Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1988 - FEB - ENG

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO*

1*95 VIE FOR DB SEATS ..................................... 1

EPOCH SUPPORTS PROPOSALS ON LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME 2

DECEMBER MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED .................... 5

'PAI LAU' HELPS PROMOTE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ........... 10

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PROBLEM OF MISSING PERSONS ........ 10

ANTI-DRUG EXHIBITION AT YAU MA TEI SCHOOLS ................ 11

MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CHAI WAN ................. 12

TENDERS INVITED FOR LRT BRIDGE WORK........................ 12

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME................. 13

CYC FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY................................ 13

ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1959-60 .................. 11*

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ...................................... 16

WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN ......................... 16

WANG CHIU ROAD IN KOWLOON BAY TO BE CLOSED ................ 16

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1988

495 VIE FOR DB SEATS » * »

A TOTAL OF 495 CANDIDATES FROM A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AS CANDIDATES FOR THE 1988 DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

IN THE FINAL DAY (TODAY) FOR NOMINATION, 41 CANDIDATES FILED NOMINATIONS.

THE 495 CANDIDATES COMPRISE 441 MEN AND 54 WOMEN. THEY INCLUDE EXECUTIVES, BUSINESSMEN, TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, LAWYERS, DOCTORS, ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, A FACTORY WORKER, A CONSTRUCTION WORKER, A CLERGYMAN, RETIRED CIVIL SERVANTS, A FISHERMAN, A STUDENT, TAXI DRIVERS AND HOUSEWIVES.

THE LARGEST GROUP COMES FROM THE BUSINESS SECTOR, REPRESENTING 26 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CANDIDATES, FOLLOWED RY EXECUTIVES (24 PER CENT); EDUCATIONISTS (13 PER CENT); AND PROFESSIONALS (11 PER CENT).

THE CANDIDATES RANGE IN AGE FROM 24 TO 79, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER (188) BEING IN THE 31-40 AGE GROUP.

THERE ARE 118 CANDIDATES IN THE 41-50 AGE GROUP; 87 AGED BETWEEN 51-60; 76 AGED BETWEEN 21 AND 30; AND 26 OVER 60 YEARS OLD.

THE NUMBER OF WOMEN CANDIDATES HAS INCREASED FROM 31 IN THE LAST ELECTIONS.

AMONG THE 495 CANDIDATES, 212 ARE SERVING DB MEMBERS. OF THESE, 199 ARE ELECTED MEMBERS, TWO ARE APPOINTED MEMBERS, TWO ARE RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN IN THE CURRENT TERM AND NINE ARE INCUMBENT URBAN COUNCILLORS.

THERE ARE ALSO SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND 10 INCUMBENT REGIONAL COUNCILLORS.

A TOTAL OF 34 CANDIDATES FROM 21 OF THE 157 CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE RETURNED UNOPPOSED.

THE MOST KEENLY CONTESTED CONSTITUENCIES ARE PAK SHA WAN IN SAI KUNG AND CHUK YUEN IN WONG TAI SIN WHERE FOUR CANDIDATES ARE CONTESTING ONE SEAT.

THERE ARE ALSO TWO CONSTITUENCIES IN WHICH SEVEN CANDIDATES ARE VYING FOR TWO SEATS, FOUR CONSTITUENCIES WHERE SIX CANDIDATES ARE VYING FOR TWO SEATS, AND 10 CONSTITUENCIES WHERE THREE CANDIDATES ARE CONTESTING ONE SEAT.

/THE FOLLOWING

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THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED IN EACH OF THE 19 DISTRICTS:

URBAN AREAS

EASTERN (45) YAU MA TEI (17)

WAN CHAI (14) WONG TAI SIN (35)

CENTRAL AND WESTERN (19) SHAM SHUI PO (33)

SOUTHERN (26) KOWLOON CITY (25)

MONG KOK ( 15) KWUN TONG (44)

NEW TERRITORIES

ISLANDS (14) NORTH (26)

KWAI TSING (33) TAI PO (21 )

TSUEN WAN (18) SHA TIN (35)

TUEN MUN (32) SAI KUNG (11 )

YUEN LONG (32)

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EPCOM SUPPORTS PROPOSALS ON LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM), AT THEIR MEETING TODAY (MONDAY), AGAIN EXPRESSED SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT THE FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE THAT WOULD BE CAUSED TO TOLO AND OTHER AREAS IF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROLS WERE NOT IMPLEMENTED ACCORDING TO THE ORIGINALLY AGREED TIMETABLE.

FOLLOWING CONSIDERABLE DISCUSSION, MEMBERS SUPPORTED THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WASTE DISPOSAL (LIVESTOCK WASTE) REGULATIONS 1987 AND TWO OTHER PROPOSALS CONCERNING THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME THAT ARE AIMED TO MEET THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY THE LIVESTOCK FARMERS AND THOSE WHO SUPPLY FEED TO THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY.

/THE PROPOSED .......

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1988

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WASTE DISPOSAL (LIVESTOCK WASTE) REGULATIONS 1987 RELATE TO STORAGE CONTAINERS; "IN SITU COMPOSTING", A POLLUTION-FREE METHOD OF PIG HUSBANDRY; AND SOAKAWAY-PIT.

MEMBERS SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL THAT FARMERS WHO APPLY FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES AFTER RECEIVING CAPITAL GRANTS AND LOANS BE PAID THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES AND THE GRANTS AND LOANS THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED.

HOWEVER, FARMERS SHOULD TAKE UP THIS OPTION WITHIN A SPECIFIED PERIOD (SAY 12 MONTHS) AFTER RECEIVING THE CAPITAL GRANTS AND LOANS.

MEMBERS ALSO SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL THAT EFFLUENT TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS BE SET UP ON ABOUT A DOZEN FARMS TO SHOW FARMERS HOW TO OPERATE WITHIN THE CONTROLS BY EMPLOYING DRY MUCK-OUT, PIG-ON LITTER OR WET MUCK-OUT AND TREATMENT.

HOWEVER, MEMBERS EMPHASISED THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON FARMERS’ CO-OPERATION.

EPCOM MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAMME OF MARINE DISPOSAL OF SLUDGE ARISING FROM SHA TIN AREA AND THE MARINE WATER MONITORING PROGRAMME UNDERTAKEN BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD).

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS NOTED THAT PLANNING STUDIES HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT TO DEVELOP THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE STRATEGY FOR SLUDGE DISPOSAL FOR THE SHA TIN AREA.

IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT MARINE DISPOSAL BE UNDERTAKEN INITIALLY AT A SITE EAST OF WAGLAN ISLAND. MEMBERS ALSO ASKED THE EPD TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE SITES FOR LONG-TERM PURPOSES.

THE PROPOSED SYSTEM IS PLANNED TO BE OPERATED, ON AN APPRAISAL BASIS, FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS COMMENCING IN LATE 1989.

DURING THIS INITIAL FIVE-YEAR MARINE DISPOSAL PROGRAMME, ONLY SLUDGES FROM THE SHA TIN SEWAGF TREATMENT WORKS AND SHA TIN WATER TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE DUMPED, THEREFORE ALLOWING CAREFUL ASSESSMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACCEPTABILITY OF THE SITE WITH REGARD TO ITS LONG-TERM OPERATION.

THE DISPOSAL OF SLUDGES IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT IS SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENT OF THE LONDON CONVENTION ON THE DUMPING OF WASTE AT SEA ((.ONDON DUMPING CONVENTION) 1972 AS PROMULGATED IN HONG KONG BY THE DUMPING AT SEA ACT 1974 (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER 1975.

/IN ORDER

MONDAT, FEBRUARY 1,1988

IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE LONDON DUMPING CONVENTION, EPD HAS DRAWN UP A COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAMME SINCE 1983 AT THE PROPOSED DISPOSAL SITE TO ENSURE THAT THE ECOSYSTEMS OF THE AREA ARE PROTECTED.

EPD WILL REVIEW AND ASSESS ALL THE DATA OBTAINED FROM THE PRESENT COMPREHENSIVE MONITORING PROGRAMME WITH REGARD TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF MARINE DISPOSAL OF SLUDGES.

IT IS PLANNED THAT FUTURE SURVEYS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT INTERVALS IN 1990, THE YEAR FOLLOWING THE PROPOSED COMMISSIONING OF THE MARINE DISPOSAL SYSTEM; IN 1991, 1994; AND ALSO IN 1999, 10 YEARS AFTER THE START OF THE OPERATION.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE EPD’S RECENT PUBLICATION, "MARINE WATER QUALITY IN HONG KONG”, AND ON THE DEPARTMENT’S MARINE WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMME.

THE EXISTING MONITORING PROGRAMME COVERS 77 WATER QUALITY MONITORING STATIONS AND 19 BOTTOM SEDIMENT SAMPLING STATIONS AS WELL AS 13 TYPHOON SHELTERS AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS IN THE TERRITORIAL WATERS OF HONG KONG.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT THE WATER QUALITY IN MOST NEARSHORE WATERS OF HONG KONG IS UNSATISFACTORY AND DECLINING.

TO PROTECT THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT, EPD IS WORKING ON PLANS TO IMPROVE THE TERRITORY’S SEWAGE INFRASTRUCTURE, CONTROL THE DISPOSAL OF LIVESTOCK WASTE, DECLARE FURTHER WATER CONTROL ZONES AND REQUIRE FACTORIES TO DISCHARGE EFFLUENT TO FOUL SEWERS.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1988

.- 5 -DECEMBER MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED » * » « »

THERE WAS A HIGH GROWTH RATE OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH. ONE CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR WAS PROBABLY THE SPECULATIVE INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DURING THE MONTH.

CONSISTENT WITH THE GROWTH IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN DECEMBER.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS GREW SLIGHTLY FASTER IN DECEMBER THAN IN NOVEMBER. LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG REMAINED THE PRINCIPLE SOURCE OF GROWTH. LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE AND OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW MODERATELY.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 6.4 PER CENT IN DECEMBER, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 1 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND A DECLINE OF 0.7 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER. WITHIN THESE DEPOSITS, DEMAND DEPOSITS AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS INCREASED RAPIDLY, BY 17.6 PER CENT AND 20.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE TIME DEPOSITS FELL BY 9.3 PER CENT.

FOR 1987 AS A WHOLE, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 26.3 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 2.5 PER CENT IN DECEMBER, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 5.6 PER CENT AND 2.3 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER RESPECTIVELY. AMONG THESE DEPOSITS, THE GROWTH RATE OF U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS, AT 0.6 PER CENT DURING THE MONTH, WAS LOWER THAN THAT OF NON-U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS, AT 5 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY 29 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS DECREASED BY 24.1 PER CENT IN DECEMBER. WITH AN EASING OF THE MONEY MARKET INTEREST RATES TOWARDS THE END OF 1987, INTEREST YIELDS ON SWAP DEPOSITS FELL BELOW THE DEPOSIT RATES SET BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS, THUS DISCOURAGING NEW DEPOSITS OF THIS TYPE.

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ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS ROSE BY 3.8 PER CENT IN DECEMBER AND BY 21 PER CENT IN 1987 WHILE FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, INCREASED BY 4.5 PER CENT IN DECEMBER AND BY 34.5 PER CENT IN 1987.

A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE RAPID INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE APPRECIATION OF SOME OF THE FOREIGN CURRENCIES IN WHICH THE DEPOSITS ARE DENOMINATED.

DEPOSITS (ALL CURRENCIES) WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 4.9 PER CENT IN DECEMBER WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES DECREASED BY 3 PER CENT. OVER THE YEAR, THEIR RESPECTIVE INCREASES WERE 30.6 PER CENT AND 4.4 PER CENT.

MONEY SUPPLY

IN LINE WITH THE RAPID INCREASE IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN DECEMBER.

HK$M1,.HK$M2 AMD HK$M3 ROSE BY 13.8 PER CENT, 8.2 PER CENT AND 6.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE CORRESPONDING RATES FOR NOVEMBER WERE -2.1 PER CENT, 0 PER CENT AND -0.5 PER CENT.

FOR 1987 AS A WHOLE, HK$M1, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 43.1 PER CENT, 30.8 PER CENT AND 26.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF SWAP DEPOSITS, THE BROADEST DEFINITION OF HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, HKSM3, GREW BY 21.8 PER CENT IN 1987, WHICH IS ROUGHLY IN LINE WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH IN MONEY TERMS.

TOTAL Ml GREW BY 10.8 PER CENT IN DECEMBER AFTER AN INCREASE OF 0.3 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3, ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT AND 4.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN DECEMBER, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 1.3 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml GREW BY 46 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 30.7 PER CENT AND TOTAL M3 BY 27.7 PER CENT.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES GREW BY 4.9 PER CENT IN DECEMBER, AFTER INCREASES OF 2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND 4.6 PER CENT TN NOVEMBER.

THE GROWTH IN DECEMBER WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO LOANS DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES WHICH ROSE BY 8.4 PER CENT. LOANS DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLAR, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS LITTLE CHANGED FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

/LOANS TO .......

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1988

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG ROSE BY 1.4 PER CENT IN DECEMBER AFTER AN INCREASE OF 1 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER; OVER THE YEAR THESE LOANS GREW BY 24.7 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 1.7 PER CENT IN DECEMBER, AFTER A DECLINE OF 0.2 P’R CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 30.3 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG GREW BY 8.3 PER CENT IN DECEMBER AND BY 94.5 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR.

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR

IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987, LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ROSE BY 6.4 PER CENT, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 4.8 PER CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 18.7 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES INCREASED BY 10.5 PER CENT THIS QUARTER, FOLLOWING A SIMILAR INCREASE OF 10.3 PER CENT IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 29 PER CENT.

THE GROWTH IN LOANS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR SLOWED DOWN TO 3.5 PER CENT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, FROM 6.6 PER CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS INCREASED BY 14.2 PER CENT.

LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (OTHER THAN FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME) GREW BY 5.7 PER CENT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 5.9 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 35 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCIAL CONCERNS AND TO STOCKBROKERS, HOWEVER, DROPPED BY 3.3 PER CENT AND 51.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THEY STILL RECORDED GROWTH RATES OF 49.3 PER CENT AND 17.1 PER CENT RESPECT IVELY.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 154 AND 35 RESPECTIVELY. THAT OF REPORTING REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES DECREASED BY 4 TO 232.

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TABLE 1 : MONETARY STATISTICS - DECEMBER 1987- • •

Money Supply Ml - HKS Dec 1987 73,826 (% Nov 1987 64,890 ( 13.8 X) Earlier months change to December 1987) Sep 1987 Dec 1986 62.876 ( 17.4 X) 51,600 (HKSnn) ( 43.1 X)

Foreign currency 8.U76 9.029 (-10.6 X) 6,581 ( 22.7 X) 4,494 ( 79.7 X)

Total 81.902 73.919 ( 10.8 X) 69,456 ( 17.9 X) 56,094 ( 46.0 %j

M2 - HKS 310,910 287.258 ( 8.2 X) 285,026 ( 9.1 X) 237,776 ( 30.8 X)

Foreign currency 366,132 357.292 ( 2.5 X) 332,932 ( 10.0 X) 280,355 ( 30.6 Xj

Total 677.042 644.550 ( 5.0 X) 617,958 ( 9.6 X) 518,131 ( 30.7 X)

M3 - HK$ 342,847 321,827 ( 6.5 X) 319,732 ( 7.2 X) 270.517 ( 26.7 Xj

Foreign currency 400,506 390,992 ( 2.4 X) 362.031 ( 10.6 X) 311,691 ( 28.5 X)

Total 743,353 712.819 ( 4.3 X) 681,763 ( 9.0 X) 582,208 ( 27.7 X)

Notes and coins in circulation 28.766 26,672 ( 7.9 X) 25,343 ( 13.5 X) 22,412 ( 28.4 X)

of which held by public 24,764 23,183 ( 6.8 X) 22,287 ( 11.1 X) 19,295 ( 28.3 X)

Deposits

Demand deposits 57.138 50,736 ( 12.6 X) 47,169 ( 21.1 X) 36,799 ( 55.3 X)

Savings deposits 181,109 157,472 ( 15.0 X) 148,736 ( 21.8 X) 125,476 ( 44.3 X)

Time deposits with banks 4U3.439 403,426 ( 0.0 X) 390,275 ( 3.4 X) 329,078 ( 22.6 X)

Time deposits with dtcs 61,924 63,854 ( -3.0 X) 59,577 ( 3.9 X) 59.298 ( 4.4 X)

HKS deposits 309,543 290,853 ( 6.4 X) 289,980 ( 6.7 X) 245,103 ( 26.3 X)

USS deposits 222,603 221,357 ( 0.6 X) 224,197 ( -0.7 X) 205,529 ( 8.3 X)

Other foreign currency deposits 171,464 163,279 ( 5.0 X) 131,579 ( 30.3 X) 100,020 ( 71.4 X)

All deposits 703,609 675,488 ( 4.2 X) 645,756 ( 9.0 X) 550,651 ( 27.8 X)

Foreign currency swap deposits 21,151 27,876 (-24.1 X) 34,879 (-39.4 X) 28,266 (-25.2 X)

Loans and advances To finance H.K.'s visible trade 44,255 • 43,645 ( 1.4 X) 42,429 ( 4.3 X) 35,502 ( 24.7 X)

To finance merchandising trade 7,002 6,585 ( 6.3 X) 7,908 (-11.5 X) 4,595 ( 52.4 X)

not touching H.K.

Other loans for use in U.K. 352,685 346,768 ( 1.7 X) 340,534 ( 3.6 X) 270,729 ( 30.3 X)

Other loans for use outside H.K 312,530 288.636 ( 8.3 X) 248,596 ( 25.7 X) 160,694 ( 94.5 X)

Other loans where the place of 62,308 56.888 ( 9.5 X) 56,372 ( 10.5 X) 29,077 (114.3 X)

use is not known

Loans in HKS 309,345 309,386 ( 0.0 X) 308,684 ( 0.2 X) .260,226 ( 28.6 X)

Lo^ns in foreign currencies ’ 469,436 433.136 ( 84 X) 387,156 ( 21.3 X) 250,371 ( 87.5 X)

/TABLE 2 : .......

TABLE 2 t QUARTERLY ANALYSES of loans for

Dec 1967

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USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR - DECEMBER 1907

cHKSmn/

Earlier quarters

C/. change to December 1987)

Sep

Manuf actur ing 29,833 28.034

Iransport and transport equipment 19.598 19,110

Bui Idina, construction and property development 39.512 38,185

Wholesale and retail trade 43.4U4 39.270

Financial concerns! 34.445 35.610

Individuals:

to purchase rlats in’ the Home Ownership Scheme and Private Sector Participation Scheme 7.497 7.335

to purchase other residential property 57.915 54,782

other purposes 44,019 42,599

Others 76,464 75,609

Total 352.685 340,534

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* This excludes funds advanced to ban!

1937 Oun 1987 Dec 1986 • • • 1 ••

< 6.4 7.) 26,762 ( 11.5 7.) 25,140 ( 18.7 7.1,

( 2.6 7.) 18.208 ( 7.6 7.) 18.060 ( 8.5 7.)

( 3.5 7.) 35,822 < 10.3 7.) 34.603 < 14.2 7.)

( 10.5 7.) 35,593 < 21.9 7.) 33,650 ( 29.0 7.)

( -3.3 7.) 24,621 ( 39.9 7.) 23,064 ( 49.3 7.)

( 2.2 7.) 7,260 ( 3.3 X) 6,260 ( 19.8 7.)

( 5.7 7.) 51,744 ( 11.9 7.) 42,902 ( 35.0 7.)

( 3.3 7.) 38,408 C 14.6 X) 29,410 ( 49.7 7.)

( 1.1 7.) 71,626 ( 6.8 7.) 57,640 ( 32.7 7.)

( 3.6 7.) 310,044 ( 13.8 7.) 270,729 c 30.3 7.)

s % and deposit-taking compani es

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’PAI LAU’ HELPS PROMOTE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION « * *

WITH THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS ERECTED A "PAI LAU" IN THE TOWN CENTRE TO WISH RESIDENTS A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

UNLIKE TRADITIONAL PAI LAU’S, THIS ONE HAS INTEGRATED INTO ITS DESIGN BOTH SEASON’S GREETINGS AND MESSAGES ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE 200 SQUARE METRE PAI LAU HAS COUPLETS THAT PUBLICISE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND REMINDERS TO RESIDENTS TO VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

IT IS SET UP OUTSIDE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, FACING YUE MAN SQUARE, AND WILL BE LIT UP EVERY EVENING FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) UNTIL MARCH 10.

A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 5.30 PM TOMORROW. KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, WILL OFFICIATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SWITCH-ON CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING TO BE HELD AT 5.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) OUTSIDE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH ' OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PROBLEM OF MISSING PERSONS

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THE PROBLEM OF MISSING PERSONS WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE COMMITTEE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 3) MORNING.

DB MEMBER MR WONG HONG-CHUNG WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT THE NUMBER, AND THE AGE AND SEX, OF PEOPLE REPORTED MISSING IN SHA TIN IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, AND THE COUNSELLING SERVICES BEING PROVIDED FOR YOUTHS WHO HAD RUN AWAY FROM HOME.

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR CHAN KAM-CHEUNG, WILL ASK WHEN THE YOUTH CENTRE AND OTHER COMMUNITY FACILITIES AT SHA TIN PLAZA AND JUBILEE GARDEN IN THE TOWN CENTRE AREA WILL BE READY FOR OPERATION AND THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENT OF THESE FACILITIES.

/THE COMMITTEE

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THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE APPROVED SECONDARY SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME FOR SHA TIN DISTRICT; THE BUDGET ESTIMATES FOR 1988-89 AND APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS; AND THE REPORTS BY ITS WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 3) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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ANTI-DRUG EXHIBITION AT YAU MA TEI SCHOOLS

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A TWO-MONTH ROVING EXHIBITION ON ’’PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES ABUSE” STARTED FIRST AT THE KOWLOON WAH YAN COLLEGE FROM TODAY (MONDAY).

THE EXHIBITION WHICH COINCIDES WITH THE YAU MA- TEI DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

SCHEDULED TO BE STAGED AT 11 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI AREAS THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY AND MARCH, THE EXHIBITION ELABORATES ON THE DANGERS OF EXPERIMENTING WITH PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS WHICH ARE AS DANGEROUS AS HEROIN ABUSE.

INFORMATION MATERIALS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS SUCH AS THE TYPES OF PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES COMMONLY ABUSED AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES, THE REASONS OF DRUG ABUSE AND THE LEGAL CONTROLS ARE BEING DISPLAYED.

THERE ARE ALSO PHOTOGRAPHS HIGHLIGHTING THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE MOVED TO OTHER SCHOOLS, INCLUDING TRUE LIGHT GIRLS’ COLLEGE, LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, NEWMAN COLLEGE, CHINESE Y.M.C.A. COLLEGE, DIOCESAN GIRLS’ SCHOOL, METHODIST COLLEGE, LAI CHACK MIDDLE SCHOOL, WELLINGTON COLLEGE, HONG KONG CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AND ST. MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE.

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MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CHAI WAN * * » » «

AN OPEN SPACE IS TO BE CREATED ADJACENT TO HENG FA CHUEN IN CHAI WAN IN ORDER TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS.

IT WILL HAVE A MINI SOCCER PITCH AND SPECTATOR STAND, A SMALL OPEN AIR THEATRE, WITH SEATS, AND TWO CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A FOUNTAIN, PAVILIONS AND ARBOURS, COVERED WALKWAY, SEASIDE PROMENADE AND TOILETS.

THE 9,000 SQUARE METRE SITE WILL BE FULLY LANDSCAPED.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN 10 MONTHS.

HENG FA CHUEN DEVELOPMENT LTD HAS CONTRIBUTED $3 MILLION AS CONSTRUCTION COST TOWARDS THE PROJECT AND TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR LRT BRIDGE WORK « * * * »

TENDERS FOR BUILDING A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) BRIDGE IN TUEN MUN ARE BEING INVITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT OFfICEjOF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE 500-METRE BRIDGE, FOR LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES, WILL FORM PART OF THE REGIONAL LINK OF THE LRT SYSTEM BETWEEN THE TOWN CENTRE AND THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF TUEN MUN.

IT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ALONG PUI TO ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD, ACROSS TUEN MUN ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRIDGE WORK, TWO ELEVATED WALKWAYS WILL BE BUILT TO CONNECT THE FUTURE LRT STOP TO TWO RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS SOUTH OF THE BRIDGE.

THE ERECTION OF FENCING ALONG THE PHASE I LRT RESERVE IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN TO ENHANCE SAFETY WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 11.

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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * * »

VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS, AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS IN EASTERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES FOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE THEME OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, IS "TO SHARE THE JOY OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY”.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE IS THE CO-ORDINATING BODY FOR THE PROGRAMME. IT WILL CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS IN LATE MARCH AND THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL.

ANY ORGANISATION WISHING TO APPLY FOR FUNDS CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE, GROUND FLOOR, 884-886 KING’S ROAD, QUARRY BAY, BY MARCH 15.

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CYC FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY » * ♦ »

THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE A SPECIAL TREAT TO MORE THAN 700 ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM 19 DISTRICTS AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 4) AFTERNOON.

THE ELDERLY PEOPLE ATTENDING THE FUN DAY WILL EACH RECEIVE A REI) PACKET AND A WOOLLEN SHAWL KNITTED BY CYC MEMBERS AS A GESTURE TO SHOW THEIR RESPECT TO THE SENIOR RESIDENTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A CEREMONY DURING WHICH THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL PRESENT CHEQUES TO THE CHAIRMEN OF 18 CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS OPERATING HOMES FOR THE AGED, INCLUDING THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND PO LEUNG KUK.

/CYC MEMBERS........

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CYC MEMBERS, AFTER SUCCESSFULLY CONSTRUCTING THE WORLD’S LARGEST POSTER LAST NOVEMBER, HAD BEEN ABLE TO RAISE A TOTAL OF $290,000 FOR THE ELDERLY BY TURNING THE POSTER INTO 90,000 CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SALE. THIS AMOUNT WILL BE SHARED EQUALLY AMONG THE 18 CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT THE CONCERT HALL OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 4) AT 2.30 PM.

AN INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1959-60 ♦ ♦ » »

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1959 AND 1960 TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE MARCH 6.

’’THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OVER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE VERY CROWDED AFTER THESE HOLIDAYS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

”TO AVOID THE LAST-MINUTE RUSH, MEN OF THIS AGE GROUP WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW ID CARD SHOULD COME FORWARD WITHOUT DELAY,” HE SAID.

"FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW ID CARD WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $3,000,” HE NOTED.

APPLICANTS CAN GO TO ANY ONE OF EIGHT NEW ID CARD ISSUE OFFICES TO RENEW THEIR ID CARDS.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

’’THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS. TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP FOR A LONG TIME AT THE ISSUE OFFICES OR TO COME BACK ANOTHER DAY, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND THE AFTERNOONS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THEY MAY MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE.

/THE SPOKESMAN

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THE SPOKESMAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR

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 PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD. TEL. NO. 3-7553679

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND 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

SHA TIN : SHA TIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK STREET. TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG ; HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND 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

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE » » »

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 55.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 325.902 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 336.936 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 57.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN » » ♦ * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 4) TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AREA AFFECTED WILL COVER: TSING CHUNG KOON ROAD AND TSING LUN ROAD FROM TAI HING ESTATE TO SAN HING TSUEN, INCLUDING TUEN MUN HOSPITAL SITE AREA, TSING CHUNG KOON, TSING CHUNG PIT YUEN, CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL, CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL NURSES AND STAFF QUARTERS, KONG SHAN TSUEN, SIU HANG TSUEN, PO TONG HA TSUEN, CASTLE PEAK POULTRY BREEDING CENTRE, KEI LUN WAI, TSZ TIN TSUEN AND SIU HONG COURT.

IN ADDITION, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CUT OFF FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY TO 10 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, ALSO FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT THE FOLLOWING: ALL PREMISES IN YUEN TUN CIRCUIT, TAI PA STREET, HEUNG WO STREET, HEUNG SHING STREET, CHAI WAN KOK STREET, PUN SHAN STREET, TAI CHUNG ROAD, PAK TIN PA STREET, HEUNG CHE STREET, TSO KUNG SQUARE, 2-188 AND 1-139, SHA TSUI ROAD, 2-32, HOI PA STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM TAI CHUNG ROAD TO CHAI WAN KOK STREET, TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, ON YAT STREET, ON YIN STREET AND SHUN KEI FACTORY BUILDING.

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WANG CHIU ROAD IN KOWLOON BAY TO BE CLOSED ♦ ♦ *

TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS, THE SECTION OF WANG CHIU ROAD IN KOWLOON BAY BETWEEN SHEUNG YEE ROAD AND CHEUNG YIP STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 AM TO 5.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 3).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1988 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THIRD QUARTER CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS RELEASED ..... 1

STEERING GROUP TO OVERSEE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS FORMED ... 2

LEGCO GROUP SEES EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE ...... 3

M&H STAFF GIVEN REASSURANCE ON CONSULTATION ............... 5

DRUG MENACE INCREASING WORLDWIDE ........................... 6

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HEPATITIS A URGED ..................... 8

LEGCO MEMBERS TO ASK 11 QUESTIONS ......................... 9

TWO WITHDRAW FRCM DB ELECTIONS ............................ 9

KWUN TONG CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA ........................ 9

tai po Candidates to meet media ........................... 10

TUEN MUN CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA.......................... 11

LOCALS MOTIVATED TO BUILD OWN COMMUNITY ................... 11

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LRT PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ............ 12

NEW CROSS-HaRBOUR MaIN TO BOOST ISLAND WATER SUPPLY ....... 13

upgrading course for Banking personnel..................... 12*

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE aWaRDS TO CYC HELPERS ............... 15

ROAD CLOSURE AND PROHIBITED ZONE .......................... 16


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1988 1

THIRD QUARTER CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS RELEASED *****

THE TOTAL GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 AMOUNTED TO $12,566 MILLION, WHICH WAS 5.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 23.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT, IN VIEW OF THE RAPID INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS, THE VOLUME OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED, AFTER DISCOUNTING COST INFLATION, ACTUALLY GREW MUCH MORE SLOWLY THAN THE NOMINAL CONSTRUCTION VALUE REPORTED HERE. THIS POINT SHOULD BE BORNE IN MIND IN INTERPRETING THE SURVEY RESULTS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS (INCLUDING WORK CARRIED OUT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, AT ERECTED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, AND AT OTHER MINOR WORK LOCATIONS) IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 WAS $8,261 MILLION, WHICH WAS 11.6 PER CENT AND 29.0 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986 RESPECTIVELY. .

THIS GAVE A VALUE INDEX OF 125.4. THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 WAS TAKEN AS 100 FOR THIS INDEX.

THE FIGURES FOR MAIN CONTRACTORS ARE FREE FROM THE EFFECT OF DOUBLE-COUNTING OF CONSTRUCTION VALUE DUE TO THE WIDESPREAD SUB-CONTRACTING PRACTICE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. THEY ARE, THEREFORE, DIFFERENT FROM THE FIGURES ON CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 AMOUNTED TO $6,254 MILLION. THIS WAS 12.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 22.8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE . SAME QUARTER OF 1986.

OF THIS GROSS VALUE, $2,087 MILLION WAS CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT OF PUBLIC PROJECTS, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 17.8 PER CENT AND 26.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986 RESPECTIVELY.

IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT AT SITES WAS $4,167 MILLION, WHICH WAS 9.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 21.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN TN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS (WHICH INCLUDE COMBINED RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS) IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 WAS $2,886 MILLION. THIS REPRESENTED INCREASES OF 7.7 PER CENT AND 12.5 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986 RESPECTIVELY.

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THE OUTPUT VALUE OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS WAS $854 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 21.5 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND A VERY SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF 62.0 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF INDUSTRIAL AND STORAGE BUILDINGS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 WAS $550 MILLION, WHICH WAS 8.3 PER CENT AND 43.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986 RESPECTIVELY.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF TRANSPORT PROJECTS WAS $966 MILLION, WHICH WAS 11.0 PER CENT ABOVE THE VALUE IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 39.8 PER CENT ABOVE THE VALUE IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986.

THE HIGH OUTPUT RECORDED SINCE THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1986 WAS DUE MAINLY TO THE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON SEVERAL LARGE PROJECTS, SUCH AS THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND THE TUEN MUN LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT IS GIVEN IN THE ’’REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT, 3RD QUARTER 1987” RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE QUARTERLY SURVEY REPORT IS PRICED AT $2 A COPY. PURCHASES MAY BE MADE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, WAN CHAI TOWER 1, 19/F., 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

ENQUIRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234860.

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STEERING GROUP TO OVERSEE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS -FORMED ♦ » t * »

CHAIRMAN OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, MR LEO KWAN, ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS FORMED A STEERING GROUP TO OVERSEE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS TO BE SET UP IN PRIVATE FARMS IN RELATION TO THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME.

MR KWAN SAID THE STEERING GROUP WAS SET UP IN A BID TO FACILITATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WASTE CONTROL SCHEME, NOTING THAT SOME LIVESTOCK FARMERS HAD CALLED ON THE AUTHORITIES TO CARRY OUT WASTE TREATMENT EXPERIMENTS TN PRIVATE FARMS TO PROVE THE FEASIBILITY OF THESE METHODS.

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HE SAID THE STEERING GROUP WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SELECTION OF PRIVATE FARMS FOR CARRYING OUT THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS BASED ON A SET OF AGREED SELECTION CRITERIA. IT WOULD ALSO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THESE PROJECTS, HE ADDED.

"THE GROUP WILL THEN COMMENT ON THE RESULTS OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS AND REPORT TO THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ACCORDINGLY TO ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO REFLECT ITS VIEWS TO THE GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

THE 16-MEMBER STEERING GROUP, CHAIRED BY MR KWAN, COMPRISES OF TWO MEMBERS OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP, PROFESSOR POON CHUNG-KWONG AND MR ANDREW WONG; REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION; AND LIVESTOCK BREEDERS’ REPRESENTATIVES, MR CHAN KWOK-WAI, MR CHAN YU-YUK, MS FUNG CHOI-YUK, MR LEUNG CHI-WA, MR LI HOK-YUK, MR SO WING-HOI, MR WONG CHUN-KOW, MR WONG SUI-FAN AND MR YAU MING-TAK.

MR KWAN POINTED OUT THAT ALL UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FROM THE LIVESTOCK REARING SECTOR WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT CONFERENCE OF LIVESTOCK BREEDERS ASSOCIATION.

THE STEERING GROUP WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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LEGCO GROUP SEES EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE *****

THE LEGCO AD-HOC GROUP FORMED TO STUDY THE . WASTE DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING TOOK A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THE SECOND STAGE EXPERIMENT CARRIED OUT BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON THE INNOVATIVE EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE.

THE SECOND STAGE EXPERIMENT, WHICH BEGAN IN NOVEMBER, HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED WITH VERY GOOD RESULTS.

IT HAS DEMONSTRATED A GREAT POTENTIAL FOR USE BY PIG FARMERS AS A PRACTICAL AND ECONOMICALLY VIABLE HUSBANDRY METHOD TO SOLVE THE PIG WASTE PROBLEM.

LED BY ITS CONVENOR, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, THE GROUP VISITED THE DEPARTMENT'S TA TWU LING PIG BREEDING CENTRE AND A PRIVATE PIG FARM WHERE THE TESTS WERE CONDUCTED.

/ACCOMPANYING THE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1988

ACCOMPANYING THE GROUP ON THE VISIT WERE THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR MICHAEL SUEN, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR LEO KWAN, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, MR MIKE STOKOE, AND THE DIRECTOR OF ARGICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE.

PRESENTING THE RESULTS OF THE TRIALS ON 208 "GROWER" PIGS, DR LEE BRIEFED THE GROUP ON THE THEORY AND METHODOLOGY OF THE NEW TECHNIQUE.

THE TECHNIQUE WAS FIRST TRIED OUT IN THE SUMMER LAST YEAR WITH A VIEW TO SOLVING SUCH EXISTING HUSBANDRY PROBLEMS AS DAMAGED HOOFS EXPERIENCED IN THE CONVENTIONAL METHOD.

"THE ESSENCE OF THE NEW TECHNIQUE IS TO OVERLAY THE FLOOR OF THE PIG PENS WITH SAWDUST LITTER, ABOUT 20 CM HIGH, AND MIXED WITH A BACTERIAL PRODUCT AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY," DR LEE SAID.

"WHILE THE SAWDUST LAYER HAS THE EFFECT OF PREVENTING HOOF DAMAGE CAUSED BY A SLIPPERY FLOOR, THE MIXTURE CAN DECOMPOSE PIG MANURE, RENDERING IT SMELL-FREE AND RESULTING IN NO DISCHARGE OF EFFLUENT.

"THE PROCESS IS BASICALLY AN IN-SITU COMPOSTING, WHICH REQUIRES TOPPING UP OF THE BACTERIAL PRODUCT AT FORTNIGHTLY INTERVALS. IT NOT ONLY HAS THE EFFECT OF SAVING IN LABOUR REQUIRED FOR HOSING DOWN BUT ALSO RENDERS THE HANDLING OF PIG MANURE UNNECESSARY."

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, THE EXPERIMENTAL PIGS HAD PERFORMED BETTER THAN THOSE REARED BY THE CONVENTIONAL METHOD IN TERMS OF WEIGHT GAIN AND HEALTH.

THE GROUP WAS TOLD THAT THE NEW METHOD HAD BEEN TRIED OUT UNDER DIFFERENT WEATHER CONDITIONS THROUGH SUMMER TO’ WINTER WITHOUT ANY ADVERSE EFFECT.

THE SECOND STAGE EXPERIMENT HAD USED TEST AND CONTROL GROUPS BOTH ON THE GOVERNMENT FARM AND ON TWO PRIVATE FARMS.

IN VIEW OF THE ENCOURAGING RESULTS SO FAR ACHIEVED, TWO OTHER PRIVATE PIG FARMS HAD RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN THE EXPERIMENT.

DR LEE SAID THE TEST RESULTS ON THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE FARMS WERE EQUALLY SATISFACTORY IN THAT, APART FROM ACHIEVING BETTER HUSBANDRY EFFECT AND SAVING IN LABOUR, THUS INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY, NO EFFLUENT OF PIG WASTE AND NO NOTICEABLE EMISSION OF A BAD SMELL WERE PRODUCED.

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IN ADDITION, THE TECHNIQUE HAD PROVEN ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE WITH THE BACTERIAL PRODUCT COSTING APPROXIMATELY $50 PER PORKER AND $15 PER ROASTER, AND THE INEXPENSIVE SAWDUST LITTER COULD BE USED REPEATEDLY.

SUCH COST COULD BE REDUCED BY IMPROVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE, SAVINGS IN LABOUR AND BULK PURCHASE OF THE BACTERIAL PRODUCT.

THE VISITORS A1SO LEARNED THAT WHILE THE EXPERIMENT INITIALLY CONCENTRATED ON "GROWER" PIGS WHICH CONSTITUTE ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE PIG RAISING BUSINESS, PLANS WERE IN HAND TO CONDUCT FURTHER TESTS ON PREGNANT SOWS, FARROWING SOWS AND SUCKLING PIGS.

WITH SOME FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, A NUMBER OF THE EXISTING PIGSTIES AT TA KWU LING PIG BREEDING CENTRE WERE BEING MODIFIED TO TEST IMPROVED PIG PEN DESIGNS FOR THAT PURPOSE, DR LEE ADDED.

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PROPOSALS CONCERNING THE FUTURE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR STAFF IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON THE SETTING UP OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY ON APRIL 1 WILL BE SUBJECT TO FULL STAFF CONSULTATION BEFORE ANY DECISION IS TAKEN.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (STAFF RELATIONS), MR MICHAEL LEE, AFTER A MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEAGUE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT STAFF UNIONS.

AT THE MEETING, THE REPRESENTATIVES REITERATED THEIR CONCERN OVER THE FUTURE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR STAFF IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPON THE SETTING UP OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

THEY WERE REASSURED BY MR LEE THAT APRIL 1 HAD NO PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE FOR STAFF IN THAT THE OPERATION OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE UNAFFECTED BY THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WHICH WAS ONLY A PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE FORMATION OF THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY IN 1989.

ONE OF THE TASKS OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WILL BE TO WORK OUT A PACKAGE OF NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHICH WILL BE • OFFERED TO STAFF OF THE AUTHORITY AND WHICH WILL NOT BE FORCED UPON THE EXISTING STAFF OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

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"AS REGARDS STAFF’S CONCERN OVER THEIR FUTURE PROMOTION .PROSPECTS AND TRAINING, THESE ARE BEING ACTIVELY CONSIDERED WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION," MR LEE SAID.

HE SAID THAT AS THE ISSUES WERE COMPLEX, IT MIGHT TAKE SOME TIME BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD COME UP WITH DETAILED PROPOSALS.

"HOWEVER, THESE PROPOSALS WILL BE SUBJECT TO FULL STAFF CONSULTATION BEFORE ANY DECISION IS TAKEN," HE SAID.

"IN THE MEANTIME, STAFF ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS AS TO HOW THE VARIOUS ISSUES MAY BEST BE RESOLVED."

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DRUG MENACE INCREASING WORLDWIDE » « »

THE DRUG MENACE WORLDWIDE IS GETTING MORE SERIOUS THAN EVER NOWADAYS, AS IS EVIDENCED BY A GLOBAL UPWARD TREND IN THE SEIZURES OF VARIOUS TYPES OF DRUGS OVER THE PAST DECADE.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR TONG KANG-SING, SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) WHILE COMMENTING ON THE WORLD DRUG SITUATION AT A MEETING OF THE CITY LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG.

MR TONG POINTED OUT THAT ACCORDING TO STATISTICS OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS, GLOBAL DRUG SEIZURES - INCLUDING OPIUM, CANNABIS AND COCAINE - REACHED SOME 7,000 METRIC TONS IN 1985.

"IN COMPARISON WITH THE FIGURES FOR 1975, THERE WAS A ONE-FOLD ODD INCREASE IN THE SEIZURE OF CANNABIS, A SEVEN-FOLD INCREASE IN HEROIN AND EVEN A 22-FOLD INCREASE TN COCAINE," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG, MR TONG STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD EXERTED ITS UTMOST EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS TO FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUG MENACE, AND HAD, IN RECENT YEARS, SPENT MORE THAN $300 MILLION ANNUALLY ON ITS ANT I-NARCOTIC CAMPAIGN.

"DRUG SEIZURES BY CUSTOMS AND THE POLICE AMOUNTED TO OVER $300 MILLION LAST YEAR, INCLUDING 92 KG OF HEROIN BASE, 345 KG OF NO. 3 HEROIN, 145 KG OF NO. 4 HEROIN, 359 KG OF CANNABIS AND 167 KG OF OPIUM.

"THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ARRESTED FOR TAKING OR TRAFFICKING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS EXCEEDED 11,000, OF WHICH 5,800 WERE PROSECUTED FOR SERIOUS DRUG OFFENCES.

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"THE SUCCESS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK IS ALSO REFLECTED IN A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE DRUG ADDICTS FROM 100,000 IN THE EARLY 1970’S TO THE PRESENT 39,000, IN. CONTRAST TO AN INCREASE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.' FROM 0.6 MILLION TO 20 MILLION AND 12,000 TO 30,000 RESPECTIVELY IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD. I

"DESPITE THE ACHIEVEMENTS, THE GOVERNMENT IS DRAFTING NEW LEGISLATIONS TO EMPOWER THE COURT TO CONFISCATE THE PROCEEDS OBTAINED FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING," HE NOTED.

COMMENTING ON THE GLOBAL DRUG SITUATION, MR TONG EXPLAINED THAT OPIUM, FROM WHICH HEROIN WAS DERIVED, WAS PRODUCED MAINLY IN TWO AREAS, THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE ON THE BORDER OF BURMA, LAOS AND THAILAND, AND THE GOLDEN CRESCENT IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAN AND PAKISTAN.

"THEIR TOTAL OPIUM PRODUCTION TN 1987 REACHED 2,400 METRIC TONS, OF WHICH 800 TONS WERE FROM THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND 1,600 TONS FROM THE GOLDEN CRESCENT.

"HEROIN PRODUCED IN THE FORMER MAINLY WENT TO SOUTHEAST ASIA, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA, WHILE THE MAJOR MARKETS FOR THE LATTER WERE THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE."

MR TONG POINTED OUT THAT THE HEROIN FOR THE LOCAL MARKET WAS

LARGELY SMUGGLED IN FROM THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE BY MEANS OF FISHING

VESSELS, CARGO CONSIGNMENTS AND AIR PASSENGERS.

"BUT CHINA IS ALSO BEING EXPLOITED AS A TRANSIT POINT, AND

OPIUM AND HEROIN SMUGGLED INTO HONG KONG THROUGH THIS DIVERSIONARY

ROUTE HAS BEEN ON THE INCREASE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS."

AS FOR CANNABIS, MR TONG SAID THE WORLD OUTPUT IN 1986 WAS ABOUT 13,000 METRIC TONS AND THE PHILIPPINES WAS ONE OF THE MAIN PRODUCING COUNTRIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

"IN 1987, CANNABIS SEIZURES IN HONG KONG TOTALLED 359 KG, ALMOST A FOUR-FOLD INCREASE OVER THE 1986 FIGURES."

MR TONG WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT COCAINE, WHICH WAS PRODUCED MAINLY IN SOUTH AMERICA AND ABUSED IN THE WESTERN COUNTRIES, DID NOT POSE A SERIOUS THREAT TO HONG KONG AT PRESENT.

"THERE IS YET NO SUBSTANTIAL PROOF OF ITS EXTENSIVE ABUSE IN HONG KONG, IN SPITE OF SOME MINOR SEIZURES BY BOTH THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS IN 1987."

IN VIEW OF THE INCREASED PRODUCTION OF HEROIN AND COCAINE WORLDWIDE AND THE UPWARD TREND IN THE ABUSE OF OTHER DRUGS SUCH AS MANDRAX AND AMPHETAMINE, MR TONG STRESSED THAT IT WAS INSUFFICIENT TO COPE WITH THE PROBLEM MERELY BY EFFORTS OF ANY SINGLE PARTY.

"TO SUPPRESS THE DRUG MENACE FROM SPREADING, NOT ONLY GOVERNMENTS OF VARIOUS COUNTRIES, BUT ALSO INSTITUTIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS SHOULD RENDER THEIR SUPPORT TO THE BATTLE AGAINST NARCOTICS."

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PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HEPATITIS A URGED « *****

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HEPATITIS A AND OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

ACCORDING TO A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, THERE WERE 386 CASES OF VIRAL HEPATITIS REPORTED IN JANUARY, AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN THREE-FOLD WHEN COMPARED WITH 10^ CASES (INCLUDING 46 HEPATITIS A CASES) IN DECEMBER 1987.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY STATISTICS ON VIRAL HEPATITIS INCLUDED HEPATITIS A AND HEPATITIS B.

"SO FAR, 103 OF THE 386 CASES IN JANUARY HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED TO BE HEPATITIS A CASES WHILE THE REST ARE STILL BEING INVESTIGATED."

HEPATITIS A IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE CONSUMPTION OF CONTAMINATED FOOD AND DRINK, IN PARTICULAR, THE CONSUMPTION OF POLLUTED SHELL FISH. '

DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD, PEOPLE TEND TO BE LESS CAREFUL IN THE CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINKS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"SINCE GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES ARE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND DRINK, THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE SPECIALLY CAREFUL IN THEIR EATING HABITS."

THE MOST RELIABLE AND EFFECTIVE METHOD TO PREVENT HEPATITIS A AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SUCH AS TYPHOID AND DYSENTERY IS TO OBSERVE PERSONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD HYGIENE BECAUSE THESE DISEASES ARE CONTRACTED VIA THE FAECAL-ORAL ROUTE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADVISED THAT ALL FOOD, SEAFOOD IN PARTICULAR, SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY WASHED AND COOKED BEFORE CONSUMPTION AND THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE LEFT UNCOVERED IF NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.

PEOPLE TRAVELLING DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD TO NEARBY COUNTRIES WHERE HEPATITIS A, TYPHOID AND OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES ARE ENDEMIC, ARE ALSO ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS IN THE SELECTION OF FOOD AND DRINK.

THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING HYGIENE RULES:

* WASH HANDS BEFORE MEALS AND AFTER VISITING THE TOILETS;

* ENSURE THAT ALL FOOD IS PROPERLY WASHED AND COOKED BEFORE CONSUMPTION;

* avoid Buying food from unlicensed food places or hawkers or

DOUBTFUL SOURCES; AND

* ENSURE THAT DRINKING WATER IS BOILED.

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LEGCO MEMBERS TO ASK 11 QUESTIONS ♦ t * * »

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL ASK 11 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER TWO BILLS AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

OF THE TWO BILLS, THE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS, WHILE DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON THE TRAMWAY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987, WHICH IS ALSO DUE TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

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TWO WITHDRAW FROM DB ELECTIONS * * * ♦ *

TWO CANDIDATES FOR THE 1988 DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WITHDREW THEIR NOMINATIONS TODAY (TUESDAY), THUS REDUCING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CANDIDATES TO 493.

THEY ARE MR KWAN LIM-HO WHO HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE JORDAN CONSTITUENCY IN THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT AND MS LI WAI-CHUN WHO HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE KOWLOON TONG AND MA TAU WAI CONSTITUENCY IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

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KWUN TONG CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA ♦ ♦ ♦ » *

CANDIDATES CONTESTING THE 24 ELECTED SEATS IN KWUN TONG IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE PRESS AT A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SESSION WILL ENABLE THE MEDIA TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR PLATFORMS.

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THE SESSION WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND WILL BE HOSTED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET.

COPIES OF THE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR ADVANCE READING BY THE PRESS. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT 3 PM AT ROOM 111 ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE OFFICE TO STUDY THE PLATFORMS BEFORE ATTENDING THE SESSION.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SESSION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE.

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TAI PO CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA *****

A BRIEFING SESSION FOR CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE TAI PO DISTRICT WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM ON BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD.

THE RETURNING OFFICER FOR THE DISTRICT, MR JOHN BURRETT, WILL EXPLAIN THE ELECTORAL PROCEDURES TO THE CANDIDATES.

HE WILL INTRODUCE THE CANDIDATES TO THE MEDIA, AND THE CANDIDATES WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE BRIEFING SESSION.

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TUEN MUN CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA * ♦ »

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO INTRODUCE THE 32 CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN TUEN MUN’S NINE CONSTITUENCIES.

THE CANDIDATES WILL PRESENT THEIR PLATFORMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM IN THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDIING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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LOCALS MOTIVATED' TO BUILD OWN COMMUNITY *****

THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OVER THE YEARS HAS SUCCESSFULLY MOTIVATED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN BUILDING THE COMMUNITY, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE SWITCH-ON CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR "PAI LAU” LIGHTING, MR CHAN SAID A TOTAL OF 44 CANDIDATES HAD REGISTERED TO CONTEST THE 24 ELECTED SEATS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

"IN ONE CONSTITUENCY, WE EVEN HAVE SIX CANDIDATES VYING FOR TWO SEATS," HE NOTED.

MR CHAN SAID A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

THESE INCLUDE THE MOUNTING OF BUNTING TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO CAST THEIR VOTES ON ELECTION DAY; A "MEET-THE-MEDlA" SESSION TO INTRODUCE CANDIDATES TO THE PRESS; AND A DISTRICT NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT TO PUBLICISE THE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS AND INFORMATION OF VOTERS’ CONCERN.

"A SERIES OF ELECTION FORUMS WILL BE ORGANISED FROM MID-FERRUARY TO EARLY MARCH TO ENABLE VOTERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR PLATFORMS," HE ADDED.

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ALSO, AN APPEAL LETTER CALLING ON SUPPORT THE ELECTIONS WILL BE ISSUED.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO

MR CHAN URGED KWUN TONG RESIDENTS TO FULFIL THEIR CIVIC OBLIGATION AND RESPOND TO THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE - "CARE FOR THF COMMUNITY, VOTE FOR A VOICE".

TODAY’S SWITCH-ON CEREMONY IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR. OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE PRINTING OF POSTERS AND RED PACKETS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, AND SOME DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

ERECTED OUTSIDE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE FACING YUE MAN SQUARE, THE LUNAR NEW YEAR "PAI LAU" WILL BE LIT UP EVERY FVENING FROM TODAY (TUESDAY) UNTIL MARCH 10.

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THE TUEN MUN/YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARDS’ JOINT COMMITTEE ON MONITORING LRT SERVICE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS A SERIES OF PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES IN CONNECTION WITH THE INAUGURATION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM IN AUGUST.

A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO ASK THE. MEETING ABOUT PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES AT LRT STOPS IN SIU HONG COURT, TUEN MUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 10.30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KTU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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NEW CROSS-HARBOUR MAIN TO BOOST ISLAND WATER SUPPLY * * * ♦ »

TO MEET A PROJECTED INCREASE IN WATER CONSUMPTION IN THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR LAYING FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS TO CONVEY SUPPLY FROM SAI KUNG.

THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF THREE CONTRACTS WHICH INVOLVE LAYING MAINS IN KOWLOON, ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND UNDER VICTORIA HARBOUR.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT TREATED WATER FROM PAK KONG TREATMENT WORKS IN SAI KUNG BE TRANSFERRED VIA KOWLOON EAST AND UNDER VICTORIA HARBOUR TO SERVICE RESERVOIRS IN SHAU KEI WAN.

THE FIRST CONTRACT INVOLVES LAYING FRESH WATER MAINS IN LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND CHA KWO LING ROAD TO FORM THE LINK BETWEEN AN ALREADY CONSTRUCTED MAIN IN JUNK BAY ROAD AND THE SOON-TO-BE-BUILT EASTERN CROSS HARBOUR MAIN.

THE ROUTE OF THE PIPELINE WILL START FROM THE JUNCTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND JUNK BAY ROAD, FOLLOW THE LINE OF THE NEW KWUN TONG BYPASS TO CHA KWO LING ROAD, AND FROM THERE RUN ON TO JOIN WITH THE EASTERN CROSS HARBOUR MAIN NEAR THE CHA KWO LING SALT WATER PUMPING STATION.

THERE WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 1.6 KILOMETRES OF 1,400 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER MILD STEEL PIPELINE COATED AND LINED WITH BITUMEN.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE EXCAVATION AND BACKFILL IN SOFT GROUND AND ROCK TO A DEPTH OF BETWEEN 2.7 METRES AND 5.5 METRES.

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK AND THE NECESSARY ROAD OPENINGS, ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE OF 1,200 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER MILD STEEL PIPELINE WILL BE LAID CONCURRENTLY FOR SALT WATER FLUSHING PURPOSES IN THE DISTRICT.

THIS PIPELINE WILL BE LAID IN A COMMON TRENCH WITH THE 1,400 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER FRESH WATER PIPELINE FOR ABOUT 670 METRES.

THE SALT WATER PIPELINE WILL CONNECT WITH AN EXISTING MAIN IN TSUI PING ROAD, NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH KWUN TONG ROAD, AND WILL BE LAID ACROSS KWUN TONG ROAD AND THEN ALONG CHA KWO LING ROAD TO A POINT OPPOSITE THE SHELL COMPANY OFFICES.

THE SECOND CONTRACT INVOLVES LAYING FRESH WATER MAINS LINKING THE EASTERN CROSS HARBOUR MAIN AND THE SERVICE RESERVOIRS IN SHAU KEI WAN.

THE PIPELINE TO BE CONSTRUCTED CONSISTS OF ABOUT 500 METRES OF 1,400 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER AND 580 METRES OF 900 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER MILD STEEL PIPELINE.

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THE FIRST SECTION WILL BE LAID FROM THE OPEN SPACE NEAR QUARRY BAY ALONGSIDE THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR TO CONNECT WITH AN EXISTING WATER MAIN AT THE NORTHERN END OF TAI CHEONG STREET.

THE PIPELINE WILL START AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI CHEONG STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND RUN ALONG TAI CHEONG STREET AND HONG YUE STREET TO THE SHAU KRI WAN RESERVOIRS.

ABOUT 80 METRES OF THIS SECTION WILL BE SUPPORTED BY CAISSON FOUNDATIONS BENEATH THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR LINK VIADUCT AND ABOUT 40 METRES WILL BE LAID IN ROCK TRENCH OR CONCRETE CRADLE UP KORNHILL SLOPE TO THE RESERVOIR SITE.

THIS PIPELINE WILL ALSO BE BITUMEN COATED AND LINED.

THE THIRD CONTRACT, TENDERS FOR WHICH HAVE BEEN INVITED FROM A LIST OF PRE-QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS, INVOLVES SUPPLYING AND LAYING A SUBMARINE PIPELINE ACROSS THE VICTORIA HARBOUR SEABED.

THE 1,400 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER, 1,700 METRE PIPELINE WILL BE LAID EAST OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, ABOUT FIVE TO SIX METRES BENEATH THE SEABED. IT WILL BE COVERED BY A CONCRETE WEIGHT COAT AND ROCK ARMOURING OF UP TO TWO METRES THICK.

THE BITUMEN COATED STEEL PIPELINE WILL RUN FROM THE DAIRY FARM ICE FACTORY IN CHA KWO LING ROAD ACROSS THE HARBOUR TO QUARRY BAY.

WORK ON THE THREE CONTRACTS IS EXPECTED TO START IN MAY AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE WORKS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON FEBRUARY 26.

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UPGRADING COURSE FOR BANKING PERSONNEL ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

LENDING AND MARKETING OFFICERS OF BANKS ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR AN UPGRADING COURSE ON ’’ADVANCED LENDING’’ TO BE ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE BANKING TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS, HONG KONG CENTRE, NEXT MONTH.

THE 10-SESS1ON COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR MIDDLE AND SENIORRANKING BANKING OFFICERS WITH MORE THAN THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELDS OF CREDIT AND MARKETING.

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IT IS DESIGNED TO REINFORCE THE CRITICAL RISK EVALUATION SKILLS REQUIRED OF EXPERIENCED LOAN OFFICERS AS WELL AS TO BROADEN THEIR PERSPECTIVE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE TECHNIQUES AND TOOLS EMPLOYED IN CORPORATE LENDING.

THE COURSE WILL COVER TOPICS ON LENDING ANALYSIS, PROJECT FINANCE, SYNDICATED LENDING AND ALTERNATE FINANCE. IN ADDITION TO LECTURES, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INVOLVED IN CASE STUDIES. TWO EXPERTS WILL DELIVER THE LECTURES IN ENGLISH.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENROLMENT IS FEBRUARY 10. FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TRAINING BOARD ON 5-8932341 EXT. 255.

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS TO CYC HELPER'S ♦ * » * *

SEVENTY-FIVE PRIMARY XnD SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS WERE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) PRESENTED THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND SERVICES TO THE CYC SCHEME IN THE PAST 10 YEARS.

THE AWARDS WERE PRESENTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, IN HIS CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF CYC, AT THE CLUB’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER LAST NIGHT.

MR LI PAID TRIBUTE TO THE RECIPIENTS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCHEME, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED ON FEBRUARY 1, 1977, WITH A MODEST INITIAL MEMBERSHIP OF 16,000. IN 10 YEARS, IT HAS GROWN INTO A 230,OOO-STRONG BRIGADE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES.

’’MAY I OFFER YOU MY PERSONAL CONGRATULATIONS ON THE AWARD, WHICH YOU ARE SO WELL DESERVED TO RECEIVE,” SAID MR LI.

’’ALL OF US ARE MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB,"

GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE HE ADDED.

DONE FOR

MR

GOOD WORK

LI CALLED ON THE SUPERVISORS AND LEADERS TO CARRY ON THEIR TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE CYC SCHEME TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

MR LI ALSO DISCLOSED THAT PLANS WERE IN HANI) TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT HOME: FOR CYC. THE CYC CENTRE WOULD BE SET UP AS SOON AS FUNDS ARE MADE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

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ROAD CLOSURE AND PROHIBITED ZONE * » » * t

IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS ON SHAN TUNG STREET IN MONG KOK, THE SECTION OF SHAN TUNG STREET BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET SOUTH AND TUNG CHOI STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 4/ TO 3 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET SOUTH OR THE SECTION OF SHAN TUNG STREET EAST OF NATHAN ROAD HEADING FOR SHAN TUNG STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET SOUTH SOY STREET AND SAI YEE STREET.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 5), NO LEARNER DRIVER WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SECTION OF YI PET CHUN ROAD BETWEEN CHEUNG PEI SHA ROAD AND LO WAI ROAD IN TSUEN WAN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUaRY J, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES AN ’UNWELCOME NECESSITY* ......... 1

CHANGING RATIO IN FaNLING/SHEUNG SHUI HOUSING ........ 2

MORE POSTS FOR LANGUAGE OFFICERS.........................  3

EFFORTS MADE TO *SCERT,kIN STUDENTS' STATE OF HEJLTH .... 4

TaRGETTED SCREENING FOR CERVICAL CaNCER PREFERRED..... 5

FREE BOOKLET ON HEALTH ASPECTS OF VDU’S................... 5

target dates for incinerators to close down .............. 6

EXCO TAKES ACCOUNT OF VIEWS ON aGB MCNAIR SURVEYS..... 7

WHOLE-DaY OPERATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED ........ 8

NO PLAN TO REVIEW EDUCATION aLLOW/^CES.................... 9

LEGaL LLiBILITIES OF OC aND MaC OFFICE-BEARERS EXPLAINED 10

TRaMWAY (AMINDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED....................... 11

AMENDMENTS TO SOCLxL work training fund ordinance PROPOSED ................................................ 12

ONE BILL PASSED....................................... 12

REVIEW OF DISCIPLINED SERVICES’ PAY .iND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE..................................................   13

REVISED EX-GRrtTIA ALLOWaNCE FOR LIVESTOCK BREEDERS....... 13

EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE DEMONSTRATED ........... 14

FREE VACCINATION FOR BOJiT CHILDREN ........................ 15

CENTRAL AND WESTERN CANDIDATES MEET THE MEDIA .............. 15

DB TO DISCUSS NULLAH POLLUTION ............................. 16

YUEN LONG DB TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME..............  16

COMMUNITY DAY TO INTRODUCE JUNK BAY NEW TOWN ............... 17

OUTREACH DENTaL SERVICES FOR ISLANDERS...................... 18

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ................. 19

SEMINaR ON ROLE OF EXTRa-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES........... 19

CAUSEWAY BaY RESTRICTED ZONE TO BE EXTENDED ...............  20

RESTRICTED ZONES IN WaN CHAI ..............................  21

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3,

1988

NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES AN

’UNWELCOME NECESSITY'

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NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES MAY BECOME AN UNWELCOME NECESSITY IF HONG KONG IS TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST WHOLLY UNWARRANTED SPECULATION ON A REVALUATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR JACOBS SAID UNWARRANTED SPECULATION HAD ADVERSELY AFFECTED THE NORMAL CONDUCT OF THE BUSINESS OF BANKING AND OTHER COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS REDUCING THE INCOME OF SAVERS, OF THE MAN IN THE STREET.

MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS RECOGNISED THAT NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES, IF ACTUALLY APPLIED, WOULD CAUSE SOME DISRUPTION TO THE BUSINESS OF BANKING.

"THEY MAY ALSO CAUSE FRICTION BETWEEN BANKS AND CUSTOMERS AND IMPOSE AN ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN ON BANKS," HE SAID.

"NATURALLY, WE ALL HOPE THAT IT WILL NOT BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THESE ARRANGMENTS FOR NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES, BUT IF THERE IS A NEED THEN UNDOUBTEDLY WE WILL HAVE TO DO SO.

"HOPEFULLY, ANY PERIOD OF IMPLEMENTATION WOULD BE SHORT AND THE DISRUPTION CAUSED WOULD BE TEMPORARY."

MR JACOBS ADDED THAT MEMBERS WOULD HAVE OBSERVED THAT THE MARE THREAT OF IMPLEMENTING NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES HAD APPARENTLY BEEN EFFECTIVE IN DETERRING RECENT SPECULATION.

AS TO WHAT BENEFITS MIGHT FLOW FROM THE ADOPTION OF NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES AND WHAT IMPACT IT WOULD HAVE ON HONG KONG, MR JACOBS SAID THAT TO THE EXTENT THAT NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES WERE DESIGNED TO ENSURE STABILITY IN THE EXCHANGE RATE, THE EFFECT WAS CLEARLY BENEFICIAL.

"NO ONE OTHER THAN SPECULATORS GAINS FROM VOLATILE EXCHANGE RATES. THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG PREFERS STABILITY," HE SAID.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE INTRODUCTION OF NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES, MR JACOBS SAID ON DECEMBER 19 THE COMMITTEE OF THE ASSOCIATION, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH HIM, EXERCISED ITS POWERS UNDER SECTION 12(1) OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ORDINANCE AND MADE A NEW RULE CALLED THE "SPECIFIED RATE RULE".

"THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CHARGING OF INTEREST ON LARGE HONG KONG DOLLAR BALANCES MAINTAINED ON THE CLEARING ACCOUNTS OF MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION," HE SAID.

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IN ORDER THAT THE RULE COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN AN ORDERLY MANNER, THE ASSOCIATION’S COMMITTEE WAS OF THE OPINION THAT THERE SHOULD BE UNIFORM PRACTICE AMONG MEMBERS IN RELATION TO THE PASSING ON OF THE CHARGE TO CUSTOMERS, MR JACOBS CONTINUED.

CERTAIN AMENDMENTS WERE CONSEQUENTLY MADE ON JANUARY 14 TO THE RULES ON INTEREST RATES, WHICH EMPOWERED THE COMMITTEE TO SPECIFY PRACTICES TO BE ADOPTED BY BANKS SO THAT NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES MIGHT BE IMPOSED ON LARGE HONG KONG DOLLAR BALANCES MAINTAINED BY THEIR CUSTOMERS, IF THERE WAS A NEED TO DO SO.

"THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT BY MARCH 10 IT WILL BE IN A POSITION TO IMPLEMENT NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES, AGAIN IF THERE IS A NEED TO DO SO," MR JACOBS SAID.

"THUS, THE COMMITTEE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE GOVERNMENT HAS CREATED A USEFUL MECHANISM TO COUNTER SPECULATION ON A REVALUATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR.

"IN EFFECT, DEPENDING ON THE RATE TO BE SPECIFIED, THE IMPOSITION OF NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES WILL MAKE IT EXPENSIVE TO HOLD LARGE HONG KONG DOLLAR BALANCES."

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THE HOUSING RATIO IN FANLING AND SHEUNG SHUI WILL CHANGE FROM THE PRESENT 70 PER CENT IN PUBLIC HOUSING (INCLUDING HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS) AND 30 PER CENT IN PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING TO ABOUT 58 TO 42 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY ON FULL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

BUT THE SHIFT IN BALANCE WILL TAKE PLACE GRADUALLY, AS IT HAS IN OTHER NEW TOWNS, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF THE LAND ZONED FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT IN FANLING AND SHEUNG SHUI IS IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP AND IS EXPECTED TO BE REDEVELOPED," MR BARNES SAID.

"TO ENCOURAGE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL AREAS ZONED FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL USE, THE MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE PLOT RATIO WAS RECENTLY INCREASED."

THE PRESENT POPULATION IN FANLING AND SHEUNG SHUI WAS ABOUT 120,000, WHICH WOULD BE DOUBLED ON FULL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY J, 1988

MR BARNES NOTED THE SUCCESSFUL PROVISION OF HOUSING WAS CLOSELY RELATED TO THE PROVISION OF OR ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

HE REFERRED TO THE RECENT REVIVAL OF INTEREST IN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES.

"THIS HAS BEEN REFLECTED BOTH IN THE SALES OF NEW INDUSTRIAL LOTS AND ALSO IN THE NUMBER OF EXCHANGES INVOLVING MORE INTENSIVE DEVELOPMENT BEING PROCESSED IN ON LOK TSUEN INDUSTRIAL AREA," HE SAID.

"THIS REVIVAL APPEARS TO BE MORE CONNECTED WITH THE PRESENT EVOLUTIONARY STAGE OF OUR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT THAN IN THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF FANLING/SHEUNG SHUT.

"BUT IT DOES SUGGEST THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD AIM TO PROVIDE MORE SUCH SITES FOR DISPOSAL IN THE FUTURE. THIS WILL BE LOOKED AT NOW. "

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ESTIMATES ARE THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS WILL EXPAND BY FIVE PER CENT ANNUALLY AND SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS BY 10 PER CENT ANNUALLY TO COPE WITH THE INCREASE IN WORKLOAD IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN ON THE PROJECTED SHORTAGE OF TRANSLATORS AND SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS, AND MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO REDUCE SUCH A SHORTAGE, SIR DAVID SAID HE DID NOT ENVISAGE ANY MAJOR DIFFICULTIES IN FILLING MOST OF THE NEW POSTS.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT PUTONGHUA INTERPRETERS WERE MOST DIFFICULT TO RECRUIT BUT THIS PROBLEM WAS BEING OVERCOME BY IN-SERVICE TRAINING.

"IN THE EVENT OF ANY UNFORESEEABLE DIFFICULTY IN MEETING THE DEMAND, WE CAN ARRANGE TO CONTRACT OUT TRANSLATION WORK TO PRIVATE AGENCIES OR HIRE PART-TIMERS FOR TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION," HE SAID.

"THE POOL OF TRANSLATION AGENCIES AND PART-TIMERS IS AT PRESENT BEING EXPANDED.

"AT PRESENT THERE ARE 436 CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS, 14 FULL-TIME AND NINE PART-TIME SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS, WHO PROVIDE TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION SERVICES FOR GOVERNMENT BOARDS AND COMMITTEES."

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IT IS NOT CONSIDERED NECESSARY OR PRACTICAL TO REQUIRE PARENTS TO SUBMIT FORMAL MEDICAL REPORTS TO THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES ON REGISTRATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG SHING-WAH, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG, MR WONG EXPLAINED THAT A NUMBER OF MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOLS TO ENABLE THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES TO HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE HEALTH OF THEIR STUDENTS.

"SINCE 1978 THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN OPERATING A COMPREHENSIVE OBSERVATION SCHEME FOR ALL INFANTS FROM BIRTH TO THE AGE OF FIVE," HR SAID.

"THE OBJECTIVE IS TO ENSURE THAT ALL CONGENITAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL ABNORMALITIES ARE DETECTED SO THAT TREATMENT AND REMEDIAL ACTION IS TAKEN AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE."

PARENTS WERE THUS MADE AWARE AT AN EARLY STAGE OF ANY PHYSICAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING THEIR CHILDREN.

MR WONG SAID IT WAS LIKELY THAT PARENTS WOULD PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES UPON THE ADMISSION OF THEIR CHILDREN OR AFTER SUCH CONDITIONS WERE DIAGNOSED.

IN FACT, MANY SCHOOLS REQUESTED MEDICAL DETAILS OF NEW ENTRANTS IN THE "FAMILY PARTICULARS FORM".

"SEPARATELY, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS A COMBINED SCREENING PROGRAMME OF ALL PRIMARY 1 PUPILS IN ORDER TO DETECT VISUAL, HEARING, SPEECH AND LEARNING DISABILITIES," HE SAID.

"THE RESULTS OF THIS SCREENING ARE CONVEYED TO THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED."

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS ALSO THE PRACTICE OF SCHOOLS TO EXEMPT PUPILS FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION LESSONS OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD THEIR PARENTS SO REQUEST ON MEDICAL GROUNDS.

"INDEED A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL, WRITE TO PARENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR, ASKING WHETHER THEIR CHILDREN NEED TO BE EXEMPTED FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION LESSONS FOR HEALTH REASONS," HE ADDED.

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TARGETTED SCREENING FOR CERVICAL CANCER PREFERRED » « * * *

TARGETTED SCREENING OF WOMEN WITH INCREASED RISK OF CONTRACTING CERVICAL CANCER WAS PREFERRED TO A SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR ALL WOMEN, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT SMEAR SCREENING FOR CERVICAL CANCER WAS CARRIED OUT AT THE FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS OF THE GOVERNMENT FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES AND THE HONG KONG FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION.

HE SAID SMEAR SCREENING ALSO TOOK PLACE IN SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINICS, GYNAECO-LOGICAL AND ANTE-NATAL CLINICS IN GOVERNMENT, SUBVENTED AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS.

"THE PAP SMEAR TEST IS NOW WIDELY AVAILABLE AS A ROUTINE CHECK OR WHEN MEDICALLY REQUIRED," HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS POINTED OUT THAT FROM 1980 TO 1983, A THREE-YEAR PILOT STUDY ON ROUTINE SCREENING ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY OF UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS CONDUCTED AT THE GOVERNMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

A TOTAL OF 18,013 SMEARS WERE EXAMINED AND 130 WERE FOUND TO BE ABNORMAL. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CERVICAL CANCERS DETECTED WAS 23 AND THE PICK UP RATE WAS THEREFORE ONLY 1.27 PER THOUSAND.

"THIS WAS CONSIDERED TO BE TOO LOW TO JUSTIFY A SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR ALL WOMEN," HE SAID.

TARGETTED SCREENING OF WOMEN WITH INCREASED RISK OF

CONTRACTING CERVICAL CANCER WAS THEREFORE PREFERRED.

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FREE BOOKLET ON HEALTH * * * *

ASPECTS OF VDU’S *

CURRENT MEDICAL OPINION HOLDS THAT THE OPERATION OF COMPUTER VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS IS SAFE AND IS UNLIKELY TO HAVE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON OPERATORS’ HEALTH, PROVIDED THAT APPROPRIATE ATTENTION TO WORKING CONDITIONS AND SUITABLE REST PERIODS ARE GIVEN.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG SHING-WAH, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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"NO OTHER MEASURES ARE THEREFORE REQUIRED TO PROTECT THESE OPERATORS,” MR WONG SAID.

HOWEVER, FROM AN ADVISORY ANGLE, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD PUBLISHED A FREE BOOKLET ON ’’HEALTH ASPECTS OF VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS” WHICH CONTAINED DETAILED INFORMATION AND ADVICE ON THE SUBJECT.

MR WONG SAID NO SYSTEMATIC STUDY HAD BEEN UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG ON THE EFFECT OF OPERATING COMPUTER TERMINALS FOR LONG HOURS ON THE HEALTH OF OPERATORS.

EXTENSIVE OVERSEAS STUDIES HAD FOUND THAT OPERATORS OF VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS SOMETIMES COMPLAINED OF EYE STRAIN, HEADACHES AND PAINS IN THE NECK, SHOULDER AND BACK.

’’ACCORDING TO THESE STUDIES, EYE STRAIN AND HEADACHES ARE CAUSED BY SUCH FACTORS AS INADEQUATE LIGHTING OF THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, THE SMALL SIZE OF CHARACTERS ON THE SCREEN, POOR ADJUSTMENT OF BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST, AND FLICKERING ON THE SCREEN CAUSED BY THE POOR QUALITY OF THE VISUAL DISPLAY UNIT,” HE SAID.

’’NECK, SHOULDER AND BACK PAINS ARE LARGELY THE RESULT OF INCORRECT POSTURE, POOR CHAIR DESIGN OR POOR LAYOUT OF THE WORK STATION.”

“AS REGARDS RADIATION,” MR WONG SAID, ’’THE STUDIES CONDUCTED OVERSEAS HAVE SHOWN THAT THE RADIATION EMITTED BY A VISUAL DISPLAY UNIT IS VERY LOW, SO LOW THAT IT POSES NO HARMFUL EFFECT TO HEALTH.”

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THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR SHOULD BE CLOSED DOWN IN 1992 WHILE THE LAI CHI KOK PLANT WILL BE SHUT DOWN IN PHASES-AT THE END OF THIS YEAR AND IN LATE 1990, WHEN NEW FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO DISPOSE OF WASTE WHICH IS NOW BEING BURNED THERE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE NEW FACILITIES WOULD BE REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS LOCATED IN URBAN AREAS, FROM WHICH WASTE WOULD BE TRANSPORTED IN BULK TO THREE LARGE LANDFILL SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

"DETAILED DESIGN FOR THE FIRST OF THE LANDFILLS, LOCATED AT NIM WAN IN THE WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES HAS JUST BEGUN,” HE SAID.

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SITE PREPARATION WOULD BEGIN IN EARLY 1989, AND THE LANDFILL SHOULD START RECEIVING WASTE IN LATE 1990, MR CHAMBERS SAID.

"A STUDY OF THE OUTLINE DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE SECOND LANDFILL SITE IN THE NORTH-EAST NEW TERRITORIES IS ALMOST COMPLETE," HE CONTINUED.

"PREPARATORY WORKS SHOULD BEGIN IN EARLY 1991, WITH DISPOSAL OF WASTE AT THE SITE BEGINNING IN LATE 1993.

"THE THIRD LANDFILL SITE WILL BE LOCATED AT JUNK BAY TO THE NORTH-EAST OF FAT TONG CHAU (JUNK ISLAND). WORK IS IN PROGRESS ON THE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING DESIGN AND LANDFILLING IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN LATE 1994."

MR CHAMBERS NOTED THAT THE EXISTING LANDFILL SITES, AT SHUEN WAN, PILLAR POINT VALLEY AND JUNK BAY WOULD CONTINUE TO BE OPERATED UNTIL THE NEW FACILITIES WERE COMMISSIONED.

ON THE IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO MINIMISE POLLUTION CAUSED BY THE TWO INCINERATORS IN THE MEANTIME, MR CHAMBERS SAID ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS HAD BEEN INSTALLED WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF DUST EMITTED, BUT DID NOT REMOVE GASEOUS AND FINE PARTICULATE POLLUTION.

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THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS ON THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEYS OF PUBLIC OPINION ON THE GREEN PAPER ON DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, STATED THIS IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARTIN LEE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT WHILE WINDING UP THE LEGCO DEBATE ON THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT ON THE GREEN PAPER ON NOVEMBER 18 HE HAD NOTED THAT A WIDE RANGE OF COMMENTS HAD BEEN MADE ON THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEYS.

HE QUOTED WHAT HE SAID ON THAT OCCASION: "AS IN ANY SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, THERE WILL INEVITABLY BE DIFFERENT JUDGEMENTS AS TO HOW PRECISELY ANY PARTICULAR QUESTION SHOULD BE PUT.

"I DO NOT BELIEVE IT TO BE PART OF MY TASK TO DEFEND THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT OF THE COMPANY OR THE APPROACH IT HAS ADOPTED.

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"LISTENING TO MEMBERS’ SPEECHES THIS AFTERNOON, IT IS CLEAR THAT WHILE THERE IS STRONG CRITICISM OF THE REPORT FROM SOME MEMBERS, OTHERS HAVE BREN SATISFIED BY THE CAREFUL EXPLANATIONS WHICH THE COMPANY HAS PROVIDED.

"I BELIEVE, HOWEVER, I SHOULD ASSURE MEMBERS THAT BOTH VIEWS WILL OF COURSE BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WHEN CONSIDERING THE REPORT".

SIR DAVID THEN TOLD COUNCILLORS HE COULD CONFIRM THAT THOSE VIEWS HAD BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

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IT IS ALREADY THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO ENCOURAGE PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO CONVERT TO WHOLE-DAY OPERATION WHEREVER EASIBLE, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG SHING-WAH, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR WONG SAID 38 SCHOOLS HAD SO CONVERTED DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS.

"CONVERSION TO WHOLE-DAY OPERATION IS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE WHENEVER A SCHOOL BUILDING IS VACANT FOR HALF THE DAY, OR WHEN THE COMBINED ENROLMENT OF BOTH BI-SESSIONAL SCHOOLS DOES NOT EXCEED THE PERMITTED CAPACITY OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING," MR WONG SAID.

HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT THERE WERE 47 SCHOOLS WHICH COULD EXTEND OPERATION INTO THE OTHER HALF OF THE DAY, AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WAS MAKING EFFORTS TO PERSUADE THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES TO CONVERT TO WHOLE-DAY OPERATION.

WHILE NOTING THAT THE COMBINATION OF TWO SCHOOL SESSIONS SHARING THE SAME BUILDING PRESENTED RATHER MORE DIFFICULTIES, MR WONG SAID EFFORTS WERE LIKEWISE BEING MADE TO ENCOURAGE WHOLE-DAY OPERATION.

"WHILE IN THEORY ALL THE VACANT CLASSROOMS COULD BE USED TO HASTEN THE EXTENSION OF WHOLE-DAY SCHOOLING, IN PRACTICE THERE ARE VARIOUS CONSTRAINTS," HE ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT DESIRABLE TO REQUIRE CHILDREN TO CHANGE SCHOOLS; NOR WAS IT DESIRABLE TO FORCE CHILDREN TO TAKE UP PLACES OUTSIDE THEIR NORMAL CATCHMENT AREA.

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"THE ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE ALL PRACTICAL STEPS TO EXTEND WHOLE-DAY SCHOOLING AS CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT," MR WONG STRESSED.

TURNING TO THE NUMBER OF VACANT CLASSROOMS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, MR WONG CITED A TABLE WHICH SHOWED THERE WERE 15,770 CLASSROOMS IN Bl-SESSIONAL SCHOOLS OF WHICH 3,164 WERE VACANT, AND THERE WERE 1,260 CLASSROOMS IN WHOLE-DAY SCHOOLS AND 431 OF THESE WERE VACANT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT EACH PHYSICAL CLASSROOM IN BI-SES3IONAL SCHOOLS HAD BEEN COUNTED TWICE IN PREPARING THE TABLE.

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NO PLAN TO REVIEW EDUCATION ALLOWANCES » » ♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALLOWANCES OR OTHER FRINGE BEING, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NO PLAN TO REVIEW OVERSEAS EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS FOR THE TIME

SIR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE

SIR DAVID STATED THIS IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RICHARD LAI, WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT HAD ANY PLAN TO REVIEW THE OVERSEAS EDUCATION ALLOWANCES FOR LOCAL CIVIL SERVANT. WHOSE CHILDREN WERE RECEIVING EDUCATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

"CIVIL SERVICE FRINGE BENEFITS WERE RECENTLY CONSIDERED IN CONTEXT OF THE 1986 PAY LEVEL SURVEY, SIR DAVID SAID.

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THERE WAS NO PLAN TO REVIEW OVERSEAS EDUCATION ALLOWANCES OTHFR FRINGE BENEFITS FOR THE TIME BEING, BUT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PROCESS OF REVIEWING HOUSING BENEFITS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS, HE SAID.

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IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, OWNERS’ CORPORATION AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICE-BEARERS SHOULD NOT INCUR ANY PERSONAL LEGAL LIABILITIES IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES SO LONG AS THEY ACT IN GOOD FAITH AND EXERCISE REASONABLE DILIGENCE IN DISCHARGING THEIR DUTIES.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, STATED THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHI-FAI.

MR POON REFERRED TO A RECENT CASE IN WHICH INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF AN OWNERS’ CORPORATION (OC) WERE INVOLVED IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AS A RESULT OF THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CORPORATION’S BUSINESS.

HE ASKED WHAT WERE THE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN INDIVIDUAL MEMBER WHEN HE PARTICIPATED IN THE BUSINESS OF AN OC OR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE (MAC) OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUB-COMMITTEES.

MR LIAO EXPLAINED IN HIS WRITTEN REPLY THAT THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF AN OC ACTED AS ITS EXECUTIVE ARM AND THE COMMITTEE HAD TO ABIDE BY RESOLUTIONS OF THE CORPORATION PASSED AT GENERAL MEETINGS.

"THE MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAVE TO MAINTAIN PROPER BOOKS AND OTHER RECORDS OF THE CORPORATION, AND COULD BE HELD LIABLE IF THEY FAILED TO DO SO," HE SAID.

"BUT OTHERWISE SO LONG AS THE MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ACT IN GOOD FAITH AND EXERCISE REASONABLE DILIGENCE IN THE EXERCISE OF THE POWERS CONFERRED ON THEM BY THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE, THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE ACTS OF THE CORPORATION."

NOTING THAT MAC’S WERE NOT BODIES CORPORATE, HE SAID THEY WERE NOT THEREFORE CAPABLE OF BEING SUED INDEPENDENTLY OF THEIR OFFICE-BEARERS, WHO MIGHT BE JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY LIABLE FOR ACTS PURPORTED TO BE MADE ON BEHALF OF THE MAC.

BUT IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, SO LONG AS THEY ACTED IN GOOD FAITH AND EXERCISED REASONABLE DILIGENCE, MAC OFFICE-BEARERS SHOULD NOT INCUR LEGAL LIABILITIES IN DISCHARGING THEIR DUTIES.

MR LIAO POINTED OUT THAT AN EXPLANATORY PAMPHLET PRINTED IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH WAS FREELY AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES TO THOSE INTERESTED IN THE WORK OF OC’S AND HOW THEY WERE FORMED.

"THIS PAMPHLET SETS OUT IN LAYMAN’S TERMS THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE, INCLUDING THOSE RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND TO ITS POWERS AND DUTIES.

"FROM TIME TO TIME, MANY DISTRICT OFFICES ORGANISF BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINARS FOR OC’S AND MAC’S. VARIOUS ASPECTS OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT ARE COVERED IN THESE SEMINARS, INCLUDING THE OBLIGATIONS OF OC AND MAC OFFICE-BEARERS," HE SAID.

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WHERE THERE WERE DOUBTS ON SPECIFIC LEGAL POINTS, INDIVIDUAL OC’S OR MAC’S SHOULD SEEK LEGAL ADVICE, MR LIAO SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, HE NOTED THAT LAST YEAR A TOTAL OF 106 INQUIRIES WERE REFERRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICES TO THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME OPERATED BY THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG.

AS TO WHAT STEPS THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE TO PREVENT CIVIC-MINDED PEOPLE FROM BEING DETERRED FROM TAKING PART IN VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY WORK BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, MR LIAO SAID IT WAS NOT WITHIN GOVERNMENT’S POWER, BY LEGISLATION OR OTHERWISE, TO PREVENT A PERSON FROM BEING JOINED AS A PARTY TO CIVIL PROCEEDINGS.

"IF A PERSON BELIEVES THAT HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE A PARTY TO PROCEEDINGS HE MAY APPLY UNDER THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HIM TO BE DISCONTINUED," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, THROUGH THE LIAISON NETWORK OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES, EXPLAIN THE ABOVE POINTS TO OC AND MAC OFFICE-BEARERS AND WOULD CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM ALL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE POSSIBLE, MR LIAO ADDED. o

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TRAMWAY (AMENDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED ♦ * t » *

THE PASSING OF THE TRAMWAY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 WILL ADD A NEW DIMENSION TO TOURISM AND WILL BE OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO TOURISTS FROM CITIES WHICH HAVE DISMANTLED THEIR TRAMWAY SYSTEMS, THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR CHAN SAID THE HIGHER FARES ALLOWED FOR TRAMS ON HIRE OR TOUR SERVICE WOULD NOT AFFECT LOCAL CITIZENS ON THEIR REGULAR TRIPS TO WORK OR FOR SHOPPING.

"IN RECENT YEARS, JOINT EFFORTS BY THE HONG KONG TRAMWAYS LTD AND THE GOVERNMENT HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED THE NORMAL TRAM SERVICES," HE NOTED.

MR CHAN CITED SEVERAL POINTS ABOUT NORMAL SERVICES, INCLUDING LOW FARES, GOOD SAFETY RECORD, HIGH CARRYING CAPACITY, EFFECTIVE ENERGY USE, EASY MAINTENANCE AND ABSENCE OF AIR POLLUTION.

WINDING UP DEBATE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID THE BILL ENABLED TRAM SERVICES AS A FORM OF TOURIST ATTRACTION TO BE REGULARISED.

THERE WAS AT THE SAME TIME SUFFICIENT GUARANTEE IN THE BILL TO ENSURE THAT THE SERVICES TO TOURISTS WOULD IN NO WAY AFFECT THE TRAMWAY’S NORMAL SERVICES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

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AMENDMENTS TO SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND ORDINANCE PROPOSED

PROPOSED MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND ORDINANCE, WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND BY A COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WERE EXPLAINED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AMENDMENT RELATED TO THE TABLING OF THE FUND’S REPORT AND STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT IN LEGCO.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AT PRESENT THE ORDINANCE REQUIRED THIS TO BE DONE BY SEPTEMBER 30 EACH YEAR, WHICH HAD PROVED TO BE IMPRACTICABLE BECAUSE THAT DATE ALWAYS FELL WITHIN THE ANNUAL RECESS.

"TO AVOID SPECIFIC APPROVAL HAVING TO BE SOUGHT ON EACH OCCASION FOR LATE TABLING, THE BILL PROPOSES TO CHANGE THE DATE TO DECEMBER 31,” HE SAID. t

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE OTHER MAIN CHANGE WAS THE REMOVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES OR HIS NOMINEE FROM THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE.

’’SINCE THE MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE NOW EMPLOYED IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT THERE IS NO LONGER A NEED FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO BE REPRESENTED,” HE SAID.

"AS A CONSEQUENCE THE QUORUM FOR THE COMMITTEE IS TO BE REDUCED FROM FOUR TO THREE.”

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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ONE BILL PASSED * * *

THE TRAMWAY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 WAS PASSED TN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MEANWHILE, THE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 WAS INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. DEBATE ON THIS BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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REVIEW OF DISCIPLINED SERVICES’ PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO REQUEST THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE TO COMMISSION AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE REVIEW IS DEEMED NECESSARY BECAUSE OF CONSIDERABLE CHANGES IN THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND WORKLOAD OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES SINCE THE CREATION OF SEPARATE DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY SCALES IN 1979

FURTHERMORE, THE 1986 PAY LEVEL SURVEY WAS UNABLE TO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO COMMENT ON THE SPECIAL FACTORS APPLICABLE TO THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES, SUCH AS DANGER, STRESS AND RESTRAINT ON PERSONAL FREEDOM.

THE REVIEW WILL HAVE REGARD TO RECENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AND WILL CONSIDER APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF REMUNERATION IN RELATION TO THE REST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THE REVIEW IS TO BE CONDUCTED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE IN TWO DISTINCT PARTS, DEALING FIRST WITH THE POLICE AND THEREAFTER WITH THE OTHER DISCIPLINED SERVICES.

"PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW, ANY PAY INCREASES FOR THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES WOULD BE IN LINE WITH THOSE AWARDED TO THE REST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, BUT ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON PAY LEVEL WHICH ARE IMPLEMENTED SUBSEQUENTLY SHOULD HAVE RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT • FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REVIEW COMMITTEE WILL SUBMIT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR VIA THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

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REVISED EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE FOR LIVESTOCK BREEDERS

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL RECOMMEND A REVISION OF UP TO 11.5 PER CENT IN THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE FOR LIVESTOCK FARMERS AFFECTED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, MR LEO KWAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE REVISION WAS AN ADDITION TO THE APPROVED EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE WHICH WAS BASED ON THE RATE OF DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCE WITH AN ENHANCEMENT OF 30 PER CENT.

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THE RECOMMENDED REVISION WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL NEXT WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 10).

MR KWAN, SPEAKING AT A DISCUSSION SESSION AMONG COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAID THAT A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS RAISED BY LIVESTOCK FARMERS REPRESENTATIVES WERE ALSO ACCEPTED.

COVERED AREAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE RAISING OF PIGS AND POULTRY AND THE UPPER LEVEL OF A FARM STRUCTURE WHICH WAS GENUINELY USED FOR PIG RAISING WOULD BE INCLUDED WHEN WORKING OUT THE ALLOWANCE.

CALCULATION OF THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE WOULD BE BASED ON FLOOR AREA RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL ITEMS OF INSTALLATIONS.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER ANY PROPOSALS TO ADVANCE THE DATE OF CONTROL OF AN AREA SO THAT FARMERS IN THAT AREA COULD CEASE BUSINESS AND COLLECT EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES EARLIER, HE ADDED.

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EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE DEMONSTRATED

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MEMBERS OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE TA KWU LING PIG BREEDING CENTRE TO SEE A DEMONSTRATION OF THE LATEST LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT METHOD -THE EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE.

THE COMMITTEE THEN WENT TO A PRIVATE FARM IN NORTH DISTRICT TO SEE HOW THIS NEW TECHNIQUE OPERATES IN A REAL SITUATION.

THE TWO DEMONSTRATIONS WERE ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THE EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE IS ONE OF THE FOUR WASTE TREATMENT METHODS THE GOVERNMENT HAVE DEMONSTRATED ON PRIVATE FARMS TO TEST THEIR FEASIBILITY. THE OTHER THREE TECHNIQUES ARE THE WET MUCK-OUT, DRY MUCK-OUT AND HYBRID METHODS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, MR LEO KWAN, CONFIRMED THAT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE HAD REQUESTED THE INCLUSION OF THE EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THE FARMERS WILL THUS HAVE A WIDER CHOICE OF TREATMENT METHODS TO ENABLE THEM TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS STIPULATED UNDER THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME," HE SAID.

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FREE VACCINATION FOR BOAT CHILDREN » i t ♦ »

LOCAL FISHERMEN AND BOAT DWELLERS ARE ADVISED TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN VACCINATED AGAINST VARIOUS INFECTIOUS CHILDHOOD DISEASES, A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

BEGINNING FEBRUARY 10, FREE VACCINATION WILL BE GIVEN TO CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX AND 12 YEARS OLD BELONGING TO THE FISHING COMMUNITY OR LIVING ON BOATS IN CASTLE PEAK BAY.

THIS IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME FOR THE FISHING PEOPLE IN THE TERRITORY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT ABOUT 10 AM ON FEBRUARY 10, TWO INOCULATION TEAMS FROM THE WEST NEW TERRITORIES REGION WILL START TO MAKE BOAT-TO-BOAT VISITS OF ALL DWELLING BOATS AND FISHING VESSELS IN THE CASTLE PEAK BAY TYPHOON SHELTER.

"THE VACCINATION PROGRAMME WILL COVER DISEASES SUCH AS MEASLES, DIPHTHERIA, WHOOPING COUGH, TETANUS AND POLIOMYELITIS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE BOAT PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO STAY ON THEIR BOATS THAT DAY SO THAT THEIR CHILDREN CAN BE VACCINATED," HE ADDED.

THE TWO TEAMS WILL RETURN TO THE TYPHOON SHELTER ON FEBRUARY 11 AND 12 TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.

INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON THE PREVENTION AND IMMUNISATION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO BOAT PEOPLE DURING THE THREE-DAY PERIOD.

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, WILL INTRODUCE THE CANDIDATES FOR THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO THE MEDIA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 5) AFTERNOON.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT 3.30 PM IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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DB TO DISCUSS NULLAH POLLUTION » » » » <

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE INFORMED ABOUT A STUDY ON POLLUTION PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE MONG KOK NULLAH AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE BOARD IS WORRIED THAT THE SMELL COMING FROM THE OPEN SECTION OF THE NULLAH AT THE JUNCTION OF MONG KOK ROAD AND CANTON ROAD WOULD DETER RESIDENTS FROM GOING TO A SITTING-OUT AREA PLANNED TO BE BUILT IN THE VICINITY.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN CALLED IN TO IDENTIFY THE SOURCES OF POLLUTION AND TO WORK OUT THE SOLUTIONS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW THE WORK OF THE CURRENT TERM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND SUGGEST FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE NEW DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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YUEN LONG DB TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME « * * * *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN, TIN SHUI WAI AND THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PROGRAMME CORRELATES THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND OPEN SPACES WITH THE FORECASTS OF POPULATION, LAND SALES AND FUNDS REQUIRED.

MEMBERS’ VIEWS WILL ALSO BE SOUGHT ON THE PROPOSED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE TIN SHUI WAI DEVELOPMENT.

/DISTRICT BOARD

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1988

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DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR TAI CHIN-WAH WILL ASK ABOUT THE MARKET ACTIVITIES OF VEGETABLE HAWKERS AT KIN TAK STREET AND THE PRESENT POLICY REGULATING THE USE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN YUEN LONG AS WELL AS PROGRESS REPORTS FROM THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND COMMITTEES UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM SAI KUNG VILLAGES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS WILL BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SAI KUNG COMMUNITY DAY TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

PARTICIPANTS WILL FIRST VISIT THE JUNK BAY NEW TOWN AND ATTEND A SEMINAR AT THE CARMEL DIVINE GRACE FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL WHERE THEY WILL BE BRIEFED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

TWO TOWN PLANNERS FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR HUI WAI-KEUNG AND MR CHENG CHI-HO, WILL GIVE DETAILS OF THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT, LAND USAGE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES OF JUNK BAY NEW TOWN.

( THE HOUSING MANAGER OF THE TSUI LAM ESTATE, MR KOK SIU-HANG, WILL CONCENTRATE ON INTRODUCING THE PO LAM AND TSUI LAM ESTATES IN JUNK BAY, THE FACILITIES AND SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED THERE AS WELL AS THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME IN THE AREA.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS BETTY CHING, WILL BRIEF PARTICIPANTS ON THE WORK OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD AND ON THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE JUNK BAY NEW TOWN AND NOTES FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTORS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.

/THE SEMINAR

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THE SEMINAR WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SESSION AND A TOUR OF PO LAM ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG COMMUNITY DAY AND VISIT TO JUNK BAY NEW TOWN TOMORROW (THURSDAY). TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, NEXT TO STAR FERRY, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 9.45 AM.

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OUTREACH DENTAL SERVICES FOR ISLANDERS » » » ♦ t

A TEAM OF DENTAL STAFF UNDER THE OUTREACH DENTAL SCHEME OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, AFTER PROVIDING FREE SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN TUNG CHUNG ON LANTAU FOR SEVEN MONTHS, WILL MOVE TO PAK MONG ON THE ISLAND FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE TEAM, WHICH COMPRISES A DENTIST AND TWO DENTAL ASSISTANTS, WILL VISIT THE PAK MONG COMMUNITY CENTRE ONE DAY A WEEK TO PROVIDE CHECK-UP, EXTRACTION AND SIMPLE FILLING SERVICES. THEY WILL ALSO DISTRIBUTE PAMPHLETS ON DENTAL HEALTH.

THE OUTREACH DENTAL SCHEME, WHICH WAS PROPOSED BY THE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL AND ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN TUNG CHUNG AND IS THEREFORE MOVING TO PAK MONG.

A BRIEF CEREMONY TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE SERVICE IN PAK MONG WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 11 AM TOMORROW.

THE DENTIST-IN-CHARGE, DR PETER TREPPER, AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE MUI WO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAM KUT-SHING, WILL BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE OUTREACH DENTAL SERVICES HELD AT THE PAK MONG COMMUNITY CENTRE ON LANTAU AT 11 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO TAKE THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCH MD 17 WHICH WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER, CENTRAL, AT 8.45 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 5) AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS 283 APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FROM COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE FUNDS INVOLVED WILL AMOUNT TO $1,428,159.

OF THESE APPLICATIONS, 238 APPLICATIONS TOTALLING $1,112,892 ARE FROM MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND BUILDING ORGANISATIONS; 14 APPLICATIONS TOTALLING $113,358 ARE FROM YIN NGAI SOCIETIES, COMMUNITY HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES; WHILE 31 APPLICATIONS TOTALLING $201,909 ARE FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER OTHER FUND APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE FOR THE TOWN CENTRE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, A STUDY ON JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN SHA TIN, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD TERM REPORT, AND FOR SPONSORING THE SHA TIN STAR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE PROPOSED ESTIMATES FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR; THE FINANCIAL POSITION AND PROGRESS OF DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORED ACTIVITIES; AND REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE’S WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 5) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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SEMINAR ON ROLE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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THE HONG KONG EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CO-ORDINATORS’ ASSOCIATION (HKEACA) WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON THE ROLE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON STUDENT GUIDANCE AT THE SPACE MUSEUM IN TSIM SHA TSUI ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 5).

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND ADDRESS THE GATHERING OF ABOUT 170 TEACHERS.

/OTHER SPEAKERS .......

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1988

OTHER SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, MRS ROSANNA TAM, AND LECTURER OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, MR FUNG YEE-WANG.

THE HKEACA WAS ESTABLISHED IN MAY 1984 TO PROMOTE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS; TO FOSTER AN OVERALL DEVELOPMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE; TO DEVELOP EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF SECONDARY EDUCATION; AND TO ENHANCE THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CO-ORDINATORS AND TEACHERS SERVING AS ADVISERS TO VARIOUS CLUBS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SEMINAR AT THE SPACE MUSEUM, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 9.15 AM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 5).

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CAUSEWAY BAY RESTRICTED ZONE TO BE EXTENDED « * * » »

THE EXISTING 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF JARDINE’S BAZAAR IN CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN JARDINE’S CRESENT AND HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

THIS MEASURE WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6 ) .

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN WAN CHAI t ♦ * ♦ t

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE DESIGNATED AS 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6):

t LOCKHART ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 179 AND 211;

» FLEMING ROAD NORTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LOCKHART

ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 38 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

AND

» FLEMING ROAD SOUTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LOCKHART

ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES NORTH OF THAT JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER ... 1

CRITERIA SET FOR SELECTION OF FARMS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS .... 4

FARMERS INVITED TO VISIT DEMONSTRATION CENTRE.............. 5

OVERSEAS INVESTMENT FACILITATES TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ....... 6

EASTERN PREPARES PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN FOR DB ELECTIONS ...... 7

WAN CHAI CANDIDATES TO MEEJT THE MEDIA .................... 9

REMOTE ISLaNDERS GET FREE DENTAL SERVICES ................. 9

DB TO DISCUSS HOUSING POLICY ON SINGLETONS ................ 10

YMT COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEJE MEETS ................... 11

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON OLD PEOPLE'S PROBLEMS ... 11

CCY PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY............................ 12

KWAI TSING RESIDENTS URGED TO SUPPORT CHaRITY COOKIE SALE . 12

YEAR-END CLEAN-UP IN YAU MA TEI ........................... 13

DEBUT NIGHT FOR "WONDERFUL BIRD" .......................... 14

15 FINED FOR BRINGING MEaT INTO HK WITHOUT CERTIFICATE .... 14

PUBLIC REMINDED OF FIREWORKS PROHIBITION .................. 15

CYC FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY................................ 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WONG TaI SIN............. 17

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CLUB STREET, CENTRAL ................. 17

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4,

1988

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER » ♦ * * ♦

THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN NOVEMBER 1987, ESTIMATED AT $7,580 MILLION, WAS 18 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN NOVEMBER 1986 WHILE THEIR VOLUME WAS 10 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS INCREASE WAS IN LINE WITH THE GROWTH IN THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF 1987. IT SEEMED THAT THE UPHEAVALS IN THE STOCK MARKET IN OCTOBER HAD HAD LITTLE EFFECT ON RETAIL SALES IN GENERAL IN NOVEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, RETAIL SALES OF FUELS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME IN NOVEMBER 1987 COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986. FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 9 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE ANU 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY BY 27 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 19 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES WENT UP BY 16 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 8 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT DROPPED SLIGHTLY BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, WHICH FORM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 54 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 42 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 30 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 21 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SUPERMARKETS SALES INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT . IN VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT TN SALES VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED MODERATELY BY 10 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" AND CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE AND 13 PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VOLUME. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 15 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 8 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

/ANALYSED BY

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 44 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 31 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES AND SUPERMARKETS WENT UP BY 28 PER CENT AND 20 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE AND 21 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

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

FUELS DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DECREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

OVER THE SAME MONTH, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. COMSUMER DURABLES WENT UP BY 3 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME. BOTH MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS AND CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES FELL BY 11 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR OCTOBER 1987 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR NOVEMBER 1987.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN OCTOBER 1987 AND NOVEMBER 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 NOVEMBER 1987 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR OCTOBER 1987 AND WITH THOSE FOR NOVEMBER 1986 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE PERIOD JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE NOVEMBER 1987 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS 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.

