Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1989 - AUG - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK CABLE COMMUNICATIONS SELECTED TO OPERATE CABLE TV ........ 1

FSI TO SELL HANG LUNG BANK................................... 3

AGREEMENT SIGNED ON RECIPROCAL TAX EXEMPTION ON SHIPPING INCOME.......................................................... 3

POSITIVE RESPONSE TO LOCAL CRAFT REVIEW ..................... 4

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JUNE PUBLISHED ...................... 5

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR MAY .......... 10

GOVERNOR SPEAKS ON INCIDENT AT SHAM SHUI PO DETENTION CENTRE 1J

ADEQUATE MEASURES TO GUARD AGAINST SAI KUNG CAMP POLLUTION .. 1J

JAMES SO IS THE NEW HEAD OF USD.............................. 14

ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING TO BE STAGED .................. 16

PROPRIETORS ALERTED ON IMPOSTERS ............................ 1?

INSTALLATION OF PARKING METERS IN TSZ WAN SHAN .............. 17

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HAPPY VALLEY.......................... 18

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KWAI CHUNG ........................... 18

ROAD CLOSURE IN YUEN LONG ................................... 18

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1989

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HK CABLE COMMUNICATIONS SELECTED TO OPERATE CABLE TV

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS SELECTED HONG KONG CABLE COMMUNICATIONS LTD (HKCC) AS THE FUTURE CABLE TELEVISION LICENSEE TO PROVIDE A MAJOR NEW ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE IN HONG KONG IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

HKCC IS A CONSORTIUM MADE UP OF LOCAL AND FOREIGN INTERESTS AND THE PRINCIPALS ARE: THE WHARF HOLDINGS LTD, SUN HUNG KAI PROPERTIES LTD, U.S. WEST INC, CODITEL AND SHAW BROTHERS (HONG KONG) LTD. SIXTY-FIVE PER CENT OF THE CONSORTIUM’S SHARES ARE HELD BY LOCAL INTERESTS.

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO, SAID THAT THE ENTIRE SCHEME, ON COMPLETION, WOULD BE BY FAR THE BIGGEST SINGLE CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE IN THE WORLD.

"THE COMPANY WILL BE INVITED TO APPLY FORMALLY FOR TWO LICENCES: ONE TO ESTABLISH A CABLE TELEVISION NETWORK THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND THE OTHER TO OPERATE A CABLE TELEVISION BROADCASTING SERVICE.

"HKCC WILL NEED TO INVEST $4 BILLION TO BUILD THIS SYSTEM. AND THE PARTNERS IN THE CONSORTIUM HAVE PROMISED TO GUARANTEE UP TO A MAXIMUM LEVEL OF $5.5 BILLION. THIS IS OF NO SMALL SIGNIFICANCE TO HONG KONG," MR TSAO SAID.

HR SAID HKCC HAD UNDERTAKEN TO BUILD UP THEIR NETWORK SO AS TO PASS THE GREAT MAJORITY OF HOMES IN THE TERRITORY BY 1995.

"THEY WILL START THEIR BROADCASTING SERVICE IN 1991 AND THEIR LICENCE WILL EXTEND TO THE YEAR 2005. THEY WILL ENJOY AN EXCLUSIVE CABLE BROADCASTING FRANCHISE FOR SIX YEARS FROM THE START OF THE BROADCASTING SERVICE," HE POINTED OUT.

OUTLINING THE PROPOSED PACKAGE OF SERVICE, MR TSAO SAID; "HKCC’S MOST BASIC SERVICE WILL CARRY ABOUT 15 CHANNELS FROM 1991, INCLUDING FILMS, EDUCATIONAL AND SPECIAL INTEREST PROGRAMMING.

"FOR THIS THEY WILL CHARGE A ONE-OFF INSTALLATION FEE OF $240 PER TV OUTLET, AND A MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION OF $120 PER OUTLET."

MR TSAO NOTED THAT THE COMPANY HAD UNDERTAKEN TO MAINTAIN THAT FEE IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS AND NOT TO EXCEED $285 FOR INSTALLATION AND $143 A MONTH FOR SUBSCRIPTION IN THE THIRD YEAR.

LARGE DISCOUNTS SHOULD ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO EARLY SUBSCRIBERS TN EACH AREA PASSED, HE SAID.

MR TSAO SAID ROYALTY WOULD BE PAID TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE BROADCASTING LICENCE.

/••THE ROYALTY.......

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’’THE ROYALTY WILL BE CALCULATED ON GROSS RECEIPTS FROM ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIPTIONS, INSTALLATION AND OTHER CHARGES AND WILL BE CALCULATED IN RELATION TO EACH $500 MILLION SLICE OF REVENUE, AT ONE PER CENT FOR THE FIRST $500 MILLION, THREE PER CENT FOR THE SECOND, SIX PER CENT FOR THE THIRD, NINE PER CENT FOR THE FOURTH, 12 PER CENT FOR THE FIFTH AND 15 PER CENT FOR ANY REVENUE IN EXCESS OF $2.5 BILLION.

"BUT THERE WILL BE AN OVERALL CEILING SO THAT THE TOTAL SUM PAYABLE WILL NEVER EXCEED 10 PER CENT OF GROSS RECEIPTS.

"OVER THE 15-YEAR LICENCE PERIOD, WE CALCULATE THAT THE PUBLIC WILL RECEIVE $3 BILLION IN REVENUE FROM CABLE TELEVISION ROYALTIES," HE SAID.

SPEAKING ON THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASPECTS, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID THAT HKCC WAS COMMITTED TO INSTALLING A STAND ALONE LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK WHICH WOULD COMPETE WITH THE EXISTING NETWORK OWNED AND OPERATED BY HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN PROVIDING NON-FRANCHISED SERVICES.

“WITH THIS NETWORK HKCC WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF INNOVATIVE DATA AND FACSIMILE SERVICES TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. HKCC WILL ALSO CONDUCT TRIALS OF INTERACTIVE SERVICES FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS, SUCH AS HOME-BASED SHOPPING AND BANKING.

"THE PROVISION OF A SECOND NETWORK WILL ENABLE CUSTOMERS TO HAVE A WIDER CHOICE OF SERVICES AT LOWER COSTS, THUS HELPING HONG KONG TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE AS A LEADING BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL CENTRE."

ON HKCC’S TECHNICAL PARTNERS, MRS CHAN SAID THEY WERE EXTREMELY WELL QUALIFIED.

"CODITEL IS A MAJOR CABLE TELEVISION OPERATOR IN EUROPE, WITH CABLE TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS INTERESTS IN THE U. S.

"U.S. WEST IS ONE OF THE BELL REGIONAL HOLDING COMPANIES, AND HAS A HIGH REPUTATION FOR ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE AND USE OF ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY.

"IT IS PARTICULARLY GRATIFYING THAT THESE TWO MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES SHOULD BE COMMITTING SUCH SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS IN WHAT IS A LONG TERM PROJECT. WE WELCOME THIS CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG,” SHE SAID.

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FSI TO SELL HANG LUNG BANK

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THE FOLLOWING IS A JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY INCORPORATED AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF DAO HENG HOLDINGS LIMITED:

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY INCORPORATED ("FSI") AND THE DIRECTORS OF DAO HENG HOLDINGS LIMITED ("DAO HENG") ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT FSI HAS SELECTED THE DAO HENG GROUP AS THE PARTY TO WHICH IT INTENDS TO DISPOSE OF ITS INTEREST IN HANG LUNG BANK, LIMITED ("HANG LUNG").

FSI AND DAO HENG WILL NOW ENTER INTO DISCUSSIONS ON THE DETAILED TERMS OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER SIGNING OF THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT.

MORGAN GRENFELL (HONG KONG) LIMITED IS ACTING AS THE FINANCIAL ADVISER TO FSI AND SCHRODERS ASIA LIMITED IS ACTING AS THE FINANCIAL ADVISER TO DAO HENG.

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AGREEMENT SIGNED ON RECIPROCAL TAX EXEMPTION ON SHIPPING INCOME * * * * *

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR RECIPROCAL EXEMPTION OF TAX ON SHIPPING INCOME.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR ANTHONY AU-YEUNG, ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE U.S. CONSUL GENERAL, MR DONALD M. ANDERSON.

THE AGREEMENT IS EFFECTIVE IN RESPECT OF TAX YEARS COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1987 AND WILL CONTINUE TO APPLY TO HONG KONG AFTER 1997.

"AS A GENERAL RULE. HONG KONG DOES NOT ENTER INTO RECIPROCAL TAX EXEMPTION ARRANGEMENTS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES BECAUSE OF THE TERRITORIAL SOURCE CONCEPT INHERENT IN OUR TAXATION SYSTEM." A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"THE PURPOSE OF THIS AGREEMENT IS TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS POSED BY THE 1986 U.S. TAX REFORM ACT FOR THE LOCAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND THE PLANNED HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER."

/THE 1986 ......

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THE 1986 U.S. TAX REFORM ACT PROVIDES FOR TAXATION OF ALL FOREIGN SHIPOWNERS WHOSE SHIPS TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES. THE HONG KONG SHIPPING INDUSTRY IS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE LEGISLATION ON TWO FRONTS.

FIRST, HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY ABLE TO OBTAIN TAX RELIEF BY REGISTERING THEIR SHIPS IN TAX JURISDICTIONS SUCH AS LIBERIA AND PANAMA, NOW FIND THEMSELVES LIABLE TO THE U.S. TAX BECAUSE THEY ARE RESIDENT IN HONG KONG.

SECOND, THE FOREIGN OWNERS OF SHIPS ARE BY VIRTUE OF REGISTRATION OR INCORPORATION IN HONG KONG LIABLE TO A GROSS TRANSPORTATION TAX ON THEIR U.S. SHIPPING INCOME.

"THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECIPROCAL TAX EXEMPTION AGREEMENT WILL HELP TO PROVIDE A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT FROM WHICH TO OWN OR MANAGE SHIPS AND HENCE REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AS A MARITIME CENTRE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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POSITIVE RESPONSE TO LOCAL CRAFT REVIEW * t » * t

THE FOUR-MONTH CONSULTATION ON THE LOCAL CRAFT REVIEW, WHICH ENDED TODAY (TUESDAY), HAS ATTRACTED WIDESPREAD INTEREST, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR DERICK HALL, SAID.

“MORE THAN 80 REPLIES FROM VARIOUS YACHT CLUBS, SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS, UNIONS ETC HAVE BEEN RECEIVED,” HE SAID, ADDING THAT THERE WERE STILL A FEW MORE TO COME FROM BODIES WHOSE SUBMISSIONS THE DEPARTMENT HAD AGREED TO ACCEPT AFTER THE CLOSING DATE.

SPEAKING AT THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON MOTOR BOAT ASSOCIATION LTD THIS EVENING, MR HALL SAID THE RESPONSE TO THE LOCAL CRAFT REVIEW WAS A POSITIVE ONE AND REFLECTED A COMMON CONCERN FOR SAFETY, EFFICIENCY AND PROFITABILITY BY ALL PORT USERS.

IT ALSO SHOWED THE CONCERTED DESIRE TO BRING MODERN METHODS AND IDEAS TO A TRADITIONALLY CONSERVATIVE TRADE.

TOUCHING UPON MATTERS RAISED BY THE ASSOCIATION'S CHAIRMAN, MR CHEUNG KAM-WING, OF PARTICULAR CONCERN TO THE MOTOR BOAT INDUSTRY, MR HALL CITED THE PROPOSAL TO CLASSIFY ALL VESSELS NOT USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PLEASURE OR SPORT AS COMMERCIAL VESSELS. ’’THE REVISED INTERPRETATION WILL REFLECT TRULY THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH AN OWNER EMPLOYS HIS VESSEL.. IF THE OWNER’S PURPOSE IS TO OBTAIN REWARD FOR THE USE OF HIS VESSEL, THE VESSEL WILL BE CLASSED AS COMMERCIAL REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS HIRED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR PLEASURE PURPOSES,” HE SAID.

/MR HALL

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MR HALL WELCOMED THE CHAIRMAN’S SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSED FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM.

MR HALL NOTED THE DIFFICULTIES FACED BY MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION IN OBTAINING QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO MAN THEIR VESSELS.

WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE XSSOCIATION. MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WERE CONDUCTING ON-BOARD ASSESSMENTS UNDER OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS WITH A VIEW TO REVIEWING THE MANNING REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME CLASSES OF VESSELS. MR HALL NOTED THAT A SIMILAR EXERCISE WAS BEING CARRIED OUT ON GOVERNMENT BOATS.

DUE CONSIDERATION WOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO THE CHAIRMAN’S SUGGESTION THAT PERSONS HOLDING CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY FOR FISHING VESSELS COULD BE ALLOWED TO WORK ON MOTOR BOATS. HE SAID.

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JUNE PUBLISHED * * ♦ ♦ ♦

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH, BOTH HONG KONG DOLLAR AND FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS FELL IN JUNE COMPARED WITH MAY.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON VARIOUS DEFINITIONS SHOWED DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE. HKtMl RECORDED A DECREASE IN JUNE, WHILE HKSM2 ROSE MODERATELY AND HK$M3 SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS INCREASED IN JUNE, FOLLOWING TWO CONSECUTIVE MONTHLY DECLINES. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LOANS TO FINANCE MERCHANDISING TRADE NOT TOUCHING HONG KONG, ALL MAJOR CATEGORIES OF LOANS GREW DURING THE MONTH.

AN ANALYSIS OF LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR INDICATES THAT LOANS TO ALL THE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL SECTORS, INCLUDING MANUFACTURING; BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT; WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, ETC. GREW LESS RAPIDLY IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

TABLE 1 SETS OUT SUMMARY FIGURES FOR JUNE 1989 AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS. TABLE 2 PRESENTS FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS FELL MODERATELY BY 0.4 PER CENT IN JUNE, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 1.9 PER CENT AND 1.0 PER CENT IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. OF THESE DEPOSITS, SAVINGS DEPOSITS ROSE BY 5.8 PER CENT WHILE DEMAND AND TIME DEPOSITS FELL BY 4.2 PER CENT AND 2.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1989, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 15.3 PER CENT.

/FOREIGN CURRENCY........

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FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS ALSO FELL BY 1.4 PER CENT IN JUNE, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 3.4 PER CENT AND 0.4 PER CENT IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. THE FALL WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE DECREASE, OF 3.3 PER CENT, IN NON-U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET AN INCREASE OF ONLY 0.2 PER CENT IN U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS. OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 26.2 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 3.7 PER CENT IN JUNE, AFTER INCREASES OF 3.0 PER CENT AND 4.3 PER CENT IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 0.1 PER CENT IN JUNE AND BY 20.6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER. ON THE OTHER HAND, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, FELL BY 2.0 PER CENT IN JUNE AND BY 22.4 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR.

COMPARED WITH MAY, DEPOSITS OF ALL CURRENCIES WITH BANKS FELL BY 1.0 PER CENT WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 1.4 PER CENT. OVER THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1989, THE FORMER ROSE BY 22.3 PER CENT WHILE THE LATTER GREW BY 12.7 PER CENT.

MONEY SUPPLY

HKSM1 FELL BY 0.8 PER CENT, HKSM2 GREW BY 0.5 PER CENT, AND HKSM3 SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN JUNE. IN THE PRECEDING MONTH THESE MONETARY AGGREGATES GREW BY 1.1 PER CENT, 0.7 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1989, THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 6.1 PER CENT. 15.8 PER CENT AND 15.4 PER CENT.

ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF SWAP DEPOSITS, HKSM2 AND HKSM3 GREW BY 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN. JUNE. COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER, THEY GREW BY 21.0 PER CENT AND 20.2 PER. CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL Ml GREW BY 0.2 PER CENT, WHILE TOTAL M2 AND M3 EACH FELL BY 0.8 PER CENT IN JUNE. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN MAY WERE 0.5 PER CENT, 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.5 PER CENT. OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 6.2 PER CENT, 22.3 PER CENT AND 21.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS INCREASED BY 3.2 PER CENT IN JUNE, FOLLOWING DECREASES OF 1.9 PER CENT IN APRIL AND 1.7 PER CENT IN MAY. OF THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS, THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 0.3 PER CENT WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES GREW BY 5.7 PER CENT.

/LOANS TO

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LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG GREW BY 5.0 PER CENT IN JUNE, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 4.4 PER CENT AND 3.0 PER CENT IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 39.6 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW MODESTLY BY 0.2 PER CENT IN JUNE COMPARED WITH INCREASES OF 2.9 PER CENT AND 2.0 PER CENT IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 34.9 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG INCREASED BY 5.2 PER CENT IN JUNE, AFTER DECREASES OF 8.1 PER CENT AND 5.6 PER CENT IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 20.9 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE MERCHANDISING TRADE NOT TOUCHING HONG KONG FELL BY 0.8 PER CENT IN JUNE, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 0.2 PER CENT IN APRIL AND A DECREASE OF 21.7 PER CENT IN MAY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 77.7 PER CENT.

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989, LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ROSE BY 8.6 PER CENT AFTER AN INCREASE OF 11.6 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 36.7 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES INCREASED MODERATELY BY 0.7 PER CENT, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 9.5 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 31.4 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCIAL CONCERNS (OTHER THAN BANKS AND DTC’S) ROSE BY 6.1 PER CENT THIS QUARTER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 20.2 PER CENT IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 63.2 PER CENT.

LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (OTHER THAN FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME) GREW BY 4.0 PER CENT THIS QUARTER, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 6.4 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 26.9 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT SECTOR INCREASED BY 8.6 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989, FOLLOWING A GROWTH OF 43.1 PER CENT IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS INCREASED BY 113.2 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS DECREASED BY ONE TO 160, WHILE THOSE OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 35 AND 211 RESPECTIVELY.

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Money Supply TABLE 1 : Jun 1989 MONETARY STATISTICS May 1989 JUNE 1989 Earlier months (% change to June 1989) Mar 1989 Jun 1988 (HK$mn)

Hl ~ HK$ 78.459 79.113 ( -0.8 %) 80,623 ( -2.7 %) 73,920 ( 6.1 %)

Foreign currency 9.365 8.533 ( 9.8 8.734 ( 7.2 %) 8.783 ( 6.6 %)

Total 87.823 87.646 ( 0.2 %) 89,357 ( -1 .7 %) 82.703 ( 6.2 %)

M2 - HK$ 375.639 373.932 ( 0.5 %) 366.578 ( o r 324.297 ( 15.8 %)

Foreign currency 516.186 524.92/ ( -1.7 %) 503.277 ( 2.6 %) 405.033 ( 27.4 %)

Total 891.825 898.859 ( -o.8 %) 869.855 ( 2.5 %) 729,330 ( 22.3 %)

M3 - HK$ 411.364 411.309 ( 0.0 %) 401.505 ( 2.5 %} 356,355 ( 15.4 %)

For»? i gn curroney 550.262 558.4 HI ( -1.5 538.097 ( 2.3 %} 435.067 ( 26.5 %)

Total 961.626 969.718 ( -0.8 '<>) 939.603 ( 2.3 %) 791.422 ( 21.5 %)

Notes and coins in circulation 36.727 35.143 ( 4.5 %) 35.766 ( 2.7 %) 30,493 ( 20.4 %)

of which held by public 31,721 30.307 ( 4.7 %) 31.005 ( 2.3 %) 26,736 ( 18.6 %)

Total Deposits

Total Demand deposits 56.102 57.339 ( _ o o • o %} 58.352 ( -3.9 %) 55,967 ( 0.2 %)

Total Savings deposits 172.232 163,268 ( • • F %) 163.008 ( 5.7 %) 172,513 ( -0.2 %)

Total Time deposits with banks 614.635 630,836 ( -2.6 %) 600,581 ( 2.3 %) 460,649 ( 33.4 %)

Tota 1 Time deposits wi th dtes 67.744 68.699 ( -1.4 %) 67.687 ( 0.1 %) 60,109 ( 12.7 %)

HK$ deposits 366.942 368.424 ( -I). 4 %) 358.104 ( 2 5 %) 318,225 ( 15.3 %)

USS deposits 297.824 297.293 ( 0.2 %) 279,663 ( 6.5 %) 231.617 ( 28.6 %)

other foreign currency deposits 245.946 254.425 ( -3.3 %) 251.861 ( -2.3 %) 199.396 ( 23.3 %)

All deposits 910.713 920,142 ( -1.0 %) 889.628 ( 2.4 %) 749,237 ( 21.6 %)

Foreign currency swap deposits 57.200 55.147 ( 3.7 %) 51,301 ( 11.5 %) 33,540 ( 70.5 %)

Total Loans and advances

To finance U.K.’s visible trade 65.687 62.561 ( 5.0 %) 58.199 ( 12.9 %) 50.696 ( 29.6 %)

To finance Merchandising trade 9,262 9.332 ( -0.8 %) 11,885 ( -22.1 %) 5,212 ( 77.7 %)

not touching H.K.

Other loans for uin U.K 535.224 533.923 ( 0.2 %) 508,748 ( 5.2 396.895 ( 34.9 %)

Other loans for use outside H.K. 393.037 373.718 ( %) 431.204 ( -8.9 %) 325.034 ( 20.9 %)

Other loans where the place of 79.789 69.643 ( 14.6 %) 7 7.70 3 ( 2.7 %) 57.272 ( 39.3 %)

use is not known

Loans in HKT> 485.485 483.83] ( 0 3 459.563 ( 5.6 350.448 ( 38.5

Loans in foreign currencies 557.514 565.347 ( 5. 7 T.) 628,170 f -4.9 %) 484,660 ( 23.3 %)

Total loans advance^ 1,Jt^.999 1.049.177 ( 3.2 • • %) 1 .087.739 ( -n.4 %) 835,108 ( /TABLE 2 29.7 %)

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TABLE 2 ■ QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR - JUNE 1989’# ♦

(HKSmn)

Jun 1989

Earlier quarters (X change to June 1989)

Mar 1989 Dec 1988 Jun 1988

Manuf acturlng 47.291 43.529 ( R.6 X) 39,011 ( 21.? X) 34.591 ( 36 7 X)

Transport and transport equipment 27.043 26.608 ( 1.6 X) 23.380 ( 15.7 X) 22.472 ( 20.3 X)

Building, construction, property development and investment 91.518 84.243 ( 8.6 X) 58.864 ( 55.5 X) 42,934 (113.2 X)

Wholesale and retail trade 65.874 65,390 ( 0.7 X) 59.744 ( 10.3 X) 50.125 ( 31.4 X)

Financial concerns * Individuals: 67.625 63.740 ( 6.1 X) 53.040 (27.5 X) 41.436 ( 63.2 X)

to purchase flats in the Home 9.209 8.887 ( 3.6 %) 8.656 ( 6.4 X) 7.569 ( 21.7 X)

Ownership Scheme and Private Sector Participation Scheme

to purchase other residential property 85.635 82.327 ( 4.0 X) 77,359 ( 10.7 X) 67.461 ( 26.9 X)

,other purposes . 5.3. $20 50.920 ( 4.9 X) 48.050 -( 11.2 X) 46,750 ( 9.S X)

Others 67.608 03,103 ( 5.4 X) 88.383 ( '-0.9 X) 81.556 ( 7.4 X)

Total 535.224 508.748 ( 5.2 X) 456,487 ( 17.2 X) 396,895 ( 34.9 X) '.

f Starting from December 1988. more detailed statistics on loans to the transport sector, to building, construction, property development and investment and to financial concerns are available. Th«y will be published in the Monthly Digest of Statistics from the January 1989 issue onwards.

4 Tn December 1988, the return for reporting 1 nns for use by sector was revised. As a esult of this, some authorised Inst1 tut 1*..r ve now more properly classified their loans according to Intended ursge rathe: the business of the loan recipients

This reclassification is an important reason accounting for the significant increase in loans to certain sectors, for example the building, construction and property development sector and financial concerns

♦ This excludes funds advanced to banks and deposit-taking companies

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR MAY t * * * *

THE TOTAL VALUE OF RETAIL SALES IN MAY 1989, ESTIMATED AT #8,873 MILLION, INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1988 WHILST THEIR VOLUME REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSIS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THUS LOCAL CONSUMER SPENDING WAS CLEARLY SLOWING DOWN.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 26 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 13 FER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS ROSE BY 20 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 14 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT HAD A NEGLIGIBLE CHANGE IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 9 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 15 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 15 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES WENT UP BY' 19 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

HOWEVER, SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 25 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 28 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO MAY OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 15 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 6 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 21 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS ROSE BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 45 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 35 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES WENT UP BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 7 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 12 PER CENT . IN SALES VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR MAY 1989 INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

FUELS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 11 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 8 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES WENT UP BY 2 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME. CLOTHING. FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS FELL BY 7 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT

IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF SUPERMARKETS GREW BY 13 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WENT UP BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL 1983 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR MAY 1989.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN APRIL 1989 AND MAY 1989 (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 MAY 1989 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1989 ANT WITH THOSE FOR MAY 1988, AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE PERIOJ JANUARY TO MAY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF MAY 1989 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, 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 (TEL. NO. : 5-8234941).

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TABLE I : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Ret d dies for Kay 1989 (Provisional Figure) = HKi 8,R73iillion

for April 1989 (Revised Figure) = HK$ 8,482iillion

'ABLE 2 : VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL 1989 AUD NAY 1989

(Monthly average of Oct. 84 - Sept. 85 = 100)

Index of May 1989 Kay 1989 Jan.-May. 198? :

: Ite* Retail April May cotparad with compared with coipared wi th ;

Sales 1989 1989 April 1939 May 1988 Jar.-Mav. 1988 :

(Revised (Provisional Points X Points X Points * 1

figures) figures)

: (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES

Value 151 158 7 5 10 7 18 13 :

Volute 118 123 5 4 1 1 5 4 :

I (8) 8Y MAJOR TRADE EROUPS

‘ Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value 132 143 11 8 29 26 18 15 :

drinks and tobacco Voluie 106 113 7 7 13 13 4 ? ;

♦ Fuels Value 103 117 14 13 20 20 6 6 :

Vol use 106 116 12 11 14 14 2 2 :

Clothing, footwear Value 193 180 -13 -7 16 10 34 21 :

1 and allied products Volume 140 127 -13 -9 t 1 13 9 ;

2 Consuier durables Value 146 149 2 -14 -9 15 10 :

Volute 110 112 2 2 -19 -15 3 2 :

! Other consumer goods Value 163 173 10 6 8 5 13 12 :

Voluae 127 134 7 6 -1 -1 6 5 :

1 (C) BY SELECTED TRADES

! (see note 1 below) ’ Supermarkets Value 155 175 20 13 23 19 13 12 :

Voluae 122 137 15 12 10 7 2 1 :

'• Motor vehicles Value 286 290 1 1 53 22 97 45 :

1 and parts Voluee 191 194 3 2 26 15 54 35 !

1 Consuier durables Value 103 106 3 3 -35 -25 -10 -7 :

J other than rotor • vehicles and parts Voluae 85 86 1 2 -33 -28 -13 -12 :

• Departient stores Value 188 191 3 1 -11 -5 31 17 ;

Vol use 139 138 -1 -I -21 -13 10 6 :

NOTES : 1. In order to analyse the sales of certain trades WITHIN aajor trade groups, the value and volute indexes in respect of the following selected trades are cotpiled :

(a) ‘Superiarkets* - a trade in the 'Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco1 group.

(b) 'Motor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the 'Consuier durables' grouo.

(c) 'Consuier durables other than aotor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the 'Consumer durables' grouo.

(d) "Departient stores' - a trade in the 'Other consuter goods' group.

2. Figures denoting changes are derived froa the unrounded index figures.

3. 'I' denotes a figure within ±0.5.

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GOVERNOR SPEAKS ON INCIDENT AT SHAM SHU1 PO DETENTION CENTRE t ♦ t t *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (TUESDAY) STRESSED THAT THE VIOLENCE WHICH OCCURRED AT SHAM SHUI PO DETENTION CENTRE LAST NIGHT WAS IN NO WAY CONNECTED WITH MANDATORY REPATRIATION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER AN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING, SIR DAVID SAID: "I DON’T THINK ONE SHOULD CONFUSE THESE TWO THINGS.

"AS FAR AS I’VE HEARD FROM THE PRELIMINARY REPORTS THIS MORNING, THE TROUBLE IN SHAM SHUI PO WAS BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES OF VIETNAMESE AND IT WAS IN NO WAY CONNECTED WITH MANDATORY REPATRIATION."

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS ALWAYS CONCERNED WITH VIOLENCE IN THE CAMPS AND WHEN THAT HAPPENED. IT MUST BE DEALT WITH "IN A SATISFACTORY WAY".

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WAS WAITING FOR A REPORT ON THE INCIDENT.

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ADEQUATE MEASURES TO GUARD AGAINST SAI KUNG CAMP POLLUTION

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A CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) EMPHASISED THAT ADEQUATE MEASURES WERE IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT WATER IN THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CENTRE IN SAI KUNG.

"THE TEMPORARY CAMP IS LOCATED ON A SITE WELL DOWN BELOW THE HIGH ISLAND WEST DAM AND WATER IN THE RESERVOIR ABOVE CANNOT POSSIBLY BE POLLUTED BY THE CAMP," MR KU CHI-CHUNG SAID.

"THE DAM HAS ADEQUATE ANTI-SEEPAGE DESIGNS BUILT INTO IT WHICH SHOULD WELL ALLAY FEARS OF THE CAMP POLLUTING WATER IN THE RESERVOIR.

"WE HAVE A WATER SAMPLING SYSTEM TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE WATER QUALITY, AND SITE STAFF TO OBSERVE THE ECOLOGY IN THE RESERVOIR, AND WE CAN QUICKLY DETECT ANY ANOMALY.

"WE WILL BE MAKING SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR OUR STAFF TO STEP UP REGULAR SURVEILLANCE IN THE RESERVOIR AREA. OUR PUMPING STATION NEAR THE CAMP SITE IS MANNED ON A 24-HOUR BASIS AND STAFF WILL BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY KEEP A CLOSE WATCH THERE."

MR KU POINTED OUT THAT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT HAVING A TEMPORARY CAMP THERE WOULD NOT AFFECT THE WATER QUALITY AND NORMAL WATER SUPPLY TO THE PUBLIC.

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"THE RESERVOIR AND THE SUPPLY SYSTEM HAVE BEEN WELL DESIGNED TO LOOK AFTER THE POLLUTION ASPECT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE ANYWAY -WITH OR WITHOUT THE CAMP," HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE SECURITY BRANCH TODAY REITERATED THAT, TO AVOID POLLUTION, THERE WOULD BE A SEWAGE AND WASTE WATER DISPOSAL SYSTEM IN THE CAMP AND THERE WOULD BE NO DIRECT DISCHARGES INTO THE SEA OR THE POOL BELOW THE DAM.

"WE WILL HAVE A TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR THE DISCHARGE OF WASTE WATER FROM KITCHENS, SHOWERS AND CLOTHES-WASHING AREAS IN THE CAMP. IT INVOLVES THE USE OF SETTLEMENT TANKS AND SAND FILTRATION," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BRANCH SAID.

"ON WASTE DISPOSAL, WASTE WILL BE COLLECTED IN METAL TANKS AND EMPTIED ON A REGULAR BASIS. THESE WILL BE TAKEN TO SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE TEMPORARY CAMP WAS NEEDED TO COPE WITH A CONTINUING INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND THAT THE CONCERNS OF LOCAL PEOPLE HAD BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

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JAMES SO IS THE * * *

NEW HEAD OF USD ♦ *

MR JAMES SO TOOK UP HIS APPOINTMENT AS DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES TODAY (TUESDAY).

AS HEAD OF THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF THE URBAN COUNCIL. MR SO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING INTO FORCE THE COUNCIL’S POLICIES AS WELL AS THE OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF THE 17.500-STRONG URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR SO, 49. IS NO STRANGER TO THE COUNCIL AND THE DEPARTMENT SINCE HE WAS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES FROM 1973 TO 1976.

HIS LAST POSTING WAS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

HE JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1962 AND HAS SERVED IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

MR SO IS MARRIED AND HAS TWO CHILDREN.

FOLLOWING IS THE BIOGRAPHY OF MR JAMES SO YIU-CHO:

MR SO IS THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES.

HE WAS BORN IN HONG KONG ON FEBRUARY 16. 1940 AND RECEIVED HIS EDUCATIOiN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

/MR SO

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MR SO JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER IN SEPTEMBER 1962. HE BECAME AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1966 AND SERVED IN THE THEN RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT UNTIL 1967 WHEN HE WAS SENT TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY TO UNDERTAKE A COURSE ON PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND POLITICAL SCIENCE.

HE RETURNED IN THE SUMMER OF 1968 WHEN HE WAS POSTED TO THE FINANCE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO TAKE UP THE POST OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, WONG TAI SIN. IN 1969.

MR SO WAS APPOINTED CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, KOWLOON, IN 1972 AND IN THE SAME YEAR PROMOTED TO SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

IN 1973 HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES AND PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

MR SO BECAME PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS IN 1976. HE HAD BEEN DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION FOR A SHORT PERIOD IN 1977 BEFORE BEING ATTACHED TO THE SECURITY BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT FOR SPECIAL DUTIES IN 1978.

HE RESUMED HIS FORMER POST AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS IN MAY 1978 AND WAS APPOINTED DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE IN APRIL 1979. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1980, AND TO STAFF GRADE Bl IN OCTOBER 1987.

MR SO HAD SERVED IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE AS PRIVATE SECRETARY SINCE NOVEMBER 1981. FOR A SHORT PERIOD IN 1982, HE WAS ATTACHED TO THE SECURITY BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TO DEAL WITH THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM.

HE WAS APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT IN JULY 1982. HE ACTED AS SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BETWEEN APRIL 1986 AND APRIL 1987.

MR SO WAS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT IN MAY 1987. HE TOOK UP THE POST AS DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES FROM AUGUST 1, 1989.

MR SO WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JP IN 1978.

HE IS MARRIED AND HAS TWO CHILDREN.

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ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING TO BE STAGED

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THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH A SERIES OF ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AS PART OF A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT MORE YOUNG ADULTS TO JOIN THE NURSING PROFESSION.

THE EXHIBITIONS, WHICH WILL START TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE " LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE IN WANG TAU HOM, WILL BE HELD IN FOUR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN BETWEEN AUGUST 2 AND 21.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE FROM AUGUST 2 TO 7. AND IN LOK WAH (NORTH) ESTATE IN NGAU TAU KOK BETWEEN AUGUST 8 AND 14.

"IN SHA TIN, THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD IN HENG ON ESTATE FOR FOUR DAYS FROM AUGUST 15, AND IN HIN KENG ESTATE BETWEEN AUGUST 19 AND 21."

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE AIM OF THE ROVING EXHIBITIONS IS TO INTRODUCE TO YOUNG ADULTS AND SCHOOL-LEAVERS, THROUGH DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND LEAFLETS, THE TRAINING FOR NURSES AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND THE VARIOUS AREAS OF NURSING DUTIES.

"ALL PEOPLE AGED 18 AND ABOVE WHO HAVE OBTAINED A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH FIVE PASSES, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE AT GRADE C, ARE QUALIFIED TO APPLY FOR THE POST OF STUDENT NURSE.

"THE FIVE SUBJECTS ARE: ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B) AT GRADE .. D OR ABOVE; CHINESE LANGUAGE: TWO PURE SCIENCE SUBJECTS OR ONE PURE SCIENCE SUBJECT PLUS ONE SUBJECT IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL STUDIES OR THE HUMANITIES; AND ONE OTHER SUBJECT."

HE POINTED OUT THAT FOR STUDENT NURSES, THERE ARE THREE INTAKES IN A YEAR AND CLASSES WILL COMMENCE IN FEBRUARY, JUNE AND OCTOBER. THE TRAINING WILL LAST THREE YEARS.

ON THE SALARY STRUCTURE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID FOR STUDENT NURSES (GENERAL), THE STARTING PAY IS $3,305, WHICH WILL BE INCREASED TO $3,950 OVER THE THREE-YEAR TRAINING PERIOD. FOR A STUDENT NURSE IN THE PSYCHIATRIC STREAM, THE PAY SCALE IS FROM $3,950 TO $4,640.

"ALL STUDENT NURSES WILL BE PAID A $700 RESIDENTIAL ALLOWANCE FROM OCTOBER 1," HE ADDED.

ON COMPLETION OF THE THREE-YEAR TRAINING, STUDENT NURSES WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF REGISTERED NURSE AND THEIR PAY WILL IMMEDIATELY JUMP TO OVER $8,200.

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"PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE NURSING PROFESSION ARE WELCOME TO CALL THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON 5-8900563 FOR FURTHER DETAILS."

APART FROM THE ROVING EXHIBITIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, OTHER PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES BEING PLANNED BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON THE RECRUITMENT OF STUDENT NURSES INCLUDE ADVERTISING ON THE ELECTRONIC AND PRINT MEDIA, PARTICIPATION IN CAREERS EXHIBITIONS, CAREERS TALKS TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND THE PUBLICATION OF NEW LEAFLETS AND POSTERS.

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PROPRIETORS ALERTED ON IMPOSTERS

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS TO BE ON GUARD AGAINST PERSONS ASKING FOR PARTICULARS OF THEIR COMPANIES BY IMPERSONATING AS OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A NUMBER OF COMPANIES HAD RECENTLY INFORMED THE DEPARTMENT THAT THEY WERE APPROACHED BY PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE OFFICIALS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND ASKING FOR THE NAMES OF THE PROPRIETORS AND ADDRESSES OF THE COMPANIES.

COMMENTING ON THE REPORTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS WHEN MAKING ENQUIRIES WOULD ALWAYS PROVIDE THEIR NAMES AND THE DIVISIONS THEY WERE WORKING IN.

"OFFICERS CONDUCTING SITE INSPECTIONS ARE ALSO INSTRUCTED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES BY PRODUCING THEIR WARRANTS.

V.

“IF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF A CALLER CLAIMING TO BE STAFF OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THEY SHOULD CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OR REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE POLICE,” HE ADDED.

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INSTALLATION OF PARKING METERS IN TSZ WAN SHAN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO INSTALL PARKING METERS AT THE PARKING SPACES IN MING FUNG STREET, TSZ WAN SHAN TO RATION THE UTILISATION OF THE PARKING SPACES.

THE PARKING METERS WILL COMMENCE OPERATION FROM 11 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 3).

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THE TWO-HOUR METERED PARKING SPACES FOR VEHICLES OTHER VEHICLES, BUSES, MOTOR CYCLES AND PEDAL TO MIDNIGHT DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND

MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS WILL OPERATE FROM 8 AM HOLIDAYS.

THAN CYCLES PUBLIC

CHARGES WILL BE AT $2 FOR EACH 30 MINUTES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HAPPY VALLEY

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 3), THE DOWNHILL LANE OF SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN VILLAGE ROAD AND KING KWONG STREET IN HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR WEEKS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS.

SIX

DURING THE CLOSURE, AND SHAN KWONG ROAD WILL ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

PO SHIN STREET BETWEEN WANG TAK STREET BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO

THE DOWNHILL TRAFFIC ON SHAN KWONG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA VILLAGE ROAD, WANG TAK STREET AND PO SHIN STREET.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KWAI CHUNG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE RIGHT TURNING FROM NORTHBOUND TAI WO HAU ROAD ONTO EASTBOUND TAI WO HAU ROAD AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI WO HAU ROAD AND SHEUNG KOK STREET IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE BANNED FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 3) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10.

THE MEASURE IS NECESSARY TO FACILITATE REPAIRING OF THE STORM WATER DRAIN.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE SHEUNG KOK STREET.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN YUEN LONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE EXISTING CLOSURE OF THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF THE MAIN CARRIAGEWAY OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD (T-l) IN YUEN LONG NEAR CHAU TAU WILL BE MAINTAINED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TV INDUSTRY HAS COME OF AGE: GOVERNOR............................ 1

RECOMMENDATIONS ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY ISSUES ACCEPTED . 2

SURVEY ON EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING................ 5

COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE NECESSARY........ 4

NOMINATIONS FOR MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDINGS INVITED................ 6

ENTRY SCHEME FOR MACAU RESIDENTS ................................ 7

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA.................. 3

GOVT SITE ON TSENG YI TO LET BY TENDER.........................   8

SALT WATER CUTS IN MONG KOK, YAU MA TEI, ABERDEEN................ 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI PO AND CENTRAL......................  9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN .............................. 10

PLB BAN ZONE IN SHEUNG SHUT ..................................   10

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1989

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TV INDUSTRY HAS COME OF AGE: GOVERNOR t t f * t

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE HONG KONG TELEVISION BROADCASTS LTD (TVB) AND SAW HOW NEWS AND DRAMA PROGRAMMES ARE PRODUCED. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE GOVERNOR HAS VISITED TVB.

"I AM GLAD TO NOTE THAT THE TV INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG HAS COME OF AGE AND IS NOW AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES - PROVIDING US WITH INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT TVB’S PIONEERING WORK HAS CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO BOTH THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF LOCALLY PRODUCED PROGRAMMES,” THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR DAVID WAS WELCOMED BY TVB’S CHAIRMAN, SIR RUN RUN SHAW, AT BROADCAST DRIVE. THE PARTY FIRST WENT TO THE NEWS STUDIOS WHERE THE GOVERNOR WAS SHOWN AROUND THE NEWS CONTROL ROOM.

"THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA HAVE DEMONSTRATED HOW MUCH THE HONG KONG PUBLIC RELY ON THE PROFESSIONALISM OF OUR NEWS REPORTERS IN GETTING FAST, ACCURATE AND COMPREHENSIVE NEWS COVERAGE." SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO TOURED THE MASTER CONTROL ROOM AND SAW HOW PROGRAMMES WERE CONTROLLED AND TRANSMITTED.

AT TV CITY AT CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, THE GOVERNOR ATTENDED THE REHEARSAL OF A VARIETY SHOW AND LATER TOURED THE "OLD CHINESE CITY" OUTDOOR LOCATION SITE WHERE KUNG-FU FILMING WAS TAKING PLACE. HE ALSO HAD A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE VARIOUS OUT-DOOR FILM LOCATION SITES FROM TV CITY.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS KEEN TO SEE BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG ENTER A NEW ERA OF COMPETITION AND DEVELOPMENT." SIR DAVID SAID.

"WITH LICENCES FOR BOTH TELEVISION STATIONS AND COMMERCIAL RADIO NOW RENEWED, CABLE TV AND. LATER ON. A SECOND COMMERCIAL RADIO SERVICE IN PROSPECT, AND A MORE INDEPENDENT RTHK, VIEWERS AND LISTENERS WOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK FORWARD TO MORE CHOICE AND HIGHER STANDARDS OF SOUND AND TV BROADCASTING."

THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCOMPANIED ON HIS VISIT BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION. MISS ELAINE CHUNG.

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RECOMMENDATIONS ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY ISSUES ACCEPTED

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO ACCEPT THE RI । EMENDATIONS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES SA1.YR1ES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES ARISING FROM THE FINAL REPORT OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY' (WEDNESDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TH! STANDING COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED BY' THE GOVERNOR IN FEBRUARY THIS ’ YEAR, FOLLOWING THE ACCEPTANCE BY' THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FINAL REPORT OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

"AMONG THE ISSUES WHICH THE STANDING COMMITTEE WAS ASKED TO CONSIDER AS A NATTER OF PRIORITY WERE DRIVING AND DIVING ALLOWANCES, PARITY OF PAY BETWEEN DIFFERENT GROUPS OF STAFF IN THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DIVISION OF THE GENERAL DISCIPLINED SERVICES INTO TWO SEPARATE PAY GROUPS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MOST DRIVING AND DIVING ALLOWANCES WERE DISCONTINUED ON FEBRUARY 1, 1989 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FINAL REPORT OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE. THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THEY BE REINSTATED WITH EFFECT FROM THE SAME DATE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ALLOWANCES WOULD BE PAID AT DIFFERENT RATES FOR DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SKILL.

"THE RATES PROPOSED FOR THE DRIVING ALLOWANCE ARE $200 FOR ORDINARY DRIVING AND $250 A MONTH FOR DRIVING WHICH REQUIRES ADDITIONAL TRAINING. THE RATES PROPOSED FOR DIVING ARE $250 A MONTH FOR OFFICERS WHO HAVE PASSED A BASIC COURSE AND $500 A MONTH FOR OFFICERS WHO HAVE PASSED AN ADVANCED COURSE."

AMBULANCEMEN AND CONTROL STAFF IN THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN PAID FROM THE SAME PAY SCALES AS OPERATIONAL STAFF.

THE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT RANK AND FILE STAFF IN THE CONTROL AND AMBULANCE STREAMS SHOULD BE PAID ONE POINT LESS THAN THEIR OPERATIONAL COUNTERPARTS AND THAT THE STARTING PAY FOR STATION OFFICER (CONTROL) SHOULD BE TWO POINTS BELOW THAT FOR STATION OFFICER (OPERATIONAL).

"THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED THAT FOR STAFF MANAGEMENT REASONS, PARITY OF PAY' SHOULD BE RESTORED BETWEEN THESE DIFFERENT GROUPS WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1988," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE GENERAL DISCIPLINED SERVICES SHOULD NO LONGER BE CLASSIFIED INTO TWO GROUPS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAY, NOTWITHSTANDING THAT DIFFERENT GRADES ATTRACT DIFFERENT SALARIES.

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"THE STANDING COMMITTEE CONCLUDED THAT GROUPING WAS UNNECESSARY AND HAS HAD THE UNDESIRABLE EFFECT OF LABELLING INDIVIDUAL SERVICES, THEREBY UNDERMINING THE HITHERTO GOOD WORKING RELATIONS BETWEEN THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AND BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT GROUPS WITHIN THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

"IT HAS ALSO NOTED THAT BEFORE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS, NO DISTINCTION WAS MADE BETWEEN THE VARIOUS SERVICES OTHER THAN BY INDIVIDUAL PAY SCALES." HE SAID.

THE ANNUAL COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE STANDING COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON DRIVING AND DIVING ALLOWANCES WILL BE APPROXIMATELY $9.25 MILLION AND $320,000 RESPECTIVELY. RESTORING PAY PARITY WITHIN THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL COST AN ADDITIONAL $6.2 MILLION A YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS WILL NEED TO BE APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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SURVEY ON EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING t * ♦ » t t »

TO INCREASE ITS UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA BY HONG KONG FIRMS, IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INITIATED A SAMPLE SURVEY TO ENABLE IT TO SPLIT HONG KONG'S EXPORTS - BOTH DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS - INTO THOSE WHICH WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING AND THOSE WHICH WERE NOT.

THE RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

THE RESULTS SHOW THAT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 SOME 72 PER CENT OF HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING. FOR RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA THE FIGURE WAS 36 PER CENT. THUS, FOR OVERALL EXPORTS TO CHINA, SOME 45 PER CENT WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING.

IN VALUE TERMS, THESE PROPORTIONS IMPLY THAT SOME $6,478 MILLION OF THE $8,984 MILLION OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING.

FOR RE-EXPORTS THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES WERE $8,934 OUT OF $25,132 MILLION, AND FOR TOTAL EXPORTS $15,412 MILLION $34 , 116 MILLION.

MILLION

OUT OF

FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY, EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING REFER TO THE EXPORTING OF RAW MATERIALS OR SEMI-MANUFACTURES FROM HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING, WITH THE RESULTING PROCESSED GOODS BEING SUBSEQUENTLY RE-IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG.

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A SAMPLE OF TRADE DECLARATIONS IN RESPECT OF EXPORTS {DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) TO CHINA WERE SELECTED FOR ENUMERATION TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED INFORMATION FROM ESTABLISHMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE EXISTING INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED SYSTEM OF RECORDING TRADE FLOW, ALL MOVEMENTS OF GOODS ACROSS THE BORDER, FOR WHATEVER PURPOSE, ARE RECORDED AS EXTERNAL TRADE. THUS THE MOVEMENTS OF GOODS ASSOCIATED WITH OUTWARD PROCESSING ARE CORRECTLY INCLUDED IN THL REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS.

’’THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY FACILITATE A MORE INFORMED ANALYSIS OF THE NATURE OF HONG KONG-CHINA TRADE, PARTICULARLY AS REGARDS THE DISPOSITION OF THE GOODS AFTER THEY HAVE ENTERED CHINA.

"THE SURVEY RESULTS THUS AFFORD A USEFUL SUPPLEMENT TO THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SURVEY RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WILL BE INCLUDED IN PART 1 OF THE JUNE 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WHICH WILL BE ON SALE IN END-AUGUST AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $17.5 PER COPY.

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COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARR NECESSARY t ♦ t ♦ ♦ t

A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IS NOW REQUIRED TO COMPLEMENT THE REVIEW OF HOSPITAL SERVICES UNDERTAKEN IN 1985, CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, PROFESSOR ROSIE YOUNG, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AFTER THE WORKING PARTY’S FIRST MEETING, PROFESSOR YOUNG SAID AN OVERALL REVIEW WAS TIMELY IN VIEW OF THE ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES WHICH WOULD BE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FUTURE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

"A REVIEW IS ALSO NEEDED BECAUSE OF THE RISING PUBLIC EXPECTATIONS OF AND CHANGING DEMANDS FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES," SHE SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS REORGANISED ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION OF THE HOSPITAL SERVICES REVIEW. THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WAS ESTABLISHED LAST OCTOBER.

"AN IMPORTANT TASK OF THE WORKING PARTY IS TO CONSIDER THE INTERFACE BETWEEN THE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICE PROVIDERS AND THE HOSPITAL SERVICE UNDER THE FUTURE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

/’’ANOTHER FUNDAMENTAL

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"ANOTHER FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS IS THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IN HONG KONG,” PROFESSOR YOUNG SAID.

THE WORKING PARTY ENDORSED AT ITS MEETING TODAY' A TENTATIVE WORK PROGRAMME WHICH WOULD BROADLY COMPRISE THREE MAIN STAGES, NAMELY:

STAGE I : COLLATION OF INFORMATION, BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS;

STAGE II : DISCUSSIONS OF ISSUES AND FORMULATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS;

STAGE III: PREPARATION OF THE REPORT.

AS PART OF ITS STAGE I WORK TO UNDERSTAND THE CHANGING DEMANDS OF THE PUBLIC CONCERNING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES, THE WORKING PARTY WILL COMMISSION A SURVEY OF PATIENTS ATTENDING GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS.

IT WILL ALSO INVITE SUBMISSIONS FROM INTERESTED PARTIES. CONSIDERATION HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN TO INVITING AN EXPERT FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION TO CARRY OUT AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EXISTING PRIMARY HEALTH PROGRAMME IN HONG KONG.

THE WORKING PARTY IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE ITS REPORT BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE WORKING PARTY ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(1) TO REVIEW THE PRESENT PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IN HONG KONG WITH REFERENCE TO THE PROVISION OF:

(A) THE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT SERVICE,

(B) MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CARE INCLUDING FAMILY PLANNING,

(C) THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE,

(D) HEALTH EDUCATION,

(E) IMMUNISATION AGAINST THE MAJOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE AND NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES;

AND TO REVIEW WHETHER THERE ARE ADEQUATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CO-ORDINATING THE VARIOUS PARTS OF THE SERVICE.

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(2) FOLLOWING FROM (1) ABOVE, TO ADVISE ON MEASURES AND CHANGES NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TO THE PUBLIC.

(3) TO SUGGEST ARRANGEMENTS TO STRENGTHEN THE CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND THE HOSPITALS INCLUDING THE ISSUES OF KEEPING PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITALS AND ENCOURAGING AMBULATORY CARE.

(4) TO CONSIDER WHETHER GENERAL OUT-PATIENT SERVICES AND ANY OTHER ASPECTS OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SHOULD BE BROUGHT UNDER THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

(5) TO EXAMINE THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS AND THE EDUCATIONAL BODIES WITH THE AIM OF ACHIEVING BETTER CO-ORDINATION AND CO-OPERATION AMONG THESE SECTORS IN THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IN HONG KONG.

(6) TO ASSESS THE RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS REQUIRED FOR IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

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NOMINATIONS FOR MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDINGS INVITED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY ND PROPERTY SECTOR ARE URGED TO NOMINATE FOR A SPECIAL DESIGN AWARD BUILDINGS WHICH PROVIDE EASY ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED IN HONG KONG.

THIS CALL CAME TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE DESIGN AWARD FOR THE MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDINGS FOR THE DISABLED IN HONG KONG, MR PETER CHAN.

THE DESIGN AWARD SCHEME HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE SPECIAL ACCESS NEEDS OF DISABLED PERSONS AND THEIR INTEGRATION INTO THE COMMUNITY.

THE SCHEME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACCESS AND TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS.

IT IS ALSO INTENDED TO GIVE DUE RECOGNITION TO DEVELOPERS AND ARCHITECTS FOR THEIR INITIATIVE AND FORETHOUGHT IN PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR ACCESS BY THE DISABLED.

’’MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, ARCHITECTS IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SERVICE, PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AND BUILDING OWNERS ARE ALL WELCOME TO NOMINATE BUILDINGS WHICH THEY CONSIDER DESERVING OF THE AWARD," MR CHAN SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1989

"BUILDING PLANS WHICH HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT CAN ALSO BE NOMINATED."

NOMINATIONS WILL BE JUDGED ON THE CRITERIA OF CONVENIENCE, INTEGRATION, INNOVATION, USEFULNESS AND TRANSFERABILITY.

MR CHAN SAID ONE AWARD WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDING IN EACH OF THE CATEGORIES OF PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, PRIVATE NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, PUBLIC NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS.

NOMINATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE AT DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT WELFARE OFFICES, THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE REHABILITATION DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

COMPLETED FORMS, TOGETHER WITH THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE REHABILITATION DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, BY AUGUST 31.

THE RESULTS OF THE AWARD SCHEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER.

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ENTRY SCHEME FOR MACAU RESIDENTS

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE FOLLOWING EX-CHINA RESIDENTS OF MACAU WHO HAVE HELD MACAU IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED AFTER JANUARY 14, 1979 FOR SEVEN YEARS MAY APPLY FOR ENTRY TO HONG KONG:

♦ HUSBANDS/WIVES (TOGETHER WITH THEIR CHILDREN) TO JOIN THEIR RESIDENT SPOUSE IN HONG KONG; AND

* AGED PARENTS/DEPENDENT CHILDREN TO JOIN THEIR RESIDENT CHILDEN/PARENTS IN HONG KONG.

APPLICATIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED BY THE HONG KONG SPONSOR !N PERSON TO THE ENTRY VISA SECTION OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF 61 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON.

THE SPONSOR’S STAY IN HONG KONG MUST NOT BE LIMITED BY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THIS ENTRY SCHEME MAY TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION OFFICE ON 3-7333126.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD * * * *

ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * *

A PAPER ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD WILL BE PRESENTED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION AT THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES.

ALSO, MEMBERS WILL VET A TOTAL OF 15 APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN $100,000 FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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GOVT SITE ON TSING YI TO LET BY TENDER *******

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TO LET BY TENDER A SITE AT AREA 2 ON TSING YI ISLAND.

MEASURING ABOUT 4,025 SQUARE METRES IN AREA, THE SITE IS FOR A FEE-PAYING CARPARK FOR GOODS VEHICLES, EXCLUDING CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 18.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

/• DISTRICT ........

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* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE KWAI TSING, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR. 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, NEW TERRITORIES;

* THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND

* THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, 1 OTH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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SALT WATER CUTS IN MONG KOK, YAU MA TEI, ABERDEEN

******

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN MONG KOK AND YAU MA TEI DISTRICTS WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 4) TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

ON THE NEXT DAY, FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN ABERDEEN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST.

I'llE YFFKI'TEIt AREA IN UoUNDED BY i HENG I'll ROAD. YHERDEKN MAIN ROAD, TUNG SING ROAD, TSUNG MAN STREET, SAI ON STREET, WU PAK STREET, 162-178 OLD MAIN STREET ABERDEEN, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, HEUNG YIP ROAD, YIP FAT STREET, WELFARE ROAD, NAM LONG SHAN ROAD, POLICE SCHOOL ROAD, OCEAN PARK ROAD AND SHUM WAN ROAD, INCLUDING SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE, YUE FAI COURT AND WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI PO AND CENTRAL * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 4), ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 10 METRES IN LENGTH WILL BE PROHIBITED 24 HOURS DAILY FROM ENTERING THE HAUL ROAD TO AREA 30 NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TING KOK ROAD IN TAI PO.

AT THE SAME TIME IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT. THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HILLIER STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

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

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WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 2, 1989

10 TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTE 5, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS AT LO WAI AREA IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 4).

THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE: THE SECTION OF CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH LO WAI ROAD AND CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST WILL BE CLOSED; WHILE THE NEW SLIP ROAD CONNECTING WO YI HOP ROAD AND SAM TUNG UK ROAD WILL BE OPENED.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR LO WAI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE THE NEW SLIP ROAD AND SAM TUNG UK ROAD.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES NOS. 81 AND 81M WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST, THE NEW ’SLIP ROAD, SAM TUNG UK ROAD AND LO WAI ROAD ON JOURNEYS TO LO WAI; AND VIA LO WAI ROAD, SAM TUNG UK ROAD, THE NEW SLIP ROAD, CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST AND CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD BEFORE RESUMING ITS NORMAL ROUTEING ON JOURNEYS TO TSUEN WAN.

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PLB BAN ZONE IN SHEUNG SHUI *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 4), THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF ROAD 7/1 IN SHEUNG SHUI AREA 7A WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST J, 1^9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN PUBLISHED........................... 1

APPROVAL GIVEN TO IMPORT 2J2J SKILLED WORKERS ................ 2

TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR OPERATORS OF STEEL FISHING VESSETS ... 6

SDA VISITS YUEN LONG ......................................... 7

CONTINUING IMPORTANT ROLE AHEAD FOR KAIFONGS ................. 8

CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AT SAI KUNG BEACHES....................... 10

BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS INSPECT IMPROVEMENT WORKS ........................................................ 10

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SPORTS AID EXTENDED ..«................ 11

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY................................ 12

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN TAI PO TO BE CLOSED..................... 15

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WONG CHUK HANG AND KWUN TONG.......... 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SHAU KEI WAN .......................... 16

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN PUBLISHED ♦ ♦ ♦ t *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE PUBLICATION TODAY (THURSDAY) OF A DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN FOR HONG KONG AND INVITED PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE PLANS FOR WASTE DISPOSAL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON, THE ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY (ENVIRONMENT) FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR ANTHONY COOPER, SAID THE DRAFT PLAN COMPREHENSIVELY EXPLAINED EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF WASTES.

HE OUTLINED THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVING THE ADEQUACY OF THESE ARRANGEMENTS THROUGH THE STRUCTURED DEVELOPMENT OF NEW WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES.

"THE DRAFT PLAN DETAILS DEVELOPMENTS THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THE 30,000 TONNES OF SOLID AND SEMI-SOLID WASTES THAT WE PREDICT WILL BE GENERATED DAILY IN THE YEAR 2001 WILL BE DISPOSED OF IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE AND COST EFFECTIVE MANNER," MR COOPER SAID.

THE DRAFT PLAN, WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE, HAS BEEN DISCUSSED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ALSO BEEN BRIEFED ON THE DRAFT PLAN, AND HAVE BEEN INVITED TO FORWARD THEIR VIEWS DURING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD.

FOLLOWING THE PERIOD OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION, THE DRAFT PLAN WILL BE REVISED IN THE LIGHT OF COMMENTS RECEIVED BEFORE BEING SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL.

MR COOPER SAID THAT UNDER THE NEW WASTE DISPOSAL STRATEGY, THREE VERY LARGE LANDFILLS ARE BEING DEVELOPED IN REMOTER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES WILL DELIVER WASTE TO A NETWORK OF REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS WHERE IT WILL BE COMPACTED FOR BULK SHIPMENT TO THE LANDFILL SITES.

THESE FACILITIES WILL OPERATE TO THE HIGHEST WORLDWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS, AND WILL ENABLE THE ENVIRONMENTALLY UNACCEPTABLE URBAN INCINERATORS TO BE PHASED OUT.

"THE GOVERNMENT, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE PROCESSES IN THE WASTE DISPOSAL CHAIN, FROM INITIAL COLLECTION TO THE POINT OF FINAL DISPOSAL, ARE PERFORMED TO THE HIGHEST PRACTICABLE ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS," MR COOPER STRESSED.

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A NUMBER OF WASTE CONSOLIDATION AND COMPOSTING PLANTS ARE PLANNED FOR VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO TREAT LIVESTOCK WASTE. A CENTRALISED INCINERATION FACILITY IS PLANNED WHICH WILL DISPOSE OF ANIMAL CARCASSES, AS WELL AS DIFFICULT WASTES AND CLINICAL WASTES.

"A CHEMICAL WASTE TREATMENT CENTRE WILL BE BUILT ON SOUTH TSING Yl. THIS WILL TREAT MOST OF THE 100,000 TONNES OF CHEMICAL WASTE PRODUCED EACH YEAR.

“A COMPLEMENTARY SET OF CHEMICAL WASTE REGULATIONS, DESIGNED TO CONTROL THIS PROBLEM. IS BEING DRAFTED,” HE SAID.

THE DRAFT PLAN INCLUDES PROPOSALS FOR A LICENSING SYSTEM AND A SCHEME OF CONTROL FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF DIFFICULT AND CHEMICAL WASTES.

’’THE LICENSING SYSTEM IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MAJOR TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITIES ARE OPERATED IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE MANNER," MR COOPER EXPLAINED.

THE DOCUMENT OUTLINES A STRATEGY FOR PROMOTING WASTE MINIMISATION AND RESOURCE RECOVERY. THIS INCLUDES THE ROLE THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS TO PLAY. THE BENEFITS OF CONSTRUCTIVE CHARGING POLICIES AND THE NEED FOR MORE EFFECTIVE LEGISLATIVE CONTROLS.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES, AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THEY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, 28TH FLOOR. SOUTHORN CENTRE. 130 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG, AND ITS BRANCH OFFICE AT 11TH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, KOWLOON.

UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE, ANY PERSON WISHING TO COMMENT ON THE DRAFT PLAN SHOULD DO SO IN WRITING WITHIN 45 DAYS OF ITS PUBLICATION.

"WE WELCOME ANY COMMENTS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY HAVE REGARDING THE DRAFT PLAN. THESE SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 18, 1989, WHEN THE CONSULTATION PERIOD ENDS,” MR COOPER SAID.

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APPROVAL GIVEN TO IMPORT 2,323 SKILLED WORKERS t * * ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT APPROVAL HAD BEEN GIVEN TO IMPORT 2,323 SKILLED WORKERS FROM OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

ANNOUNCING THE RESULTS, THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD TSANG, WHO HEADS THE GOVERNMENT STEERING GROUP ON IMPORTATION OF SKILLED LABOUR, SAID THAT AMONG THE 2,323 WORKERS APPROVED, 846 WILL GO TO CONSTRUCTION WORK SITES, 401 TO MACHINE SHOPS AND 299 TO THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

/"OF THE.......

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"OF THE 2,323 PROPOSED FOR IMPORTATION TO HONG KONG BY EMPLOYERS, AOBUT THREE QUARTERS ARE LIKELY TO COME FROM CHINA. OTHER MAJOR SOURCES INCLUDE THE PHILIPPINES AND THAILAND," HE ADDED.

"EMPLOYERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RESULT OF THEIR APPLICATION BY AUGUST 15. THOSE WHO DO NOT RECEIVE A REPLY BY THEN SHOULD CONTACT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT," MR TSANG SAID.

"EMPLOYERS WHOSE APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL WILL BE GIVEN TWO MONTHS TO RECRUIT WORKERS AND TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR VISAS. STANDARD CONTRACTS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FREE AT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE USED," HE SAID.

MR TSANG STRESSED THAT ENTRY VISAS FOR SKILLED WORKERS WOULD ONLY BE GRANTED ON THE BASIS OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS NOT EXCEEDING TWO YEARS, AND THAT RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS WOULD NOT NORMALLY BE APPROVED.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE STEERING GROUP HAD VETTED ALL APPLICATIONS STRICTLY AGAINST THE PUBLISHED CRITERIA. THOSE APPLICATIONS WHICH WERE NOT APPROVED HAD FAILED TO MEET THE CRITERIA LAID DOWN.

"THEY COULD NOT BE APPROVED BECAUSE ACCORDING TO INFORMATION FURNISHED BY THE EMPLOYERS THE JOBS TO BE PERFORMED ARE SEMI-SKILLED OR UNSKILLED; EMPLOYERS ARE UNWILLING TO PAY MARKET WAGES; OR THE PROPOSED NUMBER OF IMPORTED WORKERS EXCEEDS 20 PER CENT OF A COMPANY’S LOCAL LABOUR FORCE AT THE SAME SKILL."

THE STEERING GROUP WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THE SCHEME AND ITS EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY AND COMMUNITY.

"THE GROUP WILL REVIEW THE SCHEME LATER THIS YEAR IN THE LIGHT OF THE TAKE-UP RATE OF THE QUOTA APPROVED AND THE ECONOMIC AND EMPLOYMENT SITUATION AT THAT TIME," MR TSANG SAID.

"THE PRESENT SCHEME OF IMPORTATION OF LABOUR AIMS AT GETTING SKILLED LABOUR AT SUPERVISOR, TECHNICIAN AND CRAFTSMAN LEVELS.

"THERE ARE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS ALLOWING IMPORTATION OF WORKERS POSSESSING HIGHER SKILLS SUCH AS TECHNOLOGISTS AND PROFESSIONALS.

"THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL CONTINUE UNDER CURRENT POLICY AND THE NUMBERS TO BE ADMITTED AT THE TECHNOLOGIST OR PROFESSIONAL LEVEL ARE NOT RESTRICTED," MR TSANG CONCLUDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR TSANG WILL BRIEF MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ON THE RESULTS OF THE SCHEME TO ALLOW THE IMPORTATION OF SKILLED LABOUR AT 4 PM TODAY (THURSDAY) IN ROOM 442, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

/IMPORTATION OF .......

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 19»9

Importation of Skilled Labour Breakdown of Applications by Industries.

Industry No. of workers proposed to be Imported Number not Approved Number Approved

Construction 2602 1756 846

Machine Shop 751 350 401

Electrical & Electronics 677 378 299

Hotei, Catering, Tourist 1459 1240 219

Automobile 263 49 214

Printing 159 88 71

Jewellery 222 171 51

Clothing 921 877 44

Wholesale, Retail, Import & Export 351 309 42

Plas lies 117 82 35

Transport 40 14 26

Furniture 28 12 16’

Textile 189 177 12

Shipbuilding & repairing 155 152 3

Fnrttwoar n X 2

inking 0 0 0

Insurance 6 6 0

Others 536 494 4 2

8479 6T56 23 23

/UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS

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Unsuccessful Applications

No. of Workers

Unsuccessful Application Involved

Filling unskilled or 3292

semi-skilled jobs

Employers refusing to 1163

offer market wage

Numbers imported in excess of 1543

20% local workers of the same skill in the company

Applications withdrawn 158

Total 6156

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR OPERATORS OF STEEL FISHING VESSELS »*«*#»*»

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING FISHERMEN TO ENROL IN THE FIRST TRAINING COURSE DESIGNED TO QUALIFY FISHERMEN FOR SEA-GOING OPERATION ON NEWLY INTRODUCED STEEL-HULL FISHING VESSELS.

THE COURSE, THE "SEA-GOING ENDORSEMENT COURSE FOR FISHING VESSEL MASTER", IS ONE OF THE TWO TRAINING PROGRAMMES FORMULATED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY THE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE LOCAL FISHING FLEET.

HOLDERS OF LOCAL "FISHING VESSEL MASTER COMPETENCY", WITH SIX MONTHS’ SEA-GOING EXPERIENCE, ENROL, ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

ENROLMENT CAN BE MADE EITHER BY TELEPHONING CAPTURE FISHERIES DIVISION ON 5-520171. EXT. 25, OR LIAISON OFFICE OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

CERTIFICATE OF

ARE ELIGIBLE TO

THE DEPARTMENT’S

BY CONTACTING ANY

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY), THE DEPARTMENT’S FISHERIES OFFICER (FISHERIES TECHNOLOGY), MR JOSEPH SHAM, SAID THE MASTER COURSE, WHICH IS FREE OF CHARGE, WOULD PROVIDE 250 HOURS OF SPECIALISED TRAINING FOR A MAXIMUM OF 20 QUALIFIED FISHERMEN OVER A PERIOD OF 10 WEEKS.

"THE COURSE WILL BE RUN BY THE TRAINING SECTION OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND WILL COVER SUCH ASPECTS AS NAVIGATION, THE USE OF NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, SEAMANSHIP, VESSEL MANOEUVRING, AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES." HE SAID.

THE SECOND COURSE. THE "SEA-GOING ENDORSEMENT COURSE FOR FISHING VESSEL ENGINEER". WILL BE HELD SOME TIME' IN OCTOBER FOR FISHERMEN HOLDING A LOCAL "FISHING VESSEL ENGINEER CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY", WITH SOME SEA-GOING EXPERIENCE.

THE ENGINEER COURSE WILL LAST FOR 125 HOURS OVER A FIVE-WEEK PERIOD AND COVER VARIOUS ASPECTS OF MARINE ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON SAFETY PRACTICES AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.

MR SHAM SAID: "BOTH COURSES ARE PRACTICAL-ORIENTED AND ARE SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED TO SUIT THE NEED AND CAPACITY OF LOCAL FISHERMEN WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE NECESSARY LEVEL OF REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE.

"THE COURSES WILL PROVIDE TRAINEES WITH FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE USE OF SUCH MODERN NAVIGATIONAL AND FISHING EQUIPMENT AS RADAR, SATELLITE NAVIGATOR, ECHO SOUNDER AND WEATHER FACSIMILE.

"IN ADDITION. ARRANGEMENTS WILL ALSO BE MADE FOR TRAINEES TO ACQUIRE PRACTICAL TRAINING AT THE SEAMEN’S TRAINING CENTRE ON EMERGENCY HANDLING INCLUDING FIRE-FIGHTING, LIFE-SAVING, FIRST AID AND SURVIVAL AT SEA."

/A SURVEYOR

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

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A SURVEYOR OF SHIPS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, MR T.C. YEUNG, WHO WAS ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, SAID HIS DEPARTMENT WAS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OVER THESE TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND WOULD KEEP THE PROGRESS OF THE COURSES UNDER REGULAR REVIEW.

HE SAID THE PROGRESS OF THE TRAINEES WOULD BE ASSESSED THROUGH REGULAR APPRAISALS AND A TEST AT THE END OF THE COURSE.

ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WOULD ENDORSE THE TRAINEES’ QUALIFICATIONS FOR SEA-GOING OPERATION ON A STEEL-HULL FISHING VESSEL WITHOUT FURTHER EXAMINATION, HE ADDED.

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SDA VISITS YUEN LONG * * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. MR DONALD LIAO. VISITED YUEN LONG DISTRICT THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING FOR AN UPDATE ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ADOLF HSU, AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROBIN IP, MR LIAO FIRST TOURED WING PING TSUEN IN SAN TIN TO VIEW TAI FU TAI — ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST ATTRACTIVE BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG.

REPORTED TO BE BUILT IN 1865. THE STRUCTURE IS A RICHLY EMBELLISHED RESIDENCE SITUATED ON SPACIOUS GROUND, WITH A LARGE OPEN SPACE IN FRONT AND A LYCHEE GARDEN AT THE BACK.

SINCE THE GAZETTING OF TAI FU TAI AS A HISTORICAL BUILDING IN JULY 1987. MAJOR WORKS HAD BEEN IMPLEMENTED TO SAVE IT FROM DILAPIDATION AND TO RESTORE IT TO ITS ORIGINAL SPLENDOUR.

THE WORKS. CARRIED OUT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE. WERE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

MR LIAO THEN WENT TO LOK MA CHAU FOR A LOOK AT THE VEHICULAR BORDER LINK PROJECT.

STAGE I OF THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF A DUAL TWO-LANE HIGHWAY, A TWO-LANE CONCRETE BRIDGE OVER SHENZHEN RIVER. AN INTERCHANGE WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, AND BORDER CONTROL FACILITIES FOR DUAL EIGHT-LANES OF TRAFFIC.

CONSTRUCTION OF STAGE I BEGAN IN DECEMBER 1985 AND IS TO BE COMPLETED AND PUT INTO OPERATION LATER THIS YEAR.

EXPECTED

/HIS NEXT

THURSDAY, AUGUST J, 1989

8

HIS NEXT STOP WAS THE WANG CHAU SERVICE RESERVOIR. FOR A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN TIN SHUI WAI.

LAND FORMATION WORKS FOR THE FUTURE NEW TOWN STARTED IN NOVEMBER 19R7. TIN SHUI WAI WILL ULTIMATELY HAVE A POPULATION IN EXCESS OF ) 10,000 WITH THE FIRST INTAKE PLANNED FOR LATE 1991 OR EARLY 199/

THE FINAL STOP FOR MR LIAO WAS KIU TAU WAI, A LOW-LYING VILLAGE AROUND TIN SHUI WAI. WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE VILLAGE FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEMES.

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CONTINUING 'IMPORTANT ROLE AHEAD FOR KAIFONGS * * * * *

LOCAL KAI FONG ASSOCIATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONG KONG'S OVERALL FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE 1990'S, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

ADDRESSING A SEMINAR FOR OVER 200 LEADERS FROM KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS IN THE URBAN AREA AT THE NORTH POINT KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, MR LAN CALLED ON THE ASSOCIATIONS TO KEEP PACE WITH RAPID CHANGES IN THE TERRITORY AND TO FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGES THAT LAY AHEAD.

"LIKE THE REST OF HONG KONG. THE GOVERNMENT MARCHES FORWARD, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS REAL OPEN GOVERNMENT, PLACING GREAT EMPHASIS ON WIDER CONSULTATION WITH VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY WHEN NEW POLICIES ARE INTRODUCED.

"I AM CERTAIN THAT IN TAKING A LEADING ROLE IN HONG KONG SOCIETY. KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS HAVE BEEN ADAPTING TO CHANGES AND TO THE NEW CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD IN THE 90’S," HE SAID.

COMMENTING THAT THE TERRITORY WOULD UNDERGO MAJOR ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CHANGES IN THE 1990’S, MR LAN SAID KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD CONSIDER STRENGTHENING THEIR INTERNAL ORGANISATION AND REDEFINING THEIR SCOPE OF WORK.

"WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO LEGCO IN 1991 AND RECENTLY THERE ARE ALSO SUGGESTIONS THAT THE NUMBER OF DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS SHOULD BE INCREASED IN 1991." HE SAID.

FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS TO LEGCO AND DISTRICT BOARDS IN 1991, HE SAID KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS COULD MOTIVATE RESIDENTS TO GO TO THE POLLS, AND TO ASSIST THEM IN GAINING A BETTER APPRECIATION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ELECTIONS AS WELL AS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLATFORMS OF CANDIDATES.

MR LAN SAID IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SERVICES THERE WAS AN "UNLIMITED SCOPE" FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION FOR KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

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"IN A FAST-DEVELOPING HONG KONG AND IN THE FACE OF AN INCREASING POPULATION, THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES REQUIRES DIVERSIFICATION AND AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT BESIDES THE TRADITIONAL SERVICES. THE PUBLIC’S NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS FOR THEIR COMMUNITY WERE INCREASING, AND NEW SERVICES SUCH AS STUDY ROOMS, COUNSELLING FOR FAMILIES AND THE ELDERLY, DAY NURSERIES AND SPECIAL MEDICAL SERVICES, AND SO ON WERE CONSTANTLY IN DEMAND.

"THESE NEW SERVICES WOULD MAKE THE OVERALL PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES MORE BALANCED AND COMPLETE. OBVIOUSLY, THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT PROVIDE EVERYTHING.

"I HAVE NO DOUBT YOU WILL. WITH YOUR SUSTAINED ENTHUSIASM TOWARDS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, CONTINUE TO EXPLORE NEW AREAS OF SERVICES TO CATER FOR THE NEED OF THE COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

EARLIER, MR LAN PRAISED KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS FOR ASSUMING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE SINCE THE EARLY POST-WAR YEARS.

THE ASSOCIATIONS, HE NOTED. WERE PIONEERS IN EMERGENCY RELIEF WORK IN THE 1950’S AND HAD EVOLVED INTO DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN COMMUNITY BUILDING, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS IN BUILDING A MORE COHESIVE SOCIETY BY FOSTERING A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

THEY HAD ALSO MADE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE PROMOTION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

AMONG THE KAIFONG LEADERS, 52 ARE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS (BOTH ELECTED AND APPOINTED), 193 ARE AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND MANY ARE SITTING ON VARIOUS ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND BOARDS.

"KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS HAVE FURTHER ASSISTED THE GOVERNMENT IN ITS PUBLIC CONSULTATION WORK BY COLLECTING AND REFLECTING RESIDENTS' VIEWS TO THE AUTHORITIES," MR LAN SAID.

AFTER MR LAN’S ADDRESS, FOUR KAIFONG LEADERS, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, MISS ANITA CHAN, MR NG DOR-TAJ AND MR HUI YIN-YING, REVIEWED THE WORK OF KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, AND SPOKE ON THEIR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

THE KAIFONG LEADERS THEN DISCUSSED MAJOR ISSUES OF COMMON INTEREST.

THE SEMINAR REPRESENTED A FURTHER EFFORT BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS, FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF A SERIES OF SIMILAR FUNCTIONS HELD FOR AREA COMMITTEES.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

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CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AT SAI KUNG BEACHES

TWO CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AIMED AT PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS WILL BE HELD AT LITTLE PALM AND A KUNG WAN BEACHES IN SAI KUNG ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7).

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE OPERATIONS WILL BE HELD AT LITTLE PALM BEACH AT 10 AM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR HO KOON-SHUN; CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MR EDWARD PONG; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LISA CHAN; AND THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LAM CHI-CHUNG.

VOLUNTEERS FROM THE BEGONIA BOY’S HOME WILL GIVE A DEMONSTRATION OF CLEAN-UP WORK AFTER THE CEREMONY.

THE OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL LATER GO TO A KUNG WAN BEACH WHERE ANOTHER CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL BEGIN AT 1.45 PM.

THE OPERATIONS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY TO START THE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AT SAI KUNG BEACHES TO BE HELD AT LITTLE PALM BEACH AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7 ) .

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS INSPECT

IMPROVEMENT WORKS

MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE (IBMCC) INSPECTED THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO ONE OF THE TARGET BUILDINGS IN TSUEN WAN TODAY (THURSDAY).

A TOTAL OF SIX INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN TARGETTED BY THE TSUEN WAN IBMCC AS THE FIRST BATCH OF BUILDINGS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

THE COMMITTEE WAS SET UP EARLIER THIS YEAR TO CO-ORDINATE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL EFFORTS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS OF THESE BUILDINGS AND THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF NEARBY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

/THE TSUEN ........

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1989

11

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU, WHO HEADS THE IBMCC, SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD VISITED ALL THE TARGET BUILDINGS IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

"SO FAR, THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING AS GRADUAL IMPROVEMENT CAN BE OBSERVED IN THESE BUILDINGS," HE SAID, "IT IS HOPED THAT THE OWNERS WILL KEEP UP THEIR GOOD WORK IN EFFECTING IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS."

MR SHIU ADDED THAT SELECTION OF THE SECOND BATCH OF TARGET INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WAS NOW UNDERWAY.

TAKING PART IN TODAY’S VISIT WERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, BUILDINGS AND LANDS, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES, REGIONAL SERVICES, LABOUR, AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

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APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SPORTS AID EXTENDED

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE SPORTS AID FOUNDATION OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT (CRS) FOR TRAINING AND COMPETITIONS TO TAKE PLACE BETWEEN OCTOBER 1989 AND MARCH 1990 HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY ONE MONTH TO THE END OF THIS MONTH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CRS SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"THE PURPOSE OF EXTENDING THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS TO MAKE ALLOWANCE FOR ATHLETES AND GOVERNING BODIES OF SPORT WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE NEW APPLICATION PROCEDURE WHICH CAME INTO FORCE IN JUNE AND TO ACCOMMODATE APPLICATIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HA BEEN AWAY DURING THE SUMMER VACATION," HE EXPLAINED-.

"WHEN SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THAI THEY ARE REQUIRED TO ATTACH A PROJECTED SIX-MONTH TRAINING OR COMPETITION PROGRAMME TOGETHER WITH ITS OBJECTIVE.

"AD HOC APPLICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL EVENTS WILL NOT PE ENTERTAINED. BUT APPLICATIONS CONCERNING EVENTS TO BE HELD IN LATER PERIODS MAY BE ACCEPTED IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR."

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE COUNCIL’S SECRETARIAT ON TEL. 5-8660834.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY » » » ♦ »

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE GRADING SYSTEM IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE STATE OF BACTERIAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIWEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE USUALLY SAMPLED.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT BACTERIA DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE GRADING ALSO INCLUDES AN ESTIMATE OF THE RISK OF SUFFERING SOME MINOR SKIN OR GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLAINTS AS A RESULT OF SWIMMING AT A BEACH WHICH HAS SOME DEGREE OF POLLUTION.

THE ESTIMATE IS BASED ON A VERY LARGE BODY OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION GATHERED IN HONG KONG DURING RECENT BATHING SEASONS.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF BATHING WATERS IN MOST CASES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE BEACHES.

BATHING WATERS COMMONLY BECOME WORSE DUE TO HEAVY USAGE DURING THE SUMMER. HOWEVER, THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE WATER QUALITY AT BATHING BEACHES AT THE TIME OF REPORTING AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

"A" GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE MEAN E.COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 100 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN SEVEN CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

"B" GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE. THE MEAN E.COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 1,000 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN 18 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

"C" GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR. THE MEAN E.COLI COUNT IS 1,000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS 18 OR MORE CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

/NORMALLY, A .......

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 19$9

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NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDL E.) BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "C” GRADING OCCURRED REPEATED A SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED I CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

SIMILARLY, A RECOMMENDATION TO RE-OPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOUL > ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B" GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED.

AT PRESENT, SIX BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITP3L ’ FOR SWIMMING PURPOSE, BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASO1 .

THESE BEACHES ARE ANGLERS’, CASTLE PEAK, SILVERMINE BAY, OLD CAFETERIA, ROCKY BAY AND TING KAU. THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAI L’A . WASTES AND FAIL TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISAT i'ON AND HONG KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN T! :S ’ SIX BEACHES. THEY ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN "X” IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHEi? IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOV.’:

BEACH

LAST

GRADING

PRESENT

GRADING

(AS AT 20.7.89)

(AS AT 3.8.89)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY

A

CHUNG HOM KOK A A

DEEP WATER BAY A A

HAIRPIN B A

MIDDLE BAY A A

REPULSE BAY A B

SHEF 0 B A

SOU'IH BAY A A

ST STEPHEN’S A A

TURTLE COVE A A

STANLEY MAIN B A

ROCKY BAY X X

TO TEI WAN* A A

/ISLANDS DISTRICT .......

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ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER A A

CHEUNG SHA LOWER B B

DISCOVERY BAY* A A

HUNG SHING YEH A A

KWUN YAM WAN A A

TONG FUK A A

LO SO SHING A A

PUI 0 A A

SILVERMINE BAY X • X

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU A A

TUNG O* A A

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS A A

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH B B

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH A A

HAP MUN BAY A A

KIU TSUI A A

PAR SHA CHAU A A

SILVERSTRAND B B

TRIO (HEBEHAVEN) B A

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ X X

APPROACH B B

CASAM B B

GEMINI A A

/HOI MEI .......

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989

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HOI MEI WAN B

LIDO A

TING KAU X

TUNG WAN. MA WAN A

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X

NEW CAFETERIA B

CASTLE PEAK X

KADOORIE BEACH B

BUTTERFLY B

B

A

X

A

X

B

X

B

B

NOTE: "X" THE BEACH HAS BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

BIG WAVE BAY, HAIRPIN, SHEK O, STANLEY MAIN AND TRIO (HEBEHAVEN), FROM "B" TO "A", REPULSE BAY, FROM "A” TO "B”.

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT DR CATHERINE LAM, ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF EPD, ON 5-8351234.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN TAI PO TO BE CLOSED

BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE TN TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES SO THAT THEY CAN wJtHO^dZnGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE

STRUCTURES

CERTAIN ILLEGAL

BE DEMOLISHED

THEY ARE AT FLAT D. 27TH FLOOR, 6-16 TUNG CHEONG STREET AND AT FLAT D, 21ST FLOOR, 10-22 TAI KWONG LANE.

/THE CLOSURES

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, ’9^9

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THE CLOSURES FORM PARTS OF TWO SEPARATE EXERCISES TO ENF< RLE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE REQUIRING THE DEMOLJ ION OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES.

THESE ORDERS WERE ISSUED IN RESPECT OF THE TWO IL1 GAL STRUCTURES IN JUNE AND IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR RESPECTIVELY.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE HA TIN DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 5 THIS YEAR WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOJS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WILL START ONCE THE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

CLOSURE

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WONG CHUK HANG AND KWUN TONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATI DAY (AUGUST 5), THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHUM WAN PIER DRIVE IN WO IG CHUK HANG FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHUM WAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN UI BAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

MEANWHILE, FROM 6 AM ON SATURDAY. THE CUL-DE-SAC AT THE EASTERN END OF SIN FAT ROAD IN CHA KWO UNG, KWUN TONG, WILL EXTENDED EASTWARD FOR ABOUT 15 METRES TO FACILITATE THE TURNAROUND MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SHAU KEI WAN

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FACILITATE

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO WTDFNTNG WORKS. SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN HOI NING STREET CRoS PATH ^N SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE CLOSED FROM SATURDAY ™EN w.30 AM AND 3.30 PM DAILY FOR FIVE DAYS.

AND (AUGUST

ROAD HOLY

5)

DURING THE CLOSURES, MOTORISTS ON SAI WAN WEST MAY TRAVEL VIA HOI NING STREET, SHAU KEI WAN

HO STREET HEADING ROAD AND HOLY CROSS

PATH.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VBP CENTRE IN SAI KUNG WILL CAUSE LEAST DISRUPTION............ 1

SMA'S REPLY TO DISCOUNT WINDOW PROPOSAL ...................... 2

TWO REAPPOINTED TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.......................... J

1988 SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RET,FARED............ 4

CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS FOR FIRST QUARTER ............. 6

MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 GAZETTED........... 8

1989 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTORAL ROLL PUBLISHED ............ 9

AMENDMENTS TO DRAFT STANLEY OZP............................... 11

PROPOSED VEHICULAR, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS FOR NT NSW TOWN......... 12

SPECIAL INOCULATION DRIVE FOR FISHERMEN'S DOGS ............... 1?

•CLEAN YUEN LONG' CAMPAIGN TO START TOMORROW.................. 14

WAN CHAI CARNIVAL HAS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION THEME.......... 14

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ..................................................... 15

FREE ADVISORY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS GOING ABROAD ............. 16

PAMPHLET PRODUCED ON HISTORICAL 'TAI FU TAI' ................. 16

OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE IN SAI KUNG ........................ 17

SAU MAU PING FIRE STATION TO BE BUILT SOON ................... 18

OLD-TYPE IDENTITY CARDS INVALID FROM AUGUST 7 ................ 18

"SOLAR AMBASSADORS" TO VISIT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION ........ 19

REDUCTION OF TRAM SERVICE ON SUNDAY........................... 19

FRIDAY. AUGUST 4. 1989

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VBP CENTRE IN SAI KUNG WILL CAUSE LEAST DISRUPTION

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT AFTER TAKING ALL FACTORS INTO CONSIDERATION. TO PROCEED WITH BUILDING A TEMPORARY VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CENTRE IN SAI KUNG WOULD. ON BALANCE. RESULT IN THE LEAST DISRUPTION TO THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

"WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE VERY REAL PROBLEM OF PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION TO COPE WITH THE CONTINUING INFLUX OF BOAT PEOPLE FROM VIETNAM.

"THIS IS SOMETHING WHICH MUST BE DONE UNTIL WE HAVE IN PLACE PROPER ARRANGEMENTS TO SEND BACK THOSE WHO ARE SCREENED OUT AS NON-REFUGEES." HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL THE CONCERNS RAISED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO OBJECTED TO BUILDING THE CAMP THERE HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED AND MET REASONABLY.

ON WORRIES THAT WATER AT THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR MIGHT BE POLLUTED. HE REITERATED THAT THE CAMP WOULD BE SITED WELL BELOW THE DAM OF THE RESERVOIR AND THERE WAS NO POSSIBILITY OF ANY WASTE WATER FROM THE CAMP FLOWING UPHILL.

"IN ADDITION. THE DAM ITSELF HAS BUILT-IN ANTI-SEEPAGE FEATURES." HE SAID.

WASTE WATER FROM THE CAMP WILL BE PROPERLY TREATED THROUGH SETTLEMENT TANKS AND SAND FILTRATION. AND OTHER WASTE WILL BE COLLECTED IN METAL TANKS AND TAKEN TO SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT.

"NO UNTREATED WASTE WATER OR OTHER WASTE WILL BE DISCHARGED INTO THE SEA." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON CONCERNS RAISED BY FISHERMEN THAT NEARBY FISH CULTURE ZONES MIGHT BE AFFECTED. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEAREST FISH FARMS. OFF ISLAND, WERE MORE THAN THREE KILOMETRES AWAY FROM HIGH ISLAND BY SEA.

"IN ADDITION. THE TIDAL FLUSHING EFFECT IN ROCKY HARBOUR IS VERY STRONG AND THERE IS NO DANGER OF THESE FISH FARMS BEING POLLUTED AS A RESULT OF THE TEMPORARY CAMP." HE SAID.

ON SECURITY. THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE CAMP WOULD BE THREE KILOMETRES AWAY FROM THE NEAREST V1LLAGI. THE ENTIRE CAMP WILL BE ENCLOSED BY A 17-FOOT-HIGH FENCE WITH BARBED WIRE ON TOP.

"IT WILL ALSO HAVE A CONCRETE BASF AND A SEVEN-FOOT HIGH METAL SHEETS ATTACHED TO IT TO SHIELD IT FROM OUTSIDE." HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALTERNATIVE SITES SUGGESTED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS HAVE ALL BEEN LOOKED AT BY THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE.

