUATTERS AND BOAT DWELLERS AND MORE THAN 200 SMALL SHIPYARDS AND WORKSHOPS, WILL BE CLEARED IN TWO PHASES TO MAKE WAY FOR 8.5 HECTARES OF RECLAMATION TO BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS. MOST OF THE SQUATTERS AND BOAT DWELLERS ARE BEING REHOUSED IN LEI TUNG ESTATE ON AP LEI CHAU.

/THE GOVERNOR

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THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON ENDED THEIR HARBOUR TOUR WITH A VISIT TO A TRAWLER AND A DWELLING BOAT WHOSE OCCUPANTS WERE ABOUT TO MOVE TO LEI TUNG.

THE PARTY LANDED AT AP LEI CHAU AND WERE DRIVEN TO LEI TUNG ESTATE WHERE THEY WERE MET BY SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, MR H.C. CHAN, WHO TOOK THEM TO AN UPPER FLOOR OF TUNG CHEONG HOUSE FOR \ PANORAMIC VIEW OF THIS PARTIALLY COMPLETED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT.

ARCHITECT, MR STUART HALL, TOLD SIR DAVID THAT THE PROJECT WOULD PROVIDE 9,500 RENTAL AND HOMI OWNERSHIP FLATS WITH WIDE-RANGING FACILITIES FOR SOME 37,000 PEOPLE WHFN FULLY COMPLETED IN MID-1988. SO FAR, AROUND 11,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY MOVED IN.

LATER, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON VISITED A THEIR NEW FLAT AND THEN TOOK A WALK THROUGH THE FOOD CENTRE.

FAMILY OF SIX IN

MARKET AND COOKED

AT THE END OF THE TOUR, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON ATTENDED A TEA PARTY IN THE LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL AND MET MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AS WELL AS OTHER LOCAL PERSONALITIES.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WIPE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY

THEIR TWO SONS, PETER AND ANDREW.

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COMMUNITY BUILDING ’GOING ON QUICKLY’ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW QUICKLY COMMUNITY BUILDING WAS GOING ON IN THE TERRITORY.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER TOURING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, SIR DAVID SAID 'HI IS WAS SOMETHING Will (’ll THE GOVERNMENT HAD DEVOTED A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION, AND THAT HE WAS VERY PLEASED TO LEARN FROM THE LEE FAMILY WHICH HE VISITED AT LEI TUNG ESTATE THAT MR LEE WAS ALREADY SETTING UP A MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE IN HIS OWN Bl ILDTNG.

SIR iIaVID ALSO SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE REHOUSING OF PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN LIVING ON BOATS IN THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR.

"THE PROGRAMME IS GOING VERY WELL AND I THINK IT IS VERY SATISFYING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING ON BOATS TO BE MOVING INTO BETTER ACCOMMODATION ON LAND," HE \DDED.

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NEW RATING AREA SPECIFIED * t ♦

AN ORDER EXTENDING RATING COVERAGE TO COVER ALL AREAS WITHIN

THE TERRITORY WILL BE (SEPTEMBER 11).

PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT

GAZETTE

ON FRIDAY

THIS FOLLOWED A GOVERNOR-1N-COUNCIL DECISION YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO SPECIFY A NEW RATING AREA, WHICH INCLUDES ALL THOSE PORTIONS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA THAT WERE NOT INCLUDED IN ANY SPECIFIED AREAS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE RATING (AREAS OF HONG KONG I (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1987.

COMMENTING ON THE ORDER, A RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW RATING AREA COVERS MAINLY THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND A VERY SMALL PART OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA. ALL AREAS WITHIN THE TERRITORY WILL NOW BE ASSESSABLE TO RATES.

HE SAID THAT IT IS INTENDED THAT TENEMENTS WITHIN THE NEW SPECIFIED AREA WILL BE ASSESSED TO RATES IN PHASES AND ON THE SAME BASIS AS CURRENTLY APPLICABLE IN EXISTING AREAS. RATES THERE WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 1, 1988.

HE ADDED THAT EXEMPTION FROM RATES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGE TYPE HOUSES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AS APPLIED TO THF EXISTING AREAS, WILL ALSO APPLY IN THE NEW RATING AREA.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT 26TH FLOOR, HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG, TELEPHONE 5-8957888 OR AT APPROPRIATE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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JACOBS CONTINUES FACTORY VISIT ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND PRODUCT INNOVATION SERVICE COMPANY AND A METALS FACTORY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MA(’LEOI), AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR TONY EASON, MR JACOBS FIRST VISITED THE HONG KONG DESIGN INNOVATION COMPANY LIMITED (HKDIC) IN TS1M SHA TSUI EAST AND WAS RECEIVED BY ITS CHAIRMAN, MR CHRISTOPHER CHENG, AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR DOUGLAS TOMKIN.

AFTER TOURING THE OFFICE, MR JACOBS SAW A SLIDE MODEL PRESENTATION AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE COMPANY’S OUTLOOK BY ITS SENIOR STAFF.

/ESTABLISHED IN .......

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ESTABLISHEI IN MARCH 1986, THE HKDIC IS A GOVERNMENT-BACKED COMPANY SET t’P TO PROVIDE AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND PRODUCT INNOVATION SERVICES TO HONG KONG INDUSTRY. IT ASSISTS SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FIRMS BY PROVIDING RELEVANT FACILITIES TO THEM AT AFFORDABLE PRICES SO THAT THEY CAN BE COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD MARKET. IT HAS SO FAR COMPLETED ABOUT 60 PROJECTS IN PRODUCT DESIGN FOR TOYS, ELECTRONICS PRODUCTS AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY LATER PROCEEDED TO ALPHA METALS LIMITED IN KWUN TONG AND WAS RECEIVED AND LED ON A PLANT TOUR BY ITS MARKETING DIRECTOR, MR K.L. NG, AND MANUFACTURING DIRECTOR, MR CLIVE IP.

BEING A SUBSIDIARY OF ALPHA METALS INC. OF THE USA, ALPHA METALS LIMITED WAS SET UP IN AUGUST 1970 TO MANUFACTURE SOLDER PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS FOR THE LOCAL AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN MARKETS.

THE COMPANY OPENED A SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY CENTRE IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES SUCH AS TRAINING PROGRAMME AND PROCESS DEMONSTRATION, TO LOCAL ELECTRONIC MANUFACTURERS ON SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY.

SOLDER IS AN ALLOY USED MAINLY FOR ELECTRICAL/ ELECTRONIC CONNECTIONS. IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR THERE WERE EIGHT ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING 119 WORKERS IN THE MANUFACTURE OF SOLDE” METAL. ITS EXPORT VALUE REACHED $12.2 MILLION IN 1986, AN INCREASE OF 18.4 PER CENT OVER 1985.

FOUR GOVERNMENT SITES TO LET ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

FOUR GOVERNMENT SITES, TWO IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IWO ON HONG KONG ISLAND, ARE BEING LET ON SHORT TERM TENANCIES BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

ONE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES* SITES, AT PING CHE, FANLING, MEASURES 2,886 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR OPEN STORAGE, CONCRETE BATCHING, CAR DISMANTLING OR FOR USE AS AN ASPHALT PLANT.

THE TENANCY IS THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

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THE OTHER IS AT THE JUNCTION OF ON LAI AND ON KWAN STREETS, SHA TIN, AND MEASURES 2,200 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY, BUT EXCLUDING TRAILERS AND ANY HEAVY VEHICLES HAVING AN UNLADEN WEIGHT EXCEEDING TWO TONS.

THE TENANT CAN ALSO USE IT FOR PAINT SPRAYING OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY IS ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

ONE OF THE SITES ON HONG KONG ISLAND IS ON CHAI WAN ROAD. IT IS FOR STORING GOODS, PRIVATE MOTOR CARS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

THE TENANCY OF THE 1,330-SQUARE-METRE SITE IS TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE OTHER, MEASURING 1,830 SQUARE METRES, IS AT SAI WAN HO RECLAMATION, SHAU KEI WAN. IT IS FOR STORING GOODS, BUT EXCLUDING MOTOR VEHICLES.

ACCORDING TO THE TENANCY TERM, IT CAN ALSO BE USED AS A PUBLIC, FEE-PAYING CARPARK.

THE TENANCY IS THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS ON ALL FOUR SITES IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 25.

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NETHERLANDS TRADE MISSION TO VISIT CONTAINER PORT AND FACIORY

SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, DIRECTORS AND HIGH-RANKING REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS MAJOR COMPANIES FROM THE NETHERLANDS WILL VISIT HONG KONG’S CONTAINER PORT AND A FACTORY IN KWAI CHUNG TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE 20-MEMBER DUTCH TRADE MISSION WILL VISIT TERMINAL ONE OF THE CONTAINER PORT AND ATTEND BRIEFINGS BY THE MODERN TERMINALS LIMITED, ONE OF THE THREE COMPANIES OPERATING AT THE CONTAINER PORT.

THE VISIT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CONCERNED PARTIES OF THE WORLD’S FIRST TWO LARGEST CONTAINER PORTS, AT ROTTERDAM IN THE NETHERLANDS AND KWAI CHUNG IN HONG KONG, TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN CONTAINER PORT DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION.

/THE TRADE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTfXBEB 9, 1987

THE TRADE MISSION WILL THEN VISIT MILO’S KNITWEAR FACTORY WHICH HAS BEEN SET UP FOR 15 YEARS AND HAS A MAJOR EXPORT MARKET IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

ACCOMPANYING THE VISIT WILL BE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, AND THE DUTCH CONSUL-GENERAL IN HONG KONG, MR E.M. MICHIELS VAN KESSENICH.

THEY WILL BOARD THE LAUNCH "TIN HAU” AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR THE CONTAINER PORT AND THEN DEPART BY COACH TO MILO’S KNITWEAR FACTORY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT OF THE NETHERLANDS TRADE MISSION TO THE CONTAINER PORT AND THE MILO’S KNITWEAR FACTORY TOMORROW (THURSDAY). PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 2 PM AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT TSIM SHA TSUI (NEAR STAR FERRY PIER). KWAI TSING DISTRICT INFORMATION OFFICER, MISS DIANA KAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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ADVICE AGAINST TAMPERING WITH PARKING METERS « * » * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ADVISED THAT THE TAMPERING OF PARKING METERS IS AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE BY A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT ON CONVICTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID THAT A 36-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS FINED $750 BY THE CENTRAL MAGISTRACY LAST FRIDAY AFTER HE WAS FOUND INTERFERING WITH A PARKING METER ON JAFFE ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

‘ THE MAN, WHO PARKED HIS CAR AT A METERED PARKING SPACE NEAR PRESIDENT THEATRE ON THURSDAY EVENING, WAS CAUGHT BY POLICE OFFICERS WHO SAW HIM TAMPER WITH THE PARKING METER. HE PLEADED GUILTY IN COURT.

"THE DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED OVER THE INCREASING NUMBER OF DAMAGED PARKING METERS CAUSED BY ILLEGAL INTERFERENCE. ON JAFFE ROAD ALONE, A TOTAL OF 80 PARKING METERS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OVER THE PAST THREE MONTHS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IF A PARKING METER IS OUT OF ORDER, MOTORISTS SHOULD MAKE A REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT'S METER COMPLAINT UNIT AT 5-298611 IMMEDIATELY, GIVING DETAILS OF THE DEFECTIVE METER'S EXACT LOCATION, METER NUMBER AND THE REGISTRATION NUMBER OF THEIR VEHICLES," HE URGED.

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STAGGERED RELEASE OF STAFF SUGGESTED WITH THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON *****

WITH THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON GERALD, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RELEASING THEIR STAFF IN PHASES IF AND WHEN THE NO. 8 SIGNAL WAS RAISED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ONLY WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF EMPOYERS COULD THE TRANSPORT PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE RETURNING HOME ALMOST AT THE SAME TIME BE REDUCED.

HE SAID GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WOULD BE RELEASING THEIR STAFF IN PHASES WHEN THE HOISTING OF A NO. 8 SIGNAL WAS IMMINENT. HE URGED THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO TAKE SIMILAR STEPS WITH THEIR STAFF.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT WHEN THE DIRECTOR OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY WAS REASONABLY CERTAIN THAT A NO. 8 SIGNAL WOULD BE HOISTED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO HOURS, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ISSUE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ADVISING DEPARTMENT HEADS AND EMPLOYERS TO RELEASE THEIR STAFF IN STAGES.

THIS SHOULD START WITH STAFF WHO HAD TO CATCH AN OUTLYING FERRY, FOLLOWING A BROADCAST ANNOUNCEMENT THAT FERRY SERVICES WOULD SOON BE SUSPENDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SECOND GROUP TO BE RELEASED SHOULD BE THOSE WHO HAVE TO MAKE A LONG AND DIFFICULT JOURNEY HOME.

HE SAID THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO DEFINE A LONG AND DIFFICULT JOURNEY, BUT NOTED THAT PEOPLE WHO WORK IN CENTRAL AND LIVE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, OR VICE VERSA, SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THIS CATEGORY.

WHEN THE NO. 8 SIGNAL WAS HOISTED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID EMPLOYERS SHOULD RELEASE THOSE WHO HAD TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE TRIP OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GO HOME.

"THEY SHOULD ALSO RELEASE AT THIS TIME PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRONG OR PRESSING PERSONAL REASONS TO RETURN HOME, E.G. MOTHERS WHO HAVE TO LOOK AFTER THEIR CHILDREN.”

"THE LAST GROUP OF PEOPLE TO BE RELEASED SHOULD BE THOSE WHO LIVE NEAR TO THEIR PLACE OF WORK," HE ADDED.

THF SPOKESMAN ASSURED COMMUTERS THAT MAJOR TRANSPORT OPERATORS WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SERVICES BETWEEN THREE TO SIX HOURS AFTER THE NO. 8 SIGNAL HAD BEEN HOISTED.

HE SAID THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF STAFF TO BE RELEASED IN PHASES WERE ONLY GENERAL GUIDELINES AND THAT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HEADS AND EMPLOYERS WOULD HAVE TO DECIDE ON THEIR OWN PRIORITIES ACCORDING TO CIRCUMSTANCES.

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GOOD PROSPECTS FOR MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY » * » « *

HE MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY WILL GROW AGAIN WITH THE IMPROVED EXPORT PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG SINCE 1986, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE TRAINING BOARD FEELS IF THE INDUSTRY IS TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE AND VIABLE, IT MUST CONTINUE TO UPGRADE ITS MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES AND FACILITIES AND TO INVEST IN MANPOWER TRAINING.

THE SURVEY REVEALED THAT THE NUMBER OF APPRENTICES/TRAINEES IN THE INDUSTRY HAD GROWN SUBSTANTIALLY FROM 2,507 IN 1984 TO 3,468 IN 1986. .

THE TRAINING BOARD NOTED THAT THIS INCREASE IS INDICATIVE OF THE INDUSTRY’S ANTICIPATED DEMAND FOR PROPERLY TRAINED WORKERS AS MORE ADVANCED AND SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTION PROCESS AND MACHINERY ARE BEING USED TO ACHIEVE HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY.

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IT WAS REVEALED THAT THE TECHNICAL MANPOWER OF THE INDUSTRY CONTINUED TO DECREASE AND DROPPED FROM 97,184 IN 1984 TO 94,654 IN 1986.

OF THE THREE MOST PROSPEROUS BRANCHES AMONG THE INDUSTRY, WORKFORCE IN THE MACHINERY BRANCH CONTINUE TO PROSPER WHILE THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING BRANCH AND THE MECHANICAL CLOCKS AND WATCHES MANUFACTURING BRANCH CONTINUE TO DECLINE.

THE DECLINE OF THE INDUSTRY’S WORKFORCE AT A DECREASING RATE OF 9.97 PER CENT PER ANNUM BETWEEN 1982 AND 1984 AND 1.3 PER CENT BETWEEN 1984 AND 1986, HOWEVER, INDICATED THAT THE CONSOLIDATION PROCESS HAS REACHED ITS FINAL STAGE, THE TRAINING BOARD OBSERVED.

BASED ON THE SURVEY FINDINGS, THE TRAINING BOARD ESTIMATED THAT THE INDUSTRY WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL 80 TECHNOLOGISTS, 450 TECHNICIANS AND 3,500 CRAFTSMEN ANNUALLY BETWEEN 1987 AND 1992.

THE REPORT, PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, ALSO CONTAINS DETAILED STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON MANPOWER SITUATION OF THE INDUSTRY, AND IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES CENTRE, AT $18 A COPY.

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RARE MARINE MAMMALS TO BE PRESERVED *****

MARINE BIOLOGISTS IN THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ARE PRESERVING THE REMAINS OF TWO RARE VISITORS TO HONG KONG WATERS -A PYGMY SPERM WHALE AND A GREY DOLPHIN - WHICH WERE FOUND STRANDED IN SHALLOW WATER IN TAI TAM BAY AND TAI PO HOI RESPECTIVELY IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

THEY WERE THE FIRST OF THESE ENDANGERED SPECIES EVER VISITED HONG KONG DESPITE THE FACT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN, SINCE 1973, FOUR SIGHTINGS OF WHALES AND 46 SIGHTINGS OF DOLPHINS IN LOCAL WATERS.

THE PYGMY SPERM WHALE WAS A 2.16 METRE MALE, WEIGHING SOME 200 KG WHILE THE GREY DOLPHIN, ALSO MALE WITH SIMILAR WEIGHT, WAS 2.6 METRES LONG.

IN VIEW OF THEIR HIGH EDUCATIONAL VALUE, THE DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO TURN THEM INTO SKELETON SPECIMENS BY MEANS OF BURYING THE CARCASES AT THE DEPARTMENT’S KAT O FISHERIES SUB-STATION.

THE SKELETONS WILL BE UNEARTHED ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11). CONDUCTING THE OPERATION WILL BE THE FISHERIES RESEARCH OFFICER, DR PAUL MAK, AND THE CONSERVATION OFFICER, MR RICHARD CHAN.

A VISIT WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE UNEARTHING OF THE MAMMALS AT THE KAT O FISHERIES SUB-STATION ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) MORNING.

TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE AFD HEADQUARTERS, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON AT 9 AM FOR WONG SHEK PIER IN THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK FROM WHERE A LAUNCH WILL TAKE THE PRESS PARTY TO KAT 0.

IN VIEW OF THE CAPACITY OF THE LAUNCH, IT IS NECESSARY TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS TO NOT MORE THAN 30. INTERESTED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO TELEPHONE THE AFD INFORMATION UNIT AT 3-7332176 BEFORE 5 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR ALLOTMENT OF SPACE WHICH WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND t » * * »

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR A SERIES OF URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 12). DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* IN CENTRAL, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON A FIVE-METRE STRETCH OF THEATRE LANE NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE EXTENDED FOR ABOUT FIVE METRES NORTHWARDS.

» THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WELLINGTON STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 85 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY. THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WELLINGTON STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE LIFTED.

* IN HAPPY VALLEY, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KING KWONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHAN KWONG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, AND 15-METRE STRETCH OF THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHAN KWONG ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KING KWONG STREET WILL BECOME PEAK-HOUR (I.E. 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS.

* IN ABERDEEN, WAH LAM PATH NORTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WAH FU ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE PEAK-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

» SECTIONS OF ISLAND ROAD AND REPULSE BAY ROAD IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL ALSO BECOME URBAN CLEARWAYS OPERATING ROUND THE CLOCK. THEY ARE: THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ISLAND ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH REPULSE BAY ROAD TO A POI^T ABOUT 75 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, AND REPULSE BAY ROAD NORTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ISLAND ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES NORHT OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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NO RIGHT TURN ON TSUI PING ROAD ♦ * *

THE RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT FROM TSUI PING ROAD ON TO KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM DAILY FROM SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 12) TO SEPTEMBER 15 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

MOTORISTS ON TSUI PING ROAD HEADING FOR KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO DIVERT VIA HIP WO STREET.

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RESTRICTED ZONE IN KWAI CHUNG ♦ » ♦ * ♦

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11), THE NEW ACCESS ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH NEW CONTAINER PORT ROAD AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION 'OUTSTANDING' .................... 1

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO IMPROVE MEDICAL SERVICES ................ 2

NEED FOR INWARD INVESTMENT STRESSED ............................. 3

PROPOSALS TO INCREASE INVESTMENT PROMOTION ...................... 4

external trade statistics for july 1987 ......................... 5

1988 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY........................... 12

INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION SIGNS CONTRACT FOR FACTORIES 13 JUNK BAY WATER RESERVOIR AND MAINS LAYING TENDERS INVITED .. 13

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ............... 14

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY.................................. 15

DUTCH TRADE MISSION TOURS KWAI TSING ........................... 19

VARIETY SHOW TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION ..................... 19

MONG KOK DB TO DISCUSS GREEN PAPER ............................. 20

SPECIAL DB MEETING TO DISCUSS GREEN PAPER ...................... 21

YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FESTIVAL STARTS TOMORROW ................... 21

TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT FOR TSUEN WAN ............................ 22

EXHIBITION ON RENAL DISEASES ................................... 22

REPORT OF SECONDARY STUDENTS' UNRULY BEHAVIOUR PUBLISHED ... 23

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SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION 'OUTSTANDING’

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THERE HAS BEEN GENERAL RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION IS AN OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT, AND ONE ON WHICH HONG KONG CAN BUILD A SECURE AND PROSPEROUS FUTURE, ONE OF HONG KONG’S TOP REPRESENTATIVES IN THE UNITED STATES SAID IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE REPRESENTATIVE, HONG KONG’S DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK, MR KERRY MCGLYNN, WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSMEN INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN OR TRADING WITH HONG KONG. OTHER PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED HONG KONG’S DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, AND THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL’S SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, MR ANDREW MA.

MR MCGLYNN TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT WAS ALSO PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY. "EQUALLY, THE BEDDING DOWN PROCESS HAS SHOWN RESULTS ALREADY, POINTING THE WAY TO WHAT ALL CONCERNED ARE DETERMINED WILL BE A SEAMLESS TRANSITION IN 1997," HE SAID.

TURNING TO RECENT REPORTS OF A FLIGHT OF CAPITAL AND PROFESSIONAL WORKERS FROM HONG KONG, MR MCGLYNN POINTED TO THE BOOMING ECONOMY, SAYING THAT THE FACTS DID NOT BEAR OUT THE CLAIMS.

"IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE HOW A COMMUNITY SUPPOSEDLY GRIPPED BY FEAR, WHICH IS SUFFERING FROM A MASSIVE BRAIN DRAIN AND A HAEMORRHAGE OF CAPITAL, CAN AT THE SAME TIME MANAGE ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT WHEN ALL THE MONEY AND MANAGERS RETURN: LOOK OUT WORLD,” HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE POLITICAL SCENE IN HONG KONG, MR MCGLYNN SAID THAT THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WOULD BE IMPORTANT, WITH THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE BASIC LAW NEXT YEAR AND THE RELEASE OF THE WHITE PAPER ON PROPOSALS FOR POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT AT MORE OR LESS THE SAME TIME. BETWEEN THEM, HE SAID, THESE TWO DOCUMENTS SHOULD SIGNPOST THE WAY FORWARD IN TERMS OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT.

"IF THE SIGNPOSTS POINT IN WHAT THE PEOPLE PERCEIVE TO BE THE RIGHT DIRECTION, SOME OF THE PRESENT POLITICAL WORRIES SHOULD BE RESOLVED AND A FURTHER PERIOD OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POLITICAL MATURITY CAN BE ANTICIPATED," HE SAID.

"THE JOINT DECLARATION IS A BOLD AND IMAGINATIVE SOLUTION TO A UNIQUE PROBLEM. ALL OF THOSE INVOLVED - THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,BRITAIN AND CHINA - HAVE SO MUCH TO GAIN BY ITS SUCCESS THAT ITS FAILURE IS UNTHINKABLE," MR McGLYNN CONCLUDED.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1987

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO IMPROVE MEDICAL SERVICES * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TAKES VERY SERIOUSLY ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO IMPROVE CONTINUALLY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IT PROVIDES FOR THE COMMUNITY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ADDRESSING THE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID SAID THERE WAS STILL MUCH TO BE DONF IF FUTURE DEMAND BE MET AND TARGETS ACHIEVED.

"WE WILL GO SOME WAY TOWARDS THIS BY THE ADDITION OF 7,000 MORE HOSPITAL BEDS IN THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS," HE SAID.

"BUT I HOPE ALSO THAT WE CAN MAKE THE SYSTEM MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE CHANGING NEEDS AND RISING EXPECTATIONS OF OUR PEOPLE, AND ENSURE THAT RESOURCES ARE USED AS EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE."

IN THIS AREA, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE MAKING USE OF THE REPORT ON THE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN HOSPITALS ISSUED IN 1985.

• STARTING WITH THE SUCCESSFUL CONTAINMENT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES OVER THE PAST DECADES, SIR DAVID RECOUNTED THE EFFORTS AND IMPROVEMENT IN HONG KONG’S MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AND SAID THE RESULT HAD BEEN REMARKABLE.

IN 1965, HONG KONG’S INFANT MORTALITY RATE STOOD AT 60.9 PER THOUSAND LIVE BIRTHS AND IN 1986 IT FELL TO 7.6.

CORRESPONDINGLY, THE MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE DROPPED FROM 0.9 PER THOUSAND TOTAL BIRTHS IN 1956 TO 0.03 IN 1986.

"LIFE EXPECTANCY HAS ALSO INCREASED. HONG KONG’S AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH IS NOW 74 YEARS FOR MEN AND 79 YEARS FOR WOMEN," SIR DAVID SAID.

"THESE HEALTH INDICES ARE OUTSTANDING BY WORLD STANDARDS. IN 1984, LIFE EXPECTANCY IN HONG KONG WAS GREATER THAN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY 1.6 YEARS FOR MEN AND 1.4 YEARS FOR WOMEN; AND GREATER THAN IN THE UNITED STATES BY 2.1 YEARS FOR MEN AND 0.7 FOR WOMEN."

ON THE CURATIVE SIDE, SIR DAVID NOTED THE NUMBER OF HOSPITAL BEDS HAD INCREASED FOURFOLD FROM ABOUT 6,000 IN 1956 TO OVER 24,500 IN 1986; AND THE CURRENT "BEDS TO POPULATION RATIO" OF 4.4 BEDS PER THOUSAND COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH FOR INSTANCE SINGAPORE’S 3.9 AND MALAYSIA’S 2.4.

"DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS TREATED IN CLINICS HAS RISEN FROM 2.75 MILLION TO NEARLY 15 MILLION," HE SAID.

"THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN THE STANDARD OF CARE, AS A RESULT OF THE ACQUISITION OF MORE SOPHISTICATED AND UP-TO-DATE EQUIPMENT."

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NEED FOR INWARD INVESTMENT STRESSED *****

THE GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGES INWARD INVESTMENT TO STIMULATE THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, PRODUCT INNOVATION AND ADAPTING EXISTING TECHNOLOGY TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF THE MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, AT AN INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION SEMINAR IN BOSTON.

THIS IS THE SECOND OVERSEAS SEMINAR WITHIN A WEEK ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO ATTRACT INWARD INVESTMENT IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECOTR, ESPECIALLY IN EQUIPMENT, MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS, TO IMPROVE INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCT QUALITY.

A SEMINAR WITH THE SAME THEME WAS HELD IN LONDON ON MONDAY.

ADDRESSING POTENTIAL INVESTORS IN BOSTON, MR YEUNG SAID THAT TO AID INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO PROVIDES MANPOWER TRAINING PROGRAMMES, AND PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT AND QUALITY PROMOTION SERVICES.

TRAINING IN SHEET METAL PROCESSING WAS COVERED BY THE OPENING OF A PRECISION TOOLING CENTRE IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR. THE CURRICULUM FOR ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO PRODUCE GRADUATES CAPABLE OF DESIGNING PRODUCTS INCORPORATING COMPUTER AND MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGIES, HE SAID.

"AND A TRAINING SCHEME TO ENABLE PRACTISING ENGINEERS TO GO ABROAD AND LEARN THE SKILLS INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN AND USE OF APPLICATIONS SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS HAS BEEN LAUNCHED," ADDED MR YEUNG.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS FUNDED TWO NEW SERVICES LAST YEAR TO HELP MANUFACTURERS ACHIEVE INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF CAD/CAM SYSTEMS AND TO APPLY PRECISION MACHINING.

THE GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO ACQUIRE PHOTOCHEMICAL MACHINING FACILITIES AND ESTABLISH LABORATORIES FOR SURFACE MOUNTING APPLICATION AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS DESIGN, FROM THIS YEAR ONWARDS.

MR YEUNG TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ADVISES ON PRODUCT STANDARDS. IT ALSO PROVIDES INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED METROLOGY SERVICES AND LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SERVICES, THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT’S STANDARDS AND . CALIBRATION LABORATORY WHOSE STANDARDS ARE ACCREDITED BY BRITAIN’S NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT THE CORNERSTONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TOWARDS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IS A SERIES OF TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDIES OF MAIN LOCAL INDUSTRIES TO IDENTIFY THEIR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES.

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"WE LOOKED AT ELECTRONICS IN 1983, PLASTICS IN 1986 AND TEXTILES AND GARMENTS EARLIER THIS YEAR,” SAID MR YEUNG, ADDING THAT A STUDY ON METAL FABRICATION IS NOW UNDER WAY.

AT $5,659 MILLION, AMERICAN INVESTMENT IN THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR WHICH REPRESENTS 36.4 PER CENT OF SUCH OVERSEAS INVESTMENT, FOCUSSED UPON ELECTRONICS.

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT IN INDUSTRY TOWARDS AUTOMATION AND SPECIALISATION IN SURFACE MOUNTING AND APPLICATIONS SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS.

"THIS SHIFT HAS ALSO BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH U.S. INVESTMENT," MR YEUNG ADDED.

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PROPOSALS TO INCREASE INVESTMENT PROMOTION ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

PROPOSALS ARE CURRENTLY BEING DISCUSSED FOR INCREASING THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S INVESTMENT PROMOTION WORK.

SPEAKING AT THE NORTH KOWLOON ROTARY LUNCH MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY), THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR IAN HOWARD, SAID: "IN PARTICULAR, WE SHOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TARGET OUR EFFORTS MORE EFFECTIVELY, FIRSTLY BY DEVELOPING OUR RESEARCH CAPABILITY TO IDENTIFY SECTORS AND PRODUCTS FOR WHICH OVERSEAS INVESTMENT WOULD BE PARTICULARLY BENEFICIAL, AND SECONDLY BY UPGRADING OUR COMPUTER FACILITY TO ENABLE US TO TARGET POTENTIAL INVESTORS WORLDWIDE ON A MORE EFFECTIVE BASIS."

THE DEPARTMENT’S INVESTMENT PROMOTION WORK IS CARRIED OUT BY THE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION DIVISION WHICH CONSISTS OF A "ONE STOP UNIT" HERE IN HONG KONG AND FIVE OFFICES OVERSEAS.

MR HOWARD SAID ALTHOUGH AT LEAST 85 PER CENT OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG IS LOCALLY OWNED, OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE OVERSEAS COMPANIES TEND TO BRING WITH THEM MORE UP-TO-DATE PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES, NEW MARKETS AND MORE MODERN MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES.

"ALSO, ALTHOUGH OVERSEAS-OWNED FACTORIES COMPRISE ONLY ABOUT ONE PER CENT OF ALL FACTORIES IN HONG KONG (ROUGHLY 500 OUT OF 45,000), THEY EMPLOY ALMOST 10 PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKFORCE (86,000 OUT OF 870,000) AND THEY ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT 16 PER CENT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS."

/MR HOWARD

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MR HOWARD NOTED THAT SINCE 1983, THE ONE STOP UNIT HAS HELPED 58 NEW OR EXPANDED OVERSEAS MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT PROJECTS WITH A TOTAL INVESTMENT OF CLOSE TO $1 BILLION, CREATING OVER 2,800 JOBS.

“CURRENTLY THERE ARE 27 COMMITTED PROJECTS WHICH WE EXPECT TO COME ON STREAM DURING 1987.

“MORE IMPORTANT, IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, THAN DOLLARS AND JOBS IS THE TECHNOLOGY LEVEL OF THE NEW INVESTMENTS.

"ANALYSIS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ITS ASSISTED PROJECTS SHOWS THAT 50 PER CENT INVOLVE TECHNOLOGY WHICH IS AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THAT EXISTING IN THE RELEVANT SECTOR IN HONG KONG AT THE TIME THE INVESTMENT WAS MADE.

"A FURTHER 30 PER CENT ARE AT A SIMILAR LEVEL TO THE BEST EXISTING HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS. JUST OVER ONE-THIRD OF THE ASSISTED PROJECTS INVOLVED MANUFACTURE OF PRODUCTS NEW TO HONG KONG," HE SAID.

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JULY 1987, AT $68,544 MILLION, GREW BY 40 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS, COMPARED WITH JULY 1986, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH JULY 1986, DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 33 PER CENT TO $18,948 MILLION IN JULY 1987 WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 54 PER CENT TO $16,298 MILLION, BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN JULY 1987 TO $35,246 MILLION, WHICH WAS 42 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JULY 1986.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 38 PER CENT TO $33,298 MILLION IN JULY 1987.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BETWEEN JULY 1986 AND JULY 1987.

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN (+68 PER CENT), CHINA (+59 PER CENT), FRANCE (+50 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (+42 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+40 PER CENT).

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ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE pF IMPORTS FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM THE U.S. (+58 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+49 PER CENT), CHINA (+42 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+38 PER CENT) AND ITALY (+35 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, TAIWAN AND CHINA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 125 PER CENT, 114 PER CENT, 67 PER CENT, 55 PER CENT AND 53 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO JULY 1987, AT $406,616 MILLION, INCREASED BY 40 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT TO $104,740 MILLION WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 52 PER CENT TO $96,425 MILLION. THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 40 PER CENT TO $201,165 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 39 PER CENT TO $205,451 MILLION.

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS.

THE MARKETS WITH THE FASTEST GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED JAPAN (+71 PER CENT), CHINA (+67 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (+59 PER CENT), FRANCE (+43 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+42 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET, THE U.S., GREW BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

IMPORTS IN JANUARY TO JULY 1987 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+65 PER CENT), CHINA (+48 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+45 PER CENT), ITALY (+44 PER CENT) AND THE U.S. (+36 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE U.S., THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND TAIWAN INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 108 PER CENT, 101 PER CENT, 61 PER CENT, 59 PER CENT AND 58 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALL TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HERE ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE 1^ JULY 1987 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY OCTOBER 1987.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1987 WITH THB SAME PERIOD IN 1986, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS. THE MORE NOTABLE ONES INCLUDE CLOTHING (BY $7,820 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $3,377 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $3,295 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2,649 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $48 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $29 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, INCREASES IN IMPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $9,082 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $6,626 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $4,799 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT); AND CLOTHING (BY $4,353 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $193 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT); AS WELL AS COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $102 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $5,258 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $3,950 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $3,836 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT); AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $3,141 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $340 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT); AS WELL AS COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $133 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

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TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE AVAILABLE IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

THE JULY 1987 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AROUND SEPTEMBER 20, 1987, AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT >5.50 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN JULY 1987 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY OCTOBER 1987 AT $15 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. : 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. :5-8234915).

TABLE 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 87 OVER JAN-JUL 86 (%) JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JUL 87 OVER JUL 86 (%)

U.S.A. 39,637 + 17 7,459 + 26

CHINA 14,871 + 67 2,468 + 59

F.R. OF GERMANY 8,020 + 42 1,506 + 40

U.K. 6,676 + 28 1,250 + 29

JAPAN 4,934 + 71 867 + 68

CANADA 3,083 + 14 619 + 20

NETHERLANDS 2,197 + 59 394 + 42

SINGAPORE 1,995 + 34 334 + 30

FRANCE 1,960 + 43 331 + 50

AUSTRALIA 1,924 + 9 338 + 12

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TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 87 OVER JAN-JUL 86 (%) JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JUL 87 OVER JUL 86 (%)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 34,927 + 29 6,971 + 40

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 16,270 + 25 2,978 + 17

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 8,807 + 62 1,401 + 48

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 8,158 + 48 1,381 + 33

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS. WATCHES AND CLOCKS 8,122 + 19 1,460 + 22

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 7,959 + 35 1,337 + 39

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER JAN-JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 87 OVER JAN-JUL 86 (%) JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JUL 87 OVER JUL 86 (%)

CHINA 62,385 + 48 10,102 + 42

JAPAN 40,326 .• +30 6,672 + 32

TAIWAN 18,122 + 45 2,821 + 38

U.S.A. 17,175 + 36 2,951 + 58

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 9,328 + 65 1,394 + 32

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SINGAPORE 7,748 + 27 1,187 + 49

U.K. 6,509 + 25 1,064 + 26

F.R. OF GERMANY 5,557 + 27 853 + 16

SWITZERLAND 3,933 + 33 658 + 24

ITALY 3,364 + 44 569 + 35

TABLE 4: IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 87 OVER JAN-JUL 86 (%) JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JUL 87 OVER JUL 86 (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 32,243 + 39 4,857 + 32

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 19,012 + 53 3,323 + 52

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 14,260 + 44 2,229 + 28

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 11,544 + 71 1,905 + 59

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 9 11,279 + 26 1,957 + 26

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 11,028 r + 47 1,894 + 38

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TABLE 5: RE- EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 87 OVER JAN-JUL 86 (%) JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JUL 87 OVER JUL 86 (%)

CHINA 31,361 *49 5,324 + 53

U.S.A. 17,929 + 61 2,883 + 44

TAIWAN 5,173 + 58 780 + 55

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 5,081 + 59 805 + 43

JAPAN 4,701 + 42 804 + 52

SINGAPORE 3,521 + 20 583 + 28

F.R. OF GERMANY 2,641 + 101 530 + 114

U.K. 2,196 + 108 438 + 125

MACAU 1,901 + 26 307 + 19

AUSTRALIA 1,443 + 56 283 + 67

TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 87 OVER JAN-JUL 86 (%) JUL 1987 (HKD MN.) JUL 87 OVER JUL 86 (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 15,745 + 50 2,655 + 51

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 10,581 + 60 1,548 + 24

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 8,733 + 78 1,770 + 83

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ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF • 8,226 +62 1,406 +68

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 5,859 + 92 1,041 +89

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4,625 + 53 801 + 57

------------------0------- 1988 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY * » * ♦

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAD APPROVED AN APPLICATION FROM THE DRAGON SEED CO. LTD. AND THE FIRST PACIFIC GROUP TO CO-SPONSOR A 30-MINUTE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $1.5 MILLION.

THE DISPLAY WILL BE STAGED IN VICTORIA HARBOUR ON THE EVENING OF FEBRUARY 18, 1988 (THURSDAY), THE SECOND DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

'’THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BE INVITED TO CO-ORGANISE THE EVENT,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID, "AND THE SPONSORS WILL BE OFFERED TWO FALL-BACK DATES SHOULD THE WEATHER PROVE TO BE UNSUITABLE FOR THE DISPLAY NAMELY, FEBRUARY 20 AND 28, 1988, THE FOURTH AND TWELFTH DAYS OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.”

MAJOR FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE NORMALLY PERMITTED IN THE HARBOUR DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR AND MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL. THE 1988 DISPLAY WILL BE THE SEVENTH DISPLAY SPONSORED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND STAGED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD IN HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD BE INVITED TO CO-ORDINATE THE DISPLAY THROUGH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SPONSORS, TECHNICAL ORGANISERS AND CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

’’APPLICATIONS FOR THE STAGING OF FIREWORKS DISPLAYS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES AT LEAST NINE MONTHS BEFORE THE DATE PROPOSED FOR THE DISPLAY,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DETAILS OF THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR STAGING A FIREWORKS DISPLAY CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, 11/F, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10,

1987

INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION SIGNS CONTRACT FOR FACTORIES

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THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION TODAY (THURSDAY) SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH SHIMIZU CONSTRUCTION CO.LTD. FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SEMI-DETACHED SINGLE-STOREY STANDARD FACTORIES ON AN 8,200-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER, MR A.N. SAVAGE, ON BEHALF OF THE CORPORATION AND SHIMIZU’S GENERAL MANAGER, MR TAKAHISA OGUMA.

EACH FACTORY BUILDING WILL CONSIST OF A COLUMN-FREE WORKSHOP OF ABOUT 2,000 SQUARE METRES AND OFFICE SPACE OF ABOUT 400 SQUARE METRES.

THE WORKSHOP IS DESIGNED TO HAVE A FLOOR LOADING OF 25 KN PER SQUARE METRE (ABOUT 500 LB/SQ. FT.). THE FLOOR HEIGHT ABOVE THE FACTORY WILL VARY FROM 10 METRES TO EIGHT METRES.

COMPLETION OF THESE TWO STANDARD FACTORIES IS EXPECTED TO BE IN NOVEMBER 1988.

THE CORPORATION INTENDS TO LET THE TWO FACTORIES TO APPLICANTS FOR SITES ON THE YEUN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO ENABLE THEM TO START PRODUCTION BEFORE COMPLETION OF THEIR OWN PURPOSE-BUILT FACTORIES.

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JUNK BAY WATER RESERVOIR AND MAINS LAYING TENDERS INVITED ******

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A COVERED FRESH WATER RESERVOIR AND FOR LAYING WATER MAINS TO SERVICE FUTURE RESIDENTS OF JUNK BAY NEW TOWN.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (DESIGN) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR TANG KWOK-YUE, SAID THE RESERVOIR WOULD HAVE A CAPACITY OF 40,000 CUBIC METRES AND BE BUILT OF REINFORCED CONCRETE IN AREA 3 OF THE NFW TOWN.

IN ADDITION, 3,400 METRES OF CROSS-COUNTRY WATER MAINS BETWEEN AREA 2 AND AREA 3, WITH DIAMETERS RANGING FROM 150 TO 1,200 MILLIMETRES, WOULD BE LAID, HE SAID.

/HE ADDED

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10t 198?

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HE ADDED THAT THE RESERVOIR AND THE WATER MAINS WERE NEEDED TO PROVIDE POTABLE WATER SUPPLY TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME SITE IN AREA 4 AND LOW-LEVEL DEVELOPMENTS IN JUNK BAY NEW TOWN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR AND TAKE 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. ,

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 25.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) APPROVED $48,140 AS BURIAL AND INTERIM ADJUSTMENT GRANTS FROM THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) FUND TO THE FAMILIES OF TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LAST TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

TWENTY-FIVE OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO INJURED IN THE COLLISION BETWEEN A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS AND A CONTAINER LORRY ON TAI PO ROAD. THREE OF THEM WERE GRANTED $6,373 FROM THE FUND AS ASSISTANCE.

STAFF OF THE TAVA SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE CURRENTLY PROCESSING THE APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM SEVEN OTHER INJURED. THE REMAINING VICTIMS DID NOT APPLY EITHER BECAUSE THEY DID NOT REQUIRE ASSISTANCE OR WERE NOT ELIGIBLE.

THE TAVA SCHEME PROVIDES QUICK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS WITHOUT TAKING REGARD OF THE MEANS OF THE FAMILY OR THE ELEMENT OF FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

ANY PERSON INJURED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE IF THE CASE HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE, AND THE VICTIM HAD OBTAINED THREE DAYS OF SICK LEAVE FROM A REGISTERED DOCTOR OR BY HOSPITALISATION OR BY CERTIFICATION. APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT.

ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S TAVA SECTION ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF VICTORIA CENTRE, 15 WATSON ROAD, CAUSEWAY RAY OR BY CALLING 5-702342.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY *****

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED FOR THE FOURTH TIME, THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY GRADES FOR ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

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THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE E.COLI DATA OBTAINED BY EPD IN ITS ROUTINE BEACH WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMME. THE E.COLI DATA USED FOR GRADING ARE BASED ON THE MEDIAN VALUES OF THE FIVE MOST RECENT RESULTS, OBTAINED OVER A TWO-AND-A-HALF MONTH PERIOD ACCORDING TO THE USUAL SAMPLING FREQUENCY.

A SPOKESMAN OF EPD SAID THE GRADES FOR SOME BEACHES MAY FLUCTUATE. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF THE BEACHES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE SWIMMING AREAS. NEVERTHELESS THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THE BEACHES AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST OF THE BEACH WATER QUALITY IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS BELOW:

A GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E.COLI COUNT IS BETWEEN 0-99 PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD.

B GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E.COLI COUNT IS BETWEEN 100-999 PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE.

C GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E.COLI COUNT IS 1000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR.

HE SAID THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE. NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY NEED TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A C" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY. SIMILARLY A RECOMMENDATION TO REOPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B” GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED. THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION.

/THE GRADES

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THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOW:

BEACH

LAST GRADING

PRESENT

GRADING

AS AT 27.8.87

AS AT 10.9.87

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY CHUNG HOM KOK DEEP WATER BAY HAIRPIN MIDDLE BAY REPULSE BAY SHEK O SOUTH BAY

ST. STEPHEN’S

TURTLE COVE

STANLEY MAIN ROCKY BAY, SHEK O TO TEI WAN*

ISLANDS DISTRICT

A

A

B

B

A

A

A

B

B

A

CHEUNG SHA UPPER

CHEUNG SHA LOWER

DISCOVERY BAY*

HUNG SHING YEH

A

B

A

A

A

B

A

A

/KWUN YAM WAN

C

A

A

B

A

A

B

B

A

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KWUN YAM WAN A

TONG FUK B

LO SO SHING A

PUI O B

S^ILVERMINE BAY c

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU A

TUNG O» A

A

B

A

B

C

A

A

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH

HAP MUN BAY

KIU TSUI

PAK SHA CHAU

SILVERSTRAND

TRIO (HEBEHAVEN)

TSUEN WAN.DISTRICT

A

B

B

A

\

A

B

A

A

B

A

A

A

A

B

A

ANGLERS’

APPROACH

CASAM

GEMINI

HOI MEI WAN

LIDO

TING KAU

TUNG WAN, MA WAN

C

C

B

B

B

B

B

A

C

C

B

A

B

B

B

A

/TUEN MUN DISTRICT .......

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA C C

NEW CAFETERIA B B

CASTLE PEAK C C

KADOORIE BEACH B B

BUTTERFLY B B

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES

COMMENTING ON THE LATEST RESULTS, THE EPD SPOKESMAN SAID CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH AND GEMINI BEACH HAD CHANGED FROM MB” TO ”A”. BOTH OF THESE BEACHES ARE GENERALLY GOOD. THEIR WATER QUALITY IS ON THE BORDERLINE BETWEEN "B"AND "A", AND OCCASIONAL FLUCTUATION BETWEEN THE TWO GRADES WILL THEREFORE OCCUR.

CHUNG HOM KOK BEACH HAD CHANGED FROM ”C” TO ”B”. THIS BEACH IS AFFECTED BY A STREAM RUNNING INTO THE BEACH. THE PREVIOUS ”C” GRADING WAS DUE TO THE RAINS FLUSHING THE FAECAL POLLUTANT IN THE STREAM TO THE BEACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT DR P.W. LAI, ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF EPD, ON 3-721 1044.

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DUTCH TRADE MISSION TOURS KWAI TSING * * * *

A 20-MEMBER TRADE MISSION FROM THE NETHERLANDS VISITED THE CONTAINER PORT AND A FACTORY IN KWAI CHUNG TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH THE AIM OF FOSTERING CLOSER ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN THE NETHERLANDS AND HONG KONG.

KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, AND THE DUTCH CONSUL-GENERAL IN HONG KONG, MR E.M. MICHIELS VAN KESSENICH ACCOMPANIED THE TRADE MISSION, WHICH WAS LED BY THE DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE NETHERLANDS FOREIGN TRADE AGENCY OF THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, DR W. MAARSE, DURING THE VISIT.

MEMBERS OF THE TRADE MISSION INCLUDED SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NETHERLANDS COUNCIL FOR TRADE PROMOTION AND MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING AND TRADING FIRMS.

THEY TOURED THE OPERATIONAL TOWER AND FACILITIES OF THE MODERN TERMINALS LIMITED, ONE OF THE THREE COMPANIES OPERATING AT THE CONTAINER PORT. DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD BETWEEN THE TRADE MISSION AND COMPANY EXECUTIVE ON MAJOR EXPANSION PLAN, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER BERTH OF THE CONTAINER PORT IN 1989.

THEY ALSO VISITED MILO’S KNITWEAR FACTORY WHICH HAS SUBSTANTIAL BUSINESS WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY. THE FACTORY, EXPANDING INTO A WORKFORCE OF 1,000 IN THE PAST 15 YEARS, EXPORTS MOST OF ITS KNITWEAR, GARMENTS AND DYEING PRODUCTS TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

HONG KONG WAS CHOSEN BY THE NETHERLANDS TRADE MISSION AS A PLACE TO VISIT AS THERE IS CLOSE BUSINESS RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES AND THE CONTAINER PORT IN HONG KONG IS THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST WHILE THE ONE ON ROTTERDAM OF THE NETHERLANDS IS NUMBER ONE.

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VARIETY SHOW TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION

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A VOTER REGISTRATION VARIETY SHOW ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 12) AFTERNOON AT THE OPEN AIR THEATRE OF FAIRVIEW PARK IN YUEN LONG RURAL NORTH TO ENCOURAGE ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO REGISTER.

A TEMPORARY VOTER REGISTRATION COUNTER WILL BE SET UP NEXT TO THE THEATRE AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ORGANISERS WILL HELP PEOPLE FILL IN THE REGISTRATION FORMS.

/THE SHOW .......

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THE SHOW WILL FEATURE SINGING, DANCING AND MAGIC SHOW. BOTH RESIDENTS OF FAIRVIEW PARK AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FREE SHOW.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG CHI-KONG, AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI KUEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE VOTER REGISTRATION VARIETY SHOW.

DISTRICT

CEREMONY

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE VARIETY

THEATRE IN

OFFICER, MRS

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND SHOW AT 3 PM ON SEPTEMBER 12 (SATURDAY) AT THE OPEN AIR FAIRVIEW PARK, TAI SANG WAI, YUEN LONG. INFORMATION BRENDA RUMJAHN, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

A GOVERNMENT VAN (AM5797) WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER (NEXT TO TSIM SHA TSUI STAR FERRY) AT 1.30 PM TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO FAIRVIEW PARK.

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MONG KOK DB TO DISCUSS GREEN PAPER » * » »

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW PUBLIC VIEWS ON POLITICAL REFORM THAT THEY HAVE GATHERED THROUGH CONTACTS WITH RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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F SPECIAL DB MEETING TO DISCUSS GREEN PAPER

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THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, 39 TONKIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

NO'i’E TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 2 PM IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 39 TONKIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FESTIVAL STARTS TOMORROW 1 * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU WILL OFFICATE AT A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY OF LIGHTS AT THE PARK I ANE BOULEVARD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE TWO-MONTH LONG YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI FESTIVAL.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE YAU MA TEI DISTR1C1 OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL'S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YIP WAH AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A TV SPECIAL ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE DISTRICT WILL BE BROADCAST ON TVB JADE AT 10.05 PM.

JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED, THE SHOW WIL1 PORTRAY THE OLDER PARTS OF THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL BODIES WHICH INCLUDE IHE MARCHING BAND OF WELLINGTON COLLEGE AND THE DISTRICT’S CHILDREN CHOIR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

VOL' ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SWITCH-ON CEREMONY OF LIGHTS AT THE PARK LANE BOULEVARD AT 7.45 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT FOR TSUEN WAN * * ♦ *

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PL’BLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE DRAFT PROGRAMME COVERS BUS ROUTES, FERRY SERVICES AND OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT FOR 1988/89.

A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE MA WAN FRESH WATER SUPPLY PROJECT' WILL BE SUBMITTED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT GIVING DETAILS OF THE MAINLAYING AND SERVICE RESERVOIR CONSTRICTION WORKS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROGRESS REPORT ON MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT (MEI) PROJECTS IN I HE D1SIRK I.

DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED SOME $520,000 TO CARRY OU I SU( II PROJECT WORKS IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

NOTF TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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EXHIBITION ON RENAL DISEASES ♦ ♦ ♦ t

AN EXHIBITION ON THE PREVENTION OF RENAL DISEASES WILL RE STAGED AT THE SHUN TAK CENTRE FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) UNTIL SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 13)AS PART OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT’S "WE CARE ACTIVITIES.

THE FUNCTION IS TO AROUSE PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM THE DISEASES AND TO EDUCATE THEM ON TREATMENT AND PREVENTION AS WELL AS MEDICAL SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION I-OR CULTURE AND ART (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF IHE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SPONSORED BY THE SHUN TAK CENTRE, THE EXHIBITION WILL OPEN FROM 12 NOON TO 6 PM.

A HAEMODIALYSIS MACHIN!-: WILL BE DISPLAYED DURING THE OPENING HOURS SO THAT VISITORS MAY LEARN ABOUT ITS OPERATION.

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REPORT OF SECONDARY STUDENTS’ UNRULY BEHAVIOUR PUBLISHED

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A REPORT ON THE SURVEY OF UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR OF PUPILS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 1985/86 WILL BF RELEASED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE REPORT COMPILED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE SAME AFTERNOON.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS), MR WONG S1K-WAH; AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SERVICES), MRS GRACE YUNG, AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

.YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY \T 3.30 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 11).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LOCAL CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED ........................... 1

CONSULTANTS APPOINTED TO STUDY TELECOMMUNICATIONS

DEVELOPMENT .......................................... 2

ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL GaZETTED .......... 2

FEWER DELINQUENT INCIDENTS IN SCHOOLS .................. 3

LABOUR DISPUTE SETTLED ................................. 5

LIGHTS ON FOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL ........................ 5

ROUND-UP SEMINAR ON GREEN PAPER ........................ 6

PUBLIC FORUMS ON GREEN PAPER ........................... 7

AREA DAY TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION ................. 8

ROVING CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVALS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES . 9

DISCO NIGHT TO CLOSE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ............ 10

CARNIVAL TO BOOST VOTER REGISTRATION ................... 10

'POOR MAN'S NIGHT CLUB' ON COMMITTEE AGENDA ............ 11

YUEN LONG WATER CUT .................................... 12

NEW ROADWORKS IN SHA TIN PROPOSED ...................... 12

PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT STUDY RESULTS TO BE PUBLISHED ... 13

STICKERS FOR GOOD PEDESTRIANS .......................... 13

GOVERNMENT GARAGE TO LET ............................... 11*

GMB ROUTE 32 REROUTED .................................. 1**

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1987

LOCAL CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED » » »

A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY LIVING IN A SQUATTER AREA IN SAN PO KONG WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) CONFIRMED TO BE A CHOLERA CASE - THE FIRST CASE REPORTED THIS YEAR.

THE BOY DEVELOPED DIARRHOEA AND FEVER ON SEPTEMBER 2. HE ATTENDED THE OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT OF EAST KOWLOON POLYCLINIC FOR TREATMENT ON SEPTEMBER 7.

RESULTS OF HIS STOOL TEST YESTERDAY REVEALED THAT HE WAS SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA EL TOR. THE BOY WAS IMMEDIATELY SENT TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL FOR FURTHER OBSERVATION AND TREATMENT. HIS CONDITION WAS DESCRIBED AS GOOD TODAY.

BEFORE THE ONSET OF ILLNESS, THE PATIENT HAD TAKEN FOOD AT ILLEGAL HAWKER STALLS.

HEALTH WORKERS FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALSO VISI.TED THE PATIENT’S SQUATTER HOME TO GIVE THE FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND PREVENTIVE DRUGS. THEY ALSO TRACED NINE OTHER CONTACTS AT HIS MOTHER’S HOME IN ANOTHER TENEMENT BUILDING AT SAN PO KONG. BOTH PREMISES WERE DISINFECTED BY URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORKERS-.

SINCE THE PATIENT HAD NOT TRAVELLED ABROAD RECENTLY, THE CASH WAS CLASSIFIED A LOCAL ONE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE REPORT OF THIS NEW CASE IN HONG KONG SHOULD NOT BE A CAUSE FOR PUBLIC ALARM SINCi CHOLERA EL TOR IS ENDEMIC IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.

"IT IS BECAUSE OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME ON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AT THE GENERAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS THAT THIS CASE WAS DETECTED."

THE REPORT OF THIS CASE SHOULD SERVE AS A REMINDER THAT THE DISEASE IS PRESENT IN THIS REGION.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO TAKE ALL PREVENTIVE AND PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES BY OBSERVING PERSONAL AND FOOD HYGIENE BOTH AT HOME AND WHILE TRAVELLING ABROAD.

"THE PREVENTION OF CHOLERA EL TOR IS NOW PART OF THE DIARRHOEA DISEASES CONTROL PROGRAMME WHICH IS ON-GOING AND GREAT EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON ADHERENCE TO PERSONAL, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

THE LAST CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED IN HONG KONG WAS IN OCTOBER 1986 DURING WHICH A TOTAL OF 30 CHOLERA CASES WERE RECORDED.

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CONSULTANTS APPOINTED TO STUDY TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPOINTED COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES AND PLANNING INTERNATIONAL (CSPI), A HIGHLY REGARDED CONSULTANCY FIRM OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING, TO UNDERTAKE THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT STUDY ORDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN JULY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT CSPI HAD THE NECESSARY BREADTH OF EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE TO UNDERTAKE THIS WIDE-RANGING STUDY, WHICH WOULD COVER SUCH ISSUES AS THE BENEFITS OF COMPETITION, POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON CONSUMERS AND DISRUPTION TO THE PUBLIC.

"CSPI WILL BE FIELDING A HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEAM TO UNDERTAKE THE STUDY WHICH WILL BE HEADED BY THE COMPANY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, DR CHARLES JONSCHER," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE CONSULTANCY WOULD TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS AND WOULD PROVIDE A SOUND BASIS ON WHICH THE GOVERNMENT COULD DETERMINE THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT WHICH WILL BEST SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

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ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL GAZETTED ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

A BILL SEEKING TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE WHO PERMITS A MOTOR VEHICLE TO BE DRIVEN BY AN UNLICENSED DRIVER IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ELABORATING ON THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1987, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER SECTION 42(3) OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE OWNER TO ALLOW HIS VEHICLE TO BE DRIVEN BY A PERSON WHO DOES NOT HOLD A DRIVING LICENCE OF THE CLASS TO WHICH THE VEHICLE BELONGS.

"HOWEVER, THIS PROVISION DOES NOT COVER THE SITUATION WHERE A PERSON OTHER THAN THE VEHICLE OWNER PERMITS AN UNLICENSED DRIVER TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE. IN THAT CASE, NEITHER THE OWNER NOR THE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY PERMITTED THE DRIVING COMMITS AN OFFENCE.

"AS IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE LIABILITY FOR THE OFFENCE SHOULD LIE WITH THE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY GIVFS THE PERMISSION, THE BILL SEEKS TO EXTEND THE LIABILITY FOR THIS OFFENCE SO THAT IT IS NOT LIMITED TO THE REGISTERED VEHICLE OWNER," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 14.

ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF THE BILL SEEKS TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF NO RECORDED TRAFFIC CONVICTION AND TO CHARGE A FEE FOR THESE CERTIFICATES.

"SECTION 75(5) OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, UPON PAYMENT OF A FEE, TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF A PERSON’S RECORD OF TRAFFIC CONVICTIONS.

"HOWEVER, IT DOES NOT SPECIFY WHETHER THE COMMISSIONER CAN ISSUE A CERTIFICATE SHOWING NO CONVICTION IN CASES WHERE THE APPLICANT HAS NOT COMMITTED AN OFFENCE," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THAT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD CLARIFY THIS SITUATION, ADDING THAT THE FEES FOR BOTH TYPES OF CERTIFICATES WOULD BE THE SAME.

UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING LICENCES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1987, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE FEES FOR THESE CERTIFICATES FROM $15 TO $45 TO REFLECT INCREASED COSTS AND TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT INFLATION. THE FEE HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER 1974.

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THE INCIDENCE OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR 1985-86 DROPPED BY 13.7 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH 1984-85, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS.

OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR SURVEYED IN 1985-86, POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS REGISTERED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DROP FROM 1,501 CASES IN 1984-85 TO 817 CASES (-45.6 PER CENT) IN 1985-86.

A SUBSTANTIAL DROP WAS ALSO RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CASES OF SUSPECTED TRIAD ACTIVITIES FROM 1,279 TO 773 (-39.6 PER CENT) AND THE NUMBER OF CASES OF INVOLVEMENT IN GAMBLING FROM 4,157 TO 2,637 (-36.6 PER CENT).

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ACTS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND CONVICTION FOR CRIMES WERE THE ONLY TWO CATEGORIES OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR WHICH REGISTERED AN INCREASE OF 523 CASES OR 10.1 PER CENT AND 11 CASES OR 8.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

A TOTAL OF 14,866 INCIDENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR WERE REPORTED BY SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN 1985-86 AS AGAINST 17,225 INCIDENTS IN 1984-85 (-13.7 PER CENT).

AS IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEYS, ACTS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, THEFT AND INVOLVEMENT IN GAMBLING WERE THE THREE MOST COMMON TYPES OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR. THEY ACCOUNT FOR 82 PER CENT OF THE DELINQUENT BEHAVIOURAL INCIDENTS REPORTED BY SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN 1985-86.

THE SURVEY ALSO COVERED INCIDENTS OF UNRULY BEHAVIOUR AGAINST SCHOOL DISCIPLINE. A TOTAL OF 127,945 CASES WERE REPORTED IN 1985-86 AS AGAINST 127,752 CASES IN 1984-85 REPRESENTING A MARGINAL 0.2 PER CENT INCREASE.

HABITUAL LATENESS (19.3 PER CENT OF UNRULY BEHAVIOURAL INCIDENTS), DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES TO ATTRACT ATTENTION (17.8 PER CENT) AND INSOLENT OR REBELLIOUS BEHAVIOUR (17.1 PER CENT) REMAINED THE TOP THREE COMMON TYPES OF UNRULY BEHAVIOUR AS IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEYS.

THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THAT WHILE THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN MOST TYPES OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR, THERE WAS A SHIFT IN THE BROAD CATEGORY OF UNRULY BEHAVIOUR TO MILDER OFFENCES.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STUDENTS INVOLVED SHOWED THAT SECONDARIES 1-3 STUDENTS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE IN SECONDARY 2, ARE MORE PRONE TO THE TYPES OF MISCONDUCT COVERED IN THE SURVEY. THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 76 PER CENT OF ALL THE STUDENTS INVOLVED. THIS PATTERN IS THE SAME AS IN THAT IN THE THREE PREVIOUS SURVEYS.

THE 1985-86 SURVEY COVERED ALL 424 SECONDARY DAY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG AND THERE WAS A 98 PER CENT RESPONSE RATE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID: "TO ASSIST SCHOOLS TO DEAL WITH THESE PROBLEMS, THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN GIVING ADVICE TO SCHOOLS ON WAYS OF ORGANISING GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SYSTEMS IN SCHOOLS.

"IT HAS ALSO BEEN GIVING GUIDANCE TO SCHOOLS IN ORGANISING REMEDIAL TEACHING, AND IN STRENGTHENING MORAL AND CIVIC EDUCATION AS WELL AS EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN SCHOOLS.

"MOREOVER, A TWO-YEAR PILOT SCHOOLS SUPPORT SCHEME WAS LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER 1986 WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING THE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS TO SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN HANDLING STUDENTS’ PROBLEMS AND IN STRENGTHENING THE GUIDANCE SERVICE IN SCHOOLS."

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LABOUR DISPUTE SETTLED » ♦ * * »

THROUGH THE CONCILIATION EFFORTS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE DISPUTE INVOLVING SOME 150 WORKERS AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN CHAI WAN HAS NOW BEEN SETTLED.

AT THE DEPARTMENT’S BRANCH OFFICE AT NEW RODNEY BLOCK IN QUEENSWAY, THE WORKERS RECEIVED ABOUT $1 MILLION AS ARREARS OF WAGES FROM THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR TODAY (FRIDAY). IN ADDITION, EACH WORKER WAS GIVEN $500 AS EX-GRATIA PAYMENT.

MEANWHILE, THE WORKERS ARE APPLYING TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WAGE SECURITY UNIT FOR SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED FOLLOWING THREE DAYS OF CONCILIATION EFFORTS BY OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

’’THE TRADE UNIONS HAVE ALSO PLAYED A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN ASSISTING THE WORKERS AND IN BRINGING THE DISPUTE TO AN AMICABLE SETTLEMENT," HE ADDED.

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LIGHTS ON FOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

AT THE PRESS OF A BUTTON BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, THE PARK LANE BOULEVARD LIT UP THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING WITH DECORATIVE LIGHTS TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI FESTIVAL.

TO ADD COLOUR TO THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE, THE LIGHTS WILL BE ON EVERY EVENING DURING THE TWO-MONTH FESTIVAL.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YIP WAH; YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR YIP SAID THE FESTIVAL, ORGANISED FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS, AIMED AT STIMULATING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS AND ENHANCING THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

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WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF RESIDENTS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, COMMERCIAL FIRMS, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, . MORE THAN 60 EVENTS WERE BEING ARRANGED TO ACHIEVE THIS END, HE SAID.

THESE INCLUDED CARNIVALS, CHINESE OPERA, SEMINARS, QUESTIONNAIRES ON CIVIC KNOWLEDGE AND A SUGGESTION SCHEME ON DISTRICT MATTERS.

MR YIP URGED RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN THE ACTIVITIES TO BRING OUT THE SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL, A TV SPECIAL FOCUSING ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE DISTRICT WAS JOINTLY PRODUCED BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED TONIGHT.

COLOURFUL BANNERS HAVE BEEN PUT UP ON LAMP POSTS ON MAIN THOROUGHFARES WHILE POSTERS, BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS HAVE BEEN PRINTED TO HELP PUBLICISE THE EVENT.

PROGRAMMES FOR THE FESTIVAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD.

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ROUND-UP SEMINAR ON GREEN PAPER

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AT A SEMINAR TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE SEMINAR IS THE LAST OF A SERIES OF CONSTITUENCY-BASED SEMINARS ORGANISED BY THE BOARD TO GATHER VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT.

THE SEMINAR AIMS AT CONSOLIDATING RESIDENTS’ VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER AND WILL START AT 7.30 PM IN THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL OF THE URBAN COUNCIL ABERDEEN CIVIC CENTRE.

MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR HO SAI-CHU, AND A CORRESPONDENT OF THE FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW, MISS EMILY LAU, WILL BE GUEST SPEAKERS AND WILL EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH RESIDENTS IN A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, MRS SO CHOW YIM-PING, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR.

A CITIZENS-OF-THE-MONTH AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL PRECEDE THE SEMINAR.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE ROUND-UP SEMINAR ON THE GREEN PAPER TO BE HELD BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

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PUBLIC FORUMS ON GREEN PAPER

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A NUMBER OF FORUMS WILL BE HELD OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS FOR THE WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS TO VOICE THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE NGAU TSUEN AREA COMMITTEE WILL ORGANISE A PUBLIC FORUM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 8 PM AT THE PLAYGROUND AT LUNG POON COURT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR CONRAD LAM, AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM, WILL SPEAK AT THE FORUM.

THE SAN PO KONG (RESIDENTIAL) AREA COMMITTEE WILL ALSO ORGANISF A FORUM AT THE SAME TIME IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT

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BUILDING, 4/F., KING FUK STREET.

ANOTHER FORUM .WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) BY THE SAN PO KONG (INDUSTRIAL) AREA COMMITTEE. IT WILL START AT 6 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THESE FORUMS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER TfiE PUBLIC FORUMS.

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AREA DAt TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION

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RESIDENTS OF HUNG HOM NORTH AREA WILL BE TREATED TO AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE HUNG HOM NORTH VOTER REGISTRATION DAY CUM VARIETY SHOW ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 13).

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO THE ZUNG FU CARPARK BUILDING AT PO LOI STREET FROM 1.30 PM TO 5 PM.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE, WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.

AS PART OF THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN, STAFF FROM THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL SET UP A MOBILE REGISTRATION COUNTER AT THE VENUE TO ASSIST ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO FILL IN THEIR FORMS.

THERE WILL BE SIX GAMES STALLS, PERFORMANCES BY POP SINGERS, MAGIC SHOW5 CROSS-WORD PUZZLE, LUCKY DRAWS AND A GAMES STALL DESIGN COMPETITION.

ALL THE ACTIVITIES ARE CENTRED ON THE THEME OF VOTER REGISTRATION TO ATTRACT ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO REGISTER.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR DANIEL TSE; KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHEN CHlEH; HUNG HOM NORTH AREA COMMITTER CHAIRMAN, MR WONG WING-PIU AND VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR LAU KUK-WING.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE HUNG HOM NORTH AREA VOTER REGISTRATION DAY CUM VARIETY SHOW. THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 1.30 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) AT THE OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO ZUNG FU CAR PARK BUILDING AT PO LOI STREET.

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ROVING CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVALS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES » ♦ ♦ * ♦

TWO FULLY-DECORATED AUTOMOBILES WILL BE PLYING NINE MAJOR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES THROUGHOUT KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) AFTERNOON, PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT AND AT THE SAME TIME PROMULGATING MESSAGES ON CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO RESIDENTS.

PATRONISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG PEOPLE’S COUNCIL IN PUBLIC HOUSING POLICY, THE MOBILE CARNIVAL WAS ONE OF 23 SUBSIDISED COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROJECTS ON CIVIC EDUCATION THIS YEAR.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MRS RITA FAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE TAI WO HAU ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN. ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE’S COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROJECTS SUB-COMMITTEE, MR MAK HOI-WAH.

SPEAKING ON THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CARNIVAL, MRS FAN SAID: "THE INTER-DISTRICTS CARNIVAL AIMS AT FORTIFYING PEOPLE’S AWARENESS ABOUT THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS, IN PARTICULAR, THEIR RIGHTS TO KNOW AND TO EXPRESS.

"HOWEVER, AN EQUILIBRIUM SHOULD BE STRUCK BETWEEN WHAT WE ARE ENTITLED TO AND WHAT WE OUGHT TO CONTRIBUTE. IT’S TIME THAT PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE A MORE ACTIVE PART IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS."

THE ORGANISING EXECUTIVE OF THE CARNIVAL, MR CHUNG MAN-FAI, SAID THE TWO PURPOSE-BUILT AUTOMOBILES WOULD BE VISITING WONG TAI SIN, TUNG TAU, CHOI HUNG AND TAI HANG TUNG ESTATES IN KOWLOON AND TAI WO HAU, BUTTERFLY, YAU 01, SHEK LI AND LAI KING ESTATES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

RESIDENTS OF THESE ESTATES WOULD BE TREATED TO A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES INCLUDING DRAMA, SINGING, LION-DANCE, GAMES, QUIZ AND EXHIBITIONS.

IN THE SAME AFTERNOON, THE RESPECTIVE HOUSING ESTATES WILL ALSO HOLD DISCUSSION FORUMS FOR RESIDENTS TO EXCHANGE AND SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON CIVIC EDUCATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 12.30 PM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF FU KEUNG HOUSE IN TAI WO HAU ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN.

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DISCO NIGHT TO CLOSE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ♦ * * *

A DISCO NIGHT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE TO MARK THE END OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, THE EVENT IS STAGED FOR ABOUT 300 VOLUNTEERS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WHO HAD HELPED ORGANISE MORE THAN 100 ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE YAU MA TEI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MARY CHOW. THERE WILL ALSO BE A PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO 13 OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 8 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 60, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET.

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CARNIVAL TO BOOST VOTER REGISTRATION

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RESIDENTS OF AND VISITORS TO CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY A SPECIAL SHOW PERFORMED BY THE FRINGE CLUB AT A CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) IN THE PAK TAI PLAYGROUND.

THE CARNIVAL, BEING PART OF THE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

A DRAMA PERFORMANCE WILL FOCUS ON THE CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CITIZEN, PARTICULARLY TO REGISTER AS ELECTOR.

THE STREET SHOW WILL ALSO FEATURE CHINESE MAGIC, MIME, QIGONG AND CLOWN JUGGLING.

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A VOTER REGISTRATION COUNTER WILL ALSO BE SET UP AT THE VENUE TO HELP PARTICIPANTS REGISTER AS ELECTORS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VOTER REGISTRATION CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) AT THE PAK TAI PLAYGROUND, CHEUNG CHAU.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THE LAUNCH 'CLEMENTI* WHICH WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER IN CENTRAL AT 11 AM.

INFORMATION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND TAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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’POOR MAN’S NIGHT CLUB’ ON COMMITTEE AGENDA » » ♦ * »

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) TO DISCUSS THE HAWKING PROBLEM AT A SITE ADJOINING THE CHINA FERRY TERMINAL COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE ’POOR MAN’S NIGHT CLUB’.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO GIVE VIEWS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PARK TO REPLACE THE HOLLYWOOD ROAD TEMPORARY MARKET.

THEY WILL GIVE CONSIDERATION TO SOME PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE AN EXTRA GRATIA SCHEME FOR COOKED-FOOD STALL HAWKERS, DEVELOPMENTS AT THE KENNEDY TOWN AND THE DISTRICT’S WORKS PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING STARTING AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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YUEN LONG WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES TURNED OFF ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) FROM 9 AM

IN YUEN LONG WILL BE TO 5 PM FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM KEI TEI TO AU TAU; KAM TIN ROAD FROM AU TAU TO SHEUNG TSUEN, INCLUDING VILLAGES IN KAM TIN, PAT HEUNG AND SHEK KONG; FAN KAM ROAD FROM PAT HEUNG POLICE STATION TO TA SHEK WU; AND KAM SHEUNG ROAD FROM TAI HONG TSUEN TO SHEUNG TSUEN, INCLUDING YUEN KONG SAN TSUEN, TSING TAM VILLAGE, PO LO SHAN, TAI WO, CHEUNG PO, MA ON KONG AND HO PUI.

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NEW ROADWORKS IN SHA TIN PROPOSED *****

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A CARRIAGEWAY BRIDGE SPANNING THE SHING MUN RIVER AND AN ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO TAI SHUI HANG TO PROVIDE A MORE CONVENIENT ROUTE LINKING THE NORTH EAST NEW TERRITORIES WITH MA ON SHAN.

THE PROPOSED WORK WOULD ALSO ENABLE MA ON SHAN RESIDENTS TO GAIN DIRECT ACCESS TO THE KCR UNIVERSITY STATION.

THE WORK INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF THE DUAL, TWO-LANE BRIDGE OVER THE SHING MUN RIVER WITH INTERCHANGES AT MA LIU SHUI AND TAI SHUI HANG.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INCLUDE PROVISION OF AN ACCESS ROAD TO TAI SHUI HANG, A FOOTPATH, CYCLE-TRACK, A CYCLE SUBWAY, CYCLE PARKS AND A SERVICE CORE ADJACENT TO THE UNIVERSITY STATION CONSISTING OF A BUS TERMINUS, A CAR PARK AND FORMATION OF LAND FOR A PETROL FILLING STATION.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ASSOCIATED FOUNDATION, SEAWALL, EARTHWORK, DRAINAGE, RETAINING WALLS AND OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS ALSO FORMS PART OF THE PROJECT.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED WORK SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT BY NOVEMBER 10.

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PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT STUDY RESULTS TO BE PUBLISHED

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THE WORKING GROUP ON SHAM SHUI PO PRIVATE BUILDING STUDIES, FORMED UNDER THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS OF A RESEARCH ON MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS OF PRIVATE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL ALSO EXPLAIN HOW THE RESEARCH WAS CARRIED OUT AND GIVE THEIR SUGGESTIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 11 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, 39 TONKIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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A MODEL PEDESTRIANS SELECTION WILL BE HELD IN WAN CHAI TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

DURING THE EXERCISE, MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE CAMPAIGN AND AREA COMMITTEES WILL GATHER AT THE JUNCTION OF HENNESSY ROAD AND PERCIVAL STREET WHERE THEY WILL PRESENT PRIZE STICKERS TO PEDESTRIANS WHO OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNS WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS: *

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 3 PM AT THE JUNCTION OF HENNESSY ROAD AND PERCIVAL STREET.

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GOVERNMENT GARAGE TO LET * * » ♦ *

A GOVERNMENT GARAGE NEAR 17, MOUNT CAMERON ROAD ON THE PEAK, IS TO BE LET BY TENDER BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

IT MEASURES 25 SQUARE METRES AND IS USED FOR HOLDING ONE LICENSED MOTOR VEHICLE.

THE TENANCY IS INITIALLY FOR ONE MONTH, RENEWABLE AFTERWARDS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON OCTOBER 2.

THE PREMISES WILL BE OPEN FOR VIEWING FROM 10.30 AM TO NOON ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND 23.

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NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 32 PLYING BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND TAN KWEI TSUEN WILL BE REROUTED FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) TO IMPROVE JOURNEY TIME.

ON JOURNEYS TO YUEN LONG, THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE VIA TAN KWEI TSUEN ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD (PING SHAN) AND OMIT TIN HA ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO TIN SAM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BUSY PROGRAMME FOR LORD GLENARTHUR ...................... 1

GREATER RATE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH FORECAST ................ 3

DSW TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON HOMELESSNESS ................ 4

CALL FOR SUPPORT IN aNTI-MOSQUITO DRIVE ................. 6

MARICULTURISTS WARNED TO OBSERVE THE LAW ................ 7

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICERS PROVIDE 'IMPORTANT' LEADERSHIP 8

AUGUST SUNSHINE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD ................. 9

MODEL PEDESTRIANS SELECTION IN WAN CHaI ................. 11

RURAL RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN UP ........................ 12

supply of Manpower depends on education ................. 12

FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH PROMOTES MEDIA RELATIONS ........ 1J

EXPLORATION TO HONG KONG'S MONUMENTS..................... 1^

COMPUTER FACILITIES AT TECHNICAL INSTUTES EXPANDED....... 14-

FIFTH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD .................... 15

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO CYCLE TRACK ........ 15

RECRUITMENT OF TEMPORARY STAFF........................... 16

VARIETY SHOW FOR HO MAN TIN NORTH aREa RESIDENTS......... 16

ENTRY DEADLINE FOR TOLO HARBOUR SWIM .................... 17

FORUM ON GREEN PAPER..................................... 18

TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND ..................... 18

RESTRICTED ZONES IN KWUN TONG AND HUNG HOM .............. 19

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1987

BUSY PROGRAMME FOR LORD GLENARTHUR » ♦ ♦ *

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, LORD GLENARTHUR, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG NEXT WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) FOR A FOUR-DAY VISIT.

DURING HIS VISIT TO THE TERRITORY, THE FIRST SINCE TAKING OVER FROM MR TIMOTHY RENTON IN JUNE, LORD GLENARTHUR WILL HAVE A BUSY PROGRAMME MEETING SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISITING A HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, ATTENDING A MEETING OF A DISTRICT BOARD AND TOURING VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS AND THE BORDER AREA.

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL ALSO BE MEETING MEMBERS OF OMELCO, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AND PEOPLE FROM OTHER SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.

HE WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE LEAVING ON THE NEXT STAGE OF HIS TOUR OF ASIAN COUNTRIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

PRESS FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE FOLLOWING FUNCTIONS DURING LORD GLENARTHUR’S VISIT.

SEPTEMBER 16 (WEDNESDAY):

ARRIVAL:

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE ARRIVING ON BAI9 (ETA 5.15 PM). A PHOTO FACILITY WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE AIRPORT AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING BY 4.25 PM.

SEPTEMBER 17 (THURSDAY):

EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL ARRIVE AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 880-886 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, BY 2.30 PM TO ATTEND THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE FIRST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM BY 2.10 PM.

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SEPTEMBER 18 (FRIDAY)

SHA TIN VISIT

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE STARTING HIS TOUR OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA AND THE TOWN HALL AT 10.30 AM BEFORE PROCEEDING TO MEI LAM ESTATE. A PRESS COACH WILL BE LEAVING FOR SHA TIN FROM THE CGO CARPARK AT 9.15 AM TO COVER THE VISIT. PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELE-LENSES.

SEPTEMBER 19 (SATURDAY):

TUEN MUN CLOSED CENTRE TOUR

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE ARRIVING AT THE TUEN MUN CLOSED CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES BY HELICOPTER AT ABOUT 10 AM. A NUMBER OF FIXED POSITIONS WILL BE SET UP IN THE CENTRE FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE VISIT. A PRESS COACH WILL BE LEAVING FOR TUEN MUN FROM CGO CARPARK BY 8.30 AM SHARP.

PRESS CONFERENCE

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

DUE TO LIMITATION OF SPACE, ATTENDANCE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL HAVE TO BE RESTRICTED TO ONE REPORTER FROM EACH PRINT MEDIA ORGANISATION.

AS FOR THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA, EACH STATION IS REQUESTED TO SEND A CREW OF NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE (EXCLUDING THE REPORTER). THEY ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EARLIER TO SET UP THEIR CAMERAS AT FIXED POSITIONS.

A FULL TRANSCRIPT WILL BE ISSUED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

DEPARTURE

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE LEAVING FOR MANILA ON PR311 (ETD 6.55 PM). A PHOTO FACILITY WILL BE PROVIDED AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 6.05 PM.

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1987

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GREATER RATE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH FORECAST t * * »

HONG KONG SHOULD EXPERIENCE AN EVEN GREATER RATE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997 AND BEYOND UNLESS THERE IS A DOWNTURN IN THE WORLD ECONOMY, THE DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG ECONOMIC AFFAIRS IN SAN FRANCISCO, MR BILLY LAM, HAS SAID.

ADDRESSING A SEMINAR EARLIER THIS WEEK IN DENVER, COLORADO, MR LAM SAID HE BELIEVED THAT HONG KONG WOULD EXPERIENCE THIS GROWTH BECAUSE OF THE CLOSER ECONOMIC LINKS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA, AS WELL AS THE RISING IMPORTANCE OF THE PACIFIC RIM REGION IN THE WORLD ECONOMY.

THE TRADE AND INVESTMENT SEMINAR WAS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO.

"THE LATEST POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG SERVE TO ILLUSTRATE THAT THE TRANSITION OF HONG KONG INTO A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA HAS NOT HAMPERED IN ANY WAY ITS CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY AS AN INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURING, TRADING AND FINANCIAL CENTRE," MR LAM SAID.