/Provisional results

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988

Provisional results of retail eales survey for November

UBL1 1 t TOTAL BICAIL SflSS

Total Betail Sales for Noveaber 198? (Provisional Figure)

for Octobar 19®7 (Beviaed Figure)

. OC 17.580 alHloa

• IK 17,*93 stills

TABLE 2 l VALUE AND VOLQNS DOKOB Of BETAIL SALES ____________VOB OCTOttB AJO NDWCBai 1987____________

(Monthly avemgo ef Oat. &*> - Sept. 85 • 100 )

Index sf Betail Salas Bevoabor 1987 soapared vl th October 1987 * lb* •o'obor 1OS7 Jan. - Nev. 1987

Itea October 19«7 Noveaber 1987 compared rith Noveaber 1986 eoapared el th Jas. • Nov* 1986

(Bovised figures) ’Provisional figures) Pointe Foists < Foists «

(A) FOB ALL RATA IL TRADE Vaios 13* 135 ♦ 2 ♦ 1 ♦20 ♦18 ♦ 18 ♦17

Voluao 118 118 0 0 ♦ 11 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 10

(•) BT NAJOB T1ADE 0BOTP3

Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks aad tobacco Value Voluao 115 106 112 10* - 3 - 2 - 3 - 2 ♦ 9 ♦ 2 • 9 ♦ 2 ♦ 10 ♦ 5 • 10 • 5

Fuels Value 96 oh - 2 - 2 .10 •* ♦ h

Voluao 105 103 - 2 . 2 ♦ * ♦ <♦ ♦ 3 • 3

Clothlog, footvear and allied products Value Volume 1*7 127 1«8 131 ♦11 ♦ * ♦ 8 ♦ 3 .10 - 1 ♦ 6 •* ♦ 18 ♦ 9 ♦15 ♦ 9

Consuaer durables Value 133 1’7 - * ♦ 3 ♦ 19 ♦’16 -20 ♦19

Voluao 112 115 ♦ ’ ♦ 2 ♦ 9 ♦ 8 ♦1C • to

Cther consumer goods Value 1*8 1*9 - 1 ♦ 1 ♦ <2 ♦27 ♦22 ♦22

Voluao 128 127 • 1 - 1 ♦20 ♦ 19 el3 ♦15

CC) BT SH2CTED TRADES

(see note 1 beloe) Supermarkets Value 1*3 127 -15 -11 • 19 ♦17 •23 •20

Voluao 132 117 -15 -11 ♦ 12 ♦ 12 ♦ 17 ♦ 15

Motor vehicles Value 195 201 ♦ 6 ♦ 3 ♦70 •«* ♦5* ♦A*

aad parts Voluao 1*8 151 ♦ 3 ♦ 2 ♦ *5 ♦ *2 •33 ♦M

Consumer durables other thaa actor Value Voluao 11* 101 117 103 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 a 2 ♦ 3 - 3 ♦ 3 - 2 ♦ 10 ♦ * ♦ 10 ♦ 3

vehicles sad parts

15* 163 ♦ 9 ♦ 6 ♦37 ♦?0 ♦29 ♦28

Voluao 139 1% ♦ 3 ♦ 2 ♦2* ♦21 ♦20 ♦21

1. la order to analyse the sales of cartaia trades rithia aejor trade groups, the value aid voluao indexes la respeet of the foUeeisg selected trades are compiled t

(a) "Supermarkets" - a trade la tho "Foodstuffs, alcoholic driaks and tobacco" group.

(b) "Motor vehicles aad parts" - a trade in the "Con.uwr *tr,b1***

(c) ’•Coeruaer durables other ths a actor vehicles sad parte" - a trade la tho "Coast^or durables- group.

(d) "Departaost stores" - a trads la tho "Other coaoueer goods group.

2. ?Tgures denoting chsagos are derived froa the uarouadod index figures.

1. denotes c-angv of loss than 0.5-

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988 (

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CRITERIA SET FOR SELECTION OF FARMS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS

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THE STEERING GROUP UNDER THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TODAY (THURSDAY) WORKED OUT CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PRIVATE FARMS TO TAKE PART IN DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP, MR LEO KWAN, SAID ALL LARGER FARMS (FARMS WITH MORE THAN 300 PIGS OR 20,000 CHICKENS) IN THE TOLO HARBOUR AND CHANNEL AREA, MUI WO AND THE ANGLER’S BEACH AREA WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE DEMONSTRATION SCHEME.

"AN APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FARMS IN THE RIVER INDUS AREA, THE SHENZHEN RIVER AREA AND THE TSUEN WAN, LIU TO VILLAGE AND TAI LAM CHUNG AREA WILL ALSO BE SELECTED TO MAKE UP A TOTAL OF NOT MORE THAN 12 PRIVATE FARMS FOR THE DEMONSTRATION SCHEME," MR KWAN SAID.

"THE DEMONSTRATION WILL INCLUDE DRY MUCK-OUT, WET MUCK-OUT METHODS, HYBRID SYSTEM AND THE EFFLUENT FREE-TECHNIQUE.

"AS FAR’ AS PRACTICABLE, A WIDE RANGE OF FARMS COVERING A GOOD MIXTURE OF SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE PIG AND POULTRY FARMS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEME."

MR KWAN NOTED THAT THE WET MUCK-OUT METHOD OR THE HYBRID SYSTEM WOULD NORMALLY BE CARRIED OUT ON FARMS KEEPING AT LEAST 300 PIGS OR 20,000 CHICKENS. THE EFFLUENT-FREE PIG RAISING TECHNIQUE COULD BE PURELY FOR PIG FARMS.

FARMS SELECTED FOR THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CO-OPERATE FULLY WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) AND CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE CONSTRUCTION AND COMMISSIONING OF THE TREATMENT FACILITIES.

THEY SHOULD ALSO AGREE TO MAKE AVAILABLE THEIR FARMS FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES FOR A MINIMUM OF SIX MONTHS.

"THE COST FOR THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WILL BE COVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT," MR KWAN SAID.

"UPON COMPLETION OF THE EXPERIMENT, THE FACILITIES WILL BE HANDED OVER FREE TO THE FARMERS WHO WILL BE OBLIGED TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE THEM AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.

"IF THEY SHOULD SUBSEQUENTLY DECIDE TO CEASE BUSINESS WITHIN 12 MONTHS, THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO CLAIM THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE AFTER DEDUCTING THE COST OF INSTALLATIONS.”

FARMER REPRESENTATIVES SUGGESTED THAT THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COLLECT THE FULL AMOUNT OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE IF THEY CEASED BUSINESS WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

/GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 198B

GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES WILL GIVE THIS FURTHER

CONSIDERATION.

FARMERS AGREED THAT, TO AVOID POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND TO MAINTAIN IMPARTIALITY, FARMS BELONGING TO MEMBERS OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE OR THEIR SPOUSES, PARENTS, SONS OR DAUGHTERS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED FOR SELECTION.

SO FAR, 25 FARMS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED BY FARMERS’ REPRESENTATIVES FOR CONSIDERATION.

THE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE INVITED TO SUGGEST FURTHER FARMS FOR SELECTION IF THE EPD, AFTER INITIAL ASSESSMENT, CONSIDERS THAT THE NOMINATED FARMS ARE NOT SUITABLE.

THE EPD MAY ALSO IDENTIFY SUITABLE FARMS FOR INCLUSION IN THE DEMONSTRATION SCHEME TO ENSURE THAT A WIDE RANGE OF SUITABLE FARMS COVERING A GOOD MIXTURE OF SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE PIG AND POULTRY FARMS IS SELECTED.

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FARMERS INVITED TO VISIT DEMONSTRATION CENTRE « » » » «

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, HAS BEEN ORGANISING VISITS BY INTERESTED FARMERS TO THE TA KWU LING DEMONSTRATION CENTRE SO THAT THEY CAN SEE HOW WASTE TREATMENT PLANTS WORK.

SINCE DECEMBER, MORE THAN 100 LIVESTOCK FARMERS HAVE VISITED THE DEMONSTRATION CENTRE.

THE VISITS TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY MORNINGS.

DURING THEIR VISIT, FARMERS ARE SHOWN A VIDEO TAPE ON THE THREE LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT METHODS - THE DRY MUCK-OUT AND SOAKAWAY METHOD, AND THE TWO WET MUCK-OUT METHODS.

THE FARMERS ARE THEN SHOWN AROUND THE CENTRE TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW THESE METHODS WORK.

THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION SESSION DURING WHICH FARMERS CAN ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL.

FARMERS INTERESTED IN VISITING THE DEMONSTRATION CENTRE ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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1988

OVERSEAS INVESTMENT FACILITATES TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER » » t * *

THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON ITS ABILITY TO ADVANCE TOWARDS PRODUCING HIGHER-END AND VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS, AND TO ADOPT NEW PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR ANDREW LEUNG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTH, MR LEUNG SAID WITH THE OPENING-UP OF CHINA, MORE AND MORE LABOUR-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES WOULD OPERATE THERE RATHER THAN IN HONG KONG.

"AS THE OTHER ASIAN NEWLY-INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES ARE MOVING VERY FAST IN THE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY CANNOT AFFORD TO STAY PUT," HE ADDED.

"THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT THUS OPERATES AN INWARD INVESTMENT PROMOTION PROGRAMME TO HELP THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY TO UPGRADE THE EFFICIENCY AND QUALITY OF THEIR OUTPUT, BY FACILITATING THE TRANSFER OF USEFUL TECHNOLOGY TO HONG KONG.”

MR LEUNG EXPLAINED THAT THE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYED A NUMBER OF METHODS TO ATTRACT OVERSEAS COMPANIES TO SET UP MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS HERE.

"WE PUBLICISE HONG KONG’S ATTRACTIONS AS AN OFFSHORE LOCATION THROUGH ADVERTISING, MEDIA COVERAGE, SEMINARS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS INVOLVING INDUSTRIALISTS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS.

"WE ALSO ESTABLISH CONTACTS THROUGH DIRECT MAIL CAMPAIGNS, TRADE FAIRS, TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS AND COMPANIES, AND CULTIVATE CONTACTS WHO SHOW INTEREST IN MANUFACTURING IN HONG KONG.

"WE ALSO RECEIVE AND GUIDE APPRAISAL MISSIONS FROM PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS."

MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT MORE RESOURCES WOULD BE DEVOTED TO THE PROGRAMME THIS YEAR, INCLUDING AN IMPROVED TARGETTING SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL INVESTORS OVERSEAS.

"WE ARE PREPARING MORE UP-TO-DATE AND BETTER RESEARCHED MATERIAL FOR USE IN PRESENTATIONS TO AND DISCUSSIONS WITH POTENTIAL INVESTORS, AND ARE CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING FURTHER OUR NETWORK OF OVERSEAS OFFICES."

HE ALSO NOTED THAT ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF UPGRADING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WAS TO BRING IN OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS WHO ALREADY POSSESSED THE ADVANCED KNOWHOW AND TECHNOLOGIES.

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"OUR PRINCIPAL AIM OF PROMOTING OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IS TO FACILITATE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND A LOT OF EFFORTS ARE MADE TO DO ’MATCH-MAKING’ TO BRING ABOUT JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN OVERSEAS AND LOCAL PARTNERS.

"THE SUCCESS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S INVESTMENT PROMOTION PROGRAMME IS REFLECTED IN ITS 1987 SURVEY ON OVERSEAS INVESTMENT WHICH SHOWED THAT NEARLY HALF OF THE 541 ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH REPORTED ON OVERSEAS INTEREST WERE JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS FIRMS.

"OUR OWN INTERNAL ASSESSMENT OF THE 76 PROJECTS WE HAD COMPLETED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS ALSO INDICATED THAT OVER 40 PER CENT WERE USING TECHNOLOGIES HIGHER THAN THOSE OF THE BEST HONG KONG COMPANIES."

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EASTERN PREPARES PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN FOR DB ELECTIONS » « » ♦ »

A LARGE-SCALE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IS BEING ORGANISED IN EASTERN DISTRICT TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL RUN FROM NEXT WEEK TO ELECTION DAY.

IT IS AIMED AT URGING ELECTORS TO VOTE AND AT GIVING RESIDENTS DETAILS ABOUT THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS.

A TOTAL OF 30,000 PIECES OF LUNAR NEW YEAR 'FAI. CHUN’ BEARING VOTING MESSAGES HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS.

IN ADDITION, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ERECT 20 WOODEN PUBLICITY SIGNBOARDS ON MAJOR FOOTBRIDGES IN THE DISTRICT SO AS TO GENERATE AN ELECTION ATMOSPHERE.

"IN ORDER TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE CANDIDATES’ ELECTION PLATFORMS, THE CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES AND LOCATIONS OF POLLING STATIONS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS PUBLISHED 42,000 ELECTION SUPPLEMENTS," A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THESE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TOGETHER WITH THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPERS NEXT WEEK."

SIX ELECTION FORUMS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN FEBRUARY 8 AND 12 TO INTRODUCE THE 45 CANDIDATES AND THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS TO THE PUBLIC, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

/THE DATES,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988

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THE DATES, TIMES AND VENUES OF THE ELECTION FORUMS ARE AS

FOLLOWS:

DATE/TIME CONSTITUENCIES VENUES

FEBRUARY 8 (MONDAY) 8 PM QUARRY BAY SOUTH QUARRY BAY NORTH BUDDHIST CHUNG WAH KORNHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, 2 HONG YUE STREET, KORNHILL, QUARRY BAY

FEBRUARY 9 (TUESDAY) 7.30 PM CHAI WAN NORTH YUE WAN COMMUNITY HALL, YUE WAN ESTATE, CHAI WAN • ROAD, CHAI WAN

8 PM CAUSEWAY BAY NORTH CAUSEWAY BAY SOUTH NORTH POINT SOUTH S.K.H. ST. MICHAEL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, 23 FORTRESS HILL ROAD, NORTH POINT

FEBRUARY 10 (WEDNESDAY) 8 PM NORTH POINT EAST NORTH POINT NORTH NORTH POINT ESTATE ASSEMBLY HALL, WEST MAIN BLOCK, NORTH POINT ESTATE, 31 SHU KUK STREET

FEBRUARY 11 (THURSDAY) 8 PM A KUNG NGAM SHAU KEI WAN SAI WAN HO HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB HIDE TJO YOENG PRIMARY SCHOOL, 61 SAI WAN HO STREET

FEBRUARY 12 (FRIDAY) 7.30 PM CHAI WAN SOUTH CHAI WAN WEST HING WAH COMMUNITY HALL, HING WAH ESTATE, CHAI WAN ROAD

A BIG VARIETY SHOW WILL BE STAGED LATER THIS MONTH TO PROMOTE THE ELECTIONS.

FAMILIES LIVING ON BOATS IN THE TYPHOON SHELTERS IN THE DISTRICT WILL NOT BE OVERLOOKED. VISITS TO INDIVIDUAL BOATS WILL BE MADE IN EARLY MARCH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE ELECTION FORUMS TO BE HELD IN EASTERN DISTRICT BETWEEN FEBRUARY 8 AND 12.

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WAN CHAI CANDIDATES TO MEET THE MEDIA » » » »

CANDIDATES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT WILL INTRODUCE THEIR PLATFORMS TO THE MEDIA AT A MEET-THE-PRESS SESSION TOMORROW (FRIDAY) ARRANGED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE.

EACH CANDIDATE WILL SPEAK TO THE PRESS FOR A FEW MINUTES AFTER WHICH THERE WILL BE A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER PERIOD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEET-THE-PRESS SESSION TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG. THE SESSION WILL BEGIN AT 11.30 AM.

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A TOTAL OF 351 RESIDENTS HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT’S OUTREACH DENTAL SCHEME WHICH WAS IMPLEMENTED IN TUNG CHUNG ON LANTAU FOR SEVEN MONTHS.

THE SERVICE HAS NOW MOVED TO PAK MONG ON THE ISLAND AND MAY BE MOVED TO OTHER AREAS IN FUTURE.

SPEAKING AFTER A CEREMONY TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE SERVICE AT PAK MONG TODAY (THURSDAY), THE DENTIST-IN-CHARGE OF THE SCHEME, DR PETER TREPPER, SAID THE PILOT OUTREACH DENTAL SERVICE PROVIDED IN TUNG CHUNG FROM MAY TO NOVEMBER HAD PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND WAS WELCOMED BY THE ISLANDERS.

"WE HAD CARRIED OUT 360 RESTORATIONS AND 239 EXTRACTIONS WHICH MEANS $200,000 WORTH OF SERVICES HAD BEEN PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE TO RESIDENTS THERE," HE SAID.

THE SCHEME WAS INITIATED BY THE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL WHICH PROVIDED DENTAL PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT AND WAS ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, WHICH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR LOGISTICAL SUPPORT.

"WE SEE IT AS OUR MISSION TO FULFIL HEALTH NEEDS WHENEVER WE CAN AND WE SAW SUCH A NEED IN THE OUTLYING ISLANDS WHERE PERMANENT DENTAL SERVICE IS LACKING, SO WE STARTED THE OUTREACH SCHEME IN TUNG CHUNG," DR TREPPER RECALLED.

/"OUR MAIN .......

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988

"OUR MAIN AIM IS TO HELP RESIDENTS IN THE REMOTE AREAS, PARTICULARLY THE ELDERLY AND THE YOUNG, WHO FIND IT DIFFICULT TO TRAVEL A LONG DISTANCE FOR PROPER DENTAL TREATMENT," HE SAID.

UNDER THE SCHEME, A TEAM OF ONE DENTIST AND TWO DENTAL ASSISTANTS WILL BE STATIONED AT A DENTAL CENTRE TO BE SET UP IN THE VILLAGE ONE DAY EACH WEEK.

"ALTHOUGH ALL THE DENTISTS TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME ARE EXPATRIATES, THE DENTAL ASSISTANTS CAN SERVE AS INTERPRETERS SO THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION PROBLEM," DR TREPPER SAID.

CONCERNING THE DENTAL PROBLEMS FACED BY MOST OF THE ISLANDERS, DR TREPPER SAID THAT NEGLECT OF ORAL HYGIENE WAS THE MAIN CAUSE.

"THAT IS WHY WE ALSO PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS ON ORAL HYGIENE AND DIETARY HABITS TO EDUCATE THE ISLANDERS.

"WE HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE, APART FROM ’CHAIR-SIDE INSTRUCTION’, A MORE FORMAL DENTAL EDUCATION WHICH INCLUDES THE USE OF LITERATURE AND VIDEO TAPES CAN BE PROVIDED IF MORE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE," HE SAID.

FOR THE NEXT 10 WEEKS, THE DENTAL TEAM WILL BE STATIONED AT THE PAK MONG COMMUNITY CENTRE EVERY THURSDAY TO PROVIDE FREE DENTAL SERVICES TO THE THREE VILLAGES OF PAK MONG, NGAU KWU LONG AND TAI HO.

"AFTER PAK MONG, WE MAY CONSIDER MOVING THE OUTREACH SERVICE TO ANOTHER REMOTE AREA AND WILL RE-VISIT SOME OF THE PLACES IN OUR LONG-TERM PLAN," DR TREPPER ADDED.

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DB TO DISCUSS HOUSING POLICY ON SINGLETONS * * « » »

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE REVISION OF THE POLICY ON ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS CONCERNING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA SINGLETONS WHO HAVE MARRIED.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PLAN TO BUILD THE LAI WAN MARKET UNDERNEATH THE LAI CHI KOK BAY BRIDGE. MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE CONSULTED ON THE RELOCATION OF THE LAI CHI KOK BUS DEPOT TO A SUITABLE SITE.

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE PUBLICATION OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD REPORT AND THE REORGANISATION OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUT PO DB MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR, 39 TONKIN STREET, SHAM SHUI PO.

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YMT COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETS » » * »

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE THEMES FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS TO BE HELD IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY AREA COMMITTEES AND THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE FOR ORGANISING THESE PROJECTS.

REPORTS ON THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL’S DISTRICT CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR INFORMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNTIY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON OLD PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS A REPORT ON THE PROBLEMS FACING OLD PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE REPORT, CONTAINING VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON IMPROVING SERVICES PROVIDED BY PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY, WAS COMPILED BY A CONCERN GROUP SET UP UNDER THE COMMITTEE LAST YEAR.

BEFORE COMPLETING THE REPORT, MEMBERS OF THE CONCERN GROUP VISITED THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES AND HELD A NUMBER OF MEETINGS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY), BEGINNING AT 2.15 PM, IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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COY PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

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THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH (CCY) WILL HOLD A CEREMONY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICES AWARDS SCHEME AND THE OUTBOUND SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDS FOR THE 1987 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE CCY CHAIRMAN, MRS ROSANNA TAM, AND THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR BOWEN LEUNG.

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT 3.15 PM IN THE GARDEN ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH TO BE HELD AT 3.15 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE GARDEN ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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KWAI TSING RESIDENTS URGED TO SUPPORT CHARITY COOKIE SALE *****

RESIDENTS OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI HAVE BEEN URGED TO SUPPORT A CHARITABLE SALE OF COOKIES TO BE HELD BY YIN. NGAI SOCIETIES IN THE DISTRICT FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SALE HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF A LAISEE COOKIE CAMPAIGN MOUNTED BY THE HELPING HAND ORGANISATION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ITS CARE SHELTERS FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE.

BETWEEN TOMORROW AND SUNDAY, MEMBERS OF THE FOUR YIN NGAI SOCIETIES WILL SELL LAISEE COOKIES TO THE PUBLIC AT STALLS TO BE SET UP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN HOUSING ESTATES, MARKETS AND RESTAURANTS.

A PRELIMINARY SALE OF LAISEE COOKIES TOOK PLACE TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER A PRESS CONFERENCE AND RECEIVED ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT FROM DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

AN EXHIBITION WAS ALSO HELD TO INTRODUCE THE WORK OF THE YIN NGAI SOCIETY AS WELL AS THE LAISEE COOKIE CAMPAIGN.

/SPEAKING AT

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1988

SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE LADY AKERS-JONES, AND CHAIRWOMEN OF THE FOUR YIN NGAI SOCIETIES, MRS TANG HO KIT-CHING, MS ANNIE HO, MRS LAM MAK YUEN-CHING AND MS CHAN LAI-KUEN.

ALSO PRESENT WERE THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HELPING HAND, MRS MAGGIE CARTER; ADMINISTRATOR OF HELPING HAND, FATHER SEAN BURKE; PRESIDENT OF KWAI CHUNG ROTARY CLUB, MR ANDREW CHAN; AND MRS HONG KONG, MRS ALICE PONG; AND A NUMBER OF KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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YEAR-END CLEAN-UP IN YAU MA TEI » * »

A YEAR-END CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE YAU MA TEI/TSIM SHA TSUI ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6) TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO DISPOSE OF REFUSE PROPERLY.

TWELVE TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE SET UP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR DISPOSAL FACILITIES AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN MOST PEOPLE WILL BE CLEANING UP THEIR PREMISES FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL BE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG; URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR KWAN LIM-HO; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (KOWLOON) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR T.K. CHOY; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR YIP WAH.

THEY WILL ALSO HELP IN DISPOSING OF RUBBISH AFTER THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YAU MA TEI YEAR-END CLEAN-UP EXERCISE TO BE HELD AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6) AT THE MARKET STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT (NEXT TO THE YAU MA TEI MULTI-STOREY CARPARK).

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DEBUT NIGHT FOR "WONDERFUL BIRD" » » » »

A NEW DANCE ENTITLED "MIU YAM LIU" (WONDERFUL BIRD), ARRANGED BY THE HONG KONG DANCING ASSOCIATION, WILL BE PERFORMED IN PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME AT SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6).

THE ITEM WILL BE AMONG 11 DANCES, INCLUDING ORIENTAL FOLK, WESTERN FOLK, SOCIAL, MODERN, ORIENTAL CLASSICAL AND WESTERN CLASSICAL, TO BE PERFORMED AT THE EIGHTH SHA TIN DISTRICT DANCE COMPETITION WINNERS’ SHOW WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM.

OF THESE, FIVE WILL BE PERFORMED BY WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION AND THE REST BY TALENTED DANCERS FROM THE HONG KONG DANCING ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG DANCING SCHOOL, MODERN DANCE TROUPE AND THE CHRISTINE LIAO BALLET SCHOOL.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION AND REGIONAL COUNCIL, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANDREW PYNE, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR ROGER LAU, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION DURING THE SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EIGHTH SHA TIN DISTRICT DANCE COMPETITION WINNERS’ SHOW TO BEGIN AT 7 PM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6) IN THE AUDITORIUM OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL, NEAR SHA TIN KCR STATION.

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15 FINED FOR BRINGING MEAT INTO HK WITHOUT CERTIFICATE » » » » »

FIFTEEN PEOPLE WERE FINED BETWEEN $500 AND $1,500 AT THE FANLING MAGISTRACY EARLIER THIS WEEK FOR BRINGING FRESH MEAT INTO HONG KONG FROM SHENZHEN WITHOUT HEALTH CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE COMPETENT HEALTH AUTHORITY OF CHINA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED THE PUBLIC OF THE PROVISIONS UNDER THE IMPORTED MEAT AND POULTRY REGULATIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE.

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ANY PERSON WHO IMPORTS FRESH OR FROZEN MEAT AND/OR POULTRY INTO HONO KONG WITHOUT A VALID HEALTH CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE HEALTH AUTHORITY OF A RECOGNISED SOURCE, EXCEPT WITH THE PERMISSION IN WRITING OF A HEALTH OFFICER, COMMITS AN OFFENCE AND IS LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

ANY PERSON WHO IS GUILTY OF SUCH AN OFFENCE IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $25,000 AND SIX MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT, HE ADDED.

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PUBLIC REMINDED OF FIREWORKS PROHIBITION * « * » *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THEY ARE PROHIBITED FROM ANY UNLICENSED POSSESSION OR DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS AND FIRECRACKERS.

"UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE, ANY PERSON WHO POSSESSES OR DISCHARGES ANY FIREWORKS WITHOUT A LICENCE IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $25,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID SPOT CHECKS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY EXPLOSIVES OFFICERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S MINES DIVISION AT SHOPS AND PREMISES SUSPECTED OF SELLING OR STORING SUCH GOODS.

ANY UNLICENSED DANGEROUS GOODS FOUND WOULD BE SEIZED AND THE OFFENDERS PROSECUTED, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THOSE IN POSSESSION OF ANY FIREWORKS OR CATEGORY I DANGEROUS GOODS TO SURRENDER THEM IMMEDIATELY TO THE MINES DIVISION AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KOWLOON.

THEY CAN ALSO CONTACT THE DIVISION ON 3-7332356 OR 3-7332358 FOR SUCH GOODS TO BE COLLECTED.

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CYC FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY

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MORE THAN 700 ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM 19 DISTRICTS ENJOYED RICH ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE FUN DAY, ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE LAWS TRUST FUND, WAS ONE OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES HELD BY THE CYC TO CELEBRATE ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY.

TODAY'S PROGRAMMES INCLUDED CANTONESE OPERA AND SONGS, CHINESE MUSIC, CHINESE DANCE, CHORAL SPEAKING AND PHILHARMONIC PERFORMANCE BY THE DIOCESAN BOYS' SCHOOL, DIOCESAN GIRLS' SCHOOL, SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, CARMEL PAK U SECONDARY SCHOOL AND ST. CATHERINE'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN KWUN TONG.

THE ELDERLY PEOPLE WERE EACH GIVEN A RED PACKET AND A WOOLLEN KNEE BLANKET KNITTED BY CYC MEMBERS.

THERE WAS ALSO A CEREMONY DURING WHICH THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, PRESENTED CHEQUES TO THE CHAIRMEN OF 18 CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS OPERATING HOMES FOR THE AGED AND SCHOOLS, INCLUDING THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE PO LEUNG KUK.

A TOTAL OF $290,000 WAS RAISED BY CYC MEMBERS IN THEIR SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT LAST NOVEMBER TO CONSTRUCT THE WORLD'S LARGEST POSTER WHICH WAS SUBSEQUENTLY RECOGNISED BY THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS.

THE HUGE POSTER WAS LATER CUT INTO 90,000 CHRISTMAS CARDS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR LI SAID THE CYC SCHEME WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S EFFORT TO FOSTER A STRONG COMMUNITY SPIRIT AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN.

’’THE CYC HAS CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO MANY PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS IN HONG KONG AND TODAY'S EVENT AS WELL AS OTHER SIMILAR ACTIVITIES OF THE CLUB ARE VERY CONCRETE EXAMPLES OF HOW MORAL AND CIVIC EDUCATION COULD BE EFFECTIVELY PROMOTED IN SCHOOLS.’’ HE SAID.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WONG TAI SIN

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTED IN WONG TAI SIN DUE TO A WATER MAIN BURST AT FEI FUNG STREET.

THESE MEASURES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL ABOUT 10 AM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 15).

FEI FUNG STREET, FROM ITS EASTERN JUNCTION WITH SHEUNG FUNG STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, IS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

MEANWHILE, MING FUNG STREET IS RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

MOTORISTS ON SHEUNG FUNG STREET NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR FEI FUNG STREET ARE DIVERTED VIA MING FUNG STREET.

IN ADDITION, THE METERED PARKING SPACES IN FEI FUNG STREET ARE SUSPENDED.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CLUB STREET, CENTRAL

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CLUB STREET IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 7) TO FACILITATE CABLE DIVERSION WORK ON THE AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM.

AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JACKSON ROAD.

MEANWHILE, BUSES ON CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE 103 ON JOURNEYS TO POKFIELD ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD, FENWICK STREET, HENNESSY ROAD AND QUEENSWAY TO JOIN COTTON TREE DRIVE.

THE BUS STOP IN CHATER ROAD, NEAR THE FURAMA HOTEL, FOR KMB AIRPORT SERVICE ROUTE NO. A2 ON JOURNEYS TO CENTRAL (MACAU FERRY) WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5i 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THIRD QUARTER SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED .. 1

IMPORTANT ROLE OF VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCING HIGHLIGHTED .. 4

ENTRY PERMIT ISSUING PROCEDURES STREAMLINED .............. 6

LRT LONG PING LINK APPROVED .............................. 6

LAI CHI KOK ROAD IMPROVEMENT ............................. 7

LUNG MUN ROAD TO BE WIDENED............................... 8

CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER TO OPEN....... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT NEW FLYOVER ...................... 10

TEN NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES AWARDED ..................... 10

KAM TIN RABIES INFECTED AREA RESCINDED.................... 12

VOTING MESSAGE IN POSTERS, LAISEE PACKETS ................ 1J

SHAM SHUI PO CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA..................... 1*t

YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS ................ 14

FOCUS ON PROSPECTS FOR SHA TIN INDUSTRY, COMMERCE......... 15

CRIME PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TAI PO ................. 16

ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION OPENS IN MONG KOK................. 1?

BUS PARADE TO KEEP EASTERN CLEAN ......................... 17

ISLANDS DISTRICT CLEANING FOR CHARITY DAY ................ 18

CLEAN-UP FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR............................... 19

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TUEN MUN ................... 20

LUNAR NEW YEAR POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ....................... 20

rOSTFAX SERVICE EXTENDS TO ACCRA ......................... 21

MORE YOUNG PEOPLE APPRENTICED IN INDUSTRY................. 22

QUIZ ON FAMILY COMMUNICATION.............................. 2J

NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR ABERDEEN ................. 24

NEW DESIGN FOR DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION ................. 24

PROPERTY TO LET BY TENDER ................................ 25

WATER CUTS IN CHEUNG SHA WAN, TAI PO, SAN PO KONG......... 25

TEMPORARY LEFT-TURN BAN IN YUEN LONG ..................... 26

NEW GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE IN YUEN LONG ................... 26

LONG VEHICLE BAN IN PEEL RISE ............................ 26

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1988

THIRD QUARTER SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED ♦ » »

IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987, 3,774 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL

CAPACITY OF 22.8 MILLION NET REGISTERED TONS (NRT) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 296 (OR 9 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 1.6 MILLION NRT (OR 7 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986, ACCORDING TO THE HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) INCREASED BY 9 PER CENT.

WHEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (+201), DRY BULK CARRIERS (+50) AND SEMI-CONTAINER VESSELS (+10).

INCREASES IN NUMBER WERE RECORDED FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN CHINA (+134) AND PANAMA (+59), BUT DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THOSE REGISTERED IN JAPAN (-26) AND THE U.S.A. (-24).

THE NUMBER OF SHIPS WITH A CAPACITY OF LESS THAN 10,000 DEADWEIGHT TONS INCREASED (+177).

IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987, THERE WERE 3,750 OUTGOING SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 22.7 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 272 (OR 8 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 1.6 MILLION NRT (OR 7 PER CENT)IN CAPACITY OVER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED ON TO OUTGOING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) ROSE BY 10 PER CENT.

ABOUT 64 PER CENT OF THE DEPARTING SHIPS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR FEWER THAN TWO DAYS.

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, 85 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS IMPORTS AND 15 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

OF THE CARGO LOADED ON TO OUTGOING SHIPS, 59 PER CENT WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) AND 41 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS IN TONNAGE TERMS WERE SINGAPORE (16 PER CENT), SOUTH AFRICA (14 PER CENT), CHINA (13 PER CENT), JAPAN (12 PER CENT) AND AUSTRALIA (9 PER CENT), WHILE THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE U.S.A. (22 PER CENT), TAIWAN (11 PER CENT), CHINA (8 PER CENT), JAPAN (6 PER CENT) AND SOUTH KOREA (6 PER CENT).

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TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN CHINA (31 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (23 PER CENT); AND WAS MAINLY DISCHARGED IN CHINA (19 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (12 PER CENT).

COMPARING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986, INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA (+51 PER CENT), THAILAND (+17 PER CENT), JAPAN (+11 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+11 PER CENT) AND CHINA (+10 PER CENT).

BUT DECREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM CANADA (-20 PER CENT),THE U.S.A. (- 10 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (-7 PER CENT).

AS A WHOLE, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE IMPORTS ROSE BY 8 PER CENT.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS, NOT- ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+68 PER CENT), LOGS AND TIMBER (+29 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+26 PER CENT) AND COAL, COKE AND BRIQUETTES (+26 PER CENT).

BUT DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS (-44 PER CENT) AND PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (-14 PER CENT).

COMPARING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS REEXPORTS) INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT.

INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THAILAND (+127 PER CENT), SOUTH KOREA (+125 PER CENT), JAPAN (+45 PER CENT), WEST GERMANY (+38 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+22 PER CENT ) AND THE U.S.A. (+19 PER CENT).

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED OR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+82 PER CENT), COTTON TEXTILES (+49 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUAFCTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+38 PER CENT).

BUT DECREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (-64 PER CENT) AND VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (-28 PER CENT).

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE IMPORTS AND INWARDS TRANSHIPMENT, 30 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO. OF THAT LOADED ON TO OUTGOING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE EXPORTS AND OUTWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 76 PER CENT WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO.

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IN TERMS OF TONNAGE, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 25 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS. IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR A LARGE PROPORTION OF SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS (92 PER CENT), THE U.S.A. (81 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (75 PER CENT) AND WEST GERMANY (71 PER CENT).

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE IMPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 ROSE BY 14 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR , IN TONNAGE TERMS, 93 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, 88 PER CENT OF TEXTILES OF MAN-MADE FIBRES, 83 PER CENT OF PAPER, PAPERBOARD AND ARTICLES OF PAPER PULP, OF PAPER OR OF PAPERBOARD, AND 82 PER CENT OF CHEMICAL MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED AND 81 PER CENT OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED.

FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 74 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE.

IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR ALL OR ALMOST ALL OF THE SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A., THE UNITED KINGDOM, WEST GERMANY, AUSTRALIA AND THE NETHERLANDS.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE EXPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 ROSE BY 31 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, ALL OR ALMOST ALL SEABORNE EXPORTS OF COTTON GARMENTS; TOYS; GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS OR OTHER MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; PLASTIC MANUFACTURES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED AND COTTON TEXTILES WERE CONTAINERISED.

SHIPPING STATISTICS ARE COMPILED PRIMARILY FROM GENERAL DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY SHIPOWNERS OR AUTHORISED SHIPPING AGENTS AND COVER ALL OCEAN-GOING VESSELS ENTERING AND LEAVING HONG KONG, EXCLUDING YACHTS ,AND PLEASURE CRAFT.

PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS ARE COMPILED FROM OCEAN MANIFESTS SUPPLIED BY SHIPPING COMPANIES OR AGENTS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

BECAUSE OF RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, A SAMPLE OF ALL CONSIGNMENTS LISTED IN THE MANIFESTS IS USED FOR COMPILING THE STATISTICS. THE SAMPLING METHOD IS DESCRIBED IN THE EXPLANATORY NOTES OF THE REPORT.

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MORE DETAILS ON SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987 ARE CONTAINED IN THE HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT FOR JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1987, WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT

THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, AT $19.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON STATISTICS PROVIDED IN THE TO THE SHIPPING STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234887.

REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED CENSUS AND STATISTICS

IMPORTANT ROLE OF VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCING HIGHLIGHTED ♦ * » » »

VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCING CAN PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROVIDING FUNDING TO ENTREPRENEURS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTISE BUT WHO LACK ADEQUATE COLLATERAL TO SECURE CONVENTIONAL CREDIT FACILITIES FROM LENDING INSTITUTIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCH MEETING OF THE HONG KONG VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION, MR NENDICK SAID VENTURE CAPITAL COULD ALSO BE A VALUABLE SOURCE OF FUNDS FOR ENTREPRENEURS WHO WISHED TO EMBARK ON INNOVATIVE PROJECTS WHERE THE INITIAL RISK WAS HIGH BUT THERE WAS A GOOD PROSPECT OF FUTURE REWARD.

MR NENDICK SAID VENTURE CAPITAL WAS A RELATIVELY NEW CONCEPT IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT, TRADITIONALLY, INDIVIDUAL ENTREPRENEURS IN HONG KONG WHO HAD WISHED TO START A NEW BUSINESS OR EXPAND INTO NEW AREAS OF ACTIVITY HAD HAD TO RELY ON THEIR EXISTING CAPITAL RESOURCES.

HE SAID BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WERE GENERALLY NOT EQUIPPED TO PROVIDE FINANCE TO SUCH START-UP OPERATIONS AND THE SECURITIES MARKET, TOO, WAS ONLY ACCESSIBLE TO WELL ESTABLISHED COMPANIES.

’’THUS A GAP HAS EXISTED IN THE SOURCES OF FINANCING OF BUSINESS VENTURES IN HONG KONG.

’’VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS AIM TO FILL THIS GAP AND FOR THIS REASON I AND MY COLLEAGUES IN GOVERNMENT WELCOME THEIR EMERGENCE IN HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

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MR NENDICK SAID HE HOPED THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS WOULD FOSTER THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMALLER ENTERPRISES AND THUS HELP BROADEN THE TERRITORY’S INDUSTRIAL BASE, IN PARTICULAR BY ENCOURAGING THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THE UPGRADING OF TECHNOLOGY USED IN EXISTING BUSINESSES.

"SUCH AN EVOLUTION IS VITAL IF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES ARE TO CONTINUE TO THRIVE IN WHAT MUST BE SEEN AS AN EVER INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE WORLD ENVIRONMENT,” HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID A TRADITIONAL STRENGTH OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES HAD BEEN THEIR ABILITY TO REACT SWIFTLY TO CHANGING DEMANDS IN THE MARKET PLACE.

’’THERE MUST ALWAYS BE A TEMPTATION, HOWEVER, FOR COMPANIES WHICH ARE STILL PROFITABLE TO STAY WITH TRIED AND TRUSTED TECHNOLOGY RATHER THAN VENTURE INTO THE PRODUCTION OF UP-MARKET GOODS WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE USE OF HIGHER TECHNOLOGY AND THEREFORE SUBSTANTIAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT,” HE SAID.

’’OVER THE LONG TgRM, HOWEVER, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS MOVE UP-MARKET IN THE GOODS THEY PRODUCE TO OFFSET THE STEADY EROSION OF THE TERRITORY’S COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE IN LABOUR COSTS,” HE ADDED.

MR NENDICK SAID THE PROVISION OF VENTURE CAPITAL COULD HELP PROMOTE THE ADVANCEMENT OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY INTO MORE TECHNOLOGY-INTENSIVE PRODUCTS.

’’THROUGH THEIR EQUITY PARTICIPATION IN SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES, VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS CAN PROVIDE THE FINANCE FOR RELATIVELY HIGH RISK PRODUCTS IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT, IF THEY PROVE SUCCESSFUL, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE IN THE PROFITS GENERATED BY THE INVESTMENT.

”AT THE SAME TIME THE ENTERPRISE BENEFITS BY AVOIDING HAVING TO SADDLE ITSELF WITH A HEAVY DEBT FINANCING BURDEN,” HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID HE BELIEVED THAT HONG KONG HAD A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR VENTURE CAPITAL UNDERTAKINGS TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

’’THERE ARE NO EXCHANGE CONTROLS AND THE EASE OF REPATRIATION OF PROFITS MAKES THE PROVISION OF VENTURE CAPITAL ATTRACTIVE TO FOREIGN INVESTORS.

’’LOCAL BUSINESS CULTURE IS SUCH THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO PAUCITY OF LOCAL INVESTORS IN VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS ONCE THE CONCEPT IS FULLY UNDERSTOOD. OUR LOW TAXATION IS AN ADDED INCENTIVE FOR THE GROWTH OF SUCH BUSINESS,” HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO STREAMLINE THE PROCEDURES FOR ISSUING ENTRY PERMITS TO TAIWAN RESIDENTS WHO WISH TO VISIT HONG KONG.

UNDER THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1988 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IS EMPOWERED TO ISSUE ONE ENTRY PERMIT VALID FOR TWO JOURNEYS TO RESIDENTS OF TAIWAN WHO WISH TO COME TO HONG KONG AND TO MAKE A SIDE TRIP.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT ALTHOUGH AT PRESENT THE MAJORITY OF THE APPLICANTS FOR ENTRY PERMITS WERE RESIDENTS OF TAIWAN, THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR ISSUING NEW DOUBLE-JOURNEY ENTRY PERMITS WERE NOT INTENDED FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF TAIWAN RESIDENTS.

"THE ENTRY PERMIT MAY IN FUTURE ALSO BE USED BY APPLICANTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENT FOR ISSUING SINGLE-JOURNEY ENTRY PERMITS AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO MAKE A SIDE TRIP OR WHO DECIDE TO MAKE ONE AFTER THEY HAVE COME TO HONG KONG.

THE FEE FOR ISSUING A NEW DOUBLE-JOURNEY ENTRY PERMIT IS $230, WHILE THE CHARGE FOR A SINGLE-JOURNEY OR RE-ENTRY PERMIT WILL REMAIN AT $115 EACH.

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LRT LONG PING LINK APPROVED

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S (KCRC) PROPOSAL TO EXTEND ITS LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM (LRT) ALONG THE YUEN LONG NORTHERN BYPASS SERVING BOTH THE LONG PING ESTATE AND THE TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE EXTENSION IS PART OF THE KCRC’S PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE NETWORK OF THE LRT SYSTEM WITHIN THE NORTHWEST TRANSIT SERVICE AREA.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THAT THE NEW EXTENSION, KNOWN AS THE LONG PING LINK, WOULD BE OVER TWO KILOMETRES IN LENGTH AND BE IN OPERATION BY LATE 1994.

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AS THE CONSTRUCTION AND UTILITY DIVERSION WORK INVOLVED WOULD RESTRICT TRAFFIC FLOW ON THE YUEN LONG NORTHERN BYPASS, WORK ON THE LINK WILL START AFTER THE PROPOSED SOUTHERN BYPASS, WHICH PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE TRAFFIC ROUTE AROUND YUEN LONG, IS COMPLETED IN 1992.

THE PROPOSAL TO BUILD THE LONG PING LINK WAS BASED ON THE LATEST FORECASTS FOR 1996 WHICH INDICATED A MORE RAPID GROWTH OF POPULATION IN THE NORTHWEST REGION, CONCENTRATING ON THE YUEN LONG-TIN SHUI WAI AREAS.

HAVING EXAMINED A NUMBER OF ALTERNATIVES, THE KCRC CONCLUDED THAT AN EXTENSION ALONG THE YUEN LONG NORTHERN BYPASS WOULD BEST SERVE THE POPULATION OF YUEN LONG PARTICULARLY AT THE LONG PING ESTATE AND THE TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE PROPOSED LONG PING LINK WOULD ALSO IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY OF THE LRT BY PROVIDING AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM ONE END OF YUEN LONG TO THE OTHER.

THE ROUTE FOR THE EXTENSION WOULD HAVE TWO STOPS SERVING THE LONG PING ESTATE AND THE TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA RESPECTIVELY.

TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EXTENSION, SOME ADJUSTMENT TO THE ALIGNMENT OF THE YUEN LONG NORTHERN BYPASS AND THE DESIGN OF THE ROAD JUNCTIONS ALONG ITS LENGTH WOULD BE REQUIRED, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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A PROJECT TO MODIFY AND RECONSTRUCT LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN THE YEE KUK STREET EXTENSION AND TONG MEI ROAD HAS BEEN PROPOSED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT COMPRISES THE MODIFICATIONS TO AND REINSTATEMENT OF THE CARRIAGEWAYS OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND ASSOCIATED ROADS IN THE AREA TO PROVIDE DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS IN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND ESSENTIALLY ONE WAY SYSTEMS IN ASSOCIATED ROADS IN THE AREA.

THE YEE KUK STREET EXTENSION WILL ALSO BE CLOSED AS PART OF THE PROJECT.

THE ASSOCIATED ROADS OF WHICH CERTAIN SECTIONS WILL BE AFFECTED WILL INCLUDE TONG MEI ROAD, BOUNDARY STREET, TAI NAN STREET, WONG CHUK STREET, SHEK KIP MEI STREET, NAM CHEONG STREET, PEI HO STREET, KWEILIN STREET, YEN CHOW STREET, YEE KUK STREET AND KIU KIANG STREET.

/UPON COMPLETION

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UPON COMPLETION OF THIS PROJECT, THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER AND THE BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER CAN BE UTILISED MORE EFFICIENTLY, AND THE TRAFFIC LOADS ON THE BUSY SIDE-STREETS WILL BE GREATLY REDUCED, THEREBY IMPROVING THE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN SHAM SHUI PO WEST AS A WHOLE.

THE PROJECT IS PROGRAMMED TO COMMENCE IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. A NOTICE REGARDING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, 37-39 TONKIN STREET, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND THE OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE APRIL 5 THIS YEAR.

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LUNG MUN ROAD TO BE WIDENED *****

UNDER A PROPOSAL GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), PART OF LUNG MUN ROAD, BETWEEN THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT DEPOT AND THE P3/D7/D15 INTERCHANGE, WILL BE WIDENED AND REALIGNED TO SERVE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS IN TUEN MUN.

THE SCHEME FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

A NOTICE GIVING DETAILS OF THE SCHEME HAS ALSO BEEN POSTED ON SIGNBOARDS NEAR THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED WORKS.

A COPY OF THE PLAN OF THE WORKS, SHOWING THE AREAS OF THE EXISTING ROADS OR FOOTPATHS TO BE AFFECTED, CAN BE SEEN AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS.

THESE ARE: CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, HMN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN, TUEN ' N GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SIXTH FLOOR, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN; AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND THE OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE APRIL 5.

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CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER TO OPEN

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THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER WILL BE OPENED ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG.

TRAFFIC WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE FLYOVER FROM 2 PM THAT DAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SAID THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER WILL SERVE AS A DISTRICT DISTRIBUTOR ROAD CONNECTING LAI CHI KOK AND SHAM SHUI PO AREAS WITH EAST KOWLOON.

IT IS 550 METRES LONG WITH TWO LANES FOR ONE-WAY TRAFFIC.

AT PRESENT, EASTBOUND VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD TO EAST KOWLOON HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THREE TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLED JUNCTIONS.

THESE ARE THE TAI PO ROAD-CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD JUNCTION; CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET-NATHAN ROAD JUNCTION; AND BOUNDARY STREET-TUNG CHOI STREET JUNCTION.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW FLYOVER, MOTORISTS WILL BE ABLE TO AVOID THE THREE BUSY JUNCTIONS BY USING THE FLYOVER AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD NEAR MAPLE STREET, REACHING GROUND LEVEL AT BOUNDARY STREET NEAR SAI YEE STREET.

APART FROM PROVIDING FREE TRAFFIC FLOW FROM SHAM SHUI PO TO EAST KOWLOON, THE FLYOVER WILL ALSO HELP RELIEVE CONGESTION AT THE THREE JUNCTIONS.

THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER WAS DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHICH WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING ITS CONSTRUCTION BY THE PAUL Y. CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED.

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN JULY 1985 AND WAS COMPLETED IN ABOUT 30 MONTHS AT A COST OF $26 MILLION.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT NEW FLYOVER *****

FROM 2 PM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8), SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHAM SHUI PO AND MONG KOK TO TIE IN WITH THE OPENING OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER.

LEARNER DRIVERS, PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM USING THE SECTION OF CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER, FROM ITS ENTRANCE SLIP ROAD ON CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD TO ITS EXIT SLIP ROAD IN BOUNDARY STREET.

IN ADDITION, THE SECTION OF THE FLYOVER, FROM A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND MAPLE STREET TO ITS EXIT SLIP ROAD IN BOUNDARY STREET, WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TEN NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES AWARDED *****

TEN NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES WILL COME INTO OPERATION BY THE END OF APRIL THIS YEAR TO SERVE DISTRICTS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE ROUTES IS A RESULT OF GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE GREEN MINIBUS (GMB) SERVICES CAN USEFULLY BE INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES.

THE 10 ROUTES FORMED PART OF THE NINE PACKAGES COMPRISING 18 NEW PROPOSED GMB ROUTES ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR. THE 10 ROUTES WILL SERVE KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN, SAI KUNG, NORTH DISTRICT, TUEN MUN AND SHA TIN.

APPLICATIONS TO OPERATE THESE ROUTES WERE INVITED ON OCTOBER 9 AND WHEN THE OFFER CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 6, A TOTAL OF 37 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED.

THE GREEN MINIBUS OPERATORS SELECTION BOARD HAS JUST COMPLETED THE SELECTION PROCESS AND HAS CHOSEN THE OPERATORS FOR SIX PACKAGES COMPRISING THE 10 ROUTES.

NO APPLICANTS WERE INTERESTED IN OPERATING TWO PACKAGES OF ROUTES IN YUEN LONG, MONG KOK AND SHAM SHUI PO.

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A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ONE USEFUL SIDE-BENEFIT OF THE CURRENT SELECTION PROCESS WAS THAT IT ALLOWED EXISTING OPERATORS TO ASSESS THE VIABILITY OF NEW GMB ROUTES. THIS ELIMINATED THE POSSIBILITY THAT UNPROFITABLE ROUTES WOULD BE INTRODUCED.

THE REMAINING ROUTE PACKAGE FOR A SERVICE LINKING TAI TAM RESERVOIR ROAD (PARKVIEW) WITH ADMIRALTY MTR STATION WAS WITHDRAWN AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION BY THE SELECTION BOARD.

"THE DECISION FOLLOWED CONFIRMATION BY THE DEVELOPER OF PARKVIEW THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE THEIR OWN RESIDENTS’ SERVICE, WHICH WOULD CERTAINLY UNDERMINE THE VIABILITY OF ANY GMB ROUTE. THE RELEVANT PARTIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN INFORMED OF THE WITHDRAWAL," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE SELECTION OF OPERATORS FOR ANY NEW GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE WAS BY OPEN SELECTION.

ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS HAD BEEN ASSESSED ON A SCORING SYSTEM WHICH TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE APPLICANTS' EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND GREEN MINIBUS OPERATION, FINANCIAL RESOURCES, THE APPLICANT’S MANAGEMENT RIGHTS OVER THE VEHICLES, THE MAINTENANCE RECORD OF THE VEHICLE AS WELL AS THE AGE OF THE VEHICLES TO BE DEPLOYED.

HE STATED THAT WHEN MAKING ITS SELECTIONS, THE BOARD HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ANY PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT LOCAL FACTORS.

THE SELECTION BOARD IS AN INDEPENDENT BOBY CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. ITS MEMBERS INCLUDE A NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE ICAC.

"AS ONLY ONE OPERATOR CAN BE SELECTED FOR ANY PARTICULAR PACKAGE OF GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES, THE FACT THAT AN APPLICANT IS UNSUCCESSFUL MERELY IMPLIES THAT, ON THIS OCCASION, ANOTHER APPLICANT IS CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD TO BE MORE SUITABLE.

"IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT AN OPERATOR WHO IS NOT SELECTED IS NOT QUALIFIED TO OPERATE A GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE AND HIS DISAPPOINTMENT SHOULD NOT DETER HIM FROM APPLYING IN FUTURE TENDER EXERCISES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RESULTS OF THEIR APPLICATIONS; UNSUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BEFORE THE SUCCESSFUL ONES.

"THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL ALLOW TIME FOR UNSUCCESSFUL BIDDERS TO MAKE FURTHER REPRESENTATIONS TO THE SELECTION BOARD," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

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IF AN UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANT CONSIDERS THERE IS NEW EVIDENCE WHICH MERITS THE BOARD'S RECONSIDERATION OF HIS APPLICATION, HE SHOULD SEND HIS LETTER BY REGISTERED MAIL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE GREEN MINIBUS OPERATORS SELECTION BOARD, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, ON THE 28TH FLOOR, HIGH BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG, BY FEBRUARY 26 THIS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED AFTER FEBRUARY 26 COULD NOT BE CONSIDERED BECAUSE THE GAZETTED ROUTES MUST BE INTRODUCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS PLEASED WITH THE RESPONSE IN THE PRESENT EXERCISE AND ENCOURAGED THE TRADE TO APPLY FOR GREEN MINIBUS OPERATION WHEN NEW ROUTES WERE GAZETTED IN THE FUTURE.

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THE RABIES INFECTED AREA IN KAM TIN, YUEN LONG, HAS BEEN RESCINDED, WITH EFFECT FROM FEBRUARY 1, THE GAZETTE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

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THE RECISION FOLLOWED CAREFUL REVIEW OF THE SITUATION BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

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IN JUNE AND JULY LAST YEAR, THREE INDIGENOUS CANINE RABIES CASES OCCURRED IN THE AREA FOLLOWING THE FIRST OUTBREAK IN TA KWU LING EARLIER IN JUNE.

THE RABIES INFECTED AREA AT TA KWU LING WAS RESCINDED IN LATE DECEMBER.

THE DEPARTMENT'S SENIOR VETERINARY OFFICER, DR NORMAN CHENG, SAID: ”AS A RESULT OF VIGOROUS RABIES CONTROL ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA, INCLUDING ELIMINATION OF STRAY DOGS AND AN INTENSIVE INOCULATION CAMPAIGN, THE SITUATION IS NOW WELL UNDER CONTROL.

’’THERE HAS BEEN NO FURTHER OUTBREAK OF THE DEADLY DISEASE IN THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS.”

DR CHENG SAID THE DESIGNATION OF THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA AS A RABIES INFECTED AREA WOULD, HOWEVER, REMAIN IN FORCE TO PREVENT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE DISEASE INTO THE TERRITORY.

HE ALSO. SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE CONSTANT THREAT OF SPORADIC OUTBREAKS, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CREATE TWO ADDITIONAL MOBILE INOCULATION TEAMS ON MOTORCYCLES AND ONE ADDITIONAL DOG-CATCHING TEAM TO REINFORCE ANTI-RABIES OPERATION.

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"RECRUITMENT EXERCISE IS IN HAND AND THE NEW TEAMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL EARLY NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR," HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT’S DOG CONTROL UNIT WILL CONTINUE WITH SUCH PREVENTIVE MEASURES AS INOCULATING DOGS, STRAY DOG CONTROL, QUARANTINE OF IMPORTED DOGS AND CATS AND COMPULSORY DETENTION OF BITER ANIMALS FOR OBSERVATION.

DR CHENG SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN PREVENTING OUTBREAKS OF THE DISEASE DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON PUBLIC CO-OPERATION. HE URGED DOG OWNERS TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED AND KEPT UNDER PROPER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES.

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VOTING MESSAGE IN POSTERS, LAISEE PACKETS ♦ * * * t

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS PREPARED SPECIAL LUNAR NEW YEAR GIFTS TO WISH RESIDENTS A YEAR OF GOOD FORTUNE AND PROSPERITY.

THE BOARD HAS PRINTED 100,000 NEW YEAR POSTERS AND 400,000 LAISEE PACKETS FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO KWUN TONG RESIDENTS.

THE POSTERS PORTRAY THE "GOD OF HEAVEN", SYMBOLISING ’GOOD LUCK' AND ’GOOD FORTUNE’. THESE POSTERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TOGETHER WITH RED PACKETS FEATURING THE LOGO OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

AS WELL AS ADDING TO THE NEW YEAR ATMOSPHERE, THE ITEMS ALSO CARRY COMMUNITY MESSAGES. THESE URGE RESIDENTS TO CARE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY AND POINT OUT THAT A VOTE IS A VOICE, REFERRING TO THE COMMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE POSTERS AND RED PACKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS FIVE SUB-OFFICES ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

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SHAM SHUI PO CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA

THIRTY-THREE SHAM SHUI PO CANDIDATES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL MEET THE MEDIA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) AFTERNOON.

THE CONFERENCE WILL START AT 2 PM IN THE HALL OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 55 FAT TSEUNG STREET, KOWLOON.

THE CANDIDATES WILL INTRODUCE THEMSELVES AND ANSWER QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE MEDIA.

NOTE TO EDITORS

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE

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YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS * * * * *

FOURTEEN YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY (FRIDAY) RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS FROM THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH (CCY) FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUTH AFFAIRS.

THEY WERE WINNERS OF OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 1987 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICES AWARDS SCHEME.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CCY, MRS ROSANNA TAM, AND THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR BOWEN LEUNG.

SINCE 1977, OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN OFFERED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TO OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS IN THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR, 10 SCHOLARSHIPS WERE GRANTED AND THE RECIPIENTS WERE MR POON PO-WAH, MR WONG KAM-PO, MR MOK KWONG-FAI, MR CHOW CHI-MAN, MR MOK KA-KEUNG, MR CHOI KWAN-LUN, MISS DOBY NG, MR IP WAH-KIN, MR KWONG CHUNG-MAN AND MR CHAN CHI-YUEN.

THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN AN 18-DAY TRAINING COURSE ON BOARD THE OUTWARD BOUND SHIP, JI FUNG.

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THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICES AWARD SCHEME WAS DESIGNED TO RECOGNISE THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY YOUTH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR SOCIETIES, THROUGH COMMUNITY AND OTHER PROJECTS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE.

THIS YEAR, TWO PROJECTS CARRIED OUT BY THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS AND THE SHEK LEI YOUTH CENTRE WERE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD.

THE TEAM LEADERS OF THE TWO PROJECTS, MR TONG SIU-YING AND MR TANG WING-KWONG, AND MR HO KA-WAI AND MR YU YAN-KIT, RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES TODAY.

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FOCUS ON PROSPECTS FOR SHA TIN INDUSTRY, COMMERCE

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A SEMINAR ON THE PROSPECTS OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN HOTEL RIVERSIDE PLAZA IN TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, SHA TIN.

AMONG THE SPEAKERS WILL BE THE MANAGING DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER OF YAOHAN DEPARTMENT STORE, MR HIDEICHI TOKUHISA; DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR OF POWER GARMENT FACTORY, MR CHU WING-CHIU; AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR BRIAN TANG PAK-YAN.

A TOWN PLANNER IN THE SHA TIN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MISS LAU SHUI-CHEE, AND CHIEF HOUSING MANAGER OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MR PETER YIP, WILL ALSO SPEAK.

THE SEMINAR, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM, IS ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE SHA TIN JAYCEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON THE PROSPECTS OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN TOMORROW IN THE FUNCTION ROOM ON LOBBY FLOOR, HOTEL RIVERSIDE PLAZA, TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, SHA TIN. IT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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CRIME PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TAI PO * « » » »

AN EXHIBITION TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST BURGLARY, PARTICULARLY DURING THE PERIOD BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) UNTIL FEBRUARY 8.

IT WILL BE OPENED AT THE EXHIBITION HALL OF THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 11 AM TOMORROW AND WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS.

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE 1987-88 TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

APART FROM THE DISPLAY OF ANTI-BURGLARY EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHS AND A VIDEO SHOW ON HOME SECURITY PROVIDED BY THE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU WILL BE SHOWN.

WORKS OF A SCHOOL ANTI-TRIAD NOTICE BOARD DESIGN EXERCISE AND INFORMATION MATERIAL ON THE CHANGES IN YOUNG PEOPLE DURING ADOLESCENCE WILL ALSO BE EXHIBITED.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT; THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR LAM SAK-YEUNG; THE TAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR STEPHEN CHAU; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR HO WAI-MAN.

MEANWHILE, A STREET PLAY JOINTLY PRODUCED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE FRINGE CLUB WILL BE STAGED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE BASKETBALL COURT OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 3 PM TOMORROW.

THE 30-MINUTE PLAY, WHICH WILL BE STAGED LATER IN OTHER DISTRICTS, WILL DEPICT THE TRIAD MENACE IN SCHOOLS, EXPOSE THEIR MODUS OPERANDI IN BULLYING STUDENTS AND HIGHLIGHT THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES OF INVOLVEMENT IN TRIAD ACTIVITES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION EXHIBITION AT 11 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE EXHIBITION HALL OF THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE AT HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET.

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ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION OPENS IN MONG KOK

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A TWO-DAY ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION, DESCRIBING THE HEALTH HAZARDS CAUSED BY PASSIVE SMOKING, WILL BE OPENED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND IN MONG KOK.

THE EVENT, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND HELD IN THE DISTRICT, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONO COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS; CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, DR RONALD LEUNG; AND MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, SAI YEE STREET.

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A DECORATED BUS, ACCOMPANIED BY A REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLE AND A BROADCASTING VAN, WILL SPREAD THE 'CLEAN HONG KONG’ MESSAGE IN A TOUR AROUND EASTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE BUS PARADE HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THE BUS WILL MAKE SIX STOPS AND PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS AND PLASTIC GARBAGE BAGS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS BY DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

A REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLE WILL PICK UP RUBBISH AT THE STOPPING POINTS WHILE THE BROADCASTING VAN WILL URGE RESIDENTS TO KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

THE SIX LOCATIONS ARE LAI TAK-TSUEN, NORTH POINT FERRY PIER, GREIG ROAD, TAI ON STREET, SHAUKIWAN MARKET BUILDING AND YUE SHING STREET.

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TO FACILITATE THE TRADITIONAL YEAR-END CLEAN UP IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS, THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN MORE TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS BETWEEN FEBRUARY 10 AND 16.

A CEREMONY TO BEGIN THE BUS PARADE WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM AT NO. 6 FOOTBALL PITCH IN VICTORIA PARK.

TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; USD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HONG KONG) ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, MR CHAN CHI-SUM; URBAN COUNCILLOR MRS CHOW CHEUNG WAI-PING; AND POLICE EASTERN DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR R.M.A. HARPER.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MRS BETTY YUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN (EASTERN), MR TO BOON-MAN, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AND THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN (EASTERN DISTRICT) BUS PARADE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT NO. 6 FOOTBALL PITCH IN VICTORIA PARK. THE CEREMONY WILL START AT 2 PM.

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ISLANDS DISTRICT CLEANING FOR CHARITY DAY ♦ * » * *

THE CLEANING FOR CHARITY DAY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD ON CHEUNG CHAU TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

ABOUT 400 STUDENTS FROM 15 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF THE DISTRICT WILL TAKE PART IN THE CLEAN-UP EXERCISE AND THE FUNDS RAISED WILL BE CHANNELLED TO THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR YIU KAI-HANG, AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN SHERWIN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE TUNG WAN PLAYGROUND ON CHEUNG CHAU AT 2.30 PM.

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OTHER GUESTS ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE THE SENIOR INSPECTOR OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, MR LAU CHAK-BUN; ISLANDS DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER, MR LAU SIU-NIN; AND CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR FUNG PAK-TAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT CLEANING FOR CHARITY DAY TO BE HELD AT THE TUNG WAN PLAYGROUND, CHEUNG CHAU, AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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CLEAN-UP FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR

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EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM NEXT WEEK, TO PREPARE FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, MEMBERS OF THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/ REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE WERE TOLD AT THEIR MEETING TODAY (FRIDAY).

DURING THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS, STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS WILL SET UP TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY TO AUGMENT THE EXISTING REFUSE DISPOSAL FACILITIES.

MEMBERS ALSO LEARNED THAT LUNAR NEW YEAR POSTERS PRODUCED BY THE COMMITTEE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FREE-OF-CHARGE.

THE SPECIALLY-DESIGNED POSTER, IN A FOLK ART WOODBLOCK PRINTING STYLE, DEPICTS FIVE YOUNG FORTUNE STARS BRINGING PROSPERITY TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD.

THE POSTERS CAN BE OBTAINED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND AT PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, THE COMMITTEE ALSO REVIEWED THE PROGRESS OF VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLRAN CAMPAIGN.

THESE INCLUDED THE RECENTLY COMPLETED "BACK-TO-A-CLEAN-SCHOOL" ACTIVITIES; AND THE "PITCH I NG-1N" ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TUEN MUN » « » »

THE SEVENTH IN A SERIES OF EIGHT EXHIBITIONS, ORGANISED BY THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP, WILL BE HELD FROM NOON TO 3 PM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 7) AT THE YAN OI TOWN SQUARE, TUEN MUN.

THE WORKING GROUP HAS ARRANGED FOR EIGHT EXHIBITIONS ON FIRE PREVENTION TO BE HELD ON A BI-WEEKLY BASIS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THESE EXHIBITIONS, THE PUBLIC WILL BE REMINDED OF THE HIGH FIRE RISK IN THE DRY SEASON AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION.

PANELS ADVISING THE PUBLIC ON HOW TO PREVENT THE OUTBREAK OF FIRES IN BOTH THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE URBAN AREAS WILL BE DISPLAYED TO BRING OUT THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, "FIRE LAWS PROTECT".

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITIONS WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON FIRE PREVENTION AND SOUVENIR ITEMS SPONSORED BY KWONG ON BANK.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ♦ ♦ ♦

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF LETTERS ON FEBRUARY 18 (THURSDAY) DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS (FEBRUARY 17 TO 19), A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE SAID THAT ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FOR SERVICE DURING THE HOLIDAYS, EXCEPT ON THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 18 (THURSDAY) WHEN 42 POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON.

THE 42 POST OFFICES INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES IN KOWLOON, AND TSUEN WING STREET, SHA TIN CENTRAL AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DETAILS OF THE 42 POST OFFICES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM LOCAL POST OFFICES OR FROM THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU ON 5-231071.

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POSTFAX SERVICE EXTENDS TO ACCRA » » » * *

THE POSTFAX SERVICE, A JOINT POST OFFICE AND CABLE AND WIRELESS (HK) LTD. PUBLIC FACSIMILE SERVICE, WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE ACCRA IN GHANA FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

POSTFAX ITEMS HANDED IN AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BEFORE 6 PM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SAME-DAY COUNTER COLLECTION IN ACCRA.

DOCUMENTS (HAND-WRITTEN OR TYPED), DRAWINGS AND DIAGRAMS UP TO A4 SIZE ARE ACCEPTED FOR TRANSMISSION.

ALL POSTFAX ITEMS ARE HANDLED WITH CARE AND CONFIDENTIALITY.

AFTER ACCEPTANCE, THEY WILL BE SCANNED, CONVERTED INTO HIGH-SPEED ELECTRONIC IMPULSES AND TRANSMITTED DIRECT TO THE RECEIVING GATEWAY IN THE DISTANT COUNTRY.

THE CHARGES FOR THE SERVICE TO ACCRA WILL BE:

’SHORT MESSAGE’ FACILITY $55

FOR THE FIRST SIDE OF AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER $75

FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT A4 SIDE SENT TO THE SAME

ADDRESSEE AT THE SAME TIME $35

CUSTOMERS WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE CAN HAND IN THEIR DOCUMENTS AT ANY ONE OF THE 30 ACCEPTANCE POST OFFICES OR TWO CABLE AND WIRELESS SALES OFFICES AT THE EXCHANGE SQUARE AND HERMES HOUSE.

POSTFAX SERVICE IS NOW OFFERING HIGH-SPEED FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MORE THAN 70 COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD.

ALL THE IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNERS OF HONG KONG ARE INCLUDED IN THE SERVICE NETWORK, SUCH AS THE U.S.A., THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, CHINA, JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA.

FOR SPEEDIER TRANSMISSION AND AT NO EXTRA COST, FACSIMILE MACHINE OWNERS IN HONG KONG CAN FAX THEIR MESSAGES TO THE POST OFFICE UNDER SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO ADDRESSEES ABROAD WHO DO NOT HAVE THEIR OWN FACSIMILE EQUIPMENT.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SERVICE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE POSTFAX MANAGER ON 5-8471148.

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MORE YOUNG PEOPLE APPRENTICED IN INDUSTRY

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LAST YEAR WAS A SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING WITH MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING UP APPRENTICESHIP FOR TRAINING AS SKILLED PERSONNEL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

A TOTAL OF 4,900 APPRENTICESHIP CONTRACTS WERE REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH 4,500 IN 1986.

“THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED APPRENTICES UNDER TRAINING IN VARIOUS TRADES TO ABOUT 9,900,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE RAPID GROWTH OF INDUSTRY LEADING TO THE INCREASING DEMAND OF SKILLED MANPOWER AND EMPLOYERS’ AWARENESS OF APPRENTICESHIP AS AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF MANPOWER TRAINING WERE FACTORS IN THE INCREASE IN REGISTERED APPRENTICES, HE SAID.

THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES OPERATED BY THE THREE TRAINING AUTHORITIES - VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY - ALSO HELPED THEIR GRADUATING TRAINEES TO CONTINUE TRAINING BY JOINING AN APPRENTICESHIP.

AN APPRENTICESHIP ENABLES YOUNG PEOPLE TO OBTAIN THREE TO FOUR YEARS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING WITH EMPLOYERS AND COMPLEMENTARY TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE APPRENTICE PLACEMENT UNIT OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HELPED MORE THAN 2,000 YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET EMPLOYMENT AS APPRENTICES IN INDUSTRY LAST YEAR.

YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE SCHEME MAY CONTACT THE UNIT ON 5-8932341, EXT. 298.

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QUIZ ON FAMILY COMMUNICATION

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A TERRITORY-WIDE QUIZ CONTEST ON "FAMILY COMMUNICATION", WITH PRIZES VALUED AT $20,000, WILL BE HELD AS PART OF A VARIETY SHOW IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL IN KOWLOON TONG BETWEEN 3 PM AND 5 PM ON MARCH 6.

THE AIM IS TO PUBLICISE THE MAIN THEME OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION (FLE} CAMPAIGN - "COMMUNICATION HELPS BUILD A HAPPY FAMILY".

THE CONTEST IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON THE FLE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES, AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP APPEALED TO INTERESTED FAMILIES TO SHARE IN THE SPIRIT OF THE EVENT BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST OR BY JOINING THE AUDIENCE.

ENTRY FORMS FOR CONTESTANTS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SWD’S DISTRICT OFFICES, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICES AND GROUP WORK UNITS, OFFICES OF THE FLE WORKERS OF VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES, AND RTHK.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE SPECTATORS ONLY, A LIMITED NUMBER OF ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ABOVE VENUES ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.

IN THE PRELIMINARY ROUND, CONTESTANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTIONS ON THE ENTRY FORMS, WHICH MUST BE SENT TO THE "WHAT A NICE DAY" PROGRAMME, RTHK, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE 70200, KOWLOON, BEFORE FEBRUARY 24.

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RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE "WHAT A NICE DAY" PROGRAMME ON CHANNEL ONE OF RTHK AT 10.30 AM ON FEBRUARY 26.

FOUR FAMILIES WILL THEN BE CHOSEN AS FINALISTS FOR THE FINAL CONTEST TO BE HELD AT THE AC HALL ON MARCH 6 WHILE 10 OTHER FAMILIES WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES FOR ACHIEVING MERITORIOUS RESULTS IN THE PRELIMINARY ROUND.

THE PRIZES INCLUDE GIFT COUPONS, BOOK VOUCHERS AND HOLIDAY CAMPING TRIPS FOR FAMILIES. »•

THE ENTIRE CONTEST AND THE VARIETY SHOW WILL BE BROADCAST ON RTHK AT A LATER DATE.

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NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR ABERDEEN * * * »

A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL BE BUILT AT TIN WAN CLOSE IN ABERDEEN.

THE NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL BE A SINGLE-STOREY STRUCTURE EQUIPPED WITH A CARBON FILTRATION PLANT AND ELECTRICALLY OPERATED STEEL WINDOWS TO PREVENT THE EMISSION OF FOUL SMELLS.

AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED ROLLER SHUTTER WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE AND A MANUAL ROLLER SHUTTER AT THE SIDE ENTRANCE, WHILE THE EXTERNAL WALL WILL BE FINISHED WITH GLASS MOSAIC TILES.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED WILL INCLUDE AN OFFICE, A STORE ROOM AND A TOILET ON THE GROUND FLOOR, WITH A CONCRETE STAIRCASE LEADING TO THE ROOF.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS TO CARRY OUT THE WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN 10 MONTHS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON MARCH 4.

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THE FIRST NEW-TYPE DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION WILL BE BUILT IN HUNG HOM, KOWLOON, AND THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION.

ALTHOUGH THE L-SHAPED EIGHT-STOREY BLOCK HAS ONE STOREY LESS THAN THE EXISTING COMPARABLE DESIGN, IT PROVIDES A LARGER TOTAL FLOOR AREA THAN THE OLD RECTANGULAR-SHAPED STANDARD DIVISIONAL POLICE STATIONS WHICH WILL BE PHASED OUT.

LOCATED IN DYER AVENUE, THE NEW BUILDING WILL INCLUDE OFFICES, A REPORT ROOM, CANTEEN, LAUNDRY ROOM, BARRACKS, LOCKER ROOM, MESS, A COVERED COMPOUND, PODIUM AND A DRILL YARD.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN APRIL AND TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON MARCH 4 (FRIDAY).

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PROPERTY TO LET BY TENDER t » t *

A CUBICLE IS TO LET ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE CUBICLE, MEASURING ABOUT 8.3 SQUARE METRES, IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF 12 LI CHIT STREET, HONG KONG.

IT CAN BE USED FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES ONLY, EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL.

THE TENANCY IS ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SECTION OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON MARCH 4.

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WATER CUTS IN CHEUNG SHA WAN, TAI PO, SAN PO KONG

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THE PRESSURE OF THE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CHEUNG SHA WAN WILL BE REDUCED FROM 8 PM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHEUNG WAH STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOM TSUN STREET, KING LAM STREET, WING MING STREET, YU CHAU WEST STREET, WING HONG STREET AND PO ON ROAD.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PO HEUNG STREET, KWONG FUK ROAD, PAK SHING STREET, SUI ON STREET, HEI YUEN STREET, YAN HING STREET, YAN WO LANE, SHUNG TAK STREET, WAI YI STREET, NAM SHING STREET, WAI YAN STREET, ON FU ROAD, TSING YUEN STREET AND FU SHIN STREET.

IN ADDITION, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAN PO KONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY KING FUK STREET, CHOI HUNG ROAD AND TSEUK LUK STREET, INCLUDING SHUNG LING STREET, FOO YUEN STREET, YAN 01 STREET, KAM WING STREET, YI LUN STREET AND HONG KEUNG STREET.

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TEMPORARY LEFT-TURN BAN IN YUEN LONG

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8), THE EXISTING LEFT TURN MA MIU ROAD SOUTHBOUND ON TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE MUN-YUEN LONG LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

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FOR TUEN

THE LEFT-TURN SUSPENSION WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THE SUSPENSION WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MA MIU ROAD, MA WANG ROAD AND SHUI PIN WAI ROAD.

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NEW GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE IN YUEN LONG

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A NEW GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE IN YUEN LONG, PLYING BETWEEN FOOK HONG STREET AND LONG PING ESTATE, WILL BE INTRODUCED ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8 ) .

THE SERVICE, ROUTE NO. 74A, WILL OPERATE FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM AT EIGHT-MINUTE INTERVAIS. THE SINGLE JOURNEY FARE WILL BE $1.30.

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LONG VEHICLE BAN IN PEEL RISE *****

ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING PEEL RISE ON THE PEAK FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8).

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK, FOR (ABLE CONNECTION WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK'S EXCHANGE RATE REFLECTS UNDERLYING ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS 1

ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN ACHIEVES CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS ............. 1

FAMILY EDUCATION IMPORTANT IN SOLVING JUVENILE PROBLEMS ......... 2

EXPATRIATE TEACHER PILOT SCHEME BEING EVALUATED ................. 3

SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF CUSTOMS TRADE CONTROLS ....................... 5

GOOD CITIZENS TO GET CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION................ 6

HK HS SEMINARS WELL RECEIVED..................................... 6

FISHERMEN TO LEARN EMERGENCY HANDLING AT SEA .................... 8

SAI KUNG CHILDREN'S CHOIR TO GIVE ANNUAL CONCERT  ............... 9

•CLEANING FOR CHARITY DAY' SERVES TWO PURPOSES .................. 9

WAN CHAI FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN CLOSES ........................... 10

CLEAN-UP BEGINS IN YAU MA TEI .................................. 11

RAT PREVENTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED................................ 12

CAT.T, TO VOTE AT DB ELECTIONS ................................. 13

DB TO DISCUSS FUEL ASH DISPOSAL ................................ 13

DB TO DISCUSS HA'S REORGANISATION ............................. li+

NEW FACILITIES FOR POLICE TACTICAL UNIT......................... 15

MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR SHEK WU HUI RESIDENTS ......... 15

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HK’S EXCHANGE RATE REFLECTS UNDERLYING ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS » ♦ » » ♦

HONG KONG’S EXCHANGE RATE FULLY REFLECTS THE TERRITORY’S UNDERLYING ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR JOSEPH YAM, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

IN RESPONSE TO COMMENTS MADE BY THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, MR CLAYTON YEUTTER, YESTERDAY ON THE EXCHANGE RATES, MR YAM SAID HONG KONG DTD NOT RUN A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OVERALL.

’’THERE IS FULL EMPLOYMENT, BUOYANT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND A REASONABLE RATE OF INFLATION. A REVALUATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WOULD THROW HONG KONG’S ECONOMY OFF BALANCE,” HE SAID.

MR YAM SAID A REVALUATION WOULD NOT HELP TO REDUCE U.S TRADE DEFICIT WITH HONG KONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT OVER THE TWO YEARS (1986 AND 1987) THE SOUTH KOREAN WON AND THE NEW TAIWAN DOLLAR APPRECIATED AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR BY 12 PER CENT AND 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

BUT U.S. TRADE DEFICIT WITH SOUTH KOREA AND TAIWAN, ACCORDING TO FIGURES FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, GREW RAPIDLY IN 1987 BY 36 PER CENT AND 21 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, MR YAM SAID, ADDING THAT BY CONTRAST, U.S. TRADE DEFICIT WITH HONG KONG, USING FIGURES FROM THE SAME SOURCE, GREW BY ONLY 2 PER CENT.

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THE ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN HAS ACHIEVED CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS SINCE IT STARTED IN 1981 AS EVIDENCED BY A DROP OF 19 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF DAILY SMOKERS BETWEEN 1982 AND 1986.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND TODAY (SATURDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF OCCASIONAL SMOKERS ALSO FELL BY 21 PER CENT FROM 210,000 IN 1984 TO 169,000 IN 1986.

THE EXHIBITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED RY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AN!) THE HONG KONG COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH.

MR CHAMBERS SAID IT APPEARED THAT NEARLY HALF OF THOSE WHO

STOPPED SMOKING DID SO WITHOUT ANY ADVICE FROM DOCTORS.

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“THIS INDICATES THAT PEOPLE ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT SMOKING IS HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH.

"IT IS CLEAR THEREFORE THAT THE ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN HAS ACHIEVED CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS, BUT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO REST ON OUR LAURELS," HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH WAS NOW CONSIDERING FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS AND THAT HE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ITS PROPOSALS SOON.

MEANWHILE, THE AUTHORITIES ARE ALSO CONSIDERING TO CONDUCT ANOTHER SURVEY ON SMOKING PATTERNS AT THE END OF THIS YEAR TO MONITOR RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF THE SMOKING HABIT AMONG THE POPULATION AND TO GIVE INDICATIONS FOR THE DIRECTION OF FUTURE POLICIES.

MR CHAMBERS SAID: "THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST SMOKING IS FAR FROM WON, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN RECENT YEARS.

"TO ACHIEVE FURTHER SUCCESS WE NEED TO CONVINCE THE PUBLIC AS A WHOLE OF THE.DANGERS OF SMOKING, AND THIS IS WHERE EXHIBITIONS OF THIS KIND ARE SO VALUABLE."

MR CHAMBERS COMMENDED THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD FOR HAVING TAKEN THE LEAD IN THIS VERY WORTHWHILE WORK AND HOPED OTHER DB ’ S WOULD FOLLOW ITS FINE EXAMPLE.

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FAMILY EDUCATION IMPORTANT IN SOLVING JUVENILE PROBLEMS

FAMILY EDUCATION IS VERY IMPORTANT IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S CRIME PREVENTION EXHIBITION, MR BURRETT SAID MUCH ATTENTION WAS FOCUSED ON JUVENILE PROBLEMS IN THESE DAYS.

ALTHOUGH THE PROBLEMS WERE NOT THAT SERIOUS IN TAI PO, THERE WAS AN UPWARD TREND IN THE NUMBER OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY CASES. *

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN DEALING WITH THIS COMPLEX SOCIAL ISSUE, LAW ENFORCEMENT BY THE POLICE, SCHOOL EDUCATION, THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE’S ATTITUDE AS WELL AS PARENTAL CARE WERE EQUALLY IMPORTANT.

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IN EXPLAINING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FAMILY EDUCATION IN THE PREVENTION OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, MR BURRETT SAID MOST FAMILIES HAD BOTH PARENTS WORKING AND VERY OFTEN, YOUNGSTERS DID NOT RECEIVE ADEQUATE PARENTAL CARE. THIS MIGHT CAUSE ESTRANGEMENTS BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN RESULTING IN UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES.

MR BURRETT URGED PARENTS TO SHOW MORE CONCERN FOR THEIR CHILDREN, ENCOURAGE AND TEACH THEM SO THAT THEY WOULD BECOME GOOD CITIZENS.

HE SAID PART OF TODAY'S EXHIBITION WAS ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WHICH HE HOPED WOULD BE HELPFUL TO PARENTS.

ANTI-BURGLARY EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY THE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU AND WORKS OF A SCHOOL ANTI-TRIAD NOTICE BOARD DESIGN EXERCISE WERE ALSO DISPLAYED.

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, WILL BE HELD AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE UNTIL FEBRUARY 8. IT IS OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR LAM SAK-YEUNG; TAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR STEPHEN CHAU; AND TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR HO WAI-MAN.

APART FROM THE EXHIBITION, A STREET PLAY JOINTLY PRODUCED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE FRINGE CLUB WAS STAGED AT THE BASKETBALL COURT OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 3 PM.

THE 30-MINUTE PLAY DEPICTED THE TRIAD MENACE IN SCHOOLS, EXPOSED THEIR MODUS OPERANDI IN BULLYING STUDENTS AND HIGHLIGHTED THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES OF INVOLVEMENT IN TRIAD ACTIVITIES.

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THE EXPATRIATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER (EELT) PILOT SCHEME IS BEING EVALUATED RIGOROUSLY BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR LI WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON THE EELT PILOT SCHEME HELD IN THE AUDITORIUM OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED SCHOOLS IN WHICH ENGLISH HAS BEEN TAUGHT SUCCESSFULLY FOR 126 YEARS.

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HE SAID THE EVALUATION WAS MAKINO USE OF A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES INVOLVING A NUMBER OF TESTS, QUESTIONNAIRES AND SURVEYS.

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MR LI TOLD THE 240 PARTICIPANTS IN THE SEMINAR THAT THE TECHNIQUES WERE EMPLOYED FAIRLY FREQUENTLY BY THE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT (ERE) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN ITS VARIOUS RESEARCH PROJECTS.

MANY OF THESE RELATED TO LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING WHICH INCLUDE A CLUSTER OF STUDIES CONCERNING MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION QUESTIONS.

OTHER PROJECTS INCLUDED AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF EXTENSIVE READING BEING CARRIED OUT IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH AND AN EVALUATION OF THE REMEDIAL TEACHING SCHEME.

FURTHER PROJECTS INVOLVED ASSESSMENT OF THE ACTIVITY APPROACH AND A FURTHER EVALUATION OF THE SPLIT CLASS TEACHING OF ENGLISH PILOT SCHEME, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE ILE AND THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

NOTING THAT THE EVALUATION OF THE EELT PILOT SCHEME WAS OF IMMEDIATE INTEREST, MR LI SAID: "WE ARE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PUPILS AND TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS.

"WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THESE FACTORS AT THE END OF THE FIRST YEAR AND THEN, AGAIN, AT THE END OF THE SECOND YEAR AND WE SHALL BE CAREFUL NOT TO BE INFLUENCED BY PREMATURE, UNSANCTIONED REPORTS ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE SCHEME FROM PERSONS WHO ARE NOT INVOLVED IN IT."

MR LI ALSO COMMENTED ON SOME REPORTS THAT EXPATRIATE TEACHERS WERE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO COPE WITH PUPILS IN FORM ONE BECAUSE THE PUPILS KNEW VERY LITTLE ENGLISH AND THE EXPATRIATE TEACHERS, FOR THE MOST PART, KNEW NO CHINESE.

HE SAID IT WAS WORTH NOTING THAT PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE, IN MOST SCHOOLS, TAUGHT ENGLISH FOR SEVERAL PERIODS A WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SIX-YEAR PRIMARY PROGRAMME.

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR LI SAID HE HOPED THAT SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, WHETHER EXPATRIATE OR LOCAL, WOULD USE THEIR EXPERTISE TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN ENTERING FORM ONE TO BUILD UPON THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAD SO THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO USE THE LANGUAGE BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.

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SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF CUSTOMS TRADE CONTROLS

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THE YEAR 1987 SAW A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN CUSTOMS PROSECUTIONS AGAINST COMPUTER SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, INDICATING THAT THE PROBLEM HAS LARGELY KEPT BEEN UNDER CONTROL.

A TOTAL OF 26 PROSECUTIONS WERE MADE LAST YEAR IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH OFFENCES, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 33.3 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND RESULTING IN TOTAL FINES OF 192,100.

THE VALUE OF COUNTERFEIT GOODS SEIZED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR ALSO DROPPED BY 12.6 PER CENT TO A TOTAL OF $56 MILLION. THE SEIZURES WERE MOSTLY GARMENTS, WATCHES, LEATHER GOODS, FOODSTUFFS AND PLASTIC GOODS.

THERE WAS, HOWEVER, A 19.7 PER CENT INCREASE IN TERMS OF PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE REACHING A TOTAL OF 868 IN 1987. IN ADDITION TO TOTAL FINES OF ABOUT 16.03 MILLION, 30 IMPRISONMENT SENTENCES RANGING FROM ONE TO 18 MONTHS WERE ALSO IMPOSED.

WITH REGARD TO OTHER TRADE IRREGULARITIES, THE DEPARTMENT HAD PROSECUTED 1,005 CASES LAST YEAR, A 35.1 PER CENT INCREASE OVER 1986.

THE OFFENCES INCLUDED CONTRAVENTIONS OF FACTORY REGISTRATION CONDITIONS, FURNISHING OF FALSE INFORMATION IN APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN, EXPORTS OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS WITHOUT VALID LICENCES, UNDER-VALUATION OF IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS, AND TEXTILES LICENSING FRAUD.

FINES IMPOSED INCREASED BY 21.6 PER CENT FROM $17.01 MILLION IN 1986 TO $20.68 MILLION IN 1987, IN ADDITION TO TWO SUSPENDED CUSTODIAL SENTENCES FROM ONE TO TWO MONTHS.

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GOOD CITIZENS TO GET CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION * * » » »

THIRTY-THREE CIVIC-MINDED CITIZENS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED BRAVERY IN COMBATTING CRIME IN THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT WILL BE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THEIR READINESS TO HELP HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF CULPRITS INVOLVED IN ROBBERY, AND PICK-POCKETING, AND IN INDECENT ASSAULT ON MTR TRAINS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, AND THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR JIM MAIN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE YAU MA TEI RECREATION AND ARTS CENTRE, SALISBURY ROAD.

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HK HS SEMINARS WELL RECEIVED » « » ♦

THE SEMINARS ON THE HONG KONG HARMONIZED COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND CODING SYSTEM (HK HS) WERE WELL RECEIVED BY TRADERS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE NEW TRADE COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM -- HK HS -- FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATION HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED FROM JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

"OUT OF THE 18 SEMINARS, 17 WERE FULLY ENROLLED LONG BEFORE THEY WERE HELD. OVER 14,000 PARTICIPATED IN THE SEMINARS, AND MANY SHOWED KEEN INTEREST PARTICULARLY DURING THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID MOST PARTICIPANTS FOUND THE SEMINARS USEFUL AND THE HANDOUTS THEY RECEIVED ESPECIALLY HELPFUL AS HANDY REFERENCES FOR THE TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THE SEMINARS.

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’’TWO OF THE 18 SEMINARS WERE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH. AMONG THE 16 SESSIONS IN CANTONESE, NINE WERE ON GENERAL COMMODITY, FIVE ON TEXTURES AND CLOTHING AND TWO ON MACHINERY. A DIFFERENT SET OF HANDOUTS HAS BEEN DRAWN UP FOR EACH TOPIC,” HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN BELIEVED THAT THESE SEMINARS HAD ACHIEVED THE GOAL OF HELPING THE DECLARANTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE HK HS AND HAD PROVIDED A SUITABLE VENUE FOR TRADERS TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE NEW CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM.

"FOR TRADERS WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED THE HS SEMINARS, THEY CAN MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE HS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT BY PHONE, IN WRITING OR IN PERSON," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP AN ENQUIRY TEAM TO ANSWER QUERIES ON THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM. DIRECT TELEPHONE LINES ALLOCATED FOR THE SPECIFIC COMMODITY GROUPS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

ENQUIRY

HK HS COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION

TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT; WATCHES AND CLOCKS; PRECIOUS STONES; OPTICAL AND SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT; FURNITURE; TOYS; LIGHTING FITTINGS; OTHER MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR

MACHINERY; COMPUTERS; ELECTRONICS; RADIOS; TELEVISIONS; ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

CHEMICALS AND PHARMACEUTICALS; PLASTIC MATERIALS; HIDES AND SKINS; LEATHER; TRAVEL GOODS

TEXTILES

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS; MINERAL PRODUCTS;

WOOD, PAPER AND BASE METAL AND ARTICLES THEREOF; CERAMIC PRODUCTS; GLASS AND GLASSWARE

FOOD; BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO

TELEPHONE NO.

5-8234902

5-8234904

5-8234906

5-8234908

5-8234910

5-8234912

5-8234920

5-8234901

5-8234903

5-8234905

5-8234907

5-8234909

5-8234911

5-8235010

THOSE WITH COMPLICATED ENQUIRIES MAY WRITE TO THE TRADE CLASSIFICATION SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON THE 17TH FLOOR, WAN CHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

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FISHERMEN TO LEARN EMERGENCY HANDLING AT SEA « » » » » ■

A TWO-DAY SEMINAR TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR FISHERMEN ON THE PROPER PROCEDURES TO BE TAKEN IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK.

ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S ABERDEEN FISHERIES OFFICE ON FEBRUARY 8 AND 9 FROM 10 AM TO 4.30 PM.

THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR, WHICH IS HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME, IS TO ENABLE LOCAL FISHERMEN TO BETTER HANDLE VARIOUS TYPES OF EMERGENCIES AT SEA. IT WILL FOCUS ON THE PROPER STEPS TO BE TAKEN DURING EMERGENCIES SO AS TO MINIMISE THE LOSS OF LIVES OR PROPERTIES.

THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR FISHERIES OFFICER, DR RUDOLF WU, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE MOST COMMON ACCIDENTS CONCERNING FISHING VESSELS INCLUDED COLLISION, FOUNDERING, STRANDING AND FIRE.

"BETWEEN 1983 AND 1986, THERE WERE 323 REPORTED ACCIDENTS INVOLVING LOCAL FISHING VESSELS, RESULTING IN 62 DEATHS," DR WU SAID.

THE SEMINAR WILL FEATURE TALKS ON THE CORRECT THINGS TO DO IN CASES OF VESSEL LEAKAGE, COLLISION, STRANDING AND AGROUNDING, AND NAVIGATING IN A TROPICAL STORM.

OTHER TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE FIRE FIGHTING AND PREVENTION, THE USE OF DISTRESS SIGNALS, COMMON SYMPTOMS AND REMEDIAL ACTION ON ENGINE TROUBLES, AND ENGINE ROOM SAFETY.

THE TALKS, TO BE GIVEN BY EXPERTS IN THE RESPECTIVE FIELDS, WILL BE FOLLOWED BY VIDEO PRESENTATION AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

THE SEMINAR IS AMONG A SERIES OF TRAINING COURSES ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO HELP LOCAL FISHERMEN IMPROVE THEIR FISHING EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY AND ENHANCE THEIR SAFETY AT WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR WHICH WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) AT 10 AM AT THE AFD ABERDEEN FISHERIES OFFICE, 100A SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, ABERDEEN, HONG KONG.

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1988

SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR TO GIVE ANNUAL CONCERT t » » ♦ t

THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL CONCERT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

THE CONCERT IS ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND SPONSORED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

IN ADDITION TO PERFORMANCES BY THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, TWO OTHER CHOIRS WILL BE INVITED TO SING SONGS ORIGINATING FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. THESE ARE THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE STUDENT CHOIR OF ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE.

MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL ALSO PLAY PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS, A SPECIALITY OF THE CHOIR.

THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM. THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, AND THE SENIOR MUSIC OFFICER OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, MR SAMSON CHEUNG, WILL BE AMONG THE GUESTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL. IT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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ABOUT 400 STUDENTS FROM 15 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TOOK PART IN THE ’’CLEANING FOR CHARITY DAY" ON CHEUNG CHAU TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR YIU KAI-HANG SAID THE MEANINGFUL EVENT, WHICH WAS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN, SERVED TWO PURPOSES.

’’ON ONE HAND IT HELPS TO SPREAD THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE AMONG THE ISLANDERS, ON THE OTHER IT RAISES FUND FOR CHARITABLE USE," HE SAID.

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"RESIDENTS SHOULD TREASURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE DISTRICT AND KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN SO THAT NOT ONLY WILL THEY HAVE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN, BUT THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE WILL BECOME MORE ATTRACTIVE TO TOURISTS.

"THIS WILL IN TURN INCREASE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES," MR YIU SAID.

HE URGED THE STUDENTS TO BRING HOME THIS MESSAGE AND MAKE USE OF THE EXPERIENCE THEY GAINED IN THE CLEAN-UP EXERCISE.

THE EVENT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB.

THE PARTICIPANTS WERE DIVIDED INTO TEAMS TO CLEAN UP DIFFERENT AREAS ON CHEUNG CHAU. THEY WERE BEING SPONSORED IN THE ACTIVITY AND THE FUNDS RAISED WOULD BE CHANNELLED TO THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

LAST YEAR, A SIMILAR EVENT ORGANISED IN MUI WO RAISED SOME $16,000.

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THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IN THE PAST YEAR HAVE PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED A HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME AND ANTI-TRIAD PROGRAMMES.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, MR CHOW SAID THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HAD NOT ONLY BEEN EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING CRIME, BUT HAD ALSO STRENGTHENED NEIGHBOURHOOD TIES.

THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR M.G.F. CREW, REVEALED AT THE FUNCTION THAT THE OVERALL CRIME RATE IN THE DISTRICT HAD SLIGHTLY DECREASED LAST YEAR AS COMPARED WITH 1986.

HE ALSO URGED THE PUBLIC TO HELP THE POLICE BY REPORTING CRIME, GIVING INFORMATION AND COMING FORWARD AS WITNESSES.

HE ADDED THAT THE POLICE IN WAN CHAI HAD INCREASED THEIR PATROLS WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

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FIVE CITIZENS WERE PRESENTED WITH THE FIGHT CRIME AWARD AT THE CEREMONY. THEY WERE MR LAM KA-FAI, MR WONG KENG-YUEN, MR LO WAI-PING, MR LIU HO-YAN AND MR LI CHI-KEUNG.

PRIZES WERE ALSO GIVEN TO WINNERS OF THE ANTI-TRIAD POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

OTHER GUESTS PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN, AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARMAN CHIU.

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CLEAN-UP BEGINS IN YAU MA TEI » * « »

A CLEANrUP EXERCISE IN THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY) AND 12 TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS ARE BEING SET UP FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS IN GETTING READY FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI/TSIM SHA TSUI ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EXERCISE WAS THE LAST ACTIVITY OF THE DISTRICT’S 1987-88 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

THE 12 COLLECTION POINTS ARE LOCATED AT MARKET STREET, DUNDAS STREET, JUNCTION OF SHANGHAI STREET AND WATERLOO STREET, SHEK LUNG STREET, MAN CHEONG STREET, BATTERY STREET, KGV MEMORIAL PARK, HAIPHONG ROAD, PARKES STREET, MINDEN ROW, KIMBERLEY STREET AND EAST TSIM SHA TSUI.

ADDITIONAL STAFF HAVE ALSO BEEN MOBILISED BY USD TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE OF CLEANSING WORK.

THE CLEAN-UP MESSAGE WAS ALSO CONVEYED TO HAWKERS AND SHOP OPERATORS IN THE YAU MA TEI, HAIPHONG ROAD AND KWUN CHUNG MARKETS THROUGH A "CLEAN STALL" COMPETITION IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR. PRIZES WERE AWARDED TO THE CLEANEST STALLS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP EXERCISE TODAY WERE THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG; URBAN COUNCILLOR MR KWAN LIM-HO; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (KOWLOON) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR T.K. CHOY; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR YIP WAH.

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RAT PREVENTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED » » « »

WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND RESIDENTS CARRYING OUT YEAR-END CLEAN-UPS IN THEIR PREMISES, THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH IS HOLDING A MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RAT PREVENTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE UNIT SAID THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO CURB RATS WERE TO CUT OFF THEIR SOURCES OF FOOD AND TO BLOCK THEIR HIDING PLACES AND PASSAGEWAYS.

"A BUILDING THAT IS CLEAN AND WELL MAINTAINED KEEPS RATS AWAY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO ADVISED BUILDING MANAGEMENTS TO ORGANISE REGULAR CLEARANCE OF JUNK AND DISUSED ARTICLES FROM THE COMMON AREAS OF THEIR BUILDINGS SUCH AS BACKYARDS, STAIR LANDINGS AND ROOF SPACE.

THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT IS ALSO DISTRIBUTING POSTERS, LEAFLETS AND ADVISORY LETTERS TO BUILDING MANAGEMENTS, SCHOOLS, FOOD PREMISES AND MARKETS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PREVENT RAT INFESTATION:

» STORE FOOD PROPERLY IN COVERED CONTAINERS;

* STORE FOOD WASTE AND REFUSE IN BINS LINED WITH PLASTIC BAGS. DUSTBINS SHOULD BE TIGHTLY COVERED;

» KEEP BUILDING IN GOOD REPAIR. FILL UP CRACKED PAVINGS AND HOLES IN WALLS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN ALSO SEEK ADVICE FROM STAFF OF THE PEST CONTROL UNIT OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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CALL TO VOTE AT DB ELECTIONS *****

THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED REGISTERED ELECTORS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHT AND VOTE AT THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

HE CALLED ON VOTERS TO ELECT A CANDIDATE WHOSE VIEWS COULD BEST REPRESENT THEIR OWN.

HE SAID OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD HAD CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS COMMUNITY BUILDING AND IMPROVING PEOPLE’S LIVELIHOOD. THE CREDIT SHOULD GO TO EVERY CITIZEN WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, HE ADDED.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE VILLAGE CLEAN-UP COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

MR CHEUNG NOTED THAT THE EIGHT PARTICIPATING VILLAGES NOMINATED BY THE RURAL COMMITTEES HAD BEEN GIVEN A FACELIFT RECENTLY, AND THAT THEIR SPIRIT OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE WORTHY CAUSE OF KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND HEALTHY WAS HIGH.

THE FOUR WINNING VILLAGES ARE SHAN TSUI IN SHA TAU KOK, TSUNG HIM TONG IN FANL1NG, CHOW TIN IN TA KWU LING, AND HO SHEUNG HEUNG IN SHEUNG SHUI. THERE ARE 116 VILLAGES IN NORTH DISTRICT WITH A TOTAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 40,000.

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DB TO DISCUSS FUEL ASH DISPOSAL » » » » »

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A SUMMARY REPORT ON THE STAGE ONE STUDY ON THE DISPOSAL OF FUEL ASHES BY THE LAMMA ISLAND POWER STATION AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8).

MEMBERS’ VIEWS WILL BE SOUGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF VARIOUS FUEL ASH DISPOSAL METHODS OUTLINED IN THE REPORT PREPARED BY THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PENG CHAU NORTH LAYOUT PLAN AND THEIR COMMENTS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERATION WHEN THE APPROVAL OF THE PLAN IS SOUGHT.

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A BRIEFING ON THE 1987 EDITION OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME PREPARED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND ALLOCATION OF DB FUNDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 14TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) TO DISCUSS THE EFFECT OF THE REORGANISATION OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

THE ITEM IS PROPOSED BY A MEMBER, MR LAM CHAK-PIU, WHO HAS HIGHLIGHTED FOUR ASPECTS OF THE REORGANISATION - THE WORK AND JURISDICTION, FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS, INTERNAL ORGANISATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY - FOR MEMBERS’ CONSIDERATION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, AND THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 8) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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NEW FACILITIES FOR POLICE TACTICAL UNIT » » * » *

WORK HAS STARTED ON THE PROVISION OF NEW FACILITIES AT THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT AT VOLUNTEER SLOPES IN FANLING FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A $54.5 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE FACILITIES INCLUDE A SWIMMING POOL, AND 10 BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS RANGING FROM ONR TO FIVE STOREYS TO ACCOMMODATE A GYMNASIUM, OFFICES, TRAINING FACILITIES, INDOOR REVOLVER RANGE, STORES, RADIO WORKSHOP, MESS, BARRACK AND GARAGE.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE IN TWO YEARS.

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MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR SHEK WU HUI RESIDENTS

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A DISTRICT OPEN SPACE AND AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE ARE BEING BUILT IN SHEK WU HUI TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY AWARDED A $5.38 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DISTRICT OPEN SPACE IN AREA 4A, SHEK WU HUI, NEAR SAN FUNG AVENUE.

COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT TWO HECTARES, THE DISTRICT OPEN SPACE WILL INCLUDE A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA, A ROLLER SKATING RINK, GARDENS, SITTING-OUT AREAS AND TOILETS.

WORK HAS ALREADY STARTED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $1.9 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF PILED FOUNDATION FOR AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE IN AREA 6.

THE TWO-STOREY INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 2,720 SQUARE METRES, WILL INCLUDE ONE INDOOR GAMES HALL, ONE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL, THREE QUASH COURTS, PHYSICAL TRAINING ROOMS, FITNESS TRAINING ROOMS AND CHANGING FACILITIES.