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"THESE SITES HAVE BEEN RE-EVALUATED FOLLOWING THE SUGGESTIONS AND WERE STILL FOUND TO BE UNSUITABLE," HE SAID.

"CHIK SHA IN TSEUNG KWAN O CANNOT BE USED BECAUSE OF THE RUBBISH DUMP THERE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF HARMFUL GASES EMITTING FROM THE DUMP DURING THE SETTLEMENT PROCESS.

"TUNG LUNG ISLAND IS NOT SUITABLE NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT IS A POPULAR PICNIC AND BARBECUE SPOT. IT HAS ON IT VERY VALUABLE HISTORICAL ROCK CARVINGS.

"IN FACT. THE TUNG LUNG FORT SITE HAS BEEN DECLARED AS A HISTORICAL MONUMENT AND JS FREQUENTLY VISITED BY STUDENTS AND YOUTH GROUPS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES."

"MOREOVER. THE ISLAND WILL BE VERY EXPENSIVE TO DEVELOP. AND PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES ARE THAT IT WILL BE 70 PER CENT MORE EXPENSIVE TO BUILD A CAMP THERE THAN TO BUILD ONE IN SAI KUNG," HE ADDED.

SMA’S REPLY TO DISCOUNT WINDOW PROPOSAL

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ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS ARE PROVIDED FOR OUR BANKING SYSTEM AGAINST EXCEPTIONAL LIQUIDITY SHORTAGES, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID.

IN HIS REPLY TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE ASSOCIATION OF DEPOSIT-TAKING CO. LTD., MR ALEX M.C. AU, CONCERNING THE QUESTION OF A DISCOUNT WINDOW, MR NENDICK POINTED OUT THAT SUCH SAFEGUARDS WERE PROVIDED BY THE ARRANGEMENTS ALREADY IN PLACE, TOGETHER WITH THE PROPOSED ISSUE OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS LATER THIS YEAR.

HIS INITIAL COMMENTS TO MR AU'S PROPOSAL FOR THE SETTING UP OF A DISCOUNT WINDOW WERE THAT THE EXCHANGE FUND ALREADY STANDS READY TO ASSIST SOLVENT BANKING INSTITUTIONS IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THEY ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN THE LIQUIDITY THEY REQUIRE FROM MARKET SOURCES.

THIS HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN A SPEECH BY THE THEN FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, IN DECEMBER 1985 AND MR NENDICK HIMSELF ALSO REITERATED THIS COMMITMENT FOLLOWING THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA.

"BUT I WOULD STRESS THAT THIS FACILITY IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO SOLVENT INSTITUTIONS AND DESIGNED TO COPE WITH UNFORESEEN OR UNEXPECTED EVENTS, NOT WITH THOSE WHICH CAN REASONABLY BE ANTICIPATED.

"BANKS AND OTHER DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ARE OBLIGED UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE TO MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE POOL OF LIQUIDITY TO PROVIDE A CUSHION IN RESPECT OF THEIR MORE NORMAL REQUIREMENTS," MR NENDICK SAID.

/ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT........

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ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT IN THIS AREA IS THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO ISSUE EXCHANGE FUND BILLS LATER THIS YEAR.

“ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF THIS DEVELOPMENT IS THAT OF PROVIDING THE BANKING SYSTEM WITH A LOW RISK LIQUID ASSET WHICH CAN READILY BE ENCASHED IN CASE OF NEED.

’’INDEED, THERE WILL, IN EFFECT, BE A DISCOUNT WINDOW FOR THESE INSTRUMENTS AS THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO BUY THEM BACK AT MARKET RELATED PRICES," HE SAID.

AS FOR MR AU’S CONCEPT OF AN AUTOMATIC FACILITY WHEREBY BANKS COULD "LIQUIDATE OR PLEDGE THEIR ASSETS IN EMERGENCY" WITH A GOVERNMENT BODY, MR NENDICK SAID THIS WENT FAR BEYOND WHAT WAS CONCEIVED INTERNATIONALLY AS HAVING ACCESS TO A DISCOUNT WINDOW.

"APART FROM THE COMPLEXITIES OF ASSIGNMENT ETC. I WOULD SEE MAJOR PROBLEMS BOTH IN THE CREDIT RISK WHICH WOULD HAVE TO BE ASSUMED BY THE BODY CONCERNED IN ACQUIRING AND HOLDING ASSETS SUCH AS COMMERCIAL LOANS AND ALSO IN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT THE SITUATION BEING ADDRESSED WAS REALLY ONE OF A SHORTAGE OF LIQUIDITY OR OF INSOLVENCY.

"IN ANY EVENT IT WOULD SEEM UNLIKELY THAT THE EXCHANGE FUND HAS THE NECESSARY POWERS TO UNDERTAKE SO WIDE A ROLE," HE ADDED.

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TWO REAPPOINTED TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS REAPPOINTED MR WILLIAM PURVES AS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1991, AFTER THE EXPIRY OF HIS PRESENT APPOINTMENT ON AUGUST 31, 1989.

THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO REAPPOINTED MR DONALD LIAO, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, AS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL UNT7 . NOVEMBER 30, 1989, AFTER THE EXPIRY OF HIS PRESENT APPOINTMENT ON AUGUST 31, 1989.

THE GOVERNOR PAID TRIBUTE TO THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION OF MR PURVES, PARTICULARLY ON FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO MR LIAO'S IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORK OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

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1988 SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED * » * * »

IN 1988, 16,411 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 98.0 MILLION NET REGISTERED TONS (NRT) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 1,535 (OR 10 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 8.1 MILLION NRT (OR 9 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER 1987.

THIS IS CONTAINED IN THE "HONG PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS

KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS 1988" AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN 1988, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT OVER 1987.

WHEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (+765), OIL TANKERS (+489), ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF (+66), SEMI-CONTAINER VESSELS (+64) AND CONVENTIONAL CARGO VESSELS (+61).

WHEN ANALYSED BV FLAG OF VESSELS, MAJOR INCREASES IN NUMBER WERE RECORDED FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN CHINA (+502), PANAMA (+374), THE USSR (+97), TAIWAN (+90) AND SINGAPORE (+82), WHILE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THOSE REGISTERED IN DENMARK (-120), JAPAN (-49) AND SOUTH KOREA (-26).

THE NUMBER OF INCOMING SHIPS WITH A CAPACITY OF LESS THAN 10,000 DEADWEIGHT TONS INCREASED BY 900 WHILST THE NUMBER OF THOSE WITH A LARGER CAPACITY INCREASED BY 635.

IN 1988, THERE WERE 16,365 OUTGOING SHIPS WITH 4 TOTAL CAPACITY OF 97.8 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 1.512 (OR 10 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 7.7 MILLION NRT (OR 9 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER 1987.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS I ROSE BY 17 PER CENT. ABOUT 67 PER CENT OF THE DEPARTING SHIPS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS 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 ONTO 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 (15 PER CENT), SOUTH AFRICA (14 PER CENT). JAPAN (13 PER CENT), CHINA (11 PER CENT), TAIWAN (9 PER CENT) IND AUSTRALIA (8 PER CENT). WHILE THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGED 7OR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE USA (19 PER CENT), CHINA (13 PER CENT), TAIWAN (12 PER CENT), JAPAN (6 PER CENT), SOUTH KOREA (5 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (5 PER CENT) AND INDONESIA (5 PER CENT). TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN CHINA (29 PER CENT) AND THE USA (18 PER CENT), AND WAS MAINLY DISCHARGED IN CHINA (22 PER CENT) AND THE USA (12 PER CENT).

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COMPARING 1988 WITH 1987, MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM BRAZIL (+197 PER CENT), SOUTH AFRICA (+72 PER CENT), THE PHILIPPINES (+59 PER CENT). THE NETHERLANDS (+46 PER CENT) AND INDONESIA (+37 PER CENT): WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE IN TONNAGE WAS NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM SOUTH KOREA (-11 PER CENT). AUSTRALIA (-10 PER CENT) AND CHINA (-7 PER CENT). AS A WHOLE, THE TCMAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE IMPORTS ROSE BY 14 PER CENT.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, MAJOR INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (+45 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+26 PER CENT), OTHER MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND PARTS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+19 PER CENT) AND IRON AND STEEL (+18 PER CENT); WHILE A DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS (-4 PER CENT).

COMPARING 1988 WITH 1987, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT. MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO CHINA (+86 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+36 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (+26 PER CENT). THAILAND (+22 PER CENT), WEST GERMANY (+22 PER CENT), FRANCE (+18 PER CENT), INDONESIA (+16 PER CENT), THE USA (+15 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+15 PER CENT) AND AUSTRALIA (+15 PER CENT).

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (+112 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL (+97 PER CENT), CLAY AND KAOLIN (+54 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+46 PER CENT), ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (+45 PER CENT) AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (+30 PER CENT).

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE IMPORTS AND INWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 33 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO. OF THOSE LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE EXPORTS AND OUTWARD TRANSHIPMENT. 77 PER CENT WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO.

IN TERMS OF TONNAGE. CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 27 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS. IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR A LARGE PROPORTION OF SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM ITALY (88 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (85 PER CENT), THE USA (85 PER CENT), WEST MALAYSIA (78 PER CENT) AND THE UNITED KINGDOM (74 PER CENT).

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE IMPORTS IN 1988 ROSE BY 20 PER CENT OVER 1987.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES. CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR. IN TONNAGE TERMS. 91 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS OF OTHER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES AND PARTS, 91 PER CENT OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, 87 PER CENT OF PAPER, PAPERBOARD AND ARTICLES OF PAPER PULP. OF PAPER OR OF PAPERBOARD AND 81 PER CENT OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED.

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OF SEABORNE EXPORTS, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 71 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE. IN PARTICULAR. CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR ALMOST ALL OF SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THE NETHERLANDS. WEST GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE. THE USA. CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE EXPORTS IN 1988 ROSE BY 22 PER CENT OVER 1987.

SEABORNE EXPORTS OF SOME PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES WERE NEARLY ALL CONTAINERISED. THESE INCLUDED FOOTWEAR: COTTON GARMENTS: CANNED FOOD: TOYS; TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS; GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS OR OTHER MATERIALS. NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; PLASTIC MANUFACTURES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED AND COTTON TEXTILES.

SHIPPING STATISTICS ARE COMPILED PRIMARILY FROM GENERAL DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY SHIPMASTERS 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 CARGO 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.

MORE DETAILS ON SHIPPING. PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 1988 ARE CONTAINED IN THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT" FOR 1988. WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $32 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON STATISTICS PROVIDED IN THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SHIPPING STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234887.

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CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS FOR FIRST QUARTER

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THE GROSS VALUE OF 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 FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 AMOUNTED TO $11,868 MILLION, WHICH WAS 0.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988, AND 24.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

THIS IS SHOWN BY THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

/THE INDEX.........

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THE INDEX OF GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WAS 180.1, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 BEING TAKEN AS 100. THE CORRESPONDING INDEXES FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988 AND THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 WERE 179.8 AND 144.8 RESPECTIVELY.

WITH REGARD TO THE INCREASE OF 24.4 PER CENT IN THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1988, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT TH l" THIS WAS MOSTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS.

AFTER DISCOUNTING THE COST INCREASES, THE REAL GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LESS. READERS SHOULD BEAR THIS POINT IN MIND WHEN INTERPRETING THE SURVEY RESULTS.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WAS 49,008 MILLION. THIS WAS 0.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 22.0 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

APART FROM WORK PERFORMED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT ERECTED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES AND OTHER MINOR WORK LOCATIONS WAS 42,860 MILLION, WHICH WAS 1.1 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT 32.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

OF THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, $2,988 MILLION WAS RELATED TO CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR (INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT, MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION). THIS REPRESENTED INCREASES OF 3.7 PER CENT AND 25.1 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

AS FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES WAS $6,020 MILLION, WHICH WAS 0.9 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT 20.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

WHEN ANALYSED BY END-USE OF BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN RESPECT OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS (WHICH INCLUDE COMBINED RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS) AND INDUSTRIAL AND STORAGE BUILDINGS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WAS $3,728 MILLION AND $766 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

THESE FIGURES REPRESENTED DECREASES OF 10.6 PER CENT AND 2.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER, BUT INCREASES OF 14.9 PER CENT AND 16.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN RESPECT OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WAS $1,568 MILLION, WHICH WAS 12.6 PER CENT AND 16.8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

/THE GROSS ........

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THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN RESPECT OF TRANSPORT PROJECTS WAS SI,299 MILLION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 17.7 PER CENT AND 19.2 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

OWING TO THE WIDESPREAD PRACTICE OF SUB-CONTRACTING IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, A CONSTRUCTION ESTABLISHMENT CAN BE A MAIN CONTRACTOR FOR ONE CONTRACT AND A SUB-CONTRACTOR FOR ANOTHER CONTRACT SIMULTANEOUSLY.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS REFERS TO THE OUTPUT OF THOSE CONSTRUCTION ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE PROJECTS IN WHICH THEY TAKE THE ROLE OF A MAIN CONTRACTOR, AND DOES NOT INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT OF PROJECTS WHERE THEY PLAY THE ROLE OF SUB-CONTRACTORS.

HOWEVER, SUB-CONTRACTORS’ CONTRIBUTION TO PROJECTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY THE MAIN CONTRACTORS FOR WHOM THEY WORKED.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT IS GIVEN IN THE "REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT, 1ST QUARTER 1989", WHICH IS AVAILABLE ON SALE AT *2.50 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, WANCHAI TOWER I, 19TH FLOOR, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

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

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MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 GAZETTED

THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, WHICH AIMED AT EXPANDING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG TO INCLUDE TWO REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE COUNCIL AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

"THERE IS ALREADY A SIMILAR PROVISION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE LICENTIATE SCHEME AND THEREFORE NOT INCLUDED ON THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE.

"IT NOW WISHES TO BE INVOLVED IN THE SCHEME AND TO ASSIST IN ITS MANAGEMENT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE AND THE IDEA WAS SUPPORTED BY THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE AND THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG."

/THE LICENTIATE .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST <♦, 1989

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OVERSEES MATTERS RELATING TO THE EXAMINATION AND TRAINING OF UNREGISTRABLE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AND THE REGISTRATION OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES AS LICENTIATES.

"THE ENHANCED LEVEL OF UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATION ON THE COMMITTEE AS A RESULT OF THE BILL WILL ASSIST THE COMMITTEE IN DISCHARGING ITS FUNCTIONS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE BILL IS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 18 THIS YEAR.

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1989 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTORAL ROLL PUBLISHED

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THE 1989 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTORAL ROLL IS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) AND IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI AND THE DISTRICT OFFICES AT CENTRAL AND WESTERN, YAU TSIM, KWUN TONG, SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

THE ELECTORAL ROLL CONTAINS 58,687 ENTRIES AS COMPARED TO 61,519 IN THE 1988 FINAL REGISTER.

THERE WAS A GROSS REDUCTION OF 3,145 ENTRIES, MAINLY DUE TO THE FAIR NUMBER OF ELECTORS (2,170) WHO HAD CEASED TO BE ENGAGED IN FULL-TIME TEACHING AND WERE NO LONGER QUALIFIED FOR REGISTRATION IN THE TEACHING FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY.

DELETIONS WERE ALSO MADE OF 87 REPORTED DEATHS, 402 CASES OF CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP IN REPRESENTATIVE ORGANISATIONS, 390 ELECTORS WHO HAD FAILED TO REMAIN REGISTERED IN THE GENERAL ELECTORAL ROLL FOR DISTRICT BOARD AND MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS, AND 96 CASES OF LOSS OF CONTACT.

THE REDUCTION WAS OFFSET BY AN ADDITION OF 313 NEW ENTRIES, RESULTING IN A NET OMISSION OF 2,832 ENTRIES.

THE 1989 ELECTORAL ROLL COMPRISES 465 VOTERS IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONSTITUENCIES AND 5,285 CORPORATE ELECTORS AND 52,937 INDIVIDUAL ELECTORS IN THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES.

THE PROBABLE REGISTRATION RATE IS 55.9 PER CENT.

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IECXX) HFEIUIAL IQJ, - 1989 FINAL REGISTER OF HJtUTUKS

Constituency No. of Electors in Lite 1988 FR No. of Electors in tlic 1989 PR Chiissions fran tl«c 1989 PR A<k!itious l.o t Im 1989 PR Net Inter-Const iLueicy Transfer No. of Electors in tl»e 1989 FR Est invited Eliglble Electorate Registration Rate (7.)

I• Functional Constituencies

1. Comiercial I 1,292 1,278 1 3 il 1,281 2,702 47.4

2. Camercial II 2,435 2.399 5 0 il 2,395 5,398 44.4

3. Industrial I 460 443 7 1 -4 433 1,040 41.6

4. Industrial II 1,414 1,370 5 8 • 3 1,376 2,280 60.4

5. Finance 143 142 2 4 0 144 165 87.3

6. Accountancy 1,588 1,609 1 20 <1 1,629 3,804 42.8

7. Labour 349 347 1 2 0 348 436 79.8

8. Social Services 172 171 1 1 0 171 187 91.4

9. Medical 3,yo 3,533 27 8 0 3,514 5,882 59.7

10. Health Care 10,025 9,818 17 19 0 9,820 21,500 45.7

11. Teaching 35,435 35,150 2,170 20 -2 32,998 y»,5oo 60.5

12. legal 1,096 1,095 2 1 0 1,094 2,012 y..4

13. Engineering, Architectural, Surveying & Planning 3,103 3,108 114 25 0 3,019 4,560 66.2

Functional Constituencies Total 61,052 60,463 2,353 112 0 58,222 104,466 55.7

II. Electoral College 467 465

Constituencies Total 0 0 0 465 467 99.6

Grand Total 61,519 60,928 2,353 112 0 58,687 104,933 55.9

Registration and Electoral Division Coveriuent Secretariat

August 1989

PR : Provisional Register

PR : Final Register

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AMENDMENTS TO DRAFT STANLEY OZP * * * »

AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT STANLEY OUTLINE ZONING PLAN WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY).

A TOWN PLANNING BOARD SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THESE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE AFTER THE BOARD HAD GIVEN THOROUGH CONSIDERATE >N TO THE OBJECTIONS MADE TO THE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

THE PROPOSED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT IN MA HANG VALLEY WAS ORIGINALLY ZONED "RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A) 1" ON THE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

AFTER HEARING THE OBJECTIONS LODGED AGAINST THE ZONING, THE BOARD DECIDED TO REZONE IT TO "COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT AREA".

ACCORDINGLY, THE PLAN AND THE NOTES ATTACHED TO THE PLAN HAVE BEEN AMENDED.

THIS AMENDMENT ENABLES THE BOARD TO HAVE ADDITIONAL CONTROL OVER THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF THE FUTURE HOUSING ESTATE, AS ANY DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THIS ZONE WOULD HAVE TO BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH A MASTER LAYOUT PLAN APPROVED BY THE BOARD UNDER SECTION 16 OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE.

TO CLEARLY SPELL OUT THE INTENTION TO RETAIN POPULAR TEMPLES WHICH ARE CLOSELY LINKED WITH THE HISTORY AND THE DISTRICT CHARACTER OF STANLEY, THE BOARD HAS DECIDED TO REZONE THE SITES OF TIN HAU TEMPLE, KWUN YUM TEMPLE AND PAK TAI TEMPLE TO "GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY".

RECOGNISING ITS DIFFICULT TOPOGRAPHY AND LIMITED DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL, THE "OPEN SPACE" AREA AT THE END OF CHUNG HOM KOK ROAD IS REZONED TO "GREEN BELT". THE REZONING WILL HELP TO PRESERVE THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT SHOULD BE EMPHASISED THAT THE PLANNING OF THE STANLEY AREA IS STILL UNDER REVISION IN STAGE II OF THE STANLEY PLANNING STUDY.

VARIOUS ASPECTS IN RELATION TO ENVIRONMENT, RECREATION, TRAFFIC, PARKING, PEDESTRIANISAT1ON AS WELL AS DETAILED LAND USE PLANNING IN STANLEY CORE AREA AND ITS WATERFRONT WOULD BE FURTHER EXAMINED.

PENDING THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY, THE DRAFT STANLEY OUTLINE ZONING PLAN WILL BE FURTHER REVISED WHEN NECESARY.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

- THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG:

- PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG;

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- SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, AT MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS OF THE PLAN MAY SUBMIT THE OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 18 THIS YEAR.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 11TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR AT THE KOWLOON MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AT A COST OF $10 PER UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 PER COLOURED COPY.

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PROPOSED VEHICULAR, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS FOR NT NEW TOWN t * * ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN FANLING/SHEUNG SHUT NEW TOWN.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF A LOCAL ROAD LI00, INTERNAL ACCESS ROADS AND FOOTPATHS AND THE CLOSURE OF SOME FOOTPATHS.

THE EXISTING PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES AT THE JUNCTION OF ROADS D6 AND LI 00 WILL BE IMPROVED.

THE WORKS ALSO INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF ASSOCIATED STREET FURNITURE, AMENITY AREAS, SLOPE AND DRAINAGE NETWORKS.

IN ADDITION, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE ACCESS ROADS WILL BE PROVIDED WHERE NECESSARY.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LIMITED, CONSULTING ENGINEERS ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY; AND AT THE NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANLING, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON WISHING TO OBJECT 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 OCTOBER 3.

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SPECIAL INOCULATION DRIVE FOR FISHERMEN’S DOGS

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH A SPECIAL DOG INOCULATION DRIVE IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS FOR FISHERMEN TO HAVE THEIR DOGS IMMUNISED AGAINST RABIES.

THE DRIVE, THE 18TH SINCE 1980, AIMS TO HELP FISHERMEN WHO FIND LITTLE TIME TO TAKE THEIR DOGS TO AN INOCULATION CENTRE OR THE GOVERNMENT KENNEL FOR INOCULATION.

STARTING FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 7), THE DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE DOG INOCULATION TEAMS WILL MAKE BOAT-TO-BOAT VISITS IN THE SEVEN FISHING PORTS BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM DAILY. THE WHOLE OPERATION WILL LAST FOR 15 DAYS UNTIL AUGUST 25.

THE TEAMS WILL VISIT THE FISHING PORTS IN SHA TAU KOK AND CASTLE PEAK BAY ON AUGUST 7 AND 8, AND SAM MUN TSAI ON AUGUST 14 AND 15.

THEY WILL ALSO CALL ON FISHING PORTS IN ABERDEEN ON AUGUST 14 AND 15, CHEUNG CHAU ON AUGUST 16 AND 17, SHAU KEI WAN ON AUGUST 21 AND 22 AND SAI KUNG ON AUGUST 24 AND 25.

THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR VETERINARY OFFICER, DR NORMAN CHENG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE DRIVE IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF RABIES INTO HONG KONG.

SINCE THE DRIVE WAS STARTED IN 1980, A TOTAL OF 3,587 DOGS OWNED BY FISHERMEN HAVE BEEN INOCULATED, HE SAID.

"RABIES IS A DEADLY DISEASE TRANSMISSABLE FROM ANIMALS TO HUMANS, AND DOGS ON FISHING VESSELS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THEIR BEING IN CONTACT WITH OTHER ANIMALS OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

"BY PROTECTING THEIR DOGS WITH INOCULATATION, PEOPLE HELP TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.

"IT IS, THEREFORE, IMPORTANT THAT THEIR DOGS ARE INOCULATED AGAINST THE DISEASE AT LEAST ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS TO KEEP UP THE IMMUNITY," DR CHENG ADDED.

HE URGED FISHERMEN WHO OWN DOGS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE SPECIAL SERVICE TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED AND LICENSED.

THE LAW REQUIRES ALL DOGS OVER FIVE MONTHS' OLD TO BE LICENSED AND INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RENDER THE OWNER LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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’CLEAN YUEN LONG’ CAMPAIGN TO START TOMORROW

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A VARIETY SHOW TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE 1989 KEEP YUEN LONG DISTRICT CLEAN CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD IN YUEN LONG TOWN HALL TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL INCLUDE ACROBATIC, SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES.

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROBIN IP, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI KUEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KEEP YUEN LONG DISTRICT CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR TANG KI-TAT.

ABOUT 100 CHILDREN FROM SCHOOLS AND YOUTH CENTRES WILL TAKE PART IN A STREET CLEAN-UP OPERATION BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THIS YEAR, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE HAVE ALLOCATED $50,000 AND $45,000 RESPECTIVELY FOR HOLDING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES TO AROUSE LOCAL RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE TREE PLANTING, A BUILDING CLEAN-UP COMPETITION AND A DRIVE TO REPORT LITTER BLACK SPOTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 1989 KEEP YUEN LONG DISTRICT CLEAN CAMPAIGN OPENING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD IN THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, TAI YUK ROAD TOMORROW (SATURDAY), BEGINNING AT 5.30 PM.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION THEME * * * * *

A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON TO BRING HOME TO WAN CHAI RESIDENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE CARNIVAL WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM. OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR WONG HON-CHING; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN; AND ACTING DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR CHAN KWOK-KAN.

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IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AND CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP AND THE METHODIST CENTRE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

SINGING AND A VARIETY OF GAMES DESIGNED TO APPEAL TO PARTICIPANTS TO SUPPORT THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AND TO MAKE THEM MORE AWARE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ARE ON THE PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CARNIVAL.

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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL BODIES FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO ORGANISE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS BETWEEN OCTOBER AND MARCH.

THE BOARD'S FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY VETTED ALL APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING PROJECTS BETWEEN APRIL AND SEPTEMBER, AND HAS GRANTED A TOTAL OF ABOUT 8357,000 TO VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS.

THE ACTIVITIES BEING SUBSIDISED RANGE FROM CULTURAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES TO SOCIAL SERVICE SCHEMES, ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY AND CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT PRIORITY FOR ALLOCATIONS WOULD BE GIVEN TO PROJECTS WHICH BENEFIT RESIDENTS IN GENERAL, THE ELDERLY, AS WELL AS CHILDREN AND YOUTH.

THE PROPOSED ACTIVITIES SHOULD ALSO FOSTER A SENSE OF COMMUNITY BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO APPLY FOR FUNDS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS, WITH DETAILED PLANS, TO THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, 11TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BU1DLING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL BEFORE AUGUST 29.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTING MR LO SHING-YAU ON 5-8523478.

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FREE ADVISORY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS GOING ABROAD

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STUDENTS INTENDING TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES ABROAD ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THE FREE ADVISORY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF RUSHING INTO A WRONG DECISION IN SELECTING A SCHOOL.

THE REFERENCE LIBRARY OF THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION IS STOCKED WITH A GOOD COLLECTION OF INFORMATION AND REFERENCE MATERIAL ON OVERSEAS EDUCATION.

IT HAS AN AUDIO-VISUAL ROOM FOR SHOWING SLIDES ON FURTHER STUDIES IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES.

THERE ARE ALSO DISPLAYS IN THE WAITING AREA PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTARY AND UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION CONCERNING APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND SCHOLARSHIPS.

THE OFFICE OFFERED ADVICE TO MORE THAN 26,000 STUDENTS AND HANDED OUT SOME 60,000 COPIES OF INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON STUDIES IN AUSTRALIA, CANADA, BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES LAST YEAR.

THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DURING OFFICE HOURS AT ROOM 530 OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

APART FROM OFFERING ADVICE TO INDIVIDUAL VISITORS, THE OFFICE ALSO ADMINISTERS LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES, AND ORGANISES DISCUSSIONS AND SEMINARS FOR GROUPS OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.

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PAMPHLET PRODUCED ON HISTORICAL 'TAI FU TAI'

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A PAMPHLET ON THE TRADITIONAL RESIDENCE KNOWN AS "TAI FU TAI". AT SAN TIN IN YUEN LONG, HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH.

THE BILINGUAL PAMPHLET GIVES A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE RESIDENCE AND INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS. DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DEIORA1ION. AND THE FLOOR PLAN.

A LOCATION MAP AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT DIRECTIONS ARE PRINTED ON THE BACK OF THE PAMPHLET. THESE WILL HELP MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO VISIT THE HISTORICAL STRUCTURE.

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"TAI FU TAI" IS CONSIDERED THE MOST ELEGANT TRADITIONAL DWELLING WITH RARE DECORATION IN HONG KONG. IT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BUILT IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF TONGZHI (1865) OF THE QING DYNASTY BU MAN CHUNG-LUEN, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE 21ST GENERATION OF THE MAN CLAN.

"TAI FU TAI" WAS GAZETTED AS AN HISTORICAL BUILDING UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE IN JULY 1987 BECAUSE OF ITS ARCHITECTURAL MERIT AND HISTORICAL VALUE.

A MAJOR RESTORATION SCHEME WAS THEN CARRIED OUT TO RESTORE IT. THIS WAS DONE WITH A $2.5 MILLION DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE WORK WAS CARRIED OUT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE.

THE PAMPHLET INTRODUCING "TAI FU TAI" IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE AT VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES, MUSEUMS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE IN SAI KUNG

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CONSTRUCTION WILL START IN NOVEMBER ON STAGE 2B OF AN OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE IN SAI KUNG UNDER A CONTRACT AWARDED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

COSTING ABOUT $14.7 MILLION, THE STAGE 2B PROJECT WOULD INCLUDE AN INDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE, A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, CYCLING TRACK, CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, BARBEQUE PITCH AND FITNESS TRACKING PATH.

THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

STAGE 1 OF THE CENTRE, A 33-UNIT DORMITORY WHICH COULD HOUSE A TOTA1 OF 260 PEOPLE, WAS COMPLETED ABOUT 15 MONTHS AGO.

STAGE 2A OF THE CENTRE, WHICH INCLUDED AN ADMINISTRATION BLOCK, AN ASSEMBLY HALL, A CANTEEN, RACKET COURT, FIVES COURT, TWO TENNIS COURTS, TWO SQUASH COURTS AND AN ARCHERY FIELD, WAS COMPLETED AND HANDED OVER TO THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST MONTH.

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SAU MAU PING FIRE STATION TO BE BUILT SOON ♦ » * * * * t

CONSTRUCTION OF A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION IN SAU MAU PING IS TO START IN NOVEMBER.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR BUILDING THE THREE-STOREY STATION IN KAI TIN ROAD.

PLANNED FACILITIES OF THE STATION INCLUDED A DRILL YARD, APPLIANCE ROOMS, SUPPORTING OFFICES, BARRACK ACCOMMODATION, CANTEEN AND RECREATION AREA, EXERCISE ROOM AND STORES FACILITIES.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY JANUARY 1991.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON AUGUST 25.

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OLD-TYPE IDENTITY CARDS INVALID FROM AUGUST 7

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED WOMEN BORN BETWEEN 1957 AND 1962 THAT THEIR OLD-TYPE IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED BEFORE JULY 1, 1987, WILL CEASE TO BE VALID DOCUMENTS FROM MONDAY, AUGUST 7.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID: ’’THIS IS THE FIFTH BATCH OF IDENTITY CARDS DECLARED INVALID SINCE THE NEW IDENTITY CARD RE-ISSUE SCHEME STARTED IN JULY, 1987.”

HE EMPHASISED THAT ONCE AN OLD CARD WAS DECLARED INVALID, IT WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY PURPOSE.

’’FOR EXAMPLE, WOMEN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP HOLDING AN INVALID OLD-TYPE IDENTITY CARD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE IT FOR TRAVELLING ABROAD OR TO APPLY FOR A TRAVEL DOCUMENT,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’HOWEVER, THOSE WHO HAVE MISSED THEIR SPECIFIED CARD REPLACEMENT PERIODS DUE TO THEIR ABSENCE FORM HONG KONG OR ANY OTHER REASONS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPROACH ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES,” HE ADDED.

THESE CASES WILL BE LOOKED INTO THOROUGHLY AND DEALT WITH ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL MERITS.

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

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“SOLAR AMBASSADORS" TO VISIT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION ♦ t * * * ♦

A GROUP OF "SOLAR AMBASSADORS" WILL VISIT THE YOUNG INMATES AT THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE VISIT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG. IT IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE "SOLAR PROJECT" ORGANISED BY RTHK FOR YOUTHS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE AIM OF THE VISIT IS TO CONVEY POSITIVE VALUES AND A CORRECT ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE TO THE TRAINING CENTRE INMATES THROUGH EDUCATIONAL GAMES AND PERFORMANCES.

THE "SOLAR AMBASSADORS" JOINING THE VISIT TOMORROW WILL INCLUDE POPULAR SINGERS, ARTISTES AND DISC JOCKEYS. THEY WILL PERFORM WITH THE YOUNG INMATES AND PLAY GAMES WITH THEM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT TO THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN SHEK O ROAD, HONG KONG, TOMORROW (SATURDAY), BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. THOSE WHO WISH TO USE THE SERVICE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE LOBBY OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, 30 BROADCAST DRIVE, KOWLOON AT 1.30 PM.

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REDUCTION OF TRAM SERVICE ON SUNDAY ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

THE RELOCATION SUBSTATION, (AUGUST 6).

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OF THE SHARP STREET TRAM SERVICES IN THE

ANNOUNCES THAT OWING TO THE EAST (HAPPY VALLEY) ELECTRICITY AREA WILL BE REDUCED ON SUNDAY

DURING THE DAY, A CONNECTING CIRCULAR FEEDER SERVICE OPERATED AT 1 O-MINUTE INTERVALS FROM HENNESSY ROAD, NEAR ITS WITH CANAL ROAD, TO HAPPY VALLEY.

ARE FREE TO TRANSFER TO THE MAIN-ROUTE TRAM TRAM STOP ON HENNESSY ROAD NEAR CANAL ROAD.

WILL BE

JUNCTION

SERVICE

PASSENGERS

AT THE EASTBOUND

TRAM SFRVTCF BETWEEN KENNEDY TOWN AND SHAL’ KEI WAN, AND BETWEEN WAN CHAI (NEAR CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH) AND NORTH POINT WILL OPERATE AT THREE-MINUTE INTERVALS.

SERVICE FROM KENNEDY TOWN TO WAN CHAI, AND FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO NORTH POINT, WILL REMAIN NORMAL.

CHINA MOTOR BUS ROUTES NO. 2, 8 AND 10 MAY INCREASE SERVICES, SUBJECT TO DEMAND, THROUGH THE AFFECTED AREAS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 1989 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LI KWAN-HA APPOINTED COMMISSIONER OF POLICE...................... 1

MR LI ’BEST MAN FOR xLL ......................................... 1

ACT IMPARTIALLY, CP TELLS NEW AUXILIARY CONSTABLES ............. 4

’SOLAR AMBASSADORS’ VISIT YOUNG INMATES ........................ 5

KWAI TSING YOUTH AMBASSADORS TO VISIT SINGAPORE.................. 5

ADMISSION TO BRITISH UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS............... 6

LONGER SERVICE HOURS 05 CAREERS EDUCATION ....................... 6

CLEAN BEACH SHOW AT CLEAR WATER BAY.............................. 7

FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS PROTECTED BY LABOUR LAWS................ 8

RECRUITS SOUGHT FOP VOTED REGISTRATION EXERCISE.................. 8

ISLANDS VTSI10PS URGED TO BE MORE CONSIDERATE.................... 9

EXTENSION OF SHUEK WAN LANDFILL AUTHORISED...................... 10

TEMPORARY CLOSURES OF KING’S ROAD, MA TAU WAI POST OFFICES .. 10

WATER CUTS IN TAI PO, KWAI CHUNG................................ 11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND. AND IN KOWLOON..... 11

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD...................... 12

SATURDAY. AUGUST 5. 1989

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LI KWAN-HA APPOINTED COMMISSIONER OF POLICE »»»««»»

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR LI KWAN-HA, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (OPERATIONS). AS COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 1. 1989.

MR LI. AGED 52. JOINED THE HONG KONG POLICE AS A PROBATIONARY SUB-INSPECTOR IN 1957. HE WAS AWARDED THE CPM IN 1980 AND THE ©PM IN 1984 .

HE WAS APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN 1985. HE IS THE SENIOR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER IN THE FORCE AND HAS ACTED AS COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

MR LI WILL BE THE FIRST LOCAL CHINESE OFFICER TO BECOME THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

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MR LI 'BEST MAN FOR THE JOB' « » » «

IT IS ©UITE INCIDENTAL THAT THE NEXT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IS TO BE A CHINESE OFFICER. THE REASON WHY MR LI KWAN-HA WAS APPOINTED IS THAT HE IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB.

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR RAYMON ANNING. HAD THIS TO SAY THIS AFTERNOON (SATURDAY) WHEN ASKED BY THE MEDIA FOR HIS REACTIONS TO TODAY’S EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HIS SENIOR DEPUTY HAD BEEN APPOINTED AS HIS SUCCESSOR.

"HE IS GOING TO BE AN ABSOLUTELY FINE COMMISSIONER. HE IS A FINE OFFICER. EXTREMELY COMPETENT. HAS THE RESPECT AND CONFIDENCE OF TH’ FORCE AND HE WILL DO A TREMENDOUS JOB." MR ANNING TOLD REPORTERS AT TODAY’S AUXILIARY PASSING OUT PARADE.

ASKED WHY IT HAD TAKEN SO LONG BE MADE. MR ANNING SAID THAT LOOKING AT THE IN HONG KONG AT PRESENT. THE GOVERNOR AND OFFICIALS HAD MANY MATTERS TO ATTEND TO.

FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT

"THERE WAS NO GREAT RUSH. SO NOW IT’S ANNOUNCED." HE SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO A QUERY AS TO WHETHER HE WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN OF THE APPOINTMENT OF A LOCAL OFFICER EIGHT YEARS BEFORE THE 1997 HANDOVER. THE COMMISSIONER AGAIN POINTED TO THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

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"I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE THIS REQUIRES THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN 1997 SHOULD BE CHINESE. THERE ALWAYS HAS BEEN AN INTENTION TO HAVE A CHINESE COMMISSIONER IN PLACE WELL BEFORE THAT TIME. AND I HAVE SAID EARLIER THAT THIS COULD BE AT ANY TIME. SO THIS IS THE TIME WHEN IT HAS HAPPENED.

"BUT THE FACT THAT THE NEXT COMMISSIONER WILL BE CHINESE IS QUITE INCIDENTAL. THE REASON THAT MR LI KWAN-HA IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT COMMISSIONER IS THAT HE IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB." HE SAID.

ANSWERING A QUESTION ON WHAT PROBLEMS MR LI WOULD BE INHERITING. MR ANNING SAID WITH A FORCE OF THE SIZE OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE THERE WERE OBVIOUSLY MANY.

"WE REQUIRE A LOT OF RECRUITS. AND AT THE MOMENT WE ARE HAVING SOME DIFFICULTY IN RECRUITING. WE HAVE A WASTAGE PROBLEM THAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS AND WE MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT tHAT.

"OUR COMMITMENTS ARE INCREASING ALL THE TIME. WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT’S AGENCY OF LAST RESORT AND WHEN SOMEBODY HAS TO STEP IN AND DO A JOB IT USUALLY FALLS TO THE POLICE.

"THEREFORE WE HAVE THOSE EXTRA COMMITMENTS THAT YOU WELL KNOW ABOUT AT THE MOMENT IN ADDITION TO OUR ONGOING RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEALING WITH CRIME. TRAFFIC, PUBLIC ORDER. VICE. GAMBLING. ALL THOSE THINGS THAT ARE THE NORMAL LOT OF THE POLICEMAN." HE SAID.

ASKED IF HE FELT MORALE WAS DROPPING AS A RESULT OF HAVING TO UNDERTAKE DUTIES IN THE VPB CAMPS. MR ANNING SAID IT WAS FAIR TO SAY THAT IT WAS AN UNPOPULAR DUTY. CONDITIONS WERE UNCOMFORTABLE. CAMPS WERE CROWDED AND THESE WERE DUTIES FOR WHICH POLICE OFFICERS HAD NOT BEEN SPECIFICALLY TRAINED.

ON THE OTHER HAND. THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICEMAN WAS A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL AND COMPETENT OFFICER. HE WOULD DO HIS DUTY AND DO IT TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY.

MR ANNING SAID EFFORTS HAD BEEN MADE TO IMPROVE THE "SIMPLE COMFORTS" OF THOSE ON VBP DUTIES IN ORDER TO MAKE OFFICERS FEEL THAT THEY WERE APPRECIATED AND TO ENABLE THEM TO DO THEIR JOBS BETTER. HOWEVER. THIS WAS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE. ESPECIALLY WHEN SETTING UP A NEW CAMP OR TAKING ON A NEW DUTY.

"IT TAKES A LITTLE TIME TO BECOME ORGANISED." HE EXPLAINED.

THE DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED BY POLICE OFFICERS IN POLICING THE CAMPS WERE WELL KNOWN TO THE GOVERNMENT. MR ANNING POINTED OUT IN ANSWER TO ANOTHER QUESTION.

"THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF. TOGETHER WITH SECURITY BRANCH OFFICIALS. HAS VISITED THOSE CAMPS: HE HAS SPOKEN TO OUR OFFICERS. HE HAS COMPLIMENTED OUR OFFICERS ON THE WORK THEY ARE DOING.

"IT IS A VERY HARD JOB. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN TO THE CAMPS WILL HAVE SEEN THE CONDITIONS AND OF COURSE OUR MEN HAVE TO ENDURE VERY SIMILAR CONDITIONS. BUT THEY ARE REALLY DOING A SPLENDID JOB.” HE SAID.

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SPEAKING ON THE PRESENT SITUATION AT HIGH ISLAND. MR ANNING SAID ITS CHOICE AS A SITE FOR DETENTION CENTRE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT SUIT EVERYBODY.

"BUT IT IS AN INESCAPABLE FACT THAT VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ARE STILL COMING IN AND WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO PUT THEM TO RELIEVE SOME OF THE CONDITIONS ON THE SOKOS AND THE OTHER CAMPS. AND THIS CAN ONLY BE TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH MY OFFICERS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE."

WHEN IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT PART OF THE OPPOSITION WAS BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY THAT POLICE WERE HAVING IN KEEPING VBPS WITHIN CAMPS. MR ANNING SAID TO EXPECT POLICE TO GIVE A CAST IRON GUARANTEE OF PREVENTING ALL ESCAPES WAS UNREASONABLE.

"THESE ARE NOT CONCENTRATION CAMPS. THEY ARE NOT HIGH SECURITY PRISONS. WE DO THE BEST WE CAN TO KEEP THEM IN THE CAMPS. WE DO THE BEST WE CAN TO CATCH THEM AND RETURN THEM TO THE CAMPS WHEN THEY ESCAPE."

ASKED IF HE COULD ELABORATE ON THE RECRUITING SITUATION. MR ANNING SAID LATEST STATISTICS SHOWED A SHORTFALL OF SOMETHING OVER 600 SO FAR THIS YEAR.

CURRENT INDICATIONS WERE THAT IT WAS LIKELY TO PICK UP A LITTLE ON THE BAD MONTHS SUFFERED SO FAR AND SHORTLY A NUMBER OF RECRUIT CADETS WOULD BE JOINING THE FORCE ON COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING WHICH WOULD ENABLE THAT MONTH’S TARGET TO BE MET.

"SO WE ARE NOW SOMEWHERE ABOUT 2-1/2 PER CENT SHORT ON OUR ESTABLISHMENT WHICH DOESN’T SOUND A LOT WHEN YOU SAY IT LIKE THAT BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT IT IS 650 POLICE OFFICERS. THAT IS A LOT OF OFFICERS WE WOULD MUCH PREFER TO HAVE.

ASKED ABOUT HIS RETIREMENT PLANS. MR ANNING SAID THAT THESE WERE NOT FINALISED BUT HE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE A REST BEFORE DOING A LITTLE MORE WORK.

"I DON’T FEEL THAT I AM ALL THAT OLD TO RETIRE." HE ADDED.

IN CLOSING. MR ANNING SAID HE WOULD MISS HONG KONG TREMENDOUSLY.

"IT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE. I'M CONVINCED THAT IT HAS A GREAT FUTURE. 1 SHALL MISS VERY MUCH THE COMRADESHIP IN THE FORCE AND THE FRIENDLINESS OF THE POEPLE."

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ACT IMPARTIALLY. CP TELLS NEW AUXILIARY CONSTABLES

TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-THREE AUXILIARY POLICE CONSTABLE RECRUITS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING WERE REMINDED TO BE IMPARTIAL AND TO ACT WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR ON ALL OCCASIONS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR RAYMON ANNING. WHEN HE ADDRESSED A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE AUXILIARY POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN KOWLOON BAY TODAY (SATURDAY).

NOTING THAT THE TRAINING RECEIVED BY THE GRADUATING OFFICERS HAD ADEQUATELY PREPARED THEM FOR THEIR DUTIES. MR ANNING TOLD THEM THAT THEY STILL HAD A LOT TO LEARN.

"ONCE YOU PUT ON YOUR UNIFORM. YOU WILL BE VERY MUCH IN THE PUBLIC EYE." SAID THE POLICE CHIEF.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL RELY UPON YOU TO PERFORM YOUR DUTIES AND WILL MAKE NO ALLOWANCE FOR INEXPERIENCE ON YOUR PART. REMEMBER THAT AT ALL TIMES YOUR TASK IS TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

"YOU HAVE TO REMAIN POLITE. CALM AND IN COMMAND OF THE SITUATION. EVEN IN THE FACE OF PROVOCATION.

"THIS GOES A LONG WAY TO ACHIEVING PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND GAINING THE SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE OF THE 'MAN IN THE STREET’". ADDED MR ANNING.

HE ALSO TOLD THE PART-TIME OFFICERS THAT THE AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE. WITH AN ESTABLISHMENT OF SOME 5.700 MEMBERS AND A CURRENT STRENGTH OF OVER 5.300. WAS OF TREMENDOUS ASSISTANCE IN THE MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER.

THE AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE IS THE LARGEST AUXILIARY OR PART-TIME POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD AND ENJOYS TRADITIONS DATING BACK OVER 70 YEARS.

WHILE POINTING OUT THAT THIS WAS ONE OF HIS LAST OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS AS COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND THAT HIS CAREER AS A POLICE OFFICER WAS DRAWING TO A CLOSE. MR ANNING SAID THE OFFICERS WERE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THEIR NEW POLICE CAREER AND EXTENDED HIS WARM WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM.

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SATURDAY. AUGUST 5. 1989

’SOLAR AMBASSADORS’ VISIT YOUNG INMATES *****

YOUNG INMATES AT THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AND THE CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION HAD AN AFTERNOON OF FUN DURING THE VISIT BY A GROUP OF "SOLAR AMBASSADORS" TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE VISIT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG. IT WAS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE "SOLAR PROJECT" ORGANISED BY RTHK FOR YOUTH DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY.

MORE THAN 50 "SOLAR AMBASSADORS" INCLUDING POPULAR SINGERS, ARTISTES AND DISC JOCKEYS TOOK PART IN THE VISIT.

THEY SANG AND DANCED WITH THE INMATES AND PLAYED GAMES WITH THEM AT THE TAI TAM GAP INSTITUTION, WHILE A FRIENDLY SOCCER MATCH WAS HELD AT THE CAPE COLLINSON INSTITUTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID: "THIS KIND OF ACTIVITIES WILL HELP TO CONVEY POSITIVE VALUES AND A CORRECT ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE TO THE TRAINING CENTRE INMATES."

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KWAI TSING YOUTH AMBASSADORS TO VISIT SINGAPORE * * * « »

TEN YOUTH AMBASSADORS OF KWAI TSING DISTRICT WILL GO ON A SIX-DAY STUDY TOUR TO SINGAPORE ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10).

THE YOUTH AMBASSADORS ARE WINNERS OF AN ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT FEDERATION OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE IN APRIL AND MAY THIS YEAR.

HEADED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF KWAI TSING DISTRICT, MR PHILIP CHAN. AND A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, MR WAN HING-YUEN, THE DELEGATION WILL VISIT SINGAPORE'S PEOPLE ASSOCIATION, THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, A COMMUNITY CENTRE AND A NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE POST.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PAUL TANG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN KWOK-WAI, WILL PRESENT A FLAG TO THE DELEGATION AND ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE VISIT AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FLAG PRESENTATION AT 11 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO THE KWAI HING MTR STATION). HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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ADMISSION TO BRITISH UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS *******

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ADVISED STUDENTS SEEKING ENTRY TO BRITISH UNIVERSITES TO APPLY ONE YEAR AHEAD THROUGH THE UNIVERSITIES CENTRAL COUNCIL ON ADMISSIONS (UCCA) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR 1990 ENTRY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MID-AUGUST AT THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON THE FIFTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, 33-37 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR PLACES IN OXFORD OR CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED FORMS, TOGETHER WITH A FEE OF SIX POUND STERLING, TO UCCA BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND OCTOBER 15 THIS YEAR.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ALL OTHER UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IS DECEMBER 15.

MEANWHILE, APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THE FIRST YEAR OF FIRST DEGREE, DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA COURSES AT ALL POLYTECHNICS AND SOME COLLEGES AND INSTITUTES OF HIGHER EDUCATION SHOULD BE MADE THROUGH THE POLYTECHNICS CENTRAL ADMISSIONS SYSTEM.

APPLICATION FORMS AND RELATED MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER).

HOWEVER, STUDENTS SEEKING ADMISSION TO DEGREE COURSES LEADING TO QUALIFICATIONS IN INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING, AND DEGREE AND DIPLOMA COURSES IN ART AND DESIGN OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY SECTOR SHOULD APPROACH THE CENTRAL REGISTER AND CLEARING HOUSE, AND THE ART AND DESIGN ADMISSIONS REGISTRY RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE WISHING TO GAIN ENTRY IN POLYTECHNICS, COLLEGES AND INSTITUTES FOR OTHER COURSES SHOULD APPLY TO THE INSTITUTIONS DIRECT OR THROUGH THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

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LONGER SERVICE HOURS ON CAREERS EDUCATION *******

THE CAREERS EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL EXTEND ITS OPENING HOURS BETWEEN AUGUST 8 AND 11 TO PROVIDE SECONDARY 5 STUDENTS WITH COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE ON THEIR CHOICE OF CAREERS AND STUDIES.

THE SECTION IS LOCATED AT ROOM 405, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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NORMAL OPENING HOURS ARE FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 2.30 PM TO 4.30 PM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS. AND FROM 9.30 AM TO 11.45 AM ON SATURDAYS.

HOWEVER. FOR FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY. THE SECTION WILL BE OPEN FROM 8.30 AM TO 6 PM WITHOUT A LUNCH BREAK.

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CLEAN BEACH SHOW AT CLEAR WATER BAY *****

A CLEAN BEACH SHOW. ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH, BEGINNING AT 1.30 PM.

THE EVENT, THE SECOND OF ITS KIND ORGANISED BY THE STEERING COMMITTEE THIS YEAR, AIMS AT DISSEMINATING KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH A VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND DISC JOCKEYS.

THE SHOW WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON COMMERCIAL RADIO 2 FROM 1.50 PM TO 3.30 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHOW WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, DR PANG HOK-TUEN, AND A MEMBER. MR FUNG KWONG-CHUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR HO KOON-SHUN: SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TONG KIN-SANG; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR I LEISURE SERVICES) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR STANLEY LEE; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR PETER MOSS: AND A PRODUCER OF COMMERCIAL RADIO 2, MR ELVIN WONG.

AFTER THE SHOW, BEACH-GOERS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO HELP CLEAN UP THE BEACH AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE GIVEN IN RETURN FOR THEIR EFFORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLEAN BEACH SHOW AT CLEAR WATER BAY.

A VAN (RC 828) HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO PICK UP REPORTERS AT MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI (BEHIND PENINSULA HOTEL). IT WILL LEAVE FOR CLEAR WATER BAY AT 11.45 AM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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- 8 -FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS PROTECTED BY LABOUR LAWS » * * * »

FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS IN HONG KONG ARE ENTITLED TO THE SAME BENEFITS AND PROTECTION AS LOCAL WORKERS UNDER THE LABOUR LAWS.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN CITED A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH THE EMPLOYER OF A FILIPINA DOMESTIC HELPER WAS CONVICTED FOR FAILING TO GRANT HER MAID STATUTORY BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE CASE SHOWED THAT THE EMPLOYER DID NOT PAY THE FILIPINA MAID WAGES IN ARREARS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE CONTRACT WAS TERMINATED AND A PRO-RATA SUM IN LIEU OF HER ENTITLED ANNUAL LEAVE.

IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT THE MAID WAS NOT GRANTED A REST DAY EACH WEEK AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS ON SPECIFIED DATES DURING HER PERIOD OF SERVICE WITH THE EMPLOYER.

THE EMPLOYER WAS THUS TAKEN TO COURT AND FINED #7,100 BY A CENTRAL MAGISTRATE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ANYONE WHO BREACHES THE ABOVE PROVISIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE RANGING FROM #10,000 TO #20,000.

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RECRUITS SOUGHT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE ♦ »»»»»

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IS RECRUITING COMMUNITY ORGANISERS TO HELP OUT IN THE DISTRICT’S VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE FROM MID-AUGUST TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

APPLICANTS FOR THE POST SHOULD BE EDUCATED TO AT LEAST FORM FIVE, BE AGED BETWEEEN 21 AND 45 AND HAVE SOME WORKING EXPERIENCE, AND BE ABLE TO SPEAK FLUENT CANTONESE AND WRITE GOOD CHINESE OR ENGLISH.

A HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE OF ANOTHER CHINESE DIALECT WILL BE A DEFINITE ADVANTAGE.

THE DUTIES OF THE POST INCLUDE MAKING HOUSEHOLD VISITS TO REGISTER VOTERS, AND ASSISTING IN OUTDOOR PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH VOTER REGISTRATION.

THE RENUMERATION FOR THE POST IS #19 PER HOUR. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK IRREGULAR HOURS, MAINLY IN THE EVENINGS ON WEEKDAYS AND ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. A COMMUNITY ORGANISER IS EXPECTED TO WORK AT LEAST 100 HOURS A MONTH.

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APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES, AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE ON SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, BEFORE AUGUST 11.

APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT ASKED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW WITHIN THREE WEEKS OF THE DEADLINE MAY ASSUME THAT THEIR APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE POST CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271.

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ISLANDS VISITORS URGED TO BE MORE CONSIDERATE t » * * t

POSTERS APPEALING TO TOURISTS VISITING THE OUTLYING ISLANDS TO BE MORE CONSIDERATE AND TO EXERCISE A GREATER DEGREE OF SELF-DISCIPLINE WHILE ENJOYING THEIR HOLIDAY WERE POSTED THROUGHOUT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE POSTER, PRINTED BY THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WITH ADVICE FROM THE POLICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO TACKLE THE NUISANCES CAUSED BY VISITORS.

THE POSTER STRESSES THE POINT THAT PROSECUTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST FOUR TYPES OF MISCONDUCT, NAMELY NOISE NUISANCE, VANDALISM, LITTERING AND SPOILING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

THE OUTLYING ISLANDS HAVE BECOME A POPULAR DESTINATION FOR HOLIDAY MAKERS IN RECENT YEARS AND SUCH NUISANCES HAVE BEEN AGGRAVATED AS THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS CONTINUES TO SOAR.

COMPLAINTS FROM THE ISLANDERS ABOUT THEIR TRANQUIL LIFESTYLE BEING SERIOUSLY AFFECTED AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT BEING SPOILED HAVE PUT MUCH PRESSURE ON THE POLICE.

THE PROBLEM IS PARTICULARLY ACUTE AT CHEUNG CHAU AND AT PUI O ON LANTAU WHERE THERE ARE MANY HOLIDAY FLATS INTERMINGLING WITH RESIDENTIAL HOUSEHOLDS.

FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, HOLIDAY FLAT OWNERS HAVE ADOPTED CERTAIN SELF-REGULATORY MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF THESE FLATS SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.

AS THE PROBLEM CANNOT BE SOLVED WITHOUT THE CO-OPERATION OF THE VISITORS, MEMBERS OF THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE DECIDED TO PUBLICISE THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-DISCIPLINE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROMOTING TOURISM IN THE DISTRICT.

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POSTERS OF A SMALLER SIZE HAVE ALSO BEEN PRINTED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO HOLIDAY FLAT OWNERS TO PUT UP INSIDE THE APARTMENTS TO REMIND THE VISITORS TO BE MORE CONSIDERATE.

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EXTENSION OF SHUEN WAN LANDFILL AUTHORISED

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AUTHORISATION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND THE EXISTING LANDFILL WITHIN AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 25.2 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT SHUEN WAN. TAI PO.

THIS IS TO PROVIDE LAND FOR THE PROVISION OF SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES FOR THE NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES.

A SEAWALL WILL BE BUILT AND AN AREA OF ABOUT 13.1 HECTARES WILL BE RECLAIMED.

THE REMAINING AREA WILL BE USED AS A WORKS AREA WHEREIN DREDGING WILL BE CARRIED OUT.

WORK WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT JULY 1994.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED HAS BEEN DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE OF AUTHORISATION PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HIS INTEREST. RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WILL BE INJURIOUSLY AFFECTED BY THE ABOVE UNDERTAKING MAY DELIVER TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS A WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 3 NEXT YEAR.

HE SHOULD STATE IN HIS SUBMISSION THE SUM OF MONEY WHICH HE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT IN FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF HIS CLAIM AND SHOULD SUBMIT SUCH PARTICULARS WHICH HE POSSESSES TO SUBSTANTIATE HIS CLAIM.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURES OF KING’S ROAD, MA TAU WAI POST OFFICES

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hajob renovation works will b®0“Je™n?',andTatHthrKmaGtau ™? AT 11 FARM S. ha TAU WAI OVER THE HEXT FEW MONTHS, POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 1989

onoTunn^EMBERS 0F THE PUBLIC WHO NORMALLY CONDUCT THEIR POSTAL vttu^ESS at the KING’s r°AD post office may use the facilities at *"TRER THE HING FAT STREET POST OFFICE AT 30 HING FAT STREET OR THE NORTH POINT POST OFFICE AT 31 SHU KUK STREET.

™ AS REGARDS THE MA TAU WAI POST OFFICE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC mur- T° EITfIER THE KOWLOON CITY POST OFFICE AT 28 LUNG KONG ROAD OR THE GILLIES AVENUE POST OFFICE AT 140 GILLIES AVENUE.

WATER CUTS IN TAI PO, KWAI CHUNG » « * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TING KOK ROAD, NAM HANG AND FUNG YUEN ROAD. INCLUDING YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, YUE KOK, KAU SHI WAI, TIN SAM, LAU HANG, FUNG YUEN, FUNG YUEN LO TSUEN AND MAK UK.

ON THE SAME DAY, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN CONNECTION.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7). CROWN TERRACE IN POK FU LAM ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE TO ALL VEHICLES OVER THREE TONNES IN WEIGHT FOR TWO AND A HALF MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JACKSON ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL TO A POINT ABOUT 22 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24 HOURS DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

IN KOWLOON. A SECTION OF YAU SHING STREET BETWEEN KING YIP STREET AND CHA KWO LING ROAD IN KWUN TONG WILL BE ROUTED TWO WAY TRAFFIC.

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IN ADDITION. TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THREE DAYS AS FROM MONDAY AT 10 AM IN CONNECTION WITH THE REPLACEMENT OF TWO DEFECTIVE VALVES AT THE JUNCTION OF WOH CHAI STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET IN SHAM SHUI PO.

THE LEFT-TURN FROM WOH CHAI STREET EASTBOUND INTO NAM CHEONG STREET NORTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA WOH CHAI STREET, WAI CHI STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET.

KMB ROUTES NO. 2B. 2F. 86 AND 86A WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA WOH CHAI STREET. WAI CHI STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET BEFORE THEY REJOIN THEIR ORIGINAL ROUTEINGS TO EITHER WONG TAI SIN OR SHA TIN.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT ABOUT 350 METRES OF THE SLOW LANE ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD NEAR PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 3 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 7).

THE CLOSURE WILL LAST FOR TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD T5 IN SHA TIN.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE THEM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VBP DETENTION CENTRE AT SAI KUNG IS NEEDED: GOVERNOR......... 1

JSEA RESULTS TO BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY........................... 2

STUDENTS URGED TO PLAN THEIR CAREERS EARLY....................... 4

JULY RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL DESPITE CYCLONES ..................... 5

BEACH SHOW PROMOTES KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE........................... 8

NEW TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE TO OPEN ON AUGUST 14................ 9

CARNIVAL FOR TAP MUN VILLAGERS .................................. 9

CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS ON DISPLAY.................................. 10

APPLICATION OPONS FOR MONG KOK DB FUNDS ........................ 10

EFFLUENT TUNNEL SCHEME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................. 11

APPLICATION FOR DB GRANTS TO CLOSE ON FRIDAY.................... 12

DISCO NIGHT TO CLOSE KWUN TONG SYP ............................. 12

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ............... 1J

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ..................... 14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AT PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD................... 15

URBAN CLEARWAY IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL ....................... 15

SUNDAY. AUGUST 6. 1989

VBP DETENTION CENTRE AT SAI KUNG IS NEEDED: GOVERNOR » » t » *

THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON. SAID THAT ALL THE CONCERNS ABOUT BUILDING A VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE DETENTION CENTRE AT HIGH ISLAND HAD BEEN VERY CAREFULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

"WE MUST NOW GET ON WITH THE PROCESS OF BUILDING THE CENTRE BECAUSE IT IS NEEDED." THE GOVERNOR STRESSED.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT LAST (SATURDAY) NIGHT BEFORE DEPARTING FOR LONDON. SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD DISCUSSED THE ISSUE WITH THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. MR ALLEN LEE. WHO HAD VISITED THE SITE IN THE MORNING.

SIR DAVID SAID THE PROBLEM THERE WAS ONE WHICH WAS WELL UNDERSTOOD.

"WE DO NEED TO BUILD A CAMP BECAUSE IF WE DON’T DO SO THE RESULT IS SIMPLY TWO THINGS. ONE IS THAT PEOPLE PILED UP ON THE SOKO ISLAND IN CONDITIONS WHICH ARE NOT SATISFACTORY AND THE OTHER. EQUALLY IMPORTANT. IS WE HAVE TO PUT PEOPLE INTO CAMPS WHICH ARE ALREADY VERY BADLY OVERCROWDED.

"AND THAT MEANS THE CONDITIONS FOR THE POLICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES TRYING TO LOOK AFTER THOSE CAMPS ARE VERY MUCH WORSE." HE SAID.

"IT IS AT A PLACE WHICH IS OF MINIMUM INCONVENIENCE TO EVERYBODY. WE HAVE TAKEN VERY CAREFUL ACCOUNT OF ALL THAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT PEOPLE'S CONCERNS. THE QUESTION OF POLLUTION OF THE RESERVOIR SIMPLY WILL NOT EXIST. THE CAMP IS WELL BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE RESERVOIR SO THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION OF POLLUTION.

"I HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE WILL REALISE THAT THE WORK MUST GO AHEAD AND WILL REALISE ALSO THAT IT IS NOT SENSIBLE TO TRY TO BREAK THE LAW AND TO TRY TO STOP THAT PROCESS GOING AHEAD." SIR DAVID SAID.

ASKED IF HE WOULD PURSUE THE ISSUE OF RIGHT OF ABODE. THE GOVERNOR SAID IT WOULD BE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE WAS IN LONDON.

"WHAT I SHALL BE SAYING IS THAT IT IS STILL SOMETHING WHICH IS NEEDED IN HONG KONG AND IF FOR THE MOMENT EVERYTHING THAT WE’VE ASKED FOR IS NOT POSSIBLE THEN I HOPE THAT THEY WILL COME UP WITH A PACKAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND AS GENEROUS AS IT POSSIBLY CAN BE."

SIR DAVID SAID HE WOULD DISCUSS WITH FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIALS IN LONDON NEXT WEEK A RANGE OF CURRENT CONCERNS IN HONG KONG. HE WOULD ALSO TAKE THE CHANCE TO MEET THE NEW MINISTER OF STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR HONG KONG. MR FRANCIS MAUDE. AS THE NEW FOREIGN SECRETARY. MR JOHN MAJOR. WILL NOT BE IN LONDON NEXT WEEK. SIR DAVID SAID HE HOPED TO MEET HIM AT THE END OF HIS LEAVE.

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THE GOVERNOR SAID THE REST OF THE TIME HE SHOULD DE ON LEAVE IN SCOTLAND BUT HE WOULD BE KEEPING IN VERY CLOSE AND CONSTANT I OUCH WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE IN HONG KONG.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORI BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY. SIR DAVID FORD: THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. DAME LYDIA DUNN. AND THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. MR ALLEN LEE.

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JSEA RESULTS TO BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY

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THE RESULTS OF THIS YEAR’S JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT (JSEA) WILL BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) AND SECONDARY 3 STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO COLLECT THEIR ALLOCATION RESULTS AT THEIR SCHOOLS.

A TOTAL OF 58.842 SECONDARY 3 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED AIDED SECONDARY 4 PLACES UNDER THE REVISED JSEA SYSTEM COMPARED WITH 55,138 LAST YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

A TOTAL OF 80,287 STUDENTS TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR'S JSEA, HE SAID.

AMONG THEM, 4,461 STUDENTS ACCEPTED POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. ANOTHER 1,497 STUDENTS OPTED OUT DURING THE YEAR.

OF THE REMAINING 74,329 STUDENTS, 79.2 PER CENT OR 58,842 STUDENTS WERE ALLOCATED AIDED SECONDARY 4 PLACES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OF THE STUDENTS GIVEN AIDED SECONDARY 4 PLACES. 49,188 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED BACK TO THEIR OWN SCHOOLS AND THE REMAINING 9,654 STUDENTS ALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS THROUGH CENTRAL ALLOCATION.

IN ADDITION, 2,988 STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED TO POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES THROUGH CENTRAL ALLOCATION.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT TO THE RESPECTIVE ALLOCATED SCHOOLS FOR REGISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9).

WHEN REPORTING FOR REGISTRATION, STUDENTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THE FOLLOWING : (A) REGISTRATION FORM: (B) STUDENT'S HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD; AND (C) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS AND SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF MONEY UP TO ABOUT ONE MONTH’S SCHOOL FEE WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE SCHOOL FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSE.

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REGISTRATION OF STUDENTS ALLOCATED TO POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9). STUDENTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS AND THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS WHEN THEY REPORT TO THE RESPECTIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES FOR REGISTRATION.

IF A STUDENT IS UNABLE TO COLLECT HIS/HER ALLOCATION RESULT ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) OR UNABLE TO TURN UP FOR REGISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9). THE PARENT SHOULD AUTHORISE, IN WRITING. A REPRESENTATIVE TO COLLECT THE RESULT OR REPORT TO THE ALLOCATED SCHOOL FOR REGISTRATION ON HIS/HER BEHALF.

THE LETTER OF AUTHORISATION MUST HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL. IT SHOULD BE PRODUCED AT THE TIME OF COLLECTION OR REGISTRATION BY THE AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE.

IN REGISTERING WITH A SCHOOL. A STUDENT MUST SURRENDER HIS REGISTRATION FORM TO THE ALLOCATED SCHOOL.

’’SCHOOLS MAY NOT ADMIT ANY STUDENT WHO FAILS TO PRODUCE HIS REGISTRATION FORM." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOCATED AIDED SECONDARY 4 PLACES NOR POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES WILL EACH BE PROVIDED WITH AN INFORMATION SHEET OUTLINING THE ALTERNATIVE OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO THEM.

THE SHEET CONTAINS THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS FROM WHICH STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION. PAMPHLETS ON POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSES WILL ALSO BE ISSUED TO THESE STUDENTS.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION INTO SECONDARY 4 OF THE GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9) AND CLOSE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 11).

APPLICANTS MUST CALL IN PERSON AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. FIFTH FLOOR. LEE GARDENS. HYSAN AVENUE. CAUSEWAY BAY (TEL. NO. 5-8392309). BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR OWN SLIP OF "STUDENT’S PARTICULARS" ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION RECORDS AND JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND A PHOTOCOPY OF THE SLIP FOR RETENTION PURPOSE.

AFTER FRIDAY (AUGUST 11). APPLICANTS CAN ALSO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE 15 ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES FROM 6.45 PM TO 8.45 PM ON WEEKDAYS. FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE 15 ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION DIRECT.

IN THE EVENT OF A TYPHOON AFFECTING HONG KONG DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD. HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE EDUCATION RECORDS AND JSEA SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON 5-8919099.

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STUDENTS URGED TO PLAN THEIR CAREERS EARLY

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) ADVISED STUDENTS TO MAKE USE OF THEIR FREE TIME DURING THE SUMMER VACATION TO PLAN THEIR FUTURE CAREERS.

THEY CAN OBTAIN THE NECESSARY CAREERS INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S FOUR CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON. TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN.

"EACH CENTRE IS WELL EQUIPPED WITH A WIDE-RANGE OF FACILITIES TO UPDATE STUDENTS ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE JOB MARKET AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER EDUCATION," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IN ADDITION TO PUBLICATIONS ON EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, THE CENTRES ARE ALSO EQUIPPED WITH AUDIO-VISUAL UNITS WITH SLIDE PRESENTATIONS, CASSETTE TAPE AND VIDEO TAPE RECORDINGS ON CAREERS AND RELATED SUBJECT.

"CAREER GUIDANCE IS ALSO PROVIDED BY STAFF TO HELP STUDENTS PLAN THEIR CAREERS IN ADVANCE AND DEVISE WAYS TO REALISE THEIR CHOICES," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE HAS PREPARED FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF HANDOUTS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY.

"THESE HANDOUTS PROVIDE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE NURSING PROFESSION. SOME OF THE TRAINING GRADES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS AS WELL AS NUMEROUS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO SCHOOL LEAVERS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"A SERIES OF VIDEO SHOWS ON CAREERS INFORMATION ARE ALSO BEING STAGED FOR STUDENTS AT THE FOUR CENTRES UNTIL AUGUST 18.

"MORE THAN 50 PRESENTATIONS HAVE BEEN SELECTED COVERING SUCH TOPICS AS FURTHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES. VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES. AND CAREERS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. PUBLIC UTILITIES. AIR TRANSPORTATION, MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICE SECTORS, MASS MEDIA AND OTHER TRADES," HE ADDED.

THE SCHEDULE OF THE VIDEO SHOWS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

HONG KONG CENTRE

MONDAYS (AM) AND THURSDAYS (PM)

SOUTHORN CENTRE. 16TH FLOOR, 130 HENNESSY ROAD WAN CHAI.

TEL. 5-8352044

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KOWLOON CENTRE

TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NINTH FLOOR.

165 MA TAU WAI ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

TEL. 3-7153635

TSUEN WAN CENTRE

FAR EAST BANK BUILDING.

THIRD FLOOR.

135 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

TSUEN WAN.

TEL. 0-4166444

SHA TIN CENTRE

CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, SHA TIN CENTRE STREET.

TEL. 0-6015101

WEDNESDAYS (AM) AND FRIDAYS (PM)

MONDAYS (PM) AND WEDNESDAYS (AM)

TUESDAYS (PM) AND FRIDAYS (AM)

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JULY RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL DESPITE CYCLONES * » » * »

ALTHOUGH TWO TROPICAL CYCLONES AFFECTED HONG KONG IN JULY, THE MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO ONLY 237.9 MILLIMETRES. EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF THE NORMAL FIGURE OF 316.8 MILLIMETRES. THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID IN ITS MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT ISSUED TODAY (SUNDAY).

NEVERTHELESS, SINCE JANUARY 1. THE TOTAL RAINFALL STOOD AT 1,422.8 MILLIMETRES, WHICH IS STILL NINE PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 1.3(9.7 MILLIMETRES FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

ONE OF THE JULY RAIN EPISODES WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PASSAGE OF A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE ON JULY 29. THIS CAUSED A DROP IN TEMPERATURE THE NEXT MORNING TO 21.7 DEGREES CELSIUS. THE LOWEST JULY TEMPERATURE EVER REGISTERED IN HONG KONG SINCE RECORD-KEEPING BEGAN.

THE WEATHER FOR THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF JULY WAS MAINLY FINE APART FROM ISOLATED SHOWERS. A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE COVERED SOUTHEAST CHINA ON JULY 4 AND CLEAR SKIES PREVAILED FOR THE NEXT SIX DAYS. LONG HOURS OF SUNSHINE BROUGHT TEMPERATURES TO OVER 33 DEGREES NEARLY EVERY DAY.

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THE HEAT ALSO RESULTED IN SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ON JULY 5. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.7 DEGREES RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ON JULY 7 WAS THE HIGHEST SO FAR THIS YEAR.

ON JULY 9. TROPICAL STORM FAYE ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS HOISTED AT 3.50 PM. OUTER RAINBANDS BEGAN TO AFFECT HONG KONG EARLY ON JULY 10 AND THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY WITH PERIODS OF RAIN DURING THE DAY.

WITH FAYE MOVING TOWARDS HAINAN AND NO LONGER POSING A THREAT TO HONG KONG. ALL SIGNALS WERE LOWERED AT 4 PM. THE WEATHER ALSO BEGAN TO IMPROVE ON JULY 11.

FINE WEATHER RETURNED DURING THE DAY ON JULY 12 AND PERSISTED UNTIL JULY 16 WHEN TYPHOON GORDON ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. THE POTENTIAL THREAT OF GORDON ALSO NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 AT 10 AM THAT DAY.

WITH GORDON MOVING CLOSER TO THE SOUTH CHINA COAST, THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL NO. 3 WAS HOISTED AT 4.45 AM ON JULY 17. WINDS BEGAN TO STRENGTHEN THAT MORNING AND THE WEATHER DETERIORATED.

AT 5.30 PM. THE GALE OR STORM SIGNAL NO. 8 NORTHEAST WAS HOISTED AS GORDON CONTINUED TO MOVE CLOSER. GALE TO STORM FORCE WINDS AND OVERCAST CONDITIONS WITH OCCASIONAL SQUALLY SHOWERS THEN AFFECTED THE TERRITORY THAT EVENING AND THE NEXT DAY.

THE NO. 8 NORTHEAST SIGNAL WAS REPLACED BY THE NO. 8 SOUTHEAST SIGNAL AT 3 AM ON JULY 18 AS GORDON MOVED TO THE SOUTHWEST OF HONG KONG.

WITH THE THREAT OF GORDON DIMINISHING. THE NO. 8 SOUTHEAST SIGNAL WAS REPLACED BY THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL NO. 3 AT 9.10 AM. ALL SIGNALS WERE LOWERED AT 2 PM ON THAT DAY. HOWEVER. THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG REMAINED OVERCAST WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN THAT EVENING.

CONDITIONS GRADUALLY IMPROVED ON JULY 19 AS GORDON MOVED FURTHER INLAND. APART FROM SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS, WEATHER TURNED GENERALLY FINE BETWEEN JULY 20 AND 22.

MEANWHILE. OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, TROPICAL STORM IRVING WAS MOVING TOWARDS VIETNAM. ITS PERIPHERAL RAINBANDS BROUGHT CLOUDY CONDITIONS AND OCCASIONAL SHOWERS TO HONG KONG ON JULY 23 AND 24.

A MOIST SOUTHWESTERLY AIRSTREAM KEPT THE SKY GENERALLY CLOUDY WITH SOME SUNNY PERIODS FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

ON THE EVENING OF JULY 28. THE APPROACH OF A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FROM THE NORTH BROUGHT OVERCAST CONDITIONS AND PERIODS OF RAIN. THE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE PASSED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST EARLY ON JULY 29.

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COOLER AIR NORTH OF THE TROUGH CAUSED THE TEMPERATURE TO DROP FROM 29.7 DEGREES ON JULY 2b TO 22.2 DEGREES THE NEXT DAY. THE TEMPERATURE FELL FURTHER TO 21.7 DEGREES ON THE MORNING OF JULY 30, BREAKING THE RECORD FOR THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR JULY.

AFTER THE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED FURTHER SOUTH. WEATHER REMAINED DULL WITH RAIN CONTINUING ON JULY 30 BUT EASING OFF ON JULY

DURING THE MONTH OF JULY. 22 AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED O JULY 5. 23. 24. 28 AND 29. FLOOD WARNING AND THE LANDSLIP WARNING WEk ISSUED ON JULY 18 AND 19.

A TOTAL OF SEVEN TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WK8TFVK NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH.

1 WEATHER SIGNALS SYSTEM HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE DATE AND TIME AS FOLLOWS: DATE AND TIME

SIGNAL OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

SEVERE TROPICAL

STORM FAYE 1 JULY 9 3.50 PM JULY 10 4 PM

TYPHOON GORDON 1 JULY 16 10 AM JULY 17 4.45 AM

3 JULY 17 1 . 4 5 AM JULY 17 5.30 PM

8 NE JULY 17 5.30 PM JULY 18 3 AM

8 SE JULY 18 3 AM JULY 18 9.10 AM

3 JULY 18 9.10 AM JULY 18 2 PM

THE MONTH’S

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION

TOTAL RAINFALL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM

AIR TEMPERATURE

FIGURES

AND DEPARTURES FROM

238.2 HOURS

18.51 MJ/SQ. METRE

237.9 MM

63 PER CENT

79 PER CENT

31.4 DEGREES CELSIUS

NORMAL WERE:

7.3 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

0.78 MJ/SQ. METRE BELOW NORMAL

78.9 MM BELOW NORMAL

3 PER CENT LESS THAN NORMAL

2 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

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MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE 28.8 DEGREES CELSIUS ; 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM 26.8 DEGREES CELSIUS t 0.5 DEGREE CELSIUS

AIR TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 24.7 DEGREES CELSIUS : 0.3 DEGREE CELSIUS

BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 157.7 MM : 17.3 MM BELOW NORMAL

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BEACH SHOW PROMOTES KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE * » » « »

POPULAR SINGERS AND DISC JOCKEYS TODAY (SUNDAY) JOINED HANDS TO PROMOTE THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE AT A BEACH SHOW HELD AT THE CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH.

THE SHOW WAS PART OF AN ONGOING PROGRAMME OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AND WAS ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE.

"ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN IS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING CLEAN, BE IT AT THE BEACHES, IN THEIR HOMES OR AT PUBLIC PLACES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE SAID.

"IT IS ONLY THROUGH THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL RESIDENTS THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE A CLEANER AND THUS BETTER ENVIRONMENT.” HE SAID.

DURING THE 90-MINUTE SHOW WHICH WAS BROADCAST LIVE ON COMMERCIAL RADIO 2. THE AUDIENCE WAS ALSO REMINDED OF THE NEED TO MAKE DISCRIMINATE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS SO AS TO REDUCE THE LITTER PROBLEM.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHOW WERE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, DR PANG HOK-TUE'N AND A MEMBER, MR FUNG KWONG-CHUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR HO KOON-SHUN; SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TONG KIN-SANG; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. MR STANLEY LEE; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY-OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR PETER MOSS; AND PRODUCER OF COMMERCIAL RADIO 2, MR ELVIN WONG.

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NEW TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE TO OPEN ON AUGUST 14 *****

A NEW TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE AT MODEL HOUSING ESTATE IN NORTH POINT WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 14, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE NEW OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF SHOPS 1.6, 7

AND 11 OF THE ESTATE, AND WILL OPEN AT 9 AM.

"IT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE AT 734 KING'S ROAD. WHICH WILL CLOSE FOR BUSINESS AT 5 PM ON AUGUST 12," A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE HOURS OF BUSINESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL REMAIN

•I UNCHANGED."

ON AUGUST 14, A SPECIAL HAND-BACK SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE NEW TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE.

"UNREGISTERED 'FIRST DAY’ COVERS PREPARED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. AND BEARING A LOCAL ADDRESS. WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATESTAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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ABOUT 400 VILLAGERS OF THE REMOTE TAP MUN IN SAI KUNG NORTH TOOK PART IN A CARNIVAL THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON, FILLING THE TRANQUIL VILLAGES THERE WITH A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE. •>

THE CARNIVAL, WHICH INCLUDES A COOKING COMPETITION AND CANTONESE OPERA, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE SAI KUNG NORTH RECREATION AND SERVICE GROUP OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MARY CHOW. SAID THE EVENT PROVIDED A CHANCE FOR YOUNG VILLAGERS TO ORGANISE YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND THUS HELPED ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE COMMUNITY.

“IT IS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME — SHARE THE FUN. JOIN THE COMMUNITY.” SHE SAID.

OTHER GUESTS ATTENDING THE CEREMONY INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE. MR TANG KWONG-WING, AND THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG YICK-MING AND MR WONG CHUN-WAI.

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CHILDREN’S DRAWINGS ON DISPLAY

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ABOUT 1,000 DRAWINGS BY CHILDREN FROM HONG KONG AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD WILL BE EXHIBITED IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND WAN CHAI FOR FOUR DAYS, STARTING FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE DRAWINGS FROM HONG KONG ARE PRIZE-WINNING ENTRIES IN THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN JOINT COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, SING TAO LIMITED AND THE HARBOUR JAYCEES.

THE OTHER DRAWINGS COME FROM JAPAN, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE AND TAIWAN.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN HALL A. SECOND FLOOR, HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE, WAN CHAI, AND FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS ON THE FIRST LEVEL OF NEW WORLD CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD IS INVITING ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ORGANISING ACTIVITIES BETWEEN OCTOBER AND MARCH.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR, TUNG PING BUILDING, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON, BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.

ACTIVITIES TO BE FINANCED CAN BE RECREATIONAL. CULTURAL OR SPORTS EVENTS, AND SHOULD HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:

♦ TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND SOCIAL COHESION:

» TO HELP CULTIVATE GOOD HOBBIES, INTEREST AND AROUSE THE CIVIC CONSCIOUSNESS OF RESIDENTS;

* TO HAVE EDUCATIONAL VALUE.

LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES PROVIDING INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND INVITING THEM TO APPLY FOR FUNDS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-815291.

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EFFLUENT TUNNEL SCHEME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE ISSUE OF RESUMING LAND FOR THE CREATION OF AN "EFFLUENT TUNNEL" NEAR TOLO HARBOUR AT A MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8).

ACCORDING TO A PAPER COMPILED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, ABOUT 3.700 SQUARE METRES OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAND AT FA SAM HANG WOULD HAVE TO BE DEVELOPED INTO AN ACCESS SHAFT SITE TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WASTE TUNNEL.

THE TUNNEL WILL DRAIN EFFLUENT DISCHARGED FROM THE SHA TIN AND TAI PO SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS INTO THE KAI TAK NULLAH. BYPASSING THE TOLO CATCHMENT.

MEANWHILE. A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WILL ASK THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IF THE "ELDERLY CO-TENANCY MANAGEMENT SCHEME" AND THE "MARKET MANAGEMENT SCHEME" HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND WHETHER THEY WILL BE FURTHER EXPANDED.

A CO-OPTED MEMBER WILL ASK IF LAND HAS BEEN RESERVED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS IN TAI SHUI HANG. FO TAN. SHEUNG KENG HAU. HA KENG HAU AND HIN TIN VILLAGES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR 8100,000 FOR RECONSTRUCTING THE FOOTPATH AND DRAINAGE AT KAK TIN VILLAGE.

TWO OTHER APPLICATIONS TOTALLING S26.090 BY THE PRIVATE BUILDING WORKING GROUP FOR ORGANISING A SEMINAR AND A SURVEY ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS BY VARIOUS DB WORKING GROUPS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AT HEUNG FAN LIU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR. KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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APPLICATION FOR DB GRANTS TO CLOSE ON FRIDAY

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RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS AND LOCAL BODIES WISHING TO SEEK SUBSIDIES FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD FOR ORGANISING MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATIONS MUST SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS BEFORE FRIDAY (AUGUST 11), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE SAID THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE HAD SET ASIDE A TOTAL OF $140,000 THIS FINANCIAL YEAR FOR SPONSORING FESTIVE FETES DURING MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AND LUNAR NEW YEAR.

EACH OF THE SEVEN AREAS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE ALLOCATED $18,000 TO $30,000. THE AREAS ARE ABERDEEN AND HARBOUR: POK FU LAM: TIN WAN AND SHEK PAI WAN; WAH FU; WONG CHUK HANG: AP LEI CHAU; AND STANLEY. SHEK O AND BAYS.

MEANWHILE. LOCAL ORGANISATIONS MAY ALSO APPLY FOR SUBSIDIES FROM THE COMMITTEE FOR CARRYING OUT DISTRICT-BASED COMMUNITY-BUILDING ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL, SPORTS OR OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF RESIDENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOR DETAILS OF APPLICATION PROCEDURES, APPLICANTS FOR BOTH GRANTS MIGHT REFER TO THE GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

COPIES OF THE GUIDELINES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE. SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST REACH THE SECRETARY BEFORE 5.30 PM ON FRIDAY.

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS AT A MEETING IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, AND INFORM THE APPLICANTS OF THE RESULTS.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271.

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DISCO NIGHT TO CLOSE KWUN TONG SYP *****

TICKETS FOR A DISCO NIGHT TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ARE NOW ON SALE AT $35 EACH.

THE DISCO NIGHT, TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 27 (SUNDAY) ON BOARD A FERRY, WILL BE OPEN TO 230 YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE FERRY WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIER AT 8 PM AND WILL TOUR VICTORIA HARBOUR UNTIL MIDNIGHT AND THEN RETURN TO THE KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIER.

/A SPOKESMAN ........

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 1989

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT RESPONSE TO A SIMILAR DISCO LAST YEAR WAS VERY GOOD AND THE TICKETS WERE SOLD OUT WITHIN DAYS.

HE THEREFORE ADVISED THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S DISCO TO GET THEIR TICKETS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE TICKETS ARE AVAILBLE AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:

- KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, 6 TUNG YAN STREET;

- HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUP LAM TIN YOUTH CENTRE, LAM TIN EAST COMMUNITY CENTRE, THIRD FLOOR, LAM TIN ESTATE;

- THE CHINESE YMCA SAU MAU PING CLUB, THIRD FLOOR, SAU MAU PING (SOUTH) COMMUNITY CENTRE, HIU KWONG STREET;

- HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE SHUN LEE ESTATE CENTRE, FIRST FLOOR, LEE HONG HOUSE, SHUN LEE ESTATE;

- NGAU TAU KOK CENTRE CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, 1 ON TAK ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK;

- PO YIN SOCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, BLOCK 24, YAU TONG ESTATE: AND

- THE FRIENDS OF SCOUTING KAI YIP CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 14-17 KAI CHEUNG HOUSE, KAI YIP ESTATE.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD

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THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8).

A SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, MR CHARLES CHU. WILL INTRODUCE AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE BOARD.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR HOLDING COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

/REPORTS BY

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 1989

REPORTS BY ORGANISATIONS ON ACTIVITIES HELD EARLIER UNDER DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORSHIP WILL BE STUDIED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE. WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES. CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CARRY OUT IMPROVEMENTS IN SQUATTER AREAS.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS RANGE FROM REPAIRS TO A FOOTPATH GUIDE BOARD TO BUILDING A STUDY KIOSK. AND WILL INVOLVE EXPENDITURE OF ABOUT 8133,765.

REPORTS ON PROGRESS OF MINOR WORKS PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE. AND ON MISCELLANEOUS CASES OF LANDSLIPS, MUDSLIPS. FIRES AND OTHER INCIDENTS IN SQUATTER AREAS WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE. WHICH WILL BF IN AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. KING FUK STREET.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AT PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE LEFT TURN MOVEMENT FROM PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD SOUTHBOUND INTO PERTH STREET WHICH HAS BEEN BANNED SINCE MAY WILL CONTINUE TO BE BANNED FOR ANOTHER MONTH FROM TUESDAY (AUGUST 8).

MOTORISTS ON PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR PERTH STREET ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA DUNBAR ROAD AND TWEED ROAD.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 8). THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL INTERNAL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

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

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SDA ASSURES SAI KUNG RESIDENTS ON VBP CENTRE............. 1

BARNES URGES PROTESTERS TO RECONSIDER POSITION .......... 2

REVISED ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT FOR 1987, 1988 ... 3

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN MAY...... 7

DB FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUBSIDISING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES . 11

SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS FEEDER BUS SERVICES IN TAI PO. 12

BUSES TO SERVE LAM TIN MTR STATION....................... 1?

FLAG PRESENTED TO KWAI TSING YOUTH AMBASSADORS .......... 1J

CLEAN BEACH OPERATIONS IN SAI KUNG ...................... 14

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

WATER CUTS IN KOWLOON AREAS ............................. 11*

INSTALLATION OF PARKING METERS IN YUEN LONG TOWN ........ 15

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI ...................... 15

MONDAY, AUGUST 7. 1989

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SDA ASSURES SAI KUNG RESIDENTS ON VBP CENTRE

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. MR DONALD LIAO. SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TRY ITS BEST TO ADDRESS ALL THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY SAI KUNG RESIDENTS RELATING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY DETENTION CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE NEAR THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR.

DURING A MEETING WITH TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RESIDENTS, MR LIAO SAID THE GOVERNMENT UNDERSTOOD THEIR WORRIES AND WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MINIMISE THE INCONVENIENCES TO THE PUBLIC.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE MEETING WERE SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM THE SECURITY BRANCH, THE POLICE. THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

THE RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVES WERE TOLD THAT EVERYTHING WOULD BE DONE TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY OF THE PLANNED DETENTION CENTRE. THESE INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 17-FOOT-HIGH FENCE AROUND THE CENTRE.

THE FENCE WOULD BE SEALED WITH STEEL SHEETS UP TOSEVEN FEETABOVE GROUND LEVEL. THIS WOULD DRASTICALLY REDUCE THE CHANCE OF THE FENCE BEING CUT OPEN.

AT THE MEETING, THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE MR JOHN SHEPPARD ALSO GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT THERE WOULD BE ADEQUATE MANPOWER TO POLICE THE DETENTION CENTRE AND NEARBY AREAS.

AS REGARDS RESIDENTS’ FEAR THAT THE EXISTENCE OF THE VBP CENTRE WOULD POLLUTE THE AREA, THE EPD REPRESENTATIVE SAID ALL WASTE WATER WOULD BE TREATED BEFORE IT WAS DISCHARGED INTO THE SEA. ALSO, DRY LATRINES WOULD BE PROVIDED BOTH INSIDE THE CENTRE FOR ITS INMATES AND OUTSIDE THE CENTRE FOR POSSIBLE VISITORS.

THE RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVES WERE ALSO TOLD THAT SINCE THE SITE FOR THE CENTRE WAS WELL BELOW THE DAM OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR, WASTE WATER DISCHARGED FROM THE CENTRE WOULD DEFINITELY NOT POLLUTE THE WATER IN THE RESERVOIR.