UNDERLINING HONG KONG’S IMPORTANCE IN TWO-WAY TRADE, MR LAM NOTED THAT SOME 250 COMPANIES FROM THE STATE OF COLORADO ALREADY EXPORT A WIDE SELECTION OF PRODUCTS TO HONG KONG, RANGING FROM HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT TO LEATHER ITEMS.

MANY LEADING COLORADO NAMES, SUCH AS GATES RUBBER COMPANY, MINI SCRIBE (LONGMONT) AND NBI INC HAVE ALREADY SET UP OFFICES OR ASIAN REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN HONG KONG, WHILE HONG KONG IS AMONG THE TOP 20 IMPORTING NATIONS FROM THE STATE.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE SEMINAR WERE HONG. KONG INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, ROBERT ASHWORTH, WHO DISCUSSED INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, DANIEL FERNANDEZ, WHO SPOKE ON HONG KONG’S POSITION IN TWO-WAY TRADE. VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNITED BANK OF DENVER, T. TANAKA, OUTLINED HONG KONG AS A BANKING CENTRE AND ITS EXCELLENT RECORD IN TRADE BANKING.

ANOTHER SPEAKER AT THE SEMINAR, FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HONG KONG, MR RAYMOND PURL, REITERATED TO U.S. BUSINESSMEN THE MERITS OF THE TERRITORY AS A CENTRE FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT.

MR PURL SAID THAT BASED ON HIS SEVERAL YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN THE TERRITORY AS AN EXECUTIVE WITH UNION CARBIDE HE COULD SEE WHY 900 U.S. FIRMS ARE ALREADY BASED IN HONG KONG.

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"IT IS EASY TO SET UP A BUSINESS; THERE ARE VIRTUALLY NO CUSTOMS CONTROLS OR DUTIES AND NO FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESTRICTIONS. AND OF COURSE, IT’S A GREAT FINANCIAL, COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION CENTRE," MR PURL SAID.

’DESPITE ITS SIZE, TINY HONG KONG RANKS 13TH IN TOTAL WORLD TRADING TERMS AND EXPECTS TO BE 10TH SOON. LAST YEAR THE TERRITORY EXPORTED U.S.$20 BILLION OF ITS OWN GOODS, 42 PER CENT TO THE UNITED STATES AND RE-EXPORTED US$16 BILLION, 18 PER CENT TO THE UNITED STATES," MR PURL NOTED, ADDING THAT MUCH OF THIS SUCCESS IS DUE TO A HARD-WORKING ADAPTABLE WORK-FORCE.

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DSW TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON HOMELESSNESS » ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, LEFT FOR CANADA TODAY (SATURDAY) TO ATTEND THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE TO OBSERVE THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS.

ORGANISED BY THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF HOUSING AND RENEWAL OFFICIALS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WELFARE, CANADA, THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 13 \ND 15 IN OTTAWA.

MRS WONG SAID SHE HOPED TO BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCES WITH THE CANADIAN AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS ON THE ISSUES OF*HOMELESSNESS AND SHELTER.

"THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE IS ’NEW PARTNERSHIPS - BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE’ WHICH EMPHASISES THE NECESSITY FOR INNOVATIVE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE VARIOUS SECTORS INVOLVED IN HOUSING AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

"DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HELD TO FIND OUT PRACTICAL COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN COMMUNITY GROUPS, GOVERNMENTS AND THE HOUSING INDUSTRY IN ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF HOMELESS PERSONS.

"IN HONG KONG, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO RECOGNISES THAT THE PROBLEM OF STREET SLEEPERS IS MULTI-FACET AND ITS SOLUTION CALLS FOR CONCERTED EFFORTS OF A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS," MRS WONG SAID.

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A CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON STREET SLEEPERS WAS THEREFORE SET UP IN MAY THIS YEAR COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, THE HOUSING, SOCIAL WELFARE, URBAN SERVICES, MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, THE SECURITY BRANCH (NARCOTICS DIVISION), THE POLICE AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

SIMULTANEOUSLY, SHE SAID, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO SET UP SPECIAL OUTREACHING TEAMS IN ITS FOUR OPERATIONAL REGIONS, AS AN EXTENSION OF ITS EXIST! ’.G SERVICES, TO STEP UP EFFORTS IN PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO STREET SLEEPERS.

"ASSISTANCE OF VOLUNTEERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IS ENLISTED IN THE PROCESS," SHE SAID.

SO FAR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY WORKED ON 246 STREET SLEEPERS, 107 OF THEM HAVE BEEN ACCOMMODATED SINCE MAY THIS YEAR.

THE REST OF THEM ARE AWAITING ADMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY, COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING, GOVERNMENT MENTAL HOSPITALS OR TEMPORARY SHELTER.

MRS WONG SAID A DAY RELIEF CENTRE IN YAU MA TEI AND A TEMPORARY SHELTER IN CHOI HUNG WOULD BE OPEN FOR STREET SLEEPERS LATER THIS MONTH.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO CONTEMPLATING ACTIVELY WAYS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF THE ABLE-BODIED STREET SLEEPERS WHO MAKE UP SOME 34 PER CENT OF THE STREET SLEEPERS IN THE TERRITORY," SHE SAID.

"THROUGH ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE, I HOPE TO DRAW ON THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER COUNTRIES AND GAIN INSIGHT INTO NEW DIRECTIONS AND INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES IN THIS AREA AND TO SEE HOW THEY CAN BE APPLIED TO THE HONG KONG SCENARIO," MRS WONG ADDED.

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CALL FOR SUPPORT IN ANTI-MOSQUITO DRIVE » » * * »

THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH IS APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC FOR SUPPORT IN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-MOSQUITO EDUCATION CAMPAIGN GEARED AT COUNTERING MOSQUITO NUISANCE NORMALLY EXPERIENCED IN LATE SUMMER.

AS PART OF THE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE CAMPAIGN, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS HAVE PRODUCED GUIDELINES ON MOSQUITO PREVENTION FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC AND TO CONSTRUCTION SITE OPERATORS.

THE LEAFLETS "NO STAGNANT WATER, NO MOSQUITO BREEDING" HAVE LISTED THE FOLLOWING MEASURES FOR THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE CHANCE OF MOSQUITO BREEDING:

1. PUT ALL USELESS TINS, JARS, BOTTLES AND OTHER CONTAINERS WHICH MAY COLLECT WATER IN A PROPER DUSTBIN.

2. KEEP ALL WATER CONTAINERS TIGHTLY COVERED.

3. CHANGE WATER FOR FLOWERS AND PLANTS FREQUENTLY (AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK) AND SEE THAT NO WATER REMAINS IN PLATE OR TRAYS UNDERNEATH FLOWER POTS.

4. CLEAR CHOKED DRAINS AND WATER OUTLETS IN FLOWER TROUGHS AND SEE THAT ALL THESE ARE KEPT CLEAR OF RUBBISH OR LEAVES.

5. TOP UP ALL DEFECTIVE GROUND SURFACES TO PREVENT

ACCUMULATION OF STAGNANT WATER.

6. COVER ALL WATER STORAGE TANKS, WELLS AND OTHER WATER CONTAINERS IN OPEN SPACE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT, MR CHEUNG KAI-CHUEN, TODAY (SATURDAY) POINTED OUT THAT SINCE CONSTRUCTION SITES WERE OFTEN THE BREEDING GROUNDS FOR MOSQUITOES, CONTRACTORS WERE ADVISED TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING:

1. PUMP AND DRAIN AWAY STAGNANT WATER IN THE FOUNDATION WORK, HOLES, TRENCHES, ETC.

2. SPRAY A THIN LAYER OF DIESEL OIL ON THE WATER SURFACE, IF

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO DRAIN OFF STAGNANT WATER RIGHT AWAY.

3. COVER ALL WATER CONTAINERS PROPERLY.

4. TOP UP HOLLOW SPACES WITH SOIL. FILL UP BOTH ENDS OF

BAMBOO SCAFFOLDINGS WITH SAND OR CEMENT TO PREVENT THE

ACCUMULALTION OF STAGNANT WATER.

"SHOULD THE PUBLIC NEED ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, THE DISTRICT HEALTH STAFF OF BOTH THE URBAN SERVICES AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP," MR CHEUNG ADDED.

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"ALTERNATIVELY, THEY CAN MAKE USE OF THE 24-HOUR CANTONESE TELEPHONE HOT-LINE 5-8916443 FROM SEPTEMBER 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30 FOR INFORMATION."

MR CHEUNG SAID THAT CIRCULAR LETTERS WITH SUPPORTING PUBLICITY MATERIALS HAD BEEN SENT TO BUILDING CONTRACTORS, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND THE MANAGEMENT OFFICES OF LARGE PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES.

"THE MESSAGE IS ALSO PUBLICISED THROUGH POSTERS AND LEAFLETS SENT TO SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THROUGH BROADCASTING OF ANTI-MOSQUITO SLOGANS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY," HE SAID.

UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, CAP. 132, ANYONE WHO ALLOWS MOSQUITO BREEDING ON PREMISES IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000.

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MARICULTt RISTS WARNED TO OBSERVE THE LAW

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MARICULTURISTS WHO HAD MOVED OUT OF THEIR ALLOCATED SITES IN THE YUNG SHUE AU FISH CULTURE ZONE FOLLOWING A MAJOR FISH KILL IN THE AREA IN LATE JULY WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) WARNED THAT Till I SHOULD RETURN TO THEIR ORIGINAL CULTURE SPACE BEFORE NEXT WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) OR THEY WOULD FACE PROSECUTION.

TRE WARNING WAS ISSUED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR TERRITORIAL FISHERIES OFFICER, MR ALFRED SIN, WHO SAID THAT ANY FISH CULTURE OPERATIONS OUTSIDE ALLOCATED SITES ARE IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE.

"FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE LAW MAY RESULT IN PROSECUTION, SEIZURE AND DETENTION OF THE RAFTS TOGETHER WITH ANY FISH, EQUIPMENT AND OTHER THINGS FOUND ON THE RAFTS, AND CANCELLATION OF THEIR LICENCES, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE PROSECUTION MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM PENALTY DISS, 000 FINE PLUS IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

IN LATE JULY AND EARLY AUGUST, 31 OF THE 102 L1CENCEES IN YUNG SHUE AU FISH CULTURE ZONE MOVED TO YIM TIN TSAI EAST, VI '• V. \ND SAI KUNG AFTER A MAJOR FISH KI LI IN THE AREA CAUSED ’ S T\( \' T TIDES AND LOW DISSOLVED OXYGEN LEVEL IN THE' EVER.

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"SUCH BREACH OF THE LAW WAS TEMPORARILY TOLERATED THE PREDICAMENT OF THE AFFECTED CILTIRISTS AND THE\ WJ'RE SEPTEMBER 16 TO MOVE BACK.

IN VIEW OF

GIVEN UNTIL

"THE WATER QUALITY IN Yl NG SHUE \I HAS ALREADY RETURNED TO NORMAL AND RECENT WATER QUALITY ANALYSES CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT ALSO INDICATE THAT THE AREA IS SUITABLE FOR FISH CULTURE," HE SAID.

MR SIN NOTED THAT THE 71 LICENCEES WHO REMAINED IN YUNG SHUE \U HAD RESUMED THEIR OPER \ I IONS AND BROUGHT IN NEW STOCKS FOR CULTURING. "THIS CLEARLY REFLECTS THE HEALTHY CONDITION OF THE FISH CULTURE ZONE AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOK THOSE WHO CHOSE TO MOVE OUT ILLEGALLY, NOT RETURNING TO THEIR LICENSED SITES," HE SAID.

IF THE CULTURISTS ARE IN NEED OF ANY TECHNICAL ADVICE ON THEIR CULTURING PRACTICES, STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO PROVIDE THEM WITH ASSISTANCE, MR SIN SAID.

"SHOULD THEY WISH TO CONTINUE THEIR OPERATIONS IN OTHER DESIGNATED FISH CULTURE ZONES, THEY MAY CONSIDER APPLYING FOR SITES IN FISH CULTURE ZONES SUCH AS AP CHAU, O PUI TONG AND WONG WAN WHERE SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE," HE ADDED.

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GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICERS PROVIDE ’IMPORTANT* LEADERSHIP ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE ROCK STEADY, HARD-WORKING, ENTHUSIASTIC AND LEADERSHIP WHICH THE GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICERS PROVIDE DEPARTMENTS IS OF IMMEASURABLE IMPORTANCE AT PRESENT WHEN IS ON THE THRESHOLD OF GREAT AND IMPORTANT CHANGES,

DETERMINED

TO THEIR HONG KONG

THE SPECIAL (SATURDAY)

ADVISER TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS

EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE GRADE ASSOCIATION, SIR DAVID SAID THE GRADE HAD BEEN THE ENGINE ROOM OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE PAST 40 YEARS AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

"YOU HAVE SERVED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG LOYALLY AND WELL AND WE OWE YOU OUR THANKS.

"IT IS APPROPRIATE ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF YOUR ASSOCIATION THAT YOU REMEMBER, TAKE STOCK OF ALL THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, AND RENEW YOUR PLEDGE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT \OU WILL GO ON SERVING THEM IN FUTURE AS YOU HAVE IN THE PAST," HE SAID.

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AUGUST SUNSHINE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD * * » *

TWO TYPHOONS, BETTY AND CARY, BROUGHT SOME RAIN TO HONG KONG IN AUGUST AND NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STAND-BY SIGNAL NO.l.

HOWEVER, THE RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH WAS ONLY 176.3 MM, WHICH WAS 57 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 413.4 MM.

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE OVER SOUTH CHINA WAS ABNORMALLY HIGH. THE LOCAL MEAN SEA-LEVEL PRESSURE OF 1,008.6 HPA FOR THE MONTH WAS THE HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR AUGUST.

SUNSHINE WAS QUITE ABUNDANT DURING AUGUST. THE TOTAL DURATION OF BRIGHT SUNSHINE OF 274.1 HOURS REPRESENTS THE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR AUGUST.

OTHER THAN A FEW BRIEF SHOWERS ON AUGUST 2, THE WEATHER FOR THE FIRST SIX DAYS OF THE MONTH WAS MAINLY FINE.

AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER CENTRAL CHINA MIGRATED SOUTHWARDS, THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG BECAME CLOUDY ON AUGUST 8 AND REMAINED SO UNTIL THE MORNING OF AUGUST 12. HOWEVER, ONLY A TRACE OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THIS PERIOD.

BETWEEN AUGUST 12 AND 13, THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG WAS FINE WHILE TYPHOON BETTY WAS CAUSING A MAJOR HAVOC IN THE PHILIPPINES.

WITH BETTY ENTERING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE EARLY MORNING OF AUGUST 14, WINDS AT WAGLAN ISLAND FRESHENED FROM THE NORTHEAST. THE STAND-BY SIGNAL NO.l WAS HOISTED AT 2.45 PM ON AUGUST 14. DURING THE AFTERNOON, SHOWERS FROM RAINBANDS ASSOCIATED WITH BETTY BEGAN TO AFFECT HONG KONG AND WINDS WITHIN THE HARBOUR ALSO INCREASED.

SOME OF THE SHOWERS WERE THUNDERY ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 15.

AS BETTY CONTINUED TO MOVE TOWARDS VIETNAM, LOCAL WINDS SUBSIDED GRADUALLY AND THE STAND-BY SIGNAL NO.l WAS LOWERED AT NOON ON THE SAME DAY. HOWEVER, INTERMITTENT SHOWERS CONTINUED UNTIL THE MORNING OF AUGUST 17.

WEATHER BECAME FINE ON AUGUST 18 AND PERSISTED THROUGH THE NEXT DAY. MEANWHILE, TYPHOON CARY ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA EARLY ON AUGUST 19 AFTER CROSSING THE PHILIPPINES AND POSED A THREAT TO HONG KONG. THE STAND-BY SIGNAL NO.l WAS HOISTED AT 11 PM THAT NIGHT.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED THE NEXT DAY AND LOCAL WINDS STRENGTHENED TO OVER 30 KM/H.

CARY MOVED ON A COURSE SIMILAR TO THAT OF BETTY AND WAS NO LONGER THREATENING HONG KONG BY AUGUST 21.

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THE STAND-BY SIGNAL N0.1 WAS THEREFORE LOWERED AT NOON ON THAT DAY. HOWEVER, SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH CARY CONTINUED TO AFFECT HONG KONG UNTIL AUGUST 22.

EXCEPT FOR SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS, THE WEATHER REMAINED GENERALLY FINE UNTIL AUGUST 28.

ON AUGUST 27, A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FORMED OVER CENTRAL CHINA AND BEGAN EDGING TOWARDS THE SOUTH CHINA COAST. THIS TROUGH MOVED RAPIDLY SOUTHWARDS AND WAS VERY CLOSE TO HONG KONG BY THE EVENING OF AUGUST 29 GIVING RISE TO SOME SHOWERS AND ISOLATED SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.

GUSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE THUNDERSTORMS WERE BETWEEN 60 AND 80 KM/H, CAUSING THE COLLAPSE OF SCAFFOLDINGS ON TWO CONSTRUCTION SITES IN KENNEDY TOWN AND SHAU KEI WAN.

THE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE REMAINED ALMOST STATIONARY ALONG THE SOUTH CHINA COAST UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. BY THEN, ALTHOUGH IT HAD WEAKENED CONSIDERABLY, SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUED TO AFFECT THE COASTAL AREAS.

THE SHOWERS WERE HOWEVER VERY ISOLATED RESULTING IN VERY UNEVENLY-DISTRIBUTED RAINFALL OVER THE TERRITORY. FOR EXAMPLE, DURING THE MORNING OF AUGUST 31, ALMOST 30 MM OF RAIN FELL IN THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND BUT ONLY A TRACE OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY. BECAUSE OF THE ISOLATED NATURE OF THESE SHOWERS, MOST PARTS OF THE TERRITORY STILL ENJOYED PLENTY OF SUNSHINE DURING THE LAST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH.

SIX TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC DURING THE MONTH.

DURING THE MONTH, NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON AUGUST 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 29, 30 AND 31.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

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

TYPHOON BETTY 1 AUGUST 14, 2.45 PM AUGUST 15, 12 NOON

TYPHOON CARY 1 AUGUST 19, 11 PM AUGUST 21, 12 NOON

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE

274.1 HOURS : 68.1 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

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GLOBAL SOLAR

RADIATION 19.44 MJ/SQUARE METRE : 1.78 MJ/SQUARE METRE ABOVE NORMAL

RAINFALL

CLOUDINESS

RELATIVE HUMIDITY

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN

TEMPERATURE

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN DEW POINT

es TOTAL EVAPORATION

176.3 MM : 237.1 MM BELOW NORMAL

61 PER CENT : 5 PER CENT LESS THAN NORMAL

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81 PER CENT : 2 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

31.1 DEGREES C : 0.1 DEGREE C BELOW NORMAL

28.6 DEGREES C : 0.4 DEGREE C ABOVE NORMAL

26.8 DEGREES C : 0.9 DEGREE C ABOVE NORMAL

24.9 DEGREES C : 0.1 DEGREE C ABOVE NORMAL

152.8 MM : 8.7 MM BELOW NORMAL

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MODEL PEDESTRIANS SELECTION IN WAN CHAT * * * * *

PEDESTRIANS WHO CROSSED ROADS PROPERLY IN CAUSEWAY BAY WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) HONOURED AS "MODEL PEDESTRIAN" IN A DRIVE TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY.

A MODEL PEDESTRIANS SELECTION WAS HELD TODAY AT THE JUNCTION OF HENNESSY ROAD AND PERCIVAL STREET IN WHICH SILVER STICKERS BESTOWING THE TITLE OF "MODEL PEDESTRIAN" WERE PRESENTED ON THE SPOT TO PEOPLE WHO OBSERVED THE TRAFFIC CODES WHEN USING ROADS.

THE SELECTION WAS PRESIDED OVER BY MEMBERS OF THE WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP AND THE FIVE AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT AS PART OF THE WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISED TO DRAW THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION TO ROAD SAFETY MEASURES.

THE GROUP WAS ACCOMPANIED BY TRAFFIC WARDENS WHO DISTRIBUTED PUBLICITY PAMPHLET AND DELIVERED WARNINGS TO THOSE WHO VIOLATED TRAFFIC RULES. ”'

SIMILAR EXERCISES HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN VARIOUS SPOTS IN WAN CHAI DURING THE PAST WEEK WHERE THE TRAFFIC IS HEAVY.

AFTER THIS PROJECT, A ROAD SAFETY ENFORCEMENT WEEK WILL FOLLOW IN WHICH PEOPLE WHO DISREGARD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

TALKS FOR THE AGED AND A CLOSING CEREMONY-CUM-FUN FAIR WILL BE HELD BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN DRAWS TO A CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 26.

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RURAL RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN UP * * ♦

YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN WONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) APPEALED TO YUEN LONG RURAL RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS BEFORE THE REGISTRATION PERIOD ENDS ON SEPTEMBER 30.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S VOTER REGISTRATION VARIETY SHOW IN FAIRVIEW PARK, MR WONG URGED ELIGIBLE YUEN LONG RESIDENTS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS BY SIGNING UP AS VOTERS SO THEY COULD ELECT REPRESENTATIVES OF THEIR CHOICE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

MR WONG NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO REFLECT VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

UP TO SEPTEMBER 10, OF THE 130,000 ESTIMATED ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN YUEN LONG DISTRICT, 60,300 HAVE BEEN REGISTERED. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF REGISTERED VOTER THIS YEAR, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION THROUGH DOOR TO DOOR VISITS, CINEMA ADVERTISEMENT, BROADCASTING VAN, POSTERS AND BANNERS UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE PROGRAMME IN TODAY’S VOTER REGISTRATION VARIETY SHOW INCLUDED SINGING , DANCING AND MAGIC SHOW. IN ADDITION, A TEMPORARY VOTER REGISTRATION COUNTER WAS SET UP NEXT TO THE OPEN AIR THEATRE WHERE COMMUNITY ORGANISERS HELPED ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS TO FILL IN REGISTRATION FORMS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S SHOW WAS YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI KUEN.

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SUPPLY OF MANPOWER DEPENDS ON EDUCATION ♦ * » »

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, TODAY (SATURDAY) ASKED A GROUP OF 219 NEWLY RECRUITED GOVERNMENT SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, LECTURERS OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS TO SHOULDER THE VITAL RESPONSIBILITY TO BETTER EDUCATE THE NEW GENERATION.

WELCOMING THE TEACHERS AND OFFICERS TO JOIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE START OF AN INDUCTION COURSE AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE QUEEN’S COLLEGE, MR LAN SAID THE SUPPLY OF WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER IN THE COMMUNITY DEPENDED ON THE HARD WORK OF SCHOOL TEACHERS AND THE GOVERNMENT’S HUGE INVESTMENT ON EDUCATION.

/MR UN

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MR LAN SAID TEACHERS PLAYED THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE IN EDUCATING THE STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS AS THEY GOT INVOLVED IN THE ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND PROMOTING ALL KINDS OF STUDY ENVIRONMENTS TO HELP STUDENTS LEARN AND DEVELOP A FINE PERSONALITY.

"I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU DO HAVE THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE AND TEACHING SKILL TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE EDUCATIONAL WORK IN HONG KONG," MR LAN SAID.

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FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH * *

PROMOTES MEDIA RELATIONS * * *

THE MEDIA HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN INTRODUCING THE THRIVING SHA TIN NEW TOWN TO THE PUBLIC AND HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN REPORTING THE WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS, SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR YUNG WAS SPEAKING AFTER A FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN NEW TERRITORIES REPORTERS AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE/DISTRICT BOARD AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND THIS MORNING.

"WE USUALLY MEET OUR MEDIA FRIENDS AT FORMAL MEETINGS BUT IT IS OUR PLAN TO MEET MORE OFTEN IN SOME RELAXED AND HEALTHY OCCASIONS SUCH AS THE FOOTBALL MATCH TODAY," HE SAID.

SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM, ALSO PRAISED THE MEDIA FOR DILIGENTLY SEARCHING FOR STORIES.

"OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESS HAS BEEN GOOD AND WE HOPE TO MAINTAIN THIS RELATIONSHIP," HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE/DB TEAM INCLUDED MR YUNG AND HIS STAFF AS WELL AS DB MEMBERS KAN CHUNG-NIN, ANDREW WONG, CHAN HON-YING, CHAN TO-YEUNG AND CHIU SIN-KUI.

THE N.T. REPORTERS TEAM INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ORIENTAL DAILY NEWS, CHING PAO, HONG KONG DAILY NEWS, WEN WEI PO, WAH KIU YAT PO AND COMMERCIAL DAILY.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE/DB TEAM WON BY 4:2.

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EXPLORATION TO HONG KONG’S MONUMENTS

*****

THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD (AAB) AND THE COMMERCIAL PRESS LTD. (HONG KONG BRANCH) ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING THREE INSPECTION TOURS OF HONG KONG’S MONUMENTS ON OCTOBER 3, NOVEMBER 7 AND 21.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, THE TOURS WILL BE HELD WITH A VIEW TO CO-ORDINATING WITH AAB’S EFFORTS IN PROMOTING THE CONSERVATION OF THE TERRITORY’S MONUMENTS AND CELEBRATING THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMERCIAL PRESS LTD.

ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE NOW INVITED TO APPLY BEFORE SEPTEMBER 18 FOR PARTICIPATION IN THESE TOURS AT $10 EACH.

FOR DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL AND SOCIETY SERVICE DIVISION, HEAD OFFICE, COMMERCIAL PRESS LTD. (H.K. BRANCH) AT 5-651371.

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COMPUTER FACILITIES AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES EXPANDED

*****

TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED A GIFT OF 10 MICROCOMPUTERS FROM SIGMA DESIGNS (HK) LTD.

THE COMPUTERS, VALUED AT $88,000, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG EIGHT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO FACILITATE TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE INSTITUTES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL TODAY (SATURDAY) SAID.

HE SAID COMPUTER EDUCATION IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAS NOW BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO TECHNICAN AND CRAFT LEVEL STUDENTS WITH A GRADUAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE PROVISION OF MICROCOMPUTER FACILITIES.

A CAD/CAM CENTRE HAS BEEN SET UP AT HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND COMPUTER CENTRES ARE ESTABLISHED AT LEE WAI LEE, TUEN MUN, SHA TIN AND CHAI WAN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

HE ADDED THAT ADMINISTRATION OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES INCLUDING ADMISSION, REGISTRATION GRADE RECORDS AND REPORTS WILL ALSO BE COMPUTERISED SOON.

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FIFTH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD (1987/88) IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE 5TH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AND THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT OF NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

SCHOOL HEADS INTERESTED IN SENDING A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 23.

THE HEAT EVENTS OF THE OLYMPIAD WILL BE HELD IN DECEMBER IN A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS.

THE TOP 40 TEAMS IN THE HEAT EVENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE FINALS TO BE HELD IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

EACH SCHOOL CAN SEND ONE TEAM CONSISTING OF SIX MEMBERS WHO ARE STUDENTS OF SECONDARY 4 OR BELOW AND ANY FOUR OF THEM MAY TAKE PART IN THE FINALS.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO CYCLE TRACK t ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) TO DISCUSS OBSERVATIONS AND PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CYCLE TRACK IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF A STUDY ON THE TRAFFIC SITUATION IN TAI PO MARKET.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR TUNG TSE, THE ACTION PROGRAMME ON PEDESTRIAN BLACKSPOTS AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT THE HONG LOK YUEN ROUNDABOUT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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RECRUITMENT OF TEMPORARY STAFF *****

THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (LES) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING ABOUT 100 TEMPORARY STAFF FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN COLLECTING SURREY RETURNS FROM BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS BETWEEN OCTOBER 20 AND NOVEMBER 6, A SPOKESMAN FOR LES SAID.

APPLICANTS, PREFERABLY AGED 25 OR UNDER, SHOULD HAVE FIVE PASSES IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, INCLUDING CHINESE AND ENGLISH.

THE JOB OFFERS A DAILY WAGE OF $145 AND IS OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN.

THOSE INTERESTED MAY APPROACH ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONES 5-270622, 3-666615, 3-695525, 3-265123 AND 0-4920154.

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VARIETY SHOW FOR HO MAN TIN ♦ * » ♦

NORTH AREA RESIDENTS *

FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE MAN TIN NORTH AREA DAY AT THE PUI (SUNDAY) TO WHICH AREA RESIDENTS ARE

THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN THE HO

CHING BEING

ROAD INVITED

PLAYGROUND TOMORROW TO JOIN IN.

THE AREA DAY, TO ORGANISED BY HO MAN TIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

BE HELD

NORTH AREA

FROM 1

PM

COMMITTEE

TO AND

5 PM, IS JOINTLY

THE KOWLOON

CITY

ADMISSION TO THE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

EVENT IS FREE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

ARE

THE WILL

TN AN ATTEMPT TO ATTRACT ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO SIGN UP IN riiDRFNT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE, A MOBILE REGISTRATION COUNTER B™'? UP” TOE i™UE AM STAFF FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE RILL ASSIST

THE PUBLIC TO COMPLETE THEIR FORMS.

THERE WILL BE GAMES STALLS, AND ACROBATIC AND MAGIC SHOWS.

SINGING,

COMPUTER GAMES,

A CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION RESPONSIBILITY OF A CITIZEN WILL ALSO BE

DEPICTING DISPLAYED

THE RIGHTS AND AT THE VENUE.

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS LORNA MA; HO MAN TIN NORTH AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR FONG PUI-SHEUNG AND VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIU-YEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE PUI CHING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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ENTRY DEADLINE FOR TOLO HARBOUR SWIM » » » » »

SWIMMERS INTENDING TO TAKE PART IN THE 20TH CROSS TOLO HARBOUR RACE NEXT MONTH SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS BY SEPTEMBER 20 (SUNDAY).

THE ANNUAL CROSS-HARBOUR SWIM IN TAI PO, WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND A BREWERY, WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 11.

THE 2,400-METRE RACE IS OPEN TO SWIMMERS AGED 12 OR ABOVE. IT WILL START AT 10.30 AM AT SHUEN WAN AND FINISH AT TAI MEI TUK.

THE FIRST 10 SWIMMERS TO FINISH IN THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GROUPS WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES, WHILE THOSE WHO COMPLETE THE FULL COURSE WITHIN 90 MINUTES WILL RECEIVE COMMEMORATIVE CERTIFICATES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES, OFFICES OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH (RUTTONJEE HOUSE, 14TH FLOOR, 11 DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL), THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION’S LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE DELIVERED TO THE LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE AT 2 ON CHEUNG ROAD, TAI PO, EITHER BY POST OR IN PERSON BY SEPTEMBER 20.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6568661 OR 0-6587217.

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FORUM ON GREEN PAPER * * *

THE LAST OF THE THREE FORUMS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE HELD AT CARITAS RESTAURANT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF CARITAS HOUSE IN CAINE ROAD AT 8 PM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE USE OF THE FUNCTION TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG AND TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE TOPIC.

SPEAKERS AT THE FORUM WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR HENRIETTA IP AND PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AFFAIRS SOCIETY, DR HUANG CHEN-YA. THE MODERATOR IS MR LEE LUEN-FAI OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SEMINAR CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523478.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND

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TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RUMSEY STREET FLYOVER ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AT ITS JUNCTION WITH RUMSEY STREET, VEHICLES ON RUMSEY STREET WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS.

AFFECTED VEHICLES, INCLUDING CHINA MOTOR BUS ROUTE NO.l AND 3, WILL HAVE TO U-TURN FROM CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND INTO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND OUTSIDE SHUN TAK CENTRE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WELLINGTON STREET FROM A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH POTTINGER STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 75 METRES EAST OF THE JUNCTION WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN KWUN TONG AND HUNG HOM ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM RESTRICTED ZONE ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF YUE MAN SQUARE, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YAN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE EXTENDED WESTWARD FOR ABOUT 7.5 METRES FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14).

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON SEPTEMBER 15, THE NORTHERN SIDE OF BAKER STREET BETWEEN GILLIES AVENUE AND WALKER STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS PRESERVATION OP CULTURAL HERITAGE......... 1

HIGH-RISE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS POPULAR......................... 3

CYCLISTS1 CODE PUBLISHED................................,.... 4

REGISTRATION MESSAGE SPREAD AT CHEUNG CHAU r.ARNTVAT,........ 5

SAI KUNG ELDERLY FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTER FORMED....... 6

SITE FORMATION FOR TSUEN WAN DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS ... 7

BLEACHERS TENDERS FOR TUEN MUN GAMES HALL INVITED ........... 7

GUIDE FOR STEAM RECEIVER OPERATORS .......................... 8

GOODWILL VISITS TO SCHOOLS .................................. 8

CENTRAL AND WESTERN SYP CLOSES WITH VARIETY SHOW............. 9

LIFE-SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS.............. 10

PRESS CONFERENCE ON GREEN PAPER OPINION SURVEY............... 10

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED........... 11

TAI PO DB SPECIAL MEETING ON GREEN PAPER..................... 11

SHA TIN DB TO MEET .......................................... 12

ROAD CLOSURE IN NORTH POINT

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTS PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE » » ♦ * »

THE YEARS OF 198-1 AND 1985 MARKED THE TURNING POINT IN THE HISTORY OF PRESERVATION OF HONG KONG’S CULTURAL HERITAGE, ACCORDING TO THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD REPORT OF 1984 AND 1985 PUBLISHED TODAY (SUNDAY).

WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY SUPPORT WAS GIVEN TO THE CAUSE OF PRESERVING HONG KONG’S HERITAGE. THE OWNERS NOT ONLY TOOK PRIDE IN ALLOWING THEIR PROPERTIES TO BE LEGALLY PRESERVED AND PROTECTED UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE BUT ALSO CONTRIBUTED FINANCIALLY TOWARDS THE COST OF RESTORING THE BUILDINGS.

THIS WAS BORNE OUT BY THE CASES OF LIU MAN SHEK TONG ANCESTRAL HALL IN SHEUNG SHUT AND THE MAN MO TEMPLE IN TAI PO. ALSO, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAD BEEN PROVIDING GENEROUS DONATIONS TO ASSIST IN THE PRESERVATION OF HONG KONG’S HERITAGE EVERY YEAR SINCE 1981, THE REPORT SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD NOTED THAT A TOTAL OF 30 MONUMENTS OR HISTORICAL BUILDINGS SO FAR HAD BEEN SECURED IN WHICH SIX WERE NEW ITEMS DECLARED AND GAZETTED DURING 1984 AND 1985. THEY WERE THE MAN MO TEMPLE IN TAI PO; THE EXTERIOR OF THE OLD SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN CENTRAL; THE ROCK CARVINGS AT WONG CHUK HANG, ABERDEEN; THE EXTERIOR OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY MAIN BUILDING; THE OLD TAI PO MARKET RAILWAY STATION; AND THE LIU MAN SHEK TONG ANCESTRAL HALL, SHEUNG SHUI.

DURING THESE TWO YEARS MORE MONUMENTS AND HISTORICAL BUILDINGS WERE UNDER RESTORATION AND REPAIR AND OPENED FOP PUBLIC ENJOYMENT. THE RESTORED SHEUNG YIU VILLAGE WAS THE FIRST TO BE OPENED AS A FOLK MUSEUM UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. IT HAD PROVED ITS POPULARITY AND IT HAD BEEN ATTRACTING SOME 6,000 VISITORS PER MONTH SINCE 1984.

THE CONVERSION OF THE OLD TAI PO MARKET RAILWAY STATION INTO HONG KONG’S FIRST RAILWAY MUSEUM WAS COMPLETED AND OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985. ANOTHER MONUMENT, SAM TUNG UK IN TSUEN WAN, WAS UNDER VIGOROUS RESTORATION AND IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED AS THE SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE MUSEUM BY REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

OTHER RESTORED MONUMENTS/HISTOR1CAL BUILDINGS ALSO PROVED POPULAR WITH VISITORS. THEY ARE THE MAN MO TEMPLE IN TAI PO; LIU MAN SHEK TONG ANCESTRAL HALL IN SHEUNG SHUI; THE FAN LAU FORT ON LANTAU ISLAND; AND THE TUNG CHUNG FORT IN LANTAU.

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HOWEVER, THE BOARD WISHED TO SEE THAT THE RESTRICTION OF THE $300,000 ALLOCATION ON EACH RESTORATION PROJECT TO BE RELAXED SO THAT MORE PRIVATE HISTORICAL BUILDINGS COULD BE BETTER RESTORED AND PROTECTED.

ON ARCHAEOLOGY, LICENCES CONTINUED TO BE ISSUED TO QUALIFIED APPLICANTS TO EXCAVATE AND SEARCH FOR ANTIQUITIES.

THE FULL-TIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE TERRITORY STARTED IN 1982 AND WAS COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1985. THE CONSULTANT’S ASSESSMENT ON THE POTENTIAL VALUE OF ALL IDENTIFIED ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN HONG KONG AND HIS ADVICE ON A POLICY FOR EXCAVATION ARE NOW UNDER THE BOARD’S REVIEW.

THE SURVEY ON HISTORICAL SETTLEMENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG CONTINUED. THE SURVEYS COVERED SHAP PAT HEUNG, HA TSUEN AND PING SHAN, YUEN LONG.

THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT

» RECEPTION COUNTER, MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, 11/F, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRY COUNTER, MUSEUM OF HISTORY, KOWLOON PARK, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

MUSEUM OFFICE, SAM TUNG UK, KWU UK LANE, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

* ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE, BLOCK S18, KOWLOON PARK, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

(BEFORE 15.9.87)

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HIGH-RISE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS POPULAR » » * * *

HIGH-RISE BLOCKS SITUATED AROUND THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, MARKET, PUBLIC GARDENS AND EVEN SPORTS FACILITIES WERE PROBABLY THE MOST POPULAR FORMS OF HOUSING IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MR BARNES WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION IN CONNECTION WITH THE HONG KONG YOUTH-BUILT ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT DESIGN COMPETITION (1987) HELD AT THE NEW TOWN PLAZA, SHA TIN, AND ORGANISED BY PENINSULA JAYCEES.

HE SAID THESE COMPLEXES WERE POPULAR BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH CONVENIENT AND PLEASANT FOR LIVING.

"TO A CERTAIN EXTENT WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE THIS KIND OF ENVIRONMENT INTO THE URBAN AREA,” HE SAID.

’’SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, WHICH GOVERNMENT WILL SOON ESTABLISH.

’’UNLIKE MOST OTHER URBAN DEVELOPERS IT WILL HAVE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASSEMBLE LARGER AREAS OF URBAN LAND, IT WILL BE ABLE TO CONSTRUCT MINI-ESTATES WITH THE SAME FEATURES OF DESIGN AND SELF SUFFICIENCY FOUND IN THE NEW TOWNS ESTATES.

”SO BIT BY BIT WE SHOULD SEE A GENUINE RENEWAL OF THE CITY,” MR BARNES SAID.

HE SAID NO CITY COULD CHANGE OVERNIGHT. NOR WOULD HONG KONG.

BUT IT CHANGED QUICKER AND FOR THE BETTER IF EVERYBODY TOOK AN INTEREST IN IT.

"IT IS VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE WITH SUCH A STRONG INTEREST AND WITH SUCH ASPIRATIONS FOR HONG KONG,"HE SAID.

CONGRATULATING THE JAYCEES "IN THIS SPLENDID INITIATIVE", MR BARNES SAID: "YOU NEVER KNOW, IT COULD BE MORE INFLUENTIAL IN OUR ENVIRONMENT EVEN THAN YOU HOPE."

MR BARNES SAID BUILT-ENVIRONMENT WAS THE PRODUCT OF INTERACTION BETWEEN DEVELOPERS, DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS.

THE DEVELOPER, WHILE TRYING TO JUSTIFY A RETURN ON HIS INVESTMENT, HAD ANOTHER DUTY TO PERFORM - THAT WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT WAS WORTHWHILE AND BENEFICIAL TO THE COMMUNITY.

IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM THIS DUAL ROLE, HE REQUIRED THE ASSISTANCE OF PROFESSIONALS LIKE ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS, TO DO THE PLANNING AND DESIGN AND CONTRACTORS TO PUT THE PLANS INTO PRACTICE.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR BUILT-ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE CAREFULLY PLANNED RATHER THAN BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN ACCIDENTALLY," HE SAID.

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CYCLISTS’ CODE PUBLISHED * * *

A FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET CONTAINING BASIC RULES AND ADVICE FOR BOTH LEARNERS AND EXPERIENCED CYCLISTS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO LEARNER CYCLISTS THROUGH SCHOOLS AND BICYCLE VENDORS.

THE 12-PAGE BOOKLET, ENTITLED "CYCLISTS’ CODE", IS EXTRACTED FROM THE ROAD USERS’ CODE PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN JULY AND IS AVAILABLE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

"THE DECISION TO ISSUE A SEPARATE BOOKLET ON CYCLING WAS MADE BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL LAST YEAR IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CYCLISTS," THE ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIVISION, MR V.C. YEUNG, SAID.

IN 1986, THERE WERE 688 BICYCLE ACCIDENTS. OF THE 754 CYCLISTS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THESE ACCIDENTS, OVER 34 PER CENT BELONGED TO THE AGE GROUP OF 15 TO 24.

"IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO REMIND CYCLISTS, IN PARTICULAR YOUNG PEOPLE, OF SAFE CYCLING RULES,” MR YEUNG ADDED.

THE CODE TELLS CYCLISTS EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CYCLING ON THE ROADS AND CYCLEWAYS: GIVING CORRECT SIGNALS, RULES OF OVERTAKING AND TURNING AT JUNCTIONS AND ROUNDABOUTS. IT ALSO CONTAINS ADVICE ON HOW TO SELECT A SUITABLE BICYCLE, BASIC CYCLING SKILLS AND ROAD SIGNS FOR CYCLISTS.

A TOTAL OF 200,000 COPIES OF THE CYCLISTS’ CODE HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND WILL BE GIVEN AWAY FREE OF CHARGE TO STUDENTS AND CYCLISTS THROUGH DISTRICT OFFICES AND BICYCLE VENDORS FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 14). SCHOOLS WILL ALSO DISTRIBUTE THE CODE TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS BY THE END OF OCTOBER.

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REGISTRATION MESSAGE SPREAD AT CHEUNG CHAU CARNIVAL

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MORE THAN 1,000 ISLANDERS AND VISITORS TO CHEUNG CHAU TODAY (SUNDAY) ENJOYED THEMSELVES AT A COLOURFUL CARNIVAL AT THE PAR TAI PLAYGROUND.

THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT THE CARNIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE TO TIE IN WITH THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN, WAS A STREET SHOW PERFORMED BY THE FRINGE CLUB.

A DRAMA, WITH THE SCRIPT SPECIALLY WRITTEN TO FOCUS ON CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CITIZEN, WAS STAGED TO SPREAD THE VOTER REGISTRATION MESSAGE TO SPECTATORS.

TO CATER TO PROMPT RESPONDENTS, A VOTER REGISTRATION CENTRE MANNED BY LIAISON OFFICERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WAS SET UP AT THE VENUE TO HELP ELIGIBLE ELECTORS SIGN UP ON THE SPOT.

THE SPECTATORS WERE ALSO ENTERTAINED WITH CHINESE MAGIC, QIGONG DEMONSTRATION, MIME AND CLOWN JUGGLING.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE SAID: "THE CARNIVAL ALSO MARKED THE SECOND PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN IN THE DISTRICT WITH THE SHIFT OF EMPHASIS TO CHEUNG CHAU AND LAMMA, AFTER LANTAU AND PENG CHAU.

"FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL CONCENTRATE THEIR EFFORTS ON DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS ON CHEUNG CHAU AND LAMMA. THE PUBLICITY TROLLEY WILL ALSO BE DEPLOYED TO BROADCAST THE MESSAGE IF NECESSARY," HF. SAID.

"OUR TARGET IS THE 8,000 ISLANDERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE BUT NOT YET REGISTERED AS VOTERS. THIS IS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN 30 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL ELIGIBLE ELECTORS IN THE DISTRICT," HE ADDED.

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SAI KUNG ELDERLY FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTEE FORMED * * t » »

A PREPARATORY COMMITTEE ON THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY 1987 HAS BEEN FORMED TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES FOR SENIOR RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT BETWEEN NOVEMBER 6 AND 28.

THE COMMITTEE COMPRISES MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, REPRESENTATIVES FROM RURAL COMMITTEES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS DISTRICT OFFICE, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE FORCE.

FIVE WORKING GROUPS UNDER THE COMMITTEE WERE ALSO FORMED TO TAKE CHARGE OF PROGRAMMES, PUBLICITY, TRANSPORT, PROGRAMME SUPERVISION AS WELL AS PREPARING FOR THE "THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD FEAST"-CUM-CLOSING CEREMONY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE SAID THE FESTIVAL, BEING ONE OF THE LARGEST ANNUAL EVENTS IN SAI KUNG, AIMS AT AROUSING PUBLIC’S CONCERN AND RESPECT TOWARDS THE ELDERS.

IT ALSO ENCOURAGES THE ELDERLY TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED DURING THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE VISITS, PICNICS, TOURS, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, LUNCHES, FILM SHOWS, CONCERTS, MEDICAL CHECK-UPS AND CLEANSING SERVICES.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ACTIVITIES IS A "THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD FEAST"-CUM-CLOSI NG CEREMONY ON NOVEMBER 28 WHEN MORE THAN 1,000 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE INVITED TO TAKE PART.

VARIOUS PROGRAMMES SUCH AS SINGING, RIDDLES, SPORTS COMPETITIONS AND CANTONESE OPERA WILL BE ARRANGED SO THAT PARTICIPANTS WILL ENJOY A DAY OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT.

THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE FESTIVAL’S ACTIVITIES IS ABOUT $150,000 WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

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SITE FORMATION FOR TSUEN WAN DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦

SITE FORMATION WORK IS TO BE CARRIED OUT AT TSUEN KING CIRCUIT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW TSUEN WAN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE SITE CLEARANCE, DEMOLITION AND EXCAVATION, SITE FORMATION AND CAISSON RETAINING WALL CONSTRUCTION.

ROCK SLOPE STABILISATION AND SURFACE WATER DRAINAGE WORKS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

THE NEW DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING ONE AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD NEAR THE TAI WO HAU MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION.

IT WILL CONSIST OF TWO BLOCKS WITH A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF 10,500 SQUARE METRES. THE 17-STOREY HIGH BLOCK WILL PROVIDE OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, PUBLIC REPORTING FACILITIES, BARRACK ACCOMMODATION, CANTEEN MESS FACILITIES AND OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

A COVERED COMPOUND FOR PARADE PURPOSES, CELLS AND OFFICES WILL BE SITUATED IN AN ADJOINING THREE-STOREY BLOCK.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE NINE-MONTH PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER.

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BLEACHERS TENDERS FOR TUEN MUN GAMES HALL INVITED

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE DESIGN, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SEATING FOR TUEN MUN’S SECOND INDOOR GAMES HALL.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SEATING FOR AT LEAST 400 PEOPLE WOULD BE OF THE TELESCOPIC BLEACHERS TYPE AND MUST BE INSTALLED BY NOT LATER THAN THE COMPLETION OF THE INDOOR GAMES HALL ITSELF IN MARCH, 1988.

THE GAMES HALL IS LOCATED ON WU SHAN ROAD NEAR BUTTERFLY ESTATE IN AREA 28.

THE MAIN GAMES ARENA OF THE NEW SPORTS FACILITY, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY BE HANDED OVER TO THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT, WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE EITHER TWO BASKETBALL COURTS, TWO VOLLEYBALL COURTS OR EIGHT BADMINTON COURTS. THERE WILL ALSO BE THREE SQUASH COURTS, A FITNESS TRAINING ROOM AND AN ACTIVITY/DANCE ROOM.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS FOR THE BLEACHERS SEATING IS NOON ON OCTOBER 2.

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GUIDE FOR STEAM RECEIVER OPERATORS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A BILINGUAL PAMPHLET ON THE SAFE USE OF STEAM RECEIVERS.

THE 28-PAGE PAMPHLET, ENTITLED "A GUIDE TO THE OPERATION OF STEAM RECEIVERS”, CONTAINS MORE THAN 20 ILLUSTRATION DIAGRAMS AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION AND THE MAINTENANCE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF STEAM RECEIVERS.

IT WILL ALSO SERVE AS A QUICK GUIDE FOR CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY EXAMINATION UNDER THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS ORDINANCE.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID STEAM RECEIVERS WERE EXTENSIVELY USED IN INDUSTRY, IN PARTICULAR THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY.

’’INSUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT WILL CAUSE SERIOUS ACCIDENTS,” HE SAID.

’’ALL PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN THE USE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE CONTENTS OF THIS GUIDE.”

COPIES OF THE PAMPHLET CAN BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S PRESSURE EQUIPMENT DIVISION ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT DIVISION OR AT 5-8524182.

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GOODWILL VISITS TO SCHOOLS ♦ ♦ ♦

DIRECTORATE OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL PAY GOODWILL VISITS TO ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DAY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG FROM THIS NEW SCHOOL YEAR TO ESTABLISH CLOSER TIES WITH THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENTS AND TEACHERS AND TO GAIN FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ABOUT THE OPERATION OF SCHOOLS.

THE SCHEME, IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING NORMAL SCHOOL VISITS MADE BY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS AND SCHOOL INSPECTORS, WAS LAUNCHED LAST WEEK WHEN THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, VISITED THE ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S COLLEGE AND QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL IN KOWLOON.

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DURING THE VISIT, MR LAN WAS BRIEFED FULLY ON THE OPERATION OF THE TWO SCHOOLS AND TOURED THE PREMISES. HE ALSO HAD A USEFUL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH THE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHING STAFF AND CHATTED WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS.

MR LAN WAS : ■ I HAT THE TWO SCHOOLS HAVE NOT ONLY DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES IN THEIR ACADEMIC ATTAINMENTS, BUT ALSO IN DEVELOPING STUDENTS’ INTERESTS IN A WIDE RANGE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THROUGH LARGE NUMBER OF ACADEMIC AND INTEREST CLUBS.

"THIS DEVELOPMENT IS TN LINE WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S POLICY TO ENCOURAGl SCHOOLS TO MAKI AVAILABLE EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND FACILITY TO DEVELOP STUDENTS' ABILITY AND INTEREST TO THE FULLEST EXTENT. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AND LEARNING MORE IN MY FUTURE VISITS TO SCHOOLS," SAID MR LAN.

CENTRAL AND WESTERN SYP CLOSES WITH VARIETY SHOW

*****

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CONCLUDED TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH A VARIETY SHOW PROVIDING FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR 1,500 RESIDENTS AT THE CITY HALL.

SPEAKING Ai TiiE Cl.OSI.NG CEREMONY, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCLNT KO, SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS A VERY MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT AS PARTICIPANTS COULD LEARN MORE ABOUT SOCIETY AND CULTIVATE A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

CHAIRMAN OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR YAU YUK-TAK, ALSO SAID ABOUT 600 ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED FOR MORE THAN 30,000 YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT WITH MOST OF THE PROGRAMMES PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION AND FOSTERING A SPIRIT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

THE VARIETY SHOW FEATURED SINGING, DANCES, MAGIC SHOW AND TAEKWONDO PERFORMANCE.

AMONG THE GUESTS ATTENDING THE FUNCTION WERE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELIZABETH TSE AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MISS ESTHER CHAN.

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LIFE-SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS » * » * ♦

SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DISPLAY THEIR LIFE-SAVING SKILL IN A COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS ON NOVEMBER 21.

THE LIFE-SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS 1987/88, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG SCHOOL TEACHERS LIFE SAVING SOCIETY, WILL BE HELD AT THE MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL IN 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THERE WILL BE FIVE EVENTS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS WHICH INCLUDE 2 X 50 METRE EXTENDED CHIN TOW, CROSS CHEST TOW, TORPEDO RESCUE, TIRED SWIMMER RESCUE AND 4 X 50 METRE LIFE SAVING RELAY.

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE OPEN TO ALL DAY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND COMPETITORS MUST BE 20 YEARS OF AGE OR UNDER AS ON JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

A SCHOOL MAY FIELD TWO ENTRIES IN EACH EVENT EXCEPT IN THE RELAY, WHICH IS RESTRICTED TO ONE.

SCHOOL HEADS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT ENTRIES TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 26.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON GREEN PAPER OPINION SURVEY X X X X X

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE FINDINGS OF AN OPINION SURVEY ON THE GREEN PAPER WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT IN EARLY AUGUST BY A CONSULTANT FIRM COMMISSIONED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON POLITICAL REFORM.

PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP, MR CHAN WAI-WANG, GROUP MEMBERS AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONSULTANT FIRM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 5 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED * * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

THEY INCLUDE THE REPAINTING OF A FENCE WALL OUTSIDE THE FRUIT MARKET AND THE PROVISION OF PLANTER BOXES IN SOME REAR LANES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

TAI PO DB SPECIAL MEETING ON GREEN PAPER ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) TO DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE SURVEY OFFICE, MR ADOLF HSU, AND A MONITOR, MR F.K. LI, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO HEAR MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE DOCUMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SPECIAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAT PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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SHA TIN DB TO MEET * * *

PROBLEMS CONCERNING THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND PROVISION OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) MORNING.

DB MEMBER, MR JUSTEIN WONG, WILL ASK DEPARTMENT CONCERNED IF CHECKS HAVE EVER BEEN MADE TO THE LOAD WEIGHT OF VEHICLES AND THEIR EMISSION OF GAS WASTE NEAR THE ENTRANCES OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AS WELL AS THE TYPES OF HEALTH PROTECTION PROVIDED TO TOLL COLLECTORS.

ANOTHER MEMBER, MR CHIU SIN-KUI, WILL ASK ABOUT PROCEDURES INVOLVED IN PLANNING TO BUILD A PUBLIC OR SUBSIDISED SECONDARY SCHOOL.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PAPER ON THE TAXI POLICY REVIEW. CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR SAMUEL CHAN, AND DR LEUNG CHI-KEUNG, OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY BOARD, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PAPER.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE APPLICATION FOR $250,000 TO SET UP FESTIVE LIGHTING DECORATIONS AT CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR AND LUNAR NEW YEAR AS WELL AS PROGRESS REPORTS FROM THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE BOARD MEETING, TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN NORTH POINT « * * *

THE SECTION OF LAU LI STREET IN NORTH POINT FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ELECTRIC ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) UNTIL OCTOBER 9 (FRIDAY).

THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE THE REPAIR OF WATER DRAINS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNHCR CHIEF MEETS GOVERNOR ................................. 1

MANPOWER SURVEY ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY BEGINS ................. 1

FIRST DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME DESIGNED FOR SMaLL BUSINESS ..................................................... 2

HONG KONG ISLAND ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED ....... 2

TENDERS FOR RECREATIONAL GROUND INVITED .................... J

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS ......................... 4

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS SEE WONG CHUK HANG NULLAH .... 4

VARIETY SHOW FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS ........................ 5

RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES ON COMMITTEE'S AGENDA ..... 5

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CLEAN BUILDING CONTEST ................ 6

CULTURE .AND RECREATION COMMITTEE TO MEET .................. 6

ACCESS ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC .............. 7

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN AND HO MAN TIN ...................... 7

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ....................................... 7

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14. 1987

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UNHCR CHIEF MEETS GOVERNOR *****

THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, MR JEAN-PIERRE HOCKE, TODAY (MONDAY) CALLED ON THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, DURING A PRIVATE VISIT TO HONG KONG.

MR HOCKE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HEAD OF THE UNHCR’S BUREAU FOR EAST AND SOUTH ASIA AND OCEANIA, MR F.J. HOMANN-HERIMBERG AND UNHCR CHARGE DE MISSION IN HONG KONG, MR FAZLUL KARIM. THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ROBERT UPTON, WAS ALSO PRESENT.

MR HOCKE BRIEFED THE GOVERNOR ON HIS VIEW OF THE INDO-CHINESE REFUGEE PROBLEM.

THE GOVERNOR THANKED HIM FOR THE EFFORTS THAT THE HIGH COMMISSION HAD MADE TO OBTAIN RESETTLEMENT FOR REFUGEES ARRIVING IN HONG KONG.

THE GOVERNOR EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN AT THE CONTINUING AND INCREASING NUMBER OF BOAT PEOPLE STILL COMING TO HONG KONG AND THE DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF RESETTLEMENT PLACES AVAILABLE. HE EMPHASISED THE NEED TO FIND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

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MANPOWER SURVEY ON'TEXTILE INDUSTRY BEGINS

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THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 15 AND SEPTEMBER 28 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE INDUSTRY’S MANPOWER AND EMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WERE SENT TWO WEEKS AGO TO ABOUT 800 TEXTILE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY. SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CALL AT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO ASSIST IN COMPLETING AND TO COLLECT THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

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

EMPLOYERS ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION WHICH WILL BE IMPORTANT IN FORMULATING MANPOWER TRAINING PLANS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY.

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FIRST DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME DESIGNED FOR SMALL BUSINESS *****

THE MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE OF HONG KONG OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAS CONSTRUCTED A DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS OR MANAGERS IN THE MANUFACTURING AND SERVICES SECTORS. *

APPLICATIONS FOR THE FIRST PROGRAMME, TO BE STARTED IN NOVEMBER, HAVE JUST BEGUN, SENIOR ADVISER OF THE CENTRE, MR A.N. WELSH, SAID.

MR WELSH SAID THE PROGRAMME IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WHICH IS CHARACTERISED BY ITS DIVERSITY AND HEAVY TIME COMMITMENT.

"THE OBJECT IS TO HELP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE PROFITABLE BUSINESS METHODS AND EFFICIENT AND HARMONIOUS MANAGEMENT," HE ADDED.

THE FIRST PROGRAMME WILL BE AN EXPERIMENTAL ONE AND CONDUCTED IN THREE GROUPS, PROGRESS OF EACH PARTICIPANTS WILL BE MONITORED. THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF 24 SUBJECTS DEVOTED TO IMPROVING PROFITS AND QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT. THE WORKBOOKS WILL BE IN CHINESE AND THERE WILL BE SUPPORTING VIDEO TAPES.

MR WELSH SAID THE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME , AFTER REVISION, WILL BE RELATED AND KEYED TO OTHER INITIATIVES BEING TAKEN UP BY THE CENTRE IN THE FIELD OF SMALL BUSINESS.

IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT BY THE END OF 1988, DISTANCE LEARNING MATERIALS AND APPROACHES WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT OF LARGER CONCERNS AND FOR SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS AND SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO MR WELSH ON 5-8932341 EXT 376 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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HONG KONG ISLAND ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TWO LOTS OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WILL APPLY FOR AN ORDER IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 20 TO CLOSE STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OVER THE THIRD FLOOR OF 31 TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD, NORTH POINT, AND INTENDS TO DEMOLISH THEM IMMEDIATELY AFTER IT IS OBTAINED.

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NOTICES INFORMING OCCUPANTS OF THE AUTHORITY'S INTENTION WERE POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

SIMILAR NOTICES WERE ALSO POSTED ON STRUCTURES ON THE FLAT ROOF OF FLAT 1 ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF 1 - 7 SHIP STREET, WAN CHAI. THESE STRUCTURES ARE TO BE THE SUBJECT OF AN APPLICATION FOR A CLOSURE ORDER WHICH THE AUTHORITY WILL MAKE IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 24.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS THE OCCUPANTS HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN ORDERED TO HAVE THE STRUCTURES DEMOLISHED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, BUT HAD REFUSED TO COMPLY.

CLOSURE ORDERS ARE REQUIRED SO THAT THE STRUCTURES CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT ENDANGERING EITHER THE OCCUPANTS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

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TENDERS FOR RECREATIONAL GROUND INVITED « * * * *

A RECREATIONAL BUILT AT THE JUNCTION

GROUND COVERING 8,000 SQUARE METRES IS TO BE OF CLOUD VIEW AND YEE KING ROADS IN NORTH POINT.

IT WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, A BASKETBALL COURT, A CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA AND A 300-METRE-LONG JOGGING TRACK.

FACILITIES WILL ALSO INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS AND TOILETS.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO TAKE EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING THEM IS NOON ON OCTOBER 2

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1987

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE LETS

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE EXTENSION OF THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY’S (KMB) FRANCHISE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER A REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, ON HIS MEETING WITH THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS, GREEN MINIBUS AND PUBLIC OMNIBUS ASSOCIATIONS ON AUGUST 21 CONCERNING THE INTRODUCTION OF 24-SEATER BUSES BY KMB ON TWO OF ITS ROUTES.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS AN APPLICATION FOR FARE INCREASE BY LANTAU TAXI OPERATORS.

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ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS SEE WONG CHUK HANG NULLAH

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MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD INSPECTED THE WONG CHUK HANG NULLAH TODAY (MONDAY) TO LEARN ABOUT SOURCES OF POLLUTION TO THE NULLAH.

LED BY THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MISS MAR YUET-HAR, AND ACCOMPANIED BY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD), COMMITTEE MEMBERS FIRST WENT TO INSPECT A STRETCH OF THE NULLAH IN WONG CHUK HANG INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THEY WERE TOLD BY THE ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER, DR MICHAEL CHIU, THAT A NUMBER OF FACTORIES IN THE AREA WERE DISCHARGING INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENT INTO STORM WATER DRAINS, WHICH EVENTUALLY FOUND THEIR WAY TO THE NULLAH.

DR CHIU ALSO BRIEFED THEM ON THE PROGRESS OF A SURVEY UNDERTAKEN BY THE EPD TO IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF THE EFFLUENT, WHICH GAVE RISE TO POLLUTION OF THE NULLAH.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO SHOWN A DYE TRACE TEST WHICH WAS USED TO DETECT THE ORIGIN OF EFFLUENTS FROM FACTORIES.

THE PARTY THEN WENT TO A SQUATTER VILLAGE IN WONG CHUK HANG WHERE THEY INSPECTED POLLUTION IN THE UPPER STREAM OF THE NULLAH.

A REPORT ON THE POLLUTION PROBLEM IN THE NULLAH WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR AFTER THE CURRENT SURVEY WAS COMPLETED.

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VARIETY SHOW FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS *****

TUEN MUN RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY POP SONGS AND DANCES IN THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSING CEREMONY CUM VARIETY SHOW IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON SEPTEMBER 19 (SATURDAY).

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCE BY THE EQUATOR POP BAND AND FOLK DANCES BY THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION.

TICKETS AT $5 EACH ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL, SHA TIN TOWN HALL, CITY HALL, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, SPACE MUSEUM, HONG KONG COLISEUM, NGAU CHI WAN CIVIC CENTRE AND TOM LEE MUSIC CO LTD. TELEPHONE RESERVATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT 5-739595.

THE VARIETY SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE 1987 TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING COMMITTEE, AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

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RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES ON COMMITTEE’S AGENDA

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS COMMUNITY

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS IN

ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CLEAN BUILDING CONTEST

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MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) TO DISCUSS A CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE PROGRESS REPORT ON THE TAI PO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP AND THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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THE CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL REVIEW THE ALLOCATION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS ENDORSED BY THE COMMITTEE AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

IT WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING A SWIMMING GALA, AN ATHLETIC MEET, A POTTED SPORTS DAY FOR CHILDREN, AND AN OUTING FOR THE CAUSEWAY BAY CENTRAL AREA COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO LION ROCK PARK AND LION ROAD LOWER VILLAGE ABOUT 250 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5.30 AM FROM WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) TO SEPTEMBER 22.

THE MOVE IS TO FACILITATE WATER CONNECTION WORK THERE.

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WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN AND HO MAN TIN ♦ ♦ ♦ * •

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN TSUEN WAN, THE SUSPENSION WILL BE FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (FRIDAY) WHILE IN HO MAN TIN IT WILL BE FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE LO WAI, FU YUNG SHAN, KWU HANG CHUEN, PAK TIN PA CHUEN, MA SIN PAI CHUEN, SAI LAU KOK CHUEN, MUK MIN HA CHUEN, TUNG PO TO, CHUK LAM SIM YUEN, YUEN YUEN HOK YUEN AND SAN CHUEN.

THE SUSPENSION IN HO MAN TIN WILL AFFECT KING’S PARK AND HO MAN TIN, INCLUDING KING GEORGE V COLLEGE, CHUN MAN COURT, AND HO MAN TIN, 01 MAN AND VALLEY ROAD ESTATES.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 74.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 437.011 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 417.803 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 71.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE CONTAINER TERMINALS PLANNED BY GOVERNMENT ............. 1

TAC ENDORSES KMB FRANCHISE EXTENSION ....................... 2

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT ESTIMATES FOR 1985 AND 1986 REVISED . 3

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAY -JULY 1987 .................................................. 6

EX-CHINA RESIDENTS OF MACAU TO BE ALLOWED TO JOIN WIVES IN HONG KONG .................................................. 7

COMPUTER SYSTEMS. TO GAUGE DEMrND FOR REHABILITATION SERVICES 8

NEED FOR TOY SAFETY EMPHASISED ......................... 10

COMPUTER COMPETITION TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY ............... 11

ECONOMICS EDUCATION CARNIVaL FOR STUDENTS ................. 12

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ............................ 12

SAFETY AWARDS PRESENTATION ................................ 13

ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS TO RECEIVE PRIZES .............. 1*F

DISTRICT MENTAL HEaLTH PROMOTION STARTS ON SUNDAY.......... 15

LORD GLENARTHUR TO ATTEND EDB MEETING ..................... 15

CHARITY WAIK TO LAUNCH "WE CaRE" ACTIVITIES ............... 16

OPENING OF KWONG FUK BRIDGE ON AGENDA ..................... 17

PRESS SESSION ON WORKS OF TUEN MUN DB ..................... 18

LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ................... 19

ROAD CLOSURE UN THE PEAK .................................. 19

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MORE CONTAINER TERMINALS » ♦ »

PLANNED BY GOVERNMENT » *

PLANNING FOR ADDITIONAL TERMINALS HAS BECOME AN ONGOING EXERCISE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO COPE WITH INCREASING DEMAND FOR CONTAINER SERVICES, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF MODERN TERMINALS LTD(MTL), MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALREADY CONSIDERING WHERE TERMINALS 8 AND 9 SHOULD BEST BE LOCATED, WHILE TERMINAL 6, ON TOP OF THE FIVE CURRENTLY IN OPERATION, WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

’’AND TERMINAL 7, WHICH WILL EXHAUST THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT, WILL BE OFFERED FOR TENDER IN A MATTER OF WEEKS,” HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE GRANT SHOULD BE CONCLUDED IN APRIL 1988.

"WE NEED TO KEEP PACE WITH OUR REGIONAL COMPETITORS AND MUST REMAIN COMPETITIVE,” MR JACOBS ADDED.

MR JACOBS SAID IT WAS NOT ONLY DOMESTIC CARGO THAT MADE DEMANDS ON HONG KONG’S CONTAINER PORT — THE WORLD’S SECOND BUSIEST AFTER ROTTERDAM — BUT ALSO TRANSHIPMENT.

"AS ROTTERDAM IS THE TRANSHIPMENT PORT FOR EUROPE, HONG KONG HAS BECOME THE TRANSHIPMENT PORT FOR THE REGION AND FOR SOUTH CHINA IN PARTICULAR,” HE SAID.

’’THE TRANSHIPMENT BUSINESS REPRESENTS ABOUT 25 PER CENT OF OUR THROUGHPUT.”

THE INCREASING DEMAND IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, PARTICULARLY SINCE 1985, REFLECTED BOTH THE RESURGENCE OF DOMESTIC TRADE AND TRADE WITH CHINA, MR JACOBS NOTED.

RECOUNTING THE ’’UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH" IN HONG KONG AND IN THE PORT DURING THE LAST 15 YEARS HE SAID: "IN 1972, 7,900 OCEAN-GOING SHIPS ENTERED PORT; LAST YEAR THERE WERE OVER 14,000.

"IN 1972, 16 MILLION TONS OF CARGO MOVED THROUGH THE PORT; LAST YEAR IT WAS OVER 62 MILLION TONS. IN 1972 MTL HANDLED 18,000 CONTAINERS; LAST YEAR THE FIGURE WAS 897,000."

MR JACOBS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN A MILLION CONTAINERS WOULD BE HANDLED THIS YEAR.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, MR JACOBS ALSO LOOKED AT THE FACILITIES OF MTL IN THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL THIS AFTERNOON.

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HE WAS RECEIVED fiY THE MTL CHAIRMAN, MR DAVID GLEDHILL, AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE OPERATIONS AND PLANS OF THE TERMINAL AND OVERALL CONTAINER PORT DEVELOPMENT. DURING HIS TOUR OF THE TERMINAL, HE ALSO VISITED THE CONTROL ROOM AND TOOK A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE LAYOUT OF THE TERMINAL’S FACILITIES.

ESTABLISHED IN 1969, THE MTL IS THE SECOND LARGEST OF THE THREE OPERATORS IN THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL, WITH 1,400 STAFF AND OPERATORS. IT COMPRISES TWO CONTIGUOUS TERMINALS WHICH OPERATE ROUND-THE-CLOCK AND HAVE A CONTAINER STACKING CAPACITY OF ABOUT 18,000 TEUS (20-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS).

WITH ABOUT 1,800 CONTAINER SHIPS CALLING AT THE MTL TERMINALS A YEAR, THE COMPANY WAS SAID TO HAVE PLANS TO INVEST SOME >220 MILLION ON MODERN CONTAINER HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND FURTHER EXPANSION OF THE TERMINAL COMPLEX.

THERE ARE NOW ALTOGETHER FIVE TERMINALS IN KWAI CHUNG UNDER THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL TERMINALS LIMITED, THE SEA-LAND ORIENT LIMITED AND MTL.

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AN APPLICATION BY THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (1933) LTD (KMB) TO EXTEND ITS FRANCHISE FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS TO AUGUST 31, 1997 WAS ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (TUESDAY).

KMB’S CURRENT FRANCHISE WAS FIRST GRANTED TO THE COMPANY IN 1975 FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS. IT HAS SINCE BEEN EXTENDED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON FIVE OCCASIONS EACH TIME FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS. THE LAST EXTENSION, TO AUGUST 31, 1995, WAS APPROVED IN MARCH 1986.

MEMBERS OF TAC REVIEWED KMB’S PERFORMANCE SINCE THE LAST EXTENSION OF ITS FRANCHISE AND WERE SATISFIED THAT KMB WAS CAPABLE OF MAINTAINING A PROPER AND EFFICIENT SERVICE.

THEY CONSIDERED THAT A FURTHER EXTENSION OF ITS FRANCHISE WOULD FACILITATE THE COMPANY’S FORWARD PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF ITS BUS SERVICES.

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THE TAC ALSO DISCUSSED AN APPLICATION BY LANTAU TAXI OPERATORS FOR A 39 PER CENT FARE INCREASE. MEMBERS ONLY RECOMMENDED A 25 PER CENT INCREASE. THEIR RECOMMENDATION WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION.

THE TAC ALSO NOTED A REPORT FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ON HIS MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF GREEN MINIBUS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND PUBLIC OMNIBUS OPERATORS ON AUGUST 21. MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON THE REASONS FOR THE DECISION TO ALLOW KMB TO OPERATE 24-SEATER BUSES ON ROUTES 90 AND 208 AND THE REPRESENTATIVES’ REACTION. THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING THE POLICY ISSUES INVOLVED AND WILL DRAW UP PROPOSALS FOR TAC TO CONSIDER AT A FUTURE MEETING.

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GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT ESTIMATES FOR 1985 AND 1986 REVISED * » t » »

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) RELEASED DETAILS OF THE REVISED ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) FOR 1985 AND 1986.

GDP GROWTH IN REAL TERMS FOR 1985 HAS BEEN REVISED DOWNWARDS TO -0.1 PER CENT FROM +0.6 PER CENT. THE MAIN REVISIONS AND IN THREE COMPONENTS OF THE GDP. PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE ARE CHANGE IN STOCKS HAVE BEEN REVISED DOWNWARDS WHILE PRIVATE SECTOR FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION HAS BEEN REVISED UPWARDS.

GDP GROWTH IN REAL TERMS FOR 1986 HAS BEEN REVISED UPWARDS TO 11 PER CENT FROM 8.7 PER CENT. THE REVISION IN THE GROWTH RATE IS PARTLY DUE TO CHANGES MADE TO THE 1986 ESTIMATE OF GDP AND PARTLY DUE TO THE DOWNWARD REVISION IN THE 1985 ESTIMATES.

THE COMPONENTS OF THE 1986 GDP HAVE GENERALLY BEEN REVISED UPWARDS WITH THE MORE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES BEING IN THE ESTIMATES OF PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE, PRIVATE SECTOR FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION IN PLANT, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND CHANGE IN STOCKS.

REVISIONS OF THIS NATURE ARE PART OF THE ROUTINE PROCESS OF PRODUCING ESTIMATES OF THE GDP. THEY ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE A WIDE RANGE OF DATA IS USED IN COMPILING THE ESTIMATES AND SOME OF THIS DATA ARE AVAILABLE ONLY WITH SIGNIFICANT TIME LAGS. AS A RESULT, THE COMPILATION OF THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES OF THE GDP PUBLISHED AT THE TIME OF THE BUDGET INVOLVES USING PARTIAL DATA FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR WITH THE GAPS IN THE DATA BEING FILLED BY EXTRAPOLATION AND JUDGEMENT.

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OVER THE FOLLOWING TWO YEARS, INCREASINGLY COMPLETE DATA BECOME AVAILABLE AND, AS IT DOES, THE ESTIMATES OF THE GDP ARE SYSTEMATICALLY REVISED AT HALF-YEARLY INTERVALS.

THE VERY RAPID GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1986 MADE THE EXTRAPOLATION PROCESS MORE DIFFICULT THAN USUAL WHEN PRODUCING THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES FOR 1986 AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR AND, AS IT TURNED OUT, SOME SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS IN SOME COMPONENTS HAVE BEEN NECESSARY.

FURTHER REVISIONS WILL INEVITABLY BE REQUIRED AS FURTHER DATA BECOME AVAILABLE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS DETAILED FIGURES OF THE REVISED GDP ESTIMATES.

REVISED AT ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT CONSTANT (1980) MARKET PRICES

1985 REVISED PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES 1986 REVISED PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES

HK$MN % CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS YEAR HKSMN % CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS YEAR

PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE 115,233 + 4.2 (+5.5) 126,154 + 9.5 (+7.1)

GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE 12,536 + 1 .7 (+1.9) 13,304 + 6.1 (+5.0)

GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION 46,537 -0.8 (-2.4) 50,003 + 7.4 (+6.7)

TRANSFER COSTS OF LAND AND BUILDINGS 2,046 + 43.2 (+43.2) 2,632 + 28.6 (+29.7)

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION 17,634 -7.7 (-8.4) 17,607 -0.2 (+0.1)

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PRIVATE PUBLIC 11,375 6,259 ♦ 2.0 (+0.9) -21.4 (-21.4) 11,563 6,044 + 1.7 (+2.1) -3.4 (-3.6)

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS’ MARGIN 11,399 + 4.6 (+1.8) 12,788 + 12.2 (+11.6)

PLANT, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 15,458 -0.2 (-2.1) 16,976 + 9.8 (+7.7)

PRIVATE PUBLIC 14,918 540 +0.8 (-1.2) -22.2 (-22.2) 16,599 377 + 11.3 (+9.1) -30.2 (-30.0)

CHANGE IN STOCKS 1,026 -74.3 (-60.5) 2,330 +127.1 (+9.8)

TOTAL EXPORTS OF GOODS 161,413 + 5.7 (+5.7) 185,924 + 15.2 (+15.1)

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 91,145 -5.4 (-5.4) 105,821 + 16.1 (+16.0)

RE-EXPORTS 70,268 + 24.7 (+24.7) 80,103 + 14.0 (+13.9)

IMPORTS OF GOODS 163,565 +6.2 (+6.2) 185,854 + 13.6 (+13.5)

EXPORTS OF SERVICES 32,406 + 3.6 (+3.6) 36,312 + 12.1 (+12.8)

IMPORTS OF SERVICES 25,701 + 8.6 (+8.6) 28,539 + 11.0 (+10.7)

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (G.D.P.) 179,885 -0.1 (+0.6) 199,634 + 11.0 (+8.7)

FIGURES IN BRACKETS "ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC REFER PRODUCT* TO GROWTH RATES • ISSUED IN FEBRUARY RELEASED 1987 . IN

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UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAY - JULY 1987 *****

BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES REMAINED STABLE AT A LOW LEVEL IN THE THREE MONTHS MAY - JULY 1987, COMPARED WITH THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1987, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT THE LABOUR MARKET CONDITIONS HAVE REMAINED TIGHT, WITH THE LOCAL WORKFORCE FULLY EMPLOYED.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY - JULY 1987 WAS 1.8 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 2 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1987 AND 2.9 PER CENT FOR THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE DECREASE OF 0.2 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT, WHILE THE DECREASE OF 1.1 PERCENTAGE POINTS BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN MAY - JULY 1987 WAS ESTIMATED AT 49,100, COMPARED WITH 54,100 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1987 AND 79,900 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1986.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY - JULY 1987 WAS 1 PER CENT, WHICH COMPARES WITH 0.9 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1987. THE RATE FOR MAY - JULY 1986 WAS 1.7 PER CENT.

THE INCREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT, WHILE THE DECREASE OF 0.7 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR MAY - JULY 1987 WAS 28,600, COMPARED WITH 24,800 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1987 AND 45,700 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1986.

CONSISTENT WITH THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO), PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK DUE TO ECONOMIC REASONS (SUCH AS SLACK WORK, MATERIAL SHORTAGE, MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN AND INABILITY TO FIND FULL-TIME WORK) WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE EITHER SEEKING OR AVAILABLE FOR MORE WORK.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES THAT HAD BEEN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE VARIATIONS IN THE NUMBER OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME.

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THE COMMISSIONER ADDED THAT, BASED ON A SYSTEM OF MANUAL EXTRACTION OF INFORMATION FROM SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES FOR THE LATEST MONTH, PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES COVERING THE LATEST THREE MONTH PERIOD COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SURVEY. THESE PROVIDE AN EARLY INDICATION OF THE LATEST TREND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

THE PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, SEASONALLY ADJUSTED, FOR JUNE -AUGUST 1987 WAS 1.8 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 14,000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 51,000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED. IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1987 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE AROUND SEPTEMBER 20, 1987 AT $9.50 PER COPY.

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE FROM NEXT MONTH A SCHEME TO ALLOW A LIMITED NUMBER OF EX-CHINA RESIDENTS OF MACAU WHO ARE MARRIED TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS (TOGETHER W4TH THEIR DEPENDENT CHILDREN) TO JOIN THEIR WIVES IN HONG KONG.

APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM THOSE WHO HOLD MACAU IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED AFTER JANUARY 14, 1979 AND WHO CAN SHOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING IN MACAU FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.

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IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, APPLICATIONS WILL BE INVITED FROM THOSE WHOSE MACAU IDENTITY CARDS WERE ISSUED BETWEEN JANUARY 15, 1979 AND DECEMBER 31, 1979, BUT OTHERS WILL BE INVITED TO APPLY LATER.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS OR ANY IMMIGRATION BRANCH OFFICE. APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED AS FROM OCTOBER 1, 1987 BY THE SPONSORS IN PERSON TO THE ENTRY VISA SECTION AT 3RD FLOOR, 61 MODY ROAD, KOWLOON.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION OFFICE AT 3-7333126.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL SET UP TWO SPECIAL COMPUTER UNITS TO MONITOR THE DEMAND AND THE PLACEMENT SITUATION REGARDING FACILITIES FOR PRE-SCHOOL DISABLED CHILDREN AND DISABLED ADULTS, ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THESE TWO UNITS WOULD PROCESS ALL INPUTS FROM DISABLED PERSONS TO HELP IN THE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE PLACEMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS AND IN THE CO-ORDINATED USE OF REHABILITATION FACILITIES, HE SAID.

MR LAW WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE JOCKEY CLUB SUN TSUI CENTRE OF THE PARENTS' ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED IN SHA TIN.

HE SAID THIS CENTRE WAS THE FIRST PROJECT TO BE OPERATED WITH THE DIRECT PARTICIPATION AND CONTROL OF PARENTS OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, NOTING THAT SHELTERED WORKSHOPS HAD HITHERTO BEEN PROVIDED EITHER BY ESTABLISHED WELFARE AGENCIES OR BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE SUN TSUI CENTRE COMPRISES A SHELTERED WORKSHOP AND A HOSTEL WITH A CAPACITY OF 120 WORK PLACES AND 88 RESIDENTIAL PLACES, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS IN HONG’ KONG TO 28 AND THE NUMBER OF PLACES TO 2,905.

ON THE RANGE OF REHABILITATION SERVICES, MR LAW POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES; INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES IN CHILD CARE CENTRES AND SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN WHILE FOR DISABLED ADULTS, THERE WERE SHELTERED WORKSHOPS AND DAY ACTIVITY CENTRES.

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THE ESTIMATE OF DEMAND FOR THESE SERVICES HAD ALWAYS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT TASK IN THE ABSENCE OF RELIABLE DATA, HE SAID, ADDING THAT PROJECTIONS DERIVED FROM OVERSEAS PREVALENCE RATES HAD ALSO PROVED TO BE NOT REALISTIC FOR THE LOCAL SITUATION.

"THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS NOW ADOPTED A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH BY USING THE ACTUAL ENROLMENT IN EXISTING SERVICES, THE NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS ON THE WAITING LISTS, AS WELL AS AN ARBITRARY ADDITIONAL 30 PER CENT OF THIS 'EXPRESSED DEMAND’ TO PROJECT THE ’HIDDEN DEMAND’," HE SAID.

THE DEMAND AND THE PLACEMENT SITUATION WOULD BE MONITORED BY THE CO-ORDINATED REFERRAL SYSTEM UNIT IN THE CASE OF PRE-SCHOOL DISABLED CHILDREN WHILE THE CENTRAL REFERRAL AND PLACEMENT UNIT WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING DAY AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED ADULTS, HE ADDED.