WORK HAS STARTED LAST MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENT OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN NOVEMBER....... 1

SjkM CENTRE OFFERS HIGH STANDARD OF TRAINING FOR SEAMEN ... 6

THE CHANGING FACE OF JUNK BAY.................................. 7

OVERHEIGHT LOADS POSE HAZARD .................................. 9

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW ................ 11

SCOUTING GOOD FOR INFORMAL EDUCATION ......................... 11

EMPLOYERS GIVEN LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS REMINDER.............. 12

SAI KUNG CHILDREN'S CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT ..................... 1J

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO THA FIRES ......... 14

PUBLIC REMINDED HOT TO CUT TREES ............................. 14

CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN IN KOWLOON CITY............................. 15

COVERED BAZAAR FOR J.^DE HAWKERS ............................. 16

CASTLE PEAK ROhD TO BE CLOSED AT NIGHT ....................... 16

WATER CUTS IN SAU MaU PING, S.N PO KONG ...................... 17

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7,

1988

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENT OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN NOVEMBER

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THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 24 PER CENT AND 46 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1987 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATE.

HENCE, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 33 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 31 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 2 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 NOVEMBER 1987 WITH NOVEMBER 1986, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT AND 38 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

HENCE, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 23 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT; RE-EXPORT PRICES ROSE BY 3 PER CENT WHILE IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY 5 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 INDEXES ARE COMPILED. THE VOLUME OF TRADE IS DERIVED FROM TRADE VALUES BY DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR NOVEMBER 1987 AS COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN NOVEMBER 1987 COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986.

THESE INCLUDED METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+11 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+8 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+8 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+7 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+7 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+6 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+5 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+2 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+2 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+1 PER CENT) AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+1 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WAS RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-1 PER CENT).

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MANY COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN NOVEMBER 1987 COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986, INCLUDING METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+41 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+33 PER CENT); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+33 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+17 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+8 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+3 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CLOTHING (+1 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-19 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-12 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-4 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (-3 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-1 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR NOVEMBER 1987 AS COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES ROSE IN NOVEMBER 1987 AS COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986, RANGING FROM 2 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 18 PER CENT FOR FUELS, WHICH WAS PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RELATIVELY LOW IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS IN NOVEMBER 1986.

IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN NOVEMBER 1987 COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986. SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN SUGAR; TEA AND COFFEE AS WELL AS FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS.

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HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD AS WELL AS RICE.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 31 PER CENT. THE COMMODITIES WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS AS WELL AS RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS.

the import Volume of raw materials and semi-manufactures rose BY 23 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER 1987 COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RAW COTTON; PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS; CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS AS WELL AS MAN-MADE FIBRES.

DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR AS WELL AS COTTON YARN AND THREAD.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN NOVEMBER 1987 AS COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986.

FOR THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 30 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986. THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR NOVEMBER 1987 AS COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN NOVEMBER 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1986, RANGING FROM 15 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 67 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS. HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 58 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE NOVEMBER 1987 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS" WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AROUND FEBRUARY 12 AT *2.5 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, HONG KONG (5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDEXES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (5-8234918).

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TABLE 1: INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP.

COMPARING JAN-NOV 1987 COMPARING NOV 1987

WITH JAN-NOV 1986 WITH NOV 1986

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

CLOTHING 27 8 18 8 7 1

TEXTILE FABRICS 53 6 44 25 7 17

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 36 5 30 -5 8 -12

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES 10 4 6 t 2 -1

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS 16 3 12 -13 8 -19

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 15 -2 17 32 -1 33

FOOTWEAR 18 4 14 3 6 -3

METAL MANUFACTURES 29 2 26 37 2 33

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 59 4 52 57 11 41

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 17 » 16 9 1 8

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES 3 4 -1 « 5 -4

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 17 3 14 4 1 3

ALL COMMODITIES 27 3 24 15 3 12

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TABLE 2: INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE CATEGORY COMPARING JAN-NOV 1987 WITH JAN-NOV 1986 COMPARING NOV 1987 WITH NOV 1986 UNIT

VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

VALUE % VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 12 1 10 20 2 18

CONSUMER GOODS 41 4 36 36 4 31

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 39 4 34 29 5 23

FUELS 6 3 3 7 18 -9

CAPITAL GOODS 42 7 i 33 42 9 30

ALL COMMODITIES. 36 4 31 32 5 25

TABLE 3: INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END- ■USE CATEGORY

COMPARING JAN-NOV 1987 WITH JAN-NOV 1986 COMPARING NOV 1987 WITH NOV 1986

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 13 -1 14 13 -1 15

CONSUMER GOODS 57 2 54 47 2 44

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 47 3 43 39 6 31

FUELS -8 10 -16 -51 16 -58

CAPITAL GOODS 47 * 48 68 1 67

ALL COMMODITIES 49 2 46 43 3 38

NOTES FOR TABLES 1 TO 3:

t 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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$30M CENTRE OFFERS HIGH STANDARD OF TRAINING FOR SEAMEN *****

THE COMPLEX AND SUBSTANTIAL TRAINING STRUCTURES OF THE SEAMEN’S TRAINING CENTRE, WHICH DOMINATE THE WATERFRONT AT TAI LAM CHUNG, ARE BEING GIVEN FINISHING TOUCHES AND FINAL INSPECTIONS BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST GROUP OF TRAINEES EARLY IN THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

MANAGED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, THE $30 MILLION CENTRE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE A PROPER TRAINING SYSTEM FOR LOCAL SEAFARERS.

"CREW MEMBERS OF HIGH STANDARD ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR SHIPPING INDUSTRY," SAID THE MANAGER OF THE CENTRE, CAPTAIN JACK HAWORTH.

"THEY ARE ONE OF THE PREREQUISITES FOR THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR 'INDEPENDENT REGISTER’ IN THE EARLY 1990’S."

CAPTAIN HAWORTH HAS ALMOST FOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING THE STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING (STCW) COURSE FOR SERVING SEAMEN AT THE COUNCIL’S TEMPORARY CENTRE AT LITTLE SAI WAN.

HE IS CONFIDENT THAT THE COMPREHENSIVE AND STRINGENT TRAINING TO BE OFFERED AT THE PERMANENT CENTRE WILL BE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN ENABLING NEW ENTRANT RATINGS, AS WELL AS EXISTING SEAFARERS, TO ACQUIRE TECHNICAL SKILLS OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARD.

"WITH AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION, THE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF HONG KONG SEAMEN WILL ALSO BE GREATLY ENHANCED," HE ADDED.

THE COUNCIL IS NOW INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLMENT IN PRE-SEA COURSES FOR TRAINING JUNIOR SEAMEN, ENGINE ROOM AND GENERAL PURPOSE RATINGS. THESE COURSES WILL START SOON AFTER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

MALE HONG KONG RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 34, PREFERABLY WITH A FORM THREE EDUCATION BACKGROUND, MAY APPLY FOR THESE PRE-SEA COURSES.

"IT WILL BE ADVANTAGEOUS FOR THESE TRAINEES TO TAKE THE 23-WEEK GENERAL PURPOSE COURSE AS IT COMBINES THE SPECIALIST PARTS OF THE TWO 16-WEEK COURSES FOR SEAMEN AND ENGINE ROOM RATINGS," CAPTAIN HAWORTH SAID.

"MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SAILORS WITH ALL-ROUND TRAINING."

THE TRAINING FOR NEW ENTRANTS AND RATINGS AT THE CENTRE IS FREE AND, IN ADDITION, THERE IS AN ALLOWANCE FOR NEW ENTRANTS TO DEFRAY PART OF THEIR TRAVELLING AND MEAL EXPENSES.

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SERVING SEAFARERS MAY ENROL IN REFRESHER COURSES, SUCH AS FIREFIGHTING AND FIRST AID, OR FOR TWO UPGRADING CERTIFICATE COURSES LEADING TO THE NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS FOR PROGRESSION TO SENIOR POSTS.

THE CENTRE IS LOCATED ON 1.6 HECTARES OF LAND BY THE SEA BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN.

IT IS COMPREHENSIVELY EQUIPPED AND HAS FULL FACILITIES FOR TRAINING IN SEAMANSHIP, ENGINEERING, WATCHKEEPING, FIRE-FIGHTING, PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES, CARGO HANDLING, AND OTHER SKILLS.

’’THE PRIME OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING ARE TO PROMOTE SAFETY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY AT SEA AND ENCOURAGE THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT,” CAPTAIN HAWORTH SAID.

’’TRAINING AT THE CENTRE WILL STRESS THE VALUES OF DISCIPLINE AND TEAMWORK. THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WILL ALSO BE EMPHASISED DURING THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION.”

THE CENTRE AIMS TO TRAIN 440 NEW ENTRANTS AND 600 IN-SERVICE SEAFARERS EACH YEAR.

THOSE INTERESTED IN MAKING APPLICATIONS, OR ENQUIRIES, SHOULD CONTACT THE CENTRE’S RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT OFFICER ON 0-45R3833.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF JUNK BAY » * *

A QUIET COVE TO THE EAST OF THE KOWLOON PENINSULA IS SLOWLY BUT STEADILY BEING DEVELOPED AS THE HOME FOR MORE THAN 325,000 PEOPLE.

JUNK BAY, SEPARATED FROM KOWLOON PROPER BY HILLY TERRAIN, WAS AT ONE TIME ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY SEA OR, FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS, BY AN ARDUOUS TREK THROUGH THE STEEP HILLS.

HOWEVER, MANY CHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

FOR EXAMPLE, A MODERN NETWORK OF ROADS IS IN VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO JUNK BAY. THE MAJOR ROADS LINKING THE BAY TO KOWLOON ARE PO LAM ROAD, HANG HAU ROAD AND THE JUNK BAY ROAD TUNNEL.

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SETTLEMENT IN JUNK BAY CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE 13TH CENTURY, BUT LARGE-SCALE SETTLEMENT DID NOT OCCUR UNTIL THE LATE 16TH CENTURY WHEN MANY OF THE EXISTING VILLAGES WERE FOUNDED.

HANG HAU WAS AT ONE TIME THE MOST POPULATED AND PROSPEROUS VILLAGE IN THE WHOLE OF THE CLEARWATER BAY PENINSULA.

IN THE 1960’S, HANG HAU BECAME A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREA MAINLY FOR SHIP BREAKING AND RELATED INDUSTRIES, BUT THIS WAS GRADUALLY PHASED OUT FROM 1982 WHEN THE GOVERNMENT GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT FOR JUNK BAY TO BE DEVELOPED AS A THIRD GENERATION NEW TOWN.

AS WITH OTHER NEW TOWNS, JUNK BAY WILL BE DEVELOPED AS A COMPLETELY SELF-CONTAINED ENTITY BUT WILL RETAIN MUCH OF ITS RURAL FLAVOUR.

CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA ARE BEING CO-ORDINATED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES/SOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

THESE INCLUDE ALL ESSENTIAL FACILITIES SUCH AS SCHOOLS, A MEDICAL CLINIC, A FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT, A POLICE STATION, SEWERAGE NETWORK, WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND SERVICE RESERVOIRS.

THE FIRST PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING ESTATE - PO LAM ESTATE - IS NOW SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED AND THE FIRST BATCH OF RESIDENTS IS EXPECTED TO MOVE IN SOON.

ON FULL DEVELOPMENT SOME TIME IN THE NEXT DECADE, JUNK BAY WILL BE HOME TO AROUND 300,000 PEOPLE WHO WILL BE HOUSED IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES, HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES AND VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSES.

THE GROWING POPULATION IN JUNK BAY MAY WELL SEE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION EXTENDING ITS KWUN TONG LINE TO THIS ONCE QUIET COVE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, WILL VISIT JUNK BAY ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) AFTERNOON.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER MR BARNES’ VISIT. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO USE THIS TRANSPORT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE LIFT LOBBY OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AT 1.30 PM SHARP.

THOSE WHO ARE USING THEIR OWN TRANSPORT SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE SENIOR RESIDENT ENGINEER’S SITE OFFICE (MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA) ON PO LAM ROAD, AT THE JUNCTION WITH A ROAD LEADING TO RENNIE’S MILL AND THE HAVEN OF HOPE HOSPITAL, BEFORE 2.30 PM.

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OVERHEIGHT LOADS POSE HAZARD

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OPERATORS AND DRIVERS OF GOODS VEHICLES WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED THAT THE MOVEMENT OF OVERHEIGHT LOADS CAN BE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OVERHEIGHT LOADS COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO OVERHEAD STRUCTURES SUCH AS FOOTBRIDGES, GANTRY SIGNS AND TROLLEY WIRES* ACCIDENTS INVOLVING OVERHEIGHT LOADS AND SUCH STRUCTURES COULD EVEN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY TO PEOPLE IN THE VICINITY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SECTION 55 (D) OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TRAFFIC CONTROL) REGULATIONS STIPULATED THAT THE HEIGHT OF ANY LOAD, WHEN CARRIED ON A VEHICLE, MUST NOT EXCEED 4.6 METRES ABOVE THE ROAD SURFACE.

"IT ALSO STATES THAT A DRIVER STILL COMMITS AN OFFENCE IF THE LOAD ON HIS VEHICLE CAUSES DAMAGE TO ANY OBJECT LAWFULLY ERECTED ABOVE THE ROAD, EVEN THOUGH THE LOAD DOES NOT EXCEED THE 4.6 METRE HEIGHT LIMIT.

’’ANY OFFENDER OF THIS REGULATION IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5,000 AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT ON FIRST CONVICTION, AND A FINE OF $10,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT ON A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION.

"WHERE A VEHICLE CARRYING ANY LOAD WHICH EXTENDS BEYOND THE VEHICLE’S OWN BODYHEIGHT, AND PARTICULARLY WHERE THE LOAD IS SOME TYPE OF ENGINEERING PLANT, SUCH AS AN EXCAVATOR, OR CRANE, IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL ROAD USERS THAT THE DRIVER CHECKS THE HEIGHT OF THE LOAD ABOVE THE ROAD BEFORE SETTING OFF ON HIS TRIP," THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

HE EMPHASISED THE PARTICULAR HAZARD OF OVERHEAD TROLLEY WIRES INSTALLED ALONG THE TRAMWAY BETWEEN KENNEDY TOWN AND SHAU KEI WAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

AN EXTENSIVE SYSTEM OF SIMILAR OVERHEAD WIRES WAS NOW BEING INSTALLED ALONG THE TRACKS OF THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN TUEN MUN, AND IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

HE STRESSED THAT GOODS VEHICLE DRIVERS SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY ALERT WHEN CROSSING THE LIGHT RAIL TRACKS SINCE THESE WIRES WERE ALREADY IN PLACE AND ENERGISED.

"THE CONSEQUENCES OF CONTACT WITH THESE WIRES COULD BE DISASTROUS, POSING A THREAT TO THE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS AND PEOPLE NEARBY, AS WELL AS CAUSING DISRUPTION TO RAIL SERVICES THAT WOULD INCONVENIENCE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE," HE ADDED.

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TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS THE TWO ISSUES OF SEATING CAPACITY FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND THE ROLE AND OPERATION OF COACHES.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AT 2.30 PM.

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SCOUTING GOOD FOR INFORMAL EDUCATION

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THE SCOUT MOVEMENT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST UNIFORMED YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN THE WORLD AND HAS PROVED ITS WORTH IN MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND. CULTURES OVER MANY GENERATIONS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT A FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY AT TAI TAM SCOUT HOSTEL, MR LI SAID SCOUTING WAS A FORM OF INFORMAL EDUCATION, WHICH COMPLEMENTED THE EDUCATION RECEIVED AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL.

"ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR ITS SUCCESS LIES IN THE CHALLENGE WHICH IT PROVIDES AND THE SENSE OF PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT WHICH IT OFFERS TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE," HE SAID.

"ITS PROGRAMMES COMBINE ADVENTURE WITH SELF-DISCIPLINE AND EXCITEMENT WITH A SENSE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS."

NOTING THAT REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED TO DEVELOP IN HONG KONG, MR LI SAID, "IT IS OUR PRIMARY TASK AND RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE AND PREPARE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE CHANGES AND CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE.

"IN PARTICULAR, WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNGER GENERATION TO DEVELOP A GREATER INTEREST IN AND A GREATER COMMITMENT TO THE WELL-BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY.

"I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION, WITH ITS WIDE NETWORK, ITS LONG AND SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE AND ITS DEVOTION AND DEDICATION, WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A VEKY IMPORTANT ROLE IN ITS EDUCATIONAL PROCESS,"

MR LI SAID THE TAI TAM SCOUT HOSTEL WAS DESIGNED MAINLY TO PROVIDE INDOOR ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, BOTH SCOUTS AND NON-SCOUTS, WHO WISHED TO USE THE CAMP SITE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND FOR TRAINING PURPOSES.

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THE HOSTEL IS BEING BUILT WITH FUNDS ASSOCIATION’S HONG KONG ISLAND REGION AND ITS GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE BRADBURY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

RAISED BY THE SCOUT SEVEN DISTRICTS, WITH

CHARITBALE TRUST AND

MR LI EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION IT HAD DONE AND WHAT IT WOULD CONTINUE TO DO FOR THE YOUNG HONG KONG, MOST OF WHOM WERE IN FACT STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS.

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EMPLOYERS GIVEN LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS REMINDER

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT NEW YEAR’S DAY AND THE SECOND AND THIRD DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, WHICH FALL ON FEBRUARY 17, 18 AND 19, ARE STATUTORY HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND THOSE NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $11,500 A MONTH ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAYS AND MUST BE PAID FOR THE DAYS OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO AN EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY AND SHOULD INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AS WELL AS ALLOWANCES THAT CAN BE EXPRESSED IN MONEY TERMS SUCH AS MEALS AND COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCES.

WHERE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE DAILY EARNINGS DURING EVERY COMPLETE WAGE PERIOD, WHICH CAN BE BETWEEN 28 AND 31 DAYS, PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ANY

BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT

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MORE THAN 1,000 SAI KUNG RESIDENTS TODAY (SUNDAY) ATTENDED THE ANNUAL CONCERT OF THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF SAI KUNG CHILDREN'S CHOIR AND SPONSORED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, THE ANNUAL CONCERT WAS AIMED AT DISPLAYING THE CHOIR’S PROGRESS IN THE PAST YEAR, PROMOTING LOCAL PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN SINGING AND FOSTERING THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

PERFORMANCES WERE ALSO GIVEN BY THE HONG KONG CHILDREN'S CHOIR AND THE ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE STUDENTS’ CHOIR.

THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WAS FORMED IN 1979 BY A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTS TO PROVIDE MUSIC TRAINING FOR TALENTED CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE CHOIR HAS RECEIVED MUCH SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS BODIES SUCH AS THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE MUSIC OFFICE AS WELL AS SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

AT PRESENT, THE CHOIR HAS ABOUT 100 MEMBERS WHO ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS ACCORDING TO THEIR AGES. CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 16 YEARS OLD ARE IN THE SENIOR GROUP, WHILE THOSE BETWEEN SIX AND 11 ARE IN THE JUNIOR GROUP.

THEY RECEIVE TRAINING IN SINGING AND ATTEND CLASSES IN PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS.

THE MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN PART IN MANY ACTIVITIES INCLUDING SINGING CONTESTS, MUSIC CAMPS, ANNUAL CONCERTS, AND RECREATIONAL FUNCTIONS SUCH AS VISITS TO TUNG LUNG ISLAND AND SHEUNG YIU VILLAGE.

A COLLECTION OF THE SONGS SUNG BY THE CHOIR, KNOWN AS THE "SAI KUNG SUITE", WAS ISSUED IN 1982 AND HAS GAINED WIDE APPLAUSE FROM VARIOUS SECTORS. THE SECOND ISSUE OF THE SUITE IS NOW BEING PREPARED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED AROUND APRIL AND MAY.

CHILDREN LIVING OR STUDYING IN SAI KUNG WHO ARE UNDER 16 YEARS OLD AND HAVE GREAT INTEREST IN SINGING ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE CHOIR.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE ON 3-7924455.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO THA FIRES

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) MORNING TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO THE RECENT FIRES IN THE YUEN CHAU KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

DB MEMBER MR CHAN HON-YING WILL ASK WHY SOME FIRE HOSES THERE HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE INEFFECTIVE AND WHETHER THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT CARRIES OUT REGULAR CHECKS ON FIRE FIGHTING FACILITIES IN THA’S. HE ALSO WANTS TO KNOW WHETHER THE DEPARTMENT HAS PLANS TO ALLOCATE SOME 400 VACANT UNITS IN THE YUEN CHAU KOK THA TO THOSE IN NEED.

ANOTHER DB MEMBER, MR LAU KONG-WAH, WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT MEASURES TO PREVENT BURGLARY IN THE TRIDENT BLOCKS OF POK HONG ESTATE, FUNG SHING COURT, MEI SHING COURT AND HIN KENG ESTATE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF HAWKING ACTIVITIES ON FOOTBRIDGES LINKING SHA TIN CENTRE AND LUCKY PLAZA; THE INSTALLATION OF "EMERGENCY HELPLINES" ALONG THE CYCLETRACK AND IN SOME REMOTE PLACES; THE PROPOSED MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR 1988-89; AND THE BUDGET ESTIMATES AND APPLICATION FOR FUNDS IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A REPORT ON A THA QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY; NOTES OF MEETINGS OF THE "CONCERN OF TEMPORARY HOUSING GROUP" AND THE "PRIVATE HOUSING WORKING GROUP"; AND REPORTS BY OTHER WORKING GROUPS UNDER THE COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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PUBLIC REMINDED NOT TO CUT TREES

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RESIDENTS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED NOT TO CUT ANY TREES OR PLANTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR DECORATIVE USE DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE COUNTRY PARKS PROTECTION OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR C.W. LAI, SAID CUTTING TREES OR PLANTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE FOREST AND COUNTRYSIDE ORDINANCE.

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"CONTRAVENTION OF THE ORDINANCE MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF >2,000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT," HE SAID.

"ALTHOUGH RESIDENTS HAVE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVING THE ENVIRONMENT, SIX PEOPLE WERE PROSECUTED LAST YEAR FOR CUTTING TREES AND PLANTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

"SOME OF THESE CASES INVOLVED FLOWERING BRANCHES OF TIU CHUNG TREES WHICH ARE SOUGHT AFTER AS ORNAMENTAL FLOWER DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR," HE ADDED.

MR LAI SAID WILD FLOWERS AND TREES ARE BEST APPRECIATED IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT AND SHOULD NOT BE PICKED OR CUT.

HE APPEALLED FOR PUBLIC CO-OPERATION TO REPORT SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES TO THE NEAREST COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE.

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CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN IN KOWLOON CITY * * * *

A CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WILL BEGIN IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 10) TO DEAL WITH REFUSE DISCARDED BY HOUSEHOLDS PREPARING FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE CAMPAIGN, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, IS AIMED AT ENSURING THAT THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE IS NOT MARRED BY LARGE QUANTITIES OF REFUSE LITTERING PUBLIC PLACES.

THE CLEAN-UP WILL BE LAUNCHED AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) AT THE CHEUNG NING STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, TO KWA WAN.

AMONG THOSE PRESENT WILL BE URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR PAO PING-WING; KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; AND THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, RESPECTIVELY MR TANG TAI-CHUEN AND WONG CHI-KEUNG.

WINNERS OF A CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION WILL BE PRESENTED PRIZES AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LAUNCHING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT YEAR-END CLEAN-UP AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) AT THE CHEUNG NING STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT (NEAR SHEUNG HEUNG ROAD), TO KWA WAN.

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COVERED BAZAAR FOR JADE HAWKERS

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A COVERED BAZAAR FOR JADE HAWKERS IS TO BE BUILT AT KANSU STREET, YAU MA TEI.

OCCUPYING 1,850 SQUARE METRES, THE BAZAAR WILL BE BUILT IN THE FORM OF A STEEL STRUCTURE AND PROVIDE SPACE FOR 460 JADE STALLS.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE TWO SWITCH ROOMS AND TWO PUMP ROOMS.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE AFFECTED HAWKERS TO OPERATE FROM A BASKETBALL COURT AT THE JUNCTION OF SHANGHAI STREET AND PUBLIC SQUARE STREET DURING THE YEAR-LONG CONSTRUCTION PERIOD BEGINNING IN APRIL.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TAI HO ROAD AND SAI LAU KOK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DAILY FROM 1.15 AM TO 5.45 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 9) AND WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 10).

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE. AFFECTED VEHICLES, INCLUDING KMB ROUTE NO. 59S, WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA SAI LAU KOK ROAD.

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WATER CUTS IN SAU MAU PINO, SAN PO KONG « « * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAU MAU PING WILL BE TURNED OFF ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 10) AND THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 11), FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

ON WEDNESDAY, THE AREA AFFECTED COVERS SAU MING ROAD FROM THE JUNCTION OF SAU MAU PING ROAD TO SAU MAU PATH, SAU MAU PING ROAD FROM THE JUNCTION OF SAU MING ROAD TO SAU MAU PATH, SAU MAU PATH AND BLOCKS 33-41, SAU MAU PING ESTATE, INCLUDING SAU PO STREET.

ON THURSDAY, THE SUSPENSION AFFECTS SAU MAU PATH, SAU MING ROAD FROM THE JUNCTION OF SAU MAU PATH TO THE JUNCTION OF HIU KWONG STREET, AND HIU KWONG STREET FROM THE JUNCTION OF SAU MING ROAD TO THE JUNCTION OF SAU MAU PING ROAD.

THE SUSPENSION ALSO AFFECTS SAU MAU PING ROAD FROM THE JUNCTION OF SAU MAU PATH TO THE JUNCTION OF HIU KWONG STREET, INCLUDING BLOCKS 20-32, SAU MAU PING ESTATE.

IN ADDITION, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAN PO KONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12), FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TSEUK LUK STREET, CHOI HUNG ROAD, SZE MEI STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KING TAI STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED .................. 1

TAO'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE PRESENTED TO EXCO................ 3

CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER OPENED........... 4

WORK STARTS ON TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TUEN MUN............ 5

PRELIMINARY FIGURES FOR PROPERTY REVIEW RELEASED ............ 5

S FOR S-DESIGNATE VISITS FSD..........................•......

ANCESTRAL HALL IN NT RESTORED................................ 10

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT........................................ 11

EFFECTIVE MARKETING SKILLS COURSE FOR TOURISM STAFF ......... 11

SEMINAR ON SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT ................ 12

RED PACKETS FOR ELDERLY IN HOSTELS, HOMES ................... 12

TWO RECREATIONAL PROJECTS TO START SOON .....................

WATER STORAGE FIGURE.................-.......................

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TO MEET .............................

KOWLOON TONG ROAD CLOSURE

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QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED

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THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION EXPERIENCED BY FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987 WAS LARGELY SIMILAR TO THAT IN THE YEAR’S THIRD QUARTER, ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN REGARD TO THE BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988, OPINIONS OF FIRMS ARE DIVIDED, BUT ON BALANCE THEY EXPECT A DECLINE IN BUSINESS OVER THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987, WHICH IS MAINLY DUE TO SEASONAL FACTORS.

WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, FIRMS IN ALL INDUSTRIES EXPERIENCED A MODERATE IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE ’TEXTILES’ AND ’PLASTICS’ INDUSTRIES WHICH RECORDED A DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS.

REGARDING THE BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988, FIRMS IN THE ’PRINTING’, ’ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES’ AND ’ELECTRONICS’ EXPECT LITTLE CHANGE IN BUSINESS, WHEREAS FIRMS IN THE ’WATCHES AND CLOCKS’ INDUSTRY LOOK FORWARD TO SOME IMPROVEMENT.

HOWEVER, FIRMS IN THE OTHER INDUSTRIES EXPECT A DECLINE IN BUSINESS, PARTICULARLY IN THE ’TEXTILES’ AND 'PLASTICS’ INDUSTRIES.

FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR EXPERIENCED A CONTINUED BUSINESS UPTREND IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987 AND EXPECT THE BUSINESS SITUATION TO REMAIN FAVOURABLE DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

AS FOR THE 'WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’ SECTOR, FIRMS GENERALLY EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987.

A SEASONAL DECLINE IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED FOR FIRMS IN THE 'HOTELS’ AND ’RESTAURANTS’ BUSINESSES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 WHEREAS THE BUSINESS SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN STABLE FOR FIRMS IN THE ’WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES’.

SIMILARLY, FIRMS IN THE ’BANKS’ AND ’TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION’ BUSINESSES REPORTED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987.

AS FOR THE FIRMS IN THE 'REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES’ SECTOR, SOME DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS WAS EXPERIENCED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

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AS REGARDS BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988, SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN BUSINESS ARE EXPECTED EXCEPT FOR THE BANKS, IN WHICH THE MAJORITY OF RESPONDING FIRMS EXPECT THE BUSINESS CONDITIONS TO REMAIN THE SAME.

ABOUT 1,000 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY AND WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS. THE SURVEY ALSO COVERED BUSINESS PROBLEMS FACED BY FIRMS.

IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, SHORTAGE OF LABOUR GENERALLY REMAINS A PROMINENT PROBLEM ENCOUNTERED BY A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF FIRMS. HOWEVER, THE INTENSITY OF THE PROBLEM HAS EASED SOMEWHAT WHEN COMPARED TO THE POSITION IN THE PREVIOUS ROUND OF THE SURVEY.

IN ADDITION, SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR AND HIGH MATERIALS PRICES WERE ALSO INDICATED BY THE REPORTING FIRMS AS RELATIVELY MORE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS. THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

SEVERAL MAJOR PROBLEMS CONTINUED TO AFFECT FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, INCLUDING PRICE COMPETITION FROM LOCAL FIRMS, GENERAL SHORTAGE OF LABOUR PARTICULARLY SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR AND HIGH WAGE RATES. THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN PROMINENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

SHORTAGE OF STAFF GENERALLY HAS BECOME A PREVALENT PROBLEM FOR FIRMS IN BOTH THE ’WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’ AND ’OTHER SERVICES’ SECTORS DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987 AND IS ANTICIPATED TO REMAIN SO IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

ALTHOUGH PRICE COMPETITION IS STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR FIRMS IN THE ’WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES’ BUSINESS, IT HAS BECOME LESS SIGNIFICANT FOR THE OTHER KINDS OF SERVICES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HIGH STAFF TURNOVER AND SHORTAGE OF EXPERIENCED STAFF ARE CONSIDERED TO BE THE RELATIVELY MORE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS IN THE ’RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’, 'TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION’, ’BANKS’ AND 'REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES’ BUSINESSES FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987, AS WELL AS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

THE EXTENT OF THE ABOVE PROBLEMS IS EXPECTED TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE SERIOUS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 FOR FIRMS IN THE 'HOTELS’ SECTOR. IN ADDITION, HIGH STAFF COSTS IS ANOTHER EMERGING PROBLEM FOR HOTELS.

ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE SURVEY RESULTS, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE ONE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION TN HONG KONG.

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IN THE SURVEY, PARTICIPATING FIRMS WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION AND LEVEL OF CAPACITY UTILISATION HAD "IMPROVED", "REMAINED THE SAME" OR "DETERIORATED" IN THE QUARTER JUST ENDED AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

FOR THE COMING QUARTER, THEY WERE ALSO ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION WOULD "IMPROVE", "REMAIN THE SAME" OR "DETERIORATE".

THE OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE TABULATED AND ANALYSED. THE SURVEY REPORT CONTAINS A SECTION ON THE BUSINESS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED AND EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SECTORS AND A BREAKDOWN OF THE VIEWS OF FIRMS BY SIZE GROUPS.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT, IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, THE RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CARE AS IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY FINDINGS AND STATISTICS TABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND TO OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN COPIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $3.50 PER COPY.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234779.

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TAC’S RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE PRESENTED TO EXCO *****

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (MONDAY) MADE A DECISION ON THE ISSUES OF THE SEATING CAPACITY OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES (PLB’S) AND THE OPERATION OF COACH SERVICES BY THE FRANCHISED PUBLIC BUS COMPANIES.

THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR THEIR FINAL DECISION.

IN MAKING THE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE TAC HAS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION:

(1) THE EXISTING POLICIES AND LEGISLATION COVERING THE TWO ISSUES;

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(2) THE NEED TO MAINTAIN PROPER PRIORITY OVER THE USE OF ROAD

SPACE BY DIFFERENT MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND OF

ALLEVIATION OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION;

(3) THE OPTIMISATION OF THE USE OF THE SEATING CAPACITY OF

NEW TYPES OF FOUR METRIC-TONNE VEHICLES WITHIN THE

EXISTING LEGISLATION AND THE NEED TO ENSURE COMFORT, SAFETY AND HIGH SKILL OF DRIVING AND UPGRADING OF PLB SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY; AND

(4) HEALTHY INTER-MODEL COMPETITION BETWEEN DIFFERENT TRANSPORT MODES.

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CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER OPENED ♦ « » » *

THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET FLYOVER WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

THE 550 METRES LONG TWO-LANE ONE-WAY FLYOVER EXTENDS FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD NEAR MAPLE STREET TO BOUNDARY STREET NEAR SAI YEE STREET, PROVIDING FREE FLOW TRAFFIC FROM SHAM SHUI PO TO EAST KOWLOON.

BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE FLYOVER, EASTBOUND VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD TO EAST KOWLOON HAD TO GO THROUGH SEVERAL PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AND BUSY TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLED JUNCTIONS.

THESE INCLUDED THE TAI PO ROAD-CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD JUNCTION; THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD-BOUNDARY STREET-NATHAN ROAD JUNCTION; AND THE BOUNDARY STREET-TUNG CHOI STREET JUNCTION.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW FLYOVER FROM 2 PM TODAY, MOTORISTS WILL BE ABLE TO AVOID THESE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AND ROAD JUNCTIONS AND CUT JOURNEY TIME BY ABOUT FOUR MINUTES DURING PEAK HOURS.

THE FLYOVER WAS DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHICH WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING ITS CONSTRUCTION.

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN JULY 1985 AND WAS COMPLETED IN ABOUT 30 MONTHS AT A COST OF $26 MILLION.

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WORK STARTS ON TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TUEN MUN

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WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR TUEN MUN STARTED TODAY (MONDAY) FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A $29.4 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SCHOOLS ARE BEING BUILT TO MEET THE GROWING NEEDS OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

SITUATED ON A 10,OOO-SQUARE-METRE SITE NEAR BUTTERFLY ESTATE, EACH SCHOOL WILL HAVE 24 CLASSROOMS, 12 SPECIAL ROOMS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL AND A COVERED PLAYGROUND.

OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES INCLUDE STAFF QUARTERS, BASKETBALL COURTS AND CARPARKS.

THE PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

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PRELIMINARY FIGURES FOR PROPERTY REVIEW RELEASED

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THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS IN THE 1988 PROPERTY REVIEW INDICATE THAT VACANCIES ARE DOWN IN ALL SECTORS OF THE PROPERTY MARKET, PARTICULARLY IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WHERE, AT 1.7 PER CENT OF STOCK, VACANCY WAS AT AN ALL TIME LOW.

THE FINDINGS WERE RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

PRIVATE DOMESTIC (ALL CLASSES)

SUPPLY IN 1987, AT AROUND 34,400 UNITS WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THAT IN 1986, BUT 1988 IS EXPECTED TO SHOW AN INCREASE OF APPROXIMATELY 10 PER CENT.

JUST OVER 35,000 DOMESTIC UNITS WERE TAKEN UP DURING 1987, UP 16 PER CENT ON THE TAKE-UP FIGURE FOR 1986. VACANCIES WERE CONSEQUENTLY DOWN ON 1986.

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PR1VAT1 DOMESTIC (LARGE UNITS - 100 SQ METRES AND ABOVE)

SUPPLY OF LARGE DOMESTIC UNITS IN 1987 WAS DOWN BY SOME 20 PER । T COMPARED TO 1986. THE FORECAST SUPPLY FOR 1988 IS IN THE ORDER OF 3,600 UNITS, WELL UP ON THE 1987 SUPPLY OF 2,000 UNITS AND THE 10 YEARS’ AVERAGE OF AROUND 2,000.

THE 1987 TAKE-UP OF LARGE UNITS AT 2,650 WAS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE COMPARED TO THE 1986 FIGURE OF 1,800. THIS, COUPLED WITH THE LOWER SUPPLY, RESULTED IN A DROP IN THE VACANCY RATE FROM 6.6 PER CENT TO 4.5 PER CENT OR 1,000 UNITS.

COMMERCIAL

SUPPLY OF COMMERCIAL SPACE IN 1987 WAS 63 PER CENT UP ON THAT IN 1986 AND AT 284,000 SQ METRES WAS THE HIGHEST SINCE 1982. SUPPLY IN 1988 IS EXPECTED TO BE MARGINALLY DOWN ON 1987.

TAKE-UP AT 358,000 SQ METRES IN 1987 WAS THE HIGHEST ON RECORD AND WELL UP FROM 213,000 SQ METRES THE YEAR BEFORE. IN CONSEQUENCE, VACANCIES FELL FROM 7.8 TO 5.4 PER CENT OF STOCK.

OFFICES

THE SUPPLY OF OFFICE SPACE IN 1987 WAS DRAMATICALLY UP ON THAT FOR 1986, ALTHOUGH STILL NOWHERE NEAR THE HIGH OF 591,000 SQ METRES IN 1983. JUST OVER 40 PER CENT OF THE 1987 SUPPLY WAS IN SECTOR II. OFFICE COMPLETIONS IN 1988 ARE EXPECTED TO RISE BY A FURTHER 5 PER CENT.

TAKE-UP IN 1987 AT 269,000 SQ METRES EXCEEDED THE YEAR’S SUPPLY BY 9 PER CENT RESULTING IN A DROP IN OVERALL VACANCY FROM 6 PER CENT TO 5.5 PER CENT.

SECTOR III EXPERIENCED THE GREATEST TAKE-UP, REDUCING VACANCY IN THAT SECTOR TO 4.8 PER CENT FROM 8.6 PER CENT IN 1986.

VACANCIES IN SECTORS I AND II IN 1987 WERE UP ON 1986, DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF NEW SPACE COMPLETED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

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FLATTED FACTORIES

SUPPLY OF FLATTED FACTORY SPACE FELL IN 1987 BY SOME 11 PER CENT. HOWEVER, THE FORECAST SUPPLY IN 1988 IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED THAT OF 1987 BY SOME 60 PER CENT.

TAKE-UP OF FLATTED FACTORY SPACE IN 1987 WAS MARGINALLY UP AND THIS, SET AGAINST THE MUCH REDUCED SUPPLY, RESULTED IN A FALL IN VACANCY FROM 3.8 PER CENT TO 1.7 PER CENT AT THE END OF 1987.

GENERAL

IN THE FOLLOWING SUMMARY OF SUPPLY, TAKE-UP AND VACANCY IN THE MAIN SECTORS, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FIGURES QUOTED ARE PRELIMINARY ONLY. FULL AND FINAL FIGURES WILL BE SHOWN IN THE 1988 PROPERTY REVIEW, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL.

THE DEFINITIONS OF FLOOR AREAS IN THE 1988 PROPERTY REVIEW WILL BE THE SAME AS THOSE IN THE 1987 EDITION.

PRIVATE DOMESTIC (ALL PREMISES)

SUPPLY (NO. OF UNITS) TAKE-UP VACANCY

1985 29,900 29,500 22,100 3.7

1986 34,100 30,300 24,700 3.9

1987 34,400 35,100 22,300 3.4

1988 (37,7001

'PRIVATE DOMESTIC’ EXCLUDES FLATS BUILT UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME.

♦VACANCY AT THE END OF THE YEAR AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL STOCK.

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PRIVATE DOMESTIC (LARGE UNITS - 100 SQ METRES AND OVER)

(NO. OF UNITS)

SUPPLY TAKE-UP VACANCY %

1985 1,950 2,000 2,750 5.8

1986 2,550 1,800 3,300 6.6

1987 2,000 2,650 2,300 4.5

1988 (3,600]

COMMERCIAL

(’000 SQ METRES)

SUPPLY TAKE-UP VACANCY %

1985 249 264 524 9.0

1986 174 213 466 7.8

1987 284 358 368 5.4

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OFFICES (ALL)

( ’000 SQ METRES)

SUPPLY TAKE-UP VACANCY %

1985 308 385 484 11.1

1986 46 256 266 6.0

1987 247 269 241 5.5

1988 [259]

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OFFICES (SECTORAL ANALYSIS)

(’000 SQ METRES)

SUPPLY TAKE-UP VACANCY %

SECTOR I CENTRAL, GRADE A OFFICES

1985 163 153 101 11.1

1986 7 60 40 4.4

1987 70 38 73 8.4

1988 [92 ]

SECTOR II SHEUNG WAN, WAN CHAI, CAUSEWAY BAY AND TSIM SHA TSUI,

GRADE A + CENTRAL, GRADE B OFFICES

1985 93 90 110 8.5

1986 9 82 37 2.9

1987 102 74 65 4.6

1988 [132]

SECTOR III REMAINDER

1985 52 142 273 12.6

1986 30 114 189 8.6

1987 75 157 103 4.8

1988 (35]

FLATTED FACTORIES

(’000 SQ METRES)

SUPPLY TAKE-UP VACANCY %

1985 456 389 716 5.5

1986 611 787 516 3.8

1987 541 804 247 1.7

1988 [870]

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S FOR S-DESIONATE VISITS FSD *****

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY-DESIGNATE, MR GEOFFREY BARNES, VISITED SEVERAL FIRE SERVICES ESTABLISHMENTS THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

IT WAS PART OF A SERIES OF VISITS HE IS MAKING TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR JOHN MARCH, MR BARNES TOURED THE CHEUNG SHA WAN AMBULANCE DEPOT, THE FIRE SERVICES HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, THE COMMUNICATION CENTRE AND A WORKSHOP.

MR BARNES WAS BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT AND SAW ITS OPERATIONS.

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ANCESTRAL HALL IN NT RESTORED * » » » «

THE MAN LUN FUNG ANCESTRAL HALL IN SAN TIN, YUEN LONG, ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HAS NOW BEEN RESTORED.

TO MARK COMPLETION OF THE RESTORATION, A CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE WEEKEND. IT WAS ATTENDED BY THE MANAGERS AND ELDERS OF THE MAN CLAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, MR JASON YUEN, AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS.

ON THE GROUNDS OF ITS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND ARCHITECTURE MERITS, THE BUILDING WAS DECLARED AS MONUMENT IN 1983 UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENT ORDINANCE.

THE FIRST STAGE OF RENOVATION WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1983.

WITH A GENEROUS DONATION ABOUT $700,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE FINAL PHASE OF RESTORATION STARTED EARLY LAST YEAR AND WAS COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE CLAN MEMBERS AND.ADVJCE OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD.

THE MAN CLAN CAME TO SETTLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM JIANGXI PROVINCE IN THE,15TH CENTURY. DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF THE CLAN BUILT ANCESTRAL HALLS FOR THE WORSHIP OF ANCESTORS AND FOR FESTIVALS, CEREMONIES, AND MEETINGS OF VILLAGE ELDERS.

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THE MAN LUN FUNG ANCESTRAL HALL WAS BUILT ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE 17TH CENTURY IN HONOUR OF MAN LUN FUNG, ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE CLAN.

THE BUILDING HAS THREE HALLS WITH TWO ENCLOSED COURTYARDS AND THE ANCESTRAL ALTAR IS LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL HALL.

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‘ EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT *****

RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE HOLDING CASH ORDER BOOKS MAY RECEIVE EARLIER WELFARE PAYMENTS IF THEIR PAYMENT DATES FALL ON THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS ON FEBRUARY 17, 18 AND 19.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THEY MAY CASH THEIR COUPONS ON FEBRUARY 12, 15 AND 16 RESPECTIVELY OR AFTER THE HOLIDAYS AT THE DESIGNATED POST OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

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EFFECTIVE MARKETING SKILLS COURSE FOR TOURISM STAFF

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THE HOTEL, CATERING AND TOURISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY COUNCIL OF HONG KONG WILL JOINTLY OFFER A TRAINING COURSE ON "EFFECTIVE MARKETING SKILLS FOR EXECUTIVES" ON MARCH 7 AND 8.

THE TWO-DAY TRAINING COURSE WILL COVER TOPICS ON MARKETING CONCEPT OVER-VIEW, MARKET RESEARCH, PLANNING AND COMMUNICATION, PROFESSIONAL SELLING, PRICING AND DISTRIBUTION, AND SALES MANAGEMENT.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENROLMENT IS FEBRUARY 25.

AN ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE WILL BE AWARDED TO PARTICIPANTS UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD ON 5-8932341 EXT. 282.

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SEMINAR ON SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT

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A SEMINAR TO EXAMINE AN ASSESSMENT REPORT ON LAST YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 3 PM AT THE MAXIM’S RESTAURANT, LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN.

UNDER THE PROGRAMME, ABOUT 300 ACTIVITIES, AIMING TO DEVELOP AMONG YOUTH A SENSE OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY, WERE HELD IN THE DISTRICT LAST SUMMER.

REPRESENTATIVES OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS WHO HAD HELPED IN ORGANISING THE ACTIVITIES WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS AT THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR WHICH WILL START AT 3 PM AT THE MAXIM’S RESTAURANT, LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN, TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

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RED PACKETS FOR ELDERLY IN HOSTELS, HOMES

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SOME 7,380 RESIDENTS OF 68 HOSTELS AND HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY WILL EACH RECEIVE $100 NEW YEAR LAISEE FROM THE SHANGHAI FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION.

A TOTAL OF $738,000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED BY THE ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR DISTRIBUTION.

AT A CEREMONY HELD TODAY (MONDAY), REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HOMES AND HOSTELS WERE HANDED RED PACKETS WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONCERN FOR THE ELDERLY AND SAID IT HAD SET AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE.

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TWO RECREATIONAL PROJECTS TO START SOON

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WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PARK AND AN OPEN SPACE WILL SOON START TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

A PARK, MEASURING ABOUT 1,100 SQUARE METRES, IS TO BE BUILT AT BOWEN ROAD. IT WILL PROVIDE PAVILIONS, ARBOURS AND BENCHES FOR THE PUBLIC IN WAN CHAI GAP ROAD AND BOWEN ROAD AREA.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS WHICH SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE MARCH 4.

IN THE MID-LEVELS, A 3,320-SQUARE-METRE OPEN SPACE WILL BE BUILT IN CAINE LANE.

THE FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED WILL INCLUDE LANDSCAPED GARDENS, CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, PAVILIONS, ELEVATED WALKWAYS, POOLS AND TOILETS.

WORK WILL COMMENCE IN APRIL AND TAKE ABOUT ONE YEAR TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON MARCH 11.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ♦ * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 54.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 320.213 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 336.092 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 54.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TO MEET » * »

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL LEARN ABOUT THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROMENADE IN WAN CHAI NORTH, AND AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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KOWLOON TONG ROAD CLOSURE » ♦ ♦

TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORKS, THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM BOUNDARY STREET TO WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DAILY FROM 9 PM TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY ON FEBRUARY 11 (THURSDAY), 12 AND 13.

DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON BOUNDARY STREET HEADING FOR WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BOUNDARY STREET, LA SALLE ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST AND WATERLOO ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FC TO CONSIDER ALLOCATING FUNDS TO RELOCATE HOSPITAL ...... 1

CS TO TABLE WHITE PAPER IN LEGCO........................... 2

RTHK ORGANISES SEMINAR ON WHITE PAPER ..................... 3

JUVENILE CRIME FIGURES RISE ............................... 3

LUCKY CAR NUMBER AUCTION TO GREET DRAGON YEAR.............. 5

HONG KONG 1988 COIN SET ON SALE............................ 6

MONG KOK CANDIDATES TO MEET PUBLIC ........................ 7

MAC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INCREASES ........................ 8

PAMPHLET EXPLAINS TOWN PLANNING APPLICATION SYSTEM ........ 9

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TIDAL FLOW EXPERIMENT ............. 9

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER RECREATIONAL PROGRAMME............ 10

CLEAN-UP FOR LUNaR NEW YEAR BEGINS ........................ 11

PHYSICAL MODEL BUILDING FOR CARRYING OUT HYDRAULIC STUDIES 13

TSUEN WhN STUDENTS TO GET WORK EXPERIENCE CERTIFICATES .... 14

SWITCH-MI FOR FESTIVE LIGHTS IN VICTORIA PARK.............. 14

SAI KUNG GETS REnDY FOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL ................. 15

YEAR-END CLEaN-UP BEGINS IN KOWLOON CITY .................. 17

LAISEE PACKETS PROMOTE NEW YEhR IN TAI PO.................. 17

ENTRIES INVITED FOR SAFETY POSTER DESIGN .................. 18

GOVERNMENT LAND TO LET BY TENDER........................... 19

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ON KOWLOON KCR STATION PODIUM ........ 19

TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF TSING LUN RO, J), TUEN MUN...... 20

SHANGHAI STREET URBaN CLEARWAY TO BE RESCINDED ............ 20

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BOWEN DRIVE ........................ 20

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1988

FC TO CONSIDER ALLOCATING FUNDS TO RELOCATE HOSPITAL

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THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE A COMMITMENT OF $680 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ALICE HO MIU LING NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL AT TAI PO AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO ACCEPT THE ADDITIONAL ANNUALLY RECURRENT FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS - ESTIMATED AT $76,820,000 - OF THIS PROPOSAL.

THE ANTICIPATION OF A SHORTFALL OF HOSPITAL BEDS IN THE EAST NEW TERRITORIES REGION AND THE GENEROUS PROVISION OF SUCH ON HONG KONG ISLAND HAS GIVEN RISE TO THE PROPOSAL TO RELOCATE THE NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL TO TAI PO.

UPON ITS COMPLETION IN 1992, IT WILL PROVIDE A NEW GENERAL HOSPITAL OF ABOUT 640 BEDS IN SUPPORT OF THE REGIONAL PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND THE EXISTING 385-BED HOSPITAL IN BONHAM ROAD WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED DOWN.

OTHER ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA WILL INCLUDE:

» A COMMITMENT OF $5,250,000 FOR REPROVISIONING OF THE MILITARY DRIVER TRAINING AREA AT SHEK KONG AIRFIELD, AND THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, ESTIMATED AT $400,000, IN ANNUALLY RECURRENT EXPENDITURE FOR MAINTENANCE UNDER DEFENCE COST AGREEMENT;

♦ AN INCREASE IN COMMITMENT FROM $14,430,000 TO $22,182,000 FOR THE REPROVISIONING AND EXPANSION OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN WONG TAI SIN;

» A COMMITMENT OF $9,466,000 TO ENABLE THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION TO BUILD AND EQUIP A NEW 18-CLASSROOM PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG AS WELL AS AN ALLOCATION OF $3,879,000 FROM THE DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND TO ENABLE THE FOUNDATION TO MEET ITS CONTRIBUTION AND THE COST OF ABOVE-STANDARD PROVISIONS AND FINISHES FOR THE PROJECT;

» A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $26,935,000 AS ASSISTANCE TO PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND FEES FOR BOUGHT PLACES;

A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $22.2 MILLION AS PAYMENT TO OPERATORS PARTICIPATING TN THE STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME;

AN INCREASE IN THE ALLOCATION, FROM $43 MILLION TO $49 MILLION, FOR MINOR ROADS AND BRIDGES;

» A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $16,583,000 TO MEET PERSONAL ALLOWANCES FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE;

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* A COMMITMENT OF $30 MILLION TOWARDS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED;

» A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $17,357,000 AS OFFICE RENTS AND RATES; AND

» THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF SALARY IMPROVEMENT FOR CIVIL SERVANTS ON THE MODEL SCALE 1 PAY SCALE.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE.

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CS TO TABLE WHITE PAPER IN LEGCO » ♦ ♦

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, WILL TABLE THE WHITE PAPER ON ’’THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT: THE WAY FORWARD” IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND THEN MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE SUBJECT.

MEMBERS WILL RAISE 12 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER FIVE BILLS DURING THE MEETING.

OF THE BILLS, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD READINGS WHILE DEBATE ON THE OTHER FOUR WILL BE RESUMED.

THE FOUR ARE : THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, THE DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 AND THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (POWERS OF ARREST) BILL 1988.

THESE BILLS WILL THEN ENTER THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND BE READ A THIRD TIME.

IN ADDITION, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, WILL MOVE A MOTION CONCERNING THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION ORDINANCE.

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RTHK ORGANISES SEMINAR ON WHITE PAPER « « ♦ * »

RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WILL HOLD A FOUR-HOUR SEMINAR ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 11) ON THE WHITE PAPER ON DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

A NUMBER OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS AND MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY WILL BE AMONG THOSE TAKING PART.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT RTHK TV HOUSE, BROADCAST DRIVE, FROM 2 PM TO 6 PM.

THE DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY, MR JOHN CHAN, WHO WILL BE THE OFFICIATING GUEST, WILL BEGIN THE SEMINAR BY MAKING INTRODUCTORY REMARKS ON THE WHITE PAPER.

OTHER SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE MR CHAN KWAN-YIU, OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; MR KWAN SHUN-KEI, OF THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; MR LEE MING-KWAN, OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; MR CHEUNG BING-LEUNG, OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC; MR LEE CHIK-YUET, AN URBAN COUNCILLOR; AND MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, CHAIRMAN OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TAKING PART WILL BE MR MARTIN LEE, MR SZETO WAH, MR STEPHEN CHEONG, MR TAM YIU-CHUNG AND MR ANDREW WONG.

A MEMBER OF THE BASIC LAW CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, MR TSANG KWOK-SHING, WILL ALSO SPEAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT AT RTHK TV HOUSE, STUDIO ONE, 1A BROADCAST DRIVE, KOWLOON, BEGINNING AT 2 PM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 11).

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JUVENILE CRIME FIGURES RISE » » * *

A TOTAL OF 14,556 YOUNG PEOPLE AGED ARRESTED LAST YEAR FOR COMMITTING CRIME, SUBSEQUENTLY PROSECUTED.

BETWEEN SEVEN AND 20

AND 9,811 OF THEM

WERE

WERE

THIS REPRESENTS A SHARP 1987 ALTHOUGH OVERALL CRIME ROBBERIES BEING KEPT AT A VERY

RISE IN JUVENILE AND YOUTH CRIME IN WAS SATISFACTORILY CONTAINED WITH IOW LEVEL AND BURGLARIES CONTINUING TO

DECLINE.

/THE DEPUTY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1988

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (CRIME), MR PETER LEE LAM-CHUEN, POINTED OUT THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) TO LAUNCH THE "HELP THE POLICE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME COMPETITION 1988."

MR LEE SAID THIS ALARMING TREND COULD BE SEEN FROM THE FIGURES -- IN 1987, THE OFFENDER RATE OF YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 15 ROSE TO AN ALL TIME HIGH OF MORE THAN 1,000 PER 100,000 POPULATION WHILE THAT OF THOSE AGED 16 - 20 REACHED A PEAK OF 1,500/100,000.

HE SAID PROSECUTION AND CONVICTION OBVIOUSLY HAD A DETERRENT EFFECT ON YOUNG OFFENDERS, BUT THE REAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM LAY IN PREVENTION.

"YOUNG PEOPLE MUST BE GUIDED PROPERLY, INSTILLED WITH A SENSE OF INTERITY AND TAUGHT TO BE LAW ABIDING TN ORDER TO LEAD A HEALTHY LIFE."

IN THIS FIELD, MR LEE SAID, THE POLICE HAD TAKEN A NUMBER OF POSITIVE STEPS.

"STAFF FROM OUR POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICES PAY REGULAR VISITS TO SCHOOLS TO CO-ORDINATE EFFORTS WITH SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FOR THE HEALTHY GROWTH OF THE STUDENTS," HE SAID.

"WE HAVE SET UP JUVENILE PROTECTION SECTIONS IN ALL FOUR REGIONS TO SUPERVISE AND GIVE COUNSELLING TO YOUNG OFFENDERS DISCHARGED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENTS’ DISCRETION SCHEME.

"ALSO, THE EVER EXPANDING JUNIOR POLICE CALL ORGANISES WIDE RANGING EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR ITS MEMBERS THROUGH WHICH THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE CONSC I ENT 1 OUS IN THEIR STUDIES, TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME."

IT WAS AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND THAT THE "HELP THE POLICE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME COMPETITION" HAD BEEN ORGANISED, MR LEE SAID.

HELD THIS YEAR FOR THE NINTH TIME, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING YOUNG PEOPLE’S CIVIC AWARENESS AND ENHANCING THEIR DETERMINATION TO STAY AWAY FROM CRIME. IT IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 20.

THE: COMPETITION COMPRISES THREE SECTIONS: THE JUNIOR SECTION (14 17 AGED GROUP), THE SENIOR. (17 - 20 GROUP) AND THE POLICE FAMILIES SECTION.

PARTICULARS WILL FIRST BE REQUIRED TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ON THE ENTRY FORMS AND TO CRI ATI': A SLOGAN ON AN ANTI-CRIME THEME. THE BEST 60 WILL THEN BE INTERVIEWED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES TO SLEPT 30 FINALISTS TO TAKE PART IN A TV QUIZ PROGRAMME.

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FIVE WINNERS WILL THEN BE CHOSEN TO GO ON AN 18-DAY TRIP TO CANADA SPONSORED BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS IN JULY THIS YEAR.

THE WINNERS OF PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS HAVE VISITED THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE USA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, THE NETHERLANDS, AUSTRALIA AND WEST GERMANY. THEY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ACTED AS GOODWILL AMBASSADORS FOR HONG KONG TO PROMOTE GOOD RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TERRITORY AND THE COUNTRIES THEY VISITED.

"I AM SURE THAT THIS YEAR’S WINNERS WILL BE NO EXCEPTION TO THIS TRADITION," SAID MR LEE.

COMPETITION BROCHURES AND FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS MARCH 31.

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BIDDERS FOR THE SPECIAL CAR NUMBER "8" AT THE SPECIAL LUCKY VEHICLE NUMBERS AUCTION ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13) ARE NOT ONLY BIDDING FOR "FAT CHOY" OR PROSPERITY, THEY ARE ALSO TAKING PART IN A CHARITABLE CAUSE AS PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE LOTTERIES FUND.

BY 11 AM ON THE DAY OF THE AUCTION, IT WILL BE KNOWN HOW MUCH THE NUMBER ”8" WILL FETCH.

THE NUMBER WILL BE PUT UP AS THE EIGHTH NUMBER FOR BIDDING. AS THE AUCTION WILL START AT 10 AM, AUCTION OF THIS NUMBER SHOULD COMMENCE WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR. THOSE AUSPICIOUS CAR NUMBER LOVERS WHO WANT TO BID FOR THIS NUMBER ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL, EIGHTH FLOOR, CITY HALL HIGH BLOCK.

IT IS SPECIALLY ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO GREET THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON AND WILL BE 1 21 ST AUCTION HELD BY THF. DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

NUMBER "8", WITH NO PREFIX, WILL BE AUCTIONED BY MISS HONG KONG, MISS PAULINE YEUNG, WHO HAS KINDLY AGREED TO BE THE HONORARY AUCTIONEER.

/MISS YEUNG

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MISS YEUNG WILL PRESENT THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER FOR NUMBER "8" WITH A NUMBER PLATE BEARING THE SPECIAL REGISTRATION MARK. IN APPRECIATION OF MISS YEUNG’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CHARITABLE CAUSE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO HER.

IN ADDITION TO THE NUMBER "8", 18 OTHER SPECIALLY SELECTED NUMBERS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE:

AL 99 213 BM 821

BB 2623 HK 77 CL 9

AA 818 CY 3 AP 11

AW 2 CM 600 XX 28

CL 33 CP 22

AY 125 DW 1

CW 888 AF 18

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED FOR THE LOTTERIES FUND DURING THE PAST 120 AUCTIONS IS NEARLY $50 MILLION, WITH THE REGISTRATION MARK "3" FETCHING THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $1,030,000.

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HONG KONG 1988 COIN SET ON SALE * » »

THE GOVERNMENT IS EMBARKING ON ANOTHER NUMISMATIC PROJECT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE GOLD COIN SERIES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

NOW COIN COLLECTORS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD TO THEIR COLLECTION THE FIRST OFFICIAL COMPLETE PROOF SET OF HONG KONG’S BASE METAL CIRCULATING COINS.

"EACH SET COMPRISES SEVEN COINS, RANGING FROM THE FIVE CENT TO THE FIVE DOLLAR COIN," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE COINS ARE DATED 1988 AND BEAR THE RAPHAEL MAKLOUF PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, WHICH WAS FIRST INTRODUCED ON HONG KONG COINAGE IN 1985," HE SAID.

"WORLDWIDE SALES WILL BE LIMITED TO 25,000 SETS," HE ADDED.

INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION IS THE FIVE CENT PIECE, KNOWN AFFECTIONATELY AS THE "DAO LING", THE LAST ORDER FOR WHICH WAS PLACED IN 1980. SINCE THAT YEAR THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT ISSUED ANY FIVE CENT COINS TO THE BANKING SYSTEM.

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AS FIVE CENT COINS ARE NO LONGER TO BE FOUND IN GENERAL CIRCULATION, THE 1988 DATED FIVE CENT COIN MAY WELL BE THE LAST "DAO LING" EVER MINTED.

THE 1988 PROOF COIN COLLECTION IS A PRODUCT OF THE METICULOUS CRAFTSMANSHIP OF BRITAIN’S ROYAL MINT. PACKED IN A SPECIAL RED PRESENTATION CASE, THE PROOF COINS HAVE ATTRACTIVE FROSTED RELIEF DESIGNS.

THE PROOF COIN COLLECTION, PRICED AT $300, IS AVAIALBLE NOW FROM THE MAIN BRANCHES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND ALL BRANCHES OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK.

IN VIEW OF THE LIMITED EDITION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID SALES WILL BE RESTRICTED TO FIVE SETS PER PERSON ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

PROCEEDS FROM THE SALES WILL BE HELD IN A SPECIAL COIN SUSPENSE ACCOUNT. FUNDS FROM THE ACCOUNT HAVE, IN THE PAST, BEEN USED TO FINANCE CAREFULLY SELECTED COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

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MONG KOK CANDIDATES TO MEET PUBLIC « » » * *

A SERIES OF OPEN FORUMS THAT STARTS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) EVENING WILL ENABLE MONG KOK RESIDENTS TO MEET THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES IN THEIR CONSTITUENCIES.

ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FORUMS WILL ALLOW CANDIDATES TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES AND TO EXPLAIN THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS TO THE PUBLIC.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SIX CONSTITUENCIES IN THE DISTRICT, ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN ONLY THREE CONSTITUENCIES AS FIVE CANDIDATES FROM OTHER THREE CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE RETURNED UNOPPOSED.

ON MARCH 10, THE 10 CANDIDATES WILL VIE FOR FIVE SEATS IN THE EAST, WEST AND TAI KOK TSUI AREAS.

/THE TIMETABLE .......

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THE TIMETABLE FOR FORUMS IS AS FOLLOWS:

CONSTITUENCY CANDIDATE DATE & TIME PLACE

WEST MR LEE CHI-KWONG MR YIP KAM-CHIU MR SHAM TAK-ON FEBRUARY 10 8.30 PM SHARON LUTHERAN SCHOOL, 18 CHERRY STREET, TAI KOK TSUI.

EAST MR LAU TAK-KI MR LO HOK-YAN, JAMES MR FUNG KWONG FEBRUARY 24 8.30 PM C.C.C. MONG KOK CHURCH, 56 BUTE STREET, MONG KOK.

TAI KOK TSUI MR CHAN KWOK-MING MR LAI SHIU-NIN MR CHAN CHUNG-KIT MR YIP MING-HON FEBRUARY 26 8.30 PM C.C.C. KEI TSUN PRIMARY SCHOOL, 150 TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, TAI KOK TSUI.

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MAC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INCREASES

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY APPROVED AN INCREASE IN THE MAXIMUM LIMIT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND VILLAGE OFFICES FROM $600 TO $700 PER QUARTER.

ANNOUNCING THE REVISION TODAY (TUESDAY), A SPOKESMAN OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID THE NEW RATE WAS EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

HE SAID THE REVISION WAS DUE TO PRICE INCREASES AS WELL AS MORE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE MAC'S AND VILLAGE OFFICES.

"UNDER THE SCHEME, MAC’S CAN CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT TOWARDS THE COST OF SPECIFIC ITEMS OF EXPENDITURE INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPERATION OF THEIR OFFICES.

"THESE INCLUDE TELEPHONE RENTAL, RATES, ELECTRICITY AND WATER CHARGES, OFFICE FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT, STATIONERY EXPENSES, AND MINOR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES," HF. SAID.

"FOR THOSE MAC’S WITH NEWLY ESTABLISHED OFFICES, THEY CAN NOW CLAIM UP TO $1,400 INSTEAD OF $1,200 IN THE QUARTER WHEN THE OFFICES ARE SET UP,” HE SAID.

APART FROM THIS QUARTERLY GRANT WHICH COVERS THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENDITURE, MAC’S COULD ALSO APPLY FOR FUNDS FROM OTHER SOURCES SUCH AS THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO ORGANISE VARIOUS COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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PAMPHLET EXPLAINS TOWN PLANNING APPLICATION SYSTEM

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THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION UNDER THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE HAS NEARLY DOUBLED IN SIX YEARS, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

TO MEET THE GROWING INTEREST IN TOWN PLANNING, THE OFFICE HAS PRODUCED A PAMPHLET EXPLAINING THE PLANNING APPLICATION SYSTEM UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE.

APART FROM THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FROM 106 IN 1981 TO 209 IN 1987, THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES RELATING TO THE PLANNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENT AND PROCEDURES IN THE PAST YEARS.

"DESPITE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1974, THE TOWN PLANNING APPLICATION SYSTEM SEEMS TO BE STILL QUITE OBSCURE TO MANY PEOPLE, EVEN TO ESTATE AGENTS, PROPERTY COMPANIES, SOLICITORS AND LAND DEVELOPERS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN REGULAR LAND TRANSACTION AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT," A TOWN PLANNER, MR RAYMOND WONG, EXPLAINED THE PUBLICATION OF THE PAMPHLET.

PUBLISHED BOTH IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, THE PAMPHLET IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND AT THE CENTRAL INFORMATION UNIT OF THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES ON TOWN PLANNING MATTERS MAY BE ADDRESSED TO THE UNIT WHICH WILL ALSO HANDLE TELEPHONED ENQUIRIES ON 5-8482402.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TIDAL FLOW EXPERIMENT *****

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 11) MORNING TO DISCUSS THE EXPERIMENT IN MERGING THE TIDAL FLOW AND SIGNAL-CONTROLLED SCHEMES AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

ACCORDING TO A PAPER TO BE PRESENTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE COMBINED EFFECT OF THE TWO SCHEMES HAS RESULTED IN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES PASSING THROUGH THE TUNNEL BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM FROM THE NORMAL 9,300 VEHICLES TO BETWEEN 10,000 AND 10,300 VEHICLES.

/THE COMMITTEE

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THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME AT NGAN SHING STREET, CITY ONE SHA TIN.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS AND RELATED MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTE 5 LINKING SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE DRAFT 1988-89 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE SHA TIN DISTRICT, BUS SERVICE FOR BELAIR GARDENS RESIDENTS AND THE PROPOSED ESTIMATES FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 11) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER RECREATIONAL PROGRAMME *****

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) DISCUSS THE PROPOSED 1988-89 PROGRAMME OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES CO-ORGANISED BY THE BOARD AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS THAT INTEND TO STAGE VARIOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL STUDY A PROGRESS REPORT ON DISTRICT BOARD-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH AND NEXT MONTH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 1 3TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. IT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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CLEAN-UP FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR BEGINS » ♦ ♦ t

RESIDENTS WHO ARE TO CI.FAN THEIR HOUSES IN PREPARATION FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HAVE BEEN URGED TO TAKE THE REFUSE TO THE NEAREST REFUSE/JUNK COLLECTION POINT TO BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, MR WALTER SULKE, AT A CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT TODAY (TUESDAY).

"THIS IS A REAL ’PITCHING-IN’ EXERCISE, AND I AM SURE THAT ALL THE KAIFONGS AND RESIDENTS WILL ENTER INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE CAMPAIGN AND MAKE SURE THAT REFUSE IS TAKEN TO THE TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AT THE DESIGNATED TIME AND IS NOT DUMPED INDISCRIMINATELY," MR SULKE SAID.

MR SULKE THEN JOINED URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR JOSEPH CHAN, AND OTHER DIGNITARIES TO PERFORM A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY.

THEY ALSO CARRIED OUT A CLEAN-UP DEMONSTRATION BY LOADING REFUSE AND JUNK ON TO A REFUSE COLLECTION VAN TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SUPPORT OF THE YEAR-END KEEP CLEAN PROGRAMME.

TODAY’S CEREMONY IS PART OF THE TERR ITORY-WI DE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OPERATION, WHICH WILL OFFICIALLY BEGIN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND LAST UNTIL THE LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (FEBRUARY I6).

DURING THE SEVEN-DAY OPERATION, THE URBAN SERVICES AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS WILL SET UP APPROXIMATELY 100 TEMPORARY REFUSE/JUNK COLLECTION POINTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY TO AUGMENT THE EXISTING REFUSE DISPOSAL FACILITIES.

THE TWO DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO DEPLOY EXTRA CLEANSING STAFF AT THE VARIOUS REFUSE/JUNK COLLECTION POINTS TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE IN THROWN-AWAY ARTICLES.

/RESIDENTS OF .......

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RESIDENTS OF EACH DISTRICT MAY CONTACT THEIR

DISTRICT CLEANSING OFFICE ON THE TELEPHONE NUMBER LISTED

FIND OUT THE LOCATION AND OPENING HOURS OF THE REFUSE/JUNK POINTS IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD:

DISTRICT TELEPHONE NO.

EASTERN 5-699568

WAN CHAI 5-8322758

CENTRAL 5-446111 EXT. 49

WESTERN 5-8190575

SOUTHERN 5-547152

SHAM SHUI PO 3-868666

MONG KOK 3-956834

YAU MA TEI 3-845943

KOWLOON CITY 3-7115910

WONG TAI SIN 3-286531

KWUN TONG 3-455721

KWAI TSING 0-256321

TSUEN WAN 0-49044 14

SHA TIN 0-6065776

SAI KUNG 3-7925366

TUEN MUN 0-4513097

YUEN LONG 0-753691

NORTH 0-6570436

TAI PO 0-6577111 EXT. 155

ISLANDS 5-8523204

RESPECTIVE

BELOW TO

COLLECTION

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1988

PHYSICAL MODEL BUILDING FOR CARRYING OUT HYDRAULIC STUDIES

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A PHYSICAL MODEL BUILDING IS TO BE BUILT AT PILLAR POINT, TUEN MUN, FOR CARRYING OUT TESTS FOR THE HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY STUDIES IN VICTORIA HARBOUR.

OCCUPYING 2,700 SQUARE METRES, THE SINGLE-STOREY BUILDING WILL HOUSE A PHYSICAL MODEL OF VICTORIA HARBOUR TO THE SCALES OF 1:500 HORIZONTALLY AND 1:70 VERTICALLY FOR ASSESSING THE EFFECTS OF NEW RECLAMATIONS AND PORT DEVELOPMENTS ON WATER MOVEMENT, WATER QUALITY AND WAVE ACTION IN THE HARBOUR.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT AND THE DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 26.

THE $33-MILLION HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY STUDY STARTED IN APRIL LAST YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS.

THE PURPOSE IS TO ASSESS THE HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY IMPLICATIONS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS AND A NEW SHIP MOORING SYSTEM INITIATED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND PORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STUDIES.

THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS WILL INVOLVE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 600 HECTARES OF LAND IN THE HARBOUR AREA FOR URBAN GROWTH, INCLUDING PROVISION FOR FURTHER CONTAINER TERMINALS AND RELATED FACILITIES.

THOUGH THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS ARE LOCATED AT THE VICTORIA HARBOUR AND WESTERN ANCHORAGE, THE TERRITORIAL WATERS HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM.

THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE KNOCK-ON EFFECTS FROM DEVELOPMENTS AS WELL AS CONSTRAINTS CAN BE PROPERLY ASSESSED AND THE BEST DEVELOPMENT OPTION WITH THE ASSURANCE OF THE ACCEPTABLE CONSEQUENTIAL HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY CONDITIONS CAN BE MADE.

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TSUEN WAN STUDENTS TO GET WORK EXPERIENCE CERTIFICATES » » » « »

STUDENTS IN TSUEN WAN WHO PARTICIPATED IN A SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME LAST YEAR WILL BE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, THE SCHEME AIMED TO PROVIDE A CHANCE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF SERVING THF COMMUNITY THROUGH SUMMER JOB PLACEMENTS IN A TRADE OR A SERVICE ORGANISATION.

THE ACTUAL WORKING EXPERIENCE GAINED WILL ALSO BE HELPFUL TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN DECIDING THEIR FUTURE CAREER OR COURSE OF STUDY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU.

PRIZES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS OF A CIVIC EDUCATION CALENDAR DESIGN COMPETITION HELD RECENTLY IN THF. DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM IN THE HALL OF THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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SWITCH-ON FOR FESTIVE LIGHTS IN VICTORIA PARK » * » » »

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVE LIGHTING IN VICTORIA PARK WILL BF SWITCHED ON FROM FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12) UNTIL MARCH 2.

MOUNTED BY THF EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AT A COST OF AROUND $50,000, THE LIGHTING DEPICTS A GOLDEN DRAGON TOGETHER WITH NEW YFAR GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THE LIGHTS WILL BE TURNED ON DAILY FROM 6 PM TO II PM AND FROM 6 PM UNTIL 6 AM ON LUNAR NEW YEAR EVF (FEBRUARY 16).

BETWEEN FEBRUARY 17 TO 20, THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE LIGHTS WILL BE ON FROM 6 I’M TO 1 AM.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1988

THE SWITCH-ON CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 6 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12) OUTSIDE THE SQUASH COURT (NEAR THE HING FAT STREET ENTRANCE) IN VICTORIA PARK.

TAKING PART WILL BE THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; AND AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, MRS ELEANOR LING.

MEANWHILE, THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS PRODUCED 30,000 PIECES OF ’’FAI-CHUN”, WITH DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION MESSAGES FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING SWITCH-ON CEREMONY AT 6 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12) OUTSIDE THE SQUASH COURT (NEAR THE HING FAT STREET ENTRANCE) IN VICTORIA PARK.

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SAT KUNG GETS READY FOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL

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THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IN SAI KUNG WILL BE CELEBRATED WITH A MORE COLOUR AND FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE WHEN THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL STARTS ON FEBRUARY 20 (SATURDAY).

THE SIX-DAY FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE BIGGEST ANNUAL EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT, WILL FEATURE A VARIETY OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

THEY WILL BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL, TANG SH1U KIN SPORTS GROUND, RENNIE’S MILL SECONDARY SCHOOL AND MAN YEE PLAYGROUND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTEE SAID HE HOPED THAT BY PART IC1 PAT 1 NG IN THESE ACTIVITIES, RESIDENTS WOULD HAVE A HAPPIER LUNAR NEW YEAR AS WELL AS A BETTER SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

A TOTAL OF II PROGRAMMES WILL BE STAGED TO CATER FOR RESIDENTS OF DIFFERENT AGES AND INTERESTS. THE FIRST PROGRAMME TO LAUNCH THE FESTIVAL WILL BE THE FINAL OF THE NEW YEAR SOCCER COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND ON FEBRUARY 20.

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THE NEXT MORNING, RUNNERS WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN A IO-KILOMETRE NEW YEAR MARATHON FROM THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE TO THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

THE GRAND OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT NOON AT THE FINISHING POINT OF THE MARATHON. THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE A DISCO NIGHT TO BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL ON FEBRUARY 22. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT $20 PER COUPLE.

CANTONESE OPERA FANS WILL BE TREATED TO TWO NIGHTS OF ENTERTAINMENT ON FEBRUARY 23 AND 24 WITH PERFORMANCES BY THE HON FUNG CANTONESE OPERA AT THE DISTRICT’S JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

MORE THAN 1,000 RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE CLOSING CEREMONY ON FEBRUARY 25 IN THE TOWN HALL.

SAI KUNG STUDENTS, THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL RECREATIONAL BODIES WILL ENTERTAIN THE AUDIENCE WITH A SERIES OF PERFORMANCES INCLUDING SINGING, DANCING AND CANTONESE OPERA.

OTHER PROGRAMMES IN THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW, CARNIVALS, SPORTS DAY AND FILM SHOW. ADMISSION TO THESE EVENTS, EXCEPT THE DISCO NIGHT, WILL BE FREE.

ADMISSION TICKETS AND PROGRAMME PAMPHLETS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE. SOME OF THE TICKETS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES AND RENNIE’S MILL SERVICE CENTRE.

THE ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FESTIVAL IS ABOUT $220,000 OF WHICH $75,000 COMES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REMAINDER FROM THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED BY A PREPARATORY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS FORMED LAST OCTOBER. SIX WORKING GROUPS WERE FORMED UNDER THE COMMITTEE TO TAKE CHARGE OF PROGRAMMES, PUBLICITY, TRANSPORT, DECORATION, FUND RAISING AND DESIGN OF BUNTING FOR THE FESTIVAL.

MEMBERS OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE INCLUDE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM RURAL COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAVE ALSO ASSISTED IN ORGANISING THE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES.

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YEAR-END CLEAN-UP BEGINS IN KOWLOON CITY » ♦ »

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY (TUESDAY) HELD A CEREMONY AT THE CHEUNG NING STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT TO MARK THE START OF A YEAR-END CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN IN THE DISTRICT.

FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) UNTIL LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (FEBRUARY 16), SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO REMOVE THE ADDITIONAL REFUSE AND JUNK, EXPECTED TO BE DISCARDED BY HOUSEHOLDS, FROM VARIOUS REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS.

RESIDENTS SHOULD MAKE USE OF THE NEAREST REFUSE COLLECTION POINT IN DISCARDING UNWANTED ITEMS OR RUBBISH.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE USD, KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR PAO PING-WING; KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; AND THE CHAIRMAN AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN AND WONG CHI-KEUNG.

PRIZES WERE PRESENTED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THREE WINNING BUILDINGS AND FIVE OUTSTANDING BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT’S CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION. THIRTY-THREE BUILDINGS TOOK PART.

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LAISEE PACKETS PROMOTE NEW YEAR IN TAI PO

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LAISEE PACKETS TO PUBLICISE TAI PO DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

PRINTED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, THE PACKETS DEPICT THE CHINESE CHARACTER "PO" AND A DRAGON, TO SYMBOLISE TAI PO DISTRICT AND THE YEAR OF DRAGON.

THE PACKETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 1 TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE IN HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN TAI YUEN ESTATE, KWONG FUK COMMUNITY HALL IN KWONG FUK ESTATE, AND FU SHIN COMMUNITY HALL IN FU SHIN ESTATE.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR SAFETY POSTER DESIGN * » » »

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN POSTER DESIGN ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE ANNUAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD'S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE, IS OPEN TO ALL SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 22.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE THEME OF THE POSTERS MUST BE CONFINED TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

"THE SUCCESS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY RESTS LARGELY ON THE AWARENESS AND COOPERATION OF THE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES," HE SAID.

"IT WILL THEREFORE BE USEFUL IF PARTICIPATING STUDENTS CAN THINK ALONG THIS LINE IN THEIR DESIGNS."

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, ENTRIES WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS - DIVISION A FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS AND DIVISION B FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS. SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY ALSO TAKE PART IN DIVISION A.

EACH STUDENT MAY SUBMIT ANY NUMBER OF DESIGNS BUT THE SAME DESIGN SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED TO BOTH DIVISIONS.

THE PRIZE FOR THE WINNER IN DIVISION A IS $3,000 AND THAT FOR DIVISION B IS $1,500. TEN CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNERS WILL ALSO BE SELECTED FROM EACH DIVISION.

DESIGNS SHOULD BE MADE ON A SHEET OF A2 SIZE DRAWING PAPER, OR ABOUT 420 MM BY 594 MM.

ENTRIES MUST BE SENT ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 27 TO THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, 13TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523563.

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GOVERNMENT LAND TO LET BY TENDER » * » » »

A SITE IN TUEN MUN IS BEING LET ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

MEASURING ABOUT 14,700 SQUARE METRES, THE SITE IS LOCATED AT TUEN MUN AREA 38 NEAR SIU LANG SHUI. IT CAN BE USED FOR OPEN STORAGE WITH MARINE ACCESS.

THE INITIAL TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES; THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON FEBRUARY 26.

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ON KOWLOON KCR STATION PODIUM

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THE SECTION OF CHEONG WAN ROAD FRONTING THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE KOWLOON KCR STATION TERMINAL BUILDING WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONE FOR TAXIS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12).

NO TAXIS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PROHIBITED ZONE. MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IMPLEMENTED ON THE SAME ROAD SECTION WILL BE RESCINDED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE UNNAMED ROAD FOR THROUGH TRAFFIC SITUATED TO THE EAST OF THE KOWLOON KCR STATION BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS.

THE BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

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TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF TSING LUN ROAD, TUEN MUN « » * *

TSING LUN ROAD IN TUEN MUN, AT ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 9 PM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13) TO 5 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE CLOSURE WILL FACILITATE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS ANCILLARY TO THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROJECT AT THE TSING LUN ROAD-CASTLE PEAK ROAD JUNCTION.

VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE CAN TRAVEL VIA ROAD P2, TSUN WEN ROAD AND TSING CHUNG KOON ROAD TO AND FROM TSING LUN ROAD.

BUS ROUTES 59B AND 67M WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ROAD P2, TSUN WEN ROAD, TSING CHUNG KOON ROAD AND TSING LUN ROAD TO AND FROM SIU HONG COURT.

BUS ROUTES 61 AND 61A WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ROAD P2 AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO AND FROM YUEN LONG.

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SHANGHAI STREET URBAN CLEARWAY TO BE RESCINDED * * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12), THE 7 AM TO 7 PM DATIY URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE SECTION OF SHANGHAI STREET SOUTHBOUND RFTWFFM SHAN TUNG STREET AND SOY STREET, KOWLOON, WILL BE RESCINDED

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BOWEN DRIVE

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TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK, BOWEN DRIVE IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT WATER WORKS VEHICLES FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 11) TO 7 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR BOWEN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MAGAZINE GAP ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

CS: AN EVOLVING SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT COMMANDS CONFIDENCE .................................... 1

ELECTORAL CHANGE DICTATED BY TIMING OF REVIEW............ 7

critics taking issue with wrong matter .................. 8

INTRODUCTION OF ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL 'ILL-TIMED' .. 9

IMPLICATIONS NOT BENEFICIAL TO URBCO, PUBLIC............ 11

IMPLEMENTATION OF BILL SHOULD BE DEFERRED ............... 12

DEL.-.Y CHANGES IN DB SEATS UNTIL 1991 .................. 1?

WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED ON COMPANIES LaW AMENDMENTS ............................................. 13

COMPANIES CiMENEMENT) BILL SUPPORTED ...................  16

COMPANIES LAW AMENDMENTS BASED ON COMMON SENSE........... 17

BACKGROUND TO DISTRICT BOARDS (.TENEMENT) BILL EXPLAINED 18

DISTRICT BOARDS (aMENDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED .............. 19

CHANGES IN TOBaCOO -DUTY .STRUCTURE FORMALISED........... 20

STEADY'PROGRESS-MADE IN IMPROVING MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FUND S ..............................................    21

CITY POLYTECHNIC ANNUAL REPORT TABLED..................   21

OVERALL REVIEW OF BUILDING REGULATIONS URGED ............ 23

TRIBUTES PAID TO DAVID JEaFFRESON ....................... 2U

/CO-ORDINATED action .....

CO-ORDINATED aCTION AGAINST HEPhTITIS A ................... 26

DISPARITIES REFLECT DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS ............. 27

WIDE RANGE of programmes promote civic education........ 27

MEASURES IN HaND FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING ............ 28

STEPS TAKEN TO PROTECT WILD LIFE .......................... 29

MERITS OF NEW CONSUMER SAFETY LaWS UNDER STUDY ............ 30

EXISTING LAW PROTECTS SUB-CONTRACTOR'S WORKERS ............ J1

NO DECISION YET ON UPGRADING VOLT.iGE...................... 32

PLANS .TO IMPROVE URBAN FRINGE, RURAL AREAS ............... 32

FIRE. FIGHTING , .RRaNGEMENTS ADEQUATE..................... 33

TRAINING PROVIDED, TO OFFICERS HaNDLING PLACEMENT OF

DISABLED ............................................... 35

BRIEFINGS ON CERTAIN JLG MATTERS POSSIBLE ................. 36

FIVE BILLS PASSED ......................................... 36

SIR DAVID: DECISIONS B.,SED ON VIEWS OF PEOPLE .............. 37

FREE COPIES OF WHITE P,vPER aVaIL^LE ........................ 37

kwun tong candidates to meet the public...................... 38

FESTIVE LIGHTS REaDY IN SHA TIN ............................. 39

BOE MEMBERS VISIT OLD URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL .................. 40

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LION ROCK TUNNEL TRLaL SCHEMES .... 41

keep clean carnival in typhoon shelter ...................... 41

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED .................................... 1+2

GOVERNMENT SITE TO LET ..................................... *+2

KWUN TONG ILLEG/tL STRUCTURES FaCE DEMOLITION ..............  4j

PROHIBITION ZONES aT TAI PO KCR STATION ...................   4j

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN Y..U Mi, TEI ................ 44

RESTRICTED ZONES IN NORTH POINT ............................. 44

TaXI RESTRICTION ZONE ON CHATHAM RO„D SOUTH RESCINDED..... 44

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1988

CS: AN EVOLVING SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT COMMANDS CONFIDENCE » ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S AIM TO MAINTAIN A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WHICH WAS BOTH EFFECTIVE AND RESPONSIVE, AND WHICH COULD CONTINUE TO EVOLVE IN A WAY THAT COMMANDED THE FULL CONFIDENCE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE.

IN TABLING THE WHITE PAPER ON ’’THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT: THE WAY FORWARD", SIR DAVID SAID: "THIS WHITE PAPER CONTAINS A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO THE NEXT STEPS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH A SYSTEM."

HE SAID FURTHER CHANGES WOULD BE NEEDED TO BRING HONG KONG’S POLITICAL SYSTEM INTO LINE WITH THAT DESCRIBED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND WITH THE PROVISIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BASIC LAW.

"I HAVE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE FOR CONTINUITY UP TO AND BEYOND 1997 AND THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY WHICH WE CURRENTLY ENJOY AND WHICH IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE JOINT DECLARATION," HE SAID.

"THE STEPS TO BE TAKEN FULLY REFLECT THE IMPORTANCE WHICH WE PLACE UPON THESE TWO PRINCIPLES."

SIR DAVID SAID THE TITLE OF THE WHITE PAPER HAD BEEN SELECTED WITH GREAT CARE.

THE PURPOSE OF THE WHITE PAPER WAS TO CHART THE COURSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN NOW AND 1991, ADOPTING THE GRADUAL APPROACH WHICH HAD SERVED HONG KONG WELL, AND BUILDING ON THE FIRM BASIS OF THE EXISTING THREE TIER STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT.

"THE DECISIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN THE WHITE PAPER HAVE TAKEN FULL ACCOUNT OF PUBLIC OPINION WHICH HAS BEEN EXPRESSED DURING THE 1987 REVIEW.

"INDEED, PUBLIC OPINION HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE MINDS OF MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WHEN DECIDING HOW THE SYSTEM OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DEVELOPED IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"1 BELIEVE THAT IT WILL BE WELCOMED AND SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG."

SIR DAVID SAID THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED IN 1988, BUT 10 DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS WOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL IN 1991.

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THE 10 DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS WOULD REPLACE THOSE AT PRESENT INDIRECTLY ELECTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES OR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID WHILE THE COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED, ADJUSTMENTS IN THE SEATS WOULD BE MADE.

THE NUMBER OF APPOINTED MEMBERS WOULD BE REDUCED BY TWO, FROM 22 TO 20, AND THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS ELECTED RY FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WOULD BE INCREASED BY TWO, FROM 12 TO 14.

SIR DAVID EXPLAINED THAT THE ADDITIONAL SEATS FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WOULD NOT BE NEW ONES, BUT RATHER AN EXPANSION OF EXISTING FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES.

THE NUMBERS OF OFFICIAL MEMBERS AND MEMBERS ELECTED BY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THERE WOULD ALSO BE NO CHANGE IN THE POSITION OF THE GOVERNOR AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE TIME BEING, HE ADDED.

IN DELIBERATIONS ON THE FRAMEWORK OF THE WHITE PAPER, THE GOVERNMENT STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF LOOKING AT THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE, SIR DAVID SAID.

"THE PRESENT STRUCTURE IS BASED ON THREE SEPARATE BUT INTER-CONNECTED TIERS : AT THE DISTRICT, THE REGIONAL AND CENTRAL LEVELS, COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARDS, THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," HE SAID.

IN DECIDING HOW BEST TO BUILD FURTHER ON THAT STRUCTURE, THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN THE FOLLOWING GUIDING PRINCIPLES INTO ACCOUNT.

* "FIRST, THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH OF THE THREE TIERS OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE CLEAR, AND THEIR ROLES SHOULD NOT OVERLAP;

* "SECONDLY, THE THREE TIERS SHOULD CO-OPERATE EFFECTIVELY, AND BE LINKED IN A WAY WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE VIEWS AND CONCERNS AT EACH LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT TO BE ADEQUATELY REPRESENTED AT THE NEXT HIGHER LEVEL; AND

* "THIRDLY, THE METHODS OF CHOOSING THE MEMBERSHIP OF EACH TIER OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE SUCH THAT THE BOARD OR COUNCIL WILL BE IN CLOSE TOUCH BOTH WITH THE VIEWS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND OF THOSE SECTORS WHOSE CONCERNS ARE PARTICULARLY RELEVANT TO ITS WORK."

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SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WISHED TO SEE THIS SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AND BELIEVED THE PRESENT THREE TIER STRUCTURE SHOULD BE THE BASIS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT.

’’THEY VALUE THE GRADUAL APPROACH WHICH HAS CHARACTERISED DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT YEARS AND WHICH HAS BEEN SO IMPORTANT IN MAINTAINING PROSPERITY AND STABILITY,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT ANOTHER FACTOR WHICH WAS CLEARLY IN THE MINDS OF MANY WHEN CONSIDERING OPTIONS IN THE GREEN PAPER HAD BEEN THE IMPORTANCE OF ACHIEVING A SMOOTH TRANSITION ACROSS 1997 , BY ENSURING THAT DEVELOPMENTS BEFORE THAT DATE WERE COMPATIBLE WITH THE FRAMEWORK TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE BASIC LAW.

’’THIS FACTOR HAS UNDOUBTEDLY LED MANY TO ADOPT A CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO CHANGE BEFORE THE BASIC LAW IS FINALISED,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER SHOWED OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN PRINCIPLE FOR INTRODUCING SOME DIRECTLY ELECTED MEMBERS INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WELL BEFORE 1997.

BUT THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT ALSO SHOWED THAT OPINION IN THE COMMUNITY WAS SHARPLY DIVIDED ON WHETHER DIRECT ELECTIONS SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1988 OR LATER.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT THE DIVISION OF VIEWS HAS BEEN CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED IN DEBATES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IN THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND IN THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

"WHILE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS. NOT SURPRISINGLY, WERE ONE-SIDED, SUBMISSIONS FROM GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ALSO INDICATE SHARPLY DIVIDED VIEWS AND THE MUCH DISCUSSED PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS SHOW THAT VIEWS ARE FAR FROM UNANIMOUS ON THE QUESTION OF TIMING," HE SAID.

"IN THE LIGHT OF THIS DIVERSITY OF VIEWS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONSIDERED VERY CAREFULLY WHETHER IT WOULD BE RIGHT TO GO AHEAD TO INTRODUCE DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988.

"THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT STEP.

"WHEN WE TAKE THIS STEP, WE MUST BE QUITE CERTAIN THAT WE CARRY WITH US THE WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

"WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE WERE TO PROCEED WITH DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 WE WOULD HAVE NO SUCH ASSURANCE.”

"BUT IF FOR THESE REASONS 1988 IS NOT THE RIGHT YEAR, THEN THERE SHOULD BE A ('LEAR DECISION ON WHEN THIS IMPORTANT CHANGE IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM SHOULD BE MADE."

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SIR DAVID SAID THAT FURTHER CHANGE IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD OF COURSE BE NECESSARY IN THE LONGER TERM.

THE LEGISLATURE OF THE FUTURE SAR WOULD BE FULLY ELECTED, AND WHEN POST-1997 CONSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS WERE CLEARER, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO TAKE SYSTEMATIC STEPS TO BRING THE COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL INTO LINE WITH THAT PROVIDED FOR IN THE BASIC LAW.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT IN DECIDING TO EXPAND THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY SYSTEM IN 1988, THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOTED THAT THE SYSTEM HAD WORKED WELL SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1985 AND THAT PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER SHOWED WIDE SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPING IT FURTHER.

THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSED NO FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE TO THE ROLE AND COMPOSITION OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

SIR DAVID SAID THE BOARDS HAD PROVED THEMSELVES AS A VALUABLE PART OF THE SYSTEM OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE PUBLIC WHO WOULD CLEARLY LIKE TO SEE THEIR ADVISORY ROLE STRENGTHENED.

HE NOTED THAT THERE WAS A STRONG CURRENT FEELING THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL SHOULD RE IMPROVED.

’’THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED THAT THIS COULD BEST BE ACHIEVED BY ENABLING EACH OF THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS TO ELECT ONE MEMBER ON TO THE URBAN COUNCIL IN 1989, WHEN THE TENURE OF THE PRESENT URBAN COUNCIL EXPIRES,” HE SAID.

"AT THE SAME TIME, URBAN COUNCILLORS WILL CEASE TO BE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE URBAN I) I ST I CT BOARDS.”

IN TAKING THIS DECISION, THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN VERY CAREFUL NOTE OF THE VIEWS OF URBAN COUNCILLORS.

IT BELIEVED THAT THIS WAS THE BEST WAY TO STRENGTHEN THE LINK BETWEEN THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THAT IT WOULD IN TURN STRENGTHEN AND RATIONALISE THE LINKS BETWEEN THE THREE TIERS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAI) FOLLOWED A CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEMS AND HAD ALSO BEEN VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO MAINTAIN CONFIDENCE BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS.

HE SAID THAT MAINTENANCE OF THAT CONFIDENCE WOULD BE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN THE CRUCIAL YEARS LEADING UP TO 1997.

"ONE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH CONFIDENCE WILL BE MAINTAINED IS TO ENSURE THAT THE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO EVOLVE IN A WAY WHICH NOT ONLY MEETS THE WISHES AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE, AND THAT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT, BUT ALSO IN WAVS WHICH ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE ACHIEVEMENT OF SMOOTH TRANSITION,” HE SAID.

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SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S AIM MUST THEREFORE BE TO PROVIDE FOR THE GREATEST POSSIBLE CONTINUITY OF THE SYSTEM OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT: A SYSTEM WHICH ENABLED THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY THAT IT AT PRESENT ENJOYED TO BE CONTINUED UP TO AND BEYOND 1997 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"CERTAINLY, NOTHING WE DO BETWEEN NOW AND 1997 MUST RUN COUNTER TO THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THAT HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS CLEAR THAT A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WOULD REGARD THEMSELVES AS ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT.

"INDEED I WOULD COUNT MYSELF AMONGST THEM. BUT MANY ARE WARY OF MOVING TOO FAR TOO FAST ALONG A PATH TOWARDS A FULLY-FLEDGED WESTERN STYLE DEMOCRACY," HE SAID.

"THIS MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR SOME COMMENTATORS TO ACCEPT, PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY COME FROM COUNTRIES WHERE A WESTERN STYLE OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS NATURALLY ASSUMED TO BE THE IDEAL SYSTEM.

"SO MUCH SO, THAT IN THEIR EYES, ANYONE IN HONG KONG WHO IS NOT CRYING OUT FOR IMMEDIATE DIRECT ELECTIONS MUST BE EITHER rv' IV TED BY SELF-INTEREST OR SIMPLY ANXIOUS NOT TO DISPLEASE CHINA."

SIR DAVID SAID THE FACT WAS THAT MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAD A IRM, REAL CONVICTION, BASED ON THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE HERE AND ON UI. I THEY HAD SEEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, AND THAT CHANGE IN HONG KONG’S POLITICAL SYSTEM SHOULD BE EVOLUTIONARY.

THEY FELT THAT THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WHICH HAD SERVED THE COMMUNITY SO WELL SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED SIMPLY TO FIT INTO THE MOULD OF A WESTERN STYLE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM, WITHOUT ANY QUESTION AS TO WHETHER IT WAS NECESSARILY THE BEST SOLUTION FOR HONG KONG.

"IN KEEPING WITH THIS MOOD IN THE COMMUNITY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS FOR MANY YEARS PREACHED A GOSPEL OF CAUTIOUS, STEADY PROGRESS IN ALL ITS POLICY-MAKING; FINANCIAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL," HE SAID.

"THAT GOSPEL MAY NOT HAVE THE DRAMA OF GOOD HEADLINE, BUT IT HAS WORKED. IT HAS ENABLED HONG KONG TO CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL EVEN DURING PERIODS WHEN OTHER TERRITORIES FLOUNDERED.

"ABOVE ALL, IT HAS ENABLED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO SHARE IN OUR CONTINUING PROSPERITY."

SIR DAVID SAID THAT FOR MANY YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN COMMITTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.

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"IN SHAPING THAT DEVELOPMENT, WE HAVE SOUGHT NOT MERELY TO OPY SYSTEMS WHICH WORK WELL IN OTHER PLACES, EOR HONG KONG IS NOT LIKE OTHER PLACES," HE SAID.

"INSTEAD, WE HAVE CONSCIOUSLY SOUGHT TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM WHICH IS SUITED TO HONG KONG’S OWN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND MEETS ITS OWN PECIAL NEEDS: IN PARTICULAR THE NEED TO MAINTAIN CONTINUITY OF POLICIES TO ENABLE US TO DEAL WITH THE TREMENDOUS SOCIAL PROBLEMS WHICH HAVE FOLLOWED FROM THE VAST INCREASE IN OUR POPULATION OVER THE LAST FORTY YEARS."

SIR DAVID SAID THERE WERE THOSE WHO WERE FEARFUL THAT THE GROWTH OF MORE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS WOULD BRING DISSENSION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, DISCONTINUITY IN THE POLICIES WHICH HAD PROVED SO SUCCESSFUL IN THE PAST.

"I DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE AFRAID OF DISSENTING VOICES,” HE SA 11).

"RATHER WE MUST BUILD INSTITUTIONS WHICH, ON THE ONE HAND, ARE STRONG ENOUGH IN THEMSELVES TO ACCOMMODATE DIFFERING OPINIONS WITH TOLERANCE AND, ON THE OTHER, ALLOW FOR THE MAJORITY TO ENDORSE POLICIES WHICH, ALTHOUGH UNPOPULAR WITH SOME, ARE SEEN TO BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE."

IR DAVID NOTED THAT EXPERIENCE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

WOLI.D HUGEST THAT, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON A I Illi RANGE. OF TOPICS, THE MAIN THRUST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES DIU COMM UD THE SUPPORT OF A WIDE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AND INDI.ID OF’ THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

HE ADDED THAT HE COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT FUTURE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HOWEVER THEY WERE ELECTED, WOULD WISH TO PUT HONG KONG’S CONTINUING SUCCESS AT RISK BY EXPERIMENTING WITH VASTLY DIFFERENT POLICIES FROM THOSE WHICH HAD SO CLEARLY BENEFITTED THE

COMMUNITY OVER RECENT DECADES.

SIR DAVID STRESSED IN HIS SPEECH THAT THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS HAD BEEN AT THE HEART OF HONG KONG’S SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.

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ELECTORAL CHANGE DICTATED BY TIMING OF REVIEW

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THE GOVERNMENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR THAT THE EXISTING PRACTICE WHEREBY URBAN COUNCILLORS ARE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD CEASE IN 1989 WAS DICTATED BY THE TIMING OF THE REVIEW OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, SIR DAVID SAID THAT FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD TO CONSIDER ALL THE ISSUES MOST CAREFULLY.

’’THEY WERE NOT IN A POSITION TO MAKE DECISIONS ON THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS UNTIL EARLY DECEMBER," HE SAID.

AS NOMINATIONS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS OPENED ON JANUARY 8, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS THEREFORE" NECESSARY TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THAT DATE SO THAT POTENTIAL CANDIDATES WHO MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSAL COULD CONSIDER WHETHER TO STAND FOR ELECTION TO A DISTRICT BOARD, AND TO PLAN THEIR ELECTIONEERING ACTIVITIES IF THEY DECIDED TO DO SO.

"AND IT WAS NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE THE BILL INTO THE COUNCIL EARLY SO THAT ENACTMENT WOULD TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THIS TIMETABLE MIGHT HAVE CAUSED DIFFICULTIES FOR SOME URBAN COUNCILLORS WHO HAI) TO MAKE A QUICK DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO STAND.

"BUT THE REASON WE INTRODUCED THE BILL WAS IN RESPONSE TO THE URBAN COUNCILLORS WHO WISHED TO KNOW WHERE THEY STOOD AND WHETHER THEY SHOULD STAND FOR ELECTION TO THE DISTRICT BOARD. AND IT WAS FOR THAT REASON THAT WE BROUGHT FORWARD THE BILL IN THE WAY AND IN THE TIMING THAT WE DID," HE SAID.

ON REMARKS BY SOME MEMBERS WHO MENTIONED THE AGB MCNAIR REPORT ON THE SUBJECT, SIR DAVID SAID HE HOPED THAT MEMBERS’ ATTENTION WOULD ALSO BE DRAWN TO THE SUBMISSIONS WHICH WERE MADE IO THE SURVEY OFFICE AT THE TIME.

"THERE WERE INDEED 8,000 AT THAT TIME ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT, OF WHOM 7,000 WISHED TO MAKE CHANGES BETWEEN THE PRESENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL AND THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS," HE SAID.

"ONE THOUSAND WISHED IT TO REMAIN AS IT WAS, AND OF THE 116 DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, 98 WISHED THERE TO BE A CHANGE.'

SIR DAVID ADDED THAT OF THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WHO WISHED ’ TO SEE A CHANGE AND WHO HAD EXPRESSED A VIEW, NO LESS THAN 82 OF THEM WISHED TO EXPAND MEMBERSHIP OF THE URBAN COUNCIL TO INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH DISTRK’T BOARD ELECTED FROM AMONG BOARD MEMBERS.

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CRITICS OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 WERE READING MUCH MORE INTO THE BILL THAN IT ACTUALLY CONTAINED, AND THEREBY TAKING ISSUE WITH THE WRONG MATTER AT AN INAPPROPRIATE TIME, THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, MRS FAN SAID ITS MAIN EFFECT WAS TO ALLOW AN URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER TO HOLD AN ELECTED SEAT ON A DISTRICT BOARD IN THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA.

URBAN COUNCILLORS WHO WON SEATS IN THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WOULD HOLD THEIR DISTRICT BOARD SEATS FOR THREE YEARS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, REGARDLESS OF THEIR POSITION AS URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS.

VICE VERSA, A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS WOULD NOT HAVE TO GIVE UP HIS SEAT IN THE DISTRICT BOARD.

MRS FAN SAID THIS ARRANGEMENT SEEMED FAIR.

"IF A PERSON STANDS FOR TWO SEPARATE ELECTIONS AND AS A RESULT WIN TWO SEATS IN TWO DIFFERENT TIERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND HE IS CAPABLE OF FULFILLING THE OBLIGATIONS OF BOTH ROLES, THEN THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ANY VALID REASON TO FORCE HIM TO RESIGN FROM ONE OF THE SEATS AND THEN PUT HIM BACK INTO THAT SEAT THROUGH ANOTHER PROCEDURE, BUT IN A DIFFERENT CAPACITY AS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER," SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT THE BILL SOUGHT TO REMOVE A RESTRICTION WHICH WAS NOT REALLY NECESSARY.

