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

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1^9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SEPT RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY RELEASED ............. 1

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER PUBLISHED ................ 4

EXPANSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET ECONOMY'S NEEDS ...................................................... a

YOUTH FESTIVAL HAS SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE................... 9

AIR CONDITIONING INDUSTRY CAN HELP PROTECT ENVIRONMENT.... 10

PORT FACING MAJOR STRUCTURAL, OPERATIONAL CHANGES ........ 12

LADY WILSON OPENS HK'S FIRST 'CHILDREN WONDERLAND' ....... 1?

IMPORTANCE OF RIGHT CHOICE OF CAREER STRESSED ............ 15

IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT GUIDANCE STRESSED .................. 1?

WORK OF FISH CULTURE ASSOCIATION PRAISED ................. 1?

FINDINGS C" USE OF UNDERGROUND SPACE ANNOUNCED ........... 19

FEES PAYABLE TO TRAVEL AGENTS REGISTRAR REVISED .......... 20

APPOINTMENT TO JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION ............... 21

PUBLIC URGE!) TO JOIN IN FIGHT AGAINST AIDS .............. 22

AIDS DAY CONCERT ON SUNDAY................................ 23

SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER VISITS PAK KONG ................ 24

BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE IN SAI KUNG ...................... 25

WINNERS OF FIGHT CRIME COMPETITION RECEIVE PRIZES ........ 25

WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN OPENING .................... 26

FIGHT CRIME CONCERT IN TAI PO ............................ 2?

SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY.......... 2?

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES ON SUNDAY ... 20

FIRE SAFETY SEMINAR FOR YAU TSIM RESIDENTS ............... 29

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED ................................. 50

PHONE ADVISORY SERVICE IN UK NOW PERMANENT................ ?0

MORE TIME TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES 31

CIVIC EDUCATION TEACHING KITS FOR SCHOOLS ................ ?1

CONSTRUCTION OF COASTAL EFFLUENT OUTFALLS PROPOSED ....... 32

THREE LAND LOTS FOR SALE BY AUCTION....................... 33

AGRICULTURAL LAND IN YUEN LONG TO BE RESUMED ............. 34

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG ....................... 35

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN CENTRAL, WAN CHAI ............. 35

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1989

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SEPT RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN SEPTEMBER 1989, ESTIMATED AT #8,786 MILLION, INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988 WHILST THEIR VOLUME DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

LOCAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE AND TOURIST SPENDING REMAINED SLUGGISH IN SEPTEMBER.

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988, RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT UP BY 14 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 12 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 16 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF SUPERMARKETS INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME. MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WENT DOWN BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 11 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 17 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 19 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

COMPARING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT HAD A NEGLIGIBLE CHANGE IN VOLUME.

SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 15 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 8 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING. FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 9 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN SALES VALUE AND FELL BY 6 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS WENT UP BY 6 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES BY SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 13 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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HOWEVER, CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 16 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1989, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAI BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR SEPTEMBER 1989 DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT UP BY 12 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS ROSE BY 2 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 8 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED BY 6 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF SUPERMARKETS AND "MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS” ROSE BY 9 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 14 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES DROPPED BY 19 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 21 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR AUGUST 1989 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR SEPTEMBER 1989.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 1989 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES. IB) 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 SEPTEMBER 1989 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR AUGUST 1989 AND WITH THOSE FOR SEPTEMBER 1988. AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE SEPTEMBER 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.: 5-565240).

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TAbuE 1 : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for Septeaber)989 (Provisional Figure) 3 HKS 8,786aiIlion for August 1989 (Revised Figure) 3 HKS 8,921aillion

TABLE 2 : VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR AUGUST 1989 AND SEPTEMBER 1989

(Monthly average of Oct. 84 - Sept. 85 3 100)

1 I Itea • _ 1 Index of 1 Septeaber 1989 Septeaber 1989 I coapared with Septeaber 1989 1 coapared with 1 Septeaber 1988 i Jan.-Sep. coapared Jan.-Sep. 1989 : with I 1988 :

1 Retail ! Sales August 1989

August 1989 :

(Revised (Provisional Points x: Points X 1 Points x :

1 1 figures) figures) !

: (A) । FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES 1 1

1 Value 159 157 -2 -2: 3 2: 10 7 :

1 Volume 124 12! -3 -21 -5 -4 : 1 • :

: (8) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS 1

1 Foodstuffs, alcoholic 1 1 Value 146 163 18 । 12: 20 > 14 : 18 । 15 1

1 drinks and tobacco 1 Volute 114 126 12 io: 6 5 : 5 4 :

Fuels ! Value 119 121 2 2: 14 13 : 8 8 :

! Voluse 118 120 2 2 : 4 4 : 2 2 :

Clothing, footwear 1 Value 159 156 -2 -i • -7 -4 : 14 9 1

1 • and allied products 1 Volute 116 113 -3 -3: -17 -13 : -2 -1 1 I

Consuaer durables ; Value 154 142 -12 -e : -19 -12 : -1 1 • ;

I Voluae 117 106 -10 -9 : -20 -16: -8 -6 !

1 Other consuaer goods 1 Value 176 165 -10 -6 : 5 3: 10 6 1

1 1 1 Voluae 137 128 -9 -6 : -2 -21 1 1 1

i : co • BY SELECTED TRADES • • । । । 1 1

I (see note 1 below) » 1

1 Superaarkets I Value 194 212 18 9 : 29 16 : 21 13 :

1 1 1 Voluae 149 162 13 9: 7 5 : 3 2 :

1 Motor vehicles 1 Value 267 271 4 1 : -12 -4 • 50 21 :

and parts 1 Voluae 177 178 2 1 : -21 -H s 23 13 :

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Consuaer durables ' Value 119 103 -17 -14 : -21 -n : -16 -12 !

other than eotor 1 Voluae 98 84 -14 -14 : -19 -19 1 -17 -16 I

1 1 vehicles and parts 1 t I 1

1 1 Department stores 1 Value 218 176 -42 -19 : 16 10 : 20 11 I

I i '■ Voluae 163 129 -34 -21 1 1 1 : 2 2 1

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

(a) 'Superaarkets' - a trade in the "Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco" group.

(b) "Motor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the "Consumer durables* group.

(c) 'Consumer durables other than eotor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the "Consuaer durables* group.

(d) ’Departtent steres* - a trade in the 'Other tonsuaer goods* group.

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

3. '•' denotes a figure within *0.5.

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER PUBLISHED * * * » *

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS FELL MARGINALLY IN OCTOBER, AS DID HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH.

THERE WAS, HOWEVER, A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS DURING THAT MONTH.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE FELL BUT OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG RECORDED A MODERATE INCREASE IN OCTOBER.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS DECREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, FOLLOWING THE FAIRLY RAPID INCREASE OF 2.1 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER, WHICH WAS PARTLY THE INFLUENCE OF THE NEW SHARE ISSUE AT THE ENI) OF SEPTEMBER.

DEMAND DEPOSITS. IN PARTICULAR, FELL BY 4.7 PER CENT. SAVINGS DEPOSITS ROSE BY 3.0 PER CENT WHILE TIME DEPOSITS FELL BY 0.8 PER CENT.

DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1989, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 12.6 PER. CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS ROSE BY 3.3 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 1.1 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND AN INCREASE OF 0.8 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER.

AMONG THESE DEPOSITS U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 2.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER WHILE NON-U.S. DOLLAR GREW BY 4.2 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR. TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 24.5 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS REMAINED UNCHANGED IN OCTOBER, AFTER INCREASES OF 0.6 PER CENT AND 4.1 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER RESPECTIVELY.

ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL MARGINALLY IN OCTOBER BUT STILL RECORDED AN INCREASE OF 16.8 PER CENT COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, INCREASED BY 3.7 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND BY 22.0 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR.

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DEPOSITS OF ALL CURRENCIES WITH BANKS ROSE BY 1.7 PER CENT IN OCTOBER WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES EXPERIENCED AN UNUSUAL INCREASE OF 5.0 PER CENT. THERE WERE SOME LARGE INCREASES IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS PLACED WITH A NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

OVER THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1989, THE FORMER ROSE BY 20.2 PER CENT WHILE THE LATTER GREW BY 11.9 PER CENT.

MONEY SUPPLY

HKSM1, HKSM2 AND HKSM3 DECLINED BY 3.4 PER CENT, 0.2 PER CENT AND 0.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN OCTOBER. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN SEPTEMBER WERE 7.4 PER CENT, 2.4 PER CENT AND 2.0 PER CENT.

THIS CONTRAST WAS A REFLECTION OF THE EFFECT OF THE NEW SHARE ISSUE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER 1989 WHICH INVOLVED TOTAL SUBSCRIPTION MONIES OF AROUND $4.6 BILLION.

DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1989, HK$M1, HKSM2 AND HKSM3 ROSE BY 6.1 PER CENT. 13.9 PER CENT AND 12.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF SWAP DEPOSITS, HKSM2 DECLINED BY 0.2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND GREW BY 17.9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER. HKSM3 DECLINED BY 0.2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND GREW BY 16.3 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR.

TOTAL Ml FELL BY 2.9 PER CENT WHILE TOTAL M2 AND M3 GREW BY 1.6 PER CENT AND 1.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN OCTOBER. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN SEPTEMBER WERE 7.0 PER CENT. 1.3 PER CENT AND 1.3 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR. TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 5.4 PER CENT, 19.9 PER CENT AND 19.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS DECLINED BY 4.6 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 2.5 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND AN INCREASE OF 11.3 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER.

OF THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS, THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 0.2 PER CENT. THOSE DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES DECREASED BY 7.9 PER CENT AFTER AN INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER OF 19.5 PER CENT. CONFORMING WITH A QUARTERLY PATTERN ESTABLISHED RECENTLY IN FOREIGN CURRENCY LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

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LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG FELL BY 0.8 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 2.5 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND A’ DECREASE OF 4.1 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. OVER THE YEAR. THESE LOANS GREW BY 16.5 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 0.6 PER CENT IN OCTOBER COMPARED WITH INCREASES OF 1.8 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 30.9 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG DECLINED BY 9.4 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. AFTER AN INCREASE OF 4.0 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND AN INCREASE OF 30.2 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 25.5 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE MERCHANDISING TRADE NOT TOUCHING HONG KONG INCREASED BY 0.4 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, AFTER A FALL OF 5.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND AN INCREASE OF 11.4 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 56.7 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS DECREASED BY ONE TO 165. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 35 WHILE THAT OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY ONE TO 209.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SETS OUT SUMMARY FIGURES FOR OCTOBER 1989 AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS.

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MONETARY STATISTICS - OCTOBER 1989

Oct 1989 Earlier months

Money Supply (X change to October 1939)

Sep 1969 Jul 1989 Oct 1988

Ml - HK$ 82,441 85,383 ( -3.4 X) 78,863 ( 4.5 X) 77,725 ( 6.1 X)

Foreign currency 9,178 8,989 ( 2.1 %) 9,027 ( 1.7 X) 9,169 ( 0.1 X)

Total 91,619 94,372 ( -2.9 %) 87,690 ( 4.2%) 86,894 ( 5.4 X)

M2 - HK$ 386,216 387,027 ( -0.2 X) 377,568 ( 2.3 X) 339,175 ( 13.9 X)

Foreign currency 552,309 536,745 ( 2.9 X) 527,636 ( 4.6 X) 443,509 ( 24.5 X)

Total 938,525 CD *-4 c-j CO CJ o> 905,404 ( 3.7 X) 782.684 ( 19.9 X*i

M3 - HK$ 418,370 419,243 ( -0.2 %) 412,111 ( 1.5 X) 372,052 ( 12.4 X)

Foreign currency 591,129 572,346 ( 3.3 X) 562,077 ( 5.2 X) 474,442 ( 24.6 X)

Total 1,009,499 991,588 ( 1.8 %) 974,187 ( 3.6 X) 846,494 ( 19.3 X)

Notes and coins in circulation 36,565 36,668 ( -0.3 %) 36,339 ( 0.6 X) 31,895 ( 3 4.6 X )

of which held by public 31,843 32,271 ( -1.3 X) 31,552 ( 0.9 27.931 ' 14.0 %)

Total Deposits

Total Demand deposits Total Savings deposits Total Time deposits with banks Total Time deposits with dtcs HK$ deposits USS deposits Other foreign currency deposits All deposits Foreign currency swap deposits 59,776 179,977 649,924 69,039 373,929 308,162 276,626 958,716 61,954 62,101 175,364 637,212 65,770 374,378 300,585 265,483 940,446 61,982 ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( -3.7 X) 2.6 X) 2.0 X) 5.0 X) -0.1 X) 2.5 X) 4.2 X) 1.9 X) 0.0 X) 56,339 171,059 629,465 66,752 368,139 299,334 256,142 923,614 59,230 ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( 6.1 X) 5.2 X) 3.3 X) 3.4 X) 1.6 X) 2.9 X) 8.0 X) 3.8 X) 4.6 X) 58,963 167,572 513,495 61,712 332,139 250,901 218,701 801,741 40,920 ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( 1.4 7.4 26.6 11.9 12.6 22.8 26.5 19.6 51.4 X) X) X) %) X) X x J X) X)

Total Loans and advances

To finance H.K.’s visible trade 63,899 64,423 ( -0.8 X) 65,568 ( -2.5 X) 54.849 ( 16.5 X')

To finance merchandising trade 10,066 10,023 ( 0.4 %) 9,549 ( 5.4 X) X) 6,424

not touching H.K. Other loans for use in H.K. 564,974 561,481 ( 0.6 %) 545,203 ( 3.6 431,754 ( 30.9 & 1

Other loans for use outside H.K. 456,347 503,896 ( -9.4 %) 371,971 ( 22.7 %) 363,648 ( ( ( ( ( 25.5 X)

Other loans where the place of 78,506 90,043 (“ 12.8 %) 86,067 ( -8.8 X) 66,820 17.5 X)

use is not known Loans in HK$ 507,919 507,120 ( 0.2 X) 493,069 ( 3.0 X) 381,183 33.2 X)

Loans in foreign currencies 665,873 722,744 ( -7.9 X) 585,289 ( 13.8 X) 542,313 22.6

Total loans and advances 1,173,792 1,229,865 ( -4.6 %) 1,078,358 ( 8.8 X) 923,496 27.1 X)

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EXPANSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET ECONOMY’S NEEDS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN RECOGNITION OF THE URGENT NEED FOR MORE WELL-EDUCATED YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK IN OUR MATURING ECONOMY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

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"ALTHOUGH THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT-FINANCED INSTITUTIONS IN THIS EXERCISE WILL OBVIOUSLY BE IMPORTANT, THE NEED TO EXPAND HIGHER EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE SEEN MERELY AS A NEED TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF OUR TRADITIONAL UNIVERSITIES," HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE EIGHTH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE HANG SENG SCHOOL OF COMMERCE, SIR PIERS POINTED OUT THAT POST-SECONDARY COURSES ORIENTATED TOWARDS BUSINESS, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE WOULD BE AT A PREMIUM IN THE 1990’S.

"IN HONG KONG'S ECONOMY, WE HAVE WITNESSED SHIFTS WITHIN BOTH

THE MANUFACTURING AND SERVICE INDUSTRIES INTO MORE KNOWLEDGE-INTENSIVE AND SOPHISTICATED OPERATIONS AND PROCESSES," HE SAID.

THIS HAD LED TO THE GOVERNMENT'S MAJOR INITIATIVE IN STRATEGY. HE SAID. POINTING OUT THAT THE PROVISION OF TRAINING IN RESPONSE TO THE DEMAND FOR EDUCATION FOR THE COMMERCE WAS ALSO ESSENTIAL.

EDUCATION PRACTICAL WORLD OF

"AND THE HANG SENG SCHOOL IS AN UNDOUBTED LEADER IN THIS FIELD. OF THE 2,000 STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE SCHOOL'S DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS STUDIES, MOST ARE NOW SERVING IN VARIOUS AREAS OF HONG KONG’S COMMERCIAL SECTOR.

"SOME HAVE MOVED RAPIDLY TO SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT POSITIONS.

"OTHERS HAVE SPECIALISED IN FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, TRADING OR FOREIGN EXCHANGE, OR IN MARKETING AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH. ALL GIVING HONG KONG GREATER STRENGTH AND DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE," HE SAID.

A GOOD INDICATION OF THE SCHOOL’S SUCCESS, SIR PIERS SAID, WAS THE NUMBER OF ITS GRADUATES WHO PROCEEDED TO MORE ADVANCED STUDIES, BOTH IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS.

HE SAID MANY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS SENT BY THE SCHOOL FOR FURTHER STUDY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM HAD BEEN AWARDED HONOURS IN THEIR DEGREE COURSES.

FURTHERMORE. SOME HAD GONE ON TO TAKE UP HIGHER DEGREES IN PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES, AN EXAMPLE OF NOT JUST ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BUT OF THE INTERNATIONALISM WHICH WAS THE KEY TO HONG KONG'S LONG TERM SUCCESS. HE SAID.

/THE SCHOOL .......

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THE SCHOOL HAD UNDOUBTEDLY FULFILLED THE HOPE EXPRESSED 10 YEARS AGO BY THE THEN GOVERNOR. SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, NOW LORD MACLEHOSE WHEN HE LAID ITS FOUNDATION STONE AND SPOKE OF HIS EXPECTATION THAT THE SCHOOL WOULD PLAY A SPECIAL ROLE IN PROVIDING POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR THE TERRITORY'S COMMERCIAL SECTOR, SIR PIERS SAID.

"SINCE THEN. MAJOR CHANGES BOTH IN THE ECONOMY AND IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM HAVE COMBINED TO MAKE THE ROLE OF A COMMERCIAL SCHOOL SUCH AS THIS EVEN MORE CRUCIAL," HE SAID.

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YOUTH FESTIVAL HAS SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE « t t * *

THE YOUTH FESTIVAL HAS A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE IN RELATION TO COMMUNITY BUILDING AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. MR PETER TSAO, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL.

THIS WAS MR TSAO’S FIRST PUBLIC FUNCTION AFTER TAKING UP HIS APPOINTMENT TODAY.

"I AM SURE I WILL NOT FIND A MORE MEANINGFUL AND MEMORABLE EVENT TO PENCIL IN ON THE FIRST PAGE OF MY WORKING DIARY AS SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS." HE NOTED.

MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT THE OBJECT OF COMMUNITY’ BUILDING WAS TO HELP MAKE THE SOCIETY OF HONG KONG MORE COHESIVE AND HARMONIOUS THROUGH THE JOINT EFFORT OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND EVERY CITIZEN.

"THE YOUTH FESTIVAL. IN ADOPTING THE THEME 'WE ARE HONG KONG’. IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF PUTTING THE OBJECT INTO PRACTICE.

"THE MANY EVENTS IN THIS MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL HAVE INVOLVED THE JOINT PARTICIPATION OF MORE THAN A HUNDRED VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. AS WELL AS COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE.

"THIS SHOWS THE TEAM SPIRIT THAT WE NEED SO MUCH IN HONG KONG AS WE RISE TO THE CHALLENGES AHEAD." HE NOTED.

MR TSAO SAID MUCH PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. BUT THE SUPPORT OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION WAS NEEDED.

THE FESTIVAL’S APPEAL TO YOUNG PEOPLE TO PURSUE A PROPER AND BALANCED DEVELOPMENT. TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY WAS THEREFORE A "MOST WELCOME AND TIMELY MESSAGE". MR TSAO SAID.

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"I UNDERSTAND THAT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE YOUTH FESTIVAL ARE INTENDED TO SPREAD AND REINFORCE THIS MESSAGE. 1 BELIEVE THEY WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS FOSTERING A GENERATION OF CONCERNED AND CARING CITIZENS." HE ADDED.

MR TSAO THEN PERFORMED A SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF THE FESTIVAL.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH. MRS ROSANNA TAM, DESCRIBED THE FESTIVAL AS A MOST MEMORABLE DAV IN THE HISTORY OF HONG KONG. A DAY WHOLLY DEVOTED TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

"IT IS ENCOURAGING THAT THEIR STATUS HAS BEEN RECOGNISED AND GIVEN GREAT IMPORTANCE.

"AS HONG KONG FACES THE CHANGES IN ITS FUTURE. THE MORE WE NEED YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN, AND BE COMMITTED TO, THE SOCIETY," SHE NOTED.

MRS TAM HOPED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE, THROUGH PARTICIPATING IN THE FESTIVAL. WOULD BECOME MORE ATTACHED TO THE TERRITORY. AND BE MORE WILLING TO SHOULDER THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF BUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AT THE CEREMONY. WINNERS OF A SLOGAN COMPETITION HELD EARLIER IN CONNECTION WITH THE FESTIVAL. WERE PRESENTED WITH PRIZES.

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THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. DR STUART REED. THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING CALLED ON THE AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION INDUSTRY TO ADDRESS. AND IMPROVE. SOME EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL SHORTCOMINGS TO HELP CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION ASSOCIATION. DR REED SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED THAT HE HAD BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK ON "HOW THE ASSOCIATION CAN CO-ORDINATE AND CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER ENVIRONMENT IN OUR SOCIETY".

"YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC FOR MY ADDRESS THIS EVENING DISPLAYS A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE AND ENLIGHTENED ATTITUDE. I ONLY HOPE THAT OTHER INDUSTRIAL AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS WILL FOLLOW YOUR LEAD." DR REED SAID.

"THERE ARE. 1 THINK. THREE ASPECTS OF YOUR ACTIVITIES WHERE YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE AND THESE ARE NOISE. ASBESTOS AND THE OZONE LAYER." HE ADDED.

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ON NOISE. DR REED SAID THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) RECEIVED SOME 600 COMPLAINTS EVERY YEAR ABOUT NOISE FROM AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION INSTALLATIONS. AND 95 PER CENT OF THESE RELATED TO COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATIONS.

"I BELIEVE THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG." HE NOTED.

TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION. DR REED SAID. THE ASSOCIATION COULD DEVELOP A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MINIMISING NOISE NUISANCE ARISING FROM THE INSTALLATIONS AND TO RAISE AWARENESS OF NOISE CONTROL ISSUES AMONG ITS MEMBERS.

"THE NOISE SPECIALISTS IN MY DEPARTMENT WOULD BE ONLY TOO PLEASED TO HELP OUT AND COLLABORATE WITH YOU IN DEVELOPING A CODE OF PRACTICE." HE SAID.

ANOTHER USEFUL ACTION WOULD BE TO COMPILE A LIST OF REPUTABLE ACOUSTIC CONSULTANTS AND SPECIALIST CONTRACTORS. FOR REFERENCE BY ASSOCIATION MEMBERS IN DEALING WITH THE MORE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS.

THE ASSOCIATION COULD ALSO CONSIDER SETTING UP A COMPLAINT "HOT-LINE" TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC ITSELF.

WARNING OF GRAVE CONSEQUENCE'S FOR THE PLANET’S OZONE LAYER IF RELEASE OF CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFC’S) FROM AIR CONDITIONING AND OTHER SYSTEMS WERE NOT CHECKED. DR REED SAID: "THE DAMAGE BEING DONE IS ALREADY DEMONSTRABLE. IT IS NOT TN DOUBT AND IT IS QUITE FRIGHTENING.

"EVEN IF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE IDEAS FOR BANNING CFC’S AND HALONS ARE ADOPTED. IT WILL NOT BE UNTIL THE YEAR-. 2050 BEFORE AT LEAST SOME OF THE DAMAGE TO THE OZONE LAYER IS REVERSED.

"THESE FLUIDS ARE WHAT MAKE YOUR MACHINES WORK AND THE MEASURES TAKEN TO CONTROL THEM WILL AFFECT YOU AND BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY."

DR REED SUGGESTED THAT IN THE SHORT TERM IT WOULD BE NECESSARY IN EVERYBODY’S INTEREST TO CONSERVE AND RECYCLE CFC’S WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

HE PRESSED THE ASSOCIATION TO FORM A CENTRAL "CLEARING HOUSE" COMMITTEE TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS RELATING TO REPLACEMENT CHEMICALS AND COMPATIBLE PLANTS.

THIS COMMITTEE COULD BE RESPONSIBLE. ALSO. FOR COLLECTING AND DISSEMINATING INFORMATION AND CODES OF PRACTICE ON WAYS TO MINIMISE LOSSES OF COOLANT DURING MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS AND. INDEED. DURING THE NORMAL OPERATIONS OF AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION PLANTS.

THE COMMITTEE COULD ALSO PROMOTE THE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING. OR THE PROPER DISPOSAL. OF CFC’S FROM REDUNDANT EQUIPMENT.

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REFERRING TO THE RECENT INCIDENTS OF THE RELEASE OF ASBESTOS DURING THE DEMOLITION OF ONE OF THE TREGUNTER TOWER BLOCKS. IN THE MID-LEVELS. DR REED SAID THAT ONE OF THE SOURCES WAS ASBESTOS JOINTS USED IN THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM.

DR REED CALLED ON THE ASSOCIATION TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF ITS MEMBERS TO THE ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS OF ASBESTOS AND TO ENCOURAGE MEMBERS NOT TO USE ASBESTOS IN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS.

’’THERE ARE PLENTY OF SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE.” HE POINTED OUT.

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PORT FACING MAJOR STRUCTURAL, OPERATIONAL CHANGES *****

IMPORTANT STRUCTURAL AND OPERATIONAL CHANGES LIE AHEAD FOR THE PORT OF HONG KONG AND ITS MARITIME INDUSTRY IN THE 1990’S, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR DERICK HALL,. SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE OF SEATRANSPORT AT THE INSTITUTE’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Ml? HALL SAID THE MARINE DEPARTMENT STROVE TO PROVIDE PORT USERS THE BEST POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENT IN WHI UH TO OPERATE EFFIC IENTLY. EFFECT IVELY AND HOPEFULLY. PROFITABLY.

"Till REIN. THE GOVERNMENT’S PRIME OBJECTIVE IS TO CONTINUE TO ENHANCE HONG KONG’S STATUS AS THE PRIMARY SHIPPING CENTRE IN SOUTHERN CHINA AND WITHIN THE DYNAMIC' PACIFIC RIM. ' MR HALL ADDED.

CITING THE NEW HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER AS AN EXAMPLE. MR HALL SAID IT WAS DUE TO OPEN IN THE LATTER. PART OF NEXT YEAR.

HE SAID IT WOULD EQUIP THE FUTURE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WITH \ SHIPPING REGISTER UNDER ITS OWN LEGISLATION AS LAID DOWN BY THE JOINT DECLARATION.

ELIGIBILITY TO REG ISTER A SHIP UNDER. THE NEW REGISTER HAD BEEN DEVISED TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LOCAL SHIPPING COMMUNITY. WHILE SURVEY AND CERTJFJ CATION OF SHIPS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH REQUIREMENTS OF INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS.

THE OPERATION OF THE REGISTER SHOULD BE SELF-FINANCING WITH ITS COSTS TO BE RECOVERED BY MEANS OF A COMBINATION OF INITIAL REGISTRATION FEES. ANNUAL TONNAGE CHARGES AND SURVEY FEES.

MR HALL SAID HONG KONG HAD RECENTLY ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT ON RECIPROCAL EXEMPTION OF TAX ON SHIPPING INCOME WITH THE UNITED STATES WHICH WOULD CONTINUE TO APPLY AFTER 1997.

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"THE PURPOSE OF THIS AGREEMENT IS TO FORESTALL THE ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS POSTED BY THE 1986 U.S. TAX REFORM ACT ON THE HONG KONG SHIPPING SECTOR AND REFLECTS THE DETERMINATION OF HONG KONG TO REMAIN AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP MARITIME CENTRES, PROVIDING AN EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT, OPERATION AND SHIPOWNING BASE FOR SHIPOWNERS AND SHIPPING AGENCIES," MR HALL SAID.

AS REGARDS THE VESSEL TRAFFIC SCHEME, WHICH BECAME OPERATIONAL IN MID-OCTOBER THIS YEAR. MR HALL SAID IT WAS A MIX OF EQUIPMENT UNIQUELY TAILORED TO THE HONG KONG ENVIRONMENT.

THE SYSTEM, COSTING MORE THAN US$20 MILLION (HONG KONG $156 MILLION) INCLUDING INSTALLATION AND TRAINING COSTS, WAS TASKED WITH IMPROVING THE SAFETY OF NAVIGATION AND EFFICIENCY OF UTILISATION OF HONG KONG WATERS.

ON THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVE1.OPMENT STRATEGY STUDIES, MR HALL SAID THE NEW DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT, AT A COST OF $50 BILLION, WOULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST SINGLE CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECTS IN THE WORLD.

THE WHOLE PROJECT. INVOLVING A NEW CONTAINER PORT AT TSING YI AND STONECUTTERS ISLAND, CALLED FOR HUGE RECLAMATION WORKS AND NEW TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE.

"NOW WE HAVE A BLUEPRINT AND THE TASK AHEAD IS TO IMPLEMENT IT IN AN ORDERLY, PRAGMATIC MANNER TO MEET THE GROWING TRADE NEEDS OF OUR PORT.

"WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT MANY CHALLENGES LIE AHEAD. HOWEVER, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN MEET AND RESOLVE THESE AND SO PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH THE PORT IT DESERVES WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY."

COMMENTING ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS MARINE ADVISER IN LONDON. MR HALL SAID HE WAS "CONFIDENT THAT I AM LEAVING TO MY SUCCESSOR A FIRST RATE ’GO-AHEAD’ DEPARTMENT".

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LADY WILSON OPENS UK'S FIRST 'CHILDREN WONDERLAND’ * * * * *

THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND IN KING’S PARK HAS PUT INTO PRACTICE THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION THAT "PLAY IS A CHILD'S RIGHT. ALONG WITH NUTRITION. HEALTH EDUCATION AND SHELTER". LADY WILSON SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEWLY-REDEVELOPED CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AT THE KING’S PARK RISE IN HO MAN TIN. LADY WILSON SAID: "CHILDREN EVERYWHERE NEED A CHANCE TO PLAY, AS WELL AS TO BE EDUCATED.

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"IT IS GOOD TO SEE THAT BOTH THESE NEEDS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED FOR AND INTEGRATED INTO THE OVERALL DESIGN OF THIS CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, WHICH IS GIVEN THE UNUSUAL THEME OF 'A VOYAGE TO THE MOON’."

THE S3.5 MILLION PLAYGROUND IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE PLAYRIGHT CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION WHICH HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROJECT ITS UNIQUE CONCEPT AND DESIGNS.

OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 1,390 SQUARE METRES, THE PLAYGROUND WAS REDEVELOPED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR AFTER TWO YEARS OF HARD WORK.

THIS "CHILDREN’S WONDERLAND" IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG WITH VERY FASCINATING PLAY EQUIPMENT AIMED TO STIMULATE CHILDREN’S IMAGINATION AND PHYSICAL STRENGTH.

LADY WILSON SAID THE SPECIAL PLAY EQUIPMENT AT THE PLAYGROUND WAS NOT ONLY CREATIVE. BUT MADE TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD.

THESE PLAY EQUIPMENT INCLUDED A MOON ROCKET, A MOONSCAPE, A PAIR OF SOUND TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER FOR CHILDREN TO HEAR REFLECTED SOUNDS AND ECHOES. A SUSPENSION BRIDGE, A MOON DRAGON, A KALEIDOSCOPE, A NUMBER OF TUBULAR MUSICAL BELLS, A SPACE MONSTER AND A TOUCH WALL FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN.

"THE DESIGN AND COLOURFUL APPEARANCE ADD TO THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE PLAYGROUND. AND MAKE IT, I AM SURE, IRRESISTABLE TO CHILDREN, WHILST HELPING THEM TO KEEP PHYSICALLY FIT AND WELL," SHE SAID.

NOTING THAT CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HAD BEEN TAKEN CARE OF WITH THE PROVISION OF THE TOUCH WALLS, LADY WILSON SAID SHE WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE THAT SAFETY MATS HAD BEEN PLACED UNDERNEATH THE PLAY EQUIPMENT TO PROTECT ALL THOSE WHO USE IT.

ALL THIS GOOD WORK WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE EXPERTISE, ENTHUSIASM AND EFFORTS OF A VARIETY OF PROFESSIONALS UNDER THE NAME OF "PLAYRIGHT" AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WHO HAD BEEN MOST SUPPORTIVE AND GENEROUS, LADY WILSON SAID.

"THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WILL ALLOW MANY OTHER ORGANISATIONS TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE IN THE FIELD OF PLAY." SHE ADDED.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE: CHAIRMAN OF PLAYRIGHT CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION. MRS ANNE MARDEN; CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE. DR SAMUEL WONG; DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JAMES SO: CHAIRMAN OF THE POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL, MR STEPHEN CHEONG; AND YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH.

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IN HIS WELCOMING ADDRESS, MR FORSGATE SAID THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WAS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE COUNCIL’S TASK OF REDEVELOPING AND IMPROVING EXISTING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN LINE WITH THE CHANGING NEEDS AND TASTES OF THE COMMUNITY.

RECALLING THE HISTORY OF THE PLAYGROUND. HF SAID WREN IT WAS FIRST OPENED IN 1971. THE PLAYGROUND WAS EQUIPPED WITH CONVENTIONAL PLAY EQUIPMENT, ALL QUITE OUT OF PLACE WITH THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT.

IN MID 1987. THE PLAYRIGHT CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION APPROACHED THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR ITS SUPPORT TO EMBARK ON THE PROPOSAL TO REDEVELOP THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AS A JOINT VENTURE WITH THE COUNCIL.

"THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PLAYGROUND CALLED FOR A LOT OF IMAGINATION AND HARDWORK. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL CONCERNED FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS AND DEDICATION IN BRINGING THIS PROJECT TO FRUITION.

"I AM SURE CHILDREN WILL HAVE LOTS OF FUN PLAYING HERE." MR FORSGATE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OCCASION. MRS MARDEN SAID THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING THE CONCEPT THAT PLAY SHOULD BE A WAY OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPING DURING CHILDHOOD AND BEYOND. WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE WAY THAT THIS PLAYGROUND HAD BEEN CREATED.

"IT IS OF COURSE A PILOT PROJECT BUT I HOPE THAT PERHAPS WE MAY PROVIDE A FOUNDATION TO BE BUILT ON AND THAT OTHER ’PLAYGROUNDS FOR ALL CHILDREN’ MAY APPEAR IN FUTURE." SHE ADDED.

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IMPORTANCE OF RIGHT CHOICE OF CAREER STRESSED

YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE TAKING THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS HELPING THEMSELVES AND HELPING TO BUILD A BETTER HONG KONG IF THEY ACQUIRE UP-TO-DATE CAREERS INFORMATION, AN OMELCO MEMBER, MRS ROSANNA TAM, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE "CAREERS ’90 EXHIBITION" AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL, MRS TAM SAID A PROPER CHOICE OF CAREER WAS BENEFICIAL TO BOTH THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

SHE ALSO SAID FEW DECISIONS IN LIFE HAD SUCH FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS AS THOSE OF CHOOSING A CAREER.

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"IT IS THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT THAT SUFFICIENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD OF WORK AND PROPER GUIDANCE ON CHOOSING A CAREER IS AVAILABLE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE," SHE SAID, ADDING THAT "CAREERS ’90" SERVED THIS VERY PURPOSE.

NOTING THAT HONG KONG FACED A TIME OF RAPID ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FULL EMPLOYMENT AND THE SO-CALLED DRAIN, MRS TAM SAID THE NEED TO UTILISE PROPERLY THE SKILLS AND TALENTS OF OUR ECONOMICALLY ACTIVE POPULATION WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.

"WE ALL KNOW THAT HONG KONG'S PRESENT ECONOMIC SUCCESS OWES MUCH TO THE INGENUITY, RESOURCEFULNESS, ADAPTABILITY. SKILLS AND INTELLIGENCE OF OUR WORKFORCE," SHE ADDED.

"CAREERS ’90", ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND REGIONAL COUNCIL, IS THE FIRST FOCAL EVENT OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH FESTIVAL ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, OF WHICH MRS TAM IS THE CHAIRMAN.

MRS TAM SAID THE FESTIVAL ATTEMPTED TO INSTIL A SENSE OF COMMITMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WHILE THE COMMON THEME OF ITS 200-ODD EVENTS WAS "WE ARE HONG KONG".

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND.

WINNERS OF A BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXHIBITION RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES AT THE CEREMONY.

THE FIRST WINNER WAS KAN SIU-CHI <IB), OF CARITAS BIANCHI COLLEGE; SECOND WAS NGAN K1N-HO (14), OF CONFUCIUS HALL MIDDLE SCHOOL; AND THIRD WAS CHOI MAN-WAI (IB), OF S.K.H. LAM WOO MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL.

THIS YEAR, 23 ORGANISATIONS FROM THE COMMERCIAL, MANUFACTURING AND SERVICE SECTORS, AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, ARE TAKING PART IN THE 10-DAY EXHIBITION.

IT WILL BE OPEN FROM 9.30 AM TO 6.30 PM DAILY I T TOMORROW (SATURDAY) UNTIL DECEMBER 11.

WORK DEMONSTRATIONS AND STATIC DISPLAYS WILL ALSO BE STAGED BY VARIOUS DISCIPLINED AND AUXILIARY SERVICES AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND THE NEW TOWN PLAZA. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DECEMBER 2 (SATURDAY) - CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT

DECEMBER 3 (SUNDAY)

DECEMBER 9 (SATURDAY)

- AUXILIARY SERVICES (INCLUDING CIVIL AID SERVICES, ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS), ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES)

- ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE

DECEMBER 10 (SUNDAY) - FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

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IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT GUIDANCE STRESSED *****

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. MR Y.T. LI. SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) SCHOOLS SHOULD AIM AT PRODUCING YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF HIGH CALIBRE WHO ARE ABLE TO UNDERTAKE COMPLEX AND DIFFICULT TASKS WITH GRACE AND CONFIDENCE.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL SPEECH DAY' OF ST FRANCIS’ CANOSSIAN COLLEGE. MR LI SAID THAT AS HONG KONG SOCIETY BECAME MORE COMPLEX. ITS EMERGING PROBLEMS AND IMPENDING CHANGES WOULD CALL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FLEXIBLE AND IMAGINATIVE MINDS AS WELL AS SOUND EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS TO ASSUME LEADERSHIP ROLES IN SOCIETY.

SCHOOLS PROVIDED AMPLE OPPORTUNITY. AS WELL AS A FERTILE ENVIRONMENT. FOR THIS PROCESS. HE SAID.

"WHERE A BROAD CURRICULUM AND A WIDE RANGE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED. THE CAREER CHOICE OF STUDENTS IS CONSIDERABLY WIDENED. AND THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT AS ABLE. VERSATILE INDIVIDUALS READY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND ITS PEOPLE, ARE CORRESPONDINGLY ENHANCED.

"IT IS. THEREFORE, VERY IMPORTANT THAT SCHOOLS GIVE STUDENTS CAREFUL GUIDANCE ON THEIR CHOICE OF SUBJECTS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SO THAT THEIR POTENTIAL CAN BE REALISED AND DEVELOPED TO THE FULL." HE SAID.

A GOOD TEACHER HAD A WIDE-RANGING ROLE TO PLAY. MR LI SAID.

STUDENTS MIGHT SEE THEIR TEACHER SIMPLY AS A PERSON WHOSE SOLE DUTY WAS TO TEACH. BUT THIS WAS FAR FROM THE TRUTH.

MR LI DESCRIBED A TEACHER AS A COUNSELLOR AND ADVISER WHO ATTENDED TO STUDENTS’ PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND HELPED TO GUIDE THEIR DEVELOPMENT. AND A FRIEND WHO SHARED THEIR THOUGHTS.

THE TEACHER ALSO HELPED TO PLAN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM THROUGH THE SUBJECT PANEL AND AS AN ORGANISER OF. AND LEADER IN. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

IF THE TECHER WERE ALSO ABLE TO ATTEND COURSES TO UPDATE KNOWLEDGE AND TO IMPROVE TEACHING METHODS. THE PERSON BECAME A STUDENT AT THE SAME TIME.

THESE MULTIFARIOUS ROLES EXISTED IN SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT WAYS IN OTHER PROFESSIONS. MR LI SAID.

"THE VARIETY OF ROLES IN ALMOST ALL JOBS IS LIKELY TO INCREASE AS SOCIETY BECOMES MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED.

"PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO DISPLAY SPECIAL QUALITIES IN ADDITION TO THE ESSENTIAL BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF THEIR PROFESSION. TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF A CONSTANTLY EVOLVING SOCIETY." HE ADDED.

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WORK OF FISH CULTURE ASSOCIATION PRAISED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE YUNG SHUE AU MARINE FISH CULTURE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION WAS PRAISED THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING FOR ITS EFFORTS IN THE PAST YEAR IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT IN FISH CULTURE ZONES IN SAI KUNG AND RAISING AQUACULTURE TECHNIQUES.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (FISHERIES) OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. DR CHRISTOPHER LEE. SAID THE ASSOCIATION HAD HELPED FOSTER CO-OPERATION AMONG MARICULTURISTS IN THE YUNG SHUE AU AREA. RESULTING IN IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AS WELL AS BETTER COMPLIANCE WITH THE MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE INAUGURATION OF THE SECOND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

"THE ASSOCIATION HAS ALSO ENCOURAGED THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND EXPERIENCE AMONG MARICULTURISTS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE FISH CULTURE TECHNIQUES." HE SAID.

DR LEE ALSO THANKED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONTINUING CO-OPERATION IN THE DEPARTMENT’S OXYGEN BUDGET MODELLING FOR FISH CULTURE ZONES.

THE PROJECT USES DATA ON VARIOUS FACTORS AFFECTING THE OXYGEN CONTENT IN SEA WATER. SUCH AS TIDAL CURRENT. SUNSHINE. RAINFALL. AND OTHER FACTORS TO DEVELOP A COMPUTER MODEL TO PROVIDE FORECASTS ON THE LIKELIHOOD OF OXYGEN DEPLETIONS WHICH MAY LEAD TO FISH KILLS. AND ALSO TO DETERMINE THE MAXIMUM FISH STOCK CARRYING CAPACITY OF THE -FISH CULTURE ZONE.

THE PROJECT WAS STARTED IN MID-1986 AND IS BEING CARRIED OUT AT THE YUNG SHUE AU FISH CULTURE ZONE AT THREE FATHOMS COVE.

THE YUNG SHUE AU MARINE FISH CULTURE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION WAS ESTABLISHED A YEAR AGO AND CURRENTLY HAS 75 MEMBERS. ALSO PRESENT AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY THIS EVENING WAS THE ASSOCIATION’S HONORARY PRESIDENT. MR ANDREW WONG.

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FINDINGS ON USE OF UNDERGROUND SPACE ANNOUNCED « * » » »

THE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL USE OF UNDERGROUND SPACE IN HONG KONG (SPUN) HAS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THAT ROCK CAVERNS CAN PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO HONG KONG’S CHRONIC SHORTAGE OF SPACE AND HELP TO PRESERVE AND IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER, DR TED PRYOR, SAID TODAY' (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, DR PRYOR SAID ALTHOUGH UNDERGROUND SPACE, IN THE FORM OF DEEP BASEMENTS AND TUNNELS FOR TRANSPORTATION AND UTILITIES, WAS ALREADY WIDELY UTILISED IN HONG KONG, THERE HAD BEEN VERY LITTLE USE MADE OF LARGE MAN-MADE ROCK CAVERNS.

"IT BECAME APPARENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S METROPLAN AND PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (PADS) STUDIES, THAT MEDIUM AND LONGTERM GROWTH OF THE URBAN AND PORT AREAS IS GOING TO BE VERY LARGE.

"IN THESE AREAS, THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPMENT UNDERGROUND HAS BECOME VERY' ATTRACTIVE FOR CERTAIN USES."

THE ROCK CAVERN CONCEPT HAS A NUMBER OF BENEFITS. IT WO> D PROVIDE ADDITIONAL LAND, ENABLE THE USE OF STEEP HILLS WHICH WOl I.D OTHERWISE BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DEVELOP BY CONVENTIONAL METHODS. ALLOW FOR THE RETENTION OF THE EXISTING LANDSCAPE, AND WOULD RESULT IN THE UNDERGROUND LOCATION OF SOME ENVIRONMENTALLY UNDESIRABLE ACTIVITIES.

THE GOVERNMENT STARTED THE SPUN STUDY LAST YEAR TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF FORMING UNDERGROUND ROCK CAVERNS FOR A VARIETY OF USES.

SEVEN CONCEPTUAL SCHEMES WERE SELECTED FOR THE STUDY. THE SEVEN SCHEMES AND THE LOCATIONS STUDIES WERE:

GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES WAREHOUSE REFUSE TRANSFER STATION SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT OIL AND PLG STORAGE CONTAINER FREIGHT STAT I ON/WAREHOUSE CONTAINER TRACTOR AND TRAILER PARKING COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITY THE FIRST THREE PROJECTS LISTED ABOVE PROJECTS AND THEIR CONSTRUCTION IN CAVERNS SALE FOR OTHER USES. CHAI WAN MT DAVIS MT DAVIS SOUTHWEST TSING YI SOUTH CENTRAL TSING YI SOUTH CENTRAL TSING YI QUARRY BAY WOULD BE PUBLIC SECTOR WOULD RELEASE LAND FOR /THERE ARE

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THERE ARE OBVIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS IN LOCATING THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AND REFUSE TRANSFER STATION UNDERGROUND. ALSO. AN EARLY START COULD BE MADE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WORKS.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT STORE IN CHAI WAN WILL ALSO RELEASE LAND FOR INDUSTRIAL USES.

AS FOR THE STORAGE OF OIL AND GAS. IT IS CHEAPER TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE A CAVERN FACILITY. VALUABLE WATERFRONT LAND CAN BE RELEASED FOR POTENTIAL USES WHILE A REDUCTION OF THE POTENTIAL HAZARD IS ACHIEVED WITH THE CAVERN OPTION.

THE STUDY ALSO EXAMINED THE PROVISION OF CONTAINER PORT BACK-UP FACILITIES. THE PROVISION OF A CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION, TRACTOR AND TRAILER PARK AND EMPTY CONTAINER STORAGE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY AND ADJACENT TO A CONTAINER TERMINAL WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO EACH OTHER.

THE PROVISION OF COMMERCIAL/GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY FACILITY IN QUARRY BAY WOULD HELP TO PRESERVE THE CURRENT BRAEMAR HILL GREEN BELT ZONE ABOVE.

DR PRYOR SAID THE GOVERNMENT VIEWED THE FINDINGS OF THE SPUN STUDY WITH CONSIDERABLE OPTIMISM AND WAS NOW CONSIDERING WHICH OF THE SCHEMES COULD BE TAKEN FORWARD TO THE DETAILED FEASIBILITY STAGE.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL WELCOME INITIATIVES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR," HE SAID.

"TO ASSIST. A DRAFT CODE OF PRACTICE WILL BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE A BASIS FOR DETAILED TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS AS AND WHEN PRIVATE DEVELOPERS APPROACH THE GOVERNMENT WITH SPECIFIC PROPOSALS."

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS AMENDED EXISTING REGULATIONS TO REVISE THE VARIOUS FEES PAYABLE TO THE REGISTRAR OF TRAVEL AGENTS IN CONNECTION WITH APPLICATIONS FOR A TRAVEL AGENT’S LICENCE AND RELATED MATTERS.

THE TRAVEL AGENTS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989, PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). REVISE THE FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE TRAVEL AGENTS REGULATIONS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE FEES, WHICH WERE INTRODUCED IN 1986. HAD BEEN REVISED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF INFLATION AND THE INCREASED COST OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES.

THE FEE FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A TRAVEL AGENT’S LICENCE HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM $.800 TO $340.

/THE FEE

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THE FEE FOR A LICENCE OR RENEWAL OF A LICENCE IS NOW SET AT 4275 PER MONTH WHEREAS, IN THE PAST, THE FEE FOR A LICENCE OR RENEWAL OF A LICENCE FOR 12 MONTHS WAS $3,000 AND THAT FOR A LICENCE FOR SIX MONTHS OR LESS WAS $1,500.

THE OTHER REVISED FEES ARE SET OUT IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE AMENDED TRAVEL AGENTS REGULATIONS. WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO TAKEN TO REVISE THE REGULATIONS SO AS TO PERMIT THE CHARGING OF PRO RATA LICENCE FEES FOR LICENCES WITH VALIDITY PERIODS RANGING FROM ONE MONTH TO 12 MONTHS.

"THIS WILL ALLOW FEES TO BE CALCULATED ON A ’PER MONTH’ BASIS IN . ORDER TO ENABLE LICENCE RENEWAL DATES TO BE SPREAD EVENLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THIS WILL EASE THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN ON THE TRAVEL AGENTS REGISTRY WHERE MOST LICENCES ARE RENEWED AT THE SAME TIME EACH YEAR."

HE SAID THAT BEFORE THE REGULATIONS WERE AMENDED, A LICENCE MIGHT BE RENEWED FOR 12 MONTHS. OR FOR SIX MONTHS OR LESS. IN THE LATTER CASE. THE FEE WAS THE SAME WHETHER THE LICENCE WAS FOR ONE MONTH OR SIX MONTHS.

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APPOINTMENT TO JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION « * * * »

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE APPO1 .ENT OF MR LARRY KO SAL-KIT AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMM 1 ION FOR A PERIOD AT TWO YEARS. MR KO WILL TAKE UP HIS APPO . TMENT ON JANUARY I NEXT YEAR.

MR KO, AGED 50, IS A SOLICITOR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE. HE HAS WIDE INTERESTS IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, HAVING BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD AND THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AID. HE IS CURRENTLY THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SERVICE.

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PUBLIC URGED TO JOIN IN FIGHT AGAINST AIDS ♦ * * ♦ t

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MRS PEGGY LAM TODAY (FRIDAY) APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO JOIN THE WORLDWIDE EFFORT AGAINST AIDS, ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE SECOND WORLD AIDS DAY.

MRS LAM, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON AIDS EDUCATION ACTIVITIES, SAID WORLD AIDS DAY WAS A TIME "TO HEIGHTEN OUR AWARENESS ABOUT AIDS, TO CARE FOR OURSELVES AND EVERYONE WE COME INTO CONTACT WITH AND TO CONTINUE OUR ACTIVITIES AGAINST AIDS".

AS THE FOCUS FOR THIS YEAR'S WORLD AIDS DAY WAS ON YOUTH, SHE SAID, A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN PLANNED WITH THAT TARGET GROUP IN MIND.

MRS LAM SAID THERE WOULD BE AN AIDS YOUTH CONCERT AT THE PIAZZA IN KOWLOON PARK ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3). THE CONCERT WOULD BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A SERIES OF SEMINARS FOR YOUTH AND POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS, A YOUTH SEXUALITY DRAMA COMPETITION AND AN ESSAY COMPETITION ON AIDS.

FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC, A ROVING EXHIBITION HAS BEEN PLANNED WITH AN AIM TO REACH THE LARGEST POSSIBLE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS. THE FIRST OF THESE DISTRICT EXHIBITIONS WILL BE STAGED AT THE LOK WAH COMMUNITY CENTRE IN KWUN TONG, FROM DECEMBER 15 TO 17.

FOR SPECIAL GROUPS, A SEMINAR FOR THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO WORK WITH DRUG ABUSERS WILL BE HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING IN WAN CHAI ON DECEMBER 13 AND ANOTHER ONE FOR RECOVERING DRUG ABUSERS AT THE SAMI VENUE ON DECEMBER 16 .

MRS LAM SAID ALL THESE ACTIVITIES AIMED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ON HOW AIDS WAS SPREAD AND HOW THE INFECTION COULD BE PREVENTED.

SHE THANKED ALL THOSE INVOLVED FOR THEIR VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE PLANNING AND ORGANISING OF THE ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S WORLD AIDS DAY, AND THE WAH KIU YAT PO, SING TAO J1H PAO AND THE HENG SENG BANK FOR THEIR KIND DONATIONS.

EARLIER, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES), OF. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, DR PAUL SAW, EXPLAINED THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACING THE EMPHASIS ON YOUTH.

"YOUTH MAY BE MORE LIKELY THAN OTHERS TO ENGAGE IN RISK BEHAVIOUR. YET ARE OFTEN LESS LIKELY TO BE AWARE OF THE RISKS OF INFECTION WITH THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS," HE SAID.

/THE VARIOUS .......

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THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE SECOND WORLD AIDS DAY HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND ORGANISED BY A SPECIAL STEERING COMMITTEE SET UP BY THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH.

DR SAW SAID THAT WITH THE SETTING UP OF THE COMMITTEE, EFFORTS IN HONG KONG TO STOP AIDS HAD REACHED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR IT SIGNIFIED COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PARTICIPATION THAT WOULD LEAD TO SUSTAINED ACTIVITY AND LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS.

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AIDS DAY CONCERT ON SUNDAY * * * * *

A YOUTH CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD AIDS DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE KOWLOON PARK PIAZZA ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) AFTERNOON.

THE CONCERT, ONE OF THE MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE AIDS PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, IS ORGANISED BY THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON AIDS EDUCATION ACTIVITIES 1989.

POPULAR SINGERS, INCLUDING ALEX TO, KIT MAN, AND THE BLUE JEANS TRIO, WILL PERFORM AND THE PROGRAMME WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG ON RADIO 2.

A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MISS MARIA TAM, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 2.40 PM.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON AIDS EDUCATION ACTIVITIES 1989, MRS PEGGY LAM, AND THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S.H. LEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT THE PIAZZA BY 2.30 PM.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO SHOW THEIR MEDIA IDENTITY CARDS ON ENTRY. PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD HAVE TELEPHOTO LENSES.

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER VISITS PAK KONG

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED PAK KONG TO LOOK AT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN THE PAK KONG VILLAGE EXTENSION AREA (VEA).

THE PAK KONG VEA IS ONE OF THE THREE GOVERNMENT PILOT SCHEMES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR VILLAGE EXPANSION BY THE INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS THEMSELVES.

THE OTHER TWO SCHEMES ARE AT TIN SUM TSUEN IN SHA TIN AND SHEUNG SHUT TSUEN IN SHEUNG SHUI.

MR TONG SAID THE AIM OF THE PILOT SCHEMES WAS TO PREVENT POSSIBLE PROBLEMS OF SMALL HOUSE DEVELOPMENTS.

"WITHOUT OVERALL PLANNING, ACCESS AND SEWERAGE MAY BE INADEQUATE. MAKING THE PROVISION OF BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS REFUSE COLLECTION, PARKING AND LIGHTING EXTREMELY DIFFICULT," HE EXPLAINED.

"THE PAK KONG VEA SCHEME WAS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IN MAY 1981, AND A LAYOUT PLAN WAS ENDORSED BY THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE IN JULY 1983," HE SAID.

THE VILLAGE LAYOUT PROVIDES 4.9 HECTARES OF LAND FOR 150 SMALL HOUSE SITES, ROADS, DRAINAGE, 129 CAR AND LORRY PARKING SPACES. REFUSE COLLECTION FACILITIES AND RECREATION AREAS.

THE SCHEME IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN TWO PHASES.

THE FIRST PHASE COVERS 2.48 HECTARES AND WILL PROVIDE SITES FOR 70 SMALL HOUSES. THE SITE FORMATION WORK WAS COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR AFTER RESUMPTION AND CLEARANCE IN MID-1985.

SO FAR 62 APPLICATIONS FOR BUILDING SMALL HOUSES IN PAK KONG VEA PHASE ONE HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE SITES WILL BF. GRANTED BEFORE THE END OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

PHASE TWO OF THE SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED IF THE FIRST PHASE IS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

TODAY MR TONG ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE PAK KONG VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR LOK KWOK-WING. AND OTHER VILLAGERS FOR A BRIEF DISCUSSION.

HE ALSO VISITED PAK KONG AU VILLAGE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH THE VILLAGERS AND THEIR VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR LAU WAN-HEI.

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BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE IN SAI KUNG

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A BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE WHICH TOOK PLACE TODAY (FRIDAY) AND YESTERDAY IN SAI KUNG RECEIVED AN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING IN THE DISTRICT,

MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE GAVE BLOOD IN THE TWO-DAY ACTIVITY. THEY WERE MAINLY LOCAL RESIDENTS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. STAFF OF SOME GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT ALSO PARTICIPATED.

AS A TOKEN OF THANKS, EACH DONOR WAS GIVEN A T-SHIRT AND A DIARY.

THE BLOOD DONATION DRIVE WAS CO-ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

IT WAS DESIGNED AS A CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITY ENCOURAGING LOCAL PEOPLE TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE AND HELPFUL CITIZENS THROUGH GIVING BLOOD.

IT WAS ALSO ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRST YOUTH FESTIVAL IN HONG KONG. WHICH STARTED TODAY.

WITH "WE ARE HONG KONG" AS THE THEME, THE YOUTH FESTIVAL AIMS AT INDUCING A SENSE OF COMMITMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE TOWARDS THE BUILDING OF A BETTER HONG KONG WITH THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER. MR FREDERICK TONG, TODAY OFFICIATED AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE BLOOD DONATION ACTIVITY.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR WILLIAM WAN: THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR (NEW TERRITORIES EAST) OF THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, DR SUSAN CHAN; TV ARTISTE MISS YU YEE-HA: AND THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE, DR RAYMOND CHU.

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WINNERS OF FIGHT CRIME COMPETITION RECEIVE PRIZES

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SIX YOUNG WINNERS OF A FIGHT CRIME COLOURING AND SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION WERE INTRODUCED TO THE "ROBOTCOP" AT A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TODAY (FRI DAY).

THE COMPETITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH AND ASIA TELEVISION LIMITED IN NOVEMBER TO PROMOTE A FIGHT CRIME COMIC BOOKLET.

/A POLICE

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A POLICE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT RESPONSE TO THE COMPETITION WAS VERY ENCOURAGING AND THAT OVER 1.000 ENTRIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED.

THE COMPETITION WAS DIVIDED INTO THE JUNIOR SECTION FOR CHILDREN AGED 10 OR UNDER. AND THE SENIOR SECTION FOR THOSE AGED 11 TO 14 .

AT TODAY'S PRESENTATION CEREMONY. THE "ROBOTCOP" WAS INVITED AS A SPECIAL GUEST TO PRESENT TOY COUPONS VALUED AT $500, $300 AND $100 RESPECTIVELY TO THE TOP THREE WINNERS OF BOTH SECTIONS.

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WAN CHAI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN OPENING *****

A ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION AND A BUS PARADE WILL BE HELD IN WAN CHAI TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, THE CAMPAIGN WILL PROMOTE AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON ROAD SAFETY MEASURES.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2 PM AT HENNESSY CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY, WITH A LION DANCE AND PERFORMANCES BY THE CAPE COLLINSON BAND.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH ALSO PROVIDES STALL GAMES, WILL BE HELD AT THE SAME VENUE. VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN ROAD SAFETY RULES THROUGH VIDEO GAMES AND CAN TAKE PICTURES WITH CARTOON CHARACTERS. SOUVENIRS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE VENUE.

A DECORATED BUS WILL SET OFF FROM THE CENTRE AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR A TOUR OF THE DISTRICT TO DISTRIBUTE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY MATERIAL.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN; WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR MICHAEL PREW; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MS ANNA TANG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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FIGHT CRIME CONCERT IN TAI PO ♦ * * * *

RESIDENTS OF TAI PO ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A FIGHT CRIME CONCERT TO BE HELD IN TAI PO CENTRE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CONCERT IS AIMED AT SPREADING THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE TWO HOUR-CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM AND PERFORMERS WILL INCLUDE CITY BEAT AND THE MAPLE BAND.

THERE WILL ALSO BE TALKS GIVEN BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS, MR LAU HON-WAH, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF WU 01 CHRISTIAN CENTRE, MR CHAN KA-FAI.

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY * ♦ » « ♦

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL 1989 WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) BETWEEN 1 PM AND 4 PM AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SH1U KIN SPORTS GROUND, FUK MAN ROAD. SAI KUNG TOWN.

APART FROM GAMES STALLS, PONY RIDES, A MAGIC SHOW, A "ROBOT COP", SINGING AND BALLET PERFORMANCES, THERE WILL BE A POLICE DOG SHOW, PARACHUTE JUMP DEMONSTRATION BY THE ARMY AND A PERFORMANCE BY THE POLICE BAND.

OFFICIATING AT THE CARNIVAL’S OPENING WILL BE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG: THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; AND THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME STAR, MISS LISA WANG.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (WONG TAI SIN). MR PAANG KU1-SAN: FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBER MR LEUNG SAU-CHI; THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (SAI KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LAM TIN-KEE; AND LIEUTENANT COMMANDER CY BEATTIE OF THE BRITISH FORCES, HONG KONG.

A GOOD CITIZEN AWARD WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED DURING THE CEREMONY.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE CARNIVAL ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

/ENQUIRIES ABOUT .......

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1989

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CARNIVAL CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE DURING OFFICE HOURS ON TEL. 3-7923240 OR 3-7921242.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL 1989 AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) AT SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND, FUK MAN ROAD, SAI KUNG TOWN.

THE PARACHUTE JUMP DEMONSTRATION BY THE ARMY WILL START AT 3.45 PM.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES ON SUNDAY

THREE MAJOR EVENTS WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE 36-DAY CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

AT 2 PM, OMELCO MEMBER MR CHENG HON-KWAN. THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LIU LIT-FOR, AND OTHER GUESTS WILL OFFICIATE AT A CLOSING CEREMONY AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

IT WILL BE PRECEDED BY A DRUM AND PIPE BAND PARADE, A LION DANCE AND A BAMBOO DANCE. PERFORMING GROUPS WILL INCLUDE THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S ROYAL REGIMENT, THE SCOTTISH PIPE BAND AND THE HONG KONG BOYS SCOUT BRIGADE.

SINGERS ROMAN TAM. ELIZA CHAN AND ANNE BRIDGEWATER WILL BE

AMONG THE PERFORMERS IN THE TWO-HOUR CARNIVAL WHICH FOLLOWS THE CEREMONY. TELEVISION ARTISTES KAM KWOK-WAI AND WONG MAN-YEE WILL PERFORM A CANTONESE OPERA. TO BE FOLLOWED BY BALLET AND FOLK DANCES.

A NUMBER OF STALLS WILL BE SET UP AT THE VENUE FOR DISPLAYING THE WORKS BY STUDENTS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S FACULTY OF FINE ARTS, AND FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN PALM-READING AND TAKING PICTURES WITH CARTOON FIGURES.

AT ABOUT 3 PM, ANOTHER VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE FORBES STREET PLAYGROUND IN KENNEDY TOWN.

IT WILL BE PRECEDED BY A CLOSING CEREMONY TO BE OFFICIATED BY

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR AMBROSE LAU: DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER; AND URBAN COUNCILLOR MR CHAN TAK-CHOR.

/THE VARIETY

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THE VARIETY SHOW WILL INCLUDE POPULAR SONGS BY SINGERS MAN PUI-LING AND FONG YEE-KE1, A DRAMA TO BE PRESENTED BY TV COMEDIAN HO WAI-LUNG AND PALM-READING BY FORMER TV PERFORMER CHAN CHUN-WAH.

THERE WILL ALSO BE STALL GAMES. A HUGE INFLATED ELEPHANT AND A COLOURING COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN, AS WELL AS A PERFORMANCE BY A GROUP OF MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS.

AT 7.45 PM, OMELCO MEMBER MISS MARIA TAM WILL OFFICIATE AT THE ’’DISTRICT FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT NITE” AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

TO BE HOSTED BY TV ARTISTE KOO KEI-KWAN, THE FUNCTION WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY SINGER LI LUNG-KEI, CHINESE ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES, MODERN DANCE, CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS AND SINGING BY A GROUP OF LOCAL ELDERLY PEOPLE.

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MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE THREE FUNCTIONS TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL. THE FUNCTIONS WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM, 3 PM AND 7.30 PM RESPECTIVELY ON 1 SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT, THE FORBES STREET PLAYGROUND IN KENNEDY TOWN AND THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

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FIRE SAFETY SEMINAR FOR YAU TSIM RESIDENTS t t ♦ ♦ *

YAU TSIM RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A SEMINAR ON FIRE SAFETY TO BE HELD AT CHINA HONG KONG CITY IN CANTON ROAD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3).

THE SEMINAR IS PART OF ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT IN THE DISTRICT. J

A SENIOR STATION OFFICER OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL SPEAK ON WAYS TO DEAL WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRE THAT CAN OCCUR IN THE HOME.

AFTER THE TALK. A DEMONSTRATION ON THE USES OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT WILL BE GIVEN AT THE NEARBY CANTON ROAD FIRE STATION.

/OFFICIATING AT

.UDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1989

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE YAU To IM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO: CHAIRMAN OF DISTRICT BOARD, MR YIP WAH , AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S DIVISIONAL COMMANDER (KOWLOON SOUTH), MR VICTOR HSU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER YAU TS1M DISTRICT’S SEMINAR ON FIRE SAFETY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) ON THE UPPER GROUND FLOOR. CHINA HONG KONG CITY, 33 CANTON ROAD, BEGINNING XT 2.30 PM.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED ♦ * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER Ol BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF UEARSON FINANCE (ASIA) LIMITED AND OF BOT FINANCE (H.K.) LIMITED AS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES IIAS BEEN REVOKED AS AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THEIR OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

PHONE ADVISORY SERVICE IN UK NOW PERMANENT *****

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON WILL OPERATE ITS TELEPHONE ADVISORY SERVICE ON A PERMANENT BASIS FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SERVICE. INTRODUCED ON A TRIAL BASIS A YEAR AGO, IS AIMED AT ASSISTING HONG KONG TRAVELLERS TO THE UK WHO ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES AT PORTS OF ENTRY THERE.

DURING WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, OFFICERS FROM THE LONDON OFFICE CAN BE CONTACTED ON 0860 434922.

ON WEEKDAYS, TRAVELLERS SEEKING ADVICE SHOULD CALL 01-629 5068.

DURING THE WEEK. THE ADVISORY SERVICE WILL FUNCTION FROM 9.30 AM TO 1 PM, AND 2 PM TO 5.30 PM; AND ON WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM 9.30 AM TO 5.30 PM.

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MORE TIME TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES *****

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR THE REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP SET UP TO REVIEW LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR TWO MONTHS TO PROVIDE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AMPLE TIME TO SEND IN THEIR VIEWS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY). A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO END THIS MONTH.

"HOWEVER. IN VIEW OF THE INTERESTS AND CONCERN EXPRESSED BY THE PUBLIC AND VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL BODIES, THE DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE CONSULTATION PERIOD TO FEBRUARY 28. 1990," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN ADDITIONAL 3.000 COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE NOW BEING PRINTED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS MONTH.

THE PUBLIC CAN OBTAIN COPIES FROM THE INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THIRD FLOOR. LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

COMMENTS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY.

THE REPORT REVIEWS EXISTING CHINESE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES IN HONG KONG. IDENTIFIES AREAS WHERE FURTHER IMPRi,'VEMENTS ARE THOUGHT TO BE NECESSARY AND PROPOSES APPROPRIATE MEASl'lRES FOR ACHIEVING SUCH IMPROVEMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF THE CONSULTATION. PROPOSALS WOULD EVENTUALLY BE DRAWN UP FOR THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION.

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CIVIC EDUCATION TEACHING KITS FOR SCHOOLS *****

A TOTAL OF 1.850 SETS OF CIVIC EDUCATION TEACHING KITS COSTING $250,000 HAS BEEN PRODUCED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO PRIMARY' AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

PRODUCTION OF THE TEACHING KITS WAS SPONSORED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF YAN CHAI HOSPITAL.

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE PRESENTATION OF THE TEACHING KITS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE HELD AT LEE GARDENS HOTEL. CAUSEWAY BAY, ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4) AFTERNOON.

/THE DIRECTOR

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL ACCEPT THE TEACHING KITS FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF YAN CHAI HOSPITAL, MR CHOI WAI-CHIU, AT THE CEREMONY.

OF THE TEACHING KITS, 1,200 SETS ARE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 650 FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4), BEGINNING AT 3.30 PM IN THE CAROLINE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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CONSTRUCTION OF COASTAL EFFLUENT OUTFALLS PROPOSED ******

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONSTRUCT EFFLUENT OUTFALLS NEAR STONECUTTERS ISLAND AS PART OF THE NORTH WEST KOWLOON SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SCHEME.

THE WORKS INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF A COASTAL SECTION OF EFFLUENT OUTFALL ALONG THE NORTHWEST COASTLINE OF STONECUTTERS ISLAND AND INSTALLATION OF A MARINE SECTION OF EFFLUENT OUTFALL TO LINK WITH THE COASTAL SECTION.

TEMPORARY WORKS ON THE RECLAMATION AND ALONG THE NORTHWEST COASTLINE AT STONECUTTERS ISLAND, DREDGING AND BACKFILLING OF THE SEABED WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

THE WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 4.3.2 HECTARES. INCLUDING THE WESTERN FORESHORE AT STONECUTTERS ISLAND AND THE SEABED BETWEEN THE WESTERN TIP OF STONECUTTERS ISLAND AND THE NORTHERN FAIRWAY.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS EASEMENT IN Oh’ OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED

DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE

AN INTEREST, INVOLVED MAY

RIGHT OR

SUBMIT A

WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE

JANUARY 31 NEXT YEAR.

THE NOTICE OF SUCH OBJECTION SHALL DESCRIBE THE INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT OF THE OBJECTOR AND THE MANNER IN WHICH HE ALLEGES HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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IN ADDITION, AUTHORISATION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO GRANT A SHORT TERM TENANCY TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB, WHICH WILL, IN TURN, CARRY OUT RECLAMATION WITHIN AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 4,680 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT PAK SHA WAN, SAI KUNG.

THIS IS TO PROVIDE LAND FOR CARPARKING SPACES AND BOAT STORAGE, DREDGING OF SEABED AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SEAWALL.

THE WORK WILL BEGIN IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED ABOUT MARCH, 1991.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE OF AUTHORISATION PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

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 NOVEMBER 30 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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THREE LAND LOTS FOR SALE BY AUCTION t t t * *

THREE LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 28 IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

THE LOTS INCLUDE A 27,300-SQUARE-METRE SITE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES AT TAT CHEE AVENUE, YAU YAT TSUEN, KOWLOON.

THE OTHER TWO LOTS ARE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ONE IS LOCATED IN TAI MONG TSAI, SAI KUNG, AND HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 3,550 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE OTHER. LOT IS LOCATED TN AREA 11. SHA TIN NEW TOWN WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 3,400 SQUARE METRES. THE LOT IS FOR GODOWN (EXCLUDING DANGEROUS GOODS AS DEFINED IN THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE) PURPOSES.

/FULL PARTICULARS........

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1989

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

- THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG:

- THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUBOFFICE, 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 WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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AGRICULTURAL LAND IN YUEN LONG TO BE RESUMED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME NINE PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS IN YUEN LONG FOR DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES.

THE RESUMPTION OF THE LOTS. HAVING A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 3,091.4 SQUARE METRES, IS REQUIRED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PYLONS TO CARRY A 400-KILOVOLT OVERHEAD POWERLINE FROM THE YUEN LONG SUB-STATION TO THE LAI CHI KOK SUB-STATION.

A NOTICE ON THE RESUMPTION WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE LOTS WILL REVERT TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE EXPIRY OF THREE MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF POSTING OF THE NOTICE ON THE LOTS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG it***

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE HOLDING OF THE SHING MUN TUNNEL CHARITY WALK 89-90, SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND NOON ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE SHING MUN ROAD SECTION BETWEEN SHING MUN RESERVOIR AND WO YI HOP ROAD, AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF WO YI HOP ROAD SECTION BETWEEN SAM TUNG UK ROAD AND LEI SHU ROAD WILL BE CLOSED.

BUSES ON KMB ROUTE 32, ON JOURNEYS TO THE TAI KOK TSUI FERRY, - WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, TSUEN KAM INTERCHANGE, CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST, CHEUNG SHAN BUS TERMINUS, SHING MUN ROAD, CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST, CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, TSUEN KAM INTERCHANGE, TEXACO ROAD NORTH, KWOK SHU I ROAD, CHEUNG WING ROAD AND WO YI HOP ROAD. THEY WILL THEN RESUME NORMAL ROUTEING.

MINIBUSES ON GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 94, ON JOURNEYS TO KWAI SHING, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHEK ON STREET, SHEK KWAI STREET, CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, TSUEN KAM INTERCHANGE, TEXACO ROAD NORTH, KWOK SHUI ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD. THEY WILL THEN RSUME NORMAL ROUTEING.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 82, 82M AND 94S WILL BE SHORTENED, WITH MINIBUSES OPERATING BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ONLY. NORMAL SERVICE WILL BE RESUMED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CHARITY WALK.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES * * *

IN CENTRAL, WAN CHAI * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 4 AM TO MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 3) FOR HOLDING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY.

IN WAN CHAI, STONE NULLAH LANE SOUTH OF KAT ON STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 11 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAY, FOR A CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY THE ST JAMES’ SETTLEMENT.

DURING THE CLOSURE, LUNG ON STREET WILL BECOME A TWO-DAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS FROM KENNEDY STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1^9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROSPEROUS AND STABLE HK IS IN CHINA'S INTEREST: SES ... 1

BETTER ACCESS FOR TEXTILE EXPORTS ...................... 3

•IN TOUCH WITH REHABILITATION' CAMPAIGN STARTS TODAY ...

PUBLIC URGED TO JOIN 'CLEAN AND GREEN' SCHEME........... 5

AUXILIARY POLICE PASSING OUT PARADE .................... 6

PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER PROMOTED .............. 7

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SOUTHERN DISTRICT .................... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO VET FUND APPLICATIONS .................. 9

FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT., FISH SHOW IN NORTH DISTRICT...... 9

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TSIM SHA TSUI TOMORROW ... 10

RESIDENTS URGED TO SUPPORT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ........ 11

COMMUNITY CENTRE TO CATER FOR RESIDENTS' NEEDS.......... 12

KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY IN TAI PO.................... 1J

'KEEP HK CLEAN' COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CALL ............. 1}

WINNERS OF RADIO PLAY WRITING COMPETITION RECEIVE PRIZES .. 15

ENTRIES INVITED FOR STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEST ....... 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN .............. 16

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON NT CIRCULAR ROAD.............. 17

RE-R0UTE5HG OF HIGH STREET.............................. 17

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1989

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PROSPEROUS AND STABLE HK IS * t *

IN CHINA’S INTEREST: SES * *

A PROSPEROUS AND SATBLE HONG KONG IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE IN CHINA’S INTEREST, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

OFFICIATING AT A SEMINAR ON ECONOMIC PROSPECTS FOR HONG KONG IN THE 1990’S, MRS CHAN SPOKE OF HONG KONG’S VERY CLOSE ECONOMIC TIES WITH CHINA WHICH HAD PROVED MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL.

’’WITH THE ADOPTION OF ECONOMIC REFORMS AND OPEN DOOR POLICIES BY CHINA, HONG KONG HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT GATEWAY TO CHINA.

"WE HAVE RESUMED OUR TRADITIONAL ROLE AS A MAJOR ENTREPOT

SERVING NOT ONLY CHINA BUT ALSO THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION AT LARGE.

"OUR RE-EXPORT TRADE, PARTICULARLY WITH CHINA, HAS RISEN SUBSTANTIALLY. ALONG WITH THE RAPID EXPANSION OF VISIBLE TRADE, THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A LARGE INCREASE IN INVISIBLE TRADE, INCLUDING A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF TRADE-RELATED SERVICES," SHE SAID.

HONG KONG AND CHINA ARE NOW EACH OTHER’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER AND HONG KONG IS CHINA’S MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE OF INWARD INVESTMENT.

"DESPITE RECENT STRAINS ON OUR RELATIONSHIP, I AM CONFIDENT THAT WITH MUTUAL TRUST AND UNDERSTANDING, THE TIES THAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN," SHE SAID.

ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC PROSPECTS IN GENERAL, MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE TERRITORY LAY AT THE HEART OF THE ASIA PACIFIC RIM WHERE GROWTH WAS EXPECTED TO OUTSTRIP THOSE OF OTHER. REGIONS.

"HONG KONG IS NOW THE WORLD’S 1 1 TH LARGEST TRADING ENTITY AND WITH A FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND ECONOMY AND OUR CONTINUED INVESTMENTS IN OUR HUMAN RESOURCES AND IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE TO UNDERPIN OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH, HONG KONG SHOULD REMAIN AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE AND WORK IN.

"WE ARE THUS WELL PLACED TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT LIE AHEAD." SHE NOTED.

FLEXIBILITY AND RESILIENCE HAVE BEEN THE MAIN ATTRIBUTES UNDERPINNING OUR SUCCESS IN THE PAST. AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE KEY TO OUR ECONOMIC PROSPECTS IN THE FUTURE, SHE SAID.

"AFTER THREE SUCCESSIVE YEARS OF STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH, OUR ECONOMY HAS SLOWED DOWN MARKEDLY. THIS SHOULD HELP TO EASE THE CURRENT PRESSURES ON PRICES AND LABOUR SUPPLY AND REDUCE THE RISK OF CONTINUING HIGH INFLATION," SHE POINTED OUT.

/TURNING TO .......

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TURNING TO THE STRUCTURAL CHANGES OF THE ECONOMY", MRS CHAN SAID SHE EXPECTED THE PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION TOWARDS MORE TRADING AND SERVICES RELATIVE TO MANUFACTURING TO CONTINUE INTO THE NEXT DECADE.

"HOWEVER, THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WILL REMAIN AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ECONOMY. ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT WILL CONCENTRATE INCREASINGLY ON THE SERVICE COMPONENTS OF THE MANUFACTURING OPERATION, SPECIALISING IN DESIGN, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING, QUALITY CONTROL, AND OVERALL PRODUCTION SUPERVISION.

"RELOCATION OF THE MORE LABOUR-INTENSIVE PRODUCTION PROCESSES ACROSS THE BORDER HAS ASSISTED US TO MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION, AND HAS SIGNIFICANTLY EXTENDED OUR PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY, THEREBY PROVIDING SCOPE FOR UNDERTAKING MORE SKILLED-DEMANDI NG AND TECHNOLOGY-INTENSIVF. PROCEESSES LOCALLY.

"IN TRADING AND SERVICES, CONTINUOUS UPGRADING OF OPERATIONS THROUGH THE WIDESPREAD USE OF COMPUTERS, OFFICE AUTOMATION, IMPROVED TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AND BETTER MANAGEMENT METHODS WILL ENABLE HONG KONG TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVE POSITION AS THE HUB OF BUSINESS IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION," SHE ADDED.

TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG HAD ADEQUATE PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES TO MEET THE GROWING ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES IN THE 1990'S, THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AN AMBITIOUS AND COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, SHE SAID.

THIS WOULD INCLUDE BUILDING A NEW AIRPORT BY EARLY 1997 AND ADDITIONAL PORT FACILITIES, IMPROVING OUR COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM BY PROVIDING A SECOND TELECOMMUNI CATIONS NETWORK, RECLAIMING LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCING THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

"OUR EDUCATION AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WILL ALSO BE EXPANDED SIGNIFICANTLY TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR SKILLED WORKERS AND TO FILL THE GAP LEFT BY EMIGRATION," SHE SAID.

"NOTWITHSTANDING CURRENT UNCERTAINTIES," SHE SAID, "I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL FACE THE CHANGES AND CHALLENGES OF THE 1990'S WITH THE SAME CONFIDENCE IN OUR OWN STRENGTHS AND RESILIENCE AND IN THE ABILITY OF THE COMMUNITY TO STAND TOGETHER IN CREATING A BETTER HONG KONG FOR OURSELVES AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS," MRS CHAN SAID.

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3 BETTER ACCESS FOR TEXTILE EXPORTS ♦ * t * ♦

HONG KONG AND TEXTILES AGREEMENT TO JANUARY 31 NEXT YEAR.

AUSTRIA HAVE JUST CONCLUDED ,A THREE-YEAR

REPLACE THE CURRENT ONE WHICH EXPIRES ON

THE NEW AGREEMENT, COVERING FOUR QUOTA ITEMS AND EIGHT EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CATEGORIES. REPRESENTS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE EXISTING ONE IN TERMS OF PRODUCT COVERAGE AND GROWTH RATE.

UNDER THE NEW BILATERAL AGREEMENT, THE EXISTING QUOTA ITEM ON WOVEN DRESSES OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRE AND WOVEN SKIRTS OF COTTON WILL BE DERESTRAINED AND BECOME AN ITEM UNDER EA SURVEILLANCE. SIX CATEGORIES OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS CURRENTLY ON THE LIST UNDER EA WILL ALSO BE REMOVED.

THE EXISTING AGREEMENT COMPRISES FIVE QUOTA ITEMS AND 14 CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS UNDER THE EA ARRANGEMENTS.

THE NEW AGREEMENT WAS CONCLUDED AFTER FOUR DAYS OF CONSULTATIONS IN VIENNA.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WAS LED BY MR STUART HARB INSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE. THE AUSTRIAN DELEGATION WAS LED BY MR JOSEF MAYER, DIRECTOR, MULTILATERAL TRADE POLICY DIVISION, FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS.

IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT, SWEDEN HAS AGREED TO DERESTR IAN WOVEN SHIRTS FROM HONG KONG WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1990 AND PUT THESE UNDER EA SURVEILLANCE INSTEAD.

THE DECISION WAS REACHED FOLLOWING A THREE DAY CONSULTATION HELD IN HONG KONG THIS WEEK DURING WHICH IT WAS ALSO AGREED TO MERGE THE QUOTA ITEM ON KNITTED DRESSES WITH THAT FOR SWEATERS, PULLOVERS, CARDIGANS AND SO ON.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION FOR THE CONSULTATION WAS LED BY MR MICHAEL SZF., DIRECTOR-GENERAL Ob' TRADE. THE SWEDISH DELEGATION WAS HEADED BY AMBASSADOR STANISLAW PATEK FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

MR SZE DESCRIBED THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO DERESTRAIN WOVEN SHIRTS AS A WELCOME MOVE AS THIS WOULD PUT EXPORTS OF THIS ITEM FROM HONG KONG TO SWEDEN ON AN EQUAL FOOTING WITH OTHER SUPPLIERS.

"THIS IS ALSO IN KEEPING WITH SWEDEN’S MOVE TOWARDS LIBERALISATION IN THE TRADE IN TEXTILES," HE ADDED.

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED LAST DECEMBER ITS INTENTION TO ABOLISH ALL QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INTO SWEDEN AFTER JULY 31, 1991, WHEN THE PRESENT EXTENSION OF THE MULTI-FIBRE AGREEMENT EXPIRES. HOWEVER, THE SWEDISH RESTRAINT SYSTEM WILL REMAIN TN OPERATION UNTIL THEN.

/THE CURRENT ........

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1989

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THE CURRENT HONG KONG/SWEDEN TEXTILES AGREEMENT RUNS FROM SEPTEMBER 1. 1987 TO AUGUST 31, 1992.

DETAILS ON THE NEW HONG KONG/AUSTRIA TEXTILES AGREEMENT AND ON THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS REACHED WITH SWEDEN WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NOTICE TO EXPORTERS ISSUED BY THE TRADE DEPARTMENT.

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’IN TOUCH WITH REHABILITATION’ CAMPAIGN STARTS TODAY * ♦ * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED THE PUBLIC TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT DISABLED PEOPLE WHO ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY.

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF "IN TOUCH WITH REHABILITATION” CAMPAIGN, THE FIRST TERRITORY-WIDE CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE REHABILITATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

THE CAMPAIGN STARTED WITH A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON REHABILITATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SHA TSUI .

NOTING THAT DISABLED PEOPLE REPRESENTED FOUR PER CENT OF THE

TOTAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG, MRS WONG SAID: ’’THE CAMPAIGN WILL ENHANCE THE PUBLIC’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE POTENTIALS AND NEEDS OF THE DISABLED AS WELL AS THE REHABILITATION SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THEM.”

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

IT OFFERS A WIDE-RANGING PROGRAMME. APART FROM THE EXHIBITION WHICH STARTED TODAY, THERE WILL BE A YOUTH PROJECT CONTEST AND A DESIGN AWARD FOR THE MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDING FOR THE DISABLED.

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE HELD AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL IN THE COMING TWO WEEKS. THESE INCLUDE AS A SPORTS DAY FOR THE DISABLED, FAMILY CAMPS, MOBILE EXHIBITIONS, GAMES DAY, TALENT QUESTS, SEMINARS AND DESIGN COMPETITIONS.

AT THE EXHIBITION ON REHABILITATION SERVICES, THERE ARE PANEL DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS WHICH INCLUDE REHAB1LITATION APPLIANCES AND OTHER FACILITIES. A VIDEO WALL HAS BEEN MOUNTED TO SCREEN A TV SERIES ’’REHAB MAGAZINE”.

/ALSO, VISITORS .......

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ALSO, VISITORS CAN WALK THROUGH A ’’TUNNEL OF CARE" AND EXPERIENCE A SITUATION SIMILAR TO TOTAL BLINDNESS. SOUND EFFECTS WILL BE BROADCAST INSIDE THE TUNNEL AND VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE HOW A BLIND PERSON FEELS IN HIS DAILY LIFE AND HOW TO REACT TO POSSIBLE DANGERS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TODAY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, DR HENRIETTA IP; CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED - HONG KONG, DR HARRY FANG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE "IN TOUCH WITH REHABILITATION" CAMPAIGN. MISS MARION FANG.

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PUBLIC URGED TO JOIN ’CLEAN AND GREEN’ SCHEME ♦ t ♦ * t

COUNTRY PARK VISITORS HAVE BEEN URGED TO TAKE PART IN THE "CLEAN AND GREEN" SCHEME 1989, THE SECOND PHASE OF WHICH WILL START TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE SCHEME, AN ANNUAL EVENT ORGANISED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT (AFD) TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THE NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY PARKS CLEAN AND GREEN, WAS FORMALLY LAUNCHED ON NOVEMBER 5 THIS YEAR.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE SCHEME WAS THE "CLEAN AND GREEN" WALK WHICH WAS HELD ALONG 10 SECTIONS OF THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL ON SUNDAYS IN NOVEMBER. IT SUCCESSFULLY DREW SOME 600 PARTICIPANTS, ABOUT 50 OF WHOM MANAGED TO COMPLETE MORE THAN SIX SECTIONS OF THE TRAIL WITHIN FOUR SUNDAYS AND WERE PRESENTED WITH SPECIAL SOUVENIRS.

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE SCHEME WILL BE ON FROM TOMORROW TILL JANUARY 21 NEXT YEAR.

"DURING THIS PERIOD, COUNTRY PARK VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN LITTER COLLECTION ACTIVITIES AT 13 DESIGNATED SITES INSIDE POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM." AFD’S SENIOR COUNTRY PARK OFFICER. MR C.W. LAI, EXPLAINED.

"VISITORS WHO WISH TO JOIN THE ACTIVITIES CAN SIMPLY CALL AT THE VISITOR CENTRES AT SAT KUNG, SHING MUN, PLOVER COVE, CLEAR WATER BAY AND ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARKS.

"PARK WARDENS WILL ALSO BE ON DUTY AT EIGHT WARDEN POSTS AT LANTAU, QUARRY BAY, SAI KUNG, KAM SHAN, TAI MO SHAN. PLOVER COVE AND PAT SIN LENG COUNTRY PARKS TO ASSIST PARTICIPANTS," HE SAID.

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MOREOVER. ON WEEKDAYS AND SATURDAYS DURING THE SAME PERIOD, HALF-DAY LITTER COLLECTION OR TREE-TENDING ACTIVITIES IN COUNTRY PARKS WILL BE ORGANISED FOR GROUPS OR SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE REGISTERED IN ADVANCE WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S CONSERVATION EDUCATION UNIT.

MR LAI NOTED THAT ABOUT 5,000 PEOPLE FROM 20 GROUPS HAD APPLIED TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME SO FAR.

"BOOKINGS CAN STILL BE MADE ON TEL. 3-7332121 BUT EACH GROUP SHOULD NOT EXCEED 10 MEMBERS.” HE ADDED.

HE ALSO REMINDED MEMBERS OF COUNTRYSIDE TREE” COMPETITION, ANOTHER GREEN" SCHEME, WAS NOW ON.

THE PUBLIC THAT ACTIVITY OF THE

THE "BEST "CLEAN AND

"TREE LOVERS

CONSIDER TO BE THE

MERELY

BEST IN

HAVE

HONG

TO IDENTIFY A TREE

KONG’S COUNTRYSIDE,

WHICH THEY

TAKE A 3R

PHOTOGRAPH OF IT AND RETURN THE PHOTOGRAPH TOGETHER WITH A SIMPLE LOCATION MAP OF THE TREE AND A DULY COMPLETED ENTRY FORM TO THE

DEPARTMENT BEFORE FEBRUARY 28 NEXT YEAR." HE SAID.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT AFD’S CONSERVATION EDUCATION UNIT AND ALL COUNTRY PARK VISITOR CENTRES.

HANDSOME PRIZES, INCLUDING A CAMERA SET. CAMPING AND HIKING EQUIPMENT, AND SPORTING GOODS GIFT COUPONS, HAVE BEEN LINED UP FOR THE WINNERS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT ACTIVITIES UNDER THE "CLEAN AND GREEN" SCHEME CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 3-7332121 OR 0-4200529 OR AT ANY COUNTRY PARK VISITOR CENTRE.

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AUXILIARY POLICE PASSING OUT PARADE t * t t *

THE 5,700-STRONG ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE. WHICH HAS A PROUD HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1911. IS THE LARGEST AUXILIARY OR PART-TIME POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD AND STANDS SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH THE REGULAR FORCE IN THE DAY-TO-DAY POLICING OF HONG KONG.

THIS WAS STATED BY THI POLICE DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING. MR KEITH LOMAS, WHEN HE TOOK THE SALUTE AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE AUXILIARY POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN KOWLOON BAY THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

NOTING THAT THE TRAINING PROGRAMME INCLUDED SUBJECTS IN LAW, POLICE PROCEDURES AND WEAPONRY. MR LOMAS SAID IT WAS INTENDED TO GIVE TRAINEES THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WERE REQUIRED TO DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES AS POLICE OFFICERS.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1989

"YOUR TRAINING IS VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH THAT TAUGHT TO THE REGULAR FORCE. YOUR HALF-TERM AND FINAL EXAMINATIONS WERE SET BY THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL TO THE SAME STANDARDS REQUIRED OF THE REGULAR FORCE AND YOU WILL BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE IN YOUR POLICE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THROUGHOUT YOUR SERVICE.

"YOU ARE NOW ABOUT TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ASSISTING THE REGULAR POLICE FORCE TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER IN OUR SOCIETY," MR LOMAS SAID.

POINTING OUT THAT AUXILIARY OFFICERS HAD THE SAME POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS THEIR REGULAR COUNTERPARTS, HE CALLED ON THE GRADUATES TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES HONESTLY, FAITHFULLY AND DILIGENTLY, WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR TO ANY PERSON AND WITH MALICE OR ILL WILL TOWARDS NONE.

IN CONCLUSION, MR LOMAS PRAISED THE AUXILIARY OFFICERS FOR WILLING TO DEVOTE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

ON PARADE TODAY WERE 190 AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR 15-WEEK TRAINING.

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THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR K.S. TONG, ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THE PROMOTION OF PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER. MR LEUNG YAU-YAM, TO THE DIRECTORATE RANK EFFECTIVE FROM NOVEMBER 17. 1989.

MR LEUNG HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO HEAD THE TRADE CONTROLS BRANCH IN A NEWLY CREATED RANK OF SENIOR PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER WHICH IS A D2 DIRECTORATE RANK.

THE POST WAS APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOLLOWING A RE-ORGANISATION IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE.

MR LEUNG IS AGED 50 AND HAS OVER 29 YEARS’ SERVICE IN THE DEPARTMENT.

HE JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A REVENUE SUB-INSPECTOR IN 1960. IN 1965, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE INDUSTRY ASSISTANT GRADE.

SINCE THEN HE HAS ACQUIRED VAST EXPERIENCE IN ALL TRADE CONTROLS MATTERS.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SOUTHERN DISTRICT *****

THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON. WILL TOUR SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4) TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO TACKLE THE WATER POLLUTION PROBLEM IN THE DISTRICT.

SIR DAVID WILL FIRST LOOK AT AN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE URBAN COUNCIL ON THE REPULSE BAY BEACH BEFORE INSPECTING A SEWAGE PLANT AT A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL ESTATE IN SOUTH BAY ROAD.

AT THESE TWO STOPS. THE GOVERNOR WILL BE UPDATED ON THE EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DEAL WITH WATER POLLUTION.

LATER, SIR DAVID WILL BE BRIEFED, AT THE ROOFTOP OF THE CHUNG HOM KOK FIRE STATION. ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN MA HANG VALLEY.

HE WILL THEN TOUR THE VALLEY, WHERE HE WILL MAKE BRIEF STOPS AT THE STANLEY’S CHILDREN CLUB OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION, AND A SHOP.

THE GOVERNOR WILL ALSO VISIT THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL IN STANLEY. WHERE HE WILL HAVE A VIEW OF THE SHEK O QUARRY ACROSS TAI TAM WAN FROM A VANTAGE POINT, AND BE BRIEFED ON A PROPOSED ’’REHABILITATION SCHEME" FOR THE QUARRY.

BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS TOUR. STR DAVID WILL MEET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AT A TEA RECEPTION AT THE STANLEY SUB-OFFICE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4). TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE THE ENTRANCE OF SOUTHORN CENTRE IN HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 2 PM SHARP.

THOSE WHO USE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE JUNCTION OF BEACH ROAD AND SEAVIEW PROMENADE IN REPULSE BAY NOT LATER THAN 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO VET FUND APPLICATIONS ♦ * ♦ *

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL VET SEVERAL APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4).

THE PROJECTS INCLUDE A CHINESE NEW YEAR CARNIVAL. A YEAR-END GATHERING FOR THE ELDERLY. A SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS. AS WELL AS A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE 10 OUTSTANDING STUDENTS AWARD SCHEME.

ALSO. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND YANG MEMORIAL SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON FOSTER CARE SERVICES AND FAMILY COUNSELLING SERVICES AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE. WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE. SECOND FLOOR. 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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A COLLECTION OF NATURAL ROOTS IN ARTISTIC FORMS FROM CHINA WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY IN HONG KONG FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

'’THESE ROOTS. CUT FROM WITHERED TREES IN REMOTE AREAS NEAR SHAOGUAN IN GUANGDONG PROVINCE. WILL BE DISTINCTIVE EXHIBITS AT THE THIRD NORTH DISTRICT (1989) FLOWER. BIRD. INSECT AND FISH SHOW.” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"WITH REFINING AND POLISHING. THE STURDY ROOTS IN PECULIAR SHAPES. SUCH AS A HORSE HEAD. AN EAGLE OR A BAT. WITH A HEIGHT RANGING FROM 30 CENTIMETRES TO A METRE. BECOME ARTISTIC. ORNAMENTAL OBJECTS.”

POT PLANTS MIGHT ALSO BE PLACED ON TOP OF THE LEVEL PARTS OF THE ROOTS FOR INTERIOR DECORATION. HE ADDED.

THE FIVE-DAY SHOW WILL BE HELD FROM FRIDAY. DECEMBER 22. TO TUESDAY. DECEMBER 26.

THE SHOW IS SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

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IT WILL BE STAGED AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND AND THE ADJACENT FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE. WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE FANLING RAILWAY STATION.

THE ARTISTIC ROOTS FROM SHAOGUAN. TOGETHER WITH OTHER EXHIBITS. WILL BE PROVIDED BY ORGANISATIONS. INCLUDING AIRLINE COMPANIES. AS WELL AS LOCAL AND MAINLAND FLORAL GROUPS.

COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD IN SIX CATEGORIES OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS -- POT PLANTS, MINIATURE POT PLANTS. AFRICAN VOILETS. BONSAI-TYPE PLANTS. EXOTIC ORCHIDS. AND ORIENTAL AND LOCAL ORCHIDS.

"COLOURFUL PET BIRDS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES WILL BE KEPT IN SIX LARGE CAGES. AND THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE HONG KONG WILL PROVIDE ILLUSTRATIONS ON COMMON BIRDS IN HONG KONG. MIGRANT BIRDS AND BIRDS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE INSECT SECTION WILL INCLUDE LIVE INSECTS AND SPECIMENS. WILL EMPHASIS ON THEIR ECOLOGY. CAMOUFLAGE. MIMICRY AND REPRODUCTION. BUTTERFLIES. MOTHS AND BEES WILL BE THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS.

OF EDUCATIONAL VALUE WILL BE A DISPLAY BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON CAPTURE FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE.

"THERE WILL BE MODELS OF FISHING BOATS. AND AN INTERESTING GAME FOR VISITORS IN WHICH THEY WILL BE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT A RANGE OF SOME 30 SPECIES OF COMMON EDIBLE FISH IN HONG KONG." THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

TANKS OF VARIOUS SPECIES OF TROPICAL AQUARIUM FISH. GOLDFISH. CORAL AND MARINE FISH WILL BE ON DISPLAY.

THE ADMISSION FEE WILL BE $5 FOR ADULTS AND $2 FOR CHILDREN.

ORGANISATIONS ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE ELDERLY OR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE WISHING TO ATTEND THE SHOW FREE OF CHARGE SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY OF THE THIRD NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER. BIRD. INSECT AND FISH SHOW AT 67 SAN FUNG AVENUE. FIRST FLOOR. SHEUNG SHUI.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TSIM SHA TSUI TOMORROW

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A FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE CHINA HONG KONG CITY. TSIM SHA TSUI TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FROM 2.30 PM TO 5 PM.

THE EXHIBITION. THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF NINE MOBILE EXHIBITIONS ORGANISED BY THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP. WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAYS IN THE WINTER MONTHS IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS.

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"THE EXHIBITION AIMS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION AND THE POTENTIAL HAZARD OF ELECTRIC FAULT WHICH REMAINS A MAJOR CAUSE OF DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL FIRES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"ELECTRIC FAULTS CAN BE AVOIDED IF REGULAR MAINTENANCE OF POWER POINTS AND APPLIANCES ARE CARRIED OUT BY PROFESSIONALS," HE ADDED.

EXHIBITION PANELS CONVEYING THIS MESSAGE, PROVIDED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT. WILL BE DISPLAYED. THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE EXHIBITION TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON HOW TO PREVENT HILL FIRE.

"OFFICERS FROM THE TWO DEPARTMENTS WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MOREOVER, VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION WILL RECEIVE A BOOKLET ON FIRE PREVENTION AT HOME AND A DESK CALENDER.

"THE EXHIBITION WILL NEXT BE HELD ON DECEMBER 17 AT YAN 01 TOWN SQUARE, TUEN MUN." THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO SUPPORT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

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THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON RESIDENTS TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO THE DISTRICT’S ANNUAL ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN SO AS TO HELP REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN THE AREA.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAMPAIGN AT HENNESSY CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

MR MANN SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS AIMED AT PUBLICISING ROAD SAFETY MEASURES AND ENCOURAGING PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORISTS TO OBSERVE TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE THREE-WEEK CAMPAIGN INCLUDES A COLOURING COMPETITION, AN EXHIBITION, A BUS PARADE, VISIT TO THE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, SELECTION OF MODEL PEDESTRIANS, A ROAD SAFETY QUIZ FOR THE ELDERLY, A VARIETY SHOW AND A JOINT SCHOOL TELEMATCH.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR MICHAEL DREW, SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS TARGETTED AT PEDESTRIANS AS WELL AS INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS OF GOODS VEHICLES AND PRIVATE CARS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 44.

POLICE OFFICERS WOULD BE DEPLOYED AT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLACK SPOTS IN WAN CHAI TO DISTRIBUTE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY LEAFLETS TO RESIDENTS, HF. SAID.

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ANOTHER SPEAKER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MS ANNA TANG, SAID THAT IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE TRAFFIC JAMS AT BOTTLE-NECKS, THE GROUP HAD PREPARED PAMPHLETS STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF COURTESY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO MOTORISTS.

THE OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH FEATURED -A LION DANCE AND A PERFORMANCE BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND, WAS FOLLOWED BY A BUS PARADE IN THE DISTRICT AND A ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION AT HENNESSY CENTRE.

OTHER GUESTS PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR WARREN CHOW.

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FACILITIES IN COMMUNITY CENTRES ARE DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT ACTIVITIES. THE SHAM SHU1 PO DISTRICT OFFICER. MR ALAN FUNG. SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NAM CHEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THE DISTRICT.

MR FUNG SAID THE CNTA-MANAGED CENTRE HAS A CONFERENCE ROOM, A HALL AND A BASKETBALL COURT WHICH COULD BE LET TO LOCAL BODIES FOR HOLDING MEETINGS AND CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

APART FROM FAMILY AND SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE ALSO AN ELDERLY CENTRE AND A CHILDREN’S DA^ CARE CENTRE IN THE SIX-STOREY BUILDING. HE NOTED.

MR FUNG HOPED THE PUBLIC WOULD MAKE GOOD USE OF THESE FACILITIES TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMUNITY BUILDING OBJECTIVES.

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KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY IN TAI PO

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RESIDENTS OF TAI PO ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE DISTRICT’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY TO BE HELD AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE EVENT. WHICH CONCLUDES THE DISTRICT’S THREE-MONTH KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN. WILL PROVIDE SINGING PERFORMANCES. A MAGIC SHOW AND A QUIZ.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER. MR THOMAS YIU. DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR HO YUNG-SANG AND THE DISTRICT’S HEALTH SUPERINTENDENT. MR KWOK KAM-CHUEN WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE CAMPAIGN’S CLEAN SCHOOL AND CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITIONS HELD EARLIER THIS YEAR.

A TEAM OF KEEP CLEAN AMBASSADORS FORMED BY 20 STUDENTS FROM THE WINNING SCHOOLS IN THE CLEAN SCHOOL COMPETITION WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT ON AN OPEN-TOP DOUBLE DECKER BUS AND DISTRIBUTE LITTER BAGS AND STICKERS.

TOMORROW’S EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON TAI PO DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE. IT IS SPONSORED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND. HEUNG SZE WUI STREET. TAI PO.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL START AT 2 PM.

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A COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECT TO CALL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN KOWLOON PARK ON SUNDAY. DECEMBER 10.

THE EVENT - "FROLICS ’89" - IS ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE AS A MAJOR PITCH-IN ACTIVITY FOR THE YEAR.

"WE HOPE FROLICS ’89 WILL BRING OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SCHEME TO A NEW CLIMAX AFTER THE FANCY CAR PARADE HELD LAST YEAR." A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID.

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ACTIVITIES ON THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A WASTE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION. MURAL PAINTING AND A CARNIVAL.

WINNING ENTRIES OF A WASTE SCULPTURE COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE IN SEPTEMBER WILL BE SHOWN IN THE EXHIBITION. SOME 30 PIECES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FROM MORE THAN 300 ENTRIES SUBMITTED.

FINAL JUDGING OF THE SELECTED ENTRIES WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK. ALL THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL THEN BE EXHIBITED IN THE FOYER OF THE PARK’S INNER GAMES HALL FROM NOON ON DECEMBER 10 TO TIE IN WITH THE OPENING OF FROLICS '89.

VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL DEMONSTRATE THROUGH MURAL PAINTING THEIR SUPPORT FOR A CLEAN HONG KONG.

TWENTY-NINE TEAMS. FROM DISTRICT BOARDS. TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS. WILL JOIN HANDS TO DRAW A BIG MURAL CARRYING THE THEME OF A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT.

THE MURAL. TO BE DISPLAYED IN THE PIAZZA OF KOWLOON PARK. WILL BE THREE-DIMENSIONAL AND SPECIALLY DESIGNED IN THE FORM OF A MAZE SO THAT PEOPLE WILL GAIN DIFFERENT IMPRESSIONS WHEN VIEWING IT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES.

"IT WILL SYMBOLISE THE JOINT EFFORTS OF THE COMMUNITY IN KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT OF FROLICS ’89 WILL BE A FUN-FILLED CARNIVAL. ALSO TO TAKE PLACE AT THE PIAZZA.

DIFFERENT FORMS OF ART PERFORMANCES. INCLUDING MIME. MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS. DANCE AND STREET THEATRE. AND HANDICRAFT STALLS. WILL BE STAGED BY THE FRINGE CLUB TO HELP PROMOTE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES.

A NUMBER OF GAME BOOTHS. SPONSORED BY THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR. WILL ALSO BE SET UP AT THE VENUE. SOUVENIRS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO PARTICIPANTS.

THE CARNIVAL WILL START AT 12.30 PM AND RUN UNTIL 5 PM. ADMISSION IS FREI..

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WINNERS OF RADIO PLAY WRITING COMPETITION RECEIVE PRIZES

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WINNERS OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION RADIO PLAY WRITING COMPETITION WERE PRESENTED PRIZES AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE STUDIO OF COMMERCIAL RADIO TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE COMPETITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND COMMERCIAL RADIO I AS PART OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THIS YEAR'S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

PARTICIPANTS WERE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A STORY OR A RADIO SCRIPT OF 1.200 WORDS ON ONE OF THE FIVE GIVEN TOPICS.

THE COMPETITION RECEIVED OVER 600 ENTRIES FOR ITS THREE SECTIONS - NAMELY THE JUNIOR SECONDARY (FORM 1 TO FORM 3) SECTION, THE SENIOR SECONDARY (FORM 4 TO FORM 7) SECTION AND THE OPEN SECTION FOR PEOPLE AGED OVER 18.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WERE SELECTED BY AN ADJUDICATING PANEL COMPRISING OMELCO MEMBER MRS ROSANNA TAM; HEAD OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION, DR LEONARD CHU; WRITER MR CHU PO-SANG: AND PROGRAMME DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL RADIO I. MISS KTTT’i IP.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY TODAY. A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION. MR CHAN WING-TAI, SAID THE AIM OF CIVIC EDUCATION WAS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND HELP THEM TO DEVELOP INDEPENDENT THINKING AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE APPROPRIATE JUDGEMENTS.

"ALL THESE WILL CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS CULTIVATING A STRONGER SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND BELONGING AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE," HE SAID.

DURING THE CEREMONY, A RECORDING OF THE WINNING RADIO PLAY IN THE SENIOR SECONDARY GROUP, "A JUDGE’S NIGHTMARE", WAS PLAYED. THE OTHER EIGHT WINNING PLAYS WILL BE BROADCAST ON COMMERCIAL RADIO I FROM DECEMBER -1 .

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY'S CEREMONY WERE ADJUDICATOR MR CHU PO-SANG. COMMERCIAL RADIO PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION MANAGER, MR ERIC YEUNG, MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OI-' CIVIC EDUCATION AND WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ENTER A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE "CAREERS ’90 EXHIBITION" CURRENTLY HELD TN SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

"THE COMPETITION AIMS TO AROUSE STUDENTS' INTEREST IN THE EXHIBITION WHICH IS OPEN DAILY FROM 9.30 AN TO 6.30 PM UNTIL DECEMBER 11," A LABOUR OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT'S CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE, MRS NORA YEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"THE THEME OF THE ENTRIES SHOULD BE ON THE 'CAREERS '90 EXHIBITION' AND ITS OUTDOOR WORK DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISPLAYS," MRS YEUNG SAID.

"ENTRIES SUBMITTED CAN BE IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE. THEY SHOULD MEASURE 20.3 CM BY 25.4 CM (8R) AND BE MOUNTED ON CARDBOARDS," SHE ADDED.

"THE TOP THREE WINNERS WILL EACH BE AWARDED A CAMERA, WHILE THE FIRST 100 ENTRIES RECEIVED WILL EACH BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR," MRS YEUNG SAID.

ENTRIES TOGETHER WITH THE PARTICIPANT’S PARTICULARS SUCH AS NAME (IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH), AGE. ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, SCHOOL AND CLASS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE AT 1 6TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD. WAN CHAI, BY DECEMBER 23.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8352044.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4). TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WIL). BE IMPLEMENTED IN WESTERN DISTRICT FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS BECAUSE OF TRAM TRACK RENEWAL WORKS.

MUI FONG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

AT THE SAME TIME. DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN EASTERN STREET AND KWAI HEUNG STREET WIL), BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

MOREOVER. THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF EASTERN STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES SOUTH OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BECOME A 7 AM TO 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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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT BOTH THE SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND OUTERMOST LANES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD NEAR SHEUNG SHUI ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON DECEMBER 4 AND 5.

THE CLOSURE IS NECESSARY TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT UNDER THE POK FU LAM ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME. HIGH STREET BETWEEN POK FU LAM ROAD AND WESTERN STREET IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 4).