MR LAW URGED DISABLED PERSONS TO REGISTER THEIR NEED FOR ANY REHABILITATION SERVICES WHICH THEY MIGHT REQUIRE BECAUSE THE PROJECTION OF 'HIDDEN DEMAND’ WAS RELATED TO 'EXPRESSED DEMAND’.

"I HOPE THAT THE OLD HABIT OF HIDING DISABLED FAMILY MEMBERS AT HOME WILL DISAPPEAR ALTOGETHER," HE SAID.

"IN MAKING YOUR NEEDS KNOWN, YOU WILL NOT ONLY HELP YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER, BUT YOU WILL ALSO HELP THE GOVERNMENT TO PLAN BETTER REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY," HE ADDED.

ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE COULD BE PROVIDED THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES OR THROUGH THE OFFICES OF WELFARE AGENCIES PROVIDING REHABILITATION SERVICES, HE SAID.

MR LAW ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATION TOWARDS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTRE AND TO THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED FOR THEIR DEVOTION AND CONTINUOUS EFFORTS IN THE SERVICE FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

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NEED FOR TOY SAFETY EMPHASISED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN PUBLICISING THE NEED FOR GREATER ATTENTION TO BE PAID TO TOY SAFETY AS WELL AS TO THE SPECIFIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR A.G. EASON, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT AN INTERNATIONAL TOY SAFETY SEMINAR, MR EASON SAID THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S PRODUCT STANDARDS AND INFORMATION BUREAU MAINTAINS AN EXTENSIVE AND UP-TO-DATE REFERENCE LIBRARY OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT STANDARDS APPLYING IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS.

"MANUFACTURERS ARE MOST WELCOME TO CONSULT THIS LIBRARY, AND TO MAKE USE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S RECENTLY-INAUGURATED TELEPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE ON PRODUCT STANDARDS," HE ADDED.

"THE BUREAU ALSO ISSUES BULLETINS TO MANUFACTURERS ON CHANGES IN MANDATORY STANDARDS WHICH MAY AFFECT PRODUCTS PRODUCED LOCALLY."

MR EASON NOTED THAT IN MORE RECENT YEARS, CONSUMERS IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY CONCERNED WITH THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF THE PRODUCTS THEY BUY, PARTICULARLY OF TOYS, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT IS YOUNG CHILDREN WHO MAY BECOME EXPOSED TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS GOODS.

"THIS GROWING AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY IN THE DESIGN OF TOYS IS REFLECTED IN THE RISE IN THE NUMBER OF STANDARDS FOR COMPLIANCE WHICH APPLY TO TOYS."

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ALSO COORDINATES SCHEMES TO MONITOR THE SAFETY OF TOYS EXPORTED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES.

"SINCE 1985, TOYS FOR EXPORT HAVE BEEN SAMPLED AT RANDOM AND TESTED TO SEE WHETHER THEY COMPLY WITH THE RELEVANT STANDARDS.

"ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS IS NOT LARGE IN RELATION TO HONG KONG’S TOTAL VOLUME OF EXPORTS, HONG KONG MUST NOT SLACKEN IN ITS EFFORTS TO ENSURE IT IS ACCEPTED WORLDWIDE WITHOUT QUESTION AS A PRODUCER OF SAFE, GOOD QUALITY PRODUCTS."

IN ADDITION TO THE PROMOTION OF PRODUCT SAFETY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO DEVOTED CONSIDERABLE EFFORT IN RECENT YEARS TO BUILDING UP THE SERVICES NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF QUALITY ASSURANCE BY INDUSTRY.

"THIS INCLUDES THE GOVERNMENT’S STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY, THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ASSOCIATION SCHEME, AND THE PRODUCT STANDARDS INFORMATION BUREAU ALREADY REFERRED TO," HE SAID.

"THE DEPARTMENT RECENTLY ASKED CONSULTANTS TO RECOMMEND WHAT FURTHER MEASURES SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROMOTE QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HONG KONG, AND PROPOSALS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS."

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COMPUTER COMPETITION TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY

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COMPUTER LOVERS CAN NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A PACKAGE OF PRIZES INCLUDING COMPUTER SETS, AIR-TICKETS AS WELL AS GOLD INGOTS BY TAKING PART IN A ROAD SAFETY COMPUTER PROGRAMME DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE COMMITTEE SAID, "AS COMPUTERS ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE POPULAR AND WIDELY USED NOWADAYS, WE FOUND IT A GOOD IDEA TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE PROPER USE OF THE ROADS THROUGH INTERESTING COMPUTER GAMES."

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THE SENIOR SECTION AND THE JUNIOR SECTION. THE SENIOR SECTION IS FOR THOSE AGED 18 YEARS AND ABOVE; THE JUNIOR SECTION AGED BELOW 18.

' ALL ENTRIES SUBMITTED MUST BE WRITTEN IN PROPER PROGRAMME LANGUAGE, WITH PROGRAMME FLOW CHARTS AND DOCUMENTATION WRITTEN IN EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE AND ACCOMPANIED BY A FLOPPY DISK APPLICABLE TO EITHER EPSON PERSONAL COMPUTER OR APPLE HE COMPUTER.

"THE EPSON PERSONAL COMPUTER AND APPLE II E COMPUTER ARE INSTALLED IN THE ROAD SAFETY BUS AND THE EXHIBITION CENTRE OF THE POLICE, WHERE VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO TRY ON THOSE WINNING ENTRIES OF THE COMPETITION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THIS IS CONSIDERED ANOTHER EFFECTIVE MEANS TO SPREAD ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES ACROSS TO THE COMMUNITY," HE ADDED.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 30, 1987.

CO-ORGAN1SERS OF THE COMPETITION ARE EPSON-ELECTRONICS TRADING LTD, CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD, HANG SENG BANK, HONG KONG COMPUTER SOCIETY, HONG KONG COMPUTER JOURNAL, SING TAO JIH PAO, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, WAH KIU YAT PO AND WEN WEI PO.

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ECONOMICS EDUCATION CARNIVAL FOR STUDENTS

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AN ECONOMICS EDUCATION CARNIVAL AIMED AT PROMOTING UNDERSTANDING OF BASIC ECONOMIC CONCEPTS AND THEORIES AND CIVIC AWARENESS AMONGST SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR ECONOMICS EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY (HKU), SCHOOL OF EDUCATION OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (dUHK) AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

NINE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, HKU AND CUHK WILL TAKE PART IN AN EXHIBITION AND STALL GAMES ON CIVIC-RELATED TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SYLLABUSES AT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION LEVEL AT THE CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN'S CLUB COLLEGE, 2B TAI CHEONG STREET, SAI WAN HO, ON OCTOBER 17 AND 18.

THE CARNIVAL WILL OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON OCTOBER 17 AND FROM 10 AM TO 3.30 PM ON OCTOBER 18.

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKING ECONOMICS AND ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT THIS LEVEL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CARNIVAL. SOUVENIRS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO CAN COMPLETE A NUMBER OF TASKS AT THE STALLS.

ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE CARNIVALS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS THROUGH SCHOOL HEADS WHO ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 21.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL

CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS IN THE SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 19). CITY HALL RECITAL HALL AT 10 AM ON

A TOTAL OF 40 SPECIAL BIDDING. THEY ARE: DR218 BM1 DP765 AS3882 DC123 DP821 DP102 DP1328 CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR AA6616 2623 DN8777 DP668 AG321 DP6638 CPI DP3811

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DN6637 DL8877 AW233 DP99

DP982 DP609 DR3368 DP930

BJ3218 DR998 DP365 DP1945

CHIU DP486 DB25 DR226

DR288 DP3800 DP5725 BY4

DP2881 DP9 AE1969 DR7888

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTER IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 117TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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SAFETY AWARDS PRESENTATION

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THE FOURTH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY AWARD SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

THE SCHEME OFFERS TWO AWARDS - THE SAFETY CAPTIONING AWARD AND THE SAFETY SITE AWARD. THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 80 INDIVIDUALS AND 60 SITES FROM 10 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES TOOK PART IN THE EVENT.

WINNERS OF THE CAPTIONING AWARD WILL BE GIVEN TRAVEL COUPONS WHILE WINNERS OF THE SAFETY SITE AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED WITH ROAST PIGS SYMBOLISING SAFETY TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AT A PRIZE PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17).

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OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS, MR CHENG HON-KWAN AND MR TAM YIU-CHUNG; THE PRESIDENT OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION, MR JOHN LOO; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHEME’S WORKING PARTY, MR POON TO-CHUEN; AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE IS ONE OF THE SIX INDUSTRY-BASED SUB-COMMITTEES FORMED UNDER THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, IT HAS ORGANISED A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN THE INDUSTRY INCLUDING SAFETY COMPETITIONS, CROSS-WORD PUZZLES AND SEMINARS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) AT THE RAFFLES, SECOND FLOOR, BANK OF AMERICA TOWER, CENTRAL.

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ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS TO RECEIVE PRIZES ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦

TWELVE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE BOOK PRIZES AMOUNTING $4,200 FOR THEIR WINNING ENTRIES TO THE LOCAL ROUND OF THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION 1986/87 AT A BRIEF CEREMONY AT LEE GARDENS HOTEL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE ANNUAL COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY TO ENCOURAGE COMMONWEALTH STUDIES AMONG STUDENTS AGED UNDER 19.

WINNERS OF THE BEST THREE ENTRIES IN EACH OF THE FOUR CLASSES OF THE LOCAL CONTEST WILL BE GIVEN BOOK PRIZES RANGING FROM $100 TO $600 DONATED BY THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (HKGCC).

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE HKGCC, MR JIMMY MCGREGOR, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE STUDENTS AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE PROMENADE, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, 1ST FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY AT 3.30TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION STARTS ON SUNDAY

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A CEREMONY 10 MARK THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN/WANCHAI DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMMES 1987/88 WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL PARK OF CITY GARDEN, ELECTRIC ROAD, NORTH POINT AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20).

THE PROMOTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN/WANCHAI DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG HARBOUR AND SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN AND WANCHAI DISTRICT BOARDS.

FOUR MAJOR PROGRAMMES AND 24 OTHER FRINGE EVENTS WILL BE HELD INCLUDING SEMINARS, TALKS, EXHIBITIONS, EDUCATIONAL CAMPS, POSTER DESIGN, AND SLOGAN AND DRAMA COMPETITIONS FOR VARIOUS TARGET GROUPS SUCH AS PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND THE ELDERLY.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR REHABILITATION, MR FRANCIS HO; CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; CHAIRMAN OF WANCHAI DISTRICT BOARD, MRS PEGGY LAM; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (FAMILY WELFARE) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR ALFRED CHUI; WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY, A CITYBUS WITH YOUTH VOLUNTEERS ON BOARD WILL TOUR ROUND WANCHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICTS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EASTERN/WANCHAI DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMMES 1987/88 AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) AT THE CENTRAL PARK OF CITY GARDEN, ELECTRIC ROAD, NORTH POINT.

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LORD GLENARTHUR TO ATTEND EDB MEETING *****

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, LORD GLENARTHUR, WILL ATTEND THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) AFTERNOON.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEES WILL BRIEF LORD GLENARTHUR ON THEIR WORK IN THE DISTRICT.

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AFTER THAT LORD GLENARTHUR WILL DEPART AND BOARD MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO DISCUSS THE NOISE ABATEMENT MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE HONG KONG TRAMWAYS LIMITED TO MINIMISE POSSIBLE NOISE IMPACT AT THE EASTERN TRAM DEPOT IN SAI WAN HO.

THESE MEASURES INCLUDE SPEED LIMITATION AT THE DEPOT AREAS, CONSTRUCTION OF ACOUSTICALLY-INSULATED NOISE BARRIERS, TRACK LUBRICATION, DEPOT MANAGEMENT AND PROGRAMMING AND REGULAR MAINTENANCE OF TRACK CROSSINGS AND JOINTS.

A MEMBER OF THE BOARD WILL RAISE AND DISCUSS WAYS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN THE HARMFUL EFFECTS RELIGIOUS SECTS COULD HAVE ON THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM BY 2.10 PM.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT’S ”WE CARE” ACTIVITIES, A TWO-MONTH LONG COMMUNITY PROJECT, WILL START OFF WITH A CHARITY WALK AT SAI YING PUN ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20).

THE "WE CARE ACTIVITIES” ARE AIMED AT PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ CONCERN FOR DISTRICT AFFAIRS AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY.

"SUNDAY’S WALK IS ORGANISED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TUNG WAH HOSPITAL TO DEVELOP ITS RENAL SERVICES," THE PROJECT’S CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR SAMMY POONE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

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PARTICIPANTS WILL START FROM THE KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK IN SAI YING PUN AND FINISH IN THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT VIA HOSPITAL ROAD, EASTERN ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL ELEVATED WALKWAY AND ICE HOUSE STREET, COVERING 2.5 KILOMETRES.

A STARTING-OFF CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM IN THE PARK. OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCENT KO; CHAIRMAN OF TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA LAU; CHAIRMAN OF DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), MR WU CHOR-NAM AND MR SAMMY POONE.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT’S FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP, MISS ELIZABETH LEE AND MISS WING LAM AND MISS POPULARITY, MISS BETSY CHEUNG.

AFTER THE WALK, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE TREATED TO A VARIETY SHOW ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

DONATION FORMS FOR THE CHARITY WALK ARE AVAILABLE AT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES IN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND KENNEDY TOWN OR ANY HANG SENG BANKS IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT. DONATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AT PO YAN STREET IN SHEUNG WAN OR HANG SENG BANKS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CHARITY WALK WHICH WILL START AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) AT KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK ON EASTERN STREET IN SAI YING PUN. INFORMATION OFFICER, MISS VALENTINA CHAN, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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OPENING OF KWONG FUK BRIDGE ON AGENDA

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MEMBERS OF THE PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXPRESS VIEWS ON AN OPENING CEREMONY OF KWONG FUK BRIDGE AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17).

THE FOOTBRIDGE OUTSIDE THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING ON TING KOK ROAD WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. THERE ARE PLANS TO INCLUDE THE OPENING CEREMONY INTO THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME.

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MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE REPORT ON THE PUBLICATION WORKING GROUP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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PRESS SESSION ON WORKS OF TUEN MUN DB *****

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, MR SIT HO-YIN, WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE PRESS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE WORK AND STRUCTURE OF THE BOARD.

TO ENABLE THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FUNCTION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR SIT WILL TALK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF WORKING GROUPS FORMED, THE AMOUNT AND TYPES OF PAPERS DISCUSSED AND THE ALLOCATION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS DURING THE PERIOD OF APRIL, 1985 TO MID-SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE CHAIRMEN OF THE FIVE OTHER COMMITTEES, NAMELY THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEET-THE-PRESS SESSION AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE 3RD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD.

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LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD CLOSED TO TRAFFIC * * * *

THE TRAFFIC LANES ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC SEPARATELY FROM FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 18) BETWEEN 0.01 AM AND 6 AM FOR MAINTENANCE.

BETWEEN 0.01 AM AND 6 AM ON FRIDAY, THE KOWLOON-BOUND SLOW LANE BETWEEN KAK TIN VILLAGE AND TUNNEL TOLL PLAZA WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE SHATIN-BOUND FAST LANE BETWEEN KAK TIN VILLAGE AND SUN TIN WAI ESTATE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 0.01 AM TO 6 AM ON SEPTEMBER 22, WHILE THE KOWLOON-BOUND FAST LANE OF THE SAME SECTION WILL BE CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 25 DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

MEANWHILE, THE SHATIN-BOUND SLOW LANE BETWEEN HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE AND SUN TIN WAI ESTATE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 0.01 AM TO 6 AM ON SEPTEMBER 29. IN ADDITION, FROM 0.01 AM TO 6 AM ON OCTOBER 2, THE KOWLOON-BOUND SLOW LANE FROM SUN TIN WAI ESTATE TO KAK TIN VILLAGE WILL BE CLOSED.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE TAI PO ROAD.

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ROAD CLOSURE ON THE PEAK

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TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF TELEPHONE DUCTS, THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE PEAK MANSION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 18) FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR THE PEAK MANSION WILL HAVE TO REJOIN THE ACCESS ROAD AT THE LAYBY WEST OF THE WELLCOME SUPERMARKET.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LORD GLENARTHUR TO SEE 'A LOT OF HONG KONG' ............ 1

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE TO BE OPERATIONAL SEPTEMBER 1988............................................. 2

FISH KILL IN LANTAU FISH CULTURE ZONE................... 4

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MORE GRANTS TO BLAST VICTIMS ........................... 4

WINNERS OF ESSAY COMPETITION AWARDED PRIZES ............ 5

NEED TO GUARD ELECTRIC MACHINES STRESSED ............... 6

CHANGES OF IMMIGRATION SERVICES ANNOUNCED .............. 7

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION .......... 8

KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL STARTS NEXT MONTH ........... 9

INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COMPLAINTS FROM NEWSPAPER

VENDORS ............................................... 9

SHA TIN LOT FOR SHORT TERM TENANCY ..................... 10

SQUASH COURTS TO BE BU1LT Al GAMES HALL ................ 10

ENTRIES FOR NT FENCING COMPETITION INVITED ............. 11

CONTESTS TO DEPICT EASIER! DISTRICT..................... 12

HARRIERS'RUN FOR 'PITCHING IN' ......................... 12

TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHA TIN RACE MEETINGS 1J

NO LEFT TURN CN PUI TO ROAD ............................ 14

URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI ............................. 15

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KENNEDY TOWN ........................ 15

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LORD GLENARTHUR TO SEE ’A LOT OF HONG KONG’

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THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, LORD GLENARTHUR, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT HE WOULD BE HAVING MEETINGS WITH THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND WITH THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DURING HIS FOUR-DAY VISIT HERE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID HE WOULD ALSO BE MEETING A LOT OF PEOPLE AND SEEING A LOT OF HONG KONG.

HE NOTED THAT HE WAS DELIGHTED TO BE IN HONG KONG, WHICH WAS A PLACE HE ALWAYS LONGED TO VISIT.

HE SAID: "THIS IS MY FIRST VISIT ABROAD IN MY CAPACITY AS MINISTER OF STATE IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE. I WAS PARTICULARLY KEEN THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE MY FIRST PORT OF CALL.

"IT’S AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF MY WORK AND I GREATLY LOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING A LOT WHILE I’M HERE,"HE ADDED.

HE WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY SIR DAVID; THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD; THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG; THE ACTING SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR PETER C. WONG; AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR REG HOLLOWAY.

DURING HIS FOUR-DAY VISIT, LORD GLENARTHUR WILL MEET MEMBERS OF OMELCO, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AND PEOPLE FROM OTHER SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.

TOMORROW, THE MINISTER WILL TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR OVER HONG KONG. HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO.

HE WILL THEN ATTEND A MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

IN THE AFTERNOON, LORD GLENARTHUR, ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL ATTEND A MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TEA RECEPTION BY THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AT CITY HALL.

/LORD GLENARTHUR,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1987

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LORD GLENARTHUR, WHO TOOK OVER FROM MR TIMOTHY RENTON AS THE FOREIGN OFFICE MINISTER WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG IN JUNE THIS YEAR, WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE (ASIA), MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND HIS PRIVATE SECRETARY, MR DAVID REDDAWAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE VISITING THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW. HE WILL ARRIVE AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 880-886 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, BY 2.30 PM TO ATTEND THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE FIRST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM BY 2.10 PM.

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THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM FRAUDULENT OR UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES IN CONNECTION WITH QUANTITY WILL PROBABLY NOT COME INTO OPERATION UNTIL ABOUT SEPTEMBER 1988 TO GIVE TRADERS ADEQUATE TIME TO ACCORD WITH ITS PROVISIONS, THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WEST, MR WILLIAMSON SAID TRADERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO ENSURE THEIR WEIGHING EQUIPMENT IS ACCURATE AND THAT THE GOODS THEY WISH TO TRADE IN ARE PROPERLY MARKED BY THE TIME THE LAW COMES INTO FORCE.

HE ADDED THAT THE LEGISLATION WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER IT IS PROVIDING THE APPROPRIATE FRAMEWORK TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED OBJECTIVE IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF OPERATION.

"IN ADDITION TO ACTING IN RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS, OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO HAVE POWERS TO CONDUCT SPOT CHECKS ON TRADERS’ PREMISES TO VERIFY THE ACCURACY OF THEIR EQUIPMENT AND TO TAKE ACTION WHERE THE EQUIPMENT IS FOUND TO BE INACCURATE OR INEFFECTIVE," HE SAID.

"PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY AND THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY.

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"A TRADER WHO WISHES TO ENSURE THAT HIS EQUIPMENT IS ACCURATE AND EFFECTIVE CAN APPROACH ACCREDITED LABORATORIES, OR THE MANUFACTURER OR IMPORTER WHO SUPPLIED HIM WITH THE EQUIPMENT OR, INDEED, ANY SERVICE PROVIDING COMPETENT CALIBRATION FACILITIES."

MR WILLIAMSON POINTED OUT THAT THE LAW REQUIRES THE SALE OF ALL GOODS BY WEIGHT OR MEASURE IN THE COURSE OF TRADE SHOULD BE BY NET WEIGHT OR MEASURE UNLESS EXEMPTED BY REGULATION.

"IN THE CASE OF PRE-PACKED GOODS, SUPPLIED BY WEIGHT OR MEASURE, THE NET WEIGHT OR MEASURE OF THE GOODS MUST BE GENERALLY MARRED ON THE CONTAINER," HE SAID.

"GOODS SUPPLIED OTHERWISE THAN IN PRE-PACKED FORM MUST BE WEIGHED AND MEASURED BY THE SELLER IN THE PRESENCE AND FULL VIEW OF THE PURCHASER. <

"THE SUPPLY OF GOODS OF A QUANTITY LESS THAN THAT CLAIMED WILL BE AN OFFENCE; SO WILL THE GIVING OF ANY INDICATION MATERIALLY FALSE OR MISLEADING AS TO THE QUANTITY OF GOODS.

"HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE DIFFICULTY EXPRESSED BY THE TRADE FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS TO INDICATE EXACT WEIGHTS, IT IS INTENDED TO ALLOW, BY ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL, A TOLERANCE OF UP TO 3 PER CENT ON NET WEIGHTS OR MEASURES FOR MOST COMMODITIES EXCEPT PRECIOUS METALS."

MR WILLIAMSON POINTED OUT THAT THE LEGISLATION WILL NOT CONSTITUTE A BARRIER TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE SINCE AUTHORISED UNITS OF MEASUREMENT ARE BASED ON INTERNATIONALLY RECOMMENDED PRACTICE AND GOODS AND EQUIPMENT FOR EXPORT OR RE-EXPORT ARE EXEMPTED.

"THE IMPORT OF GOODS IN UNITS OTHER THAN THOSE AUTHORISED IS NO OFFENCE UNLESS THE GOODS ARE TO BE SOLD HERE.

"WHILE THE LAW PRESCRIBES THE METRIC INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM OF UNITS AS THE UNITS OF REFERENCE IT ALSO PERMITS THE CONTINUED i USE OF IMPERIAL AND CHINESE UNITS, INCLUDING THE ’CHING’," HE ADDED. .

HE STRESSED THOUGH IT IS NOT THEIR INTENTION TO TAKE PUNITIVE ACTION ON TRADERS WHO MAY BE IGNORANT OF THIS NEW LAW INITIALLY, THERE WILL BE NO QUARTER GIVEN WHERE THERE IS EVIDENCE OF’ DELIBERATE FRAUD AND WHERE A TRADER PAYS NO HEED TO EARLIER WARNINGS TO RECTIFY THE ACCURACY OF HIS EQUIPMENT AND GOODS.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1987

FISH KILL IN LANTAU FISH CULTURE ZONE

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) INVESTIGATED A FISH KILL AFFECTING 30 OF THE 129 MARICULTURISTS IN THE CHEUNG SHA WAN FISH CULTURE ZONE AT LANTAU ISLAND.

FOLLOWING A REPORT RECEIVED THIS MORNING, A FISHERIES RESEARCH OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT, DR PATSY WONG, IMMEDIATELY CARRIED OUT AN ON-SITE INVESTIGATION IN THE AREA.

THE FINDINGS REVEALED THAT THE FISH KILL WHICH OCCURRED YESTERDAY WAS DUE TO OXYGEN DEPLETION CAUSED BY STAGNANT TIDES.

DR WONG ESTIMATED THAT 8.5 TONNES OF FISH CONSISTING MAINLY OF PURPLE AMBERJACKS AND GOLD-LINED SEABREAMS WERE AFFECTED RESULTING IN AN ESTIMATED LOSS OF ABOUT $250,000.

THE DISSOLVED OXYGEN LEVEL IN THE WATER AT CHEUNG SHA WAN HAS SOMEWHAT IMPROVED TODAY AND THERE IS NO MORE FISH KILL, SHE SAID.

"HOWEVER, WE HAVE ADVISED THE MARICULTURISTS IN THE AREA TO IMPROVE THE OXYGEN LEVEL IN THE WATER THROUGH MECHANICAL MEANS, PARTICULARLY AT NIGHT.

"IN FACT, WE HAVE ALSO GIVEN SIMILAR ADVICE TO MARICULTURISTS IN OTHER FISH CULTURE ZONES WHICH MAY ALSO BE AFFECTED BY STAGNANT TIDES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS," DR WONG SAID.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PAID OUT AN ADDITIONAL $13,639 IN INJURY GRANTS FROM THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION (CLEIC) FUND TO FIVE VICTIMS INJURED IN AN EXPLOSION IN TAIKOO SHING ON JULY 8.

EARLIER, THE DEPARTMENT HAD GRANTED AN INITIAL SUM OF $9,135 IN INJURY AND INTERIM ADJUSTMENT GRANTS TO TWO OTHER INJURED.

SO FAR, THE DEPARTMENT HAD AWARDED A TOTAL OF $35,869 TO 10 OF THE 15 PEOPLE INJURED IN THE INCIDENT. THE REMAINING VICTIMS DID NOT APPLY FOR COMPENSATION EITHER BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT QUALIFIED OR BECAUSE THEY DID NOT REQUIRE ASSISTANCE. -

THE CLEIC SCHEME AIMS AT PROVIDING CASH ASSISTANCE BOTH FOR THOSE WHO ARE INJURED, DISABLED OR KILLED AS A RESULT OF A CRIME OF VIOLENCE AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE ACCIDENTALLY INJURED, DISABLED OR KILLED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER USING A WEAPON IN THE EXECUTION OF HIS DUTY.

THE SCHEME IS NON-MEANS TESTED AND ONE OF THE QUALIFYING CONDITIONS IS THAT THE INJURY GIVES RISE TO AT LEAST THREE DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNINGS OR WORKING CAPACITY.

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WINNERS OF ESSAY COMPETITION AWARDED PRIZES * * * *

TWELVE WINNERS OF THE HONO KONG ROUND OF THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION 1986/87 TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RECEIVED THEIR BOOK PRIZES FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR JIMMY MCGREGOR, AT A CEREMONY AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL.

THE COMPETITION IS HELD ANNUALLY BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY TO ENCOURAGE COMMONWEALTH STUDIES AMONG STUDENTS UNDER 19. THE BEST THREE ENTRIES IN EACH OF THE FOUR CLASSES WERE SELECTED BY A PANEL OF LOCAL JUDGES.

THE WINNERS WERE AWARDED BOOK PRIZES AMOUNTING TO #4,200 DONATED BY THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THEIR ENTRIES SENT TO LONDON TO ENTER THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION.

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR LAN SAID THE LOCAL COMPETITION THIS YEAR RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE.

"HONG KONG STUDENTS HAVE ALWAYS EXCELLED THEMSELVES IN THE COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION WHICH ATTRACTS EVERY YEAR ENTRIES FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN OF MORE THAN 30 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES OF WHICH THE MAJORITY ARE PREDOMINANTLY ENGLISH-SPEAKING," MR LAN SAID.

"RECORDS SHOW THAT OUR STUDENTS’ NAMES HAVE ALWAYS APPEARED IN THE LISTS’ OF MERITORIOUS AWARDS AND OUR GOOD TRACK RECORD IN THE CONTEST PROVIDES CONCRETE EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE STANDARDS OF OUR STUDENTS ARE GOOD," MR LAN SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR LAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO THE TASK OF STRENGTHENING LOCAL STUDENTS’ BILINGUAL ABILITY AND WOULD ATTACH EQUAL IMPORTANCE IN PROMOTING THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE LANGUAGES IN SCHOOLS.

APART FROM LAUNCHING A TWO-YEAR PILOT EXPATRIATE ENGLISH TEACHERS SCHEME AND ENRICHING THE REFRESHER COURSE FOR LOCAL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, MR LAN SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TOOK A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO ADOPT A WIDER USE OF CHINESE IN TEACHING.

HE SAID THESE MEASURES INCLUDED THE INTRODUCTION OF A CASH AWARD SCHEME TO ENCOURAGE PUBLISHERS TO PRODUCE GOOD QUALITY CHINESE TEXTBOOKS AND ISSUING HANDBOOKS TO SCHOOLS CONTAINING THE CHINESE TRANSLATIONS OF TECHNICAL TERMS COMMONLY USED IN 19 SCHOOL SUBJECTS.

TO COMPENSATE FOR THE REDUCED EXPOSURE TO ENGLISH ARISING FROM A SWITCH TO THE USE OF CHINESE AS THE TEACHING MEDIUM, MR LAN SAID PUBLIC SECTOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS WOULD BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM 1988 ONWARDS TO STRENGTHEN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH.

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MR LAN SAID THE ESSAY COMPETITION PROMOTED TO A LARGE EXTENT THE SPIRIT OF THESE MEASURES AND HE HOPED THAT MORE SCHOOLS WOULD SUPPORT THIS EXCITING AND MEANINGFUL PROJECT TO ENHANCE STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN THE USE OF THE. ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE FIRST PLACE OF CLASS A OF THE LOCAL ROUND OF COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS AGED AND 18 WENT TO IRENE YOUNG OF THE ST. MARY’S CANOSSIAN WAS AWARDED BOOK PRIZE WORTH $600.

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TWO GIRLS FROM THE SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, ANNE CHUNG AND KATHERINE SZE, WON THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE OF CLASS A OF THE COMPETITION RESPECTIVELY.

ANOTHER STUDENT OF THE SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, JANE WONG, WON THE FIRST PLACE OF CLASS B OF THE LOCAL COMPETITION FOR CANDIDATES IN THE AGE GROUP OF 14 AND 15. KUEH TAN-YUAN AND JENNIFER TSANG OF THE DIOCESAN GIRLS’ SCHOOL WERE COMMENDED FOR THEIR ESSAYS IN THE SAME GROUP.

THE FIRST THREE PRIZES IN CLASS C FOR CANDIDATES AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 13, ALL WENT TO STUDENTS OF THE DIOCESAN GIRLS’ SCHOOL, NAMELY MONIQUE TANG, GRACE NGAI AND AMY NG RESPECTIVELY.

AWARDS FOR CLASS D FOR PUPILS AGED BELOW 12 WENT TO THREE BOYS OF THE DIOCESAN PREPARATORY SCHOOL. THEY WERE BRIAN LAM, DEREK YU AND JOSEPH NGAI•

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NEED TO GUARD ELECTRIC MACHINES STRESSED » » » ♦ ♦

A FACTORY PROPRIETOR WAS RECENTLY FINED $10,000 AT THE SHA TIN MAGISTRACY FOR FAILING TO EFFECTIVELY GUARD THE REVOLVING WORMS OF A PLASTIC EXTRUDING MACHINE.

THIS FOLLOWED AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT ' TN WHICH THE RIGHT FOREARM OF A YOUNG WORKER WAS AMPUTATED WHILE HE WAS PLACING PLASTIC STRIPS INTO THE FEEDING OPENING OF THE MACHINE.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE DANGER IN SCREW OR WORM MECHANISMS LIES IN THE SHEARING ACTION BETWEEN THE MOVING SCREW AND THE FIXED PARTS OF THE MACHINE BECAUSE THE SCREW ACTION COULD DRAG, MANGLE AND CRUSH A HAND OR AN ARM.

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"PROPER GUARDING FOR MACHINERY CAN THEREFORE ENSURE SAFE OPERATION AT ALL TIMES AND GIVES CONFIDENCE TO OPERATIVES,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS ALREADY STIPULATED THAT THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF EVERY PIECE OF MACHINERY AND PLANT DRIVEN BY MECHANICAL POWER MUST BE EFFECTIVELY GUARDED.

HOWEVER, STATISTICS SHOWED THAT THERE WERE 3,243 MACHINERY ACCIDENTS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR SOME 17 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN ALL INDUSTRY.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALSO TOOK OUT 300 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST FACTORY PROPRIETORS FOR BREACHING THE REGULATIONS RESULTING IN TOTAL FINES OF JUST OVER $1 MILLION BEING IMPOSED ON OFFENDERS.

HE WARNED THAT ANYONE WHO CONTRAVENES THE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE, UPON CONVICTION, TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $30,000.

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CHANGES OF IMMIGRATION SERVICES ANNOUNCED

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FROM SEPTEMBER 28 (MONDAY), THE HONG KONG RE-ENTRY PERMIT OFFICE WILL BE RENAMED HONG KONG ISLAND OFFICE AND WILL PROVIDE GENERAL IMMIGRATION SERVICES INCLUDING APPLICATIONS FOR PASSPORTS, CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY, EXTENSION OF STAY, RE-ENTRY VISA ETC.

BUT THE OFFICE, LOCATED AT 2ND FLOOR IN HARBOUR BUILDING AT 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG, WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR HONG KONG RE-ENTRY PERMITS.

FROM THE SAME DAY, THE CAUSEWAY BAY OFFICE ON GROUND FLOOR IN PARK COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 10 SHELTER STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG WILL BE RENAMED AS THE CAUSEWAY BAY RE-ENTRY PERMIT OFFICE AND WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR RE-ENTRY PERMITS ONLY.

THE OFFICE HOURS OF THE TWO OFFICES WILL BE:-

MONDAY - FRIDAY 9 AM - 12.45 PM

2 PM - 4.30 PM

SATURDAY 9 AM - 12.30 PM

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS CLOSED

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APPLICANTS WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, EXTENSION OF STAY ETC. AT THE CAUSEWAY BAY OFFICE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 26, 1987 ARE REQUESTED TO APPROACH THE HONG KONG ISLAND OFFICE TO COLLECT THEM ON THE DATES AS SPECIFIED IN THE APPOINTMENT CARDS.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY APPLICATIONS AT THE HONG KONG ISLAND OFFICE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 26, 1987 SHOULD COLLECT THEIR DOCUMENTS AT THE SAME OFFICE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE THE INFORMATION OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON 3-7333111.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS FORM ONE PLACES ALLOCATION IN THE DISTRICT AI A MEETING ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 18).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS POSTAL SERVICES IN KWONG FUK ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI BOARD AT 9.30 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 18) IN THE CONFERENCE THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR 01 PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL STARTS NEXT MONTH

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A DISTRICT SPORTS FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE, MR CHENG WING-CHUN, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID THE FESTIVAL WOULD PROVIDE RESIDENTS, MOSTLY LIVING IN HOUSING ESTATES, WITH A CHANCE FOR HEALTHY EXERCISES BY TAKING PART IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES DURING THEIR LEISURE TIME.

A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED TO ATTRACT PARTICIPATION FROM ALL AGES AND DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY. THESE INCLUDE TENNIS, MINI-TENNIS, SOCCER, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON, BOWLING AND TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITIONS, ATHLETICS EVENTS, ARCHERY AND ROLLER SKATING FUN DAYS, A FUN DAY FOR THE HANDICAPPED AND THE ABLE-BODIED, AND A TELEMATCH FOR THE ELDERLY.

MR CHENG URGED RESIDENTS TO ACTIVELY TAKE nART IN THE SPORTS FESTIVAL AS SPORTS TELENTS SPOTTED IN THE ACTIVITIES MIGHT REPRESENT THE DISTRICT IN FUTURE TERRITORY-WIDE EVENTS.

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL THESE ACTIVITIES ARE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC. RESIDENTS MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SEVEN SUB-OFFICES, AND THE OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT 9/F, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

RESIDENTS MAY CALL THE ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER 0-247201 FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL.

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INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COMPLAINTS FROM NEWSPAPER VENDORS

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS A PAPER SUBMITTED BY THE MEMBERS CONCERNING A COMPLAINT FROM THE HONG KONG NEWSPAPER HAWKERS ASSOCIATION.

THE COMPLAINT CONCERNS THE LETTING OF SHOPS IN HOUSING ESTATES, AND THE ASSOCIATION POINTED OUT THAT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT RECENTLY ALLOCATED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF SHOPS TO SOME LARGE ENTERPRISES WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE NORMAL TENDERING PROCESS.

/A REPRESENTATIVE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTJNBER 16, 1987

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE ISSUE.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSED SEMINAR ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE 3RD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1 TUEN HI ROAD.

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SHA TIN LOT FOR SHORT TERM TENANCY » « » »

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A 6,930-SQUARE-METRE LOT IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

A BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE LOT IS SPECIFIED FOR STORAGE OF GOODS (EXCLUDING CONTAINERS) BELONGING TO THE TENANT ONLY.

LOCATED AT AREA 47B, THE SITE WILL BE LET FOR ONE YEAR, THE AGREEMENT BEING RENEWABLE AFTERWARDS ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON OCTOBER 2.

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FACILITIES AT KAI TAK EAST INDOOR GAMES HALL IN LUK HOP STREET, SAN PO KONG, WILL BE IMPROVED WHEN WORK TO BUILD THREE SQUASH COURTS IS COMPLETED NEXT AUGUST.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE DEADLINE FOR WHICH IS NOON ON OCTOBER 2.

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THE WORK INVOLVES CONSTRUCTING A SINGLE-STOREY EXTENSION OF ABOUT 280 SQUARE METRES TO THE EXISTING GAMES HALL. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED, BESIDES THE THREE SQUASH COURTS, WILL INCLUDE A STORE ROOM, MANAGEMENT OFFICE, METER ROOM AND LOCKER SPACE.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER.

THE EXISTING GAMES HALL HAS A MULTI-PURPOSE ARENA WHICH CAN BE USED FOR PLAYING BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON AND TABLE-TENNIS.

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ENTRIES FOR NT FENCING COMPETITION INVITED » ♦ » »

THE SECOND NEW TERRITORIES FENCING COMPETITION NOW INVITES FENCING ENTHUSIASTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ITS MEN’S FOIL TEAM CONTEST.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN FENCING ASSOCIATION, YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE TUEN MUN GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK SERVICE, AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN THE YAN 01 TONG SPORTS CENTRE ON OCTOBER 11 (SUNDAY).

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD EITHER BE RESIDENTS, WORKERS OR STUDENTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND EACH TEAM SHOULD NOT COMPRISE MORE THAN FOUR FENCERS. THOSE UNDER 18 WISHING TO TAKE PART SHOULD OBTAIN THEIR PARENTS’ OR GUARDIANS’ SIGNED PERMISSION.

THE CHAMPION, FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP OF THE COMPETITION WILL EACH BE AWARDED A TROPHY.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE TUEN MUN GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK SERVICE AND YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUTTERFLY/WU KING SUB-OFFICE AT GROUND FLOOR, BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN PERSON OR BY POST ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30 (WEDNESDAY).

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 0-851503.

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CONTESTS TO DEPICT EASTERN DISTRICT ♦ « » » »

A PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEST AND A COVER DESIGN COMPETITION ARE BEING HELD TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO DEPICT LIFE IN EASTERN DISTRICT TODAY.

ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE TWO CONTESTS ARE BEING HELD TO PAVE THE WAY TOWARDS THE FIRST-EVER EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

WITH AN AIM TO FOSTER A SENSE OF BELONGING TOWARDS EASTERN DISTRICT AND TO INTRODUCE COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 15 AND 28 THIS YEAR.

BOTH CONTESTS SHOULD BEAR THE FESTIVAL’S THEME BY DEPICTING THE DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY FACILITIES, TRANSPORTATION, ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE LIVELIHOOD OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE AIM IS TO CHOOSE THE WINNING ENTRIES OF THE PHOTO CONTEST FOR PRINTING THOUSANDS OF ’DISTRICT GREETING CARDS' FOR DISTRIBUTION TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TO WIDELY PUBLICISE THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL IN NOVEMBER.

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL PUBLISH A SPECIAL REPORT ON ALL THE ACTIVITIES DURING THE FESTIVAL AND THE COVER DESIGN COMPETITION FOR THE PUBLICATION IS ALSO NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

DETAILED INFORMATION OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL PHOTO AND COVER DESIGN CONTESTS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. THE DEADLINE FOR BOTH CONTESTS WILL BE OCTOBER 14.

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HARRIERS’ RUN FOR ’PITCHING IN’ *****

THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS.

MEMBERS OF A JOGGING CLUB, ’SOUTH SIDE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS’, WILL ’PITCH IN’ AT THE CAMPAIGN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) BY COLLECTING RUBBISH WHILE JOGGING.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1987

THE JOGGING WILL TAKE PLACE ALONG A 3.5 KM CIRCULAR ROUTE STARTING FROM THE CARPARK AT ISLAND ROAD NEAR THE DEEP WATER BAY, THEN PASS SEAVIEW PROMENADE, BEACH ROAD, SOUTH BAY ROAD, REPULSE BAY ROAD, AND BACK TO THE CARPARK AT ISLAND ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 5.30 PM. A VAN (UC37) FOR THE PRESS WILL DEPART AT 4.30 PM FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS, EDINBURGH PLACE. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHA TIN RACE MEETINGS *****

SPECIAL TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHA TIN DURING THE 1987-88 RACE SEASON STARTING FROM SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 19).

SPECIAL KCR TRAIN AND BUS SERVICES TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN A RACE MEETING OR A CROSS-BETTING EVENT IS HELD THERE.

FOR DAY RACE MEETINGS, SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE WILL OPERATE BETWEEN RACECOURSE STATION AND KOWLOON STATION FROM 11.06 AM TO 2.22 PM AND FROM 4.15 PM TO 7.19 PM. IN ADDITION, TRAINS FROM SHEUNG SHUI TO KOWLOON WILL BE DIVERTED TO SERVE RACECOURSE STATION BEFORE THE FIRST RACE.

TRAIN SERVICE TO RACECOURSE STATION WILL BE PROVIDED BETWEEN 11.31 AM AND 6.49 PM WHEN A DAY CROSS-BETTING EVENT IS HELD , WHILE TRAIN SERVICE TO RACECOURSE STATION WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 6.02 PM AND 11.25 PM FOR NIGHT CROSS-BETTING.

PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO STATIONS NORTH OF RACECOURSE STATION AFTER THE RACE MEETINGS ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE FOR NORTHBOUND TRAINS AT SHA TIN STATION.

ON BUS SERVICES, THE RACE COURSE SPECIAL SERVICES OF ROUTE 848 FROM TSUEN WAN FERRY, ROUTE 887 FROM TAI KOK TSUI FERRY, ROUTE 888 FROM SHA TIN KCR STATION, ROUTE 889 FROM KWUN TONG FERRY AND ROUTE 891 FROM KOWLOON CITY FERRY WILL BE REINTRODUCED.

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ROUTE 871 WILL ALSO RESUME OPERATION, BUT WILL ONLY BE OPERATED FOR JOURNEYS TO TAI PO CENTRAL FROM THE RACE COURSE AFTER THE RACE MEETING.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES FROM KOWLOON TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE SHOULD MAKE USE OF THE FLYOVER ON TAI PO ROAD NEAR FO TAN KCR DEPOT, WHILE THOSE FROM TAI PO SHOULD USE THE SLIP ROAD OFF TAI PO ROAD OPPOSITE RACECOURSE STATION.

BOTH NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS AND PLB’S ARE PROHIBITED FROM USING THE RAMP OFF TAI PO ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD OFF TOLO HIGHWAY.

NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS SHOULD USE THE SLIP ROAD OFF TAI PO ROAD OPPOSITE RXCECOURSE STATION FOR ACCESS TO THE NT TAXI STAND, WHILE URBAN TAXIS SHOULD USE THE RAMP OFF TAI PO ROAD OR THE ACCESS ROAD OFF TOLO HIGHWAY TO REACH THE URBAN TAXI STANDS UNDER GRANDSTAND II.

THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GO TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE AS PARKING SPACES IN THE VICINITY ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED.

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NO LEFT TURN ON PUI TO ROAD

» ♦ ♦ *

VEHICLES ON PUI TO ROAD WESTBOUND IN TUEN MUN FROM TURNING LEFT ON TO TIN HAU ROAD CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSII

FOR

ABOUT

SYSTEM FROM

WILL BE BANNED 10 DAYS FOR THE 10 AM ON FRIDAY

(SEPTEMBER 18).

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL KIN FUNG CIRCUIT AND TSUN WEN ROAD SOUTHBOUND.

VIA TSUN WEN SOUTHBOUND

ROAD NORTHBOUND, TO TIN HAU ROAD

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1987

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI *****

THE NEW SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM HARBOUR ROAD TO FLEMING ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 19).

NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR

PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KENNEDY TOWN * * » » »

TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK IN KENNEDY TOWN AT THE JUNCTION OF BELCHER’S STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, NO VEHICLE EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF BELCHER’S STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND SAI CHEUNG STREET FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 19).

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH.

AFFECTED VEHICLES, INCLUDING CHINA MOTOR BUS ROUTES 10, 47 AND CROSS HARBOUR BUS ROUTE 101 AND 104, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KENNEDY TOWN PRAYA SAI CHEUNG STREET TO REJOIN BELCHER’S STREET. IN ADDITION, CROSS HARBOUR BUS ROUTE 105 WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA KENNEDY TOWN PRAYA TO REJOIN SANDS STREET BUS TERMINUS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MINISTER SHOWN THREE-TIER POLITICAL SYSTEM .................... 1

TEXTILE BILL STILL HAS MAJOR HURDLES TO CLEAR ................. 3

EASTERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL NAMED AFTER LADY YOUDE .............. 4

HK OFFICIAL TO ATTEND ATOMIC ENERGY CONFERENCE ................ 5

COMPREHENSIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES OFFERED .............. 5

SDB MEMBERS VISIT NAM LONG HOSPITAL............................ 7

FIRST AID COURSE FOR KWUN TONG WORKERS ........................ 7

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES CLEARED IN YAU MA TEI ...................... 8

DREDGING CONTRACT FOR FERRY PIER INVITED ...................... 8

NEW OFFICES AND DEPOT COMPLEX FOR ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT .................................................... 9

NEW HOME FOUND FOR 25 PYTHONS ................................ 10

WAN CHAI PARKING METER OPERATION EXTENDED .................... 11

YAU MA TEI DB TO DISCUSS GREEN PAPER.......................... 11

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME ... 11

JOINT UC/RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE TO MEET 12

EDUCATION SUNDAY TO MARK NEW SCHOOL YEAR...................... 12

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1987

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MINISTER SHOWN THREE-TIER POLITICAL SYSTEM ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, LORD GLENARTHUR, HERE FOR A FIRST-HAND LOOK OF THE TERRITORY FOR WHICH HE IS RESPONSIBLE, BEGAN THE SECOND DAY OF HIS BUSY FOUR-DAY PROGRAMME WITH AN HOUR-LONG HELICOPTER TOUR OF HONG KONG TODAY (THURSDAY).

LORD GLENARTHUR, WHO IS A QUALIFIED HELICOPTER PILOT, FLEW THE HELICOPTER HIMSELF FOR PART OF THE JOURNEY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, LORD GLENARTHUR WAS BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES TAKING PLACE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

RETURNING TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE, HE HAD A MEETING WITH A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT SECRETARIES BEFORE ATTENDING A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE MEETING, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID IT WAS A ’’THOROUGHLY WORTHWHILE AND INTERESTING MEETING”.

” IT WAS VERY GOOD VALUE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK TO THEM TODAY AND TO HEAR THEIR VIEWS ON SO MANY ISSUES ABOUT HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THE MINISTER, ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, ATTENDED THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AND LISTENED TO DISCUSSIONS ON LOCAL ISSUES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, INTRODUCED LORD GLENARTHUR TO BOARD MEMBERS AND SPOKE ABOUT ITS COMPOSITION, ROLE AND FUNCTIONS.

IN RETURN, LORD GLENARTHUR THANKED MR SHUM FOR PROVIDING HIM A VERY USEFUL BRIEF OF WHAT THE DISTRICT BOARD DID AND OF THE WAY ITS COMMITTEES POOLED TOGETHER THE VARIOUS INITIATIVES IN IMPROVING THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID WHEN HE HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT HONG KONG FROM THE AIR THIS MORNING HE SAW SOME OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THAT WERE BEING CARRIED OUT.

”IT COMES VERY CLEARLY TO A VISITOR, NOT ONLY THAT THERE IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO, BUT JUST HOW EFFECTIVELY THINGS ARE BEING DONE. I THINK IT’S THE MOST STRIKING THING THAT I FOUND," HE NOTED.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S THREE FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEES THEN BRIEFED THE VISITOR ABOUT THEIR RESPECTIVE WORKS.

/BEFORE LEAVING .......

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BEFORE LEAvlNG THE MEETING, LORD GLENARTHUR TOLD BOARD MEMBERS THAT THE MEETING HAD PROVIDED HIM WITH A RARE INSIGHT INTO THE WAY THAT THE BOARD HAD COLLABORATED SO EFFECTIVELY TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE DISTRICT IT SERVED.

NOTING THAT HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE BOARD’S WORK OF CO-ORDINATION, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID: "IT CLEARLY DOES IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS, THE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYBODY.

"AND IT’S TACKLED OBVIOUSLY WITH A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT, WITH A GREAT DEAL OF ENTHUSIASM, AND A GREAT DEAL OF GENERAL WISH TO SERVE BEST THE COMMUNITY OF WHICH YOU ARE PART."

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE MEETING, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID THE VARIOUS TOPICS DISCUSSED HAD BEEN INTERESTING TO HIM.

"I THINK IT’S QUITE CLEAR FROM WHAT I’VE BEEN ABLE TO HEAR OVER THE LAST 45 MINUTES THAT THEY PLAY THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE, REALLY A VITAL ROLE, IN THE WAY THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING, ENVIRONMENT AND TRANSPORT IS ABLE TO BE MAINTAINED IN SUCH AN EFFECTIVE WAY," HE SAID.

"IT’S PART OF WHY SO MUCH HONG KONG IS ABLE TO WORK IN SUCH AN EFFICIENT WAY TO THE ENVY OF SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD," HE ADDED.

LORD GLENARTHUR LATER WENT TO THE BRITISH TRADE COMMISSION WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR REG HOLLOWAY, AND BRIEFED ON BRITAIN’S TRADE INTERESTS IN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

THEN, ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR CLIVE OXLEY, HE WENT TO THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL TO HAVE TEA WITH THE COUNCIL'S CHAIRMAN, MR GERRY FORSGATE, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR ALEX PURVES.

HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL, WHICH INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO THE 4.5 MILLION RESIDENTS OF THE URBAN AREAS.

THE MINISTER WAS TOLD THAT THE PRESENT THREE-TIER POLITICAL STRUCTURE WAS FUNCTIONING SMOOTHLY.

DESCRIBING THE MEETING AS "EXTREMELY INTERESTING", LORD GLENARTHUR SAID HE HAD TALKED TO MEMBERS ON VARIOUS FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL, SUCH AS WHAT IT DID, WHAT IT TRIED TO ACHIEVE, AND HOW IT HOPED THE FUTURE WOULD GO IN ITS WIDER SENSE.

"* /TOMORROW, LORD ........

THURSDAY, SEPTIUBER 17, 1987

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TOMORROW, LORD GLENARTHUR WILL VISIT SHA TIN TO LOOK AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN AND ITS HOUSING PROGRAMME. HE WILL ALSO TOUR A KNITWEAR FACTORY AND A CONTAINER TERMINAL IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE MINISTER WILL THEN ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION TO BE HOSTED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND A DINNER BY OMELCO MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE STARTING HIS TOUR OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA AND THE TOWN HALL AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW BEFORE PROCEEDING TO MEI LAM ESTATE. TWO PRESS COACHES WILL BE LEAVING FOR SHA TIN FROM THE CGO CARPARK AT 9.15 AM. PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO LENSES.

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TEXTILE BILL STILL HAS MAJOR HURDLES TO CLEAR

*****

THE TEXTILES AND APPAREL TRADE ACT 1987 STILL HAS A LONG LEGISLATIVE ROAD TO TRAVEL ALTHOUGH IT HAS PASSED THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"THE PASSAGE IS NOT UNEXPECTED, AND ALTHOUGH THE SENATE, WHICH STILL HAS TO CONSIDER THE BILL, MAY ALSO PASS THE BILL EVENTUALLY, THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT IT MAY NOT BECOME LAW," HE ADDED.

"PRESIDENT REAGAN HAD ON VARIOUS OCCASIONS REITERATED HIS STANCE AGAINST PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATION, AND THE US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, AMBASSADOR CLAYTON YEUTTER, HAD SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT SIGN THE BILL.

"THE BILL WAS PASSED WITH 263 VOTES FOR AND 156 VOTES AGAINST. THE RESULT OF THE VOTING IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT FALLS SHORT OF A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TO OVERRIDE A POSSIBLE PRESIDENTIAL VETO," HE SAID.

/NR SZE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1987

MR SZE EXPLAINED THAT THE HOUSE VOTE WAS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN THE US LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. THE NEXT STEP IS FOR THE SENATE TO VOTE ON THE BILL. NO DATE HAS YET BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THE BILL TO BE BROUGHT TO THE SENATE FLOOR.

"ALTHOUGH THE US ADMINISTRATION HAS SPOKEN STRONGLY AGAINST THE BILL AND THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN WILL VETO IT, THERE IS STILL THE DANGER OF IT BEING ENACTED.

"THE SITUATION IS VERY FLUID AND OUR WASHINGTON OFFICE, TOGETHER WITH OUR LOBBYISTS, ARE WORKING FLAT OUT TO MAKE SURE THAT CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS ARE AWARE OF ALL THE FACTS.

"IN HONG KONG, EVERY OPPORTUNITY IS TAKEN TO INFLUENCE US VISITORS AGAINST THE TEXTILE BILL AND TO EXPLAIN HONG KONG’S FREE TRADE STANCE," SAID MR SZE.

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EASTERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL NAMED AFTER LADY YOUDE

*****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO NAME THE EASTERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL AFTER LADY YOUDE, WIFE OF THE LATE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

THE HOSPITAL WHICH IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IS NOW FORMALLY NAMED "PAMELA YOUDE HOSPITAL".

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THIS WAS A FURTHER GESTURE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.

"THE IDEA WAS ENDORSED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AT ITS MEETING EARLIER THIS YEAR.

"LADY YOUDE WAS CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSAL AND ACCEPTED IT GRACIOUSLY," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1,580-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1984 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MID-1991.

MEMORIALS TO THE LATE GOVERNOR INCLUDE THE SETTING UP OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PAVILION IN NORTH DISTRICT, THE PLACING OF A MEMORIAL PLAQUE AT ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL AND THE NAMING OF AN AVIARY IN A FUTURE URBAN COUNCIL PARK ON THE VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE AFTER SIR EDWARD,.

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HK OFFICIAL TO ATTEND ATOMIC ENERGY CONFERENCE ♦ » ♦ ♦

PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR JOHN WILSON, WILL LEAVE FOR VIENNA TONIGHT (THURSDAY) TO ATTEND THE 31ST REGULAR SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) WHICH STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 21.

THE MEETING WHICH MARKS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IAEA WILL DISCUSS AMONG OTHER THINGS, MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN NUCLEAR SAFETY AND RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION.

MR WILSON WILL ATTEND AS AN OBSERVER ATTACHED TO THE UK DELEGATION TO THE CONFERENCE.

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COMPREHENSIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES OFFERED ♦ ♦ * » t

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE GOVERNMENT SPENT ABOUT $240 MILLION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION IN 1986/87 AND EVERY DOLLAR SPENT WAS WELL JUSTIFIED.

SPFXKING TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES DURING HIS VISIT TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PERTH STREET SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE, MR LAN SAID CHILDREN IN HONG KONG WERE PROVIDED WITH A FULL RANGE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES, AND THAT THE MAJOR AIM WAS PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION.

TO IDENTIFY CHILDREN WHO MAY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS IN EDUCATION, MR LAN SAID A COMBINED SCREENING PROGRAMME WAS CONDUCTED IN ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS AT PRIMARY ONE LEVEL, COVERING ABOUT 86,000 CHILDREN EACH YEAR.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A SERIES OF SCREENING TESTS WHICH ARE ADMINISTERED BY TRAINED PERSONNEL OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO DETECT CHILDREN’S HEARING, VISION, SPEECH AND LEARNING PROBLEMS.

’’ABOUT FIVE TO EIGHT PER CENT OF CHILDREN ARE IDENTIFIED TO HAVE EITHER HEARING, VISION, SPEECH OR LEARNING PROBLEMS REQUIRING FURTHER ASSESSMENT BY RELEVANT PROFESSIONALS," MR LAN SAID.

APART FROM THE COMPREHENSIVE IDENTIFICATION PROGRAMMES, MR LAN SAID THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ALSO RECEIVED INDIVIDUAL REFERRALS FROM MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES, SCHOOLS AND PARENTS.

/’’IN RECENT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1987

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"IN RECENT YEARS, WE ARE HAPPY TO OBSERVE AN INCREASING AWARENESS OF CHILDREN’S SPECIAL NEEDS BY THE PUBLIC AT LARGE AND ABOUT 1,100 OUT OF 3,700 INDIVIDUAL REFERRAL CASES WERE MADE BY PARENTS IN 1986/87," HE SAID.

CHILDREN IDENTIFIED TO HAVE PROBLEMS WERE GIVEN DETAILED INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT AND FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT IN THE RELEVANT PROBLEMS AREA.

ON REMEDIAL SERVICES, MR LAN SAID IT WAS THE PRESENT POLICY TO HELP CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO INTEGRATE INTO ORDINARY SCHOOLS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THEY COULD RECEIVE THE FULLEST BENEFIT OF EDUCATION FROM MIXING AND INTERACTING WITH ORDINARY CHILDREN IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT TO TEACHERS IN DEALING WITH PUPILS’ PROBLEMS AND STRENGTHENING GUIDANCE SERVICE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, MR LAN SAID A PILOT SCHOOLS SUPPORT SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR IN 12 SECONDARY SCHOOLS. A FULL EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN 1987/88.

ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, MR LAN SAID TWO PURPOSE-BUILT, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY EDUCATIONAL AND MEDICAL CENTRES WERE IN THE PIPELINE. ONE OF THE NEW CENTRES WOULD BE BUILT IN HIGH STREET ON HONG KONG ISLAND WHILE THE OTHER IN HA KWAI CHUNG.

"WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE CENTRES ARE COMPLETED, CLOSER CO-ORDINATION WITH PROFESSIONALS FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES WILL BE FACILITATED AND OUR SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WILL BE MORE EFFICIENTLY OPERATED," MR LAN SAID.

"DESPITE SUCH A NETWORK OF SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, SOME CHILDREN MAY HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS OR SEVERE HANDICAPS AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL NEEDS CANNOT BE MET ADEQUATELY IN AN ORDINARY SCHOOL," HE ADDED.

FOR THESE CHILDREN, MR LAN SAID EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES IN A SPECIAL SCHOOL WERE PROVIDED AND THERE WERE 70 SUCH SCHOOLS OFFERING OVER 8,000 PLACES FOR THE BLIND, THE DEAF, THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, THE MALADJUSTED AND SOCIALLY DEPRIVED AND CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES.

"IT IS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THOSE WHO NOT ONLY HAVE OVERCOME THEIR HANDICAPS BUT ALSO ENTERED OUR COMMUNITY AFTER FORMAL EDUCATION AS INDEPENDENT, ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS," HE SAID.

"WE HAVE AMONG US ACCOUNTANTS, EXECUTIVES AND TEACHERS WHO ARE DEAF, BLIND OR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED. WE STILL REMEMBER THE 10 MOST OUTSTANDING DISABLED PERSONS WHO RECEIVED THEIR AWARDS DURING THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS AND WE ARE PROUD OF THE REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES OF OUR HANDICAPPED ATHLETES IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS," MR LAN SAID.

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SDB MEMBERS VISIT NAM LONG HOSPITAL * » ♦ » »

MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD VISITED NAM LONG HOSPITAL IN WONG CHUK HANG THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO CONVEY THEIR CONCERN AND SYMPATHY FOR CANCER PATIENTS THERE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, DR MAY WEI, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FIRST VISITED SOME 180 PATIENTS IN THE FIVE WARDS AND GAVE THEM EACH A GOODWILL GIFT.

THEY THEN VISITED THE DIVERSIONAL UNIT AND WERE TOLD BY DR WEI THAT THE UNIT PROVIDED PATIENTS WITH ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES LIKE TELEVISION AND VARIOUS GAMES AS WELL AS COUNSELLING AND PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES.

THEY ALSO MET STAFF AND VOLUNTARY MEMBERS OF A HOSPICE CARE TEAM, WHICH WAS RECENTLY SET UP, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW NURSING STAFF, SOCIAL WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS HELPED CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS TO FACE THE KILLER DISEASE.

TODAY’S HOSPITAL VISIT WAS PART OF THE PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT FOR MEMBERS TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

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FIRST AID COURSE FOR KWUN TONG WORKERS ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

A TRAINING COURSE ON FIRST AID IS BEING ORGANISED FOR WORKERS IN KWUN TONG TO PROMOTE SAFETY AWARENESS IN INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE COURSE, CONDUCTED BY LECTURERS FROM AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION, IS DESIGNED TO EQUIP WORKERS FIRST AID KNOWLEDGE TO COPE WITH INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS

THE WITH

ST

. JOHN’S PRACTICAL

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE

LECTURES

FUNCTIONS OF THE

DRESSINGS AND

UNCONSCIOUSNESS; RESUSCITATION.

BODY; WOUNDS, BLEEDING

BANDAGES; SHOCK AND BURNS AND SCALDS,

AND

ON THE STRUCTURE AND i CIRCULATORY FAILURE;

FAINTING; ASPHYXIA

TREATMENT FOR

AND

EMERGENCY

WILL BE HELD

THE EIGHT-SESSION TRAINING COURSE

EVENING FROM SEPTEMBER 29 AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY

i EVERY TUESDAY CENTRE IN TSUI

PING ROAD.

/NO TUITION

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1?, 1987

NO TUITION FEE WILL BE CHARGED EXCEPT FOR A TEXTBOOK DEPOSIT OF $30 WHICH WILL BE REFUNDED ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

A MAXIMUM OF 35 PEOPLE WILL BE ADMITTED AND APPLICANTS WILL BE ENROLLED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE ON 3-416315 EXT. 361.

THE FIRST AID COURSE IS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES CLEARED IN YAU MA TEI » » ♦ » ♦

WORK BEGAN TODAY (THURSDAY) IN YAU MA TEI TO CLEAR 29 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES -IN THE REAR LANES BOUNDED BY SHANGHAI STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, RECLAMATION STREET AND PUBLIC SQUARE STREET.

THE STRUCTURES WERE MAINLY CANOPIES, SHOP EXTENSIONS, STORAGE PLACES AND DOMESTIC UNITS.

THREE AFFECTED FAMILIES, COMPRISING FOUR PEOPLE, WERE OFFERED REHOUSING AND REMOVAL ALLOWANCE AMOUNTING TO $2,000.

TODAY’S OPERATION WAS CO-ORDINATED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT. ALSO TAKING PART IN THE OPERATION WERE STAFF FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE.

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DREDGING CONTRACT FOR FERRY PIER INVITED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A CONTRACT TO DREDGE THE APPROACHES TO THE HONG KONG-CHINA FERRY TERMINAL NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, IS BEING INVITED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPANY WHICH WINS THE CONTRACT WILL BE REQUIRED TO DREDGE 29 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED TO PROVIDE NAVIGATIONAL ACCESS FOR FERRY OPERATIONS BETWEEN THE CENTRAL FAIRWAY AND THE TERMINAL BUILDING.

/WORK ON

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17t 1987

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WORK ON THE PROJECT IS DUE TO START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKES FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS HAVE TO BE IN BY NOON ON OCTOBER 2.

THE TERMINAL WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES TO COPE WITH INCREASING FERRY AND HOVERCRAFT SERVICES TO AND FROM CHINA.

THE DEVELOPMENT, ON A 2.44-HECTARE SITE, WILL INCLUDE A SEVEN-LEVEL PODIUM AND A THREE-STOREY PIER STRUCTURE.

TWO LEVELS OF THE PODIUM WILL BE OCCUPIED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING IMMIGRATION, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MARINE, MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND THE POLICE. ALSO ON THESE LEVELS WILL BE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE HALLS, WAITING AND GREETING AREAS, BAGGAGE CLAIM AND HANDLING AREAS, SHOPS, TICKET OFFICES AND A LUGGAGE CHECK-IN COUNTER.

SIX OFFICE BLOCKS AND A 395-ROOM HOTEL WILL BE PUT UP ABOVE THE PODIUM.

THE PIER STRUCTURE WILL BE THREE STOREYS COMPRISING A PIER DECK AND DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL AREAS. TRAVELATORS WILL BE INSTALLED IN THESE AREAS. THE ROOF AREA WILL BE DEVELOPED AS A PUBLIC PROMENADE AND AN OPEN SPACE.

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NEW OFFICES AND DEPOT COMPLEX FOR ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT * * * ♦

A NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND DEPOT COMPLEX IS TO BE BUILT AT TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON, FOR THE MAINTENANCE BRANCH OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT, SITUATED ON A 5,950-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT HOK YUEN STREET, WILL COMPRISE TWO FIVE-STOREY BLOCKS OVER A FOUR-STOREY PODIUM.

ONE OF THE BLOCKS WILL ACCOMMODATE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S MAINTENANCE BRANCH NOW LOCATED AT SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE IN WAN CHAI, WHILE THE OTHER WILL HOUSE THE KOWLOON MILITARY DEPOT OF THE BRANCH AND BE MAINLY FOR WORKSHOP AND STORAGE PURPOSES.

BOTH BLOCKS WILL BE SERVED BY A COMMUNAL LIFT LOBBY ON EACH FLOOR.

/ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

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ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AND STORAGE AREAS, TOGETHER WITH CONTRACTORS’ YARDS AND CAR PARKING SPACES, WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE PODIUM LEVELS.

A TOTAL OF 25,290 SQUARE METRES OF FLOOR AREA WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE PILING WORK FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE READY BY THE END OF 1989 UNDER A SEPARATE BUILDING CONTRACT.

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NEW HOME FOUND FOR 25 PYTHONS * ♦ ♦

A CONSIGNMENT OF 25 PYTHONS WAS TODAY (THURSDAY) SENT TO CHINA TO JOIN THE BREEDING COLONIES IN THE GUANGZHOU HUA NAN ENDANGERED SPECIES RESEARCH CENTRE.

THESE SNAKES, PROTECTED UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE, CAME INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AFTER THEIR CAPTURE LOCALLY AND AS A RESULT OF ENFORCEMENT ACTION BY DEPARTMENT STAFF.

THIS IS THE NINTH CONSIGNMENT OF LIVE ENDANGERED SPECIES TRANSPORTED TO CHINA SINCE 1984. THE PREVIOUS CONSIGNMENTS INVOLVED 123 RARE ANIMALS INCLUDING AN ASIATIC BROWN BEAR, AN ASIATIC BLACK BEAR, FIVE CROCODILES, 29 GIANT SALAMANDERS AND TWO SERPENT EAGLES.

TODAY’S EXERCISE, ARRANGED IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHINA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA IMPORT AND EXPORT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, WAS SUPERVISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S VETERINARY OFFICER, DR K.K. LIU.

DR LIU SAID: ’’BOTH HONG KONG AND THE CHINA ARE PARTICIPANTS OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CONSERVE ENDANGERED WILD BIRDS, ANIMALS AND PLANTS AND TO FIND SUITABLE HOMES FOR THEM.”

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WAN CHAI PARKING METER OPERATION EXTENDED * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE OPERATION OF 52 PARKING METERS ON 01 KWAN ROAD AND FOUR ON SUNG TAK STREET IN WAN CHAI WILL BE EXTENDED TO SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20).

THESE PARKING METERS WILL OPERATE FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND FROM 8 AM TO MIDNIGHT ON WEEKDAYS.

THE UPPER PART OF THE POSTS OF THESE METERS WILL BE PAINTED WHITE AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY PLATES UNDER THE PARKING SIGNS WILL INDICATE THE OPERATING HOURS OF THESE METERS.

THE PARKING RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED.

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THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF THE SURVEY OFFICE, MR LEO KWAN AND A MONITOR, MR ANDREW SO, WILL BE PRESENT TO LISTEN TO MEMBERS’ VIEWS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SPECIAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME * ♦ ♦ » ♦

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRESS OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME INCLUDING ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY PROJECTS AND REPAIRS TO VILLAGE LIGHTING.

COMMITTEE MEMBER MR WONG CHUN-KOW WILL SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE 1987 WASTE DISPOSAL (REVISED) BILL BY THE HONG KONG LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, WHILE MR MAN PING-NAM WILL ASK ABOUT THE HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST CONSTRUCTION SITES IN YUEN LONG RURAL NORTH.

/OTHER ITEMS

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE STREET MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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JOINT UC/RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE TO MEET *****

THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO REVIEW THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN ACTIVITIES IN THE PAST MONTHS AND TO DISCUSS FORTHCOMING EVENTS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL HEAR REPORTS ON THE 'CLEAN BEACH' PHASE ACTIVITIES, THE TWO SCHOOL COMPETITIONS TO BE ORGANISED FROM OCTOBER TO DECEMBER TO SUPPORT THE 'CLEAN SCHOOL’ PHASE OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, AND THE PROPOSED VEHICLES’ PARADE WHICH WILL BE ORGANISED IN MID-NOVEMBER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2/F, TSUEN WAN MTR STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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EDUCATION SUNDAY TO MARK NEW SCHOOL YEAR

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TO MARK THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, THE COMING SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THIS YEAR’S EDUCATION SUNDAY.

SPECIAL CHURCH SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL AND CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND AT ST. TERESA’S CHURCH AND HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN KOWLOON ON SUNDAY.

TEACHERS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THESE SERVICES WHICH ARE HELD TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PERFORM THE TASK THAT LIES AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, WILL ATTEND THE SERVICE AT CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL AT 16 CAINE ROAD STARTING AT 11 AM WHILE THE PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER, MRS GRACE YUNG, WILL BE PRESENT AT THE SERVICE AT ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL AT GARDEN ROAD AT 9 AM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MINISTER SEES DIFFERENT FACETS OF HK......................... 1

NEW ATR POLLUTION CONTROL REGULATIONS PUBLISHED.............. 4

ENVIRONMENT OF SOUTHERN HK TO BE PRESERVED .................. 5

MORE EXTENSIVE USE OF PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUNDS PROPOSED.......... 7

ELDERLY SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT CENTRES ............ 8

KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN 'VEHICLE PARADE' TO BE HELD ... 8

REMINDER FOR MEN BORN DI 1965/66 ......................?..... 10

ADDITIONAL OFFICE TO HANDLE EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION.......... 11

JUNK BAY PSPS SITE TO BE SOLD ............................... 12

KWUN TONG INTER-FACTORY BASKETBALL COMPETITION .............. 12

ACTIVITIES TO BOOST VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IN KWAI TSING 13

MONG KOK TO LAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN........ 13

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN WAN CHAI ...................... 14

PRESS CONFERENCE ON CIVIC EDUCATION ......................... 15

TEMPORARY RE-ROUTEHNG OF ROADS IN WAN CHAI .................. 15

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON CHI FU ROAD ............... 16

CLOSURE OF EU MET STREET WEST................................ 16

CAS HOLDS FOOTDRILL ON SUNDAY................................ 17

ROAD CLOSURE IN SHEUNG WAN .................................. 17

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CHAI WAN ................................. 17

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1987

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MINISTER SEES DIFFERENT FACETS OF HK *****

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, LORD GLENARTHUR, CONTINUED HIS BUSY PROGRAMME IN HONG KONG TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH A VISIT TO A NEW TOWN, A KNITTING FACTORY AND A CONTAINER TERMINAL.

IN THE MORNING, LORD GLENARTHUR, ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, ARRIVED AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL BY HELICOPTER AND WAS MET BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG, AND SHA TIN PROJECT MANAGER, MR TATY KUO.

THE PARTY WAS DRIVEN TO THE TOWN CENTRE WHERE THEY WALKED THROUGH THE NEW TOWN PLAZA. ALONG THE WAY, HE WAS SHOWN THE TOWN HALL,THE CENTRAL LIBRARY AND ADJACENT DEVELOPMENTS.

THE MINISTER ALSO HAD A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE DISTRICT FROM THE ROOFTOP OF ONE OF THE BLOCKS IN GARDEN RIVERA AND WAS BRIEFED ON COMMUNITY BUILDING WORK BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER AND ON DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN BY THE PROJECT MANAGER.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO MEI LAM ESTATE, PASSING BY TSANG TAI UK AND CHE KUNG TEMPLE.

LORD GLENARTHUR WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR FREDDIE PANG, AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THERE ARE NOW 11 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND EIGHT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME COURTS IN SHA TIN, HOUSING A TOTAL OF 280,000 PEOPLE, ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE NEW TOWN'S POPULATION.

MEI LAM ESTATE, WHICH WAS COMPLETED IN JANUARY 1985, HAS A POPULATION OF 29,000 AND IS A SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY HOUSING WITH SCHOOLS, A SHOPPING COMPLEX AND AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

DURING THE HOUR-LONG TOUR OF THE ESTATE, LORD GLENARTHUR VISITED A HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY OPERATED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, THE INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE RUN BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND A FAMILY AT MEI SHING HOME OWNERSHIP COURT.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE TOUR, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID HONG KONG’S HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME WAS "A MOST IMPRESSIVE UNDERTAKING", AND THAT IT WAS ONE WHICH EVERYBODY HE HAD SPOKEN TO SEEMED ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED WITH.

"IT’S VERY ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT SO MANY MORE OF THESE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG ARE EITHER UNDER DEVELOPMENT AT THE MOMENT OR BEING PERCEIVED," HE SAID.

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BEFORE HIS AFTERNOON VISITS, LORD GLENARTHUR MET A GROUP OF BUSINESSMEN AT A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

THEN, ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, HE PAID A VISIT TO HONG KONG MILO’S KNITWEAR FACTORY LIMITED AT KWAI CHUNG.

MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COMPANY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR FRANK LIN, THE MINISTER TOURED THE FACTORY TO SEE THE WHOLE PROCESS OF KNITTING AND FINISHING OF KNITTED GARMENTS.

THE NEXT STOP WAS THE MODERN TERMINALS LIMITED.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR DERICK HALL, BRIEFED THE MINISTER ON THE GROWTH OF PORT TRAFFIC IN HONG KONG WHICH, IN TERMS OF THROUGHPUT, WAS THE SECOND LARGEST CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD AFTER ROTTERDAM.

IN 1986, HONG KONG HANDLED A TOTAL OF 2.77 MILLION TEU’S (TWENTY-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS), ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF WHICH WERE HANDLED AT THE KWAI CHUNG TERMINALS.

LORD GLENARTHUR WAS TOLD ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IN PLANNING EXPANSION OF FACILITIES, THE PROGRESS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SIXTH CONTAINER TERMINAL AT KWAI CHUNG AND THE INVITATION OF TENDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SEVENTH TERMINAL WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

MR HALL ALSO TOLD THE MINISTER ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE INDEPENDENT HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO COME INTO OPERATION IN 1991.

LORD GLENARTHUR THEN TOURED THE COMPANY, WHICH IS THE SECOND LARGEST OF THE THREE OPERATORS AT KWAI CHUNG, AND LOOKED AT ITS OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES.

THE MINISTER LATER WENT TO TSUEN WAN TO ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AT THE COUNCIL’S CHAMBERS.

MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COUNCIL’S CHAIRMAN, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AND THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, MR MICHAEL SUEN, LORD GLENARTHUR WAS BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS MUNICIPAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE RECEPTION, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID HE HAD A MOST INTERESTING BRIEFING BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ABOUT THEIR WORK.

HE SAID HE HAD SEEN TODAY MANY OF THE ELEMENTS OF LIFE THAT

MADE UP THE NEW TOWNS THAT WERE OVERSEEN BY THE COUNCIL.

/’’IT IS...........

Friday, September 18, 1987

"IT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE AND OBVIOUSLY A VERY IMPORTANT TIER OF GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG. AND I MUCH ENJOYED MEETING ALL THE MEMBERS AND TALKING TO THEM AND HEARING THEIR VIEWS ABOUT HOW DEVELOPMENTS ARE GOING," THE MINISTER SAID.

IN THE EVENING, LORD GLENARTHUR WILL ATTEND A RECEPTION AND DINNER HOSTED BY MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

TOMORROW MORNING, LORD GLENARTHUR WILL VISIT THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS AT KAI TAK AND TUEN MUN, THE BORDER AT MAN KAM TO AND THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DEPOT AT FANLING.

IN THE AFTERNOON, HE WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT GIS BEFORE DEPARTING FOR MANILA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOLLOWING ARE THE PRESS ARRANGEMENTS ACTIVITIES TOMORROW (SATURDAY):

FOR LORD GLENARTHUR*S

TUEN MUN CLOSED CENTRE TOUR

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE ARRIVING AT THE TUEN MUN CLOSED FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES BY HELICOPTER ABOUT 10 AM. FIXED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO

WILL BE SET UP IN THE CENTRE FOR VISIT. TWO PRESS COACHES WILL BE AT 8.30 AM SHARP.

AM.

LEAVING FOR TUEN MUN FROM

CENTRE

• POSITIONS

COVER THE CGO CARPARK

PRESS CONFERENCE

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4 PM IN THF GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

WITT uAvvE^/IOr>nIMITATION 0F SPACE’ ATTENDANCE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL HAVE TO BE RESTRICTED TO ONE REPORTER FROM EACH PRINT MEDIA ORGANISATION. rixxmi hedia

AS FOR THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA, EACH STATION IS REQUESTED TO SEND A CREW OF NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE (EXCLUDING THE REPORTER). THEY ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EARLIER TO SET UP THEIR CAMERAS AT FIXED POSITIONS. cameras ppvqc rnMPvnLZ^ANSCRIPT WILL BE ISSUED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE rKEob CONFERENCE.

DEPARTURE

LORD GLENARTHUR WILL BE LEAVING FOR MANILA 6.55 PM). A PHOTO FACILITY WILL BE PROVIDED AND MEDIA COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS

ON PR311 (ETD

REPRESENTATIVES

ROOM BY 6.05 PM.

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NEW AIR POLLUTION CONTROL REGULATIONS PUBLISHED *****

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATIONS CLARIFYING THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL AUTHORITY’S DISCRETION TO REJECT AN APPLICATION INVOLVING THE INSTALLATION AND ALTERATION OF A FURNACE, CHIMNEY OR OVEN.

THE REGULATIONS WERE MADE TO RECTIFY AN INADEQUACY IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION, DISCOVERED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN EIGHT FACTORY OWNERS SUCCESSFULLY APPEALED AGAINST A PROVISION UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE FORBIDDING THEM TO INSTALL FURNACES AND CHIMNEYS AT TSING YI INDUSTRIAL CENTRE.

UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (FURNACES, OVENS AND CHIMNEYS) (INSTALLATION AND ALTERATION)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) REGULATIONS 1987,

PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MAY REFUSE TO GIVE HIS APPROVAL TO AN APPLICATION IF, IN HIS OPINION, THE RELEVANT PLANT CANNOT BE OPERATED WITHOUT:

(A) CAUSING OR CONTRIBUTING TO AN AIR POLLUTANT NUISANCE; OR

(B) EMITTING EXCESSIVE AIR POLLUTANTS BY REASON OF UNSUITABLE DESIGN, DEFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION OR MAINTENANCE, EXCESSIVE WEAR AND TEAR OR THE USE OF UNSUITABLE FUEL OR OTHER MATERIALS; OR

(C) CONTRAVENING THE ORDINANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR INDUSTRIES INTENDING TO INSTALL SUCH CHIMNEYS AND PLANT TO BE AWARE OF THE NEW REGULATIONS, AS APPROVAL WAS BY NO MEANS AUTOMATICALLY GRANTED.

’’THERE ARE CERTAIN DISTRICTS IN THE TERRITORY, SUCH AS SHA TIN, TAI PO, JUNK BAY AND SAI KUNG, WHERE GENERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE APPLIED ON THE TYPE OF FUEL WHICH CAN BE USED,” HE SAID.

"IN OTHER LOCATIONS, SUCH AS KWUN TONG, KWAI TSING AND TSUEN WAN, WHERE AIR QUALITY IS ALREADY POOR, OR WHERE RESIDENTIAL AND OTHER POLLUTION SENSITIVE RECEPTORS ARE ADJACENT TO INDUSTRIAL AREAS, SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF PLANT DESIGN AND FUEL TYPE MAY ALSO BE REQUIRED,” HE ADDED,

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THOSE CONCERNED TO CONTACT THE AIR CONTROL GROUP OF MF PROTECTION FOR ADVICE AND

ASSISTANCE WHEN IN DOUBT. THIS WOULD AVOID EXPENDITURE ON PLANT AND EQUIPMENT WHICH MIGHT NOT BE APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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ENVIRONMENT OF SOUTHERN HK TO BE PRESERVED » ♦ » * »

A MAJOR POSITIVE STEP HAS BEEN TAKEN BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TO PRESERVE THE PLEASANT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF SHOUSON HILL AND REPULSE BAY BY ISSUING A DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR THE AREA.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE BOARD SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE PLAN WAS TO PUT DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA UNDER STATUTORY CONTROL AND TO MAINTAIN ITS CHARACTER AND AMENITIES.

"THE PLAN AT THE SAME TIME IMPOSES STRICT CONTROLS ON THE AMOUNT OF BUILDING IN THE AREA THROUGH INTRODUCING SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS ON BUILDING HEIGHT, SITE COVERAGE AND PLOT RATIO," HE SAID.