MRS FAN ALSO SAID THAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL OPPOSED THIS BILL ON THE GROUND THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD INTRODUCED THE MEASURE ONLY BECAUSE IT INTENDED TO SEVER THE URBAN COUNCIL’S EX-OFFICIO LINK WITH THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

"WHILE IT IS TRUE TO SAY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SUCH AN INTENTION, IT IS CERTAINLY NOT CORRECT TO ASSUME THAT SUPPORT OF THIS BILL BY MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL AUTOMATICALLY IMPLIES RUBBER STAMPING OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSALS, NOR DOES IT NECESSARILY COMMIT ANY MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE REMOVAL OF THE EX-OFFICIO LINK," SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT THE QUESTION OF THE EX-OFFICIO LINK, OR ANY FORM OF LINK, WOULD HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED BY FURTHER LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS, WHICH COULD ONLY BE FORMULATED IN THE LIGHT OF THE RESULTS OF DISCUSSION ON THE WHITE PAPER.

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SHE NOTED THAT THERE WAS A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT WHICH ADVOCATED NO LINK AT ALL BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS, AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD NO DOUBT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE AT LENGTH THE PROS AND CONS.

SHE SAID THERE WAS NO REALLY VALID REASON TO BLOCK THE PASSAGE OF A BILL AIMING TO LIBERALISE.

IF AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL REJECTED THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL, AND THE EX-OFFICIO LINK WAS RETAINED, THEN THE RESERVATIONS AND CONCERNS OF THOSE WHO OPPOSED THE BILL WOULD EVAPORATE, SHE SAID.

"IF THIS COUNCIL EVENTUALLY SUPPORTED THE ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSAL, THEN IT IS FAR BETTER TO HAVE THIS BILL TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY FOR URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, THAN TO HAVE NO BILL AT ALL," SHE ADDED.

MRS FAN CONCLUDED BY SAYING THAT THE LACK OF TIME FOR URBAN COUNCILLORS TO PLAN FOR THEIR CANDIDACY IN DISTRICT BOARDS WAS NOTED WITH REGRET, AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD EXPLAIN PUBLICLY THE REASON FOR THE APPARENT LATENESS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BILL.

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THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, UNDER WHICH A PERSON MAY SERVE BOTH AS AN ELECTED MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND AS AN ELECTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER IN THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA, IS CONSIDERED ILL-TIMED.

THE CONVENER OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO STUDY THE BILL, THE HON F.K. HU, SAID THIS IN THE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE MEASURE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID HE SUPPORTED THE BILL BECAUSE DEFERRING IT WOULD ONLY CAUSE MORE COMPLICAT IONS.

MR HU SAID THE BILL HAD CAUSED MUCH CONTROVERSY, AND EVEN THOSE WHO FAVOURED THE MEASURE HAD BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A KIND WORD FOR ITS TIMING.

HE SAID HE WAS NOT CONVINCED THAT THERE WAS ANY URGENT NEED TO MAKE CHANGES AT THIS STAGE, JUST BEFORE A DECISION ON THE POLITICAL REVIEW WAS REACHED.

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'•THE PROPER PROCEDURE IS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO PUBLISH THE WHITE PAPER ON POLITICAL REFORM IN WHICH A COMPLETE PACKAGE OF THE FUTURE OF URBAN COUNCIL, URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS, THEIR RELATIONS AND LINKS ARE DESCRIBED IN FULL," HE SAID.

"WHEN THE CONTENTS ARE DEBATED AND FINALLY AGREED IN PRINCIPLE, INCLUDING A TIMETABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION, VARIOUS RELATED LEGISLATION CAN BE INTRODUCED BY STAGES IN THIS COUNCIL WITH FULL UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMPLETE PACKAGE.

"SUCH AN APPROACH IS FAR MORE ACCEPTABLE THAN PIECEMEAL INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION WITHOUT KNOWING THE CONTENT OF FUTURE RELATED LEGISLATION."

HE ADDED: "THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT THOSE WHO MARRY IN HASTE REPENT AT LEISURE, AND THIS IS A GOOD MOTTO FOR LEGISLATORS AS WELL."

MR HU SAID THE AD HOC GROUP HAD MET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND CHAIRMEN OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE URBAN AREA TO HEAR THEIR VIEWS ON THE CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE BILL.

IN GENERAL, THE BILL WAS RESENTED AND OPPOSED BY THF URBAN COUNCIL, WHILE THE RESPONSE FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS WAS MORE FAVOURABLE, HE NOTED.

HOWEVER, THE AI) HOC GROUP ACCEPTED THAT THF BILL WAS A SELF-CONTAINED MEASURE IN REMOVING A RESTRICTION IN THE EXISTING LAW WHICH WOULD NOT PREJUDICE THE CONTENT OF THE WHITE PAPER IN ANY MATERIAL WAY.

FURTHERMORE, HF. SAID PASSAGE OF THE BILL WOULD NOT COMMIT MEMBERS TO SUPPORTING WHATEVER PROPOSALS WERE CONTAINED IN THF WHITE PAPER REGARDING ANY FUTURE LINKS BETWEEN THE URBAN COUN< IL AND DISTRICT BOARS.

MR HU POINTED OUT THAT DURING DELIBERATION OF THE BILL, THE AD HOC GROUP HAD NOTED TWO LEGAL POINTS IN THF EXISTING LAW WHICH REQUIRED CLARIFICATION; AND HE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD PROPOSE COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS TO COVER THESE POINTS.

"THE FIRST POINT RAISED THE QUESTION OF WHETHER A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WOULD NEED TO RESIGN IMMEDIATELY UPON BEING DECLARED ELECTED TO ANOTHER DISTRICT BOARD EVEN THOUGH HIS TENURE OF OFFICE HAI) NOT YET EXPIRED AS IT WOULD CREATE A TIME GAP OF NOT HOLDING ANY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERSHIP BEFORE HE COULD PICK UP THE MEMBERSHIP IN ANOTHER DISTRICT BOARD," HE SAID.

"THE SECOND POINT SUGGESTED THAT AS THE PRESENT BILL WAS DRAFTED, THERE SEEMED TO BE NO PROVISION REQUIRING AN URBAN COUNCILLOR TO RESIGN HIS COUNCIL SEAT IF HE WAS ELECTED TO A DISTRICT BOARD IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA, OR A REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER TO RESIGN HIS COUNC'IL SEAT IF HE WAS ELECTED TO AN URBAN DISTRICT BOARD.'

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THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 IS POORLY TIMED AND THE FUTURE IMPLICATIONS ARE NOT AT ALL BENEFICIAL TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE HASTY MANNER IN WHICH THE BILL HAD BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE THE COUNCIL HAD CAUSED MUCH CONTROVERSY AND MISUNDERSTANDING, AND DISTRESS AND EMBARRASSMENT TO URBAN COUNCILLORS.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THERE WERE CERTAIN FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS RELATED TO THE BILL WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO DISCLOSE UNTIL THE PUBLICATION OF THE WHITE PAPER TODAY, AND WHICH HAD A SUBSTANTIAL EFFECT ON THE FUTURE COMPOSITION OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

"IN SO PRE-EMPTING THE PUBLICATION OF THE WHITE PAPER, THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN VERY UNFAIR TO THE URBAN COUNCIL," HE SAID.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO SAID THAT BECAUSE OF SUCH QUESTIONABLE HASTE IN INTRODUCING THE BILL, THE GOVERNMENT WAS UNABLE TO FULLY CONSULT THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON THE FINANCIAL COSTS AND THE TIME REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE PHYSICAL FACILITIES AND THE SUPPORTING STAFF SERVICES TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP INDICATED IN THE WHITE PAPER.

HE SAID THAT IN THE AGB MCNAIR AND OTHER SURVEY REPORTS MENTIONED IN THE SURVEY OFFICE’S OFFICIAL REPORT, IT WAS MADE CLEAR THAT THE PUBLIC WAS GENERALLY QUITE HAPPY FOR URBAN COUNCILLORS TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR EX-OFFICIO DISTRICT BOARD SEATS.

THEREFORE, HE QUESTIONED WHY THERE WAS SUCH AN UNDUE HASTE IN RUSHING THROUGH THE BILL.

HE ALSO ASKED WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT DECIDED ON THE WISER COURSE OF FIRST PUBLISHING THE WHITE PAPER BEFORE PUTTING INTO EFFECT ANY OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES.

"SURELY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE TIMELY IF THE PROPOSED CHANGES, AS STATED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY ON THE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERSHIP OF URBAN COUNCILLORS ON DISTRICT BOARDS, WERE TO TAKE PLACE IN 1991?"

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO SAID THAT URBAN COUNCILLORS COULD HARDLY OPPOSE REMOVAL OF THE EXISTING RESTRICTION ON URBAN COUNCILLORS FROM HOLDING AN ELECTED SEAT IN A DISTRICT BOARD, IN VIEW OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY’S STATEMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO DISCONTINUE THEIR EX-OFFICIO MEMBERSHIP ON DISTRICT BOARDS FROM 1989.

CONTRARY TO THE VIEWS OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, THE PUBLIC WAS IN FAVOUR OF URBAN COUNCILLORS RETAINING THEIR EX-OFFICIO LINKS, HE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THIS, HE SAID, THE EX-OFFICIO LINK SHOULD STILL BE KEPT EVEN AFTER 1989 FOR ALL URBAN COUNCILLORS WHO CHOSE NOT TO RUN OR WHO FAILED TO GET ELECTED TO DISTRICT BOARDS.

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IMPLEMENTATION OF BILL SHOULD BE DEFERRED

♦ * * ♦ ♦

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 SHOULD BE DEFERRED SO THAT URBAN COUNCILLORS WOULD BE ABLE TO RETAIN THEIR EX-OFFICIO MEMBERSHIP OF URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS UNTIL 1991, THE HON DESMOND LEE SUGGESTED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SAYING THAT THE BILL WAS AT BEST "A RIGHT THING WHICH IS DONE AT THE WRONG TIME AND IN THE WRONG MANNER", MR LEE ABSTAINED FROM VOTING ON IT.

MR LEE SAID MEMBERS OF ALL THE THREE TIERS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT HAD FOUND THEMSELVES UNFAIRLY TREATED BY THE BILL.

THIS WAS BECAUSE MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WERE RUNNING FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AT LESS THAN THREE WEEKS’ NOTICE AND SEVERAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND CANDIDATES WERE SUDDENLY CONFRONTED WITH A FEW "SUPERIOR" OPPONENTS.

"RELATIONSHIPS HAVE WORSENED BETWEEN MEMBERS OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL BECAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE NOW RUNNING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER," MR LEE NOTED.

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT LEGCO MEMBERS WERE PRESENTED WITH A BILL WHICH PUT INTO EFFECT A CHANGE PROPOSED BY THE WHITE PAPER, WITHOUT BEING INFORMED OF THE REMAINDER OF THE CONTENTS AND RELATED CHANGES.

"REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IS A FULL SYSTEM, IN WHICH NEW CHANGES MUST BE CONSIDERED ALTOGETHER AND NOT IN A PIECEMEAL MANNER," HE SAID.

"AS THIS BILL PROPOSES A SINGLE CHANGE IN CROSS MEMBERSHIP BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO JUDGE WHETHER OR NOT IT IS RIGHT WITHOUT KNOWING OTHER RELATED DEVELOPMENTS."

MR LEE REFERRED TO THE PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS IN THE SURVEY REPORT, AND "PIECEMEAL CHANGES" WHICH WERE PROPOSED BY THIS BILL AND THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987.

"PEOPLE WILL BE LED TO BELIEVE THAT WINDOW DRESSING MEASURES ARE BEING INTRODUCED AT DISTRICT AND MUNICIPAL LEVELS TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THE LACK OF SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT THE CENTRAL LEVEL," HE SAID.

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DELAY CHANGES IN DB SEATS UNTIL 1991 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

SUPPORT FOR THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, INSOFAR AS IT IMPROVED THE LINK BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS, WAS EXPRESSED BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

BUT HE VO1 ('ED RESERVATIONS CONCERNING THE INTENTION TO DISCONTINUE URBAN COUNCILLORS’ EX-OFFICIO MEMBERSHIP OF URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS IN 1989.

MR CHEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT GIVEN ANY CONVINCING REASONS AS TO WHY THE CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE BILL WERE NECESSARY.

ALSO, HE SAID, THE TIMING FOR INTRODUCING THESE CHANGES WAS BAD.

’’WITH LESS THAN THREE WEEKS GIVEN TO URBAN COUNCILLORS TO DECIDE WHETHER TO STAND FOR ELECTION IN THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, THE PERSONAL HARDSHIP SUFFERED BY THE COUNCILLORS IS ONLY TOO APPARENT,” HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG NOTED THAT MANY OF THE URBAN COUNCILLORS HAD ALREADY GIVEN SUPPORT TO ('AND I DATES RUNNING IN THEIR CONST ITUENC1ES.

THEY WERE BEING PUT IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION OF WHETHER TO HONOUR THEIR PROMISE, THEREBY LOSING THE CHANCE TO WIN A DISTRICT BOARD SEAT, OR TO BREAK THEIR PROMISE AND STAND AS A CANDIDATE, KNOWING WELL BY DOING SO THEY WOULD LOSE MANY GOOD FRIENDS.

THEY WOULD ALSO RUN THE RISK OF SPLITTING THE COMMUNITY INTO DIFFERENT CAMPS.

STATING THAT IMPORTANT CHANGES MUST BE MADE GRADUALLY AND AS PAINLESSLY AS POSSIBLE, MR (’HEUNG SAID THE MOVETO DISCONTINUE URBAN COUNCILLORS’ EX-OFFICIO MEMBERSHIP OF THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL 1991.

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WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS RECI. IVED ON COMPANIES LAW AMENDMENTS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ t

WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS ON A NUMBER1 OF TECIINICAI POINTS IN Till-COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 HAYE BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION AND OTHERS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN Till LEG IS I. AT I \ I* ( OUN( I I. TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR JACOBS SAID THE AMENDMENTS WHICH HE WAS GOING TO MOYE HAD BEEN EXAMINED YNI) ENDORSED BY THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP SET Up TO STUDY ’Till- BILL.

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AS TO THE AMENDMENTS, HE SAID THAT CLAUSE 3 OF THE BILL WOULD AMEND SECTION 161B OF THE ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE A LIMITED EXEMPTION TO AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO GIVE PARTICULARS OF LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OTHERS IN THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION THAT THIS EXEMPTION SHOULD NOT APPLY TO LOANS THAT WERE BOTH SIGNIFICANT AND CONCESSIONARY.

’’BEARING IN MIND THAT A REGISTERED DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANY IS REQUIRED UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE TO HAVE A MINIMUM PAID UP CAPITAL OF $10 MILLION AND A LICENSED DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANY OF $75 MILLION, IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT FOR SUCH COMPANIES, LOANS BELOW $10 MILLION MAY BE SIGNIFICANT,” MR JACOBS SAID.

HF. THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT ALL CONCESSIONARY LOANS WHICH EXCEEDED THE LOWER OF $10 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT OF THE PAID UP CAPITAL AND RESERVES OF THE COMPANY SHOULD BE REPORTED IN THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS.

"BANKS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS NEW FORMULA BECAUSE 10 PER ('ENT OF THEIR MINIMUM PAID UP CAPITAL AND RESERVES WILL ALWAYS EXCEED

$10 MILLION,” HE ADDED.

AS FOR OTHER AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSE 3, MR JACOBS SAID REQUIRED TO CORRECT A MINOR DRAFTING ERROR.

THEY WERE

THEY WERE ALSO REQUIRED TO CLARIFY, FIRSTLY DISCLOSURE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE COVERED COMPANIES BY SPECIFIC ORDINANCES AND, SECONDLY, THAT THE MAXIMUM NEW SECTION 161B(4B) WOULD MEAN THE MAXIMUM BALANCE ON LOANS ON AN AGGREGATE BASIS CALCULATED DAILY.

THAT THE

INCORPORATED AGGREGATE IN ALL RELEVANT

"IT IS THE MAXIMUM BALANCI AT ANY ONE TIME WHICH IS OF INTEREST, NOT THE TOTAL AMOUNT LENT IN THE COURSE OF THE YEAR,” HE ADDED.

TURNING TO CLAUSE 1 OF A NEW SECTION I 61 BA REQUIRING THEIR HOLDING COMPANIES TO REFERRED TO IN SECTION 161B.

THE BILL, MR JACOBS SAID IT INSERTED

AUTHOR I SEI) F I NANC I AL I NSTITUT 1 ONS AND

MAINTAIN A REGISTER OF TRANSACTIONS

HE SAID IT ALSO REQUIRED A STATEMENT OF THE PARTICULARS OF SUCH TRANSACT IONS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD.

"IT IS OUR INTENTION THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF I'll I S RIGHT OF INSPECTION OF THE REGISTER,” HE SAID.

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HOWEVER, MR JACOBS NOTED THAT AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHICH WERl EITHER PRIVATE COMPANIES OR UNLISTED PUBLIC COMPANIES WERE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE DATES OF THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS.

IN VIEW OF THIS, HE SAID HE THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT ALL AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO GIVE AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS’ NOTICE OF THE DATES OF THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS IN AN APPROVED CHINESE LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER AND AN APPROVED ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER.

A FURTHER MINOR AMFNDMEN’I WAS NEEDED TO CLAUSE I TO REQU I RE A ’NIL’ STATEMENT TO BE PREPARED BY AN INSTITUTION WHERE NO RELEVANT LOAN EXISTED SO THAT THE AUDITOR, Will*RI'. APPROPRIATE, MIGHT BE ABLE TO INCLUDE IN HIS REPORT PARTICULARS Ol LOANS OMITTED FROM Till ’NIL’ STATEMENT, MR JACOBS ADDED.

DURING Till- RESUMPTION OF THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR JACOBS THANKED I HE HON PETER POON, AND Till HON HELMUT SOIIMEN FOR THEIR SUPPORT, A l) HIE HON U.K. HU AND THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE.

HE SAID THAT AS MR POON HAD POINTED OUT, CONCERN HAD BIEN EXPRESSED THAT AUDITORS MIGHT ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES IN DETERMINING WHETHER A LOAN WAS CONCESSIONARY OR NOT.

IN PARTICULAR IT WAS FEARED THAT THE SI BJECT I V ITY REQUIRED OF AUDITORS WOULD LEAD TO DIFFERENT TREATMENT OF EQUIVALENT LOANS IN THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS, MR JACOBS NOTED.

HE SAID HE UNDERSTOOD I'll I S CONCERN BUT DID No!' FXPEt T THAI’ THERE WOULD BE INSUPERABLE I) I I-1-I CULT I I S .

"LOANS FALLING INTO III IS CA TEGORV ARE LIKELY TO BE FEW IN NUMBER AND WHERE THE> DO OCCUR, ’Till- ( 1RCUMSTANCES SHOULD IN CASES BE (LEAR CUT,” HE ADDED.

"THERE WILL ALWAYS Bl- MARGINAL CASES WHERE AUDITORS WILL TO EXERCISE THEIR JUDGEMENT."

HE POINTED OUT THAT \UDITORS WERE NOT UNUSED TO THIS TASK APPLYING 'HIE PROVISIONS Ol- THE ORDINANCE, AND THE WORDING Ol Till-MADE IT CLEAR THAT A TEST OF REASONABLENESS WOULD BE INVOLVED.

ALTHOUGH NOT CONVINCED THAT ANY CHANGE TO THE PRESENT PROPOSALS IN 'THIS REGARD WOULD BE WARRANTED AT THIS STAGE, MR J \< OBS SAID HE WAS PREPARED, HOWEVER, TO RECONSIDER THE MATTEL IN Till LI GUT OF EXPERIENCE.

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COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED * * * * *

THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, WHICH SEEKS TO RELAX CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS INTRODUCED IN 1984 FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO DISCLOSE THEIR LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS, WAS SUPPORTED BY THE HON PETER POON IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR POON NOTED THAT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAD FOUND SUCH DISCLOSURE IN THEIR ANNUAL ACCOUNTS TO BE CUMBERSOME AND UNDESIRABLE IN VIEW OF THE NATURE OF THEIR BUSINESS.

THE BILL, WHICH MAINLY ADDRESSED THE APPLICATION OF SECTION 16 IB OF THE PRESENT COMPANIES ORDINANCE, RESTRICTED THE DISCLOSURE IN THEIR ANNUAL ACCOUNTS OF LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OR THEIR HOLDING COMPANIES TO THOSE WHICH WERE BOTH CONCESSIONARY AND OVER $10 MILLION.

HOWEVER, A REGISTER OF ALL TRANSACTIONS REFERRED TO IN SECTION 161B CONTAINING THE RELEVANT PARTICULARS MUST BE MAINTAINED AND AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FOR A PERIOD OF 14 DAYS PRECEDING THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND SEVEN DAYS THEREAFTER.

’’THE AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE

BILL RECEIVED REPRESENTATIONS

FROM A LEADING FIRM OF ACCOUNTANTS ACCOUNTANTS. MOST OF THEIR HELPFUL RESULTING IN THE PROPOSED COMMITTEE

AND THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF SUGGESTIONS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED STAGE AMENDMENTS,” MR POON SAID.

"THE ONE

OUTSTANDING POINT WHICH WAS BROUGHT UP

IS

THE

DIFFICULTY IN DETERMINING WHETHER THE LOAN IS CONCESSIONARY.

"THE TERM ’CONCESSIONARY’ IS NOT USED IN THE PRESENT BILL AND THE WORDING CONVEYING THE MEANING OF CONCESSIONARY ALREADY EXISTS IN THE PRESENT SECTION 157H OF THE ORDINANCE.

"THE AD HOC GROUP NOTES THERE MIGHT BE DIFFICULTIES IN INTERPRETATION BUT IN VIEW OF THE RARITY OF SUCH LOANS BEING OVER $10 MILLION, THE PROBLEM WOULD NOT OFTEN ARISE."

MR POON ADDED THAT IF IT WERE FOUND IN PRACTICE THAT THERE WERE INSUPERABLE DIFFICULTIES, FUTURE AMENDMENTS IN THAT RESPECT COULD BE CONSIDERED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE.

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COMPANIES LAW AMENDMENTS BASED ON COMMON SENSE ♦ * t ♦ ♦

THE AMENDMENTS INTRODUCED TO THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE ARE BASED ON COMMON SENSE AND ('AN BE SEEN AS A PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO A MATTER THAT WAS OF CONCERN TO HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN SUPPORTING THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

HF EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL EXEMPTED AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR HOLDING COMPANIES FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO DISCLOSE DETAILS OF LOANS TO EVERY DIRECTOR AND OFFICER IN THEIR ANNUAL REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS, EXCEPT FOR LOANS ]N EXCESS OF $10 MILLION MADE ON CONCESSIONARY TERMS.

'WHAT WILL INSTEAD BE REQUIRED ARE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS GIVING AGGREGATE FIGURES ONLY.”

ACCORDING TO DR SOHMEN, THIS DID NOT MEAN THAT LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS WHICH WERE OF INTEREST TO SHAREHOLDERS AND DEPOSITORS ALIKE, WOULD BE HIDDEN FROM THEM.

"THE BILL FOR THIS REASON REQUIRES AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO KEEP A REGISTER OF DETAILS OF ALL LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION, BY THE PUBLIC, FOR A PERIOD OF 14 DAYS BEFORE AND SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING,” HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAJI) THE AMENDMENTS TODAY WERE THE RESULT OF MUCH CONSULTATION BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH MANY INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE LAW SOCIETY, THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY WERE THE RESULT OF CONSULTATION WITH THE HONG KONG DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS.

HE SAID THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS HAD MADE DETAILED REPRESENTATIONS WHICH HAD BEEN NOTED AND TO SOME EXTENT WERE INCORPORATED IN THE FINAL REVISION.

THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS, WHICH HAD BEEN PRESSING FOR AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 16 IB OF THE EXISTING ORDINANCE, HAD REVIEWED THESE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS AND ALL OTHER REPRESENTATIONS, AND WELCOMED AND ENDORSED THE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL, HE SAID.

DR SOHMEN ADDED THAT THE VIEWS HE PRESENTED ON THE BILL WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE HON DAVID K.P. LI HAD HE BEEN ABLE TO BE PRESENT IN THE COUNCIL TODAY. NEVERTHELESS, HE FULLY AGREED WITH THESE VIEWS.

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BACKGROUND TO DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL EXPLAINED » » * » »

THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD PROVIDED IN SECTION 14(EA) OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS ORDINANCE, STIPULATING THE PERIOD OF NON-ATTENDANCE AT DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS RESULTING IN THE OFFICE OF A MEMBER BEING DECLARED VACANT, WAS MADE IN 1984 BASED ON THE FREQUENCY OF DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING DEBATE ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 WHICH SEEKS TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND TO PROVIDE A CLEAR DEFINITION FOR A DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

MR LIAO EXPLAINED THAT THE WORKING PATTERN OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS WAS THAT THE FULL BOARD MEETINGS WERE HELD EVERY TWO MONTHS AND THAT THEIR COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS MET IN BETWEEN THE FULL DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS.

"WHEN NECESSARY, ADDITIONAL FULL BOARD MEETINGS ARE CONVENED," HE SAID.

"THIS WORKING ARRANGEMENT HAS BEEN FUNCTIONING WELL AND HENCE IT IS NOT PROPOSED TN THE PRESENT BILL TO MAKE ANY CHANGES."

HOWEVER, THE POSITION COULD BE REVIEWED IF THERE WAS A NEED TO DO SO IN FUTURE.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESENT DISTRICT BOARDS ORDINANCE, THE OFFICE OF A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER SHOULD BECOME VACANT IF HE FAILS THROUGHOUT A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS TO ATTEND ANY MEETING OF THE BOARD UNLESS SUCH FAILURE IS DUE TO SOME REASONS APPROVED BY THE BOARD.

THE ORDINANCE DOES NOT, HOWEVER, REQUIRE THE MEMBER TO SEEK AND OBTAIN THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF SUCH ABSENCE.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS THE BILL INTRODUCED IS TO REQUIRE A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER TO OBTAIN THE APPROVAL OF HIS BOARD PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF HIS ABSENCE EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF PROLONGED ILLNESS.

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DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL SUPPORTED

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THE DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 WAS SUPPORTED BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, PROF THE HON C.K. POON SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE COUNCIL, PROF POON NOTED THAT THE BILL STIPULATED THAT A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BOARD AUTOMATICALLY IF HE FAILED, WITHOUT THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE BOARD, TO ATTEND MEETINGS OF THE BOARD FOR A PERIOD OF SIX CONSECUTIVE MONTHS, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF PROLONGED ILLNESS.

THE OPPORTUNITY HAS ALSO BEEN TAKEN TO DEFINE MORE CLEARLY WHAT IS MEANT BY A DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AND TO INCLUDE SOME OTHER TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS.

"WE UNDERSTAND THAT MEMBERS OF THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS WERE CONSULTED ON THI PROPOSED AMENDMENTS," HE SAID.

PROF POON CONCEDED THAT UNDER THE PRESENT DISTRICT BOARDS ORDINANCE, A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER COULD BE ABSENT FROM MEETINGS OF THE BOARD FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE MONTHS WITHOUT OBTAINING THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF SUCH ABSENCE.

"HE CAN OBTAIN THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD RETROSPECTIVELY. WE AGREE THAT ABSENCE OF THIS NATURE COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BOARD,” HE SAID.

PROF POON, HOWEVER, POINTED OUT TWO AREAS IN THE BILL WHICH THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO STUDY IT HAD CONSIDERED TO BE UNCLEAR.

"SINCE HIE COMMENCEMENT DATE OF THE SIX-MONTH ABSENCE PERIOD IS NOT CLEARLY SPELT OUT IN THE BILL, IT IS ENVISAGED THAT UNNECESSARY LEGAL ARGUMENTS MAY ARISE AT A LATER DATE," HE SAID.

"THE BILL, AS LT STANDS NOW, PERMITS A PERSON TO APPLY FOR LEAVE, BY REASON OF PROLONGED ILLNESS, WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF HIS HAVING RECOVERED OR SUBSTANTIVELY RECOVERED FROM ILLNESS.

"THE USE OF THE WORD 'REASONABLE' IS RATHER LOOSE AND IT IS ENVISAGED THAT IN APPLYING THIS RULE DIFFERENT BOARDS MAY ADOPT DIFFERENT STANDARDS AND AS A RESULT THE SITUATION COULD BECOME QUITE CONFUSING," HE ADDED.

TO RECTIFY THE ABOVE PROBLEMS, HE SAID MEMBERS OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP HAD PROPOSED THAT THE COMMENCEMENT DATE OF THE LEAVE PERIOD SHOULD START ON THE DAY NEXT FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD AT WHICH THE BOARD MEMBER WAS FIRST ABSENT.

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THE GROUP ALSO PROPOSED TO SUBSTITUTE ‘REASONABLE TIME' BY A PERIOD OF ‘ONE MONTH’.

"WE CONSIDER ONE MONTH TO BE A REASONABLE TIME, HAVING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THAT IN ACTUAL PRACTICE, THE BOARD MEMBER IS NOT REQUIRED TO BRING HIMSELF TO A BOARD MEETING, BUT JUST TO SEEK APPROVAL, AND THIS CONCEIVABLE CAN BE DONE BY WAY OF A WRITTEN APPLICATION,” HE EXPLAINED.

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THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 SOUGHT TO FORMALISE CHANGES TO THE TOBACCO DUTY STRUCTURE WHICH WERE EFFECTED BY A PUBLIC PROTECTION ORDER ON NOVEMBER 25 LAST YEAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, MR JACOBS SAID CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL SOUGHT TO REPEAL SECTION 66 OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WHICH STIPULATED THE PROCEDURE FOR THE CALCULATION OF THE WEIGHT OF TOBACCO. THIS PROVISION WAS RENDERED OBSOLETE BY THE PER STICK DUTY STRUCTURE.

IN ADDITION, CLAUSE 3 OF THE BILL SOUGHT TO AMEND THE SCHEDULE TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WHICH STIPULATED THE RATES OF DUTY PAYABLE ON VARIOUS TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

TO MAINTAIN THE CURRENT LEVEL OF REVENUE YIELD, MR JACOBS SAID A UNIFORM DUTY RATES OF $165 PER 1,000 CIGARETTES FOR LOCAL AND IMPORTED BRANDS WAS PROPOSED.

DUTIES ON OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS, THAT IS CIGARS, SMOKING TOBACCO AND CHINESE PREPARED TOBACCO, WOULD CONTINUE TO BE LEVIED ACCORDING TO WEIGHT, HE ADDED.

MR JACOBS NOTED THAT THE NEW DUTY STRUCTURE WAS NOW IN OPERATION AND LARGELY ACCEPTED, ALTHOUGH THERE HAD BEEN SOME MILDLY CRITICAL COMMENTS BY SECTORS OF THE INDUSTRY.

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STEADY PROGRESS MADE IN IMPROVING MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS » « » » *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE STEADY PROGRESS MADE OVER THE YEARS IN IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS.

THEY ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED BY THE CONSTRUCTIVE AND CO-OPERATIVE APPROACH OF THE CONTROLLING OFFICERS AND OTHER OFFICIALS WHO HAVE APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THE HON ALLEN LEE, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN TABLING THE COMMITTEE’S 10TH REPORT.

THE REPORT WAS COMPILED FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE’S INVESTIGATIONS INTO MATTERS RAISED IN THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S REPORT ON THE ACCOUNTS OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31 LAST YEAR AND THE RESULTS OF VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS.

"THIS YEAR, AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE COMMITTEE HAVE COME ACROSS CASES WHERE MATTERS MIGHT HAVE BEEN HANDLED DIFFERENTLY, BUT THEY ARE CONFIDENT THAT SOLUTIONS WILL BE FOUND AND THAT THEY WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WITH THE NECESSARY VIGOUR,” HE SAID.

MR LEE NOTED THAT THE REPORT WAS THE FIRST OF TWO COMMITTEE REPORTS TO BE LAID BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE CURRENT SESSION.

IT WAS PLANNED THAT A SECOND REPORT WOULD BE ISSUED BEFORE THE END OF THE SESSION FOLLOWING A FURTHER REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT ON HIS VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS.

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THE ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL REPORT OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG FOR 1986-87 WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL.

MR CHENG SAID THE REPORT CHRONICLED THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC.

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DURING THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE REPORT (JULY 1986 - JUNE 1987), THE OVERALL STUDENT NUMBER HAD INCREASED BY ABOUT 50 PER CENT, AND FIVE DEGREE COURSES WERE SUCCESSFULLY VALIDATED TO 'ACCEPT STUDENTS IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, JOINING THE TWO DEGREE COURSES ALREADY IN OPERATION.

THE YEAR ALSO SAW THE POLYTECHNIC HOLD ITS FIRST ACADEMIC AWARDS CEREMONY AT WHICH MORE THAN 100 AWARDS WERE CONFERRED. A SPECIAL HONORARY AWARD OF HONORARY FOUNDING FELLOW WAS CONFERRED TO SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG IN RECOGNITION OF THE PIVOTAL PART I|E PLAYED IN BRINGING THE POLYTECHNIC INTO BEING.

MR CHENG SAID THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERMANENT CAMPUS IN KOWLOON TONG HAD PROCEEDED AT A GREAT PACE DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, WHICH AT ITS BEGINNING SAW THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY AND AT THE END, IN JUNE 1987, THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE AT WHICH THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, OFFICIATED.

HE ADDED: "THE FIRST HALF OF THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE CONSTRUCTION IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER, ENABLING THE POLYTECHNIC TO MOVE SOME OF ITS ACTIVITIES INTO THE PERMANENT CAMPUS IN THE 1988-89 ACADEMIC YEAR.

"THE COMPLETION OF THE INITIAL PHASE WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED UNTIL A IURTIIER 12 MONTHS HAS ELAPSED, BUT THE POLYTECHNIC IS FULLY EXPECTING TO COMPLETE ITS MOVE TO KOWLOON TONG IN THE SUMMER OF 1989."

Mi CHENG AH’ THE REPORT DESCRIBED A YOUNG BUT THRIVING INSTITUTION, ALREADY WELL ON THE WAY TO MATURITY AND MAKING A SIGNIFICANT, AND INCREASING, CONTRIBUTION TO THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO MR S.L. CHEN WHO WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL UNTIL THE END OF 1987.

"HIS CLOSE INVOLVEMENT WITH HIE WORK OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC SINCE THE FORMATION OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE HAS HELPED TO ENSURE THAT FIRM FOUNDATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS INSTITUTION WERE ALREADY IN PLACE WHEN I SUCCEEDED TO THE CHAIRMANSHIP AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR," MR CHENG SAID.

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OVERALL REVIEW OF BUILDING REGULATIONS URGED » * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CARRY OUT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE BUILDING (PLANNING) REGULATIONS RATHER THAN AMEND THEM IN A SPORADIC MANNER, THE HON EDWARD HO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR HO WAS MOVING A RESOLUTION TO FURTHER AMEND REGULATION 3(1), TO MAKE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROTECTIVE BARRIERS APPLICABLE TO BALCONIES AND VERANDAHS.

THE AMENDING REGULATIONS IMPROVED THE SAFETY STANDARDS OF BUILDINGS, UPDATED MEASURES TO SUIT MODERN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, AND ALLOWED GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN PLANNING.

HOWEVER HF SAID, IN THE COURSE OF EXAMINING THE. b1-GULAI I '■ NS . THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP CONCERNED HAD IDENTIFIED AMBIGUOUS \REAS BOTH IN THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS AS WELL AS IN THE AMENDING REGULATIONS TABLED IN THE COUNCIL FOUR WEEKS AGO.

THESE WERE AREAS THAT MIGHT GIVE RISE TO PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES IN IMPLEMENTATION AND THEREFORE WARRANTED CLARIFICATION BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

ONE EXAMPLE WAS THE DEFINITION OF "CLEAR HEIGHT" IN THE AMENDED REGULATION 3(3).

MR HO SAID HIE ADMINISTRATION HAD ADVISED THAT THE TERM SHOULD

BE INTERPRETED AS HEIGHT MEASURED FROM STRUCTURAL FINISH 10 STRUCTURAL FINISH, INSTEAD OF ITS LITERAL MEANING.

THE AD HOC GROUP FELT THAT THE TERM "CLEAR HEIGHT" HAD NEITHER BEEN CONSISTENTLY USED NOR CONSISTENTLY INTERPRETED THROUGHOUT THE REGULATION.

THEREFORE IT PROPOSED THAT THE TERM SHOULD BE REPLACED BY A TERM THAT MEAN EXACTLY WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD INTERPRET IT TO BE.

SIMILARLY, ALTHOUGH REGULATION STANDARDISE MINIMUM CEILING HEIGHTS, REGULATION TO THE HEIGHT MEASURED FROM UNCLEAR.

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THE APPLICATION OF 'HIE

BELOW PERIPHERAL BEAMS WAS

THE AD HOC GROUP HAD SUGGESTED FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO AVOID UNCERTAINTY IN INTERPRETATION, MR IIO SAID.

"HOWEVER, THE ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS THAT SHOULD BE INTRODUCED UNTIL A DETAILED STUDY OF THEIR OTHER REGULATIONS HAS BEEN MADE," HE SAID.

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"INSTEAD, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS UNDERTAKEN TO PUT THESE TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY EOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND TO CONSULT THE PROFESSIONS, WITH A VIEW TO INCLUSION IN THE NEXT PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS

MR HO ALSO NOTED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD INDICATED THAT A PRACTICAL NOTE FOR AUTHORISED PERSONS WOULD BE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE MEASUREMENT OF HEIGHTS AND THE INTERPRETATION ON PERIPHERAL BEAMS.

HE URGED THAT, FOR THOSE INTERPRETATIVE DETAILS THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A CONSIDERABLE LENGTH OF TIME IN PRACTICE NOTES, THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD CONSIDER INCORPORA7J «G I HEM INTO THE BUILDING REGULATIONS TO GIVE THEM PROPER LEGAL EFFECT.

MR HO ADDED THAT A CASE IN POINT WAS THE EXISTING PRACIICE NOTE WHICH SET OUT THE TYPES OF ROOMS AND AREAS THAT WERE CONSIDERED TO BE NON-ACCOUNTABLE FLOOR AREAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING PLOT RATIO UNDER REGULATION 23(3).

THE RESOLUTION WAS PASSED.

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TRIBUTES PAID TO DAVID JEAFFRESON *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE OUTGOING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, WHO HAS SERVED ON THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR NEARLY 10 AND A HALF YEARS.

MR JEAFFRESON, WHO WAS ATTENDING HIS LAST COUNCIL MEETING AS A MEMBER, JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN 1961. HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL SINCE 1976 EXCEPT FOR A BREAK IN THE 1985-86 SESSION.

IN HIS VALEDICTORY SPEECH, SIR DAVID NOTED THAT MR JEAFFRESON’S RESPONSIBILITIES HAD COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF PROBLEMS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG.

IN QUANTIFYING HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORK OF LEGCO, THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT AS DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR JEAFFRESON WORKED WITH MEMBERS ON MANY ISSUES WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED TO HONG KONG’S PRESENT ECONOMIC SUCCESS.

MR JEAFFRESON WOULD ALSO BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS WORK AS SECRETARY FOR SECURITY WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NATIONALITY ISSUE AND FOR. VIETNAMESE REFUGEES - TOPICS WHICH RANKED NEAR OR AT THE TOP OF THE <’OUN( IL’S PRIORI TH S - IN ADDI TION TO OTHER SUBJECTS OF GREAT CONCERN SUI II AS LAW AND ORDER, SECURITY AND NARCOTICS.

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’’WHATEVER ’HIE I SSI E, DAV] I) JEAFFRESON HAS BROUGHT TO IT UNSHAKABLE COMMITMENT TO HIE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, SINGLE-MINDED DETERMINATION, TIRELESS ENERGY AND, ABOVE ALL, PERHAPS, A SENSE OF HUMOUR,” SIR DAV ID SAID.

” I I' IS REASSURING TO ALL OF US THAT HIS IMMENSE EXPERIENCE, WISDOM AND ENERGY WILL NOT BE LOST TO THE COMMUNITY,” HF SAID, AND EXTENDED GOOD WISHES TO MR JEAFFRESON WHO WILL SOON BE TAKING OVER THE POST OF COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

IN HER VALEDICTORY SPEECH, MISS DUNN ALSO NOTED THAT MR JEAFFRESON’S WIDE RANGE OF RESPONSIBILITIES AS SECRETARY FOR SECURITY HAD MADE HIM ONE OF THE MOST PUT-UPON MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

"IN AN ATTEMPT TO SATISFY OUR ALMOST (INSATIABLE CURIOSITY ABOUT ARSON, BLACKMAIL, ROBBERY \ND OTHER SUBJECTS, HE HAS HAD TO ANSWER MORK QUESTIONS LAST SESSION AND SO FAR THIS SESSION THAN ANY OTHER OFFICIAL MEMBER.

"AND HE HAS SUCCESSFULLY STEERED THROUGH THE COUNCIL NUMEROUS COMPLEX PIECES OF LEGISLATION ON IMMIGRATION POLICY AND PENAL REFORM," MISS DUNN SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT IN A FIELD WHERE THE DECISIONS AND EXPLANATIONS THAT HAD TO BF MADE WERE OFTEN DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL, MR JEAFFRESON HAD SHOWN SINCERITY, SENSITIVITY AND HUMANENESS.

IN HIS FREQUENT MEETINGS WITH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUPS AND THE SECURITY PANEL HE HAD BEEN UNFAILINGLY PATIENT, UNDERSTANDING AND FORTHCOMING, SHE SAID.

MISS DUNN ALSO SAID MR JEAFFRESON WOULD TAKE WITH HIM TO THE 1CAC THE WISDOM AND GOOD SENSE THAT HAD DISTINGUISHED HIS WORK IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUN( I I. \ND IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

SHE WISHED MR JEAFFRESON AND HIS WIFI ELISABETH Till GREATEST HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE.

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CO-ORDINATED ACTION AGAINST HEPATITIS A ♦ * » *

IN ADDITION TO MEASURES TAKEN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CONTROL THE FURTHER SPREAD OF HEPATITIS A, AND TO PREVENT THE DISEASE, THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE URBAN AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS HAVE ALL STEPPED UP INSPECTION OF FOOD PREMISES AND CONTROL OF UNLICENSED FOOD HAWKERS.

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM.

MR CHAMBERS SAID A SPECIAL INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE, CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, HAD BEEN SET UP TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND TO CO-ORDINATE CONTROL MEASURES.

NOTING THAT THE DISEASE WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE CONSUMPTION OF CONTAMINATED FOOD OR DRINK, HE SAID THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT IT WOULD BE TO OBSERVE GOOD PERSONAL, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD UNDERTAKEN MEASURES IN THE AREA OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY BY ISSUING A PRESS RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 2 WARNING THE PUBLIC TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS OVER FOOD, PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

”IN PARTICULAR, PEOPLE TRAVELLING DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD TO NEARBY COUNTRIES WHERF HEPATITIS A IS ENDEMIC WERE SPECIALLY ADVISED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS,” HE ADDED.

HE SAID TWO PRESS CONFERENCES WERE HELD ON FEBRUARY 2 AND 8 TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH BASIC INFORMATION ON THE DISEASE ITSELF, ITS MODE OF TRANSMISSION AND METHODS OF PREVENTION.

ON THE OTHER HAND, TELEVISION, RADIO AND PRESS INTERVIEWS BY APPROPRIATE OFFICERS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD KEPT THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF THE SITUATION AND HAD ONCE AGAIN EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF HYGIENE, MR CHAMBERS SAID.

"AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC’ INTEREST ON THE PREVENTION OF HEPATITIS A IS CURRENTLY BEING PREPARED FOR USE ON TELEVISION AND RADIO," HE ADDED.

HE SAID THAT LEAFLETS AND POSTERS HAD BEEN STRATEGICALLY PLACED AT ALL POINTS OF ENTRY AND EX 1’1’ IN HONG KONG TO REMIND TRAVELLERS OF THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UN rr HAD INTENSIFIED HEPATITIS-RELATED HEALTH EDUCATION ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF LEAFLETS TO SCHOOLS, PORT HEALTH OFFICES AND CLINIC’S, AS WELL AS GIVING HEALTH TALKS TO FACTORIES AND SCHOOLS.

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID THAT A 24-HOUR TELEPHONE SERVICE GIVING INFORMATION ON HEPATITIS HAD BEEN SET UP, AND A VIDEO ON THE PREVENTION OF THE DISEASE WAS BEING SHOWN AT GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS.

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DISPARITIES REFLECT DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS ♦ » ♦ * »

THERE ARE BOUND TO BE DISPARITIES IN FRINGE BENEFITS BOTH AMONG THE SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS AND IN COMPARISON WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR JACOBS SAID NO COMPREHENSIVE STUDY HAD BEEN CONDUCTED TO EVALUATE THE DISPARITIES WHICH WERE LARGELY A REFLECTION OF THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS AND NEEDS OF THE VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS COVERED A WIDE SPECTRUM OF SERVICES, INCLUDING EDUCATION, WELFARE, MEDICAL SERVICES, TRADE, INDUSTRY AND A HOST OF OTHER MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES.

•'THEY OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS) TO SUIT THEIR PARTICULAR NEEDS,” HE SAID.

THERE WERE, THEREFORE, BOUND TO BE DISPARITIES.

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WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMMES PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION

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( IVH EDUCATION IS PROMOTED THROUGH A VERY WIDE RANGE OF EDUCATIONAL, BROADCAST I NG AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOM INIC WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RITA FAN, MR WONG SAID CIVIC EDUCATION WAS OFTEN PROMOTED AS AN ELEMENT OF A PROGRAMME WHICH ALSO HAD OTHER EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINMENT OR PUBLICITY AIMS.

"IT IS THEREFORE DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY SPECIFICALLY EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE RELATING TO CIVIC EDUCATION," HE SAID.

INSIDE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, A TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF ABOUT $3.3 MILLION, COULD BE IDENTIFIED.

THIS COVERED STAFF IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB ACTIVITIES, RUNNING COSTS OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE, DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING MATERIALS, AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR TEACHERS.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL COSTS NOT SEPARATELY

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THESE RELATED TO THE TRAINING AND INSPECTION OF TEACHERS OF ALL SUBJECTS IN ORDER TO ASSIST THEM IN INCORPORATING ELEMENTS OF CIVIC EDUCATION INTO THEIR LESSONS; AND TO THE PRODUCTION OF EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION PROGRAMMES.

’these PROGRAMMES INCLUDED BOTH CIVIC EDUCATION SPECIALS AND ELEMENTS OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMMES.

"EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION," MR WONG SAID.

"SINCE 1983, EACH STANDARD-SIZE SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAS BEEN PROVIDED WITH AN EXTRA GRADUATE TEACHER IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN SUCH ACTIVITIES IN THE SCHOOL."

OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, MR WONG SAID, CIVIC EDUCATION WAS PROMOTED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. j

"THEIR ^EFFORTS AND ACTIVITIES ARE MONITORED AND CO-ORDINATED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, CHAIRED BY MRS FAN,” HE SAID.

"THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY ALL THESE ORGANISATIONS IS ESTIMATED AT A ABOUT $22 MILLION IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR."

MR WONG SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT FOR 1988-89, THE VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH PROMOTING CIVIL EDUCATION HAD SOUGHT INCREASED FUNDS FOR CIVIC EDUCATION-RELATED PROGRAMMES.

"DETAILS WILL BECOME KNOWN WHEN THE DRAFT ESTIMATES ARE LAID BEFORE THIS COUNCIL ON MARCH 2,” HE ADDED.

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MEASURES IN HAND FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING BOTH IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM MEASURES TO CATER FOR THE PARKING NEEDS OF THE CONTAINER TRUCKING INDUSTRY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RICHARD LAI, MR LEUNG SAID THAT IN GENERAL, THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON CONTAINER TRUCK PARKING WAS THAT CONTAINER VEHICLES SHOULD BE PARKED OFF-STREET.

THIS SHOULD BEST BE ACHIEVED THROUGH ADEQUATE LAND BEING PROVIDED FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO OPERATE CONTAINER PARKING FACILITIES.

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SUCH FACILITIES HAD SO FAR BEEN PROVIDED THROUGH THE ALLOCATION OF LAND ON SHORT-TERM TENANCIES.

OWING TO THE RAPID GROWTH IN THE CONTAINER TRADE IN RECENT YEARS AND THE COMPETING DEMAND FOR LAND NEAR THE CONTAINER PORT BY OTHER BACK-UP FACILITIES, IT HAD NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO MEET FULLY THE DEMAND FOR CONTAINER PARKING SPACES.

ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THE EXISTING PARKING SPACES WERE IN THE TSUEN WAN-KWAI TSI NG AREAS, SOME WERE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THF TERRITORY.

IN VIEW OF THE SHORTAGE OF LAND AROUND THE CONTAINER PORT, SOME SITES WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE.

HE SAID THE SITUATION SHOULD IMPROVE WHEN ADDITIONAL LAND BECAME AVAILABLE I PON THE COMPLETION OF Till' RECLAMATION OF BACK-UP AREAS ADJOINING TERMINALS 6 AND 7, IN STAGES STARTING FROM THE THIRD QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR.

IN THE MEANTIME, SHORT-TERM TENANCY SITES FOR CONTAINER TRUCK PARKING WOULD CONTINUE TO BE PUT OUT TO TENDER TO EASE THE SITUATION.

IN ADDITION, A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE KWAI TSI NG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAD BEEN FORMED TO LOOK INTO THE IMMEDIATE PARKING NEEDS OF THE CONTAINER TRUCKING INDUSTRY IN THE CONTAINER PORT AREA AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

IN THE LONGER TERM, A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF CONTAINER PORT BACK-UP FACILITIES (INCLUDING PARKING) WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN AS PART OF THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STUDY.

PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THIS PART OF THE STUDY SHOULD BE READY BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR.

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ALL REPORTS OF THE PROHIBITED FOOD ARE INVESTIGATED AS THEY OCCUR, WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD (WEDNESDAY).

USE OF ENDANGERED WILD LIFE FOR THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND THF. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN MR CHAMBERS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF RECENT ALLEGATIONS CARRIED IN THE PRESS, BOTH IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND LOCALLY’ THAT CERTAIN TYPES OF ENDANGERED SPECIES WERE BEING EATEN IN HONG KONG.

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"IT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE TO POSSESS - FOR CONSUMPTION AS FOOD OR OTHERWISE - ANY SCHEDULED SPECIES WITHOUT A LICENCE," HE EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT LICENCES WERE ISSUED ONLY TO PROMOTE THE CONSERVATION OF SPECIES AND NOT THEIR CONSUMPTION AS FOOD.

STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT DID CONDUCT CHECKS AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND MARKETS TO ENSURE THAT NO PROTECTED ANIMALS WERE OFFERED FOR SALE AS FOOD, HE ADDED.

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AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP TO EXAMINE THE MERITS OF INTRODUCING MORE COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION ON CONSUMER SAFETY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON HAMISH MACLEOD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE WORKING COMMITTEE WOULD HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING LATER THIS MONTH.

MR MACLEOD WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SELINA CHOW ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATIVE CONTROL OVER THE SALE OF UNSAFE PRODUCTS WHICH DID NOT FALL UNDER CATEGORIES CONTROLLED BY EXISTING LEGISLATION.

"MY INITIAL VIEW IS THAT THE AIM SHOULD BE TO COMPLEMENT EXISTING LEGISLATION BY PROVIDING A WAY OF DEALING WITH PRODUCTS NOT ALREADY COVERED BY SPECIFIC REGULATIONS.

"THE POTENTIAL ADVANTAGE OF SUCH LEGISLATION WOULD BE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO REACT MORE QUICKLY TO ANY NEW THREAT TO SAFETY," HE SAID.

"AT THE SAME TIME I SHOULD WARN THAT THIS IS A COMPLICATED MATTER THAT DOES NEED CAREFUL STUDY BEFORE WE CAN SAY DEFINITELY THAT SUCH LEGISLATION SHOULD BE INTRODUCED, AND IF SO IN WHAT FORM."

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WORKERS EMPLOYED BY A SUB-CONTRACTOR ARF ENTITLED TO FULL PROTECTION UNDER EXISTING LABOUR LEGISLATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG, MR WONG SAID THAT EMPLOYERS WHO WERE SUB-CONTRACTORS MUST ALSO COMPLY WITH ALL THEIR OBLIGATIONS AS EMPLOYERS UNDER THE LEGISLATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SUB-CONTRACTING WAS MOST COMMON IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WHERE IT WAS IN FACT THE NORM RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION.

MR WONG SAID THAT IN 1977, IN RESPONSE TO EVIDENT PROBLEMS OF NON-PAYMENT OF WAGES BY SUB-CONTRACTORS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, A NFW PART WAS ADDED TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THIS STIPULATED THAT PRINCIPAL CONTRACTORS AND SUB-CON TRACTORS IN THAT INDUSTRY WERE VICARIOUSLY LIABLE FOR THE UNPAID WAGES OF AN EMPLOYEE EMPLOYED BY A SUB-CONTRACTOR.

"THERE APPEARS TO BE NO NEED AT PRESENT TO EXTEND THESE PROVISIONS TO OTHER INDUSTRIES OR OCCUPATIONS," HE SAID.

UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, A PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR IN ANY INDUSTRY WAS LIABLE TO PAY COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES ARISING FROM WORK DONE ON HIS BEHALF BY THE EMPLOYEES OF A SUB-CONTRACTOR, MR WONG SAID.

HE ALSO SAID WHEN AN EMPLOYER, WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS A SUB-CONTRACTOR, BECAME INSOLVENT, HIS EMPLOYEES COULD APPLY FOR EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS FROM THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND.

HOWEVER, WHERE THE WAGES OWED TOTALLED LESS THAN $5,000, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE UNDER THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE TO INSTITUTE PROCEEDINGS FOR INSOLVENCY AND HENCE TO MAKE PAYMENTS I ROM Till FUND.

"AN YMENDMENT TO THE FUND ORDINANCE WILL BE PUT TO THIS COUNCIL SHORTLI TO ENABLE EX-GRATIA payments to be MADE IN CASES WHERE TOTAL CLAIMS ARE BELOW $5,000," MR WONG SAID.

"I AM SURE THAT THIS AMENDMENT, IF PASSED, WILL BENEFIT EMPLOYEES OF SMALL EMPLOYERS, INCLUDING SUB-CONTRACTORS," HE SAID.

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NO DECISION YET ♦

ON UPGRADING VOLTAGE ♦ ♦ « ♦

NO DECISION HAS YET BEEN TAKEN ON WHETHER HONG KONG’S ELECTRICITY VOLTAGE SHOULD BE UPGRADED TO 220 VOLTS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY PROFESSOR THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG, MR JACOBS SAID THIS PROPOSAL HAD IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR THE POWER COMPANIES AND FOR CONSUMERS.

’’THE GOVERNMENT IS STUDYING THIS ISSUE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF ITS CONSULTANTS AS PARI' OF AN OVERALL EXAMINATION OF THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF SYSTEM PLANNING BY THE TWO POWER COMPANIES,” HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAI’ BEFORE RECOMMENDATIONS COULD BE PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO CONSULT ALL PARTIES CONCERNED.

”1 HOPE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE FURTHER PROGRESS TN THE COURSE OF THIS YEAR,” HE ADDED.

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PLANS TO IMPROVE URBAN FRINGE, RURAL AREAS *****

WORK WILL START IN JUNE ON A PILOT PROJECT COSTING $11 MILLION FOR UPGRADING OF ROADS AND CONSTRUCTION OF SEWERAGE FACILITIES TN THE SAN HING TSUEN AREA NORTH OF TUEN MUN.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH.

’’THIS WILL, IF SUCCESSFUL, BECOME THE PATTERN FOR SIMILAR SCHEMES TN LAU FAU SHAN (WHICH WOULD COST ABOUT $96 MILLION), Pl SHAN ($42 MILLION) AND THE WHOLE OF YUEN LONG-TUEN MUN CORR 11 h (ABOUT $192 MILLION),” HE SAID.

’’BUT NONE OF THESE LATTER SCHEMES WOULD START TN THE EARLY 1990’S.”

MR BARNES ALSO SAID THAT THE ALLOCATION OF $17 MILLION FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND $18 MILLION FOR URBAN FRINGE IMPROVEMENTS IN 1988-89 WAS FOR A PROGRAMME OF ONLY FAIRLY SMALL-SCALE WORKS WHICH WERE RELATIVELY EASY TO IMPLEMENT AND NOT INVOLVING MAJOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURE OR LAND ACQUISITION.

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- "IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THIS PROGRAMME WAS ESTABLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME ONLY THIS YEAR, THE AMOUNT PROVIDED IS PROBABLY REALISTIC UNTIL WE SEE WHAT SORT OF PROGRESS WE CAN MAKE WITH IT," HE ADDED.

HE CONCEDED THAT THESE MINOR WORKS WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH ON THEIR OWN TO ACHIEVE THE GENERALLY DESIRED WIDE-SCALE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE RURAL AREAS.

MR BARNES ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW PLANNING THE POLICIES, MACHINERY AND PROGRAMMES NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE A PROPER RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND AIMED TO PRODUCE PROPOSALS FOR CONSOLIDATION BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

"BUT AS LITTLE WILL BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT MUCH MORE SUBSTANTIAL USE OF PRIVATE LAND THAN AT PRESENT, IT IS CLEAR THAT THE EXPENDITURE REQUIRED WILL BE SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN THE PRESENT PROVISION," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE MAIN LIMITATIONS ON EXPENDITURE WERE STAFF BOTH FOR CONSTRUCTION AND FOR THE NECESSARY MINOR RESUMPTIONS, THE PROCEDURE FOR WHICH TOOK ABOUT NINE MONTHS FROM START TO FINISH.

"IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT LAND POLICY, INCLUDING RESUMPTION POLICY AND THE MACHINERY FOR CARRYING OUT IMPROVEMENTS ASSUME SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE PLANS NOW BEING FORMULATED TO BUILD A RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE," HE ADDED.

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EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS ARE ADEQUATE TO TACKLE FIRES IK HIGH RISE BUILDINGS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON I'lll-FAI, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE HIGHEST "AERIAL EQUIPMENT" THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD IN USE WAS THREE 50-METRE TURNTABLE LADDERS WHICH COULD REACH TO ABOUT THE 15TH FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

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’’THIS EQUIPMENT IS AMONG THE MOST WVANCED OF ITS TYPE AVAILABLE,” HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT EQUIPMENT CAPABLE OF GOING HIGHER THAN 50 METRES WAS BEING DEVELOPED BY A MANUFACTURER OVERSEAS.

’’THE DEPARTMENT WILL KEEP ABREAST OF DEVELOPMENTS AND WILL EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF NEW EQUIPMENT AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE,” HE SAID.

”IN PARTICULAR THE DEPARTMENT WILL NEED TO BE SATISFIED THAT EVEN LONGER EQUIPMENT WILL NOT INVOLVE TOO MANY TECHNICAL PROBLEMS.”

HOWEVER, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF ’’AERIAL EQUIPMENT” COULD NOT BE EXPECTED EVER TO MATCH THE HEIGHT OF HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT.

FOR THIS REASON, THE APPROACH THAT FIRE SERVICES ADOPTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WAS, ABOVE THE APPROPRIATE HEIGHT, TO RELY ON ENHANCED BUILT-1 N FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS, HE SAID.

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT EXAMINED PLANS FOR ALL NEW BUILDINGS TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE ANTI-FIRE INSTALLATIONS WERE INCLUDED.

DEPENDING ON WHAT THE BUILDING WAS TO BE USED FOR, THE DEPARTMENT MIGHT REQUIRE IT TO HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:

FIRE HYDRANT HOSE REEL; AUTOMAT I (' WET SPRINKLER SYSTEM; SMOKE AND HEAT DETECTORS; SMOKE EXTRACTION SYSTEM; PRESSURISATION OF STAIRCASES; FIREMEN’S LIFTS; EMERGENCY GENERATORS; OR HALON GAS FLOODING SYSTEM.

IN ADDITION, MR JEAFFRESON STATED THAT AN OCCUPATION PERMIT FOR A BUILDING WOULD NOT BE GRANTED UNTIL THE PRESCRIBED EQUIPMENT HAD BEEN INSTALLED.

’THEREAFTER A REGISTERED CONTRACTOR MUST INSPECT THE EQUIPMENT EACH YEAR AND CERTIFY TO THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES THAT IT IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER,” HE EXPLAINED.

"IF A FIRE TAKES PLACE IN THE UPPER FLOORS BEFORE A BUILDING IS COMPLETED AND BEFORE THE ANTI-FIRE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN INSTALLED, TO REACH THE FLOORS ABOVE THE 15TH FLOOR THE DEPARTMENT WOULD HAVE TO LAY HOSES IN ORDER TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE."

AS REGARDS THE REAR BLOCKS OF DEVELOPMENTS, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THEY MUST BE SO PLANNED THAT FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT COULD GET WITHIN 30 METRES OF DOMESTIC BLOCKS AND RIGHT UP ’1'0 INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BLOCKS.

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MR JEAFFRESON TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE GOVERNMENT REGULARLY PUBLICISED FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGES TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH TELEVISION, RADIO, POSTERS AND FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS.

NOTICES IN THE FORM OF STICKERS REMINDING OCCUPANTS OF HIGH RISE BUILDINGS NOT TO USE LIFTS IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE, NOT TO OBSTRUCT MEANS OF ESCAPE, AND NOT TO LOCK EXIT DOORS INDISCRIMINATELY HAD BEEN WIDELY CIRCULATED.

IN ADDITION, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT ASSISTED BUILDING MANAGEMENT TO DRAW UP EVACUATION PLANS AND TO CONDUCT FIRE DRILLS ON REQUEST, HF. ADDED.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT PROVIDES IN SERVICE TRAINING COURSES OF TWO WEEKS’ DURATION ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR OFFICERS HANDLING PLACEMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR WONG SAID THESE COURSES AIMED TO PROVIDE OFFICERS WITH A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF DISABILITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF COUNSELLING AND PLACEMENT TECHNIQUES.

"VISITS TO ORGANISATION PROVIDING SERVICES TO DISABLED PERSONS ARE ARRANGED," HE SAJI), ADDING THAT OFFICERS ALSO ATTENDED TRAINING COURSES ON SIGN LANGUAGE ORGANISED BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE DEAF.

SINCE THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TOOK OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PLACEMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS IN 19S0, 90 OFFICERS HAD ATTENDED THESE LOCAL COURSES WHICH HAD PROVED VIRY USEFUL.

MEANWHILE, 19 OFFICERS HAD ALSO ATTENDED TRAINING COURSES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY, THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ON COUNSELLING, ASSESSMENT AND PLACEMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS.

"THESE TRAINING COURSES RANGED FROM IWO WEEKS TO 10 MONTHS, THE MAJORITY BEING BETWEEN FOUR AND EIGHT WEEKS," MR WONG SAID.

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TURNING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT’S SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION, HE SAID THE DIVISION HAD ONE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, SEVEN LABOUR OFFICERS AND 19 ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICERS.

"THEY ARE ALL SUBJECT TO POSTING FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE INTEREST OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT.

"THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER IS POSTED TO THE DIVISION NORMALLY FOR A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF YEARS.

"THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY FOR A LABOUR OFFICER IS ABOUT THREES YEARS AND THAT FOR AN ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICER IS ABOUT TWO YEARS," MR WONG ADDED.

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THE SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES) IS QUITE PREPARED TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE WORK OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP FROM TIME TO TIME, AS MAY BE NECESSARY, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SIR DAVID SAID THE DESIRE OF MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO BE INF'ORMEI), IN AS COMPREHENSIVE A WAI AS POSSIBLE, OF PROGRESS BEING MADE BY THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WAS FULLY APPRECIATED.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, "ANY SUCH BRIEFINGS WOULD BE SOMEWHAT RESTRICTED IN THEIR SCOPE.

"IN VIEW OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO RESTRICT THE BRIEFINGS TO MATTERS WHICH THE TWO SIDES HAVE ALREADY AGREED NEED NOT REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL."

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FIVE BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THESE WERE THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, THE DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 AND THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (POWERS OF ARREST) BILL 1988.

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SIR DAVID: DECISIONS BASED ON VIEWS OF PEOPLE *****

THE DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT HAVE ESSENTIALLY BEEN BASED ON THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS THEY WERE EXPRESSED DURING THE REVIEW PROCESS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS EVENING.

HE SAID THOSE VIEWS SHOWED QUITE CLEARLY THAT THERE WAS ENORMOUS INTEREST IN THE WHOLE ISSUE, THAT THE COMMUNITY WANTED DIRECT ELECTIONS AND THEY WANTED THEM BEFORE 1997.

THEY ALSO SHOWED THAT THE COMMUNITY WAS SPLIT SHARPLY ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER DIRECT ELECTIONS SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1988.

"AND IT WAS ON THAT BASIS, AND ON THAT BASIS ALONE THAT THE GOVERNMENT TOOK ITS DECISIONS," SIR DAVID SAID IN RESPONSE TO A PRESS QUESTION WHY THERE WAS TO BE NO DIRECT ELECTION THIS YEAR AND WHETHER THAT DECISION WAS INFLUENCED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.

THE GOVERNOR WENT ON TO SAY: "THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR US HERE IN HONG KONG. WE NOW HAVE A CLEAR DECISION THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME A DIRECTLY ELECTED ELEMENT WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1991.

"THIS MEANS THAT IN THE SHORT SPACE OF SIX YEARS, FROM 1985 TO 1991, WE WILL HAVE MOVED FROM A SITUATION WHERE ALL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE APPOINTED, TO ONE IN WHICH FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE SOME MEMBERS WHO ARE DIRECTLY ELECTED.

"IT'S THE END OF A LONG PROCESS OF CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION, DURING WHICH DIFFERENT VIEWS HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD.

"NOW THAT THE DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN, I HOPE THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WILL DEVOTE THEIR EFFORTS TO ENSURING THAT THESE ARRANGEMENTS WORK AND WORK IN A WAY WHICH IS TO THE REAL BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG," SIR DAVID SAID.

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THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WAS PUBLISHED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FREE COPIES OF THE 28-PAGE PUBLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES; THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING; AND THE MARKETING OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 1 BATTERY PATH, CENTRAL.

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KWUN TONG CANDIDATES TO MEET THE PUBLIC *****

THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ELECTION FORUMS ORGANISED FOR KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CANDIDATES TO MEET THE PUBLIC WILL START TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE FORUMS ARE ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE TO ENABLE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE 44 CANDIDATES CONTESTING THE 24 ELECTED SEATS IN THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"CANDIDATES WILL PRESENT THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR IN 13 FORUMS TO BE HELD BETWEEN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AND MARCH 6," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

"FORUMS WILL STILL BE HELD IN THE THREE CONSTITUENCIES OF SAU MAU PING SOUTH, LAM TIN SOUTH AND NGAU TAU KOK NORTH, ALTHOUGH THE CANDIDATES THERE ARE RETURNED UNOPPOSED," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

DETAILS OF THE FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE TIME CONSTITUENCY VENUE

FEBRUARY 11 (THURSDAY) 8:30 PM SAU MAU PING SOUTH SAU MAU PING (SOUTH) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, HIU KWONG STREET

FEBRUARY 12 (FRIDAY) 8:30 PM LAM TIN NORTH LAM TIN (EAST) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, PING TIN STREET

FEBRUARY 27 (SATURDAY) 8:30 PM LAM TIN SOUTH LAM TIN (WEST) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, KAI TIN ROAD

8:30 PM TSUI PING KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE, 17 TSUI PING ROAD

8:30 PM NGAU TAU KOK WEST TELFORD GARDENS COMMUNITY HALL

FEBRUARY 28 (SUNDAY) 8 PM TING HONG KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD

MARCH 1 (TUESDAY) 8 PM YAU TONG & SZE SHAN HO CHING PRIMARY SCHOOL, YAN WING STREET, YAU TONG ESTATE

8:30 PM SAU MAU PING NORTH BISHOP HALL PREVO( AT1ONAL SCHOOL, HIU KWONG STREET

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MARCH 2 (WEDNESDAY) 8:30 PM SHUN LEE AREA SHUN LEE ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE. 2 SHUN CHI STREET

MARCH 3 (THURSDAY) «: 30 PM NGAU TAU KOK NORTH NGAU TAU KOK CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, 1 ON TAK ROAD

MARCH 4 (FRIDAY) 8:30 PM NGAU TAU KOK EAST LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, CHUN WAH ROAD

8 PM KWUN TONG TOWN A INDUSTRIAL AREA DELIA MEMORIAL SCHOOL, 19 YUET WAH STREET

MARCH 6 (SUNDAY) 8:30 PM PING SHEK & KAI YIP KAI YIP COMMUNITY HALL, KAI YIP ESTATE

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE 13 ELECTION EORUMS TO BE HELD THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BETWEEN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AND MARCH 6.

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FESTIVE LIGHTS READY IN SHA TIN ♦ ♦ ♦ «

FESTIVE LIGHTING DECORATIONS IN SHA TIN, HERALDING THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON, WILL BE SWITCHED ON BY THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY I 2) EVENING.

THE DECORATIONS ARE CONCENTRATED AROUND SHING MUN RIVER, LIGHTING UP THE SANI) MARTIN BRIDGE, BANYAN BRIDGE AND RI VERS IDF PROMENADES.

MOST PROMINENT IS A PICTURE OF A ROARING DRAGON, AMIDST CLOUDS, THAT IS INTENDED TO BLESS ALL RESIDENTS DURING THE NEW YEAR.

THE PICTURE, ABOUT 100 METRES LONG AND SEVEN METRES HIGH, IS ON SANI) MARTIN BRIDGE.

ADDING TO THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE 20 SETS OF BUNTING WITH COLOURFUL LIGHTS ON YUEN WO ROAD AND 14 SETS ON TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD. THERE WILL ALSO BE NEW YEAR GREETINGS ON THE BANYAN BRIDGE.

THE LIGHTS WILL BE SWITCHED ON EVERY EVENING FROM 5.30 PM TO MIDNIGHT UNTIL MARCH 2. HOWEVER, ON LUNAR NEW YEAR. EVE (FEBRUARY 16) UNTIL FEBRUARY 19 AND AGAIN ON MARCH 2, THE LIGHTS WILL REMAIN ON UNTIL 5 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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THE FESTIVE DECORATIONS ARE FUNDED FROM A $271,210 BUDGET PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD. OF THIS SUM, $174,230 HAS BEEN USED FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR DECORATIONS AND THE REST WENT TOWARDS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SWITCHING-ON OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING IN SHA TIN AT 6 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12) AT THE ROOFTOP GARDEN, SHA TIN TOWN HALL, NEAR SHA TIN KCR STATION. SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, WILL OFFICIATE.

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BOE MEMBERS VISIT OLD URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL ♦ » ♦ * *

FIVE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (BOE) TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE CHIU SHEUNG SCHOOL IN POK FU LAM ROAD TO LOOK AT THE GENERAL SETTING AND FACILITIES OF AN OLD URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL WHICH SHARES ITS PREMISES WITH A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE SAME SPONSORING BODY .

THE MEMBERS - MR ANDREW SO KWOK-WING, MR TIMOTHY HA, MR ERIC LI, MISS BOW SUI-MAY AND MR DAVID CHEUNG - WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS), MR WONG SHEK-WAH, ON THE VISIT.

THE HEADMASTER OF THE SCHOOL, MR LEE TAT-YU, REVEALED THAT THERE WERE 926 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 25 CLASSES, INCLUDING A REVISED RESOURCE CLASS, OF THE SCHOOL IN ITS MORNING SESSION.

THE VISITORS WERE TOLD THAT UNDER THE REPROVISIONING SCHEME, CHIU SHEUNG SCHOOL (SECONDARY) WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW ESTATE SECONDARY SCHOOL PREMISES IN MA ON SHAN IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, LEAVING THE CLASSROOM AND SPECIAL ROOM BLOCK IT NOW OCCUPIED TO BE CONVERTED FOR USE BY THE PRIMARY SCHOOL.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LION ROCK TUNNEL TRIAL SCHEMES *****

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE EXPERIMENT IN MERGING THE TIDAL FLOW AND SIGNAL-CONTROLLED SCHEMES AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS, THE COMBINED EFFECT OF THE TWO SCHEMES HAS RESULTED IN A FIVE PER CENT INCREASE IN TRAFFIC CAPACITY.

MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO GIVE COMMENTS ON THE SCHEMES AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO LISTEN TO THEIR VIEWS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN. THE MEETING WIL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM.

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KEEP CLEAN CARNIVAL IN TYPHOON SHELTER *****

A KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE CHEUNG CHAU TYPHOON SHELTER TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO TIE IN WITH THE YEAR-END CLEANUPS CARRIED OUT BY MANY BOAT DWELLERS TO PREPARE FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

A BOAT WILL BE HIRED TO BROADCAST KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES AND DISTRIBUTE "FAI CHUN" (SPRING SCROLLS) TO THE BOAT DWELLERS.

THE CARNIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION CHEUNG CHAU DEPOT AT 10 AM.

DURING THE CEREMONY, THE FINALISTS OF THE "CLEANEST DWELLING BOAT" COMPETITION WILL LINE UP FOR INSPECTION BY A PANEL OF .JUDGES COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD; THE DISTRICT OFFICE; THE MARINE AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS; AND FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION CHEUNG CHAU DEPOT AT 10 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * * »

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON LEE SUET-FONG ON MAY 14, 1986, SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A SENTENCE OF 15 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

LEE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF LAU SHING-LUNG.

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A SITE IN TUEN MUN TO BE LET ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY.

MEASURING ABOUT 10,500 SQUARE METRES, THE SITE IS LOCATED AT AREA 40 NEAR PILLAR POINT, TUEN MUN. HALF OF THE AREA CAN BE USED FOR COVERED STORAGE PURPOSES.

THE INITIAL TENANCY IS FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

TENDER FORM, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE OF TUEN MUN; THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON FEBRUARY 26.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN A BUILDING AT 305 -325A, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, KWUN TONG, SO THAT DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE STRUCTURES ARE ON THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING.

THE CLOSURE IS NECESSARY AS THE OWNERS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN JUNE, 1986 AND LAST MONTH REQUIRING THE REMOVAL OF THE STRUCTURES.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM SHA TIN DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON APRIL 7 WERE POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

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THE TRAFFIC LANE ADJOINING THE TAI PO KCR STATION BUS TERMINUS W1LI BF DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 5 AM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 14). NO VEHICLES, EXCEPT TAXIS, WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ZONE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

MEANWHILE, THE PARKING METERS IN SIIEUNG SHIH INSTALLED ALONG FU HING STREET, SAN FAT STREET, SAN HONG STREET, SAN KUNG STREET, TSUN FU STREET AND SAN SHING AVENUE WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL FROM FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12).

THE TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM DAILY, EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE PARKING FEE WILL BE$1 PER 30 MINUTES.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1988

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE VICINITY OF YAU MA TEI FRUIT MARKET FROM 2 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 12) TO 6 PM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 16) IN ANTICIPATION OF A LARGE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE MARKET.

RECLAMATION STREET NORTHBOUND BETWEEN THE UNNAMED ROAD SOUTH OF SHEK LUNG STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND FERRY STREET WILL BE REDUCED FROM THREE-LANE TO TWO-LANE TRAFFIC.

THE UNNAMED ROAD SOUTH OF SHEK LUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND WHILE CHING PING STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND. LEFT-TURNING FROM RECLAMATION STREET NORTHBOUND ON TO TUNG KUN STREET WESTBOUND WILL BE BANNED.

THE SECTION OF SHEK LUNG STREET BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC AND WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

THE METERED PARKING SPACES IN CANTON ROAD BETWEEN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD SOUTH OF SHEK LUNG STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN NORTH POINT ♦ * * ♦

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN NORTH POINT WILL BE DESIGNATED PEAK HOUR (7-10 AM AND 4-7 PM) DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13):

* WHARF ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 21 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH POINT ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 32 METRES WEST OF THAT JUNCTION; AND

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF NORTH POINT ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WHARF ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT SIX METRES SOUTH OF THAT JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13), THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY TAXI RESTRICTED ZONE DESIGNATED ON THE SECTION OF CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH NORTHBOUND, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH OBSERVATORY ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE RESCINDED.

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1968

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RESISTS SHOULD WORK TOWARDS WHITE PATER'S AIMS: GOVERNOR .. 1

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SIR DAVID PRAISES WORK OF LIFE GUARDS ........................ 2

HK POPULATION HAS INCREASED TO 5.65 MILLION ..................

TRADE VALUE STATISTICS FOR DECEMIER AND 1987 RELEASED......... k

GOVERNOR SEES STUDENT TEACHERS AT WORK........................ H

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY........................................ 12

WONG TAI SIN CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA ........................ 1?

DB TO DISCUSS REPORT ON YOUTH SERVICES ........................ 1^

FINALS OF 5TH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD ................. 1?

CUSTOMS HINTS FOR NEW YEAR TRAVELLERS ........................ 16

TAI TO READY FOR FESTIVITIES ................................. 19

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSICIANS, DANCERB ..........................

EXTENDED TRANSPORT SERVICES ON LUNAR-NEW YEAR'S EVE...........

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CAUSEWAY BAY FLOWER FAIR ............ 25

WORK ON MAGISTRACY, GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO START SOON.......... 26

BUS LANE RESTRICTION ON KING'S ROAD LIFTED.................... 26 .

TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ZONES IN NORTH POINT .................... 27

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1988

RESIDENTS SHOULD WORK TOWARDS WHITE PAPER’S AIMS: GOVERNOR

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED PEOPLE TO WORK TOWARDS THE AIMS SET DOWN IN THE WHITE PAPER AND TO PREPARE FOR THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS VISIT TO THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO PROVIDE 10 DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1991 WAS A FIRM ONE.

HE SAID PEOPLE DID NOT WANT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE SITUATION.

"THEY WANT CERTAINTY, AND THAT’S WHAT’S BEEN GIVEN BY THE WHITE PAPER ISSUED YESTERDAY," SIR DAVID SAID.

"THE POINT I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE ABOUT THE WHOLE WHITE PAPER EXERCISE IS THAT WE’VE GONE THROUGH A LONG PERIOD OF DISCUSSION IN HONG KONG, VERY EXTENSIVE AND VERY IMPRESSIVE DISCUSSIONS.

"IT SHOWED THERE WAS ENORMOUS INTEREST IN HONG KONG IN THE SUBJECT.

"IT SHOWED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WANTED DIRECT ELECTIONS AND THEY WANTED THEM BEFORE 1997. IT SHOWED THAT THEY WERE VERY DIVIDED IN THEIR VIEWS ON WHETHER THOSE DIRECT ELECTIONS SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN 1988," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS THIS RESPONSE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT MADE ITS DECISIONS IN THE WHITE PAPER.

"THOSE DECISIONS ARE VERY FAR-REACHING," SIR DAVID SAID.

DURING HIS TOUR OF THE COLLEGE, SIR DAVID NOTICED A BLACKBOARD WITH A TABLE SHOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS IN HONG KONG DATING BACK TO 1948.

SIR DAVID SAID IT SHOWED THE PROGRESSION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG.

"THE STEP THAT WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT STEP IN THAT PROGRESSION. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE WILL HAVE DIRECT ELECTIONS AFTER 140 ODD YEARS OF A DIFFERENT SYSTEM," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE 10 DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS PROPOSED IN THE WHITE PAPER WAS A LOGICAL DEVELOPMENT TO THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

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"WE'VE GOT GEOGRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION AT THE MOMENT FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND WE’VE NOW PROGRESSED SO THAT WE WILL HAVE DIRECT GEOGRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION. IT MAKES SENSE TO MOVE FROM THOSE 10 INDIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS TO 10 DIRECTLY ELECTED," HE SAID.

"IT LEAVES ROOM, OBVIOUSLY, FOR FURTHER EXPANSION. THERE’S A GREAT DEAL OF FURTHER CHANGE THAT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE MADE BETWEEN 1991 AND 1997, AND ONE OF THOSE CHANGES WILL BE TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS,” HE ADDED.

"I THINK IT IS A GOOD FIRST STEP," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR STRESSED THAT THE PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER DID NOT LESSEN THE IMPORTANCE ATTACHED TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

"THE DISTRICT BOARDS REMAIN A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR THREE-TIER SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.

"THE THREE TIERS NOW WILL WORK IN A MORE LOGICAL WAY SO THAT YOU HAVE REPRESENTATION GOING UP THE PYRAMID FROM THE BASIC LEVEL -ELECTIONS INTO THE DISTRICT BOARDS, DISTRICT BOARDS INTO THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS, FROM THOSE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND TEACHER TRAINING IN HONG KONG.

"IT’S VITAL FOR A PLACE LIKE HONG KONG THAT WE SHOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF HIGHLY-EDUCATED PEOPLE WE HAVE HERE. WE NEED PEOPLE OF TALENT IF WE’RE GOING TO REMAIN A DYNAMIC ECONOMY AND KEEP OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE FACILITIES AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE AND WITH THE HIGHLY SKILLED TEACHERS. HE ALSO NOTED THE ENORMOUS ENTHUSIASIM AND DEDICATION OF THE STUDENTS.

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SIR DAVID PRAISES WORK OF LIFE GUARDS » » » * »

NEARLY 20,000 LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED SINCE THE WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN 1962.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT A RECEPTION GIVEN BY THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY (HONG KONG) TO MARK THE SILVER JUBILEEOF THE WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

"ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY, I SHOULD LIKE TO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES TO SAVE OTHERS, ESPECIALLY THE QUALIFIED LIFE GUARDS WHO WORK AT SWIMMING POOLS AND THE MANY GAZETTED BEACHES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY," SIR DAVID SAID.

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HE NOTED THAT THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY, AND ITS AFFILIATED LIFE SAVING ORGANISATIONS, HAD DONE A GREAT DEAL TO PROMOTE WATER SAFETY IN HONG KONG THROUGH THE ORGANISATION AND ACCREDITATION OF LIFE SAVING TRAINING PROGRAMMES.

"IN 1986-87, NEARLY 7,000 PEOPLE BECAME QUALIFIED LIFE GUARDS," HE SAID. '

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"THIS SHOWS AN ADMIRABLE WILLINGNESS AMONG MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PROVIDE A VALUABLE SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY."

MOREOVER, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO SAFETY IN WATER SPORTS.

"IN 1986-87, MORE THAN 38,000 PEOPLE WERE TAUGHT HOW TO SWIM THROUGH COURSES ORGANISED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT," HE SAID.

"THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT REPEATEDLY REMINDS THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER SAFETY THROUGH ITS WATER SPORTS SAFETY DAYS AND MANY OTHER PROJECTS."

PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS ALSO HAD REGULAR OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT THE NEED FOR WATER SAFETY THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY.

"ALL THESE EFFORTS HAVE AN EFFECT," SIR DAVID EMPHASISED.

"THERE ARE CLEAR SIGNS THAT THE PUBLIC ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF THE NEED FOR WATER SAFETY.”

FOUR YEARS AGO, IN 1983-84, 13 PEOPLE DIED IN SWIMMING ACCIDENTS AT GAZETTED BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS IN HONG KONG. LAST YEAR THERE WAS ONLY ONE DEATH.

"THIS IS A REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENT," SIR DAVID SAID.

"WE MUST TRY TO ENSURE THAT THESE IMPROVED STANDARDS, AND THIS INCREASED AWARENESS, CONTINUE."

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HK POPULATION HAS INCREASED TO 5.65 MILLION * * » * «

THE ESTIMATED POPULATION OF HONG KONG AT THE END OF DECEMBER LAST YEAR WAS 5,658,800, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 70,800 PEOPLE OR 1.3 PER CENT OVER THE END OF 1986.

THE BALANCE OF TOTAL ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES SHOWED A NET INFLOW OF 27,600 DURING 1987.

THERE WERE 70,100 BIRTHS LAST YEAR. DEATHS TOTALLED 26,900. NATURAL INCREASE, THAT IS THE SURPLUS OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS, AMOUNTED TO 43,200, AND ACCOUNTED FOR 61 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION GROWTH.

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TRADE VALUE STATISTICS FOR DECEMBER AND 1987 RELEASED « » »

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN DECEMBER 1987, AT $76,723 MILLION, GREW BY 38 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1986, ACCORDING TO TRADE VALUE STATISTICS FOR DECEMBER AND THE WHOLE OF 1987 RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1986, DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 23 PER CENT TO $18,850 MILLION IN DECEMBER 1987 WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 51 PER CENT TO $19,055 MILLION, BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN DECEMBER 1987 TO $37,905 MILLION, WHICH WAS 35 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN DECEMBER 1986.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 41 PER CENT TO $38,818 MILLION IN DECEMBER 1987.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BETWEEN DECEMBER 1986 AND DECEMBER 1987.

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE BY 78 PER CENT, THE NETHERLANDS BY 48 PER CENT, CHINA BY 47 PER CENT, FRANCE BY 42 PER CENT, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM BY 41 PER CENT.

A 6 PER CENT GROWTH WAS RECORDED FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET, THE U.S.A.

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BETWEEN DECEMBER 1986 AND DECEMBER 1987, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM THE U.S.A. (+90 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+59 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND (+52 PER CENT), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+51 PER CENT) AND ITALY (+43 PER CENT).

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, TAIWAN, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 89 PER CENT, 72 PER CENT, 64 PER CENT, 57 PER CENT AND 52 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN INTERPRETING THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF BILATERAL TRADE IN ANY SINGLE MONTH, AS THE RESPECTIVE GROWTH RATES FOR AN INDIVIDUAL MONTH MAY BE SUBJECT TO CONSIDERABLE FLUCTUATIONS.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN THE YEAR 1987 AT $755,982 MILLION, INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AS COMPARED WITH THE YEAR 1986.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 27 PER CENT TO $195,254 MILLION WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 49 PER CENT TO $182,780 MILLION. THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT TO $378,034 MILLION.

IMPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 37 PER CENT TO $377,948 MILLION. A SMALL MERCHANDISE TRADE SURPLUS OF $87 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO ONLY 0.02 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE YEAR 1987, COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $575 MILLION IN 1986, EQUIVALENT TO 0.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THAT YEAR. THUS THE VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT WAS VIRTUALLY IN BALANCE IN THESE TWO YEARS.

COMPARING THE YEAR 1987 WITH THE YEAR 1986, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS.

THE MARKETS WITH THE FASTEST GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED CHINA (+55 PER CENT), JAPAN (+53 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (+44 PER CENT), FRANCE (+44 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+39 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET, THE U.S.A., GREW BY 13 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

IMPORTS IN THE YEAR 1987 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE YEAR 1986. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+55 PER CENT), CHINA (+44 PER CENT), ITALY (+40 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+39 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (+39 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, TAIWAN, AUSTRALIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY ' 106 PER CENT, 72 PER CENT, 63 PER CENT, 59 PER CENT AND 53 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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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 IN DECEMBER 1987 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY MARCH.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING THE YEAR 1987 WITH THE YEAR 1986, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE MORE NOTABLE ONES INCLUDED CLOTHING (BY $13,159 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $5,050 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $4,552 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT); AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $3,287 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $83 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $17 MILLION OR 13 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 THE YEAR 1987 WITH THE YEAR 1986, INCREASES IN IMPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $14,731 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $11,404 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $7,843 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT); AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $6,609 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $48 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT); AS WELL AS PROCESSED ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE OILS AND FATS, AND WAXES OF ANIMAL OR VEGETABLE ORIGIN (BY $33 MILLION OR 57 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 THE YEAR 1987 WITH THE YEAR 1986, INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $8,238 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $7,541 MILLION OR 73 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $6,338 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $5,276 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT).

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HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $318 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); AS WELL AS COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $220 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISON.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE AVAILABLE IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS. THE DECEMBER 1987 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AROUND FEBRUARY 20, AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES 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 DECEMBER 1987 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY MARCH 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 DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. : 5- TABLE 1: DOMESTIC STATISTICS 8234915) . EXPORTS BY TO THE 10 MAJOR CENSUS AND MARKETS STATISTICS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-DEC OVER JAN-DEC (%) 87 DEC 1987 86 (HKD MN.) DEC 87 OVER DEC 86 (%)

U.S.A. 72,817 + 13 6,152 ♦ 6

CHINA 27,871 + 55 2,953 + 47

F.R. OF GERMANY 14,855 + 35 1,617 + 20

U.K. 12,905 + 30 1,471 + 41

JAPAN 9,489 + 53 789 + 20

CANADA 5,656 + 16 597 + 27

NETHERLANDS 4,027 + 44 532 + 48

SINGAPORE 3,880 + 39 4 18 + 78

FRANCE 3,790 + 44 407 + 42

AUSTRALIA 3,697 + 10 362 + 11

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TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-DEC 87 OVER JAN-DEC 86 (%) DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) DEC 87 OVER DEC 86 (X)

articles OF APPAREL and clothing accessories 65,321 + 25 6,618 + 13

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 29,983 + 18 2,381 + 10

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 16,005 + 46 1,563 ♦ 33

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 15,646 + 20 1,505 ♦ 36

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 14,873 + 27 1,372 ♦ 11

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF » 14,501 + 29 1,295 + 21

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER JAN-DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-DEC 87 OVER JAN-DEC 86 (X) DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) DEC 87 OVER DEC 86 (%)

CHINA 117,357 + 44 12,150 + 39

JAPAN 71,905 + 27 7,316 + 30

TAIWAN 33,337 + 39 3,240 + 25

U.S.A. 32,242 + 39 3,684 ♦ 90

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA 16,959 + 55 1,974 + 59

SINGAPORE 14,357 + 32 1,334 + 41

U.K. 11,713 + 25 1,164 + 37

F.R. OF GERMANY 10,166 + 26 1,069 51

SWITZERLAND 7,375 + 33 788 + 52

ITALY 6,170 40 541 4- 43

TABLE 4: IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY JAN-DEC JAN-DEC 87 DEC DEC 87

DIVISION 1987 OVER 1987 OVER

JAN-DEC 86 DEC 86

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

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 57,316 + 35 5,270 + 19

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 35,046 48 3,703 + 49

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 26,031 + 32 2,417 + 2 3

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 21,713 + 57 2,191 + 42

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 21,323 45 2,088 11

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 20,783 + 27 2,213 + 49

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TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-DEC 87 OVER JAN-DEC 86 (%) DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) DEC 87 OVER DEC 86 (X)

CHINA 60,170 + 47 6,964 + 49

U.S.A. 32,454 + 45 2,821 + 30

JAPAN 9,772 + 46 1 , 108 + 64

TAIWAN 9,685 + 63 966 + 72

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 8,969 + 53 871 + 52

SINGAPORE 6,481 + 23 678 + 46

F.R. OF GERMANY 5,533 + 106 603 + 89

U.K. 4,271 + 72 391 + 33

MACAU 3,326 + 29 326 F + 37

AUSTRALIA 2,913 + 59 . 3 36 + 57

TABLE 6: RE -EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-DEC 87 OVER JAN-DEC 86 (%) DEC 1987 (HKD MN.) DEC 87 OVER DEC 86 (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 28,332 + 41 2,702 + 27

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 18,279 + 37 1 ,615 + 30

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 17,884 + 73 1,625 + 60

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ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, ' APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 15,956 + 66 1,722 + 69

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 11,955 + 79 1 , 183 50

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 8,163 + 42 792 35

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GOVERNOR SEES STUDENT TEACHERS AT WORK

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THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON TODAY (THURSDAY) TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT THE WIDE RANGE OF TEACHER TRAINING COURSES AND FACILITIES DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER), MRS RUBY LAU, AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE COLLEGE, MR DAVID PUN.

THE VISITORS SAW A DISPLAY OF STUDENT PROJECTS ON CIVIC EDUCATION AND COLLEGE LIFE.

THEY THEN WENT ON A TOUR OF THE CAMPUS TO SEE STUDENT TEACHERS AT WORK IN THE COMPUTER ROOM, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ROOM, GYMNASIUM, GAMES HALL, POTTERY AND ART STUDIOS AND SCIENCE LABORATORY.

IN THE POTTERY STUDIO, LADY WILSON WAS PRESENTED WITH A VASE MADE BY ONE OF THE LECTURERS.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON ALSO VISITED THE LIBRARY BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE STAFF COMMON ROOM FOR A TEA RECEPTION WHERE THEY TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH STUDENT AND STAFF REPRESENTATIVES OFjTHE COLLEGE.

THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE FOUR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE COLLEGES OFFER COURSES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO INTEND TO ENTER THE TEACHING PROFESSION AT THE KINDERGARTEN. PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVELS.

THE FOUR COLLEGES ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR RETRAINING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS TO KEEP THEM ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN TEACHER EDUCATION.

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BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY » * »

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED TO TAKE EXTRA CARE AGAINST CRIMES AS THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

"THE INCREASINGLY FESTIVE MOOD MUST NOT GIVE RISE TO NEGLIGENCE WHICH COULD RESULT IN LOSS AND SPOIL THE NEW YEAR," SAID MR JOHN NORMAN, SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU.

MR NORMAN SAID PEOPLE WILL TEND TO GO YEAR-END SHOPPING IN THE COMING WEEK. CARRYING ON THEM MORE CASH THAN USUAL, AND VERY OFTEN LEAVING THEIR HOMES UNATTENDED.

"THIS IS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY THAT CRIMINALS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. "

HE SAID THAT WHILE ADDITIONAL POLICE PATROLS WOULD BE DEPLOYED ON THE STREETS BEFORE AND DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD, THE PUBLIC CAN HELP KEEP THE CRIMINALS AWAY BY TAKING SOME VERY SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

SUPERINTENDENT NORMAN GAVE THESE TIPS ON CRIME PREVENTION:

"OF ALL THE PRECAUTIOUS MEASURES, THE SIMPLEST AND THE MOST EFFECTIVE IS TO BE SELF-VIGILANT AT ALL TIMES.

"PEOPLE SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE SURE THEIR WALLETS AND PURSES ARE BEING CARRIED SECURELY, ESPECIALLY IN CROWDED AREAS SUCH AS BUS, MTR AND KCR STATIONS.

"DON’T EXPOSE YOUR MONEY OR VALUABLES IN PUBLIC PLACES AS A WOULD-BE THIEF OR SNATCHER MIGHT BE STANDING JUST BESIDE YOU. USE CHEQUES, CHARGE ACCOUNTS AND CREDIT CARDS WHENEVER POSSIBLE," MR NORMAN SAID.

THE ANTI-CRTME OFFICER ADVISED PEOPLE WHO NEED TO DRAW LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FROM BANKS, IN THEIR OWN INTEREST, TO ARRANGE TO BiE ACCOMPANIED BY A FRIEND.

ON HOME SECURITY, MR NORMAN ADVISED PEOPLE TO LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS BEFORE GOING OUT.

A LARGE NUMBER OF BURGLARIES WERE COMMITTED THROUGH OPEN DOORS AND WINDOWS, HE ADDED.

"ALWAYS CHECK ON THE IDENTITY OF VISITORS BEFORE ADMITTING THEM INTO YOUR HOUSE. THIS IS A VITAL SAFETY MEASURE. IN CASE Of' SUSPICION, NOTIFY THE MANAGEMENT OF YOUR BUILDING AND CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.

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"IF YOU ARE TO GO AWAY ON HOLIDAY, ASK A NEIGHBOUR TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR FLAT."

REGARDING COMMERCIAL PREMISES, MR NORMAN URGED PROPRIETORS AND MANAGEMENTS OF SHOPS AND FACTORIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE RUNNING HIGH RISK BUSINESSES, TO FORTIFY THEIR PRECAUTIONS AGAINST ROBBERY AND BURGLARY.

"DON’T KEEP LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN YOUR PREMISES WHEN DEPOSIT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT BANKS.

"YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK THE LOCKS AND BOLTS AND OTHER SECURITY INSTALLATIONS IN YOUR PREMISES TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN GOOD ORDER. FAULTY ITEMS SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REPLACED.

"IF YOU NOTICE SUSPICIOUS PERSONS LOITERING, CALL THE POLICE AT ONCE," MR NORMAN SAID.

POINTING OUT THAT THEFT FROM VEHICLES IS A COMMON CRIME, MR NORMAN REMINDED MOTORISTS OF SEVERAL ANTI-THEFT STEPS.

"MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL WINDOWS WOUND UP AND ALL DOORS SHUT BEFORE YOU ALIGHT FROM YOUR VEHICLE. DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES INSIDE THE CAR. IF YOU MUST LEAVE THEM INSIDE, LOCK THEM IN THE BOOT AS CRIMINALS MIGHT EVEN DAMAGE THE DOORS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOAL.

"WHEREVER POSSIBLE, USE A STEERING-WHEEL LOCK, IMMOBILISER SWITCH OR AN ADDITIONAL SECURITY LOCK TO PREVENT YOUR VEHICLE FROM BEING STOLEN.

"DON’T PARK YOUR VEHICLE UNATTENDED FOR LONG PERIOD OF TIME WITHOUT CHECKING BECAUSE THE THIEVES WILL BF. PATIENT ENOUGH TO NOTICE THIS," SAID MR NORMAN.

HE SAID THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU IS ALWAYS WILLING TO OFFER ADVICE TO SHOP OPERATORS, OR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, ON EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES AGAINST CRIME.

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WONG TAI SIN CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA t t * »

CANDIDATES CONTESTING THE 21 ELECTED SEATS IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THF. MEDIA AT A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

ARRANGED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SESSION WILL ENABLE THE MEDIA TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR PLATFORMS.

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THE SESSION WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SESSION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND NO SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED.

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ON YOUTH SERVICES t ♦

THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A SURVEY REPORT ON THE NEEDS OF YOUTH SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

CONDUCTED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK DISTRICT Vol TH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARDS, SURVEY AIMS TO FIND OUT HIE PATTERN OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES OF RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 24 AND Till IR NEEDS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES.

FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE USED AS REFERENCES BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN HOLDING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUTH.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE IRENES OF COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS TO BE ORGANISED IN HIE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

PROGRESS RI-POR I’S OF THE ’’MEET-THE-PUBLIC” SCHEME AND VARIOUS COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED AT Till MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.45 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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FINALS OF 5TH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD » « * * »

THE FINALS OF THE 5TH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD WILL BE HELD AT NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN POK FU LAM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13).

FORTY TEAMS WON THROUGH FROM THE HEATS IN WHICH 175 TEAMS COMPETED.

THE FINALS ARE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AND THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

A PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE COMPETITION FINISHES AT ABOUT NOON. THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER), MRS RUBY LAU, AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, MR S.L. HO, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNING TEAMS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FINALS AND THE PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY OF THE 5TH HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD AT NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 21 SASSOON ROAD, POK FU LAM, BETWEEN 9.45 AM AND NOON ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13).

MISS TSO CHEE-HING, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD (1987-88) WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CUSTOMS HINTS FOR NEW YEAR TRAVELLERS t » » ♦ ♦

TO MOST PEOPLE SPENDING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS ABROAD IS AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE, WHETHER IN DISTANT COUNTRIES, WITHIN THE REGION, IN CHINA OR EVEN JUST IN MACAU.

HOWEVER, SOME OF THE FUN CAN BE SPOILED IF, UPON THEIR RETURN, TRAVELLERS ARE FOUND BY CUSTOMS OFFICERS TO HAVE WITH THEM PROHIBITED ITEMS, MAKING THEMSELVES LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

THE DEPARTMENT IS THE ENFORCEMENT BODY FOR SEVERAL ORDINANCES. A CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (THURSDAY) POINTED OUT THAT LACK OF KNOWLEDGE WOULD NOT EXEMPT A PERSON FROM BEING PROSECUTED WHEN HE WAS CARRYING WITH HIM A PROHIBITED ARTICLE WHICH MUST BE COVERED BY A VALID IMPORT LICENCE, OR DUTIABLE COMMODITIES WHICH MUST BE DECLARED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO EMPHASISED THAT PEOPLE MUST NOT BRING BACK ITEMS SUCH AS COUNTERFEIT GOODS, FIRECRACKERS, DRIED OPIUM POPPY, OR FLICK-KNIVES.

SUCH ITEMS HAVE BEEN FOUND AT CHECKPOINTS AT THE LO WU TERMINAL, HONG KONG MACAU FERRY TERMINAL AND KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BEING BROUGHT BACK BY INCOMING PASSENGERS EITHER AS PRESENTS OR SOUVENIRS AFTER A VACATION ABROAD.

HE REMINDED LOCAL RESIDENTS THAT THE DUTY-FREE CONCESSIONS WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD.

THESE CONCESSIONS ONLY INCLUDE ONE LITRE OF STILL WINE. 60 MILLILITRES OF PERFUME AND 250 MILLILITRES OF TOILET WATER, AND 100 CIGARETTES OR 25 CIGARS OR 125 GRAMMES OF SMOKER’S TOBACCO. THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE GRANTED TO OVERSEAS VISITORS.

’’TRAVELLERS SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT PASSENGERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD DO NOT QUALIFY FOR DUTY-FREE LIQUOR AND TOBACCO,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOTICES INFORMING PASSENGERS OF THEIR CONCESSION RIGHTS WELL AS GOODS WHICH REQUIRE LICENCES ARE DISPLAYED AT DEPARTURE LOUNGES AND ARRIVAL HALLS. CUSTOMS OFFICERS ARE PREPARED T<' ANSWER PASSENGERS’ ENQUIRIES IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR DUTY I • F CONCESSIONS AND PROHIBITED GOODS WHICH REQUIRE LICENCES.

’’PASSENGERS CARRYING DUTY-FREE CONCESSIONS MUST DECLARE THESE ITEMS, OTHERWISE THEY WILL NOT ONLY LOSE THESE RIGHTS BUT WILL BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION FOR THE POSSESSION OF DUTIABLE GOODS,” SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED HOLIDAY-MAKERS TO OVERSEAS COUNTRIES DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR TO TAKE NOTE OF WAYS TO EASE CUSTOMS CLEARANCE. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF INCOMING PASSENGERS IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, WHICH INCLUDED THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, REACHED 453,626 AT THE MAJOR CHECKPOINTS AT THE LO WU TERMINAL, KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND HONG KONG MACAU FERRY TERMINAL.

"AN INCOMING PASSENGER SHOULD CARRY ONLY HIS OWN DUTY-FREE CONCESSIONS WHEN PASSING THROUGH A CUSTOMS CHECKPOINT - NOT THOSE OF ALL HIS FRIENDS," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CARRYING OTHER PEOPLE’S CONCESSIONS WOULD CAUSE CONFUSION IN LOCATING THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE OWNERS OF THESE ITEMS.

THE INDIVIDUAL WOULD ALSO LOSE HIS CONCESSION RIGHT UPON LEAVING THE CUSTOMS CHECKPOINT TO TRY TO GET HIS FRIENDS BACK IN THE RESTRICTED AREA TO IDENTIFY THEIR FORMERLY-OWNED DUTY-FREE CONCESSIONS.

STATISTICS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT DURING FEBRUARY LAST YEAR SEIZURES MADE AT THE MAJOR CUSTOMS CONTROL POINTS AT THE LO WU TERMINAL, HONG KONG MACAU FERRY TERMINAL AND KAI TAK AIRPORT WERE QUITE SIGNIFICANT.

THESE SEIZURES ALSO INCLUDED PROHIBITED AND/OR UNDECLARED ITEMS BROUGHT BACK BY HOLIDAYS-MAKERS AFTER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR OWING TO NEGLIGENCE.