VEHICLES ON NORTHBOUND POK FU LAM ROAD HEADING FOR HIGH STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THIRD STREET AND WESTERN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WINNERS IN ASD'S ANNUAL DESIGN AWARD SCHEME i . H... H....... 1

POLICE ESCORT f-ROUP CONGRATULATED FOR JOB WELL DONE ........ 2

EASTERN DISTRICT PREPARES FOR 'YOUTH DAY* | .. 4

SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES ........5

YAU TSIM RESIDENTS GIVEN HINTS ON FIRE SAFETY............ 6

KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY IN TAI PO ...................... 6

FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL IN SAI KUNG........................... 7

FREE COPIES OF TRANSPORT HANDBOOK AND DIARY FOR RESIDENTS .. 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI, TAI KOK TSUI .......... 9

LANE CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD ............................. 5

SUNDAY. DECEMBER 3. 1989

WINNERS IN ASD’S ANNUAL DESIGN AWARD SCHEME

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THE NEW EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER AND THREE OTHER BUILDING PROJECTS EMERGED AS WINNERS IN THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL AWARD SCHEME.

THE EXCO PROJECT WAS DESCRIBED BY THE SCHEME’S JUDGING PANEL AS "HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS AND DETAILING HANDLED WITH GREAT SENSITIVITY AND TASTE”. IT PROVIDED. AS A RESULT. A WARM AND EEFLCl ENT SPACE.

IN THIS PROJECT. THE OLD EXCO CHAMBER IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES HAD BEEN REFURBISHED WITH NEU CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS ADDED TO IT TO PROVIDE FOR A SELF-CONTAINED SUITE OF EXCO OFFICES.

APART FROM THE EXCO PROJECT, THE THE NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING AT OSBORN AND THE CHAI WAN INDOOR GAMES HALL.

A TOTAL OF 11 PROJECTS COMPETED

OTHER WINNING DESIGNS WERE BARRACKS. LAW UK FOLK MUSEUM

FOR THIS YEAR'S AWARD. THE

COMPETITION WAS FIRST HELD IN 1983.

TO COMPETE. A PROJECT HAS TO BE DESIGNED BY THE DEPARTMENT. IT SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AND COMPLETED WITHIN THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

THE JUDGING PANEL WAS CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES. MR JOSE LEI. AND COMPRISED OMELCO MEMBER. MISS MARIA TAM. FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, MR EDWIN WONG. AND CONSULTANT QUANTITY SURVEYOR. MR DENIS LEVETT.

THE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING AT OSBORN BARRACKS IN KOWLOON TONG WAS DESIGNED TO PROVI DE LIVING ACCOMMODATION AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. SUPPORTING FACILITIES FOR TRAINING, OPERATION AND ADMINISTRATION WERE ALSO INCLUDED.

THE JUDGING PANEL WAS OF THE VIEW THAT THE COMPLEX NATURE OF THIS PROJECT HAD TAXED THE DESIGNER'S ABILITY. THE FINISHED BUILDING WAS A WELL-BALANCED. PRACTICAL YND POWERFUL DESIGN.

THE THIRD WINNING DESIGN. THE CHAI WAN INDOOR GAMES HALL. WAS CONSTRUCTED ON TOP OF AN EXISTING MARKET AND CARPARK.

THE PANEL FELT THAT THE BUILDING WHICH WAS MADE UP OF SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE MATERIALS. SHOWED HOW A DIFFICULT DESIGN PROBLEM WAS SOLVED INGENIOUSLY AND SUCCESSFULLY.

FOR THE LAW UK FOLK MUSEUM IN CHAI WAN. WHICH IS DUE TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC NEXT YEAR. THE. PANEL COMMENTED THAT THIS WAS "A CHALLENGING RENOVATION PROJECT COMBINING A NEW BUILDING WITH THE CHARACTER OF THE OLD. AND MAKING EXCELLENT USE OF MODERATE MATERIALS".

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THE WORK INCLUDED THE RESTORATION AND PART-RECONSTRUCTION OE AN 18TH CENTURY FARMHOUSE KNOWN AS ’’LAW UK” BY USING TRADITIONAL MATERIALS. A NEW MUSEUM BLOCK IN SIMILAR HISTORIC STYLE WAS ALSO CONSTRUCTED BY RESORTING TO MODERN TECHNIQUES.

MEANWHILE. THE URBAN COUNCIL SHEUNG WAN COMPLEX, WHICH WAS DESIGNED. PLANNED AND SUPERVISED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAD BEEN SELECTED AS THE WINNING BUILDING IN THE PUBLIC NON-RESIDENTlAL CATEGORY OF THE DESIGN AWARD FOR THE MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDING FOR THE DISABLED IN HONG KONG.

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THE POLICE FORCE’S TEAM OF CRACK MOTOR CYCLISTS — THE SPECIALLY TRAINED ESCORT GROUP — WERE A HIGH PROFILE UNIT DURING THE RECENT VISIT TO HONG KONG BY THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. FORMED THREE YEARS AGO, THE GROUP IS PART OF A WELL DRILLED SYSTEM OF GETTING PEOPLE TO THEIR DESTINATIONS QUICKLY AND SAFELY.

THE FORCE ESCORT GROUP’S WORK WAS RECOGNISED BY ITS COMMANDER, SUPERINTENDENT ED HILLIER. STAFF OFFICER, ENFORCEMENT AND CONTROL, KOWLOON TRAFFIC, BEING CONGRATULATED ON THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA BY PRINCE CHARLES.

AFTER THE ROYAL VISIT A LETTER TO COMMISSIONER OF POLICE MR RAYMON ANNING FROM THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG SIR DAVID WILSON ASKED FOR PARTICULAR THANKS TO BE PASSED ON TO THE ESCORT GROUP.

’’BUT," MR HILLIER MODESTLY SAID. "WE MIGHT BE SEEN FOR ABOUT HALF AN HOUR OF A FIVE HOUR PERIOD OF DUTY. THERE IS ALSO TREMENDOUS TIME SPENT IN PLANNING. THE ACTUAL VISIT ITSELF IS ONLY THE ICING ON THE CAKE.”

THE THREE TEAMS IN THE GROUP KNOW ALL THE ROUTES THEY MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO TAKE UNDER ANY CONDITIONS ON HONG KONG’S CROWDED ROADS.

THEY KNOW WHICH ROADS ARE UNDER REPAIR, WHICH ROADS ARE CONGESTED AT CERTAIN TIMES. THEY KNOW ROAD JUNCTIONS AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND ALL POINTS OF POSSIBLE HAZARDS.

AND FOR EACH ROUTE THEY PLAN. WHETHER IT BE A GROUP OF VIP’S OR A BUNCH OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, THEY HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE UP THEIR SLEEVES.

"JUST IN CASE OF UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS," IN SOME CASES THERE ARE NOT MANY CHOICES OF

REACH A CERTAIN DESTINATION.”

MR HILLIER SAID. ’’BUT

THE ROUTE POSSIBLE TO

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SOME VISITORS WANT TO GO EAST, SOME PREFER A SLOW RIDE OR WANT TO SEE CERTAIN SIGHTS EN ROUTE. SOME PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR MINDS AT THE LAST MINUTES. SOME VIP’S ONLY WANT TO GO SHOPPING.

"THE GROUP WAS FORMED AS A SPECIALIST ESCORT TEAM IN 1986 FOR THE VISIT OF PRINCESS ALEXANDRA," MR HILLIER SAID. "BEFORE THEN IT WAS JUST AN AD HOC ARRANGEMENT MADE AS OCCASIONS DEMANDED."

THERE ARE NOW THREE TEAMS OF MOTOR CYCLISTS AND SUPPORT STAFF DRAWN FROM TRAFFIC WING PERSONNEL IN ALL THREE LAND REGIONS.

THEY MOBILISE AT SHORT NOTICE TO DEAL WITH SECURITY AND VIP VISITS TO HONG KONG.

SINCE THEY WERE FORMED AS AN OFFICIAL FORCE GROUP THEY HAVE ESCORTED SUCH NOTABILITIES AS MR CASPAR WEINBERGER. MR GEORGE SCHULTZ, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE AND MRS CORAZON AQUINO.

MR HILLIER IS THE OPERATIONAL OFFICER, HIS SECOND IN COMMAND MR KEITH DRYDEN IS THE PLANNER.

MR DRYDEN, CHIEF STAFF INSPECTOR, OPERATIONS, TRAFFIC, KOWLOON WEST, SAID: "MY JOB IS TO ENSURE A SECURE PACKAGE AT ALL POINTS OF THE JOURNEY. I LOOK FOR THE RIGHT ROAD CONDITIONS AND THE BEST WAY OF GETTING FROM ONE POINT TO ANOTHER."

ESCORT GROUP OFFICERS ALSO MOVE AHEAD AND BEHIND VIP CONVOYS TO CLOSE OFF JUNCTIONS AND OPEN THEM AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER A MOTORCADE HAS PASSED.

SUCH EVENTUALITIES AS SICKNESS EN ROUTE ARE COVERED SO THAT PERSONALITIES BEING ESCORTED MAY BE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BY THE SHORTEST AND MOST CONVENIENT ROUTE. THEY ARE ALSO GEARED TO CHANGE DIRECTION EN ROUTE.

THE FORCE ESCORT GROUP IS ALSO PREPARED TO SPLIT ITS FUNCTIONS, AS IT DID DURING THE RECENT ROYAL VISIT, TO PROVIDE TWO SEPARATE ESCORTS AT THE SAME TIME.

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FIRST CUSTOM MADE POLICE MOTOR CYCLE TO THE FORCE WAS MADE WITH THE POLICE ESCORT GROUP IN MIND.

"OUR NEW FLEET OF MOTOR CYCLES ARE EXCELLENT MACHINES," MR HILLIER. SAID. "THEIR MAIN ASSET IS QUICK ACCELERATION AND A LOW STALLING GEAR.

"YOU CAN DRIVE AT SLOW AND SUSTAINED SPEEDS IN CEREMONIAL EVENTS. THE MACHINE IS VERY STABLE WITH NO HANDLING PROBLEMS. THEY CAN SPEED A VIP TO AN URGENT FUNCTION AS WELL AS ATTEND A FUNERAL."

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EASTERN DISTRICT PREPARES FOR ’YOUTH DAY’

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HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN EASTERN DISTRICT ARE MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THEIR BIG DAY NEXT SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS ’’YOUTH DAY".

THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY IN VICTORIA PARK WILL BE THE LARGEST OF THE 20 EVENTS TO BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT TO SUPPORT THE FIRST TERRITORY-WIDE YOUTH FESTIVAL.

IT IS JOINTLY CO-ORDINATED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM 10 VOLUNTARY YOUTH SERVICE ORGANISATIONS.

ANNOUNCING THE PROGRAMME FOR YOUTH DAY. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE ACTIVITIES WOULD DEPICT THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH. THEIR FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE. LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND PARTICI PATION IN COMMUNITY

AFFAIRS.

"A MAJOR CHARACTERISTIC OF YOUTH DAY IS TO PEOPLE IN THE PREPARATORY STAGE. GIVING THEM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN ORGANISING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

INVOLVE YOUNG

IN LEADERSHIP

"YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE BACKBONE OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE. THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL, AND CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY." HE SAID.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE A FORUM DURING WHICH YOUNG PEOPLE CAN FREELY VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN SOCIETY.

A CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION WILL BE MOUNTED TO ILLUSTRATE THE CONCEPTS OF DEMOCRACY. HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW. IN ADDITION TO THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM OF HONG KONG.

ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE PUBLICITY MATERIAL ON THE MAJOR PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE AS HONG KONG ENTERS THE 21ST CENTURY.

OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE HIE FORM OF STREET DRAMA. A VOTER REGISTRATION STALL. COMPUTER GAMES. VIDEO SHOW. DISCIPLINED SERVICES’ UNIFORMS SHOW. COUNSELL I NG SERVICE. STORY-TELL I NG, COMPET1TIONS, HANDICRAFT DISPLAY, MURAL PAINTING AND A BOOK EXHIBITION.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE BAND WILL GIVE PERFORMANCES.

THE YOUTH DAY WILL CONCLUDE WITH A YOUNG PEOPLE’S EVENING CONCERT IN VICTORIA PARK.

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THE YOUTH DAY WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM, AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

TO COMMEMORATE THE OCCASION. THE DISTRICT BOARD IS COMPILING A 40-PAGE BROCHURE FEATURING ARTICLES ON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WRITTEN BY 16 PERSONALITIES.

WRITERS INCLUDE THE ('HAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM: CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON YOUTH FESTIVAL. MR ERIC LT: A SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER 01 RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, DR DAVID (’HAN YUK-CHEUNG: A CARTOONIST. MR MA LUNG; AND PHOTOGRAPHER. MR WALTER POON.

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THE 1989 SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL (SDF) WAS CONCLUDED TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SINGING, DANCING AND ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL TALENTS.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SDF ORGANISING COMMITTEE. MRS SO CHAU YIM-PI NG, SAID THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL WAS A SUCCESS WHICH HAD BROUGHT FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT TO MORE THAN 20.000 PEOPLE .

IT HAD ALSO HELPED TO CULTIVATE A GREATER SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS. SHE SAID.

MRS SO THANKED ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN ORGANISING THE FESTIVAL, ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHO ACTED AS ADVISERS, FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.

SHE ALSO THANKED THE STAFF OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE FOR THEIR UNFAILING LOGISTICAL SUPPORT. AND THE DISTRICT BOARD AND OTHER SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP.

THE EXPENDITURE FOR THE FESTIVAL. WHICH OFFERED OVER 20 EVENTS FROM NOVEMBER 4 TO DECEMBER 3. AMOUNTED TO ABOUT $800,000.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CLOSING CEREMONY WERE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER. MRS MAUREEN CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; A SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, DR JIMMY (’HAN: AND THE ASSISTANT CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER FOR HONG KONG ISLAND OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. MR GRAY IP.

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YAU TSIM RESIDENTS GIVEN HINTS ON EIRE SAFETY * * » » *

SEVERAL HUNDRED YAU TSIM RESIDENTS WERE GIVEN HINTS TODAY (SUNDAY) ON KEEPING THEIR HOMES SAFE FROM FIRE AT A COMBINED SEMINAR. PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION AND DEMONSTRATION OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT.

THE SEMINAR WAS HELD AT THE CHINA HONG KONG CITY IN TSIM SHA TSUI .

IT WAS DECLARED OPEN BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR YIP WAH: AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S DIVISIONAL OFFICER I KOWLOON SOUTH). MR NG HO-WAI.

SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR. A SENIOR STATION OFFICER OF THE FIRE SERVICES. MR WONG KWONG-CHI, EXPLAINED HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRE. INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVING ELECTRICITY OR OIL.

THE EXHIBITION SHOWED THE METHODS OF ELIMINATING FIRE RISK AT HOME WITH DRAWINGS BEING USED TO CONVEY THE MESSAGE AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHS.

THE SEMINAR WAS FOLLOWED BY A DEMONSTRATION ON THE USES OF VARIOUS ITEMS OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT. AT THE NEARBY’ CANTON ROAD FIRE STATION.

THE ACTIVITIES WERE BEING JOINTLY' ORGANISED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT’S BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROMOTION CAMPAIGN.

SEVENTY-THREE PEOPLE RECENTLY COMPLETED A BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE HELD AS PART OF THE PROMOTION CAMPAIGN.

ANOTHER EVENT TN THE CAMPAIGN IS A SEMINAR ON ELECTRICITY

SUPPLY' TN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS. SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY I DECEMBER 7).

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KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY IN TAI PO ♦ » » » ♦

A KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY’ WAS HELD IN TAI PO TODAY (SUNDAY) TO AROUSE RESIDENTS’ ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

A CARNIVAL WAS HELD AT THE TAJ PO PLAYGROUND, PROVIDING SINGING PERFORMANCES. A MAGIC SHOW AND A QUIZ TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

ALSO. 20 KEEP CLEAN AMBASSADORS TOURED THE DISTRICT ON AN OPEN-TOP DOUBLE DECKER BUS AND DISTRIBUTED LITTER BAGS AND STICKERS.

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SPEAKING AT THE CARNIVAL’S OPENING. WORKING GROUP ON TAI PO DISTRICT KEEP HONG MR TSUI SZE-KIT. CALLED ON RESIDENTS TO KEEP MAINTAINING A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT.

THE CONVENOR OF THE KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, UP THEIR EFFORTS IN

"ALTHOUGH TAI PO HAS BECOME MUCH CLEANER AND MORE HYGIENIC THESE DAYS. WE SHOULD NOT SLACKEN OUR EFFORTS BUT SHOULD STRIVE TO DO EVEN BETTER." HE SAID.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER. MR THOMAS YIU: DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR HO YUNG-SANG; THE DISTRICT’S HEALTH SUPERINTENDENT. MR KWOK KAM-CHUEN: SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER ITAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICT). MR LIC TSO-TIM: AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE, MR YAU FOOK-PING.

DURING THE CEREMONY. PRIZES WERE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF THE CAMPAIGN’S CLEAN SCHOOL COMPETITION AND CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION.

THE TAI PO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN DAY WAS ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON TAI PO DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE. IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

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FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL IN SAI KUNG *****

MORE THAN 3.000 RESIDENTS IN SAI KUNG HAD FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL 1989 THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD. THE CARNIVAL AIMED AT REINFORCING THE MESSAGE THAT "IT IS THE DUTY OF A GOOD CITIZEN TO REPORT CRIME".

THE CARNIVAL WAS OPENED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER. MR FREDERICK TONG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR WILLIAM WAN; AND THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME STAR. MISS LISA WANG.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (WONG TAI SIN). MR PAANG KUl-SAN: FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBER, MR LEUNG SAU-CH1; DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (SAI. KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. MR LAM TIN-KEE: AND LIEUTENANT COMMANDER CY BEATTIE OF THE BRITISH FORCES HONG KONG.

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DURING THE CEREMONY, MR PAANG PRESENTED A GOOD CITIZEN AWARD TO MISS WONG HOI-MAN, WHO IN JULY REPORTED TO THE POLICE A CASE OF TWO MEN ATTEMPTING TO STEAL A CAR AT TAI PO TSAI. THE TWO SUSPECTS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY CONVICTED.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CARNIVAL INCLUDED A POLICE DOG SHOW AND A PARACHUTE JUMP DEMONSTRATION BY THE ARMY. OTHER ACTIVITIES WERE STALL GAMES, PONY RIDES, SINGING AND BALLET PERFORMANCES, A MAGIC SHOW. A ’’ROBOT COP”, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE BAND.

FREE COPIES OF TRANSPORT HANDBOOK AND DIARY FOR RESIDENTS *****

A FREE HANDBOOK AND DIARY PROVIDING THE MOST UPDATED INFORMATION ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES IN THE TERRITORY IS NOW AVAILABLE.

THE POCKET-SIZE HANDBOOK. PUBLISHED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE. ALSO CONTAINS INFORMATION ON THE LOCATIONS OF THE DISTRICT’S TAXI STANDS. AND BUS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND MAXICAB TERMINI.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF HONG KONG’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMPANIES. PARTICULARS OF BUS ROUTES AND TIMETABLES FOR FERRIES TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS ARE ALSO LISTED.

”IT IS HOPED THAT RESIDENTS WOULD FIND THE HANDY BOOKLET USEFUL.” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (SUNDAY I .

MOST OF THE 5,000 COPIES OF THE PUBLICATION HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS THROUGH AREA COMMITTEES. MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS INCORPORATIONS AND SCHOOLS.

LIMITED COPIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. KING FUK STREET.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI, TAI KOK TSUI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ARTHUR STREET, YAU MA TEI, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 5) FOR FIVE MONTHS.

THE SECTION OF ARTHUR STREET BETWEEN WING SING LANE AND HI LUNG LANE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC,

THE SECTION OF HI LUNG LANE BETWEEN ARTHUR STREET AND TEMPLE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE WAY EASTBOUND TO WESTBOUND.

IN TAI KOK TSUI, ALSO FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY, TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL ALSO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR SIX MONTHS FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD BETWEEN TUNG CHAU STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD.

THE SECTION OF BEDFORD ROAD BETWEEN MAPLE STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED FROM THE EXISTING TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

THE LEFT TURNING FROM SOUTHBOUND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD ONTO EASTBOUND BEDFORD ROAD WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES ON TAI KOK TSUI ROAD HEADING FOR BEDFORD ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FUK TSUN STREET AND WALNUT STREET.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, THE THREE TRAFFIC LANES OF THE KOWLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD NEAR SIU LAM INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED IN TURN FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 5) TO 6 AM ON DECEMBER 13.

CLOSURE OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE NIGHT TIME (9 PM TO 6 AM THF FOLLOWING DAY). ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR PLEASED TO SEE CMB STRIKE SETTLED .......... 1

GOVERNOR LOOKS AT ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES IN SOUTHERN ............................................ 2

HK WANTS RIGHT ENVIRONMENT TO DEVELOP YOUTH POTENTIAL: CS .................................. 3

WARNING AFTER MEDICINE FOUND TO CONTAIN PART 1 POISONS .............................................. 5

INVESTMENT IN YOUNG PEOPLE IMPORTANT ................ 6

ANNUAL EXTRAVAGANZA FOR SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS ...... 7

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .......... 8

POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ...... 9

YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL DURING CHRISTMAS ................ 9

WINNERS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS' AWARDS .................. 10

STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT CUSTOMS CONTROL POINTS .............................................. 12

NEW TEACHING KITS ON CIVIC EDUCATION ................ 13

BLITZ OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL DISPLAY OF BILLS AND POSTERS ............................................. 14

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN WESTERN DISTRICT TO BE CLOSED 14

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ................................ 15

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHUI PO .......................... 15

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN

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GOVERNOR PLEASED TO SEE CMB STRIKE SETTLED

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THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON. SAID TODAY (MONDAY) HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE CMB WORKERS STRIKE WAS SETTLED IN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE IT DID CAUSE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

IN REPLY TO PRESS QUESTIONS AT THE END OF HIS VISIT TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT TODAY, SIR DAVID SAID: "WHAT WE WANT TO SEE IS A CONTINUATION OF AN EFFICIENT SERVICE. AND AN EFFICIENT SERVICE AND AN EFFECTIVE SERVICE ALSO MEANS GOOD MANAGEMENT SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES."

WITH REGARD TO THE CMB FRANCHISE. THE GOVERNOR SAID THE FRANCHISE DID NOT COME UP FOR RENEWAL FOR SEVERAL YEARS YET. "WHEN WE LOOK AT THE RENEWAL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE GOT A BUS COMPANY WHICH IS GOING TO RUN AN EFFECTIVE SERVICE." HE SAID.

IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION ON WHETHER HE HAD ANY PLAN TO GO TO PEKING. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE HAD NO PLANS AT THE MOMENT. "IT IS JUST AT THE MOMENT THAT I DON'T HAVE ANY TRAVEL PLAN LAID OUT. THERE IS NO NEGATIVE TO THAT. IT IS JUST 1 CAN'T GIVE YOU A POSITIVE ANSWER AND SAY I HAVE PLANS." HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE JLG MEETING TOMORROW. THE GOVERNOR SAID: "I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT IT WOULD GET DOWN TO DEALING WITH THE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO FACE."

HE ALSO SAID THAT HE WOULD HAVE DINNER WITH BOTH TEAMS OF THE JLG TONIGHT AND HOPED THE ATMOSPHERE WOULD BE ONE OF GETTING DOWN TO PRACTICAL WORK.

ON POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT. THE GOVERNOR HOPED THAT THE BASIC LAW WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN WOULD TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS THE RIGHT PACE OF DEVELOPMENT.

"NOW IF THAT CAN BE DONE. WE. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE LOOKING AT THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND THE TWO SHOULD GO IN PARALLEL. THAT IS WHAT I HOPE WILL HAPPEN." HE SAID.

ON THE STAFFING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT. THE GOVERNOR SAID IT HAD GOT A VERY GOOD SLICE OF THE CAKE IN TERMS OF STAFF INCREASES. IT WAS DOING A VERY' EFFECTIVE JOB.

"1 AM SURE THEY WILL CARRY OUT TO THE FULL THE COMMITMENTS THEY HAVE GOT IN THE WHITE PAPER. 1 DON'T THINK THAT THEY WILL BE UNDERMINED."

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GOVERNOR LOOKS AT ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES IN SOUTHERN »»«**»

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT WATER QUALITY AT MOST OF THE BEACHES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAS IMPROVED AS A RESULT OF THE JOINT EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

"ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES AND THE DECLARATION OF THE 'SOUTHERN WATER CONTROL ZONE’ HAVE HELPED TO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY OF THE BEACHES. THIS WILL CERTAINLY BE WELCOMED BY THE MANY THOUSANDS USING THESE POPULAR BEACHES," HE ADDED.

DURING A VISIT TO THE DISTRICT THIS AFTERNOON, SIR DAVID SAW FOR HIMSELF THE MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO TACKLE THE POLLUTION PROBLEM.

HE INSPECTED A S45-MILLION URBAN COUNCIL PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE REPULSE BAY BEACH. WORK, SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR, INCLUDES SAND REPLENISHMENT WHICH WILL DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE BEACH AND DIVERSION OF THE BEACH NULLAHS, WHICH WILL REMOVE A MAJOR SOURCE OF POLLUTION.

SIR DAVID ALSO SAW A PRIVATE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, PREVIOUSLY' A MAJOR SOURCE OF POLLUTION IN MIDDLE BAY, BUT NOW BROUGHT UP TO THE STANDARDS REQUIRED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

HE NOTED THAT, AS A RESULT OF IMPROVEMENTS TO PRIVATE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS IN THE VICINITY AND THE COMMISSIONING OF AN INTERCEPTING PUMPING STATION FOR THE MIDDLE BAY' NULLAH, WATER QUALITY AT MIDDLE BAY' HAS GREATLY IMPROVED SINCE THE SUMMER.

TN THE MA HANG VALLEY, SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT SQUATTER VILLAGES THERE WOULD BE CLEARED IN TWO PHASES TO MAKE WAY FOR A LOW-RISE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE FOR ABOUT 8,000 PEOPLE. THE NEW ESTATE HAS BEIN' SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT IT WILL BLEND IN WELL WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

COMMENTING ON THE REDEVELOPMENT, SIR DAVID SAID: "THIS WILL GlVh STANLEY A NEW LOOK AND PROVIDE BETTER HOMES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY HAD TO LIVE AS SQUATTERS IN MA HANG".

AT THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL IN STANLEY. SIR DAVID HAD A VIEW ACROSS TAI TAM WAN OF THE SHEK O QUARRY, FOR WHICH A COMPREHENSIVE "REHABILITATION SCHEME" HAS BEEN DEVISED.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THE SCHEME WOULD INVOLVE CUTTING BACK THE QUARRY FACE TO CREATE A NATURAL-LOOKING SLOPE WHICH WOULD THEN BE COVERED WITH NEW VEGETATION. THIS WOULD REMOVE A SCAR RESULTING FROM 25 YEARS OF QUARRY OPERATIONS.

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BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS VISIT, THE GOVERNOR MET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY PERSONALITIES AT A TEA RECEPTION IN THE HISTORIC BUILDING IN STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD WHICH NOW HOUSES THE STANLEY SUB-OFFICE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON. MR DAVID LAN: SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS MAUREEN CHAN; AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG.

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HK WANTS RIGHT ENVIRONMENT TO DEVELOP YOUTH POTENTIAL: CS

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HONG KONG WANTS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN ITS NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNGSTERS SO THAT THEY CAN REALISE THEIR POTENTIAL AND SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY. THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

"THIS IS AN ON-GOING CHALLENGE,” SIR DAVID SAID WHEN SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH.

THE CONFERENCE. ORGANISED BY Till. HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE. HAS ’A CAKING COMMUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’ AS ITS THEME. AND SIR DAVID CALLED THIS TIMELY AND RELEVANT. IN VIEW OF THE CHALLENGES LACED IN BRINGING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNGSTERS.

THE (’HIE! SECRETARY POINTED TO ESTABLISH A COMMISSION ON YOUTH MATTERS. INITIATE RESEARCH TO

WAS ABOUT

ALL YOUTH

REPOS I TORY .

AND ACT AS THE FOCAL POINT FOR ORGANISATIONS.

BUT HE SAID THAI’ ALL THE WOULD DEPEND ON WELL MOTIVATED. MAKE THEM EFFECTIVE.

OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT

WHICH WOULD ADVISE ON build up an information LIAISON WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL YOUTH

INITIATIVES THAT WERE BEING TAKEN HIGHLY TRAINED PROFESSIONAL STAFF TO

"IT IS A MATTER OF CONCERN THAT SO MANY OF SUCH PEOPLE ARE LEAVING HONG KONG TO START LI I I E LSI*. WHERE .

"WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT WE NOT ONLY TRAIN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS TO FILL ’HIE (JAPS CREATED BY THOSE LEAVING HUT ALSO WE PROVIDE THE RIGHT CAREER STRUCTURE. PAY’ AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE TO ENCOURAGE THOSE WE DO TRAIN TO STAY IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT THOUGH COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA FACED PROBLEMS WHICH WERE, RATHER DIFFERENT FROM THOSE; OF THE DEVELOPED WEST. ALL FACED THE SAME CHALLENGE OF BRINGING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNGSTERS SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF PURPOSE AND BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITIES TO WHICH THEY BELONGED.

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"IT SEEMS PARADOXICAL THAT WITH THE INCREASING AFFLUENCE AND A HIGHER LEVEL OF LITERACY WE HAVE ACHIEVED IN THE DECADES SINCE THE WAR. RAPID DEVELOPMENT AND URBANISATION HAVE BROUGHT IN THEIR WAKE MORE PRESSURES AND STRESS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID IN MANY WESTERN COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY IN THE INNER CITIES. THERE WERE ACUTE PROBLEMS OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT, ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE, JUVENILE CRIME AND VANDALISM, BUT IN HONG KONG AND OTHER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, WITH AN EXPANDING ECONOMY, YOUNG SCHOOL LEAVERS HAD NO DIFFICULTY FINDING PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT.

"OUR JUVENILE CRIME RATE IS COMPARATIVELY LOWER THAN MANY MAJOR CITIES. AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS OF VANDALISM OFTEN FOUND IN THE WEST. OUR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ARE WELL MAINTAINED WITH CO-OPERATION OF RESIDENTS.

"BUT WE ARE BY NO MEANS COMPLACENT AND ARE ONLY TOO WELL AWARE THAT UNLESS WE TAKE POSITIVE MEASURES TO FORESTALL THEM. WE TOO COULD BE PLAGUED BY SIMILAR PROBLEMS.

"WE MONITOR VERY CLOSELY THE TRENDS IN JUVENILE CRIME AND DRUG ABUSE, AND HAVE BEEN RUNNING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS ON THESE SUBJECTS." HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID IN ORDER TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE AT RISK, GREATER EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK AND OUTREACHI NG SOCIAL WORK.

STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS WERE NOW PROVIDED IN ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS’ SERVICE COVERED ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

OUTREACH I NG SOCIAL WORKERS WERE DEPLOYED TO ESTABLISH DIRECT CONTACT WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK. IN PLACES THEY WERE KNOWN TO FREQUENT, TO HELP THEM WITH COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE.

"ASIDE FROM THE HARD-CORE PROBLEMS OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, OUR OVERALL APPROACH IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH WHICH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE CAN CHANNEL THEIR ENERGIES TO DEVELOP THEIR ABILITIES AND TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY.

"THE GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND THE SCHOOLS ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS.

"THERE ARE MANY INTERESTING ORGANISATIONS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN - THE SCOUTS. THE RED CROSS, THE ROAD SAFETY PATROLS AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME - JUST TO NAME A FEW. WE ALSO HAVE THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL WHICH IS UNIQUE TO HONG KONG, AND THROUGH WHICH OVER 160,000 CURRENT MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT AND ASSIST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

"THERE ARE ALSO OVER 200 CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES ORGANISED ON A NEIGHBOURHOOD BASIS WHICH RUN A GREAT VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES FOR THEIR MEMBERS AND YOUTH GROUPS.

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”WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT ALL OUR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS ARE FLOURISHING WITH LONG WAITING LISTS FOR MOST OF THEM,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID SPORTS ACTIVITIES WERE ALSO MUCH ENCOURAGED.

”WE HAVE AN ESTABLISHED PROGRAMME OF PROVIDING COMMUNITY SPORTS HALLS AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS PROVIDE MANY OTHER FINE FACILITIES.

”WE ARE NOW DOING MUCH MORE IN TRAINING IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AND TAKING PART VERY ACTIVELY IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS.

’’FOR THOSE WHO ARE ARTISTICALLY GIFTED, WE NOW HAVE THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS WHERE THEY CAN RECEIVE TRAINING LOCALLY,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT ALL DELEGATES WOULD BE VERY WELL AWARE THAT CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE WAS INVALUABLE, AND HE CONGRATULATED THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES PARTICIPATING FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO ORGANISE THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE.

SIR DAVID ADDED THAT HE WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE MORE THAN 280 DELEGATES FROM 19 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES WERE ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE.

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WARNING AFTER MEDICINE FOUND TO CONTAIN PART 1 POISONS ******

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TODAY (MONDAY) WARNED THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE A CHINESE MEDICINE SOLD UNDER THE BRAND NAME "NAN LIEN CHUIFONG TOUKUWAN” AFTER IT WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN PART 1 POISONS.

THIS FOLLOWS A JOINT OPERATION BY OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS INVESTIGATION BRANCH AND PHARMACISTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LAST WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 29) DURING WHICH ABOUT $2.2 MILLION WORTH OF SUCH MEDICINE WAS SEIZED.

THE MEDICINE, COMPRISING 1.6 MILLION PILLS, 33,000 PLASTERS AND 83 KILOGRAMS OF SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCTS. WAS SEIZED WHEN OFFICERS RAIDED A CHINESE MEDICINE MANUFACTORY IN CHAI WAN.

UPON PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST. THE CHINESE MEDICINE WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN MEFENAMIC ACID AND DIAZEPAM, BOTH PART 1 POISONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT THE MEDICINE. IF TAKEN WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. COULD CAUSE DROWSINESS, DIZZINESS, HEADACHE, PEPTIC ULCERATION, GASTRO-INTESTINAL BLEEDING. HAEMOLYTIC ANAEMIA. CONFUSION AND DRUG DEPENDENCE.

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all dealers having in their possession any nan lien CHUIFONG TOUKUWAN PILLS AND PLASTERS ARE ADVISED TO SURRENDER THEM IMMEDIATELY, TO THE FORENSIC PHARMACY SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. CENTRE POINT BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, 181-185 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI, FOR DISPOSAL.

A MAN AND A WOMAN ARRESTED BY THE CUSTOMS WERE LATER RELEASED ON BAIL PENDING INVESTIGATIONS.

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INVESTMENT IN YOUNG" PEOPLE IMPORTANT

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THE GOVERNMENT FULLY RECOGNISES THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND SEES THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN YOUNG PEOPLE TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE COMMUNITY IN FUTURE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

MRS WONG WAS SPEAKING AT A DINNER RECEPTION HOSTED FOR DELEGATES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

“THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ALLOCATED SOME $4,000 MILLION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1989-90, OF WHICH NEARLY $300 MILLION ARE FOR SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE,” SHE SAID.

MRS WONG NOTED THAT IT WAS THE JOINT EFFORT OF BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO TAKE WELFARE SERVICES FORWARD TO REACH THE PEOPLE IN NEED.

“IN YOUTH SERVICE, IN PARTICULAR, A LOT OF YOUTH WORK IS IN FACT PROVIDED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THEIR CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK, OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK AND WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

“THE GOVERNMENT TAKES THE LEAD IN POLICY REVIEWS AND PROVIDES THE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION.

“I HAVE EVERY FAITH IN THIS PARTNERSHIP AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN THE YEARS TO COME,” MRS WONG ADDED.

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MONDAY. DECEMBER 4, 1989

ANNUAL EXTRAVAGANZA FOR SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS

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THE 1989-90 SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL BETWEEN DECEMBER 9 AND JANUAK1 8. OFFERING A TOTAL OF THE THEME OF "YOUTH EDUCATION'.

WILL BE HELD 55 EVENTS ON

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), HIE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT HOARD AND FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. MR TAI TUNG-NGOK, SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT THE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES WOULD HELP STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND ENHANCE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS. SUCH AS AREA COMMITTEE AND RESIDENT’S ASSOCIATIONS. WILL OFFER A WIDE RANG! OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE FESTIVAL.

THE FESTIVAL WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY I DECEMBER 9) WITH A STAR-STUDDED VARIETY SHOW TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON TVB-JADE. THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN. WILL OFFICIATE AT A SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY TO MARK THE FESTIVAL’S OPENING.

TOPPING THE LIST OF ENTERTAINERS AT THE SHOW WILL BE ROMAN TAM, LUI FONG, ALEX TO, MARIA CORDERO AND THE GRASSSHOPPERS. THE SHAM SHUI PO ARTS ASSOCIATION’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHOIRS WILL ALSO GIVE PERFORMANCES.

A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION COVERING FESTIVAL

ORGANISED. THE COMPETITION WILL Bl DIVIDED INTO 'IWO

EVENTS WILL BE

SECTIONS - THE

MASKING PRINT SECTION AND THE PROJECTION PRINT SECTION.

BOTH BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS MAY BE USED IN FUTURE FESTIVAL PUBLICATIONS.

FILM SHOWS ON YOUTH EDUCATION WILL Bl HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL. ACCOMPANYING THESE FILM SHOWS WILL BE QUIZZES \ND SLIDE SHOWS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THE YOUNG TO LEAD A HEALTHY LIFE.

THE SHAM SHUI PO SPORTS CARNIVAL ON DECEMBER 17 WILL FEATURE A LION DANCE, AN AEROBIC DANCE. MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS AND BAND PERFORMANCES, AS WELL AS A TELEMATCH FOR ALL AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

HELD ON THE SAME DAY WILL BE A CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL PROVIDING STALL GAMES AND VIDEO SHOWS.

A FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 23 TO ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG TO TAKE AN ACT I\ I PART IN COMBATTING CRIME.

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A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL. FOR THE FIRST TIME, ORGANISE A GRAND VEGETARIAN 1 EAST ON JANUARY 4 FOR THE KDLERLY IN THE DISTRICT. THERE WILL BE 60 TABLES AND PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO BE TREATED TO A CANTONESE OPERA.

THE FESTIVAL WILL CLOSE ON JANUARY 8 WITH THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT.

OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE A CROSS COUNTRY RACE. YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP. CHINESE PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION, YOUTH DRAWING COMPETITION AND VARIETY SHOWS.

THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL, ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $1.3 MILLION, WILL BE FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND PRIVATE DONATIONS.

TO ENHANCE THE FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE, BUNTING, BANNERS AND POSTERS HAVE BEEN PUT UP IN PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, AND A HUGE DECORATED ARCHWAY WILL BE PUT UP AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD.

SOUVENIRS SUCH AS T-SHIRTS. DIARIES AND CALCULATORS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED.

TO PUBLICISE THE FESTIVAL. TWO VANS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) AND TWO VIDEO WALLS MEASURING N1NE-AND-A-HALF FEET BY 12 FEET WILL BE SET UP AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND AND THE PO ON ROAD PLAYGROUND.

BROCHURES AND LEAFLETS CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHU1 PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET AND ITS FOUR SUB-OFFICES.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ♦ t ♦ t t

MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL CONS IDER AT APPL1CATIONS FOR DI STR I CT BOARD

SIN DI STR I CT BOARD’S THEIR MEETI NG TOMORROW FUNDS 'I’O CARRY OUT

COMMUNITY (TUESDAY) COMMUNITY

INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE APPLICATIONS, FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT $405,622, ARE FROM LOCAL

ORGANISATIONS AND AREA COMMITTEES.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL STUDY REPORTS ON COMPLETED COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WITH DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) 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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1989

POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

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THE LATEST DATE FOR POSTING CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR LOCAL DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

"POSTINGS AFTER THIS DATE MAY NOT BE DELIVERED IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS." A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO POST AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID A LAST MINUTE RUSH." HE ADDED.

THE POST OFFICE ALSO ANNOUNCED THE SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD, THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL LETTER DELIVERIES ON DECEMBER 17 (SUNDAY) AND ONE DELIVERY EACH ON DECEMBER 24 (SUNDAY), 26 (TUESDAY) AND ON JANUARY 1 (MONDAY).

THERE WILL BE NO DELIVERY ON DECEMBER 25 (MONDAY) AND 31 (SUNDAY).

ON DECEMBER 26 AND JANUARY 1 THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE IN KOWLOON WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO NOON.

ALL POST OFFICES WILL CLOSE ON DECEMBER 24. 25 AND 31.

YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL DURING CHRISTMAS

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THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL ORGANISE A NINE-DAY YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE PUBLIC.

ON DECEMBER 23 AND 24. A SERIES OF FREE CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT THE NGAU CHI WAN CIVIC CENTRE. CITY PLAZA IN TA1KOO SHING AND TAI PO SHOPPING CENTRE. THESE CONCERTS WILL FEATURE CHRISTMAS CAROLS PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE'S YOUTH SYMPHONIC BANDS.

A FESTIVAL CONCERT. SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR BAND MUSIC LOVERS WILL BE HELD AT THE CONCERT HAU OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS ON DECEMBER 27.

THE 70-MEMBER HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND AND THE NARASHINO HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC BAND FROM JAPAN WILL PRESENT A SERIES OF CLASSICAL COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING TCHAIKOVSKY’S BALLET MUSIC FROM "SWAN LAKE" AND CHINES! MUS IC "FISHERMEN’S EVENSONG".

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THE JAPANESE BAND, COMPRISING 83 MEMBERS, HAD WON A NUMBER OF PRIZES IN THE ALL JAPAN BAND CONTEST OVER THE PAST NINE YEARS.

THE CLIMAX OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE THE GALA FINALE TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE CONCERT HALL ON DECEMBER 31.

OVER 500 MEMBERS OF SIX SYMPHONIC BANDS FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE AS WELL AS THE NARASHINO HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC BAND WILL PLAY MUSIC TOGETHER. THE CONCERT WILL END WITH THE PRESENTATION OF "AULD LANG SYNE” BY THE YOUNG MUSICIANS.

BOTH THE FESTIVAL CONCERT AND THE GALA FINALE WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM.

APART FROM THE CONCERTS. THERE WILL ALSO BE TWO SYMPHONIC BAND

CONTESTS AND A MARCHING BAND CONTEST FOR LOCAL SCHOOL BANDS.

THE FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED BY TOM LEE MUSIC COMPANY LTD.

TICKETS AT $10 AND $20 EACH FOR THE FESTIVAL CONCERT AND AT $20 AND $30 EACH FOR. THE GALA FINALE ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL URBTIX OUTLETS. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7955761.

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WINNERS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS’ AWARDS ♦ t t t t

THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG YOUNG MUSICIANS’ AWARDS ENDED SUCCESSFULLY YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS OF KEEN COMPETITION AMONG NINE TALENTED YOUNG COMPOSERS AND SIX ENSEMBLE GROUPS.

BOTH THE CHINESE MUSIC FINAL ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 2), AND THE WESTERN MUSIC FINAL LAST NIGHT. WERE HELD AT THE DRAMA THEATRE OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS.

THE AWARDS. NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR. ARE JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE COMPOSERS AND AUTHORS SOCIETY OF HONG KONG (CASH).

COMMENTING ON THE ANNUAL EVENT AT THE WESTERN MUSIC FINAL LAST NIGHT. THE COMMISSIONER FOR RE(ELATION AND CULTURE. MRS SHELLEY LAL'. SAID THE CONTEST HAD EFFECTIVELY STIMULATED YOUNG COMPOSERS IN THEIR CREATIVE WORK AND PROVIDED YOUNG MUSICIANS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TALENTS.

"THE ORGANISERS ARE READY TO PROVIDE THESE OPPORTUNITIES AND 1NCENTIVES BU7’ 17’ IS UP TO OUR YOlING MUSI CI ANS 7’0 TAK E UP THE CHALLENGE. MRS LAU ADDED.

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THERE ARE

WESTERN MUSICAL

SIX CATEGORIES FOR

THE

J NSTRUMENTS. CH INESE INSTRUMENTATION AND ELECTRO-ACOUSTI CAL Instruments ™ WESTFRN musical instruments

MUSICAL WORKS,

AWARDS: COMPOSITION

AS AND

INSTRUMENTS.

WELL AS

CHINESE

FOR

MIXED

ENSEMBLE MUSICAL

vutii. nJ!?E WINNEHS rN rACH CATEGORY RECEIVED WHILE iHE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP RESPECTIVELY. THE CASH PRIZES AMOUNTING DONATED BY CASH.

CASH

RECEIVED TO A TOTAL

AWARDS OF $6,000

$3,000 AND $1,000

OF $60,000. WERE

follows?HE results of the award winners and the winning pieces are

AS

COM PCS ITION (CHINES E MUSICA L INSTRUMENTS)

1. TEMPLE BY HUI CHEUNG-WAI

2. EVOLUTION OF THOUGHT BY LAW WAI-LUN

3. CONFLICT BY NG CHIU-SING

COM I ‘OS IT 1 ON (MIXED 1 N STR U MI N 'I' A T ION)

1. OATH BY CHU HON-PONG

2. Ml BY LAM SHUN

3. ALONE BY NG CHIU-SING

CHINESE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

HAN BY CHIN KWOK-WAI (PERFORMERS: CHI-HANG. KWONG WING-CHUNG. LAM DICK-BONG)

CHAU CH IN-TUNG. CII IK-TUNG AND

HUI WONG

2.

v a * kvt FESTIVAL BY KUAN NAI-CHUNG (PERFORMERS: Al-KEI. WONG SIU-TO. LOO SZE-YUEN AND CHAN SHUK-HAR)

KONG

3.

CHFSIC l ‘ FORMERS: CHAN SUM-YEE.

HoEVPpTZfc’ LAM Sn“KJNG- M0K O-GAY. TSANG HING-BUN AND WONG ri u -1 is ft ;

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1 .

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COMPOSITION (ELECTRO-ACOUSTICAL WORKS)

1. NIL

2. DESOLATION BY KWOK KOI-HIN AND ILLUSION BY MA WAI-MEI

3. A VIEW OF A MOSQUITO BY LEUNG CHI-SING

COMPOSITION (WESTERN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS)

1. GRETCHEN BY CHEUNG CH I-LEUNG

2. TRIO FOR FLUTE. CLARINET AND BASS CLARINET BY LAM SHUN

3. HOMELAND BY HUI CHEUNG-WAI

WESTERN ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

1. FANFARE AIR AND FINALE BY ARTHUR FRACKENPOHL (PERFORMERS: MARTIN CHOY. KENNETH TSE. JAMES LEUNG AND POON PO-CHOI)

2. THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES 1861 1865 ARRANGED BY HOWARD CABLE (PERFORMERS: PETER CHAO. HERBERT CHU. BENNY KWAN, STEVE KWAN AND WONG YAN-TIN)

3. DIVERTIMENTO BY ANTOR1 SZALOWSKl (PERFORMERS: VICTOR TAM, MARIA WONG AND CHEUNG KING LUN).

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STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT CUSTOMS CONTROL POINTS t « » * t

MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE VISITED THE CONTROL POINTS COMMAND OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON.

FOUR MEMBERS, MR ANTHONY CHEUNG. MR ('HOW CHUN-FAI, MRS MIRIAM LAU AND MR ANTHONY NEOH TOOK PART IN THE VISIT.

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY’ Till ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (OPERATIONS), MR S. II. MAN, AND THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT (CONTROL POINTS COMMAND), MR C.W. SZETO, DURING THE VISIT.

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THE MEMBERS FIRST VISITED THE MAN KAM TO CONTROL POINT AND WERE BRIEFED BY MR SZETO ON THE WORK OF THE CONTROL POINTS COMMAND. THEY WERE THEN GUIDED TO SEI CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS ON CARGO EXAMINATION AND VEHICLES SEARCH DUTIES.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE LO WU CONTROL POINT AND MET WITH FIELD OFFICERS ON PASSENGERS PROCESSING DUTIES.

THE LAST STOP WAS THE NEW LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT, WHERE COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAW AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE CUSTOMS FACILITIES THERE.

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NEW TEACHING KITS ON CIVIC EDUCATION * » » * «

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF YAN CHAI PRESENTED 1.850 SETS OF TEACHING KITS, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE CIVIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

HOSPITAL TODAY (MONDAY) COSTING $250,000, TO THE EDUCATION IN PRIMARY AND

AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOSPITAL, MR CHOI WAI-CHIU. SAID THE BOARD WAS HAPPY TO TAKE PART IN THIS MEANINGFUL TASK OF PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

,, „ ACCEPTING THE TEACHING KITS. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. MR Y.T.

Lit THANKED THE BOARD OE DIRECTORS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION.

HE SAID THE TEACHING KITS WERE BASED ON WORKS OF THE CHAMPIONS OF LAST YEAR’S INTER-SCHOOL CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS COMPETITION.

QUEEN’S COLLEGE AND PO ('HARK PRIMARY SCHOOL (MORNING WERE THE WINNERS OF THE SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SECTIONS OF THE RESPECTIVELY. Tuv — ----------

SESSION)

THE LATTER

THE FORMER WORKED ON THE THEME OF DISTRICT BOARDS EXPLORED ROAD SAFETY AND COURTESY.

CONTEST WHILE

THE SCHOOLS AS HELPING TO

TEACHING KITS WILL FURTHER ENHANCE CIVIC EDUCATION IN THEY PROVIDE USEFUL AND PRACTICAL MATERIALS FOR REFERENCE, AROUSE THE INTERESTS OF STUDENTS IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

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BLITZ OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGA) DISPLAY QF BILLS AND POSTERS t t t * *

A TOTAL OF 21 SUMMONSES WERE ISSUED DURING A TERRITORY-WIDE BLITZ OPERATION AGAINST ILLI - AL DISPLAY OF BILLS AND POSTERS HELD LAST SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

"BILLS AND POSTERS ARE OFTEN DISPLAYED ILLEGALLY' AT PRIVATE OR PUBLIC PLACES DURING WEEKENDS. HOLIDAYS AND AFTER OFFICE HOURS. AFFECTING THE OVERALL TIDINESS AND CLEANLINESS OF THE CITY," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION. BLITZ OPERATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT BY THE URBAN SERVICES AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS ON A REGULAR BASIS. HE SAID.

"WE HOPE THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY ADVERTISING COMPANIES, WOULD EXERCISE SELF-DISCIPLINE IN HANDLING THEIR OUTDOOR PUBLICITY POSTERS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THOSE WHO DISPLAY BILLS AND POSTERS IN PRIVATE PLACES WITHOUT THE OWNERS’ CONSENT OR AT PUBLIC PLACES WITHOUT AUTHORISATION ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000." HE SAID.

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN WESTERN DISTRICT TO BE CLOSED ♦ t ♦ t ♦

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO SEEK THE CLOSURE OF CERTAIN UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS IN WESTERN DISTRICT SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT THE COCKLOFT AND GROUND FLOOR OF 106 FIRST STREET.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON JANUARY 12, 1986 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THESE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 6 NEXT YEAR WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE A CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 52.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 308.331 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 236.808 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 40.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUT IN SHAM SHUI PO * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 6) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY YU CHAU WEST STREET, WING MING STREET, WING HONG STREET. FUK WING STREET, FUK WA STREET, HING WAH STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING CHEUNG WAH STREET, TSAP FAI STREET AND KIM SHIN LANE.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AND ITS APPROACHES IN SHA TIN, THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY SECTION OF STU LEK YUEN ROAD BETWEEN KWONG SIN STREET AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 10 PM AND 6 AM NEXT MORNING FROM WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 6) TO DECEMBER 16.

DURING Till- CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SIU LEK YUEN ROAD HEADING FOR CITY ONE, SHATIN, WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE KWONG SIN STREET, AN UNNAMED ROAD AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD BEFORE RE-JOINING Sil LEK YUEN ROAD.

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

RELEASE OF PRIMARY ONE DISCRETIONARY PLACES ALLOCATION RESULTS ................................ 1

PLANS IN HAND TO DEVELOP RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES .......................................... 2

NINE QUESTIONS, THREE BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA ...... 3

KWAI TSING TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT ........................................ 3

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR KENNEDY TOWN RESIDENTS ......................................... 4

OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST .... 5

DB TO DISCUSS REPORT ON HOUSING FOR ELDERLY ...... 5

METRICATION COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT OFFICE ON MOVE . 6

LEFT-TURN BAN IN WESTERN .......................... 6

CANCELLATION OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI .............................................. 7

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RELEASE OF PRIMARY ONE DISCRETIONARY PLACES ALLOCATION RESULTS * * * * *

RESULTS OF ALLOCATION OF DISCRETIONARY PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER 1990 UNDER THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION (POA) SYSTEM WILL BE RELEASED ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8) BY ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 40,000 OUT OF THE 74,000 APPLICANTS WOULD BE OFFERED A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR SCHOOLS.

PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO GO BACK TO THE SCHOOL TO WHICH THEY HAVE APPLIED FOR A PRIMARY 1 PLACE, WHETHER THEIR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED BY THE SCHOOL OR NOT, ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8) BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM OR ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON FOR THE RESULTS.

REGISTRATION OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (DECEMBER 11 AND 12) DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

FOR PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN OFFERED A PRIMARY 1 PLACE, THEY ARE ADVISED TO NOTE CAREFULLY THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES AND ANY REQUIREMENTS BY INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS, SUCH AS PRODUCING PARENT’S COPY OF THE POA APPLICATION FORM, AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR CHILDREN FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES.

"THE REGISTRATION OF THE CHILD WITH THE SCHOOL WILL BE REGARDED AS BINDING ON BOTH THE SCHOOL AND THE PARENT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PARENTS UNABLE TO REGISTER THEIR CHILD WITH THE SCHOOL WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TWO-DAY PERIOD ARE REQUESTED TO NOTIFY THE SCHOOL CONCERNED OR THROUGH THE POA UNIT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 5-724383) TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.

PARENTS WHO FAILED TO HEED THE ADVICE WOULD BE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN UP THE PLACE OFFERED TO THEIR CHILDREN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE POA SYSTEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID A GOVERNMENT - OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL COULD FILL UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 65 PER CENT OF ITS TOTAL NUMBER OF PRIMARY 1 PLACES AT ITS OWN DISCRETION.

THE REMAINING 35 PER CENT OF PRIMARY 1 PLACES WOULD BE RESERVED FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION AT A LATER STAGE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

PARENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR APPLICATION FOR DISCRETIONARY PLACES WILL RE INFORMED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN MARCH NEXT YEAR OF THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION ARRANGEMENTS.

PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN REACHING PRIMARY 1 SCHOOL AGE BUT HAVE NOT APPLIED FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE WILL ALSO BE NOTIFIED AT THE SAME TIME.

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THEY WILL BE ASKED TO GO TO A DISTRI BUT J ON/COLLECT ION CENTRE IN THEIR HOME DISTRICT TO OBTAIN A COPY OF ’’CHOICE OF SCHOOLS" FORM AND A LIST OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL THEN ALLOCATE A PRIMARY 1 PLACE TO THEIR CHILDREN WITHIN THEIR HOME DISTRICT WITH THE PARENTS’ CHOICES FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

DETAIL OF THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PLANS TO DEVELOP AND EXPAND RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES HAVE BEEN DEVISED BY A STEERING COMMITTEE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR ALFRED CHUI, SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG STUDENT AID SOCIETY.

’’THE PLANS ARE TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE WORKING GROUP ON DEVELOPMENT OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES UNDER THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

"THEY INCLUDE THE EXPANSION OF NON-INSTITUTIONAL SERVICES LIKE FOSTER CARE AND SMALL GROUP HOMES," HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID IT WAS THE COMMUNITY’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF CHILDREN FROM BROKEN FAMILIES, AND RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE WAS PROVIDED TO CATER TO THEIR NEEDS.

OUTLINING THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES, MR CHUI SAID THE CONCEPT AND FORMS OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES HAD CHANGED GREATLY.

HE NOTED THAT THE SERVICES DATED BACK TO THE 19TH CENTURY WHEN ORPHANAGES WERE SET UP BY RELIGIOUS GROUPS.

"IN THE 70’8, HONG KONG BEGAN TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NON-1NSTITUTIONAL SERVICES, SUCH AS FOSTER CARE AND SMALL GROUP HOMES.

"IN THE EARLY 80’3, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO

EXPAND THE NON-INSTITUTIONAL SERVICES, INCLUDING PLANS TO SET UP 15 SMALL GROUP HOMES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTRAL FOSTER CARE UNIT IN 1982,” HE SAID.

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NINE QUESTIONS, THREE BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA »*»»»*

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF NINE QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER THREE BILLS AT THE COUNCIL'S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

IN ADDITION, TWO PRIVATE BILLS WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THESE ARE THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS BILL 1989 AND THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS INCORPORATION BILL 1989. THE FORMER WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN AND THE LATTER BY THE HON EDWARD HO.

DEBATES ON ALL THREE BILLS ARE TO BE ADJOURNED.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY WILL MOVE A MOTION UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE THAT SECTION 18(3) AND PARTS VIIA AND VIIB OF THE ORDINANCE SHALL EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31 NEXT YEAR.

THIS WOULD EXTEND FOR A YEAR PROVISIONS WHICH HELP THE GOVERNMENT DEAL WITH VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER WILL MOVE A MOTION UNDER THE EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND ANOTHER UNDER THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE. THE MOTIONS ARE INTENDED TO EFFECT AMENDMENTS TO BOTH ORDINANCES BY INCREASING CERTAIN LEVELS OF MONETARY COMPENSATION.

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KWAI TSING TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT *****

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD AND THE KWAI TSING INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATING TEAM WILL ORGANISE A SLOGAN COMPETITION AND A BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE THIS MONTH TO AROUSE RESIDENTS' AWARENESS TOWARDS PROPER MANAGEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

THE SLOGAN COMPETITION IS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHILE THE COURSE IS SPECIFICALLY ORGANISED FOR FACTORY OWNERS.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO STUDENTS AND OPEN SECTIONS. ENTRIES SHOULD BE IN CHINESE AND THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF CHARACTERS.

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THE CHAMPION, FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP OF EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED CASH PRIZES OF $500, $300 AND $200 RESPECTIVELY. THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE USED FOR PUBLICITY PURPOSES.

THE ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE KWAI 1SING DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE MID-DECEMBER.

FACTORY OWNERS AND MEMBERS OF OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE FORM OF SEMINARS ON THREE CONSECUTIVE THURSDAYS STARTING DECEMBER 7.

THE COURSE WILL COVER THE SETTING UP AND ORGANISATION OF OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS, ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, MAINTENANCE AND SECURITY, AND NOISE POLLUTION.

THE SEMINARS WILL START AT 8 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KWAI TS1NG DISTRICT OFFICE. ADMISSION IS FREE.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-4212855.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR KENNEDY TOWN RESIDENTS

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KENNEDY TOWN RESIDENTS WISHING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BUILDING MANAGEMENT CAN ATTEND A SEMINAR TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

IT WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM AT THE KENNEDY TOWN KAIFONG ASSOCIATION IN BELCHER’S STREET.

HEAD OF THE DISTRICT'S BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, HOUSING MANAGER MR LEE CHI-SHING WILL GIVE A TALK ON MAINTENANCE OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

A LABOUR OFFICER. MR AU CHI-KEUNG, WILL SPEAK ON THE LABOUR LAWS AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

FOLLOWING THE TALKS WILL BE A SLIDE PRESENTATION AND A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION.

THE SEMINAR HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE KENNEDY TOWN/MOUNT DAVIS AREA COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KENNEDY TOWN BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE KENNEDY TOWN KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, 14A BELCHER’S STREET.

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OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST

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AMATEUR SINGERS FROM CENTRAL AND WESTERN HAVE TWO MORE WEEKS IN WHICH TO ENTER THE DISTRICT’S SINGING COMPETITION SCHEDULED FOR EARLY NEXT YEAR.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF ENTRY FORMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S THREE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES AT HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) AND IN BELCHER’S STREET.

FORMS CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE’S HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE FORMS, TOGETHER WITH THE LYRICS AND MUSICAL NOTATIONS OF THE SONGS TO BE PERFORMED, SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE ABOVE ADDRESSES ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID DISTRICT RESIDENTS AGED 15 TO 30 WERE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE SINGING COMPETITION, WHICH IS NOW IN ITS EIGHTH YEAR.

THE CONTEST WILL BE DIVIDED INTO CLASSICAL SONG SOLO, POP AND FOLK SONG SOLO AND POP AND FOLK SONG ENSEMBLE GROUPS.

THE FINALS WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523499 OR 5-283257.

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DB TO DISCUSS REPORT ON HOUSING FOR ELDERLY

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 7).

ALSO, MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 1990 LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN YUEN LONG.

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IN ADDITION, A MEMBER WILL RAISE III FILMS AND THEATRE BILLBOARDS IN YAU

QUESTIONS CONCERNING TIN AREA.

CATEGORY

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 7) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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METRICATION COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT OFFICE ON MOVE ♦ * » * »

THE SECRETARIAT OFFICE OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE HAD MOVED TO ROOM 349, EAST WING OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, A TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES IN RELATION TO THE GOVERNMENT’S METRICATION POLICY CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8102869 AS FROM TODAY.

THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, IS THE FOCAL POINT OF LIAISON ON ALL MATTERS CONCERNING METRICATION.

THE COMMITTEE ADVISES AND ENCOURAGES THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS IN THE FRAMING OF THEIR METRICATION PROGRAMMES. MOST GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE NOW USING METRIC UNITS EXCLUSIVELY.

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LEFT-TURN BAN IN WESTERN * » » *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 7), VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM NORTHBOUND HILL ROAD ONTO WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST IN WESTERN DISTRICT.

VEHICLES ON HILL ROAD HEADING FOR WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA EASTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, WHITTY STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND KA ON STREET.

LONG VEHICLES ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA WATER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CHIU KWONG STREET AND WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

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CANCELLATION OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI * * * ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT DUE TO THE DELAY IN THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE RECONSTRUCTION WORKS ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD BETWEEN TUNG CHAU STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD, THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS SCHEDULED TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI KOK TSUI FROM THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING IS NOW CANCELLED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MEETING:

IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE SAFEGUARDS EXTENDED ..........................

MOTIONS ON REVISED LEVELS OF COMPENSATION APPROVED .................

ENHANCED PROTECTION FOR STATISTICAL DATA SOUGHT..................... 4

INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS SEEKING STATUTORY INCORPORATION .............

BILL ENSURES INDEPENDENCE OF INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS ...............

GOVT TO CONSIDER SITES FOR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS ................

COMPLICATED TO LEGISLATE ON SALES OF FLATS .........................

ROLE OF COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE TO BE REVIEWED........................ 8

EXEMPLARY PENALTIES FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BREACHES NECESSARY ....... 9

GOVT TO ASK CMB TO OVERHAUL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ...................... 1°

COMMONLY USED CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINES TESTED ................. H

ACTION TAKEN TO SPEED UP SCHOOL REPAIRS ............................ 12

GOVT'S APPROACH AIMED AT POSITIVE, REWARDING EDUCATIONAL PROCESS ... 14

EXACT FARES DO NOT INCREASE TUNNEL THROUGHPUT ...................... 15

SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR VTC ............................................

THREE MOTIONS PASSED ...............................................

SURVEY ON IMPORTS FROM CHINA FOR FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS ........... 18

EXCO APPROVES SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD BILL ..........................

/FINAL REPORT ......

FINAL REPORT ON INVESTIGATION SUBMITTED TO FS ........................... 19

RE-ORGANISATION RESULTS IN IMPROVED EFFICIENCY .......................... 20

ANNUAL SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE STARTS TODAY .......................... 21

GOVT RESPONSIVE TO VIEWS OF RURAL COMMITTEES ............................ 22

SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT IN TSUEN WAN .................. 22

DB TO DISCUSS USE OF FUNDS .............................................. 23

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FILMS WITH OBSCENE LANGUAGE ..................... 24

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT TEXTILE WORKERS' HEARING ............................ 24

URBAN CLEARWAYS AND LANE CLOSURES ON TAI PO ROAD ........................ 25

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN CENTRAL .............................................. 25

URBAN CLEARWAY IN SHAM SHUT PO .......................................... 26

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN TSUEN WAN ........................................ 26

LONG VEHICLE BAN ZONE IN SHEK KIP MEI ................................... 26

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE IN TAI PO ........................................ 26

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1989

IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE SAFEGUARDS EXTENDED

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THE NECESSITY FOR THE PROVISIONS TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA IS, UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY TOO CLEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR BARNES WAS MOVING A MOTION UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE, SEEKING TO EXTEND SECTION 18(3) AND PARTS VIIA AND VIIB OF THE ORDINANCE FOR A FURTHER YEAR UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1990.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 33,951 VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE HAD ARRIVED, COMPARED WITH 17,805 FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1988.

HE SAID UNTIL VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE COULD BE DETERRED FROM COMING TO HONG KONG, RESETTLEMENT FOR REFUGEES STEPPED UP AND BOAT PEOPLE REPATRIATED TO VIETNAM, HONG KONG WOULD STILL NEED THE LEGISLATIVE MEASURES.

CONCERNING VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE CONTINUING TO COME FROM CHINA, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY SAID SOME 315 WERE STILL IN HONG KONG.

"FOR SUCH PEOPLE THERE IS NO CHANCE OF RESETTLEMENT, NOR INDEED ANY OTHER BENEFIT, IN COMING TO HONG KONG, THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO CHINA AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,” HE SAID.

TURNING TQ THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA, MR BARNES POINTED IT THAT THE CHANGE IN POLICY LAST YEAR TO PROSECUTE, BEFORE REPATRIATION, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT AT PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT HAD HELPED TO REDUCE NUMBERS.

"BUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REMAINS A DELICATE SUBJECT,” HE SAID.

IN OCTOBER, WHEN THERE WERE SOME TEMPORARY PROBLEMS REGARDING THE REPATRIATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS ROSE TO 2,208, OR A DAILY AVERAGE OF 71, MR BARNES SAID.

THIS WAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ARRESTS IN ANY MONTH THIS YEAR AND REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 57 PER CENT OVER THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS IN OCTOBER 1988.

THE SITUATION HAD NOW IMPROVED AND THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER HAD DROPPED TO 1,875, OR A DAILY AVERAGE OF 63.

"I NEED HARDLY SAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT WITH THE GREATEST DETERMINATION THIS POLICY OF PREVENTING, AND DEALING FIRMLY WITH, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION," HE STRESSED.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO RETAIN THE SAFEGUARDS IN THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

SECTION 18(3) OF THE ORDINANCE WAS FIRST ENACTED IN JANUARY 1979 TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

IT REMOVED THE LIMIT OF TWO MONTHS DURING WHICH AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER MIGHT REMOVE A PERSON REFUSED PERMISSION TO LAND IN HONG KONG, IF IT APPEARED TO THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION THAT THAT PERSON HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY RESIDENT IN VIETNAM.

MR BARNES SAID THIS SUBSECTION HAD BEEN RE-ENACTED ANNUALLY AND WOULD EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR UNLESS EXTENDED BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

PARTS VIIA AND VIIB OF THE ORDINANCE WERE ENACTED IN AUGUST 1979 TO PROVIDE FOR MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF TRAFFICKING IN UNLAWFUL IMMIGRATION.

UNDER THESE PROVISIONS, ANY PERSON WHO AIDED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO ENTER HONG KONG COMMITTED AN OFFENCE.

OFFENDERS WERE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE UP TO $5 MILLION AND IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE, WHILE THE SHIPS AND OTHER PROPERTY INVOLVED WERE LIABLE TO FORFEITURE.

THESE TWO PARTS HAD ALSO BEEN RE-ENACTED ANNUALLY AND WOULD EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31 UNLESS EXTENDED.

‘’THE MOTION BEFORE THE COUNCIL SEEKS TO EXTEND THE PROVISIONS FOR ONE MORE YEAR UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1990.

’’SHORTLY BEFORE THAT TIME WE SHALL AGAIN REVIEW THE POSITION," MR BARNES CONCLUDED.

THE MOTION WAS APPROVED.

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TWO MOTIONS SEEKING TO REVISE THE LEVELS OF COMPENSATION UNDER I HE EMPLOYEES1 COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND UNDER THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE TWO MOTIONS WERE INTRODUCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, UNDER SECTION 48A OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND UNDER SECTION 40 OF THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE RESPECTIVELY.

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MR YEUNG EXPLAINED THAT THE EORMER PROVIDED FOR EMPLOYEES WHO WERE INJURED IN THE COURSE OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT TO BE COMPENSATED WHILE THE LATTER PROVIDED FOR PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION BY THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD TO PERSONS INCAPACITATED BY OR DYING AS A RESULT OF PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

THE LEVELS WERE IDENTICAL UNDER THE TWO ORDINANCES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY SINCE 1978 HAD BEEN TO REVIEW THE LEVELS OF COMPENSATION EVERY TWO YEARS, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT WAGE MOVEMENTS AND OTHER CHANGES.

EXISTING LEVELS OF COMPENSATION HAD BEEN IN FORCE SINCE JANUARY 1, 1988 AND IT WAS PROPOSED TO INTRODUCE THE REVISED LEVELS WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

THE SECRETARY NOTED THAT A REVIEW CONDUCTED RECENTLY SHOWED THAT NOMINAL WAGES OVER THE PERIOD JANUARY 1988 TO NOVEMBER 1989 HAD RISEN BY 23 PER CENT.

"ACCORDINGLY, IT IS PROPOSED TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF COMPENSATION FOR DEATH FROM $345,000 TO $424,000, AND FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY FROM $394,000 TO $485,000.

"AT THE SAME TIME THE MINIMUM AMOUNTS WILL BE RAISED FROM $116,000 TO $143,000 AND FROM $132,000 TO $162,000 RESPECTIVELY.

"THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION FOR CONSTANT ATTENTION WILL ALSO BE RAISED FROM $158,000 TO $194,000," HE SAID.

IT WAS ALSO PROPOSED TO RAISE THE LEVELS OF OTHER FORMS OF COMPENSATION WHICH WERE NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO MOVEMENTS IN NOMINAL WAGES.

"FIRST, WE PROPOSE TO RAISE THE MINIMUM EARNINGS PER MONTH FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING COMPENSATION FROM $920 TO $1,040,” MR YEUNG SAID.

THIS FIGURE WAS BASED ON THE LEVEL OF SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE FOR A SINGLE PERSON UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME.

THE PROPOSED INCREASE WAS IN LINE WITH A RECENT INCREASE UNDER THAT SCHEME.

SECONDLY, IT WAS PROPOSED TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION FROM $3,000 TO $8,000 FOR BURIAL AND MEDICAL EXPENSES WHERE THE DECEASED EMPLOYEE LEFT NO DEPENDANTS.

THIS PROPOSAL WAS BASED ON ACTUAL INCREASES IN MEDICAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES SINCE 1980.

THIRDLY, IT WAS PROPOSED TO RAISE MAXIMUM DAILY REIMBURSEMENTS OF MEDICAL EXPENSES FROM $40 FOR IN-PATIENTS AND $20 FOR OUT-PATIENTS TO $70 IN BOTH CASES.

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"THIS PROPOSAL TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE INCREASES SINCE 1987 IN FEES CHARGED BY GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, AND THE FACT THAT INJURED EMPLOYEES HAVING TO RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE MEDICAL TREATMENT A DAY ARE CHARGED FOR EACH TREATMENT," HE SAID.

IT WAS ALSO PROPOSED TO RAISE, UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, THE MAXIMUM PAYMENTS TO BE MADE BY AN EMPLOYER TOWARDS THE COSTS OF SUPPLYING AND FITTING A PROSTHESIS OR A SURGICAL APPLIANCE, AND FOR THEIR REPAIR OR RENEWAL.

"THE PRESENT AMOUNTS, 814,000 AND $43,000, ARE TO BE INCREASED TO $16,000 AND $50,000 IN THE LIGHT OF ACTUAL INCREASES IN COSTS," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID ALL THE PROPOSALS HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

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A BILL SEEKING TO EXTEND THE PROVISIONS IN THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE FOR PROTECTING THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA SUPPLIED BY COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS AND FOR REGULATING THE CONDUCT OF SURVEY ENUMERATORS TO COVER VOLUNTARY STATISTICAL SURVEYS, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (AMENDMENT) B uL 1989, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON ANSON CHAN, SAID THE EXISTING ORDINANCE PROVIDED A GENERAL STATUTORY BACKING ONLY FOR MANDATORY STATISTICAL SURVEYS THAT WERE CARRIED OUT BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

MRS CHAN SAID DATA PROTECTION AND THE REGULATION OF ENUMERATORS INVOLVED IN VOLUNTARY STATISTICAL SURVEYS HAD TO RELY ON ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES MAINLY THROUGH THE OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT.

"THIS IS NOT SATISFACTORY.

"THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ARE INTENDED TO ENHANCE THE PUBLIC’S CONFIDENCE IN SUPPLYING INFORMATION TO SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT SUCH INFORMATION WILL BE PROTECTED IN THE SAME WAY AS FOR MANDATORY SURVEYS," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN ADDED THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN THE ORDINANCE GOVERNING THE CONDUCT OF MANDATORY SURVEYS WOULD NOT, HOWEVER, BE EXTENDED TO COVER VOLUNTARY SURVEYS.

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"THUS THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS IS NOT SEEKING ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY IN THE CONDUCT OF STATISTICAL SURVEYS WHERE PERSONS SUPPLYING INFORMATION ARE NOT OBLIGED TO DO SO," SHE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS, IN SEEKING INCORPORATION BY STATUTE, WISHES TO ENSURE ITS EXISTENCE AND INDEPENDENCE, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS BILL 1989, A PRIVATE BILL, MR CHENG SAID INCORPORATION BY AN ORDINANCE IMPLIED STATUTORY RECOGNITION OF THE INSTITUTE AS THE BODY REPRESENTING THE PROFESSION OF SURVEYORS IN HONG KONG. ' *

HE ALSO SAID THE INSTITUTE WAS NOW WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON A PUBLIC BILL TO BE CALLED THE SURVEYORS REGISTRATION BILL.

"THE REGISTRATION BILL WILL GOVERN THE REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY CONTROL OF THE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES OF SURVEYORS IN HONG KONG.

"IT IS CONTEMPLATED THAT A SURVEYORS REGISTRATION BOARD WILL BE ESTABLISHED AND MOST OF ITS MEMBERS WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF THE INSTITUTE," HE SAID.

HE SAID IF THE SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION, QUALIFICATION AND DISCIPLINARY CONTROL OF PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS AS PROPOSED WOULD BE ESTABLISHED BY ENACTMENT, THE INSTITUTE WOULD BE VESTED WITH WIDE POWERS AND IT WOULD BE INCUMBENT ON THE INSTITUTE TO FIRST STRENGTHEN ITS EXISTENCE AND CONTROL OVER ITS EXECUTIVE ARM.

"UNDER THIS BILL, THE POWERS OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF THE INSTITUTE ARE CLEARLY DEFINED. THE AUTHORITIES OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL ARE GUARANTEED AND ITS POWERS AND ACTIVITIES ARE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED," MR CHENG SAID OF HIS PRIVATE BILL.

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BILL ENSURES INDEPENDENCE OF » * » *

INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS *

THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS INCORPORATION BILL 1989 WILL ENSURE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE INSTITUTE IN THE LONG RUN, THE HON EDWARD HO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PRIVATE BILL, MR HO SAID ITS PURPOSE WAS TO GIVE THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS THE STATUS OF AN INCORPORATED BODY.

THE INSTITUTE OPTED FOR INCORPORATION BY STATUTE SO THAT IT WOULD BECOME A LEGAL ENTITY WITH PERPETUAL SUCCESSION AND COULD BE DISSOLVED ONLY BY ANOTHER STATUTE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

’’THIS WILL ENSURE THE EXISTENCE AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE INSTITUTE IN THE LONG RUN,” MR HO SAID.

HE SAID ANOTHER IMPORTANT PURPOSE IN INTRODUCING THE BILL WAS CO-ORDINATION WITH THE ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BILL 1989 WHICH PROVIDED FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ARCHITECTS AND DISCIPLINARY CONTROL OF THE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES OF REGISTERED ARCHITECTS.

MR HO NOTED THAT THE INSTITUTE NOW HAD 1,038 FULL MEMBERS AND 153 GRADUATE MEMBERS. IT WAS THE ONLY PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTION OF ARCHITECTS IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT IN THE AREA OF EDUCATION THE INSTITUTE MAINTAINED A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE WERE NOW ASSISTING THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN SETTING UP ITS DEGREE COURSE IN ARCHITECTURE.

IN THE AREA OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE WERE APPOINTED TO SERVE ON DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

BESIDES, THE INSTITUTE WAS REGULARLY CONSULTED AND EXPRESSED OPINIONS ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE PROFESSION, THE BUILDING INDUSTRY AND MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN.

"THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY IN ENSURING A HIGH STANDARD OF ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR ARCHITECTS AND IN THE PROMOTION OF BETTER ARCHITECTURE FOR HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

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GOVT TO CONSIDER SITES FOR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS *****

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING THE ALLOCATION OF A NUMBER OF RURAL SITES FOR PERMANENT REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE: HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG ON BUILDING OF REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR BARNES SAID WHERE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WERE REQUIRED THESE WERE BUILT WHEREVER POSSIBLE ON GOVERNMENT LAND, WHICH WAS FORMALLY ALLOCATED TO THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS.

IN SOME VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHERE THERE WAS NO SUITABLE GOVERNMENT LAND ON WHICH TO BUILD REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, HE SAID THE PRACTICE HAD BEEN TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY FACILITIES ON PRIVATE LAND, WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE LAND OWNER.

HE SAID SHOULD THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WISH TO BUILD PERMANENT FACILITIES ON PRIVATE LAND, THERE WAS NO REASON IN PRINCIPLE WHY THE LAND SHOULD NOT BE RESUMED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

MR BARNES SAID HE HAD ASKED THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS TO PROCESS A REQUEST FROM THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES FOR THE FORMAL ALLOCATION OF A NUMBER OF SITES IN RURAL AREAS.

RESUMPTION OF LAND MIGHT BE NECESSARY WHERE THE SITES WERE ON PRIVATE LAND, HE ADDED.

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LEGISLATING TO PRESCRIBE HOW PEOPLE SHOULD SELL FLATS WOULD BE VERY COMPLICATED. THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR BARNES SAID IT WAS TRUE THERE HAD BEEN QUARRELLING AND INCIDENTS IN QUEUES OF PEOPLE BUYING FLATS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS AND IN ADVANCE.

’’BUT IT IS NOT A REGULAR OCCURRENCE AND IN HONG KONG WE DO NOT USUALLY PRESCRIBE HOW PEOPLE SHOULD SELL THINGS LIKE FLATS,” HE SAID WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LEUNG WAI-TUNG.

MISS LEUNG HAD MENTIONED IMPROPER AND POSSIBLY ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES BY NON-PROSPECTIVE FLAT BUYERS WHEN FLATS WERE PUT UP FOR SALE BY PROPERTY DEVELOPERS, AND SAID A RECENT CASE HAD AGAIN LED TO CONFLICT.

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MR BARNES SAID THAT IN THE PAST THE GOVERNMENT HAD ACHIEVED SOME WORTHWHILE IMPROVEMENTS IN SALES PRACTICES, INCLUDING THE STANDARDISED MEASUREMENT OF PREMISES, AFTER DISCUSSION WITH THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY.

IN VIEW OF THE RECENT INCIDENT TO WHICH HE THOUGHT MISS LEUNG WAS REFERRING, DISCUSSIONS WOULD BE HELD WITH THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION ON WHAT COULD BE DONE TO AVOID SUCH INCIDENTS.

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BEGIN A REVIEW OF THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR, IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED DURING ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON JAMES MCGREGOR, SIR DAVID SAID THE EXTENT OF THE COMMISSIONER’S AUTHORITY WOULD BE ONE OF THE ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE REVIEW.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS HAD COMMENCED OPERATION ONLY IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

"IN HIS FIRST ANNUAL REPORT TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN JULY, THE COMMISSIONER NOTED THE CONCERNS OF SOME PEOPLE THAT CORPORATIONS AND AUTHORITIES DISCHARGING PUBLIC FUNCTIONS WERE EXCLUDED FROM HIS JURISDICTION," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID EXPLAINED THAT ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS TAKEN ON BEHALF OF A PUBLIC AUTHORITY BY CERTAIN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT DID COME WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSIONER.

"THE COMMISSIONER’S JURISD1 CT I ON, HOWEVER, DOES NOT EXTEND TO THE POLICY OR ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS MADE BY THE GOVERNING BODIES OF THESE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES,” HE SAID.

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EXEMPLARY PENALTIES FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BREACHES NECESSARY

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THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CONSIDER IT NECESSARY TO PRESCRIBE MORE STRINGENT SAFETY STANDARDS AND MEASURES FOR OPERATING PILE-DRIVERS, BUT IT DOES CONSIDER IT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE FOR EXEMPLARY PENALTIES FOR SERIOUS BREACHES OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR YEUNG SAID THESE PENALTIES WOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN THE DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 RESUMED NEXT WEEK.

MR YEUNG SAID THERE HAD BEEN THREE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PILE-DRIVERS DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS. ONE OCCURRED IN 1987 AND TWO THIS YEAR.

’’THESE ACCIDENTS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY EXAMINED. IT WOULD BE REASONABLE TO CONCLUDE, WITHOUT GOING INTO THE DETAILS OF EACH CASE, THAT THEY OCCURRED BECAUSE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY OR FULLY OBSERVED, AND NOT BECAUSE THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ARE IN THEMSELVES INADEQUATE,” HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE REQUIRED PILE-DRIVERS TO RE OF GOOD CONSTRUCTION, SOUND MATERIAL AND ADEQUATE STRENGTH, AND TO BE FREE FROM PATENT DEFECTS.

”IN ADDITION THE REGULATIONS ALSO REQUIRE PILE-DRIVERS TO BE FITTED WITH A VARIETY OF SAFETY DEVICES, SUCH AS EFFECTIVE BRAKING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS THAT WOULD PREVENT LOADS SUSPENDED FROM THEM FROM FALLING OUT OF CONTROL,” HE SAID.

MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT PILE-DRIVERS HAD TO BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND THOROUGHLY EXAMINED AND TESTED BY A COMPETENT EXAMINER AT LEAST ONCE EVERY 14 MONTHS.

’’BEFORE IT CAN BE USED A PILE-DRIVER MUST BE SECURED AND STABLE.

’’THIS REQUIREMENT ALSO APPLIES BEFORE A PILE-DRIVER CAN BE MOVED AROUND ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE.

’’WHEN IN USE IT MUST BE INSPECTED BY A COMPETENT PERSON AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.

’’THE PILE-DRIVER CAN ONLY BE OPERATED BY A COMPETENT PERSON AGED 18 OR ABOVE.

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"THE WORKMAN GIVING SIGNALS TO THE OPERATOR OF A PILE-DRIVER MUST ALSO BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR ABOVE AND ADEQUATELY TRAINED IN ORDER TO GIVE THE NECESSARY SIGNALS," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THEMSELVES DID NOT OWN OR OPERATE PILE-DRIVERS.

PILING CONTRACTORS WORKING UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS WERE SUBJECT TO THE CONTROL OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS, HE SAID.

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GOVT TO ASK CMB TO OVERHAUL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM *****

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SEEK A FUNDAMENTAL OVERHAUL OF THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITHIN A SPECIFIED PERIOD, AND A TIME-TABLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARIA TAM, MR LEUNG SAID: "IF THIS STILL DID NOT ACHIEVE THE DESIRED RESULTS, THEN SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WOULD HAVE TO BE GIVEN TO A PROGRESSIVE OPENING UP OF PUBLIC BUS SERVICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO OTHER OPERATORS."

MR LEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO CONSIDERING THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES, PARTICULARLY FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT, TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SERVICES TO RESIDENTS.

RECENT EVENTS HAD SHOWN THAT MORE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SERVICES SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, HE SAID.

ON THE POWERS UNDER THE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES ORDINANCE WHICH REGULATED THE OPERATION OF FRANCHISED BUS SERVICE, MR LEUNG SAID THESE INCLUDED:

* A PENALTY OF UP TO «50,000 FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDINANCE OR THE FRANCHISE;

* TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF THE FRANCHISE IN AN EMERGENCY; AND

» SUBJECT TO 28 DAYS’ NOTICE, THE REVOCATION OF THE FRANCHISE IF THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THAT THE FRANCHISE HOLDER HAD FAILED, OR WAS LIKELY TO FAIL, TO MAINTAIN A PROPER AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC BUS SERVICE.

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COMMONLY USED CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINES TESTED

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MOST OF THE COMMONLY USED CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINES IN THE MARKET HAD BEEN TESTED AND THE SAME PROCEDURE OF ROUTINE CHECKS AND ANALYSIS WAS USED IN MONITORING THE QUALITY OF REGISTERED WESTERN MEDICINES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON NIGEL SHIPMAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY)..

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, MR SHIPMAN SAID EXISTING MEASURES WERE CONSIDERED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN DETERRING THE ADULTERATION OF CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINES WITH WESTERN DRUGS.

HOWEVER, THE SITUATION WOULD BE MONITORED CLOSELY BY THE FORENSIC PHARMACY DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

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MOREOVER, THE WIDER QUESTION OF CONTROLS OVER CHINESE MEDICINE WAS CURRENTLY BEING EXAMINED BY THE WORKING PARTY ON CHINESE MEDICINE.

MR SHIPMAN SAID THAT FROM JANUARY 1985 TO OCTOBER THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 12 SAMPLES INVOLVING NINE PRODUCTS OF CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINES WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN ADULTERATED WITH WESTERN DRUGS.

THE 12 SAMPLES WERE DISCOVERED OUT OF A TOTAL OF 1,171 SAMPLES TAKEN FROM IMPORTERS OR PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE MARKET ON A ROUTINE BASIS DURING THE PERIOD.

"OF THESE, EIGHT WERE IMPORTED PRODUCTS AND ONLY ONE WAS MANUFACTURED LOCALLY.

"IN A FURTHER 54 SAMPLES THERE WERE MINUTE TRACES OF WESTERN DRUGS, BUT AS THE DRUGS WOULD HAVE NO THERAPEUTIC VALUE AT THESE LEVELS, IT IS (ONSIDERED TO BE THE RESULT OF CONTAMINATION RATHER THAN OF DELIBERATE ADULTERATION," HE SAID.

WHEN IMPORTED CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINES WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN ADULTERATED OR CONTAMINATED, MR SHIPMAN SAID THE IMPORTERS WERE INSTRUCTED TO RECALL ALL SUCH MEDICINES FROM THE MARKET AND TO HAVE THEM RETURNED TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OR TO SURRENDER THEM FOR PROPER DISPOSAL.

"IN ALL THESE CASES, THE PRESENCE OF WESTERN DRUGS WAS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH," HE SAID.

IN THE CASE INVOLVING A LOCALLY MANUFACTURED CHINESE PROPRIETARY MEDICINE DISCOVERED RECENTLY TO HAVE BEEN ADULTERATED BY CERTAIN WESTERN DRUGS WHICH MIGHT ONLY BE DISPENSED ON A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION, SUPPLIES OF THE PRODUCT WERE SEIZED AND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS WERE BEING INSTITUTED AGAINST THE RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURER.

"APPROPRIATE PUBLICITY WAS GIVEN TO THIS PARTICULAR CASE, AS HAS BEEN DONE FOR SIMILAR INCIDENTS IN THE PAST, TO MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE THAT THIS MEDICINE HAD BEEN ADULTERATED.

"THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN DETAILS ABOUT THE CASE," HE ADDED.

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12 ACTION TAKEN TO SPEED UP SCHOOL REPAIRS ♦ * * ♦ *

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARED TO TAKE DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL MAJOR REPAIRS TO AIDED SCHOOLS OUTSIDE HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES, SO THAT SCHOOL AUTHORITIES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO NOMINATE, APPOINT AND SUPERVISE AUTHORISED PERSONS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ROSANNA TAM, RELATING TO THE SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL, MR YEUNG SAID THIS SHOULD IN FUTURE SAVE A GOOD DEAL OF TIME IN GETTING REPAIRS DONE.

’’THE SCHOOLS COUNCILS ARE NOW BEING CONSULTED, AND I HOPE THAT AN EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THIS CHANGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

’’THIS WILL BE OF BENEFIT TO ALL SPONSORING BODIES, BUT PARTICULARLY SO TO SMALL ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE ONE WHICH RUNS SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL," HE SAID.

ON THE GENERAL PROCEDURE FOR FORESEEABLE MAJOR REPAIRS TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS LOCATED OUTSIDE HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES, MR YEUNG EXPLAINED THAT EVERY YEAR, IN APRIL, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT INVITED ALL AIDED SCHOOLS TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS, SO THAT FUNDS COULD BE SOUGHT IN THE ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE FOLLOWING FINANCIAL YEAR.

AN APPLICATION WHICH WAS SUPPORTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES WAS GIVEN APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE, AND THE SCHOOL WAS ADVISED TO SEEK QUOTATIONS, OR TO APPOINT AN AUTHORISED PERSON AND TO ARRANGE FOR TENDERS.

FORMAL APPROVAL FOR THE WORK TO PROCEED WAS GIVEN AFTER THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES HAD RECOMMENDED A QUOTATION OR TENDER FOR ACCEPTANCE.

FROM THE INITIAL APPLICATION TO THE ISSUE OF APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE NORMALLY TOOK ABOUT 12 MONTHS.

APPLICATIONS FOR MORE EMERGENCY REPAIRS COULD BE MADE AT ANY TIME, AND APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE WAS NORMALLY GIVEN WITHIN ONE TO THREE MONTHS, HE ADDED.

IN THE CASE OF SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG, MR YEUNG SAID THE SCHOOL WAS A SMALL SPECIAL SCHOOL WITH 46 MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, OF WHOM 38 WERE BOARDERS.

THE NEED FOR REPAIRS HAD FIRST COME TO LIGHT IN EARLY 1985, DURING AN INVESTIGATION BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INTO A COMPLAINT FROM THE SCHOOL ABOUT ROCK-BLASTING IN THE VICINITY.

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAD ADVISED THAT, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS LITTLE EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE FROM ROCK-BLASTING, THE SCHOOL SHOULD AT ONCE APPOINT AN AUTHORISED PERSON TO PREPARE A SCHEME OF REPAIRS TO THE STRUCTURE AND DRAINAGE OF THE SCHOOL, WHICH WERE IN A DILAPIDATED STATE, AND TO PROVIDE COST ESTIMATES, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THESE WORKS WOULD BE TREATED AS MORE URGENT REPAIRS WHICH COULD PROCEED IMMEDIATELY.

"UNFORTUNATELY, 10 MONTHS PASSED BEFORE A QUALIFIED AUTHORISED PERSON WAS APPOINTED IN JANUARY 1986, AND ANOTHER 20 MONTHS PASSED BEFORE THE COST ESTIMATE FOR REPAIRS WAS SUBMITTED IN SEPTEMBER 1987.

"THIS INDICATED THAT ABOUT S2 MILLION WOULD BE NEEDED FOR REMEDIAL WORKS.

"MEANWHILE, THE BUILDING WAS CONTINUING TO DETERIORATE," HE SAID.

THE SECRETARY EXPLAINED THAT AT THIS STAGE THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES HAD ADVISED THAT REPROVISIONING THE WHOLE SCHOOL WAS LIKELY TO BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE THAN UNDERTAKING MAJOR REPAIRS, PARTICULARLY SINCE A PROJECT TO EXTEND THE SCHOOL HAD BEEN APPROVED SEPARATELY IN EARLY 1987.

RUNNING REPAIRS ONLY WERE RECOMMENDED, TO MAINTAIN THE SCHOOL IN A USABLE CONDITION PENDING REPROVISIONING.

"THE SCHOOL WAS INFORMED OF THIS IN FEBRUARY 1988, AND IN APRIL 1988 THE SCHOOL’S CONSULTANT WAS ASKED TO ESTIMATE THE COST OF A STRENGTH ASSESSMENT SURVEY AND OF THE REPAIRS NEEDED TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF THE BUILDING BY FOUR YEARS OR SO.

"COSTINGS WERE SUPPLIED IN JUNE 1988, BUT IT WAS ONLY IN NOVEMBER 1988 THAT THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES ADVISED THAT A SURVEY SHOULD BE COMMISSIONED SO AS TO ASCERTAIN THE SCOPE OF THE NECESSARY REPAIRS," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT BECAUSE OF GROWING CONCERN AT THE SLOW PACE OF THE PROJECT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD HELD A MEETING WITH THE SCHOOL AND ITS CONSULTANT IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE CONSULTANT HAD BEGUN HIS STRUCTURAL SURVEY IN FEBRUARY, AND IN JUNE REPORTED THAT REBUILDING WOULD BE THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE OPTION.

"THERE WAS NO INDICATION IN THE REPORT THAT THE BUILDING WAS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER. THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, THEREFORE, CONSIDERED THAT THE BUILDING WAS CAPABLE OF BEING REPAIRED.

"HOWEVER, IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER INCIDENTS OF FLAKING PLASTER AND CONCRETE EXPOSED SERIOUS DEFECTS IN THE REINFORCEMENT OF FLOOR AND CEILING SLABS.

"ON NOVEMBER 3 THIS YEAR THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDED THAT THE BUILDING SHOULD BE EVACUATED," HE SAID.

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ON NOVEMBER 21 THE BUILDING AUTHORITY HAD DECLARED A PART OF THE BUILDING LIKELY TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

MR YEUNG SAID THIS WAS A SORRY SAGA, WHOSE ONLY REDEEMING FEATURE WAS ITS UNIQUENESS.

"IN MITIGATION I CAN ONLY POINT TO THE COMPLICATIONS CAUSED BY THE REPROVISIONING PROPOSAL AND THE EXISTENCE OF A SEPARATE EXTENSION PROJECT," HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, SUITABLE TEMPORARY PREMISES FOR THE SCHOOL HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED IN A NEARBY HOUSING ESTATE, HE SAID.

"THESE SHOULD BE FITTED OUT AND READY FOR USE WITHIN A FEW MONTHS, FOLLOWING CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS.

"DURING THIS PERIOD THE SCHOOL WILL NEED TO OPERATE AS BEST IT CAN IN THOSE PARTS OF ITS PRESENT BUILDINGS WHICH ARE NOT DANGEROUS.

"IN THE LONGER TERM THE SCHOOL WILL BE REPROVISIONED," HE CONCLUDED.

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GOVT'S APPROACH AIMED AT POSITIVE, REWARDING EDUCATIONAL PROCESS t » * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH IS TO ENSURE THAT THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS IS AS POSITIVE AND REWARDING AS POSSIBLE FOR ALL CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, AND THAT TENDENCIES TOWARDS DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR CAN BE IDENTIFIED, AND STUDENTS AT RISK GIVEN APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE, BEFORE THESE TENDENCIES HARDEN INTO VIOLENCE.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MICHAEL CHENG, CONCERNING GASES OF WOUNDING COMMITTED IN SCHOOLS BY STUDENTS WITH AN INCLINATION TO VIOLENCE.

MR YEUNG SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PREPARING A SERIES OF SEMINARS FOR SCHOOL HEADS, TO EMPHASISE THE MESSAGE THAT THE BEST WAY OF PREVENTING DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR WAS TO GENERATE A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE IN SCHOOLS.

"THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS MUST CONTINUE TO LIE WITH TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM,” HE SAID.

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE HAD IDENTIFIED THE NEED FOR ENHANCED TRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN THE AREAS OF DELINQUENCY IDENTIFICATION AND PREVENTION.

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”A NEW 60-HOUR COURSE HAS BEEN DEVISED, WHICH THIS YEAR IS BEING PROVIDED TO STAFF IN THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN PREPARATION FOR GREATER EMPHASIS IN THESE AREAS IN ALL TRAINING COURSES FOR NEW AND SERVING TEACHERS FROM SEPTEMBER 1990.

“MEANWHILE THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IS EXAMINING BEHAVIOURAL AND CURRICULAR PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION, AND WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS IN ITS REPORT NO. 4 NEXT YEAR,” HE ADDED.

WHILE THE CASES OF WOUNDING COMMITTED IN SCHOOLS IN RECENT WEEKS HAD UNDERSTANDABLY CAUSED CONCERN AMONG TEACHERS, PUPILS AND PARENTS, MR YEUNG SAID THAT IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO BE PANICKED BY THESE INCIDENTS INTO IMPRACTICAL AND ILL-CONSIDERED MEASURES.

DRASTIC MEASURES, SUCH AS DAILY SEARCHES OF ALL STUDENTS, HE BELIEVED, WOULD NEITHER BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE COMMUNITY NOR EFFECTIVE IN ENSURING THE SAFETY OF TEACHERS AND OTHER STUDENTS, SINCE ANYONE INTENT ON DOING MISCHIEF COULD STILL SEEK OUT HIS VICTIMS AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.

AS NO MEASURE COULD GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF MORE THAN ONE MILLION STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, MR YEUNG SAID: "WHAT WE CAN DO, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING, IS TO MINIMISE THE LIKELIHOOD OF VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS."

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EXACT FARES DO NOT INCREASE TUNNEL THROUGHPUT * ♦ * » *

REQUIRING ALL MOTORISTS TO PAY EXACT TOLLS WOULD NOT INCREASE TUNNEL THROUGHPUT, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON DAVID CHEUNG, MR LEUNG SAID THAT IN APRIL 1985 THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED AN EXPERIMENT AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TO EXAMINE THE EFFECTS ON THE TUNNEL TRAFFIC FLOW OF DESIGNATING MORE ’’EXACT PAYMENT” TOLL BOOTHS.

THE EXPERIMENT SHOWED THAT IN THE PEAK PERIODS AN EXACT PAYMENT BOOTH COULD HANDLE 10 PER CENT MORE VEHICLES THAN ORDINARY TOLL BOOTHS.

HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO INCREASE IN THE TUNNEL THROUGHPUT AS THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC GOING THROUGH THE TUNNEL CONTINUED TO EXCEED THE TUNNEL'S DESIGN CAPACITY, MR LEUNG SAID.

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SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR VTC « * » » ♦

THE YEAR 1988-89 WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ONE FOR THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL (VTC) WHICH WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY THE START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR THE COUNCIL’S 19-STOREY HEADQUARTERS IN WAN CHAI, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TABLING THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE VTC IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHEONG SAID THE NEW TOWER WOULD HOUSE THOSE TRAINING CENTRES CURRENTLY ACCOMMODATED IN RENTED PREMISES AS WELL AS ANOTHER NEW TRAINING CENTRE.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN TWO PHASES, WITH THE FIRST TO BE COMPLETED IN A MONTH’S TIME AND THE SECOND IN MID-1990.

AS PART OF AN OVERALL PROGRAMME TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE THE TEACHING FACILITIES AND STUDENT AMENITIES IN OLDER INSTITUTES, MR CHEONG SAID THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ANNEXES AT THE KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WAS COMPLETED EARLY THIS YEAR.

ON OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE VTC, MR CHEONG SAID THE BANKING TRAINING CENTRE WAS OPENED LAST JANUARY, OFFERING SOME 40 IN-SERVICE COURSES TO EMPLOYEES OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES. SO FAR, IT HAD PROVIDED TRAINING TO SOME 6,500 BANKING EMPLOYEES.

HE ADDED THAT THE COUNCIL INTRODUCED DURING THE YEAR TRADE TESTING AND CERTIFICATION OF CRAFTSMEN TO ASSESS THEIR LEVEL OF SKILLS.

"THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT TRADE TESTING HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG AND AS A START THE TEST WAS OFFERED TO TRADESMEN IN FOUR TRADES, NAMELY, ELECTRICIANS, MECHANICAL FITTERS, TYPESETTERS AND VEHICLE MECHANICS.

"THE RESPONSE WAS MOST ENCOURAGING, WITH SOME 2,000 SERVING WORKERS APPLYING FOR THE TEST," HE SAID.

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THREE MOTIONS PASSED

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THREE MOTIONS WERE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ONE PROVIDED FOR A FURTHER YEAR'S EXTENSION OF SECTION 18(3) AND PARTS VIIA AND VIIB OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

THE OTHER TWO EFFECTED AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE BY INCREASING CERTAIN LEVELS OF MONETARY COMPENSATION.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WAS INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

TWO PRIVATE BILLS WERE ALSO INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THEY WERE THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS BILL 1989 AND THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS INCORPORATION BILL 1989.

DEBATES ON ALL THREE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

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SURVEY ON IMPORTS FROM CHINA FOR

FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS

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TO PROVIDE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHI .'A BY HONG KONG FIRMS, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INITIATED A SAMPLE SURVEY THIS YEAR TO ENABLE IT TO SPLIT HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA INTO THOSE WHICH WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING AND THOSE WHICH WERE NOT.

THE RESULTS FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF 1989 ARE ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE RESULTS SHOW THAT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 SOME 59 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING; WHILE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 THE FIGURE WAS SOME 57 PER CENT.

IN VALUE TERMS, THESE PROPORTIONS IMPLY THAT SOME $23,581 MILLION OF THE $40,292 MILLION OF IMPORTS FROM CHINA IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING; WHEREAS SOME $27,641 MILLION OF THE $48,499 MILLION OF IMPORTS FROM CHINA IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989 WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY, IMPORTS FROM CHINA RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING REFER TO THE IMPORTING OF GOODS FROM CHINA OF WHICH ALL OR PART OF THEIR RAW MATERIAl.S OF SEMI-MANUFACTURES ARE UNDER CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT EXPORTED FROM OR THROUGH HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING.

A SAMPLE OF TRADE DECLARATIONS IN RESPECT OF IMPORTS FROM 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 FLOWS, 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 THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS.

"THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY FACILITATE A MORE INFORMED ANALYSIS OF THE NATURE OF HONG KONG-CHINA TRADE. THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE THUS A USEFUL SUPPLEMENT TO THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THIS SURVEY CAN BE VIEWED AS AN EXTENSION OF THE SCOPE OF THE SURVEY ON EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING WHICH WAS LAUNCHED AS FROM THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1988.

"RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ON EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF 1989 HAD ALREADY BEEN RELEASED. STARTING FROM THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1989, RESULTS OF BOTH SURVEYS WILL BE RELEASED AT THE SAME TIME," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

SURVEY RESULTS FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF 1989 WILL BE INCLUDED IN PART 1 OF THE SEPTEMBER 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE”, WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $17.50 PER COPY.

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EXCO APPROVES SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD BILL

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS GIVEN APPROVAL TO A BILL SEEKING TO ESTABLISH THE HONG KONG SPO1 TS DEVELOPMENT BOARD (SDB) ON APRIL 1, 1990.

THE DECISION FOLLOWED PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE SPORTS CONSULTANCY REPORT, "THE WAY AHEAD", PREPARED BY THE UK SPORTS CONSULTANT, MR EMLYN JONES.

THE RECENTLY FORMED PROVISIONAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD, CHAIRED BY MR WILLIAM PURVES, WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE PREPARATORY WORK TO ESTABLISH THE STATUTORY SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD. IN ADDITION, IT HAS TAKEN OVER THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

THE MAJOR TASK OF THE BOARD WILL BE TO FORMULATE AN OVERALL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION, STRENGTHEN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION, IMPROVE COACHING, ENHANCE THE TRAINING OF TALENTED ATHLETES AND AT THE SAME TIME SUPPORT SPORTS PROMOTION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

THE BOARD WILL BE AN AUTONOMOUS CORPORATION WITH INDEPENDENT STATUS. IT WILL SEEK TO ADOPT A FLEXIBLE AND IMAGINATIVE APPROACH TO SPORTS PROMOTION AND FUNDING.

THE BILL WILL BE GAZETTED IN DUE COURSE.

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FINAL REPORT ON INVESTIGATION SUBMITTED TO FS *****

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, IN EXERCISE OF THE POWER CONFERRED ON HIM BY SECTION 143111(C) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, APPOINTED MR MARVIN CHEUNG IN JUNE 1989 AS INSPECTOR TO INVESTIGATE CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO THE AFFAIRS OF JADEMAN (HOLDINGS) LIMITED.

A LIMITED INVESTIGATION HAS NOW BEEN CONCLUDED AND THE INSPECTOR HAS SUBMITTED A FINAL REPORT TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY. AN INTERIM REPORT WAS SUBMITTED TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON AUGUST 15.

AS THE REPORTS CONTAIN FACTS WHICH MAY HAVE A BEARING ON OR PERTAIN TO CURRENT OR FUTURE COURT PROCEEDINGS, IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO PUBLISH THE REPORTS.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 14613)(A) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, A COPY OF EACH REPORT HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO THE COMPANY AT ITS REGISTERED OFFICE.

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RE-ORGANISATION RESULTS IN IMPROVED EFFICIENCY

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THE RE-ORGANISATION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST THIS YEAR HAS LED TO A BETTER USE OF MANPOWER AND INTELLIGENCE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR K.S. TONG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THIS HAD IN TURN IMPROVED THE EFFICIENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT.

MR TONG WAS SPEAKING AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY IN WHICH A PLAQUE AND A COMMEMORATIVE PLATE WERE PRESENTED TO THE DEPARTMENT BY THE HONG KONG RICE MERCHANT ENTERPRISE LTD, IN RECOGNITION OF CUSTOMS EFFORTS IN A RECENT CASE INVOLVING COUNTERFEIT SOY SAUCE.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT, REALISING THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING CONSUMER RIGHTS AND MAINTAINING HONG KONG’S GOOD REPUTATION IN OVERSEAS MARKETS, HAD BEEN USING MUCH OF ITS RESOURCES IN CLAMPING DOWN ON COUNTERFEITING ACTIVITIES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE VIGOROUS ENFORCEMENT ACTION BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE PAST YEARS HAD BROUGHT THESE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES UNDER CONTROL THOUGH SOME HAD GONE UNDERGROUND.

MR TONG SAID THE DEPARTMENT CERTAINLY WOULD NOT BE COMPLACENT WITH ITS ACHIEVEMENT AND WOULD CONTINUE TO DO ITS BEST IN ELIMINATING ALL SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

THE CASE OF THE COUNTERFEIT SOY SAUCE WAS BROUGHT TO LIGHT WHEN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A COMPLAINT FROM THE HONG KONG RICE MERCHANT ENTERPRISE LTD IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

ACTING ON THE COMPLAINT, CUSTOMS OFFICERS OF THE INVESTIGATION BRANCH LAUNCHED A TERRITORY-WIDE OPERATION WITH A VIEW TO TRACING THE IDENTITY OF THE OFFENDER AND THE SOURCES OF THE FAKE GOODS.

AS A RESULT, CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZED MORE THAN 60,000 BOTTLES OF SOY SAUCE BEARING A FORGED TRADEMARK IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR. THE VALUE OF THE SEIZURE AMOUNTED TO OVER S‘230,000.

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21 ANNUAL SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE STARTS TODAY » » « « »

THE ANNUAL SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE CO-ORDINATED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT (CAD) AND INVOLVING A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND EMERGENCY UNITS FROM THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION BEGAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AND WILL LAST FOR TWO DAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR CAD SAID THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE EXERCISE WAS TO TRAIN AND FAMILIARISE STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER SUPPORTING UNITS IN SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNIQUES.

"THE ALERTING AND CO-ORDINATING PROCEDURES AND COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES WILL ALSO BE TESTED," HE SAID.

"IN ADDITION, IT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES OF NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXERCISE AND TO CO-ORDINATE THEIR PROCEDURES," HE ADDED.

COMPRISING A SHORT-RANGE AND A LONG-RANGE SEARCH OPERATION, THE EXERCISE WILL INVOLVE FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTERS AND VESSELS.

IN THE SHORT-RANGE EXERCISE THIS AFTERNOON, THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PARA-RESCUERS DEMONSTRATED THEIR RESCUE TECHNIQUE NEAR THE NINEPIN GROUP OF ISLANDS AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND ROYAL AIR FORCE HELICOPTERS DEMONSTRATED WINCHING OF SURVIVORS FROM THE SEA.

THE LONG-RANGE EXERCISE WILL BE ACTIVATED THIS EVENING SIMULATING AN AIRCRAFT IN DISTRESS ABOUT 70 MILES SOUTH-WEST OF HONG KONG. THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, ROYAL AIR FORCE, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, ROYAL NAVY, UNITED STATES NAVY AND JAPANESE MARITIME SAFETY AGENCY WILL DISPATCH AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTERS AND SHIPS TO SEARCH AND LOCATE THE TARGETS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR’S SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE ARE THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, ROYAL NAVY, ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, ROYAL AIR FORCE, CIVIL AID SERVICES, MARINE DEPARTMENT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE U.S. AIR FORCE, NAVY AND COAST GUARD AND THE JAPANESE MARITIME SAFETY AGENCY.