MR LIAO ALSO SPOKE OF THE URGENCY FOR CONSTRUCTING THE CENTRE.

HE SAID THE HIGH ISLAND SITE WAS URGENTLY NEEDED AND THERE WAS NO VIABLE ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE. WITH THE PRESENT RATE OF VBP ARRIVAL, FURTHER DELAYS IN CONSTRUCTING THE CENTRE WOULD PUT MOUNTING PRESSURE ON EXISTING CENTRES.

MR LIAO ASSURED THE REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS TRYING ITS BEST TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION TO THE VBP PROBLEM AND CALLED ON THEM TO SERIOUSLY RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION.

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AT A MEDIA BRIEFING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MEETING. MR LIAO TOLD REPORTERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD PROPOSED THE SETTING UP OF A SPECIAL MONITORING GROUP IN THE DISTRICT ALONG THE LINES OF THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE IN MA ON SHAN, SHA TIN TO MONITOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OPERATION OF THE DETENTION CENTRE.

THIS WOULD ENSURE THAT RESIDENTS’ VIEWS WOULD BE TAKEN INTO FULL CONSIDERATION IN THE BUILDING AND THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CENTRE, HE ADDED.

MR LIAO BELIEVED THAT THIS WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN ALLAYING THE WORRIES OF RESIDENTS.

OTHER OFFICIALS PRESENTAT TODAY’S MEETING WERE THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES. MR LEO KWAN: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, RHKPF, MR JOHN SHEPPARD; REFUGEE CO-ORDINATOR, MR MIKE HANSON: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES. MR Y.N. WU: ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR MICHAEL CHIU; AND CHIEF MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR K.K. NG.

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BARNES URGES PROTESTERS TO RECONSIDER POSITION * * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY. MR GEOFFREY BARNES. TODAY (MONDAY) CALLED ON THE PROTESTERS AT HIGH ISLAND TO REFLECT ON THEIR ACTIONS MORE CAREFULLY AND TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION.

"EVERY DAY MORE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ARE ARRIVING: WE HAVE HAD OVER 1.000 ARRIVALS IN THE LAST THREE DAYS." HE SAID.

"EVERY ADDITIONAL DAY’S DELAY IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HIGH ISLAND CENTRE IMPOSES AN EVEN GREATER BURDEN ON THE POLICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF AT OTHER CAMPS AND CENTRES.

"I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS REALLY WHAT THE CONCERNED GROUP AND THEIR SUPPORTERS WANT. I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY WISH TO MAKE LIFE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR OUR POLICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS.

"NONE OF US WANTS THIS VIETNAMESE BURDEN. BUT CIRCUMSTANCES ARE FORCING HONG KONG TO BEAR IT.

"THE HIGH ISLAND SITE IS NEEDED URGENTLY AND I AM AFRAID THAT THERE IS NO VIABLE ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE. NOR DOES TIME PERMIT OTHER SITES. EVEN IF THEY EXISTED. TO BE DEVELOPED."

/MR BARNES .......

MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 1989

MR BARNES SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS WORKING HARD TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM AND TO FIND MEANS OF SATISFYING THE WORRIES EXPRESSED BY PEOPLE ABOUT THE HIGH ISLAND SITE.

"DESPITE BEING VERY OVER-STRETCHED. GOVERNMENT STAFF ARE PERFORMING MAGNIFICENTLY IN COPING WITH THE VIETNAMESE PROBLEM." HE SAID.

"I APPEAL TO YOU TO SUPPORT THEM AND NOT TO MAKE THEIR JOB ANY

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REVISED ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT FOR 1987. 1988 * * » » *

DETAILS OF THE REVISED ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) FOR 1987 AND 1988 WERE RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY).

DETAILED FIGURES ARE GIVEN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TWO TABLES -TABLES 1 AND 2.

REVISED EXPENDITURE-BASED GDP ESTIMATES FOR 1987 AND 1988 (TABLE 1)

THE REVISED PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES OF THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF THE EXPENDITURE-BASED GDP FOR 1988 IS 7.3 PER CENT, WHICH IS VERY CLOSE TO THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF 7.4 PER CENT RELEASED IN MARCH 1989.

THE ESTIMATE OF THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE HAS BEEN REVISED UPWARDS TO 9.0 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED GROWTH RATE OF 7.8 PER CENT. THIS IS DUE TO THE UPWARD REVISION IN THE 1988 ESTIMATE AND TO THE DOWNWARD REVISION IN THE 1987 ESTIMATE.

MODERATE DOWNWARD REVISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE ESTIMATES FOR CHANGE IN STOCKS AND EXPORTS OF SERVICES. MINOR REVISIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE TO THE OTHER GDP COMPONENTS.

THE REVISED PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF THE EXPENDITURE-BASED GDP FOR 1987 IS 13.8 PER CENT. WHICH IS THE SAME AS THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE PUBLISHED IN MARCH 1989.

AN UPWARD REVISION HAS BEEN MADE TO THE ESTIMATE FOR CHANGE IN STOCKS AS A RESULT OF THE NEW DATA AVAILABLE FROM THE ANNUAL ECONOMIC SURVEYS OF THE MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION TRADE SECTORS.

THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE HAS BEEN REVISED DOWNWARDS TO 10.5 PER CENT. COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ESTIMATE OF 11.1 PER CENT.

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MINOR REVISION HAS ALSO BEEN MADE TO THE ESTIMATE FOR GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION AT CONSTANT PRICES.

REVISED PRODUCTION-BASED GDP ESTIMATES FOR 1987 (TABLE 2)

THE REVISED PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE PRODUCTION-BASED GDP AT CURRENT PRICES FOR 1987 IS $348,940 MILLION (AT FACTOR COST), WHICH HAS BEEN REVISED UPWARDS BY $2,261 MILLION OR 0.7 PER CENT COMPARED TO THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE PUBLISHED IN MARCH 1989.

RELATIVELY MORE SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE ESTIMATES FOR THE COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES AND THE OWNERSHIP OF PREMISES SECTORS IN WHICH RESPECTIVE UPWARD ADJUSTMENTS OF $1,490 MILLION AND $1,309 MILLION HAVE BEEN MADE.

IN TERMS OF PERCENTAGE CONTRIBUTIONS TO GDP, THE ESTIMATE FOR THE COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR HAS BEEN ADJUSTED UPWARDS FROM 14.9 PER CENT TO 15.3 PER CENT. AND THAT FOR THE OWNERSHIP OF PREMISES SECTOR HAS BEEN ADJUSTED UPWARDS FROM 10.0 PER CENT TO 10.3 PER CENT.

CONCURRENTLY, DOWNWARD REVISIONS IN PERCENTAGE CONTRIBUTIONS TO GDP HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR (FROM 22.1 PER CENT TO 21.7 PER CENT), THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR (FROM 18.4 PER CENT TO 18.1 PER CENT) AND THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR (FROM 23.2 PER CENT TO 23.0 PER CENT).

REVISIONS MADE TO THE OTHER ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GENERALLY INSIGNIFICANT.

THE PRODUCTION-BASED GDP ESTIMATES HAVE BEEN REVISED FOLLOWING THE AVAILABILITY OF FINAL RESULTS FROM THE ANNUAL ECONOMIC SURVEYS COVERING VARIOUS SECTORS.

THE SCHEDULE FOR PUBLISHING GDP ESTIMATES

REVISIONS OF THIS NATURE ARE PART OF THE ROUTINE PROCESS OF PRODUCING ESTIMATES OF THE GDP. THEY ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE THE DATA USED IN COMPILING THE GDP ESTIMATES ARE AVAILABLE IN STAGES AND OFTEN WITH SIGNIFICANT TIME LAGS.

AS A RESULT, THE COMPILATION OF THE PRELIMINARY GDP ESTIMATES, WHICH ARE PUBLISHED AROUND FEBRUARY/MARCH OF EACH YEAR AT THE TIME OF THE BUDGET, INVOLVES USING PARTIAL DATA FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR WITH THE DATA GAPS BEING BRIDGED BY EXTRAPOLATION AND JUDGEMENT.

OVER THE FOLLOWING TWO YEARS, INCREASINGLY COMPLETE DATA BECOME AVAILABLE AND, ACCORDINGLY. THE ESTIMATES OF THE GDP ARE REVISED AT HALF-YEARLY INTERVALS.

FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE REVISED GDP ESTIMATES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8235077.

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Table 1 : Revised ross Domestic Product (GDP) Estimates for

1987 and : - 3 _ _ ____________________________________________________

Revised Provisional Estimates for 19o7 Revised Preliminary Estimates

for 1988

at current at constant (1980) market prices market prices at current at market prices constant (1980) market prices

I .Expenditure components HKSMn hange over 1986 HK$Mn 1 ? change over 1986 HK3Mn a change over 1987 J chance over HK3Mn 1937

1. Private consumption expenditure 221,670 +15.6 138,453 + 10.5 256,565 + 15.7 150,352 +9.0

2. Government consumption expenditure 25,776 + 12.2 13,922 +4.5 29,813 + 15.7 14,640 +5.2

3. Gross domestic fixed capital formation 89,652 ->36.0 57,378 + 15.0 110,165 +22.9 60,660 +5.7

4. Change in stocks 9,418 6,153 • • 9,537 • • 5,552 • •

5. Exports of goods 378.034 >36.7 247.164 ♦32.9 493,069 *30.4 312,379 ♦26.4

6. Less Imports of goods 379.989 ♦36.9 244,623 +31.6 501,174 +31.9 309,691 +26.6

7. Exports of services 70,239 +29.4 44.443 *18.5 84,668 +20.5 50,315 + 13-2

8. Less imports of services 46,623 4-18.7 33,742 +15.8 55,330 + 18.7 38,905 + 15.3

GDP 368,177 +22.4 229,148 +13.3 427,313 + 16.1 245,812 +7.3

Per capita GDP ($) 65,539 *20.6 90,822 + 12.2 75,214 +14.7 43,267 +6.0

II. Deflators Index (1980=100) 5 change over 1986 £ Index 1980=100) $ change over 1987

1. GDP deflator 160.7 +7.6 173.8 +8.2

2. Domestic demand deflator* 160.5 +7.9 175.3 +9.2

* The domestic demand deflator provides a general measure of domestic inflation. Domestic demand is defined to include private consumption expenditure, government con.‘••/a pt ion expenditure, gross domestic fixed capital formation and change in stocks.

.. Not applicable

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Table 2 : Revised Production-based Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Estimates for

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Revised Provisional Estimates for 1987 ______________at current prices

Economic Sectors HK$Mn J change over 1986 a contribution to total GDP (at factor cost)

1. Agriculture and fishing 1,358 *2.0 C.4

II. Mining and quarrying 257 -25.7 0. 1

III. Manufacturing ■ ..n<.. 75,761 *20.7 21.7

IV. Electricity, gas and water 9.691 *15.6 2.8

V. Construction 16, *400 +21.0 4.7

VI. Wholesale, retail and import/export trades, restaurants and hotels 80,392 *34.2 23.0

VII. Transport, storage and communication 30,272 ..... +32.2 8.7

VIII. Financing, insurance, real estate and business services 63,353 *30.4 18.1

IX. Community, social and personal services 53,254 ♦ 13-8 15.3

X. Ownership of premises 35,93*4 *19.6 10.3

XI. Nominal sector (adjustment for financial services) -17,732 • • -5.1

GDP at factor cost (production-based estimate) 348,9*40 *23.9 100.0

Indirect taxes less subsidies 18,649 +26.4

GDP at market prices (production-based estimate) .• Not applicable 367,589 *24.1

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN MAY *****

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 4 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1989 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 18 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE IS DERIVED FROM THE GROWTH IN TRADE VALUES, HAVING DISCOUNTED THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

AS REGARDS PRICE CHANGES OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO IMPORT PRICE INDEX) ROSE BY 1 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 AVAILABLE.

COMPARING THE MONTH OF MAY 1989 WITH MAY 1988, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT, AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT. HENCE, TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND REEXPORTS TOGETHER, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME ALSO INCREASED BY 19 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR MAY 1989 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1. THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, INCLUDING RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-48 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-42 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (-22 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-15 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (-12 PER CENT); AND TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-7 PER CENT).

NEVERTHELESS, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+34 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+10 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+10 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+9 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+3 PER CENT); AND CLOTHING (+1 PER CENT).

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PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988. THESE INCLUDED METAL MANUFACTURES (+11 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+8 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+7 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+4 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+4 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+2 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+2 PER CENT); AND FOOTWEAR (+2 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-9 PER CENT): AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-1 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF TEXTILE FABRICS; AND RADIOS OF ALL KINDS REMAINED UNCHANGED.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR MAY 1989 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF WHEAT AND FLOUR; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS: AND CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR. HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TEA AND COFFEE: AND SWINE.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 29 PER CENT. THE COMMODITY ITEMS WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED FOOTWEAR; AND RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; AND CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE BY 13 PER CENT IN MAY 1989 COMPARED’WITH MAY 1988. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW COTTON: MAN-MADE FIBRES; AND IRON AND STEEL. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS; BASE METALS. OTHER THAN IRON AND STEEL: AND CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 42 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY. THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT IN MAY 1989 OVER MAY 1988.

THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY; TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT: AND OFFICE MACHINES. A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SCIENTIFIC. MEDICAL, OPTICAL. MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS.

COMPARING MAY 1989 WITH MAY 1988. IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED: FUELS (+10 PER CENT): CONSUMER GOODS (+5 PER CENT): FOODSTUFFS (+4 PER CENT): RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+3 PER CENT): AND CAPITAL GOODS (+2 PER CENT).

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, WITH THE PERCENTAGE INCREASES RANGING FROM 9 PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO 90 PER CENT FOR FUELS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 19 PER CENT.

PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES AND FOODSTUFFS BOTH INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT IN MAY 1989 COMPARED WITH MAY 1988. RE-EXPORT PRICES OF CAPITAL GOODS ROSE BY 7 PER CENT: WHILE THOSE OF CONSUMER GOODS AND FUELS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE MAY 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS" WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND AUGUST 10 AT t2.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT 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 INDEXES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO.: 5-8234918).

TABLE 1: : INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING MAY WITH MAY 1989 1988 COMPARING WITH JAN-MAY JAN-MAY 1989 1988

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME % % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

CLOTHING 3 2 1 6 1 5

TEXTILE FABRICS 10 10 6 -1 7

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 13 2 10 17 1 15

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES 8 -7 -12 6 -17

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS -48 -48 -45 t -45

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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 22 -9 34 24 -6 31

FOOTWEAR -20 2 -22 -16 1 -17

METAL MANUFACTURES -2 11 -12 13 11 1

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 14 4 9 28 4 24

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 -1 3 5 1 4

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -11 4 -15 -12 3 -14

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -38 7 -42 -24 7 -29

ALL COMMODITIES 2 3 -1 7 3 4

IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

TABLE 2: INCREASES IN

END-USE CATEGORY COMPARING MAY 1989 WITH MAY 1988 COMPARING JAN-MAY 1989 WITH JAN-MAY 1988

VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME

% %

FOODSTUFFS 5 4 2 16 3 12

CONSUMER GOODS 35 5 29 35 5 28

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 17 3 13 22 4 18

FUELS 57 10 42 36 6 28

CAPITAL GOODS 20 2 17 29 3 25

ALL COMMODITIES 23 4 19 27 4 22

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TABLE 3: INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING MAY 1989 COMPARING JAN-MAY 1989

WITH MAY 1988 WITH JAN-MAY 1988

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS -12 8 -19 15 7 8

CONSUMER GOODS 45 5 38 46 5 40

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 18 8 9 28 8 19

FUELS 93 2 90 52 -1 55

CAPITAL GOODS 37 7 28 53 7 43

ALL COMMODITIES 31 7 22 38 6 30

NOTE FOR TABLES 1 TO 3:

» INSIGNIFICANT. I.E . LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

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DB FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUBSIDISING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

ORGANISATIONS IN THE SHAM SHU1 PO DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR HOLDING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THOSE ACTIVITIES SHOULD AIM AT ENHANCING COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND SOCIAL COHESION, AND PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF THOSE LIVING. WORKING OR STUDYING IN THE DISTRICT.

FUNDS MAY BE SPENT ON CULTURAL. RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITIONS. SURVEYS OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL EVENTS. HE ADDED.

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE HAS SENT MORE THAN 1,000 LETTERS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS INVITING THEM TO APPLY FOR FUNDS.

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APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET, AND AT ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS SEPTEMBER 26.

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE’S VETTING SUB-COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON NOVEMBER 15 TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS. APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RESULTS IN WRITING.

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SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS FEEDER BUS SERVICES IN TAI PO

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9) TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS CONCERNING FREE FEEDER BUS SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

TAXI AND MAXICAB OPERATORS IN THE DISTRICT EARLIER COMPLAINED THAT THEIR BUSINESS HAD BEEN SERIOUSLY AFFECTED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF TWO KCRC FEEDER BUS ROUTES BETWEEN THE RAILWAY STATION AND THE DENSELY POPULATED KWONG FUK AND FU SHIN ESTATES IN APRIL.

THEY SUGGESTED THAT THE TWO ROUTES BE SUSPENDED DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE. 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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BUSES TO SERVE LAM TIN MTR STATION »»*««»

BUS SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE LAM TIN TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AT LAM TIN ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9). A TRANSPORT DEPARTMEN I SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL INTRODUCE A NEW ROUTE. NO. 93M. BETWEEN PO LAM ESTATE AT TSEUNG KWAN O AND LAM TIN MTR STATION AT A BASIC FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES.

THE SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY DURING PEAK HOURS. FROM 6.15 AM TO 9 AM AND FROM 4.15 PM TO 7 PM.

IN ADDITION. A GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 24M WILL OPERATE DAILY BETWEEN LEI YUE MUN (SAM KA TSUEN1 AND LAM TIN MTR STATION AT A BASIC FREQUENCY OF SEVEN MINUTES. FROM 6.12 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

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FLAG PRESENTED TO KWAI TSI NG YOUTH AMBASSADORS ♦ t » t t

TEN YOUTH AMBASSADORS FROM KWAI TSI NG DISTRICT. WHO ARE GOING ON A SIX-DAY VISIT TO SINGAPORE AS THEIR PRIZE FOR WINNING AN ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE. WERE PRESENTED A FLAG TODAY (MONDAY 1.

THE FLAG WAS PRESENTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMPETITION. AND KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER. MR CHAN KWOK-WAI. WHO NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN OVER 300 PARTICIPANTS IN THE COMPETITION.

THE YOUTH AMBASSADORS. AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 24. WILL LEAVE FOR SINGAPORE ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10) AND RETURN ON AUGUST 15. THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PHILIP CHAN. AND A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. MR WAN HING-YUEN.

DURING THEIR TOUR. THEY WILL VISIT THE PEOPLE ASSOCIATION. MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. A COMMUNITY CENTRE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE POST. AND MEET YOUNG PEOPLE FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGES.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER. MR PAUL TANG. SAID RESPONSE TO THE ESSAY COMPETITION, HELD FOR THE THIRD TIME, HAD BEEN ENCOURAGING.

THE YOUNG AMBASSADORS HAD ALSO ACQUIRED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS THROUGH A SERIES OF SEMINARS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE. MR TANG ADDED.

HE HOPED THAT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE COULD BE TRAINED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUTH AMBASSADOR ACTIVITIES.

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CLEAN BEACH OPERATIONS IN SAI KUNG

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TWO CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AIMED AT AROUSING RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS TOOK PLACE AT THE LITTLE PALM AND A KUNG WAN BEACHES IN SAI KUNG TODAY (MONDAY).

THE OPERATIONS WERE ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TODAY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE. MR HO KOON-SHUN: CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN. MR EDWARD PONG: SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MISS LISA CHAN; AND THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. MR LAM CH I-CHUNG.

OTHER ACTIVITIES BEING PLANNED BY THE BOARD'S WORKING GROUP ON KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN INCLUDE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AT TIU KENG LENG, PAK SHA WAN, TSEUNG KWAN O, TAI TAU CHAU. TIN HA WAN AND MA LAM WAT. AND A CLEAN VILLAGE COMPETITION.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 59.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 346.731 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 191.519 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER. REPRESENTING 32.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUTS IN KOWLOON AREAS t « » *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN MONG KOK WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY 31-59 WATERLOO ROAD. 1-28 KWONG WA STREET. 1-11 AND 2-4 KWONG YUNG STREET. 1-49 AND 2-28 YIN CHONG STREET. 20-124 SOY STREET. 41-91 DUNDAS STREET. 1-5 AND 2-24 FA YUEN STREET. 1-7 AND 2-22 TUNG CHOI STREET, 1-2 SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND 508-608 NATHAN ROAD,

ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10), SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN KOWLOON EAST WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT WATERMAIN MAINTENANCE WORK.

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THE SUSPENSION <ILi T HUNG HOM. TO KWA WAN, TUNG TAU, WONG TAI SIN, LOK FU. JORDAN LEY, WANG TAU HOM, FU SHAN. CHUK YUEN, KOWLOON TONG, FUNG WONG SAN C-> TSZ WAN SHAN, DIAMOND HILL, NGAU CHI WAN. KOWLOON CITY. MA TAU VAI AND MA TAU KOK.

ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISE’ -N KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

THE AREA AFFECTED INCLUDED KWAI SHING ESTATE (EAST AND WEST I AND THE WHOLE KWAI SHING CIRCUIT.

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INSTALLATION or PARKING METERS IN YUEN LONG TOWN

THE PARKING METERS INSTALLED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT FUNG KWAN STREET IN YUEN LONG TOWN WILL GO INTO OPERATION ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 9).

THERE ARE 61 PARKING METERS. FIFTY-TWO ARE TWO-HOUR METERS CHARGING $1 i ER HALF HOUR FOR PRIVATE CARS. AND NINE ARE ONE-HOUR METERS CHAI ING 50 CENTS PER HALF-HOUR FOR GOODS VEHICLES.

THE METRES WILL BE IN USE FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM DAILY. EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN CONNECTION WITH THE RECONSTRUCTION OF GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER. TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 1 AM TO 5.30 AM DAILY BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY (AUGUST 9 AND 11).

THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE :

- THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF GASCOIGNE ROAD BETWEEN WYLIE ROAD AND JORDAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED.

- CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE NO. 122 WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA HONG CHONG ROAD. CHATHAM ROAD NORTH. CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH. AUSTIN ROAD. COX’S ROAD. JORDAN ROAD. GASCOIGNE ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD ON JOURNEYS TO MEI FOO.

- MOTORISTS ON SOUTHBOUND CHATHAM ROAD NORTH HEADING FOR

WESTBOUND GASCOIGNE ROAD ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA CHATHAM

ROAD NORTH CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH. AUSTIN ROAD. COX’S ROAD.

JORDAN ROAD ■'-ND GASCOIGNE ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ROLE OF ATLA EXPLAINED........................o r................ 1

SWIMMERS GIVEN SAFETY ADVICE ON DANGEROUS FISH.................. 2

SPECIAL DB MEETING ON SHEK KONG VBP CENTRE...................... 4

BUS SERVICE IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 ON AGENDA.......................... 4

MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITTED FROM JPC....................... 5

GREEN MINIBUSES TO SERVE LAM TIN MTR STATION..................... 5

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED..................... 6

NIGHT ROAD CLOSURES IN WESTERN, WAN CHAI......................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON CITY............................. 9

LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN..............e.......................... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN TAI PO ROAD.............................. 10

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1989

ROLE OF ATLA EXPLAINED ♦ * * I

CONCERNING A LICENCE APPLICATION MADE TO THE AIR TRANSPORT LICENSING AUTHORITY (ATLA) TO OPERATE SCHEDULED SERVICES TO VIETNAM, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CLARIFIED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT HONG KONG AIRLINES WISHING TO APPLY TO THE ATLA FOR LICENCES TO OPERATE SCHEDULED SERVICES MAY DO SO AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION AND NO PRIOR GOVERNMENT PERMISSION IS REQUIRED.

"THE ATLA IS AN INDEPENDENT STATUTORY BODY FOR DETERMINING APPLICATIONS FROM HONG KONG AIRLINES FOR LICENCES TO OPERATE SCHEDULED SERVICES FROM HONG KONG.

“THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE ATLA FOR DETERMINING A LICENCE APPLICATION ARE LAID DOWN IN THE AIR TRANSPORT (LICENSING OF AIR SERVICES) REGULATIONS," HE SAID.

IN BROAD TERMS, THE AUTHORITY MUST HAVE REGARD TO THE CO-ORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF AIR SERVICES CONSISTENT WITH THE OBJECT OF ENSURING THE MOST EFFECTIVE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC WHILE AVOIDING UNECONOMICAL OVERLAPPING OF SERVICES, HE ADDED.

"THE INDEPENDENT NATURE OF THE AUTHORITY IS MADE CLEAR IN ITS WRITTEN DECISION OF JANUARY 23, 1986 ---- IF THE AUTHORITY CONSIDERS THAT A CASE HAS BEEN MADE OUT FOR A LICENCE FOR A PARTICULAR ROUTE, IT WILL GRANT THE LICENCE IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE NECESSARY TRAFFIC RIGHTS TO EXERCISE IT ARE AVAILABLE AND IRRESPECTIVE OF THE VIEW WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT MAY TAKE WITH REGARD TO DESIGNATING HONG KONG AIRLINES FOR THE ROUTE IN QUESTION," THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

"APART FROM OBTAINING A LICENCE FROM THE ATLA, AN AIRLINE COULD NOT COMMENCE SCHEDULED SERVICES ON THE ROUTE CONCERNED BEFORE THE NECESSARY TRAFFIC RIGHTS HAD BEEN NEGOTIATED AT GOVERNMENT LEVEL AND IT HAD BEEN DESIGNATED TO OPERATE THE SERVICE.

"AT PRESENT, NO AIR SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS COVERING SCHEDULED SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND VIETNAM EXIST.

"THUS, EVEN IF THE ATLA APPROVED A LICENCE APPLICATION BY A HONG KONG AIRLINE TO SERVE VIETNAM, THE LAUNCHING OF SCHEDULED SERVICES WOULD STILL BE SUBJECT TO INTER-GOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS AND THE GRANTING OF THE NECESSARY TRAFFIC RIGHTS," HE SAID.

THE FACT THAT HONG KONG AIRLINES ARE MAKING APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES FROM THE ATLA FOR SCHEDULED SERVICES TO VIETNAM IN NO WAY INDICATES THAT THERE IS ANY COMMITMENT ON THE PART OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO DESIGNATE AND TO SEEK THE NECESSARY RIGHTS FOR SUCH SERVICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SWIMMERS GIVEN SAFETY ADVICE ON DANGEROUS FISH ♦ » * » *

A GOVERNMENT FISHERIES EXPERT THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING ADVISED PEOPLE TO SWIM ONLY AT GAZETTED BEACHES AS AN IMPORTANT PRECAUTION AGAINST AN ATTACK BY' SUCH DANGEROUS SEA CREATURES AS SHARKS. BARRACUDAS AND MORAY EELS.

THE SENIOR FISHERIES OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. DR PAUL MAK. SAID THAT SWIMMERS' SAFETY WAS BETTER PROTECTED AT GAZETTED BEACHES.

THIS WAS BECAUSE LIFEGUARDS THERE WOULD SOUND THE ALARM WHEN SEA CREATURES WERE SIGHTED AND IF ANY SWIMMER WAS UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE ATTACKED. HE COULD GET IMMEDIATE HELP.

"TRY NOT TO SWIM AT NIGHT BECAUSE YOU WILL LOSE THE SAFEGUARD WHICH YOU GET DURING THE DAY TIME.

"ALTHOUGH THE CHANCE OF AN- INCIDENT INVOLVING THESE SEA CREATURES AT PUBLIC BEACHES IS VERY REMOTE. PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BEST," HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A DINNER GATHERING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. DR MAK SAID THERE HAD BEEN THREE CONFIRMED SIGHTINGS OF SHARKS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. TWO IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT AND THE OTHER IN SAI KUNG.

ALTHOUGH THERE HAD ALSO BEEN ALLEGED SHARK SIGHTINGS IN MIRS BAY' AREA, THERE WERE NO OFFICIAL RECORDS TO CONFIRM THESE.

"THE ONLY FATAL SHARK ATTACK IN THE PAST 10 YEARS OCCURRED IN AUGUST 1979 IN A NON-GAZETTED BEACH AT HOI HA, SAI KUNG.

"ALL THESE HAPPENINGS HAVE INDICATED THAT SHARKS ARE MORE COMMON IN WATERS TO THE EAST AND SOUTH OF HONG KONG," DR MAK SAID.

AT PRESENT, MORE THAN 350 SPECIES OF SHARKS ARE KNOWN IN THE WORLD AND EIGHT ARE CONSIDERED MOST DANGEROUS. THESE ARE THE GREAT WHITE. THE TIGER. THE HAMMERHEAD, THE ATLANTIC MAKO, THE DUSKY, THE WHITE TIP, THE BULL, AND THE LEMON SHARKS.

DR MAK SAID: "SHARKS ARE VERY MOBILE AND HONG KONG IS WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF SIX OF THE EIGHT MOST DANGEROUS SPECIES. INCLUDING THE GREAT WHITE.

"THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS CONDUCTED MANY FISHING OPERATIONS AND THE RECORDS SHOW THAT AT LEAST FOUR SPECIES HAVE BEEN CAUGHT INSIDE HONG KONG TERRITORIAL WATERS AND THEY ARE ALL SMALL-SIZED AND HARMLESS.

"IN MORE DISTANT AND OFFSHORE WATERS. WE HAVE CAUGHT 27 SPECIES AND SIX OF THEM. INCLUDING THE TIGER SHARK. ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS."

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HE POINTED OUT THAT SHARKS ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO THE SMELL OF BLOOD AND VIBRATION IN THE WATER AND A HUNGRY SHARK CLEARLY IS MORE PRONE TO ATTACK HUMANS.

“MY ADVICE FOR SWIMMERS IS THAT APART FROM SWIMMING ONLY IN GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE DAY TIME. THEY SHOULD NOT WEAR SHINY ORNAMENTS BECAUSE FLICKERING LIGHT MAY ATTRACT SHARKS AND THEY SHOULD ALSO CHECK FOR WOUNDS OR BLEEDING BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER. IF THERE IS BLEEDING. GET OUT OF THE WATER QUICKLY.

“IF YOU ENCOUNTER A SHARK IN THE WATER. NEVER PANIC AND NEVER TRY TO OUTSWIM IT BECAUSE YOU CANNOT. REMAIN MOTIONLESS AND DO NOT TREAD WATER AS SHARKS ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO VIBRATION AND ANYTHING STRUGGLING IN THE WATER IS A POTENTIAL PREY.

“FACE THE SHARK HEAD-ON TO PRESENT A MINIMAL TARGET. SHARKS ARE QUITE SHORT-SIGHTED AND CHANCES ARE THAT THEY WILL MISS YOU. IF YOU ARE REALLY DESPERATE. STAB THE SHARK IN ITS MOST VULNERABLE PART. ITS EYES,” DR MAK SAID.

NEXT ON THE LIST OF BITER SEA CREATURES ARE BARRACUDA AND MORAY EELS. BOTH OF WHICH HAVE VERY SHARP TEETH.

“THERE ARE 20 DIFFERENT TYPES OF BARRACUDA. FORTUNATELY, MOST OF THEM, INCLUDING THE TWO SPECIES FOUND IN LOCAL WATER. ARE RELATIVELY SMALL AND HENCE MUCH LESS DANGEROUS THAN THE TWO-METRE-LONG GREAT BARRACUDA. FOUND IN THE WEST INDIES. BRAZIL AND FLORIDA. WHICH HUNT BY SIGHT AND SMELL AND ATTACK ANYTHING ENTERING THE WATER." HE SAID.

SO FAR. HE WENT ON. THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY REPORT OF AN ATTACK BY BARRACUDA ON LOCAL SWIMMERS.

"TO PREVENT A BARRACUDA ATTACK, THE SAFETY HINTS ABOUT SHARKS ARE ALSO APLICABLE." HE ADDED.

TURNING TO MORAY EELS, DR MAK SAID THAT AS A MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR 15 YEARS, HE HAD NEVER IMAGINED MORAY EELS ATTACKING SWIMMERS UNTIL EARLY LAST MONTH WHEN TWO SWIMMERS WERE BITTEN IN DEEP WATER BAY.

MORAY EELS ARE EEL-LIKE FISH AND ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE COMMON WHITE AND YELLOW EELS IN THAT THEY HAVE VERY SHARP TEETH AND NO PECTORAL FINS.

"MORAY EELS NORMALLY LIVE IN ROCK CREVICES, AMBUSHING PREY AS THEY SWIM PAST. UNDER VERY UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THEY MAY COME OUT OF THEIR LAIR AND SWIM NEAR THE WATER SURFACE.

"DESPITE THE FACT THAT MORAY EELS ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS TO SWIMMERS. IF PEOPLE ONLY SWIM IN GAZETTED BEACHES AND DO NOT SWIM NEAR ROCK CREVICES. THE CHANCE OF A MORAY EEL ATTACK IS VERY SLIM.

"AFTER ALL. THE NUMBER OF ATTACKS BY SEA CREATURES IS INFINITESTIMALLY SMALL COMPARED WITH OTHER FORMS OF ACCIDENTS ON LAND," DR MAK SAID.

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SPECIAL DB MEETING ON SHEK KONG VBP CENTRE * t » » *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10) TO DISCUSS RECENT EVENTS IN THE SHEK KONG DETENTION CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SECURITY BRANCH AND THE POLICE WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE LATEST SITUATION IN THE CAMP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD SPECIAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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BUS SERVICE IN TSEUNG KWAN O ON AGENDA t » * » «

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE STANDARD OF BUS SERVICE IN TSEUNG KWAN O AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW THE REVISED SAI KUNG TOWN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE. WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM. SECOND FLOOR. SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES. CHAN MAN STREET. SAI KUNG TOWN.

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MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITTED FROM JPC

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OVER THE PAST YEARS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE BENEFITTED FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL (JPC). THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR RAYMON ANNING. SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF KWUN TONG JPC CLUBHOUSE TO MARK THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF JPC.

"CURRENTLY, THERE ARE SOME 165,000 MEMBERS AND OVER 17.000 LEADERS PARTICIPATING IN JUNIOR POLICE CALL ACTIVITIES. LIKE THEIR PREDECESSORS, THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED," HE SAID.

THE NEW KWUN TONG CLUBHOUSE AT TSUI NAM HOUSE. TSUI PING ESTATE, PROVIDES SPACE FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, FITNESS TRAINING, A STUDY ROOM, AN OFFICE AND CONFERENCE FACILITIES.

TODAY, JPC MEMBERSHIP IN THE DISTRICT EXCEEDS 8,000 ACTIVE MEMBERS AND 500 LEADERS WHICH PROVIDES A FOCAL POINT FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN AREA SUCH AS FIGHT CRIME, ROAD SAFETY, SPORTING ACTIVITIES AND ASSISTING IN CHARITABLE WORK BENEFITTING THE AGED, SICK AND HANDICAPPED.

MR ANNING SAID, "JUNIOR POLICE CALL CANNOT CONTINUE, AND INDEED EXPAND, ON THE EFFORTS OF THE POLICE AND GOVERNMENT ALONE.

"IT IS A PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND WHICH CAN ONLY OPERATE WITH ACTIVE SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY."

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE POLICE REGIONAL COMMANDER KOWLOON, MR A.J. MULLINS: DISTRICT COMMANDER KWUN TONG. MR A.W. HIGGINBOTTOM; CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH, MR DENNIS COLLINS: AND THE FIVE HONORARY PRESIDENTS OF JPC KWUN TONG, MR WONG WAH-SANG, MR LUI CHEE-WOO, MR LAM HANG-FAI, MR EDDIE LAMB AND MR MAU KE-ON.

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GREEN MINIBUSES TO SERVE LAM TIN MTR STATION

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GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 24 OPERATING BETWEEN

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YUE

AND 24M FOR

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THF. GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NU. ---

LAM TIN ESTATE WILL BE RENUMBERED FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AS _ ______w.-rmi* mtt« rvnvxiTKin ni? i.AM TTN MTR STATION* A SPOKESMAN

TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF LAM TIN MTR STATION.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID.

GMB

PASSENGERS FROM LAM TIN ESTATE AND THOSE USING THE GMB SERVICE WISHING TO CONNECT WITH TRAIN SERVICES MAY STILL ESCALATOR CONNECTION BETWEEN THE ESTATE AND THE STATI . .

EXISTING

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HOWEVER. TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC, SUPPLEMENTARY JOURNEYS ON ROUTE NO. 24M WILL ALSO OPERATE DIRECT BETWEEN LEI YUE MUN AND LAM TIN STATION WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THESE SUPPLEMENTARY JOURNEYS WILL OPERATE EVERY 10 MINUTES EXCEPT DURING PEAK HOURS WHEN THE FREQUENCY WILL BE SEVEN MINUTES.

COMMENTING ON THE REQUEST FROM RED MINIBUS OPERATORS TO PICK UP AND SET DOWN PASSENGERS ON LEI YUE MUN ROAD OUTSIDE LAM TIN STATION, WHICH IS PERMITTED AT PRESENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID LEI YUE MUN ROAD WOULD BECOME A BUSY' TRUNK ROAD WHEN THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING IS OPENED.

FOR SAFETY AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT REASONS, IT IS THE DEPARTMENT’S INTENTION TO DECLARE THIS ROAD AN URBAN CLEARWAY.

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HOWEVER, ALTERNATIVE FACILITIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT SAI CHO WAN TO ENABLE RED MINIBUSES TO PICK UP AND SET DOWN PASSENGERS NEAR LAM TIN STATION.

CONSIDERATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO ALLOW RED MINIBUSES TO STOP AT THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE OPPOSITE LAM TIN MTR STATION. FACILITIES THERE ARE OF LIMITED CAPACITY AND COULD NOT COPE WITH THE LARGE NUMBER OF RED MINIBUSES IN ADDITION TO THE KMB BUSES. TAXIS AND GREEN MINIBUSES WHICH WILL BE USING THIS TERMINUS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID RED MINIBUS OPERATORS HAVE THEIR OWN CHOICES OF OPERATING ROUTES, FREQUENCIES AND FARES, PROVIDED THEY MAKE USE OF THE NON-RESTRICTED AREAS FOR BOARDING AND ALIGHTING PASSENGERS.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSION WITH THE RED MINIBUS OPERATORS TO CLEAR UP ANY MISUNDERSTANDING.

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED

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GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) CONTAINS LEGAL N0?S 5o THE EFFECT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AUTHORISED A DECREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON

TAX

CERTIFICATES.

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RESERVE

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FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WILL BE 6.84 PER CENT (TAX FREE) PER CENT (TAX FREE).

, THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE

INTEREST

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE $0.57 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 TOMORROW.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE TOMORROW WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS:

2.76 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 20, 1988 AND BEFORE APRIL 13, 1988: FEBRUARY

3.36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1988 AND BEFORE MAY 11, 1988; APRIL 13,

4.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1988 AND BEFORE JUNE 16, 1988; MAY 11,

4.8 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1988 AND BEFORE JUNE 29, 1988; JUNE 16,

5.28 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1988 AND BEFORE JULY 27, 1988; JUNE 29,

5.76 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1988 AND BEFORE AUGUST 17, 1988; JULY 27,

6.36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 17, 1988 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 7, 1988;

6.84 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 7, 1988 AND BEFORE FEBRUARY 15, 1989: DECEMBER

7.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 15, 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH 8. 1989: FEBRUARY

7.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH 22, 1989; MARCH 8, )

8.28 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1989 AND BEFORE JUNE 22, 1989; MARCH 22.

7.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1989 AND BEFORE JULY 12, 1989: AND JUNE 22,

7.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1989 AND BEFORE AUGUST 9, 1989. JULY 12,

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BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

EXAMPLE:

$1,000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON AUGUST 11, 1989, SEPTEMBER 11, 1989

AND OCTOBER 11, 1989 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON NOVEMBER 10, 1989 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

ON $1,000, AUGUST 11, 1989 TO NOVEMBER 10, 1989

3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $5.70 PER MONTH =$17.10

ON $1,000, SEPTEMBER 11, 1989 TO NOVEMBER 10, 1989

2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $5.70 PER MONTH =$11.40

ON $1,000, OCTOBER 11. 1989 TO NOVEMBER 10. 1989

1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $5.70 PER MONTH =$ 5.70

$34.20

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NIGHT ROAD CLOSURES IN WESTERN, WAN CHAI »»*»*»

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11 PM AND 5 AM THE NEXT DAY FROM THURSDAY (AUGUST 10) FOR TWO NIGHTS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIGDE.

* CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN KA ON STREET AND CHIU KWONG STREET:

» WATER STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST:

» HILL ROAD FLYOVER: AND

* WATER STREET EXTENSION.

DURING THE CLOSURES. CHIU KWONG STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

MOTORISTS ON POK FU LAM ROAD ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD WEST. WATER STREET. DES VOUEX ROAD WEST AND CHIU KWONG STREET TO JOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

MOTORISTS FROM KENNEDY TOWN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED EITHER VIA DES VOEUX ROAD WEST OR VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST. KA ON STREET. DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CHIU KWONG STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

IN WAN CHAI. FLEMING ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND HARBOUR ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FROM 30 MINUTES PAST MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM ON THURSDAY TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR HARBOUR ROAD AND CONVENTION AVENUE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TONNOCHY ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON CITY

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10). THE SECTION OF TUNG FAT ROAD BETWEEN TUNG KWONG ROAD AND TUNG LUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN CONNECTION WITH PHASE VI OF THE TUNG TAU ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

AS A RESULT. THE EXISTING BUS TERMINUS FOR KMB ROUTE 2D ON TUNG FAT ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED.

A NEW TERMINUS WILL BE REPROVISIONED ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUNG LUNG ROAD OUTSIDE THE TUNG TAU MARKET AND COOKED FOOD STALLS.

CONSEQUENTLY. BUSES ON KMB ROUTE 2D. ON JOURNEYS TO TUNG TAU ESTATE. WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LOK SIN ROAD AND TUNG LUNG ROAD.

MINIBUSES ON GREEN MINIBUS (GMB) ROUTE 33. ON JOURNEYS TO FU SHAN. WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LOK SIN ROAD. TUNG LUNG ROAD AND TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD.

MINIBUSES ON GMB ROUTE 39M, ON JOURNEYS TO LOK FU, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD. TUNG LUNG ROAD, LOK SIN ROAD. CHOI HUNG ROAD, TAI SHING STREET AND TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME. TUNG KWONG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

VEHICLES ON LOK SIN ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR TUNG FAT ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LOK SIN ROAD. CHOI HUNG ROAD, TAI SHING STREET, TAI TUNG STREET AND TUNG FAT ROAD.

MOREOVER, VEHICLES ON TUNG FAT ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR TUNG LUNG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TUNG FAT ROAD. TUNG KWONG ROAD, LOK SIN ROAD AND TUNG LUNG ROAD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK, SECTIONS OF SHA TIN ROAD (NORTHBOUND) IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED.

ABOUT 800 METRES OF THE FAST LANE SOUTH OF TAI PO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (AUGUST 10 AND 11) FROM 7 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

ABOUT 300 METRES OF THE SLOW LANE OPPOSITE CITY ONE SHATIN WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 PM ON AUGUST 23 (WEDNESDAY) TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN TAI PO ROAD * « * »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF GANTRY SIGNS ON TAI PO ROAD NEAR TAI WAI IN SHA TIN. THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD LINKING MEI TIN ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10).

DURING THE CLOSURE. MOTORISTS IN MEI TIN ROAD HEADING FOR TUNG LO WAN SHAN ROAD ARE ADVISED TO USE CH1K WAN STREET AND LOWER SHING MUN ROAD TO REJOIN TAI PO ROAD NORTHBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME. MOTORISTS IN MEI TIN ROAD HEADING FOR TAI PO ARE ADVISED TO USE CHE KUNG MIU ROAD. TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND SHA TIN ROAD TO REJOIN TAI PO ROAD NORTHBOUND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9. 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

URBCO COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG................ 1

DIRECTOR OF TRADE TALKS OF DANGER OF BILATERALISM............. 2

FS VISITS PRINTING PLANT IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ......... 3

CSD SETS UP SPECIAL RECRUITMENT COUNTER....................... 4

DB WORKING GROUP TO PRESENT HOUSING PROBLEM REPORT ........... 4

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES .. 5

LONG DISTANCE RUNNING PROGRAMME IN SOUTHERN .................. 6

GOVT LAND TO LET BY TINDER ................................... 7

LANE CLOSURE IN SHA TIN ...................................... 7

WEIGHT LIMIT ON ROAD IN TUEN MUN ............................. 8

TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF TUNNEL EXIT ROAD................... 8

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URBCO COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG

THE URBAN COUNCIL AND ITS EXECUTIVE ARM, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER CITY OF HONG KONG THROUGH THE PROVISION OF FIRST-CLASS MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES FOR ITS FOUR MILLION URBAN RESIDENTS, THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JAMES SO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WEST, MR SO SAID THIS WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AT A CRUCIAL TIME WHEN THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF THE TERRITORY DEPENDED ON THE HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT OF ITS PEOPLE.

"ONE OF THE PRIME OBJECTIVES OF THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TO IMPROVE THE LIFESTYLE OF THE URBAN DWELLERS BY PROVIDING MODERN FACILITIES AND VENUES ON ALL FRONTS UNDER ITS CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME," MR SO SAID.

"THESE FACILITIES RANGE FROM THE VERY BASIC SUCH AS REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, MARKETS AND COOKED-FOOD CENTRES TO THE FINER THING OF LIFE LIKE PARKS AND GARDENS, SWIMMING POOLS, PERFORMING VENUES, MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND EVEN A ZOO," HE ADDED.

IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE COUNCIL SPENTS SI.33 BILLION ON MORE THAN 100 PROJECTS INCLUDING THE MAGNIFICENT HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE, THE FIRST URBAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN LEI YUE MUN PARK, CHOI HUNG ROAD PLAYGROUND AND THE FA YUEN STREET COMPLEX.

"OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE COUNCIL WILL SPEND ANOTHER S3 BILLION ON 300 CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS AND SOME OF THE MORE PROMINENT ONES ARE THE HONG KONG PARK AT THE FORMER VICTORIA BARRACKS IN CENTRAL, THE FIRST EVER UC LEISURE POOL IN HAMMER HILL ROAD AND THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN TSIM SHA TSUI," MR SO NOTED.

WHILE PLANNING THESE FACILITIES, MR SO POINTED OUT, THE COUNCIL ADOPTED A FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO MAXIMISE USAGE OF THE LIMITED LAND RESOURCES.

"A UNIQUE EXAMPLE IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTI-PURPOSE MARKET COMPLEXES WHERE WE HAVE MARKET, COOKED-FOOD CENTRE, REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, INDOOR GAMES HALL, LIBRARY AND EVEN A CIVIC CENTRE, ALL UNDER ONE ROOF,” HE SAID.

MR SO SAID THAT TO TACKLE AT SOURCE THE PROBLEM OF ACUTE LAND SHORTAGE, THE COUNCIL WAS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THE URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMME BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO SEEK MORE LAND FOR OPEN SPACE, MODERN TOILET FACILITIES, OFF-STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND MARKETS.

"THE COUNCIL PROVIDES FUNDS FOR ALMOST ALL ITS PROJECTS BUT ALSO WELCOMES SPONSORSHIP FROM PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS AND TWO FINE EXAMPLES ARE THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB’S CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE REDEVELOPMENT OF KOWLOON PARK AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG PARK," HE POINTED OUT.

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ADDITIONALLY, OTHER PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE BUILDING OF RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES SUCH AS THE OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO HENG FA CHUEN, THE HUTCHISON PARK AND SOME OF THE FASCINATING EXHIBITS IN THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

"THIS GENEROSITY IS A CLEAR INDICATION OF THE STRONG COMMITMENT BOTH THE COUNCIL AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHARE IN BUILDING A BETTER CITY OF HONG KONG," MR SO SAID.

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DIRECTOR OF TRADE TALKS OF DANGER OF BILATERALISM * * * * *

HONG KONG BELIEVES THAT IF BILATERALISM AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL OR PRODUCT LEVEL IS PERMITTED TO PROPAGATE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE OUTSIDE THE GATT FRAMEWORK, IT WILL MEAN THE DEMISE OF THE MULTILATERAL TRADING SYSTEM, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN SEATTLE.

MR SZE HEADS THE HONG KONG DELEGATION ATTENDING THE SEATTLE PACIFIC SUMMIT AND SYMPOSIA (FROM AUGUST 7 TO 11), AN OFFICIAL EVENT WHICH IS BEING HELD AS PART OF THE WASHINGTON STATE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SUMMIT AND SYMPOSIA INCLUDE MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS FROM ABOUT 20 PACIFIC COUNTRIES.

IN A PRESENTATION ON "THE FUTURE OF MULTILATERAL TRADE CO-OPERATION" AT THE PACIFIC SUMMIT, MR SZE SAID HE FELT THAT THE GREATEST DANGER CAME FROM BILATERAL SECTORAL AGREEMENTS KNOWN EUPHEMISTICALLY AS VOLUNTARY EXPORT RESTRAINTS, ORDERLY MARKETING ARRANGEMENTS OR INDUSTRY TO INDUSTRY AGREEMENTS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ACCORDING TO NOTIFICATIONS TO THE GATT BY CONTRACTING PARTIES, THERE WERE 232 "GREY AREA" MEASURES IN EXISTENCE IN 1988.

"THESE GREY AREA MEASURES ARE BILATERALLY CONCLUDED OUTSIDE THE GATT AND NOT IN CONFORMITY WITH THE PRINCIPLES AND RULES OF THE GATT.

"MULTILATERAL SURVEILLANCE AND DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IS THE ONLY WAY TO FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH OFFERS STABILITY, CERTAINTY, PREDICTABILITY IN TRADING RELATIONS AND SOLUTIONS TO BILATERAL TRADE PROBLEMS WHICH WOULD AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE NOT AFFECT THE INTERESTS OF THIRD PARTIES," MR SZE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT, IN HONG KONG’S VIEW, INFORMAL DIALOGUE AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL SUCH AS THE SEATTLE PACIFIC SUMMIT SHOULD COMPLEMENT THE FORMAL MULTILATERAL PROCESS IN THE URUGUAY ROUND.

HONG KONG IS ALSO REPRESENTED AT THE SYMPOSIA BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR THOMAS YIP, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR ERNEST EVANS.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO, MR JACK CHAN.

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FS VISITS PRINTING PLANT IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE *»»***»

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PRINTING PLANT RUN BY A SINGAPORE AND SWITZERLAND JOINT-VENTURE IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY VISITED TIMES-RINGIER (HONG KONG) LIMITED AS PART OF HIS PROGRAMME OF MAKING FAMILIARISATION VISITS TO FACTORIES.

OCCUPYING A PURPOSE-BUILT PLANT WITH A FLOOR AREA OF 7,400 SQUARE METRES, TIMES-RINGIER POSSESSES THE COMBINED EXPERTISE OF TWO OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRINTING COMPANIES, TIMES PUBLISHING LIMITED AND RINGIER AG.

THROUGH THE USE OF ADVANCED TECHNIQUES, MODERN EQUIPMENT, SYSTEM MANGAGEMENT AND QUALITY PRODUCTION SKILLS, THE COMPANY NOW EMPLOYED FEWER THAN 100 STAFF MEMBERS, SIR PIERS WAS TOLD.

HE ALSO LEARNT THAT TIMES-RINGIEF WAS CONFIDENT THAT THERE WAS STILL PLENTY OF SCOPE FOR BUSINESS AS NEW PUBLICATIONS CONTINUED TO BE LAUNCHED, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALITY CORPORATE LITERATURE GREW IN LINE WITH THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

TIMES-RINGIER IS A SPECIALIST IN PRODUCING MAGAZINES, CATALOGUES, BOOKS AND DIRECTORIES FOR MARKETS IN THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA AND ASIA, AS WELL AS IN HONG KONG.

SIR PIERS WAS TOLD THAT THE COMPANY HAD ALREADY BEEN PRINTING MORE THAN HALF A MILLION MAGAZINES A MONTH AND WOULD ADVANCE ITS EXPANSION PLANS VERY SOON.

HONG KONG IS NOW THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF QUALITY PRINTING WORK IN ASIA, AFTER JAPAN. THE VALUE OF THE GROSS OUTPUT OF THE PRINTING INDUSTRY WAS $6,752 MILLION IN 1986 AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT SOME 30 PER CENT OF THE GROSS OUTPUT IS FOR EXPORT.

ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT'S 1988 SURVEY OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 21 PRINTING COMPANIES EITHER WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY OWNED BY OVERSEAS INVESTORS.

TOTAL INVESTMENT AT ORIGINAL COST BY THESE COMPANIES WAS $1,276 MILLION, REPRESENTING SIX PER CENT OF TOTAL OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

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CSD SETS UP SPECIAL RECRUITMENT COUNTER *****

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (CSD) HAS SET UP A SPECIAL COUNTER AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS RECRUITMENT CENTRE TO ASSIST SCHOOL LEAVERS TO APPLY FOR THE POST OF ASSISTANT OFFICER.

A CSD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT EXPERIENCE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS SHOWED THAT THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS APPLYING TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULTS WAS GREAT.

"THE SETTING UP OF A SPECIAL COUNTER IS TO FACILITATE THEM IN MAKING APPLICATIONS WITHOUT ANY DELAY," HE ADDED.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING WITH THEM THEIR RESULTS SLIPS, IDENTITY CARDS, BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO THE RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT 23RD FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE SCHOOL LEAVERS THAT THEY CAN ALSO GO TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT CENTRES:

* CHUK YUEN RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT CHUK YUEN SHOPPING ARCADE, CHUK YUEN ESTATE;

* LOK FU RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT LOK FU SHOPPING ARCADE, LOK FU ESTATE;

* WO CHE RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT WO CHE SHOPPING ARCADE, WO CHE ESTATE, SHA TIN;

* LEI TUNG RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT LEI TUNG SHOPPING ARCADE, LEI TUNG ESTATE, AP LEI CHAU, ABERDEEN;

» TSUEN WAN RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN; AND

» LAI CHI KOK RECEPTION CENTRE AT 5 BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, LAI CHI KOK.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-275951.

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DB WORKING GROUP TO PRESENT HOUSING PROBLEM REPORT

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A WORKING GROUP ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF ACCOMMODATION FOR SINGLETONS AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES IN THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT WILL PRESENT A REPORT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 11).

FORMED UNDER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE, THE WORKING GROUP COMPRISES SIX MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND TWO CO-OPTED MEMBERS FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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IT STARTED WORK IN AUGUST LAST YEAR TO STUDY THE ACCOMMODATION PROBLEMS OF SINGLE AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES IN BOTH PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND PRIVATE BUILDINGS. THE GROUP ALSO EXAMINED PROBLEMS RELATING TO STREET SLEEPERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE IMPROVEMENT OF ACCOMMODATION FOR SINGLETONS AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES IN SHAM SHU1 PO TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 11) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR, 37-39 TONKIN STREET, KOWLOON.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES *******

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER ORGANISING ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AND THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER PLANS TO PROVIDE SITTING-OUT FACILITIES AT THE JUNCTION OF WATERLOO ROAD AND WYLIE ROAD, AND TO INSTALL ADDITIONAL WELCOME SIGNS IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

AT THE MEETING, SOME MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO RAISE A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING SEWAGE BLOCKAGE AND NOISE CAUSED BY VEHICLES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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LONG DISTANCE RUNNING PROGRAMME IN SOUTHERN

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TRACK AND FIELD ENTHUSIASTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A TRAINING PROGRAMME IN LONG DISTANCE RUNNING ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HARRIERS AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SPORT.

THE TRAINING WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS PROFESSIONAL AND COMPREHENSIVE COACHING, AND ALSO GIVE THEM THE CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN MANY OF THE TERRITORY’S OPEN COMPETITIONS.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HARRIERS WAS FORMED IN 1987 AND IS MANAGED BY THE SOUHTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL (SDRSCI AND ASSISTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE. IT IS ALSO AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (HKAAA).

ALTHOUGH THE CLUB AT PRESENT PLACES EMPHASIS ON LONG DISTANCE RUNNING, IT IS PLANNING TO EXTEND ITS AMBIT TO SPRINTING AND OTHER TRACK AND FIELD SPORTS.

ANY PERSON AGED 12 OR ABOVE, WHO LIVES, STUDIES OR WORKS IN THE DISTRICT, OR IS AFFILIATED TO ANY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, CAN JOIN THE CLUB AND TAKE PART IN THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNING PROGRAMME.

THE TRAINING PROGRAMME, STARTING IN MID-AUGUST, WILL LAST FOR ONE YEAR. SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY EVENINGS AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND.

PARTICIPANTS WHO SHOW POTENTIAL DURING TRAINING WILL BE SELECTED TO TAKE PART IN HKAAA'S CROSS COUNTRY RACE LEAGUE AND OTHER OPEN EVENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ENROLMENT ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SDRSC’3 OFFICE AT LEI CHAK HOUSE, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE, AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. THE DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT IS AUGUST 16.

MEANWHILE, ANYONE WHO WISHES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CLUB AND LONG DISTANCE RUNNING IS WELCOME TO ATTEND A SEMINAR ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 111 AT AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE. THE SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 PM.

RESERVATIONS FOR THE SEMINAR AND ENQUIRIES ABOUT ENROLMENT CAN

BE MADE ON TEL. 5-540271 OR 5-550626.

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GOVT LAND TO LET BY TENDER * » » * «

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TO LET BY TENDER A 6,550-SQUARE-METRE LOT AT AREA 4 5C, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, NEW TERRITORIES FOR A PUBLIC CARPARK FOR THE PARKING OF GOODS VEHICLES, CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

THE LEASE IS FOR TWO YEARS AND IS RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

MEANWHILE, A 800-SQUARE-METRE LOT AT CHUNG HAU STREET, KOWLOON IS ALSO BEING OFFERED TO LET BY TENDER.

IT IS TO BE USED FOR OPEN STORAGE OF TENANT’S GOODS EXCLUDING CONTAINERS, CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH THEIR TRAILERS/CHAS3IS ATTACHED, SAND, CEMENT AND AGGREGATE.

THE INITAL AGREEMENT IS FOR THREE YEARS AFTER WHICH THE TENANCY CAN BE RENEWED ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS FOR BOTH LOTS IS NOON ON AUGUST 25.

FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

* THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, 19TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

* THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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LANE CLOSURE IN SHA TIN * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NEAR SAN TIN WAI ESTATE IN SHA TIN, ONE TRAFFIC LANE SECTION (ABOUT 700 METRES IN LENGTH) ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY BETWEEN 8 PM AND 6 AM NEXT MORNING FROM FRIDAY (AUGUST 11) TO AUGUST 19.

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WEIGHT LIMIT ON ROAD IN TUEN MUN *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 11), THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE BUTTERFLY BEACH RECREATION AREA IN TUEN MUN WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE FOR VEHICLES WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES.

ALL VEHICLES WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT OVER 5.5 TONNES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ABOVE BAN ZONE, 24 HOURS DAILY.

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TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF TUNNEL EXIT ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE EXIT ROAD LEADING FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 11) TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES HEADING FOR CAUSEWAY BAY MAY TRAVEL VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND, TONNOCHY ROAD FLYOVER, HARBOUR ROAD, FLEMING ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

U.S. CONVENTION TOLD OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR HK............. 1

S5J1M CONTRACT FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS AWARDED ........... 2

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ................. 3

STAMP ISSUE ON LIVES OF HK PEOPLE............................ 3

PHILATELIC SALES TO COINCIDE WITH CHARITY WALK .............. 4

STEERING GROUP MEMBERS VISIT IWO PIG FARMS .................. 5

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............. 5

YOUTH STRINGS WINS APPLAUSE IN SAN FRANCISCO................. 6

HK SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM TO SHOW STRENGTH IN SINGAPORE....... 7

ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN BETWEEN 19^9-52 ............... 8

ROAD CLOSURES IN WESTERN .................................... 9

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI YING PUN .............. 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN QUARRY BAY, CHAI WAN ................ 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN POK FU LAM, HUNG HOM................. 11

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWUN TONG ................................ 12

THURSDAY. AUGUST 10, 1989

U.S.

CONVENTION TOLD OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES

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FOR HK

THE RAPID GROWTH OF EAST ASIA GENERALLY AND THE LIBERALISATION OF THE JAPANESE MARKET HAVE INCREASED AND LED TO INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO, MR PETER JOHNSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 76TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE PACIFIC COAST ASSOCIATION OF PORT AUTHORITIES.

HONG KONG'S TRADE WITH JAPAN, TAIWAN, SOUTH KOREA AND SINGAPORE HAD GROWN AT AN AVERAGE OF OVER 36 PER CENT PER ANNUM IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 26 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE IN 1988, MR JOHNSON SAID.

"AS TRADE AND INVESTMENT LINKS GROW, PACIFIC RIM ECONOMIES ARE BECOMING MORE INTEGRATED AND, WITH HIGH GROWTH EXPECTED TO CONTINUE, HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO BENEFIT," HE POINTED OUT.

ALL THIS WOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON HONG KONG’S PORT AND AIRPORT FACILITIES, AND THE CONTAINER PORT WAS ALREADY THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF THROUGHPUT.

"WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH FOR SOME YEARS, AND OUR FORECASTS ARE STILL THAT CARGO VOLUME THROUGH OUR PORT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AT 14 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, AND IN LONGER TERMS, AT A RATE OF EIGHT TO NINE PER CENT.

"IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THE INCREASE WAS IN FACT 13.2 PER CENT TO 1.32 MILLION TEU’S," MR JOHNSON SAID.

HE NOTED ALSO THAT STUDIES SUGGESTED THAT, TAKING 1986 AS THE BASE YEAR, REAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) IN HONG KONG DURING THE 25 YEAR PERIOD UP TO 2011 COULD GROW BY AS MUCH AS 400 PER CENT, WITH TOTAL TONNAGE PASSING THROUGH THE PORT INCREASING BY AS MUCH AS EIGHT TIMES DURING THE SAME PERIOD, FROM 56.2 MILLION TONS IN 1986 TO OVER 400 MILLION IN 2011.

THE DIRECTOR SAID HONG KONG’S PHENOMENAL ECONOMIC PROGRESS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAD BEEN DUE TO A SUBSTANTIAL DEGREE TO THE DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA, AND TO THE ECONOMIC CHANGES WHICH HAD TAKEN PLACE THERE.

HE NOTED, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT HONG KONG HAD BEEN THE SOURCE OF ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE CONTRACTUAL VALUE OF ALL FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CHINA, AS WELL AS A LARGE PROPORTION OF CHINA’S FOREIGN LOANS.

HONG KONG HAD SERVED A ROLE AS AN ENTREPOT, WITH ABOUT ONE THIRD OF CHINA’S EXPORTS TO THE WORLD PASSING THROUGH THE TERRITORY, AND CHINA WAS HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.

"SO FAR THERE HAS BEEN NO INDICATION FROM THE CHINESE

GOVERNMENT THAT THEY WILL BE CHANGING THE BROAD DIRECTION OF THEIR ECONOMIC POLICIES. ON THE CONTRARY, THE LEADERSHIP HAS RECENTLY

EMPHASISED THAT THESE POLICIES REMAIN THE BASIS FOR THE MODERNISATION OF CHINA," HE SAID.

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$33 IM CONTRACT FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS AWARDED * * * * * *

TRAFFIC TO BUSTLING KWAI CHUNG AND THE CONTAINER TERMINAL WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED WHEN THE MASSIVE WORKS ON THE ARTERY ROADS IN THE AREA ARE COMPLETED IN A FEW YEARS TIME.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) AWARDED A $331,994 MILLION CONTRACT TO LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS PTY. LTD FOR THE IMPROVMENT WORKS TO KWAI CHUNG ROAD SOUTH AND CONTAINER PORT ROAD.

THIS IS THE THIRD AND THE LAST STAGE OF THE OVERALL KWAI CHUNG ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

THE WHOLE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 1993.

BY THEN, THERE WILL BE FIVE CONNECTIONS LINKING KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD TO CONTAINER PORT ROAD. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ONLY TWO CONNECTIONS LINKING KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND CONTAINER PORT ROAD.

THE THIRD STAGE WORKS INCLUDE:

* WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO A DUAL FIVE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND KWAI FUK ROAD;

* DEMOLITION OF THE EXISTING ROAD BRIDGE ACROSS KWAI CHUNG ROAD AT LAI KING MTR STATION;

* CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS KWAI CHUNG ROAD NEAR LAI KING MTR STATION;

* MINOR MODIFICATIONS TO THE ALIGNMENT OF CONTAINER PORT ROAD;

* CONSTRUCTION OF NEW VIADUCTS ALONG KWAI CHUNG ROAD NEAR THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL INTERCHANGE;

* EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ACROSS KWAI CHUNG ROAD;

* CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW STAIRCASE BETWEEN LAI KING HILL ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD;

* CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROAD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN CONTAINER PORT ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD;

* DEMOLITION OF THE FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS CHING CHEUNG ROAD AT CHING LAI COURT IN KWAI CHUNG AND CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLACEMENT FOOTBRIDGE NEARBY; AND

* CLOSURE OF ROADS IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORKS DESCRIBED ABOVE.

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WORK ON THE FIRST STAGE OF THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT - CASTLE PEAK ROAD/KWAI CHUNG ROAD JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT WHICH COST $95 MILLION - BEGAN IN JUNE 1987 AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

WORK ON THE SECOND STAGE OF THE FLYOVER AND ROAD WIDENING WHICH COST DECEMBER 1987 AND WOULD BE COMPLETED IN

PROJECT - KWAI CHUNG ROAD $111 MILLION - STARTED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1991.

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ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (THURSDAY) TOURED THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S NERVE CENTRE WHICH USES THE LATEST COMPUTER SYSTEM TO MANAGE TRAFFIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

AT THE HONG KONG AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE, SIR DAVID WAS SHOWN HOW THE AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM ENSURES SMOOTH CO-ORDINATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS WHICH EFFECTIVELY REDUCES JOURNEY TIME, NUMBER OF STOPS AND STOP TIME.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PANG HAU-CHUNG, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR RICHARD MEAKIN, AND THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MANAGEMENT AND LICENSING, MR BRIAN COAK.

SIR DAVID ALSO TOURED THE ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIVISION AND LICENSING DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT WHERE HE SAW FOR HIMSELF THE WORK DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION, ANALYSIS AND REMEDIAL MEASURES AND CO-ORDINATION OF LICENCES ISSUING.

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STAMP ISSUE ON LIVES OF HK PEOPLE

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A SET OF FOUR STAMPS DEPICTING THE LIVES OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL BE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 6, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE STAMPS ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 60 CENTS, $1.40, $1.80 AND $5 .

THEY DEPICT RESPECTIVELY THE JOYFUL SPIRIT OF HONG KONG PEOPLE IN FESTIVALS SUCH AS THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVALS; PEOPLE AT LEISURE (HORSE RACING AND SHADOW-BOXING); PEOPLE AT WORK AS ILLUSTRATED BY THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER AND THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE DEALER; AND THE COSMOPOLITAN NATURE OF THE CITY WITH DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS LIVING HARMONIOUSLY TOGETHER.

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THE STAMPS WERE DESIGNED BY MRS SUMIKO DAVIES AND WERE PRINTED BY ENSCHEDE OF HOLLAND.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON AUGUST 24. FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED CLOSER TO THE DATE OF ISSUE.

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PHILATELIC SALES TO COINCIDE WITH CHARITY WALK

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A PHILATELIC SALES BOOTH WILL BE SET UP ON AUGUST 27 AT THE KOWLOON ENTRANCE TO THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING IN SUPPORT OF THE "WALK FOR A MILLION" ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

SOUVENIR COVERS BEARING A SET OF CHARITY STAMPS AND FRANKED BY MEANS OF A SPECIAL PICTORIAL DATESTAMP INTRODUCED FOR THE OCCASION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT $11.90 EACH AT THE BOOTH.

HAND-BACK SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON THAT DAY AT THE BOOTH TO ALL COVERS BEARING CHARITY STAMPS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID.

"A SPECIAL FRANK DEPICTING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE NEW TUNNEL AND REFERRING TO THE WALK WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THE HAND-BACK SERVICE.

"THE ’JUNK’ DATESTAMP OF THE PHILATELIC BUREAU WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE," HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO DO NOT WISH TO TAKE PART IN THE WALK CAN ORDER THESE SOUVENIR COVERS FROM THE PHILATELIC BUREAU ON A "FIRSTCOME, FIRSTSERVED" BASIS.

ALTERNATIVELY, THEY CAN SUPPLY THEIR OWN ADDRESSED COVERS.

ORDER FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SEVEN PHILATELIC OFFICES AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE POST OFFICE, PEAK POST OFFICE, TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, GRANVILLE ROAD POST OFFICE, AIRPORT POST OFFICE AND SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE ORDER IS ON THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON AUGUST 19. FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE PHILATELIC BUREAU ON TEL. 5-8158496.

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STEERING GROUP MEMBERS VISIT TWO PIG EARMS * » t * t

MEMBERS OF THE STEERING GROUP ON DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED TWO FARMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF TWO EXPERIMENTAL PIG RAISING METHODS DESIGNED TO MEET THE GOVERNMENT POLLUTION CONTROL REQUIREMENTS.

LED BY THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP, MR MIKE WATERS, THE GROUP MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENTS FIRST VISITED THE HO WING HUNG FARM IN SHEUNG SHUI WHERE EIGHT PENS OF PORKERS ARE BEING RAISED BY THE PIG-ON-LITTER METHOD.

THE RESULT, ACCORDING TO THE FARM OPERATOR, HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY AND THE SIX-MONTH EXPERIMENTATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 19.

THE PARTY LATER WENT TO THE CHENG YIU CHING FARM IN YUEN LONG WHERE THE WET-MUCK OUT METHOD WILL BE USED. THIS METHOD ENABLES ANIMAL WASTE TO BE DRAINED INTO AN AERATION TANK WHERE THE WASTE WILL BE PURIFIED THROUGH A BIOCHEMICAL PROCESS.

AT PRESENT, INSTALLATION OF FACILITIES AT THE FARM IS STILL UNDERWAY AND COMMISSIONING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN MID-AUGUST.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PICKED NINE PRIVATE FARMS FOR THE EXPERIMENTATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF VARIOUS POLLUTION CONTROL PROJECTS.

SO FAR, THE PROJECTS ARE OPERATING EFFECTIVELY AND COMPLYING WITH THE REQUIRED STANDARDS.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD (SDB) AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH. MR CHARLES CHU. WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE BACKGROUND AND THE SDB'S PROPOSED TERMS OF REFERENCE.

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THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER A FUNDS FOR HOLDING DISTRICT ACTIVITIES.

NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWL'N TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE. RECREATION AND SPORTS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

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YOUTH STRINGS WINS APPLAUSE IN SAN FRANCISCO

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THE VISITING HONG KONG YOUTH STRINGS, FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE, WON WARM APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE WHEN IT GAVE A CONCERT IN SAN FRANCISCO TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE ORCHESTRA IS IN THE LAST STAGES OF A 14-DAY CONCERT TOUR IN CALIFORNIA.

IN TODAY’S CONCERT, GIVEN AT THE SALVATION ARMY AUDITORIUM, THE AUDIENCE WAS TREATED TO RENDITIONS OF CLASSICAL AND CHINESE COMPOSITIONS.

THESE INCLUDED ROSSINI’S "SONATA NO. 3 IN C MAJOR FOR STRING ORCHESTRA", TCHAIKOVSKY’S "SERENADE IN C MAJOR FOR STRING ORCHESTRA" AND MAO YUAN’S "JOY OF SPRING".

THE CONCERT WAS THE LAST OF SIX PUBLIC PERFORMANCES IN THE ORCHESTRA’S ITINERARY.

IN THE PAST 10 DAYS, THE ELITE STRING PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ACCLAIMED BY MUSIC LOVERS IN PERFORMANCES IN LOS ANGELES AND DISNEYLAND.

THE ORCHESTRA WILL RETURN TO THE TERRITORY ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 12) .

SPEAKING BY LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE, THE TOUR DIRECTOR, MISS LOLLY CHIU, SAID THE GENERAL RESPONSE TO THE PERFORMANCES WAS ENTHUSIASTIC.

AFTER ITS RETURN, THE ORCHESTRA WILL TAKE PART IN THE "1989 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ PLATFORM" TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL ON AUGUST 20.

THE CONCERT IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

TICKETS AT S25 AND S35 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL URBTIX OUTLETS. TELEPHONE BOOKING CAN BE MADE ON 3-7349009.

A RECRUITMENT EXERCISE FOR THE ORCHESTRA WILL BE HELD EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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HK SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM TO SHOW STRENGTH IN SINGAPORE

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THE ASIAN SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE BECAUSE IT GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OF ASIA A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET NOT ONLY ON THE PLAYING FIELD BUT ALSO ON A SOCIAL OCCASION, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS ADDRESSING A GATHERING AT A FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO MARK THE DEPARTURE OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 12) TO TAKE PART IN THE FORTHCOMING 18TH ASIAN SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN SINGAPORE.

MR WINFIELD NOTED THAT FOOTBALL HAD ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST POPULAR SPORT AMONG HONG KONG STUDENTS.

"IN SHARING THEIR SKILLS THEY APPRECIATE THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF SPORTSMANSHIP, MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND SELF-DISCIPLINE, AS WELL AS MAKING GOOD FRIENDS," HE SAID.

IT WAS THE JOINT EFFORT OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WHICH HAD MADE IT POSSIBLE TO SEND A SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM OF 17 BOYS ALL UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE TO TAKE PART IN THE 18TH ASIAN SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT, MR WINFIELD SAID.

THIS YEAR THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES OR REGIONS ARE BRUNEI. CHINA, INDIA, INDONESIA, KOREA, MACAU, MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA, THAILAND AND HONG KONG, MAKING A TOTAL OF 12 TEAMS.

NOTING THAT THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM HAD GONE THROUGH AN INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS UNDER MR CHAN YONG-CHONG, MR WINFIELD SAID HE WAS SURE THAT MEMBERS WOULD DO THEIR BEST IN THE COMING COMPETITION.

MR WINFIELD PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL FOR THE IMPORTANT ROLE IT PLAYED IN THE COMPETITION. MORE OPPORTUNITIES WOULD BE OPENING UP FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN TO TAKE PART IN INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENTS, HE SAID.

SEVERAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES WERE BEING ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG BY VARIOUS NATIONAL BODIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, MR WINFIELD SAID, ADDING THAT YOUNG ATHLETES WITH POTENTIAL WERE BEING IDENTIFIED AT THE EARLIEST STAGE SO THAT TRAINING PROGRAMMES COULD BE ARRANGED FOR THEM.

BEFORE PRESENTING A FLAG TO THE MANAGER OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM, MR WAN WAI-YIN, AT THE BRIEF CEREMONY, MR WINFIELD WISHED THE TEAM MEMBERS THE BEST OF LUCK AND GREAT SUCCESS IN SINGAPORE.

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ID CARD REMINDE >•<_ MEN BORN BETWEEN 1949-52 ♦ ««**»*

THE IMMIGRAT1O ’AT , . TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED MEN BORN

■N 1949. 1950. 1951 OR 1952 T<' APPLY EOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 2 I HIS YEAR.

"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 A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT 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 ADDED.

APPLICANTS CAN GO TO ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT N IDENTITY CAI ISSUE OFFICES TO RENEW THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

THESE OFFICES AFI 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 ON ANOTHER DAY, Al I 1.1 CANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS OR THE AFTERNOONS." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THEY MAY MAKE USE < I 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

I'EL. NO. 3-7553679

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES. SECOND FLOOR. 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI TEL. NO. 3-7232424

TSUEN WAN

SHA TIN

YUEN LONG

: EAST ASIA COMMERICAL CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR. 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET TEL. NO. 0-4981259

: IIIOP 8A, SECOND FLOOR. CHANWAY SHOPPING i ENTRE. 11-17 SHATIN CENTRE STREET. SHA TIN TEL. NO. 0-6059108

: HOP YICK CENTRE. SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD

TEL. NO. 0-4771543

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TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR. CHI

LOK FA YUEN TEL. NO. U-4580862

SHEUNG SHUI : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR. 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI TEL. NO. 0-6727191

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

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ROAD CLOSURES TN WESTERN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 12) FOR THREE NIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE WESTERN STREET FOOTBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION:

* CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN CHIU KWONG STREET AND CENTRE STREET;

* WESTERN PARK ROAD; AND

* WESTERN STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

DURING THE CLOSURES, VEHICLES HEADING FOR CHINA MERCHANTS HOTEL MAY TRAVEL VIA CHIU KWONG STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, WHILE THOSE GOING TO CONNAUGHT GARDEN MAY PROCEED VIA CENTRE STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR PREMISES IN WESTERN STREET WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM EASTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST TO NORTHBOUND WESTERN STREET.

MOTORISTS ON HILL ROAD FLYOVER HEADING FOR SHEUNG WAN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CENTRE STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

MOTORISTS FROM KENNEDY TOWN ARE ADVISED TO EITHER PROCEED VIA DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, OR PROCEED VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CENTRE STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI YING PUN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SAI YING PUN ON HONG KONG ISLAND FROM 6 PM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 12) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

EASTERN STREET BETWEEN SECOND STREET AND THIRD STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THIRD STREET BETWEEN EASTERN STREET AND WESTERN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND. ALL PARKING SPACES ON THIS ROAD SECTION WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 4 PM ON SATURDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

VEHICLES IN HIGH STREET AND THIRD STREET HEADING FOR HOSPITAL ROAD OR SECOND STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BONHAM ROAD.

THE EASTBOUND SERVICE OF GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 11 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BONHAM ROAD WHILE GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 12 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BONHAM ROAD AND HOSPITAL ROAD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 12), ALL CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE KING’S ROAD FLYOVER LEADING FROM HONG ON STREET TO KING’S ROAD, QUARRY BAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF HONG SHING STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY:

THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE FROM A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES

SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG YUE STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 290 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION (EXCLUDING THE THREE LAY-BYS OUTSIDE BLOCKS D, E AND F OF THE

KORNHILL); AND

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE FROM A POINT ABOUT 165 METRES

SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG YUE STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 280 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY, KUT SHING STREET BETWEEN CHAI WAN ROAD AND KUT SHING BUILDING IN CHAI WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT FOUR DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS.

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DURING THE CLOSURE, KUT SHING STREET BETWEEN KUT SHING BUILDING AND CHEUNG LEE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO BECOME A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS FROM CHEUNG LEE STREET, AND KUT SHING STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG LEE STREET AND LEE CHUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

VEHICLES ON NING FOO STREET AND CHEUNG LEE STREET HEADING FOR CHAI WAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LEE CHUNG STREET AND HONG MAN STREET.

THE FOLLOWING BUS AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED BY THE ROAD CLOSURE:

* EASTBOUND BUS ROUTES 81M AND 781 WILL OMIT HONG MAN STREET, CHEUNG LEE STREET AND KUT SHING STREET. A TEMPORARY BUS STOP WILL BE SET UP ON CHAI WAN ROAD EASTBOUND NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG MAN STREET FOR THE TWO ROUTES;

EASTBOUND BUS ROUTE 8 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE RE-ROUTED SECTION OF KUT SHING STREET, LEE CHUNG STREET, HONG MAN

STREET AND CHAI WAN ROAD;

* BUS ROUTE 84 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NING FOO STREET, LEE

CHUNG STREET, HONG MAN STREET AND CHAI WAN ROAD; AND

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 16M, 18M AND 20M WILL BE DIVERTED VIA

LEE CHUNG STREET, HONG MAN STREET AND CHAI WAN ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE EXISTING TAXI STAND OUTSIDE NEW JADE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX IN KUT SHING STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO HOUSE NO. 12 LEE CHUNG STREET.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN POK FU LAM, HUNG HOM

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 12), THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF POK FU LAM ROAD, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL TO A POP r ABOUT 60 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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

IN HUNG HOM, THE WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS WILL BE CLOSED FOR CLEANSING BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON SATURDAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS TRAVELLING FROM TSIM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, AND WISHING TO PROCEED TO HUNG HOM AREA, ARE ADVISED TO USE CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON MAN ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE; OR GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, PAK KUNG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, FAT KWONG STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWUN TONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 12), SECTIONS OF TAK TIN STREET AND ON TIN STREET IN KWUN

TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

THESE SECTIONS ARE:

- THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAK TIN STREET SECTION

BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ON TIN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT

55 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

- THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ON TIN STREET BETWEEN PING TIN STREET AND TAK TIN STREET; AND

- THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ON TIN STREET SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH PING TIN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 57 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 19&9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR JUNE RELEASED ................. 1

EXPERIMENTAL 'BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME' FOR ELDERLY ANNOUNCED .... 8

HK SHOULD BE PROUD OF FIRE SERVICES' PERFORMANCE ............ 9

5200,000 CASH AID TO CRIME VICTIMS .......................... 10

FIRST NON-OFFICIAL CHAIRMAN FOR COUNTRY PARKS BOARD ......... 11

SHAM. SHUI PO DB RELEASES HOUSING REPORT .................... 12

LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR DEVELOPMENT .......................... 1?

MORE ROADS, FORMATION WORKS FOR NEW TOWN..................... 1?

BEACH CONCERTS TO SPREAD ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE .................. 14

VARIETY SHOW TO MARK END OF SYP ............................. 14

YUEN LONG ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS AUTHORISED......... 15

HSD REGIONAL OFFICE MOVES TO NEW ADDRESS .................... 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN

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EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR JUNE RELEASED * * * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JUNE 1989, AT $98,896 MILLION, GREW BY 18 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON THE VALUE OF TRADE IN JUNE 1989 RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT TO $18,956 MILLION IN JUNE 1989, WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 34 PER CENT TO $29,886 MILLION, THUS BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN JUNE 1989 TO $48,842 MILLION, WHICH REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 21 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT TO $50,054 MILLION.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, AT $539,777 MILLION. INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT TO $102,058 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT TO $161,096 MILLION.

THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT TO $263,154 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT TO $276,623 MILLION.

COMPARING JUNE 1989 WITH JUNE 1988, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN (+15 PER CENT), CHINA (+15 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+14 PER CENT) AND AUSTRALIA (+12 PER CENT). THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE USA, THE LARGEST MARKET INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE UNITED KINGDOM DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS FROM MOST MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN JUNE 1989 OVER JUNE 1988, PARTICULARLY THOSE FROM THE USA (+34 PER CENT), ITALY (+34 PER CENT), CHINA (+32 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+24 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN (+13 PER CENT). IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, THE SECOND LARGEST SUPPLIER (AFTER CHINA) INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM THE UNITED KINDGOM AND SWITZERLAND DECREASED, BOTH BY 8 PER CENT.

RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE USA, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND AUSTRALIA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 62 PER CENT, 54 PER CENT, 50 PER CENT AND 47 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE (+36 PER CENT), ITALY (+33 PER CENT), JAPAN (+33 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+22 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+19 PER CENT), AND CHINA (+14 PER CENT).

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COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS. THE MARKETS WITH MORE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED CHINA (+28 PER CENT), JAPAN (+24 PER CENT). TAIWAN ( + 16 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+15 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, THOSE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE USA DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM ITALY (+41 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+35 PER CENT), CHINA (+34 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+27 PER CENT), THE USA (+24 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+20 PER CENT), JAPAN (+17 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+16 PER CENT).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, ITALY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, THE USA, JAPAN AND CHINA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS, BY 63 PER CENT, 56 PER CENT, 50 PER CENT, 50 PER CENT, 45 PER CENT, 40 PER CENT AND 35 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALL TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HERE ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN JUNE 1989 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 1989.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG'S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME. PERIOD IN 1988, NOTABLE INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY 81,031 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT); ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $641 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT); AND TEXTILES (BY $493 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING INCREASED BY $1,950 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $220 MILLION OR 2 PER CENT) AND SANITARY, PLUMBING, HEATING AND LIGHTING FIXTURES AND FITTINGS (BY $96 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG'S 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

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THE MORE NOTABLE ONES WERE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $6,297 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $5,569 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $5,513 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT). IMPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $6,672 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $825 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT); AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $135 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO HONG KONG'S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, NOTABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $5,383 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $5,232 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $4,693 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT). RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $4,773 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $390 MILLION OR 9 PER CENT); AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $119 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS. THE JUNE 1989 ISSUE OF THE "’’ONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE ON SALE AROUND JGUST 15 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $9.50 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WITH DETAILED ANALYSES ON IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN JUNE 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN END-AUGUST 1989 AT $17.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (TEL. NO.: 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO.: 5-8234915).

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TABLE 1: MAJOR MARKET DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JUN 89 OVER JUN 88 (%) JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN. ) JAN-JUN 89 OVER JAN-JUN 88 (%)

USA 6,281 3 31,261 - 1

CHINA 3,659 + 15 20,542 + 28

FR OF GERMANY 1,282 - 4 7,128 4

UK 1,294 - 1 6,891 + 6

JAPAN 998 15 5,765 + 24

CANADA 563 + 9 2,902 + 10

SINGAPORE 479 + 14 2,655 + 15

NETHERLANDS 399 - 2 2,257 7

AUSTRALIA 339 + 12 1,961 4- 10

TAIWAN 363 + 5 .1,842 16

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JUN 89 OVER JUN 88 (%) JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN.I JAN-JUN 89 OVER JAN-JUN 88 (%)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 6,326 ♦ 11 30,035 + 7

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 2,389 - 5 13,004 - 2

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PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1.523 4 8,963 4 5

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 1,415 3 8.605 4 6

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,370 4 14 7,855 4 7

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,409 - 2 7,774 4 2

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JUN 89 OVER JUN 88 (%) JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 89 OVER JAN-JUN 88 (%)

CHINA 17,258 4- 32 89,397 4 34

JAPAN 8,653 4 2 48,495 4 17

TAIWAN 4,370 4 13 25,303 4 27

USA 4,711 4 34 23,292 4 24

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2,445 4- 7 13,965 4 20

SINGAPORE 1,929 4- 24 10,964 4 35

FR OF GERMANY 1, 163 4 2 6,938 4 16

UK 1,098 - 8 6,669 4 7

ITALY 839 4- 34 4,948 4 41

SWITZERLAND 766 - 8 4,736 4 6

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TABLE 4: IMPORTS OF TH.. -JOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

JAN-JUN 89

COMMODITY DIVISION JUN 1989 (HKD MN.1 JUN 89 OVER JUN 88 (%) JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) OVER JAN-JUN 88 (%)

TEXTILE YARN* FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6,781 4 20 35,997 4 23

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 4.997 4 9 28,464 4 24

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3,517 4 25 19,139 4 49

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3,629 + 51 18,874 4 42

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES. TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS I 3,334 4 38 16*484 4 37

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2.393 - 8 14,652 + 16

TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JUN 89 OVER JUN 88 (%) JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN.1 JAN-JUN 89 OVER JAN-JUN 88 (%)

CHINA 8,814 4 14 52,556 * 35

USA 6*293 + 54 29,787 4 45

JAPAN I .908 4 33 10.221 4 40

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TAIWAN 1,412 + 22 8,159 4 25

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1, 192 + 19 6,760 4 19

FR OF GERMANY 1,104 4 62 5.723 4 63

SINGAPORE 892 4 36 5.029 4 28

UK 835 4 50 3,891 4 50

AUSTRALIA 489 4 47 2,563 4 50

ITALY 386 4 33 2,340 4 56

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RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

MAJOR MARKET

JAN-JUN 89

JUN 89 OVER

JUN OVER JAN-JUN JAN-JUN

1989 JUN 88 1989 88

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

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3,866 4 37 20,249 4 31

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2,610 4 12 16,383 4 35

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 3,720 4 55 16,348 4 49

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3,085 4 75 15,687 4 50

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2,300 4 57 12,111 4 63

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,225 4 30 6,371 4 38

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EXPERIMENTAL 1BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME’ FOR ELDERLY ANNOUNCED

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED DETAILS Oi’ AN EXPERIMENTAL "BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME” FOR RESIDENTIAL PLACES IN PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

OPERATORS OF PRIVATE HOMES ARE BEING INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR ALFRED CHUI, SAID $30.6 MILLION FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND HAD BEEN ALLOCATED TO BUY UP TO 500 PLACES IN PRIVATE ELDERLY HOMES OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD.

HE SAID THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME WERE TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR EXISTING PRIVATE HOMES TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICE STANDARDS AND TO ENCOURAGE THE SETTING UP OF NEW HOMES TO CREATE ADDITIONAL PLACES FOR ELDERLY PERSONS.

MR CHUI SAID PLACES WOULD BE BOUGHT FROM CURRENTLY REGISTERED HOMES. A COMMITMENT COULD BE MADE TO BUY PLACES FROM HOMES UNDER PLANNING AND EXISTING HOMES WHICH WERE NOT YET REGISTERED BUT WOULD BE ABLE TO IMPROVE THEIR STANDARDS UP TO REGISTRATION LEVEL, HE ADDED.

MR CHUI SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE HOMES WERE ASSESSED TO BE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING GOOD CARE TO ELDERLY RESIDENTS AT A LEVEL IN COMPLIANCE WITH REGISTRATION STANDARDS UNDER THE VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION SCHEME.

’’PLACES WILL BE BOUGHT IN THE RANGE OF $3,700 TO $4,700 DEPENDING ON THE REGISTRATION CATEGORY AND THE LOCATION OF THE HOME.

"HOMES FROM WHICH PLACES ARE BOUGHT WILL BE SUBJECT TO REGULAR INSPECTIONS BY INSPECTORS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ADVICE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICE,” HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID TERMS AND CONDITIONS WOULD BE LAID DOWN IN A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE OPERATOR AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

"PLACES IN HOMES ALREADY REGISTERED CAN BE BOUGHT IN OCTOBER IF THEY OFFER TO MAKE SOME OF THEIR PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE USE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

"AS TO EXISTING PRIVATE HOMES THAT ARE NOT YET REGISTERED BUT CAN MEET REGISTRATION STANDARDS, PLACES COULD BE BOUGHT UPON REGISTRATION.