THE AREA COVERED BY THE NEW PLAN INCLUDES SHOUSON HILL, DEEP WATER BAY, REPULSE BAY AND SOUTH BAY AREA. IT IS BOUNDED BY WONG CHUK HANG ROAD AND ABERDEEN TUNNEL IN THE WEST, ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK IN THE NORTH AND TAI TAM COUNTRY PARK IN THE EAST.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PARKS CREATED A VERY PLEASANT BACKGROUND OF AESTHETIC AND VISUAL VALUE IN THE AREA.

"FOUR SCENIC BATHING BEACHES, NAMELY, DEEP WATER BAY, REPULSE BAY, MIDDLE BAY AND SOUTH BAY, ARE INCLUDED IN THE PLAN. THESE POPULAR BEACHES, TOGETHER WITH THE WELL-WOODED SLOPES AND HOUSES OF HIGH ARCHITECTURAL QUALITY, GIVE THE AREA A HIGH AMENITY VALUE AND RENDER IT A RECREATIONAL ASSET FOR THE TERRITORY.

"SHOUSON HILL AND REPULSE BAY ARE HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, WHICH ARE PREDOMINANTLY FILLED WITH LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS. THE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE MAINLY TO SERVE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BEACH-GOERS.

"THE SCALE OF COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS IS REGULATED TO ENSURE THAT THE AMENITY OF THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL NOT BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED. SITES WITHIN THE COMMERCIAL ZONES ARE SUBJECT TO A BUILDING HEIGHT RESTRICTION OF A MAXIMUM OF TWO STOREYS OR THE HEIGHT OF THE EXISTING BUILDINGS WHICHEVER IS THE GREATER,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PLAN IS A PROPOSED TRUNK ROAD, 'ROUTE 81', WHICH WILL CONNECT ABERDEEN TO CHAI WAN VTA DEEP WATER BAY, REPULSE BAY, STANLEY AND TAI TAM.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE LONG-TERM ROAD DEVELOPMENT SCHEME WAS UNLIKELY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BEFORE 1992.

THE PRESENT POPULATION OF THE PLANNED AREA OF 400 HECTARES IS ABOUT 9,000 AND IT WILL ACCOMMODATE 20,00’0 PEOPLE UPON FULL DEVELOPMENT.

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WRITTEN OBJECTIONS TO THE DRAFT PLAN SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD BY NOVEMBER 17.

THE BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ALSO ANNOUNCED NINE AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AMENDMENTS REFLECTED THE LATEST PLANNING PROPOSALS FOR THE DISTRICT.

THREE OF THE AMENDMENTS INVOLVE THE CHANGE OF BOUNDARY OF THE PLANNED AREA PARTLY TO FOLLOW THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE BOUNDARY AND PARTLY AS THE RESULT OF INTRODUCING THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR SHOUSON HILL AND REPULSE BAY.

THE WESTERN BOUNDARY HAS BEEN ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE AN AGGREGATE/ CEMENT HANDLING AND CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT SITE AT THE WESTERN END OF TIN WAN PRAYA ROAD; THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY AMENDED TO EXCISE PART OF ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK FROM THE PLANNING AREA; AND THE EASTERN BOUNDARY CHANGED TO INCLUDE THE AREA TO THE WEST OF ABERDEEN TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD AND TO EXCISE THE AREA TO THE EAST OF THE ROAD FROM THE PLAN .

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE PROPOSED WONG CHUK HANG PARK AND A SMALL PORTION OF THE SHOUSON HILL RESIDENTIAL AREA HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW PLAN.

THREE FURTHER AMENDMENTS RELATE TO THE WATERFRONT ON BOTH SIDES OF ABERDEEN HARBOUR WHERE EXTENSIVE STRETCHES HAVE BEEN REZONED TO ALLOW FOR DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AND PROMENADES.

A PROPOSED NEW ROAD RUNNING TO THE EAST OF WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE LINKING POLICE SCHOOL ROAD TO HEUNG YIP ROAD HAS ALSO BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PLAN.

"IT WILL PROVIDE IMPROVED TRAFFIC CIRCULATION FOR THE SHUM WAN AND WONG CHUK HANG AREA," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER MINOR AMENDMENTS ARE THE REZONING OF A SITE AT WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE FROM ’GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY’ TO ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)’, AND REZONING OF SITES ON AP LEI CHAU NORTH RECLAMATION FROM ’INDUSTRIAL’ AND 'OTHER SPECIFIED USES’ ANNOTATED 'CARGO HANDLING AREA’ TO ’OPEN SPACE’ AND ’GOVERNMENT/INSTITUT1ON/COMMUNITY’.

AN ’INDUSTRIAL’ ZONE AT AP LEI CHAU EAST HAS BEEN DELETED AS WELL.

OBJECTIONS IN WRITING TO THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD WITHIN THREE WEEKS FROM THE GAZETTING OF THE AMENDED PLAN.

NOTICES ON THE TWO DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLANS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

/the plans .......

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THE PLANS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION BY THE PUBLIC AT:

» SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, SHOP 25, GROUND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEN, HONG KONG;

* PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG; AND

» TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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MORE EXTENSIVE USE OF PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUNDS PROPOSED

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THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD WILL BE GIVEN MORE FLEXIBILITY TO USE ITS FUNDS IF THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) IS ENACTED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THE BOARD WAS SET UP IN 1980 FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING COMPENSATION, DAMAGES, MEDICAL EXPENSES, MEDICAL EXAMINATION FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES TO VICTIMS OF PNEUMOCONIOSIS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS.

IT IS FINANCED BY A LEVY OF 0.05 PER CENT ON ALL CONSTRUCTION WORKS WITH A VALUE OF $1 MILLION OR MORE, AND ON QUARRY PRODUCTS.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE BOARD IS NOT AT PRESENT AUTHORISED TO USE ITS FUNDS ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES, SUCH AS RESEARCH INTO THE WAYS OF PREVENTING PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

AS THE FUND HAD A SURPLUS OF SOME $90 MILLION AT THE END OF AUGUST THIS YEAR, THE BOARD CONSIDERS THAT TO USE SOME OF THE FUNDS ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES WOULD BE A USEFUL AND JUSTIFIABLE EXTENSION OF ITS ACTIVITY.

THE BILL THEREFORE PROPOSES TO AMEND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE TO ENABLE THE BOARD TO USE A PROPORTION OF ITS LEVY INCOME ON EDUCATION, PUBLICITY, RESEARCH AND OTHER PROGRAMMES TO PREVENT PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE BOARD TO SUBMIT ITS PROGRAMMES AND ESTIMATES TO THE GOVERNOR ANNUALLY AND EMPOWERS IT TO WRITE OFF UNCOLLECTABLE DEBTS WHEN ALL PROCEDURES TO RECOVER THEM THROUGH LEGAL AND OTHER MEANS HAVE PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL.

THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WAS CONSULTED ON THE AMENDMENTS.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS ON OCTOBER 14.

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ELDERLY SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT CENTRES ♦ » ♦ » »

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, AND MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE LOK FU SHELTER FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THEIR SERVICES.

AT THE LOK FU SHELTER OPERATED BY THE HELPING HAND, THE PARTY WAS RECEIVED BY DR KALEI INN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; FATHER SEAN P. BURKE, ADMINISTRATOR AND MRS MARGARET CARTER, CHAIRPERSON OF THE HELPING HAND’S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. THEY WERE BRIEFED ON THE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR 78 LIVE-IN ELDERLY BEFORE TOURING THE FACILITIES OF THE CENTRE.

WHEN ARRIVED AT THE WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY, THE PARTY WAS GREETED BY MRS THERESA LAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND DR H.W. TSUI, MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF KWONG WAH HOSPITAL AND WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY.

MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON THE GENERAL OPERATION OF THE INFIRMARY WHICH PROVIDES 826 INFIRMARY PLACES FOR PATIENTS TRANSFERRED FROM THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL AND THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, SAID THAT THE COMMITTEE HAD NOTED THE SHORTAGE OF RESIDENTIAL CARE AND INFIRMARY PLACES FOR THE ELDERLY.

’’THE VISIT WOULD FACILITATE THE COMMITTEE’S DELIBERATION ON THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR THE FRAIL AND INFIRM ELDERLY,” SHE ADDED.

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KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN ’VEHICLE PARADE’ TO BE HELD »»»»»»

BE HELD IN

A TERRITORY-WIDE VEHICLE PARADE WILL

LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN UlolKiLl LEVEL.

MID-NOVEMBER

CAMPAIGN AT

THIS WAS REVEALED AT REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG

TODAY’S (FRIDAY) JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/ KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING.

APART FROM THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS, INVITATIONS WILL AI rr aX^^E?J^MMERCIAL CORPORATIONS AS THE SECONDARY OBJECTIVE OF THE ARADE IS TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN.

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IT IS EXPECTED THAT ABOUT 30 TO 35 VEHICLES WILL TAKE PART IN THE PARADE FROM TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND TO THE CENTRAL DISTRICT. ALL THE VEHICLES WILL BE DECORATED WITH CLEAN HONG KONG MESSAGES TOGETHER WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT/CORPORATE IDENTITIES.

A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES, HIGHLIGHTED BY MARCHING BAND PERFORMANCES, SALUTE-TAKING AND FLAG-RAISING CEREMONIES, PRIZE PRESENTATION TO THE BEST-DECORATED VEHICLES WILL BE HELD AT BOTH THE STARTING AND THE ENDING POINTS OF THE PARADE.

PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS WHICH ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART IN THE PARADE CAN CALL THE PARADE WORKING GROUP ON 5-8428842 OR 5-8428843 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND ENQUIRIES.

MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE WERE ALSO TOLD AT TODAY’S MEETING THAT TWO SCHOOL COMPETITIONS WOULD BE ORGANISED BETWEEN OCTOBER TO DECEMBER TO SUPPORT THE ’CLEAN SCHOOL’ PHASE OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COMPETITIONS IS TO INSTILL AMONG STUDENTS A SPIRIT OF WIDE PARTICIPATION IN KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN. EACH COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SECTIONS, AND ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG WILL BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE.

THE ’CLEAN SCHOOL’ PHASE, FORMING THE THIRD PHASE OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, WAS LAUNCHED LAST WEEK WITH THE RELEASE OF A 30-SECOND TELEVISION API (ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST), A RADIO API AND A NEWLY-DESIGNED POSTER TARGETTED AT STUDENTS.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO HEARD THAT ANTI-LITTER BLITZ OPERATIONS HAD BEEN CONDUCTED AT VARIOUS BEACHES IN ORDER TO CONSOLIDATE THE EFFECT OF THE ’CLEAN BEACH’ PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN. AS A RESULT 181 PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN OUT AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS ON BEACHES AND BARBECUE AREAS IN AUGUST.

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REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1965/66

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT REMINDED TODAY (FRIDAY) MEN BORN IN 1965 AND 1966 TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE OCTOBER 11.

UP TO SEPTEMBER 16, THE EIGHT NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES HAVE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 37,245 APPLICATIONS.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 67,218 MORE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED IN THE REMAINING THREE WEEKS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID: "TO AVOID LAST-MINUTE RUSH, MEN OF THIS AGE GROUP WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW I.D. CARD SHOULD COME FORWARD EARLY."

. APPLICANTS CAN GO TO ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES.

THEY MAY MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE.

THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WANCHAI. TEL. NO. 5-747070

EAST KOWLOON: AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD. TEL. NO. 3-7553679.

WEST KOWLOON: CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2ND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI. TEL. NO. 3-7232424.

TSUEN WAN : EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET. TEL. NO. 0-4981259.

SHATIN : SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK

STREET. TEL. NO. 0-6059108.

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, 2ND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD.

TEL. NO. 0-793291.

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI

LOK FA YUEN. TEL. NO. 0-4580862.

SHEUNG SHUI : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI. TEL. NO. 0-927155.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS. TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP AT THE ISSUE OFFICES, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND THE AFTERNOONS.

"THE APPLICANTS NEED TO BRING ALONG THEIR EXISTING I.D. CARDS NORMALLY IF THEIR CARDS WERE FIRST REGISTERED NOT LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO AND BEAR THE «»» SYMBOL.

"HOWEVER, IF A PERSON’S I.D. CARD WAS FIRST REGISTERED LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO OR DOES NOT HAVE THE »»» SYMBOL, HE IS REQUIRED TO FURNISH MORE PERSONAL PROOFS. IN ADDITION TO PRODUCING HIS EXISTING I.D. CARD, HE MUST PRODUCE HIS TRAVEL DOCUMENT AND EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING (IF ANY) - HONG KONG BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG NATURALISATION CERTIFICATE OR HONG KONG REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE.

"IN SOME CASES, APPLICANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIM TO HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG. IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, THEY WILL BE ADVISED INDIVIDUALLY."

HE POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW I.D. CARD WITHIN THE PERIOD SPECIFIED IS AN OFFENCE AND THE DEFAULTERS WOULD BE PROSECUTED AND LIABLE TO A FINE OF $3,000.

HE REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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ADDITIONAL OFFICE TO HANDLE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL SET UP A SECOND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION OFFICE IN KWUN TONG ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING WORKLOAD.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION CASES IN NGAU TAU KOK, KOWLOON BAY, SAI KUNG AND WONG TAI SIN.

IT WILL ALSO TAKE OVER ALL CASES WHICH OCCURRED IN THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR.

AS FOR THE EXISTING OFFICE IN KWUN TONG, IT WILL CONTINUE TO HANDLE CASES THAT OCCUR IN THE KWUN TONG TOWN AND YAU TONG AREAS.

THE NEW OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON EAST GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 12 LEI YUE MUN ROAD, KOWLOON. ITS TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 3-490474.

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JUNK BAY PSPS SITE TO BE SOLD * * * *

A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME DEVELOPMENT IS TO BE BUILT ON A 24,500-SQUARE-METRE SITE NEAR AP TSAI WAN, JUNK BAY.

THE SCHEME WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 2,400 RESIDENTIAL UNITS RANGING BETWEEN 38 AND 65 SQUARE METRES IN AREA.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SAID 60 PER CENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL UNITS WOULD HAVE THREE BEDROOMS.

UPON COMPLETION, THE TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA FOR RESIDENTIAL USE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 136,955 SQUARE METRES.

THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO INCORPORATE A BASKETBALL COURT, TWO TABLE TENNIS TABLES AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND INTO A 8,600-SQUARE-METRE OPEN SPACE AT THE GROUND LEVEL OF THE DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A KINDERGARTEN, CAR PARKS, AND 3,010 SQUARE METRES OF NON-INDUSTRI AL SPACE, ON WHICH GODOWN DEVELOPMENT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON NOVEMBER 6.

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KWUN TONG INTER-FACTORY BASKETBALL COMPETITION *****

PEOPLE WORKING IN KWUN TONG ARE BEING INVITED TO TEAM UP FOR THE FOURTH INTER-FACTORY BASKETBALL COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT THE CHUN WAH ROAD INDOOR GAMES HALL ON OCTOBER 4.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

IT AIMS AT PROVIDING HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR WORKERS AS WELL AS STRENGTHENING TIES AMONG LOCAL INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE WINNING TEAM IN THIS SINGLE KNOCK-OUT TOURNAMENT WILL REPRESENT THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION IN THE 'INTER-BRANCH BASKETBALL COMPETITION’ TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER AS PART OF THE 1987 KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 1 AND FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE ON 3/F, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 3-4 163.1-5 EXT. 431.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1987

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ACTIVITIES TO BOOST VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IN KWAI TSING »»«»**

MORE THAN 20,000 ELIGIBLE ELECTORS IN THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT HAVE REGISTERED DURING THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN AND EFFORTS ARE CONTINUING TO SIGN UP MORE RESIDENTS, A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"AS A RESULT THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE DISTRICT HAS INCREASED FROM 90,000 AT THE END OF 1986 TO OVER 110,000 AT PRESENT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE RATE OF REGISTRATION WILL BE EVEN HIGHER BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER WHEN THE CAMPAIGN ENDS,"HF. ADDED.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT PUBLICITY COMMITTEE FOR 1987 VOTER REGISTRATION HAS ORGANISED A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES FROM TODAY TO FURTHER ENCOURAGE POTENTIAL ELECTORS WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED TO DO SO.

A LUNCHTIME CONCERT WAS HELD AT THE TAI LIN PAI ROAD PLAYGROUND TODAY TO ATTRACT FACTORY WORKERS TO REGISTER. A COUNTER WAS SET UP AT THE VENUE TO FACILITATE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR ANYONE WISHING TO SIGN UP.

TOMORROW, MOBILE REGISTRATION COUNTERS WILL BE SET UP IN SEVEN SUB-DISTRICTS - AT TAI WO HAU ESTATE COMMERCIAL CENTRE LEVEL 3, KWAI SHING EAST AND WEST ESTATES, SHEK YAM BUS TERMINUS AND TA CHUEN PING STREET, LAI KING MTR STATION AND THE ESTATE MARKET, SHEK LEI ESTATE BLOCK 7 AND CHEUNG CHING ESTATE BUS TERMINUS.

A PUBLICITY BUS DECORATED WITH BANNERS AND POSTERS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) TO BROADCAST THE VOTER REGISTRATION THEME SONG. COMMUNITY ORGANISERS WILL BE MOBILISED TO HELP RESIDENTS REGISTER AT LOCATIONS WHERE THE BUS WILL STOP.

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MONG KOK TO LAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN

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MEMBERS OF THE MONG KOK ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL STAGE A PLAY TO DRIVE HOME THE "KEEP CLEAN” MESSAGE AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE CAMPAIGN, TO LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY, IS TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

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"FOCUSING ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, THE PLAY IS AIMED AT STIMULATING RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN BRINGING ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENT," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD DURING THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE TRAINING COURSES, CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITIONS AND YEAR-END CLEAN UP.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TOMORROW WILL BE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AT 152, SAI YEE STREET.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN WAN CHAI

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AN INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME PHASE FOUR WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW; POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR LAU TO-YEE; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN.

A VIDEO FILM ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME WILL BE SHOWN AFTER THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN HOPEWELL CITY RESTAURANT, 8TH FLOOR, HOPEWELL CENTRE, WAN CHAI.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON CIVIC EDUCATION *****

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MRS RITA FAN, WILL OUTLINE PLANS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THIS YEAR AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, 12TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SUB-COMMITTEE, MR MAK HOI-WAH; CHAIRMAN OF THE RESOURCE CENTRE SUB-COMMITTEE, MR CHAN WING-TAI; CHAIRMAN OF THE OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE SUB-COMMITTEE, MR PETER TAM; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTE, MR STEPHEN SIU.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ALSO WELCOME TO VISIT THE NEWLY SET UP DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCE ROOM LOCATED AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, 12TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD.

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TEMPORARY RE-ROUTEING OF ROADS IN WAN CHAI

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THREE ROAD SECTIONS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A CUL-DE-SAC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

THEY ARE CHEUNG WOO LANE, THE SECTION OF SHARP STREET WEST BETWEEN BOWRINGTON ROAD AND CANAL ROAD WEST, AND THE SECTION OF BOWRINGTON ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 18 AND 40.

MOTORISTS ON SHARP STREET WEST CAN TRAVEL VIA BOWRINGTON ROAD AND WAN CHAI ROAD TO CANAL ROAD WEST.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON CHI FU ROAD

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON CHI F< ROAD IN POK FU LAM FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) FOR ABOUT ONI WEEK TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS AT THE ENTRANCE OF CHI FU BUS TERMINUS.

THE SECTION OF CHI FU ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES SOUTH OF THE RUN-IN OF CHI FU BUS TERMINUS TO A POINT ABOUT 140 METRES NORTH OF THE BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

MEANWHILE, CMB ROUTE 38 ON ITS JOURNEYS FOR NORTH POINT FERRY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHI FU ROAD NORTHBOUND.

DURING THE DIVERSION, THE ROUTE 38 BUS STOP ON CHI FU ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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CLOSURE OF FU MEI STREET WEST *****

THE TRANSPORT BRANCH ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT FU MEI STREET WEST IN KOWLOON WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED IN CONNECTION WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR LOK FU ESTATE, PHASE 2B.

A BRANCH SPOKESMAN SAID THE CLOSURE WOULD TAKE EFFECT FROM APRIL NEXT YEAR IF NO OBJECTIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC.

ONLY WRITTEN OBJECTIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT SUBMITTED BEFORE NOVEMBER 17, 1987, WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1987

CAS HOLDS FOOTDRILL ON SUNDAY ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS WILL BE HOLDING A FOOTDRILL COMPETITION ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20), BEGINNING AT 8 AM, AT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON.

TWENTY-TWO TEAMS FROM CADET UNITS IN THE TERRITORY WILL BE COMPETING.

PRESENTATION OF THE ’’NORMAN LEUNG SHIELD’’ TO THE CHAMPION TEAM WILL BE MADE BY CAS SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT), MR LEUNG NAI-PANG, AT 1.15 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN SHEUNG WAN ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF MORRISON STREET FOOTBRIDGE, ON TAI STREET IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CHAI WAN

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OWING TO DELAY IN ROAD WORKS ON CHAI WAN ROAD, NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON CHAI WAN ROAD WILL CONTINUE TO BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT ON TO THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO LEI YUE MUN BARRACKS.

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE UNTIL OCTOBER 31.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MINISTER LOOKS AT REFUGEES, BORDER FACILITIES ............. 1

QUARTERLY TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS FIGURES REI .EASED.......... 2

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME EFFECTIVE IN CRIME PREVENTION ... 4

PLAY TO SPREAD KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE.......................... 5

TUEN MUN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSED .................... 6

NEW WATER TREATMENT WORKS AND ACCESS ROAD.................. 7

FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE SUCCESSFUL ........................ 8

TRANSPORT GUIDE ON SALE ................................... 9

ANTI-DRUG KITE DESIGN COMPETITION RESULTS ................. 9

SCHOOL INVITED VISITS TO ROYAL OBSERVATORY ............... 10

RACE AT TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE........................... 10

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SALE BY AUCTION ...................... 11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI ..................... 12

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD .. 12

RESTRICTED ZONES IN SHaM Sriux PO AND KWUN TONG .......... 13

CLOSURE OF CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL EXIT ROAD ................ 13

FANLING BRIDGE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ......................... 13

SAU MAU PING WATER CUT ................................... 13

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1987

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MINISTER LOOKS AT REFUGEES, BORDER FACILITIES

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THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, LORD GLENARTHUR, SPENT HIS FOURTH AND FINAL DAY IN HONG KONG VISITING TWO VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS, THE BORDER AT MAN KAM TO AND THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DEPOT AT FANLING.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, LORD GLENARTHUR WENT TO THE KAI TAK OPEN REFUGEE CENTRE AT KOWLOON BAY IN THE MORNING.

THEY WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY OFFICIALS OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES WHICH RUNS THE CENTRE, AND SAW THE VARIOUS FACILITIES THERE. THE CAMP WAS OPENED IN JULY 1979 AND IS CURRENTLY HOUSING MORE THAN 3,000 REFUGEES.

THE MINISTER AND SIR DAVID THEN FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO THE TUEN MUN CLOSED CENTRE AND WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK. THE CENTRE,FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE BOWRING CLOSED CENTRE, WAS OPENED IN MARCH 1985.

DURING THE TOUR OF THE CENTRE, WHICH AT PRESENT HOLDS 1,500 REFUGEES, LORD GLENARTHUR AND SIR DAVID SAW VARIOUS FACILITIES INCLUDING DORMITORIES, A HOSPITAL, A TUCK SHOP AND A CANTEEN.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE VISIT, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID THAT DESPITE THE PRESSURE THAT THE VR’S HAD BROUGHT TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, "THEY ARE BEING EXCEEDINGLY WELL LOOKED AFTER".

HE SAID THE STAFF OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHOM HE SPOKE TO THIS MORNING WERE CLEARLY DEDICATED TO MAKING THE VERY BEST OF THE RATHER DIFFICULT LIVES THAT PEOPLE HAD TO LIVE IN VR CAMPS.

"I AM PARTICULARLY GLAD AND I PARTICULARLY WANTED TO SEE FOR MYSELF WHAT THE CONDITIONS WERE, TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE CAMPS, TALK TO THE CHILDREN EVEN, SEE PEOPLE LEARNING ENGLISH, LEARNING ALL SORTS OF THINGS, LEARNING FRENCH, BEING GENERALLY EDUCATED, AND BROUGHT ALONG AND LOOKED AFTER VERY CARINGLY BY THE OTHER WELFARE AGENCIES, SUCH AS ON THE MEDICAL SIDE," HE SAID.

"MY IMPRESSION IS THAT THE CONDITIONS ARE EXTREMELY GOOD, GIVEN THE CONSTRAINTS THAT OBVIOUSLY MUST EXIST IN A CLOSED CAMP," HE ADDED.

LORD GLENARTHUR LATER FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO THE BORDER. HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL AT MAN KAM TO BY THE COMMANDER OF THE 48 GURKHA INFANTRY BRIGADE, BRIGADIER RAY PETT, THE POLICE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, MR GEORGE HINDHAUGH; AND THE POLICE DEPUTY REGIONAL COMMANDER, NEW TERRITORIES, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT BRIAN GOULDSMITH.

/BEFORE TRYING

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19» 1987

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BEFORE TRYING OUT SOME OF THE ARMY’S LATEST SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT, LORD GLENARTHUR WAS BRIEFED ON THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SITUATION BY THE ACTING POLICE FRONTIER DISTRICT COMMANDER, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK CHEUNG, AND THE MILITARY DEPLOYMENT ALONG THE BORDER BY BRIGADIER PETT.

HE WAS TOLD THAT ABOUT 18,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAD BEEN ARRESTED AND REPATRIATED TO CHINA SO FAR THIS YEAR.

THE MINISTER, ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, THEN FLEW TO THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DEPOT AT FANLING.

THERE HE SAW A DEMONSTRATION BY MEMBERS OF THE UNIT AND WAS BRIEFED BY THE COMMANDANT OF THE TRAINING CENTRE, MR VINCENT CHAPMAN, ON POLICE INTERNAL SECURITY TRAINING.

IN THE AFTERNOON, LORD GLENARTHUR WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE LEAVING FOR MANILA TO CONTINUE HIS ASIAN TOUR.

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QUARTERLY TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS FIGURES RELEASED

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ABOUT 42 PER CENT OF THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT (TCU) DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WERE ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST QUARTERLY REPORT RELEASED BY TCU TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE REPORT, WHICH COVERS THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1 TO JUNE 30, SHOWED THAT OUT OF 1,733 COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY TCU DURING THE PERIOD, 719 WERE ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES. THEY ARE STILL THE LARGEST SINGLE GROUP OF COMPLAINTS HANDLED BY TCU.

TCU WAS SET UP UNDER THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE AND MONITOR COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON TRANSPORT MATTERS.

COMPARED WITH THE FIGURE OF 1,556 RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, THERE WAS AN 11 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINTS. IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF THE PRECEDING YEAR, A TOTAL OF 1,734 COMPLAINTS WERE REGISTERED.

OF THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, 170 WERE ON THE ADEQUACY OF SUCH SERVICES. THEY AROSE FROM PROPOSALS TO INCREASE THE EXISTING FREQUENCY OF SERVICE OR TO INTROD”CE NEW ROUTES AND EXTEND EXISTING ROUTES.

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THERE WERE 14 COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE ADEQUACY OF BUS SERVICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND WHICH WERE MAINLY FROM COMMUTERS USING THE BUS ROUTES ALONG THE N'V'.THERN SHORELINE OF THE ISLAND.

IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE 96 COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE ADEQUACY OF BUS SERVICE WERE MAINLY RELATED TO MTR OR KCR FEEDER BUS ROUTES AND EXPRESS BUS ROUTES, MANY OF WHICH ARE SERVING THE NEW TOWNS OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, TAI PO, KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI.

COMPLAINTS CONCERNING THE STANDARD OF SERVICE OF THE VARIOUS MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT MADE UP 519 CASES OR 72 PER CENT OF THE CASES INVOLVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES. THESE COMPLAINTS WERE TAKEN UP INDIVIDUALLY WITH THE TRANSPORT OPERATORS CONCERNED (NAMELY THE BUS COMPANIES, FERRY COMPANIES AND RAILWAY CORPORATIONS) OR THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES (NAMELY TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN RESPECT OF IRREGULARITIES IN GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES AND THE POLICE IN RESPECT OF TAXI MALPRACTICES).

COMPLAINTS ABOUT ERRATIC BUS SERVICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND WERE MAINLY DIRECTED AT BUS ROUTES SERVING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT AND THE EAST-WEST ROUTES ON THE NORTHERN PART OF THE ISLAND. IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, COMPLAINTS ABOUT BUSES NOT KEEPING TO SCHEDULED FREQUENCY WERE MAINLY LEVELLED AT EXTERNAL BUS ROUTES IN KOWLOON EAST AND SHA TIN, YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN.

REGARDING GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES, THE MAIN COMPLAINTS WERE MINIBUSES NOT ADHERING TO APPROVED SCHEDULE OR ROUTE I NG AND THE MISCONDUCT OF DRIVERS.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT TAXI SERVICE RECEIVED BY TCU IN THE QUARTER TOTALLED 237 CASES AS COMPARED WITH 207 CASES RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

AS IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT TAXI SERVICE WERE CONCERNED WITH MALPRACTICES AND MISCONDUCT OF TAXI DRIVERS, NAMELY TAXI DRIVERS REFUSING HIRE OR SOLICITING PASSENGERS, NOT TAKING THE MOST DIRECT ROUTEING, FAILING TO DRIVE TO DESTINATIONS AND OVERCHARGING.

COMPLAINTS CONCERNING ROUTES OPERATED BY THE HONGKONG YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, TOTALLING 13, WERE ONE MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THERE WAS ONE COMPLAINT AGAINST THE STAR FERRY CO. LTD. AND ANOTHER THREE AGAINST THE OPERATOR OF THE DISCOVERY BAY-CENTRAL FERRY SERVICE.

THE MAIN AREAS OF COMPLAINT WERE REGULARITY OF SERVICE, CLEANLINESS OF VESSELS AND PASSENGER FACILITIES.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT ROAD CONGESTION TOTALLED 365 CASES, DISTRIBUTED AS FOLLOWS : 66 CASES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 181 CASES IN KOWLOON, 77 CASES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND 11 CASES IN TUNNELS AND AREAS AFFECTED BY LRT WORKS.

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FACTORS WHICH WERE ATTRIBUTABLE TO ROAD CONGESTION INCLUDED LOADING AND UNLOADING ACTIVITIES AT KERBSIDE, TRAFFIC ENGINEERING MATTERS, INADEQUATE ROAD CAPACITY AND ROAD WORKS. OF ALL CASES CONCERNING VEHICLE OBSTRUCTION CAUSING CONGESTION, 34 PER CENT AND 39 PER CENT WERE DIRECTED AT LORRIES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES RESPECTIVELY.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES DROPPED FROM 117 TO 95. THE MAJOR AREAS OF CONCERN INCLUDED THE OBJECTION TO THE 'NO RIGHT-TURN’ ARRANGEMENT FROM FORTRESS METRO TOWER AND FORTRESS GARDEN TO FORTRESS HILL ROAD AND TRAFFIC LIGHT PHASING AT THE JUNCTION OF FO TAN ROAD AND MIN FONG STREET IN SHA TIN.

COMPLAINTS CONCERNING THE MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND ROAD FURNITURE HAD INCREASED FROM 114 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 159 THIS QUARTER. THE MAJOR AREAS OF COMPLAINT WERE DEFECTIVE ROAD SURFACES, MALFUNCTIONED TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND DAMAGED TRAFFIC SIGNS/AIDS.

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT CASES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 178 CASES. THEY WERE MAINLY RELATED TO REQUESTS FOR ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL PARKING, ABANDONED VEHICLES AND OTHER TRAFFIC OFFENCES.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME EFFECTIVE IN CRIME PREVENTION » * * * »

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING CRIME AND STRENGTHENING NEIGHBOURHOOD TIES SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION TO WAN CHAI IN 1985, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE FOURTH PHASE OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN THE DISTRICT, MR CHOW SAID THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAMME REFLECTS ITS POPULARITY WITH RESIDENTS.

HE CALLED ON AREA COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES TO GIVE ACTIVE SUPPORT TO THE SCHEME.

SIX BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE LATEST PHASE OF THE PROJECT. THEY ARE KING TAO BUILDING, DIAMOND BUILDING, EMPIRE COURT, TSUI MAN COURT AND GOLD KING AND GOLD NING BUILDINGS.

PARTICIPATING HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO SEPT UP COMMUNICATIONS WITH THEIR NEIGHBOURS, TO INSTALL BURGLARY ALARM SYSTEMS AND TO MARK THEIR PROPERTIES.

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MORE THAN 1,QOO RESIDENTIAL UNITS IN 12 BUILDINGS IN WAN CHAI HAVE JOINED DURING OTHER PHASES OF THE SCHEME, AND HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR SECURITY CONDITIONS, POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR LAU TO-YEE, SAID AT THE CEREMONY.

ANOTHER OUTCOME OF THE PROJECT WAS A CHANGE IN RELATIONSHIP AMONG NEIGHBOURS, ACCORDING TO CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN.

THE CONCEPT OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME WAS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN LOOKING AFTER THE HOMES AND PROPERTIES OF THEIR NEIGHBOURS WHEN THEY WERE OUT, HE SAID.

WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME, THE FORMER APATHETIC ATTITUDE ADOPTED BY SOME PEOPLE TOWARDS THOSE WHO LIVE NEXT TO THEM HAVE IMPROVED, HE ADDED.

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MEMBERS OF THE MONG KOK ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE TODAY (SATURDAY) APPEALED TO RESIDENTS TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT IN A PLAY TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

FOCUSSING ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT, THE PLAY WAS STAGED AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, SAID "THE SPIRIT OF THE CAMPAIGN IS TO PROMOTE CLEAN AND HAPPY HOMES."

"THIS IS NOT ONLY IN LINE WITH THE THEME OF THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT FESTIVAL, BUT ALSO SUPPORTS THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL."

TO DRIVE HOME THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE, A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING TRAINING COURSES IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT, DEMOLITION OF ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS, CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION AND YEAR-END CLEAN-UP WOULD BE ORGANISED.

MRS FUNG SAID SHE HOPED THAT THE PUBLICITY DRIVE COULD ENHANCE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND PARTICIPATION IN STRIVING FOR A BETTER HOME AND A CLEANER COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

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SHE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE DISTRICT BOaRD, THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND RESIDENTS FOR THEIR CONCERTED EFFORTS IN LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAU TAK-KI, SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS ORGANISED ANNUALLY TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANLINESS AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

HE SAID HE HOPED THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE WOULD BE SPREAD THROUGH THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMPAIGN.

ALSO TAKING PART AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, MR TAO KWOK-LAU AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HO KWANG-HUNG.

THE CAMPAIGN, TO LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY, IS SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

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TUEN MUN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSED * * » ♦ ♦

THE 71-DAY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT, CAME TO AN END TONIGHT (SATURDAY) FOLLOWING A CLOSING CEREMONY AND A VARIETY SHOW AT THE DISTRICT’S TOWN HALL.

FEATURING A NUMBER OF POPULAR SONGS BY THE EQUATOR BAND AND CHINESE FOLK DANCES BY THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, THE VARIETY SHOW WAS ONE OF THE 500 EVENTS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME PARTICIPATED BY SOME 20,000 LOCAL YOUTHS.

THE SUMMER PROGRAMME WITH A THEME OF ’’SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY” COMPRISED A VARIETY OF EVENTS RANGING FROM DANCING AND MUSIC CLASSES, FILM SHOWS, PICNICS, VISITS, CAMPING TO GAMES DAY.

THE BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WAS $256,000 WITH $187,000 SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE REST FUNDED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TONIGHT’S CLOSING CEREMONY INCLUDED TUEN MUN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; REGIONAL COUNCILLOR, MR NG MING-YUM; CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, MR TANG TUNG-CHIU; DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER, MR TAM CHUN-KIT; AND POLICE COMMUNITY RELATION OFFICER, MR HO HON-CHEUNG.

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NEW WATER TREATMENT WORKS AND ACCESS ROAD » * * t »

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW WATER TREATMENT WORKS AND SERVICE RESERVOIR AT AU TAU, YUEN LONG, TO SUPPLEMENT EXISTING WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN DISTRICTS.

A WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SATURDAY) SAID PRESENT FACILITIES SERVING THE TWO DISTRICTS WOULD BE FULLY COMMITTED BY 1989.

INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT IS CONSTRUCTION OF A THREE-METRE WIDE ACCESS ROAD LINKING THE TREATMENT WORKS WITH THE SERVICE RESERVOIR.

OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS INCLUDE RETAINING WALLS, DRAINAGE AND PASSING BAYS.

ABOUT 450,000 CUBIC METRES OF EXCAVATED MATERIAL WILL BE REMOVED TO ACCOMMODATE THE RESERVOIR PLUS AN AREA FOR ITS FUTURE EXTENSION.

THE INITIAL CAPACITY OF THE RESERVOIR WILL BE 30,000 CUBIC METRES AND POTABLE WATER WILL BE CONVEYED TO AND FROM THE RESERVOIR THROUGH THE RESERVOIR'S INLET AND OUTLET PIPELINES, EACH 1.4 METRES IN DIAMETER.

THE ACCESS ROAD, WHICH WILL BE THREE METRES WIDE AND ABOUT 780 METRES LONG, WILL BE USED TO FACILITATE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SERVICE RESERVOIR.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-1988 AND TAKES 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED WORK SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT BEFORE NOVEMBER 10.

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FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE SUCCESSFUL * ♦ * *

THE NUMBER OF JOB VACANCIES REPORTED TO THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (LES) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT INCREASED STEADILY ACROSS THE BOARD IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 86,719 VACANCIES WERE NOTIFIED TO THE DIVISION, AN INCREASE OF 39.4 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

OF THE TOTAL, 44,968 WERE IN THE NON-MANUFACTURING SECTOR, 38,131 IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, AND 3,620 IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, SOME 17,951 JOB-SEEKERS WERE SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN EMPLOYMENT BY LES. THEY INCLUDED 8,614 IN THE CLERICAL AND RELATED JOBS, 5,272 IN THE PRODUCTION AND RELATED WORK, 2,926 IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE AND THE REST IN THE VARIOUS INDUSTRIES.

THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY LES -- WHETHER ASSISTING EMPLOYERS IN RECRUITING STAFF OR JOB-SEEKERS IN OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT — IS COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE.

IT OPERATES 15 BRANCH OFFICES IN MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREAS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

’’BUT THE SERVICE ITSELF CANNOT AND DOES NOT CREATE JOBS ANY MORE THAN IT CAN CREATE PEOPLE IN TIMES OF LABOUR SHORTAGE,” A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

”WH \T IT CAN DO IS TO MATCH JOB-SEEKERS WITH VACANCIES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

’’THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE ULTIMATELY DEPENDS ON THE TYPE AND CONDITIONS OF VACANCIES OFFERED BY EMLOYERS AS WELL AS ON THE QUALITY AND NUMBER OF JOB-SEEKERS REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT.”

TO ENHANCE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROCESSING VACANCY ORDERS, LES IS EQUIPPED WITH A FACSIMILE SYSTEM TO TRANSMIT PARTICULARS FROM ONE OFFICE TO ANOTHER SO THAT SUITABLE CANDIDATES CAN BE SELECTED FROM THE COMBINED POOL OF JOB-SEEKERS AND INTRODUCED TO THE EMPLOYERS WITHIN A VERY SHORT TIME.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE WORK 01* LES WAS KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW TO ENSURE THAT ANY IMPROVEMENT OR EXPANSION OF ITS SERVICE WAS GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS, JOB-SEEKERS AND THE ECONOMY AT LARGE.

HE URGED BOTH EMPLOYERS AND JOB-SEEKERS TO MAKE USE OF THE SERVICE BY CONTACTING ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF LES IN THEIR DISTRICTS.

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TRANSPORT GUIDE ON SALE * ♦ *

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON HONG KONG’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT .SERVICES COMPILED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE ENGLISH PUBLICATION, ENTITLED ’’PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG - A GUIDE TO SERVICES 1987”, COMPRISES TWO PARTS. THE FIRST PART GIVES THE ROUTES, FARES, FREQUENCY RANGE AND JOURNEY DISTANCE OF ALL SCHEDULED PUBLIC TRANSPORT, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUS AND “KAITO” SERVICES, IN HONG KONG. THE SECOND PART IS AN AREA INDEX, WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION GROUPED ON AN AREA BASIS.

”BY CROSS-REFERRING THE TWO PARTS, IT IS POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY THE MOST CONVENIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR ANY PARTICULAR JOURNEY,” A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE ADDED THAT THE GUIDE, AT $16 PER COPY, GENERALLY INDICATES THE POSITION OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK IN APRIL THIS YEAR. AS THE NETWORK IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING, THE GUIDE ALSO GIVES ENQUIRIES HOTLINES OF MAJOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS TO ENABLE COMMUTERS TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION.

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ANTI-DRUG KITE DESIGN COMPETITION RESULTS

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A SIMPLE BUT ARTISTICALLY DESIGNED KITE CARRYING AN EXPLICIT ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE SUBMITTED BY MR YIP KAM-SHING BECAME THE WINNER OF THE ANTI-DRUG KITE DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) TODAY (SATURDAY).

MISS LAM TIN-SUM AND MISS CHOI CHING-YEE WON THE SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES. THE THREE WINNERS WILL EACH RECEIVE BOOK COUPONS OF $500, $300 AND $200 RESPECTIVELY WHILE FIVE CONSOLATION PRIZES WILL GO TO MISS CHAN LAI-NGOR AND MESSRS LAM MAN-KIN, CHAN KtN-CHI, LAM SIU-WAH AND CHOW WING-KAI.

TO ADD MORE COLOUR TO THIS EVENT, A "KITE FLYING FUN DAY” WILL BE HELD AT THE SAP SZ HEUNG, SAI KUNG, ON OCTOBER 25 (SUNDAY) WHERE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO FLY THE AWARD WINNING KITES TO HELP DISSEMINATE THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE.

APPLICATION FORMS TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT WHICH IS FREE OF CHARGE ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL CNTA DISTRICT OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES AND THE NARCOTICS DIVISION AT 23RD FLOOR, HIGH BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 3, 1987. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8622762.

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SCHOOL INVITED VISITS TO ROYAL OBSERVATORY ♦ * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A SERIES OF SCHOOL VISITS TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN TSIM SHA TSUI FOR ADVANCED LEVEL GEOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS STUDENTS BETWEEN NOVERMBER 1987 AND JUNE NEXT YEAR.

THERE WILL BE SEPARATE ORIENTATION SESSIONS FOR TEACHERS OF THE TWO SUBJECTS ON OCTOBER 21 AND FEBRUARY 9 NEXT YEAR TO FAMILIARISE THEM WITH THE WORKING OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND INSTRUMENTS IN WEATHER STUDIES BEFORE THE VISITS START.

AFTER ATTENDING THE ORIENTATION SESSIONS, TEACHERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO TAKE THEIR OWN STUDENTS TO VISIT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AT A DATE TO BE FIXED, WITH MINIMAL SUPERVISION BY ITS STAFF.

SCHOOL HEADS WHO WOULD LIKE THEIR ADVANCED LEVEL GEOGRAPHY AND/ OR PHYSICS STUDENTS TO VISIT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE OCTOBER 10.

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RACE AT TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE ♦ ♦ ♦

ABOUT 200 RESIDENTS OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT WILL BE TAKING PART IN A SPECIAL DISTRICT FESTIVAL RACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) ALONG THE TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE.

COMPETITORS WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE A DISTANCE OF 2,100 METRES. THEY WILL START AT A POINT NEAR THE REGENT HOTEL, RUN ALONG THE PROMENADE TO THE HONG KONG COLISEUM BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STARTING PLACE.

AMONG THOSE TO OFFICIATE AT THE START OF THE RACE WILL BE YAU MA TEI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MARY CHOW.

THE EVENT IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CURRENT DISTRICT FESTIVAL AND IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE RACE TO START AT 9.45 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE (NEAR THE REGENT HOTEL).

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1987

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SALE BY AUCTION

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FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $924,000 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT RECTIAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER CPI FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $190,000.

NUMBERS BM1 AND 2623 WERE SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF

$120,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR DP486, DP3811.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’ S AUCTION:

$ $ $ 5 $

DR218 8,500 BM1 120,000 AA6616 7,500 2623 120,000

DP765 4,500 AS3882 8,500 DN8777 6,000 DP668 38,000

DC123 23,000 DP821 4,500 AG321 10,000 DP6638 22,000

DP102 5,000 DP1328 8,500 CPI 190,000 DP3811 1,000

DN6637 WITHDRAWN DL8877 10,000 AW233 24,500 DP99 45,000

DP982 3,000 DP609 3,000 DR3368 5,000 DP930. i 5,000

BJ3218 8,500 DR998 11,500 DP365 3,000 DP1945 WITHDRAWN

CHI 11 21,000 DP486 1,000 DB25 30,000 DR226 5,500

DR288 15,500 DP3800 12,000 DP5725 WITHDRAWN BY4 40,000

DP2881 6,500 DP9 80,000 AE1969 4,000 DR7888 10,000

THREE NON-SPECIAL REGISTRATION MARKS DN6637, DP5725 AND DP1945 WERE WITHDRAWN FROM THE AUCTION. A DEPOSIT OF $3,000 WAS FORFEITED TO THE TOTAL.

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 OF THE DATE OF AUCTION. ‘

TODAY’S SALE, THE 117TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $47,286,432.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI KOK TSUI FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21).

WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON THAT DAY, LARCH STREET BETWEEN TONG MEI ROAD AND FIR STREET AND FIR STREET BETWEEN LARCH STREET AND TONG MEI ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHWEST BOUND.

MEANWHILE, TONG MEI ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN LARCH STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM SEPTEMBER 22 TO OCTOBER 4 BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM.

VEHICLES ON TONG MEI ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LARCH STREET AND FIR STREET.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD

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LEFT TURNING TRAFFIC FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD ON TO WO TONG TSUI STREET WILL BE BANNED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FOR ROAD WORK FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21).

VEHICLES ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD INTENDING TO TURN LEFT ON TO WO TONG TSUI STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWAI ON ROAD, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI HING ROAD AND TURN RIGHT ON TO WO TONG TSUI STREET.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON SEPTEMBER 22, THE BANNING OF THE RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT FROM WATERLOO ROAD NORTHBOUND TO PUI CHING ROAD WILL BE LIFTED TO IMPROVE TRAFFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN SHAM SHUT PO AND KWUN TONG t ♦ t t *

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21), THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM HOI YUEN ROAD SOUTHBOUND TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE FACTORY BUILDING AT HOUSE NOS. 72-80 HOI YUEN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON SEPTEMBER 22, THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES ON BERWICK STREET IN SHAM SHUT PO WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE ENTIRE SECTION OF THE STREET BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND PAK TIN STREET TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING GOODS VEHICLE METERED PARKING SPACES ON PAK TIN STREET EASTBOUND WILL BE CONVERTED TO A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND.

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CLOSURE OF CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL EXIT ROAD ♦ » * ♦ ♦

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE, THE EXIT ROAD LEADING FROM CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CLOSED DAILY BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM FROM TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) TO THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 24).

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES LEAVING THE TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NORTH POINT EXIT ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD AND THE FLYOVER TO CAUSEWAY BAY.

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FANLTNG BRIDGE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

THE FANLING BRIDGE AT ITS ACCESS ROAD OFF SHA TAU KOK ROAD NEAR SAN WAI CAMP WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) TO FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) BETWEEN 11 PM AND 5 AM DAILY FOR REPAIR WORK.

HOWEVER, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED DURING THE CLOSURE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1987

PRESS CONFERENCE BY LORD GLENARTHUR,

MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND

COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY

FOR HONG KONG

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1987

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PRESS CONFERENCE BY LORD GLENARTHUR, MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG *****

FOLLOWING IS THE OPENING STATEMENT BY LORD GLENARTHUR:

"GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CAN I START BY SAYING HOW GLAD I AM TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MANY MEMBERS OF THE PRESS. IT IS ALSO NICE TO SEE AMONGST YOU ONE OR TWO FACES WHO HAVE BECOME QUITE FAMILIAR OVER THE LAST TWO OR THREE DAYS AS I HAVE GONE ROUND HONG KONG.

AS YOU KNOW, I WAS APPOINTED MINISTER WITH A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION. THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG IS ONE WHICH IT IS A PARTICULAR PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO HAVE AND IT IS ONE TO WHICH I SHALL DEVOTE PARTICULAR ENERGY.

ONE OF THE FIRST DECISIONS I MADE ON BEING APPOINTED TO MY NEW JOB WAS THAT I SHOULD COME TO HONG KONG BEFORE GOING ANYWHERE ELSE WITHIN MY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY AND I AM VERY GLAD THAT, IN FACT, I HAVE NOW BEEN ABLE TO DO SO. THE FACT THAT I HAVE DONE SO REFLECTS NOT ONLY MY OWN PRIORITIES BUT ALSO THE VERY GREAT IMPORTANCE WHICH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ATTACH TO THEIR CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND TO ITS PEOPLE. A KEY OBJECTIVE IN THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IS TO ENSURE THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION IS IMPLEMENTED IN FULL AND TO SECURE THE CONTINUING PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONO.

I HAD, OF COURSE, BEEN EXTENSIVELY BRIEFED ABOUT HONG KONG BEFORE I CAME HERE BUT THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SEEING THINGS FOR YOURSELF. THE SPLENDID PROGRAMME WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS ARRANGED FOR ME OVER THE PAST THREE DAYS HAS CERTAINLY ENABLED ME TO DO THAT. I HAVE BEEN IMMENSELY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND ABOVE ALL BY THE SHEER PACE OF PHYSICAL CHANGE IN HONG KONG; AND BY THE RAPIDLY IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE; BY THE VITALITY AND ENTERPRISE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE; AND BY THEIR POSITIVE APPROACH TO THE CHANGES CONFRONTING THEM.

AS YOU WILL IMAGINE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MANY ISSUES HAVE BEEN RAISED WITH ME DURING MY VARIOUS DISCUSSIONS. I SHOULD LIKE TO SAY A WORD ABOUT THREE OF THEM. FIRST THERE IS THE REVIEW OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. THE PERIOD OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE GREEN PAPER WILL SHORTLY COME TO AN END AND THE SURVEY OFFICE WILL PRODUCE ITS REPORT. IT WOULD BE WRONG FOR ME TO TRY TO FORECAST THE CONTENTS OF THAT REPORT OR TO PRE-JUDGE THE OUTcdME OF THE REVIEW AS A WHOLE. I WOULD SIMPLY LIKE TO STATE ONCE MORE THAT THE REVIEW IS GENUINE; NO DECISIONS CAN OR WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL THE REVIEW PROCESS IS COMPLETE. WHEN DECISIONS ARE TAKEN FULL WEIGHT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE VIEWS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE.

/SECONDLY, THERE

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SECONDLY, THERE IS THE QUESTION OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

I AM ACUTELY AWARE OF THE PROBLEMS WHICH HONG KONG FACES OVER THE CONTINUING INFLUX OF PEOPLE FROM VIETNAM. I HAVE DISCUSSED THESE PROBLEMS WITH THE GOVERNOR, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND WITH OMELCO MEMBERS. ALL HAVE IMPRESSED ON ME THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PRESSURE ON HONG KONG. I HAVE ALSO TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE VISIT HERE OF THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO HANOI TO OBTAIN HIS FIRST HAND VIEWS. THIS MORNING I VISITED TWO VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS. I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE REALISTICALLY CAN TO ASSIST HONG KONG FIND SOLUTIONS TO THESE VERY SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

FIRSTLY, WE ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN TRYING TO FIND RESETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR REFUGEES NOW IN HONG KONG. WE HAVE TAKEN NEARLY 13,000 REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG OURSELVES IN THE PAST 12 YEARS; AND WE ANNOUNCED A FURTHER QUOTA OF OVER 450 EARLIER THIS YEAR. WE ARE VIGOROUSLY ENCOURAGING OTHER RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES TO TAKE MORE.

SECONDLY, WE RECOGNISE THAT RESETTLEMENT ALONE IS NOT THE ANSWER. WE ARE WORKING IN CLOSE CONCERT WITH UNHCR AND WITH OTHER RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES TO FIND A LASTING AND PERMANENT SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. IN RECENT MONTHS WE HAVE INTENSIFIED OUR CONTACTS WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES ON THIS ISSUE, AND MORE RECENTLY STILL HAVE DIRECTLY EXPLORED WITH THEM THE POSSIBILITY OF REPATRIATING REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG ON ACCEPTABLE CONDITIONS. BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT THERE HAS SO FAR BEEN NO SIGN OF VIETNAMESE WILLINGNESS TO TAKE PEOPLE BACK EXCEPT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. WE SHALL CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS ON ALL THESE FRONTS, IN PARTICULAR, I HAVE INSTRUCTED OUR AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM TO MAKE A FURTHER APPROACH TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT WHEN HE RETURNS TO HANOI.

A THIRD ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN RAISED WITH ME FREQUENTLY IS THE QUESTION OF BN(O) PASSPORTS. AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE BN(O) STATUS AND PASSPORT IS DESIGNED TO LAST THROUGH AND BEYOND 1997. THE NEW PASSPORTS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED NOW TO GIVE HONG KONG PEOPLE, AS WELL AS IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AROUND THE WORLD, PLENTY OF TIME TO GET USED TO THEM. I WANT TO STRESS THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MOUNTED A MAJOR DIPLOMATIC CAMPAIGN TO EXPLAIN TO OTHER GOVERNMENTS WHY THE NEW STATUS WAS BEING INTRODUCED AND THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE NEW PASSPORTS. THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN GOOD. NO GOVERNMENT HAS SAID IT WILL NOT ACCEPT THE PASSPORT AND I HAVE NOT HEARD OF A SINGLE CASE IN WHICH A HOLDER OF THE NEW PASSPORT HAS ENCOUNTERED PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES FROM IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES. NATURALLY THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW TEETHING TROUBLES. WHERE THESE HAVE OCCURRED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE ACTED PROMPTLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO OVERCOME THEM. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IF ANY NEW PROBLEMS SHOULD ARISE. I AM ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT THAT THE NEW PASSPORT WILL BE AS WIDELY ACCEPTED AS IS THE BDTC PASSPORT.

IN CONCLUSION LET ME SAY THAT IN ALL 1 HAVE SEEN I HAVE BEEN GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE QUALITY AND DYNAMISM OF THE TERRITORY’S ADMINISTRATION. IT PROVIDES THE ESSENTIAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE ENTERPRISE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE CAN FLOURISH. AND FLOURISH IT DOES.

I HAVE ENJOYED MY VISIT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING SOON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”

/THE FOLLOWING .......

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THE FOLLOWING IS A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE:

Q. (SALLY BLYTH, RTHK): YOU HAVE JUST REITERATED BRITAIN’S COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997. WILL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT NOW DEMONSTRATE ITS RESPONSIBILITY BY TAKING SOME NEW INITIATIVE TO SOLVE HONG KONG’S VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM? FOR EXAMPLE, IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT BRITAIN SHOULD HELP MAINTAIN THE COSTS OF RUNNING THE REFUGEE CAMPS HERE. AND WILL BRITAIN PERHAPS REVIEW ITS QUOTA AND AGREE TO TAKE MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG FOR RESETTLEMENT?

A: WELL, OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE GOT TO CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR EYE ON WHAT I APPRECIATE, IS A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. BUT I THINK, IN MY OPENING REMARKS, I MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE INSTRUCTED TO HAPPEN IS THAT OUR AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM SHOULD MAKE A FURTHER APPROACH TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, TO TAKE FORWARD VERY MUCH THE CONCERNS WHICH YOU REGISTER.

ON THE SECOND POINT ABOUT COSTS, THE SITUATION AT THE MOMENT IS THAT WE, THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT, FUND THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES AND WE CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR FUNDS AND THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES PAYS COSTS TOWARDS THE EFFORT OF KEEPING PEOPLE IN THE CAMPS THAT THEY ARE IN HERE. SO THE COSTS MATTER IS ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF.

Q. (SALLY BLYTH I: WHAT ABOUT THE SHORTER-TERM SOLUTION THOUGH OF ACCEPTING MORE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG FOR RESETTLEMENT?

A: I THINK YOU HAVE GOT TO LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF IT ALL. AS I SAID, WE’VE ACCEPTED SOME NEARLY 13,000 OVER THE LAST 12 OR SO YEARS. WE ARE, IN FACT, \BOUT THIRD IN THE LEAGUE TABLE OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE ACCEPTED THEM AND THE IDEA OF TAKING THESE EXTRA, MORE THAN 450, IS TO TRY AND STIMULATE OTHER COUNTRIES TO BEAR THEIR SHARE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS THESE REFUGEES.

Q. (STUART PALLISTER, ATV): YOU SAID THAT BRITAIN HAS TAKEN 13,000 BUT THAT’S FAIRLY NEGLIGIBLE COMPARED TO THE UNITED STATES,AUSTRALIA AND CANADA. AUSTRALIA AND CANADA HAVE TAKEN 180,000 BETWEEN THEM. AMERICA MORE THAN HALF A MILLION. IS IT NOT TIME FOR BRITAIN TO TAKE A LEAD ON THIS ISSUE?

A: WELu, I THINK YOU’VE GOT TO GET IT INTO PROPORTION. DO REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE, BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA \RE, FOR EXAMPLE, - AND AUSTRALIA - ARE CONSIDERABLY LARGER COUNTRIES IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. SECONDLY, WE DO HAVE A MAJOR IMMIGRATION ISSUE OURSELVES TO CONTEND WITH AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS MATTER IN THE ROUND. THERE IS CONSIDERABLE PRESSURE ON OUR OWN IMMIGRATION SERVICES AND THESE REFUGEES, AND THE NUMBERS WE’VE TAKEN, I THINK ARE NOT REALLY QUITE AS BAD A PICTURE AS YOU PAINT. THIRD IN THE LEAGUE TABLE IS NOT A BAD POSITION TO BE IN. NEARLY 13,000 IS A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER.

Q. (STUART PALLISTER): BUT NOW THAT THE GENERAL ELECTION IS OUT OF THE WAY, WOULD THIS NOT BE A GOOD TIME TO BASICALLY TAKE MORE REFUGEES?

/As WELL, •••••••

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A: WELL, IT’S AN INTERESTING POINT OE VIEW TO HOLD. I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE REALLY ON THIS. THE WAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO SORT IT OUT IN THE END IS BY PERSUADING THE VIETNAMESE THAT THEY ARE NOT DOING GOOD TO THEIR PEOPLE IF THEY CONTINUE TO PUT THEM IN SUCH POSITION AS THEY LEAVE VIETNAM IN THE FIRST PLACE AND COME TO HONG KONG OR COME TO ANYWHERE ELSE. THAT’S THE IMPORTANT THING TO SOLVE AND THAT’S WHERE I THINK WE MUST REALLY TURN OUR ATTENTION TO IN THE WAY THAT I’VE DESCRIBED.

Q. (BERNAND FONG, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST): INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT 9,000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES LET’S TALK ABOUT 5.5 MILLION HONG KONG PEOPLE. IN THE 1984 WHITE PAPER IT SAYS NO CONCLUSIONS HAVE BEEN REACHED ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, NOR ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF A MINISTERIAL SYSTEM AND THESE MATTERS WILL BE CONSIDERED AT A LATER STAGE. NOW THE "LATER STAGE", WE SUPPOSE, IS THE PRESENT GREEN PAPER IN WHICH MYSTERIOUSLY THE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN OMITTED. COULD YOU, SIR, EXPLAIN THE REASON, OR THE REASONS, FOR THE OMISSIONS?

A: WELL, 1 AM NOT SURE THAT IT IS REALLY USEFUL TO CONCENTRATE TOO MUCH ON HISTORY IN ALL THIS. THE PRESENT REVIEW, WHICH IS TAKING PLACE NOW, CONCENTRATES ON A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT POINTS INCLUDING THOSE ON WHICH A COMMITMENT WAS GIVEN IN 1984 TO REVIEW THEM IN 1987, THAT IS WHERE WE STAND.

Q. (BERNAND FONG): BUT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IS NOT BEING REVIEWED AT THE PRESENT STAGE?

A: WELL, I THINK 1 HAVE JUST GIVEN YOU, WITH RESPECT, THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ISSUES BUT IT WAS CLEAR THAT WHEN WE WERE APPROACHING THE 1987 REVIEW, THAT REVIEW WOULD CONCENTRATE ON CERTAIN ISSUES, NOT ON EVERY SINGLE ISSUE THAI WAS FEATURED IN THE 1984 REVIEW, AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT.

Q. (AGNES LAM, HONG KONG STANDARD): 1 WANT TO GO BACK TO THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES. THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP HAS SUGGESTED THE BRITISH TO GIVE THEM MORE FREEDOM TO DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH OTHER FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES, SO DO YOU THINK THAT THIS IS FEASIBLE?

A. IF I HAVE GOT YOUR QI ESTION RIGHT, YOU ARE ASKING WHETHER OR

NOT WE CAN ENCOURAGE OTHER COUNTRIES TO ACCEPT VIETNAMESE REFUGEES?

Q. (AGNES LAM, HONG KONG STANDARD): NO, NO.

/A: OH..........

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A: OH, THE LEGCO, I SEE. OH SORRY, I MISUNDERSTOOD YOUR QUESTION. WELL, IF THEY WISH TO DO SO ANYBODY CAN VISIT HANOI AS FAR AS I KNOW, PROVIDING OF COURSE THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO OBTAIN A VISA TO DO SO. I THINK THOSE CONCERNED HAVE TO ASK THEMSELVES, IF THEY DO, TWO THINGS; FIRST OF ALL, WOULD THE VIETNAMESE AGREE TO IT AND SECONDLY, IF THEY DID, WOULD IT ACTUALLY ACHIEVE WHAT THEY WANTED TO ACHIEVE. I AM NOT SURE NECESSARILY IT WOULD ACHIEVE THE DESIRED RESULTS. I THINK IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO CONCENTRATE ON THE WAY I HAVE DESCRIBED IN APPLYING CONTINUING PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE IN ALL THE FORA THAT WE CAN DO SO TO TRY TO ACHIEVE THE RESULT THAT YOU WANT.

Q. (AGNES LAM, HONG KONG STANDARD): I AM SORRY, MY QUESTION IS, THEY SUGGESTED THE BRITISH TO GIVE THEM MORE FREEDOM TO DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH OTHER FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES, NOT VIETNAM.

a: OH, I SEE.

Q. (AGNES LAM, HONG KONG STANDARD): SO I JUST WANT TO ASK WHETHER IT IS FEASIBLE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO GIVE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT THE FREEDOM TO DO THAT.

A! WELL, I THINK YOU HAVE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT WHILST THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON THIS ISSUE ARE WELL KNOWN, BRITAIN REMAINS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS INTERESTS OF HONG KONG AND I THINK THAT REALLY IS THE WAY TO MAINTAIN IT AND IT'S A PARTICULARLY VALUABLE PART OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND HONG KONG. AS I SAID, THERE HAS BEEN TALK THAT OTHERS MAY WANT TO GO THERE. IF THEY DO THEN THAT IS A MATTER FOR THEM TO TAKE THE CHOICE ON, BUT I THINK WE MUST CONCENTRATE FIRST OF ALL ON THE WIDER FORA WHICH I THINK WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL. I HOPE IT WILL BE. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT IT IS.

Q. (WILSON WONG, TVB NEWS): A STRAIGHT QUESTION FOR A STRAIGHT ANSWER, I HOPE. AFTER YOUR FOUR DAYS VISIT IN HONG KONG, DO YOU THINK THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE DIRECT ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR?

A! THERE IS A REVIEW GOING ON AT THE MOMENT. THAT REVIEW - THE CONSULTATIVE PERIOD IS COMPLETED AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. UNTIL THAT REVIEW IS COMPLETED AND WE KNOW WHAT THE RESULT IS, I REALLY AM IN NO POSITION TO COMMENT ON WHAT THE OUTCOME OF IT MIGHT BE OR WHAT SHOULD TRANSPIRE AFTERWARDS. WE REALLY HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. I APPRECIATE THE CONCERN; I APPRECIATE THE INTEREST AND I APPRECIATE THE IMPATIENCE TO KNOW WHAT IT IS. BUT REALLY THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE PATIENCE. YOU HAVEN’T GOT TO WAIT ALL THAT LONG.

Q. (WILSON WONG): CAN I ASK A FOLLOWING QUESTION? AFTER YOUR FOUR DAYS VISIT, THERE MAY BE A SITUATION WHEN HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RUN FOR ELECTION NEXT YEAR, WHILE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT MAY OPPOSE IT. IF IN THAT CASE, HOW WOULD YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE A BALANCE?

/A:

WELL,

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a: WELL, WE’RE GOT TO AWAIT THE RESULT, THAT’S THE FIRST THING. I THINK THAT IT IS OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT A CLEAR MAJORITY VIEW OF ANY OF THE OPTIONS IN THE GREEN PAPER WOULD BE \ POLITICAL FACT TO WHICH IT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE NECESSARY TO GIVE FULL WEIGHT. NOW, BEYOND THAT I REALLY DO NOT THINK THAT IT IS PRUDENT OR POSSIBLE TO SAY ANY MORE, I AN AFRAID.

Q. (WILSON WONG): ANY COMMUNICATIONS THAT WOULD GUARANTEE HONG KONG PEOPLE’S WILL WOULD BE LOOKED AFTER?

A: LET US - DON’T PUSH ME TOO MUCH ON THAT. LET’S WAIT AND SEE. WE HAVEN’T GOT LONG TO WAIT. THERE IS NOTHING 1 CAN SAY. IT IS PERFECTLY A GENUINE REVIEW. WE WISH TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A REVIEW THAT TAKES ACCOUNT OF THE GOOD BREADTH OF OPINION IN HONG KONG. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR AT THE MOMENT. WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

Q. (WONG LAI-KWAN, ORIENTAL DAILY NEWS): WOULD THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT EXERT PRESSURE OR INFLUENCE EXCO’S DECISIONS ON THE POLITICAL REVIEW AND WHAT ROLE WILL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PLAY IN THIS ASSESSMENT EXERCISE OF THE CONSULTATIONS ON THE GREEN PAPER?

A.* WELL, I THINK I HAVE JUST REALLY ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION. WE HAVE TO AWAIT THE RESULTS OF THE REVIEW, BUT IF THERE IS A CLEAR EXPRESSION OF A MAJORITY VIEW ON ANY OF THE OPTIONS IN THE GREEN PAPER, THEN THAT WOULD BE A POLITICAL FACT TO WHICH IT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE NECESSARY TO GIVE FULL WEIGHT. NOW BEYOND THAT I THINK I HAVE REALLY ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION IN ANSWERING THE GENTLEMAN’S EARLIER ONE.

Q. (WONG LAI-KWAI): BUT WOULD THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL GET -AN INDEPENDENT HAND TO ASSESS THE RESULTS OF THE CONSULTATION?

A’. WHEN THE RESULT OF THE REVIEW IS KNOWN AND THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS IS COMPLETE, THEN OBVIOUSLY BOTH THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL BE CONSIDERING AND LOOKING AT IT, TO SEE WHAT THAT RESULT IS. UNTIL WE HAVE GOT THAT FAR, 1 AM AFRAID THERE IS NOTHING ELSE 1 CAN SAY.

Q. (MARGARET NG, INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST): YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND HONG KONG FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS; IS IT YOUR PERSONAL IMPRESSION THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE NOT SUFFICIENTLY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT MATTERS TO BE GIVEN A VOTE?

AI I HAVE FOUND IN ALL THE TALKS I HAVE HAD WITH PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON ALL SORTS OF THINGS. I WOULD BE THE LAST PERSON TO SAY THAT THEY LACK KNOWLEDGE ON ANY PARTICULAR POINT.

/Q. (KRIS CHAN, ............

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Q. (KRIS CHAN, HONG KONG STANDARD): YOU HAVE ALWAYS STRESSED THAT THERE HAS TO BE A MAJORITY BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN A DECISION ON ANY ISSUES IN THE REVIEW OF THE GREEN PAPER. BUT BY ’’MAJORITY” WHAT DO YOU MEAN, IT HAS TO BE OVER 50 PER CENT? OR DO YOU THINK 40 PER CENT IS ENOUGH? WHAT IS THE BENCH-MARK YOU HAVE?

A: I DON’T THINK IT REALLY WOULD BE WORTHWHILE GOING INTO THE FINE DETAIL OR SEMANTICS ON THAT. WHAT I HAVE JUST SAID IS THAT A CLEAR MAJORITY VIEW ON ANY OF THE OPTIONS IN THE GREEN PAPER WOULD BE A POLITICAL FACT TO WHICH IT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE NECESSARY TO GIVE FULL WEIGHT. NOW, I CAN’T ANSWER IN ANY GREATER DETAIL THAN THAT, I AM SORRY.

Q. (KF'INETH MAK, MING PAO): HAVE YOU HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON THE QUESTION OF THE DEFENCE COSTS AND IF YOU HAVE, WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

A: WELL, I HAVE OBVIOUSLY DISCUSSED A NUMBER OF MATTERS WITH THE GOVERNOR, WITH EXCO AND WITH OTHERS. DEFENCE COSTS, YES, IT HAS BEEN REFERRED TO AND ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT BOTH TEAMS ON THIS MATTER ARE WORKING TO SECURE AN AGREEMENT WHICH IS FAIR TO BOTH SIDES AND MEETS THE NEEDS OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS. THERE HAVE BEEN TWO FULL ROUNDS SO FAR AND THOSE HAVE BEEN SUPPLEMENTED BY INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS AND WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS.

Q. (LORNA WORKMAN, RTHK): IF AS YOU SAID BRITAIN IS IN CHARGE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR HONG KONG, WILL IT IN THAT CASE TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TO SPONSOR A REGIONAL OR UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE TO INCLUDE A RE-DEFINITION OF THE TERM ’’REFUGEE”, THE LIFTING OF THE BURDEN OF FIRST ASYLUM AND SEEKING A LASTING SOLUTION TO VIETNAM’S INTERNAL PROBLEMS?

A: WELL, THIS IS AGAIN FEATURED AND I AM NOT SURE THAT THE CONFERENCE YOU SUGGESTED IS ONE THAT IS NECESSARILY LIKELY TO ATTRACT WIDE INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT. BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO ME IF THE CONFERENCE IS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THAT IS WHAT IT HAS GOT TO ACHIEVE. NO, I THINK REALLY THAT THE WAY FORWARD HERE LIES THROUGH OUR CONTACTS WITH UNHCR AND THE MAIN RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES, AND THOSE TWO ROUTES OFFER THE BEST HOPES OF FINDING A LONG TERM SOLUTION COUPLED, OF COURSE, WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT I MADE WHEN I MADE MY OPENING REMARKS.

Q. (LORNA WORKMAN): BUT AS LONG AS THE TERM ’’REFUGEE” AND THE COUNTRY OF FIRST ASYLUM RULE APPLIES TO HONG KONG, THAT IT MUST ACCEPT ALL VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND BE A PLACE OF FIRST ASYLUM, THEN IT HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO DO SO, OR FACE INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION. NOW, WHAT IS BRITAIN GOING TO DO TO HELP HONG KONG OUT OF THAT?

/A: WELL, ........

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A: WELL, I APPRECIATE THE POSITION THAT HONG KONG IS IN. I THINK

TOO THAT IF YOU LOOK AT IT SLIGHTLY MORE WIDELY, YOU WOULD REALISE THAT YOU ARE SUGGESTING A CHANGE WHICH GOES MUCH WIDER THAN JUST THE NARROW INTERESTS OF HONG KONG. NOW, THAT IS PERHAPS A VIEW THAT IS HELD BY SOME, MAY BE BY SEVERAL, BUT I • AM NOT SURE THAT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WOULD ACHIEVE WHAT YOU AND OTHERS THINK THAT IT MIGHT. I THINK THAT IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CHANGE IN DEFINITIONS, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT GOES MUCH WIDER THAN THE PARTICULAR CASE OF THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG.

Q. (LORNA WORKMAN): WHAT ABOUT HELPING VIETNAM WITH ITS ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND THEREBY STOPPING THE FLOW OF PEOPLE LEAVING THE COUNTRY?

A: I THINK THAT IF WE ARE GOING TO TURN THE ATTENTION OF THIS

CONFERENCE INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE POLITICS OF VIETNAM AND

CAMBODIA AND THOSE SURROUNDING ISSUES, THEN I THINK WE ARE GETTING A

VERY LONG CONFERENCE BUT I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS WE HAVE GOT TO CONCENTRATE, IN THE WAY THAT I HAVE DESCRIBED, IN PERSUADING THE

VIETNAMESE - IT IS NOT GOING TO BE AN EASY POSSIBILITY NOR, AND I

HAVE SAID THIS QUITE CLEARLY, DO I HOLD OUT MUCH HOPE THAT WE WILL HAVE SUCCESS, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO CONTINUE TO TRY, AND WE HAVE GOT TO THINK OF NEW WAYS OF DOING SO, AND THAT IS WHAT WE SHALL CONTINUE TO DO.

Q. (NANCY LANGSTON, THE NEWS AND WORLD REPORT): WHAT SORT OF CONDITIONS WOULD BRITAIN LIKE TO HAVE MET BEFORE ACCEPTING A REPATRIATION PROGRAMME FROM VIETNAM? DOES THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE ANY CONDITIONS FOR A REPATRIATION PROGRAMME? I MEAN IF VIETNAM SAID, FINE, WE WILL TAKE THEM BACK, WOULD THAT BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

A: I THINK ONE THING THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR ABOUT ANY

REPATRIATION AND THAT IS THAT IT HAS GOT TO BE DONE IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE TO THOSE REPATRIATED. IT IS NO GOOD PEOPLE GOING BACK TO VIETNAM TO FACE THE SORT OF CONDITIONS WHICH THEY MIGHT FACE IF THOSE ARE UNSATISFACTORY WHICH WOULD CAUSE THEM TO LEAVE AGAIN. THAT IS SOMETHING WHICH OBVIOUSLY IN ITS WIDEST SENSE HAS GOT TO PROVIDE ACCEPTABLE CONDITIONS FOR THEM.

Q. (NANCY LANGSTON): SO IT WOULD HAVE TO BE VOLUNTARY ON THE

REFUGEES HERE IN HONG KONG?

A: WELL, I THOUGHT YOU WERE ASKING ABOUT THE CONDITIONS AT THE

OTHER END WHEN THEY GO BACK. OK THE QUESTION OF REPATRIATION GENERALLY, 1 THINK WE HAVE REALLY GOT TO CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT ANY PROGRESS THAT CAN BE MADE WITH VIETNAM IS MADE AND THE ACTUAL TERMS FOR IT ARE STILL SOME WAY DOWN THE ROAD.

Q. (JAMES TAM, SING PAO): YOU SAID THERE HAS BEEN TALKS BETWEEN

THE UK AND THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, COULD YOU TELL US WHY WE IN HONG KONG WERE NOT INFORMED ABOUT THE TALKS GOING ON AND THE LEGCO MEMBERS ARE DISCUSSING THE ISSUE ON THE ONE HAND AND THERE IS TALKS GOING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD?

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A: WELL, YES, I AM AFRAID THAT A WRONG IMPRESSION MAY HAVE BEEN CREATED BY THIS. WE HAVE IN FACT BEEN DISCUSSING FOR SOME TIME WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND WITH THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM WITH THE AIM OF A CONCERTED, COLLECTIVE APPROACH. AS FOR THE DISCREPANCY OF INFORMATION, I CAN ONLY SAY THAT THIS WAS A PIECE OF OUT-OF-DATE NEWS THAT WAS PROVIDED BY A PRESS OFFICER - PROBABLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN HE WAS RUNG UP - AND IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT THAT OCCURRED. BUT THE IMPORTANT THING NOW IS THAT THE ISSUE HAS BEEN STRAIGHTENED OUT AND 1 HAVE MADE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR TO YOU THAT WE HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING THESE DISCUSSIONS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME AND WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WITH A VIEW TO TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE ENDS WHICH WE ALL WANT.

Q. (JAMES TAM): SO WOULD YOU INFORM US MORE FREQUENTLY ON THE PROGRESS OF APPROACHES?

A: WELL, IF THERE IS ANY MATTER UPON WHICH WE CAN ENSURE THAT MORE REGULAR INFORMATION IS SUPPLIED, THEN CERTAINLY WE CAN DO SO. I DON'T ACTUALLY DETECT THERE IS IN GENERAL TERMS A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE AMONGST EITHER THE PRESS OR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ABOU'I WHAT IS HAPPENING IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SPHERES.

Q. (EMILY l.AU, FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW): LORD GLENARTUR I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION ON BRITISH NATIONALITY. WHEN YOU SPOKE IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE IN JANUARY 1986 ON THE HONG KONG ACT 1985, YOU SAID SOME HONG KONG CIVIL SERVANTS MAY BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR BRITISH NATIONALITY UNDER SECTION 1 (5) OF THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT 1981. IS IT TRUE THAT AT THAT TIME THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT GAVE AN UNDERTAKING TO THE 300-01)1) ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS IN HONG KONG THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR BRITISH NATIONALITY UNDER THAT PROVISION AND ALSO HOW MANY HONG KONG CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE APPLIED FOR BRITISH NATIONALITY AND HOW MANY HAVE BEEN GRANTED?

A: WELL, I RECALL THAT PARTICULAR DEBATE AND A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE DISCUSSED IN IT. CERTAIN PEOPLE, YES, WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY UNDER 4 (5). I CAN’T GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS AND 1 AM NOT PREPARED TO GO INTO GREATER DETAIL THAN 1 STATED DURING THE DEBATE WHICH WAS HELD THEN, THOSE WORDS HOLD JUST AS MUCH WATER AS THEY Dll) ON THAT OCCASION. I CAN’T GO INTO SPECIFIC DETAILS, I AM AFRAID.

Q. (EMILY LAU,): BUT DO YOU NOT OWE IT TO THE 300 ODD AOS AND ALSO TO THE HONG KONG PEOPLE TO TELL US WHO EXACTLY WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR BRITISH NATIONALITY BECAUSE THIS IS \ VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT TO HONG KONG PEOPLE?

A.: WELL, 1 REALISE THAT BUT I THINK YOU HAVE GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE ASSURANCE THAT I GAVE WAS A VALID ASSURANCE. THAT ASSURANCE STANDS. BUT I AM AFRAID I CAN’T GO INTO THE DETAILS IN THE WAY THAT YOU WOULD '.IKE ME TO.

/Q. (EMILY LAU)..............

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Q. (EMILY LAU): BUT YOU MENTIONED THAT IN CONSIDERING THESE APPLICATIONS, ONE KEY FACTOR WOULD BE THE QUALITY OF SERVICE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, LORD GLENARTHUR?

A: IT MEANS PRECISELY WHAT IT SAYS.

Q. (EMILY LAU): 1 AM SORRY, WE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS "QUALITY OF SERVICE." DOES IT MEAN WORKING AS AN AO? OR WORKING IN THE SPECIAL BRANCH OF THE HONG KONG POLICE OR JUST WORKING FOR ANY OTHER — THE USD OR WHATEVER DEPARTMENT? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A: I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT "QUALITY OF SERVICE" WAS SELF-EXPLANATORY.

I AM SORRY THAT YOU ASK ME TO EXPLAIN IT. 1 CAN’T ADI) ANY WORDS TO THAT AT ALL, I AM AFRAID. THOSE WORDS ARE QUITE CLEAR TO MY MIND, QUITE CLEAR WHEN THEY WERE PRONOUNCED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND I REST ON THAT.

Q. (RUBY ONG,WEN WEI PO): REGARDING THE REVIEW ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, SIR S.Y. CHUNG HAS SAID YESTERDAY THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HOLDING OPPOSING VIEWS. HOW WILL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HANDLE THE PROBLEM SO THAT THE PROBLEM OF OPPOSING VIEWS WILL NOT AFFECT THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG?

A: ONE THING THAT WE ARE ALL DETERMINED TO DO IS TO ENSURE THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE. HIE REVIEW IS GOING ON AT THE MOMENT; THE CONSULTATION PERIOD IS NOT YET COMPLETE AND, AS 1 SAID IN ANSWER TO EARLIER QUESTIONS, 1 THINK WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT THAT CONSULTATION PERIOD COMES UP WITH. WHEN WE HAVE SEEN THE RESULTS OF IT, THEN WE WILL HAVE TO CONSIDER HOW TO TAKE IT FORWARD. I ALSO NOTE THE POINT ABOUT THE CLEAR MAJORITY VIEW WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT BE EXPRESSED.

Q. (STUART PALLISTER, ATV): CAN 1 JUST TRY TO PIN YOU DOWN ON THIS "CLEAR MAJORITY VIEW", AND ON THIS RATHER VAGUE STATEMENT THAT YOU MADE ABOUT POLITICAL FACT. DOES THIS MEAN THAT IF MOST PEOPLE WANT DIRECT ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR, THERE WILL BE DIRECT ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR?

A: WELL, HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS 1 WOULD HE SAYING THE SAME TH I NG,THE ANSWER IS THIS.

Q. (STUART PALLISTER): PLEASE CAN YOU GIVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER TO A STRAIGHT QUESTION?

A: I THINK YOU ARE ASKING ME AGAIN TO PRE-JUDGE AN ISSUE WHICH IS NOT YET BEEN.... WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE ANSWER YET. LEI US WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE OUTCOME IS. THEN, IF AS I SAID, THERE IS A CLEAR MAJORITY VIEW ON ANY OF THE OPTIONS THEN THAT WOULD HE A FACT, A POLITICAL FACT WHICH IT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE NECESSARY TO GIVE FULL WEIGHT TO. I CAN’T GO BEYONG THAT HOWEVER MUCH YOU TRY TO PIN WE DOWN, BUT THAT IS THE FACT. YOU REALLY HAVE GONE AS FAR VS YOU CAN GO, 1 THINK, ON THAT PARTICULAR ONE.