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GOVT RESPONSIVE TO VIEWS OF RURAL COMMITTEES

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES AND RURAL COMMITTEES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS, THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR HUI URGED VILLAGERS TO GIVE THEIR OPINIONS FREELY SO THAT PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN WOULD MEET THE PRACTICAL NEEDS OF RESIDENTS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE KWAN TEI VILLAGE OFFICE IN FANLING, MR HUI STRESSED THAT IN DEVELOPING THE FANLING/SHEUNG SHU1 NEW TOWN, THE GOVERNMENT HAD NEVER OVERLOOKED THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN RURAL AREAS.

’’MUCH HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE IN THE PAST THROUGH THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME ADMINISTERED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE.

’’FOR EXAMPLE, IN 1988-89 A TOTAL OF 96 LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, COSTING $3 MILLION, WERE CARRIED OUT IN THE NORTH DISTRICT.

"IN ADDITION, A LARGE PART OF THE $800,000 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN THE DISTRICT WAS IMPLEMENTED IN VILLAGES," HE SAID.

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KWAN TEI VILLAGE OFFICE, MR HUI NOTED THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE A GOOD BASE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COHESIVE VILLAGE COMMUNITY TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIVING.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE, MORE AVAILABLE TO KWAN TEI VILLAGERS, HE SAID.

SERVICES WOULD BE

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SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT IN TSUEN WAN ******

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND EXHIBITION AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

THE HOUSING MANAGER OF THE TSUEN WAN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATING TEAM, MR CHAN KAM-TONG, WILL GIVE A TALK ON THE COMMON PROBLEMS IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

THERE WILL BE OTHER GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER. CO. LTD.

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THEY WILL SPEAK ON POLLUTION PROBLEMS IN TSUEN WAN, ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION FACILITIES AND SECURITY MEASURES IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

OFFICIATING AT THE SEMINAR’S OPENING WILL BE THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR SIN SIU-WAH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, 72 TAI HO ROAD.

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DB TO DISCUSS USE OF FUNDS

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THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE USE OF UNCOMMITTED FUNDS FROM ITS CENTRAL RESERVE VOTE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

AT PRESENT THE VOTE HAS AN UNCOMMITTED BALANCE OF $132,378.

IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT $63,311 SHOULD BE ALLOCATED, AS REQUESTED, TO VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEES, AND $69,000 BE TRANSFERRED TO THE COMMUNITY BUILDING VOTE FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO ORGANISE COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE REPORTS FROM THE FOUR DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE SENIOR TOWN PLANNER OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MJi GRAHAM ROBERTS, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE CONTAINER TERMINAL NO. 8.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE SHEK KAI MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FILMS WITH OBSCENE LANGUAGE

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A MEMBER’S PROPOSAL TO BAN FILMS WITH OBSCENE LANGUAGE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A CHIEF ENTERTAINMENT STANDARDS CONTROL OFFICER OF THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE EXISTING LEGISLATION ON FILMS CONTROL.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW THE LATEST FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE COMMITTEE AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 141 KAU PU1 LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT TEXTILE WORKERS’ HEARING * t * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) STARTED A SPECIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE HEARING CONSERVATION IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY.

THE CAMPAIGN, ORGANISED JOINTLY WITH THE FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS AND THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON SPINNING, WEAVING AND DYEING TRADE WORKERS GENERAL UNION, IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ONGOING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PROMOTION PROGRAMME.

IT INCLUDES VISITS TO A NUMBER OF LARGE TEXTILE FACTORIES WHERE WORKERS ARE LIKELY TO BE EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE INDUSTRIAL NOISE.

AUDIOMETRIC TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON WORKERS TO ASCERTAIN ANY POSSIBLE NOISE INDUCED HEARING IMPAIRMENT.

AS AN INCENTIVE TO SAFETY AT WORK, SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE VISITS TO WORKERS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE NECESSARY HEARING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, WHILE OTHERS WILL BE GIVEN FREE EAR PROTECTORS.

THE CAMPAIGN STARTED WITH A VISIT TO NAM FUNG TEXTILES LTD IN TSUEN WAN TODAY BY A TRIPARTITE TEAM LED BY THE CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIP YUK-LUN; CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON SPINNING, WEAVING AND DYEING TRADE WORKERS GENERAL UNION, MR TSANG CHUNG-FUN; AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS, MR LEUNG FU-WAH.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS AND LANE CLOSURES ON TAI PO ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8), THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH GOLDEN HILL ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 1,400 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH GOLDEN HILL ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 1,400 METRES SOUTH OF 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 WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, A SECTION OF ABOUT 400 METRES OF THE MIDDLE AND OUTERMOST LANES OF TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) NORTHBOUND NEAR SHEUNG SHU1 ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8) TO JANUARY 24.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN CENTRAL ♦ t *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8), TWO ROAD SECTIONS TN CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS.

THEY ARE:

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD (EXCLUDING THE LAYBY); AND

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CHATER ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL (EXCLUDING THE LAYBY).

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

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN SHAM SHU I PO t t t ♦ I

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT EROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8), THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CHAK ON ESTATE ACCESS ROAD IN SHAM SHU1 PO BETWEEN ITS NORTHERN JUNCTION WITH NAM CHEONG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST 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.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN TSUEN WAN * t * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE I HE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR KWAN MUN HAU STREET, THE SECTION OF HAM TIN STREET BETWEEN HO PU1 STREET AND YEUNG UK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL HE PERMANENTLY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8).

FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE, THE SECTION OF HO PUI STREET BETWEEN HAM TIN STREET AND ( HUNG ON STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE WAY ’ ASTWARD TO ONI WA', WESTWARD.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON HAM TIN STREET MAY USE HO PUI STREET AND CHUNG ON STREET TO GAIN ACCESS TO YEUNG UK ROAD.

LONG VEHICLE BAN ZONE IN SHEK KIP MFI

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8). THE SECTION OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHEK KIP MEI STREET BETWEEN BERWICK STREET AND WOH CHAI STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE FOR ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 10 METRES IN LENGTH.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 10 METRES IN LENGTH, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTER I NG THE BAN ZONE.

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE IN TAI PC' * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS, A SECTION OF ABOUT 700 METRES OF I HE SLOW LANE AT TOLO HIGHWAY KOWLOON BOUND NEAR SHAN TONG IN TA I PO WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8) TO 6 PM ON JANUARY 23.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN SEPTEMBER ................ 1

PROTECTIONISM IN U.S. REMAINS MAJOR THREAT ............................ 5

TAC DISCUSSES KMB FIVE-YEAR PLAN, GOVT TUNNELS ........................ 7

CS VISITS PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL ....................................

PUBLIC INVITED TO SHARE THE FUN OF FLE CARNIVAL ....................... 9

VARIETY SHOW WITH PERFORMANCES BY THE DISABLED IN KWUN TONG............ 11

SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL BEGINS ON SATURDAY ..................... 12

EASTERN DISTRICT’S OUTSTANDING YOUTHS NAMED ........................... 13

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR IN TSUEN WAN ................... 14

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS ................ 15

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLLUTION WHITE PAPER ......................... 15

LABOUR INSPECTORS ENDEAVOUR TO MEET CHALLENGES ........................ 16

FEWER STUDENTS HURT IN SUMMER JOBS .................................... 16

OUTDOOR EXHIBITION ON POLICE FORCE IN SHA TIN ......................... 17

SEVERAL BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON DECLARED DANGEROUS ....................... 18 •

YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA RECRUITS MEMBERS .............................. 19

SUPPLY OF NON-CONFIDENTIAL ESTABLISHMENT PARTICULARS TO PRIVATE SECTOR 19

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR TSING YI BRIDGE CLOSURE ...................... 20

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG AND KOWLOON CITY .................... 21

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT, SHAU KEI WAN ..................... 22

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KING'S ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.......... 23

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PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN SEPTEMBER »»«»»«

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 2 PER CENT AND 24 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY LN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1989 COMPARED WITH THE SAME 1 i 1OD IN 1988, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 14 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS ALSO INCREASED BY 14 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 SEPTEMBER 1989 WITH SEPTEMBER 1988, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT. TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988.

THIS INCLUDED RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-39 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (-39 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (-28 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-25 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-21 PER CENT); AND TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-18 PER CENT).

NEVERTHELESS, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILE FABRICS (+13 PER CENT); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+8 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+7 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+5 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+3 PER. CENT); AND CLOTHING (+2 PER CENT).

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PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988.

THESE INCLUDED METAL MANUFACTURES (+11 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+8 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+6 PER CENT.; TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+5 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+4 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+2 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+1 PER CENT); AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+1 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED IN FOOTWEAR (-3 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-3 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-2 PER CENT); AND METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-1 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TEA AND COFFEE; SOYABEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD; FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS AND LIVE POULTRY. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF WHEAT AND FLOUR; SUGAR AND RICE.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT. THE COMMODITY ITEMS WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED FOOTWEAR; TOBACCO MANUFACTURES AND WATCHES. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR PASSENGER MOTOR CARS AND CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECREASED BY 6 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; BASE METALS, EXCLUDING IRON AND STEEL; AND MAN-MADE FIBRES.

SOME COMMODITY ITEMS RECORDED INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME, NOTABLY YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES; COTTON YARN AND THREAD AND FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AND OFFICE MACHINES.

THERE WERE DECREASES IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY AND SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS.

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COMPARING THE IMPORT PRICES IN SEPTEMBER 1989 WITH THOSE IN SEPTEMBER 1988, ALL END-USE CATEGORIES SHOWED SOME INCREASES: FUELS (+15 PER CENT); CONSUMER GOODS (+6 PER CENT); CAPITAL GOODS (+4 PER CENT); FOODSTUFFS (+3 PER CENT) AND RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+1 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF FUELS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 126 PER CENT. THAT OF CONSUMER GOODS ALSO INCREASED BY 31 PER CENT. HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS, RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES AND CAPITAL GOODS DECREASED, BY 15 PER CENT, 11 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN SEPTEMBER 1989 COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1988: FUELS (+14 PER CENT); RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+6 PER CENT); CONSUMER GOODS (+6 PER CENT); CAPITAL GOODS (+5 PER CENT) AND FOODSTUFFS (+4 PER CENT) .

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE SEPTEMBER 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE.INDEX NUMBERS" WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AROUND DECEMBER 11 AT #2.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, HONG KONG (TEL. 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDEXES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. 5-8234918).

• TABLE 1: CHANGES . v • » • IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING SEP 1989 WITH SEP 1988 COMPARI WITH NG JAN-SEP 1989 JAN-SEP 1988

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

CLOTHING 7 4 2 8 2 ; * 5

TEXTILE FABRICS 15 2 13 11 » 11

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 11 5 5 12 2 9

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES -11 8 -18 -9 7 -14

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RADIOS OF ALL KINDS -40 -2 -39 -42 -42

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 10 1 8 18 -5 24

FOOTWEAR -41 -3 -39 -19 -19

METAL MANUFACTURES -20 11 -28 1 12 -9

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 6 -1 7 20 2 18

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 -3 3 2 » 3

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -20 6 -25 -13 5 -17

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -20 1 -21 -23 5 -26

ALL COMMODITIES -2 3 -5 5 3 2

* INSIGNIFICANT, I.E. LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

TABLE 2: CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING SEP 1989 WITH SEP 1988 COMPARING JAN-SEP 198 WITH JAN-SEP 1988

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS -1 3 -4 9 3 5

CONSUMER GOODS 17 6 11 28 5 22

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES -5 1 -6 12 3 9

FUELS 27 15 10 38 8 27

CAPITAL GOODS 4 4 1 17 4 13

ALL COMMODITIES 5 3 2 18 4 14

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TABLE 3: CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE CATEGORY COMPARING SEP 1989 WITH SEP 1988 COMPARING JAN-SEP 1989 WITH JAN-SEP 1988

VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS -11 4 -15 5 6 -1

CONSUMER GOODS 39 6 31 46 5 39

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES -5 6 -11 18 7 10

FUELS 158 14 126 145 5 134

CAPITAL GOODS 4 5 -1 35 6 27

ALL COMMODITIES 16 6 10 32 6 24

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THE MINISTER FOR HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., MR PETER LO, YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID THAT PROTECTIONISM IN THE U.S. REMAINED A MAJOR THREAT AND RECENT INDICATIONS WERE THAT A TEXTILE BILL MIGHT EMERGE IN CONGRESS NEXT YEAR.

MR LO WAS ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL APPAREL AND TEXTILE ASSOCIATION IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON STATE, ON HONG KONG’S PERSPECTIVE IN THE APPAREL TRADE IN THE 1990’S.

MR LO EMPHASISED THAT THE NEXT 12 TO 18 MONTHS WOULD BE A CRUCIAL PERIOD IN WHICH THE SHAPE AND DIRECTION OF WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES IN THE 1990’S WOULD BE DETERMINED.

HE WAS REFERRING TO THE URUGUAY ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TALKS AND THE INTEGRATION OF THE MFA (MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT) INTO THE GATT (GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE).

"THE U.S. IS A KEY PLAYER IN THESE MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS," HE SAID. "HOWEVER, PROGRESS IN THE MULTILATERAL TEXTILES NEGOTIATIONS NOW TAKING PLACE IN GENEVA HAS NOT BEEN ENCOURAGING."

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HE URGED THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION TO RESIST PROTECTIONIST THREATS AND COMMIT ITSELF TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THE URUGUAY ROUND.

THIS WAS AN OBJECTIVE WHICH HONG KONG AND OTHER GATT CONTRACTING PARTIES SHARED, HE SAID.

"THE U.S. SHOULD ALSO RECOGNISE THAT A MOVE TOWARDS LIBERALISING TRADE IN TEXTILES IS IMPORTANT IF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ARE TO AGREE TO PROGRESS IN OTHER AREAS SUCH AS SERVICES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION," HE SAID.

MR LO ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISPEL ANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HONG KONG’S POSITION.

"WE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO NEGOTIATING THE INTEGRATION OF THE MFA INTO THE GATT.

"WE HAVE NO WISH FOR OUR TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO BE DICTATED BY CURRENT CONSTRAINTS UNDER THE MFA.

"WE SEE NO REASON WHY IT SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED, AND INDEED ENCOURAGED, TO ADJUST, LIKE ANY OTHER MANUFACTURING OR TERTIARY SERVICE SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY," HE SAID.

ON ANTI-DUMPING, MR LO SAID IT WAS A WELL KNOWN FACT THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT DID NOT PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR SUBSIDIES TO COMPANIES, AND THAT COMMERCIAL JUDGEMENTS OF HONG KONG’S BUSINESSMEN WERE DICTATED ENTIRELY BY FREE MARKET FORCES.

"COMPANIES IN HONG KONG THEREFORE HAVE NEITHER THE MOTIVE NOR THE INCENTIVE TO SELL PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS AT LESS THAN MARKET VALUE," HE SAID.

"IN SHORT. THE RATIONALE FOR DUMPING SIMPLY DOES NOT EXIST IN HONG KONG. '

MR 1,0 NOTED THAT HONG KONG’S COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE LAY IN THE SUPPLY OF HIGH-QUALITY AND HIGH-FASHION PRODUCTS.

"I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE AND SIGNIFICANT PLAYER IN THE TEXTILE TRADE TN THE 199O’S," HE SAID.

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TAC DISCUSSES KMB FIVE-YEAR PLAN, GOVT TUNNELS

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (THURSDAY) AGREED THAT THE ONE-WAY TOLL SYSTEM AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND THE EXTENSION OF THE TIDAL FLOW BEYOND 7.40 AM SHOULD NOT BE PURSUED IN VIEW OF THE CONSEQUENTIAL TRAFFIC PROBLEMS ALONG TAI PO ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD AND THE SOUTHBOUND LION ROCK TUNNEL.

AT A MEETING HELD ON BOARD THE LAUNCH ’’CLEMENTI” EN ROUTE TO CHEK LAP KOK FOR A SITE VISIT, THE TAC MEMBERS WERE TOLD ABOUT THE TAI PO ROAD STAGE II IMPROVEMENT WORKS, WHICH INVOLVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN UPHILL CLIMBING LANE AND WERE COMPLETED, AND OPENED FOR PUBLIC USE ON NOVEMBER 18.

WHILE THESE IMPROVEMENT WORKS WOULD INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF NORTHBOUND TAI PO ROAD, IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR THIS ROAD TO ABSORB THE TRAFFIC DIVERTED FROM THE LION ROCK TUNNEL IF THE ONE-WAY TOLL SYSTEM WERE RE-INTRODUCED.

THIS IS BECAUSE INCREASING NUMBERS OF GOODS VEHICLES ARE USING TAI PO ROAD, THEREBY REDUCING THE ACTUAL TRAFFIC VOLUME WHICH THE ROAD IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING.

THE TAC WAS INFORMED THAT DIVERTING NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC TO TAI PO ROAD WOULD RESULT IN INCREASED CONGESTION ON THE ROAD THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NOT JUST DURING THE PERIODS OF TIDAL FLOW, AND ADDITIONAL CONGESTION WAS LIKELY ALONG LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND POSSIBLY OTHER ROADS IN KOWLOON.

MOREOVER, ADDITIONAL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ATTRACTED FROM THE TAI PO ROAD TO THE TOLL FREE SOUTHBOUND TUNNEL WOULD RESULT IN INCREASED CONGESTION IN THE SOUTHBOUND TUNNEL THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

THE TAC ALSO NOTED THAT, SINCE THE EXTENDED TIDAL FLOW SCHEME COMMENCED ON JULY 10 THIS YEAR, THERE HAD BEEN AN INITIAL SLIGHT REDUCTION IN THE TOTAL VOLUME OF TRAFFIC USING THE TUNNEL DURING THE MORNING PEAK PERIOD, BUT THIS REDUCTION WAS GRADUALLY BEING TAKEN UP BY NATURAL GROWTH, ESPECIALLY OF NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC.

MEMBERS UNDERSTOOD THAT FURTHER EXTENSION OF THE TIDAL FLOW PERIOD WOULD ONLY LENGTHEN THE QUEUES AND GIVE RISE TO CONGESTION AT THE KOWLOON END OF THE TUNNEL.

TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, THE TAC MEMBERS SUPPORTED PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE INTERSECTION OF LION ROCK TUNNEL AND HUNG MUI KUK ROADS, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF A CONTINUOUS BUS LANE, AND THE INSTALLATION OF ADDITIONAL CLOSED CIRCUIT TV CAMERAS IN KOWLOON WHICH WOULD ENABLE THE MONITORING OF QUEUE LENGTHS ON WATERLOO ROAD NORTHBOUND, AND HENCE PERMIT A MORE FLEXIBLE OPERATION OF THE TIDAL FLOW.

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REGARDING GOVERNMENT TUNNEL TOLLS, THE TAG CONSIDERED A RECOMMENDATION FOR A UNIFORM TOLL FOR ALL GOVERNMENT TOLL TUNNELS UNTIL THE TUNNELS ARE READY FOR A DIFFERENTIAL TOLL REGIME.

THIS WILL INCLUDE THE EXISTING LION ROCK AND ABERDEEN TUNNELS, AS WELL AS THE SHING MUN AND JUNK BAY TUNNELS WHICH ARE BEING BUILT AND WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN 1990.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE PROPOSED TOLL SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED WHEN THE SHING MUN TUNNEL IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN MARCH-APRIL 1990.

THE TAC WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE FIVE-YEAR FORWARD PLANNING PROGRAMME (FPP) FROM 1990-1994 OF THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY.

THE FPP INCLUDES PROGRAMMES ON THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT, FLEET DEVELOPMENT, DEPOT DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCIAL FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT 50 NEW ROUTES, THE USE OF HIGHER CAPACITY BUSES ON 45 ROUTES AND FREQUENCY IMPROVEMENTS ON 144 ROUTES WERE PLANNED FOR NEW TERRITORIES NEW TOWNS AND EAST KOWLOON TO MEET DEMANDS FROM AREAS OF POPULATION GROWTH.

ON FLEET SIZE, KMB WILL INCREASE ITS FLEET OF BUSES FROM 2,725 BUSES AT END 1989 TO 3,541 BUSES AT END 1994.

UNDER THIS FLEET DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, KMB PROPOSES TO PURCHASE 1,676 BUSES AND SCRAP 860 BUSES DURING THE FIVE YEARS.

AS A RESULT, THE AVERAGE AGE OF KMB’S FLEET WILL DROP FROM 6.3 YEARS IN 1990 TO 5.7 YEARS IN 1994.

ON DEPOT DEVELOPMENT, THE TAC WAS INFORMED THAT KMB PROPOSED TO CONSTRUCT SEVEN NEW PERMANENT DEPOTS, ONE TEMPORARY DEPOT, AND TO REDEVELOP TWO EXISTING DEPOTS, IN ADDITION TO THE DEPOT CURRENTLY UNDER. CONSTRUCTION IN KOWLOON BAY.

IN CONSIDERING THIS PAPER, MEMBERS WERE OF THE VIEW THAT THE EXISTING ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SHOULD BE EXAMINED TO TRIM DOWN LOSS MAKING ROUTES BY RATIONALISATION OF THE ROUTE NETWORK AND A REDUCTION IN CROSS-SUBSIDISATION.

ON DEPOT PROVISION, THERE SHOULD BE AN EXAMINATION OF WHETHER PURCHASING LAND WAS THE ONLY OPTION CONSIDERING THAT IT WOULD BOOST THE ASSET BASE IN THE SCHEME OF CONTROL.

OTHER METHODS, SUCH AS LEASING LAND FROM THE GOVERNMENT, SHOULD BE EXPLORED IF POSSIBLE.

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THURSDAY. DECEMBER 7. 1989

CS VISITS PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE OPERATION OF A GOVERNMENT ACUTE GENERAL HOSPITAL, WHICH IS ALSO THE TEACHING HOSPITAL OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL, SIR DAVID WAS MET BY THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR (NEW TERRITORIES EAST) OF THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, DR SUSAN CHAN, THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE HOSPITAL, DR LOUIS CHU, AND SENIOR STAFF OF THE HOSPITAL.

FOLLOWING A BRIEFING BY DR CHU, SIR DAVID TOURED THE SURGICAL, MEDICAL AND PAEDIATRIC WARDS AND TALKED TO THE PATIENTS AND STAFF IN THE WARDS.

SIR DAVID ALSO VISITED THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT OF THE HOSPITAL AND MET THE STAFF THERE.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO SHARE THE FUN OF FLE CARNIVAL

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO SHARE THE FUN IN A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION (FLE) CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE VICTORIA PARK ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9).

THE CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CARNIVAL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FLE PUB). I CITY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MRS PATRICIA CHU, SAID IT WAS AIMED TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGES ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME SAFETY.

"THE CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD FROM 11 AM TO 4.30 PM AND A VARIETY SHOW ON THF SAME THEME WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

"AN OPENING CEREMONY AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME BEST AWARD WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM," SHE SAID.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD; DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG; DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MISS CHEUNG MAN-YEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, MR DAVID CHU; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE YOUTH FESTIVAL, MR ERIC LI.

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"ADMISSION TO THE CARNIVAL IS FREE OF CHARGE," MRS CHU SAID.

"THERE WILL BE GAMES STALLS, FAMILY ACTIVITY STALLS AND TWO EXHIBITIONS, ONE ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND THE OTHER ON OUTSTANDING PROJECTS OF THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME AWARD."

MRS CHU NOTED THAT ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THE ACTIVITY WAS THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE - THE FUTURE PARENTS.

"THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME IS ’HOME SAFETY FOR CHILDREN’.

"BY TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME SAFETY AND WILL HELP TO BRING THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO THEIR PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS."

MRS CHU POINTED OUT THAT THE CARNIVAL/VARIETY SHOW WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED TO ENHANCE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF GOOD PARENTING AND THE NEED TO DEVELOP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN.

OUTLINING THE PROGRAMME OF THE VARIETY SHOW, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MS MARIA WAN, SAID THE ITEMS WERE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE OCCASION.

"APART FROM SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES, THERE WILL BE A MUSICAL TO BRING OUT THE CARNIVAL’S THEME IN AN ENTERTAINING AND INTERESTING WAY."

SINGERS AND ARTISTES WHO WILL APPEAR IN THE SHOW INCLUDE MR JACKY CHEUNG, MS PRUDENCE LIEW, MR RICKY HUI, MISS MAY NG, MR ANDY HUI, MR WJ LIAM SO, MS WENDY YU AND MR LUKE TSANG.

THE SHOW WILL BE SCREENED ON TVB-JADE FROM 10.30 PM TO 11.30 PM ON DECEMBER 16 (SATURDAY).

"IT IS HOPED THAT THE AUDIENCE WILL ENJOY THE CARNIVAL AND TAKE HOME THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD," MS WAN ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CARNIVAL AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME BEST AWARD ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) AT THE VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM.

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A VARIETY SHOW WITH PERFORMANCES BY DISABLED PERSONS WILL BE HELD IN KWUN TONG ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE POTENTIALS OF THE DISABLED.

THE SHOW IS THE FINALE TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT JOINT PROGRAMME ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE "IN TOUCH WITH REHABIL J TATI ON" CAM PA IGN.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE. KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT REHABILITATION SERVICES JOINT FUNCTION COMMITTEE, THE VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM IN THE COMMUNITY HALL OF LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A LION DANCE, WHEELCHAIR DANCE, SINGING AND BAND PERFORMANCE.

DURING THE VARIETY SHOW, PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF A WALL PICTURE DESIGN COMPETITION HELD LAST MONTH. THE WINNING ENTRIES AND OTHER DESIGNS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE VENUE.

OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR KWOK KA-CHI; KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; CHAIRMAN OF DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICE COMMITTEE, MISS MONA LO; DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MRS AMELIA TO; AND CHAIRMAN OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT REHABILITATION SERVICE JOINT FUNCTION COMMITTEE, MR LEUNG LAI-CHOR. ,

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VARIETY SHOW TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT JOINT PROGRAMME TN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORYWIDE "IN TOUCH WITH REHABILITATION" CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY HALL OF LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9). IT WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL BEGINS ON SATURDAY *****

A STAR-STUDDED VARIETY SHOW TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON TVB-JADE CHANNEL ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) EVENING WILL MARK THE OPENING OF THE 1989-90 SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT A SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY AND ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE BEFORE THE SHOW BEGINS AT 8.30 PM.

THE FESTIVAL, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL JANUARY 8, OFFERS A TOTAL OF 55. DIFFERENT EVENTS TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

IT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, WITH FUNDING FROM THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, URBAN COUNCIL AND LOCAl, PERSONALITIES.

TOPPING THE LIST OF ENTERTAINERS AT THE VARIETY SHOW ON SATURDAY WILL BE ROMAN TAM, LUI FONG, ALEX TO, TAT MING PAIR AND MARIA CORDERO. THE SHAM SHUI PO ARTS ASSOCIATION CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHOIRS WILL ALSO GIVE PERFORMANCES.

DOCUMENTARIES ON THE DISTRICT’S FEATURES, SUCH AS THE LEI CHENG UK TOMB, THE FISH AND VEGETABLE "MORNING" MARKETS AND THE ABATTOIR AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, WILL ALSO BE SHOWN DURING THE LIVE PROGRAMME.

A HOST OF OTHER EVENTS SUCH AS CARNIVALS, VARIETY SHOWS AND CANTONESE OPERA WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK AS PART OF THE FESTIVAL.

DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET AND ITS FOUR SUB-OFFICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7.45 PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) AT STUDIO ONE, TV CITY, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD.

COACHES FOR GUESTS AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE CARPARK (OPPOSITE SO UK ESTATE BUS TERMINUS) AT 6.15 PM SHARP THAT DAY.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE INFORMATION OFFICER, MISS CHRISTINE LEONG, ON TEL. 3-7204251 TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR SEATING AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS.

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EASTERN DISTRICT’S OUTSTANDING YOUTHS NAMED

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A TRAFFIC POLICEMAN AND TWO STUDENTS HAVE BEEN NAMED THE 1989 EASTERN DISTRICT OUTSTANDING YOUTHS FOR THEIR ZEALOUS PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTARY WORK.

THEY ARE 28-YEAR-OLD POLICEMAN, MR CHOW FUK-KEUNG; 19-YEAR-OLD FORM SEVEN STUDENT, MISS HUANG HAI-YEN; AND 17-YEAR-OLD FORM SIX STUDENT, MISS NG YUEN-YEE.

THE AWARD SCHEME WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE TO MOTIVATE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BUILD A CARING AND RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY.

THE ADJUDICATORS WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM; EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MISS SUN FONG-CHUNG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, MR WU TING-PANG.

MR CHOW’S INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY SERVICE DATED BACK TO 1982 WHEN HE JOINED THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS CHAI WAN YOUTH CENTRE AS A VOLUNTARY WORKER.

BESIDES SERVING YOUNG PEOPLE, HE HAS ALSO DEVOTED MUCH OF HIS TIME TO CARING FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED.

MISS HUANG HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SINCE 1986, AND BECAME THE CLUB'S SECRETARY IN 1988-89.

HER SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY HAVE ALREADY WON HER A PURPLE BADGE, THE HIGHEST HONOUR UNDER THE CLUB’S MERIT AWARD SCHEME.

MISS NG HAS TAKEN PART IN A BROAD RANGE OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING VISITS TO SQUATTER RESIDENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WORK AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION ACTIVITIES.

SHE WAS ALSO THE ADMINISTRATION SECRETARY OF THE VOLUNTARY SERVICE GROUP OF THE ST JAMES SETTLEMENT IN 1987-88.

THE TRIO WILL RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY AT VICTORIA PARK.

IN ADDITION TO TROPHIES, THEY WILL EACH BE GIVEN AN EIGHT-DAY STUDENT TRIP TO SINGAPORE IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON YOUTHS FESTIVAL LI; EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG' ACTING EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CHANG KING-YIU.

CHAIRMAN MR ERIC AND THE

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTITIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRI7F PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND OPENING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) AT THE VICTORIA PARK FOOTBALL PITCHES NO 4 TO 6. THE CEREMONY WILL START AT 2 PM.

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MORE THAN 100 FACTORY OWNERS AND OPERATORS IN TSUEN WAN TOOK PART IN AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND EXHIBITION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE EVENT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE WITH THE AIM OF PROMOTING PROPER MANAGEMENT IN THE AREA’S 160 INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS. MANY ARE OVER 10 YEARS OLD.

IN AN OPENING ADDRESS, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU, POINTED OUT THAT SOME OF THE OLD INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS HAD SERIOUS MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS, AND THE LACK OF MANAGEMENT ON THE PART OF THE OWNERS ACCELERATED WEAR AND TEAR.

HE SAID THE TSUEN WAN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE HAD BEEN FORMED EARLY THIS YEAR IO SPEED UP CO-ORDINATION OF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL EFFORTS TO UPGRADE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS OF THESE BUILDINGS.

SO FAR, A TOTAL OF 17 TARGET BUILDINGS HAD BEEN SELECTED FOR ACTION AND PROGRESS IN MAKING IMPROVEMENTS WAS ENCOURAGING, HE SAID.

THE HOUSING MANAGER OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, MR CHAN KAM-TONG, OUTLINED COMMON PROBLEMS THAT ARISE IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD. ALSO TOOK PART. THEY SPOKE ON TOPICS SUCH AS POLLUTION PROBLEMS IN TSUEN WAN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE FIRE PREVENTION FACILITIES.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS

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MORE THAN 100 OFFICE-BEARERS OF OWNERS CORPORATIONS IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BUILDING MANAGEMENT BY ATTENDING A SEMINAR ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9).

THE SEMINAR IS PART OF THE "BUILDING MANAGEMENT FORERUNNERS SCHEME" BEING ORGANISED BY THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT, MR CHUNG PUI-LAM, AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DUNCAN PESCOD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE SEMINAR’S OPENING.

THERE WILL BE TALKS BY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERTS AND A TALK ON HOME SECURITY BY AN OFFICER FROM THE POLICE’S CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND ITS OPENING CEREMONY TO BEGIN AT 4 PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) IN A FUNCTION ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR, METROPOLE HOTEL, 75 WATERLOO ROAD, HO MAN TIN.

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY REPORTS ON THE OPERATIONS OF THE JORDAN VALLEY LANDFILL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 6 TUNG YAN STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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LABOUR INSPECTORS ENDEAVOUR TO MEET CHALLENGES

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INSPECTORATE IS ENDEAVOURING TO MEET THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ARISING FROM RECENT SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGES WITH IMPROVED AND DIVERSIFIED SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN OPENING THE NINTH RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR OF THE INSPECTORATE.

MR HAMMOND NOTED THAT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE INSPECTORATE’S SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT TEAM, 82 PER CENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT LAW OFFENCES DETECTED DURING INSPECTIONS HAD BEEN RECTIFIED BY THE EMPLOYERS CONCERNED.

"THE TEAM HAS CONDUCTED SOME 2,700 INSPECTIONS ON VARIOUS TRADES INCLUDING RESTAURANTS, CONSTRUCTION SITES AND GARMENT FACTORIES SINCE IT WAS FORMED LAST YEAR," HE ADDED.

"THERE IS ALSO A FAVOURABLE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GENERAL ENQUIRY TELEPHONE SERVICE SET UP IN JULY WHICH RECEIVED A DAILY AVERAGE OF 200 TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ON LABOUR LEGISLATION AND OTHER DEPARTMENTAL SERVICES," MR HAMMOND SAID.

THE TWO-DAY SEMINAR AT THE LEI YUE MUN HOLIDAY VILLAGE IS ATTENDED BY ABOUT 60 LABOUR INSPECTORS.

IT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE INSPECTORS TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES AND VIEWS ON THEIR DAY TO DAY WORK AND KEEPS THEM ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN JOB-RELATED LEGISLATION.

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THERE HAVE BEEN FEWER INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING SUMMER-JOB WORKERS IN RECENT YEARS DESPITE THE INCREASING NUMBER OF STUDENTS JOINING THE LABOUR MARKET EVERY SUMMER.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, ONLY 29 SUCH ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED THIS SUMMER. COMPARED WITH 35 IN 1988 AND 41 IN 1987.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, MOST OF THE ACCIDENTS RELATED TO THE USE OF MACHINERY (18 CASES), SUCH AS POWER PRESS, STUD PRESS AND PRINTING MACHINE WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR EIGHT ACCIDENTS.

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OTHERS WERE CAUSED BY STEPPING ON OR STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS (THREE CASES), FALLING OBJECTS (TWO CASES), MANUAL LIFTING OF WEIGHTS (TWO CASES), HOT OR CORROSIVE SUBSTANCES (TWO CASES), USE OF HAND TOOLS (ONE CASE), AND EXPLOSION OR FIRE (ONE CASE).

THE INJURED WORKERS, WHO INCLUDED SEVEN FEMALES, WERE AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 19.

"TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE OF WORK SAFETY TO STUDENTS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ORGANISED A SPECIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR STUDENTS IN SUMMER," THE CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR YIP YUK-LUN, SAID.

"IN ADDITION TO INSTILLING IN STUDENTS THE CONCEPT OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ENHANCING THEIR AWARENESS OF POTENTIAL WORK HAZARDS, THE CAMPAIGN ILLUSTRATED TO THEM THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN.

"WE FIND THIS CAMPAIGN EXTREMELY USEFUL AND HOPE TO ORGANISE MORE IN THE FUTURE," HE ADDED.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLICE FORCE WHEN THEY VISIT AN OUTDOOR EXHIBITION IN SHA TIN ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9).

THE FUNCTION. AN ASSOCIATED ACTIVITY OF THE CAREERS '90 EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ANT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL. WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SH,X TIN TOWN HALL AND NEW TOWN PLAZA FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF DISPLAY ITEMS INTRODUCING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF POLICE WORK. THESE INCLUDE ASSORTED POLICE VEHICLES. THE MOBILE EXHIBITION CENTRE. THE ROAD SAFETY BUS AND A MARINE INFLATABLE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE EXHIBITION COUNTERS FROM THE POLICE ADVENTURE TRAINING UNIT. FORCE MUSEUM. RECRUITMENT GROUP. CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU. NARCOTICS BUREAU. POLICE TACTICAL UNIT. MARINE POLICE AS WELL AS THE AUXILIARY POLICE.

LIVE PERFORMANCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE STAGED FROM 1 PM TO 4 PM. THE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

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1 PM PERFORMANCE BY THE KOWLOON CITY JUNIOR POLICE CALL BAND

1.30 PM IDENTIKIT DEMONSTRATION BY CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU

2 PM DEMONSTRATION BY POLICE JUDO CLUB

2.20 PM SELF-DEFENCE DEMONSTRATION BY POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL

2.40 PM SILENT DRILL BY POLICE CADET SCHOOL

3 PM POLICE DOG SHOW

3.30 PM PERFORMANCE BY THE KOWLOON CITY JUNIOR POLICE CALL BAND

4 PM SILENT DRILL BY POLICE CADET SCHOOL

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE POLICE OUTDOOR PRESENTATION ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND NEW TOWN PLAZA (N SHA TIN. PPRB OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (THURSDAY) DECLARED SEVERAL BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION OR LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THOSE DECLARED TO BE DANGEROUS ARE 11 AND 13 POPLAR STREET, TAI KOK TSUI; THE EXTERNAL REAR STAIRCASE AT 46 AND 48 LARCH STREET, TAI KOK TSUI; THE REAR STAIRCASE AT 4 AND 4A HUMPHREYS AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI; AND THE EXTERNAL REAR STAIRCASE AT 253 APLIU STREET, SHAM SHUI PO.

THOSE THAT ARE LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS ARE THE MAIN BUILDINGS AT 46 AND 48 LARCH STREET; THE MAIN BUILDING AT 4 AND 4A HUMPHREYS AVENUE AND THE MAIN BUILDING AT 253 APLIU STREET.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON FEBRUARY 8 NEXT YEAR WERE POSTED ON THE AFFECTED BUILDINGS TODAY.

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YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA RECRUITS MEMBERS

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE IS RECRUITING MEMBERS FOR 1990-91.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1978, THE ORCHESTRA HAS TAKEN PART IN CONCERTS, DISTRICT ARTS FESTIVALS AND OVERSEAS MUSIC EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES.

IT WILL SOON TAKE PART IN A NUMBER OF MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDING THE YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL AND THE ANNUAL TRAINEES GALA.

THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL DRAW UP AN INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THE ORCHESTRA, EMBRACING MASTERCLASSES AND REHEARSALS CONDUCTED BY LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MUSICIANS. ALL REHEARSALS IN THE TRAINING SCHEDULE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY EVENINGS.

A MUSIC OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRA WOULD BE RECRUITED EACH YEAR BY OPEN AUDITION AND CURRENT MEMBERS WERE NO EXCEPTION.

FULL ATTENDANCE BY MEMBERS AT REHEARSALS AND TRAINING SESSIONS WOULD BE EXPECTED, HE ADDED.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE UNDER 25 YEARS OLD, AND HAVE ATTAINED AT LEAST GRADE VI IN THE MUSIC OFFICE’S INTERNAL ASSESSMENT OR EQUIVALENT IN ONE CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN AUDITION.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 3-7955761.

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD REACH THE KWUN TONG MUSIC CENTRE, NGAU TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 21 ON WAH STREET, BY DECEMBER 20.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS A COMPREHENSIVE AND UP-TO-DATE COMPUTERISED CENTRAL REGISTER OF AROUND 350,000 ESTABLISHMENTS IN HONG KONG TO SERVE MAINLY AS THE SAMPLING FRAME FOR VARIOUS ECONOMIC SURVEYS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

MANY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ALSO MAKE USE OF THE REGISTER FOR PUBLICITY, SURVEY AND RESEARCH WORK.

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STARTING FROM DECEMBER 1, A SAMPLE LISTING CONTAINING 20 PER CENT OF THE RECORDS RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM THE CENTRAL REGISTER WILL BE CREATED FOR USE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THEIR MARKET RESEARCH, STATISTICAL SURVEYS AND BUSINESS OR PRODUCTS PROMOTION.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUPPLY OF A PHOTOCOPY OR A MAGNETIC TAPE OF THE LISTING OF NON-CONFIDENT1AL PARTICULARS SUCH AS THE NAME, THE ADDRESS, THE MAJOR TYPE OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY AND THE EMPLOYMENT SIZE CLASS OF INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THIS 20 PER CENT SAMPLE LISTING CAN BE MADE TO THE CENTRAL REGISTER SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT.

A CHARGE WILL BE LEVIED FOR THIS SERVICE, AND THE RATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(A) $2.50 PER PAGE OF PHOTOCOPY; AND

(B) A MINIMUM CHARGE OF $340 FOR A JOB REQUIRING UP TO 20

CRU’S (COMPUTER RESOURCES UNITS) PLUS $17 FOR EACH CRU IN

EXCESS OF 20 CRU*S, IF THE INFORMATION IS REQUIRED ON

MAGNETIC TAPES. THE MAGNETIC TAPES ARE TO BE PROVIDED BY

APPLICANTS.

FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE SERVICE CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING THE CENTRAL REGISTER SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234760.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE IMPROVEMENT WORKS, TSING YI BRIDGE WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED FROM 1 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) TO 5.30 AM ON DECEMBER 11.

THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED DURING THE BRIDGE CLOSURE:

KWAI TSING ROAD, THE SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH KWAI TAI ROAD AND TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD ROUNDABOUT, INCLUDING THE WHOLE TSING YI BRIDGE, WILL BE CLOSED.

TEXACO ROAD ROUNDABOUT, THE SECTION BETWEEN THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY AND WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TSING TSUEN BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED.

TRAFFIC ON KWAI TSING ROAD HEADING FOR TSING YI WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA KWAI TSING ROUNDABOUT, TSUEN WAN ROAD, TEXACO ROAD ROUNDABOUT AND TSING TSUEN BRIDGE.

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* TRAFFIC FROM TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD HEADING FOR KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA FUNG SHUE WO ROAD, TAM KON SHAN ROUNDABOUT, TSI NG TSUEN BRIDGE, TEXACO ROAD ROUNDABOUT, TSUEN WAN ROAD AND KWAI TSING ROUNDABOUT.

* TRAFFIC ON TEXACO ROAD WESTBOUND INTENDING TO USE THE TEXACO ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO GO TO NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA SHA TSUI ROAD AND TAI CHUNG ROAD BEFORE CONTINUING THE REST OF THE JOURNEY ON TSUEN WAN ROAD.

* FOR CHEUNG CHING ESTATE, CHEUNG HONG ESTATE AND TSING YAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, KMB ROUTES NOS. 42, 43, 4 3A, 4 3C, 43D AND 43M WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA TSUEN WAN ROAD, TSING TSUEN BRIDGE, FUNG SHUE WO ROAD AND TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD BEFORE RESUMING THEIR NORMAL ROUTEINGS ON JOURNEYS TO TSING YI AND VICE VERSA ON JOURNEYS TO KWAI CHUNG AND KOWLOON.

» FOR CHEUNG WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, MAYFAIR GARDEN AND TSING YI UNITED DOCKYARD, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (SCHEDULED) ROUTES NOS. 88B, 88C AND 88M WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, FUNG SHUE WO ROAD AND VICE VERSA ON JOURNEYS TO AND FROM KWAI FONG MTR STATION.

THE FOOTPATHS OF TSING YI BRIDGE PEDESTRAINS DURING THE BRIDGE CLOSURE.

WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO

DEPENDING ON ACTUAL TRAFFIC SITUATION, ADDITIONAL ROAD CLOSURES MAY BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE POLICE AT ANY TIME DURING THE BRIDGE CLOSURE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE DISPLAYED AND POLICE WILL BE ON SITE TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG AND KOWLOON CITY *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9), THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HUNG TO ROAD IN KWUN TONG FROM A POINT ABOUT 33 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HOI YUEN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 46 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CANCELLED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHING YIP STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HOI YUEN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 85 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHING YIP STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 85 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HOI YUEN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 220 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE SECTION OF TUNG YAN STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HIP WO STREET AND KWUN TONG ROAD; AND THE SECTION OF THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YAN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

ALSO, THE SECTION OF THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FU YAN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

IN KOWLOON CITY, A SHORT SECTION OF THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE ON BOUNDARY STREET WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 9) TO 6 AM ON DECEMBER 11 TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON BOUNDARY STREET EASTBOUND HEADING FOR WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL EITHER VIA LA SALLE ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST; OR VIA EARL STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, LA SALLE ROAD NORTHBOUND AND LANCASHIRE ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT,

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SHAU KEI WAN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10

AM ON SATURDAY

"'TANNER ROAD"lN~NORTH POINT BETWEEN KAM HONG STREET AND * r»t? nvcTr.kiATPD PRAK HOUR (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM

TIN CHIU STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED PEAK HOUR (7 AM -

7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN . WT1I BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS ROUND-THE-CLOCK " TO^^FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MONG PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY:

SHAU KEI WAN FOR ABOUT 14

LUNG STREET

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t THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ALDRICH BAY ROAD BETWEEN MONG LUNG STREET AND THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR;

» THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE UNNAMED ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR GROUND LEVEL ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH MONG LUNG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE EAST; AND

» THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF MONG LUNG STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ALDRICH BAY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES TO THE SOUTH.

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

IN ADDITION, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER ALDRICH BAY ROAD EAST OF THE SLIP ROAD LINKING ALDRICH BAY ROAD WITH THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KING’S ROAD RECONSTRUCTION ♦ * t t »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN NORTH POINT WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS ROUND-THE-CLOCK FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS IO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF KING’S ROAD:

t KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH VIEW STREET TO A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

♦ NORTH VIEW STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES TO THE SOUTH.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1989

COOTEOTS PAGE NO.

14TH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP .................... 1

PUBLIC VIEWS SOUGHT FOR WELFARE SERVICES WHITE PAPER .................... 1

PRIVATE DEVELOPERS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN ROCK CAVERN PROJECTS....... 2

CALL FOR CLOSE COLLABORATION BETWEEN PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS ............... 4

MONG KOK BECOMES A THRIVING COMMERCIAL CENTRE ........................... 5

COST OF BUILDING AND MAINTAINING ROADS UP 40%............................ 6

LOK MA CHAU CROSSING TO OPEN ON DECEMBER 29 ............................. 9

URUGUAY ROUND OFFERS TIMELY EXAMINATION OF GATT ......................... 9

THE WORLD HAS A STAKE IN HK'S VIABILITY, PROSPERITY ..................... 11

FARMING INDUSTRY MAINTAINS STEADY GROWTH ................................ 12

BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS BEING TACKLED .............................. 14

PREVIEW OF HONG KONG HERITAGE PAINTINGS ................................. 15

'PITCH-IN* ACTIVITY ON SUNDAY ........................................... 16

CIVIC EDUCATION SEMINAR ON DEMOCRACY FOR TEACHERS ....................... 17

AMENDMENT TO DRAFT KWUN TONG OZP ........................................ 18

POULTRY RETAILER FINED $5,000 FOR INACCURATE WEIGHING ................... 19

CARNIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ......................... 20

HANG HAU CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY ............................................. 20

CEOTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY .................................. 21

WONG TAI SIN EXHIBITION ON YOUTH INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS ................... 22

BANKING LICENCE REVOKED ................................................. 23

DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN TUEN MUN ........................................... 23

PRIVATE LOTS TO BE RESUMED FOR DEVELOPMENT............................... 24

FOOTBRIDGE TO BE BUILT IN SHEK WU HUI ................................... 24

PREOUALIFICATION FOR GOVT BUILDING PROJECT............................... 25

EXTENSION OF KMB BUS ROUTES ............................................. 26

FRIDAY. DECEMBER 8, 1989

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14TH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP t * t ♦ t

FOLLOWING IS THE COMMUNIQUE OF THE 14TH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP:

THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP HELD ITS FOURTEENTH MEETING IN HONG KONG FROM 5 TO 8 DECEMBER 1989.

THE GROUP HAD A FRANK AND IN-DEPTH EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT ISSUES RELATING TO THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

A NUMBER OF MEETINGS BETWEEN EXPERTS TOOK PLACE DURING THE SESSION.

THE GROUP HAD A USEFUL DISCUSSION ON CERTAIN QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE LOCALISATION OF LAWS, INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND OTHER ITEMS. THE GROUP REACHED A COMMON VIEW ON CERTAIN MATTERS RELATED TO THE LOCALISATION OF LEGISLATION ON MERCHANT SHIPPING. THE GROUP NOTED WITH SATISFACTION THE AGREEMENT REACHED ON THE TEXT OF MEMORANDA ON TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR HONG KONG SEAMAN’S TRAVEL DOCUMENTS.

THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP DECIDED THAT ITS NEXT MEETING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN BEIJING FROM 21 TO 27 APRIL 1990.


PUBL1C VIEWS SOUGHT FOR WELFARE SERVICES WHITE PAPER t * t ♦ ♦

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO HELP FORMULATE WELFARE SERVICES INTO THE 1990’S AND BEYOND.

A WHITE PAPER ON

A POST BOX, NO. 7333 HAS BEEN SET UP IN Till HO . POST OFFICE TO RECEIVE VIEWS BETWEEN NOW AND THE END

KONG GENERAL NEXT MONTH.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED FOLLOWING SOCIAL SERVICES: SOCIAL

SPOKESMAN TO VOICE SECRUITY;

ELDERLY; FAM ILY, INCLUD1NG

CHILD-CARE; SUPPORT

SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THEIR VIEWS ON THE CHILDREN and YOUTH;

SERVICE, INCLUDING

TRAINING, RESEARCH AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE.

HOWEVER, REHAB I LITAT I ON SERVICES, EDUCATION, PROVI DENT FUNDS AND RETIREMENT SCHEMES WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED REVIEW.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO TRY TO KEEP THEIR WRITTEN PRESENTATIONS BRIEF OR OTHERWISE TO PROVIDE A SUMMARY.

"THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PUBLISH VIEWS IN FULL OR IN PART.

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"COPIES OF A REVELANT BACKGROUND PAPER AND INVITATION LEAFLETS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL SOCIAL WELFARE DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION," HE SAID.

ACADEMIC BODIES, INSTITUTIONS, CONCERNED GROUPS. DISTRICT BOARDS AS WELL AS TRADE AND INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS AND SO ON ARE ALSO INVITED TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS.

A SPECIAL DUTIES UNIT, HEADED BY A PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WORK OFFICER, HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS TO SERVICE A WORKING PARTY THAT IS TO BE FORMED.

IN HIS ADDRESS AT THE OPENING OF THE 1989-90 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT IT WAS NOW TIME TO TAKE STOCK OF THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE DEVELOPING SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE 1979 WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL WELFARE.

IN THIS CONNECTION, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE HAS ASKED THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO CHAIR A WORKING PARTY TO LAUNCH A REVIEW OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SUBVERTED SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THE POLICIES AND STANDARDS CONTINUE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG INTO THE 1990’S AND BEYOND.

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IN ROCK CAVERN PROJECTS

THE GOVERNMENT WILL ENCOURAGE PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO TAKE PART IN THE ROCK CAVERN PROJECTS WHICH ARE OF PUBLIC BENEFIT. T"E SECRETARY FOR PLANNING. ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS. MR GRAHAM BARNES. Sail) TODAY (FRIDAY).

IN HIS ADDRESS TO A SEMINAR ON ROCK CAVERNS ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTION OF MINING AND METALLURGY. MR BARNES SAID THE PROJECTS COULD ALSO BE LOOKED UPON AS A NEW SOLUTION TO OUR OLDEST AND MOST FAMILIAR PROBLEM. THE LAND SHORTAGE IN METROPOLITAN HONG KONG.

"WE CAN ALL SEE THAT MUCH OF THE AREA AROUND THE HARBOUR IS HEAVILY CONGESTED. DISTRICTS WITH EXCESSIVE BUILDING DENSITY, DILAPIDATED LIVING CONDITIONS AND LACK OF ESSENTIAL AMENITIES ARE COMMONPLACE." HE SAID.

"MANY INDUSTRIAL AREAS ARE HIGHLY CONGESTED AND SOME CREATE UNPLEASANT NUISANCES FOR RESIDENTS OF NEARBY AREAS. THE ROOT CAUSE IS A SHORTAGE OF LAND.

"TRADITIONALLY IN HONG KONG WE HAVE ALWAYS MADE UP FOR LAND SHORTAGE BY BUILDING HIGHER AND RECLAIMING FROM THE SEA. BUT IN PARTS OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA WE CANNOT BUILD HIGHER AND WE CANNOT RECLAIM.

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"THE FINAL OPTION IS TO DEVELOP DOWNWARDS, IN ROCK CAVERNS," HE SAID.

IN JUNE LAST YEAR, UNDER THE IMPETUS OF THE METROPLAN, THE GOVERNMENT STARTED ANOTHER EXPLORATORY STUDY FOR CAVERN SITES.

MR BARNES VIEWED THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL USE OF UNDERGROUND SPACE (SPUN) WITH CONSIDERABLE OPTIMISM. THEY SHOWED PROMISING RESULTS FOR THE WAREHOUSE, REFUSE TRANSFER STATION AND THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT SCHEMES.

"ALL SCHEMES WILL RELEASE VALUABLE LAND FOR OTHER USES," HE SAID. "ALL THREE CAVERNS INCUR SIMILAR CAPITAL COSTS AS SURFACE ALTERNATIVES. THE SEWAGE TREATMENT AND REFUSE TRANSFER CAVERNS SHOW MARKED ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS."

MR BARNES SAID THE CAVERN OPTION FOR OIL AND GAS STORAGE SAVED VALUABLE WATERFRONT LAND WHICH COULD BE RELEASED FOR OTHER USES AND THAT ACCORDING TO THE HAZARD EXPERTS, IT ALSO REDUCED POTENTIAL HAZARD.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT ALSO LOOKED AT PROVIDING CONTAINER PORT BACK-UP FACILITIES IN CAVERNS.

"HERE AGAIN CONSTRUCTION COSTS FOR A CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION ARE COMPARABLE WITH THE ABOVE GROUND ALTERNATIVE, AND. MORE EFFICIENT USE OF LAND LEADS TO A REDUCTION OF ROAD TRAFFIC."

THE TRIAL COMMERCIAL/GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY (GIC) FACILITY SCHEME BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AT QUARRY BAY CONSISTED OF A HOTEL AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE ABOVE GROUND. LINKED TO A 200,000 SQUARE METRE SHOPPING AND LEISURE COMPLEX BELOW GROUND.

"SUCH A PROJECT IS LIKELY TO BE ATTRACTIVE TO THE PRIVATE DEVELOPER ONLY AS PART OF A MIXED DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING, SAY, RESIDENTIAL OR OFFICE SPACE." MR BARNES SAID.

"IT IS ALSO FOUND THAT THE TIME TAKEN TO FORM THE CAVERN IS CRUCIAL TO PROJECT VIABILITY.

"SMALL SCHEMES ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN LARGE ONES, AND OUR CONSULTANTS THINK AS A RESULT SEPARATE PROVISION OF GIC FACILITIES MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE."

HE SAID THE DEVELOPER WOULD FIND THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S DOOR WAS OPEN AND THAT REGULATORY DEPARTMENTS WERE READY TO TALK IN DETAIL.

"THE TECHNICAL REPORTS OF OUR SPUN STUDY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED PARTIES BY THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE.

"MOREOVER WE INTEND IN 1990 TO PRODUCE AND PUBLISH A DRAFT CODE OF PRACTICE WHICH WILL GIVE GUIDANCE ON ALL REGULATORY ASPECTS OF CAVERN DEVELOPMENT." MR BARNES SAID.

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CALL FOR CLOSE COLLABORATION BETWEEN PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS *****

EFFECTIVE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND THEIR TEACHING STAFF, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A SEMINAR ON "TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS" ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

MR LT SAID THE SUBJECT HAD ALWAYS BEEN A MAJOR CONCERN OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

"IN FACT. MOST AIDED SCHOOLS, WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S DIRECT ENCOURAGEMENT SINCE 1979. HAVE ORGANISED CONSULTATIVE MEETINGS BETWEEN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND TEACHER REPRESENTATIVES," HE SAID.

"A RECENT SURVEY BETWEEN TEACHING STAFF AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES SHOWS THAT THE EXISTING CONSULTATIVE ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES ARE GENERALLY USEFUL AND EFFECTIVE.

"NEVERTHELESS, AS FAR AS THE DAY-TO-DAY WORK OF SCHOOLS IS CONCERNED, CLOSER AND MORE FREQUENT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS IS STILL REQUIRED IN MANY CASES."

MR LI TOLD THE GATHERING THAT IN REVIEWING THE PROGRESS TOWARDS ENCOURAGING SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP MORE TEACHER PARTICIPATION IN RESPECT OF PROFESSIONAL MATTERS AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION, IT WAS NECESSARY TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF GROWING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A MORE AUTONOMOUS SCHOOL MANAGEMENT.

"SUCCESS IN COMING TO GRIPS WITH NEW CHALLENGING DEVELOPMENTS THEREFORE DEPENDS ON A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS. AND BOTH PARTIES NEED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S ROLF IN ORDER TO FACILITATE AN IMPROVED SCHOOL MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE," HE SAID.

IN HIS VIEW, THE FIRST AND FOREMOST TASKS OF THE PRINCIPAL WERE TO MOTIVATE HIS TEACHERS’ PRODUCTIVITY, MAINTAIN THEIR WELL-BEING AND HELP THEM TO SUSTAIN THEIR ENTHUSIASM FOR THEIR COMMUNITY OF PROFESSIONALS WORKING IN CLOSE. COLLABORATION.

HE MUST RESPECT THE PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY OF HIS STAFF. SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THEIR EFFORTS. TRY TO UNDERSTAND THEIR PROBLEMS AND RENDER TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE.

AT THE SAME TIME. HE SHOULD APPROACH SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WITH AN OPEN MIND, AND EXERCISE CAREFUL JUDGEMENT, MR LI SAID.

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”IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT HE RECOGNISES THE VALUE OF FULL CONSULTATION WITH HIS TEACHERS REGARDING SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES AND TAPS THE ENORMOUS COLLECTIVE POTENTIAL THAT IS AVAILABLE TO HIM BY ENCOURAGING TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE DIRECTLY IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, IN THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE, IN THE PLANNING OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND IN THE MAINTENANCE OF CLOSE RELATIONS WITH PARENTS," HE SAID.

GUEST SPEAKERS INVITED TO ADDRESS THE SEMINAR TODAY INCLUDED THE DIRECTOR OF BOOKSEND LABORATORIES IN EUGENE, OREGON, PROFESSOR BRUCE JOYCE; SENIOR LECTURER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, DR CHAN YEUK-MAN; AND THE PRINCIPAL OF LOK SIN TONG KU CHU MAN SECONDARY SCHOOL, MR FUNG CHI-WAH.

THEY SPOKE RESPECTIVELY ON THE PRINCIPAL’S ROLE IN THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS, THE AREAS OF CONFLICT TEACHERS MAY EXPERIENCE AND SOME POSSIBLE WAYS OF RESOLVING THEM, AND TEAM MANAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS.

MONG KOK BECOMES ,A THRIVING COMMERCIAL CENTRE

MONG KOK HAS BECOME A DIVERSIFIED, THRIVING COMMERCIAL CENTRE, WHICH IS AN ACHIEVEMENT THAT LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE PROUD OF, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON. MR DAVID LAN, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FESTIVAL AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, MR LAN SAID THIS ACHIEVEMENT OWED MUCH TO THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"SINCE TH I DISTRICT BOARD CAME INTO BEING. MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY PUTTING. FORWARDS THEIR VIEWS ON IMPROVEMENT TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

TO DATE. COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS ARE GOING ON AT A RAPID PACE IN MONG KOK. WHICH HAS BECOME THE HEART OF KOWLOON, ACCESSIBLE FROM ALL DIRECTIONS." HE SAID.

THE COMPREHENSIVE URBAN RENEWAL SCHEMES TO RE INITIATED IN MONG KOK BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WOULD REDUCE THE DENSITY, AND EASE Till SHORTAGE OF COMMONITA FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT, HE NOTED.

MR LAN SAID THE THEME Ol THE FESTIVAL - "BUILDING MONG KOK AND SHARING PROSPERITY AND PEACE' - RI I I TOTED THE WISH OF LOCAL RESIDENTS TO DEVELOP THE DISTRICT INTO \ BETTER COMMUNITY.

"IMPROVING Till COMMUNITY IS ONE OF THE OBJECTS OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME," HF POINTED OUT.

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ON THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME, MR LAN SAID THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAD PUT A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT INTO THIS WITH A VIEW TO CATERING TO ALL RESIDENTS, YOUNG AND OLD.

’’APART FROM ENTERTAINING ITEMS, THE PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES SERVICE ACTIVITIES, WHICH WILL NOT ONLY ENABLE RESIDENTS TO SHARE THE FUN OF THE FESTIVAL, BUT ALSO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY BUILDING AND FOSTER THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE COMMUNITY,” HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THE FESTIVAL WOULD COST MORE THAN $540,000 AND THAT THE EXPENSES FOR THE DISTRICT’S CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR LIGHTING DECORATIONS AMOUNTED TO $640,000, MR LAN SAID THESE MAJOR ACTIVITIES WERE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SUPPORT OF RESIDENTS, DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS AND SHOP OWNERS, WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD ALSO PLAYING A LEADING ROLE.

EARLIER, MR LAN CEREMONIALLY SWITCHED ON THE DISTRICT’S FESTIVAL LIGHTING DECORATIONS.

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COST OF BUILDING AND MAINTAINING ROADS UP 40% ******

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WOULD SPEND $2.7 BILLION IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR ON CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS AND MAINTENANCE WORKS, AN INCREASE OF 40 PER CENT OVER LAST YEAR’S EXPENDITURE.

THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR KWEI SEE-KAN, SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) AT A YEAR-END MEET-THE-MEDTA SESSION.

THE TOTAL ROAD SPACE HAD ALSO INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HE SAID.

MR KWEI SAID THIS YEAR THE DEPARTMENT HAD COMPLETED SUCH MAJOR PROJECTS AS THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR STAGE III FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO CHAI WAN, THE NEW PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER AND THE HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER.

"IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT 70 PER CENT OF OUR CAPITAL WORKS BUDGET IS BEING SPENT ON NINE MAJOR PROJECTS OUT OF 50 WHICH ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

’’THESE INCLUDE KWUN TONG BYPASS PHASES II AND III AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD INTERCHANGE WHICH WOULD CONNECT EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WITH TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL,” HE SAID.

CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTE 5 BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY MARCH NEXT YEAR.

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ON THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, MR KWEI SAID PHASE II BETWEEN PAK SHEK AU AND MAI PO WAS NEARING COMPLETION.

PHASES III AND IV BETWEEN MAI PO AND AU TAU WOULD BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1991 AND THE LAST PHASE OF THE WIDENING OF THE SECTION BETWEEN FAN KAM ROAD AND MAI PO WOULD BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1992.

THE EAST BRIDGE OF THE LOK MA CHAU CROSSING WOULD BE READY FOR OPENING AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE UPGRADING AND DUALLING OF CONNAUGHT ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND WOULD BE COMPLETED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR. WHILE THE KING’S ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WAS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN MID-1992.

ON THE TWO PRIVATISED ROAD TUNNEL PROJECTS, MR KWEI SAID THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN SEPTEMBER AND GOOD PROGRESS HAD BEEN ACHIEVED ON THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL WITH THE TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH TAKING PLACE ALSO IN SEPTEMBER.

HE SAID SEVERAL MAJOR PROJECTS WERE IN AN ADVANCED STAGE OF PLANNING AND WERE SCHEDULED FOR A START IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THESE INCLUDED THE YUEN LONG BYPASS, AND THE TUEN MUN-YUEN LONG EASTERN CORRIDOR, BOTH DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS WHICH WOULD BE COMPLETED BY EARLY 1993 TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE HILLSIDE ESCALATOR PROJECT ON HONG KONG ISLAND, A COVERED WALKWAY WITH ESCALATORS LINKING CENTRAL AND CONDUIT ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS WAS PLANNED FOR COMPLETION BY MID-1992.

THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS ON THE SECTION OF KENNEDY ROAD BETWEEN MONMOUTH TERRACE AND ITS JUNCTION WITH MACDONNELL ROAD WOULD BE COMPLETED IN 1993.

MR KWEI ADDED THAT A NUMBER OF ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN KOWLOON WERE ALSO BEING PLANNED.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS PROCEEDING WITH DETAILED STUDIES ON VARIOUS MAJOR PROJECTS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK AND PORT FACILITIES IN EAST LANTAU.

THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY ALSO IDENTIFIED THE NEED TO UPGRADE EAST-WEST ROUTES IN KOWLOON, HE SAID.

PLANNING HAD STARTED ON THE UPGRADING OF CHING CHEUNG ROAD AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND IMPROVEMENTS TO BOUNDARY STREET AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

"THIS HAS BECOME MORE IMPORTANT WITH THE DECISION TO RELOCATE THE AIRPORT." MR KWEI SAID.

TURNING TO ROAD MAINTENANCE, MR KWEI SAID THE DEPARTMENT MAINTAINED SOME 3,500 LANE KILOMETRES OF ROADS INCLUDING ROAD TUNNELS, FLYOVERS AND BRIDGES.

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"THE MAINTENANCE EXPENDITURE IN 1988-89 WAS $370 MILLION AND THE ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE THIS YEAR IS $430 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 16 PER CENT," HE SAID.

THE MAINTENANCE WORKS RANGED FROM THE REPAIR OF POTHOLES, REPLACEMENT OF STREET FURNITURE AND ROAD MARKINGS. TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE PROGRAMMES FOR RESURFACING AND REHABILITATION OF ROAD PAVEMENT.

MR KWEI SAID DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS, THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO PUT MUCH EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ORDER TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY DESIGN, AND THE STANDARDS AND PLANNING OF OUR MAINTENANCE WORKS.

BASED ON THE STUDIES CARRIED OUT, A COMPUTERISED MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WAS INTRODUCED AIMING AT COST EFFECTIVE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE.

ONE OF THE RESULTS OF THE DEPARTMENT'S RESEARCH WAS A SPECIALLY DESIGNED LAYER OF ASPHALT MATERIAL WHICH HELPED TO REDUCE NOISE.

"THIS HAS BEEN PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND WILL BE APPLIED TO 14 SECTIONS OF FLYOVERS AND HIGHWAYS PHASED OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD.

"CURRENT RESEARCH IS CENTRED ON EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THIS OVERLAY," HE SAID.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL TRIALS OF THE EXISTING WEIGHBRIDGE ON TOLO HIGHWAY WHERE VERY USEFUL DATA WERE COLLECTED ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, IT WAS PROPOSED TO INSTALL FOUR MORE SIMILAR WEIGHBRIDGES AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS OF THE LOCAL ROAD NETWORK, MR KWEI SAID.

THE DATA COLLECTED WOULD BE USED FOR UPGRADING DESIGN PARAMETERS FOR ROAD PAVEMENT.

ON ROAD OPENINGS, MR KWEI SAID IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN CO-ORDINATION WITH THE UTILITIES, A THREE-TIER COMMITTEE STRUCTURE HAD BEEN SET UP.

THIS INVOLVED A POLICY GROUP AT TOP MANAGEMENT LEVEL TO FORMULATE POLICIES; A TECHNICAL LIAISON COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND BETTER CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS; AND THE ROAD OPENING CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE AT THE WORKING LEVEL, HE EXPLAINED.

"EARLIER THIS YEAR WE INTRODUCED A REVISED SET OF CONDITIONS OF PERMIT WHICH STIPULATE IMPROVED STANDARDS ON ROAD OPENING WORKS SUCH AS GUARDING AND LIGHTING, SITE CLEANLINESS, SPOIL REMOVAL, MAINTAINING WALKWAYS FOR PEDESTRIANS, AND PUBLICITY BOARDS WITH TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR COMPLAINTS," HE SAID.

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LOK MA CHAU CROSSING TO OPEN ON DECEMBER 29

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THE NEW BORDER CROSSING AT LOK MA CHAU WILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC ON DECEMBER 29, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

INITIALLY, THE LOK MA CHAU CROSSING WILL BE OPENED FOR USE BY GOODS VEHICLES ONLY. THE OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY.

GOODS VEHICLE OPERATORS ARE INVITED TO OBTAIN A CLOSED ROAD PERMIT FOR THIS CROSSING. EXISTING PERMITS FOR MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK CROSSINGS ARE NOT VALID FOR LOK MA CHAU.

OPERATORS MAY SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 11) TO THE CROSS BORDER PERMIT OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON THE SECOND FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE OPERATORS SHOULD APPLY FOR THE CLOSED ROAD PERMITS WELL IN ADVANCE SO THAT THEY CAN USE THE LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT UPON ITS OPENING.

THE PERMITS ARE VALID FOR A MAXIMUM PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 3-733111.

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URUGUAY ROUND OFFERS TIMELY EXAMINATION OF GATT * * *

THE URUGUAY ROUND MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS OFFERS A TIMELY EXAMINATION OF THE GATT (GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE) TO SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REVITALISE THE GATT, THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A TRADE SEMINAR JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS, MR SZE NOTED THAT SOME CRITICS HAD SAID THE GATT WAS DEAD.

"TO ME IT IS DEFINITELY ALIVE THOUGH NOT ALL THAT WELL," HE SAID.

MR SZE SAID THE GATT MIGHT HAVE ENTERED A MID-LIFE CRISIS AND THE URUGUAY ROUND THEREFORE OFFERED A TIMELY EXAMINATION OF IT.

HE SAID THE URUGUAY ROUND WAS THE EIGHTH ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE GATT IN 1947, BUT THE CURRENT ROUND WAS THE BIGGEST AND THE MOST AMBITIOUS OF ALL.

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THERE WERE 15 NEGOTIATING GROUPS IN THE CURRENT ROUND, WHICH COULD BE GROUPED UNDER THREE BROAD HEADINGS: MARKET OPENING, STRENGTHENING OE GATT RULES AND DISCIPLINES, AND NEW ISSUES, HE NOTED.

MR SZE SAID HONG KONG'S ASPIRATIONS IN THE AREA OF MARKET OPENING WAS THAT NATURALLY HONG KONG WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PHASING OUT OF MFA (MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT) RESTRICTIONS AND LIBERALISATION OF WORLD TEXTILE TRADE IN AN ORDERLY BUT NOT TOO LENGTHY FASHION.

"WE WOULD ALSO WANT FURTHER REDUCTION IN TARIFFS FOR ITEMS OF

EXPORT INTEREST TO US," HE SAID.

IN THE AREAS OF GATT RULES AND DISCIPLINES, MR SZE SAID IT WAS ONE OF HONG KONG’S TOP PRIORITIES TO PRESERVE THE NON-DISCRIMINATION AND MOST FAVOURED NATION PRINCIPLES IN THE APPLICATION OF TRADE MEASURES, AND TO SEE THE ELIMINATION OF TRADE MEASURES WHICH HAD BEEN TAKEN OUTSIDE THE GATT INCLUDING THE SO-CALLED GREY AREA MEASURES.

"MOREOVER, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD ON IMPROVING THE GATT ANTI-DUMPING REGULATIONS AND SEEK TO DRAW UP MULTILATERAL DISCIPLINES ON RULES OF ORIGIN."

IN THE NEW AREAS. HE SAID, HONG KONG HAD RECENTLY FORWARDED PROPOSALS ON THF TERRITORY’S VIEWS ON THE VARIOUS STANDARDS GOVERNING DIFFERENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND HOW THEY SHOULD BE PROTECTED.

TURNING TO TRADE IN SERVICES. MR SZE SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF THE URUGUAY ROUND NEGOTIATIONS ON SERVICES WAS AN AGREEMENT PROVIDING A FRAMEWORK OF PRINCIPLES AND REGULATIONS CONFERRING RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS ON PARTICIPANTS TN CONDUCTING TRADE IN SERVICES.

MR SZE SAID HONG KONG’S POSITION IN RESPECT OF SERVICES TRADE WAS NO DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF MANY DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

"IN 1987, THF SERVICES SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR GDP (GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT) WAS 65 PER CENT WHICH WAS HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE FOR INDUSTRIAL COUNTRIES. IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, IT ACCOUNTED FOR SOME 58 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S WORKING POPULATION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

"ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE GATT, HONG KONG RANKED 1 STH IN THE WORLD LEAGUE OF COMMERCIAL SERVICES EXPORTERS IN 1987, AND WAS THE 20TH LARGEST IMPORTER OF SUCH SERVICES IN THE SAME YEAR.

"ALL THESE FIGURES POINT TO THE FACT THAT WE CAN ONLY BENEFIT FROM A MULTILATERAL AGREEMENT WHICH PROMOTES AND EXPANDS WORLD TRADE IN SERVICES," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG THEREFORE FULLY SUPPORTED A MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK ON SERVICES INCORPORATING THE IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF NON-DISCRIMINATION, TRANSPARENCY, NATIONAL TREATMENT AND PROGRESSIVE LIBERALISATION OF MARKET ACCESS WHICH WOULD HELP TO REMOVE OBSTACLES TO TRADE.

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MR SZE ALSO CALLED ON BUSINESSMEN IN THE SERVICES INDUSTRIES TO GIVE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE TO HONG KONG’S NEGOTIATORS IN THE URUGUAY ROUND NEGOTIATIONS.

"YOUR EXPERTISE WILL EVEN BE COUNTED ON MORE HEAVILY AT A LATER STAGE AS THE NEGOTIATIONS MOVE ON TO DISCUSS THE ARRANGEMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL SERVICE SECTORS," HE SAID.

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THE MINISTER FOR HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., MR PETER LO, SAID YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE WORLD HAD A STAKE IN THE CONTINUED VIABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

ADDRESSING THE WASHINGTON COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND THE WASHINGTON STATE CHINA RELATIONS COUNCIL IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON STATE, MR LO SAID HIS AUDIENCE SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THAT HONG KONG HAD BECOME A KEY ELEMENT IN THE WORLD ECONOMY.

"HAVING BEEN A SIGNIFICANT MANUFACTURING CENTRE IN ITS OWN RIGHT, AND STILL REMAINING AS SUCH, IT HAS NOW ALSO BECOME A SUBSTANTIAL SOURCE OF INVESTMENT FOR MANUFACTURING ELSEWHERE, CONTROLLING A DIVERSE NETWORK OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE."

HE SAID HONG KONG HAD ALSO BECOME A MAJOR SERVICES CENTRE AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CROSSROADS FOR TRANSPORTATION, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, FINANCE, INSURANCE, TOURISM AND A HOST OF OTHER ACTIVITIES OPERATING BOTH REGIONALLY AND GLOBALLY.

"IF HONG KONG SUFFERS, THE EFFECTS ARE FELT IN LONDON, NEW YORK, PARIS AND TOKYO," HE SAID.

"IF IT WERE TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP THE WORLD WOULD LOSE A MAJOR ECONOMIC ARTERY, THE WORLD’S 11 TH LARGEST TRADING ECONOMY AND AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL, TRADING AND INVESTMENT SYSTEM."

DESPITE RECENT EVENTS TN CHINA, MR LO SAID HONG KONG WAS STILL THE SAME HUSTLING, HUSTLING BUSINESS CAPITAL.

HE THEN CITED EXAMPLES TO ILLUSTRATE HOW FAR SIGHTED, PRUDENT BUSINESSMEN STILL RECOGNISED HONG KONG’S POTENTIAL.

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INCLUDED AMONG THESE WERE THE SALE BY TENDER OF THE LARGEST REMAINING SITE IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, THE SECURING OF A US$135 BILLION LOAN BY HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL TERMINALS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW CONTAINER TERMINALS, THE GRANTING OF A CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE TO A CONSORTIUM OF U.S., BELGIAN AND HONG KONG INTERESTS AND THE SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF JAPANESE INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG SINCE JUNE 4.

ON THE BRAIN DRAIN ISSUE, MR LO SAID THAT AS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE, HONG KONG WOULD NEVER STOP THOSE WHO WISHED TO LEAVE.

"WHEN THERE ARE THOSE THAT LEAVE, WE HOPE THAT AS MANY AS POSSIBLE WILL REALISE WHAT AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE HONG KONG IS, SO THAT THEY RETURN TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMIC SUCCESS."

HE ADDED THAT WHERE THERE WERE GAPS IN THE SKILLS AND TALENTS HONG KONG NEEDED, THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO REPLACE THEM.

IN THIS RESPECT, THE GOVERNOR HAD RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME FOR THE EXPANSION OF TERTIARY EDUCATION. IN WHICH THE NUMBER OF FIRST DEGREE PLACES WOULD BE MORE THAN DOUBLED OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS, HE SAID..

MR LO TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT DESPITE THE EVENTS OF JUNE 4, HONG KONG HAD MANAGED TO PULL THROUGH AND EMERGE THE STRONGER FOR IT.

"I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG WILL COME OUT OF RECENT EVENTS FITTER AND MORE VIGOROUS THAN BEFORE." HE CONCLUDED.

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THE LOCAL FARMING INDUSTRY IS ABLE TO MAINTAIN A STEADY GROWTH WITH THE ADVANCE IN MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND THE CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT IN PRODUCTION METHODS. THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE JOINT FEDERATION OF HONG KONG AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND MARKETING SOCIETIES AND THE FIRST "FARMERS' DAY". MRS CHAN PRAISED HONG KONG'S FAMERS FOR THEIR. ACHIEVEMENT.

"THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE THREE MAIN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, NAMELY PIGS, CHICKENS AND VEGETABLES PRODUCED IS ESTIMATED TO EXCEED $1.2 BILLION.

"WE CAN BE JUSTLY PROUD OF OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION WHICH HAS BEEN ABLE TO ATTAIN SUCH SATISFACTORY RESULTS IN THE FACE OF NUMEROUS RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS." SHE SAID.

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MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE JOINT FEDERATION LAST YEAR, CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE FEDERATION OF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE NEW TERRITORIES CHICKEN BREEDERS ASSOCIATION AND THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES HAD BEEN GREATLY STRENGTHENED.

UNDER THE ABLE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHAIRMAN, MR CHAN KWOK-WAI, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, RESOURCES AND EXPERIENCE OF THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY TOGETHER WITH THE GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE PROVIDED S'! THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS COULD BE EFFECTIVELY POOLED AND UTILISED, SHE ADDED.

"SERVICES OFFERED TO ITS MEMBERS BY THE JOINT FEDERATION ARE MANIFOLD, WHICH INCLUDE PROMOTING THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF HONG

KONG’S AGRICULTURE, REFLECTING THE VIEWS OF MEMBERS TO THE GOVERNMENT

COLLECTIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY, LIAISING WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND

OVERSEAS BODIES, AND PUBLISHING THE MAGAZINE ’AGRICULTURE AND

FISHERY TECHNOLOGY’.

"THE JOINT FEDERATION ALSO ENCOURAGES AND ASSISTS ITS MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS TO STRENGTHEN THEIR. SERVICES TO THFIR OWN MEMBERS," SHE SAID.

EXAMPLES INCLUDED THE INTRODUCTION OF IMPROVED BREEDS OF PIGS AND CHICKENS FROM OVERSEAS, THE BULK PURCHASE OF FEED, VACCINE, FARM MACHINES AND PESTICIDES, WHOLESALING OF PIGS, CHICKENS AND VEGETABLES ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS AND THE ORGANISATION OF SEMINARS ON FARMING METHODS AND STUDY TOURS.

"FURTHERMORE, THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ALSO LEADS ITS MEMBER SOCIETIES TN CO-OPERATING WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND TIL VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION TO BUILD AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE FIELDS AND IRRIGATION WORKS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE VARIOUS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN NOTED THAT DURING LAST YEAR. ALONE, IMALL PROJECTS WORTH ABOUT SI MILLION HAD BEEN COMPLETED OR WERE IN PROGRESS.

"THESE HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL AGRICULTURE AND TUI SUPPLY OF HIGH-QUALITY FRESH FOODSTUFFS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AT REASONABLE PRICES.

"HERE 1 WOULD LIKE To EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION OF THE EFFORTS BY THE JOINT FEDERATION IN PROMOTING AGRICULTURE IN THE PAST YEAR, ' SHE SAID.

ON THE FARMERS’ DAY ORGANISED BY THE JOINT FEDERATION, MRS CHAN SAID THIS OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR HARD-WORKING FARMERS TO GATHER TOGETHER TO EXCHANGE THEIR EXPERIENCE ON PRODUCTION AND MARKETING TECHNIQUES AND TO ENJOY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS BEING TACKLED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED WITH THE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS OF PRIVATE BUILDINGS, AND IS ENDEAVOURING TO TACKLE THEM ON VARIOUS FRONTS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

HE WAS OFFICIATING AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF A "TEN OUTSTANDING OWNERS CORPORATIONS" CONTEST ORGANISED BY THE PROGRESSIVE HONG KONG SOCIETY.

MR LAN NOTED THAT IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR THE GOVERNMENT HAD SET UP THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT WITH A VIEW TO ENCOURAGING THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT WORK.

"THE COMMITTEE HAS PUT FORWARD TO THE GOVERNMENT PRACTICAL AND EFFECTIVE VIEWS ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, SUCH AS AMENDMENTS TO THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE TO FACILITATE THE FORMATION OF OWNERS CORPORATIONS.

"ON THE OTHER HAND, THE COMMITTEE IS CAREFULLY CONSIDERING PUBLIC VIEWS ON PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE UNFAIR PROVISIONS IN DEEDS OF MUTUAL CONVENANT, AND HAS SET UP A WORKING GROUP TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUE.

"FOLLOWING 14 LENGTHY MEETINGS, THE WORKING GROUP WILL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE COMMITTEE IN THE COMING WEEK," HE SAID.

SINCE 1985, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN SETTING UP BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAMS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS TO ASSIST LOCAL RESIDENTS TO IMPROVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT, AND TO CO-ORDINATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT WORK BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT". MR LAN SAID.

SO FAR, 10 TEAMS HAD BEEN FORMED, AND 250 BUDDINGS HAD BEEN TARGETTED BY THE TEAMS FOR FURTHER ACTION.

MR LAN ALSO SAID THAT IN ORDER TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE OF GOOD BUILDING MANAGEMENT, THE GOVERNMENT HAD CLASSIFIED BUILDING MANAGEMENT AS A MAJOR PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN 1990-91, AND WOULD DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES FOR PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES.

"THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PLANNING A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES. SUCH AS LARGE-SCALE SEMINARS AND EXHIBITIONS. THESE WILL BE BACKED UP BY PUBLICITY IN THE MASS MEDIA, POSTERS AND PUBLICATIONS," HE ADDED.

MR LAN STRESSED THAT IMPROVEMENT IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT DEPENDED ON RESIDENTS’ ACTIVE PARTICIPATION, WITH THE GOVERNMENT MOTIVATING, EDUCATING AND ASSISTING THE PUBLIC.

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PREVIEW OF HONG KONG HERITAGE PAINTINGS *****

ABOUT TREATED TO A BUILDINGS IN

ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE, AMONG THEM MANY ART LOVERS, WERE PREVIEW OF AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS OF HISTORICAL HONG KONG THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

A SERIES OF 50 PAINTINGS WERE COMMISSIONED FOR BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS PART EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON HONG KONG HERITAGE.

THE EXHIBITION

OF THE CURRENT

pA1NTINGS FEATURE LANDMARK HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND

MONUMENTS I HAT T HE GOVERNMENT HAS SET ABOUT PRESERVING IN THE INTERESTS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.

THE PREVIEW WAS HOSTED BY THE MRS IRENE YAU, AT THE FRENCH MISSION

DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI, SAID THE BUILDINGS WERE NOT JUST FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF THE FEW COGNOSCENTI TRAINED TO RECOGNISE THEIR MERIT AND COMPREHEND THE TRADITIONS THEY EXPRESSED.

"THEY ARE THERE FOR THE POPULACE AT LARGE,” HE STRESSED.

"AND HAND TN HAND WITH OUR EFFORTS TO PRESERVE THEM, WE MUST PURSUE A CONCERTED CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC - AND PARTICULARLY OUR YOUTH - TO THE DISCOVERIES THEY CAN YIELD.”

HE TASK VERY COMMITTEE

ADDED THAT THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD HAD TAKEN THIS MUCH TO HEART AND HAD APPOINTED A PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION SPECIFICALLY TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVE.

MR CHUI POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S HERITAGE ONE OF ARCHITECTURAL RELICS, ANTIQUITIES AND MUSEUMS.

WAS MORE THAN

"IT IS ENSHRINED IN OUR VERY HISTORY, IN OUR LANGUAGE, OUR ARTS AND THE CUSTOMS TO WHICH WE CLING.”

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, MR EDWARD HO, SAID EDUCATION WAS A HIGH PRIORITY AND IN MEETING THIS OBJECTIVE THE BOARD WOULD BE COUNTING ON THE INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS.

"WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS THE INCLUSION, PERHAPS WITHIN THE SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS, OF A PROGRAMME ON HONG KONG'S HERITAGE,”

SO FAR, THE BOARD HAS FORMALLY DECLARED 38 BUILDINGS AND MONUMENTS FOR PERMANENT PROTECTION, WHILE MORE THAN 100 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS OF HISTORICAL SIGN IFICANCE.

AS PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON CULTURAL HERITAGE, THE PAINTINGS, BY HONG KONG ARTIST MR BRIAN TILBROOK, ARE INCORPORATED IN A NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. IN ADDITION, THEY WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN A SERIES OF 10 WALL CHARTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOLS TO SERVE AS TEACHING AIDS.

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AFTER THE PREVIEW, THE PAINTINGS WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY AT FOUR REGIONAL COUNCIL TOWN HALLS FOR PUBLIC VIEWING.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE VENUES AND DATES OF THE MOBILE EXHIBITION:

VENUE EXHIBITION DATE

TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL DECEMBER 12 - 17

TUEN MUN TOWN HALL DECEMBER 19 - 27

TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 3

NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL JANUARY 11 - 16

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’PITCH-IN’ ACTIVITY ON SUNDAY

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FROLICS ’89. A LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECT TO CALL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN. WILL BE HELD IN KOWLOON PARK ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10).

ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE AS A MAJOR "PITCH-IN" ACTIVITY FOR THE YEAR. THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD ON THE SAME DAY AT DIFFERENT VENUES IN THE PARK.

THEY INCLUDE A WASTE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION TO BE HELD IN THE INDOOR GAMES HALL. AND PAINTING OF A MURAL AND A CARNIVAL TO BE HELD IN THE PIAZZA.

THE EXHIBITION WILL INCLUDE ALL THE WINNING ENTRIES LN A WASTE SCULPTURE COMPETITION ORGANISED EARLIER BY THE COMMITTEE. ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE THREE "NEWSPAPER. CHILDREN" BY AMERICAN WASTE SCULPTOR, MR DAVID FINN.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF FROLICS ’89 AT 11.30 AM IN THE BANYAN COURT OF THE PARK.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, 29 TEAMS FROM DISTRICT BOARDS, TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS WILL PLEDGE THEIR SUPPORT FOR A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT THROUGH PAINTING A MURAL AT THE PIAZZA.

THE MURAL IS THREE-DIMENSIONAL AND IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED IN THE FORM OF A MAZE SO THAT PEOPLE WILL GAIN DIFFERENT IMPRESSIONS WHEN VIEWING IT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES.

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS WILL START PAINTING THE MURAL FROM 3 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

A CEREMONY TO MARK ITS COMPLETION WILL BE HELD AT NOON ON SUNDAY WHEN THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE MURAL.

TO CALL FOR WIDER SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC, A CARNIVAL WITH DIFFERENT FORMS OF ARTS PERFORMANCES AND GAME BOOTHS WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 12.30 PM TO 5 PM.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE MIME, MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS, DANCE, STREET THEATRE AND HANDICRAFT STALLS TO HELP PROMOTE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES. ADMISSION IS FREE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF FROLICS '89 WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE. DR PANG HOK-TUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF FROLICS ’89 TO BE HELD AT 11.30 AM ON SUNDAY I DECEMBER 10) IN THE BANYAN COURT OF KOWLOON PARK.

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CIVIC EDUCATION SEMINAR ON DEMOCRACY FOR TEACHERS * * * t *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A CIVIC EDUCATION SEMINAR ON JANUARY 11 FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING CIVIC EDUCATION.

ORGANISED BY THE CIVIC EDUCATION SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE. THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR. ENTITLED "EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY : CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION". WILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE, 4 PAK FUK ROAD. NORTH POINT.

IT AIMS TO ACQUAINT PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ON HOW TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE INCULCATION OF PUPILS’ DEMOCRATIC AWARENESS.

THE SEMINAR WILL ALSO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND SHARE EXPERIENCES.

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THERE WILL BE TALKS ON THE CONCEPTS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, THE PLANNING OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING MATERIALS TO PROMOTE PUPILS* DEMOCRATIC AWARENESS, AND ON ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE PUPILS’ DEMOCRATIC AWARENESS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS INCLUDING THE ORGANISATION OF CLASS CLUB AND ELECTION ACTIVITIES.

AN EXHIBITION DISPLAYING WORKS ON THE ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE PUPILS* DEMOCRATIC AWARENESS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL ALSO BE MOUNTED AT THE VENUE OF THE SEMINAR.

PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS TO THE PRIMARY CIVIC EDUCATION SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE DECEMBER 18.

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AMENDMENT TO DRAFT KWUN TONG OZP

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED AN AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT KWUN TONG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THE AMENDMENT WAS TO INCLUDE "BROADCASTING, TELEVISION AND/OR FILM STUDIO" USE INTO COLUMN 2 OF THE NOTES OF THE "COMMERCIAL" ZONE IN THE PLAN.

THIS WILL PERMIT THE SUBMISSION OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH USES WITHIN THE ’COMMERCIAL* ZONE," HE EXPLAINED.

THE AMENDMENT PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG; AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, KWUN TONG.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT MAY SUBMIT HIS 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 NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 29 THIS YEAR.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT FLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAP SALES COUNTER, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AT $10 PER UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 PER COLOURED COPY.

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POULTRY RETAILER FINED $5,000 FOR

INACCURATE WEIGHING

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAS REMINDED RETAILERS OF PRODUCE TO ENSURE THAT THEY USE ACCURATE WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS.

THIS FOLLOWED A CASE IN THE NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY TODAY (FRIDAY) IN WHICH A POULTRY RETAILER IN SHAM SHUI PO WAS FINED $5,000 FOR USING INACCURATE WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS. HE PLEADED GUILTY.

THE RETAILER WAS PROSECUTED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE COURT HEARD THAT THE MATTER HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT AFTER COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED FROM CUSTOMERS.

ON JUNE 6, OFFICERS OF THE TRADING STANDARDS INVEST IGAT ION BUREAU INSPECTED THE RETAILER’S SHOP ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF 74 PEI HO STREET.

A PRELIMINARY CHECK OF A OF POULTRY REVEALED THAT IT WAS

CHINESE STEELYARD USED INACCURATE.

IN THE

SELLING

THE STEELYARD WAS LATER SENT TO THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY FOR EXAMINATION AND TEST RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE HIGHEST ERROR OF THE WEIGHING INSTRUMENT WAS 21.88 PER CENT IN EXCESS OF THE ACTUAL WEIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, MR ANDREW WONG, THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 87 COMPLAINTS ABOUT WEIGHTS AND MEASURES DURING THE FIRST 11 MONTHS THE ORDINANCE HAD BEEN IN EFFECT.

"OF THESE COMPLAINTS, 40 ARE NOT SUBSTANTIATED. 30 ARE SUBSTANTIATED AND 17 OTHERS ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATE .

"AS FOR THE COMPLAINTS WHICH ARE SUBSTANTIATED, WRITTEN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO 19 TRADERS, SIX TRADERS HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED AND FIVE OTHER CASES ARE EXPECTED TO BE BROUGHT TO COURT LN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE CARR IES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $20,000 PLUS SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT." MF? WONG SAID.

PERSONS WHO WISH TO MAKE A COMPLAINT ABOUT MALPRACTICES IN RESPECT OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES MAY CONTACT THE TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT (TEL. 3-7146146) OR THE CONSUMER COUNC11 .

COMPLAINTS MAY ALSO BE MADE TO THE DUTY OFFICERS OF THE

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT ON 5-8523185 AFTER NORMAL OFFICE HOURS.

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CARNIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN

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A SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACTIVITY FOR SENIOR RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) AFTERNOON.

THE FUN FAIR FOR THE AGED. TO BE HELD BETWEEN 1.30 PM AND 4.30 PM. AIMS TO ENHANCE ELDERLY PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTARY WORK.

THERE WILL BE AN EXHIBITION AND ACTIVITY STALLS. TWO STALLS WILL PROVIDE SIMPLE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS FOR THE ELDERLY. AND SIX OTHERS WILL PROVIDE GAMES WITH HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AS THE THEMES.

THE FUN FAIR IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. THE CHUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG RED CROSS WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

OFFICIATING AT ITS OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MISS MONICA CHEN; THE CHUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. MR LAM YIN-MING: AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HONG KONG RED CROSS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUN FAIR FOR THE AGED WHICH WILI BEGIN AT 1.30 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT. THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM.

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HANG HAU CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY

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A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN HANG HAU VILLAGE, SAI KUNG. ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) TO ENABLE VILLAGERS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK OF THE AREA COMMITTEE THROUGH (JAMES AND AN EXHIBITION.

ORGANISED BY THE HANG HAU AREA COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD. THE CARNIVAL WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM AT THE HANG HAU VILLAGE CARPARK.

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OFFICIATING AT THE CARNIVAL’S OPENING WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; DIVISIONAL COMMANDER OF THE SAI KUNG POLICE STATION, MR FILIPE DE OLIVEIRA; CHAIRMAN OF THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR SING HON-KEUNG; AND PRESIDENT OF THE HANG HAU ’89 CARNIVAL, MR ALEX BLUM,

THERE WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HANG HAU '89 CARNIVAL AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) AT HANG HAU VILLAGE CARPARK, HANG HAU, SAI KUNG.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY

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A FULL-DAY PROGRAMME HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT IN A "DISTRICT YOUTH DAY" WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE SHEUNG WAN CIVIC CENTRE ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE YOUTH FESTIVAL.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE OMELCO MEMBER MRS ROSANNA TAM, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN MR AMBROSE LAU, DISTRICT OFFICER MR STEPHEN FISHER, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR CHANG YAU-HUNG, AND URBAN COUNCILLORS MR CHAN TAK-CHOR AND MR CHOW WAI-KEUNG.

THE FIRST EVENT OF THE YOUTH DAY - AN EXHIBITION ON CHINA’S DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG - WILL START AT 1.30 PM AT THE EXHIBITION HALL ON THE SIXTH FLOOR. IT WILL BE SUPPLEMENTED BY AN AUDIO VISUAL PRESENTATION.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM, A YOUTH CONFERENCE ON "OUR HONG KONG IN THE 1990’S" WILL BE HELD AT THE LECTURE HALL ON THE FIFTH FLOOR.

THE CONVENOR OF THE PROGRAMME WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH FESTIVAL, DR CHOI YUEN-WAN, AND THE EXTERNAL VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNION, MR NG KWOK-WAH, WILL GIVE TALKS ON "HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT IN THE 90’S" AND "THE ROLE OF THE HONG KONG YOUTHS IN THE NEXT DECADE".

AFTER THE TALKS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HELD ON VARIOUS TOPICS SUCH AS CHINA-HONG KONG RELATIONSHIP, THE TERRITORY’S POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT, THE EMIGRATION PROBLEM AND THE POLICIES ON YOUTH IN THE TERRITORY.

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TWO MOVIES DESCRIBING THE PERSONAL STRUGGLES FOR ONE’S IDEALS AND THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, WILL BE SCREENED AT THE THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR, BEGINNING AT 4 PM, 7 PM AND 9,15 PM.

FROM 7 PM TO 9.30 PM, A "DISCO NITE" WILL BE HELD AT THE SHEUNG WAN COMPLEX INDOOR GAMES HALL ON THE 12TH FLOOR.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE FILM SHOWS AND THE "DISCO NITE" ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE'S THREE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES AT HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) AND IN BELCHER’S STREET, AS WELL AS AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE IN WESTERN STREET.

THE "DISTRICT YOUTH DAY" HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WITH SUPPORT FROM 10 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 1.30 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10) AT THE SHEUNG WAN CIVIC CENTRE, QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM AT THE CENTRE’S EXHIBITION HALL ON THE SIXTH FLOOR.


WONG TAI SIN EXHIBITION ON YOUTH INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS

AN EXHIBITION ON COMMUNITY BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN ON SUNDAY

INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS FOR YOUTH (DECEMBER 10).

WILL

THE VENUE IS THE EXHIBITION

HALL OF THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE.

,HE IS ORGANISED BY THE ACTIVITY WORKING

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

GROUP

OF

ON DISPLAY WILL BE ENTRIES IN THE "COMMUNITY INVOIVUmfnt F°K ™E Y0UTH" COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ACTIVITY WORKING GROUP IN OCTOBER IN SUPPORT OF THE CURRENT HONG KONG YOUTH FESTIVAL.

THE PROJECTS WILL BE ILLUSTRATED BY PHOTOGRAPHS.

IS

ALL PROJECTS CARRY THE MAIN THEME OF "WE ARE HONG KONG - ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

THE YOUTH FESTIVAL, WHICH TN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS”.

A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE COMPETITION AT 2.30 PM, BEFORE THE EXHIBITION BEGINS.

WILL BE

HELD

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OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG

TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, DR MICHAEL LEE; CONVENER OF THE PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MR KWOK KA-MING; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR NG NGOK-SHING; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM KWAN; DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER FOR WONG TAI SIN AND SAI KUNG, MISS OPHELIA CHAN; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTIVITY WORKING GROUP, MR CHAN CHUN-FAT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND THE EXHIBITION ON COMMUNITY PROJECTS FOR YOUTH TO BE HELD IN THE EXHIBITION HALL SHOPPING CENTRE IN WONG TAI SIN ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10).

THE PRIZE INVOLVEMENT

OF LOK FU

THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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RANKING LICENCE REVOKED » » » *

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE BANKING LICENCE OF THE NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMPANY.

FOLLOWING A GROUP RE-ORGANISATION, THE COMPANY HAS CFASFD BANKING BUSINESS TN HONG KONG.

AFTER THE REVOCATION, THE NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG TOTALS 166, OF WHICH 134 ARE INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG.


DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN TUEN MUN t * * *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR WIDENING A SECTION OF THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND LAYING A TRUNK SEWER AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE ROAD WIDENING WORK, WHICH COVERS THE PORTION FROM SAM SHING ESTATE TO SO KWUN WAT, WILL EXPAND CASTLE PEAK ROAD BY THREE METRES.

TO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY IN SO KWUN WAT AND COASTAL AREAS ALONG THIS SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD. A TRUNK SEWER AS WELL AS A STORMWATER BOX CULVERT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO DIVERT EXISTING DRAINS AWAY FROM CASTLE PEAK BEACH.

WORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO START NEXT MARCH AND ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 12.

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PRIVATE LOTS TO BE RESUMED FOR DEVELOPMENT t ♦ t t ♦

FOUR PRIVATE LOTS IN THE NEU' TERRITORIES WILL BE RESUMED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT.

ONE PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOT OF 116 SQUARE METRES IS LOCATED AT TAI HANG IN TAI PO. RESUMPTION OF THIS LAND IS REQUIRED FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT WORKS WHICH WILL START THREE MONTHS’ AFTER THE RESUMPTION NOTICE HAS EXPIRED.

IN SAI KUNG, THREE LOTS NEAR FUI YIU HA WILL BE RESUMED. THEY INCLUDE A 102 SQUARE METRE PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOT AND TWO BUILDING LOTS WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 383 SQUARE METRES.

RESUMPTION OF THE LAND IS REQUIRED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF AN EMERGENCY VEHICULAR ACCESS AND THE PROVISION OF LAND FOR A VILLAGE RESITE AREA, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPED OPEN SPACE. THE WORKS ARE PROGRAMMED TO START IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

RESUMPTION NOTICES WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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FOOTBRIDGE TO BE BUILT IN SHEK WU HUI

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. IS PLANNING TO BUILD A FOOTBRIDGE NEAR THE FUNG KAI SCHOOLS IN SHEK WU HUI TO PROVIDE SAFE ROAD CROSSING FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS IN THE AREA.

THE PROPOSED WORKS ALSO INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ASSOCIATED ACCESS RAMPS AND FOOTPATHS.

RESUMPTION OF SOME AGRICULTURAL LAND NEAR SHEUNG PAK TSUEN IS REQUIRED.

TEMPORARY RIGHT OF OCCUPATION WILL BE CREATED FOR THE WORKS AREA EXTENDING ONTO THE PRIVATE LAND OF THE FUNG KAI SCHOOLS.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LIMITED. CONSULTING ENGINGEERS, ON BEHALF OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

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- CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

- NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANLING.

ANY PERSON WHO OBJECTS TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 30 NEXT YEAR.

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PREQUALIFICATION FOR GOVT BUILDING PROJECT » » * t t

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING CONTRACTORS TO PARTICIPATE IN A PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE CONCERNING THE SUPERSTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR THE TSUEN WAN CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES COMPLEX.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 24-STOREY OFFICE TOWER, AND A FOUR-STOREY LIBRARY BLOCK FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON TOP OF A COMMON FOUR-STOREY PODIUM.

THE 3,320 SQUARE METRE SITE WILL PROVIDE 18,000 SQUARE METRES OF NET FLOOR AREA OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION AND 3,000 SQUARE METRES OF NET FLOOR AREA FOR THE LIBRARY.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INCLUDE AN ELEVATED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY TO LINK UP WITH THE ADJACENT BUILDINGS.

THE CONTRACT PERIOD WILL BE 24 MONTHS.

ONLY CONTRACTORS ON THE APPROVED CONTRACTORS FOR PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING CIVIL ENGINEERING AND WATER WORKS LIST I GROUP "C" FOR "BUILDING" OR LIST II FOR BUILDING MAY APPLY FOR. PREQUALIFICATION.

CONTRACTORS SEEKING PREQUALIFTCATION MUST SUBMIT WITH THEIR APPLICATION DETAILS TO THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, (ATTN: CHIEF ARCHITECT/1), 41 ST FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG, BY DECEMBER 27.

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EXTENSION OF KMB BUS ROUTES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO IMPROVE FEEDER SERVICES TO AND FROM THE CHINA HONG KONG FERRY TERMINAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI, KMB ROUTES 3C. 12 AND 14 WILL BE EXTENDED FROM JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER TO TERMINATE AT THE CHINA HONG KONG FERRY TERMINAL FROM SUNDAY (DECEMBER 10).

ON EXTENSION, THE THREE BUS ROUTES WILL OPERATE VIA CANTON ROAD TO AND FROM CHINA HONG KONG FERRY TERMINAL. CONCURRENTLY, THESE ROUTES WILL OMIT THE BUS STOP AT JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER.

FOR JOURNEYS TOWARDS CHINA HONG KONG FERRY TERMINAL. ADDITIONAL BUS STOPS WILL BE DESIGNATED ON JORDAN ROAD WESTBOUND OUTSIDE NO. 52 AND CANTON ROAD SOUTHBOUND OPPOSITE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES FOR USE BY THE THREE ROUTES.

ON JOURNEYS FROM CHINA HONG KONG FERRY TERMINAL. BUSES WILL OBSERVE THE EXISTING STOP ON CANTON ROAD OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

IN ADDITION, ROUTE 3C WILL ALSO OBSERVE THE BUS STOP AT JORDAN ROAD EASTBOUND OUTSIDE NO. 37.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WELL ORGANISED MACHINERY TO TACKLE STAFF PROBLEMS: CS ......................... 1

COMBINED EFFORT IN PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD ........................... 1

SHAM SHUI PO DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO TERRITORY'S FUTURE ....................... 3

MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MUST BE GIVEN THEIR RIGHTS ............................... 4

DISABLED PERSONS NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT ....................................... 5

TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS INCREASE BY SIX PER CENT ................................. 6

PRAISE FOR CAS WORK IN MANAGING VBP DETENTION CENTRES ......................... 7

BOOKLETS ON CFC'S AND HALONS PUBLISHED ........................................ 8

CS OPENS FEDERATION'S 35TH YOUTH CENTRE ....................................... 9

55,000 VISIT CAREERS '90 EXHIBITION .......................................... 10

JOB BAZAAR PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN .............................................. 11

FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON SHOW IN SHA TIN ................................... 12

TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL ENDS ............................................... 13

INCREASED PUBLICITY ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT URGED ............................. 13

TSEUNG KWAN O SUB-OFFICE MOVES TO NEW ADDRESS ................................ 14

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT......................................................... 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DRAKE STREET ............................................ 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN FANLING AND TAI PO.................................... 16

LEARNER DRIVERS BAN ZONE IN SHAM SHUI PO....................................   16

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WELL ORGANISED MACHINERY TO TACKLE STAFF PROBLEMS: CS *****

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY! HONG KONG HAS A VERY WELL ORGANISED CIVIL SERVICE MACHINERY WHICH WORKS CLOSELY WITH BOTH THE STAFF AND EMPLOYER’S SIDES TO TACKLE PROBLEMS.

SPEAKING TO THE PRESS AFTER HE ATTENDED THE OPENING OF A FAMILY CARNIVAL AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE 1989 OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH SCHEME AT VICTORIA PARK, SIR DAVID SAID: "NORMALLY. THE TRADITION IN THE SERVICE IS THAT PEOPLE DO TALK THEM THROUGH WITHOUT RESORTING TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION. AND IF THERE IS INDUSTRIAL ACTION. IT SHOULD NOT AFFECT THE PUBLIC. THAT IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TRADITION AND I HOPE EVERYONE WILL STICK TO IT."

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON CURRENT INDUSTRIAL ACTION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THE NUMBER. OF PEOPLE INVOLVED WAS VERY SMALL AND IT HAD NOT AFFECTED THE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

"IF THERE ARE DISPUTES, THEY ARE SETTLED WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE PUBLIC SERVICE. I THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND 1 DON’T BELIEVE THAT THE OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SERVICE IS OBVIOUSLY' AFFECTED FOR THAT REASON."

HE ALSO NOTED THAT ALL THE GRADES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE WERE BEING REVIEWED AND THAT WOULD TAKE SOME TIME. "UNTIL ALL THOSE QUESTIONS ARE RESOLVED, IT IS NOT A VERY EASY TIME FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE. BUT, 1 AM SURE EVERYONE WOULD COME THROUGH IT WITHOUT ANY SERIOUS TROUBLE."

ON THE QUESTION OF ORDERLY RETURN OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, SIR DAVID SAID: "I THINK. AS YOU ALL KNOW, THAT WE DO FEEL THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT MANDATORY REPATRIATION IS PUT IN PLACE BEFORE WE FACE THE PROSPECT OF ANOTHER INFLUX OF BOAT PEOPLE NEXT YEAR.

"IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE MESSAGE GETS THROUGH TO VIETNAM THAT THERE IS REALLY NO FUTURE HERE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS REFUGEES.

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAVE WORKED HAND IN HAND TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FAMILY CARNIVAL AND OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH SCHEME BEST AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY' HELD AT VICTORIA PARK IN CAUSEWAY' BAY.

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HE NOTED THAT "RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND CHILD CARE" HAD BEEN ADOPTED AS THE THEME EOR THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE THIS YEAR.

"A WIDE VARIETY OF PROMOTIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS TO EMPHASISE THE MESSAGE OF •LOVF AND CARE FOR CHILDREN’," HE SAID.

"we: ALL LOVE OUR CHILDREN. BUT WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM KNOWING MORE ABOUT WHAT IS NEEDED TO ENCOI RAGE THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN AND TO CARE FOR THEIR COMPLETE PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS.

"WITHOUT AN ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF CHILD CARE, THE CHILDREN MAY BE NEGLECTED AND IN EXTREME CASES, THEIR HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT HINDERED," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THE SUBJECT OF PARENTHOOD AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT HOME HAD ALSO BEEN EMPHASISED IN PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY YOUNG PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH SCHEME.

THE SCHEME, AN ANNUAL EVENT, HAD BEEN CONDUCTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL SERVICES AND TO OFFER THEM A VALUABLE WAY OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

"1 UNDERSTAND THAT OVER 3,000 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS SCHEME AND OVER 170,000 PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THEIR SERVICES, ' HE SAID.

NOTING THAT SONE OF THE OUTSTANDING PROJECTS WERE SHOWN AT THE EXHIBITION TODAY, SIR DAVID SAID: "NOT ONLY DO THESE PROJECTS PROMOTE THE IDEA OF BEING A GOOD PARENT, THEY ALSO HELP TO HEIGHTEN THE AWARENESS OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE - WHO ONE DAY WILL THEMSELVES BECOME PARENTS."