"REGARDING HOMES THAT ARE NOT YET UP TO REGISTRATION STANDARD, A COMMITMENT COULD BE MADE TO PURCHASE PLACES IF SUCH HOMES COULD IMPROVE TO REACH THE REGISTRATION LEVEL WITHIN THREE MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF COMMITMENT.

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’’FOR HOMES UNDER PLANNING, APPLICANTS WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE DETAILS ON PROOF OF FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL ABILITY.

"UPON BEING SATISFIED THAT THE PROPOSAL IS VIABLE AND PRACTICABLE, THE DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE A COMMITMENT TO BUY PLACES FROM THESE NEW HOMES WHEN THEY ARE REGISTERED.” HE SAID.

AS FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF BOUGHT PLACES, MR CHUI SAID IN GENERAL PLACES WOULD BE BOUGHT TERRITORY-WIDE WITH FLEXIBILITY IN BUYING MORE PLACES IN DISTRICTS WHERE THERE WERE CONCENTRATIONS OF ELDERLY PERSONS AND HOMES.

HE SAID BOUGHT PLACES OF A REASONABLE SERVICE STANDARD WOULD BE USED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO CARE FOR ELDERLY PERSONS ON THE CENTRAL WAITING LIST WHO NEEDED RESIDENTIAL CARE.

"EACH ELDERLY PERSON WILL PAY A FEE OF $650 TO $800 PER MONTH, DEPENDING ON THE CATEGORY OF HOME THAT HE OCCUPIED," HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 263 PRIVATE HOMES PROVIDING A TOTAL CAPACITY OF ABOUT 9,100 BEDS WITH SOME 7,200 RESIDENTS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THERE ARE CLOSE TO 10,000 PLACES IN RESIDENTIAL HOMES OF VARIOUS TYPES RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING SPECIAL EFFORTS TO INCREASE THE PROVISION OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR ELDERLY PERSONS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT AN ADDITIONAL PROVISION OF ABOUT 7,000 SUBVEN 1 ED PLACES WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

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HK SHOULD BE PROUD OF FIRE SERVICES’ PERFORMANCE ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

HONG KONG SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHICH IS A HIGHLY EFFICIENT EMERGENCY SERVICE ENJOYING A GOOD REPUTATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MR LAU WONG-FAT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE JOINT OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YUEN LONG FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT THIS MORNING, MR LAU SAID IT WAS THE DUTY OF FIREMEN AND AMBULANCEMEN TO SAVE LIVES IN THE EVENT OF DISASTERS.

"THEIR WORK REQUIRES SUITABLE SKILL, COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE." HE SAID.

MR LAU ADDED THAT WITH THE USE OF ADVANCED FIRE AND AMBULANCE EQUIPMENT, THE EFFICIENCY IN RESCUE WORK HAD BEEN GREATLY ENHANCED.

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"THIS MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR THE FIRE SERVICES TO OFFER BETTER PROTECTION FOR THE SAFETY AND PROPERTY OF THE PUBLIC," HE SAID.

MR LAU POINTED OUT THAT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND POPULATION GROWTH IN YUEN LONG, THERE HAD BEEN A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN THE DEMAND FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES.

HE SAID IT WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR YUEN LONG RESIDENTS TO HAVE A MODERNISED AND FULLY EQUIPPED FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT IN THEIR DISTRICT AND THE COMMISSIONING OF THIS NEW FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT HAD BEEN TIMELY IN MEETING THE DEVELOPMENT IN AND DEMAND OF THE DISTRICT.

"I HOPE STAFF MEMBERS OF THE YUEN LONG FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL BE DEVOTED TO THEIR DUTY AND DO THEIR BEST TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC," MR LAU SAID.

THE REPROVISIONING OF THE YUEN LONG FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT BEGAN IN MARCH 1986.

LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF FUNG KAM STREET AND FUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN YUEN LONG TOWN (EAST), THEY WERE COMPLETED IN JULY LAST YEAR AND PUT INTO USE TWO MONTHS LATER TO REPLACE THE OLD STATION IN TUNG LOK STREET AND THE OLD DEPOT IN SAU FU STREET.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) RELEASED A TOTAL OF $200,000 IN CASH TO VICTIMS OR FAMILIES OF VICTIMS IN TWO SEPARATE CASES - AN ARSON AND HOMICIDE CASE AND A ROBBERY CASE - WHICH OCCURRED RECENTLY.

THESE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WERE GRANTED FOLLOWING A MEETING OF THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD AND THE FUNDS WERE RELEASED BY THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPENSATION SECTION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE ARSON AND HOMICIDE CASE, MORE THAN $167,000 OF CASH ASSISTANCE WAS AWARDED TO THE FAMILIES OF FOUR MEN, AGED BETWEEN 40 AND 59, WHO DIED, AND TO THREE MEN, AGED BETWEEN 27 AND 54, WHO WERE INJURED.

THE CASE OCCURRED AT A RESTAURANT AT 89 MA TAU WAI ROAD, TO KWA WAN ON JULY 7 THIS YEAR. SIX PERSONS DIED AND 12 OTHERS WERE INJURED IN THE CASE.

FAMILIES OF FOUR OF THE DECEASED WERE AWARDED EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS RANGING FROM $57,810 TO $32,520 INCLUDING BURIAL GRANTS. THREE INJURED MEN RECEIVED INJURY GRANTS RANGING FROM $540 TO $1,080.

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THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL PROCESSING THE APPLICATION FROM THE FAMILY OF A 45-YEAR-OLD VICTIM WHO DIED AND EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED TO THE FAMILY SHORTLY. AS FOR THE SIXTH DECEASED PERSON, HIS FAMILY HAS YET TO BE LOCATED.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROBBERY CASE, $23,840 IN CASH WAS A ARDED TO THE FAMILY OF A 32-YEAR-OLD CONTAINER TRUCK DRIVER WHO WAS INJURED DURING THE PURSUIT OF ROBBERS AT THE WHAMPOA GARDEN SHOPPING ARCADE IN HUNG HOM ON JULY 29 THIS YEAR.

THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD HAS DOUBLED THE I JURY GRANT IN THIS CASE IN VIEW OF THE VICTIM’S CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AND EXEMPLARY EFFORT.

THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO PROCESSING OTHER APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS, INCLUDING THE INTERIM MAINTENANCE GRANT, BY THE VICTIM’S FAMILY.

STAFF OF THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND FIELD UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER ASSISTANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES TO THE VICTIMS AND THE FAMILIES CONCERNED.

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FIRST NON-OFFICIAL CHAIRMAN FOR COUNTRY PARKS BOARD

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR CARLOS CHEUNG HON-KAU AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 16, 1989.

THE APPOINTMENT MADE MR CHEUNG THE FIRST NON-OFFICIAL CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1976 UNDER THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE.

MR CHEUNG, AGED 52, IS A CONSULTING CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER BY PROFESSION. HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD SINCE 1983, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SINCE 1985.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MR CHEUNG'S APPOINTMENT FOLLOWED AN AMENDMENT LAST MONTH TO THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE TO ALLOW THE APPOINTMENT OF ANY MEMBER OF THE BOARD AS CHAIRMAN.

PREVIOUSLY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD WAS THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WHO IS ALSO THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY.

"BEARING IN MIND THAT THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD ADVISES THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY ON MATTERS RELATING TO COUNTRY PARKS, IT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE FOR A NON-OFFICIAL MEMBER TO BE THE CHAIRMAN," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF NEW-TERM COUNTRY PARKS BOARD WERE ALSO ANNOUNCED.

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THEY ARE MR ALEX ABRAHAM BLUM, DR IVOR JOHN HODGKISS, DR JIM CHI-YUNG, DR PANG HOK-TUEN, MR GEORGE TAN KIN, MR DANIEL TO BOON-MAN AND MR HOWARD YOUNG HOW-WAH.

THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD IS A CONSULTATIVE BODY APPOINTED BY TH! GOVERNOR UNDER THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE TO ADVISE THE G< • ERNMENT ON MATTERS RELATING TO HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS. IT IS SERVED BY TWO COMMITTEES - THE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND th;; public relations committee.

THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD INCLUDE THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, THE S RETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. THE D RECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES AND THE D SECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS.

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SHAM SHUI PO DB RELEASES HOUSING REPORT ******

A WORKING GROUP OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY) RELEASED A REPORT CONTAINING PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVING THE ACCOMMODATION FOR SINGLE PERSONS AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE WORKING GROUP COMPRISED SEVEN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND TWO CO-OPTED MEMBERS FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH PROVIDE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENTS ALSO ATTENDED THE WORKING GROUP’S MEETINGS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION.

CHAIRED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR FUNG KIN-KEE, THE GROUP WAS FORMED TO STUDY THE PROBLEMS RELATING TO THE ACCOMMODATION FOR SINGLE PERSONS AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES IN BOTH PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND PRIVATE BUILDINGS IN SHAM SHUI PO. IT ALSO LOOKED INTO THE PROBLEMS CONCERNING STREET SLEEPERS.

A TOTAL OF SEVEN MEETINGS WERE HELD BETWEEN AUGUST LAST YEAR AND APRIL THIS YEAR DURING WHICH MEMBERS DISCUSSED THOSE PROBLEMS IN DETAIL, AND EXCHANGED VIEWS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

THE GROUP HAS PUT FORWARD PROPOSALS FOR REDUCING CONFLICTS AMONG FAMILIES SHARING THE SAME UNIT, AND CALLED FOR THE RELAXATION OF SOME OF THE ALLOCATION AND TENANCY POLICIES TO CATER FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS, ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVING SERVICES FOR STREET SLEEPERS.

THE GROUP WILL REFLECT ITS VIEWS TO THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON STREET SLEEPERS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR DEVELOPMENT » * » » »

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME LAND AT THE JUNCTION OF HAMMER HILL ROAD AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN KOWLOON FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HAMMER HILL ROAD LEISURE POOL COMPLEX.

THE LAND TO BE RESUMED COVERS EIGHT PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 1,832 SQUARE METRES.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN, THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESUME 186 PRIVATE LOTS WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 122,061.8 SQUARE METRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND AND 254.7 SQUARE METRES OF BUILDING LAND, IN FANLING.

THE LAND IS REQUIRED FOR SITE FORMATION AND SERVICING WORKS IN AREAS 18, 19 AND 21 OF THE NEW TOWN.

DETAILS OF THE RESUMPTIONS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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MORE ROADS, FORMATION WORKS FOR NEW TOWN

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THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ANOTHER PROJECT WHICH FORMS PART OF THE CURRENT PROGRAMME FOR THE FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT COMPRISES THE FORMATION OF LAND FOR PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL SITES AND A DISTRICT OPEN SPACE IN AREA 39 OF FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN, KNOWN AS THE PAK FUK TSUEN AREA.

IT ALSO INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF PART OF DISTRICT DISTRIBUTOR ROAD D6, FOUR INTERNAL ROADS, A BUS TERMINUS, ROADSIDE AMENITIES AND STREET FURNITURE. AND THE ASSOCIATED STORMWATER AND FOUL DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS TOGETHER WITH A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AND A SUBWAY LINKED AND TO THE EXISTING FOOTPATH/CYCLE TRACK NETWORK IN FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO PROVIDE SAFE PEDESTRIAN/CYCLIST CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 32 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CONSULTANT FOR THE CONTRACT IN WO CHE ESTATE, SHA TIN.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 14 THIS YEAR.

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BEACH CONCERTS TO SPREAD ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE ♦ ♦ * ♦ t

TUEN MUN RESIDENTS AND BEACH-GOERS WILL ENJOY AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC AT AN ANTI-NARCOTICS BEACH CONCERT TO BE HELD AT BUTTERFLY BEACH ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 13), BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

THE ONE-HOUR CONCERT, ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMIT PEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, IS AIMED AT URGING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR TO KEEP AWAY FROM DRUGS AND TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY PURSUITS.

PERFORMING AT THE CONCERT, WHICH IS ENTITLED "JOYFUL MUSIC TO A DRUG-FREE LIFE", WILL BE POP SINGER EDDIE NG AND HIS FIVE-MEMBER BAND.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND SOUVENIR ITEMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED DURING THE CONCERT.

ANOTHER BEACH CONCERT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SUNDAY (AUGUST 20) AT SHEK O ON HONG KONG ISLAND. PERFORMING WILL BE THE BANDS CITY BEAT AND FUNDAMENTAL.

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VARIETY SHOW TO MARK END OF SYP

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A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 14) AS THE FINALE TO THIS YEAR’S CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

POPULAR ENTERTAINERS CHEUNG WAI-KIN, AUYEUNG TAK-FUN AND KOO KEI-KWAN WILL PERFORM IN THE TWO-HOUR SHOW.

THERE WILL ALSO BE PERFORMANCES BY THE DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND WINNERS OF A LOCAL SINGING COMPETITION, AS WELL AS THE SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE DANCE TROUPE.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AT THE WEST WING OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND IN KENNEDY TOWN.

TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE WESTERN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN WESTERN STREET.

ALL TICKETS ARE OBTAINABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

BEFORE THE SHOW, THERE WILL BE A CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THIS YEAR'S SYP IN WHICH MORE THAN 50,000 LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE HAD TAKEN PART IN OVER 600 ACTIVITIES.

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OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MONICA CHAN: DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR LAI KWOK-HUNG" AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN HAY*

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED To COVEL 'HF WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSING CEREMON1 SHOW WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 1-1 ) HALL CONCERT HALL.

CENTRAL AND

AND VARIETY

IN THE CITY

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IUEN LONG ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS AUTHORISED » » » » *

AU IHORISAFION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT AN ENVIRONMENTAL'IMPROVEMENT SCHEME WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 1-i 91 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT THE YUEN LONG NULLAHS.

THE WORKS WILL COMPRISE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PUMPING AN INFLATABLE DAM AND LOW FLOW CHANNELS TOGETHER WITH LININGS FOR THOSE CHANNELS WITHIN THE AREA.

STATION, CONCRETE

WORK WILL COMMENCE IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED ABOUT FEBRUARY 1991. ucix-u aovui

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE OF AUTHORISATION PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODA1 (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HIS INTEREST. RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WILL BE INJURIOUSLY AFFECTED BY THE ABOVE UNDERTAKING MAY DELIVER TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS A WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 10, 1990.

HE SHOULD STATE IN HIS SUBMISSION THE SUM OF MONEY HE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT IN FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF HIS CLAIM AND SHOULD SUBMIT THE PARTICULARS WHICH HE POSSESSES TO SUBSTANTIATE HIS CLAIM.

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HSD REGIONAL । ' MOVES TO NEW

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THE HONG KONG K'EGIMNAI OFFICE OF THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED 'ROM SUNN KG PLAZA, CAUSEWAY BAY, TO i .1 EXCHANGE TOWER IN THE ' ,NE DISTRICT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE OFFICE'S NEW ADDRESS IS 21ST AND 22ND FLOORS, EAST EXCHANGE TOWER, 38 LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

THE ENQUIRIES TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8948505.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE. CARRIAGEWAY OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AT BE CLOSED FROM 12.01 AM TO 5.30 AM

ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE THE SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND CHEONG WING ROAD INTERCHANGE WILL ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 131.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD HEADING FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE KWAI J R AD • | H OUND, TAI LIN PAI ROAD, KWAI ON ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND.

OWING TO DRAINAGE WORKS, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, 10 AM ON SUNDAY.

LEI MUK ROAD EASTBOUND SECTION PEAK ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 45 WILL BE CLOSED FOR TWO MONTHS FROM

DURING THE CLOSURE, A LEFT TURN WILL BE ALLOWED WING ROAD SOUTHBOUND TO KWOK SHUI ROAD. MOTORISTS MAY USE ROAD AND KWOK SHUI ROAD TO GAIN ACCESS TO LEI MUK ROAD.

FROM CHEUNG

CHEUNG WING

IN TUEN MUN TUEN MUN ROAD NEAR ROTATION ON SUNDAY

THREE LANES OF THE KOWLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY

SHAM TSENG BRIDGE WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED BECAUSE OF ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

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THE FAST AND MIDDLE LANES WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND NOON, AND THE SLOW LANE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1.30 PM AND 4 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 19§9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POLICE CADETS PASSING OUT PARADE .......................... 1

REMINDER ON EXPIRY OF ROAD TRAFFIC LAW GRACE PERIOD........ 3

ENTRIES INVITED FOR CIVIC EDUCATION CARTOON CONTEST ....... k

SLOGAN COMPETITION TO PROMOTE DISTRICT FESTIVAL.......... 5

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KENNEDY TOWN ............ 6

NEW BUS ROUTE TO SERVE SHA TIN ............................ 7

TENDERS INVITED FOR BUILDING ROAD CONNECTIONS ............. 7

RE-ROUTEING OF SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST............... 8

URBAN CLEARWAY NEAR LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD ................. 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WONG TAI SIN ....................... 8

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 1989

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POLICE CADETS PASSING OUT PARADE * * * * *

TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY EIGHT POLICE CADET GRADUATES WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR TWO-YEAR TRAINING WERE REMINDED THAT "KNOWLEDGE IS , STEP WHICH FEW MAY CLIMB WHILE DUTY IS A PATH WHICH ALL MAY TREAD".

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON A JI ,G, WHEN HE TOOK THE SALUTE AT HIS LAST PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE 1 1.1 JE CADET SCHOOL IN FAN GARDENS TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR ANNING TOLD THE GRADUATES : "YOUR DUTIES WILL BE MANY A ) VARIED, AND WILL BE OWED TO YOUR EMPLOYER, YOUR FAMILY AND Tu TilE COMMUNITY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO SERVE.

"REMEMBER THAT IT IS ON THE YOUTH OF TODAY, THAT THE HOPES OF O >’ OMMUNITY REST, AND THE STABILITY, PROSPERITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SOCIETY LIE," THE POLICE CHIEF SAID.

NOTING THAT TRAINING IN THE SCHOOL HAD BEEN EMPHASISED ON THE VALUES OF SELF-DISCIPLINE, MORALITY, INTEGRITY AND DUTY, MR ANNING POINTED OUT THAT "IN ANY CIVILISED SOCIETY THESE ARE THE VERY PILLARS UPON WHICH THE FOUNDATION OF ORDER RESTS AND, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHICH SERVICE YOU HAVE OPTED TO JOIN, ARE EQUALLY VALUED BY ALL".

"AS YOU STAND HERE TODAY, ON THE THRESHOLD OF YOUR NEW CAREERS, THE FUTURE MIGHT INDEED APPEAR BRIGHT BUT REMEMBER MANY TEMPTATIONS, SUCCESSES AND DISAPPOINTMENTS LIE AHEAD.

"LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS A SMOOTH JOURNEY AND ALTHOUGH SOME OF YOU WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ENJOY CONSIDERABLE ACHIEVEMENTS, WITH PROMOTIONS AND RECOGNITION, ALL WILL NOT BE EQUALLY FORTUNATE."

POINTING OUT THAT THE GRADUATES WERE AMONG THE LAST CADETS AT THE SCHOOL, THE COMMISSIONER EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHOOL MUST CLOSE DUE TO THE FACT THAT GOVERNMENT’S EDUCATION POLICIES HAD VIRTUALLY DRIED UP THE POOL FROM WHICH THE POLICE USED TO DRAW CANDIDATES.

HE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE COMMANDANT AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS IN PRODUCING WELL TRAINED, CONFIDENT YOUNG MEN WHO MAKE EXCELLENT MATERIAL FOR JOINING ANY ORGANISATION.

OF THE 248 CADET GRADUATES, 235 HAVE OPTED TO JOIN THE POLICE FORCE, AND ONE EACH TO THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE PARADE, MR RAYMON URGED YOUNGSTERS TO CONSIDER THE POLICE FORCE AS A CAREER.

"WE HAVE VACANCIES. WE NEED SMART YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO JOIN US. THIS WILL BE A GREAT HELP TO US AND A GREAT BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG.

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"PERHAPS I CAN TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY OF APPEALING TO ANYBODY WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN THE POLICE AS A CAREER NOT TO HESTITATE TO APPLY TO JOIN US.”

MR ANNING’S COMMENTS CAME IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION CONCERNING THE PRESENT MANNING SITUATION WITHIN THE FORCE.

"WE CAN ALWAYS DO WITH MORE POLICEMEN,” HE SAID.

"WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A RECRUITING DRIVE AT THE MOMENT A E HAVE HAD SOME DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING ENOUGH RECRUITS."

ASKED WHY, IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, CONSIDERATION WAS NOT GIVEN TO RETAINING THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL, THE COMMISSIONER EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHOOL WAS NOT BEING CLOSED OF CHOICE BUT BECAUSE OF A CHANGE IN THE EDUCATION POLICIES IN HONG KONG. THE POOL ON WHICH THE SCHOOL DREW FOR RECRUITS HAD DIMINISHED TO A LEVEL WHEN IT WAS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS.

"THEREFORE WE ARE HAVING TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL."

"IT IS WITH SOME REGRET BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS THE SCHOOL HAS PRODUCED SOME VERY FINE RECRUITS NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR THE OTHER DISCIPLINED SERVICES IN HONG KONG,” MR ANNING POINTED OUT.

COMMENTING ON THE POLICE OPERATION THE PREVIOUS EVENING TO QUELL DISTURBANCES IN THE WHITEHEAD DENTENTION CENTRE, MR ANNING SAID HE HOPED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAD NOTED THE SPEED AT WHICH POLICE WERE ABLE TO RESPOND ONCE THEY HAD BEEN CALLED UPON TO ASSIST THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ORDER HAD BEEN RESTORED VERY QUICKLY AND THIS SHOULD REASSURE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT THE POLICE ARE ABLE TO RESPOND PROMPTLY AND EFFICIENTLY TO DISORDER INSIDE CAMPS WHETHER THEY BE THOSE MANNED BY POLICE THEMSELVES OR OTHER AGENCIES.

MR ANNING HAD ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE PREPAREDNESS OF THE FORCE WHEN RESPONDING TO A QUESTION ON "THE SO-CALLED IDEA OF VIGILANTE SQUADS".

"THE LAW DOES NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO ARM THEMSELVES AND USURP THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POLICE FORCE," HE STRESSED.

"YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD POLICE FORCE IN HONG KONG, WELL MANNED, WELL EQUIPPED AND I AM CONFIDENT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF MAINTAINING ORDER. IT IS THEREFORE QUITE IMPROPER FOR PEOPLE TO ILLEGALLY TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS."

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REMINDER ON EXPIRY OF ROAD TRAFFIC LAW GRACE PERIOD t » * t »

STANDING IN THE GOODS COMPARTMENT OR SITTING ON THE LOAD OF A MOVING GOODS VEHICLE IS DANGEROUS AND WILL BE AN OFFENCE FROM SEPTEMBER 1. A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY (SATURDAY).

UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TRAFFIC CONTROL) REGULATIONS. ALL PASSENGERS OF GOODS VEHICLES MUST BE SEATED AND SEATS PROPERLY CONSTRUCTED AND SECURED TO THE BODYWORK OF THE VEHICLES.

THE REGULATIONS, WHICH WERE PASSED IN 1984. ALLOWED A FIVE-YEAR GRACE PERIOD FOR OWNERS OF GOODS VEHICLES TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ALTERATION TO THEIR VEHICLES. THEY ALSO REQUIRE ALL TYPES OF GOODS VEHICLES TO ADHERE STRICTLY TO THE SEATING CAPACITY SPECIFIED IN THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT.

GOODS VEHICLE OWNERS SHOULD NOTIFY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICES OF ANY NEW SEATS PROVIDED IN THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE SO THAT SEATING CAPACITY IN THE VEHICLES REGISTRATION DOCUMENT CAN BE AMENDED.

ANY PERSON FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE SEATING REQUIREMENTS IS LIABLE ON FIRST CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $5,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE MONTHS. AND ON SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $10,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE FIVE-YEAR GRACE PERIOD FOR OTHER LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS WOULD EXPIRE ON AUGUST 24.

OPERATORS IN THE TRANSPORT TRADE. IN PARTICULAR TAXIS. GOODS VEHICLES AND BUSES, ARE URGED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS.

ANY PERSON FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THESE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $10,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS WILL BE MANDATORY FROM AUGUST 25.

1989:

A) ALL VEHICLES

* MOTOCYCLES AND INVALID CARRIAGES MUST BE FITTED WITH ONE STOP LAMP. ALL OTHER MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAILERS MUST BE FITTED WITH TWO STOP LAMPS.

» ALL WINDSCREENS. WINDOWS AND PARTITIONS MUST BE OF SAFETY GLASS OR SAFETY GLAZING OF A TYPE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. NO ALTERATION OR ADDITION TO ANY WINDSCREEN. WINDOW OR PARTITION CAN BE ALLOWED TO ENHANCE THEIR GLAZING.

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* EXCEPT FOR LAND TRACTORS. MOTOR VEHICLES WHICH ARE REQUIRED TO BE FITTED WITH AUTOMATIC WINDSCREEN WIPERS MUST HAVE WASHERS.

B) GOODS VEHICLES’ AND TRAILERS' REAR MARKINGS

» GOODS VEHICLES OVER 5.5 TONNES BUT NOT EXCEEDING 13 METRES LONG; AND TRAILERS OVER ONE TONNE UNLADEN WEIGHT WHICH FORM A PART OF COMBINATION VEHICLES WITH OVERALL LENGTH NOT EXCEEDING 13 METRES MUST BE FITTED WITH A REAR REFLECTIVE MARKING OF RED AND YELLOW STRIPES.

» GOODS VEHICLES OVER 5.5 TONNES AND EXCEEDING 13 METRES LONG AND TRAILERS OVER ONE TONNE UNLADEN WEIGHT AND FORMING A PART OF COMBINATION VEHICLES EXCEEDING 13 METRRES LONG MUST BE FITTED WITH A "LONG VEHICLE" REAR REFLECTIVE MARKING.

VEHICLE OWNERS SHOULD OBTAIN THESE MARKINGS FROM A SPECIALIST MANUFACTURER. THEY SHOULD NOT MAKE THE MARKINGS THEMSELVES.

C) TAXIS

» TAXIMETERS MUST BE ABLE TO SHOW THE SURCHARGE FOR BAGGAGE, ANIMALS OR BIRDS. TUNNEL TOLLS AND FERRY FARES. THIS REQUIREMENT DOES NOT MAKE THE USE OF ELECTRONIC TAXIMETERS MANDATORY, THOUGH MECHANICAL METERS WHICH CANNOT SHOW THE SURCHARGES CANNOT BE USED LEGALLY AFTER AUGUST 24.

DRIVERS AND OWNERS OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES WHO HAVE FURTHER ENQUIRIES ON THE REGULATIONS MAY CONTACT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ON 5-8691166.

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ENTRIES ARE BEING INVITED FOR A CARTOON COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS.

THE COMPETITION, CO-ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, ALSO AIMS AT ENHANCING LOCAL PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN DRAWING.

ENTRIES MUST CARRY A CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE. THE SUBJECTS MAY INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SOCIAL VIRTUES, CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, INDEPENDENT THINKING AND JUDGEMENT, AND SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

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THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE DIVISIONS - PRIMARY STUDENTS, SECONDARY STUDENTS AND OPEN.

THE THREE WINNERS IN EACH DIVISION WILL RECEIVE TROPHIES AND GIFT COUPONS. THERE WILL ALSO BE PRIZES FOR NINE OUTSTANDING ENTRIES.

PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WHO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT MAY ENTER, AND THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES FROM EACH CONTESTANT.

SCHOOLS ARE PARTICULARLY WELCOME TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION WHICH CAN SERVE AS A CIVIC EDUCATION LESSON.

ENTRY FORMS, WHICH PROVIDE DRAWING SPACE AT THE BACK, ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ALL THE ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE, BEFORE 5.30 PM ON SEPTEMBER 16.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY CALLING MISS TERESA LEUNG ON 5-540271.

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SLOGAN COMPETITION TO PROMOTE DISTRICT FESTIVAL » ♦ » » »

RESIDENTS AND STUDENTS IN WONG TAI SIN ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A SLOGAN COMPETITION TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION - ORGANISED BY THE 1989 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD - IS TO PUBLICISE THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL AND TO ENCOURAGE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION BY RESIDENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID THE THEME OF THE FESTIVAL WAS, "ACTIVE PARTICIPATION BRINGS CREATIVITY TO THE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES; JOINT EFFORTS GIVE A NEW LOOK TO THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT".

"THE SLOGANS MUST CARRY A MESSAGE ON THE THEME OF THE FESTIVAL AND THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION," HE STRESSED.

"EACH ENTRY SHOULD CARRY NOT MORE THAN 16 CHINESE CHARACTERS.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE WONG TAI SIN DISIRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS SEPTEMBER 2.

VALUABLE PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE EIGHT BEST ENTRIES.

THE 1989 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 4 AND 26.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KENNEDY TOWN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 14). TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KENNEDY TOWN TO FACILITATE TRAM TRACK RENEWAL.

A NUMBER OF MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

CATCHICK STREET WESTBOUND BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND DAVIS STREET. AND DAVIS STREET BETWEEN CATCHICK STREET AND HAU WO STREET. WILL BOTH BE CLOSED.

VEHICLES ON CATCHICK STREET WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SMITHFIELD AND HAU WO STREET TO JOIN DAVIS STREET.

HAU WO STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

THE EXISTING GREEN MINIBUS TERMINUS FOR ROUTE 23 AT THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF HAU WO STREET NEAR SMITHFIELD WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE AT THE OTHER END OF HAU WO STREET.

ALL METERED PARKING SPACES IN THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF HAU WO STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

MEANWHILE. ALL VEHICLES OVER MORE THAN 3.5 METRES HIGH OR 10 METRES LONG WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER HAU WO STREET BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND DAVIS STREET FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS.

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS:

- THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SMITHFIELD BETWEEN CATCHICK STREET AND HAU WO STREET:

- THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF DAVIS STREET BETWEEN HAU WO STREET AND BELCHER’S STREET:

- THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HAU WO STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SMITHFIELD TO A POINT ABOUT 105 METRES TO THE WEST:

- THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HAU WO STREET FROM ITS

JUNCTION WITH DAVIS STREET TO A POINT ABOUT SEVEN METRES TO

THE EAST: AND

- THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HAU WO STREET FROM ITS

JUNCTION WITH DAVIS STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 36 METRES TO THE EAST.

IN ADDITION. FORBES STREET BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND CADOGAN STREET WILL BE MADE A PEAK HOUR (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM - 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

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

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NEW BUS ROUTE TO SERVE SHA TIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A NEW BUS ROUTE NO. 60R OPERATING BETWEEN CITY ONE. SHA TIN AND CENTRAL (EDINBURGH PLACE) WILL COMMENCE OPERATION ON MONDAY (AUGUST 14).

THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM 7.30 AM TO 8.20 AM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS AT A FREQUENCY OF 10 MINUTES AND WILL CHARGE $15 PER PASSENGER.

THE BUS WILL TRAVEL VIA NGAN SHING STREET, SIU LEK YUEN ROAD. TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD. WATERLOO ROAD, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, HONG CHONG ROAD, CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, GLOUCESTER ROAD, HARCOURT ROAD, COTTON TREE DRIVE, QUEENSWAY, TAMAR STREET. HARCOURT ROAD. COTTON TREE DRIVE, LAMBETH WALK. CHATER ROAD, JACKSON ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND EDINBURGH PLACE.

ITS STOPPING LOCATIONS INCLUDE CITY ONE SHA TIN BUS TERMINUS (OUTER TERMINAL POINT), GLOUCESTER ROAD (OUTSIDE LUK KWOK HOTEL). ADMIRALTY MTR STATION AND EDINBURGH PLACE OUTSIDE CITY HALL.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR BUILDING ROAD CONNECTIONS

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THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS LINKING TIN SHUI WAI AND YUEN LONG TOWN.

THE TIN SHUI WAI EAST ACCESS AND LONG PING ESTATE LINK WILL BE BUILT AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIN SHUI WAI.

THE CONTRACT ALSO INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS. FOOTPATHS. A CYCLE TRACK, A BRIDGE. A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY AND LANDSCAPING WORKS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 26 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 8.

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RE-R0UTE1NG OF SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT BECAUSE OF ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS. SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST BETWEEN KAM WA STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES TO THE NORTH WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 14). FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH.

VEHICLES LEAVING THE SHAU KEI WAN MARKET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST. THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE BOAT YARDS. A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD AND A KUNG NGAM ROAD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 14). THE SLIP ROAD LINKING LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY DAILY.

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WONG TAI SIN

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THAT TO CONNECTION

I 12.05 AM

THE SECTION

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PLACEMENT OF U-BEAMS ACROSS LUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AND APPROACHES PROJECT. FROM DATIV BETWEEN MONDAY (AUGUST 14) AND AUGUST 2 3 CHEUNG ROAD IN SHEUNG YUEN LING WILL BE REDUCED FROM TWO-LANE TO ONE-LANE TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION.

FACILITATE

WITH THE

TO 6 AM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR FIRST QUARTER........... 1

VOTER REGISTRATION BEGINS ON AUGUST 15..................... 5

POLICE PERSONNEL COMPETENT IN RESUMING MILITARY’S BORDER

DUTIES .................................................. 5

GOOD RECORD MAINTAINED ON USE OF PRESSURE EQUIPMENT........ 7

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS FIGURE FOR JULY.......................... 9

52 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE..................... 9

PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES HANDLED THREE MILLION CASES 10 KWAI TSING DISTRICT TO TRAIN COMMUNITY LEADERS ............ 11

KCR SERVICES, FACILITIES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA............ 11

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS OBJECTIONABLE SIGNBOARDS........... 12

YAU TSIM DB 'TO DISCUSS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD........... 15

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ................ 15

NEEDY STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.......... 14

FISHING SEASON TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH IN RESERVOIRS .......... 15

WATER CUTS IN FOUR DISTRICTS .............................. 16

ROAD CLOSURES IN WESTERN .................................. 17

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HUN9 HOM, TUEN MUN ................ 18

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 1989

INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR FIRST QUARTER

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THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989, AT 109, WAS 4 POINTS OR 3.8 PER CENT ABOVE THAT FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988. ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS COMPARES WITH THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATES OF 8.1 PER Cl J IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988, 6.3 PER CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1988, 3.4 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1988, 6.1 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988, AND WITH THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATE OF 6 PER CENT FOR 1988.

COMPARED WITH THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988, THE INDEX SHOWED A DECREASE OF 24 POINTS OR 18 PER CENT. THIS SIGNIFICANT DROP WAS A SEASONAL PHENOMENON CAUSED MAINLY BY THE INCIDENCE OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

INDUSTRIES SHOWING THE LARGEST INCREASES IN PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1988 WERE : MACHINERY, EXCEPT ELECTRICAL (+29.2 PER CENT); PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS (+13.2 PER CENT); BASIC METALS (+12.7 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MACHINERY (+10.4 PER CENT); AND NEWSPAPER PRINTING, JOB PRINTING AND OTHER PRINTING (+9.8 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRIES REPORTED A DECLINE IN PRODUCTION COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 : RUBBER PRODUCTS (-13.4 PER CENT); PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-10.5 PER CENT); WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS, AND FURNITURE AND FIXTURES (EXCEPT PRIMARILY OF METAL) (-4.5 PER CENT); TOBACCO (-2.6 PER CENT); LEATHER PRODUCTS AND FOOTWEAR (EXCEPT RUBBER, PLASTIC AND WOODEN FOOTWEAR) (-0.9 PER CENT); AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (-0.9 PER CENT).

COMPARING THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WITH THAT IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED REPORTED SOME DECREASES IN PRODUCTION.

THE MORE SIGNIFICANT DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRIES : TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITTING) (-28.2 PER CENT); LEATHER PRODUCTS AND FOOTWEAR (EXCEPT RUBBER, PLASTIC AND WOODEN FOOTWEAR)

(-23.8 PER CENT); PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-22.1 PER CENT); FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (-21.5 PER CENT); PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-21.4 PER CENT); WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT KNITWEAR AND FOOTWEAR (-20.5 PER CENT); AND PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS (-20.2 PER CENT).

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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 CHANGES OVER TIME OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING OUTPUT IN REAL TERMS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE VOLUME OF PRODUCTION IS MEASURED AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

A TABLE SHOWING CHANGES IN THE INDEXES OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN GREATER DETAIL IS INCLUDED.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE "REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, FIRST QUARTER 1989". WHICH IS ON SALE AT S3 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234832.

INDEXES OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION BY INDUSTRY GROUP

( 1986 = 100)

INDUSTRY GROUP INDEXES FOR 1ST QTR. 1989 % CHANGE OVER

1ST QTR. 1988 4TH QTR. 1988

FOOD 110 + 6.8 i 00

BEVERAGE 93 + 3.3 -9.7

TOBACCO 149 -2.6 -18.1

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT KNITWEAR AND FOOTWEAR 101 + 3.1 -20.5

TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITTING) 89 + 1 . 1 -28.2

PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS 146 + 13.2 -20.2

NEWSPAPER PRINTING, JOB PRINTING AND OTHER PRINTING 135 + 9.8 -12.3

CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS 105 + 8.2 -11.0

RUBBER PRODUCTS 110 -13.4 -8.3

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 77 -10.5 -21.4

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LON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS 107 0.0 -14.4

EASIC METALS 124 + 12.7 -12.7

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 117 + 3.5 -21.5

MACHINERY, EXCEPT ELECTRICAL 168 + 29.2 -4<0

CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 130 + 1.6 -7.1

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MACHINERY 148 + 10.4 -13.5

PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 109 + 9.0 -22.1

LEATHER PRODUCTS AND FOOTWEAR (EXCEPT RUBBER, PLASTIC AND WOODEN FOOTWEAR) 112 -0.9 -23.8

WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS, AND FURNITURE AND FIXTURES (EXCEPT PRIMARILY OF METAL) 84 -4.5 -14.3

TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 106 -0.9 -1.9

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, N.E.S. 114 1 co 00 -8.8

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 109 + 3.8 -18.0

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VOTER REGISTRATION BEGINS ON AUGUST 15 * * » * *

THE 1989 VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 15 AND LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30.

THE ANNUAL EXERCISE IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO ENROL AS ELECTORS SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE PART IN DECIDING WHO SHOULD REPRESENT THEM ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS.

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CALLING ON THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO BECOME ELECTORS TO KERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO REGISTER. THE PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER iELECTORAL SERVICES), MR WAN YIU-S1NG. SAID: "ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO ORDINARY ELECTION IN THE COMING YEAR, IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO GET ONE’S NAME ON THE ELECTORAL REGISTER.

"THE PROCESS OF REGISTRATION IS VERY SIMPLE. JUST PICK UP A FORM AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE, POST OFFICE, HOUSING ESTATE .?■ IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OFFICE OR ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE

HONGKONG BANK OR HANG SENG BANK. FILL IT IN AND PLACE IT IN BOX. "

MR WAN SAID OF THE 3.5 MILLION ELIGIBLE ELECTORS. OVER 1.6 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT HAD ALREADY REGISTERED. HE URGED THE REMAINING 1.9 MILLION PEOPLE TO SIGN UP QUICKLY.

THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION ARE SIMPLE. MR WAN SAID.

"ANYONE WHO IS 21 YEARS OLD OR OVER AND HAS BEEN ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS OR WHO IS A HONG KONG PERMAN . RESIDENT IS ELIGIBLE.

"FOR THIS EXERCISE. ANYONE BORN IN 1968 WILL MEET THE AGE QUALIFICATION," HE SAID.

THE TERM "HONG KONG PERMANENT RESIDENT" COVERS CHINESE PERSONS '.IIO HAVE ORDINARILY RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR A CONTINUOUS PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AND PERSONS WHO ARE BRITISH DEPENDENT 1 TRITORIES CITIZENS BY VIRTUE OF A CONNECTION WITH HONG KONG. SUCH AS BY BIRTH. ADOPTION. NATURALISATION OR REGISTRATION IN HONG KONG.

MR V\: ADDED THAT DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD, A PILOT .< HEME WOULD BE MOUNTED IN TWO DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES. NAMELY, MONG KOK WEST AND YUEN LONG RURAL CENTRAL.

THIS EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICERS. PRIVATE TENEMENTS IN THESE TWO CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE VISITED COMPREHENSIVELY BY COMMUNITY ORGANISERS.

"THE OBJECTIVE IS TWO-FOLD." MR WAN SAID, "ONE IS TO ASSIST RESIDENTS IN COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION FORMS AND THE OTHER IS TO CONFIRM THE VALIDITY OR OTHERWISE OF THE ADDRESS OF THOSE ELECTORS REGISTERED UNDER SUCH PREMISES TO FACILITATE THE UPDATING OF THE ELECTORAL REGISTER."

THE PILOT SCHEME IS BEING WIDELY PUBLICISED WITHIN THE TWO CONSTITUENCIES AND RESIDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE DATE OF VISIT BY NOTICES POSTED AT THE BUILDINGS.

MR WAN ALSO URGED REGISTERED ELECTORS TO REPORT ANY CHANGE OF THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. THIS CAN BE DONE BY FILLING IN A REGISTRATION FORM OR BY LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION. HARBOUR CENTRE. 10TH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD. WAN CHAI. HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY CALLING 5-270380 OR 5-270369.

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POLICE PERSONNEL COMPETENT IN RESUMING MILITARY’S BORDER DUTIES

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IT IS NOT ANTICIPATED THAT BORDER DUTIES TO BE RESUMED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE DURING AND AFTER THE PHASED WITHDRAWAL OF BRITISH MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL POSE ANY DIFFICULTY FOR POLICE OFFICERS OF THE FIELD PATROL DETACHMENT.

AS REGULAR CONSULTATIONS CONTINUE BETWEEN POLICE AND ARMY OVER THE LOGISTICS OF THE BORDER DUTIES, PLANS ARE IN HAND FOR THE FIRST POLICE COMPANY TO MOVE TO THE AREA IN DECEMBER NEXT YEAR WITH FULL RESUMPTION BEING COMPLETED BY 1993.

DURING A VISIT TO THE BORDER, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE MR RAYMON ANNING EMPHASISED THE COMPETENCE OF POLICE PERSONNEL IN RESUMING DUTIES CURRENTLY BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE MILITARY.

EXPERSSING ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE IN POLICE DEPLOYMENT AT THE BORDER MR ANNING SAID: "THE POLICE ARE IN FACT RESUMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BORDER, WHICH THEY ALWAYS HAD PRIOR TO MID-1979.

"THE ARMY TOOK OVER WHEN THERE WAS A SERIOUS INFLUX OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THE FORCE WAS HARD PRESSED AS A RESULT.

"TO COPE WITH THEIR NORMAL DAY TO DAY DUTIES POLICE OFFICERS ARE ALREADY TRAINED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF PATROL TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES AND THERE IS NOTHING NEW THAT COULD NOT BE EASILY ADAPTED TO COVER BORDER RESPONSIBILITIES."

MR ANNING SAID THE FIELD PATROL DETACHMENT WOULD ALREADY HAVE ATTENDED 12 WEEKS POLICE TACTICAL UNIT TRAINING AS WELL AS A MONTH'S FAMILIARISATION TRAINING BEFORE TAKING UP THEIR BORDER DUTIES.

"ADDITIONALLY THE STRUCTURE AND ORGANISATION- OF A TACTICAL UNIT COMPANY IDEALLY LENDS ITSELF FOR BORDER DUTIES, WHICH ARE SPLIT INTO COMPANY AND PLATOON AREAS OF TACTICAL RESPONSIBILITY," MR ANNING SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THE FORCE COMPETENCE FOR THE TASK COULD NOT BE DOUBTED.

"BY THE VERY NATURE OF THEIR JOB, POLICE OFFICERS ARE ACCUSTOMED TO UNDERTAKING A NUMBER OF TASKS AND TO WORK IRREGULAR HOURS. THEREFORE IT IS NOT ANTICIPATED THAT BORDER DUTIES WILL POSE ANY DIFFICULTY TO THE AVERAGE POLICE OFFICER; INDEED HE CARRIES OUT FAR MORE DIFFICULT TASKS IN HIS ROUTINE POLICE DUTIES.

"HE IS HIGHLY TRAINED, EVEN BEFORE DETACHMENT TO THE FPD, WITH AT LEAST TWO YEARS’ SERVICE. THE SKILLS AND TRAINING REQUIRED BY A POLICE OFFICER FAR EXCEED WHAT IS REQUIRED ON THE BORDER AND THE ATTACHMENT WILL REPRESENT ONLY A SHORT SPAN IN THE OFFICER’S CAREER."

MR ANNING SAID THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE OFFICERS IN THE DETACHMENT WOULD BE CHINESE WOULD BE AN ADVANTAGE.

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"ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS ADVANTAGE IN COMMUNICATING WITH THE LOCAL RESIDENTS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO INTERROGATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARRESTED IMMEDIATELY AT THE SCENE TO ASCERTAIN HOW THEY MANAGED TO ENTER THE TERRITORY AND IN WHAT NUMBERS.

"THE FACT THAT FPD OFFICERS WILL BE WORKING ALONGSIDE FRONTIER DIVISIONAL OFFICERS WILL ALSO REMOVE ANY DIFFICULTIES IN INTER-SERVICE LIAISON."

MR ANNING DID NOT FORESEE POLICE MORALE BEING BADLY AFFECTED BY THEIR HAVING TO CARRY OUT BORDER DUTIES.

"POLICE OFFICERS ARE ALREADY USED TO WORKING IRREGULAR AND SOMETIMES UNSOCIAL HOURS. FOR THE VAST MAJORITY THIS WILL CONSTITUTE A NEW AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY WITH NEW DUTIES WHICH SHOULD ADD INTEREST AND INCENTIVE TO DO THE JOB EFFECTIVELY.

"ON FULL RESUMPTION OF BORDER DUTIES THE ATTACHMENT WILL BE RELATIVELY SHORT - 12 WEEKS. HAVING ALREADY UNDERTAKEN THE FULL 12 WEEKS QUOTA OF PTU INTERNAL SECURITY TRAINING, AND A FURTHER MONTH’S FAMILIARISATION TRAINING IN READINESS FOR THE BORDER COMMITMENTS, OFFICERS WILL BE FIT, KEEN AND ACTIVE AND A SPELL IN THE COUNTRYSIDE SHOULD PRODUCE NO PHYSICAL STRAIN.

"THEY WILL FOLLOW THE BORDER DUTIES WITH A FOUR WEEK QUICK REACTION FORCE PHASE WITH FPD BEFORE RETURNING TO THEIR PARENT REGION FOR A 20 WEEK CYCLE AS A POLICE TACTICAL UNIT COMPANY.

ASKED WHAT EXTRA TRAINING WOULD BE REQUIRED IN PREPARATION FOR THE RESUMPTION OF BORDER DUTIES, MR ANNING SAID THE MONTH’S FAMILIARISATION TRAINING WITH THE FPD WOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE USE AND INTERPRETATION OF VARIOUS TECHNICAL AIDS NOW IN USE.

"AS THE BORDER WILL BE NEW GROUND FOR THE MAJORITY OF OFFICERS THEY WILL ALSO BE GIVEN AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUAINT THEMSELVES WITH CLOSED AREA IN WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO WORK."

TURNING TO THE SIZE OF THE FIELD PATROL DETACHMENT, MR ANNING SAID THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT ON THE NEED FOR SIX COMPANIES - 1,020 MEN - HAD BEEN BASED ON THE THEN KNOWN MILITARY DEPLOYMENT. HOWEVER IT HAD BEEN DECIDED TO RAISE FIVE COMPANIES INITIALLY AND REVIEW THE NEED TO RAISE A SIXTH IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE.

"ON THE TOP OF THIS, THERE WILL BE A TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS WHICH WILL AMOUNT TO 150 OFFICERS. THERE WILL BE PHASED TAKE-OVER OF BORDER COMMITMENT STARTING TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT YEAR WHEN THE FIRST COMPANY IS DEPLOYED AND GRADUALLY BUILDING UP UNTIL THE FULL RESUMPTION OF DUTIES BY 1993."

ASKED IF HE THOUGHT RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA WOULD HAVE ANY LONG TERM EFFECT ON THE OVERALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SITUATION, MR ANNING SAID THAT FIGURES HAD BEEN RUNNING LOWER SO FAR THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH CORRESPONDING MONTHS IN 1988 AND THIS HAD APPLIED BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE JUNE 4 EVENTS IN PEKING.

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’’OVER THE YEARS THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PATTERNS HAVE VARIED FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, MOST OF WHICH COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PREDICTED AT THE TIME.

’’CLOSED LIAISON HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE MAINTAINED WITH THE BORDER AUTHORITIES ON THE MAINLAND AND WE WOULD USE THIS CHANNEL TO CONVEY OUR CONCERN SHOULD SUDDEN INFLUXES OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BECOME EVIDENT.”

MR ANNING WAS ASKED IF THE FORCE COULD RECRUIT SUFFICIENT OFFICERS TO MEET THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RESUMED BORDER DUTIES.

"OUR CURRENT RECRUITMENT, ALBEIT LOWER THAN WE WOULD LIKE, IS SUFFICIENT FOR US TO MEET THIS COMMITMENT. WE ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE RECRUITMENT SITUATION BUT WE ARE STRIVING TO IMPROVE IT.

"EVEN WITH THESE RECRUITMENT PROBLEMS WE WILL MEET THIS COMMITMENT, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN CONSIDERABLE PRIORITY."

DURING HIS VISIT MR ANNING WAS BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS BEING MADE BY THE SPECIALLY FORMED ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DETACHMENT BY ITS CHIEF STAFF OFFICER MR VINCE CHAPMAN.

A DRAFT STUDY PAPER, HAS BEEN PRODUCED ON ASPECTS OF BORDER SECURITY AS THEY EXIST AND ON THE NEEDS OF THE POLICE FOR THE RESUMPTION OF BORDER DUTIES FROM THE ARMY.

DETAILS OF NEEDS IN COMMUNICATIONS, UNIFORMS, TRANSPORT AND CATERING ARE INCLUDED IN THE DRAFT STUDY.

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GOOD RECORD MAINTAINED ON USE OF PRESSURE EQUIPMENT * ♦ ♦ * *

HONG KONG MAINTAINS ONE OF THE BEST SAFETY RECORDS IN THE WORLD IN THE USE OF VARIOUS TYPES OF PRESSURE EQUIPMENT DESPITE A NUMBER OF FATAL ACCIDENTS IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

STATISTICS FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT THREE WORKERS WERE KILLED AND ONE INJURED IN FOUR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THE USE OF STEAM RECEIVERS, ALSO KNOWN AS KIERS, IN 1988.

A SIMILAR ACCIDENT REPORTED EARLY THIS YEAR ALSO RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF ONE WORKER.

"INVESTIGATIONS REVEALED THAT THE KIERS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENTS WERE EITHER NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED OR SUPERVISED BY CERTIFIED OPERATORS DURING THEIR OPERATION," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

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"IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT UNAUTHORISED ALTERATIONS HAD BEEN MADE TO THE KIERS AND SOME OF THEM HAD NO PRESSURE REDUCING VALVES IN THE SUPPLY STEAM PIPING ARRANGEMENT."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO AVOID ACCIDENTS, OWNERS OF PRESSURE EQUIPMENT SHOULD OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES:

» KIERS OR PRESSURE VESSELS AND THEIR ACCESSORIES SHOULD BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES AND MAJOR OVERHAULS TO BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSLES MUST BE CARRIED OUT BY

REPUTABLE ENGINEERING FIRM UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF

GOVERNMENT APPOINTED EXAMINERS;

» MODIFICATIONS TO PRESSURE EQUIPMENT MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MAKER AND THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AND A REPORT SHOULD BE MADE TO THE DIVISION IN CASE OF DOUBT ARISING FROM SURVEY INSPECTIONS;

KIERS OR STEAM RECEIVERS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH PRESSURE REDUCING VALVES IF THE MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE WORKING PRESSURE FOR OPERATION IS LOWER THAN THE BOILER SUPPLY STEAM PRESSURE;

» NO STEAM RECEIVER SHALL BE OPERATED EXCEPT UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION OF A COMPETENT PERSON POSSESSING A RELEVANT CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY; AND

» MAKERS’ OPERATION GUIDE BOOKS, MANUALS AND SAFE WORKING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES SHOULD BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED INSIDE THE PLANT FOR EASY REFERENCE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT DIVISION IS EMPOWERED UNDER THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS ORDINANCE TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE AND OPERATION OF PRESSURE EQUIPMENT INCLUDING BOILERS, STEAM RECEIVERS, STEAM CONTAINERS, AIR RECEIVERS AND THERMAL OIL HEATERS.

AT THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 21,300 BOILERS AND 53,000 PRESSURE VESSELS WERE REGISTERED WITH THE DIVISION.

IN ORDER TO ENHANCE SAFETY AWARENESS, THE DIVISION ADOPTS A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH THROUGH EDUCATION AND INSPECTION.

"BOOKLETS CONTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATUTORY, TECHNICAL AND SAFETY ASPECTS AS WELL AS THE PROPER OPERATION OF BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS ARE PUBLISHED FOR DISSEMINATION TO OWNERS AND ATTENDANTS OF SUCH EQUIPMENT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"SPOT CHECKS OF FACTORIES ARE ALSO MADE BY INSPECTORS AND PROSECUTIONS FOR BREACHES OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE WILL BE TAKEN OUT AGAINST OFFENDERS WHERE NECESSARY."

AS THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS ORDINANCE REQUIRES ALL TYPES OF BOILERS AND STEAM RECEIVERS TO BE ATTENDED TO BY COMPETENT PERSONS DURING THEIR OPERATION, THE DIVISION CONDUCTS EXAMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR THE AWARD OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF BOILERS AND STEAM RECEIVERS.

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DURING 1988, 854 CANDIDATES WERE EXAMINED, OF WHOM 644 WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ON THE SAFE OPERATION OF PRESSURE EQUIPMENT AND THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY EXAMINATIONS MAY BE MADE TO THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT DIVISION, 17TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL OR BY TELEPHONING 5-8524182 OR 5-8524184.

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TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS FIGURE FOR JULY * * *

A TOTAL OF 1,974 CASUALTIES WERE RESULTED IN 1,460 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY LAST MONTH (JULY).

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT 311 OF THESE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 802 IN KOWLOON AND 347 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR JULY SHOWED THAT 29 PERSONS WERE KILLED, 408 PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED AND 1,537 WERE SLIGHTLY INJURED IN THESE ACCIDENTS.

THE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES AND ACCIDENTS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 17.2 PER CENT AND 12.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

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52 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE ♦ * » * *

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED A TOTAL OF 52 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN JUNE.

OF THE PLANS, 23 WERE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, SEVEN WERE FOR KOWLOON AND 22 WERE FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDED 17 FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS; 10 FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SEVEN FOR FACTORY OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 32 PROJECTS, INVOLVING 122,475.6 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 68,330.9 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT 41,335 MILLION, WITH USABLE FLOOR. AREAS FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USES BEING ABOUT 215,710.8 SQUARE METRES AND ABOUT 145,972.8 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

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ALSO DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED 40 OCCUPATION PERMITS: 17 FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, SEVEN FOR KOWLOON AND 16 FOR THE NEW

TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 21 DEMOLITION CONSENTS

AFFECTING 23 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 707 COMPLAINTS

ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 960 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 114

REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 392 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED TWO EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS.

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PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES HANDLED THREE MILLION CASES * * ♦ * *

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE 68 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAVE HANDLED A TOTAL OF ABOUT THREE MILLION CASES, A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THESE 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 REQUIRE LEGAL AND EXPERT ADVICE.

IN ADDITION, THE CENTRES HAVE ALSO DISTRIBUTED SOME 5.1 MILLION FORMS AND OTHER PUBLICITY MATERIALS.

DURING THE PERIOD, 335,000 DECLARATIONS AND OATHS WERE ADMINISTERED - MAINLY FOR TRUE COPY OF DOCUMENTS, EMIGRATION AND DISPUTES AND LOSS OF DOCUMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LAW SOCIETY AND CNTA, A TOTAL OF 1,402 CASES WERE REFERRED TO THE LAW SOCIETY.

FROM JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR, 9,599 PEOPLE ALSO CONSULTED THE RENT OFFICERS OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT POSTED AT 16 DISTRICT OFFICES ON RENT AND TENANCY PROBLEMS.

’’ANYONE WISHING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES MAY APPROACH THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE SECTION AT THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS ON THE 29TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, OR TELEPHONE 5-8351501,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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KWAI TSING DISTRICT TO TRAIN COMMUNITY LEADERS

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APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN FOR PEOPLE LIVING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT TO JOIN A COMMUNITY LEADERS TRAINING SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SCHEME, WITH A BUDGET OF $130,000, WILL OFFER COURSES ON COMMUNITY LEADER TRAINING, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TRAINING AND YOUTH PARTICIPATION.

THE COMMUNITY LEADERS TRAINING COURSE, SCHEDULED TO BE HELD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 17 AND 24, CONSISTS OF SEMINARS AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON THE FUNCTIONS OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, VISITS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING TRAINING.

THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TRAINING COURSE COMPRISES A TRAINING CAMP AND MOCK DISTRICT BOARD PROGRAMMES. IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE PHASES TO BE HELD BETWEEN OCTOBER AND FEBRUARY.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE COURSES ON COMMUNITY LEADER TRAINING AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TRAINING SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 5 AND SEPTEMBER 24 RESPECTIVELY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SEVEN SUB-OFFICES.

DETAILS OF THE YOUTH PARTICIPATION COURSE WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER THIS YEAR. ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE THREE COURSES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 0-4273593.

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KCR SERVICES, FACILITIES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * * * * *

SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY’S TAI WAI STATION WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15).

IN VIEW OF THE OVER-CROWDED SITUATION AT THE STATION. A MEMBER WILL ASK IF THE CURRENT PASSENGER FLOW AND CAPACITY DURING PEAK HOURS HAVE REACHED THE DESIGNED MAXIMUM.

ANOTHER MEMBER WILL PRESENT A PAPER ON FOUR PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE TRAIN SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT THE STATION.

A CO-OPTED MEMBER WILL ASK WHY ILLUMINATION INSIDE THE LION ROCK TUNNEL IS NOT AS GOOD AS THAT INSIDE THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

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THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER TWO PROPOSED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ROUTES FROM FO TAN TO TSUEN WAN CENTRAL AND FROM SHA TIN CENTRAL TO TSUEN WAN CENTRAL.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE PROVISION OF "STOP" SIGNS AND MARKING AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE SHA TIN CENTRAL BUS TERMINUS, THE PEDESTRIAN FLYOVER LINKING TAI WAI KCR STATION AND SUN CHUI ESTATE, A REVIEW OF BUS ROUTE 82K, AND REPORTS BY AD HOC WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) THE CLEARANCE OF OBJECTIONABLE SIGNBOARDS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CARRY OUT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WELCOME SIGNBOARD AT LOK FU MTR SITTING-OUT AREA AND A BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT IN FUNG WONG SAN TSUEN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS ON PROGRESS OF MINOR WORKS PROJECTS, A BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT IN YUK WAH CRESCENT AREA, STREET MANAGEMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED AT MEETINGS OF AREA COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET.

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YAU TSIM DB TO DISCUSS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE SETTING UP OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD (SDB) AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE SDB, APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN APRIL, WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT SPORTS ORGANISATIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION.

IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS IN DEVELOPING TRAINING PROGRAMMES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO VET SEVERAL APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES, AND REVIEW THE GUIDELINES ON ALLOCATING FUNDS FOR THESE ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER SIX APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR HOLDING COMMUNITY PROJECTS AT ITS THIRD MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) .

THE APPLICATIONS INVOLVE $20,860. THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO SUBSIDISE A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES ON LIFE OF THE ELDERLY AND FAMILY EDUCATION TO BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT IN THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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NEEDY STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ******

THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON STUDENT FINANCE, WHICH ADMINISTERS THE GOVERNMENT’S SCHEME OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY STUDENTS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS, TODAY (SUNDAY) ANNOUNCED THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR APPLICATIONS FROM NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 1989-90 ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE SCHEME PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF A COMBINATION OF GRANTS AND LOANS FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING FULL-TIME COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG, AND THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE (FOR POST-ADVANCED LEVEL STUDENTS ONLY). *

"TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE RESIDED OR BEEN DOMICILED IN HONG KONG CONTINUOUSLY FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THEIR APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE JOINT COMMITTEE SAID.

"PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS WHO SATISFY THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS OF AND HAVE APPLIED FOR ADMISSION TO EITHER UNIVERSITY MAY APPLY.*

"APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE STUDENT FINANCE SECTION, EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AT QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG OR THE INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED, ON PRODUCTION OF THE RESULT SLIPS OF THEIR ADVANCED/HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION OR NOTIFICATIONS OF PROVISIONAL OFFER IN RESPECT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

"THEY SHOULD, HOWEVER, SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERED ADMISSION BY THE UNIVERSITIES CONCERNED.

"NEW STUDENTS ADMITTED BY EITHER POLYTECHNIC OR THE BAPTIST COLLEGE MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS TAKING HIGHER DEGREE OR DIPLOMA COURSES WHO WOULD NOT HAVE EXCEEDED THEIR MINIMUM PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF REGISTRATION BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1989 WERE

A’SO ELIGIBLE TO APPLY (THE MINIMUM PERIOD OF REGISTRATION FOR A MASTER DEGREE IS NORMALLY TWO YEARS AND FOR A DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE, THREE YEARS).

ALL NEW STUDENTS SHOULD RETURN THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO THE INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED, AND THE CLOSING DATES FOR SUBMISSION ARE:

CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG : AUGUST 25, 1989

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG : EARLY SEPTEMBER 1989

HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC : OCTOBER 10, 1989

CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG ! OCTOBER 10, 1989

HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE : OCTOBER 10, 1989

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"APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ARE SUBJECT TO MEANS TESTS, WHICH TAKE INTO ACCOUNT A STUDENT’S FAMILY INCOME AND ASSETS LESS PERMITTED DEDUCTIONS TO ARRIVE AT THE STUDENT’S ANNUAL DISPOSABLE INCOME FOR SETTING AGAINST HIS GRANT/LOAN REQUIREMENTS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"UPON SUBMISSION OF HIS APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT AND/OR AN ADULT MEMBER OF HIS HOUSEHOLD WHO KNOWS THE FAMILY’S CIRCUMSTANCES (PREFERABLY THE PERSON WHO DECLARES HIS APPLICATION) WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW AT THE STUDENT FINANCE SECTION TO CLARIFY THE INFORMATION REPORTED IN THE APPLICATION."

THE SPOKESMAN SOUNDED A SPECIAL NOTE OF WARNING THAT INCORRECT OR INACCURATE INFORMATION NOT ONLY WOULD LEAD TO REJECTION OF AN APPLICATION BUT MIGHT ALSO GIVE RISE TO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE DECLARANT.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO STUDENT FINANCE SECTION, EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AT QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY (TEL. 5-8672738).

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FISHING SEASON TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH IN RESERVOIRS ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

ANGLERS WHO WANT TO INDULGE IN THEIR PASTIME IN LOCAL RESERVOIRS COULD DO SO FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

BUT FIRST THEY HAVE TO GET A FISHING LICENCE FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

A TOTAL OF 16 RESERVOIRS WILL BE OPENED FOR THE FISHING UNTIL THE END OF MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING LICENCE APPLICATIONS FROM AUGUST 21.

THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY CAN CALL AT THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF LEIGHTON CENTRE, LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT THE GROUND FLOOR OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S MAINLAND DEPOT AT THE JUNCTION OF SAI YEE STREET AND ARGYLE STREET IN MONG KOK, NGAU TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN ON WAH STREET, AND THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF PERFECT MOUNT GARDENS IN PO MAN STREET, SHAU KEI WAN.

APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND PAY A LICENCE FEE OF $20. A LICENCE WOULD NORMALLY BE ISSUED IMMEDIATELY UPON SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION.

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APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE BY POST TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT LEIGHTON CENTRE, GIVING THE APPLICANT’S NAME, ADDRESS, PHOTOCOPY OF HIS IDENTITY CARD, TOGETHER WITH A CROSSED CHEQUE OF $20 MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

A LICENCE WILL THEN BE SENT TO THE APPLICANT BY ORDINARY MAIL. A LICENCE WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 13.

A TOTAL OF 7,689 LICENCES WERE ISSUED LAST FISHING SEASON.

ANGLERS HAVE TO OBSERVE CERTAIN RULES WHILE FISHING IN RESERVOIRS. THEY SHOULD NOT USE A NET OR OTHER EQUIPMENT AS ONLY ROD AND LINE IS ALLOWED. EXPLOSIVES AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES ARE PROHIBITED. THE USE OF A BOAT, DINGHY OR RAFT FOR FISHING IS ALSO BANNED.

AN ANGLER’S DAILY CATCH SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN TWO BLACK BASS (360MM OR OVER IN LENGTH), TWO SNAKEHEAD (300MM OR OVER) AND TWO TILAPIA <180MM OR OVER).

THESE AND OTHER RULES ARE PRINTED ON THE BACK OF THE LICENCE.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) TO FACILITATE CLEANING WORK AT THE BEACON HILL HIGH LEVEL SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR*

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, AND BEACON HEIGHTS.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, NAM CHEONG STREET, CORNWALL STREET, RHONDDA ROAD AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, INCLUDING BEACON HEIGHTS.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10.30 AM TO 2.30 PM TO FACILITATE A WATER MAIN CONNECTION.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NAI PING ROAD, YUCCA DE LAC GARDEN RESTAURANT, CHEK NAI PING VILLAGE, TAI PO MEI VILLAGE, AND CHEUNG SHUE TAN VILLAGE.

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ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 17), SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9.30 AM TO 9 PM TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

ALSO, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED ON THE SAME DAY FROM 9 AM TO 9 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19) BECAUSE OF WATER IAIN CONNECTION WORKS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE SECTIONS IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED FOR FOUR 11 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FROM TUESDAY (AUGUST 15) CONSTRUCTION OF THE WESTERN STREET FOOTBRIDGE.

FOLLOWING ROAD NIGHTS BETWEEN TO FACILITATE

CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN WESTERN STREET AND CENTRE STREET: AND

WESTERN STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST

DURING THE CLOSURES, VEHICLES HEADING FOR CHINA MERCHANTS HOTEL, WESTERN PARK ROAD AND SHEUNG WAN PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA MAY TRAVEL VIA CHIU KWONG STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, WHILE THOSE GOING TO CONNAUGHT GARDEN MAY PROCEED VIA CENTRE STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR PREMISES IN WESTERN STRET WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM EASTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST TO NORTHBOUND WESTERN STREET.

MOTORISTS ON HILL ROAD FLYOVER HEADING FOR SHEUNG WAN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET. DES VOUEX ROAD WEST AND CENTRE STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

MOTORISTS GOING FROM KENNEDY TOWN TO SHEUNG WAN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, OR VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CENTRE STREET, TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HUNG HOM, TUEN MUN * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN HUNG HOM FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 15), THE SECTION OF WHAMPOA STREET, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH BULKELEY STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

IN TUEN MUN, THE SECTION OF WONG CHU ROAD BETWEEN LUNG MUN ROAD AND ROAD 16A WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVEN NIGHTS BETWEEN 1.30 AM AND 5.30 AM FROM AUGUST 15 TO 21 FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON LUNG .MUN ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA PUI TO ROAD, TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, TUEN HING ROAD AND TUEN MUN ROAD.

THOSE ON WONG CHU ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR TUEN MUN WEST WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA ROAD 16A, TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PUBLIC URGED TO GIVE VIEWS NOW ON BASIC LAW ................ 1

GOVT TAKES PRAGMATIC APPROACH IN COMPUTERISATION ........... 7

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ................. 9

UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR APRIL - JUNE .. 12

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS IN CNTA ANNOUNCED....................... 1J

SHA TIN HOLDING VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN ................ 14

PILOT SCHEME IN YUEN LONG TO VERIFY ELECTORAL ROLL.......... 15

SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ......... 15

DISTRICT SYP ENDS WITH A HIGH NOTE.......................... 16

CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO TRAIN YOUNG LEADERS ............ 17

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLLUTION IN SAI KUNG .............. 18

CONSTRUCTION OF ALDRICH BAY PLAYGROUND TO START NEXT MONTH . 18

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 19

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN HUNG HOM................................. 19

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THE SECRETARY, GENERAL DUTIES, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, TODAY (MONDAY) URGED HONG KONG PEOPLE TO ACT NOW TO PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

"THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME WHEN YOUR VIEWS ON THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT MATTER MORE," HE SAID.

IN A SPEECH ENTITLED "PICKING UP THE PIECES", TO A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, MR WIGGHAM NOTED THE PRESENT INDICATIONS WERE THAT THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES WOULD PREFER TO STICK TO THE ORIGINAL TIMETABLE FOR PROMULGATING THE BASIC LAW IN SPRING NEXT YEAR.

"I HOPE, HOWEVER, THAT IF IN THE EVENT IT IS CLEAR THAT MORE TIME IS NEEDED TO PRODUCE THE DEFINITIVE VERSION, THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES WILL EXTEND WHAT IS AFTER ALL A SELF-IMPOSED TIMETABLE," MR WIGGHAM SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE BASIC LAW WAS NOT TO TAKE EFFECT FOR ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS AND IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT IT CAME OUT RIGHT.

"WE MUST HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION," HE SAID.

IN THE CASE OF THOSE ARTICLES WHERE THERE WERE STILL DISSENTING VIEWS, MR WIGGHAM SAID THEY SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE DRAFTERS’ ATTENTION.

"WHERE VIEWS REMAIN DIVIDED, WE SHOULD TRY AND PUT ASIDE PERSONAL PREFERENCES AND ESTABLISH THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF COMMON GROUND," HE SAID.

"WE MUST ALL DO WHAT WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT WHAT IS EVENTUALLY ENSHRINED IN THE BASIC LAW IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN READILY SUPPORT, AND IN WHICH WE CAN HAVE THE GREATEST CONFIDENCE.

"IN THIS RESPECT, THE FUTURE IS IN OUR OWN HANDS."

MR WIGGHAM SAID HE HOPED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CURRENT DISCUSSION ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW BY POSING QUESTIONS AND POINTING TOWARDS SOME OF THE AREAS RELATING TO THE BASIC LAW WHICH NEEDED FURTHER EXAMINATION.

"THE FIRST ISSUE ON WHICH I WOULD EXPECT HONG KONG PEOPLE TO FOCUS IS THE NATURE AND SCALE OF THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY PRESENCE IN HONG KONG AFTER 1997," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THIS HAD ALWAYS BEEN A SUBJECT OF GREAT ANXIETY AMONG THE POPULATION, MR WIGGHAM SAID RECENT EVENTS HAD UNDERSTANDABLY INTENSIFIED PUBLIC FEELINGS STILL FURTHER.

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"WE NOW NEED TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE BASIC LAW SHOULD DELINEATE MORE CLEARLY THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE PLA AND OUR POLICE FORCE," HE SAID.

SOME MORE BASIC QUESTIONS NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS WHETHER THERE WAS A NEED FOR THE PLA TO BE STATIONED IN HONG KONG IN TIME OF PEACE AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT THE SAR GOVERNMENT REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM THE PLA EITHER FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER, OR TO ASSIST IN DISASTER RELIEF, MR WIGGHAM SAID.

ANOTHER QUESTION RELATING TO PUBLIC ORDER WHICH HAD IN RECENT WEEKS GIVEN RISE TO SOME VERY LIVELY PUBLIC DEBATE, MR WIGGHAM SAID, WAS THE POWER OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE SAR (AS PROVIDED UNDER PARAGRAPH 4 IN ARTICLE 18 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW), AND THE ACCOMPANYING POWER OF THE STATE COUNCIL TO APPLY RELEVANT NATIONAL LAWS IN THE SAR.

"THIS WOULD BE A DEPARTURE FROM THE PRESENT SYSTEM, UNDER WHICH THE SAME POWER LIES WITH THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

"AT PRESENT, THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IS ENTIRELY A MATTER FOR HONG KONG, AND THE JOINT DECLARATION HAS PLAINLY PROVIDED THAT THE SAR GOVERNMENT WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER.

"SO WE NEED TO CONSIDER CAREFULLY WHETHER THE ARRANGEMENT SET OUT IN THE CURRENT DRAFT HAS FULLY REFLECTED THE CORRESPONDING PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT DECLARATION," HE SAID.

ON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHANCES OF HONG KONG’S SURVIVAL AS A CAPITALIST ENCLAVE IN A PREDOMINANTLY SOCIALIST COUNTRY AFTER 1997, HE SAID THE ANSWER WOULD LIE IN THE SUCCESS OF THE IMAGINATIVE CONCEPT OF "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS", WHICH WAS SANCTIONED BY ARTICLE 31 OF THE CHINESE CONSTITUTION.

"THIS, HOWEVER, HAS NOT PUT EVERYONE’S MIND AT EASE," HE SAID.

"CONCERN HAS BEEN EXPRESSED THAT THE SYSTEMS AND POLICIES SET OUT IN THE BASIC LAW, THOUGH PERMITTED BY ARTICLE 31 OF THE CHINESE CONSTITUTION, ARE AT VARIANCE WITH SOME OF THE OTHER ARTICLES IN THE CONSTITUTION, E.G. ARTICLES 1 AND 5 WHICH FIRMLY ESTABLISH THE SUPREMACY OF THE SOCIALIST SYSTEM."

MR WIGGHAM SAID FOR THE "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" TO SUCCEED, HONG KONG’S UNIQUE LIFE-STYLE, FREE MARKET PHILOSOPHY, COMMON LAW SYSTEM AND THE VERY EXTENSIVE RANGE OF BASIC RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS NORMALLY ACCEPTED BY A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, MUST BE DEFENDED AT ALL COSTS.

HE ASKED IF THE SAFEGUARDS IN THE CURRENT DRAFT WERE ADEQUATE FOR THIS PURPOSE, AND IF WE FELT THE NEED FOR GREATER REASSURANCE, SHOULD WE LOOK FOR A SOLUTION WITHIN THE BASIC LAW OR OUTSIDE IT, GIVEN THAT IT WAS ESSENTIALLY A QUESTION OF COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN THE CHINESE CONSTITUTION AND ITS "OFF-SPRING" - THE BASIC LAW.

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ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BASIC LAW (ARTICLE 157), MR WIGGHAM SAID THIS WAS CONSIDERED BY SOME PEOPLE TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLE IN THE ENTIRE BASIC LAW.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CURRENT DRAFT OF ARTICLE 157 WAS THE RESULT OF HEATED DEBATE OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.

"THAT THIS SHOULD BE A SUBJECT OF MUCH CONTROVERSY SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISING, AS IT REVOLVES AROUND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SOVEREIGN POWER ON THE ONE HAND, AND THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION ON THE OTHER," HE SAID.

"IT ALSO RAISES THE TRICKY QUESTION OF THE INTERFACE BETWEEN TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LEGAL SYSTEMS, AND UNDERLINES THE IMPORTANCE WE HAVE ALWAYS ATTACHED IN HONG KONG TO THE RULE OF LAW.

"THE JOINT DECLARATION PROMISES THAT HONG KONG SHALL MAINTAIN ITS PREVIOUS JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND SHALL ENJOY INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL POWER, INCLUDING THE POWER OF FINAL ADJUDICATION.

"IT IS REASONABLE TO ACCEPT THAT SOME RESIDUAL AUTHORITY MAY NEED TO BE RESERVED TO THE SOVEREIGN POWER - IN THE CASE OF THE BASIC LAW, THIS RELATES TO THE POWER OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS TO BE CONSULTED UNDER SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THOSE ARTICLES OF THE BASIC LAW WHICH LIE OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION’S AUTONOMY."

HE NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN CRITICISM, HOWEVER, THAT THE BASIC LAW WAS LESS THAN DEFINITIVE ON WHETHER THE STANDING COMMITTEE WOULD RETAIN A POWER TO INTERPRET THOSE BASIC LAW ARTICLES WHICH WERE WITHIN THE SAR'S AUTONOMY.

"CONCERN HAS BEEN EXPRESSED THAT SUCH A POWER MIGHT COMPROMISE THE SAR’S HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY, AS WELL AS ITS INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL POWER.

"FURTHER WORK, I SUGGEST, IS NEEDED ON THIS ARTICLE," HE ADDED.

CLOSELY RELATED TO THE QUESTION OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BASIC LAW, MR WIGGHAM SAID, WAS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BASIC LAW COMMITTEE, UNDER THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS, TO ADVISE ON MATTERS ARISING FROM ARTICLES 17, 18, 157 AND 158 OF THE BASIC LAW WHICH ESSENTIALLY CONCERNED THE DIVISION OF POWER BETWEEN THE CENTRAL AUTHORITIES AND THE SAR.

"UNDER THE PRESENT DRAFT, THIS COMMITTEE WILL BE OF AN ADVISORY NATURE," HE SAID AND ASKED WHETHER IT WAS ADEQUATE FOR ITS PURPOSE.

"IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE COMMITTEE SHOULD BE FORMALISED AS A QUASI-JUDICIAL BODY WHOSE ADVICE, IF SUPPORTED BY A MAJORITY OF ITS MEMBERS, SHOULD BE BINDING.

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"THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN CALLS FOR A CLEARER DEFINITION OF THE WORK PROCEDI.' ?ES OF THE BASIC LAW COMMITTEE.

"AGAIN, AN AREA WHICH NEEDS MORE THOUGHT," HE SAID.

ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM, MR WIGGHAM SAID THE JOINT DECLARATION ONLY PROVIDED A BROAD DIRECTION FOR POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE SAR, AND THERE WAS THUS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR DEBATE ON THE DETAIL.

"FURTHERMORE, AS HONG KONG DEVELOPS, IT IS ONLY NATURAL THAT OUR INCREASINGLY WELL EDUCATED AND PROSPEROUS POPULATION SHOULD BE MORE FORTHCOMING IN EXPRESSING A VARIETY OF VIEWS ON HOW THEY WOULD WISH TO BE GOVERNED IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997 AND BEYOND.

"EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO HIS OR HER OWN VIEW; AND, UNDER OUR SYSTEM, EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO EXPRESS THAT VIEW FREELY," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, IN THE TIME AVAILABLE, WE COULD NOT GO ON DEBATING AND ARGUING.

"THE TIME WILL COME WHEN REAL DECISION WILL HAVE TO BE TAKEN; AND IN THAT PROCESS COMPROMISES MAY HAVE TO BE REACHED IN THE INTEREST OF THE MAJORITY VIEW, AND IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH AS MUCH COMMON GROUND AS POSSIBLE," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE EXACT POSITION OF THAT COMMON GROUND SEEMED TO HAVE SHIFTED IN RECENT WEEKS; AND WE HAD SEEN A LEAD TAKEN BY OMELCO, IN THE NEW SITUATION, TO TRY AND IDENTIFY A CONSENSUS IN THE COMMUNITY.

"OBVIOUSLY, THE MORE CLEARLY WE AS A COMMUNITY CAN SUPPORT A CONSENSUS VIEW, THE GREATER THE IMPACT MUST BE ON THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW.

"AND, OF COURSE, NOT ONLY ON THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW, BUT ALSO ON THE PACE OF POLITICAL REFORMS ! I. :EN NOW AND 1997, SINCE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER 1997 CANNOT BE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY.

"WHAT IS NEEDED IS A FIRMLY EVOLVING SYSTEM WHICH WILL SEE HONG KONG SMOOTHLY ON THE WAY TOWARDS THE FULL DEMOCRACY PROMISED ALREADY IN THE CURRENT DRAFT OF THE BASIC LAW," HE STRESSED.

AS FAR AS THE FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM WAS CONCERNED, HE NOTED THAT PUBLIC DISCUSSION SO FAR HAD FOCUSSED MAINLY ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND THE METHOD OF ELECTION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE.

"THESE ARE CLEARLY IMPORTANT ISSUES.

"NO LESS IMPORTANT ARE THE ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WOULD NEED TO BE IN PLACE IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE EFFICIENT FUNCTIONING OF THE GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE," HE SAID.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CENTRAL ISSUE WAS THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDED FOR A FULLY-ELECTED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"IF THE PROPOSALS REGARDING THE FORMATION OF THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL INCLUDED IN THE PRESENT DRAFT OF THE BASIC LAW ARE ADOPTED, WE SHALL BY 1995 HAVE A FULLY-ELECTED COUNCIL.

"IN OTHER WORDS, A COUNCIL WITH NO OFFICIALS, AND NO APPOINTED MEMBERS," MR WIGGHAM SAID.

THE QUESTIONS HE ASKED WERE: HOW SHOULD WE THEN PHASE OUT THE ROLE OF OFFICIALS, WHO AT PRESENT PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PRACTICAL ROLE IN CONDUCTING GOVERNMENT BUSINESS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL; WHAT WAS THE APPROPRIATE RATE OF CHANGE FOR APPOINTED MEMBERS, AND THE QUESTION OF THE PRESIDENCY OF LEGCO, HITHERTO HELD BY THE GOVERNOR.

"AS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DEVELOPS INTO A FULLY-ELECTED BODY WITH NO OFFICIALS AS MEMBERS, THE EXISTING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CLEARLY CANNOT CONTINUE," HE SAID.

A NEW SYSTEM WOULD HAVE TO EVOLVE TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES. AND THE TEST OF ANY NEW SYSTEM WOULD LIE IN ITS EFFECTIVENESS IN KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY RUNNING SMOOTHLY.

ON THE CONSIDERATION OF HOW QUICKLY WE BROUGHT IN CHANGES, MR WIGGHAM SAID ONE ARGUMENT WAS THAT WE SHOULD MAKE AN EARLY START SO THAT PEOPLE COULD GET USED TO THEM, BUT THERE WAS ALSO A PRACTICAL ARGUMENT IN FAVOUR OF A MEASURED PACE SO AS TO MINIMISE POSSIBLE REPERCUSSIONS TO THE STABILITY OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM.

"A CAREFUL BALANCE WILL HAVE TO BE STRUCK," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE ECONOMY PROVISIONS IN THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, MR WIGGHAM SAID HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PROMINENCE, AFTER 1997, AS A LEADING COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD HINGED LARGELY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR EXISTING FRAMEWORK, WHICH HAD OVER THE YEARS PROVIDED THE BASIS FOR OUR SPECTACULAR ECONOMIC GROWTH.

"TO THIS END THE BASIC LAW DRAFTERS HAVE TAKEN GREAT PAINS TO ENSURE THAT THE HITHERTO WELL-TRIED SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES ARE FOR THE MOST PART TRANSPLANTED TO THE MIN I-CONSTITUTION. THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE SOME OF THESE PROVISIONS MIGHT BE DESIRABLE POLICY OBJECTIVES, WE NEEDED TO THINK TWICE ABOUT THEIR SUITABILITY, AS WORDED IN THE PRESENT DRAFT, FOR INCLUSION IN A LEGALLY BINDING DOCUMENT.

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"ARTICLE 106, WHICH DEALS WITH THE DRAWING UP OF THE SAR’S BUDGETS, IN PARTICULAR NEEDS CLOSE SCRUTINY.

"THE CHOICE HAS TO BE MADE BETWEEN PUTTING A STRAITJACKET ON THE SAR WHEN IT HANDLES ITS OWN FINANCE, AND LAYING DOWN THE BROAD PRINCIPLES ONLY, WITH THE PREVIOUS SUCCESSFUL POLICIES IN MIND OF COURSE, THUS ALLOWING THE SAR THE FLEXIBILITY TO RESPOND TO CHANGING SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEEDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES," HE SAID.

ON THE WORK OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, MR WIGGHAM SAID ONE OF THE MANY SAD ASPECTS OF EVENTS IN CHINA WAS THAT WE HAD LOST THE MOMENTUM BUILT UP IN THE JLG OVER RECENT YEARS.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE JLG’S TASK HAD ALWAYS BEEN TO PREPARE FOR THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF HONG KONG, INTO THE NEXT CENTURY.

"THAT WORK IS STILL TO BE DONE; IT IS IN MANY RESPECTS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER; IT IS CERTAINLY MORE DAUNTING," HE SAID.

"ALTHOUGH THE JLG MOMENTUM HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED, THE MANY PRACTICAL ACHIEVEMENTS NOTCHED UP BY THE TWO SIDES ARE STILL IN PLACE.

"HONG KONG'S SEPARATE AIR SERVICES AGREEMENTS ARE STILL VALID; WORK ON OUR OWN SHIPPING REGISTER PROCEEDS; HONG KONG IS STILL ENJOYING (AND ACTIVELY SO) ITS SEPARATE STATUS IN THE GATT; WORK ON THE LOCALISATION OF LEGISLATION IS IN HAND. AND SO ON.

"IN ANY CASE, EVEN IF THE TWO SIDES HAVE NOT BEEN MEETING, WE HAVE STILL BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH OUR OWN RESEARCH AND PREPARATORY WORK."

MR WIGGHAM POINTED OUT THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM (AND HONG KONG FOR THAT MATTER) AND CHINA WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OTHER COUNTRIES AND CHINA BECAUSE OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"WE HAVE A TREATY OBLIGATION TOWARDS DIALOGUE, AND THAT DIALOGUE MUST AT SOME STAGE BE RESUMED.

"AT THE SAME TIME IT MUST BE IN HONG KONG’S INTEREST TO GET ON WITH THE WORK THAT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE 1997," HE SAID.

AS TO THE QUESTION, WOULD HONG KONG EVER GET BACK TO THE POSITION IT HAD REACHED EARLIER THIS YEAR, MR WIGGHAM SAID: "WE MUST CERTAINLY TRY. THE TWO SIDES -- ALL OF US — MUST TRY AND 'PICK UP THE PIECES'."

MR WIGGHAM SAID IT HAD NOW BEEN PROPOSED TO THE CHINESE SIDE THAT THE JLG SHOULD PLAN TO RESUME BUSINESS AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL ADOPT A PRAGMATIC STRATEGY IN IMPLEMENTING ITS COMPUTERISATION PROGRAMME, THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING MANAGER, DR COLIN GREENFIELD, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE STRATEGY WAS DECIDED BY THE PUBLIC SERVICES POLICY GROUP OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY’S COMMITTEE AFTER CONSIDERING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A CONSULTANCY REVIEW ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S APPROACH TO COMPUTERISATION.

DR GREENFIELD WAS REFERRING TO SOME MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ORGANISATION AND PROCEDURES FOR COMPUTERISATION IN THE GOVERNMENT THIS YEAR, DURING A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION.

OUTLINING THE MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE STRATEGY, DR GREENFIELD SAID INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIC PLANNING WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN ALL DEPARTMENTS TO REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL PROJECT-BY-PROJECT APPROACH.

’’THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY (GDPA) WILL HELP DEPARTMENTS TO PRODUCE SUCH PLANS EVERY FOUR OR FIVE YEARS,” HE SAID.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE STRATEGIC PLANNING, DR GREENFIELD SAID AN INFRASTRUCTURAL APPROACH, INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL OPEN TENDER, WOULD BE ADOPTED TO PROCURE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

"ONE CONSEQUENCE OF PROCUREMENT BY OPEN TENDER IS THAT GOVERNMENT HAS ALMOST EVERY MAKE OF COMPUTER UNDER THE SUN. THE INFRASTRUCTURAL APPROACH REQUIRES STANDARDS TO BE SET FOR HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SO AS TO PROMOTE COMPETITIVE PURCHASES, CONNECTIVITY AND COMPATIBILITY OF SYSTEMS,” HE EXPLAINED.

INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, DR GREENFIELD SAID, WOULD BE ADOPTED WHENEVER AVAILABLE, AND, IF NOT, DE FACTO INDUSTRY STANDARDS SHOULD BE APPLIED.

RESTRICTED TENDERING WOULD THEN BECOME THE NORM RATHER THAN OPEN TENDERING AND THE RESTRICTIONS WOULD CONFORM WITH THE REQUIRED STANDARDS, HE SAID.

ON PROCUREMENT, DR GREENFIELD SAID THE GDPA SHOULD HAVE AN OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY AND A UNIT WOULD BE ESTABLISHED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

AT PRESENT, RESPONSIBILITY IS SHARED AMONG FIVE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHILE THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

’’THE GDPA SHOULD ALSO DEVISE A SYSTEM SO THAT IT CAN CHARGE OTHER DEPARTMENTS FOR THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES,” DR GREENFIELD CONTINUED.

”IT SHOULD SEEK TO OPERATE INCREASINGLY LIKE A COMMERCIAL ORGANISATION."

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AS REGARDS PROJECT MAN .G iMENT, DR GREENFIELD SAID THERE SHOULD IE ONE MANAGEMENT ONLY FOR EACH PROJECT. AT PRESENT THE BUSINESS ANALYSIS, ORGANISATION AND METHODS COMPONENTS AT THE START OF A PROJECT WERE THE DUTIES OF THE MANAGEMENT SERVICES DIVISION OF THE FINANCE BRANCH.

TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF SINGLE MANAGEMENT, HE SAID THE GDPA UOULD TAKE OVER STAFF WITH THIS CAPABILITY TO ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROJECTS.

"A NEW TECHNICAL GRADE IS TO BE CREATED TO CATER FOR SPECIALISTS SUCH AS SYSTEMS PROGRAMMERS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERS," DR GREENFIELD SAID.

”AT PRESENT, WE ONLY HAVE THE ANALYST/PRC HAMMER GRADE AND PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES ARE HEAVILY GEARED TO INCREASED MANAGE^ . DUTIES. ’’

AS HIGH LEVEL TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE COULD NOT BE

ADEQUATELY AWARDED UNDER THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENT, DR GREENFIELD SAID THE DEPARTMENT FACED GREAT DIFFICULTY IN RECRUITING AND RETAINING

STAFF WITH SUCH SKILLS.

NOTING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS INCREASINGLY RELIANT ON

COMPUTERS, DR GREENFIELD SAID THE GDPA AND ITS STAFF WOULD BE GIVEN

HIGHER GRADINGS TO TIE IN WITH THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.

REFERRING TO THE CONSULTANTS’ RECOMMENDATION THAT THE GDPA SHOULD BE CORPORATISED, DR GREENFIELD SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PREFER NOT TO.