/Q. (WILSON WONG, ............

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Q.' (WILSON WONG, TVB NEWS): AT THE END OF YOUR SPEECH, -YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU WOULD BE COMING BACK TO THE TERRITORY SOON. <DOES THAT MEAN THERE’S A PLAN FOR YOU TO GO TO ClliNA AS WELL, OR [AS A CONTINUATION OF, OR AS A FOLLOW-UP OF, THE, WORK THAT YOU HAD IN HONG KONG, SUCH AS A CONTINUATION OF THE TALK'S ON POLITICAL REFORM IN HONG KONG?

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A:. WELL, I CERTAINLY DO WANT TO COME BACl£ TO HONG KONG IN DUE COURSE, 1 HOPE, BEFORE TOO LONG. I CAN’T SAY, PRECISELY WHEN, feUT I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN REGULARLY. I DO HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AS WELL. CHINA IS ONE OF THEM AND I HOPE TO VISIT CHINA SOME TIME. I HAVEN’T ANY FIRM PLANS TO ‘DO SO AT THE MOMENT’ BUT I AM SURE THAT I WILL VISIT CHINA IN DUE COURSE.

Q. (WILSON WONG): WILL YOU FOLLOW UP THE .WORK IN HONG KONG J SUCH AS THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE POLITICAL REVIEW?

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A: I HAVE NOT GIVEN ANY THOUGHT AT ALL TO WHAT I MIGHT DO IN

CHINA OTHER THAN......1 HAVE OBVIOUSLY GOT TO GO TO CHINA AT SOME

POINT BECAUSE THAT IS PART OF MY RESPONSIBILITIES, BUT 1 HAVEN’T EVEN GIVEN A SECOND THOUGHT TO WHAT YET MIGHT BE THE SORT OF THINGS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED WHEN I GET THERE. .' it

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Q. (WILSON WONG): WELL, HOW ABOUT WHEN? ।

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A: I DON’T KNOW, I GENUINELY DON’T KNOW, 'f *

Q. (AMY LAM, SING TAO): RIGHT AFTER YOUR MEETING WITH THE URBAN

COUNCILLORS, ONE OF THEM REVEALED DURING THE MEETING 101 MENTIONED THAT YOU WOULD COME BACK NEXT MONTH. COULD YOU CONFIRM THAT? •

A: WELL, I DIDN’T SAY THAT AND SOMEBODY GOT THE. WRONG END OF THE

STICK. 1 AM SORRY, I’D LOVE TO COME BACK NE'XT MONTH BUT I’VE, GOT OTHER PLACES TO GO TO. SO I’M AFRAID THAT WAS- WRONG INFORMATION AND' I NEVER SAID IT. SO I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT GOT OUT. FALSE NEWS. «

Q. (LORNA WORKMAN, RTHK TELEVISION): LORD GLENXRTHUR, THE HONG KONG PUBLIC IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY CYNICAL ABOUT MINISTERS OF THE CROWN PAYING FLYING VISITS TO THE TERRITORY, GIVING RATHER SHALLOW AND EVASIVE ANSWERS TO MATTERS OF GENUINE AND DEEP CONCERN. I MEAN, IS THIS INDICATIVE OF BRITAIN’S ATTITUDE TO, INTEREST IN t' AND COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG? .

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A: WELL, I AM SORRY IF YOU FEEL THAT ANY ANSWERS I’VE GIVEN HAVE

BEEN SHALLOW AND INSINCERE BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HOW 1 FEEL.

Q. (LORNA WORKMAN): NO, I SAID ’SHALLOW AND EVASIVE’.

A: OR EVASIVE EITHER. THE FACT IS THAT I HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN UP MY

RESPONSIBILITIES I REGARD MY RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS HONG KONG AS: OF SUPREME IMPORTANCE. THAT IS WHY I PARTICULARLY ASKED, THE VERY FIRST DAY I ARRIVED IN THE OFFICE, THAT MY FIRST VISIT BE TO HONG KONG. 1 AM NOW HERE. I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE FILLED IN FOR*ME MUCH OF THE INFORMATION THAT COULD ONLY REALLY BE OBTAINED BY A VISIT HERE. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT THE 1NTENION TO PROVIDE EITHER EVASIVE ANSWERS, APPEAR TO BE SHALLOW OR ANYTHING ELSE. 1 AM HERE TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND 1 WILL DO ALL 1 CAN TO DO PRECISELY THAT.

/Q. (LORNA WORKMAN): ............

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Q. (LORNA WORKMAN): WHAT ABOUT YOUR GOVERNMENT’S INTEREST IN \ND COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG?

A: WELL, I THINK I DESCRIBED THAT QUITE CLEARLY AT THE BEGINNING SO I THINK, IE YOU READ INITIAL STATEMENT, YOU’LL SEE THAT ' MADE THAT PERFECTLY CLEAR.

Q. (LORNA WORKMAN): ’COMMITMENT’ PERHAPS, BUT NOT ’INTEREST’.

A: NO, YOU ARE QUITE WRONG. I AM SORRY. THERE IS A VERY KEEN INTEREST AND 1 CERTAINLY HAVE NOT DETECTED ANY LACK OF INTEREST FROM THE MANI DEBATES WE’VE HAI) IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS, LET ALONF IN OTHER PARTS OF GOVERNMENT.

Q. (BERNARD FONG): NO ONE IS DENYING OR DOUBTING YOUR INTEGRITY, SIR. WE TRUST YOU IN FULL AND WE TRUST THE BRITISH GOVERNMNENT IN FULL. BUT I THINK WE MUST REGISTER ONE FACT, THAI' HONG KONG INTEREST IN THE EYE OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS SECONDARY TO RELATIONS WITH THE MAINLAND, WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. AND THAT’S ONE REALITY WE MUST ADDRESS BECAUSE WE HAVE 5.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN A CRUCIAL STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE.

A-’ NO, WHAT YOU SUGGEST IS NOT SO AT ALL. OBVIOUSLY THERE HAS TO BE DIALOGUE WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES BUT OUR COMMITMENT TO THE TERRITORY OF HONG KONG AND TO ITS PEOPLE REMAINS A KEY PART OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO.

Q. (ROBIN MACPHERSON, AFP): COULD YOU REPEAT AGAIN - 1 KNOW YOU ADDRESSED IT EARLIER - JUST REPEAT AGAIN, WHAT IS IT EXACTLY YOU ASKED THE AMBASSADOR TO HANOI TO BRING UP WITH THE VIETNAMESE AGAIN?

A: WHAT 1 ASKED OUR AMBASSADOR, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO HANOI, TO DO IS TO MAKE A FURTHER APPROACH TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, WHEN HE RETURNS TO HANO), TO CONTINUE DEVELOP THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE, BOTH BY HIM BEFORE AND THROUGH OTHER MEANS. IT IS IN ORDER TO TRY AND STRENGTHEN WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY DONE BY WAV OF MAKING REPRESENTATIONS ON THIS DIFFICULT ISSUE.

Q. (SALLY BLYTH): COULD I JUST FOLLOW-UP? DOES THAT MEAN EXTRA PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT?

A: WELL, I MEAN, I SUPPOSE YOU CAN INTERPRET IT AS SUCH -- IF AN AMBASSADOR GOES IN TO SEE A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT TO EXPLAIN THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE HERE TO ME AND TO OTHERS ON THIS DIFFICULT ISSUE, THEN YOU CAN CALL THAT PRESSURE, WHETHER OR NOT, 1 SAID, THE VIETNAMESE WOULD ACTUALLY RESPOND POSITIVELY, 1 AM NOT SURE. 1 HAVE TO SAY THAT I DON’T HOLD OUT MUCH HOPE AT THE MOMENT THAT IT WILL NECESSARILY BE SUCCESSFUL BUT WE’VE GOT TO CONTINUE THROUGH ANY CHANNEL WE CAN TO APPLY WHAT YOU TERMED 'PRESSURE', AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE VIETNAMESE TO TRY AND SOLVE THE DIFFICULT ISSUE WHICH THESE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES PROVIDE FOR YOU.

/Q. (MARGARET NG, ............

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Q. (MARGARET NG, INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST): SORRY, I AM A BIT CONCERNED ABOUT THE BREAKDOWN OF INFORMATION AND ALL THAT. COULD YOU TELL US WHEN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MADE THE FIRST APPROACH TO THE HANOI GOVERNMENT ABOUT THESE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHEN YOU SAID THERE WAS AN OUTDATED PIECE OF INFORMATION, WHEN DID YOU START TO MAKE THAT APPROACH?

A: I CAN’T GIVE YOU AN ABSOLUTE DATE. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE IN FACT MAINTAIN CONTACT AND HAVE DONE FOR YEARS. I KNOW OF NO DATE IN MIND.

Q. (MARGARET NG): YES, PERHAPS I SHOUD MAKE MYSELF CLEAR WHY I AM CONCERNED. BECAUSE THE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF THE HONG KONG ADMINISTRATION IN LEGCO ABOUT WHETHER AN APPROACH HAD BEEN MADE WITH THE HANOI GOVERNMENT AND WE WERE TOLD QUITE CLEARLY, ’NO, NO APPROACH HAS YET BEEN MADE’. SO EITHER IT CAN BE A PIECE OF OUT-DATED INFORMATION OR WE ARE BEING DELIBERATELY KEPT IN THE DARK. THAT 13 WHY I AM ASKING YOU THE DATE.

A: YOU ARE NOT DELIBERATELY BEING KEPT IN THE DARK. 1 CAN’T PROVIDE A SPECIFIC DATE BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN MAINTAINING CONTACT WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES ON A WHOLE RANGE OF ISSUES FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND WE’VE BEEN DISCUSSING, AS I HAVE SAID, FOR SOME TIME WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND WITH THE UNHCR, LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM AND WE HAVE INTENSIFIED OUR CONTACTS WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES ON THE ISSUE OF THEIR REFUGEES AND WE HAVE DIRECTLY -- BY DOING SO - WE HAVE DIRECTLY SOUGHT THEIR VIEWS ON THE WHOLE ISSUE, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF REPATRIATION.

Q. (MARGARET NG): WELL, IF SO, COULD YOU EXPLAIN WHY WE WERE TOLD NO APPROACH HAD BEEN MADE?

A: WELL, THE SIMPLE REASON IS - I KNOW IT SOUNDS UNBELIEVABLE BUT SOMETIMES THE UNBELIEVABLE HAPPENS - 1 THINK, PRESUMABLY, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT SOMEBODY WAS RUNG UP IN THE PRESS OFFICE IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE IN LONDON, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND QUITE ACCIDENTALLY, AND I MAKE NO APOLOGY FOR IT. WELL, 1 REALLY DO APOLOGISE, WHAT ELSE ONE CAN SAY - HE GAVE A BIT OF OUT-OF-DATE INFORMATION. WHY HE GAVE IT, I SIMPLY DON’T KNOW. I WISH HE HADN’T DONE IT, IT WOULD MAKE MY LIFE A LOT EASIER IF HE HADN’T.

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Q. (MARGARET NG): BUT IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE OUT-OF-DATE IF YOU HAVE BEEN MAKING CONTINUING CONTACT. I MEAN, AT ANY ONE POINT, THE ANSWER WOULD BE ’YES’. IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE ’NO’.

A: WELL, CONTINUING CONTACTS MEANS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS.

Q. (MARGARET NG): SO HOW CAN THE ANSWER BE •<'1'IO’ TO A QUESTION OF WHETHER YOU HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT ON REFUGEES?

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a: WELL, I MEAN, I AM NOT TRYING TO BE EVASIVE. PERHAPS I AM MISUNDERSTANDING THE POINT YOU ARE TRYING TO RAISE. THERE HAVE BEEN EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERN MADE RECENTLY HERE AND THAT IS WHY WE, IN RESPONSE TO THOSE EXPRESSIONS, WE HAVE INTENSIFIED OUR CONTACTS. BUT THE CONTACTS THAT HAVE INTENSIFIED ARE CONTACTS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.

Q. (MARGARET NG): LIKE THREE YEARS? OR TWO MONTHS OR FIVE MONTHS? WHAT SORT OF TIMING ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

A: I CAN’T GIVE A PARTICULAR TIME BUT, I MEAN, IT IS NOT TO BE SUPPOSED FOR A MOMENT THAT WE DON’T HAVE REGULAR CONTACTS THROUGH OUR AMBASSADOR IN VIETNAM WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, SO IT IS Certainly not months, it is much more than that.

Q. (KENNETH MAK, MING PAO): YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT CONTINUOUS PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. BESIDES CONTINUING CONTACT, WHAT ARE THOSE PRESSURES?

A: SORRY. CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOURSELF? WHAT PRESSURES, WHO?

Q. (KENNETH MAK): WELL, YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT CONTINUING PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, AND BESIDES CONTINUING CONTACT, WHAT ARE THE CONCRETE SIGNS OF THE PRESSURE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?

A: WELL, I THINK 'PRESSURE’ WAS A WORD THAT WAS USED BY SOMEBODY ELSE HERE BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT DIPLOMATIC CONTACTS WITH THE VIETNAMESE OR ANYTHING ELSE, AMOUNTS TO AN EXPRESSION OF VIEWS, STRONG VIEWS, ABOUT THE NEED TO TRY AND SOLVE A PARTICULAR PROBLEM. NOW, IN THE CASE OF VIETNAM AND THE REFUGEES, OBVIOUSLY PART OF OUR, A VERY LARGE PART OF OUR EFFORTS AND CONCERNS AND CONTACTS WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES ON THAT VERY ISSUE, BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE IT RESOLVED AS MUCH AS YOU DO.

Q. (KENNETH MAK) YOU MEAN, DIPLOMATIC CONTACT IS ENOUGH?

A: WHAT SORT OF OTHER PRACTICAL THINGS ARE YOU SUGGESTING? •

Q. (CAROL BOGERT, NEWSWEEK): AS YOU MUST HAVE NOTICED, THERE IS AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED OVERLAP BETWEEN QUESTIONS ONE AND TWO THAT YOU BROUGHT UP, NAMELY, HONG KONG’S SELF-GOVERNMENT AND THE VIETHNAMESE REFUGEE QUESTION. YOU SAID IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT THE ARDENT DESIRE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO HAVE TO TAKE SOME PART IN THE SOLUTION OF THIS REFUGEE QUESTION, THAT BRITAIN REMAINS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG. DOES THAT REAN THAT, UNDER YOUR ADMINISTRATION, THERE WILL BE NO ATTEMPT OR NO ALLOWANCE FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HERE, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OR OTHER PARTS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, TO TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES?

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A: WELL, WE LIVE IN a PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES AND THAT IS THAT HONG KONG IS A DEPENDENT TERRITORY OE THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THROUGH THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONDUCT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS THROUGH THE UNITED KINGDOM. BUT DON’T THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT THE VIEWS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, THE CONCERNS WHICH ARE REPRESENTED BY MANY OF THE COMMENTS I HAVE HEARD OVER THE LAST DAY OR TWO, ARE NOT FED BACK TO THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT TO MAKE CLEAR SO FAR AS THOSE FOREIGN RELATIONS ARE CONCERNED. SO IT IS TAKEN CARE OF.

Q. (TAM MAY-FUNG, TA KUNG PAO): LORD GLENARTHUR, COULD YOU GIVE US YOUR OPINION ON CONVERGENCE OF THE BASIC LAW AND THE POLITICAL REFORM?

A: WELL, I THINK THAT WE HAVE GOT TO WORK TOWARDS THE FUTURE IN AS A PRAGMATIC AND SENSIBLE WAY AS WE CAN. I HOPE THAT IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO CONDUCT THE VERY THOROUGH DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE GOING ON ON THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE WITH AT THE SAME TIME THE CONSIDERATION THAT IS GOING ON — THAT WILL STEM FROM THE WORK — ON THE REVIEW WHICH IS TAKING PLACE AT THE MOMENT. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THOSE TWO SHOULD GO IN PARALLEL AND I HAVE EVERY HOPE THAT THEY IN FACT WILL DO SO. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE THE RESULT OF THE REVIEW BUT I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT WE WILL END UP WITH A PRACTICAL SOLUTION AT THE END.

Q. (SA NI HARTE, SUNDAY MORNING POST): THE 1984 WHITE PAPER STATED THAT THERE WAS A POLITICAL REVIEW THIS YEAR. COULD YOU GIVE US SOME INDICATION WHETHER THERE WILL BE ANOTHER POLITICAL REVIEW AFTER THIS?

A: I AM IN NO POSITION TO TALK ABOUT REVIEWS BEYOND 1987. I THINK WE HAVE GOT TO GET THIS ONE OVER FIRST AND THEN WE WILL HAVE THE RESULT IN DUE COURSE FOLLOWED BY THE WHITE PAPER BEYOND THAT. AND I AM AFRAID I HAVE NO FURTHER PLANS FOR A REVIEW. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MINISTER LEAVES AFTER HONG KONG VISIT.................... 1

HK OVERSEAS CONSULTANTS ON HOME BASE VISIT .............. 1

JULY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED 4

PROSPECTS FOR CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRIES TO BE EXAMINED .... 8

FIFTY BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JULY ................... 9

CALL FOR CONCERN ON MENTAL HEALTH ....................... 10

EMPLOYERS URGED TO TAKE ON MORE DISABLED WORKERS ........ 11

CHARITY WALK LAUNCHES 'WE CARE' ACTIVITIES............... 12

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE ........... 14

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FIGHT CRIME POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION ................... 14

AREA COMUTTEE SIX-A-SIDE FOOTBALL MATCH.................. 15

TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO BE DISCUSSED.......... 15

PRESS CONFERENCE ON GREEN PAPER SURVEY................... 16

DISTRICT BOARD HOTLINE SERVICE........................... 16

ANTI-PICKPOCKET DRIVE IN MONG KOK........................ 17

COMMITTEE TO CO-ORDINATE FESTIVE EVENTS.................. 18

PENG CHAU LOCAL OPEN SPACE............................... 18

IN-SERVICE COURSES FOR TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL TEACHERS .... 19

SEAWALL TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT AP LEI CHAU ................ 20

GENERAT- HOUSEHOLD SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED............... 20

SCHOOL VAN OWNERS REMINDED OF NEW RULES.................. 21

TRAFFIC PT.AN ON HONG KONG ISLAND FOR RACE DAYS ......... 22

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,

1987

MINISTER LEAVES AFTER HONG KONG VISIT

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THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, LORD GLENARTHUR, LEFT FOR MANILA THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING AFTER A FOUR-DAY VISIT TO HONG KONG.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT, HE SAID HOW MUCH HE HAD ENJOYED HIS VISIT, AND "I’VE BEEN ABLE TO TALK TO SO MANY PEOPLE AND THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING".

LORD GLENARTHUR SAID THAT HE LOOKED FORWARD TO COMING BACK TO HONG KONG IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WHO SAW HIM OFF AT THE AIRPORT, SAID HE WAS PARTICULARLY HAPPY THAT LORD GLENARTHUR HAD CHOSEN HONG KONG AS THE FIRST PLACE TO VISIT.

"I THINK THAT SHOWSIWHAT IMPORTANCE HE ATTACHES TO HONG KONG," SIR DAVID SAID, ADDING THAT HE WAS DELIGHTED THAT LORD GLENARTHUR HAD MET SO MANY PEOPLE WHILE HE WAS HERE.

ALSO SEEING OFF THE MINISTER WERE THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS LYDIA DUNN, AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR REG HOLLOWAY.

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HK OVERSEAS CONSULTANTS ON HOME BASE VISIT

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POTENTIAL INVESTORS OVERSEAS WILL BENEFIT FROM A RECENT FAMILIARISATION VISIT TO; HOME BASE BY TWO OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS CONSULTANTS.

MRS LYLE CONLEY AND MR MICHAEL BOWLES, THE DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS CONSULTANTS STATIONED RESPECTIVELY IN SAN FRANCISCO AND BRUSSELS, SPENT A WEEK-LONG PROGRAMME HERE THIS MONTH TO UPDATE THEIR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EVER-CHANGING NEW TECHNOLOGIES, SO THAT THEY MAY BETTER ADVISE INVESTORS OF THE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES HERE.

THE CONSULTANTS VISITED FACTORIES, GOVERNMENT-BACKED ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, THE HONG KONG DESIGN INNOVATION COMPANY LTD AND THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION. THEY ALSO DISCUSSED CURRENT INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT TRENDS WITH OFFICIALS OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE.

/KEEPING IN........

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KEEPING IN TOUCH BY RETURNING REGULARLY IS ESSENTIAL IF THE EFFORTS OF THE OVERSEAS CONSULTANTS TO ATTRACT INWARD INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT ARE TO CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

’’PRIMARILY OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVIDE IN-DEPTH ADVISORY SERVICE TO COMPANIES PLANNING TO EXPAND THEIR OPERATION OVERSEAS - IN LICENSING, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND JOINT VENTURES,” SAID MRS CONLEY, NOTING THAT THE WORK OF THE OVERSEAS CONSULTANTS INVOLVES AN ACTIVE MARKETING APPROACH AND SALES FUNCTION.

"WE SPEND A LOT OF WORK ON DIRECT MAIL. WE CONDUCT FOUR TO SIX MAJOR CAMPAIGNS EACH YEAR, TARGETTED AT INDUSTRIAL GROUPS TO INFORM THEM OF OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG," SHE ADDED.

MRS CONLEY SAID THAT TO CARRY OUT HER WORK SHE TRIED TO BE AS VISIBLE AS POSSIBLE, SPEAKING AT A LARGE NUMBER OF SEMINARS, AND ATTENDING INDUSTRIAL AND TRADE SHOWS.

"WE ALSO WORK CLOSELY WITH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND TRADE ORGANISATIONS AS WELL AS SERVICE COMPANIES SUCH AS BANKING, LEGAL AND ACCOUNTING FIRMS WHERE POTENTIAL CLIENTS WILL GO FOR ADVICE. IT ALSO INVOLVES A BIT OF LOBBYING." SHE ADDED.

TO STIMULATE OVERSEAS INTEREST IN INWARD INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY IN EQUIPMENT, MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS AND TO IMPROVE INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY, THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT OPENED FOUR OVERSEAS OFFICES IN 1982 IN TOKYO, LONDON, STUTTGART AND SAN FRANCISCO; AND ANOTHER IN NEW YORK IN 1985. THE STUTTGART OFFICE WAS MOVED TO THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICE IN BRUSSELS IN APRIL.

MRS CONLEY SAID THAT THE MAJORITY OF HER WORK WAS CARRIED OUT ON A PROJECT BY PROJECT BASIS.

DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE COMPANY AND THE INDUSTRY, MOST COMPANIES SHE HAS SPOKEN TO ARE AWARE OF THE REGION BUT DO NOT HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF HONG KONG.

MRS CONLEY SAID THAT HER EFFORTS WERE TO APPROACH CLIENTS ACTIVELY AND TO BRIEF THEM ON WHAT HONG KONG CAN PROVIDE.

"WE HELP ADVISE ON ASPECTS SUCH AS RAW MATERIALS, THE MANPOWER SITUATION, AND LEVEL OF SKILLS FOR THEIR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES, AS WELL AS INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT," SHE SAID.

A LOT OF HER WORK INVOLVES TARGETTING AND RESEARCH. POTENTIAL INVESTORS WILL BE CONTACTED AT AN EARLY STAGE SO THAT THEY WILL GIVE HONG KONG SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WHEN THERE IS SCOPE FOR EXPANSION OVERSEAS.

MRS CONLEY SEES IT AS A LONG TERM JOB IN ^THE SENSE THAT SHE MAY WORK WITH A COMPANY FOR OVER TWO YEARS BEFORE IT DECIDES TO SET UP AN OVERSEAS OFFICE HERE.

/HOWEVER, it .......

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 198?

HOWEVER, IT IS NOT A LONE BATTLE FOR HER. BACK IN HONG KONG, THE ONE STOP UNIT OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PROVIDES ON THE SPOT ADVICE TO HELP OVERSEAS INVESTORS UTILISE FULLY THEIR TIME ONCE THEY GET HERE. SITE SELECTION TEAMS ALSO HELP IN FINDING POSSIBLE MANUFACTURING BASES.

IN HER LINE OF WORK, MRS CONLEY HAS ALSO HELPED SOME U.S. COMPANIES SET UP SALES, MARKETING AND PROCUREMENT OFFICES IN HONG KONG. THIS USUALLY HAPPENED WHEN IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY OF THE FIRM’S SETTING UP A MANUFACTURING BASE HERE.

"THIS ’WALK BEFORE YOU RUN’ APPROACH IS CONSIDERED WORTHWHILE BY MANY COMPANIES. THEY SET UP PURCHASING OFFICES, FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH HONG KONG AND THEN GO INTO SUB-CONTRACTING, JOINT VENTURES AND MANUFACTURING," SAID MRS CONLEY, NOTING THAT THIS HAPPENS VERY OFTEN IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

MRS CONLEY SAID THAT THE INWARD INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME AIMS TO ATTRACT NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO UPGRADE HONG KONG’S CAPABILITIES AND INDUSTRIES.

SAN FRANCISCO WAS CHOSEN FOR THE FIRST OVERSEAS OFFICE IN THE STATES BECAUSE OF ITS PROXIMITY TO SILICON VALLEY.

AT FIRST, MRS CONLEY FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO TACKLE THE U.S. MARKET BECAUSE OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL SITUATION BUT THE SITUATION WAS IMPROVED WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW YORK INDUSTRIAL OFFICE. THE RE-LOCATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE TO LARGER PREMISES WITH BETTER FACILITIES IN THE SAME BUILDING AS THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AFFAIRS •'OFFICE, IN JULY LAST YEAR, HAS ALSO HELPED.

MRS CONLEY NOTED THAT COMPETITION FOR INWARD INVESTMENT IS VERY STIFF, BOTH FROM OTHER SOUTH EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES AND EVEN FROM OTHER STATES OF THE USA.

HONG KONG HAS ITS OWN STRONG SELLING POINTS AND BEING AT CHINA’S DOOR HAS MADE IT EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE.

"THE CHINA MARKET IS A LONG TERM OBJECTIVE FOR MANY COMPANIES, AND HONG KONG ALLOWS MANUFACTURERS TO BALANCE THEIR LONG AND SHORT TERM NEEDS," SHE SAID.

MRS CONLEY DOES NOT FIND 1997 A STUMBLING BLOCK IN HER INWARD INVESTMENT PROMOTION WORK.

MOST COMPANIES FELT LESS NERVOUS ABOUT IT AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT, SHE SAID. THEY HAVE SEEN CHINA INVESTING IN HONG KONG AND VICE VERSA, AND HAVE WITNESSED THE TWO-WAY EXCHANGE OF MANUFACTURING ACTIVITIES.

/THE INVESTMENT .......

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THE INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN THE STATES IS FAIRLY HEALTHY, SAID MRS CONLEY. IT HAS EXPERIENCED DIFFERENT UPS AND DOWNS OVER THE PAST YEARS. SHE ADDED THAT ELECTRONICS IS BEGINNING TO PICK UP AGAIN AND THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES INDUSTRY HAS ALSO STARTED TO BOOM.

’’SOUTH EAST ASIA HAS BECOME A SIGNIFICANT DEMAND FACTOR FOR THIS SECTOR,” SHE ADDED.

MRS CONLEY IS CONFIDENT THAT HER RECENT FAMILIARISATION VISIT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT SHE CONTINUES TO BE EFFECTIVE AND THAT HER ADVICE TO POTENTIAL INVESTORS IS USEFUL AND ACCURATE.

”WE ARE GROWING IN SCOPE, CONTINUOUSLY UPGRADING AND REFINING THE SERVICES THAT WE CAN PROVIDE," SHE SAID.

MRS CONLEY WAS RECRUITED IN THE STATES WHEN THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT OPENED THE SAN FRANCISCO INDUSTRIAL OFFICE IN 1982. SHE HAS A LOCAL BACKGROUND IN TRADING AND BANKING AND SPEAKS FLUENT CANTONESE AND MANDARIN.

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JULY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED *****

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN JULY THIS YEAR REMAINED AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH, BUT INCREASED MODERATELY OVER JULY 1986, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND, MEASURED IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF MONTHS, REFERS TO THE POSITION AS AT THE END OF THE REFERENCE MONTH.

COMPARING JULY 1987 WITH JUNE 1987, ORDERS IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES INCREASED SLIGHTLY. THESE WERE, HOWEVER, OFFSET BY DECLINES IN ORDERS IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

COMPARING JULY 1987 WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1986, THE VOLUME OF ORDERS IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY DROPPED WHILE THAT IN MOST OF THE OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED INCREASED, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES RECORDED IN THE TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN JULY 1987 INCREASED WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1987, BUT WAS AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS IN JULY 1986. '*

/MOST of .......

SUNDAY, SEPTJMBER 20, 198?

i1OST OF THE INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, IN PARTICULAR THE PLASTIC ■■UODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, RECORDED SONE INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT OVER JUNE 1987, PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE RECRUITMENT OF SUMMER WORKERS. THERE WAS, HOWEVER, A DECLINE IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY.

COMPARED WITH JULY 1986, EMPLOYMENT IN THE WEARING APPAREL, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES DROPPED, WHILE THAT IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, TEXTILES AND ELECTRICAL AND i;! ECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES INCREASED.

BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED IN JULY 1987 OVER THOSE IN JUNE 1987 AND JULY 1986.

COMPARING THE PAYROLL IN JULY 1987 WITH THAT IN JUNE 1987, MOST INDUSTRIES SURVEYED RECORDED SOME INCREASES, PARTICULARLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY SHOWED A DECLINE IN PAYROLL.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS ALSO INCREASED IN MOST INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, EXCEPT FOR THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY IN WHICH A DECLINE WAS RECORDED, AND THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY IN WHICH PER CAPITA EARNINGS REMAINED ABOUT THE SAME AS IN JUNE 1987.

COMPARING JULY 1987 WITH JULY 1986, SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN PAYROLL AND IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED IN MOST INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, PARTICULARLY IN THE TEXTILES, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND E ECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. HOWEVER, PAYROLL IN PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY DROPPED SLIGHTLY DESPITE A MODERATE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT IN JULY 1987 WAS AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS IN JUNE 1987, BUT PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ALL INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1986.

IN THE SERVICES SECTORS, THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT IN JULY 1987 WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IN JUNE 1987, BUT PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS GENERALLY INCREASED OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

IN PARTICULAR, SOME OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES ISSUED BONUSES AND SOME MADE SALARY REVISIONS IN THE MONTH CAUSING SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PAYROLL AND IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS OVER THOSE IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

COMPARED WITH JULY 1986, THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTORS RECORDED A MODERATE INCREASE, WHILE PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY. THE LARGEST INCREASES IN PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED IN BANKS AND HOTELS.

/THE SURVEY .......

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THE SURVEY COVERED THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS, CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZES IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT THE MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE INDICATED BY THE SURVEY MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE. NEVERTHELESS, THESE RESULTS ARE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR JULY 1987 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19/F, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT SI.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-8234820.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN TABLES 1 AND 2 BELOW.

TABLE 1: ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY ORDERS-ON-HAND

FOR JULY 1987 INCREASE JUN. 87 OVER JUL. 86

(MONTHS) (X) (X)

ALL INDUSTRIES 4.49 » 2

WEARING APPAREL 5.00 1 3

TEXTILES 2.84 t 7

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3.33 -6 -2

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.49 -1 9

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5.08 * 1 1

OTHERS 4.32 -1

/TABLE 2.........

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TABLE 2: EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/ PERSONS ENGAGED AT SERVICES END OF JULY 1987 INCREASE OVER JUN. 87 JUL. 86 (X) (X) THE PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASE OVER IN JULY 87 JUN. 87 JUL. 86 (HK$) (%) (%)

MANUFACTURING —«r———— — — — 3 * 3,640 1 12

FOOD AND DRINKS -2 1 4,548 8 10

WEARING APPAREL 1 -6 3,273 3 12

TEXTILES 1 3 3,856 -5 12

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 9 -4 3,069 » 3

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 2 -5 3,532 2 21

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5 3 3,383 1 15

OTHERS 1 t 4,781 2 11

# CONSTRUCTION * 9 5,231 4 11

SERVICES 3 6,497 4 9

BANKS 1 5 5,890 -3 10

HOTELS 1 » 3,968 * 15

PUBLIC UTILITIES * * 6,862 10 9

OTHERS 1 6 7,303 3 7

♦ CHANGES WITHIN + /- 0.5%

# PERSONS ENGAGED EMPLOYED BY LABOUR COVER -ONLY COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED. WORKERS

NOTE: UNLIKE "ORDERS-ON-HAND" AND ’’PER CAPITA EARNINGS" WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE FIRMS SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEL SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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PROSPECTS FOR CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRIES TO BE EXAMINED

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A TOP OFFICIAL IN CHINA’S CHEMICAL INDUSTRY WILL SPEAK AT A MAJOR CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER WITH THE BACKING OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

THE CONFERENCE "PROSPECTS FOR HONG KONG’S CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRIES IN THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT" IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY. IT WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 11 AND 12 AT THE HOTEL VICTORIA.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR IAN HOWARD, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT MR ZHANG QINHAN, DEPUTY CHIEF ENGINEER IN THE MINISTRY OF THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY OF THE CHINESE STATE COUNCIL, WOULD PRESENT A KEYNOTE SPEECH ON THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF THE CHANGING POLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG ON THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY. MR ZHANG WOULD SUBSEQUENTLY PARTICIPATE IN GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

OTHER SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE PRESIDENT OF POLYTECH LABORATORIES OF THE UNITED STATES, MR KENNETH CRAVER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE CHINESE PETROLEUM CORPORATION IN TAIWAN, MR FRANK CHEN, AND OTHER LEADERS IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY.

MR HOWARD EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE 793 ESTABLISHMENTS IN HONG KONG PRODUCING CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS. LAST YEAR THE TERRITORY IMPORTED $21,227 MILLION WORTH OF CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS, EXPORTS WERE WORTH $1,502 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS $10,254 MILLION, GIVING A DEFICIT IN TOTAL TRADE OF $9,471 MILLION.

"THE CHEMICAL PROCESSING INDUSTRY CAN BE A STRONG ELEMENT IN ENSURING THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG," SAID MR HOWARD. "LIKE ANY SECTOR OF INDUSTRY, HOWEVER, THERE ARE CHALLENGES TO BE FACED AND THIS CONFERENCE WILL BE AN IMPORTANT FORUM AT WHICH THESE CAN BE CONSIDERED."

REGISTRATIONS FOR THE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE ARE VERY ENCOURAGING, HE SAID, AND ALL MAJOR CHEMICAL COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE REPRESENTED.

THE CONFERENCE WILL INCLUDE FOUR WORKSHOPS: ON THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT, THE OPPORTUNITY, RESOURCES AND LIMITATIONS, AND DIRECTION AND STRATE.GY.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, WILL SPEAK AT THE CLOSING SESSION.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT ON 5-286136.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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FIFTY BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JULY * * * «

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 50 PLANS IN JULY, BRINGING THE TOTAL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO 367.

AMONG THE PLANS IS FURTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE RED HILL DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND WHERE 154 BLOCKS OF THREE, FOUR AND SIX-STOREY RESIDENCES ARE TO BE BUILT AT PAK PAT SHAN ROAD.

ALSO APPROVED WERE 22 APARTMENT AND APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS, 14 OF WHICH ARE ON HONG KONG ISLAND. ONE OF THESE IS A DEVELOPMENT AT 12 MAY ROAD, OF TWO APARTMENT BLOCKS OF 30 AND 35 STOREYS. A 32-STOREY APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL BLOCK IS TO BE BUILT ON A SITE AT LOCKHART, JAFFE AND STEWART ROADS. THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL INCLUDE A CINEMA. A CINEMA WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN A NEARBY DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMERCIAL BLOCK OF 26 STOREYS AT GLOUCESTER, STEWART AND JAFFE ROADS.

A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT IS TO BE BUILT AT THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT EXTENSION FOR HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL TERMINALS LIMITED.

OF THE APPROVALS, 23 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE IN KOWLOON AND 18 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

CONSENT WAS GIVEN FOR WORK TO COMMENCE ON 41 PROJECTS WITH A TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 241,000 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH ABOUT 100,000 SQUARE METRES WAS DOMESTIC. SIXTEEN OF THE CONSENTS WERE FOR APARTMENT OR APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL PROJECTS.

THE COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $883.53 MILLION, BRINGING THE TOTAL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO $5.44 BILLION.

THE NUMBER OF OCCUPATION PERMITS ISSUED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IN JULY WAS 35, OF WHICH 10 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, FOUR IN KOWLOON AND 21 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A TOTAL OF 33 DEMOLITION ORDERS AFFECTING 61 BUILDINGS WERE ISSUED.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 546 COMPLAINTS, CARRIED OUT 971 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 135 REMOVAL ORDERS, OF WHICH 73 RELATED TO ILLEGAL ROOFTOP STRUCTURES. SEVEN CLOSURE ORDERS WERE OBTAINED.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 370 BUILDINGS, OBTAINING 14 CLOSURE ORDERS, OF WHICH TWO WERE EMERGENCY CASES.

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CALL FOR CONCERN ON MENTAL HEALTH *****

THE COMMISSIONER FOR REHABILITATION, MR FRANCIS HO, TODAY (SUNDAY) EMPHASISED THE NEED FOR SUPPORT AND CONCERN ON THE PART OF THE COMMUNITY IN PROMOTING AND MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EASTERN/WAN CHAI DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMMES 1987/88 AT THE CENTRAL PARK OF CITY GARDEN IN NORTH POINT, MR HO SAID IT WAS OFTEN THE CASE THAT THE FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES WERE THE FIRST TO DETECT A PERSON TO BE IN A STATE OF MENTAL DISTURBANCE AND IN NEED OF CARE RATHER THAN DOCTORS OR SOCIAL WORKERS.

"BY DETECTING EXTRAORDINARY SYMPTOMS OR ’WARNING SIGNALS’ AND BY TAKING PROMPT AND APPROPRIATE ACTIONS, MISHAPS COULD BE GREATLY REDUCED OR EVEN AVOIDED," HE SAID.

MR HO URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO TALK TO AND ASSIST WHEREVER PRACTICABLE THOSE AROUND THEM WHO APPEARED TO BE EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE OR ACTING STRANGELY.

"IF THE PROBLEM IS FOUND TO BE SERIOUS, THEN ALERT THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY FOR EARLY AND TIMELY INTERVENTION," HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE PREVENTIVE ASPECT OF MENTAL HEALTH, HE SAID THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE SHOULD STRENGTHEN THEIR FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL ILLNESS AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY MENTAL STATE TO FACE STRESS.

"IT IS ALSO NECESSARY TO SYMPATHISE WITH AND TO ACCEPT THE MENTAL PATIENTS," HE ADDED.

"WITH THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN/WAN CHAI DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMMES, IT IS HOPED THAT THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, CAN TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH," HE SAID.

FOUR MAJOR PROGRAMMES AND 24 OTHER FRINGE EVENTS INCLUDING SEMINARS, TALKS, EXHIBITIONS, EDUCATIONAL CAMPS, POSTER DESIGNS, AND SLOGAN AND DRAMA COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE NEXT FIVE MONTHS FOR VARIOUS TARGET GROUPS SUCH AS PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND THE ELDERLY.

AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, A CITYBUS WITH YOUTH VOLUNTEERS ON BOARD, TOURED ROUND WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICTS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

/the promotion........

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 198?

THE PROMOTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN/ WAN CHAI DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG HARBOUR AND SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN AND WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARDS.

THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WAS FORMED EARLY LAST YEAR AND ITS MEMBERS INCLUDE EASTERN AND WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND 14 OTHER VOLUNTARY AGENCIES. IT AIMS AT PROMOTING AT DISTRICT LEVEL MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION, ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL ILLNESS, THE MENTAL CONDITIONS AND THE NEEDS OF MENTAL PATIENTS AND DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING THEM TO TAKE PART IN REHABILITATION WORK.

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO TAKE ON MORE DISABLED WORKERS

» * * * »

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND ON THE WORKING ABILITY THAT MOST DISABLED PERSONS STILL POSSESS.

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT FOR DISABLED WORKERS IN RECENT YEARS, THERE WERE STILL MANY WHO BELIEVED THAT DISABLED PERSONS WERE ONLY CAPABLE OF DOING MENIAL JOBS.

"THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE ANY MORE," HE SAID. "THE ADVANCES IN RECENT YEARS IN THE VARIOUS REHABILITATION DISCIPLINES HAVE ALL HELPED TO WIDEN THE RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS WHICH DISABLED PERSONS ARE CAPABLE OF TAKING UP.

"FURTHERMORE, TECHNICAL AIDS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO HELP DISABLED PERSONS IN DOING PARTICULAR JOBS AND SUCH DEVICES HAVE OPENED UP MANY NEW OPPORTUNITIES."

HE SAID THE VITAL NEED, THEREFORE, WAS TO GIVE THE DISABLED PERSONS A FAIR CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR WORKING ABILITIES.

THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION (SPD) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, SET UP IN JULY 1980, OFFERS FREE ASSISTANCE TO PHYSICALLY DISABLED, MENTALLY RETARDED AND EX-MENTALLY ILL PERSONS SEEKING OPEN EMPLOYMENT.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT AND UP TO THE END OF LAST YEAR, THE DIVISION RECORDED MORE THAN 11,000 REGISTRATIONS AND PLACED SOME 4,500 DISABLED PERSONS IN EMPLOYMENT, MOSTLY IN THE MANUFACTURING AND SERVICE SECTORS AS WELL AS IN CLERICAL AND RELATED JOBS.

/"IN FACT.........

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"IN FACT, OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THE DIVISION HAS BROUGHT MANY SATISFIED EMPLOYERS AND DISABLED EMPLOYEES TOGETHER," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"MANY EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN TAKING ON DISABLED EMPLOYEES REGULARLY THROUGH THE DIVISION AFTER A SUCCESSFUL FIRST PLACEMENT BECAUSE THEY RECOGNISED THAT THE ABILITIES OF MANY DISABLED PERSONS FAR OUT-WEIGHED THEIR DISABILITIES."

IN RECOGNITION OF THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY BY THESE EMPLOYERS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ORGANISES ANNUALLY A PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIRS TO THE 10 LOCAL EMPLOYERS FOR EMPLOYING THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE DURING THE YEAR.

THE PRESENTATION THIS YEAR WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) WHEN AN EMPLOYER AND A DISABLED WORKER WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS.

THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON THOSE EMPLOYERS WHO WISH TO EMPLOY DISABLED PERSONS TO CONTACT SPD.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT TELEPHONES 5-291974, 3-7554835 AND 0-4988444.

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CHARITY WALK LAUNCHES 'WE CARE’ ACTIVITIES » * * » »

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT’S 'WE CARE’ ACTIVITIES, A TWO-MONTH LONG COMMUNITY PROJECT, WAS LAUNCHED THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON WITH A CHARITY WALK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE TUNG WAH HOSPITAL TO DEVELOP RENAL SERVICES.

MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE WALK TO SHOW THAT THEY 'CARE’ FOR THE COMMUNITY IN A SUBSTANTIVE WAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 'WE CARE’ ACTIVITIES, REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID THE PROJECT HAD MEANINGFULLY COMBINED THE ELEMENTS OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND CHARITY.

MR CHAU PRAISED THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, ONE OF THE ORGANISERS, FOR THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT.

"THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALSO ALLOCATED $100,000 TO ORGANISE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT," HE SAID.

/HE ALSO .......

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HE ALSO THANKED THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (DACA) FOR ORGANISING CULTURAL PROGRAMMES AND ADDING COLOUR TO THE WHOLE PROJECT.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE PROJECT’S CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR SAMMY POONE; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCENT KO; CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA LAU, AND CHAIRMAN OF DACA, MR WU CHOR-NAM.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OCCASION WERE MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT’S FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS UP, MISS ELIZABETH LEE AND MISS WING LAM AND MISS POPULARITY, MISS BETSY CHEUNG.

PARTICIPANTS STARTED THE WALKATHON FROM THE KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK IN SAI YING PUN AND FINISHED IN THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT. THEY WALKED THROUGH HOSPITAL ROAD, EASTERN ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL ELEVATED WALKWAY AND ICE HOUSE STREET, COVERING 2.5 KILOMETRES.

THE *WE CARE’ ACTIVITIES, RANGING FROM LUNCHTIME CONCERTS, CULTURAL PERFORMANCE, MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL LANTERN CARNIVALS, SEMINAR, FEAST FOR THE ELDERLY TO CIVIC EDUCATION VARIETY SHOW, WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER.

THE PROJECT WILL CLOSE WITH A GRAND CARNIVAL ON DECEMBER 6 AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

LEAFLETS CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES OR THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE ON WESTERN STREET.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE PROGRAMMES OF ’WE CARE’ ACTIVITIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523002 OR 5-8170196.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT 1988-89 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 22). *

MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PROPOSAL OF DESIGNATING SOME ON-STREET PARKING SPACES IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF CHAI WAN TO COPE WITH THE HIGH DEMAND.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE FREQUENCY OF MINIBUS SERVICE FROM CHAI WAN TO STANLEY, A PROPOSAL TO RELOCATE THE BUS-STOP AT FORTRESS HILL ROAD AND A SURVEY ON THE TRANSPORT NEEDS IN HENG FA CHUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

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FIGHT CRIME POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

A FIGHT CRIME POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS IN CRIME PREVENTION AND PARTICIPATION IN THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO OPEN AND SECONDARY SCHOOL GROUPS. ENTRIES MUST BE 30 BY 40 CM OR 38 BY 53 CM, WITH THEMES OF HOME SECURITY, FIGHT AGAINST TRIAD ACTIVITIES OR FIGHT CRlrfE.

ENTRY FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, COMMUNITY HALLS AND VARIOUS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

ENTRIES WILL CLOSE ON OCTOBER 15. WINNERS WILL BE PRESENTED PRIZES AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE NEW TOWN PLAZA IN DECEMBER. FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6048078 EXT. 831.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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AREA COMMITTEE SIX-A-SIDE FOOTBALL MATCH « * * *

THE FINALS OF A SIX-A-SIDE FOOTBALL COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE KENNEDY TOWN AND MOUNT DAVIS AREA COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD AT THE KENNEDY TOWN TEMPORARY SOCCER PITCH FROM 9.30 AM TO 11.30 AM ON SEPTEMBER 27 (SUNDAY).

THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT STRENGTHENING TIES AMONG VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE AREA, APART FROM PROMOTING FOOTBALL AS A SPORT.

PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPETITION ARE EIGHT ORGANISATIONS, REPRESENTING THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY, THE WESTERN DISTRICT LICENSED HAWKERS FRIENDLY ASSOCIATION, KENNEDY TOWN KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, Y.W.C.A., RESIDENT ORGANISATION, CHARITY BODY, VEGETABLE WHOLESALE MERCHANTS AND TUNG PO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.

A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE SOCCER PITCH IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FINALS. CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE AREA COMMITTEE, MR YANG YOI-KWAN AND MR CHAN KOK-HIN WILL PRESENT TROPHIES TO THE WINNERS.

RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO WATCH THE MATCH TO BE HELD AT THE TEMPORARY SOCCER PITCH NEAR THE BUS TERMINUS AT SAI NING STREET. ADMISSION IS FREE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8170196.

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TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO BE DISCUSSED

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT. I

ALSO ON THE AGENDA WILL BE AN INFORMATION PAPER ON TRAFFIC SITUATION IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY FERRY STREET, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, NATHAN ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST AND TONG MEI ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON GREEN PAPER SURVEY

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A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE FINDINGS OF AN OPINION SURVEY ON THE GREEN PAPER IN WAN CHAI WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SURVEY WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND CONDUCTED BY A PRIVATE RESEARCH FIRM IN AUGUST.

CHAIRING THE CONFERENCE WILL BE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE REVIEW OF POLITICAL SYSTEM, MR CHUNG YEE-ON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 5.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE.

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DISTRICT BOARD HOTLINE SERVICE

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THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL START A PILOT SCHEME TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO SET UP A TELEPHONE RECORDING SERVICE TO COLLECT VIEWS, ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL, TRAFFIC AND COMMUNITY PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE HOTLINE 3-7113731 IS TO SUPPLEMENT THE EXISTING DISTRICT BOARD MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME HELD BETWEEN 8 PM AND 10 PM EVERY THURSDAY.

THE HOTLINE RECORDING SERVICE SCHEME, FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM BETWEEN MONDAY AND FRIDAY (EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS), WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER A SIX-MONTH TRIAL.

CALLERS ARE REQUESTED TO LEAVE THEIR NAMES, TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES BEFORE GIVING THEIR VIEWS, ENQUIRIES OR COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOCAL PROBLEMS. THEY CAN ALSO REQUEST TO'-HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS.

/STAFF FROM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

STAFF FROM THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT WILL LISTEN TO THE TAPE AND CATEGORISE THE PHONE CALLS FOR APPROPRIATE FOLLOW UP ACTION.

THE DISTRICT BOARD MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME, WHICH BEGAN IN 1983, HAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN HELPING RESIDENTS SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS.

IN 1986, THE SCHEME HANDLED 155 CASES. AMONG THESE, 100 WERE SOLVED, 50 WERE NOT ACCEDED TO AND FIVE ARE STILL IN PROGRESS.

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD HAS URGED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO SUPPORT THE SCHEME AND MAKE USE OF THE HOTLINE RECORDING SERVICE.

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ANTI-PICKPOCKET DRIVE IN MONG KOK

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A MONTH-LONG PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IS BEING LAUNCHED TO COMBAT PICKPOCKET ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CAMPAIGN IS BEING LAUNCHED BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN PICKPOCKET INCIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, PARTICULARLY IN CROWDED SHOPPING AND TOURIST AREAS.

A POSTER HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO URGE RESIDENTS TO GUARD AGAINST CRIMINALS.

THE POSTERS ARE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED AT BUS STOPS IN BUSY AREAS IN THE DISTRICT TO REMIND PASSENGERS TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEIR BELONGINGS AND VALUABLES.

IN ADDITION, BANNERS HAVE BEEN PUT UP IN BUSY STREETS AND POSTERS MOUNTED ON BUILDING WALLS TO PUBLICISE THE MESSAGE.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO MOBILISED MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND THE BOY SCOUTS TO HELP DISTRIBUTE 10,000 BOOKMARKS, BEARING THE ’BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS’ WORDINGS, TO THE RESIDENTS.

"IT IS HOPED THIS EXTENSIVE PUBLICITY DRIVE CAN HELP REMIND RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND GUARD AGAINST UNNECESSARY PROPERTY LOSS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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COMMITTEE TO CO-ORDINATE FESTIVE EVENTS

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A SPECTACULAR FESTIVAL FEATURING VARIOUS SPORTING EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN KWUN TONG FROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 22.

THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL 87’ AIMS TO PROMOTE AND PROVIDE VARIOUS TYPES OF SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TO FOSTER A SENSE OF DISTRICT BELONGING AMONG THEM.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE COMPRISING MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND PROMINENT FIGURES OF THE DISTRICT WAS RECENTLY FORMED TO CO-ORDINATE THE EVENT.

FOUR SUB-COMMITTEES WERE ALSO APPOINTED TO TAKE CHARGE OF CEREMONIES, PUBLICITY, COMPETITIONS AND FINANCE.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS, BALL GAMES, ROLLER-SKATING FUN DAY, SPORTS CAMP, ROUND THE DISTRICT RACE AND DISCO NIGHT CRUISE.

IN ADDITION, SOME SPECIAL SPORTS EVENTS CATERING FOR THE NEEDS OF THE HANDICAPPED AND THE ELDERLIES WILL BE STAGED.

THE FESTIVAL, TO BE STAGED WITH AN ESTIMATED COST OF $500,000 IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION.

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PENG CHAU LOCAL OPEN SPACE * * * » »

A LOCAL OPEN SPACE IS TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON A 5,000 SQUARE METRE SITE IN PENG CHAU TOWN CENTRE.

IT WILL PROVIDE BOTH ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL COURTS, A CHINESE PAVILION, A ROLLER SKATING RINK AND A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA.

HARD AND SOFT LANDSCAPING WORKS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THEM IS NOON ON OCTOBER 9.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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IN-SERVICE COURSES FOR TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL TEACHERS

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS TO ORGANISE A NUMBER OF SHORT COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS BETWEEN NEXT MONTH AND JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

THE COURSES ARE:

» TEACHING OF GRAPHICAL CONVENTIONS OF CONSTRUCTION DRAWING AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC DRAWING;

AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE TO THE TEACHING OF SHORTHAND IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS;

» ADVANCED COURSE OF SURFACE TREATMENT AND FINISHES OF WOOD AND METAL;

BENDING OF TIMBER AND USAGE OF ADHESIVES;

» BASIC ENAMELLING;

♦ AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE TO THE TEACHING OF COMMERCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS;

* TEACHING OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (METAL BIAS) PROJECT WORK IN SENIOR FORMS; AND

» TEACHING OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (WOOD BIAS) PROJECT WORK IN SENIOR FORMS.

THE DURATION OF THE COURSES RANGES FROM TWO MEETINGS OF TWO HOURS EACH TO 12 MEETINGS OF THREE HOURS EACH.

TEACHERS WISHING TO ATTEND THE COURSES ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE PRINCIPAL OF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS* COLLEGE THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL HEADS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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SEAWALL TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT AP LEI CHAU » ♦ » ♦ »

A SEAWALL AND STORMWATER DRAINS ARE TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT AP LEI CHAU AS PART OF A RECLAMATION PROJECT.

THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF A 520-METRE-LONG CONCRETE VERTICAL SEAWALL AND 290 METRES OF STORMWATER DRAINS.

ON COMPLETION, FILLING WORK FOR THE RECLAMATION ON THE NORTHERN SHORE OF AP LEI CHAU WILL PROCEED.

ABOUT 3.4 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, GOVERNMENT USE, OPEN SPACES AND ROADS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND TAKES ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON OCTOBER 9.

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED

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THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURFEY FOR APRIL - JUNE 1987 IS NOW AVAILABLE.

IT CONTAINS STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOR THE QUARTER.

IT ALSO CONTAINS DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR FORCE, INCLUDING THEIR AGE AND SEX STRUCTURE, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, HOURS WORKED PER WEEK, MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS AS WELL AS REASON FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AND DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.

COPIES OF THE REPORT CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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SCHOOL VAN OWNERS REMINDED OF NEW RULES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED OWNERS OF SCHOOL PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES THAT FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, THEIR VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO CARRY A CONTINUOUS, HORIZONTAL YELLOW STRIPE WHICH GOES ROUND THE VEHICLE BODY AS WELL AS DISPLAY A "CHILDREN" WARNING SIGN ON THE REAR.

THE NEW REQUIREMENTS ARE STIPULATED IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1987 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JULY 24.

"THE NEW REQUIREMENTS WILL ENABLE OTHER ROAD USERS, IN PARTICULAR MOTORISTS, TO IDENTIFY SCHOOL BUSES MORE EASILY AND PROMPT THEM TO EXERCISE EXTRA CAUTION IN VIEW OF THE LIKELY PRESENCE OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE VICINITY OF THESE VEHICLES," A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT PRESENT, SCHOOL PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES ARE ALREADY REQUIRED BY LAW TO CARRY ON BOTH THE NEAR AND OFF SIDES OF THEIR BODIES THE WORDS "SCHOOL PRIVATE LIGHT BUS" IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE. THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE CHARACTERS MUST BE AT LEAST 150 MM IN HEIGHT AND MUST APPEAR ON A YELLOW BACKGROUND.

HOWEVER, THERE IS NO MARKING OR SIGN TO ENABLE THESE BUSES TO BE IDENTIFIED FROM THE FRONT OR REAR.

"THIS UNDESIRABLE SITUATION IS RECTIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT REGULATIONS WHICH STATE THAT THE YELLOW BACKGROUND SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO FORM A CONTINUOUS, HORIZONTAL BAND OF A UNIFORM WIDTH OF NOT LESS THAN 200 MM ALL ROUND THE VEHICLE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

REGARDING THE "CHILDREN" WARNING SIGN TO BE DISPLAYED ON THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE DESIGN, COLOUR, AND DIMENSIONS OF THE SIGN ARE SPECIFIED IN THE THIRTEENTH SCHEDULE TO THE REGULATIONS.

"THIS WARNING SIGN SHOULD BE SHOWN AGAINST THE YELLOW STRIPE ON THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE. IT MUST NOT BE PLACED ON THE REAR WINDSCREEN AS THIS MAY INTERFERE WITH THE DRIVER’S VISION THROUGH THE REAR MIRROR," HE STRESSED.

ENQUIRIES ON THE NEW REQUIREMENTS CAN BE MADE AT 5-200933.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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TRAFFIC PLAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND FOR RACE DAYS

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY ON RACE DAYS THROUGHOUT THE 1987/88 RACING SEASON. THE FIRST MEETING IN HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) NIGHT.

THE ARRANGEMENTS, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, WILL BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL CROWDS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE RACE MEETINGS.

REROUTEING AND ROAD CLOSURES

THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL COME INTO EFFECT TWO HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST RACE:

» MORRISON HILL ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN WAN CHAI ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES. ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES ENTERING FROM WAN CHAI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO HENNESSY ROAD VIA TIN LOK LANE.

» LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN MORRISON HILL ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

» BROADWOOD ROAD BETWEEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND LINK ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY EASTBOUND. HOWEVER, BETWEEN THE END OF THE FIRST RACE AND ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE, VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL DOWNHILL ALONG BROADWOOD ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

» SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN KING KWONG STREET AND VILLAGE ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

♦ VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN SHAN KWONG ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. ON COMPLETION OF THE LAST RACE, ALL TRAFFIC ON VILLAGE ROAD WILL BE HELD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND WILL BE RELEASED WHEN THE MAJORITY OF PUNTERS LEAVING THE RACE COURSE HAVE CLEARED WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

» WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN VILLAGE ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

IN ADDITION, THE UP RAMP ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD OUTSIDE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (RHKJC) LEADING TO ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED AND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 198?

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ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FINAL RACE, THE DOWN RAMP FROM ABERDEEN TUNNEL LEADING TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

AFTER THE LAST RACE, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN SING WOO ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC IF NECESSARY. ON COMPLETION OF THE LAST RACE AND AFTER THE MAJORITY OF PUNTERS HAVE CLEARED THE RACE COURSE, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE REOPENED AND REVERTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

» SPORTS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE REQUIRING ACCESS TO THE RHKJC CLUBHOUSE, THE ROYAL HONG KONG DEFENCE FORCE AND HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB. SUCH VEHICLES WILL ENTER SPORTS ROAD FROM THE WEST END.

ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FINAL RACE, TRAFFIC FLOW ON SPORTS ROAD WILL BE REVERSED AND THE WHOLE ROAD WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

* 01 KWAN ROAD, EXCEPT ITS SECTION BETWEEN WING CHEUNG STREET

AND TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL, WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY ANTI-CLOCKWISE.

» CANAL ROAD AND CANAL ROAD FLYOVER:

(I) TRAFFIC FROM CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL HEADING FOR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL USE THE DOWN RAMP LEADING TO MORRISON HILL ROAD AND TURN RIGHT AT THE JUNCTION OF SPORTS ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

(II) TRAFFIC HEADING FOR THE JOCKEY CLUB SHOULD USE THE CANAL ROAD EAST RAMP, TURN LEFT INTO LEIGHTON ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

(Ill) TRAFFIC FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST OR WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD HEADING FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, CENTRAL AND NORTH POINT WILL USE THE UP RAMP AT THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WITH MORRISON HILL ROAD.

(IV) TRAFFIC FROM QUEEN'S ROAD EAST HEADING FOR WAN CHAI AND HAPPY VALLEY WILL TURN LEFT INTO MORRISON HILL ROAD.

(V) TRAFFIC FROM ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILt BE PERMITTED TO USE THE DOWN RAMP INTO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD UNTIL ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE, BUT WILL BE RESTRICTED TO TURN LEFT INTO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST. HOWEVER, FRANCHISED BUSES AND GREEN MINIBUSES ARE NOT UNDER THE RESTRICTION.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1987

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(VI) 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE LAST RACE, THE SOUTHBOUND DOWN RAMP TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNLESS AUTHORISED BY THE POLICE. SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FOR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE FIRST DOWN RAMP TO CANAL ROAD EAST AND THEN VIA LEIGHTON ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

» BLUE POOL ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN VENTRIS ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* EXCEPT DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE END OF THE FIRST RACE AND ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FINAL RACE, NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM VENTRIS ROAD INTO BROADWOOD ROAD WESTBOUND.

MEANWHILE, THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE LAST RACE UNTIL THE PUNTERS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE RACE MEETINGS:

» THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, AND EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED TO TURN LEFT INTO MORRISON HILL ROAD VIA THE SLIP ROAD.

* YIU WAH STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* MATHESON STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AND THE ACCESS TO AND FROM THE LEIGHTON CENTRE CAR PARK WILL BE SUSPENDED. VEHICLES LEAVING THE CAR PARK WILL BE ALLOWED UNDER POLICE CONTROL AND DIRECTED VIA MATHESON STREET AND SHARP STREET EAST TO CANAL ROAD EAST.

LEARNER DRIVERS PROHIBITIONS

THE FOLLOWING MOVEMENTS BY LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED ON DAY MEETINGS BETWEEN 11 AM AND 4.30 PM AND BETWEEN 7.30 PM AND 11 PM WHEN EVENING MEETINGS ARE HELD:

» LEFT-TURNING FROM CAROLINE HILL ROAD OUTSIDE PO I.EUNG KUK INTO LEIGHTON ROAD;

» ENTERING SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN YICK YAM STREET AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD;

* ENTERING VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN ITS UPPER AND LOWER JUNCTIONS WITH SHAN KWONG ROAD;

* ENTERING PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD;

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 198?

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» ENTERING CANAL ROAD EAST;

* ENTERING SERVICE ROADS LEADING TO CANAL ROAD FLYOVER FROM EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD.

PARKING

PARKING SPACES ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD, SPORTS ROAD, YIU WAH STREET, AND SECTIONS OF VILLAGE ROAD AND 01 KWAN ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM FOR DAY MEETINGS AND BETWEEN 5 PM AND MIDNIGHT FOR EVENING MEETINGS.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS

TWO HOURS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE FIRST RACE, CMB ROUTE IM WILL OPERATE BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION (WEST) AND HAPPY VALLEY AT A FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES.

THE BUS STOP OPPOSITE THE RHKJC MAIN ENTRANCE WILL BE SUSPENDED ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE FIRST RACE AND WILL BE REINSTATED 15 MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST RACE HAS BEEN CONCLUDED. HOWEVER, 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE LAST RACE, THE BUS STOP WILL AGAIN BE SUSPENDED UNTIL NORMAL TRAFFIC FLOW IS RESUMED.

ROUTEINGS OF CMB ROUTES 5B, 10, 38, 42, 72, 75, 76, 90, 92, 97, 260 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES 101, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 116 AND 170, AS WELL AS GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 4, 6, 7, 25, 25A, 28, 28A AND 35M WILL BE DIVERTED TO AVOID THE RE-ROUTED ROADS.

AS FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES (PLBS), THEY WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING HAU TAK LANE, CHEUNG WOO LANE, AND THE SECTION OF WAN CHAI ROAD BETWEEN TIN LOK LANE AND BOWRINGTON STREET TWO HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST RACE. ALSO FROM 4.30 PM IN THE CASE OF DAY RACING AND 9.30 PM IN THE EVENT OF EVENING RACING, NO PLB WILL BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED ALONG THE SECTION OF WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN BLUE POOL ROAD AND VILLAGE ROAD.

PLBS PROCEEDING SOUTH ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED SOUTH ALONG BLUE POOL ROAD AND THOSE WISHING TO PICK UP PUNTERS WILL BE DIRECTED INTO THE TEMPORARY PLB STAND ON VILLAGE ROAD VIA SHING WOO ROAD.

MOREOVER, ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE AND UNTIL THE RESUMPTION OF NORMAL TRAFFIC FLOW, ALL EMPTY TAXIS WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN BLUE POOL ROAD AND VILLAGE ROAD, SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN VILLAGE ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND EASTBOUND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST BETWEEN STUBBS ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GROW FOR REST OF YEAR, FS ............. 1

STRENGTHENED LEGISLATION TO CURB INSIDER DEALING............ 5

BATTLE AGAINST CANCER PRIMARY CONCERN OF MEDICAL AUTHORITIES 7

SEMINAR-CUM-EXHIBITION ON UK STANDARDS /lND CERTIFICATION

REQUIREMENTS.............................................. 8

COMMERCIAL INFORMATION SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES AVAILABLE ..... 8

COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PUBLIC TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT ......... 1

FORUM ON POLLUTION IN TSUEN WAN ............................ 10

MORE AIMS FOR CIVIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE..................... 11

TENDERS INVITED FOR JUNK BAY TUNNEL EASTERN APPROACHES...... 13

KENNEDY STREET ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED.......... 14

TING HONG CUP FOOTBaLL COMPETITION ......................... 14

BABINGTON PATH CLOSED TEMPORARILY........................... 15

WATER CUT IN SHEUNG SHU I RENNIE’S MILL.................. 15

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 15

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1987

ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GROW FOR REST OF YEAR, FS « » » » »

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TONIGHT (MONDAY) HONG KONG'S ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO GROW FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, ALBEIT AT A MORE MODERATE RATE THAN THE EARLIER MONTHS BECAUSE OF ITS CAPACITY LIMITS.

GIVING HIS MID-YEAR ECONOMIC REVIEW AT THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION DINNER ON THE THEME OF "BUSINESS CONFIDENCE", MR JACOBS PREDICTED THE GDP TO GROW AT DOUBLE THE RATE HE FORECAST IN HIS BUDGET IN FEBRUARY.

HE NOW FORECAST THE GDP FOR 1987 AS A WHOLE TO GROW FROM THE BUDGET FORECAST OF SIX PER CENT TO 12 PER CENT, OR IN PER CAPITA TERMS, $62,600 AT CURRENT PRICES, REPRESENTING A GROWTH OF 17 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS AND 11 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS OVER 1986.

"THIS GROWTH, IF REALISED, WILL PLACE THE HONG KONG ECONOMY IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF HAVING ENJOYED AVERAGE GROWTH IN REAL TERMS OF MORE THAN 10 PER CENT FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS," HE ADDED.

MR JACOBS ALSO ADJUSTED UPWARDS SUBSTANTIALLY THE GROWTH RATE FORECAST OF OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE ECONOMY. SIGNIFICANTLY, HE REVISED THE GROWTH RATE OF EXPENDITURE ON PLANT AND MACHINERY TO 25 PER CENT, FROM HIS BUDGET FORECAST OF 11 PER CENT.

HE SAID THIS REFLECTED THE FASTER THAN EXPECTED EXPORT GROWTH AND THE FLOW OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF PLANT AND MACHINERY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

MR JACOBS ALSO SAID THE ECONOMIC GROWTH WOULD CONTINUE TO BE EXPORT LED, BUT THEIR GROWTH RATE IS LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE SOME SLOWING IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF.

BUT FOR THE YEAR AS A WHOLE, HE STILL REVISED THE FORECAST GROWTH RATES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS SUBSTANTIALLY UPWARDS, AT 20 PER CENT AND 37 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, PUSHING FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL EXPORTS UPWARDS TO 27 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 10 PER CENT IN THE BUDGET.

MR JACOBS ALSO EXPECTED THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND TO PICK UP FURTHER AS THE INCOME DERIVED FROM EXPORTS IS SPF*. r AND HENCE, HE REVISED HIS FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMANDS TO 12 PER CENT.

HE SAID THE PRIVATE CONSUMER DEMAND HAS REMAINED BUOYANT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR AND LATEST FIGURES ON RETAIL SALES ALSO INDICATE STRONG DEMAND FOR MOST CONSUMER PRODUCTS. HE THEREFORE REVISED THE SEVEN PER CENT GROWTH RATE BUDGET FORECAST FOR PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE TO 11 PER CENT.

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ON INFLATION, ME JACOBS FORECAST THE RATE OF INCREASE IN CONSUMER PRICE FOR 1987, AS MEASURED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), TO GROW AT SIX PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 5.5 PER CENT IN HI8 BUDGET.

"AS THE CURRENT RATE IS STILL RUNNING AT AROUND FIVE PER CENT, I AM THUS FORECASTING SOME FURTHER ACCELERATION IN CONSUMER PRICES IN THE REMAINING MONTHS OF THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

BUT HE SAID AN INFLATION RATE OF THIS MAGNITUDE IS "TOLERABLE" AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF RAPID ECONOMIC GROWTH,

LOOKING BACK ON THE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE, MR JACOBS SAID: "WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS OR SO IS, IN MY VIEW, A MANIFESTATION OF GENUINE AND LONG-LASTING CONFIDENCE IN THE ABILITY OF HONG KONQ TO PERFORM WELL ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT."

HE ADDED THAT THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN POSSIBLE . BECAUSE THE LOCAL ECONOMY HAS DISPLAYED MORE FLEXIBILITY AND RESILIENCE THAN WAS EXPECTED AT A TIME WHEN PRODUCTION WAS ALREADY RUNNING UP AGAINST CAPACITY.

AS TO THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF THE ECONOMY, MR JACOBS SAID APART FROM A SOMEWHAT HIGHER RATE OF INFLATION AND A TIGHT LABOUR MARKET, THERE IS LITTLE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.

HE ALSO WARNED THAT THERE ARE SOME SIGNS OF OVERHEATING, THOUGH NOT SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE IMMEDIATE CONCERN.

ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, MR JACOBS SAID THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT OF RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS, ADDING THAT CHINA, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND JAPAN HAVE GAINED IN RELATIVE IMPORTANCE, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE UNITED STATES.

"WHILE THE RAPID GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA HAS BEEN PARTLY RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES, GROWTH IN OUR EXPORTS TO BOTH THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND JAPAN IS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE CUMULATIVE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST THE DEUTSCHEMARK AND THE YEN," HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID CHINA IS NOW HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER, INVOLVING IN NEARLY 80 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, AND BECOMING THE SECOND LARGEST MARKET OF THE TERRITORY’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND THE LARGEST SUPPLIER OF ITS IMPORTS.

HE SAID RAPID EXPANSION OF OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES IN CHINA HAS ALSO ENABLED LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO OVERCOME SOME OF THEIR CAPACITY CONSTRAINTS. "THEY HAVE THUS DEMONSTRATED THEIR CONFIDENCE BOTH IN CHINA’S MODERNISATION PROGRAMMES AND THE ROLE TO BE PLAYED BY HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

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BUT MR JACOBS SAID PROTECTIONISM SENTIMENTS IN HONG KONG'S MAJOR MARKET, THE UNITED STATES, CONTINUE TO GIVE CAUSE FOR CONCERN.

HE SAID HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF A STRONG AND FREE MULTILATERAL TRADING SYSTEM. "WE ARE ENGAGED IN THE URUGUAY ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO ALL WE CAN TO PROMOTE THE CAUSE OF FREE AND OPEN TRADE," MR JACOBS ADDED.

DOMESTICALLY, MR JACOBS SAID THERE IS A GROWING ACCEPTANCE OF THE VIEW THAT EVEN THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROPERLY EDUCATED AND TRAINED MANPOWER MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT.

HE SAID EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE ON SEVERAL FRONTS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT SERVICES TO THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM MORE COMPETITIVE.

"THERE IS STILL MUCH TO BE DONE, BUT I BELIEVE WE ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. THROUGH THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD WE ARE WORKING WITH INDUSTRIALISTS TO DESIGN WAYS TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S COMPETITIVENESS," HE ADDED.

ON THE LABOUR FRONT, MR JACOBS SAID THE LABOUR MARKET HAS BEEN VERY TIGHT AND THIS HAS LED TO INCREASES IN WAGES AND SALARIES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS RESISTED THE SUGGESTIONS OF IMPORTING LABOUR FROM CHINA. "WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG’S LABOUR FORCE SHOULD BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY OF REAPING THE BENEFIT OF GOOD TIMES THROUGH INCREASE IN WAGES," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE DOLLAR LINK, MR JACOBS SAID THE EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEX OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DECLINED BY SEVEN PER CENT IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE LINK.

WHILE THE GREATER DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST MOST OTHER MAJOR CURRENCIES HAS ENHANCED THE COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS, MR JACOBS SAID THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM PROVIDES STABILITY. "IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO ENHANCE HONG KONG'S COMPETITIVENESS," HE ADDED.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY DISCLOSED THAT A RECENT RECALCULATION OF THE EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEX USING MORE UP-TO-DATE WEIGHTS AND IMPROVED AVERAGING PROCEDURE HAS FOUND THAT THE HONG KONG DOLLAR HAS ACTUALLY APPRECIATED SLIGHTLY, IMPLYING A SLIGHT LOSS OF COMPETITIVENESS FROM THIS SOURCE SINCE OCTOBER 1983.

IN OTHER AREAS, MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN STEPS TO IMPROVE THE REGULATION OF THE FINANCIAL MARKETS, PARTICULARLY THE STOCK MARKET.

/HE SAID .......

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 198?

HE SAID HE HOPES TO INTRODUCE A BILL ON DISCLOSURE OF SHAREHOLDINGS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AFTER PUBLICATION OF THE WHITE BILL IN JUNE. HE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD FORMULATE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TO REGULATE INSIDER TRADING "IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE".

AT THE SAME TIME, MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS CAREFULLY CONSIDERING A PROPOSAL FROM BOTH THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG AND A WORKING PARTY OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ON VENTURE CAPITAL TO SET UP A SECOND MARKET FOR SECURITIES.

HE SAID SUCH A MARKET COULD BE OF SPECIAL RELEVANCE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL FIRMS WHICH CANNOT MEET THE FULL LISTING REQUIREMENTS OF THE EXCHANGE.

"THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING DEMONSTRATE THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO MAINTAIN FAIR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND STABLE FINANCIAL ENVIRONMENT THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS CONTINUE TO HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO INVEST IN HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE PROPERTY MARKET HAS BEEN "HEALTHILY ACTIVE" IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR. "THERE HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PRICES AND RENTALS FOR ALMOST ALL CATEGORIES OF PROPERTY ALTHOUGH VERY RECENTLY THERE HAS BEEN SOME TAILING OFF," HE SAID.

GIVEN THE LONG PAY-BACK PERIOD FOR BUILDING INVESTMENT, MR JACOBS SAID THIS IS YET ANOTHER POINTER TO THE HIGH LEVEL OF BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN THE HONG KONG ECONOMY.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT LAGGING BEHIND IN THE PROVISION OF INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT, MR JACOBS CITED THE EXPANSION PLANS FOR PORT FACILITIES, THE STUDY ON A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT AS EXAMPLES OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

HE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ENGAGE CONSULTANTS TO REVIEW AND CO-ORDINATE ALL RELEVANT STUDIES IN RELATION TO THE PORT AND AIRPORT WITH A VIEW TO DETERMINING THE MOST APPROPRIATE OPTIONS IN TERMS OF STRATEGIC PLANNING.

"THIS CONSULTANCY WILL START WITHIN A FEW MONTHS AND BE COMPLETED DURING 1989.”

MR JACOBS, HOWEVER, REITERATED THE NEED "TO CONSTRAIN THE GROWTH OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE WITHIN THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY."

TO THIS END, MR JACOBS SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE "SOME VALUABLE PROGRESS" ON MEASURES TO ASSIST IN BETTER ASSESSING EXPENDITURE PRIORITIES. HE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS MUCH BETTER CONTROL MECHANISMS BOTH IN RELATION TO THE CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMMES AND IN RELATION TO RECURRENT EXPENDITURE.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO 1988, MR JACOBS LIKELY TO REMAIN AT A HIGH LEVEL AND CONTINUE TO BE INFLUENCED BY FORCES LARGELY

SAID DOMESTIC DEMAND IS HONG KONG’S EXPORTS WILL "BEYOND OUR CONTROL".

ARARr FROM THE LEVEL OF CONSUMER DEMAND IN OUR EXPORT MARKETS MOVEMEN1S IN EXCHANGE RATES AND OUR CONTINUED ACCESS TO THESE MARKETS ARE ALSO IMPORTANT FACTORS. ANY

PROTECTIONIST MEASURES, PARTICULARLY

AFFECT THE PROSPECTS SAID.

FURTHER IN THE

FOR HONG KONG’S EXPORTS AND

INTENSIFICATION OF UNITED STATES, WILL TRADE GENERALLY," HE

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STRENGTHENED LEGISLATION TO CURB INSIDER DEALING

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING STEPS TO STRENGTHEN THE PRESENT LEGISLATION AGAINST INSIDER DEALING TO BETTER PROTECT THE INVESTING PUBLIC, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 1987, MR NENDICK SAID THE OPTIONS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNMENT WERE EITHER STRENGTHENING THE SANCTIONS AGAINST INSIDER DEALERS UNDER THE EXISTING TRIBUNAL SYSTEM OR MAKING INSIDER DEALING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

"BOTH ALTERNATIVES HAVE THEIR ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES AND IT WILL NOT BE EASY TO DECIDE WHICH IS THE RIGHT WAY FORWARD.

"BUT I MUST STRESS THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO MAINTAIN A FAIR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND A STABLE FINANCIAL ENVIRONMENT THAT GIVE INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE AND THE INCENTIVE TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING HONG KONG’S INVESTMENT LEGISLATION AS SUPERVISION AND REGULATION MUST EVOLVE IN LINE WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MARKET PLACE.

HE SAID ONE EXAMPLE WAS THE WHITE BILL ON DISCLOSURE OF SHAREHOLDINGS, PUBLISHED IN JUNE THIS YEAR FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION, WHICH REQUIRED SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS AND CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF LISTED COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE PARTICULARS OF THEIR SHAREHOLDINGS.

"THIS REQUIREMENT WILL REVEAL EXACTLY WHO CONTROL THESE COMPANIES AND WILL MAKE INSIDER TRADING MORE DIFFICULT AND CREEPING TAKEOVERS HARDER TO CONCEAL," HE SAID.

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IT WAS HOPED THAT THE BILL WOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

MR NENDICK SAID THAT SINCE THE UNIFICATION OF THE FOUR STOCK EXCHANGES, THE TURNOVER OF THE STOCK MARKET HAD INCREASED TO A MARKED EXTENT AND THE NUMBER OF FIRMS SEEKING PUBLIC LISTING HAD GROWN DRAMATICALLY.

HE SAID THIS WAS TO BE WELCOMED BUT NOT THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE RECENT ISSUES HAD BEEN VASTLY OVERSUBSCRIBED.

"I DO NOT REGARD THIS AS A SATISFACTORY STATE OF AFFAIRS AND I URGE THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH NEW ISSUES, INCLUDING THOSE WHO FINANCE SUBSCRIBERS, TO THINK CAREFULLY HOW THESE SITUATIONS CAN BEST BE AVOIDED IN FUTURE.

"NOT ONLY ARE THEY POTENTIALLY DISRUPTING TO THE MONEY AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS BUT ALSO OFFER SCOPE FOR MAJOR FRAUD," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO A FREE MARKET PHILOSOPHY AND SAW ITS ROLE AS PROVIDING THE NECESSARY ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN WHICH BUSINESS COULD FLOURISH RATHER THAN THE DRIVING FORCE.

"IN A NUTSHELL, THE GOVERNMENT LIMITS ITS INTERVENTION TO THE MINIMUM NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THE INTEGRITY OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM IS MAINTAINED AND THAT A PROPER MEASURE OF PROTECTION IS PROVIDED FOR THE NON-PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPANTS IN THE SYSTEM, PARTICULARLY SMALL INVESTORS AND DEPOSITORS," HE SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS THE AIM OF THE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE FORWARD BY CONSULTATION AND, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, BY CONSENSUS. "WE PLAN TO MAINTAIN A CLOSE DIALOGUE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR SO THAT WE CAN CONSIDER TOGETHER WHAT LEGISLATIVE AND FISCAL CHANGES MAY BE NECESSARY TO ENABLE HONG KONG TO CONTINUE TO PROSPER AS' AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE."

"TO'CONCLUDE," MR NENDICK SAID, "WE SEE HONG KONG’S ROLE AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE CONTINUING WITHOUT INTERRUPTION BEYOND 1997. THE JOINT DECLARATION HAS PROVIDED THE POLITICAL BASIS AND STABILITY FOR THIS CONFIDENCE."

"OUR ROLE WILL BE TO ENSURE THAT OUR MARKET PLACE MAINTAINS THE INTEGRITY THAT WARRANTS THE FULL TRUST OF BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS," HE ADDED.

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BATTLE AGAINST CANCER PRIMARY CONCERN OF MEDICAL AUTHORITIES

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THE BATTLE AGAINST CANCER HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PRIMARY CONCERN OF HONG KONG’S MEDICAL AUTHORITIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD,SAID THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

SPEAKING AT A SYMPOSIUM ON RECENT ADVANCES IN CANCER MANAGEMENT ORGANISED BY THE EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH AND TREATMENT OF CANCER, MR FORD SAID THE DISEASE HAD BEEN THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN HONG KONG SINCE 1964, ACCOUNTING FOR OVER 8,000 DEATHS OR 31 PER CENT OF ALL DEATHS LAST YEAR.

MR FORD NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF ONCOLOGY AND RADIOTHERAPY BEDS OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS.

"WE ALSO HAVE PRIOR PLANS TO BRING IN ADDITIONAL TREATMENT FACILITIES TO COPE WITH THE PROBLEM AND NEXT YEAR HONG KONG’S FIRST BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT UNIT WILL BE COMMISSIONED IN THE NEW EXTENSION TO QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL," HE SAID.

MR FORD ADDED THAT IT WAS ALSO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO ADOPT PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

"FOR EXAMPLE, IN ORDER TO REDUCE FUTURE INCIDENCE OF LIVER CANCER, WE HAVE A VACCINATION PROGRAMME FOR BABIES BORN TO MOTHERS WHO ARE HEPATITIS B CARRIERS.