THE FAMILY CARNIVAL, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE FLE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD AND TO PROMOTE THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG; CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON YOUTH FESTIVAL, MR ERIC LI; DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MISS CHEUNG MAN-YEE; CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, MR. DAVID CHU: AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MRS PATRICIA CHU.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE OFFICIATING PARTY TOURED THE CARNIVAL VENUE AND VISITED THE TWO EXHIBITIONS ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND THF OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH SCHEME (OYS) AWARD.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY TOOK A GREAT INTEREST IN A PROJECT WHICH WON THE HONG KONG BEST AWARD Ol THE OYS.

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THE PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT BY A GROUP OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS FROM THE KWAI TS1NG DISTRICT BETWEEN JULY AND SEPTEMBER TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME SAFETY.,

THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED UNDER THE PROJECT INCLUDED A MOBILE EXHIBITION, TALKS, TRAINING COURSE AND A SOCIAL GATHERING.

THROUGH IMPLEMENTING THE PROJECT, THE VOLUNTEERS HAVE ACQUIRED MORE TECHNIQUES AND SKILLS IN PROGRAMME PLANNING. ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY HAVE ALSO HELPED SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF HOME SAFETY TO RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

APART FROM THE EXHIBITIONS, THERE WERE ALSO ABOUT 30 GAMES STALLS WITH ATTRACTIVE PRIZES AND NINE FAMILY ACTIVITY STALLS.

WHILE THE GAMES STALLS OFFERED INTERESTING GAMES ON THE THEMES OF GOOD PARENTING AND HOME SAFETY, THE FAMILY ACTIVITY STALLS PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILY MEMBERS TO SHARE THE FUN IN SUCH ACTIVITIES AS TAKING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS, MAKING HANDICRAFTS AND DRAWING.

THE CARNIVAL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW WITH THE SAME THEME WHICH WILL BEGIN AT VICTORIA PARK AT 8 PM.

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SHAM SHL'I PO DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO TERRITORY’S FUTURE

*******

DEVELOPMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE CLOSELY RELATED TO THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON. MR DAVID LAN, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL, HELD IN A HK-TVB STUDIO, MR LAN CITED SOME OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT.

"FOR EXAMPLE, THE WEST KOWLOON EXPRESSWAY OF THE ROUTE III PROJECT WILL PASS THROUGH SHAM SHUI PO; AND THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION PROJECT WILL PROVIDE MORE LAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRAFFIC AND MAJOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

"AND MORE NOTABLE IS THE PROPOSED CONTAINER TERMINAL NUMBER 8 ON STONECUTTERS ISLAND," HE SAID.

THANKING LOCAL RESIDENTS FOR SUPPORTING THE CONTAINER TERMINAL PLAN, MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER THEIR VIEWS AND DEAL WITH POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHTED BY RESIDENTS.

SHAM SHUI PO HAD SEEN THE COMPLETION OF SEVERAL MAJOR PROJECTS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, MR LAN SAID.

/THESE INCLUDED .......

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THESE INCLUDED THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR, THE TUNG CHOW AND LAI CHI KOK PARKS, AND THE REDEVELOPMENT OF LI CHENG UK ESTATE AND THE NAM CHEONG ESTATE, ALL OF WHICH HAD BROUGHT ABOUT FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND TO THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

MR LAN PRAISED THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR SUPPORTING THE CURRENT TERRITORY-WIDE YOUTH FESTIVAL BY ADOPTING TRAINING FOR. YOUNG PEOPLE AS THE THEME.

HE SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD ALSO ADOPTED A FITTING SLOGAN FOR THE FESTIVAL WITH A VIEW TO GROOMING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE FUTURE.

’'THE SLOGAN CALLS ON THE COMMUNITY TO ATTACH IMPORTANCE TO TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY WORK SO AS TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL,” HE NOTED.

MR LAN SAID THE FESTIVAL HAD BECOME A MAJOR ANNUAL EVENT IN THE DISTRICT SINCE 1981, AND REPRESENTED PART OF EFFORTS MADE BY COMMUNITY LEADERS IN SHAM SHUI PO TO MOTIVATE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO SUPPORT THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

’’ONE OF THE OBJECTS OF THE SCHEME IS TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY BUILDING, THE CONCEPT OF WHICH IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY WORK SO AS TO FEEL MORE ATTACHED TO THE COMMUNITY, AND TO BUILD A HARMONIOUS AND BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT.”

MR LAN THANKED THE DISTRICT BOARD AND VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS FOR SUPPORTING THE FESTIVAL, WHICH WILL DIFFERENT PROGRAMMES AT A COST OF OVER $1.3 MILLION.

COMMUNITY

OFFER 55

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW BROADCAST LIVE ON IIK-TVB’S JADE CHANNEL.

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MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MUST BE GIVEN THEIR RIGHTS t * t t t

THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MUST BE GIVEN THEIR BASIC RIGHTS. THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR. OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ROSE GOODSTADT, SAID TODAY I SATURDAY) .

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KOWLOON UNION CHURCH’S NEW WAI JI HOSTEL AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP, MRS GOODSTADT SAID THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WERE ENTITLED "TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE COMMUNITY, TO HAVE A HOME WHERE THEY CAN ENJOY PRIVACY AND PERMANENCY AND A JOB WITHIN THEIR CAPACIT Y . "

SHE SAID HER DEPARTMENT WAS NOW ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN EXPLORING WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES A NEW STYLE OF RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

/THE MAIN .......

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THE MAIN PROBLEM FACING MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS WAS THAT AS THEY GREW OLDER, THEY NEEDED TO BE GIVEN SHELTER. AND WORK FOR THE REST OF THEIR ADULT YEARS, MRS GOODSTADT SAID.

"WE NOW NEED TO THINK OF MORE PERMANENT HOMES AND HOSTELS, POSSIBLY DESIGNED ON A MUCH SMALLER AND MORE PRIVATE MODEL, ' SHE POINTED OUT.

MRS GOODSTADT SAID THAT THE GOAL MUST BE TO CREATE HOMES FOR THE ADULT MENTALLY DISABLED "AS CLOSE TO A NATURAL FAMILY AS POSSIBLE"

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR ALSO CALLED FOR AN URGENT EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY WITH INFORMATION "ON THE WONDERFUL QUALITIES WHICH THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED POSSESS".

THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY WAS BASICALLY WARM-HEARTED AND COMPASSIONATE, SHE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD FOUND THAT "MANY GROUPS, ONCE THEY COME TO UNDERSTAND THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, ARE VERY HAPPY TO HELP THEM".

MRS GOODSTADT ALSO STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING FAR MORE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE EMPLOYMENT AND DAY ACTIVITIES FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS ONCE THEY HAD REACHED ADULTHOOD.

"WORK IS NOT PURELY A MATTER OF ECONOMIC RETURN." SHE SAID.

IT IS THE MOST NATURAL WAY FOR AN ADULT TO LEAD A REGULAR AND SATISFYING LIFE. WITH A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND ACHIEVEMENT".

MRS GOODSTADT PRAISED THE KOWLOON UNION CHURCH’S EFFORTS IN THIS FIELD.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS GRATEFUL TO THE CHURCH FOR BEING AMONG THE FI RSI TO START WORK WITH MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS.

THE NEW HOSTEL. AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP. CREATED BY THE KOWLOON UNION CHURCH WAS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADEQUATE. FACILITIES FOR MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS. SHE ADDED.

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DISABLED PERSONS NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT

*****

IN THE PROCESS OF REHABILITATION, THE DISABLED NEED SUPPORT FROM Till- COMMUNITY, AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE FROM THE PUBLIC WOULD HELP THEM BUILD UP CONFIDENCE TO OVERCOME THEIR DISABILITIES THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR KWOK KA-CH1, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING ( I REMONY AND VARIETY SHOW OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT JOINT PROGRAMME HELD IN SUPPORT of the TERRITORY-WIDE IN 1'01(11 WITH REHABILITATION" CAMPAIGN, MR KWOK SAID HONG KONG HAD DEVELOPED A WIDE' RANGE OF REHABILITATION SERVICES TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF DISABLED PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS.

/"FOR INSTANCE........

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1989

’’FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE SEVERAL KINDS OF REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISABLED PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN.

"THESE INCLUDE EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES, SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES IN CHILD CARE CENTRES.

'"FOR THE MILDLY TO MODERATELY HANDICAPPED, THERE ARE HOME-BASED TRAINING AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT FOR THEM," HE SAID.

MR KWOK ALSO COMMENDED THE COMMUNITY OF KWUN TONG, WHICH ORGANISED A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES RECENTLY TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE POTENTIALS OF THE DISABLED.

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TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS INCREASE BY SIX PER CENT » * » ♦ »

DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1989-90, COVERING THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1989, THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT (TCU) OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 2,916 COMPLAINTS, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF SIX PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TCU SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE COMPLAINTS WERE RELATED MAINLY TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. ROAD MAINTENANCE AND ENFORCEMENT.

AS REGARDS THE ADEQUACY OF FRANCHISED BUS SERVICE. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 212 COMPLAINTS COVERING HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THERE WAS A DECREASE OF 11 CASES OR 5 PER CENT.

ON THE STANDARD OF FRANCHISED BUS SERVICE, THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 506 COMPLAINTS. A DECREASE OF 3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 519 IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THESE COMPLAINTS WERE INDIVIDUALLY TAKEN UP WITH THE BUS COMPANIES CONCERNED.

THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST TAXI SERVICE INCREASED BY 38 PER CENT FROM 390 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 539 CASES BUT A DECREASE OF 10 PER CENT WAS NOTED WHEN COMPARED WITH 601 CASES IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THE NUMBERS OF COMPLAINTS RELATED TO RAIL TRANSPORT SERVICES AND FERRY SERVICES ROSE FROM LAST QUARTER’S 58 CASES TO 92 CASES, AND FROM 25 CASES TO 31 CASES RESPECTIVELY. THE MAIN AREAS OF COMPLAINT INCLUDE INADEQUATE FREQUENCY, STAFF CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE, AND PASSENGER SERVICES AND FACILITIES.

/THE SPOKESMAN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1989

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT COMPLAINTS ABOUT ROAD CONGESTION INCREASED BY 6 PER. CENT TO 396 CASES WHICH WERE DISTRIBUTED AS FOLLOWS: 124 ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 175 IN KOWLOON, 89 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND 8 IN TUNNELS OR OTHER AREAS.

FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO ROAD CONGESTION INCLUDED TRAFFIC ENGINEERING MATTERS. VEHICLE: OBSTRUCTION AND ROAD WORKS.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES DROPPED BY 5 PER. CENT FROM 233 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 222 THIS QUARTER. THE MAJOR AREAS OF CONCERN WERE PHASING OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND TRAFFIC LANE ARRANGEMENT, AND ADDITION OF TRAFFIC SIGNS AND AIDS, AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

COMPLAINTS CONCERNING THE MAINTENANCE OF ROADS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT FROM 239 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 227 CASES. THE MAJOR AREAS OF COMPLAINTS WERE DEFECTIVE ROAD SURFACES, FAULTY TRAFFIC LIGHTS- AND .DAMAGED TRAFFIC SIGNS/AIDS.

TRAFFIC ENFIORCEMENT CASES STOOD AT 387 IN THE QUARTER, A DECREASE OF 9 CASES OR 2 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THESE WERE RELATED MAINLY TO REQUESTS FOR. ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL PARKING AND MOTORISTS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH TRAFFIC REGULATIONS. THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PRAISE

FOR CAS WORK IN

MANAGING

VHP DETENTION CENTRES

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR

SECURITY

(SATURDAY) EVENING COMMENDED THE CIVIL

, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, THIS AID SERVICES (CAS) FOR ITS

CONTRIBUTION IN MANAGING VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE DETENTION CENTRES

ADDRESSING THE 39TH RECRUITS’ PASSING-OUT PARADE

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"AND 1 SHOULD LIKE TO RECORD THE THANKS AND APPRECIATION OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OF THE COMMUNITY FOR. THE CONTRIBUTION WHICH THE CAS HAS MADE IN HELPING TO COPE WITH THIS CRISIES."

/MR ASPREY .......

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MR ASPREY SAID THIS WAS AMONG THE MANY EXAMPLES OF BACK-UP SERVICES PROVIDED BY' THE CAS TO THE REGULAR SERVICES IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY SUCH AS THOSE INVOLVING TYPHOONS, LANDSLIDES, I-IRES AND OTHER DISASTERS.

AT THE CEREMONY, HE ALSO PRESENTED CAS MEMBERS WITH CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDALS AND CLASPS, THE COMMISSIONER S COMMENDATION CERTIFICATES AND OUTSTANDING RECRUIT CERTIFICATES.

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BOOKLETS ON CFC’S AND HALONS PUBLISHED ♦ t » » »

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED THREE EXPLANATORY BOOKLETS ON CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFC’SI AND HALONS AND HOW THESE SUBSTANCES AFFECT THE OZONE LAYER OF THE EARTH.

THE BOOKLETS ARE "A GUIDE TO CFC’S AND HALONS”, "A CONCISE GUIDE TO THE OZONE LAYER PROTECTION ORDINANCE" AND "INFORMATION LEAFLET ON CFC’S AND HALONS CONTROL".

"A GUIDE TO CFC’S AND HALONS" IS A SIMPLE BOOKLET WHICH AIMS TO EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC WHAT CFC’S AND HALONS ARE, WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR, WHY THESE CHEMICALS ARE CREATING A GLOBAL PROBLEM AND HOW CAN PEOPLE ASSIST IN HELPING TO SAVE THE OZONE LAYER.

THE SECOND BOOKLET - "A CONCISE GUIDE TO THE OZONE LAYER PROTECTION ORDINANCE" - IS A SIMPLIFIED EXPLANATORY BOOKLET ON THIS HONG KONG ORDINANCE WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE ORDINANCE GIVES EFFECT TO INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AFFECTING HONG KONG UNDER THE 1985 VIENNA CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE OZONE LAYER AND THE 1987 MONTREAL PROTOCOL ON SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER.

THE ORDINANCE PROHIBITS THE MANUFACTURE OF SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER AND IMPOSES CONTROLS ON THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF THESE SUBSTANCES THROUGH REGISTRATION AND LICENSING PROVISIONS.

THE "INFORMATION LEAFLET ON CFC’S AND HALONS CONTROL" IS AIMED AT PROVIDING INFORMATION TO INDUSTRY ON THE WAY TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION, IMPORT AND EXPORT LICENCES UNDER THE OZONE LAYER PROTECTION ORDINANCE.

THE THREE BOOKLETS CAN BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, 28TH FLOOR, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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CS OPENS FEDERATION'S 35TH YOUTH CENTRE

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THE OPENING OE THE 35TH YOUTH CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS MARKS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE FEDERATION’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE A NEIGHBOURHOOD-BASED, MULTI-SERVICES COMMUNITY FACILITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE FEDERATION'S NEWEST CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE, WHICH INCORPORATES AN INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, IS LOCATED IN TSUEN WAN.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS VERY FITTING THAT ITS ESTABLISHMENT SHOULD COINCIDE WITH THE ORGANISING OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH FESTIVAL.

HE POINTED OUT THAT CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES WERE ESTABLISHED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE REALISE THEIR POTENTIAL DURING THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS.

"AS A PLACE FOR. THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, THIS CENTRE WILL FOCUS ON THE NEED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP NOT ONLY AN ANALYTICAL MIND BUT ALSO CRITICAL AND INDEPENDENT THINKING ON WIDE RANGING ISSUES OF MAJOR CONCERN.

"THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THIS CENTRE, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF COMMITMENT AND BELONGING TO HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

COMMENTING THAT THE CONCEPT OF COMBINING A YOUTH CENTRE WITH AN INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE WAS BOTH LOGICAL AND FUNCTIONAL, SIR DAVID SAID THE CENTRI WOULD PROVIDE A FOCAL POINT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MEET AND CHANNEL THEIR ENERGIES TOWARDS WORTHWHILE ACTIVITIES.

SIR DAVID ALSO SAID THAT SINCE THE FEDERATION WAS FOUNDED IN I960 IT HAD BEEN ONE OF THE MAIN PROVIDERS OF YOUTH SERVICES WHICH INCLUDED CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES, OUTREACH ING SOCIAL WORK, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK, FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND YOUTH COUNSELLING.

"THE SIMULTANEOUS OPENING TODAY OF THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE CONTINUING EFFORTS OF THE FEDERATION IN PROVIDING RECREATION-FACILITIES TO MEET THE DIVERSIFIED NEEDS OF THE LOCAL POPULATION," HE SAID.

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55,000 VISIT CAREERS ’90 EXHIBITION

*****

MORE THAN 55.000 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED THE "CAREERS '90 EXHIBITION" AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL SINCE IT WAS OPENED ON DECEMBER 2.

"JOB-SEEKERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS. SHOULD SEIZE THIS VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE CAREERS INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE FROM THE VARIOUS PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS," A LABOUR OFFICER OF THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. MRS NORA YEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN FROM 9.30 AM TO 6.30 PM DAILY UNTIL MONDAY (DECEMBER 11) AT THE EXHIBITION GALLERY AND THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL.

THIS YEAR. 23 ORGANISATIONS FROM THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SOCIAL SERVICE SECTORS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE TAKING PART IN THE EXHIBITION WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

"VIDEOS INTRODUCING DIFFERENT TRADES AND ORGANISATIONS ARE SHOWN HOURLY EVERY DAY." MRS YEUNG SAID.

"WORK DEMONSTRATIONS AND OUTDOOR DISPLAYS WILL BE STAGED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND THE NEW TOWN PLAZA." SHE ADDED.

MRS YEUNG ALSO REMINDED VISITORS THAT A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IS BEING HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXHIBITION.

ENTRIES. WHICH SHOULD DEPICT THE EXHIBITION AND ITS OUTDOOR DEMONSTRATIONS. MAY BE IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE AND SHOULD BE MOUNTED ON CARDBOARD AND MEASURE 20.3 CM BY 25.4 CM (8R).

THE TOP THREE WINNERS WILL EACH BE AWARDED A CAMERA. WHILE THE FIRST 100 ENTRIES RECEIVED WILL EARN THEIR ENTRANTS A SOUVENIR.

ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE AT 16TH FLOOR. SOUTHORN CENTRE. 130 HENNESSY ROAD. WAN CHAI, BY DECEMBER 23.

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- 11 -.JOB BAZAAR PLANNED FOR THEN MUN ♦ * t * ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A JOB BAZAAR TN TURN MUN EARLY NEXT YEAR TO HELP EASE THE CURRENT LABOUR SHORTAGE.

' i

ACCORDING TO SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE),.’ MR JOHN SUNG, THE JOB BAZAAR IS A COLLECTIVE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN DESIGNED TO HELP EMPLOYERS PUBLICISE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND TO ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE TO TAKE UP NEW OR ALTERNATE EMPLOYMENT.

"IT ALSO PROVIDES IMMEDIATE. CORDIAL AND DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND JOB-SEEKERS, THUS REDUCING THEIR TIME EITHER IN FILLING VACANCIES OR SEEKING EMPLOYMENT," MR SUNG SAID.

"THE DEPARTMENT HAS ORGANISED FOUR SIMILAR EVENTS IN THE URBAN AREAS AND SHA TIN SINCE LAST YEAR. WHICH WERE ALL WELL-RECEIVED," HE NOTED.

THIS TIME, THE ACTIVITY WILL RE HELD IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA FROM MARCH 9 TO 12.

"IT IS PLANNED PARTICULARLY TO COINCIDE WITH THE RECRUITMENT BOOM AFTER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR," MR SUNG SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE BAZAAR WOULD ACCOMMODATE UP TO 15 EXHIBITORS, WITH ONLY ONE TO TWO FIRMS FROM EACH TRADE OR INDUSTRY.

"THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES WILL COME FROM A WIDE CROSS SECTION Ol COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AND THAT A GOOD RANGE OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE DISPLAYED," HE EXPLAINED.

"FOR THIS REASON," HE SAID, "INTERESTED COMPANIES SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS IMMEDIATELY AS ACCEPTANCE FOR ENROLMENT WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS."

EACH PARTICIPATING COMPANY WILL OCCUPY AN EXHIBITION BOOTH WHICH CAN BE FITTED OUT ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING THE USE OF AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS.

COMPANIES WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE BY 5 PM ON DECEMBER 11 (MONDAY) ON TEL. 0-1140652 OR 0-1920154.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1989

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FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON SHOW IN SHA TIN

A DEMONSTRATION AND DISPLAY OF SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED ES IN dealing with fires and other EMERGENCIES WILL. I’• I STAGED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMEN I IN SHA FIN TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE VENUE WILL BE THE OPEN AREA BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND THE NEW TOWN PLAZA.

PART OF ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE CAREERS EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY HIE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE SHOW IS INTENDED TO INTR0,™CE THE WORK OF THE FIRE SERVICES TO Till' PUBLIC. IT WILL BE HELD FROM

-10.30 AM TO 4.30 PM.

OF HURST RESCUE TOOL A HEIGHT BY USING A AND RESCUE OF INJURED CUTTING EQUIPMENT.

THE DEMONSTRATION WILL INCLUDE THE USE AND RESCUE RATCHET. RESCUE OF PEOPLE FROM TURNTABLE LADDER AND AN HYDRAULIC PLATFORM, PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE A VEHICLE, USING ADVANCED

APPLIANCES ON DISPLAY WTLI INCLUDE AN HYDRAULIC PLATFORM, A TURNTABLE LADDER. AN AMBULANCE, AN AMBULANCE AID MOTORCYCLE, A MOBILE CASUALTY TREATMENT CENTRE, AND A MOBILE COMMAND UNIT.

EQUIPMENT USED IN DEALING WITH VARIOUS EMERGENCIES, INCLUDING FIRES, LANDSLIDES, TRAFFIC ACC I DENTS, HOUSE COLLAPSES AND MOUNTAIN RESCUES, WILL BE ON DISPLAY.

PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICTING THE HISTORY OF THE FIRE SERVICES, NOTABLE FIRES, AND FIRE FIGHTING AT SEA, FROM Till AIR AND ON LAND WILL BE EXHIBITED.

A TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT CINTRF WILL BE SET UP WHERE INTERESTED PERSONS WILL BE GIVEN MEASUREMENT AND EYESIGHT TESTS.

FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND WILL ALSO DEMONSTRATE HOW TO OPERATE SOME COMMON TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DEMONSTRATION TO BE STAGED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT NEAR SHA TIN TOWN HALL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) BETWEEN 10.30 AM AND 4.30 PM.

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TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL ENDS * * * t *

THE MONTH-LONG TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL CONCLUDED THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING WITH PERFORMANCES BY HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN MARTIAL ARTS TEAMS.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY. THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER. MR WILLIAM SHIU, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR ORGANISING THE FESTIVAL.

"ABOUT 40 EVENTS WERE HELD TN A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES WHICH STARTED ON NOVEMBER I. THESE PROGRAMMES PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR.

"THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED VOLLEYBALL AND TABLE TENNIS DEMONSTRATIONS BY TRAMS FROM CHINA AND A BOXING COMPETITION,” HE SAID.

THE 11TII TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL WAS PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD. THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE FEDERATION OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION.

EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO OVER $1 MILLION, WITH $300,000 COMING FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, $350,000 FROM THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND THE REMAINDER FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MR CHUNG PUI-LAM TODAY (SATURDAY)

CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP PUBLICITY IN SUPPORT OF THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT SCHEME.

MR CHUNG, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT, POINTED OUT THAT RESIDENTS SHOULD HAVE SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT BECAUSE "IT IS THE BUSINESS OF EVERY ONE IN THE COMMUNITY”.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, MR CHUNG CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR RUNNING MORE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

"THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT HAS ALREADY DECIDED TO LAUNCH A COMPREHENSIVE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

"THIS WILL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF OWNERS CORPORATIONS, WAYS TO HANDLE ROUTINE AND MAJOR MATTERS AND RELATED LEGISLATION," HE ADDED.

/TURNING TO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1989

TURNING TO MAJOR PROJECTS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT, MR CHUNG SAID TOWN RE-DEVELOPMENT, RECLAMATIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS OF NEW TOWNS WOULD ACCELERATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF VARIOUS TYPES OF RESIDENTIAL FLATS AND COMMERCIAL CENTRES.

"THIS WILL, IN PARTICULAR, BE THE CASE IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT FOLLOWING THE WALLED CITY CLEARANCE, WHICH IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED SOON, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE KAT TAK AIRPORT SITE," HE SAID.

MR CHUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE COMPLETION OF MORE BUILDINGS WOULD UNDERLINE THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD BUILDING MANAGEMENT, WHICH, HE ADDED, "IS CLOSELY RELATED TO THE WELL-BEING OF EVERY ONE IN THE COMMUNITY".

EARLIER, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DUNCAN PESCOD, GAVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT’S BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, WHICH WAS SET UP IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR TO ASSIST LOCAL RESIDENTS IN IMPROVING THEIR BUILDILNG MANAGEMENT.

MR PESCOD POINTED OUT THAT IMPROVEMENTS TN BUILDING MAINTENANCE, FIRE PRECAUTION MEASURES AND ENVIRONMENT HAD BEEN MADE IN MORE THAN 10 RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, COVERED BY AN IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME BEING RUN BY THE TEAM.

"THE ACHIEVEMENTS, HOWEVER, CAN ALSO BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE FULL CO-OPERATION BY OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES TN THE AREAS," HE ADDED.

IN CONCLUSION, HE SAID THE TEAM WOULD CONTINUE CARRYING OUT IMPROVEMENTS TO A FURTHER 12 TARGETTED BUILDINGS IN THE COMING SIX MONTHS.

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AFTER THE CEREMONY, TWO PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERTS GAVE TALKS TO MORE THAN 100 OFFICE-BEARERS OF OWNERS CORPORATIONS, AND OFFICERS FROM THE POLICE AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TALKED ON HOME SECURITY AND FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES RESPECTIVELY.

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TSEUNG KWAN O SUB-OFFICE MOVES TO NEW ADDRESS

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THE TSEUNG KWAN O SUB-OFFICE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE WILL START OPERATING FROM ITS NEW PREMISES AT FLAT 121-122, GROUND FLOOR. PO NING HOUSE. PO LAM ESTATE. ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 11).

THE OPENING HOURS ARE FROM 8.30 AM TO 12.45 PM AND FROM 1.45 PM TO 5.15 PM ON MONDAYS TO THURSDAYS, UNTIL 4.45 PM ON FRIDAYS. AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7013218.

/THE SUB-OFFICE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1989

THE SUB-OFFICE OPERATES A PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE COUNTER TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO RESIDENTS.

THESE INCLUDE ADMINISTERING DECLARATIONS. THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME. RENT OFFICER SCHEME. AND ANSWERING ENQUIRIES CONCERNING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. TO SAVE WAITING TIME. RESIDENTS CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS BY TELEPHONE, FOR THE DECLARATION SERVICE.

THE SERVICE COUNTER ALSO DISTRIBUTES GOVERNMENT FORMS. PUBLICATIONS. FACT SHEETS. PAMPHLETS. LEAFLETS. AND ENROLMENT FORMS OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND PRF-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS. AT PRESENT. IT IS ASSISTING IN Till' DISTRIBUTION OF OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE APPLICATION FORMS.

RESIDENTS CAN ALSO APPROACH THE SUB-OFFICE TO MAKE SIMPLE COMPLAINTS REGARDING TRANSPORT. RECREATION FACILITIES. EDUCATION. MEDICAL SERVICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT: AND TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT VACANCIES REGISTERED AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND IN THE CIVIL SERVICE AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON GENERAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TSEUNG KWAN O.

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RECIPIENTS OF PUBI.lt ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE HOLDING CASH ORDER BOOK MAY RECEIVE EARLIER WELFARE PAYMENT IF THEIR PAYMENT DATES FALL ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BETWEEN DECEMBER 24 AND 26.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THEY MAY' CASH THEIR COUPONS ON DECEMBER 21 AND 23 RESPECTIVELY. OR AFTER AT THEIR. DESIGNATED POST OFFICES. NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

RECIPIENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE UNDER THE BANK PAYMENT SYSTEM WHOSE PAY DAY FALLS ON DECEMBER 25 WILL ALSO HAVE THEIR PAYMENT ADVANCED TO DECEMBER 22.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DRAKE STREET * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT DRAKE STREET BETWEEN COTTON TREE DRIVE AND TAMAR STREET IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 11) FOR THREE DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE. MOTORISTS ON WESTBOUND HARCOURT ROAD HEADING FOR DRAKE STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA COTTON TREE DRIVE. .QUEENSWAY AND TAMAR STREET.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK. THE OUTERMOST LANES OF TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND NEAR KAI LENG ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 11 TO 13).

THE OUTERMOST LANE OF TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND NEAR WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 18 TO 20.

MEANWHILE. TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS, THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO PAN CHUNG VILLAGE FROM PO HEUNG STREET, TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 11).

FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE. MOTORISTS MAY USE THE NEW ACCESS ROAD FROM WAN TAU STREET TO GAIN ACCESS TO PAN CHUNG VILLAGE.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 11). NAM CHEONG STREET FLYOVER TN SHAM SHUT PO, AND THE SECTION OF LUNG PING ROAD LEADING FROM NAM CHEONG STREET FLYOVER TO A POINT ABOUT 300 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED LEARNER DRIVERS BAN ZONES 24 HOURS DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE MORE EFFECTIVE PLANNING ........................... 1

AREA COMMITTEES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ................... 2

YOUTH FESTIVAL - SAYING IT WITH 10,000 SLOGANS ................................ 3

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CONTRIBUTE TO FUTURE .................................... 4

'PITCH-IN' ACTIVITY AT KOWLOON PARK ........................................... 5

ILLEGAL HAWKING IN SHA TIN ON AGENDA .......................................... 6

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ............................ 6

EDUCATION MATTERS ON AGENDA ................................................... 7

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CLEARANCE OF STRUCTURES ............................... 7

WORKERS, CONTRACTOR FINED FOR DANGEROUS ACT ................................... 8

CIVIC EDUCATION CROSSWORD PUZZLE FOR C & W RESIDENTS .......................... 9

COLOURING CONTEST TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY ...................................... 9

PHOTO COMPETITION ON DISTRICT FESTIVAL EVENTS ................................ 10

NOVEMBER WEATHER DOMINATED BY ANTICYCLONE AND MONSOON ........................ 11

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS ....................... 14

RECLAMATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF SEAWALL PROPOSED ............................. 15

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NEW DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE MORE EFFECTIVE PLANNING

THE CREATION OF THE PLA' ! ING DEPARTMENT IS TO PRODUCE A SINGLE PLANNING AGENCY THAT CAN DEAL MORE AUTHORITATIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY WITH ALL PLANNING MATTERS.

THE NEW DEPARTMENT’S DIRECTOR, MR ROBERT UPTON, SAID THAT HIS DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES WILL COVER PLANNING FOR ALL THE LAND USE REQUIREMENTS OF HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT COVERING BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS.

THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL ON JANUARY 1.

BY THEN, RESPONSIBILITIES AND STAFF FOR PLANNING WILL BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH (PELB), THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT (BLD) AND THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (TDD) TO THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVED ON FRIDAY THE CREATION OF THE POSTS OF DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND TWO CHIEF TOWN PLANNERS WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 1, ONE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER AND TWO CHIEF TOWN PLANNERS FROM JANUARY 1, AND ANOTHER CHIEF TOWN PLANNER FROM APRIL 1.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO APPROVED THE TRANSFER OF A NUMBER OF DIRECTORATE POSTS AND NON-DTRECTORATE POSTS FROM PELB, BLD AND TDD TO THE NEW DEPARTMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT IS OF THE VIEW THAT A CENTRAL PLANNING ORGANISATION IS CALLED FOR TO COPE WITH THE CHANGING PATTERN OF DEVELOPMENT AND APPROACHES TO PLANNING IN HONG KONG.

THE CHANGES INCLUDE SUCH MATTERS AS INCREASING EMPHASIS ON LARGE-SCALE REDEVELOPMENT AND RESTRUCTURING OF THE OLDER URBAN AREAS, THE NEED TO UPGRADE RURAL AREAS, THE PROVISION OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT OF THE TERRITORY THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF MAJOR TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES RELATED TO THE PORT AND THE AIRPORT, AND THE GENERAL NEED TO IMPROVE LAND USE/TRANSPORT RELATIONSHIP.

"THE PLANNING ISSUES INVOLVED ARE COMPLEX AND INTER-RELATED.

"THIS DEMANDS GREATER INTEGRATION ON THE ONE HAND BETWEEN PLANNING AT THE STRATEGIC, SUB-REGIONAL AND DISTRICT LEVELS TO ENSURE SMOOTH IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANNING PROPOSALS AND ON THE OTHER HAND AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL BETWEEN THE FUNCTIONS OF STATUTORY PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT CONTROL AND ACTION PLANNING," MR UPTON SAID.

HE SAID THERE WILL BE DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICERS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE TERRITORY WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL DISTRICT PLANNING MATTERS, STATUTORY AND NON-STATUTORY, IN THEIR OWN AREAS.

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"THE METRO AREA WILL HAVE A DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE EACH FOR HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN,” MR UPTON SAID.

"IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THERE WILL BE FOUR DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICES - SAI KUNG AND TSEUNG KWAN O, SHA TIN AND NORTH EAST, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG AND LANTAU AND ISLANDS.

"THE LANTAU AND ISLANDS DPO WILL BE HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTH LANTAU ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW AIRPORT AND PORT."

MR UPTON EXPLAINED THAT THE FORMATION OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, AND THAT ALL APPLICATIONS AND OBJECTIONS MADE UNDER THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD IN MURRAY BUILDING.

THE DIRECTOR ALSO SAID THE CENTRAL INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION UNIT, WHICH IS NOW UNDER THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY A PLANNING INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION SECTION, LOCATED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, TO BE HEADED BY A CHIEF TOWN PLANNER.

"THE UNIT’S TASK WILL INCLUDE PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL ADVICE IN RESPONSE TO QUERIES ABOUT STATUTORY PROCEDURES AND OTHER PLANNING MATTERS," HE ADDED.

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AREA COMMITTEES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

AREA COMMITTEES (AC’S), AS PART OF THE ESTABLISHED STRUCTURE IN THE COMMUNITY, PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HANG HAU '89 CARNIVAL, MR TONG SAID THE FUNCTION OF THE AC’S WAS TO GIVE OPINIONS AND MAKE SUGGESTIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT CONCERNING WAYS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY FACILITIES, AND TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ WELFARE AND LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

"THE AC’S ALSO PROVIDE A GOOD CHANNEL FOR LOCAL PEOPLE TO DISCUSS CURRENT AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES.

"AS AC MEMBERS COME FROM DIFFERENT PROFESSIONS AND ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEIR OWN AREA, THEY ARE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING VALUABLE ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON AREA MATTERS," HE SAID.

MR TONG PRAISED THE HANG HAU AREA COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS FORMED LAST YEAR, FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS AND PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

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THE HANG HAU ’89 CARNIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE HANG HAU AREA COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, WAS AIMED AT HELPING THE VILLAGERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE WORK OF THE AC.

THE CARNIVAL, WHICH INCLUDED AN EXHIBITION, GAMES STALLS AND A VARIETY SHOW, ATTRACTED ABOUT 2,000 VILLAGERS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; DIVISIONAL COMMANDER OF THE SAI KUNG POLICE STATION, MR FILIPE DE OLIVEIRA; CHAIRMAN OF THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR SING HON-KEUNG; AND PRESIDENT OF THE HANG HAU '89 CARNIVAL, MR ALEX BLUM.

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YOUTH FESTIVAL - SAYING IT WITH 10.000 SLOGANS

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MORE THAN 10.000 TALENTED YOUNG SLOGAN WRITERS TOOK PART IN A RECENT SLOGAN COMPETITION BASED ON THE THEME. "WE ARE HONG KONG."

THE COMPETITION FORMED PART OF ACTIVITIES TN THE CURRENT YOUTH FESTIVAL AND WAS ORGANISED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF A CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

"IT HAS MADE A MAGNIFICJENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE YOUTH FESTIVAL." THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN. MR ERIC LI. SAID WHEN HE ANNOUNCED THE 34 WINNERS TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE COMPETITION - TARGETTED AT THE 10 TO 30 AGE GROUP - WAS AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS. MR LI SAID. ADDING THAT MANY OF THE SLOGANS WOULD BE USED TO PUBLICISE EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FESTIVAL.

THE COMPETITION. IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE. WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS - SENIOR AND JUNIOR.

WINNERS IN THE SENIOR SECTION WERE HAU MAN-HIM (CHINESE) AND LUK SZE-MAN (ENGLISH).

THE JUNIOR SECTION WINNERS WERE EUNG BIK-YEE (CHINESE) AND HUI LAP-YIN (ENGLISH).

ALL FOUR WERE EACH GIVEN CASH AWARDS RANGING FROM $1,500 TO $2,000 WHILE THE OTHER WINNERS RECEIVED BOOK COUPONS. CERTIFICATES AND CASH AWARDS.

A SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEING THE "MOST ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPATING ORGANISATION" WAS GIVEN TO THE KOWLOON CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SCHOOL FOR SUBMITTING 571 ENTRIES ON BEHALF OF ITS STUDENTS.

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THE PANEL OF JUDGES INCLUDED LOCAL PERSONALITY MS SIAO FONG-FONG. RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CHAN YUK-CHEUNG. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, VIRGINIA ('HAN, AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE KONG LI CHI-HO. ALSO TAKING PART TN THE JUDGING WAS KWOK KA-MING. THE CONVENER OF THE COMMITTEE’S PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP.

POINTS WERE GIVEN ACCORDING TO ORIGINALITY. THEME

INTERPRETATION, USE OF VOCABULARY, STYLE AND RHYMING PATTERN.

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CONTRIBUTE TO FUTURE

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO FULFIL THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE IN SOCIETY AND BE COMMITTED TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

MR SHUM SAID YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERN FOR THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS AS WELL AS THEIR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY HAD TAKEN ON MORE SIGNIFICANCE AT THIS TIME OF TRANSITION.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH DAY HELD TN VICTORIA PARK TO COINCIDE WITH THE CURRENT YOUTH FESTIVAL.

SEVERAL HUNDRED YOUNG PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED IN ORGANISING THE FUNCTION WHICH WAS SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND 10 YOUTH SERVICE AGENCIES.

THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING A YOUTH FORUM, STREET DRAMA AND EXHIBITION, AIMED TO BRING OUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER AND BALANCED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, MR SHUM NOTED.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THREE OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE DISTRICT RECEIVED AWARDS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTARY WORK.

THE TRIO, 28-YEAR-OLD POLICEMAN MR CHOW FUK-KEUNG, 19-YEAR-OLD FORM SEVEN STUDENT MISS HUANG HAT-YEN, AND 17-YEAR-OLD FORM SIX STUDENT MISS NG YUEN-YEE, WERE SELECTED FROM AMONG 56 NOMINEES.

THEIR PRIZES INCLUDE AN EIGHT-DAY STUDY TRIP TO SINGAPORE AND A TROPHY.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE ACTING EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CHANG KI NG-YIU, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON THE YOUTH FESTIVAL, MR ERIC LI.

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’PITCH-IN’ ACTIVITY AT KOWLOON PARK *****

VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY TODAY (SUNDAY) DEMONSTRATED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN BY PARTICIPATING IN FROLICS ’89 AT THE KOWLOON PARK.

FROLICS ’89, OFFERING A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES, IS A MAJOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECT ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, DR PANG HOK-TUEN, SAID: ’’THE COMMITTEE PLACES GREAT EMPHASIS ON PROMOTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS AS A WAY TO EDUCATE THE MASS PUBLIC ON THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IN KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN.”

HE SAID THE VAST NUMBER OF DISTRICT BOARDS, COMMUNITY AND COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS TAKING PART IN TODAY’S EVENT SHOWED THEY SUPPORTED THE PITCH-IN SPIRIT.

AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THESE ORGANISATIONS FORMED 29 TEAMS TO DRAW A BIG MURAL DEPICTING A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT WHILE THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE SHARED KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES AND ENJOYED THE FUN OF A CARNIVAL.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT OF FROLICS ’89 IS A WASTE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION. HELD IN THE INDOOR GAMES HALL OF KOWLOON PARK.

THE EXHIBITION INCLUDES THE WINNING ENTRIES IN A WASTE SCULPTURE COMPETITION ORGANISED EARLIER BY THE COMMITTEE. ALSO ON DISPLAY ARE THREE ’’NEWSPAPER CHILDREN” BY AMERICAN SCULPTOR, MR DAVID FINN.

THE WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION WERE AWARDED PRIZES AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN UNTIL JANUARY 3, AND WILL ALSO BE STAGED IN TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL FROM JANUARY .5 TO 13. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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ILLEGAL HAWKING IN SHA TIN ON AGENDA * * * * *

THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL HAWKING IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 12).

A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WILL ASK WHY THERE HAS BEEN NO IMPROVEMENT IN THE SITUATION.

ANOTHER MEMBER WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF SERVING SUMMONSES ON DRIVERS WHO PARK THEIR CARS ILLEGALLY IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE LACK OF COVER IN OPEN AREAS IN SOME RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE DISCUSSED.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS THE DEFACING OF THE TWIN-TOWER PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS AS A RESULT OF RESIDENTS INSTALLING THEIR OWN ANTI-BURGLARY DEVICES IN COMMON AREAS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY I DECEMBER 12) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS *****

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE PROGRESS OF THE MINOR. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROGRESS OF THE DISTRICT’S COMPREHENSIVE SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.

A DOCUMENT ON "WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE A NOISE ABATEMENT NOTICE?" WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

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EDUCATION MATTERS ON AGENDA * * * * *

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 1989-90 FROM MEMBERS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICE COMMITTEE AT A MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE PAPER CONTAINS REPORTS ON CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, LANGUAGE EDUCATION, AND PROVISION OF SCHOOL PLACES IN TUEN MUN.

A PAPER SUBMITTED BY NINE MEMBERS ASKING THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE AFTER-SCHOOL CARE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE ON THE AGENDA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN Hl ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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IN NGAU CHI MEETING OF (DECEMBER 12)

THE CLEARANCE OF STRUCTURES ON HILL SLOPES VILLAGE TN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE DISCUSSED AT A DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE ON TUESDAY

WAN

THE

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO CLEAR THE STRUCTURES IN MARCH AND PROVIDE THE RESIDENTS WITH ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS.

A PAPER, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE REQUESTING RELAXATION OF THE RESIDENCE ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING FOR SQUATTER AREAS RESIDENTS, WILL BE DISCUSSED.

ALSO CONSIDER ALLOCATING $3,000 FOR TRIMMING UNITED VILLAGE AND HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE, AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS IN TAI HOM NORTH VILLAGE.

MEMBERS WILL GRASS IN CHUK YUEN ANOTHER $5,000 FOR

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE SQUATTER AREAS CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN AND MINOR WORKS PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS A REPORT ON MISCELLANEOUS CASES OF LANDSLIP OR MUDSLIP, STRUCTURAL FAILURE, AND FIRE IN THE DISTRICT'S SQUATTER AREAS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE, TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 12) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS ARE BOTH RESPONSIBLE SAFETY ON CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER THE LAW, A SPOKESMAN DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT IT WAS PARTICULARLY WORKERS TO REFRAIN FROM PRACTICES WHICH MIGHT ENDANGER OTHER PEOPLE ON SITE.

FOR ENSURING

FOR THE LABOUR

IMPORTANT FOR

THEMSELVES OR

HE NOTED THAT IN A RECENT CASE HEARD AT THE KWUN TONG MAGISTRACY, TWO WORKERS WERE EACH FINED $500 FOR UNSAFE ACTS WHEN USING A CRANE AT A BUILDING SITE.

DURING A SITE VISIT, TWO FACTORY INSPECTORS HAD FOUND A WORKER LIFTED BY A LORRY-MOUNTED CRANE FROM THE GROUND TO THE FIRST FLOOR CANOPY OF A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

BOTH THE WORKER AND THE CRANE OPERATOR WERE PROSECUTED UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR OF THE SITE, WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING THE WORKERS, WAS ALSO PROSECUTED, AND FINED $3,000.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE UNSAFE ACT IN THIS CASE COULD HAVE LED TO SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES OR EVEN LOSS OF LIFE.

’’THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR OFFENCES OF THIS NATURE IS $50,000,” HE ADDED.

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CIVIC EDUCATION CROSSWORD PUZZLE FOR C & W RESIDENTS

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS CAN NOW ENTER A BILINGUAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE CONTEST TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE MID-LEVELS (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG YWCA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE CONTEST WOULD ATTEMPT TO INCREASE PARTICIPANTS1 INTEREST AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE TERRITORY'S AFFAIRS WITH A VIEW TO BETTER EQUIPPING THEM TO FACE UP TO FUTURE CHALLENGES.

’’ANY PERSON LIVING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE DISTRICT IS WELCOME TO JOIN EITHER THE ENGLISH OR THE CHINESE SECTION OF THE CONTEST OR BOTH SECTIONS," HE ADDED.

A TOTAL OF 100 WINNERS FROM EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED ATTRACTIVE SOUVENIRS.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S THREE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES AT HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) AND IN BELCHER’S STREET, AS WELL AS AT THE WESTERN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN WESTERN STREET.

THE ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE YOUTH WORK AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE HONG KONG YWCA, SECOND FLOOR, WAH CHEONG BUILDING, 1 GLEANEALY, CENTRAL, BEFORE JANUARY 15.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523499 OR 5-223101.

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A COLOURING CONTEST IS BRING HELD IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT TO SPREAD THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE TO CHILDREN STUDYING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (SUNDAY): "PARENTS CAN EXPLAIN TO THEIR CHILDREN HOW TO USE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS PROPERLY WHILE THE CHILDREN COLOUR THE DRAWING."

"IT IS BETTER TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP GOOD ROAD-USING HABITS WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG THAN TO CORRECT WRONG HABITS WHEN THEY HAVE GROWN UP," HE ADDED.

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COPIES OF THE DRAWING ARE AVAILABLE AT YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD AND ITS TSIM SHA. TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD. ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE RETURNED BY JANUARY 4 NEXT YEAR.

TOYS AND OTHER ATTRACTIVE PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS.

ANOTHER ACTIVITY BEING PLANNED BY THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE IS A CARNIVAL TO BE HELD IN THE KOWLOON PARK NEXT MONTH.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO STUDIED THE SITUATION AT TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT AND RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS TO ROAD CROSSING FACILITIES.

THE CAMPAIGN IS SPONSORED BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD AND HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT, THE POLICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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THE SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS’ FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, IS ORGANISING A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ON THE DISTRICT’S FESTIVAL WHICH BEGAN YESTERDAY AND WILL LAST UNTIL JANUARY 8.

PHOTOGRAPHS ENTERED IN THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT THE THEME OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL, WHICH IS ON "YOUTH EDUCATION”. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE CAPABLE OF DEPICTING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VARIOUS COLOURFUL EVENTS HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS - THE PROJECTION PRINT SECTION AND THE MASKING PRINT SECTION. PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE FORMER GROUP SHOULD MEASURE 9 CM BY 13 CM WHILE THOSE IN THAT LATTER GROUP SHOULD MEASURE 20 CM BY 25 CM. MASKING PRINTS MUST BE MOUNTED ON FRAMES MEASURING 25 CM BY 30 CM.

BOTH BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JANUARY 10 TO FEBRUARY 10 AT THE SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS’ FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION ON THE THIRD FLOOR, 144 CASTLE PEAK ROAD. THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHS A PARTICIPANT MAY ENTER.

AN OPEN ADJUDICATION WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 17 AT THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL CELEBRATION BANQUET. WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY AT THE FUNCTION AND ALSO AT AN EXHIBITION IN MARCH.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION AND DETAILS ABOUT FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE IN TONKIN STREET AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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THE WEATHER IN NOVEMBER WAS DOMINATED BY THE ASIATIC CONTINENTAL ANTICYCLONE AND THE ASSOCIATED MONSOON, ACCORDING TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S MONTHLY REPORT RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY).

AS A RESULT, THE MONTHLY MEAN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE OF 1,019.7 HECTOPASCALS (HPA) TN HONG KONG WAS THE FIFTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR NOVEMBER, AND THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED ON FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS.

RAIN DURING THE MONTH WAS MOSTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ONSET OF THE WINTER MONSOON SURGES. THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 20.3 MILLIMETRES WAS 59 PER CENT OF THE NORMAL FIGURE OF 34.7 MILLIMETRES.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 AMOUNTED TO 1,904.4 MILLIMETRES, 13 PERCENT BELOW THE FIGURE OF 2,199.4 MILLIMETRES NORMALLY EXPECTED FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

THE MONTH STARTED OFF WITH SOME MORNING RAIN ON NOVEMBER 1 AS THE MONSOON FRESHENED FROM THE EAST. THE GENERALLY CLOUDY WEATHER GRADUALLY GAVE WAY TO SUNNY SKIES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND LIGHT RAIN WAS MAINLY CONFINED TO THE NIGHT HOURS.

AS THE MONSOON RELENTED, FINE WEATHER PREVAILED ON NOVEMBER 5 ' AND 6. WARMING BY INSOLATION CAUSED TEMPERATURES ON THE LATTER DAY TO CLIMB TO A MAXIMUM OF 28.2 DEGREES, THE HIGHEST FOR THE MONTH.

THE EASTERLIES FRESHENED AGAIN ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 7 AND THE WEATHER TURNED CLOUDIER. A WEAK COLD FRONT CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 8 AND BROUGHT TRACES OF RAINFALL.

AS THE DRY CONTINENTAL AIR BECAME ESTABLISHED OVER THE COASTAL AREAS, CLOUDS BROKE DURING THE DAY ON NOVEMBER 9.

FURTHER REPLENISHMENT OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 10 AND NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL. THE WEATHER STAYED FINE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS DESPITE SOME LIGHT DRIZZLE DURING THE NIGHTS.

MEANWHILE, THE WINTER MONSOON WAS PUSHING SOUTHWARDS VIA TWO ROUTES. THE EASTERLIES WHICH ROUNDED THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN CHINA ARRIVED FIRST ON THE AFTERNOON OF NOVEMBER 13. THE NORTHERLIES TRAVELLED OVER LAND AND REACHED THE COAST ABOUT 12 HOURS LATER.

RAIN STARTED ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 13 AND LASTED TILL THE NEXT MORNING. CONDITIONS WERE GENERALLY CLOUDY WITH SOME BRIGHT PERIODS IN THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS.

THE WEATHER THEN TURNED FINE ON NOVEMBER 16 AND, APART FROM A CLOUDIER DAY ON NOVEMBER 19, REMAINED SO UNTIL NOVEMBER 21.

ALTHOUGH ANOTHER SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 17, IT DID NOT BRING ANY DETERIORATION IN THE WEATHER.

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HOWEVER, THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL HAD TO BE HOISTED TWICE ON NOVEMBER 18 DUE TO THE STRONG NORTHERLIES. THE FREQUENT SURGES OF THE WINTER MONSOON SINCE NOVEMBER 7 GAVE RISE TO PROGRESSIVELY COOLER CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT WITH THE DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURES REGISTERING A GENERALLY DOWNWARD TREND DURING THIS PERIOD.

MEANWHILE, TYPHOON HUNT WEAKENED AS IT SWEPT ACROSS THE PHILIPPINES ON NOVEMBER 22 AND DISSIPATED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. FOR DAYS, THE BAND OF CLOUDS BROUGHT IN BY HUNT LINGERED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA COASTAL WATERS.

BEING ON THE FRINGE OF THIS CLOUD BAND, LOCAL WEATHER TURNED CLOUDY ON NOVEMBER 22. THE RAIN AREA WITHIN THE CLOUD BAND EVENTUALLY MOVED IN ON NOVEMBER 25 AS THE REMNANT OF HUNT DRIFTED TOWARDS THE VIETNAM COAST.

COUPLED WITH THE FRESHENING OF THE EASTERLIES EARLY ON NOVEMBER 26, THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY WITH INTERMITTENT LIGHT RAIN UNTIL NOVEMBER 27.

LATER IN THE EVENING ON NOVEMBER 27, AN INTENSE SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON REACHED THE COASTAL AREAS AND NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN THE MONTH. THE ARRIVAL OF COLD AND DRY CONTINENTAL AIR RESULTED IN A CLEARANCE OF CLOUDS AND A MARKED DROP IN TEMPERATURE.

BY THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 29, TEMPERATURES AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY FELL TO A MINIMUM OF 12.3 DEGREES, THE LOWEST FOR THE MONTH AND THE LOWEST SO FAR THIS WINTER.

ELSEWHERE IN THE TERRITORY, THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURES RECORDED THAT MORNING WERE 10.6 DEGREES AT LAU FAU SHAN, 9.9 DEGREES AT TUEN MUN, 8.8 DEGREES AT SHA TIN, AND 6.4 DEGREES AT TA KWU LING.

EVEN LOWER TEMPERATURES OF 8.0 DEGREES AND 4.3 DEGREES WERE RECORDED AT SHA TIN AND TA KWU LING RESPECTIVELY ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 30.

SUNNY AND VERY DRY WEATHER PREVAILED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. NEARLY 400 CASES OF FIRE, OF WHICH AROUND 160 CASES WERE HILL FIRES, WERE REPORTED DURING THE PERIOD.

DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 18 TO 19, 22. AND 28 TO 30. THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR NOVEMBER 11 TO 13, 14 TO 15, 18, 25, AND 26.

A TOTAL OF THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH.

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SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS WEATHER FOLLOWS:

SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE/TIME OF HOISTING DATE/TIME OF LOWERING

WINTER STRONG MONSOON MONSOON NOVEMBER 10 10 PM NOVEMBER 11 7.40 AM

WINTER STRONG MONSOON MONSOON NOVEMBER 18 10 AM NOVEMBER 18 1 PM

WINTER STRONG MONSOON MONSOON NOVEMBER 18 10.10 PM NOVEMBER 19 7.30 AM

WINTER STRONG MONSOON MONSOON NOVEMBER 27 9.40 PM NOVEMBER 29 8 AM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE 179.2 HOURS : 12 .3 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR 12.46 MJ/ ; RADIATION SQUARE METRE 1.08 MJ/SQUARE METRE BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL RAINFALL 20.3 MM ; 14 .4 MM BELOW NORMAL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD 54 PER CENT ; 2 PER CENT MORE NORMAL THAN

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY 69 PER CENT : NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM AIR TEMPERATURE 23.7 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.7 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE 21.5 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAI

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM AIR TEMPERATURE 19.7 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.8 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 15.3 DEGREES ; ('ELS I US 0.4 DEGREE CELSIUS A BOV I- NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 108.7 MM : 26 .5 MM BELOW NORMAL

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS

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NOMINATIONS HAVE BEGUN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE PLANNED AND CARRIED OUT OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICE AWARD SCHEME, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE SCHEME WAS LAUNCHED BY THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PROGRAMME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM TN 1985 AS AN ENDURING COMMEMORATION OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

IN HONG KONG, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS CO-ORDINATING THE SELECTION OF THE TWO BEST COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO REPRESENT THE TERRITORY.

THE AIM OF THE SCHEME IS TO FOSTER CO-OPERATION AND EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

EACH YEAR, THE SCHEME OFFERS UP TO FIVE AWARDS WITH NOT MORE THAN TWO BEING AWARDED TO ANY COUNTRY IN THE REGION.

THE WINNING TEAM WILL BE GIVEN A GRANT OF 1,000 POUNDS STERLING TO BE USED TO FURTHER THE TEAM’S WORK. MEDALLIONS AND CERTIFICATES WILL ALSO BE AWARDED TO EACH MEMBER OF THE TEAM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NOMINATED PROJECTS SHOULD BE EXAMPLES OF EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK BY A SMALL GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE, NORMALLY NOT MORE THAN 20, AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 24.

’’THESE PROJECTS SHOULD DEMONSTRATE THEIR POTENTIAL IN EFFECTIVE PLANNING AND CO-OPERATION AMONG MEMBERS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.”

’’PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE BROAD OBJECTIVES AND RESPOND TO LOCAL NEEDS THROUGH THEIR PROJECTS. SHO' :G INNOVATION AND FLEXIBILITY.

’’ADDITIONALLY, THE PROJECTS SHOULD HAVE LONG-TERM EFFECT AND PROVIDE A MODEL OR INSPIRATION TO OTHER PLACES IN THE COMMONWEALTH.”

NOMINATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FROM THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH DIVISION OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT OFFICES. THEY SHOULD REACH THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 5 NEXT YEAR.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED TN THE SCHEME MAY CONTACT THEIR DISTRICT OFFICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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RECLAMATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF SEAWALL PROPOSED

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CARRY OUT RECLAMATION WORK AND CONSTRUCT A NEW SEAWALL IN KWUN TONG AS PART OF THE KAI TAK AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.

THE WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT SEVEN HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT KWUN TONG.

A STRIP OF LAND FROM THE SEAWALL ADJACENT TO HOI BUN ROAD WILL BE RECLAIMED FOR THE REPROVISIONING OF KOWLOON BAY PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA.

THE EXISTING PUBLIC CARGO WORKING GROUP HAS TO BE RELOCATED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE KAI TAK AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

IN TSUEN WAN, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A LEASE TO CALTEX OIL HONG KONG LIMITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTENSION TO THE TSUEN WAN PERMANENT PIER NO. 29.

THE WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 1,190 SQUARE METRES OF SEABED OFF THE WEST COAST OF TSING YI ISLAND.

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO INTENDS TO PERMIT THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN . ASH LAGOON WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 27 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT PO LO TSUI, LAMMA ISLAND.

THIS IS TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR THE STORAGE AND MANAGEMENT OF PULVERISED FUEL ASH GENERATED FROM THE LAMMA POWER STATION.

THE 1XTENT OF THE AREAS AFFECTED HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED TN NOTICES PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABEDS INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LAND ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 7 NEXT YEAR.

THE NOTICE OF SUCH OBJECTION SHALL DESCRIBE THE INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT OF THE OBJECTOR AND THE MANNER IN WHICH HE ALLEGES HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER RELEASED ............................... 1

GOVERNOR VISITS ATV .......................................................... 8

CONSUMER COUNCIL CATERS TO CONSUMERS' WIDE-RANGING NEEDS ..................... 9

SHA INSPECTS TSIM SHA TSUI BUILDINGS ......................................... 9

RS UPDATED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN TAI PO......................................... 10

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DUE TO OPEN ............................ 10

SEMINAR ON HOW TO SOLVE TEACHERS' PROBLEMS .................................. 11

FUNDS APPROVED FOR UPGRADING COMPUTER SYSTEM ................................ 12

EYE CARE FOR ELDERLY IN MONG KOK ............................................ 12

NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR FIGHT CRIME AWARD SCHEME

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DB TO DISCUSS DRAFTING OF WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL WELFARE .................... 14

RESUMPTION AND REPAIR OF PRIVATE STREETS IN EASTERN ........................ 15

RECLAMATION AT TUI MIN HOI AUTHORISED ...................................... 16

RO CALENDAR FOCUSSES ON NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION ......................... 17

NEW CENTRAL POST OFFICE OPENS IN TOEN MUN .................................. 17

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST ............................... 18

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ........................................................ 19

FRESH WATER CUTS IN MONG KOK AND FANLING .................................... 19

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EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER RELEASED

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRAD! IN OCTOBER 1989, AT $101,613 MILLION, GREW BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1988, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON THE VALUE OF TRADE IN OCTOBER 1989 RELEASED TODAS (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 4 OCTOBER 1989. HOWEVER, RE-EXPORTS ROSE MILLION, THUS BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS MILLION, WHICH REPRESENTED AN INCREASE 1988.

PER CENT TO $20,849 MILLION IN BY 20 PER CENT TO $31,985 IN OCTOBER 1989 TO $52,834

OF 13 PER CENT OVER OCTOBER

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT TO $48,779 MILLION.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1989, AT $940,543 MILLION, INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT TO $184,776 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 31 PER CENT TO $286,773 MILLION.

THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 19 PER CENT TO $471,549 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT TO $468,993 MILLION.

COMPARING OCTOBER 1989 WITH OCTOBER 1988, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TAIWAN INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 58 PER CENT. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA, CANADA, SINGAPORE, THE USA AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ALSO INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS, BY 10 PER CENT, 8 PER CENT, 7 PER CENT. 6 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE NETHERLANDS BY 19 PER CENT AND 13 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE. CHINA, TAIWAN, ITALY AND THE UNITED KINGDOM INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT. 24 PER CENT. 12 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE TERMS IN OCTOBER 1989 OVER OCTOBER 1988. HOWEVER. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JAPAN AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECREASED BY 23 PER CENT, 11 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RE-EXPORTS TO THE USA, CANADA, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM. AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS LN OCTOBER 1989 OVER OCTOBER 1988, BY 54 PER CENT, 47 PER CENT, 40 PER CENT, 26 PER CENT. 26 PER CENT AND 25 PER. CENT RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT.

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COMPARING JANUARY F( OCTOBER 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, THE MARKETS WITH SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED TAIWAN (+26 PER CENT), JAPAN (+18 PER CENT), CHINA (+18 PER CENT) AND S1NGAPOR1 (+14 PER -TNT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CANADA AND AUSTRALIA ALSO INCREASED, BY ' PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE TERMS.

HOWEVER, THOSE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE NETHERLANDS DECREASED, ALL BY 4 PER CENT. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE USA, THE LARGEST MARKET, INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT.

IMPORTS IN JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1989 FROM ALL INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH THOSE IN THE 1988.

MAJOR SUPPLIERS

SAME PERIOD IN

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM CHINA (+31 PER CENT), ITALY (+29 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+23 PER CENT). TAIWAN (+21 PER CENT) AND THE USA (+14 PER CENT). IMPORTS FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY. SWITZERLAND AND JAPAN ALSO INCREASED, BY 8 PER CENT, 7 PER CENT AND 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL

REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE USA, CANADA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND JAPAN INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS, BY 55 PER

AUSTRALIA

CENT, 51

PER CENT, 47 PER CENT, 44 PER CENT, 39 PER CENT AND 32 PER CENT

RESPECTIVELY. INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED FOR VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO

SINGAPORE, TAIWAN AND CHINA, BY 28 PER CENT, 20 PER CENT AND 17 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALL TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HERE ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BELN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN OCTOBER 1989 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY JANUARY 1990.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, NOTABLE INCREASES IN VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $4,356 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1,303 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $1,241 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT) AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $919 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $1,218 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $682 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT).

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE MORE NOTABLE ONES WERE CLOTHING (BY #10,960 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $9,521 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $7,789 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $7,025 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $1,898 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT) AND ROAD VEHICLES (BY $515 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

CHE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. NOTABLE INCREASES IN VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $12,122 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $10,978 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $7,828 MILLION OR 28 PER (’ENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $7,131 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT).

HOWEVER. DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $1,084 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT) AND ROAD VEHICLES (BY $208 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS 01 THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

DETAI LED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS. THE OCTOBER 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE ON SALE AROUND DECEMBER 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 OCTOBER 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN END-DECEMBER AT $17.50 FER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THESE REPORTS MAY Bl- DI REC 1 ED 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: DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

JAN-OCT

89

MAJOR MARKET OCT 1 989 (HKD MN.) OCT 89 OVER OCT 88 (%) JAN-OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) OVER JAN-OCT 88 (%)

USA 7,513 6 59,574 + 1

CHINA 4,002 + 10 35,966 18

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 .191 i 3 12,634 - 4

UK 1 , 203 - 19 12,015 - 4

JAPAN 1 , 259 + 1 10,850 + 18

CANADA 550 8 5,311 + 9

SINGAPORE 533 + 7 4 . 799 + 14

NETHERLANDS 351 - 13 3,830 - 4

TAIWAN 490 4- 58 3.553 + 26

AUSTRALIA 378 t 3,481 + 5

NOTE: * DENOTES LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

JAN-OCT 89

OCT 89 OVER

COMMODITY OCT OVER JAN-OCT JAN-OCT

DIVISION 1989 OCT 88 1989 88

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

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY RABY CARRIAGES, TOYS. GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS)

6,932

2,72 2

58,224

- 3 23,589 - 5

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PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,891 - 2 16,176 + 5

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF A 1,638 + 3 14,948 + 4

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,496 + 12 13,765 + 10

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1.445 - * •• v 14 13,429 - 5

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) OCT 89 OVER OCT 88 (%) JAN-OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-OCT 89 OVER JAN-OCT 88 (%)

CHINA t 18,356 + 24 161,335 + 31

JAPAN 7,664 - 11 78,903 + 6

TAIWAN 4,417 + 12 42,817 21

USA 3,760 * 38,857 + 14

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,827 - 23 21,671 + 4

SINGAPORE 2,286 + 32 18,528 + 23

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,076 - 3 11,375 + 8

UK 1,095 + 5 10,896 + 4

ITALY 846 + 6 8,441 + 29

SWITZERLAND 851 + 3 7,902 + 7

NOTE: * DENOTES LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

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TABLE 4: IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) OCT 89 OVER OCT 88 (%) JAN-OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-OCT 89 OVER JAN-OCT 88 (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-DP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 5,811 + 8 60,042 + 19

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 4,966 + 3 47,669 4- 13

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 4,647 + 40 36,419 + 43

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3,583 + 2 32,758 + 27 •

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 3,869 ♦ 32 31,100 + 33

PHOTOGRAPH IC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2,790 + 6 24,429 4- 12

TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

• MAJOR MARKET OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) OCT 89 OVER OCT 88 (%) JAN-OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-OCT 89 OVER JAN-OCT 88 (%)

CHINA 8,328 - 9 86,675 4- 17

USA . 7,849 + 54 59,637 4- 51

JAPAN 2,208 4- 17 18,566 4- 32

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TAIWAN 1,412 4- 16 13,572 + 20

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1 , 124 + 13 11,132 14

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,204 + 40 10,560 4- 55

SINGAPORE 991 + 25 8,984 + 28

UK 847 + 26 7,462 + 44

AUSTRALIA 568 + 26 4,788 + 39

CANADA 535 + 47 4,481 4- 47

TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) OCT 89 OVER OCT 88 (%) JAN-OCT 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-OCT 89 OVER JAN-OCT 88 (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3,605 4- 16 35,332 + 28

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 4,898 + 59 35,240 1 4- 52

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3,736 4- 50 30,800 + 55

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2,940 + 4 27,823 4- 21

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2,791 4- 28 22,370 4- 47

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,220 4- 17 10,935 4- 31

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GOVERNOR VISITS ATV ♦ ♦ t

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (MONDAY) TELEVISION LIMITED (ATV). THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THE VISITED THE STATION SINCE ITS LICENCE WAS RENEWED IN

VISITED ASIA

GOVERNOR HAD

DECEMBER LAST

YEAR.

THE GOVERNOR WAS GREETED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DR CHENG YU-TUNG; THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, MR LIM POR-YEN; AND MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF ATV WHO BRIEFED HIM ON THE COMPANY’S DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

"I AM PLEASED TO SEE THE COMMITMENT THAT ATV IS DEMONSTRATING TOWARD THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF TELEVISION BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG.

"THE COMPANY HAS CLEARLY BECOME A MORE COMPETITIVE FORCE OVER THE PAST YEAR IN TERMS OF ITS PROGRAMMING AND MARKETING.

"THE PUBLIC HAVE BENEF1TTED FROM THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE STANDARD AND VARIETY OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE,” THE GOVERNOR SAID.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI, SIR DAVID TOURED SEVERAL OPERATIONAL DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE NEWS AND PRODUCTION DEPARTMENTS TO GAIN A BETTER

PICTURE OF THE WAY THE DEPARTMENTS OPERATED.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE DEDICATION OF THE STAFF AND BY ATV’S PLANS FOR

EFFICIENCY AND

NEW PRODUCTION

FACILITIES.

AT THE NEWS CENTRE,

THE GOVERNOR OBSERVED A LIVE

NEWS

BROADCAST IN CHINESE.

"LIVING IN A DYNAMIC, COSMOPOLITAN CITY WHICH IS AN

INTERNATIONAL TRADING AND FINANCIAL CENTRE, HONG KONG PEOPLE RELY ON i OUR NEWS REPORTERS FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE AND ACCURATE NEWS AND / INFORMATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD. ATV PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN

MEETING THESE NEEDS," SIR DAVID SAID.

IN THE STUDIOS, THE GOVERNOR WATCHED THE REHEARSAL OF A COSTUME DRAMA AND THE FILMING OF A TALK SHOW.

< "THE 1990’S WILL BE CHALLENGING YEARS FOR THE BROADCASTING

INDUSTRY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF CABLE TV AND A SECOND COMMERCIAL

RADIO STATION.

"WITH THEIR OBVIOUS COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF BROADCASTING IN TERMS OF PROGRAMMING, STAFFING AND FACILITIES, THE TWO WIRELESS TV STATIONS SHOULD BE IN A POSITION TO OFFER THE COMMUNITY HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMMES.

"I FEEL SURE THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE COMING DECADE," SIR DAVID SAID.

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CONSUMER COUNCIL CATERS TO CONSUMERS’ WIDE-RANGING NEEDS ******

CREATED INITIALLY TO ASSIST THE COMMUNITY TO COUNTER PROFITEERING IN A PERIOD OF HIGH INFLATION, THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAS EVOLVED INTO A MOST PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATION, CATERING TO THE WIDE-RANGING NEEDS OF HONG KONG'S EVER MORE SOPHISTICATED CONSUMERS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL’S NEW OFFICE HEADQUARTERS IN CHINA-HONG KONG CITY, MR CHAN SAID THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAD MADE A GREAT DEAL OF PROGRESS IN THE PAST 15 YEARS.

"THERE ARE, OF COURSE, A NUMBER OF AREAS WHERE IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR CONSUMER PROTECTION REGIME ARE STILL NECESSARY.

"THE ADVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY, AND THE CONSTANT STREAM OF NEW PRODUCTS COMING ON THE MARKET ARE BRINGING, AND WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE, NEW PROBLEMS FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHARGED WITH LOOKING AFTER THE CONSUMERS' INTERESTS," HE SAID.

MR CHAN BELIEVED THAT THE CONSUMER COUNCIL WOULD REMAIN VIGILANT IN THE FACE OF THESE CHALLENGES.

"AND I AM SURE THAT, WITH THE VALUABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH HAS BEEN BUILT UP OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, THE COUNCIL WILL ACHIEVE EVEN MORE LN THE NEXT 15 YEARS," HE SAID.

TODAY’S OCCASION ALSO COINCIDES WITH THE CONSUMER COUNCIL’S CELEBRATION OF ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY.

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO. THIS I MONDAY I AFTERNOON INSPECTED TWO BUILDINGS IN TSTM SHA TSUI TO UPDATE HIMSELF ON MANAGEMENT MATTERS OF THE BUILDINGS.

DURING HIS VISIT TO THE CHUNG KING AND MIRADOR MANSIONS, MR TSAO TOURED THE ARCADES AND GUESTHOUSES THERE.

HE WAS BRIEFED BY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER LI KWOK-CHOI ON THE MEASURES TAKEN BY BOTH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE RESIDENTS TO TACKLE FIRE HAZARDS IN THE BUILDINGS.

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MR TSAO SAID AFTER THE VISIT: ’’CHUNG KING MANSION HAS BEEN A SUBJECT OF CONCERN TO BOTH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AS FAR AS FIRE HAZARD AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT ARE CONCERNED, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE LATEST FIRE IN THE BUILDING LAST MONTH. I HAVE COME TO GAIN A FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND.”

MR TSAO WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY (BUILDING MANAGEMENT) OF THE CITY TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG. AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO.

PRINCIPAL

AND NEW

YAU TSIM

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RS UPDATED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN TAI PO

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ADOLF HSU, VISITED TAI PO THIS (MONDAY) MORNING TO BE UPDATED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TOWN.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS YIU.

TAI PO WILL HAVE A POPULATION IN EXCESS OF 250,000 IN THE LATE 1990’S, WHEN THE DISTRICT IS FULLY DEVELOPED.

THE HOUSING PROJECTS TN FU HENG ESTATE AND WAN TAU TONG ESTATE WILL BE COMPLETED BY 1991-92 AND 1992-93 RESPECTIVELY.

IN THE MEANTIME, WORK ON RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING A LEISURE WALKWAY, A JOGGING TRAIL, CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS ALONG THE WATERFRONT OF TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, HAS COMMENCED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY 1991-92.

IN ADDITION, A STADIUM, COMPRISING SWIMMING POOLS, A SPORTS COMPLEX AND INDOOR RECREATION CENTRES, WILL BE OPENED IN LATE 1991.

BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS VISIT, MR HSU MET AND EXCHANGED VIEWS WITH TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DUE TO OPEN ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE USE, LANGUAGE TEACHING AND CURRICULUM WILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY (DECEMBER 13-15).

MORE THAN 260 PARTICIPANTS FROM 21 COUNTRIES AND HONG KONG WILL TAKE PART IN THE THREE-DAY EVENT WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION.

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SOME 130 ENGLISH AND 100 CHINESE PAPERS WILL BE PRESENTED. THERE WILL ALSO BE FOUR WORKSHOPS AND A PANEL DISCUSSION ON LANGUAGE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING LANGUAGE USE.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, AND

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY MORNING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONFERENCE AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, THEATRE ONE, LEVEL TWO, AT 8.45 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 13).

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SEMINAR ON HOW TO SOLVE TEACHERS* PROBLEMS ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦

A SEMINAR ON WHAT TEACHERS CAN DO TO SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS IN SCHOOL WILL BE HELD FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GASCOIGNE ROAD, YAU MA TEI, ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16).

THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, WILL CONSIST OF PLENARY PRESENTATIONS BY VISITING SPEAKERS AND PRACTISING LOCAL TEACHERS, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE GROUP AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS.

GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR INCLUDE PROFESSOR JOHN SINCLAIR FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM WHO WILL SPEAK ON "IMPOROVING CLASSROOM INTERACTION”: PROFESSOR LI YING-CHE FROM THE UNITED STATES ON "PROSPECT FOR CHINESE LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN HONG KONG”; DR JOHN ROBIN, ALSO FROM THE UNITED STATES, ON "MAKING LEARNING MORE EFFECTIVE"; AND PROFESSOR LIN TAO FROM CHINA ON "A DISCUSSION OF THE PROBLEM OF FOREIGNERS AND CHINESE IN PUTONGHUA PRONUNCIATION LEARNING”.

DR THEODORE RODGERS, FROM THE UNITED STATES, WILL SPEAK ON ’’IMPROVING OUR CLASSROOM TEACHING MATERIALS”, AND PROFESSOR XU SI-YI, FROM CHINA, ON "USING LITERARY WORKS TO TEACH LANGUAGE”.

SCHOOL HEADS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE TO THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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FUNDS APPROVED FOR UPGRADING COMPUTER SYSTEM ♦ ♦ * * t

THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING IS TO UPGRADE ITS COMPUTER SYSTEM TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED WORKLOAD GENERATED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BASLE AGREEMENT ON CAPITAL CONVERGENCE AND OTHER ADDITIONAL WORK, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

’’BASED ON CONSULTANTS’ STUDIES, IT IS ASCERTAINED THAT THE OFFICE WILL NEED A COMPUTER SYSTEM SUPPORTING MORE THAN 70 WORKSTATIONS AND A LARGE DATABASE INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF A MID-RANGE TO MAINFRAME COMPUTER SYSTEM,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ALSO ENABLE THE OFFICE TO ESTABLISH A MORE EFFECTIVE ONGOING PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION SYSTEM TO ACHIEVE ITS GOAL OF PROMOTING A SOUND AND STABLE BANKING SYSTEM.

"MOREOVER, WITH THE UPGRADED COMPUTER FACILITIES, THE OFFICE WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO ENTERTAIN THE BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENT’S REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL STATISTICS AND STREAMLINE THE ( 1NTRALISED PROCESSING OF ALL BANKING AND MONETARY STATISTICS,” HE ADDED.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ACCEPTED LAST WEEK THE REVISED I INANUIAL IMPLICATIONS OF REPLACING THE EXISTING COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FOR THE PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION SYSTEM IN THE OFFICE ESTIMATED AT $32 MILLION IN NON-RECURRENT EXPENDITURE AND $4.9 MILLION IN ANNUALLY RECURRENT EXPENDITURE.

"TENDERS WILL BE CALLED FOR IN A FEW WEEKS’ TIME AND THE SYSTEM IS SCHEDULED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY APRIL 1991,' THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS THF NEW SYSTEM WOULD BE MAINLY USED FOR BANKING SUPERVISION PURPOSES. THE MAJORITY OF THF COSTS INCURRED WOULD BE RECOVERED FROM LICENCE OR REGISTRATION FEES COLLECTED FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES. Till': SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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EYE CARE FOR ELDERLY IN MONG KOK ♦ t t r ♦

MORE THAN 3,000 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN MONG KOK WILL BENEFIT FROM AN EYE CARE CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD BETWEEN DECEMBER 19 AND JANUARY 5.

PART OF THE MONG KOK FESTIVAL 1989-90, THE CAMPAIGN WILL PROVIDE FREE CHECK-UPS AND SPECTACLES FOR THOSE AGED 60 AND OVER.

IT IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY Till MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSIITALS, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION AND Till MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE.

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SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON, THE CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR WONG YUEN-WEI, SAID THE CAMPAIGN WOULD PROVIDE FREE EYE CARE SERVICES AND INFORMATION TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN MONG KOK DISTRICT.

THE DIRECTOR OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, DR T.Y. CHAU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CAMPAIGN’S OPENING CEREMONY ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16).

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO GIVE A TALK ON COMMON EYE DISEASES AMONG THE ELDERLY.

OPTOMETRISTS WILL CARRY OUT CHECK-UPS FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS AT FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON 14 DAYS DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

ELDERLY PEOPLE CAN OBTAIN SPECTACLES FREE OF CHARGE, IF REQUIRED, AT DESIGNATED SHOPS.

"A MAJOR FEATURE OF THE CAMPAIGN IS THAT WE HAVE SECURED THE SUPPORT OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS IN OFFERING PREFERENTIAL SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY BY CHARGING ONLY $50 PER CONSULTATION, EXCLUDING OPERATION FEES," MR WONG SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR LAI KWOK-WING, SAID THE GROUP HAD JOINED HANDS WITH DISTRICT BOARDS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN ORGANISING NINE EYE CARE CAMPAIGNS IN THE PAST. SO FAR, MORE THAN 30,000 SENIOR CITIZENS HAD RECEIVED FREE CHECK-UPS AND SPECTACLES.

THE BUDGET FOR THE MONG KOK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN IS $295,000, OF WHICH $275,000 WILL BE CONTRIBUTED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE BALANCE BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND PLACES FOR THE FREE EYE CHECK-UP SERVICES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY:

DECEMBER

19-20

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 27-29

JANUARY 2-5

YANG MEMORIAL SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE

HK VERNACULAR NORMAL SCHOOLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOOL

KEI WING PRIMARY SCHOOL

CHAN HING SCHOOL SERVICES CENTRE

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NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR FIGHT CRIME AWARD SCHEME

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TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO MAKE NOMINATIONS FOR THE TSUEN WAN CITIZEN FIGHT CRIME AWARD SCHEME.

THE SCHEME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSL’EN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE TSUEN WAN ROTARY CLUB.

"THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHEME IS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO ASSIST THE POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY TO PREVENT AND FIGHT CRIME," THE ('HAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR SIN SIU-WAH, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"NOMINATION FORMS, IN THE FORMAT OF PRE-PAID ENVELOPES, ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES CENTRES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TSUEN WAN POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE.

"THE CLOSING DATE OF NOMINATION IS FEBRUARY 15 NEXT YEAR AND A PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS WILL BE SET UP TO SELECT THE WINNERS," HE SAID.

RESULTS OF THE AWARD SCHEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH. WINNERS AND THEIR NOMINATORS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND A CEREMONY AT WHICH CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 0-4925327 OR 0-4984582.

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THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFTING OF A WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL WELFARE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO RAISE QUESTIONS ON VARIOUS ISSUES, INCLUDING A HUMAN RIGHTS BILL, FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF WAN CHAI NORTH, AND ADVERTISING SIGNS ON THE EXTERNAL WALLS OF BUILDINGS.

THEY WILL ALSO ENQUIRE ABOUT FOOD INSPECTION IN WAN CHAI, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SETTING ASIDE A CHANNEL ON CABLE TELEVISION FOR PROMOTING THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

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OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE A PROGRESS REPORT ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT, PROGRESS REPORTS BY DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES, AS WELL AS A REPORT BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, I 30 ROAD, WAN CHAI.

WAN CHAI (TUESDAY) HENNESSY

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RESUMPTION AND REPAIR OF PRIVATE STREETS IN EASTERN

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO RESUME AND REPAIR MERLIN STREET, SHELL STREET, AND KAM PING STREET PHASE I TN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) SAID THAT THESE STREETS WERE UNDER PRIVATE MULTIPLE OWNERSHIP AND WERE NOT PROPERLY7 MANAGED AND MAINTAINED.

’’THE STREETS ARE GENERALLY NOT IN GOOD REPAIR AND ARE PARTLY OCCUPIED BY STALLS.

"THE SITUATION HAS SOMETIMES GIVEN RISE TO CONSIDERABLE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS." HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ON RESUMPTION AND COMPLETION OF THE REPAIR WORKS, THE STREETS COULD THEN BE PROPERLY MANAGED BY GOVERNMENT.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE REPAIR OF THE DEFECTIVE FOOTPATH, CARR I AGEWAY , AND DRA I NS WI TH IN THE PR IVATE STREETS.

WORKS ON THESE PROJECTS YRE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

NOTICES CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE LAST FRIDAY (DECEMBER 8).

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

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* HONG KONG EAST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI;

* EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 880-886 KING'S ROAD, GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS, NORTH POINT.

ANY PERSON WHO OBJECTS TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 6 NEXT YEAR.

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RECLAMATION AT TUI MIN HOI AUTHORISED *****

AUTHORISATION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO GRANT SHORT TERM TENANCIES FOR BOATYARD PURPOSES AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.

RECLAMATION AND ERECTION OF STRUCTURES FOR THE PURPOSES OF BOAT REPAIRING AND SLIPWAYS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THE TENANCY AREAS, PART OF WHICH IS WITHIN AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 6,180 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED.

THE WORK WILL COMMENCE LATER THIS MONTH AND WILL BE COMPLETED ABOUT JUNE NEXT YEAR.

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 DECEMBER 7 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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RO CALENDAR FOCUSSES ON NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION

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THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY 1990 CALENDAR, HAVING THE THEME "THE 1990s : AN INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION", IS NOW ON SALE.

NATURAL DISASTERS CAN INFLICT ENORMOUS DAMAGE ON SOCIETY, AND EVEN DISRUPT NATIONAL ECONOMIES. IN VIEW OF THIS, THE UNITED NATIONS HAS DESIGNATED THE 1990’s AS THE "INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION" TO FOSTER CONCERTED EFFORTS AMONG GOVERNMENTS TO MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF NATURAL DISASTERS.

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS PREPARED THE 1990 CALENDAR TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND MITIGATION, AND TO GIVE PUBLICITY TO THE INTERNATIONAL DECADE.

THE CALENDAR IS BILINGUAL, AND CONTAINS, IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL INFORMATION ON SUNRISE AND SUNSET, TIDES AND ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS, A REPRESENTATIVE SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ON METEOROLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL HAZARDS.

INCLUDED ARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE LAST OCTOBER. THE HOLE IN THE OZONE LAYER ABOVE THE ANTARCTIC, FLOODING AND LANDSLIPS IN HONG KONG.

THIS ATTRACTIVE WALL CALENDAR SHOULD MAKI A SPLENDID GIFT. IT IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, 134A NATHAN ROAD, AT $37 A COPY.

PERSONS WHO BUY THIS ATTRACTIVE CALENDAR WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF PURCHASING A COPY OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S CENTENARY PUBLICATION TITLED "FROM TIME BALL TO ATOMIC CLOCK" AT A REDUCED PRICE OF S19. THIS BOOK, WHICH NORMALLY COSTS S34 A COPY, TRACES THE HISTORY AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY THROUGH A CENTURY.

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NEW CENTRAL POST OFFICE OPENS IN TUEN MUN

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A NEW TUEN MUN CENTRAL POST OFFICE OPENED AT NOON TODAY (MONDAY).

IT IS LOCATED ON THE PODIUM LEVEL OF THE LIBRARY AND POST OFFICE BUILDING AT 1 TUEN HI ROAD. TUEN MUN.

IT HOUSES THE MAIL DELIVERY OFFICE SERVING THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT, AND A COUNTER OFFICE WHICH PROVIDES THE. NORMAL RANGE OF COUNTER SERVICES AND <300 PRIVATE POST OFFICE BOXES.

/BUSINESS HOURS .......

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1989

BUSINESS HOURS ARE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

THE POST OFFICE BOX LOBBY IS OPEN ON MONDAY TO SATURDAY FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0-4526550.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC WONG: THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD. MR LAU WONG-FAT; AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR .JOHN WAN.

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MUSIC LOVERS LIVING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE EIGHTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN SINGING CONTEST TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE CENTRAI, AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT'S CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOCIATION, THE SINGING CONTEST IS AIMED AT PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN SINGING.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIES -- CLASSICAL SONG (SOLO), POP/FOLK SONG (SOLO) AND POP/FOLK SONG (GROUP) -- AND IS OPEN TO PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 30.

PARTICIPANTS ARE FREE TO SELECT A SONG WHICH SHOULD HAVE A POSITIVE THEME. NO ACCOMPANIMENT WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISER.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 4 AND 6. CONTESTANTS OF SATISFACTORY STANDARD WILL BE SELECTED TO ENTER THE FINALS TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL ON JANUARY 21.

THE CHAMPION, AND THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND CASH PRICES OF $1,000, $700 AND $500 RESPECTIVELY. ALL FINALISTS WILL BE GIVEN SOUVENIRS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, AND AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOR. SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES IS DECEMBER 20. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON TEL. 5-8523485 OR 5-283257.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG'S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 49.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 291.349 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 233.804 MILLION

CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FRESH WATER CUTS IN MONG KOK AND FANLING

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN MONG KOK WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WESNESDAY (DECEMBER 13) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT SOME PREMISES AT PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, NATHAN ROAD, NULLAH ROAD, TUNG CHOI STREET AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET SOUTH.

ALSO TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN FANLING WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 14) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY PING CHE ROAD AND LIN MA HANG ROAD. INCLUDING TONG FONG. LEI IK, FUNG KONG WU, CHOW TIN TSUEN, KAN TAU WAI, TSUNG YUEN HA, HA HEUNG YUEN, HEUNG YUEN WAI, AND TA KWU LING POLICE AND F l RI STATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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11 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE: REPATRIATION ................................... 1

STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR .................................................. 3

COST OF ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME FOR VBP ............................... 4

TEXTILE COUNCIL WILL HELP INDUSTRIES DEVELOP AND IMPROVE................ 5

MORE TERTIARY PLACES AND A TRAINING FUND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE .............. 6

COMMITTEE ADVISES ON DATE FOR CONTAINER TERMINAL 9 ..................... 7

MARICULTURISTS REMINDED TO DISPLAY LICENCE NUMBERS ..................... 7

11 QUESTIONS ON LEGCO AGENDA ........................................... 8

SHA TOURS KOWLOON WALLED CITY .......................................... 9

MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE LIVING ENVIRONMENT AT DIAMOND HILL ........... 9

PLOT RATIO INCREASE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............................. 11

AWARDS TO POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS ................................... 12

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ......................................... 12

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI .................................. 13 9

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VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE: REPATRIATION I * t * t

A GROUP OF 51 VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE DETERMINED TO BE NON-REFUGEES WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) RETURNED TO VIETNAM.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE GROUP COMPRISED EIGHT MEN, 17 WOMEN AND 26 CHILDREN.

’’THEIR RETURN TO THEIR. HOME COUNTRY IS IN LINE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION WHICH WAS AGREED BY-THE WORLD COMMUNITY AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN GENEVA IN JUNE THIS YEAR.” HE SAID.

"THEY FLEW BACK TO HANOI IN THE COMPANY OF HONG KONG OFFICIALS, NONE OF WHOM WERE ARMED.

’’TODAY'S OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT WITHOUT INCIDENT AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED INTERNATIONAL PROCEDURES FOR REMOVING PERSONS REFUSED PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN A TERRITORY.”

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THOSE WHO RETURNED TODAY WERE AMONG THE FIRST WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE STATUS DETERMINATION PROCEDURES.

"THEY HAVE BEEN SCREENED IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNHCR APPROVED PROCEDURES, UNDER A SYSTEM MONITORED BY THE UNHCR. THIS INCLUDED APPEALS TO AN INDEPENDENT BOARD OF RI'VIEW WHICH CONFIRMED THAT THEY WERE NOT REFUGEES UNDER THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED DEFINITION OF THAT TERM." HE SAID.

"THE UNHCR ARE INVOLVED AT EVERY STEP OF THE DETERMINATION PROCEDURES. THE SYSTEM. INCLUDING THE QUESTIONNAIRE ITSELF. WAS AGREED WITH THE UNHCR. THEY MONITOR THE PROCESS AND HELP WITH APPEALS.

"AT THE VERY END OF THE WHOLE EXERCISE THE UNHCR HAS A RIGHT TO GIVE REFUGEE STATUS TO ANY PERSON WHOSE APPEAL HAS BEEN TURNED DOWN. NO PERSON JUDGED BY THE UNHCR. TO BE A REFUGEE IS BEING SENT BACK . ”

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAVE* GIVEN US FIRM ASSURANCES THAT THOSE RETURNING WOULD NOT BE PUNISHED' FOR HAVING LEFT CLANDESTINELY. THAT THE\ WOULD BE TREATED HUMANELY AND THAT THEIR TREATMENT COULD BE MONITORED AFTER RETURN.

"BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE WITH THOSE WHO RETURNED EARLIER THIS YEAR. WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT WILL HONOUR THEIR ASSURANCES OF GOOD TREATMENT."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTER THEIR RETURN TO VIETNAM. THE GROUP’S SITUATION WOULD BE MONITORED.

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"IN THE FIRST INSTANCE. THIS WILL BE DONE BY STAFF OF THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN HANOI BUT WE HOPI' THAT THE UNHCR WILL BE PREPARED TO TAKE ON THIS TASK, POSSIBLY WORKING WITH OTHER NON-GOVERNNENT ORGANISATIONS,'' HE SAID.

"WE HOPE THAT THE UNHCR WILL ACCEPT THIS ROLE AS A PART OF ITS ’CONTRIBUTION TO THE FULL 1MPL MENTATION OF THE CPA." I

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CHAT THERE WOULD BE REINTEGRATION ASSISTANCE FOR THOS) RETURNING AS WAS ALREADY THE CASE WITH THOSE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WHO RETURN UNDER THE UNHCR’S VOLUNTARY REPATRI ATION PROGRAMME.

"REINTEGRATION ASSISTANCE IS DESIGNED TO HELP THOSE RETURNING TO RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN VIETNAM. IT IS ESSENTIALLY HUMANITARIAN IN NATURE AND WILL BENEFIT THE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES CONCERNED," HE EXPLAINED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT SINCE 1975, WHEN THE OUTFLOW OF BOAT PEOPLE BEGAN, 170,000 PEOPLE HAD REACHED HONG KONG FROM VIETNAM. NONE HAD BEEN TURNED AWAY. 34,000 HAD ARRIVED IN 1989 ALONE. ALL HAD BEEN FED, CLOTHED, GIVEN MEDICAL ATTENTION AND HOUSED. THIS HAD IMPOSED A GREAT STRAIN ON HONG KONG.

"HONG KONG IS PROUD OF ITS RECORD. WE WANT TO PRESERVE THE PRINCIPLE OF FIRST ASYLUM. BUT WE PAN ONLY DO SO IF THOSE FOUND NOT TO BE REFUGEES ARE RETURNED QUICKLY AND SAFELY TO THEIR HOMELAND," HE SAID.

"HONG KONG’S POSITION IS DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF OTHER PLACES pF FIRST ASYLUM IN THE REGION. AS WE EXPLAINED TO COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE GENEVA CONFERENCE IN JUNE. UNLIKE OTHER PLACES OF FIRST ASYLUM. SCREENING IN HONG KONG STARTED ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF AGO," HE SAID.

"THE CPA AGREED IN JUNE THIS YEAR COVERS A PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR ELEMENTS: FIRST ASYLUM, SCREENING, RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEES AND REPATRIATION OF NON-REFUGEES.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS IMPLEMENTING THIS INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT” IN FULL. THE RETURN OF NON-REFUGEES TO VIETNAM IS CONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THE CPA AND IS IN LINE WITH STANDARD INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

"IN OUR VIEW IT IS MORE HUMANE TO GO AHEAD WITH REPATRIATION OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS OF SCREENING AND APPEAL THAN TO LEAVE THEM WAITING ENDLESSLY IN CAMPS.

"THE HARSH REALITY IS THAT THF COUNTRIES TO WHICH THEY WISH TO GO DO NOT CONSIDER THEM REFUGEES AND ARE NOT WILLING TO RESETTLE THEM. TO KEEP THEM IN HONG KONG ONLY FEEDS A FALSE HOPE THAT SOMEHOW, SOMETIME THESE COUNTRIES MAY CHANGE THEIR MINDS. WE THINK THEY HAVE WAITED LONG ENOUGH."

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO THE VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAMME. "SO FAR THERE HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTINGLY FEW VOLUNTEERS," HE SAID, "BUT WE HOPE THAT MORE VOLUNTEERS WILI NOW COME FORWARD. BOTH REPATRIATION PROGRAMMES SHOULD PROCEED IN PARALLEL."

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3 STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR *****

FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT MADE BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TO THE PRESS AFTER THE EXCO MEETING THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

GOVERNOR: ’’GOOD MORNING. YOU’D PROBABLY LIKE ME TO CONFIRM THE FACT, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THAT THIS MORNING WE RETURNED TO VIETNAM THE FIRST GROUP OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE. THIS WAS THE GROUP WHICH HAD BEEN CAREFULLY SCREENED AND HAD GONE THROUGH THE WHOLE APPEAL PROCESS TO SHOW THAT THEY WERE NOT POLITICAL REFUGEES.

"YOU KNOW TOO, THAT THIS IS OUR POLICY WHICH WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PUT INTO PLACE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW. WE HAVE ONLY DONE IT WITH A GREAT DEAL OF HEART-SEARCHING. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT ANYBODY PARTICULARLY WISHES TO DO.

"BUT, WE FACE THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION AND THE REALITY IS THAT THE PLACES TO WHICH THESE PEOPLE WANT TO GO DO NOT ACCEPT THEM AS BEING REFUGEES. THEY WILL NOT GET RESETTLEMENT THERE. WE THINK IT IS QUITE WRONG THAT WE SHOULD BUILD UP ARTIFICIAL HOPES THAT ONE DAY THOSE PLACES WILL CHANGE THEIR MINDS. AND IT IS FAR BETTER THAT PEOPLE SHOULD GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES IN VIETNAM WITH A, CAREFULLY MONITORED PROGRAMME.

"AND THAT IS THE OTHER POINT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE. WE HAVE ENSURED IN AGREEMENT WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING BACK TO VIETNAM WILL NOT BE PUNISHED FOR HAVING LEFT VIETNAM, THAT THEY WILL BE TREATED PROPERLY AND THAT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO MONITOR WHAT IS DONE WITH THEM. NOW, I AM SURE THAT THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO WOULD DISAGREE WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE. BUT THEY, SO FAR, HAVE NOT PUT FORWARD ANY7 PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVES.

"AND THE LAST POINT 1 WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IS THAT OVER MANY YEARS NOW SINCE 1975 WE HAVE NEVER TURNED AWAY A SINGLE PERSON WHO HAS ARRIVED HERE BY BOAT FROM VIETNAM. WE HAVE FED, WE HAVE CLOTHED, AND WE HAVE LOOKED AFTER SOMETHING LIKE 170,000 PEOPLE. AND I THINK THAT IS AN APPROACH AND A POLICY THAT HONG KONG CAN RIGHTLY BE PROUD OF.

"BUT, IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AFTER PEOPLE WHO ARE GENUINE REFUGEES. ASYLUM SEEKERS WHO MAY TURN OUT TO BE GENUINE REFUGEES, THEN WE MUST HAVE IN PLACE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RETURNING TO THEIR HOMES PEOPLE WHO ARE FOUND AFTER A LONG PERIOD OF SCREENING NOT TO BE POLITICAL REFUGEES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH."

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COST OF ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME FOR VBP ♦ t t * *

IN RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRIES ABOUT THIS MORNING’S RETURN OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE TO VIETNAM, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE COST OF THE REINTEGRATION ASSISTANCE PACKAGE, EXCLUDING TRAVEL COST, WAS US$620 PER HEAD.

’’AND THE AVERAGE TOTAL COST UNDER THE ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME IS LIKELY TO BE TN THE REGION OF US$1,000 PER HEAD. THE COST WILL BE SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENTS.

"EACH OF THE BOAT PEOPLE RETURNING TODAY WAS GIVEN POCKET MONEY OF US$30 PER ADULT AND US$15 PER CHILD.

"THE BALANCE OF THE REINTEGRATION ASSISTANCE WILL BE DISBURSED BY THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES TN (ASH OR TN KIND DEPENDING ON THE NEEDS OF THE RETURNEES."

ON THE MONITORING OF POST-RETURN CONDITIONS, THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN HANOI WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE.

"NOW THAT THE FIRST GROUP HAS RETURNED, WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE UNHCR AGREEING TO TAKE ON THE TASK IN DUE COURSE, AS THEY HAVE DONE FOR NON-REFUGEES RETURNING TO LAOS FROM THAILAND."

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT A GOOD START HAD BEEN MADE ON THE ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME FOR THOSE BOAT PEOPLE DETERMINED TO BE NON-REFUGEES.

"WE ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THIS PROGRAMME AND INTEND TO BUILD ON IT." HF SAID.

"FOR THE RETURN OF FURTHER GROUPS, WE ARE LOOKING AT VARIOUS OPTIONS. E.G. WHETHER IN Till LONG RUN WE SHOULD USE SHIPS OR AIRCRAFT.

"HOWEVER, WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THE ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME MUST GO IN PARALLEL WITH VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION. INDEED WE HOPE MORE WILL NOW COME FORWARD TO RETURN VOLUNTARILY.

"IN FACT. ARRANGEMENTS ARI ALREAin IN PLACE FOR TWO MORE FLIGHTS OF VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION TO VIETNAM THIS MONTH."

REFERRING TO THE SITUATION IN VBP CAMPS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SO FAR THINGS WERE QUIET.

"CAMP MANAGEMENT STAFF ARE MEETING REPRESENTATIVES OF BOAT PEOPLE IN TH! CAMPS. EXPLAINING TO THEM TH1 ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME AND TODAY’S RETURN OF THE FIRST GROUP,' HE SAID.

"GOVERNMENT COUNSELLING WILL CONTINUE."

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Till. IEXTILE COUNCIL WILL HAVE A MAJOR ROLE TO PLAY IN HELPING HONG KONG'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES DEVELOP AND IMPROVE THEIR PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE TEXTILE COUNCIL OF HONG KONG LTD, SIR DAVID SAID THAT TEXTILES AND CLOTHING WERE MAJOR MANUFACTURED EXPORTS FOR HONG KONG AND THEY STILL ACCOUNTED FOR SOME 4 0 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN 1988, WITH THE INDUSTRY EMPLOYING SOME 365,000 WORKERS - OVER 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG'S TOTAL INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT.

"THESE IMPRESSIVE FIGURES ARE A REFLECTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INDUSTRY TO HONG KONG." SIR DAVID SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE TEXTILE COUNCIL WOULD PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN BRINGING TOGETHER THE MAJOR TEXTILE AND CLOTHING ASSOCIATIONS, AND THUS IN SPEAKING FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE INDUSTRY WITH ONE VOICE.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY RELIED HEAVILY ON ITS ABILITY TO GAIN AND MAINTAIN ACCESS TO WORLD MARKETS.

"AS A FIRM SUPPORTER AND KEEN PRACTITIONER OF FREE TRADE, WE SEE IT AS VITAL TO DO ALL WE CAN TO COMBAT UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES," HE SAID.

ON THE ANTI-DUMPING PROCEEDINGS RECENTLY INSTITUTED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY HONG KONG’S THIRD LARGEST TRADING PARTNER AGAINST DENIM CLOTH ORIGINATING FROM HONG KONG, SIR DAVID SAID: "WE BEL1EVI THAI ACCUSATION IS UNJUSTIFIED. THE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO DO ITS I RT TO HELP INDUSTRY FIGHT THOSE PROCEEDINGS."

Till GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THE FACT THAT THE INDUSTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT WERE WORKING TOGETHER TO COUNTER THE EUROPI V.‘ COMMUNITY’S ANTI-DUMPING ACTION SHOWED THE EXISTENCE OF A GENUINE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES.

"THIS TYPE OF CO-OPERATIVE APPROACH IS ONE OF THE FACTORS WHICH HAS HELPED TO MAKI- HONG KONG A GREAT INTERNATIONA! CENTRE OF TRADE," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR STRESSED THAT AS COMPETITION FROM HONG KONG’S NEIGHBOURS INTENSIFIED, THE TERRITORY MUST REMAIN TECHNOLOGICALLY COMPETITIVI SO THAT IT MAINTAINED ITS POSITION IN WORLD MARKETS.

"THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN PARTICULAR WILL HAVE TO MOVE UP MARKET TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED ECONOMY.

"WE MUST ALSO AS A COMMUNITY. AS WELL AS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, RECOGNISE THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF TECHNOLOGY IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT." HE SAID.

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SIR DAVID SAID THE DECISION TO SET UP A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE WOULD ASSIST HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS TO DEVELOP AND APPLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO THEIR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES.

"THIS TOO HAS BEEN DONE IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL BF THE KEY TO ITS SUCCESS." HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO EMBARK ON A MAJOR EXPANSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ESTABLISH A TRAINING FUND TO HELP THE ABSORPTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO COPE WITH THE CHALLENGE AHEAD.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE INTERNATIONAL PERSONNEL AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO PROVIDE TERTIARY EDUCATION TO MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO ENSURE THAT THE TYPE OF EDUCATION PROVIDED met the Needs of the economy.

"WHILST EDUCATION PREPARES YOUNG PEOPLE FOR LIFE, TRAINING PREPARES THEM FOR EMPLOYMENT." HI SAID.

MR .EUNG SAID THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW TECHNOLOGIES TRAINING 1 ND WOULD ENABLE EMPLOYERS TO SEND A MANAGER OF TECHNOLOGIC!' FOR TRAINING IN A NEW AND POTENTIALLY USEFUL TECHNOLOGY NOT CATERED FOR IN THE CONVENTIONAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING SYSTEM.

"THE TRAINING SCHEME WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY HIE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, AND HIE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL WILL PROVIDE A REFERRAL SERVIL1 FOR PLACING MANAGERS IN WORKING ATTACHMENTS ABROAD.

Till SIZE OF THE FUND WILL BE ABOUT $70 MILLION, MADE UP OF CONTRIBUTIONS FROM VARIOUS SOURCES. AND WILL BE ABLE TO FINANCE 400 TRAINEESHIPS A YEAR.

"IN RECENT YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS INVESTED OVER $300 MILLION IN Till HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL AND OTHER BODIES TO PROVIDE INDUSTRY WITH THE NECESSARY INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES," HE SAID.

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THE PORT COMMITTEE HAS ADVISED AT ITS MEETING THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON THAT THE FIRST BERTH OF CONTAINER TERMINAL 9 WILL BE REQUIRED IN Fl VI YEARS* TIME. THAT IS, IN NOVEMBER 1994.

THE PORI COMMITTEE TOOK THIS VIEW ON THE BASIS OF ACTUAL GROWTH IN CONTAINER TRAFFIC AT KWAI CHUNG OVER THE PAST GO-MONTH PERIOD UP TO THE END OF OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

DURING THAT PERIOD THE GROWTH IN CONTAINER TRAFFIC AT KWAI CHUNG WAS 14.63 PER CENT.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR IAN STRACHAN, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, NOTED THAT THE COMMITTEE’S ADVICE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES WHO WILL DECIDE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS WHAT DETAILED PLANNING MUST NOW TAKE PLACE TO ENABLE THE TENDER FOR TERMINAL 9 TO BE ISSUED IN LATE 1991.

"THE PLANNING MECHANISMS FOR CONTAINER TERMINALS PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE FLEXIBILITY,” MR STRACHAN SAID.

"NO FINAL DECISION ON THE EXACT DATE FOR THE ISSUE OF TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR TERMINAL 9 WILL BE MADE BEFORE THE LATTER PART OF 1991, WHICH WILL ALLOW FURTHER TIME TO REVIEW THE GROWTH OF TRADE AND TO ENSURE THAT Till SUPPLY OF CONTAINER TERMINALS WAS EQUATED WITH THE FORECAST OF DEMAND."

TERMINAL 9 WILL BE LOCATED ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF TSING YI ISLAND.

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MARICULTURISTS REMINDED TO DISPLAY LICENCE NUMBERS

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THE AGR. I CULTURE AND FISHER I F.S DEPARTMENT TODAY I TUESDAY I REMINDED MARICULTURISTS TO DISPLAY THEIR MARICULTURE LICENCE NUMBERS CONSPICUOUSLY ON THEIR FISH RAFTS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE REQUIREMENT WAS STIPULATED IN REGULATION 7A OF THE MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE.

'THE REQUIREMENT IS TO FACILITATE. EASY IDENTIFICATION OF THE OPERATORS OF THE FISH RAFTS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES. ANYONE FOUND BREACHING THE REGULATION IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500.

’’REGULAR PATROLS OF THE FISH CULTURE ZONES ARE UNDERTAKEN BY STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING AND REGULATORY SECTION.

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’’OPERATORS NOT COMPLYING WITH PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE ARE WARNED AND THOSE WHO FAIL TO HEED THE WARNINGS ARE PROSECUTED AND FINED,'* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SO FAR THIS YEAR, 20 BEEN PROSECUTED FOR FAILING TO DISPLAY LICENCES ON AND WERE FINED FROM $100 TO $500 EACH. OTHER OFFENCES WERE PENDING COURT HEARING.

MARICULTURISTS HAD THEIR FISH RAFTS CASES OF SIMILAR

the SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED OPERATORS THAT UNDER SECTIONS 6 AND 7 OF Till-: MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE, ALL FISH CULTURE OPERATIONS MUST BE PRACTISED UNDER LICENCE WITHIN DESIGNATED FISH CULTURE ZONES.

"THE MAXIMUM FINES FOR PRACTISING WITHOUT A LICENCE AND OPERATING OUTSIDE DESIGNATED CULTURE ZONES ARE $20,000 PLUS ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT AND $5,000 PLUS SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT RESPECTIVELY." HE SAID.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, 45 OPERATORS HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO COURT FOR BREACHING SECTIONS 6 AND 7 OF THE ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE ITS. ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS, AND IN DOING SO, IT WOULD ALSO BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. *

CURRENTLY 28 FISH CULTURE ZONES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED IN HONG KONG AND 1.780 LICENCES HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO MARICULTURISTS.

THE CONSULTANCY STUDY, WHICH STARTED IN NOVEMBER TO ASSESS THE EXTENT OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY MARICULTURE, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL NEXT YEAR.

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11 QUESTIONS ON LEGCO AGENDA *****

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF 11 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER FIVE BILLS, INCLUDING A PRIVATE BILL, AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

J SECOND READING DEBATES ON THE FIVE BILLS WILL BE RESUMED, AND-EACH BILL IS THEN DUE TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND BE GIVEN A THIRD READING.

THE FOUR GOVERNMENT BILLS ARE THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)’ BILL 1989, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 AND THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

THE PRIVATE BILL IS THE FIRST PACIFIC BANK LIMITED BILL 1989.

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SHA TOURS KOWLOON WALLED CITY *****

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING VISITED THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE PROGRESS OF THE CLEARANCE OPERATION THERE.

DURING THE VISIT, MR TSAO MET OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY KAIFQNG ASSOCIATION AND LISTENED TO THEIR VIEWS ON THE CLEARANCE AND RESETTLEMENT.ARRANGEMENTS.

HE ALSO VISITED CLINICS OPERATED BY UNLICENSED DENTISTS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS AS WELL AS HISTORICAL BUILDINGS INSIDE THE WALLED CITY.