THE CONSULTANTS ARGUED THAT CORPORATISATION WAS THE ONLY WAY TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO COMPETE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN RECRUITING AND RETAINING TECHNICAL STAFF.

’’DURING THE NEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS. THE GDPA, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, WILL EXPLORE ALL POSSIBLE WAYS TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY IN PERSONNEL MATTERS TO MAKE THE OPTION OF CORPORATISATION UNNECESSARY,” DR GREENFIELD SAID.

"AT THE END OF THAT TIME. THE MATTER WILL BE LOOKED AT AGAIN."

ON THE SUPPLY PROBLEM OF ANALYST/PROGRAMMERS IN THE GOVERNMENT, THE CONSULTANTS RECOMMENDED CENTRALISING OF ALL SUCH POSTS ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GDPA TO MAXIMISE PRODUCTIVITY.

"THIS WILL ALSO BE LOOKED AT AGAIN IN THE LIGHT OF DEVELOPMENTS AND PROGRESS MADE BY THE GDPA OVER THE NEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS," DR GREENFIELD SAID.

ON THE GRADING OF THE GDPA, DR GREENFIELD SAID A HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE, THE ROSS COMMITTEE, HAD RECOMMENDED IN JUNE THAT THE AGENCY BE UPGRADED TO FULL DEPARTMENTAL STATUS.

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IT ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE GDPA’S MANAGEMENT BE STRENGTHENED BY INTRODUCING A NEW SECOND LEVEL OF MANAGEMENT SENIOR TO THE PRESENT SECOND LEVEL.

"THESE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SUBJECT TO THE PROVISION OF ANY NECESSARY FUNDS BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," DR GREENFIELD SAID.

THE FINANCE BRANCH. WHICH IS THE POLICY BRANCH, AGREED THAT THE GDPA SHOULD BE RENAMED THE "INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT" WHICH. DR GREENFIELD SAID. WAS A MUCH MORE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.

"THIS WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ONCE THE NECESSARY APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE," HE SAID.

AFTER THAT. FILLING UP THE NEW POSTS WOULD BE GIVEN TOP PRIORITY SO THAT THE NEW STRATEGY COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

COMMENTING ON STAFFING PROBLEMS, DR GREENFIELD SAID: "WE ARE SUFFERING FROM A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF. AS IS THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN HONG KONG.

"TURNOVER RATES RUN AT 10 PER CENT TO 18 PER CENT PER ANNUM, AND ARE CURRENTLY NEARER THE UPPER END OF THE RANGE."

WHILE EXPLORING ALL POSSIBLE MEANS TO ECONOMISE ON STAFF AND TO MAXIMISE THEIR PRODUCTIVITY. DR GREENFIELD SAID SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW STRATEGY WOULD DEPEND HEAVILY ON THE NECESSARY STAFF BEING IN POST.

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FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989, AND THEY EXPECT THE IMPROVEMENT TO CONTINUE IN THE THIRD QUARTER, ACCORDING TO THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

SUCH COMPARISONS ARE, HOWEVER, LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS. THE FIRST QUARTER OF EACH YEAR IS USUALLY A SEASONAL LOW PERIOD, WHILE THE THIRD QUARTER IS USUALLY A MORE ACTIVE SEASON THAN THE SECOND QUARTER AS FAR AS THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS CONCERNED.

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WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, FIRMS IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCED A LEVEL OF BUSINESS SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE FIRST QUARTER, IN CONTRAST TO THEIR EXPECTATION FOR AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER AS RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER SURVEY.

FIRMS IN ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES REPORTED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, PARTICULARLY FOR FIRMS IN THE TEXTILES, PLASTICS AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES INDUSTRIES.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FIRMS IN THE PRINTING INDUSTRY, WHICH EXPECT A STABLE LEVEL OF BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER, FIRMS IN THE OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, PARTICULARLY FIRMS IN THE PLASTICS AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES, ANTICIPATE A FURTHER INCREASE IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

ALTHOUGH FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR EXPERIENCED A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, A DECLINE IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE AND CATERING TRADES SECTOR, PARTICULARLY RESTAURANTS, EXPERIENCED A DECLINE IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

THE BUSINESS EXPERIENCE OF FIRMS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND HOTELS BUSINESS TURNED OUT TO BE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR PREVIOUS QUARTER EXPECTATION FOR AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

AS REGARDS THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER, HOTELS ANTICIPATE A FURTHER DECREASE IN BUSINESS, WHILE THE OTHER FIRMS IN THIS SECTOR EXPECT A MORE FAVOURABLE BUSINESS SITUATION.

IN THE OTHER SERVICES SECTOR. WHILE FIRMS IN THE TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES RECORDED A RATHER STABLE LEVEL OF BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THE OTHER FIRMS IN THIS SECTOR (WHICH INCLUDE THE BANKS, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS SERVICES) EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN GENERAL.

AS REGARDS THE THIRD QUARTER, WHILE THE BANKS EXPECT A DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS, THE OTHER FIRMS IN THIS SECTOR ANTICIPATE A MILD INCREASE IN BUSINESS.

ABOUT 1,000 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY. THEY WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS, AS WELL AS THE BUSINESS PROBLEMS THEY FACED.

ALTHOUGH THE PROBLEMS OF SHORTAGE OF LABOUR GENERALLY AND SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR REMAINED WIDESPREAD AMONG FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE PROBLEMS HAD DIMINISHED.

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IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, THE PROBLEMS OF SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR, HIGH WAGE RATES, SHORTAGE OF LABOUR GENERALLY AND PRICE COMPET TION FROM LOCAL FIRMS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 WERE REPORTED BY THE MAJORITY OF FIRMS SURVEYED. ALTHOUGH THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPF' TED TO REMAIN IN THE THIRD QUARTER, THE PROBLEM OF SHORTAGE OF LABOUR GENERALLY IS EXPECTED TO EASE OFF.

MANY FIRMS IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE AND CATERING TRADES SECTOR AND OTHER SERVICES SECTOR WERE AFFECTED BY THE PROBLEMS OF SHORTAGE OF STAFF GENERALLY AND HIGH STAFF TURNOVER IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

IN ADDITION, THE HOTELS ALSO SUFFERED FROM A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, WHICH INCLUDE PRICE COMPETITION, HIGH STAFF COSTS, SHORTAGE OF EXPERIENCED STAFF AS WELL AS INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS. ,

THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST IN THE THIRD QUARTER, PARTICULARLY THE PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS WHICH IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY SIGNIFICANTLY.

ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE SURVEY RESULTS, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE A SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG.

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 SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

THEY WERE ALSO ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO "IMPROVE", "REMAIN THE SAME" OR "DETERIORATE" IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1989.

THE OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE TABULATED AND ANALYSED. MOREOVER, 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 POINTED OUT THAT, IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, THE RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CAUTION AS IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS' RECOLLECTION OF THE PAST AND PERCEPTION OF THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN COPIES OF THE SURVEY REPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 45 PER COPY.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234779.

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UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR APRIL - JUNE

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BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINE'' AT A LOW LEVEL DURING THE PERIOD APRIL - JUNE 1989, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT THE LABOUR MARKET REMAINED TIGHT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1989 WAS 1.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.3 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1989 AND 1.8 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT WHILE THE DECREASE OF 0.4 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN APRIL - JUNE 1989 WAS ESTIMATED AT 38,600, COMPARED WITH 35,800 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1989 AND 49,400 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1988.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1989 WAS 0.8 PER CENT, WHICH WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1989. THE RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1988 WAS 0.7 PER CENT.

THE INCREASE

CORRESPONDING PERIOD

OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE

A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR APRIL-JUNE 1989 WAS 22,800, COMPARED WITH 21,300 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1989 AND 18,900 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1988.

CONSISTENT WITH THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO), PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK DUE TO ECONOMIC REASONS (SUCH AS SLACK WORK, MATERIAL SHORTAGE, MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN AND INABILITY TO FIND FULL-TIME WORK) WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE EITHER SEEKING OR AVAILABLE FOR MORE WORK.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES THAT HAD BEEN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE VARIATIONS IN THE NUMBER OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME.

THE COMMISSIONER ADDED THAT, BASED ON A SYSTEM OF PROVISIONAL COUNTS, THE 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 UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

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THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY -JULY 1989 WAS 1.2 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.7 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 52,000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BA3ED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AROUND SEPTEMBER 20 AT #10 PER COPY.

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SENIOR APPOINTMENTS IN CNTA ANNOUNCED » » »

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED A NUMBER OF SENIOR POSTINGS.

MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG HAS BEEN APPOINTED DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WITH EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16).

MR FUNG’S LAST POSTING WAS ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

MR PARRISH NG, FORMERLY WITH THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, WILL TAKE OVER FROM MR THOMAS YIU AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (COMMUNITY INFORMATION) ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

MR YIU WILL BECOME DISTRICT OFFICER FOR TAI PO.

MR HERMAN CHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (SPECIAL DUTIES) WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (MONDAY).

MR CHO, WHO REPLACES MR RICHARD YUEN, WAS FROM THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH. BEFORE THAT, HE WAS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO.

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SHA TIN HOLDING VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN ******

A LARGE-SCALE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IS BEING LAUNCHED IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT AND IT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE CAMPAIGN, A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT YIU PING HOUSE, YIU ON ESTATE, MA ON SHAN, ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16) EVENING.

"AFTER THE CEREMONY, MORE THAN 50 'VOTER REGISTRATION AMBASSADORS', INCLUDING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS WILL GO TO THE HOUSING UNITS TO HELP RESIDENTS REGISTER," A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID MA ON SHAN IS THE MAIN TARGET AREA FOR THIS YEAR'S CAMPAIGN BECAUSE OF ITS FAST GROWING POPULATION.

DISTRICT-WIDE, MORE THAN 30 LIAISON OFFICERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS, BEARING STAFF IDENTITY CARDS AND WEARING T-SHIRTS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE OCCASSION, WILL BE VERY VISIBLE DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

"ON THE PUBLICITY FRONT, AN EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN THE NEW TOWN PLAZA OPPOSITE THE ENTRY TO THE SHA TIN KCR STATION FROM TODAY TO AUGUST 25; AND AT THE NORTH GALLERY OF NEW TOWN PLAZA LEADING TO SHA TIN CENTRE AND SHA TIN PLAZA FROM AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 20," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT WILL THEN BE MOVED TO THE LOBBY OF SHA TIN KCR STATION, FROM SEPTEMBER 20 TO 30."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG, HAD WRITTEN TO THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, APPEALLING TO THEM TO REGISTER.

AT THE SAME TIME, BANNERS AND POSTERS WILL BE PUT UP IN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE HANDED OUT TO EMPHASISE THE VOTER REGISTRATION MESSAGE.

THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN SHA TIN IS ABOUT 102,000. THIS IS AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 11,500 OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURE.

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PILOT SCHEME IN YUEN LONG TO VERIFY ELECTORAL ROLL *****

A PILOT SCHEME TO VERIFY THE ELECTORAL ROLL IN YUEN LONG WILL BE CARRIED OUT FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO SEPTEMBER 30.

DURING THIS PERIOD, COMMUNITY ORGANISERS OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE WILL MAKE DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS IN THE DISTRICT TO VERIFY VOTERS’ INFORMATION. THEY WILL ALSO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER NEW VOTERS.

CONDUCTED JOINTLY BY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SCHEME IS TO TEST THE VIABILITY OF A NEW MEASURE TO INCREASE THE ACCURACY OF ELECTORAL ROLLS.

THE LATEST MOVE IS DESIGNED TO COMBINE VOTER REGISTRATION WITH THE UPDATING OF THE ELECTORAL ROLL DURING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS, AND HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED BY A REVIEW GROUP ON ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 1989 MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE URGED ALL RESIDENTS IN THE YUEN LONG RURAL CENTRAL CONSTITUENCY TO FULLY CO-OPERATE WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE IN THE VOTER VERIFICATION AND REGISTRATION EXERCISE.

HE SAID ALL COMMUNITY ORGANISERS CONDUCTING THE VISITS WOULD CARRY IDENTIFICATION PAPERS ISSUED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

ENQUIRIES ON THE PILOT SCHEME SHOULD BE MADE TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION ON 5-270369 OR THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE ON 0-4792261.

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SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY (MONDAY) CALLED ON RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

MAKING THE APPEAL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN THE DISTRICT WILL START TOMORROW (TUESDAY) LAST UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

"REGISTERING AS AN ELECTOR IS THE CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY OF AN ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL.

"ANYONE WHO HAS REACHED OR WILL BE 21 YEARS OF AGE BEFORE DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR, AND WHO IS A PERMANENT RESIDENT OR HAS BEEN LIVING IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS CAN REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR," HE SAID.

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THE NAMES OF REGISTERED ELECTORS ARE INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL ELECTORAL ROLL WHICH IS FOR USE IN DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE DISTRICT BOARD, URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

DURING THE EXERCISE, REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET, ITS SUB-OFFICES, AND AT FIVE MTR STATIONS - SHEK KIP MEI, SHAM SHUI PO, CHEUNG SHA WAN, LAI CHI KOK AND MEI FOO - IN THE DISTRICT.

STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS DURING THEIR ROUTINE VISITS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, SUCH AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS.

IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THE EXERCISE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL DISPLAY BANNERS AND POSTERS AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, AND DISTRIBUTE SOUVENIR MEMO PADS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.

SOME CINEMAS IN THE DISTRICT WILL SHOW SLIDES PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO PUBLICISE THE EXERCISE.

"REGISTRATION INVOLVES SIMPLY FILLING IN THE FORMS AND PUTTING THE PREPAID REPLIES THE POST BOXES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IN FILLING IN THE FORMS, RESIDENTS CAN ONLY ENROL ACCORDING TO THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES AND NOT THE ADDRESSES OF THEIR WORK PLACES.

"REGISTERED VOTERS WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES SHOULD NOTIFY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY FILLING IN THE SAME FORMS," HE ADDED.

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ABOUT 1,000 CHILDREN AND YOUNGSTERS SPENT AN ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN THEY ATTENDED A VARIETY SHOW WHICH MARKED THE CONCLUSION OF THIS YEAR'S CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

THEY WERE TREATED TO MORE THAN TWO HOURS OF PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS, TELEVISION ARTISTES, AND PERFORMING GROUPS, INCLUDING THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE DANCE TROUPE.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN HAY, SAID YOUNGSTERS WERE VERY KEEN IN PARTICIPATING IN THE VARIOUS SUMMER ACTIVITIES.

"MORE THAN 50,000 YOUNG PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE CULTURAL, SPORTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED UNDER THE DISTRICT'S SYP.

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"THESE ACTIVITIES HAVE NOT ONLY BROUGHT THEM LOTS OF FUN, BUT

ALSO HELPED STRENGTHEN THEIR SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY," HE SAID.

MR CHAN ALSO THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROGRAMME.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MONICA CHAN, AND A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR LAI KWOK-HUNG.

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CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO TRAIN YOUNG LEADERS *****

THE MONG KOK CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN FOR 1989-90 AIMS AT TRAINING A GROUP OF YOUNG LEADERS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE.

THE CAMPAIGN IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

TWO SEMINARS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 30 AND SEPTEMBER 4.

THE THEME OF THE FIRST SEMINAR IS THE STRUCTURE OF HONG KONG’S POLITICAL SYSTEM AND THE MEANING AND SPIRIT OF- DEMOCRACY AND LIBERALISM, AND THE SECOND ONE IS ABOUT THE PACE OF DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG.

A LEADERSHIP CAMP WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10 AND THE PARTICIPANTS WILL TAKE PART IN DISCUSSIONS.

ON COMPLETION OF THE CAMP, THE PARTICIPANTS, TO BE DIVIDED INTO FIVE GROUPS AND UNDER EXPERT SUPERVISION, ARE EXPECTED TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES RELATED TO CIVIC EDUCATION FOR THE DISTRICT BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ROUNDED OFF IN FEBRUARY WITH AN EXHIBITION AND A REPORT SESSION.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ABOUT TRAINING SCHEME CAN BE MADE ON 3-959326.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLLUTION IN SAI KUNG *******

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL LOOK INTO VARIOUS LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AT ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16).

MEMBERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENTS PRODUCED BY A PAINT MANUFACTURING COMPANY AND WILL REQUEST THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO AVOID POLLUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

OFFICERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROGRESS OF CLEARING THE DESERTED MARKET STALLS AT SEE CHEUNG STREET.

THE COMMITTEE WILL PLANTING MATERIALS FOR THE

CONSIDER ALLOCATING FUNDS FOR PROVIDING SITTING-OUT AREA AT ST PETER’S VILLAGE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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CONSTRUCTION OF ALDRICH BAY PLAYGROUND TO START NEXT MONTH

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RESIDENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL HAVE A NEW LEISURE VENUE WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ALDRICH BAY PLAYGROUND IS COMPLETED IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) AWARDED A $14.95 MILLION CONTRACT TO CHUNG SHING CONSTRUCTION CO LTD FOR CONSTRUCTING THE 1.44 HECTARE PLAYGROUND WHICH IS BOUND BY NAM ON STREET, NAM ON LANE AND ALDRICH BAY ROAD.

PART OF THE PLAYGROUND WILL BE UNDER THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, JOGGING TRAIL, A FOUNTAIN, A CLOCK TOWER, A POOL, PAVILIONS AND GARDEN AREAS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS SCHEDULED TO START NEXT MONTH.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 59.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 346.556 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 206.892 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 35.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN HUNG HOM

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16), TWO LOCATIONS IN HUNG HOM WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE LOCATIONS ARE THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAK MAN ’ STREET BETWEEN MAN TAI STREET AND MAN SIU STREET; AND MAN SIU STREET, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAK MAN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS .................................. 1

DB MEMBERS VISIT VIETNAMESE CENTRES ............................. 2

EDUCATIONAL DAY CAMP FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS ................. 2

BETTER MANAGEMENT OF TUEN MUN ROAD URGED ........................ 5

TENDERS INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE CHANNELS ........... 3

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEUNG WAN TO BE DEMOLISHED ............... 4

TUESDAY. AUGUST 15, 1989

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19) AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL. IT WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

A TOTAL OF BIDDING. 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

THEY ARE:

EB8633 AE168 AL21 AC173

EB332 BB9577 EC289 EB8577

DZ707 EB662 EB178 EA535

EC3278 8188 EB8681 EC1238

EA2121 EC321 HK280 EB2906

AA167 EB9390 EA3838 AU551

EC600 EB9868 EB143 AH1313

EC315 EC108 EC368 HK8119

EC308 AR242 EC230 EB6362

EA3228 EB172 DM8181 EB8913

SUCCESSFUL BIDDING. BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK IS TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF A BODY CORPORATE.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE MOTH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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DB MEMBERS VISIT VIETNAMESE CENTRES » * ♦ » *

SIX CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS VISITED THREE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND BOAT PEOPLE CENTRES THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

ARRANGED BY THE REFUGEES DIVISION OF THE SECURITY BRANCH, THE VISIT COVERED THE SHAM SHUI PO DETENTION CENTRE, THE SAN YICK CLOSED CENTRE AND THE PILLAR POINT VIETNAMESE REFUGEES CENTRE.

THE VISIT WAS ARRANGED IN VIEW OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS' GRAVE CONCERN ABOUT THE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM.

THE PARTY WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER, AND A SENIOR. EXECUTIVE OFFICER FROM THE REFUGEES DIVISION, MR YUEN LEUNG-FAI.

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EDUCATIONAL DAY CAMP FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS

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A ’’HOME SECURITY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY CAMP” FOR RESIDENTS OF WONG TAI SIN WILL BE HELD AT THE LEI YUE MUN PARK HOLIDAY CAMP ON SEPTEMBER 3.

THE CAMP IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND THE WONG TAI SIN POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE.

SPONSORSHIP IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM IS TO EMPHASISE CRIME AND CORRUPTION PREVENTION MESSAGES TO THE PARTICIPANTS, AND AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE WITH FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE QUIZ GAMES, FILM OR SLIDE SHOWS, AND RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT $10 EACH (INCLUDING LUNCH AND TRANSPORT) AT THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES FROM THURSDAY (AUGUST 17).

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-374225.

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BETTER MANAGEMENT OF TUEN MUN ROAD URGED t * » t »

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS, AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), A PAPER SUBMITTED BY SEVERAL MEMBERS REQUESTING BETTER MANAGEMENT OF TUEN MUN ROAD.

IN RESPONSE TO REPORTS MADE BY SOME PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS THAT THE WINDSCREENS OF THEIR VEHICLES HAD BEEN DAMAGED BY SAND AND STONES FLYING FROM THE ROAD SURFACE WHILE DRIVING ON TUEN MUN ROAD, THE MEMBERS HAVE CALLED FOR STEPPED UP EFFORTS TO KEEP THE ROAD CLEAN.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN AREAS WHERE REFUGEE CENTRES ARE LOCATED.

THREE PAPERS ON THE SETTING UP OF A TAXI STAND, A BUS STOP AND A TEMPORARY CARPARK FOR LORRIES IN SEVERAL PARTS OF THE DISTRICT, THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REPORT WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE CHANNELS

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THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE CHANNELS NEAR HUNG SHUI KIU IN YUEN LONG TO REDUCE FLOOD HAZARDS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

WORKS UNDER THE CONTRACT INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF CONCRETE-LINED CHANNELS, ASSOCIATED ACCESS ROADS, FOOTBRIDGES, CYCLE TRACKS AND FOOTPATHS, AND RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING CROSSINGS OVER THE CHANNEL.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 1.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEUNG WAN TO BE DEMOLISHED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO SEEK THE CLOSURE OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS IN SHEUNG WAN, SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT FLAT B, FIRST FLOOR, PO WAN BUILDING, 6 TAI PING SHAN STREET.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON DECEMBER 14, 1985, REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THESE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 26 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (TUESDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT THE DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 19^9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPLEMENTATION OF NOISE CONTROL ON GENERAL CONSTRUCTION WORK 1

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS VITAL TO FISH CULTURE.................. 2

THREE NT LOTS TO BE AUCTIONED.................................... 3

GOVT LAND TO LET BY TENDER....................................... 4

THEN MUN FESTIVAL TO FEATURE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR............... 4

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S ABERDEEN SUB-OFFICE RELOCATED .... 5

DB PATROLS TO TARGET PROBLEMS IN YAU TSIM........................ 5

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ................. 6

SITE WORKERS MUST WEAR PROTECTIVE HELMETS ....................... 6

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WESTERN................................ 7

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN .................. 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI YING PUN ............................ 8

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI .................... 9

PROHIBITED ZONES IN TUEN MUN .................................... 9

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY ON CONDUIT ROAD........................ 10

CANCELLATION OF PLB BAN ZONE IN CHA KWO LING ................... 10

WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 16, 1989

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IMPLEMENTATION OF NOISE CONTROL ON GENERAL CONSTRUCTION WORK

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE ENTERS A NEW STAGE AS ITS PROVISION RELATING TO THE CONTROL OF NOISE FROM GENERAL CONSTRUCTION WORK COMES INTO EFFECT TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPDI SPOKESMAN SAID FROM TOMORROW, ANYBODY WHO CARRIES OUT GENERAL CONSTRUCTION WORK USING POWERED MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT DU1NG RESTRICTED HOURS (7 PM -7 AM AND ANYTIME ON GENERAL HOLIDAYS) IS REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID CONSTRUCTION NOISE PERMIT FROM THE EPD.

THIS ALSO APPLIES TO GENERAL RENOVATION WORK EXCEPT IN THE SITUATION WHERE ONLY ONE ITEM OF HAND-HELD POWERED TOOL IS USED BY THE OWNER, TENANT OR OCCUPIER OF DOMESTIC PREMISES.

THIS NEW PERMIT SYSTEM REPLACES THE PERMITTED WORK PERMITS UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE. HOWEVER, EXISTING PERMITTED WORK PERMITS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE IN FORCE UNTIL THEY EXPIRE.

SINCE FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, THE TIME WHEN APPLICATION FOR SUCH A CONSTRUCTION NOISE PERMIT FROM THE EPD BEGAN, THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED AND PROCESSED MORE THAN 40 APPLICATIONS FROM BUILDING CONTRACTORS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID STARTING FROM NOVEMBER 17 THIS YEAR, ALL PERCUSSIVE PILING DURING THE DAYTIME (7 AM TO 7 PM) ON WEEKDAYS ALSO REQUIRE CONSTRUCTION NOISE PERMITS. PERCUSSIVE PILING AT NIGHT AND ON GENERAL HOLIDAYS IS NOT ALLOWED.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR VIOLATING THE PROVISIONS IS 850,000 FOR THE FIRST CONVICTION AND 8100,000 FOR THE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION WITH A MAXIMUM DAILY FINE OF 810,000 FOR A CONTINUING OFFENCE.

COMPLAINTS ON NOISE FROM CONSTRUCTION SITE CAN BE LODGED TO LOCAL POLICE STATIONS FOR PROMPT ACTION OR TO THE EPD HOTLINE ON 5-8383111.

"IT IS ENVISAGED THAT EXCESSIVE CONSTRUCTION NOISE WILL BE CURBED ONCE THE PERMIT SYSTEM IS ENFORCED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE PROBLEM WILL IMPROVE FURTHER WHEN THE PROVISIONS ON THE CONTROL OF NEIGHBOURHOOD AND INDUSTRIAL NOISE ARE IMPLEMENTED LATER IN THE YEAR," HE ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE EPD HAS PUBLISHED A NEW INFORMATION BOOKLET ENTITLED "A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR THE REDUCTION OF NOISE FROM CONSTRUCTION WORKS".

/THE BOOKLET .......

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THE BOOKLET, DESIGNED TO INTRODUCE INFORMATION ON QUIETER EQUIPMENT AND METHODS TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERESTED PARTIES FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE EPD.

ENQUIRIES ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE OR APPLICATION FORMALITIES RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION NOISE PERMITS CAN BE MADE TO THE NOISE CONTROL GROUP OF THE EPD ON THE 27TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG. THE ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8351 12-1.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS VITAL TO FISH CULTURE * * * * *

FISH FARMERS IN THE TOLO HARBOUR REGION WERE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PRAISED FOR THEIR INITIATIVE IN ORGANISING THE FIRST KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN IN HONG KONG’S 28 FISH CULTURE ZONES.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (FISHERIES) OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, DR CHRISTOPHER LEE, SAID THEY HAD NOT ONLY SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR FELLOW FISH FARMERS IN OTHER FISH CULTURE ZONES BUT ALSO DRAWN THE ATTENTION OF OTHER USERS OF THE LOCAL COASTAL WATERS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

DR LEE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO START OFF A MONTH-LONG "KEEP TOLO HARBOUR FISH CULTURE ZONES CLEAN" CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES FISHERMEN FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. THE CAMPAIGN WAS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED BY OVER 610 FISH FARMERS IN THE FISH CULTURE ZONES OF YIM TIN TSAI, YIM TIN TSAI (EAST), YUNG SHUE AU, SHAM WAN, TAP MUN AND KAU LAU WAN.

DR LEE SAID THE RAPID URBANISATION AND INDUSTRIALISATION OF SHA TIN AND TAI PO IN RECENT YEARS HAD BROUGHT ABOUT A PROBLEM OF WATER POLLUTION IN THE TOLO HARBOUR.

"IN THE MIDST OF DETERIORATING WATER QUALITY, CULTURISTS SHOULD TRY THEIR BEST TO IMPROVE THE FISH CULTURE ENVIRONMENT AND IT IS VITAL TO KEEP THEIR FISH CULTURE ZONES CLEAN.

"THEY SHOULD ALSO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE UPGRADING OF TECHNOLOGY AND TO ADOPTING MORE ADVANCED AND EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT AND HUSBANDRY PRACTICES.

"IN ADDITION, THEY ARE ADVISED TO AVOID OVERFEEDING THEIR FISH SO AS TO MAINTAIN THE CLEANLINESS OF THE FISH CULTURE ENVIRONMENT," HE SAID.

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DR LEE ALSO APPEALLED TO THE FISH FARMERS TO EXCERCISE SELF-DISCIPLINE AND REFRAIN FROM LIVING ON FISH RAFTS IN FISH CULTURE ZONES.

"LIVING ON FISH RAFTS IS NOT ONLY AGAINST THE SPIRIT BEHIND THE DESIGNATION OF FISH CULTURE ZONES BUT ALSO IN BREACH OF THE CONDITIONS OF MARICULTURE LICENCES.

"APART FROM A RISK OF PERSONAL SAFETY, SUCH MALPRACTICE MIGHT CAUSE ADVERSE EFFECT TO THE CULTURE ENVIRONMENT," HE SAID.

THIS MORNING’S CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A LITTER COLLECTION OPERATION IN YIM TIN TSAI (EAST) FISH CULTURE ZONE SUPERVISED BY DR LEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO YUNG-SANG.

THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD, THE ORGANISERS WILL CARRY OUT CLEANING OPERATIONS IN LOCAL FISH CULTURE ZONES AND WILL VISIT INDIVIDUAL FISH FARMERS TO REMIND THEM OF THE NEED TO DISPOSE OF RUBBISH PROPERLY AT THE LITTER COLLECTION POINTS NEAREST TO THEIR FISH CULTURE ZONES.

THEIR EFFORTS WILL BE REINFORCED BY MOBILE BROADCASTS AND POSTER DISPLAYS TO SPREAD THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE.

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THREE NT LOTS TO BE AUCTIONED » * * »

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER THREE GOVERNMENT LOTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR SALE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE TOMORROW (THURSDAY). THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

TWO OF THE LOTS. LOCATED IN FANLING AND TUEN MUN. WILL BE USED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE THIRD LOT. IN FANLING, IS DESIGNATED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADE).

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GOVT LAND TO LET BY TENDER

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPAR WENT FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCIES OF THREE SITES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CARPARKS.

ONE OF THE SITES IS IN AREA D.D. 91. 27 D, SHEL'NG SHUI , NEW TERRITORIES. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 7,250 SQUARE METRES. THE LEASE IS FOR TWO YEARS AND IS RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE OTHER TWO SITES, WHICH ARE FOR THE P I OF CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS ONLY, ARE IN LAI CHI KOK, KOWLOON.

THE TENANCIES FOR THE TWO SITES, WITH AT AREA OF ABOUT 1.91 HECTARES AND 2.25 HECTARES RESPECTIVELY, ARE FOR TliREF YEARS AND ARE RENEWABLE ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO OR A 6,600-

SQUARE-METRE LOT IN AREA 26 C, KWAI CHUNG, NFW TERRITORIES FOR REPAIRING OF CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

THE TENANCY’ IS RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTER AN INITIAL LEASE PERIOD OF ONE YEAR.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE ' ' .‘DERS FOR THE ■•HEUNG SHUI LOT IS NOON ON AUGUST 25 THIS YEAR. WHILE "AT FOR THE THREE OTHER LOTS ARE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

FORM OF TENDER. TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG: AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE KOWLOON, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

THE TENDER DOCUMEi THE SITES ALSO AVAL AT THE NORTH AND THE KWAI TS1NG DISTRICT LANDS oi '3 RESPECTIVELY.

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TUEN MUN FESTIVAL TO FEATURE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR *****

A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL LIGHT UP THE SKIES IN TUEN MUN IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO STAGE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY AS PART OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HENRY CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 9 AS THE GRAND FINALE TO THE FESTIVAL, WHICH WILL BEGIN IN MID-OCTOBER.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 19&9

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"aimed at enhancing the sense of belonging among residents, THE FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE A WIDE VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES RANGING FROM PERF< RMANCES, EXHIBITIONS AND CONTESTS TO VARIOUS FAMILY, CIVIC EDUCATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES," HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID A $2 MILLION BUDGET HAD BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL.

"OF THE AMOUNT, $500,000 COMES FROM THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, 300,000 FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND THE REMAINING $1.2 MILLION BEING CONTRIBUTED BY LOCAL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS," HE SAID.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, HE ADDED.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S ABERDEEN SUB-OFFICE RELOCATED

THE ABERDEEN SUB-OFFICE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS MOVED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FROM MEI FUNG COURT IN ABERDEEN CENTRE TO A NEW ADDRESS IN THE SAME AREA.

THE OFFICE’S NEW ADDRESS IS 23RD FLOOR, ABBA COMMERICAL BUILD NG, 223 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S COMMUNITY BUILDING TEAMS I AND II HAVE ALSO MOVED TO THE SAME ADDRESS.

THE SUB-OFFICE’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, HOWEVER, REMAINS AT ITS PRESENT ADDRESS AT SHOP 25, GROUND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

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DB PATROLS TO TARGET PROBLEMS IN YAU TSIM ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL START A SERIES OF AREA PATROLS IN THE DISTRICT ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19) TO IDENTIFY AND HELP ‘ELIMINATE VARIOUS PROBLEMS, RANGING FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO HAWKER NUISANCES.

THEIR FINDINGS, TOGETHER WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERS, WILL BE PASSED TO THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT-DEPARTMENTS FOR ACTION.

/A SPOKESMAN

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THE PATROLS ARE PART OF THE BOARD’S EFFORT TO IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE DISTRICT.

THIS INCLUDES AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND A ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, BOTH SPONSORED BY THE BOARD AND SCHEDULED TO START LATER THIS YEAR.

ALSO UNDER PLANNING ARE A SURVEY ON THE NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND A CARE FOR THE ELDERLY PROJECT.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *******

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND SPORTS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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SITE WORKERS MUST WEAR PROTECTIVE HELMETS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED CONTRACTORS TO ENSURE THAT ALL WORKMEN ON CONSTRUCTION SITES WEAR SAFETY HELMETS, OTHERWISE THEY MAY BE PROSECUTED.

A SITE CONTRACTOR WAS RECENTLY FINED THE MAXIMUM PENALTY OF •30,000 BY A NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRATE FOR FAILING TO OBSERVE THE SAFETY LAW.

/A DEPARTMENT

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1989

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE, A FACTORY INSPECTOR FOUND 20 WORKERS HAD NOT WORN ANY SAFETY HELMETS. THE SITE FOREMAN WHO ACCOMPANIED THE INSPECTOR ON THE VISIT ALSO FAILED TO ASK THE WORKERS TO PUT ON THEIR HELMETS IMMEDIATELY.

THE CONTRACTOR WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROSECUTED UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS WHICH REQUIRE A CONTRACTOR TO PROVIDE SUITABLE PROTECTIVE HELMETS TO EVERY WORKMAN EMPLOYED AND TO TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO ENSURE WEARING OF SUCH HELMETS BY WORKERS.

LAST YEAR, 164 SUMMONSES WERE TAKEN OUT AGAINST CONTRACTORS UNDER THE REGULATIONS RESULTING IN TOTAL FINES OF MORE THAN $600,000.

ANYONE WHO CONTRAVENES THE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $30,000, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WESTERN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN CENTRE STREET AND WILMER STREET WILL BE CLOSED DAILY FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO AUGUST 20 FOR CONSTRUCTING THE EASTERN STREET FOOTBRIDGE.

MOREOVER, EASTERN STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE CONVERTED TO BECOME A CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS FROM DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN CHIU KWONG STREET AND CENTRE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND WHILE THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN CHIU KWONG STREET AND WESTERN PARK ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES ON WESTERN STREET AND CENTRE STREET WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT ONTO CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

MOTORISTS ON HILL ROAD FLYOVER HEADING FOR SHEUNG WAN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET. DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND WILMER STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

MOTORISTS FROM KENNEDY TOWN TO SHEUNG WAN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA EITHER DES VOEUX ROAD WEST OR CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND WILMER STREET TO REJOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHAU KEI WAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 18) FOR TWO WEEKS BECAUSE OF DRAINAGE WORKS.

THE UNNAMED ROAD NORTH OF A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

AFFECTED VEHICLES, INCLUDING EASTBOUND CMB ROUTE, 85 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED PEAK HOUR (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM - 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS:

* A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH A KUNG NGAM ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD CUL-DE-SAC BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI YING PUN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 18), TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SAI YING PUN ON HONG KONG ISLAND UNDER THE POK FU LAM ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME.

QUEEN'S ROAD WEST BETWEEN POK FU LAM ROAD AND WESTERN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

VEHICLES ON POK FU LAM ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR SHEUNG WAN WILL BE DIVERTED TO TURN LEFT ONTO QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND THEN PROCEED VIA WATER STREET TO JOIN EASTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

AT THE SAME TIME, ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 10 METRES LONG WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER POK FU LAM ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN HILL ROAD FLYOVER AND QUEEN'S ROAD WEST DURING PEAK PERIODS (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM - 7 PM) DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS.

THOSE LONG VEHICLES HEADING FOR SHEUNG WAN ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA HILL ROAD FLYOVER TO JOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI ♦ ♦*»***

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN YAU MA TEI SINCE APRIL 28 WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN FORCE FOR SIX WEEKS FROM FRIDAY (AUGUST 18).

THESE ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE THE CLOSURE OF THE SECTION OF ARTHUR STREET BETWEEN MAN MING LANE AND HI LUNG LANE, AND THE LEFT-TURN BAN OF VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON WESTBOUND MAN MING LANE ONTO SOUTHBOUND ARTHUR STREET.

DURING THIS PERIOD, MOTORISTS ON WESTBOUND MAN MING LANE HEADING FOR SOUTHBOUND ARTHUR STREET ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA WESTBOUND MAN MING LANE, NORTHBOUND PORTLAND STREET, WESTBOUND WATERLOO ROAD, SOUTHBOUND SHANGHAI STREET, EASTBOUND HI LUNG LANE AND SOUTHBOUND ARTHUR STREET.

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PROHIBITED ZONES IN TUEN MUN ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 18), SECTIONS OF CERTAIN ROADS IN TUEN MUN WILL BE DESIGNATED BAN ZONES FOR VEHICLES EXCEEDING NINE METRES IN LENGTH.

THESE SECTIONS ARE : THE ACCESS ROAD OPPOSITE SHUN FUNG WAI BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD (LAM TEI) AND A POINT APPROXIMATELY 20 METRES NORTHWEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND THE SOUTHERN ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO YICK YUEN BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD (HUNG SHUI KIU) AND A POINT APPROXIMATELY 20 METRES NORTHWEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

ALL VEHICLES WITH LENGTH EXCEEDING NINE METRES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ABOVE BAN ZONES 24 HOURS DAILY.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY ON CONDUIT ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 18), THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONDUIT ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 26 AND 36 WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WATERMAINS.

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

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CANCELLATION OF PLB BAN ZONE IN CHA KWO LING

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 18), THE BAN ZONE FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON SAI TSO WAN ROAD IN CHA KWO LING WILL BE CANCELLED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JUNE ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED 1 ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS BORDER .............................. 5

REPORT INDICATES VBP HEALTH IS SATISFACTORY ................ 6

SALE OF NT LOTS FETCHES 8^30.3 MILLION ..................... 7

RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ON IMPORTS FROM HK INTO ARGENTINA ...... 8

APPLICATION OPEN FOR FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS .......... 9

WARM RESPONSE TO VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN SHA TIN ....... 10

YAU TSIM DB TO DISCUSS LEGCO COMPOSITION ................... 10

DB COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE REPORTS ON LANDFILL OPERATION....... 11

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED.................................... 11

POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR GENERAL HOLIDAYS ................... 12

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ............................. 12

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG .................................... 15

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHAU KEI WAN, WAN CHAI .................. 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN, TSING YI .................. 16

URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWUN TONG................................. 17

CANCELLATION OF BAN ZONE IN WONG TAI SIN ................... 17

THURSDAY. AUGUST 17, 1989

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JUNE ORDERS-ON-HAND

EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED

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THE ORDERS POSITION IN JUNE 1989 AS REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES WAS LOWER BY 2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, BUT SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY I THURSDAY) BY' THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARING JUNE 1989 WITH MAY 1989, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, AND SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES

HOWEVER, A SLIGHT INCREASE IN ORDERS WAS RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988, THE ORDERS POSITION IN JUNE 1989 INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE TEXTILES AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

ON THE OTHER HAND. ORDERS DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. AND REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY.

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IS MEASURED IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF MONTHS AND REFERS TO ORDERS OUTSTANDING AS AT THE END OF THE REFFRENCE MONTH.

ON EMPLOYMENT, THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED REPORTED THAT THEIR TOTAL WORKFORCE IN JUNE 1989 INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT OVER MAY 1989, BUT DECREASED BY' 9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1989 INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND MODERATELY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, FOOD AND DRINKS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. THESE INCREASES WERE MAINLY' DUE TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF SUMMER WORKERS BY SOME MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE OVER THF SAME PERIOD.

COMPARING JUNE 1989 WITH JUNE 1988, EMPLOYMENT DECREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES. SLIGHT DECREASES IN EMPLOYMENT WERE RECORDED IN ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED.

IN JUNE 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED DECREASED, IN MONEY TERMS, BY 3 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, BUT INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988.

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COMPARING JUNE 1989 WITH MAY 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED IN ALMOST ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST DECREASE RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. THESE DECREASES WERE PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE LOWER WAGES OF SUMMER WORKERS EMPLOYED TN JUNE 1989.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY REPORTED LITTLE CHANGE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN JUNE 1989 INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1989 DROPPED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989 AND JUNE 1988. PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN JUNE 1989 DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, BUT INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY OVER JUNE 1988.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT FIGURES FOR THIS SECTOR COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

IN THE SERVICE SECTORS SURVEYED, THE OVERALL LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1989 INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER MAY 1989 AND MODERATELY OVER JUNE 1988. IN JUNE 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE SERVICE SECTORS TAKEN TOGETHER INCREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, AS SOME OF THE BANKS SURVEYED ISSUED SPECIAL BONUSES.

COMPARING JUNE 1989 WITH JUNE 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY FOR THE SERVICE SECTORS TAKEN TOGETHER.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN TABLES 1 TO 3.

THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS, CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZES IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT AS THE SURVEY IS NOT BASED ON A SCIENTIFICALLY SELECTED SAMPLE. THE MAGNITUDES OF CHANGE INDICATED BY THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE MERELY A REFLECTION OF THE EXPERIENCE OF THE COMPANIES SURVEYED.

HOWEVER, GIVEN THE COMPOSITION OF THE PANEL, IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR JUNE 1989 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT S2 PER COPY.

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ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234820.

TABLE 1: ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY ORDERS-ON-HAND

AS AT THE END OF CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

JUNE 1989 MAY 89 JUNE 88

ALL MANUFACTURING (MONTHS) (%) (%)

INDUSTRIES 4.34 -2

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WEARING APPAREL 4.73 -1 t

TEXTILES 2,46 -4 + 6

PLASTIC PRODUCTS FABRICATED METAL 3.34 + 3 + 6

PRODUCTS ELECTRICAL AND 4.71 -4 *3

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5.03 -1 -1

OTHERS * CHANGES WITHIN + /-0. 4 .17 5 PER CENT -1

TABLE 2: EMPLOYMENT

INDUSTRY/SERVICES

PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OF JUNE 1989

CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

MAY 89 JUNE 88

(%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES + 3 -9

FOOD AND DRINKS + 3 -3

WEARING APPAREL -10

TEXTILES -1

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PLASTIC PRODUCTS ♦ 17 -21

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS ♦ 3 -2

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ♦ 4

PRODUCTS -14

OTHERS ♦ 3 -4

CONSTRUCTION# -1 -1

— —

SERVICES ♦ 1 ♦ 4

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BANKS ♦ 1 ♦ 4

HOTELS + 2 + 3

PUBLIC UTILITIES -1

OTHERS ♦ 1 ♦ 11

* CHANGES WITHIN +/-0.5 PER CENT

# PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

TABLE 3: PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES PER CAPITA EARINGS

AVERAGE AS IN JUNE 1989 CHANGE WHEN MAY 89 COMPARED WITH JUNE 88

(HKJ ) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4,922 -3 + 18

FOOD AND DRINKS 5,516 -1 + 11

WEARING APPAREL 4 , 135 * + 17

TEXTILES 4,832 -6 +8

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4,468 -12 + 23

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4,680 -1 + 15

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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 4,788 -2 + 23

OTHERS 6,428 -3 + 18

CONSTRUCTION# 6,994 -3 + 18

SERVICES 8,512 + 2 + 21

BANKS 8,778 + 7 + 22

HOTELS 5,610 + 14

PUBLIC UTILITIES 8,136 + 1 + 22

OTHERS 9,465 -1 + 20

* CHANGES WITHIN +/-0.5 PER CENT

# PER CAPITA EARNINGS COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

NOTES TO TABLES 1-3: UNLIKE "ORDERS-ON-HAND" AND "PER CAPITA EARNINGS", WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES AMONGST THE FIRMS SURVEYED, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE FIRMS SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEL SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS BORDER

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, VISITED THE BORDER THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATIONS AND PROGRESS ON CONSTRUCTION OF THE LOK MA CHAU BORDER CROSSING.

SIR DAVID FIRST WENT TO SHA TAU KOK BY HELICOPTER TO MEET THE DEPUTY COMMANDER OF BRITISH FORCES, BRIGADIER GILES ARNOLD, AND POLICE AND ARMY OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF BORDER DUTIES.

AFTER A BRIEFING ON BORDER SECURITY, SIR DAVID TRAVELLED ALONG THE BORDER ROAD BY CAR TO MAN KAM TO, BEFORE FLYING BY7 HELICOPTER TO LOK MA CHAU WHERE THE THIRD BORDER CROSSING IS BEING BUILT.

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AT LOK MA CHAU, SIR DAVID WAS TOLD BY THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR HAROLD BEATON, THAT 95 PER CENT OF THE BRIDGE WORKS HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THAT THE NEW BORDER LINK WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC SITUATION AT SHA TAU KOK AND MAN KAM TO.

SIR DAVID LEARNT THAT, BASED ON A DAILY OPENING OF TWELVE AND A HALF HOURS, THE OPENING OF LOK MA CHAU WOULD INCREASE THE PROCESSING CAPACITY FROM THE PRESENT 13,000 VEHICLES TO A TOTAL OF 28, 750 VEHICLES A DAY.

LATER, HE MADE A TOUR OF THE BRIDGE AND A NEW BORDER CONTROL COMPLEX WHICH WILL HOUSE CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND POLICE FACILITIES.

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REPORT INDICATES VBP HEALTH IS SATISFACTORY ♦ ♦ * ♦ t

THE SECURITY BRANCH TODAY (THURSDAY) RECEIVED A REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WHICH INDICATED THAT THE HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ON TAI A CHAU WERE SATISFACTORY AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF DETERIORATION IN EITHER.

THE REPORT GAVE THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMENTS, FOLLOWING A STUDY, ON AN EARLIER REPORT BY THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) COVERING CONDITIONS OF BOAT PEOPLE IN DETENTION

„ 0N CONDITIONS AT TAI A CHAU, THE DEPARTMENT COMMENTED: ACCORDING TO THE OBSERVATIONS OF OUR MEDICAL STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING THERE SINCE ITS OPENING, AND HAVING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THEIR HEALTH STATUS ON ARRIVAL, THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND THEIR RELATIVE SHORT STAY THERE, THE HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF THE BOAT PEOPLE IS SATISFACTORY AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF DETERIORATION OF EITHER.

"AS REGARDS FOOD, ON THE AVERAGE, PROVIDING 1,960 KCAL IS SATISFACTORY."

THE PRESENT DIET SCALE

THE DEPARTMENT SUGGESTED, HOWEVER, THAT FURTHER INVESTIGATION BY THE ADMINISTRATION BE CONDUCTED INTO THE SYSTEM OF FOOD ACQUISITION AND DELIVERY, AS WELL AS THE BOAT PEOPLE'S ACCEPTANCE OF THE FOOD, IN VIEW OF THE UNHCR’S COMMENTS THAT THE BOAT PEOPLE HAD BEEN RECEIVING ONLY HALF OF THE DIET SCALE.

AS REGARDS DETENTION CENTRES, THE DEPARTMENT COMMENTED THAT BY COMPARISION, THE DIET SCALE WHICH THE VBP HAD AT PRESENT, FROM THE NUTRITIONAL POINT OF VIEW, WAS SUPERIOR TO THAT RECOMMENDED BY THE UNHCR, AND SHOULD THEREFORE BE CONTINUED.

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AS TO THE FOOD ON THE FERRIES, THE DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDED ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PREVENT ANY FOOD-BORNE DISEASE OUTBREAK AND THAT THE DIET SHOULD BE ACCEPTABLE AND ADEQUATE IN CALORIE CONTENT.

AS REGARDS IMMUNISATION, THE DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT A MASS IMMUNISATION CAMPAIGN WOULD BE LAUNCHED SOON, AND THE DEPARTMENT WOULD FURTHER LIAISE WITH THE SECURITY BRANCH ON DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS.

THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT HEALTH SCREENING OF ALL VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WAS DONE ON ARRIVAL.

"A HEALTH SURVEILLANCE ROUND IS ALSO CONDUCTED DAILY BY OUR DOCTORS," IT SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE RECOMMENDATION THERE BE A CHOLERA KIT ON TAI A CHAU, THE DEPARTMENT’S REPORT SAID THIS WAS CONSIDERED UNNECESSARY.

"OUR PRESENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM REQUIRES ALL SUSPECTED CASES TO BE TRANSFERRED PROMPTLY TO THE REGIONAL HOSPITALS. ONCE CONFIRMED TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA, THE PATIENT IS MANAGED IN THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE UNIT IN PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL," THE REPORT SAID.

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SALE OF NT LOTS FETCHES $430.3 MILLION ■»»***

THREE LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF $430.3 MILLION IN AN AUCTION HELD TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE LOTS INCLUDED TWO FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES AND ONE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

ONE OF THE RESIDENTIAL LOTS, WITH AN AREA OF 7,778 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT AREA 29B, FANLING.

BIDDING OPENED AT $20 MILLION AND THE LOT WAS BOUGHT BY CITY HERO INVESTMENT LTD FOR $35 MILLION.

THE BUILDING COVENANT OF THIS LOT REQUIRES A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 3,733 SQUARE METRES TO BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1992.

THE SECOND RESIDENTIAL LOT IS AT AREA 44 IN TL'EN MUN. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 21,090 SQUARE METRES.

BIDDING OPENED AT $220 MILLION AND THE LOT WAS BOUGHT BY LOK CHOY LTD FOR $380 MILLION.

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ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 37,800 SQUARE METRES WITHIN 48 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF POSSESSION OF THE LOT.

THE THIRD LOT, WHICH IS DESIGNATED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADE), IS LOCATED AT AREA 25, ON LOK TSUEN IN FANLJNG. THE TOTAL AREA IS 1,295 SQUARE METRES.

BIDDING OPENED AT $12 MILLION AND THE LOT WAS BOUGHT BY FESTIGOOD CO LTD FOR $15.3 MILLION.

THE DEVELOPER OF THE LOT HAS TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 3,885 SQUARE METRES ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1993..

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE, WAS CONDUCTED BY THE ACTING GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR TIM MILLS.

MR MILLS DESCRIBED THE SALE AS AN "ENCOURAGING SIGN”. HE SAID THE PRICES WERE EXTREMELY GOOD, PARTICULARLY THE SECOND RESIDENTIAL LOT WHICH IS LOCATED IN TUEN MUN.

"IN VIEW OF THE EVENTS IN CHINA LN JUNE, IT IS A REAL VOTE OF CONFIDENCE, IN MY OPINION," HE ADDED.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT RESTRICTIONS ON GOODS IMPORTED FROM HONG KONG INTO ARGENTINA HAD BEEN LIFTED.

THIS FOLLOWS A RECENT DECISION BY THE ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT TO LIFT THE RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ITS DEPENDENT TERRITORIES.

THE RESTRICTIONS WERE INTRODUCED BY ARGENTINA FOLLOWING THE EVENTS IN THE FALKLAND ISLANDS IN 1982.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION ALSO ENDED RESTRICTIONS ON THE FINANCING OF ARGENTINE EXPORTS DESTINED FOR THE UK AND ITS DEPENDENT TERRITORIES.

"CONSEQUENTLY, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, TRADE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND ARGENTINA WILL RECEIVE FROM THE ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT THE SAME GENERAL TREATMENT AUTHORISED FOR THAT WITH OTHER TRADING PARTNERS," HE SAID.

HONG KONG’S TOTAL TWO-WAY TRADE WITH ARGENTINA WAS VALUED AT $648 MILLION N 1988.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTIONS BY THE ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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APPLICATION OPEN FOR FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND COUNCIL ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ITS FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OVERSEAS STUDIES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1990-91 WERE NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION.

THE FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THE BEST STUDENTS TO PURSUE FURTHER EDUCATION IN REPUTABLE INSTITUTIONS OVERSEAS.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR THE AWARDS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND BE READY TO CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE COMMUNITY UPON RETURN FROM THEIR OVERSEAS STUDIES. THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO SERVE IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS UPON GRADUATION.

THE FELLOWSHIPS ARE FOR STUDIES LEADING TO POSTGRADUATE DEGREES EITHER BY RESEARCH OR BY COURSEWORK; THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES LEADING TO FIRST DEGREES.

THE APPLICANTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FULFILLING ALL APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS OF THEIR CHOICE, AND BE OFFERED A PLACE SUBSEQUENTLY.

THE VALUE FOR THE FELLOWSHIP IS AT PRESENT $135,000 PER YEAR FOR UP TO TWO YEARS; THE VALUE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP IS $120,000 PER YEAR UP TO THREE YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FUND SAID THE AMOUNT WOULD BE ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF COST INCREASES AND OTHER AWARDS HELD CONCURRENTLY BY THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION NOTES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 21) BY WRITING TO ’’THE SECRETARY, SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND COUNCIL, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, 12TH FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG".

THE FORMS WILL ALSO BE HANDED OUT UPON REQUEST AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

* PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG;

STUDENT FINANCE SECTION, EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG; AND

OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIP SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

CLOSING DATE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE OCTOBER 13. SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE SELECTION INTERVIEW IN HONG KONG TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1990.

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WARM RESPONSE TO VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN SHA TIN

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ABOUT 50 ’’VOTER REGISTRATION AMBASSADORS” IN SHA TIN RECENTLY STARTED A REGISTRATION DRIVE IN THE FAST DEVELOPING MA ON SHAN AREA AND WERE ENCOURAGED BY THE WARM RESPONSE.

THE REGISTRATION TEAM, COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE MEMBERS, COMMUNITY ORGANISERS AND HEADED BY DISTRICT OFFICER MR VICTOR YUNG, YESTERDAY VISITED HOUSEHOLDS IN YIU ON ESTATE TO HELP RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

MR YUNG SAID RESIDENTS MUST REGISTER AS VOTERS BEFORE THEY CAN VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARDS, MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

’’WITH ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE MOVING INTO SHA TIN EVERY MONTH, I MUST ALSO REMIND THE NEWCOMERS TO REGISTER THE CHANGE OF ADDRESS SO THAT THEY CAN VOTE IN THE DISTRICT,” HE SAID.

MR YUNG SAID THE TARGET AREAS FOR THIS YEAR’S VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE ARE THE NEW PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES, BUT OLD AREAS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, ITS ENQUIRY CENTRES, COMMUNITY HALLS, PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES, AND BANKS.

RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE VERY SIMPLE INFORMATION AND RETURN THE FORMS POSTAGE FREE TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION.

ABOUT 250 RESIDENTS IN YIU ON ESTATE, MA ON SHAN REGISTERED YESTERDAY -- THE FIRST DAY OF THE DRIVE THERE.

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YAU TSIM DB TO DISCUSS LEGCO COMPOSITION

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THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE FUTURE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DECIDE ON AN AMENDMENT TO THE DISTRICT BOARD ORDINANCE TO PROTECT THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD LOGOS.

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ANOTHER ITEM ON IMPROVEMENT PLANS.

THE AGENDA CONCERNS BUILDING

MANAGEMENT

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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DB COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE REPORTS ON LANDFILL OPERATION » » » « »

THE LATEST REPORTS ON THE JORDAN VALLEY LANDFILL OPERATION WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE REPORTS COME FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN FOR HONG KONG, A NUMBER OF PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AND A PROPOSAL FOR RESIDENTS IN CHE TANG CHUEN TO TAKE PART IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHE TANG SITTING-OUT AREA.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON WORKS AND MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN KWUN TONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED

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THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF FIRST PACIFIC ASIA LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR GENERAL HOLIDAYS » * * * »

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THE POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE FORTHCOMING GENERAL HOLIDAYS IN END AUGUST.

THERE WILL BE ONE LETTER DELIVERY ON AUGUST 26, THE SATURDAY PRECEDING THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST,

ON AUGUST 27, SUNDAY, AND ON AUGUST 28, THE LIBERATION DAY, THERE WILL BE NO DELIVERY.

THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE IN KOWLOON WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON AUGUST 26. OTHER POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON AUGUST 27 AND 28.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY » * *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE GRADING SYSTEM IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE STATE OF BACTERIAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIWEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE USUALLY SAMPLED.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT BACTERIA DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE GRADING ALSO INCLUDES AN ESTIMATE OF THE RISK OF SUFFERING SOME MINOR SKIN OR GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLAINTS AS A RESULT OF SWIMMING AT A BEACH WHICH HAS SOME DEGREE OF POLLUTION.

THE ESTIMATE IS BASED ON A VERY LARGE BODY OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION GATHERED IN HONG KONG DURING RECENT BATHING SEASONS.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF BATHING WATERS IN MOST CASES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE BEACHES.

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BATHING WATERS COMMONLY BECOME WORSE DUE TO HEAVY USAGE DURING THE SUMMER. HOWEVER, THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE WATER QUALITY AT BATHING BEACHES AT THE TIME OF REPORTING AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

"A” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE MEAN E.

COLI COUNT ES LESS THAN 100 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN SEVEN CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1.000 SWIMMERS.

"B” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE. THE MEAN E. COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 1,000 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN 18 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

"C” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR. THE MEAN E. COLI COUNT IS 1,000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS 18 OR MORE CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A ”C” GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY, SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED 15 CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

SIMILARLY, A RECOMMENDATION TO RE-OPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A ”B” GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED.

AT PRESENT, SIX BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING PURPOSE. BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASONS.

THESE BEACHES ARE ANGLERS’, CASTLE PEAK, SILVERMINE BAY, OLD CAFETERIA, ROCKY BAY AND TING KAU. THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAECAL WASTES AND FAIL TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND HONG KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THESE SIX BEACHES. THEY ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN "X" IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN • HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOW:

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BEACH LAST GRADING PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 3.8.89) (AS AT 17.8.89)

FONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY A A

CHUNG HOM KOK A A

I IP WATER BAY A A

I IRPIN 'A A

L POLE BAY A A

1 UI’ULSE BAY B B

SHEK 0 A A

SOUTH BAY A A

ST STEPHEN’S A A

1 'UE COVE A A

5 GLEY MAIN A B

1 < KY BAY X X

10 1‘EI WAN* A A

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER A A

CHEUNG SHA LOWER B B

DISCOVERY BAY* A A

HUNG SHING YEH A A

KWUN YAM WAN A A

TONG FUK A A

LO SO SHING A A

PUI 0 A A

SILVERMINE BAY X X

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU A A

TUNG 0* A A

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS A A

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH B B

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH A A

HAP MUN BAY A A

KIU TSUI A A

PAK SHA CHAU A A

SILVERSTRAND B B

TRIO (HEBEHAVEN) A A

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ X X

APPROACH B A

CASAM B A

GEMINI A A

HOI MEI WAN B B

LIDO A A

TING KAU X X

TUNG WAN, MA WAN A A

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA NEW CAFETERIA CASTLE PEAK KADOORIE BUTTERFLY

X B X

B B

X A X

B B

NOTE: "X" THE BEACH HAS BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING.

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

APPROACH, CASAM, AND NEW CAFETERIA, FROM ”B” TO "A"; AND STANLEY MAIN, FROM "A” TO ”B”.

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT DR CATHERINE LAM, ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF THE EPD, ON TEL. 5-8351234.

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WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG ♦ » * * ♦

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19) TO BECAUSE OF WATER WORKS.

KWAI CHUNG WILL BE 6 PM THE NEXT DAY

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LAI KING CHUNG, YUET LAI COURT, LAI KING ESTATE, CONTAINER PORT ROAD, FONG ESTATE, KWAI HING ESTATE, SUN KWAI HING GARDEN, KWAI ESTATE, TAI LIN PAI ROAD, WAH SING STREET, KUNG YIP STREET, WING ROAD, WING KEI ROAD, KWAI HEI STREET, WING HAU STREET, KWAI CIRCUIT, WING LAP STREET, WING SHUN STREET AND WING CHONG STREET.

HILL

ROAD,

HA

KWAI KWAI CHUNG

KIN SHING

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHAU KEI WAN, WAN CHAI * * ♦ * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19), TAI NING STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

AT THE SAMI*: TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN WAN CHAI WILL ALSO BE MADE 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS:

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HARBOUR ROAD BETWEEN FLEMING ROAD AND FENWICK STREET:

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HARBOUR ROAD FROM ITS

JUNCTION WITH FLEMING ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 165 METRES TO

THE WEST;

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HARBOUR ROAD FROM A POINT

ABOUT 230 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FLEMING ROAD TO

ITS JUNCTION WITH FENWICK STREET, EXCLUDING THE LAY-BY OUTSIDE SHU1 ON CENTRE:

L

» THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD MEASURING ABOUT FIVE METRES FROM

A HARBOUR ROAD TO SHUI ON CENTRE: AND

* THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD MEASURING ABOUT 10 METRES FROM HARBOUR ROAD TO HARBOUR VIEW INTERNATIONAL HOUSE.

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IN ADDITION, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HENNESSY ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TONNOCHY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 38 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BECOME A PEAK HOUR (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM - 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN, TSING YI ***** r* [.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD T5 IN SHA TIN, A SECTION (ABOUT 300 METRES IN LENGTH) OF SHA TIN ROAD NEAR PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11.30 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO AUGUST 24.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHA TIN ROAD HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE ADJACENT SLIP ROAD LEADING TO SHA TIN WAI ROAD JUNCTION BEFORE REJOINING SHA TIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND.

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AT HE SAME TIME, MOTORISTS ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHA TIN ROAD HEADING FOR TAI PO WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE ADJACENT SLIP ROAD LEADING TO SHA TIN WAI ROAD JUNCTION BEFORE REJOINING SHA TIN ROAD NORTHBOUND.

FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19), A BUS LANE WILL BE DESIGNATED ON THE OFFSIDE LANE OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUNG MEI ROAD AND TSING YI ROUNDABOUT.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT BUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES (SCHEDULED SERVICE) AND THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BUS LANE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWUN TONG * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19), THE SECTION OF KAI YAN STREET IN KWUN TONG BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WANG KWONG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

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CANCELLATION OF BAN ZONE IN WONG TAI SIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 19), THE NO-ENTRY ZONE AT TUNG TAU ESTATE BUS TERMINUS, IN WONG TAI SIN, WILL BE CANCELLED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF LIFE: SASI ........ 1

IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME FOR VBP ON TAI A CHAU BEING PLANNED . 2

DIRECTORATE POSTS IN TRADE DEPT RETITLED.................. 2

CSD RENOWNED FOR HIGH STANDARDS ............................ 3

AUXILIARY POLICE PASSING OUT PARADE ........................ 4

OVER HALF MILLION PEOPLE JOINED JPC SINCE INCEPTION ........ 5

VARIETY SHOW TO BOOST VOTER REGISTRATION ................... 6

CHAI WAN EXHIBITION ON SPORTS SAFETY ....................... 7

MONG KOK TO CLEAN UP REAR LANES ............................ 7

YAU ISIM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN OPINING ............. 8

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED ................................... 8

FIRING PRACTICE IN SEPTEMBER ............................... 9

CAREERS SEMINAR FOR POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES ............... 9

ANTI-NARCOTICS BEACH CONCERT ON SUNDAY...................... 10

THREE GOVT LOTS FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ................. 11

NEW RECREATION CENTRE, LIBRARY ON PENG CHAU ................ 12

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG ................ 12

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1989

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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF LIFE: SASI ******

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION OF THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM EMIGRATING, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF LIFE IN HONG KONG AND THE CONTINUATION OF THIS FREEDOM IS GUARANTEED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE DRAFT BASIC LAW," HE TOLD A GRADUATION CEREMONY AT HONG KONG SHUE YAN COLLEGE.

"THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE RECOGNISES THAT THE ONLY WAY FORWARD IS TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG REMAINS AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE BOTH TO LIVE AND WORK IN, AND TO RETURN TO," HE SAID.

"OUR PRIMARY TASK MUST BE TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE INCLINED TO STAY, THAT IN PRACTICE MEANS OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION AND I HOPE INCLUDES MOST OF US HERE, REMAIN FIRM IN THEIR RESOLVE; AND THOSE WHO WANT TO COME BACK FEEL WELCOME."

MR TSAO SAID IT WAS TRUE AND ONLY NATURAL THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME SOME PEOPLE WERE CONSIDERING EMIGRATION.

"THE PHENOMENON OF EMIGRATION IS NOT A NEW ONE AND HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR ITS HIGHLY MOBILE POPULATION," HE SAID.

MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT EMIGRATION WAS NOT ITSELF A PROBLEM, BUT IT DID BRING PROBLEMS IN ITS WAKE AND THESE PROBLEMS MUST BE ADDRESSED.

"TO THIS END, WE ARE HAPPY THOUGH NOT COMPLACENT TO NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF NEW FIRST DEGREE GRADUATES PRODUCED IN HONG KONG HAS INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT FROM 3,000 IN 1987 TO 3,750 IN 1988 AND BY A FURTHER 15 PER CENT TO 4,330 THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

"FURTHER SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES ARE ALREADY ASSURED AND BY 1999 THE NUMBER OF NEW GRADUATES EACH YEAR WILL EXCEED 15,000.

"IT IS NOT JUST A NUMBER GAME BUT A REAL SOLID PLAN FOR THE FUTURE."

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IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME FOR VBP ON TAI A CHAU BEING PLANNED

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TWO SENIOR DOCTORS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE DETENTION CENTRE ON TAI A CHAU.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE TWO DOCTORS WERE THERE TO WORK OUT THE ARRANGEMENTS AND PREPARATIONS FOR A MASS IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME AS RECOMMENDED IN A REPORT THE DEPARTMENT SUBMITTED TO THE SECURITY BRANCH YESTERDAY.

THE REPORT WAS SUBMITTED FOLLOWING A STUDY ON AN EARLIER REPORT BY THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF BOAT PEOPLE IN DETENTION.

DR C.M. NGAN, COMMUNITY PHYSICIAN AND DR P.L. MA, CHIEF PORT HEALTH OFFICER, WHO ARE THE PRINCIPAL MEDICAL OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE VBP ON TAI A CHAU, ARRIVED THERE AT ABOUT 10 AM TODAY.

UPON ARRIVAL, THEY VISITED THE TWO HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOCTORS WORKING AT THE MEDICAL CLINIC ON THE ISLAND AND DISCUSSED WITH THEM THEIR WORK AND ALSO THE PREPARATORY WORK FOR THE MASS IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME.

DR MA AND DR NGAN SAID AFTER THE VISIT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS NOW WORKING OUT THE LOGISTICS OF THE MASS IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME AND IT IS HOPED THAT FIRM ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE NEXT WEEK.

"THE IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME TO BE CARRIED OUT FOR THE BOAT PEOPLE ON TAI A CHAU WILL BE SIMILAR TO THAT FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"CHILDREN WILL BE IMMUNISED AGAINST MEASLES, TUBERCULOSIS, DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS, WHOOPING COUGH AND POLIOMYELITIS,” HE SAID.

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DIRECTORATE POSTS IN TRADE DEPT RETITLED *****

THE RETITLED TO

DIRECTORATE POSTS IN THE TRADE DEPARTMENT

„ ALIGN THEM MORE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED AND TO CONVEY THE CORRECT STATUS OF THEIR HOLDERS^ NEGOTIATIONS. HOLDERS

HAVE BEEN

PRACTICE

IN TRADE

FROM TODAY (FRIDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF TRADF DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE. THE NEW TITLES ASSISTANTS ARE DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE RESPECTIVELY.

HAS

FOR HIS

TRADE

BEEN RETITLED

DEPUTIES AND AND ASSISTANT

/HOWEVER, THE .......

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HOWEVER, THE CORRESPONDING CHINESE TITLES AND THE TITLES OF ALL OTHER POSTS IN THE DEPARTMENT REMAIN UNCHANGED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHANGES, WHICH WERE ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, FOLLOWED A RECENT RECOMMENDATION BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DIRECTORATE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

"THE CHANGES ARE BEING MADE BECAUSE WE WANT TO MATCH THE TRADE DEPARTMENT’S DIRECTORATE TITLES WITH THE TITLES OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS OVERSEAS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID BEFORE THE RETITLING THERE WAS THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME MISUNDERSTANDING OVER THE STATUS OF HONG KONG’S TOP TRADE NEGOTIATORS.

"THE PROBLEM IS THAT, WHEN OVERSEAS, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, HIS DEPUTIES AND ASSISTANTS ARE SOMETIMES ASSUMED TO BE MORE JUNIOR THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE.

"SUCH CONFUSION NEEDS TO BE AVOIDED. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT WHEN HONG KONG IS DOING ITS BEST TO CEMENT ITS STATUS AS A KEY PLAYER IN THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE AND TO PRACTISE TO THE FULL ITS AUTONOMY IN TRADE AND ECONOMIC MATTERS,” HE SAID.

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CSD RENOWNED FOR HIGH STANDARDS ♦ * » » »

FOR ITS TRAINING

HIGH AND SENIOR

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS RENOWNED STANDARD OF DISCIPLINE, INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES OF EDUCATION AND HUMANE REGIMES FOR OFFENDERS IN CUSTODY, THE MEMBER Of’tHE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ALLEN LEE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE DEPARTMENT’S PASSING OUT PARADE AT ITS TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY, MR LEE SAID CORRECTIONAL WORK MODERN SOCIETY WAS A PROFESSION IN ITS OWN RIGHT.

STAFF

IN A

"IT DEMANDS A GOOD DEAL OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES AND NOOErJ SXeNT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ITS HIGHER OBJECTIVES OF CORRECTION AND REHABILITATION.

"MORE RECENTLY, KEEPING AND CARING FOR PEOPLE, AN ARDUOUS AND FLEXIBILITY.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO EXCELLED ITSELF IN HUGE NUMBERS OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND BOAT SENSITIVE TASK WHICH DEMANDS INNOVATIONS AND

AND

THE ADDITIONAL

RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES nnAT dpopiP IS POSSIBLY BUT ONE REFLECTION OF MORE COMPLEX AND VARIED !ntLna° Iectri?? responsibilities to cohe to the correctional SERVICES AND OTHER DISCIPLINED SERVICES AS WELL," MR LEE SAID.

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"THIS ALSO BRINGS OUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG AS A WHOLE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME OF TRANSITION," HE ADDED.

MR LEE TOLD THE RECRUITS ON PARADE THAT THEY COULD BE RIGHTLY PROUD OF THEMSELVES IN HAVING CHOSEN A WORTHWHILE CAREER WITH A FINE SERVICE.

AS FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF SHORTAGE PROBLEM, HE SAID THE OFFICERS COULD EXPECT SOME HARD TIMES TO COME.

"I AM SURE THAT IN YOUR WORKING LIFE, THERE WILL BE TIMES OF FRUSTRATIONS AND BOREDOM AMIDST ALL THE STRAINS AND STRESSES, MORE PARTICULARLY SO WHEN YOU ARE STARTING FRESH.

"MY ADVICE IS TO LET YOUR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND INTEGRITY PREVAIL AT ALL TIMES," MR LEE SAID.

MR LEE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT 21 OFFICERS HAD BEEN APPOINTED TO ACT AS PRINCIPAL OFFICERS WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1, AND 90 ASSISTANT OFFICERS II WILL ACT AS ASSISTANT OFFICERS I WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

TODAY’S PARADE MARKED THE PASSING OUT OF 40 OFFICERS AND 192 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED 26 WEEKS' BASIC TRAINING AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE.

MR LEE ALSO PRESENTED SILVER WHISTLES TO THE 10 BEST RECRUITS.

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AUXILIARY POLICE PASSING OUT PARADE

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MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE MUST EQUIP THEMSELVES WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF ADAPTABILITY TO COPE WITH THE RAPID PACE OF THE FAST CHANGING SOCIETY, A MEMBER OF THE SHEUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE. MR BILLY LAM, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

ADDRESSING A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE AUXILIARY POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN KOWLOON BAY, MR LAM POINTED OUT THAT AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICEnS SHOULD ACT IN LINE WITH THE CURRENT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGES TO ENSURE THAT LAW AND ORDER WAS SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAINED.

MR LAM ALSO COMMENDED CENTRAL DISTRICT AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS FOR HELPING THEIR REGULAR COUNTERPARTS DURING THE RECENT MASSIVE PUBLIC PROCESSIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

HE TOLD THE GRADUATING OFFICERS THAT UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING, THEY WOULD BE POSTED TO VARIOUS POLICE STATIONS AND REPORTING CENTRES TO ASSIST THEIR REGULAR COLLEAGUES IN THEIR EVER-INCREASING POLICING NEEDS.

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"THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE HAS A LONG SPLENDID HISTORY. MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY FORCE ARE VOLUNTEERS ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THEIR LEISURE TO THE COMMUNITY." MR LAM SAID.

AND

FROM SERVE

MR LAM ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE GRADUATING OFFICERS PUBLIC-SPIRITEDNESS AND URGED THEM TO MAKE GOOD USE OF WHAT LEARNED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

ON PARADE TODAY WERE 128 AUXILIARY CONSTABLES INSPECTORS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING COURSE.

FOR THEIR

THEY HAD

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OVER HALF MILLION PEOPLE JOINED JPC SINCE INCEPTION *»»***

OVER HALF A MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE JOINED THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL (JPC) SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1974, ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR RAYMON ANN ING.

"THIS FACT HAS CLEARLY ESTABLISHED THE JPC AS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY RECOGNISED AND SUCCESSFUL YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN THE TERRITORY." HE SAID.

MR ANNING MADE THESE REMARKS WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE JPC 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT RADIO TELEVISON HONG KONG (RTHK) TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE SAID THE 1 5TH ANNIVERSARY WAS FURTHER TESTIMONY OF THE STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE OF JPC WHICH WAS FORMED IN 1974 TO PROMOTE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG AND THE POLICE.

TO MARK THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF JPC. THE COMMISSIONER PRESENTED A SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP CARD TO THE 500.000TH JPC MEMBER - AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL. MISS TAM KA-KA.

DURING THE OCCASION, MR ANNING ALSO PRESENTED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO MR WONG WAH-SANG. KWUN TONG JPC HONARARY PRESIDENT, AND A CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION TO MR JOHNNY KO, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF RTHK. FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE JPC SCHEME.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE/MANAGEMENT, MR GEORGE HINDHAUGH: THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR NG MING-LAM; THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH, MR DENNIS COLLINS; AND THE CHIEF INSPECTOR/JUNIOR POLICE CALL, MR BOB SULLIVAN.

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VARIETY SHOW TO BOOST VOTER REGISTRATION

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ISLANDERS AT MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL BE TREATED TO A FREE VARIETY SHOW ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE NGAN WAN ESTATE PLAZA.

THE 90-MINUTE SHOW, WHICH WILL START AT 8 PM, IS ORGANISED AS PART OF THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN THE DISTRICT.

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE VARIETY SHOW.

ON THE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE SAID DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL VISIT SELECTED AREAS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO HELP ISLANDERS TO REGISTER.

"ISLANDERS AGED 21 OR ABOVE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, WHO ARE PERMANENT HONG KONG RESIDENTS OR HAVE RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS, ARE ELIGIBLE," HE SAID.

"THE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE WILL END ON SEPTEMBER 30 AND THOSE REGISTERED WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN FUTURE DISTRICT BOARD AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS," HE ADDED.

DURING THE DRIVE, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL ALSO GO ON BOARD FERRIES ON THE OUTLYING ISLAND ROUTES TO HELP COMMUTERS TO REGISTER.

"ALTHOUGH THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ALREADY HAS THE HIGHEST REGISTRATION RATE AMONG ALL DISTRICT - OVER 60 PER CENT OF THE ESTIMATED ELECTORATE IN 1988 - DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF ARE STILL TRYING TO HELP THE REMAINING 14,000 ELIGIBLE ISLANDERS TO REGISTER," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT VOTERS WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS SHOULD FILL IN THE REGISTRATION FORM AGAIN TO INFORM THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION.

REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILALE AT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, ITS SUB-OFFICES AT MUI WO AND ON CHEUNG CHAU, AND POST OFFICES IN THE DISTRICT.

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CHAI WAN EXH•7 ION ON SPORTS SAFETY ?.**♦»

SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS WIL.u BE GIVEN ADIVCE ON HOW T< V INJURIES AT A FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION STARTING TOMORROW (SATUP NEW JADE SHOPPING CEL:RE IN CHAI WAN.

THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN ) .NT

BOARD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF TI'.L UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

BASIC CONCEPTS OF SPORTS SCIENCE AND COMMON SO WILL BE ILLUSTRATED (><' .3 DISPLAY BOARDS, AND MEDICAL UNIVERSITY WILL GIVE ON-THE-SPOT EXPLANATIONS

ASPECTS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE PHYSIOLOGY AND THE BENEFITS F SPORT, FIRST AID AND REHABILITATION, INJURIES TO THE EY • , AND THROAT. ND BODY INJURIES.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 2.30 PM T ' • ‘ 1

ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN). MISS LINDA SO: CHA I RM \ • MEDICAL SOCI TV OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KO.' .

YEUNG, AND .■••STERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS MR LAM TAK-ON AND MR 0 BOON-MAN.

THE OHDITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNT I I T'lSI; (AUGUST L'2). FP<>0 ID AM TO I PM DAILY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARI INVITED TO COVER THE O| ■ I I ! , Ob EXHIBITION ON SPORTS MEDICINE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) I THF JAi

SHOPPING CENTRE. GROUND I LOOR. 233 f HA I WAN ROAD. L’. IG'.'ILG

2.30 I'M.

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MONG KOK TO CLEAN UP REAR LANES

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL 1MPROVEMEI CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR WILL FOCUS ON THE HYGIENIC CONDITIONS OF RE LANES.

A WORKING GROUP COMPRISING LOCAL LEADERS AND GOVERNME OFFICIALS HAS IDENTIFIED A DOZEN OF SUCH BLACK SPOTS.

APART FROM CLEANING UP THE FILTHY REAR LANES, CO-ORDINATION COMMIT” UE OF THE CAMPAIGN HAS ALSO PLANNED PUBLICl’ ACTIVITIES TO HELP SPREAD THE CLEAN-UP MESSAGE.

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THESE INCLUDE AN EXHID 11 LON TO SHOW THE CONDITIONS OF THE REAR LANES BEFORE AND AFTCLEANI »C OPERATIONS. THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 23 TO COINCIDE WITH THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

POSTERS AND BANNERS TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO KEEP REAR LANES CLEAN WILL BE PUT UP AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO INCLUDE A VARIETY OF OTHER ACTIVITIES TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT. THESE WILL LAST UNTIL JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

AMONG THEM WIM. BE A BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND VISIT TO A PRIVATE HOUSING Ci I’ATE, AND CLEAN-UP COMPETITIONS AT SELECTED STREETS, BUILDINGS AND AT THE TAI KOK TSUI TEMPORARY ’.RET.

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YAU TSIM D :'I :»CT. FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN OPENING

A CEKiMONY WILL PE HELD AT NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SHA TSUI, TOMORROW (SA'URDAY) " RNOON TO MARK THE START OF THIS YEAR’S YAU TSIM DISTRIl’i IuGHT (TIME CAMPAIGN.

rlHE ( IEH Y ’ ' . BEGIN AT 2.30 PM, TO BE FOLLOWED BY SINGING AND ACROBATiC PERFORM?N»’I'S AND A MAGIC SHOW.

OFFICIATING A' THE CEREMONY WILL BE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-iiU; DISTLiCT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH; AND POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER ( A A TEI), MF LAI YUK-KUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1989-90 YAU TSIM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WILL ID HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 2.30 PM AT NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SIU '.UI.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

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)l'< REGISTRATION REVOKED ♦ ♦ t

THE COMMISSION:’ OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF ASSOCIATED CHINESE FI? \NCE COMPANY LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT T 5 CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY (FRIDAY).

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FIRING PRACTICE IN SEPTEMBER * * » *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 23 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIMES TAKE PLACE:

THAT FIRING PRACTICE WILL

DATE TIME

— — — — — — — —

SEPTEMBER 1 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 4 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 5 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 6 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

SEPTEMBER 7 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 8 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

SEPTEMBER 9 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 11 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 12 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 16 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 18 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

SEPTEMBER 19 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 20 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 21 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

SEPTEMBER 22 (FRIDAY) MIDNIGHT - 11.59 PM

SEPTEMBER 23 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 25 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 26 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 27 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 28 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

SEPTEMBER 29 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 30 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

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CAREERS SEMINAR FOR POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES »«»«»»

A CAREERS SEMINAR TAILORED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES AND PROFESSIONALS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

BY HANG SENG BANK LTD AND THE LABOUR

ORGANISED JOINTLY

PARTICIPANTS WITH THE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE

DEPARTMENT, THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR IS TO PROVIDE NECESSARY JOB-HUNTING SKILLS AND TO UPDATE

LOCAL JOB MARKET.

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"ABOUT 300 JOB-SEEKERS WITH POST-SECONDARY OR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE TALKS GIVEN BY SPECIALISTS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR ON PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF JOB APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES, AS WELL AS WORKSHOPS ON CAREERS IN BANKING, MARKET AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, COMPUTER AND ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING,” HE

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR HOUDINI HO, AND THE ASSISTANT PERSONNEL MANAGER OF HANG SENG BANK LTD, MR LAM CHI-KWONG. WILL OFFICIATE AT THE SEMINAR’S OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR HOUDINI HO, OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE 1989 CAREERS SEMINAR POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES AT 9 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE HONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, ROOM 601, 1 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN

WILL FOR KONG CHAI.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING.

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ANTI-NARCOTICS BEACH CONCERT ON SUNDAY * * ♦ » ♦

A MINI-CONCERT, ENTITLED "JOYFUL MUSIC TO DRUG-FREE LIFE”, WILL BE HELD AT THE SHEK O BEACH ON HONG KONG ISLAND ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 20). IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN),THE HOUR-LONG CONCERT IS AIMED AT URGING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR TO STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY PURSUITS.

IT WILL BE ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GARETH MULLOY.

PERFORMING AT THE CONCERT WILL BE THE BANDS CITY BEAT AND FUNDAMENTAL.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND SOUVENIR ITEMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE VENUE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ANTI-NARCOTICS BEACH CONCERT TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 20) AT SHEK O BEACH ON HONG KONG ISLAND. THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THREE GOVT LOTS FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION

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THREE GOVERNMENT LOTS WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 11 IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

THE LOTS INCLUDE TWO IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADE). ONE OF THESE IS LOCATED IN AREA 25, ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING, AND HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,707 SQUARE METRES.

ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 5,121 SQUARE METRES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1993.

THE OTHER LOT FOR THE SAME PURPOSE IS LOCATED IN AREA 11, SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 4,773 SQUARE METRES AND THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 27,205 SQUARE METRES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1993.

THE THIRD LOT, WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 6,300 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT LAM LOK STREET, KOWLOON BAY.

THIS LOT IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL, CINEMA, GODOWN AND PETROL FILLING STATION) PURPOSES AND INCLUDING A PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS.

THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATES THAT A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 36,000 SQUARE METRES HAS TO BE COMPLETED ON THE LOT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1993.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS CAN BE SEEN AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRIES SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG; AND

THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE ALSO AVAILBALE AT ALL DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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NEW RECREATION CENTRE, LIBRARY ON PENG CHAU ♦ * *

RESIDENTS ON PENG CHAU WILL HAVE A NEW RECREATION CENTRE AND LIBRARY IN TWO YEARS.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT. WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH 1991.

THE COMPLEX WILL HAVE A MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES HALL FOR BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURTS, TWO SQUASH COURTS WITH VIEWING GALLERY, AN ACTIVITY AND DANCE ROOM, AND A PUBLIC LIBRARY WITH ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 8.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG * » ♦ * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 8 AM ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 20) TO 5.30 AM THE NEXT DAY, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWUN TONG TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORK.

THE SLIP ROAD OF JUNK BAY ROAD AND SAU MAU PING ROAD INTERCHANGE, CONNECTING JUNK BAY ROAD NORTHBOUND WITH THE FLYOVER LEADING TO LIN TAK ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED.

VEHICLES ON JUNK BAY ROAD HEADING FOR LIN TAK ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA SAU MAU PING ROAD, HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MING ROAD, SAU MAU PATH AND SAU MAU PING ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, KMB ROUTE 16M WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA JUNK BAY ROAD, SAU MAU PING ROAD, HIU KWONG STREET, HIU KWONG STREET BUS TERMINUS, HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MAU PING ROAD AND LIN TAK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PUBLICITY DRIVE TO PROMOTE WOULD ENVIRONMENT DAY............. 1

FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS IN YAU TSIM...................... 1

KWUN TONG RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ............. 2

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ......................... 2

REMINDER ON YEAR’S SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY .................. 3

CLOSURE OF MORRISON HILL POST OFFICE FOR RENOVATION..........

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............. *+

KARAOKE SINGING CONTEST IN SHA TIN........................... 5

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT........................................ 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PEEL RISE............................... 6

SATURDAY. AUGUST 19, 1989

PUBLICITY DRIVE TO PROMOTE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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A PUBLICITY DRIVE WAS HELD IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT TODAY (SATURDAY) IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WITH A DECORATED DOUBLE DECKER TOURING BUSY AREAS TO DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS TO RESIDENTS.

DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS HELPED TO DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS DURING THE BUS TOUR WHICH COVERED AREAS INCLUDING MA TAU WAI ESTATE, WHAMPOA GARDENS AND THE 01 MAN BUS TERMINUS.

TODAY'S ACTIVITY WAS ORGANISED BY A WORKING GROUP SET UP UNDER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD.

TO FURTHER AROUSE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, THE WORKING GROUP WILL BE HOLDING A POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION LATER THIS MONTH.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE OPEN TO ALL THOSE WHO LIVE. WORK OR STUDY IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

THE WINNING ENTRY WILL BE USED FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A CALENDAR FOR DISTRIBUTION TO DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

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FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS IN YAU TS1M ******

A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT THIS YEAR TO PROMOTE THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE AND ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO HELP COMBAT VICE ELEMENTS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR YANG TZE-KIANG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AT NEW WORLD PLAZA, MR YANG SAID HIS COMMITTEE WOULD STRIVE HARD TO ENLIST SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR INCLUDE POSTER DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SINGING CONTESTS, A CARNIVAL, A FAMILY CAMP, GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS PRESENTATION AND VISITS.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO; POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (YAU MA TEI), MR LAU YUK-KUEN: AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH.

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KWUN TONG RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS *****

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED RESIDENTS TO FULFIL THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY BY REGISTERING AS VOTERS.

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN THE DISTRICT. MR WAN SAID ABOUT 48 PER CENT OF KWUN TONG’S ELIGIBLE VOTERS HAD RESPONDED TN A SIMILAR EXERCISE IN THE PAST.

ANYONE WHO IS 21 YEARS OLD AND WHO IS A HONG KONG PERMANENT RESIDENT, OR HAS RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS, IS AN ELIGIBLE VOTER.

TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO REGISTER, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ARRANGE VISITS TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO GIVE WHATEVER HELP IS NECESSARY, MR WAN SAID.

A PUBLICITY VAN WILL ALSO TOUR THE DISTRICT TO SPREAD THE VOTER REGISTRATION MESSAGE AND TO PROVIDE A REGISTRATION SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

THE REGISTRATION PERIOD WILL LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION

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FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $604,100 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER AL21 AND HK280 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $55,000 EACH.

ANOTHER NUMBER AE168 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $49,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR EB8577 AND EB2906.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S AUCTION:

$ $ $ $

EB8633 3,600 AE168 49,000 AL21 55,000 AC 173 7,500

EB332 21,000 BB9577 2,000 EC289 10,000 EB8577 1,000

DZ707 5,000 EB662 20,000 EB178 10,500 EA535 6,000

EC3278 9,000 8188 46,000 EB8681 4,000 EC1238 12,000

EA2121 26,000 EC321 20,000 HK280 55,000 EB2906 1,000

AA167 5,000 EB9390 3,000 EA3838 15,000 AU551 2,000

EC600 30,000 EB9868 15,000 EBI 4 3 5,000 AH1313 11,000

EC315 5,000 EC108 11,000 EC368 16,000 HK8119 18,000

EC308 19,000 AR242 20,000 EC230 12,500 EB6362 2,000

EA3228 35,000 EB172 6,000 DM8181 8,000 EB8913 2,000

/SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS .......

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SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 140TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO 885,120,632.

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REMINDER ON YEAR'S SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY FOR THIS YEAR FALLS ON AUGUST 28, THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, EMPLOYEES SHALL BE GRANTED THE SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY ON THE ABOVE DATE IF EMPLOYERS HAVE NOT ALREADY FIXED THE DATE FOR THE HOLIDAY AND THEIR EMPLOYEES HAVE NOT REQUESTED IT TO BE ADDED TO THEIR PAID ANNUAL LEAVE.

"ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND THOSE NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $11,500 A MONTH ARE ENTITLED TO BE PAID FOR THAT HOLIDAY IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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 THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, THE HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE DAILY EARNINGS DURING EVERY COMPLETE WAGE PERIOD, WHICH COULD BE BETWEEN 28 DAYS AND 31 DAYS, PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE OR SHE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ALL BRANCH OFFICES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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CLOSURE OF MORRISON HILL POST OFFICE FOR RENOVATION

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THE MORRISON HILL POST OFFICE AT 28 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI

WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATION FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 21), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

RENOVATION WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A FEW MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO NORMALLY CONDUCT THEIR POSTAL BUSINESS AT THE MORRISON HILL POST OFFICE MAY USE THE FACILITIES AT THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES NEARBY:

* CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE AT HAYWOOD MANSION, 57 PATERSON STREET;

* HAPPY VALLEY POST OFFICE AT 4 WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD;

» WAN CHAI POST OFFICE AT 221 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST; AND

* HENNESSY ROAD POST OFFICE AT 1 HENNESSY ROAD.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (AUGUST 21).