"WE ALSO GIVE STRONG EMPHASIS ON ANTI-SMOKING EDUCATION AND CAMPAIGNS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE RISK OF LUNG CANCER TO THE POPULATION," HE SAID.

MR FORD SAID THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN 1982 TO PRESCRIBE NON-SMOKING AREAS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND IMPOSE HEALTH WARNINGS IN CIGARETTE ADVERTISING.

AFTER A SERIES OF MAJOR ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, MR FORD SAID A GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY IN 1986 SHOWED A 20 PER CENT DROP IN THE NUMBER OF SMOKERS WHEN COMPARED WITH 1982.

HE ALSO SAID A COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH HAS JUST BEEN ESTABLISHED TO PROPOSE, CO-ORDINATE AND INITIATE ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES.

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SEMINAR-CUM-EXHIBITION ON UK STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ♦ * ♦ ♦

A SEMINAR-CUM-EXHIBITION ON UNITED KINGDOM STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS TO ASSIST LOCAL MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS IN COMPLYING WITH PRODUCT STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS IN THE UK WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 20 AT HOLIDAY INN HARBOUR VIEW HOTEL.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE UK INSTITUTE OF TRADING STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION (ITSA), THE SEMINAR-CUM-EXHIBITION AIMS TO PROVIDE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON EXISTING AND PROPOSED PRODUCT STANDARDS LEGISLATION AND ENFORCEMENT MEASURES IN THE UK FOR CONSUMER GOODS IN GENERAL.

"PARTICLAR EMPHASIS WILL BE GIVEN TO ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS, TOYS AND NIGHTWEAR, WHICH ARE MORE LIABLE TO POSE HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKERS FOR THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE TWO SENIOR TRADING STANDARDS OFFICERS FROM THE ITSA.

CHINESE INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE SEMINAR.

ADMISSION TO THE SEMINAR WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE. THOSE COMPANIES THAT WISH TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S PRODUCT STANDARDS BRANCH ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 5, 1987.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MISS MARIA CHAU (TEL. NO. 3-7222582) OR MRS ELENA CHEUNG (TEL. NO. 3-7222448) OF THE BRANCH AT ROOM 1439, OCEAN CENTRE, 14/F, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

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COMMERCIAL INFORMATION SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES AVAILABLE » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

TRADERS WISHING TO HAVE FASTER ACCESS TO TRADE DEPARTMENT COMMERCIAL INFORMATION CIRCULARS CAN MAKE USE OF A SPECIAL

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. r

THE SERVICE HAS BEEN AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS AT $70 A YEAR SINCE 1985 AT THE TRADE DEPARTMENT COLLECTION OFFICE AT ROOM 822 8TH FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI, IN KOWLOON.

/THESE COMMERCIAL

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THESE COMMERCIAL INFORMATION CIRCULARS, ISSUED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WHENEVER NECESSARY, CAN HELP GENERAL TRADERS TO GAIN FIRST-HAND INFORMATION RELATING TO THEIR IMPORT AND EXPORT BUSINESSES. POLICIES ON TEXTILES AND NON TEXTILES MATTERS, REGULATIONS AND TARIFFS CONCERNING HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE EXTENSIVELY COVERED TO ENABLE TRADERS TO RESPOND ACCORDINGLY.

COMPLIMENTARY COPIES OF THE COMMERCIAL INFORMATION CIRCULARS ARE CURRENTLY BEING SENT TO TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CALLING IN PERSON AT THE TRADE DEPARTMENT CAN OBTAIN INDIVIDUAL COPIES OF THE PUBLICATION FREE OF CHARGE.

HOWEVER, THOSE WHO MAKE USE OF THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE WILL NOT MISS A SINGLE ISSUE. MISSING INFORMATION COULD MEAN MISSING BUSINESS.

LAST YEAR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHED* 92 ISSUES OF THE COMMERCIAL INFORMATION CIRCULARS, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS AND COUNTRIES.

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COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PUBLIC TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT * ♦ » » ♦

MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) TO CONSIDER THE DRAFT 1988-89 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT.

THE PROGRAMME, PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, OUTLINES THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, THE GREEN MINIBUS AND VARIOUS BUS ROUTE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

A REPORT ON THE NORTH DISTRICT TRAVEL SURVEY TO ESTABLISH THE TRAVEL NEEDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED BUS SHELTER PROVISION PROGRAMME FOR 1987/88 AS WELL AS THE INSTALLATION OF 52 PARKING METERS IN SHEK WU HUI.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES NEAR THE JUNCTION OF MAN KAM TO ROAD AND FU TEI AU ROAD* REVISION OF SERVICES ON BUS ROUTE 69K AND NT GMB ROUTE 56K AND IMPROVEMENT TO KCRC SERVICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) AT 2 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE. JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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FORUM ON POLLUTION IN TSUEN WAN

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AN OPEN FORUM ON POLLUTION PROBLEMS HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD FOR THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) EVENING AS PART OF THE BOARD’S EFFORTS TO STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLLUTION ISSUES IN THE DISTRICT.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TSUEN WAN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE IN TSUEN WAN WILL ATTEND THE FORUM TO INTRODUCE THEIR WORK IN RELATION TO PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF POLLUTION.

THE FORUM WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM IN THE HALL OF THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN. IT WILL BE CHAIRED BY TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, DR. RICHARD LAI, WHO IS THE CONVENOR OF THE BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON POLLUTION PROBLEMS IN TSUEN WAN.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT AT THE FORUM.

THE WORKING GROUP WANTS TO HEAR AND REFLECT THE VIEWS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLLUTION ISSUES IN GENERAL AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUM TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINIONS.

SINCE THE WORKING GROUP WAS CONVENED IN 1986 TO STUDY THE ISSUES IN THE DISTRICT AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, IT HAS CONDUCTED A SURVEY ON POLLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN TSUEN WAN, EXAMINED EXISTING AND PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE SANCTIONS AGAINST POLLUTION OFFENCES, AND REVIEWED PROCEDURES ADOPTED BY DEPARTMENTS IN HANDLING ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLAINTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FORUM TO BE HELD AT 8 PM IN THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SEPTEMBER 24.

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MORE AIMS FOR CIVIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE ♦ * * * *

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MRS RITA FAN, TODAY (MONDAY) URGED THE PUBLIC TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON ALL SOCIAL AFFAIRS, INCLUDING THE POLITICAL REVIEW, AS A STEP TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

ALTHOUGH THE COMMITTEE DID NOT HAVE AN OFFICIAL STANCE WITH REGARD TO THE VARIOUS ISSUES IN THE POLITICAL REVIEW, IT HAD APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO SEND THEIR VIEWS TO THE SURVEY OFFICE, SHE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE COMING YEAR, MRS FAN POINTED OUT THAT RECENTLY THERE HAD BEEN MUCH INTEREST IN THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN GENERAL, AND IN PARTICULAR THE CULTIVATION OF PUBLIC POLITICAL AWARENESS.

THIS YEAR, THE COMMITTEE RECEIVED AN ALLOCATION OF ABOUT $1.28 MILLION FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND HAD INCORPORATED FIVE NEW MEMBERS, MR IP KING-MAN, MR K.T. POON, MR TAI CHIN-WAH, MR JUSTEIN WONG AND MR YEUNG KWOK-HUNG WHO WOULD CONTRIBUTE MUCH EXPERIENCE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS OF COMMERCE, ADVERTISEMENT, LAW, AND LIBRARIANSHIP.

PROGRAMME PLANS FOR THIS YEAR INCLUDED VISITS TO DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, A COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SCHEME, THE UPGRADING OF A RESOURCE ROOM AND A $700,000 PUBLICITY PACKAGE.

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SUB-COMMITTEE, MR MAK HOI-WAH, SAID THE SUB-COMMITTEE HAD BEEN ALLOCATED $500,000 FOR SUBSIDISING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROJECTS ON CIVIC EDUCATION THIS YEAR.

THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SCHEME ATTRACTED 112 APPLICATIONS AND AFTER CAREFUL VETTING, 23 PROJECTS WERE APPROVED WITH PREFERENCE BEING GIVEN TO TERRITORY-WIDE ACTIVITIES, TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND PRODUCTION OF VISUAL AIDS.

A RESOURCE CENTRE SUB-COMMITTEE WAS NEWLY ESTABLISHED THIS YEAR UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR CHAN WING-TAI. THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING SERVICES OF PROVIDING CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCES TO THE PUBLIC AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FULL SCALE CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE.

AS AN INITIAL STEP, A CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCE ROOM WAS SET UP IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS WITH MORE THAN 800 ITEMS OF REFERENCE MATERIALS INCLUDING REPORTS; AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS; TELEVISION AND RADIO PROGRAMMES; PUBLICATIONS AND GAMES; PROJECTS; NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS AND FEATURE ARTICLES.

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IT ALSO STORES LARGE VOLUMES OF INFORMATION RELATED TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING MINUTES OF DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS, CONSULTATIVE AND INFORMATION DOCUMENTS FOR DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT BOARD REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS.

IN ADDITION, A COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE INDEX ON CIVIC EDUCATION REFERENCE MATERIALS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND WILL SERVE AS A USEFUL REFERENCE TO ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ORGANISING CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES.

THE INDEX, PUBLISHED IN CHINESE, COMPRISES MORE THAN 150 PAGES AND LISTS OUT NEARLY 1,000 ITEMS RELATED TO CIVIC EDUCATION, TOGETHER WITH A LIST OF ADDRESSES AND CONTACT PERSONS OF MORE THAN 70 ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THAT PROVIDE THESE REFERENCE MATERIALS.

THE RESOURCE ROOM IS OPEN DURING OFFICE HOURS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF ITS FACILITIES.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE WOULD BE SUGGESTING WAYS TO UPGRADE THE RESOURCE ROOM INTO A FULL SCALE RESOURCE CENTRE TO BETTER SERVE THE COMMUNITY, MR CHAN SAID.

TO ENHANCE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION, A NEWSLETTER REPORTING ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE AND PROJECTS SUBSIDISED UNDER THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SCHEME WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER ON A QUARTERLY BASIS, MR CHAN ADDED.

CHAIRMAN OF THE OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE SUB-COMMITTEE, MR PETER TAM, SAID THE MAJOR PROJECT FOR THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION THIS YEAR WAS A HALF-DAY WORKSHOP OF WHICH THE THEME WOULD BE HOW TO PROMOTE THE PUBLIC’S SENSE OF CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG AND THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF CIVIC EDUCATION FORMULATED LAST YEAR WOULD CONTINUE TO BE ADOPTED AS THE SUB-COMMITTEE BELIEVED THAT THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOULD REMAIN WIDE IN SCOPE.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE WOULD ALSO COLLECT AND STUDY THE RESULTS OF RELEVANT OPINION SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND WOULD RECOMMEND TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COMMITTEE’S SECOND OPINION SURVEY NEXT YEAR.

ON THE PUBLICITY SIDE, ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN SIU, SAID THE SLOGAN "CARE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY; WORK FOR YOUR COMMUNITY" WOULD CONTINUE TO BE USED TO ENHANCE PEOPLE’S CONCERN FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THEIR ACTIVE CONTRIBUTION TOWARD THE WELL-BEING OF THE SOCIETY.

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TWO TELEVISION APIS (ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST) ADVOCATING THE EXPRESSING OF OPINIONS THROUGH VARIOUS CHANNELS AND A MORE FRUITFUL UTILISATION OF LEISURE TIME THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY, WOULD BE PRODUCED LATER IN THE YEAR.

IN ADDITION, THE SUB-COMMITTEE WILL JOINTLY PRESENT THREE EPISODES OF A TELEVISION PROGRAMME AND A VARIETY SHOW ON CIVIC EDUCATION WITH RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG IN FEBRUARY.

MEANWHILE, THE INTRODUCTORY BOOKLET ON HONG KONG FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS PUBLISHED IN AUGUST HAS RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE AND EXTRA COPIES WILL BE PRINTED LATER.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR JUNK BAY TUNNEL EASTERN APPROACHES » * * »

WORK ON THE SECOND STAGE OF THE JUNK BAY TUNNEL EASTERN APPROACHES IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A 270-METRE-LONG TRUNK ROAD LINKING JUNK BAY TUNNEL AND STAGE ONE WORKS OF THE EASTERN APPROACHES ROADWORKS WHICH ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

A 192-METRE-LONG BALANCED CANTILEVER BRIDGE IS ALSO TO BE CONSTRUCTED TO CARRY TRAFFIC ABOVE A 40-METRE-DEEP WOODED VALLEY AT THE EASTERN END OF JUNK BAY TUNNEL.

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS TERMINUS IN AREA 3 TO SERVE A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME IN AREA 4.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 32 MONTHS. JUNK BAY TUNNEL IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1990.

WORK ON STAGE ONE OF THE EASTERN APPROACHES ROADWORKS STARTED ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A $186 MILLION CONTRACT FOR RECLAMATION AND LAND FORMATION.

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KENNEDY STREET ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO APPLY IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON DECEMBER 29 FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN RESPECT OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OVER THE FIFTH FLOOR OF NOS. 15 AND 17, KENNEDY STREET, ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

NOTICES TO THIS EFFECT WERE POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

THE AUTHORITY FEELS THAT THE STRUCTURES SHOULD BE CLOSED SO THAT THEIR DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT DANGER TO THEIR OCCUPIERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE STRUCTURES WERE ORDERED TO BE DEMOLISHED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE LAST DECEMBER, BUT THE INSTRUCTION HAS BEEN IGNORED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID THE DEMOLITION WOULD GO AHEAD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDER WAS OBTAINED.

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TING HONG CUP FOOTBALL COMPETITION

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RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK IN TING HONG AREA IN KWUN TONG WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOW THEIR FOOTBALL SKILLS IN A SEVEN-A-SIDE TING HONG CUP FOOTBALL COMPETITION NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE TING HONG BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION WAS TO PROMOTE FOOTBALL ACTIVITY AND TO SELECT AN OUTSTANDING TEAM TO REPRESENT THE BRANCH IN THE ’INTER-BRANCH FOOTBALL COMPETITION’ TO BE STAGED IN NOVEMBER AS PART OF THE 1987 KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL.

MEN AGED 16 OR ABOVE ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THIS KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT THE SAU NGA ROAD NO. 3 PLAYGROUND ON OCTOBER 18 AND 25.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 12. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON 3/F, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-416315 EXT. 411.

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BABINGTON PATH CLOSED TEMPORARILY ♦ * » * »

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEWERS IN THE MID-LEVELS, BABINGTON PATH FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LYTTLETON ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 23). THE MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

AT THE SAME TIME, BABINGTON PATH FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROBINSON ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

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WATER CUT IN SHEUNG SHUI AND RENNIE’S MILL

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHEUNG SHUI AND RENNIE’S MILL WILL BE TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION PERIOD IN SHEUNG SHUI WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM AND FROM 9 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (FRIDAY) IN RENNIE’S MILL.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED IN SHEUNG SHUI WILL BE JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND MAN KAM TO ROAD FROM SAN FUNG AVENUE TO MUK WU TSUEN, INCLUDING SHEUNG SHUI TSUEN, FUNG KAI SCHOOL, HUNG KIU SAN TSUEN, FU TEI AU ROAD, LO WU BARRACKS, LO WU TSUEN, TAK YUET LAU TSUEN, LIU POK TSUEN, SHA LENG SAN TSUEN, SAN UK LENG TSUEN, MUK WU TSUEN AND NGA YIU TSUEN.

ALL PREMISES IN RENNIE’S MILL WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING THE HEAVEN OF HOPE SANITORIUM.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ♦ ♦ ♦

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 73.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 431.510 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 414.973 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 70.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VR REPATRIATION TO BE PURSUED AGAIN ....................... 1

NEW STATISTICS ON AIDS RELEASED ........................... 2

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INAUGURATED................. 6

ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE THEIR PEERS ................... 7

APPLICATION FORMS FOR PRIMARY ONE PLACES NOW AVAILABLE.. 8

ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT OLD PEOPLE IN KWAI TSING.... 10

CASH ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM................ 11

TUEN MUN DISTRICT OPEN SPACE PROPOSED..................... 12

ANTI-DRUG PLAY STAGED IN SHAM SHUI PO .................... 13

MARKETING COURSE FOR BANKERS ............................. 14

Careieirs SEMINARS FOR JOB-SEEKERS ....................... 14

VARIETY SHOW FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS....................... 15

DR HAYES TO LAY FOUNDATION STONE.......................... 15

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS STREET SLEEPERS ..................... 1$

TRAEETO. ARRANGEMENTS IN WANG TAU HOM..................... 1$

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1987

VR REPATRIATION TO BE PURSUED AGAIN » * * *

THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO HANOI, MR EMRYS DAVIES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT HE WOULD TRY TO PERSUADE THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT TO THINK SERIOUSLY OF ACCEPTING BACK CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE WHEN HE WENT BACK TO HANOI.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE DEPARTURE, MR DAVIES SAID HE WOULD ALSO SPEAK TO SENIOR VIETNAMESE PEOPLE AND MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND TRY TO PERSUADE THEM TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT CONTROLLING THE EXODUS OF THEIR PEOPLE.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION WHETHER THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM, MR DAVIES SAID THEIR RESPONSE HAD BEEN QUITE NEGATIVE.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT THAT SHOULD NOT STOP HIM FROM GOING BACK AND PUTTING THE CASE AGAIN.

"NOW I CAN GO BACK AND SAY I’VE ACTUALLY SEEN THE PROBLEM AND IT REALLY IS A VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEM IN HONG KONG AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING REALLY VERY VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT.

"I THINK THAT WILL ADD WEIGHT TO WHAT I SAID AND I SHOULD CERTAINLY GO AND SAY IT AGAIN," MR DAVIES STRESSED.

THE AMBASSADOR SAID THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE IT CLEAR SO FAR THAT THEY WERE NOT PREPARED TO TAKE BACK LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE, BUT THEY WOULD CONSIDER REPATRIATION ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS, WHICH WOULD MEAN THAT IT WOULD BE A VERY SLOW PROCESS.

HE ADDED THAT UNLESS AND UNTIL THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT SHOWED ANY SORT OF WILLINGNESS TO TALK ABOUT MORE THAN CASE-BY-CASE REPATRIATION, THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY MAJOR IMPROVEMENT TO THE SITUATION.

MR DAVIES SAID THERE WAS NO QUESTION THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM, ADDING THAT THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM FIGURED VERY HIGH ON THE AGENDA OF ITEMS WHICH HE WAS BRIEFED ON BEFORE HE WENT TO HANOI.

HE ALSO SAID THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM NOT ONLY THROUGH HIM IN HANOI, BUT ALSO IN LONDON, BY TALKING TO THE VIETNAMESE AMBASSADOR THERE.

MR DAVIES SAID HE WOULD BE LEAVING HONG KONG WITH A VERY STRONG IMPRESSION OF THE ENORMOUS LOCAL INTEREST IN THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM.

THERE WAS A GREAT DESIRE IN HONG KONG TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN A WAY WHICH MADE SENSE IN PRACTICAL TERMS, HE SAID.

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"AND I THINK IT’S RIGHT TOO TO SAY THAT THERE IS A GOOD DEAL OF HUMANITARIAN FEELING ON THE SUBJECT. AND I’M ALSO IMPRESSED BY WHAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE HAD MADE FOR THE REFUGEES."

MR DAVIES SAID WHEN HE VISITED THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMP IN TUEN MUN, HE FOUND THAT THE REFUGEES WERE LOOKED AFTER IN A VERY IMPRESSIVE MANNER AND THAT THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE CAMP WAS EXTRAORDINARILY FRIENDLY AND RELAXED.

ASKED IF THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT COULD BE PERSUADED TO STOP ITS PEOPLE FROM FLEEING THE COUNTRY, MR DAVIES POINTED OUT THAT THEY HAD THEIR DIFFICULTIES.

"IT IS A DIFFICULT COASTLINE FOR THEM. IT IS A LONG COASTLINE. IF YOU LOOKED AT THE MAP OF VIETNAM, MOST OF VIETNAM IS VERY NEAR THE SEA SO THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN FAIRLY EASILY GET ACCESS TO THE COASTAL AREA. I THINK IT’S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM WITHOUT IMPOSING A SORT OF DRACONIAN REGIME WHICH PERHAPS WE ARE GOING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT," HE SAID.

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ANOTHER NINE PERSONS IN HONG KONG WERE FOUND TO BE INFECTED BY THE AIDS (ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME) VIRUS IN JULY AND AUGUST.

THE LAST ANNOUNCEMENT ON AIDS FIGURES COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 30, 1987 WAS MADE BY THE DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST.

IN VIEW OF PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIDS SITUATION IN HONG KONG, THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY DECIDED TO ANNOUNCE THE AIDS STATISTICS ON A MONTHLY BASIS IN FUTURE.

UP TO THE PRESENT, THERE IS A TOTAL OF SIX CONFIRMED AIDS CASES IN HONG KONG.

IN RELEASING THE LATEST SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME STATISTICS ON AIDS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW FIGURE BRINGS TO 100 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS FOUND TO BE POSITIVE FOR HIV ANTIBODY. THIS FIGURE INCLUDES THE SIX CONFIRMED CASES OF AIDS WHO HAD ALL DIED.

DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS, 6,857 PERSONS WERE TESTED FOR THE AIDS INFECTION BY THE VIRUS UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

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OF THESE, NINE WERE FOUND TO BE POSITIVE FOR HIV ANTIBODY. THESE INCLUDE FIVE REFERRALS FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, TWO REFERRALS FROM PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS AND TWO HAEMOPHILIACS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXTENT OF INFECTION HAS REMAINED LOW FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REFERRED FROM PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS FOR TESTING.

ONLY TWO OUT OF THE 335 PEOPLE WHO WERE REFERRED FROM PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS FOR THE HIV ANTIBODY TEST HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE POSITIVE.

UNDER THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME, GROUPS WHO ARE AT RISK OF BEING INFECTED BY THE VIRUS SUCH AS SEXUALLY PROMISCUOUS PERSONS, MULTITRANSFUSED PATIENTS AND INTRAVENOUS DRUG ABUSERS ARE TESTED FOR THE INFECTION.

SINCE APRIL 1985, A TOTAL OF 63,566 PERSONS HAD BEEN TESTED AND SO FAR 100 WERE FOUND POSITIVE.

BETWEEN JULY AND AUGUST, THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE HAD ALSO CARRIED OUT HIV TESTS FOR 26,098 BLOOD DONORS AND NONE OF THEM WAS FOUND TO BE POSITIVE.

SINCE ITS MASS SCREENING PROGRAMME IN AUGUST, 1985, THE NUMBER OF BLOOD DONOR UNITS TESTED BY THE RED CROSS FOR AIDS ANTIBODY TOTALLED 295,428.

UP TO NOW, FIVE BLOOD DONOR UNITS WERE FOUND TO BE INFECTED BY THE VIRUS.

SINCE THE GOVERNMENT INTENSIFIED ITS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ON AIDS ON APRIL 21, THE AIDS COUNSELLING SERVICE HAS RECEIVED 9,053 CALLS.

THE SERVICE WAS FIRST SET UP IN NOVERMBER 1985, AND UP TO NOW OVER 15,380 CALLS WERE RECEIVED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOLLOWING IS A LIST SHOWING THE STATISTICS ON THE AIDS BLOOD TEST RESULTS FOR JULY AND AUGUST 1987, AND AN ANALYSIS OF THE NEWLY DETECTED SEROPOSITIVE INDIVIDUALS.

/AIDS VIRUS

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AIDS VIRUS (HIV) ANTIBODY TESTING

MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT

VIRUS UNIT

APRIL 85 - JUNE 87 JULY 87 - AUG 87 TOTAL

NO. TESTED NO. +VE NO. TESTED NO. +VE NO. TESTED NO. +VE

REFERRALS FROM GOVT. HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. 2,582 15 462 5 3,044 20

REFERRALS FROM PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS 857 20 335 2 1 , 192 22

ATTENDANCES AT SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINICS 51,333 9 5,853 0 57,186 9

HAEMOPHILIACS 229 47# 14 2 243* 49

IV DRUG ABUSERS 1,352 0 118 0 1,470 0

REFERRALS FROM FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION 106 0 2 0 108 0

HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL 250 0 73 0 323 0

TOTAL 56,709 91# 6,857 9 63,566 100

» THIS INDICATES THE TESTS ARE REPEATED NUMBER OF FOR CERTAIN SPECIMENS INDIVIDUALS AND NOT PERSONS AS •

# THIS INCLUDES ONE LATE REPORT MADE IN SEPTEMBER.

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APRIL 85 - JUNE 87 JULY 87 - AUG 87 TOTAL

NO. TESTED NO. + VE NO. TESTED NO. +VE NO. TESTED NO. +VE

HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE 269,330 5 26,098 0 295,428 5

HIV ANTIBODY TESTING ANALYSIS OF THE NEWLY DETECTED SEROPOSITIVE INDIVIDUALS JULY - AUG 87

1. SOURCE OF REFERRAL

GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL/CLINIC 5

PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS 2

HAEMOPHILIACS 2

9

2. NATIONALITY

CHINESE 5

NON-CHINESE 4

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MALE 8

FEMALE 1

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RISK FACTOR

SEXUALLY ACQUIRED >

HAEMOPHILIAC

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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

INAUGURATED

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE KONG WILL HELP TO STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMIC LINK BETWEEN HONG AUSTRALIA, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS

IN HONG KONG AND (TUESDAY)

EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION RECEPTION OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SIR DAVID SAID IWO-WAY TRADE BETWEEN PLACES HAD GROWN STEADILY, AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF OVER 10 PER RECENT YEARS. HE ADDED THAT GROWTH RATE FOR THE FIRST HALF

AUSTRALIAN THE TWO CENT IN OF TH IS

YEAR WAS 24 PER CENT.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT AUSTRALIAN INTERESTS IN THE OTHER SECTORS WERE WELL ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG.

’’ONE ONIA HAS TO LOOK AT CERTAIN BUILDINGS IN DISTRICT, READ PART OF THE ENGLISH PRESS OR TUNE IN TO TELEVISION STATIONS TO KNOW THIS, "^HF. SAID.

SERVICES AND

THE CENTRAL

ONE OF OUR

HE SAID THERE IS SCOPE FOR INCREASING THESE ECONOMIC LINKS AND THE CHAMBER WOULD MAKE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION IN DOING SO.

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ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS CONSTITUTE IMPORTANT HUMAN RESOURCES IN ACHIEVING CARE IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR PEER GROUP, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ST. JAMES SETTLEMENT, MRS WONG SAID THE ELDERLY COULD CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AFTER THEIR RETIREMENT BY TAKING PART IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES, DRAWING ON THEIR RICH EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE.

"WITH THEIR PRECIOUS WORKING EXPERIENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN LIFE, COUPLED WITH PATIENCE, CARE, TIME AND SKILLS, THE ELDERLY CAN PROVIDE SERVICES COMPLEMENTARY TO THOSE OF THE PROFESSIONAL SOCIIAL

WORKERS.

"OUR WORKERS WOULD THEN BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE THEIR EFFORTS IN THE AREAS OF ADMINISTRATION, SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DIAGNOSES AND ORGANISING THERAPEUTIC PLANS," SHE SAID.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT "SELF-SERVICING PROGRAMMES" WERE BEING PROMOTED TO ORGANISE GROUPS WITH IDENTICAL NEEDS TO EXERCISE MUTUAL SUPPORT AND HELP.

LIKEWISE, ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS CAN ACHIEVE THE SAME EFFECT.

"THEY ARE EFFECTIVE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY BECAUSE THEY SHARE THE SAME EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTAND THEIR PROBLEMS, THUS MAKING IT EASTER TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER." SHF SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT OLD PEOPLE STAYING IN HOSTELS OR HOMES NORMALLY DEPENDED HEAVILY ON OTHERS.

THIS PHENOMENON COULD BE CHANGED, SHE SAID, CITING THE EXAMPLE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHELTERED HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY IN WAN CHAI WHERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM DIFFERENT UNITS FORMED THEMSELVES INTO A COMMITTEE AND WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN REFLECTING OPINIONS, CONCERNING THE MAINTENANCE OF THEIR HOSTELS AND THE ORGANISATION OF ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS CARING FOP OTHER ELDERLY IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE.

"SOME ELDERLY PERSONS RARELY MAKE USE OF THE SERVICES OF SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THEY MAY BE SOCIALLY ISOLATED, WORRIED AND LACK OF CONCERN, AND SOME MAY EVEN BE SICK OR UNATTENDED. THIS IS WHERE THE ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS COME IN.

"THROUGH CONCERN VISITS, A FRIENDSHIP TIE COULD BE ESTABLISHED WITH THEIR DEPRIVED PEER GROUP, IN ADDITION TO MAKING THEIR OWN DAILY LIFE MORE INTERESTING.

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"FURTHERMORE, THEY CAN MOTIVATE' THESE ELDERLY TO PARTICIPATE MORE IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE," MRS WONG SAID.

MRS WONG URGED THE ELDERLY TO JOIN THE RANKS OF VOLUNTEERS, SO THAT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF PROFESS IONAL SOCIAL WORKERS, THEY COULD LEARN NEW THINGS, FACE UP TO CHALLENGE IN LIFE AND KEEP UP WITH THE FAST CHANGES IN SOCIETY.

"THROUGH HELPING THE LESS FORTUNATE, THE ELDERLY WILL BE ABLE TO REAFFIRM THEIR SELF-VALUE AND RECTIFY THE MISCONCEPTION THAT THEY ARE PASSIVE AND RELIANT ON OTHERS AND ULTIMATELY TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE MEANINGFUL," SHE SAID.

ADDRESSING THE 37TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE ST. JAMES SETTLEMENT’S NEW BUILDING, MRS WONG COMPLIMENTED THE AGENCY FOR ITS DIVERSIFIED COMMUNITY SERVICES, ESPECIALLY ITS PIONEER SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE AGENCY HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1919 INCLUDE CHILD CARE, YOUTH, ELDERLY REHABILITATION HANDICAPPED, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.

AND ITS SERVICES

FOR THE MENTALLY

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APPLICATION FORMS FOR PRIMARY ONE PLACES NOW AVAILABLE

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PARENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A PRIMARY ONE PLACE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR FOR THEIR CHILDREN IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR UNDER THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM TODAY (TUESDAY) UNTIL OCTOBER 3, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATION THIS YEAR FOR ADMISSION TO PRIMARY ONE IS OPEN TO ALL HONG KONG BELONGING CHILDREN WHO WERE BORN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1982 AND WHO ARE NOT STUDYING IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL. f

HE SAID THAT PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ATTENDING KINDERGARTENS CAN OBTAIN THE APPLICATION FORMS AND RELATED INFORMATION SHEETS FROM THE KINDERGARTENS.

FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN NOT ATTENDING KINDERGARTENS, THE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN DISTRICT OFFICES AND OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1987

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THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BETWEEN OCTOBER 5 AND 12 (EXCLUDING OCTOBER 8, A PUBLIC HOLIDAY AND OCTOBER 10, SATURDAY) TO ONLY ONE GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL DIRECT IN WHICH THE PARENT, WISHES TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE. THIS SCHOOL MAY EITHER BE WITHIN OR OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE FAMILY LIVES.

BUT THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PARENTS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO SELECT A NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHOOL IN ORDER TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY TRANSPORT PROBLEMS AND TO TAKE THE POINTS SYSTEM INTO CONSIDERATION IN SELECTING THE SCHOOL.

GENERALLY, THE POINTS SYSTEM IS BASED ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE CHILD’S FAMILY AS WELL AS THE CHILD’S AGE.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT ONLY ONE APPLICATION FORM CAN BE SUBMITTED IN RESPECT OF ANY ONE CHILD.

"IF PARENTS ARE FOUND TO HAVE APPLIED TO MORE THAN ONE GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOL, THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ELIGIBLE FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REQUESTED PARENTS OF THOSE CHILDREN WHO CANNOT USE CHINESE AS THE LEARNING MEDIUM TO SEEK ADVICE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT AT 269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI (TEL. NO. 5-724383), BEFORE SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FORM. HE FURTHER SAID THAT SCHOOLS RECEIVING TOO FEW APPLICATIONS FOR DISCRETIONARY PLACES MIGHT NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE PRIMARY ONE CLASSES, AND IN SUCH CASES, CHILDREN ALREADY ACCEPTED BY THESE SCHOOLS FOR DISCRETIONARY PLACES WILL HAVE TO BE SUBSEQUENTLY RE-ALLOCATED TO SOME OTHER SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE VACANCIES.

IF PARENTS DO NOT WISH TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN ANY PARTICULAR SCHOOL, THEY SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM BETWEEN OCTOBER 5 AND 12 TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION CENTRES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT:-

1. LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE

(269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, 2/F., HONG KONG.)

2. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE (405 NATHAN ROAD, 6/F., KOWLOON.)

3. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICE

(TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 8/F., 165 MA TAU WAI ROAD, TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON.)

4. SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE (1/F., KCR HOUSE, SHATIN STATION, N.T.)

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5. TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE (TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TINO KOK ROAD, TAI PO, N.T.j

6. TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE (TSUEN WAN MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING,

174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, N.T.) y

7. TUfiN MUN frlSTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE (2/F., TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT.OFFICE BUILDING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN, N.T.)

8. YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE (G/F., YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, N.T.)

9. NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, CHEUNG WAH SUB-OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE (UNIT 115, CHEUNG CHUNG HOUSE CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING, N.T.)

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT PARENTS WHO WISH THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND PRIVATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS OR PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION SHOULD APPLY TO THESE SCHOOLS DIRECT AS IN THE PAST SINCE THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM.

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ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT OLD PEOPLE IN KWAI TSING »»$♦$♦

A TOTAL OF 150 ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT WILL VISIT OTHER SENIOR CITIZENS LIVING IN THE DISTRICT FROM MID-OCTOBER TO DECEMBER UNDER A 1987 RESPECT THE ELDERLY PROJECT.

WITH A BUDGET OF $50,000, THE PROJECT IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP AND MUTUAL HELP AMONG THE DISTRICT’S ELDERLY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROJECT, MR SIU KONG-YU, TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID THE PROJECT RECEIVED VERY ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND ABOUT 10 CENTRES CARING FOR THE ELDERLY.

ANYONE AGED OVER 55 LIVING IN THE DISTRICT CAN BECOME AN ELDERLY VOLUNTEER. A SPECIAL SEMINAR ON THE VOLUNTEERS’ WORK WILL BE HELD FOR THEM BEFORE INCEPTION OF THE PROGRAMME OF VISITS.

/THE TARGET .......

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THE TARGET OF THE VISITS ARE 450 SENIOR RESIDENTS LIVING ALONE AND RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, AND THOSE REQUIRING LONG-TERM MEDICAL SERVICES.

MEMBERS OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL ACCOMPANY THE GROUP VISITS TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT TOWARDS THE PROJECT.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SEVEN SUB-OFFICES, AND AT THE DISTRICT’S VARIOUS CENTRES FOR THE AGED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

MR SIU ALSO INVITED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT BY WRITING POSTCARDS SHOWING THEIR CONCERN FOR THE ELDERLY AND SEND THEM TO THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SELF-ADDRESSED POSTCARDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY THE VOLUNTEERS TO OTHER SENIOR RESIDENTS DURING THE VISITS.

RESIDENTS MAY TELEPHONE 0-273593 FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF THE KWAI TSING 1987 RESPECT THE ELDERLY PROJECT.

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CASH ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM » » » * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) ALLOCATED A SUM OF $31,090 FROM THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) FUND TO THE FAMILY OF A WOMAN KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON SEPTEMBER 8.

THE SUM, COMPRISING $3,000 BURIAL GRANT, $19,660 DEATH GRATUITY AND $8,430 INTERIM ADJUSTMENT GRANT, WAS GRANTED TO THE FAMILY OF MADAM LEE SO-MUI, A WORKER ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE, WHO WAS KILLED IN A CHAIN COLLISION OF SEVEN VEHICLES ALONG HIRAM’S HIGHWAY NEAR NAM WAI.

THE TAVA SCHEME PROVIDES EARLY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR FAMILIES WITHOUT TAKING REGARD OF THE MEANS OF THE FAMILY OR THE ELEMENT OF FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATION CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S TAVA SECTION ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF VICTORIA CENTRE, 15 WATSON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY OR BY CALLING 5-702342.

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT OPEN SPACE PROPOSED * * * *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PROPOSING CONSTRUCTION OF A DISTRICT OPEN SPACE IN TUEN MUN AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING FACILITIES FOR THE NEW TOWN.

THE OPEN SPACE TO THE NORTH OF WU SHAN ROAD WOULD OCCUPY 10.9 HECTARES BETWEEN LUNG MUN ROAD AND TUEN MUN NULLAH.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF THE OPEN SPACE WITH AN ARTIFICIAL TURF SOCCER PITCH, FOUR BASKETBALL COURTS, CYCLE HIRE AND CYCLING FACILITIES, A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA, A ROAD SAFETY TOWN AND A SERVICE BUILDING, ALL IN A LANDSCAPED PARK SETTING.

CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTPATH TO A PAVILION TO BE BUILT AT THE SUMMIT OF AN EXISTING WOODED KNOLL AND NEW PLANTING OF TREES AND SHRUBS IN THE WOODLAND WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

EXISTING FOOTBRIDGES OVER WU SHAN ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED TO FORM ACCESSES TO THE OPEN SPACE.

A 3.5 METRE WIDE CYCLETRACK WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED ALONG WU SHAN ROAD AND ROAD Dll.

ANOTHER CYCLETRACK OF THE SAME WIDTH AND A 3.5 METRE WIDE FOOTPATH AS A PROMENADE ALONG TUEN MUN NULLAH WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSAL.

DRAINAGE, EARTHWORKS AND ASSOCIATED AND ANCILLARY WORKS ARE PART OF THE PROJECT.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PLANNED WORKS SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT BY NOVEMBER 17.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1987

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ANTI-DRUG PLAY STAGED IN SHAM SHUI PO *****

MORE THAN 800 PEOPLE FROM MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MACS), OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, YOUTH CENTRES, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT WERE ENTERTAINED YESTERDAY AND TODAY (TUESDAY) TO THREE PERFORMANCES OF A STAGE PLAY WITH AN ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE.

ORGANISED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AS PART OF THE DISTRICT CAMPAIGN, THE PLAY, ENTITLED "A DANGEROUS GAME", WAS PRESENTED BY THE CHUNG YING THEATRE COMPANY AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

WITH SPONSORSHIP AND ADVICE FROM THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, "A DANGEROUS GAME" IS A PLAY FOR TEENAGERS AND THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT TEENAGERS.

THE STORY EVOLVES AROUND THREE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SUDDENLY FIND THEMSELVES PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME ---- DRUGS.

YOUNG AND TALENTED LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT, MR MOK HEI, HAS WRITTEN A TEXT WHICH HONESTLY ENGAGES ITSELF WITH THE EFFECT OF DANGEROUS DRUGS ON THE THREE CONFUSED TEENAGERS.

"IN ADDITION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION, THE PLAY IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BECAUSE IT CARRIES A STRONG AND SIGNIFICANT MESSAGE WHICH WARNS THE AUDIENCE, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG ONES, ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG ABUSE," THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GARETH MULLOY, SAID.

MR MULLOY, WHO WAS AMONG THE YOUNG AUDIENCE TODAY, THANKED THE CHUNG YING THEATRE COMPANY FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS AND THEIR HARD WORK IN MAKING THE PLAY A GREAT SUCCESS.

PRIOR TO THE DRAMA, THE AUDIENCE WERE TREATED TO AN ANTI-DRUG SLIDE SHOW AND THE NEWLY-PRODUCED LEAFLET ON PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS WERE DISTRIBUTED.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1987

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MARKETING COURSE FOR BANKERS # * #

THE BANKING TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL ORGANISE AN UPGRADING COURSE FOR BANKING STAFFS REQUIRED TO SELL AND DEVELOP THEIR BANK’S FACILITIES.

THE ’’MARKETING FOR BANKERS” COURSE WILL BE HELD ON THREE CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS FROM OCTOBER 10 TO 24. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO HELP TRAINEES DEVELOP THE STRATEGIC MARKETING SKILLS NECESSARY TO IMPROVE THEIR SALES PERFORMANCE AND TO PREPARE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

COURSE FEE IS $600. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS SEPTEMBER 25. THE COUNCIL WILL REIMBURSE HALF OF THE FEES TO PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE ATTAINED 80 PER CENT ATTENDANCE. ALL APPLICANTS HAVE TO BE SPONSORED BY EMPLOYERS.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, CONTACT SECRETARY OF THE TRAINING BOARD AT 5-8932341 EXT. 255 DURING OFFICE HOUR.

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CAREERS SEMINARS FOR JOB-SEEKERS * * * » »

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS JUST COMPLETED A SERIES OF CAREERS SEMINARS FOR SOME 200 JOB-SEEKERS REGISTERED WITH ITS HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT SERVICE.

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SEMINARS WAS TO ACQUAINT THE PARTICIPANTS, ALL OF WHOM WERE IN POSSESSION OF POST-SECONDARY, UNIVERSITY OR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, WITH UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREER PROSPECTS IN DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF THE JOB MARKET.

IT ALSO HELPED TO ENHANCE THEM WITH PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE ON JOB APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES.

GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS SECTOR WERE INVITED TO SPEAK ON A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS INCLUDING THE CIVIL SERVICE, ENGINEERING, JOB-HUNTING SKILLS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ELECTRONICS, DATA PROCESSING AND BANKING.

IN VIEW OF THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE, SIMILAR SEMINARS WILL BE ORGANISED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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VARIETY SHOW FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS

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RESIDENTS OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO AN ENTERTAINING VARIETY SHOW ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND.

PROGRAMME FOR THE NIGHT INCLUDES SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES, SHORT PLAYS AND DEMONSTRATION OF MARTIAL ARTS.

GAMESTALLS WILL ALSO BE SET UP AND PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES AT A LUCKY DRAW.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK SOUTH AREA COMMITTEE AS A PRELUDE TO THE MONG KOK FESTIVAL TO BE HELD LATER THIS YEAR.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE SHOW ARE AVAILABLE AT MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AT 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, WILL OFFICIATE AT A FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE WAN HO KAN CENTRE FOR THE AGED ON CHEUNG CHAU TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE CENTRE NEAR THE CHUNG SHAK HET HOME FOR THE AGED AT PAK SHE AT 3 PM.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRE, MR YIU KAI-HANG; CHAIRMAN OF THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR FUNG PAK-TAI, AND ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE WAN HO KAN CENTRE FOR THE AGED TO BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT PAK SHE, CHEUNG CHAU.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THE LAUNCH 'CLEMENTI* WHICH WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER IN CENTRAL AT 1.30 PM.

INFORMATION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND TAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS STREET SLEEPERS

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS CONCERNING STREET SLEEPERS IN THE DISTRICT.

AN INFORMATION PAPER ON RELATED SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENTED FOR MEMBERS’ CONSIDERATION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO HEAR VIEWS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON THE FEASIBILITY TO DEVELOP THE OLD FIRE STATION IN BELCHER’S STREET INTO A HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY.'

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING STARTING AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON 14/F., HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WANG TAU HOM

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FROM 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WANG TAU HOM FOR ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS FOR SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION.

THESE ARE:

THE RIGHT TURNING MOVEMENT FROM JUNCTION ROAD WESTBOUND ON TO FU MEI STREET NORTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED.

MOTORISTS ON JUNCTION ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR FU MEI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD.

THE LEFT TURNING MOVEMENT FROM FU MEI STREET SOUTHBOUND ON TO JUNCTION ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE BANNED.

MOTORISTS ON FU MEI STREET SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR JUNCTION ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE OLD WANG TAU HOM BUS TERMINUS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GREEN PAPER ON PEKING VISIT AGENDA........................... 1

CONSUMER PRICE INDICES FOR AUGUST RELEASED .................. 2

WELFARE SERVICES MEET NEW TOWN DEMANDS ...................... 4

TENDERS FOR SHORT TERM TENANCIES INVITED .................... 5

FIRST CENTRE FOR ELDERLY ISLANDERS TO BE BUILT .............. 6

CIVIC ACTIVITIES FOR YaU Ma TEI RESIDENTS.................... 6

TAXI DRIVERS URGED TO SUPPORT TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME............ 7

KC DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS TAXI POLICY REVIEW ............. 8

ESTABLISHMENT OF FRONTIER INDUSTRIAL ZONE ON AGENDA.......... 8

ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS MEETS .................... 9

NEW FIRE STATION TO BE OPENED ............................... 9

AWARDS FOR FIRMS EMPLOYING THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED ... 10

MORE ROAD WORKS IN TAI PO.................................... 10

TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND.......................... 11

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT .......... 12

LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITED ZONE ON DIANTHUS ROAD ............. 12

NO RIGHT TURN ON HO PONG STREET

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GREEN PAPER ON PEKING VISIT AGENDA

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING THAT THE GREEN PAPER EXERCISE WOULD BE AMONG A WHOLE RANGE OF ISSUES HE WOULD BE DISCUSSING WITH SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIALS DURING HIS THREE-DAY VISIT TO PEKING.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT, HE SAID THAT HE WOULD ' BE EXPLAINING TO THEM THAT "THE TIME FOR DECISIONS ON THAT HASN’T YET COME".

"1 WILL EXPLAIN THAT WE HAVE BEEN CARRYING OUT A VERY CAREFUL EXERCISE IN WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS NOT BEEN PUSHING ANY PARTICULAR POINT OF VIEW.

"WE HAVE BEEN GENUINELY TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE, BOTH THOSE WHO NORMALLY EXPRESS THEM IN PUBLIC AND THE SO-CALLED SILENT MAJORITY," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE TRIP TO PEKING, WHICH WAS FOLLOWING' A PATTERN OF VISITS ESTABLISHED BY SIR EDWARD YOUDE WAS VERY IMPORTANT SO AS TO MAINTAIN "THIS SORT OF INFORMAL CONTACT WITH SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN HONG KONG AFFAIRS".

"I’VE BEEN INVITED BY VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHOU NAN. 1 EXPECT ALSO TO BE SEEING STATE COUNCILLOR JI PENGFEI, MR LI HOU (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE), MR LU PING (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE), AND AMBASSADOR KE ZAISHUO."

SIR DAVID SAID THAT WHILE THERE WAS NO SET AGENDA HE WOULD BE DISCUSSING A WHOLE RANGE OF ISSUES INVOLVING RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

SEEING OFF THE GOVERNOR WERE THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG; THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS LYDIA DUNN; THE DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR QIAO ZONGHUAI, AND THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD. I

SIR DAVID, WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE TRIP BY HIS PRIVATE SECRETARY, MR RICHARD HOARE, WAS ALSO SEEN OFF BY LADY WILSON AND THEIR SON ANDREW.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDICES FOR AUGUST RELEASED ♦ * * * *

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) AND NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B) FOR AUGUST 1987 WERE BOTH 110.4, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 6.2 PER CENT AND 5.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER AUGUST 1986, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

COMPARED WITH JULY 1987 AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) INCREASED BY 1.1 PER CENT AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B), BY 0.8 PER CENT.

THE AVERAGE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) AND AVERAGE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 1987 WERE 107.1 AND 107.3 RESPECTIVELY.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDING AUGUST 1987, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.5 PER CENT PER MONTH, AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B), AT 0.4 PER CENT PER MONTH.

DURING AUGUST, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES INCREASED. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL PRICES OF CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED.

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(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 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $2,000 AND $6,499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B) BETWEEN $6,500 AND $9,999 A MONTH.

CHANGES IN THE INDICES FOR AUGUST 1987 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDICES, AS COMPARED WITH JULY 1987 AND AUGUST 1986, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 AVERAGE = 100)

SECTION CPI(A) CPI(B)

INDEX FOR AUG.87 % CHANGE OVER JUL.87 % CHANGE OVER AUG.86 INDEX FOR AUG.87 % CHANGE OVER JUL.87 % CHANGE OVER AUG.86

FOODSTUFFS 108.0 + 2.3 + 5.6 108.3 + 1.9 + 5.7

HOUSING 110.0 + 0.2 + 5.0 108.0 + 0.3 + 3.5

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FUEL AND LIGHT 92.5 -0.0» ♦ 4.1 93.2 -0.1 + 4.0

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 116.8 -0.1 + 6.0 117.2 -0.0* + 6.6

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 112.8 -1.4 + 6.3 114.3 -1.6 + 6.7

DURABLE GOODS 112.4 -0.2 + 6.2 111.4 -0.3 + 6.1

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 117.4 + 0.9 + 12.4 116.9 + 0.6 + 11.3

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 115.8 + 0.1 + 8.5 114.7 + 0.3 + 8.2

SERVICES 116.3 + 0.4 + 6.2 116.1 + 0.7 + 6.5

ALL ITEMS 110.4 + 1.1 + 6.2 110.4 + 0.8 + 5.9

t LESS THAN 0.05 PER CENT

COMPARED WITH JULY 1987, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 2.3 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX!A) AND BY 1.9 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B). THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE INCREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND SALT-WATER FISH AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGE FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE DECREASE IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH FRUIT. THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED BY 1.4 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX!A) AND BY 1.6 PER SENT .11)1 NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(B) AS A RESULT OF LOWER PRICES OF MEN S AND WOMEN b OUTERCLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY 0.9 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX!A) AND BY 0.6 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX!B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES OF JEWELLERY.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY 0.4 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) AND BY 0.7 PER CENT IN NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX!B) DUE TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOURS AND ADMISSION TO CONCERTS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDICES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

/XORE DETAILS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2}, 1987

MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE "CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT" FOR AUGUST 1987, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT $3.5 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG; OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19/F., WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG; OR FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG, FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDICES, PLEASE TELEPHONE THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-8235089.

THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WAS 113.1 IN AUGUST 1987, UP BY 0.6 PER CENT OVER JULY 1987 AND UP BY 6.7 PER CENT OVER AUGUST 1986. THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF THE 10 PER CENT OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG THAT SPENT HK$10,000-24,999 A MONTH DURING THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THIS INDEX ARE INCLUDED IN THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF HANG SENG BANK LTD.

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WELFARE SERVICES MEET NEW TOWN DEMANDS * * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT PLAYS AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE ASSESSMENT OF THE WELFARE NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS IN THE ARRANGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION OF THE PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES DURING THE PLANNING STAGE OF A NEW TOWN IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THERE WILL BE ADEQUATE AND TIMELY SERVICES TO MEET RESIDENTS’ DEMANDS, REGIONAL SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES), MR CARLOS LEUNG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF SHATIN, MR LEUNG OUTLINED THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN SHA TIN FOLLOWING THE REGIONALISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT IN 1979.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT APART FROM A WIDE RANGE OF WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT, SHA TIN WAS ALSO SERVED BY SOME 90 WELFARE SERVICE UNITS UNDER VARIOUS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE ALSO SIX DISTRICT COMMITTEES TO CO-ORDINATE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK, SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, REHABILITATION, CHILD CARE CENTRES AND NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

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"THUS, AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT SOCIAL WORK OFFICER POST WILL SOON BE CREATED IN THE DISTRICT TO COPE WITH THE INCREASINGLY COMPLEX CO-ORDINATION AND ORGANISATION WORK.

"IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, ANOTHER TWO YOUTH CENTRES, EIGHT CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES, ONE GROUP WORK UNIT, ONE CHILDREN’S HOME, EIGHT CHILD CARE CENTRES, SIX SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY, ONE DAY CARE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, FOUR HOSTELS FOR OLD PEOPLE, FOUR CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES FOR THE AGED, THREE SHELTERED WORKSHOPS, TWO HOSTELS FOR THE DISABLED, TWO HALF-WAY HOUSES, ONE EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRE AND ONE OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK TEAM WILL BE SET UP IN THE DISTRICT.

"MEANWHILE, STAFF FROM OUR DEPARTMENT ATTEND MEETINGS OF THE AREA COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND OTHER CONCERNED BODIES TO LISTEN TO AND ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT WELFARE SERVICES AS WELL AS TO REFLECT DISTRICT OPINIONS BACK TO THE HEADQUARTERS TO ENSURE THAT SERVICES DO MEET DISTRICT DEMANDS," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG CONCEDED THAT THE EXPANSION OF SERVICES WOULD INEVITABLY FALL BEHIND ACTUAL DEMANDS IN THE FAST-GROWING NEW TOWNS.

"NEVERTHELESS, THE PROBLEM OF INADEQUATE SERVICES IN THE TRANSITION PERIOD WILL BE RESOLVED AS LONG AS THE GOVERNMENT AND THE RESIDENTS CO-OPERATE AND WORK THROUGH CONSULTATION AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING," HE SAID.

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TENDERS FOR SHORT TERM TENANCIES INVITED t » » *

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR TWO SHORT TERM TENANCIES ON PREMISES IN YUEN LONG.

THE TENANCIES ARE AT TAK YIP STREET, TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA, AND THE PREMISES CAN ONLY BY USED AS TIMBER WORKSHOPS.

BOTH MEASURE ABOUT 888.7 SQUARE METRES.

TENDER FORMS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE, AND TENDER PLANS CAN BE SEEN AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

» DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG;

* BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND

» DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250, SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLO ' .

TENDERS CLOSE ON OCTOBER 9.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1987

FIRST CENTRE FOR ELDERLY ISLANDERS TO BE BUILT ♦ ♦ * » »

THE WAN HO KAN CENTRE FOR THE AGED, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE BUILT IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

WITH LOCAL CONTRIBUTORS BEARING THE CONSTRUCTION COST AND THE GOVERNMENT GRANTING THE PIECE OF LAND, THE CENTRE IS LOCATED AT PAK SHE, CHEUNG CHAU AND IT WILL BE RUN BY THE CHUNG SHAK-HEI HOME FOR THE AGED AFTER COMPLETION.

OFFICIATING AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, COMMENDED DONORS AND MEMBERS OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT AND CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF THE ELDERLY ISLANDERS.

WITH A CONSTRUCTION COST OF AROUND $600,000, THE THREE-STOREY CENTRE IS TARGETTED TO SERVE ALL ISLANDERS WHO REACH 60.

AFTER COMPLETION, THE CENTRE WILL PROVIDE VARIOUS KINDS OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AS WELL AS MEDICARE SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY.

STAFF OF THE CENTRE WILL ALSO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A MEANINGFUL PASTIME.

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YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE DISTRICT AND TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT MATTERS THROUGH ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DURING THE CURRENT DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE FESTIVAL'S ORGANISING COMMITTEE IS LAUNCHING A SUGGESTION SCHEME THROUGH WHICH RESIDENTS CAN PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ON WAYS TO IMPROVE THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AND ON MATTERS AFFECTING THEIR DAILY LIVING.

"THIS IS TO FOSTER RESIDENTS' PARTICIPATION WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO BRING ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DISTRICT," A SPOKESMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID.

THE SUGGESTIONS MADE WILL BE FORWARDED TO RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION, HE SAID.

/IN ADDITION,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2J, 1987

IN ADDITION, THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS ALSO DESIGNED QUESTIONNAIRES ON DISTRICT INFORMATION AND CIVIC KNOWLEDGE.-

PARTICIPANTS WITH CORRECT ENTRIES WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET ADMISSION TICKETS FOR A VARIETY SHOW, ALSO AN ACTIVITY DURING THE FESTIVAL, WHICH WOULD BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM ON OCTOBER 30, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND FORMS FOR THE SUGGESTION SCHEME ARE AVAILABLE AT YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNAVON ROAD. DEADLINE FOR BOTH EVENTS IS SEPTEMBER 30.

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TAXI DRIVERS URGED TO SUPPORT TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME *****

TAXI DRIVERS ARE URGED TO SUPPORT THE TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME BY ACCEPTING VOUCHERS FROM WHEELCHAIR-BOUND PASSENGERS AS PAYMENT FOR TAXI FARES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT FOR TAXI DRIVERS TO ACCEPT THE VOUCHERS, THEIR CO-OPERATION WILL HELP MAKE THE SCHEME A SUCCESS.

THE TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME WAS IMPLEMENTED ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. ITS AIM IS TO SUBSIDISE THE WHEELCHAIR-BOUND IN RIDING TAXIS - AN IMPORTANT MODE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR THE DISABLED.

UNDER THE SCHEME, AN ELIGIBLE PERSON IS ISSUED WITH TAXI VOUCHERS AMOUNTING TO $55 PER MONTH. THE VOUCHERS ARE OF $5, $2 AND

$1 DENOMINATIONS AND ARE VALID FOR SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE. NEVERTHELESS, TAXI DRIVERS CAN CONTINUE TO CASH THE VOUCHERS THREE MONTHS AFTER THE VOUCHERS EXPIRE.

TAXI DRIVERS CAN CASH THE VOUCHERS AT THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICES BY SHOWING THEIR TAXI DRIVING LICENCES:

* STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE, 2/F, LOW BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG;

* HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE, 2 MURRAY ROAD, G/F, HONG KONG;

* KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, 9/F, KOWLOON;

* KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 5/F, 12 LET YUE MUN ROAD, KOWLOON; AND

* SHA TIN LICENSING OFFICE, KCR HOUSE, 5/F, SHATIN STATION, NEW TERRITORIES.

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KC DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS TAXI POLICY REVIEW

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MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS A CONSULTATION DOCUMENT ON TAXI POLICY REVIEW.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE THE PAPER AND LISTEN TO MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE DOCUMENT.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY CLEARANCE BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR H.T. LUI.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE QUESTIONS ON THE GRANTING OF FUNDS BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, VIEWS ON EXISTING MAHJONG CLUBS, PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO LEGISLATIONS REGARDING COMPENSATION ARISING FROM FLYOVER WORKS IN RELATION TO FREE INSTALLATION OF DUSTPROOF AND SOUNDPROOF WINDOWS FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY FLYOVER NUISANCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 1'11 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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ESTABLISHMENT OF FRONTIER INDUSTRIAL ZONE ON AGENDA

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MEMBERS OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) TO DISCUSS THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A FRONTIER CLOSED AREA INDUSTRIAL ZONE.

COMMITTEE MEMBER, MR ANTHONY YUEN, WILL PRESENT A PAPER GIVING HIS VIEWS ON THE PROPOSAL FOLLOWED BY A FREE DISCUSSION.

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER HOLDING A SERIES OF SEMINARS ON EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FOR THE WORKING POPULATION LATER THIS YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANL1NG.

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ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS MEETS * ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE 65TH MEETING OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) WILL BE HELD AT THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, 23RD FLOOR, HIGH BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A BRIEFING FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WILL BE HELD AT THE NARCOTICS DIVISION AFTER THE MEETING WHICH IS EXPECTED TO FINISH AT ABOUT 4.15 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE BRIEFING.

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NEW FIRE STATION TO BE OPENED ♦ ♦ ♦ » »

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHEK KIP MEI FIRE STATION ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25).

THE STATION, SITUATED NEAR THE JUNCTION OF NAM CHEONG STREET AND CORNWALL STREET IN SHEK KIP MEI, IS ONE OF THE FOUR FIRE STATIONS OF THE WEST DIVISION OF KOWLOON COMMAND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 10.30 AM ON FRIDAY.

REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO TAKE FIRE SERVICES TRANSPORT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE TSIM TUNG FIRE STATION AT 1 HONG CHONG ROAD, KOWLOON BEFORE 9.30 AM. INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO GIVE ASSISTANCE.

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AWARDS FOR FIRMS EMPLOYING THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED *****

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIR PLAQUES ON FIRDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) TO 11 EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE TAKEN ON THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT’S SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION.

THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY IS ORGANISED IN RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THESE EMPLOYERS TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY. THE TOP 11 EMPLOYERS HIRED A TOTAL OF 136 SUCH EMPLOYEES IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

ANOTHER 10 FIRMS WHICH HAVE DONE MUCH TO RE-ARRANGE DUTIES AND RE-DEPLOY STAFF TO FACILITATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED, WILL EACH BE GIVEN A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION.

AN EMPLOYER AND A DISABLED EMPLOYEE WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE GATHERING TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS AND EXPERIENCE IN SETTLING AT WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) AT THE VICTORIA BALLROOM, HOTEL VICTORIA, SHUN TAK CENTRE, CENTRAL.

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MORE ROAD WORKS IN TAI PO *****

A NUMBER OF ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS ARE TO BE CARRIED OUT TO PLATFORMS NORTH OF TING KOK ROAD BETWEEN HA HANG AND WONG YUE TAN, TAI PO, TO SERVE FUTURE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

WORK WILL INVOLVE CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROADS TOTALLING 1,400 METRES IN LENGTH, FOOTPATHS, AMENITY AREAS, 26 CAR PARKING SPACES, AND STORMWATER AND SEWER WATER DRAINS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT WILL BE IMPROVEMENTS TO FOOTPATHS, A CYCLE TRXCK, AMENITY STRIPS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS IN FRONT OF TAI PO FIRE STATION; PAVING OF ROADS IN TAI PO CENTRE; AND WIDENING OF PLOVER COVE ROAD TOGETHER WITH CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTPATHS AND ANCILLARY DRAINAGE.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON OCTOBER 9.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND *****

FROM 7 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25), NO VEHICLE EXCEEDING 10 METRES IN LENGTH WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER ON LAN STREET IN CENTRAL DAILY FROM 7 PM TO 7 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF TELEPHONE DUCTS.

IN ADDITION, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26), A SERIES OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI HANG TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

» SECOND LANE BETWEEN WARREN STREET AND JONES STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

» WARREN STREET BETWEEN TUNG LO WAN ROAD \ND SECOND LANE WILL BE CHANGED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* WARREN STREET BETWEEN SHEPHERD STREET AND SECOND LANE, CURRENTLY TWO-WAY TRAFFIC, WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* JONES STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT

THE EXISTING BAN ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH ON THE SECTION OF WHITTY STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST WILL REMAIN IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST EASTBOUND HEADING FOR QUEEN’S ROAD WEST WILL CONTINUE TO BE DIVERTED VIA WESTERN STREET.

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LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITED ZONE ON DIANTHUS ROAD t ♦ * * *

THE SECTION OF DIANTHUS ROAD EAST OF TAT CHEE AVENUE WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL LEARNER DRIVERS FROM 6 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO INDICATE THE AREA OF PROHIBITION.

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NO RIGHT TURN ON HO PONG STREET ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦

THE RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT FROM HO PONG STREET ON TO PUI TO ROAD WILL BE BANNED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 25).

KMB ROUTES 59, 59B, 62, 66 AND 66M WILL BE DIVERTED TO MAKE THE RIGHT TURN AT THE JUNCTION OF TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

TERMINAL 7 TENDER DETAILS ANNOUNCED ......................... 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR aUGUST ........................ 2

PLANNING RASED ON STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, SLW ............. 6

"GREEN LIGHT" FOR DRUG COUNSELLING CENTRE.................... 7

HALF-WAY HOUSE AN IMPORTANT STEP TO RE-INTEGRATION........... 9

NEW DISTRICT OFFICES LEARNS ABOUT HIS DISTRICT .............. 11

ENROLMENT FOR 1987 JOURNALISM SYMPOSIUM BEGINS .............. 12

NEW ROAD MARKINGS ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD ..................... 12

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY............................... 13

LAUNDRY SYSTEM FOR MA PO PING PRISON ........................ 17

KWUN TONG CHILDREN'S CHORUS ANNUAL CONCERT .................. 18

EXHIBITION OF SCHOOL STUDENTS CREATIVE WORK.................. 18

RTHK RATITO 5 PROGRAMME RESHUFFLE OUTDOOR SHOT .............. 19

REGIMENT TO HOLD WEEKEND EXERCISE............................ 19

SPEEDPOSP SERVICE TO SaUDI ARABIA EXTENDED .................. 20

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE......................... 20

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

TERMINAL 7 TENDER DETAILS ANNOUNCED

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DETAILS OF THE TENDER TO BUILD AND OPERATE THE SEVENTH TERMINAL OF THE CONTAINER PORT AT KWAI CHUNG WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE NEW TERMINAL WILL BE BUILT NEXT TO TERMINAL 6, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

IT WOULD MAKE HONG KONG, ALREADY AFTER ROTTERDAM AS THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST CONTAINER PORT IN TERMS OF THROUGHPUT, POSSIBLY THE LARGEST.

IT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON LAND TO BE RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA AND OCCUPY AN AREA OF 31.5 HECTARES.

A GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT IN THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, MR JIM HUGHES, SAID KEEN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INTEREST HAD ALREADY BEEN EXPRESSED IN THE PROJECT.

’’THERE HAS BEEN A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES,” HE SAID.

DEVELOPERS HAVE UNTIL JANUARY 29 TO SUBMIT THEIR TENDERS.

”WE ARE ALLOWING FOUR MONTHS AS THIS IS SUCH A MAJOR UNDERTAKING,” MR HUGHES SAID.

THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY APRIL 13, 1988.

THE PURCHASER WILL BE GIVEN 12 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF SIGNING THE AGREEMENT TO SUBMIT HIS PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERMINAL COVERING DETAILS OF ROADS, ANY BUILDINGS, QUAYS OR STRUCTURES TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON THE SITE AND THE TIMING OF DEVELOPMENT WORKS.

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO MAKE AVAILABLE A BORROW AREA ON THE SOUTHWEST OF TSING YI ISLAND FOR THE PURCHASER TO OBTAIN FILL FOR THE RECLAMATION WORKS. HOWEVER, ADDITIONAL TENDERS BASED ON THE USE OF MARINE OR OTHER SOURCES OF FILL MAY BE SUBMITTED IF DEVELOPERS CONSIDER THEM TO BE MORE ECONOMIC.

THE CONDITIONS PROVIDE FOR THE LOT TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IN PHASES OVER A PERIOD OF 60 MONTHS.

WITHIN 48 MONTHS THE PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP THE LOT SUFFICIENTLY TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE ONE CONTAINER BERTH AND, AFTER 54 MONTHS, TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE TWO BERTHS.

THE THREE-BERTH TERMINAL WILL BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY 1993 WHEN IT SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF BERTHING THREE CONTAINER SHIPS SIMULTANEOUSLY AND MAINTAINING A HANDLING CAPACITY OF 750,000 TEUS (TWENTY-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS) PER ANNUM.

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STRINGENT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WILL BE APPLIED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD AND AFTER THE TERMINAL IS OPERATING.

THESE INCLUDE THE PURCHASER ENSURING THAT NUISANCE OR ANNOYANCE TO OWNERS OR OCCUPIERS OF PREMISES IN THE VICINITY OF THE LOT AND BORROW AREAS IS AVOIDED.

IN THE EVENT THAT THE LAND BORROW AREA IS USED THE FILL WILL BE LOADED DIRECTLY ON TO BARGES, THEREBY AVOIDING THE USE OF ROADS ON TSING YI.

DETAILS OF THE TENDER WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR AUGUST

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THE STRONG GROWTH IN EXTERNAL TRADE CONTINUED IN AUGUST 1987, ALBEIT AT A SLOWER RATE THAN IN JULY, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN AUGUST 1987 WAS $18,557 MILLION, 25.4 PER CENT OR $3,759 MILLION HIGHER THAN IN AUGUST 1986, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 51.9 PER CENT OR $5,519 MILLION TO $16,149 MILLION.

TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT $34,706 MILLION, WAS 36.5 PER CENT OR $9,278 MILLION HIGHER THAN IN AUGUST 1986.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY 35.9 PER CENT OR $8,438 MILLION-OVER AUGUST 1986 TO $31,933 MILLION.

AS THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN AUGUST 1987 WAS GREATER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF $2,773 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 8.7 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED.

THIS COMPARES WITH A SURPLUS OF $1,933 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 8.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN AUGUST 1986.

THIS RELATIVELY HIGH VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS IN PROPORTIONATE TERMS IS LARGELY SEASONAL, REFLECTING THE TIMING OF EXPORT SHIPMENTS TO MEET THE WINTER SEASON IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

PUTTING THE MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1987 WAS $235,871 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $123,296 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $112,575 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY $67,203 MILLION OR 39.8 PER CENT, THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $28,854 MILLION OR 30.6 PER CENT, AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS BY $38,349 MILLION OR 51.7 PER CENT.

OVER THIS PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $66,396 MILLION OR 38.8 PER CENT, TO $237,384 MILLION.

A CUMULATIVE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF $1,513 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 0.6 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1987.

THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $2,320 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 1.4 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN RECENT MONTHS WAS MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO SUSTAINED DEMAND FOR HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS IN OVERSEAS MARKETS, AND TO THE STIMULATION CAUSED BY THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, IN LINE WITH THAT OF THE U.S. DOLLAR, AGAINST MOST OTHER MAJOR CURRENCIES DURING THE COURSE OF 1986 AND IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 1987.

THE EVEN MORE RAPID GROWTH IN RE-EXPORTS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE FLOURISHING ENTREPOT TRADE WITH CHINA, WHICH FEATURED PROMINENTLY BOTH AS A SOURCE AND AS A MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE STRONG GROWTH IN IMPORTS WAS PARTLY A REFLECTION OF THE BUOYANT DOMESTIC DEMAND, BUT ALSO SUGGESTED THAT EXPORT PERFORMANCE WAS LIKELY TO REMAIN GOOD IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR AUGUST 1987.

/TRADE FIGURES .......

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 198?

TRADE FIGURES FOR AUGUST, 1987

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR AUGUST

MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS $18,557 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE $16,149 MILLION $34,706 MILLION $31,933 MILLION $ 2,773 MILLION [IN SURPLUS]

COMPARATIVE FIGURES LATEST 3 MONTHS JUN 87 TO AUG 87 HK$ MN. JUN 86 TO AUG 86 HK$ MN. INCREASE

HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 53,793 41,614 12,179 29.3

RE-EXPORTS 47,145 30,792 16,353 53.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 100,938 72,406 28,532 39.4

IMPORTS 97,355 70,490 26,865 38.1

TRADE BALANCE 3,583 1,916 1,667

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR AUGUST 1987 AUGUST 1986 INCREASE

HK$ MN. HK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 18,557 (53.5%)(58 14,798 .2%) 3,759 25.4

RE-EXPORTS 16,149 10,630 5,519 51.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 34,706 25,428 9,278 36.5

IMPORTS 31,933 23,495 8,438 35.9

TRADE BALANCE 2,773 1,933 840

/last month........

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 198?

AUGUST JULY INCREASE

LAST MONTH 1987 HK$ MN. 1987 HK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 18,557 (53.5%) 18,948 (53.8%) -391 -2.1

RE-EXPORTS 16,149 16,298 -149 -0.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 34,706 35,246 -540 -1.5

IMPORTS 31,933 33,298 -1,365 -4.1

TRADE BALANCE 2,773 1,948 825

JAN-AUG JAN-AUG INCREASE

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1987 HK$ MN. 1986 HK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 123,296 (52.3%) 94,442 (56.0%) 28,854 30.6

RE-EXPORTS 112,575 74,226 38,349 51.7

TOTAL EXPORTS 235,871 168,668 67,203 39.8

IMPORTS 237,384 170,988 66,396 38.8

TRADE BALANCE -1 ,513 -2,320 807

SEP 86 TO SEP 85 TO INCREASE

LAST 12 MONTHS AUG 87 HK$ MN. AUG 86 HK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 182,838 140,358 42,480 30.3

RE-EXPORTS 160,894 109,135 51,759 47.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 343,732 249,493 94,239 37.8

IMPORTS 342,350 251,660 90,690 36.0

TRADE BALANCE 1 , 382 -2,167 3.549

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

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PLANNING BASED ON STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, SLW

*****

THE GOVERNMENT’S STRATEGIC PLANNING MUST BE BASED ON THE FIRM OBJECTIVES OF STABILITY AND PROSPERITY AS SET OUT IN THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, HAS SAID IN BRUSSELS.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE BELGIUM-HONG KONG SOCIETY ON WEDNESDAY, MR BARNES SAID THAT, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES, HONG KONG MUST ENSURE ITS COMMERCIAL PROSPERITY, IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF ALL ITS PEOPLE AND ENSURE THAT THE TERRITORY WILL BE VALUED AND RESPECTED BY THE FUTURE SOVEREIGN STATE OF CHINA WHEN HONG KONG BECOMES A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (SAR) OF CHINA.

AFTER GIVING A THUMB-NAIL SKETCH OF HONG KONG’S POST-WAR DEVELOPMENT, WITH PARTICULAR STRESS ON THE NEW TOWN CONSTRUCTION, MR BARNES OUTLINED THE MAJOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR PROJECTS UNDER CONSIDERATION AT PRESENT.

REFERRING TO THE CONTAINER PORT EXTENSIONS AND THE PLANS FOR OTHER DEEP-SEA BERTHS, MR BARNES SAID THAT, UP TILL RECENTLY, FAR THE GREATEST PROPORTION OF CARGOES CROSSING THE WHARF WERE EXPORTS FROM AND IMPORTS INTO HONG KONG ITSELF BUT CHINA’S MODERNISATION PLANS HAVE CHANGED THE BALANCE.

HONG KONG EXPORTS HAVE INCREASED BOTH IN TECHNOLOGICAL AND VALUE TERMS RATHER THAN IN BULK BUT THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO AND FROM CHINA THROUGH HONG KONG HAS INCREASED FROM HK$13,036 MILLION IN 1980 TO HK$92,491 MILLION LAST YEAR.

CHINA'S USE OF THE CONTAINER TERMINALS HAS INCREASED BY 27 PER CENT EACH YEAR AND THE RATE OF INCREASE IN CHINA’S TRADE WILL INVOLVE AN EARLY EXPANSION OF OUR CONTAINER PORT FACILITIES, HE SAID.

MR BARNES ALSO SPOKE OF THE PLANS FOR A NEW AIRPORT AND THE EXTENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH WILL BE REQUIRED. HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO EMBARK ON A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT STUDY TO WORK OUT THE OPTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BOTH AIRPORT AND PORT AS AN ECONOMIC PROPOSITION.

ON URBAN REDEVELOPMENT, MR BARNES SAID THIS IS ANOTHER OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR PRIORITIES THE AIM BEING TO BRING LIVING CONDITIONS NEARER OT THE STANDARD OF THAT IN THE NEW TOWNS.

"A MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE URBAN AREAS IS BEING PREPARED AND A LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT BUT OPERATING COMMERCIALLY IS BEING CREATED TO FOSTER REDEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR."

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

- 7 -"GREEN LIGHT" FOR DRUG COUNSELLING CENTRE *****

THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE (HKCS) HAS BEEN GIVEN THE "GREEN LIGHT" BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) TO RUN A COUNSELLING CENTRE FOR PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG ABUSERS.

AT THE 65TH MEETING OF ACAN TODAY (THURSDAY), MEMBERS DISCUSSED AT LENGTH AND ACCEPTED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE TO TAKE ON THE THREE-YEAR PILOT PROJECT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $3.1 MILLION.

THE CENTRE IS AIMED AT POTENTIAL, OCCASIONAL AND REGULAR PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG ABUSERS. DEPENDING ON THE TYPES OF CLIENT AND THE DEGREE OF ABUSE, IT WILL PROVIDE DRUG INFORMATION, COUNSELLING, CRISIS INTERVENTION, EARLY MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS, CRISIS MONITORING AND MEDICAL REFERRAL SERVICES.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S PSYCHIATRIC OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES WILL PROVIDE SUPPORTING SERVICES FOR MORE SEVERE CASES.

AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND OR THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WILL NOW BE MADE BY THE HKCS.

IF THE APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL, THE PROJECT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE MEETING WAS TOLD THAT THREE LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE INTERESTED IN THE PROJECT. THE HKCS WAS RECOMMENDED BECAUSE OF ITS GOOD TRACK RECORD IN PROVIDING SOCIAL SERVICES AND ITS EXPERIENCE IN COUNSELLING YOUNG PEOPLE. THE HKCS HAS ITS OWN OUTREACH YOUTH TEAM IN SOUTH KOWLOON.

HOWEVER, THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS HAD CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT.

THE HKCS HAS ALSO THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING ABLE TO USE ITS EXISTING PREMISES CENTRALLY LOCATED IN GRANVILLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI WITH READILY AVAILABLE MEDICAL SUPPORT IN THE SAME BUILDING.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GARETH MULLOY, EXPLAINED THAT ACCESS TO THE CENTRE WOULD BE VIA THE SAME DOOR TO OTHER FACILITIES OF THE CENTRE.

"THIS SHOULD REMOVE THE DANGER OF EMBARRASSMENT WHICH WILL ARISE IF THEY HAD TO USE A SEPARATE ENTRANCE," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT EXPERIENCED STAFF WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAY-TO-DAY RUNNING OF THE CENTRE, LEADING THERAPEUTIC GROUPS AND CONDUCTING IN-DEPTH COUNSELLING WHERE NECESSARY.

/"THE PILOT ......

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"THE PILOT PROJECT WILL BE EVALUATED 18 MONTHS AFTER ITS OPERATION AND THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION SUB-COMMITTEE OF ACAN WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORING THE PROGRESS," MR MULLOY SAID.

REVIEWING THE DRUG SITUATION, MR MULLOY INFORMED THE MEETING THAT THE DOWNWARD TREND IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS NEWLY REPORTED TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE WHICH BEGAN IN 1983 CONTINUED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987.

THE NUMBER OF PERSONS OF ALL AGES NEWLY REPORTED DECREASED BY 10.5 PER CENT, FROM 1,442 TO 1,290, AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1986.

THE NUMBER OF NEWLY REPORTED YOUNG PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 HOWEVER INCREASED BY NINE PER CENT FROM 387 TO 422.

"THIS INCREASE IS A REFLECTION OF THE INCREASE IN REPORTS BY YOUTH OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK TEAMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1987.

"MOST OF THE CASES ARE OF THE KIND WITH WHICH THE COUNSELLING CENTRE WILL DEAL," HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS PROSECUTED FOR ALL DRUG OFFENCES DROPPED BY 10.6 PER CENT FROM 6,288 TO 5,621 AND PROSECUTIONS OF YOUNG PERSONS UNDER 21 A1SO DECREASED FROM 519 TO 412, REPRESENTING A DROP OF 20.6 PER CENT.

"NEVERTHELESS, THE NUMBER OF PERSONS PROSECUTED FOR MAJOR DRUG OFFENCES SLIGHTLY INCREASED BY 5.9 PER CENT FROM 2,641 TO 2,798," HE ADDED.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1987 POLICE AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZED A TOTAL OF 222 KILOGRAMS OF ILLICIT OPIATES, MAINLY NO. 3 HEROIN.

IN ADDITION, A TOTAL OF 317 KILOGRAMS OF CANNABIS WERE SEIZED DURING THIS PERIOD. THIS WAS SIX-FOLD THE TOTAL QUANTITY FOUND IN THE WHOLE YEAR OF 1986.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE NUMBER OF MANDRAX TABLETS SEIZED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 CAME DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY TO 39,669 TABLETS COMPARED WITH A TOTAL OF 273,745 TABLETS LAST YEAR.

MR MULLOY NOTED THAT ANTI-NARCOTICS PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN CONTINUED UNABATED THROUGH THE MEDIA, POSTERS AND OTHER MEANS AND THROUGH DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS AND SCHOOL TALKS.

"ONE NEW DEPARTURE WAS THE NARCOTICS DIVISION’S COOPERATION WITH THE CHUNG YING THEATRE COMPANY IN THE PRODUCTION OF A PLAY ON THE THEME OF ANTI-DRUG ABUSE," HE SAID.

/"I SAW

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

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m 1 SAW THE PLAY EARLIER THIS WEEK AND IT WAS VERY APPARENT ME THAT THE DANGERS OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG ABUSE WERE BEING STRONGLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO THE 150 OR SO YOUNGSTERS PRESENT IN LANGUAGE WHICH THEY UNDERSTOOD," HE SAID.

THE PLAY "A DANGEROUS GAME” WILL CONTINUE ITS RUN OVER NEXT FEW MONTHS AT DIFFERENT VENUES.

TO PUT THE

THE

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HALF-WAY HOUSE AN IMPORTANT STEP TO RE-INTEGRATION

*****

A HALF-WAY HOUSE SERVES AS A 'BUFFER STATE’ BETWEEN A DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENT AND HIS FAMILY AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

"IT IS A MOST VALUABLE PROVISION FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THESE PATIENTS," SHE SAID WHILE ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION.

MRS WONG EXPLAINED THAT AFTER A PROLONGED PERIOD IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL SOME CLIENTS MIGHT NEED A HALF-WAY HOUSE TO REGAIN BASIC DAILY LIVING AND SOCIAL SKILLS BEFORE THEY COULD BE INTEGRATED INTO THE COMMUNITY.

A PATIENT’S FAMILY MEMBERS, SHE SAID, MIGHT ALSO NEED TIME AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO READJUST THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PATIENT WHO HAD BEEN AWAY FROM HOME FOR A LONG PERIOD AND WHOSE BEHAVIOUR IN THE PAST MIGHT HAVE SHATTERED THEIR TRUST IN HIM.

SHE NOTED THAT WITH THE UNTIRING EFFORTS OF THE MASS MEDIA, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND THE GOVERNMENT, THE RESISTANCE TO HALF-WAY HOUSES HAD SUBSIDED GRADUALLY.

HOWEVER, THE PROVISION OF REHABILITATION FOR THOSE PATIENTS WITH A RECORD OF "VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR" HAD STILL TO BE RESOLVED, SHE SAID.

"ANY PERSON MAY HAVE A RECORD OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR BUT THIS SHOULD INDEED NOT BE A REASON TO EXILE HIM FROM OUR MIDST FOR LIFE," SHE SAID.

/ARGUING AGAINST .......

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

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ARGUING AGAINST SUCH ATTITUDE, SHE ASKED: ’’EVEN IF SOME CLIENTS MAY HAVE VIOLENT PROPENSITIES, WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER TO SET UP A HALF-WAY HOUSE AS A SAFETY VALVE FOR BOTH THE CLIENTS AND THE COMMUNITY THAN TO DISCHARGE THEM DIRECTLY FROM HOSPITALS TO THE COMMUNITY?”