SPEAKING AFTER THE FAMILIARISATION TOUR, MR TSAO SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO LEARN THAT THE CLEARANCE OPERATION HAD BEEN GOING AHEAD SMOOTHLY.

’’THIS PROGRESS WILL NOT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED WITHOUT THE CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE FROM ALL PARTIES CONCERNED,’' HE SAID.

BEFORE THE VISIT, MR TSAO WAS BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE CLEARANCI OPERATION BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR LUI HAL’-TUEN; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (CLEARANCE), MR LAU PO-CHI : GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR JOHN CORR]GALL J AND A DEPUTY PRINCIPAL SOLICITOR FROM THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. Ml? JOHN LEUNG.

IN THE AFTERNOON. MR TSAO ATTENDED THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AND VISITED Till CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT.

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MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE LIVING ENVIRONMENT AT D C1OND HILL ******

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN KLIDING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE PROGRESS OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT TO ENSURE THAT CONSTRUCTION WORKS DO NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF RESIDENTS AT THE DIAMOND HILL SQUATTER AREAS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"MANY PROBLEMS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE PROJECT HAVE BEEN RESOLVED WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF Till WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT THE DISTRICT BOARD, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE TUNNEL CONTRACTORS." HE SAID.

LARGELY OFFICE, PROJECT

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALL COMPLAINTS KNOWN TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON NUISANCES CAUSED BY CONSTRUCT ION WORKS HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THE PARTIES CONCERNED FOR NECESSARY ACTION.

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THE NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY BLASTING HAD BEEN REDUCED AS A RESULT OF THE CONTRACTOR CARRYING OUT AS LITTLE BLASTING WORKS AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM. THE FREQUENCY OF' BLASTING OUTSIDE THIS PERIOD AND THE QUANTITY OF EXPLOSIVES USED HAD ALSO BEEN REDUCED.

THE PROBLEM WOULD BE FURTHER ALLEVIATED WHEN BLASTING WAS CARRIED OUT AT A DISTANCE FARTHER AWAY FROM THE TUNNEL PORTALS, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LANDSCAPED EMBANKMENT AND A SOUNDPROOF BARRIER AT THE WORK SITE HAD ALSO REDU('EI) THE NOISE AND VIBRATIONS CAUSED Bl BLASTING, TRAFFIC AND OTHER TUNNEL WORKS.

AS REGARDS WATER SUPPLY. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CONTRACTOR HAD BEEN ADVISED TO AVOID DAMAGING WATERMAINS.

"WHEN A WATERMAIN BURSTS, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS NOTIFIED AT ONCE SO THAT URGENT REPAIRS MAY BE CARRIED OUT. STANDPIPES IN THE AREA ARE ALSO TURNED ON TO PROVIDE WATER TO AFFECTED RESIDENTS.

"WATER CONTAINER VEHICLES ARE ALSO DESPATCHED TO THE SCENE IF THE SITUATION REQUIRES." HE ADDED.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED OR BEING CARRIED OUT INCLUDED THE ERECTION OF DIRECTORY BOARDS AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE NEAR GRANDVIEW ROAD TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF TRUCKS USING THE ROAD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CONTRACTOR HAD BEEN SHOWERING THE CONSTRUCTION SITE TO REDUCE DUST. Ill SAID.

HE ADDED THAT GRANDVIEW ROAD AND DIAMOND ROAD WOULD BE IMPROVED ND MAINTAINED IN AN ACCEPTABLE CONDITION FOR USE ”V RES I DENTS.

TWO UNOCCUPIED STRUCTURES IN THE AREA WILL BE DEMOLISHED AND ALL REFUSI AND DEBRIS WILL BE CLEARED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ALL CHOKED DRAINS AND STREAMS CAUSED BY THE DEBRIS WILL BE CLEARED." HE SAID.

REGARDING LIGHTING IN THE AREA, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NUMBER OF STREET LIGHTS IN THE 18TH LANE HAD BEEN INCREASED, WHILE MORE WOULD BE ERECTED AT GRANDVIEW ROAD WHEN WORK ON THE DIVERSION OF THE ROAD WAS COMPLETED IN A FEW WEEKS.

AND POLLUTION OF THE STREAM AT THE DIAMOND NEW VILLAGE HAD BEEN REDUCED AS A RESULT OF SEPARATE EFFORTS BY THE DYEING FACTORIES AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE SITUATION WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED EARLY NEXT MONTH WHEN nil FINAL PHASE Ol THE IMPROVEMENT WORK IS CARRIED OUT." HE SAID.

/TO AVOID .......

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1989

TO AVOID NUISANCE TO RESIDENTS, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AT THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD, CARRIED OUT AN OPERATION TWO MONTHS AGO TO CATCH STRAY DOGS AND CATS IN THE AREA.

"THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL REQUEST THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO CARRY OUT ANOTHER OPERATION AT NIGHT TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM COMPLETELY," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT A LOCAL RESIDENTS' GROUP HAD COMMENDED SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

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PLOT RATIO INCREASE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * * * *

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE PLANNED PLOT RATIO INCREASE CONCERNING A PRIVATE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT SITE IN ROBINSON ROAD AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY I DECEMBER 14).

THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO MAKE THEATRE LANE IN CENTRAL A THROUGH ROAD FOR VEHICLES.

A MEMBER IS EXPECTED TO SUGGEST IMPROVEMENT OF THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ARRANGEMENT IN D’AGUILAR STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL.

AN INFORMATION PAPER ON MEASURES TO REDUCE NOISE AT THE WHITTY STREET TRAM DEPOT WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY TN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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AWARDS TO POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS

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FORTY-EIGHT SECONDARY AND PRIMARY STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES AT A CEREMONY ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17I AFTERNOON FOR THEIR WINNING ENTRIES TO THE HONG KONG COMPETITION OF THE SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST.

THE "PICTURE A PEACEFUL WORLD” POSTER CONTEST WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303 AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TWO MONTHS AGO.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE SENT TO THE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST IN CHICAGO. USA.

ORGANISIN G COMMITTEE

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, MRS C.H. KONG. AND THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303, MR PAUL FAN, WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES TO THE WINNERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER. THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY I DECEMBER 17). BEGINNING AT 3 PM IN THE GRAND BALLROOM OF THE HILTON HOTEL, CENTRAL. MR CHENG CHUN-FAT, INSPECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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AUCTION O1 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16) AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL. THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

A TOTAL OF BIDDING. THEY ARE: 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

EDS988 EDI 1 3 ED8 CN162

BS21 7 EB2 AS 988 EEI 028

EF.1 23 I DZ9328 EDI 39 BC4

EE 3 1 3 EE 1 88 EE213 ED7773

BB1987 EC 2 3 CA200 EE709

EE23 3 EE8223 EFl 1 5 ED525

EEI 298 EE9 1 8 EE7 36 ED9599

EC777 BII1 3 1 3 ED8999 ED7870

DD268 EE2 3O ED3002 ED6166

EES 8 3 AS 1668 EEI 1 EE9968

/SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS ........

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SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THF VEHICLE REGISTRATION HARK 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 145TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI ♦ ♦ * * *

THE REPLACEMENT

TRANSPORT OF FLYOVER LEADING FRC

DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE BRIDGE JOINTS, THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF )M PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD TO CHATHAM ROAD

THE FLYOVER .

5 SU. « TO . AM ON DECEMBER

AND FROM » PM ON JANUARY 2 TO S AM ON JANUARY «•

ON THURSDAY

I DECEMBER

SOUTH

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TO

30;

ON PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, HONG THE KCR KOWLOON STATION PODIUM.

OR PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD,

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS SOUTHBOUND ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA CHONG ROAD. THE ACCESS RAMI LEADING IO CHEONG WAN ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH; HONG CHONG ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1989

CONTENTS

PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

STATEMENT BY CHIEF SECRETARY ON REPATRIATION .......................... 1

PURPOSE OF SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS BILL EXPLAINED ........... 3

PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC NOT DIRECTLY AFFECTED ........................ 7

AMENDMENTS TO SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS BILL .................. 9

SELF-REGULATION AMONG MEDICAL BODIES EMPHASISED ...................... 10

PUBLIC INTEREST SHOULD COME FIRST .................................... 11

DOCTORS REMAIN HEAD OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ........................... 12

MOTION TO POSTPONE BILL'S PASSAGE .................................... 13

MORE CONSULTATION ON MEDICAL BILL NECESSARY .......................... 14

CUSTODIAL PENALTIES WILL ENHANCE DETERRENT EFFECT OF LAW ............. 15

CONCERTED EFFORTS NEEDED TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ................ 16

ONLY MOST UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE JAILED .................... 18

SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO APPROVED ESTIMATES ............................. 19

MOTION ON TRANSFER OF STATUTORY FUNCTIONS PASSED ..................... 20

CHARGES FOR 'INFOLINE' SERVICE ....................................... 20

ADEQUATE RESOURCES REQUIRED FOR HELPING HANDICAPPED .................. 22

GOVT NOT COMPLACENT ON INDUSTRIAL POLICY ............................. 23

EFFORTS MADE TO OVERCOME RELUCTANCE TO DONATE ORGANS ................. 24

ACTIVITIES PERMITTED ACCORDING TO LAW ................................ 25

BAN ON CHANGE OF JOB SPECIFIED IN HELPER'S VISA ...................... 26

GUEST HOUSE LICENSING SCHEME SOON .................................... 26

BUS FARE STRUCTURE FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT REVIEWED .................... 28

ANNUAL ESTIMATE CONTROLS FUNDS FOR MINOR PROJECTS .................... 28

EFFECTIVE SELF-REGULATION A BETTER SOLUTION .......................... 29

NO RESETTLEMENT FOR COMMERCIAL TENANTS UPON CLEARANCE ................ 30

STEPS TO EASE CLERICAL WORKLOAD IN SCHOOLS ........................... 31

/FACILITIES FOR........

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE TAKING MORNING EXERCISE ........................ 32

BILLS PASSED AFTER DEBATES ........................................... 33

EXTENSIVE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON LANGUAGE REPORT ....................... 34

SCHOOLS NEED GREATER DIVERSITY TO MEET CHALLENGES ...................... 35

BOE MEMBERS VISIT AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH MIXED-MODE SYSTEM ........... 37

ANTI-CORRUPTION FILM SHOWS IN SSP ....................................... 37

PROBLEMS AT ROAD JUNCTIONS ON AGENDA ................................... 38

YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT ISSUES ..................... 38

AIDS EXHIBITION IN KWUN TONG ........................................... 39

STATUTORY HOLIDAY REMINDER ............................................. 40

SEVEN GOVT SITES TO LET BY TENDER ...................................... 40

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHEUNG WAN ................................ 41

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THREE DISTRICTS ................................ 42

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1989

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FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT MADE BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CONCERNING THE REPATRIATION OF VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS:

"SIR,

"THE RETURN YESTERDAY OF THE FIRST GROUP OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM VIETNAM TO THEIR HOMELAND ATTRACTED A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION BOTH IN HONG KONG AND INTERNATIONALLY. IN VIEW OF SOME OF THE COMMENTS MADE, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A BRIEF STATEMENT.

"SINCE 1975, OVER 170,000 PEOPLE FROM VIETNAM HAVE SOUGHT ASYLUM IN HONG KONG. WE HAVE TURNED NONE AWAY. WE HAVE TAKEN THEM ALL IN, FED AND CLOTHED THEM, HOUSED THEM TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY AND PROVIDED THEM WITH MEDICAL ATTENTION. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES, AS EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHEN THE SHEER WEIGHT OF NUMBERS HAS THREATENED TO OVERWHELM OUR RESOURCES. SO FAR WE HAVE MANAGED TO PRESERVE OUR COMMITMENT TO THE POLICY OF FIRST ASYLUM.

"AS LONG AS THOSE COMING WERE CLEARLY FLEEING PERSECUTION, OUR COMMUNITY HAS BORNE THE BURDEN PATIENTLY. BUT IT HAS BEEN CLEAR FOR SOMETIME NOW THAT MOST OF THOSE WHO ARRIVE ARE NORTHERNERS AND ETHNIC VIETNAMESE SIMPLY SEEKING A BETTER LIFE. MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OF THE DANGERS THEY RISK IN COMING HERE. BUT THESE HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED BY PEOPLE OUTSIDE HONG KONG. SOME ARE COMING FOR MUCH OF THE WAY THROUGH CHINA AND ALL WHO COME BY SEA CALL IN AT FREQUENT INTERVALS ALONG THE COAST FOR RE-SUPPLY. WHILE NO ONE CAN BEGRUDGE THEM TRYING TO FIND A NEW LIFE IN THE WEST, THIS ALONE DOES NOT NECESSARILY QUALIFY THEM AS REFUGEES IN THE EYES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. AS A RESULT MOST HAVE NO PROSPECT OF BEING RESETTLED.

"THIS SIMPLE, THOUGH TO SOME UNPALATABLE, FACT, LED US TO URGE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO REVIEW THE PROBLEM. HONG KONG HAS PLAYED A FULL PART IN THAT REVIEW. INDEED, WE WERE THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE SCREENING OVER A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. OUR PURPOSE WAS TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO NEEDED THE PROTECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND GIVE THEM REFUGEE STATUS. WE DID THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED AND MONITORED PROCEDURES.

"OTHERS HAVE FOLLOWED OUR EXAMPLE. IN JUNE THIS YEAR, SCREENING AS IMPLEMENTED IN HONG KONG BECAME AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION ENDORSED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. THE PLAN INCLUDES 4 IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: FIRST ASYLUM, SCREENING, RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEES AND REPATRIATION OF NON-REFUGEES. WE ARE A PARTY TO THIS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION AND WE ARE IMPLEMENTING IT TO THE FULL.

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"ALL OF US, OF COURSE, WOULD PREFER THAT THOSE SCREENED OUT AS NON-REFUGEES WOULD IMMEDIATELY VOLUNTEER TO RETURN TO VIETNAM. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY, INDEED SO FAR THE VAST MAJORITY STILL CLING TO THE FORLORN HOPE THAT THE WORLD WILL CHANGE ITS MIND AND THEY WILL BE RESETTLED. WE KNOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY KNOWS THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE FELT IT NECESSARY TO MOVE AHEAD WITH AN ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME FOR THOSE WHO SIMPLY COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THE COUNTRIES TO WHICH THEY WANTED TO GO DO NOT WANT THEM.

"THE FIRST GROUP WAS SENT BACK YESTERDAY. I WOULD LIKE TO . ASSURE MEMBERS THAT THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS, THAT THE ACCOMPANYING OFFICERS, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, WERE NOT ARMED, AND THAT THE CHILDREN WHO RETURNED WERE PART OF FAMILY GROUPS. THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION OUR FIRST CONCERN WAS THE SAFETY AND DIGNITY OF THE PEOPLE CONCERNED. LET ME ALSO ASSURE MEMBERS THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE RETURNED ONLY AFTER ASSURANCES WERE RECEIVED FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM THAT THEY WOULD BE TREATED HUMANELY, THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE PUNISHED AND THAT THEIR RE-INTEGRATION INTO SOCIETY IN VIETNAM WOULD BE OPEN TO MONITORING. BUILDING ON THESE ARRANGEMENTS, IT IS OUR INTENTION TO PUT INTO PLACE A CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO RETURN TO VIETNAM ALL THOSE WHO ARE JUDGED NOT TO BE REFUGEES.

"THIS FIRST RETURN HAS ATTRACTED SOME CRITICISM OVERSEAS. HOWEVER, I FEEL BOUND TO SAY THAT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LOUDEST IN THEIR CONDEMNATION HAVE BEEN SLOWEST IN BRINGING FORWARD PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVES. 1 CAN ASSURE OUR CRITICS FIRST THAT WE REACHED OUR DECISION ONLY AFTER MUCH SOUL-SEARCHING AS TO WHAT WAS THE MOST HUMANE AND PRACTICAL COURSE TO FOLLOW, AND SECONDLY, THAT WE HAVE RETURNED NO ONE WHO IN THE EYES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS A BONA FIDE REFUGEE. IN THIS CONTEXT MR ROBERT VAN LEUWEN HAS CONFIRMED EXPLICITLY THAT UNHCR WAS SATISFIED THAT NONE OF THOSE RETURNED QUALIFIED AS REFUGEES.

"SIR, THIS IS NOT A ROLE OR RESPONSIBILITY WHICH WE HAVE SOUGHT. IT IS ONE WHICH GEOGRAPHY AND CIRCUMSTANCE HAS THRUST UPON US. WE HAVE RESPONDED WITH HUMANITY AND DECENCY TO A PROLONGED CRISIS. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT OUR RECORD, IF OBJECTIVELY ASSESSED, STANDS COMPARISON WITH ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. WE DO NOT LOOK FOR THE WORLD’S APPLAUSE, BUT WE ARE ENTITLED, I FEEL. TO ASK FOR THE WORLD’S UNDERSTANDING."

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PURPOSE OF SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS BILL EXPLAINED »*»»»*

THE PURPOSE OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROF3SIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 IS TO AMEND THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE SO AS TO FACILITATE THE DRAFTING OF REGULATIONS FOR THE VARIOUS SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON NIGEL SHIPMAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR SHIPMAN SAID THE NEED FOR THESE AMENDMENTS WAS CLEARLY EVIDENT IN THE FINAL STAGE OF DRAFTING THE REGULATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES OF THE RELEVANT PROFESSIONS.

"UNLESS THE ORDINANCE IS AMENDED TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY ENABLING PROVISIONS, THE REGULATIONS CANNOT BE MADE AND REGISTRATION OF MEMBERS OF THE CONCERNED PROFESSIONS CANNOT PROCEED," HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL IN JULY LAST YEAR AND SUBSEQUENTLY RE-INTRODUCED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE BASIC PRINCIPLES RELATING TO THE REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINE OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS AND THE ROLE OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND THE PROFESSIONAL BOARDS WERE ACCEPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1980 WHEN THE PRESENT ORDINANCE WAS PASSED.

HOWEVER. MR SHIPMAN NOTED, IN THE COURSE OF DISCUSSIONS WITH THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE BILL, A NUMBER OF FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES HAD BEEN RAISED INCLUDING. IN PARTICULAR. THE PROPOSAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE ORDINANCE SPECIFIC POWER FOR REGULATIONS TO BE MADE PRESCRIBING THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH MEMBERS OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WOULD ACCEPT PATIENTS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR PRACTICE.

MR SHIPMAN SAID THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDIAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND THE FIVE PROFESSIONAL BOARDS WERE THUS CONSULTED ON THE MATTER AND RESUMPTION OF DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ACCORDINGLY DEFERRED UNTIL TODAY TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR CONSULTATION.

MR SHIPMAN EXPRESSED APPRECIATION OF THE ADVICE GIVEN BY THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS AND THE UNDERSTANDING DEMONSTRATED BY THE AD HOC GROUP IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL.

HE SAID THAT AS A RESULT. IT WAS AGREED WITH THE AD HOC GROUP THAT AN AMENDMENT SHOULD BE MADE TO THE BILL WHICH WOULD IMPROVE THE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON THE PRINCIPLE THAT THE BOARDS SHOULD HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THEIR OWN CODES OF PRACTICE.

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COMMENTING ON SOME GENERAL POINTS WHICH EMERGED IN THE COURSE OF DEBATE ON THE BILL. MR SHIPMAN SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THE COMPOSITION OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS WAS WELL BALANCED, SO THAT THE INTERESTS OF THE PROFESSIONS AND OF THE PUBLIC COULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

"UNDER SECTION 3(11 OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE, THE COUNCIL COMPRISES ONE PERSON FROM EACH SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSION IN ADDITION TO PERSONS NOMINATED BY THE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTES, TOGETHER WITH PUBLIC OFFICERS AND FOUR OTHER PERSONS.

"IT IS OUR VIEW THAT AS THE COUNCIL HAS OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENSURING STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND FOR CO-ORDINATING AND SUPERVISING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE BOARDS, IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT IT SHOULD HAVE A WIDER REPRESENTATION THAN THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS THEMSELVES," HE SAID.

AS REGARDS THE BOARDS, MR SHIPMAN SAID ONLY TWO MEMBERS OF EACH BOARD WERE APPOINTED FOLLOWING NOMINATION BY A MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND A MAJORITY OF MEMBERS WERE DRAWN FROM THE RELEVANT SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSION.

"THE CHAIRMAN OF EACH BOARD IS DRAWN FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

"ALL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR."

ON SOME MEMBERS’ CONCERN THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS HAD NOT PROVIDED A CLEAR LINE OF AUTHORITY, THUS IMPEDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WORKING ARRANGEMENT WHICH WAS NECESSARY TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC INTEREST, MR SHIPMAN RESTATED THE INTENTION OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED IN 1980.

IT WAS THE INTENTION THAT THE BOARDS SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNCIL BUT THE LATTER COULD MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD CONCERNING THEIR ACTIVITIES, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE BOARDS WERE ALSO SPECIFICALLY EMPOWERED TO DRAW UP CODES OF PRACTICE FOR THEIR OWN PROFESSIONS.

MR SHIPMAN POINTED OUT THAT ANY ATTEMPT TO ALTER THESE BASIC PRINCIPLES WOULD BE STRONGLY RESISTED BY THE BOARDS AND THE PROFESSIONS CONCERNED.

"IN PRACTICE. THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS HAVE CONDUCTED THEIR BUSINESS IN A SPIRIT OF CONSULTATION AND CO-OPERATION." HE SAID.

ON CODES OF PRACTICE. HE SAID THE BILL REQUIRED THE BOARDS TO NOTIFY THE COUNCIL WHEN SUCH A CODE WAS PREPARED OR REVISED. AND. AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT. ALL THE BOARDS HAD AGREED THAT THEY WOULD FORWARD THEIR DRAFT CODE TO THE COUNCIL BEFORE THE DOCUMENT HAD BEEN FINALISED FOR PROMULGATION SO AS TO ENABLE THE COUNCIL PROPERLY TO DISCHARGE ITS FUNCTION OF MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARDS.

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ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSE 8 SOUGHT TO FORMALISE THIS WORKING ARRANGEMENT BY PROVIDING THAT A CODE PREPARED OR REVISED BY A BOARD SHALL NOT COME INTO OPERATION UNTIL AFTER THE EXPIRY OF A SPECIFIED PERIOD. MR SHIPMAN SAID.

“THIS HELPS TO PROVIDE A DEFINITE TIMEFRAME FOR ALL CONCERNED PARTIES TO DISCHARGE THEIR FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

“IN THE MOST UNLIKELY EVENT THAT THE COUNCIL AND A PARTICULAR BOARD COULD NOT REACH A CONSENSUS ON THE CONTENT OF THE CODE. OR THAT THE CODE WERE TO CONTAIN SPECIFIC ELEMENTS OR EXCLUDE SOME ESSENTIAL FEATURES AND THUS BE AGAINST PUBLIC INTEREST. THEN THIS SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME WOULD ENABLE THE ADMINISTRATION TO CONSIDER WHETHER REMEDIAL MEASURES WERE JUSTIFIED.” HE SAID.

ON THE POINT OF A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL. MR SHIPMAN SAID THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS HAD GENERALLY ACCEPTED THAT A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL IN THE PRACTICE OF SUPPLEMENTARY PROFESSIONS WAS UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES CONSIDERED AN APPROPRIATE REQUIREMENT IN THE INTERESTS OF THE PATIENT. THOUGH IT WAS RECOGNISED THAT SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT APPLY IN THE PRACTICE OF OPTOMETRY.

"ACCORDINGLY. THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS AND RADIOGRAPHERS WILL CONTAIN THE REQUIREMENT OF REFERRAL FROM A REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AND. IN SOME CASES. A REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONER.

”HOWEVER. THE COUNCIL AND ALL THE BOARDS WERE OPPOSED TO THE PROPOSAL OF PUTTING DOCTOR’S REFERRAL IN THE LEGISLATION,” HE SAID.

MR SHIPMAN SAID THE RATIONALE FOR THIS WAS THAT REFERRAL AMONG MEMBERS OF THE HEALTH CARE TEAM WAS ESSENTIALLY A PROFESSIONAL MATTER AND SHOULD BEST BE PROVIDED FOR IN THE CODE OF PRACTICE DRAWN UP BY EACH PROFESSIONAL BOARD FOR REGULATING THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT OF MEMBERS OF THAT PROFESSION.

"THIS ARRANGEMENT ALSO OFFERS THE FLEXIBILITY TO TAILOR THE REQUIREMENT ON REFERRAL TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH PARTICULAR PROFESSION.

"I BELIEVE THAT THE BOARDS SHOULD BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY TO REGULATE MEMBERS OF THEIR PROFESSION AND TO DO SO WITH THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC IN MIND.” HE SAID,

ON THE QUESTION OF EXEMPTION OF DOCTORS FROM SECTION 21(1) OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE. MR SHIPMAN SAID THE REGULATIONS FOR THE VARIOUS SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS AS PRESENTLY DRAFTED WOULD EXEMPT DOCTORS WHILE PRACTISING MEDICINE. DENTISTS WHILE PRACTISING DENTISTRY AND CERTAIN OTHER CATEGORIES OF PROFESSIONS FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER.

HE SAID THESE EXEMPTIONS WERE NECESSARY GIVEN THE INEVITABLE OVERLAP IN THE PRACTICE OF THE VARIOUS PROFESSIONS, AND THAT THE EXEMPTIONS ALSO MADE FOR CONSISTENCY WITH OTHER LAWS.

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FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID A RECIPROCAL ARRANGEMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WAS PROVIDED IN THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE.

MR SHIPMAN ADDED THAT THE ISSUE OF EXEMPTION WAS NOT STRICTLY RELEVANT TO THE BILL. "UNDER THE EXTANT ORDINANCE. THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IS ALREADY EMPOWERED TO MAKE REGULATIONS TO EXEMPT ANY CLASS OF PERSONS FROM ALL OR ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE." HE SAID.

NOTING THAT CONCERN HAD ALSO BEEN EXPRESSED ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF SOME DOCTORS OF EMPLOYING UNQUALIFIED PERSONS TO PERFORM SPECIALISED FUNCTIONS SUPPLEMENTARY TO MEDICINE, MR SHIPMAN SAID HE HAD RECEIVED THE LEGAL OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS THAT THIS PRACTICE WOULD NOT BE PERMISSIBLE WHEN SECTION 21 OF THE ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT.

"FOLLOWING ADVICE FROM THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL, IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO PURSUE THE MATTER WITH THE MEDICAL COUNCIL." HE SAID.

ON THE PROGRESS OF THE VARIOUS SETS OF DRAFT REGULATIONS. MR SHIPMAN SAID THE REGULATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS WERE COMPLETED LAST YEAR BUT COULD NOT ACTUALLY BE MADE UNTIL THE NECESSARY ENABLING PROVISIONS WERE PROVIDED IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE BY THIS BILL.

"DRAFTING OF THE REGULATIONS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THESE WILL SHORTLY BE PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

"DRAFTING OF REGULATIONS IN REGARD TO OPTOMETRISTS AND RADIOGRAPHERS IS NEARING COMPLETION AND THEY WILL THEREAFTER BE CIRCULATED TO ALL CONCERNED ORGANISATIONS FOR COMMENT," HE SAID.

MR SHIPMAN POINTED OUT THAT THESE REGULATIONS HAD TAKEN A LONG TIME TO FINALISE BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SUBJECTS AND THE NEED TO CARRY OUT THOROUGH CONSULTATION.

"NEVERTHELESS, I SHOULD LIKE TO ASSURE MEMBERS THAT IT REMAINS OUR PRIORITY TO BRING THIS ORDINANCE INTO OPERATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND, ALLOWING TIME FOR THE REGISTRATION MACHINERY TO BE ESTABLISHED. WE EXPECT THAT REGISTRATION OF THE VARIOUS PROFESSIONS WILL COMMENCE IN STAGES IN THE LATTER PART OF THE NEXT YEAR." HE SAID.

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PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC NOT DIRECTLY AFFECTED ******

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE PRESENT SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 THAT WOULD DIRECTLY AFFECT THE PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC EXCEPT THAT IF THE BILL WOULD NOT BE PASSED THE PRESENT ORDINANCE WOULD REMAIN FLAWED AND HENCE STATUTORY REGISTRATION AND THE MAKING OF A LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE CODE OF PRACTICE COULD NOT PROCEED. THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. THE HON NIGEL SHIPMAN. SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AGAINST A LEGCO MOTION BY THE HON JAMES MCGREGOR. SEEKING TO DEFER DEBATE ON THE BILL. MR SHIPMAN SAID THE ISSUE NOW IN QUESTION. AS HE UNDERSTOOD IT. WAS POSED PRIMARILY BY A GROUP OF CHIROPRACTORS. WHOSE PRACTICE WAS NOT FORMALLY RECOGNISED OR REGULATED IN HONG KONG. WHO CLAIMED THAT THEIR PRACTICE WOULD BE LIMITED BY A PROPOSED PROVISION IN THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR RADIOGRAPHERS.

MR SHIPMAN NOTED THAT IT HAD BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE PRACTICE OF THE CHIROPRATIC WOULD BE SEVERELY LIMITED. IF REFERRAL FROM A REGISTERED MEDICAL OR DENTAL PRACTITIONER WERE REQUIRED BEFORE A RADIOGRAPHER MAY TAKE THE X-RAY OF A PATIENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT CHIROPRACTIC WAS NEITHER A FORMALLY RECOGNISED NOR REGULATED PROFESSION IN THE HEALTH CARE SERVICE OF HONG KONG.

"THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT EMPLOY CHIROPRACTIC OR PROVIDE SUCH SERVICE AND THERE ARE NO TRAINING FACILITIES LOCALLY FOR THAT PROFESSION." HE ADDED.

MR SHIPMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE POWER OF EACH BOARD TO PREPARE AND TO REVISE A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MEMBERS OF ITS OWN PROFESSION WAS ALREADY PROVIDED BY SECTION 26 OF THE ORDINANCE.

"THAT EXPLAINS WHY WE HAVE NOT SOUGHT TO CONSULT THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION BEFORE INTRODUCING THIS BILL." HE SAID.

HOWEVER. MR SHIPMAN SAID THAT STAFF OF THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH HAD MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS AT THE ASSOCIATION'S REQUEST TO DISCUSS THE WIDER ISSUE OF THE PRACTICE OF THE CHIROPRACTIC IN HONG KONG AND THE CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE ACCESS TO X-RAY TESTS.

"AS THE LATTER SUBJECT RELATES TO THE CODE OF PRACTICE TO BE PREPARED BY THE RADIOGRAPHERS BOARD. THE ASSOCIATION'S VIEWS WERE REFERRED TO THE BOARD.

"I UNDERSTAND THE ASSOCIATION HAS RECENTLY REITERATED ITS OBJECTION TO THE PROVISION ON DOCTOR’S REFERRAL IN THE PRESENT DRAFT OF THE RADIOGRAPHERS’ CODE OF PRACTICE AND THE BOARD WILL BE MEETING SHORTLY TO CONSIDER THESE VIEWS." HE SAID.

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MR SHIPMAN ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE THE OMELCO STANDING PANEL ON HEALTH SERVICES HAD INDICATED THAT ITS MEMBERS WOULD WISH TO DISCUSS STATUS OF CHIROPRACTIC IN HONG KONG WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND SAID THAT HE WAS ALSO OPEN TO FURTHER DIALOGUE WITH THE HONG KONG CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION.

NOTING THAT MR MCGREGOR HAD NOT ELABORATED ON THE OBJECTIONS BY SOME PEOPLE IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WHICH HE FELT PROVIDED GROUNDS FOR ADJOURNING THE DEBATE ON THIS BILL. MR SHIPMAN SAID THE FACT WAS THE PRESENT BILL HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND HAD STIMULATED CONSIDERABLE DISCUSSION AMONG THE PROFESSIONS CONCERNED.

"AS A RESULT. THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL IS GENERALLY SUPPORTED BY THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS, SO LONG AS THE REQUIREMENT OF DOCTOR'S REFERRAL WOULD NOT BE PRESCRIBED IN THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE PROFESSIONS.

"HE POINTED OUT THAT A MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARDS WERE DRAWN FROM THE PROFESSIONS CONCERNED AND IN THE COURSE OF THESE DISCUSSIONS, A NUMBER OF ISSUES WHICH WERE RELATED TO THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE BUT WERE NOT DIRECTLY RELEVANT TO THE BILL HAD BEEN RAISED.

"I AGREE WITH THE AD HOC GROUP THAT SOME OF THESE ISSUES DESERVE DUE ATTENTION AND SHOULD BE LOOKED AT BY THE ADMINISTRATION WITH THE PARTIES CONCERNED.

"HOWEVER, IT WOULD BE UNREASONABLE TO LET THEM HINDER THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL." HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT TO DELAY REGISTRATION OF THE VARIOUS PROFESSIONS FOR THESE CONSIDERATIONS WOULD BE A SEVERE BLOW TO THE WORK DONE BY THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND BOARDS OVER THE YEARS AND WOULD CAUSE GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT AND FRUSTRATION AMONG MOST MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSIONS CONCERNED.

"FOR THESE REASONS, 1 DO NOT CONSIDER IT TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST," MR SHIPMAN SAID.

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COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS TO THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WERE MOVED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON NIGEL SHIPMAN, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE AMENDMENTS INVOLVED CLAUSES 6 AND 9 OF THE BILL.

MR SHIPMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 6 REPLACED THE NEW SECTION 15A BY AN EXPANDED VERSION SO AS TO GIVE THE PROFESSIONAL BOARDS THE DISCRETION IN HOLDING EXAMINATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE BY EITHER CONDUCTING SUCH EXAMINATIONS THEMSELVES OR APPOINTING EXAMINERS TO CONDUCT EXAMINATIONS ON THEIR BEHALF.

AS DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXAMINATIONS MIGHT BE CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF FULL REGISTRATION AND PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION UNDER THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, THE AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 6 FURTHER PROVIDED THE BOARDS WITH THE FLEXIBILITY TO DETERMINE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CANDIDATES SITTING FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXAMINATIONS.

THE AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 9 WAS IN RESPONSE TO THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY THE AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE BILL THAT REGISTERED PERSONS IN ANY PROFESSION MIGHT, IN THE COURSE OF PRACTISING THEIR PROFESSION, PRACTISE OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THEIR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE.

MR SHIPMAN SAID THERE WERE ALREADY EXISTING SAFEGUARDS IN CLAUSE 9 OF THE BILL WHICH ENABLED REGULATIONS TO BE MADE TO PROHIBIT OR RESTRICT MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSIONS WHO DID NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS FROM PRACTISING ANY SPECIFIED FUNCTION OF THAT PROFESSION.

"THE PRESENT AMENDMENT SEEKS TO ENHANCE THESE SAFEGUARDS BY ENABLING THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO MAKE REGULATIONS TO PROHIBIT OR RESTRICT PERSONS REGISTERED IN RESPECT OF ANY OF THE PROFESSIONS FROM PERFORMING, IN THE COURSE OF PRACTISING THAT PROFESSION. ANY FUNCTION OR ACTIVITY AS MAY BE SPECIFIED IN THE REGULATIONS." MR SHIPMAN EXPLAINED.

HE ADDED THAT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY, THE AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 9 FURTHER ENABLED SUCH RESTRICTIONS. IF THEY WERE TO BE MADE. TO APPLY TO ALL REGISTERED PERSONS OF THE PROFESSION OR TO SUCH PERSONS BY REFERENCE TO THEIR CATEGORY OR QUALIFICATION.

"THE OTHER CHANGES EFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT ARE DRAFTING IMPROVEMENTS WHICH HAVE NOT ALTERED THE SUBSTANCE OF THE PROVISIONS." MR SHIPMAN SAID.

THE AMENDMENTS WERE PASSED BY THE COUNCIL.

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THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL (SMPC) AND THE VARIOUS SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSION BOARDS SHOULD BE GIVEN A FREE HAND TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO ACHIEVE FULL AUTONOMY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LAW TO REGULATE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS. THE HON EDWARD HO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, MR HO SAID THE BILL HAD PROBABLY SET A RECORD IN THAT IT STRADDLED THREE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSIONS.

"THERE HAVE BEEN ARGUMENTS OVER THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, BUT I AM CONVINCED THAT THESE ARE NOTHING BUT HEALTHY ARGUMENTS, ALL SEEKING TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC." SAID MR HO. THE CONVENER OF A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP WHICH SCRUTINISED THE BILL.

HE NOTED THAT ONE OF THE MAJOR DISPUTES AROSE FROM A CLAUSE WHICH SOUGHT TO REQUIRE THAT WHERE THE BOARD OF A RELEVANT SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSION BOARD PREPARED A CODE OF PRACTICE AND REVISED IT SUBSEQUENTLY. THE BOARD SHOULD INFORM THE SMPC IN WRITING AND SERVE ON THE SMPC A COPY OF THE CODE OR THE REVISIONS.

BROADLY SPEAKING, THE VIEWS OF THE AD HOC GROUP ON THIS CLAUSE HAD BEEN DIVIDED INTO TWO MAIN STREAMS.

ON ONE HAND. SOME MEMBERS CONSIDERED THAT THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WERE OF SUCH IMPORTANCE THAT IT WOULD BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC TO REQUIRE BY LAW THAT THEIR PREPARATION AND ANY SUBSEQUENT REVISION SHOULD BE SCRUTINISED AND APPROVED BY THE SMPC.

THESE MEMBERS ARGUED THAT THE CLAUSE FAILED TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SMPC AND THE BOARDS AS REGARDS THE CODES OF PRACTICE FOR THE PROFESSIONS. AND THE MERE SERVICE OF COPIES OF THE CODES OF PRACTICE OR OF THEIR REVISIONS ON THE SMPC WOULD NOT ASSIST THE COUNCIL IN DISCHARGING ITS STATUTORY SUPERVISORY FUNCTIONS OVER THE BOARDS.

THESE MEMBERS WERE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT THE RELEVANT PROFESSIONALS SHOULD NOT TREAT PATIENTS WITHOUT REFERRALS BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, AND SUGGESTED THAT THE NEED FOR SUCH REFERRALS SHOULD NOT ONLY BE STIPULATED IN THE RESPECTIVE CODES OF PRACTICE OF THE PROFESSIONS. BUT ALSO IN THE STATUTORY REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE PROFESSIONS.

ON THE OTHER HAND. OTHER MEMBERS FELT THAT SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE IN 1980. THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SMPC AND THE BOARDS HAD BEEN THAT OF CONSULTATION AND CO-OPERATION. THIS RELATIONSHIP HAD SERVED THEM WELL AND SHOULD BE MAINTAINED AS BOTH PARTIES HAD EXPRESSED SATISFACTION WITH IT.

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MR HO SAID HE WAS PLEASED THAT THE MEMBERS HAD FINALLY AGREED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL WITH SOME AMENDMENTS.

THESE AMENDMENTS WOULD STIPULATE CLEARLY IN THE ORDINANCE THAT THE CODES OF PRACTICE OF THE PROFESSIONS SHOULD NOT BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE ORDINANCE OR ANY REGULATIONS MADE UNDER IT. AND THAT ANY CODE OR ANY REVISION TO IT SHOULD NOT COME INTO EFFECT UNTIL AFTER SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE THE SMPC RECEIVED A COPY, OR SUCH SHORTER PERIOD AS MIGHT BE AGREED BY THE SMPC AND THE BOARDS CONCERNED.

TURNING TO THE HONG KONG CHIROPRACTORS ASSOCIATION’S CLAIM THAT THE REQUIREMENT OF DOCTORS’ REFERRAL WOULD POSE HARDSHIP FOR THE CHIROPRACTORS IN THAT THEY WOULD BE DEPRIVED OF THE RIGHT TO REFER PATIENTS TO RADIOGRAPHERS FOR X-RAY SERVICES. MR HO SAID THAT THE CHIROPRACTORS HAD YET TO GET RECOGNITION AS A HEALTH PROFESSION IN HONG' KONG AND.' AS SUCH. THE QUESTION OF THEIR BEING DEPRIVED OF A RIGHT DID NOT ARISE.

"I CAN ONLY SUGGEST THAT THE ADMINISTRATION GIVE THE CHIROPRACTORS A FAIR HEARING IN THEIR NEXT ROUND OF DISCUSSION." MR HO SAID.

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DR HE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (W1 ’NESDAY) THE HEALTH CARE TEAM SHOULD FORGO SECTORAL INTERESTS SO AS TO PROVIDE THE BEST OF CARE TO THE PUBLIC.

"FOR IT IS THROUGH A SELFLESS DEVOTION THAT WE AN CLAIM TO BE A PROFESSION THAT CARES. THE PUBLIC MUST STAND CONVINl. D THAT THIS IS WHAT WE OWE THEM AND THIS IS WHAT THE HEALTH CARE PRO!ESSION STRIVES FOR." HE SAID.

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989. DR LEONG SAID THE BILL WAS A CONTROVERSIAL ONE ALTHOUGH IT SOUGHT ONLY TO MAKE SOME MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, FACTS WERE UNNECESSARILY DISTORTED THROUGH MOTIVATIONS OF SELF-VESTED INTEREST. HE ADDED.

DR LEONG SAID THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROFESSION HAD NEVER BEEN AGAINST THE BILL BUT FOR A BASIC GREY AREA IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE CONCERNING THE LACK OF CLARITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE

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THERE WAS A LACK OF CLARITY OF A CONTROLLING ROLE OF THE COUNCIL OVER THE BOARDS. HE ADDED.

"REGRETTABLY THIS PARTICULAR POINT ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COUNCIL AND BOARDS HAD NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED. IT STILL REMAINS DUBIOUS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE BOARDS AND THE COUNCIL COME TO A STALEMATE." HE SAID.

DR LEONG SAID THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROFESSION FELT THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION TO FURTHER DELAY THE BILL BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION HAD INFORMED THE PROFESSION THAT THERE HAD BEEN A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING AND CONSENSUS BETWEEN THE SMPC AND THE BOARDS.

HE SAID THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROFESSION DID NOT PUSH THE BILL AS ALLEGED BUT THEY THOUGHT THAT MANY FLAWS DID EXIST WITHIN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AND WOULD LIKE TO SEEK FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO MAKE IT PERFECT.

HE ALSO SAID THAT IT WAS NOT TRUE THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSION WAS ATTEMPTING TO CONTROL OTHER ALLIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONS.

"THE MEDICAL PROFESSION HAS AND WILL ALWAYS MAINTAIN THE ROLE AS CO-ORDINATOR AND LEADER OF THE HEALTH CARE TEAM AND TOGETHER PROVIDE THE BEST OF CARE TO THE PUBLIC WE SERVE." HE SAID.

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IN SPITE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANY SUB-SPECIALISATIONS, DOCTORS REMAIN THE HEAD OF A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM BEARING THE TASK OF CURING PATIENTS, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, DR IP SAID THAT SHE WAS REASSURED TO LEARN THAT THE PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, RADIOGRAPHERS, MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS AND THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS ALL FELT THAT THEIR PROFESSIONS SHOULD ONLY SEE PATIENTS REFERRED BY DOCTORS, AS IT HAD ALWAYS BEEN BY LEGISLATION.

THE ISSUE REGARDING CHIROPRACTORS WAS FOR THE TIME BRING A MATTER OUTSIDE THE BILL, SHE SAID.

DR IP SAID SHE AGREED THAT EACH OF THE PROFESSIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO REGULATE THEIR OWN PROFESSION AND, IN PARTICULAR, TO ENSURE THAT THEIR MEMBERS SHOULD PRACTISE WITHIN THEIR SCOPE.

THE BOARD SHOULD BE GIVEN THE POWER TO DISCIPLINE THEIR MEMBERS WHO TREATED PATIENTS WITHOUT REFERRAL FROM DOCTORS, SHE SAID.

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"ALTHOUGH THE CODE OF PRACTICE CAN BE REVISED BY THE BOARDS, AMENDMENTS TO THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THE OVERSEEING COUNCIL APPROVES OF ANY SUCH CHANGE, FAILING WHICH THERE IS A SIX-MONTH PERIOD FOR NECESSARY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE THE REVISED CODE CAN BE PUT INTO PRACTICE.

"THIS WILL GIVE TIME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO INFORM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL OF SUCH DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BETWEEN THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS. LEGISLATORS CAN THEN, IF FELT NECESSARY, INTRODUCE LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO MAKE IT A REQUISITE FOR DOCTOR’S REFERRAL,'' DR IP SAID.

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THE HON JIMMY MCGREGOR MOVED A MOTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO SUSPEND FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 UNTIL VARIOUS DETAILED REPRESENTATIONS FORM THE CONCERNED PROFESSIONS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED.

THIS WOULD ALLOW THE ORGANISATIONS AND GROUPS CONCERNED TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN THEIR OBJECTIONS TO THE COUNCIL. HE ADDED.

SPEAKING IN THE RESUME DEBATE ON THE BILL. MR MCGREGOR SAID THE BILL WOULD AFFECT A LARGE NUMBER OF SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS. SUCH AS PHYSIOTHERAPISTS AND CHIROPRACTORS. AS WELL AS MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WHO PREFERRED TO BE TREATED BY THESE PROFESSIONALS WITHOUT HAVING FIRST TO APPROACH A GENERAL PRACTITIONER EITHER FOR EXAMINATIONS OR X-RAY SERVICES.

HE SAID THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS INVOLVED CLAIMED THAT THERE WAS NO RECORD OF MISUSE OF X-RAY SERVICES THAT WOULD JUSTIFY THEIR HAVING TO REQUIRE REFERRAL TO GENERAL PRACTITIONERS WHEN X-RAYS WERE REQUIRED.

MR MCGREGOR ADMITTED THAT HE HAD LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT. BUT THE LATE RECEIPT OF WRITTEN PROTESTS AND THE NATURE OF THESE PROTESTS HAD PERSUADED HIM THAT THERE WAS JUSTIFICATION IN SEEKING A DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL TO ALLOW THOSE AFFECTED TO explain Their case.

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THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WARRANTS FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND THE GOVERNMENT AND THE OMELCO HEALTH PANEL SHOULD INDEPENDENTLY CONSULT ALL ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL GROUPS CONCERNED, THE HON ELSIE TU SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SAYING SHE WOULD VOTE AGAINST THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS TU SAID WHEN THE BILL WAS IMPLEMENTED AND WHEN THE BOARDS OF RELEVANT SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS INTRODUCED THEIR CODES OF PRACTICE. SOME SUPPLEMENTARY PRACTITIONERS WOULD BE AFFECTED OR EVEN PUT OUT OF BUSINESS.

“NONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN CONSULTED,” SHE SAID.

MRS TU NOTED THAT THE HARDEST HIT WOULD BE THE CHIROPRACTORS, MOST OF WHOM HAD THE QUALIFICATIONS THAT WOULD ENTITLE THEM TO PRACTISE AS REGISTERED DOCTORS IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES BUT HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO REGISTER IN HONG KONG BECAUSE THERE WAS NO SUCH REGISTRATION SYSTEM.

SHE SAID THAT THE TRAINING OF A CHIROPRACTOR WAS AS LONG AS THAT OF A GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AND. IN ADDITION, THE CHIROPRACTOR UNDERWENT X-RAY TRAINING WHILE A GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER DID NOT.

"YET IF THIS BILL AND THE CODES OF PRACTICE ARE IMPLEMENTED AS THEY NOW STAND, THE CHIROPRACTOR WILL HAVE NO ACCESS TO X-RAY CLINICS EXCEPT BY REFERRAL THROUGH A GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.

’’THIS CREATES AN IMPOSSIBLE OBSTACLE SINCE THE DOCTOR WILL NOT RECOGNISE CHIROPRACTIC AS AN ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT,” SHE SAID.

MRS TU SAID THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL WOULD ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT RECOGNISED AND QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS BECAUSE OF THE SUPERVISION PERIOD NOW PROPOSED.

"IT IS TOTALLY UNREASONABLE THAT A FULLY TRAINED PHYSIOTHERAPIST IS SAID TO REQUIRE SUPERVISION. WHILE A GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER CAN PRACTISE PHYSIOTHERAPY WITHOUT ANY TRAINING WHATEVER IN THAT DISCIPLINE, AND MOREOVER DOCTORS CAN TRAIN ANY UNTRAINED ASSISTANT TO CARRY OUT PHYSIOTHERAPY UNDER HIS OWN INSTRUCTIONS.” SHE SAID.

MRS TU SAID THAT TO INTRODUCE CODES OF PRACTICE THAT COMPELLED THE PUBLIC TO SEE A GENERAL PRACTITIONER BEFORE THEY COULD HAVE AN X-RAY, AND TO EXCLUDE BY THIS METHOD THE ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT WHICH THE PATIENT MIGHT WISH TO TAKE. SEEMED TO BE INTERFERENCE WITH THE RIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC TO CHOOSE. AND AT THE SAME TIME FORCING THEM TO PAY TWICE FOR WHAT THEY GOT.

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SHE ALSO CRITICISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR TRYING TO DRAG A WIDE VARIETY OF MEDICAL DISCIPLINES UNDER THE CONTROL OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE THE TRAINING, KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELDS THEY CONTROLLED.

MRS TU STRESSED THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL ALTERNATIVE DISCIPLINES BROUGHT INTO LINE BY REGISTRATION OF THOSE WHO HAD THE REQUIRED TRAINING.

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CUSTODIAL PENALTIES WILL ENHANCE DETERRENT EFFECT OF LAW

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THE SANCTION OF CUSTODIAL PENALTIES PROPOSED UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WILL GREATLY ENHANCE THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF THE LAW, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE BUSINESSES WHICH HAVE COME TO REGARD THE PAYMENT OF FINES AS A PART OF THEIR OVERHEADS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR YEUNG SAID THESE MEASURES, DRACONIAN THOUGH THEY MIGHT APPEAR TO BE AT FIRST SIGHT, WERE NECESSARY WHEN CONSIDERED AGAINST THE APPALLING RECORD OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ANNUAL ACCIDENT RATE HAD ALMOST DOUBLED, FROM ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE WORKERS IN 1979 TO NEARLY TWO OUT OF EVERY FIVE LAST YEAR.

"TO GIVE A FURTHER EXAMPLE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM. NO FEWER THAN 459 WORKERS WERE INJURED DURING THE LAST YEAR OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE. OF THIS NUMBER, TWO DIED AND 90 WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. OT WHOM 36 WERE PERMANENTLY DISABLED.

"IT IS AGAINST A RECORD SUCH AS THIS THAT ONE WONDERS AT WHAT COST IN TERMS OF HUMAN SUFFERING WE ARE ACHIEVING PROGRESS," MR YEUNG SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS AND OTHERS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL THAT THE LAW MUST BE FAIR AND THAT NO ONE WHO BORE NO BLAME OR RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE SENT TO GOAL.

"I CAN ASSURE MEMBERS THAT. AS WITH OTHER OFFENCES, NO PROSECUTION UNDER THE ORDINANCE WILL BE TAKEN LIGHTLY," HE ADDED.

MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE AMENDMENTS TO BE MOVED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE WOULD, MOREOVER. ENSURE THAT ONLY THOSE PROPRIETORS WHO HAD THE MANAGEMENT OR CONTROL OF THE WORK PLACE. AND THOSB WHO COMMITTED AN OFFENCE WITHOUT A REASONABLE EXCUSE. WOULD BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION LEADING TO A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE.

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HE SAID HE COULD NOT AGREE WITH THE ARGUMENT THAT THE BURDEN OF PROVIDING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT RESTED ONLY WITH THE EMPLOYER.

"IT MUST BE IN THE INTERESTS OF EMPLOYEES TO CO-OPERATE WITH THEIR EMPLOYER IN MAKING SURE THAT ADEQUATE SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN.

"AND CLEARLY EACH EMPLOYEE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO AVOID PUTTING HIMSELF AND OTHERS WORKING WITH HIM AT RISK." HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THE BILL WAS AN IMPORTANT LANDMARK IN THE FIGHT AGAINST INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

IT INTRODUCED A SET OF GENERAL DUTIES THAT WOULD PLACE UPON BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT PRACTICES AT WORK AND WORKING ENVIRONMENTS WERE SAFE.

MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSED TO GIVE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES SUFFICIENT TIME TO ACQUAINT THEMSELVES WITH THE NEW INDUSTRIAL SAFETY DUTIES AND THE PENALTIES PROVIDED FOR IN THE BILL.

"ACCORDINGLY. WE WILL ONLY BRING THE LAW INTO EFFECT 12 MONTHS AFTER THE BILL HAS BEEN ENACTED. DURING THIS TIME THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL MOUNT A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO EXPLAIN THE BILL.

"THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO ASSIST EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN PREPARING THEMSELVES. FOR EXAMPLE BY PROVIDING SUITABLE TRAINING IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PRACTICES AND ADVICE ON THE INTRODUCTION OF SAFETY SYSTEMS.

"THIS INCLUDES ENCOURAGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF IN-PLANT SAFETY COMMITTEES," MR YEUNG SAID.

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CONCERTED EFFORTS NEEDED TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

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THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REQUIRES THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL. THE HON MIRIAM LAU TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989. MRS LAU SAID THAT THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF THE CUSTODIAL PENALTIES PROPOSED UNDER THE BILL AIMED TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE THAT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERYBODY.

"IF ANYONE SHOULD BLATANTLY DISREGARD THE SAME, THE PRICE THEY HAVE TO PAY IS NOT ONLY MONEY BUT ALSO THEIR OWN LIBERTY," SHE SAID.

MRS LAU NOTED THAT THE BILL SOUGHT TO INTRODUCE THREE IMPORTANT CHANGES, STATING:

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"FIRSTLY. A GENERAL DUTY IS IMPOSED ON PROPRIETORS TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, ATTRACTING, IN CASE OF BREACH. A FINE AS WELL AS A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE.

"SECONDLY. EMPLOYEES THEMSELVES ARE CHARGED WITH THE DUTY OF TAKING REASONABLE CARE FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEMSELVES AND OTHERS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED BY THEIR ACTS OR OMISSIONS, ATTRACTING IN CASE OF BREACH A FINE, AND IN CASE OF WILFUL BREACH WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE. A FINE AS WELL AS A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE."

"THIRDLY, AMENDMENTS ARE MADE TO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION TO INTRODUCE CUSTODIAL PENALTIES TO OFFENCES WHICH HITHERTO ONLY ATTRACTED A FINE."

MRS LAU NOTED THAT THE BILL HAD AROUSED STRONG REACTIONS FROM BOTH PROPRIETORS AND EMPLOYEES.

THE MAIN COMPLAINT OF PROPRIETORS WAS THAT. APART FROM THE CATCH-ALL DEFINITION OF THE TERM "PROPRIETOR", IT WAS UNFAIR AND UNCONSCIONABLE TO IMPOSE CUSTODIAL PENALTIES ON THEM. SHE SAID.

SHE SAID THE PROPRIETORS ALSO COMPLAINED OF THE DISPARITY IN TREATMENT BETWEEN THEM AND THE EMPLOYEES -- THAT EMPLOYEES WOULD BE LIABLE TO A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE ONLY IF THEIR ACTS OR OMISSIONS WERE PROVEN TO BE WILFUL, WHEREAS PROPRIETORS WOULD BE LIABLE TO SUCH PENALTIES EVEN IF SUCH WILFUL ELEMENT WAS ABSENT.

MRS LAU STRESSED THAT THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW WAS TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT WAS TO ENSURE THAT OUR LAWS WERE JUST AND EQUITABLE.

INSISTING THAT TO GROUND LIABILITY FOR CUSTODIAL PENALTIES AGAINST SOME ONE WHO MIGHT NOT BE THE TRUE CULPRIT WAS GROSSLY UNFAIR, MRS LAU SAID SHE WAS PLEASED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS NOW PREPARED TO NARROW DOWN THE WIDTH OF THE DEFINITION OF "PROPRIETOR" AND TO ACCEPT THAT A "REASONABLE EXCUSE" ELEMENT BE BUILT INTO THOSE PROVISIONS WHICH CARRIED WITH THEM STRICT LIABILITY.

"THE ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO PREPARED TO ACCEPT INCLUSION OF A 'WILFUL AND WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE' ELEMENT IN THE PROVISION RELATING TO THE GENERAL DUTIES OF THE PROPRIETOR INSOFAR AS THE SAME ATTRACTS A CUSTODIAL PENALTY." SHE ADDED.

MRS LAU CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF IN-PLANT SAFETY COMMITTEES IN INDUSTRIAL

UNDERTAKINGS SO THAT PROPRIETORS AND EMPLOYEES COULD PUT THEIR HEADS TOGETHER TO FORMULATE SAFETY RULES PERTAINING TO THEIR OWN INDUSTRY.

SHE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD ALSO RENDER AS MUCH GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE AS POSSIBLE TO MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRY, SO AS TO ENSURE THAT NO UNDUE HARDSHIP WOULD BE CAUSED.

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AS REGARDS THE EMPLOYEES. MRS LAU SAID WHILST THE PRIMARY DUTY OF PROVIDING A SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK RESTED ON THE PROPRIETORS. THE EMPLOYEES SHOULD NOT BE EXONERATED FROM ALL RESPONSIBILITY.

"EVEN IF THE PENALTY MAY SOUND A BIT DRACONIAN, THE PROVISION REALLY AIMS TO CATCH ONLY THOSE WHO ACT WILFULLY, AND FOR THOSE WHO ACT WILFULLY IN DISREGARD FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS, THERE CAN BE NO SYMPATHY," SHE SAID.

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ONLY MOST UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE JAILED *****

THE HON JAMES TIEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT HE HOPES ONLY THE MOST UNSCRUPULOUS OF EMPLOYERS AND THE MOST NEGLIGENT OF EMPLOYEES WOULD BE JAILED FOR VIOLATING THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, WHICH AIMED AT PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, MR TIEN HOPED THAT EMPLOYERS WOULD ALWAYS BE GIVEN THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. WITH DUE ATTENTION TO THE NOTION OF "WILFULNESS" AND "REASONABLE EXCUSE".

HE SAID THERE WAS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE WORK OF THE EXECUTIVES AND SUPERVISORY STAFF IN THE FACTORIES WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THE WORKERS WERE USING THE NECESSARY SAFETY MEASURES.

THE ORIGINAL ORDINANCE HAD FAILED TO RECOGNISE THE DISTINCTION AND REFERRED TO THEM GENERALLY AS "THE PROPRIETOR", WHICH WOULD BE UNFAIR TO THE FACTORY MANAGEMENT AND EXECUTIVES.

"1 DO NOT ACCEPT THAT IT IS SENSIBLE OR REASONABLE TO HOLD THIS DREADFUL THREAT OVER THE HARD-WORKING INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY. WORK. NOT PRISON, SHOULD BE OUR GOAL.

"I REFUSE TO SEE THE NEED FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO BE THREATENED WITH IMPRISONMENT." HE SAID.

MR TIEN SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL WITH RESERVATIONS AND URGED THAT THERE SHOULD BE A REVIEW WITHIN A STIPULATED PERIOD OF ABOUT TWO YEARS.

ALTHOUGH THE BILL WOULD INCLUDE A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE FOR THE OFFENDERS. MR TIEN SAID THERE WAS STILL A FUNDAMENTAL FLAW IN THE IDEA.

HE SAID THAT BOTH THE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES WOULD NOT BE BENEFITTED BY SUCH A PROPOSED PENALTY. AND A HIGHER COMPENSATION FOR THE INJURED WORKER WOULD SEEM TO BE MORE APPROPRIATE.

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MR TIEN ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WERE BROADER CONSIDERATIONS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT REGARDING THIS BILL, NAMELY THE LABOUR SHORTAGE, BRAIN DRAIN AND POTENTIAL INVESTMENT IN INDUSTRY.

’’GIVEN THE CURRENT LABOUR SHORTAGE. WE HAVE AN ECONOMIC SITUATION IN WHICH THE LAW MAY BE UNREASONABLY TILTED IN FAVOUR OF THE CARELESS EMPLOYEE.

"THE EFFECT OF THIS BILL WILL GIVE THE UPPER HAND TO THE EMPLOYEE, BUT THE ORDINARY EMPLOYER CANNOT DISMISS. NOR EVEN BE UNDULY HARSH WITH HIS EMPLOYEES. EVEN WHEN THEY FAIL TO USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT PROPERLY.

"FURTHERMORE. THE CURRENT BRAIN DRAIN AND LABOUR SHORTAGE PROBLEM HAVE CAUSED MANY IMPORTANT SUPERVISORY POSTS WHICH REQUIRE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO BE EITHER LEFT VACANT OR FILLED BY INEXPERIENCED PEOPLE." HE SAID.

THIS WOULD DISCOURAGE INVESTORS FROM INVESTING IN MORE SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT.

"ANOTHER CONSIDERATION IS WHETHER POTENTIAL INVESTORS ARE PREPARED TO DEVOTE THEIR RESOURCES TO INDUSTRIES WHICH MAKE EXCESSIVE DEMANDS UPON SAFETY EQUIPMENT WHICH COULD BE BOTH EXTENSIVE AND EXPENSIVE," HE ADDED.

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SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO APPROVED ESTIMATES t * ♦ ♦ ♦

A SUMMARY OF ALL CHANGES MADE TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1989-90 WAS TABLED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR PIERS SAID SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $180.2 MILLION HAD BEEN APPROVED.

"IT WAS FULLY OFFSET EITHER BY SAVINGS UNDER THE SAME OR OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE OR BY THE DELETION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS SUBHEADS.

"THIS INCLUDED $79.7 MILLION COMPRISING A START-UP GRANT OF $38.5 MILLION AND A RECURRENT GRANT OF $41.2 MILLION FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION," HE SAID.

SIR PIERS ALSO SAID THAT APPROVED NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS HAD BEEN INCREASED BY $515.9 MILLION DURING THE PERIOD, AND NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITEMENTS OF $74.5 MILLION HAD ALSO BEEN APPROVED.

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”IN THE SAME PERIOD, A NET INCREASE OF 2,685 POSTS WAS APPROVED,” HE SAID.

ITEMS IN THE SUMMARY HAD BEEN APPROVED EITHER BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OR UNDER DELEGATED AUTHORITY AND THE LATTER HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, SIR PIERS ADDED.

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A MOTION ENABLING THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING TO ASSUME HIS ROLE WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1990 WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID "THIS MOTION ARISES FROM THE FORMATION OF THE NEW PLANNING DEPARTMENT WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1990.

"TO ENABLE THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING TO ASSUME HIS ROLE WITH EFFECT FROM THAT DATE, CERTAIN STATUTORY FUNCTIONS (NAMELY THE PREPARATION OF ANY PLAN OR SKETCH THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD MAY REQUIRE) NEED TO BE TRANSFERRED TO HIM.

”THE STAFF RESOURCES TO ESTABLISH THE NEW DEPARTMENT WERE CONSIDERED AND APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 8, 1989,” MR BARNES SAID.

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CHARGES FOR ’INFOLINE ’ SERVICE * t * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION ON CHARGES FOR THE NEW "INFOLINE” SERVICE THAT THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE.

THE MOTION TO EFFECT THE NECESSARY AMENDMENTS TO PART FIVE OF THE SCHEDULE OF CHARGES UNDER THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE WAS MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON ANSON CHAN.

MRS CHAN SAID THE SERVICE WOULD BE USED BY COMPETITIVE SUPPLIERS OF PRE-RECORDED ENTERTAINMENT OR INFORMATION MESSAGES TO DELIVER THEIR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

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THESE MESSAGES WOULD RANGE FROM WEATHER FORECASTS. AIRLINE INFORMATION. SPORTS RESULTS TO FOREIGN CURRENCIES. STOCK MARKET. MEDICAL SERVICES AND TOURIST INFORMATION.

’’TELCO WILL BE ABLE TO CHARGE A MAXIMUM OF $2,880 PER ANNUM FOR A LINE CONNECTING A MESSAGE PROVIDER'S MESSAGE DELIVERY EQUIPMENT TO THE PUBLIC TELEPHONE NETWORK. $600 FOR CONNECTION OF EACH LINE AND FOR REMOVAL TO A DIFFERENT BUILDING. AND $275 FOR REMOVAL INSIDE THE SAME BUILDING.

"ALL THESE NEW CHARGES ARE THE SAME AS EXISTING CHARGES FOR COMPARABLE SERVICES AND AS SUCH ARE CONSIDERED JUSTIFIED. THE COMPANY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO LEVY ASI A MINUTE LINE USAGE CHARGE. THE ADMINISTRATION IS SATISFIED THAT THIS IS FULLY JUSTIFIED BY THE ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR THE COMPANY IN PROVIDING THE INFOLINE SERVICE.' MRS CHAN SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID FOR TECHNICAL REASONS THE TELEPHONE LINES TO BE USED IN THE INFOLINE SERVICE TO CONNECT THE EQUIPMENT OF MESSAGE PROVIDERS TO THE PUBLIC TELEPHONE NETWORK NEEDED TO BE OF AN EXISTING TYPE KNOWN AS DIRECT DIALLING IN.

"THE CURRENT APPROVED CHARGE FOR SUCH LINES IS $2,880 PER ANNUM. TELCO PROPOSES THAT THE SAME CHARGE SHOULD BE LEVIED FOR THESE [.INES UNDER THE INFOLINE SERVICE.

FOR CONNECTION AND REMOVAL OF SUCH LINES. TELCO SIMILARLY PROPOSES TO LEVY THE SAME CHARGES AS CURRENTLY PROVIDED FOR IN THE CASE OF OTHER TYPES OF TELEPHONE LINE. THAT IS: $600 FOR CONNECTION AND REMOVAL TO A DIFFERENT BUILDING AND $275 FOR REMOVAL INSIDE THE SAME BUILDING." MRS CHAN ADDED.

SHE SAID THAT TELCO ALSO PROPOSED TO CHARGE THE MESSAGE PROVIDERS A $1 PER MINUTE CHARGE FOR USAGE OF EACH LINE.

THIS CHARGE WAS REQUIRED TO DEFRAY THE COSTS INVOLVED IN MEASURING THE DURATION OF CALLS MADE TO THE MESSAGE PROVIDERS’ SERVICES. THE PREPARATION OF ITEMISED BILLS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORK.

"I SHOULD EMPHASISE THAT ALL OF THESE CHARGES ARE TO BE LEVIED BY TELCO ON THE MESSAGE SERVICE PROVIDERS AND NOT ON CALLERS TO THE MESSAGE SERVICES.

"THE RATES AT WHICH CALLERS ARE CHARGED WILL BE SET BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS THEMSELVES. AS THE SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL BE IN COMPETITION WITH EACH OTHER. THEIR CHARGES WILL BE SUBJECT TO NORMAL MARKET FORCES.

"IN ORDER TO ENSURE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF TECHNICAL QUALITY. MESSAGE CONTENT AND ADVERTISING PRACTICE, TELCO WILL REQUIRE MESSAGE PROVIDERS TO ABIDE BY A CODE OF PRACTICE AS A CONDITION OF PROVISION OF THE INFOLINE SERVICE." MRS CHAN SAID.

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ADEQUATE RESOURCES REQUIRED FOR HELPING HANDICAPPED

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IT IS A MATTER OF PRIORITY THAT ADEQUATE RESOURCES ARE ALLOCATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING THE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE SAID EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE TO PROVIDE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SUSTAIN EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE INITIATION BY THE QUEEN ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED OF PROJECTS SUCH AS THE LAUNCHING OF A PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

TABLING THE FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FOUNDATION IN THE COUNCIL, DR IP SAID THE FOUNDATION'S AIMS WERE TO FURTHER THE WELFARE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, AND PROMOTE THEIR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS.

DR IP, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF THE FOUNDATION SAID THE FOUNDATION WHICH WAS SET UP IN AUGUST LAST YEAR HAD RECEIVED 38 APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS AMOUNTING TO OVER $6 MILLION FROM VARIOUS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SINCE OCTOBER.

SHE SAID THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GRANTS APPROVED FOR 1988-89 WAS ABOUT $1.95 MILLION AND THE COMMITTED SUM APPROVED FOR RECURRENT GRANTS FOR 1989-90 WAS ABOUT $1.85 MILLION.

MAJOR GRANTS MADE FOR PROJECTS INCLUDED COMMUNITY LIVING SKILLS TRAINING, PROVISION OF A HOME FOR THE MILDLY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SCHEME, TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL CARE SERVICE, GATEWAY MOVEMENT TO PROMOTE THE INTEGRATION OF MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS, HOTLINE SERVICE, TRAINING COURSE ON CLEANSING AND SERVICING AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES CLASSES FOR. MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, SHE SAID.

OTHER ALLOCATIONS INCLUDED GRANTS FOR THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT AND ORGANISATION OF COURSES FOR THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, SHE ADDED.

IN SUMMING UP, DR IP SAID: "THE FOUNDATION HAS WITHIN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME DEMONSTRATED ITS INITIATIVE AND DETERMINATION IN SPONSORING OR ENHANCING A WIDE RANGE OF MUCH NEEDED SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED. I AM CONFIDENT THAT ITS WORK WILL GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH."

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GOVT NOT COMPLACENT ON INDUSTRIAL POLICY

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ALTHOUGH ITS POLICY ON INDUSTRY HAS WORKED WELL SO FAR. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT AND MUST NOT BE COMPLACENT WITH THE POLICY'S SUCCESS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM PROF THE HON C.K. POON, SIR PIERS SAID THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED TO REVIEW THE ADEQUACY OF ITS SUPPORT SERVICES AND FACILITIES, AND THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD WOULD AS USUAL BE SOUGHT IN THAT CONNECTION.

MR POON HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD REVIEW ITS INDUSTRIAL POLICY IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE HONG KONG'S COMPETITIVE EDGE IN VIEW OF KEEN COMPETITION THAT NEWLY DEVELOPED ECONOMIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA POSED TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES.

SIR PIERS SAID IT WAS A SUBJECT WHICH HAD BEEN RIGHTLY RAISED IN THE COUNCIL FROM TIME TO TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A MATTER OF GREAT IMPORTANCE.

HE SAID THAT, ESSENTIALLY, THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL POLICY WAS DESIGNED TO ALLOW MARKET FORCES TO DETERMINE THE DIRECTION TAKEN BY INDUSTRY.

THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE WAS TO FACILITATE AND ENCOURAGE GROWTH THROUGH THE PROVISION OF NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL SUPPORT.

"THIS POLICY HAS SERVED HONG KONG WELL. OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE WITNESSED MANY MANUFACTURERS ADAPTING AND ADJUSTING THEIR PRODUCTION METHODS IN RESPONSE TO CHANGING MARKET CONDITIONS.

"WE HAVE ALSO SEEN GREATER DIVERSIFICATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF OUR MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS.

"IN RESPONSE TO PRESSURE OF DEMAND, SOME OF OUR MORE LABOUR INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES HAVE MOVED OUT OF THE TERRITORY TO OTHER LOWER COST PRODUCTION CENTRES.

"THIS IS A CONTINUING PROCESS WHICH HAS ALLOWED THE LIMITED RESOURCES OF OUR ECONOMY TO BE PUT TO BETTER AND MORE FRUITFUL USE.

"AS A RESULT, HONG KONG HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER VALUE ADDED AND HAS REMAINED HIGHLY COMPETITIVE," SIR PIERS SAID.

SIR PIERS ALSO SAID THAT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVED INVESTMENT DECISIONS WERE BEST TAKEN BY THOSE DIRECTLY INVOLVED, IT DID REVIEW AND EXPAND THE RANGE OF PUBLIC SERVICES AND FACILITIES FROM TIME TO TIME IN ORDER TO MEET DEMAND.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT RELEVANT EXAMPLES INCLUDED THE RECENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE AND A CLOTHING TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION CENTRE.

SIR PIERS SAID THAT, FURTHERMORE, THE GOVERNOR, IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL IN OCTOBER, HAD REFERRED TO THE DECISION TO BUILD A NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTRE TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGYBASED BUSINESSES.

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VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO HELP TO OVERCOME THE RELUCTANCE OF MANY PEOPLE TO DONATE THEIR ORGANS FOR THERAPEUTIC USE AFTER THEIR DEATH, AND THE RELUCTANCE OF RELATIVES TO GIVE THEIR CONSENT, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON NIGEL SHIPMAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG, MR SHIPMAN SAID THESE MEASURES HAD CONTRIBUTED TO AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF RENAL TRANSPLANTS PERFORMED IN RECENT YEARS, ALTHOUGH THE LEVEL STILL FELL FAR SHORT OF DEMAND.

HE SAID IT HAD BEEN CONSIDERED THAT PUBLIC OPINION WOULD BE AGAINST ANY RADICAL CHANGE IN THE LAW TO ALLOW TRANSPLANTATIONS TO TAKE PLACE WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF CONSENT, THIS WAS STILL LIKELY TO BE THE CASE.

"HOWEVER, THE SITUATION WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW, AND FURTHER THOUGHT WILL BE GIVEN TO WAYS OF IMPROVING THE SUPPLY OF ORGANS FOR TRANSPLANTATION WITHIN OR BY AMENDMENT TO THE PRESENT LAW, SUBJECT TO ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS BEING PRESERVED," HE SAID.

MR SHIPMAN SAID THE VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY MEASURES INCLUDED THE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION THROUGH PAMPHLETS AND THE MASS MEDIA, SUCH AS ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST ON TELEVISION, DISPLAY OF POSTERS, AND ARRANGING TALKS AND SEMINARS.

SOME OF THESE TALKS AND SEMINARS WERE DIRECTED PARTICULARLY AT THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TO SEEK THEIR CO-OPERATION IN IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL DONORS AND IN ADVISING THEM HOW TO SIGNIFY THEIR CONSENT.

IN ADDITION, A SPECIAL UNIT WAS ESTABLISHED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR TO IMPROVE CO-ORDINATION IN THE ARRANGEMENTS LEADING TO ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION.

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MR SHIPMAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS ALREADY PROVISION IN THE MEDICAL (THERAPY, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH) ORDINANCE FOR DOCTORS TO REMOVE ANY PART OF A DECEASED PERSON’S BODY FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES WHERE THE DECEASED PERSON HAD EXPRESSED SUCH A REQUEST IN WRITING AT ANY TIME OR ORALLY IN THE PRESENCE OF TWO OR MORE WITNESSES DURING HIS LAST ILLNESS.

"WHERE THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT SUCH CONSENT HAS BEEN GIVEN, AND NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IT HAS SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN REVOKED, THE CONSENT OF THE NEXT OF KIN IS NOT REQUIRED BEFORE TRANSPLANTATION MAY BE PERFORMED.

"THE SAME ORDINANCE ALSO PROVIDES THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH AN EXPRESSED WISH ON BEHALF OF THE DECEASED, THE REMOVAL OF HIS ORGANS MAY PROCEED WITH THE CONSENT OF THE REGISTERED NEXT OF KIN, SUBJECT TO THERE BEING NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE DECEASED HAD EXPRESSED OBJECTION OR THAT THE SURVIVING SPOUSE, PARENT OR CHILD OF THE DECEASED SO OBJECTS," HE SAID.

THE ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS SIMILAR TO THE 1961 HUMAN TISSUE ACT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, PROVIDED ADEQUATE LEGAL BACKING FOR THE TRANSPLANTATION OF ORGANS WHERE THE NECESSARY CONSENT HAD BEEN OBTAINED.

"TO FACILITATE THE READY AVAILABILITY OF EVIDENCE OF CONSENT, KIDNEY AND EYE DONATION CARDS ARE ISSUED BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON REQUEST," MR SHIPMAN SAID.

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ASSURED MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, THE ACTIVITIES PERMITTED, OR NOT PERMITTED, IN HONG KONG, ARE DECIDED ENTIRELY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW OF HONG KONG.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON RONALD CHOW, SIR DAVID SAID NO INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS IN HONG KONG ENJOYED MORE TOLERANCE OR SUFFERED MORE RESTRICTION THAN THE LAW ALLOWED.

"WHERE THE LAW CONFERS ANY DISCRETION ON THE AUTHORITY CONCERNED, THE ADMINISTRATION TAKES THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST INTO ACCOUNT IN EXERCISING THAT DISCRETION,” THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

REGARDING THE QUESTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, AS APPLIED TO HONG KONG, SIR DAVID SAID IT WOULD REMAIN IN FORCE AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE JOINT DECLARATION.

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY REITERATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO ENACT A JUSTICIABLE BILL OF RIGHTS FOR HONG KONG WHICH WOULD IMPLEMENT THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, AS APPLIED TO HONG KONG.

"THERE IS THUS NO QUESTION OF THE RIGHTS CURRENTLY ENJOYED BY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG UNDER THE COVENANT BEING REDUCED IN ANY WAY,” HE SAID.

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A FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPER IS ALLOWED TO WORK IN HONG KONG FOR A SPECIFIC EMPLOYER UNDER AN APPROVED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT WHICH IS NORMALLY VALID FOR TWO YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ELSIE TU, MR BARNES EMPHASISED THAT CHANGE OF EMPLOYMENT WAS NOT PERMITTED.

"THESE CONDITIONS ARE SPECIFIED IN THE VISAS ISSUED TO FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS," HE SAID.

ON ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG, A HELPER’S PASSPORT WAS ENDORSED WITH A CONDITION OF STAY ALLOWING HER TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG FOR SIX MONTHS OR FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER THE TERMINATION OF HER CONTRACT, WHICHEVER WAS THE SHORTER PERIOD.

"THE CONDITIONS IMPOSED ON THE VISA ARE ALSO ENDORSED ON THE PASSPORT," MR BARNES POINTED OUT.

AS REGARDS THE LIMITATION OF STAY, MR BARNES EXPLAINED THAT SO LONG AS THE HELPER REMAINED IN THE SAME EMPLOYMENT, HER STAY WOULD BE EXTENDED FOR SIX MONTHS AT A TIME, WITH THE SAME CONDITIONS OF STAY IMPOSED.

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A BILL TO ENACT ENABLING LEGISLATION FOR THE LICENSING OF GUEST HOUSES IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE CURRENT SESSION.

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THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. THE HON PETER TSAO, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARTIN BARROW.

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MR TSAO SAID THE DECISION TO LICENSE GUEST HOUSES WAS MADE BY THE ADMINISTRATION IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR. IN ORDER TO SECURE ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF FIRE SAFETY. STRUCTURAL SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

IN NOVEMBER. AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL PLANNING COMMITTEE WAS SET UP TO WORK OUT THE NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK.

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE COMPLETED ITS WORK IN JANUARY THIS YEAR. BUT WE WERE UNABLE TO LAUNCH A LICENSING SCHEME UNTIL FUNDS BECAME AVAILABLE.

"I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT I AM NOW IN A POSITION TO TAKE THIS MATTER FORWARD TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. HOPEFULLY SOME TIME NEXT MONTH.*' MR TSAO SAID.

AS TO A FIRE TO WHICH MR BARROW REFERRED. WHICH OCCURRED IN CHUNG KING MANSIONS ON NOVEMBER 16. MR TSAO SAID IT INVOLVED THE FRONT PORTION OF THE SHOPPING ARCADE IN THE BASEMENT.

"THE FIRE DID NOT INVOLVE ANY GUEST HOUSES SITUATED ON THE UPPER FLOORS. ALTHOUGH AT ONE STAGE SOME UPPER FLOOR OCCUPANTS. INCLUDING THOSE IN GUEST HOUSES IN THE BUILDING. WERE EVACUATED AS A PRECAUTION."

MR TSAO SAID THAT SINCE AUGUST 1 LAST YEAR. 884 GUEST HOUSES IN THE TERRITORY HAD BEEN INSPECTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT: 284 OF THEM WERE PATRONISED BY TOURISTS.

"THE LATTER HAVE ALL BEEN GIVEN ADVICE AND DIRECTIONS IN THE INTERIM ON A RANGE OF FIRE PROTECTION MEASURES INCLUDING THE REMOVAL OF FIRE HAZARDS. THE INSTALLATION OF EXIT SIGNS. PROVISION OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: AND FOR THE LARGER ESTABLISHMENTS. THE INSTALLATION OF AUTOMATIC SMOKE DETECTION SYSTEMS.

"EACH OPERATOR HAS BEEN GIVEN TWO TO FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS." MR TSAO SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT AS AT NOVEMBER 22. 127 TOURIST GUEST HOUSES HAD FULLY COMPLIED WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS AND 91 OTHERS HAD BEEN SERVED WITH FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES TO REQUIRE COMPLIANCE.

"1 AM SATISFIED THAT THESE INTERIM MEASURES HAVE ALREADY RESULTED IN SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN FIRE PREVENTION.

"GUEST HOUSE OPERATORS HAVE GENERALLY BECOME MUCH MORE CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO MAINTAIN FIRE SAFETY MEASURES.

"EXITS ARE NOW CLEARLY INDICATED. EXTINGUISHERS ARE PROVIDED AND WHERE SMOKE DETECTORS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED OCCUPANTS CAN NOW BE WARNED AT A VERY EARLY STAGE." HE SAID.

MR TSAO ALSO SAID THAT AS AN EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR TOURISTS WHO MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE HONG KONG ENVIRONMENT. A SPECIAL FIRE SAFETY PAMPHLET HAD BEEN PREPARED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND WAS DISTRIBUTED TO ALL GUEST HOUSES ACCOMODATING TOURISTS.

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BUS FARE STRUCTURE FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT REVIEWED

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THE GOVERNMENT’S REVIEW OF THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY’S FARE STRUCTURE FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAD MADE TWO MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SO CHAU YIM-PING, MR LEUNG SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE:

* A SIMPLIFICATION OF CMB’S FARE STRUCTURE BY COMBINING THE EXISTING EIGHT ROUTE GROUPS INTO FIVE; AND

♦ A PROGRESSIVE NARROWING DOWN OF THE DISPARITIES IN FARES NOW EXISTING BETWEEN SOUTHERN AND NON-SOUTHERN ROUTES OF THE SAME JOURNEY DISTANCE.

MR LEUNG SAID THE REVIEW WOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THAT CMB AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS CONCERNED WOULD BE CONSULTED.

MIF AGREED, THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN STAGES THROUGH A LOWER INCREASE FOR SOUTHERN ROUTES IN FUTURE FARE REVISIONS, AND RATIONALISATION OF LOSS-INCURRING ROUTES," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG ADDED THAT THE OBJECTIVES WERE TO REDUCE CROSS-SUBSIDISATION BETWEEN DIFFERENT ROUTE GROUPS AND TO ENSURE THAT THE INTERNAL ROUTES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WHICH SERVED ABERDEEN WOULD NOT BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN NORTH SHORE ROUTES FOR A SIMILAR JOURNEY DISTANCE.

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDS AVAILABLE TO DISTRICT OFFICES FOR CARRYING OUT MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS IS CONTROLLED BY AN ANNUAL ESTIMATE EXERCISE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. THE HON PETER TSAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR TSAO WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ROSANNA TAM WHO WANTED TO KNOW THE CRITERIA FOR ALLOCATING FUNDS TO DISTRICT OFFICES FOR THOSE PROJECTS AND WHETHER A REVIEW WOULD BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT THOSE DISTRICTS WHICH HAD MORE URGENT NEEDS FOR SUCH PROJECTS WERE PROVIDED WITH MORE FUNDS.

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MR TSAO SAID THAT AFTER FUNDS WERE VOTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. UNDER HEAD 53 SUBHEAD 215. THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS TOOK INTO ACCOUNT A NUMBER OF FACTORS FOR ALLOCATING FUNDS TO INDIVIDUAL DISTRICT OFFICES.

THESE INCLUDED:

(1) POPULATION OF THE DISTRICTS AND THE NEED FOR MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS AS A RESULT OF NEW

POPULATION INTAKES,

(2) EXISTING PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE

DISTRICTS AND THE NEED FOR MORE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

(3) GEOGRAPHICAL SPREAD OF THE DISTRICTS.

(4) PAST EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS, AND

(5) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARISING FROM PLANNED LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS SUCH AS DISTRICT FESTIVALS.

MR TSAO SAID THAT. IN ESSENCE. THE PREPARATION OF THE ESTIMATES FOR HEAD 53 SUBHEAD 215 WAS IN ITSELF A REVIEW FOR THE YEAR YET TO COMMENCE.

“THE CRITERIA FOR THE ALLOCATION ARE FLEXIBLY APPLIED SO THAT THEY COULD ACCOMMODATE THE VARYING NEEDS OF DIFFERENT DISTRICTS.

"THE SPENDING POSITION OF THE VOTE IS THEN EXAMINED IN DECEMBER EACH YEAR SO THAT MINOR VIREMENT OF FUNDS COULD BE ARRANGED BETWEEN DISTRICTS." HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT AT PRESENT PROPOSE TO INTRODUCE ANY MEASURES REQUIRING THE TRANSLATION INTO CHINESE OF EXEMPTION CLAUSES IN INSURANCE CONTRACTS. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

”WE BELIEVE THAT IN THIS AREA EFFECTIVE SELF-REGULATION IS GENERALLY A BETTER SOLUTION THAN LEGISLATION,” SIR PIERS SAID IN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON DAVID CHEUNG.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS RECOGNISED THAT AS A MATTER OF GOOD MARKET PRACTICE, INSURANCE CONTRACTS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WITH A CHINESE VERSION, AND THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WAS WORKING TOWARDS THIS OBJECTIVE.

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"TO THIS END, CHINESE TRANSLATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE OF THE STANDARD POLICY FORMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE AND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE, AND OF COURSE THE TRANSLATIONS WOULD INCLUDE EXEMPTION CLAUSES WHERE APPROPRIATE," HE SAID.

SIR PIERS ALSO NOTED THAT IN THE CONTEXT OF SELF REGULATION THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG HAD ITSELF RECENTLY ADOPTED STATEMENTS OF PRACTICE FOR GENERAL AND LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS.

"THESE STATEMENTS REQUIRE INSURERS TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP CLEARER AND MORE EXPLICIT PROPOSAL FORMS AND POLICY DOCUMENTS," HE ADDED.

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COMMERCIAL TENANTS ON CROWN LAND ARE NOT OFFERED RESETTLEMENT UPON CLEARANCE. AND ARE OFFERED EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS INSTEAD, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ONLY LICENSED HAWKERS WERE OFFERED ASSISTANCE IN RESITING UPON CLEARANCE.

THIS WAS TO PREVENT THEM FROM RESORTING TO UNLICENSED AND UNCONTROLLED HAWKING, MR BARNES SAID IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH ON WHY THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT OFFER RESETTLEMENT TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS ON CROWN LAND UPON CLEARANCE.

MR BARNES SAID WHEN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY REDEVELOPED ITS OWN ESTATES, IT WAS DEALING WITH ITS OWN LAWFUL TENANTS WHOM IT ALLOWED TO BID BY RESTRICTIVE TENDER FOR SHOPS IN THE ESTATES.

"BUT WHEN THE AUTHORITY CARRIES OUT A CLEARANCE OF CROWN LAND IT IS ACTING MOSTLY AS GOVERNMENT’S AGENT," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT DID OFFER ACCOMMODATION IN ITS RESETTLEMENT ESTATES FOR BUSINESSES CLEARED FROM CROWN LAND IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME, WHETHER THEY WERE HELD ON CROWN LAND LICENCE OR NOT.

BUT THIS ARRANGEMENT VERY SOON BECAME IMPRACTICABLE AND WAS ABANDONED BEFORE CLEARANCE BECAME THE HOUSING AUTHORITY'S RESPONSIBILITY IN 1970. MR BARNES SAID.

"WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WORKSHOPS AND SMALL FACTORIES CLEARED FROM CROWN LAND. THE AUTHORITY HAS NEVER OFFERED ACCOMMODATION TO COMMERCIAL CLEAREES FROM CROWN LAND: EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS ARE MADE INSTEAD," HE SAID.

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IN THE CASE OF WORKSHOPS AND FACTORIES. THE AUTHORITY HAD OFFERED ACCOMMODATION IN ITS OWN FLATTED FACTORIES.

BUT THIS PRACTICE WAS ABANDONED IN FAVOUR OF A SYSTEM OF EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS IN 1982, WHEN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT, STOPPED CONSTRUCTING FACTORY ACCOMMODATION BECAUSE A PLENTIFUL SUPPLY OF PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION WAS AVAILABLE.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS AWARE OF THE INCREASING CLERICAL WORKLOAD IN AIDED SCHOOLS, AND IS TAKING STEPS TO RELIEVE THE SITUATION, AS PART OF A PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT IN SCHOOLS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PEGGY LAM, MR YEUNG SAID THE QUESTION IMPLIED THAT ADDITIONAL CLERICAL POSTS WOULD BE THE BEST SOLUTION.

"HOWEVER, SINCE MANPOWER IS BOTH SCARCE AND EXPENSIVE WF. ARE EXAMINING OTHER, POSSIBLY MORE COST EFFECTIVE WAYS OF TACKLING THE PROBLEM, SUCH AS REDEFINING THE DUTIES OF CLERICAL AND WORKMAN GRADE STAFF, SIMPLIFYING THE PAPERWORK REQUIRED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND PROVIDING SCHOOLS WITH MORE OFFICE EQUIPMENT, SUCH PHOTOCOPIERS," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG EXPLAINED THAT FROM APRIL NEXT YEAR AIDED PRIMARY AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT WHEN THEIR CLERK TOOK APPROVED SICK LEAVE OR MATERNITY LEAVE OF 14 DAYS OR MORE.

"CLERKS IN THESE SCHOOLS WILL IN ADDITION RECEIVE FULL PAY RATHER THAN TWO-THIRDS PAY WHEN ON SICK LEAVE OR MATERNITY LEAVE, AN IMPROVEMENT TO CONDITIONS OF SERVICE WHICH SHOULD HELP TO REDUCE WASTAGE AMONG CLERICAL STAFF IN AIDED SCHOOLS," HE ADDED.

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FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE TAKING MORNING EXERCISE

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THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) COMPLETED A TOTAL OF 103 PROJECTS FOR PEOPLE TAKING MORNING EXERCISE AT A COST OF S10.7 MILLION IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. THE HON PETER TSAO. TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON POON CHI-FAI. MR TSAO SAID THE PROVISION AND IMPROVEMENT OF FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE TAKING MORNING EXERCISE WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT (AFD) WITHIN THE COUNTRY PARKS AND BY THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CNTA FOR OTHER PLACES.

THE FACILITIES BUILT BY THE AFD UNDER THE COUNTRY PARKS PROGRAMME INCLUDED MORNING WALKERS’ GARDENS. SHELTERS, PLATFORMS AND SIMPLE EQUIPMENT FOR FITNESS EXERCISES AND JOGGING TRAILS.

THOSE CONSTRUCTED BY THE CNTA WERE MAINLY PAVILIONS, PAVED STEPS. GUARD RAILS. ACCESS ROADS. FOOTPATHS AND LEVEL EXERCISE GROUNDS.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES HAD BEEN PROVIDED FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (MEI) IN BOTH THE URBAN REGION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND FROM LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS (LPW) FUNDS FOR THE RURAL AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN 1990-91. THE CNTA WOULD BE SPENDING SOME «4 MILLION FOR 54 PROJECTS. IN ADDITION. THE AFD WOULD SPEND ABOUT SO.6 MILLION WITHIN THE COUNTRY PARKS.

THESE FACILITIES WERE BUILT IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPROVE, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN STANDARDS. HAVING FULL REGARD TO STRUCTURAL SAFETY. AND WERE MAINTAINED BY THE CNTA AND THE AFD.

MR TSAO SAID THAT IN MOST OF THE MORNING WALKERS’ GARDENS AND RECREATION SITES INSIDE THE COUNTRY PARKS. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE HELP LINES HAD BEEN INSTALLED AND THE PLACES WERE PATROLLED BY PARK WARDENS.

THERE WERE ALSO REGULAR POLICE PATROLS IN THE MORE POPULAR TRAILS OR GARDENS.

"WHILST MOST OF THESE FACILITIES ARE LOCATED IN EASILY ACCESSIBLE LOCATIONS. IT IS ALWAYS ADVISABLE FOR THOSE ELDERLY AND FRAIL EXERCISE GOERS TO BE ACCOMPANIED DURING THEIR MORNING EXERCISE." HE NOTED.

MR TSAO SAID THE NEED FOR FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE TAKING MORNING EXERCISE WAS MONITORED CLOSELY BY BOTH THE CNTA AND AFD. AND FEEDBACK FROM DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER LOCAL RESIDENTS WAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

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’’THE PRESENT FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY TO MEET PUBLIC DEMANDS FOR SUCH FACILITIES QUICKLY WHERE JUSTIFIED.

“WE DO NOT SEE A NEED TO SET UP A SPECIAL FUND TO CO-ORDINATE IMPROVEMENT WORKS FOR SUCH FACILITIES AT PRESENT BUT WILL KEEP THE SITUATION UNDER REVIEW AND WILL ALWAYS WELCOME SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENT.” HE SAID.

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THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 AND THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

EIGHT MEMBERS SPOKE IN THE RESUMED SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL.

DURING THE DEBATE. THE HON JAMES MCGREGOR MOVED A MOTION THAT PASSAGE OF THE BILL BE POSTPONED, BUT THIS WAS DEFEATED.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. THE HON NIGEL SHIPMAN, SPOKE IN THE DEBATE ON MR MCGREGOR’S MOTION. IN WHICH SIX MEMBERS SPOKE. AND HE ALSO WOUND UP THE SECOND READING DEBATE. MR SHIPMAN MOVED AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE. AND THESE WERE PASSED.

SIX MEMBERS SPOKE IN THE RESUMED SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL. AND THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER. THE HON K.Y. YEUNG. WOUND UP THE DEBATE.

THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989. THE REGIONAL COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989. AND THE FIRST PACIFIC BANK LIMITED BILL 1989. A PRIVATE BILL, WERE ALSO PASSED.

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10.

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34 EXTENSIVE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON LANGUAGE REPORT * » * » *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S RECENT REVIEW OF LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES HAS PROPOSED THE FORMULATION OF A NEW POLICY ON THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION’S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "LULTAC 89”, MR YEUNG SAID THE REVIEW CONTAINED NO FEWER THAN 78 RECOMMENDATIONS, BOTH MAJOR AND MINOR.

’’PARED DOWN TO THE ESSENTIALS, THESE RECOMMENDATIONS SUGGEST THAT SOME FORM OF LANGUAGE GROUPING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION WOULD OFFER THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND LASTING SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM," HE SAID.

"BUT IT IS A PROPOSAL THAT MANY FACE WITH TREPIDATION, AND I DO NOT SAY THIS LIGHTLY."

MR YEUNG SAID THE MANY RELATED ISSUES OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE WOULD HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED AND RESOLVED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

"THAT IS WHY WE ARE NOW CONSULTING EXTENSIVELY ON THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S REPORT," HE SAID.

"IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO TAKE THE IDEAS IN THE REPORT AND THE PUBLIC RESPONSE THEY HAVE RECEIVED TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE LEVEL FOR SOME HARD-NOSED DECISIONS ON OUR MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION POLICY.

"ONLY THEN WILL IT BE POSSIBLE FOR OUR PLANNERS AND EXPERTS TO WORK OUT THE MOST EDUCATIONALLY EFFECTIVE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION."

MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM FACED IN HONG KONG WAS THAT ON THE ONE HAND, A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN LEARNT MORE EFFECTIVELY IN THE MEDIUM OF CHINESE, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH SKILLS WAS ESSENTIAL FOR PROGRESSION TO TERTIARY EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT.

"THE PRESENT SITUATION, IN WHICH MANY SCHOOLS USE A MIXTURE OF BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, OFTEN RESULTS IN STUDENTS MASTERING NEITHER LANGUAGE EFFECTIVELY," HE SAID.

EARLIER IN HIS WELCOMING ADDRESS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID THAT SINCE THE MID-19TH CENTURY, QUESTIONS HAD BEEN RAISED IN HONG KONG ABOUT STANDARDS IN THE USE OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

HE SAID THESE HAD, AT VARIOUS TIMES, POINTED TO INADEQUATE RESULTS IN SCHOOL OR TERTIARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS OR TO THE LACK OF ABILITY TO USE LANGUAGE TO PERFORM SPECIFIC SKILLS IN THE MARKET PLACE AND IN COMMUNITY SERVICE.

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BUT MR LI WAS QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT THE POPULATION GROWTH FACTOR HAD SOMETIMES BEEN MISSED, FOR EXAMPLE THE IMPACT ON STANDARDS OF THE VERY LARGE INCREASE IN STUDENT INTAKE FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF FREE AND COMPULSORY JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN 1978.

"ANOTHER MAJOR FACTOR AFFECTING STANDARDS HAS BEEN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF HONG KONG WHICH HAS LED TO A CONCOMTIANT DEMAND BY TRADE, INDUSTRY AND THE MEDIA FOR SKILLED LABOUR AND EMPLOYEES WITH COMPETENCE IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH.

"THIS HAS MADE EXTRAORDINARY DEMANDS ON THE SCHOOLS," HE ADDED.

TO REVIEW THE MEASURES INTRODUCED IN RECENT YEARS TO IMPROVE THE USE OF CHINESE AND ENGLISH, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WORKING GROUP WAS SET UP IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE GROUP LATER CAME UP WITH SOME SIGNIFICANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN RELATION TO THE MEDIA OF INSTRUCTION, THE PLACING OF SECONDARY PUPILS IN CLASSES WHICH MIGHT USE EITHER CHINESE OR ENGLISH AS THE MEDIA OF INSTRUCTION, AND THE SETTING AND ASSESSING OF LEVELS AND TARGETS OF ACHIEVEMENT.

THE CONFERENCE WHICH CARRIES THE THEME "LANGUAGE USE, LANGUAGE TEACHING AND THE CURRICULUM", IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION.

MORE THAN 260 PARTICIPANTS FROM 21 COUNTRIES AND HONG KONG ARE TAKING PART IN THE THREE-DAY EVENT WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL FRIDAY.

SOME 140 PAPERS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE CONFERENCE. THERE WILL ALSO BE FOUR WORKSHOPS AND A PANEL DISCUSSION ON LANGUAGE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING LANGUAGE USE.

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THE CHALLENGES WHICH EDUCATION WILL PRESENT IN HONG KONG DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL BE SUCH AS TO REQUIRE A VERY MARKED SENSE OF PURPOSE AND DIRECTION ON THE PART OF ADMINISTRATORS, SCHOOL HEADS, TEACHERS AND THE SUPPORTING PROFESSIONS, AS WELL AS THEIR UNFLAGGING DETERMINATION.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD. AT THE OPENING OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "SCHOOL-BASED INNOVATIONS : LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 1990’8" TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WINFIELD SAID THAT PARALLEL WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG’S HISTORY, THE EDUCATION SYSTEM WOULD NEED RENEWED VIGOUR AND MUCH GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN THE NEXT DECADE.

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”IT WILL NEED, IN PARTICULAR, A WIDER RECOGNITION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE FACT THAT THE SYSTEM NO LONGER OPERATES AS IT DID IN THE 1950'S OR 60’S.

“AS A COMMUNITY WE NEED TO FACE SQUARELY, AND ACCEPT WITHOUT REGRET, THE FACT THAT EDUCATION IS NO LONGER THE PRIVILEGE OF A SELECT MINORITY.

“IT IS EVERY CHILD'S RIGHT. AND THAT MEANS A MORE READY ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF ABILITY WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY IS TO BE FOUND IN OUR SCHOOLS AS A RESULT OF THE MASSIVE EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENTS OF THE 1970*S AND 8O’S.M

MR WINFIELD TOLD THE CONFERENCE THAT ACADEMIC POTENTIAL COULD NO LONGER BE THE MAIN YARDSTICK TO MEASURE A CHILD’S PROGRESS.

AS IT WAS POINTLESS AND GROSSLY UNFAIR TO TRY TO FIT EVERY CHILD INTO THE SAME EDUCATION MOULD. HE BELIEVED A GREATER DIVERSITY IN THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS NECESSARY - NOT SO MUCH IN THE VARIETY OF INSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE AS IN THE VARIETY OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS AND SCHOOL HEADS.

“TO SOME EXTENT, THIS IMPLIES GREATER SPECIALISATION, SINCE IT IS CLEARLY UNREALISTIC TO EXPECT ALL TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND WITH EQUAL SUCCESS TO ALL SITUATIONS WHICH MIGHT ARISE IN A SYSTEM OF MASS EDUCATION," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THE AIM OF THE CONFERENCE WAS “TO PROMOTE CONTINUOUS GROWTH AND ENCOURAGE SCHOOL-BASED INITIATIVES TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE 1990'S". MR WINFIELD SAID SCHOOL-BASED WORK COULD FLOURISH BEST WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL WAS PERCEIVED AS A UNH COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THE SKILLS DERIVED BY TEACHERS FROM SUCH WORK WERE ALWAYS TRANSFERABLE, WITH MODIFICATION WHERE NECESSARY, TO OTHER SITUATIONS IN OTHER SCHOOLS.

HOWEVER, HE REMINDED THE PARTICIPANTS THAT THE GREATER THE DEGREE OF FREEDOM CREATED WITHIN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY BY SCHOOL-BASED WORK. THE GREATER THE DEGREE OF RESPONSIBILITY WHICH HEADS AND TEACHERS MUST EXERCISE IN DISCHARGING THEIR PROFESSIONAL DUTIES EFFECTIVELY.

“RESPONSIBILITY LIES AT THE ROOTS OF PROFESSIONALISM,” MR WINFIELD SAID. “INDEED, IT IS THE READY ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY WHICH MAKES THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION INTELLECTUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY REWARDING.”

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A GROUP OE BOARD OF EDUCATION (BOE) MEMBERS VISITED THE PRIMARY SECTION OF MUN SANG COLLEGE IN DUMBARTON ROAD, KOWLOON CITY, TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY INCLUDED BOE CHAIRMAN, MRS RITA FAN, AND MEMBERS MR CHAN YING-LUN, MISS BOW SUI-MAY, MRS MINNIE LAI, MR TAM MAN-KWAN AND MRS NANCY YUNG.

ACCOMPANYING THEM ON THE VISIT WERE THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS), MR KWAN S1IUN-TSUN, THE SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY), MR CHIU PING-KWAN, AND THE BOE SECRETARY, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER MR LAU KWONG-MO.

DURING THE TOUR, THE VISITORS NOTED THAT THE AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL OPERATES A WHOLE-DAY PRIMARY SYSTEM FOR PRIMARY 5 AND 6 AND A BI-SESSIONAL SYSTEM FOR PRIMARY 1 TO 4.

THE BOE MEMBERS LEARNT THAT THE MIXED-MODE SYSTEM ENABLES MORE CLASSES TO BE RUN TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR SCHOOL PLACES IN THE DISTRICT.

AT PRESENT, THE SCHOOL OPERATES 47 PRIMARY CLASSES WITH A TOTAL ENROLMENT OF ABOUT 450 STUDENTS.

FACILITIES AT THE SCHOOL INCLUDE A STANDARD 25-METRE TRAINING SW1MING POOL, A SCHOOL HALL, TWO PLAYROOMS, TWO GYMNASIUMS. TWO PLAYGROUNDS, TWO LIBRARIES, 23 SPECIAL ROOMS AND 71 CLASSROOMS FOR SECONDARY, PRIMARY AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS.

THE BOE MEMBERS WERE ALSO TOLD THAT THE SCHOOL OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF STUDENTS.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SPORTS CLUBS, CULTURAL CLUBS, ORCHESTRA AND SOCIAL SERVICE GROUPS.

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ANTI-CORRUPTION FILM SHOWS IN SSP » * « « *

AN ANTI-CORRUPTION FILM WILL BE SHOWN TO RESIDENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO AS ONE OF THE 55 PROGRAMMES OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE FILM SHOW HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S INDUSTRIAL LIAISON COMMITTEE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE 1CAC, AS WELL AS SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, TO PROMOTE THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION.

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THE FILM, ENTITLED "A BETTER TOMORROW”, WILL BE SHOWN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE LAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL AND ON DECEMBER 21 AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL.

BOTH SCREENINGS WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM AND BE FOLLOWED BY A BRIEF TALK BY ICAC STAFF AND A QUIZ BASED ON THE FILM.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THOSE WHO ATTEND THE FILM SHOWS WILL BE GIVEN COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS FOR ANOTHER FILM - "AN AUTUMN’S TALE” - TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 7, DURING WHICH PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF THE QUIZ CONTEST.

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL STUDY WAYS TO SOLVE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT SOME ROAD JUNCTIONS IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS A MEMBER’S REQUEST FOR DISPLAYING TRAFFIC SIGNS ALONG THE WATERFRONT IN HUNG HOM WAN STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM. 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD. TO KWA WAN. BEGINNING AT 2.15 PM.

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS AT ITS MEETING ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 15).

TWO MEMBERS WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE TO EASE RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC ALONG THE SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO URGE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO RECONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE AN EXPRESS BUS ROUTE RUNNING FROM LONG PING ESTATE TO KOWLOON.

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IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REPORT WHICH GIVES AN ANALYSIS ON LAST YEAR'S ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 15) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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AIDS EXHIBITION IN KWUN TONG

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A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON AIDS WILL BEGIN ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 15) AT THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN KWUN TONG.

THE EXHIBITION IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF MOBILE EXHIBITIONS ORGANISED BY THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON AIDS EDUCATION ACTIVITIES 1989.

"THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE EXHIBITION IS TO INCREASE COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING AIDS, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUNG PEOPLE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"IT ALSO AIMS AT FOSTERING A POSITIVE, SYMPATHETIC AND SUPPORTIVE ATTITUDE IN THE COMMUNITY TOWARDS AIDS PATIENTS AND CARRIERS," HE ADDED.

THE EXHIBITION, BASED ON INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE AIDS COUNSELLING AND HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, COVERS VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AIDS.

APART FROM SHOWING THE WORLDWIDE TREND OF THE DISEASE, IT ALSO ILLUSTRATES HOW AIDS THREATENS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE WAYS IN WHICH THIS CAN BE COUNTERED.

MEDICAL STAFF WILL BE PRESENT AT THE EXHIBITION TO GIVE ADVICE AND ANSWER PUBLIC ENQUIRIES.

EDUCATION AND INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON AIDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS, WHO WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN HANDSOME PRIZES BY ANSWERING A QUIZ DESIGNED TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE ON AIDS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN UNTIL SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17). THE NEXT ONE WILL BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 21 TO 23 AT LEVEL ONE EXHIBITION AREA, NEW WORLD CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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STATUTORY HOLJDAY REMINDER » » » ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR FALLS ON DECEMBER 22.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID EMPLOYERS SHOULD APPOINT EITHER THAT DAY OR CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 25) AS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND THOSE NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN 111,500 A MONTH ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY AND MUST BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

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, 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 MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF SEVEN PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND.

THE FIRST TWO LOTS, WHICH ARE LOCATED IN LAM FOOK STREET AND LAM HING STREET, KOWLOON BAY, ARE FOR. OPEN PARKING OF MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES.

MEASURING ABOUT 1,300 AND 1,800 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY, THE TENANCY FOR BOTH LOTS IS SIX MONTHS, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE THIRD SITE IS A 1,860-SQUARE-METRE LOT AT CORNWALL STREET, KOWLOON. IT IS FOR OPEN STORAGE OF THE TENANTS’ GOODS.

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THE TENANCY IS RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTER AN INITIAL LEASE PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

ANOTHER TWO LOTS, EACH MEASURING ABOUT 2,075 SQUARE METRES, ARE LOCATED AT LEI KING ROAD, SAI WAN HO RECLAMATION. THEY ARE BOTH FOR OPEN STORAGE OF THE TENANTS’ GOODS, EXCLUDING DANGEROUS GOODS AND GOODS PRODUCING DUSTY, ODOROUS OR IASEOUS EMISSION.

THE TENANCY FOR BOTH LOTS IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE SIXTH LOT, A 3,750-SQUARE-METRE LOT IN AREA 26C, KWAI CHUNG, IS TO BE USED AS AN OPEN STORAGE AREA EXCLUDING CONTAINERS AND VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE SEVENTH LOT, AT AREA 26A, KWAI CHUNG, HAS AN AREA OF 18,770 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC PARKING AREA FOR CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE TENDERS FOR ALL LOTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON DECEMBER 29.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE OF HONG KONG WEST, HONG KONG EAST, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON EAST AND KWAI TSING AS WELL AS THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 15), THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WING LOK STREET IN SHEUNG WAN BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 154 AND 180 WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE EXIT ROAD OF THE MACAU FERRY BUS TERMINUS TO A POINT ABOUT 165 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL ALSO BE MADE A 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS BECAUSE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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 THREE DISTRICTS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 15), IN WONG TAI SIN, WING CHI PATH AND THE SECTION OF LUNG CHI PATH BETWEEN WING CHI PATH AND ITS EASTERN END WILL BE CLOSED FOR FOUR WEEKS TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG CHAU WEST STREET IN SHAM SHUI PO AND A POINT ABOUT 75 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, SIU LEI YUEN ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND MIDNIGHT DAILY.