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, MR ALFRED WONG, WILL INTRODUCE AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE SUBJECT.

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR FUNDS TO HOLD COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

THEY WILL ALSO STUDY REPORTS BY ORGANISATIONS ON ACTIVITIES HELD EARLIER UNDER DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORSHIP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 21) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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KARAOKE SINGING CONTEST IN SHA TIN » » » » »

THE FINALS OF A KARAOKE SINGING CONTEST TO BE HELD IN THE AUDITORIUM OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) EVENING WILL MARK THE CLOSING OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN THE DISTRICT.

EIGHTEEN FINALISTS SELECTED FROM MORE THAN 60 TEAMS WILL VIE FOR FOUR AWARDS - THE CHAMPIONSHIP, FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP. AND BEST PERFORMANCE.

THE WINNERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SINGING CONTRACTS WITH A RECORD COMPANY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE, AND SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER. MR VICTOR YUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 7.30 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 1989 SHA TIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE AUDITORIUM OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL OPPOSITE NEW TOWN PLAZA.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE FINALS OF A KARAOKE SINGING CONTEST. PLEASE BRING ALONG YOUR PRESS IDENTITY CARD FOR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS.

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT » » » »

RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE HOLDING CASH ORDER BOOKS MAY RECEIVE EARLIER WELFARE PAYMENT IF THEIR PAYMENT DATES FALL ON THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BETWEEN AUGUST 26 AND 28.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THESE RECIPIENTS MAY CASH THEIR COUPONS ON AUGUST 23 TO 25 RESPECTIVELY OR AFTER THE HOLIDAYS AT THE DESIGNATED POST OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PEEL RISE

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, T?89

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VIDEO ON SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT FOR LOAN ...................... 1

WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSES ....................... 1

TASK FORCE SAFEGUARDS WORKERS' BENEFITS....................... 2

UK/HK GOVTS JOINT FUNDING SCHEME ............................. 3

MANY COMPETE IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN SWIMMING GALA............. 4

YUEN LONG NULLAH POLLUTION TO BE REDUCED ..................... 5

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION OF DB FUNDS ......................... 5

WATER CUTS IN FOUR DISTRICTS ................................. g

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20. 1989

VIDEO ON SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FOR LOAN

AN UPDATED VERSION OF A PROMOTIONAL VIDEO ON SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LOAN TO THE PUBLIC. A SPOKESMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE 20-MINUTE TAPE GIVES A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE 10 AREAS IN THE DISTRICT. AND DESCRIBES THE FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS FOUR COMMITTEES COVERING ENVIRONMENT. COMMUNITY BUILDING, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT AS WELL AS COMMUNITY WELFARE.

APPEARING ON THE VIDEO IS DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK. WHO GIVES A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE BOARD.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, ALSO SPEAKS ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OPERATING IN THE DISTRICT AND CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER. AIMS AT CO-ORDINATING THE WORK OF THOSE DEPARTMENTS TO CATER TO THE DISTRICT’S SPECIFIC NEEDS.

THE VIDEO INCLUDES ON-STREET INTERVIEWS IN WHICH RESIDENTS GIVE THEIR OPINIONS ABOUT THEIR DISTRICT.

RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT ARE ALSO SHOWN.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THE VIDEO CAN APPROACH THE INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE ON TEL. 3-7204251 FOR DETAILS.

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WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSES

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN WAN CHAI CLOSED TODAY (SUNDAY).

UNDER THE PROGRAMME. MORE THAN 200 INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED FOR THE DISTRICT’S YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

THE PROGRAMME, HELD ANNUALLY IN WAN CHAI FOR RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25, WAS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WITH DONATIONS COMING FROM THE PUBLIC.

ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR INCLUDED CAMPS. LAUNCH TRIPS. VISITS, SEMINARS AND TRAINING CLASSES.

/SPEAKING AT

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 1989

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SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY. WAN CHAI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRYAN CHAN, SAID HE HOPED PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAMME COULD APPLY THE VARIOUS SKILLS THEY HAD LEARNED TO THEIR DAILY LIFE.

THE CLOSING DAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED AN EXHIBITION ON THE WORK OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, QUIZZES AND SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES. HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ATTENDED.

AMONG THE GUESTS WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING COMMITTEE. MR DOMINIC CHAN.

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TASK FORCE SAFEGUARDS WORKERS’ BENEFITS * * * * »

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S TASK FORCE FORMED LAST YEAR TO STEP UP ENFORCEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT LAWS HAS MADE GOOD PROGRESS IN SAFEGUARDING THE STATUTORY BENEFITS OF WORKERS.

THE SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT TEAM. COMPRISING SEVEN EXPERIENCED LABOUR INSPECTORS FROM THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION, MONITORS EMPLOYERS’ COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

APART FROM INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS FROM EMPLOYEES, THE TEAM CARRIES OUT INSPECTIONS OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS TO ENSURE WORKERS ARE GIVEN THEIR ENTITLEMENTS IN RESPECT OF MATERNITY PROTECTION. REST DAYS, SICKNESS ALLOWANCE, PAID HOLIDAYS AND ANNUAL LEAVE. THEY ALSO CHECK THAT EMPLOYERS KEEP WAGE AND EMPLOYMENT RECORDS.

"SO FAR, THE TEAM HAS VISITED MORE THAN 2,300 ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDING RESTAURANTS, GARMENT FACTORIES, CONSTRUCTION SITES AND RETAIL OUTLETS IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"DURING THE VISITS, 105 EMPLOYERS WERE FOUND TO HAVE FAILED TO GIVE THE MINIMUM STATUTORY BENEFITS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES.

"AS A RESULT, 100 WARNINGS WERE ISSUED, WHILE FIVE SUMMONSES WERE TAKEN OUT AGAINST THOSE WHO DID NOT TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION."

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT BLATANT OFFENDERS WOULD BE PROSECUTED AND WERE LIABLE, UPON CONVICTION, TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000.

THE TEAM IS NOW CONDUCTING A ROUND OF INSPECTIONS OF ELECTRONICS FACTORIES WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY VISITS TO METALS AND PLASTICS FACTORIES LATER IN THE YEAR.

ENQUIRIES RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE CAN BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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SUNDAY. AUGUST 20, 1989

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UK/HK GOVTS JOINT FUNDING SCHEME

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NEW STUDENTS INTENDING TO PURSUE TERTIARY EDUCATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AS FROM THE 1989-90 ACADEMIC YEAR WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE UK/HK GOVERNMENTS JOINT FUNDING SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH SAID THE SCHEME WAS JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE HONG KONG AND UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENTS TO HELP NEEDY HONG KONG STUDENTS MEET THE HIGH TUITION FEES CHARGED ON OVERSEAS STUDENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

"IT IS OPEN TO HONG KONG STUDENTS PURSUING FULL-TIME FIRST DEGREE OR HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA COURSES AT UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND MAINTAINED COLLEGES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, SUBJECT TO THEIR HAVING RESIDED CONTINUOUSLY OR BEEN DOMICILED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO COURSE COMMENCEMENT," HE SAID.

"THE SCHEME IS MEANS-TESTED AND THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE IS THE FULL DIFFERENCE OF TUITION FEES PAYABLE BY AN OVERSEAS STUDENT AND A BRITISH HOME STUDENT STUDYING THE SAME COURSE.

"FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OFFERED TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE IN THE FORM OF GRANTS, BUT IF THE TOTAL REQUIREMENT EXCEEDS THE JOINT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE TWO GOVERNMENTS, THEN EACH SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT’S SHARE OF GRANT WOULD BE PROPORTIONATELY REDUCED, WITH THE BALANCE MADE UP BY AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN SOLELY FINANCED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT."

FOR THE 1989-90 ACADEMIC YEAR, APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE STUDENT FINANCE SECTION, EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AT QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

"APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING WITH THEM DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR HAVING BEEN ACCEPTED BY AN INSTITUTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR ONE OF THE COURSES COVERED BY THE SCHEME (PROOF OF CONDITIONAL OFFER WILL BE ACCEPTABLE)." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8673547.

"COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY HAND TO THE STUDENT FINANCE SECTION ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 2 THIS YEAR.

"TO MEET THE DEADLINE, NEW STUDENTS INTENDING TO START THEIR COURSES IN 1989-90 SHOULD APPLY ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERED ADMISSION BY AN INSTITUTION EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THE UNIVERSITIES CENTRAL COUNCIL ON ADMISSIONS (UCCA) OR POLYTECHNICS CENTRAL ADMISSIONS SYSTEM (PCAS), EVEN IF IT IS ONLY A CONDITIONAL OFFER.

/"APPLICATIONS RECEIVED .......

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"APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE SPECIFIED ABOVE BUT ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR MAY BE ACCEPTED BUT WILL BE PROCESSED FOR THE PURPOSE OF INTEREST-FREE LOANS ONLY. THESE WILL BE OFFERED SOLELY BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND SUBJECT TO THE SAME MEANS-TESTING CRITERIA."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID AS THE AMOUNT OF GRANT PAYABLE IN EACH CASE COULD ONLY BE DETERMINED AFTER ALL APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED AND PROCESSED, IT WAS UNLIKELY THAT PAYMENT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CAN BE MADE BEFORE TERM COMMENCEMENT.

"STUDENTS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO EXAMINE DISCREETLY THEIR OWN MEANS BEFORE PROCEEDING TO STUDY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. AND TO BE PREPARED TO PAY THE FULL TUITION FEES IN THE FIRST INSTANCE WHILE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF THEIR APPLICATION." HE SAID.

AFTER SUBMISSION OF HIS APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT AND/OR AN ADULT MEMBER OF HIS HOUSEHOLD WHO KNOWS THE FAMILY’S CIRCUMSTANCES (PREFERABLY THE PERSON WHO DECLARES HIS APPLICATION) WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW AT THE STUDENTS FINANCE SECTION, EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TO CLARIFY THE VARIOUS PARTICULARS REPORTED IN THE APPLICATION.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT INCORRECT OR INACCURATE INFORMATION NOT ONLY WOULD LEAD TO REJECTION OF AN APPLICATION BUT MIGHT ALSO GIVE RISE TO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE DECLARANT.

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MANY COMPETE IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN SWIMMING GALA

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ABOUT 250 YOUNGSTERS TOOK PART IN THE 1989 CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA AT THE YMCA BRIDGES STREET SWIMMING POOL THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SHEUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE AND THE YMCA WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE INDOOR FUNCTION WAS AMONG THE LAST ACTIVITIES ORGANISED UNDER THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING BEFORE THE SWIMMING EVENTS, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MONICA CHAN, SAID SHE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE FACT THAT MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAD MADE GOOD USE OF THE SUMMER VACATION BY PARTICIPATING IN THE SYP ACTIVITIES AND SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

SHE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO URGE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS, BEFORE THE DEADLINE ON SEPTEMBER 30, FOR FUTURE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS ELECTIONS.

ALSO ATTENDING THE GALA WERE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR ALEXANDER CHANG AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SHEUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE, MR NGAI WAI-MING.

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YUEN LONG NULLAH POLLUTION TO BE REDUCED

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THE FOUL SMELL AND NEGATIVE VISUAL IMPACT CREATED BY THE YUEN LONG NULLAHS WILL BE REDUCED UNDER A PROJECT PLANNED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AS PART OF THE CONTINUING YUEN LONG NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF FIVE KILOMETRES OF DRY-WEATHER FLOW CHANNELS AND CONCRETE LINING OF THE NULLAHS. AN INFLATABLE DAM TO EXCLUDE POLLUTED TIDAL WATERS FROM DEEP BAY, A PUMPING STATION. AND CLEANING OF EXISTING NULLAH WALLS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE CONTRACT WORKS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE DEPARTMENT'S TIN SHU1 WAI/YUEN LONG DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 14.

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION OF DB FUNDS

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED LOCAL ORGANISATIONS THAT SEPTEMBER 18 IS THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR HOLDING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL MEET IN OCTOBER TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS, A SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COMMITTEE DECIDED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO SET ASIDE FUNDS TO ENABLE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATIONS SERVING BEYOND AN AREA OR SERVING THE WHOLE DISTRICT TO ORGANISE COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT VETTING OF APPLICATIONS WOULD FOLLOW THE CRITERIA AS SET DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT THE AMOUNT TO BE APPROVED FOR A PARTICULAR ORGANISATION WOULD NOT EXCEED 810,000 WITHIN A FINANCIAL YEAR.

"REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE APPLICANT ORGANISATIONS HAVE TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE TO PRESENT THEIR PROJECTS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS.

"A REPORT ON THE PROJECT SHOULD ALSO BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT WITHIN ONE MONTH AFTER THE PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED," HE ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-230387.

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1989

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WATER CUTS IN FOUR DISTRICTS

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN MONG KOK WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 22) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET, SAI YEE STREET, BOUNDARY STREET AND THE YAU MA TEI SEAFRONT.

ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN FANLING WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE LOCATED ALONG SHA TAU KOK ROAD, INCLUDING LUNG YEUK TAU, WING NING TSUEN, WING NING WAI, MA WAT WAI, LO WAI, TSZ TONG TSUEN, TUNG KOK WAI, TIN HAU KUNG, BURMA LINES AND GALLIPOLI LINES.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAI KUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW PUMP.

ALL PREMISES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN ANDERSON ROAD AND SHAW’S STUDIO WILL BE AFFECTED.

ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 23), FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY YORK ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, RUTLAND QUADRANT, ESSEX ROAD, CUMBERLAND ROAD, STAFFORD ROAD, LINCOLN ROAD. BOUNDARY STREET AND SURREY LANE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RENEWAL OF INFRASTRUTURE FOR A BETTER HK.................... 1

COMMITTEE ON SCIENTIFICALLY ASSISTED HUMAN REPRODUCTION ISSUES INTERIM REPORT....................................... 3

FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RESCUING WOMAN ....................... 6

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CLEARANCE PROGRAMME................. 7

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLICATION OF DIRECTORY ........... 7

ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING MOVE TO HK ISLAND ............ 8

SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON HK PEOPLE ........................... 9

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS 1990-91 ........ 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 11

RIGHT-TURN BAN ON EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD..................... 12

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY

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MONDAY. AUGUST 21. 1989

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fENEWAL OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A BETTER HK

TH' GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO SPEND TENS OF BILUIONS OF DOI,LABS IN BUILDING AN ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG ENTERS THE 21ST CENTURY WITH THE FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES 11 NEEDS, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID TODAY (MONDAY I .

"WITHOUT A RENEWAL OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO PLAY THE ESSENTIAL PART OF A SYSTEM AND ECONOMY WHICH HELPS THE EXPANSION OF CHINA, A ROLE ON WHICH OUR FUTURE DEPENDS, HE SAID.

MR BARNES WAS SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CHAIRMEN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

ON THE BASICS OF THIS RENEWAL, MR BARNES SAID FIRST AND FOREMOST WAS THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL PORT FACILITIES THAT HAD TO BE COPED WITH.

STRATEGY

"ALTHOUGH WE HAVE YET TO CHOOSE THE AIRPORT ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE MASSIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPANSION OF OFF NORTH LANTAU. WEST OF CASTLE PEAK AND ELSEWHERE, THROUGH WHICH OUR THROUGHPUT. EVEN WITHOUT TRANS

THE

WE PORT

WE

COULD MORE THAN LINKS THIS COULD

QUADRUPLE COST OVER

$40 BILLION," HE SAID.

TRANSPORT

SECONDLY, MR BARNES SAID HONG KONG MUST BEEF UP THE BASIC ROUTES BETWEEN CHINA AND THE URBAN AREAS AND THE PORT.

"FOR THIS, WHEREVER WE BUILD THE REQUIRE A FIXED CROSSING (THAT IS A BRIDGE OR TO LANTAU AND A SUPER HIGHWAY RIGHT DOWN FROM

AIRPORT, WE WILL STILL A TUNNEL) FROM TSING YI THE BORDER TO HONG KONG

ISLAND," HE ADDED.

HF POINTED OUT THAT AN AIRPORT AT (HEK LAP KOK WOULD ABOUT FIVE MILES OF HIGHWAY ALONG THE NORTH OF LANTAU AND A AND AN AIRPORT OFF LAMMA WOULD REQUIRE A BRIDGE SYSTEM FOR RATI AND AN EXTRA TUNNEL TO KOWLOON.

REQUIRE RAILWAY; ROAD AND

FOR EITHER LOCATION THE TRANSPORT LINKS FOR THE PORT AND AIRI KT WOULD INVOLVE OVER $2 1 BILLION. HE CONTINUED.

THIRDLY. MR BARNES SAID. A NEW AIRPORT WAS NEEDED BECAUSE KONG’S FINANCIAL AND SERVICE ORIENTED ECONOMY MUST HAVE Till-POSSIBLE COMMUNICATIONS IF IT WAS TO SURVIVE.

HONG

BEST

"BY 1995, WHEN THE PRESENT AIRPORT AT KAI TAK BE SATURATED WE WILL BE DESPERATE INDEED.

IS EXPECTED TO

"IT IS NONETHELESS A SOBERING THOUGHT THAT IN REQUIRES A RECLAMATION ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS THE FROM THE STAR FERRY UP TO BOUNDARY STREET. THIS

HONG WHOLE IS AT

KONG THIS OF KOWLOON

LEAST $21

BILLION WORTH." HE SAID.

/MR BARNES .......

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

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MR BAI ES ALSO SAID EDUCATION MUST BE EXPANDED.

BESIDES, THERE WERE SO MUCH WORKS THAT MUST BE DONE, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THESE WORKS WOULD INCLUDE RECLAMATIONS IN THE HARBOUR, AT LEAST 0?:: MORE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL AND SOME $12 BILLION WORTH OF SEWERS.

MR BARNES SAID THE HUGH INCREASE OF PASSENGER JOURNEYS TO AND FROM CHINA HAD ENORMOUSLY INCREASED THE THROUGHPUT IN THE AIRPORT, TRAINS, FERRIES AND ROADS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

THE MOVEMENT OF A VERY LARGE PROPORTION OF HONG KONG’S BASIC MANUFACTURING PROCESSES WHOLLY OR PARTLY, TO PLACES IN GUANGDONG, HAD HAD AN ENORMOUS EFFECT ON THE TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT IN INDUSTRY.

"THIS HAS MASSIVELY INCREASED THE GOODS TRAFFIC BOTH AT THE BORDER CROSSINGS AND THROUGHOUT THE ROAD SYSTEMS, PARTICULARLY IN THE APPROACHES TO THE URBAN AREA AND WITHIN OUR OWN INDUSTRIAL AREAS, WHICH ARE NOW USED MUCH MORE EXTENSIVELY FOR WAREHOUSING GOODS FROM CHINA THAN PREVIOUSLY," HE SAID.

MOREOVER, THE ENORMOUSLY INCREASED DEMAND ON THE PORT FOR CHINA IMPORTS AND EXPORTS HAD RESULTED IN AN AVERAGE INCREASE IN THROUGHPUT OF OVER 15 PER CENT PER ANNUM OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.

"AT THE PRESENT STAGE OF HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT WHEN WE ARE QUITE INEXORABLY USING UP OUR AVAILABLE LAND AND WHERE WE ARE FAR MORE CONCERNED ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAN BEFORE, VERY CAREFUL PLANNING IS NECESSARY," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANNING WAS DICTATED BY A FEW ESSENTIALS. THESE INCLUDE:

HONG KONG IS STILL THE GATEWAY TO CHINA WITH ONE OF THE FINEST NATURAL PORTS IN THE WORLD.

* IT IS MOREOVER IN A CENTRAL CROSSROAD IN THE MOST DYNAMIC CONTINENT OF THE WORLD.

* HOWEVER MANY PEOPLE MOVE OUT, THERE WILL STILL BE FAR MORE LEFT BEHIND WHO WILL REPLACE THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT AND WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION AS ALWAYS.

HONG KONG STILL HAS A SOLID CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS FOR PROSPERITY AND PROGRESS IN THE NEXT 58 YEARS, IN THE SHAPE OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION. MANY OTHERS HAVE A VERY MUCH WORSE BASIS FOR OPTIMISM.

"I WANTED TO SHOW YOU THAT HONG KONG REMAINS AS DYNAMIC AS

EVER. INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE AND

WHATEVER ELSE WE FIND NECESSARY TO CUT, THIS MUST AND WILL CARRY ON,"

MR BARNES SAID.

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MONDAY. AUGUST 21, 1989

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COMMITTEE ON SCIENTIFICALLY ASSISTED HUMAN REPRODUCTION ISSUES INTERIM REPORT »*»♦**

THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENTIFICALLY ASSISTED HUMAN REPRODUCTION TODAY (MONDAY) ISSUED AN INTERIM REPORT ON THE ISSUES OF ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY DONOR (AID) AND SURROGACY.

INTRODUCING THE REPORT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, DR LEONG CHE-HUNG, SAID: "THE COMMITTEE HAS MADE SOME PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PRACTICE OF ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY DONOR AND SURROGACY.

"WE CONSIDER IT IMPORTANT THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON OUR PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS BEFORE THESE ARE FINALISED.

"AID AND SURROGACY BOTH RAISE IMPORTANT SOCIAL. MORAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL QUESTIONS AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE IN LINE WITH PUBLIC ATTITUDES TO THESE QUESTIONS.

"FOR THIS REASON WE HAVE ISSUED AN INTERIM REPORT TO SEEK PUBLIC VIEWS ON AID AND SURROGACY."

DR LEONG SAID THAT ON SURROGACY, THE COMMITTEE HAD RECOMMENDED THAT IT SHOULD ONLY BE PERMITTED FOR MARRIED COUPLES WHERE NO OTHER FORM OF TREATMENT FOR INFERTILITY WAS POSSIBLE.

"THE COMMISSIONING COUPLE WOULD HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE BOTH THE EGG AND THE SPERM FOR FERTILISATION OUTSIDE THE SURROGATE MOTHER," HE SAID.

"THE COMMITTEE CONSIDERS THAT ANY CHILD BORN OF A SURROGATE MOTHER SHOULD NOT BE GENETICALLY RELATED TO THAT PERSON. BUT SHOULD BE GENETICALLY RELATED TO BOTH THE COMMISSIONING PARENTS.

"THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED A COMPLETE BAN ON COMMERCIAL SURROGACY."

DR LEONG SAID: "ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY DONOR HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PRACTISED IN HONG KONG FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS.

"WE HAVE RECOMMENDED ITS CONTINUANCE. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE LEGISLATION ENACTED TO ENSURE THE LEGITIMACY OF CHILDREN BORN BY AID."

THE FULL SET OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE IS LISTED BELOW:

/SURROGACY ........

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

SURROGACY

RECOMMENDATION 1

1.1 IN VIEW OF THE VERY COMPLICATED SOCIAL AND MORAL ISSUES CONNECTED WITH GENETIC SURROGACY. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT ONLY GENETIC INV1TRO FERTILISATION (1VF) SURROGACY (I.E. THE COMMISSIONING COUPLE CONTRIBUTE BOTH THE EGG AND SEMEN FERTILISED OUTSIDE THE SURROGATE MOTHER), BE ALLOWED, SUBJECT TO STRICT CONTROL.

RECOMMENDATION 2

1.2 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT COMMERCIAL SURROGACY SHOULD BE BANNED IN HONG KONG.

RECOMMENDATION 3

1.3 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT GENETIC IVF SURROGACY SHOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED FOR INFERTILE MARRIED COUPLES WHERE NO ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT IS POSSIBLE.

RECOMMENDATION 4

1.4 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT A WOMAN WHO HAS NEVER BEEN MARRIED NOR HAS HAD A CHILD OF HER OWN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT AS A SURROGATE MOTHER.

RECOMMENDATION 5

1 5 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT PROPER PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING ON LIKELY PROBLEMS FOR BOTH THE COMMISSIONING COUPLE AND THE SURROGATE BEFORE. DURING AND AFTER THE SURROGACY SHOULD BE MADE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PROCESS.

ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION

RECOMMENDATION 6

1.6 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY HUSBAND (AIH) SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN ITS PRESENT FORM. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT SINCE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY DONOR (AID) HAS BEEN PRACTISED IN HONG KONG FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND SEEMS TO BE ACCEPTABLE, IT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE.

/RECOMMENDATION 7 .......

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RECOMMENDATION 7

1.7

THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS

BY AID SHOULD BE PROTECTED BY

THAT THE LEGITIMACY OF CHILDREN BORN LEGISLATION. IT FAVOURS LEGISLATIVE UNITED KINGDOM FAMILY LAW REFORM ACT

MEASURES ALONG THE LINES OF THE

1987. (PURSUANT TO SECTION 27 OF THE ACT, A CHILD BORN AS

OF THE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION OF A MARRIED WOMAN BY THE

THE

SEMEN

RESULT

OF

DONOR SHALL BE TREATED IN LAW AS HER HUSBAND, UNLESS IT IS PROVED THE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION.)

THE CHILD OF THE MARRIED THAT THE HUSBAND DID NOT

WOMAN CONSENT

A AND TO

RECOMMENDATION 8

1.8

THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS

THAT THE

CONFIDENTIALITY OF SEMEN

DONORS SHOULD BE MAINTAINED IN ALL CASES.

RECOMMENDATION 9

1.9

THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT AN AID

CHILD SHOULD BE GIVEN

THE

RIGHT OF VERIFICATION ON REACHING THE AGE OF MAJORITY, (CURRENTLY 21). THE INFORMATION TO BE RELEASED SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO CONFIRMATION OF PERFORMANCE OF THE AID PROCEDURE ON HIS MOTHER. OTHER PARTIES SHOULD BE GIVEN ACCESS TO SUCH VERIFICATION.

THE NO

RECOMMENDATION 10

1 10 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT ONLY BANKED SEMEN SHOULD BE USED FOR AID IN HONG KONG. THIS WILL ALLOW TIME FOR DONORS TO BE CHECKED FOR DISEASES, AND DECREASE THE POSSIBILITY OF INCEST IN A SMALL AND CLOSED SOCIETY. FOR ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY HUSBAND (AIH), BANKED OR FRESH SEMEN CAN BE USED.

EITHER

RECOMMENDATION 11

1.11 THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT SEMEN OF ANY SINGLE DONOR NOT BE USED TO PRODUCE MORE THAN THREE PREGNANCIES.

SHOULD

RECOMMENDATION 12

1 . 12

THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT A CENTRAL REGISTRY OF

SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED. NOTING THAT THE SETTING UP OF A BANK IS IMPRACTICAL.

CENTRAL

DONORS

SEMEN

REPORT

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO OBTAIN COPIES OF THE CAN WRITE TO THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE, C/O THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, SEVENTH FLOOR, MAIN WING, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES,

LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

VIEWS ON RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE BY OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR.

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MONDAY. AUGUST 21, 1989

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FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RESCUING WOMAN

*****

FOUR FIREMEN WERE TODAY (MONDAY) PRAISED FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN RESCUING A WOMAN IN A NO.3 ALARM FIRE EARLIER THIS YEAR.

AT A CEREMONY AT WAN CHAI FIRE STATION, THE ACTING CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE HONG KONG COMMAND, MR CHAN HOI, PRESENTED HIS COMMENDATION TO PRINCIPAL FIREMAN CHOY LIM-LAI, SENIOR FIREMAN WAN CHONG-KUEN AND FIREMAN LEE YUET-MAN AND GAVE A FAVOURABLE ENTRY IN HIS RECORD TO FIREMAN CHAN KWAI-TUNG.

THE FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 29 AT A METER ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF A 16-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN WAN CHAI ROAD.

FIREMEN, WHO ARRIVED AT THE SCENE PROMPTLY, FOUND THAT DARK SMOKE HAD ENGULFED THE BUILDING, AND ON MOST FLOORS MANY PEOPLE WERE WAVING AND SHOUTING FOR HELP AT WINDOWS.

THE FIRE SERVICES PERSONNEL DEMONSTRATED THEIR HIGH STANDARD OF PROFESSIONALISM AND QUICKLY RESCUED MORE THAN 80 PEOPLE FROM THE UPPER FLOORS, AND PUT OUT THE FIRE.

THE WOMAN, LIVING ON THE NINTH FLOOR, HAD BEEN TRYING TO ESCAPE DOWN THE STAIRCASE BUT WAS OVECOME BY THE HEAT AND SMOKE ON REACHING THE LANDING BETWEEN THE FOURTH AND FIFTH FLOORS.

FORTUNATELY, BEFORE COLLAPSING, SHE MANAGED TO-WAVE HER HANDS AT THE STAIRCASE WINDOW AND THIS WAS NOTICED BY THE FOUR FIREMEN WHO WERE COMMENDED TODAY.

THEY IMMEDIATELY OPERATED A TURNTABLE LADDER TO THE FOURTH FLOOR AND, USING CUTTING EQUIPMENT, REMOVED THE WINDOW BARS.

THEY THEN CLIMBED INSIDE AND RESCUED THE WOMAN WHO WAS CARRIED TO THE GROUND ON THE TURNTABLE LADDER.

THE WOMAN SPENT A FEW DAYS IN HOSPITAL AND MADE A GOOD RECOVERY.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CLEARANCE PROGRAMME ♦ * ♦ * *

THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT IN 1989-90 AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSED PUBLIC LIGHTING PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT IN 1990-91. AND THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR STAGE 1\ PHASE I. EXTENSION ALONG FERRY STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, TUNG PING BUILDING, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLICATION OF DIRECTORY ♦ * ♦ * »

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS, AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY), A REPORT ON THE PUBLICATION OF A DIRECTORY OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND SOCIAL SERVICES ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROGRESS REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE'S ACTIVITY WORKING GROUP, AND REPORTS ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF A FEE REDUCTION SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY, AND ON UNISESSIONALISM OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN WONG TAI SIN.

IN ADDITION. THEY WILL CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ORGANISING SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW TUESDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SING DISTRICT OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

8

ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING MOVE TO HK ISLAND

*****

THE ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL MOVE TO AP LEI CHAU IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND AFTER A THREE-WEEK EXHIBITION PROGRAMME IN SEVERAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID A ONE-WEEK EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN LEI TUNG ESTATE ON AP LEI CHAU STARTING FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY). THE EXHIBITION WILL END ON AUGUST 28 (MONDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE AIM OF THE ROVING EXHIBITIONS IS TO INTRODUCE TO YOUNG ADULTS AND SCHOOL-LEAVERS, THROUGH DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND LEAFLETS, THE TRAINING FOR NURSES AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND THE VARIOUS AREAS OF NURSING DUTIES.

"ALL PEOPLE AGED 18 AND ABOVE WHO HAVE OBTAINED A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH FIVE PASSES, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE AT GRADE C, ARE QUALIFIED TO APPLY FOR THE POST OF STUDENT NURSE.

"THE FIVE SUBJECTS ARE: ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B) AT GRADE D OR ABOVE; CHINESE LANGUAGE; TWO PURE SCIENCE SUBJECTS OR ONE PURE SCIENCE SUBJECT PLUS ONE SUBJECT IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL STUDIES OR THE HUMANITIES; AND ONE OTHER SUBJECT," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT FOR STUDENT NURSES, THERE ARE THREE INTAKES IN A YEAR AND CLASSES WILL COMMENCE IN FEBRUARY, JUNE AND OCTOBER. THE TRAINING WILL LAST THREE YEARS.

ON THE SALARY STRUCTURE, HE SAID FOR STUDENT NURSES (GENERAL), THE STARTING PAY IS $3,305. WHICH WILL BE INCREASED . TO $3,950 OVER THE THREE-YEAR TRAINING PERIOD. FOR A STUDENT NURSE IN THE PSYCHIATRIC STREAM, THE PAY SCALE IS FROM $3,950 TO $4,640.

"ALL STUDENT NURSES WILL BE PAID A $700 RESIDENTIAL ALLOWANCE FROM OCTOBER 1," HE ADDED.

ON COMPLETION OF THE THREE-YEAR TRAINING, STUDENT NURSES WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF REGISTERED NURSE AND THEIR PAY WILL IMMEDIATELY JUMP TO OVER $8,200.

"PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE NURSING PROFESSION ARE WELCOME TO CALL THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON 5-8900563 FOR FURTHER DETAILS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CURRENT ROUND OF ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING STARTED ON AUGUST 1, AND HAVE BEEN HELD IN LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE IN WANG TAU HOM, LOK WAH (NORTH) ESTATE IN NGAU TAU KOK, HENG ON ESTATE IN MA ON SHAN AND HIN KENG ESTATE IN TAI WAI.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

9

SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON HK PEOPLE

*****

A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS - HONG KONG PEOPLE - WILL BE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 6, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

THE STAMPS, COMPRISING FOUR DENOMINATIONS - 60 CENTS, $1.40, $1.80 AND $5 - WERE DESIGNED BY MRS SUMIKO DAVIES AND WERE PRINTED BY ENSCHEDE OF HOLLAND.

THE STAMPS WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR THE ADVANCE INFORMATION OF THE PUBLIC AT THE SOUTH GALLERY OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA ON SEPTEMBER 2 AND 3 AND AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AND TS1M SHA TSUI POST OFFICE FROM SEPTEMBER 2 ONWARDS.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE ON AUGUST 24. ADVANCE ORDERS FOR FIRST DAY TREATMENT OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM AUGUST 24 TO 31.

THE MINIMUM QUANTITY PER ORDER IS FIVE COVERS. CUSTOMERS WISHING TO AVOID CONGESTION ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS, FIRST DAY COVERS PRE-AFFIXED WITH A SET OF STAMPS AND CANCELLED WITH THE PHILATELIC BUREAU DATESTAMP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $10.30 EACH AT DESIGNATED COUNTERS OF THE FOLLOWING 20 POST OFFICES ON SEPTEMBER 6.

HONG KONG ISLAND

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE POST OFFICE

CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE

GENERAL POST OFFICE

PEAK POST OFFICE

SAI YING PUN POST OFFICE

TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE

KOWLOON

AIRPORT POST OFFICE

CHEUNG SHA WAN POST OFFICE GRANVILLE ROAD POST OFFICE KOWLOON BAY POST OFFICE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE KWUN TONG POST OFFICE MONG KOK POST OFFICE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE

/NEW TERRITORIES........

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

10

NEW TERRITORIES

SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE

TAI VO POST OFFICE

SHEK WU HUI POST OFFICE

TSUEN WING STREET POST OFFICE TUEN MUN SAN HUI POST OFFICE

YUEN LONG POST OFFICE

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS 1990-91 t t ♦ t t

THE UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE TODAY (MONDAY) INVITED APPLICATIONS FOR ITS SCHOLARSHIPS COMMENCING IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1990-91.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PURSUE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM POST-GRADUATE STUDIES LEADING TO HIGHER DEGREES EITHER BY RESEARCH OR BY COURSEWORK MAY APPLY. CONSIDERATION WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO WILL EMBARK ON STUDIES LEADING TO FIRST DEGREES.

APPLICANTS MAY CHOOSE ANY SUBJECT OF STUDY OR . RESEARCH AT ANY ACADEMIC INSTITUTION AT THE TERTIARY LEVEL IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FULFILLING ALL APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE INSTITUTIONS OF THEIR CHOICE AND SHOULD BE OFFERED A PLACE SUBSEQUENTLY.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FINANCED BY THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ARE EXPECTED TO POSSESS HIGH ACADEMIC PROWESS AND LEADERSHIP QUALITIES. THEY SHOULD ALSO DEMONSTRATE A STRONG SENSE OF COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND HONG KONG.

UPON GRADUATION, SCHOLARS ARE REQUIRED TO WORK IN HONG KONG FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS.

THE VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP NORMALLY COVERS UNIVERSITY COMPOSITION FEE, A MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE AND AN ALLOWANCE FOR AIR TRAVEL.

/APPLICATION FORMS .......

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

11

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, UK/HK SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, 12TH FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG. FORMS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:

* PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG.

* STUDENT FINANCE SECTION,

EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

* OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS OCTOBER 18 THIS YEAR. SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE SELECTION INTERVIEW IN HONG KONG IN JANUARY.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * * * t

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 59.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 346.214 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 248.039 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 42.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 1989

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RIGHT-TURN BAN ON EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD ♦ t * ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 23>, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD TO KA NING PATH IN TAI HANG.

THE BAN WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO FACILITATE GAS-MAIN LAYING WORKS.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY

*****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE OUTERMOST NORTHBOUND LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NEAR ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE IN TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 23) TO 8 PM THE NEXT DAY.

THE CLOSURE IS NECESSARY FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1?89

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

WORKING PARTY ON CHINESE MEDICINE APPOINTED..................... 1

NW LICENCE GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL RADIO.......................... 2

ONE MORE AIDS DEATH REPORTED.................................... 3

LRT ACCIDENT VICTIMS URGED TO APPLY FOR TAVA ................... 5

DFCC MEMBERS THANK CENTRAL POLICE............................... 5

CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION IN FANLING........................... 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG............................... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TUEN MUN................................ 7

SALT WATER CUT IN TSING YI ..................................... 8

TUESDAY. AUGUST 22, 1989

WORKING PARTY ON CHINESE MEDICINE APPOINTED » * » » »

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE HAS APPOINTED A WORKING PARTY TO LOOK INTO THE USE AND PRACTICE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG.

"IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON APRIL 19 THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE HAD SAID THAT, IN THE LIGHT OF PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT THE USE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG, THE ADMINISTRATION WAS EXPLORING THE BEST MEANS TO REVIEW THIS ISSUE," A HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"IT HAS NOW BEEN DECIDED THAT A SMALL WORKING PARTY COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND EXPERTS FROM THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IS THE MOST EFFICIENT AND PRACTICABLE WAY TO ENABLE AN ASSESSMENT TO BE MADE OF THE USE OF CHINESE MEDICINE BY THE COMMUNITY,” HE ADDED.

THE WORKING PARTY IS CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE (MEDICAL) AND COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH.

ALSO APPOINTED AS MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY ARE PROFESSOR S.P.B. DONNAN, PROFESSOR OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY' OF HONG KONG; DR YEUNG HIN-WING, DIRECTOR OF THE CHINESE MEDICINAL MATERIAL RESEARCH CENTRE AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; AND DR MABEL MEI-PO YANG, LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE WORKING PARTY’S TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE:

(1) TO EXAMINE THE PRESENT PRACTICE OF THE PRINCIPAL FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG INCLUDING HERBAL MEDICINE, ACUPUNCTURE, BONE-SETTING AND THE FORMS OF TRAINING GIVEN TO THE PRACTITIONERS;

(2) TO IDENTIFY ANY WIDESPREAD ABUSES OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE WHICH POSE A SIGNIFICANT RISK TO HEALTH AND TO ADVISE WHAT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PREVENT SUCH ABUSES;

(3) TO ADVISE ON OTHER MEASURES THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROMOTE THE GOOD PRACTICE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE.

"DESPITE THE EXTENSIVE USE OF CHINESE MEDICINE AS A FORM OF PREVENTIVE AND CURATIVE MEDICAL CARE IN A CHINESE COMMUNITY, THERE IS GENERALLY A LACK OF ACCURATE AND COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON THE MATTER.

"ONE OF THE FIRST TASKS OF THE WORKING PARTY WILL THEREFORE BE TO OBTAIN COMPREHENSIVE DATA ON THE PRACTICE AND UTILISATION OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE WORKING PARTY IS EXPECTED TO HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1989

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NEW LICENCE GRANTED TO COMMERCIAL RADIO *****

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY) GRANTED A NEW LICENCE TO THE HONG KONG COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CO. LTD. ("COMMERCIAL RADIO") COMMENCING ON AUGUST 26, 1989.

FOLLOWING THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL’S APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE OF ITS APPLICATION FOR A NEW LICENCE, COMMERCIAL RADIO HAS TAKEN STEPS TO COMPLY WITH THE TELECOMMUNICATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, WHICH COMMENCED ON AUGUST 15, 1989, AND WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ITS NEW LICENCE.

"THESE STEPS INCLUDE RE-ORGANISING ITS CORPORATE STRUCTURE AND MAKING CHANGES TO ITS ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"COMMERCIAL RADIO HAS ALSO CONFIRMED THAT IT IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENTS IN RELATION TO DISQUALIFIED PERSONS (THAT IS SHAREHOLDERS WHO MAY HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST) AND UNQUALIFIED PERSONS (THAT IS SHAREHOLDERS WHO DO NOT FULFIL CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS)."

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW LICENCE WOULD BE VALID FOR A 12-YEAR PERIOD FROM AUGUST 26, 1989 TO AUGUST 25, 2001, SUBJECT TO RENEWAL BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL ON OR AFTER AUGUST 26, 1995.

"THE NEW BASIS FOK THE CALCULATION OF ROYALTY, HOWEVER, WILL NOT COMMENCE UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 1989 IN ORDER TO FALL IN WITH THE NEW PAYMENT SCHEDULE," HE SAID.

"UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, ROYALTY IS PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF QUARTERS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, APRIL 1, JULY 1 AND OCTOBER 1.

"COMMERCIAL RADIO HAS UNDERTAKEN TO CONTINUE TO PAY ROYALTY ACCORDING TO THE PRESENT SYSTEM FROM AUGUST 26, 1989 UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER 1989.

"THE NEW LICENCE CONDITIONS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE AIRWAVES ARE USED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY AND SHOULD IMPROVE THE REGULATORY SYSTEM.

"I HOPE THAT AS A RESULT THE COMMUNITY CAN LOOK FORWARD TO FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE QUALITY OF COMMERCIAL RADIO BROADCASTING IN THE YEARS AHEAD," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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ONE MORE AIDS DEATH REPORTED t » » * »

ONE MORE PERSON HAS DIED OF AIDS (ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME), BRINGING TO 15 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AIDS DEATHS IN THE TERRITORY TO DATE, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

RELEASING THE MONTHLY STATISTICS ON THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID ANOTHER PERSON WAS CONFIRMED TO BE SUFFERING FROM AIDS. THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AIDS CASES TO 25.

THE PATIENT IN THE NEWLY REPORTED AIDS CASE IS A MAN AND HE ACQUIRED THE DISEASE SEXUALLY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, FIVE MORE PERSONS WERE FOUND TO BE POSITIVE FOR THE HIV ANTIBODY TEST, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 152.

OF THE 152 CARRIERS, 55 WERE HAEMOPHILIACS, ONE WAS AN INTRAVENOUS DRUG ABUSER, 15 WERE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINICS, 47 WERE PATIENTS FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND 34 WERE REFERRALS FROM PRIVATE DOCTORS AND SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS.

UNDER THE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME STARTED BY THE FORMER MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN 1985, A TOTAL OF 134,573 BLOOD SPECIMENS HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR THE AIDS VIRUS.

MEANWHILE, THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE HAS ALSO SCREENED ALL BLOOD DONORS FOR AIDS.

UP TO LAST MONTH, A TOTAL OF 593,711 UNITS OF BLOOD HAD BEEN TESTED AND NINE WERE FOUND POSITIVE.

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ft *.#*•; 54 Referrals from Govt, hospitals and clinics Apr 85 - June 89 July 89 Total

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Referrals from private practitioners and subverted hospitals 1 771 33 6 1 1 777 34

Attendances At social hygiene clinics 116 966 15 2 463 0 119 429 15

A Haemophiliacs 377 54 5 1 382 55

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4 MU*'1- Health care personnel 561 0 4 0 565 0

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Aug 85 - June 89 July 89 Total

No. tested No. +ve No. tested No. +ve No. No. tested +ve

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1989

LRT ACCIDENT VICTIMS URGED TO APPLY FOR TAVA *****

VICTIMS OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) SYSTEM SINCE MARCH 1, 1988 AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SCHEME SHOULD APPLY NOW, THE SENIOR SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICER (TAVA). MISS HELEN LEE. SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MISS LEE POINTED OUT THAT THE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ENABLING PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN INJURED OR THE FAMILIES OF PERSONS KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ON THE NORTH-WEST RAILWAY SINCE MARCH 1 LAST YEAR TO APPLY FOR TAVA NOT SUBJECT TO THE SIX-MONTH APPLICATION RULE. WOULD EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

SHE SAID THE ARRANGEMENT WOULD ONLY APPLY TO ACCIDENTS INVOLVING LRT VEHICLES AND NOT TO ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ANY OTHER CLASS OF VEHICLE.

’’APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE SUBMITTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 1 MUST BE MADE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT,” SHE ADDED.

APPLICATION CAN BE MADE TO THE TAVA SECTION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT EITHER IN PERSON OR BY POST.

APPLICATIONS FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION SECTIONS OF THE POLICE DISTRICT TRAFFIC FORMATIONS, DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, OR THE TAVA SECTION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON THE FIRST FLOOR, VICTORIA CENTRE, 15 WATSON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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DFCC MEMBERS THANK CENTRAL POLICE *****

MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) PRAISED THE WORK OF THE POLICE WHEN THEY VISITED THE CENTRAL POLICE STATION IN HOLLYWOOD ROAD THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

THE DFCC CHAIRMAN, MR WU CHOR-NAM, PRESENTED SOUVENIR PENNANTS TO OFFICERS ATTACHED TO THE CENTRAL DISTRICT AND THE HONG KONG ISLAND REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR SWIFTLY SOLVING SEVERAL CRIMES IN CENTRAL.

MR WU PAID TRIBUTE IN PARTICULAR TO DETECTIVES OF A REGIONAL CRIME UNIT WHO INTERCEPTED ROBBERS IN WING LOK STREET ON JULY 3. IN THIS CASE, MORE THAN $770,000 WORTH OF STOLEN CASH AND VALUABLES WAS RECOVERED BY THE POLICE AFTER A SHOOTOUT.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO OFFICERS ATTACHED TO HONG KONG ISLAND FOR MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER DURING THE MASS RALLIES IN MAY AND JUNE.

DURING THE VISIT, THE MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON DISTRICT POLICING BY THE CENTRAL DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR BILL KIRKHOPE.

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CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION IN FANLING » * * ♦ ♦

A THREE-DAY CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL IN FANLING.

ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

"FOUR WINNING ENTRIES IN THE OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS AWARD SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY," CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, MR LAU KIN-WING. SAID.

"THE SUBJECTS COVERED ARE SOCIAL ETHICS, DEMOCRACY, THE BASIC LAW, AND CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS."

TWO OF THESE PROJECTS WERE TARGETTED AT CHILDREN, WITH THE CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE CONVEYED THROUGH A JOURNEY TO THE "LITTLE PEOPLE’S COUNTRY", STORY-TELLING AND CARTOONS, MR LAU SAID.

"ANOTHER DISPLAY FOCUSES ON THE WORK AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

"VISITORS WILL ALSO LEARN ABOUT THE PRESENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT FROM A SET OF ILLUSTRATED PANELS,” HE SAID.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI: DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG: AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION GROUP OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MR MAK HOI-WAH.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 3.30 PM TO 10 PM TOMORROW AND FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. ADMISSION IS FREE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY" OF THE NORTH DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 3 PM AT THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL, CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG * * * ♦ ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 24), TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWUN TONG FOR ONE WEEK TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS AT THE ACCESS ROADS AND RAMPS IN TELFORD GARDEN.

THE ARRANGEMENTS APPLY TO THE UP-RAMP CARRIAGEWAY CONNECTING WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO TELFORD GARDEN, THE DOWN-RAMP CARRIAGEWAY CONNECTING THE ACCESS ROAD FROM TELFORD GARDEN TO WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND, AND THE DOWN-RAMP CARRIAGEWAY CONNECTING THE ACCESS ROAD FROM TELFORD GARDEN TO WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND.

THEY ALSO APPLY TO THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE ACCESS ROAD IN TELFORD GARDEN BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ROUNDABOUT OUTSIDE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION HEADQUARTERS AND ITS JUNCTION WITH THE DOWN-RAMP LEADING TO WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND.

VEHICLES ON TELFORD GARDEN ACCESS ROAD HEADING FOR KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA TAI YIP STREET AND HONG TAK ROAD.

VEHICLES ON WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND HEADING FOR TELFORD GARDEN ACCESS ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA KAI CHEUNG ROAD, WANG CHIU ROAD, KAI LAI ROAD, WANG KWONG ROAD, KAI CHEUNG ROAD, FLYOVER AND WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND.

VEHICLES, INCLUDING BUSES ON KMB ROUTE NO. 5D AND GREEN MINIBUSES ON ROUTE NO. 51M, ON THE ACCESS ROAD IN TELFORD GARDEN HEADING FOR WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA TAI YIP STREET, SIU YIP STREET, WAI YIP STREET, LAI YIP STREET, ELEGANCE ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, FLYOVER, SHEUNG YEE ROAD AND SHEUNG YUET ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THEN MUN ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TRAFFIC FLOW, CERTAIN TRAFFIC TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA FROM 10 AM

ANNOUNCES THAT IN ARRANGEMENTS WILL ON THURSDAY (AUGUST

ORDER TO IMPROVE BE IMPLEMENTED IN 24 ) .

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE:

TUEN SHUN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND;

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN WUI STREET EAST OF TUEN SHUN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A BUS LANE 24 HOURS DAILY;

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THE WESTERN KERBSIDE OF TUEN SHUN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY; AND

A TAXI STAND WILL BE DESIGNATED IN TUEN SHUN STREET OUTSIDE THE YAOHAN DEPARTMENT STORE.

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SALT WATER CUT IN TSING YI * * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM ON ANNUAL CLEANING OF THE TSING YI

PREMISES ON TSING YI ISLAND WILL BE THURSDAY (AUGUST 24) TO FACILITATE EAST SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS CONFIDENCE WELCOME: SIR DAVID 1

PRAISE FOR ROLE OF JUNIOR POLICE CALL......................... 2

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT TO BE ABOLISHED........................... 3

SPECIAL TELEVISION SERVICES FOR HOTELS ....................... 4

FS VISITS FACTORIES IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE............... 5

JOINT ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION MOUNTED.............. 6

’GETTING TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT’ CONTEST....................... 7

NORTH DISTRICT RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.......... 8

NORTH DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT POLICY GREIN PAPER.............. 9

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS BUS LINKS ............................ 9

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ................... 10

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN WESTERN, WAN CHAI ......................... 11

RIGHT-TURN BAN ON EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD....................... 11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR PLB IN TUEN MUN ..................... 11

WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 23. 1989

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POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS CONFIDENCE WELCOME: SIR DAVID ♦ * t ♦ *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY < WEDNESDAY) SAID HE WELCOMED ANY SUGGESTION THAT WOULD MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER VISITING THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL SUMMER CAMP.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON U.S. CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN SOLARZ’S PROPOSAL ON AN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE POLICY FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE. SIR DAVID SAID THAT IT CLEARLY WOULD PROVIDE A DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE FOR A NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

"AND I CERTAINLY THINK IT’S A POSITIVE SUGGESTION AND ONE WHICH SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED.” HE SAID.

”1 THINK THE PROBLEM OF CONFIDENCE STILL REMAINS. I THINK THAT AS FAR AS THE FUTURE IS CONCERNED. ANY MEASURES SUCH AS THIS WOULD BE HELPFUL.

"THAT IS WHY WE’VE BEEN PRESSING THE UK GOVERNMENT TO COME UP WITH THEIR PACKAGE. 1 THINK THEY’VE STILL GOT TO TAKE THE LEAD.

"I AGREE WITH THE CONGRESSMAN THAT THEY SHOULD BUT IF THEY CAN PRESENT THEIR PACKAGE AND THEN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. I THINK EVERYONE IN HONG KONG THIS PROPOSAL." SIR DAVID SAID.

ASKED WHETHER MR SOLARZ’S PROPOSAL WAS IN ANY TO THE BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE. SIR DAVID SAID THERE WAS BETWEEN THE TWO ISSUES.

TAKE THE LEAD.

GO TO THE

WOULD WELCOME

WAY CONNECTED

NO CONNECTION

”1 DON’T SEE THAT IT IS IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE. AND I WOULD NOT AGREE THAT THERE SHOULD BE, OR IS, ANY CONNECTION AT ALL.

"THE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM IS AN UNCONTROLLED FLOW OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE SEA TO SOMEWHERE WHICH DOESN’T WANT TO RECEIVE THEM.

"HOW ONE CAN POSSIBLY EVER EQUATE THAT TO A PROPER PROBLEM UNDER CONTROLLED CIRCUMSTANCES OF PEOPLE WHO WANT WANT TO BE RECEIVED AT THE OTHER END, SEEMS TO ME TO UNREALISTIC TO TRY TO COMPARE THE TWO." SIR DAVID SAID.

IMMIGRATION TO GO AND BE TOTALLY

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PRAISE FOR ROLE OF JUNIOR POLICE CALL ******

THE PARTICIPATION OF JUNIOR POLICE CALL (JPC) MEMBERS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE HAS BEEN A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION IN KEEPING DOWN JUVENILE CRIME IN HONG KONG.

"WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN JPC AND TO SUPPORT IT IN EVERY WAY WE CAN."

THE REMARK WAS MADE BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD. WHEN HE VISITED THE JPC CAMP AT THE CHINESE YMCA YOUTH VILLAGE IN WU KWAI SHA THIS ( WEDNESDAY >’ MORNING . THE FIVE-DAY CAMP WHICH STARTED ON MONDAY (AUGUST 21) IS ORGANISED WITH A ’FIGHT YOUTH CRIME’ THEME AND AT THE SAME TIME TO CELEBRATE THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JPC.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR RAYMON ANNING. SIR DAVID ARRIVED AT THE CAMP WHERE HE WAS GREETED BY A JPC BAND AND ABOUT 1500 CAMPERS.

ADDRESSING THE YOUNG CAMPERS, SIR DAVID SAID THAT WE HAD TO CONTINUE IN OUR EFFORTS TO BUILD A COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT WHICH WAS CONDUCIVE TO THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF OUR YOUNGER GENERATION AND TO THIS END, THE JPC WHICH HAD BEEN SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS HAS BEEN MAKING A VERY POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION.

SIR DAVID SAID THE NUMBER OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS HAD DECREASED BY SEVEN PER CENT BETWEEN 1987 AND 1988 AND THAT ONE OF THE MAJOR AREAS OF CONCERN OF THIS YEAR’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WAS JUVENILE CRIME.

"MEMBERS OF THE JPC NOT ONLY HELP TO REPORT CRIME. THEY ALSO PARTICIPATE IN A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE POLICE."

"THE PROGRAMME HAS HELPED TO INSTIL A SENSE OF PRIDE. CONFIDENCE AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY WHICH IS MOST BENEFICIAL TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE,” SIR DAVID SAID.

REFERRING TO THE JPC MEMBERSHIP. SIR DAVID SAID OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS. MORE THAN HALF A MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE JPC SCHEME TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

SIR DAVID AND MR ANNING LATER OFFICIATED AT A CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL.

SIR DAVID WAS ALSO TOLD THAT A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES IN THE EVENING, INCLUDING A CONCERT, BARBECUE, FOLK NITE AND DISCO NITE HAD BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE CAMPERS.

IN ADDITION. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES SUCH AS TALKS, DICUSSIONS AND SEMINARS ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

THE FIVE-DAY CAMP IS ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH AS ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES FOR JPC MEMBERS IN THE SUMMER VACATION. THE 700 JPC CAMPERS WERE JOINED TODAY BY 800 FELLOW MEMBERS WHO VISITED THE CAMP FOR A DAY OF FUN.

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CORPORAL PUNISHMENT TO BE ABOLISHED

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT JUDICIAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN HONG KONG WOULD BE ABOLISHED AND THAT ALL LEGISLATION GIVING THE COURTS POWER TO GIVE SENTENCES OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT WOULD BE REPEALED.

"A REVIEW ON JUDICIAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE RESULTS OF A PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY, A REVIEW OF THE ADEQUACY OF ALTERNATIVE PUNISHMENTS TO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, AND HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE SURVEY RESULTS SHOWED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A LARGE MEASURE OF SUPPORT FOR CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, THIS WAS TEMPERED BY THE AWARENESS OF MORE EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING OPTIONS."

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS CORPORAL PUNISHMENT HAD BEEN ORDERED BY THE COURTS ON ONLY 42 OCCASIONS. AND ONLY TWICE SO FAR THIS YEAR.

"THE DECLINE IN THE USE OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AS A SENTENCING OPTION TO THE POINT WHERE IT IS NOW RARELY USED INDICATES CLEARLY THAT IT CANNOT BE REGARDED AS AN EFFECTIVE DETERRENT, AND IS CLEARLY NOT SEEN AS SUCH BY THE COURTS," HE SAID.

"THE REVIEW OF ALTERNATIVE SENTENCES CONCLUDED THAT IN RESPECT OF OFFENCES FOR WHICH CORPORAL PUNISHMENT WAS A SENTENCING OPTION, THESE WERE SUFFICIENT ALTERNATIVES TO ACHIEVE THE PENAL OBJECTIVES OF PUNISHMENT, DETERRENCE, AND REHABILITATION.

"THE DECISION TO ABOLISH JUDICIAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY REPRESENT A RELAXATION OF THE GOVERNMENT'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS CRIMINALS."

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE RETENTION OF JUDICIAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT WOULD HAVE MADE HONG KONG VULNERABLE TO CRITICISM FROM THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE, AS IT WOULD BE IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS 1966.

"THE ABOLITION OF JUDICIAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS FULLY SUPPORTED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE JUDICIARY," HE SAID.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOW TAKE STEPS TO REPEAL ALL LEGISLATION GIVING THE COURTS POWER TO GIVE SENTENCES OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT."

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SPECIAL TELEVISION SERVICES FOR HOTELS * * « * *

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AMENDMENTS TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATIONS SO AS TO OPEN UP FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIAL TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES FOR HOTELS.

THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) REGULATIONS 1989 REMOVE A RESTRICTION WHICH AT PRESENT STOPS THOSE WHO PROVIDE HOTEL CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES FROM ACCEPTING PAID ADVERTISING OR CHARGING ON A PAY-PER-VIEW BASIS.

"THIS WILL OPEN THE WAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE SOPHISTICATED ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES FOR TOURISTS STAYING IN HONG KONG’S HOTELS,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW HOTEL TELEVISION SERVICE LICENCES WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY.

"TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S REPUTATION, PEOPLE PROVIDING PROGRAMMES TO HOTELS WILL HAVE TO ENSURE THAT BROADCAST MATERIAL DOES NOT BREACH THE CONTROL OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES ORDINANCE.

"ADVERTISING WILL HAVE TO CONFORM TO CODES OF PRACTICE ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING: THIS WILL HELP TO ENSURE THAT TOURISTS ARE NOT SUBJECTED TO MISLEADING OR INDECENT ADVERTISING."

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING IS GIVEN POWERS UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS TO MONITOR HOTEL TELEVISION SERVICES, AND ANY OFFENSIVE VIDEO MATERIAL SUSPECTED TO HAVE BEEN BROADCAST WILL BE REFERRED TO THE OBSCENE ARTICLES TRIBUNAL.

"THERE WILL BE NO RESTRICTION ON ADVERTISING TIME IN HOTEL TV BROADCASTS, BUT THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BREAK INTO FEATURE FILMS TO SHOW ADVERTISEMENTS," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY EXPECTS TO LICENSE SOME SERVICES TO BE TRANSMITTED TO HOTELS ON MICROWAVE FREQUENCIES.

"WHEN CABLE TELEVISION BECOMES AVAILABLE IN THE AREA WHERE THE HOTEL IS SITUATED, MICROWAVE LICENSEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ARRANGE TO DELIVER THEIR SERVICES BY CABLE."

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FS VISITS FACTORIES IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE »»♦»»»

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED A MICROMOTOR MANUFACTURER AND A BREWERY IN THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AS PART OF HIS FACTORY FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME.

SIR PIERS FIRST WENT TO JOHNSON ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTORY LIMITED WHICH IS A WORLD LEADER IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT IN MICROMOTORS.

EMPLOYING NEARLY 2,000 PEOPLE AT THE TAI PO PLANT, JOHNSON ELECTRIC IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER OF MICROMOTORS AND HOLDS SCORES OF INTERNATIONAL PATENTS ON THE TECHNOLOGY, SIR PIERS WAS TOLD.

MICROMOTORS ARE USED IN EVERYDAY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND AUTOMOBILES.

SIR PIERS LEARNT THAT THE POWER WINDOWS, THE SENSOR-ADJUSTED REARVIEW MIRROR AND THE FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM IN CARS ARE ALL POWERED BY TINY MOTORS WHICH JOHNSON ELECTRIC IS SPECIALISED IN.

HE WAS TOLD THAT ALTHOUGH THE MICROMOTOR WAS ORIGINALLY INVENTED BY THE UNITED STATES, HONG KONG IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE CENTRES OF DESIGN AND PRODUCTION.

SIR PIERS UNDERSTOOD THAT JOHNSON ELECTRIC DOES NOT PLAN TO DIVERSIFY OUT OF MICROMOTORS AS THIS INDUSTRY IS ALREADY DIVERSIFYING ITSELF: THERE IS A CONSTANT FLOW OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND END-USERS DEMAND FOR PRODUCTS WHICH ARE SMALLER, OF LIGHTERWEIGHT, EASIER TO USE AND MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT.

THE LARGEST MARKET FOR JOHNSON ELECTRIC IS THE UNITED STATES WHICH TAKES ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ITS PRODUCTION. HONG KONG AND CHINA TAKE ANOTHER THIRD WHILE EUROPE AND ASIA SPLIT THE REMAINING THIRD.

LATER, SIR PIERS VISITED THE CARLSBERG BREWERY WHICH STARTED ITS PRODUCTION LINES IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE 10 YEARS AGO.

A LARGE AMOUNT OF AUTOMATIC MACHINERY IS INSTALLED AND THE CANNING LINES ARE CAPABLE OF FILLING MORE THAN 1,500 CANS PER MINUTE.

THE COMPANY HAS ALSO ADOPTED MEASURES TO PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

LOCAL SALES CONTINUE TO BE THE MAIN OUTLET FOR THE BEER INDUSTRY WHILE ITS MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS ARE MACAU, CHINA AND SINGAPORE.

ACCOMPANYING SIR PIERS IN TODAY’S FACTORY VISIT WERE THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1989

JOINT ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION MOUNTED

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A TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION JOINTLY MOUNTED BY THE POLICE, AND THE LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF FOUR TWO-WAY PERMIT HOLDERS FROM CHINA SUSPECTED TO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN HONG KONG WITHOUT APPROVAL.

THE OPERATION WAS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO FLUSH OUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

DURING THE OPERATION, OFFICERS RAIDED SEVEN ESTABLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, INCLUDING FACTORIES AND RESTAURANTS.

THE FOUR TWO-WAY PERMIT HOLDERS, COMPRISING THREE MEN AND A WOMAN, WERE INTERCEPTED IN TWO RESTAURANTS IN MONG KOK AND TSUEN WAN.

THEY ARE NOW ASSISTING IN FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS.

FOLLOWING THE OPERATION, FIVE HONG KONG RESIDENTS WERE ALSO ASKED TO ASSIST IN ENQUIRIES FOR AIDING AND ABETTING.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REITERATED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF ANY AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THE LATEST OPERATION SHOULD DRIVE HOME THE POINT THAT THERE WOULD BE NO CHANGE TO THIS POLICY.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT APART FROM CONTINUOUS CHECKS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, THERE WAS NO LET-UP IN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION EFFORTS AT THE BORDER.

"A HIGH STATE OF VIGILANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED BY THE POLICE AND THE SECURITY FORCES AT THE LAND AND SEA BORDERS," HE SAID.

DURING THE OPERATION, WHICH BEGAN AT 5 AM YESTERDAY AND ENDED THIS MORNING, THE POLICE STEPPED UP THEIR IDENTIFICATION SPOT CHECKS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND CARRIED OUT CHECKS AT SUSPICIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

AS A RESULT, A TOTAL OF 7,544 PERSONS AND 588 VEHICLES WERE STOPPED FOR IDENTIFICATION CHECKS.

SEVEN PERSONS WERE SUMMONSED FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY. A FURTHER 20 PERSONS WERE WARNED IN RESPECT OF THIS OFFENCE, WHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF #1,000.

ON THE LABOUR FRONT, INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT VISITED 2,537 ESTABLISHMENTS TO WEED OUT ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MIGHT BE WORKING THERE, AND TO CHECK THAT EMPLOYERS FULFILLED THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION OF KEEPING PROPER RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

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A TOTAL OF 12 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOUND NOT TO POSSESS FOR INSPECTION A RECORD OF EMPLOYEES.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THEY COULD BE FINED UP TO $50,000 AND JAILED FOR UP TO A YEAR IF THEY WERE FOUND TO BE EMPLOYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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’GETTING TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT’ CONTEST

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IS ORGANISING A COMPETITION AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AND INTERESTS IN DISTRICT MATTERS.

THE TWO-PART COMPETITION, ENTITLED ’’SOUTHERN DISTRICT IN PERSPECTIVE” CASE STUDY CONTEST, IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

IN THE FIRST PART, CONTESTANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT IN-DEPTH RESEARCH ON A LOCAL ISSUE, AND, IN THE SECOND PART, TO PRODUCE A SLIDE PRESENTATION OF THEIR FINDINGS AT AN OPEN SYMPOSIUM.

ALL THOSE WHO LIVE. STUDY OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO FORM FIVE-PERSON TEAMS TO ENTER THE CONTEST. ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS, WHICH SHOULD INCLUDE A RESEARCH PROPOSAL, MUST REACH THE COMMITTEE THROUGH THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE, BY SEPTEMBER 30.

THE TOPIC FOR A RESEARCH PROJECT SHOULD BE CHOSEN FROM AMONG 10 SPECIFIED SUBJECTS CONCERNING THE DISTRICT.

THEY ARE HOUSING, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL AMENITIES, DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, SOCIAL SERVICES, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES, ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS, CIVIC AWARENESS AND THE VARIOUS TRADES IN THE DISTRICT.

AN ADJUDICATING PANEL WILL VET ALL THE RESEARCH PROPOSALS AND INTERVIEW REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH TEAM IN OCTOBER TO SELECT 10 TEAMS FOR THE CONTEST.

THESE TEAMS WILL EACH BE GIVEN A SUBSIDY OF $500 FOR CARRYING OUT THE RESEARCH AND FOR PRODUCING A SLIDE SHOW TO PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS AT A SYMPOSIUM FOR RESIDENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER AS PART OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

IN ADDITION TO HANDSOME PRIZES FOR THE THREE WINNING TEAMS, THERE WILL BE AWARDS FOR THE OTHER SEVEN TEAMS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONTEST CAN BE MADE BY CALLING MISS TERESA LEUNG ON 5-521006.

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NORTH DISTRICT RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS

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THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE ELECTORS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHT BY SIGNING UP DURING THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION, MR HUI SAID THE DISTRICT HAD A POTENTIAL ELECTORATE OF 99,500, WITH 43,800 ALREADY REGISTERED, OUT OF A POPULATION OF 157,500.

ANYONE AGED 21 OR ABOVE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, WHO IS A HONG KONG PERMANENT RESIDENT OR HAS RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS, IS ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION, HE POINTED OUT.

THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE BEGAN ON AUGUST 15 AND WILL LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30.

REFERRING TO THE THREE-DAY CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION AT THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL IN FANLING, MR HUI SAID ITS AIM WAS TWO-FOLD.

"IT NOT ONLY PROMOTES CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS, BUT ALSO FOSTERS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF, AND A SENSE OF BELONGING TO, THE DISTRICT," HE SAID.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE SOCIAL ETHICS, DEMOCRACY, THE BASIC LAW, CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

"ANOTHER DISPLAY ITEM FOCUSSES ON THE PRESENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT," MR HUI ADDED.

THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG; CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION GROUP OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MR MAK HOI-WAH; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MR LAU KIN-WING.

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NORTH DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (SPECIAL DUTY) OF THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, MR PETER PANG, WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON THE CHANGE OF THE TARGET COMPLETION DATE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT HOSPITAL FROM 1996-97 TO 1998-99.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, DR LEUNG SAU-CHI, AND ACTING CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MRS PATTI CHOW, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE CHANGE.

UP FOR CONSIDERATION WILL BE THE PROPOSED CONVERSION OF THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL INTO A PROBATION HOME FOR GIRLS TO BE RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE SHA TAU KOK LAYOUT PLAN, AND A REPORT FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD. FANLING.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS BUS LINKS *****

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE BUS AND MINIBUS SERVICES BETWEEN 01 MAN ESTATE AND THE CHINA FERRY TERMINAL IN TSIM SHA TSUI AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE "CONFUSED" PARKING CONDITION AT THE HUNG HOM FERRY CONCOURSE, AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION ALONG TO KWA WAN ROAD.

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MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE OPERATING HOURS OF PARKING METERS AT MAN FUK ROAD AND MAN WAN ROAD TO COVER SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THB KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS » * ♦ * ♦

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THESE INCLUDE 14 APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $447,000 SUBMITTED BY WORKING GROUPS, COMMUNITY HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES, AND SEVEN APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $24,620 SUBMITTED BY NEWLY-FORMED MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA-ARE REPORTS FROM FOUR WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD98 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY! IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1989

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN WESTERN, WAN CHAI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 25), THE SECTION OF EASTERN STREET EXTENSION FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES TO THE NORTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

IN WAN CHAI, THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WING FUNG STREET WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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

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RIGHT-TURN BAN ON EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE BAN ON VEHICLES FROM TURNING RIGHT FROM EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD TO KA NING PATH IN TAI HANG ON HONG KONG ISLAND, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE IMPLEMENTED TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WILL BE POSTPONED TO 10 AM NEXT TUESDAY (AUGUST 29).

THE RIGHT-TURN BAN WILL LAST FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK TO FACILITATE GAS-MAIN LAYING WORKS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR PLB IN TUEN MUN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 25), SECTIONS OF ROADS IN TUEN MUN WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAYS AND BAN ZONES TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

THE URBAN CLEARWAYS INCLUDE THE SECTION OF TSING HOI CIRCUIT EAST OF TSING SIN STREET, AND TSING SIN STREET.

THE SECTION OF TSING HOI CIRCUIT WEST OF TSING SIN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BAN ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACTING GOVERNOR PRAISES POLICE FOR WORK WITH VBP............ 1

1990 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY APPROVED.............. 2

FS OUTLINES MARKETING OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS ............... 2

SUSTAINED EFFORTS TO PROMOTE VOLUNTARY SAFETY MOVEMENT ..... 4

SIX GOVT SITES TO LET BY TENDER............................. 5

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY PUBLISHED................... 6

REGULATIONS ON DRIVING INSTRUCTION STREAMLINED.............. 9

WARD STEWARDS APPOINTED FOR NON-CLINICAL DUTIES ............ 9

THREE CARPARKS TO CEASE TO BE GOVT FACILITIES .............. 11

DB MEMBERS TO BE BRIEFED ON HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.............. 11

RENOWNED PIANIST TO GIVE LECTURE............................ 12

HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES .................................... 12

CONSTRUCTION OF COLUMBARIUM AT WO HOP SHEK.................. 13

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI ......................... 13

THURSDAY. AUGUST 24. 1989

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ACTING GOVERNOR PRAISES POLICE FOR WORK WITH VBP » * t « »

"THE ORGANISATIONAL ABILITY, WILLINGNESS AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IS TREMENDOUS AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE IS GRATEFUL FOR THEIR EFFORTS," THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD. SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER PAYING HIS FIRST VISIT TO THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE FORWARD RECEPTION CENTRE ON TAI A CHAU.

"IT IS AN EXTREMELY ARDUOUS JOB THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED TO TAKE ON AND THE PROBLEMS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH," HE ADDED.

"I HOPE THE TASK WILL NOT LAST FOR TOO LONG BUT IT IS DIFFICULT AT THIS TIME TO SAY HOW LONG IT WILL CONTINUE."

SIR DAVID WAS VISITING MARINE SOUTH AND HARBOUR DIVISIONS TO SEE FOR HIMSELF HOW POLICE ARE COPING WITH THE MANNING OF VBP CENTRES UNDER THEIR CONTROL.

FIRST. HE WENT TO THE SOKO ISLANDS, TRAVELLING ON BOARD DIVISIONAL COMMAND LAUNCH NO.4 AND DAMEN LAUNCH 73 BEFORE FINALLY TRANSFERRING TO ONE OF THE FASTER SHARK CAT CATAMARANS TO COMPLETE THE JOURNEY TO TAI A CHAU.

DURING THE 90-MINUTE TRIP HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE BRIDGE BY THE REGIONAL COMMANDER, MARINE, MR JOHN MACDONALD AND THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, MARINE SOUTH DIVISION. MR JOHN SWAINE.

AT TAI A CHAU, PLATOON COMMANDER, MR LOUIS LEUNG PUI-MAN, TOLD SIR DAVID THAT THE ISLAND WAS CURRENTLY ACCOMMODATING 5,582 VBP’S, 39 OF WHOM HAD ARRIVED EARLIER IN THE DAY.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR WAS THEN GIVEN A SHORT TOUR OF THE VARIOUS HOLDING AREAS AND LEARNED THAT A GREAT MANY IMPROVEMENTS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT SINCE TAI A CHAU HAD FIRST BEEN INTRODUCED AS A RECEPTION CENTRE OM MAY 31.

WATER TANKS GIVING A 40-TONNE CAPACITY WERE NOW IN OPERATION, TOILET FACILITIES WERE ALMOST COMPLETED AND FOUR RUMNEY HUTS WERE BEING ERECTED WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY HOUSE 3,000 VBP’S WITHIN A FENCED AREA. HE WAS TOLD. A DAILY RUN OF COOKED RICE HAD BEEN INTRODUCED BY THE MILITARY AS FROM AUGUST 18. THERE WERE ALSO BASIC MEDICAL FACILITIES.

THERE WERE ALSO PLANS FOR KITCHEN FACILITIES. A REGULAR RUBBISH COLLECTION SERVICE. PIER EXTENSION. HELIPAD IMPROVEMENTS AND BAY DREDGING.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR POLICE STAFF ON DUTY.

AFTER MEETING AND TALKING WITH SOME OF THE POLICE PERSONNEL AND WALKING AMONG THE VBP TENTED ACCOMMODATION. SIR DAVID DEPARTED FROM TAI A CHAU FOR STONECUTTERS ISLAND WHERE HE VISITED THE VBP POPULATION OF OVER 2.000 ABOARD FIVE HONG KONG & YAUMAT1 FERRIES.

HERE HE TOURED THE FACILITIES ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER. MARINE HARBOUR DIVISION. MR FRED WONG WAI-HON. AND THE PRINCIPAL TRAINING OFFICER. MR JOSEPH FUNG. OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES.

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1990 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY APPROVED

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN APPLICATION FROM THE HONG KONG CHINESE BANK LIMITED TO SPONSOR A 20-MINUTE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT LUNAR NEW YEAR. THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE ESTIMATED COST IS 12 MILLION.

"THE DISPLAY WILL BE STAGED IN VICTORIA HARBOUR ON THE EVENING OF SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, THE SECOND DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BRANCH SAID.

"THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BE INVITED TO CO-ORGANISE THE EVENT, AND THE SPONSORS WILL BE OFFERED A FALL-BACK DATE OF SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3. THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, SHOULD THE WEATHER PROVE TO BE UNSUITABLE FOR THE DISPLAY ON THE ORIGINAL DATE."

MAJOR FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE NORMALLY PERMITTED IN THE HARBOUR TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR. THE DISPLAY WILL BE THE NINTH DISPLAY SPONSORED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND STAGED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

"WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT THE HONG KONG CHINESE BANK IS GENEROUSLY CONTINUING THE TRADITION THIS YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BE INVITED TO CO-ORDINATE THE DISPLAY THROUGH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SPONSORS, TECHNICAL ORGANISERS AND CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS," HE ADDED.

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FS OUTLINES MARKETING OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

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FIVE FACTORS WILL BE CONSIDERED WHEN DETERMINING WHICH INSTITUTIONS WILL BE APPOINTED AS RECOGNISED DEALERS IN EXCHANGE FUND BILLS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE MARKETS ASSOCIATION, HE SAID THE FIVE FACTORS WERE STANDING, SUPERVISION AND COMPLIANCE.

HONG KONG CAPITAL CAPITAL, ABILITY,

THE INTENTION TO DEVELOP A PROGRAMME FOR THE ISSUE TERM EXCHANGE FUND BILLS WAS ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED BY THE SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH ON MARCH 1.

OF SHORT FINANCIAL

/THE BILLS .......

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THE BILLS WILL BE ISSUED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A FLEXIBLE, LOW RISK AND COST EFFECTIVE WAY OF CONDUCTING MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE HELPFUL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR PAPER MARKET.

UNLIKE TREASURY BILLS ELSEWHERE, THE PROCEEDS WILL NOT BE FOR THE ACCOUNT OF THE GENERAL REVENUE AND COULD NOT BE USED FOR FINANCING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE.

IN HIS SPEECH TO THE HONG KONG CAPITAL MARKETS ASSOCIATION, SIR PIERS SAID CAPITAL ADEQUACY TESTS WOULD NEED TO BE APPLIED TO ENSURE THAT RECOGNISED DEALERS ARE NOT TAKING RISKS DISPROPORTIONATE TO THEIR RESOURCES.

"THE CAPITAL ADEQUACY TESTS ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE WILL BE APPROPRIATE,' HE SAID.

AS REGARDS ABILITY, SIR PIERS SAID RECOGNISED DEALERS WOULD NEED TO BE REASONABLY ACTIVE IN THE DEALING OF OTHER MONEY MARKET INSTRUMENTS AND IN THE INTERBANK MONEY MARKET.

"RECOGNISED DEALERS SHOULD HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, INTEGRITY AND GOOD REPUTATION NECESSARY FOR THEIR INTENDED RESPONSIBILITIES; ADEQUATE INTERNAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS; AND A GOOD REPUTATION IN THE HONG KONG FINANCIAL MARKETS."

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WENT ON TO SAY THAT RECOGNISED DEALERS SHOULD IDEALLY COMMAND A SUITABLE CREDIT STANDING COMMENSURATE WITH THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO MAKE USE OF THEIR DEALING POSITION TO OBTAIN ACCESS TO CHEAPER FUNDING.

SIR PIERS SAID THERE WAS NO INTENTION, AT LEAST INITIALLY, TO CREATE A NEW SUPERVISORY SYSTEM FOR RECOGNISED DEALERS.

"THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION WILL THEREFORE FALL ON EXISTING SUPERVISORS, IN PARTICULAR THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING," HE SAID.

AS REGARDS COMPLIANCE, THE FIFTH AND FINAL FACTOR TO BE CONSIDERED, ALTHOUGH A HIGH DEGREE OF SELF-REGULATION WAS AIMED FOR, THERE WOULD BE A NEED FOR BASIC REGULATORY CONDITIONS TO BE COMPLIED WITH ON A CONTINUING BASIS.

IN MAKING THE REGULATIONS, "THERE WILL BE ADEQUATE OPPORTUNITY FOR CONSULTATION," SIR PIERS SAID.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT MOST RECOGNISED DEALERS WILL BE BANKS OR LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES. SOME REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES MAY ALSO QUALIFY.

"APPLICATIONS WILL NORMALLY ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM THOSE WHICH ARE BANK-OWNED OR WHICH HAVE A PAID-UP CAPITAL OF NOT LESS THAN HKS100 MILLION," SIR PIERS SAID.

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OTHER INSTITUTIONS MAY ALSO BE ACCEPTED, IF THEY CAN SATISFY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH THAT THEY QUALIFY UNDER THE FIVE CRITERIA LAID DOWN BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

SIR PIERS SAID THERE WOULD BE A TWO-TIER BILLS MARKET. HE SAID: "IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE SECONDARY MARKET TRADING AND TO GUARANTEE LIQUIDITY TO THE INVESTORS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS, A NUMBER OF MARKET MAKERS WILL BE APPOINTED FROM AMONG THE RECOGNISED DEALERS."

MARKET MAKERS WILL HAVE TO GIVE AN UNDERTAKING TO MAKE A MARKET IN THE BILLS.

IN RETURN, MARKET MAKERS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES. FOR EXAMPLE, THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH WILL BUY AND SELL BILLS IN THE SECONDARY MARKET ONLY THROUGH MARKET MAKERS.

A FACILITY FOR ADDITIONAL BILLS TO BE ISSUED UP TO A PRE-DETERMINED AMOUNT WILL BE AVAILABLE ALSO TO MARKET MAKERS.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY CONFIRMED THAT THE BILLS WOULD BE IN MINIMUM AMOUNTS OF 3500,000.

THEY WOULD BE ISSUED BY COMPETITIVE TENDER THROUGH A PAPERLESS BOOK-ENTRY SYSTEM AND ONLY RECOGNISED DEALERS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT TENDERS.

THE SIZE OF EACH WEEKLY ISSUE WAS LIKELY TO BE IN THE REGION OF 3200-300 MILLION.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OUTSTANDING WOULD GRADUALLY BUILD UP OVER THE FIRST 13 WEEKS TO A TOTAL OF AROUND 33-4 BILLION. IT WAS HOPED TO LAUNCH THE FIRST ISSUE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TEXT OF SIR PIERS JACOBS' SPEECH WILL BE BOXED.

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SUSTAINED EFFORTS TO PROMOTE VOLUNTARY SAFETY MOVEMENT

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS MADE GOOD PROGRESS IN PROMOTING VOLUNTARY SAFETY MOVEMENT IN INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN APRIL 1987, THE SAFETY — UNIT UNDER THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE

PROGRAMME DIVISION


"IT COMMITTEES

HAS ASSISTED IN THE FORMATION OF 49 IN-PLANT SAFETY TN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, OF WHICH 12 HAVE BEEN FORMED SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

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THURSDAY, AUGUST ?<♦, 1989

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"OF THE TOTAL 99 EXISTING COMMITTEES, 24 ARE IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, 14 IN THE METAL INDUSTRY, 11 IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, NINE EACH IN THE TEXTILES AND WEARING APPAREL, CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM, AND CARGO HANDLING INDUSTRIES. THE REST ARE DISTRIBUTED AMONG OTHER INDUSTRIAL SECTORS," HE SAID.

THE MAJORITY OF THE ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE SET UP SAFETY COMMITTEES ARE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED UNDERTAKINGS EMPLOYING FEWER THAN 1,000 WORKERS.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE MAIN TASK OF THE UNIT IS TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP A STRONG SENSE OF SELF-REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITIES AMONGST EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TOWARDS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION AT WORK.

"TO ACHIEVE THIS, STAFF MEMBERS OF THE UNIT REGULARLY VISIT FACTORIES AND OFFER ADVICE ON THE FORMATION OF IN-PLANT SAFETY COMMITTEES AND DEVELOPMENT OF EFFECTIVE SAFETY MANAGEMENT,” HE SAID.

"THE UNIT ALSO UNDERTAKES TO ASSIST INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS TO DRAFT SAFETY POLICIES, RULES AND HANDBOOKS, AND TO ORGANISE SAFETY TRAINING COURSES AND OTHER PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES."

IN ADDITION, ARTICLES ON THE SUBJECT ARE FORWARDED TO INDUSTRIAL AND BUSINESS JOURNALS FOR PUBLICATION SO AS TO DISSEMINATE THE CONCEPT TO A WIDER SECTOR IN INDUSTRY.

RELEVANT GUIDANCE MATERIALS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE ARE ALSO PREPARED AND DISTRIBUTED FREE TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR INFORMATION.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE SAFETY PROGRAMME PROMOTION UNIT WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF SINCERE INSURANCE BUILDING, 4 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 3-296675.

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SIX GOVT SITES TO LET BY TENDER » « * ♦ *

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TO LET BY TENDER SIX PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST LOT IS AT TO YUEN STREET, KOWLOON, HAVING AN AREA OF ABOUT 5,196 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR PARKING OF THE TENANTS’ VEHICLES, EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH TRAILERS/CHASSIS ATTACHED AND ANY OTHER ARTICULATED VEHICLES.

THE SECOND LOT, A 2,500-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT HOI KING STREET, KOWLOON, IS TO BE USED AS A FEE-PARKING AREA FOR MOTOR VEHICLES (INCLUDING GOODS VEHICLES BUT EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH THEIR TRAILERS/CHASSIS ATTACHED).

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THE TENANCY FOR THE TWO LOTS IS FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE THIRD LOT IS AT CHUNG HAU STREET, HO MAN TIN. MEASURING ABOUT 5,400 SQUARE METRES, IT IS FOR FEE-PAYING PARKING AREA FOR GOODS VEHICLES (EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH THEIR TRAILERS/CHA3SI3 ATTACHED).

THE FOURTH LOT, HAVING AN AREA OF ABOUT 5,350 SQUARE METRES, IS IN AREA 26C, KWAI CHUNG. IT IS TO BE USED AS A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CARPARK FOR CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

THE LEASE FOR THE TWO LOTS IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE TENANCY FOR THE OTHER TWO PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND IS FOR THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

ONE IS IN AREA 47B, SHA TIN, HAVING AN AREA OF ABOUT 3,350 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR STORAGE OF SAND, CEMENT AND AGGREGATE FOR THE TENANT.

THE OTHER LOT IS A 300-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT ON NING ROAD, YUEN LONG, WHICH IS TO BE USED AS A NURSERY FOR GROWING, STORAGE AND SELLING OF POTTED PLANTS.

TENDERS FOR ALL LOTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 8.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON, AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY PUBLISHED t ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY 1989.

THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) (OCT. 84/SEP. 85 = 100) FOR JULY 1989 WERE 130.2 AND 129.8 RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 10.3 PER CENT AND 10.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER JULY 1988. THESE RATES OF INCREASE WERE LOWER THAN THOSE RECORDED IN JUNE 1989, WHICH WERE 11.0 PER CENT AND 10.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING JULY WITH JUNE 1989, THE CPI(A) INCREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT AND THE CPI(B), BY 0.4 PER CENT, LARGELY BECAUSE OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES AND CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT, AND HIGHER CHINA MOTOR BUS FARES.

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THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CPI(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED JULY 1989, AT 124.4 AND 124.1 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 9.3 PER CENT AND 9.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED JULY 1988.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED JULY 1989, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) BOTH INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.8 PER CENT PER MONTH.

THE CPI(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 42,000 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 JULY 1989 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989 AND JULY 1988, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 AVERAGE = 100)

SECTION CPI(A) CPI(B)

INDEX FOR JUL. 89 XCHANGE OVER JUN. 89 XCHANGE OVER JUL. 88 INDEX FOR JUL. 89 XCHANGE OVER JUN. 89 XCHANQE OVER JUL. 88

FOODSTUFFS 132.3 + 0.0* 4-12.7 133.4 4-0.3 4-13.1

HOUSING 121.9 4-0.4 4-7.6 117.3 4-0.3 4-5.9

FUEL AND LIGHT 95.9 -0.1 4-2.1 96.3 -0.1 4-1.8

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 133.4 4-0.0* 4-7.4 134.5 4-0.1 ♦ 7.7

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 135.8 -1.2 4-8.3 138.6 -1.3 ♦ 8.5

DURABLE GOODS 122.0 -0.3 4-2.6 121.1 -0.3 ♦ 2.6

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 132.7 4-0.9 4-7.9 132.3 4-0.7 ♦ 7.4

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 136.5 4-1.5 4-13.0 135.4 4-1.3 + 12.8

SERVICES 141.2 4-1.4 4-11.8 141.7 4-1.5 ♦ 12.1

ALL ITEMS 130.2 4-0.3 4-10.3 129.8 4-0.4 + 10.0

.LESS THAN 0.05 PER CENT

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COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED MARGINALLY IN CPI(A) AND BY 0.3 PER CENT IN CPI(B). THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE INCREASE IN THE AVERAGE CHARGE FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, LIVE POULTRY AND FRESH FRUIT.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED BY 1.2 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 1.3 PER CENT IN CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF LOWER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHING.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY 0.9 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 0.7 PER CENT IN CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER PRICES OF JEWELLERY AND PERIODICALS.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY 1.5 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 1.3 PER CENT IN CPI(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER CMB, STAR FERRY, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND AIRPLANE FARES.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY 1.4 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 1.5 PER CENT IN CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT AND PACKAGE TOURS.

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 JULY 1989, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT 83.50 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG; OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI; 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 DIRECTED TO THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8235089.

THE HANG SENG CPI WAS 136.0 IN JULY 1989, UP BY 0.2 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1989 AND UP BY 11.1 PER CENT OVER JULY 1988.

THE HANG SENG CPI IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF THE 10 PER CENT OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG THAT SPENT 810,GOO-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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REGULATIONS ON DRIVING INSTRUCTION STREAMLINED * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE ROAD TRAFFIC /DRIVING LICENCES) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) REGULATIONS 1989 ALLOWING A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR TO GIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTION TO THE HOLDER OF ANY VALID DRIVING LICENCE OR PERMIT ON THE CLASS OF VEHICLE SPECIFIED IN HIS LICENCE.

AT PRESENT, THE REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT DRIVING INSTRUCTION CAN BE GIVEN ONLY TO A PERSON HOLDING A VALID LEARNER'S DRIVING LICENCE.

SOME HOLDERS OF FULL DRIVING LICENCES OR PERMITS MAY, HOWEVER, WISH TO RECEIVE FURTHER DRIVING TRAINING.

SUCH LICENSED DRIVERS INCLUDE NEWLY LICENSED DRIVERS WHO WISH TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL TUITION AND "DORMANT" LICENSED DRIVERS WHO MAY NOT HAVE DRIVEN FOR SOME TIME BUT WISH TO TAKE UP DRIVING REGULARLY AGAIN.

THEY ALSO INCLUDE HOLDERS OF INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS, DOMESTIC DRIVING LICENCES OR PERMITS ISSUED OUTSIDE HONG KONG, AND HOLDERS OF FOREIGN DRIVING LICENCES WHO OBTAINED THEIR HONG KONG DRIVING LICENCES BY DIRECT ISSUE BUT LACK THE CONFIDENCE TO COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG.

ALSO INCLUDED ARE DRIVERS WHO HAVE BEEN DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR A CONSIDERABLE PERIOD OF TIME BUT WHOSE PERIOD OF DISQUALIFICATION HAS EXPIRED; HOLDERS OF A TEMPORARY DRIVING LICENCE; AND HOLDERS OF A DRIVING LICENCE TO DRIVE GOVERNMENT VEHICLES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SINCE SUCH TRAINING WAS BENEFICIAL FROM THE ROAD SAFETY POINT OF VIEW, IT SHOULD BE LEGALISED.