IMPORT CONTROLS IN HONG KONG ARE KEPT TO A MINIMUM. THEY STEM FROM OBLIGATIONS UNDER VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS. CURRENTLY LICENCES ARE REQUIRED FOR THE IMPORTATION OF ARTICLES SUCH AS AMMUNITION, FIREARMS AND WEAPONS, FIREWORKS, STRATEGIC COMMODITIES, TEXTILES, ANIMALS AND PLANTS, NARCOTICS SUCH AS OPIUM, MORPHINE, HEROIN, COCAINE, CANNABIS, METHADONE AND OTHER NARCOTIC ANALGESICS.

"PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS, INCLUDING MOST STIMULANTS, HYPNOTICS, TRANQUILLISERS AND SEDATIVES SUCH AS AMPHETAMINE, BENZODIAZEPINES, QUINALBARBITONE, METHAQUALONE AND OTHERS, AS WELL AS ANTIBIOTICS AND OTHER POISONS SUCH AS PENICILLIN, TETRACYCLINE, CORTICOSTEROID AND OTHERS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO LICENCE CONTROL," SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

TOTAL GOODS SEIZED FROM INCOMING PASSENGERS IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR (INCLUDING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR) AT CUSTOMS CHECKPOINTS AT THE LO WU TERMINAL, HONG KONG MACAU FERRY TERMINAL AND KAI TAK AIRPORT ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PLANTS

ANIMALS

GRASSHOPPERS

- 1,312

- 32

- 600

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assorted fireworks COUNTERFEIT LEATHERWARE FLICK-KNIVES CIGARETTES CIGARS

CHINESE PREPARED TOBACCO

LIQUOR

PORK MEAT PANGOLIN MEAT OPIUM

HEROIN METHAQUALONE OPIUM SOLUTION METHADONE SOLUTION UNGEUENTUM FLUOCINOLONI ACETONIDI ACETICS ANALGINI INJECTIO (POISON) GOLD BARS

INJECTIO APPARATUS

_ 27.66 KILOGRAMS

_ 147 PIECES

- 2 PIECES

- 61,663 PIECES

- 80 PIECES

- 25.475 KILOGRAMS

- 32.45 LITRES

_ 2281.50 KILOGRAMS

- 2.5 KILOGRAMS

- 5 GRAMS

- 90 GRAMS

_ 10 TABLETS

- 100 MILLILITRES

- 70 MILLILITRES

_ 129 TUBES

- 400 TABLETS

- 205 AMPOULES

- 9.828 KILOGRAMS

- 100 UNITS

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TAI PO READY FOR FESTIVITIES * * » » «

A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO PLAYGROUND ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME.

THE SHOW WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM AND A NEW YEAR FLOWER FAIR WILL ALSO GET UNDERWAY IN THE PLAYGROUND ABOUT THE SAME TIME.

THE SHOW, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO TSAT YEUK RURAL COMMITTEE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND SPONSORSHIP FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, WILL INCLUDE SINGING, LION AND UNICORN DANCES AND GAMES FOR CHILDREN.

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS.

DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A SERIES OF ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES PROVIDED UNDER THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME.

THE ACTIVITIES, TO BE HELD BETWEEN SATURDAY AND MARCH 2, ARE ORGANISED BY DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. THE REGIONAL COUNCIL HAS GIVEN ASSISTANCE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS PROVIDED SPONSORSHIP.

THIS ANNUAL PROGRAMME, NOW IN ITS EIGHTH YEAR, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG THE RESIDENTS AS WELL AS CULTIVATING A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE.

SIXTEEN EVENTS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT TO ALLOW AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME.

THE EVENTS INCLUDE NINE GALA AND CARNIVAL EVENTS TO BE STAGED IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, VILLAGES AND A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

THERE WILL ALSO BE VARIETY SHOWS, A DISCO NIGHT, A PHOTOGRAPH AND ART EXHIBITION, AND A BANQUET FOR ABOUT 1,450 ELDERLY PEOPLE.

COSTING ABOUT $470,000, THE PROGRAMME IS FUNDED BY THE DISTIRCT BOARD AND FROM DONATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VARIETY SHOW STARTING AT 8 PM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13) IN THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAT PO MARKET.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSICIANS, DANCERS

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LOCAL YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS CAN NOW APPLY FOR OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND FOR THE YEAR 1988-89.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS IS TO ENABLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE TO RECEIVE TRAINING IN POST DIPLOMA STUDIES AT INSTITUTIONS OVERSEAS.

THE SCOPE OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS IS NOT CONFINED TO INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC STUDIES OR BALLET. RELATED STUDIES IN MUSIC OR DANCE, PRACTICAL OR ACADEMIC, SUCH AS MUSICOLOGY, CHOREOGRAPHY, AND DANCE NOTATION ARE ALSO INCLUDED.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL COVER TUITION FEES, A TECHNICAL ALLOWANCE AND A RETURN PASSAGE. A SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE MAY BE GRANTED ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO CHOOSE ONE-YEAR COURSES AS THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NORMALLY GRANTED FOR ONE YEAR ONLY.

CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSIC OR MUSIC RELATED STUDIES SHOULD PREFERABLY BE UNDER THE AGE OF 23 ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, AND HAVE STUDIED MUSIC UP TO THE DIPLOMA STANDARD OF THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

AS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DANCE OR DANCE RELATED STUDIES, CANDIDATES SHOULD PREFERABLY BE AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 23 ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, AND HAVE STUDIED DANCING UP TO THE DIPOLMA STANDARD OF THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

IN ADDITION, ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS’ RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND SECRETARIAT, MUSIC OFFICE, 25TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY THE APPLICANTS IN PERSON TO THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND SECRETARIAT NOT I.ATER THAN MARCH 4.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-8235343.

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EXTENDED TRANSPORT SERVICES ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE » « » » »

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (FEBRUARY 16) UNTIL EARLY THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

TO COPE WITH THE CROWDS ATTENDING FLOWER FAIRS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY, THE STAR FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE AND KOWLOON POINT, AND TRAMS AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, WILL OPERATE ALL NIGHT.

THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY SERVICE FROM NORTH POINT TO KWUN TONG WILL BE EXTENDED TO 1 AM, WHILE THE PEAK TRAM SERVICE WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED IF NECESSARY.

ALSO OPERATING OVERNIGHT WILL BE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTES 5, 6, 80M, 82M AND 85K AS WELL AS GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 20M AND 29 ON HONG KONG ISLAND; 33M AND 37M IN KOWLOON; AND 86 AND 89M IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING THE EXTENDED OPERATING PERIOD, KMB ROUTE SOM WILL BE REROUTED TO OPERATE BETWEEN KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION AND WO CHE.

THE LAST KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TRAIN BOUND FOR SHEUNG SHIH WILL DEPART FROM KOWLOON STATION AT 2 AM.

AS MANY PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE FLOWER FAIR AT VICTORIA PARK, SPECIAL CROSS-HARBOUR BUSES ON ROUTES 111A AND Ills (CAUSEWAY BAY TO CHOI HUNG) AND ROUTES 112A AND 112S (CAUSEWAY BAY TO MONG KOK) WILL BE IN SERVICE FROM HALF PAST MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM, SUPPLEMENTING THE OVERNIGHT SERVICES OF ROUTES 121 AND 122.

MOREOVER, CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES 112 AND 116 WILL OPERATE SUPPLEMENTARY JOURNEYS LINKING CAUSEWAY BAY WITH MONG KOK AND CHOI HUNG RESPECTIVELY FROM 8 PM TO MIDNIGHT.

CHINA MOTOR BUS WILL ALSO RUN THREE SPECIAL ROUTES TO VICTORIA PARK. OF THESE, ROUTE 86 PLYING BETWEEN CHAI WAN EAST AND CAUSEWAY ROAD WILL OPERATE FROM 8 PM TO MIDNIGHT.

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ROUTES 304, 308 AND 392 LINKING CAUSEWAY ROAD WITH WAH FU, CHAI WAN EAST, AND AP LEI CHAU ESTATE RESPECTIVELY, WILL OPERATE BETWEEN ONE MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT TO 5 AM.

FROM 7 PM, CMB ROUTE 5B WILL BE EXTENDED TO CAUSEWAY ROAD OUTSIDE VICTORIA PARK. BUSES ON THIS ROUTE WILL CLOSE FOR THE DAY AT 2 AM.

MEANWHILE, MANY BUS SERVICES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR WILL FINISH LATER THAN USUAL. THESE INCLUDE CMB ROUTES 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 37, 38, 40, 47, 48, 70, 71, 73, 81, 83, 90, 92, 95, 97, AND 98 WHICH WILL CEASE OPERATING ABOUT AN HOUR LATER THAN ON NORMAL WEEKDAYS.

R

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KMB ROUTES 16M, 24K, 71K AND 106 WILL BE EXTENDED FOR 30 MINUTES AFTER NORMAL OPERATING PERIOD.

SERVICES ON 37 KMB ROUTES WILL BE EXTENDED BY AN HOUR. THEY ARE ROUTES 1, 2A, 3C, 6B, 9, 10, 14, 15C, 16, 21, 28, 31, 31M, 32, 33, 34, 34B, 35, 36A, 36M, 37, 39A, 44, 46, 54, 59, 59M, 60M, 61A, 63,

66M, 67M, 68M, 72X, 80K, 81K, AND 85A.

OTHER ROUTES 1A, 2, 5C, 6C, 11, 15, 26, 27K, 29M, 32B, 36, 37M, 39M, 43, 43M, 44M, 46A, 88K, 89, 89A AND 89C WILL FINISH AN HOUR-AND-A-HALF AFTER NORMAL SERVICE SCHEDULES.

SERVICES ON CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES 102 AND 106 WILL BE EXTENDED FOR TWO HOURS AND ONE HOUR RESPECTIVELY.

GREEN MINTBUS SERVICES WILL ALSO OPERATE WELL INTO THE EARLY HOURS OF LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, ROUTE 16M WILL FINISH AT 0.40 AM; 19 AND 20 AT 1.40 AM; AND 21M, 33 AND 33M AT 2 AM.

IN KOWLOON, ROUTES 52 AND 23A WILL STOP RUNNING AT MIDNIGHT AND 1.30 AM RESPECTIVELY; 1 IM, 30A, 31M, 51M AND 53M AT 2 AM; 3 AND 8 AT 2.30 AM; 34M AND 36A AT 3 AM AND 6, 16, 18, 19 AND 20 AT 4 AM.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ROUTES 33 AND 35 WILL RUN ON UNTIL 11.30 PM, AND 31, 32 AND 67K UNTIL MIDNIGHT. ROUTES 39 AND 66K WILL CEASE OPERATING AT 0.30 AM; 34 AT 1 AM; 52K AND 65K AT 1.30 AM; 81, 82 AND 85 AT 2 AM; 20K AND 22K AT 2.30 AM; 83, 89 AND 98 AT 4 AM; AND 6 IM AT 5.30 AM.

IN SOME CASES, GREEN MINIBUSES WILL CHARGE A FLAT FARE DURING THE EXTENDED OPERATING HOURS.

SERVICES ON CMB ROUTES 1OA, 10B, 12M, 22, 82A AND KMB ROUTE A3 WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6 PM.

PASSENGERS SHOULD ALSO WATCH OUT FOR BUS AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE DIVERSIONS AND SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN BUS AND TRAM STOPS IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CAUSEWAY BAY FLOWER FAIR » » » * »

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16) TO COPE WITH CROWDS ATTENDING THE FLOWER FAIR IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE ARRANGEMENTS, INCLUDING ROAD CLOSURES AND DIVERSIONS, WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM TUESDAY, FROM THE TIMES SPECIFIED BELOW TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. MOTORISTS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR THE TRAFFIC SIGNS IN THE AREA.

A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS NEAR VICTORIA PARK WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 PM.

THESE INCLUDE: LOCKHART ROAD EAST OF PERCIVAL STREET (EXCEPT FOR GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 10, 11 AND 31), JAFFE ROAD EAST OF PERCIVAL STREET, KESWICK STREET (EXCEPT FOR GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 21M), CANNON STREET, PATERSON STREET BETWEEN KINGSTON STREET AND YEE WO STREET, GREAT GEORGE STREET, SUGAR STREET, AND KINGSTON STREET BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND CLEVELAND STREET.

ALSO CLOSED WILL BE GLOUCESTER ROAD BETWEEN CAUSEWAY ROAD AND THE SOUTHERN END OF THE SOUTHBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER, CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN COTTON PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD - PENNINGTON STREET JUNCTION, ROXY ROUNDABOUT, TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER SOUTHBOUND LEADING FROM GLOUCESTER ROAD TO TAI HANG ROAD, SUN WUI ROAD, EAST POINT ROAD AND CANAL ROAD EAST BETWEEN LOCKHART ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 PM IF NECESSARY: PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD, TUNG LO WAN ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND THE NORTHBOUND EXIT RAMP OF TAI HANG ROAD, SHELTER STREET, CLEVELAND STREET AND KAI CHIU ROAD BETWEEN JARDINE’S BAZAAR AND YUN PING ROAD.

FROM 7 AM ONWARDS, HYSAN AVENUE BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND YUN PING ROAD, AND LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN CANAL ROAD EAST AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

THE FOLLOWING WILL BECOME ONE-WAY WESTBOUND: KESWICK STREET (RESTRICTED FOR THE USE OF GMB ROUTE 21M ONLY), LAU LI STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND HING FAT STREET, LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN PENNINGTON STREET AND HYSAN AVENUE, AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD BETWEEN MORETON TERRACE AND THE RAMP TO TAT HANG ROAD SOUTHBOUND.

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FROM 7 PM, VEHICLES ON QUEENSWAY - HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR NORTH POINT SHOULD PROCEED VIA ARSENAL STREET FLYOVER; OR FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER; OR MARSH ROAD FLYOVER; OR PERCIVAL STREET, LEIGHTON ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD, CANAL ROAD WEST AND CANAL ROAD FLYOVER.

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON QUEENSWAY - HENNESSY ROAD HEADING FOR TAI HANG SHOULD USE EITHER QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND STUBBS ROAD OR PERCIVAL STREET, LEIGHTON ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND BLUE POOL ROAD.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON KING’S ROAD GOING TO WAN CHAI AND CENTRAL SHOULD TRAVEL VIA TSING FUNG STREET FLYOVER; OR TUNG LO WAN ROAD, MORETON TERRACE, CAUSEWAY ROAD, LEIGHTON ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD; OR TUNG LO WAN ROAD, TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER (NORTHBOUND) AND GLOUCESTER ROAD.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON LEIGHTON ROAD WESTBOUND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER IRVING STREET AND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA PENNINGTON STREET TO JARDINE’S BAZAAR.

NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON CAROLINE HILL ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT ON TO LEIGHTON ROAD EASTBOUND.

IN ADDITION, SOME PARKING SPACES IN THE AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM ON TUESDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

LEARNER DRIVERS SHOULD NOTE THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE MAJOR ROADS IN THE AREA FROM 6 PM TO 11.30 PM ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE.

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WORK ON MAGISTRACY, GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO START SOON ♦ » » » »

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE EASTERN MAGISTRACY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT SAI WAN HO RECLAMATION, HONG KONG, Will. START LATER THIS MONTH.

THR DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, MR JOSE LET, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER SIGNING THE MAIN CONTRACT FOR THE <133 MILLION PROJECT.

MR LEI SAID THE 16-STOREY BUILDING WILT, PROVIDE ABOUT 7,000 SQUARE METRES OF COURT ROOMS, CELL AREAS AND JUDICIARY-RELATED ACCOMMODATION, 8,000 SQUARE METRES OF OFFICE SPACE, AND 62 PARKING SPACES.

"PILING HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND WORK ON THE BUILDING ITSELF WILL BEGIN WITHIN A FEW WEEKS. CURRENT PLANNING CALLS FOR THE COMPLETION OF THR PROJECT IN SEPTEMBER 1990,” MR LEI SAID.

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BUS LANE RESTRICTION ON KING'S ROAD LIFTED « » » ♦ *

THE EXISTING PEAK HOUR (7-10 AM AND 4-7 PM) DAILY RESTRICTION FOR ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT OMNIBUSES ON THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF KING’S ROAD, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG CHONG STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF MOUNT PARKER ROAD, WILL BE LIFTED FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13).

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TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ZONES IN NORTH POINT

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THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN NORTH POINT WILL BE DESIGNATED AS DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES ROUND THE CLOCK FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 13):

« JAVA ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT THREE METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHU KUK STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 48 METRES EAST OF THAT JUNCTION, AND

» SHU KUK STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MARBLE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 12 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD.

THESE MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS BECAUSE OF ROAD WORKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE EXISTING PEAK HOUR (7-10 AM AND 4-7 PM) DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE ON SHU KUK STREET, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MARBLE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 12 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD, WILL BE LIFTED.

THE 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE ON SHU KUK STREET BETWEEN MARBLE ROAD AND JAVA ROAD WILL ALSO BE LIFTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON IN MARCH .......................... 1

FOURTH VR CLOSED CENTRE BEING PLANNED ...................... 1

NOTICES ON REVISED RATEABLE VALUES OUT THIS MONTH .......... 4

COMMITTEE APPOINTED FOR UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS ................. 6

INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR 198? 3RD QUARTER

PUBLISHED ................................................ 7

SCHOOL BUILDING SPEEDED UP ................................ 11

sha tin db candidates meet the press tomorrow ............. 12

SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY 15 MEASURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED TO STRENGTHEN TEACHER TRAINING . 17

SIR S.Y. CALLS ON ELECTORS TO VOTE......................... 18

FARM DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS BEING SPEEDED UP .............. 19

NEW CHAIRMEN FOR MEDICAL BOARDS ELECTED ................... 20

FRONTIER CURFEW RELAXED FOR NEW YEaR VISITS ............... 20

LUCKY CaR NUMBER '8* FOR AUCTION TOMORROW ........t.... 21

LAISEE FOR NEEDY FROM TANG-HO FUND......................... 22

AMENDMENT TO APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE CHaIRMAN PROPOSED ... 25

SOUTHERN ISSUES PUBLICITY POSTER AGAINST EXTORTION ........ 25

TENDERS INVITED FOR MAINTAINING WIRELESS INDUCTION LOOP

SYSTEMS ................................................ 21*

NEW WARNING SIGNAL PANEL FOR ROaD MAINTENANCE WORKS.... 24

RECLAMATION PLANS ON AP LEI CHaU, TSING YI APPROVED.... 25

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON IN MARCH t t t t t

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT LONDON FROM MARCH 20 TO 23. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER IN THE SERIES OF REGULAR CONTACTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS.

THE GOVERNOR WILL ALSO GIVE A SPEECH AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ON MARCH 21.

THE GOVERNOR’S LAST VISIT TO LONDON WAS FROM OCTOBER 24 TO 28 LAST YEAR.

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FOURTH VR CLOSED CENTRE BEING PLANNED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ t

THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING URGENTLY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOURTH CLOSED CENTRE TO ACCOMMODATE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN VIEW OF THE OVERCROWDING IN THE HEI LING (HAU AND TURN MUN CLOSED CENTRES.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID TH IS TODAY (FRIDAY) IN A REPLY TO THE DIRECTOR OF OXFAM IN HONG KONG, MR CHRIS BALE, COMMENTING ON ITS REPORT ON "VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG: THE WAY FORWARD".

'EVERY INDICATION IS THAT THE PROPOSED FOURTH CLOSED CENTRE WILL BECOME A REGRETTABLE NECESSITY DUR I NG THE COURSE OF 1988," SAID MR JEAFFRESON.

MR JEAFFRESON EXPLAINED THAT THE OVERCROWDING IN THE CLOSED CENTRES WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE FURTHER SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ARRIVALS AND PARTICULARLY FROM NORTHERN VIETNAM IN THE SECOND HALF OF LAST YEAR -- A TREND WII I (II WAS APPARENTLY CONTINUING IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THIS YEAR AND THE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN RESETTLEMENT OFFTAKE DUR I NG LAST YEAR.

THE TOTAL (’LOSE!) CENTRE POPULATION ACTUALLY INCREASED BY 45 PER CENT FROM 4,400 IN ’THE BEGINNING OF LAST JULY TO 6,400 AT THE END OF DECEMBER.

ON THE REPORT’S REFERENCE TO CLOSED CENTRES AS "PRISONS", MR JEAFFRESON SAID: "THE ONLY RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN A CLOSED CENTRE AND A PRISON IS THAT BOTH PLACES ARE USED FOR THE CONFINEMENT OF PEOPLE.

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"IN ALL OTHER RESPECTS THE CLOSED CENTRES ARE OPERATED UNDER A TOTALLY DIFFERENT REGIME WITH THE REFUGEES GIVEN AS MUCH FREEDOM AS IS PRACTICALLY POSSIBLE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THEIR PLACE OF ENFORCED RESIDENCE.”

AS REGARDS THE PROVISION OF TOILET FACILITIES IN HEI LING CHAU, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE SITUATION WAS NOT AS BAD AS OXFAM HAD DESCRIBED.

"EACH OF THE 10 DORMITORY BLOCKS IN HEI LING CHAU IS PROVIDED WITH ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE TOILET, EACH WITH TWO CUBICLES.

"THERE ARE ADDITIONAL TOILET FACILITIES WHICH ARE ACCESSIBLE AT ALL TIMES IN THE TWO SCHOOL BLOCKS AND THE TWO DINING HALLS.

"IN THE EVENT THAT A SHORTAGE OF TOILET FACILITIES HECLiES A SERIOUS PROBLEM, ADDITIONAL FACILITIES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THE FORM OF PORTABLE LATRINES.

"BUT FOR THE TIME BEING IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO DO SO,” MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

REGARDING THE REPORT’S REFERENCE TO "CONSIDERABLE PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE" ON THE REFUGEES RESULTING FROM THE OVERCROWDING, MR JEAFFRESON SAID: "SOME DEGREE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE IS INEVITABLE IN A SITUATION WHERE A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE CONFINED IN A SMALL AREA.

"THERE IS NO OVERT EVIDENCE OF MAJOR EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES AMONG THE MAJORITY OF REFUGEES.

"NEVERTHELESS ALL CONCERNED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CAMPS AND THE CARE AND WELFARE OF THE REFUGEES ARE AT ALL TIMES AWARE OF THE PRESSURES THE REFUGEES FACE AND DO ALL THEY CAN TO MITIGATE THEIR EFFECTS."

ON THE QUESTION OF EDUCATION FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN IN THE CLOSED CENTRES, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) SUBMITTED PROPOSALS LAST OCTOBER REGARDING THE INTEGRATION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN IN THE LOCAL EDUCATION SYSTEM.

"THESE PROPOSALS, WHICH COVER A NUMBER OF OPTIONS, ARE BEING CRITICALLY EXAMINED RY THE ADMINISTRATION WITH A VIEW TO AN EARLY SUBMISSION TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL."

REGARDING THE REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON WORK AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR REFUGEES TN CLOSED CENTRES, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE DOCUMENT HAD RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE UNHCR FOR CONSIDERATION.

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"THE EXTENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INVOLVEMENT WITH INITIATIVES PROPOSED IN THE WORKING GROUP’S REPORT WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN DUE COURSE."

TURNING TO THE QUESTION OF MANAGEMENT OF THE CLOSED CENTRES, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT FOR THE JOB.

"IT IS THE ONLY ORGANISATION WITH THE EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR THE MANAGING OF CENTRES FOR LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN A CONFINED ENVIRONMENT.

"ViJ DO NOT AGREE THAT ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT OR VOLUNTARY .GENCY HAS THE REQUISITE EXPERTISE," MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF CSD STAFF WORKING IN THE CLOSED CENTRES WERE SPECIALLY RECRUITED AND TRAINED FOR REFUGEE WORK.

"VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE TRAINING COURSES ARE ARRANGED FOR THE CSD STAFF TO FACILITATE COMMUNI CATIONS WITHIN THE CENTRES.

"CSD STAFF REGULARLY MEET WITH THE HUT REPRESENTATIVES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AT THE CAMP MANAGEMENT LEVEL AND CSD HEADQUARTERS PERSONNEL ALSO REGULARLY VISIT AND HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH HUT REPRESENTATIVES AND THE AGENCIES."

MR JEAFFRESON DISAGREED WITH OXFAM THAT THERE WAS A "SIGNIFICANT CRIME PROBLEM" AT THE KAI TAK TRANSIT CENTRE.

"CERTAINLY THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH A MINORITY OF THE REFUGEES WHO GET INTO TROUBLE, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE REFUGEES ARE LAW-ABIDING."

MR JEAFFRESON STRESSED THAT THERE WAS NO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST REFUGEES ATTENDING GOVERNMENT CLINICS OR HOSPITALS.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE LAST YEAR FOR REFUGEES TO ATTEND GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND HOSPITALS ON THE SAME BASIS AND SUBJECT TO THE SAME CHARGES AS LOCAL RESIDENTS.

ON RESETTLEMENT, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT AGREED THAT THE MAJOR BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD FALL ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

"HONG KONG HAS DONE AND CONTINUES TO DO ITS SHARE, BOTH IN PROVIDING A PLACE OF FIRST ASYLUM AND IN THE OFFER OF LOCAL SETTLEMENT PLACES.

"CONSIDERATION CURRENTLY BEING GIVEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF RELAXING THE CRITERIA FOR LOCAL SETTLEMENT WOULD NOT AT THIS STAGE INVOLVE EXTENDING THIS SCHEME BEYOND THE 250 PLACES ORIGINALLY APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IN MAY I9«6."

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MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHARED OXFAM’S CONCERN ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF LONG-STAYERS IN CONFINED CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT DID NOT ACCEPT THE PROPOSAL THAT AN ARBITRARY TIME-LIMIT SHOULD BE SET ON A REFUGEE’S STAY IN A CLOSED CENTRE.

"THIS IS A MATTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE TO ADDRESS.

"IT IS NOT HONG KONG WHICH KEEPS THE REFUGEES IN CLOSED CENTRES INDEFINITELY."

ON THE REPORT ITSELF, MR JEAFFRESON DESCRIBED IT AS A CONSTRUCTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE DISCUSSION OF THE CONTINUING VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM AND HE WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME AND EFFORT WHICH OXFAM HAD DEVOTED TO ITS PREPARATION.

"WHILE WE MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENTS OVER POINTS OF DETAIL, THE REPORT IS A COMPREHENSIVE AND GENERALLY ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THE CURRENT REFUGEE SITUATION IN HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

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NOTICES ON REVISED RATEABLE VALUES OUT THIS MONTH » » » «

NOTICES GIVING DETAILS OF REVISED RATEABLE VALUES FOR THE YEAR BEGINNING APRIL 1, 1988, WILL BE DESPATCHED TO RATEPAYERS BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NOTICES SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 1 OR ONE OR TWO DAYS THEREAFTER.

THIS FOLLOWS THE COMPLETION OF THE 1988-89 REVALUATION EXERCISE.

ATTACHED TO THE NOTICES WILL BE THE SECOND QUARTER 1988 DEMANDS FOR RATES, ISSUED EARLIER THAN USUAL, TO ALLOW RATEPAYERS TO SEE THE ACTUAL EFFECT OF THE REVALUATION ON THE AMOUNT OF RATES THEY WILL PAY.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE EARLIER ISSUE OF THE DEMANDS, THE SECOND QUARTER'S RATES ARE NOT DUE FOR PAYMENT UNTIL THE USUAL DATE OF APRIL 30 (1988).

THE DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED AN EXPLANATORY BOOKLET, "YOUR RATES IN 1988-89", WHICH RATEPAYERS WILL FIND USEFUL SHOULD THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT RATES, RATEABLE VALUES AND RIGHTS OF OBJECTION.

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COPIES OF THE BOOKLET WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 1 AT THE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICES, AND AT DISTRICT OFFICES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WILL BE AROUND 966,000 ASSESSMENTS IN THE NEW VALUATION LIST, SOME OF WHICH ARE BLOCK ASSESSMENTS, COVERING APPROXIMATELY 1,535,000 UNITS.

THIS WILL INCLUDE 2,300 ASSESSMENTS IN THE NEW RATING AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TOTAL RATEABLE VALUE WILL BE AROUND $78,000 MILLION.

THE OVERALL INCREASE IN RATEABLE VALUES IS ABOUT 16.6 PER CENT BUT FOR DOMESTIC UNITS IT IS ONLY ABOUT 11.1 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT RATEABLE VALUE IS AN ESTIMATE OF THE ANNUAL RENTAL VALUE OF THE PREMISES AT A DESIGNATED DATE, ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE PREMISES WERE THEN VACANT AND TO LET.

FOR THE 1988-89 REVALUATION, THE DESIGNATED DATE, KNOWN AS THE VALUATION REFERENCE DATE, IS OCTOBER 1, 1986.

PERIODIC REVALUATIONS ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE RENTAL LEVELS CHANGE OVER TIME, BY VARYING DEGREES FOR DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF PREMISES, AND IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.

IN ADDITION, CERTAIN AREAS EXPERIENCE CHANGES TO ENVIRONMENT, AMENITIES, ACCESSIBILITY AND SO ON.

THE REVALUATIONS BRING RATEABLE VALUES UP TO DATE TN ORDER TO REDISTRIBUTE THE RATES BURDEN ACCORDING TO THESE CHANGES.

THE REVENUE RAISED FROM RATES IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF FINANCE FOR THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AND A PROPORTION IS ALSO PAID INTO GENERAL REVENUE.

THE OVERALL INCREASE IN RATEABLE VALUES RESULTING FROM THE REVALUATION WILL ENABLE THE COUNCILS AND THE GOVERNMENT TO MAINTAIN THE SAME PERCENTAGE RATE CHARGES IN 1988-89 AS HAVE APPLIED SINCE APRIL 1, 1986. CONSEQUENTLY, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PROPOSE TO MAKE ANY CHANGE TO THOSE CHARGES FOR 1988-89.

A REDUCED PERCENTAGE CHARGE OF 15 PER CENT USUALLY APPLIES WHERE THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE, AND OF 7.5 PER CENT WHERE THERE IS ONLY AN UNFJLTERED GOVERNMENT WATER SUPPLY. THE DEMANDS FOR RATES WILL SHOW THESE REDUCTIONS WHERE APPROPRIATE.

CONCERNING PASSING ON OF RATE INCREASES TO DOMESTIC TENANTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IF THE RENT OF A DOMESTIC PROPERIY CONTROLLED UNDER PARTS I OR II OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT

(CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE, THE LANDLORD MAY INCREASE THE RENT BY THE AMOUNT OF INCREASE IN RATES.

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INCREASES IN RATEABLE VALUES OF DOMESTIC PROPERTIES RESULTING FROM THE REVALUATION DO NOT RESULT IN ANY CHANGE IN STATUS FOR THESE PREMISES UNDER PART II OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

’’FOR OTHER DOMESTIC TENANCIES ANY SUCH ADJUSTMENT CAN ONLY BE MADE IF PROVIDED FOR IN THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE LANDLORD AND TENANT.

“FOR FURTHER INFORMATION RATEPAYERS SHOULD CONSULT THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE BOOKLET AVAILABLE FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT OR CALL AT THE DEPARTMENT," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT RATEPAYERS SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY ENQUIRIES REGARDING THEIR NEW RATEABLE VALUES UNTIL EARLY MARCH WHEN THEY WILL HAVE RECEIVED THE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONS. INFORMATION WILL NOT BE GIVEN REGARDING THE REVISED FIGURES PRIOR TO THIS.

"UPON RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE ANYONE WHO HAS ANY QUERIES MAY CALL AT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT OR TEI.EPHONE 5-8957888 WHERE STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

"IF ANYONE WISHES TO SPEAK TO THE VALUER FOR A PARTICULAR DISTRICT, THEY SHOULD TELEPHONE FOR AN APPOINTMENT," HE SAID.

IF ANYONE WISHES TO LODGE AN OBJECTION TO THE NEW RATEABLE VALUE, HE MAY, DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH ONLY, MAKE A PROPOSAL TO HAVE IT ALTERED.

"PROPOSALS MUST BE MADE ON FORMS R20A WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OR AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE. PROPOSALS RECEIVED BEFORE MARCH I OR AFTER MARCH 31, 1988 CANNOT RE ACCEPTED," HE SAID.

SHOULD RATEPAYERS WISH TO INSPECT THE VALUATION LISTS, THESE WILL BE ON DISPLAY DURING MARCH AT THE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, Il ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG. COPIES OF APPROPRIATE SECTIONS OF THE LISTS WILL ALSO BE ON DISPLAY AT THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED A NEW COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING THE UNITED KINGDOM/IIONG KONG SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE EXPANDED JOINT FUNDING SCHEME FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS IN BRITAIN.

THE APPOINTMENTS, ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), ARE FOR THE PERIOD UP TO DECEMBER 31, 1989.

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THE UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR HENRY LITTON, A QUEEN’S COUNSEL. ITS MEMBERSHIP IS AS FOLLOWS:

t MR JULIAN DAVEY, DIRECTOR OF THE BRITISH COUNCIL IN HONG KONG;

* MR SIMON LI FOOK-SEAN, A STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONO KONO JOCKEY CLUB AND A FORMER JUSTICE OF APPEAL;

» DR MA LIN, FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG;

« DR JAMES WONG SAI-WING, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CHINA DYEINO WORKS LTD;

♦ MR C.C. HAYWARD, DEPUTY SENIOR TRADE COMMISSIONER OF THE BRITISH TRADE COMMISSION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ONE MEMBER FROM THE LOCAL BRITISH BUSINESS COMMUNITY WOULD’ ALSO BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMITTEE AND THE APPOINTMENT WOULD BE MADE SHORTLY.

’’THE UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUTSTANDING LOCAL STUDENTS OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL PROMISE AND LEADERSHIP QUALITIES TO STUDY IN THE UK,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"WE EXPECT THE SCHOLARS ON THEIR RETURN TO NUMBER AMONG OUR FUTURE LEADERS AND TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND HONG KONG AND TO LIFE IN HONG KONG,” HE ADDED.

A TOTAL SUM OF UP TO $3.5 MILLION CONTRIBUTED ON A JOINT AND EQUAL BASIS BY THE UK AND HONG KONG WILL BE AVAILABLE PER YEAR FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS. FULL DETAILS OF THE UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS SCHEME ARE EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT MONTH.

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INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR 1987 3RD QUARTER PUBLISHED

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THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987, AT 184, WAS 25 POINTS OR 15.7 PER CENT ABOVE THAT FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987, THE INDEX SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 13 POINTS OR 7.6 PER CENT. MANUFACTURING PRODUCTION IN THE THIRD QUARTER IS NORMALLY AT A HIGHER LEVEL IN ORDER TO MEET THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR DEMAND.

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INDUSTRIES WITH THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN PRODUCTION OVER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986 WERE: BASIC METALS (+61.5 PER CENT), PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS (+40.3 PER CENT), CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (+37.7 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MACHINERY (+33.9 PER CENT), AND NON-ELECTRICAL MACHINERY (+33.1 PER CENT).

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THE CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WAS THE ONLY INDUSTRY THAT SHOWED A DECLINE IN PRODUCTION COMPARED WITH THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986 (-12.1 PER CENT). THIS MAINLY REFLECTED A DECLINE IN THE PRODUCTION OF MEDICINES AND POLYSTYRENE.

COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987, INDUSTRIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PRODUCTION INCLUDED BEVERAGE (+32.5 PER CENT), TOBACCO (+24.3 PER CENT), PLASTIC PRODUCTS (+21.1 PER CENT), NEWSPAPER PRINTING, JOB PRINTING AND OTHER PRINTING (+20.2 PER CENT), AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (+18.6 PER CENT).

AT THE SAME TIME, SEVERAL INDUSTRIES RECORDED SOME DECREASES IN PRODUCTION COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

THEY WERE LEATHER PRODUCTS AND FOOTWEAR (EXCEPT RUBBER, PLASTIC AND WOODEN FOOTWEAR) (-9.5 PER CENT), PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-8.5 PER CENT), CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (-3.9 PER CENT), FOOD (-3.0 PER CENT), RUBBER PRODUCTS (-2.6 PER CENT), AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (-2.1 PER CENT).

IN RELEASING THESE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO REFLECT THE LEVELS AND TRENDS OF OUTPUT IN REAL TERMS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE VOLUME OF PRODUCTION IS MEASURED AFTER REMOVING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGE.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE "REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, 3RD QUARTER 1987".

THIS PUBLICATION IS ON SALE AT $3 A COPY AND CAN FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE OR AT THE CENSUS AND PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI ROAD, WAN CHAI. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO

BE OBTAINED

POST OFFICE

STATISTICS DEPARTMENT

TOWER 1,

12 HARBOUR

BE ARRANGED WITH THE

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS

MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT

ON 5-8234832.

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Tabla 1 Summary cable of quarterly indices of Industrial production by broad industry group, 3rd quarter 1984 to 3rd quarter 1987 (1981 • 100)

Broad industry group Weight 1984 1985 1986 1984 1985 1986 1987

3Q 4Q »Q 2Q 30 4Q IQ 2Q 3Q *0 IQ 20 30

!• Food, beverages end tobacco 34.8 119 139 150 127 124 126 134 145 150 137 144 162 158 147 159 174

2. Wearing apparel, except knitwear and footwear 251.3 114 105 125 116 121 95 97 105 123 103 122 131 |44 125 144 144

3. Textiles (Including knitting) 127.4 115 120 150 121 120 86 120 132 141 101 147 175 177 141 172 190

4. Paper products and printing 61.3 157 157 183 177 169 139 158 164 167 141 178 204 208 194 223 260

5. ChMBlcal, rubber, plastic and non-as tai 11c mineral products 110.0 161 160 183 200 176 135 164 183 160 134 182 216 A 201 162 199 231

6. Basic metals, fabricated metal products and nonelectrical machinery 104.1 132 131 148 152 125 108 141 136 138 107 154 162 i 169 135 174 204

7. Electrical and eleccronic products, professional equipment and optical goods 216.2 134 129 145 143 155 • 119 129 130 138 126 143 148 162 157 182 190

8. Miscellaneous manufacturing Industries 94.9 155 114 130 168 186 104 106 122 125 121 126 132 14| 134 149 146

All manufacturing industries 1000.0 132 126 146 145 144 109 125 132 138 117 144 159 165 145 171 184

Hots i As a result of a recent review of product classification, sponge goods and foam rubber goods have been reclassified from the rubber products Industry to Che plaetlc produces Industry. The Indices in respect of broad industry group 5 and that of "All manufacturing Industries" are thereby affected. The indices shown are based on the new classification.

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Quarterly indices of industrial production by industry group, 3rd quarter 1W to 3rd quarter X 9fi7___________________________

(1981 - 100)

Industry group Weight 1984 1985 1986 1984 1985 1986 1987

5Q *0 IQ 2Q 3Q 4Q IQ 2Q 3Q 4Q 10 2Q 30

1.1 Food 20.5 119 135 154 122 123 129 130 135 148 143 154 155 164 144 164 159

1.2 Beverage 9.6 ' 109 108 114 140 98 81 113 135 102 90 115 153 99 91 120 159

1.3 Tobacco 4.7 138 215 206 119 179 203 192 210 255 204 161 208 251 276 218 271

2 Wearing apparel, except knitwear and footwear 251.3 114 105 125 136 121 95 97 105 123 103 122 131 144 125 144 144

3 Textiles (including knitting) 127.4 115 120 150 121 120 86 120 132 141 101 147 175 177 14| 172 190

4.1 Fa per and paper products 11.9 240 224 256 271 243 188 232 263 212 188 263 303 269 298 391 425

4.2 Newspaper printing, job printing and other printing 49.4 137 141 166 155 151 128 140 139 156 130 158 181 194 169 183 220

5.1 Chemicals and chealcal products 15.1 133 161 193 148 144 148 154 165 175 152 180 224 216 166 205 197

5.2 Rubber products 3.2 195 147 113 205 251 126 175 136 152 91 113 116 130 146 155 151

5.3 Plastic products 81.1 173 169 194 223 188 138 173 198 165 137 194 232 212 167 209 253

5.4 Kon-tsetallie ■tneral products 10.6 97 102 114 95 107 92 107 103 107 103 115 118 121 122 124 138

4.1 Basic aetals 9.0 98 90 80 98 100 70 90 96 104 79 91 65 84 79 101 105

A.2 Fabrlcsted setal products, except machinery and equipment 77.0 138 133 152 166 126 110 143 139 141 104 158 171 173 129 177 210

6.3 Machinery, except electrical is.: 124 141 167 119 134 119 156 144 144 134 171 172 192 189 199 229

7.1 Consumer electrical and electronic products 103.2 i 150 135 158 165 185 129 138 125 148 135 152 162 182 186 208 223

7.2 Electrical and electronic parts, accessories and machinery 60.3 105 100 100 111 116 96 102 108 94 83 99 112 107 106 130 150

7.3 Professional and scientific equipment, photographic and optical goods, watches and clocks 52.7 134 151 171 137 141 125 143 165 169 158 177 163 185 159 189 173

?.l Leather products and footwear (except rubber, plastic and wooden footwear) • 12.2 68 66 83 65 71 50 70 75 71 74 81 84 91 96 116 105

’.2 Wood and cork products, and furniture and fixtures (except primarily of metal) 18.5 84 87 99 85 83 88 83 84 93 86 95 102 114 93 105 107

9.3 Transport equipment 27.0 • 133 113 136 155 147 109 113 118 112 151 161 122 112 125 140 137

H.4 Miscellaneous •enufacturing industries, n.e.c. 37.2 234 144 156 253 302 127 124 159 167 133 130 170 192 173 188 185

All manufacturing industries 1000.0 —A- 132 126 146 145 144 109 125 132 138 117 144 159 165 145 171 184

Note t As a result of a recent review of product classification, sponge goods and foaa rubber goods have been reclassified froa the rubber products industry to the plastic products industry. The indices in.respect of Industry groups 5.2, 5.3 and that of "All aanufacturlng industries" are thereby affected. The indices shown are based on the new classification.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1988

11 SCHOOL BUILDING SPEEDED UP » » » » *

TO ALLEVIATE THE SHORTAGE OF SCHOOL PLACES, THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IN ADDITION TO ITS NORMAL SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME, HAS EMBARKED ON A SCHEME TO ADVANCE THE COMPLETION OF 18 SCHOOLS FROM 1991 TO 1989.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, WAS TOLD THIS DURING A VISIT TO THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SCHEME, COSTING AN ESTIMATED $317 MILLION, WILL INCLUDE Four secondary and two primary schools in sha tin, three secondary SCHOOLS IN tUEN MON, AND THREE SECONDARY AND TWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN YUEN LONG. <

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TAI PO, A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN FANLING AND TWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN JUNK BAY.

A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROJECT GROUP WAS FORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT LAST JULY TO UNDERTAKE THE ADVANCED SCHOOL BUILDING SCHEME. CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN IN MAY.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO EMBARKED ON ANOTHER SCHEME TO BUILD ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS IN MANY OF THE EXISTING SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THE NEED WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE ABOLITION OF THE "FLOTATION SYSTEM".

THIS SCHEME INVOLVES BUILDING A CLASSROOM AND TWO REMEDIAL TEACHING ROOMS ON THE GROUND FLOOR LEVEL OF EACH EXISTING SECONDARY SCHOOL. THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE PROGRAMME WILL START IN JULY.

MR GREWAL WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON NOISE ABATEMENT MEASURES INTRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT AT SOME SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY AIRCRAFT NOISE.

THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS, TO BE PHASED OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS, WILL INCLUDE DOUBLE GLAZING AND ALTERATION OF EXISTING WINDOWS, AND INSTALLATION OF WINDOW-TYPE AIR-CONDITIONERS TO CLASSROOMS AND TO SPECIAL TEACHING ROOMS.

IN THE FIRST STAGE OF THE NOISE ABATEMENT PROGRAMME, WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN TWO PHASES.

PHASE ONE, WHICH BEGAN LAST JULY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER, COVERS A GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND NINE AIDED SCHOOLS. I

PHASE TWO OF THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND 13 AIDED SCHOOLS. WORK WILL START IN JUNE AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS FOR PHASES, WHICH WILL BE UNDERTAKEN COST ABOUT S6.72 MILLION.

THE TWO GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN BY THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTLY,

BOTH WILL

WORKS FOR (THE 22 AIDED SCHOOLS ARE TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE SCHOOLS’ ARCHITECTS AND CONTRACTORS.

ADVISORY SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S SUBVENTED PROJECTS DIVISION.

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SHA TIN DB CANDIDATES MEET THE PRESS TOMORROW ♦ » « » »

CANDIDATES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT WILL MEET THE PRESS IN THE BOARD’S CONFERENCE ROOM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING.

EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE ALLOWED TWO MINUTES TO INTRODAUCE HIMSELF AND HIS PLATFORM. AFTER COMPLETING THE ROUND, THE CANDIDATES MAY FREELY MIX WITH THE PRESS.

ALTOGETHER, 35 CANDIDATES WERE NOMINATED FOR THE ELECTIONS IN SHA TIN BUT FOUR OF THEM, FOR THE YUEN WO AND TSANG TAI UK CONSTITUENCIES, WILL BE ELECTED UNOPPOSED.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG, WILL ALSO TALK ABOUT THE DISTRICT’S PUBLICITY PROGRAMME AT THE OPENING OF THE SESSION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THE MEET-THE-PRESS SESSION FOR CANDIDATES STANDING FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION. IT WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY

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SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 18) FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY TO BE HELD IN VICTORIA HARBOUR, STARTING AT 8 PM.

RESIDENTS WISHING TO GO TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND TO ALLOW THEMSELVES PLENTY OF JOURNEY TIME.

CMB BUS ROUTES TO CENTRAL AND WAN CHAI WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO AVOID THE CLOSED ROADS IN THE AREAS, WHILE THE TSIM SHA TSUI BUS TERMINAL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND REPLACEMENT TERMINALS WILL BE PROVIDED IN NEARBY AREAS.

THE DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

CMB BUS SERVICES

» FROM 6.30 PM ROUTE 21 ON JOURNEYS TO MACAU FERRY PIER WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO AVOID THE CLOSED ROADS.

* FROM 6.30 PM ROUTES 8, 11A AND 40 ON JOURNEYS TO AND FROM WAN CHAI WILL OMIT WAN CHAI FERRY PIER AND OPERATE ON A CIRCULAR BASIS.

» THE FREQUENCY OF ROUTE 15 WILL BE STRENGTHENED TO ABOUT 10 MINUTES SUBJECT TO PASSENGER DEMAND.

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* ADDITIONAL BUSES WILL BE OPERATED ON ROUTES 8, 38, 40, 40M,

70 AND 72.

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» ROUTE 780 WILL BE CURTAILED AT 5.25 PM.

» EMPTY BUSES WILL BE OPERATED AT THE FOLLOWING BUS TERMINI TO CATER FOR PASSENGER DEMAND AFTER THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY : NORTH POINT FERRY BUS TERMINUS; MORETON TERRACE BUS TERMINUS; ADMIRALTY MTR STATION BUS TERMINUS : CENTRAL (EXCHANGE SQUARE) BUS TERMINUS; AND THE PEAK BUS TERMINUS.

CMB BUS SERVICES WILL RESUME NORMAL ROUTING WHEN CLOSED ROADS ARE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

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KMB BUS SERVICES

DIVERSION AND RELOCATION OF TERMINAL FACILITIES FOR KMB BUS SERVICES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM 6.30 PM TO ABOUT 11 PM.

* THE STAR FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND THE TERMINAL FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT CANTON ROAD BETWEEN KOWLOON PARK DRIVE AND PEKING ROAD; THE TSIM SHA TSUI EAST PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS AT SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD; AND AT GRANVILLE ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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» ROUTES 1, 1A, 2, 6, 6A, 7 AND 9 ON JOURNEYS TO THE STAR FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DIVERTED TO TERMINATE AT THE

CANTON ROAD TEMPORARY TERMINUS.

» ROUTE 26 WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED TO TERMINATE AT THE

CANTON ROAD TEMPORARY TERMINUS.

» ROUTES 5 AND 5C WILL BE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED FROM STAR FERRY BUS TERMINUS TO TERMINATE AT GRANVILLE ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

* ROUTES 2C, 8 AND 28 WILL BE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO TERMINATE AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI EAST BUS TERMINUS AT SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD.

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» ROUTE 5A WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6 PM AT KOWLOON CITY AND FROM 6.25 PM AT STAR FERRY.

» ROUTE 208 WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 5.30 PM AT BROADCAST DRIVE AND FROM 6 PM AT TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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» ROUTES 3, 3C, 3E, 4A, 8, 13, 60X, 68, 68X, 70 AND 81

OPERATING ON JOURNEYS TO AND FROM THE JORDAN ROAD BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DIVERTED.

» ROUTE IK (MONG KOK KCR STATION - SOUTHBOUND CIRCULAR ROUTE) WILL BE DIVERTED ON JOURNEYS TO THE MONG KOK KCR STATION AT WUHU STREET, WHILE ROUTE 2K (MONG KOK KCR STATION - NORTHBOUND CIRCULAR ROUTE) WILL BE DIVERTED ON JOURNEYS FROM THE MONG KOK KCR STATION AT NATHAN ROAD.

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» ROUTE 8A ON JOURNEYS TO JORDAN ROAD (CANTON ROAD) AND WHAMPOA GARDENS WILL BE DIVERTED.

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* ROUTE Al OPERATING ON SOUTHBOUND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH WILL BE DIVERTED.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1988

CROSS HARBOUR BUS SERVICES

ADDITIONAL SERVICES WILL BE OPERATED TO COPE WITH PASSENGER

DEMAND

FROM 6.30 PM, CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE 110 ON JOURNEYS TO AND FROM TSIM SHA TSUI EAST BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DIVERTED.

AT THE SAME TIME, CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE A2 OPERATING ON GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND ON JOURNEYS TO KOWLOON WILL OMIT HARBOUR ROAD.

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SERVICES

* THE MTR SERVICES WILL OPERATE ACCORDING TO NORMAL SUNDAY TIMETABLE WITH 11 SPARE TRAINS TO STANDBY. PASSENGERS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR THE STATION ENTRANCE CONTROLS AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI, JORDAN AND WAN CHAI MTR STATIONS.

KCR SERVICES

* AFTER THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY, ADDITIONAL TRIPS WILL BE OPERATED FROM THE KOWLOON KCR STATION AT 8.43 PM; 9 PM; 9.16 PM; 9.49 PM; AND 10.03 PM.

» THE SHA TIN TRAIN DEPARTING KOWLOON KCR STATION AT 0.12 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED TO TERMINATE AT THE SHEUNG SHU I STATION.

FERRY SERVICES

» THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY WAN CHAI - JORDAN ROAD SERVICE WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 7.20 PM AND 8.40 PM. NORMAL SERVICE WILL RESUME AS SOON AS THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS COMPLETED.

» ADDITIONAL FERRY SERVICE WILL BE OPERATED BY THE STAR FERRY TO COPE WITH PASSENGER DEMAND.

PEAK TRAM SERVICE

THE SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED AS NECESSARY, DEPENDING ON PASSENGER DEMAND.

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HONG KONG TRAMWAY SERVICES

* ADDITIONAL SERVICES WILL BE OPERATED FROM NORTH POINT TO WHITTY STREET AND ALSO BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND SHAU KEI WAN AFTER THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY TO COPE WITH PASSENGER DEMAND.

GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES

» ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND AT HMS TAMAR WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6.30 PM. ROUTES 1, 2, 3 AND 3A WILL BE DIVERTED TO TERMINATE AT A TEMPORARY GMB STAND OUTSIDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CENTRAL. ROUTES 6, 7, 10, 11,

24M, 25, 25A, 31 AND 36 WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED FROM 6.30 PM.

IN KOWLOON, THE TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR GMB WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 6.30 PM TO ABOUT 11 PM.

» ROUTE 1 (STAR FERRY TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST) AND ROUTE IM (TSIM SHA TSUI MTR STATION TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST) WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE.

* THE EXISTING TERMINUS FOR ROUTE 3 (TSIM SHA TSUI TO TAI TUNG SUN CHUEN) AT HANKOW ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED AND THE SERVICE WILL BE REVISED TO OPERATE FROM LOCK ROAD.

» ROUTE 6 (WHAMPOA GARDENS TO TSIM SHA TSUI) WILL BE TEMPORARILY CONVERTED INTO A CIRCULAR ROUTE LINKING WHAMPOA GARDENS WITH JORDAN ROAD FERRY CONCOURSE.

» ROUTE 7 (KOWLOON CITY TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST) WILL BE

DIVERTED.

» ROUTE 8 (HO MAN TIN ESTATE TO TSIM SHA TSUI) WILL BE

TEMPORARILY CONVERTED INTO A CIRCULAR ROUTE.

» ROUTE 31M (MONG KOK MTR STATION TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST) WILL BE DIVERTED.

SUSPENSION OF TAXI AND GREEN MINIBUS STANDS

* THE TAXI STAND IN CONNAUGHT PLACE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM.

» THE TAXI STANDS IN HARBOUR ROAD OPPOSITE HARBOUR CENTRE, IN PERCIVAL STREET OUTSIDE ELIZABETH HOUSE AND AT THE TEMPORARY WAN CHAI FERRY PIER TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 4 PM TO 10 PM.

» THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND IN HARBOUR ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM.

« THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND IN EDINBURGH PLACE EAST WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6.30 PM TO 10 PM.

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MEASURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED TO STRENGTHEN TEACHER TRAINING t ♦ ♦ » ♦

VARIOUS MEASURES DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE TRAINING OF TEACHERS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE, SUBJECT TO THE PROVISION OF FUNDS WHERE APPROPRIATE BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR DOMINIC S.W. WONG, SAID THESE MEASURES WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION AND COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMMES, SOME OF WHICH HAD ALREADY COMMENCED.

THE MEASURES APPROVED COMPRISE

THE

ENLARGED

CAPACITY OF THE

GRADUATE TEACHERS

TERTIARY

TO

BE

INSTITUTIONS TO

PROFESSIONALLY '

PROVISION OF RELIEF COUNCIL TEACH I NG STAFF COURSES.

TEACHERS SO THAT

WILL BE ABLE TO

• ENABLE 80 PER TRAINED BY 1994 THE VOCATIONAL i ATTEND TEACHER

ENROLMENT CENT OF

AND THE TRAINING TRAINI NG

•'THEY ALSO COMPRISE THE INTRODUCTION

DEGREE COURSE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION FOR HEADS

OF

OF

A BACHELOR

SCHOOLS AND THE PROVISION OF GRADUATE TEACHER

PRIMARY POSTS

SCHOOLS FOR SUBJECTS.

THE TEACHING

OF PRACTICAL

TECHNICAL

AND IN AND

OF ARTS

SPECIAL SECONDARY CULTURAL

"ALSO CHILDREN WITH

INCLUDED SPECIAL

ARE

REVISED ARRANGEMENTS FOR

TEACHERS

OF

EDUCATION NEEDS TO ATTEND THE

EDUCATION

DEPARTMENT’S IN-SERVICE TRAINI NG COURSES

HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID PROGRAMMES WHICH INVOLVED THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING COURSES AND THE SETTING UP OF NEW COURSES AT THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY WAY OF GRANTS EARMARKED FOR THESE INSTITUTIONS, ESTIMATED AT $20 MILLION A YEAR.

"FUNDS FOR THE OTHER PROGRAMMES, AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $« MILLION A YEAR, WILL BE SOUGHT IN THE USUAL WAY THROUGH THE ANNUAL BUDGET EXERCISE," HE SAID.

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SIR S.Y. CALLS ON ELECTORS TO VOTE » » » »

THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, TODAY (FRIDAY) CALLED ON SOME 90,000 REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT TO VOTE IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

SPEAKING AT THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING DECORATIONS AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL THIS EVENING, HE SAID: "VOTING IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS BUILDING UP A SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY."

HE NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD BECOME MORE MATURE SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME IN 1981.

"DB MEMBERS GIVE VALUABLE ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON DISTRICT MANAGEMENT MATTERS AND DB’S PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

"IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, DB MEMBERS ARE VERY ACTIVE IN PLANNING, PARTICIPATING, AND PROMOTING VARIOUS CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, SPORTS, CIVIC EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES.

"THIS HAS DONE MUCH IN DEVELOPING A HEALTHY AND ACTIVE COMMUNITY. IN SHA TIN, SUCH ACHIEVEMENTS ARE SELF-EVIDENT."

SIR SZE-YUEN SAID THE VAST NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAD MOVED INTO SHA TIN IN RECENT YEARS HAD MIXED WELL WITH THE INDIGENOUS RESIDENTS.

"WORKING HARD TOGETHER, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE RESIDENTS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROSPERITY OF SHA TIN WHICH HAS BECOME A MODEL NEW TOWN TODAY," HE ADDED.

THE LIGHTING DECORATIONS IN SHA TIN CELEBRATI NG THE LUNAR NEW YEAR ARE MOUNTED NEAR SHING MUN RIVER, LIGHTING UP THE SAND MARTIN BRIDGE, BANYAN BRIDGE AND RIVERSIDE PROMENADES.

THE MOST PROMINENT FEATURE IS A PICTURE OF A ROARING DRAGON AMIDST CLOUDS, BLESSING RESIDENTS IN THE COMING YEAR OF THE DRAGON. THE PICTURE, ABOUT 100 METRES LONG AND SEVEN METRES HIGH AND LINED WITH COLOURFUL LIGHT BULBS, FORMS THE CENTRE OF ATTRACTION ON SAND MARTIN BRIDGE.

THE LIGHTS WILL BE SWITCHED ON EVERY EVENING FROM 5.30 PM TO MIDNIGHT UNTIL MARCH Z. ON LUNAR NEW YEAR'S EVE (FEBRUARY 16) TILL FEBRUARY 19 AND ON MARCH 2, THEY WILL BE SWITCHED ON TILL 5 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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FARM DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS BEING SPEEDED UP

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MEMBERS OF THE STEERING GROUP OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE LEARNED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SPEEDING UP THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS.

THE PROJECTS ARE BEING SET UP IN CONNECTION WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME.

OF THOSE FARMS NOMINATED BY VARIOUS LIVESTOCK REARING ORGANISATIONS, 15 FARMS - COMPRISING 11 PIG FARMS, THREE CHICKEN FARMS AND ONE MIXED FARM - HAVE MET THE SELECTION CRITERIA.

FARMERS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO NOMINATE MORE FARMS FOR SELECTION.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE SAID THAT AN INITIAL SITE ASSESSMENT OF THE NOMINATED FARMS WAS IN PROGRESS.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO TOLD THAT PREPARATIONS WERE BEING MADE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR URGENT ALLOCATION OF FUNDS. THE GOVERNMENT WOULD APPOINT CONSULTANTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER FUNDING WAS APPROVED.

EPI) REPRESENTATIVE EXPLAINED THAT BY THEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE SHORTLISTED AROUND 20 FARMS WHICH WERE LIKELY TO BE CHOSEN TO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME.

HE ADDED THAT THE CONSULTANTS WOULD CARRY OUT FURTHER SITE ASSESSMENT TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE FARMS SELECTED INITIALLY WERE SUITABLE FOR THE SCHEME, AND THEN SUBMIT A LIST FOR THE STEERING GROUP’S APPROVAL.

THE DEMONSTRATION SCHEME WOULD TAKE ABOUT 30 WEEKS TO COMPLETE. AFTER COMPLETION OF THE DEMONSTRATION, THE EPD WOULD SUBMIT AN ASSESSMENT REPORT TO THE STEERING GROUP.

MEANWHILE, THE STEERING GROUP HAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE THAT, AS A COMPROMISE, FARMERS WHO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME AND SUBSEQUENTLY DECIDE TO CEASE BUSINESS WITHIN SIX MONTHS UPON COMPLETION OF THE DEMONSTRATION, SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO BE INCLUDED IN AN ARRANGEMENT FOR PROVISION OF AN EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE.

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NEW CHAIRMEN FOR MEDICAL BOARDS ELECTED *****

THE FOUR STATUTORY BODIES OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONS EACH ELECTED A NEW CHAIRMAN AT ELECTION MEETINGS HELD TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE FOUR PROFESSIONAL BODIES ARE THE MEDICAL COUNCIL, THE DENTAL COUNCIL, THE NURSING BOARD AND THE MIDWIVES BOARD.

THE NEW CHAIRMEN OF THE FOUR BOARDS ARE: PROFESSOR ROSIE YOUNG (MEDICAL COUNCIL), DR JEFFREY Y. S. TSANG (DENTAL COUNCIL), MISS ROSE CHEN (NURSING BOARD) AND MRS RUTH WONG (MIDWIVES BOARD).

WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY, THESE FOUR CHAIRMEN WILL REPLACE THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WHO FORMERLY HAD BEEN THE EX-OFFICIO CHAIRMEN OF THE FOUR BODIES.

THE ELECTIONS WERE HELD IN ACCORDANCE WITH NEW LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 20.

THE FOUR CHAIRMEN WILL EACH HOLD OFFICE FOR THREE YEARS OR FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR CURRENT TERM AS MEMBERS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE BOARDS, WHICHEVER IS THE SHORTER. THEY WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION AT THE ENI) OF THEIR TERM.

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FRONTIER CURFEW RELAXED FOR NEW YEAR VISITS

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THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA CURFEW WILL BE SUSPENDED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS TO ENABLE RESIDENTS THERE TO MAKE AND RECEIVE FAMILY VISITS DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

HOWEVER, FRONTIER CLOSED AREA PERMITS WILL STILL BE REQUIRED AND WILL BE CHECKED DURING THE CURFEW SUSPENSION PERIOD, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THERE WAS A PERMANENT CURFEW IN THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 1 AM.

THE CURFEW SUSPENSION, ANNOUNCED IN THE PUBLIC ORDER CURFEW (VARIATION) ORDER 1988 GAZETTED TODAY, WILL LAST FROM MIDNIGHT ON FEBRUARY 16 (TUESDAY) TO 4 AM ON FEBRUARY 20 (SATURDAY).

"IT WILL BE AN EXPERIMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE REQUESTS FROM RESIDENTS OF THE CLOSED AREA.

"THE SUSPENSION DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS RELAXING ITS GUARD AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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LUCKY CAR NUMBER ’8’ FOR AUCTION TOMORROW » t * t

LOVERS OF LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT THE AUSPICIOUS NUMBER "8” WILL BE PUT UP FOR BIDDING AT AN AUCTION TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE AUCTION, SPECIALLY ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM AT THE RECITAL HALL, EIGHTH FLOOR, CITY HALL HIGH BLOCK.

THE AUCTION OF THE LUCKY NUMBER "8”, WHICH WILL BE PUT UP AS THE EIGHTH NUMBER FOR BIDDING, WILL START BEFORE 11 AM. INTERESTED BIDDERS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY. PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE /TERJES FUND FOR CHARITY.

THF NUMBER "8”, WHICH STANDS FOR ”FAT CHOY” OR PROSPERITY, WILL BE AUCTIONED BY MISS HONG KONG MISS PAULINE YEUNG, WHO HAS KINDLY ACCEPTED THE DEPARTMENT’S INVITATION TO BE THE HONORARY AUCTIONEER FOR THE LUCKY NUMBER.

MISS YEUNG WILL PRESENT THE SUCCESSFUL RIDDER FOR NUMBER "8" WITH A NUMBER PLATE BEARING THE REGISTRATION MARK. THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MF? JAMES SO, WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO MISS YEUNG IN APPRECIATION OF HER SUPPORT FOR THF CHARTTABLE CAUSE.

EIGHTEEN OTHER SPECIALLY SELECTED NUMBERS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING AT TOMORROW’S AUCTION. THEY ARE:

AL 99 CY 3

BB 2623 CW 600

AA 8 IK CP 22

AW 2 DW 1

CL 3 3 AF 18

AY 125 BM 821

CW K88 CL 9

213 AP 1 1

HK 77 XX 28

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED FOR THE LOTTERIES FUND DURING THE PAST 120 AUCTIONS IS CLOSE TO $50 MILLION, WITH THE REGISTRATION MARK ”3” FETCHING THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $1,030,000.

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LAISEE FOR NEEDY FROM TANG-HO FUND * « t » »

MORE THAN 7,000 NEEDY PEOPLE ARE TO RECEIVE NEW YEAR LAISEE FROM THE TANG SHIU-KIN AND HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND THIS YEAR.

THE 7,200 PEOPLE COMPRISE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS WITH DEPENDANT CHILDREN AND WHO ARE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, RESIDENTS IN SELECTED INSTITUTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY AND AGED PATIENTS IN THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

AT A CEREMONY HELD IN TUNG WAH HOSPITAL TODAY (FRIDAY), 150 WIDOWED -FAMILIES FROM HONG KONG ISLAND RECEIVED RED PACKETS OF <650 EACH.

DISTRIBUTION TO OTHER BENEFICIARIES WILL TAKE PLACE LATER TODAY.

ABOUT J380,000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR DISTR:BUTTON BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE FUND.

ASSISTING MR HO TIM, CO-FOUNDER OF THE FUND, AT THE DISTRIBUTION WERE LADY TANG; THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND TRUSTEE OF THE FUND, MRS ELIZABETH WONG; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNC. WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA l.AU; MR CHARLES LUI, ADVISER TO THE FUND; MR STANLEY HO, A FUND MEMBER; AND FILM STAR MISS CHERIE CHUNG.

THE FUND, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDES IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES IN COPING WITH HARDSHIP BROUGHT ABOUT BY UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES.

GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO PUT A CHILD THROUGH EDUCATION, TO PURCHASE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR TO MEET HIGH COSTS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT OR OTHER NEEDS.

PAYMENTS ARE ALSO MADE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ARISING FROM PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY OR CHRONIC ILLNESS.

IN PARTICULAR, THE FUND HELPS VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS WITH URGENT NEEDS.

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND CAN BE MADE TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, PO LEUNG KUK OR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

SOCIAL WORKERS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MAY ALSO REFER HARDSHIP CASES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE FUND OR THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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AMENDMENT TO APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PROPOSED t ♦ t t t

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO ENABLE ANY MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND COMMITTEE TO BE APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN.

UNDER THE EXISTING PROVISION OF THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND ORDINANCE WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND, ONLY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE MAY BE APPOINTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE.

THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND (AMENDMENT) RILL 1988 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY) ALSO PROVIDES FOR ACCOUNTS AND RECORDS OF THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND TO BE KEPT AS THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES MAY REQUIRE.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MARCH 9 THIS YEAR.

MEMBERS OF' THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO COMMENT ON THE BILL SHOULD WRITE TO OMELCO, 8 JACKSON ROAD OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

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SOUTHERN ISSUES PUBLICITY POSTER AGAINST EXTORTION ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) URGES SHOP OPERATORS IN THE DISTRICT TO CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY IF THEY FIND THEMSELVES BEING FORCED TO BUY POTS OF FLOWERS AT INFLATED PRICES BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH ('RIMES AT THIS TIME. THE COMMITTEE HAS PRODUCED A COLOURFUL POSTER CARRYING THE ANTI-('RI ME MESSAGE FOR DISTRIBUTION TO SHOP KEEPERS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE POSTER, WHICH FEATURES A POT OF MANDARIN ORANGES AND A NEW YEAR BLESSING, CARRIBS WITH IT INFORMATION ON HOW TO REPORT TO THE POLICE WHEN EXTORTION DEMANDS ARE MADE.

"THE POSTER SERVES THE DUAL PURPOSE OF BEING A WARNING TO THE BAD ELEMENTS THAT THE POLICE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO SUCH ACTIONS, AND AS A FESTIVE DECORATION FOR THE SHOPS." A COMMIT!IE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

COPIES OF THE POSTER. WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD. ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO SHOPS IN THE DISTRICT BY NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE CO-ORDINATORS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR MAINTAINING WIRELESS INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEMS * » » * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROVISION OF MAINTENANCE SERVICES FOR SCHOOL WIRELESS INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEMS FOR THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1 TO MARCH 31 NEXT YEAR.

TENDERS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIRMAN, SUPPLIES TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TENDER BOX SITUATED AT 12 OIL STREET, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG, BEFORE 9 AM ON FRIDAY, MARCH 4.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AT 21ST FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

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NEW WARNING SIGNAL PANEL FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS * t » t *

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL SOON USE A NEW WARNING SIGNAL PANEL TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY DURING MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS ON EXPRESSWAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THE NEW SIGNAL PANEL, KNOWN AS THE MULTIPLE SEQUENCE WARNING SIGN, COULD BE MOUNTED ON A TRAILER OR ON THE REAR OF A MAINTENANCE VEHICLE.

THE RECTANGULAR PANEL IS MADE UP OF 25 AMBER

COLOURED

LIGHTS.

THESE LIGHTS CAN RE CONTROLLED ELECTRONICALLY TO SIMULATE THE EFFECT OF A MOVING ARROW TO DIRECT FOLLOWING VEHICLES TO THE RIGHT OR TO THE LEFT OF THE MAINTENANCE VEHICLE. A HAZARD WARNING SIGNAL CAN ALSO BE PRODUCED.

IT CAN RE USED BY DAY OR RY NIGHT FOR THREE PURPOSES:

* FIRST, TO WARN FOLLOWING TRAFFIC THAT A MAINTENANCE VEHICLE IS ABOUT TO STOP ON THE HIGHWAY TO SET UP A TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE USING SIGNS AND CONES.

* SECOND, TO WARN FOLLOWING VEHICLES THAT A MAINTENANCE

VEHICLE IS TRAVELLING SLOWLY WHILST CARRYING OUT CERTAIN

MAINTENANCE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS SWEEPING OR GULLYING.

THIRD, TO WARN FOLLOWING VEHICLES THAT A MAINTENANCE

VEHICLE IS STOPPED FOR A SHORT PERIOD ON THE HIGHWAY TO

CARRY OUT CERTAIN WORKS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE SPEED OF VEHICLES ON EXPRESSWAYS

WAS MUCH FASTER THAN ON ORDINARY ROADS. IT WAS THEREFORE ESSENTIAL THAT THE MESSAGE CONVEYED BY THIS TYPE OF SIGNAL LIGHTING SHOULD BE FULLY UNDERSTOOD AND FOLLOWED BY DRIVERS.

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RECLAMATION PLANS ON AP LEI CHAU, TSING Y1 APPROVED

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APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN* BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR WORK TO PROCEED ON TWO RECLAMATION PROJECTS ON AP LEI CHAU^ND TSING YI FOR INDUSTRIAL AND VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTAL PURPOSES.

IN WEST AP LEI CHAU, OWNERS OF THE AP LEI CHAU SHELL ‘OIL DEPOT AND AP LEI CHAU POWER STATION SITES (THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LIMITED AND THE HONGKONG ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED RESPECTIVELY!) HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED TO REDEVELOP THE LOTS FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY PURPOSES.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THIS REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL, THE OWNERS HAD PROPOSED TO RECLAIM A PORTION OF FORESHORE AND SEABED EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 1.75 HECTARES.

THEY WILL ALSO ENJOY TEMPORARY OCCUPATION OF ANOTHER 2.3 HECTARES OF SEABED FOR MINOR DREDGING WORK AND WORKING SPACE DURING THE RECLAMATION WORKS.

THE TOTAL AREA AFFECTED WILL BE 4.05 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED.

THE RECLAMATION WORKS WILL COMMENCE SHORTLY AND LAST FOR A PERIOD OF 24 MONTHS. , I

ON THE WEST COAST OF TSING YI, THE^GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED A PLAN BY THE HONGKONG UNITED DOCKYARD AND THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG TO RECLAIM LAND WITHIN AN ENVELOPE AREA OF ABOUT 41.35 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED, TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF PIERS.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED FOR SHIPBUILDING, SHIP REPAIRING, HEAVY ENGINEERING, CONTAINER RELATED USES, BULK STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND PETROCHEMICALS.

THE ACTUAL AREA TO BE RECLAIMED, HOWEVER, WILL AMOUNT TO ONLY ABOUT 10 HECTARES. THE TWO COMPANIES HAVE BEEN GIVEN 42 MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE RECLAMATION WORKS WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE AROUND MID-1988.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED IN BOTH RECLAMATION PROJECTS IS DESCRIBED IN DETAIL IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HIS INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 11 NEXT YEAR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WARM AND LITTLE RAINFALL IN JANUARY ....................... 1

ADMIRALTY UNDERGROUND CARPARK PROPOSAL APPROVED ........... 3

SPECIAL AIRPORT CHECK-IN PROCEDURES OVER HOLIDAYS ......... 3

LUCKY CAR NUMBER FETCHES $5 MILLION ....................... 5

IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE STRESSED ......................... 6

EFFECTIVE POLICING IN KWAI CHUNG .......................... 7

GOVT: DON'T T.Jffi PART IN ILLEG.JL CHIT-FUNDS ............ 8

FORUMS FOR WONG TAI SIN DB C«NDIDhTES...................... 8

FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR SaI KUNG RESIDENTS ................. 10

YOUTH URGED TO JOIN ACAN VOLUNTEER GROUP .................. 11

ICE CREAM PaRLOURS PITCH-IN ............................... 11

CHINESE VERSION OF ENVIRONMENT REVIEW ON SaLE.............. 12

SECONDARY STUDENTS' CREATIVE WORK TO BE DISPLAYED.......... 13

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARIUNGEMENTS FOR ShN PO KONG, YUEN LONG FAIRS...................................................

ARRANGEMENTS FOR RO.-xD OPENING IN SHAM SHUI PO............ 14

WEIGHT LIMIT ON B..ILEY BRIDGE IN FAILING ................. I2*

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WARM AND LITTLE RAINFALL IN JANUARY * t t » ♦

JANUARY WAS WARM WITH LITTLE RAINFALL, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 17.9 DEGREES WAS 2.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 16.1 DEGREES WAS 2.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. BOTH WERE THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR JANUARY.

ALTHOUGH RAIN WAS RECORDED ON 13 DAYS, THE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO ONLY 1.0 MM.

NEW YEAR’S DAY WAS CLOUDY WITH SUNNY PERIODS IN THE AFTERNOON. SOME RAIN PATCHES OCCURRED DURING THE NIGHT AND THE NEXT DAY, BUT CLOUDS DISSIPATED IN THE EVENING. WINDS FRESHENED FROM THE EAST EARLY ON JANUARY 3 WHILE THE WEATHER CONTINUED TO BE FINE.

A SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON REACHED HONG KONG FROM THE NORTH DURING THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 4. TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO 14.4 DEGREES ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 6. THE WEATHER REMAINED SUNNY FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

WINDS FRESHENED FROM THE EAST ON JANUARY 9 AND THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY THE NEXT DAY WITH PATCHES OF LIGHT RAIN OVERNIGHT.

HOWEVER, CLOUDS DISSIPATED IN THE MORNING OF JANUARY 11 AND SUNNY SKIES PREVAILED FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS WITH THE TEMPERATURE RISING TO 23.4 DEGREES ON JANUARY 15.

A NORTHERLY SURGE ARRIVED DURING THE MORNING OF JANUARY 17. THE WEATHER TURNED CLOUDY WITH LIGHT RAIN PATCHES THE NEXT DAY. HOWEVER, FINE WEATHER SET IN DURING THE EARLY HOURS OF JANUARY 19 AND THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO 11.4 DEGREES, WHICH WAS THE LOWEST FOR THE MONTH.

A MOIST EASTERLY AIRSTREAM BROUGHT CLOUDY WEATHER AND SOME LIGHT RAIN TO HONG KONG ON JANUARY 20. IT WAS WARM WITH SUNNY PERIODS ON JANUARY 21 AND 22. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 23.7 DEGREES RECORDED ON JANUARY 22 WAS THE HIGHEST FOR THE MONTH.

FRESH EASTERLY WINDS BROUGHT COOLER AND CLOUDY WEATHER TO HONG KONG FROM JANUARY 23 TO 25.

GENERALLY FINE WEATHER SEI’ IN ON JANUARY 26 AND PERSISTED FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS. CLOUDY WEATHER AND SOME LIGHT RAIN RETURNED ON JANUARY 30 AND PERSISTED ON JANUARY 31.

DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, ONLY ONE TROPICAL CYCLONE, ROY, DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC. IT FORMED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION ABOUT 3,000 KILOMETRES EAST OF GUAM ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY H AND MOVED WEST-NORTHWESTWARDS AT ABOUT 22 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.

ROY SOON INTENSIFIED TO A TROPICAL STORM AND SWEPT ACROSS THE MARSHALL ISLANDS, LEAVING ONE PERSON DEAD AND ABOUT 3,500 PEOPLE HOMELESS.

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ON JANUARY 10, ROY BECAME A TYPHOON ABOUT 1,710 KILOMETRES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GUAM. IT PASSED ABOUT 30 KILOMETRES NORTH-NORIHEAST OF GUAM IN THE AFTERNOON OF JANUARY 12, CAUSING SERIOUS FLOODING AND INJURING ONE PERSON.

THE NEXT DAY TYPHOON ROY REACHED ITS MAXIMUM STRENGTH. IT MADE LANDFALL OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN TIP OF LUZON ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 16. TORRENTIAL RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH ROY CAUSED HEAVY FLOODING AND COMMUNICATIONS WERE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED.

ROY WEAKENED TO A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM AND ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 17. IT FURTHER WEAKENED TO A TROPICAL STORM AND FINALLY DISSIPATED ABOUT 770 KILOMETRES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF DANANG ON JANUARY 18.

DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON JANUARY 6, 16 AND 17 WHILE THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 1R, 19, 20, 24 AND 31 .

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

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

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WINTER STRONG MONSOON MONSOON JANUARY 12.15 AM 10 JANUARY 10 8 AM

WINTER STRONG MONSOON MONSOON JANAURY 10 AM 24 JANUARY 25 5 AM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSH1 NF 183.1 HOURS ; 29.6 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION 11.56 MJ/SQ.M ; 0.37 MJ/SQ.M BELOW NORMAL

RAINFALL 1.0 MM ; 25.9 MM BELOW NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 5 2 PER ('ENT ; 7 PER CENT LESS THAN NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 77 PER CENT ; 6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN NORMAL

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 20.0 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 1.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 17.9 DEGREES ; ('ELSI US 2.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 16.1 DEGREES ; (’ELS IIIS 2.9 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DREW POINT I3.G DEGRI 1 S ; ( ELS 1 US 3.8 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 79.2 MM ; Z3.5 MM BELOW NORMAI

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ADMIRALTY UNDERGROUND CARPARK PROPOSAL APPROVED ♦ ♦ » ♦ »

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN UNDERGROUND CARPARK AT ADMIRALTY ON A PRIVATE TREATY GRANT.

IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY (SATURDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A FRENCH CONSORTIUM, GTM INTERNATIONAL, WHICH HAD CONSTRUCTED MANY UNDERGROUND CARPARKS IN FRANCE, PROPOSED TO BUILD AND OPERATE AN UNDERGROUND CARPARK AT A SITE NEAR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY’S ADMIRALTY STATION.

THE CARPARK WILL PROVIDE 500 PARKING SPACES ON TWO UNDERGROUND LEVELS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CARPARK WOULD HELP ALLEVIATE A LIKELY SHORTAGE OF PARKING SPACES IN THE AREA IN FUTURE CAUSED BY NEW DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS THE BOND CENTRE AND PACIFIC PLACE, AND RELIEVE THE CENTRAL DISTRICT Ob VEHICULAR TRAFFIC COMING FROM THE EAST.

HE ADDED THAI' IT WAS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF EXPEDITING THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC PARKING SPACES IN URBAN AREAS BY ENCOURAGING THE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF CARPARKS BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THE 6,800 SQUARE METRE Sill- \T \DMIR\I.T\ IS EARMARKED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT Ob AN URBAN COUNCIL GARDEN -- Till HARCOURT GARDEN - IN THE EARLY I99O’S.

‘ THE URBAN COUN( I L HAS AGREED IN PIC INC IDLE TO THE PROPOSAL AND TO ENTRUST THE DE.VELOPMENT OF HARCOURT GARDEN TO THE CONSORTIUM ON A COST-RbIMBURSEMENT BASIS.

PART OF THE SITE WILL Bl AVAILABLE LATE I IIIS YEAR FOR WORK TO COMMENCE.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT Till CARPARK WILL BE COMPLETED BY 1991, SO THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GARDEN MAY PROCEED ON SCHEDULE.

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SPECIAL AIRPORT CHECK-IN PROCIDURIiS OVER HOLIDAYS

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A SPEC'I AL CHECK IN ARIA WILL Bb SET Up AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL A IRPORT FOR TRAVELLERS BOUND FOR CANTON, KWEILIN AND HAIKOU OVI R THE LUNAR NEW \b AR HOLIDAY PERIOD.

THE AREA IS AT THE WESTERN END OF THE DEPARTURES HALL OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING AND WILL Bb IN OPERATION I ROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) UNTIL NEXT SUNDAY (FEBRUARY Z1).

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1), 1988

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE NUMBERS OF DEPARTING AND ARRIVING PASSENGERS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE HOLIDAYS.

THIS YEAR THE CIVIL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OF CHINA WILL OPERATE MORE THAN 400 ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS WHILE OTHER AIRLINES WILL OPERATE ALMOST ANOTHER 200 EXTRA FLIGHTS TO VARIOUS DESTINATIONS ABROAD.

THE BUSIEST DAY WILL BE WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 17) WHEN 36,000 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO DEPART ON 157 FLIGHTS.

DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD, DIRECTION SIGNS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT PROMINENT POINTS OF THE DEPARTURES HALL TO INFORM PASSENGERS OF THEIR FLIGHT NUMBERS AND ('HECK-TN COUNTERS.

PERIODIC ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL HALL TO ADVISE PASSENGERS TO PASS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

BE BROADCAST IN THE DEPARTURES

THROUGH IMMIGRATION CONTROLS AS

TAXI OPERATORS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SET DOWN PASSENGERS AT THE FAR END OF THE DEPARTURE KERB.

CH I NA-BOUND

"WE HOPE THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL ASSIST IN THE SMOOTH FLOW OF PASSENGERS AND BAGGAGE MOVEMENTS IN THE DEPARTURES HALL," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO URGED AIR TRAVELLERS TO OBSERVE A FEW SIMPLE PROCEDURES TO HELP EASE CONGESTION AT THE AIRPORT.

"DEPARTING PASSENGERS SHOULD ARRIVE EARLY, AT LEAST TWO HOURS AHEAD OF FLIGHT DEPARTURE, AND CHECK IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE," HE SAID.

"WHERE POSSIBLE THEY SHOULD USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT INSTEAD OF PRIVATE CARS.

"ON ARRIVAL THEY SHOULD LOOK FOR SIGNS INDICATING THEIR FLIGHT NUMBERS AND RELEVANT PROCESSING FACILITIES.

"TO MINIMISE CONGESTION, PASSENGERS SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES NOT TO ACCOMPANY THEM TO THE AIRPORT TO SAY FAREWELL."

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LUCKY CAR NUMBER FETCHES $5 MILLION *****

SPECIAL VEHICLE NUMBER "8" WAS SOLD FOR $5 MILLION AT THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING’S AUCTION, THE HIGHEST PRICE SINCE THE FIRST CAR NUMBER AUCTION WAS HELD BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN 1973.

THE PRICE BROKE THE RECORD FIGURE OF $1,030,000 WHICH WAS PAID FOR SPECIAL CAR NUMBER "3" AT AN AUCTION IN JULY 1983. THE PROCEEDS OF TODAY’S AUCTION TOTALLED $7,694,000.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, WAS SPECIALLY ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON AND WAS THE 121ST HELD SINCE MAY 1973.

NUMBER "8" WAS AUCTIONED BY MISS HONG KONG, PAULINE YEUNG, WHO HAD KINDLY AGREED TO BE THE HONORARY AUCTIONEER THROUGH ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY HK-TVB.

THE BIDDING FOR THE NUMBER WAS BRISK FROM THE FIRST CALL OF $80,000 AND MISS YEUNG FINALLY BROUGHT THE HAMMER DOWN AT $5 MILLION.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WAS PRESENTED WITH A VEHICLE NUMBER PLATE BEARING THE NUMBER "8" BY MISS YEUNG. THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO MISS YEUNG IN APPRECIATION OF HER SUPPORT FOR THE CHARITABLE CAUSE.

THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE AT THE AUCTION, $300,000, WAS PAID FOR LUCKY NUMBER CY 3, WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE OF $20,000 WAS PAID FOR NUMBER BM 821.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF THIS MORNING’S AUCTION:

8 $ 5,000,000 CY 3 $ 300,000

AL 99 145,000 CW 600 80,000

BB 2623 50,000 CP 22 150,000

AA 818 180,000 DW 1 200,000

AW 2 138,000 AF 18 160,000

CL 33 100,000 BM 821 20,000

AY 125 46,000 CL 9 190,000

CW 888 200,000 AP 1 1 95,000

213 200,000 XX 28 230,000

HK 77 210,000

THE NUMBERS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED AT SUCH AUCTIONS SO FAR TO $57,398,032.

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IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE STRESSED ♦ » ♦ »

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ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT GRADUATES OF THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL WERE URGED TO EXERCISE THEIR POWERS CAREFULLY AND PROPERLY WHEN THEY BECOME MEMBERS OF A DISCIPLINED FORCE TO HELP MAINTAIN STABILITY AND PROSPERITY IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE 26TH PASSING OUT PARADE OF THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN SHEUNG SHUI TODAY (SATURDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR LI YUET-TING, TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT OBSERVATION OF DISCIPLINE AND RULES WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

+BY LEARNING DISCIPLINE, ONE CAN BETTER APPRECIATE THE TRUE MEANING OF FREEDOM AND AS A RESULT, DEVELOP A GREATER RESPECT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S FREEDOM.

+WITH DISCIPLINE, ONE WILL REALISE THE NEED TO EXERCISE HIS POWERS JUDICIOUSLY AND TO MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF BEHAVIOUR.+

MR LI SAID THE EDUCATION IN THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL PLACED EMPHASIS ON BOTH THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLS, AND THIS WAS AIMED AT PREPARING ITS GRADUATES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

NOTING THAT PHYSICAL TRAINING WAS EQUALLY IMPORTANT IN THE SCHOOL, MR LI SAID THAT THE VARIOUS PROGRAMMES DESIGNED FOR THE CADETS HAI) NOT ONLY HELPED BUILDING UP THE GRADUATES' PHYSICAL STRENGTH, BUT ALSO THEIR MENTAL STRENGTH AS WELL AS THEIR SENSE OF DISCIPLINE.

4 IT IS ONLY WITH SUCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL NOT SHUN CHALLENGES, STAND TALL TO UPHOLD RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND BECOME REAL MEN OF STRENGTH WHO NEVER CEASE TO STRIVE TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES AND WHO BECOME EVEN MORE COURAGEOUS AND RESOLUTE IN THE FACE OF DIFFICULTIES,* MR LI CONCLUDED.

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EFFECTIVE POLICING IN KWAI CHUNG » t ♦ » *

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WITH POLICE OPERATIONS IN KWAI CHUNG FOCUSSED STRONGLY ON ITS DRAMATIC INDUSTRIAL GROWTH, IT IS COMFORTING FOR DISTRICT CRIME FIGHTERS THAT THE TOWN REMAINS A COMPARATIVELY LAW ABIDING PLACE.

"I’D LIKE TO SAY IT’S DUE TO EFFECTIVE POLICING," SAID MR PETER MACLENNAN, ASSISTANT DISTRICT COMMANDER, CRIME. "IF WE HAVE A PROBLEM WE NIP IT IN THE BUD QUICKLY."

ALTHOUGH BURGLARY REMAINS THE MAJOR CRIME PROBLEM FOR THE DISTRICT, FIGURES FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS SHOW A CONTINUING DOWNWARD TREND IN CRIME GENERALLY.

IN 1985 KWAI CHUNG CRIME WAS 25 PER CENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TOTAL. IN 1986 IT DROPPED TO 21 PER CENT AND AGAIN LAST YEAR TO 18 PER CENT OF THE CRIME.

WITH 77,833 JUVENILES BETWEEN THE AGES OF SEVEN AND 15, THE DISTRICT HAS THE SECOND HIGHEST JUVENILE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES YET THE LOWEST JUVENILE CRIME RATE.

"IT SHOWS THAT SOMETHING MUST BE WORKING IN OUR LIAISON WITH SCHOOLS," SAID MR MACLENNAN. "IT IS A VERY ENCOURAGING PICTURE."

ON THE TRAII) FRONT THE DISTRICT HAS ALSO HAD GOOD RESULTS IN THE SUCCESSFUL CONVICTION LAST YEAR OF TWO SOCIETY OFFICE BEARERS INVOLVED IN EXTORTION RACKETS.

"IT WAS A PLEASING OUTCOME BECAUSE THEY WERE DIFFICULT TO GET TO AS THEY HAD OTHER PEOPLE DOING THEIR DIRTY WORK FOR THEM," SAID MR MACLENNAN.

IN THE BURGLARY FIELD TOO THERE HAS BEEN GOOD CO-OPERATION WITH FACTORY OWNERS OVER THE INSTALLATION OF EFFECTIVE BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEMS.

"THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW CASES WHERE ALARM SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY BYPASSED BUT THERE IS GOOD CO-OPERATION ON THE NEED FOR HIGH QUALITY SYSTEMS," SAID MR MACLENNAN.

"WE RECENTLY HAD AN EXAMPLE OF THIS WREN A GANG TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY THREE TIMES TO ENTER A FUR COMPANY PREMISES.

"THEY TRIED VARIOUS WAYS OF GETTING IN AND DRILLED THROUGH THE ROOF TWICE TO GET AT THE FURS, BUT EACH ATTEMPT WAS ABANDONED BECAUSE OF EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES BEING TAKEN."

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GOVT: DON’T TAKE PART IN ILLEGAL CHIT-FUNDS » » » ♦ * • - •

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THEY SHOULD REFRAIN FROM PARTICIPATING IN ILLEGAL CHIT-FUNDS.

’’THERE APPEARS TO BE AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECENTLY TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT TO RECOVER MONIES PAID TO ILLEGAL CHIT-FUND OPERATORS,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPERATION OF COMMERCIAL CHIT-FUND COMPANIES HAD BEEN BANNED BY THE ENACTMENT OF THE CHIT-FUND BUSINESS (PROHIBITION) ORDINANCE IN 1972. PRIVATE CHIT-FUNDS ARE HOWEVER ALLOWED TO BE LAWFULLY OPERATED, BUT THEY MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

(I) THERE ARE NOT MORE THAN 30 PARTICIPANTS;

(IT) THE OPERATOR IS NOT AT THE SAME TIME OPERATING ANOTHER CHIT-FUND;

(III) THE COMMON FUND PUT UP FOR SALE OR PAYMENT TO THE PARTICIPANTS DOES NOT EXCEED $20,000; AND

(IV) NO BENEFIT ACCRUES TO THE OPERATOR OTHER THAN A RIGHT TO RECEIVE THE FIRST SUBSCRIPTION FREE OF INTEREST.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THERE ARE PENALTY PROVISIONS FOR BREACHING THE ABOVE CONDITIONS. FINES FOR CERTAIN OFFENCES RELATED TO ILLEGAL CHIT-FUNDS HAVE BEEN RAISED TO $20,000 SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE CHIT-FUND BUSINESS (PROHIBITION) (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER 1985.

’’THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL CHIT-FUND OPERATORS,” THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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FORUMS FOR WONG TAI SIN DB CANDIDATES

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A SERIES OF FORUMS WILL BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 15) SO THAT CANDIDATES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS CAN MEET RESIDENTS AND EXPLAIN THEIR PLATFORMS.

TO ADD TO THE ATMOSPHERE, SINGERS WILL GIVE PERFORMANCES BEFORE THE CANDIDATES DELIVER THEIR SPEECHES AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUMS AND TO ASK QUESTIONS.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1J, 1988

THE I I FORUMS WJ I.L BE HELD AS FOLLOWS:

CONSTITUENCY DATE TIME VENUE CANDIDATES

TSZ WAN SHAN (EAST) FEB. 15 7.4 5 PM TSZ WAN SHAN EAST ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 5A, HONG WAI! STREET TSZ WAN SHAN YIU S1U-S1NG CHAN CHOW-FAN LAU SUEN »

CHUK YUEN FEB. 23 7.45 PM CHUK YUEN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE KWAN SHAN YEUNG LAI-YIN NG NGOK-SH1NG LAU WAI-TONG, ALAN

TSZ WAN SHAN (SOUTH) FEB. 24 7.45 PM TSZ WAN SHAN EAST ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE CHENG TAK-KIN, Ml CH Al L CHOI LUK-SING LEE KIN-CHUNG

SAN PO KONG FEB. 24 7.4 5 PM HO LAP COLLEGE 15 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG LEE MAN-KWONG CHAN JOSEPHS

TSZ WAN SHAN (WEST) FEB. 25 7.45 PM TSZ WAN SHAN EAST ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE KAN CHI-HO YEUNG SHUI-YIU

UPPER WONG TAI SIN AND FUNG WONG FEB. 25 7.45 PM FUNG MING HALL, WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE LAM KU 1-SHI NG, CONRAD TAM KUEN LAM MAN-FAI

CHOI WAN FEB. 26 7.45 PM CHOI WAN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE KUT SING-KUNG TSOI KAM YEUNG CHIU-MING

LOWER WONG TAI SIN FEB. 28 7.4 5 PM CONFUCIAN TAI SHING SCHOOL NO 10, TAI SHING STREET, WONG TAI SIN CHAN KAM-MAN WONG KAM-CHI FOK PUI-YEE

WANG TAU HOM MARCH 2 7.45 PM OPEN DECK OF LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE NG CHOW MAY-LIN, PAULINE LEE CH1-YUEN LIU SING-LEE

/UGAU TSUEN .......

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NGAU TSUEN MARCH 3 8 PM OPEN SPACE IN FRONT OF LUNG KEI HOUSE, LUNG POON COURT, DIAMOND HILL LIU KOON-SING LI YUK-WA

CHOI HUNG MARCH 5 7.45 PM S.K.H. YAT SAU PRIMARY SCHOOL AT CHOI HUNG ESTATE, CLEAR WATER RAY ROAD TSE KWONG-WANG YUEN CHAU FUNG CHEUNG-TIM

APART FROM THE FORUMS, 150,000 COPIES OF A SPECIAL NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT ON THE FLECTION AND A BOOKLET ON THE FUNCTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

OTHER PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED INCLUDE EXHIBITIONS ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, AND DISPLAY OF PUBLICITY BANNERS AND BUNTING.

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FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS » t t t t

A VARIETY OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD DURING THE SAT KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL OVER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD.

A TOTAL OF 11 PROGRAMMES WILL BE STAGED BETWEEN FEBRUARY 20 AND 25 TO CATER FOR RESIDENTS OF DIFFERENT AGES AND INTERESTS.

THESE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE FOOTBALL MATCHES, A NEW YEAR MARATHON, VARIETY SHOWS, DISCO NIGHT, CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCE, A CARNIVAL AND A SPORTS DAY.

ORGANISED BY THE SAL KUNG DI STR I CT FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTEE, REGIONAL COUNCIL, DISTRICT OFFICE AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE FESTIVAL AIMS AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

TICKETS FOR THOSE PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE TO BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG TOWN HALL, EXCEPT THE DISCO NIGHT, ARE FREE OF CHARGE. THEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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YOUTH URGED TO JOIN ACAN VOLUNTEER GROUP

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ENTHUSIASTIC AND RESOURCEFUL YOUNG PEOPLE WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED TO FILL IN APPLICATIONS TO JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE ON FEBRUARY 20 (SATURDAY).

YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 28 ARE BEING INVITED TO JOIN THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SAID THE GROUP IS SEEKING MOTIVATED PEOPLE WITH A MINIMUM EDUCATION STANDARD OF FORM 5.

THE GROUP’S FUNCTION IS TO ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTING PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROJECTS ORGANISED BY ACAN.

"SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1981, THE VOLUNTEER GROUP HAS SOUGHT TO TRAIN AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE AND DIRECT ROLE IN COMBATTING NARCOTICS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN ACAN’S COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES AND SELF-IN IT IATED PROJECTS, MEMBERS OF THE GROUP CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TOWARDS A WORTHY SOCIAL CAUSE IN SPREADING THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE."

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES.

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICES OF THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF 10 SAI YUEN LANE, SAI YING PUN, HONG KONG; OR AT ROOM 409 OF TUNG PING BUILDING, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, MONG KOK, KOWLOON; OR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION ON THE 23RD FLOOR OF QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE NARCOTICS DIVISION ON 5-8622762.

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ICE CREAM PARLOURS PITCH-IN * * * »

THE CHAIRMAN OF URBAN COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE, MR WALTER SULKE, WILL JOIN 40 SCHOOL CHILDREN IN A CLEAN-UP DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE AN ICE CREAM PARLOUR IN TSIM SHA TSUI TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE DEMONSTRATION TS ORGANISED BY THE DAIRY FARM CO LTD. SIMILAR DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY AT SIX OTHER ICE CREAM PARLOURS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY, WITH ABOUT 200 STUDENTS PART I (' I PAT I NG .

/THE DEMONSTRATION

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THE DEMONSTRATION EXERCISE IS ONE OF THE MANY SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES INITIATED BY THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR TO SUPPORT THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM, AT ICE CREAM EXPRESS, MANSON HOUSE, 74-78 NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CHINESE VERSION OF ENVIRONMENT REVIEW ON SALE

» » » * »

THE CHINESE VERSION OF ENVIRONMENT HONG KONG 1986, AN ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD), IS NOW ON SALE.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN TODAY (SATURDAY) SAID THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE ANNUAL REVIEW HAS BEEN PRODUCED IN CHINESE. THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE REVIEW WENT ON SALE EARLIER.

THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE 179-PAGE REVIEW, CHARTS, DIAGRAMS AND PICTURES, GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF VARIED ACTIVITIES BEING CARRIED OUT BY A NUMBER DEPARTMENTS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT IN HONG KONG.

TOGETHER WITH THE MANY AND OF GOVERNMENT

TO (ATER FOR THOSE WITH A GENERAL CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THERE IS ONE CHAPTER DEVOTED TO EXPLAINING, IN NON-TECHNICAL TERMS, THE OVERALL PROGRAMME THAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY FROM THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF POLLUTION.

IN ADD ITION TO THE CHAPTER FOR THE GENERALIST, THERE ARE OTHER CHAPTERS (’OVER I NG THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT, WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT, NOISE CONTROL, WASTE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT Will (’ll WILL BE OF INTEREST TO THOSE INVOLVED IN THE SCIENTIFIC, ENGINEERING AND PLANNING SIDE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECT ION.

THE REVIEW, AT A ('OST OF $17 PER COPY, IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13,

1988

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SECONDARY STUDENTS’ CREATIVE WORK TO BE DISPLAYED ♦ ♦ * » »

AN EXHIBITION OF STUDENTS’ CREATIVE WORK WILL BE HELD IN THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, BETWEEN FEBRUARY 22 AND MARCH 5.

THE EXHIBITION WILL CONSIST OF SELECTED ART WORK BY SECONDARY 1-4 STUDENTS, GARMENTS AND NEEDLEWORK PROJECTS BY SECONDARY 1-5 STUDENTS, AND WINNING ENTRIES INCLUDING PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE 1987 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DURING WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR SAN PO KONG, YUEN LONG FAIRS ♦ * ♦ ♦ »

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SAN PO KONG AND YUEN LONG TO FACILITATE THE HOLDING OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS.

IN SAN PO KONG, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 6 PM ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (TUESDAY) TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY:

t THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD CONNECTING TAI YAU STREET AND SZE MET STREET BETWEEN NG FONG STREET AND LUK HOP STREET;

* LUK HOP STREET;

* THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD CONNECTING TAI YAU STREET AND TSAT PO STREET BETWEEN LUK HOP STREET AND PAT TAT STREET;

» THE WESTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF SZE MAI STREET BETWEEN LUK HOP STREET AND KING FUK STREET;

KING FUK STREET EASTBOUND BETWEEN SZE MEI STREET AND KING HONG STREET;

* TSAT PO STREET BETWEEN LUK HOP STREET AND PAT TAT STREET; AND

THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD FRONTING SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL FACTORY BUILDING BLOCK NO. 5 LEADING FROM THE JUNCTION OF SZE MEI STREET AND KING FUK STREET.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, ONE TEMPORARY TAXI STAND WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE OF KING FUK STREET OUTSIDE SAN PO KONG FACTORY ESTATE BLOCK V.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1}, 1968

MEANWHILE, METERED PARKING SPACES ON A NUMBER OF ROADS WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM 8 PM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 15) TO 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 17).

THE ROADS ARE NG FONG STREET, SZE MEI STREET, LUK HOP STREET, TSAT PO STREET, PAT TAT STREET, KING FUK STREET BETWEEN SAM CHUK STREET AND SZE MEI STREET, AND SAM CHUK STREET BETWEEN TAI YAU STREET AND KING FUK STREET.

IN YUEN LONG, TAI YUK ROAD BETWEEN KAU YUK ROAD AND MA TIN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 5 PM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 16) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. MA TIN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY EAST AND NORTHBOUND.

ON ITS JOURNEYS TO KUNG OM DURING THE SAME PERIOD, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 39 WILL BE RE-ROUTED VTA KAU YUK ROAD, TAI YUK ROAD AND MA TIN ROAD.

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ARRANGEMENTS FOR ROAD OPENING IN SHAM SHUI PO ♦ t t *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHAM SHUI PO FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 16) TO TIE IN WITH THE OPENING OF TWO NEW ROAD SECTIONS IN THE AREA.

THESE ARE: THE TONKIN STREET EXTENSION SOUTH OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD, AND THE ENTRANCE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE ROAD OPENING, THE FOLLOWING WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY: THE SECTION OF TONKIN STREET EXTENSION BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND TUNG CHAU STREET; TUNG CHAU STREET BETWEEN TONKIN STREET EXTENSION AND THE ENTRANCE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO THE SOUTHROUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE CORRIDOR; AND THE ENTRANCE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE CORRIDOR.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THE URBAN CLEARWAY.

IN ADDITION, THESE ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONES FOR PUBLIC LIGHT RUSES, LEARNER DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS.

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WEIGHT LIMIT ON BAILEY BRIDGE IN FANLING ♦ * * *

A BAILEY BRIDGE ACROSS THE NG TUNG RIVER NEAR KWAN TEI, FANLING, WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR VEHICLES WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT OF OVER 20 TONNES.

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 16), ALL VEHICLES WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT EXCEEDING 20 TONNES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER ................................................... 1

FIRST STEPS IN COMPUTER DEVELOPMENT ........................ 2

STEPPED-UP ACTION aGaINST II EMPLOYMENT .................... 4

HIGHWAYS, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS WIN CERTIFICATES....... 5

QUOTA SYSTEM FOR DRIVING ;iND VEHICLE LICENCE APPLICATIONS .. 6

CAR OWNERS URGED TO TAKE HEED OF SECURITY MEJiSURES......... 6

SHA TIN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHE KUNG FESTIVAL.......... 7

SaI KUNG GETS RE/iDY FOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL.................. 8

SHA TIN FINANCE COMMITTEE TO MEET .......................... 8

LONG DISTANCE RUN FOR YaU Ma TEI RESIDENTS.................. 9

57 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN DECEMBER...................... 10

CONTRACT FOR CHILD ASSESSMENT CENTRE AWARDED ............... 11

RE-NUMBERING OF CROSS HARBOUR BUS ROUTES.................... 11

WONG TAI SIN TEMPORARY RGaD CLOSURES ....................... 11

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1988

UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER ♦ * * ♦ ♦

IN THE THREE MONTHS OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1987, BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES REMAINED STABLE AT A LOW LEVEL, COMPARED WITH THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1987, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) 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 OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1987 WAS 1.9 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.8 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1987 AND 2.2 PER CENT FOR THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT, WHILE THE DECREASE OF 0.3 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1987 WAS ESTIMATED AT 53,000, COMPARED WITH 49,900 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1987 AND 59,400 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 1986.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1987 WAS 1.0 PER CENT, WHICH WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1987. THE RATE FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1986 WAS 1.2 PER CENT. THE DECREASE OF 0.2 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1987 WAS 28,500, COMPARED WITH 26,800 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1987 AND 31,800 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 1986.