DRIVERS OF ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1989

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IMPLICATIONS OF PADS SET IN PERSPECTIVE ............................... 1

NEW CHALLENGES FOR VTC ................................................ 2 UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR AUG-OCT.................... 3 PSDB TO HOLD SEMINARS FOR SPORTS EXECUTIVES ............................ 4 TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER TOURS WONG TAI SIN ..............................

APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT AS RECOGNISED DEALER ..................... 6 ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSFER OF SHIPS' FLAGS ............................... 6 •WE ARE HONG KONG' YOUTH RALLY ON SATURDAY .............................

CARNIVAL IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH FESTIVAL AT VICTORIA PARK ................ 8 COMBINED VACCINE AGAINST MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA .......................

YOUTH CENTRES MUST STRENGTHEN THEIR SERVICES .......................... 9 SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON YEAR OF THE HORSE ............................... 10 EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR FARMERS NOTED................................. 10

OPERATORS REMINDED TO OBSERVE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE PROVISIONS . 11 DB TO DISCUSS CONTROL ON SIGNBOARDS .................................... 12 DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT.................. 13

ROAD SAFETY BUS PARADE IN EASTERN ..................................... 13 VIDEO SHOWS TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ................................. 14 NIGHT CLOSURE OF QUEENSWAY .............................................

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUTH FESTIVAL........................ 16 SPEED LIMIT IN WONG TAI SIN ............................................ 16 CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN HUNG HOM .............................

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THE IMPACT OF THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (PADS) ON THE COMMUNITY J8 BOTH G: ’ ATER AND SMALLER THAN THE PRICE TAG OF $127 BILLION WOULD INDICATE THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY. MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE GERMAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, MR MACLEOD SAID THAT BY THIS PARADOXICAL STATEMENT, HE WANTED TO UNDERLINE TWO ASPECTS OF THE FINANCING OF THIS MAMMOTH PROJECT.

"ON THE ONE HAND, THESE ARE BROAD ORDERS OF COST, AT 1989 PRICES; AND IT IS IN THE NATURE OF THESE THINGS THAT WHEN DETAILED PLANNING AND COSTING IS DONE, THEY WILL GO UP,” HE SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND, MR MACLEOD SAID, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNISE A NUMBER OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSESSING HOW HEAVY A BURDEN PADS MIGHT BE ON THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TAXPAYER.

HE SAID ONE OF THESE CONSIDERATIONS TO BEAR IN MIND WAS THAT I’HE EXPENDITURE IS SPREAD OVER 10 YEARS OR MORE, AND ALTHOUGH THE AIRPORT AND ASSOCIATED TRANSPORT LINKS HAD TO BE IN PLACE BY 1997, THERE WAS SCOPE FOR PHASING THE PORT WORKS IN THE LIGHT OF DEMAND AND CASH FLOW.

ANOTHER CONSIDERATION WAS THE SCOPE FOR 4D PER CENT TO 60 PER CENT OF THESE COSTS TO BE BORNE BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, HE ADDED,

THE FINAL DECISIONS ON FUNDING THESE PROJECTS WILL NOT DE TAKEN FOR A YEAR OR SO. WHEN DETAILED COSTINGS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

"BUT WE KNOW ALREADY THAT ITEMS LIKE TENANT FACILITIES AT THE AIRPORT, THE BRIDGE TO NORTH LANTAU, THE CONTAINER TERMINALS, WILL BY VIRTUE OF THE REVENUE THEY PRODUCE BE ATTRACTIVE TO PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTORS.

THE RAILWAY AND THE AIRPORT WILL BE FUNDED VERY MUCH ON THE SAME LINES AS THE MTRC — A MIXTURE OF GOVERNMENT EQUITY AND BORROWING,” HE SAID.

IT SHOULD ALSO BE REMEMBERED THAT IN THE LONGER TERM THERE WERE SOME REVENUE SPIN-OFFS FROM THESE PROJECTS, HE SAID, RECALLING THAT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING THE DECISION TO CHOOSE CHEK LAP KOK, A ’’BACK OF THE ENVELOPE” ESTIMATE WAS MADE THAT REDEVELOPMENT OF KAI TAK ALONE MIGHT RAISE ABOUT $20 BILLION IN LAND REVENUE.

“THE POSSIBLE LIFTING OF HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF KOWLOON COULD ALSO HAVE USEFUL REVENUE IMPLICATIONS,” HE ADDED.

MR MACLEOD POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO DRAW TO SOME EXTENT ON ITS RESERVES AND INDEED IN THE LAST BUDGET AN INITIAL SUM OF $7 BILLION WAS SET ASIDE FOR THIS PURPOSE.

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"HOWEVER, WE MUST ENSURE THAI WE REMAIN ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTORS, AND TO DO SO WE WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT OUR OWN FINANCIAL POSITION — INCLUDING OUR RESERVES -- REMAINS STRONG,' HE STRESSED.

THEREFORE, MR MACLEOD SAID HE DID NOT WANT TO UNDERPLAY THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE PROJECTS IN AFFECTING HONG KONG'S CASH FLOW DURING THE 1990’S.

"AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID IN HIS SPEECH LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR'S POLICY THERE WILL BE EVEN MORE NEED FOR FINANCIAL DISCIPLINE, FOR CONTROL OVER PUBLIC EXPENDITURE, AND FOR RESTRAINT IN RESOURCES FOR OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

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ADDRESS, VIGOROUS PROVIDING

"TO THIS END WE ARE CURRENTLY STRESSING THE NEED TO 'ATTACK THE BASELINE’ OR IN OTHER WORDS LOOK CRITICALLY AT EXISTING EXPENDITURE, HE SAID, NOTING THAT TIGHTER CONTROLS ON THE GROWTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE HAD BEEN INTRODUCED.

"ALL THIS WE HOPE WILL HELP AN ALREADY EFFICIENT CIVIL SERVICE TO BECOME EVEN MORE CONSCIOUS OF PRODUCTIVITY AND VALUE FOR MONEY AND OF THE NEED TO KEEP PRIORITIES UNDER REVIEW," HE SAID.

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THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE FUTURE HOLDS NEW CHALLENGES FOR THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL (VTC).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TOWER IN WAN CHAI.

"FIRST, AS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR EXPANDING TERTIARY EDUCATION, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE VTC TAKING OVER AS MANY SUB-DEGREE COURSES AND PLACES AS POSSIBLE FROM THE TWO POLYTECHNICS." MR YEUNG SAID.

THE SECRETARY SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THE VTC COULD DO THIS. AND HE WAS ENCOURAGED THAT THE VTC WOULD REACH ITS OBJECTIVES ON TIME.

HE GAVE ASSURANCE THAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WOULD BE PROVIDED, IN TERMS OF BOTH SUITABLE SITES FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND OF ADDITIONAL CAPITAL AND RECURRENT SUBVENTIONS.

"SECONDLY, WF. HAVE HIGH HOPES OF THE VTC BEING ABLE TO LEAD OUR VOCATIONAL TRAINING MECHANISMS INTO THE NEXT CENTURY, PARTICULARLY IN THE TRAINING AND RE-TRAINING OF OUR TECHNOLOGIST LEVEL MANPOWER IN USEFUL NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

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’’THIS FIELD OF ACTIVITY IS NEW FOR BOTH THE VTC AND THE GOVERNMENT, AS IT WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY INVOLVE NON-CONVENTTONAL METHODS OF TRAINING.

”1 AM GLAD TO KNOW THAT THE VTC IS WILLING AND ABLE TO TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE, AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL DO SO WITH VIGOUR AND IMAGINATION,” HE SAID.

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BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED STABLE AT A LOW LEVEL DURING THE PERIOD AUGUST - OCTOBER 1989. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT THE LABOUR MARKET WAS STILL TIGHT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR AUGUST - OCTOBER 1989 WAS 1.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.2 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989 AND 1.5 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.2 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD AND THE DECREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN AUGUST - OCTOBER 1989 WAS ESTIMATED AT 37,600. COMPARED WITH 34.100 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989 AND 41,100 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1988.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR AUGUST - OCTOBER 1989 WAS 0.6 PER CENT, WHICH WAS LOWER THAN 0.7 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989 BUT WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1988.

THE DECREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR AUGUST -OCTOBER 1989 WAS 17,800, COMPARED WITH 19.200 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989 AND 17,000 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 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.

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COMMENT[NG ON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (FOR EXAMPLE 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 LN 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.

THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 1989 WAS 1.3 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.8 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS SURVEY COVERED A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 14,000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 52,000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

IN THE SURVEY. THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE 1LO.

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 SEPTEMBER 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR. GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND DECEMBER 20 AT $10 PER COPY.

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PSDB TO HOLD SEMINARS FOR SPORTS EXECUTIVES ♦ * * » *

THE FIRST IN A SERIKS OF SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS TO INTRODUCE THE WORK AND FUNCTIONS OF THE RECENTLY ESTABLISHED PROVISIONAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD (PSDB) WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 19) AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING SCHOOL AT OI KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ALL ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARIES, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS WHO ARE WORKING IN VARIOUS SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS SUBVENTED BY THE BOARD HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND.

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"THE BOARD IS TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO MEET LOCAL SPORTS EXECUTIVES TO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH THEM AND TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING," THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR HOWARD WELLS, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"MORE SEMINARS ARE BEING PLANNED AND WILL BE HELD REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AFTER THE LUNAR NEW YEAR," HE SAID.

MR WELLS SAID SINCE THE PSDB WAS FORMALLY ESTABLISHED LAST MONTH, IT HAD HELI) MEETINGS WITH MORE THAN 40 LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS.

"MEETINGS WITH OTHER ASSOCIATIONS WILL BE HELD SHORTLY," HE SAID.

THE PSDB SECRETARIAT IS NOW HEADED BY MR WELLS, WHO IS ASSISTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, MR DAVID MAK, ON THE SPORT DEVELOPMENT SIDE; AND THE DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES. MR ALFRED WONG, ON THE FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION SIDE.

"IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE SECRETARIAT, WE ARE NOW RECRUITING KEY STAFF FROM THE OPEN MARKET. THIS INCLUDES THE EMPLOYMENT OF A DIRECTOR OF MARKETING SERVICES, AND THE BOARD'S SECRETARY AND AN ACCOUNTANT," MR WELLS SAID.

"ADDITIONAL STAFF WILL BE RECRUITED IN FUTURE ON A NEED BASIS," HE ADDED.

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TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER TOURS WONG TAI SIN t » » « *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR GORDON SIU, ACCOMPANIED BY MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, TODAY (THURSDAY) INSPECTED THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC SITUATION.

THE PARTY SAW THE VARIOUS PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS IN SAN PO KONG, CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, FUNG WONG NEW VILLAGE, SHA TIN PASS ROAD, CHUK YUEN ROAD, CHINO TAK STREET AND TUNG LUNG ROAD.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR YEUNG CHIU-MING, SAID MEMBERS AND THE COMMISSIONER EXCHANGED VIEWS ON WAYS TO IMPROVE THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

ALSO ON THE TOUR WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAL',

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APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT AS RECOGNISED DEALER

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NEARLY 70 APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT AS RECOGNISED DEALER IN EXCHANGE FUND BILLS HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"THIS IS A VERY ENCOURAGING RATE OF RESPONSE," HE SAID. "IT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS SINCE WE ISSUED THE INVITATIONS TO APPLY."

ABOUT HALF OF THE APPLICATIONS SO FAR RECEIVED HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN BEING INVITED TO ACCEPT APPOINTMENT AS MARKET MAKER AS WELL AS RECOGNISED DEALER, HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY INDICATED IN A SPEECH TO THE HONG KONG CAPITAL MARKETS ASSOCIATION IN AUGUST THAT IT WAS UNLIKELY THAT MORE THAN ABOUT 20 MARKET MAKERS WOULD BE APPOINTED.

"IT IS PROBABLE, THEREFORE, THAT SOME WOULD-BE MARKET MAKERS WILL FACE DISAPPOINTMENT," MR NENDICK SAID.

"THERE IS, HOWEVER, NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF RECOGNISED DEALERS," HE ADDED.

MR NENDICK URGED ANY FURTHER INSTITUTIONS HAVING AN INTEREST IN BECOMING MARKET MAKERS TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR RECOGNISED DEALER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

WHILST THERE IS NO DEADLINE FOR APPOINTMENT AS RECOGNISED DEALER THOSE INSTITUTIONS WHICH WOULD LIKE TO BE MARKET MAKERS SHOULD LODGE THEIR APPLICATIONS AT AN EARLY DATE AS WE WILL BE SELECTING MARKET MAKERS FROM THE INITIAL BATCH OF RECOGNISED DEALERS TO BE APPOINTED," HE SAID.

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SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO ASSIST HONG KONG OWNERS AND MANAGERS OF PANAMAN I AN-FLAG SHIPS WISHING TO TRANSFER TO HONG KONG REGISTRY CONSEQUENT UPON THE FORTHCOMING CLOSURE OF UNITED STATES PORTS TO PANAMANIAN-FLAG SHIPS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF ALL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO HONG KONG AND IN CONFORMITY WITH THE PRINCIPLES AGREED FOR THE AUTONOMOUS HONG KONG REGISTER OF SHIPPING WHICH WILL ENTER INTO FORCE IN LATE 1990.

"CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN IN MAKING THESE ARRANGEMENTS TO ENSURE THAT STANDARDS OF SAFETY ARE NOT COMPROMISED AND TO PROVIDE A FACILITY FOR HONG KONG SEAFARERS AT PRESENT SERVING ON PANAMANIAN-FLAG SHIPS TO CONTINUE IN EMPLOYMENT ON THOSE SHIPS UNDER HONG KONG REGISTRY," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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’WE ARE HONG KONG’ YOUTH RALLY ON SATURDAY

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THREE THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR COMMITMENT TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG BY TAKING PART IN A "WE ARE HONG KONG" YOUTH RALLY AT THE HONG KING STADIUM ON SATURDAY' (DECEMBER 16) AFTERNOON.

THE RALLY IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CURRENT MONTH-LONG YOUTH FESTIVAL AND IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT AN AUDIENCE OF ABOUT 30,000 OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND LADY WILSON WILL ATTEND THE RALLY AS GUESTS OF HONOUR. SIR DAVID WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING, WHILE LADY WILSON WILL OFFICIATE AT A FLAG-HOISTING CEREMONY.

TO BUILD UP THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE RALLY, THERE WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION OF PARACHUTE JUMPING, FORMATION OF THE YOUTH FESTIVAL LOGO BY 500 STUDENTS AND A PARADE BY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 19 DISTRICTS AND 20 YOUTH AND UNIFORMED GROUPS.

A "SHOWCASE OF TALENTS" WILL BE PRESENTED BY' YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 19 DISTRICTS AND 15 YOUTH GROUPS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL ALSO INCLUDE TELEMATCHES ON THE HONG KONG'S CONSTRUCTION AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES AND DEVELOPMENT, SINGING AND DANCES.

THE TWO-HOUR RALLY. WHICH BEGINS AT 2.45 PM, WILL BE

THE TWO-HOUR RALLY, WHICH BEGINS AT 2.45 PM, WILL BE

THEME OF

TRANSPORT

BROADCAST

BROADCAST

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE PROGRAMME ON LARGE SCREENS SPECIALLY SET UP IN THE SHA TIN NEW CITY PLAZA, THE CHINA HONG KONG CITY IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND IN TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE "WE ARE HONG KONG" YOUTH RALLY WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.45 PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16) AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO MEET CNTA STAFF OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE STADIUM IN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BEFORE 2.15 PM.

EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC THAT DAY. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES USING THEIR OWN TRANSPORT TO THE STADIUM ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN PARKING LABELS BEFOREHAND FROM THE CNTA NEWS AND PUBLICITY DIVISION. PLEASE CONTACT MR TONY AU-YEUNG, SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER, ON TEL. 5-8351464 FOR DETAILS.

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CARNIVAL IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH t » t t

FESTIVAL AT VICTORIA PARK ♦ *

THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A CULTURAL ACTIVITIES CARNIVAL IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE YOUTH FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY.

A FULL-DAY PROGRAMME WILL BE ORGANISED TO ENABLE CYC MEMBERS TO DISPLAY THEIR SKILLS AND TALENTS IN VARIOUS CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

STUDENTS FROM 60 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL PUT UP EXHIBITION STALLS ON A VARIETY OF ART AND CRAFT ARTICLES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A BAND MARCH, A LION DANCE, CHINESE DANCES, SINGING, AND MARTIAL ART DEMONSTRATIONS BY CYC MEMBERS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE CARNIVAL AT 11 AM WILL BE OMELCO MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM; CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON YOUTH FESTIVAL, MR ERIC LI; AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CYC CULTURAL ACTIVITIES CARNIVAL AT THE FOOTBALL PITCH OF VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY. AT 11 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17).

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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THE INTRODUCTION OF A COMBINED VACCINE FOR CHILDREN AGAINST MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBE).LA.

STARTING FROM JANUARY 1, ALL HONG KONG-BORN CHILDREN WHO BECOME ONE YEAR OF AGE ON OR AFTER THAT DATE WILL BE GIVEN FREE INOCULATION OF THE COMBINED MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBELLA (MMR) VACCINE.

THIS VACCINE WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING MEASLES VACCINE THAT THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FOR CHILDREN.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT WITH A SINGLE SHOT OF THE NEW MMR VACCINE. CHILDREN CAN NOW BE PROTECTED AGAINST THE THREE DISEASES - MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA.

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HE SAID THE NEW PROGRAMME WILL IMPROVE AND WIDEN THE SCOPE OF IMMUNISATION FOR CHILDREN.

"AT PRESENT, ONE-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN ARE ONLY INOCULATED AGAINST MEASLES, AND GIRLS ATTENDING PRIMARY 6 CLASS ARE VACCINATED AGAINST RUBELLA," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TOGETHER WITH HEPATITIS B VACCINATION WHICH WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR TO ALL NEWBORNS, THE IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN WILL INCLUDE VACCINATION AGAINST NINE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES — TUBERCULOSIS, POLIOMYELITIS, DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS, WHOOPING COUGH, MEASLES, HEPATITIS B, MUMPS AND RUBELLA.

TO ASSIST MOTHERS WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE MMR VACCINATION PROGRAMME AT THE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, A SPECIAL HOTLINE WILL BE SET UP BY THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8387428 AND THE ENQUIRY SERVICE STARTS TODAY FROM 9 AM - 1 PM AND FROM 2 PM - 5 PM DAILY FROM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS, AND FROM 9 AM - 1 PM ON SATURDAYS.

THE MMR VACCINATION PROGRAMME WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNISATION WHICH ADVISES THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH ON THE IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME.

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES MUST STRENGTHEN THEIR COUNSELLING AND TRAINING SERVICES TO PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR FUTURE CHALLENGES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPEN DAY AND OFFICIAL OPENING OF SHEK LEI CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE OPERATED BY THE HONG KONG PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION.

MRS WONG SAID YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY FACED AN URGENT NEED TO RE-EXAMINE THEIR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS THE SOCIETY.

"IN VIEW OF THIS. CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES MUST HELP YOUNG PEOPLE BUILD A GOOD FOUNDATION BY HELPING TO PROMOTE THEIR SENSE OF SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS, ANALYTICAL POWER AND INDEPENDENT THINKING," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG ADDED THAT CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES WERE SET UP TO PROVIDE SERVICES THROUGH A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 24.

SHE COMMENDED THE HONG KONG PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION FOR PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE YOUTH SERVICE OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS.

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SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON YEAR OF THE HORSE »»»»»»

A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS ON THE YEAR OF THE HORSE WILL BE ISSUED ON JANUARY 23. THE POSTMASTER GENERAL. MR DOMINIC WONG, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THIS IS THE FOURTH IN THE CURRENT SERIES OF LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIAL STAMP ISSUES WHICH COMMENCED WITH THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT IN 1987 .

THERE WILL BE FOUR DENOMINATIONS - 60 CENT, #1.40, #1.80 AND

#5. THE DESIGN DEPICTS IN AN EMBROIDERY STYLE VARIOUS POSTURES OF THE HORSE.

A SOUVENIR SHEET CONTAINING A SET OF FOUR STAMPS AT #8.80 WILL ALSO BE ISSUED.

IN ADDITION, A STAMP FOLDER CONTAINING TWO SE-TENANT SHEETLETS WILL BE SOLD AT #14.50. EACH SHEETLET CONSISTS OF THREE #1.80 STAMPS IN THE UPPER ROW AND THREE 60 CENT STAMPS IN THE LOWER ROW.

THE STAMPS WERE DESIGNED BY MR KAN TAI-KEUNG AND WERE PRINTED BY JOH ENSCHEDE EN ZONEN OF HOLLAND.

FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED CLOSER TO THE DATE OF ISSUE.

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EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR FARMERS NOTED » » » » »

MEMBERS OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE NOTED AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT LIVESTOCK FARMERS IN PHASE 1 STAGE II CONTROL AREAS UNDER THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME WILL BE GIVEN MORE TIME TO APPLY FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES AND CAPITAL GRANTS AND LOANS.

THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE OF DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR WILL BE EXTENDED TO A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

"IN SETTING THE NEW DEADLINE, SUFFICIENT TIME WILL BE GIVEN TO LIVESTOCK FARMERS TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO CEASE OR CONTINUE OPERATION.

"THERE WILL ALSO BE A REASONABLE PERIOD OF NOTICE PRIOR TO ENFORCEMENT ACTION IN THE CONTROL AREAS," A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH SAID.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ALSO NOTED THAT CONTROL AREA 14, THAT IS, TUEN MUN ENVIRONS, UNDER PHASE I STAGE III OF THE CONTROL SCHEME, WILL COMMENCE ON JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR AS SCHEDULED IN ORDER TO ALLOW APPLICATIONS FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES BY SOME FARMERS IN THE AREA WHO WISH TO CEASE OPERATION.

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'THOSE WHO WISH TO CONTINUE OPERATION IN CONTROL AREA 14 MAY SEEK TECHNICAL ADVICE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND APPLY FOR CAPITAL GRANTS AND LOANS TO INSTALL NECESSARY TREATMENT FACILITIES,” AN EPD REPRESENTATIVE SAID AT THE MEETING.

“SIMILAR TO THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PHASE I STAGE II CONTROL AREAS, NO ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN IN CONTROL AREA 14 BEFORE THE OUTCOME OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS HAS BEEN MADE KNOWN AND REVIEWED AND A REASONABLE PERIOD OF NOTICE IS GIVEN TO THE AFFECTED FARMERS UNLESS THE FARMERS HAVE COLLECTED THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES AND RESUMED BUSINESS WITHOUT COMPLIANCE OF THE CONTROL REGULATIONS,” THE EPD REPRESENTATIVE SAID.

THE MEETING LEARNED THAT OF THE NINE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS, THREE REMAIN OUTSTANDING. MEMBERS ALSO DISCUSSED AT SOME LENGTH PROGRESS OF THESE PROJECTS AND THE VARIOUS PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED.

OPERATORS REMINDED TO OBSERVE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE PROVISIONS t * t * t

OPERATORS OF GOLD AND JEWELLERY SHOPS HAVE BEEN REMINDED TO OBSERVE PROVISIONS UNDER THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE CONCERNING THE SALE OF GOLD AND GOLD ALLOY ITEMS.

THIS FOLLOWED A COURT CASE TODAY (THURSDAY) IN WHICH THE OPERATORS OF TWO GOLD AND JEWELLERY SHOPS IN TO KWA WAN WERE EACH FINED $750 AT THE SAN PO KONG MAGISTRACY FOR NOT COMPILING WITH THE PROVISIONS.

THE TWO DEFENDANTS WERE PROSECUTED UNDER THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS (MARKING) (GOLD AND GOLD ALLOY) ORDER 1984, WHICH CAME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1985.

THEY BOTH PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF FAILING TO DISPLAY IN THEIR SHOPS A NOTICE INDICATING THAT EVERY ARTICLE MADE OF GOLD OR GOLD ALLOY, THAT WAS SUPPLIED OR OFFERED FOR SUPPLY IN THE COURSE OF TRADE, SHOULD BEAR A MARK INDICATING THE FINENESS OF THE GOLD CONTENT.

THE NOTICE SHOULD ALSO SPECIFY THAT A RECEIPT SHOULD BE ISSUED BY THE SUPPLIER IN RESPECT OF EVERY ARTICLE SUPPLIED.

THE MANNER AND FORM OF THE NOTICE ARE STATED IN THE THIRD SCHEDULE OF THE ORDER.

THE COURT HEARD THAT OFFICERS OF THE TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT VISITED THE DEFENDANTS* SHOPS DURING A TERRITORY-WIDE INSPECTION ON AUGUST 30 THIS YEAR.

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THE OFFICERS FOUND THAT THE OPERATORS OF THE TWO SHOPS HAD NOT DISPLAYED THE REQUIRED NOTICE IN THEIR SHOP PREMISES.

A CHIEF TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER OF THE TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU, MR LEUNG YUK-TONG. SAID THAT APART FROM THESE ; TWO CASES, 12 OTHERS INVOLVING THE CONTRAVENTION OF TRADE » DESCRIPTIONS (MARKING) (GOLD AND GOLD ALLOY) ORDER 1984, WHICH WERE I ALSO DISCOVERED DURING THE OPERATION IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, WOULD BE » BROUGHT TO COURT SHORTLY.

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THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS TIGHTENING UP CONTROL ON SIGNBOARDS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A MEMBER HAS PROPOSED THAT THE EXTERNAL WALLS OF BUILDINGS SHOULD BE DECLARED COMMON PARTS AND SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUSIVELY USED BY FLAT OWNERS.

HE HAS ALSO PROPOSED THAT OWNERS CORPORATIONS BE GIVEN THE POWER TO DECIDE WHETHER A SIGNBOARD CAN BE ERECTED ON THEIR BUILDINGS.

THE MEETING W]LL ALSO DISCUSS A REPORT BY A WORKING GROUP ON I HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE PROPOSED COLOUR SCHEME FOR A FOOTBRIDGE AT THE JUNCTION OF CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH AND GRANVILLE ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON LANGUAGE

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IMPROVEMENT

THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE REPORT OF THE REVIEW OF LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY A REPORT BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON SERVICES 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 DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 6 TUNG YAN STREET.

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ROAD SAFETY BUS PARADE IN EASTERN *****

MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT IN A DECORATED DOUBLE-DECKER BUS ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17), CALLING ON RESIDENTS TO COMPLY WITH TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.

THEY WILL SET OFF AT 2.15 PM FROM THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE, HEADING FOR THE KAM WA STREET TRAM TERMINUS IN SHAU KEI WAN VIA THE CHAI WAN MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION.

FROM THE TERMINUS, THEY WILL MOVE ON TO THE SAI WAN HO MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION, HONG ON STREET, KING’S ROAD AND NORTH POINT FERRY PIER. DISTRIBUTING PUBLICITY MATERIALS AT VARIOUS STOPS ON THE WAY.

THE PARADE. LASTING ABOUT TWO AND A HALF HOURS, WILL END AT LAI TAK TSUEN TN CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE PARADE FORMS PART OF THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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OFFICIATING AT A STARTING CEREMONY WILL BE THE ACTING EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CHANG KING-YIU; A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN CHENG WUX-YAU; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR YUE HUI-KWONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD SAFETY BUS PARADE ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17). THE STARTING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 230 CHAI WAN ROAD.

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VIDEO PROGRAMMES ON PUBLIC AND CURRENT AFFAIRS WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION AT A CARNIVAL AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND IN SHAM SHUI PO ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17).

THE CARNIVAL FORMS PART OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL WHICH BEGAN LAST WEEK AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL JANUARY 8.

ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIL EDUCATION AND SPONSORED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, THE CARNIVAL AIMS AT MAKING RESIDENTS MORE AWARE OF THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, AND AT PROMOTING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

THE VIDEO SHOWS WILL COVER THE CIVIL SERVICE, PUBLIC FINANCE, THE THREE-TIER CONSULTATION SYSTEM, THE LOCAL POLITICAL SYSTEM, PUBLIC OPINION AND CIVIC EDUCATION.

APART FROM THE VIDEO SHOWS. THE C RN1VAL WILL FEATURE GAMES STALLS TO BE SET UP BY LOCAL SCHOOLS, VO)' ■ITARY AGENCIES, THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH .'LUB. THERE WILL ALSO BE PERFORMANCES BY THE SHAM SHUI PO ARTS ASSOCIATION YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CHOIRS, AS WELL AS BY POPULAR SINGERS.

A CO),DURING COMPETITION FOR LOCAL CHILDREN WILL BE HELD AT THE CARNIVAL WITH THE AIM OF IMPRESSING UPON THE PARTICIPANTS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING HONEST AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS.

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OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CARNIVAL WILL INCLUDE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK; SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN FUNG; AND A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION. MR CHAN WING-TAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL TO BE HELD FROM 3 PM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND. MR CHAN WILL DELIVER A SPEECH AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 4 PM.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE OUTSIDE BOND CENTRE IN QUEENSWAY.

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

» THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM QUEENSWAY WESTBOUND TO COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM ON SATURDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY; AND

* QUEENSWAY BETWEEN TAMAR STREET AND MURRAY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON SUNDAY.

TAMAR STREET BETWEEN DRAKE STREET AND QUEENSWAY WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON SUNDAY.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO WATCH OUT FOR THE TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS BECAUSE OF ROAD CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC RE-ROUTEING. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE THEM.

IN ADDITION, CMB ROUTES 23, 23B AND 40 TRAVELLING ON QUEENSWAY WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED FROM 10 PM ON SATURDAY TO 10 AM THE NEXT DAY.

ALSO, CMB ROUTES 2 AND 6, CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES 101, 111, 121

AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 31 WILL BE DIVERTED FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON SUNDAY.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16) AFTERNOON FOR HOLDING THE HONG KONG YOUTH FESTIVAL AT HONG KONG STADIUM.

THE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT AT NOON AND WILL BE THE SAME AS THOSE IMPLEMENTED WHEN A FOOTBALL MATCH IS HELD AT HONG KONG STADIUM.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR:

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 500 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

THE SECTION OF THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO ITS JUNCTION WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND.

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CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN HUNG HOM

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE WINSLOW STREET VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN HUNG HOM WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 16) TO FACILITATE CLEANSING OF THE UNDERPASS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON WINSLOW STREET HEADING FOR TO KWA WAN ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA WINSLOW STREET, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, COOKE STREET, GILLIES AVENUE AND WUHU STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1989

CONTENDS PAGE NO.

CS OPENS ASIAN INTER-CITY ATHLETICS MEETING ........................... 1

HONG KONG NOW A CULTURAL LEADER IN ASIA . ............................. 1

GOVT AIMS TO ASSURE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS ..............

TIGHTENING OF ANTI-SMOKING LEGISLATION IN HK .......................... 3

GOVERNMENT MONITORING OF KCRC STRENGTHENED ............................ 4

CONTROL ON IMPORT AND EXPORT OF HALONS ................................ 5

EIGHT AIR CONTROL ZONES DECLARED .................................

REVISION OF CERTIFICATION FEES ...................................

HANDICAPPED WOMAN WINS CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGN COMPETITION .........

SONGS, GAMES AND PERFORMANCES TO OPEN SHA TIN FESTIVAL ............... 10

FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN FOR SQUATTER AREAS .......................... 1°

ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL IN WONG TAI SIN .................................. n

MONG KOK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN STARTS TOMORROW ........................... 12

BANQUET FOR THE ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG .................................. 13

SHAM SHUI PO MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CLOSES ................. 13

ANTI-RAT CAMPAIGN BEFORE LUNAR NEW YEAR .............................. I4

NT LOT FOR SALE BY TENDER ............................................ I4

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEK KIP MEI TO BE CLOSED ...................... 15

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1989

CS OPENS ASIAN INTER-CITY ATHLETICS MEETING

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THE ASIAN INTER-CITY ATHLETIC MEET, LAUNCHED ON THE INITIATIVE OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION IN 1983, HAS NOW BECOME A MAJOR ATHLETICS MEETING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGHOUT ASIA, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

"I AM DELIGHTED THAT HONG KONG HAS ONCE AGAIN BEEN CHOSEN AS THE VENUE FOR HOSTING THIS IMPORTANT EVENT," SIR DAVID SAID WHEN OPENING THE 5TH ASIAN INTER-CITY ATHLETIC MEET AT THE WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUND.

EXTENDING A WARM WELCOME TO THE YOUNG ATHLETES AND DELEGATIONS FROM 23 CITIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THE ATHLETES HAD AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THEIR HARD TRAINING INTO PRACTICE, AND TO TEST THEMSELVES TO THE LIMIT.

"I AM SURE THAT TOGETHER YOU WILL NOT ONLY SET NEW STANDARDS FOR ASIAN YOUTH ATHLETICS, BUT YOU WILL ALSO FOSTER A CLOSER FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN OUR COMMUNITIES," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID CONGRATULATED THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED FOR ORGANISING THE EVENT.

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HONG KONG NOW A CULTURAL LEADER IN ASIA ******

HONG KONG HAS DEVELOPED A RANGE OF RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WHICH PLACES THE TERRITORY AS ONE OF THE CULTURAL LEADERS IN ASIA, THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR GUS CHUI, SAID IN LOS ANGELES ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 14).

ADDRESSING A MEETING OF THE ASIA SOCIETY DURING A FOUR-DAY VISIT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MR CHUI SAID THAT SINCE THE 1960'S, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, A NUMBER OF ELEMENTS HAD CONTRIBUTED TO HONG KONG’S EMERGENCE IN THE CULTURAL FIELD.

"AS HONG KONG’S POPULATION HAS EXPANDED AND NEW TOWNS HAVE BEEN BUILT IN PREVIOUSLY UNDEVELOPED AREAS, WE HAVE INVESTED LONG-TERM IN HONG KONG’S CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT BY BUILDING SEVEN LARGE AND MODERN CULTURAL COMPLEXES TO SERVE OUR POPULATION OF 5.7 MILLION AT A COST OF OVER US$150 MILLION."

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MR CHUI POINTED OUT THAT RECURRENT PUBLIC SPENDING IN HONG KONG ON THE PERFORMING ARTS LAST YEAR WAS USS23 MILLION. HE SAID THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NOW A TOTAL OF 35,000 SEATS FOR AUDIENCES IN HONG KONG MEANS THAT, EVEN IN AREAS WHERE THE LEVEL OF CULTURAL ACTIVITY WAS LOW AT PRESENT, ITS DEVELOPMENT WOULD NOT BE STUNTED BY ANY LACK OF PROPERLY EQUIPPED VENUES FOR HOLDING CULTURAL EVENTS.

"ON THE ORGANISATIONAL SIDE OUR TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ARE SUPPORTING A WIDE RANG!' OF ARTS, CULTURAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES BY SPONSORSHIP, BY DIRECTLY STAGING EVENTS AND BY PROVIDING LONG-TERM FUNDING TO PERFORMING GROUPS," MR CHUI EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THESE INCLUDED THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, A CHINESE ORCHESTRA, A DANCE COMPANY AND A REPERTORY THEATRE AS WELL AS FUNDING FOR THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL AND THE FESTIVAL FRINGE.

POINTING OUT THAT AN IMPORTANT PART IN CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT WAS PLAYED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MR CHUI EXPLAINED: "ESTABLISHED IN 1982, THIS BODY HAS KEPT UNDER REVIEW HONG KONG’S POLICY FOR DEVELOPING PERFORMING ARTS AND OF ENSURING THAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR PROMISING PERFORMING GROUPS, PARTICULARLY THOSE OF AN EXPERIMENTAL NATURE OR AT AN EARLY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT."

AT PRESENT THE COUNCIL WAS SUBSIDISING THE HONG KONG BALLET, THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY AND THE CHUNG YING THEATRE AND OTHER PERFORMING GROUPS AT A COST OF ABOUT US$3.7 MILLION PER YEAR, MR CHUI SAID.

TURNING TO THE FUTURE OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG, MR CHUI ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE WERE NUMBER OF AREAS HONG KONG WISHED TO DEVELOP INCLUDING CO-ORDINATION IN MATCHING DEMANDS FOR SPONSORSHIP OF THE ARTS TO THE WILLINGNESS OF CORPORATIONS TO PROVIDE IT. "WE LOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING A LOT FROM YOU ON THE WEST COAST IN THIS RESPECT," MR CHUI SAID.

HE NOTED THE UNITED STATES WAS A MAJOR PARTNER IN HONG KONG'S FUTURE CABLE TELEVISION COMPANY. "WE ARE ALREADY ENJOYING THE

BENEFITS OF U.S. EXPERTISE ON THE TECHNICAL SIDE; ON THE PROGRAMMING AND ARTISTIC SIDE, HOWEVER, WE STILL NEED TO DRAW UPON YOUR~

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE."

WHILE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MR CHUI IS ALSO ATTENDING THE ANNUAL WESTERN CABLE SHOW IN ANAHEIM, VISITING MUSIC CENTRES AND CULTURAL CENTRES, AND ATTENDING DISCUSSIONS WITH FILM COMPANY EXECUTIVES AND EXECUTIVES OF U.S. WEST INTERNATIONAL.

HE IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR STEPHEN SELBY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING, MS LILY YAM.

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GOVT AIMS TO ASSURE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS »»»»»»

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TONIGHT (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S EDUCATION STRATEGY FOR THE COMING DECADE WAS DIRECTED AT ASSURING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS.

’’AND I FORESEE AN INCREASING ROLE FOR INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVES BY SCHOOLS, HEADS AND TEACHERS," HE SAID.

ADDRESSING THE 25TH ANNUAL DINNER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS, MR YEUNG SPOKE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION FOR ALL, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, DIRECT SUBSIDY SCHEME AND MORE AIDED AUTONOMY FOR AIDED SCHOOLS.

"THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S FOURTH REPORT (ECR 4), DUE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, WILL DEFINE CLEARLY AND COMPREHENSIVELY THE ISSUE WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE EARLY 1990’S TO ENSURE QUALITY IN ALL SECTORS OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM," HE SAID.

"ECR 4 WILL THEN GO ON TO REVIEW PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROVISION OF NINE YEARS FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION, AND WILL PROPOSE ANSWERS TO SOME QUESTIONS IN THIS FIELD.

"ONCE WE HAVE DECIDED ON THE FUTURE CONTENT OF EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO GO ON TO CONSIDER THE RIGHT APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION IN THE 1990’S.

"THAT SUBJECT WILL BE COVERED IN ECR 5, TO BE PUBLISHED PROBABLY IN EARLY 1991," MR YEUNG SAID.

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ANTI-SMOKING LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN TIGHTENED IN SEVERAL RESPECTS IN RECENT YEARS AND FURTHER LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR NIGEL SHIPMAN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY, MR SHIPMAN SAID HONG KONG HAD RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF SMOKING AS A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE.

HE SAID THERE HAD BEEN VARIOUS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, TOGETHER WITH INCREASES IN TAXATION ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

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’’THE OVERALL RESULTS HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING: THE PROPORTION OF SMOKERS IN THE ADULT POPULATION (OVER 15 YEARS) HAS DECREASED FROM 23.3 PER CENT IN 1982 TO 16.8 PER CENT IN 1988," HE SAID.

"HOWEVER, THERE ARE CERTAIN ASPECTS THAT CAUSE US CONCERN. FOR EXAMPLE, 3,000 GIRLS IN THE 15 TO 19 AGE GROUP WERE FOUND IN 1988 TO BE DAILY SMOKERS COMPARED WITH 900 IN 1986.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THEREFORE THAT WE DO NOT ALLOW OUR FIGHT AGAINST TOBACCO TO SLAKEN."

MR SHIPMAN WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY IN THE PREVENTION, RESEARCH, TREATMENT OF CANCER AND HOSPICE CARE SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1964.

"WHILE EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT OF CANCER. FORM THE MAIN THEME OF THE SOCIETY’S PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, THE AREA OF PATIENT CARE HAS NOT BEEN NEGLECTED," HE SAID.

"HOSPICE CARE IS A VALUABLE SERVICE PROVIDED TO HELP PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO COPE WITH THE ILLNESS AND TO OVERCOME THE PAINFUL EXPERIENCE OF CANCER DEATH."

MR SHIPMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT CANCER REMAINED THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN HONG KONG AND STILL POSED A GREAT CHALLENGE.

"THE NUMBER OF CANCER DEATHS INCREASED FROM 2,916 IN 1964 TO 8,177 IN 1988," HE SAID.

"OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE CANCER DEATH RATE ALSO INCREASED FROM 91 TO 173 PER 100,000 POPULATION FOR MALES AND FROM 75 TO 114 PER 100,000 POPULATION FOR FEMALES.

"THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION HAS STATED THAT AN ANTI-SMOKING PROGRAMME IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LUNG CANCERS," MR SHIPMAN SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT REVIEW ON ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION, WHICH IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF EXERCISES TO EXAMINE THE MONITORING OF PUBLIC AND STATUTORY BODIES, HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

THE REVIEW HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE EXISTING LEGAL FRAMEWORK ALREADY PROVIDES SUFFICIENT CONTROL OVER THE TRANSPORT AND FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES OF THE CORPORATION WITHOUT AFFECTING ITS AUTONOMY AND COMMERCIAL VIABILITY. HOWEVER, THERE IS A NEED TO IMPROVE THE MONITORING OF THE CORPORATION’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST THOSE OBJECTIVES.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS THEREFORE DECIDED TO INTRODUCE THE FOLLOWING ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS:

* SETTING OUT THE TRANSPORT AND FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES THE CORPORATION IS EXPECTED TO ACHIEVE AND HAVING THEM FORMALLY APPROVED AND ADOPTED AS ITS BASIC STRATEGY;

REQUIRING THE CORPORATION TO SUBMIT ANNUALLY A FIVE-YEAR PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES AND ANNUAL BUDGET TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT. THESE WILL BE REGULARLY REVIEWED;

» REQUIRING THE CORPORATION TO SUBMIT ANNUALLY A STATEMENT OF CORPORATE INTENT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR INFORMATION;

* APPOINTING A FULL-TIME CHAIRMAN CUM CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO OVERSEE THE OPERATION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CORPORATION, TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS PERFORMANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ABOVE MEASURES WOULD NOT CAUSE ANY FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES TO THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TOWARDS THE CORPORATION. THIS IS TO PROVIDE AND MANAGE A SAFE AND EFFICIENT RAILWAY SERVICE TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE REASONABLE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN HONG KONG, AND TO OPERATE ACCORDING TO PRUDENT COMMERICAL PRINCIPLES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THESE MEASURES WOULD NOT APPLY TO OTHER PUBLIC AND STATUTORY BODIES WHICH WOULD BE REVIEWED SEPARATELY DEPENDING ON THEIR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES.

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY COMING INTO OPERATION OF PART 2 OF THE SCHEDULE 01’ TH PROTECTION ORDINANCE (OLPO) ON JANUARY 1, 1990.

(FRIDAY) THE

OZONE LAYER

FROM JANUARY EXTINGUISHING AGENTS) TO BE LICENSED, A

DEPARTMENT (EPD) SAID.

1 IMPORT AND EXPORT OF HALONS (FIRE AND OZONE LAYER DEPLETING CHEMICALS WILL HAVE SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

THE OLPO WAS ENACTED THIS YEAR TO 1NTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE 1985 PROTECTION OF THE OZONE LAYER AND THE SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER.

GIVE EFFECT TO HONG KONG’S

VIENNA CONVENTION FOR THE 1987 MONTREAL PROTOCOL ON

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UNDER THE PROTOCOL, HONG KONG IS REQUIRED TO BAN THE IMPORT OF CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFC'S) AND HALONS COMING FROM A STATE WHICH IS NOT A PARTY TO THE PROTOCOL AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1990, AND TO FREEZE ITS CONSUMPTION OF HALONS AT THE 1986 LEVEL BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 1992.

CONTROLS ON THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF CFC’S, ANOTHER CATEGORY OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES, HAVE ALREADY BECOME EFFECTIVE, FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

CONSUMPTION OF CFC’S IN HONG KONG IS NOW FROZEN AT THE 1986 LEVEL BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LICENSING CONTROLS AND A QUOTA ALLOCATION SYSTEM FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT OF THE SUBSTANCES.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE IMPOSITION OF IMPORT/EXPORT LICENSING CONTROL ON HALONS IS MAINLY TO FULFIL HONG KONG’S OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE PROTOCOL TO BAN IMPORT OF CFC’S AND HALONS FROM NON-PARTY COUNTRIES TO THE PROTOCOL.

FROM JANUARY 1, ANYONE WHO WISHES TO IMPORT OR EXPORT HALONS SHOULD REGISTER WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. HE WILL ALSO NEED TO APPLY FOR A LICENCE FROM THE TRADE DEPARTMENT FOR EACH SHIPMENT OF HALON IMPORT OR EXPORT.

HOWEVER, IMPORTERS OR EXPORTERS OF CFC’S WHO ARE ALREADY REGISTERED WITH EPD UNDER SECTION 5 OF THE OLPO NEED NOT RE-APPLY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A QUOTA SYSTEM WILL BE ADMINISTERED IN THE FUTURE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SCHEDULE IN THE PROTOCOL TO ENSURE THE 1986 LOCAL HALON CONSUMPTION LEVEL WILL NOT BE EXCEEDED.

"SINCE THE DATE OF HALON CONSUMPTION RESTRICTION BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 1992 IS STILL RELATIVELY FAR OFF, IMPORT OF HALONS WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY QUOTA CONTROL AT THE MOMENT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION SHOULD BE MADE TO THE AIR POLICY GROUP OF THE EPD AT 26TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8351089.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES SHOULD BE MADE TO THE TRADE LICENSING (NON-TEXTILE) BRANCH OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT AT 13TH FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, 5 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 3-7372505 AND 3-7372385.

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EIGHT AIR CONTROL ZONES DECLARED

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EIGHT AIR CONTROL ZONES WERE DECLARED UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (AIR CONTROL ZONE) (DECLARATION) ORDER 1989 WHICH WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY ARE THE JUNK BAY, LANTAU, FANLING - SHA TAU KOK, PORT SHELTER, SOUTH HONG KONG ISLAND - LAMMA, TOLO, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG AIR CONTROL ZONES.

INCLUDING THE TWO AIR CONTROL ZONES DECLARED IN 1986, NAMELY HARBOUR AIR CONTROL ZONE AND TSUEN WAN - KWAI CHUNG AIR CONTROL ZONE, THE ENTIRE TERRITORY IS NOW BROUGHT UNDER THE AIR CONTROL NETWORK.

"THE DECLARATION OF THE REMAINING AREAS AS AIR CONTROL ZONES PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING TERRITORY-WIDE CONTROL MEASURES," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"FOLLOWING THE DECLARATION, AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES WHICH ARE IDENTICAL TO THOSE TN THE HARBOUR AND TSUEN WAN - KWAI CHUNG AIR CONTROL ZONES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR THESE NEW ZONES," HE SAID.

"WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES, INDUSTRIES SHOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO PLAN THEIR DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIGHT OF KNOWN TERRITORY-WIDE CONTROLS."

TO ACHIEVE THE AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES, THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW PURSUING A NUMBER OF STRATEGIES, NOTABLY MORE STRINGENT CONTROL ON VEHICLE EMISSIONS, INVOLVING THE INTRODUCTION OF UNLEADED PETROL AND THE REDUCTION OF THE SULPHUR CONTENT OF INDUSTRIAL LIQUID FUEL.

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THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) A REVISION OF FEES FOR CERTIFICATION SERVICES.

UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (FEES) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) REGULATIONS 1989 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, THE REVISION, WHICH WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR, IS AS FOLLOWS:

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TYPE OF SERVICE

(A) APPLICATION FOR THE ISSUE OF A CERTIFICATE OF HONG KONG ORIGIN, COMMONWEALTH PREFERENCE CERTIFICATE, CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN - PROCESSING (FORM TIC 185), OR OF ANY OTHER FORM OF CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN OTHER THAN CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN - FORM A

(B) APPLICATION FOR THE ISSUE OF A CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN - FORM A (FORM TIC 185B)

EXISTING REVISED

FEE FEE

$45 $55

$45 $75

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID THE REVISION OF FEES WAS TO COVER INCREASES IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS INVOLVED IN OPERATING THESE SERVICES. FEES FOR SUCH SERVICES WERE LAST REVISED IN 1985.

HE SAID THE TRADE ADVISORY BOARD HAD BEEN CONSULTED ON THE FEE REVISION AND HAD EXPRESSED ITS SUPPORT.

THE FIVE GOVERNMENT APPROVED CERTIFICATION ORGANISATIONS WILL INCREASE FEES CORRESPONDINGLY FOR CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN THEY ISSUE, DETAILS OF WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THEM SEPARATELY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO MORE FULLY RECOVER THE COSTS INCURRED IN OPERATING THE ORIGIN CERTIFICATION SYSTEM, THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WAS CONSIDERING INTRODUCING AN ANNUAL FEE FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE TRADE DEPARTMENT FOR CERTIFICATION PURPOSES.

ENQUIRIES ON THE REVISION OF FEES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 3-7372494.

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HANDICAPPED WOMAN WINS CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGN COMPETITION

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A FORMER RESIDENT OF THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE (ARC), MISS CHEUNG LAI, WILL HAVE AN ESPECIALLY JOYFUL CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE HER HAPPINESS.

FOR MISS CHEUNG, AGED 23, HAS SHOWN THAT A MENTAL HANDICAP IS NO BAR TO CREATIVITY BY WINNING A TERRITORY-WIDE CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ROTARACT CLUB OF PENINSULA, HONG KONG.

HER WINNING DESIGN HAS BEEN REPRODUCED FOR SALE AND THE REVENUE WILL BE USED FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

/MISS CHEUNG’S ........

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MISS CHEUNG’S WINNING ENTRY SHOWS A JOLLY SANTA CLAUS CARRYING A BAG LADEN WITH GIFTS, AND READILY CONVEYS A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE. THE COLOUR SCHEME, MAINLY IN LIGHT ORANGE, IS EVENLY MATCHED.

THE HANDIWORK INDICATES THAT MISS CHEUNG HAS CONFIDENCE, AND IT ALSO SHOWS THAT IF DISABLED PERSONS ARE PROPERLY CARED FOR AND TRAINED, THEY CAN LIVE AND WORK LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE.

FOR THE ARC SHELTERED WORKSHOP AND ITS STAFF, 1989 HAS BEEN A YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENT. APART FROM MISS CHEUNG’S SUCCESS IN THE OPEN COMPETITION, WORKERS AT THE CENTRE HAVE ALSO TAKEN PART IN VARIOUS COMMUNITY AND TERRITORY-WI DE ACTIVITIES, AND WON A NUMBER OF PRIZES.

THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (HONG KONG), MR KWOK NAI-SIK, SAID THAT WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE STAFF, TWO MENTALLY RETARDED FEMALE WORKERS FROM THE ARC TOOK PART IN A PHOTO CONTEST ORGANISED BY THE SOCIETY OF HOMES FOR THE HANDICAPPED. ONE OF THEM WON THE SECOND PRIZE AND RECEIVED AN AWARD OF $2,000.

"IN ANOTHER COMPETITION, 12 RESIDENTS OF ARC TOOK PART IN A FISHING COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH FORCES ANGLING CLUB, HONG KONG FISHING SOCIETY AND HONG KONG SPORT ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, AND ACHIEVED VERY GOOD RESULTS," MR KWOK SAID.

MISS CHEUNG HAD RECEIVED PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING AT THE ARC AND RESIDED THERE. ENCOURAGED BY CENTRE STAFF, AND DETERMINED TO OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES, SHE COMPLETED AN INDEPENDENT LIVING TRAINING PROGRAMME IN 1987, AND WAS ABLE TO LEAVE THE CENTRE TO LEAD AN INDEPENDENT LIFE.

UNDER THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S INTEGRATION PROGRAMME, MISS CHEUNG AND TWO OTHER SHELTERED WORKERS OF THE ARC HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED A UNIT IN A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

"THEY ARE NOW LIVING HAPPILY AND INDEPENDENTLY. HOWEVER, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO VISIT THEM AND RENDER ASSISTANCE IF REQUIRED," HE SAID.

"WHILE IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S PRIMARY AIM TO INTEGRATE DISABLED PERSONS INTO THE COMMUNITY, PUBLIC AND FAMILY SUPPORT ALSO PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THIS PROCESS," MR KWOK ADDED.

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SONGS, GAMES AND PERFORMANCES TO ♦ ♦ t t ♦

OPEN SHA TIN FESTIVAL

THE MONTH-LONG SHA TIN FESTIVAL WILL OPEN ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND NEW TOWN PLAZA WITH ABOUT 1,000 LOCAL RESIDENTS SINGING THE FESTIVAL THEME SONG.

THE SONG, "SHA TIN IS MY HOME", IS SPECIALLY COMPOSED FOR THE OCCASION AND THE CHORUS WILL COMPRISE MEMBERS OF SEVEN MAJOR CHOIRS IN THE DISTRICT.

AS A REMINISCENCE OF THE PAST, AN "ELDERS’ MARKET" WILL FEATURE CULTURAL PERFORMANCES BY THE ELDERLY, AND TRADITIONAL SKILLS IN COOKING, FACIAL COSMETICS AND HAIR STYLING.

FOR THE MORE ENERGETIC YOUNGSTERS, THEY MAY ENJOY SINGING AND DANCING AT THE "YOUTH CORNER".

THE DISTRICT’S NINE AREA COMMITTEES WILL PUT UP NINE GAMES STALLS.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL AT 2.30 PM WITH THE REGIONAL SECRETARY MR ADOLF HSU, OFFICIATING.

THE FUNCTION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES,

ADMISSION IS FREE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU AKE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1989-90 SHA TIN FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 1 7 ) AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND NEW TOWN PLAZA.

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FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN FOR SQUATTER AREAS * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD TO PROMOTE FIRE PREVENTION AND COMBAT THE ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY AT SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG TAI SIN.

THE FOUR-WEEK CAMPAIGN, WHICH WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17), HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY A WORKING GROUP OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE.

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT 3.30 PM ON SUNDAY AT TSZ WAN SHAN CENTRAL PLAYGROUND.

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OFFICIATING WILL BE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE, MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU; DIVISIONAL COMMANDER OF THE KOWLOON CENTRAL DIVISION OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR JOHN MORAN; A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED, MR LEUNG SHU1-CHUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MR LI YUK-WA.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN EXHIBITION ON FIRE PREVENTION AND THE PROPER USE OF ELECTRICITY, A FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION AND PERFORMANCES BY A SILVER BAND.

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD DURING THE CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING COLOUR-SHADING AND CROSSWORD PUZZLE COMPETITIONS, HOUSEHOLD VISITS, VISIT TO A FIRE STATION AND A SEMINAR ON FIRE PREVENTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 3.30 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT TSZ WAN SHAN CENTRAL PLAYGROUND, WAN WAH STREET, TSZ WAN SHAN.

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ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL IN WONG TAI SIN

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A ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN (DECEMBER 17) TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE

WONG TAI SIN ON DISTRICT’S ROAD

SUNDAY SAFETY

CAMPAIGN.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT TRANSPORT COMMITTEE AND THE ROYAL HONG CARNIVAL WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM AT MORSE PARK

BOARD’S TRAFFIC KONG POLICE FORCE,

AND

THE

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A ROAD SAFETY SAFETY BUS DISPLAY, A "BICYCLE SAFETY CITY', AND POPULAR SINGERS.

EXHIBITION, ROAD

PERFORMANCES BY

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR MICHAEL CHENG; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU; DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMANDER OF WONG TAI SIN POLICE DISTRICT, MR DICK YOUNG; STAFF OFFICER OF TRAFFIC POLICE (KOWLOON EAST), MR LEUNG CHING-PONG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR YEUNG CHIU-MING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CARNIVAL TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 17) AT THE HARD GROUND FOOTBALL PITCH IN MORSE PARK, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

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THE MONG KOK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WILL START TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AT THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE AT 45 FUK TSUEN STREET, TAI KOK TSUI.

THE DIRECTOR OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, DR CHAU TUEN-YTN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TALK ON COMMON EYE DISEASES AMONG THE ELDERLY.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AS PART OF THE MONG KOK FESTIVAL 1989-90.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, 45 FUK TSUEN STREET, TAI KOK TSUI.

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BANQUET FOR THE ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG

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THE 1989 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY WILL CONCLUDE WITH A BANQUET FOR THE ELDERLY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE FESTIVAL, WHICH STARTED ON NOVEMBER 18, IS AIMED AT AROUSING CONCERN TOWARDS THE WELL-BEING OF THE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN SAI KUNG.

BEFORE THE BANQUET THE SIX OLDEST PERSONS IN THE DISTRICT WILL EACH BE PRESENTED A GOLD MEDAL.

THE SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LISA CHAN, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADER MR LEE SPIEGAL WILL OFFICIATE AT THE FESTIVAL'S CLOSING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 1989 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT TUNG YUEN RESTAURANT, 21-25 YEE KUK STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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SHAM SHUI PO MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CLOSES » * » » ♦

THE NINE-MONTH LONG SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN CLOSED TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH A DINNER RECEPTION AND VARIETY SHOW FOR OVER 300 DISABLED PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CAMPAIGN WAS ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH PUBLIC EDUCATION . COMMITTEE, WHOSE MEMBERS INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING A CARNIVAL, COMPETITIONS, AN EXHIBITION AND SEMINAR HAVE BEEN HELD SINCE APRIL TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WERE THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), MRS PUN LEE WAI-CHUN; SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN FUNG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK; AND A SPONSOR, MR CHAN MU-FAT.

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ANTI-RAT CAMPAIGN BEFORE LUNAR NEW YEAR *****

TO TIE IN WITH THE ANNUAL YEAR-END CLEAN-UP BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, A TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-RAT EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IS BEING HELD TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE OF RAT PREVENTION.

ORGANISED BY THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND SPONSORED BY THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS, THE CAMPAIGN AIMS TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RAT PREVENTION AND HENCE LESSEN THE THREAT OF RAT-BORNE DISEASES.

"RATS ARE CARRIERS OF DISEASES LIKE PLAGUE, TYPHUS, AND FOOD POISONING," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

'■THEY ARE ALSO A NUISANCE AND CAUSE PHYSICAL DAMAGE AND FINANCIAL LOSSES TO HUMAN PROPERTIES.

"THEY MIGHT EVEN BITE ELECTRIC WIRES, THUS POSING FIRE HAZARDS," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE WAYS TO PREVENT RAT INFESTATION, SUCH AS NOT LETTING RATS HAVE FOOD, HAVE A HOME, OR ENTER YOUR HOUSE.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN, POSTERS, LEAFLETS AND ADVISORY LETTERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO BUILDING MANAGEMENT OFFICES, FOOD PREMISES AND MARKETS TO CALL FOR POSITIVE RAT-PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

ALSO. THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WILL OPERATE A TELEPHONE HOTLINE 3-7230013 DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD TO PROVIDE RAT-PREVENTIVE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC.

"IF RESIDENTS WANT ADVICE OR ASSISTANCE ON RODENT CONTROL, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT STAFF OF THE PEST CONTROL UNITS OF THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE) OF THE URBAN SERVICES AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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NT LOT FOR SALE BY TENDER

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING FOR TENDER A LAND LOT OF ABOUT 5,433 SQUARE METRES IN AREA 7B SHUI, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE LOT IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL AND GODOWN) PURPOSES WITH BUS TERMINUS AND CARPARK.

SALE BY

SHEUNG

HOTELS

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THE BUILDING COVENANT REQUIRES A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 30,968 SQUARE METRES TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN 48 MONTHS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTING TENDERS IS NOON ON FEBRUARY 2 NEXT YEAR.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

TENDER DOCUMENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT ALL THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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ILLLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEK KIP MEI

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TO BE CLOSED

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE CERTAIN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEK KIP MEI SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THEY ARE ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND MEZZANINE FLOOR OF NO. 19, THE ROOF OVER THE THIRD FLOOR OF NO. 1 AND 3 AND 9-27 (ODD NUMBERS) BERWICK STREET.

THE CLOSURE FORMS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN AUGUST AND NOVEMBER THIS YEAR REQUIRING DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON APRIL 18 NEXT YEAR WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (FRIDAY).

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WILL START IMMEDIATELY AFTER CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GOVERNOR URGES YOUTH TO MAKE FULL USE OF OPPORTUNITIES ....................... 1

RETURNING TO VIETNAM THE ONLY OPTION FOR VBP IN HK: CS ....................... 2

WWF CONTRIBUTES TO CONSERVATION IN HK ........................................ 3

AG SPEAKS ON FUTURE OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT ...................................... 4

AWARD SCHEME AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE .................................. 6

SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION TO HOLD 18TH MEETING ............................ 6

. PRELIMINARY INQUIRY INTO COLLISION ORDERED .................................... 7 «

RE-APPOINTMENT TO CIVIL SERVICE STANDING COMMISSION .......................... 7

POLICE FORCE HAS RESPONDED WELL TO PRESSURE AND DEMANDS ...................... 8

COLLEGE PLAYS IMPORTANT ROLE IN TEACHER TRAINING ............................. 9

INAUGURATION OF FIRST ELDERLY ROAD SAFETY PATROL ............................. 9

ELDERLY SERVICES GREATLY IMPROVED IN THE 80'S ............................... 10

DB PRAISED FOR HELPING THE ELDERLY .......................................... 11

ELDERLY PEOPLE NEED CARE AND CONCERN ........................................ 12

LIGHTS TO CELEBRATE SHA TIN FESTIVAL ........................................ 13

HOLIDAY TREAT OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS ......................................... 13

FORUM AND CARNIVAL FOR WAN CHAI YOUTH FESTIVAL .............................. 14

JUNIOR POLICE CALL COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY TOMORROW ........................... 15

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION TO BE HELD IN TUEN MUN ........................... 16

TENDERS INVITED FOR SHUEN WAN LANDFILL PROJECT .............................. 16

WATER CUTS IN YUEN LONG, TAI PO ............................................. 17

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ......................................... 17

LANE CLOSURE ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD ............................................. 18

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN LEIGHTON LANE ................................... 19

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1989

GOVERNOR URGES YOUTH TO MAKE FULL USE OE OPPORTUNITIES

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE ALL OVER HONG KONG TO MAKE GOOD USE OE THE EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED EOR THEM.

SPEAKING AT A MASS RALLY HELD AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM AS A KEY EVENT OE THE YOUTH FESTIVAL, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO SET UP A COMMISSION ON YOUTH, AS ANNOUNCED BY HIM LAST OCTOBER, WAS PART OF AN EFFORT TO RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE 01' YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY AND TO CATER FOR THEIR NEEDS.

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO DEVELOP A CHARTER FOR YOUTH WHICH WOULD RECOGNISE THOSE SPECIAL NEEDS AND FOCUS EFFORTS TO MEET THEM, THE GOVERNOR SAID, ADDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DO ITS BEST TO PROVIDE THE EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES THEY NEEDED.

“BUT WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS HOW THEY ARE USED. IT IS UP TO ALL OF YOU HERE AND YOUR FRIENDS ALL OVER HONG KONG TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. YOUR SUCCESS WILL BE THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG,’ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

, THE GOVERNOR REMINDED YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THEY WERE THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP AND DRIVING POWER FOR THE SUCCESS 01 HONG KONG IN THE YEARS TO COME.

HE CONGRATULATED THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH FOR ORGANISING THIS IMPORTANT EVENT WHICH WAS A SPECTACULAR AND CHEERFUL OCCASION.

STR DAVID SAID THE THEME OF THE MONTH-LONG YOUTH FESTIVAL -

ARE HONG KONG", WAS A GOOD ONE AND REMINDED US ALL THAT WE WERE PART OF HONG KONG AND THAT WE MUST ALL DO OUR PART TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE AND WORK.

FOLLOWING SIR DAVID’S SPEECH, LADY WILSON Oi l I I M EI) AT A FLAGHOISTING CEREMONY.

NEARLY 3,000 YOUNG PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS, YOUTH AND UNIFORMED GROUPS THEN PRESENTED A THREE-HOUR ACT I ON-PACKED AND EXCITING PROGRAMME.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED A PARADE BY YOUNG PEOPLE. A "SHOW CASE OF TALENTS" AND TELEMATCHES HIGHLIGHTING Till ACHIEVEMENTS Ob’ HONG KONG’S CONSTRUCTION AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES AND TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 198!)

RETURNING TO VIETNAM THE ONLY OPTION FOR VHP IN HE: CS t t t * * t

THE ONLY OPTION FOR THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREENED OUT AS NOT BEING GENUINE REFUGEES IS TO GO BACK TO VIETNAM, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"WE HAVE EMBARKED ON A PROGRAMME OF CONTINUING REPATRIATION OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE SCREENED OUT AND THE PROGRAMME WILL CONTINUE IN THE NEW YEAR, ' SIR DAVID SAID.

"I THINK THAT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD BY ALL THE BOAT PEOPLE HERE THAT THEIR FUTURE, II THEY ARE SCREENED OUT, LIES IN VIETNAM.

’THE WORLD HAS GROWN WEARY OF THE PROBLEM AND THE PROSPECTS OF THEIR BEING RESETTLED OVERSEAS ARE NOW NOT AN OPTION FOR THEM.

"IT IS MUCH MORE HUMANE FOR THEM TO RETURN TO THEIR OWN HOME THAN TO FACE THE PROSPECT OF BE I NG DETAINED IN HONG KONG FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME WITH NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO BE DETAINED."

HE SAID THAT WE MUST PUT IN PLACE THE PROGRAMME OF REPATRIATION - A VOLUNTARY PROGRAMME AND A MANDATORY PROGRAMME RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE.

"AND THAT IS OUR PLAN FOR THE NEW YEAR."

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAPTIVE WATERFOWL COLLECTION OF THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR. NATURE.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON A DECISION THAT THERE WOULD ONLY BE DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS IN THE LEGISLATURE AFTER 1997, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS TOO EARLY TO MAKE A JUDGEMENT ON WHAT MIGHT \PPEAR IN THE FINAL BASH’ LAK.

ON ITS EFFECT ON HONG KONG’S POLITICAL DEVELOPMINT, SIR DAVID SAID Wl WOULD WISH TO TAKE ACCOUNT IN 1991 OF THE VIEWS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WHICH WOULD BE A KEY FACTOR IN OUR DECISION FOR 1991.

"I THINK IT IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR THAT WE SHOULD HAVE CONTINUITY OVER THE PERIOD OF 1997. BUT IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT ANYTHING WE DO IN 1991 SHOULD REFLECT THE VIEWS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE. THAT IS HOW WE MUST MOVE FORWARD," HE ADDED.

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WWF CONTRIBUTES TO CONSERVATION IN HK

THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE HONG KONG HAS NOT ONLY DEVELOPED MAI PO, IT HAS ALSO MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION IN THE TERRITORY BY PROMOTING A GREATER AWARENESS AMONG THE COMMUNITY FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WWF (HK) CAPTIVE WATERFOWL COLLECTION AT MAI PO MARSHES, SIR DAVID SAID PEOPLE WERE VERY INPRESSED BY WHAT WWF WAS DOING AND HOW MUCH IT HAD ACHIEVED SINCE IT TOOK OVER MAI PO.

’’SINCE IT WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED SIX YEARS AGO, THE CORE RESERVE HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO COVER 100 HECTARES OF PONDS AND MARSHES,” HE SAID.

THE FINE EDUCATION CENTRE AND OBSERVATION HIDES WHICH WERE BEING EXPANDED ALL THE TIME, AND THE PETER SCOTT STUDIES CENTRE WHEN COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR WOULD PROVIDE EDUCATION AND RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES FOR THE MANY PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO VISIT AND TO WORK AT MAI PO, SIR DAVID NOTED.

LAST YEAR, NO LESS THAN 25,000 PEOPLE VISITED MAI PO.

ON WWF’S CONTRIBUTION IN PROMOTING COMMUNITY’S AWARENESS ON PROTECTION OF ENVIRONMENT, SIR DAVID NOTED THAT ITS EFFORT IN SCHOOLS WHERE A WEALTH OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS HAD BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR STUDIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT HAD BEEN HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IN "CATCHING THEM YOUNG”.

SIR DAVID SAID THE NEW CAPTIVE WATERFOWL COLLECTION WAS A WONDERFUL NEW FACILITY.

VISITORS TO THE COLLECTION WILL BE ABLE TO WALK AMONG THE LANDSCAPED PONDS TO SEE MANY OF THE SPECIES RECORDED IN HONG KONG AND SOUTHERN CHINA AND MANY IMPORTED FROM ENGLAND.

SIR DAVID ALSO SAID THAT HE WAS VERY GLAD THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN SPONSORING THIS PROJECT AND WAS SURE THERE WOULD BE MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE FOR CO-OPERATION AND MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS SUCH AS THIS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WWF (HK) PROJECTS COMMITTEE, DR K.C. SEARLE, THANKED THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS $1.97 MILLION DONATION WHICH ENABLED WWF ( HK ) TO ACQUIRE FOUR FISH PONDS FOR THE PURPOSE AND TO CARRY OUT THE NECESSARY LANDSCAPING, AND THE BUILDING OF A SECURE PERIMETER FENCE AND THE PURCHASE OF THE INITIAL BIRDS.

ALTOGETHER THE COLLECTION CONTAINS 170 WATERFOWL OF WHICH 51 HAVE BEEN DONATED BY THE LATE SIR PETER SCOTT’S WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS TRUST AT SLIMBRIDGE IN BRITAIN AND FLOWN INTO HONG KONG FREE OF CHARGE BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS.

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AG SPEAKS ON FUTURE OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT

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NOW AND FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE THE LAWYERS IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS HAVE BEFORE THEM THE PROSPECT OF EXCITING, CHALLENGING WORK OF THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE OF THE LAW FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, MR MATHEWS SAID: "FOR THE ABLE AND AMBITIOUS, THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY IN A POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY HAVE NEVER LOOKED BETTER."

HE NOTED THAT WASTAGE RATE HAD DROPPED FROM OVER 17 PER CENT LAST YEAR TO 8.5 PER CENT THIS YEAR. HE EXPECTED TO SEE A CONTINUED GROWTH IN THE NUMBERS OF LOCAL LAWYERS WHO WOULD ENTER AND REMAIN IN CHAMBERS.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, WITH A STAFF OF 260 LAWYERS, WOULD CONTINUE TO UNDERTAKE A WIDE RANGE OF LEGAL WORK THAT WAS MOST APPROPRIATELY PERFORMED WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS WOULD INCLUDE CONSTITUTIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, LEGAL POLICY QUESTIONS, LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING, ADVICE ON PUBLIC LAW, ADVISING ON CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS, SERVICING THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION AND MANY OTHER FUNCTIONS.

HE SAID HIS CHAMBERS WOULD PLACE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF LEGAL WORK OUT TO PRIVATE PRACTICE, BOTH TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF LIMITATION ON THE GROWTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND BECAUSE IT WAS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT THE BAR HAD EXPERIENCE OF CROWN WORK, BUT RETAINING A FORENSIC CAPACITY WITHIN CHAMBERS.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S CHAMBERS, HE SAID, WOULD HAVE A GROWING NUMBER OF LOCAL LAWYERS OF TALENT AND EXPERIENCE, BUT WITH EXPATRIATE LAWYERS CONTINUING TO HAVE A ROLE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

HF. SAID THAT MANY OF THE LEGAL SERVICES WHICH THE DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY PROVIDED TO THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SUPPLIED BY HIS CHAMBERS.

THOSE WOULD BE WHAT MR MATHEWS TERMED 'CORE' SERVICES. "THAT IS, LEGAL SERVICES CAN ONLY PROPERLY BE PROVIDED FROM WITHIN GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE THEIR NATURE IS SUCH THAT IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THEY CAN BE READILY PROVIDED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR OR BECAUSE OF THE JUDGMENTS REQUIRED TO BE MADE OR BECAUSE OF THE NEED FOR LEGAL ADVICE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS CALLS FOR A CONSISTENT APPROACH BASED ON Cl.OSE CONTACT," HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS SCOPE FOR CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WORK TO BE PLACED WITH PRIVATE SECTOR.

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"THIS WORK IS PRINCIPALLY CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LITIGATION. THERE ARE SOUND PUBLIC INTEREST REASONS WHY SOME OF THIS WORK SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

“IT ASSISTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BAR IF ITS PRACTITIONERS HAVE EXPERIENCE OF GOVERNMENT LEGAL WORK.

“IT PROMOTES A SENSE OF BALANCE AND PROVIDES NECESSARY EXPERIENCES FOR THOSE FROM WHOM OUR JUDGES WILL BE DRAWN.

"AND AT A TIME WHEN THERE ARE CONSTRAINTS ON THE GROWTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, A RELATIVELY HIGH VOLUME OF PROSECUTION HAS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE BAR," MR MATHEWS SAID.

MR MATHEWS NOTED THAT HE WAS NOT IN FAVOUR OF ALL THE CROWN’S FORENSIC WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

"I BELIEVE IT TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR MY CHAMBERS TO RETAIN A CAPACITY TO UNDERTAKE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL ADVOCACY.

"FIRST. IT IS DESIRABLE THAT THOSE COUNSEL IN THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS' OFFICE WHO ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE PROSECUTION DECISIONS ARE THEMSELVES EXPERIENCED IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE CRIMINAL LAW AND ITS PROCESSES.

"SECONDLY, AS EXPERIENCE WITH THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE IN ENGLAND HAS SHOWN, MORALE SUFFERS IF CROWN PROSECUTORS ARE SEVERELY RESTRICTED IN THE CONDUCT OF ADVOCACY.

"THIRDLY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO COURT PROVIDES AN ATTRACTION TO ABLE LAWYERS TO JOIN CHAMBERS.

"FOURTHLY, ADVOCACY TRAINING IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT IN THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WHICH WE OFFER THE LARGE NUMBERS OF YOUNG LOCAL LAWYERS WHO ARI IN CHAMBERS," MR MATHEWS SAID.

ON LOCALISATION, HE SAID IT WAS AIMED THAT 50 PER CENT OF THE SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL POSTS WOULD BE FILLED BY LOCAL LAWYERS BY 1992. ALREADY 52 OUT OF 124 SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL POSTS WERE FILLED BY LOCAL LAWYERS.

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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME HAS DONE MUCH TO ENSURE: THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HELPED TO BECOME WELL-ROUNDED, BALANCED AND READY TO FACE NEW CHALLENGES BY ENCOURAGING THEM TO HELP OTHERS, ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS, EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS,' LADY WILSON SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD - HONG KONG GATHERING '89, LADY WILSON SAID THE SCHEME HAD BEEN A TERRIFIC INSPIRATION TO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

NOTING THAT THE HONG KONG COUNCIL FOR THE AWARD WAS AT PRESENT PLAYING A VERY ACTIVE ROLE, LADY WILSON SAID SHE APPRECIATED THE LIAISON WORK AND EFFORT PUT INTO ORGANISING THE HONG KONG GATHERING.

"I AM SURE THIS NEW DIMENSION OF THE COUNCIL’S WORK WILL HELP .PROMOTE HONG KONG'S INTERNATIONAL STATUS, AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, FOSTER A SPIRIT OF FELLOWSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT NATIONS," SHE SAID.

THE GOLD AWARD CANDIDATES WHO HAD GATHERED FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD WOULD BE FACING VERY CHALLENGING TESTS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS TO COMPLETE THEIR GOLD LEVEL EXPEDITIONS AND RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT, LADY WILSON SAID.

"AS YOU STRIVE TO PROVE AND REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL, MAY I WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS, AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE," SHE ADDED.

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THE TWO SIDES OF THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HAVE AGREED THAT THE COMMISSION’S 18TH MEETING WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 20, 1989

AT 9.30 AM.

THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS THE AVERAGE COST OF LAND PRODUCTION FOR 1989-90 AND REVIEW THE 1989-90 LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME.

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR I.R. STRACHAN, HAS TODAY (SATURDAY) APPOINTED TWO OFFICERS TO CONDUCT A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING TO THE CATAMARAN "APOLLO JET" COLLIDING WITH CERTAIN VESSELS AND SUBSEQUENTLY STRANDING IN THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER WHICH OCCURED YESTERDAY EVENING.

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THE INQUIRY WAS ORDERED BY MR STRACHAN UNDER SECTION 51(1) OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE (CAP. 281), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID.

MR NG KWOK-CHU, MARINE OFFICER, AND MR CHICK KING-FAI, SURVEYOR OF SHIPS (ENGINEER. AND SHIP), WHO HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO CONDUCT THE INQUIRY, WOULD SUBMIT A REPORT OF THEIR FINDINGS TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

IN THE INCIDENT, TWO PERSONS DIED, ONE PERSON WAS REPORTED MISSING AND 17 PERSONS WERE INJURED.

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS RE-APPOINTED MR TANG KWAI-NANG TO BE A MEMBER OF THE STANDING) COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1990.

THE STANDING COMMISSION ADVISES THE GOVERNMENT ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES GOVERNING NON-DIRECTORATE CIVIL SERVICE PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE HAS RESPONDED WELL TO BOTH THE PRESSURE AND THE DEMANDS IN RECENT YEARS PARTICULARLY WHEN HONG KONG HAS EXPERIENCED EVENTS AND CHANGES IN CONDITIONS WHICH ARE FAST MOVING AND DEMAND QUICK RESPONSE AND ADJUSTABILITY.

THIS WAS STATED BY A MEMBER OF THE COUNCILS, DR DANIEL TSE, WHEN HE TOOK THE PARADE AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL (SATURDAY).

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE SALUTE AT A PASSING OUT IN WONG CHUK HANG TODAY

HE POINTED OUT THAT SUCH EVENTS INCLUDED THE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, THE DECISION FOR THE POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BORDER PATROL DUTIES AS WELL AS TO TAKE OVER THE OTHER INTERNALSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ARMY DURING AND AFTER THE GRADUAL WITHDRAWAL OF THE BRITISH GARRISON, AND THE MASSIVE RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS DRAWN TO THE STREET BY POLITICAL EVENTS AND SOCIAL GRIEVANCES.

"THEY HAVE TAKEN UP THEIR NEW AND VERY OFTEN UNPALATABLE DUTIES WITH GREAT SPIRIT AND HIGH PROFESSIONALISM AND INDEED DESERVE OUR FULLEST SUPPORT AND HIGHEST COMMENDATION," DR TSE SAID.

HE TOLD THE GRADUATING OFFICERS THAT THEY SHOULD STRIVE TO , KEE1’ UP THE FORCE'S KNOWN REPUTATION AND TO LIVE UP TO THE RESPECT * AND TRUST THE COMMUNITY HAD PLACED IN POLICE OFFICERS.

THE OFFICERS WERE ALSO REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE PUT OFF Bl COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE POLICE BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THEIR WORK AND THE INCREASING AWARENESS OF CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE BUT SHOULD CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES WITH

FIRMNESS AND TACTFULNESS.

"WHATEVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE, HONESTY, FAIRNESS, SELFLESSNESS, COURTESY OF A PATIENT POLICE OFFICER WILL ALWAYS HELP DIFFUSE ANY CONFRONTATION AND EASE ILL FEELINGS."

IN CONCLUSION, DR TSE SAID THAT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FORCE DEPENDED TO A GREAT EXTENT ON THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY BUT THE FORTHCOMING OF THAT SUPPORT WOULD DEPEND ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FORCE.

ON PARADE TODAY WERE 22 INSPECTORS AND 68 CONSTABLES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING AND A CONTINGENT OF 275 RECRUITS NOW UNDER TRAINING IN THE SCHOOL.

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, TODAY (SATURDAY) PRAISED THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FOR ITS TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION IN TEACHER TRAINING OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS.

SPEAKING AT THE COLLEGE’S GOLDEN JUBILEE DINNER PARTY, MR LI SAID THAT BY ORGANISING INITIAL, ADVANCED, AND REFRESHER COURSES, THE COLLEGE HAD PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN RAISING BOTH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF TEACHERS.

HE NOTED THAT MORE THAN 13,000 TEACHERS HAD GRADUATED FROM THE COLLEGE SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1939, MANY OF WHOM HAD TAKEN UP KEY POSTS BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE EDUCATION SECTOR.

MR LI ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE COLLEGE’S ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FOR ESTABLISHING A PRIMARY SCHOOL 28 YEARS AGO, WHICH WAS AMONG THE FIRST BATCH OF SCHOOLS USING THE "ACTIVITY APPROACH".

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED MOTORISTS TO GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO SENIOR CITIZENS WHENj DRIVING ON THE ROAD.

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HE ALSO CALLED ON THE ELDERLY TO HEED ROAD SAFETY ADVICE AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST ELDERLY ROAD SAFETY PATROL OF THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION, MR LEUNG SAID THAT DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1989, HALF OF THE VICTIMS WHO DIED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WERE OVER 60 YEARS OLD.

"TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS CARRIED OUT IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS.

"THE MEASURES TAKEN INCLUDE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES AND ADJUSTING THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS SO THAT PEDESTRIANS CAN HAVE MORE TIME TO CROSS THE ROAD.

"THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO REMINDED MOTORISTS TO PAY ATTENTION TO ROAD CONDITIONS AND GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO SENIOR CITIZENS CROSSING THE ROAD," HE SAID.

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MR LEUNG COMMENDED THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN'S CLUB MADAM WONG CHAN SOOK-YING MEMORIAL CARE AND ATTENTION CENTRE FOR THE AGED FOR SETTING UP THE ELDERLY ROAD SAFETY PATROL.

HE SAID THAT NOT ONLY WOULD IT DRIVE HOME THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE TO PATROL TEAM MEMBERS WHO WOULD IN TURN SPREAD THE SAME MESSAGE TO THE ELDERLY, IT WOULD ALSO INSTIL A SENSE OF DISCIPLINE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AMONG THE MEMBERS.

MR LEUNG NOTED THAT SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST ROAD SAFETY PATROL IN 1963, THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION HAD SET UP MORE THAN 210 SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS TN BOTH SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THESE PATROLS HAD SERVED WELL IN MAINTAINING ORDER IN ROAD CROSSING AND IN DISSEMINAT1NG KNOWLEDGE OF ROAD SAFETY, HE ADDED.

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HONG KONG HAS SEEN GREAT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY DURING THE 80’S, THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES EAST), MR CARLOS LEUNG, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MISSION COVENANT CHURCH YIU O“ TONG SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN SHA TIN, MR LEUNG SAID IT W EXPECTED THAT THE PROVISION OF THE TWO TYPES OF SERVICES WOULD REACH THE GOVERNMENT’S TARGET IN THE 90'S.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TH "EE AIMS WHEN DEVISING PLANS FOR PROVIDING ELDERLY SERVICES.

’THE FIRST ONE IS TO HELP THE ELDERLY TO CONTINUE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING A SERIES OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES, HE SAID.

“SECONDLY, RESIDENTIAL SERVICES HAVE TO BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE ELDERLY WHO HAVE SUCH A NEED.

“THE THIRD AIM IS TO HELP ELDERLY PEOPLE LEAD A MEANINGFUL LIFE. ”

HOWEVER, MR LEUNG NOTED THAT WHILE THE FIRST TWO TYPES OF SERVICES WERE CONCRETE ONES, THE AIM OF THE THIRD TYPE OF SERVICES WAS MORE ABSTRACT AND COULD BE EASILY OVERLOOKED.

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"IT IS NOW TIME TO DEVELOP SERVICES TO HELP ELDERLY PEOPLE LIVE A MEANINGFUL LIFE," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT SOCIAL CENTRES COULD PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROVIDING THESE SERVICES, HE SAID THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE CENTRES SHOULD BE SO DEVISED AS TO MAKE ELDERLY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THEY COULD STILL LEAD AN ACTIVE LIFE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY.

MR LEUNG COMMENDED THE MISSION COVENANT CHURCH FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS WELFARE SERVICES IN THE PAST 40 YEARS.

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, THE DIRECTOR OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, DR CHAU TUEN-YIN, TODAY (Saturday) praised the mong kok district board for looking after the WELL-BEING OF THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY, DR CHAU NOTED THAT THE BOARD HAD ORGANISED ACTIVITIES IN THE PAST YEARS TO PROMOTE RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY.

CITING EXAMPLES, HE NOTED THAT IT ORGANISED A "RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY" CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR, OFFERING PREFERENTIAL SERVICES TO THE AGED, AND THE EYE CARE CAMPAIGN DURING THE CURRENT MONG KOK FESTIVAL.

"IT IS ALL THE MORE ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT OPHTHALMOLOGISTS IN MONG KOK HAVE AGREED TO PROVIDE PREFERENTIAL SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY IN MONG KOK, UNDERLYING THE ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPATION BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE IN THE DISTRICT.

"ELDERLY PEOPLE HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. I HOPE THE CAMPAIGN WOULD AROUSE PUBLIC INTEREST IN SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY," MR CHAU SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR LAI KWOK-WING, SAID THE GROUP WOULD OPEN AN ELDERLY CENTRE AND A YOUTH AND CHILDREN CENTRE AT JUNE GARDEN IN TAI KOK TSUI NEXT YEAR. BY THEN, THE GROUP WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER MONG KOK RESIDENTS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES.

THE MONG KOK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, WILL RUN FROM NEXT TUESDAY (DECEMBER 19) TO JANUARY 5.

MORE THAN 3,000 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE GIVEN FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AT FOUR VENUES. IF REQUIRED, THEY WILL BE PROVIDED WITH SPECTACLES AT DESIGNATED SHOPS.

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY’S SPIRITUAL NEEDS IS AS IMPORTANT AS PROVIDING THEM MATERIAL SUPPORT, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (COMMUNITY AFFAIRS) OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, MISS LISA CHAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 1989 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY.

"WE SHOULD RESPECT AND TAKE CARE OF THE ELDERLY PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY HAD CONTRIBUTED A LOT IN BUILDING AND DEVELOPING THE SOCIETY WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG," SHE SAID.

MISS CHAN SAID EQUAL EFFORTS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO PROVIDING MATERIAL NECESSITIES FOR THE ELDERLY PEOPLE AND SERVICES IN MEETING THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS.

"TO SHOW OUR LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY, A FESTIVAL IS HELD IN SAI KUNG EVERY YEAR WITH GREAT SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

"AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THOSE t INVOLVED IN ORGANISING THE FESTIVAL," SHE SAID.

IN ADDITION, MISS CHAN SAID THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD WERE ASSISTING VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS IN HOLDING ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY.

"I HOPE THESE ORGANISATIONS WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING MORE ACTIVITIES FOR THE OLD PEOPLE AND STEPPING UP THE SERVICES FOR THEM."

THE 1989 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDER),Y, WHICH STARTED ON NOVEMBER 18, WAS AIMED AT AROUSING THE CONCERN OF LOCAL RESIDENTS TOWARDS THE WELL-BEING OF THE ELDERLY.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS A LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADER, MR LEE SPIEGAL, WHO PRESENTED A GOLD MEDAL TO EACH OF THE SIX OLDEST PEOPLE IN SAI KUNG. THE OLDEST OF THE RECIPIENTS WAS A 99-YEAR-OLD VILLAGER OF HO CHUNG, MADAM CHEUNG SUN-TAI.

A TOTAL OF 18 ACTIVITIES WERE HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL. THEY INCLUDED VISITS TO HOMES FOR THE AGED IN SAI KUNG, DENTAL AND HEALTH CHECK-UPS FOR THE ELDERLY, CHESS COMPETITIONS AND A BANQUET FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH WAS HELD THIS AFTERNOON.

THE BANQUET WAS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 1,000 OLD PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

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MORE THAN 20,00(1 COLOURED LIGHT BULBS WILL LIGHT UP SHING MUN RIVER FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 18) EVENING TILL NEXT FEBRUARY TO CELEBRATE THE 1989-90 SHA TIN FESTIVAL.

THE LIGHT BULBS WILL BE ARRANGED AGAINST A PICTURE OF THE AMAH ROCK AND CHRISTMAS FLOWERS, MEASURING 6.3 METRES BY 33 METRES, ON SAND MARTIN BRIDGE.

DURING THE CHINESE NEW YEAR PERIOD, THE DESIGN WILL BE CHANGED TO THAT OF A GALLOPING HORSE TO GREET THE YEAR OF THE HORSE.

ANOTHER MAJOR ATTRACTION WILL BE A 3.3-METRE IN DIAMETER, 6.5-METRE TALL CHINESE LANTERN ROTATING AT A SPEED OF ONE CYCLE PER MINUTE ON A HILLTOP IN CENTRAL PARK.

ON THE LANTERN WILL BE PICTURES OF SHA TIN PAINTED BY FAMOUS ARTISTS IN CHINA.

ON BANYAN BRIDGE, A CHINESE PROVERB MEANING SUCCESS IN THE YEAR OF THE HORSE WILL WISH RESIDENTS GOOD LUCK.

IN ADDITION, THE LAMP POSTS ALONG TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD WILL BE DRESSED WITH COLOURFUL LIGHTING DECORATIONS.

THESE LIGHTING DECORATIONS, COSTING ABOUT $330,000, WILL BE SWITCHED ON BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, AT 6.15 PM ON MONDAY ON THE ROOFTOP GARDEN OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY OF SHA TIN FESTIVAL LIGHTING AT 6.15 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 18) ON THE ROOFTOP GARDEN, SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL SEE COLOURFUL DISPLAYS OF BLOOMING PINWHEEL AFRICAN VIOLETS IN A LARGE-SCALE CULTURAL EVENT IN NORTH DISTRICT DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

THE HYBRID PINWHEEL, A NEW LOOK IN AFRICAN VIOLETS WITH UNIQUE STRIPED COLOUR PATTERNS AND COMBINATIONS, WILL BE A DISTINCTIVE EXHIBIT AT THE THIRD NORTH DISTRICT (1989) FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT AND FISH SHOW, TO BE HELD FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 22) TO DECEMBER 26.

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THE FIVE-DAY SHOW, SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, WILL BE STAGED AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND AND THE ADJACENT FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE.

VISITORS WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO APPRECIATE THE DELICATE BEAUTY AND FRAGRANCE OF VARIOUS ORCHIDS, SEASONAL FLOWERS FRESHLY FLOWN IN FROM OVERSEAS AND THE AGE-OLD STRENGTH OF BONSAI-TYPE PLANTS SUCH AS THE PINE.

TALKS ON FLOWER ARRANGEMENT WITH THE USE OF CHINESE EMBROIDERY, AND ON ORCHIDS, AFRICAN VIOLETS AND BONSAI CULTIVATION WILL ADD COLOUR TO THE SHOW TO BE OPENED BY LADY WILSON.

"THE OBJECTIVE OF STAGING THE SHOW IS TO AROUSE INTEREST IN AND ENHANCE KNOWLEDGE OF FLORA AND FAUNA," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"THE EXHIBITION IS INTENDED FOR PEOPLE SEEKING A RELAXING OUTLET FROM THE HUSTLE OF CITY LIFE, AND FOR THE FAMILY AS A WORTHWHILE OUTING FOR SOME INEXPENSIVE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT," HE ADDED.

A VARIETY OF PET BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, MOTHS, BEES, TROPICAL AQUARIUM FISH, GOLDFISH, CORAL AND MARINE FISH WILL BE THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS APART FROM FLOWERS.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE FUND FOR NATURE HONG KONG ARE ALSO PROVIDING EXHIBITS.

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THE EXHIBITION GROUND IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY TRAIN. THE ADMISSION FEE WILL BE J5 FOR ADULTS AND $2 FOR CHILDREN.

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THE WAN CHAI YOUTH FESTIVAL, FEATURING AN OPEN FORUM AND A CARNIVAL WITH PERFORMANCES BY YOUNG PEOPLE, WILL BE HELD IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE EVENT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S CONCERN FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES WORKING GROUP IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRI TORY-WIDE YOUTH FESTIVAL.

MORE THAN 40 DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, YOUTH CENTRES, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND SCHOOLS, WILL TAKE PART TN THE DISTRICT EVENT WHICH AIMS AT PROMOTING A SENSE OF COMMITMENT AMONG YOUTH TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG.

THE FORUM, IN WHICH YOUNG PEOPLE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE FUTURE, WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF'THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MR MAK LOK-SUN.

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IN THE CARNIVAL, THERE WILL BE POP SONGS, FOLK SONGS, FOLK DANCE, BALLET, MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATION, A DRAMA AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC PERFORMANCES BY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE DISTRICT, AS WELL AS PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN SINGERS.

OFFICIATING AT THE EVENT’S OPENING WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM; WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S CONCERN FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES WORKING GROUP, MR SAN STEPHEN WONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI YOUTH FESTIVAL, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND.

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THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL WILL BE ORGANISING A COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH FESTIVAL.

MORE THAN 2,000 JPC MEMBERS FROM 19 DISTRICTS WILL TAKE PARI IN VARIOUS COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, WHICH HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY ORGAN’ TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS.

THE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE VISITS TO HOMES H R THE AGED AND ORPHANAGES; FUND-RAISING FOR THE NEEDY; DISTRIBUIION OF CR1MI PREVENTION AND HOMI' SECURITY PAMPHLETS; BEACH Cl .1 AN ING AND ROAD SAFETY DAY.

TOMORROW’S ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO TIE IN WELL WIIH THE THEME OF THE YOUTH FESTIVAL "WE ARE HONG KONG'. SIMILAR TO OTHER EVENTS OF THE FESTIVAL, THE JPC ACTIVITIES STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF A PROPER, BALANCED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY.

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RESIDENTS IN TUEN MUN WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION FROM AN EXHIBITION TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE YAN 01 TOWN SQUARE FROM NOON TO 3 PM.

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP, IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF NINE FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITIONS.

"THE EXHIBITIONS AIM TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION AND THE POTENTIAL HAZARD OF ELECTRIC FAULT WHICH REMAINS A MAJOR CAUSE OF DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL FIRES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"ELECTRIC FAULTS CAN BE AVOIDED IF REGULAR MAINTENANCE OF POWER POINTS AND APPLIANCES ARE CARRIED OUT BY PROFESSIONALS," HF. SAID.

"IN ORDER TO HELP THE PUB),IC OBTAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUBJECT, OFFICERS FROM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT AT THE EXHIBITIONS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE EXHIBITIONS TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON HOW TO PREVENT HILL FIRES, r

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION WILL RECEIVE A BOOKLET ON THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC FIRES AND SOUVENIRS SPONSORED BY KWONG ON BANK LTD.

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THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEAWALL AND SANITARY LANDFILL IN THE SHUEN WAN LANDFILL.

WORKS UNDER THE CONTRACT WILL ALLOW FOR EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING LANDFILLING OPERATION IN THE AREA TO ACCOMMODATE AN ADDITIONAL TWO MILLION TONNES OF REFUSE.

THE WORKS WILL ALSO REQUIRE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1,000-METRE LONG PITCHED SLOPE SEAWALL.

THE LANDFILLING OPERATION CONSISTS ESSENTIALLY OF SPREADING AND COMPACTING REFUSE IN LAYERS AND COVERING EACH LAYER WITH INERT EARTH AS LANDFILLING PROCEEDS.

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THE CONTRACTOR WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO SEAL OFF ALL WORKING FACES OF THE LANDFILL AT THE CONCLUSION OF EACH DAY’S WORK TO ELIMINATE HEALTH AND FIRE HAZARDS.

THE CONTRACT PERIOD IS 30 MONTHS AND WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CHIEF ENGINEER, DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION, CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SEVENTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 12.

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WATER CUTS IN YUEN LONG, TAI PO *****

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 18) TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

• * THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES AT ALL AREAS ALONG KAM TIN ROAD, KAM SHEUNG ROAD AND LAM KAM ROAD; ALL AREAS ALONG FAN KAM ROAD (WANG TOI SHAN SECTION - TA SHEK WU SECTION); ALL AREAS ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD (FROM AU TAU ROUNDABOUT - MAI PO SECTION INCLUDING YAU SHIN STREET).

ON TIE SAME DAY (DECEMBER 18), FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY To CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES IN Fl SHIN ESTATE, MING NGA COURT AND SUN HING GARDEN.

-----------------0------- SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION *****

THIRTY-NINE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $730,600 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER ED8 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $150,000.

/ANOTHER NUMBER .......

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ANOTHER NUMBER EE11 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $83,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR EE1231, ED9599,

ED7870, ED6166.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S AUCTION:

$ $ $

ED8988 6,000 EDI 1 3 10,000 ED8 150,000

BS217 5,100 EB2 50,000 AS988 16,000

EE1231 1 , 000 DZ9328 5,500 EDI 39 9,000

EE313 8,000 EE188 40,000 EE213 9,000

BB1987 7,000 EC 2 3 10,000 CA200 20,000

EE233 25,000 EE8223 5,000 EE115 11,000

EE1298 5,000 EE918 12,000 EE736 7,000

EC7 7 7 39,000 BH 1 3 1 3 20,000 ED8999 13,000

DD268 13,000 EE230 8,000 ED3002 2,000

EE883 25,000 AS 1668 40,000 EE11 83,000

CN162 10,000 EE1028 4,000 BC4 19,000

ED7773 2,000 EE709 3,000 ED525 WITHDRAWN

ED9599 1,000 ED7870 1,000 ED6166 1,000

EE9968 5,000

ONE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK ED525

WAS WITHDRAWN

FROM

THE AUCTION.

* 'SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED TN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 145TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMEN1 SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $88,790,305.

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LANE CLOSURE ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MARKING WORK, THE THREE LANES OF THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD OUTSIDE THE CONTAINER PORT WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED IN TURN FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 18) TO 5 AM ON DECEMBER 21.

CLOSURE OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ONLY AT NIGHT (10 PM TO 5 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY). ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN LEIGHTON LANE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 18), THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF LEIGHTON LANE IN WAN CHAI FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LEIGHTON ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES TO THE SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

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, DECEMBER 17, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OCTOBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED ....... 1

'NO PREFIX' CAR NUMBERS FOR YEAR OF THE HORSE ...................... 5

SURVEY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT USE IN NORTHEAST NT ..................... 6

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR HANDICAPPED IN SWD CENTRES ..................... 6

GOVERNOR TO VISIT NORTH DISTRICT ................................... 7

SHA TIN FESTIVAL CENTRES ON COMMUNITY BUILDING ..................... 8

.-DISTRICT RESPONSIBILITIES IN CIVIC EDUCATION ...................... 8

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FUTURE 'PILLARS' OF HK ............................ 9

ELDERLY PEOPLE SHOULD ADOPT POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE ......... 10

ESTABLISHMENT OF SCOUT GROUP IN TUEN MUN ........................... 10

RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT ROAD SAFETY AT CARNIVAL ...................... 11

FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN STARTS IN WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS ..... 12

SPORTS CARNIVAL IN SHAM SHUT PO..................................... 13

ROAD SAFETY SIGNBOARDS IN EASTERN DISTRICT ......................... 13

SKETCH COMPETITION ON CENTRAL AND WESTERN BUILDINGS ................ 14

SECOND AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ................... 15

48 ENTRIES CHOSEN FOR INTERNATIONAL POSTER CONTEST ................. 15

LARGE TURNOUT AT CYC CARNIVAL ...................................... 16

60 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER ........................ 17

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PIPE BRIDGE PROPOSED ........................... 18

SUSPENSION OF FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY IN WEST KOWLOON ................ 18

LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN ............................ 19

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1989

OCTOBER ORDERS-ON-HAND

EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED

THE ORDERS POSITION IN OCTOBER 1989 AS REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH BOTH SEPTEMBER 1989 AND OCTOBER 1988, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARING OCTOBER 1989 WITH SEPTEMBER 1989, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, ORDERS SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES.

COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1988, THE ORDERS POSITION IN OCTOBER 1989 INCREASED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, WEARING APPAREL AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, ORDERS DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY, AND SLIGHTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 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 REFERENCE MONTH.

ON EMPLOYMENT, THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED REPORTED THAT THEIR TOTAL WORKFORCE IN OCTOBER 1989 REMAINED ALMOST THE SAME AS IN SEPTEMBER 1989, BUT DECREASED BY 8 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1988.

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1989, EMPLOYMENT IN OCTOBER 1989 INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY AND SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, EMPLOYMENT DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN MOST OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED.

COMPARING OCTOBER 1989 WITH OCTOBER 1988, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT DECREASED IN MOST OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST DECREASES RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

COMPARING OCTOBER 1989 WITH SEPTEMBER 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS. THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES REPORTED SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS DUE LARGELY TO THE ISSUE OF SPECIAL BONUSES IN SEPTEMBER 1989 BY SOME MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

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■a>M.

COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN OCTOBER 1989 INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT. WHILE PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, THE LARGEST l INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE POOD AND DRINKS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT IN OCTOBER 1989 INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER SEPTEMBER 1989, BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1988. PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN OCTOBER 1989 INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER SEPTEMBER 1989 BUT SIGNIFICANTLY OVER OCTOBER 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 SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS, THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT IN OCTOBER 1989 INCREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH BOTH SEPTEMBER 1989 AND OCTOBER 1988. PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN OCTOBER 1989 DECREASED MODERATELY WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1989, DUE MAINLY TO THE ISSUE OF BONUSES IN SEPTEMBER 1989 BY SOME UTILITY COMPANIES SURVEYED. COMPARING OCTOBER 1989 WITH OCTOBER 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 THE ATTACHED 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 DEVELOPMENT IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 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, WANCHA1 TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI AT $2 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234820.

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TABLE 1: ORDERS-ON-IIAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

ORDERS-ON-IIAND

AS AT THE END OF CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

INDUSTRY OCTOBER 1989 SEP. 89 OCT. 88

(MONTHS) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4.27 » »

'WEARING APPAREL 4.81 ♦ 1 + 3

TEXTILES 2.23 t -5

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 2.71 -3 48

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.51 t + 1

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS 5.05 -2

OTHERS 4.11 -1 -1

» CHANGES WITHIN «■/- 0.5 PER CENT

TABLE 2: EMPLOYMENT

PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OF OCTOBER 1989

INDUSTRY/SERVICES CHANGE WHEN SEP. 89 COMPARED WITH OCT. 88

(%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES t -8

FOOD AND DRINKS ♦ 3 ♦ 5

WEARING APPAREL -9

TEXTILES -1 -2

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -1 -20

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -1 -6

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -1 -14

OTHERS + 1 + 1

CONSTRUCTION# >1 -3

SERVICES + 1 43

BANKS t 42

HOTELS 4 1 t

PUBLIC UTILITIES 41 41

OTHERS 41 4 9

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♦ 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 AVERAGE AS IN OCTOBER 1989 PER. CAPITA EARNINGS

CHANGE WHEN SEP. 89 COMPARED WITH OCT. 88

( HKS ) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRIES 5,247 -2 + 18

FOOD AND DRINKS 6,200 — 2 ♦ 20

WEARING APPAREL 4,337 ♦ 1 + 13

TEXTILES 4,977 -8 + 13

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 5,221 -10 ♦ 18

FABRICATED METAL

PRODUCTS 5,022 -1 + 16

. ELECTRICAL AND

ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS 5,076 -1 + 20

OTHERS 6,742 -2 + 17

CONSTRUCTION# 7,529 + 1 + 14

SERVICES 8,662 -5 + 1 7

BANKS 8,354 * ' 19

HOTELS 5,598 -1 • 16

PUBLIC UTILITIES 8,734 -12 + 1 4

OTHERS 9,592 + 1 ♦ 19

♦ CHANGES WITHIN + /- 0.5%

# 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 COMPANIES SURVEYED, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEL SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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’NO PREFIX’ CAR NUMBERS FOR YEAR OF THE HORSE » * » » »

CAR OWNERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE "NO PREFIX" NUMBERS FOR THEIR VEHICLES TO GREET THE YEAR OF THE HORSE.

TWENTY-ONE SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS BEARING NO PREFIX WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE AT A LUNAR NEW YEAR "LUCKY" VEHICLE NUMBER AUCTION ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 6.

HEADING THE LIST IS NUMBER 2828 WHICH IS CONSIDERED A LUCKY NUMBER MEANING "EASY TO PROSPER".

THE NUMBERS AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING ARE AS FOLLOWS:

2828 886 1188

178 223 15

1313 8833 822

988 11 813

67 818 27

939 388 983

2222 89 399

ALL THE NUMBERS ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE.

WITH AN EXPECTED LARGE TURNOUT AT THE COMING AUCTION, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR IT TO BE HELD AT A LARGER VENUE. THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE INSTEAD OF THE RECITAL HALL, BEGINNING AT 10 AM.

PREVIOUS LUNAR NEW YEAR AUCTIONS SAW THE AUSPICIOUS NUMBER "8" FETCH A RECORD $5 MILLION LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR "7" WAS SOLD FOR $4.8 MILLION.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM LUCKY CAR NUMBER AUCTIONS GO TO THE LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARTTABLE PURPOSES.

THE PROCEEDS FROM ALL THE AUCTIONS THIS YEAR HAVE TOTALLED ABOUT $20 MILLION COMPARED WITH $20.23 MILLION LAST YEAR AND $7.88 MILLION IN 1987.

SINCE MAY 1973. A TOTAL OF 145 AUCTIONS HAVE BEEN HELD BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. RAISING ABOUT $90 MILLION FOR THE LOTTERIES FUND.

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SURVEY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

* « » »

USE IN NORTHEAST NT *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED MVA CONSULTANCY TO SURVEY USAGE OF VARIOUS PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODES, INCLUDING KMB BUSES, RAILWAYS, RED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND GREEN MINIBUSES AND RESIDENTIAL COACHES, IN THE NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SURVEY FORMS PART OF A STUDY AIMED AT REVIEWING AND RATIONALISING THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK IN THE NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES.

QUESTIONNAIRES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO PASSENGERS ON BOARD AND BE COLLECTED AS THEY ALIGHT DURING THE THREE-MONTH SURVEY COMMENCING ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 18).

INTERVIEWS WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED ON BOARD OR AT STOPS, TERMINI OR STATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT URGED COMMUTERS TO CO-OPERATE AND PROVIDE THE TRAVEL INFORMATION REQUESTED, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

HE GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED WILL BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL ONLY BE USED FOR THE STUDY.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO HELP HANDICAPPED PEOPLE INTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY.

SHE MADE THE APPEAL AT A JOINT CHRISTMAS PARTY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S REHABILITATION CENTRE AND THE KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE.

MRS WONG POINTED OUT THAT SERVICES FOR THE HANDICAPPED WERE PROVIDED WITH AN AIM TO HELP THEM BUILD UP CONFIDENCE AND DEVELOP THEIR OWN POTENTIALS.

"TO ACHIEVE THE AIM, SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION OF PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE IS NEEDED," SHE SAID.

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WAS ATTENDED BY RESIDENTS OF THE TWO CENTRES AND THEIR FAMILIES, REPRESENTATIVES OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, PRINCIPALS OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND STAFF OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

/ACTIVITIES INCLUDED ........

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ACTIVITIES INCLUDED A LUCKY DRAW AND PERFORMANCES BY RESIDENTS OF THE TWO CENTRES, SUCH AS A KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION AND A DRAMA.

THE HIGHLIGHT WAS A FUN FAIR WITH A SPONSORSHIP OF $16,000 FROM THE ROUND TABLE NO.3 (VICTORIA).

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT NORTH DISTRICT

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL TOUR SHA TAU KOK TOWN IN THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA DURING HIS VISIT TO NORTH DISTRICT ON THURSDAY, JANUARY -1.

SIR DAVID WILL SEE VARIOUS FACILITIES PROVIDED UNDER THE $300 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF SHA TAU KOK TOWN.

HE WILL FIRST VISIT THE SHA TAU KOK CENTRAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, AN AMALGAMATION OF FIVE RURAL SCHOOLS DISPERSED IN REMOTE VILLAGES TO PROVIDE BETTER FACILITIES AND TEACHING STAFF.

NEXT, HE WILL TOUR THE SHA TAU KOK RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, WHICH IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CLEARANCE OF TWO NEARBY SQUATTER AREAS.

WHILE IN NORTH DISTRICT, SIR DAVID WILL PROCEED TO TIN PING ESTATE FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE FANLING AND SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

HE WILL ALSO INSPECT THE SHEUNG SHUI FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEME AND VISIT A CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO NORTH DISTRICT ON JANUARY 4 (THURSDAY).

TO FACILITATE APPLICATIONS FOR FRONTIER CLOSED AREA PERMITS, REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS COVERING THE VISIT SHOULD GIVE THEIR NAMES AND IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS TO MRS ANGELA WONG, INFORMATION OFFICER OF NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, ON TEL. 0-6756974 BEFORE FRIDAY (DECEMBER 22). LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.

TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE PROVIDED ON JANUARY 1.