’’NOW THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT REQUESTS ALL REFERRING DOCTORS TO CLEARLY STATE THE HISTORY OF CLIENTS’ VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR, IF ANY, AND TO RECORD THE DEFINITE PERIOD DURING WHICH THE CLIENTS HAVE BEEN FREE FROM SUCH BEHAVIOUR IN THEIR REFERRALS TO HALF-WAY HOUSES.

’’WITH DETAILED RECORDS, AGENCIES CONCERNED ARE NOW IN A POSITION TO DECIDE WHO ARE THE ONES THAT MAY CONFIDENTLY BE REHABILITATED IN THEIR HALF-WAY HOUSES,” MRS WONG SAID.

FOR DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS NEEDING MORE INTENSIVE CARE, SHE SAID THAT THEY WOULD BE CARED FOR UNDER A DISPERSAL MODEL IN WHICH ONLY A GROUP OF NOT MORE THAN 10 OF SUCH CLIENTS WOULD BE REHABILITATED IN A PURPOSE-BUILT HALF-WAY HOUSE OF 40 PLACES.

’’THESE HALF-WAY HOUSES ARE CUSTOM-BUILT WITH SPECIAL FACILITIES AND ADDITIONAL MANPOWER TO MINIMISE THE POSSIBILITY OF RELAPSE,” SHE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING 11 SUCH HALF-WAY HOUSES OF WHICH THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION IS GOING TO OPERATE THREE IN KOWLOON.

BETWEEN 1986 AND THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1987, SEVEN NEW HALF-WAY HOUSES HAVE COME INTO EXISTENCE OF WHICH FOUR ARE RUN RY THE SAME ASSOCIATION.

MRS WONG PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS UNTIRING EFFORTS SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1959 TO PIONEER A WIDE SPECTRUM OF SERVICES FOR THE DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS, ITS ACTIVE ROLE BOTH IN THE FORMULATION OF POLICY AND IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECTS IN RELATION TO WELFARE PROVISIONS TO DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS SUCH AS SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT, DAILY TRAINING, HOUSING OR LONG TERM INSTITUTIONAL CARE.

THE ASSOCIATION IS PLANNING 1’0 SET UP ADDITIONALLY TWO HOSTELS, FIVE HALF-WAY HOUSES, TWO SHELTERED WORKSHOPS, AN ACTIVITY CENTRE FOR DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS AND TWO LONG STAY CARE HOMES IN THE COMING THREE TO FOUR YEARS.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

11

NEW DISTRICT OFFICER LEARNS ABOUT HIS DISTRICT

*****

WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE METHODIST CENTRE IN HENNESSY ROAD AS PART OF HIS FAMILIARISATION TOUR OF THE DISTRICT.

MR CHOW, WHO TOOK UP THE POST EARLIER THIS MONTH, SAID AFTER THE VISIT THAT FAMILIARISATION TOURS WERE HELPFUL TO HIS WORK AS THEY GAVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN, AT FIRST-HAND, THE MANY ASPECTS AND PROBLEMS OF THE DISTRICT.

MR CHOW EXPRESSED DELIGHT AT BECOMING THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF ONE OF THE FASTEST DEVELOPING DISTRICTS AND ADDED : "I AM PARTICULARLY HAPPY TO BE INVOLVED IN THE RUNNING OF WAN CHAI AT A TIME WHEN IT IS EVOLVING FROM AN OLD URBAN AREA TO A BUSTLING COMMERCIAL DISTRICT FULL OF ACTIVITIES."

MR CHOW NOTED THAT WAN CHAI, LIKE MANY OTHER DISTRICTS, HAD ITS FAIR SHARE OF PROBLEMS SUCH AS TRAFFIC CONGESTION, ENVIRONMENTAL AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS, AND THE PRESENCE OF STREET SLEEPERS AND ILLEGAL HAWKERS.

"ALTHOUGH THERE MAY NOT BE QUICK SOLUTIONS TO THESE DIFFICULTIES, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO BRING ABOUT IMPROVEMENT," SAID MR CHOW.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ARRIVAL LATER THIS YEAR OF A BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM WOULD DEFINITELY HELP FACILITATE BETTER MANAGEMENT OF PRIVATE BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT.

TURNING TO THE PEOPLE OF WAN CHAI, THE NEW DISTRICT OFFICER SAID HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED BY THE CONCERN AND DEVOTION TO DISTRICT AFFAIRS SHOWN BY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEES DURING HIS MEETINGS WITH THEM, AND HE LOOKED FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH THEM.

AT PRESENT, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WAS CONCENTRATING ITS EFFORTS ON THE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN AND THE RESPONSE SO FAR WAS FAVOURABLE WITH MORE THAN 5,000 NEW ELECTORS HAVING RETURNED THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN IN MID-AUGUST, MR CHOW SAID.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

ENROLMENT FOR 1987 JOURNALISM SYMPOSIUM BEGINS

*****

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO ENROL IN THE 1987 JOURNALISM SYMPOSIUM TO BE ORGANISED BY THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL FROM OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 6.

THE THREE-WEEK SYMPOSIUM IS ARRANGED ON A MODULE BASIS SO THAT PARTICIPANTS COULD TAKE PART IN ONE OR MORE MODULES AS THEY WISH.

A TOTAL OF 13 MODULES ARE OFFERED WHICH INCLUDE A THREE-DAY INTENSIVE COURSE ON PUTONGHUA, ONE-DAY COURSES ON NEWS TRANSLATION INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES, BUSINESS NEWS REPORTING AND EDITING, PRESS LAW, CHINESE OR ENGLISH EDITING, NEWSROOM MANAGEMENT, LEGAL CONSTRAINTS ON REPORTING AND OTHERS.

COURSE FEE FOR THE THREE-WEEK SYMPOSIUM IS >150 AS A RESULT OF A $20,000 SUBSIDY FROM THE COUNCIL. THE FEE WILL BE $10 PER DAY FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND ANY OF THE MODULES.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS OCTOBER 5. FOR FURTHER

ENQUIRIES,

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NEW ROAD MARKINGS ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD *****

MOTORISTS FROM NORTH POINT HEADING FOR KOWLOON VIA THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR (IEC) WILL HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR GANTRY SIGNS AND CHOOSE THE CORRECT LANE AS SOON AS THEY DRIVE PAST CITY GARDENS.

THIS IS BECAUSE FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28), A NEW "SOLID-CUM-BROKEN WHITE LINE" (I.E. A CONTINUOUS WHITE LINE ALONGSIDE A BROKEN WHITE LINE) SEPARATING CENTRAL-BOUND AND KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED ALONG VICTORIA PARK ROAD STRETCHING ALL THE WAY FROM THE WESTERN EXIT OF THE IEC NEAR WATSON ROAD TO THE PETROL STATION OUTSIDE EXCELSIOR HOTEL.

"AS A RESULT, .VEHICLES BOUND FOR CENTRAL ON THE OUTERMOST WESTBOUND LANE OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CUT INTO THE QUEUE OF KOWLOON-BOUND VEHICLES ON THE MIDDLE LANE. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEASURE IS TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW FOR CENTRALBOUND VEHICLES," SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

/"NEW GANTRY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

"NEW GANTRY SIGNS HAVE BEEN ERECTED ON THE IEC NEAR OIL STREET AND WATSON ROAD TO HELP MOTORISTS SELECT THE APPROPRIATE LANE IN GOOD TIME. LANE SELECTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WELL BEFORE MOTORISTS COME NEAR WATSON ESTATE," HE CONTINUED.

FOR WESTBOUND MOTORISTS COMING FROM TSING FUNG STREET FLYOVER OR HING FAT STREET, THEY WERE URGED TO WATCH OUT FOR A SHORT DOUBLE WHITE LINE NEAR THE MERGING POINT OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD WITH THE IEC WESTBOUND APPROACH.

"THIS MEANS THAT THEY CANNOT WEAVE INTO THE CENTRAL-BOUND OUTERMOST LANE OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD IMMEDIATELY AFTER PASSING THROUGH THE MERGING POINT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HAVING COME ON TO VICTORIA PARK ROAD, MOTORISTS SHOULD THEN LOOK OUT FOR NEW ROADSIDE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS NEAR THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER AND CHOOSE THE CORRECT LANE FOR THEMSELVES, DEPENDING ON WHETHER THEY WISH TO GO TO CENTRAL OR CROSS THE HARBOUR.

"LANE DESTINATION MARKINGS ARE PROVIDED NEAR THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER AND NEAR THE PETROL STATION TO GIVE MOTORISTS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION," HE ADDED.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ♦ * » ♦ ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THE LATEST BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY GRADES FOR ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE E.COLI DATA OBTAINED BY EPD IN ITS ROUTINE BEACH WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMME. THE E.COLI DATA USED FOR GRADING ARE BASED ON THE MEDIAN VALUES OF THE MOST RECENT FIVE RESULTS, OBTAINED OVER A TWO-AND-A-HALF-MONTH PERIOD ACCORDING TO THE USUAL SAMPLING FREQUENCY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR EPD SAID THE GRADES FOR SOME BEACHES MAY FLUCTUATE. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF THE BEACHES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE SWIMMING AREAS. NEVERTHELESS THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THE BEACHES AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST OF THE BEACH WATER QUALITY IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

/THE SYSTEM........

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THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS BELOW:

A GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E.COLI COUNT IS BETWEEN 0-99 PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD.

B GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E.COLI COUNT IS BETWEEN 100-999 PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE.

C GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E.COLI COUNT IS 1000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR.

HE SAID THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE. NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY NEED TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "C" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY. SIMILARLY A RECOMMENDATION TO REOPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B” GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED. THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION.

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOW:

LAST PRESENT

BEACH GRADING GRADING

AS AT SEPT. 10 AS AT SEPT. 24

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY

CHUNG HOM KOK

DEEP WATER BAY

HAIRPIN

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REPULSE BAY

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CHEUNG SHA UPPER

CHEUNG SHA LOWER

DISCOVERY BAY*

HUNG SHING YEH

KWUN YAM WAN

TONG FUK

LO SO SHING

PUI O

SILVERMINE BAY

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU

TUNG O*

♦ NON-GAZETTED BEACHES

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

A

B

A

A

A

B

A

B

C

A

A

A

B

A

A

A

B

A

B

C

A

A

CAMPERS

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH

HAP MUN BAY

KIU TSUI

A

B A A

A

A

B

A

A

A

/PAK SHA........

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PAK SHA CHAU A A

SILVERSTRAND B B

TRIO (HEBEHAVEN) A A

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ C C

APPROACH C C

CASAM B B

GEMINI A A

HOI MEI WAN B B

LIDO B B

TING KAU B B

TUNG WAN, MA WAN A A

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA C C

NEW CAFETERIA B C

CASTLE PEAK C c

KADOORIE BEACH B B

BUTTERFLY B B

COMMENTING ON THE CHANGED GRADING, AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID NEW CAFETERIA HAD CHANGED FROM "B" TO "C". BEING ADJACENT TO OLD CAFETERIA BEACH, THIS BEACH HAS BEEN SPORADICALLY AFFECTED BY DISCHARGES FROM TUEN MUN NULLAH. THE NORMAL GRADING FOR THE BEACH IN THIS BATHING SEASON WAS "B"; THE RECENT DETERIORATION IS PROBABLY DUE TO THE INCREASED INFLUENCE OF THE NULLAH UNDER THE TIDAL AND WIND CONDITIONS PREVAILING DURING THE MEASUREMENT PERIOD.

/TURTLE COVE .......

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1?87

TURTLE COVE HAD CHANGED FROM "A" TO ”B". THIS BEACH IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO SLIGHT POLLUTION FROM SMALL STREAMS IN ITS HINTERLAND4 THE FLUCTUATION BETWEEN "A" AND "B" GRADES IS WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF VARIATION IN THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THIS BEACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT DR P.W. LAIi ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF EPD, AT 3-7211044.

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LAUNDRY SYSTEM FOR MA PO PING PRISON

*****

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A *963,300 CONTRACT TO JEBSEN AND COMPANY LIMITED FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF A LAUNDRY SYSTEM AT MA PO PING PRISON ON LANTAU ISLAND.

A NEW SET OF LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT WILL REPLACE THE OLD ONE, AND THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS.

WHEN THE NEW LAUNDRY BECOMES OPERATIONAL IN EARLY APRIL NEXT YEAR, IT WILL HANDLE CLOTHING OF MORE THAN 1,000 STAFF AND PRISONERS FROM MA PO PING PRISON AND TONG FUK CENTRE.

PROVIDING A MINIMUM THROUGHPUT OF 27,000 KILOGRAMS DRY WEIGHT A MONTH, THE LAUNDRY IS TO MEET INCREASING REQUIREMENTS OF THE INSTITUTIONS.

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18

KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS ANNUAL CONCERT *****

THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS WILL STAGE THEIR ANNUAL CONCERT AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 27) EVENING.

SOME 200 MEMBERS FROM THE FOUR CHOIRS OF THE CHORUS - THE FOUNDATION, THE JUNIOR, THE INTERMEDIATE AND THE SENIOR - WILL PERFORM MORE THAN 20 SONGS.

PROGRAMMES OF THE EVENING INCLUDE FOLK AND CLASSICAL SONOS FROM EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, CHINESE FOLK SONGS AND SONGS BY LOCAL COMPOSERS AND LYRICISTS.

THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM. LIMITED TICKETS AT #10, 15, 20 AND 25 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE.

SET UP IN 1978, THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS HAS PERFORMED IN VARIOUS ARTS FESTIVALS, CHARITY EVENTS AND VARIETY SHOWS ORGANISED BY DISTRICTS, COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS AND TV STATIONS.

IN SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN’S CHORUS, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS BEEN GIVING IT FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP SINCE 1981.

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EXHIBITION OF SCHOOL STUDENTS CREATIVE WORK * * * *

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO HAVE A FLAIR FOR CREATIVE WORK WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY THEIR WORK AT AN EXHIBITION TO BE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DURING THE FORTHCOMING LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

THE 1987/88 EXHIBITION OF SECONDARY STUDENTS CREATIVE WORK WILL BE HELD AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BETWEEN FEBRUARY 22 AND MARCH 5 NEXT YEAR.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS - ART AND DESIGN, AND GARMENTS AND NEEDLEWORK. THE ART AND DESIGN DISPLAY IS OPEN TO ALL SECONDARY 1 TO 4 STUDENTS AND THE ONE FOR GARMENTS AND NEEDLEWORK IS FOR SECONDARY 1 TO 5 STUDENTS.

SCHOOL HEADS ARE ADVISED NOT TO SEND IN MORE THAN 10 ENTRIES ON ART AND DESIGN. BUT THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF GARMENTS AND NEEDLEWORK PROJECTS SUBMITTED BY EACH SCHOOL.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE EXHIBITION ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT THE ENTRY FORM TO THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT BEFORE NOVEMBER 4. ALL ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE CENTRE DURING JANUARY 18 AND 22 NEXT YEAR.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

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RTHK RADIO 5 PROGRAMME

» *

RESHUFFLE OUTDOOR SHOW * ♦ ♦

AN OPENING CEREMONY OF ’RTHK RADIO 5 PROGRAMME RESHUFFLE OUTDOOR SHOW’ WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) AT 1 PM AT THE EDINBURGH PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE OFFICIATING GUEST IS LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AND HE WILL PRESENT BOARDING PASSES TO 24 ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR AROUND THE ISLAND.

THE TOUR IS NOT ONLY DESIGNED TO MARK RADIO 5 PROGRAMME RESHUFFLE BUT IT IS ALSO AN OCCASION FOR RTHK TO SHOW RESPECT TO THE ELDERLY.

A VARIETY SHOW HOSTED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR DESMOND LEE YU TAI, AND RADIO 5 PRESENTER, ANNETTE KONG, WILL BE STAGED AT THE EDINBURGH PLACE.

SINGERS TERENCE CHOI, AGNES CHIANG AND FAMOUS CANTONESE OPERA ARTISTS WILL PERFORM DURING THE SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

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REGIMENT TO HOLD WEEKEND EXERCISE

♦ ♦ » ♦ »

THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) WILL HOLD A REGIMENTAL EXERCISE THIS WEEKEND.

THE EXERCISE WILL TAKE PLACE AT SHAM TSENG AND TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK FROM NOON ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) TO NOON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ASSAULT BOAT LANDINGS ON THE BEACH AT SHAM TSENG WILL BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THE EXERCISE.


/2O........

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987

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SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO SAUDI ARABIA EXTENDED

*****

THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO SAUDI ARABIA WHICH IS PRESENTLY AVAILABLE TO 24 CITIES WILL BE EXTENDED TO THREE MORE CITIES, NAMELY AHSSA, GIZAN AND SAKAKA, FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE 27 CITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA TO WHICH SPEEDPOST SERVICE WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

ABHA JUBAIL

AHSSA JUBAIL SINAIYA

AL BIKEIRIYA KHOBAR

AL KHARJ KHAMIS - MUSHAYT

AL MEDHNAB MAKKAH

ALBAHA MEDINA

ARRAS RIYADH

BALGURASHI SAKAKA

BUREIDA TABOUK

DAMMAM TAIF

DHAHRAN UNIEZA

GIZAN YANBU

HAIL YANBU SINAIYA

JEDDAH

THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE IS A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS AND A FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE CAN CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-8471108.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE

* * * *

EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND HMS TAMAR WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) FOR THE HOLDING OF THE FESTIVAL IN HONOUR OF SENIOR CITIZENS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PEKING TALKS USEFUL FOR UNDERSTANDING, CO-OPERATION ........ 1

SIX CONSORTIA VIE FOR TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL .................. 2

NEW SERIES OF EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEXES............... 3

TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR FOOD OFFENCES ........................ 10

DEEP BAY MARINE BORROW WORK COMMENCES IN NOVEMBER........... 12

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO SET UP DOG UNIT......... 14

COMPENSATION RATE FOR NT LAND RAISED ....................... 15

IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY STRESSED ............................. 15

NEW ACTION AGAINST ORIGIN RULES INFRINGEMENTS .............. 16

DISABLED PERSONS UNTAPPED SOURCE OF MANPOWER ............... 1?

GOVERNMENT KEEPS UP FIRE SERVICES STANDARD ................. 18

DRAFT HUNG HCM OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED ................. 19

FORESHORE AND SEA-BED RECLAMATIONS NOTICES.................. 20

ORDERS SOUGHT TO CLOSE MONG KOK ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ......... 21

MARICULTURISTS ADVISED TO AERATE WATER ..................... 21

GREWAL APPOINTED HONORARY COLONEL OF RHKR .................. 22

THOMPSON NAMED MEMBER OF PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ......... 22

BANKING LICENCE REVOKED .................................... 25

FEES FOR QUARANTINE CERTIFICATE REVISED .................... 23

REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1965/66 ........................... 24

BOOK MARK QUIZ COMPETITION ON PREVENTING SHOPLIFTING........ 25

AREA DAYS TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN............ 26

FOLK MUSIC CONTEST FINALS TOMORROW ......................... 27

FUN FAIR TO MARK CLOSING OF ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ........... 28

AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING MEMBERS COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB ........ 29

FIRING PRACTICE DAYS FOR OCTOBER ........................... 29

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN CENTRAL ..................... 31

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

PEKING TALKS USEFUL FOR UNDERSTANDING, CO-OPERATION

t * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT HE FOUND HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS IN PEKING ’’VERY USEFUL AS A WAY OF MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS ADEQUATE UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA ON ALL THE RANGE OF ISSUES WHICH AFFECT BOTH SIDES”.

SPEAKING AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN FROM CHINA, SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS FOLLOWING A PATTERN OF VISITS WHICH HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE LATE SIR EDWARD YOUDE, ADDING THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE VISITS OF THIS SORT TO PEKING AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE HAD DISCUSSED WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS ABOUT THE 1987 REVIEW ON THE DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC REACTION THAT THERE HAD BEEN SO FAR.

HE SAID: "I EXPLAINED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A LARGE NUMBER OF RESPONSES TO THE SURVEY OFFICE, WHICH WAS OVER 50,000 WHEN I LEFT.

”1 EXPLAINED THAT THE SURVEY OFFICE WOULD BE FINISHING ITS WORK AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, BUT WE WOULDN’T BE RECEIVING A REPORT UNTIL WELL INTO NEXT MONTH, SO WE WOULD NOT UNTIL THEN HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE OUTCOME OF THE SURVEY," HE ADDED.

ASKED WHETHER HE ACTUALLY DISCUSSED THE WAY THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT WAS TO BE EVALUATED, SIR DAVID SAID THE SURVEY OFFICE WAS NOT EVALUATING VIEWS.

"THE SURVEY OFFICE IS MAKING A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL. I EXPLAINED THAT ONCE THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL, IT WILL THEN BE LAID BEFORE LEGCO AND BECOME A PUBLIC DOCUMENT,” HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID DURING HIS STAY IN PEKING, HE HAD ALSO DISCUSSED WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS ABOUT THE RELATIONS IN HONG KONG WITH CHINA AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

HE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR THE ACTION THEY HAD TAKEN ON DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO HAD BEEN SETTLED IN CHINA AND WHO THEN CAME TO HONG KONG ILLEGALLY.

SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD TALKS WITH VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHOU NAN YESTERDAY AND IN THE AFTERNOON HE HAD TALKS WITH MR LI HOU AND MR LU PING OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE STATE COUNCIL.

/IN THE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

2

IN THE EVENING HE HAD DINNER WITH STATE COUNCILLOR JI PENGFET AND ALSO LUNCH AT THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE WITH MR ZHOU NAN \ND HIS COLLEAGUES, WHICH PROVIDED THEM A CHANCE TO CONTINUE INFORMAL TALKS.

ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHY THE TERM "REVIEW" IN A PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY ABOUT HIS TRIP WAS IN INVERTED COMMAS, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT IN THE CHINESE TEXT, THE CHARACTERS FOR REVIEW USED IN HONG KONG HAD A DIFFERENT MEANING FROM THE WAY THE TERM WAS USED IN CHINA.

"TO MAKE IT MORE UNDERSTANDABLE IN THE MAINLAND, THEY PUT IT IN INVERTED COMMAS," HE SAID.

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SIX CONSORTIA VIE FOR TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL *****

A TOTAL OF SIX CONSORTIA HAVE SUBMITTED PROPOSALS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL BY THE CLOSE OF SUBMISSIONS TODAY (FRIDAY). THIS COMPARES WITH A TOTAL OF 17 LOCAL AND fNTERNATIONAL FIRMS WHO HAD INITIALLY SHOWN INTEREST AND WHO HAD COLLECTED THE PROJECT DOCUMENTATION FOLLOWING THE INVITATION TO MAKE OFFERS ON MAY 29, 1987.

THE FRANCHISE WILL BE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A 1'WIN-TUBE ROAD TUNNEL OF APPROXIMATELY FOUR KILOMETRES CONNECTING DIAMOND HILL IN EAST KOWLOON TO SIU LEK YUEN IN SHA TIN.

THE SOUTHERN PORTAL WILL BE AT DIAMOND HILL WITH CONNECTING ROADS TO THE EXISTING AND PLANNED ROAD SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING BY MEANS OF A KWUN TONG BY-PASS. THE PORTAL AT SHA TIN WILL BE SITED IN THE AREA OF SIU LEK YUEN, WHERE THE MAIN INTERCHANGE WITH THE EXISTING AND PLANNED ROAD NETWORK WILL BE LOCATED.

CONSTRUCTION ON SITE IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN MID-1988 AND THE PROJECT SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN MID-1992. THE TUNNEL WHEN COMPLETED WILL BRING RELIEF TO THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION CURRENTLY EXPERIENCED AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

A TRANSPORT BRANCH SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROPOSALS WOULD NOW BE EXAMINED AND ASSESSED PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE INTERESTED CONSORTIA. IT WAS HOPED THAT A RECOMMENDATION COULD BE MADE TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE AWARD OF THE FRANCHISE IN EARLY 1988.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

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NEW SERIES OF EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEXES *****

A NEW SERIES OF EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEXES (EERI) WILL BE PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AS FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28).

THERE ARE THREE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS NEW SERIES OF EERI OVER THE OLD SERIES.

FIRST, A NEW BASE PERIOD, OCTOBER 24-28, 1983, WILL REPLACE THE BASE DATE OF DECEMBER 18, 1971 USED IN THE OLD SERIES.

THIS NEW BASE PERIOD IS CHOSEN BECAUSE IT IS CLOSE TO OCTOBER 17, 1983, THE DATE ON WHICH THE HONG KONG DOLLAR (HKD) STARTED ITS LINK WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR, AND ALSO BECAUSE THE HKD’S EXCHANGE RATE AGAINST MOST MAJOR CURRENCIES STARTED TO STABILISE ON OCTOBER 24, 1983.

AS THE NEW BASE PERIOD IS MORE RECENT AND FAMILIAR TO THE PUBLIC, USERS SHOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO ASSESS THE CHANGES IN THE EERI IN RELATION TO THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGES WHICH HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE BASE PERIOD.

SECOND, DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN RECENT YEARS IN HONG KONG’S TRADE PATTERN, THE TRADE WEIGHTS BASED ON THE TRADE PATTERNS OF 1981, WHICH WERE USED IN THE EXISTING EERI SERIES ARE NO LONGER REPRESENTATIVE.

TO REFLECT THE MORE RECENT TRADE PATTERNS, A SET OF NEW TRADE WEIGHTS, BASED ON THE AVERAGE TRADE PATTERNS OF 1984 TO 1986, HAS THEREFORE BEEN SELECTED FOR COMPILING THE NEW ERRI SERIES FROM THE NEW BASE PERIOD ONWARDS.

THIRD, IN THE NEW SERIES, GEOMETRIC AVERAGING WHICH IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR AVERAGING RATES OF CHANGE WILL BE USED IN PLACE OF ARITHMETIC AVERAGING IN THE FORMULA FOR COMPILING THE EERI. THIS NEW AVERAGING METHOD WILL ENSURE THAT THERE WILL BE NO BIAS IN THE EERI, AND WILL BRING THE COMPILATION METHOD FOR THE EERI IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE.

THE ABOVE CHANGES WILL IMPROVE THE ACCURACY AND REPRESENTATIVENESS OF THE EERI IN MEASURING THE RELATIVE STRENGTH OF THE HKD.

/THREE SEPARATE .......

PTRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 19&7

THREE SEPARATE SERIES OF THE EERI, NAMELY, IMPORT-WEIGHTED, EXPORT-WEIGHTED AND TRADE-WEIGHTED, WILL CONTINUE TO BE COMPILED FOR MEASURING THE EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON HONG KONG’S IMPORT, EXPORT AND TOTAL TRADE FLOWS RESPECTIVELY. THE SAME BASKET OF 15 CURRENCIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE USED, WITH THE WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF ''HEIR NOMINAL EXCHANGE RATE INDEXES BEING COMPARED WITH THE NOMINAL INDEX OF THE HKD IN CALCULATING THE EERI FOR THE HKD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE OLD AND THE NEW SERIES OF EERI ON AN ANNUAL BASIS FROM 1975 TO 1980, AND ON A MONTHLY BASIS FROM JANUARY 1981 TO AUGUST 1987. THE INFORMATION IN TABLE 1 IS GRAPHICALLY ILLUSTRATED IN CHARTS I AND II. TABLE 2 COMPARES THE IMPORT WEIGHTS, EXPORT WEIGHTS AND OVERALL TRADE WEIGHTS ATTACHED TO EACH SELECTED CURRENCY FOR THE OLD AND THE NEW SERIES OF EERI.

IT MAY BE NOTED FROM TABLE 1 OR CHART II THAT THE NEW TRADE WEIGHTED EERI INDICATES THAT, BETWEEN THE NEW BASE PERIOD OF OCTOBER 24-28, 1983 AND AUGUST 1987, THE HKD APPRECIATED BY ABOUT 6 PER CENT AGAINST THE BASKET OF THE 15 SELECTED CURRENCIES.

THIS DIFFERS FROM THE CHANGE OBSERVED IN THE OLD SERIES, WHICH INDICATES A DEPRECIATION OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW SERIES ARE DUE TO THE IMPROVEMENTS INCORPORATED IN THE NEW EERI SERIES.

FOR THE NEW SERIES OF EERI, DAILY INDEXES WILL BE AVAILABLE BACK TO JANUARY 2, 1987, MONTHLY INDEXES ON AVERAGE AND MONTH-END BASIS BACK TO 1981 AND ANNUAL INDEXES ON AVERAGE AND YEAR-END BASIS BACK TO 1975.

THE NEW EERI WILL BE RELEASED ON A DAILY BASIS BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AS FROM SEPTEMBER 28, 1987. THE OLD SERIES OF EERI WILL CONTINUE TO BE COMPILED FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT UPON REQUEST.

/Comparison of .......

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

Comparison of new and old Table 1

Effective Exchange Rate Indexes (EERI) •- -

.ft it. -UL ® A ®

Period/ date 8?«a Trade-weighted EERI Import-weighted EERI Export-weighted EERI I ffiaiofllvzgse-ffiK ■

oid a New Old S New Old g : Ne 1 w M 5

1975 104.8 150.6 104.2 55.2 1 05.6 1145.1

1976 108.6 157.4 107.7 61.7 109.7 5152.1

1977 110.8 161.4 109.0 164 . 1 13.4 5158.5

1976 99.4 146.1 95.7 44.6 104.6 5147.8

1979 91.1 134.4 88.3 133.5 95.1 5135.4

1980 90.8 133.7 83.2 133.2 94.3 5134.2

1981 86.3 126.5 83.4 126.2 90.5 5126.3

Jan 1 /J 87. 1 128.0 33.8 127. 1 91.95 129.2!

Feb 2 ft 87.5 '128.4 84.2 127.6 92.25 129.45

Mar 3 /I 88.0 129.2 84.8 128.6 92.65 129.9!

Apr 4 £ 88.3 129.4 85.2 129.1 92.6 5 129.85

Ma/ 5 89.0 130.4 86.1 130.3 93.35 130.55

Jun 6 n 89.2 130.5 36.3 130.4 93.4! 130.61

Jui 7 ft 87.7 128.2 84.9 128.3 91.7; 123.25

Aug 8 35.2 124.5 82.5 124.7 38.95 124.31

Sep 9 ft 82.4 120.8 79.8 120.9 36.15 120 s:

Oct 10£ ' 81.6 119.8 79.1 119.9 35.2! H9.7;

Nov 11 fl 35. 1 125.3 32.3 125.2 39.15 125.51

Dec 12^ 35.7 126.2 82." 125.8 90. o; 1 126.6; •

1982 35.5 125.3 33.5 126.4 88.3 5123.9 1

Jan 1 ft 84.6 124.4 81.9 124.4 83.6 5- 124.5:

Feb 2 fl 85.2 125.0 82.8 125.4 83.7 5 124.4:

Mar 3 fl 86.7 127.2 84.4 127.8 90.1: 126.5:

Apr 4 £ 87.9 128.9 85.6 ’ 129.8 91.05 127.3;

May 5 87.6 128.7 85.3 129.4 91.05 127.95

Jun g ft 88.6 129.3 86.5 131.0 91 4! 123.3:

Jul 7 £| 89.0 130.5 37.1 131.8 91.75 128.6!

Aug 3 /] 37.4 128.0 35.7 129.7 89.35 125.9!

Sep 9 ft 87.2 127.8 35.6 129.5 39.5; 125.55

Oct 103 81.9 119.8 80.6 121.8 31.75 117.25

Nov 113 80.7 118.3 79..2 119.9 32.9; % 116.3!

D-C123 79.9 117.5 77.9 118.3 •°^. 7; • 116.5!

1983 72.6 107.4 70.5 107.7 75.; 5107.0

Jan 1 3 78.7 116.3 76.4 116.6 82.o; 115.9!

Feb 2 3 78.7 116.1 76.4 116.5 81.9; 115.6!

Mar 3 3 78.7 116.4 76.5 116.8 81.8! 115.8!

Apr 4 3 77.3 114.2 75.1 114.6 80.35 113.6!

May 5 ft 75. 1 110.9 72.9 111.3 73.1: 110.4!

•lun 6 ft 72.9 107.5 70.8 107.9 75.8 5 107.0!

Jui 7 3 74.2 109.5 72.1 •110.0 77.15 108.9!

Aug 8 3 72. 1 106.5 70.0 106.9 74.95 105.9!

Sep 9 3 66.8 98.7 64.9 99.1 69.65 98.3:

(Oct24-28) (67.6) (100.0) (65.4) (100.0) (70.7) 5 (10 0.0) 5

10 fl 24—2 8

Oct 103 64.9 96.1 62.8 96.0 67.9! 96.15

Novii3 68.2 100.9 66.0 101.1 71.25 100.7;

Decl2fl. 68.4 101.3 66.1 101.3 71.75 । 101.25 •

1984 71.1 106.6 69.1 106.9 74.0 5106.3

Jan 1 3 69.1 102.6 66.8 102.6 72.45 102.5!

Feb 2 3 68.9 102.4 66.8 102.5 72.05 102.2!

Mar 3 J] 67.8 101.1 65.5 100.8 71.0! 101.4!

Apr 4 3 63.0 101.6 65.7 101.3 71.4! 101.95

May 5 ft 69.4 103.9 67.2 103.9 72.6! 103.91

Jun 6 ft 69.9 104.6 67.8 104.' 72.9! 104.5!

Jul 7 ft 71.4 106.8 69.5 107.3 74.2! 106.3!

Aug 8 3 7 1.9 107 . 70.0 108.4 74.6! 107.3:

Sep y ft 73.4 110.7 71.5 111.3 76.05 no.o:

Oct.10 3 74 . 112.8 72.7 I 13. 77 u; I I2.n

Nov 113 74 O 112.3 72. 1 1 'i. 76.4J iii.5:

Dec 12 fl 7 5. J 14.9 1 73.” 1 1 ‘..8 7 7.75 • 113.*

6 - FKUMX, bUirxmnnA w

Period/ date ; Trade-weighted EERI : K-a/jnflI *18 ft Import-weif iJjaAoia hted EERI 5 Export-weighted EERI !

Old g ; New f 1 1 old g : • Newjf : Old g 5 Hew :

1985 Jan 1 fl Feb 2 fl Mar 3, fl Apr 4 fl May 5 fl Jun 6 fl Jul 7 fl Aug 8 fl Sep 9 fl Oct 10 fl Nov n£ Dec 12 fl 1986 Jan 1 £ Feb 2 / Mar 3 J Apr 4 £ May 5 / Jun 6 / Jul 7 / Aug 8 £ Sep 9 £ Oct 10/ Nov 11/ Hec 12fl 1987 Jan 1 fl Feb 2 fl Ma r 3 fl Apr 4 fl May 5 fl Jun 6 fl Jul 7 fl Aug 8 fl 1 1 : 75.0 :ii5.7 76.7; 116.6 77 9 J 118.3 ; 78.1! 118.8 76 5! 116.8 : 76.8: 117.3 ; 76.5: 117.0 : 75.3: 115.5 J 74.31 114.6 J 74.7! 115.3 72.2! 113.5 : 71.4: 113.6 : 7i.o: H3.2 1 I : 66.3 Ilio.l : 70.5: 112.6 ; 68.5! ' 110.8 67.61 109.8 67.3} 109.6 } 66.1S 108.2 66.15 108.3 65.5! 110.7 64.5! 110.4 : 64.55 110.2 64.7; 110.5 Hf.,8! 111.5 6.5.4! Ul.l । । ; 63.8! 109.5 6.3. 1 I 108.7 62.65 107.9 : 61.05 106.2 ; 60.3 5 105.3 : 6l.o5 105.8 : 61.‘J5 106.6 61.4: U’6.2 73.3 1116.2 5 77.4 5115.0 75.15 117.8! 78.85 115.45 76.4! 119.8! 80.0! 116.8! 76.5! 12015 80.2! 11745 74.95 117.95 78.75 115.65 75.35 118.45 79.05 116.0! 75.o: 118.1! 78.7! 1 15.9! 73.85 116.4! 77.5: 114 7; 72.8! 115.35 76.55 113.8!. 73.1! 116.0! 76.95 114.6! • 70.2! 113.3! 75. 11 113.3! 69.2! 112.9! 74.6! 114.4! 68.8 5 112.4! 74.il 114.0! 63.3 !107.5 5 7u.7 5 J 13.0 68.35 111.75 73.7! 113.6! 65.9 5 10'3.15 72 3: 1 12.65 64.9! 1U7.8! 71.5! 111.9! 64.5! 107.4! 71.55 111.9! 63.1! 105.7! 70.6: 111.0! 63.0! 105.65 70.7; 111.15 62.25 107.6! 70.45 1141! 61.2! 106.9! b'l 6! 114.2! 61.2! 106.8! 69.5! 114.01 61. ‘.J 107.2 5 69 4 ! 111.25 62.35 103.6! 70.1! 114.7. 62.55 108.15 69.7! 114 3! 6U.8*! 106.2! 68.2! 113.2! 60.2! 105.3! 67.5; 112.4! 59.6! 104.4! 67.1! 111.7; 57.7J 102.U! 66.0’, 110.7; 56.9; 10O•9! 65.45 110.15 57.6! 101.65 *<8.0,’ 110.5; 58.7 J 102.'! 5 *»6.8 5 11 ” • 9! 58.15 102.0 5 *<6.4: 11” . 8;

tlote : Differences between new and old EERI series •

XE : ft' « ft% # 31 :

Ne« ft Old K

(a) Karo period

ib) Trade weights

(cl Averaging method

& K) ft Tj £

24-28 Oct 1963

1983^10fl 24—28 S

(i) 1975-1980.1972 weights

1975— 198O^P-» 19722^8^®?f

(11) 1981-Sep 1983,1981 weights

1981 — 1983^9/1 » 1981^^J®&

(Hi) Oct 1983 onwards, average of 1984-1986 weights

§ 1983*H10fl& • 1984 — 1986^^^^®®:

Geometric PI

I« Dec 1971 1971$pl2fl 18 3

) 1981

)

)

)

)

)

) )

)

Arithmetic

(•I) Fiwi’Wicles of

Indices (Jt 03 ©

1975-1980 annual indexes 1975 — 1980^ »

1981-1986. monthly ft. nnnual indexes 1981 —1986^’ ('HER fl Wifi#

Jan 19$7 onwards.daily # monthly index*" gi987*ui/jm • iuflfiiww ..it*

lQ7 5- 1 'i.’u . annuo L i n3*5^'‘?‘r' 1975-1980^ >

1981-1982. monthly

ft annual indexes

1981—1982^ r t$£ERfoflW Ifi#

1«i3.3 n /i»ds-d-.i ly, monthly A annual

isssi^' maztss^iaft

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 198?

Table 2

of Oli and »« C" ”“ ™

-fj£ jg » £r ® -----

Trading partner Total trade weights iffl ® & Import weights <□ a & Export n weights ■H

g 3 ft # 1981 1984-1986 1981 1984-1986 1981 198U-1986

China 17.99 27.06 22.43 28.16 12.13 .25.90

U.S.A. M 2J. 14 23.83 12.34 10.63 37.39 37.78

Japan B 4^ 16.81 15.09 24.76 24.35 6.31 5.30

Taiwan *ca 6.83 6.20 8.82 9.03 <20 3.19

U.K. ® Singapore /JO & 7.15 7.26 5.01 4.43 5.36 8.60 4.58 5.28 9.51 5.50 I 5.^6 . 3.5^

F.R. of Ge many US’® 5.19 4.08 2.70 1 2.74 8.47 5.49

Reo. of Korea ps 3.58 4.01 4.94 5-57 1.78 2.37

Australia ?M 2.74 2.29 2.02 2.13 3.69 2.^6

Canada JQ 1.65 1.78 0.70 0.78 2.91 2.34

Switzerland^ ct 2,21 1.62 2.40 . 1.89 1.96 1.33

France 1.69 | 1.47 1.45 1.57 2.02 1.3® 0.93

Italy ® X 1.34 1.32 1.38 1.68 1.29

Netherlands i°J -'^ 1.21 1.04 0.62 0.63 1.98 1.48

Belgium ifc *fJ Sv 1.23 0.77 1.50 0.98 0.87 0.55

/CHART I

0 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

v - O

• a Effective Exchange Rate Indexes (EERI) for the Hong Kong dollar, 1975-1986

CHART I Annual Average Tra e we g e _ $ _ A A A <5 * F EjH ft Jju Ml & & ' «»

/I L JI _r.

Index

165

160

ijo

115

110

125

120

140

B5

105

100

’55

’50

’45

New trade-weighted EERI (2U-28 Oct. 1983=1°°)

^na_100)

u = tE + flr+Bl-+AB = 100)

75

1936

1905

19M

1903

1902

1901

198O

1979

1976

’977

1976

/CHART II

0 1975

70

65

95

90

05

80

Old trade-weighted EERI (18 Dec. 1971=100)

Pi ri 9 IB « m ® + + 100)

9

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 251 198/

CHART II Monthly Average Trade-weighted Effective Exchange Rate Indexer, (EER1) for the Hong Kong dollar, Oct. 1985-Aug. 198? N - - A A - <!• I- J) it - A A t <f- A JI l<> H ■T rj W ft In H» yfr »ffi tt

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

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TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR FOOD OFFENCES *****

TEN SETS OF AMENDING REGULATIONS SEEKING TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR CONTRAVENING FOOD HYGIENE LAWS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL UNDER SECTION 55 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE (CAP. 132) AND WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDING REGULATIONS AIM AT UPDATING THE EXISTING LEVELS OF PENALTIES IMPOSED UNDER THE VARIOUS FOOD HYGIENE REGULATIONS OF CAP. 132 WHICH ARE LOSING THEIR DETERRENT EFFECT. THEY ALSO SEEK TO IMPROVE CONTROL FOR THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH SAID: "THESE AMENDING REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1987 ON JUNE 26, 1987 TO ENABLE THE LEVELS OF THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED BY REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THIS ORDINANCE TO BE RAISED TO $25,000 IN RESPECT OF FINES AND $600 IN RESPECT OF THE DAILY PENALTY.

"THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE, HOWEVER, REMAINS UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS," HE POINTED OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF A 1986 JOINT URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT/REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORKING GROUP ON PENALTIES REVISION.

DETAILS OF THE AMENDING REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

* THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION OF ANY FOOD CONTAINING COLOURING MATTER, OTHER THAN SPECIFIED PERMITTED COLOURING MATTER, HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $2,000 FINE AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT TO A $25,000 FINE AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT. THE DAILY FINE HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM $50 TO $150.

* THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY DRIED MILK WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE DRIED MILK REGULATIONS HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $2,000 FINE AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT TO A $25,000 FINE AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

* THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE IMPORTATION OF ANY MEAT OR POULTRY WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $2,000 FINE AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT TO A $25,000 FINE AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

/* THE MAXIMUM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 19&7

11

« THF MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION OF ANY FOOD CONTAINING MINERAL OIL, WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE EXEMPTION CRITERIA SET OUT IN THE MINERAL OIL IN FOOD REGULATIONS, HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $2,000 FINE AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT TO A $25,000 FINE AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

* THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, OTHER THAN THOSE PERMITTED ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $5,000 FINE TO A $25,000 FINE (WITH THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE REMAINING UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS).

» THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONECTION WITH THE SALE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION OF ANY FOOD CONTAINING ANY METAL IN SUCH AMOUNT AS TO BE DANGEROUS OR PREJUDICIAL TO HEALTH HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $10,000 FINE TO A $25,000 FINE (WITH THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE REMAINING UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS).

« THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY FOOD OR DRUG, WHICH IS NOT MARKED AND LABELLED IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED IN THE FOOD AND DRUGS (COMPOSITION AND LABELLING) REGULATIONS, HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $10,000 FINE TO A $25,000 FINE (WITH THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE REMAINING UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS).

» THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY FISH, MEAT OR POULTRY (INCLUDING LIVE POULTRY) WHICH CONTAINS PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $10,000 FINE TO A $25,000 FINE (WITH THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE REMAINING UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS).

» THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY FOOD WHICH CONTAINS ANY PRESERVATIVE OR ANTIOXIDANT, OTHER THAN THE PERMITTED PRESERVATIVES OF THE DESCRIPTION AND IN THE PROPORTION SPECIFIED IN THE PRESERVATIVES IN FOOD REGULATIONS, HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $10,000 FINE TO A $25,000 FINE (WITH THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE REMAINING UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS).

* 71

» THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCT, THE ORAL USE OF WHICH HAS BEEN MEDICALLY REPORTED TO BE CARCINOGENIC, HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM A $10,000 FINE TO A $25,000 FINE (WITH THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCE REMAINING UNCHANGED AT SIX MONTHS).

"THESE AMENDING REGULATIONS ARE SUPPORTED BY BOTH THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

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DEEP BAY MARINE BORROW WORK COMMENCES IN NOVEMBER * * * * *

OYSTER FARMERS IN LAV FAU SHAN HAVING OYSTER BEDS WITHIN THE MARINE TRANSPORTATION ROUTE IN DEEP BAY ARE ADVISED TO REMOVE THEIR OYSTERS BEFORE THE END OF OCTOBER 1987, A SPOKESMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE MARINE TRANSPORTATION ROUTE, 4.2 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH, WILL BE REQUIRED FROM NOVEMBER 2, 1987 TO FACILITATE MARINE FILL DREDGING WORK IN OUTER DEEP BAY TO COMMENCE. IT WILL BE USED AS AN ACCESS CHANNEL TO TRANSPORT 12 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF DREDGED MARINE FILL FROM THE DEEP BAY MARINE BORROW AREA TO FILL UP THE EXISTING FISH PONDS AT TIN SHUI WAI IN CONNECTION WITH TIN SHUI WAI NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

"THE WORKS WILL COMMENCE ON NOVEMBER 2, 1987 AND WILL BE CARRIED OUT ACCORDING TO A VERY TIGHT SCHEDULE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ELIGIBLE OYSTER FARMERS ARE ALSO REMINDED TO COLLECT THEIR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE PAYMENT FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. UP TO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), 25 ELIGIBLE OYSTER FARMERS HAVE ALREADY COLLECTED THEIR PAYMENTS, RANGING FROM A FEW HUNDRED TO SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

A REVIEW BOARD HAS BEEN SET UP TO CONSIDER APPEALS FROM THE OYSTER FARMERS DISSATISFIED WITH THE AMOUNT OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES OFFERED TO THEM BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE ARISING FROM THIS MARINE CLEARANCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BOARD IS TASKED WITH THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF CONSIDERING THE APPEALS FROM THE OYSTER FARMERS IN AN OBJECTIVE AND IMPARTIAL MANNER. IT IS CHAIRED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER AND MEMBERS INCLUDE SENIOR OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

SO FAR, APPEALS FROM TWO GROUPS OF OYSTER FARMERS AND SEVERAL INDIVIDUAL ONES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

THE BOARD HAS HELD TWO MEETINGS TO CONSIDER APPEALS FROM BOTH THE OYSTER ASSOCIATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS. THE BOARD HAS NOTED AND EXAMINED IN DETAIL EACH REQUEST AND REPLY LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT OUT INFORMING THEM OF ITS VIEWS.

IN THE REPLY, THE BOARD HAS EXPLAINED THAT UNDER EXISTING POLICY, ONLY ACTIVELY CULTIVATED*' OYSTER BEDS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE AT A RATE OF $9.4 PER SQUARE METRE. "ACTIVELY CULTIVATED OYSTER BEDS" ARE DEFINED AS OYSTER BEDS HAVING A STOCK DENSITY OF NOT LESS THAN 70 OYSTER CULTCHES PER 100 SQUARE METRES.

BOTH THE RATE OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE AND THE MINIMUM STOCK DENSITY WHICH HAVE BEEN REVISED EARLIER THIS YEAR ARE ASSESSED PROFESSIONALLY AND APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

/BEFORE THE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

13

BEFORE THE REVISION, THE ORIGINAL RATE WAS $8 PER SQUARE METRE AND THE MINIMUM STOCK DENSITY WAS 350 OYSTER CULTCHES PER 100 SQUARE METRES, WHICH WOULD HAVE REQUIRED A CLAIMANT TO HAVE AN OYSTER BED FIVE TIMES DENSER THAN THE PRESENT REVISED ONE BEFORE HE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES.

THE BOARD HAS FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT THE AMOUNT OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES DUE TO INDIVIDUAL CLAIMANTS IS OBTAINED BY MULTIPLYING THE UNIT RATE OF S9.4 PER SQUARE METRE BY THE AREA OF OYSTER BEDS UNDER ACTIVE CULTIVATION BASING ON THE COMBINED RESULTS OF THE TWO SIDE SCAN SONAR SURVEYS CONDUCTED LN JANUARY 1986 AND JULY 1987, AND THE OYSTER BED DEMARCATION PLAN PRODUCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OYSTER BED DEMARCATION SURVEY CARRIED OUT IN LATE APRIL AND EARLY MAY THIS Y EAR.

THE BOARD HAD ADVISED THAT THE OYSTER FARMERS CAN APPROACH THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE FOR INFORMATION SUCH AS THE AREA OF INDIVIDUAL OYSTER BEDS AS IDENTIFIED IN THE DEMARCATION SURVEY AND EVIDENCE OF ACTIVE CULTIVATION AS REVEALED IN TWO SIDE SCAN SONAR SURVEYS.

HOWEVER, THE BOARD DID NOT SUPPORT A REQUEST FROM OYSTER FARMERS FOR CALCULATING THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE ACCORDING TO THE AREA OF OYSTER BEDS CLAIMED IN THE DEMARCATION SURVEY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE BEING ACTIVELY CULTIVATED.

"THIS WOULD VIOLATE THE EXISTING POLICY PRESCRIBED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

REGARDING THE MANY OVERLAPPING CLAIMS, THE BOARD HAS SUGGESTED THAT THE OYSTER ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD ASSIST IN ENCOURAGING THE OYSTER FARMERS TO NEGOTIATE WITH EACH OTHER AND TRY TO REACH PRIVATE AGREEMENTS.

OYSTER FARMERS SHOULD NOTE THAT NO EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE WILL BE PAID OUT UNTIL AND UNLESS THE OVERLAPPING CLAIMS ARE RESOLVED.

SO FAR, OF THE MANY OVERLAPPING CLAIMS, OVER 100 PRIVATE AGREEMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUCCESSFULLY REACHED.

THE LAND FORMATION CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED IN LATE-OCTOBER 1987 AND WORK WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS.

0------

/1W .......

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO SET UP DOG UNIT « * ♦ » »

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO SET UP A DOG UNIT TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY SERVICES, ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR FRANCIS WONG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG WEST ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING, MR WONG SAID THE DOG UNIT WILL INITIALLY SERVE STANLEY PRISON AND THE RESULT WILL BE OBSERVED.

"THE FORMATION OF THE UNIT IS ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ATTEMPTS TO INTRODUCE NEW AND MODERN FACILITIES TO CORRECTIONAL WORK," HE SAID.

MR WONG ALSO SAID THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS INTRODUCED DIVERSIFIED PROGRAMMES IN ITS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS. THESE INCLUDE VOCATIONAL TRAINING, EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, SUPPLEMENTARY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AFTERCARE SERVICES.

"VOCATIONAL TRAINING SERVES A DUAL-PURPOSE," HE SAID. "IT NOT ONLY PROVIDES PAYABLE EMPLOYMENT FOR INMATES OR PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR THE GOVERNMENT BUT, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, TRAIN PRISONERS TO DEVELOP GOOD WORKING HABIT SO THAT THEY CAN EARN THEIR LIVING WITH SKILLS UPON RELEASE AND REINTEGRATE INTO THE SOCIETY.”

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMERCIAL VALUE OF ALL MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY INMATES MOUNTED TO $131.5 MILLION LAST YEAR.

APART FROM VOCATIONAL TRAINING, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO ARRANGES VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR INMATES, HE ADDED.

MR WONG SAID: "EDUCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE TRAINING FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS AGED UNDER 21."

HE ALSO SAID INMATES WHO PARTICIPATED IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR SCORED GOOD RESULTS. IN SOME OF THE EXAMINATIONS, FULL PASS RATES WERE ACHIEVED.

MR WONG CONCLUDED THAT AFTERCARE SERVICES ALSO CONSTITUTE AN IMPORTANT BEARING ON THE SUCCESS OF CORRECTIONAL WORK, SINCE THEY ARE AIMED AT HELPING RELEASED PRISONERS REINTEGRATE INTO THE SOCIETY AND LIVE AN INDUSTRIOUS AND LAW-ABIDING LIFE.

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/15........

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1987

15

COMPENSATION RATE FOR NT LAND RAISED » » * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION RATES FOK ACQUISITION OF LAND IN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE INCREASED FROM OCTOBER 1.

THE RATE FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND WILL BE $109.2 PER SQUARE FOOT, COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT RATE OF $58.2 PER SQUARE FOOT.

THE RATE FOR BUILDING LAND WILL BE $218.4 PER SQUARE FOOT, INSTEAD OF THE EXISTING $106.5 PER SQUARE FOOT.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, MR BOB POPE, SAID THE INCREASES WERE DUE TO THE SUBSTANTIAL RISE IN LAND VALUES IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED NEW CURRENCY VALUES OF NEW TERRITORIES LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS A AND B) THAT WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ALSO ON OCTOBER 1.

MR POPE SAID THE CALCULATION OF THE NEW CURRENCY VALUES REFLECTED THE NOTIONAL AMOUNT OF PREMIUM FOREGONE BY THE GOVERNMENT.

"THEREFORE, AS LAND VALUES HAVE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, THE CURRENCY VALUES WILL INCREASE PROPORTIONATELY," HE SAID.

HE HOPED THE INCREASED VALUES WOULD ENCOURAGE LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT HOLDERS TO SURRENDER THEM.

THE LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS OUTSTANDING WAS CURRENTLY AROUND 15 MILLION SQUARE FEET WHICH WAS ABOUT HALF THE OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT IN 1983 WHEN THE LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT POLICY WAS ABANDONED, MR POPE SAID.

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IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY STRESSED *****

EMPHASIS ON QUALITY IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT THESE DAYS, NOT MERELY BECAUSE OVERSEAS CONSUMERS WANT QUALITY GOODS BUT BECAUSE PRODUCT LIABILITY ACTION BEING TAKEN AGAINST DEFECTIVE GOODS HAS BECOME A FACT OF LIFE.

THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID THIS AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY TODAY (FRIDAY) IN WHICH EIGHT PRIVATE TESTING LABORATORIES WERE PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME (HOKLAS).

/MR YEUNG

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 19$7

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MR YEUNG NOTED THAT THERE ARE ALSO INDICATIONS FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE BEGINNING TO FORMULATE REGULATIONS REQUIRING THE TESTING AT DESIGNATED CENTRES OF IMPORTED PRODUCTS WHICH MIGHT PRESENT HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS.

"HOKLAS IS PART OF THE ANSWER TO THESE DEVELOPMENTS,” HE STRESSED.

’’BY PLAYING AN ACTIVE PART IN THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ORGANISATION AND IN THE INTERNATIONAL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION CONFERENCE, WE HOPE THE SCHEME WOULD BE REGARDED AS OF HIGH STANDING WORTHY OF INTERNATIONAL ACCEPTANCE AND RECOGNITION.”

MR YEUNG SAID THE MANY ACCREDITATIONS BY HOKLAS ALSO SERVES TO DEMONSTRATE GROWING AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR ACHIEVING QUALITY AND TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE IN THE FIELD OF TESTING.

’’ALTHOUGH RECOGNITION IS NOT EXTENDED TO ACTUAL PRODUCTS, IT DOES MEAN THAT PURCHASERS CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT GOODS TESTED BY ACCREDITED LABORATORIES COMPLY WITH THE APPROPRIATE SPECIFICATIONS APPLIED UNDER STRINGENT QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEMS."

HE POINTED OUT THAT PLANS ARE IN HAND TO ASSESS, OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, SOME 20 LABORATORIES ENGAGED IN THE TESTING OF CONCRETE AND REINFORCING STEEL, AND TO CONSIDER FROM TIME TO TIME THE INCORPORATION OF OTHER LABORATORY TESTING FIELDS.

THE EIGHT COMMERCIAL TESTING LABORATORIES WERE ACCREDITED IN RESPECT OF VARIOUS COMMODITY GROUPS INCLUDING TEXTILES AND GARMENTS, FOOD, TOYS, ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND CALIBRATION SERVICES.

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NEW ACTION AGAINST ORIGIN RULES INFRINGEMENTS *****

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED TO INTRODUCE A NUMBER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS FOR INFRINGEMENT OF TEXTILE ORIGIN RULES, FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE TRADE AND ON THE ADVICE OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO ANY CRIMINAL PROSECUTION THAT MAY BE INSTITUTED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT.

/DEPUTY DIRECTOR .......

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 198?

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR JOSEPH WONG, EXPLAINED: "THE ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM AND ARE AIMED TO MAKE MANUFACTURERS AND QUOTA SUPPLIERS WHO CONTRACT OUT THE PRINCIPAL PROCESS OF MANUFACTURE ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANY CONTRAVENTION OF ORIGIN RULES BY THEIR CONTRACTORS.

"THE NEW MEASURES INCLUDE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS SUCH AS DISALLOWING CONTRACT-OUT ARRANGEMENTS AND DEDUCTION OF QUOTES.

"WE ARE GLAD THAT THE DEPARTMENT AND THE TRADE HAVE REACHED A CONSENSUS TO IMPROVE ON THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS REGARDING CONTRACTING OUT,” HE SAID.

DETAILS OF THE NEW MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON THROUGH THE USUAL NOTICE AND THEY WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WITH EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1, 1987.

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DISABLED PERSONS UNTAPPED SOURCE OF MANPOWER

*****

EMPLOYERS SHOULD BETTER UTILISE THE RELATIVELY UNTAPPED SOURCE OF MANPOWER - DISABLED PERSONS - TO FULFIL THEIR MANPOWER NEEDS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR HAMMOND SAID THIS IS SPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN THE PRESENT TIGHT EMPLOYMENT SITUATION WHEN MANY INDUSTRIES ARE FACING A LABOUR SHORTAGE.

HE DESCRIBED MOST DISABLED PERSONS AS "HIGHLY MOTIVATED, RELIABLE, STABLE AND AS PRODUCTIVE AS ANY OTHER MEMBERS OF SOCIETY".

MR HAMMOND WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIRS TO THE TOP 11 EMPLOYERS WHO EMPLOYED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD ENDING JUNE THIS YEAR.

"I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO APPEAL TO ALL OTHER EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE NOT YET DONE SO, TO TAKE ON DISABLED PERSONS AS A MEANS OF FULFILLING THEIR MANPOWER NEEDS," HE SAID.

"YOUR SUPPORT FOR DISABLED PERSONS NOT ONLY HELPS THEM TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITIES AT WORK BUT ALSO TO LEAD AN INDEPENDENT AND MEANINGFUL LIFE!"

/THE PRESENTATION

FRIDAY, SEPTQtBER 25, 1987

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THE PRESENTATION WAS THE SEVENTH OF ITS KIND ORGANISED BY THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, 434 EMPLOYERS RECRUITED DISABLED PERSONS COMPARED WITH 362 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST \ EAR .

MR HAMMOND NOTED TWO ENCOURAGING SIGNS THIS YEAR: FIRSTLY, OF THE TOP 11 EMPLOYERS, FIVE ARE FROM THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS AGAINST TWO LAST YEAR; AND SECONDLY, TWO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE AMONG THE 11 EMPLOYERS AND ONE OF THEM TOPS THE LIST.

"THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HAS EMPLOYED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS," MR HAMMOND SAID, ADDING THAT THIS SHOWS THE GOVERNMENT, BEING THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN HONG KONG, IS TAKING THE LEAD IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY WERE MR TONY CHENG OF THE SWIRE MAGNETICS HONG KONG LTD. WHO SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE IN EMPLOYING DISABLED PERSONS, AND MR SIU FOOK-WAH WHO TOLD OF HIS EXPERIENCE IN OVERCOMING THE HADICAPPING EFFECTS OF HIS DISABILITY AND ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AT WORK.

THE TOP 11 EMPLOYERS AWARDED SOUVENIR PLAQUES WERE THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, LO’S CLEANING SERVICES LTD., MINT SECURITY LTD., SECURITY ALLIANCE LTD., C.A.B. PLASTICS LTD., RELIANCE SERVICES CO. LTD., GORGEOUS SHOES MANUFACTURING LTD., S. MEGGA TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD., EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FULLYGAIN CASTING LTD. AND SWIRE MAGNETICS HONG KONG LTD.

ANOTHER 10 FIRMS WHICH HAD MADE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO RE-ARRANGE DUTIES AND RE-DEPLOY STAFF IN A BID TO ACCOMMODATE DISABLED EMPLOYEES WERE ALSO PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION.

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS PAID PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO KEEP THE FIRE SERVICE IN HONG KONG UP TO HIGH STANDARD IN EVERY RESPECT, INCLUDING BUILDING FIRE STATIONS IN APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS TO MEET LOCAL REQUIREMENTS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHEK KIP MEI FIRE STATION, MR JEAFFRESON SAID HONG KONG FIREMEN HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE UNUSUAL COMPLEXITIES ASSOCIATED WITH MULTI-STOREY RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

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"BUT DESPITE ALL THESE DIFFICULTIES, WITH THE GREAT DEDICATION ON THE PART OF THE STAFF, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, HONG KONG’S FIRE SERVICES HAVE ACHIEVED AN EXCELLENT REPUTATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

"I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE STAFF OF THIS STATION WILL PROVIDE LOCAL RESIDENTS A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE," HE SAID.

THE SHEK KIP MEI FIRE STATION IS THE 50TH FIRE STATION OPENED SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES AND IS ONE OF THE SIX STATIONS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1987 UNDER THE FIRE SERVICES’ PLAN TO PROVIDE A QUICKER RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES.

THE STATION IS TO SERVE SHEK KIP MEI AND KOWLOON TONG AREAS. SINCE ITS COMMISSIONING IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THE STATION HAS RESPON8ED TO MORE THAN 300 FIRES AND SPECIAL SERVICES CALLS.

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DRAFT HUNG HOM OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED

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AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT HUNG HOM OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), ARE INTENDED TO MAINTAIN THE EXISTING CHARACTER OF THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS AND TO RESERVE LAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN SPACE IN-CHE DISTRICT.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID THE AMENDMENTS INCLUDED THE REZONING OF MOST OF THE SITES ZONED 'COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL’ IN HUNG HOM TO ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)'; THE REZONING OF SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF HOK YUEN STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD FROM ’COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL’ TO ’COMMERCIAL’; AND THE REZONING OF LOF HHIL 541 ADJACENT TO THE POWER STATION FROM ’INDUSTRIAL’ TO ’OPEN SPACE’.

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT PLAN CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

« TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, CENTRAL;

* KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, 141-143, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, KOWLOON, AND

* PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, CENTRAL.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD WRITE 10 THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD BY OCTOBER 16.

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FORESHORE AND SEA-BED RECLAMATIONS NOTICES » * * » »

THREE NOTICES OF FORESHORE AND SEA-BED RECLAMATIONS, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT TONG PO CHAU, SAI KUNG AND AP LEI CHAU, WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO GRANT AN EXTENSION TO A LOT AT THE NORTHERN COAST OF TONG PO CHAU (MIDDLE ISLAND) FOR CONSTRUCTION OF 185 SQUARE METRES OF ADDITIONAL HARDSTANDING BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB.

WORK ON THE HARDSTANDING, WHICH WILL BE USED FOR CLUB RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, WILL COMMENCE IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1988.

AT TSENG TAU, SAI KUNG (NORTH), ABOUT 45.8 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEA-BED WILL BE GRANTED ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY TO PROVIDE LAND FOR CONSTRUCTING A WOODEN PIER TO ACCOMMODATE ROWING BOATS AND CANOES.

ON AP LEI CHAU, THREE LOTS WILL BE AFFECTED AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CURRENTLY NEGOTIATING WITH THEIR OWNERS OVER THEIR APPLICATION TO HAVE THE LOTS REDEVELOPED FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL OR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY (GIC) PURPOSES. IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEIR REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS, THE APPLICANTS - THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LIMITED AND HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED - HOPE TO RECLAIM UP TO 2.8 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEAHBED.

PLANS FOR ALL THREE RECLAMATION NOTICES CAN BE SEEN AT THE DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND AT THE NEAREST DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RESPECTIVE PROJECTS.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSALS SHOULD WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS NOT LATER THAN NOVEMBER 24.

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ORDERS SOUGHT TO CLOSE MONG KOK ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ♦ t * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL ROOFTOP STRUCTURES AT THRF^ SITES IN MONG KOK.

AN APPLICATION IS TO BE MADE IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 25 FOR CLOSURE ORDERS TO BE ISSUED IN RESPECT OF THE STRUCTURES WHICH ARE ON:

(I) THE 11TH FLOOR FLAT ROOF AT 987, CANTON ROAD;

(II) THE ROOF OVER THE 11TB FLOOR OF 991, CANTON ROAD; AND

(III) THE ROOF OVER THE 11TH FLOOR OF 30, SHAN TUNG STREET.

NOTICES INFORMING OCCUPANTS OF THE INTENTION OF THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO APPLY FOR THE CLOSURE ORDERS WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN OF THE AUTHORITY SAID THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN INSTRUCTED ON TWO OCCASIONS - ON JUNE 20, 1986, AND OCTOBER 29, 1986 -TO DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURES, UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, BUT THE WORK HAD NEVER BEEN CARRIED OUT.

HE SAID IT WAS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WOULD TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDERS WERE OBTAINED.

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MARICULTURISTS ADVISED TO AERATE WATER ♦ ♦ » * »

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON ADVISED MARICULTURISTS TO IMPROVE THE OXYGEN LEVEL IN THE WATER OF LOCAL FISH CULTURE ZONES IN VIEW OF A LOW DISSOLVED OXYGEN CONDITION PREVAILING IN SOME OF THE CULTURE AREAS.

AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREVENT OXYGEN DEPLETION IS BY AERATING THE WATER THROUGH MECHANICAL MEANS AND THIS SHOULD HELP MINIMISE ITS ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THEIR CULTURED STOCKS.

THE DEPARTMENT’S FISHERIES RESEARCH OFFICER, DR PAUL MAK, SAID THAT THE LOW DISSOLVED OXYGEN CONDITION HAD BEEN DISCOVERED YESTERDAY IN THE FISH CULTURE ZONES OF TAP MUN, YIM TIN TSAI EAST, YIM TIN TSAI WEST, PO TOI O, KAT O AND SHA TAU KOK, CAUSING SOME FISH KILLS, INVOLVING MAINLY PURPLE AMBERJACKS AND GOLD-LINED SEABREAMS.

’’ALTHOUGH THE INITIAL DAMAGE WAS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE SERIOUS, WE HAVE NEVERTHELESS ADVISED MARICULTURISTS IN THESE AREAS TO AERATE THE WATER PARTICULARLY AT NIGHT.

"WE WOULD URGE MARICULTURISTS IN OTHER FISH CULTURE ZONES TO DO THE SAME ESPECIALLY AT TIMES OF STAGNANT TIDES," DR MAK SAID.

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GREWAL APPOINTED HONORARY COLONEL OF RHKR *****

THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED MR HARNAM GREWAL THE HONORARY COLONEL OF THE RC'.'AL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1, 1987.

THE APPOINTMENT, ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), IS FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS.

MR GREWAL, WHO IS THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, HAS HAD AN ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE VOLUNTEERS. HE JOINED THE REGIMENT IN 1965 AS A PRIVATE AND WAS COMMISSIONED IN 1967. HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF MAJOR IN 1976 AND RETIRED IN 1984.

MR GREWAL HAS TAKEN OVER AS THE REGIMENT’S HONORARY COLONEL FROM MR JOHN HEYWOOD WHO LEFT HONG KONG ON RETIREMENT IN JULY THIS YEAR.

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THOMPSON NAMED MEMBER OF PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE APPOINTMENT OF MR PETER JAMES THOMPSON J.P. AS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. MR THOMPSON WILL TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT ON OCTOBER 1.

MR THOMPSON IS THE SENIOR PARTNER OF A LEADING FIRM OF SOLICITORS.

HE HAS WIDE COMMUNITY INTERESTS AND IS A MEMBER OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH THE NEW HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTRY, THE LEGAL COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE PANEL AND IS AN ADJUDICATOR OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS TRIBUNAL. HE IS ALSO VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION AND A MEMBER OF ITS LEGAL AND REGISTRY SUB-COMMITTEES.

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BANKING LICENCE REVOKED ♦ ♦ »

THE DEUTSCHE BANK AG HAS HAD ITS BANKING LICENCE REVOKED AS IT HAS CEASED TO CARRY ON BANKING BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE BANK’S BANKING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN fRAxNSFERRED TO DEUTSCHE BANK (ASIA) - FORMERLY EUROPEAN ASIAN BANK, WHICH IS NOW 100 PER CENT OWNED BY THE DEUTSCHE BANK AG.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WITH THE REVOCATION OF DEUTSCHE BANK AG’S LICENCE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LICENCED BANKS IN HONG KONG IS NOW 154, OF WHICH 119 ARE INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

FEES FOR QUARANTINE CERTIFICATE REVISED

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THE PORT HEALTH OFFICE WILL INCREASE ITS CHARGES FOR THE ISSUE OF QUARANTINE CERTIFICATES TO AIRCRAFT AND VESSELS BEGINNING FROM OCTOBER 1.

THE NEW CHARGES ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) UNDER THE QUARANTINE AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE (SCALE OF CHARGES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1987.

FEES FOR THE ISSUE OF A DERRATING CERTIFICATE AND A DERRATING EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE FOR VESSELS WILL GO UP FROM $900 TO $1,200, AND FROM $520 TO $700 RESPECTIVELY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE CHARGE FOR THE SUPERVISION BY PORT HEALTH STAFF OF THE DISINSECTING OF AIRCRAFT PLUS CERTIFICATION WILL INCREASE FROM $150 TO $220.

INSPECTION OF VESSELS AND AIRCRAFT AND THE ISSUE OF QUARANTINE CERTIFICATES ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS PUBLISHED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION.

THE FEE REVISION WAS PROPOSED AS A RESULT OF A COSTING EXERCISE CARRIED OUT LAST YEAR TO RECOVER THE FULL COST OF PROVIDING VARIOUS SERVICES. THE LAST REVISION WAS MADE IN 1983.

THE AVIATION AND SHIPPING INDUSTRIES HAVE BEEN CONSULTED THROUGH THE BOARD OF AIRLINE REPRESENTATIVES AND THE HONG KONG PORTS OPERATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE NEW CHARGES.

IN 1986, A TOTAL OF 2,535 VESSELS WERE INSPECTED BY THE PORT HEALTH OFFICE AND A TOTAL OF 424 DERRATING EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES AND ONE DERRATING CERTIFICATE WERE ISUED. NO REQUEST WAS MADE BY ANY AIRLINE FOR THE DISINSECTING OF AIRCRAFT.

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REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1965/66 *****

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT REMINDED TODAY (FRIDAY) MEN BORN IN 1965 AND 1966 TO APPLY FOR NEW I.D. CARDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS THERE ARE ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS FOR THIS GROUP OF APPLICANTS TO DO SO.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 10. "FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW I.D. CARD WITHIN THE PERIOD SPECIFIED IS AN OFFENCE AND THE DEFAULTERS WOULD BE PROSECUTED AND LIABLE TO A FINE OF $3,000," HE ADDED.

UP TO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), 55,775 MEN OF THIS AGE GROUP APPLIED FOR THE NEW CARD.

"TO AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH, MEN OF THIS AGE GROUP WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW I.D. CARD SHOULD COME FORWARD EARLY,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICANTS CAN GO TO ANY ONE OF THF EIGHT NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES.

THEY MAY MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE.

THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

TEL. NO. 5-747070

EAST KOWLOON AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

TEL. NO. 3-7553679

WEST KOWLOON

TSUEN WAN

SHA TIN

YUEN LONG

: CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2ND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI.

TEL. NO. 3-7232424

: EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

TEL. NO. 0-4981259

: SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK STREET.

TEL. NO. 0-6059108

: HOP YICK CENTRE, 2ND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD. TEL. NO. 0-793291

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TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

TEL. NO. 0-4580862

SHEUNG SHUI : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN , FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

TEL. NO. 0-927155

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

"IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS. TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP AT THE ISSUE OFFICES, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND THE AFTERNOONS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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BOOK MARK QUIZ COMPETITION ON PREVENTING SHOPLIFTING t t ♦ ♦ *

A THREE-MONTH LONG BOOK MARK QUIZ COMPETITION IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN THE PREVENTION OF SHOPLIFTING.

"IN VIEW OF THE TEMPTATION OF SHOPLIFTING WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF SELF-SERVICE SHOPS IN SHA TIN, WE HOPE TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE, THAT SHOPLIFTING IS A CRIME WHICH WILL HAVE A SERIOUS BEARING ON THEIR FUTURE,” SAID A COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY).

"TO COMPLETE THE QUIZ, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ANSWER TWO QUESTIONS PRINTED ON THE BOOK MARK AND FILL IN THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS AT THE BACK," HE SAID.

"THERE WILL BE THREE TIMES OF DRAW FROM THE CORRECT ENTRIES AND PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED DURING A CEREMONY AT THE NEW TOWN PLAZA ON DECEMBER 27."

THE BOOK MARKS CAN BE OBTAINED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS FROM THE DISTRICT’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY HALLS AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

COMPLETED ENTRIES SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECRETARIAT OF THE COMMITTEE ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN BY DECEMBER 10, 1987.

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AREA DAYS TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN * » » * »

RESIDENTS OF KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT AT FOUR AREA DAY FUNCTIONS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND SUNDAY.

IN RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN, STAFF FROM THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL SET UP MOBILE REGISTRATION COUNTERS AT THE VENUES TO ASSIST ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN FILLING FORMS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN APPEALED TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO JOIN THE ACTIVITIES AND AT THE SAME TIME MAKE USE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE THEIR CITIZENS’ RIGHT AND DUTY AND REGISTER AS ELECTORS. THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ENDED ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 30).

THE FOUR FUNCTIONS ARE : THE KOWLOON TONG AND MA TAU WAI TELEMATCH DAY TO BE HELD AT ARGYLE STREET TOMORROW (SATURDAY) BETWEEN 2 PM AND 5 PM; THE HUNG HOM SOUTH VOTERS REGISTRATION DAY TO BE HELD AT WUHU STREET PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY BETWEEN 1 PM AND 5 PM; THE KOWLOON CITY CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT ARGYLE STREET ON SUNDAY BETWEEN 2 PM AND 5 PM; AND THE TO KWA WAN SOUTH AREA DAY CUM VOTERS’ REGISTRATION ESSAY COMPETITION PRIZE PRESENTATION TO BE HELD AT KO SHAN FOOTBALL PITCH ON SUNDAY BETWEEN 3 PM AND 5 PM.

ADMISSION TO THESE FUNCTIONS ARE FREE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

THERE WILL BE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES SUCH AS GAMES STALLS, SINGING, DANCING, LUCKY DRAWS AND CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITIONS AT THE VENUES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE AREA DAYS.

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FOLK MUSIC CONTEST FINALS TOMORROW t » « t

TALENTED YOUNG SINGERS AND MUSICIANS WILL BE COMPETING IN THE KOWLOON CITY FOLK MUSIC FROM THE COMMUNITY SINGING CONTEST AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) NIGHT.

THE COMPETITION, DIVIDED INTO SOLOIST AND GROUP SECTIONS, HAS ATTRACTED MORE THAN 100 PARTICIPANTS IN THE FIRST ROUND. SEVENTEEN HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO ENTER THE FINALS.

THE BEST THREE SOLOISTS AND GROUPS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS. IN ADDITION, THEY WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM IN THREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS IN 01 MAN ESTATE OPEN SPACE, WUHU STREET PLAYGROUND AND MA TAU WAI ROAD PLAYGROUND ON THREE SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

THE ANNUAL EVENT, ORGANISED FOR THE FIFTH TIME, HAS ATTRACTED A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG TALENTS TO TAKE PART IN THE PAST. IT IS AIMED AT CULTIVATING LOCAL RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN MUSIC, IDENTIFYING AND DEVELOPING YOUNG MUSIC TALENT AND PROVIDING FREE ENTERTAINMENT TO RESIDENTS.

THE FOLK MUSIC FROM THE COMMUNITY SINGING CONTEST AND OUTDOOR CONCERTS ARE SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, URBAN COUNCIL, MUSIC OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

OFFICIATING AT TOMORROW’S OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS LORNA MA; URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR STEPHEN LAU; SENIOR MUSIC OFFICER, MR SAMSON CHEUNG; DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MISS MABEL WONG AND CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, MR WU WING-KAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY FOLK MUSIC FROM THE COMMUNITY SINGING CONTEST FINAL TO BE HELD AT 7.45 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE, KO SHAN ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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FUN FAIR TO MARK CLOSING OF JROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN » » * » »

A FUN FAIR WILL BE HELD IN SOUTHORN -PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON AS THE FINAL EVENT OF THIS YEAR’S WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

TWENTY GAME STALLS WILL BE SET UP BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT, AND GIRL GUIDES TO PROVIDE FREE. ENTERTAINMENT TO THE PUBLIC.

A BUS DISPLAYING PUBLICITY MATERIALS ON ROAD SAFETY WILL BE STATIONED AT THE FAIR GROUND TO SERVE AS A TEMPORARY EXHIBITION CENTRE.

TO HIGHLIGHT THE CAMPAIGN’S THEME OF SAFE CYCLING THIS YEAR, A ROAD SAFETY TOWN’ WILL BE BUILT FOR YOUNG CYCLISTS TO RIDE IN AND LEARN TRAFFIC CODES.

THE FUN FAIR WILL FOLLOW A BRIEF CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO BE ATTENDED BY WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW; ASSISTANT DIVISION COMMANDER (OPERATIONS) WAN CHAI, MR Y.W. CHAN; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE CAMPAIGN, MR STEPHEN WONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CLOSING CEREMONY CUM FUN FAIR TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 2 PM IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WAN CHAI. INFORMATION OFFICER, MISS ELLEN CHAU, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING MEMBERS COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB t * t * *

ElGii’i HUNDRED CIVIC-MINDED COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) MEMBERS ILL BE AWARDED BADGES OF LEVEL TWO UNDER THE MERIT AWARD SCHEME OF 'YC OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICES LAST SCHOOL YEAR.

THE 1987 CYC PRIZE PRESENTATION DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE HALL THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28).

THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR HO CHE-LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND PRESENT THE BADGES TO THE WINNERS.

THE AIM OF THE MERIT AWARD SCHEME WAS TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB MEMBERS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS. MEMBERS WHO HAVE EARNED FIVE POINTS FOR TAKING PART IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE LEVEL ONE (GREEN; BADGE. LEVEL ONE MEMBERS WHO EARN ANOTHER SEVEN POINTS WILL BE AWARDED LEVEL TWO (ORGANE) BADGE AND LEVEL THREE (PURPLE) BADGE IS FOR THOSE WHO EARN 10 MORE POINTS.

ALSO ATTENDING THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY ARE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR POON CHUN-PONG, AND PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (SPECIAL SERVICES) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR HONG PO-SUM.

THEY WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF TWO COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUE COMPETITION ACTIVITIES, THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB 10TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION AND THE FOOD HYGIENE CARTOON DRAWING COMPETITION.

THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1978 AND HAS NOW A MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 200,000.

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FIRING PRACTICE DAYS FOR OCTOBER ♦ » » «

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 23 DAYS IN OCTOBER.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

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THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE:

DATE TIME

OCTOBER 1 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 2 ! (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 3 (SATURDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 5 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 6 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 9 (FRIDAY) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 12 (MOND A Y) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 13 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 14 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 15 (THURSDAY) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 16 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 17 (SATURDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 19 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 20 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 21 (WEDNESDAY) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 22 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 23 (FRIDAY) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 24 (SATURDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 26 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 27 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 28 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 29 (THURSDAYT) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN CENTRAL » » » »

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28), TWO SECTIONS OF QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE MADE 7 .AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ROAD WORKS.

THEY ARE THE SECTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL FROM A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WELLINGTON STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, AND THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL FROM A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WELLINGTON STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 170 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON THESE TWO ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT SEVEN WEEKS AND THREE WEEKS RESPECTIVELY.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WELLINGTON STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 85 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE LIFTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE LOTS OF LAND FOR AUCTION .............................. 1

DISPLAY OF TEACHING RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS .................. 1

POPULAR COUNTRYSIDE WALKS TO START IN OCTOBER ............... 2

SEMINAR ON SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION .......................... 3

road safety campaign ccmes to a close ....................... 3

KWAI TSING'S GREEN PAPER SURVEY COMPLETED ................... 4

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL.................... 5

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1987

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THREE LOTS OF LAND FOR AUCTION

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A PUBLIC AUCTION OF THREE LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THEY ARE A 5,952-SQUARE METRE LOT ON MOUNT KELLETT ROAD FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT; A 150-SQUARE-METRE LOT IN STANLEY FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES; AND A 3,372-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT FANLING FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADES).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THE AUCTION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 PM.

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DISPLAY OF TEACHING RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL MOUNT A SERIES OF DISPLAYS OF TEACHING MATERIALS ON CHINESE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AT ITS TWO CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRES STARTING NEXT MONTH.

THE PROJECT ON THE TEACHING OF PRESCRIBED TEXTS AND THE RELEVANT TEACHING MATERIALS ON CHINESE LITERATURE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE KOWLOON CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE ON THE 7TH FLOOR OF THE TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 165 MA TAU WAI ROAD.

THE CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON AND FROM 2 PM TO 4.30 PM EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO 11.45 AM EVERY SATURDAY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A PERMANENT DISPLAY OF TEACHING MATERIALS RELATED TO SUPPLEMENTARY READING AND PUTONGHUA TEACHING AT THE HONG KONG CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, 1ST FLOOR. THE CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON AND FROM 2 PM TO 4.30 PM EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY.