THE NEW REGULATION OBVIATES THE NEED OF THE HOLDER OF A FULL DRIVING LICENCE TO APPLY FOR A LEARNER’S DRIVING LICENCE BEFORE HE CAN RECEIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTION ON THE CLASS OF VEHICLE SPECIFIED IN HIS LICENCE.

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THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS THIS MONTH EMBARKED ON A WARD STEWARD SCHEME TO RELIEVE WARD STAFF IN MAJOR HOSPITALS OF ANCILLARY AND NON-CLINICAL DUTIES WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHEME IS TO ACHIEVE BETTER PATIENT SERVICE AND TO MAXIMISE PROFESSIONAL STAFF RESOURCES.

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WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME, IT IS HOPED THAT MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF CAN CONSERVE THEIR EFFORTS ON EXECUTING THEIR PROFESSIONAL DUTIES.

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE SCHEME WILL BE MADE IN EARLY DECEMBER TO SEE HOW IT MAY BE FURTHER IMPROVED. BUT DAY TO DAY. ANY CHANGES WHICH SHOULD AND CAN BE MADE BEFORE THEN WILL BE MADE.

"AS A START, WARD STEWARDS ARE PROVIDED ON THE BASIS OF ONE FOR EACH OF 10 WARDS IN EACH OF THE FOUR REGIONAL HOSPITALS: QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL, PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

"LATER, THE SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED TO OTHER WARDS IN THE FOUR REGIONAL HOSPITALS AND TO THE TWO PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS.

"IT IS HOPED THAT BY NOVEMBER, 80 WARD STEWARDS WILL BE IN POST, AND BY MARCH 1990 THERE WILL BE ABOUT 170 - 180 WARD STEWARDS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

INITIALLY, THE WARD STEWARDS WILL WORK A FIVE AND A HALF DAY-WEEK DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS.

BEFORE THE WARD STEWARDS GO TO WORK IN THE WARDS, THEY WILL FIRST UNDERGO A SIX-DAY INDUCTION PROGRAMME TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THEIR DUTIES AND FAMILIARISE THEM WITH THE WARD SITUATION.

"BRIEFING SESSIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE USERS, THAT IS MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF IN HOSPITALS, TO GIVE THEM FURTHER DETAILS ON THE SCHEME AND TO OFFER THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE QUESTIONS AND POSSIBLE PROBLEMS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT AS THERE ARE BOUND TO BE TEETHING PROBLEMS WITH ANY NEW SCHEME, THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A STEERING COMMITTEE TO MONITOR IMPLEMENTATION AND TO REVIEW ARRANGEMENTS OF THE SCHEME.

THIS COMMITTEE COMPRISES MEMBERS FROM THE MEDICAL, NURSING AND HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR GRADES.

ON THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE WARD STEWARDS, HE SAID ALL PEOPLE UNDER 45 YEARS OF AGE WHO HOLD A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH FIVE PASSES AND WHO CAN SPEAK FLUENT CANTONESE CAN APPLY FOR THE JOB.

THE FIVE PASSES INCLUDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS A). THOSE WHO HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED FORM 4 AND HAVE RELEVANT WORKING EXPERIENCE WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED.

THE PAY SCALE STARTS FROM 84,705 AND WILL INCREASE TO 86,560 OVER SIX YEARS.

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THREE CARPARKS TO CEASE * * * *

TO BE GOVT FACILITIES » »

LEGISLATION PRESCRIBING THE FEES FOR THE USE OF THE HO MAN TIN, TAI KOK TSUI AND NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT CARPARKS WILL BE DELETED FROM THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PARKING) REGULATIONS FOLLOWING THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

THE THREE CARPARKS WILL CEASE TO BE GOVERNMENT CARPARKS ON OCTOBER 1, BUT UNINTERRUPTED PARKING FACILITIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED.

THE HO MAN TIN AND NORTH POINT CARPARKS PROVIDE 78 AND 177 LORRY PARKING SPACES RESPECTIVELY WHILE THE TAI KOK TSUI CARPARK PROVIDES 112 PARKING SPACES FOR LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES AND PRIVATE CARS.

THE NORTH POINT LORRY PARK SITE WILL BE REDEVELOPED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. BETWEEN OCTOBER AND ITS REDEVELOPMENT, THE SITE WILL BE LEASED FOR PARKING WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE PARKING FEES SHALL BE AT THE PRESENT LEVEL.

MEANWHILE, A SHORT TERM TENANCY SITE IN SAI WAN HO PROVIDING PARKING SPACE FOR ABOUT 70 GOODS VEHICLES HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE AUGUST 1.

AN ADJOINING SITE FOR CAR PARKING PURPOSE WILL ALSO BE OFFERED FOR TENDER BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE OTHER TWO SITES AT HO MAN TIN AND TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE DEVELOPED A FEW YEARS LATER.

IN THE INTERIM, THESE WILL BE LET OUT BY PUBLIC TENDER FOR PARKING PURPOSES.

ALTERNATIVE ON-STREET AND OFF-STREET PARKING FACILITIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN NEARBY AREAS.

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DB MEMBERS TO BE BRIEFED ON HOSPITAL AUTHORITY t * 4 * *

MEMBERS OF THE KWUN ™NG DISTRICT BOARD ^SOCIAL ^T "XK.™ > ■

SERVICES

AUTHORITY


GENERAL OF

THU MFFTING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE CURRENT SERVICES“ ! A SURVEY REPORT ON THE PROMOTION OF

POLICY ON

ELDERLY

CIVIC EDUCATION IN

KWUN TONG.

/ANOTHER ITEM .......

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ANOTHER ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT PREFERENTIAL PRIVATE MEDICAL AND TRANSPORT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

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RENOWNED PIANIST TO GIVE LECTURE * ♦ ♦ » ♦

AMERICAN PIANIST JEFFREY CAMPBELL WILL GIVE A LECTURE ON ’’PIANO TECHNIQUE, SOUND AND STYLE, AND LISZT” FOR MUSIC LOVERS ON SEPTEMBER 2 (SATURDAY) AT THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE. THE SESSION WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

MR CAMPBELL, ACCLAIMED AS ONE OF THE FINEST AMERICAN PIANISTS OF TODAY, HAS BUILT AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION BASED ON CONSUMMATE PIANISM, DEEP COMMUNICATIVE ABILITY, ECLECTIC PROGRAMMING, AND CONSISTENT AUDIENCE RAPPORT.

HE HAS PERFORMED AS RECITALIST AND ORCHESTRAL SOLOIST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO AND FRANCE.

HIS FAME SPREAD BY VIRTUE OF INTERNATIONAL PRIZES WON AT NUMEROUS COMPETITIONS INCLUDING THE LISZT COMPETITION AND THE 1982 INTERNATIONAL PIANO GUILD INTERNATIONAL RECORDING COMPETITION.

THE LECTURE IS ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE. ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RESERVATIONS AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8235321.

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HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES * » *

EIGHT GOVERNMENT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED ON AUGUST 26 (SATURDAY), WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, BUT WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON AUGUST 28 (MONDAY), WHICH IS LIBERATION DAY.

THE EIGHT CLINICS ARE THE VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND; KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE AND YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN KOWLOON; AND LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE AND SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ALL OTHER OUT-PATIENT AND EVENING CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED.

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CONSTRUCTION OF

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COLUMBARIUM AT WO HOP SHEK *****

WORK WILL START SOON TO BUILD A NEW COLUMBARIUM AT WO HOP SHEK.

THIS FOLLOWED THE AWARD OF A S18.9 MILLION CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO YIU WING CONSTRUCTION CO LTD TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEVEN-STOREY COLUMBARIUM BUILDING HOUSING 18,000 NICHES AT WO HOP SHEK SAN TSUEN. PAPER BURNERS AND BONE STORAGE WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI * * » « «

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN YAU MA TEI SINCE APRIL, WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN FORCE FOR FOUR MONTHS FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 26) .

THESE ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE THE BANNING OF SOUTHBOUND SHANGHAI STREET ONTO EASTBOUND DUNDAS ROUTEING OF THE SECTION OF HAMILTON STREET BETWEEN AND PORTLAND STREET TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

LEFT TURNS FROM STREET, AND THE SHANGHAI STREET

MOTORISTS IN HAMILTON STREET WESTBOUND HEADING FOR SOUTHBOUND SHANGHAI STREET ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA PORTLAND STREET, WESTBOUND CHANGSHA STREET AND SOUTHBOUND SHANGHAI STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE SEVEN METERED PARKING SPACES ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF HAMILTON STREET WILL REMAIN SUSPENDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AND UPDATED FORECASTS OF GDP AND PRICES FOR 1989 ...................... 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY RELEASED............... 7

VISIT OF PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES .................... 9

GOVT WELCOMES ROYAL VISIT ................................ 10

POWER COMPANY MEETS DEWANDS OF A ROBUST ECONOMY: SES...... 10

BROADCASTING IN HK ENTERING NEW ERA....................... 11

NEV/ LAW AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING TAKES EFFECT NEXT FRIDAY ... 1J BILL AIMS AT CRACKING DOWN ON VICE SIGNBOARDS ............ 14

LIBERATION DAY OBSERVANCE................................. 15

GOVT TO REVIEW LIVESTOCK FARMERS' APPLICATION DEADLINE ... 16

AWARDS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE VOLUNTEERS IN SOUTHERN ......... 1?

DB DELEGATION DEPARTS FOR KOREA .......................... 18

16 NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO OPEN NEXT MONTH .............. 19

NOVEMBER START ON SECOND LOK MA CHAU BRIDGE............... 19

THREE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT IN TAI PO ............ 21

SERVICING AND FORMATION WORKS FOR SHA TIN VILLAGES ....... 21

U.S. HONOURS HK DRUG FIGHTER.............................. 22

CALL FOR SUPPORT IN ANTI-MOSQUITO DRIVE................... 22

NEV/ IDENTITY CARDS FOR MEN BORN IN 1945-48 .............. 24

REMOVAL OF KOWLOON MARRIAGE REGISTRY...................... 25

1983 PRIVATE CARS COME UNDER INSPECTION SCHEME............ 26

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES AT HK STADIUM .......... 2?

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHARITY WALK ............ 28

TRAFFIC /.RRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG ....................... 29

FRIDAY. AUGUST 25, 1989

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ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AND UPDATED FORECASTS OF GDP AND PRICES FOR 1989 *******

OWING TO A DECELERATION IN THE GROWTH RATES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS AND A SLACKENING OF DOMESTIC DEMAND, THE GROWTH MOMENTUM OF THE ECONOMY SLOWED DOWN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989.

HOWEVER, THE LABOUR MARKET REMAINED GENERALLY TIGHT, WHILE THE-RATE OF INFLATION ROSE FURTHER.

THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THE EVENTS IN CHINA CAN BE EXPECTED TO RE I FORCE THE TREND OF A SLOW-DOWN IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE SHORT TERM.

FEEDBACK FROM BUSINESS SOURCES SUGGESTS THAT TRADE WITH CHINA AND OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE BORDER WERE NOT DISRUPTED TO ANY SIGNIFICANT EXTENT DURING MAY AND JUNE.

HOWEVER, CERTAIN SPECIFIC SECTORS SUCH AS PROPERTY AND TOURISM HAVE BEEN HIT. ADVERSE IMPACT HAS ALSO BEEN FELT IN VARYING DEGREES ON THE LEVEL OF CONSUMPTION AND INVESTMENT.

WHILE THE FULL EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY AT LARGE WILL PROBABLY TAKE MORE TIME TO FILTER THROUGH. THERE HAS NONETHELESS BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT LATELY.

AN ANALYSIS OF DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR IS GIVEN IN THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1989 PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE GOVERNMENT ECONOMIST, MR K.Y. TANG SAID THAT ON THE BASIS' OF THIS REPORT AND OTHER RECENT INFORMATION, A REVIEW HAD BEEN MADE OF THE FORECASTS OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) AND OF PRICE TRENDS FOR 1989.

"THIS REVIEW IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES UNDER WHICH THE SHORTTERM ECONOMIC FORECASTS ARE TO BE UPDATED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS," HE SAID.

THE FIRST REVIEW WAS CARRIED OUT IN THE LATTER PART OF MAY. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY REFERRED TO THIS NEW APPROACH IN HIS CONCLUDING SPEECH IN THE BUDGET DEBATE.

RELEASE OF THE UPDATED FORECASTS IS INTENDED TO COINCIDE WITH THE PUBLICATION OF THE QUARTERLY ECONOMIC REPORTS.

THE MAIN UPDATED FORECASTS ARE: AROUND FIVE PER CENT FOR THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF THE GDP, AND 9.5 PER CENT FOR THE RATES OF INCREASE IN BOTH THE GDP DEFLATOR AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A).

IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989. THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS SLOWED DOWN MARKEDLY. TO ABOUT FOUR PER CENT IN REAL TERMS OVER A YEAR EARLIER. THIS COMPARES WITH AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT IN 1988 OVER 1987 .

/DOMESTIC EXPORTS .......

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE VARIOUS MAJOR MARKETS SHOWED A MIXED PERFORMANCE.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA AND JAPAN CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. BY ABOUT 27 PER CENT AND 26 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN REAL TERMS OVER A YEAR EARLIER, WHILE THOSE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM ROSE BY ONLY ABOUT THREE PER CENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES FELL BY ABOUT THREE PER CENT, AND THOSE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY BY ABOUT FIVE PER CENT.

THUS, ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES REMAINED THE LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS. ITS SHARE FELL FROM 37 PER CENT IN 1987 TO 33 PER CENT IN 1988 AND TO 31 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989.

RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY ABOUT 29 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1988. ALTHOUGH THIS GROWTH RATE WAS STILL SUBSTANTIAL. THERE WAS A MARKED DECELERATION FROM THE 46 PER CENT INCREASE RECORDED FOR 1988 AS A WHOLE.

THE CONTINUED GROWTH IN RE-EXPORTS WAS ATTRIBUTABLE NOT ONLY TO THE INCREASE IN ENTREPOT TRADE WITH CHINA AND WITH THE ASIA-PACIFIC' REGION GENERALLY. BUT ALSO TO THE EXPANSION IN OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES IN CHINA.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD. IMPORTS GREW BY ABOUT 20 PER CENT, AND RETAINED IMPORTS BY ABOUT 13 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS.

A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF #13,470 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO FIVE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989.

THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF #8,752 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO FOUR PER CENT OF IMPORTS. RECORDED IN THE SAME PERIOD. IN 1988.

WITHIN THE LOCAL ECONOMY, THE GROWTH IN CONSUMPTION DEMAND SLACKENED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

AS AN INDICATION, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS WAS SLOWER IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER, WHILE THE VOLUME OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS FELL IN THE SECOND QUARTER OVER A YEAR EARLIER.

RATHER SMALL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES IN RECENT MONTHS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTHS LAST YEAR.

INVESTMENT DEMAND ALSO EASED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR. WITH RETAINED IMPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS, PARTICULARLY MACHINERY FOR MANUFACTURING USE, SHOWING SLOWER INCREASES.

ON INFLATION. THE YEAR-ON-YEAR RATE OF INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE FROM 9.8 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER TO 10.4 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER. THIS COMPARES WITH AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 7.5 PER CENT FOR 1988 AS A WHOLE.

/THE CORRESPONDING........

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THE CORRESPONDING RATES OF INCREASE FOR THE CPI(B) AND THE HANG SENG CPI IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WERE 9.9 PER CENT AND 11.0 PER CENT.

IT APPEARS THAT THE RECENT INFLATIONARY PRESSURES WERE LARGELY DOMESTICALLY GENERATED.

OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE CPI(A), THE FASTEST INCREASES IN PRICES WERE RECORDED IN FOODSTUFFS (INCLUDING MEALS TAKEN AWAY FROM HOME), TRANSPORT, AND SERVICES.

THE LABOUR MARKET REMAINED GENERALLY TIGHT DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WERE 1.4 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE SECOND QUARTER, WHILE IN THE FIRST QUARTER THEY WERE 1.3 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT.

LABOUR INCOMES INCREASED FURTHER BOTH IN MONEY TERMS AND IN REAL TERMS. DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1989, LABOUR RESOURCES CONTINUED TO SHIFT FROM MANUFACTURING TO THE SERVICE SECTORS.

IN THE PROPERTY MARKET, THE DEMAND FOR MOST TYPES OF PROPERTY WAS STRONG AT THE EARLY PART OF THIS YEAR.

SIGNS OF CONSOLIDATION EMERGED FOLLOWING SUCCESSIVE INCREASES IN MORTGAGE RATE AND A FURTHER INCREASE IN PROPERTY PRICES DURING THE FIRST QUARTER.

SINCE EARLY JUNE. TRADING ACTIVITY HAD QUIETED DOWN ABRUPTLY. PROPERTY PRICES WERE REPORTED TO HAVE FALLEN BY AN AVERAGE OF 15-20 PER CENT BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

POTENTIAL BUYERS AND SELLERS OF PROPERTY WERE GENERALLY ADOPTING A WAIT-AND-SEE ATTITUDE. IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR. THE MARKET FOR LARGE FLATS HAD EXPERIENCED A GREATER DEGREE OF DOWNWARD ADJUSTMENT THAN THAT FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FLATS.

THE DEMAND FOR SHOPPING AND OFFICE SPACE ALSO WEAKENED TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR.

THE DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY HAD ALREADY BEEN SHOWING SIGNS OF CONSOLIDATION SINCE THE EARLY PART OF THIS YEAR. EVEN THOUGH THE DEMAND FOR STORAGE PREMISES WAS SUSTAINED.

THERE WERE, HOWEVER, SIGNS OF REVIVAL IN THE PROPERTY MARKET OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 ARE NOTEWORTHY.

FIRST, THE MARKET EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR REMAINED STABLE. THIS WAS SO EVEN IN LATE MAY AND EARLY JUNE, AMIDST THE UNREST IN CHINA.

/IN LINE .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, ,1989

IN LINE WITH THE STRENGTHENING OF THE U.S. DOLLAR, THE OVERALL EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR APPRECIATED.

SECONDLY, LOCAL INTEREST RATES ROSE FURTHER DURING THE FIRST QUARTER BUT SOFTENED SLIGHTLY SINCE APRIL.

THERE WAS, HOWEVER, A TEMPORARY SURGE IN LOCAL INTEREST RATES IN EARLY JUNE, AS LIQUIDITY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET TIGHTENED.

THIRDLY, AFFECTED BY THE EVENTS IN CHINA, LOCAL STOCK PRICES FELL SUBSTANTIALLY IN LATE MAY AND EARLY JUNE. A PERIOD OF VOLATILITY IN THE STOCK MARKET FOLLOWED.

FOURTHLY, DOMESTIC LOANS AND ADVANCES INCREASED LESS RAPIDLY IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER, WHILE THE LOCAL MONEY SUPPLY CONTINUED TO SHOW MODERATE GROWTH.

SINCE EARLY JUNE. BANKS HAD GENERALLY BECOME MORE CONSERVATIVE IN THEIR LENDINGS, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF PROPERTY MORTGAGES.

THE GOVERNMENT ECONOMIST SAID THAT THE ECONOMIC FORECASTS FOR 1989 WERE UPDATED IN THE LIGHT OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS.

THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF THE GDP WAS LOWERED FROM SIX PER CENT TO FIVE PER CENT. THIS WAS THE COMBINED RESULT OF A FASTER THAN EXPECTED SLOW-DOWN IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY DURING THE SECOND QUARTER AND OF THE REPERCUSSIONS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA.

"HOWEVER, JUDGING FROM THE LATEST TRENDS. THE IMPACT OF THE LATTER FACTOR IN THE SHORT TERM IS PROBABLY NOT AS SEVERE AS INITIALLY THOUGHT. AND SEEMS UNLIKELY TO OUTRUN THE CYCLICAL.DOWNTURN OF THE ECONOMY THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SOME TIME," HE SAID.

IN THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS LOWERED TO 4.5 PER CENT. FROM SIX PER CENT IN THE MAY UPDATE. THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 18 PER CENT; THAT OF IMPORTS WAS REDUCED SLIGHTLY, TO 12.3 PER CENT.

INVISIBLE TRADE WAS EXPECTED TO GROW MORE SLOWLY. AT SEVEN PER CENT IN REAL TERMS (INSTEAD OF 11 PER CENT IN THE MAY UPDATE) FOR EXPORTS OF SERVICES AND FIVE PER CENT (INSTEAD OF 10 PER CENT IN THE MAY UPDATE) FOR IMPORTS OF SERVICES.

ON THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, ALTHOUGH THE ORDERS POSITION FOR THE LARGE MANUFACTURERS UP TO JUNE WAS STILL SATISFACTORY, THE VARIOUS MAJOR INDUSTRIES ARE FACING MIXED PROSPECTS IN THE SHORT TERM.

MOST INDUSTRIES ARE AFFECTED BY A SLACKENING OF DEMAND FOR HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS OVERSEAS, PARTLY AS A RESULT OF SLOWER ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SUCH MARKETS AS THE UNITED STATES.

/MOREOVER, THE .......

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MOREOVER, THE STRENGTHENING OF THE U.S. DOLLAR IN MAY AND JUNE, COUPLED WITH A HIGHER RATE OF DOMESTIC INFLATION, WILL TEND TO RESTRAIN THE PRICE COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS LEADING TO SLOWER GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE LATTER PART OF THE YEAR.

A SLOW-DOWN IN OVERSEAS DEMAND COULD ALSO LEAD TO REDUCE? GROWTH IN THAT PART OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO CHINA WHICH ARE ASSOCIATED WITH OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES.

RE-EXPORT TRADE IS LIKELY TO REMAIN ROBUST. ALTHOUGH ITS GROWTH RATE IS NOT AS HIGH AS IN THE EARLY PART OF THIS YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO DECELERATE FURTHER.

MUCH WILL DEPEND ON CHINA BOTH AS A MAJOR SOURCE AND AS A MAJOR OUTLET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS.

THE EXPECTED SLOW-DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATES OF EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF SERVICES IS. IN PART, A REFLECTION OF MORE MODERATE DEMAND FOR TRADE-RELATED SERVICES AS WELL AS A SLACKENING IN TOURIST SPENDING.

IN THE DOMESTIC SECTOR, THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE WAS LOWERED FROM SEVEN PER CENT TO 5.5 PER CENT.

THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE EXPECTED SLOW-DOWN IN OVERALL ECONOMIC GROWTH. GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE WAS. HOWEVER, FORECAST TO GROW FASTER, AT SIX PER CENT INSTEAD OF 4.6 PER CENT, PARTLY BECAUSE OF A LARGER ACTUAL EXPENDITURE IN RECENT MONTHS.

AS REGARDS GROSS DOMESTIC. FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION, THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE WAS REDUCED FROM AROUND SIX PER CENT TO 4.5 PER CENT.

WHILE THE FORECAST GROWTH RATES OF EXPENDITURES ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION AND ON PLANT AND EQUIPMENT WERE LITTLE CHANGED. THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT CUT-BACK IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS’ MARGIN.

OVERALL, BECAUSE THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE WAS RAISED WHILE THAT OF PRIVATE SECTOR EXPENDITURE WAS REDUCED. PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE SHOULD PROVIDE A RELATIVELY GREATER IMPETUS THAN WAS ENVISAGED EARLIER IN INCREASING DOMESTIC DEMAND.

THE CURRENT INFLATIONARY PRESSURES ARE STILL STRONG. INASMUCH AS THEY ARE LARGELY DOMESTICALLY GENERATED THEY SHOULD EASE GRADUALLY AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO SLOW.

HOWEVER. UP TO JUNE THE RATE OF CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION HAD BEEN ACCELERATING.

A SLOWER INCREASE IN THE CPI WAS RECORDED IN JULY. BUT IT IS TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE ANY SIGNIFICANT DOWNTREND.

/HAVING REGARD .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1.989

HAVING REGARD TO THESE DEVELOPMENTS, IT WAS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE TO RAISE THE FORECAST RATE OF INCREASE IN THE CPI(A) FROM 8.5 PER CENT TO 9.5 PER CENT, AND THAT IN THE GDP DEFLATOR FROM NINE PER CENT TO 9.5%.

OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENT DEFLATORS, FASTER INCREASES WERE FORECAST FOR THOSE ON PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE AND RE-EXPORTS. AGAINST SLOWER INCREASES FOR THOSE ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURE, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT EXPENDITURE, AND RETAINED IMPORTS.

DETAILS OF THE UPDATED FORECAST ARE SHOWN IN THE ATTACHED TABLE.

THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1989 WILL BE ON SALE ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29) AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. GPO BUILDING. CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL. AT S20 A COPY.

FORECAST FOR 1$89 RELEASED WITH THE BUDGET (AS AT 1.3.89) UPDATED FORECAST (AS AT 25.8.89)

(%) (%)

GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF :

PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE 1 5.5

GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE 4.6 6

GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION 5.8 4.5

TRANSFER COSTS OF LAND AND BUILDINGS 5 5

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION 3 3.4

PRIVATE 2 1.5

PUBLIC 5 7

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS’ MARGIN 6 0

PLANT. MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 8 8

PRIVATE 8 7

PUBLIC 11 40

TOTAL EXPORTS OF GOODS 15.2 11.9

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 7 4.5

RE-EXPORTS 22 18

IMPORTS OF GOODS 15.5 12.3

EXPORTS OF SERVICES 11 7

IMPORTS OF SERVICES 10 5

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) 6 5

PER CAPITA GDP 4.8 3.8

/GROWTH RATE........

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GROWTH RATE IN MONEY TERMS OF :

GDP PER CAPITA GDP

RATE OF INCREASE IN :

GDP DEFLATOR DOMESTIC DEMAND DEFLATOR CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A)

15.6 14.3 14.9 13.6

9 9.5

9.3 9.4

8.5 9.5

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY RELEASED

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IN JULY, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS WAS STILL SUBSTANTIAL, WHILE THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS REMAINED MODERATE. THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS SLOWED DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY.

THESE ARE SHOWN IN THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN JULY 1989 WAS $21,104 MILLION, $969 MILLION OR 4.8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JULY 1988, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY $7,456 MILLION OR 31.1 PER CENT TO $31,431 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS), AT $52,535 MILLION IN JULY 1989, WAS THUS $8,425 MILLION OR 19.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JULY 1988.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY 9.8 PER CENT OR $4,329 MILLION OVER A YEAR EARLIER, TO $48,723 MILLION IN JULY 1989.

AS THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS WAS MUCH SLOWER THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF $3,812 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 7.8 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN JULY 1989.

THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $284 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 0.6 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN JULY 1988.

PUTTING THESE TRADE FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1989 WAS $315,689 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $123,162 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $192,527 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1988, IN VALUE TERMS TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY $58,640 MILLION OR 22.8 PER CENT, DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $7,408 MILLION OR 6.4 PER CENT, AND RE-EXPORTS BY $51,232 MILLION OR 36.3 PER CENT.

/OVER THE .......

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $59,262 MILLION OR 22.3 PER CENT, TO $325,347 MILLION.

A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF $9,658 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 3.0 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1989. THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $9,036 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 3.4 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1988.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE MODERATE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN RECENT MONTHS WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO A SLACKENING OF DEMAND FOR HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS IN THE MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS.

THE APPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, IN LINE WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR, AGAINST OTHER MAJOR CURRENCIES EARLIER THIS YEAR MIGHT HAVE ALSO AFFECTED THE GROWTH RATE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE CONTINUED SURGE IN RE-EXPORTS WAS DERIVED FROM CONVENTIONAL ENTREPOT TRADE AS WELL AS FROM THE OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES IN CHINA.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE VALUE OF RETAINED IMPORTS FELL IN JULY OVER A YEAR EARLIER. THIS SUGGESTED THAT THE GROWTH IN DOMESTIC DEMAND WAS CONTINUING TO SLACKEN.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY 1989.

MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS : $21,104 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS : $31,431 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS : $52,535 MILLION

IMPORTS : $48,723 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE : $3,812 MILLION [IN SURPLUS]

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS MAY 89 TO JUL 89 HK$ MN. MAY 88 TO JUL 88 HK$ MN. INCREASE

HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 57,755 55,529 2,226 4.0

RE-EXPORTS 89,330 67,792 21,538 31.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 147,085 123,321 23,764 19.3

IMPORTS 147,396 127,137 20,259 15.9

TRADE BALANCE -311 -3,816 3,505

JULY JULY INCREASE

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1989 1988

HK$ MN. HK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21,104 20,135 969 4.8

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (40.2%) (45.6%)

RE-EXPORTS 31,431 23,975 7,456 31 . 1

TOTAL EXPORTS 52,535 44.110 8.425 19.1

IMPORTS 48,723 44,394 4,329 9.8

TRADE BALANCE 3,812 -284 4,096

/LAST MONTH ......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1989

LAST MONTH JULY 1989 HKS MN. JUNE 1989 HKS MN. INCREASE

HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21,104 18,956 2,148 11.3

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS (40.2%) 31,431 (38.8%) 29,886 1,545 5.2

TOTAL EXPORTS 52,535 48,842 3,693 7.6

IMPORTS 48,723 50,054 -1,331 -2.7

TRADE BALANCE 3,812 -1,212 5,024

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE DEMESTIC EXPORTS JAN-JUL 1989 HKS MN. 123,162 JAN-JUL 1988 HKS MN. 115,754 INCREASE HKS MN. % 7,408 6.4

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS (39.0%) 192,527 (45.0%) 141,295 51,232 36.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 315,689 257,049 58,640 22.8

IMPORTS 325,347 266,085 59,262 22.3

TRADE BALANCE -9,658 -9,036 -622

LAST 12 MONTHS DOMESTIC EXPORTS AUG 88 TO JUL 89 HKS MN. 225,072 AUG 87 TO JUL 88 HKS MN. 206,268 INCREASE HKS MN. % 18,804 9.1

RE-EXPORTS 326,637 227,650 98,987 43.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 551,709 433,918 117,791 27.1

IMPORTS 558,060 438,581 119,479 27.2

TRADE BALANCE -6,351 -4,663 -1,688

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VISIT OF PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES » « t * *

THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE BY THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE PRESS OFFICE TODAY (FRIDAY):

THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES ARE TO PAY A VISIT TO

INDONESIA AT THE INVITATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF

INDONESIA.

AFTER VISITING INDONESIA THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES WILL GO ON TO VISIT HONG KONG.

THE VISITS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN FRIDAY 3RD AND FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER. 1989.

THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED VISIT TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WILL NOT NOW TAKE PLACE.

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GOVT WELCOMES ROYAL VISIT

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) WELCOMED THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY BUCKINGHAM PALACE THAT THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES WOULD VISIT HONG KONG.

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES WILL BE IN HONG KONG FROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 10.

DETAILS OF THE ROYAL COUPLE’S PROGRAMME WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

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POWER COMPANY MEETS DEMANDS OF A ROBUST ECONOMY:

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ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS HAS INCREASED BY OVER EIGHT PER CENT ANNUALLY WHILE CHARGES IN REAL TERMS ARE LOWER THAN THEY WERE IN 1983 AFTER TAKING INFLATION INTO ACCOUNT.

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES. MRS ANSON CHAN. SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE "ELECTRICITY AND YOU" EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL.

"ELECTRICITY STOKES THE ENGINE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. OUR ECONOMY HAS ENJOYED ROBUST GROWTH AVERAGING 11 PER CENT PER ANNUM IN REAL TERMS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS." MRS CHAN SAID.

"THANKS TO SOUND FORWARD-PLANNING AND PRUDENT INVESTMENT, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO., LTD. HAS BEEN ABLE TO ANTICIPATE AND MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY AT COSTS THAT MUST BE THE ENVY OF MANY OTHER COUNTRIES."

MRS CHAN NOTED THAT IN THE COMING DECADE. CHINA LIGHT AND POWER WOULD CONTINUE TO INVEST IN NEW GENERATING FACILITIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND INDUSTRY.

"INVESTMENTS AMOUNTING TO 460 BILLION ARE ANTICIPATED." SHE SAID.

"THIS BEARS AMPLE TESTIMONY TO THE CONFIDENCE WHICH SHAREHOLDERS. BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS. CONTINUE TO HAVE IN THE LONGER TERM FUTURE AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG."

ON ELECTRICAL SAFETY, MRS CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD LONG BEEN AWARE OF PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THIS.

/"FOLLOWING A .......

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"FOLLOWING A SERIES OF COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE REPRESENTING THE ELECTRICAL TRADE, WORKERS AND CONSUMERS. A NEW ELECTRICITY BILL WAS APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN MAY THIS YEAR AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL." SHE SAID.

"THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK DEMARCATING THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT. SUPPLY COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS ON ELECTRICITY-RELATED MATTERS.

"IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR A REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR QUALIFIED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS UNDER WHICH ONLY REGISTERED WORKERS MAY PERFORM ELECTRICAL WORK IN ACCORDANCE WITH A SET OF SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.

"SUBJECT TO THE PASSING OF THE BILL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE PROPOSALS WILL TAKE EFFECT BY PHASES NEXT YEAR.

"WHEN THE COMPLETE SET OF THE NEW ELECTRICITY LEGISLATION IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED. AND WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF ALL PARTIES CONCERNED, I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE A MORE EFFECTIVE AND SAFE USE OF OUR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY."

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BROADCASTING IN HK ENTERING NEW ERA t * » » «

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION. MISS ELAINE CHUNG. SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT HONG KONG COULD SUPPORT AND INDEED DEMANDED A MORE SOPHISTICATED AUDIO VISUAL AND ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR.

IN HER TALK ENTITLED "BROADCASTING IN THE NINETIES - EXCITING TIMES AHEAD" TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF ADMIRALTY. MISS CHUNG SAID BROADCASTING WAS ENTERING A NEW ERA OF CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT.

"CHANGE IS BOTH INEVITABLE AND DESIRABLE. WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY. THERE ARE NEW AND MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS OF DELIVERING TELEVISION AND RADIO SERVICES TO THE HOME." SHE SAID.

MISS CHUNG SAID THAT IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, THE FRANCHISES OF THE TWO EXISTING WIRELESS TELEVISION STATIONS WERE RENEWED FOR ANOTHER 12 YEARS. WITH NEW LICENCE CONDITIONS INTRODUCED TO REQUIRE SUFFICIENT LEVELS OF CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

"THE PREVIOUS TV DIET OF DRAMA, SOAP OPERAS AND VARIETY SHOWS HAS BEEN IMPROVED TO INCLUDE A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF CURRENT AFFAIRS, DOCUMENTARIES. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES." SHE SAID.

"THE AMOUNT OF ADVERTISEMENTS. STATION PROMOS, REPEATS OF FEATURE FILMS. ETC. IS RESTRICTED BUT CAN BE VARIEDWITH THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY’S APPROVAL."

/MISS CHUNG .......

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MISS CHUNG SAID THERE WERE OVER 1.5 MILLION TELEVISION RECEIVERS IN HONG KONG AND ABOUT 600.000 VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDERS.

"FIVE MILLION PEOPLE AGED FOUR AND ABOVE WATCH TELEVISION EVERYDAY FOR AN AVERAGE OF THREE TO FOUR HOURS. NO WONDER MOST PEOPLE HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BOX." SHE SAID.

SHE HAILED THE "RENEWED COMPETITION" BETWEEN TVB AND ATV ANT WAS GLAD THAT THE AUDIENCE HAD REACTED FAVOURABLY TO THE INNOVATIONS INTRODUCED TO SOME PROGRAMMES.

ON CABLE TELEVISION. MISS CHUNG DESCRIBED THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN "NARROW CAST" CABLE TV AND BROADCAST WIRELESS TV AND POINTED OUT THAT THE HONG KONG CABLE TV OPERATOR WOULD. UNLIKE HIS FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS, HAVE TO PRODUCE, OR BUY FROM INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS, A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF LOCAL PROGRAMMING.

"LOCAL SUBSCRIBERS DEMAND PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE NOT ONLY MADE IN CANTONESE BUT ALSO REFLECT THE SPECIFIC LOCAL CULTURE THAT THE LOCAL AUDIENCE IDENTIFIES WITH." SHE SAID.

"THIS PARTICULAR LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL IDENTITY OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE POPULATION HAS GIVEN RISE TO HONG KONG-BASED PRODUCTION HOUSES BEING THE ONLY MAJOR PRODUCERS OF PROGRAMMES WITH MASS APPEAL IN THE TERRITORY.

"IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ANNUAL LOCAL PRODUCTION WILL INCREASE FROM 7,000 HOURS TO 15,000 HOURS WITHIN FIVE YEARS. THIS FIGURE. WHEN COMPARED TO TVB'S CURRENT PRODUCTION OF OVER 4.000 HOURS, ATV’S 3,000 HOURS AND RTHK’S 650 HOURS, REPRESENTS A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OF THE PRESENT OUTPUT."

MISS CHUNG STRESSED THAT HONG KONG-BASED PRODUCTION HOUSES HAD BECOME SUPPLIERS OF PROGRAMMES TO OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

"THE HONG KONG CABLE TV SYSTEM WILL FEATURE A VERY SOPHISTICATED. HIGH-TECH OPTICAL FIBRE NETWORK WHICH WILL ALLOW INTERACTIVE SERVICES," SHE SAID.

"AT THE MOMENT. THE TV STATIONS TALK TO YOU BUT YOU CAN'T TALK BACK. WITH CABLE TV, WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON. IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE HOME SHOPPING. HOME BANKING OR THE PURCHASE OF STOCKS AND SHARE, GOLD AND FOREIGN CURRENCIES ARRANGED AT HOME."

MISS CHUNG ALSO DISCUSSED THE PROPOSAL TO DEREGULATE THE RECEPTION OF SATELLITE SIGNALS INTENDED FOR GENERAL RECEPTION BUT NOT TO ALLOW THE RETRANSMISSION OF SUCH SIGNALS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

SHE ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF LICENCES FOR HOTEL TELEVISION WHICH COULD BE FUNDED BY ADVERTISEMENTS OR PAY-PER-VIEW. THIS SHOULD LEAD TO THE EXPANSION OF THE "RELATIVELY UNDEVELOPED HOTEL TELEVISION INDUSTRY". SHE ADDED.

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ON RADIO, SHE REMARKED THAT IT REMAINED A POPULAR MEDIUM WITH UNIQUE QUALITIES OF IMMEDIACY AND VERSATILITY. SHE TALKED ABOUT THE U.K. AND U.S. MODEL FOR RADIO DEVELOPMENT.

SHE NOTED THAT IN HONG KONG BOTH THE NUMBER OF REGULAR AND CASUAL RADIO LISTENERS HAD DECLINED BETWEEN 1986 AND 1988, FROM 48 PER CENT TO 38 PER CENT FOR THE DAILY AUDIENCE, AND 64 PER CENT TO 58 PER CENT FOR THE AUDIENCE WHO LISTENED AT SOME TIME DURING THE WEEK.

THE PROPORTION OF THE ADVERTISING MARKET CAPTURED BY RADIO HAD ALSO SEEN A 39 PER CENT DECLINE BETWEEN 1984 AND 1988, SHE ADDED.

MISS CHUNG WAS CONFIDENT THAT THERE WAS SCOPE FOR FURTHER GROWTH IN THE RADIO INDUSTRY AND HER CONFIDENCE WAS REAFFIRMED BY NINE CONSORTIA WHICH HAD EXPRESSED INTEREST IN BIDDING FOR THE SECOND COMMERCIAL RADIO LICENCE. TO BE ISSUED NEXT YEAR.

’’THE FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO ENTRY INTO RADIO BROADCASTING, AS OPPOSED TO TV, ARE FEW AND OUR VIEW IS THAT HONG KONG’S ECONOMY SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT TWO COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS, IN ADDITION TO AN EXPANDED RTHK, PROVIDED THEY OFFER DIVERSE PROGRAMME SERVICES WHICH APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC," SHE SAID.

ON RTHK, MISS CHUNG SAID THE CORPORATISATION OF RTHK WOULD RESULT IN A "FORMAL AND VISIBLE GUARANTEE OF RTHK’S EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE" AND MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR USE OF RESOURCES.

ON THE WORK OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY, SHE SAID THAT THE FIRST TWO YEARS WERE HECTIC, BUT THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY HAD DISCHARGED ITS DUTIES "WITH EFFICIENCY, FIRMNESS, TACT AND PATIENCE".

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NEW LAW AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING TAKES EFFECT NEXT FRIDAY *****

A JOINT POLICE/CUSTOMS FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT TO RECEIVE REPORTS ABOUT KNOWN OR SUSPECTED DRUG-RELATED FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS WILL START OPERATING NEXT FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) WHEN THE NEW DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) ORDINANCE 1989 WILL COME INTO EFFECT (EXCEPT FOR SECTION 25).

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS. MR GARETH MULLOY.

PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 12. THE NEW LEGISLATION IS AIMED AT CONFISCATING THE PROCEEDS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AND AT COUNTERING DRUG MONEY LAUNDERING.

"UNDER THE ORDINANCE. WHEN A PERSON IS CONVICTED OF A DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENCE. THE COURT WILL FIRST SENTENCE THE CONVICTED PERSON AND THEN DETERMINE WHETHER HE HAS EVER BENEFITTED FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING." MR MULLOY SAID.

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"IF HE HAS, THE COURT WILL ASSESS THE VALUE OF HIS PROCEEDS FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING AND IMPOSE A CONFISCATION ORDER ON THOSE PROCEEDS."

MR MULLOY SAID SECTION 25 OF THE ORDINANCE PROVIDED FOR A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 14 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $5 MILLION FOR ANY PERSON WHO WAS CONVICTED OF ASSISTING A DRUG TRAFFICKER TO RETAIN OR OTHERWISE BENEFIT FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING PROCEEDS.

"SECTION 25 WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON DECEMBER 1 TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR AFFECTED SECTORS. PARTICULARLY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. TO MAKE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENTS." HE SAID.

THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS HAVE EACH FORMED A SPECIAL UNIT TO ENFORCE THE NEW LEGISLATION AND WILL OPERATE A JOINT FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT AS FROM NEXT FRIDAY.

THE JOINT UNIT WILL HAVE A TELEPHONE HOTLINE (5-520520) AND A POST OFFICE BOX ( PO BOX 6555. GENERAL POST OFFICE) TO RECEIVE REPORTS.

MR MULLOY SAID DISCLOSURES WOULD NOT BE TREATED UNDER THE ORDINANCE AS A BREACH OF CONTRACT OR RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT. OR PROVIDE GROUNDS FOR SEEKING DAMAGES FOR ANY LOSS THUS INCURRED.

THE FACT OF THE DISCLOSURE AND THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON MAKING THE DISCLOSURE WOULD NOT BE MADE PUBLIC, HE CONTINUED.

"DRUG TRAFFICKING GENERATES HUGE PROFITS WHICH ARE USED BY TRAFFICKERS TO FURTHER THEIR ILLICIT TRADE TO FINANCE OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND TO INVEST IN LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES TO EARN MORE PROFITS. THUS CREATING A SELF-PERPETUATING CYCLE." MR MULLOY STRESSED.

"WE HOPE THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP US BREAK THE CYCLE."

THE ENACTMENT DATES OF THE ORDINANCE WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

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BILL AIMS AT CRACKING DOWN ON VICE SIGNBOARDS »»»»»»

PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO COMBAT NUISANCES ASSOCIATED WITH PROSTITUTION WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 PROVIDES FOR THE REMOVAL OF SIGNBOARDS ADVERTISING THE SERVICES OF PROSTITUTES, AND FOR A SCHEME TO CLOSE PREMISES OR FORFEIT VESSELS WHERE VICE-RELATED OFFENCES HAVE REPEATEDLY TAKEN PLACE.

"UNDER THE NEW BILL. IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO DISPLAY OR PERMIT THE DISPLAY OF A SIGN WHICH MAY BE UNDERSTOOD TO ADVERTISE THE SERVICES OF A PROSTITUTE," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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"THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR BREAKING THIS LAW WILL BE A FINE OF S10,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

"THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WILL ALSO EMPOWER THE POLICE TO TAKE DOWN OFFENDING SIGNS, WHETHER OR NOT THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SIGNS ARE IDENTIFIED."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CLOSURE ORDER SCHEME INTRODUCED BY THE BILL WOULD ALLOW THE COURTS TO ORDER THAT PREMISES WHERE OFFENCES RELATED TO VICE HAD OCCURRED BE CLOSED.

"SPECIAL PROVISION IS MADE TO PROTECT ’INNOCENT’ LANDLORDS WHO HAVE UNWITTINGLY LET THEIR PREMISES TO PROSTITUTES AND THEIR PROTECTORS," HE SAID.

"THE SCHEME STIPULATES THAT, FOLLOWING A FIRST OFFENCE RELATING TO THE PREMISES. THE LANDLORD HAS A PERIOD OF GRACE IN WHICH TO EVICT THE TENANTS.

"FOLLOWING THE END OF THE’ GRACE PERIOD, IF A SECOND VICE-RELATED OFFENCE IS COMMITTED WITHIN ONE YEAR, THE COURTS MAY ORDER THE CLOSURE OF THE PREMISES IN QUESTION.

"THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE FORFEITURE OF VESSELS WHERE OFFENCES RELATED TO PROSTITUTION HAVE TAKEN PLACE.

"THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND MODIFIED FOLLOWING PUBLC CONSULTATION ON A WHITE BILL LAST YEAR."

LIBERATION DAY OBSERVANCE * » » »

A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (AUGUST 28) IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS WHO DIED IN DEFENCE OF HONG KONG IN DECEMBER 1941 OR LATER AS PRISONERS OF WAI .

THE CEREMONY, TO OBSERVE THIS YEAR'S LIBERATION DAY, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHRINE IN THE CITY HALL GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, BEGINNING AT 10.45 AM.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM MILITARY FORCES AND VETERANS ASSOCIATIONS WILL LAY WREATHS AT THE SHRINE, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUNDING OF T B LAST POST, A TWO-MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRING OF THRU VOLLEYS IN SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY, BUGLER AND SENTRIES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS).

LAYING WREATHS AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE:

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COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL P.R. DUFFELL, FOR TH1 BRITISH FORCES IN HONG KONG;

MR ARTHUR E. GOMES FOR THE HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION;

SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES FOR THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND;

MR T.A. LEONARD FOR THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION;

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CHRISTOPHER PATEY FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS);

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA, MS A.M. DOYLE, FOR THE HONG KONG VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA;

MAJOR PETER A. RULL FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) ASSOCIATION;

WARRANT OFFICER SECOND CLASS P.K. TIDEY FOR THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT;

MR WILKIE WU FOR THE BRITISH ARMY AID GROUP;

MR J.O. EDWARDS FOR THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FAR EAST PRISONERS OF WAR CLUB;

MR MAXIMO A. CHENG FOR THE SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS

ASSOCIATION; AND

MAJOR R.D. TAYLOR FOR THE EX-GUNNERS ROLL OF HONG KONG.

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GOVT TO REVIEW LIVESTOCK FARMERS’ APPLICATION DEADLINE *******

THE GOVERNMENT WILL REVIEW THE DEADLINE FOR LIVESTOCK FA'iM OPERATORS IN PHASE I STAGE II CONTROL AREAS TO APPLY FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES AND CAPITAL GRANTS IN VIEW OF A DELAY IN THE COMPLETION OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS.

LIVESTOCK FARMERS’ REPRESENTATIVES HAD REQUESTED THAT THE DEADLINE BE EXTENDED AT A MEETING OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

FARMERS’ REPRESENTATIVES SAID FARM OPERATORS HAD TO AWAIT THE RESULT OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS BEFORE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO CEASE OR CONTINUE OPERATION.

THE PRESENT DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR.

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FOR A SIMILAR REASON, FARMERS’ REPRESENTATIVES ALSO REQUESTED THAT THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME SHOULD NOT BE ENFORCED IN THE TUEN MUN ENVIRONS BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT HAD REVIEWED THE OUTCOME OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.

HOWEVER, THEY SAID LIVESTOCK FARMERS IN THE AREA WHO WISHED TO CEASE BUSINESS AND APPLY FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO SO FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH REPRESENTATIVE CONFIRMED THAT THIS WAS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S CURRENT THINKING.

AT THE MEETING, THE COMMITTEE ALSO DECIDED TO RECONVENE THE AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE REVIEW OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES TO COLLECT FARMERS' VIEWS AND SUPPLY INFORMATION TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION IN UNDERTAKING THE NEXT ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE RATES OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES.

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AWARDS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE VOLUNTEERS IN SOUTHERN * * * » »

TWELVE SOCIAL SERVICE VOLUNTEERS AND FOUR VOLUNTEER GROUPS HAVE WON THE 1988-89 SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE AWARD SCHEME FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE DISTRICT COMMUNITY.

THE WINNERS WILL EACH BE PRESENTED A SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE AWARD TROPHY AND A GIFT COUPON AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 27) WHICH FORMS PART OF THE PROGRAMME FOR A TWO-DAY CAMP.

THE CAMP, TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG PHAB ASSOCIATION IN POK FU LAM, HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE WINNERS AND THE SUCCESSFUL NOMINEES TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE, AND TO EXCHANGE VIEWS, IN VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICE.

LAUNCHED IN 1983-84, THE SCHEME IS AN ANNUAL EVENT ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO GIVE DUE RECOGNITION TO THOSE VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE RENDERED COMMENDABLE VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICE.

A SENIOR LECTURER IN THE APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCE FACULTY OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC, MR MAK HOI-WAH, HAS BEEN INVITED TO OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND TO GIVE A TALK ON "VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICE".

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ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DAVID LEUNG; DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR PAUL CHEUNG; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR WONG KING-CHEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE AWARD SCHEME TO BEGIN AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 27) AT THE HONG KONG PHAB ASSOCIATION. 75 POK FU LAM RESERVOIR ROAD.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF SOUTHORN CENTRE BY 1.15 PM FROM WHERE A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL TAKE THEM TO THE VENUE.

INFORMATION OFFICER, MR ALEX LI, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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A 22-MEMBER DELEGATION FROM THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD LEFT FOR THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING ON A SIX-DAY STUDY TOUR.

A DELEGATION MEMBER, DB CHAIRMAN MR AMBROSE LAU, SAID BEFORE DEPARTING FOR CHEJU THAT THE DELEGATION WOULD STUDY SEOUL’S SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES AND REDEVELOPMENTS.

THEY ALSO VISIT THE SEOUL MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT FOR A BRIEFING ON SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITIES AND PROGRAMMES.

"WE WILL VISIT THE HANGANG RIVERSIDE PARK TO STUDY THE MANAGEMENT METHODS OF NATIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES," MR LAU SAID.

ANOTHER MEMBER, DISTRICT OFFICER MR STEPHEN FISHER, POINTED OUT THAT THE TOUR WILL ALSO COVER THE SEOUL METROPOLITAN SUBWAY AND FEEDER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS.

"WE WILL ALSO STUDY THE ADMINISTRATION OF SMALL KOREAN COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE COMPARABLE TO OUR DISTRICTS," MR FISHER SAID, ADDING THAT A DETAILED REPORT ON THE TOUR WILL BE COMPILED AFTER THE GROUP RETURNS TO HONG KONG.

THE TOUR IS ONE OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED THIS YEAR BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO BROADEN MEMBERS’ HORIZONS.

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IT HAS BEEN PLANNED BY A SPECIAL DB WORKING GROUP CHAIRED BY A DELEGATION MEMBER, MR LEUNG SIK-WAH.

SEVEN OTHER DB MEMBERS, 11 COMMUNITY LEADERS AND A DISTI 1 CT SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER ARE IN THE GROUP.

THEY ARE DUE TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 30.

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16 NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO OPEN NEXT MONTH » » « «

SIXTEEN NEW GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTH TO CATER FOR STUDENTS IN FIVE NEW TOWNS.

OF THESE SCHOOLS, EIGHT ARE IN SHA TIN, THREE IN TUEN MUN. TWO IN YUEN LONG, TWO IN TAI PO AND ONE IN FANLING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE EIGHT NEW SCHOOLS IN SHA TIN ARE THE JOCKEY CLUB TI-I COLLEGE, SIR ELLIS KADOOR1E SECONDARY SCHOOL, SUNG LAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, LOCK TAO SECONDARY SCHOOL, TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS WONG FUNG LING COLLEGE, CHRIST COLLEGE, CHINESE YMCA COLLEGE, AND HK AND KOWLOON CHIU CHOW PUBLIC ASSOCIATION MA CHUNG SUM SECONDARY SCHOOL.

IN TUEN MUN, THE THREE NEW SCHOOLS ARE SHI HUI WEN SECONDARY SCHOOL, SEMPLE MEMORIAL ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL AND CHUNG SING BENEVOLENT SOCIETY SCHOOL.

THE NEW SCHOOLS IN YUEN LONG ARE THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL.

THE REMAINING SCHOOLS ARE THE BUDDHIST TAI PO CHI HONG COLLEGE AND HONG KONG RED SWASTIKA SOCIETY TAI PO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TAI PO, AND THE SKH CHAN YUNG SECONDARY SCHOOL IN FANLING.

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NOVEMBER START ON SECOND LOK MA CHAU BRIDGE *****

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL START BUILDING A SECOND CROSS BORDER BRIDGE OVER THE SHENZHEN RIVER AT LOK MA CHAU IN NOVEMBER.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE. THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO COVER THE WIDENING OF A SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD FROM FAN KAM ROAD TO SAN TIN.

A CONTRACT NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

/A SPOKESMAN .......

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE LOK MA CHAU BORDER LINK PROJECT STAGE 1. WHICH COMPRISES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1.8-KILOMETRE DUAL-TWO-LANE HIGHWAY AND A BRIDGE OVER THE SHENZHEN RIVER CARRYING TWO TRAFFIC LANES, IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED LATER THIS YEAR.

TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE IN CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC. THE SECOND BRIDGE CARRYING TWO ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE BUILT ADJACENT TO THE FIRST BRIDGE.

UPON ITS COMPLETION. A DUAL-TWO-LANE ROAD LINK WILL BE PROVIDED BETWEEN HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN AT LOK MA CHAU.

ON THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 12-KILOMETRE TRUNK ROAD FOR THROUGH TRAFIC FROM AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD. SHEUNG SHUI.

THE PROJECT IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN STAGES.

THE FIRST PHASE BETWEEN PAK SHEK AU AND FAN KAM ROAD WAS OPENED IN 1987.

PHASE 2 FROM MAI PO TO PAK SHEK AU, PHASE 3 FROM FAIRVIEW PARK TO MAI PO AND PHASE 4 FROM AU TAU TO FAIRVIEW PARK IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY END 1989, END 1990 AND MID 1991 RESPECTIVELY.

THOUGH INITIALLY A DUAL-TWO-LANE TRUNK ROAD, THERE WILL BE PROVISION FOR FUTURE EXPANSION TO A DUAL-THREE-LANE ROAD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO CATER FOR THE FUTURE TRAFFIC GROWTH ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE LOK MA CHAU BORDER LINK IT IS NOW NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT WIDENING WORKS ON THIS SECTION OF THE CIRCULAR ROAD SO THAT A DUAL-THREE-LANE HIGHWAY WILL BE PROVIDED BETWEEN AU TAU AND SHEUNG SHUI IN 1991.

WIDENING WORKS OF THE SECTION FORM SAN TIN TO FAN KAM ROAD WILL BE COVERED BY THE PRESENT CONTRACT WHICH ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS SUCH AS A FOOTBRIDGE NEAR SHEK WU WAI VILLAGE AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT CHAU TAU, MAI PO, HA SAN WAI AND POK WAI VILLAGES.

THE WIDENING WORKS ON THE REMAINING SECTIONS OF THE ROAD WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER SEPARATE CONTRACTS FOR COMPLETION IN 1991. THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CONTRACT WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY BINNIE CONSULTANT LIMITED ROR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT. THE COMPANY WILL ALSO SUPERVISE CONSTRUCTION.

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THREE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT IN TAI PO

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE NEW ’’FLEXI-DESIGN” SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TAI PO UNDER TWO SEPARATE CONTRACTS.

THE FIRST CONTRACT INVOLVES THE BUILDING OF TWO SCHOOLS, ADJACENT TO EACH OTHER, ON A 12,530-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN AREA 17, FU SHIN ESTATE.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE SAME DESIGN ON A 5,840-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN AREA 3/23, TAI WO ESTATE WILL BE AWARDED UNDER THE SECOND CONTRACT.

EACH OF THE THREE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A GENERAL CLASSROOM BLOCK WITH 26 CLASSROOMS AND THREE REMEDIAL TEACHING ROOMS. A SPECIAL BLOCK WITH 14 SPECIAL ROOMS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL AND A BASKETBALL COURT.

WORK UNDER THE CONTRACTS IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE AROUND NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22.

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SERVICING AND FORMATION WORKS » ♦ ♦ ♦ »

FOR SHA TIN VILLAGES *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR UNDERTAKING SERVICING AND MINOR FORMATION WORKS FOR KAK TIN VILLAGE, SAN TIN WAI AND LEI UK TSUEN IN SHA TIN.

THE WORKS WOULD INVOLVE THE FORMATION OF PLATFORMS FOR VILLAGETYPE DEVELOPMENT HOUSES AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NUMBER OF SERVICING FACILITIES TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE VILLAGES.

THESE INCLUDE A TOILET, AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION, A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT. RETAINING WALLS, CARPARKS, FOOTPATHS AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE WORKS.

THE CONTRACTOR IS ALSO REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT SLOPE TREATMENT WORKS AND REMEDIAL WORKS CONCERNING BOULDERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE VILLAGES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 TO 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CONSULTANTS FOR THE PROJECT AT 4 FUNG WO LANE, WO CHE, SHA TIN.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 14.

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U.S. HONOURS HK DRUG FIGHTER

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THE UNITED STATES DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA) HAS PRAISED THE PROFESSIONALISM AND GOOD WORK OF A HONG KONG SENIOR CUSTOMS INSPECTOR IN A JOINT HONG KONG/U.S. OPERATION IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

IN A CEREMONY HELD TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, THE DEA’S SPECIAL AGENT IN HONG KONG. MR JAMES HARRIS, PRESENTED A PLAQUE TO SENIOR INSPECTOR CHU KOK-PANG IN RECOGNITION OF HIS GOOD WORK AND ASSISTANCE IN THE OPERATION.

THE OPERATION RESULTED IN THE CONVICTION OF THREE MEN AND THE SEIZURE OF 14.8 KILOGRAMS OF NO. 4 HEROIN IN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED STATES. THE ESTIMATED STREET VALUE OF THE DRUGS IN THE UNITED STATES WAS AROUND US$22.7 MILLION.

MR CHU FLEW TO NEW YORK IN JANUARY TO TESTIFY IN COURT.

MR HARRIS SAID INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION WAS IMPORTANT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG ABUSE.

HE ADDED THAT THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE DEA AND THE HONG KONG CUSTOMS, IN PARTICULAR THE CUSTOMS INVESTIGATION BRANCH, DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS HAD LED TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF FOUR DRUG CASES IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE SEIZURE OF 24.3 KILOGRAMS OF NO. 4 HEROIN IN BOTH PLACES.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR K.S. TONG, WAS ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY.

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CALL FOR SUPPORT IN ANTI-MOSQUITO DRIVE *****

THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH IS APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC FOR SUPPORT IN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-MOSQUITO EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AIMED AT ELIMINATING THE MOSQUITO NUISANCE NORMALLY EXPERIENCED IN LATE SUMMER.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN APRIL THIS YEAR, AND THE SECOND PHASE TO REINFORCE THE CAMPAIGN WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH.

AS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS HAVE PRODUCED A LEAFLET GIVING THE GUIDELINES ON MOSQUITO PREVENTION FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC AND TO CONSTRUCTION SITE OPERATORS.

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EMPHASISING THE MESSAGE OF "NO STAGNANT WATER, NO MOSQUITO BREEDING". THE LEAFLET SUGGESTS THE FOLLOWING MEASURES TO REDUCE THE CHANCE OF MOSQUITO BREEDING:

* TO KEEP ALL TINS, BOTTLES. RECEPTACLES AND OUTER TYRES AWAY FROM OPEN SPACES AND TO TURN UPSIDE DOWN ALL LARGE RECEPTACLES WHICH CANNOT BE MOVED READILY;

* TO KEEP WATER STORAGE TANKS COVERED AND SEB THAT THEY ARE IN GOOD REPAIR;

* TO ENSURE THAT DRAINAGE IS IN ORDER SO AS TO PREVENT POSSIBLE ACCUMULATION OF WATER: AND

* TO RENEW WATER IN VASES AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY AND MAKE SURE THAT NO WATER ACCUMULATES IN TRAYS OR UNDER-PLATES FOR FLOWER POTS.

THE SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT, MR SAMUEL WONG, URGED BUILDING CONTRACTORS TO INSPECT THEIR SITES FREQUENTLY AND TO ELIMINATE ALL STAGNANT WATER ON BUILDING SITES, OR SPRAY AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY A LAYER OF LIGHT DIESEL ON THE SURFACE OF WATER WHICH COULD NOT BE ELIMINATED.

"DISTRICT HEALTH STAFF OF BOTH THE URBAN SERVICES AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO OFFER ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE," HE SAID.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO ALLOW MOSQUITO BREEDING ON PREMISES, AND THE OFFENDER IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF 810,000.

TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ANTI-MOSQUITO MESSAGE, THE UNIT WILL SEND LETTERS WITH SUPPORTING INFORMATION TO BUILDING CONTRACTORS. OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS. MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND MANAGEMENT OFFICES OF LARGE PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES APPEALING FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION.

"ANTI-MOSQUITO POSTERS AND LEAFLETS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOLS AS WELL AS DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION FOR DISPLAY." MR WONG SAID.

"BROADCASTING VANS WILL TOUR THE TERRITORY DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD TO SPREAD THE ANTI-MOSQUITO MESSAGES.

"IN ADDITION, A HOTLINE -- 3-7230013 -- WITH A TAPED MESSAGE ON THE PROPER WAYS TO ELIMINATE MOSQUITO BREEDING WILL BE SET UP.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY LEAVE QUESTIONS AND THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS AFTER LISTENING TO THE RECORDED MESSAGE AND STAFF OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WILL ANSWER THEM INDIVIDUALLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE." MR WONG ADDED.

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NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR MEN BORN IN 1945-48

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT MEN BORN IN 1945. 1946, 1947 OR 1948 WOULD BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS FROM SEPTEMBER 4 TO OCTOBER 21.

"MEN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP CAN CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES DURING THIS PERIOD," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

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 ON ANOTHER DAY, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND THE AFTERNOONS." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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 : SHOP 8A, SECOND FLOOR, CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, 11-17, SHA TIN CENTRE STREET, SHA TIN TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD TEL. NO. 0-4771543

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. 0-6727191

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THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1949, 1950, 1951 OR 1952 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 SEPTEMBER 2.

HE POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF S3,000.

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

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REMOVAL OF KOWLOON MARRIAGE REGISTRY » » » * *

THE KOWLOON MARRIAGE REGISTRY LOCATED AT THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD WILL MOVE TO NEW PREMISES ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29), THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW ADDRESS IS UPPER BASEMENT AND LEVEL 3, ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE. 10'SALISBURY ROAD. TSIM SHA TSUI.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE REGISTRY WILL BE KNOWN AS THE TSIM SHA TSUI MARRIAGE REGISTRY ON AND AFTER AUGUST 29.

THE OFFICE HOURS OF THE REGISTRY WILL BE:

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8.45 AM - 12.45 PM

2 PM - 4.4 5 PM

SATURDAY 9 AM - 11.30 AM

SUNDAY 9 AM - 12.45 PM

(MARRIAGE CEREMONIES ONLY) 2 PM - 4.45 PM

THE REGISTRY WILL BE CLOSED ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TEL. 3-7333111.

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1983 PRIVATE CARS COME UNDER INSPECTION SCHEME » * » * *

PRIVATE CARS MANUFACTURED IN 1983 WHICH REQUIRED A NEW LICENCE COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR MUST PASS A ROADWORTHINESS TEST PRIOR TO LICENCE RENEWAL, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

"UNDER THE PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 2, 1986, ALL SIX-YEAR-OLD PRIVATE CARS MUST FIRS ' OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS FROM A GOVERNMENT-DESIGNATE) CAR TESTING CENTRE BEFORE THEIR LICENCES CAN BE RENEWED," DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"WITH THE APPROACH OF 1990, IT IS ONLY NATURAL THAT 1983 CARS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE INSPECTION SCHEME," HE SAID.

THERE ARE 17 DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES ON BOTH SIDES O' THE HARBOUR AND APPOINTMENTS FOR INSPECTION MAY BE MADE FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THE EXPIRY DATE OF THE VEHICLE LICENCE.

THE PARTS INSPECTED INCLUDE: THE BRAKING AND STEERING SYSTEM, SUSPENSION, WHEELS AND TYRES, ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION, ELECTRICAL FITTINGS AND LIGHTING, BODYWORK AND GENERAL ITEMS SUCH AS NUMBE { PLATES, WINDSCREEN WIPERS AND WASHERS AND SEAT BELTS.

OF THE 42,289 VEHICLES WHICH UNDERWENT THEIR FIRST INSPECTIONS UNDER THE SCHEME IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, ABOUT 73 PE ( CENT PASSED, COMPARED WITH A PASS RATE OF 74 PER CENT AMONG THE 70,785 FIRST INSPECTIONS IN 1988. A TOTAL OF 194,089 INSPECTIONS HA) BEEN CARRIED OUT UP TO LAST MONTH.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINE. ( FOR ANY PRIVATE CAR WHICH HAS PASSED THE TEST MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN FOUR MONTHS OF THE ISSUE DATE FOR RELICENSING 1 VEHICLE, OTHERWISE ITS VALIDITY WILL LAPSE.

THE FEE FOR A CAR INSPECTION IS SI60, AND A RE-CHECK FEE O' 450 IS CHARGED WHEN DEFECTS FOUND IN THE ORIGINAL INSPECTION AR J REMEDIED AND EXAMINED WITHIN 14 DAYS. IN CASES OF SPECIFIED MINO I FAULTS, THE RE-CHECK IS FREE OF CHARGE.

SHOULD A CAR OWNER DISAGREE WITH THE RESULT OF A TEST, HE CAN APPEAL TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR A FRESH, INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION.

"TO AVOID UNNECESSARY INCONVENIENCE, CAR OWNERS SHOULD HAVE THEIR VEHICLES CHECKED AND REPAIRED BEFORE THE INSPECTION APPOINTMENT WITH CAR TESTING CENTRES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-8691166.

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TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FOOTBALL MATCHES AT HK STADIUM ♦ * ♦ ♦ t

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY FROM SUNDAY (AUGUST 27) AND WILL BE EFFECTIVE THROUGHOUT THE COMING FOOTBALL SEASON. WHENEVER THERE IS A FOOTBALL MATCH AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM.

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

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

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

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

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

* VEHICLES ON CAROLINE HILL ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT TO LINK ROAD, IF NECESSARY:

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

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

THE SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE STADIUM WILL BE CLOSED:

* TRAFFIC CONES MAY BE LAID ON THE SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN HYSAN AVENUE AND CAROLINE HILL ROAD FOR TWO-LANE EASTBOUND TRAFFIC; AND

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

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

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ON COMPLETION OE THE MATCH. CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD: AND EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC IF NECESSARY.

DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ABOVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS. CAUSEWAY BAY-BOUND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 5 AND 14M WILL BE DIVERT™ VIA WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD TO LEIGHTON ROAD: GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 28A WILL HAVE ITS SERVICE SUSPENDED; AND GREE MINIBUS ROUTES 30 AND 30A WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED VIA WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD TO HYSAN AVENUE.

MATHESON STREET. THE SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD SOUTH OF IRVING STREET, RUSSELL STREET AND SHARP STREET EAST WILL BE PROHIBITED AREAS FOR LEARNER DRIVERS BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM FOR DAY MATCHES AND BETWEEN 7 PM AND 8.30 PM FOR NIGHT MATCHES.

PARKING SPACES ON SUN WUI ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 2 PM AND 6 PM FOR DAY AND NIGHT MATCHES RESPECTIVELY WHILE THOSE ON STADIUM PATH AND THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE STADIUM WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM NOON AND 4 PM FOR DAY AND NIGHT MATCHES RESPECTIVELY.

ALL THE ABOVE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS. UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. WILL BE IN FORCE UNTIL CROWDS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE MATCH.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TO FACILITATE THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING CHARITY WALK TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 27).

IN KOWLOON. THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN JUNK BAY ROAD AND KAI TIN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 6 AM TO NOON TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA JUNK BAY ROAD AND KAI TIN ROAD BEFORE REJOINING LEI YUE MUN ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN KAI TIN ROAD AND JUNK BAY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC. VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA KAI TIN ROAD AND JUNK BAY ROAD BEFORE REJOINING LEI YUE MUN ROAD.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, FINNIE STREET. HOI CHAK STREET. HOI KWONG STREET. HOI TAI STREET. HOI WAN STREET AND TONG CHONG STREET (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS TO THE SHELL GAS STATION) IN QUARRY BAY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 AM TO 1 PM.

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ALL PARKING SPACES IN FINNIE STREET, HOI CHAK STREET AND HOI WAN STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 0.01 AM TO 2 PM.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN HOI KWONG STREET WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH TSUN YIP STREET AND HOI YUEN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.30 AM TO 5.30 AM ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (AUGUST 27 AND 28) TO FACILITATE FOOTBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THE ARRANGEMENT WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA TSUN YIP STREET, HUNG TO ROAD AND HOI YUEN ROAD BEFORE REJOINING WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDIES ........... 1

DATAPHONE LABOUR INQUIRY SERVICE PROVES POPULAR ............... 2

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILD CARE CENTRES DURING TYPHOONS ........... 3

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER IS VOTERS ....... 3

VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE STARTS IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 ........... A

QUESTIONNAIRE ON CIVIC CENTRE FOR KWAI TSING .................. 5

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHA TIN .................................... 6

SATURDAY. AUGUST 26, 1989

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SEVEN COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES ARE OFFERING A NUMBER SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WERE INTENDED FOR PERSONS OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL PROMISE WHO MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO LIFE HERE ON THEIR RETURN FROM STUDY ABROAD, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

"THEY ARE PRIMARILY AVAILABLE FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES NORMALLY LASTING FOR TWO ACADEMIC YEARS. THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. CANADA. NEW ZEALAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, JAMAICA, NIGERIA AND SIERRA LEONE.

APPLICANTS MUST BE HONG KONG CITIZENS, AGED BETWEEN 28 AND 35 AT THE TIME SCHOLARSHIP COMMENCES.

THEY SHOULD BE GRADUATES OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

CANDIDATES WHO ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE. HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER PARTICULARS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS. FIFTH FLOOR. 33-37 HYSAN AVENUE. CAUSEWAY BAY .

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30 THIS YEAR.

"APPLICATIONS FROM OVERSEAS WILL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IF SHORT-LISTED APPLICANTS ARE PREPARED TO COME BACK FOR THE INTERVIEW AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENTS STUDYING IN BRITAIN MAY OBTAIN THE APPLICATION FORMS AT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE AT 6 GRAFTON STREET, LONDON.

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DATAPHONE LABOUR ENQUIRY SERVICE PROVES POPULAR » » » » t

THE GENERAL ENQUIRY TELEPHONE SERVICE OPERATED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SINCE JULY 1 HAS BEEN WELL-RECEIVED BY THE PUBLIC.

THE NEW SERVICE. WHICH PROVIDES TAPED INFORMATION ON VARIOUS MAJOR LABOUR TOPICS, HANDLED 1.604 ENQUIRIES OR A DAILY AVERAGE OF ABOUT 70 CALLS DURING ITS FIRST MONTH OF OPERATION.

"INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN THE FORM OF PRE-RECORDED TAPES IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE PLAYED ON A DATAPHONE MACHINE MANNED BY TWO LABOUR INSPECTORS DURING OFFICE HOURS." A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY (SATURDAY).

"OF THE ENQUIRIES RECEIVED DURING JULY, 662 WERE HANDLED BY THE DATAPHONE AND 508 WHICH REQUIRED SIMPLE AND BRIEF ANSWERS WERE DEALT WITH BY THE LABOUR INSPECTORS ON DUTY.

"THE REST WERE REFERRED TO THE APPROPRIATE DIVISIONS FOR FURTHER ACTION AS THEY WERE NOT COVERED BY THE TAPES OR WERE MADE ON SPECIFIC CASES."

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE 662 ENQUIRIES HANDLED BY THE DATAPHONE RELATED TO SEVERANCE PAYMENT. MATERNITY LEAVE. SICKNESS ALLOWANCE. TERMINATION OF CONTRACT WITH NOTICE OR PAYMENT IN LIEU. AND THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

THE TAPES COVER A TOTAL OF 26 TOPICS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE. PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY ORDINANCE. EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND MATTERS RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS.

THE DATAPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE -- ON NUMBER 5-8155066 --OPERATES BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5.30 PM FROM MONDAY’ TO FRIDAY, AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON ON SATURDAY.

IT DOES NOT HANDLE ENQUIRIES REQUIRING DIRECT PERSONAL ANSWERS AND IS INTENDED MAINLY TO SUPPLEMENT EXISTING ENQUIRY SERVICES OPERATED BY VARIOUS DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

A REVIEW WILL BE CONDUCTED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR IN THE LIGHT OF THE EXPERIENCE GAINED.

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CHILD CARE CENTRE OPERATORS ARE REMINDED THAT THEIR CENTRES SHOULD REMAIN OPEN DURING THE HOISTING OF TYPHOON SIGNAL NO.3 AND THAT THERE Slb’ULD LI SUFFICIENT STAFF ON DUTY TO MAN THE CENTRES.

THE CHIEF SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER. MRS PATRICIA CHU. SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT UNLIKE KINDERGARTENS. CHILD CARE CENTRES SERVED TO PROVIDE DAY CARE TO CHILDREN WHO COULD NOT. FOR SOCIAL REASONS. BE LOOKED AFTER THEIR PARENTS.

IT IS IMPORTANT THEREFORE THAT THESE CENTRES REMAIN OPEN DURING THE HOISTING OF TYPHOON SIGNAL NO.3 AND THE SERVICES ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN ATTENDING THE CENTRES WHEN PARENTS HAVE DIFFICULTY MAKING ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS AT SHORT NOTICE." SHE SAID.

UPON THE HOISTING OF TYPHOON SIGNAL NO.3. OR IN THE EVENT OF PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN. THUNDERSTORMS. FLOODING OR DETERIORATING WEATHER DURING TROPICAL CYCLONES. THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS OVER THE RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS ADVISING PARENTS OF CHILDREN ATTENDING CHILD CARE CENTRES THAT. FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR CHILDREN. THEY SHOULD NOT TAKE THEM TO THE CENTRE THAT DAY.

"HOWEVER, FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES LOOKING AFTER THEIR CHILDREN. THEY ARE ADVISED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SUPERVISOR OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRE CONCERNED FOR APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS AS CENTRE STAFF SHOULD STILL BE ON DUTY." MRS CHU ADDED.

MRS CHU ALSO ADVISED PARENTS TO EXERCISE THEIR DISCRETION IN DECIDING WHETHER TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO CHILD CARE CENTRES DURING

INCLEMENT WEATHER.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS » * » »

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO BECOME VOTERS SHOULD FULFIL THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND REGISTER NOW. THE SOUTHERN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MR DAVID LEUNG. SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

NOTING THAT OF THE 166.000 ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN THE DISTRICT, OVER 79,000 OR 47 PER CENT HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED. MR LEUNG URGED THE REMAINING 87.000 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP QUICKLY DURING THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE WHICH WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

MR LEUNG SAID HIS OFFICE WILL CONDUCT A MONTH-LONG PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN FROM TUESDAY (AUGUST 29).

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DURING THIS PERIOD. CAMPAIGN WORKERS COMPRISING DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS WILL MAKE DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS TO DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY ITEMS AND TO HELP RESIDENTS REGISTER.

"fHL VISITS WILL COVER ABOUT 6.000 CAREFULLY SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS IN NEWLY-COMPLETED RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE DISTRICT." MR LEUNG SAID.

THE CAMPAIGN ALSO INCLUDES A VOTER REGISTRATION DAY TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 3 IN LEI TUNG ESTATE TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS OF THE NEWLY-COMPLETED HOUSING ESTATE TO REGISTER.

A REGISTRATION COUNTER WILL BE SET UP IN THE ESTATE'S COMMERCIAL CENTRE ON THAT DAY. COUNTER STAFF WILL HELP RESIDENTS TO ENROL AS VOTERS AND ANSWER ENQUIRIES ABOUT REGISTRATION MATTERS.

MEANWHILE. REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES IN LEI TUNG ESTATE, WAH FU ESTATE AND STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD.

"ANYONE WHO HAS REACHED 21 YEARS OF AGE BY DECEMBER 31, AND IS A PERMANENT RESIDENT OR HAS BEEN LIVING IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR." MR LEUNG ADDED.

REGISTERED VOTERS CAN ALSO MAKE USE OF THE REGISTRATION FORM TO REPORT ANY CHANGE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS BY SIMPLY FILLING IN THE RELEVANT SECTIONS.

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VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE STARTS IN TSEUNG KWAN 0

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER. MR FREDERICK TONG. AND 12 LIAISON OFFICERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISERS HAVE STARTED MAKING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 TO ASSIST RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

TSEUNG KWAN 0 IS THE MAIN TARGET AREA FOR THIS YEAR’S VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT BECAUSE OF ITS FAST GROWING POPULATION WITH THE COMPLETION OF YING MING AND KING MING GOURTS. TSUI LAM AND PO LAM ESTATES. AND HONG SING GARDEN IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

THE PRESENT POPULATION OF THE AREA IS ABOUT 59,000.

IN ADDITION TO THE DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER. MR TONG WILL ALSO WRITE TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN TSEUNG KWAN O NEW TOWN APPEALING FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THE EXERCISE.

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"THE ANNUAL REGISTRATION EXERCISE IS AIMED AT ENCOUR.'■ PEOPLE TO ENROL AS VOTERS SO THAT THEY CAN ELECT THEIR REPRESENT.'-'! ' I TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS IN THE ’991 ELECTIONS.

TO REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR IS THE CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY ( EVERY ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL.

"ANYONE WHO IS 21 YEARS OLD OR OVER BEFORE DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR. AND WHO IS A PERMANENT RESIDENT OR HAS BEEN LIVING IN HONG RON FOR SEVEN YEARS CAN REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR." HE SAID.

"THE PROCESS OF REGISTRATION IS VERY SIMPLE." HE CONTINUED "ONE NEEDS ONLY TO FILL IN A REGISTRATION FORM WHICH IS POSTAGE PREPAID AND PUT IT IN A POST BOX."

THE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AT 34 CHAN MAN STREET. SAI KUNG TOWN: TSUI LAM COMMUNITY HALL AT TSUI LAM ESTATE. TSEUNG KWAN O: AND AT HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES AND POST OFFICE-IN THE DISTRICT.

DURING HIS VISITS TO FAMILIES IN YING MING COURT, MR TONG ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WITH THESE NEWCOMERS TO THE DISTRICT THE LIVING CONDITIONS AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN TSEUNG KWAN O NEW TOWN.

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QUESTIONNAIRE ON CIVIC CENTRE FOR KWAI TSING

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY FROM JEX ’ WEEK TO MID-SEPTEMBER TO GATHER RESIDENTS’ OPINIONS' ON BUILDING \ CIVIC CENTRE IN THE AREA.

A QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE DISTRIBUTED WILL COVER THE ADEQUACY OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT. THE IDEAL SITU FOR A CIVIC CENTRE. AND THE FEASIBILITY OF CONVERTING THE PRESENT O.R. SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL INTO SUCH A FACILITY.

A CIVIC CENTRE WORKING GROUP UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD CONSIDER! A GOVERNMENT SITE ADJACENT TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION AS AN IDEAL VENUE.

A TOTAL OF 40.000 COPIES OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE ARE AVAILABLE FO i DISTRIBUTION AT KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES. SCHOOLS. VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WILL RECEIVE COPIES BY POST.

COMPLETED COPIES SHOULD BE SENT TO THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15.

INFORMATION GATHERED WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION LATER THIS YEAR.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHA TIN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 28), TWO SECTIONS OF TAI PO ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS.

FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY. THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CHIK WAN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 170 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION. EXCLUDING THE LAIBt ALONG THIS ROAD SECTION. WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY.

ANOTHER 24 HOURS DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY IS THE SECTION OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH LOWER SHING MUN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 170 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION. EXCLUDING THE LAYBY ALONG THIS ROAD SECTION.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2?, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

URBAN SQUATTERS ON UNSAFE HILLSIDES TO BE CLEARED............... 1

VOTER REGISTRATION EXHIBITION IN TAI PO ..................... 2

VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED FOR SERVICE TO COMMUNITY .................. 3

BUILDING MANAGEMENT CAMPAIGN IN YAU TSIM......................   k

NEW TIMETABLE FOR RENT OFFICERS AT DISTRICT OFFICES ............ 5

WHITEHEAD VBP CENTRE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ...............,. 5

ENGLISH POLICE OFFICERS IN HK UNDER 'SWOP CO?' SCHEME........ 6

STATISTICS ON POLICE RAIDS IN JULY.............................  8

NUMBER OF OVERLOADED VEHICLES ON THE DECLINE.................... 8

PHASED RESPONSE SYSTEM TO DEAL WITH ALARM CALLS ................ 9

A NEW CLINIC TO SERVE TSING YI RESIDENTS .....................  11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TUEN MUN, MONG KOK..................... 12

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN, TAI PO ...................... .13

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHA TIN ...................................  14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUT PO.......................... 1lt

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URBAN SQUATTERS ON UNSAFE HILLSIDES TO BE CLEARED *»»»»»

ALL RESIDENTS OF URBAN SQUATTER HUTS ON UNSAFE HILLSIDES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CLEARED AND REHOUSED WITHIN 20 MONTHS.

OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT. UNDER ITS SQUATTER CLEARANCE PROGRAMME. HAS CLEARED AND REHOUSED ALMOST 38.000 SQUATTERS FROM POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SLOPES.

ANOTHER 8.000 SQUATTER HUT RESIDENTS LIVING ON UNSAFE HILLSIDES ARE EXPECTED TO BE REHOUSED UNDER THE 1989-90 CLEARANCE PROGRAMME.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE 10,000 OR SO PEOPLE REMAINING ON UNSAFE SLOPES IN THE URBAN AREA WILL BE CLEARED UNDER THE 1990-91 CLEARANCE PROGRAMMES.

THROUGH THE CLEARANCE PROGRAMMES OVER THE PAST YEARS THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE VERY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO SAFEGUARD SQUATTERS FROM LANDSLIDE HAZARDS.

IN MAY 1982. 26 SQUATTER HUT RESIDENTS DIED IN A SEVERE RAINSTORM. MANY OF THE VICTIMS LIVED IN FLIMSY WOODEN HUTS WHICH WERE STRUCK BY DEBRIS FROM SMALL LANDSLIDES OR WHICH FOUNDATIONS WERE SWEPT AWAY BY DEBRIS-LADEN FLOOD WATER.

LATER IN 1982. THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE (GCO) CARRIED OUT A STUDY WHICH SHOWED THAT THERE WERE MORE THAN 50,000 SQUATTERS LIVING ON STEEP HILLSIDES IN THE URBAN AREA WHICH WERE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO LANDSLIPS DURING HEAVY RAINFALL. EVEN SMALL LANDSLIPS IN CROWDED SQUATTER SETTLEMENTS COULD CAUSE CASUALTIES.

THESE SLOPES COULD NOT BE RECTIFIED UNDER THE GCO'S LANDSLIP PREVENTIVE MEASURES PROGRAMME BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THE SQUATTER HUTS NEEDED TO BE CLEARED BEFORE THE NECESSARY LARGE SCALE WORKS COULD BE CARRIED OUT.

IT WAS FOR THIS REASON THAT THE GCO RECOMMENDED TO THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT THAT SQUATTERS BE CLEARED FROM SUCH SLOPES. BUT THESE CLEARANCES COULD OBVIOUSLY ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN WITHIN THE CAPACITY OF THE GOVERNMENT'S HOUSING PROGRAMME.

SUBSEQUENTLY, LARGE SCALE CLEARANCES HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ON STEEP HILLSIDES SUCH AS LAM TIN AND SHAU KEI WAN. THESE AREAS, WHICH WERE HIT BADLY BY THE MAY 1982 RAINSTORM, WERE CLEARED FOR NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

SINCE CLEARANCES BEGAN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT'S SQUATTER PREVENTION TEAMS HAVE EFFECTIVELY PREVENTED NEW SQUATTER HUTS FROM BEING ERECTED ON HILLSIDES.

IN THE MEANTIME THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT CONTINUES TO UNDERTAKE SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES IN SELECTED LOCATIONS.

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THESE SCHEMES INCLUDE LOCALISED SLOPE IMPROVEMENT.

OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS. 66 SUCH SCHEMES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AT A TOTAL COST OF ABOUT $129 MILLION. IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, ABOUT $33 MILLION WILL BE SPENT TO CARRY OUT 15 ADDITIONAL SCHEMES.

THE GCO IS OF THE OPINION THAT SQUATTER HUT RESIDENTS REMAINING ON STEEP HILLSIDES ARE IN DANGER FROM LANDSLIP HAZARDS DURING HEAVY RAINSTORMS. ALTHOUGH SUCH HAZARDS HAVE BEEN GREATL >' REDUCED IN RECENT YEARS.

TO PROVIDE WARNING OF THE POSSIBLE OCCURRENCE OF LANDSLIPS ON STEEP HILLSIDES. SO THAT SQUATTER HUT RESIDENTS CAN BE ALERTED TO TAKE REFUGE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S TEMPORARY SHELTERS. THE GOVERNMENT IS OPERATING THE LANDSLIP WARNING SYSTEM AS USED IN PREVIOUS WET SEASONS.

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VOTER REGISTRATION EXHIBITION IN TAI PO *****

AN EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD IN DIFFERENT PLACES IN TAI PO NEXT MONTH.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT EIGHT VENUES.

THESE ARE: TAI WING LANE IN TAI PO MARKET (SEPTEMBER 2 AND 3). TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (SEPTEMBER 4 TO 81. TAI PO CENTRE (SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10). FU SHIN COMMUNITY HALL (SEPTEMBER 11 TO 15), TAI PO RAILWAY STATION (SEPTEMBER 16 AND 17), KWONG FUK COMMUNITY HALL (SEPTEMBER 18 TO 22), TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE (SEPTEMBER 23 AND 24). AND TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL (SEPTEMBER 25 TO 30).

RESIDENTS CAN REGISTER AT THE MOBILE REGISTRATION POINTS AT TAI WING LANE. TAI PO CENTRE AND TAI PO RAILWAY STATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THAT NEW RESIDENTS OF TAI PO ARE THE TARGET OF THIS YEAR’S VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN.

"THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS EMPLOYED COMMUNITY ORGANISERS TO CONDUCT HOUSEHOLD VISITS BETWEEN AUGUST 15 AND SEPTEMBER 30 TO HELP RESIDENTS REGISTER," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED REGISTERED ELECTORS TO NOTIFY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION IF THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR ADDRESS.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR REGISTRATION AS AN ELECTOR ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED FOR SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

TWELVE SOCIAL SERVICE VOLUNTEERS AND FOUR VOLUNTEER GROUPS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) COMMENDED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE VOLUNTEERS WERE PRAISED FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE NEEDY IN THE DISTRICT AND EACH WAS PRESENTED A SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE AWARD AND A GIFT COUPON AT A CEREMONY TODAY.

THE LIST OF WINNERS IS:

PRIMARY STUDENTS SECTION: SO WING-CHI. AGED 11. LEUNG LAI-YEE, 11; AND LEUNG PU1-LIN, 12.

SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS SECTION: LAU MEI-LING, 15; CHEUNG WAH-SAN. 18; AND WONG KAI-CHEONG, 22.

WORKING PEOPLE SECTION: CHAN HON-WAI, 21; YAU CHOI-FUNG, 23; AND NG KWONG-SIU, 26.

NON-WORKING PEOPLE SECTION: LUI LEE-YAU, 75; AU WOON, 73; AND CHOW SIU-LING. 73.

GROUP SECTION: WONG CHUK HANG WOMEN'S CLUB; THE OUTREACHING VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE WAH HONG HOSTEL; THE HANG FAI CLUB OF THE ABERDEEN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE; AND THE YUK HAI CLUB OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION’S WONG CHUK HANG CHILDREN’S CENTRE.

THE WINNERS WERE SELECTED BY A SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE AWARD SCHEME ADJUDICATING PANEL COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE AWARD SCHEME WAS INITIATED IN 1983-84 BY THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT AIMING AT GIVING DUE RECOGNITION TO THOSE WHO HAVE RENDERED COMMENDABLE VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

A SENIOR LECTURER OF THE APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCE FACULTY, CITY POLYTECHNIC, MR MAK HOI-WAH, WAS INVITED TO OFFICIATE AT TODAY'S PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY. HE ALSO GAVE A TALK ON "VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICES".

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; THE SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR PAUL CHEUNG; THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DAVID LEUNG; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR WONG KING-CHEUNG.

THE WINNERS AND OTHER NOMINEES FOR THE AWARDS WERE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A TWO-DAY CAMP AT THE HONG KONG PHAB ASSOCIATION IN POK FU LAM.

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THE CAMP, WHICH CLOSED WITH THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE VOLUNTEERS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE, AND TO EXCHANGE VIEWS, IN VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICES.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED GROUP DISCUSSIONS, VARIOUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES AND GROUP GAMES.

A TALENT SHOW AND

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A FOUR-MONTH CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT WILL BE LAUNCHED IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT IN SEPTEMBER.

A DISTRICT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE CAMPAIGN ALSO AIMS AT HELPING OFFICE-BEARERS OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES TO ACQUIRE PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MANAGING THEIR BUILDINGS.