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SHA TIN FESTIVAL CENTRES ON COMMUNITY BUILDING

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THE MONTH-LONG SHA TIN FESTIVAL, PROVIDING MORE THAN 40 ACTIVITIES, BEGAN TODAY (SUNDAY) AMIDST SINGING BY A 600-STRONG CHORUS AND 1,000 COLOURFUL RISING BALLOONS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL HELD IN FRONT OF THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ADOLF HSU, SAID EVERY SHA TIN RESIDENT SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS SPIRIT OF ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

"SHA TIN HAS BEEN DEVELOPING VERY RAPIDLY. IN THE FESTIVE MOOD OF THIS FESTIVAL, IT IS GOOD TIME TO REVIEW THE DISTRICT’S DEVELOPMENT IN THE LAST DECADE AND TO PREPARE FOR FURTHER COMMUNITY BUILDING WORK IN THE FUTURE,” HE SAID.

MR HSU SAID THE SUCCESS FO COMMUNITY BUILDING DEPENDED ON CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND RESIDENTS, AS WELL AS THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF COMMUNITY LEADERS.

"GOOD COMMUNICATION AND CO-OPERATION IS VERY VISIBLE IN THE FESTIVAL, THE ORGANISATION OF WHICH INVOLVES MANY DISTRICT BODIES,” HE NOTED.

“WHILE WELCOMING ALL SHA TIN RESIDENTS FOR THEIR ARDENT SUPPORT, I HOPE RESIDENTS OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THte VARIED ACTIVITIES," HE SAID.

TODAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED AN “ELDERS’ MARKET”, A “YOUTH CORNER” AND NINE GAME STALLS STAGED BY THE NINE AREA COMMITTEES IN SHA TIN.

AT THE SAME TIME, IN THE EXHIBITION GALLERY OF THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL, A STATIC DISPLAY ENTITLED “SHA TIN - THE PAST AND THE PRESENT" WAS HELD.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM TILL DECEMBER 21.

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DISTRICT RESPONSIBILITIES TN CIVIC EDUCATION

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THE DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS ARE TASKED WITH PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, THE CONVENER OF THE RESOURCE CENTRE WORKING GROUP OF' THE CIVIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE, MR CHAN WING-TAI, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT A CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND, MR CHAN CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION WHICH WAS APPOINTED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

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SINCE THEN THE COMMITTEE HAD ORGANISED A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS TALKS, EXHIBITIONS, MOCK DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS, AND COMPETITIONS OF DIFFERENT NATURE, ALL AIMED AT FOSTERING CIVIC EDUCATION.

MR CHAN NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE ALSO MAINTAINED CLOSE TIES WITH HIS OWN COMMITTEE SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE DISTRICT ACTIVITIES IN SHAM SHUI PO MATCHED THOSE AT THE TERRITORY LEVEL.

TO GIVE RESIDENTS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ITS WORK, Till DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION DISTRIBUTED AT THE CARNIVAL LEAFLETS ABOUT ITS ACTIVITIES, ITS LOGO, AND THE SCOPE OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

OTHER EVENTS INCLUDED GAMES STALLS, A CHILDREN'S COLOURING COMPETITION, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE SHAM SHUI PO ARTS ASSOCIATION YOUTH, CHILDREN CHOIRS, AND POPULAR SINGERS.

IN ADDITION, VIDEOS ON DIFFERENT THEMES OF CIVIC EDUCATION WERE SHOWN.

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FUTURE ’PILLARS’ OF HK * ♦ t * t

WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE FUTURE "PILLARS” OF SOCIETY AND CALLED ON THEM TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS BUILDING A PROSPEROUS HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI YOUTH FESTIVAL, MR MANN SAID THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY Till DISTRICT BOARD’S CONCERN FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES WORKING GROUP IN SUPPORT OF THI. TERRITORY-WIDE YOUTH FESTIVAL.

HE NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT YOUTH FESTIVAL OFFERED A CARNIVAL, PERFORMANCES AND AN OPEN FORUM TO CATER FOR THE DIFFER! IT INTERESTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE DISTRICT YOUTH FESTIVAL, WHICH AIMED AT PROMOTING A SENSE OF COMMITMENT AMONG YOUTH TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG, WAS ORGANISED WITH THE SUPPORT OF MORE THAN 40 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, YOUTH CENTRES, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND SCHOOLS.

HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE FORUM, ENTITLED "LOOKING FORWARD: YOUTH, HONG KONG AND FUTURE". THERE WERE ALSO A DRAMA, SINGING AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC PERFORMANCES AND MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATION.

NLSO PRESENT AT HIE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH. MRS ROSANNA TAM; WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S CONCERN FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES WORKING GROUP, MR SAN STEPHEN WONG.

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ELDERLY PEOPLE SHOULD ADOPT POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS LORNA MA, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON ELDERLY PEOPLE TO ADOPT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE.

"AS LONG AS YOU REMAIN HEALTHY, CHEERFUL AND OPTIMISTIC, AND ARE WILLING TO SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY A POSITIVE AND PROSPEROUS LIFE AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE COMMUNITY," MRS MA TOLD MORE THAN 500 SENIOR RESIDENTS WHO ATTENDED A "FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY".

THE DISTRICT OFFICER SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF SENIOR RESIDENTS AND HAD BEEN EXPANDING RELEVANT SERVICES TO CATER TO THEIR NEEDS.

MRS MA ALSO CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO UPHOLD THE CHINESE TRADITION OF RESPECTING THE ELDERLY AND SHOWING FILIAL PIETY.

"YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE RESPECTING, LOVING AND PROTECTING THE ELDERLY AS THEIR DUTIES AND TRY THEIR BEST TO MAKE THEM FEEL LOVED AND CARED FOR.

"THEN THE ELDERLY COULD SPEND THE REST OF THEIR LIVES HAPPILY," SHE SAID.

THE FUN DAY, WHICH IS PART OF THE 1989-90 MONG KOK FESTIVAL, HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE AND THE YANG MEMORIAL SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE.

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ESTABLISHMENT OF SCOUT GROUP IN TUEN MUN

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WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OPEN SCOUT GROUP IN TUEN MUN, LOCAL YOUTH WILL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN AND BENEFIT FROM SCOUT ACTIVITIES, THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN WAN, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE FORMATION OF THE BOTH TUEN MUN GROUP.

ESTABLISHED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE GROUP WILL PROVIDE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND FOSTER A CIVIC SPIRIT AMONG ITS MEMBERS.

/MR WAN


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1989


MR WAN POINTED OUT THAT JN VIEW OF TUEN MUN'S GROWING YOUTH POPULATION, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL .VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE WORKING TOWARDS SATISFYING THEIR NEEDS FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND PURSUITS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIMf: COMMITTEE, MR KINGSLEY SIT, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER OF TUEN MUN, MR HUI CHIU-YIN, INSPECTED THE SCOUTS.

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..RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT ROAD SAFETY AT CARNIVAL » t « » »

THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS.IN WONG TAI SIN LEARNED TO OBSERVE ROAD SAFETY REGULATIONS IN A CARNIVAL HELD AT MORSE PARK THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

‘‘ 'THE CARNIVAL,'WITH EDUCATIONAL AND PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON ROAD SAFETY, MARKED THE CLOSE OF THE DISTRICT'S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH BEGAN IN OCTOBER.

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY, THE.CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR YEUNG CHIU-MING, SAID A SERIES OF Promotional activities had ..been organised during the campaign period.

"THESE INCLUDED PUTTING UP PUBLICITY BANNERS AT THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS, STAGING ROAD SAFETY' EXHIBITIONS IN HOUSING ESTATES, VISITING CENTRES FOR THE AGED TO SPREAD THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE AN" ORGANISING COMPETITIONS FOR PUPILS," HE SAID.

ALSO .SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE POLICE DEPUTY D1STR1C1 COMMANDER OF WONG TAI SIN, MR DICK YOUNG, SAID CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF PEDESTRIANS WAS A COMMON FACTOR IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

IT IS PARTLY FOR THIS REASON THAT TODAY'S CARNIVAL HAS BEEN AIMED AT INCREASING, THE ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS OF PEDESTRIANS,” HE SAID.

mr young Pointed out that the overall accident rate for this

YEAR .WAS DECLINING WHEN COMPARED WITH LAST’ YEAR.*

THE DECREASE IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS MUST BE PARTLY ATTRIBUTED TO LAST YEAR’S DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, *' HE SAID.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY TODAY WERE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MR MICHAEL CHENG; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU; AND STAFF OFFICER OF TRAFFIC POLICE (KOWLOON EAST), MR LEUNG CHING-PONG.

TODAY’S FUNCTION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARDjS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT’S POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE AND THE ROAD SAFETY OFFICE OF KOWLOON TRAFFIC POLICE.

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EIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN STARTS IN WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS t » t » » t

A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE EIRE PREVENTION AND COMBAT ILLEGAL TAPPING OE ELECTRICITY AT SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG TAI SIN BEGAN TODAY (SUNDAY I.

THE FOUR-WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD'S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE.

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MR LI YUK-WA, SAID THE CAMPAIGN AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS' AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION AND THE DANGER OF ILLEGAL POWER TAPPING.

HE ALSO URGED RESIDENTS TO TAKE PART IN THE VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL AND PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

"WITHOUT RESIDENTS' SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION, THE CAMPAIGN WI1L NOT BE SUCCESSFUL," HE SAID.

THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND COLOUR-SHADING COMPETITIONS, HOUSEHOLD VISITS, VISITS TO A FIRE STATION AND A SEMINAR ON FIRE PREVENTION.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY AN EXHIBITION ON FIRE PREVENTION AND THE PROPER USE OF ELECTRICITY. THERE WERE ALSO A DEMONSTRATION ON FIRE FIGHTING AND PERFORMANCE BY A SILVER BAND.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER OF KOWLOON CENTRAL DIVISION O1 THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR JACK MORAN, SAID ALTHOUGH THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL POWER TAPPING IN SQUATTER AREAS WAS NOT AS SERIOUS AS IN THE PAST YEARS, VIGILANCE WAS STILL NECESSARY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT FIRE SERVICES PERSONNEL REGULARLY VISITED SQUATTER AREAS TO CHECK FIRE INSTALLATIONS, DISTRIBUTE ADVISORY-LEAFLETS AND ASSIST IN THE TRAINING OF FIRE WATCH TEAMS.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE, MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU; AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED, MR LEUNG SHUI-CHUNG.

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SPORTS CARNIVAL IN SHAM SHUI PO t « t « »

MORE THAN A THOUSAND SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS ATTENDED A SPORTS CARNIVAL TODAY (SUNDAY) AT CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND.

THE CARNIVAL WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR EVENTS IN THIS YEAR’S SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL WHICH BEGAN LAST WEEK AND WILL LAST UNTIL JANUARY 8.

SPONSORED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, THE CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND VARIOUS SPORTS ORGANISATIONS.

AFTER AN EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY PERFORMED BY THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JAMES SO, THE CARNIVAL BEGAN WITH A PERFORMANCE BY THE TAI TAM GAP WIND BAND OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

OTHER PERFORMANCES INCLUDED WRESTLING DEMONSTRATIONS BY A GROUP OF EXPERTS FROM SHENZHEN AND AEROBIC DANCE. CHILDREN WERE TREATED TO A VARIETY OF GAMES. »

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OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CARNIVAL WERE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN FUNG.

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THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS PUT UP A TOTAL OF 50 SIGNBOARDS AT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLACKSPOTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT TO DRIVE HOME THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON ROAD SAFETY, MR FU YUEN-CHEUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE SIGNBOARDS SERVED TO REMIND LOCAL RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY ON ROADS.

MR FU WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY BEFORE BOARDING AN OPEN-TOP DOUBLE-DECKER BUS FOR A TOUR OF THE DISTRICT.

HE WAS JOINED BY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS IN THE VISIT TO VARIOUS PLACES IN THE DISTRICT TO APPEAL TO RESIDENTS TO OBSERVE TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.

THEY SET OFF FROM THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE, TRAVELLED ALONG KING’S ROAD TO THE NORTH POINT FERRY PIER, AND FINALLY STOPPED AT LAI TAK TSUEN IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

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THE DISTRICT TOUR FORMED PART OF THIS YEAR’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

MR FL' SAID THE CAMPAIGN WOULD CONCLUDE WITH A LARGE-SCALE ’’ROAD SAFETY DAY" TO BE HELD IN VICTORIA PARE ON JANUARY 7.

A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN LINED UP FOR THE OUTDOOR FUNCTION, INCLUDING A MOTORCYCLE RIDING SKILL DEMONSTRATION AND A "ROAD SAFETY TOWN" DISPLAY.

MR FU POINTED OUT THAT A QUIZ AND A SLOGAN DESIGN CONTEST HELD EARLIER IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN HAD ATTRACTED A FAVOURABLE RESPONSE FROM THE ELDERLY AND STUDENTS.

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SKETCH COMPETITION ON CENTRAL AND WESTERN BUILDINGS

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS WITH ARTISTIC TALENT ARE BEING INVITED TO ENTER A SKETCH COMPETITION ON THE DISTRICT’S UNIQUE BUILDINGS.

THE AIM OE THE COMPETITION IS TO STRENGTHEN RESIDENTS' SENSE OF BELONGING, A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

IT IS DIVIDED INTO SENIOR AND JUNIOR SECTIONS FOR RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 30.

THE COMPETITION IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE MID-LEVELS (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG YWCA.

THE SKETCHES SHOULD BE MADE ON A WHITE DRAWING PAPER MEASURING 29.5 CM BY 38.5 CM. ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE 1 1TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, BEFORE THE END OF JANUARY.

THE WINNERS IN EACH.SECTION WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND BOOK COUPONS.

THE RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-223101 OR 5-8523485.

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SECOND AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ♦ » ♦ t ♦

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE MAJOR FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF AN ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THE SELECTION OF A LOCATION FOR THE SECOND AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

ACCORDING TO A CONSULTATION PAPER TO BE TABLED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT, THE POPULATION IN AP LEI CHAU WILL REACH ABOUT 100,000 IN THE MID-1990’S AND A SECOND BRIDGE WILL BE REQUIRED TO COPE WITH THE GROWTH IN TRAFFIC VOLUME.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND BRIDGE CAN START IN EARLY 1991 IF FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERCHANGE AT THE JUNCTION OF ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD AND TIN WAN PRAYA ROAD.

THE PROJECT, WHICH COSTS ABOUT $100 MILLION, IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKI. ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ALSO, MEMBERS WILL REVIEW THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT IN THE LIGHT OF THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION TAKEN EARLIER BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY WORKERS, AND WILL ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TAXI STAND IN NAM NING STREET IN ABERDEEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

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FORTY-EIGHT ENTRIES SELECTED FROM SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE SENT TO THE SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST IN CHICAGO, USA.

THE LOCAL ’’PICTURE A PEACEFUL WORLD" POSTER CONTEST WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303 AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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SPEAKINC AT A LOCAL PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE HILTON HOTEI, TODAY (SUNDAY), THE DEPUTY CH I EE INSPECTOR OE SCHOOLS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MRS ( .11. KONG, SAID THE POSTER CONTEST HAD SIGNIFICANT EDUCATIONAL MEANING.

"IT NOT ONLY PROMOTES STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN DRAWING SKILLS BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR IMAGINATION ON WORLD PEACE,” SHE SAID.

MRS KONG SAID IT WAS VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE COMPETITION HAD ATTRACTED 950 ENTRIES FROM 32 SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND 116 PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE FIRST PRIZE, WORTH Si,500, WENT TO LAW KAM-HUNG OF HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY AM SCHOOL.

THE SECOND PRIZE OF $1,000 AND THE THIRD PRIZE OF $800 WERE AWARDED TO YEUNG SIU-YIN OF THE GCCITKD CHEONG WONG-WAI PRIMARY SCHOOL AND LEUNG WAI-NGAR OF THE ST ROSE OF LIMA’S SCHOOL, RESPECTIVELY.

THE REMAINING 45 MERIT PRIZE WINNERS EACH RECEIVED $300 BOOK AND STATIONERY COUPONS.

THE GRAND PRIZE IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST IS A ROUND TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY WITH TWO FAMILY MEMBERS, A CASH AWARD OF US$1,500 AND AN ENGRAVED COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE.

MRS KONG PAID TRIBUTE TO THE LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303 FOR ITS SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, ’’PICTURE A PEACEFUL WORLD", AND FOR ALL THE CONTRIBUTIONS IT HAD MADE TOWARDS THE CYC SCHEME SINCE 1977.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR OF LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303, MR PAUL FAN.

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MORE THAN 20,000 STUDENTS FROM 60 SECONDARY SCHOOLS TODAY (SUNDAY) ATTENDED A SCHOOL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID THE CARNIVAL WAS HELD IN SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH FESTIVAL.

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NOTING THAT THE THEME OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO INDUCE A SENSE OF COMMITMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY THROUGH THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION, MR LI SAID THIS COINCIDED WITH THE CYC MOTTO -- "LEARN, BE CONCERNED AND SERVE".

MR LI HOPED THE CARNIVAL WOULD HELP PUT ACROSS THE MESSAGE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD GET THEMSELVES INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM; CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON YOUTH FESTIVAL, MR ERIC LI; AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI.

THE EXHIBITION STALLS PUT UP BY STUDENTS AT THE CARNIVAL INCLUDED A VARIETY OF ART AND CRAFT ARTICLES.

OTHER PROGRAMME ITEMS INCLUDED A BAND MARCH, A LION DANCE, CHINESE DANCES. SINGING AND MARTIAL ART DEMONSTRATION BY CYC MEMBERS.

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60 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER t t t ♦ *

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED A TOTAL OF 60 NEW • BUILDING PLANS IN SEPTEMBER.

OF THE PLANS. 27 WERE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND. 10 FOR KOWLOON AND 23 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDED 28 FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/CGMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS: 13 FOR OFFICE OP COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THREE FOR FACTORY OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

DURING THE MONTH. THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 36 PROJECTS. INVOLVING 173,939.6 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 153,061.3 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $1,600 MILLION. WITH THE APPROXIMATE USABLE FLOOR AREAS FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USES BEING 177.130.1 SQUARE METRES AND 1 55,619.07 SQUARE METRES RESPECT IVELY.

ALSO DURING THE MONTH. THE OFFICE ISSUED 49 OCCUPATION PERMITS - 11 FOR HONG KONG, NINE FOR KOWLOON AND 29 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IT ALSO ISSUED 26 DEMOLITION CONSENTS AFFECTING 35 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 594 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 652 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 194 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 407 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED TI1REI EMERGENCY’ CLOSURE ORDERS.

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CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PI PI BRIDGE PROPOSED

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW PIPE BRIDGE ACROSS THE SHING MUN RIVER WITHIN AN ARFA OF APPROXIMATELY 0.41 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

THE BRIDGE WILL CARRY TWO 1.4-METRE DIAMETER SEWAGE EFFLUENT PIPES AND OTHER UTILITY SERVICES ACROSS THE SHING MUN RIVER.

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO INTENDS TO CONSTRUCT ABOUT 3,700 METRES OF VERTICAL SEAWALL AND BREAKWATER TO FORM A TYPHOON SHELTER WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 70 HECTARES AT THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE EXISTING YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER.

ABOUT 22 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE RECLAIMED AND THE EXISTING YAU MA TEI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA WILL BE REPROVISIONED WITHIN THE RECLAIMED AREA.

IN ANOTHER PROJECT, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A WAYLEAVE FOR THE LAYING OF TWIN 600-M1LL1 METRE DIAMETER INTERMEDIATE PRESSURE SUBMARINE GAS PIPELINES ACROSS THE EASTERN HARBOUR.

DREDGING WILL BE CARRIED OUT OVER AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 2.8 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED BETWEEN QUARRY BAY AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND CHA KWO LING IN KOWLOON. /

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS AFFECTED HAS BEEN DESCRIBED IN NOTICES PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 14 NEXT YEAR.

THE NOTICE OF SUCH OBJECTION SHOULD DESCRIBE THE INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT OF THE OBJECTOR AND THE MANNER IN WHICH HE ALLEGES HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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SUSPENSION OF FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY IN WEST KOWLOON

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FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WEST KOWLOON WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 19) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY CHAK ON ESTATE, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD (BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD), BEACON HEIGHTS, BROADCAST DRIVE, MARCONI ROAD AND FESSENDEN ROAD.

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LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN t * ♦ » t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF T6 INTERCHANGE AT THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TOLO HIGHWAY NEAR MA LIU SHUI INTERCHANGE, A SECTION ABOUT 500 METRES OF THE SLOW LANE OF THE SAID CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE CLOSED FOR FIVE MONTHS FROM 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 19).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CRUCIAL ROLE FOR BAPTIST COLLEGE: GOVERNOR .................................... 1

TOYS BILL TO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS ............................. 2

PUBLIC VIEWS ON DEVELOPMENT OF WELFARE SERVICES SOUGHT ........................ 4

ERA OF NEW CHALLENGES AHEAD - SHA ............................................. 5

EXCITING PROGRAMME FOR TSUF.N WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ............................... 6

PROSECUTION OF LITTER OFFENDERS ON DB AGENDA .................................. 7

DP, COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT MATTERS .................................... 8

SOCIAL SERVICES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ........................................ 8

EASY TRAVEL SCHEME AT LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT ............................... 9

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED ............................................... 9

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ......................................................... 10

WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI ...................................................... 10

WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN AND HA KWAI CHUNG ..................................... 11

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST .............................. 11

ROAD CLOSURE IN FANLING ...................................................... 11

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1989

CRUCIAL ROLE FOR BAPTIST COLLEGE: GOVERNOR ♦ * t t *

THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE WILL HAVE A CRUCIAL ROLE TO PLAY II THE FULFILMENT OF THE FAR REACHING OBJECTIVES IN TERTIARY ELUCATION OVER THI NEXT SIX YEARS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SIR RUN RUN SHAW BUILDING AND THE SCIENCE TOWER AT THE COLLEGE, SIR DAVID SAID THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO HAVE COMPLETED BOTH THESE NEW BUILDINGS WHICH TOGETHER PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED SPACE FOR. MANY NEW DEGREE COURSES.

THE TERTIARY EDUCATION SECTOR WAS ENTERING AN EXCITING PHASE OL RAPID EXPANSION TO MEET THE MANPOWER NEEDS OF AN INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED ECONOMY IN THE 1990’S AND BEYOND, THE GOVERNOR SAID.

"AS I TOLD MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 11, OUR AIM IS TO DOUBLE THE PRESENT 7,000 FIRST YEAR DEGREE PLACES TO ABOUT 15,000 PLACES BY 1995.

"THIS WILL REPRESENT 18 PER CENT OF THE RELEVANT AGE GROUP IN THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE.

"THESE AMBITIOUS PLANS HAVE RECEIVED GENERAL WELCOME AND SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE WAS NOW WORKING WITH THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS TO DEVELOP A PROGRAMME OF EXPANSION WHICH WOULD ENSURE NOT ONLY THAT THE TARGETS WERE ACHIEVED BUT ALSO THAT Till TRADITIONALLY HIGH \CADEMIC STANDARDS WERE MAINTAINED.

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT THE COLLEGE HAD ACHIEVED A RECORD ENROLMENT OF 3,000 STUDENTS THIS YEAR.

"FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALL OF THE FIRST YEAR INTAKE ARE PURSUING HONOURS DEGREES OR POST-GRADUATE STUDIES.

"THIS IN ITSELF IS A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT ESPECIALLY SINCE THE COLLEGE ONLY STARTED TO OFFER DEGREE COURSES IN 1986.

"THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COLLEGE HAVE BOTH PLAYED THEIR PART," SIR DAVID SAID.

"BUT THE PROGRESS MADE SO FAR WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE," HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT AT THE COLLEGE'S 30TH COMMENCEMENT EARLIER. NEARLY 1,000 STUDENTS HAD RECEIVED THEIR ACADEMIC AWARDS, AND FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME THE COLLEGE WAS AWARDING DEGREES.

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CONGRATULATING THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, THE THE PRESIDENT AND ALL THE COLLEGE STAFF ON A JOB GOVERNOR SAID THE COMPLETION OF THE SIR RUN RUN SHAW SCIENCE TOWER BUILDING PROJECTS BROUGHT MANY YEARS HARD WORK TO FRUITION.

COLLEGE COUNCIL, WELL DONE, THE

BUILDING AND THE OF PLANNING AND

OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD MADE THE COLLEGE'S POSSIBLE, SIR RUN RUN STOOD OUT AS A REAL CHAMPION OF THE SIR DAVID SAID.

EXPANSION COLLEGE,

ENDOWMENT^UND?986’ "* "AS AVAILABLR THE SIR RUN RUN SHAW

"HE HAS ALSO TAKEN THE COLLEGE OF PROGRAMMES

A IN

PERSONAL INTEREST IN FILM AND TELEVISION

THE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION.

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"THE NAMING OF THE

_______ , WEST DUILDING AFTER SIR RUN RUN I, FITTING RECOGNITION OF HIS SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY," SIR DAVID SAID

A

IS

THE GOVERNOR DESCRIBED THE BAPTIST COLLEGE AS EXAMPLE OF WHAT HONG KONG COULD ACCOMPLISH WITH DETERMINATION AND IMAGINATION.

AN EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP,

. 1 AM CONFrDENT THAT WE WILL BE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL WITH THE

education^" WE HAVE taken 1n the fielu op tertiary

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TOYS BILL TO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS

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A BILL ON TOYS AND CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS SAFETY, WHICH IS NOW BEING DRAFTED, WILL ADOPT INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED SAFETY STANDARDS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CHAIRMEN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR CHAN SAID THERE WAS NO NEED TO ESTABLISH ANOTHER SET OF SAFETY STANDARDS IN HONG KONG AS MANY LOCAL TOY MANUFACTURERS HAD ALREADY COMPLIED WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE IMPORTING COUNTRIES.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL, THEREFORE, ADOPT THE EXISTING STANDARDS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE IN FORMULATING THE LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL ON ONE HAND SPEED UP THE PROTECTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND ON THE OTHER ENABLE MANUFACTURERS TO OBSERVE THE SAME STANDARDS IN BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MARKETS," HE SAID.

MR CHAN ADDED THAT THE ADOPTION OF INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED STANDARDS IN HONG KONG’S LEGISLATION WAS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE.

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"THE PRACTICE OF COMMON STANDARDS IS EQUALLY BENEFICIAL TO THE COUNTRIES WHICH EXPORT TO HONG KONG BECAUSE IN MOST CASES, IMPORTED GOODS SATISFYING DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED STANDARDS WILL AUTOMATICALLY ACCORD WITH THE STANDARDS OF HONG KONG WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ANY ALTERATIONS OF COMPONENTS OR DESIGNS.

’’AND, INFERIOR PRODUCTS NOT UP TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS WILL NOT FLOW INTO THE LOCAL MARKET," HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID THE WORKING GROUP ON TOYS SAFETY, WHICH WAS SET UP IN APRIL LAST YEAR, AND COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND MANUFACTURERS, HAD INITIALLY DECIDED TO ADOPT THE STANDARDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF TOY INDUSTRIES AS THE BASE FOR LEGISLATION ON THE CONTROL OF TOYS SAFETY.

"THE STANDARDS ARE VERY COMPREHENSIVE, AND INCLUDE DRIVEN TOYS, SCIENTIFIC TOYS, HANDICRAFT TOYS, SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND TOYS USED IN THE GARDEN.

“THE MATERIALS, CONSTRUCTION, FUNCTIONS SUCH AS THE NOISE AND HEAT EMITTED, PACKAGING AND LABELS OF THE TOYS ALL FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF CONTROL,” HE SAID.

ON CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS, MR CHAN SAID THAT AS THERE WERE NO EXISTING INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS, THE WORKING GROUP HAD SUGGESTED USING THE STANDARDS OF THE BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION AS THEY WERE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE OF ALL THE VARIOUS STANDARDS AND MIGHT BE RECOGNISED AS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

"THE SCOPE INCLUDES BUNK BEDS, PUSHCHAIRS, SAFETY BARRIERS, HIGHCHAIRS, ETC. EVEN THOUGH THE ITEMS UNDER CONTROL ARE BY NO MEANS EXHAUSTIVE, THEY INCLUDE THE MOST COMMONLY USED CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS,” HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID THE TOYS SAFETY STANDARDS UNDER THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WERE AIMED AT PROTECTING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14 WHILE IN THE CASE OF CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS SAFETY, THOSE BEING PROTECTED WERE MUCH YOUNGER.

HE SAID THE BILL WOULD SET OUT CLEAR INTERPRETATION OF "TOYS” AND ’’CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS", AND IT WOULD ALSO LIST THE PRODUCTS WHICH WERE NOT SUBJECT TO CONTROL SO THAT BUSINESSMEN COULD KNOW SPECIFICALLY IF THEIR PRODUCTS WERE RESTRICTED BY THE LAW OR NOT.

ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, MR CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S PRELIMINARY PLAN WAS TO EMPOWER THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT TO BE THE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT WHOSE MAIN DUTIES WERE TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS, MAKE INVESTIGATIONS AND THEN TO TAKE NECESSARY ACTIONS SUCH AS PROSECUTION.

HE SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT THE BILL WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

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"AS THE GOVERNMENT FULLY UNDERSTANDS THAT THE MANUFACTURERS WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO CHANGE THE STANDARDS OF THEIR PRODUCTS TO BE IN LINE WITH THE LAW, WE WILL PERMIT A SUITABLE GRACE PERIOD FOR THE '‘NUFACTURERS AS WELL AS IMPORTERS SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE SUFFICIENT TIME TO MAKE THE NECESSARY PREPARATION AND ADJUSTMENT," HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION ON TOYS AND CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS SAFETY WOULD NOT BE THE LAST OF THE LEGISLATION IN THE AREA OF CONSUMER PROTECTION.

"IN FUTURE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AFTER OTHER NEEDS OF CONSUMERS AND PROVIDE REASONABLE PROTECTION FOR THEM," HE SAID.

PUBLIC VIEWS ON DEVELOPMENT OF WELFARE SERVICES SOUGHT » ♦ t ♦ *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, TODAY (MONDAY) INVITED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE - DEVELOPMENT OF WELFARE SERVICES IN THE 1990’S AND BEYOND.

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST QUARTERLY MEETING (1989-90) OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, MRS WONG SAID MUCH CHANGES HAD TAKEN PLACE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE 1979 WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL SERVICE.

"THERE CERTAINLY IS A NEED TO TAKE STOCK OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WELFARE FIELD, AND AFFIRM THEIR APPROPRIATENESS AND ADEQUACY, OR OTHERWISE, IN MEETING THE SOCIETY’S CHANGING NEEDS," SHE SAID.

MRS )NG SAID A WORKING PARTY WOULD BE SET UP SOON TO CON DU THE REVIEW AND DRAFT THE WHITE PAPER WHICH SHOULD BE READY BY TP SECOND HALF OF NEXT YEAR.

SHE SAID DRAFTERS OF THE POLICY PAPER WOULD CONDI I THE REVIEW UPON THE BASIS OF THE EXISTING SOCIAL WELFARE STRUCTURE.

"WE AIM TO ACHIEVE WHAT IS POSSIBLE AT THE REALISTIC LEVEL, HAVING REGARD TO THE INEVITABLE NEED TO SET PRIORITIES BETWEEN SERVICES SHOULD THERE BE CONSTRAINTS IN RESOURCES," SHE SAID.

ON THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMMES WHICH COMPRISED OF A WIDE RANGE OF NON-CONTRIBUTORY SCHEMES FOR THOSE PROVEN TO BE IN NEED, MRS WONG SAID THE REVIEW WOULD LOOK INTO VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THESE SCHEMES IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGES IN THE SOCIETY.

THE WORKING PARTY WOULD ALSO CONSIDER WHETHER THE EXISTING PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY WAS CONDUCIVE TO ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVE OF "CARE IN THE COMMUNITY" AND WHETHER IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED, SHE SAID, ADDING THAT FAMILY AND CHILD CARE SERVICE WOULD CERTAINLY BE AN AREA IN WHICH THE WORKING PARTY WOULD LOOK INTO.

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MRS WONG SAID THE FUNCTION OF FAMILY, THE ROLE OF ITS MEMBERS, THEIR RELATIONSHIP, THEIR EXPECTATIONS ON THE COMMUNITY TO SHARE FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY AND TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR ITS SMOOTH FUNCTIONING WOULD ALSO BE A REVIEW TOPIC FOR THE WORKING PARTY.

’’THE WORKING PARTY’S JOB IN REVIEWING OUR POLICY ON SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THEIR LARGE SIZE AS A GROUP, BUT BECAUSE’ THEY ARE THE SOCIETY’S FUTURE HOPES AND ITS MOST VALUABLE RESOURCES," SHE ADDED.

MRS WONG SAID APART FROM DIRECT SERVICES, THE WORKING PARTY WOULD ALSO EXAMINE ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF WELFARE SUCH AS RESEARCH, MANPOWER TRAINING AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE.

SHE ADDED THAT THE REVIEW ON HONG KONG’S WELFARE SERVICE WOULD INCLUDE THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTORS, WHICH WERE HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE PROVISION OF VARIOUS SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

TO CONCLUDE, MRS WONG URGED THE PUBLIC TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS BOTH IN WRITING OR THROUGH THE MEDIA OR AT PUBLIC HEARINGS TO BE CONDUCTED LATER TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT FORMULATE THE PROPOSED WHITE PAPER.

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NEW CHALLENGES IN THE 1990’S SHOULD BE FACED WITH A SENSE OF CO-OPERATION AND HARMONY, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE SWITCH-ON CEREMONY OF LIGHTING DECORATIONS FOR THE SHA TIN FESTIVAL, MR TSAO SAID HE HOPED THE SHA TIN COMMUNITY COULD CONTINUE THE CO-OPERATIVE AND CONCERTED EFFORTS TO BRING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN INTO THE NEW ERA.

NOTING THAT A NEW DECADE WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN, MR TSAO SAID THAT IN THIS CONNECTION THE SHA TIN FESTIVAL, SPANNING TWO DECADES, WAS OF GREAT SIGNIFICANCE.

GOVERNMENT HAD EMBARKED ON A AND SHA TIN DEVELOPED RAPIDLY A PROSPEROUS NEW TOWN WITH

SINCE THE LAST DECADE, THE PROGRAMME OF DEVELOPING THE NEW TOWNS, FROM A TRADITIONAL RURAL TOWNSHIP INTO

COMPREHENSIVE FACILITIES.

HE EXPRESSED GRATITUDE TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS AND CO-OPERATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOPING THE DISTRICT.

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THE FESTIVE LIGHTING IN SHA TIN WAS TURNED ON THIS EVENING AS CHRISTMAS CAROLS WERE SUNG BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHILDREN'S CHOIR.

THE FOCAL POINT OF THIS YEAR’S LIGHTING IS A 6.5-METRE HIGH, 33-METRE WIDE PICTURE ON SAND MARTIN BRIDGE FEATURING AMAH ROCK AND CHRISTMAS FLOWERS.

ANOTHER MAJOR ATTRACTION IS A 33-METRE DIAMETER, 6.5-METRE TALL CHINESE LANTERN ROTATING AT A SPEED OF ONE CYCLE PER MINUTE ON A HILLTOP IN CENTRAL PARK.

ON BANYAN BRIDGE, A CHINESE PROVERB MEANING SUCCESS IN THE YEAR OF THE HORSE WISHES RESIDENTS GOOD LUCK.

IN ADDITION, THE LAMP POSTS ALONG TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD BEAR COLOURFUL DECORATIONS.

THE LIGHTS WILL BE ON FROM 5.30 PM TO MIDNIGHT UNTIL FEBRUARY 10.

, ■ ON CHRISTMAS EVE, NEW YEAR’S EVE, AND LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE TO THE SECOND DAY AFTER LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY, THE LIGHTS WILL BE ON UNTIL 5 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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EXCITING PROGRAMME FOR TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL t t » » t

A QUALITY PROGRAMME HAS BEEN DRAWN UP FOR THE 12TH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD FROM JANUARY 19 TO MARCH 2.

BOTH LOCAL AND VISITING ARTISTES WILL TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVAL WHICH WILL RUN FOR 43 DAYS.

HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE CANTONESE OPERA BY THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE, PERFORMANCES BY THE XIAO BAI HUA SHAOXING OPERA TROUPE AND THE JIANGSU WUXI MUSIC AND ART TROUPE FROM CHINA.

FURTHERMORE, THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY THE JOHN WEY LING’S BALLET GALA, A DRAMA PRESENTED BY HIGH NOON PRODUCTION, AN ORCHESTRAL CONCERT BY HONG KONG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND A PERFORMANCE BY ZUNI ICOSAHEDRON.

OTHER EVENTS WILL INCLUDE MODERN DANCE, NAM YIN (SOUTHERN MELODIES) CONCERT, MIME PERFORMANCE, AND FOLK AND POP SONG CONCERTS.

/THE FESTIVAL .......

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1989

THE FESTIVAL IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THE VARIOUS FORMS OF PERFORMING ARTS AND TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION BY CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE FESTIVAL’S ESTIMATED COST OF ABOUT $2 MILLION IS FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND LOCAL SPONSORSHIP.

PEOPLE WISHING TO ATTEND THE SHOWS CAN BOOK THEIR TICKETS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND THE URBTIX OUTLETS NOW.

TELEPHONE RESERVATION CAN BE MADE ON 3-7349009 AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-4140144 OR 0-4149662.

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PROSECUTION OF LITTER OFFENDERS ON DB AGENDA

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PROSECUTION DRIVE AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS IN THE DISTRICT’S PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND HOME OWNERSHIP COURTS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THEIR PARTICIPATION IN A FUND RAISING ACTIVITY -- THE NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL’S FLAG DAY IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THEY WILL CONSIDER SEVEN APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS INVOLVING MORE THAN $220,000.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT 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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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT MATTERS ******

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT MEASURES TO REGULATE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IN TUNG CHO] STREET AND EA YUEN STREET AT ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20).

THEY WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE WATERLOO ROAD/SHANGHAI STREET JUNCTION.

ALSO TO BE DISCUSSED IS THE PROGRAMME OF PROPOSED MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN MONG KOK DURING 1990-91.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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SOCIAL SERVICES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS SOCIAL SERVICES PROVIDED FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO REHABILITATION PROJECTS PLANNED FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

AT THE MEETING, THE CHAIRMEN OF THE COMMITTEE’S FIVE WORKING GROUPS WILL REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF VARIOUS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE YEAR 1989-90.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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EASY TRAVEL SCHEME AT LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT

DRIVERS OE GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE EASY TRAVEL SCHEME WHEN THE LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT BECOMES OPERATIONAL ON DECEMBER 29, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

INITIALLY, THE CONTROL POINT WILL BE OPEN TO GOODS VEHICLES ONLY AND THE DATE FOR ITS OPENING TO PRIVATE CARS AND COACHES WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

’’UNDER THE SCHEME, DRIVERS OF GOODS VEHICLES HOLDING HONG KONG PERMANENT INDENTITY CARDS OR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS WITH THE ♦** SYMBOL, WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM FILLING OUT ARRIVAL OR DEPARTURE CARDS WHEN PASSING THROUGH THE LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD PRODUCE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS BEARING VALID ENDORSEMENTS FOR PASSING THROUGH THE CONTROL POINT AND CARRY PROPER DOCUMENTS FOR CHINA," HE SAID.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT, THERE WILL BE THREE VEHICULAR CROSSINGS AT THE BORDER. THE OTHER TWO ARE AT MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK WHERE THE EASY TRAVEL SCHEME IS ALREADY FULLY IMPLEMENTED.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE A NUMBER OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TN KOWLOON CITY SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE ON THE ROOFTOPS OF 127 AND 127A, MA TAU WAI ROAD.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN FEBRUARY, MAY AND SEPTEMBER 1986; IN SEPTEMBER OF 1987; IN MARCH LAST YEAR AND IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 21 NEXT YEAR WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS ALSO SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF CERTAIN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN YUEN LONG SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT FLATS Al, A2, A4, B4 AND C4, 1/F, HING FUK HOUSE AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN YUEN LONG.

THE CLOSURE FORMS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN JANUARY 1987, IN MARCH AND JUNE OF LAST YEAR AND IN JANUARY THIS YEAR REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE “TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 1 NEXT YEAR WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WILL START IMMEDIATELY AFTER CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD

•AT 46.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 273.907 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 230.437 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI * ♦ ♦ ♦

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT SOME PREMISES IN KANSU NATHAN ROAD, SAIGON STREET, NING PO STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, STREET, FERRY STREET AND CANTON ROAD.

STREET, PAK HOI

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1989

11 WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN AND HA KWAI CHUNG

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9.30 AM TO 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO FACILITATE WATERMAINS MAINTENANCE WORKS.

ON THE SAME DAY, FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN HA KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN LAI CHI KOK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES AT CHO YIU CHUEN, LAI YIU ESTATE, LAI KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, WONDERLAND VILLAS, WA YUEN CHUEN AND ALL PREMISES ALONG WAH KING HILL ROAD.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST ♦ » t ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20), DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 334 AND WATER STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE TRAM TRACK RENEWAL.

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

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ROAD CLOSURE IN FANLING * ♦ t *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE WO TAI STREET SECTION BETWEEN LUEN HING STREET AND LUEN FAT STREET, FANLING, HAS BEEN CLOSED TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN REPAIR WORKS.

THE LUEN HING STREET SECTION BETWEEN WO TAI STREET AND WO LUNG STREET HAS BEEN RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND, WHILE LUEN FAT STREET SECTION BETWEEN WO TAI STREET AND WO FUNG STREET HAS BEEN RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC UNTIL WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REPORT ON BAIL IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS PUBLISHED ...................... 1

BUILDING EXTENSION TO CGO MAIN WING.................................... 2

HOLIDAY REMINDER TO PUBLIC ............................................ 3

TSUEN WAN TO SWITCH ON FESTIVE LIGHTS ................................. 4

CHRISTMAS CARNIVALS FOR EASTERN RESIDENTS ............................. 5

DB COMMITTEE URGES CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD CORRIDOR ...................... 6

TUNNEL TOLL ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................................... 6

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORK PROJECTS ................................. 7

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL ON EC AGENDA ............................. 8

RENT POLICY ON AGENDA ................................................. 9

NEW POST OFFICE OPENS IN SHA TIN ...................................... 9

AIDS EXHIBITION IN TSIM SHA TSUI ...................................... 10

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEUNG WAN TO BE CLOSED ......................... 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG...................................... 11

LANE CLOSURES ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TN SHA TIN ..................... 12

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1989

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REPORT ON BAIL IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS PUBLISHED t t t » »

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION TODAY (TUESDAY) PUBLISHED ITS REPORT ON BAIL IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.

PRESENTING THE REPORT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION’S SUB-COMMITTEE ON THE SUBJECT, MR JUSTICE LIU, SAID THE REPORT WAS THE RESULT OF SOME FOUR YEARS OF WORK BY THE COMMISSION AND ITS SUB-COMMITTEE.

MR JUSTICE LIU SAID THE AIM OF THE REPORT WAS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WOULD MAINTAIN THE PRESUMPTION OI INNOCENCE AND THE LIBERTY OF THE SUBJECT WHILE GIVING DUE RECOGNITION TO THE SECURITY OF THE COMMUNITY.

"IN REACHING OUR CONCLUSIONS, WE HAVE HAD CONSTANTLY IN MIND Till: IMPORTANCE OF BALANCING THE RIGHT TO LIBERTY OF THE INDIVIDUAL WITH THE SECURITY OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT ANY SYSTEM OF BAIL MUST BE PRACTICABLE FOR THE BAIL AUTHORITY," HE ADDED.

THE REPORT MAY SOMETIMES SEEM TO LEAN TOWARDS THE DEFENDANT BUT THAT IS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE OUR COMMON LAW SYSTEM PREFERS LIBERTY AND DUE PROCESS TO PREVENTIVE CUSTODY AND DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL," HE SAID.

, , A BASIC PREMISE OF THE PROPOSALS MADE BY THE COMMISSION IS

THAT THE LAW ON BAIL IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS SHOULD BE CODIFIED.

CODIFICATION, THE COMMISSION ARGUES, WILL MAKE THE LAW CLEARER, MORE CERTAIN AND MORE READILY ACCESSIBLE BY THE PUBLIC.

A KEY INGREDIENT OI-' SUCH A CODE, THE COMMISSION PROPOSES, IS THAT TIIERI. SHOULD Bl A STATUTORY RIGHT TO BAIL.

THE CODE WOULD .CONFER A GENERAL RIGHT ON ALL PERSONS TO BE RELEASED ON BAIL PENDING A FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT AND PENDING FURTHER APPEARANCES IN THE SAME PROCEEDINGS.

THIS RIGHT TO BAIL WOULD BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN SPECIFIED EXCEPTIONS, INCLUDING THE FACT THAI' THE DEFENDANT MIGHT ABSCOND, THAT HE MIGHT COMMIT FURTHER OFFENCES, OR THAT HE MIGHT INTERFERE WITH WITNESSES.

THE CODE WOULD RECOMMEND A LIST OF RELEVANT FACTORS WHICH MAY BE CONSIDERED BY THE BAIL AUTHORITY IK DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT AN INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE DETAINED.

COUPLED WITH THIS CLARIFICATION OF THE DEFENDANT’S RIGHT TO BAIL, Till COMMISSION PROPOSES THAT PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCES SHOULD BE ABOLISHED AND THERE SHOULD BE LESS EMPHASIS ON CASH BAIL.

THE POWER TO REQUIRE A DEFENDANT TO DEPOSIT CASH SHOULD BE PRESERVED BUT IT SHOULD BE SOUGHT ONIA WHERE IT IS NECESSARY TO ensure: the appearance of the defendant.

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TO PROVIDE INCENTIVE FOR THE DEFENDANT TO APPEAR, THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS THAT FAILURE BY A DEFENDANT TO ANSWER TO HIS BAIL SHOULD BECOME A CRIMINAL OFFENCE CARRYING A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT WHEN CHARGED SUMMARILY AND 12 MONTHS IF DEALT WITH AS IF IT WERE A CONTEMPT OF COURT.

THE COMMISSION FURTHER RECOMMENDS THAT A MAGISTRATE OR HIGHER COURT SHOULD BE ABLE TO ATTACH CERTAIN CONDITIONS TO THE GRANT OF BAIL, INCLUDING SURRENDER OF THE DEFENDANT’S PASSPORT, A PROHIBITION ON LEAVING HONG KONG, A REQUIREMENT TO REPORT TO A POLICE STATION AT SPECIFIED TIMES, AND A PROHIBITION FROM ENTERING CERTAIN AREAS OR PREMISES.

MR JUSTICE LIU STRESSED THAT NEARLY ALL THE SUGGESTIONS MADE IN THE REPORT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED ELSEWHERE.

"MANY ARE IN FACT ALREADY PRACTISED IN HONG KONG. WHAT OUR PROPOSALS WILL ACHIEVE IS GREATER CLARITY AND CERTAINTY IN THE LAW," HE SAID.

IF LEGISLATION RESULTS FROM THE REPORT, IT IS NOT EXPECTED TO BRING RADICAL CHANGES TO THE BAIL SYSTEM BUT WILL INSTEAD PROVIDE A CLEAR AND CONSISTENT CODE, SETTING OUT THE BASIC CONCEPTS AND MAKING THE LAW MORE ACCESSIBLE.

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BUILDING EXTENSION TO CGO MAIN WING ♦ ♦ * *

THE FORMER LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER WILL BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR A SEVEN-STOREY OFFICE EXTENSION TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (CGO) AT LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

WORK WILL START BEFORE CHRISTMAS TO DEMOLISH THE CHAMBER, WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THE CGO’S MAIN WING.

THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, MR JOSE LEI, TODAY (TUESDAY) SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF GAMMON CONSTRUCTION LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EXTENSION, ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $29 MILLION.

THE FORMER LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER BECAME REDUNDANT TN 1985 WHEN THE COUNUIL MOVED INTO THE FORMER SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN JACKSON ROAD.

SINCE THEN, IT HAS BEEN USED AS A CONFERENCE AND BRIEFING VENUE BY THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. BECAUSE OF ITS CONFINED CONFIGURATION, ITS USES HAVE BEEN LIMITED.

THE OFFICE EXTENSION IS SCHEDULED FOR OCCUPATION BY JUNE 1991. A TOTAL OF 2,300 SQUARE METRES OF ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION WILL BE PROVIDED.

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A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL WILL ALSO BE INCORPORATED AND WILL DE EQUIPPED WITH AUDIO-VISUAL, PUBLIC ADDRESS AND SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION FACILITIES.

IT WILL BE USED AS A VENUE FOR MEETINGS, SEMINARS AND BRIEFINGS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND VARIOUS STATUTORY/NON-STATUTORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

AN ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS PROJECT WILL BE THE FIRST "DESIGN AND BUILD” CONTRACT ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT WITH A LOCAL CONTRACTOR.

UNDER THIS FORM OF CONTRACT, THE CONTRACTOR IS PROVIDED WITH THE OUTLINE DESIGN BRIEF AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED BY Till-. DEPARTMENT. THE CONTRACTOR THEREAFTER ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNDERTAKING A COMPLETE PACKAGE OF SERVICE FROM THE DRAWING BOARD STAGE RIGHT THROUGH TO THE PHYSICAL COMPLETION OF THE BUILDING.

THE CONTRACTOR EMPLOYS HIS OWN DESIGNERS, CONSULTANTS AND SUB-CONTRACTORS AND IS FREE TO OBTAIN HIS CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT FROM HIS OWN SUPPLY SOURCES, ALL OF WHICH SERVES TO PLACE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROGRAMMING AND CO-ORDINATING THE PROJECT IN THE HANDS OF ONE CONTRACTOR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WILL REDUCE DELAYS IN WORK PROGRESS AS •A RESULT OF UNCO-OPERATIVF SUBCONTRACTORS AND MATERIAL SUPPLIERS.

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HOLIDAY REMINDER TO PUBLIC

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LOCAL RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN URGED TO SEE TO IT THAI THE COMING FESTIVE SEASON WOULD NOT BE MARRED BY MISHAPS.

ANTICIPATING THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO CENTRES OF CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR DECORATIVE LIGHTING, THE ACTING DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR AUGUSTINE (HENG, TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED RESIDENTS TO MAKE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT, EXERCISE CARE AND BE MORE COURTEOUS TO OTHERS AT CROWDED PLACES.

"USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL HELF EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT PLACES OF DECORATIVE LIGHTING. BEING MORE CAREFUL WILL ENSURE THAT NO ONE GETS HURT ACC I DENTALLY. AND ONE SHOULD BE MORE CONSIDERATE TO THE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN," HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERIOD, MR CHENG SAID THE MAJOR LIGHTING DECORATIONS HAD BEEN PUT UP IN TS I M SHA TSUI AND CENTRAL.

/"PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE ........

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’’PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT MOST PEOPLE WENT THERE ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND THAT TSIM SHA TSUI HAS BY FAR THE BIGGEST CROWDS,'' HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AS MOST DECORATIVE LIGHTING WOULD BE ON FOR A LONG TIME, RESIDENTS NEED NOT GO TO SEE THE LIGHTING ALL ON THE SAME DAY.

"ONE CAN ENJOY THEM MORE LEISURELY ON OTHER DAYS," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT SIMILAR LIGHTING HAD BEEN SET UP IN OTHER DISTRICTS WHICH PEOPLE COULD ENJOY WITHOUT HAVING TO TRAVEL TOO FAR FROM THEIR HOMES.

MR CHENG SAID A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING VARIETY SHOWS AND CARNIVALS, HAD BEEN LINED UP FOR RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

’’ALL THE PROGRAMMES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND THOSE INTERESTED MAY APPROACH THEIR LOCAL DISTRICT. OFFICES FOR DETAILS,’’ HE ADDED.

AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THE CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER (URBAN), MR T.V. RUNNACLES, ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES THAT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

PERIOD. THE STAFI OFFICER (TRAFFIC) OF THE POLICE, MR Spoke ' on special traffic arrangements in PEDESTRI ANIMATION SCHEMES AND ROAD CLOSURES.

LEUNG LAU-ON,

RELATION TO

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TSUEN WAN TO SWITCH ON FESTIVE LIGHTS t * * ♦: t

DECORATIVE LIGHTING IN TSUEN WAN FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR WILL BE SWITCHED ON TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), AND THEY WILL BE SWITCHED ON EVERY NIGHT UNTIL FEBRUARY 12, TAKING IN THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

A SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN SQUARE AT (> PM TOMORROW. OFFICIATING WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ADOLF HSU, AND MRS HSU.

Till MAIN LIGHTING WILL Bl AT TSUEN WAN TOWN SQUARE. THERE WILL \LSO BE LIGHTING ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD, AT THE: SECTION BETWEEN TSUEN WAN POLICE STATION AND Till FOOTBRI DGI. AT TSUEN KAM CENTRE.

A CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL FEATURING A DANCE CONTEST, CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT, KARAOKE SHOW AND LUCKY DRAW WILL BE HELD ON CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE SILA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND FROM 7 PM.

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IT IS EXPECTED THAT OVER 10,000 RESIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN WILL JOIN THE CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTING SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 6 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN SQUARE, OPPOSITE THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

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EASTERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS AT SEVERAL CARNIVALS TO BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT BETWEEN SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23) AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

THE CARNIVALS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, AREA COMMITTEES, THE CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE VARIETY SHOWS, VARIOUS KINDS OF GAME STALLS, AND DISTRIBUTION OF GIFTS BY SANTA CLAUS.

DETAILS OF THE CARNIVALS ARE:

DECEMBER 23 (SATURDAY) 12.30 PM CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION BRADBURY CENTRE, 32-36 HING FAT STREET

DECEMBER 24 (SUNDAY) 2 PM FACTORY STREET PLAYGROUND, SHAU KEI WAN

DECEMBER 24 (SUNDAY) 7.30 PM URBAN COUNCIL PARK AT THE JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD AND TIN CHIU STREET

DECEMBER 25 (MONDAY) 1.30 PM PLAZA IN FRONT OF BLOCKS N AND P, KORNHILL

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE CARNIVALS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM

THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS.

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DB COMMITTEE URGES CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD CORRIDOR ♦ ♦ * * *

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSTRUCT A TUEN MUN/YUEN LONG EAST CORRIDOR AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A PAPER PREPARED BY THE COMMITTEE STATES THAT THE TRAFFIC FLOW ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN THE TWO DISTRICTS HAS REACHED SATURATION. IT REQUESTS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEMPORARY MEASURES TO RELIEVE CONGESTION BEFORE COMPLETION OF THE PROPOSED CORRIDOR.

ANOTHER PAPER RECOMMENDS THAT IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT BE MADE TO THE TRANSPORT NETWORK IN TUEN MUN.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REQUEST THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY TO INTRODUCE BUS ROUTE NO. 58X LINKING UP LEUNG KING ESTATE AND THE TOWN CENTRE, AND TO INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF SERVICE ON ROUTE NO. 58M.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE DISCUSSION PAPERS REQUESTING THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND IMPROVEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

. NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN Hi ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TUNNEL TOLL ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS TUNNEL TOLL AND RELATED ISSUES AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

IN VIEW OF A COMMITTEE TO INCREASE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS

RECENT PROPOSAL BY THE THE TOLL FOR THE LION WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT THE

TRANSPORT ADVISORY ROCK TUNNEL, SOME RATIONALE FOR THE

INCREASE. A MOTION WILL BE MOVED OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL.

A QUESTION WILL BE RAISED ON WHETHER BUS FARES WILL BE INCREASED CONSEQUENTLY AND ON FACTORS BEING CONSIDERED IN DECIDING THE TOLL FOR THE SHING MUN TUNNEL AND TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, WHICH WILL BE IN OPERATION IN 1990 AND 1991 RESPECTIVELY.

/ANOTHER QUESTION ........

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ANOTHER QUESTION WILL BE RAISED ON THE REASONS FOR SUSPENDING THE OFF-PEAK HOUR SERVICE OF BUS ROUTE NO. 87B OPERATING BETWEEN SUN TIN'WAI ESTATE AND TAI KOK TSUI FERRY PIER.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS IN SHA TIN AND A PROPOSAL BY THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION (KCRC) TO AMEND BY-LAWS IN ORDER TO BAN SMOKING IN PAID AREAS OF TRAIN STATIONS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A REPORT BY THE JOINT CONCERN COMMITTEE OF SHA TIN, TAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICT BOARDS ON THE KCRC RAILWAY SERVICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) 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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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT HOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE MINOR WORKS PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT IN ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER THE ALLOCATION OF ABOUT S24,300 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

WORKS WILL INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS TO SITTING-OUT AREAS, CONSTRUCTION OF A LANDMARK IN SAN PO KONG AND THE PLANTING OF SHRUBS NEAR LOK FU MTR STATION.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS ARE PROGRESS REPORTS ON BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS IN YUK WAH CRESCENT AND FUNG WONG SAN TSUEN, AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS DISCUSSED EARLIER AT AREA COMMITTEE MEETINGS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 20) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM

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HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL ON EC AGENDA

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THE SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PLAN AT THE SHAM SHUI PO CAMP SITE AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 21).

THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE DESIGN CAPACITY AND FLAT MIX OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WILL RE CONTAINED IN A PAPER TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO INFORM MEMBERS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SHEK KIP MEI PARK STAGE III, WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE IN JULY 1991 AND TO BE COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS.

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE CLOSURE OF THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATOR, COOKED FOOD STALLS PROBLEMS, CONVERSION OF PREMISES INTO SMALLER UNITS FOR SALE AND IMPROVEMENT TO THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT LAI KOK ESTATE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO INQUIRE ABOUT THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PO ON ASSOCATION NO. 2 SCHOOL IN UN CHAU ESTATE AND EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS FOR SHOP TENANTS AFFECTED BY THE PUBLIC HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THERE WILL ALSO BE PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE COMMITTEE’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND ITS TWO WORKING GROUPS ON THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AND THE REDEVELOPMENT OF PAK TIN ESTATE. »

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 21) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 12, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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9 RENT POLICY ON AGENDA ♦ t * t

THE HOUSING COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE RENT POLICY AND THE ALLOCATION STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS ON HOUSING PROJECTS IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 6 TUNG YAN STREET. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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A NEW HIN KENG POST OFFICE, LOCATED AT NO. 202, FIRST FLOOR, WING A, HIN KENG ESTATE COMMERCIAL CENTRE, SHA TIN, OPENED FOR BUSINESS AT 3.30 PM TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE NEW POST OFFICE IS THE 11DTH IN HONG KONG AND PROVIDES THE NORMAL RANGE OF COUNTER SERVICES.

OPENING THE NEW POST OFFICE THIS AFTERNOON WERE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC WONG; CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM; AND SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG.

THE BUSINESS HOURS OF THE HIN KENG POST OFFICE ARE FROM 9.30 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2.15 PM TO 5 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND FROM 9.30 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

THE TELEPHONE NUMB,ER IS 0-602 1299.

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AIDS EXHIBITION IN TSIM SHA TSUI

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AN EXHIBITION ON AIDS, ORGANISED BY THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON AIDS EDUCATION ACTIVITIES 1989, WILL BEGIN IN TSIM SHA TSUI ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 21).

THE EXHIBITION, TO BE HELD AT THE LEVEL ONE EXHIBITION AREA OF THE NEW WORLD CENTRE FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY (DECEMBER 21 TO 23), Is’TIIE SECOND IN A SERIES OF MOBILE EXHIBITIONS. IT WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.

"THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE EXHIBITION IS TO INCREASE COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING AIDS, ESPECIALLY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"IT ALSO AIMS AT FOSTERING A POSITIVE, SYMPATHETIC AND SUPPORTIVE ATTITUDE IN THE COMMUNITY TOWARDS AIDS PATIENTS AND1'' CARRIERS," HE ADDED.

BASED ON INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE AIDS COUNSELLING AND - HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE EXHIBITION COVERS VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AIDS.

APART FROM SHOWING THE WORLDWIDE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE, IT ALSO ILLUSTRATES HOW AIDS THREATENS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE WAYS IN WHICH THIS CAN BE COUNTERED.

MEDICAL STAFF WILL BE PRESENT AT THE EXHIBITION TO GIVE ADVICE ,V;i> ANSWER PUBLIC ENQUIRIES.

EDUCATION AND INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON AIDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS WHO WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN HANDSOME PRIZES BY ANSWERING A QUIZ DESIGNED TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF AIDS. J

THE NEXT EXHIBITION WILL BE HELI) FROM JANUARY 5 TO 7, AT THE CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH IN WAN CHAI.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEUNG WAN TO BE CLOSED

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO SEEK THE CLOSURE OF CERTAIN UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ON THE ROOF OVER 9 AND 10 WAH IN FONG EAST, SHEUNG WAN, SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED AND THE ROOF SLAB BE REINSTATED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON MARCH 14 THIS YEAR REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS AND THE REINSTATEMENT OF THE ROOF SLAB.

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A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON MAY 1 NEXT YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (TUESDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A SERIES OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWUN TONG ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 21).

THEY ARE:

FROM 10.30 AM, ROAD CK 1 JOINING LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND CHA KWO LING ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES ON LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT ON TO JUNK BAY ROAD; VEHICLES ON LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT ON TO ROAD CK 1; AND THE RIGHT TURN FROM YAU SHING STREET ON TO CHA KWO LING ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES ON YAU SHING STREET EASTBOUND HEADING FOR CHA KWO LING ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA CHA KWO LING ROAD NORTHBOUND, LEI YUE MUN ROAD, ROUNDABOUT, LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND ROAD CK 1 .

FROM NOON, GREEN MINIBUSES ON ROUTE NO. 23B TRAVELLING FROM YAN 01 COURT TO CHA KWO LING WILL BE ROUTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, LEI YUE MUN ROAD, ROAD CK 1 AND CHA KWO LING ROAD INSTEAD OF KWUN TONG ROAD, HOI YUEN ROAD, WAI YIP STREET AND CHA KWO LING ROAD.

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LANE CLOSURES ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD IN SHA TIN » » t * »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE PARTIALLY

CLOSED:

* ONE TRAFFIC LANE SECTION (ABOUT 300 METRES IN LENGTH) NEAR JUL1MOUNT GARDEN WILL BE CLOSED FROM 11 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING; AND BETWEEDN 9.30 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (DECEMBER 21 AND 22).

t ONE TRAFFIC LANE SECTION (ABOUT 250 METRES IN LENGTH) NEAR WORLD-WIDE GARDENS WILL BE CLOSED FROM 11 PM ON DECEMBER 26 TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING; AND BETWEEN 9.30 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING ON DECEMBER 27, 28 AND 29.

* ONE TRAFFIC LANE SECTION (ABOUT 600 METRES IN LENGTH) NEAR

' ' KAK TIN WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT

MORNING ON JANUARY 1 AND 5 AND BETWEEN 9.30 PM AND 6 AM THE

NEXT MORNING ON JANUARY 2, 3, 4 AND 7.

t ONE TRAFFIC LANE SECTION (ABOUT 600 METRES IN LENGTH) NEAR

SUN TIN WAI ESTATE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 9.30 PM AND 6 AM

THE NEXT MORNING ON JANUARY 8, 9, 11 AND 14, AND BETWEEN 11 I'M AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING ON JANUARY 10 AND 12.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO SIGNS OF DECLINE IN OVERSEAS INTEREST IN HK .......................... 1

INTRODUCTION OF A THREE-MONTH INTERBANK OFFERED RATE FUTURES CONTRACT . 2

SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HOLDS 18TH MEETING.......................... 2

CHARITY DRIVE IN SRAM SHUT PO............................................ 3

ENTRIES INVITED FOR SHA TIN DANCE COMPETITION ........................... 3

KWUN TONG DB TO SING CAROLS ............................................. 4

APPLY EARLY FOR LOK MA CHAU CLOSED ROAD PERMITS ......................... 4

QUARTERLY REPORT ON GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY NOW ON SALE................. 5

NEW POST OFFICE OPENS IN HUNG HOM........................................ 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN FANLING ......................................... 6

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN FINNIE STREET ............................... 6

LANE CLOSURE ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD.......................................... 7

PAN ZONE TN TSUEN WAN

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

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NO SIGNS OF DECLINE IN OVERSEAS INTEREST IN HK

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THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT HE HAD SEEN NO SIGNS OF ANY DECLINE IN INTEREST OF OVERSEAS INSTITUTIONS IN ESTABLISHING PRESENCES IN HONG KONG.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE PORT CENTRE, A PRIVATE COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN ABERDEEN, MR NENDICK AFFIRMED THAT HONG KONG CONTINUED TO GROW AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

’’SINCE THE EVENTS IN CHINA LAST JUNE, NO FEWER THAN SEVEN OVERSEAS BANKS HAVE ESTABLISHED FULL RANKING PRESENCES AND SEVERAL OTHERS, INCLUDING ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIVATE BANKS IN THE UNITED STATES, HAVE OPENED LOCAL OFFICES.

"WE ARE ALSO SEEING A GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN INSURANCE COMPANIES SETTING UP OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK POINTED OUT THAT HE KNEW OF AT LEAST FIVE MAJOR CONCERNS WHICH HAD EITHER SET UP THEIR REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN HONG KONG OR HAD TRANSFERRED THEM TO THE TERRITORY OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST FEW MONTHS.

HF SAID WHILE IT HAD BECOME FASHIONABLE IN RECENT MONTHS TO ASSERT THAT HONG KONG WAS IN DECLINE, SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENTS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE IN, OR PLANNED FOR, THE TERRITORY BELIED SUCH ASSERTIONS.

"THE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THE NEW AIRPORT, Till CENTRAL/WAN CHAI RECLAMATION SCHEME, THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE CONTAINER TERMINAL FACILITIES AND THE NEW HOTELS AND COMMERCIAL COMPLEXES IN AND AROUND CENTRAL ARE ALL PROJECTS WHICH DEMONSTRATE A CONTINUING FAITH IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

"LET US NOT FORGET, EITHER, OUR NEW CULTURAL CENTRE NOR THE CONVENTION CENTRE OPENED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHICH HAS BOOKINGS S’lRETCHING OVER FIVE YEARS AHEAD," HF SAID.

AS FAR AS THE ECONOMY IS CONCERNED, HONG KONG’S PROBLEMS, SUCH AS THEX ARE, STEM MAINLY FROM THE INEVITABLE PRESSURE ON RESOURCES THAT RESULT FROM ('ONT INUI NG SUCCESS, ' MR NENDICK ADDED.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1 989

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INTRODUCTION Ol A THREE-MONTH INTERBANK OFFERED RATE FUTURES CONTRACT ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A PROPOSAL FROM THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE (HKFE) TO INTRODUCE A THREE-MONTH HONG KONG INTERBANK OFFERED RATE (HIBOR) FUTURES CONTRACT.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID AN ORDER HAD BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL UNDER SECTION 115 OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE FIRST SCHEDULE OF THE ORDINANCE TO ENABLE THE III BOR FUTURES CONTRACTS TO BE TRADED ON THE HKFE.

SINCE MAY 1, 1989 THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES' COMMISSION (SFC) HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE HKFE TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE ADEQUATE MECHANISMS IN THE HIBOR CONTRACT PROPOSAL AND ITS OPERATION TO PROTECT MARKET USERS.

"WE RECOGNISE THAT THERE IS A PERCEIVED PLACE FOR THE HIBOR CONTRACT. WE SUPPORT THE

NEED IN THE MARKET

SFC’S RECOMMENDATION

THAT TRADING IN THE CONTRACT SAFEGUARDS FOR THE INTEGRITY

SHOULD BE ALLOWED, SUBJECT TO ADEQUATE OF THE MARKET AND AN APPROPRIATE DEGREE

OF INVESTOR PROTECTION, Till- SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE SFC HAS CONF IRMED THAT A PROPER REGULATORA FRAMEWORK, INCLUDING RISK MANAGEMENT MEASURES, IS NOW IN PLACE, ’ HE ADDED. • j

THE HI BOL CONTRACT WILL PROVIDE A HEDGING MECHANISM TO PROTECT BORROWERS AND LENDERS AGAINST ADVERSE I’.'TEREST RATE MOVEMENTS.

THIS WILL ENCOURAGE TH! COMMITMENT Ol INVESTIBLE FUNDS AND ASSUMPTION Ol DEBT OBLIGATIONS FOR LONGER PERIODS, WHICH WILL IN TURN HELP Rl.MOVI OKI OF Till MAJOR CONSTRAINTS ON THE GROWTH OF THE: MONEY AND CAPITAL MARKETS IN HONG KONG.

AS HKFE WILL REQUIRE TIME FOR SYSTEM TESTING BEFORE TRADING IN Till CONTRACT CAN BE COMMENCED, Till' COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT OF FIRST SCHEDULE) ORDER 1989 WILL BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED B\ Till GOVERNOR.

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SI NO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HOLDS 1 STH MEETING

THE 18TII MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION WAS HELD TODAY (DECEMBER 20). THE TWO SIDES AGREED THAT THE AVERAGE COST OF LAND PRODUCTION FOR THE 1989-90 FINANCIAL YEAR WOULD BE HK$2,390 PER SQUARE METRE.

IN ADDITION, Till LAND COMMISSION REVIEWED THE 1989-90 LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMMI AND AGREED ’THAI Till' SUPPLEMENTARY LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME WOULD NOT BE DRAWN ON AT THIS STAGE.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

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CHARITY DRIVE IN SHAM SHUI PC *****

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISING A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE MORE RESIDENTS TO DONATE TO THE CHEST.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CHARITY DRIVE WILL BE A FUND-RAISING CONCERT ORGANISED WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE CONCERT, TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 13 AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND AN AUCTION OF GOLD COINS. ALL THE PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF TICKETS AND THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE CHEST.

THE TICKETS, AT $300, $200, $100 AND $50, CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE AC HALL AND THE YAU MA TEI, MONG KOK AND CHEUNG SHA WAN BRANCHES OF THE BANK OF CHINA.

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE EARLIER RAISED ABOUT $340,000 FROM THE ’’WALKS FOR A MILLION” HELD AT THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND IN KOWLOON.

OTHER FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES BEING PLANNED INCLUDE A CHARITABLE TREE PLANTING SCHEME FOR THE CHEST AND A LUNAR NEW YEAR LANTERN SHOW.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR SHA TIN DANCE COMPETITION

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RESIDENTS ARE BEING INVITED TO ENTER THE 1 OTH SHA TIN DISTRICT DANIE COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT THE KIANGSU-CHEKIANG COLLEGE IN FUNG SHUN STREET, WO CHE ESTATE ON DECEMBER 31.

THE COMPETITION IS PART OF THE MONTH-LONG SHA TIN DISTRICT

IT IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS. THREE OF THEM ARE CATEGORISED ACCORDING TO AGE AND THERE IS A SPECIAL SECTION FOR THE DISABLED.

PARTICIPANTS MUST FROM GROUPS OF AT LEAST TWO PERSONS AND MUST EITHER LIVE, STUDY, WORK OR BELONG TO AN ORGANISATION BASED IN SHA

FOR THOSE IN THE FOUR TO SIX YEARS OLD SECTION AND IN THE SPECIAL SECTION, THEY CAN CHOREOGRAPH THEIR OWN DANCE FOR COMPETITION.

COMPETITORS IN THE OTHER. TWO SECTIONS MAY CHOOSE AMONG ORIENTAL, ORIENTAL FOLK, BALLROOM, BALLET, WESTERN FOLK, MODERN AND JAZZ DANCES.

/WINNERS WILL .......

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

WINNERS WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM AT A WINNERS’ NIGHT TO BE HELD IN THE AUDITORIUM OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON JANUARY 14.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES IS SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23). ENTRY FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE ENQUIRY CENTRE OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SHA TIN OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION OFFICE.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6989750, 0-6066552 AND

0-6048078.

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KWUN TONG DB TO SING CAROLS ♦ ♦ t ♦

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CAROLLING TEAM, COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, WILL BRING CHRISTMAS JOY TO THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED IN THE DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THEY WILL VISIT FOUR WELFARE ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT AND DISTRIBUTE GIFTS. THESE ARI Till MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, HELPING IIAND-KAI CHEUNG SHELTER FOR THE ELDERLY, SIK SIK YUEN HO PING SOCIAL CENTRI I OR THE ELDERLY AND SPASTICS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CAROLLING TEAM TO WELFARE ORGANISATIONS TOMORROW (THURSDAY). THEY ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT THE DB MEMBERS’ OFFICE, ROOM 117, KWUN TONG DISTRICT OITICE, 6 TUNG YAN STREET, BEFORE 2 PM.

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APPLY EARLY FOR LOK MA ('HAU CLOSED ROAD PERMITS till*

GOODS VI II I OLE Ol'l DATORS AIM- URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR CLOSED ROAD PERMITS FOR Illi LOK MA (’HAU ('ROSS I NG WHICH WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON DECEMBER 29.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED GOODS VEHICLE OPERATORS THAT EXISTING PERMITS FOR MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK CROSSINGS ARE NOT VALID FOR LOK MA CHAU.

/APPLICATIONS SHOULD .......

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CROSS BORDER PERMIT OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON THE SECOND FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED OPERATORS TO APPLY FOR THE CLOSED ROAD PERMITS WELL IN ADVANCE AS SEVEN WORKING DAYS ARE REQUIRED TO PROCESS EACH APPLICATION. THE PERMITS, ISSUED AT A FEE OF $360 EACH, WILL BE VALID FOR A MAXIMUM PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS.

INITIALLY, THE CROSSING WILL BE OPENED TO GOODS VEHICLES FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY.

APPLICANTS MAY MAKE TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ON 3-7333111.

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QUARTERLY REPORT ON GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY NOW ON SALE t ♦ t t *

THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER 1989 IS NOW AVAILABLE.

THE REPORT CONTAINS STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOR THE QUARTER.

IT ALSO CONTAINS DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR FORCE, INCLUDING THEIR AGE AND SEX STRUCTURE, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, ACT I V ITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, HOURS WORKED PER WEEK, MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS AS WELL AS REASON FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AND DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.

COPIES 01 THE REPORT AT $10 EACH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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NEW POST OFFICE OPENS IN HUNG HOM t * ♦ t t

A NEW HUNG HOM BAY POST OFFICE, LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR, BLOCK 11, CHERRY MANSION, WHAMPOA GARDEN, HUNG HOM, OPENED FOR BUSINESS AT NOON TODA'l (WEDNESDAY).

THE NEW POST OFFICE IS THE H1TH IN HONG KONG. IT PROVIDES THE NORMAL RANGE OF COUNTER SERVICES AND 500 PRIVATE POST OFFICE BOXES.

/OPENING THE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

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OPENING THE NEW POST OFFICE THIS MORNING WERE THE GENERAL, MR DOMINIC WONG, AND KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MR WONG SIE-KONG.

THE BUSINESS HOURS OF THE HUNG HOM BAY POST OFFICE 9.30 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2.15 PM TO 5 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 9.30 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

POSTMASTER CHAIRMAN,

ARE AND

FROM

FROM

THE POST OFFICE BOX LOBBY IS OPEN ON MONDAY TO 9.30 AM TO 5 PM AND ON SATURDAY FROM 9.30 AM TO 1 PM.

FRIDAY

FROM

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 3-7730447.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN FANLING *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE SECTION OF WO TAI STREET BETWEEN LUEN HING STREET AND LUEN FAT STREET IN FANLING HAS BEEN CLOSED BECAUSE OF EMERGENCY WATERMAIN REPAIR WORKS.

MEANWHILE, THE SECTION OF LUEN HING STREET BETWEEN WO TAI STREET AND WO LUNG STREET HAS BEEN RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND, WHILE THE SECTION OF LUEN FAT STREET BETWEEN WO T\l STREET AND WO FUNG STREET HAS BEEN RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY OPERATION.

THE ROAD CLOSURE AND RE-ROUTE INGS WILL LAST FOR THREE WEEKS.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN FTNNIE STREET

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY

(DECEMBER 22), THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FI NN IE STREET

BAY FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30

IN QUARRY METRES TO

THE NORTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

THIS MEASURE W I LI LAST FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS BECAUSE OF TELEPHONE DUCT LAYING WORKS.

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

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1989

LANE CLOSURE ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD t t » t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE OUTERMOST LANES OF ABOUT 800 METRES OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD NEAR MEI. FOO SUN CHUEN IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE CLOSED FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 22) FOR SIX MONTHS.

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF A CENTRAL BARRIER.

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BAN ZONE IN TSUEN WAN t * ♦ »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 22), THE SECTION OF CHUEN LUNG STREET BETWEEN YEUNG UK ROAD AND HO PL’I STREET IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE FOR ACCESS, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING Till BAN ZONE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FOREIGN SECRETARY’S STATEMENT ................................................ 1

NATIONALITY PACKAGE .......................................................... 3

GOVERNOR INTERVIEWED ON NATIONALITY PACKAGE .................................. 5

INCREASED PENALTIES UNDER COMPANIES ORDINANCE PROPOSED ....................... 9

AIRPORT RAILWAY FEASIBILITY AND FINANCIAL STUDIES ........................... 10

PEAK SITE SOLD FOR $328 MILLION ............................................. 11

HK SECURES LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENT ................................. 12

OPERATION TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE IN HUNG HOM ................................... 13

WELFARE SERVICES KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW ................................. 13

SWD CORRECTIONAL HOMES' CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ................................. 15

LADY WILSON TO OPEN FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT, FISH SHOW.......................... 16

SHA TIN PROMOTES CARE OF ENVIRONMENT......................................... 17

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS BRING CHRISTMAS JOY .................................. 19

ORDERLY RETURN OF VBP ON DB AGENDA .......................................... 19

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS ............................. 20

COMPULSORY OFF-STREET MOTORCYCLE TRAINING NEXT YEAR.......................... 20

TRAINING COURSE FOR STEAM RECEIVER OPERATORS ................................ 21

ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING ............................................... 23

WORKING HOURS OF MARINE DEPT OFFICES DURING HOLIDAYS ........................ 24

HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICE ...................................................... 24

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SOUTHERN, WAN CHAI ....................................... 25

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES EXTENDED FOR CHRISTMAS ............................ 25

RECRUITMENT OF JUNIOR LEADERS FOR RHK REGIMENT............................... 27

ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1936-40 .................................... 28

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HUNG HOM ............................................. 29

&X)DS VEHICLE BAN IN REPULSE BAY ............................................ 29

CANCELLATION OF BAN ZONES IN WONG TAI SIN ................................... 29

THURSDAY. DECEMBER 21, 1989

FOREIGN SECRETARY’S STATEMENT

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF A STATEMENT MADE RY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR DOUGLAS HURD, IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY ) :

WITH PERMISSION, MR SPEAKER, I SHOULD LIKE TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT OUR PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

"THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IS AT A LOW EBB. MY RT HON AND LEARNED FRIEND THE LORD PRESIDENT TOLD THE HOUSE ON 6 JUNE ABOUT THE TRAUMATIC EFFECT IN HONG KONG OF WHAT HAPPENED IN PEKING IN JUNE, AND REPORTED TO THE HOUSE ON 5 JULY AFTER HE HAD PAID A VISIT TO THE TERRITORY. MANY HONOURABLE AND RT HONOURABLE MEMBERS HAVE THEMSELVES VISITED HONG KONG SINCE JUNE. THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS GAVE A LUCID ACCOUNT OF THE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG IN THEIR REPORT OF 28 JUNE.

’WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO BUILD A SECURE FUTURE FOR HONG KONG ON THE BASIS OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION OF 1984. WE HAVE A CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITY WHICH WILL INVOLVE US IN MANY’ DIFFICULT DECISIONS OVER THE NEXT 8 YEARS. AND IN PARTICULAR WE MUST PROVIDE FOR THOSE WHOSE SERVICES ARE NECESSARY FOR. THE PROSPERITY AND EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG IN THE YEARS UP TO 1997.

'THE PROBLEM OF CONFIDENCE IS SHOWN BY INCREASING EMIGRATION FROM THE TERRITORY, AND INCREASING NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO CONTEMPLATE LEAVING. 12,1)01) PEOPLE HAVE LEFT HONG KONG THIS YEAR AND 55,000 ARE EXPECTED TO LEAVE NEXT YEAR. A GROWING PROPORTION OF THESE PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHOM HONG KONG CAN LEAST AFFORD TO LOSE. THIS HAEMORRHAGE OF TALENT PUTS AT RISK Till COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY, THE EFFICIENCY OF ITS PUBLIC SERVICE, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ITS EDUCATION SYSTEM, IN SHORT ITS FUTURE.

"MANY’ OF THOSE WHO ARE LEAVING HONG KONG WOULD NOT DO SO IF THEY COULD OBTAIN Till ASSURANCE. OF RIGHT OF ABODE IN Till UK. AS HON MEMBERS WILL KNOW FROM STATEMENTS BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER RT HON FRIENDS, WF HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A SCHEME TO GIVE SUCH ASSURANCES TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF KEY PEOPLE AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS. Till FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED SUCH A SCHEME IN THEIR REPORT IN JUNE, AND MY RT HON AND LEARNED FRIEND THE LORD PRESIDENT TOLD THE HOUSE ON 5 JULY THAT WF. WOULD PROVIDE ONE. I CAN NOW EXPLAIN TO THE HOUSE THE CONCLUSIONS WE HAVE REACHED.

WF YIM TO GI'E SUCH PEOPLE’ THE CONFIDENCE TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG SO THAT Till'. CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY OF THE TERRITORY. WE HAVE TO WEIGH IN THE BALANCE Oi l.- ABILITY To A( Cl PT Till INDIVIDUALS CONCERNED FOR SETTLEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY, SHOULD THAT EVER BE NECESSARY. WE HAYE TO SET THIS REALITY AGAINST OUR DESIRE TO HI AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE IN RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

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"IF, AS HAS OFTEN BEEN SUGGESTED, WE GAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO ALL BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS IN HONG KONG, WE COULD IF THAT RIGHT WAS EXERCISED CREATE UNACCEPTABLE STRAINS HERE. IF, ON THE OTHER HAND, WE KEPT THE SCHEME TOO NARROW, IT WOULD FAIL IN ITS PURPOSE AND AT THE END OF THE DAY WE MIGHT BE FACED WITH A MUCH MORE SEVERE PROBLEM.

"AFTER CAREFUL AND DETAILED CONSIDERATION OVER SEVERAL MONTHS,

WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE ASSURANCE OF FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP WHICH WITHOUT THEIR HAVING TO LEAVE HONG MAXIMUM NUMBER OF 50,000 HOUSEHOLDS.

TO BE GIVEN SHOULD TAKE THE FORM WOULD BE AWARDED TO RECIPIENTS KONG. THE SCHEME WILL COVER A

"NOT ALL THE ASSURANCES WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED INITIALLY; IN ORDER TO SPREAD THE ADMINISTRATIVE LOAD AND TO GIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO MAY MOVE INTO KEY POSITIONS IN HONG KONG IN LATER YEARS, WE SHALL HOLD BACK A PROPORTION OF THE ALLOCATION FOR LATER IN THE LIFE OF THIS SCHEME. THE BEST CURRENT ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL NUMBERS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING DEPENDENTS, WHO MIGHT RECEIVE BRITISH CITIZENSHIP IN THIS WAY IS 225,000. THE SCHEME WOULD CEASE BY 1997, AND IT IS THUS STRICTLY LIMITED IN SCOPE AND TIME.

“BENEFICIARIES WILL BE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF A POINTS SYSTEM WHICH WILL EMBRACE PEOPLE FROM A WIDE RANGE OF WALKS OF LIFE IN HONG KONG. IT WILL COVER PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS PEOPLE, PEOPLE WORKING IN EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AND THOSE WITH PARTICULAR TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL SKILLS, AS WELL AS THOSE IN THE PUBLIC AND DISCIPLINED SERVICES. THE DECISIVE CRITERIA WILL BE THE VALUE OF THE INDIVIDUALS' SERVICE TO HONG KONG AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH PEOPLE IN THEIR CATEGORY OF EMPLOYMENT ARE EMIGRATING.

PROVISION WILL ALSO BE NADI' WITHIN THE OVERALL TOTAL FOR THOSE WHO, BY VIRTUE OF THEIR POSITION. MAY FIND THEMSELVES VULNERABLE IN THE YEARS AHEAD. LONG SERVICE WITH BRITISH INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND SO WILL KNOWLEDGE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

“IN ADDITION TO THIS SCHEME BUT AGAIN WITHIN THE TOTAL NUMBERS 1 HAVE GIVEN, THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSI TO INTRODUCE A SPECIAL MEASURE WHICH IS DESIGNED TO HELP COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG TO RETAIN THEIR KEY PERSONNEL. WE INTEND TO REDUCE SUBSTANTIALLY THE PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IN THIS COUNTRA WHICH EMPLOYEES OF SUCH ORGANISATIONS WOULD HAVE TO FULFIL IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SETTLED STATUS AND LATER ( ITIZENSHIP. FOR THOSE. ACCEPTED ON THIS SCHEME, EMPLOYMENT OR SERVICE IN HONG KONG TOGETHER WITH A PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IN THE UK WOULD AFTER \ TOTAL PERIOD OF 5 YEARS RESULT IN CITIZENSHIP. THE COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED WOULD ARRANGE SECONDMENTS OF KEY PERSONNEL FOR WORK OR TRAINING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR RELATIVELY SHORT PERIODS OF TIME, THEREBY MINIMISING ANY DISRUPTION TO THEIR WORK LN HONG KONG.

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"WE INTEND TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY WHICH WILL PROVIDE FOR THE GRANT OF CITIZENSHIP TO BENEFICIARIES UNDER THE SCHEME IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

"ALTHOUGH THIS IS A BRITISH RESPONSIBILITY, AND ONE WHICH WE DON’T SHIRK, HONG KONG IS AN INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, WITH HUGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT. ITS MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN HONG KONG’S CONTINUING STABILITY AND PROSPERITY. SOME COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY FOUND WAYS TO GIVE HONG KONG PEOPLE ASSURANCES WITHOUT THEIR HAVING TO LEAVE HONG KONG. IT IS CLEARLY FOR US TO TAKE THE LEAD, XND J HAVE SET OUT OUR SPECIFIC COMMITMENTS. WE SHALL NOW BE ASKING OUR PARTNERS AND ALLIES TO FOLLOW THIS LEAD.

"I EMPHASISE TWO FINAL POINTS. FIRST, OUR PROPOSALS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO HONG KONG AND THE UNIQUE PROBLEM WHICH UE FACE THERE. THEY WILL HAVE NO RELEVANCE TO OTHER PEOPLE ELSEWHERE, AND THE PRINCIPLES OF THE 1981 BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT WILL REMAIN INTACT. SECOND, THEY ARE DESIGNED NOT TO ENCOURAGE IMMIGRATION INTO THIS COUNTRY BUT TO PERSUADE TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG THOSE WHOM WE NEED TO RETAIN THERE IF OUR LAST SUBSTANTIAL COLONY IS TO PASS SUCCESSFULLY THROUGH THE FINAL EIGHT YEARS OF BRITISH RULE."

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A HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN THIS MORNING WELCOMED THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NATIONALITY PACKAGE BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE, MR DOUGLAS HURD. IN PARLIAMENT.

"THIS BRINGS TO AN END A PROLONGED PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY AND SPECULATION IN THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID. "WE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL HELP TO REESTABLISH CONFIDENCE AND STABILITY. THE FACT THAT FULL PASSPORTS ARE BEING OFFERED RATHER THAN CERTIFICATES OF ENTRY IS AN IMPORTANT POINT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES GREATER CERTAINTY AND INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THAT RECIPIENTS WILL STAY IN I1ONG KONG."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PACKAGE WOULD ALLOW FOR 225,000 PEOPLE TO BENEFIT.

"THESE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD COVER 50,000 HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD," HE SAID. "THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO THE NUMBER OF TALENTED PEOPLE WHO WOULD DEPART HONG KONG OVER A 1-5 YEAR PERIOD AT CURRENT RATES OF EMIGRATION."

"AT THE MOMENT MANY PEOPLE FEEL COMPELLED TO UPROOT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES SIMPLY IN ORDER TO SATISFY RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES, HE SAID. A VERY SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER Ol THEM WILL NOW NOT HAVE TO LEAVE HONG KONG TO SECURE THE INSURANCE Will ('ll A PASSPORT PROVIDES."

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE PACKAGE WAS INTENDED TO COVER PEOPLE IN A WIDE RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS.

"IT AIMS TO HELP PEOPLE IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS, WHO ARE IMPORTANT TO THE EFFICIENT WORKING OF THE TERRITORY, AND WHO CURRENTLY ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO EMIGRATION," HE SAID. "IT SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS ELITIST. NOR IS IT AIMED SOLELY AT THE WEALTHY OR THE SENIOR RANKS OF THE CIVIL SERVICE."

"THOSE ABLE TO APPLY WILL INCLUDE NOT ONLY PROFESSIONALS BUT ALSO OTHERS SUCH AS NURSES, POLICEMEN, FIREMEN, COMPUTER OPERATORS AND OTHERS WITH TECHNICAL SKILLS."

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT IT MIGHT BE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION COULD BE PASSED BY PARLIAMENT. DURING THIS TIME FURTHER DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WOULD BE WORKED OUT BETWEEN THE BRITISH AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS.

"WE EXPECT DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE," HE SAID.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

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governor interviewed on nationality package

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF A RADIO INTERVIEW GIVEN BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, ON THE NATIONALITY PACKAGE:

REPORTER: SIR DAVID, PERHAPS YOU COULD JUST FIRST OF ALL GIVE US YOUR REACTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY MR HURD IN PARLIAMENT?

GOVERNOR: I’M PLEASED THAT WE HAVE NOW GOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT; IT MEANS THE END OF A PERIOD OF WAITING, AND THEREFORE OF UNCERTAINTY. WHAT I’D HOPE IS THAT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OF A SUBSTANTIAL PACKAGE WILL BE A PSYCHOLOGICAL BOOST AND WILL MEAN THAT A VERY SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE LEFT HONG KONG, WILL NOW STAY IN HONG KONG WITH ASSURANCES ABOUT THEIR OWN FUTURE AND CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS HONG KONG’S SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY. OF COURSE, IN AN IDEAL WORLD WE WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO HAVE FULL PASSPORTS FOR ALL BRITISH NATIONALS IN HONG KONG BUT IT HAS BEEN CLEAR FOR SOME TIME NOW THAT THAT WAS NOT GOING TO BE POLITICALLY POSSIBLE IN THE UK. WHAT WE HAVE GOT IS SOMETHING WHICH HELPS TO CREATE THE SORT OF STABILITY AND THE REASSURANCES FOR A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHICH WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. WE’VE GOT UP TO 225,000 PASSPORTS WHICH WILL BE GOING TO PEOPLE WHO OTHERWISE WOULD BE SEEKING THEIR ASSURANCE SOMEWHERE ELSE, AND I THINK IT IS A KEY THING THAT THOSE PEOPLE WILL STAY IN HONG KONG; WITH SOMETHING LIKE 50,000 HOUSEHOLDS, THAT IS 50,000 HEADS OF FAMILY WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE GONE TO CANADA, THE UNITED STATES OR PLACES LIKE THAT, THEY WILL BE STAYING IN HONG KONG, CONTRIBUTING TO HONG KONG. AND THAT NUMBER OF 50,000 HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD, THAT IS THE EQUIVALENT, AT THE PRESENT RATE OF PEOPLE LEAVING, TO ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS' DEPARTURE OF OUR MOST TALENTED PEOPLE. AND THE LAST POINT 1 MAKE IS THAT WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS, APART FROM KEEPING PEOPLE IN HONG KONG - THAT IS CRUCIAL - THE OTHER THING IS THAT. IT GOES ACROSS THE BOARD, IT IS NOT SOMETHING SOLELY FOR THE ELITE, IT IS A SCHEME WHICH MANY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, CAN ALL APPLY TO, SO IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS ELITE. AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL NOW TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, USE THIS OPPORTUNITY, FOR A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO APPLY SO THAT THEY WILL REMAIN IN HONG KONG.

REPORTER: BUT IS 50,000 HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD A FIGURE WHICH YOU THINK IS GOING TO GIVE THE CONFIDENCE WHICH HONG KONG NEEDS? IS IT GOING TO GIVE THE CONFIDENCE FOR PEOPLE TO STAY HERE?

GOVERNOR: WELL, I BELIEVE THAT 50,000 HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD IS A SIGNIFICANT FIGURE; IT IS A VERY LARGE FIGURE. AND UP TO 225,000 PASSPORTS IS ALSO A VERY SIGNIFICANT FIGURE. AS I WAS SAYING A MOMENT AGO, IT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF FOUR TO FIVE YEARS WORTH OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LEAVING HONG KONG RECENTLY. SO THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND ANOTHER [HING IS THAT IT GIVES ONE PACKAGE: NOW MAYBE THERE WILL BE A CHANCE FOR OTHER COUNTRIES TO MAKE THEIR OWN CONTRIBUTION - BUT THIS IN ITSELF IS AN IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION.

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REPORTER: EARLIER THE GOVERNMENT HAD EXPRESSED CONCERN PRIVATELY THAT IF THE FIGURE WAS SO LOW OR REACHED A CERTAIN LEVEL, THAT IT WOULD BE SO LOW THAT IT WOULD BE DIVISIVE AND THEREFORE UNWORKABLE. DO YOU THINK THIS IS A WORKABLE FIGURE, OR IS IT GOING TO BE DIVISIVE?

GOVERNOR: WHATEVER FIGURE YOU CHOOSE WHICH IS BELOW THE TOTAL, MEANS YOU HAVE GOT DIFFICULT CHOICES TO MAKE BETWEEN THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT. BUT THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER AND IF THERE IS A POINTS SCHEME WORKED OUT, I DO BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY IN A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE WAY TO HELP HONG KONG. AND I THINK, ALSO, THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, EVEN THOUGH THERE WILL OBVIOUSLY BE PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE HOPED FOR MORE AND THAT IS BOUND TO BE THE CASE, PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT THAT WE SHOULD MAKE THE MAXIMUM USE OF WHAT WE HAVE GOT.

REPORTER: YOU SAID EARLIER THAT OBVIOUSLY THE IDEAL WAS THREE-AND-A-QUARTER MILLION PASSPORTS FOR ALL BRITISH SUBJECTS HERE. ARE YOU GOING TO STOP NOW OR ARE YOU GOING TO CONTINUE PRESSING FOR MORE PASSPORTS?

GOVERNOR: AT THIS STAGE, 1 THINK WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS TO TRY TO CONSOLIDATE WHAT WE HAVE GOT. IT IS SOMETHING WHICH IS SIGNIFICANT. IF WE'D BEEN TALKING TOGETHER ABOUT A YEAR AGO, AND WE’D BEEN LOOKING AT WHAT MIGHT BF. POSSIBLE, I DON’T THINK THAT WE WOULD HAVE IMAGINED EVEN THAT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A FIGURE AS LARGE AS THIS, SO LET US FIRST OF ALL CONSOLIDATE ON THIS; MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOES GET THROUGH. IT HASN’T YET GONE THROUGH THE LEGISLATION IN PARLIAMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT GOING THROUGH; I’D LIKE TO MAKE USE OF THIS CONTRIBUTION; I THINK THAT IS THE FIRST STAGE.

REPORTER: BUT HASN’T THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT BUILT INTO ITS PROPOSALS THE FACT THAT IT CAN’T IN FACT BE CHANGED? IT'S GOING TO RESERVE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PASSPORTS TO BE GIVEN LATER ON IN THE YEARS NEARER TO 1997. DOESN’T THIS, THEREFORE, DEFEAT YOUR OWN OBJECT OF PERHAPS BEING ABLE TO GET THE PACKAGE EXPANDED AT A LATER DATE?

GOVERNOR: THERE IS THIS ELEMENT INTO IT, THAT THERE WILL BE PEOPLE GIVEN A CHANCI, TO APPLY LATER, SO SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO NOW MIGHT NOT HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS, LATER ON COULD FEEL THAT THEY COULD OBTAIN THOSE QUALIFICATIONS AND STILL APPLY, AND I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK FORWARD TO. LET’S FIRST OF ALL SEE HOW THIS PACKAGE WORKS OUT. IT IS SOMETHING WHICH IS VERY SUBSTANTIAL AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US MAKING FULL USE OF IT.

REPORTER: OF COURSE, ANOTHER PROPORTION OF THE PASSPORTS WHICH ARE GOING TO BE GIVEN ARE NOT GOING TO BE GIVEN IMMEDIATELY, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT FIVE YEARS, AND THOSE ARE PEOPLE IN KEY COMPANIES HERE TN HONG KONG. IS THIS REALLY MEETING YOUR DEMANDS OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE?

GOVERNOR: WELL, I WOULD SEE THAT AS BEING A SMALL PART OF THE SCHEME. IT IS PROBABLY SOMETHING WHICH WILL BE WELCOME TO A CERTAIN NUMBER OF COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS THAT CAN MAKE USE OF IT, BUT THE NUMBERS LIKELY TO Bl INVOLVED IN THAT WILL BE VERY’ SMALL INDEED, IN COMPARISON WITH THE OVERALL FIGURE OF' 50,000 HOUSEHOLDS. IT WILL BE A VERY SMALL PART OF IT.

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REPORTER: HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU THAT, IN FACT, THIS LEGISLATION IS

NOT GOING TO BE PASSED BECAUSE OF THE BACKBENCH REVOLT?

GOVERNOR: WELL, LOOKED AT FROM HONG KONG, I OBVIOUSLY VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IT WILL BE PASSED AND I AM PLEASED TO SEE THE DETERMINATION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PUT THROUGH THIS SCHEME, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE GOT SUBSTANTIAL POLITICAL DIFFICULTIES IN DOING SO. I HOPE, OBVIOUSLY, THAT IT WILL BE PASSED WITHOUT PROBLEMS. BUT ANY LEGISLATION OF THIS SORT OF COMPLEXITY - AND IT IS A FAIRLY NOVEL FORM OF LEGISLATION - IS GOING TO LEAD TO QUITE A LOT OF ARGUMENT IN PARLIAMENT, THAT IS QUITE OBVIOUS.

REPORTER: SO DO YOU SEE THIS PACKAGE AS PERHAPS A COUP FOR YOURSELF,

BECAUSE IT IS VERY NEAR THE FIGURES WHICH YOU WERE ORIGINALLY ASKING FOR?

GOVERNOR: I DON'T LOOK AT THIS AT ALL PERSONALLY. I THINK IT IS

SOMETHING WHICH HONG KONG CAN MAKE USE OF. THERE HAVE BEEN A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, ALL WHO HAVE BEEN PRESSING FOR A SUBSTANTIAL PACKAGE FROM THE UK; MANY, MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTING TO THAT EFFORT.

REPORTER: THERE HAS BEEN AN ACCELERATING BRAIN-DRAIN IN THE LAST

TWO OR THREE YEARS. WILL THIS HAVE ANY IMPACT?

GOVERNOR: YES, I THINK IT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT. YOU SEE, 50,000

HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD IS THE EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS OF THE TALENTED PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LEAVING UP TO NOW, SO THAT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT FIGURE. IT MEANS THAT THOSE PEOPLE, I HOPE, WILL NOW STAY IN HONG KONG INSTEAD OF GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE TO GET THEIR ASSURANCES FOR THE FUTURE. NOW THAT COULD HAVE A QUITE SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON HONG KONG.

REPORTER: BUT IS THIS ENOUGH TO REALLY MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG, GIVEN THAT ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS PEOPLE ARF. LEAVING IS BECAUSE OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE TERRITORY'S POLITICAL FUTURE AND THE SITUATION TN CHINA?

GOVERNOR: I DON’T THINK ANYBODY SHOULD SAY THERE IS ONE SINGLE

THING WHICH EITHER PRODUCES CONFIDENCE OR WHICH DOE'S THE OPPOSITE. TO PRODUCE CONFIDENCE YOU NEED A WHOLE SERIES OF THINGS, BUT THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TRY TO CREATE CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG. I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THAT. IT IS SOMETHING WHICH MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TOO, HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND PUTTING A LOT OF EFFORT INTO TRYING TO OBTAIN.

REPORTER: YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING, IN FACT MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE BEEN ARGUING, THAT ONE GOOD REASON TO GIVE PEOPLE HERE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN, TO GIVE THEM FULL BRITISH PASSPORTS IS TO KEEP THEM HERE. BUT, HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK IT WOULD TAKE TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS AGAIN, GIVEN THE CURRENT UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE FUTURE? DO YOU THINK THAT IT’S LIKELY PEOPLE WOULD CHANGE THEIR MINDS AGAIN IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997?

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GOVERNOR: IT IS AN IMPORTANT POINT, I BELIEVE, THAT THIS SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO KEEP PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. PEOPLE IN BRITAIN SHOULD NOT IMAGINE THAT THERE IS SUDDENLY GOING TO BE A TREMENDOUS RUSH OF PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG GOING TO BRITAIN. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT IS THE CASE. I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WANT THE ASSURANCE. ALSO, THEY WANT TO STAY, IF THEY POSSIBLY CAN, IN HONG KONG. AND THIS IS THE PACKAGE WHICH DOES JUST THAT. NOW, YOU CAN NEVER BE SURE WITH EVERY INDIVIDUAL PERSON, WHAT IT IS THAT MAKES THEM LEAVE, WHAT IT IS THAT KEEPS THEM HERE. THE IMPORTANT POINT IS THAT MOST OF THOSE PEOPLE, I BELIEVE, WOULD WANT TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG AND WOULD NOT MOVE TO THE UNITED KINDGOM.

REPORTER: SIR, BRITAIN HAS TAKEN THIS STEP TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG. HOW SATISFIED ARE YOU THAT THE CHINESE HAVE BEEN TAKING MEASURES TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE HERE, GIVEN THAT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING INDICATES THAT THE CHINESE ARE KEEN TO RESTRICT THE LEVEL OF DEMOCRACY IN HONG KONG. THEY'VE ALSO EXPRESSED DOUBTS ABOUT THE BILL OF RIGHTS FOR HONG KONG. HOW SATISFIED ARE YOU THAT PEKING IS TAKING THE NECESSARY MEASURES TOO ?

GOVERNOR: I BELIEVE THAT RESTORING CONFIDENCE IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS EFFORTS ON ALL SIDES, IT NEEDS EFFORTS FROM THE BRITISH SIDE, IT NEEDS EFFORTS FRO'M THE CHINESE SIDE, IT NEEDS EFFORTS BY US IN HONG KONG, GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. WHAT, I HOPE, IS THAT ON THE CHINESE SIDE THEY LOOK AT HOW TO WORK OUT THE BASIC LAW AND THE VARIOUS OTHER WAYS THAT THEY APPROACH HONG KONG, THAT THEY WILL TRY TO LOOK AS CONSTRUCTIVELY AS POSSIBLE, THAT THEY WILL TRY TO BE AS RESPONSIVE AS POSSIBLE, TO THE NEEDS AND THE VIEWS THAT ARE EXPRESSED FROM HONG KONG. 1 THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

REPORTER: THERE WAS, OF COURSE, A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON CONFIDENCE AS A RESULT OF THE MASSACRE IN PEKING IN JUNE. DO YOU THINK THAT THAT HAS NOW BEEN RESTORED TO ANY EXTENT? DO YOU THINK THE SITUATION HAS CHANGED AS FAR AS HONG KONG IS CONCERNED’'

GOVERNOR: I DON'T SENSE IN HONG KONG QUITE THE DEGREE OF GLOOM THAT THERE KAS IN JUNE AND JULY. WE DO HAVE IN HONG KONG AN ABILITY TO TRY TO PICK OURSELVES UP AND TO MAKE THE BEST OF ANY SORT OF SITUATION WE ARE IN. BUT, THAT SAID, THERE IS STILL A GREAT DEAL MORE THAT HAS TO BE DONE TO CREATE THE SORT OF LONG-LASTING CONFIDENCE THAT IS NEEDED •IN HONG KONG. NOU, THE PACKAGE THAT WE HAVE JUST BEEN DISCUSSING IS ONE OF THOSE MEASURES, BUT IT NEEDS MANY OTHER MEASURES TO BUILD UP THE COMPLETE FOUNDATION OF CONFIDENCE THAT WE WOULD LIKE, LONG TERM.

REPORTER: THE GOVERNMENT'S STATEMENT HAS SAID TOO, THAT THIS

SHOULD BE A CLEAR SIGNAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT BRITAIN HAS TAKEN THE STEP AND IT WANTS OTHER COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW THIS LEAD. WHAT EXACTLY, WHAT SORT OF MEASURES DO YOU NOW HOPE THE INTERNATIONAL (IOMMUNITY WILL TAK E?

GOVERNOR: I WOULD EXPECT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT NOW TO APPROACH

OTHER GOVERNMENTS AND SA'. TO THEM WE HAVE DONE THIS, ARE THERE WAYS IN WHICH YOU, TOO, COULD HELP? HELP IN A SIMILAR SORT OF FASHION?

THAT IS MEASURES WHICH HELI' TO GIVE PEOPLE CONFIDENCE TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG. AND THAT IS, I AM SURE, WHAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL BE

DOING OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS.

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INCREASED PENALTIES UNDER COMPANIES ORDINANCE PROPOSED »***»*

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED TO INCREASE CERTAIN PENALTIES UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE FOLLOWING AN OVERALL REVIEW INTO THE LEVEL OF PENALTIES PRESCRIBED IN THE ORDINANCE.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED INCREASES WERE CONTAINED IN THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1989 TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMORROW, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"IN CONSIDERING WHICH PENALTIES ARE TO BE INCREASED, WE HAVE TAKEN A NUMBER OF FACTORS INTO ACCOUNT. THESE INCLUDE THE NATURE OF THE OFFENCE, THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCE OF ANY BREACH AND THE EFFECTS OF INFLATION," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE LEVEL OF PENALTIES PRESCRIBED IN THE ORDINANCE WAS LAST REVISED IN 1984.

IN GENERAL TERMS, THE PENALTIES TO BE INCREASED RELATE TO OFFENCES:

» FOR WHICH THE EXISTING PENALTY WAS TOO LOW WHEN INITIALLY SET AND IS INSUFFICIENT TO SERVE AS A DETERRENT;

» INVOLVING PROSPECTUSES BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL DAMAGE THAT CAN BE .CAUSED TO MEMBERS OF THE INVESTING PUBLIC BY ANY BREACH;

* INVOLVING THE MAKING OF UNTRUE STATEMENTS OR THE GIVING OF FALSE INFORMATION WHETHER IN A PROSPECTUS OR TO AUDITORS OR IN ANSWER TO QUESTIONS PUT BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER SECTION 152A OF Till: ORDINANCE IN VIEW OF THE GRAVITY OF SUCH OFFENCES; AND

* FOR WHICH THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF PENALTY PRESENTLY RANGES FROM $5,000 TO $10,000 TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF INFLATION AND ALSO TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE NATURE OF OFFENCES.

"THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE A ONE TIME FINE IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING DAILY FINE IMPOSED ON CONTINUING OFFENCE," HE SAID.

"AT PRESENT, ONLY A DAILY FINE IS IMPOSED FOR A CONTINUING CONTRAVENTION OF ANY PARTICULAR PROVISION IN THE ORDINANCE.

TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TWO ASPECTS OF A CONTINUING DEFAULT OFFENCE, NAMELY, Till INITIAL COMMITTAL OL THE OFFENCE AND ITS CONTINUATION, WE PROPOSE THAT A ONE-TIME FINE SHOULD ALSO BE IMPOSED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE GOVERNMENT ALSO TAKES THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSOLIDATE ALL THE OFFENCES UNDER Till ORDINANCE AND CORRESPONDING PENALTIES IN A NEW SCHEDULE FOR CLARITY AND TO FACILITATE FUTURE REVISION OF THE LEVEL OF PENALTIES AS NECESSARY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BILL IS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE ON JANUARY 10 NEXT YEAR.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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AIRPORT RAILWAY FEASIBILITY AND FINANCIAL STUDIES

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL APPOINT CONSULTANTS TO UNDERTAKE AN AIRPORT RAILWAY FEASIBILITY STUDY IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID THAT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION WOULD BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY, WITH A VIEW TO ENTERING INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO FINANCE, CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE THE AIRPORT RAILWAY.

THE AIRPORT RAILWAY, WHICH IS RECOMMENDED BY THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, WILL OPERATE TWO SERVICES:

t A DEDICATED SERVICE RUNNING EXPRESS TRAINS FROM THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK TO SPECIAL STATIONS ON WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION AND HONG KONG ISLAND; AND

* A PUBLIC SERVICE WITH INTERIM STOPS SERVING THE KWAI TSING/ TSUEN WAN AREA AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON NORTH LANTAU AND WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FEASIBILITY STUDY WAS REQUIRED TO DETERMINE THE DETAILED ALIGNMENT, LOCATION OF STATIONS, CAPACITY AND THE BEST ARRANGMENT FOR THE TWO SERVICES AND METHOD OF INTEGRATION WITH THE EXISTING RAILWAY NETWORK.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL APPOINT A SEPARATE CONSULTANT TO ASSESS THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF THE AIRPORT RAILWAY.