TEACHERS ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THESE TWO CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRES WITHOUT PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO ARRANGE VISITS IN GROUPS AND TO HOLD ON-THE-SPOT DISCUSSIONS WITH THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF THE CENTRES ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE KOWLOON CENTRE AT 3-7128404 AND THE HONG KONG CENTRE AT 5-485348.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1987

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POPULAR COUNTRYSIDE WALKS TO START IN OCTOBER

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING, FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL WALKS FOR STUDENTS AND COUNTRYSIDE LOVERS TO HONG KONG’S POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS IN THE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS, STARTING FROM OCTOBER 1.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SATURDAY), THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR CONSERVATION OFFICER, MR M.K. CHEUNG, SAID THE SCHEME IS AIMED AT PROVIDING THEM WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE COUNTRYSIDE ENVIRONMENT AND TO INCREASE THEIR AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION.

"OVER THE YEARS, THE SCHEME HAS PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR AND IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING DEMAND, WE HAVE SELECTED MORE COUNTRYSIDE LOCATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S PROJECT SO THAT MORE PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT,” HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF LOCATIONS HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM SEVEN AT THE START TO 13 FOR THIS YEAR’S SCHEME. THEY INCLUDE HONG KONG HERBARIUM, SHING MUN ARBORETUM, TAI TONG FOREST NURSERY, TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE AND THE MOST POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, ON LANTAU ISLAND AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR CHEUNG SAID : "SHING MUN ARBORETUM AND TAI TONG FOREST NURSERY ARE TWO LOCATIONS INCLUDED IN OUR ANNUAL PROGRAMME FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE IT WAS INTRODUCED IN 1983."

HE SAID THE WALKS WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS AND ORGANISED GROUPS WITH ADVANCE BOOKINGS. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE OF PRIMARY 4 STANDARD OR ABOVE AND THE NUMBER ADMITTED PER VISIT WOULD BE RESTRICTED TO 40.

THE WALKS, EACH LASTING ABOUT TWO HOURS, WILL TAKE THE FORM OF GUIDED TOURS DURING WHICH PARTICIPANTS WILL BE BRIEFED ON PLANTS AND ANIMALS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, TREE PLANTATIONS AND THEIR PROTECTION, LANDSCAPE AND LOCAL FEATURES, TREE NURSERY AND COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION WORK.

WITH THE ONLY EXCEPTION OF THE VISITS TO SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK, TAI TONG FOREST NURSERY, SHING MUN ARBORETUM AND HONG KONG HERBARIUM, ALL EDUCATION WALKS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS FROM 10 AM TO NOON AND FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM.

VISITS TO THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK WILL BE ARRANGED FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY WHILE VISITS TO TAI TONG FOREST NURSERY ARE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAYS ONLY. GUIDED VISITS TO SHING MUN ARBORETUM AND HONG KONG HERBARIUM ARE CONDUCTED ON SATURDAY MORNINGS ONLY.

THOSE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD TELEPHONE MR T.H. LIU OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONSERVATION EDUCATION UNIT AT 3-7332121 FOR PRELIMINARY BOOKINGS.

/"APPLICANTS SHOULD .......

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1987

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"APPLICANTS SHOULD CONFIRM THEIR BOOKINGS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY COMPLETING A BOOKING FORM AVAILABLE FROM THE UNIT ON 14TH FLOOR, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON," MR CHEUNG SAID, ADDING THAT ALLOCATION OF PLACES WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THE SCHEME HAS DRAWN OVERWHELMING PUBLIC RESPONSE. SINCE 1983, A TOTAL OF 1,196 SCHOOLS AND ORGANISED GROUPS, WITH OVER 39,570 PEOPLE, HAVE TAKEN PART.

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SEMINAR ON SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION

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MORE THAN 350 SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS TEACHERS TODAY (SATURDAY) ATTENDED A SEMINAR ON SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HEALTH EDUCATION, FIRST AID AND SAFE AND PROPER USE OF MEDICINE IN SCHOOLS.

THE SEMINAR WAS HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SOCIAL STUDIES AND HEALTH EDUCATION SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

AFTER ATTENDING THE SEMINAR AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING, SOME OF THE TEACHERS SAID THEY FOUND THE SEMINAR VERY USEFUL TO THEM.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN COMES TO A CLOSE ♦ * * *

HUNDREDS OF YOUNGSTERS HAD A DAY OF FUN WHILE LEARNING PROPER WAYS OF ROAD USE AT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CLOSING CEREMONY CUM FUN FAIR TODAY (SATURDAY) IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND.

THE EVENT MARKED THE END OF TWO MONTHS OF ACTIVITIES, RANGING FROM A CYCLING SAFETY WEEK, TALKS FOR THE ELDERLY, A ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION WEEK AND AN ENFORCEMENT WEEK; TO MODEL PEDESTRIANS SELECTION EXERCISES AIMED AT ENHANCING THE PUBLIC’S UNDERSTANDING OF THIER RESPONSIBILITIES AS ROAD USERS.

/SPEAKING AT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1987

SPEAKING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW, SAID PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE CAMPAIGN WAS GOOD. HE PRAISED THE EFFORTS OF THE WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP AND THE POLICE FOR MAKING THE PROJECT A SUCCESS.

ANOTHER SPEAKER, POLICE ASSISTANT DIVISION COMMANDER (OPERATIONS) WAN CHAI, MR Y.W. CHAN, SAID MANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF ROAD USERS HAD EXERCISED MORE CARE AND HAD BEEN MORE CONSIDERATE. HE REVEALED THAT 480 ROAD ACCIDENTS WERE RECORDED IN WAN CHAI IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 432 FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"I HOPE RESIDENTS WILL REMEMBER THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE PUBLICISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN. IT WILL MAKE WAN CHAI A SAFER PLACE FOR BOTH MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS,” HE SAID.

A FUN FAIR WAS LAUNCHED AFTER THE CEREMONY. IN ADDITION TO GAMES STALLS SET UP BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AREA COMMITTEES AND GIRL GUIDES, THERE WAS ALSO A 'ROAD SAFETY TOWN’ FOR CYCLISTS AND A MOBILE EXHIBITION CENTRE WITH PUBLICITY MATERIALS ON ROAD SAFETY.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S FUNCTION WERE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI, MR STEPHEN WONG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MRS PEGGY LAM.

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KWAI TSING’S GREEN PAPER SURVEY COMPLETED

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THE WORKING GROUP ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF THE HONG KONG’S POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) TO ANNOUNCE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY ON THE GREEN PAPER.

THE SURVEY, CARRIED OUT BY A RESEARCH COMPANY, INTERVIEWED 500 RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT BETWEEN AUGUST 21 AND SEPTEMBER 14.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP, MR SIN CHUNG-KAI, WILL BE PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD, 10/F, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO KWAI HING MTR STATION), KWAI CHUNG.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL » * » »

TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS ON QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL NEAR ITS JUNCTIONS WITH WELLINGTON STREET AND BONHAM STRAND, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 28).

VEHICLES ALONG QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO BONHAM STRAND, WHILE THOSE TRAVELLING ALONG WELLINGTON STREET MUST TURN LEFT INTO QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

THESE MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK AND SIX WEEKS RESPECTIVELY.

VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND MORRISON STREET TO REJOIN BONHAM STRAND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO*

JOB PLACEMENT SERVICE COMPUTERISED ......................... 1

TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST STREET SLEEPERS........... 2

TENDERS INVITED FOR EMERGENCY ROADSIDE TELEPHONE SYSTEM CONTRACT.............................,...................... 3

MEASURE TO SPEED UP TUNNEL TOLL COLLECTION FOR BUSES........ 3

MORE LAND TO BE FORMED IN JUNK BAY.......................... 4

HANDBOOK ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT PUBLISHED................... 5

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SAI KUNG ATHLETIC MEET................... 5

SCHOOL DANCE FESTIVAL INVITES ENTRIES ...................... 6

NEW ROhD MARKINGS ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD..................... 7

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1987

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JOB PLACEMENT SERVICE COMPUTERISED « * » » #

COMPUTERS ARE NOT ONLY USED FOR BUSINESS, DESIGN AND TRAINING, THEY CAN ALSO BE USED TO PERFORM A SOCIAL FUNCTION - PROVIDING MATCHMAKING SERVICE FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES.

THE HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (HEES) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WHICH HELPS BOTH EMPLOYERS IN RECRUITING PROFESSTONAL STAFF AND JOB-SEEKERS WITH UNIVERSITY OR POST-SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS IN FINDING EMPLOYMENT, HAS RECENTLY GONE COMPUTERISED TO IMPROVE ITS PLACEMENT SERVICE.

"WHEN A JOB-SEEKER REGISTERS WITH THE HEES, HIS PERSONAL PARTICULARS SUCH AS EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, INTERESTS AND APTITUDE, WILL BE FED INTO THE COMPUTER," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"STAFF OF THE HEES WILL THEN CAREFULLY MATCH ITS REGISTRANTS WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDERED VACANCIES ON HAND AND ARRANGE SUITABLE APPLICANTS TO BE INTERVIEWED BY THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER.

"JOB-MATCHINGS PERFORMED BY THE COMPUTER DOES NOT ONLY SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF INTRODUCING CANDIDATES TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS, BUT ALSO HELPS JOB-SEEKERS TO IDENTIFY THE VACANT POSTS BEST SUITED THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND INTERESTS."

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT JOB-SEEKERS, IN PARTICULAR HONG KONG STUDENTS EDUCATED OVERSEAS, FOUND THE SERVICE USEFUL IN LEARNING ABOUT HONG KONG’S JOB MARKET AND MANY OF THEM WERE SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED IN JOBS CLOSELY RELATED TO THEIR TRAINING.

THROUGH THE USE OF THE COMPUTER, A "CANDIDATE PROFILE" CONTAINING THE ACADEMIC BACKGROUND, WORKING EXPERIENCE, POSITION SOUGHT AND SALARY EXPECTED OF SELECTED REGISTRANTS, IS ALSO COMPILED AND SENT TO SOME 1,000 ESTABLISHMENTS MONTHLY.

THIS PROFILE PROVES TO BE A USEFUL "TALENT POOL" FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYERS WHEN RECRUITING STAFF.

BETWEEN JANUARY AND AUGUST THIS YEAR, THE HEES RECEIVED 1,755 JOB VACANCIES IN ENGINEERING, SALES, MANAGEMENT AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING FROM VARIOUS COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, MORE THAN 5,600 REGISTRANTS WERE REFERRED TO EMPLOYERS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS.

THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON JOB-SEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THE FREE SERVICE TO CALL 5-296110 OR 3-7332432 FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1987

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TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST STREET SLEEPERS

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VOLUNTEERS’ CONCERN AND CARE FOR STREET SLEEPERS SHOULD BE RESPECTED, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR ALFRED CHUI, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR VOLUNTEERS AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, SALVATION ARMY, STREET SLEEPERS’ ACTION COMMITTEE, ST STEPHEN’S SOCIETY, MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY, STREET SLEEPER SHELTER SOCIETY, HELPING HAND AND YANG MEMORIAL SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE.

"AS SOME STREET SLEEPERS ARE ELDERLY OR ARE PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY ILL OR DISABLED, THEY WILL NOT EASILY TRUST OTHERS AND MAY EVEN BE SUSPICIOUS OF PEOPLE WHO TRY TO ASSIST THEM.

"THUS, WE NEED PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE PATIENCE AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR SITUATION TO WIN THEIR TRUST AND TO PERSUADE THEM TO ACCEPT ASSISTENCE.

"THERE ARE MANY WELFARE SERVICES SUCH AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, RENT ALLOWANCE AND COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING SERVICE TO HELP THEM LEAVE THE STREETS AND RETURN TO NORMAL LIFE," HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID HE HOPED THAT THE WORKSHOP COULD ENHANCE THE VOLUNTEERS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE STREET SLEEPERS’ BACKGROUND AND NEEDS AND TEACH THEM HOW TO SET UP CONTACT AND RENDER ASSISTANCE.

THE PARTICIPATING BODIES WOULD ALSO SHARE WITH THE VOLUNTEERS THEIR EXPERIENCES, TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES THEY FACED WHEN SERVING THE STREET SLEEPERS.

APART FROM VISITING A TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR STREET SLEEPERS, THE VOLUNTEERS WOULD ALSO ACCOMPANY OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORKERS TO OBSERVE FOR THEMSELVES HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH STREET SLEEPERS.

MR CHUI COMMENDED THE VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE OTHERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS UNDER ADVERSE CONDITIONS AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR SUPPORTING THE WORKSHOP.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1987

TENDERS INVITED FOR EMERGENCY ROADSIDE TELEPHONE SYSTEM CONTRACT

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THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (EMSD) IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF EMERGENCY ROADSIDE TELEPHONES ALONG A SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD AND AT THE VEHICULAR BORDER LINK AT LOK MA CHAU.

AN EMSD SPOKESMAN SAID THE EMERGENCY ROADSIDE TELEPHONE SYSTEM WOULD COMPRISE 18 SETS OF TELEPHONES AND A FIELD CONCENTRATOR, WHICH WOULD BE LINKED DIRECTLY TO FANLING POLICE STATION.

APART FROM THE LOK MA CHAU BORDER LINK, SOME OF THE TELEPHONES WILL BE INSTALLED ALONG THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU AND FAN KAM ROAD, PHASE II.

THE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM, WHICH WILL PROVIDE MOTORISTS IN DISTRESS WITH A MEANS OF SUMMONING ASSISTANCE, WILL BE INSTALLED BY NOT LATER THAN NEXT AUGUST.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 30.

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MEASURE TO SPEED UP TUNNEL TOLL COLLECTION FOR BUSES

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A NEW BILLING ARRANGEMENT TO SPEED UP TOLL COLLECTION FOR FRANCHISED BUSES USING THE LION ROCK TUNNEL DURING MORNING PEAK HOURS ON WEEKDAYS WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM THURSDAY (OCTOBER 1), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, FRANCHISED BUSES MAY PASS THROUGH THE TOLL BOOTH AT THE EXTREME LEFT OF THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE TUNNEL WITHOUT STOPPING. A BUS REGULATOR WILL BE STATIONED INSIDE THE BOOTH TO HAND OUT PRE-PAID TICKET TO THE TOLL COLLECTOR FOR EVERY BUS THAT PASSES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

"AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ABOUT 400 BUSES PASSING THROUGH THE TUNNEL DURING MORNING PEAK HOURS AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE SCHEME WILL FURTHER IMPROVE BUS JOURNEY TIME."

FOR OTHER BUSES USING THIS BOOTH, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUSES AS WELL AS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BUSES, THE DRIVERS WILL STILL HAVE TO STOP AND TENDER THE PRE-PAID TICKET OR CASH.

THE SCHEME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON A TRIAL BASIS AND ITS EFFECT WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

/TO COINCIDE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 198?

TO COINCIDE WITH THE ARRANGEMENT, THE EXISTING BUS-ONLY LANE ON THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD FROM WORLDWIDE GARDENS TO THE TOLL PLAZA OF THE TUNNEL WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH THE TOLL BOOTH AT THE INNERMOST LANE OF THE TOLL PLAZA.

THE BUS LANE, ONLY OPERATING FROM 7.30 AM TO 9 AM EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, WAS INTRODUCED IN MAY THIS YEAR AND SURVEYS CONDUCTED IN JUNE REVEALED THAT THE BUS JOURNEY TIME ALONG THE BUS LANE HAD BEEN REDUCED BY ONE TO ONE-AND-A -HALF MINUTES. FOR BUS ROUTES DIVERTED VIA CHE KUNG MIU ROAD AND HUNG MUI KUK ROAD AS PART OF THE SCHEME, THERE WAS AN OVERALL TIME SAVING OF FOUR TO NINE MINUTES.

TO FURTHER REDUCE BUS JOURNEY TIME, A PLAN IS UNDER ACTIVE CONSIDERATION TO EXTEND THE BUS LANE TO HUNG MUI KUK ROAD AND CHE KUNG MIU ROAD EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MORE LAND TO BE FORMED IN JUNK PAY *****

WORK HAS STARTED ON RECLAIMING ABOUT 44 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT AP TSAI WAN, SAI KUNG, IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF JUNK BAY NEW TOWN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID THE RECLAMATION AREA WOULD BE A VERY IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE NEW TOWN AND WOULD BE USED TO BUILD ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS A ROAD NETWORK AND DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE SYSTEMS.

IT HAS BEEN PLANNED AS THE LOCATION FOR THE FUTURE JUNK BAY TOWN CENTRE.

THE LAND WILL BE USED FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL, COMMUNITY (QIC) AND OPEN SPACE PURPOSES.

IN ADDITION, PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL UNITS AND ABOUT 15,000 PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS ARE PLANNED FOR THE AREA, WITH THE FIRST INTAKE OF RESIDENTS SCHEDULED FOR 1994. RECREATION FACILITIES WILL ALSO BE BUILT.

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HANDBOOK ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT PUBLISHED

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A HANDBOOK ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT WITH EMPHASIS ON THE FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF CARETAKERS HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD.

THE 34-PAGE HANDBOOK CONTAINS 17 CHAPTERS, LISTING DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF WORK REQUIRING THE ATTENTION OF CARETAKERS.

THE CHAPTERS COVER ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, POWER SUPPLY, FIRE PREVENTION INSTALLATIONS, BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND SECURITY MEASURES.

IN THE FOREWORD OF THE HANDBOOK, YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, SAID: "PROPER AND EFFECTIVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL IN YAU MA TEI WHERE MOST OF THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS WERE CONSTRUCTED LONG AGO."

"THE HANDBOOK PRODUCED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PROVIDE USEFUL REFERENCE FOR BUILDING CARETAKERS IN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES," HE SAID.

IT ALSO SETS OUT THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS OF A CARETAKER FOR THE REFERENCE OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

THE HANDBOOK IS PUBLISHED IN CHINESE AND 3,000 COPIES ARE AVAILABLE TO MANAGEMENT BODIES IN THE DISTRICT.

OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WISHING TO OBTAIN COPIES OF THE HANDBOOK SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON 3-7700434.

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SAI KUNG ATHLETIC MEET

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SPORTS LOVERS IN THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET 1987 TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) IN THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

SPONSORED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, THE ATHLETIC MEET IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

SPORTING EVENTS WILL START FROM 9 AM AND WILL END AT ABOUT 5 PM.

/PARTICIPANTS

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEN’S DIVISION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS AND THE WOMEN’S TWO ACCORDING TO THEIR AGES.

EACH PARTICIPANT CAN TAKE PART IN NO MORE THAN THREE EVENTS. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE TOP THREE PLACE-GETTERS OF EACH EVENT.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (SAI KUNG OFFICE), BOTH AT SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS NOVEMBER 9.

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SCHOOL DANCE FESTIVAL INVITES ENTRIES

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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE 24TH SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL TO BE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL BETWEEN JANUARY 4 AND 19 NEXT YEAR.

SCHOOLS MAY ENTER THE FESTIVAL IN EITHER THE LOWER PRIMARY SECTION FOR PRIMARY 1 TO 3, THE UPPER PRIMARY SECTION FOR PRIMARY 4 TO 6, SECONDARY SECTION FOR ALL SECONDARY FORMS OR SPECIAL SCHOOLS SECTION FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, BLIND, DEAF, MALADJUSTED AND SOCIALLY DEPRIVED.

THE FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE WESTERN FOLK OR NATIONAL DANCE, WESTERN DANCE DRAMA, CHINESE DANCE, CHINESE DANCE DRAMA, ORIENTAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE.

THE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST PERFORMERS WHO SCORE THE HIGHEST MARKS AT BOTH THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LEVELS. THERE WILL ALSO BE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP AND MERITORIOUS AWARDS.

SCHOOLS COMMENDED IN THE FESTIVAL WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE WINNERS PERFORMANCES AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

THE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, H.K. SZE YAP C. I. ASSOCIATION WONG TAI SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE AT SHEK KIP MEI IN KOWLOON AND CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL AT NORTH POINT IN HONG KONG.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART SHOULD SUBMIT ENTRIES TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4/F., OF THE LEE GARDENS AT 33-37 HYSAN AVENUE IN CAUSEWAY BAY BEFORE NOVEMBER 20.

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1987

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NEW ROAD MARKINGS ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD *****

MOTORISTS FROM NORTH POINT HEADING FOR KOWLOON VIA THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR (IRC) ARE REMINDED TO WATCH OUT FOR GANTRY SIGNS AND CHOOSE THE CORRECT LANE AS SOON AS THEY DRIVE PAST CITY GARDENS.

THIS IS BECAUSE FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), A NEW "SOLID-CUM-BROKEN WHITE LINE” (I.E. A CONTINUOUS WHITE LINE ALONGSIDE A BROKEN WHITE LINE) SEPARATING CENTRAL-BOUND AND KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED ALONG VICTORIA PARK ROAD STRETCHING ALL THE WAY FROM THE WESTERN EXIT OF THE IEC NEAR WATSON ROAD TO THE PETROL STATION OUTSIDE EXCELSIOR HOTEL.

"AS A RESULT, VEHICLES BOUND FOR CENTRAL ON THE OUTERMOST WESTBOUND LANE OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CUT INTO THE QUEUE OF KOWLOON-BOUND VEHICLES ON THE MIDDLE LANE. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEASURE IS TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW FOR CENTRALBOUND VEHICLES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID.

"NEW GANTRY SIGNS HAVE BEEN ERECTED ON THE IEC NEAR OIL STREET AND WATSON'ROAD TO HELP MOTORISTS SELECT THE APPROPRIATE LANE IN GOOD TIME. LANE SELECTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WELL BEFORE MOTORISTS COME NEAR WATSON ESTATE," HE CONTINUED.

FOR WESTBOUND MOTORISTS, COMING FROM TSING FUNG STREET FLYOVER OR HING FAT STREET, THEY WERE URGED TO WATCH OUT FOR A SHORT DOUBLE WHITE LINE NEAR THE MERGING POINT OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD WITH THE IEC WESTBOUND APPROACH.

"THIS MEANS THAT THEY CANNOT WEAVE itfTO THE CENTRAL-BOUND OUTERMOST LANE OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD IMMEDIATELY AFTER PASSING THROUGH THE MERGING POINT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HAVING COME ON TO VICTORIA PARK ROAD, MOTORISTS SHOULD THEN LOOK OUT FOR NEW ROADSIDE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS NEAR THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER AND CHOOSE THE CORRECT LANE FOR THEMSELVES, DEPENDING ON WHETHER THEY WISH TO GO TO CENTRAL OR CROSS THE HARBOUR.

"LANE DESTINATION MARKINGS ARE PROVIDED NEAR THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER AND NEAR THE PETROL STATION TO GIVE MOTORISTS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION," HE ADDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1?87

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

HEPATITIS VACCINATION FOR ALL BABIES IN 1988 ................ 1

JLG SUB-GROUP TO MEET ....................................... 2

SWAG ENDORSES PRINCIPLES OF CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SUBVENTION 3

TIMETABLE FOR LEGCO SITTINGS ANNOUNCED ...................... 4

THREE LOTS OF LAND SOI/) .................................... 6

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SEPTEMBER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STARTS 7

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHA TIN ................................... 8

COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR SEES APPAREL MANUFACTURING........... 9

SCHOOLS URGED TO LABEL HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS................... 9

AUSTIN ROAD TO BE WIDENED ................................... 10

YOUTHS TO TAKE PART IN RALLY................................. 11

YOUTH SCHEME EXPANDING....................................... 12

VOTERS URGED TO REGISTER IKMEDIATELY......................... 12

SAI KUNG RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS............. 13

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FUND ALLOCATIONS ....................... 14

WATER STORAGE FIGURE......................................... 14

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987

HEPATITIS VACCINATION FOR ALL BABIES IN 1988

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO EXTEND ITS HEPATITIS B VACCINATION PROGRAMME TO COVER ALL NEW BORN BABIES IN A BID TO CURB THE SPREAD OF HEPATITIS B WHICH IS A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM IN THE REGION.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE NOW ABOUT 160 MILLION CARRIERS OF THE DISEASE IN ASIA.

THE RECOMMENDATION TO EXTEND THE PROGRAMME TO ALL BABIES WAS MADE BY THE HEPATITIS B VACCINATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS FORMED IN LATE 1982 TO MONITOR AND ADVISE ON THE VACCINATION PROGRAMME.

THE NEW PROGRAMME IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED IN MID-1988.

AT PRESENT, ONLY BABIES BORN TO MOTHERS WHO ARE CARRIERS OF THE HEPATITIS B INFECTION ARE GIVEN THE VACCINATION AT GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS.

UNDER THE PROPOSED PROGRAMME, ALL INFANTS BORN IN GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS WILL BE VACCINATED AGAINST HEPATITIS B. AT THE SAME TIME, BABIES BORN IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS MAY ALSO BE REFERRED TO THE GOVERNMENT MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES FOR VACCINATION.

IN ADDITION, BABIES BORN TO MOTHERS WHO ARE CARRIERS WILL BE GIVEN HEPATITIS B IMMUNOGLOBULIN (HBIG) FOR EXTRA PROTECTION.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 92 PER CENT OF ALL NEW BORN BABIES IN HONG KONG WILL ATTEND THE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES WHILE THE REMAINING ONES WILL GO TO PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE EXTENDED PROGRAMME WILL COVER ABOUT 65,000 BABIES IN A YEAR.

THE ANNUAL COST FOR THE VACCINE AND SCREENING OF THE EXPANDED PROGRAMME WILL BE ABOUT $10.5 MILLION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT YEAST-DERIVED VACCINE WILL BE USED FOR THE EXTENDED PROGRAMME IN PLACE OF THE CURRENTLY USED PLASMA VACCINE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT SINCE BOTH VACCINES HAVE PROVEN TO BE EQUALLY EFFICACIOUS AND SAFE THE YEAST VACCINE WAS PROCURED RECENTLY AS A RESULT OF THE LATEST TENDERING EXERCISE.

/THE ADVISORY........

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THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FELT THAT THE EXPANDED PROGRAMME TO COVER ALL NEW BORN BABIES WILL CURB THE SPREAD OF HEPATITIS B WHICH IS PREVALENT IN HONG KONG SINCE ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION ARE CARRIERS OF THE DISEASE.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF THE CARRIERS WILL SUFFER FROM CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE SUCH AS CIRRHOSIS, OR EVEN LIVER CANCER.

CURRENTLY ABOUT 300 DEATHS FROM CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE AND 1,000 DEATHS FROM CANCER OF LIVER OCCUR EVERY YEAR.

IN FACT, LIVER CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH IN HONG KONG, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MANY INFANTS, HE SAID, ARE INFECTED BY THE DISEASE DURING BIRTH FROM THEIR MOTHERS WHO ARE CARRIERS WHILE OTHERS MAY BECOME INFECTED IN INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD DUE TO INTRAFAMILY SPREAD.

"THEREFORE, EVEN IF MOTHERS ARE NOT CARRIERS, THERE IS STILL A RISK OF INFECTION IN EARLY LIFE."

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JLG SUB-GROUP TO MEET

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THE NEXT MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP SUB-GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 5 TO 7 IN HONG KONG.

THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE LED BY MR F. BURROWS WHO WILL BE ASSISTED BY TWO OTHER MEMBERS, MR NORMAN CHAN AND MISS SHELAGH BROOKS.

OTHER EXPERTS FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL ATTEND AS NECESSARY.

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SWAC ENDORSES PRINCIPLES OF CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SUBVENTION *****

A STANDARD FORMULA DEVISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR CALCULATING THE LEVEL OF SUBVENTION FOR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WAS ENDORSED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TODAY (MONDAY).

THE COMMITTEE AGREED THAT THE FORMULA SHOULD MAKE PROVISION FOR EACH OF THE THREE COMPONENT PARTS OF CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION, NAMELY CO-ORDINATION AND PLANNING OF SERVICES; FINANCIAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING; AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING PERSONNEL MATTERS.

NOTING THAT THE AMOUNT OF SUBVENTION AS WELL AS THE RANGE OF SERVICES BEING SUBVENTED HAVE INCREASED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE YEARS, THE COMMITTEE ENDORSED THAT FULL SUBVENTION, I.E. 100 PER CENT SUBVENTION, SHOULD BE GIVEN FOR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION TO ENABLE AGENCIES TO ACQUIRE STAFF FOR THE OVERALL PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION OF SERVICES AND THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCES, THUS ENSURING THAT PUBLIC MONEY IS WELL SPENT.

IT WAS FURTHER AGREED THAT SUBVENTION FOR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN RESPECT OF SUPPORT FOR SUBVENTED SERVICES ONLY. IN THIS RESPECT, CATEGORY I AND CATEGORY II SERVICES SHOULD BE GIVEN EQUAL WEIGHTING IN CALCULATING THE LEVEL OF SUBVENTION.

ALSO ENDORSED WAS THE PRINCIPLE THAT AGENCIES WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, FOR EXAMPLE THOSE HAVING A PURPOSE-BUILT HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, SHOULD BE GIVEN SEPARATE CONSIDERATIONS OUTSIDE THE GENERAL FORMULA.

IN ADDITION, IT WAS ACCEPTED THAT WELFARE AGENCIES CURRENTLY RECEIVING SUBVENTIONS FOR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SHOULD NOT BE WORSE OFF AS A RESULT OF APPLYING THESE PRINCIPLES.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT BECAUSE OF THE.UNIQUE POSITION OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, PROPOSALS IN RESPECT OF SUBVENTION FOR THE COUNCIL WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE SUBVENTIONS AND LOTTERIES FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR ADVICE.

PRELIMINARY CALCULATIONS INDICATED THAT BY APPLYING THESE PRINCIPLES, THE NUMBER OF AGENCIES ELIGIBLE FOR SUBVENTION FOR THEIR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION WOULD INCREASE FROM 39 TO 44 (EXCLUDING THE COUNCIL) WHILE THE TOTAL SUBVENTION FOR THIS AREA WOULD INCREASE BY ABOUT $7.3 MILLION TO $42.9 MILLION PER ANNUM.

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR LEE JARK-PUI, SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT A POSITIVE STEP HAD BEEN TAKEN TO RATIONALISE THE BASIS FOR THE SUBVENTION OF CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION WHICH HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF MUCH DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

/THE VOLUNTARY .......

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THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL BE CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSALS AND IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO THEIR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE PROPOSALS AND SUCCESSFUL BIDDING FOR FUNDS FOR 1988/89 AGAINST OTHER COMPETING CLAIMS.

MR HERMAN S.M. HU, WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE HONG KONG PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION AND OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FOR SOME YEARS, ATTENDED THE MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, REPLACING MR L.B. MACQUARRIE WHO RETIRED IN JULY.

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TIMETABLE FOR

LEGCO SITTINGS ANNOUNCED

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THE FIRST SITTING OF THE 1987-88 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 7 (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THE GOVERNOR WILL DELIVER HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THERE WILL ALSO BE A NUMBER OF TWO-DAY SITTINGS FOR THE DEBATE ON THE MOTION OF THANKS AND FOR THE BUDGET DEBATE. AN EXTRA SITTING MAY BE HELD AT THE END OF THE SESSION TO CLEAR OUTSTANDING BUSINESS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL MEET WEEKLY, THE SAME AS FOR THE PREVIOUS SESSION.

FOLLOWING IS THE PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS:

PROVISIONAL DATES OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTINGS FOR THE 1987-88 SESSION

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7, 1987

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 1987

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 1987

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 1987

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 1987

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 1987

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 1987

OPENING OF THE 1987-88 SESSION (GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS)

REGULAR SITTING

DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS (MEMBERS OTHER THAN OFFICIALS SPEAK)

DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS (OFFICIALS SPEAK)

/WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER........

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1?87

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 1987 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 1987 it

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 1987 it

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9, 1987 (CHRISTMAS it AND NEW YEAR RECESS)

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13, 1988 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20, 1988 n

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27, 1988 It

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3, 1988 fl

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10, 1988 tl

(LUNAR NEW YEAR RECESS)

WEDNESDAY MARCH 2, 1988 1ST BUDGET SITTING

(FINANCIAL SECRETARY PRESENTS BUDGET)

WEDNESDAY MARCH 9, 1988 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 1988

(SPECIAL FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 21, 1988)

(EASTER RECESS)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20, 1988 1988 2ND BUDGET SITTING (MEMBERS OTHER THAN OFFICIALS SPEAK)

THURSDAY APRIL 21,

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 1988 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 1988 3RD BUDGET SITTING

(OFFICIALS SPEAK)

WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 1988 4TH BUDGET SITTING

(COMMITTEE STAGE AND 3RD READING OF APPROPRIATION BILL)

WEDNESDAY MAY 18, 1988 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 1988

WEDNESDAY JUNE 1, 1988

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8, 1988

/WEDNESDAY JUNE........

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987

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WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 1988

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, 1988

WEDNESDAY JULY 6, 1988

WEDNESDAY JULY 13, 1988

WEDNESDAY JULY 20, 1988

WEDNESDAY JULY 27, 1988*

MONDAY AUGUST 1, 1988

t - IF NECESSARY

DISSOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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THREE LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND WERE SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF $93.1 MILLION AT AN AUCTION TODAY (MONDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE PAID WAS $53 MILLION FOR A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITE IN MOUNT KELLETT ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND. BIDDING OPENED AT $30 MILLION.

THE PURCHASER WAS SKY ALLIANCE DEVELOPMENT LIMITED.

THE SITE HAS AN AREA OF 5,952 SQUARE METRES. UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 1,785 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1990.

ANOTHER LOT, AT STANLEY, WHICH IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES, WAS SOLD FOR $12.1 MILLION. BIDDING BEGAN AT $4.5 MILLION.

IT WAS BOUGHT BY JAPSTATE INVESTMENTS LIMITED, WHO IS REQUIRED TO BUILD A MINIMUM OF 450 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE 150-SQUARE-METRE SITE BY SEPTEMBER 27, 1990.

THE LAST LOT, AT ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADES). IT WAS PURCHASED BY UP TONE DEVELOPMENT LIMITED FOR $28 MILLION.

/BIDDING FOR .......

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987

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BIDDING FOR THE 3,372-SQUARE-METRE SITE STARTED AT $25 MILLION. THE NEW OWNER HAS TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 10,116 SQUARE METRES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1991.

TODAY’S AUCTION TOOK PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AND WAS CONDUCTED BY GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR JIM HUGHES, OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

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SEPTEMBER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STARTS * » » « »

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED TO CONDUCT THE SEPTEMBER 1987 ROUND OF THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN RESPECT OF THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987.

THIS SURVEY IS CONDUCTED QUARTERLY AND SURVEY RESULTS ARE USEFUL IN PROVIDING SHORT-TERM ECONOMIC INDICATORS AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE LABOUR MARKET IN HONG KONG.

THIS ROUND OF THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 88,000 ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ARE DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS), THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION, FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES; COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES), WITH FULL ENUMERATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING; ELECTRICITY AND GAS).

INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1987 WILL BE SOUGHT FROM EACH SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENT.

SOME 10,000 ESTABLISHMENTS ARE RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM THIS SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF JULY-SEPTEMBER 1987.

QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

/SHOULD RESPONDENTS........

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SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AT 5-8235076.

AS FOR THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS KNOWN TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DURING JULY-SEPTEMBER 1987, THEY WILL ALSO BE ENUMERATED IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SURVEY RESULTS COMPLETE. FIELD OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, EACH BEARING A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD, WILL CALL ON THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO SOLICIT INFORMATION ON NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, EXISTING VACANCIES, TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NATURE OF BUSINESS AND DATE ON WHICH BUSINESS COMMENCED.

IN CASE OF ANY ENQUIRIES REGARDING THESE FIELD VISITS, THEY SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AT 5-8234770.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHA TIN

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND LADY WILSON WILL VISIT SHA TIN ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 30) AFTERNOON TO SEE THE PHYSICAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE FAST DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

THEY WILL TOUR LUNG HANG ESTATE AND VISIT A FAMILY IN A RENTAL HOUSING UNIT AND A FAMILY IN A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLAT. THEY WILL ALSO TOUR TIN SUM VILLAGE, WHICH IS A TRADITIONAL SETTLEMENT BEING SERVICED WITH PROPER BASIC FACILITIES UNDER A PILOT VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.

LATER SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WILL ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION AT SHA TIN TOWN HALL, AND MEET MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN OF AREA COMMITTEES AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO SHA TIN ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 30). PRESS COACHES WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 2.15 PM SHARP FOR LUNG HANG ESTATE.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987

COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR SEES APPAREL MANUFACTURING

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SPENT THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON VISITING THE REGATEX MANUFACTURERS LTD., AN APPAREL MANUFACTURING FACTORY, IN KWAI CHUNG.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMPANY’S DIRECTOR, MR AMPERE CHU, AND THE PERSONNEL MANAGER, MR JAMES TSE, MR HAMMOND TOURED THE VARIOUS PARTS AND WORK PROCESSES OF THE FACTORY WHICH PRODUCE RELATIVELY HIGH-PRICED LADIES’ FASHION, TROUSERS, RAINCOATS, OUTERWEAR AND CHILDREN’S WEAR FOR THE EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN MARKETS.

HE LEARNT THAT THE COMPANY MAINTAINED GOOD LABOUR MANAGEMENT RELATIONS AND THAT THE TURN-OVER RATE OF THE 1,000 STRONG WORKFORCE WAS VERY LOW WITH MANY WORKERS HAVING WORKED FOR THE COMPANY FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.

MR HAMMOND ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WITH THE MANAGEMENT A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS, INCLUDING LABOUR SHORTAGE, STAFF WELFARE AND LABOUR LEGISLATION.

TODAY’S VISIT WAS PART OF A CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME TO KEEP THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ABREAST WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LOCAL INDUSTRIAL AND LABOUR SCENE.

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SCHOOLS URGED TO LABEL HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

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TO FURTHER PROMOTE LABORATORY SAFETY IN SCHOOLS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS ISSUING TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS SELF-ADHESIVE CONTAINER LABELS BEARING HAZARD WARNING SYMBOLS TO IDENTIFY THE HAZARDOUS PROPERTIES OF CHEMICALS STORED IN SCHOOLS.

EACH SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE 20 SETS OF THE LABELS TOGETHER WITH COPIES OF THE REVISED EDITION OF A PAMPHLET ON "SAFETY IN SCIENCE LABORATORIES" IN BOTH ENGLISH’AND CHINESE.

THE SYMBOLS ON THE LABELS CLASSIFY THE HAZARDOUS PROPERTIES OF CHEMICALS INTO EIGHT CATEGORIES, NAMELY CARCINOGEN, CORROSIVE,EXPLOSIVE, FLAMMABLE, HARMFUL, IRRITANT, OXIDISING AND TOXIC NATURE.

"CLEAR AND EXACT LABELLING, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING AND REGULAR INSPECTION ARE ESSENTIAL IN MINIMISING ACCIDENTS RESULTING FROM THE STORAGE OR HANDLING OF CHEMICALS OF A HAZARDOUS NATURE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

/the pamphlet

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THE PAMPHLET ON THE ’’SAFETY IN SCIENCE LABORATORIES” AIMS TO ENHANCE THE STANDARD OF SAFETY IN SCHOOL LABORATORIES BY EXPLAINING WAYS TO MINIMISE RISKS AND TO DEAL WITH ANY POSSIBLE ACCIDENTS EFFECTIVELY.

IT ALSO CONTAINS GUIDELINES ON GENERAL PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN WHEN WORKING IN THE LABORATORY.

WHILE KNOWN HAZARDS COULD BE GUARDED AGAINST, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WAS ALWAYS AN ELEMENT OF UNFORESEEN DANGER WHICH CALLED FOR PROPER ATTITUDES TO LABORATORY WORK AND THE SETTING OF GOOD EXAMPLES BY TEACHERS.

’’SCIENCE TEACHERS AND LABORATORY STAFF MUST AT ALL TIMES REMEMBER THE GREAT RESPONSIBILITY THEY HAVE TOWARDS STUDENTS IN THEIR CHARGE DURING PRACTICAL WORK AND ENSURE THAT ALL PRECAUTIONS ARE CONSISTENT WITH COMMON SENSE ARE CONTINUALLY OBSERVED,” THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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AUSTIN ROAD TO BE WIDENED

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A SECTION OF AUSTIN ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI IS TO BE WIDENED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.

THE WORK CONSISTS OF INCREASING THE WIDTH OF A SECTION OF THE ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND TEMPLE STREET. ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT WILL BE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CARRIAGEWAY AND FOOTWAY, IMPROVEMENT TO ROAD DRAINAGE AND CONSTRUCTION OF A RETAINING WALL ADJACENT TO KOWLOON PARK.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY ARISING FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OF KOWLOON PARK ADJACENT TO AUSTIN ROAD TO IMPLEMENT THIS ROAD WIDENING PROJECT, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI TRAFFIC STUDY AIMED AT IMPROVING LOCAL TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT, THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING WHICH IS NOON ON OCTOBER 16.

THE KOWLOON REGION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS DESIGNED AND WILL SUPERVISE THE WORK.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987

YOUTHS TO TAKE PART IN RALLY

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ABOUT 1,000 YOUTHS WILL GATHER AT VICTORIA PARK ON OCTOBER 11 AND ’PITCH IN’ AT THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN IN THE FORM OF A YOUTH RALLY.

THE RALLY, ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, AIMS TO AROUSE SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN KEEPING THE TERRITORY CLEAN.

THE YOUTHS’ PARTICIPATION IS TWO-FOLD - EITHER TAKING PART IN A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES OR COMPETITIONS.

THE ACTIVITIES WILL BE DESIGNED AROUND THE ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT THEME, INCLUDING MAKING OF SIGNS/LOGOS; REFURBISHING BENCHES/ARBOURS; PAINTING OF LITTER CONTAINERS; AND REFURBISHING OF RAILINGS.

THE FIVE COMPETITIONS ARE : KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION; LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION; MODEL DESIGN COMPETITION; THEME SONG CONTEST AND TURNING LITTER INTO ORNAMENTAL/DECORATIVE ITEMS COMPETITION.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL TOUR THE PARK AND SEE THE YOUTHS AT WORK.

BEFORE THE START OF THE ACTIVITIES, THERE WILL BE A PARADE BY ALL PARTICIPANTS, WHO COME FROM A TOTAL OF 18 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT UC/RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, MR CARLOS CHEUNG, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE.

OTHER PROGRAMMES OF THE DAY WILL INCLUDE A TWO-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT SHOW BY POPULAR SINGERS AND PERFORMANCES BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND.

THE YOUTH RALLY FORMS PART OF THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE JOINT UC/RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SECURE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND ENHANCE THEIR AWARENESS OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN MESSAGE.

MEANWHILE, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN OUT A TOTAL OF 154 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS ON BEACHES AND BARBECUE AREAS FROM MID-AUGUST TO MID-SEPTEMBER TO CONSOLIDATE THE EFFECT OF THE ’CLEAN BEACH’ PHASE OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN.

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YOUTH SCHEME EXPANDING » ♦ t

FOR OVER 20 YEARS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME HAS PROVIDED YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WITH AN INVALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TO GROOM THEIR PERSONALITY, INTEGRITY AND SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AS WELL AS TO FULLY DEVELOP THEIR ABILITY AND POTENTIALS, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE 44TH SILVER AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRAINING CAMP, MRS WONG SAID THAT THROUGH TAKING PART IN A SERIES OF CHALLENGING ACTIVITIES, THE YOUNG PEOPLE COULD SERVE THE COMMUNITY, LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS.

"MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME AND NOW THERE ARE ABOUT 39,000 PARTICIPANTS, AS COMPARED WITH 250 IN 1961, REPRESENTING AN EXCITING INCREASE.

"AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE SCHEME HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXPANDING AND THE IMPROVEMENT IN ITS TRAINING FACILITIES SUCH AS THE TRAINING CAMP IS A GREAT ASSET TO FUTURE OUTDOOR TRAINING FACILITIES," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG CONGRATULATED THOSE WHO RECEIVED THE SILVER AWARD FOR BRAVELY FACING UP TO EVERY CHALLENGE AND FOR HAVING PERSEVERED TO THE END. SHE WISHED THEM SUCCESS IN MEETING THEIR NEXT CHALLENGE — THE GOLD AWARD OF THE SCHEME.

MRS WONG ALSO COMMENDED ALL THOSE WHO WORKED HARD TO PROMOTE THE SCHEME.

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VOTERS URGED TO REGISTER IMMEDIATELY ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, TODAY (MONDAY) URGED RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP AS VOTERS IMMEDIATELY SO THAT THEY COULD VOTE IN NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

SPEAKING AT A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE ’SOMEWHERE IN YOUR DISTRICT’ EXHIBITION QUIZ, MR LAM SAID THEY SHOULD MAKE USE OF THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN AND REGISTER BEFORE WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 30) EITHER AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRES OR AT A TEMPORARY REGISTRATION COUNTER AT MTR CENTRAL STATION.

/HE SAID.........

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HE SAID THAT SO FAR MORE THAN 6,000 RESIDENTS HAD SIGNED UP, BOOSTING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE DISTRICT FROM 66,000 TO OVER 72,000.

MR LAM ALSO COMMENDED THE 10 WINNERS FOR THEIR GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF CIVIC MATTERS AND DISTRICT AFFAIRS BEFORE PRESENTING PRIZES TO THEM.

THE EXHIBITION WAS HELD AT SHUN TAK CENTRE IN AUGUST AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME FOR VOTER REGISTRATION.

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SAI KUNG RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS * * ♦ * ♦

SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS BETTY CHING, TODAY (MONDAY) URGED ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT TO MAKE USE OF THE LAST TWO DAYS OF THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE TO SIGN UP AS ELECTORS.

MISS CHING, DURING A VISIT TO THE TUNG SIN TAN HOME FOR THE AGED SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR ELIGIBLE PEOPLE TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND REGISTER FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR.

’’THE ELDERLY, WHO ARE THE SENIOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, HAVE SHOWN GOOD EXAMPLES OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT BY REGISTERING AS ELECTORS AND VOTING IN PREVIOUS DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

’’THEREFORE, SAI KUNG RESIDENTS AGED 21 OR ABOVE BY THE END OF THE YEAR, AND WHO ARE HONG KONG RESIDENTS OR HAVE RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS, SHOULD SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AND REGISTER AS ELECTORS,” SHE SAID.

THE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT WAS LAUNCHED ON AUGUST 4 AND WILL END ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 30). A SERIES OF DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS WERE CARRIED OUT COVERING SAI KUNG TOWN, HANG HAU AND RENNIE’S MILL WHICH ENCOMPASSED THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, VILLAGES, FACTORIES AND CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FUND ALLOCATIONS

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS FUND ALLOCATIONS TO A NUMBER OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE DETAILS OF A PROPOSED PROJECT CHOSEN FOR THE ’OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME’ JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE ORGANISING OF A SOCIAL ACTIVITY TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL BODIES AND THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 73.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 428.319 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 410.687 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 70.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WORKING PARTY RECOMMENDS MEDICINE ACADEMY..................... 1

BANKS’ AND DTCS’ CAPITAL ADEQUACY............................ 2

FAMILY GETS TAVA AID........................................... 3

POLICE NEGOTIATOR COMMENDED ................................. 3

TENDERS INVITED FOR NT CIRCULAR ROAD PHASE IV................ 4

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR TUEN MUN HOSPITAL LAUNDRY BUILDING...... 5

RECORD RESPONSE TO CAREERS QUIZ.............................. 6

CHILDREN ARTS CARNIVAL IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.................. 7

AUTUMN OUTING FOR THE ELDERLY................................ 8

ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CHINESE CULTURE ....................... 8

SPECIAL COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING ................ 9

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO MEET...................... 10

RESTRICTED ZONES ON JAVA ROAD................................ 10

KORNHILL FLYOVER TO OPEN..................................... 11

MAN LOK STREET AND MAN YUE STREET CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.......... 11

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1987

WORKING PARTY RECOMMENDS MEDICINE ACADEMY

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THE WORKING PARTY ON POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IS GOING TO RECOMMEND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HONG KONG ACADEMY OF MEDICINE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN HONG KONG.

THE RECOMMENDATION IS CONTAINED IN THE WORKING PARTY’S INTERIM REPORT WHICH IS BEING CIRCULATED TO THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY FOR COMMENT.

RELEASING THE REPORT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY, DR KEITH HALNAN, EXPLAINED THAT THE PROPOSED ACADEMY WOULD NOT BE A SINGLE NEW PLACE OF EDUCATION OR A NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY. INSTEAD, IT WOULD BE A STATUTORY BODY COMPRISING A LARGE GROUP OF SENIOR LEARNED DOCTORS WHO WOULD ORGANISE AND SUPERVISE THE TEACHING, TRAINING, EXAMINATION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE FINAL ACCREDITATION AND AWARD OF POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS.

DR HALNAN POINTED OUT THAT AT PRESENT HONG KONG ALREADY HAS TWO MEDICAL FACULTIES AT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND A FEW MEDICAL COLLEGES, BUT AN OVERALL COMPREHENSIVE ACADEMIC BODY COVERING THE WHOLE FIELD OF MEDICINE WAS LACKING.

"UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION IS VERY WELL ORGANISED BY THE TWO UNIVERSITIES TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD. IT IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE THAT THERE BE SIMILAR STANDARDS AND SYSTEMS OF POSTGRADUATE TRAINING IN ALL THE SPECIALITIES WHILE PRESERVING FLEXIBILITY AND THEIR NECESSARY DIFFERENCES," SAID DR HALNAN QUOTING THE FINDINGS OF THE INTERIM REPORT.

THE WORKING PARTY NOTED THAT CLOSE COLLABORATION IS NEEDED BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT SPECIALITIES AND SOME OF THE NEWER ONES CROSS TRADITIONAL SPECIALITY BOUNDARIES.

THE WORKING PARTY IS OF THE VIEW THAT PROLIFERATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIALITIES IS BOUND TO CONTINUE WITH THE ADVANCEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE.

"IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE PRELIMINARY TRAINING IN THE APPROPRIATE BASIC SCIENCE, GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE PARENT DISCIPLINES AND THE MOST UP-TO-DATE TEACHING IN THE SPECIALITIES THEMSELVES," DR HALNAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AT PRESENT POSTGRADUATE EXAMINATIONS SUCH AS MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS (M.R.C.P) AND FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS (F.R.C.S.) HAD BEEN CONDUCTED BY BRITISH OR AUSTRALASIAN ROYAL COLLEGES AND FACULTIES. "WHILE HONG KONG WILL MAINTAIN ITS COLLABORATION WITH THE OVERSEAS COLLEGES, IT HAS BECOME ESSENTIAL THAT HONG KONG SHOULD NOW SET UP ITS OWN MEDICAL ACADEMY TO GRADUALLY TAKE OVER THE OVERALL ARRANGEMENTS," DR HALNAN SAID.

/THE PROPOSED

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THE PROPOSED ACADEMY WILL HAVE ITS OWN HOME WITH THE NECESSARY FACILITIES. IT WILL BE A THREE-TIER STRUCTURE: THE ACADEMY ITSELF, A NUMBER OF SUPPORTING SPECIALITY COLLEGES, EACH WITH A NUMBER OF SPECIALITY BOARDS, COVERING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 50 SPECIALITIES.

THE WORKING PARTY IS CONTINUING ITS DISCUSSIONS ON SEVERAL IMPORTANT SUBJECTS, INCLUDING FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, FOR INCLUSION IN ITS FINAL REPORT SCHEDULED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT IN OCTOBER NEXT YEAR.

A SERIES OF OPEN MEETINGS FOR DOCTORS ARE BEING HELD TO INTRODUCE THE INTERIM REPORT. INTERESTED PARTIES CAN SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS IN WRITING TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SUNNING PLAZA, 8/F, 10 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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BANKS’ AND DTCS’ CAPITAL ADEQUACY *****

THE BANKING COMMISSION HAS WRITTEN TO ALL HONG KONG INCORPORATED BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO NOTIFY THEM THAT THE NEW CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO SET OUT IN THE BANKING ORDINANCE 1986 WILL BE COMING INTO FORCE NEXT SEPTEMBER.

LOCALLY INCORPORATED AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN MINIMUN LEVELS OF CAPITAL, WITHIN THE RANGE OF FIVE PER CENT TO EIGHT PER CENT FOR BANKS, FIVE PER CENT TO 10 PER CENT FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (DTC).

THE MINIMUM APPLICABLE TO INDIVIDUAL INSTITUTION WILL BE FOR DETERMINATION ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS BY THE BANKING COMMISSION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BANKING COMMISSION TODAY (TUESDAY) EXPLAINED THAT THE RATIO REQUIRED BANKS AND DTCS TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM LEVELS OF CAPITAL FUNDS IN PROPORTION TO THE AMOUNT OF BUSINESS UNDERTAKEN.

"HITHERTO THE PRINCIPAL LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENT FOR BANKS’ AND DTCS’ CAPITAL HAS BEEN THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD NEEDED FOR INITIAL AUTHORISATION.

"MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS ARE AN IMPORTANT SAFEGUARD FOR THE PUBLIC, SINCE THEY REQUIRE INSTITUTIONS TO HAVE SOME SUBSTANCE BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE DEPOSITS; BUT THE MORE IMPORTANT MEASURE OF BALANCE SHEET SOUNDNESS IS THE CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO, WHICH THE 1986 BANKING ORDINANCE ESTABLISHED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BANKS AND DTCS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A TWO-YEAR PERIOD TO ADJUST TO

THE NEW REQUIREMENTS.

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FAMILY GETS TAVA AID * * *

THE FAMILY OF A 71-YEAR-OLD MAN KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON SEPTEMBER 6 WAS TODAY (TUESDAY) GIVEN $42,330 FROM THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) FUND BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE SUM, COMPRISING $3,000 BURIAL GRANT, $30,900 DEATH GRATUITY AND $8,430 INTERIM ADJUSTMENT GRANT, WAS GIVEN TO THE FAMILY OF MR LEE CHOI, A FARMER WHO WAS KILLED WHEN TWO LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES COLLIDED ON FAN KAM ROAD.

THE TAVA SCHEME PROVIDES EARLY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR FAMILIES WITHOUT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE MEANS OF THE FAMILY OR WHO CAUSED THE ACCIDENT.

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POLICE NEGOTIATOR COMMENDED » » * » ♦

POLICE NEGOTIATOR WONG DOON-YEE HAS BEEN HONOURED FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL COURAGE, PROFESSIONAL ABILITY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, DISPLAYED DURING THE NEGOTIATION PHASE OF A HOSTAGE INCIDENT IN WAN CHAI, WHICH RESULTED IN THE SURRENDER OF AN ARMED MAN AND THE RELEASE OF ALL HOSTAGES.

AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS TODAY (TUESDAY), THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANNING, PRESENTED A COMMENDATION CERTIFICATE TO MR WONG CITING HIS OUTSTANDING QUALITIES.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AT 3.30PM ON APRIL 27, THIS YEAR, WHEN A GUNMAN, AFTER STEALING $156,300 FROM THE DAO HENG BANK IN HENNESSY ROAD, FIRED A SHOT FROM HIS .22 PISTOL AND FLED INTO THE STREET.

AFTER A SHORT CHASE BY UNIFORMED BRANCH POLICE OFFICERS, THE MAN WAS CORNERED AT THE JUNCTION OF LOCKHART ROAD AND CANAL ROAD WEST. HE THEN BOARDED A STATIONARY PUBLIC LIGHT BUS IN A BID TO ESCAPE.

THE SITUATION DEVELOPED INTO A LOCKED-IN HOSTAGE INCIDENT, WHEN NONE OF THE SIX PERSONS ON ABOARD — FOUR ADULTS AND TWO BOYS — WOULD ADMIT TO BEING THE DRIVER.

THE POLICE NEGOTIATOR CADRE WAS CALLED OUT BUT, BEFORE ITS ARRIVAL, THE GUNMAN HAD RELEASED FOUR OF THE HOSTAGES, LEAVING ONLY A MAN AND A BOY BEHIND.

/SUPERINTENDENT .......

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 291 1987

SUPERINTENDENT WONG DOON-YEE, WHO ASSUMED THE ROLE OF NEGOTIATOR, TOOK UP A POSITION ABOUT 10 METRES FROM THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND, WITH TACT AND A HIGH DEGREE OF PROFESSIONAL ABILITY, CALMED THE MAN AND ESTABLISHED A DIALOGUE WITH HIM.

IN 15 MINUTES, SP WONG SECURED THE RELEASE OF THE MALE HOSTAGE BY STRATEGIC AND CALCULATED BARGAINING, ACCEDING TO THE MAN’S DEMAND FOR CIGARETTES BUT DEFERRING HIS DEMAND FOR A TAXI AND A DRIVER.

THE DIALOGUE CONTINUED WITH MR WONG TRYING TO PERSUADE THE MAN TO GIVE HIMSELF UP, BY PATIENTLY AND SKILLFULLY ALLAYING HIS REAL AND IMAGINARY FEARS.

AFTER A PROTRACTED NEGOTIATION, THE MAN FINALLY SURRENDERED AT 10.40PM, WHEN HE HANDED OVER HIS REVOLVER AND A BAG CONTAINING THE STOLEN MONEY, AND RELEASED THE LAST HOSTAGE WHO REMAINED UNHARMED.

ON JULY 31, THE MAN WAS SENT TO GAOL, FOR 16 YEARS, BY A HIGH COURT JUDGE.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR NT CIRCULAR ROAD PHASE IV * » ♦ ♦ *

A THREE-KILOMETRE-LONG HIGH-CAPACITY TRUNK ROAD WITH NO FRONTAGE ACCESS IS TO BE CONSTRUCTED FROM AU TAU TO FAIRVIEW PARK AS THE FOURTH PHASE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD PROJECT.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN MID-1990. THESE MUST BE IN BY NOON ON NOVEMBER 6.

INITIALLY, THE TRUNK ROAD WILL CARRIAGEWAY WITH A TWO-WAY SERVICE ROAD LANES WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AT A LATER DATE DUAL THREE-LANE.

HAVE A DUAL TWO-LANE

ON EACH SIDE. ADDITIONAL TO WIDEN THE CARRIAGEWAY TO

THE WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF A VEHICULAR UNDERPASS AT FUNG KAT HEUNG AND AN OVERBRIDGE OVER THE KAM TIN RIVER.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT POK WAI, MO FAN TSUEN AND SHA PO.

OTHER ASSOCIATED WORK INCLUDES DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS, LANDSCAPING AND ROAD LIGHTING.

/THE NEW

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 299 1987

THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT, AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD, RUNS FOR A DISTANCE OF 12-KILOMETRES ALONG THE ALIGNMENT OF THE EXISTING CASTLE PEAK ROAD THROUGH KWU TUNG, SAN TIN, MAI PO AND SAN WAI.

PHASE I, FROM FAN KAM ROAD TO PAK SHEK AU, WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC LAST APRIL.

PHASE II, FROM PAK SHEK AU TO MAI PO, IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1988.

WORK ON PHASE III COMMENCED ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO AFTER THE AWARD OF A $181 MILLION CONTRACT. THIS PHASE COVERS A SECTION FROM MAI PO TO FAIRVIEW PARK.

PHASE V OF THE PROJECT, THE AU TAU BYPASS, WILL COMMENCE IN EARLY 1989 FOR COMPLETION IN LATE 1991.

THE PROJECT WILL, WHEN FULLY COMPLETED, SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE CONGESTION ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND BECOME PART OF A DIRECT ROUTE FOR TRAFFIC BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA, VIA THE BORDER CROSSING AT LOK MA CHAU. THIS IS NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED AND IS DUE FOR COMPLETION BY LATE 1988.

THE PHASE IV PROJECT IS PART OF A DIRECT ROUTE CONNECTING THE BORDER CROSSING WITH THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.

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WORK HAS BEGUN ON CONSTRUCTION MUN HOSPITAL FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

OF A LAUNDRY BUILDING AT TUEN $23.7 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE

THE SINGLE-STOREY BUILDING, WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 4,750 SQUARE METRES, WILL COMPRISE A MEZZANINE FLOOR AND BASEMENT.

ITS FACILITIES, BESIDES MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF TUEN MUN HOSPITAL^ WILL ALSO SERVE CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL AND OTHER GOVERNMENT MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE TUEN MUN/YUEN LONG AREA.

STORAGE AREAS WILL BE IN THE BASEMENT, WHILE LOADING AND UNLOADING. WASHING, DRYING AND IRONING AREAS WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

THE MEZZANINE FLOOR WILL BE USED FOR OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, STAFF CHANGING AREAS AND TOILETS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MAY, 1989.

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RECORD RESPONSE TO CAREERS QUIZ

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THE SIXTH CAREERS QUIZ ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS ATTRACTED A RECORD HIGH NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS.

THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 110,000 FORM 3 TO FORM 5 STUDENTS FROM 240 SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY WILL TAKE PART IN THE EVENT. THESE COMPARE WITH 100,000 STUDENTS FROM 214 SECONDARY SCHOOLS TAKING PART LAST YEAR AND 90,000 STUDENTS FROM 204 SCHOOLS IN 1985.

THE QUIZ WHICH STARTS ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 1), WILL LAST FOR SEVEN DAYS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS AIMED AT AROUSING STUDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING CAREERS AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING THEM TO UNDERTAKE RESEARCH INTO CAREERS AND FURTHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES.

"PARTICIPATING STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILL IN A QUESTIONNAIRE CONTAINING 50 MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS WITHIN 30 MINUTES," HE SAID.

"ALL THE QUESTIONS ARE RELATED TO CAREERS INFORMATION, INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, FURTHER STUDIES AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE THREE SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE MARKS WOULD BE PRESENTED WITH TROPHIES AND THE STUDENTS IN EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL WHO SCORED THE HIGHEST MARKS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FORMS WILL BE AWARDED SOUVENIRS.

IN ADDITION, THE THREE STUDENTS WHO SCORE THE HIGHEST MARKS DURING THE WHOLE CONTEST WILL EACH BE AWARDED A PORTABLE STEREO COMPONENT SYSTEM AND THE NEXT 100 STUDENTS WILL EACH RECEIVE A SOLAR-POWERED ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR.

ALL ANSWERS AND RESULTS WILL BE PROCESSED BY THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY AND PRIZES FOR THE QUIZ ARF. BEING SPONSORED BY THE SHUN HING TRADING COMPANY LIMITED.

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CHILDREN ARTS CARNIVAL IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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CHILDREN IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW OFF THEIR ARTISTIC TALENTS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT ART IN A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES OF THE "SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHILDREN ARTS CARNIVAL" BETWEEN OCTOBER 4 AND 11.

SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE WEEK-LONG PROGRAMME INCLUDES A CHILDREN CARNIVAL, A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE BY THE CHILDREN CHOIRS FROM THE FOUR DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND ART BOOK EXHIBITIONS.

THE CHILDREN CARNIVAL, WHICH LAUNCHES THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHILDREN ARTS CARNIVAL, WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 4 (SUNDAY) FROM 1.30 PM TO 4.30 PM AT THE ABERDEEN PROMENADE REST GARDEN.

IT WILL OFFER A HOST OF ARTS AND CRAFTS STALLS INCLUDING PEBBLE PAINTING, EGG SHELL DECORATIONS AND MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION STALLS, A CHILDREN’S BOOKS SALES EXHIBITION AND A DRAWING COMPETITION.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF GAMES STALLS AND A CHILDREN MAGIC AND ACROBATICS SHOW AS WELL AS LION-DANCES, CHINESE FOLK DANCES AND MARCHING BAND PERFORMANCE.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AT WAH FU, STANLEY AND LEI TUNG ESTATE, AND THE PREMISES OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION IN AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

THE CONCERT GIVEN BY THE FOUR RENOWNED CHILDREN CHOIRS FROM THE FOUR DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 11 (SUNDAY) AT ABERDEEN SQUARE AT 2.30 PM.

ART BOOK EXHIBITIONS, IN WHICH BOOKS ON DANCE, MUSIC AND DRAMA, WILL BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN AND POK FU LAM PUBLIC LIBRARIES FROM EARLY TO MID-OCTOBER.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHILDREN ARTS CARNIVAL, CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271 OR 5-550187.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1987

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ABOUT 200 ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN NORTH DISTRICT ENJOYED THE WARM SUN AND AUTUMN BREEZE DURING AN OUTING TO THE YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE, A TAOIST MONASTERY IN TSUEN WAN TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, THE OUTING WAS ONE OF A SERIES OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE EVERGREEN CLUB TO ENHANCE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND FRIENDSHIP AMONG THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

ESTABLISHED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FANLING CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, THE CLUB NOW HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF 200 RESIDENTS AGED 60 OR ABOVE.

ITS AIM IS TO ENCOURAGE SENIOR RESIDENTS TO WIDEN THEIR SCOPE THROUGH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES SO THAT THEY WILL NOT FEEL ALIENATED FROM SOCIETY.

TODAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED HIKING, VEGETARIAN FEAST AND LUCKY DRAW.

OTHER ACTIVITIES BEING ORGANISED INCLUDE BIRTHDAY PARTIES, VISITS AND CANTONESE OPERA SHOWS.

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ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CHINESE CULTURE

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A SERIES OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ARE BEING ORGANISED FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS NEXT MONTH TO PROMOTE DIFFERENT FORMS OF CHINESE CULTURE.

DURING THE ’CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY FORTNIGHT’, TO BE HELD FROM OCTOBER 25 TO NOVEMBER 7, TALKS, DEMONSTRATIONS, EXHIBITIONS AND COMPETITIONS IN CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOCIATION.

TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY CALL IGRAPHISTS WHILE AN EXHIBITION ON DIFFERENT FORMS OF CALLIGRAPHY WILL BE HELI) AT THE ASSOCIATION’S ACTIVITY CENTRE AT 33 SALISBURY ROAD.

RESIDENTS INTERESTED TN CALLIGRAPHY CAN ALSO SEND TN THEIR ENTRIES TO THE ASSOCIATION BEFORE OCTOBER 10 FOR ADJUDICATION BY PROMINENT CALLTGRAPHISTS. THE CHOSFN PIECES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE EXHIBITION.

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TO PROMOTE THE ART AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN, THE ASSOCIATION IS JOINTLY ORGANISING A COMPETITION WITH THE DISTRICT’S SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ON OCTOBER 18.

SPONSORED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD, THE FORTNIGHT IS PART OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CURRENT DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

A SPECIAL PROGRAMME DURING THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL TO PROMOTE ANOTHER FORM OF CHINESE CULTURE WILL BE AN OPERA PERFORMANCE AT THE CITY HALL ON OCTOBER 12.

TICKETS AT $120, $100 AND $60 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ON THE PROGRAMMES CAN BE MADE ON 3-323791.

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SPECIAL COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING

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A SPECIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS FOUR APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $29,800 TO ORGANISE COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE APPLICATIONS COMPRISE A WAN CHAI DISTRICT AND EASTERN DISTRICT EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY, A ' "HEALTHY LIFE IN WAN CHAI" PROJECT, A SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT PROBLEMS, AND THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR A FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO MEET * ♦ ♦ * *

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 1) AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE WRITING OFF OF CAPITAL EQUIPMENT AND REPORTS OF THE WORKING GROUPS.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA WILL BE THE APPLICATION FOR FUNDS AS WELL AS THE FINANCIAL POSITION AND PROGRESS OF DB SPONSORED ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 1) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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RESTRICTED ZONES ON JAVA ROAD

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SEVERAL SECTIONS OF JAVA ROAD IN NORTH POINT WILL BE MADE RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 2) TO FACILITATE MAINLAYING.

A 35-METRE STRETCH ALONG THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHU KUK STREET AND A 45-METRE STRETCH ALONG THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES ROUND-THE-CLOCK FOR ABOUT ONE-AND-A-HALF MONTHS.

MEANWHILE, A 50-METRE STRETCH ALONG THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG SHUI ROAD AND A 60-METRE SECTION ALONG THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

IN ADDITION, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD OF HOUSE NOS. 90-100 WILL BE MADE A PEAK-HOUR (I.E. 7-10 AM AND 4-7 PM) DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE FOR ABOUT ONE-AND-A-HALF MONTHS.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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KORNHILL FLYOVER TO OPEN » * t * *

THE NEW FLYOVER LINKING KING’S ROAD TO HONG ON STREET WILL BE OPENED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 2).

ALL CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE FLYOVER.

MEANWHILE, THE FLYOVER WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

ALSO, THE FLYOVER WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONE FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM THE PROHIBITED ZONE.

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MAN LOK STREET AND MAN YUE STREET IN HUNG HOM WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM THURSDAY (OCTOBER 1) FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR FLYOVER CONSTRUCTION.

THE HOURS OF CLOSURE WILL BE FROM 10.30 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

MOTORISTS ON MA TAU WAI ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR FAT KWONG STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MA TAU WAI ROAD SOUTHBOUND, WUHU STREET, DOCK STREET, BULKELEY STREET, MARSH STREET, WUHU STREET, MA TAU WAI ROAD NORTHBOUND AND FAT KWONG STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER JO, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SURVEY OFFICE RECEIVES MORE THAN 120,000 SUBMISSIONS ........ 1

GOVERNMENT DOES ITS BEST TO MEET HOUSING DEMAND, GOVERNOR .. 1

GOVERNOR IMPRESSED BY DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN ............... 3

NEW LEGCO MEMBER APPOINTED .................................. 4

AUGUST MONETARY STATISTICS RELEASED ......................... 4

CODE OF PRACTICE ON PCBS AGREED ............................. 8

GOVERNMENT SEEKS VIEWS ON WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE ... 9

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR ARTS AND SPORTS SCHOOL ............ 11

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO STaRT .......... 12

PUBLIC URGED TO USE EXTENDED LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE ...... 1J

CAUTION URGED FOR MaRINE SPORT EVENTS ...................  11*-

CENSUS ,ND STATISTICS DEPARTMINT CONTINUES HOUSEHOLD SURVEY 12*

ACCESS ROAD FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN WESTERN ................ 15

TINDERS INVITED FOR NT OPEN STORAGE LOT .................... 16

DIMOLITION OF TT.T.TK/.T. STRUCTURES IN KOWLOON CITY ....... 16

RTHK TO HOLD CHILDREN PROGRAMME SEMINT J? .................. 17

INTRY SOUGHT FOR DEBATE COMPETITION ON POLITIC.iL SYSTEM .... 17

DISTRICT PROGRAMME FOR SPORT AND MUSIC LOVERS .............. 18

TaXI POLICY ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ......................... 19

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC mRRANGEMENTS IN TUEN MUN ................. 19

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SURVEY OFFICE RECEIVES MORE THAN 120,000 SUBMISSIONS

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THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN 120,000 WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS FROM THE PUBLIC GIVING THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE SURVEY OFFICE, MR ADOLF HSU, SAID HE WAS MUCH ENCOURAGED BY THE RESPONSE. HE THANKED THE PUBLIC FOR RESPONDING TO THE CALL BY HIS OFFICE TO SEND IN THEIR VIEWS.

MR HSU SAID THE SURVEY OFFICE WOULD NOW PROCEED TO THE NEXT STAGE OF WORK, AS REQUIRED UNDER ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE, TO PRODUCE AN IMPARTIAL AND ACCURATE REPORT AND SUBMIT IT TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF OCTOBER.

THE INDEPENDENT SURVEY OFFICE WAS SET UP TO RECEIVE AND RECORD ALL VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER EXPRESSED IN WRITING BY SEPTEMBER 30. TWO INDEPENDENT MONITORS, MR LI FOOK-KOW AND MR ANDREW SO, WERE APPOINTED TO OVERSEE ITS WORK.

THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS AN ESTABLISHED STRENGTH OF 59 OFFICERS. TO COPE WITH THE WORKLOAD, SOME 160 ADDITIONAL OFFICERS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE NOW ATTACHED TO THE OFFICE.

UP TO YESTERDAY (SEPTEMBER 29), THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 114,967 SUBMISSIONS, OF WHICH 109,832 WERE FROM INDIVIDUALS, 4,122 FROM GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS AND 1,013 FROM ORGANISATIONS. ABOUT 10,000 SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED TODAY (SEPTEMBER 30), THE LAST DAY FOR THE PUBLIC TO SUBMIT THEIR VIEWS.

SUBMISSIONS SENT BY POST WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO AND INCLUDING OCTOBER 3 IF THEY BEAR A POST-MARKED DATE OF SEPTEMBER 30 OR EARLIER.

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GOVERNMENT DOES ITS BEST TO MEET HOUSING DEMAND, GOVERNOR *****

WITH THE DESIRE FOR HOUSING FOR PURCHASE NOW INCREASING, THE GOVERNMENT WAS MAKING A GREAT EFFORT TO PROVIDE SUCH HOUSING, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE END OF HIS VISIT TO SHA TIN DISTRICT, SIR DAVID SAID THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRYING TO PURCHASE HOUSING FROM THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WAS ENORMOUS - ABOUT 15 APPLICATIONS FOR EACH SINGLE APARTMENT.

"THE MOST RECENT ONE IN MA ON SHAN AND TSING YI WAS 10 FOR EVERY APARTMENT, SOME OTHERS HAVE BEEN 20 FOR EVERY APARTMENT. SO OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A VERY POPULAR FORM OF HOUSING. IT’S A DEMAND WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO DO ITS BEST TO MEET."

/THE GOVERNOR........

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER JO, 1987

THE GOVERNOR HAD EARLIER VISITED TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUBLIC HOUSING AT LUNG HANG ESTATE - A HOME PURCHASE FLAT AND A PUBLIC RENTAL FLAT.

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE RAPIDLY-GROWING NEW TOWN AND THE TREMENDOUS EFFORT BY ITS RESIDENTS TO BUILD UP A SENSE OF COMMUNITY THERE.

ASKED ABOUT THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEM OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS QUITE OBVIOUSLY A BIG DIFFICULTY.

"THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL IS BUILT IN 1992. MEANWHILE, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS TRYING TO DO WHAT IT CAN TO FIND SHORT-TERM WAYS OF ALLEVIATING THE PROBLEM, BUT IT’S ONLY TO MAKE IT MARGINALLY BETTER. IT CANNOT BE PROPERLY SOLVED UNTIL WE HAVE A SECOND TUNNEL," HE SAID.

AS TO WHETHER A TOLL-FREE SYSTEM WOULD BE INTRODUCED AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN PROPOSALS BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD FOR AN EXPERIMENT WITH TOLL-FREE TRAFFIC IN ONE DIRECTION.

"IT IS TO TEST WHETHER IT IS THE TOLLS WHICH ARE HOLDING UP TRAFFIC OR WHETHER IT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE TUNNEL. THERE ARE MANY EXPERTS WHO SAY THAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS JUST THE SHEER LACK OF CAPACITY IN THE TUNNEL, NOT THE TOLL BOOTHS," HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. MEANWHILE, A CONSULTANCY WOULD BE COMMISSIONED NEXT MONTH WHICH WOULD LOOK INTO ALL WAYS OF TRYING TO IMPROVE THE USE OF THE TUNNEL THROUGHPUT.

TURNING TO THE POLLUTION PROBLEM OF THE SHING MUN RIVER, SIR DAVID SAID THE AREA WOULD SOON BE A RECREATIONAL ASSET, "BUT BEFORE IT CAN PLAY ITS FULL POTENTIAL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION IN THE RIVER."

HE NOTED THAT THE FIRST STEPS HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM.

WHEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE PUBLIC’S RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER, SIR DAVID SAID THAT "THERE HAS BEEN A MASSIVE RESPONSE".

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30,

1987

GOVERNOR IMPRESSED BY DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND LADY WILSON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOURED SHA TIN AND WERE IMPRESSED BY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FAST GROWING NEW TOWN.

ACCOMPANIED BY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), DR JAMES HAYES, THEY ARRIVED AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL BY HELICOPTER AND WERE GREETED BY SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM.

THE PARTY WAS THEN DRIVEN TO GARDEN RIVERA WHERE THEY HAD A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE DISTRICT FROM THE ROOFTOP OF ONE OF THE HIGH-RISE BLOCKS. SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE BRIEFED ON THE PHYSICAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS OF THE DISTRICT BY THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR TATY KUO, AND MR YUNG.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED ON TO LUNG HANG ESTATE, WHICH INCORPORATES BOTH RENTAL AND HOME OWNERSHIP HOUSING, AND WERE BRIEFED ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE ESTATE BY SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, MR CHEN YU-CHENG, AND HOUSING MANAGER, MR CHEUNG KIN-FAT.

THEY VISITED A FAMILY IN A HOS FLAT AND A FAMILY IN A RENTAL HOUSING UNIT TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN SHA TIN, WHO ACCOUNT FOR 65 PER CENT OF THE DISTRICT’S 430,000 POPULATION.

THE PARTY ALSO TOURED TIN SUM VILLAGE, WHERE THEY WERE WELCOMED BY THE RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR ROGER LAU; VICE CHAIRMEN MR CHOY KAN-PUI AND MR LIU MING, AS WELL AS VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES, MR CHOY KWEI-SANG AND MR TSANG TIN-YAU.

THEY WERE INFORMED THAT TIN SUM VILLAGE WAS A TRADITIONAL SETTLEMENT AND A PILOT VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SCHEME. IT HAS 108 SMALL HOUSES SERVICED WITH PROPER ROAD LINKS, RECREATIONAL AREAS, PARKING SPACES, LATRINE AND REFUSE COLLECTION FACILITIES, AS WELL AS WATER SUPPLY, ELECTRICITY AND SEWERAGE SYSTEM.

LATER, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WENT TO THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL TO ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION AT THE EXHIBITION GALLERY, WHERE THEY MET MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, CHAIRMEN OF AREA COMMITTEES, AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS. THEY WERE PRESENTED WITH A CHINESE PAINTING AS A SOUVENIR.

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NEW LEGCO MEMBER APPOINTED

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED MR EDWARD HO SING-TIN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITH EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1.

MR HO REPLACES MR S.L. CHEN WHO RETIRED FROM THE COUNCIL AT THE END OF THE LAST SESSION.

MR HO IS AGED 48 AND IS MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN. HE IS AN ARCHITECT BY PROFESSION AND IS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD AND THE LAND AND BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE APPOINTMENT WILL EXPIRE ON AUGUST 31, 1988.

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X AUGUST MONETARY STATISTICS RELEASED

GROWTH IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS SLOWED DOWN IN AUGUST COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH. FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS ALSO GREW SLOWER IN AUGUST THAN IN JULY.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS CONTINUED TO GROW IN AUGUST. BUT THE BROADEST DEFINITION OF HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, HK$M3, EXPERIENCED A SLOWER GROWTH IN AUGUST THAN IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS CONTINUED TO GROW STRONGLY IN AUGUST, ALTHOUGH THE RATE OF GROWTH WAS SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THOSE IN JUNE AND JULY.

MUCH OF THIS GROWTH CAME FROM A CONTINUED RAPID INCREASE IN LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG. ON THE OTHER HAND, LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG RECORDED A SLOWING DOWN IN ITS GROWTH RATE DURING THE MONTH, WHILE LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE FELL SLIGHTLY.

DEPOSITS

IN AUGUST, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEMAND DEPOSITS DECREASED BY 2.1 PER CENT WHILE SAVINGS DEPOSITS GREW BY 1.9 PER CENT. TIME DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 2.8 PER CENT AFTER THE RAPID INCREASE OF SIX PER CENT IN JULY.

AS A RESULT, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS ROSE BY 1.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST AFTER INCREASES OF 2.4 PER CENT IN JUNE AND 2.6 PER CENT IN JULY. OVER THE YEAR (I.E. FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING AUGUST), TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 24.8 PER CENT.

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FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 1.4 PER CENT IN AUGUST AFTER AN INCREASE CF 2.5 PER CENT IN JULY. THESE DEPOSITS GREW BY 3.5 PER CENT OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST AND BY 31.5 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR. OF THE TOTAL, DEPOSITS IN U.S. DOLLARS ROSE BY THREE PER CENT IN AUGUST WHILE DEPOSITS IN OTHER FOREIGN CURRENCIES FELL BY 1.1 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 4.2 PER CENT IN AUGUST. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 2.1 PER CENT IN AUGUST WHILE ADJUSTED FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 1.1 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS (ALL CURRENCIES) WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 1.6 PER CENT IN AUGUST WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT. FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING AUGUST, DEPOSITS IN BOTH KINDS OF DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS INCREASED BY FIVE PER CENT OVER THE YEAR, DEPOSITS WITH BANKS GREW BY 32.5 PER CENT BUT THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 0.9 PER CENT.

MONEY SUPPLY

HONG KONG DOLLAR Ml SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN AUGUST, WITH THE FALL IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEMAND DEPOSITS BEING OFFSET BY AN INCREASE IN NOTES AND COINS IN CIRCULATION. ON THE OTHER HAND, BOTH HKIM2 AND HK$M3 INCREASED BY 1.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST, COMPARED WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE GROWTH RATES OF 1.8 PER CENT AND 2.3 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. OVER THE YEAR THE GROWTH IN HK*M1, M2 AND M3 WERE 26.6 PER CENT, 29.5 PER CENT AND 25 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED IN AUGUST. TOTAL Ml GREW BY 1.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST AFTER A FALL OF 2.6 PER CENT IN JULY. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3, ON THE OTHER HAND, BOTH INCREASED BY 1.6 PER CENT IN AUGUST COMPARED WITH CORRESPONDING INCREASES OF 2.2 PER CENT AND 2.4 PER CENT IN JULY. OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml GREW BY 28.4 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 32.3 PER CENT AND TOTAL M3 BY 28.4 PER CENT.

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LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES GREW RAPIDLY IN AUGUST, BY 4.9 PER CENT AFTER INCREASES OF 5.1 PER CENT IN JUNE AND 5.8 PER CENT IN JULY. THIS RAPID INCREASE WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE CONTINUED FAST GROWTH IN LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG. CONSISTENT WITH THIS, LOANS DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES INCREASED BY 7.5 PER CENT, WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 1.9 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE THE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG FELL SLIGHTLY IN AUGUST AFTER INCREASES OF 5.7 PER CENT IN JUNE AND 0.4 PER CENT IN JULY; OVER THE YEAR THESE LOANS GREW BY 25.7 PER CENT. GROWTH IN OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG SLOWED DOWN TO 1.9 PER CENT IN AUGUST FROM 4.1 PER CENT IN JULY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 28.8 PER CENT. LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG GREW BY 9.2 PER CENT IN AUGUST, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 13.8 PER CENT IN JUNE AND 9.6 PER CENT IN JULY.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND LICENSED