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.

THIS PROCEDURE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO).

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT 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.

THIS WAS BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (FOR

EXAMPLE PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH.

/THE COMMISSIONER

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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 SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR NOVEMBER 1987-JANUARY 1988 WAS 1.8 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.9 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 50,000 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 DECEMBER 1987 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AROUND MARCH 20 AT $9.50 PER COPY.

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FIRST STEPS IN COMPUTER DEVELOPMENT » » ♦ » ♦

A MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORCE’S NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR COMPUTER SYSTEM - THE ENHANCED COMMAND AND CONTROL COMPUTER SYSTEM (ECACCS) - HAS BEEN PASSED WITH THE DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION OF THE FIRST EQUIPMENT THAT WILL FORM THE BASIS OF THE FORCE-WIDE SYSTEM.

THE DELIVERY OF A COMPUTER AT THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY AND NINE TERMINALS AT MANAGEMENT SERVICES WING IS THE FIRST TANGIBLE RESULT TO FOLLOW THE SIGNING OF THE ECACCS CONTRACT LAST YEAR WITH TANDEM COMPUTERS INCORPORATED.

/THE COMPUTER

UNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1988

THE COMPUTER AND TERMINALS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AT A COST OF $30 MILLION.

MR STUART RANKIN, SENIOR STAFF OFFICER HEADING THE ECACCS TEAM IN MANAGEMENT SERVICES WING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BRANCH, SAID: "THIS IS A MILESTONE FOR US AND FOR THE FORCE, A POSITIVE STEP TOWARDS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SYSTEM."

INFORMATION BEING STORED IN THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BE LOADED EVENTUALLY TO COMPUTERS TO BE INSTALLED IN THE REGIONAL COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE COMPUTER SYSTEMS.

WORK IS NOW IN PROGRESS IN TESTING THE VARIOUS FACILITIES OF THE COMPUTER, AND THE DEVELOPMENT DESIGN OF DOCUMENTATION.

"WE ARE USING THE SYSTEM TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAMMING OF ECACCS," MR RANKIN SAID. "PROGRAMMES WILL BE WRITTEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DETAILED TEXTUAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM SET OUT IN THE BASELINE DOCUMENT."

PROJECT MANAGER MR DENNIS PANG, ATTACHED TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BRANCH FROM THE GDPA, SAID: "THE BASELINE DOCUMENT FORMS THE BASIS FOR THE DESIGN OF THE ENTIRE ECACCS SYSTEM. IT’S A BASIC REFERENCE LIKE A BLUEPRINT. IT WILL GIVE A TIGHT SPECIFICATION OF WHAT THE SOFTWARE WILL EVENTUALLY OFFER."

THE NEW EQUIPMENT COMPRISES FOUR CENTRAL PROCESSING UNITS WITH A TOTAL OF 32 MEGABYTES, EIGHT DISC DRIVES OF 1,660 MEGABYTES, ONE TAPE DRIVE, TWO 600 LINE PRINTERS, THREE TERMINAL PRINTERS PLUS EIGHT VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS AND ONE PERSONAL COMPUTER TERMINAL.

AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE DISC DRIVES IS A "MIRROR IMAGE" FACILITY WHICH IS 100 PER CENT FAULT TOLERANT.

THIS MEANS THAT FAILURE IS IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE ANY SINGLE COMPONENT WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY TAKEN OVER BY OTHERS.

AS THE FORCE RUNS A 24 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A YEAR OPERATION WITH ABSOLUTELY NO DOWN TIME, NON-STOPABILITY IS AN ATTRACTIVE FEATURE OF THE EQUIPMENT.

ECACCS IS SCHEDULED TO BECOME OPERATIONAL IN A SERIES OF PLANNED PHASES AND IT IS HOPED THAT ALMOST 600 TERMINALS WILL EVENTUALLY BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE FORCE.

IT WILL BE THE LARGEST COMPUTER SYSTEM IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND COMPARABLE ONLY WITH THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IDENTITY CARD SYSTEM.

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STEPPED-UP ACTION AGAINST II EMPLOYMENT

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS STEPPING UP ACTION AGAINST THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN BOTH INDUSTRIAL AND NON-INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT SPECIAL EMPHASIS WOULD BE GIVEN TO ESTABLISHMENTS WHERE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WERE LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED, RANGING FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES AND FACTORIES TO COOKED FOOD STALLS AND GARAGES.

LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 89,000 INSPECTIONS WERE MADE BY THE LABOUR INSPECTORATE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO ENFORCE PART IV B OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE WHICH PROHIBITS THE EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS WITHOUT VALID PROOF OF IDENTITY.

AS A RESULT, 206 EMPLOYEES WERE DISCOVERED TO HAVE NO PROOF OF IDENTITY AND WERE REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

DURING THE COURSE OF VISITS LABOUR INSPECTORS ALSO DISCOVERED THAT 91 EMPLOYERS HAD EITHER FAILED TO KEEP OR KEPT IMPROPER RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

THIS RESULTED IN 15 PROSECUTIONS BEING TAKEN OUT AGAINST SUCH EMPLOYERS LAST YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT UNDER PART IVB OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE, EMPLOYERS WERE REQUIRED TO KEEP AN UP-TO-DATE RECORD OF ALL THE PEOPLE THEY EMPLOYED IN THE PLACE OF WORK.

THE RECORD MUST CONTAIN THE NAMES OF ALL EMPLOYEES, THE TYPE OF IDENTITY DOCUMENTS THEY USE AND THE NUMBER OF SUCH DOCUMENTS.

"LABOUR INSPECTORS ARE EMPOWERED, DURING THEIR VISIT TO ANY PLACE OF WORK, TO INSPECT THE EMPLOYEE RECORDS AND THE IDENTITY DOCUMENTS OF ALL WORKERS EMPLOYED IN THAT PLACE," HE ADDED.

"ANY EMPLOYER WHO OFFERS JOBS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50,000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT.

"HE MAY ALSO BE FINED $10,000 IF HE FAILS TO KEEP A PROPER RECORD OF EACH OF HIS EMPLOYEES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HIGHWAYS, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS WIN CERTIFICATES

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THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT BOTH WON A CERTIFICATE AWARDED BY THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE INDUSTRIES (BALI) IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR EFFORT IN PROVIDING A GOOD LANDSCAPE FOR THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR (IEC) PHASE 2 STAGE 2

THE CERTIFICATES WERE PRESENTED TO THE TWO DEPARTMENTS BY DR WAI TZE-KONG, GENERAL MANAGER OF ORIENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES LIMITED ON BEHALF OF BALI.

THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR HAROLD BEATON, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) BALI PRESENTED A LANDSCAPE AWARD OF MERIT ANNUALLY TO ENCOURAGE AND FOSTER HIGH STANDARDS OF LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION WORKS BY ITS MEMB3E?.

ORIENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES LIMITED WON THE AWARD LAST SEPTEMBER FOR ITS PERFORMANCE IN CONSTRUCTING AND PLANTING THE LANDSCAPE FOR THfe IEC PHASE 2, STAGE 2.

THE CERTIFICATES SERVE AS AN EXTENSION TO THIS AWARD, AND WERE AWARDED TO THE WINNER’S CLIENTS — THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TURNING TO THE IEC PROJECT, MR BEATON SAID CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECTION OF THE CORRIDOR FROM TAI KOO SHING TO SHAU KEI WAN WAS ENTRUSTED TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, WHICH CARRIED OUT BOTH DESIGN AND SUPERVISION OF WORKS WHILE THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT MAINTAINED AN OVERALL PROJECT MANAGEMENT ROLE.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE MAJOR IMPACT THAT SUCH MASSIVE ROAD STRUCTURES WOULD HAVE ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, THE PROJECT ALLOWED FOR A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF LANDSCAPE WORKS. AS A RESULT, THE NEW URBAN LANDSCAPE WAS OF MUCH GREATER BENEFIT TO THE LOCAL POPULATION THAN THE OLD.

PLANNING AND DESIGN OF THE LANDSCAPE WORKS WAS CARRIED OUT BY URBIS LIMITED, HONG KONG, AS SPECIALIST SUB-CONSULTANTS, IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORKS INCLUDED ABOUT EIGHT SMALL PARKS, SITTING OUT AREAS AND PLAY FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH A TOTAL AREA OF AROUND 12,000 SQUARE METRES.

OVER 63,000 TREES, SHRUBS, PALMS AND GROUND COVER PLANTS HAVE BEEN PLANTED ON THE SITE.

IN ADDITION, AN OPEN SPACE AREA OF 2,000 SQUARE METRES WAS DEVELOPED AND THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE SENSITIVE TREATMENT OF PEDESTRIAN ROUTES, HAS CREATED A PLEASING URBAN LANDSCAPE.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE LANDSCAPE COMPONENT CONTRACT WAS ABOUT $10 MILLION, COMPRISING BOTH HARD AND SOFTWORKS AND INCLUDING WORKS FUNDED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1988

QUOTA SYSTEM FOR DRIVING AND VEHICLE LICENCE APPLICATIONS *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED DRIVING AND VEHICLE LICENCE APPL’CANTS THAT A QUOTA SYSTEM MAY BE ADOPTED AT THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR LICENSING OFFICES ON PARTICULARLY BUSY DAYS TO COPE WITH THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE QUOTA SYSTEM WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED WHENEVER IT WAS CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE LICENSING OFFICES, WHICH WERE PARTICULARLY CROWDED DURING THE BEGINNING AND END OF EACH MONTH.

HE SAID: "IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, THE QUOTA SYSTEM HAD BEEN ADOPTED ON AN AD HOC BASIS TO ENCOURAGE THE APPLICANTS TO MAKE BETTER USE OF THE LESS BUSY PERIODS OF THE MONTH. IT HAS BROUGHT ABOUT SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT TO WATTING TIME ON EXTREMELY BUSY DAYS.”

"UNDER THE SYSTEM, THE APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN AN APPOINTMENT DISC AT THE LICENSING OFFICE BEFORE THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED. THE APPOINTMENT DISC WILL BE HANDED OUT ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS."

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO RENEW THEIR LICENCES DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THEIR LICENCES EXPIRE. THEY CAN APPLY ANY TIME DURING THE FOUR-MONTH PERIOD PRIOR TO THE EXPIRY DATE, HE ADDED.

HE ALSO REMINDED APPLICANTS THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO APPLY IN PERSON, AND THAT POSTAL APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED FOR RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES, LEARNER’S DRIVING LICENCES AND VEHICLE LICENCES; THE ISSUE OF INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS; AND THE TRANSFER OF VEHICLE OWNERSHIP.

POSTAL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY RELEVANT FORMS, SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND APPROPRIATE FEES IN CHEQUES AND SHOULD BE SENT BY REGISTERED MAIL TO P.O. BOX 69511, KWUN TONG POST OFFICE.

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CAR OWNERS URGED TO TAKE HEED OF SECURITY MEASURES *****

CAR OWNERS SHOULD TAKE HEED OF BOTH SECURITY MEASURES AND TRAFFIC LAWS TN PARKING THEIR CARS.

MAKING THE PLEA TODAY (SUNDAY), A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID A MAJORITY OF THE VEHICLE CRIME CASES, INCLUDING THEFT OF AND THEFT FROM VEHICLES AS WELL AS TAMPERING WITH VEHICLES, WERE INDEED A RESULT OF THE NEGLIGENCE OF CERTAIN CAR OWNERS.

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SUNDAYt FEBRUARY 1*1, 1988

’’SOME DRIVERS LIKE TO PARK THEIR CARS ON STREETS FOR A LONG TIME, ESPECIALLY DURING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS,” THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

"THIS PRACTICE IS MOST COMMON IN KOWLOON TONG AREA AS SOME OF THE PARKING SPACE THERE ARE NOT METERED.

’’NOT ONLY WILL THE PRACTICE ATTRACT BURGLARS, MOTORISTS ALSO COMMIT AN OFFENCE IF THEIR VEHICLES ARE PARKED AT THE SAME SPOT FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS,” HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED CAR OWNERS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CARS ARE PROPERLY SECURED WHEN THEY LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED.

’’WATCHFUL CAR OWNERS WILL, NO DOUBT, AUGUR WELL IN PREVENTING THE CRIME," HE SAID.

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SHA TIN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHE KUNG FESTIVAL t t * t *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHA TIN FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 18) TO 6 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHE KUNG FESTIVAL.

CUE KUNG MIU ROAD, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHA TIN TAU ROAD AND CHUI TIN STREET, WILL BE CLOSE# TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES. THE IWO BUS STOPS ON THAT SECTION WILL BE SUSPENDED.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, TRAFFIC HEADING FOR THE HIN KENG AND TIN SAM AREAS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND HUNG MUI KUK ROAD.

BECAUSE OF THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF THE CARPARK IN CHUI TIN STREET AND THE LIMITED NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES IN THE VICINITY OF THE CHE KUNG TEMPLE, WORSHIPPER’S GOING TO THE TEMPLE ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

FRANCHISED BUS AND KCR TRAIN SERVICES WILL BE STRENGTHENED IF NECESSARY DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD.

AT THE SAME TIME, TAXIS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING CHUI TIN STREET.

A TAXI STAND IS AVAILABLE ON TSUEN NAM ROAD NEAR TAI WAI KCR STATION AND TEMPORARY STOPPING PLACES FOR TAXIS WILL BE PROVIDED ON SHA TIN TAU ROAD NEAR THE CHE KUNG TEMPLE, BUT ONLY TO ALLOW PASSENGERS TO ALIGHT.

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SAI KUNG GETS READY FOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL

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MORE THAN 300 ATTRACTIVE BANNERS AND BUNTING HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT VANTAGE POINTS TO PROMOTE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL TO BE HELD BETWEEN FEBRUARY 20 AND 25.

COLOURFUL BANNERS PUBLICISING THE FESTIVAL ARE MOUNTED ON RAILINGS AND AT VENUES WHERE A NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ARE TO BE HELD.

THE BUNTING, BEARING THE DISTRICT LOGO, IS MOUNTED ON LAMP POSTS ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, PO TUNG ROAD AND PO LAM ROAD IN JUNK BAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SAI* KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTEE SAID THAT AS THE FESTIVAL COINCIDED WITH THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE BANNERS AND BUNTING WOULD ADD COLOUR AND ENHANCE THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE.

SOME 5,000 LEAFLETS, 500 POSTERS AND 400 INVITATION CARDS HAVE BEEN SENT TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, VILLAGES AND SCHOOLS, TO INFORM RESIDENTS OF THE FESTIVAL’S PROGRAMMES.

PROGRAMME LEAFLETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE IN CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

CALENDARS WITH THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN SAI KUNG PRINTED ON THEM WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED.

ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE FESTIVAL IS ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $220,000, OF WHICH $75,000 IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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SHA TIN FINANCE COMMITTEE TO MEET *****

THE SHA FIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE COMMITTEE TOMORROW (MONDAY) MORNING TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED ESTIMATES BOARD FOR THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR, WHICH WILL AMOUNT MILLION. snvuiNi

WILL MEET

FOR THE TO $3.53

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER NINE APPLICATIONS FOR AMOUNTING TO $722,486 FOR ORGANISING VARIOUS RECREATIONAI ASSOCIATIONSIVITIES AND F°R SUPPOR>riNG THE SHA TIN ARTS AND

FUNDS AND SPORTS

/OTHER ITEMS

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS TO CONDUC'I A STUDY ON JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN THE DISTRICT AND A REVISED APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FOR PUTTING UP FESTIVE LIGHTING IN 1987-88.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 15) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION. IT WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM.

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LONG DISTANCE RUN FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

RESIDENTS IN THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A LONG DISTANCE RUN TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 28 (SUNDAY).

THE RACE WILL START AT GUN CLUB HILL BARRACKS AND ENTRANTS WILL RUN ALONG AUSTIN ROAD, COX’S ROAD, JORDAN ROAD AND GASCOIGNE ROAD BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STARTING POINT.

THOSE TAKING PART IN THE MEN’S SENIOR AND INTERMEDIATE SECTIONS WILL COMPLETE A DISTANCE OF 4.5 KILOMETRES WHILE THOSE IN THE WOMEN’S OPEN AND MEN’S .JUNIOR SECTIONS WILL COVER A DISTANCE OF THREE KILOMETRES.

WINNERS OF EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

APPLICATIONS FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE AT 18 CAMERON ROAD, FIFTH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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57 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN DECEMBER * * * *

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 57 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN DECEMBER, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF APPROVALS FOR THE WHOLE OF LAST YEAR TO 671.

ABOUT HALF OF THE APPROVED PLANS, THAT IS 28 OF THEM, WERE FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENCE DEVELOPMENTS. FACTORY/INDUSTRIAL/WORKSHOP DEVELOPMENTS, WITH A TOTAL OF NINE PLANS, WAS AGAIN THE SECOND HIGHEST ON THE LIST.

A CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE WORLD AT THE OCEAN PARK AND A HOTEL IN TS1M SHA TSUI WERE ALSO AMONG THE PLANS APPROVED.

TWENTY-TWO OF THE APPROVED PLANS WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 12 IN KOWLOON AND 23 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 42 PROJECTS. THE FLOOR AREA OF THESE PROJECTS TOTALLED 225,419.6 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 119,425.5 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR DOMESTIC USE AND THE REMAINDER FOR NON-DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $1,021 MILLION.

THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED WAS 265,126 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 184,391.5 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

ALSO DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED 43 OCCUPATION PERMITS, OF WHICH 12 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 13 IN KOWLOON AND 18 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 27 DEMOLITION ORDERS AFFECTING 62 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 131 COMPLAINTS REGARDING ILLEGAL BUILDINGS AND ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS DUR I NG THE MONTH, CARRIED OUT 868 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 86 REMOVAL ORDERS.

Till' DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 383 BUILDINGS \ND OBTAINED THREE EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS.

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11 CONTRACT FOR CHILD ASSESSMENT CENTRE AWARDED ♦ » » * *

WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PAMELA YOUDE CHILD ASSESSMENT CENTRE AND SCHOOL CHILDREN DENTAL CLINIC WILL START SOON FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A $22.8 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE BUILDING WILL BE LOCATED AT NGAN SHING STREET IN SHA TIN, AND WILL ALSO HOUSE A DENTAL CLINIC FOR GOVERNMENT SERVANTS.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE DENTAL TREATMENT CUBICLES, X-RAY AND DARK ROOMS, PLASTER AND SURGICAL UNITS, OFFICES, ASSESSMENT ROOMS AND PUBLIC AREAS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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RE-NUMBERING OF CROSS HARBOUR BUS ROUTES * » ♦ ♦ ♦

THE CROSS HARBOUR RECREATION BUS ROUTES 111A AND 112A, WHICH OPERATE BETWEEN 12.30 AM AND 6 AM ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY ONLY, WILL BE RE-NUMBERED AS 11 IS AND 1123 RESPECTIVELY FROM WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 17).

THE RE-NUMBERING WILL BRING THE ROUTE NUMBERS IN LINE WITH THE EXISTING NUMBERING SYSTEM FOR BUS ROUTES.

THE TWO CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES 111S AND 112S WILL OPERATE FROM CAUSEWAY BAY (HING FAT STREET) TO CHOI HUNG AND TO MONG KOK RESPECTIVELY.

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TO FACILITATE CROWD CONTROL NEAR WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THEY ARE:

SHA TIN PASS ROAD BETWEEN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND FUNG TAK ROAD. WHICH WILL RE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT GREEN MINIBUSES AND TAXIS; AND

THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE AND WONG TAI SIN ROAD, WHICH WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT GREEN MINIBUSES.

THESE MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FROM 8 PM ON FEBRUARY 16 (TUESDAY) TO 6 PM THE NEXT DAY AND FROM 6.30 AM TO 6 PM DAILY ON FEBRUARY 18, 19 AND 21.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DECEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES ... 1

STATEMENT ON LEGCO COMPOSITION............................. 5

GOVERNOR TO SPEAK ON RADIO, TV ............................ 5

LIVESTOCK FARMS SURVEY COMPLETED........................... 6

ELECTORS TO RECEIVE POLL CARDS ............................ 7

bus parade, leaflets spread election message............... 8

WAN CHAI LAUNCHES PUBLICITY DRIVE FOR DB ELECTIONS......... 10

WAN CHAI FERRY PIER FOOTBRIDGE OPENS ...................... 11

S1 M RAISED FOR CHARITY FUND FOR ELDERLY  ................. 11

NEW TAI PO POLICE STATION TO OPEN .................•....... 12

HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES ................................... 12

POPULAR 'BIRDS OF HONG KONG' ON SALE aGAIN ................ 13

STAMP TO MARK CENTENARY OF CATHEDRAL....................... 13

TENANCIES SOUGHT FOR TWO SITES............................. 11*

MURRAY BARRACKS CaRPaRK SPACES SUSPENDED .................. 1*»

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

Monday. February 15, 1988

DECEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES » » t * t

TN DECEMBER 1987, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND REPORTED BY THE. 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR REMAINED ABOUT THE SAME AS IN NOVEMBER 1987 BUT SHOWED SOME DECREASE OVER DECEMBER 1986, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND, MEASURED IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF MONTHS, REFERS TO THE POSITION AS AT THE END OF THE REFERENCE MONTH.

COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1987, THE ORDERS POSITION IN DECEMBER 1987 DROPPED SLIGHTLY IN THE TEXTILES, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, WHILE THAT IN THE OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE.

COMPARING DECEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1986, THE VOLUME OF ORDERS DECREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT, IN THE TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, SLIGHT INCREASES IN THE VOLUME OF ORDERS WERE RECORDED IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURI NG SECTOR DECREASED IN DECEMBER 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH BOTH NOVEMBER 1987 AND DECEMBER I 9RA .

COMPARING DECEMBER 1987 WITH NOVEMBER 1987, EMPLOYMENT IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES SHOWED SLIGHT DECREASES, WHILE THAT IN THE OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED REMAINED STABLE.

WHEN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1986, EMPLOYMENT DROPPED SLIGHTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELEC TRON IC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY BUT MUCH MORE SHARPLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

PARTLY OFFSETTING THESE DECREASES WERE THE SLIGHT INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT RECORDED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

IN DECEMBER 1987, BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN Till MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY OVER BOTH NOVEMBER 1987 AND DECEMBER 1986.

COMPARING DECEMBER 1987 WITH NOVEMBER I98Z, SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN PAYROLL AND IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED IN MOST INDUSTRIES SURVEYED MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE ISSUE OF DOUBLE PAY AND YEAR-END BONUSES TN SOME MANUFACTURI NG FIRMS.

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THE INCREASES WERE LARGEST IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, TEXTILES AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1986, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ALSO ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN MOST INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, EXCEPT THE WEARING APPAREL AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES IN WHICH A SLIGHT DROP IN PAYROLL WAS RECORDED.

THE MORE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, WHILE PER CAPITA EARNINGS TN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY ALSO INCREASED SHARPLY.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT IN DECEMBER 1987 WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IN NOVEMBER 1987, WHILE PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1986, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED SLIGHTLY WHILE PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS SHOWED MUCH LARGER INCREASES.

IN ALL THE SERVICES SECTORS SURVEYED, THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN DECEMBER 1987 REMAINED ABOUT THE SAME AS IN NOVEMBER 1987. HOWEVER, PAYROLL AND PER (’API TA EARNINGS SHOWED VERY SHARP INCREASES DUE TO THE ISSUE OF DOUBLE PAY AND YEAR-END BONUSES, PARTICULARLY IN THE BANKING SECTOR. »

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1986, THE OVERALL LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTORS SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE. PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ALSO INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES RE('ORDEl) IN HOTELS.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN TABLES 1 AND 2 BELOW.

THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCT I ON 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 PROVI DE 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 DECEMBER 1987 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLI CAT IONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBL I ('AT IONS SALES COUNTER, I 9TII FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN (HAI, AT $1.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STAT I ST|('S SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234820.

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TABLE 1: ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY ORDERS -ON-HAND

CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

FOR DECEMBER 1987 NOV. 87 DEC. 86

(MONTHS) < X) (%)

ALL INDUSTRIES 4.33 » -3

WEARING APPAREL 4.89 + 2

TEXTILES 2.82 -1 -1 1

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 2.60 -2 -30

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.23 -2 -5

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC’

PRODUCTS 1.97 + 1

OTHERS 4.21 t -3

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TABLE 2: EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/ PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE SERVICES END OF DECEMBER 1987 PER CAPITA EARNINGS

CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH NOV. 87 DEC. 86 IN DECEMBER 87 CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH NOV. 87 DEC. 86

(%) (%) (HK$) (%) (%)

MANUFACTURING -1 -3 4,219 + 12 + 11

FOOD AND DRINKS 1 • • + 1 5,076 + 18 + 7

WEARING APPAREL -7 3,691 + 10 + 5

TEXTILES * + 1 4 , 400 + 18 + 5

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -16 3,634 + 4 + 19

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -2 + 1 3,8.39 + 4 + 18

ELECTRI (’AL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -1 -1 4,014 + 13 + 15

OTHERS -2 5,4 34 + 10 + 10

* CONSTRUCTION + 1 5,929 + 8 + 18

SERVICES '+2 8,903 + 42 + 8

BANKS + 3 10,194 1 + 72 + 12

HOTELS 5,645 + 39 + 25

PUBLIC UTILITIES -1 8,700 + 38 + 8 1

OTHERS t + 8 8,64 3 + 18 -2

♦ CHANGES WITH + /- 0.5%

# PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

NOTE’ UNLIKE "ORDERS-ON-HAND” AND ’’PER CAPITA EARNINGS” WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES AMONGST THE EI RMS SURVEYED, THE TOTAL NUMBER OE 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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STATEMENT ON LEGCO COMPOSITION ♦ * * ♦ ♦

TO APPARENTLY ISSUED THE

AVOID POSSIBLE CONFUSION ARISING FROM A NUMBER OF CONFLICTING REPORTS, THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (MONDAY) FOLLOWING STATEMENT REGARDING THE COMPOSITION OF THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

AS STATED IN PARAGRAPH 43

OF THE

WHITE

TO

ON IN IN

PAPER PUBLISHED

BE CONSTITUTED WILL COMPRISE,

FEBRUARY 10, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHICH IS SEPTEMBER 1988, AND WHICH WILL SERVE UNTIL ADDITION TO THE PRESIDENT, 10 OFFICIAL MEMBERS, 20 APPOINTED 14 MEMBERS ELECTED BY FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES AND 12

1991 ,

MEMBERS, MEMBERS

ELECTED BY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO BE CONSTITUTED IN SEPTEMBER 1991 :

t THERE WILL BE 10 DIRECTLY ELECTED MEMBERS ELECTED FROM 10 GEOGRAPHICALLY-BASED CONST1TUENCIES;

THE 10 SEATS CURRENTLY FILLED BY INDIRECT ELECTIONS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD CONST I.TUENC I ES IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WILL BE ABOLISHED;

TWO SPECIAL CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE RETAINED AND REGIONAL COUNI? ILS EACH TO ELECT ONE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

FOR THE URBAN

MEMBER TO THE

APART FROM THE THREE NOT AT PRESENT ENVISAGE ANY RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF

ITEMS SET OUT ABOVE, THE GOVERNMENT DOES FURTHER CHANGES, BUT DOES NOT WISH TO FURTHER CHANGES BEING CONSIDERED NEARER

THE TIME.

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GOVERNOR TO SPEAK ON RADIO, TV t ♦ » ♦

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL DELIVER HIS NEW YEAR MESSAGE ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THIS WILL BE SIR DAVID’S FIRST LUNAR NEW YEAR MESSAGE SINCE BECOMING GOVERNOR.

/THE MESSAGE

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THE MESSAGE WILL BE BROADCAST AS FOLLOWS: DAY AND TIME

TELEVISION TUESDAY (FEB 16) WEDNESDAY (REPEAT) (FEB 17)

ATV (GOLD) 1855 1300

TVB (JADE) 1900 1315

TVB (PEARL) 2000 1140

ATV (DIAMOND) 2030 1140

RADIO

RTHK 1 AND 2 (CHINESE) 1900 1300

RTHK 3 (ENGLISH) 1755 0820

RTHK 5 (CHINESE) / 1500

COMMERCIAL RADIO 1 (CHINESE) 1800 1200

COMMERCIAL RADIO 2 (ENGLISH) 1900 /

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LIVESTOCK FARMS SURVEY COMPLETED

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A DETAILED SURVEY COVERING ALL THE LIVESTOCK FARMS IN THE

PROHIBITION AREAS - HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND URBAN PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES - AND STAGE I OF THE CONTROL AREAS, HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

THE STAGE 1 CONTROL AREAS ARE NAMELY THE TOLO HARBOUR AREA, MUI WO AND THE HINTERLAND OF SILVERMINE BAY BEACH AND THE TTU YUE WAN (ANGLER'S BEACH) AREA.

CONDUCTED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD), THE SURVEY IS AIMED AT OBTAINING DETAILED MEASUREMENTS OF ALL FARM STRUCTURES USED FOR LIVESTOCK KEEPING AND RELATED ACTIVITIES TN THE AREAS COVERED.

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DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD BETWEEN DECEMBER 1, 1087, AND JANUARY 30, I98K, A TOTAL OF 1,516 FARMS AND 5,224 STRUCTURES WERE RECORDED FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR EX-GRAT1A ALLOWANCE, CAPITAL GRANT AND LOANS UNDER THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME.

LIVESTOCK FARMERS WHOSE FARMS ARE LOCATED IN THE SURVEY AREA BUT WHO HAVE NOT BEEN SURVEYED ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE EPD EITHER IN WRITING OR BY TELEPHONE ON 3-7332285, 3-7332286 AND 3-7332292, BEFORE MARCH 2 THIS YEAR.

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THE 1.4 MILLION ELECTORS RESIDING IN THE 136 CONSTITUENCIES WHERE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WJLL BE HELD ON MARCH 10 WILL RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL POLLING NOTIFICATION BETWEEN TODAY (MONDAY) AND FEBRUARY 25.

THE NOTIFICATION IS BEING ISSUED BY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION, IN THE FORM OF A POLL CARD, GIVING THE TITLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE NAME OF THE CONSTITUENCY, THE DATE AND TIME OF THE ELECTION AND THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE DESIGNATED POLLING STATION.

IT ALSO REMINDS THE ELECTORS TO TAKE ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND THEIR POLL CARDS TO THE DESIGNATED POLLING STATION ON MARCH 10 AND CAST THEIR VOTE BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 10.30 PM.

"AN ELECTOR IS REGISTERED ACCORDING TO HIS RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, AND MAY ONLY VOTE IN RESPECT OF THE CONSTITUENCY OF HIS RESIDENCE," EXPLAINED THE REGISTRATION OFFICER, MR LAI KWAN-TAT.

"IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT THAT ELECTORS SHOULD KEEP THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION INFORMED OF CHANGES OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS," HE SAID.

"IN VIEW OF THE HIGH MOBILITY OF THE POPULATION, THE DIVISION HAS ALSO STARTED USING THE LATEST INFORMATION ON RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES OBTAINED FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO UPDATE THE ELECTORAL ROLL," HE ADDED.

ELECTORS WHO HAVE THEIR ELECTORAL PARTICULARS UPDATED IN THIS WAY ARE INFORMED IN WRITING WITHIN TWO WEEKS IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ANY REALLOCATION OF DISTRICT, CONSTITUENCY AND/OR POLLING STATION.

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THEY CAN NOTIFY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION IF THEY DO NOT AGREE TO THE CHANGE OF ANY OF THE PARTICULARS.

MR LAI ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE 21 CONSTITUENCIES WHERE ELECTIONS WOULD NOT TAKE PLACE BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES NOMINATED DID NOT EXCEED THE NUMBER OF ELECTED SEATS IN THAT CONSTITUENCY.

ELECTORS IN THESE CONSTITUENCIES WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY POLL CARD NOTIFICATION.

ELECTORS WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES SHOULD CONTACT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION ON 5-270380 AND 5-270369.

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BUS PARADE. LEAFLETS SPREAD ELECTION MESSAGE

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THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT THE MESSAGE OF "VOTE ON MARCH 10" REACHES ALL VOTERS.

A PUBLICITY LEAFLET -- GIVING DETAILS OF VOTING PROCEDURES AND OTHER INFORMATION AS WELL AS A MAP OF POLLING STATIONS IN THE DISTRICT’S FIVE CONSTITUENCIES -- WILL BE MAILED TO VOTERS TOGETHER WITH A POLL CARD AND ELECTION PLATFORMS OF CANDIDATES.

THE DISPLAY WINDOW OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND INFORMATION SIGNBOARDS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS ARE BEING USED TO PROMOTE THE ELECTION.

POSTERS AND BANNERS SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF "VOTE ON MARCH 10" AS WELL AS INFORM RESIDENTS OF THE DATE AND VENUE OF ELECTION FORUMS TO BE HELD IN THE CONSTITUENCIES.

e

CANDIDATES WILL PRESENT THEIR PLATFORMS AT THESE FORUMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.

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DATES AND VENUES OF THE ELECTION FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE TIME CONSTITUENCY VENUE

FEB 27 (SATURDAY) 3 PM TSIM SHA TSUI WELLINGTON COLLEGE, 1 KNUTSFORD TERRACE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

FEB 29 (MONDAY) 8 PM JORDAN JORDAN ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, IB NANKING STREET, YAU MA TEI.

MARCH I (TUESDAY) 8 PM YAU MA TEI EAST THE SCOUT ASSOC’I AT I ON OF HONG KONG, GROUND FLOOR, MORSE HOUSE, 9 COX’S ROAD.

MARCH 4 (FRIDAY ) 8 PM FERRY POINT HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, YAU MA TEI.

MARCH 6 (SUNDAY ) I 0.30 AM YAU MA TEI NORTH HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, YAU MA TEI.

ON MARCH 5 (SATURDAY), A PARADE OF OARTOON CHARACTERS WILL TAKE PLACE TO REMIND VOTERS OF ELECTION DAY.

THE DECORATED BUS WILL LEAVE FROM THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 2.30 PM AND STOP AT STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN, NEW WORLD CENTRE. PARK LANE BOULEVARD AND HAMILTON STREET TENNIS COURT.

BALL-PENS BEARING AN APPEAL TO VOTE AND PUBLICITY LEAFLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IH HIE CARTOON CHARACTERS AT HIE VARIOUS STOPS.

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WAN CHAI LAUNCHES PUBLICITY DRIVE FOR DB FLECTIONS » * » t

A SERIES OF PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES HAS BEEN ARRANGED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 10 TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS' INTEREST IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

FOUR ELECTION FORUMS WILL BE HELD FROM TO STATE THEIR PLATFORMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS

NEXT WEEK FOR CANDIDATES

FROM VOTERS.

THE DATES AND VENUES OF THE FORUMS, TO BEGIN AT 8 PM, ARE AS

FOLLOWS:

DATE CONSTITUENCY VENUE

FEBRUARY 22 (MONDAY) ■ • c. HAPPY VALLEY ST PAUL’S SECONDARY SCHOOL, VENTRIS ROAD

FEBRUARY 23 (TUESDAY) WAN CHAI WEST DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING, HENNESSY ROAD

FEBRUARY 25 (THURSDAY) TAI HANG AND SO KON PO WING ON CULTURAL CENTRE, MORETON TERRACE

MARCH 3 (THURSDAY) CAUSEWAY BAY CENTRAL SPORTSLIGHT CHILDREN EDUCATION CENTRE, HYSAN AVENUE

A TWO-DAY EXHIBITION FEATURING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 5 AND 6 AT THE HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

"THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PUBLICITY PACKAGE IS A CARNIVAL TO BE HELD ON MARCH 6 IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, DURING WHICH A NUMBER OF WELL-KNOWN POP SINGERS AND BANDS WILL PERFORM AND HELP PUBLICISE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

"IT WILL ALSO FEATURE GAMESTALLS AND A DRAMA PERFORMANCE BY ARTISTS FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADMISSION TO THE CARNIVAL IS FREE. ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

MEANWHILE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL PUT UP BANNERS AND BUNTING THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY ITEMS TO RESIDENTS, AND PUBLICISE THE ELECTIONS IN THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER.

ON ELECTION DAY, A BUS AND A TRAM EQUIPPED WITH LOUDSPEAKERS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

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WAN CHAI FERRY PIER FOOTBRIDGE OPENS * t t ♦

THE FOOTBRIDGE LEADING FROM THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM TODAY (MONDAY).

ANNOUNCING THIS, A HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW FOOTBRIDGE EXTENDED SOUTHWARDS FROM THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER TO THE PODIUM LEVEL OF HARBOUR CENTRE, CROSSING OVER CONVENTION AVENUE AND THE ADJACENT TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE.

THERE ARE STAIRS AND RAMPS LEADING TO THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE AND THE FERRY PIER.

THE $3.5 MILLION FOOTBRIDGE, INCLUDING THE RAMPS AND STAIRWAYS, IS 280 METRES LONG.

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$1 M RAISED FOR CHARITY ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

FUND FOR ELDERLY ♦

MORE THAN $1 MILLION HAS BEEN RAISED FOR THE HEART TO HEART (’PARITY FUND WHICH WILL BE USED FOR THE WELL BEING OF ELDERLY PEOPLE.

THE CHARITY FUND WAS SET UP LAST YEAR BY THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND THE COMMERCIAL RADIO AS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE TERR ITORY-WI DE ’’CARE FOR THE ELDERLY CAMPAIGN".

OF THE MONEY RAISED, $600,000 WAS DONATED TO THE SIN TIN DAO HOUSE FOR THE AGED IN SHA TIN FOR IT TO PROCEED WITH A RENOVATION AND EXPANSION PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND ADDITIONAL CARE AND ATTENTION SERVICE TO THE 50 OCCUPANTS THERE.

WORK ON THE PROGRAMME WILL START NEXT MONTH AND WILL BE COMPLETED THIS SUMMER.

THE REMAINING $400,000 WAS GIVEN TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR USE ON PROJECTS CATERED FOR THE OLD PEOPLE.

AT A CEREMONY HELD TN THE POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH TODAY (MONDAY), THE POLICE CHIEF STAFF OFF I (’ER/PUBLIC RELATIONS, MR JOHN DUNN, AND THE ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER OF COMMERCIAL RADIO, MR PETER C.Y. PUN, PRESENTED (’DEQUES FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF $1,001,000 TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, AND MR CHAN CHIU OF THE SIN TIN DAO HOUSE FOR THE AGED.

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NEW TAI PO POLICE STATION TO OPEN

*****

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MANAGEMENT, MR ERIC BLACKBURN AND OTHER GUESTS, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE NEW TAI PO DISTRICT POLICE STATION ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 22).

THE 16-STOREY COMPLEX, BUILT AT A COST OF $37 MILLION, IS AT 4 ON PO LANE, TAI PO.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE ATTENDED BY THE REGIONAL COMMANDER, NEW TERRITORIES, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW AND THE DISTRICT COMMANDER, TAI PO, MR BASIL LIM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT POLICE STATION AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 22). THOSE COVERING THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO BE IN POSITION BY 2.45 PM.

TRANSPORI' WILL BE PROVIDED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES. A COACH WILL LEAVE THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN WAN CHAI FOR TAI PO AT 1.45 PM. PPRB OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES * » »

THERE WILL BE NO OUT-PATIENT AND EVENING CLINIC SERVICES DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 17 AND 18), THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

HOWEVER, ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 19), EIGHT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM.

THEY ARE: VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON HONG KONG I SI,AND; KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE AND YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN KOWLOON; LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE AND SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC TN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1988

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A BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK CONTAINING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OF HONG KONG BIRDS HAS PROVED SO POPULAR THAT A FOURTH EDITION HAS BEEN PRINTED AND IS NOW ON SALE.

FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1977, "BIRDS OF HONG KONG" HAS BECOME A STANDARD SOURCE OF REFERENCE ON THE RICH VARIETY OF 430 SPECIES OF BIRDS RECORDED IN THE WILD STATE IN HONG KONG.

IT IS WRITTEN BY CLIVE VINEY, AN AUTHORITY ON BIRDS OF THE SOUTH CHINA REGION, AND IS ILLUSTRATED WITH 82 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS BY KAREN PHILLIPPS, A LOCAL ARTIST SPECIALISING IN NATURAL HISTORY WHO HAS GAINED INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR HER WORK.

THE COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS ILLUSTRATES ALL THE BIRDS OF HONG KONG -- FROM THE HUGE PELICANS WINTERING IN DEEP BAY TO THE DIMINUTIVE SUNBIRDS FEEDING ON THE AZELEAS OF THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE GARDENS.

THE AUTHOR POINTS OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO THE 430 SPECIES ALREADY SEEN HERE, NEW SPECIES ARE ADDED TO THE LOCAL LIST EVERY YEAR. "THIS IS NOT SURPRISING, AS SUPERB NATURE RESERVES EXIST AT MAI PO AND TAI PO KAU, AND MUCH OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IS PROTECTED AS COUNTRY PARKS," HE ADDED.

FULL INFORMATION IS ALSO GIVEN ON HOW TO IDENTIFY THE BIRDS AND WHERE TO WATCH THEM.

Till ROOK IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED BY Till- GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

THE LATEST EDITION HAS A NEW COVER DESIGN, SEVERAL NEW PLATES AND A FULLY UPDATED TEXT. ।

IT IS ON SALE AT $80 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL HONG KONG, AND LEADING BOOKSTORES.

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STAMP TO MARK CENTENARY OF CATHEDRAL * » » ♦ *

Till' POST OFFICE TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT A 50 CENTS STAMP WILL BE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 30 THIS YEAR TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE (’ATHOL IC CATHEDRAL AT 16 CAINE ROAD.

'HIE CATHEDRAL, FOUNDED IN 1888, IS OF GOTHIC DESIGN AND IS ONE OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG.

Till’ CENTENARY ISSUE WILL BE THE FIFTH SPECIAL STAMP ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE IN 1988. FULL DETAILS OF THIS ISSUE WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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TENANCIES SOUGHT FOR TWO SITES * * * » «

TWO COMMERCIAL SITES AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN RECLAMATION IN KOWLOON ARE TO BE LET ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

ONE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 26,900 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR USE AS A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC PARKING AREA FOR THE PARKING OF GOODS VEHICLES CURRENTLY LICENSED UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE.

THE OTHER SITE, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 8,000 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR OPEN STORAGE INCLUDING THE STORAGE OF UNLICENSED VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY FOR THE TWO SITES IS ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE AFTERWARDS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS NOON ON MARCH 4.

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MURRAY BARRACKS CARPARK SPACES SUSPENDED t ♦ * * ♦

TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS. PARKING SPACES NO. 21 BARRACKS OPEN-AIR CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL BE SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 20) TO 8 PM THE NEXT DAS.

TO 4 0 IN THE SUSPENDED FROM

MURRAY « AM ON

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ♦ t ♦

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 53.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 3I4.626 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 334.285 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER. REPRESENTING 57 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GOVERNOR'S LUN^R NEW YEAR MESSAGE 1988.................... 1

FIRM ACTION TAKEN mGAINST ILLEGAL FISH MARKETING ......... 2

HOUSING (AMWMENT) BILL 1988 .............................. 4

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

REMINDER ON FOOD HYGIENE.................................. 7

PROPOSED BRIDGE WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO VILLAGES........... 7

HEIGHT RELOCATION FOR NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL CR/J4ES ..... 8

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1988

GOVERNOR’S LUNAR NEW YEAR MESSAGE 1 9H8

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR MESSAGE DELIVERED THIS EVENING BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON:

’’THE NEW YEAR IS THE TRADITIONAL TIME FOR FAMILIES TO BE TOGETHER, TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PAST YEAR, AND TO LOOK AHEAD TO THE FUTURE.

"WE IN HONG KONG ARE MEMBERS OF A VERY LARGE FAMILY - THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG. THE NEW YEAR IS A GOOD TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHERE WE HAVE GOT TO AS A COMMUNITY AND WHAT LIES IN STORE IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

"THE PAST YEAR HAS BEEN ONE WHERE WE HAVE HAD OUR FAIR SHARE OF BOTH SUCCESSES AND PROBLEMS. J

"WE MUST NEVER IGNORE PROBLEMS: NOR TRY TO MINIMISE THEM. WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS HOW WE FACE UP TO THEM. HONG KONG HAS A REMARKABLE RECORD OF OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES AND EMERGING STRONGER FROM THEM. THAT IS JUST AS TRUE NOW AS IT HAS EVER BEEN.

"EQUALLY WE SHOULD NEVER BELITTLE OUR SUCCESSES. AS A COMMUNITY, WE HAVE MUCH TO BE PROUD OF.

"OUR ECONOMY IS ALWAYS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY EXTERNAL FORCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. BUT DESPITE THE COLLAPSE OF STOCK MARKETS ALL ROUND THE WORLD AND THE CONTINUING THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM, WE HAVE RECORDED A GROWTH RATE OF OVER 10 PER CENT FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING. THIS IS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT.

"IN THE YEAR AHEAD, OUR ECONOMY MAY BE AFFECTED BY PROBLEMS ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD. BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT OUR PERFORMANCE WILL AGAIN BE WELL UP IN THE WORLD LEAGUE.

"DURING THE PAST YEAR THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF POLITICAL DEBATE. A WIDE VARIETY OF VIEWS HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED ON WHAT THE NEXT STEPS SHOULD BE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.

"AT THE END OF EVERY DEBATE, DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN. THE WHITE PAPER PUBLISHED LAST WEEK MAPS OUT THE COURSE OF OUR POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. THE CHANGES PLANNED ARE FAR REACHING AND IMPORTANT, INCLUDING FOR THE FIRST TIME AN ELEMENT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"I BELIEVE THE PERIOD OF CONSULTATION HAS SHOWN THAT OUR COMMUNITY, AS A WHOLE, WANTS CHANGES ’1’0 BE INTRODUCED BY A PROCESS OF STEADY EVOLUTION. PEOPLE ATTACH IMPORTANCE TO MAINTAINING THE COHESION OF OUR SOCIETY.

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"THE CHANGES REFERRED TO IN THE WHITE PAPER ARE ONLY A FIRST STEP — THERE WILL BE MORE TO COME IN THE YEARS AHEAD. DURING 1988 THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL BE LOOKING WITH PARTICULAR INTEREST AND CONCERN AT THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

"ULTIMATELY, HOWEVER, THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, WILL DEPEND ON THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. IF WE CONTINUE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OURSELVES, AND IN WHAT WE AS A COMMUNITY CAN ACHIEVE, I AM SURE WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROSPER AND SUCCEED.

"WE ARE NOW ENTERING THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON. THE DRAGON SYMBOLISES DYNAMISM, INTELLIGENCE AND EXCELLENCE. THESE ARE QUALITIES FOR WHICH HONG KONG IS RENOWNED. THEY WILL CARRY US FORWARD TO INCREASING SUCCESS IN THE YEARS TO COME.

"WE WOULD BOTH LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WISH YOU ALL AND YOUR FAMILIES GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND GOOD FORTUNE FOR THE NEW YEAR."

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ILLEGAL FISH MARKETING t t

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, TODAY (TUESDAY) REITERATED THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO DETER ILLEGAL FISH MARKETING ACTIVITIES WHICH CONTINUE TO BE AN ISSUE OF CONSIDERABLE CONCERN.

"THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (FMO) HAVE NOT ONLY CONTINUED TO ENFORCE THE MARINE FISH (MARKETING) ORDINANCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POLICE, BUT HAVE ALSO MADE PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE TO COPE WITH THE PRESENT SITUTATION," DR LEE SAID.

"THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WERE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST MONTH."

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE HAVE THE EFFECT OF INCREASING THE MAXIMUM FINES BY TENFOLD, FROM THE PREVIOUS LEVEL OF $1,000 TO $10,000, FOR SUCH ILLEGAL MARKETING ACTIVITIES, AND PRESCRIBING MORE STRINGENT CONTROL OVER THE LANDING AND TRANSPORT OF MARINE FISH.

SPEAKING AT THE FMO ANNUAL PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY HELD AT THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET, DR LEE SAID THE FMO HAD ALSO REVIEWED THE OPERATION OF INDIVIDUAL MARKETS TO STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT AND INCREASE EFFICIENCY.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1988

APART FROM SUITABLY ADJUSTING THE BUSINESS HOURS OF INDIVIDUAL MARKETS TO MEET OPERATIONAL NEEDS, THE FMO CONTINUED TO DEVOTE IIS EFFORT TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND REPROVISIONING OF THE MARKETS.

HE SAID THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE NEW MARKET IN KWUN TONG WAS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY AND IT WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED NEXT MONTH.

HE ADVISED FISHERMEN TO ABIDE BY THE MARINE FISH (MARKETING) ORDINANCE AND SELL ALL THEIR CATCHES THROUGH THE FMO FISH MARKETS.

REVIEWING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FISHING INDUSTRY IN THE PAST YEAR. DR LEE SAID: "THE WEATHER WAS GENERALLY FAVOURABLE FOR FISHING. THE SUPPLY OF FUEL OIL WAS STEADY WHILE THE PRICES FOR FISH WERE QUITE SATISFACTORY.

"THESE FACTORS HAVE HELPED TO SUSTAIN FISHERMEN'S CONFIDENCE IN THE INDUSTRY, RESULTING IN THEIR CONTINUAL INVESTMENT IN BUILDING NEW FISHING VESSELS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OFFSHORE FISHERIES INDUSTRY."

THE LANDINGS OF FISHERMEN IN 1987 IN THE FMO FISH MARKETS REMAINED AT THE 1986 LEVEL, TOTALLING 68,000 TONNES VALUED AT $193 MILLION, HE SAID.

DR LEE ALSO SPOKE OF OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY HIS DEPARTMENT TO HELI’ DEVELOP THE FISHING FLEET AND HELP FISHERMEN INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY.

"OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS, 102 LOANS TOTALLING $17.5 MILLION WERE ISSUED FROM THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION LOAN FUND AND THE OTHER LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT," HE SAID.

DR LEE SAID HIS DEPARTMENT ALSO PROVIDED FISHERMEN WITH VOCATIONAL TRAINING COURSES ON NAVIGATION, ENGINEERING AND RADIO-TELEPHONY TO ASSIST THEM TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS.

"TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF THE FISHERMEN, TRAINING COURSES ON FIRST AID AND DIVING SAFETY WERE ORGANISED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE, THE HONG KONG UNDERWATER FEDERATION, AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT," HE SAID.

TO DATE, MORE THAN 5,900 FISHERMEN HAD ATTENDED VARIOUS TRAINING COURSES.

AND

AND

LAST YEAR, THE FMO AWARDED $81,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS LOANS FROM THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO FOUR STUDENTS FISHERMEN CHILDREN AND SPONSORED NINF FISHERMEN TO STUDY THE FISHING

INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIA.

/AT THE........

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1?88

AT THE CEREMONY, DR LEE PRESENTED PRIZES TO 26 FISHERMEN WHO LANDED THE TOP CATCHES IN THE FMO WHOLESALE MARKETS LAST YEAR.

SEVEN OF THEM WERE ALSO AWARDED THE TITLES OF CHAMPION FISHERMEN OF THE YEAR. THEY ARE MR LO LEUNG-WING, MR LAI KAU, MR CHOW CHE-KONG, MR WONG FOOK, MR LAU KAM-FAI, MR WONG KWONG-WAH AND MR NG CHUEN-HEE.

CERTIFICATES WERE ALSO PRESENTED TO SIX OTHER FISHERMEN FOR THEIR BRAVE DEEDS IN SAVING 18 PEOPLE AT SEA, AND TO 10 GRADUATES OF A FISHERMEN NAVIGATION TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

AN AMENDMENT BILL CONTAINING PROPOSALS THAT WILL ENABLE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY HAS BEEN GAZETTED TODAY FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION.

THE HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 INTRODUCES AMENDMENTS IN RESPECT OF THE AUTHORITY’S MEMBERSHIP, ITS GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES, AND ITS FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY THE OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY IT NEEDS TO IMPLEMENT THE LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY.

THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE FOR THE ASSETS AND LIABILITIES ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP FUND TO BF. HANDED OVER TO THE AUTHORITY ON APRIL I, 1988.

THE AUTHORITY WOULD ALSO BE GIVEN WIDER FINANCIAL POWERS NECESSARY TO ENABLE IT TO LEND MONEY UNDER THE NEW HOME PURCHASE LOAN SCHEME.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC OFFICERS ON THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FROM SEVEN TO FOUR AND THE APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER WHO IS NOT A PUBLIC' OFF I ('ER TO BE ('HAIRMAN OF THE AUTHORITY ON APRIL I, 1988.

ALTHOUGH SOME PUBLIC SERVICE STAFF WILL BE RE-ASSIGNED, THERE WILL BE NO SIGNIFICANT VARIATION IN THE NUMBER OF STAFF EMPLOYED.

THE BILL HAS NO OTHER PUBLIC EXPENDITURE IMPLICATIONS ASIDE FROM HIE TRANSFER OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP FUND. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL WILL NOT AFFECT GOVERNMENT’S POLICY CONTROL OVER THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME.

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES INCREASED

» « ♦ »

THE ANNUAL INTEREST RATE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES WILL BE INCREASED TO 2.76 PER CENT (TAX FREE) FROM FEBRUARY 20 THIS YEAR AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 2.04 PER CENT (TAX FREE), THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE INCREASE WAS PUBLISHED IN A NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE YESTERDAY.

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE $0.23 PER MONTH PER $100. INTEREST WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETE MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

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

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 20.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE FEBRUARY 20 WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS:-

t 4.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR AFTER APRIL 3 1986 ; CERTIFICATES , 1986, AND ISSUED ON BEFORE MAY OR 14 ,

* 4.08 PER CENT PER ANNUM AFTER MAY 1986; FOR 1 4 , CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON 1986, AND BEFORE AUGUST OR 19,

t 3.36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR AFTER AUGUST 19, 1987; CERTIFICATES 19, 1986, AND ISSUED BEFORE ON OR JANUARY

2.52 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR

AFTER JANUARY 19, 1987, AND BEFORE MARCH 4, 1987;

» 3 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR

AFTER MARCH 4, 1987, AND BEFORE APRIL 9, 1987 ;

3.36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR

AFTER APRIL 9, 1987, AND BEFORE JUNF 4, 1987 ;

A 5.84 PER CENT...........

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1988

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l 3.84 PER CENT

4.32 PER CENT

> th A <4 ■. »

» 5.28 PER CENT

* 4.32 PER CENT

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 4, 1987, AND BEFORE JUNE 24, 1987;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 24, 1987, AND BEFORE OCTOBER 14, 1987; • •

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 14, 1987, AND BEFORE

OCTOBER 28, 1987;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 28, 1987, AND BEFORE

OCTOBER 30, 1987;

3.24 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR

AFTER OCTOBER 30, 1987, AND BEFORE

DECEMBER 2, 1987;

t 3 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR

AFTER DECEMBER 2, 1987, DECEMBER 9, 1987; AND AND BEFORE

« 2.04 PER CENT

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 9, 1987, AND BEFORE FEBRUARY 20, 1988.

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER

INTEREST CEASES TO FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

FOR EXAMPLE, $1,000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON FEBRUARY 22, 1988; MARCH 22, 1988; AND APRIL 22, 1988 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON MAY 21, 1988, WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

ON $1,000, FROM FEBRUARY 22 TO MAY 21, =6.90

THREE COMPLETE MONTHS AT $2.30 PER MONTH

ON $1,000, FROM MARCH 22 TO MAY 21, =4.60

TWO COMPLETE MONTHS AT $2.30 PER MONTH

ON $1,000, FROM APRIL 22 TO MAY 21, = 2.30

ONE COMPLETE MONTH AT $2.30 PER MONTH

$13.80

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16,

1988

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REMINDER ON FOOD HYGIENE

*****

WITH THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS BEGINNING TOMORROW, THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED TO OBSERVE THE PRACTICE OF GOOD PERSONAL AND FOOD HYGIENE, ESPECIALLY IF TRAVELLING TO COUNTRIES WHERE HEPATITIS A IS ENDEMIC.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR S.H. LEE, TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN THE CONSUMPTION OF CERTAIN TYPES OF FOOD, PARTICULARLY SHELLFISH, FROM UNCLEAN WATERS, WHICH MAY BE A MEANS FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF HEPATITIS A.

"SUCH FOOD SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY CLEANSED, WASHED AND PROPERLY COOKED BEFORE CONSUMPTION," DR LEE SAID.

THE PUBLIC ARE ALSO ADVISED TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING HYGIENE RULES:

* WASH HANDS BEFORE MEALS AND AFTER VISITING THE TOILETS;

* ENSURE ALL FOOD IS PROPERLY WASHED AND COOKED BEFORE CONSUMPTION;

« AVOID BUYING FOOD FROM UNLICENSED FOOD PLACES OR HAWKERS OR DOUBTFUL SOURCES;

* ENSURE THAT DRINKING WATER IS BOILED.

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PROPOSED BRIDGE WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO VILLAGES

*****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A TWO-WAY VEHICULAR BRIDGE ACROSS TAI PO ROAD IN KIU TAU TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE VILLAGES OF KIU TAU, KAU LUNG HANG, YUEN LENG AND TAI WO.

AT PRESENT, THERE IS ONLY ONE ACCESS TO THESE VILLAGES LOCATED IN THE VALLEY BETWEEN WO HOP SHEK AND HONG LOK YUEN, NORTH OF TAI PO.

THE WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE, ABOUT SEVEN METRE WIDE, AND ASSOCIATED ROADWORKS TO CATER FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

/ALL EXISTING

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1988

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ALL EXISTING ACCESS POINTS TO AND FROM TAI PO ROAD AND TRAFFIC ALONG THE EXISTING ONE-WAY ACCESS ROAD AND TAI WO SERVICE ROAD WEST WILL BE MAINTAINED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START IN AUGUST THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1989.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (TUESDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TAI PO, FIRST FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES; AND AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE APRIL 16.

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HEIGHT RELAXATION FOR NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL CRANES

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TO ENABLE THE OWNER OF INSTAL NEW CRANES IN APRIL, APPROVAL FOR THE HEIGHT LIMIT LIMIT IS 97.53 METRES.

KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL 6 TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS GIVEN FOR THE TERMINAL TO BE RELAXED. THE NEW

THE NEW TERMINAL

IS DUE TO OPEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, SAID, "THE REIAXATION IS NECESSARY AS THE LATEST GENERATION OF CONTAINER SHIPS BEING WIDER, REQUIRE LONGER CRANES FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING.

THE EXISTING BASIC HEIGHT LIMIT FOR KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL IS 60.96 METRES.

THE NEW (TUESDAY) UNDER (CONSOLIDATION)

HEIGHT LIMIT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY THE HONG KONG AIRPORT (CONTROL OF OBSTRUCTIONS) (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1988.

THE ORDER WILL ALSO PERMIT SIMILAR CRANES TO BE ERECTED ON THE NEW TERMINAL 7 SITE WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COME INTO OPERATION IN 1991.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 6-8428777

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FUNDING APPROVAL FOR NEW FOUNDATION ........................ 1

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY IN HONG KONG 1

LIAISON TEAMS BUSY VISITING FARMS .......................... 2

MORE WORKERS TO UNDERGO HEARING TESTS ...................... 3

MORE MaDE USE OF CNTA'S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE ............. 4

SKILLS CENTRE FOR DISABLED IN TUEN MUN ..................... 6

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1988 1

FUNDING APPROVAL FOR NEW FOUNDATION * » » « *

HIE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS RECENTLY APPROVED A COMMITMENT OF $30 MILLION TOWARDS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

AN EQUIVALENT SUM FOR Till- FOUNDATION COMES FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF THE 1986 ROYAL VISIT GOLD COIN ISSUE.

THE FOUNDATION, WHEN ESTABLISHED, WILL COMPLEMENT THE GOVERNMENT’S EXISTING PROGRAMME FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AND WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO IMPROVE CARE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

THE DECISION TO F.'i I 1SH THE FOUNDATION TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE NATURE AND PERVASIVENESS OF THE DISABILITY AND THE FACT THAT MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PF.< "LE REQUIRE A WIDER RANGE OF SERVICES THAN DO

OTHER

DISABILITY GRO<

EVEN THOUGH A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, THERE ARE STILL SHORTFALLS IN THE VARIOUS STANDARD PROVISIONS OFFERED.

PROPOSED THAT THE INCOME OF THE FOUNDATION WILL BE SPENT A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES WHICH WOULD INCLUDE RESEARCH ON HIE EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF THE MENTALLY

IT IS

ON FUNDING ACTIVITIES

HANDICAPPED.

THEY WOULD ALSO INCLUDE HOME-BASED OR COMMUNITY-BASED REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR THE MORE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED AND THOSE WITHOUT IMMEDIATE POST-SCHOOL PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

THE TRAINING OF REHABILITATION WORKERS AND LAUNCHING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMES TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING AND POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WOULD ALSO PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN

THE PROGRAMME.

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY IN HONG KONG * » * t ♦

NEXT MONTH

PROPERTY -

HONG KONG IS TO HOST A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL GATHERING ON THE PROTECTION OF AN IMPORTANT FORM OF INTELLECTUAL INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY.

ECONOMIC LANE HOTEL FROM AROUND

THE SYMPOSIUM ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT TO TAKE PLACE AT THE PARK MARCH 2 TO 4, HAS ALREADY RECEIVED REGISTRATIONS

AND FROM

THE

WORLD.

/THE GATHERING

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1988

THE GATHERING IS ORGANISED BY THE WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANISATION (WIPO) AND THE JAPANESE PATENT OFFICE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THE SITING OF THE CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG WAS AN INDICATION OF THE TERRITORY’S INTERNATIONAL STANDING AS A PLACE WHERE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WERE PROTECTED IN THE MARKETPLACE, SAID MR BERTRAND DE SPEVILLE, WHO IS CO-ORDINATING THE ASSISTANCE BEING GIVEN BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

WIPO IS ONE OF 16 SPECIALISED AGENCIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM OF ORGANISATIONS AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONSISTS OF TWO MAIN BRANCHES INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY, CHIEFLY IN INVENTIONS, TRADEMARKS, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS AND APPELLATIONS OF ORIGIN; AND COPYRIGHT.

THE FIR.' DAY OF THE SYMPOSIUM WILL BE DEVOTED TO THE NATIONAL MANAGEMENT OF I tiUSTRIAL PROPERTY SYSTEMS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE SECOND DAY WILL BE DEVOTED TO THE EFFECTIVE USE OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY BY THE ENTERPRISE SECTOR AND THE LAST DAY WILL DEAL WITH EMERGING AREAS OF IMPORTANCE IN THE FIELD OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING THE PROTECTION AND LICENSING OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMES AND INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND OF BIOTECHNOLOGY.

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LIAISON TEAMS BUSY VISITING FARMS t « * »

THE THREE LIAISON TEAMS SET UP BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TO HELP SMOOTH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME HAVE BEEN BUSY.

A TOTAL OF 300 PIG AND POULTRY FARMS HAVE BEEN VISITED SINi E THE TEAMS WERE FORMED IN DECEMBER.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR LEO KWAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT IN ADDITION TO LIVESTOCK FARMS IN TOLO AREA, ANGLER’S BEACH AND MUI WO, WHICH WOULD BE PUT UNDER CONTROL IN MID-1988, FARMS IN YUEN LONG AND NORTH DISTRICT HAVE ALSO BEEN VISITED.

THE VISITING PROGRAMME FOR THE LIAISON TEAMS WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE FARMS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INCLUDING REMOTE AREAS, WERE VISITED, MR KWAN SAID.

/LIVESTOCK REARING .......

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1988

LIVESTOCK REARING BODIES WERE ALSO VISITED AND VIEWS WERE EXCHANGED WITH OPERATORS.

DURING EACH VISIT. LIAISON OFFICERS EXPLAINED TO THE FARMS IN DETAIL THE WASTE CONTROL SCHEME, EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE ARRANGEMENTS, SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF ASSISTANCE, HE SAID.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS WERE ALSO DISTRIBUTED

A SERIES OF VISITS TO THE GOVERNMENT'S EXPERIMENTAL FARM AT TA KWU LING AND SEMINARS ON THE WASTE CONTROL SCHEME AND WASTE TREATMENT METHODS HAD BEEN ORGANISED FOR FARMERS, MR KWAN WENT ON.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WERE INVITED TO BRIEF THE FARMERS.

MR KWAN ALSO NOTED THAT THE TELEPHONE HOT-LINES, SET UP LAST MONTH IN CONNECTION WITH THE WASTE CONTROL SCHEME, WERE WELL PATRONISED.

THE THREE HOT-LINES - IN THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE - HAD RECEIVED OVER 120 ENQUIRIES.

OF THESE, ABOUT 40 WERE IN RELATION TO THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES. OTHER CALLS INCLUDED ENQUIRIES ABOUT DETAILS OF THE CONTROL SCHEME AND IMPLEMENTATION DATES.

THE THREE TELEPHONE HOT-LINES ARE: CNTA HEADQUARTERS. 3-7241771; YUEN LONG LIAISON OFFICE, 0-792261 EXT. 186; AND NORTH LIAISON OFFICE, 0-6754664.

MORE WORKERS TO UNDERGO HEARING TESTS ♦ t » * ♦

MORE THAN 350 FACTORY WORKERS HAVE UNDERGONE AUDIOMETRIC TESTS UNDER THE CURRENT HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAMME WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COVER ABOUT 600 WORKERS FROM 30 FACTORIES.

THE YEAR-LONG PROGRAMME IS BEING ORGANISED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG BY THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

IT INVOLVES MEASURING THE HEARING OF WORKERS AS WELL AS NOISE LEVELS IN THE WORKPLACES OF SIX NOISE-PRONE INDUSTRIES.

/OF THE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1^88

OF THE WORKERS TESTED, 176 WERE FROM THE TEXTILES, 96 FROM THE SHIPBUILDING/SHIP REPAIRING, 43 FROM THE CONSTRUCTION AND 42 FROM THE METAL INDUSTRIES. WORKERS IN THE ELECTRONICS AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES WILL ALSO BE TESTED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID NO SEVERE CASES OR LOSS OF HEARING HAD SO FAR BEEN DETECTED BUT THE FINAL RESULTS WOULD NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL THE PROGRAMME ENDED IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

HE CALLED ON FACTORY PROPRIETORS AND WORKERS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF HEARING LOSS DUE TO INDUSTRIAL NOISE.

"IF THE PROPRIETOR OF AN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING FINDS THAT THERE MAY BE A PROBLEM IN ANY PART OF HIS WORKPLACE, HE SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO MEASURE THE NOISE LEVEL,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HE CAN ALSO REQUEST THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTME: r FOR ASSISTANCE.”

UNDER THE CURRENT HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAMME, SEVERE CASES OF LOSS OF HEARING DISCOVERED IN THE COURSE OF FACTORY VISITS WILL BE REFERRED TO THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL FOR ASSESSMENT.

THE COST OF THE PROGRAMME, ESTIMATED AT $200,000, IS FUNDED BY THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS.

THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH UNIT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEASURING THE ACUITY OF WORKERS.

THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION IS TO ARRANGE APPROPRIATE INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS FOR THE PROGRAMME, CONDUCT NOISE SURVEYS AND GIVE ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS TO FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO REDUCE THE NOISE LEVELS IN THEIR WORKPLACES.

AT THE END OF THE PROGRAMME, A REPORT WILL BE COMPILED AND FORWARDED TO THE RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR REFERENCE.

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MORE MADE USE OF CNTA’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE » » * * ♦

THE 67 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) HANDLED 6,463,000 CASES LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING A 6.1 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE FIGURE FOR 1986.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID THE 67 CENTRES, LOCATED CONVENIENTLY AT THE 19 DISTRICT OFFICES AND THEIR SUB-OFFICES AS WELL AS AT THE ADMINISTRATION'S HEADQUARTERS IN TSIM SHA TSUI, PROVIDED A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

/THE SERVICES........

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1988 i

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THE SERVICES AVAILABLE INCLUDED ANSWERING GENERAL ENQUIRIES, ADMINISTERING DECLARATIONS, ADVISING ON SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, HANDLING SIMPLE COMPLAINTS AGAINST GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, RENDERING ASSISTANCE IN SOLVING PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND ARRANGING REFERRALS FOR COMPLICATED CASES WHICH REQUIRED LEGAL AND EXPERT ADVICE, HE SAID.

DURING 1987, THE MOST COMMON ENQUIRIES CONCERNED GOVERNMENT JOB VACANCIES; LOCATIONS, TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND OPENING HOURS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES; PROCUREMENT OF POSTERS, PAMPHLETS, FORMS AND CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS; DECLARATION/ OATH/AFFIRMATION; AND ISSUES RELATED TO EMIGRATION AND OVERSEAS VISITS, HE ADDED.

ON THE NUMBER OF DECLARATIONS, OATHS AND AFFIRMATIONS ADMINISTERED BY THE CENTRES, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF 46.6 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

OF THE 733,000 CASES HANDLED DURING 1987, 42 PER CENT WERE DECLARATION OF TRUE COPIES OF DOCUMENTS. THE OTHERS WERE MAINLY IN RELATION TO EDUCATION AND EXAMINATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS.

HE SAID UNDER THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME, A TOTAL OF 2,945 CASES WERE HANDLED BY THE HONG KONG LAW SOCIETY IN 1987 OF WHICH 2,933 CASES WERE REFERRED TO THE SOCIETY BY CNTA. SOME 273 CASES WERE SUBSEQUENTLY REFERRED TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE.

DURING THE YEAR, 17,152 PEOPLE APPROACHED THE RENT OFFICERS FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WHO WERE ON DUTY AT 13 DISTRICT OFFICES - 10 IN THE URBAN AREA AND THREE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES - FOR ADVICE ON RENTAL AND TENANCY PROBLEMS.

APART FROM THE ABOVE SERVICES, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES ALSO HELPED TO DISTRIBUTE GOVERNMENT FORMS, LEAFLETS, POSTERS, CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENTS AND OTHER PUBLICITY MATERIALS.

ABOUT 9,763,000 FORMS AND OTHER INFORMATION MATERIALS WERE DISTRIBUTED LAST YEAR, 17.6 PER CENT OF WHICH WERE APPLICATION FORMS FOR GOVERNMENT VACANCIES, REGISTRATION AS AN ELECTOR, HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT COMPETITIONS AND ACTIVITIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ANYONE WHO WISHED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE VARIOUS SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THESE CENTRES COULD APPROACH THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SECTION AT CNTA HEADQUARTERS, 13TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, HARBOUR CITY, 7 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON, OR TELEPHONE 3-692255.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1988

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SKILLS CENTRE FOR DISABLED IN TUEN MUN

*****

A SKILLS CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED IS TO BE BUILT IN TUEN MUN AREA 16 OPPOSITE YAU 01 ESTATE, CATERING FOR ALL CATEGORIES OF DISABILITY.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $7.6 MILLION PILING CONTRACT FOR THE CENTRE, WHICH WILL BE SITUATED ON A 5,000 SQUARE METRE RECLAIMED SITE.

PILING WORK WILL START BY THE END OF THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS.

WORK ON BUILDING THE FIVE-STOREY SUPERSTRUCTURE WILL THEN BEGIN UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT AND THE CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO BE READY BY MID-1990.

FACILITIES INCLUDE 15 DORMITORIES, OFFICES, THREE LIFTS, TECHNICAL AID A‘ D REPAIR WORKSHOP, AUDIO VISUAL ROOM, LIBRARY, FOUR CLASSROOMS, KITCHEN, CANTEEN, TOILETS, CHANGING ROOMS, COURTYARD, BASKETBALL COURT AND TWO VOLLEYBALL COURTS.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE DISABLED AGED OVER 15, WHO HAVE COMPLETED NINE YEARS OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION.

THE TRADES COMPRISE CARPENTRY, PAINTING AND SIGN-WRITING AND DECORATION, METAL WORK, INDUSTRIAL SEWING, GARMENT MAKING, OFFSET PRINTING, ELECTRONICS, INDUSTRIAL ARTS, AND OFFICE MACHINE PRACTICE.

THE CENTRE WILL HAVE A CAPACITY OF 300 TRAINING PLACES INCLUDING 150 BOARDING PLACES TO BE ACCOMMODATED TN THE DORMITORIES.

THE AIM OF BOARDING PLACES IS TO PROVIDE TRAINEES WITH ADDITIONAL TRAINING IN SOCIAL SKILLS AND OTHER EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

THE SKILLS CENTRE WILL CATER FOR THE DISABLED LIVING IN THE NORTHWEST AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1988

CONTENTS Page no.

ENGLISH HOTLINE ON HEPATITIS A ............................. 1

PEFMITS FOR ELECTION ADVERTISING ON PLB'S, TaXIS............ 1

DISTRICT OFFICE GEARS UP FOR ELECTIONS...................... 2

HK STUDENTS WIN AWARDS IN WORLD aRT EXHIBITION...........

ENTRIES INVITED FOR NORTH DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY RACE ....... 5

ROADS .IND DRAINS TO BE BUILT IN TUEN MUN ..................

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1988

ENGLISH HOTLINE ON HEPATITIS A

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS TODAY (FRIDAY) SET UP ANOTHER 24-HOUR HOTLINE ON HEPATITIS A, TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE DISEASE TO THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PUBLIC.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8383232.

CALLERS WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR A TAPED MESSAGE OF ABOUT FIVE MINUTES ON THE NATURE AND SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE, ITS MODE OF TRANSMISSION AND THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN AGAINST IT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD EARLIER SET UP A HOTLINE -- 5-8330111 — WHICH PROVIDES INFORMATION IN CHINESE.

THE CHINESE HOTLINE HAS BEEN RECEIVING MORE THAN 200 CALLS DAILY.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO STEPPED UP ITS EDUCATION PROGRAMMES ON HEPATITIS A.

THE VARIOUS MEASURES INCLUDE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST (API’S) ON TELEVISION AND RADIO, PRINTING OF LEAFLETS AND THE DISPLAY OF POSTERS FOR TRAVELLERS AT ALL EXIT AND ENTRY POINTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE DISEASE DURING THE LUNAR HOLIDAY PERIOD.

"IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO OBSERVE FOOD AND PERSONAL HYGIENE AT ALL TIMES, BE IT AT HOME OR ABROAD," HE SAID.

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PERMITS FOR ELECTION ADVERTISING ON PLB’S, TAXIS * * * *

CANDIDATES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ARE REMINDED THAT PERMITS HAVE TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR POSTING POSTERS OR PUBLICITY MATERIALS ON TAXIS AND PUBLIC | IGHT BUSES DURING THE ELECTION PERIOD, UNLESS THE VEIIh LI-' OWNERS ARE ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF AN ADVERTISEMENT PERMIT

PERMITS WILL Bl- ISSUED FREE TO OWNERS OF VEHICLES CONCERNED. SUBJECT TO THE CONDITION THAT ONLY ELECTION POSTERS (’AN BE EXHIBITED. THESE PERMITS WILL EXPIRE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ELECTIONS.

APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH PERMITS ' -V- Bl- MADE TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S PUBLIC SERVICE VIIIHLE SECTION.

/"ANY EXPENSES .......

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“ANY EXPENSES INCURRED BY THE ('ANDI DATES IN RELATION TO THE PLACING OF POSTERS ON OR IN TAXIS AND PLlf’S SHOULD BE COUNTED AS THE CANDIDATES’ EXPENSES,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID.

ACCORDING TO A SET OF GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, ALL ADVERTISING IN PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES SHOULD BE LEGAL, PROPER, HONEST AND TRUTHFUL. IT ALSO COVERED THE METHOD OF DISPLAYING ADVERTISING MATERIALS ON THE EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PARTS

OF PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES.

THE GUIDELINES DO NOT ONLY APPLY DURING THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION PERIOD BUT GOVERN ADVERTISING ACTIVITIES IN TAXIS AND PLB’S AT ALL TIMES.

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DISTRICT OFFICE GEARS UP FOR ELECTIONS ♦ * * ♦ ♦

WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION DAY APPROACHING, STAFF OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE ARE BUSY WRAPPING UP ELECTION PUBLICITY MATERIALS TO BE SENT TO VOTERS.

THE PUBLICITY MATERIALS !NCLUDE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS, THE DISTRICT OFFICER’S APPEAL, AND NOTES TO REMIND VOTERS OF THE POLLING DATE, VOTING PROCEDURES AND LOCATIONS OF THE POLLING STATIONS.

"THE MAILING OF ELECTION MATERIALS IS ONLY PART OF THE PUBLICITY PACKAGE TO BOOST VOTER TURNOUT ON MARCH 10,” THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, SAID.

"ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SIX CONST ITUENCIES IN THE DISTRICT, ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN ONLY THREE OF THEM AS FIVE CANDIDATES FROM THE OTHER THREE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPPOSED.

"ON POLLING DAY, 10 CANDIDATES WILL VIE FOR FIVE SEATS IN THE MONG KOK EAST, WEST AND TAI KOK TSUI AREAS. AND I HOPE REGISTERED VOTERS WILL EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHT TO CHOOSE REPRESENTATIVES TO THE DISTRICT BOARD,” SHE SAID.

EXPLAINING THE PUBLICITY STRATEGIES, MRS FUNG SAID EFFORTS WILL FOCUS FOCUSED ON THE THREE CONSTITUENCIES WHERE ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD.

MEANWHILE, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF MEMBERS ARE CONDUCTING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS TO MORE THAN 40,000 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE THREE CONSTITUENCIES TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO VOTE AND TO EXPLAIN POLLING PROCEDURES.

/AN EXHIBITION

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AN EXHIBITION IS BEING HELD AT THE SYCAMORE ART GALLERY AND ANOTHER WILL BE STAGED AT THE MTR MONG KOK STATION FROM MARCH 3 TO 9 TO PUBLICISE THE ELECTIONS.

APART FROM ELECTION INFORMATION, THE EXHIBITIONS GIVE A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, THE DUTIES AND STRUCTURES OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, AS WELL AS THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD’S ACHIEVEMENTS.

"TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE RESIDENTS ARE AWARE OF THE ELECTIONS, A BROADCASTING VAN WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT ON AND BEFORE POLLING DAY.

"TO FOSTER AN ELECTION ATMOSPHERE, PUBLICITY POSTERS ARE PUT UP THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT AND BUNTING BEARING ELECTION SLOGANS IS MOUNTED ON LAMP POSTS ALONG THE MAJOR ROADS.

"NOTICE BOARDS AND DISTRICT OFFICE SHOW WINDOWS ARE ALSO BEING USED TO DISPLAY THE ELECTION MESSAGE," SHE SAID.

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UK STUDENTS WIN AWARDS IN WORLD ART EXHIBITION » » ♦ * *

TWELVE HONG KONG PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WON AWARDS, INCLUDING ONE GOLD METAL, ONE SILVER MEDAL AND ONE BRONZE MEDAL, FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ENTRIES IN THE 29TH WORLD SCHOOL CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION HELD IN SEOUL.

THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER IS 12-YEAR-OLD LEE WING-HO, OF TAK SUN SCHOOL.

HE WAS HONOURED FOR HIS PAINTING WHICH VIVIDLY CAPTURED THE MOTION OF WORKERS CONSTRUCTING A BUILDING.

HIS NINE-YEAR-OLD SCHOOL COLLEAGUE, KU MAN-TAT, WON A SILVER MEDAL FOR A PAINTING SHOWING A BUSY STREET.

TEN-YEAR-OLD CHAU KA-YAN, OF VICTORIA PARK SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, WAS AWARDED A BRONZE MEDAL FOR HER PAINTING BASED ON A RAINY DAY THEME.

THE REMAINING NINE ENTRIES WERE AWARDED EITHER CERTIFICATES FOR GOOD WORK OR CERTIFICATES FOR GOOD CHOICE OF SUBJECT.

THE COMPETITION IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, STRENGTHEN FRIENDSHIP AND ENCOURAGE ART EDUCATION THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF CHILDREN'S ART.

/THE EXHIBITION

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THE EXHIBITION ATTRACTED 9,880 ENTRIES FROM 60 COUNTRIES AND REGIONS AND 264 OF THE ENTRIES — INCLUDING THE 12 FROM HONG KONG TOGETHER WITH 48 BY KOREAN CHILDREN, WERE SELECTED FOR DISPLAY AT THE KOREA CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN SEOUL BETWEEN OCTOBER 10 AND DECEMBER 12 LAST YEAR.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS CALLED ON SCHOOL HEADS ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S WORLD CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION.

THE WORLD SCHOOL CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION (SEOUL) 1988, ORGANISED BY THE SEOUL OLYMPIC ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE YOOK YOUNG FOUNDATION, KOREA, WILL RE HELD IN SEOUL IN MAY.

SCHOOL CHILDREN AGED SIX TO 12 CAN PARTICIPATE. ENTRANTS CAN CHOOSE WHATEVER THEME THEY LIKE IN THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION.

ENTRIES IN THE FORMS OF DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, PRINT, COLLAGES, OR ANY OTHER TWO-DIMENSIONAL WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE APRIL 15. ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE INSPECTOR (ART AND CRAFT) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 110 SCHOOLS SENT IN A TOTAL OF 2,343 ENTRIES OF WHICH 57 WERE SUBSEQUENTLY SELECTED AND SENT TO SEOUL.

AWARD WINNERS FROM HONG KONG

AWARD WINNER AGE SCHOOL TITLE OF ENTRY

1. GOLD MEDAL A CERTIFICATE LEE WING-HO 12 TAK SUN SCHOOL BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION

2. SILVER MEDAL k CERTIFICATE KU MAN-TAT 9 TAK SUN SCHOOL A BUSY STREET

3 . BRONZE MEDAL A CERTIFICATE CHAN KA-YAN 10 VICTORIA PARK SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF A RAINY DAY

4 . CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD WORK KWAN LAI-SZE 9 TAI HANG TUNG PO ON COMMERCIAL ASSN. SCHOOL LANDSCAPE

5. » t LAU CHI-LEUNG 9 TAI HANG TUNG PO ON COMMERCIAL ASSN. SCHOOL A MUSIC LESSON

6 . » » HON NGA-LAI 10 HUNG HOM LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL (PM) PUBLIC HOUSING IN HONG KONG

/7. CERTIFICATE .......

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7. CERTIFICATE FOR WORK SELECTED CHOW TSE-KAI 12 FUK WING STREET GOVT. PRIMARY SCHOOL (AM) SINGING TOGETHER

8. SHEK CHI-WAI 8 F.M.O. SAM MUN TSAI NEW VILLAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL FISHING

9. LAM YUEN-CHUN 10 TAI HANG TUNG PO ON COMMERCIAL ASSN. SCHOOL A GAME

10. KWOK CHI-KWONG 10 LAM TIN METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL (AM) A VISIT TO THE DENTIST

11. WONG SIU-YAN 1 1 THE ROTARY CLUB OF H.K. ISLAND WEST MORNINGHOPE SCHOOL A GOOD CATCH

12. MACK SAU-FUN 11 YUEN LONG GOVT. PRIMARY SCHOOL (AM) 0 HUNG MING BORROWING THE ARROWS FROM THE ENEMY

ENTRIES INVITED FOR NORTH DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY RACE

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AMATEUR SPORTSMEN AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 60 ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A CROSS COUNTRY RACE TO BE HELD IN NORTH DISTRICT ON SUNDAY, MARCH 13.

THE RACE WILL BE DIVIDED INTO WOMEN'S AND MEN’S SECTIONS WITH WOMEN COVERING EIGHT KILOMETRES AND MEN COVERING 10 KILOMETRES.

IT IS OPEN TO COMPETITORS FROM THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

WOMEN WILL START THE RACE AT THE ENTRANCE TO PING CHE ROAD WHILE MEN WILL START AT SING PING PUBLIC SCHOOL IN TA KWU LING. THEY WILL ALL FINISH AT THE SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND IN SHEUNG SHUI.

ORGANISED BY THE SHEUNG SHUI SPORTS ASSOCIATION WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, THE RACE IS HELD ANNUALLY TO PROMOTE SPORT AND TO HELP BODY-BUILDING.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, MARCH 4. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE IN CHOI YUEN ESTATE, SHEUNG SHUI; THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES LOCATED IN SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEUNG SHUI AND IN CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANL1NG; AND THE SHEUNG SHUI SPORTS ASSOCIATION AT 47 FU HING STREET, SHEUNG SHUI.

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ROADS AND DRAINS TO BE BUILT IN TUEN MUN

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THE NEW TERRITORIES NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL BUILD ACCESS ROADS, AND ASSOCIATED STORMWATER AND FOUL DRAINAGE NEAR SIU HEI COURT, TUEN MUN, TO COPE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES THE FORMATION OF A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT RESERVE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE FOOTBRIDGE EXTENSIONS ACROSS IT TO PROVIDE PEDESTRIAN LINKS BETWEEN BUTTERFLY ESTATE AND SIU HEI COURT.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN APRIL AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON MARCH 11.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO LEAD HIGH-LEVEL TRADE MISSION TO JAPAN.............. 1

NEW SERVICES FOR THE HANDICAPPED ............................... 1

DB CANDIDATES FORUMS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN .................... 3

DB ELECTION FORUMS IN TSUEN WAN ................................ 5

MARATHON TO START SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL ................... 6

TUEN MUN SPRING RECEPTION ...................................... 7

EASTERN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION .............................. 7

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ADULT EDUCATION SUBVENTION ............ 8

RIGHT TURN BAN ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD.............................. 8

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1988

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GOVERNOR TO LEAD HIGH-LEVEL TRADE MISSION TO JAPAN i t ♦ » ♦

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT JAPAN FROM MARCH 9 TO 12 AS A GUEST OF THE JAPANESE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE HONG KONG/JAPAN BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WILSON AND BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, INCLUDING SIR S.Y. ('HUNG, MISS LYDIA DUNN, MR WILLIAM PURVES, MR THOMAS CLYDESDALE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, MR JACK TANG, MR JAMES WU, MR MARTIN BARROW, MR DENNIS TING, MR SETO FAI AND MR JACK SO.

THE MISSION WILL SPEND TWO DAYS IN TOKYO AND ONE DAY IN OSAKA. IN TOKYO, MISSION MEMBERS WILL ATTEND THE 11 TH JOINT PLENARY SESSION OF THE HONG KONG/JAPAN AND JAPAN/HONG KONG BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEES.

THEY WILL ALSO CALL ON SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND INFLUENTIAL JAPANESE BUSINESS LEADERS. THE GOVERNOR WILL DELIVER A KEY-NOTE ADDRESS AT A LUNCHEON RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE HONG KONG/JAPAN SOCIETY.

THE MISSION WILL TRAVEL TO OSAKA ON MARCH II TO ATTEND A MAJOR PROMOTION STAGED BY THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IN THE DAIMARU DEPARTMENT STORE, ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORES IN JAPAN.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WILL ATTEND A DINNER RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE COUNCIL AND THE DAIMARU STORE. A GALA FASHION SHOW FEATURING HONG KONG’S LATEST DESIGNS WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE DINNER.

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NEW SERVICES FOR THE H AND I ('A PPED * » ♦ ♦ *

SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED WILL BE IMPROVED THROUGH SEVERAL INITIATIVES TO BE INSTITUTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE FIRST OF THESE WILL BE THE INTRODUCTION OF A CENTRALISED COMPUTERISED SYSTEM NEXT MONTH TO HANDLE ALL REFERRALS AND PLACEMENTS FOR DAY AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR DISABLED ADULTS.

CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (REHABILITATION), MR LAU KA I-CHUEN, SAID: ’’THE SYSTEM WILL GIVE US A MORE ACCURATE PICTURE OF THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND SITUATION TO FACILITATE A MORE EFFICIENT UTILISATION OF THE EXISTING PROVISIONS AND BETTER PLANNING FOR FUTURE."

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AT PRESENT, REFERRALS AND PLACEMENTS FOR SHELTERED WORKSHOPS AND DAY ACTIVITY CENTRES ARE CO-ORDINATED AT DISTRICT LEVEL BY THE SWD’S REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY OFFICES WHILE ITS CENTRAL WAITING LIST UNIT HANDLES APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

"SUCH ARRANGEMENTS PRESENT A DISJOINTED P1CUTRE OF THE DEMAND, VACANCY AND PROVISION SITUATION.

"ALSO, DOUBLE OR EVEN MULTIPLE WAIT-LISTING CAN VERY WELL EXIST," MR LAU SAID.

MOREOVER, HE SAID, THESE ARRANGEMENTS DID NOT ALLOW FOR FREQUENT UPDATING OF THE CHANGING NEEDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF APPLICANTS, TO EFFECT A CHANGE OF "QUEUE" FROM ONE SERVICE TO ANOTHER WHEN NECESSARY.

"IN FUTURE, THERE WILL BE ONE CENTRALISED UNIT TO HANDLE REFERRALS AND PLACEMENTS FOR DAY SERVICES ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS AND ON THE BASIS OF NEED FOR RESIDENTIAL SERVICES, THUS ELIMINATING THE SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM," MR LAU SAID.

"FURTHERMORE, UNIFORMITY IN REFERRAL PROCEDURES AND ADMISSION CRITERIA WILL BE ADOPTED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITH PRIORITY FOR URGENT REFERRALS ON THE BASIS OF NEED."

ALSO COMING INTO OPERATION, IN APRIL, WILL BE A RESPITE SERVICE TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MEMBERS SHORT-TERM RELIEF FROM THE CONSTANT STRAIN IN THEIR CARING DUTIES.

"IT IS GENERALLY RECOGNISED THAT FAMILIES WITH A MENTALLY OR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED MEMBER ARE UNDER PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PRESSURE IN TAKING ('ARE OF THE IF? LIFE-LONG DEPENDANTS," MR LAU SAID.

"THE RESPITE SERVICE AIMS TO ENABLE THESE FAMILIES TO TAKE A BREAK ON A SHORT-TERM BASIS, TO TAKE A REST OR TO ATTEND TO OTHER MATTERS WHICH REQUIRE THEIR ATTENTION."

INITIALLY, TWO PLACES WILL BE RESERVED IN THE SWD’S CHEUNG HONG HOSTEL IN TSI NG YI FOR RUNNING THIS PILOT PROJECT.

FAMILIES WILL BE ABLE TO PLACE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MEMBERS, AGED 16 AND OVER, IN THE HOSTEL THROUGH REFERRAL BY THE DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES OR MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE UNITS.

ADMISSION WILL BE ON AN ADVANCE BOOKING SYSTEM, ON FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. THE DURATION OF THE RESPITE PERIOD CAN BE FROM ONE DAY TO TWO WEEKS.

ANOTHER PROJECT IN THE PIPELINE IS PROVISION OF HOME-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED SCHOOL LEAVERS AWAITING POST-SCHOOL PLACEMENTS.

/MR LAU........

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1988

MR LAU SAID THAT DUE TO THE LONG WAITING TIME AND INSUFFICIENT PLACES IN BOTH DAY AND RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, THERE WAS THE DANGER OF THESE STUDENTS RETAINING VALUABLE SPECIAL SCHOOL PLACES BECAUSE POST-SCHOOL PLACEMENTS WERE NOT FORTHCOMING.

”FURTHERMORE, WHAT THEY HAD LEARNT IN THE SPECIAL SCHOOLS MIGHT BE LOST DURING THE WAITING TIME AT HOME, THUS AFFECTING THEIR OPPORTUNITY IN FUTURE PLACEMENT,” HE ADDED.

THE HOME-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMMES WILL BE PROVIDED TO APPLICANTS ON WAITING LISTS.

"WE ARE CONSIDERING SETTING UP FOUR TEAMS OF TRAINING STAFF AND EACH CLIENT WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A NUMBER OF HOURS OF TRAINING PER WEEK UNTIL SUCH TIME WHEN A PLACEMENT AWAITED IS AVAILABLE," MR LAU SAID.

DISCUSSIONS WERE BEING HELD WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CONCERNING DETAILS OF THE SCHEME, HE ADDED.

MR LAU SAID THAT THIS WAS A STOP-GAP MEASURE AND HE BELIEVED THAT SUCH PROGRAMMES WOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED IN TWO TO THREE YEARS’ TIME WHEN MORE FACILITIES BECAME AVAILABLE TO MEET IDENTIFIED NEEDS.

ON FINANCIAL ASPECTS, A HIGHER DISABILITY ALLOWANCE, AT $1,120 PER MONTH, WILL BE PAYABLE FROM APRIL I THIS YEAR TO DISABLED PEOPLE AGED 60 AND OVER AND WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING CONSTANT CARE IN A GOVERNMENT OR SUBVERTED INSTITUTION.

THIS IS TO ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AFTER THEIR SEVERELY DISABLED MEMBERS BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, TO PROVIDE THEM WITH SOME RELIEF.

THIS HIGHER DISABILITY ALLOWANCE WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER OTHER AGE GROUPS BY PHASES IN THE COMING YEARS, WITH FULL IMPLEMENTATION SET AT 1990-91.

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I)B CANDIDATES FORUMS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ♦ ♦ * * ♦

RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND DISTRICT BOARD (’AND I DATES FORUMS OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

THE I) ISTR ICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) ENCOURAGED RESIDENTS TO ATTEND THESE FORUMS WHICH WOULD GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO BEETER UNDERSTAND THE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS SO THAT THEY COULD VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO COULD BEST REPRESENT THEIR INTERESTS.

/MR LAM .......

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20t 1988

MR LAM ADDED THAT AT EACH EORUM, CONSIDERABLE RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS TO ASK CANDIDATES QUESTIONS.

TIME WOULD BE

THE SEVEN FORUMS, WHICH WILL ALL BEU IN VI 8 PM, ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND VENUES:

WILL BE HELD

CONSTITUENCY VENUE DATE

KENNEDY TOWN WEST YWCA, WESTERN DISTRICT FEBRUARY 26

AND MOUNT DAVTS SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, 9-15 VICTORIA ROAD. KENNEDY TOWN. (FRDIAY I

KENNEDY TOWN EAST ST LOUIS OLD BOYS’ COLLEGE. FEBRUARY 27

36-40 HILL ROAD. (SATURDAY)

SHEUNG WAN SHEUNG WAN BAPTIST CHURCH, MARCH 1

THIRD FLOOR, 136-138 BONHAM STRAND. (TUESDAY)

SAI YING PUN WEST WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY MARCH 2

CENTRE, THIRD FLOOR, WESTERN STREET. (WEDNESDAY)

Ml D-I.EVEI.S AND PEAK CARITAS RESTAURANT, HONG KONG MARCH 3

CARITAS, CAINE ROAD. (THURSDAY)

CHUNG WAN KING’S COLLEGE OLD BOYS* MARCH 4

ASSOCIATION PRIMARY SCHOOL, 58 BRIDGES STREET. (FRIDAY)

SAI YING PUN EAST WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY MARCH 5

CENTRE. THIRD FLOOR. WESTERN STREET. (SATURDAY)

MEANWHILE, BANNERS AND BUNTING ARE PUT UP THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT TO REMIND PEOPLE TO SUPPORT Till* DISTRICT BOARD ELK I IONS.

SHOW WINDOWS OF THE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICES COUNTERS AND SOME DISTRICT BOARD NOTICEBOARDS WERE POSTED WITH MAPS SHOWING THE BOUNDARIES OF EACH CONSTITUENCY AND THE LOCATIONS Ob THE POLLING STATIONS.

TWO TRAMS CARRYING SLOGANS URGING RESIDENTS TO CAST THEIR VOTES WILL TOUR THE DI STR I CT ON MARCH 9 AND ID. A VAN BROADCASTING THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THEME SONG AND ELECTION APPEALS WILL ALSO TOUR THE DISTRICT ON POLLING DAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FORUMS CANDIDATES IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DI STR I CT.

FOR DISTRICT BOARD

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1988

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DB ELECTION EORUMS IN TSUEN WAN ♦ t » » *

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SERIES OF FORUMS FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 22) FOR CANDIDATES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE FORUMS ARE

CONSECUTIVE EVENINGS TO

SCHEDULED TO BE HELD

INTRODUCE THE CANDIDATES

FROM 8 PM ON FIVE AND THEIR PLATFORMS

TO THE PUBLIC.

DETAILS OF THE FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE CONSTITUENCIES VENUE CANDIDATES

FEB. 22 EAST ( MON ) (SOUTH) LEI MUK SHUE COMMUNITY HALL, LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, TSUEN WAN YUEN LAI LAI-BING HO MOON CHAN YUEN-SUM

FEB. 23 WEST (THE) (NORTH) CHAT WAN KOK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, 2-10 ON YIN STREET, TSUEN WAN TAM TAI-ON FUNG YEE-LIN YEUNG FUK-KI

FIB. 24 CENTRAL (SOUTH) (WED) ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S SCHOOL., 60 HAM TIN STREET, TSUEN WAN CHEN YOH-WON CHEUNG SAU-UHING CHOW TIK-HIN ('HENG SIIIU-TA1

FEB. 25 CENTRAL (NORTH) (THU) LIU PO SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE, LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN, TSUEN WAN IP YEUNG FUK-LAN, CHRISTINE CHU YIN-LEUNG

FEB. 26 WEST ( FR 1 ) l (SOUTH) PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN CHEUNG CHUN-YAN CHAN CH I-TAT CHAN WAI-YIP

IN TSUEN THE DISTRICT’ CONSTITUENCIES WAN, THERE ARE 1« CANDIDATES VYING S SEVEN CONSTITUENCIES. THREE ARE UNCONTESTED. FOR 12 SEATS IN SEATS 1N TWO

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DB ELECTION FORUMS IN TSUEN WAN.

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MARATHON TO START SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL » » » » »

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL START WITH A NEW YEAR MARATHON TOMORROW (SUNDAY) MORNING BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY TAKES PLACE AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

THE MARATHON, BEGINNING AT 10 AM, WILL START FROM THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE AND FINISH AT THE SPORTS GROUND.

ABOUT 400 RUNNERS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART. THEY WILL RUN ALONG A 10-KILOMETRE ROUTE WHERE THEY CAN BOTH TEST THEIR PHYSICAL FITNESS AND ENJOY THE LOCAL SCENERY.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT NOON, AFTER THE MARATHON.

OFFICIATING Will, BE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; AND RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WAN-HEI.

A VARIETY SHOW, FEATURING SINGING AND DANCING BY ARTISTS FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WILL ALSO BE HELD IN THE EVENING AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL. IT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

MANY OTHER PROGRAMMES OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS UNTIL FEBRUARY 25. THESE PROGRAMMES INCLUDE A DISCO NIGHT. CARNIVALS, CANTONESE OPERA, SPORTS DAY AND FILM SHOWS.

ADMISSIONS TO THE PROGRAMMES, EXCEPT THE DISCO NIGHT, WILL BE FREE. TICKETS AND PAMPHLETS FOR THE FESTIVAL ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES AND THE RENNIE’S MILL SERVICE CENTRE.

THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED BY A PREPARATORY COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WITH THE AIM OF ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NEW YEAR MARATHON AND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL TOMORROW (SUNDAY). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE START OF THE MARATHON AT LADY MACLEHOSE VILLAGE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, NEXT TO STAR FERRY, AT 8.45 AM.

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TUEN MUN SPRING RECEPTION » » * * *

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A RECEPTION IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL RESTAURANT AT 4.30 PM ON FEBRUARY 22 (MONDAY) TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

HEADED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAU WONG-FAT, THE COMMITTEE COMPRISES MORE THAN 30 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND RURAL ASSOCIATIONS.

THE FUNCTION IS HELD ANNUALLY TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RURAL REPRESENTATIVES AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL RESTAURANT ON FEBRUARY 22 (MONDAY). IT WILL BEGIN AT 4.30 PM.

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EASTERN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION ♦ ♦ * ♦ »

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 22) IN THE CITYPLAZA PALACE RESTAURANT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF CITYPLAZA, TA I KOO SHING.

THE GATHERING WILL START AT 4.30 PM. THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. ('HAU, WILL JOIN THE RECEPTION AT 5 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1988

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ADULT EDUCATION SUBVENTION

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REGISTERED NON-PROFIT MAKING VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WHICH OPERATE COURSES TO COMPLEMENT OR SUPPLEMENT THE GOVERNMENT’S ACTIVITIES IN PROMOTING EDUCATION ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION FOR THE 1988-89 SCHOOL YEAR.

THE SUBVENTION SCHEME, NOW IN ITS NINTH YEAR OF OPERATION, COVERS MAINLY THE COST OF TEACHING, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLERICAL STAFF, BASIC TEACHING EQUIPMENT AND OFFICE EQUIPMENT, HIRE CHARGES FOR ACCOMMODATION AT THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT RATE, AND AN AMOUNT OF ABOUT $500 EACH QUARTER TO COVER TELEPHONE, WATER AND ELECTRICITY CHARGES.

ACTIVITIES ELIGIBLE FOR SUBVENTION INCLUDED COURSES TO IMPROVE BASIC LITERACY IN CHINESE; GENERAL EDUCATION FOR PARTICULAR GROUPS SUCH AS FACTORY WORKERS AND FISHERFOLK, INCLUDING RE-ORIENTATION TO LAND-BASED LIVING; AND RE-ORIENTATION AND CANTONESE LANGUAGE COURSES FOR NEWCOMERS TO HONG KONG FROM OTHER PARTS OF ASIA, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SCHEME ALSO COVERS JOB-ORIENTED COURSES; PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING; CAREERS EDUCATION; LABOUR EDUCATION INCLUDING LEGAL KNOWLEDGE; ADULT EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS; SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS; SOCIAL AND MORAL EDUCATION; AND ACTIVITIES IN GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS NOT COVERED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD REACH THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE APRIL 30.

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RIGHT TURN BAN ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD

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THE EXISTING RIGHT TURN FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD (YUEN LONG) WESTBOUND ON TO TUNG LOK STREET NORTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED TEMPORARILY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23) TO FACILITATE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING RIGHT TURN BAN FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD (YUEN LONG) WESTBOUND ON TO KIK YEUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND WILL BE LIFTED TO IMPROVE CIRCULATION OF THE TRAFFIC AFFECTED.

VEHICLES ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD (YUEN LONG) WESTBOUND HEADING FOR YUEN LONG TOWN NORTH CAN TRAVEL VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD, KIK YEUNG ROAD AND ON NING ROAD, OR CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG ON LOK ROAD, YUEN LONG TAI CHEUNG STREET, SAI TAI STREET AND ON NING ROAD.

ON THEIR YUEN LONG-BOUND JOURNEYS, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 36, 37, 38, 73, 75, 76 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD (YUEN LONG), KIK YEUNG ROAD, ON NING ROAD, SAU FU STREET AND TUNG LOK STREET.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 71, 72 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD (YUEN LONG), KIK YEUNG ROAD AND ON NING ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE SAFETY, LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS FINED........................ 1

PUBLICITY TO PROMOTE DB ELECTIONS ............................. 2

VACANT LAND PUT TO GOOD USE.................................... 3

’YAN YAT» PARTY FOR TAI PO ELDERLY...........................   4

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION.................. 5

NEW FIRE STATION FOR AP LEI CHAU.............................   5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH..................... 6

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1988

MORE SAFETY, LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS FINED « » » » *

THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND LABOUR LAWS LAST YEAR.

DURING 1987, 3,861 CASES RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS IN THE COURTS WITH TOTAL FINES OF MORE THAN $9 MILLION BEING IMPOSED ON OFFENDERS.

THESE FIGURES COMPARED WITH 3,486 CASES AND $6.6 MILLION IN FINES RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

OF THE CONVICTIONS LAST YEAR, 2,026 CONCERNED BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS WITH FINES AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN $6.5 MILLION.

CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS AND THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS ORDINANCE TOTALLED 1,661 (WITH $2.2 MILLION IN FINES) AND 138 (WITH $236,700 IN FINES) RESPECTIVELY.

OTHER CASES WERE RELATED TO THE EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR RELATIONS AND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION REGULATIONS.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID THE LEVEL OF FINES TN ALL TYPES OF PROSECUTIONS LAST YEAR HAD SHOWN AN INCREASE OF 38 PER CENT OVER THAT OF 1986.

FOR FACTORY AND CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY CASES, THE INCREASE WAS 16 1 PER CENT. AS FOR CASES UNDER THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS AND THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS ORDINANCE, THE LEVELS WERE INCREASED BY 23.1 PER CENT AND 38.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN WELCOMED THE INCREASE IN FINES AS "HEAVIER FINES WILL MAKE OFFENDERS TAKE SAFETY MORE SERIOUSLY”.

HE REITERATED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO CONIEN1RATE ITS EFFORTS ON BRINGING THE MORE SERIOUS AND PERSISTENT OFFENDERS TO JUSTICE.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1988

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PUBLICITY TO PROMOTE DB ELECTIONS

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THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ORGANISED A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, PUBLICISE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS AND ENCOURAGE ELECTORS TO VOTE ON MARCH 10.

IT HAS ALSO SET UP THREE SPECIALLY-DESIGNED WINDOW DISPLAYS GIVING DETAILS OF THE CANDIDATES AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S MAIN OFFICE AND ITS TWO SUB-OFFICES.

A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION TO INTRODUCE THE CANDIDATES WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23) AFTERNOON. THE (’AND I DATES WILL INTRODUCE THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS.

SEVEN ELECTION FORUMS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 5 AND 6 FOR I HE CANDIDATES TO MEET THE ELECTORS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CONS H I UEN! Y .

A PUBLICITY BUS AND FOUR BROADCASTING VANS CARRYING THE ELECTION MESSAGE ”A VOTE IS A VOICE" WILL TOUR 3 HE DIS IRK 1 ON MARCH 9 AND 10.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS PRINTED 135,000 COPIES OF ELECTION NEWSPAPER SUPPI I'MENTS TO PUBLICISE THE CANDIDATES’ F’I'ATFORMS AND VOTING GUIDELINES. THESE SUPPLEMENTS WILL BE SENT TO THE 114,200 VOTERS IN THE DISTRICT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

SIXTEEN COLOURFUL BANNERS HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT VARIOUS PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO APPEAL TO VOTERS TO CAS1 THEIR VOTES ON POLLING DAY.

THERE ARE 24 (’AND I DA TES RUNN I NG FOR 16 SEATS IN I HE El GUI CONSTITUENCIES IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT. IWO CANDIDATES IN THE HO MAN TIN NORTH CONSTITUENCY ARE UNOPPOSED.

DETAILS OF THE SEVIN ELECTION FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE/TIME

CONST I TUENC'Y

VENUE

MARCH 5 , 1 PM

MARCH 5 , 1.30 PM

MARCH 5, 5.15 PM

KOWLOON TONG AND

MA TAU WAI

TO KWA WAN SOUTH

LUNG SHING

HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL. 57 FU LING STREET.

(’HEUNG CHUK SHAN PRIMARY SCHOOL, 22 SIIEUNG HEUNG ROAD.

UANOSSI AN HOLY FAMILY PRIMARY SCHOOL, 102 JUNCTION ROAD.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1988

MARCH 5, 5.30 PM TO KWA WAN NORTH

MARCH 6, 1.30 PM HUNG HOM NORTH

MARCH 6, 11.30 AM HO MAN TIN SOUTH

MARCH 6, 3 PM HUNG HOM SOUTH

HOLY CARPENTER PRIMARY SCHOOL, 14 KWEI CHOW STREET.

POO 01 PRIMARY SCHOOL, 5 DYER STREET.

01 MAN ESTATE HALL, 01 MAN ESTATE.

HUNG HOM GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, 68 GILLIES AVENUE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

you are Invited to cover the meet-the-media session of kowloon CITY DB ELECTION CANDIDATES TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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VACANT LAND PUT TO GOOD USE

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THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD IS SPENDING $450,000 IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR FOR THE TEMPORARY DEVELOPMENT OF VACANT GOVERNMENT LAND FOR RECREATIONAL USE.

THIS IS PART OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

AMONG THE PROJECTS IS THE HOI NING STREET SITTING-OUT AREA IN SHAU KEI WAN WHICH WAS OPENED LAST OCTOBER.

THE LARGEST PROJECT, COSTING ABOUT $170,000, WAS CONSTRUCTION OF A SITTING-OUT AREA IN KORNHILL, ADJACENT TO SAI WAN TERRACE.

THE SITTING-OUT AREA, INCLUDING A RAINSHELTER, FLOWER BEDS AND BENCHES, WAS BUILT ON AN ELEVATED PLATFORM GIVING A GOOD VIEW OF QUARRY BAY.

ANOTHER PROJECT IS THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A RAINSHELTER IN BRAEMAR HILL, ABOVE PO LUEN PATH.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1988

A RAINSHELTER HAS BEEN BUILT AT TAI TAM CATCHWATER SO AS TO PROVIDE A STOPPING POINT FOR JOGGERS AND MORNING WALKERS.

MEANWHILE A CONCRETE SCULPTURE BEARING BOARD LOGO WILL BE BUILT ON THE TRAFFIC ISLAND KING’S ROAD AND MAN HONG STREET TO PUBLICISE THE

AN EASTERN DISTRICT AT THE JUNCTION OF WORK OF THE BOARD.

FUNDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS ARE ALSO SPENT ON BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN SQUATTER VILLAGES AND ON MINOR REPAIRS.

’YAN YAT’ PARTY FOR TAI PO ELDERLY ♦ ♦ * t t

ABOUT 1,450 SENIOR RESIDENTS IN TAI PO WILL BE TREATED TO A "YAN YAT" (EVERYONE’S BIRTHDAY) PARTY AT TWO RESTAURANTS ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23).

THE PARTY IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED RY THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, TAI PO TSAT YEUK RURAL COMMITTEE, TAI PO SOCIETIES FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION AND TAI PO MERCHANTS’ ASSOCIATION WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

RESIDENTS AGED 73 OR ABOVE TN TAI PO HAVE BREN INVITED TO ATTEND THE PARTY DURING WHICH GOLD MEDALS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE FIVE OLDEST PERSONS AND LAISEE PACKETS WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

OFFICIATING AT THE PARTY WILL BE THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE "YAN YAT" PARTY FOR THE ELDERLY ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23). A CEREMONY TO BEGIN THE FUNCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE KUN LIN WAII RESTAURANT, 9 HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET, AT 3 PM. INFORMATION OFFICER MR PATRICK WONG WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A COCKTAIL RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE THE SPRING FESTIVAL AT 3.30 PM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23) AT THE EXHIBITION HALL, LEVEL 2, SHUN TAK SHOPPING MALL, 200 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL ARRIVE AT THE RECEPTION AT 4 PM.

ABOUT 300 LOCAL PERSONALITIES WILL ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

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NEW FIRE STATION FOR AP LEI CHAU ♦ * * ♦ ♦

WORK ON BUILDING A NEW SUB-DTVISIONAI FIRE STATION ON AP LF I CHAU WILL START SOON.

LOCATED AT A I,7OO-SQUARE-MFTRE SITE IN AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ROAD, THE NEW STATION WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING ONE WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED 12 YEARS AGO.

THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER A $9.3 MILLION CONTRACT RECENTLY AWARDED BY Till ARCH ITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

FACILITIES OF THE NEW STATION WILL INCLUDE OFFICES, A FOUR-BAY APPLIANCES ROOM, COMMON I (’AT I ON Room, STATION GENERAL STORE, HOSE STORE AND EQUIPMENT STORE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DRILL YARD, BARRACKS DINING ACCOMMODATION, EXERCISE ROOMS AND STORE.

CONSTRUCT I ON WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH Pi,ACE NORTH » » » * *

EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND HMS TAMAR WILT. BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 6.30 AM TO 9 AM ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23).

THE CLOSURE IS BEING MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE LAUNCHING OF THE "RIDE THE TAXI FOR THE CHEST" FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

ECONOMIC SUCCESS A REFLECTION OF SOUND EDUCATION SYSTEM ... 1

NEW SEAFARERS BILL IN PIPELINE ............................ 2

CHAIRMAN-DESIGNATE OF HOUSING AUTHORITY APPOINTED ......... 4

DISTRICT POLICE STATION OPENS IN TAI PO ................... 5

PUBLIC FORUMS FOR SOUTHERN DB CANDIDATES................... 6

PUBLICITY ON DB ELECTIONS IN KWAI TSING ................... 7

KOWLOON CITY CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA...................... 7

SEMINaR ON VICE ESTABLISHMENT’S EFFECT ON COMMUNITY........ 8

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS RESITING OF HAWKERS................ 8

TAI PO SPRING RECEPTION ................................... 9

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION .................... 9

CANTONESE OPERA FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS..................... 10

LANDMARK IN STONE NULLAH LANE BRINGS HAPPINESS TO RESIDENTS 10

22,449 TONNES OF URB^lN REFUSE............................. 11

WATER STORAGE FIGURE....................................... 11

WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG..................................... 11

RECREaTION.iL PaTH COMPLETED IN TUEN MUN .................. 12

TEMPORARY ROnD CLOSURES IN CaUSEWAY BaY.................... 12

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON CITY

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

ECONOMIC SUCCESS A REFLECTION OF SOUND EDUCATION SYSTEM « * * « *

HONG KONG HAS THE RIGHT TO BE PROUD OF ITS ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION, AND SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS MADE TN THIS AREA IN THE LAST 10 YEARS HAVE VERY PROFOUND EFFECTS ON THE SOCIETY AT LARGE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, MR LAN SAID HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS WAS ITSELF A SIGN OF THE FUNDAMENTAL SOUNDNESS OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

HE SAID OUR WORK FORCE WAS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD. "WHETHER THEY ARE LABOURERS, CLERKS, ENGINEERS OR TOP MANAGERS, THEIR PRODUCTIVITY, ADAPTABILITY AND DYNAMISM ARE ALL CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS MODERN MIRACLE KNOWN AS HONG KONG.”

"WITHOUT A GOOD, SOUND FUNDAMENTAL EDUCATION, HOW CAN PEOPLE OF SUCH CALIBRE BE PRODUCED?" MR LAN ASKED.

ON THE COSTS OF EDUCATION, MR LAN SAID THE TOTAL EDUCATION BUDGET WAS $9,180 MILLION IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. THIS REPRESENTED 18 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE AND A FIVE-AND-A-HALF FOLD INCREASE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.

"OUR RECURRENT EXPENDITURE PERCENTAGES OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE ONLY BEEN EQUALLED OR SURPASSED BY' NOT MORE THAN 12 COUNTRIES OF THE 182 LISTED IN THE 1986 UNESCO STATISTICAL YEARBOOK," HE CONTINUED.

ON THE PROVISION OF NINE YEARS’ FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION, MR LAN SAID ONLY TWO OUT OF 42 REGIONS IN ASIA HAD MORE THAN NINE YEARS OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION, ACCORDING TO THE 1986 UNESCO STATISTICAL YEARBOOK.

"FROM THE SAME SOURCE WE FIND THAT ONLY 53 OUT OF THE 200 MAJOR COUNTRIES OR REGIONS HAVE LONGER PERIODS OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO SUBSIDISED SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, MR LAN SAID 95 PER CENT OVERALL PROVISION AS OPPOSED TO THE PRESENT 72 PER CENT WOULD HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED BY 1991.

BY THAT YEAR, 85 PER CENT AS OPPOSED TO TODAY’S 65 PER CENT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE IN THE GENERAL STREAM AND 10 PER CENT WOULD BE IN THE TECHNICAL STREAM.

THESE TARGETS OF PROVISION WERE CERTAINLY RESPECTABLE BY WORLD STANDARDS, MR LAN SAID, ADDING THAT STRICT COMPARISONS WERE NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES HAD DIFFERENT EDUCATION SYSTEMS CATERING FOR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS.

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’’THE PLANNED EXPANSION OF SCHOOL PLACES AT THE SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL WILL BRING US INTO THE LEAGUE OF SUCH DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AS THE UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN WHERE GROSS ENROLMENT RATIOS RANGE FROM 85 PER CENT UPWARDS.”

ON THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME IN THE PAST DECADE, MR LAN SAID IT HAD BEEN PHENOMENAL AS THE GOVERNMENT HAD BUILT 218 SCHOOLS DURING THE PERIOD. OF THESE, 118 WERE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHILE THE OTHER 100 WERE PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

HE SAID ANOTHER 147 SCHOOLS WOULD BE BUILT IN THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS. SEVENTY-FIVE OF THESE WILL BE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE REMAINING 72 PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

’’THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE SCHOOLS HAS BEEN PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO MEET REGIONAL DEMAND FOR PLACES AS WELL AS TO IMPROVE THE SCHOOLING ENVIRONMENT,” MR LAN SAID.

ALL THESE WENT TO SHOW THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TOWARDS EDUCATION AND IIS BELIEF IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION, HE SAID.

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NEW SEAFARERS BILL TN PIPELINE * ♦ ♦ * ♦

A COMPREHENSIVE SEAFARERS BILL, WHICH WILL EMBRACE ALL LEGISLATION APPERTAINING TO SEAFARERS, IS CURRENTLY UNDER PREPARATION AND IS EXPECTED TO BECOME LAW IN APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS' TIME.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR GERRY HIGGINSON, WHEN HE OFFICIALLY OPENED THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS' FEDERATION ASIA/PACIFIC SEAFARERS’ REGIONAL COMMITTEE MEETING AT THE HONG KONG MERCHANT NAVY OFFICERS’ GUILD THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

MR HIGGINSON SAID AMENDMENTS TO SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE (SRO) PROCEDURES WOULD BE REFLECTED IN THE DRAFTING OF THE BILL AS WOULD A REQUIREMENT FOR ALL BOARDS AND COMMITTEES CONSTITUTED THEREUNDER TO BE TRIPARTITE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF SHIPOWNING EMPLOYERS, SEAFARERS AND THE GOVERNMENT.

"LEGISLATIVE PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE IN RESPECT OF THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF SEAFARERS TOGETHER WITH PROVISIONS FOR THEIR REPATRIATION UNDER SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES,” MR HIGGINSON SAID.

THIS WOULD LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN FOR FURTHER PROVISION TO BE MADE IN RESPECT OF THE CONVENTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT THE 74TH (MARITIME) SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO) HELI) IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, HE ADDED.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

MR HIGGINSON SAID HONG KONG WAS UNIQUE IN THE REGION IN THAT ITS SEAFARERS WERE PROCESSED THROUGH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S SRO TO SERVE ON, CURRENTLY, SOME 760 FOREIGN-GOING SHIPS REGISTERED WITH 24 DIFFERENT FLAG STATES.

’’THESE PROCEDURES ENABLE SEAFARERS TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT THE PAYMENT OF ANY CONSIDERATION (OTHER THAN A NOMINAL OFFICIAL FEE) BY THE SEAFARER EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FOR SUCH EMPLOYMENT, AND PROVIDES FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR BOTH SHIPOWNERS TN THE SELECTION OF CREWS AND SEAFARERS IN THE SELECTION OF SHIPS.

’’CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT ARE GOVERNED BY STANDARDISED CONTRACTUAL CLAUSES AND TERMS OF SERVICE THAT ARE COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH HONG KONG LEGISLATION AND THE MARITIME LAWS OF THE FLAG STATES CONCERNED,” HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR HIGGINSON SAID THAT HAD NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE. HE TOLD THE MEETING THAT BOTH NEPOTISM AND MALPRACTICES EXISTED IN SEAMEN’S RECRUITMENT IN HONG KONG PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SRO, WHICH WAS EVENTUALLY SET UP IN MAY 1966 AS A RESULT OF RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE FIRST ASIAN MARITIME CONFERENCE OF THE ILO.

MR HIGGINSON THEN OUTLINED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ROLE OF THE SRO SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT AND EXPANSION OF ITS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE - A CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH REPRESENTATIVES OF SHIPOWNING EMPLOYERS, SEAFARERS AND THE GOVERNMENT COULD CONSULT, EXCHANGE INFORMATION AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE EMPLOYMENT AND WELFARE OF SEAFARERS.

HE SAID THIS TRIPARTITE CONSULTATION HAD ALSO PROGRESSED IN OTHER AREAS OF THE INDUSTRY SUCH AS IN-SERVICE AND PRE-SEA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR SEAFARERS.

IN THIS CONTEXT, MR HIGGINSON NOTED THAT THE OPENING OF A NEW AND PERMANENT SEAMEN’S TRAINING CENTRE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL HONG KONG RATINGS’ PRE-SEA TRAINING REQUIREMENT WOULD REPLACE THE TEMPORARY CENTRE.

"THE TRAINING WILL CONTINUE TO BE FREE OF CHARGE AND GEARED TO STCW (STANDARDS OF TRAINING CERTIFICATION AND WATCH-KEEPING) REQUIREMENTS," HE ADDED.

MR HIGGINSON SAID MAJOR CHANGES HAD TAKEN PLACE IN THE LOCAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CLIMATE SINCE THE SRO AND ITS PROCEDURES WERE INTRODUCED TN 1966.

"RESPONSIBLE ORGANISATIONS REPRESENTING BOTH SEAFARERS AND EMPLOYERS HAVE EVOLVED, AND SEAFARERS TODAY ARE BOTH BETTER EDUCATED AND HAVE A MORE HEIGHTENED SENSE OF SOCIAL AWARENESS THAN THEIR PREDECESSORS.

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"WITH THIS IN MIND, A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL SRO ACTIVITIES HAS RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED TO DETERMINE WHETHER CHANGES IN THE PRESENT SYSTEM WERE NEEDED IN ORDER TO STREAMLINE PROCEDURES AND, IF SO, HOW BEST TO BALANCE A MIXTURE OF CONTROL, COMPATIBLE WITH ILO REQUIREMENTS, WITH FREEDOM OF EMPLOYMENT," HE SAID.

THROUGH CONSULTATIONS, CERTAIN PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES HAD BEEN SIMPLIFIED AND STREAMLINED TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF BOTH EMPLOYERS AND SEAFARERS WHILST REMAINING WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF ORIGINAL ILO RESOLUTIONS.

THIS THEREBY MINIMISED DOCUMENTATION YET PERMITTED THE INDUSTRY, IN RESPECT OF ITS EMPLOYMENT OF HONG KONG SEAMEN, TO FUNCTION MORE EFFICIENTLY THROUGH PARTIAL DEREGULATION, SAID MR HIGGINSON.

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CHAIRMAN-DESIGNATE OF HOUSING AUTHORITY APPOINTED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

DAVID

THE GOVERNMENT AKERS-JONES AS

ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THE APPOINTMENT THE CHAIRMAN-DESIGNATE OF THE HONG KONG

OF SIR HOUSING

AUTHORITY.

HOUS

THIS

SIR DAVID, ING AUTHORITY,

WHO WILL BE THE FIRST NON-OFFICIAL CHAIRMAN IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP THE APPOINTMENT ON

YEAR FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS.

OF THE

APRIL 1

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE MEDIA AT CHAMBERS ON 101 PRINCESS

SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEE I 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 24) AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY THE 15TH FLOOR OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS AT

MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND THE SESSION.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

DISTRICT POLICE STATION OPENS IN TAI PO

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THE OPENING OF THE NEW TAI PO DISTRICT POLICE STATION REFLECTS THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE POLICE IN PROVIDING BETTER SERVICES TO PEOPLE TN THE NEW TOWNS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MANAGEMENT, MR ERIC BLACKBURN, THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE $37 MILLION COMPLEX -- THE HEADQUARTERS FOR THE NEWLY-CREATED TAI PO POLICE DISTRICT.

OBSERVING THAT TAI PO HAD DEVELOPED FROM A TRADITIONAL MARKET TOWN INTO A NEW TOWN OF 160,000 PEOPLE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, MR BLACKBURN POINTED OUT THAT THE BUILDING OF NEW ROADS, PROVISION OF MODERN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, AND CREATION OF INDUSTRIAL AREAS HAD MADE THE DISTRICT A VERY POPULAR PLACE TO LIVE AND INVEST IN.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE POPULATION GROWTH HAD CAUSED THE LOW CRIME RATE IN TAI PO TO INCREASE BY 10 TO 15 PER CENT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, "BUT IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE TO KEEP THE CRIME PROBLEM VERY MUCH UNDER CONTROL."

NOTING THAT THE POPULATION OF TAI PO WOULD REACH 300,000 BY THE MID-1990’S, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SAID THAT THE SAFETY OF NEW-COMERS, INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS AND THE LARGE NUMBER OF HOLIDAY-MAKERS FROM THE URBAN AREA, WAS ONE OF THE MANY RESPONSIBILITIES THAT THE LOCAL POLICE HAD TO SHOULDER.

"TO COPE WITH THIS INCREASING DEMAND, IT IS NECESSARY TO EXPAND POLICE MANPOWER IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE POLICE COVERAGE," HE ADDED.

THE NUMBER OF POLICE AND CIVILIAN STAFF EMPLOYED IN THE DISTRICT HAD THEREFORE INCREASED BY 30 PER CENT TO 370, AND THAT THE NEW 16-STOREY BUILDING WOULD PROVIDE MUCH IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS, OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

"THROUGH THE PROVISION OF MODERN EQUIPMENT AND ADEQUATE TRAINING, THE POLICE FORCE CAN GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS COMBATTING CRIME. HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE SECURE MAXIMUM CO-OPERATION FROM THE PUBLIC TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM SUCCESS," MR BLACKBURN SAID.

GIVING ASSURANCE THAT OFFICERS WORKING IN THE NEW POLICE STATION WOULD DO THEIR BEST TO FOSTER THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT, MR BLACKBURN SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE IN TAI PO WOULD OFFER FULL CO-OPERATION TO THE POLICE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL.

AFTER THE SPEECH, A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WAS OFFICIATED BY MR BLACKBURN; THE REGIONAL COMMANDER FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR STEPHEN WONG; TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT; THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR DAVID HO; THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, MR NAM PAK-PING; THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR RAYMOND HO; AND THE DISTRICT COMMANDER FOR TAI PO, MR BASIL LIM.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

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PUBLIC FORUMS FOR SOUTHERN DB CANDIDATES » t » ♦ »

A SERIES OF SEVEN FORUMS HAS BEEN PLANNED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SO THAT CANDIDATES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS CAN INTRODUCE THEIR PLATFORMS TO ELECTORS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST FORUM WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 24).

"THE FUNCTIONS WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTORS AND CANDIDATES TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT MATTERS, AND ENABLE ELECTORS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES BEFORE CASTING THEIR VOTES ON MARCH 10," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

A TOTAL OF 26 CANDIDATES ARE CONTESTING 13 SEATS IN THE DISTRICT’S SEVEN CONSTITUENCIES.

DETAILS OF THE SEVEN FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

CONSTITUENCY DATE TIME VENUE

POK FU LAM FER. 24 (WED.) 8.30 PM YU CHUN KEUNG MEMORIAL COLLEGE, CHI FU CLOSE, POK FU LAM

WAH FU FEB. 26 (FRI.) 8.30 PM WAH FU COMMUNITY HALL, WAH FU ESTATE

TIN WAN AND SHEK PAI WAN FEB. 27 (SAT.) 3 PM PUT TAK CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, 200 PERL RISE, ABERDEEN

AP LET CHAU FEB. 29 (MON.) 8 PM LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL, LEI TUNG ESTATE, AP LEI CHAU

WONG CHUK HANG MAR. 3 (THUR.) 8 PM SHUE YAN SECONDARY SCHOOL, 2 POLICE SCHOOL ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG

ABERDEEN AND HARBOUR MAR. 5 (SAT.) 3 PM PUI TAK CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, 200 PEEL RISE, ABERDEEN

STANLEY, SHEK O AND BAYS MAR. 7 (MON.) 8 PM ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ELECTION FORUMS.

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PUBLICITY ON DB ELECTIONS IN KWAI TSING

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ORGANISE A SERIES OF FORUMS FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR THE DISTRICT’S 33 DISTRICT BOARD CANDIDATES TO INTRODUCE THEIR PLATFORMS TO THE PUBLIC.

THERE WILL BE A FORUM FOR EACH OF THE NINE CONSTITUENCIES STARTING WITH KWAI CHUNG EAST AT 8 PM TOMORROW.

THE FORUM FOR TSING YI SOUTH WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 24, TSING YI CENTRAL ON FEBRUARY 25, KWAI CHUNG NORTH ON FEBRUARY 27, KWAI CHUNG SOUTH AND KWAI CHUNG CENTRAL ON MARCH 1, KWAI SHING ON MARCH 2, KWAI CHUNG WEST ON MARCH 3, AND TSING YI NORTH ON MARCH 4.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, WHILE URGING RESIDENTS TO CAST THEIR VOTES ON MARCH 10, ALSO CALLED ON THEM TO ATTEND THE FORUMS TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BACKGROUND AND PLATFORMS OF THE CANDIDATES.

MR COAK SAID A NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT INTRODUCING KWAI TSING DISTRICT, THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND DETAILS OF THE CANDIDATES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE FORUMS. RESIDENTS MAY ALSO OBTAIN COPIES OF THE SUPPLEMENT FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ALSO PUT UP SIGNBOARDS AND BANNERS AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, HOLD AN EXHIBITION AND A VIDEO SHOW AT THE KWAI FONG MTR STATION, SEND A BROADCASTING VAN TO TOUR THE DISTRICT ON POLLING DAY, AND SET UP SPECIAL WINDOW DISPLAYS AT ITS VARIOUS OFFICES TO PUBLICISE THE ELECTION MESSAGE OF "A VOTE IS A VOICE”.

SOUVENIR ITEMS, SUCH AS STICKERS AND BALLOONS, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE VARIOUS OFFICES AND DURING LOCAL FUNCTIONS.

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KOWLOON CITY CANDIDATES TO MEET MEDIA

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TWENTY-FOUR KOWLOON CITY CANDIDATES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL MEET THE MEDIA AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

DURING THE SESSION, THE CANDIDATES WILL INTRODUCE THEIR PLATFORMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

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SEMINAR ON VICE ESTABLISHMENT’S EFFECT ON COMMUNITY * « » » »

A SEMINAR FOCUSSING ON THE EFFECTS THAT A VICE ESTABLISHMENT HAS ON ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE GRAND TOWER HOTEL IN MONG KOK.

THE SEMINAR IS PART OF THE "COMMUNITY-IN-PERSPECTIVE" PROJECT ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TO STUDY ISSUES THAT ARE OF SERIOUS CONCERN TO RESIDENTS.

SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR AND FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBER, MRS ROSANNA TAM; POLICE DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR ROBIN LEUNG; AND A SENIOR LECTURER FROM THE CITY POLYTECHNIC, DR ALEX Y.H. KWAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON VICE ESTABLISHMENTS TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, GRAND TOWER HOTEL, 627-641 NATHAN ROAD. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS RESITING OF HAWKERS

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) DISCUSS PROPOSED ARRANGEMENTS FOR RESITING HAWKERS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

THE LOCATIONS INCLUDE WAN CHAI ROAD, STONE NULLAH LANE, TSING KAI LANE, TAI YUEN STREET, TAI WO STREET, TRIANGLE STREET, CROSS STREET AND WAN CHAI ROAD HAWKERS BAZAAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF RESITING HAWKERS TRADING IN THE CARPARK NEAR TIGER BALM GARDEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, WAN CHAI. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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TAI PO SPRING RECEPTION * * *

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET, ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 24).

THE GATHERING WILL START AT 4 PM. THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, WILL ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE’S SPRING RECEPTION.

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KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION

*****

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 24) FROM 4 PM TO 6 PM AT THE MARTHA BOSS COMMUNITY HALL, 89 CHUNG HAU STREET, HO MAN TIN.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL ATTEND THE RECEPTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

CANTONESE OPERA FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS » ♦ ♦ » »

SAI KUNG RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY TWO CANTONESE OPERA SHOWS TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND ON WEDNESDAY AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

THE SHOWS, ARGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL PREPARATORY COMMITTEE, WILL START AT 7 PM.

THE HON FUNG CANTONESE OPERA GROUP WILL PERFORM TWO OPERAS BASED ON WELL-KNOWN CHINESE STORIES. THERE WILL BE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO PROJECT THE VERSES OF THE OPERA ON TO THE SIDE WALL OF THE STAGE TO HELP THE AUDIENCE BETTER UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW THE STORIES.

FREE TICKETS FOR THE SHOWS HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO RURAL COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

LANDMARK IN STONE NULLAH LANE BRINGS HAPPINESS TO RESIDENTS

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S STONE NULLAH LANE SITTING-OUT AREA IN WAN CHAI HAS QUICKLY BECOME A POPULAR SPOT AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS AND A LANDMARK IN THE AREA SINCE ITS OPENING LAST NOVEMBER.

’’THE 1,200-SQUARE METRE TWO-LEVEL PROJECT HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO COPE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LANDFORM THERE,” SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

’’ITS TRADITIONAL CHINESE ’PAI LAU ’ AT THE ENTRANCE AND THE PALACE-STYLE PAVILION ECHO PERFECTLY WELL WITH THE ’MAN-MO TEMPLE’ JUST NEXT TO IT.

"ALSO A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA WITH SAFETY MATTINGS AS WELL AS CONCRETE BENCHES UNDER THE SHADE OF THE PERGOLAS PROVIDE LEISURE FACILITIES FOR THE YOUNG AND THE OLD.

"ENTRY TO THE SITTING-OUT AREA IS MOST CONVENIENT, EITHER FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST OR VIA A STAIRCASE FROM THE KENNEDY ROAD."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO ENHANCE THE GREENERY THERE, THE AREA WAS LANDSCAPED WITH VARIOUS PLANTATIONS INCLUDING TREES, SHRUBS, PALMS, GROUND COVERS AND CLIMBERS.

"OTHER FACILITIES PROVIDED INCLUDE PARK LIGHTS, VIEWING PLATFORM, ACCESS FOR THE HANDICAPPED, RAISED PLANTERS, FLOWERS AND STORE ROOM."

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1988

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22,449 TONNES OF URBAN REFUSE » » * ♦ *

URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT REFUSE COLLECTION STAFF TODAY WERE ABLE TO TAKE SOMETHING OF A BREATHER AND WORK OUT JUST HOW MUCH JUNK AND REFUSE THEY TOOK AWAY BETWEEN LAST THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, FOLLOWING URBAN HOUSEHOLDERS' TRADITIONAL SPRING CLEANING.

’’THE TOTAL WAS A QUITE ASTONISHING 22,449 TONNES — A HUGE INCREASE ON THE AVERAGE DAILY REFUSE TOTAL OF ABOUT 2,800 TONNES,” SAID AN URBAN COUNCIL SPOKESMAN.

’’FOLLOWING THEIR CUSTOMARY DAY OFF ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR -- THE ONLY DAY OF THE YEAR WHEN THE REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE IS SUSPENDED — STAFF BEGAN WORK EARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING TO BEGIN THEIR MAMMOTH TASK.

“EVERY AVAILABLE VEHICLE WAS PRESSED INTO SERVICE, AND BY SATURDAY WE HAD CLEARED THE MOUNTAINS OF JUNK PILED UP AT ALL PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE HARBOUR.”

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 53.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 312.884 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 331.855 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 56.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25) FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT SAU LAI STREET AND TAK WO STREET, INCLUDING BLOCKS NO. 1 TO 17 SAU MAU PING ESTATE.

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RECREATIONAL PATH COMPLETED IN TUEN MUN *****

THE CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR TSAO SHIU-WAI, AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL VISIT ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 24) A NEWLY COMPLETED PATH WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED AT THE COMMITTEE’S INITIATION.

LOCATED AT A SCENIC SPOT IN TUEN MUN, THE PATH RUNS BY THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. PROPERTY AND THE MARINE LICENSING OFFICE, AND LINKS UP WITH THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL.

THE 500-METRE PATH OFFERS ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS.

THE $180,000 PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE WORKS SECTION OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO THE PATH LEADING TO THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL ON FEBRUARY 24 (WEDNESDAY).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT 9.45.AM IN THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD,TUEN MUN, WHERE TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES TN CAUSEWAY BAY * * ♦ » »

TWO SLIP ROADS IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DURING THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIED PERIODS TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO CANAL ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 24).

VEHICLES LEAVING THE TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CAUSEWAY BAY EXIT ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND, CAUSEWAY BAY FLYOVER, GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND TO JOIN CANAL ROAD FLYOVER.

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THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND TO CANAL ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM DAILY FROM FEBRUARY 25 TO 29.

VEHICLES ON GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CAUSEWAY BAY FLYOVER, GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND TO JOIN CANAL ROAD FLYOVER.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON CITY » » * * »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT THE EXISTING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON CITY, WHICH HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED DUE TO A WATER MAIN BURST AT THE JUNCTION OF GRAMPIAN ROAD WITH DUMBARTON ROAD, WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, WHICH HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED SINCE LAST SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 20), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS ARE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

» GRAMPIAN ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH DUMBARTON ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

t DUMBARTON ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN GRAMPIAN ROAD AND JUNCTION

ROAD.

* DUMBARTON ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN GRAMPIAN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM JUNCTION ROAD TO DUMBARTON ROAD ARE DIVERTED TO GRAMPIAN ROAD SOUTHBOUND, WHILE THOSE ON BOUNDARY STREET HEADING FOR JUNCTION ROAD ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED FURTHER ALONG BOUNDARY STREET BEFORE TURNING LEFT ON TO JUNCTION ROAD.

IN ADDITION, INVERNESS ROAD HAS BECOME A CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS FROM NGA TSIN WAI ROAD ONLY. VEHICLES ON INVERNESS ROAD ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PASS THROUGH DUMBARTON ROAD FOR ACCESS TO GRAMPIAN ROAD OR JUNCTION ROAD.

AS FOR BUS SERVICES, KMB ROUTES NO. 3, 7B AND 12B ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO WONG TAI SIN ARE DIVERTED VIA BOUNDARY STREET AND JUNCTION ROAD.

KMB ROUTE NO. 1 IS DIVERTED VIA BOUNDARY STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST EASTBOUND AND JUNCTION ROAD ON ITS JOURNEYS TO LOK FU.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO VISIT COUNTRY PARKS .............................. 1

TALKS ON DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT TO RESUME.................... 2

MORE TICKETS ISSUED FOR SPEEDING ............................. 2

TWO NEW AIDS CASES REPORTED................................... 3

EPD SENDS OUT LETTERS ON EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE.................. 6

SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS WHITE PAPER............................ 6

FORUMS FOR TUIN MUN DB CANDIDATES ............................ 7

YAU MA TEI DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION.......................  . 8

LRT ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA.................................... 9

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LAYOUT PLAN........................... 10

SAI KUNG DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION............................ 10

FREE CONCERT FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS .......................... 11

LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMMES FOR CENTRAL /JTO WESTERN RESIDENTS . 11

COURTESY CAMPAIGN IN NORTH DISTRICT .......................... 12

TAI PO ELDERLY TREATED TO »YAN YAT* PARTY..................... 13

PUBLIC EARTH DUMP AT ALDRICH BAY OPENS........................ 13

WATER CUTS IN TAI PO, SAI KUNG................................ 14

NEW ROAD TO OPEN IN TSUEN WAN

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

GOVERNOR TO VISIT COUNTRY PARKS » ♦ t ♦

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON PAY HIS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS WHICH ARE DEVELOPED AND MANAGED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR CONSERVATION, EDUCATION AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WILSON AND THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, SIR DAVID WILL FLY TO THE TAI TONG TREE NURSERY IN TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK BY HELICOPTER TO SEE THE PRODUCTION OF TREE SEEDLINGS AND VIEW THE AFFORESTATION WORK IN THE NEARBY COUNTRY PARK AREAS.

THE GOVERNOR WILL NEXT VISIT THE LEAD MINE PASS MANAGEMENT CENTRE WHERE HE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE CONCERTED EFFORTS MADE BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN PROTECTING COUNTRY PARK PLANTATIONS AGAINST FIRES.

HE WILL ALSO TOUR THE SHING MUN ARBORETUM, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG WITH A TOTAL OF 2,400 TREE AND SHRUB SPECIMENS INCLUDING RARE AND PROTECTED PLANT SPECIES.

SIR DAVID WILL CONCLUDE HIS VISIT BY CALLING AT A POPULAR BARBECUE/PICNIC SITE FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED IN THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK AND TOURING THE NEARBY VISITOR CENTRE, THE FIRST AND THE MOST POPULAR OF THE THREE PURPOSE-BUILT VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES IN LOCAL COUNTRY PARKS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

IN VIEW OF THE TIGHT VISIT PROGRAMME AND THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNOR WILL BE TRAVELLING BY HELICOPTER, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE MEDIA TO COVER ONLY THE LAST PART OF HIS VISIT - TO THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK - WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4 PM.

TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE AFD HEADQUARTERS, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CAN TON ROAD, KOWLOON, AT 2.45 PM.

THOSE MAKING THEIR OWN TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE COURTYARD IN FRONT OF THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK VISITOR CENTRE AT PAK TAM CHUNG (OPPOSITE THE PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP) BEFORE 3.45 PM.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

TALKS ON DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT TO RESUME ♦ ♦ * »

THE FOURTH ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT WILL RESUME IN HONG KONG ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FOURTH ROUND HAD BEEN ADJOURNED EARLIER TO ALLOW THE TWO SIDES TO CONSULT THEIR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS. HE SAID HF EXPECTED THE TALKS TO LAST SEVERAL DAYS.

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MORE TICKETS ISSUED FOR SPEEDING ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

POLICE AC’TI ON AGAINST EXCESSIVE SPEEDING WAS HEIGHTENED IN 1987 WITH DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF OFFENCES BEING TICKETTED FOR EXCEEDING THE LIMIT BY OVER 30 KILOMETRES AN HOUR.

A TOTAL OF 4,524 FIXED PENALTY (MOV I NG I OFFENCE TICKETS WERE ISSUED FOR EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT BY MORE THAN 30 KMH (A RISE OF 102.6 PER CENT), WHILE 191 WERE PENALISED FOR DRIVING 15 KMH OR MORE OVER THE LIMIT (UP 126.6 PFR CENT).

THESE TWO CATEGORIES ATTRACT FIVE AND EIGHT DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS RESPECTIVELY.

IN HIS ANNUAL TRAFFIC' ENFORCEMENT REPORT 1987. THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, TRAFFIC’, MR PEDRO CHING, NOTES THAT THE DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM IS NOW PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN ROAD SAFETY, WI TH 2,214 DRIVERS ALREADY SUSPENDED, 12 OF THEM FOR THE SECOND TIME.

THERE ARE ALSO 15,848 DRIVERS HAVING ACCUMULATED 10 OR MORE POINTS, AN 85 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE FIGURE FOR 1986.

THE NUMBER OF SEAT BELT PROSECUT IONS DECREASED FROM 20,77 1 TO 13,170, OR 36.6 PER ('ENT. THIS FOLLOWS A DROP OF 29.7 PER (’ENT IN 1986, AND SUGGESTS A GENERAL ACCEPTANCE BY THE MOTORING PUBLIC OF ’THIS SAFETY PRECAUT I ON .

HIE NUMBER C)E SUMMONS OFFENC ES ALSO DECREASED, MAINLY DUE TO A POLICY OF VERBAL WARNINGS BEING GIVEN TO PEDESTRIANS INSTEAD OF SUMMONS ACTION BEING TAKEN.

IMPROVED FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS, TOGETHER WITH PEDESTRIANS OWN AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS THEY FACE, HAS ALSO PLAYED ITS PART.

HOWEVER, IT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN THAT PEDESTRIAN NEGLIGENCE IS STILL ONE ()l Till* GREATEST C AUSATIVE FACTORS IN ACCIDENTS, THE REPORT POINTS OUT.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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IWO NEW AIDS CASES REPORTED t * * ♦ ♦

TWO NEW CASES OF AIDS (ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME) HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

ONE OF THE PATIENTS HAS DIED WHILE THE OTHER ONE IS STILL UNDER TREATMENT.

THE DECEASED WAS A CHINESE MAN WHO WAS A NEW ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG.

LATEST STATISTICS ON THE DISEASE WERE RELEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY).

SO FAR, HONG KONG HAS REPORTED 12 CONFIRMED AIDS PATIENTS -ONE FEMALE AND 11 MALES. TWO OF THE PATIENTS SURVIVE, AND ARE UNDER TREATMENT.

THE MAJORITY OF THE PATIENTS HAD SEXUALLY ACQUIRED THE DISEASE. SEVEN WERE IDENTIFIED AS NON-CHINESE.

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST STATISTICS UNDER THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME, FOUR MORI' PERSONS WERE FOUND TO BE I NFECTED BY 'Illi- AI DS VIRUS IN JANUARY.

SINCE APRIL 1985, A TOTAL OF 79,936 PERSONS HAVE FOR THE AIDS ANTIBODY AND 110 WERE FOUND TO BE INFECTED. OF THE INFECTED PERSONS ARE HAEMOPHILIACS.

BEEN TESTED

NEARLY HALF

THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME IS CARRIED OUT BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE IN HONG KONG.

THE HIGH RISK GROUPS TESTED FOR THE HIV ANTIBODY INCLUDE HAEMOPHI LI ACS, INTRAVENEOUS DRUG ABUSERS AND SEXUALLY PROM ISCUOUS PEOPLE.

DURING JANUARY, THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE SCREENED 13,297 UNITS OF DONATED BLOOD AND NEGATIVE RESULTS.

TRANSFUSION

ALL SHOWED

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w a practitioners and subvertcd hoccitala 27 0 1 485 24

««, , hygiene clinics 2 618 0 71 261 9

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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EPD SENDS OUT LETTERS ON EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE t I * * ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) HAS SENT LETTERS TO FARM OPERATORS IN THE LIVESTOCK KEEPING PROHIBITION AREAS OFFERING THEM AN EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE WHEN THEY CEASE THEIR LIVESTOCK KEEPING OPERATIONS.

THE PROHIBITION AREAS COVER HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON, SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND ENVIRONS, AND PARTS OF TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, KWAI TSI NG, TUEN MUN, FANLING AND SHEUNG SHUT, YUEN LONG, TIN SHUI WAI AND JUNK BAY NEW TOWNS.

AS SET OUT IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE OF THE WASTE DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1987, WITH EFFECT FROM JUNE 24 THIS YEAR, LIVESTOCK KEEPING WILL BE PROHIBITED IN THE ABOVE AREAS.

FARMERS IN THE PROHIBITION AREAS SHOULD AS SOON AS PROVIDE THE EPD WITH THE DATE ON WHICH THEY PROPOSE TO CEASE AS IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO ADM INISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.

POSSIBLE BUSINESS COMPLETE

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A LETTER OFFERING ALLOWANCE SHOULD CONI AC I THE EPD EITHER IN WRITING OR ON 3-7332285, 3-733228H, OR 3-7332292.

AN EX-GRATIA

BY TELEPHONE

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SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS WHITE PAPER

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MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25).

THEY WILL ALSO REVIEW THE WORK OF THE BOARD AND ITS COMMITTEE, AT THIS LAST BOARD MEETING OF THE PRESENT TERM.

MEANWHILE, IWO MEMBERS WILL ASK A QUESTION CONCERNING THE CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE, AMBIT AND POLICIES OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IN CONNECTION WITH ITS REORGANISATION.

/OTHER ITEMS .......

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2J, 1988

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25) IN THE DISTRICT SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, 7-ll NAM NING THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 I’M.

DISTRICT BOARD MEETING BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

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FORUMS FOR TUEN MUN DB CANDIDATES ♦ ♦ t ♦ ♦

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ORGANISED 10 PUBLIC FORUMS BETWEEN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND MARCH 6 (SUNDAY) TO INTRODUCE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES TO VOTERS.

EACH OF THE 32 CANDIDATES IN THE NINE CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE

GIVEN THE OPPORTUN ITY TO PRESENT HIS PLATFORM AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

BETA ILS OF THE FORUMS ARE AS FOLI .ows:

CONSTITUENCY DATE TIME VENUE

SHAN KING FEB. 24 (WED.) 8.30 PM OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE SHAN KING COMMUNITY HALL

NORTH EAST FEB. 25 (THUR. ) 8.30 PM OPEN SPACE IN FRONT OF ELITE GARDEN AT TSI NG LING PATH

SOUTH EAST FEB. 26 (FRI.) R . 30 PM OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE ON TING/ YAU Ol COMMUNITY CENTRE

YAU OT FEB. 27 (SAT.) 8.30 PM 01 LOK SQUARE. YAU Ol ESTATE

NORTH WEST FEB. 28 (SUN.) 8.30 I’M SQUARE NEAR SIU FAI HOUSE, SIU HONG COURT

CASTLE PEAK MAR. I (THE.) 8.30 I'M VOLLEYBALL COURT OPPOSITE TIP LING HOUSE, BUTTERFLY ESTATE

/TAI HING .......

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1988

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TAI HING MAR. •t 3 (THUR.) 8.30

SOUTH WEST MAR. 4 (FRI.) 8.30

TOWN CENTRE MAR. 5 (SAT.) 2.30

WHOLE DISTRICT MAR. 6 (SUN.) 10.3

PM OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE MANAGEMENT OFFICE OF TAI HING ESTATE

PM BASKETBALL COURT OPPOSITE WU YUET HOUSE, WU KING ESTATE

PM YAN 01 SQUARE. TOWN CENTRE

AM YAN 01 SQUARE. TOWN CENTRE

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YAU M/A TEI DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION » » t * ♦

THE YAI’ MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE AS WELL AS LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE GOLDEN MILE RESTAURANT, THIRD FLOOR, SILVERCORD, 30 ('ANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE REG IONA! SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON. MR T.H. CHAU. WILL ATTEND THE FUNCTION WHICH WILL START AT 3 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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LRT ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA » * ♦

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS TWO ITEMS IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMING INTO OPERATION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

THEY ARE THE PROPOSED STOPPING RESTRICTIONS AT ROAD JUNCTIONS IN TUEN MUN AND THE SAFETY OF THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING IN YAU OI ESTATE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE PROPOSED BUS ROUTE 67X; REQUEST FOR ONE MORE BUS STOP FOR ROUTE 60M; REPAIRS TO YTCK YUEN NORTH STREET AND THE PROVISION OF A SIDEWALK; NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON HEUNG SZE WUT ROAD; AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PERMANENT PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY AT HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD NEAR THE TOWN PARK.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS ROAD PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE CONTAINER YARD IN NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS SUBSEQUENT TO THE LINKING YAU OI ESTATE AND SIU ON COURT.

SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SO KWUN WAT TSUEN; AND CLOSING OF A FOOTBRIDGE

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S LATEST REPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1 TUEN II I ROAD, TUEN MUN. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LAYOUT PLAN ♦ * »

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE OUTLINE LAYOUT AND LANDSCAPE PLAN FOR THE TAI TONG EAST BORROW AREA.

TAI TONG EAST HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS AN APPROPRIATE RESOURCE FOR PROVIDING SOFT-FILL REQUIRED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE BORROW AREA, LOCATED LARGELY WITHIN TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK, WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A RECREATIONAL AREA WHEN BORROWING ACTIVITIES ARE COMPLETED.

AT THE MEETING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE WILL ASK ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF ROADWORKS IN TONG YAN SAN TSUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. IT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION t t » ♦ ♦

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION AT 3 PM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25) IN THE TUNG YUEN RESTAURANT, YI CHUN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WILL ATTEND.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES/SPECTAL DUTIES), MR LEO KWAN, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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FREE CONCERT FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS » « »

A CONCERT FEATURING CANTONESE OPERA SINGING AND POP MUSIC WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 27) EVENING AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL.

A WIDE SELECTION OF BOTH OPERATIC AND POPULAR SONGS WILL BE PRESENTED BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES AND MUSICIANS.

SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, THE-- FUNCTION WILL MARK THE CLOSING OF THE DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, AND AT ITS TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE, 85 IVY STREET.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMMES FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS » t » » t

TWO SPECIAL PROGRAMMES TO CELEBRATE THE SPRING FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) FOR RESIDENTS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT.

THE VICTORIA PEAK WALKATHON WILL START AT 9.30 AM AT THE CHIU SHEUNG SCHOOL IN POK FU LAM ROAD. THE WALK ROUND THE PEAK WILL ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO HAVE SOME GOOD EXERCISE AND IS MEANT TO BRING THEM GOOD LUCK.

AT 2.30 PM, A CARNIVAL FEATURING STALL GAMES, LUCKY DRAW, LION DANCE AND SINGING PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT THE KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK IN EASTERN STREET.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELIZABETH TSE, WILL OFFICIATE AT BOTH FUNCTIONS WHICH ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE SAI YING PUN AND THE KENNEDY TOWN AND MOUNT DAVIS AREA COMMITTERS, AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523OO2 OR 5-8170196.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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COURTESY CAMPAIGN IN NORTH DISTRICT ♦ » ♦ *

A HOST OF PROGRAMMES OF THE NORTH DISTRICT COURTESY CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT THE SHEUNG SHUI AND FANLING RAILWAY STATIONS ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25).

ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT AROUSING RESIDENTS' ATTENTION TO THE NEED TO BE CONSIDERATE AND COURTEOUS, AND TO OBSERVE RULES WHEN USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ESCALATORS.

TO START OFF THE CAMPAIGN, A POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION WAS HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE ACTIVITIES ON THURSDAY WILL INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION OF ENTRIES TO THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION AT THE SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION, QUIZZES AT THE SHEUNG SHUI AND FANLING RAILWAY STATIONS, AND A TOUR OF THE DISTRICT BY A BRIGHTLY DECORATED DOUBLE-DECKER BUS.

THE BUS WILL STOP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS WHERE CAMPAIGN STAFF WILL CONVEY THE COURTESY MESSAGE AND DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY MATERIALS TO PASSERS-BY.

BOOKMARKS AND BALLOONS CARRYING THE MESSAGE WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE PUBLIC AT THE TWO RAILWAY STATIONS.

THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW (HEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE POSTER EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC’ FROM 3 PM TO 8 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ('OVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE COURTESY CAMPAIGN POSTER EXHIBITION ON THURSDAY ( FEBRUARY 25) AT 3 I’M AT THE SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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TAI PO ELDERLY TREATED TO ’YAN YAT* PARTY

ABOUT 1,350 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN TAI PO ENJOYED A HAPP\ YAN YAT” (EVERYONE’S BIRTHDAY) PARTY AT TWO^RESTAURANTS IN TAI PO MARKET THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE PARTY WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, TAI PO TSAT YEUK RURAL COMMITTEE, TAI PO SOCIETIES FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION AND THE TAI PO MERCHANTS^ ASSOCIATION.

IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE ^DISTRICT BOARD AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S LUNAR NEW YEAR PROGRAMME.

THE PARTICIPANTS WERE AGED 73 OR OVER AND COMPRISED ABOUT 250 MEN AND ABOUT 1,100 WOMEN.

THE OLDEST PERSON ATTENDING WAS 99 AND RECEIVED A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT. THE NEXT FOUR OLDEST PEOPLE ALSO RECEIVED GOLD MEDALS.

ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED LAI SEE PACKETS FROM A TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE MEMBER, MR TANG YEUK-FAN.

ABOUT 80 VOLUNTEERS FROM THE ORGANISING BODIES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE ELDERLY AT THE FUNCTION.

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PUBLIC EARTH DUMP AT ALDRICH BAY OPENS

THE PUBLIC EARTH DUMP AT ALDRICH BAY, SAI WAN HO, WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR EARTH DUMPING WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE DUMP WILL BE OPEN ON WEEKDAYS ONLY, FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM.

A DUMPING PERMIT IS REQUIRED AND CAN BE OBTAINED BY APPLYING TO PORT WORKS DIVISION, CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1988

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WATER CUTS IN TAI PO, SAI KUNG * * ♦ ♦

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 25) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WASTE DETECTION WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT FU SHIN ESTATE, MING NGA COURT AND SUN HING GARDEN.

SOME PREMISES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD MAY EXPERIENCE WEAK PRESSURE IN THE WATER SUPPLY.

ALSO, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SAI KUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 26) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY NGAN YAN ROAD, A KUNG WAN, AP TSAI WAN AND TAI AU MUN.

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NEW ROAD TO OPEN IN TSUEN WAN *****

A NEW ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 26).

IT IS THE NEW SHING MUN ROAD BETWEEN SHING MUN ROAD AND WO Y1 HOP ROAD. BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THIS NEW ROAD AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY.

IN ADDITION, ALL LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING THE SAME ROAD SECTION ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC’ HOLIDAYS.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE LEUNG KING ESTATE BUS TERMINUS IN TUEN MUN AREA I WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR PROHIBITED ZONE BANNING THE ENTRY OF ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

I

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2k, 1?86

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BRITAIN, CHINA 'COMMITTED TO FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF JD' . 1

GOVERNOR LEARNS MORE ABOUT COUNTRY PARKS ...............

LADY YOUDE TO OPEN MEMORIAL PAVILION ...................

LONG SERVICE AWARDS FOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS .............. 5

FORUMS TO INTRODUCE NORTH CANDIDATES ...................... 5

EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION PROMOTION DAY ............. 7

TWO DISTRICT OFFICES TO HOLD SPRING RECEPTIONS TOMORROW ... 7

ISLANDS DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION ......................... 8

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION ....................... $

VARIETY SHOW TO CLOSE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL........... 9

LIVESTOCK WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE IN MUI WO.............. 10

THREE STORAGE SITES TO LET................................ 11

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES FACE DEMOLITION ............-.......... 11

ROADS REDUCED TO ONE LANE FOR FLYOVER WORK

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1988

1

BRITAIN, CHINA ’COMMITTED TO FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF JD*

THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS ARE TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, SIR RICHARD EVANS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE FOR CANTON, SIR RICHARD SAID: ’’THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

’’AND I’M QUITE SURE THAT THE EMBASSY WILL REMAIN IN THE THICK OF THINGS, THAT THE EMBASSY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A VERY GREAT DEAL TO DO WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.”

SIR RICHARD, WHO WILL SOON RETIRE AS BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, RECALLED THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS A DOCUMENT WITH WHICH ”1 HAVE BEEN MUCH ROUND UP."

HE NOTED THAT HE WAS THE LEADER OF THE BRITISH DELEGATION DURING 15 OF THE 22 ROUNDS OF TALKS WHICH LED TO THE JOINT DECLARATION.

’’AND I WAS PRESENT AT THE CEREMONIES FOR THE INITIALLING, THE SIGNATURE AND ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE JOINT DECLARATION."

AND SINCE THEN, SIR RICHARD SAID HE HAD BEEN VERY MUCH CONCERNED WITH ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

IN REPLY TO A QUEST ION ABOUT POLITICAL REFORMS, SIR RICHARD SAID HE BELIEVED THAI’ THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT REGARDED THE PUBLICATION OF THE WHITE PAPER AS THE AFFAIR OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

SIR RICHARD TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE HAD BEEN INVITED TO HONG KONG BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, FOR A THRF.E-DAY STAY.

HE WAS ALSO INVITED TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY.

"I SPOKE AT THAI’ MEETING ABOUT PROGRESS IN CHINA'S REFORM PROGRAMMES — POL IT I (’AL AND ECONOMIC, AND ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION," SIR RICHARD SAID.

"THIS IS MY 16TII VISIT TO HONG KONG DURING MY TIME AS AMBASSADOR. AS EVER, AS ALWAYS, I HAVE BEEN MOST IMPRESSED BY HIE ATMOSPHERE OF ENTERPRISE AND DYNAMISM WHICH PERVADES THE WHOLE TERRITORY," HE ADDED.

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GOVERNOR LEARNS MORE ABOUT COUNTRY PARKS

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THE GOVERNOR, SLR DAVID WILSON, SPENT THE AFTERNOON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ON HIS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO SOME OF THE MAJOR COUNTRY PARK FACILITIES TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S WORK IN DEVELOPING AND MANAGING HONG KONG’S 21 COUNTRY PARKS.

TRAVELLING BY HELICOPTER, SLR DAVID WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY LADY WILSON, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, AND THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR K.C. IU.

SIR DAVID STARTED HIS INSPECTION TOUR BY VISITING THE TAI TONG TREE NURSERY IN TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK - THE DEPARTMENT’S PRINCIPAL TREE NURSERY - WHERE HE SAW I REE SEEDLING PRODUCTION WORK IN PROGRESS.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THE NURSERY PRODUCED 750,000 TREE SEEDLINGS OF OVER 130 SPI IES EVERY YEAR TO MEET THE DEPARTMENT’S PLANTING REQUIREMENTS AND TO CATER FOR THE LANDSCAPING PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

WHILE IN TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK, SIR DAVID SAW FOR HIMSELF THE AFFORESTATION WORK IN THOSE AREAS OF HIGHLY ERODIBLE DECOMPOSED GRANITE AS A MEASURE TO CHECK SOIL EROSION, TO ALLEVIATE THE SILTING PROBLEM IN THE YUEN LONG AREA AND TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE.

THE GOVERNOR THEN VISITED THE LEAD MINE PASS MANAGEMENT CENTRE IN SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE CONCERTED EFFORTS BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN PREVENTING AND SUPPRESSING HILL FIRES.

THESE INCLUDED A CONTINUING MAJOR PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE IN PREVENTING HILL FIRES, ESTABLISHMENT OF FIRE BREAKS AND FIRE LOOKOUTS AT STRATEGIC AREAS, CONSTRUCTION OF WATER TANKS AND IMPROVEMENT OF ACCESS ROADS IN ALL COUNTRY PARKS TO FACILITATE FIRE FIGHTING.

SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE ASSISTANCE GIVEN BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES IN FIRE PATROL DUTY, AS WELL AS THE AIRLIFTING AND WATER BOMBING SFRVH IS PROVIDED BY THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, HAD BEEN VERY USEFUL IN DETECTING AND CONTAINING FIRE OUTBREAKS.

NEXT ON THE VISIT PROGRAMME WAS THE SHING MUN ARBORETUM WHERE THE GOVERNOR SAW SOME OF THE RARE AND PROTECTED PLANT SPECIES WHICH ARE AMONG THE COLLECTION OF 2,400 TREE AND SHRUB SPECIMENS, COMPRISING 82 FAMILIES AND 308 SPECIES INCLUDING THOSE INDIGENOUS TO HONG KONG AND SOUTH CHINA.

/SIR DAVID .......

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1?88

SIR DAVID LATER FLEW TO PAK TAM CHUNG, SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK FOR A VISIT TO A POPULAR BARBECUE/PICNIC SITE WITH FACILITIES FOR THE PHYSICALLY HAND I CAPPED, AND THE NEARBY SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK VISITOR CENTRE.

THE LATTER, THE FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT VISITOR CENTRE IN HONG KONG, IS THE SPEARHEAD OF A MAJOR PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE MORE VISITOR INFORMATION AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO MEET THE GROWING NEEDS OF PARK VISITORS. THE CENTRE ATTRACTS AN AVERAGE OF 15,000 VISITORS A MONTH.

IN ADDITION TO THE TWO SMALLER VISITOR CENTRES AT ABERDEEN AND TAI MEJ TUK WHICH WERE CONVERTED FROM OLD OFFICE BUILDINGS, THERE ARE AT PRESENT TWO OTHER PURPOSE-BUILT VISITOR CENTRES IN THE CLEAR WATER BAY AND SHING MUN COUNTRY PARKS.

PLANS ARE BEING FINALISED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FOURTH CENTRE AT TAI MO SHAN AT A COST OF $4.5 MILLION.

THIS FORMS AN INTEGRAL PART OF A FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO FURTHER DEVELOP HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS.

OTHER IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN COUNTRY PARKS NEAR NEW TOWNS, AND THE PROVISION OF MORE FACILITIES FOR THE OLDER AGE AND FAMILY GROUPS.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS VISIT, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE COUNTRY PARKS SHOULD BE PRESERVED AS A RECREATIONAL FACILITY FOR THE GROWING POPULATION.

MANY VISITORS WHO CAME I’O HONG KONG DID NOT REALISE THAT THE TERRITORY HAI) SO MUCH OPEN COUNTRYSIDE, HE SAID, ADDING THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG WAS COUNTRY PARK.

NOTING THAT HE SPENT QUITE A LOI’ OF HIS TIME DURING WEEKENDS IN COUNTRY PARKS, SIR DAVID SAID THE WAY IN WHICH THE PARKS WERE MANAGED WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION THAT MATTERS CONNECTED WITH THE COUNTRY PARKS MIGHT NOT BE DISCUSSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS THE HEUNG YEE KUK WAS NOT GIVEN A SEAT IN THE COUNCIL, SIR DAVID SAID THERE WERE ALREADY A NUMBER OF LEGISLATIVE COIJNCILLORS WHO CAME FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES AND WHO DID SPEAK UP ON NT ISSUES.

’’THEY WILL, I'M SURE, SPEAK UP ON ISSUES CONNECTED WITH THE COUNTRY PARKS,” HE ADDED.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1988

LADY YOUDE TO OPEN MEMORIAL PAVILION » ♦ * * ♦

A PAVILION PUT UP BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD IN TRIBUTE TO THE LATE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL BE OPENED BY LADY YOUDE ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 26).

CONSTRUCTION OF THE MEMORIAL PAVILION IN TSAT MUK KIU WITHIN THE LUK KENG COUNTRY PARK TN SHA TAU KOK WAS INITIATED BY MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD.

THEY REGARDED SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE, WHO WERE REGULAR TREKKERS IN THE LUK KENG AREA, AS WEEKEND RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COST OF THE PAVILION, ALONG WITH DONATIONS FROM SEVERAL LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PEKING-STYLE TWIN PAVILION IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND BUILT IN HONG KONG. ONLY ONE PAVILION OF THE SAME DESIGN HAS BEEN PUT UP IN SOUTHERN CHINA.

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE PAVILION STARTED LAST SUMMER FOLLOWING AN EARTH-BREAKING CEREMONY PERFORMED RY LADY YOUDE IN MAY.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE PAVILION, LADY YOUDE WILL UNVEIL A PLAQUE AND PLANT A TREE NEAR THE PAVILION.

AMONG THOSE PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR MICHAEL SUEN; DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE; NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, MR RAYMOND PANG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ('OVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL PAVILION ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 26) AT 3 PM TN THE LUK KENG COUNTRY PARK. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ADVISED TO WEAR SHOES WITH RUBBER SOLES AS THEY WILL HAVE TO TAKE A 15-MINUTE WALK TO THE PAVILION.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE PRESS. TWO GOVERNMENT VANS WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC' PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 12.30 PM.

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LONG SERVICE AWARDS FOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS * ♦ t ♦ ♦

THIRTEEN MEMBERS OF THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE WERE AWARDED THE LONG SERVICE INSIGNIA BY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR ALAN CARTER, AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FIRST CLASPS, WHICH SIGNIFY 25 YEARS OF SERVICE, WERE PRESENTED TO A PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICER, MR TANG CHIU-SHING, AND SIX OTHER OFFICERS.

ANOTHER SIX OFFICERS INCLUDING ONE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICER, ONE CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICER, TWO SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, ONE IMMIGRATION OFFICER AND ONE ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICER RECEIVED THE HONG KONG DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDALS.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR CARTER SAID THE AWARD OF THE HONG KONG DISCIPLINED SERVICES MEDAL IS TO HONOUR THOSE WHO HAVE RENDERED LONG AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE AS MEMBERS OF THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE.

HE ALSO CONGRATULATED ALL RECIPIENTS AND THANKED THEM FOR THEIR LOYALTY AND DEDICATION TO THEIR WORK.

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FORUMS TO INTRODUCE NORTH CANDI DATES ♦ * ♦ * ♦

CANDIDATES FOR THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO VOTERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CONST ITUENCIES IN NINE FORUMS TO BE HELD FROM SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28).

AT THE FORUMS, WHICH ARE ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE CANDIDATES WILL PRESENT THEIR PLATFORMS AND EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH THE PUBLIC.

THERE ARE 26 CANDIDATES CONTESTING 11 SEATS IN THE NINE CONSTITUENCIES OF THE DISTRICT.

AS THE CANDIDATE OF THE SHEK WU HUI CONSTITUENCY IS UNOPPOSED, NO FORUM WILL BE ORGANISED FOR THAT CONSTITUENCY, WHILE TWO FORUMS WILL BE HELD FOR THE BORDER EAST AND MIRS BAY CONSTITUENCY IN VIEW OF ITS VAST GEOGRAPH I (’AL AREA.

/THE DATES .......

WEDNESDAY, FBBRUABY 2U, 1988

THE DATES AND VENUES OF THE FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE/TIME CONSTITUENCY VENUE

FEB 28 (SUN) 11 AM BEAS RIVER ROOM 411, CONFERENCE ROOM, NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL, SHEUNG SHUI

FEB 28 (SUN) 2.30 PM BORDER CENTRAL FUNG KAI SECONDARY SCHOOL JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, SHEUNG SHUI

FEB 29 (MON) 8 PM QUEEN'S HILL SUEN DOUH CAMP, FANLING

MARCH 1 (TUE) 7 PM LUEN WO HUI PUT LING SCHOOL OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING

MARCH 3 (THUR) 8 PM FANLING SOUTH CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING

MARCH 4 (FRT) 8 PM TIN PING SHEK WU HUI PUBLIC SCHOOL TIN PING ESTATE, SHEUNG SHUI

MARCH 5 (SAT) 2.30 PM BORDER EAST AND MIRS BAY SING PING SCHOOL, TA KWU LING

MARCH 6 (SUN) 11 AM BORDER EAST AND MJ RS BAY SHA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, SHA TAU KOK

MARCH 6 (SUN) 2.30 PM CHO] YUEN (’HOI YUEN ESTATE COVERED PLAYGROUND, SHEUNG SHUI

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1988

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EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION PROMOTION DAY * * » ♦ ♦

A GALA WILL BE STAGED IN THE OPEN AREA OF YUE WAN ESTATE IN CHAI WAN ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) AFTERNOON TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AND TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE ON MARCH 10.

ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE GALA WILL FEATURE A DRAMA ON DB ELECTIONS TO BE PERFORMED BY RTHK DISC-JOCKEYS; A QUIZ AND AN EXHIBITION TO INTRODUCE THE 13 CONSTITUENCIES IN EASTERN DISTRICT; AND SINGING PERFORMANCES BY MR TERENCE CHOI AND MISS ROWENA CORTES.

ALL DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES IN EASTERN DISTRICT HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE FUNCTION.

DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL DISTRIBUTE NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENTS ON THE ELECTIONS AND SOUVENIR ITEMS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, WILL OFFK I Al E AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION PROMOTION DAY TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) IN THE OPEN AREA OF YUE WAN ESTATE, CHAI WAN ROAD.

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rwo DISTRICT OFFICES TO HOLD SPRING RECEPTIONS TOMORROW » t * ♦

THE KWUN TONG AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICES SEPARATE SPRING RECEPTIONS TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR LOCAL

WILL HOST

COMMUNITY

LEADERS.

MEMBERS OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND AREA COMMITTEES, AND GOVERNMENI OFFICIALS WILL BE INVITED. THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL ATTEND BOTH FUNCTIONS.

IN KWUN TONG, THE RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM AT LOK WAH PALACE RESTAURANT, LOK WAH ESTATE.

/AT A.......

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2U, 1988

AT A CEREMONY DURING THE RECEPTION, TWENTY-SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES OF KWUN TONG ORGANISATIONS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS COMMUNITY BUILDING AND ASSISTANCE IN EMERGENCY RELIEF WORK.

IN WONG TAI SIN, THE RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 4.30 PM AT THE CHUK YUEN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER BOTH EVENTS.

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ISLANDS DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION *****

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION AT THE MAXIM’S RESTAURANT, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, Bl, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 4 PM.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, AND ABOUT 200 RESIDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL ATTEND THE RECEPTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE RECEPTION.

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION ♦ * ♦ ♦ »

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 26).

COMMUNITY LEADERS, DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN INVITED.

/THE DEPUTY

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1988

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, WILL ATTEND THE RECEPTION, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM AT THE MAXIM’S CHINESE RESTAURANT IN LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN, NEXT TO THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

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VARIETY SHOW TO CLOSE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL

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ABOUT 1,200 SAI KUNG RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO AN EVENING OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT WHEN THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH A VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE SINGING, DANCING, CANTONESE OPERA, A BAND PERFORMANCE AND LION DANCES.

MOST OF THE PERFORMERS ARE PUPILS LIVING OR STUDYING IN SAI KUNG, HANG HAI AND RENNIE’S MILL. MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO PERFORM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL COMBINED CLOSING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL, PO TUNG ROAD, SAI KUNG TOWN. THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM.

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LIVESTOCK WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE IN MUI WO » ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RENEWED A CONTRACT TO CONTINUE THE LIVESTOCK WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE IN THE MUI WO AREA OF LANTAU ISLAND.

THIS FREE LIVESTOCK WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE HAS BEEN AVAILABLE TO MUI WO SINCE DECEMBER 22 LAST YEAR AND RESPONSE FROM THE LOCAL FARMERS HAS BEEN FAVOURABLE.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE COLLECTION SERVICE, PROVIDED IN THE AREA IN ADVANCE OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME, IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING FARMERS AND ENABLING THEM TO PRACTISE THE DRY MUCK-OUT METHOD, AND THEREBY COMPLY WITH THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS CONTROLLING POLLUTION FROM LIVESTOCK WASTE.

THIS ALSO HELPS TO REDUCE POLLUTION OF THE SEA AT THE SILVERM1NE BAY BEACH.

ABOUT HALF OF THE 33 FARMS IN MUI WO ARE CURRENTLY MAKING USE OF THE SERVICE BY DELIVERING LIVESTOCK MANURE TO THE 22 COLLECTION POINTS SET UP BY EPD FOR COLLECTION BY THE CONTRACTOR.

THE COLLECTED MANURE IS SENT TO THE CONSOLIDATION PLANT IN MUI WO FOR PROCESSING INTO A MORE STABLE PRODUCT BEFORE IT IS BAGGED AND TRANSFERRED TO TSI NG YI BY BARGES THROUGH THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT'S WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES.

THE CONSOLIDATED MANURE IS SUBSEQUENTLY DELIVERED TO THE EPD’S COMPOSTING PLANT AT NGAU TAM MEI FOR. FINAL PROCESSING INTO A USEFUL AND VALUABLE PRODUCT SUITABLE FOR USE AS SOIL CONDITIONER AND FERTILISER.

EVERY DAY, ABOUT 0.7 TONNE OF FRESH MANURE IS COLLECTED FROM THE FARMS.

UNDER THE WASTE DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE

! IVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN MUI JUNE 24.

1987, A

WO FROM

IT IS EXPECTED THAT FARMERS WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE DRY MUCK-OUT METHOD CAN MAKE FULL USE OF THE COLLECTION SERVICE AND CONTINUE LIVESTOCK FARMING IN THE AREA WITHOUT (’AUS I NG POLLUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

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THREE STORAGE SITES TO LET ♦ » ♦

THREE STORAGE SITES ARE TO BE LET BY TENDER ON SHORT-TERM TENANCIES BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

ONE OF THE SITES, LOCATED OFF HOI YU STREET IN QUARRY BAY, IS FOR STORING GOODS, EXCEPT UNLICENSED MOTOR VEHICLES.

ACCORDING TO THE TENANCY TERMS, THE 4,1OO-SQUARE-METRE SITE CAN ALSO BE USED AS A PUBLIC FEE PAYING CARPARK. THE TENANCY IS ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE OTHER TWO SITES ARE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ONE IS LOCATED AT WO SHEUNG TUN STREET, FO TAN, SHA TIN. THE TENANCY FOR THE 6,200-SQUARE-METRE SITE IS TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

IT IS FOR STORING GOODS, PLANT AND MACHINERY, VEHICLES AND BUILDING MATERIALS, BUT EXCLUDING CONTAINERS.

THE REMAINING SITE, MEASURING 2,204 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF ON KUI STREET AND ON LOK MUN STREET, ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING. IT IS FOR OPEN STORAGE PURPOSES.

THE TENANCY IS IS MONTHS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

TENDERS FOR THE THREE SITES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON MARCH 1 I .

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES FACE DEMOLITION ♦ ♦ ♦

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON FLAT ROOFS OF A BUILDING AT 178-181 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON, SO THAT THEY ('AN BF DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC'.

THE STRUCTURES ARE ON ROOFS ADJACENT TO FLAT A ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING.

/THE CLOSURE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2*4, 1988

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THE CLOSURE IS PART OF THE EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN JUNE 1986 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 24 WAS POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WILL START ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE MADE.

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ROADS REDUCED TO ONE LANE FOR FLYOVER WORK » » ♦ ♦ »

TO FACILITATE RECONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER, WATERLOO ROAD NORTHBOUND NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH ARGYLE STREET AND PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD NORTHBOUND NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE-LANE TRAFFIC.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE BETWEEN 10 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY ON FEBRUARY 26 (FRDIAY), FEBRUARY 29, MARCH 1 AND MARCH 2.

AS CONGESTION IS EXPECTED ON THE TWO SECTIONS, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID USING THEM AND TO TAKE OTHER ROUTES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE...................................... 1

GOVERNOR PRAISES WORK OF FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES .........

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHENZHEN ................................. 3

PLB'S TO HAVE TWO MORE SEATS ............................... 3

WORKFORCE IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DECLINES ................ 5

SCOPE FOR DYEING AND FINISHING INDUSTRY TO EXPAND........... 6

TH .ECTORS URGED TO VOTE RATIONALLY......................

KENNEDY TOWN DB CANDIDATES TO MEET ELECTORS ................ 7

ELECTION PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES IN YUEN LONG ................. 8

DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION MEETS THE MEDIA .................... 9

DB TO DISCUSS REVISED DEVELOPMENT JROGRAMME................ 10

SEMINAR ORGANISED FOR SPORTS LEADERS ...................... 10

KWAI TSING HOLDING NEW YEAR CARNIVAL ...................... 11

MONG KOK DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION ...............-........ 12

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BOOK EXHIBITION STARTS ON SATURDAY IN NORTH DISTRICT..... 12

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES................ 1?

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KOWLOON WALK FOR MILLIONS . . 12*

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1988

ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE t » »

THE SUCCESS OF DISTRICT BOARDS DEPENDS TO A GREAT EXTENT ON THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AND THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO PLEDGE SUPPPORT THAN TURNING OUT TO VOTE ON MARCH 10, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ADDRESSING A ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING, MR LIAO SAID THE SYSTEM OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION HAD GROWN OUT OF A FINE TRADITION AND DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF HONG KONG.

"WE NEED BOTH THE COLLECTIVE STRENGTH OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THE WISDOM OF OUR RESIDENTS TO HELP ITS FURTHER DEVELOPMENT.

"ELECTIONS ARE A PART OF THIS PROCESS TO SELECT THOSE WHO WILL REPRESENT AND SPEAK FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

"IF WE DO NOT REGISTER AND DO NOT VOTE, WE HAVE FORFEITED THE RIGHT TO TAKE PART IN THIS PROCESS," HE STRESSED.

NOTING THAT 493 CANDIDATES HAD ACCEPTED NOMINATION TO STAND FOR THE ELECTIONS, MR LIAO SAID, THE MARCH 10 ELECTIONS WOULD BE ANOTHER IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT BOARDS.

WHILE 90 PER CENT OF ALL SERVING ELECTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WERE SEEKING RE-ELECTION, ALMOST HALF OF ALL THE CANDIDATES WERE STANDING FOR ELECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE SAID.

MR LIAO OBSERVED THAT THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAD PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT TO THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

"IT IS GRATIFYING TO SEE THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH TAKING PART IN THE ELECTIONS.

"IT ALSO INDICATES THAT THE OCCASIONAL CRITICISM OF POLITICAL APATHY AMONGST THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IS NO LONGER VALID," HE SAID.

MR LIAO POINTED OUT THAT, TO PREPARE FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD REVIEWED THE CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES AND THE NUMBER OF SEATS ON EACH DISTRICT BOARD.

WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF PRESERVING DISTRICT IDENTITY, THE REVIEW TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE POPULATION GROWTH AND MOVEMENT TN EACH CONSTITUENCY, HE SAID.

BASED ON THESE INFORMATION AND THE PUBLIC’S GENERAL SUPPORT THAT THE PRESENT RATIO OF HAVING TWO ELECTED TO ONE APPOINTED MEMBER SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED, THE GOVERNMENT MADE SOME MINOR CHANGES TO THE BOUNDARIES OF II DISTRICTS, CREATED 12 NEW CONSTITUENCIES AND INCREASED THE NUMBER OF ELECTED SEATS BY 27 FROM 237 TO 264, HE ADDED.

/MR LIAO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1988

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MR LIAO SAID OVER THE YEARS DISTRICT BOARDS HAD A FINE RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENTS. THEY HAD EFFECTIVELY REFLECTED TO THE GOVERNMENT THE ASPIRATIONS AND CONCERNS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND HAD PROVIDED A FOCAL POINT FOR THE DIRECT PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL RESIDENTS TN A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

THESE INCLUDE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY CENTRES, PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, AND ORGANISATION OF DISTRICT ARTS AND SPORTS EVENTS.

IN 1987, THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS HAD COMPLETED OVER 300 MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND SPONSORED 4,000 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES.

AN INTENSIVE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME WAS IN PROCESS TO REMIND AND ENCOURAGE REGISTERED VOTERS TO CAST THEIR VOTES ON POLLING DAY.

THESE TOOK THE FORM OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS, BANNERS, POSTERS, AND SENDING THE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS TO INDIVIDUAL VOTERS.

FORUMS WERE BEING HELD IN EACH CONSTITUENCY TO INTRODUCE CANDIDATES TO ELECTORS.

"BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL NOW IS THE SUPPORT OF THE VOTERS. A VOTE IS A VOICE AND IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND DIRECT WAY OF EXERCISING ONE’S CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES," HE SAID.

MR LIAO CONCLUDED BY URGING ALL REGISTERED ELECTORS TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES BY CASTING THEIR VOTES ON POLLING DAY.

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GOVERNOR PRAISES WORK OF FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES » » » ♦ »

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (THURSDAY) PRAISED THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES (DFCC’S) TO THE BATTLE AGAINST CRIME.

SPEAKING AFTER ATTENDING A MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, SIR DAVID SAID DFCC’S PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE STATE OF CRIME IN THEIR DISTRICTS AND IN CO-ORDINATING DISTRICT EFFORTS TO ASSIST THE POLICE IN MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER.

AFTER BEING WELCOMED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR SIT HO-YIN, SIR DAVID LISTENED TO A YEAR-END REPORT ON THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN GIVEN BY MR WONG SHU, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

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HE HEARD THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS ORGANISED A NUMBER OF FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES DURING THE PAST YEAR, INCLUDING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, VISITS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTITUTIONS, COMPETITIONS, CARNIVALS AND VARIOUS PUBLICITY DRIVES TO DISSEMINATE THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE.

SIR DAVID WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE CRIME SITUATION IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT BY THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR GEOFFREY COX.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCOMPANIED AT THE MEETING BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (DESIGNATE), MR GEOFFREY BARNES, AND THE SECRETARY OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR NIGEL FRENCH.

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, AND MR SIT MET THE GOVERNOR ON HIS ARRIVAL IN TUEN MUN.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL PAY A ONE-DAY VISIT TO SHENZHEN AT THE INVITATION OF THE MAYOR OF SHENZHEN, MR LI HAO, ON MARCH 3.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A MEETING WITH THE MAYOR TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST, A BRIEFING ON THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE AND VISITS TO CHI WAN PORT, THE GUANGZHOU-SHENZHEN SUPERHIGHWAY AND A HONG KONG-SHENZHEN JOINT VENTURE ENTERPRISE.

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ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, THE DEPUTY POLITICAL ADVISER, MR BOB PEIRCE, THE GOVERNOR’S PRIVATE SECRETARY, MR RICHARD HOARE, AND AN INTERPRETER.

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AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 23), THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ENDORSED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM CARRYING CAPACITY OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BY TWO, FROM THE EXISTING 14 UP TO 16 SEATS.

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ALSO DIRECTED THAT THE EXISTING POLICY OF FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES OPERATING COACH SERVICES BE MAINTAINED.

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IN ANNOUNCING THIS DECISION, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE FOLLOWING FACTORS WERE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT :

» THE EXISTING POLICY AND LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF PLB’S AND COACHES;

* THE RELATIVE PRIORITY OVER THE USE OF ROAD SPACE BY DIFFERENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODES;

THE NEED TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT PEAK HOURS;

* BETTER USE OF THE POTENTIAL SEATING CAPACITY OF EXISTING PLB’S; AND

» THE PROMOTION OF HEALTHY COMPETITION BETWEEN DIFFERENT TRANSPORT MODES.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE INCREASE OF UP TO 16 SEATS WOULD BE FINAL. NO FURTHER RELAXATION IN THE DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT OR SEATING CAPACI1। OF PLB’S WOULD BE CONSIDERED.

THIS ACCORDS WITH THE EXISTING POLICY THAT PLB’S SHOULD PLAY ONLY A COMPLEMENTARY ROLE, SUPPLEMENTING SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE MASS TRANSPORT CARRIERS.

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ALSO DECIDED THAT COACH SERVICES SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED BY FRANCHISED BUS OPERATORS FOR EXISTING ROUTES WHERE ROAD CONDITIONS AND PATRONAGE WARRANT SUCH SERVICES.

THE DESIGNATED SEATING CAPACITY OF COACHES WILL CONTINUE TO BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE NEED TO ENSURE A SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE IN THE CAPACITY OF PLB’S AND COACHES.

THIS WILL ALLOW A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE ROLES OF THE TWO MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND AVOID DUPLICATION OF SERVICES AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

WHEN CONSIDERING THE INTRODUCTION OF COACHES OR GREEN MINIBUSES FOR NEW ROUTES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WOULD HAVE REGARD TO THE OPERATIONAL AND PLANNING GUIDELINES ENDORSED BY THE TAC.

THESE INCLUDE SUCH CONSIDERATIONS AS AVOIDING DIRECT COMPETITION BETWEEN COACHES AND PLB’S; PRESERVING, UNDER EXISTING POLICY, OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONVERTING RED MINIBUSES INTO GREEN MINIBUSES; AND THE PLANNED ULTIMATE POPULATION AND TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT TO BE SERVED.

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WORKFORCE IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DECLINES *****

A VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SURVEY HAS FOUND THAT THE TOTAL WORKFORCE IN THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY DECREASED FROM 87,000 IN MARCH 1985 TO 84,000 IN MARCH 1987.

THE FOUR PER CENT REDUCTION WITHIN TWO YEARS HAS CREATED AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF MANPOWER AT THE OPERATIVE AND GENERAL WORKER LEVELS, PARTICULARLY WHEN THE INDUSTRY BEGAN TO RECOVER IN 1986, A REPORT ON THE SURVEY SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR JOHN H.P. LOK, SAID MANY SKILLED, SEMI-SKILLED AND, IN PARTICULAR, UNSKILLED WORKERS HAD LEFT FOR OTHER SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY DURING THE RECESSION IN THE INDUSTRY BETWEEN 1983 AND 1985.

"SINCE THEN, VERY FEW OF THEM HAVE RETURNED TO THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES. EMPLOYERS ALSO EXPERIENCED DIFFICULTIES IN GETTING NEW RECRUITS BECAUSE YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT FIND JOBS IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ATTRACTIVE," MR LOK SAID.

"NEVERTHELESS, THE DEMAND FOR TRAINED WORKERS AT ALL LEVELS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN VIEW OF THE RAPIDLY RISING EXPECTATION FOR HIGHER STANDARDS IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND MORE STRINGENT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS."

THE BOARD ESTIMATED IN THE SURVEY REPORT THAT THE INDUSTRY WOULD NEED AT LEAST 410 TECHNOLOGISTS, 1,100 TECHNICIANS AND 2,500 CRAFTSMEN ANNUALLY IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS UP TO 1993.

MR LOK CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PROPER TRAINING FOR NEW RECRUITS AS WELL AS UPGRADING TRAINING FOR EXISTING WORKERS TO ENSURE THE INDUSTRY HAS A WELL TRAINED WORKFORCE.

THE BOARD CONSIDERED THAT THAT WAS THE ONLY MEANS OF ALLEVIATING THE ADVERSE MANPOWER SITUATION FACING THE INDUSTRY.

THE 1987 MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT ON THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $16 A COPY.

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SCOPE FOR DYEING AND FINISHING INDUSTRY TO EXPAND

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ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FINDINGS EMERGING FROM A RECENT STUDY COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT WAS THAT THE EXISTING CAPACITY OF THE DYEING AND FINISHING INDUSTRY CAN MEET ONLY ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LOCAL TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE OPENING OF A NEW DYEING FACTORY IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE - THE YUEN LONG TEXTILES CO. LTD.

MR MACLEOD SAID THE STUDY POINTED OUT THAT ANY GROWTH IN THE CAPACITY OF THE FINISHING INDUSTRY WOULD IMPROVE THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY’S SPEED OF RESPONSE TO EXTERNAL DEMAND, PARTICULARLY FOR SHORT PRODUCTION RUNS, AND INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF VALUE ADDED TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT.

WHILE IDENTIFYING CONSIDERABLE SCOPE FOR THE FINISHING INDUSTRY TO EXPAND, THE STUDY ALSO MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MAKING GREATER USE OF THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE FOR DYEING AND FINISHING OPERATIONS.

MR MACLEOD SAID THE MATTER WOULD SOON BE DISCUSSED AT THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD AND THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

”1 AM FULLY CONFIDENT THAT, WITH THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS AND ADAPTABILITY OF OUR INDUSTRIALISTS, AND THE GENERAL INFRASTRUCTURAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE DYEING AND FINISHING INDUSTRY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A VERY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR ECONOMY,” HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THE YUEN LONG TEXTILES CO. LTD. WOULD USE FINISHING PROCESSES WHICH WERE NEW TO HONG KONG, MR MACLEOD SAID THE DYEING FACTORY PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW FOREIGN INVESTMENT COULD BENEFIT THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

"AS IT IS ENVISAGED THAT 90 PER CENT OF THE FACTORY’S OUTPUT WILL BE USED IN HONG KONG, THE FACTORY WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE AS A RELIABLE SUPPLIER OF HIGH QUALITY FABRICS TO OUR CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

"IT IS THESE NEW PROCESSES AND TECHNOLOGIES THAT OUR INDUSTRIAL ESTATES PARTICULARLY EXIST TO ENCOURAGE, AND WHICH LED US TO RECOMMEND THAT A THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE BE BUILT."

MR MACLEOD ADDED THAT THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE PROJECT WAS BEING LOOKED AT IN DETAIL BY THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEES AND SO FAR NO MAJOR PROBLEMS HAD EMERGED.

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ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE RATIONALLY « * * *

THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED REGISTERED ELECTORS TO BE OBJECTIVE AND RATIONAL WHEN CASTING THEIR VOTES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10.

HE SAID IT WAS UP TO VOTERS TO ELECT BOARD MEMBERS WHOM THEY THOUGHT COULD BEST SERVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. 4

MR CHEUNG GAVE HIS ADVICE WHEN SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NORTH DISTRICT COURTESY CAMPAIGN POSTER EXHIBITION HELD AT THE SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION.

HE SAID THE TRIENNIAL ELECTIONS NOT ONLY CONSTITUTED PART OF CIVIC EDUCATION, BUT ALSO PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CITIZENS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

HE THEREFORE APPEALED TO ELECTORS TO COME FORWARD AND VOTE AT THE DESIGNATED POLLING STATIONS.

REFERRING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION AT DISTRICT LEVEL, MR CHEUNG SAID A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ORGANISED BY VARIOUS STEERING COMMITTEES AND ORGANISATIONS.

HE PRAISED THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION FOR ITS EFFORTS IN ORGANISING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE "BE A GOOD CITIZEN” PROJECT, THF. "ANTI-FALLING OBJECT VARIETY SHOW", AND THE "COURTESY CAMPAIGN".

THE AIM OF THE COURTESY CAMPAIGN, HE NOTED, WAS TO AROUSE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO HAVE GOOD MANNERS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND ESPECIALLY WHEN USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

HE HOPED THAT RESIDENTS IN NORTH DISTRICT, BY SUPPORTING THE CAMPAIGN, WOULD FIND THEMSELVES LIVING IN A HARMONIOUS COMMUNITY.

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KENNEDY TOWN DB CANDIDATES TO MEET ELECTORS

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KENNEDY TOWN RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MEET DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES AT A SERIES OF FORUMS.

THE FIRST FORUM WILL BE FOR RESIDENTS IN THE KENNEDY TOWN WEST AND MOUNT DAVIS CONSTITUENCY, WHERE THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 15,460 REGISTERED VOTERS.

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IT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE YWCA WESTERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, 9-15 VICTORIA ROAD.

IN THE KENNEDY TOWN EAST CONSTITUENCY, WHICH HAS 8,546 REGISTERED VOTERS, A FORUM WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 27). THE VENUE IS THE ST LOUIS OLD BOYS’ COLLEGE, 38 HILL ROAD, AND THE FORUM WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

THREE CANDIDATES ARE CONTESTING TWO SEATS IN EACH OF THE ABOVE CONSTITUENCIES.

RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PUT QUESTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES SO A§ TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR PLATFORMS.

FORUMS IN FIVE OTHER CONSTITUENCIES IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE HELD BETWEEN TUESDAY (MARCH 1) AND SATURDAY (MARCH 5).

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL ATTEND THE CHUNG WAN CONSTITUENCY FORUM NEXT FRIDAY (MARCH 4).

THIS WILL BE HELD IN THE KING’S COLLEGE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION PRIMARY SCHOOL, 58 BRIDGES STREET, STARTING AT 8 PM.

ANY RESIDENTS WISHING TO MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE FORUMS SHOULD CALL 5-8523002 OR 5-8170196.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FORUMS. FOR TOMORROW’S FORUM, A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE FOR YWCA WESTERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE FROM HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL, AT 7.15 PM. REPORTERS ARE REQUESTED TO MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH INFORMATION OFFICER, MISS VALENTINA CHAN, ON 5-8523471.

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE HAS LINED UP A SERIES OF PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE THE 64,757 REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE DISTRICT TO VOTE ON MARCH 10.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS RECRUITED AN ADDITIONAL 15 COMMUNITY ORGANISERS IN EARLY FEBRUARY TO ASSIST IN HOUSEHOLD VISITS AND ORGANISING ELECTION PROGRAMMES.

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LEAFLETS ON THE VOTING PROCEDURES, LOCATIONS OF POLLING STATIONS AND CANDIDATES’ POLITICAL PLATFORMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO HELP VOTERS DECIDE ON THEIR IDEAL REPRESENTATIVES.

ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 27), A CANDIDATES’ FORUM WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, TAI YUK ROAD. ALL YUEN LONG RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

TWO VARIETY SHOWS WILL ALSO BE HELD TO PUBLICISE THE ELECTIONS. THEY WILL BE STAGED AT THE OPEN-AIR THEATRE IN YUEN LONG RURAL NORTH'S FAIRVIEW PARK AND AT THE TUNG KOON PRIMARY SCHOOL IN YUEN LONG TOWN WEST’S LONG PING ESTATE ON FEBRUARY 28 AND MARCH 5 RESPECTIVELY.

OTHER PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE CINEMA ADVERTISEMENT, VIDEO PRESENTATION, SPECIAL ELECTION SUPPLEMENT IN THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER, POSTERS, BANNERS AND HOUSEHOLD VISITS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CANDIDATES’ FORUM AT 3 PM ON FEBRUARY 27 (SATURDAY) AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, TAI YUK ROAD; AND THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION VARIETY SHOW AT 2.30 PM ON FEBRUARY 28 (SUNDAY) AT THE FAIRVIEW PARK, TAI SAN WAI, YUEN LONG.

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN WONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT BOTH FUNCTIONS. INFORMATION OFFICER, MRS BRENDA RUMJAHN, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION MEETS THE MEDIA ♦ ♦ » » *

THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR ALAN CARTER, AND HIS SENIOR STAFF MET EDITORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER MEDIA ORGANISATIONS THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON IN AN INFORMAL ATMOSPHERE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC’ RELATIONS WORK.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE LUNCHEON RECEPTION WERE THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR NICHOLAS NG, AND FOUR SENIOR OFFICERS OF HIS DEPARTMENT.

THE RECEPTION WAS GIVEN BY MR CARTER IN A HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST. IT IS AN ANNUAL FUNCTION.

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DB TO DISCUSS REVISED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

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THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE REVISED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT.

THE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN UPDATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENT IN BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTORS, EXPENDITURE PRIORITIES AND THE PREDICTED AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.

ITS AIM IS TO PROVIDE A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING, JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

THE CHIEF TOWN PLANNER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES NORTH EAST DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR CHAN HUNG-KWAN, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROGRAMME.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A REPORT FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, AND A FINANCIAL STATEMENT ON NORTH DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 9.30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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SEMINAR ORGANISED FOR SPORTS LEADERS

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SPORTS LEADERS IN THE TERRITORY ARE BEING OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF RECREATION AND SPORT IN HONG KONG, AND TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE SUBJECT.

THIS IS THE AIM OF THE COMING "1988 SEMINAR FOR SPORTS LEADERS" WITH THE THEME BEING "RECREATION AND SPORT : FROM PARTICIPATION TO EXCELLENCE".

THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL, AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF HONG KONG AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

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OFFICIATING AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, MR F.K. HU; THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR A.K. CHUI; THE DIRECTOR OF COACHING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, MR PAUL BRETTELL.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNING SPORTS BODIES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5, IN THE VICTORY HALL, JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, SHA TIN. IT WILL START AT 10 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SEMINAR.

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RESIDENTS OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI ARE BEING INVITED TO ATTEND A FREE LUNAR NEW YEAR CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28).

IN ORDER TO ATTRACT MORE RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE, THE CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY AT TWO VENUES -- THE HING FONG ROAD PLAYGROUND IN KWAI CHUNG AND THE CHEUNG CHING ESTATE FOOTBALL PITCH IN TSING YI. THE STARTING TIME IS 7.30 PM.

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS, SINGING, AND DANCING.

AN EXHIBITION OF WINNING ENTRIES IN LANTERN DESIGN AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS AS WELL AS A FORTUNE-TELLING STALL WILL BE SET UP AT EACH VENUE.

RESIDENTS MAY ALSO WIN ATTRACTIVE PRIZES IN A LUCKY DRAW.

THE CARNIVAL HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO PROMOTE A FESTIVE MOOD AMONG RESIDENTS.

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MONG KOK DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION *****

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOST A SPRING RECEPTION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AT 4 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE COURONNE RESTAURANT, FOURTH FLOOR, 748 NATHAN ROAD.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE FUNCTION AND PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO HAVE HELPED TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN THE PAST YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT

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BOOK EXHIBITION STARTS ON SATURDAY TN NORTH DISTRICT * * * * ♦

MORE THAN 5,000 BOOKS FROM OVER TOO PUBLISHERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL IN FANLING FOR FOUR DAYS FROM SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 27).

SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS* CONFERENCE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT STIMULATING PUBLIC INTEREST IN READING.

VISITORS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO A WIDE SCOPE OF BOOKS ESPECIALLY SUITED TO THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

SOME OF THESE STIMULATING, ENTERTAINING AND EDUCAT IONSAL BOOKS WILL BE SOLD AT SPECIAL PRICES.

A SELECTION OF OUTSTANDING READING REPORTS WRITTEN BY STUDENTS FROM THE EIGHT SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NORTH DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYED TO FACILITATE AN EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE IN WRITING AMONG STUDENTS.

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, MR RAYMOND PANG; CHIEF LIBRARIAN OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR NG WAI-TAK; AND SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (TAI PO AND NORTH), MR LIU TSO-TIM.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 27), AND FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM FROM SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) TO TUESDAY (MARCH 1). ADMISSION IS FREE.

NOT?E TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE BOOK EXHIBITION ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 27) AT 11 AM IN THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL, CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING.

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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES *****

ORGANISATIONS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR FUNDS FROM THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

THE FUNDS ARE FOR ORGANISING SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL OR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THESE ACTIVITIES SHOULD ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND CULTIVATE WHOLESOME HOBBIES, GAIN MORE SOCIAL EXPERIENCE AND ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

PRIORITY WOULD BE GIVEN TO EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS RELATED TO SOCIAL SERVICE.

IN ADDITION, PROJECTS AIMED AT BENF.FITTING LESS PRIVILEGED GROUPS, SUCH AS THE DISABLED, WOULD RECEIVE MORE IN THE WAY OF SUBSIDIES.

APPLICATION FORMS AND GUIDELINES ON FUNDING ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 11TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE BY TUESDAY (MARCH 1).

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO MISS CANDY MA ON 5-8523462.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KOWLOON WALK FOR MILLIONS

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WONG TAI SIN ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) IN CONNECTION WITH THE "KOWLOON WALK FOR MILLIONS".

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

GENERAL TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL BE DIVERTED TO AVOID THE CLOSED ROADS. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR INSTRUCTIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS ON SITE AND TO DRIVE WITH CARE.

4 ROAD CLOSURES

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 AM TO NOON:

THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF FUNG MO STREET BETWEEN HENG LAM STREET AND FU MEI STREET.

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND TO FUNG MO STREET SOUTHBOUND.

» THE KERBSIDE LANE OF SHATTN PASS ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN LUNG FUNG STREET AND TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD.

BETWEEN 7 AM AND 3 PM, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED:

SHATIN PASS ROAD BETWEEN TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD AND FEI NGO SHAN ROAD.

* JAT’S INCLINE BETWEEN FEI NGO SHAN ROAD AND NGAU CHI WAN STREET. J

t JAT'S INCLINE BETWEEN NGAU CHI WAN STREET AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD.

♦ FEI NGO SHAN ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JAT'S INCLINE TO A POINT ABOUT 300 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD.

IN ADDITION, NGAU CHI WAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS WILL BE IN FORCE IROM 7 AM TO

NOON:

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MOTORISTS TRAVELLING FROM CHOI HUNG AND TSZ WAN HEADING FOR LOK FU AND CHUK YUEN WILL BE KONG VILLAGE ROAD, CHOI HUNG ROAD, SHATIN TSUEN ROAD AND FUNG MO STREET NORTHBOUND.

DIVERTED

PASS

ROAD,

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KMB ROUTES NO. 1 AND 1 IK WILL HAVE TO OPERATE VIA JUNCTION ROAD AND PRINCE

DEPARTING FROM FUNG MO STREET, EDWARD ROAD WEST.

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KMB ROUTES NO. 2F AND 3C

HAVE TO USE PO KONG PASS ROAD, TUNG TAU STREET.

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TUNG TAU

ESTATE STREET,

DEPARTING FROM TSZ WAN SHAN

VILLAGE ROAD,

CHOI HUNG

TSUEN ROAD, FUNG

MO STREET

ROAD, AND

WILL SHATIN

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CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE

NO.

HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA CHOI TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD.

113 HEADING

HUNG ROAD,

FOR WEST POINT SHATIN PASS ROAD

WILL AND

33 HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, CHING SHEUNG TAK STREET AND TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO.

CITY TAK

FERRY STREET,

FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. VIA NGAU CHI WAN STREET, RUT WILL TRAVEL ALONG

16 WILL

NOT

FUNG SHING

OPERATE STREET,

CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND

FUNG

SHING STREET INSTEAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JANUARY PUBLISHED .............. 1

AG TO ATTEND WASHINGTON CONFERENCE......................... J

DATES FOR OPERATION OF NT LEASES (EXTENSION) LAW........... 4

LIBERAL MEASURES ON WORKING HOURS FOR WCMEN, YOUNG PERSONS 5

TWO OUTLINE ZONING PLaNS PUBLISHED......................... 7

CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW CEMETERIES ........................ 8

KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT RO~D TO BE IMPROVED.............. 9

island eastern corridor amendment works.................... 10

PUBLIC INSPECTION OF RATING VALUATION LISTS ............... 10

LADY YOUDE TO PRESENT AWARDS TO STUDENTS................... 11

LADY YOUDE OPENS MEMORIAL PAVILION ........................ 12

COUNTDOWN PUBLICITY STaRTS TOMORROW FOR DB POLLS .......... 12

SHA TIN DB CANDIDATES’ FORUM ON SUNDAY..................... 13

GREWAL VISITS INDUSTRY DEPiJRTMENT ........................ 14

16 RESIDENTS PRaISBD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE................. 14

VARIETY SHOW TO SPREAD ANTI-TRIaD MESSAGE.................. 16

variety show in central to promote civic education ........ 16

LONG DISTANCE RUN ON CHEUNG CHAU .......................... 17

TUEN MUN DB TO CONSIDER FUNDING REVISION .................. 18

KWUN TONG MELODIES GALA.................................... 18

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION .................... 19

SPRING RECEPTION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS, EDUCATORS.......... 19

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED................................... 19

NEW POST OFFICE FOR WO CHE................................. 20

LONG-SERVING MARINE STAFF RETIRE........................... 20

FIRING PRACTICE IN M^RCH.........................,......... 21

NEW IDENTITY CmRDS FOR MEN BORN IN 1957-58 ................ 22

PART-TIME LECTURERS SOUGHT FOR ADULT EDUCATION............. 2J

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TSIM SHa TSUI EAST........... 24

TEMPOR iRY TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SHEUNG WhN................... 25

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION.................... 25

temporary road closure in mid-levels....................... 26

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF luJi KWAI FONG IN CENTRAL............. 26

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

1 CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JANUARY PUBLISHED » t » « »

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JANUARY 1988.

THE CPJ(A) AND CPI(B) (OCT. 84/SEP. 85 = 100) FOR JANUARY 1988 WERE 112.5 AND 112.8 RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 6.3 PER CENT AND 6.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER JANUARY 1987.

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1987 AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, THE CPI(A) DECREASED BY 0.5 PER CENT AND THE CPI(B), BY 0.2 PER CENT.

THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CPI(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED JANUARY 1988, AT 109.9 AND 110.1 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 5.7 PER CENT AND 5.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED JANUARY 1987.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED JANUARY 1988, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) BOTH INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.6 PER CENT PER MONTH.

DURING JANUARY, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH FRUIT, FRESH-WATER FISH AND OUTER CLOTHING DECREASED. ON THE OTHER HAND, CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES INCREASED.

THE CPt(A) AND THE CPI(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 CPI(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $2,000 AND $6,499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME AND THE CPI(B) BETWEEN $6,500 AND $9,999 A MONTH.

CHANGES IN THE INDEXES FOR JANUARY 1988 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1987 AND JANUARY 1987, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

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(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 AVERAGE = 100)

CPI(A)

CPI(B)

SECTION INDEX FOR JAN. 88 % CHANGE OVER DEC. 87 % CHANGE OVER JAN. 87 INDEX FOR JAN. 88 % CHANGE OVER DEC. 87 % CHANGE OVER JAN. 87

FOODSTUFFS 109.3 -1.4 + 6.6 110.1 -1.0 + 6.7

HOUSING 111.6 + 0.2 + 2.9 109.0 + 0.4 + 2.4

FUEL AND LIGHT 92.8 + 0.5 + 3.5 93.2 + 0.3 + 2.9

ALCOHOLIC 117.5 + 0.2 + 6.5 118.1 + 0.3 + 7.1

DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) CLOTHING AND 119.7 -0.6 + 10.1 121.4 -0.7 + 10.8

FOOTWEAR DURABLE GOODS 114.4 + 1.0 + 5.6 113.4 + 0.8 + 5.5

MISCELLANEOUS 119.9 + 0.2 + 7.7 119.6 + 0.2 + 8.0

GOODS TRANSPORT AND 117.4 + 0.3 + 9.4 116.4 + 0.2 + 9.1

VEHICLES SERVICES 121.7 + 0.3 + 6.2 121.2 + 0.3 + 6.5

ALL ITEMS 112.5 -0.5 + 6.3 112.8 -0.2 + 6.2

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1987, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS

DECREASED BY 1. 4 PER CENT IN CPi(A) AND BY 1.0 PER CENT IN CPI (B) .

THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL . PRICES

OF FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH FRUIT AND FRESH-WATER FISH, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE INCREASE IN THE AVERAGE CHARGE FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES.

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 0.6 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 0.7 PER CENT IN CPI(B) DUE TO LOWER PRICES OF OUTER CLOTHING.

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THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS INCREASED BY 1.0 PER CENT TN CPI(A)

AND BY 0.8 PER CENT IN CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES OF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, WATCHES, CAMERAS AND OPTICAL GOODS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

FIGURES HEREIN REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TAKEN TO MORE THAN ONE DECIMAL PLACE.

MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE ’’CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT” FOR JANUARY 1988.

THIS REPORT IS AVAILABLE AT $3.50 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG; OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, 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.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES MAY BE MADE TO THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8235089.

THE HANG SENG CPI WAS 116.3 IN JANUARY 1988, DOWN BY 0.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1987 AND UP BY 7.3 PER CENT OVER JANUARY 1987.

THE HANG SENG CPI IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF THE 10 PER CENT OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG THAT SPENT $IO,OOO-$24,999 A MONTH DURING THE 1984-85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THIS INDEX ARE INCLUDED IN THE HANG SENG CPI REPORT ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF HANG SENG BANK LTD.

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AG TO ATTEND WASHINGTON CONFERENCE ♦ ♦ ♦ » *

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, WILL LEAVE FOR WASHINGTON ON TUESDAY (MARCH 1) TO ATTEND THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE FOR A DRUG FREE AMERICA.

HE HAS BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK ON HONG KONG’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING AT A FORUM TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

/THE FORUM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

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SECTION 4, WHICH ALSO COMES INTO EFFECT TODAY, REQUIRES THE LAND OFFICER TO MAKE A NOTE OF ALL SPECIAL PURPOSE LEASES IN THE LAND OFFICE REGISTER BEFORE THE APPOINTED DAY.

A LEASE SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE A LEASE FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES IF, BEFORE APRIL 25, 1988, A NOTE HAS BEEN MADE BY THE LAND OFFICER IN THE LAND OFFICE REGISTER TO THE EFFECT THAT IT IS SUCH A LEASE.

IF NO SUCH NOTE HAS BEEN MADE BY THE LAND OFFICER IN THE REGISTER BY THAT DATE, IT SHALL BE DEEMED NOT TO BE A LEASE FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES.

AN UPDATED AND FINAL LIST OF ALL THE LEASES WHICH ARE DEEMED TO BE FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 25.

ANY QUESTIONS OR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES (EXTENSION) ORDINANCE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT ON 3-884111, EXT. 367.

THEY MAY ALSO BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405, NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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LIBERAL MEASURES ON WORKING HOURS FOR WOMEN, YOUNG PERSONS

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TIU WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1988, WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, CAME INTO OPERATION TODAY (FRIDAY).

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

THE NEW REGULATIONS ARE AIMED AT LIBERALISING THE LAW GOVERNING THE WORKING HOURS OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS IN INDUSTRY AS WELL AS IMPROVING CERTAIN EXISTING PROVISIONS.

PREVIOUSLY, THE WORKING HOURS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS IN INDUSTRY WERE LIMITED TO EIGHT HOURS PER DAY AND 48 HOURS PER WEEK, •XCLUDTNG OVERTIME.

HOWEVER, AS MORE AND MORE EMPLOYERS ARE OPERATING SPECIAL WORK SCHEMES (SUCH AS FIVE-DAY WEEK, F1VE-AND-A-HALF-DAY WEEK, AND ALTERNATE FIVE AND SIX-DAY WEEK SCHEMES), THE OLD REGULATIONS HAD BECOME OUT OF DATE.

"THE NEW REGULATIONS THEREFORE ENABLE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS, BY AGREEMENT WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS, TO WORK LONGER HOURS IN ONE WEEK PROVIDED THAT THE TOTAL HOURS WORKED DO NOT EXCEED 96 HOURS IN ANY TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS," A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

/"THE NEW........

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"THE NEW REGULATIONS ALSO ALLOW WOMEN EMPLOYED IN INDUSTRY TO WORK UP TO 11 PM, INSTEAD OF 8 PM AS IN THE PAST.

"THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT EMPLOYEES CAN BE ASKED TO WORK EXCESSIVELY LONG HOURS AS THE REGULATIONS STILL STIPULATE THAT WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS MUST BE GIVEN AT LEAST ONE REST DAY PER WEEK AND THE TOTAL HOURS WORKED DURING ONE DAY MUST NOT EXCEED 10 HOURS, INCLUDING OVERTIME," HE SAID.

"BUT YOUNG PERSONS AGED 15 TO 17 ARE STILL PROHIBITED FROM BEING EMPLOYED IN OVERTIME WORK."

AS FOR THE METHOD OF CALCULATING OVERTIME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ANNUAL QUOTA OF 200 HOURS FOR EACH INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING REMAINED UNCHANGED.

HOWEVER, TO ENABLE EMPLOYERS TO MAKE MORE FLEXIBLE USE OF THE QUOTA, THE NEW REGULATIONS ENABLED EMPLOYERS TO CHOOSE A METHOD OF CALCULATION BEST SUITED TO THEIR NEEDS.

"AN EMPLOYER MAY NOW OPT TO CALCULATE OVERTIME BY REFERENCE TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE FACTORY, OR DIFFERENT GROUPS OF WOMEN EMPLOYED IN DIFFERENT PROCESSES, OR BY REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL WOMEN," HE SAID.

"EMPLOYERS WHO OPT FOR ANY OF THESE ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF CALCULATING OVERTIME MUST COMPLY WITH CERTAIN CONDITIONS IMPOSED BY THE COIHSSIONER FOR LABOUR, FAILING WHICH THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO REVERT '" THE STANDARD METHOD OF CALCULATING THE HOURS OF OVERTIME BY REFERENCE TO THE FACTORY AS A WHOLE,”

OTHER AMENDMENTS PROVIDE FOR THE REMOVAL OF DIFFERENCES IN THE PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT FOR YOUNG PERSONS AGED UNDER 16 AND THOSE AGED 16 AND OVER, AND THE REVOCATION OF THE REGULATION PROHIBITING THE USE OF WORK ROOMS BY WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DURING MEAL OR REST INTERVALS.

THEY ALSO PROVIDE FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTION ON OVERTIME WORK BY WOMEN WORKERS ENGAGED ON SHIFTS, AND THE DELETION OF CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING THE REGISTER OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS EMPLOYED IN FACTORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HE DID NOT EXPECT THE NEW MEASURES OULD LEAD TO ABUSES AS ENFORCEMENT ACTION WOULD CONTINUE TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE PROPER COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL WRITE TO INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS WHO ARE KNOWN TO EMPLOY WOMEN ON OVERTIME WORK, TO EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW TO EXERCISE THEIR OPTION FOR CALCULATING OVERTIME.

/THE DEPARTMENT

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

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THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO ISSUE A LEAFLET EXPLAINING THE NEW REGULATIONS TO SUPPLEMENT THE EXISTING GUIDE TO THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

PERSONS WHO WISH TO MAKE FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY CALL AT ANY OF THE BRANCH OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT'S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION OR TELEPHONE:

HONG KONG : 5-8524173

KOWLOON : 3-490788, 3-7153982 AND 3-7712239

NEW TERRITORIES : 0-235969 AND 0-6065519

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TWO OUTLINE ZONING PLANS PUBLISHED » » » »

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE AMENDED DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR QUARRY BAY AND THE APPROVED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR MID-LEVELS EAST.

ROTH PLANS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE BOARD EXPLAINED THAT THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING 'AN FOR QUARRY BAY HAD BEEN AMENDED TO REFLECT ADJUSTMENTS IN THE DESIGN OF THE LANDFALL AREA OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING ON THE HONG KONG SIDE AND ITS ASSOCIATED ROAD/RATL NETWORKS.

IN ORDER TO ENABLE BETTER UTILISATION OF LAND AND TO IMPROVE THE INTEGRATION OF THE KING’S ROAD OPEN SPACE CORRIDOR WIIH THE QUARRY BAY PARK, THE HOI CHAK STREET AREA HAS BEEN REPLANNED.

AN AREA TO THE EAST OF THE STREET IS REZONED „ FROM "GOVERNMENT/INST1TUTION/COMMUNITY" TO "RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A) ALLOW FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPOSED HOUSING AUTHORITY PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME.

MINOR CHANGES IN LAND USE ZONES WITHIN TAIKOO SHING DEVELOPMENT AND ALONG QUARRY BAY STREET HAVE ALSO BEEN INCORPORATED IN THIS AMENDMENT.

WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF QUARRY BAY GENERALLY TOWARDS THAT OF A SIGNIFICANT COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT 1 AL AREA IN RECENT YEARS, THE DRAFT PLAN IS INTENDED TO INTEGRATE THE VARIOUS MAJOR PROPOSALS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE AREA.

OBJECTIONS TO THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD BY MARCH 17.

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/THE BOARD

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THE BOARD ALSO PUBLISHED THE APPROVED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR MID-LEVELS EAST WHICH WAS APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER f LAST YEAR.

THE DRAFT PLAN FOR THE AREA WAS GAZETTED ON AUGUST 9, 1985, AND WAS EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION. NO OBJECTION HAS BEEN RECEIVED.

THE PLAN COVERS AN AREA OF 62.49 HECTARES BOUNDED BY KENNEDY ROAD ON THE NORTH, STUBBS ROAD ON THE EAST, BOWEN ROAD ON THE WEST AND THE 200-230 METRE CONTOUR ON THE SOUTH.

THE EXISTING CHARACTER OF THE PLANNING AREA AS A RESIDENTIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT FRINGED BY AN EXTENSIVE GREEN BELT WOULD BE RETAINED.

A BOARD SPOKESMAN STATED THAT THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE PLANS IS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY LAND USE PATTERN AND ROAD NETWORK AS A BASIS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT OF THE AREAS.

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CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW CEMETERIES

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TWO NEW CEMETERIES, NAMELY, THE LAI CHI YUEN CEMETERY (A "UBL'C CEMrTFRY) AND THE JUNK BAY CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY (A PRIVATE CEMETERY) HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE FIFTH SCHEDULE TO THE PUF.I IC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, CHAPTER 132.

II IS WAS INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT OF FIFTH SCHEDULE) ORDER 1988, GAZETTED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THE LAI CHI YUEN CEMETERY, LOCATED IN MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND, HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION SINCE APRIL LAST YEAR.

THERE WILL BE THREE PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS CEMETERY WHICH, ON COMPLETION, WILL PROVIDE 2,700 BURIAL SPACES. THE FIRST PHASE, WITH 300 BURIAL SPACES, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST THIS YEAR.

MEANWHILE, CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR THE JUNK BAY CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY LOCATED IN SAI KUNG WILL START SOON.

THERE WILL BE FOUR PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS CEMETERY WHICH, ON COMPLETION, WILL PROVIDE 30,000 BURIAL SPACES. THE FIRST PHASE, WITH 9,115 BURIAL SPACES, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

A MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THAT THE INCLUSION OF THE TWO NEW CEMETERIES IN THE FIFTH SCHEDULE TO CHAPTER 132 IS TO ENABLE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL TO EXERCISE OVERALL MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF CEMETERIES IN ITS AREA.

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KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT ROAD TO BE IMPROVED *****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO IMPROVE THE NORTHERN SECTION OF CONTAINER PORT ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL CAPACITY FOR TRAEFIC USING THE CONTAINER PORT.

THE IMPROVEMENTS INVOLVE THE REALIGNMENT AND EXTENSION OF NORTHERN CONTAINER PORT ROAD WHICH WILL COMPRISE THREE NORTHBOUND LANES AND TWO SOUTHBOUND LANES.

THE WORKS WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE WIDENING OF KWAI TAI ROAD, MODIFICATIONS TO THE JUNCTION OF KWAI TAI ROAD AND KWAI TSING ROAD, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BOX CULVERT ADJACENT TO KWAI CHUNG NULLAH AND MINOR MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXISTING FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS KWAI CHUNG ROAD AT TSUEN WAN ROAD.

SECTIONS OF THE EXISTING CONTAINER PORT ROAD AND THE SLIP ROAD FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL NEED TO BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED.

THIS WILL BE DONE AFTER THE RESPECTIVE REPROVISIONING OF THE AFFECTED SLIP ROAD AND THE COMPLETION OF NEW CONTAINER PORT ROAD ALONG ITS REVISED ALIGNMENT. f

IT WILL ALSO BE NECESSARY TO DEMOLISH A STAIRCASE LEADING TO THE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE CROSSING KWAI CHUNG ROAD AT TSUEN WAN ROAD AFTER CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW STAIRCASE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

THE WORKS WILL START LATE THIS YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

DETAILS OF THE WORKS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) AND A NOTICE HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE SITE.

PLANS SHOWING THE WORKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY; THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 10TH-11TH FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN; AND THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE, 1OTH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE WORKS MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN APRIL 26 THIS YEAR.

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ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AMENDMENT WORKS *****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT AMENDMENT WORKS ON THE HONG KONG ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ACROSS THE GROUND LEVEL ROADS UNDERNEATH THE CORRIDOR NEAR MONG LUNG STREET.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG EAST, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG; THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 880-886 KING'S ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG; AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, SHAU KEI WAN SUB-OFFICE, 347 SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN APRIL 26 THIS YEAR.

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PUBLIC INSPECTION OF RATING VALUATION LISTS

*****

RATING VALUATION LISTS FOR THE YEAR COMMENCING APRIL 1, 1988,

WILL BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE TREASURY DURING OFFICE HOURS FROM MARCH 1 TO 31.

THE ADDRESS IS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT, BY THE COLLECTOR OF RATES, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

COPIES OF APPROPRIATE PORTIONS OF THE LISTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT DISTRICT OFFICES.

NOTICES WILL BE SENT OUT NEXT WEEK TO ALL RATEPAYERS INFORMING THEM OF THE NEW RATEABLE VALUES OF THEIR PROPERTIES. THESE SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 1 OR ONE OR TWO DAYS THEREAFTER.

RATEPAYERS SHOULD AWAIT RECEIPT OF THESE NOTICES BEFORE MAKING ANY ENQUIRIES.

/ATTACHED TO .......

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

ATTACHED TO THE NOTICES WILL BE THE SECOND QUARTER 1988 RATE DEMANDS ISSUED EARLIER THAN USUAL SO THAT THE ACTUAL EFFECT OF THE REVALUATION ON THE QUARTERLY RATES PAYABLE CAN BE SEEN.

HOWEVER, A RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE EARLIER ISSUE OF THE DEMANDS, THE SECOND QUARTER’S RATES ARE NOT DUE FOR PAYMENT UNTIL THE USUAL DATE OF APRIL 30, 1988.

THOSE PAYING THEIR RATES BY AUTOPAY WERE REMINDED TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS ON APRIL 30 SO THAT PAYMENT OF THE REVISED AMOUNT OF RATES CAN BE MADE WITHOUT ANY DELAY.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT

ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE NEW RATEABLE VALUES TELEPHONE THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT 17TH FLOOR, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, 5-8957888).

IF RATEPAYERS HAVE THEY SHOULD WRITE TO

ANY OR

AT HENNESSY CENTRE HONG KONG (TEL. NO

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO PREPARED A BOOKLET "YOUR RATES IN 1988-89" WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT OFFICES FROM MARCH 1.

IF NOT SATISFIED WITH THE EXPLANATIONS GIVEN RATEPAYERS MAY, DURING MARCH, MAKE PROPOSALS OBJECTING TO THE RATEABLE VALUE.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THESE OBJECTIONS MUST BE MADE ON THE SPECIFIED FORM AND MUST HE SENT TO THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT EITHER BY HAND OR BY POST BETWEEN MARCH 1 AND 31 INCLUSIVE.

EARLY OR LATE OBJECTIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

THE APPROPRIATE FORMS (R.20A) CAN FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT

BE OBTAINED FREE OF OR DISTRICT OFFICES.

CHARGE

LADY YOUDE TO PRESENT AWARDS TO STUDENTS

ABOUT 540 STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

LADY YOUDE WILL PRESENT THE AWARDS TO THE STUDENTS AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY. MEDIA ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE BLOCK AT 10.15 AM.

REPRESENTATIVES

CITY HALL LOW

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

LADY YOUDE OPENS MEMORIAL PAVILION *****

A PAVILION BUILT BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TO COMMEMORATE THE DISTINGUISHED GOVERNORSHIP OF SIR EDWARD YOUDE WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) OPENED BY LADY YOUDE.

THE PROJECT, WHICH WAS INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, WAS FUNDED BY MEMBERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS ALONG WITH DONATIONS FROM SEVERAL LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, LADY YOUDE UNVEILED A PLAQUE AFFIXED TO A COMPASS SITED IN FRONT OF THE MEMORIAL PAVILION. THE PAVILION IS LOCATED IN TSAT MUK KIU, WITHIN THE LUK KENG COUNTRY PARK, SHA TAU KOK.

LADY YOUDE ALSO PLANTED A TREE NEARBY, AND AFTERWARDS JOINED GUESTS AT A TEA RECEPTION HELD AT THE PAVILION.

THOSE PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY INCLUDED THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, MR RAYMOND PANG.

THE PAVILION IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG. IT COMMANDS A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE SHA TAU KOK AREA.

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COUNTDOWN PUBLICITY STARTS TOMORROW FOR DB POLLS

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A SERIES OF TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS POLLING DAY ON MARCH 10.

THE ACTIVITIES ARE INTENDED TO SERVE AS A COUNTDOWN TO POLLING

DAY .

VIDEO WALLS WILL BE SET UP AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS TO BROADCAST THE DISTRICT BOARD THEME SONG AS WELL AS ELECTION API’S (ANNOUNCEMENTS IN PUBLIC INTEREST).

THE FIRST WALL WILL BE SET UP AT CITYPLAZA IN TAIKOO SHING

TOMORROW

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL OFFICIATE AT A SHORT INAUGURAL CEREMONY THERE AT 2 PM. ACCOMPANYING HIM WILL BE MISS HONG KONG, MISS PAULINE YEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VIDEO WALL INAUGURAL CEREMONY TO HF HELD AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF CITYPLAZA, TAIKOO SHING (THE WALKWAY BETWEEN CITYPLAZA I AND CITYPLAZA 2).

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SHA TIN DB CANDIDATES' FORUM ON SUNDAY

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SHA TIN RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A PUBLIC FORUM AT THE FOOTBRIDGE GALLERY, THIRD LEVEL, NEW TOWN PLAZA ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) TO OBTAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE VIEWS AND PLATFORMS OF CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT.

ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FULL-DAY FORUM WILL COVER SEVEN CONSTITUENCIES. THE STARTING TIME FOR EACH CONSTITUENCY IS AS FOLLOWS:

SHING MUN EAST 9.00 AM

MA ON SHAN 10.10 AM

SHA KOK 11.50 AM

TAI WAI 1.00 PM

CHE KUNG TEMPLE 2.25 PM

TIN SUM 3.35 PM

TOWN CENTRE 5.00 PM

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AS THE CANDIDATES FOR THE OTHER TWO CONSTITUENCIES IN SHA TIN - YUEN WO AND TSANG TAI UK - ARE UNOPPOSED, THE FORUM WILL NOT COVER THESE TWO CONSTITUENCIES.

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PUBLICITY MATERIALS PRODUCED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED DURING THE FORUM.

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YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS CANDIDATES' FORUM TO BEGIN AT THE FOOTBRIDGE GALLERY, THIRD LEVEL, NEW TOWN PLAZA, AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28).

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THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH ITS WORK.

MR GREWAL FIRST VISITED THE HONG KONG STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY AND WAS MET BY THE HEAD OF THE LABORATORY, MR BRIAN TYLER.

MAINTAINED AND OPERATED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE MEASUREMENT STANDARDS LABORATORY PROVIDES PRECISION MEASUREMENT AND CALIBRATION SERVICES TO MANUFACTURERS.

MR GREWAL THEN PROCEEDED TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS. ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR ANDREW LEUNG, HE TOURED THE ’’ONE-STOP” UNIT WHICH IS STAFFED BY SPECIALIST OFFICERS WITH INDUSTRIAL BACKGROUNDS TO HELP OVERSEAS INVESTORS SET UP MANUFACTURING CONCERNS.

MR GREWAL ALSO SHOWED GREAT INTEREST IN THE DEPARTMENT'S COMPUTERISED CENTRAL DATA BANK SYSTEM — A NETWORK OF FIVE WORK-STATIONS WHICH FACILITATES FAST AND ACCURATE UPDATING AND RETRIEVAL OF INFORMATION.

CONCLUDING HIS TOUR, MR GREWAL WAS TAKEN TO THE PRODUCT STANDARDS LIBRARY WHICH KEEPS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT STANDARDS APPLYING IN HONG KONG'S MAIN MARKETS FOR THE REFERENCE OF MANUFACTURERS.

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SIXTEEN KWAI TSING RESIDENTS WHO HAVE SERVED THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 10 YEARS WERE PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR LEO KWAN, AT A LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CELEBRATION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT OFFICE.

EIGHT OF RECIPIENTS ARE CHAIRMEN OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES. THEY ARE MR CHING TO-KEE, MR YIU YUK-LING, MR CHAN WING-CHEUNG, MR CHEUNG ON, MR TSANG KOON-HUNG, MR LAI FEE, MS YIP SIU-YING AND MR LEE MAN-KEUNG. TWO ARE VICE-CHAIRMEN OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES MR LO CHUNG-CHOW AND MR YIU YU-HUNG.

/THE REMAINING

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1988

THE REMAINING SIX PEOPLE INCLUDE CHAIRMEN OF OWNERS’ INCORPORATION - MR MOK KAM, MR LEE YAT-MING AND MR CHAN KING-GEE; VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES - MR CHAN FOOK-NAM AND MR CHEUNG YING-LOI; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SHEK LEI ESTATE HAWKER’S FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION, MR MAN HOI-TONG.

AT THE CELEBRATION, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, NOTED THAT THE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT OF KWAI TSING HAD SEEN MUCH ECONOMIC SUCCESS IN THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT AS REFLECTED BY THE 30 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VEHICLE TRAILERS, WHICH COULD SERVE AS A KIND OF ECONOMIC BAROMETER.

MR COAK BELIEVED THAT THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON WOULD BE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL WITH THE CONTINUAL HARD WORK OF KWAI TSING RESIDENTS, THE ASSIDUITY OF INDUSTRIALISTS, AND THE DILIGENCE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE FUNCTION, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TUNG-CHING, SAID WITH THE CONTAINER PORT SITUATED IN KWAI CHUNG AND THE CONTINUOUS GROWTH IN THE DISTRICT’S POPULATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAD GREATLY IMPROVED THE COMMUNITY AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES OF THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES IN THE DISTRICT AND EXPRESSED HIS CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S DOING SO.

MR HO SAID AN IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD WAS THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE CULTURE AND ARTS CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION WERE SET UP IN 1986.

THE PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN DISTRICT BOARD ACTIVITIES HAD HELPED PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AND A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS, MR HO NOTED.

GUESTS ATTENDING THE CELEBRATION TODAY ALSO ENJOYED A DANCING PERFORMANCE PRESENTED BY THE CULTURE AND ARTS CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION.

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VARIETY SHOW TO SPREAD ANTI-TRIAD MESSAGE ♦ ♦ » » *

AROUND 1,200 SAI KUNG RESIDENTS AND STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND AN ANTI-TRIAD VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE VARIETY SHOW AIMS AT SPREADING THE ANTI-TRIAD MESSAGE IN THE DISTRICT AND HIGHLIGHTING THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR ANYONE WHO GETS INVOLVED WITH TRIAD MEMBERS.

APART FROM PERFORMANCES BY WELL KNOWN SINGERS, THE VARIETY SHOW WILL FEATURE A SPECIAL 30-MINUTE PLAY WHICH IS PART OF THIS YEAR’S ANTI-TRIAD PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

THE PLAY DEPICTS HOW TRIADS TRY TO INFILTRATE SCHOOLS.

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL START AT 3 PM. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUN-HOI, WILL ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT ANTI-TRIAD VARIETY SHOW BEGINNING AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL.

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THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION WILL HOLD A VARIETY SHOW AT NOON ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) AT EDINBURGH PLACE. IT IS ONE OF THE COMMITTEE’S MAJOR PROMOTIONAL PROJECTS.

AROUND 1,500 YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY AND LEADERS OF DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS TN THE FIELD WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND.

THE SHOW, TO BE PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THE PUBLIC TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINIONS AND TO CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND PARTICIPATE IN ITS AFFAIRS. IT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON TVB JADE BETWEEN NOON AND 1 PM.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE SINGING, A TALK SHOW AND GAMES. THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MRS RITA FAN, AND HER FELLOW LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS, MRS ROSANNA TAM AND MR EDWARD HO, WILL TAKE PART AND SPREAD THE CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE.

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THE LEADING SINGERS IN THE SHOW WILL BE LOWEL LO, ALBERT AU, MICHAEL KWAN AND LESLIE CHEUNG, WHO HAS COMPOSED A NEW THEME SONG SPECIALLY FOR THE OCCASION.

A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MR ALLEN LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL ALSO ATTEND AND WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PERFORM IN THE SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VARIETY SHOW OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION AT EDINBURGH PLACE ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28). PRESS REI’RES' TATIVES ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT THE VENUE NOT LATER THAN I I .30 AM BY USING THE ENTRANCE OPPOSITE THE HMS TAMAR HEADQUARTERS WHERE GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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LONG DISTANCE RUN ON CHEUNG CHAU » « » » »

MORE THAN 250 RUNNERS WILL TAKE PART IN THE CHEUNG CHAU LONG DISTANCE RUN ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) TO CONCLUDE A SERIES OF LONG DISTANCE RUNS HELD ON THE FOUR MAIN ISLANDS OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

THE SIX-KILOMETRE RACE WILL START FROM CHEUNG CHAU SPORTS GROUND AT 10.30 AM, PASS THROUGH PEAK ROAD TO THE C.A.R.E. VILLAGES AT SAI WAN AND BACK TO THE STARTING POINT.

THE RUN IS AN ANNUAL EVENT JOINTLY ORGANISED BY REGIONAL COUNCIL, ISLANDS SPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND THE ISLANDS POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SECTION. IT IS SPONSORED BY ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD.

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT CHEUNG CHAU SPORTS GROUND AT 11.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT LONG DISTANCE RUN’S PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT CHEUNG CHAU SPORTS GROUND AT 11.30 AM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28).

THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCH "CLEMENTI" WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI FOR CHEUNG CHAU AT 10 AM.

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TUEN MUN DB TO CONSIDER FUNDING REVISION » ♦ ♦ *

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE REVISION OF PROCEDURES FOR RECOMMENDING DISTRICT BOARD GRANTS AT A MEETING ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 29).

IT WILL ALSO DISCUSS FUNDING ESTIMATES FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE BUILDING OF ROADS AND DRAINAGE IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE DISTRICT; FORMATION OF A COMBINED FOOTWAY AND CYCLEWAY ADJACENT TO SIU HONG COURT; AND A REPORT BY MR HO SUN-KUEN, A BOARD REPRESENTATIVE ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

IN ADDITION, THE 1987 EDITION OF THE TUEN MUN TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WILL BE CONSIDERED.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD BEGINNING AT 9 AM ON MONDAY IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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KWUN TONG MELODIES GALA * » ♦ *

MORE THAN 600 KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO AN EVENING OF MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

ORGANISED TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE KWUN TONG MELODIES GALA WILL START AT 7.30 PM AT THE TELFORD GARDENS WELLINGTON COLLEGE, KOWLOON BAY.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES SOLO AND CHORUS SINGING, PIANO SOLO, AND PERFORMANCES IN CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

THE CONCERT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION. IT IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SPRING RECEPTION » » » * »

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPRING RECEPTION ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) AFTERNOON FOR ABOUT 700 REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NG HON-WAH, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE RECEPTION WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM IN THE FUNG MING HALL OF WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

AT THE FUNCTION, MR NG WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION TO 13 LOCAL PERSONALITIES AND ORGANISATIONS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, TODAY (FRIDAY) HOSTED A SPRING RECEPTION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS AND EDUCATORS TO THANK THEM FOR THE ADVICE AND SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN THE PAST YEAR.

MORE THAN 300 GUESTS ATTENDED THE RECEPTION. THEY INCLUDED MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, EDUCATION COMMISSION, BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT BOARDS, SCHOOL COUNCILS, UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF TEACHING PROFESSION, COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, DISTRICT COMMITTEES,AND SCHOOL SPONSORING BODIES.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED t » » » »

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF . — ano INVESTMENT COMPANY, LIMITED AS A ^POSIT A^

ONTARIO FINANCE AND INVESTMENT COMPANY, COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED TODAY (FRIDAY) SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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NEW POST OFFICE FOR WO CHE

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A NEW POST OFFICE SERVING THE WO CHE AREA IN SHA TIN WILL BE OPENED AT 9 AM ON MARCH 7, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

LOCATED AT SHOP NO. BIA ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF WO CHE COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN TAK HAU STREET, THE OFFICE WILL REPLACE THE PRESENT WO CHE STREET POST OFFICE IN LEK YUEN STREET WHICH WILL CLOSE FOR BUSINESS AT 1 PM ON MARCH 5.

THE OPENING HOURS OF THE NEW POST OFFICE ARE 9 AM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAYS. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0-6911501.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ON MARCH 5 HAND-BACK SERVICE WOULD BE GIVEN AT THE WO CHE STREEI POST OFFICE TO LOCALLY ADDRESSED COVERS BEARING THE SUPERSCRIPTION ’’LAST DAY OF SERVICE" OR "LAST DAY COVER".

ON MARCH 7, THE SERVICE WOULD BE GIVEN TO LOCALLY ADDRESSED COVERS BEARING THE SUPERSCRIPTION "FIRST DAY COVER" AT THE NEW POST OFFICE, HE ADDED.

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LONG-SERVING MARINE STAFF RETIRE » * * * ♦

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR GERRY HIGGINSON, PRESENTED RETIREMENT GIFTS TO NINE LONG-SERVING STAFF AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CEREMONY MARKED THE RETIREMENT OF THE NINE MEN WHO HAD SERVED THE MARINE DEPARTMENT FOR BETWEEN 12 AND 35 YEARS.

"BETWEEN THEM, THEY HAVE A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 260 YEARS’ LOYAL SERVICE WITH THE DEPARTMENT," MR HIGGINSON SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS HAD MADE POSSIBLE THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT FLEET AND THAT THEY HAD PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PORT OF HONG KONG.

THE RETIRING STAFF WERE OF THE RANKS OF COXSWAIN, LAUNCH MECHANIC AND SAILOR.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN MARCH » ♦ »

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 17 DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE:

DATE TIME

MARCH 1 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 2 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 3 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 4 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 10 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 11 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 17 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 21 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 22 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 23 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 6 PM

MARCH 24 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 25 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 26 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 28 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 29 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

MARCH 30 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

MARCH 31 (THURSDAY) MIDNIGHT - 5 PM

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NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR MEN BORN IN 1957-58

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MEN BORN IN 1957 AND 1958 WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS FROM MARCH 7 TO APRIL 23, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

"MEN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP CAN CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES DURING THIS PERIOD," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP FOR A LONG TIME AT THE ISSUE OFFICES OR TO COME BACK ON ANOTHER DAY, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED APPLICANTS TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS AS THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE GENERALLY VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS.

APPLICANTS MAY ALSO 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 PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD. TEL. NO. 3-7553679

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND 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

SHA TIN : SHA TIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK STREET. TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND 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

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THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1959 AND 1960 WHO HAVE NOT APPLIED FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS TO COME FORWARD WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY AS THERE IS ONLY ONE MORE WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE CURRENT PHASE CLOSES ON MARCH 5.

HE POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD ITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $3,000.

HE REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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PART-TIME LECTURERS SOUGHT FOR ADULT EDUCATION

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THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM QUALIFIED PERSONS TO FILL THE EVENING PART-TIME LECTURER VACANCIES FOR THE VARIOUS COURSES TO BE OPERATED IN THE 1988-89 SESSION.

THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION CURRENTLY RUNS A NUMBER OF COURSES, INCLUDING THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES, TEACHERS* COURSES, ENGLISH COURSE, GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE, ADULT EDUCATION COURSES (GENERAL AND PRACTICAL BACKGROUND), AND COURSES CONDUCTED IN THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES.

THE CENTRES ARE LOCATED IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

APPLICANTS FOR TEACHING POSTS IN THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES, TEACHERS* COURSES, ENGLISH COURSE, GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE, ADULT EDUCATION COURSE (GENERAL BACKGROUND) SHOULD BE QUALIFIED TEACHERS WITH A GENUINE INTEREST IN THE TEACHING OF YOUNG ADULTS IN THE EVENING.

EXPERIENCE IN SUCH TEACHING AT THE SENIOR SECONDARY/POST SECONDARY LEVELS AND/OR POSSESSION OF A DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION OR ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN TEACHER TRAINING WOULD BE AN ADVANTAGE.

FINAL YEAR STUDENTS OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES MAY ALSO APPLY BUT THEIR APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THEIR DEGREE COURSES.

APPLICANTS FOR TEACHING POSTS IN DRESSMAKING, SEWING AND KNITTING, COOKERY AND WOODWORK OF THE ADULT EDUCATION COURSES (PRACTICAL BACKGROUND) SHOULD BE QUALIFIED TEACHERS WITH SPECIAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN THE RESPECTIVE SUBJECTS.

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APPLICANTS FOR POSTS OF HOBBY INSTRUCTORS IN SINGING, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS PLAYING AND CONDUCTING, SOCIAL DANCE, AEROBIC DANCE, PAINTING, HAIR-STYLING, JAPANESE, PUTONGHUA, HANDICRAFTS, AND SO ON IN THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES SHOULD BE HOLDERS OF SECONDARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATE OR EQUIVALENT, WITH SPECIAL SKILLS IN THE RESPECTIVE SUBJECTS OR HOBBIES.

SERVING TEACHERS WITH THE ABILITY AND EXPERIENCE IN ORGANISING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES OR EXPERIENCED COMMUNITY WORKERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION.

EXISTING REMUNERATIONS FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS ARE: POST-SECONDARY LEVEL $150 PER HOUR; SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL $125 PER HOUR; JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVEL $100 PER HOUR; PRIMARY LEVEL $90 PER HOUR; AND HOBBY GROUPS $85 PER HOUR.

APPLICATIONS FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, FROM TUESDAY (MARCH 1).

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD REACH THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION BEFORE MARCH 31. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE SECTION ON 5-8392309 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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A FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP, WILL BE HELD FROM NOON TO 3 PM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28) AT THE CENTENARY GARDEN, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE EXHIBITION IS THE LAST OF A SERIES OF EIGHT MOBILE EXHIBITIONS HELD IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS TO ALERT RESIDENTS TO THE HIGH FIRE RISK IN THE DRY SEASON.

PANELS PROVIDED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENTS ON FIRE PREVENTION IN BOTH THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE URBAN AREAS WILL BE DISPLAYED TO BRING OUT THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN "FIRE LAWS PROTECT”.

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON FIRE PREVENTION AND SOUVENIR ITEMS SPONSORED BY KWONG ON BANK.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SHEUNG WAN *****

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KO SHING STREET, SHEUNG WAN, FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 29) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE EXISTING BAN ON VEHICLES EXCEEDING 11 METRES IN LENGTH IN KO SHING STREET, BETWEEN QUEEN STREET AND SUTHERLAND STREET, WILL BE EXTENDED TO VEHICLES EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH.

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

MEANWHILE, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KO SHING STREET BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 19 AND 77 WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE ON THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KO SHING STREET, BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 16 AND 66, WILL BE LIFTED.

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A 90-METRE STRETCH OF FUNG CHI ROAD IN YUEN LONG, NORTH OF THE ROAD’S JUNCTION WITH WANG TAT ROAD, WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 29).

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS. IT WILL FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WESTERN NULLAH BRIDGES ON YUEN LONG NORTHERN BYPASS.

VEHICLES FROM LONG PING ESTATE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FUNG CHI ROAD, LONG PING ROAD, FUK HI STREET AND WANG LOK STREET.

FROM THE SAME DAY, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SECTION OF INVERNESS ROAD BETWEEN MUNSANG COLLEGE AND HOLY FAMILY CANOSSIAN COLLEGE IN KOWLOON CITY DAILY BETWEEN 6 AM AND 7 PM.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN MID-LEVELS » ♦ * » ♦

THE SLIP ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS LEADING FROM CAINE ROAD TO CARITAS CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 PM TO 4 PM ON SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 28).

THIS MEASURE IS BEING IMPLEMENTED BECAUSE OF THE FUND-RAISING WALKATHON ORGANISED BY THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LAN KWAI FONG IN CENTRAL * » t » »

TO FACILITATE CABLE INSTALLATION WORK, LAN KWAI FONG IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES.

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FROM 9 AM ON FEBRUARY 29 (MONDAY) TO 6 PM ON MARCH 3.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1588

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY RELEASED ........... 1

GLENARTHUR SPEAKS ON WHITE PAPER, VR ISSUES .............. 3

STUDENTS RECEIVE YOUDE MEMORIAL AWARDS ................... k

OLI SETS UP FIVE SUB-COMMITTEES .......................... 6

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY'S COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE RECEIVES 150

SUBMISSIONS ............................................ 7

FINAL BREAKTHROUGH IN ROUTE 5 TUNNEL SYSTEM............... 8

INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM AWARDED TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT 9

CLOSE LIAISON BETWEEN POLICE AND ARMED FORCES ............ 10

GOVERNMENT STRIVES TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR OFFENDERS...... 11

POLICE KEEP UP WORK AGAINST VICE ACTIVITIES .............. 13

MAC MODEL RULES REVISED ..................................

VIDEO WALL TO BROADCAST VOTING MESSAGE.................... 1?

ELECTION PUBLICITY MATERIALS FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS........ 16

ELECTORS REMINDED TO VOTE ON MARCH 10 .................... 16

GOOD BUILDING MANAGEMENT KEY TO HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT....... 17

SAI KUNG TO HONOUR GOOD CITIZENS ......................... 18

LONG DISTANCE RUN IN YAU MA TEI .......................... 19

NEW YEAR CARNIVAL FOR MONG KOK FAMILIES .................. 19

LANTERN FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES IN TSUEN WAN ................. 20

BANQUET FOR ELDERLY IN TUEN MUN .......................... 21

NEW DOG INOCULATION CENTRE IN TUEN MUN ................... 21

NUMISMATIC COINS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS ................. 22

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE PASSING-OUT PARADE .................... 23

GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES FOR SALE BY AUCTION ................ 23

CONTRACT LET FOR MUSEUM PILING WORK....................... 2U

JOINT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ATHLETIC MEET................... 25

TAXI OPERATORS URGED TO CO-OPERATE IN SURVEY.............. 25

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN HOLLAND STREET ........................ 26

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY RELEASED ♦ t » ♦ »

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY IN JANUARY 1988.

THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS, HOWEVER, LOWER THAN IN DECEMBER 1987, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN JANUARY 1988 WAS $16,477 MILLION, 17.2 PER CENT OR $2,424 MILLION HIGHER THAN IN JANUARY 1987, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 53 PER CENT OR $6,360 MILLION TO $18,364 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS), AT $34,841 MILLION, WAS 33.7 PER CENT OR $8,784 MILLION HIGHER THAN IN JANUARY 1987.

THE VALI OF IMPORTS GREW BY 41 PER CENT OR $9,634 MILLION OVER JANUARY 1987 TO $33,150 MILLION.

AS THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN JANUARY 1988 WAS LARGER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF $1,691 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 5.1 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED THE MONTH. THIS SURPLUS WAS, HOWEVER, LARGELY SEASONAL.

CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN INTERPRETING FIGURES FOR INDIVIDUAL MONTH IN ISOLATION, IN VIEW OF THE FLUCTUATIONS THAT OCCUR FROM MONTH TO MONTH.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, THE VALUE TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JANUARY 1988 WAS $386

MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $197,678 MILLION AND

RE-EXPORTS OF $189,140 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JANUARY 1987, THE VALUE TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY $103,324 MILLION OR 36.4 PER CENT, THAI’ DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $40,172 MILLION OR 25.5 PER CENT, AND THAT RE-EXPORTS BY $63,152 MILLION OR 50.1 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $106,918 MILLION OR 38.1 PER CENT, TO $387,582 MILLION.

A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF $764 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 0.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JANUARY 1988.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE TRADE FIGURES IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE YEAR WERE USUALLY AFFECTED BY THE TIMING OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS, WHICH OCCURRED IN LATE JANUARY LAST YEAR, WHILE IN THIS YEAR THEY OCCURRED IN MID-FEBRUARY.

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THUS, THE GROWTH RATE OE DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE NUMBER OF WORKING DAYS BETWEEN JANUARY 1988 AND THE SAME MONTH IN 1987.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE STRONG GROWTH IN RE-EXPORTS, REFLECTING THE FLOURISHING ENTREPOT TRADE, CONTRIBUTED AT LEAST IN PART TO THE SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS, ALTHOUGH THE HIGH LEVEL OF DOMESTIC DEMAND SHOULD ALSO BE A RELEVANT FACTOR.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY 1988.

TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY, 1988 [IN SURPLUS]

MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE : $16,477 MILLION : $18,364 MILLION : $34,841 MILLION : $33,150 MILLION : $ 1,691 MILLION

COMPARATIVE FIGURES NOV 87 NOV 86 INCREASE

m' LATEST 3 MONTHS TO JAN 88 HK$ MN. TO JAN 87 IIK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 52,403 44,290 8,113 18.3

RE-EXPORTS 54,987 36,907 18,080 49.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 107,390 81,197 26,193 32.3

IMPORTS 106,237 77,030 29,207 37.9

TRADE BALANCE 1,153 4,167 -3,014

JANUARY JANUARY INCREASE

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1988 1987 HK$ MN. 3%

HK$ MN. IIK$ MN.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS 16,477 14,053 2,424 17.2

(47.3%)(53.9%) 18,364 12,004 6,360 53.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 34,841 26,057 8,784 33.7

IMPORTS 33,150 23,516 9,634 41.0

TRADE BALANCE 1,691 2,541 -850

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LAST MONTH jr- JANUARY 1988 HK$ MN. DECEMBER 1987 HK$ MN. INCREASE HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 16,477 (47.3%) 18,850 (49.7%) -2,373 -12.6

RE-EXPORTS 18,364 19,056 -692 -3.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 34,841 37,906 -3,065 -8.1

IMPORTS 33,150 38,817 -5,667 -14.6

TRADE BALANCE 1,691 -911 2,602

LAST 12 MONTHS FEB 87 TO JAN 88 HK$ MN. FEB 86 TO JAN 87 HK$ MN. INCREASE HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 197,678 157,506 40,172 25.5

RE-EXPORTS 189,140 125,988 63,152 50.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 386,818 283,494 103,324 36.4

IMPORTS 387,582 280,664 106,918 38.1

TRADE BALANCE -764 2,830 -3,594

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GLENARTHUR SPEAKS ON WHITE PAPER, VR ISSUES ♦ t ♦ » ♦

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT HE WAS SURE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL TAKE FORWARD WHAT THE WHITE PAPER ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT CONTAINED AND MAKE IT WORK IN THE WAY THAT ALL HOPE IT WILL.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE LEAVING FOR SINGAPORE EN ROUTE TO NEPAL, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID HE HAD DISCUSSED WITH THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, OFFICIALS AND OTHER PEOPLE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE OUTCOME OF THE WHITE PAPER, WHICH HE THOUGHT HAI) BEEN GENERALLY WELCOMED HERE, AND THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES PROBLEM.

/NOTHING THAT........

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1988

NOTING THAT HE KNEW THE VR PROBLEM WAS A CONSIDERABLE BURDEN ON HONG KONG AND A WORRY, HE SAID BRITAIN WOULD CONTI LI E TO DO ALL THEY COULD WITH THE AGENCIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WHO HELPED SHARE THIS BURDEN TO BRING ABOUT THE NECESSARY CHANGES WHICH WERE GOING TO BE NEEDED IN VIETNAM IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE FLOW OF VR’S FROM ITS EXISTING PACE.

REFERRING TO A LETTER TO HIM FROM THE CONVENER OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP ON VR’S, MRS RITA FAN, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID IT WAS A VERY FULL LETTER AND DESERVED A VERY FULL AND CAREFUL REPLY.

"I SHALL STUDY THE LETTER AGAIN WITH GREAT CARE AND RESPOND TO IT FULLY," HE NOTED.

HE ADDED THAT THE IMPORTANT THING WAS THAT PRESSURE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY UPON VIETNAM WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ONE, AND BRITAIN WOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE THAT FORWARD WITH THEM, USING THE SUPPORT OF OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL, AND WITH THE AGENCIES THAT LOOK AFTER THE VR’S.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT TALKS BEING HELD IN HONG KONG, LORD GLENARTHUR SAID HE DID NOT WANT TO ANTICIPATE THE RESULT.

"WHAT I’M QUITE CONFIDENT IS THAT BOTH SIDES WISH TO SEE A SETTLEMENT, AN AGREEMENT, ON THIS ISSUE. AND THEY ARE, BOTH OF THEM, WORKING VERY HARD TO THAT END," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT HE WOULD COME TO HONG KONG AGAIN IN EARLY SUMMER FOR A SUBSTANTIVE VISIT, AND ADDED THAT THE DISCUSSIONS THAT HE HAD HAD HERE TODAY WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR HIM AND FOR OTHERS WHO WERE CONSIDERING THE MANY ISSUES WHICH FACED HONG KONG AND WHICH HE WOULD BE DISCUSSING WHEN HE RETURNED TO LONDON.

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STUDENTS RECEIVE YOUDE MEMORIAL AWARDS * * * *

ABOUT 540 LOCAL STUDENTS WERE AWARDED SIR EDWARD YOUDE

MEMORIAL PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS TODAY (SATURDAY).

AT A CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL THIS MORNING, LADY YOUDE PRESENTED THE AWARDS TO THE STUDENTS. THE RECIPIENTS WERE SELECTED UNDER A SCHEME AIMED AT ENCOURAGING ACADEMIC STUDIES AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AMONG STUDENTS.

THE AWARDS WILL ENABLE THE STUDENTS TO PURSUE LOCAL COURSES AT SENIOR SECONDARY, UNDERGRADUATE AND DIPLOMA AND POSTGRADUATE LEVELS.

/SPEAKING AT .......

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SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, LADY YOUDE SAID THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR, WERE BY FAR THE TERRITORY’S SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET.

”IT IS ITS PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE HONG KONG THE PLACE IT IS TODAY A DYNAMIC MAJOR ECONOMIC CENTRE WHICH BRINGS TOGETHER THE BEST OF EAST AND WEST; AND IT WILL BE THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL TAKE HONG KONG TO FURTHER HEIGHTS IN THE FUTURE,” SHE SAID.

LADY YOUDE SAID SHE HAD GREAT CONFIDENCE THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD REMAIN COMMITTED TO HONG KONG AND WOULD MAINTAIN ITS CITIZENS' TRADITION OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

"THE AWARD SCHEMES INITIATED SO FAR HAVE PROVIDED A FRESH IMPETUS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO THIS END,” SHE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND COUNCIL, MR STEPHEN CHEONG, SAID TODAY’S AWARDS WERE MADE UNDER THE FHSi OF TWO SCHEMES AIMED AT ENCOURAGING ACADEMIC STUDIES AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT.

"COMPETl iON FOR THE AWARDS IS VERY KEEN AND I AM SURE THAT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY, AT $1.7 MILLION, WHICH MADE UP THE VALUE OF THE AWARDS IS MONEY WELL SPENT TO RECOGNISE THE STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS," HE SAID.

MR CHEONG SAID THE SECOND SCHEME WAS INTENDED TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS WHO WISHED TO PURSUE COURSES OVERSEAS, WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING FOR THE EDUCATION OF SOME OF HONG KONG’S BRIGHTEST STUDENTS AT THE WORLD’S FINEST ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS.

"IT IS NOT THAT THEY CANNOT PURSUE COURSES SUCCESSFULLY IN OUR LOCAL INSTITUTIONS. BUT WE FEEL THAT OVERSEAS EXPOSURE WILL BE VALUABLE EXPERIENCE TO THEM WHEN THEY RETURN TO HONG KONG. IT WILL HELP BROADEN THEIR AND OUR HORIZON," HE SAID.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT UP TO SIX AWARDS, TOTALLING $1.5 MILLION, WILL BE MADE FOR THE 1988-89 ACADEMIC YEAR.

MEANWHILE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND, MR LEE QUO-WEI, SAID THAT AS AWARDS WOULD SOON BE EXTENDED TO HONG KONG STUDENTS TO STUDY OVERSEAS, THE DEMAND ON THE FUND WOULD FURTHER INCREASE.

"WE THEREFORE ANXIOUSLY APPEAL FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

MR LEE SAID THAT AS AT JANUARY 31 THIS YEAR, THE MARKET VALUE OF THE FUND’S PORTFOLIO STOOD AT $79,015 MILLION.

"AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT OF THE PAYMENT OF AWARDS SO FAR MADE, THIS AMOUNT REPRESENTS A DROP IN BOOK VALUE OF 3.4 PER CENT FROM THE TOTAL SUM OF $83,055 MILLION RECEIVED IN DONATIONS," HE SAID.

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MR LEE POINTED OUT THAT THE INCOME FOR 1987-88 WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED, ALTHOUGH FOR 1988-89 IT MIGHT BE SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL FORECAST, IF THE INTEREST RATES OF MAJOR WORLD CURRENCIES WERE TO REMAIN AT THE PRESENT LOW LEVEL.

AS FROM MARCH 1, COLLECTION OF DONATIONS WILL BE CENTRALISED AT THE TRUST FUNDS SECTION OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION. DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT ANY BRANCHES OF THE HONGKONG BANK, HANG SENG BANK AND HANG LUNG BANK.

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OLI SETS UP FIVE SUB-COMMITTEES * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE (OLI) OF HONG KONG HAS SET UP FIVE SUB-COMMITTEES TO CARRY OUT DETAILED WORfc RELATING Tf THE SETTING UP OF THE INSTITUTE FOR THE FIRST INTAKE OF STUDENTS LATE NEXT YEAR.

AT A TWO-DAY MEETING WHICH ENDED TODAY (SATURDAY), THE PLANNING COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR CHENG HON-KWAN, DECIDED THAT EACH SUB-COMMITTEE SHOULD BE CHAIRED BY A LOCAL MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

MR CHENG HIMSELF WILL CHAIR THE CENTRAL GENERAL MATTERS SUB-COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL DEVISE THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF THE OLI.

HE WILL ALSO HEAD A SPECIAL ’’SEARCH” SUB-COMMITTEE WHICH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE VITAL TASK OF RECRUITING THE OLI’S FIRST DIRECTOR.

MR CARLOS CHEUNG IION-KAU IS TO LEAD THE ACADEMIC AND CURRICULUM PLANNING SUB-COMMITTEE AND MR SAMUEL WONG PING-WAI HAS ACCEPTED THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE.

THE RECRUITMENT OF SENIOR STAFF OTHER THAN THE DIRECTOR AND THE DETAILS OF STAFF TRAINING AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STAFF AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE SUB-COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR TSIM TAK-LUNG.

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE ALSO AGREED ON A PROGRAMME OF WORK DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT ITS TASK WILL BE COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE.

THIS PROGRAMME WILL REQUIRE ALL THE SUB-COMMITTEES TO START WORK ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. THE SUB-COMMITTEES WILL REPORT BACK TO THE FULL PLANNING COMMITTEE EVERY TWO MONTHS.

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE ITSELF INTENDS TO MAKE A PROGRESS REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

/OTHER MATTERS .......

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1988

OTHER MATTERS DISCUSSED INCLUDED THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP OF THE OLI WITH THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE (UPGC) AND THE POSSIBLE USE OF CABLE TELEVISION FOR THE DEI. J VERY OF COURSES.

MR CHENG SAID THE TWO-DAY MEETING HAD BEEN MOST SUCCESSFUL.

"AN EXCELLENT START HAS BEEN MADE, AUGURING WELL FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE COMMITTEE’S WORK WITHIN THE 1989 TIMETABLE," HE

SAID.

MEMBERS WILL SPEND THE NEXT FEW DAYS VISITING THE UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND THE BAPTIST COLLEGE TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE EXTRA-MURAL COURSES OFFERED BY THESE INSTITUTIONS AND WITH LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS IN EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY.

THE NEXT FULL MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD IN LATE APRIL, BY WHICH TIME THE WORK OF THE SUB-COMMITTEES IS EXPECTED TO BE WELL ADVANCED.

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BROADCASTING AUTHORITY’S COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE RECEIVES 150 SUBMISSIONS » * * »

THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY HAS RECEIVED 150 INDIVIDUAL AND JOINT SUBMISSIONS FROM OVER 3,300 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE IS THE CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH TELEVISION VIEWERS WHO ARE DISSATISFIED WITH WHAT THEY SEE ON TELEVISION MAY AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES TO THE REGULATORY AUTHORITY.

OF THE 150 SUBMISSIONS, 134 CASES WERE COMPLAINTS AND WERE DEALT WITH BY THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY ORDINANCE 1987.

THE REMAINING 16 SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED BY THE AUTHORITY WERE EITHER IN RESPECT OF MATTERS OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY OR PERSONAL OPINIONS.

OF THE 134 COMPLAINTS, 115 WERE IN RESPECT OF THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, 14 IN RESPECT OF THE STANDARDS OF TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS, AND FIVE IN RESPECT OF TECHNICAL STANDARDS OF TELEVISION.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED WITH CONCERN THAT A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THE COMPLAINTS ON THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES WERE IN RESPECT OF THE GRATUITOUS AND EXCESSIVE PORTRAYAL OF VIOLENCE ON LOCALLY PRODUCED TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES.

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IN CONSIDERING THESE COMPLAINTS, THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE GAVE THE SUBJECTS OF THE COMPLAINTS REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS, WHICH THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER WITH OTHER RELEVANT EVIDENCE BEFORE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE COMPLAINTS TO THE AUTHORITY.

THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY DECIDED ON THE COMPLAINTS AFTER CONSIDERING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.

WHERE THE SITUATION WARRANTED, WARNINGS WERE ISSUED TO THE LICENSEE CONCERNED, WITH THE REMINDER THAT FURTHER BREACHES OF THE SAME MIGHT LEAD TO THE IMPOSITION OF FINANCIAL PENALTIES UNDER SECTION 37 OF THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE.

ADVICE WAS ALSO GIVEN FROM TIME TO TIME.

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THE FINAL BREAKTHROUGH OF THE ROUTE 5 TUNNEL SYSTEM BEING BUILT AS PART OF A $1.2 BILLION ROAD CONNECTING SHA TIN WITH TSUEN WAN WAS ACHIEVED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE BREAKTHROUGH CEREMONY -- AT WHICH THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, OFFICIATED — MARKED ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS THE COMPLETION OF ROUTE 5 IN LATE 1989.

ROUTE 5 IS A DUAL, TWO-LANE TRUNK ROAD WITH THREE SECTIONS: SHA TIN APPROACH SECTION, SHING MUN SECTION AND TSUEN WAN APPROACH SECTION. IT IS SEVEN KILOMETRES LONG.

AT THE SHING MUN SECTION, 2.6 KILOMETRES OF THE 3.5 KILOMETRES TWO-LANE, DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WILL RUN THROUGH TUNNELS.

THE TUNNELS ARE INTERRUPTED BY THE GORGE OF THE LOWER SHING MUN RIVER, WHERE THE CARRIAGEWAYS RUN OVER TWO BRIDGES.

THE SMUGGLERS RIDGE TUNNELS, TO THE WEST OF THE LOWER SHING MUN RIVER, ARE ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE LONG, AND THE NEEDLE HILL TUNNELS, TO THE EAST, ARE ABOUT 1.6 KILOMETRES LONG.

A BRIDGE OVER THE SHING MUN ROAD DIVERSION, A TOLL PLAZA WITH 13 LANES AND AN ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL BUILDING IN TSUEN WAN, NEAR WO HI HOP VILLAGE, ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE SHING MUN SECTION.

EXCAVATION FOR BOTH THE SMUGGLERS RIDGE AND NEEDLE HILL TUNNELS STARTED IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

/THE BREAKTHROUGH .......

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THE BREAKTHROUGH IN THE SMUGGLERS RIDGE TUNNELS WAS COMPLETED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR.

TODAY’S FINAL BREAKTHROUGH TOOK PLACE IN THE NORTH TUNNEL und|:r needle hill.

A TOUT 450,000 CUBIC METRES OF ROCK WAS EXCAVATED AND ABOUT 540 TONNES O EXPLOSIVES WERE USED IN BUILDING ALL THE TUNNELS.

ON COMPLETION OF TUNNEL EXCAVATION WORK, INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT INSIDE THE TUNNELS WILL BEGIN.

THE SHING ilUN TUNNELS, TO BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC BY THE END OF NEX ’ YEAR, WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH A COMPUTERISED TUNNEL SUPERVISORY SYSTEM TO ENSURE THAT ALL ASPECTS OF THE TUNNEL OPERATION ARE MONITORED AND CONTROLLED SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY.

THE CONSULTING , .O'ERS RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGN AND SUPERVISION OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHING MUN SECTION ARE MOTT, HAY AND ANDERSON, FA EAST.

THE CONTR-U TOR COMPRISES A JOINT VENTURE FORMED BY GAMMON (HK) LIMITED, DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS AND SKANSKA AB.

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INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM

AWARDED TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

PROJECT

THE GOVERNMENT HAS SELECTED THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY GAMMON-NISHIMATSU CONSORTIUM FOR THE FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE THE TATE’S CARIN TUNNEL, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE MAIN INVESTORS ARE NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY,

JARDINE, MATHESON AND COMPANY, TRAFALGAR HOUSE PLC, STANDARD

CHARTERED ASIA, AND C ITOH AND COMPANY. THE ESTIMATED INVESTMENT ABOUT $2 BILLION.

MR LEUNG SAID THE CONSORTIUM WOULD START BUILDING THE TUNNII. IN MID-1988 AND COMPLETE IT BY MID-1991 -- ONE YEAR EARLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY ENVISAGED.

MR LEUNG WELCOMED THIS PROPOSAL AND SAID THAT IT WOULD BRING LOlJs-TERM RELIEF TO THE LION ROCK TUNNEL CONGESTION.

APART FROM OFFERING A GOOD ENGINEERING PACKAGE WHICH WOULD ALLOW FOR A SHORT CONSTRUCTION TIME, THE CONSORTIUM ALSO PROPOSED LOW INITIAL TOLLS AND A STABLE TOLL REGIME.

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MR LEUNG SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SPEND OVER $2 BILLION IN CONSTRUCTING APPROACH ROADS TO THE TUNNEL. THERE WOULD BE A NEW ROAD NETWORK IN EAST KOWLOON CONNECTING TATE’S CARIN TUNNEL TO THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND JUNK BAY TUNNEL, AND IN SHA TIN TO TOLO HIGHWAY.

THE NEW ROAD NETWORK LN EAST KOWLOON WOULD ALSO ATTRACT MOST OK THROUGH TRAFFIC FROM THE EXISTING CONGESTED ROADS AND THUS WOULD MARKEDLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

MR LEUNG SAID THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE CONSORTIUM'S PROPOSALS WAS CONDITIONAL UPON LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ENACTING THE TATE’S CAIRN FUNNEL ORDINANCE WHICH WOULD GIVE THE NECESSARY STATUTORY AUTHORITY

TO THE

AUTHORITY

FRANCHISE. THE FRANCHISE WILL RUN FOR 30 YEARS.

COMMENTING ON THE KEEN INTEREST SHOWN IN THIS PROJECT, MR LEUNG SAID THE SHORTLIST OF THREE CONSORTIA SUBMITTED PROPOSALS OF A VERY HIGH STANDARD.

THE COMPETITION HAD MADE POSSIBLE A FINAL PACKAGE WHICH PROVIDED THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT TO THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC TN TERMS OF LOW AND STABLE TOLI S AND A SHORT CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, HE SAID.

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’ CLOSE LIAISON BETWEEN POLICE AND ARMED FORCES t ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE LIAISON BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE ARMED FORCES WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSE AS THE POLICE FORCE PLANS TO TAKE ON FULL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DUTIES ON THE BORDER. 4

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL GARRY JOHNSON, AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL TN WONG CHUK HANG TODAY (SATURDAY).

NOTING THAT THE HAND OVER OF DUTIES FROM THE BRITISH TROOPS TO THE POLICE WOULD RUN SMOOTHLY, MAJOR-GENERAL JOHNSON SAID POLICE HAD A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER WHICH WAS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE STABILITY AND SECURITY OF HONG KONG.

"IN THIS RESPECT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ARMED FORCES AND THE POLICE IS ALWAYS AN IMPORTANT ONE, AND I AM GLAD THAT IN HONG KONG THAT RELATIONSHIP IS VERY CLOSE, CO-OPERATIVE AND FRIENDLY,” HE SAID.

OBSERVING THE EXPANSION OF THE POLICE IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE NEW TOWNS IN THE NFW TERRITORIES, THE COMMANDER REMINDED THE OFFICERS ON PARADE THAT THEY WERE MEMBERS OF AN EXTREMELY EFFICIENT AND HIGH-RESPECTED POLICE FORCE, AND THAT THEY HAD A GREAT DEAL TO LIVE UP TO.

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HE FURTHER NOTED THAT THE LOW LEVEL OF ROBBERIES RECORDED IL‘ HE TERRITORY IN RECENT YEARS SHOWED THAT THE STREETS OF HONG KONO WERE AMONG THE SAFEST IN THE WORLD.

"THIS IS AN OBVIOUS DEMONSTRATION TO THE PUBLIC OF THE FORCE'S CONTINUING HARD WORK IN THE COMMUNITY AND SOMETHING TO BE VERY PROUD OF," HE ADDED.

PASSING OUT TODAY WERE 25 INSPECTORS AND 267 POLICE CONSTABLES. WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED A BASIC TRAINING COURSE AT THE POLIC ' 'RAINING SCHOOL.

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GOVERNMENT STRIVES TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR OFFENDERS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AREA OF SERVICES FOR OFFENDERS, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MRS WONG WAS SPEAKING AT THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS (VSP).

SHE NOTED THAT THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR MAIN TYPES OF SERVICES FOR OFFENDERS WAS TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE DIRECTIONS OF THE COURTS ON THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS BY THE USE OF SOCIAL WORK METHODS, WITH THE AIM OF RE-INTEGRATING THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY.

MRS WONG POINTED OUT THAT FIRSTLY THERE WAS THE PROBATION SERVICE WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT BY PROBATION OFFICERS WHOSE MAIN FUNCTIONS WERE TO SUPPLY THE COURTS WITH SOCIAL ENQUIRY REPORTS ON AN OFFENDER'S CHARACTER AND BACKGROUND AND TO PROVIDE SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE TO THE OFFENDERS WHO WERE SUBJECT TO PROBATION ORDERS.

"AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 12 PROBATION OFFICES SERVING THE MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT AND HIGH COURTS AND THE PROBATION OFFICES ARE CURRENTLY HELPING 3,372 OFFENDERS WHO ARE UNDER PROBATION ORDERS," SHE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PROVIDED RESIDENTIAL TRAINING TO YOUNG OFFENDERS WITH THE INTENTION OF CHANGING THEIR BEHAVIOUR AND SOCIAL ATTITUDE THROUGH THE EMPLOYMENT OF SOCIAL WORK METHODS SO THAT, UPON DISCHARGE, THEY WOULD BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO LIVE AS LAW ABIDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

"THE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES TWO REFORMATORY SCHOOLS, THREE PROBATION HOMES AND A PROBATION HOSTEL IN ADDITION TO OPERATING (F.MAND FACILITIES IN TWO PROBATION HOMES AND A SEPARATE REMAND HOME," MRS WONG SAID.

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"THE BOYS AND GIRLS IN THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE PROVIDED WITH

. SCHOOLING, PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND SOCIAL TRAINING THROUGH GROUP LIVING. •! '

"RESOURCES HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR TO INTRODUCE A TRAINED TEACHING SERVICE INTO THE INSTITUTIONS," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG SAID THE THIRD SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT WAS THE TWO-YEAR PILOT SCHEME ON COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS.

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UNDER THIS SCHEME, AN OFFENDER OF 14 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER CONVICTED OF OFFENCES PUNISHABLE WITH IMPRISONMENT COULD BE SENTENCED TO PERFORM A NUMBER OF HOURS OF UNPAID WORK NOT EXCEEDING 240 HOURS TO THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY.

"OF THE 162 OFFENDERS SENTENCED TO SERVE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS IN THE PAST 1.2 MONTHS UP,. TO THE END OF DECEMBER 1987, 74 HAD

SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED THE ORDERS CARRYING A SUCCESS RATE OF 93 PER CENT," SHE SAID.

"ONLY SIX OFFENDERS HAD , THEIR ORDERS REVOKED, WHILE THE REMAINING 82 ARE CURRENTLY SRRVI.NG THE ORDER, AND WORK PLACEMENTS FOR THEM ARE MORE THAN SUFFICIENT. ...... , -

"WHILE THE l4>NGr,TERM EFFECT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS RELATING TO RECIDIVISM IS NQT YET KNOWN, IT IS ENCOURAGING TO KNOW AT THE PRESENT STAGE THAT THE WORK EXPERIENCE AND THE REHABILITATIVE COUNSELLING HAVE HAD POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE OFFENDERS.

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"THE SCHEME. (IAS WORKED WELL,.AND A DETAILED' ft EV iW WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY THE END OF THIS .YEAR,. TO SEE1 WHETHER1 Tt SHOULD BE CONTINUED Aill) EXTENDED TO ALL MAGISTRACIES IN HONG KONG AFTER THE INITIAL TRIAL PERIOD," SHE ADDED.

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MRS, ^QNG SA.ID 1 TUR F’<)UR'4'l|ir,fSERV8CEI' WAS 1,1 THE1 YOtlNG bFFF.NDERS ASSESSMENT PANEL SE]' ,l|JP, J..N CPV'HINCTION WISTH( THE .CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT .VHJClf .PpOVIljEp -HAG I STRATRS ' W-JTH” ADD FT I ONAL'' ‘ ASSTSTA’nCE IN THE FORM OF RJHjMMI’NMT 1 I I TM Ka 1 IMOSS’IUADPROfHi »ATE 4 1 PROGRAMME OF

SOCIAL REHAftl’l/lTATION FOR CONVICTED YOUNG OFFENDERS.

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SHE SAJI) OPERATION OF THE PANEL HAI’ BEEN VERY SMIXITH AND IIP TO THE END OF J)ECEMHIiR(il^H'1' VRftP.',! 1 3AACAS.KS HAD BEEN ’ REFERRED1 TO iT.

SPEAKING EARLIER AT THE SAME FUNCTION, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ( YOUTH AND REHABILITATION), 'MR ' K’WOK " KA-lftfC,0 NOTED THAT THE VS P^M E D, jj'Q , l/J^pTEi |A,jH’I l?W , AN Bl ' KOS Pf’lW ■ WtiW ’ 'WHEREBY THE PUBLIC COU.lfl) HELI’., IN.jTHE SOCIAL REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS'." ‘

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"IT IS FELT THAT ANY ASSISTANCE AND MORAL SUPPORT' RENDERED BY THE VOLUNTEERS TO THE OFFENDERS WOULD BE SEEN BY THE LATTER AS SIGNIFICANT 1 ND.^.A J'J>ONS OF . f X’MMUNil TY fltOUCKRN’ IANDI ACC«PTXWC4!' FOR THEM, THUS MO't',1 VAT ING ,7'IIEM TOj HKHAD I'L I TATEl AND SUSTAINI'NG THEIR EFFORTS TO DO SO,1' MR KWOK SAJD,. <;i- ’’I ' -

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"EACH YEAR, INTERESTED AND CIVIC-MINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE RECRUITED TO ASSIST PROBATION OFFICERS BY BEFRIENDING, HELPING AND ADVISING PROBATIONERS ON A PERSONAL BASIS AND THEY ARE MATCHED WITH AN INDIVIDUAL PROBATIONER ACCORDING TO THE LATTER’S PROBLEMS AND NEEDS.

MR KWOK SUGGESTED THE MANY WAYS IN WHICH VOLUNTEERS COULD HELP, AS BY PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR THE PROBATIONERS WHO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SCHOOL WORK; GUIDING THEM IN THE PROPER USE OF LEISURE TIME AND DIRECTING THEIR INTERESTS INTO WHOLESOME SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

’’THEY CAN PROVIDE FRIENDSHIP TO THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT SUPPORT OR WHO COME FROM BROKEN FAMILIES; AND THEY CAN HELP YOUNG WIVES AND MOTHERS TACKLE PROBLEMS ON HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT AND CHILD CARE,” HE SAID.

’’OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS, 24 5 VOLUNTEERS HAVE TAKEN PART IN ASSISTING PROBATIONERS AND 16 VOLUNTEERS ARE CURRENTLY SERVING PROBATIONERS,” HE ADDED.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, 18 VOLUNTEERS WERE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION AS A TOKEN OF THANKS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TN WORKING WITH A PROBATIONER FOR A SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

FIVE VOLUNTEERS WERE AWARDED A SOUVENIR FOR THEIR CONTINUING SERVICE OF MORE THAN ONE OCCASION WITH ONE OR MORE PROBATIONERS.

BOTH MRS WONG AND MR KWOK COMMENDED THE VOLUNTEERS AND THE PARTIES CONCERNED FOR THEIR GOOD WORK AND SUPPORT OF THE OFFENDERS.

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POLICE KEEP UP WORK AGAINST VICE ACTIVITIES ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

POLICE KEPT UP THEIR THREE-PRONGED ATTACK ON GAMBLING, DANGEROUS DRUGS, AND VICE ACTIVITIES IN JANUARY. IN THE 3,583 RAIDS ON ILLEGAL GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS, DRUG DIVANS AND VICE DENS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, 1,739 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED.

IN TERMS OF REGIONS, 540 RAIDS WERE CONDUCTED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, WITH 423 PEOPLE ARRESTED; 2,586 RAIDS WERE CONDUCTED IN KOWLOON, WITH 976 PEOPLE ARRESTED; AND 404 RAIDS WERE CONDUCTED IN HIE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH 318 PEOPLE ARRESTED.

OF ALL THESE RAIDS, 1,195 WERE AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKERS, RESULTING IN 824 PEOPLE BEING ARRESTED. IN ADDITION, THE NARCOTICS BUREAU CONDUCTED 53 OPERATIONS AND ARRESTED 22 TRAFFICKERS. THE DRUGS SEIZED DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED 20.3 KG OF NO. 3 HEROIN, 1.2 KG OF OPIUM AND FIVE KG OF CANNABIS.

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THERE WAS ALSO NO LET-UP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST VICE ACTIVITIES. DURING THE MONTH, POLICE CONDUCTED 2,009 RAIDS AND ARRESTED 144 PEOPLE. THEY ALSO SEIZED 100 OBSCENE VIDEO TAPES.

AS FOR ILLEGAL GAMBLING, 749 PEOPLE WERE ROUNDED UP IN 326 RAIDS IN JANUARY. TABLE-MONEY AND BETTING SLIPS AMOUNTING TO $1.58 MILLION WERE SEIZED.

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MAC MODEL RULES REVISED ♦ » »

THE SET OF MODEL RULES FOR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES HAS BEEN REVISED TO IMPROVE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR MAC FORMATION AND OPERATION A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE IMPROVEMENTS WERE RECOMMENDED BY A WORKING GROUP SET UP UNDER THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE LIGHT OF THE OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCES OF THE MAC’S AND AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

ONE OF THE MAIN REVISIONS IS TO PERMIT A RERESENTATIVE AGED 18 OR ABOVE OF A HOUSEHOLD TO BE COUNTED IN THE QUORUM OF A GENERAL MEETING OR A MEETING OF HOUSEHOLDS ON THE SAME FLOOR OF A BUILDING. IN THE PAST, ONLY HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS COULD BE COUNTED.

ON CHOOSING THE "FLOOR REPRESENTATIVES", PROVISIONS ARE MADE TN THE REVISED RULES FOR THEM TO BE "NOMINATED" BY REPRESENTATIVES OF HOUSEHOLDS ON THE SAME FLOOR AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO ELECTIONS AT "FLOOR MEETINGS".

"THIS NOMINATION METHOD HAS BEEN TRIED OUT IN SOME DISTRICTS AND IS FOUND TO BE WORKING WELL," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS FOR THE TENURE OF OFFICE, THE REVISED RULES PROVIDE THAT THE TERM OF OFFICE OF MAC OFF ICE-BEARERS BE CHANGED FROM A FIXED TERM OF TWO YEARS TO SUCH PERIOD AS TO COINCIDE WITH THE BIENNIAL ELECTIONS OF OFFICE-BEARERS WHICH TAKE PLACE AT ALTERNATE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS.

THE FORMER CRITERIA FOR DISQUALIFYING AN MAC OFFICE-BEARER, WHICH WERE CONSIDERED TOO STRINGENT, HAVE BEEN REVISED TO BRING THEM IN LINE WITH THOSE GOVERNING A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER.

THE REVISED MODEL RULES HAVE COME INTO EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 16 THIS YEAR. MAI' OFFICE-BEARERS WHO WISH TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE RULES SHOULD CONTACT THEIR RESPECTIVE DI STR I CT OFFICES.

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VIDEO WALL TO BROADCAST VOTING MESSAGE

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, TODAY (SATURDAY) OFFICIATED AT A CEREMONY INAUGURATING OF A VIDEO WALL AT CITYPLAZA IN TAIKOO SHING SET UP TO HELP SPREAD THE VOTING MESSAGE FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE EVENT IS PART OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED TO BUILD UP THE ELECTION ATMOSPHERE AND TO REMIND ELECTORS TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

THE VIDEO WALL COMPRISING 16 TELEVISION MONITORS WILL BROADCAST THE DISTRICT BOARD THEME SONG AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN PUBLIC INTEREST (API’S) FOR THE ELECTIONS.

THE WALL IS SET UP AT THE CITYPLAZA FOR TWO DAYS AND WILL BE STAGED AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE ON MARCH 5 AND 6. SIMILAR MESSAGES WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST BY A 72-MONITOR VIDEO WALL AT THE TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA FROM MARCH 4 TO 10.

APART FROM THE VIDEO WALL, A SERIES OF SEVEN COUNT-DOWN API’S WILL BE BROADCAST ON TELEVISION AND RADIO FROM MARCH 4 TO DRIVE HOME THE VOTING MESSAGE.

ALSO, A HELIUM BALLOON CARRYING VOTING MESSAGES WILL BE RAISED IN TSUEN WAN ON MARCH 9 AND AT STATUE SQUARE ON MARCH 10.

AS A REMINDER TO ELECTORS, ADVERTISEMENTS WILL BE PLACED IN NEWSPAPERS ON POLLING DAY.

AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, VARIOUS ACTIVITIES INCLUDING FORUMS, EXHIBITIONS, CARNIVALS AND BUS PARADES ARE BEING ORGANISED TO PROMOTE THE ELECTIONS.

THIS YEAR, THERE ARE 493 CANDIDATES VYING FOR 264 SEATS IN 157 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS. THIRTY-FOUR CANDIDATES FROM 21 CONSTITUENCIES ARE UNOPPOSED.

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ELECTION PUBLICITY MATERIALS

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FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS «

A TABLOID NEWSPAPER COVERING IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN SHA TIN WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 29).

"THE TEXT INCLUDES INFORMATION ON THE CANDIDATES, CHARACTER STICS OF THE CONSTITUENCIES, HISTORY OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, ADDRESSES OF THE POLLING STATIONS, AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES," A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"IT ALSO CONTAINS AN APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICER AND INFORMATION ON THE PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

"COPIES OF THE NEWSPAPER WILL BE OBTAINABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S ENQUIRY CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION, AND ALL COMMUNITY HALLS IN THE DISTRICT."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID COPIES HAD ALSO BEEN SENT TO THE 90,294 REGISTERED VOTERS TN SHA TIN, TOGETHER WITH NOTES TO VOTERS, CONSTITUENCY MAPS AND CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS.

MEANWHILE, OTHER PUBLICITY MATERIALS, INCLUDING BOOKMARKS AND PLASTIC AND PAPER CAPS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG, AND TVB ARTISTES ON MARCH 5.

"THESE PUBLICITY MATERIALS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE CYCLING PARK IN TAI WAI AT 9.30 AM BEFORE THE START OF A LARGE-SCALE CYCLING PARADE INVOLVING TELEVISION ARTISTES, REPRESENTATIVES OF AREA COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF," HE SAID.

"THE CYCLISTS WILL RIDE ALONG SHING MUN RIVER, PASSING BY ALL THE NINE CONSTITUENCIES TO APPEAL TO PEOPLE TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY."

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ELECTORS REMINDED TO VOTE ON MARCH 10 » » « »

THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, REMINDED REGISTERED ELECTORS TO DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH

MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, TODAY (SATURDAY)

COME FORWARD AND VOTE AT THE 10.

HE SAID THE SUCCESS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME PARTICIPATION OF RESIDENTS.

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND THE

DEPENDED ON THE SUPPORT AND

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MR CHEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NOP.TH DISTRICT BOOK EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS' CONFERENCE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

ON THE SHORTAGE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN THE DISTRICT, MR CHEUNG SAID A NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL WOULD BE COMPLETED, TWO YEA.s AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, IN 1989.

THE DECISION CAME AS A RESULT OF EFFORTS BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT’S SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS’ CONFERENCE AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, HE ADDED.

MR CHEUNG ALSO COMMENDED THE HEADMASTERS’ CONFERENCE FOR ORGANISING THE BOOK EXHIBITION TO STIMULATE PUBLIC INTEREST IN READING.

HE NOTED THAT THE HEADMASTERS’ CONFERENCE HAD STRENGTHENEI TIES AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT SINCE ITS FORMATION 1984.

THE FOUR-DAY BOOK EXHIBITION HELD AT THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL IN FANLING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY (MARCH 1). ADMISSION IS FREE.

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GOOD BUILDING MANAGEMENT KEY TO HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT » » « « »

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED ALL BUILDING MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS TO SHOW MORE CONCERN TOWARDS THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS AND TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN IMPROVEMENT WORK.

MRS FUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL.

"EACH YEAR, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WOULD ASSIST NUMEROUS BUILDINGS TO FORM OWNERS CORPORATIONS OR MUTUAL All) COMMITTEES.

"THE AIM IN FORMING THESE ORGANISATIONS IS TO HELP RESIDENTS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND HYGIENIC CONDITIONS IN THEIR BUILDINGS THROUGH BETTER BUILDING MANAGEMENT," SHE SAID.

"BUT, THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ALONE ARE INADEQUATE," SHE STRESSED, ADDING THAT ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT FROM THE RESIDENTS WAS ALSO ESSENTIAL.

MRS FUNG NOTED THAT A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY ORGANISED DURING THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN. THESE INCLUDED THE CLEAN BUILDING CONTEST, CLEAN STREET CONTEST, BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE AND THE YEAR-END CLEANUP.

ALTHOUGH THE CAMPAIGN HAD COME TO AN END, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE DISTRICT BOARD WOULD CONTINUE TO JOIN HANDS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY OF LIVING IN THE DISTRICT, SHE SAID.

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SAI KUNG TO HONOUR GOOD CITIZENS

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A COMBINED SPRING RECEPTION AND PRESENTATION CEREMONY TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN SERVING THE DISTRICT DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION IN THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS PRESENTED SUCH AWARDS. A TOTAL OF 22 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATES.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE TUNG YUEN RESTAURANT, SAT KUNG TOWN. MORE THAN 300 GUESTS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND.

BEFORE THE CEREMONY, THE GUESTS WILL ATTEND A COCKTAIL RECEPTION, BEGINNING AT 6.30 PM.

AFTER THE RECEPTION, THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, WILL PERFORM THE RITUAL DOTTING OF A UNICORN’S EYES.

THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN, WILL THEN PRESENT THE CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION.

DURING THE EVENING, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL PERFORM A UNICORN DANCE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE SINGING PERFORMANCES.

THE EVENING WILL CONCLUDE WITH A DINNER STARTING AT R PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD SPRING RECEPTION AND AWARD CEREMONY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE TUNG YUEN RESTAURANT, YEE KUK STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN. THE FUNCTION WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 PM.

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LONG DISTANCE RUN IN YAU MA TEI » * ♦

MORE THAN 400 YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS WILL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TAKE PART IN A LONG DISTANCE RUN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT'S RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

PARTICIPANTS WILL START AT THE GUN CLUB HILL BARRACKS AND RUN ALONG AUSTIN ROAD, COX’S ROAD, JORDAN ROAD AND GASCOIGNE ROAD BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STARTING POINT.

4 AMONG THOSE WHO WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM TO START THE RACE WILL BE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YAU MA TEI LONG DISTANCE RUN TO START AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE GUN CLUB HILL BARRACKS (ENTRANCE AT GASCOIGNE ROAD). A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 4.15 PM AT THE SAME VENUE.

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NEW YEAR CARNIVAL FOR MONG KOK FAMILIES * » ♦ » »

A NEW YEAR CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, MONG KOK, TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO PROVIDE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT FOR RESIDENTS.

THE CARNIVAL WILL BEGIN WITH A LION DANCE INTENDED TO BRING GOOD FORTUNE TO SPECTATORS. THERE WILL ALSO BE PERFORMANCES BY THE MONG KOK CHILDREN’S CHOIR, SINGERS, MAGICIANS AND FOLK DANCERS.

A DRAMA TROUPE FROM THE FRINGE CLUB WILL PERFORM A 30-MINUTE PLAY INTENDED TO WARN YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM TRIADS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE GAMES STALLS FOR CHILDREN.

THE CARNIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, URBAN COUNCIL AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE HONGKONG BANK FOUNDATION.

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NEW YEAR CARNIVAL TO BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, SAI YEE STREET.

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LANTERN FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES IN TSUEN WAN

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RESIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TREATED TO A SERIES OF ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO CELEBRATE THE LANTERN FESTIVAL.

THE PROGRAMMES INCLUDE GAMESTALLS, STAGE PERFORMANCES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE AGED.

THEY ARE ORGANISED BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES OF THE SHEK WAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL AND THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MISS SANDY HO, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A FUN FAIR AT THE SHEK WAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL, SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE, AT 1.30 PM.

LATER, THEY WILL ATTEND CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES AT 7.30 PM AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TAI HO ROAD AND PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF A CHILDREN’S DRAWING COMPETITION AND A CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST FOR THE AGED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS.

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BANQUET FOR ELDERLY IN TUEN MUN » « * »

MORE THAN 1,000 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TREATED TO A FREE BANQUET ON TUESDAY (MARCH 1) TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION, THE FUNCTION WILL INCLUDE A SUMPTUOUS DINNER AND SINGING PERFORMANCES.

IN ADDITION, EACH PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE A LAISEE PACKET WHILE THE OLDEST MAN AND WOMAN WILL EACH BE GIVEN A GOLD MEDAL.

THE OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR LAU WONG-FAT; DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR LAM WING-CHEUNG; THE REV. HAU PO-WOON OF CHING CHUNG KOON; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR SIT HO-YIN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE BANQUET FOR THE ELDERLY WILL START AT 6.30 PM ON TUESDAY (MARCH 1) AT THE LUNG SHING RESTAURANT IN YAN CHING STREET, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

NEW DOG INOCULATION CENTRE IN TUEN MUN « » »

A NEW MOBILE CENTRE WILL BE SET UP IN TUEN MUN FROM TUESDAY (MARCH 1) TO PROVIDE ANTI-RABIES DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING SERVICE FOR DOGS, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

LOCATED AT THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE IN SAN CHING ROAD, THE NEW CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

IT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING CENTRE AT THE REAR OF THE OLD CASTLE PEAK POLICE STATION, WHICH WILL REMAIN OPEN ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS UNTIL THE END OF APRIL THIS YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT'S VETERINARY OFFICER, DR K.K. LIU, SAID THAT THE ARRANGEMENT WAS IN LINE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN, AND THAT THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE WOULD PROVE A MORE POPULAR VENUE IN VIEW OF ITS CONVENIENT LOCATION.

"WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE RURAL COMMITTEE FOR ALLOWING US TO USE ITS PREMISES," HE SAID.

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DR LIU POINTED OUT THAT THE LAW REQUIRED EVERY DOG OF OVER FIVE MONTHS’ OLD TO BE INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES AND LICENSED.

DOG OWNERS SHOULD BRING THEIR DOGS TO ANY OF THE FOUR GOVERNMENT KENNELS OR ANY OF THE 19 DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING CENTRES IN THE TERRITORY, INCLUDING ONE AT MUI WO ON LANTAU, AND ONE ON CHEUNG CHAU.

CONTRAVENTION OF THE LAW MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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THE SALES OF THE HONG KONG 1988 PROOF COIN COLLECTION HAVE BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING SINCE ITS LAUNCHING TWO WEEKS AGO, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 8,000 SETS LEFT IN STOCK, HE SAID.

TO ENSURE THAT A WIDER SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY HAS THE CHANCE TO OWN THIS UNIQUE COLLECTION OF HONG KONG COINAGE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO COMMISSIONED THE ROYAL MINT TO PRODUCE COIN SETS OF BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED QUALITY, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE FROM MONDAY (FEBRUARY 29).

LIKE THE PROOF SET, THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED COLLECTION COMPRISES THE SEVEN HONG KONG CIRCULATING COINS - RANGING FROM THE FIVE-CENT TO THE FIVE-DOLLAR COIN - DATED 1988 AND BEARING THE RAPHAEL MAKLOUF PROTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

THE COINS ARE CAREFULLY SELECTED BY THE ROYAL MINT AND ARE PACKAGED IN A COLOURFUL AND ATTRACTIVE PRESENTATION FOLDER.

PRICED AT $100 PER SET, THE UNCIRCULATED COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN BRANCHES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND ALL BRANCHES OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK.

PROCEEDS FROM THIS PROMOTION WILL GO TO COMMUNITY SERVICES.

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE PASSING-OUT PARADE » » » »

MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MR ALLEN LEE, TODAY (SATURDAY) INSPECTED A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AND OFFICERS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG.

SPEAKING AT THE PARADE, HE SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SMART BEARING OF THE PASSING-OUT SQUADS WHICH COMPRISED NINE INSPECTORS AND 85 CUSTOMS OFFICERS.

MR LEE URGED THE OFFICERS ON PARADE TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES WITH DILIGENCE, DETERMINATION, EFFICIENCY AND INTEGRITY, AND TO UNDERTAKE THE DUTIES WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR.

"A VERY HIGH STANDARD IS EXPECTED OF YOU AND THE EXAMPLE THAT HAS BEEN SET BY PREVIOUS AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE IS NOT ONE THAT WILL BE EASY TO FOLLOW.

"THE BASIC TRAINING YOU HAVE COMPLETED HAS BEEN STRENUOUS. BUT THIS IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS YOU WILL NEED DURING YOUR CAREER IN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WITH ITS MANY DIFFERENT FACETS," MR LEE SAID.

THE RECRUIT CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AND OFFICERS HAVE RESPECTIVELY COMPLETED A 27-WEEK AND 13-WEEK RESIDENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL.

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GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES FOR SALE BY AUCTION « » « »

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING FIVE GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON MARCH 17.

AL1. THE PROPERTIES ARE FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES. THE AUCTION WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE HALL OF HENRY G. LEONG, YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, KOWLOON.

THE PROPERTIES ARE LOCATED AT:

* SECOND FLOOR OF 20 WAN ON STREET, KOWLOON; WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 41.9 SQUARE METRES;

» SECOND FLOOR, FRONT OF 103 TAI NAN STREET, KOWLOON; WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 60.9 SQUARE METRES;

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» THIRD FLOOR OF 135 TAI NAN STREET; AREA ABOUT 52.6 SQUARE METRES;

FIRST FLOOR OF 137 TAI NAN STREET; AREA ABOUT 52.6 SQUARE METRES; AND

THIRD FLOOR OF 137 TAI NAN STREET; AREA ALSO ABOUT 52.6 SQUARE METRES.

ALL THE PROPERTIES WILL BE SOLD WITH VACANT POSSESSION.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, 1OTH FLOOR YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET; AND THE REGRANI SECTION, 1OTH FLOOR KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE PROPERTY AT WAN ON STREET WILL BE OPEN FOR INSPECT ION FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM ON MARCH 1, AND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM ON MARCH 7.

ALL OTHER PROPERTIES AT TAI NAN STREET WILL BE OPEN FOR INSPECTION FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM ON MARCH 1 AND FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM ON MARCH 7.

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CONTRACT LET FOR MUSEUM PILING WORK * » t *

A CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF PILE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH $5.38 MILLION, WAS AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT THIS WEEK.

WORK WILL START ON A 16,200-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT NO. 2 SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON, AND TAKE FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEPARTMENT IS EXPECTED TO INVITE TENDERS IN JULY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE MUSEUM SUPERSTRUCTURE.

PHASE I OF THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THREE-STOREY BUILDING PROVIDING 17,000 SQUARE METRES OF EXHIBITION, OFFICE AND STORAGE SPACE.

ON COMPLETION, THE MUSEUM WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1988

JOINT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ATHLETIC MEET * * *

ABOUT 800 FULL-TIME STUDENTS FROM THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL'S EIGHT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES COMPETED IN THE 1987-88 JOINT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ATHLETIC MEET AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

THE ANNUAL SPORTS DAY ENDED WITH EIGHT NEW RECORDS SET.

THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WON THE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE SENIOR BOYS OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP, WHILE THE BAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND THE CHAI WAN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WON THE JUNIOR BOYS AND THE GIRLS OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESPECTIVELY.

THE EVENT WAS CONCLUDED WITH A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY OFFICIATED BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COUNCIL, MR HORACE KNIGHT.

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TAXI OPERATORS URGED TO CO-OPERATE IN SURVEY *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS URGED TAXI OPERATORS AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS TO CO-OPERATE IN A LARGE-SCALE SURVEY ON THE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS AND FINANCIAL SITUATION RELATING TO URBAN, NEW TERRITORIES AND LANTAU TAXIS.

THE SURVEY COVERS ALL NEW TERRITORIES AND LANTAU TAXIS WHILE ONE IN EVERY FOUR URBAN TAXIS HAS BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR THE EXERCISE.

"IT IS IMPORTANT FOR TAXI OPERATORS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY AS IT WILL HELP THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO ASSESS CORRECTLY THE OPERATING CONDITIONS OF THE TRADE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL ONLY BE USED FOR STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE SURVEY CONSISTS OF TWO PARTS: QUESTIONNAIRE AND METER READING.

OWNERS OF THE SELECTED SAMPLES ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE A SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE ON THEIR OPERATIONS WHICH WILL INCLUDE ITEMS SUCH AS OPERATING FORMAT, INCOME AND FUEL AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.

THEY ARE ALSO ASKED TO PRESENT THEIR TAXIS TWICE FOR METER READING BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 12.30 PM OR BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM AT ANY OF THE DESIGNATED METER READING CENTRES ON SPECIFIED DATES.

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THE METER READING EXERCISE WILL START WITH NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS, WITH THE FIRST READING TO BE TAKEN BETWEEN FEBRUARY 29 (MONDAY) AND MARCH 4 (FRIDAY) AND THE SECOND READING FROM MARCH 7 TO MARCH 11.

’’NEW TERRITORIES TAXI OPERATORS CAN GO TO ANY OF THE SIX METER READING CENTRES AT THEN MUN FERRY PIER, ON TING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN, TAI YUK ROAD IN YUEN LONG, CHOI YUEN ROAD IN SHEUNG SHUI, TAI YUEN ESTATE IN TAI PO AND YI CHUN STREET IN SAI KUNG,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE METER READING SURVEY FOR URBAN TAXIS WILL BE CARRIED OUT FROM MARCH 14 TO MARCH 18 AND FROM MARCH 21 TO MARCH 25.

NINE METER READING CENTRES WILL BE OPENED FOR THE EXERCISE. THEY ARE:

01 KWAN ROAD IN WAN CHAI

t WAN CHAI FERRY PIER

HEALTHY STREET WEST IN NORTH POINT

* TIN KWONG ROAD IN TO KWA WAN

» KAU PUI LUNG ROAD IN TO KWA WAN

» KING FUK STREET IN SAN PO KONG

* TUNG FONG STREET IN YAU MA TEI

* TSUEN WAN FERRY PIER

* TAM KON PO STREET IN SHA TIN

THE SURVEY OF LANTAU TAXIS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN APRIL AND OPERATORS WILL BE INFORMED ACCORDINGLY.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN HOLLAND STREET » * » ♦

HOLLAND STREET IN KENNEDY TOWN, WHICH HAD BEEN CLOSED FOR ROAD WORKS, WILL RE-OPEN TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MARCH 1).

VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH, WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER HOLLAND STREET.

MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HOLLAND STREET BETWEEN SHOP NO. 8B AND ITS JUNCTION WITH KENNEDY TOWN PRAYA WILL BE LIFTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SENIOR CaRTOGRAPHER RETIRES AFTER MERITORIOUS SERVICE.. 1

CONSULTANTS FOR PORT, AIRPORT STUDY ................... 3

EASTERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO VOTE ......... 4

ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE ON EURCH 10..................... 5

ELECTION FORUMS IN KOWLOON CITY ....................... 5

PUBLIC FORUMS ARRANGED FOR SAI KUNG DB CANDIDATES...... 7

TAI PO DB TO DISCUSS WHITE PAPER ...................... 8

TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS WHITE PAPER.................... 8

'DOUBLE-JOURNEY ENTRY PERMIT' SCHEME .................. 9

NEW WARRANT C;lRD FOR TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER........... 9

casualty rate of bicycle accidents down ............... 10

MANPOWER SURVEY ON FURNITURE INDUSTRY BEGINS .......... 11

NEW CONDITIONS FOR TRANSPORTING LONG rND WIDE LOaDS.... 12

NON-INDUSTRLtL PROPERTIES TO LET BY TENDER............. 13

TENDERS INVITED FOR RO*D IMPROVEMENT WORKS ............ 13

TEMPORARY TxtiFFIC .JJLiNGEMENTS IN SHaU KEI WAN, STANLEY ... 14

ONE-LaNE OPERATIONS FOR FLYOVER WORK .................. 14

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2« , 19««

SENIOR CARTOGRAPHER RETIRES AFTER MERITORIO? ’ SERVICE ♦ » ♦ ♦ ♦

IT IS NOT OFTEN ONE WANDERED INTO A PROFESSION, STAYED IN IT FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND WAS RECOGNISED FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE BY PRESTIGIOUS PROFESSIONAL BODIES.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO MR HAL EMPSON, SENIOR CARTOGRAPHER OF THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, WHO RETIRED AS HEAD OF ITS CARTOGRAPHIC UNIT LAST WEEK.

LAST YEAR, THE UNIT WON THE BRITISH CARTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY DESIGN AWARD AND THE HIGHLY COMMENDED CATEGORY OF THE JOHN BARTHOLOMEW AWARD IN THEMATIC CARTOGRAPHY IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS.

BORN IN SURREY, UNITED KINGDOM, MR EMPSON’S TANNED COMPLEXION AND VIGOROUS PHYSIQUE - ACQUIRED FROM PLENTY OF OUTDOOR AND WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES - BELIES HIS 60 YEARS. HIS INTRODUCTION TO HIS LIFE WORK WAS ALMOST AS CASUAL AS HIS MANNERISMS.

WITH BARELY A YEAR OF TRAINING UNDER HIS BELT AS A TRAINEE ESTATE SURVEYOR, HE DECIDED IT WAS NOT QUITE HIS SCENE AND JOINED THE ORDNANCE SURVEY IN 1945 AS A TRAINEE MAPPING SURVEYOR/DRAUGHTSMAN.

CALLED UP FOR NATIONAL SERVICE IN 1946 FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS IN ROYAL ENGINEERS, HE UNDERWENT FURTHER TRAINING AT THE SCHOOL OF MILITARY SURVEY, WHERE THE SELECTION CRITERION ON WHO DID SURVEY OR CARTOGRAPHY/AIR SURVEY WAS ON THE BASIS OF "THOSE WHO COULDN’T DRAW DID SURVEY". THUS WERE THE CAREERS OF MR EMPSON AND HIS PEERS DECIDED.

HIS ARMY CAREER SAW HIM SERVING IN THE SUEZ CANAL ZONE WHERE HE WORKED ON MAPS Ob PARTS OF PALESTINE (NOW ISRAEL) AND PRODUCING AIR-PHOTO MOSAICS OF SENSITIVE AREAS INVOLVED IN THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFL ICT.

THEN BACK AS A CIVILIAN HE BECAME A CARTOGRAPHER WITH THE DI RECTORATE OF OVERSEAS SURVEYS PRODUCI NG MAPS OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT; THEN AS A OIL COMPANY CARTOGRAPHER PRODUCING OIL EXPLORATION AND GEOLOG I (’AL MAPS AND DIAGRAMS OVER WIDE AREAS OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

IN 1952, HE JOINED THE OVERSEAS CIV IL SERVICE AS A CARTOGRAPHER WITH THE GEOLOG I (’AL. SURVEY OF TANGANYIKA, ENDING UP AS CHIEF CARTOGRAPHER IN 1964 WHEN HE HAD TO RETIRE AFTER 1NDEPENDENCE.

BACK TO THE U.K. AT THE AGE OF 36 WITH A GOLDEN HANDSHAKE PLUS A NOMINAL PENSION OF FIVE POUND STERLING PER WEEK, HE WAS ALSO JOBLESS WITH A Will AND IWO YOUNGSTERS.

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BUT THE OVERSEAS CIVIL SERVICE AGAIN BECKONED WITH THREE JOB OFFERS. HIS CHOICE WAS CHIEF DRAUGHTSMAN/NEW TERRITORIES, AND HE EVENTUALLY ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN NOVEMBER 1964.

THE ACTUAL TASK OF BRINGING SOME SORT OF ORDER TO THOSE INCREDIBLE OLD DISTRICT OFFICE CARTOGRAPHIC SECTIONS CAME AS A BIT OF A SHOCK BUT SOME SEMBLANCE OF ORDER WAS EVENTUALLY ACHIEVED.

AFTER ONE TOUR, HE WAS JOB HUNTING AGAIN, SINCE THE NT POST OFFERED NO SECURE FUTURE AND THE ONLY OTHER SUITABLE POST IN HONG KONG - CARTOGRAPHER/CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE - WAS HELD BY A CAREER OFFICER.

HE HAD JUST BEEN OFFERED THE POST OF CARTOGRAPHIC TRAINING OFFICER IN SABAH WHEN WORD CAME THAT THE INCUMBENT CARTOGRAPHER HAD PIED AND IT WOULD BE WORTH RETURNING TO HONG KONG.

MR EMPSON ASSUMED THE POST OF CARTOGRAPHER IN JUNE 1969. AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS LITTLE REAL MAP MAKING ACTUALLY CARRIED OUT IN HONG KONG. ALL THAT WAS DONE THEN WAS REALLY LARGE SCALE SURVEY DRAUGHTING WITH ALL TOPOGRAPHIC AND OTHER COLOURED MAPS PRODUCED IN THE U.K.

THE SITUATION IMPROVED SLOWLY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LATEST METHODS AND NEW REPROGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT, AND THE PUBLICATION OF COLOURED MAPPING EXPANDED RAPIDLY.

LOOKING BACK ON HIS NEARLY TWO DECADES AS HEAD OF THE CARTOGRAPHIC UNIT, HE WAS PROMPTED TO QUIP THAT ’’PUTTING HONG KONG ON THE MAP” AND CREATING THE ATMOSPHERE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOME SUPERB LOCAL CARTOGRAPHERS WERE HIS MOST SATISFYING AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

IT WAS HARDLY AN EMPTY BOAST. HONG KONG IS NOW PROBABLY THE BEST MAPPED TERRITORY IN THE WORLD AND THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT HAS BEEN RECOGNISED.

IN 1986, THE CARTOGRAPHIC UNIT ENTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AND WON A HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD PRESENTED BY THE BRITISH CARTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FOR ITS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP ’’THE TERRITORY OF HONG KONG” , WHICH APPEARED AT THE FRONTISPIECE OF THE 1986 HONG KONG YEAR BOOK.

THE 1987 BCS DESIGN AWARD WAS FOR THE ’’COUNTRYSIDE SERIES MAP OF THE NORTH-EAST NEW TERRITORIES”, WHILE THE JOHN BARTHOLOMEW AWARD WAS FOR A MAP - ENTITLED "HONG KONG BUYING FROM THE WORLD” - WHICH APPEARED AS THE END-PAPER MAP IN THE 1987 HONG KONG YEAR BOOK.

IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE USUALLY PLACID VETERAN CARTOGRAPHER SHOWED TRACES Ob' ANNOYANCE WHEN PEOPLE STILL THINK THAT HONG KONG MAPS ARE BEING PRODUCED OVERSEAS OR SOMEHOW APPEAR AS JF BY MAGIC DIRECT FROM THE PRINTING PRESSES.

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"I THINK IT IS ABOUT TIME WE RECEIVE DUE RECOGNITION. CONSIDERING OUR TRACK RECORD. AND THE FACT THAT HONG KONG HAS BEEN FOR YEARS ONE OF THE FASTEST CHANGING TERRITORIES IN THE WORLD, WHICH PRACTICALLY REQUIRES A NEW MAP CYCLE EVERY TWO TO THREE YEARS, WE HAVE DONE VERY WELL INDEED," MR EMPSON SAID.

FIGURES PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES SHOWED THAT THE HONG KONG OFFICE GUIDE AND MAPS AND BOOKS AND THE COUNTRYSIDE SERIES PRODUCED BY MR EMPSON’S STAFF, HAVE BEEN EXCEEDINGLY POPULAR ITEMS SOUGHT BY LOCAL BUYERS AND TOURISTS.

NOT YET WILLING TO ADMIT THAT HIS CAREER IN MAP MAKING IS ENDED, MR EMPSON IS NOW SETTING UP A CARTOGRAPHIC CONSULTANCY AND MAP PRODUCTION SERVICES PRACTICE, WHICH, IF SUCCESSFUL, WILL KEEP HIM TIED TO THESE SHORES FOR A FEW MORE YEARS.

EVENTUALLY, HE AND FAMILY HOPE TO RETIRE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA.

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CONSULTANTS FOR PORT, AIRPORT STUDY * « » » «

THE GOVERNMENT HAS COMMISSIONED CONSULTANTS TO PRODUCE A LONG TERM PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (PADS) ^R HONG KONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE CONSULTANTS WILL BE GIVEN 22 REPORT.

MONTHS TO PRODUCE THEIR

THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES OF THE

S44-MILLION

LONG '

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STUDY ARE

DEVELOPMENT

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IDENTIFY FUTURE NEEDS AND OPTIONS FOR THE

PORT AND AIRPORT FACILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH HONG KONG S ROLE MANUFACTURING CENTRE, AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND TOURIST CENTRE AND AN ENTREPOT FOR THE WIDER REGION,' THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WILL PRODUCE

THE STUDY WILL ASSUME A TIME HORIZON OF 2011 AND SCENARIOS WHICH ARE:

ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES FOR TWO BROAD

t PORT EXPANSION AND THE