THE FEASIBILITY STUDY AND THE FINANCIAL CONSULTANCY WILL COMMENCE NEXT YEAR IN FEBRUARY AND MAY RESPECTIVELY FOR COMPLETION BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

BOTH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AND THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION SUBMITTED A STATEMENT OF INTENT TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE THE AIRPORT RAILWAY, INCLUDING A BRIEF PROPOSAL ON HOW THEY WOULD HANDLE THE PROJECT.

"MTRC WAS SELECTED MAINLY BECAUSE IT HAS CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTING AND MANAGING LARGE SCALE RAIL PROJECTS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT WILL BE SERVED BY A DEDICATED TRAIN SERVICE UPON ITS OPENING.

"IN THIS RESPECT, MTRC HAS BEEN ABLE TO PUT UP A MORE CONVINCING CASE THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT ON TIME, ' HE SAID.

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PEAK SITE SOLD FOR $328 MILLION * ♦ t *

THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER (HONG KONG WEST), MFC THOMAS HO, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE TENDER FOR RURAL BUILDING LOT NO. 3 ON PEAK ROAD HAD BEEN AWARDED TO STOOKET LTD, A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF AMOY PROPERTIES AND A MEMBER OF THE HANG LUNG GROUP, AT A PRICE OF $328 MILLION.

TENDERS FOR THE SITE, ADJOINING THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS, WERE FIRST CALLED FOR ON JULY 28 THIS YEAR WHEN THE GOVERNMENT ASKED PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO SUBMIT SCHEMES FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT.

THE REDEVELOPMENT WILL INCLUDE A PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, CAR AND COACH PARKING, A MAJOR NEW PUBLIC GARDEN AND THE DEVELOPERS’ CHOICE OF COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION.

THE WINNING TENDER PRICE OF $328 MILLION IS THE HIGHEST BID OUT OF A TOTAL OF 14 TENDERS SUBMITTED. HOWEVER, MR HO EMPHASISED THAT PRICE WAS ONLY ONE FACTOR IN THE ASSESSMENT OF TENDERS.

"AESTHETIC AND FUNCTIONAL ASPECTS WERE ALSO CAREFULLY CONSIDERED," HE SAID.

THE WINNING SCHEME HAS ALL THE 12,500 SQUARE METRES OF ACCOMMODATION EARMARKED FOR A VARIETY OF COMMERCIAL USES.

MR HO POINTED OUT THAT THE SCHEME VERY SUCCESSFULLY FULFILLED THE FUNCTIONAL DEMANDS LAID DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE EXTERNAL DESIGN WAS JUDGED TO BE ONE OF THE BEST.

"THE LAYOUT OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS, CAR/COACH PARKING AND TRAFFIC SYSTEM WAS THE BEST DESIGN PROPOSED.

"THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF THE PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, INCLUDING THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, WILL HAVE A FAVOURABLE IMPACT," HE ADDED.

MR HO ADDED THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD BE MAKING A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC OPEN SPACE ASPECT OF THE SCHEME BY PAYING FOR THE COST OF THE NEU PUBLIC' GARDEN IN THE AREA NEXT TO THE PEAK TRAM TERMINUS.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE GARDEN WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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UK SECURES LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENT t * » * »

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS SECURED A LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH THE GUANGDONG PROVINCIAL PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING BY THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MR KENNETH KWOK, AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG PROVINCIAL BUREAU OF WATER CONSERVANCY AND HYDRO-POWER, MR GUAN ZONGZHI.

UNDER THE AGREEMENT, AN ADVANCE OF WATER CHARGES AMOUNTING TO $1,580 MILLION, WILL BE PROVIDED TO THE GUANGDONG PROVINCIAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT FOR ENHANCING THE EXISTING EAST RIVER WATER SYSTEM WHICH SUPPLIES WATER TO HONG KONG.

THE ADVANCE WILL BE MADE IN FOUR INSTALMENTS WITH THE FIRST TO BE PROVIDED SOON. THE OTHER THREE INSTALMENTS WILL BE MADE AT THE END OF APRIL IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

"COMMENCING FROM 1995, PART OF THE WATER SUPPLIED TO HONG KONG WILL BE OFFSET BY THIS ADVANCE AND IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ENTIRE AMOUNT WOULD BE FULLY REPAID BY THE YEAR 2002," THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR K.L. WONG, SAID AT A BRIEFING FOLLOWING THE SIGNING CEREMONY.

HE ADDED THAT IN THE RECENT ROUND OF TALKS WITH THE GUANGDONG PROVINCIAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT IN OCTOBER, THE MEETING AGREED THAT FROM 1995, THE WATER YEAR WILL BE CHANGED TO JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31 AND THE ANNUAL SHUT-DOWN PERIOD FOR MAINTENANCE WILL BE FOR ONE MONTH ONLY IN DECEMBER.

THE MEETING ALSO AGREED TO THE FOLLOWING:

WATER YEAR ANNUAL TOTAL SUPPLY QUANTITY

(JANUARY 1 - DECEMBER 31 ) (MILLION CUBIC 1 METRES 1

1995 690 1996 720 1997 750 1998 780 1999 810 2000 840 MR WONG SAID THAT WATER PRICES FROM MARCH 1, 1991 TO THE END

OF? FEBRUARY FROM MARCH 1994 WERE 1, 1991 TO ALSO FIXED. THEY ARE: END OF FEBRUARY 1992 - HKS1.439 PER CUBIC METRE

FROM MARCH 1f 1992 TO END OF FEBRUARY 1993 - HK31.597 PER CUBIC METRE

FROM MARCH I, 1993 TO END OF FEBRUARY 1994 - HK31.772 PER CUBIC METRE

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OPERATION TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE IN HUNG HOM

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY AND THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH A JOINT OPERATION TODAY (THURSDAY) TO IMPROVE A DETERIORATING DRAINAGE NETWORK SERVING 149 PRIVATE BUILDINGS IN HUNG HOM.

ANNOUNCING THE OPERATION, A GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, MR CHENG WEI-DART, SAID THE OPERATION WOULD FOCUS ON THE AREA BOUNDED BY MA TAU WAI ROAD, TO KWA WAN ROAD, NGAN HON STREET AND WING KWONG STREET.

MR CHENG SAID THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN THE AREA HAD CREATED A HEALTH HAZARD TO THE RESIDENTS AND A NUISANCE TO THE PUBLIC AND SHOULD BE ATTENDED TO WITHOUT DELAY.

”A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED THAT THE HEALTH HAZARD IS CAUSED BY DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN THE AREA WHICH ARE IN AN INADEQUATE, DEFECTIVE AND INSANITARY CONDITION,” HE SAID.

IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT SEWAGE, FOUL AND WASTE WATER WAS BEING DISCHARGED INTO SURFACE CHANNELS, SECTIONS OF UNDERGROUND DRAINS WERE DEFECTIVE, CHOKED OR OTHERWISE FAULTY, MANHOLES WERE BLOCKED AND OVERFLOWING AND THE LANES WERE OFTEN FLOODED.

’’THE UNDERGROUND DRAINS IN SUCH LANES REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION,” MR CHENG SAID.

REMEDIAL WORKS, INCLUDING CLEARING UP THE SEWERAGE AND REPAIRING THE DRAINS, WILL BE SUPERVISED BY STAFF OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE AND THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THESE WORKS WILL COMMENCE IN MID-JANUARY AND TAKE ABOUT 10 WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

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WELFARE SERVICES KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW *****

SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES ARE KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW AND IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO ADJUST TO THE CHANGING NEEDS OF SOCIETY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, MRS WONG OUTLINED THE VARIOUS SERVICES WHICH HAVE BEEN IMPROVED AND THE ONES DUE TO BE INTRODUCED.

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* ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, MRS WONG SAID REVIEWS HAD BEEN CONDUCTED AND PROPOSALS MADE WHICH INCLUDED THE REVISION OF THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND STRENGTHENING OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES.

WHILE NOTING THAT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE ELDERLY IN THE FORM OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES HAD BEEN IMPROVED IN THE PAST YEARS, MRS WONG SAID THE QUALIFYING AGE FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE WAS LOWERED FROM 70 YEARS OF AGE BY PHASES STARTING IN 1988.

"THE QUALIFYING AGE WILL BE LOWERED FURTHER TO 66 NEXT YEAR AND TO 65 IN 1991,” SHE SAID.

ON RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, SHE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS ACTIVELY WORKING WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO STRENGTHEN THE VARIOUS TYPES OF FACILITIES, INCLUDING SETTING UP MORE HOMES AND CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY.

MRS WONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO REGIONALISE THE RESIDENTIAL SERVICES SO THAT THEY WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ELDERLY PEOPLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH.

"THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT A LIMITED SCALE AT FIRST, AND WILL BE EXPANDED WHEN RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE."

TURNING TO CHILD CARE SERVICES, MRS WONG SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS CARRYING OUT A REVIEW ON THE MODE OF SUBSIDIES GRANTED TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING NURSERIES AS WELL AS CONSIDERING RAISING THE LEVEL OF SUBSIDY TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ATTENDING NURSERIES.

"PROPOSALS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERATION SOON," SHE SAID.

SHE ALSO NOTED THAI VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT, HAI) CARRIED OUT A NUMBER OF EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTS WITH A VIEW TO STRENGTHENING CHILD CARE SERVICES.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDED THE EXTENSION OF SERVICE HOURS IN CHILD CARE CENTRES AND THE PROVISION OF OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE SERVICES IN HOSPITALS.

A $1.7 MILLION PILOT SCHEME ON OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE WAS ALSO CARRIED OUT BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN NOVEMBER.

FIFTEEN CHILD CARE CENTRES ARE TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 105 PLACES," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG ALSO MENTIONED ANOTHER PILOT SCHEME WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT MONTH - THE AFTER SCHOOL CARE SERVICE.

"THE SERVICE, WHICH PROVIDES AFTER SCHOOL CARE TO PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN, WILL BE OFFERED AT A SELECTED CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE IN ONE OF THE DISTRICTS OF EACH SWD ADMINISTRATIVE REGION."

/SHE POINTED .......

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SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING WIDENING THE DEFINITION OF CHILD ABUSE TO INCLUDE “PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE” AND “NEGLECT" CASES BY AMENDING THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND JUVENILES ORDINANCE.

“THE PROPOSALS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AFTER VIEWS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION HAVE BEEN SOUGHT," SHE SAID.

AS TO REHABILITATION IMPROVEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO SERVICE, CENTRAL PARAMED I CAL EMPLOYMENTS SERVICE.

SERVICES, MRS WONG NOTED THAT THE CENTRAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SUPPORT SERVICES AND SUPPORTED

TO WIDEN THE SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS, THE DEPARTMENT HAD DRAWN UP SEVERAL MODELS OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENTS - THE ENCLAVE MODEL, MOBILE CREW AND BENCH WORK MODEL.

"A TOTAL OF 12 MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS ARE NOW BEING TRAINED AS MEMBERS OF A MOBILE CLEANSING CREW.

“IF THE SCHEME IS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL, IT WILL BE EXPANDED STEP BY STEP," SHE ADDED.

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SWD CORRECTIONAL HOMES CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

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WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S

GATHERED TODAY (THURSDAY) CENTRE TO SHARE THE

RESIDENTS OF THE SOCIAL CORRECTIONAL HOMES AND THEIR PARENTS HENRY G. LEONG YAUMATE1 COMMUNIH

SEVEN

AT THE

JOY OF

CHRISTMAS.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME OFFENDERS PUT THE IR EFFORTS CELEBRAT I ON PROGRAMME.

THE HOMES ARE MA TAU WAI PU1 CHI BOYS’ HOME, PU1 YIN JUV CASTLE PEAK BOYS’ HOME AND KWUN

WHEN THE SEVEN HOMES FOR JUVENILE TOGETHER TO ORGANISE A CHRISTMAS

GIRL’S HOME, BEGONIA ROAD BOYS’ HOME, &NILE HOME, O PU1 SHAN BOYS’ HOME, TONG HOSTEL.

PROVIDE

THF AIM OF THE JOINT CELEBRATION IS TO GIRLS IN THESE HOMES AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE AMONG THEMSELVES AND ALSO BEFORE THEIR PARENTS.

THE BOYS AND THEIR TALENTS,

PARTICIPANTS HAD AN ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON RESIDENTS OF THE HOMES, WHO COMPETED FOR AB THF PERFORMANCES INCLUDED CHINES! I OLE DA. .. MAGIC SHOU, MUSICAL COMEIH AND POEM RECITAL.

WITH PERFORMANCES BY EST PERFORMANCE AWARD. PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE,

/OFFICIATING AT .......

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

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OFFICIATING AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WERE CHIEF MAGISTRATE, MR R.N. HAWKES, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR KWOK KA-CHI.

SPEAKING AT THE OCCASION, MRS WONG SAID THE CELEBRATION PROGRAMME WAS COMPLEMENTARY TO THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES OF THE HOMES.

"IN ORDER TO HELP THE RESIDENTS TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS, EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR ABILITIES, INTERESTS, SKILLS, MOTIVATION AND MATURITY TO THE FULL."

"AT THE END OF THEIR STAY, THEY WOULD BE BETTER MOTIVATED, MORE STABLE AND BETTER ABLE TO FACE THE MANY CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD OF THEM WHEN THEY RETURN TO THE COMMUNITY," SHE SAID.

"TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS, PARENTS' ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT, LOVE AND SUPPORT IN THEIR CHILDREN'S REHABILITATION PROCESS ARE ALSO OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE," MRS WONG ADDED.

LADY WILSON TO OPEN FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT, FISH SHOW

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A LARGE-SCALE JOINT EXHIBITION OF FLOWERS, BIRDS, INSECTS AND FISH HAS BEEN TIMED TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH ENTERTAINMENT OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

THE FIVE-DAY THIRD NORTH DISTRICT (1989) FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT AND FISH SHOW AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND AND THE ADJACENT FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE WILL BE PRESENTED AS AN ANNUAL CULTURAL EVENT IN NORTH DISTRICT FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) UNTIL TUESDAY (DECEMBER 26).

LADY WILSON WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE SHOW AND WILL PRESENT AN OVERALL CHAMPION TROPHY TO THE BEST EXHIBIT IN THE FLOWER SECTION.

THE SHOW WILL FEATURE A WIDE RANGE OF FLORAL AND HORTICULTURAL ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS COMPETITIONS FOR POT PLANTS, MINIATURE POT PLANTS, AFRICAN VIOLETS, BONSAI-TYPE PLANTS, EXOTIC ORCHIDS, AND ORIENTAL AND LOCAL ORCHIDS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS, FLORAL AND LANDSCAPE DISPLAYS BY HORTICULTURAL CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS, AND OVERSEAS EXHIBITS.

AMONG THE FLORAL EXHIBITS WILL BE A COLLECTION OF NATURAL ROOTS IN ARTISTIC FORMS FROM SHAOGUAN IN CHINA, AND A HYBRID FORM OF AFRICAN VIOLETS CALLED THE PINWHEEL" WITH UN I QUE STRIPED COLOUR PATTERN AND COMBINATIONS.

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE COLOURFUL PET BIRDS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES, SPECIMENS OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS WITH BEAUTIFUL WING PATTERNS, AND A LARGE ROCK COD WEIGHING 24 kiLograms•

TANKS OF VARIOUS SPECIES OF TROPICAL AQUARIUM FISH, GOLDFISH, AND CORAL AND MARINE FISH WILL BE ON DISPLAY.

OF EDUCATIONAL VALUE WILL BE DISPLAYS BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON CAPTURE FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE, AND THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE HONG KONG ON BIRD WATCHING, MIGRATION, DIET AND RINGING.

THE SHOW IS SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

IT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 1 PM TO 5.30 PM TOMORROW, BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 5.30 PM FROM SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23) TO MONDAY (DECEMBER 25), AND FROM 9.30 AM TO 1 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 26).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT AND FISH SHOW AT 10.30 (FRIDAY) AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND.

THIRD NORTH

AM TOMORROW

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE SOUTHORN CENTRE AT HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI AT 8.40 AM.

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SHA TIN PROMOTES CARE OF ENVIRONMENT * ♦ t * t

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23) TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS AMONG SHA TIN RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENT\L PROTECTION.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CAMPAIGN FORMING PART OF THE SHA TIN FESTIVAL, WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW, SEMINAR, MOBILE EXHIBITION, DRAWING COMPETITION AND A DAY (AMP.

ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON, A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SINGING, DANCING, DRAMA AND A MAGIC SHOU WILL BE STAGED AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND NEW TOWN PLAZA.

AN EXH I B IT ION IEATURI NG VARIOUS XSPEC’TS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, INCLUDING WORLD AND LOCAL PROBLEMS, GOVERNMENT POLICY AND SOLUTIONS WILL BE MOUNTED AT Till SAMI- VENUE.

/TO MARK ........

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TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE CAMPAIGN, A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD THERE, WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, OFFICIATING.

A SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AFTER THE CEREMONY. DR MICHAEL CHIU OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, DR CHOW SIU-CHEUNG OF GREEN POWER, AND DR YIP PO-KEUNG OF LI NGNAN COLLEGE WILL BE THE PANELISTS.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EXHIBITION WILL BE STAGED AT THE WO CHE ESTATE COMMERCIAL CENTRE BETWEEN DECEMBER 24 AND 26, HENG ON ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX BETWEEN DECEMBER 27 AND JANUARY 3, SHA KOK ESTATE COMMERCIAL CENTRE BETWEEN JANUARY 4 AND 10, AND THE EXHIBITION GALLERY OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL BETWEEN JANUARY 11 AND 17.

TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DRIVE, A DRAWING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT SHA TIN CENTRAL PARK ON JANUARY 6. THE THEME WILL BE THE POLLUTION PROBLEM AS IT AFFECTS THE SHING MUN RIVER.

RESIDENTS WHO WISH TO GET A MORE COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN ONE DAY, A DAY CAMP WILL BE HELD FOR 150 PEOPLE AT THE WU KAI SHA YOUTH CAMP ON JANUARY 14.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A LECTURE, SEMINAR, QUIZ, WORKSHOP ON CONSERVATION, HEALTH FOOD COOKERY AND HEALTHY LIFE STYLES.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE DAV CAMP CAN BE MADE TO MR TSANG ON TEL. 0-6048078 EXT 20.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY Ol- THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CAMPAIGN AND THE SEMINAR ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23) AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND NEW TOWN PLAZA.

THE PROGRAMME WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

19 DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS BRING CHRISTMAS JOY * * ♦ ♦

MEMBERS OE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON BROUGHT CHRISTMAS JOY TO CHILDREN AND ELDERLY PEOPLE DURING A GOODWILL VISIT TO THREE WELFARE INSTITUTIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

LED BY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE, AND ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU, THE PARTY FIRST VISITED CHILDREN AT THE WANG TAU HOM PRE-SCHOOL CENTRE OF THE SPASTICS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, AND DISTRIBUTED PRESENTS TO THEM.

THEY LATER WENT TO THE SALVATION ARMY’S CHUK YUEN SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AT CHUK YUEN SOUTH ESTATE AND THE HELPING HAND’S LOK FU CARE HOME AND HOME FOR THE ELDERLY AT LOK FL’ ESTATE.

THE MEMBERS DISTRIBUTED PRESENTS TO THE ELDERLY PEOPLE AND

CHATTED WITH THEM.

THE VISIT WAS AIMED AT PROMOTING LOVE AND CONCERN FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED AND ELDERLY MEMBERS IN THE COMMUNITY.

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ORDERLY RETURN OF VBP ON DB AGENDA ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE ORDERLY RETURN PROGRAMME OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WILL BE AMONG THE DISCUSSION ITEMS AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A PAPER JOINTLY SIGNED BY EIGHT DB MEMBERS WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING TO CALL FOR THE BOARD’S SUPPORT FOR THE POLICY.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ’REVIEW ON THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL" REPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER FOUR APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $145,221 AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR SUBSIDISING THE NEW TERRITORIES LEAGUES IN FOOTBALL AND TABLE TENNIS AS WELL AS FOR MEETING EXPENSES CONCERNING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN FESTIVAL, AND PUBLICITY.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE COMMITTEE'S BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS FROM THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD'S CULTURE AND SPORTS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW -(FRIDAY)’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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COMPULSORY OF!-STREET MOTORCYCLE TRAIN ING NEXT YEAR t * * r ♦

WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY I, 1990, LEARNER MOTORCYCLISTS AND MOTOR TRICYCLISTS WILL HAVE TO UNDERTAKE COMPULSORY OFF-STREET TRAINING AND PASS A COMPETENCE TEST BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PRACTISE ON THE ROAD, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LICENSING) OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR TONY NGUYEN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, MR NGUYEN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1989, THE ACCIDENT RATE OF LEARNER MOTORCYCLISTS WAS 6.39 PER 1,000 LEARNERS AS COMPARED TO 0.46 PER 1,000 PRIVATE CAR LEARNER DRIVERS.

"TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ISSUE A LEARNER’S DRIVING LICENCE FOR MOTORCYCLES OR MOTOR TRICYCLES ONLY IF THE APPLICANT, AGED 18 OR ABOVE, HAS PASSED THE WRITTEN AND BASIC SKILL TESTS UPON COMPLETION OF A COMPULSORA OFF-STREET TRAINING COURSE CONDUCTED IN A DESIGNATED DRIVING SCHOOL," HE SAID.

/THE TRAINING ......

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THE TRAINING COURSE WILL CONSIST OF LECTURES AND PRACTICAL LESSONS TOTALLING 12 HOURS.

MR NGUYEN ADDED THAT THE MOTORCYCLE DRIVING TEST, TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS.

PART A IS A WRITTEN TEST ON THE ROAD USERS’ CODE AND PART B A BASIC DRIVING SKILL TEST.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PASSED PARTS A AND B WILL BE ISSUED WITH A LEARNER’S DRIVING LICENCE TO PRACTISE ON THE ROAD.

PART C IS THE NORMAL ROAD TEST AND SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE ISSUED WITH A FULL MOTORCYCLE DRIVING LICENCE.

MR NGUYEN SAID DRIVING SCHOOLS WHICH ARE DESIGNATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO CONDUCT THE OFF-STREET TRAINING COURSES MUST OPERATE IN RESPECT OF COURSE CONTENTS AND DURATION, FACILITIES AND SAFETY MEASURES AND EQUIPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH A CODE OF PRACTICE PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

IN ADDITION, THE TUITION FEES CHARGED HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER.

INTERESTED DRIVING SCHOOL OPERATORS MAY OBTAIN THE CODE FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, 28TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, CENTRAL.

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TRAINING COURSE FOR STEAM RECEIVER OPERATORS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A TRAINING NEXT MONTH FOR OPERATORS OF STEAM RECEIVERS, INCLUDING BID TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THE EQUIPMENT.

COURSE EARLY KIERS, IN A USE OF SUCH

ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT’S RECORDS, FOUR WORKERS WERE KILLED TN THREE SUCH ACCIDENTS IN THE PAST 13 MONTHS.

’’SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATIONS SHOWED THAT THE STEAM RECEIVERS INVOLVED WERE OPERATED WITHOUT Till. DIRECT SUPERVISION BY COMPETENT PERSONS POSSESSING RELEVANT CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY," THE DEPARTMENT’S PRINCIPAL SURVEYOR, MR M.R. MIRZA, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"IN ADDITION, THE FACTORIES CONCERNED HAD NOT ORGANISED RELEVANT TRAINING COURSES FOR WORKERS OPERATING THE EQUIPMENT," HE SAID.

/MR MIRZA ........

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

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MR MIRZA NOTED THAT SOME FACTORIES EMPLOYED ONLY ONE COMPETENT PERSON TO OPERATE A LARGE NUMBER OF SUCH EQUIPMENT INSTALLED AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN THE BUILDING, MAKING DIRECT SUPERVISION OF THEIR OPERATION IMPOSSIBLE.

"THIS PRACTICE IS CONTRARY TO THE REQUIREMENT OF THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS ORDINANCE FOR WHICH OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $30,000," HE SAID.

'THE DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS UNSAFE PRACTICE AND WILL TAKE OUT A PROSECUTION AGAINST OFFENDING OWNERS FOR FAILING TO EMPLOY COMPETENT PERSONS TO SUPERVISE THE OPERATION OF SUCH EQUIPMENT," HE SAID.

TO ASSIST FACTORY OWNERS IN TRAINING THEIR EMPLOYEES, MR MIRZA SAJI) THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ORGANISE A SHORT EVENING COURSE FOR STEAM RECEIVER OPERATORS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THE THREE-WEEK COURSE, WHICH IS TO START ON JANUARY 2, WILL COVER THE ESSENTIAL SAFETY ASPECTS OF STEAM RECEIVERS.

A FEE OF $200 WILL BE CHARGED ON EACH PARTICIPANT IN THE COURSE WHICH INCLUDES A TOTAL OF 12 HOURS OF INSTRUCTION.

MR MIRZA CALLED ON FACTORY OWNERS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN THE OPERATION OF STEAM RECEIVERS TO ENROL IN THE COURSE TO HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THE OPERATION OF STEAM RECEIVERS AND KIERS.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COURSE ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE BAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 702 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, KOWLOON, AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 3-615161 EXT. 121.

FOK FURTHER INFORMATION, pressure Equipment division of BUILDING, 17TII FLOOR, CENTRAL, OR

APPLICANTS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT HARBOUR ON TEL. 5-8521182.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

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ROVING EXHIBITIONS ON NURSING

» » * I »

A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON NURSING WILL START TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN SUN CHUI ESTATE IN SHA TIN TO INTRODUCE THE WORK AND TRAINING OF NURSES TO THE PUBLIC AND YOUNG ADULTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE PROFESSION.

THE EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, WILL MOVE TO TAI WO ESTATE IN TAI PO ON JANUARY 5. THE EXHIBITION WILL CLOSE ON JANUARY 7.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT 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 TN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL STUDIES OR THE HUMANITIES; AND ONE OTHER SUBJECT."

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

ON TH I. 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 $4,610.

"ALL STUDENT NURSES ARE PAID A $700 RESIDENTIAL ALLOWANCE. IN ADDITION, FROM OCTOBER 1, A TEMPORARY ALLOWANCE OF $331 AND $395 IS ALSO PAYABLE TO STUDENT NURSES (GENERAL) AND STUDENT NURSES (PSYCHIATRIC) RESPECTIVELY."

ON COMPLETION OF THE THREE-YEAR TRAINING, STUDENT NURSES WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF REGISTERED NURSE.

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

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WORKING HOURS OF MARINE DEPT OFFICES DURING HOLIDAYS ******

A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODA\ (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS, MOST OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY, BEING GENERAL HOLIDAYS.

THOSE OFFICES WHICH WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THESE HOLIDAYS ARE:

* THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL (CENTRAL) WHICH WILL REMAIN OPEN CONTINUOUSLY;

* THE CHINA FERRY TERMINAL (TSIM SHA TSUI) WHICH WILL BE OPEN AS NORMAL FROM 6 AM TO 10 PM;


THE PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AT WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG, TSUEN WAN, WESTERN DISTRICT, RAMBLER CHANNEL, CHAI WAN, SHAM SHUI PO, SHEL'NG WAN AND CHA KWO LING AND THE PUBLIC WATERFRONTS AT YAU MA TEI, KOWLOON BAY AND TUEN ML'N, WHICH WILL BE OPEN FOR NORMAL OPERATION FROM 7 AM TO 9 PM;

* THE VESSEL TRAFFIC CENTRE WHICH WILL REMAIN OPEN CONTINUOUSLY;

* THE VICTORIA MARINE OFFICE AT ROOM 314, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM ON DECEMBER 25 AND JANUARY 1 FOR ENTRY AND OUTWARD CLEARANCE ONLY;

» THE PORT FORMALITIES AND DANGEROUS GOODS OFFICE AT ROOM 318, HARBOUR BUILDING WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM ON DECEMBER 25 AND JANUARY 1.

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HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICE * * * *

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT EIGHT CLINICS WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS ON DECEMBER 25 AND 26 (MONDAY AND TUESDAY).

THE EIGHT CLINICS ARE: THE VIOLET PEEL HEALTH CENTRE AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND; KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE, YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC AND LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC IN KOWLOON; AND SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC AND YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ALL OTHER OUT-PATIENT AND EVENING CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SOUTHERN, WAN CHAI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23), THE NORTHBOUND SECTTON OF POK FU LAM ROAD IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE FLYOVER LEADING TO THE NORTHERN SECTION OF CHI FU ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 140 METRES TO THE NORTH, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

AT THE SANE TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE MADE 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS:

- THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAFFE ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TONNOCHY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES TO THE WEST; AND

- THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TONNOCHY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JAFFE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES TO THE NORTH.

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

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES EXTENDID FOR CHRISTMAS ******

SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS TO COPE WITH THE FESTIVE CROWDS, Till TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE MTR, THE STAR FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE AND KOWLOON POINT, AND TRAM SERVICES (EXCEPT THOSE ROUND THE HAPPY VALLEY LOOP) WILL RUN ALL NIGHT.

ALSO OPERATING OVERNIGHT ARI KMB ROUTES 6, 26, BOM AND 82M.

HYF SUPPLEMENTARY FERRY SERVICES FROM CENTRAL TO MUI WO (VIA PENG CHAU) AND FROM CENTRAL TO CHEUNG CHAU (VIA YUNG SHUE WAN, LAMMA ISLAND) WILL BE OPERATED AT 12.20 AM AND 12.30 AM RESPECTIVELY ON BOTH CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAV.

KCR TRAINS Will. RUN UNTIL 2 AM ON CHRISTMAS DAY; LR.T TRAINS WILL RUN UNTIL 1 AM ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY; WHILE PEAK TRAM SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO 1.30 AM ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY.

MEANWHILE, MANY BUS AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR WILL FINISH LATER THAN USUAL.

/ON HONG .......

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE LAST DEPARTURE FROM CENTRAL OF CMB ROUTES 1 AND 70 WILL BE AT J AM. FOR ROUTES 2, 7, 10, 23, 72, 90, 92, 96 AND 97, THEIR LAST BUS WILL LEAVE CENTRAL, WESTERN DISTRICT OR CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 2.30 AM ON BOTH CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY.

IN KOWLOON, KMB ROUTES 1, 1A, 3C, 5, 5C, 14, 16M, 28, 31M, 32M, 36M, 37M, 38A, 39M, -11M, 43M, 58M, 59M, 60M, 66M, 68M, 81K, 85K, AND 95M WILL EXTEND THEIR SERVICES ON CHRISTMAS EVE RANGING FROM 30 MINUTES TO ONE HOUR AND 30 MINUTES.

ROUTES 1A, 5, 5C, 6, BOM, 81K, 85K AND 95M WILL ALSO EXTEND THEIR SERVICES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE RANGING FROM 30 MINUTES TO ONE HOUR AND 15 MINUTES.

ADDITIONAL TRIPS WILL BE PROVIDED ON CROSS-HARBOUR ALL NIGHT BUS ROUTES 121 AND 122 ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY.

MEANWHILE, KMB ROUTE 202 AND KOWLOON GMB ROUTES 1 AND IM WILL SUSPEND THEIR SERVICES FROM 8 PM ON CHRISTMAS EVE. THESE SERVICES WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED ON DECEMBER 25 AND 26 DEPENDING ON THE SITUATIONS.

AS FOR GREEN MINIBUSES IN KOWLOON, ROUTES 3, 6, 7, 8, 1 IM, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22M, 3’0 A, 30M, 31H, 33M, 51M AND 53M WILL EXTEND THEIR OPERATING HOURS DURING BOTH THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

IN Tin: NEW TERRITORIES, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 85 WILL STOP RUNNING AT 12.45 AM AND ROUTES 83 AND 86 AT 2 AM ON BOTH CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY. ROUTES 60K , 65K , 66K AND 67K WILL CEASE OPERATION AT 2.20 AM ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S EVE, THE STAR FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE AND KOWLOON POINT WILL BE OPERATING UNTIL 2 AM AND 3 AM RESPECTIVELY.

IN CENTRAL AND TS I M SHA TSUI, THE FOLLOWING BUS AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES WILL BE DIVERTED DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIODS BELOW TO AVOID THE CLOSED ROADS IN THESE TWO DISTRICTS:

ROUTI

CMB ROUTES 5B, 10, 20, 21 AND 81M

CMB ROUTES 5, 5A, 10A, 781

22, 87 AND

PERIOD OF DIVERSION

FROM 7 PM ON DECEMBER 23 TO 6 AM ON DECEMBER 27; AND FROM 7 PM ON DECEMBER 30 TO 6 AM ON JANUARY 2.

AFTER 7 PM ON DECEMBER 23 AND 30.

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CMB ROUTES 23A AND 26, 40M AND 103

AIR BUS A2

KMB ROUTES 1, 1A, IK, 2, 2C, 2K , 3, 3C, 3E, 5, 5C, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 9, 13, 26, 28, 81, 208 AND AIRBUS A1 AND KOWLOON GMB ROUTES 3, 6, 7, 8, AND 31M

FROM 7 PM ON DECEMBER 23 TO

LAST DEPARTURE ON DECEMBER 26

AND FROM 7 PM ON DECEMBER. 30 TO LAST DEPARTURE ON JANUARY 1.

FROM 7 PM ON DECEMBER 24 TO

LAST DEPARTURE ON DECEMBER 27

AND FROM 7 PM ON DECEMBER 31 TO LAST DEPARTURE ON JANUARY 2.

FROM 8 PM ON DECEMBER 24 TO 2 AM THE NEXT DAY AND IF NECESSARY, ON DECEMBER 25, 26

AND 31.

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RECRUITMENT OF JUNIOR LEADERS FOR RHK REGIMENT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE RECRUITMENT OF NEW MEMBERS TO THE JUNIOR LEADERS CORPS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) IS UNDERWAY. THIS YEAR THE NUMBER OF NEW RECRUITS IS TARGETTEI) AT 140.

APPLICANTS MUST BE MALE, AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 16, AND BE PHYSICALLY FIT AND OF GOOD CONDUCT.

THEY MUST BE ABLE TO SPEAK AND WRITE CHINESE AND ENGLISH, WILLING TO OBEY DISCIPLINE AND TRAINING, AND HAVE THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS’ WRITTEN CONSENT TO JOIN THE JUNIOR LEADERS CORPS.

A FOUR-YEAR PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COURSE AIMING AT DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND SELF-RELIANCE AND PROMOTING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE PROVIDED TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS.

Till' TRAINING INCLUDES FOOT DRILL, CAMP CRAFT, MAP READING, EXPEDITION'S, ORIENTEERING, FIRST AID, RADIO COMMUNICATION, SHOOTING, •SWIMMING, FENCING, BAND MUSIC, CANOEING AND LIFE SAVING. SOME OF HIE CORPS’ TRAINING WILL BI LINKED UP WITH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME.

MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR LEADERS CORPS ARE PROVIDED WITH UNIFORM AND RATIONS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUAR7ERS, 1 SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY, HONG KONG, OR BY TELEPHONING 5-761371. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JANUARY 31, NEXT YEAR..

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

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ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1936-40

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939 OR 1910 TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE JANUARY 13.

"TO AVOID THE LAST-MINUTE RUSH, MEN OF THIS AGE GROUP WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD SHOULD COME FORWARD WITHOUT DELAY," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

"FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY 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 NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES TO RENEW THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

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

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

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

THE 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. TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD. TEL. NO. 0-4771543

/TUEN MUN .......

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1989

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TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

TEL. NO. 0-4580862

SHEUNG SHUI : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

TEL. NO. 0-6727191

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE DOCUMENT TO BE BROUGHT ALONG, THEY MAY MAKE USE OF THE 24-HOUR RECORDED MESSAGE SERVICE BY DIALLING 5-8909393 .

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HUNG HOM

* t * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN CONNECTION WITH A CHRISTMAS FUNCTION IN WHAMPOA GARDEN, THE SECTION OF SHUNG KING STREET BETWEEN SITE 2 AND SITE 6 WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 PM TO 11 PM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23).

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GOODS VEHICLE BAN IN REPULSE BAY * * » »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 Ar. ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 23), GOODS VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED J) ENTER THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN REPULSE BAY ON SATURDAYS FROM 12 NOON TO 7 PM AND ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

- BEACH ROAD; AND

THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LINKING BEACH ROAD AND SOUTH BAI ROAD.

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CANCELLATION OF BAN ZONES IN WONG TAI SIN *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES

(DECEMBER 23), THE BAN ZONES AT DIAMOND ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM LUNG CHEUNG 1 ADJACENT TO THE SOUTH OF THE DIAMOND

THAT HILL

FROM 10 AM ON

BUS TERMINUS

ROAD EASTBOUND TO i HILL BUS TERMINUS

SATURDAY

AND THE

THE LAYBY

WILL BE

CANCELLED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACS REGRETS DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER WONG KIM-KAM ........................... 1

BANKING ORDINANCE NOTICE GAZETTED ....................................... 1

BILL TO INTRODUCE MINOR AMENDMENTS TO ORDINANCES ........................ 2

SEAT BELT REGULATIONS ON GOODS VEHICLES TO TAKE EFFECT .................. 4

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR NOVEMBER PUBLISHED ........................... 4

WONG UK HOUSE DECLARED MONUMENT ......................................... 7

POSTCARDS TO COMMEMORATE ACAN SILVER JUBILEE ............................ 8

FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL IN SHAM SHUI PO..................................... 9

AMENDED CLASSIFICATION ON IMPORTS, EXPORTS ............................. 10

LADY WILSON OPENS FLORA AND FAUNA SHOW ................................. 11

INTER-SCHOOL TELEMATCH ON ROAD SAFETY .................................. 12

ANIMAL LICENCE FEES TO GO UP ........................................... 13

REVIEW ARTICLE ON FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET SURVEY ....................... 15

TENDERS INVITED FOR BOAT HIRE .......................................... 15

FIRING PRACTICE IN JANUARY

16

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1989

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ACS REGRETS DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER WONG KIM-KAM

*****

THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT HE WAS SHOCKED AND SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE DEATH OF MR CHRISTOPHER WONG KIM-KAM THIS MORNING.

ON BEHALF OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND MR WONG’S COLLEAGUES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, SIR PIERS EXTENDED HIS SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO MR WONG’S FAMILY.

MR WONG JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1963 AND HAD RISEN TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl.

HE HAD HELD A NUMBER OF SENIOR POSITIONS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, INCLUDING SECRETARY-GENERAL, STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE; DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT; DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE; DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS; AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES. HE WAS 48 YEARS OLD.

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BANKING ORDINANCE NOTICE GAZETTED * * ♦ »

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, STR PIERS JACOBS, HAS BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) VARIED THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIOS OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS AND AMENDED THEIR WAY OF CALCULATION WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR.

THE CHANGES ARE IN LINE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING SUPERVISORY STANDARDS, RECOMMENDED BY THE COMITTEE ON BANKING REGULATIONS AND SUPERVISORY PRACTICES (THE BASLE COMMITTEE).

ALTHOUGH NOT A MEMBER OF THE BASLE COMMITTEE, HONG KONG IS ONE OF THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRES THAT TAKE THE LEAD IN ADOPTING THE NEW STANDARDS.

"THE NEW STANDARDS ARE ADOPTED TO MAINTAIN HONG KONG’S POSITION AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BANKING CENTRE AND TO RETAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF FOREIGN BANKS IN THE LOCAL MARKET.

’’THIS ALSO DEMONSTRATES THE STABILITY AND SOUNDNESS OF HONG KONG’S BANKING SECTOR," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

THE MINIMUM RATIO SPECIFIED IN SECTION 98(1) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM 5 PER CENT TO 8 PER CENT WHILE THE MAXIMUM RATIOS SET OUT IN SECTION 101(1) HAVE BEEN PROPORTIONALLY INCREASED FROM 8 PER CENT TO 12 PER CENT FOR BANKS, AND FROM 10 PER CENT TO 16 PER CENT FOR DEPOSIT-TAK I NG COMPANIES.

/THE MAIN .......

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1989

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THE MAIN CHANGES IN THEIR WAY OF CALCULATION ARE:

(A) THERE WILL BE A MORE DETAILED DEFINITION OF THE CAPITAL BASE, AND ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS OF CAPITAL SUCH AS CURRENT YEAR’S PROFIT, GENERAL PROVISIONS AND TERM SUBORDINATED DEBT CAN BE INCLUDED SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS. CAPITAL WILL BE DIVIDED INTO CORE AND SUPPLEMENTARY CAPITAL DEPENDING ON THEIR DEGREE OF PERMANENCE AND THE LATTER WILL ONLY BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS;

(B) OFF BALANCE SHEET EXPOSURES WILL BE CAPTURED AS RISK ASSET ITEMS;

(C) WEIGHTINGS OF RISK ASSET ITEMS WILL INCORPORATE A BROAD DISTINCTION OF COUNTRY RISK. OTHER MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE A LOWER WEIGHT FOR LENDING TO DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND FOR LOANS FULLY SECURED BY RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGES.

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING IS CONFIDENT INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE ABLE TO MEET MINIMUM RATIO CALCULATED USING THE NEW METHOD.

THAT ALL RELEVANT

THE NEW STATUTORY

IT IS

AHEAD OF THE

THEREFORE APPROPRIATE TO IMPLEMENT 1992-TARGET RECOMMENDED BY THE BASLE

THE NEW •COMMITTEE.

STANDARDS

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BILL TO INTRODUCE MINOR AMENDMENTS TO ORDINANCES t »

THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1989 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) PROPOSES A NUMBER OF MINOR AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING ORDINANCES.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE AND THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (WITNESSES’ ALLOWANCES) RULES BE AMENDED TO PERMIT -SUCCESSFUL DEFENDANTS AND PRIVATE PROSECUTORS TO CLAIM WITNESS ALLOWANCES.

THE CLASSES OF PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM WITNESS ALLOWANCES HAVE ALSO BEEN EXPANDED.

THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE WILL BE AMENDED TO ENABLE THE ADDITION TO AN INDICTMENT OF ANY COUNTS FOUNDED ON FACTS OR EVIDENCE DISCLOSED IN "PAPER" COMMITTALS UNDER THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE.

A "PAPER" COMMITTAL IS A COMMITTAL FOR TRIAL FOR A PERSON CHARGED WITH AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE WHO ELECTS TO DISPENSE WITH A PRELIMINARY BEFORE A MAGISTRATE.

/THE REFERENCES .......

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1989

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THE REFERENCES TO THE OBSOLETE TERM "SESSION OF THE COURT" IN THR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE WILL BE REMOVED SINCE THE HIGH COURT DOES NOT SIT IN SESSION.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO REMOVE THE OBSOLETE REFERENCES TO "LARCENY" AND CERTAIN OTHER COMMON LAW OFFENCES OF DISHONESTY FROM THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE. THESE OFFENCES WERE ALREADY ABOLISHED BY THE THEFT ORDINANCE.

THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE WILL BE AMENDED TO PROVIDE THAT NO SUPERVISION ORDER IS TO BE MADE IN THE CASE OF A RELEASED PRISONER WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF A REMOVAL OR DEPORTATION ORDER UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE IS TO BE AMENDED TO REQUIRE A PERSON WHO MAKES A WITNESS STATEMENT TO DECLARE THAT HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE MAKING OF SUCH A STATEMENT WHICH IS FALSE, OR WHICH HE DOES NOT BELIEVE TO BE TRUE, IS LIABLE TO RENDER HIM SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

AMENDMENTS ARE PROPOSED TO EXTEND ALIBI NOTICE PROVISIONS TO ACCUSED PERSONS IN THE DISTRICT COURT.

AT PRESENT THE REQUIREMENT TO GIVE NOTICE OF AN ALIBI DEFENCE APPLIES ONLY TO TRIALS BEFORE A JUDGE AND JURY IN THE HIGH COURT.

THE NOTICE REQUIREMENT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE PROSECUTION WITH TIME TO VERIFY PARTICULARS OF AN ALIBI DEFENCE SO THAT IT MAY DISCONTINUE THE PROSECUTION IF SATISFIED THAT THE ALIBI IS OR MIGHT BE TRUE.

EXTENSION OF THE ALIBI NOTICE PROVISIONS TO THE DISTRICT COURT WOULD RESULT IN A SAVING 01 COURT AND POLICE TIME.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED THAT DISTRICT COURT JUDGES BE EMPOWERED TO IMPOSE SENTENCES 01 IMPRISONMENT THAT ARE PARTIALLY CONCURRENT AND PARTIALLY CONSECUTIVE, NOT EXCEEDING SEVEN YEARS IN TOTAL. THIS POWER IS ENJOYED in HIGH COURT JUDGES.

DISTRICT COURT JUDGES ARE NOW RESTRICTED TO IMPOSING PURELY CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES OF IMPRISONMENT, SUBJECT TO THE SEVEN YEARS LIMIT.

THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1989 IS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO TH1 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 10 NEXT YEAR.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22,

1989

SEAT BELT REGULATIONS ON GOODS VEHICLES TO TAKE EFFECT

* » ♦ *

THE SEAT BELT LAW WILL BE EXTENDED TO GOODS VEHICLES WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (SAFETY EQUIPMENT) REGULATIONS, ALL GOODS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1989 AND FIRST REGISTERED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1990 WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE FITTED WITH SEAT BELTS.

DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS IN SUCH VEHICLES MUST WEAR SEAT BELTS.

THE SAME REGULATIONS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN EFFECT CONCERNING PRIVATE CARS, TAXIS AND LIGHT BUSES.

A FRONT SEAT PASSENGER SITTING IN THE MIDDLE SEAT OF A GOODS VEHICLE AND AGED 15 OR OVER, IS NOT REQUIRED TO WEAR A SEAT BELT.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONLY ONE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER, THAT PASSENGER MUST WEAR A SEAT BELT REGARDLESS OF THE PERSON’S AGE.

THE FIXED PENALTY FOR DRIVING WITHOUT FASTENING A SEAT BELT IS $200. WHEN THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER UNDER 15 YEARS OLD HAS NOT FASTENED A SEAT BELT, THE FIXED PENALTY IS $140.

FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS WHO ARE AGED 15 OR OVER AND FAIL TO WEAR A SEAT BELT WILL BE CHARGED BY WAY OF SUMMONS AND BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A $5,000 F I NF AND- THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

----------------------0-------- CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR1 NOVEMBER PUBLISHED t t t t ♦

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR NOVEMBER 1989. THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) (OCT. 84/SEP. 85 = 100) FOR NOVEMBER 1989 WERE 132.7 AND 132.5 RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 9.6 PER CENT AND 9.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER NOVEMBER 1988.

THESE RATES OF INCREASE WERE LOWER THAN THOSE RECORDED IN THE PRECEDING SIX MONTHS.

/COMPARING NOVEMBER .......

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 2, 1989

5

COMPARING NOVEMBER WITH OCTOBER 1989, THE CPI(A) INCREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT AND THE CPI(B), BY 0.4 PER CENT, LARGELY BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHING AND HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES.

THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CPI(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED NOVEMBER 1989, AT 128.4 AND 128.0 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 9.9 PER CENT AND 9.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED NOVEMBER 1988.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED NOVEMBER 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 CP1(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

THE CPI(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $2,000 AND $6,499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME AND THE CPI(B) BETWEEN $6,500 AND $9,999 A MONTH.

CHANGES IN THE INDEXES FOR NOVEMBER. 1989 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1989 AND NOVEMBER 1988, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 AVERAGE = 100)

CPJ(A) CPI(B)

SECTION INDEX FOR NOV.89 % CHANGE OVER OCT.89 % CHANGE OVER NOV.88 INDEX FOR NOV.89 % CHANGE OVER. OCT.89 % CHANGE OVER NOV.88

2 FOODSTUFFS 133.4 -0.6 110.8 135.1 -0.3 + 11.4

HOUSING 124.9 + 0.4 ♦ 7.9 119.6 ♦ 0.5 + 6.4

FUEL AND LIGHT 96.5 ♦ 0.8 + 4.7 96.6 + (). 5 + 4.2

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION1 133.8 < 0.0 ♦ + 6.9 135. 1 *0.1 ♦ 7 . 1

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 1 4 0.3 + 3.4 + 9.1 1 4 3.3 4 3.3 + 9.4

DURABLE GOODS 122.9 + 0.4 ♦ 2.5 121.9 + 0.3 + 2.3

/MISCELLANEOUS GOODS .......

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 2, 1989

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MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 134.8 + 0.7 + 3.7 134.5 + 0.6 + 4.0

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 139.6 + 0.4 + 14.1 138.7 + 0.4 + 13.8

SERVICES 150.2 + 0.4 + 1 3.3 149.6 + 0.4 + 12.9

ALL ITEMS 132.7 + 0.1 + 9.6 132.5 + 0.4 + 9.4

» LESS THAN 0.05 PER CENT

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 0.6 PER AND BY 0.3 PER CENT IN CPI(B). THIS WAS MAINLY DUE THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT LIVE POULTRY, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE INCREASES RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH FRUIT AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARG RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES. CENT IN CPI(A) TO DECREASES IN -WATER FISH AND IN THE AVERAGE E FOR MEALS * IN

THE'INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 0.5 PER CENT IN CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER RENTS FOR SOME PRIVATE HOUSING UNITS.

THI INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT INCREASED BY 0.8 PER CENT IN CPI (A) AND BY 0.5 PEL’. CENT IN CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES OF KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS.

THE INDEX

IN (PI(A) AND BY

FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY 3.4

3.3 PER CENT IN CPJ(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER

PER CENT

PRICES OF

OUT!RCLOTHING.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY 0.7 FER CENT IN

CPI(A) AND BY 0.6 PER CENT IN (Pl(B) DUE TO HIGHER PRICES OF JEWELLERY.

FIGURES HERI IN REFER TO CPI SERI I S NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISI SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE ('RANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TAKEN TO MORE THAN ONI' DECIMAL PLACE.

MORE DETAILS ARI GIVEN IN Till "CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT" FOR NOVEMBER 1989, Will (’ll IS AVAILABLE AT $3.50 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; Ob’ FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCTIAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI; OR FROM THI. INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE PRICE INDEX SECTION OF Till CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT 5-8235089.

CONSUMER

ON TEL.

THE HANG SENG CPI WAS 111.1 IN CENT OVER OCTOBER 1989 AND Up BY 10.9

NOVEMBER 1989, UP BY PI R CENT OVER. NOVEMBER

1 . 1 1988.

PER

/THE HANG .......

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1989

THE HANG SENG CPI IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF THE 10 PER CENT OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG THAT SPENT $10,000-24,999 A MONTH DURING THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THIS INDEX ARE INCLUDED IN THE HANG SENG CPJ REPORT ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF HANG SENG BANK LTD.

WONG UK HOUSE DECLARED MONUMENT

THE OLD HOUSE AT WONG UK VILLAGE IN SHA TIN WAS DECLARED A HISTORICAL BUILDING TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY, UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE.

SITUATED \T THE SOUTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE FORMER YUEN CHAU KOh ISLAND IN SHA TIN, THE WONG UK VILLAGE WAS FOUNDED SOME 200 YEARS AGO BY A MARRIED COUPLE FROM XING NING COUNTY IN EASTERN GUANGDONG.

IN I HI 19TH CENTURY. YUEN ('HAU KOK WAS A MAJOR POST ON THE ROUTE FOR TRAVELLERS, AND GOODS, COMING FROM GUANGDONG PROVINCE ON THEIR WAY TO KOWLOON CITY IN HONG KONG.

THE ROUTE FIRST PASSED THROUGH TAJ PO MARKET, THEN SOUTH OVER LEAD MINI. PASS TO A POINT ON TIDE COVE (NOW KNOWN AS SHA TIN HOI) THEN BY FERRY TO A STONE PIER AT THE NORTHERN TIP OF YUEN CHAU KOK.

IIIIS SI A LINK ALSO SERVED AS A SEA ’TRAFFIC JUNCTION FROM THE TOWNS IN MIRS BAY. GOODS WERE CARRIED OVER SHA TIN TASS IN THE SOUTH OF THE ISLAND TO KOWLOON CITY.

BECAUSE OF THIS GEOGRAPH I ('AL VDVANTAGE, THE VILLAGE BECAME A TRADING STATION FOR MERCHANTS AND TRAVELLERS, WITH VILLAGERS CARRYING ON VARIOUS TRADES RANGING FROM GOLDSMITH I NG TO INNKEEPING AND PIG-REARING.

HOWEVER, WHIN OTHER, EASIER' ROUTES BECAME AVAILABLE AFTER 1898, Till IMPORTANCE OF 'Illi ISLAND DISAPPEARED GRADUALLY AND VILLAGERS BEGAN TO LEAVE’ VND MIGRATE VRROAI).

ALSO, THE RECLAMATION OF THE TIDE COVE TO LINK UP KOK FOR Till DEV ELOPMENT OF SHA TIN Nl V TOWN COMPLETELY THE ORIGINAL ROCKY (’OAST-LINE AND THE OLD STONE PIER.

MANY OLD BUILDINGS IN WONG UK VILLAGE FELL INTO REMAINS IS THE IOO-YEAR-OLD SINGLE TWO-STOREY GREEN BRICK FINE MURAL PAINTINGS AND TRADITIONAL WOODEN CARVINGS WHICH THE ONLY LANDMARK OF THE HISTORY Ol YUEN CHAU KOK.

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THE OLD HOUSE WAS SURRENDERED TO THE GOVERNMENT IN 1984. AFTER OTHER INHABITANTS TN THE SURROUNDING STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN RESITED IN 1991-92, THE SURROUNDING AREA WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO AN OPEN SPACE TO BE MANAGED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

AFTER RESTORATION, THE HOUSE WILL STAND AS AN INTERESTING HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL FEATURE IN THE AREA.

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POSTCARDS TO COMMEMORATE ACAN SILVER JUBILEE * * * * *

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) IS PREPARING A SET OF SPECIAL POSTCARDS TO COMMEMORATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY NEXT YEAR.

THE PROJECT HAS THE SUPPORT AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF $60,000 FROM THE HONG KONG CHINESE BANK.

THE DESIGNS OF THE SET OF FOUR POSTCARDS ARE BASED ON THOSE OF THE YEAR OF THE HORSE SPECIAL STAMPS ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE TOGETHER WITH AN ACAN MESSAGE.

"MORE THAN 10,000 SETS WILL BE PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS TN MID-JANUARY BEFORE THE ISSUE OF THE SPECIAL STAMPS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT'S NARCOTICS DIVISION SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"THIS IS THE SECOND PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP IN SUPPORT OF THE ANTI-DRUG DRIVE AND MORE ARE EXPECTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE," HE ADDED.

REPRODUCED BY PERMISSION OF THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, THE DESIGNS OF Till’. FOUR POSTCARDS DEPICT THE VARIOUS POSTURES OF THE HORSE IN AN EMBROIDERY STYLE.

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE DISTRIBUTION ARRANGEMENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL IN SHAM SHUI PO « t * » t

A CARNIVAL TO DRIVE HOME THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE WILL BE HELD AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE CARNIVAL HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) AND THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AS A MAJOR EVENT OP THE MONTH-LONG DISTRICT FESTIVAL. IT IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE CARNIVAL INCLUDES PERFORMANCE BY POPULAR SINGERS, MAGIC SHOWS, AND GAMES STALLS TO BE SET UP BY LOCAL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE CARNIVAL IS PART OF THE COMMITTEE’S YEAR-LONG EFFORT IN ENCOURAGING THE PUBLIC TO ASSIST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME. ACTIVITIES HELD EARLIER IN THE YEAR INCLUDED A BOOK DESIGN COMPETITION AND A YOUTH TRAINING CAMP.

PLANS ARE NOW IN HAND TO CONDUIT A SURVEY ON YOUTH PROBLEMS IN JANUARY AND ORGANISE A SEMINAR ON "HOW TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN" IN FEBRUARY.

OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CARNIVAL WILL INCLUDE THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY*FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG; DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS OF HIE POLICE, MR HUI KI-ON; SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN FUNG; SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK; \ND DFCC CHAIRMAN, MR. FAN KAM-PING.

ANOTHER MAJOR ACTIVITY OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE A CHINESE PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 24).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL TO BE HELD FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM (SATURDAY) AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND. A RIBBON-CUTTI NG WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM.

SHUI PO TOMORROW CEREMONY

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AMENDED CLASSIFICATION ON IMPORTS, EXPORTS * t ♦ ♦

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) AMENDMENTS TO THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST (HARMONISED SYSTEM), WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 1988.

THESE AMENDMENTS, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, WILL TAKE EFFECT AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1990.

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE REMINDED THAT IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS FOR SHIPMENTS MADE ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1990 MUST BE

COMPLETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMENDED CLASSIFICATION.

THE AMENDMENTS INVOLVE CHANGE TN COUNTRY DESCRIPTION OF BURMA, AND IN CLASSIFICATION OF SOME COMMODITIES SUCH AS FUNGUS, BEVERAGES IN CONSUMER PACKAGE, ALUMINIUM OXIDE AND URANIUM, CERTAIN TYPE OF REFRIGERATING OR FREEZING EQUIPMENT, PRESS-FASTENERS AND BUTTONS.

THESE AMENDMENTS WILL BRING THE CLASSIFICATION UP-TO-DATE BY INTRODUCING MORE APPROPRIATE UNITS OF QUANTITY AND DELETING UNNECESSARY SUBCLASS 1FI CAT IONS.

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE URGED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATION FORMS SHOULD BECOME FULLY CONVERSANT WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT LIST ARE OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:

♦ GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

t CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT

(1) HONG KONG COLLECTION OFFICE SECOND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

(II) KOWLOON COLLECTION OFFICE SECOND FLOOR, STAR HOUSE, 3 SALISBURY ROAD, KOWLOON.

♦ CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TRADE: ('LASSI FI ('AT ION SECTION.

1 7TII FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I,

12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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1989

LADY WILSON OPENS FLORA AND FAUNA SHOW * * t t t

LADY WILSON THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING OFFICIALLY OPENED A MINIATURE WORI.D OF FLORA AND FAUNA BUILT UP IN THE NORTH DISTRICT.

THIS WORLD IS FORMED BY THE THIRD NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT AND FISH SHOW, WHICH VISITORS WILL FIND BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND RELAXING.

LADY WILSON ALSO PRESENTED AN OVERALL CHAMPION TROPHY FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN THE FLOWER SECTION.

THOSE ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY INCLUDED THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ADOLF HSU; DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, MR HAIDER BARMA; ACTING DIRECTOR OF’ AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR ANTHONY BENNETT; POLICE REGIONAL COMMANDER/NEW TERRITORIES, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW; CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; NORTH DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG; AND NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI.

VISITORS TO THE FIVE-DAY SHOW AT THE FANL1NG RECREATION GROUND MAY APPRECIATE THE ART OF CULTIVATING AND TRAINING POT PLANTS THROUGH THE YEARS, AS WELL AS THE ART OF MODERN STYLE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT.

A FUKIEN TEA TREE ATTACHED TO A ROCK, WHICH WON THE FIRST CLASS AWARD IN THF SECOND CHINESE (1989) ARTISTIC POT PLANTS COMPETITION, IS ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF THE FLOWER SECTION INCLUDE A BELL-SHAPED COLLECTION OF RARE SPECIES POINSETTIA FROM USA, FRESH FLOWERS FLOWN IN FROM THE NETHERLANDS AND SOUTH AFRICA, AND SOME DRY WILD FLOWERS FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

IN THE ADJOINING FANL1NG ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE, VISITORS MAY HAVE A LOOK AT '•THE INSECT BOOK OF RECORDS" HIGHLIGHTING THE AMAZING THINGS THAT INSECTS CAN DO.

SIX CAGES OF COLOURFUL PET HIRDS, AND TANKS OF RARE SPECIES OF FISH ARF ALSO ON DISPLAY. AMONG THEM IS AN 1 DO-YEAR-OLD BEEF-EATING 'ALBINO FISH FROM SINK1ANG IN CHINA.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE HONG KONG ARE PROVIDING EXHIBITS.

ABOUT 50 STALLS SELL SOUVENIRS, FLOWERS, PLANTS AND FISH.

THF SHOW IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 5.30 PM FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO MONDAY' I DECEMBER 25), AND FROM 9.30 AM TO 1 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 26).

THF. ADMISSION FEE IS S5 FOR ADULTS AND $2 FOR CHILDREN.

THE SHOW, WHICH RUNS UNTIL TUESDAY, IS SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

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INTER-SCHOOL TELEMATCII ON ROAD SAFETY * * » » t

AN INTER-SCHOOL TELEMATCH WILL BE HELD AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WAN CHAI TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY.

THE FUNCTION, ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP AND THE WAN CHAI HEADMASTERS’ CONFERENCE, WILL MARK THE END OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH BEGAN THREE WEEKS AGO.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN, A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WERE HELD TO PROMOTE, AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON, ROAD SAFETY RULES.

THESE INCLUDED A ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION, MODEL PEDESTRIAN SELECTIONS, VISITS TO THE "ROAD SAFETY TOWN" BY THE ELDERLY, A QUIZ, A COLOURING COMPETITION AND DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS.

MORE THAN A HUNDRED STUDENTS FROM SIX SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT WILL COMPETE IN THE ROAD SAFETY TELEMATCH WHICH PROMISES TO BE BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS, DANCES, AS WELL AS CHORAL .AND POP SONG SINGING.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AND THE INTER-SCHOOL TELEMATCH WILL BE THE ASSISTANT WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRYAN CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; AND TH! CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MS ANNA TONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AND THE INTER-SCHOOL TELEMATCII WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WAN (’HAI.

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ANIMAL LICENCE FEES TO GO UP » « t t »

FEES FOR SIX TYPES OF LICENCES AND PERMITS ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH (ANIMALS AND BIRDS) ORDINANCE WILL GO UP FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE INCREASES, PRESCRIBED IN A SERIES OF NEW AMENDMENT REGULATIONS TO THE ORDINANCE, WERE ENDORSED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EARLIER THIS WEEK. A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE FEE REVISIONS WILL COVER THE ANIMALS AND BIRDS EXHIBITION LICENCE, BOARDING ESTABLISHMENT LICENCE, RIDING ESTABLISHMENT LICENCE, TEMPORARY EXHIBITION PERMIT, DAIRY LICENCE AS WELL AS THE SPECIAL PERMIT TO REMOVE ANIMALS OR BIRDS FROM A VESSEL OR AN AIRCRAFT.

THE EXISTING AND NEW LICENCE FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

EXISTING LEVEL REVISED LEVEL

EXHIBITION LICENCE $2,000 PER YEAR $5,000 PER YEAR

BOARDING . ESTABLISHMENT LICENCE $1,200 PER YEAR $1,800 PER YEAR

RIDING ESTABLISHMENT LICENCE $1,200 PER YEAR $1,800 PER YEAR

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION PERMIT $300 PER MONTH FROM DATE OF ISSUE $500 PER MONTH FROM DATE OF ISSUE

DAIRY LICENCE $30 PER COW OR AT LEAST $1,200 PER DAIRY PER YEAR $50 PER COW OR AT LEAST $2,240 PER DAIRY PER YEAR

DETAILS REMOVE ANIMALS BELOW: CATEGORY OF ANIMAL OR BIRT) OF THE OLD AND OR BIRDS FROM SIZE OF UNIT NEW FEES FOR A VESSEL OR AN FEES FOR ONE UNIT (OR PART THEREOF ) THE SPECIAL PERMIT TO AIRCRAFT ARE SET OUT FEES FOR EACH ADDITIONAL UNIT (OR PART THEREOF)

CATTLE 50 ANIMALS (OLD) (NEW) $240 $630 (OLD) $100 ( NEW ) $200

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SHEEP, GOATS AND PIGS 100 ANIMALS $240 " - ; $630 $100 $200

EQUINES PER ANIMAL $130 ■■ ■ r $330 - ' $20 $40

DAY-OLD POULTRY 500 BIRDS $60 #170 1 • 1 $20 * > $40

BIRDS (OTHER THAN DAY-OLD POULTRY) 50 BIRDS $60 $170 $20 $40

REPTILES (OTHER THAN TURTLES FOR FOOD) 200 ANIMALS $60 » $170 • Nt $20 .n-. . ■ .i, : $40

RODENTS AND LAGOMORPHS 50 ANIMALS $60 $170 1 $20 4 $40 •

DOGS AND CATS PER ANIMAL $60 $170 $20 $40

TURTLES FOR FOOD 200 KG $60 $170 $20 $40

OTHER ANIMALS NOT PROVIDED FOR ABOVE PER ANIMAL $60 $170 $20 $40

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE NEW FEES, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOI

(AGRICULTURE) OF THE DEPARTMENT, DR THOMAS YIP, SAID THE REVISION IS

THE THIRD AND LAST PHASE OF AN EXERCISE INITIATED THREE YEARS AGO TO

RECOVER THE FULL ADMINISTRAT IVE COSTS.

THE FIRST AND SECOND PHASES OF INCREASES WERE EFFECTED ON APRIL 1 LAST YEAR AND JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR RESPECTIVELY.

’’THE REVISION ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE INCREASED STAFF COSTS AND INFLATION OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS,” HE EXPLAINED.

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REVIEW ARTICLE ON FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET SURVEY t * * *

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS CONTAINS A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ENTITLED "1989 FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET SURVEY".

THE ARTICLE GIVES A SUMMARY OF THE MAJOR FINDINGS OF THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET CONDUCTED BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH IN APRIL THIS YEAR. IT INCLUDES ANALYSES OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS BY CURRENCY COMPOSITION, COUNTERPARTY AND TYPE OF TRANSACTION.

THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS NOW ON SALE AT $34 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR BOAT HIRE

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THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY OF A MINIMUM OF THREE MOTOR BOATS ON HIRE AT ONE TIME, AT AN HOURLY RATE, TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR A PERIOD OF 24 MONTHS COMMENCING APRIL 1, 19-90.

A NOTICE INVITING TENDERS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE BOATS WILL BE USED TO CONVEY CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS FOR JOURNEYS BETWEEN Till SHORE AND SHIPS AT ANCHOR IN THE HARBOUR AND FOR PATROLS WITHIN THE WATERS OF THE TERRITORY. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE TOTAL HIRING TIME PER MONTH WILL NOT BE LESS THAN 1,800 HOURS.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SUPPLIES SECTION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, EIGHTH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN JANUARY

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE RANGE ON 19 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS HOISTED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIMES THAT FIRING PRACTICE TAKE PLACE:

DATE TIME

PEAK

ARE

WILL

JANUARY 3 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 4 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 5 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM 11 .59 PM

JANUARY 6 (SATURDAY) MIDNIGHT - 5 PM

JANUARY 9 (TUESDAY) MIDNIGHT 5 PM

JANUARY 10 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM 11 .59 PM

JANUARY 11 (THURSDAY) MIDNIGHT 5 PM

JANUARY 12 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 15 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 16 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 17 "(WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 18 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

JANUARY 19 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM 11 .59 PM

JANUARY 20 (SATURDAY) MIDNIGHT 5 PM

JANUARY 22 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM 11 .59 PM

JANUARY 23 (TUESDAY) MIDNIGHT 5 PM

JANUARY 24 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM 5 PM

JANUARY 25 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM <— 1 1 .59 PM

JANUARY 26 (FRIDAY) MIDNIGHT 8 AM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

YOUNG PEOPLE WITH STRONG SENSE OF PURPOSE NEEDED .............................. 1

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CLOSES WITH TELEMATCH .................................... 2

VEGETARIAN DINNER FOR THE ELDERLY ............................................. 2

SECONDARY SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN YUEN LONG...................................... 3

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1989

YOUNG PEOPLE WITH STRONG SENSE OF PURPOSE NEEDED

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD, SAID YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A STRONG SENSE OF PURPOSE AND DIRECTION ARE NEEDED AS HONG KONG MOVES INTO THE 1990’S.

HE POINTED OUT THAT YOUNG PEOPLE MUST BE PREPARED TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES, TO USE TO THE FULL THEIR NATURAL FACULTIES AND CREATIVE ENERGIES AND TO SHOW TOLERANCE TOWARDS OTHER. PEOPLE’S WEAKNESSES AS WELL AS RESPECT FOR THEIR STRENGTHS.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE GOOD CHILDREN AWARDS 1989 AT THE CITY HALL TODAY (SATURDAY), MR WINFIELD SAID: "IN STRIVING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW WF, MUST ALWAYS ENSURE THAT HUMAN VALUES ARE CENTRAL TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS.

"I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THE FOUNDERS OF THE JUNIOR CHAMBERS AND MEMBERS, PAST AND PRESENT, FOR. THEIR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SUCH HUMAN VALUES AND, THROUGH THE INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR COMMUNITY."

MR WINFIELD ALSO SPOKE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF STRONG TEACHER-PARENT COMMUNICATION IN THE INCREASINGLY COMPLEX URBAN SOCIETY.

HE SAID IT WAS THROUGH SUCH COMMUNICATION NEEDS OF CHILDREN COULD BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD AND BE PROVIDED FOR THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR

THAT THE INDIVIDUAL ALL-ROUND CARE COULD PERSONALITY.

THERE WERE MANY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS FOR ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS AND MAINTAINING CLOSE HOME-SCHOOL CONTACTS, HE SAID.

"THESE INCLUDE PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION FUNCTIONS, OPEN DAYS, SPEECH DAYS, PARENTS’ DAYS, HOME VISITS AND REGULAR CASUAL CONTACTS," HE ADDED.

THE GOOD CHILDREN AWARDS PROJECT, ORGANISED BY THE ISLAND JAYCEES AND OCEAN JAYCEES OF THE HONG KONG JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HAD RECEIVED SOLID SUPPORT FROM SCHOOLS.

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD, A CHILD MUST BE PROVED PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS HAVING ACHIEVED EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE EIGHT SELECTED CRITERIA, IN TERMS OF CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITY.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CLOSES WITH TELEMATCH

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MORE THAN A HUNDRED SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM WAN CHAI TODAY (SATURDAY) HELPED PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY MEASURES BY TAKING PART IN AN INTER-SCHOOL TELEMATCH.

THE TELEMATCH, ORGANISED RY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, IS THE LAST IN A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE CAMPAIGN AND THE TELEMATCH TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MS ANNA TANG, SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS TARGETTED AT DRIVERS, STUDENTS, PEDESTRIANS AND THE ELDERLY.

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP TO PUBLICISE THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE THIS YEAR INCLUDED A ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION, MODEL PEDESTRIAN SELECTIONS, VISITS TO A "ROAD SAFETY TOWN" BY THE ELDERLY, A QUIZ, A COLOURING COMPETITION AND A BUS PARADE.

MS TANG HOPED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATING IN THOSE EVENTS ROAD USERS WOULD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY.

ANOTHER SPEAKER, THE ASSISTANT WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRYAN CHAN, NOTED THAT PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE CAMPAIGN WAS ENTHUSIASTIC, AND URGED THAT CONTINUOUS EFFORTS BE MADE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

APART FROM THE TELEMATCH, TODAY'S PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDED MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS, DANCES, AND CHORAL AND POP SONG SINGING.

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VEGETARIAN DINNER FOR THE ELDERLY

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A WORKING GROUP OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD IS ORGANISING A VEGETARIAN DINNER AS PART OF ITS ONGOING EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE "WORKING GROUP ON THE PREFERENTIAL SCHEMES FOR ELDERLY" HOPES THAT THE FUNCTION WILL FOSTER RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE AGED.

THE DISTRICT BOARD-SPONSORED VEGETARIAN DINNER, WHICH IS ALSO A MAJOR EVENT OF THE MONTH-LONG SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL, WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 4.

TICKETS AT $10 EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE FIVE COMMUNITY CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SCHOOL, STARTING AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 25).

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THE WORKING GROUP HAS CO-ORDINATED A NUMBER OF PREFERENTIAL SCHEMES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING DISCOUNTS OFFERED BY ABOUT 80 DOCTORS, DENTISTS AND SHOPS IN SHAM SHUI PO.

MORE THAN 1,200 PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 60 HAVE JOINED THE SCHEMES THIS YEAR.

THE WORKING GROUP IS ALSO PLANNING TO ORGANISE A CARNIVAL IN MARCH DURING WHICH THE ELDERLY WILL BE PROVIDED WITH FREE TESTS ON BLOOD PRESSURE AND EYE-SIGHT.

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A NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL BI BUILT IN YUEN LONG.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH CHEVALIER CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. EARLIER THIS WEEK FOR THE $29.5 MILLION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT.

WORK ON THE 5,f82 SQUARE AND TOWN PARK ROAD, HAS ALREADY 1991 .

METRE SITE, BOUNDED BY MA TIN ROAD STARTED AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN JUNE

THE SCHOOL KILL CONSIST OF THREE CLASSROOM BLOCK. A SEVEN-STORED SPECIAL ASSEMBLE HALL.

BLOCKS - A SIX-STOREY

CLASSROOM BLOCK AND AN

THERE WILL BE 26 GENERAL CLASSROOMS, THREE ROOMS, TWO DES 1GN/TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS, ONE XRT/DESIGN ROOM, ONE GEOGRAPHY ROOM, ONE COMPUTER AND FOUR SCIENCE LABORATORIES.

REMEDIAL TEACHING

MUSIC ROOM, ONE

ROOM, ONE LIBRARY

OTHER. FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A CARPARK, AND CARETAKERS ' QU VRTI ILS .

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FC® NOVEMBER RELEASED ............................... 1

TENDERS INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MARINE POLICE BASE ........................ 4

EMPLOYER OF FILIPINA MAID FINED ............................................... 4

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1989

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER RELEASED

DOMESTIC EXPORTS REMAINED WEAK IN NOVEMBER, WHILE THE GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS DECELERATED FURTHER. BEING AFFECTED BOTH BY THE SLOW-DOWN IN RE-EXPORT GROWTH AND BY THE CONTINUED SLACKENING IN RETAINED IMPORTS, IMPORTS RECORDED A DECLINE FROM A YEAR EARLIER.

THIS IS SHOWN IN THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN NOVEMBER 1989 WAS $19,412 MILLION, $640 MILLION OR 3.2 PER CENT LESS THAN IN NOVEMBER 1988, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY $2,340 MILLION OR 8.4 PER CENT TO $30,046 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS), AT $49,458 MILLION IN NOVEMBER 1989, WAS THUS $1,700 MILLION OR 3.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN NOVEMBER 1988.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS DECREASED BY 3.9 PER CENT OR $1,882 MILLION FROM A YEAR EARLIER, TO $46,344 MILLION IN NOVEMBER 1989.

AS THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS SMALLER THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF $3,114 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 6.7 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN NOVEMBER 1989.

THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $468 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 1.0 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN NOVEMBER 1988.

PUTTING THESE TRADE FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1989 WAS $521,008 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $204,189 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $316,819 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THF. FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1988, IN VALUE TERMS TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY $77,235 MILLION OR 17.4 PER CENT, DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $7,698 MILLION OR 3.9 PER CENT, AND RE-EXPORTS BY $69,537 MILLION OR 28.1 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $66,722 MILLION OR 14.9 PER CENT, TO $515,337 MILLION.

A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF $5,671 MILLION, EQUIVALENT

PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST 11 OF 1989.

TO 1 . 1

MONTHS

/THIS COMPARES .......

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THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $4,842 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 1.1 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAD BEEN SLUGGISH SINCE MAY.

THE NEGATIVE GROWTH RATE IN VALUE TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN NOVEMBER WAS PRECEDED BY A SMALLER NEGATIVE GROWTH RECORDED IN SEPTEMBER.

THERE WAS ALSO A MARKED DECELERATION OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS IN THE GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS, LARGELY CAUSED BY THE CONTINUED SETBACK IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT, ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF RETAINED IMPORTS HAD SHOWN MARKED DECREASES FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. THIS SUGGESTED THAT BOTH DOMESTIC DEMAND AND THE SHORT-TERM PROSPECT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE SLACK.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1989

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PRESS RELEASE

TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER, 1989

The Census and Statistics Department has released the following provisional merchandise trade figures for November:-

MERCHANDISE. Domestic Exports $19,412 million

Re-exports $30,046 million

Total Exports $49,458 million

Imports $46,344 million

Trade balance $3,114 million

(in surplus)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

Latest 3 months Sep 89 to Nov 89 HK$ Mn. Sep 88 to Nov 88 HK$ Mn. Increase

HK$ Mn. %

Domestic Exports 59,803 60,068 -265 -0.4

Re-exports 92,466 80,557 11,909 14.8

Total Exports 152,269 140,625 11,644 8.3

Imports 142.015 138.703 3,312 2.4

Trade balance in.254 1,922 8,332

November November Increase

Same month last year 1989 1988

HK$ Mn. 1!K$ Mn. HKt Mn. %

Domestic Exports 19,412 20,052 -640 -3.2

(% ofc Total Exports) (39.2%) (42.0%)

Re-exports 30,046 27,706 2,340 8.4

Total Exports 49,458 47,758 1,700 3.6

Imports 46,344 48.226 -1,882 -3.9

Trade balance 3.114 -468 3,582

November October Increase

Last month 1989 1989

HK$ Mn HK$ Mn. HK$ Mn. %

Domestic Exports 19.412 20.849 -1,437 -6.9

(% of Total Exports) (39.2%) (39.5%)

Ro-exports 30.046 31.985 -1,939 -6.1

Total Exports 49,458 52,834 -3.376 -6.4

Imports 46,344 48,763 -2.419 -5.0

Trade balance 3,114 4,071 -957

Calendar year to-date Jan-Nov 198$) HK$ Hn. Jan-Nov 1988 HKS Mn. Increase

HK$ Mn. %

Domestic Exports (% of Total ExporI.s) 204,189 (39.2%) 196,491 (44.3%) 7,698 3.9

Re-exports 316,819 247.282 69.537 28.1

Total Exports 521,008 443.773 77.235 17.4

Imports 515.337 44R.6I5 66.722 14.9

Trade balance 5,671 -4.842 10,513

Last 12 months De^ 88 to Nov 89 Dec 87 to Nov HR Increase

IIK$ Mn HK$ Mn. HK$ Mn. %

Domestic Exports 225,362 215,341 10.021 4 7

Ro - exports 344,942 266.337 78,605 29.5

Total Exports 570,304 481.678 88.626 18.4

Imports 565.520 487,432 78.088 16.0

Trade balance 4,784 -5,754 10.538

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1989

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TENDERS INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MARINE POLICE BASE ♦ »*»»»

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EAST SECTOR MARINE POLICE BASE AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.

THE POLICE BASE WILL BE A FIVE-STOREY BUILDING PROVIDING OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, BARRACK AND CHANGING, DINING, RECREATION AND OPERATIONAL SUPPORT FACILITIES.

IN ADDITION, UNDERGROUND FUEL TANKS AND SINGLE-STOREY ANCILLARY BUILDINGS WILL BE BUILT TO PROVIDE STORAGE SPACE AND MARINE AND COMMUNICATION WORKSHOPS. BERTHING AND SERVICING FACILITIES FOR PATROL LAUNCHES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED AROUND MAY IN 1991.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 19.

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EMPLOYER OF FILTPINA MAID FINED

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FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS ARE ENTITLED TO THE SAME BENEFITS AND PROTECTION AS LOCAL WORKERS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

IN A RECENT CASE HEARD AT THE SAN PO KONG MAGISTRACY, AN EMPLOYER OF A FILIPINA DOMESTIC HELPER WAS FINED $6,000 FOR FAILING TO GIVE THE MAID HER ENTITLED LEAVE BENEFITS.

THE COURT HEARD THAT THE MAID HAD NEVER BEEN GRANTED ANY REST DAYS AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT HER PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT AND WAS NOT GIVEN HER ANNUAL LEAVE PAY UPON TERMINATION OF CONTRACT.

"ACCORDING TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYEE SHOULD BE GIVEN ONE REST DAY IN EVERY PERIOD OF SEVEN DAYS, IN ADDITION TO 11 DAYS OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS IN A YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID AN EMPLOYEE WAS ALSO ENTITLED TO SEVEN DAYS’ PAID ANNUAL LEAVE AFTER A YEAR’S SERVICE, AND SHOULD BE GIVEN PAYMENT IN LIEU OF ANY ANNUAL LEAVE NOT YET TAKEN IF THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT WAS TERMINATED.

"ANY EMPLOYER WHO BREACHES THE PROVISIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $20,000," THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

THIRD VEHICULAR BORDER CROSSING TO BE OPENED ON FRIDAY ......................... 1

$2 MILLION PAID TO NEEDY FROM EMERGENCY FUND.................................... 2

'NO PREFIX' LUCKY CAR NUMBERS FOR AUCTION ...................................... 3

THOUSANDS VISIT FLOWERS, BIRD, INSECT, FISH SHOW ............................... 4

STUDENTS TO BE SHOWN WORLD OF WORK.............................................. 5

DP SUBSIDIES OPEN FOR APPLICATION .............................................. 6

OPEN SPACE FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS .............................................. 7

ROAD WORKS IN YAU MA TEI ....................................................... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WONG TAI SIN ............................................ 7

LANE CLOSURES ON TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) ......................................... 8

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

THIRD VEHICULAR BORDER CROSSING TO BE OPENED ON FRIDAY t t » * t

THE THIRD VEHICULAR HONG KONG-CHINA BORDER CROSSING AT LOK MA CHAU WILL BE OPENED ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 29).

INITIALLY THE CROSSING WILL BE RESTRICTED TO GOODS VEHICLES AND OPERATE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY.

APPROPRIATE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS HAVE BEEN ERECTED TO GUIDE DRIVERS TO THE NEW CROSSING WHICH LINKS LOK MA CHAU ON HONG KONG SIDE WITH HUANGGONG IN CHINA BY A BRIDGE.

THE LENGTH OF THE BORDER LINK FROM THE LOK MA CHAU INTERCHANGE TO THE SOUTH BANK OF SHENZHEN RIVER IS ABOUT 1.8 KILOMETRES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (MONDAY) SAID THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSING IS A JOINT EFFORT BY HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES WITH EACH SIDE BUILDING THEIR RESPECTIVE HALF OF THE BRIDGE.

’’CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER CROSSING BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN TWO STAGES. WORKS STARTED IN DECEMBER 1985.

’’THE FIRST STAGE COSTING $260 MILLION INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION 01 HIE EASTERN BRIDGE, A DUAL TWO-LANE HIGHWAY LINKING WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, THE FOUNDATION FOR THE WESTERN BRIDGE, A BORDER COMPLEX AREA, AND TWO VEHICLE HOLDING AREAS, EACH WITH A CAPACITY TO HOLD 370 GOODS VEHICLES.

’’THE SECOND S TAGE, Wil I CH COMPR ISES THE SUPERSTRUCTURE FOR THE WESTERN BRIDGE, WILL COMMENCE NEXT MONTH AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN MID 1991 AT A COST OF $30 MILLION," HE SAID.

THE CUSTOMS, I MM I GRAT I ON, POL ICE AND OTHER CONTROL FACILITIES IN THE BORDER CONTROL AREA WERE BUILT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THESE FACILITIES COST I NG $84.6 MILLION INCLUDE A TWO-STOREY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND TWO ROWS OF BOOTHS FOR CUSTOMS AND I MM I GRAT I ON CHECK I NG.

OTHER CONTROL ARIAS INCLUDE THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH FOOD CONTROL CHECKPOINT FOR EXAMINING IMPORTED FOOD SUCH AS VEGETABLES AND SHELL FISH; AND THE AGRI CULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ANIMAL INSPECTION STATION FOK ’Till- CONTROL OF IMPORT AND EXPORT OF ANIMALS, BIRDS, PLANTS, PLANT PESTS AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.

AS REGARDS IMMIGRATION FACILITIES, ’THERE ARE 11 EXAMINATION KIOSKS FOR BOTH INCOMING AND OUTGOING VEHICLES AT THE CONTROL POINT.

THERE ARI 28 REVERSIBLE COUNTERS IN THE IMMIGRATION EXAMINATION HALI FOR THE CLEARANCE OF COACH PASSENGERS.

/THE CUSTOMS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

THE CUSTOMS FACILITIES INCLUDE TWO SEPARATE CARGO EXAMINATION COMPLEXES WITH 10 AND FOUR EXAMINATION PLATFORMS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF IMPORT AND EXPORT CARGO RESPECTIVELY.

THERE IS A TOTAL OF 14 MANIFEST PROCESSING KIOSKS FOR GOODS VEHICLES.

IN THE PASSENGER HALL, THERE ARE 15 BAGGAGE EXAMINATION COUNTERS FOR PASSENGERS.

OTHER FACILITIES SUCH AS X-RAY MACHINES FOR DETECTING CONTRABAND AND FIREARMS HIDDEN IN CARGOES, INSPECTION PITS FOR EXAMINING THE UNDER-SIDE OF VEHICLES, AND METAL DETECTORS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE CONTROL POINT.

THE OTHER TWO EXISTING VEHICULAR CROSSINGS ARE AT MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK.

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$2 MILLION PAID TO NEEDY FROM EMERGENCY FUND * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PAID OUT OVER $2 MILLION FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (ERF) TO PEOPLE IN NEED IN THE 1988-89 FISCAL YEAR.

THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ERF IS VESTED IN THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE INCORPORATED WHO ACTS ON THE ADVICE OF THE ERF COMMITTEE. THE ERF CONSISTS OF PUBLIC DONATIONS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME AND AN ANNUAL ALLOCATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING GRANTS AND LOANS TO PERSONS WHO ARE IN NEED OF RELIEF AS A RESULT OF FIRE, FLOOD, TYPHOON OR OTHER DISASTERS.

IN 1988-89, RECIPIENTS OF GRANTS FROM THE FUND WERE MOSTLY VICTIMS OF FIRES AND LANDSLIDES.

GRANTS MADE FROM ERF FALL INTO THE FOLLOWING FIVE MAIN CATEGORIES:-

* DEATH AND PERSONAL INJURY GRANTS;

* DOMESTIC RE-ACCOMMODATION, RE-EQUIPMENT, SITE FORMATION AND REPAIR GRANTS;

* GRANTS FOR THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF VESSELS;

* PRIMARY PRODUCE GRANTS; AND

* SPECIAL GRANTS.

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A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PAYMENTS OF DOMESTIC RE-ACCOMMODATION, RE-EQUIPMENT, SITE FORMATION AND REPAIR GRANTS MOUNTED TO $1.8 MILLION, OR 84 PER CENT OF THE YEAR'S TOTAL EXPENDITURE. MEANWHILE, GRANTS FOR PRIMARY PRODUCE WERE SLIGHTLY OVER $300,000.

THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR APPROVING GRANTS AND MAKING PAYMENTS IS IN MOST CASES VESTED IN OFFICERS OF THE SWD, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WHILE THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERALL CO-ORDINATION IN THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT GRANTS MIGHT BE MADE TO ANY PERSON WHO WAS LEGALLY' IN HONG KONG AND WHO WAS IN NEED AS A RESULT OF A NATURAL DISASTER SUCH AS TEMPEST, TYPHOON, RAINSTORM, LANDSLIDE AND FLOODING, WHICH HAD CAUSED SUFFERING OR LOSS TO AN EXTENT WHICH MERITED ASSISTANCE.

"IN ADDITION, VICTIMS OF FIRE, HOUSE COLLAPSE, BOAT CAPSIZE, SHIPWRECK, EXPLOSION, EVICTION FROM A DANGEROUS BUILDING OR ON A COURT ORDER ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE.

"HOWEVER, NO PAYMENT WILL BE MADE TO ANY APPLICANT WHO IS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACT LEADING TO THE DISASTER, FOR EXAMPLE ARSON, BREACH OF MARINE REGULATIONS, DELIBERATE NEGLIGENCE," HE SAID.

"PUBLIC DONATIONS SPECIFICALLY GIVEN FOR VICTIMS OF A PARTICULAR INCIDENT WOULD BE DISBURSED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE DESIGNATED VICTIMS AND PAID IN ADDITION TO ANY ENTITLEMENT UNDER THE ERF PAYMENT SCHEDULE, EVEN IF THE DONATION IS SPECIFIED FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE," THE SPOKESMAN CONCLUDED.

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’NO PREFIX’ LUCKY CAR NUMBERS FOR AUCTION » « * * *

CAR OWNERS WHO WISH TO ACQUIRE "NO PREFIX" NUMBERS FOR THEIR VEHICLES TO GREET THE YEAR OF THE HORSE SHOULD NOT MISS THE LUNAR NEW YEAR LUCKY VEHICLE NUMBER AUCTION ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 6.

THE AUCTION, ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL OFFER 21 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WITH NO PREFIX FOR SALE, AND THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE CHARITABLE LOTTERIES FUND.

HEADING THE LIST IS THE CAR NUMBER 2828 WHICH IS CONSIDERED A LUCKY NUMBER MEANING "EASY' TO PROSPER".

/THE NUMBERS .......

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

THE NUMBERS AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING ARE AS FOLLOWS :

2828 886 1188

178 223 15

1313 8833 822

988 11 813

67 818 27

939 388 983

2222 89 399

THE NUMBERS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE.

PREVIOUS LUNAR NEW YEAR AUCTFONS SAW THE AUSPICIOUS NUMBERS FETCH A RECORD HIGH OF $5 MILLION LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR ”7" SOLD FOR $4.8 MILLION.

WAS

SINCE MAY 1973, A TOTAL OF 145 AUCTIONS HAVE BEEN HELD BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, RAISING ABOUT $90 MILLION FOR THE LOTTERIES FUND.

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THOUSANDS VISIT FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT, FISH SHOW

ABOUT 40,000 FLOWER LOVERS, BIRD FANCIERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE VISITED THE THIRD NORTH DISTRICT (1989) FLOWER, BIRD, INSECT AND FISH SHOW AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND SINCE IT OPENED ON FRIDAY.

"THE LARGE-SCALE JOINT EXHIBITION, WHICH EMBODIES BOTH UNCOMMON AND BEAUTIFUL SPECIES OF THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF DIFFERENT PLACES, IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC INTEREST IN NATURAL HISTORY AND ENHANCING KNOWLEDGE OF IT.

"THE SHOW IS INTENDED FOR PEOPLE SEEKING A RELAXING OUTLET FROM THE HURLY-BURLY OF MODERN CITY LIFE, AND FOR THE FAMILY AS A WORTHWHILE OUTING TO ENJOY AN INEXPENSIVE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"THE SHOW, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, IS ALSO OF GREAT EDUCATIONAL VALUE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE WELCOME TO VISIT THE FIVE-DAY SHOW WHICH WOULD END Al’ 4 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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STUDENTS TO BE SHOWN WORLD OF WORK

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STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THE WORLD OF WORK UNDER A YEAR-LONG WORK ORIENTATION PROGRAMME STARTING NEXT MONTH.

THE ANNUAL PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE (CAS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT MAINLY FOR FORM 4 TO FORM 7 STUDENTS TO HELP THEM PLAN FOR THEIR FUTURE CAREERS.

"THROUGH VISITS TO DIFFERENT ESTABLISHMENTS, STUDENTS CAN OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND PROFESSIONS AND CAN SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE REAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT," THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE), MR LEUNG LIT-CHEONG, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"WITH A MORE REALISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD OF WORK, THEY WILL HAVE LESS TROUBLE IN THEIR EVENTUAL TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO WORK," HE SAID.

"THIS TIME, THE VISITS WILL BE ARRANGED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT," HE ADDED.

INITIALLY, ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR OVER 600 SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO, SAI KUNG, TAI PO, YUEN LONG AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS TO VISIT 21 DIFFERENT ESTABLISHMENTS FROM JANUARY TO MARCH.

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDE HOTELS, BANKS, AIRLINE COMPANIES, CONTAINER TERMINALS, NEWSPAPERS AND BROADCASTING STATIONS, FACTORIES, PUBLIC UTILITIES, ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, A SCHOOL OF COMMERCE, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND TRAINING INSTITUTES.

DURING THESE VISITS, STUDENTS MAY TALK TO STAFF OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO THEM.

APART FROM THIS CAREERS EDUCATION PROJECTS, YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING CAREERS GUIDANCE MAY ALSO APPROACH THE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES OF THE CAS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

THESE CENTRES ARE ALL EQUIPPED WITH A REFERENCE LIBRARY OFFERING THE LATEST MATERIALS ON EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND FURTHER STUDIES, AS WELL AS AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATIONS.

/THE CENTRES ......

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

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THE CENTRES ARE LOCATED AT

SOUTHORN CENTRE, 16TH FLOOR, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI;

TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NINTH FLOOR, 165 MA TAU WAI ROAD, KOWLOON;

TAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 16 TSUN WEN ROAD, TUEN MUN; AND

CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, SHOP 8B, 11-17 SHA TIN CENTRE STREET, SHA TIN.

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DB SUBSIDIES OPEN FOR APPLICATION * * * »

ORGANISATIONS IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD SUBSIDIES FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

THE AIM OF THE PROJECTS SHOULD BE EITHER PROMOTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, FINDING OUT THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT OR ENHANCING RESIDENTS' SENSE OF BELONGING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE PROJECTS CAN ALSO BE RECREATIONAL, SPORTS OR CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS, STUDENTS OR WORKERS IN THE -DISTRICT, HE ADDED.

THERE ARE THREE APPLICATION PERIODS FOR THESE SUBSIDIES -DECEMBER 1, 1989 TO JANUARY 31, 1990 (FOR ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR APRIL TO JUNE, 1990); FEBRUARY 1 TO MARCH 31, 1990 (FOR ACTIVITIES FOR JULY TO OCTOBER, 1990) AND JULY 1 TO AUGUST 31, 1990 (FOR ACTIVITIES FOR NOVEMBER 1990 TO FEBRUARY 1991).

ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE VETTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE AND THE RESULTS WILL BE MADE KNOWN TWO MONTHS AFTER THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT AT 1 4TH FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7700424.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

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OPEN SPACE FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS

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SAI KUNG RESIDENTS WILL SOON HAVE ONE MORE VENUE FOR LEISURE ACTIVITIES.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH TAI DOU BUILDING CONTRACTOR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LOCAL OPEN SPACE AT WAI MAN ROAD IN SAI KUNG.

WORK ON THE $16.36 MILLION PROJECT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FACILITIES OF THE 7,500 SQUARE METRE SITE WILL INCLUDE A WATER FOUNTAIN, PAVILIONS, AN OPEN-AIR MINI-THEATRE, OUTDOOR FITNESS TRAINING EQUIPMENT, AND SITTING-OUT AND CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS.

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ROAD WORKS IN YAU MA TEI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE KERBSIDE LANE OF JORDAN ROAD EASTBOUND OUTSIDE DIOCESAN GIRL’S SCHOOL IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 27) TO 7 PM ON DECEMBER 30 FOR THE LAYING OF PIPES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WONG TAI SIN * t ♦ » ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 27), UPHILL TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN JAT’S INCLINE AND FEI NGO SHAN ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE BANNED FOR FOUR. MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THIS PERIOD, ALL VEHICLES ON CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTROUND HEADING FOR SAI KUNG, INCLUDING NEW TERRITORIES GMB ROUTES I AND 11, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND.

MOREOVER, VEHICLES ON CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR FEI NGO SHAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1989

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LANE CLOSURES ON TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK, THE OUTERMOST LANE OF A SECTION OF ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRE OF TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) SOUTHBOUND NEAR WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY (DECEMBER 27 TO 29) .

ALSO, THE OUTERMOST LANE OF A SECTION OF ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRE OF TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) NORTHBOUND SOUTH OF WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON JANUARY 2 AND 3.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SYMPOSIUM ON ROLES IN WORK SAFETY ............................................ 1

62 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED TN OCTOBER .................................... 2

PUBLIC FORUM ON VBP REPATRIATION .......................................

FLAG DAY ORGANISERS URGED TO GUARD AGAINST FRAUD .......................

DFCC TO CONDUCT YOUTH CRIME SURVEY ............................................ 4

DECEMBER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL STARTED ..................... 4

MINI SOCCER PITCH FOR AP LEI CHAU ......................................

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TN CENTRAL,............................................... 6

URBAN CLEARWAYS TN SHAM SHUT PO ........................................

URBAN CLEARWAY IN YUEN LONG ............................................

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

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SYMPOSIUM ON ROLES IN WORK SAFETY t t ♦ * ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A SYMPOSIUM ON JANUARY 10 ON EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN INDUSTRIAL WORKPLACES AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

"THE SYMPOSIUM AIMS TO ENHANCE PARTICIPANTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE RECENTLY ENACTED FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1989 WHICH PRESCRIBES THE GENERAL DUTIES OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN WORK SAFETY," THE CH IEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR Y1P YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"ACCORDING TO THE LAW, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE REASONABLE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THE PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, WORK SYSTEMS AND WORK I NG ENVIRONMENT ARE SAFE AND WITHOUT RISKS 1’0 HEALTH, AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH TRAINING, INSTRUCTION, SUPERVISION AND INFORMATION ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK," MR YIP SAID.

"ON THb OTHER HAND, EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO CO-OPERATE WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS IN IMPLEMENTING SAFETY MEASURES AND TO TAKE REASONABLE (ARE OF THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF THEMSELVES AND OTHER PERSONS," HE SAID.

THE SYMPOSIUM WILL HAVE 330 PLACES FOR SUPERVISORS AS WELL AS SAFETY AND HEALTH OFFICERS Ol THE MANUFACTUR1 NG INDUSTRIES AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES.

IT WILL BE HELD IN THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, WITH SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION IN ENGLISH AND CANTONESE PROVIDED.

ONE OF Till' SPEAKERS IS MR .1 . D. G. HAMMER, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION ('I LABOUR INSPECTION AND RETIRED DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF HIE UN I’TED ’ k I NG DOM HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE.

WITH MORE THAN 35 YEARS’ SERVICE IN BRITAIN’S FACTORY I NSPECTORATE, MR HAMMER WILL TALK ON "THE GENERAL DUTIES OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ON SAHTY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

ANOTHER SPEAKER, MR SUNG WING KWONG, A SOLICITOR, WILL DISCUSS "CIVIL LI AB IL IT IES OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOY FES ON SAFETY AND HEALTH."

ENROLMENT FORMS FOR THE SYMPOSIUM ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT 1 3TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

ENQUIRIES MAY HE MADE ON TIL. 5-8523562 AND 5-8523565.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

62 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN OCTOBER * » * ♦ ♦

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED A TOTAL OF 62 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN OCTOBER.

OF THE PLANS, 37 WERE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE WERE FOR KOWLOON AND 16 WERE FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDED 28 FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/COMMERC1AL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS; 11 FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SEVEN FOR FACTORY, INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 44 PROJECTS, INVOLVING 136,355.7 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 98,381.83 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMF.ST1C FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $1,615 MILLION. USABLE FLOOR AREAS FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USES WERE ABOUT 217,657.42 SQUARE METRES AND ABOUT 114,233.10 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

ALSO DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED 42 OCCUPATION PERMITS, 11 FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, EIGHT FOR KOWLOON AND 23 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 24 DEMOLITION CONSENTS AFFECTING 72 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 670 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 822 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 212 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 269 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED THREE EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS.

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PUBLIC FORUM ON \BP REPATRIATION t ♦ * ♦ t

CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE MANDATORY REPATRIATION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AT A PUBLIC FORUM ON THURSDAY I DECEMBER 28) EVENING.

THE FORUM WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 36A WESTERN STREET.

/THE CHAIRMAN

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD'S CONCERN GROUP ON VBP, MR YUEN BUN-KEUNG, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FTSHER, WILL GIVE BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTORY TALKS ON THE SUBJECT, TO BE FOLLOWED BY AN OPEN DISCUSSION AND EXPRESSION OF OPINIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER. THE FORUM WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM. THE DISTRICT INFORMATION OFFICER WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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FLAG DAY ORGANISERS URGED TO GUARD AGAINST FRAUD

♦ ♦ ♦ * *

FLAG DAV ORGANISERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUT1 ONARY STEPS

AGAINST POSSIBLE FRAUD.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT COPIES OF A LETTER HAD BEEN SENT TO ORGAN ISAT IONS WHICH WERE ALLOCATED A FLAG DAV, URGING THEM TO TAKE EVERY STEP TO GUARD AGAINST ANY IMPROPRIETY.

THERE HAVE BEEN INC’I DENTS OF FLAG DAY SELLING BY PERSONS SUSPECTED TO BE IMPOSTORS. BOTH CASES WERE DISCOVERED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BECAUSE TWO DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS WERE FOUND SELLING FLAGS ON THE SAME DAY.

"WHILE POLICE HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THESE INCIDENTS, ORGANISERS SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GUARD AGAINST IMPROPRIETY AND FRAUD.

"THEY SHOULD PREPARE GUIDELINES FOR SELLERS, SETTING OUT THE PLACES WHERE THEY ARE EXPECTED TO SELL THE FLAGS, THE TIME FOR THEIR SELLING AND THE COLLECTION POINTS WHERE THEY SHOULD RETURN THE BAGS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT A CENTRAL CONTROL UNIT SHOULD BE SET UP ON FLAG DAY AND, TO FACILITATE CROSS-CHECK I NG, ALL COLLECTION BAGS SHOULD BE INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED.

"FLAG DAV ORGANISERS SHOULD INFORM THE POLICE IN CASE OF LOSS OF FLAGS OR COLLECTION HAGS, AND SEEK POLICE ASSISTANCE WHEN FRAUDULENT AID’S, SUCH AS TAMPERING OF COLLECTION BAGS OR UNAUTHORISED SELLING, ARE FOUND,’ HI. ADDED.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

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DFCC TO CONDUCT YOUTH CRIME SURVEY * * * * *

A WORKING GROUP OF THE SHAM SHIH PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IS CONDUCTING A SURVEY ON JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SURVEY WILL LOOK INTO THE PERCEPTION OF YOUNG PEOPLE TOWARDS TRIAD SOCIETIES AND THE EXTENT OF TRIAD INFLUENCE ON THEM.

SOME OF THE 1,500 COPIES OF QUESTIONNAIRES FOR THE SURVEY WERE DISTRIBUTED AT THE SHAM SHU I PO FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL HELD ON DECEMBER 23 AND THE REMAINDER WILL BE SENT TO 38 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL STUDY THE RETURNED QUESTIONNAIRES NEXT MONTH AND WILL REPORT THE FINDINGS TO THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT FIGHT ('RIME COMMITTEE IN FEBRUARY.

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DECEMBER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL STARTED

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED TO CONDUCT THE DECEMBER 1989 ROUND OF THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF Till ECONOMY TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN RESPECT OF THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1 989 .

THIS SURVEY IS CONDUCTED QUARTERLY AND THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE USEFUL IN PROVIDING SHORT-TERM ECONOMIC' INDICATORS AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE LABOUR MARKET IN HONG KONG.

THIS ROUND OF THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 40,000 ESTABLISHMENTS

WjIK'll ARI' DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTOR’S INCLUDING THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFAf’TUR I NG; ELECTRICITY AND GAS), THE

I) I STR I HUT I VE TRADES SECTOR ( WHOLESALE , TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS), THE STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION; FINANCI NG,

RETA IL, IMPORT AND EXPORT

SERVICES SEC FOR (TRANSPORT, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND

BUSINESS SERVICES; ((IMMUNITY. SOCIAL AND

PERSONAL SERVICES ) .

INFORMATION ON NUMBER'

VACANC I I S ON DECEMBER 29, 1989 ESTABLISHMENT.

OF

PERSONS

ENGAGED

AND

WILL BE SOUGHT FROM EACH

EXISTING

SELECTED

SOME 10,ODD ESTABLISHMENTS ARE RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM TH IS SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN E ACH OF Till' THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1989.

/QUESTIONNAIRES ARE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

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QUESTIONNAIRES ARK BEING MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OE 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), ESTABLISHMENTS RECI I\ I NG QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIE I ED PERIOD.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DI EE I CULT IES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOMF TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT EOR ASSISTANCE ON TEL. 5-8235076.

\S EOR THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS KNOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT DURING OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1989, THEY WILL ALSO BE ENUMERATED IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SURVEY RESULTS COMPLETE.

FIELD OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, EACH BEARING A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD, WILL CALL ON THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO SOLICIT INFORMATION ON NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, EXISTING VACANCIES, TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NATURE OF BUSINESS AND DATI ON WHICH BUSINESS COMMENCED.

IN CASE OF ANY ENQUIRIES REGARDING THESE FIELD VISITS, PLEASE CONTACT llll’ DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE ON TEL. 5-8234770.

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MINI SOCCER PITCH FOR AP LEI CHAU ♦ t t * t

A MINI-SOCCER PITCH IS TO Bl CONSTRUCTED ON THE DECK OF A RESERVOIR SOUTH OF LEI TUNG ESTATE IN AP LEI CHAU.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

WORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO START IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN SEVEN MONTHS.

TENDERS MUST Bl- SUBMITTED TO I’HE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BEFORE NOON ON JANUARY 19.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1989

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL t » ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 28), THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL:

* RUMSEY STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND WING LOK STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND;

* WING WO STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND; AND

t THE EXISTING SOUTHBOUND MOVEMENT FROM THE NORTHERN SECTION OF GILMAN STREET ACROSS CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL TO THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF THE STREET WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF GILMAN STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA EASTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, THE U-TURN LOOP ROAD NEAR PEDDER STRIET AND WESTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHAM SHU) PO ♦ t t t t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 28), THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN FUK WING STREET AND TAI PO ROAD IN SHAM Slid PO WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

ALSO, THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHEK KIP MEI STREET BETWEEN

ITS JUNCTION WITH WOH (’HAI STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAMI, JUNCTION WILL Bl DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 I’M TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

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URBAN CLEARWAN IN YUEN LONG ♦ tit

Till' TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY

(DECEMBER 28), THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE SECTION OF PING HA ROAD IN YUEN LONG FROM A POINT APPROXIMATELY 50’METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH (’ASTLE PEAK ROAD TO A POINT APPROXIMATELY 95 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL HE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY.

NO VEH I ('LES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERI.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STI ON VISIT TO SINGAPORE ..................................................... 1

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO CAREERS QUIZ ......................................... 1

TWO MORE AIDS CASES CONFIRMED ................................................. 2

1990 CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY TO BEGIN ...................................... 4

SEMINAR ON PEER COUNSELLING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS .............................. 4

PROGRESS REPORTS ON TRAFFIC PROJECTS ON AGENDA ................................ 5

WATER STORAGE FIGURE .......................................................... 5

LANGUAGE REPORT AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION ...................................... 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN ............................................. 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN LOK MA CHAU ....................................

TRAFFIC, TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEK WAI KOK, CHEUNG SHAN .................. 8

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1989

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STI ON VISIT TO SINGAPORE ♦ * * *

THE SECRETARY TOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, LEFT HONG KONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR A GOODWILL VISIT TO SINGAPORE.

DURING HIS THREE-DAY STAY IN SINGAPORE, HE WILL CALL ON THE MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, BRIGADIER GENERAL LEE HSTEN LOONG, FOR AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON MATTERS OF COMMON INTEREST.

HE WILL ALSO MEET SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE SINGAPORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND THE SINGAPORE TRADE DEVELOPMENT BOARD, AS WELL AS OTHER TRADE OFFICIALS.

ACCOMPANYING HIM ON THE VISIT IS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG KIN-CHUNG.

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OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO CAREERS QUIZ t t t t t

A RECORD NUMBER OF 124,500 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL CAREERS QUIZ ORGANISED BY THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TN OCTOBER.

THE PARTICIPANTS WERE FORM 3 TO FORM 5 STUDENTS FROM 252 SCHOOLS. LAST YEAR, 115,000 STUDENTS FROM 253 SCHOOLS TOOK PART.

THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE QUIZ, STUDENTS WERE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN CAREFULLY FOR THEIR FUTURE BY FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT CAREERS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER EDUCATION.

TO MARK THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE EVENT, A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR THE WINNING SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS.

PRIZES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED ON THE OCCASION TO WINNERS OF THE PHOTO COMPETITION HELD EARLIER THIS YEAR AS PART OF THE CAREERS ’90 EXHIBITION.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, AND THE MARKETING MANAGER OF SHRI RO (HONG KONG) LIMITED, WHICH SPONSORED THE EVENT, MR JIMMY WAN, WILL OFFI( I ATE AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HONG KONG CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 16TH FLOOR, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHA I , AT 3.30 PM.

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TWO MORE AIDS CASES CONFIRMED

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TWO MORE PERSONS IN HONG KONG WERE CONFIRMED TO BE SUFFERING FROM ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS), THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS BRINGS TO 32 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED AIDS CASES TO DATE. OF THESE PATIENTS, 17 HAVE PASSED AWAY WHILE THE OTHER 15 ARE RECEIVING COUNSELLING AND TREATMENT.

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