THE CAMPAIGN CONSISTS OF A BUILDING MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE TRAINING COURSE. AN EXHIBITION ON FIRE SAFETY AT HOME AND A SEMINAR ON THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

THE TRAINING COURSE. TO BE HELD FROM SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER, IS FREE OF CHARGE AND WILL BE HELD IN THE EVENINGS SO THAT MORE RESIDENTS CAN ATTEND.

PROFESSIONALS. INCLUDING LAWYERS, PROPERTY MANAGERS AND BUILDING SURVEYORS. WILL SPEAK ON THE FUNCTIONS OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS. TENDERING PROCEDURES. MAINTENANCE OF LIFTS, INSURANCE AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE.

CERTIFICATES WILL BE AWARDED TO THOSE WITH A GOOD ATTENDANCE RECORD.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD. AND ITS TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD. ENROLMENT IS OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 6.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS. PROFESSIONALS. THE DISTRICT’S BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATING TEAM. REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED S80.000 TO SPONSOR THE EXERCISE.

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NEW TIMETABLE FOR RENT OFFICERS AT DISTRICT OFFICES *****

THE ATTENDANCE OF RENT OFFICERS FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT THE SOUTHERN AND KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICES TO DEAL WITH PUBLIC ENQUIRIES ON TENANCY MATTERS WILL BE CHANGED FROM FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT. RENT OFFICERS WILL BE POSTED AT THi SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAY MORNINGS O THE MONTH INSTEAD OF EVERY TUESDAY MORNINGS.

AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE. THE RENT OFFICERS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS INSTEAD OF THE SECOND AND FOURTH FRIDAY AFTERNOONS OF THE MONTH.

THE RENT OFFICER SCHEME, RUN BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT. PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH FREE ADVICE ON TENANCY MATTERS SUCH AS RECOVERY AND EVICTION FROM PREMISES, LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IN TENANCY DISPUTES. AND RENT INCREASES AND ALTERATIONS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO SEEK ADVICE OR OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SERVICE MAY APPROACH ANY OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION’S 67 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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WHITEHEAD VBP CENTRE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S HEALTH. EDUCATION AND WELFARE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29).

THEY WILL ASK IF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE HAS AFFECTED THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN SHA TIN AND CAUSED POLLUTION TO THE TOLO HARBOUR.

ON OTHER ISSUES. A MEMBER WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER SETTING UP DISTRICT WORKING GROUPS TO REVIEW THE PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

MEANWHILE. THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS RECENT COMMENTS BY THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE DOCTORS AND ESTATE DOCTORS ASSOCIATIONS ON THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL TREATMENT TO SCHOOL CHILDREN.

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS AS WELL AS REPORTS FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMITTEE’S WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S HEALTH. EDUCATION AND WELFARE COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR. KCR HOUSE. SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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ENGLISH POLICE OFFICERS IN HE UNDER ’SWOP COP’ SCHEME

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THREE NEW ARRIVALS FROM ENGLISH POLICE FORCES HAVE JOINED THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FOR TWO YEARS’ SECONDMENTS IN EXCHANGE FOR THREE HONG KONG OFFICERS. THEY BRING TO SIX THE TOTAL NUMBER OF UNITED KINGDOM POLICE OFFICERS SERVING IN HONG KONG IN THE "SWOP COP” EXCHANGE SCHEME.

THE SCHEME HAS BEEN EXPANDED AS A RESULT OF ITS SUCCESS FROM A BIENNIAL TO AN ANNUAL EXCHANGE OF SUPERINTENDENTS.

THE THREE UK OFFICERS ARE MR TREVOR BRYDGES FROM THE LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE: MR BILL KING OF BEDFORDSHIRE AND MR ALLAN WILSON OF WEST MERCIA.

NOW IN THEIR NEW EXCHANGE POSTS IN ENGLAND ARE MR PAUL TO. METROPOLITAN POLICE: MR JIMMY LEE. BEDFORDSHIRE: AND MR PATRICK TSANG. WEST MERCIA.

ALL THREE OF THE BRITISH NEWCOMERS. ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR FAMILIES. EXPRESSED PLEASURE TO BE JOINING THE POLICE IN HONG KONG AND WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW CHALLENGES OF WORKING AS DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS IN HONG KONG ISLAND. KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR BRYDGES. WHO IS DIVISIONAL COMMANDER. HO MAN TIN. ALREADY HAS EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH A CLOSELY KNIT CHINESE COMMUNITY.

TWENTY YEARS A LONDON POLICE OFFICER. HE CAME TO HONG KONG FROM THE CENTRAL LONDON REGION BASED AT BOW STREET POLICE STATION. WHICH INCLUDED THE SOHO ’’CHINATOWN”.

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"I AM PLEASED TO BE POSTED TO A KOWLOON DIVISION." MR BRYDGES SAID. "I ENJOYED WORKING WITH LONDON'S CHINESE COMMUNITY AND FOUND THEM VERY CARING AND FRIENDLY. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CHALLENGES HERE AND THE EXPERIENCE I CAN CONTRIBUTE AND LEARN.

"THIS IS A LARGE AND DIVERSE POLICE FORCE AND I AM CERTAIN I SHALL GO BACK WITH EXPERIENCE THAT WILL BE USEFUL TO MY OWN FORCE.

"1 MET PAUL TO AT MY FAREWELL PARTY AND HE’S SETTLING DOWN WELL. "

MR BRYDGES COMES FROM THE HORSE RACING TOWN OF EPSOM IN SURREY. SOUTH ENGLAND. WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS "HAPPY VALLEY WITHOUT THE HIGH RISES".

MR KING. NOW DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, TIN SUM. WAS SUB-DIVISIONAL COMMANDER AT DUNSTABLE. A BEDFORDSHIRE MARKET TOWN OF ABOUT 60.000 POPULATION.

A POLICE OFFICER FOR 21 YEARS. MR KING WILL FIND A DIFFERENT SCENE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM THAT SURROUNDING DUNSTABLE.

"THE MAIN PROBLEM WE HAVE THERE IS PUBLIC DISORDER RELATED TO ALCHOHOL ABUSE." HE SAID. "I KNOW THAT WON'T BE A PRIME CONCERN IN TIN SUM."

MR KING COMES TO THE FORCE WITH SEVERAL READY MADE FRIENDS. MR CYRIL LEY OF POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL WAS MR KING’S DIRECTOR OF STUDIES AT AN INTERMEDIATE TRAINING COURSE IN 1974: MR BILL FULLERTON ALSO OF PTS STAFF. WAS HIS DRILL AND WEAPONRY INSTRUCTOR IN THE GRENADIER GUARDS AND MR JOHN HUI WAS HIS COURSE INSTRUCTOR AT A JUNIOR COMMAND COURSE AT BRAMSHILL POLICE STAFF COLLEGE.

"I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THEM ALL AGAIN." HE SAID.

MR WILSON WAS SUB-DIVISIONAL COMMANDER AT SHREWSBURY. THE COUNTY TOWN OF SHROPSHIRE NEAR THE ENGLISH BORDER WITH WALES. HE JOINED THE POLICE AS A CADET IN 1964.

MAIN POLICING PROBLEMS FOR HIM TOO WERE FOOTBALL CROWDS, STREET VIOLENCE AND ROWDYISM.

"THIS PLACE IS HOT AND BUSY." HE REMARKED. "BUT IT’S VERY ORDERLY AND I KNOW THAT THERE IS NO DRUNKENESS OR ROWDYISM."

"I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING WORK AS WESTERN DIVISIONAL COMMANDER AND HOPING I CAN CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING AS WELL AS LEARN FROM BEING HERE.

"PATRICK TSANG IS NOW BASED IN OSWESTRY. SHROPSHIRE. AND FINDING IT VERY DIFFERENT FROM KOWLOON EAST EMERGENCY UNIT.

"WE ARE ALL VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE. WE'VE BEEN VERY WELL AND HAVE RECEIVED EXCELLENT HOSPITALITY."

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STATISTICS ON POLICE RAIDS IN JULY

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SUSTAINED POLICE ACTION AGAINST DRUGS. ILLEGAL GAMBLING AND VICE ESTABLISHMENTS LED TO THE ARREST OF 1.526 PEOPLE IN 4.199 RAIDS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY IN JULY.

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT DURING THE MONTH. 263 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN 404 RAIDS ON HONG KONG ISLAND. 880 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN 3,479 RAIDS IN KOWLOON, AND 365 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN 293 RAIDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION. NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS ARRESTED 18 PEOPLE IN 23 OPERATIONS.

IN THEIR SUSTAINED EFFORTS AGAINST VICE ACTIVITIES. POLICE ARRESTED 128 PEOPLE IN 3.122 RAIDS AND SEIZED A TOTAL OF 255 PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEO TAPES.

ON THE ANTI-GAMBLING FRONT. POLICE CONDUCTED 124 RAIDS AND ARRESTED 702 PEOPLE. ABOUT S600.000 TABLE MONEY WERE SEIZED IN THE OPERATIONS.

POLICE ALSO CARRIED OUT 953 RAIDS AND ARRESTED 696 PEOPLE IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING IN JULY. THE DRUGS SEIZED INCLUDED 50 KILOGRAMS OF NO. 3 HEROIN. 17 KILOGRAMS OF NO. 4 HEROIN, 628 GRAMS OF OPIUM, 13 GRAMS OF CANNABIS AND 60,000 TABLETS OF PART I POISON.

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SINCE POLICE STEPPED UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST OVERLOADED GOODS VEHICLES ON THE TOLO HIGHWAY LAST YEAR. THERE HAS BEEN A CONSIDERABLE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF OVERLOADED VEHICLES.

DESPITE A YEARLY 16 PER CENT INCREASE IN TRAFFIC FLOW. THE OVERALL TREND WAS DECLINING AT ABOUT EIGHT PER CENT A YEAR ON THE HIGHWAY. A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

FOR THE WHOLE TERRITORY. THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS FOR OVERLOADING OFFENCE IS 12.421 IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. COMPARING WITH 13,651 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "STUDIES BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENTS HAVE SHOWN THAT EXCESSIVE VEHICLE WEIGHTS WOULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE ROADS.

"OVERLOADING IS ALSO ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS."

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TRAFFIC POLICE ARE NOW USING PORTABLE WEIGHING EQUIPMENT AND WEIGH BRIDGES TO CHECK THE WEIGHTS OF SUSPECTED OVERLOADED VEHICLES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID POLICE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST OVERLOADED \EH1CLES WOULD BE FURTHER ENHANCED FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF A V.TJ. C ATION IN SHA TIN BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

LOCATED AT THE TOLO HIGHWAY NEAR MA LIU SHUI. THE WEIGH STATION IS THE FIRST OF FOUR TO BE OPERATED BY TRAFFIC POLICE.

THE WEIGH STATION WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO CHECK ALL GOODS VEHICLES WITH A GROSS VEHICLES WEIGHT OF OVER 5.5 TONS PLYING ALONG THE TOLO HIGHWAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST DRIVERS OR PERSONS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERLOADING THE RESPECTIVE GOODS VEHICLES. OFFENDERS WILL BE PENALISED WITH A FIXED PENALTY OF S450 OR BE SUMMONED TO COURT.

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WITH 180.000 POLICE MAN HOURS BEING LOST A YEAR IN ATTENDING FALSE INTRUDER ALARM CALLS THE FORCE WILL NEXT MONTH INTRODUCE \ PHASED RESPONSE SYSTEM WHEN ALARM BELLS RING.

FROM SEPTEMBER 1 A FORCE-WIDE WATCH WILL BE MAINTAINED THAT WILL IDENTIFY AND TRACK ALARM SYSTEMS WITH FREQUENT FAULTS CAUSING A WASTAGE OF ALREADY HARD PRESSED POLICE TIME.

CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU OFFICERS WILL USE STATISTICS TO PERSUADE THE OWNERS OF PREMISES WITH FREQUENT FALSE ALARM CALLS TO IMPROVE OR CORRECT THEIR SYSTEMS.

"WE DON’T WANT TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF RESPONSE TO INTRUDER ALARMS." SAID MR ADRIAN STEARNS. CHIEF STAFF INSPECTOR. ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT. IN CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU. "BUT WE HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE.

"WE AIM TO GET THE SUPPORT OF OWNERS OF INTRUDER ALARMS AND SECURITY COMPANIES IN DRAWING ATTENTION TO FAULTY OR SUB-STANDARD ALARM SYSTEMS AND GETTING THEM IMPROVED."

POLICE ATTENDED AN AVERAGE OF 120 FALSE ALARM CALLS A DAY LAST YEAR.

THE NEW STEPS FOLLOW A STUDY ON ALARM CALLS BY THE BUREAU'S 1NTRUDER ALARM INSPECTION UNIT. SET UP IN LATE 1986.

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CONSIDERATION WAS GIVEN TO THE POSSIBLE WITHDRAWAL OF POLICE RESPONSE TO PREMISES WHERE ALARM SYSTEMS REMAINED FAULTY AFTER INSPECTION AND WARNING. BUT THERE WERE PROBLEMS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH ACTION.

A SYSTEM OF FIXED PENALTY TICKETS FOR FINING OWNERS OF NUISANCE ALARMS WAS ALSO REJECTED AS TOO TIME CONSUMING AND NON-COST EFFECTIVE.

"INSTEAD WE WILL BE BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO HELP OWNERS OF FAULTY ALARMS WITHOUT TAKING ACTION AGAINST THEM," MR STEARNS SAID.

THE THREE PHASE SYSTEM OF RESPONSE WILL START WITH ALL SYSTEMS AT ZERO ON THE CHART OF STATISTICS. BUT AFTER THEN THE PHASED RESPONSE WILL GO INTO ACTION AS DETAILS EMERGE OF PREMISES WITH FREQUENT FALSE ALARMS.

PREMISES ON THE FIRST LEVEL OF THE SYSTEM WILL RECEIVE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE BY EMERGENCY UNIT PATROL VEHICLES OR BEAT OFFICERS TO CHECK THE PREMISES. AT LEAST ONE OFFICER WILL REMAIN AT THE PREMISES UNTIL THE ARRIVAL OF A KEY HOLDER. PROVIDED ONE CAN BE CONTACTED, FOR A PERIOD OF ONE HOUR. ASSUMING THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF FORCIBLE ENTRY. IN WHICH CASE NORMAL REPORTING PROCEDURES WILL APPLY.

ANY PREMISES WITH SYSTEMS MONITORED BY A COMMERCIAL CENTRAL STATION WILL RECEIVE LEVEL ONE RESPONSE PROVIDING THE SYSTEM MAINTAINS AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD WITH RESPECT TO FALSE CALLS.

BUT SHOULD A SYSTEM BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THREE OR MORE FAL' CALLS IN A MONTH OR FIVE OR MORE FALSE CALLS IN ANY SIX MONTH PERIOD THE RESPONSE WILL BE REDUCED TO LEVEL TWO. IN WHICH BEAT OFFICERS WILL BE DEPLOYED AT THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY. THE KEY HOLDER WILL BE INFORMED BUT THE POLICE WILL NOT WAIT AT THE PREMISES UNTIL THE KEY HOLDER'S ARRIVAL.

IF A SYSTEM’S RECORD DETERIORATES FURTHER SO THAT IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FIVE OR MORE FALSE CALLS IN A MONTH OR 10 OR MORE IN SIX MONTHS THE RESPONSE WILL BE REDUCED TO LEVEL THREE IN WHICH NO BEAT OFFICER OR EMERGENCY UNIT CAR WILL BE SPECIFICALLY DEPLOYED TO ATTEND THE PREMISES. ALTHOUGH OFFICERS IN THE VICINITY MAY CHECK THE PREMISES IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES.

OWNERS OF PREMISES WILL BE INFORMED BY REGISTERED MAIL OF ANY CHARGE IN THEIR LEVEL OF RESPONSE AND THE REASONS FOR IT.

DISTRICT CONTROLLERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEPLOYING DUTIES ACCORDING TO THE RESPONSE LEVEL OF ALARM SYSTEMS.

MR STEARNS SAID THAT MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF ALARMS RESPONDED TO ORIGINATED FROM SECURITY COMPANIES. ALTHOUGH MOST ALARM HOLDERS DID NOT USE THE SERVICES OF SECURITY FIRMS.

A PERSISTING PROBLEM ON THE ATTENDANCE OF ALARMS WAS CAUSED THROUGH NON-AVAILABILITY OF KEY HOLDERS.

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SOME KEY HOLDERS SIMPLY DO NOT ARRIVE AT A SCENE. OTHERS N. v EVEN BE OUT OF HONG KONG WITHOUT INFORMING US THAT THEY ARE UNAVAILABLE. IN A RECENT INCIDENT A KEY HOLDER TOOK FOUR DAYS TO EMERGE. HAVING BEEN TO CHINA."

NDER THE PHASED SCHEME ANY KEY HOLDER WHO ARRIVES AT THE PREMISES AND REQUESTS POLICE ASSISTANCE WHEN POLICE HAVE ALREADY LEFT OR HAVE NOT YET ARRIVED WILL RECEIVE NORMAL MANPOWER DEPLOYMENT ANL THE PHASED SYSTEM WILL BE DISREGARDED.

MR STEARNS SAID: "WE WILL TELL THE USER AND THE SECURITY COMPANIES OF ANY SYSTEMS WE CONSIDER TO HAVE PROBLEMS. WE WON'T TAKE ACTION IN CASES WHERE THERE IS NO FAULT OF THE OWNER. BUT WE WILL MONITOR PREMISES TO SEE IF REMEDIAL ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN."

MR STEARNS SAID THAT BY THE NEW PHASED RESPONSE SYSTEM OWNERS OF ALARMS WOULD BENEFIT FROM HAVING ADVICE ON IMPROVING OR CORRECTING FAULTY SYSTEMS.

"PEOPLE DON'T WANT FAULTY SYSTEMS IF THEY ARE PROPERLY ADVISED. THE SECURITY COMPANIES ARE KEEN TO SEE THE PHASED SYSTEM INTRODUCED.

"OUR OBJECT IS TO SAVE TIME, NOT TO WITHDRAW RESPONSE. THIS IS NOT A CONFLICT WITH THE PUBLIC.

"FROM THE FORCE POINT OF VIEW IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT ALL AREAS FORCE-WIDE GIVE THE SAME LEVEL OF RESPONSE."

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A CLINIC WILL BE BUILT ON TSING Yl ISLAND TO SERVE LOCAL RESIDENTS.

SITUATED AT TSING LUK STREET, THE CLINIC WILL HAVE FOUR CONSULTING ROOMS. TWO TREATMENT ROOMS, A MINOR SURGERY ROOM. NURSING OFFICES, AND A DISPENSARY WITH SHROFF AND RECEPTION.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE PATIENTS WAITING AREA, TOILETS. PARKING SPACES, STORAGE AND OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE NEXT MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN APRIL 1991.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ♦ ♦

IN TUEN MUN. MONG KOK * ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROA MAr'TEJ ;NCE WORKS. THE THREE TRAFFIC LANES OF THE KOWLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD NEAR TING KAU VIADUCT WILL BE CLOSED IN TURN FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29) TO 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 6.

CLOSURE OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED AT NIGHT

(8 PM TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY) AND FOR 24 HOURS ON SEPTEMBER 3. ON'i

TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE TIME.

IN MONG KOK, FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THESE ROADS ARE:

- THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FUK TSUN STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG MI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FUK TSUN STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG MI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WES OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ANCHOR STREET BETWEEN ITS

JUNCTION WITH TONG MI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST

OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ANCHOR STREET BETWEEN ITS

JUNCTION WITH TONG MI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES WES

OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TONG MI ROAD BETWEEN II JUNCTION WITH FUK TSUN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT SEVEN METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TONG MI ROAD BETWEEN ITS

JUNCTION WITH ANCHOR STREET AND A POINT ABOUT SEVEN METRES

SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TONG MI ROAD BETWEEN ITS

JUNCTION WITH MONG KOK ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES

SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF MONG KOK ROAD BETWEEN 113 JUNCTION WITH TONG MI ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METR 1 SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN. TAI PO » » » » »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29). CERTAIN ROAD SECTIONS IN SHA TIN WILL, BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

THE ROAD SECTIONS ARE: THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAM KON PO STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHA TIN CENTRE STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 45 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION: THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHA TIN CENTRE STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAM KON PO STREET AND WANG POK STREET: AND THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WANG POK STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHA TIN CENTRE STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS. SECTIONS OF TOLO HIGHWAY. LAM KAM FLYOVER. TAI PO TAI WO ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD AND TAI WO LN TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED IN TURN BETWEEN TUESDAY AND OCTOBER 3.

THE INNER-MOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND NORTH OF ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM ON TUESDAY.

THE SLOW LANE OF TAI PO TAI WO ROAD EASTBOUND CONNECTING TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND AND TAI PO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON SEPTEMBER 4 TO 8 PM THE NEXT DAY.

THE SLOW LANE OF TAI PO TAI WO ROAD WESTBOUND CONNECTING TAI PO ROAD AND TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON SEPTEMBER 11 TO 8 PM THE NEXT DAY.

THE SLOW LANE OF LAM KAM FLYOVER SOUTHBOUND CONNECTING TAI PO ROAD TAI WO AND TOLO HIGHWAY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 18.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE INNER-MOST LANE OF TAI PO ROAD TAI WO SOUTHBOUND NEAR LAM KAM FLYOVER WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

THE SLOW LANE OF THE SOUTHBOUND SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE TO TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 19.

THE SLOW LANE OF LAM KAM FLYOVER NORTHBOUND CONNECTING TOLO HIGHWAY AND TAI PO ROAD TAI WO WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 25.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE SLOW LANE OF THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND TO LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

THE SLOW LANE OF THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM TAI WO SERVICE ROAD WEST TO TAI PO ROAD TAI WO NORTHBOUND WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 26.

THE OUTER-MOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND NORTH OF ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON OCTOBER 2 TO 8 PM THE NEXT DAY.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT PROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29). TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS.

FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY, THE UNNAMED ROAD EAST OF RAVANA GARDEN FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD TO A POINT 130 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION. INCLUDING THE ROUNDABOUT ALONG THIS SECTION. WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY.

THE UNNAMED ROAD EAST OF RAVANA GARDEN FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MA ON SHAN ROAD TO A POINT 220 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24 HOURS DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS. ALL VEHICLES. EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE UNNAMED ROAD EAST OF RAVANA GARDEN CONNECTING TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND MA ON SHAN ROAD. INCLUDING THE ROUNDABOUT ALONG THIS ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR NEW TERRITORIES TAXI URBAN CLEARWAY.

ALL NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 29), THE RIGHT-TURN FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND INTO TONKIN STREET SOUTHBOUND WILL RESUME NORMAL OPERATION UPON THE COMPLETION OF ROAD WORKS AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TONKIN STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE SECTION OF PRATAS STREET BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND SHUN NING ROAD WILL REVERT TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND OPERATION.

CONSEQUENTLY, BUSES ON KMB ROUTES NO. 35A AND 36A WILL RESUME OPERATION VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TONKIN ROAD AND CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD ON JOURNEYS TO THE TERMINUS AT THE SHAM SHUI PO FERRY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMMISSION TO CONSIDER CODIFICATION OF CRIMINAL LAW PRINCIPLES ................................................... 1

REGULATIONS ON MARINE TRAFFIC SEPARATION APPROVED............... 1

HALF-YEAR FIGURES ON COUNTERFEIT GOODS SEIZURES .............. 2

SWD NT REGIONAL OFFICE TO BE SPLIT.............................. 3

HEAVIER FINES IMPOSED ON LABOUR OFFENDERS ...................... 4

MEDICAL SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY IN SOUTHERN...................... 5

WAN CHAI DB TO DISCUSS FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM.................. 6

MONITORING SYSTEM FOR LRT SERVICES UNDER REVIEW ................ 7

TRANSPORT GREEN PAPER ON DB AGENDA ...........................   7

VARIETY SHOW TO CONCLUDE TAI PO SYP............................. 8

NEW CARPARK IN WONG TAI SIN TO OPEN ON FRIDAY

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COMMISSION TO CONSIDER CODIFICATION OF CRIMINAL LAW PRINCIPLES t » » * t *

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION IS TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF HONG KONG’S CRIMINAL LAW SHOULD BE CODIFIED. THE COMMISSION’S CHAIRMAN. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. MR JEREMY MATHEWS. SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE COMMISSION WILL NOT BE CONCERNED WITH CODIFICATION OF SPECIFIC OFFENCES AS SUCH BUT RATHER WITH THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES WHICH GOVERN THE CRIMINAL LAW. SUCH AS PROOF. INTERPRETATION OF FAULT AND DEFENCES.

CODIFICATION IS THE ENACTMENT IN A SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION 01 ALL THE LAW ON A PARTICULAR SUBJECT. "IT BAS THE ADVANTAGE OF MAK NG THE I.AW MORE ACCESSIBLE AND. AT THE SAME TIME. MAKING THE TASK 01 TRANSLATION MUCH EASIER." MR MATHEWS SAID.

INSTEAD OF HAVING TO SEARCH THROUGH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT STATUTES AND COURT REPORTS TO ASCERTAIN THE LAW AS AT PRESENT. WHERE THERE IS A CODIFIED SYSTEM IT IS ONLY NECESSARY TO CONSULT THE COMPREHENSIVE CODE.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE LAW COMMISSION IN ENGLAND HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED A DRAFT CRIMINAL CODE BILL FOR ENGLAND AFTER SEVERAL YEARS’ WORK.

"WE NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF WORK DONE BY THE ENGLISH COMMISSION AND TO STUDY THE ENGLISH CODE TO SEE IF IT IS SUITABLE FOR ADOPTION IN HONG KONG." HE SAID.

THE SUBJECT OF CODIFICATION OF THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE CRIMINAL LAW HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THE COMMISSION BY5 THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

IT IS INTENDED THAT AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER WITH THE COMMISSION SECRETARIAT WILL BE ALLOCATED FULL-TIME TO THE CODIFICATION EXERCISE TO STUDY THE ENGLISH DRAFT CODE AND IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE CHANGES WILL HAVE TO BE MADE FOR HONG KONG.

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THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989 HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL. AND WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON SEPTEMBER 1. THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: "THESE REGULATIONS BRING THE LOCAL MARINE TRAFFIC LEGISLATION RELATING TO TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEMES AND PRINCIPAL FAIRWAYS INTO LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS.

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"THE CHANGE RELATES TO THE RIGHT OF WAY BETWEEN VESSELS TRAVELLING ALONG TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEMES OR PRINCIPAL FAIRWAYS. AND THOSE CROSSING THEM. THE NEW REGULATIONS REMOVE THE FORMER’S IMMUTABLE RIGHT OF WAY. AND REPLACE IT WITH VARIOUS RULES WHICH APPLY DEPENDING UPON THE SITUATION AND THE TYPE OF VESSELS INVOLVED IN A PARTICULAR INSTANCE."

THESE RULES ARE ALREADY WELL KNOWN AND UNDERSTOOD BY MARINERS. THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

"THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES THAT THE MASTER OF A VESSEL IS LIABLE TO INCUR. SHOULD HE CONTRAVENE THESE REGULATIONS. REMAIN UNCHANGED. THAT IS. A FINE OF $10,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT." HE SAID.

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CUSTOMS OFFICERS ARE SPARING NO EFFORTS IN CLAMPING DOWN ON THE ILLICIT TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT GOODS AND PIRATED VIDEO TAPES. WITH ABOUT $7 MILLION WORTH OF SUCH GOODS SEIZED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT COUNTERFEIT WATCHES TOOK UP THE GREATEST SLICE OF THE SEIZURE IN THE PERIOD.

"IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZED MORE THAN 20.000 FAKE WATCHES WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF OVER $4.2 MILLION. THE SEIZURE IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR WAS ABOUT 33.000 WATCHES VALUED AT $3.6 MILLION." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN RESPECT OF COUNTERFEIT LEATHERWARE ITEMS, HE SAID, THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE SEIZURE WAS OVER $1.7 MILLION. COMPARED WITH $2.3 MILLION IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"FIGURES ALSO SHOW THAT A TOTAL OF 4,000 INFRINGING VIDEO TAPES WORTH MORE THAN $880,000 WERE SEIZED BY CUSTOMS OFFICERS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

"IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE SEIZURE WAS ABOUT 4,300 PIECES VALUED AT $900,000." HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CUSTOMS OFFICERS WOULD MAINTAIN THEIR VIGILANCE AND TAKE TOUGH ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST THOSE ENGAGED IN SUCH ILLEGAL BUSINESS.

HE NOTED THAT AFTER THE REORGANISATION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT ON AUGUST 1 THIS YEAR. THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES ENCROACHING ON COPYRIGHT AND TRADE DESCRIPTIONS HAD BECOME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A NEWLY CONSTITUTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BUREAU UNDER THE INVESTIGATION BRANCH.

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"IT IS HOPEI) THAT WITH THE RESTRUCTURING. A MORE CONCERTED EFFORT COULD BE MADE IN CURBING COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY ACTIVITIES." HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THOSE ENGAGED IN SUCH ILLEGAL BUSINESS WOULD FACE A TOUGH PENALTY.

"OFFENCES UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE CARRY A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50,000 AND TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT. WHILE THOSE CONTRAVENING THE . TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE ARE LI IDLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS." HE SAID.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. MORE THAN 400 PERONS AND COMPANIES WERE SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED FOR OFFENCES UNDER THE TWO ORDINANCES.

THE TOTAL FINES IMPOSED AMOUNTED TO OVER $4.8 MILLION WHILE THE JAIL SENTENCES RANGED FROM TWO TO 27 MONTHS.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICE (NEW TERRITORIES) WILL BE SPLIT INTO TWO REGIONS FROM FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO FURTHER IMPROVE ITS SERVICES THERE.

FROM FRIDAY. THE REGIONAL OFFICE (NT WEST) WILL SERVE TSUEN WAN. KWAI TSING AND TUEN MUN DISTRICTS WHILE THE REGIONAL OFFICE (NT EAST) WILL SERVE YUEN LONG. NORTH, TAI PO AND SHA TIN DISTRICTS.

THE REGIONAL OFFICE (NT WEST) IS TEMPORARILY LOCATED IN PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE. 60 TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN. IT WILL MOVE TO A PERMANENT OFFICE LATER THIS YEAR. THE REGIONAL OFFICE (NT EAST) WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY BUILDING IN SHA TIN.

A PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WORK OFFICER. MR ANTHONY CHAN WAI-KWAN, HAS BEEN APPOINTED REGIONAL OFFICER (NT WEST) WHILE THE PRESENT REGIONAL OFFICER (NT), MR CARLOS LEUNG, WILL HAVE HIS POST RETITLED REGIONAL OFFICER (NT EAST) AND CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED IN THE NT EAST REGION.

MR CHAN. AGED 48. JOINED THE DEPARTMENT AS AN ASSISTANT SOCIAL WORK OFFICER IN 1962. HE WAS A DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (TSUEN WAN/KWAI TSING) BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED BACK TO DEPARTMENTAL HEADQUARTERS TO HEAD THE YOUTH AND CORRECTIONS SECTION.

A SWD SPOKESMAN SAID: "AS THE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE STEADILY. MORE SERVICE UNITS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ESTABLISHED.

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"FOR 1989-90. OUT OF THE 162 NEW SERVICE UNITS WHICH WILL BE ESTABLISHED. 84 WILL BE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THIS WILL INCREASE THE WORKLOAD AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE REGIONAL OFFICER.

"THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS TO ALLEVIATE THE HEAVY BURDEN OF THE EXISTING REGIONAL OFFICER (NT) AND TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF FUTURE EXPANSION OF WELFARE SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

"IT WILL ALSO ENABLE THE CONCERNED REGIONAL OFFICERS TO DEVOTE ADEQUATE ATTENTION TO COMMUNITY NEEDS AND DEVELOPMENT. THE CO-ORDINATION AND MONITORING OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND SUBVENTED AGENCIES IN THEIR OWN REGION. SO THAT SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AS WELL AS DEPARTMENTAL OBJECTIVES ARE ACHIEVED."

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LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS NOW HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR WRONGDOINGS AS HEAVIER FINES WERE IMPOSED BY THE COURTS FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LEGISLATIONS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR.

LABOUR DEPARTMENT STATISTICS SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE FINE IN LABOUR PROSECUTIONS DURING THE PERIOD WAS $3,353, AN INCREASE OF 19 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

UP TO JUNE THIS YEAR. THE DEPARTMENT BROUGHT 2,273 CASES TO THE COURTS, OF WHICH 2,226 CASES LED TO CONVICTIONS, AND RESULTING IN TOTAL FINES OF $7.43 MILLION.

"THIS REPRESENTED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OVER THE 1.983 PROSECUTIONS AND $5.56 MILLION FINES IMPOSED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988," A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE TREND OF IMPOSING HEAVIER FINES WILL CERTAINLY MAKE EMPLOYERS TAKE WORKERS’ SAFETY AND WELFARE MORE SERIOUSLY," HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO NOTED THAT MORE THAN 57 PER CENT OF THE CONVICTED CASES IN THE PERIOD WERE RELATED TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFENCES.

OF THE CONVICTED CASES IN WHICH CONVICTIONS WERE RECORDED, 848 CONCERNED BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS AND 424 RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS. WITH FINES AMOUNTING TO $3.09 MILLION AND $2.92 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

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THERE WERE ALSO 906 CONVICTIONS FOR VIOLATION OF WELFARE PROVISIONS UNDER THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS. EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS. AND EMPLOYMENT. LABOUR RELATIONS AND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCES. RESULTING IN FINES TOTALLT. $1.35 MILLION.

THE REMAINING 48 CASES WERE RELATED TO OFFENCES UNDER THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS ORDINANCE. PART IV B OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE CONCERNING EMPLOYEE RECORDS AND THE CONTRACTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG ORDINANCE. TOTAL FINES IMPOSED IN THESE CATEGORIES AMOUNTED TO $87,800.

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MEDICAL SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY IN SOUTHERN

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ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING OR WORKING IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CAN NOW JOIN A COMMUNITY MEDICAL SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"THE SCHEME PROVIDES LOCAL RESIDENTS AGED 60 OR ABOVE WITH FASTER AND CHEAPER MEDICAL CARE FROM PRIVATE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS." A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE BENEFITS INCLUDE PRIORITY IN TREATMENT AND REDUCED CONSULTING FEES FOR THE PARTICIPANTS WHEN THEY VISIT ANY OF THE 20 PRIVATE REGISTERED DOCTORS OR DENTISTS ENLISTED IN THE SCHEME. THESE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS HAVE CLINICS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

THE SCHEME WAS INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT. BOARD'S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE IN 1986 AND HAS SINCE PROVED QUITE POPULAR. ATTRACTING ABOUT 1.000 PARTICIPANTS EACH YEAR.

"THE PARTICIPATION RATE SO FAR THIS YEAR IS EVEN BETTER WITH THE FIGURE RISING TO ABOUT 1.200. NEVERTHELESS. WE WOULD WELCOME MORE TO TAKE PART." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE IN PERSON TO THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT ABERDEEN CENTRE. AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AT LEI TUNG ESTATE. WAH FU ESTATE AND STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING WITH THEM THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND DOCUMENTS WHICH CAN PROVE THAT THEY RESIDE OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT. THOSE RECEIVING ANY FORM OF ALLOWANCES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SHOULD ALSO BRING ALONG THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTS.

MEMBERS WHOSE REGISTRATION EXPIRED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR MAY RENEW THEIR REGISTRATION WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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ALL ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL BE ISSUED WITH A REGISTRATION CARD FREE OF CHARGE.

"TO SAVE PARTICIPANTS THE TROUBLE OF HAVING TO RENEW THEIR REGISTRATION EVERY YEAR AS HAS BEEN REQUIRED IN THE PAST. THEY WILL NOW RE ISSUED WITH A REGISTRATION CARD VALID FOR TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS UNTIL JUNE 1991." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A "BLOCK REGISTRATION” MEASURE IS ALSO INTRODUCED TO ENABLE ELDERLY PEOPLE TO FILE THEIR APPLICATIONS THROUGH MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INSTEAD OF APPLYING TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE IN PERSON.

THESE ORGANISATIONS CAN THEN FILE THE APPLICATIONS WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE APPLICANTS’ BEHALF.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME AND THE BLOCK REGISTRATION” PROCEDURE CAN BE MADE BY CALLING MISS LEONIE MONG ON 5-540271.

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WAN CHAI DB TO DISCUSS FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS HONG KONG’S FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SENIOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR. MR ALLEN LEE. WILL ATTEND THE MEETING AND ANSWER MEMBERS’ QUESTIONS ON THE ISSUE.

MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT WORKS PROGRAMME 1989 EDITION WHICH HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO VISIT THE DAYA BAY NUCLEAR POWER STATION PROJECT THIS YEAR.

A MEMBER WILL RAISE A QUESTION CONCERNING COMPLAINTS ABOUT A SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES IN CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS BY DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES. A REPORT BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. AND A FINANCIAL STATEMENT ON PROJECTS FINANCED BY DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 21ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD. WAN CHAI.

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MONITORING SYSTEM FOR LRT SERVICES UNDER REVIEW t » ♦ * ♦

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL REVIEW TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FUNCTIONS OF THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARDS JOIN! COMMITTEE ON MONITORING LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) SERVICES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXAMINE A COMPOSITE PROPOSAL ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IN THE TERRITORY.

THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG. ISSUED IN MAY. WILL BE DISCUSSED.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL WORKS PROGRAMME IN THE DISTRICT. PROPOSED MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS. DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS. AND REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND VARIOUS COMMITTEES UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THIRD FLOOR. GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. 1 TUEN HI ROAD. TUEN

TUEN HI

ROAD.

TUEN

THE MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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TRANSPORT GREEN PAPER ON DB AGENDA ♦ * t t

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THEY WILL ALSO REVIEW THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND THE WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. THE TENURE OF THE COMMITTEES AND THE WORKING GROUP WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 30.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE DESTINATION AND TIMING OF AN OVERSEAS STUDY TOUR THIS FISCAL YEAR AND A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE "STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO IN THE 1990’S".

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE. 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. TAI PO. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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MONDAY. AUGUST 28. 1989

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VARIETY SHOW TO CONCLUDE TAI PO SYP

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A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO (SEPTEMBER 2) TO MARK THE END OF THIS YEAR’S YOUTH PROGRAMME.

CIVIC CENTRE ON SATURDAY

TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER

POPULAR LOCAL SINGERS WILL PERFORM IN THE TWO-HOUR SHOW.

PERFORMANCES BY OF A LOCAL SINGING DEPARTMENT'S TAI

ALSO ON THE PROGRAMME WILL BE DISTRICT CHILDREN'S CHOIR AND WINNERS AS WELL AS DANCES BY THE EDUCATION

THE TAI PO COMPETITION. PO DISTRICT

COMMUNITY YOUTH GROUP.

ADMISSION IS FREE. FIRST SERVED BASIS AT THE

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME. TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICE.

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NEW CARPARK IN WONG TAI SIN TO OPEN ON FRIDAY

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A NEW MULTI-STOREY CARPARK IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FROM FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY I.

THE CARPARK, LOCATED AT SHEUNG FUNG STREET JOINT-USER BUILDING. WILL PROVIDE 300 PARKING SPACES FOR PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES.

THE PARKING CHARGE IS S4 PER HOUR WHILE THE MONTHLY PASS IS J650 EACH.

THE CARPARK WILL BE MANAGED BY' THE WILSON PARKING (HONG KONG) LIMITED. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-266411.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT LOOKING AT LAW AND ORDER ON TAI A CHAU .................... 1

OPPORTUNITIES STILL ABOUND IN HK............................ 2

LABOUR COMMISSIONER VISITS SHIPYARD .......................... 2

TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER ON EASTERN DB AGENDA .............. 3

HEALTH CONTEST FOP. CHILDREN IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT............. <<■

SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS ....................... 4

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ........................................... 5

OPENING OF NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD ....................... 5

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GOVT LOOKING AT LAW ANU ORDER ON TAI A CHAU ♦ ♦ * t t

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID EORD. SAID TODAY (TUESDAY! THA'l THE GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE TO LOOK AT THE LONG TERM SITUATION ON TAI \ CHAU TO SEE HOU LAW AND ORDER CAN BE MAINTAINED THERE.

THE POLICE WERE NOW WORKING ON THIS. HE SAID.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER AN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING. SIR DAVID SAID THE POLICE HAD REACTED MAGNIFICENTLY IN RESTORING ORDER ON THE ISLAND AFTER THE WEEKEND TROUBLE.

I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THESE TROUBLES FROM TIME TO TIME BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE. IT’S CLEARLY WHAT WAS THE ORIGIN OF THIS TROUBLE ON THIS OCCASION." HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE POLICE WERE CONFIDENT THEY COULD DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM AND IT WOULD BE TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT ARMY INVOLVEMENT AT PRESENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE YRMY WAS ALREADY HELPING IN A LARGE NUMBER OF WAYS. THEY WERE HELPING ADMINISTRATIVELY BY SUPPLYING WATER AND FOODS. AND THEY WERE HELPING BY PUTTING UP TENTS IN OTHER CAMPS. AND SO ON.

ON WHETHER THE INCIDENT MIGHT AFFECT THE PROPOSAL FOR A PERMANENT CAMP ON TAI A CHAI, SI I; DAVID SAID: "WE HAVE GOT TO LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF THE SOKOS AGAINST THE PROBLEMS THAT CONFRONT US FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

"IT’S NOT AN EASY PLACE TO MAINTAIN. IT CREATES OPERATIONAL DIFFICULTIES FOR THE SECURITY FORCES IN GETTING THERE. AND THAT IS OBVIOUSLY A PROBLEM.

"ON THE OTHER HAND. IT IS REMOTE FROM THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND FROM THAT POINT OF VIEW. THERE IS SOME ADVANTAGE IN IT. WE HAVE TO BALANCE VERY CAREFULLY ALL THESE CONSIDERATIONS WHEN WE DECIDE WHAT TO DO FOR THE FUTURE."

ASKED WHETHER THE INCIDENT WOULD INCREASE PRESSURE TO END THE FIRST ASYLUM POLICY. SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS VERY WELL AWARE OF THAT PRESSURE.

"I THINK IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE GETTING VERY FRUSTRATED.

"WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL. HOWEVER. BEFORE WE TAKE SUCH A DRAMATIC MEASURE AS THAT.

"WE ARE CURRENTLY STILL WORKING HARD ON THE PROSPECT OF MANDATORY REPATRIATION FOR THESE PEOPLE. THAT IS PART 01 OUR POLICY AND WE ARE STILL PLANNING ON THAT BASIS.

"AND IT’S TOO EARLY TO SAY. I THINK. WHETHER WE SHOULD MOVE AWAY FROM THE POLICY THAT WE HAVE AT THE MOMENT." SIR DAVID SAID.

TUESDAY. AUGUST 29. 1981' '

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OPPORTUNITIES STILL ABOUND IN HK * ♦ ♦ t ♦

WITH ITS SOUND ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS. HONG KONG HAS BEEN AB TO MAINTAIN ITS MOMENTUM AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND TRADING CENTRE. DESPITE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA. THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF Till HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN NEW YORK. MR STEPHEN NG. SAID RECENTLY.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO FURTHER IMPROVING HONG KONG’S INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUSTAIN THIS POSITION WELL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY. AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR WAS ALSO PLAYING ITS PART.

MR NG WAS SPEAKING AT THE 1989 SUMMER CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERS-USA AND THE CHINESE AMERICAN ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY HELD IN SOMERSET. NEW JERSEY.

WHILE THERE HAD BEEN A SLOWDOWN IN GROWTH RATES IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN CHINA. SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG BY BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS WERE CONTINUING. MR NG SAID.

HE NOTED THAT AMONG THE LATTER A NUMBER OF AMERICAN COMPANIES HAD EITHER RELOCATED TO HONG KONG OR WERE PLANNING TO OPEN AN OFFICE HERE.

HONG KONG WAS FOCUSSING ON THE NEED TO DEVELOP A NEW WORKFORCE TO RESPOND TO THE CHALLENGES OF NEW TECHNOLOGY. MR NG SAID. WHILE POINTING OUT THAT A NEW UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WAS DUE TO OPEN IN 1991.

IN ADDITION. THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE WAS BEING EXPLORED.

MORE EDUCATIONAL. RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES WERE ALSO BEING BUILT AND THESE COUPLED WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT GOING ON MADE HONG KONG ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE PLACES TO LIVE IN. TO WORK IN AND TO DO BUSINESS IN. HE CONCLUDED.

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR. MR TONY HAMMOND. TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE FAR EAST HYDROFOIL COMPANY LTD SHIPYARD IN CHEUNG SHA WAN AS PART OF HIS PROGRAMME TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH THE LATEST LABOUR SITUATION IN INDUSTRY.

A MEMBER OF THE SHIPPING DIVISION OF THE SHUN TAK ENTERPRISES CORPORATION LTD. THE COMPANY IS ENGAGED IN THE REPAIR OF THE DIVISION’S JETFOILS THAT PLY BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU.

/MR HAMMOND .......

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1989

MR HAMMOND WAS RECEIVED BY THE CORPORATION'S GENERAL MR DAVID HILL. PERSONNEL MANAGER. MRS DOROTHY CHIIl. AND THE SENIOR ENGINEER. MR YU YUK-WAI. AND TAKEN ON A TOUR' 01 THE DURING WHICH HE SAW ENGINE PARTS BEING REPAIRED.

MANAGER. COMPANY’S SHIPYARD.

HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE SHIPYARD HAD NO RECORD 01 SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AND HAD A GOOD RECORD IN OBSERVANCE OF SAFETY REGULATIONS.

MACHINERY AND

OF GENERAL ENGINEERING

APART FROM THE USE

LIFTING APPLIANCES. THE COMPANY ALSO USES X-RAY EQUIPMENT FOK FOR DEFECTS AND CRACKS ON SMALL MACHINE PARTS IN A SPECIAL CONDUCTED IN A LEAD-PANEL REINFORCED WORKSHOP.

FROM

TESTING PROCESS

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TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER ON EASTERN DB AGENDA t « » * «

MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY AT THE BOARD’S MEETING ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 31).

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. MR PANG HAU-CHUNG, AND A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER PANG. WILL BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE THE DOCUMENT AND ANSWER MEMBERS’ QUESTIONS.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1991.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO OVERLAY NOISE REDUCTION MATERIALS ON THE SECTION OF ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR PHASE I FACING PROVIDENT CENTRE.

SEVERAL MEMBERS WILL ASK QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DETENTION CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE NEAR THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR IN SAI KUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 31) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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HEALTH CONTEST FOR CHILDREN IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT ♦ t * t t

CHILDREN WHO ARE AGED UNDER FIVE AND LIVING IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO JOIN A HEALTH CONTEST TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER.

THE CONTEST IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI (NORTH AND SOUTH AREAS) YIN NGAI SOCIETY WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD TO PROMOTE GOOD CHILD CARE.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS ACCORDING IO AGE. GROUP A IS OPEN TO BABIES AGED FROM 12 TO 18 MONTHS. GROUP B IS FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 19 AND 36 MONTHS AND GROUP C FOR 37 MONTHS IO FIVE YEARS OLD.

CONTESTANTS IN GROUP C WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TALENT IN SINGING. STORY-TELLING OR RECITATION.

THE TOP THREE CONTESTANTS IN EACH GROUP WILL BE AWARDED GIFT COUPONS OF $500. $300 AND $200 RESPECTIVELY IN ADDITION TO A IROPH1. THERE WILL BE GIFTS FOR ALL CONTESTANTS IN THE FINALS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE YAU TSIM DISTRIC1 OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD. ITS TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD. AND AT THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS SEPTEMBER 14.

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SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS t * t * t

PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PURCHASE TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR A TEXTBOOK GRANT THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 18.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE GRANT UNDER THE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE SCHEME ARE OBTAINABLE AT SCHOOLS.

STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A GRANT LAST SCHOOL YEAR SHOULD SUBMIT FRESH APPLICATIONS SHOULD THEY WISH TO CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME.

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

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TUESDAY, AUGUST ?9, 1989

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THF SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE SCHEME. ADMINISTERED B\ I HE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. WILL OFFER A FULL GRANT OF $30-1 ™ EA™ £' SCHOOL PUPIL AND $536 TO EACH JUNIOR SECONDARY STUDENT AT SELONDAR< TO 3 LEVEL THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GRANT WILL BE ASSESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A RECKONER sJsTEH TOASSESS TRE FAMILY’ INCOME OF TRE APPLICANT.

THF GRANT IF APPROVED. WILL BE PAID BY DIRECT BANK TRANSFER

THE GRANT. GVARDIANS 0F THE SCHOOL CHILDREN AND NOT TO

IN NOVEMBER TO PARENTS THE PUPILS.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦

STORAGE IN HONG STOOD AT 62.6 PER CENT

KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (TUESDAY ) OF CAPACITY OR 366.980 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

CUBIC METRES

tht ttmf I AST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 254.007 MILLION ™’ OT RA?eL ^PRESENTING 13.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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OPENING OF NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD ■» t ♦ * ♦

THE CARRIAGEWAY

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD FROM CHAU INTERCHANGE) TO SHEK WU WAI WILL BE OPENED IO

PAK SHEK AU

10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 31).

WESTBOUND TAU (NEAR TRAFFIC AT

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FS VISITS GARMENT FACTORY IN KWUN TONG ...................... 1

884M CONTRACT FOR BUILDING ACCESS ROAD TO LANDFILL ........... 2

FEE REMISSION FOR SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS .................. 2

COMPETITION IN MAKING SCULPTURE FROM WASTE MATERIAL............ 3

FACTORY OWNERS REMINDED ON CHEMICAL SAFETY ..................

CHINESE VERSION OF ENVIRONMENT REVIEW ON SALE ................. 5

WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION IN FOUR AREAS ......................... 6

RE-ORGANISATION OF BUS SERVICES IN TAI PO ..................... 6

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TSIM SHA TSUI, KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI ... 7

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY ON CONDUIT ROAD ...................... 7

TEMPORARY RESCISSION OF TRAM LANE ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD ........ 8

LEFT-TURN BAN IN WAN CHAI ..................................... 8

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30. 1989

1

FS VISITS GARMENT FACTORY IN KWUN TONG ♦ * t * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED A GARMENT FACTORY IN KWUN TONG WHICH HAS MORE THAN 30 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN MANUFACTURING COTTON JEANS FOR EXPORT.

SIR PIERS WAS BRIEFED BY THE MANAGEMENT OF WING TAI GARMENT INDUSTRIAL HOLDINGS LIMITED.

HE WAS TOLD THAT IN THE FACE OF QUOTA LIMITATIONS, LOCAL MANUFACTURERS IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY ARE PRODUCING HIGHER QUALITY AND HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS FOR EXPORT TO LARGE SOPHISTICATED MARKETS.

AS FOR WING TAI. ONE THIRD OF ITS PRODUCTS ARE SOLD TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER TWO THIRDS TO MARKETS IN EUROPE INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WAS ACCOMPANIED ON A TOUR OF THE WING TAI PLANT BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY. MR MICHAEL CARTLAND. AND THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY. MR T.H. BARMA.

HE WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN HOW THE 16-MODULE INTEGRATED COMPUTER SYSTEM "GM-SYS" ASSISTS IN THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT.

THE ’’GM-SYS” SYSTEM IS A MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM PACKAGE INTRODUCED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL TO LOCAL CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS.

IT HAS PROVED AT WING TAI THAT THIS SYSTEM CAN IMPROVE THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT AND PROVIDE A MORE COST-EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER ITS DAILY OPERATIONS.

ON THE PRODUCTION SIDE. WING TAI HAS EMPLOYED THE COMPUTERISED GRADING AND MARKER-MAKING SYSTEM SINCE 1982 WHILE CONVENTIONAL SEWING MACHINES ARE STILL IN USE.

THE COMPANY WAS SET UP IN HONG KONG IN 1955 WITH JUST 50 WORKERS. NOW IT HAS GROWN INTO A DIVERSIFIED MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION EMPLOYING MORE THAN 8.000 PEOPLE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ALONE.

AT THE KWUN TONG PLANT. WING TAI EMPLOYS ABOUT 800 PEOPLE OF WHICH 700 ARE OPERATIVES.

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S84M CONTRACT FOR BUILDING ACCESS ROAD TO LANDFILL * » t ♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS AWARDED A $84 MILLION CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTING A SOUTHERN ACCESS ROAD TO THE PROPOSED WEST NEW TERRITORIES LANDFILL AT NIM WAN.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE REGIONAL HIGHWAY ENGINEER, NEW TERRITORIES. MR KWONG HON-SANG. AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF CHINA HARBOURS ENGINEERING COMPANY, MR FANG TIANZHONG.

MR KWONG SAID THE NIM WAN LANDFILL WAS ESSENTIAL FOR DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE GENERATED FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES WEST AREA UPON THE EXHAUSTION OF THE PRESENT CONTROLLED TIP AT PILLAR POINT VALLEY.

HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT THERE WAS ONLY A SUB-STANDARD SINGLE LANE ROAD CONNECTING TAP SHEK KOK AND LUNG KWU TAN. AND THERE WAS NO PROPER VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE PROPOSED LANDFILL AT NIM WAN.

ON COMPLETION, THE NEW ACCESS ROAD WOULD PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT LINK BETWEEN TAP SHEK KOK AND THE NIM WAN LANDFILL. AND IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IN LUNG KWU TAN AND LUNG KWU SHEUNG TAN IN TERMS OF SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE, HE SAID.

THE CONTRACT COVERS MAINLY THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 7.3-METRE WIDE TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY WITH FOOTPATHS FROM TAP SHEK KOK TO TSANG KOK AT NIM WAN.

CONSTRL'CITON OF RETAINING WALLS. BOX CULVERTS. ASSOCIATED SLOPE WORKS AND DRAINAGE WORKS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

CONSTRUCTION WILL START THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT DESIGNED THE PROJECT AND WILL ALSO SUPERVISE ITS CONSTRUCTION.

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SECONDARY 4 TO 7 STUDENTS WHO ARE IN A SITUATION OF GENUINE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE FEE REMISSION SCHEME RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE SCHEME IS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS OF PUBLIC SECTOR SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS WITH ASSISTED PLACES.

FULL GRANT. THREE-QUARTER FREE OR A HALF-FREE PLACE WILL BE AWARDED TO AN APPLICANT IN ACCORDANCE WITH A RECKONER SYSTEM TO ASSESS THE FAMILY’S INCOME.

/APPLICATION FORMS .......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST JO, 19&9

APPLICATION FORMS FOR FEE REMISSION ARE AVAILABLE AT SCHOOLS AND COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE SCHOOL AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

FEE REMISSION IS AWARDED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. RECIPIENTS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY AGAIN.

FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 1989-90. THE SCHOOL FEE CHARGEABLE AT SECONDARY 4 AND 5 GRAMMAR. TECHNICAL. PREVOCATIONAL AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS IS SI.300 PER ANNUM. AND THAT FOR SECONDARY 6 AND 7 IS Si.700.

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A COMPETITION IN MAKING SCULPTURE FROM WASTE MATERIAL. AIMED AT GENERATING PUBLIC INTEREST IN TURNING WASTE INTO AN ART FORM, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REG1ONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE.

"THE EVENT ALSO AIMS AT REINFORCING KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES THROUGH THE CREATIVE USE OF LITTER." A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FOR THIS COMPETITION, THE SCULPTURE IS DEFINED AS ANY WORK OF ART WHICH CONSISTS PREDOMINANTLY OF WASTE MATERIAL.

THE WASTE MATERIAL. WHICH SHOULD BE REASONABLY CLEAN AND CHEMICALLY INERT UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN BE OF GLASS, PAPER AND OTHER PULP PRODUCTS, RUBBER, WOOD, METAL, COTTON, AND WOOL AND OTHER FABRICS. THERE CAN BE ANY MIX OF MATERIALS.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE GROUPED UNDER THE STUDENT SECTION WHILE RESIDENTS AGED OVER 15 YEARS CAN ENTER THE OPEN SECTION.

THE FIRST THREE WINNERS IN EACH SECTION WILL RECEIVE CASH PRIZES OF 85,000, 83,000 AND $1,000 RESPECTIVELY. PRIZES WORTH $500 EACH WILL ALSO BE AWARDED TO 10 ENTRIES IN EACH SECTION THAT RECEIVE AN HONOURABLE MENTION.

THE PRIZES AND PRINTED MATERIALS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE SPONSORED BY HENDERSON LAND DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD. AND HONG KONG TELEPHONE.

WINNING SCULPTURE AND OUTSTANDING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN KOWLOON PARK IN MID DECEMBER AND AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL IN JANUARY.

/ENTRY FORMS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 50, 19? 9

ENTRY FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION OFFICES. PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO DETAILED DESIGN LAYOUTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS PRELIMINARY JUDGING.

ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT SUBMIT THE ENTRY FORMS WITH OF THEIR WASTE SCULPTURES FOR

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER «. ABOUT THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE ON 5-669129.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES

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FACTORY OWNERS REMINDED ON CHEMICAL SAFETY t * » » *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED FACTORY OWNERS TO TAKE THE NECESSARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING NEW INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT OR MATERIALS.

"IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO KNOW THE TECHNICAL DATA OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES USED AND TO ENSURE THAT THE OPERATORS ARE AWARE OF SUCH INFORMATION," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE NOTED THAT IN A RECENT CASE, WORKERS OF A KWUN TONG FACTORY HAD BREATHED IN THE CHEMICAL VAPOUR OF A DEGREASING AGENT USED IN A NEWLY INSTALLED MACHINE.

"IF THE CHEMICALS ARE VOLATILE, AN EFFICIENT EXHAUST VENTILATION SYSTEM MUST BE INSTALLED. ESPECIALLY IN AIR-CONDITIONED WORKPLACES WHERE THE AIR FLOW IS RESTRICTED," HE STRESSED.

UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS, FACTORY PROPRIETORS HAVE THE DUTY TO ENSURE THAT WORKROOMS ARE NOT CONTAMINATED BY DUSTS. FUMES. OR OTHER IMPURITIES INJURIOUS TO HEALTH.

"THEY ARE ALSO REQUIRED BY LAW TO CORRECTLY LABEL INFLAMMABLE, TOXIC, CORROSIVE AND OTHER DANGEROUS CHEMICALS FOR IDENTIFICATION OF THEIR RISKS AND THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

"SUITABLE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MUST ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR THE WORKERS WHO SHOULD BE INFORMED OF THE RISKS AND THEIR PRECAUTIONS."

AS FOR THE WORKERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THEY ALSO HAD THE DUTY TO OBSERVE THE SAFETY RULES AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR OWN GOOD.

ILLUSTRATIVE LEAFLETS ON GENERAL CHEMICAL SAFETY ARE OBTAINABLE FROM ALL BRANCH OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE.

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CHINESE VERSION OF ENVIRONMENT REVIEW ON SALE ******

THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE "ENVIRONMENT HONG KONG 1989". A REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT. IS NOW ON SALE.

THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE REPORT WENT ON SALE LAST MONTH.

THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE REPORT CONSISTS 193 PAGES. ILLUSTRATED WITH DIAGRAMS AND PICTURES. THE PUBLICATION REVIEWS THE MANY AND VARIED ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1988 TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT.

THE REPORT’S COVER IS A PICTURE PRODUCED BY COMPUTER GRAPHICS ON THE CALCULATED WATER POLLUTION LEVELS IN VICTORIA HARBOUR. THIS IS ONE OF THE ADVANCED TECHNICAL METHODS THE DEPARTMENT USES TO PLAN FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

IN ORDER TO CATER FOR THOSE WITH SIMPLY A GENERAL CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. A CHAPTER HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE REVIEW OUTLINING. IN NON-TECHNICAL TERMS. THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

FOR READERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MORE DETAILS OF SPECIFIC TECHNICAL FIELDS, THERE ARE SEPARATE CHAPTERS COVERING WATER AND WASTES, AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT, NOISE AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT.

THERE IS A NEW CHAPTER ON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WHICH EXPLAINS THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN ENHANCING THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS OF THE PUBLIC. EDUCATING THE INTERESTED GROUPS ON SPECIFIED TECHNICAL MATTERS. AND STRENGTHENING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

THE REVIEW, AT #25 A COPY, IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF GPO BUILDING IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

REPORTERS WHO WISH TO OBTAIN A FREE COPY OF THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE "ENVIRONMENT HONG KONG 1989" CAN CONTACT THE PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT ON THE 28TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE. 130 HENNESSY ROAD. WAN CHAI.

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WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 30. 1989

WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION IN FOUR AREAS *****

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER I) TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

ALSO. SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES TO TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG. INCLUDING SHEUNG KWAI CHUNG. HA KWAI CHUNG AND THE CONTAINER TERMINAL, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9.30 AM TO 3 PM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

ON THE SAME DAY. FRESH AND FLUSHING WATER SUPPLIES TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS AT AH KUNG KOK SERVICE RESERVOIR.

THE AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE AH KUNG KOK FISHERMEN’S NEW VILLAGE. CHEVALIER GARDEN. HENG ON ESTATE. KAM ON COURT, YIU ON ESTATE, KAM HAY COURT. WU KAI SHA NEW VILLAGE. LOK WO SHA. TO TAU AND THE WHITEHEAD VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CENTRE.

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IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK FOR PASSENGERS IN TAI PO. THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL RE-ORGANISE KMB ROUTES 71K AND 72K FROM FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

ROUTE 7 IK WHICH OPERATES BETWEEN FU SHIN AND TAI WO VIA TAI PO KCR STATION. WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA KWONG FUK ON BOTH BOUNDS WITH THE OMISSION OF TAI PO KCR STATION.

ROUTE 72K FROM KWONG FUK TO TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO OPERATE BETWEEN TAI PO KCR STATION AND TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE TWO BUS ROUTES WILL OPERATE AT A BASIC HEADWAY OF 10 MINUTES.

DURING WEEKDAYS, PASSENGERS FROM FU SHIN AND KWONG FUK CAN MAKE USE OF THE FREE KCR FEEDER SERVICES. ROUTE K17 AND K18 RESPECTIVELY, FOR JOURNEYS TO AND FROM TAI PO KCR STATION.

ROUTE K18 WILL ALSO BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE ACCESS ROAD TO WANG FUK COURT. BOTH ROUTES KI7 AND KI8 WILL OPERATE FROM 6 AM TO 12.48 AM.

A SPECIAL NEW SERVICE, KMB ROUTE 7 IS. FROM FU SHIN AND KWONG FUK TO TAI PO KCR STATION WILL BE INTRODUCED ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 3).

THIS SERVICE OPERATES ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AT A BASIC HEADWAY OF 12 MINUTES TO CATER FOR THE TRANSPORT NEEDS WHEN THE TWO KCR FREE BUS SERVICES ARE NOT IN OPERATION.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TSIM SHA TSUI. KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI *«»»***

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1). HAIPHONG ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EXCEPT TWO AREAS WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

THESE AREAS ARE THE TWO TAXI STANDS AND THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF HAIPHONG ROAD: AND THE LOADING/UNLOADING BAY ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF HAIPHONG ROAD TO THE WEST OF HANKOW ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF CONTAINER PORT ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG BETWEEN THE ROUNDABOUT OUTSIDE TERMINAL 7 AND THE ROUNDABOUT CONNECTING TO THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

IN TSING YI, TWO SECTIONS OF CHEUNG WAN STREET WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THESE SECTIONS ARE THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN TSING YI HEUNG SZE WU1 ROAD AND CHEUNG TAT ROAD, AND THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE BETWEEN CHEUNG TAT ROAD AND CHEUNG FAI ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF A SECTION OF CHEUNG FAI ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH CHEUNG WAN STREET AND CHEUNG LUNG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1). THE EXISTING 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONDUIT ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS FROM A POINT ABOUT EIGHT METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 74 METRES TO THE EAST (EXCLUDING THE LAYBY OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 54) WILL REMAIN IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

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

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE EXISTING TRAM LANE ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE LIFTED FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM DAILY ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) AND THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE ROADWORKS.

THE TRAM LANE IS LOCATED ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SUN SING STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE WEST.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1), VEHICLES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN LEFT FROM JAFFE ROAD ONTO STEWART ROAD IN WAN CHAI.

THE LEFT-TURN BAN WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS.

VEHICLES ON JAFFE ROAD HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD SERVICE ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TONNOCHY ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST J1, 19&9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT SECRETARIAT UNDERGOES MAJOR ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES........ 1

FORMATION OF NEW RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH................... 2

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PLANNING (DESIGNATE) ANNOUNCED ... 5

2ND QUARTER EXPORTS STATISTICS RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL

ORIGIN........................................................ 5

DB TO DISCUSS PROBATION HOME IN FANLING.......................... 9

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ...................... 9

CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT IN YAU TSIM............. 10

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED........................................ 11

COMPETITION IN CHRISTMAS STAMP DESIGN.......................... 11

NO POSTAL SERVICES ON SEPTEMBER 15.............................. 12

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY.................................. 12

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHAM SHUI PO TO BE CLOSED................. 16

EXHIBITIONS ON EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION........................... 17

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC /ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL...................... 18

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 1989

GOVT SECRETARIAT UNDERGOES MAJOR ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES

A NUMBER OF MAJOR ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES TO THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

’’THE PURPOSE OF THE REORGANISATION IS TO RATIONALISE AND REDISTRIBUTE THE PORTFOLIOS OF POLICY SECRETARIES SO AS TO ACHIEVE A REASONABLE BALANCE BETWEEN THEIR WORKLOADS, REFLECT MORE CLOSELY THE MAIN POLICY OBJECTIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND IMPROVE POLICY FORMULATION AND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT GENERALLY,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH IS TO BE REPLACED BY TWO NEW BRANCHES: THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH AND THE WORKS BRANCH.

"THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH WILL ENSURE THAT DUE ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS AND THEIR INTEGRATION INTO THE PLANNING SYSTEM.

”IN ADDITION, THIS BRANCH WILL ENSURE THAT LAND RESOURCES ARE PROVIDED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THAT LAND POLICIES ARE FORMULATED TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL USE OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR RESOURCES,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE CREATION OF A WORKS BRANCH WILL ENSURE THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS WITHIN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO WORKS STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURES ARE GIVEN THE FULL ATTENTION OF AN OFFICER AT THE SECRETARY LEVEL,” THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

’’ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO FACILITATE CLOSE LIAISON AND CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE TWO NEW BRANCHES AND BETWEEN THEIR STAFF AT ALL LEVELS,” HE SAID.

OTHER ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES INCLUDE:

(A) THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH TO TAKE OVER FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH (MSB) POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS, MUSIC AND COUNTRY PARKS MANAGEMENT, AND FROM ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH (ASIB) POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ENTERTAINMENT, BROADCASTING AND CONTROL OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES;

(B) THE DISSOLUTION OF THE ASIB;

(C) THE RETITLING OF THE POST OF SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS;

(D) THE TRANSFER OF POLICY RESPONSIBILITY FOR DATA PROTECTION AND GAMBLING AND THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CENTRALISED DATA ON BOARDS AND COMMITTEES FROM ASIB TO THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION;

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(E) THE RETENTION OF THE MSB PRO TEM TO ATTEND TO ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND FOOD HYGIENE MATTERS UNTIL MARCH 1990 WHEN THESE FUNCTIONS ARE TRANSFERRED TO AN APPROPRIATE AGENCY;

(F) THE TAKING OVER BY THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ARCHIVES, GOVERNMENT RECORDS, AND THE PROTOCOL DIVISION; AND

(G) THE TAKING OVER OF OVERSEAS PUBLIC RELATIONS BY THE INFORMATION CO-ORDINATOR.

MR GRAHAM BARNES, MR A.K. CHUI, AND MR KENNETH WAI-KAI KWOK BECOME THE NEW SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE AND SECRETARY FOR WORKS, RESPECTIVELY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW BRANCHES. MR CHUI WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO BE THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES IN ORDER TO TAKE CHARGE OF HYGIENE MATTERS.

AT THE DEPARTMENTAL LEVEL, THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO COME INTO OPERATION TOMORROW. THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SEWERS, DRAINS AND SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITIES. A PLANNING DEPARTMENT WILL BE SET UP IN JANUARY 1990.

"THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BRING TOGETHER FUNCTIONS AT PRESENT CARRIED OUT BY A NUMBER OF EXISTING DEPARTMENTS, ALLOWING FOR BETTER CO-ORDINATION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE IN RECENT YEARS OVER THE EXPANSION OF SERVICES IN RECREATION, CULTURE, SPORT, ENTERTAINMENT AND BROADCASTING WHICH ARE ALL OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO OUR QUALITY OF LIFE, THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE (DESIGNATE), MR AUGUSTINE CHUI, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

EXPLAINING THE ORGANISATION AND ROLE OF HIS NEW BRANCH, MR CHUI SAID IT WAS LOGICAL AND MORE EFFECTIVE FOR ALL THESE SUBJECTS TO BE INCORPORATED UNDER ONE POLICY UMBRELLA IN THE FORM OF THE NEW RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH (RCB).

"EACH AND EVERY SUBJECT SCORES ITS OWN ACHIEVEMENTS AND POSES ITS OWN PROBLEMS; AND YET THEY ALL INTER-RELATE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS AND POSSESS VAST POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT," HE SAID.

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’’INTELLIGENT INTERFACING IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THAT WELL CO-ORDINATED STRATEGIES ARE EVOLVED FOR MUTUAL BENEFIT AND THE USE OF RESOURCES ARE MAXIMISED BY COST-EFFECTIVE CO-OPERATION ACROSS SUBJECT BOUNDARIES.

"THESE COMPONENTS COULD ALL HELP ONE ANOTHER IF PROPERLY GUIDED AND PROGRAMMED TO DOVETAIL," MR CHUI POINTED OUT.

HE NOTED THAT THE NEW BRANCH WOULD NOT ONLY SERVE TO UPGRADE THE INDIVIDUAL STATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF EACH COMPONENT, BUT ALSO ENHANCE THE INFLUENCE, EFFECTIVENESS AND VISION OF THE POLICY PERSPECTIVES AS A WHOLE.

HE EXPECTED THE YEARS AHEAD TO BE EXCITING AND CHALLENGING, AND ASSERTED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS DETERMINED TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE BY SETTING RIGHT THE TOP STRUCTURE RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICY FORMULATION.

"THAT IS THE REAL PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH," MR CHUI SAID.

HE ALSO ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF HIS TWO DEPUTY SECRETARIES, MR CLIVE OXLEY AND MRS RACHEL CARTLAND, WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE RESPECTIVELY FOR THE RECREATION AND CULTURE WING AND THE BROADCASTING AND ENTERTAINMENT WING OF THE BRANCH.

"THE NEW BRANCH WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS, THE FUTURE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY, AND ALL THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS WORKING IN THE SPHERE.

"THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE WILL OVERSEE POLICY MATTERS CONCERNING THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY (TELA). HE WILL BE THE POLICY SECRETARY FOR LIAISING WITH RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG."

THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE, AND THE BOOK REGISTRATION OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO FUNCTION UNDER THE NEW RCB.

MR CHUI POINTED OUT THAT CONCURRENT WITH THE FORMATION OF THE RCB WAS THE REDISTRIBUTION OF DUTIES CURRENTLY HANDLED BY THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH (MSB).

"WHILE POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR RECREATION, CULTURE AND SPORTS WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE RCB, THE OTHER FUNCTIONS OF MSB WILL BE ASSIGNED TO VARIOUS POLICY BRANCHES AND DEPARTMENTS.

"LIAISON WITH THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WILL COME UNDER THE SECRETARY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, BUT THE RCB WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE TWO COUNCILS ON SUBJECTS CONCERNING CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS.

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“THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES GENERAL GRADES HAS BEEN DEVOLVED TO THE TWO MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS IN THE FORM OF A JOINT MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENT,” MR CHUI SAID.

WITH REGARD TO OTHER RESIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE. MSB, MR CHUI SAID A NUMBER OF ONGOING ISSUES WERE STILL UNDER DISCUSSION AND FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WAS NECESSARY. ONE EXAMPLE WAS THE FUTURE LOCATION OF THE HYGIENE DIVISION.

"PENDING A DECISION, THE MSB WILL CONTINUE FOR A FURTHER SIX MONTHS TO CARRY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DIVISION UNDER THE EXISTING AUTHORITY VESTED IN THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES (SMS)."

MR CHUI WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE TITLE OF SMS DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD.

HOWEVER, MR CHUI SAID THAT, WHATEVER THE FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS, THE EFFICIENCY OF THE HYGIENE DIVISION WOULD BE SUSTAINED.

HE ADDED THAT THE REVIEW MADE BY THE WORKING GROUP ON HAWKER CONTROL CHAIRED BY SMS WOULD BE FINALISED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE OVERALL HAWKER SITUATION HAS BEEN IMPROVING, THROUGH THE PHASED IMPLEMENTATION BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT (USD) OF RECOMMENDATIONS FORMULATED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL’S WORKING THAT REVIEWED TO REVIEW HAWKER AND RELATED POLICIES.

"THE USD HAS BEEN KEEPING UP ENFORCEMENT PRESSURE TO REDUCE UNLICENSED HAWKING AND TO ENHANCE TRAINING FOR GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS STAFF.

"A SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT HAS RECENTLY BEEN SECONDED FROM THE POLICE TO USD TO ADVISE ON TRAINING AND TACTICS," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE PROGRESS OF THE ABATTOIR PRIVATISATION PROGRAMME, MR CHUI SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS AND CONSULTATION WITH STAFF ON REDUNDANCY TERMS HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

THE HANDING OVER OF THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR, SUBJECT TO THE TERMS OF THE TENANCY BEING AGREED BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE PROSPECTIVE OPERATOR.

NEGOTIATIONS ARE ALSO PROCEEDING WITH THE PRIVATE OPERATOR FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SLAUGHTERHOUSE AT SHEUNG SHUI.

THE RCB HEADQUARTERS WILL BE LOCATED ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE BROADCASTING AND ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION WILL BE RELOCATED FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO HARBOUR CENTRE IN OCTOBER.

THE HYGIENE DIVISION WILL MOVE ITS OFFICES TO THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF THE URBAN COUNCIL FA YUEN STREET COMPLEXES LATER THIS YEAR.

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APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PLANNING (DESIGNATE) ANNOUNCED

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT MR ROBERT UPTON, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, WILL ASSUME THE POST OF DIRECTOR OF PLANNING (DESIGNATE) TOMORROW WITH A VIEW TO BECOMING THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING SUBJECT TO CREATION OF THE POST EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON MR UPTON:

MR ROBERT UPTON, JP

AGED 38. MR UPTON JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN 1972. HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES.

MORE RECENTLY HE HAS SERVED AS ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY (1979-82), CLERK OF COUNCILS (1982-84), PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER (1985-86), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (1986-89), AND BECAME DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS IN MARCH 1989.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

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2ND QUARTER EXPORTS STATISTICS RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS IN TERMS OF THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 WERE : ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS; TEXTILES, INCLUDING KNITTING; WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR AND KNITWEAR; PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT; PLASTIC PRODUCTS; AND BASIC METALS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS.

THEY TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 81.0 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989.

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES IN THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1988 WERE : TEXTILES, INCLUDING KNITTING (+$978 MILLION); WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR AND KNITWEAR (+$755 MILLION); MACHINERY, EXCEPT ELECTRICAL (+$448 MILLION); CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (+$294 MILLION); AND PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS, PRINTING AND PUBLISHING (+$192 MILLION).

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IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1988 WERE : PRODUCTS OF PETROLEUM AND COAL (+170.7 PER CENT); TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (+57.8 PER CENT); CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (+32.2 PER CENT); MACHINERY, EXCEPT ELECTRICAL (+27.3 PER CENT); AND PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS, PRINTING AND PUBLISHING (+16.3 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, A FEW INDUSTRIES RECORDED DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1988.

THEY WERE : PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-$460 MILLION OR -14.7 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (-$67 MILLION OR -0.5 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (-$32 MILLION OR -10.9 PER CENT); WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS, FURNITURE AND FIXTURES (-$32 MILLION OR -14.8 PER CENT); AND RUBBER PRODUCTS (-$10 MILLION OR -26.1 PER CENT).

OUTSIDE THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS ORIGINATING FROM OCEAN AND COASTAL FISHING DECREASED BY $37 MILLION OR 17.6 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1988, WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICITY INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY $88 MILLION OR 108.3 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS ORIGINATING FROM AGRICULTURAL, LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION DECREASED BY $2 MILLION OR 70.0 PER CENT.

THE ABOVE STATISTICS ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ARE DERIVED BY REGROUPING ALL SIX-DIGIT MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS UNDER THE EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE MERCHANDISE ITEMS ARE NORMALLY PRODUCED. TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIE ARE EXCLUDED.

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

CAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN REFERRING TO THESE RECLASSIFIED STATISTICS. CERTAIN MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS MAY REQUIRE SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES IN THEIR PRODUCTION. IN SUCH CASES, THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH AN ITEM IS FINALLY PRODUCED IS NOT THE SOLE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE EXPORT VALUE OF THAT ITEM. HOWEVER, THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE ITEM HAS WHOLLY BEEN ALLOCATED TO THAT INDUSTRY IN THIS RECLASSIFICATION.

BESIDES, THE CLASSIFICATION OF A MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEM TO A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE ENTIRE EXPORT VALUE OF THE ITEM IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS OF THAT INDUSTRY, SINCE PART OF THE VALUE MAY BE DUE TO PRODUCTION BY ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED UNDER OTHER INDUSTRIES AS SECONDARY PRODUCTS.

/FURTHER DETAII5 .......

THURSDAY, AHGIIflT ",

FURTHER DETAILS OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS STATISTICS RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE WHICH IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. 5-8234832).

A TABLE SHOWING MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF SIMILAR STATISTICS FOR SELECTED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REPORT "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1989".

VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 = = = = = ■ j: a ; — =-»»= — - — -a - -r -a — — — fci — — ~ ~

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MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN OF THE ------------------------------------------

COMMODITIES EXPORTED 1989 2ND QTR. 1988 2ND QTR. VALUE CHANGE % CHANGE

AGRICULTURAL, FORESTRY AND FISHING AGRICULTURAL, LIVESTOCK AND 830 2,765 -1,935 -70.0

POULTRY PRODUCTION

OCEAN AND COASTAL FISHING 172,584 209,559 -36,975 -17.6

MINING AND QUARRYING 1,389 1,539 -150 -9.7

MANUFACTURING

FOOD 372,056 371,113 + 943 + 0.3

BEVERAGES 96,837 94,319 +2,518 + 2.7

TOBACCO 433,519 408,479 +25,040 + 6.1

TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITTING) 10,518,383 9,540,601 +977,782 + 10.2

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT 9,994,052 9,238,857 +755,194 + 8.2

FOOTWEAR AND KNITWEAR

LEATHER AND LEATHER PRODUCTS 261,188 229,868 +31,321 + 13.6

FOOTWEAR 263,019 295,155 -32,136 -10.9

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WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS, FURNITURE AND FIXTURES 183,522 215,347 -31,825 -14.8

PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS, PRINTING AND PUBLISHING 1,369,519 1,177,251 +192,268 + 16.3

CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS 1,206,121 912,020 +294,101 + 32.2

PRODUCTS OF PETROLEUM AND COAL 1,908 705 +1,203 +170.7

RUBBER PRODUCTS 27,526 37,269 -9,743 -26.1

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 2,668,090 3,128,419 -460,329 -14.7

NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS 192,154 174,377 +17,777 + 10.2

BASIC METALS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 2,586,391 2,530,924 +55,467 + 2.2

MACHINERY, EXCEPT ELECTRICAL 2,088,158 1,640,246 +447,912 + 27.3

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRCNIC | PRODUCTS 13,125,206 13,192,361 -67,155 -0.5

TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 61,454 38,956 +22,498 + 57.8

PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT 4,941,017 4,845,248 +95,769 + 2.0

OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 3,358,717 3,065,066 +293,652 + 9.6

! ELECTRICITY 169,693 81,480 +88,214 +108.3

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS 37,059 17,275 +19,784 +114.5

(E.G. DEVELOPED PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES AND FILM, ANTIQUES, AND WORKS OF ART I

I t I 1 TOTAL । । 54,130,393 । । । 51,449,198 । । < +2,681,195 +5.2 ।

INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES OF A COLUMN MAY J CORRESPONDING TOTAL DUE TO ROUNDING. i n NOT ADD UP EXACTLY TO THE • I

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DB TO DISCUSS PROBATION HOME IN FANLING » » » *

THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PLAN TO CONVERT THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL INTO A PROBATION HOME FOR GIRLS AT A SUPPLEMENTARY MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE PROPOSED GIRLS’ HOME, TO BE RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WILL ACCOMMODATE 40 GIRLS AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 16.

THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES EAS1), MR CARLOS LEUNG, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE SUBJECT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE LAYOUT PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TAU KOK.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS FROM I HE NORTH DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF 1 HE REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND THE NORTH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

BOARD THE

WILL

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT SUPPLEMENTARY MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENGE ROOM OF DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING

NORTH

BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER, AT ITS MEETING TOMMORROW (FRIDAY), 16 APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR HOLDING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS.

NINE OF THE APPLICATIONS, AMOUNTING TO $120,000, ARE FOR HOLDING CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES IN THE SEVEN AREAS OF THE DISTRICT DURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

SIX APPLICATIONS FOR A TOTAL OF $40,000 ARE FOR ORGANISING A SOCCER COMPETITION, AN ANTI-DRUG-ADDICTION PROJECT, A PROGRAMME TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS' SENSE OF BELONGING, AND THREE FUNCTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY.

ANOTHER APPLICATION, FOR $28,000, IS FROM THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE FOR HOLDING A VARIETY SHOW AND CARNIVAL TO MARK THE CONCLUSION OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

/MEANWHILE, A .......

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MEANWHILE, A SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, MR CHARLES CHU, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO INTRODUCE AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SECOND f-LOOR OF MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LATTER HALF OF THE MEETING, IN WHICH APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS ARE TO BE PROCESSED, WILL BE HELD IN PRIVATE.

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CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT IN YAU TSIM * * « * »

THE 1989 YAU TSIM DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROMOTION CAMPAIGN WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AND A SEMINAR.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR CHUNG PUI-LAM; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO; AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH.

A SEMINAR WILL FOLLOW AT WHICH MR CHUNG WILL SPEAK ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

ALSO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AFFAIRS ASSOCIATION AND THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LEE ON, WILL SPEAK ON THE PARTICIPATION OF OWNERS AND RESIDENTS IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT; AND A BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMPANY DIRECTOR WILL SPEAK ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FLAT OWNERS AND A MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

/RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY ........

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RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY OFFICE BEARERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS, ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1989 YAU TSIM DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROMOTION CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY IN THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60

(SEPTEMBER 2)

PUBLIC SQUARE

STREET, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AFTER THE CEREMONY.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AND THE SEMINAR.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED » * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF PCI CAPITAL ASIA LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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COMPETITION IN CHRISTMAS STAMP DESIGN »»»»«»

THE POST OFFICE IS INVITING THE PUBLIC TO ENTER A STAMP DESIGN COMPETITION ON THE THEME OF "CHRISTMAS".

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED MAY SUBMIT DRAWINGS ON WHICH THE FINAL DESIGN FOR A SET OF SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMPS ON THE THEME OF "CHRISTMAS" TO BE ISSUED IN 1990 MAY BE BASED.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO CLASSES, NAMELY, STUDENT CLASS AND ADULT CLASS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"THE ADULT CLASS IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS AGED 18 OR ABOVE.

"CONDITIONS OF ENTRY HAVE BEEN PRINTED ON APPLICATION FORMS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL POST OFFICES.

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"DESIGNS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPLETED ENTRY FORM. SHOULD BE SENT TO THE HARBOUR BUILDING POST OFFICE, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 30," HE ADDED.

• FOR THE STUDENT CLASS, PARTICIPANTS ARE LIMITED TO RESIDENTS BELOW THE AGE OF 18. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT A LATER DATE.

"ALL ENTRANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION IN MARCH NEXT YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CERTIFICATES AND CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE TOP 10 ENTRANTS. THE WINNER AND THE FIRST RUNNER-UP WILL BE AWARDED $3,000 AND $1,500 RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THE TOP THIRD TO 10TH ENTRANTS WILL EACH RECEIVE $750.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE COMPETITION MAY BE MADE TO THE PHILATELIC BUREAU MANAGER, MRS THERESA TSE, ON TEL. 5-8157959 OR THE CONTROLLER (PHILATELIC SERVICES), MR VINCI WONG, ON TEL. 5-233330.

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NO POSTAL SERVICES ON SEPTEMBER 15

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THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

SEPTEMBER 15, BEING THE DAY FOLLOWING THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE GRADING SYSTEM IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE STATE OF BACTERIAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIWEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE USUALLY SAMPLED.

/THE GRADING .......

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THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT BACTERIA DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE GRADING ALSO INCLUDES AN ESTIMATE OF THE RISK OF SUFFERING SOME MINOR SKIN OR GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLAINTS AS A RESULT OF SWIMMING AT A BEACH WHICH HAS SOME DEGREE OF POLLUTION.

THE ESTIMATE IS BASED ON A VERY LARGE BODY OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION GATHERED IN HONG KONG DURING RECENT BATHING SEASONS.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF BATHING WATERS IN MOST CASES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE BEACHES.

BATHING WATERS COMMONLY BECOME WORSE DUE TO HEAVY USAGE DURING THE SUMMER. HOWEVER, THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE WATER QUALITY AT BATHING BEACHES AT THE TIME OF REPORTING AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

’’A” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE MEAN

E. COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 100 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN SEVEN CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

"B” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE. THE MEAN E. COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 1,000 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN 18 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

"C” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR. THE MEAN E. COLI COUNT IS 1,000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS 18 OR MORE CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "C" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY, SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED 15 CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

SIMILARLY, A RECOMMENDATION TO RE-OPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B" GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED.

AT PRESENT, SIX BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING PURPOSE, BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASONS.

/THESE BEACHES .......

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THESE BEACHES ARE ANGLERS’, CASTLE PEAK, SILVERMINE BAY, OLD CAFETERIA, ROCKY BAY AND TING KAU. THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAECAL WASTES AND FAIL TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND HONG KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THESE SIX BEACHES. THEY ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN ”X” IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

THE GRADES ON THE IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOW:

BEACH LAST GRADING PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 17.8,89) (AS AT 31.8.89)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY A A

CHUNG HOM KOK A A

DEEP WATER BAY A A

HAIRPIN A A

MIDDLE BAY A A

REPULSE BAY B A

SHEK 0 A B

SOUTH BAY A A

ST STEPHEN’S A A

TURTLE COVE A A

STANLEY MAIN B A

ROCKY BAY X X

TO TEI WAN* A A

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER A A

CHEUNG SHA LOWER B B

DISCOVERY BAY* A A

HUNG SHING YEH A A

/KWUN YAM WAN .......

THURSDAY, AUGUST , 1989

KWUN YAM WAN

TONG FUK

LO SO SHING

PUI O

SILVERMINE BAY

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU

TUNG O*

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH HAP MUN BAY KIU TSUI PAK SHA CHAU SILVERSTRAND TRIO (HEBE HAVEN)

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ approach CASAM GEMINI HOI MEI WAN LIDO TING KAU TUNG WAN, MA WAN

A

A

A

A

X

A

A

A

B

A

A

A

A

B

A

X

A

A

A

A

A

X

A

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA

NEW CAFETERIA

CASTLE PEAK

KADOORIE

BUTTERFLY

X

A

X

B

B

X

B

X

B

B

NOTE: "X" THE BEACH HAS BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

REPULSE BAY, STANLEY MAIN, AND HOI MEI WAN, FROM "B" TO "A"; NEW CAFETERIA, AND SHEK O, FROM "A" TO "B".

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT MR WALLACE CHEUNG, ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF THE EPD, ON TEL. 5-8351234.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHAM SHUI PO TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE CERTAIN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHAM SHUI PO. KOWLOON SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND TO THE PUBLIC.

THESE STRUCTURES ARE ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF NO. 54 AND ON THE ROOF OVER THE EIGHTH FLOOR NOS. 54 AND 56 FUK WING STREET.

THE CLOSURES FORM PARTS OF THE EXERCISES TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE REQUIRING DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES.

/THE ORDERS .......

THURSDAY, AUGUST , ^989

THE ORDERS WERE ISSUED IN RESPECT OF THE ROOF OVER THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF NOS. 54 AND 56 AND THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF NO. 54 FUK WING STREET IN JUNE THIS YEAR, AND IN JANUARY AND JUNE LAST YEAR RESPECTIVELY.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR WERE POSTED ON CONSPICIOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

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EXHIBITIONS ON EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL STAGE A MOBILE EXHIBITION FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THREE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TO PROMOTE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE EMPLOYMENT LAWS.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH AIMS AT INTRODUCING TO THE PUBLIC THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE STATUTORY ENTITLEMENTS OF WORKERS, WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEXES OF LEI TUNG ESTATE, LAI KOK ESTATE AND WAN TSUI ESTATE.

APART FROM STATIC DISPLAYS, THE EXHIBITION ALSO FEATURES A QUIZ ON EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION, WITH A LUCKY DRAW FOR SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANTS.

LABOUR STAFF WILL BE ON THE SPOT TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES ON EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS MATTERS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9.30 AM TO 5.30 PM ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

SEPTEMBER 1 - 3

SEPTEMBER 8-11

SEPTEMBER 22 - 24

LEI TUNG ESTATE, AP LEI CHAU

LAI KOK ESTATE, CHEUNG SHA WAN

WAN TSUI ESTATE, CHAI WAN

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CENTRAL ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 2 AND 3) FOR THE HOLDING OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL LAN KWAI FONG STREET FESTIVAL AND THE HONG KONG FOOD FESTIVAL 1989.

LAN KWAI FONG WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON SATURDAY TO 7 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ALSO, D’AGUILAR STREET BETWEEN WYNDHAM STREET AND WING WAH LANE WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOON TO 7 PM ON SATURDAY AND FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, D’AGUILAR STREET BETWEEN WING WAH LANE AND WELLINGTON STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO BECOME A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS FROM WELLINGTON STREET.

VEHICLES ON WYNDHAM STREET HEADING FOR WO ON LANE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WELLINGTON STREET AND D’AGUILAR STREET TO JOIN WO ON LANE.

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